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The Daily News Obituaries
August 1959


The Daily News
Tuesday, August 4, 1959
Page: 9
Mrs. Elizabeth Butt
, 100, died at Spaniard's Bay on July 7, following an illness of four years.
She was born Elizabeth Ann Cumby in Heart's Content on October 6, 1858, and as a child went on board the "Great Eastern" when the trans-Atlantic cable was laid in 1867. Her memories of the historic event were vivid until her illness. Childlike, she was not too much concerned with the history-making event, but she often recalled the incident when she with others was given some pudding (duff) by the cook on the cable ship.
Not many years after that she came with her sister to Harbour Grace and subsequently into the home of John Butt where she became the bride of John's son, Josiah. Of their several children, only three were raised to adulthood, Beatrice (Mrs. H. W. Noseworthy of Grand Falls) who predeceased her mother by a year. Susie (Mrs. Douglas Smith) who lives in Spaniard's Bay and John, her only son with whom she resided.
Last October 6 she celebrated her 100th. birthday and the event was marked by the receipt of a cable from Her Majesty the Queen, greetings from the prime Minister of Canada and a personal visit from the Premier of Newfoundland. Other visitors included dignitaries of church and state. Rev. L. A. Ludlow of Harbour Grace came and administered the Holy Communion and it was a source of great joy to him and to her family that the aged lady was able to make the responses as she did in her earlier years at the parish church where she was a regular Communicant.
Following the Burial Service at the Church of the Holy Redeemer she was laid to rest in the family plot. In the absence of the rector, the service was conducted by Rev. W. E. Mercer of Upper Island Cove.
May her soul, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

The Daily News
August 4, 1959
Page: 9
Richard Neil
- Death came as a merciful release from months of suffering to Richard Neil on Tuesday, July 7.
Mr. Neil was severely injured in an accident when was hit by an automobile almost two years ago: since then he has been in hospital several months during which time on of his legs was amputated.
He was well known, not only in his community, but elsewhere. During World War II he was a member of the Merchant Navy. His only son, Edward, paid the Supreme Sacrifice in the same conflict.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 9, at Holy Redeemer Church and were conducted by Rev. W. E. Mercer of Upper Island Cove. Burial was in the family plat.
Left to mourn are his widow, two daughters, Marie (Mrs. David Brown of Toronto) and Edith and a number of grandchildren.
"Rest eternal grant him O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon him".

The Daily News
August 9, 1959
Page: 11
Spaniard's Bay, August 4 -
Alexander Noseworthy
passed away at his late residence at Spaniard's Bay on Saturday, August 1. He was in his sixty-ninth year. Although he had a heart condition for some time and in recent months had been confined to his bed, his passing came as a shock to his family, for only the day before he had been up and around and appeared to be considerably better.
He was a lifelong member of the Anglican Communion and for several years served his parish church as a member of the vestry, and for a much longer period a member of the cemetery committee.
His funeral was held on Monday afternoon at 2:30 to the Church of the Holy Redeemer where the Burial Service was read by the Rector, Rev. E. Willis. Interment was in the family plot in the cemetery, which in times past he lovingly cared for.
Let to mourn are his widow, three sons, William and Joseph at Spaniard's Bay and Alex at Bell Island, two daughters, Susie (Mrs. Brown at Bell Island) and Phoebe (Mrs. Stanley Gosse, Spaniard's Bay), one sister, Mrs. William Janes of St. John's, one brother in Boston, and twenty-five grandchildren. We offer sincere sympathy.

The Daily News
August 9, 1959
Page: 11
Spaniard's Bay, August 5 -
, seven year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Smithy of Bishop's Cove, was drowned in the waters of the harbour on Monday evening. The little lad had gone to the beach quite near his home with a little boat, alone, although this was not known until after he was found to be missing. His body was recovered in seven feet of water.
Rev. W. D. Mercer conducted the burial service on Wednesday afternoon. The sympathy of the whole community goes out to the stricken parents and to the little lad's eight brothers and sisters in their tragic bereavement.

The Daily News
August 14, 1959
Page: 14
Silby Barrett,
75, a former resident of Spaniard's Bay, passed away at his home in Toronto on Sunday, August 9th. He was assistant to the President, District 50, United Mine Workers of America and Vice-President of the Canadian Congress of Labour.
"The Canadian Unionist" (June 1955) had this to say:
'Silby Barrett was born in Spaniard's Bay, Newfoundland, September 27, 1884, the son of Thomas and Emily Barrett. He went fishing off the coast of Labrador at the age of eight years with his father and fished for seven summers. He came to Nova Scotia in 1902 and became a member of the Coal Miners Union on February 6th of that year. He has been a member of the trade union movement ever since.
'Brother Barrett helped to organize the miners in the United Mine Workers in 1909 -1910. Following a strike, which lasted nine months, the union lost out but in the fall of 1916, the miners were reorganized in the United Mine Workers and a contract with the company was obtained. Brother Barrett became the first President of District 26, UMWA, and in 1919 he was elected a member of the CMWA Board.
'In 1918 Brother Barrett helped to organize the National Steel and Tin Workers Union in the Steel Plant at Sydney. A contract was made with the Company, but as time went on, the organization, because of the local leadership, more or less, disbanded.
'In 1936, Brother Barrett was appointed by the CIO President John L. Lewis to organize the steel workers in Canada. He carried on organization in Sydney and New Glasgow successfully, and the contract obtained from the steel company was the first for Steel on this continent. He continued working for Steel, and was appointed Director for Canada until May 1942, when he resigned.
'In 1939 - 40, Brother Barrett participated in the establishment of the Congress. At the first convention in 1940, he was elected as an executive committee member, and he held that position until 1951, when he was elected Vice President, which office he still holds.
'In 1945 Brother Barrett was appointed by President John L. Lewis as Director in Canada for District 50 UMWA. The District had no members at the time in Canada, but since then a large number of local unions have been established. In 1951 he was appointed Director for the United Construction Workers in Canada, which is also a part of the United Mine Workers, and organizing in the construction field is now being carried on.
'Brother Barrett played an important part in the work of the Congress since it was formed, and has also helped to set up a number of industrial unions in various parts of Canada.
'Barrett's outstanding service to the trade union movement, he was promoted on January 1, 1955, to the position of Assistant to the President of District 50, UMWA.'

Mr. Barrett became ill on Sunday, June 1, 1955, having had a cerebral hemorrhage. He had been living with his wife and daughter in Toronto until his death. For over 40 years he lived at Glace Bay, N.S. where he was an active member of the United Church. He was a lifelong member of the LOA and was a pastmaster of that fraternity.
He was also a past preceptor of the RBP, as well as being a member of the Masonic Order.
His last visit to his old hometown was in the summer of 1954 when he was returning from Geneva and other European points in connection with the trade union movement.
Besides his widow, the former Frances Young of Notre Dame Bay, he is mourned by four sons, Oliver at Glace Bay, Roderick, Joseph and James at Toronto and one daughter, Emily, a widow, who lived with her parents in Toronto. Two brothers survive, Thomas in Glace Bay and William E. Barrett at Spaniard's Bay.
Burial will take place this week in the family plot at Glace Bay, Nova Scotia

The Daily News
August 14, 1959
Page: 14
Mrs. Julia Ann Chipman
died at Banting Memorial Hospital at Gander on Saturday, August 22, She was eighty-eight.
The late Mrs. Chipman moved to Gander in 1946 to reside with her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell Vokey, and at that town met many people among whom she became loved and respected. She had a rare charm in making friends and her pleasant personality made her a welcome guest wherever she went.
But "Aunt Julie Ann" was even more loved and respected in her hometown of Spaniard's Bay where she was born, grew up, married and raised her family. Here she will be remembered as a truly wonderful woman. She was left a widow with six children in early life and at a time when there was little help for widows and orphans, but her industry and clever management kept her always in public esteem and admiration. Her whole lifetime was a lifetime of service and prayer, for her family and for her church. She was indeed a worthy woman whose example may well be emulated even in this day of material plenty.
She was a faithful Communicant and a regular attendant with her family at the House of God, and it was fitting that when her body conveyed here from Gander early on Sunday morning it was placed before the altar where she received the Bread of Life and often repeated "I believe in the resurrection of the body and the life of the world to come."
At 2:30 on Monday afternoon mourners and friends gathered at the Church of the Holy Redeemer where the Burial of the Dead was read by the rector, Rev. E. Willis, S.Th., and the hymns "Beneath the Cross of Jesus" and "Jesu, Lover of My Soul" were sung. At the close of the service the congregation paid their last respect to her memory as they stood while the Dead March was played. Burial was in the family plot beside her husband who predeceased her by forty-three years.
Beside her daughter, Gertie (Mrs. Max Vokey) with whom she lived and by whom she was lovingly cared for, she is mourned by two other daughters, Jessie (Mrs. David Taylor of St. John's), Katherine (Mrs. John Green of Boston), two sons, Augustus in Boston, John R. in New York, twenty-seven grandchildren and thirty-four great grandchildren, to whom sympathy is extended.
"Rest eternal grant her, O' Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon her."

The Daily News
August 14, 1959
Page: 14
Richard Gosse
- News was received here on Saturday of the death at Hartford, Connecticut, of Richard Gosse, 57, a former resident of Spaniard's Bay. Married to the former Rose Gosse of Tilton, Mr. Gosse had resided with his family at Hartford for about thirty years.
Funeral services were held at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Hartford, and his remains were laid to rest in the cemetery there.
Besides his widow he is mourned by two sons, Donald and Leonard at Hartford, one sister, Katherine (Mrs. Graham Seymour) at Spaniard's Bay, four step-sisters (Mary (Mrs. Harold Bishop), Ethel (Mrs. Edward Smith) both in Spaniard's Bay, Bertha (Mrs. Richard Noseworthy) at Grand Falls, and Mildred (Mrs. Howard Andrews) at Gander.

The Daily News
August 14, 1959
Page: 14
Captain Llewelyn Sheppard
, 72 formerly of Harbour Grace, died in Victoria, B.C., recently. He was a former naval officer and veteran of service with the Federal Department.
Born at Harbour Grace, he moved to Victoria, B.C., in 1911. He served with the Royal Navy and RCNVR in World War I, returning to Victoria, B.C., with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
He joined the Fisheries Service as chief officer of the Stadacona and later became chief officer and relieving captain of the Mataspina. He retired in 1950 from the post of master of CGS Laurier, senior Fisheries service vessel.
Surviving are his widow, a daughter, two grandchildren, a sister and two brothers in Vancouver, and a sister in Nfld.



Page contributed by Bob Vokey

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit ( Thursday May 16, 2013 )

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