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The Daily News Obituaries
January 1956

 

The Daily News
January 3, 1956
Page: 12
James M. Barron
- Died accidently on January 2nd, 1956, James M. Barron, aged 27 years, beloved son of John and Annie Barron. Leaving to mourn besides parents one sister, Mary Bridget, four brothers, William Thomas, John and Pat, two nephews, David and William. Funeral notice later.


The Daily News
January 3 1956
Page: 10
Mrs. Louise Parsons
- It is with regret we record the passing at Montreal, of Mrs. Louise Parsons, beloved wife of Mr. William Clarke, aged fifty-five years. Deceased was a native of Victoria, where she was well and favourably known. Besides her husband she leaves to mourn her passing, five daughters, residing in Montreal; one son, Elihu, residing in London, Ont., two brothers, Albert Parsons, in Toronto, and Pastor George E. Parsons, of the Pentecostal Assembly, Humbermouth; one sister, Mrs. Roland Clarke, of Victoria, to all of whom we extend deepest sympathy.


The Daily News
January 3, 1956
Page: 12
Fanny Cowan
- Passed peacefully away at 6 p.m. December 31st, Fanny, widow of the late Henry J. Cowan. Leaving to mourn their sad loss are Jean, widow of the late Ian B. Cowan and Sandra and Donald children of the late Ian B. Cowan. Funeral by motor hearse from her late residence Brookfield Farm, Topsail Road at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 3rd.


The Daily News
January 3, 1956
Page: 12
Mary Ann Fitzpatrick
- Passed peacefully away on January 1st, after a short illness, Mary Ann, widow of the late John Joseph Fitzpatrick. Leaving to mourn five sons, three daughters and one sister (Mrs. Mary Duggan of Boston, Mass.). Rev. Br. G. C. Fitzpatrick is a grandson. Also left to mourn are 38 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. Funeral takes place from her late residence 13 Pearce Ave. to St. Theresa's Church for Mass of Requiem at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 4th. Interment will take place at Mount Carmel Cemetery.


The Daily News
January 3, 1956
Page: 12
Thomas Foley
- Died suddenly Monday morning, January 2nd at 11 o'clock, Thomas Foley, in his 72nd year. Left to mourn their sad loss are his wife, two sons and three daughters. Funeral notice later.


The Daily News
January 4, 1956
Page: 2

Rt. Rev. Philip Selwny Abraham - It was with deep regret that the parishioners of Spaniard's Bay, in common with members of the Anglican Communion in Newfoundland, heard the sad news last week of the passing of their beloved Shepherd of the Flock, the Rt. Rev. Philip Selwyn Abraham, M.A.D.D., Lord Bishop of Newfoundland.
Bishop Abraham was a great man, if simplicity is greatness. We, like all churchmen and the many others who knew him, revered him as a bishop, but we loved him for his simplicity. We remember well his various visits to this parish, chiefly for confirmations, and of the inspiration he brought with the dignity of his office. His keen eye noted the smallest detail, and his memory for faces and names were extraordinary. To the children he always spoke in their language, and drew unforgettable lessons from the everyday things of life - just another example of a great man who followed the footsteps of his Master, the Perfect Teacher.
We thank God for the noble examples which our bishop set and for a way of life which he closely followed which, again was so simple that even a small child understood and could try to copy. He was indeed a good bishop and a faithful man of God.
"Rest eternal grant him; O Lord, and let Light Perpetual shine upon him."


The Daily News
January 4, 1956
Page: 14
Mary Locke
- Mr. Arch Rowe received the sad news on Monday of the sudden passing of his sister, Mary, at Corner Brook. She was the beloved wife of Daniel Locke, formerly of Lockston, and who for many years have been residing at Corner Brook. To the bereaved husband and family we extend sincere sympathy.


The Daily News
January 4, 1956
Page: 9
Bay Roberts, December 21st
James Mercer
- The community of Bay Roberts and indeed, all who knew him, were shocked on December 8th, to learn of the sudden death of James Mercer, 16 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. James F. Mercer, Mercer's Cove, Bay Roberts East.
Jimmy, as he was well known to all of us, was dwarfed in stature, but big in heart. He had been playing with some school mates on Thursday afternoon, December 8th, when a little boy threw a stone which hit Jimmy in his head. He did not seem to suffer from the blow, and after he ate his supper he went out for awhile. When he returned home he lay down, complaining of being a little upset, and fell asleep. When his family tried to awaken him, it was found that he failed to respond. A doctor was called, and the young man was ordered to hospital. However, when the car, in which he was being taken to hospital, reached Clarke's Beach it was discovered that the youth was dead as a blood clot reached a vital part of his brain.
Jimmy Mercer was always a pow?? Boy. He was a valued member of the Church Lads Brigade, and looked forward each year to his two weeks camping with the Brigade at the Harbour Grace Summer Camp. He was well known and liked by all, and he was a good student at school.
The funeral took place on Saturday, December 10th, to the United Church and Cemetery. Despite the wintry weather, which prevailed, a large number of citizens, both old and young, attended the funeral to pay their last respects to one who was held dearly in the hearts of all who knew him.
Members of the C.L.B., very sorrowfully attended the funeral in body, with some of its members forming a Guard of Honour. One stood at each end of the casket with "Arms Reversed" in reverence as it rested in the Churchy during the impressive service. At the graveside a Firing Party fire a three-volley salute to their deceased comrade.
The funeral services were conducted by the Minister of the Church, Rev. John S. H. Moran, B.A. Rev. Moran was assisted by the Anglican Minister, Rev. Isaac Butler, B.A., Lth., who is Commanding Officer and Chaplain of "H" Company, C.L.B., Bay Roberts.
The deceased leaves to mourn his mother, father, three brothers and two sisters, as well as a large number of relatives and friends.
We join with readers in extending heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family.


The Daily News
January 4, 1956
Page: 16
Morris, Mary - Mrs. Mary Morris (nee Mary Garland)
of Lower Island Cove, passed peacefully away after a short illness on January 2nd, 1956, in her 79th year, beloved wife of the late Wm H. Morris. Left to mourn their sad loss are two daughters and five sons. Malcolm at home and John, Reg and Elsie residing in Boston, Albert residing in Sudbury, Ont., Eric and Nellie home from Montreal. Also two sisters, Jessie in Lower Island Cove and Agnes residing in Toronto. Two brothers, John and Jim also residing in Toronto. Nine grandchildren and one great grand child. Funeral takes place at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Montreal Star please copy


The Daily News
January 7, 1956
Page: 14
Percy Bourne
- Passed peacefully away after a short illness, Percy Bourne in his 70th year, leaving to mourn wife, stepmother, two brothers, Hubert in St. John's and Charles in U.S.A.; also two sisters, Lydia at St. John's and Beatrice in Toronto. Funeral notice later.


The Daily News
January 7, 1956
Page: 14
Mahala Jones
- Passed away on January 6th, 1955, Mahala Jones, formerly of Little Bay Islands, in her 78th year. Surviving are her husband Richard, also four daughters, Hilda (Mrs. H. Hillier), at Corner Brook; Lulu (Mrs. Harry Peircey), 97 Circular Road, St. John's, with whom she resided at the time of her death; Madge (Mrs. F. Facey) of New York, and Iris (Mrs. Rev. T. R. Mills), at Baie Verte; also five brothers, ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Funeral on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. from Barrett's Mortuary Rooms, by motor hearse to Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Rev. F. E. Vipond officiating.
Note: I think date should read January 6th, 1956.


The Daily News
January 7, 1956
Page: 5
Mrs. Ellen Sapp
- The community of Bell Island were deeply shocked and saddened when the news was flashed around on Thursday night, December 29th that Mrs. Ellen Sapp, beloved wife of Mr. Joseph C. Sapp, Town Square, had passed away suddenly to her eternal reward.
The late Mrs. Sapp was born in Mount Lebanon, 72 years ago and was a daughter of the late Michael J. and Mary Gosine. Mrs. Sapp left the land of her birth in 1894, and went to the United States of America. Four years later she was united in holy wedlock to Mr. Sapp, in Ashland, Kentucky, coming to Newfoundland in 1898. They spent a short time on the Iron Isle prior to taking up residence in St. John's, where Mr. Sapp carried on a flourishing business for 40 years. Since 1947 they have been living on Bell Island, and still carrying on business.
Gifted with a pleasing personality, she was esteemed and respected for those qualities which go to make up a noble character, a fine sense of duty, and a willingness to shoulder not alone her own burdens but those of her neighbours, together with an enthusiasm and zeal for any activities that might promote the common good. Her sense of humor, her ardent spirit and he optimistic nature left an indelible impression on those she met and endeared her to her many friends.
Mrs. Sapp had most capacities for making friends, she liked people, liked to talk to people and to be with people. She has now left it all for the "better land of day", but we feel better for having known her, for she was one of nature's best and gifted with much common sense. The high place she won in the hearts of all who knew her was evidenced by the many scores of friends who sent wreaths, mass cards, telegrams, letters and called at her home and helped to share the load of those bereaved. Surviving her is a loving husband, one sister, Miss Sadie Gosine, Bell Island; six nephews, and eight nieces, as well as a large number of very dear friends.
The funeral which was very largely attended took place on Saturday, December 31st, to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, where solemn requiem mass was celebrated by Rt. Reverend Monsignor Bartlett, D.P., P.P., with Fr. O'Dwyer, deacon and F. Purcell, sub deacon. The following friends and relatives from St. John's attended the obsequies, Mrs. Joe Ellis, Mrs. Marina Joseph, Mrs. Annie Ringman, Mrs. Richard Sabb, Mrs. Simon Abbass, Mrs. Joseph Gosine and family and Mr. Sid Wiseman.
The funeral was by motor hearse, with Mr. James J. Murphy, undertaker, and the following acting as pallbearers: Messrs. C. J. O'Neill, Edward Dunne, John C. Conway, Eddie Cherwoniak, George Jones and Reuben Butler.
Her earthly career has ended and like all other faithful and true christians, she has joined the noble army of those who, after a lifetime of good works, "rest from their labours and their works do follow them."
And so nume dinsmithis, but not farewell.


The Daily News
January 9 1956
Page: 12
Sister Mary Thomasine Conway
- passed away at 6:45 p.m. yesterday at Presentation Convent. Funeral will take place with Mass of Requiem at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday.


The Daily News
January 9 1956
Page: 12
Agnes Gallagher
- Passed peacefully away after a long illness, Agnes, widow of the late Mark Gallagher, aged 58, leaving to mourn 2 sons, 2 daughters, father and sister, and 12 grandchildren. Funeral from her daughter's residence, Mrs. John Fleming, 10 Anderson Avenue. Funeral notice later.


The Daily News
January 9, 1956
Page: 8
Gosse - Janes Nuptials
Spaniard's Bay, Jany 3 - The marriage of Mr. Robert Nathaniel Gosse of Spaniard's Bay to Miss Janet Gladys Janes took place in St. Peter's Church, Upper Island Cove at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, December 30. The ceremony was performed by the Rector, the Rev. H. M. Batten, and Mrs. Batten supplied appropriate wedding music.
The bride, dressed in a ballerina gown of white nylon lace and net, fingertip veil, and carrying a bouquet of multi-coloured flowers, looked very charming as she entered the church on the arm of her father, Mr. Edward Janes. She was attended by her sister, Miss Rachel Janes, and by her sister-in-law, Mrs. Fred Smith, who were dressed in gowns of lemon and white, respectively. Little Miss Lizzie Drover was the flower girl. The groom was supported by Mr. Fred Smith and Mr. John Sharpe.
Following the ceremony the reception was held at the home of the groom's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Gosse, where eighty guests were received and served a delicious supper.
Mr. and Mrs. Gosse are residing temporarily with Mr. Gosse's parents, but they will shortly move into their new home where Mrs. Gosse will be able to put to use the many useful and valuable articles which she received as wedding gifts. We wish them all that is good in life.


The Daily News
January 9 1956
Page: 12
Thomas Halliday
- Passed peacefully away after a long illness, Thomas Halliday, aged 62 years. Leaving to mourn besides his wife, two daughters and one son residing in Windsor, Ont., mother and brother at Brittania, T.B., one brother and three sisters in St. John's. Interment will be at Brittania, T.B.


The Daily News
January 9 1956
Page: 12
Martha Seaward
- Passed peacefully away at Sanatorium Sunday at 7:15 a.m., Martha, widow of the late Michael Seaward, in her 68th year. Leaving to mourn one daughter Mary (Mrs. A. Sharpe), four sons: William and Gerald at home, Frank at Toronto and Leo at London, Ontario, and two sisters: Mrs. John Coughlan and Mrs. Joan Glynn at Boston, and eight grandchildren. Funeral notice later.


The Daily News
January 9, 1956
Page: 9
Elisha Singleton
- A person well known in Conception Bay passed away at the Infirmary, on December 26. He was Elisha Singleton, formerly of Tilton, and he was 60.
Practically everyone around the bay and on Bell Island knew him, as did many in the capital for he led an itinerant life. Just how many times "Lish" walked to and from St. John's, or how many he could call by name in all walks of life, remains a secret that was buried with him.
Several years ago he had the misfortune to lose one of his legs in an accident and after that his traveling was confined and restricted for when he desired to travel it had to be by bus or train, to him a less desirable means of getting around. In his last years he was an inmate at the Infirmary, which was perhaps, the first real home he ever knew.
His body was forwarded to Tilton on Thursday and was taken to the L.O.A. Hall for a short while before burial at which the Rev. Canon T.E. Loder officiated. He leaves no immediate relatives.


The Daily News
January 9 1956
Page: 12
Bertha Skinner
- Passed away Saturday, January 7th, at her daughter's home (Mrs. A. G. Dewling), Bertha, wife of Capt. Geo. J. Skinner, formerly of Boxey, F. B. Left to mourn are husband, one daughter Ruby, three sons: Levi at Grand Falls, Newman and William at Toronto. Funeral Monday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. from her daughter's residence, Long Pond Road Extension, to St. Thomas' Church


The Daily News
January 10, 1956
Page: 5
Stuart Horwood
- It is with regret we record the passing of a former Carbonear man, Mr. Stuart Horwood, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Horwood. Deceased was sixty-five years of age and for the past thirty years had been employed by the Newfoundland and Canadian National Railways, as steward on one of the coastal boats. He was well liked by the traveling public and by his co-workers and employers. Was well known in St. John's where he had resided for approximately thirty years.
Besides his wife, daughter and four sons, he leaves a sister, Georgina, residing in the U.S.A., seven step-brothers, John, Aubrey, and William, in the U.S.A. and Frederick, Chesley, Cyril and Walter, of this town; also four step-sisters, Mrs. Joseph Davis at Stephenville, Mrs. M. Richards at Cupids, Mrs. Jesse Moores at Badger's Quay, B.B., and Mrs. George White of this town, to all of whom we extend deepest sympathy.


The Daily News
January 12, 1956
Page: 12
Sarah Rosenberg
- There passed peacefully away on November 15, 1955 after a brief illness in her 69th year, Sara Rosenberg, beloved wife of Laz Rosenberg of St. John's, Newfoundland, and beloved mother of four sons, Sidney in England, Gerald in Corner Brook, Horace in St. John's, and Ronald in Boston. Sara was born the second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samson Dresser of Leeds, England, where her father conducted a successful enterprise as a merchant in the drapery business. She was brought up as a member of a family highly respected for their interest in communal affairs, and for there adherence to the teachings of Judaism which molded the basis for her future character and was reflected in her philosophy and generous nature in later life.
She attended City of Leeds High School where she achieved athletic distinction and where her excellent record was held as a model of accomplishment for other students to follow. She attained a teacher's diploma and spent some time in the teaching profession at City of Leeds High School. At the age of 20 she married Laz Rosenberg of Leeds, England, who at the time was a young technician branching into business on his own as a clothing manufacturer.
In 1921 the Rosenberg family arrived in Newfoundland from England where she made her permanent home. During her lifetime in Newfoundland, Mrs. Rosenberg became a powerful yet gentle influence in her family and community, and the strength of her vibrant personality radiated happiness among all with whom she came in contact. Her company was constantly sought by many scores of close friends amongst whom she scattered - particularly younger people who valued her sound advice and who regarded her deep sense of humour and her philosophy as indispensable and as a decided inspiration - weighted with the experience of years and yet fresh with the outlook of optimistic youth. It is indeed true to say that Sara Rosenberg was only 69 years young and that here charm stemmed from her unusual ability to exhibit a natural youthful sparkle which made her the central pivot of her family or whichever company she was in.
Her devotion to duty and family were constantly shown to the full, particularly during both world wars (in the second of which three sons were on active service), and in both wars she worked untiringly for the benefit of many servicemen who remember her kind considerations and the comfort of her ever-open home which was so popular as to be referred to as "the Canteen." It is ample testimony to say that the closeness to her heart of her four daughters-in-laws, Naomi, Rosalie, Anna, and Marilyn, gave them each the status of a beloved personal daughter. Her seven grandchildren were naturally the object of tremendous devotion and affection.
No greater loss could be felt by a family and community that the calling home from labour after 40 years of blissful married life of so lovable a lady and so inspiring an influence over so many who had the privilege of knowing her and of feeling the charm of her charitable disposition. Many who now excel in various walks of life will remember her with respect and admiration all their days, and give thanks for her presence and the part she played in shaping their careers.
A bright light has been removed but its glow will remain undimmed for many years.
May her soul rest in eternal peace.

 

 

Page contributed by Bob Vokey

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

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