The Daily News
June 14, 1956
Spaniard's Bay, June 11-
The almost sudden passing of ex-Fire Sgt. Walter Smith came as a shock to his family and friends, for although he had suffered a heart attack a few weeks ago, not even those closest to him realized the end was so near when it came on Monday morning of last week. He was 69.
In his earlier years the late Mr. Smith worked at a variety of trades, but he was chiefly engaged in business that took him down to the sea until he joined the St. John's Fire Department where he served until his retirement about nine years ago.
For several years he lived at Fort Townshend when firemen were required to be on duty at all time; subsequently he built a home on Freshwater Road. He was with the fire department for about twenty-five years and during that time made many friends in St. John's, meanwhile keeping in contact with old friends to whom he always extended a hearty welcome. He was as well liked as he was well known; he was a man who respected those over him and consequently he was respected by those who served under him, for he was a man who placed a high value on a true sense of duty. That he was well thought of by the Police and Fire Departments was evidenced by the fact that both departmental heads with guards of honour from each attended his funeral, which was held on Wednesday, June 6. Chief of Police L. Strange and a guard of honour consisting of Sgt. C. Simmonds, Const. A. Vokey, Const. D. Tilley, Const. F. Windsor, and Const. B. Tucker were present as were also the following from the St. John's Fire Department: Fire Superintendent F. Vivian, Capt. E. Tobin, Capt. E. Newell, Const. D. Gosse, Const. M. Smith, Const. H. Noseworthy and Const. R. Peddle. The two captains and the four constables from the Fire Department acted as pallbearers. The L.O.A. also attended the funeral.
At the Church of the Holy Redeemer the service for the Burial of the Dead was read by Rev. Canon T. E. Loder, at the conclusion of which the large number who attended stood in respectful silence as the church organist, E. H. Vokey, played Handel's "Dead March from Saul", a tribute to a man who had been a faithful and regular worshipper in the House of God.
He leaves to mourn his widow and one daughter, Lulu (Mrs. Gordon Cooper, St. John's); three brothers, Moses at Spaniard's Bay, William at Clarke's Beach and John in New York; four sisters, Mary (Mrs. M. Bradbury of Coley's Point), Sarah (Mrs. W. E. Barrett of Spaniard's Bay), Susie (Mrs. Walter Crane of Spaniard's Bay) and Janet (Mrs. Sam Blandford of New York.) It is worthy of note that this is the first break in the Smith Family of brothers and sisters for forty-four years.
To all those who mourn we offer our profound sympathy.
"Eternal rest grant him, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him"
The Daily News
June 15, 1956
Dr. John Davis
A message was received from his brother George, by relatives at Harbour Grace, of the death on Monday, June 11th, at Brooklyn, N.Y., of the death of Dr. John Davis, eldest son of the late John and Harriet Parsons Davis, former residents of this town.
The deceased will be remembered by many friends here, where he spent his boyhood years, receiving his early education at the Methodist School, taking part in healthy sports and giving the talent of a fine bass voice, to many of the town's entertainments of that time.
After continuing his education at the Methodist College at St. John's, "John" entered the teaching profession and for some time was on the teaching staff of that college.
Some twenty years ago the deceased left Newfoundland for the United States and there entered university for the study of medicine, graduating with high honours. He became a surgeon whose skill was widely known and whose future showed brilliant promise.
His passing at the early age of forty eight is a distinct loss to his profession, and a grief to his widow - the former Miss B. Currie of Spaniard's Bay, and to his two sons, all residing at Brooklyn.
Their only daughter was the victim of a tragic motor accident a few years ago, and a brother, Bertram, also deceased. One brother, George, survives as well as a wide circle of friends and relatives. Mrs. John Butt of this town is a cousin.
To all, very sincere sympathy is extended in the sad passing of this brilliant young doctor and one time townsman of Harbour Grace.
The Daily News
June 23, 1956
Spaniard's Bay, June 18 -
Rosanna Smith - Another of the senior residents of Spaniard's Bay was called to her eternal rest on Wednesday, June 13. She was Mrs. Rosanna Smith and she was eighty-two years of age.
Since she fell and broke her leg several years ago she had had to spend most of her time indoors, apart from an occasional visit to relatives and friends, but before that she lived an active life. With her husband who predeceased her eight years ago, she raised ten children, and like those of her generation, worked early and late in the process. Her family was always her first consideration, but somehow she managed to take an active part in the church work of the parish. She was a member of the C.E.W.A. for many years. Visitors at her home were legion, and welcome. Her lifetime was saddened by the loss of four of her children in the bloom of youth; her eldest son went with the "Southern Cross" in 1914, and three of her daughters, all married, died at early ages. Yet with true Christian fortitude, she carried on, for her faith like her good works, knew no bounds.
Her funeral by motor hearse under the supervision of undertaker Baggs was held on last Friday and was largely attended. At the Church of the Holy Redeemer, the service was conducted by the rector, Rev. Canon T. E. Loder, and appropriate music was played by the church organist. Interment was in the family plot in the East End Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Messrs. Azariah Vokey, Joseph Roberts, James Barrett, Richard Vokey, Stanley Butt, William Butt, while Mr. Sam Roberts took care of the horse-drawn hearse on which were piled the many floral tributes.
Left to mourn the loss of a loving mother are three sons: Jacob in St. John's, Al and Fred (with whom she resided) in Spaniard's Bay; three daughters, Annamae (Mrs. Isaac Smith of Bishop's Cove), Lena (Mrs. Hector Earle of Portugal Cove) and Bernice (Mrs. Ralph Baker of Utica, Michigan), to all of whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
"They who bravely toiled amongst us,
Who by faith we still can see,
May when life's great morning dawneth,
The Daily News
June 27, 1956
George A. Gosse - Passed peacefully away on Tuesday, June 26th, Captain George A. Gosse, age 91 years. Leaving to mourn, three sons, one brother, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral will take place on Thursday, June 28th, at 12:00 p.m. from his late residence, 11 Victoria Street, via motor hearse, to the United Church, Spaniard's Bay for interment. (no flowers by request)