The Daily News
June 5, 1957
Bell Island -
Patrick Skanes - A well known and highly esteemed resident of West Wabana, Bell Island, in the person of Mr. Patrick Skanes passed away suddenly on May 28? at the General Hospital in St. John's. News of his passing was received with sincere regret by his many friends throughout the length and breadth of the Iron Isle.
Born at North River, C.B., 70 years ago, he had been resident of Wabana for upwards of half a century, where he was employed with the mining company as a driller working the greater part of his long and faithful service in No. 4 Slope. He was retired on pension in 1955.
An exemplary Anglican, he was also a prominent member of the Loyal Orange Association. Possessed of a sterling character and a kindly personality, Paddy Skanes made many friends. His home was always a home to anyone who had the privilege of claiming his friendship and a stranger was always welcome. This grand gentleman has now passed from this vale of tears to that mystic uncharted land beyond the border, and we hope that on that evergreen shore he has found that peace which passeth all understanding.
Left to sustain the bereavement are a loving wife, two sons, Patrick W. at Bell Island and George at Brooklyn, N.Y., five daughters, Margaret (Mrs. Harry Yetman), Doris (Mrs. Leo McDonald), Mildred (Mrs. Peter Pitts), Miss Grace, Bell Island, Evelyn (Mrs. George Vokey), Toronto, Ont., three step-daughters, Emma (Mrs. Joe Coombs), Buchans, Edith (Mrs. Thomas Brazil), Laura (Mrs. Thos. Kavanagh) Bell Island, thirty-five grandchildren and one great grandchild. Also one sister, Mrs. Margaret Ford, Toronto, Ont.
The funeral took place by motor hearse Sunday afternoon from his late residence with some forty cars forming the motorcade. Funeral services were conducted in St. Cyprian's Anglican Church by the Rector, Rev. T. E. Smith. Miss M. L. Jennings, L.R.A.M., the church organist, presided at the organ. Interment was in the Anglican Cemetery at the Front, Bell Island. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Rideout's Funeral Home with Mr. Bert Rideout performing the duties of undertaker. A guard of honour from Happy Home, L.O.A., headed the procession and the pallbearers consisted of brethren from the Royal Black Preceptory and were as follows: Gilbert Jarvis, Richard Neil, Harry Hammond, Eli Swain, Willis Jarvis and Richard Gosse.
Deepest sympathy is extended to the bereaved family.
The Daily News
June 29, 1957
Harbour Grace -
Pike - Smith Wedding
One of the loveliest weddings of the season took place at St. Paul's Anglican Church at Harbour Grace on Thursday evening, June 20th when Janet, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Smith of this town was united in marriage to Clifford, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Pike of Carbonear South, Rev. L. A. J. Ludlow officiating.
Previous to the arrival of the bridal party, Mr. Ralph Rogers pleasingly rendered the Lord's Prayer.
To the strains of Lohengrin's Bridal Chorus, played by the organist, Mr. F. P. Sheppard, the bride looked a picture of loveliness in a floor length gown of white slipper satin with overdress of net and bolero of embossed net with seed pearl trim, entered the church on the arm of her father. Her shoulder length veil was held in place by a coronet band set with seed pearls and she carried a white Bible with streamers of white ribbon finished with tiny red roses.
The bride was preceded by a dainty little flower girl. Louise Chubbs, niece of the groom who wore a picturesque dress of pale lemon and carried a basket of matching blooms.
The bride's attendants were her sister Joan, as maid of honour, and Misses Winnie Pike, sister of the groom and Winifred Moores. Each wore an identical gown of aqua, palest pink and lemon with chino-lined shirt and made a very pretty trio.
The groom was attended by his brother, Mr. Harold Pike, assisted by Messrs. Nigel Pike and John Kelloway and ushers were Messrs. Hayward Seymour and George Pike.
During the signing of the register, Mr. R. Rogers rendered the solo "I'll Walk Beside You."
Following the ceremony, the bridal party and guests motored to Pike's Hotel, where the bride's mother received, wearing a gown of navy blue lace with white hat matching accessories. She was assisted by the mother of the groom who wore powder blue with matching hat and accessories.
The toast to the bride was proposed by Rev. L. A. J. Ludlow and was responded to by the groom. The toast to the bridesmaids was proposed by Rev. W. H. B. Gill of Carbonear.
The happy couple left to spend their honeymoon at St. Pierre and returned on Wednesday to take up residence at Carbonear. The groom is employed at Argentia and the bride, previous to her marriage was a valued employee in the office of F. W. McKay and Son. The many beautiful gifts received testify to the popularity of the young couple and their many friends extend to Mr. and Mrs. Pike best wished for a very happy future.