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The Daily News Obituaries
May 1956


The Daily News
May 21, 1956
Page: 7
Spaniard's Bay, May 14
Visiting Spaniard's Bay last week as the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Chipman were Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Sheppard who were married at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, St. John's, on Friday, May 11, The rector, Rev. R. R. Babb, performed the ceremony. The bride is the former Miss Joyce Deering, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Deering of Carbonear, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Sheppard of Bell Island. Following the honeymoon, which will be spent on the Avalon Peninsula, including Carbonear, the happy couple will take up residence at Bell Island. Felicitations.

The Daily News
May 21, 1956
Page: 8
Spaniard's Bay, May 14 -
William Ernest Gosse
- It was with a feeling of genuine regret that his many friends in Spaniard's Bay and elsewhere heard of the almost sudden passing of Mr. William Ernest Gosse on Monday of last week, following a heart attack. He was seventy-six.
Mr. Gosse, known to most of the younger generation as "Uncle Ern", was a builder of no mean ability, and was known well among contractors and workmen throughout the province as a man who knew his work and who possessed the ability of getting things done. At an early age he went to the United States and entered the construction trades, and it was during those years that he gained a thorough knowledge of all phases of construction that made him a successful builder later in life when he held positions of construction superintendent with some of the major contractors of his day. Among some of the buildings that he supervised are St. Mary's School and the Jewish Synagogue in St. John's, many the business establishments at Town Square, Bell Island, and the Amalgamated School, Bay Roberts. His last building was the Roman Catholic Church at Bellevue.
Failing eyesight curtailed his work in later years, but he always found something to do, as he was the type of man who had to be doing something. There are many successful carpenters and builders today who are grateful to him for sound advice freely given. His interest in the news of the day, local and foreign, and his comprehension of it, made him an interesting person with which to converse, and he dearly loved an argument. Because of these things his friends will miss him all the more.
He is survived by his widow (to whom he had been married for over fifty-one years), one son, Israel, with whom he resided, and daughter, Lavina (Mrs. Thomas Hodder), St. John's. Three sisters also survive: Annie (Mrs. Eben Hutchings), St. John's, Janet (Mrs. Levi Perrin), Lynn, Mass., and Fanny (Mrs. Selby Hutchings), Saugus, Mass., as well as thirteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
His funeral, which was largely attended, took place on Wednesday afternoon to the parish church of the Holy Redeemer where the service was the Burial of the Dead was read by the rector, Rev. Canon T. E. Loder. Pallbearers were Messrs. William Jewer, Harry Chipman, George E. Drover, James Jewer, John W. Mercer and Nathaniel Barrett. Interment was in the family plot at Mortuary Hill Cemetery.
"Father, in Thy gracious keeping
Leave we now Thy servant sleeping."



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