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The Daily News Obituaries
October 1955

 

The Daily News
October 1, 1955
Page: 11
A public expression of widespread sorrow on the tragic death of Alphonsus Hawco, Jr., who accidently lost his life on Monday, September 26th and deep sympathy for his parents Mr. and Mrs. Alphonsus P. Hawco and the members of his family, was given when the funeral took place from his late residence at the Front, Bell Island, Thursday morning.
The cortege was extremely large consisting of over 100 cars being one of the longest seen on the Island in many years. A second motor hearse banked with beautiful floral tributes followed that on which the remains were borne and which was also covered with wreaths. People from every walk of life were in the procession, visibly showing signs of the sadness, which the death of this fine young citizen occasioned.
St. Michael's R.C. Church was crowded to capacity for the Solemn Requiem Mass which was celebrated by the Pastor, Right Rev'd Monsignor G. G. Bartlett, with Rev'd Fr. J. L. O'Dwyer as deacon and Rev'd Fr. W. K. Lawton, sub-deacon. The last prayers at the graveside were recited by the Monsignor.
Mr. Bert Rideout was the undertaker and the following comprised the pallbearers: - James Farrell, Boyd David, Robert Cummings, Fred Tucker, Ron Hammond, Gerald Normore.
His mortal career has ended and he now sleeps his last long sleep in the picturesque cemetery on the hillside overlooking the deep blue water of Conception Bay. May he rest peacefully, until the light of the morning of the resurrection shall gleam in the East.


The Daily News
October 1, 1955
Page: 4
Mrs. Mary Payne
- There passed peacefully away at her home on Water Street, Harbour Grace, at 11 p.m., Saturday, September 24th, Mary Miller, widow of the late Robert Payne, who had predeceased her six years ago.
The deceased lady had been in apparent good health at the time of retiring on Friday night, but when she did not come downstairs at the usual hour on Saturday morning, her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Stephen Payne, went to her bedroom, and found that she had suffered a paralytic stroke. Dr. Cron was called but Mrs. Payne never rallied and entered into rest some hours later.
Born at Old Bonaventure seventy-three years ago, the late Mrs. Payne took up residence at Harbour Grace following her marriage. Of a quiet and retiring nature, the deceased was never happier than in the midst of her family, but found time to lend a helping hand to those who needed it, and will be remembers as a kind neighbour and good friend.
Her passing is mourned by three sons, John of Munn and Oke, Edward of H. T. Parmiten firm, and Stephen, inspector with the Department of Fisheries, two daughters, Clara, residing at Toronto, and who arrived some hours after her mother's passing, and Mary, Mrs. William Noel.
Two sisters, Mrs. J. Woolridge and Mrs. J. King, both of Toronto, also survive: as well as eleven grandchildren. To all, sincere sympathy is extended in their sad bereavement.
The funeral took place on Monday afternoon to St. Paul's Church where the service was taken by Rev. L. A. J. Ludlow. Interment was in the family plot of the C. of E. Cemetery.
The many floral tributes testified to the esteem in which the late Mrs. Payne was held.


The Daily News
October 1, 1955
Page: 8
A familiar figure in mining circles on Bell Island in the person of Mr. George Pottle passed away at his home West Wabana, on Saturday, September 24th, following a long illness. The deceased gentleman was born at Groswater Bay, Labrador 81 years ago, and had been a resident of the Island for more than half a century.
During his long and faithful service with the mining company, he worked underground at various types of work, such as blasting, loading, pipe fitting, etc. He also worked at mechanical work on the surface for a number of years, and was pensioned in 1944.
Coming from one of the good old stock. He was a quiet retiring man and was well liked by all who had the pleasure of making his acquaintance.
He is survived by his wife and one son, John, three brothers, Jim, Clarke's Beach, Noah and Harry, Long Pond, Manuels.
The funeral took place on Monday afternoon, September 26th, from his residence Scotia No. 1 to the Salvation Army Citadel by motor hearse. Burial was in the Salvation Army Cemetery. Sr. Capt. G. Hickman officiated. The musical portion of the service was provided by Mr. Malcolm Rideout. The funeral arrangements were under the direction of Rideout's Undertaker's Service. Mr. Bert Rideout being the undertaker and the following acted as pall-bearers, Messrs. William Sheppard, Thomas Rose, P. W. Skanes, Fred Strickland, J. C. Vokey, Arthur Penney.


The Daily News
October 1, 1955
Page: 20

Passed peacefully away early Friday evening, September 30, at the General Hospital, Manuel Roberts in his 49th year, leaving to mourn a loving wife, Helen, father, Mr. John Roberts, St. John's; 2 brothers, Ronald at Goose Bay; Later at Port aux Basques. Funeral notice later.


The Daily News
October 3, 1955
Page: 3
Michael Fowler
, 8 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Fowler of Marysvale, near Brigus, was killed instantly late Saturday when he fell from the back of a truck. As far as can be learned, the little lad jumped on the back of a small truck driven by his father and in some way or another fell off as the vehicle neared his home. He was severely injured around the head by the force of the impact with the hard surface of the highway and died instantly. The father of the boy had just been returning from work at Cupids when the tragic accident occurred.


The Daily News
October 3, 1955
Page: 16
Cyril J. Greene
- Passed peacefully away at St. Clare's Hospital on October 1st, Cyril J. Greene, retired druggist. Funeral from his late residence, No. 55 Quidi Vide Road on Monday, October 3rd with Requiem Mass at St. Joseph's Church at 9:30 a.m.


The Daily News
October 3, 1955
Page: 3
Mrs. Howard Jesso
, victim of a motor vehicle accident at Curling East a few days ago died at the Western Memorial Hospital in Corner Brook yesterday morning. The 25year old housewife was returning to her home on Wednesday last when she was hit by a car driven by a resident of the area and sustained five broken ribs and a fractured leg. She was rushed to the hospital immediately but failed to respond to treatment and passed away early Sunday. The drive of the car was later arrested and charged with failing to remain at the scene of an accident. He is now out on bail and will come up for trial sometime this week.


The Daily News
October 3, 1955
Page: 2
Jessie Trowbridge
- The death of Mrs. Jessie Trowbridge occurred here early Saturday morning. Deceased was in her eightieth year and had been ill for a brief time. The funeral services were held on Monday afternoon. Interment was in the S. A. Cemetery with Major Wheeler conducting the funeral services. Deceased is survived by one daughter Jane, and also two brothers, John and George Green, residing here. Deepest sympathy is extended to the bereaved relatives and friends in their sorrow.


The Daily News
October 4, 1955
Page: 7
Cave - French Wedding Bells
Bay Roberts, September 23 - Central United Church, decorated with the summer flowers, was the scene of a very pretty wedding on Monday evening, September 5, at 7:30 o'clock, when Evelyn Louise, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Graham French, French's Cove, became the bride of Wallace, son of Mrs. Sarah and the late Elijah B. Cave, Bay Roberts West.
The ceremony was performed by the Minister of the Church, Rev. J. S. H. Moran, B.A.
To the strains of the Bridal Chorus, played by the Church Organist, Miss Doris Badcock, the bride was escorted to the altar by her uncle, James B. Mercer, who gave her in marriage in the unavoidable absence of here father who could not get home from his work for the wedding. She presented a lovely picture in her strapless white gown of nylon tulle-over-satin. The lace bolero was trimmed with tiny pearls and rhinestones. Her shoulder-length veil fell from a ruffled tulle rhinestone-trimmed headdress, and she carried a bouquet of American Beauty Roses with Lily of the Valley and Fern.
The bride was attended by her four sisters, Nellie acted as maid of honour, with Phyllis and Valine as bridesmaids, and little Judy Ann looked very pretty as she carried her bouquet of flowers, and played her part very well, especially when it is considered that she is not yet 3 years of age. The bride's attendants were dressed in ballerina-length dresses of mauve, aqua and pink. They were identical, being made of nylon tulle-over-satin with low necklines trimmed with rhinestones. Their headdresses were of ruffled tulle with large bows of the same material at the back of their heads. They carried bouquets of baby orchids. Little Judy wore a dress of lemon silk, trimmed with lavender velvet bows, and she wore a headband of the same colour velvet. She carried a basket of mixed flowers.
The groom was ably supported by his brother, Russell Cave, who performed the duties of best man.
Ushers were Messrs. Edsel Mercer and William Ralph, friends of both the bride and groom, who, after they had seated all guests, took the places with the bridal party.
During the signing of the Register, Mr. George Mercer, uncle of the bride, gave a beautiful solo rendition of the beautiful verse, "I'll Walk Beside You."
The Church Choir was in attendance. Both the bride and groom are members of the choir.
Following the ceremony, the bridal party motored to Harbour Grace, returning to Snowden Hall, where the reception was held. The guests were received by the mother of the bride, who wore navy blue with white accessories, and corsage of American Beauty Roses. The mother of the groom assisted. She wore navy blue with pink accessories and fox fur, and a corsage of pink roses.
A delicious wedding supper was served by the ladies of the East Women's Association of the United Church.
The three-tier wedding cake was baked by Mrs. Mae Mercer and very beautifully decorated by the bride's aunt, Mrs. George Mercer, who also made the headdresses for the whole wedding party, as well as the flower girl's dress. The bridal gown was from Bowring Brothers; the attendants' dresses by the Model Shop; bouquets by Garland's Flower Shop, Carbonear; flowers for the Church by Mrs. H. Myers.
The young couple were the recipients of many lovely and valued gifts, which testifies to the esteem in which they were held by their many friends.
The groom is postmaster here at Bay Roberts, while the bride was a member of the Post Office staff until her marriage. Both are well-known and liked citizens, and take a keen interest in the Church and community matters. They are presently residing in their own home, Snow's Lane, Bay Roberts.
We join with their many friends in offering heartiest congratulations to Evelyn and Wallace, and wish them many years of wedded bliss.


The Daily News
October 4, 1955
Page: 7
Bay Roberts, September 28

The sad news was received here recently by Mrs. Harvey Bowering (nee Ethel Parsons), of the accidental death of her brother, Howard, which occurred on September 21st in Toronto. Howard has been working in Toronto for a number of years. He was single and 29 years of age. As far as can be learned, he died following a fall from a two-story building on which he was working.
The deceased mother, Mrs. Isabella Parsons, went to live in Toronto some five years ago, and she, together with her daughter Cavel and two sons, Munden and Vern, will accompany the body to Coley's Point for burial. He is also survived by another sister, Ruby (Mrs. Eric Pitcher) of St. John's, and a brother Fred in Toronto. His father Augustua (Gus) Parsons, died some 8 years ago.
The unfortunate victim had planned to visit his hometown this fall, having been away for a number of years.
The funeral takes place to St. John the Evangelist Church and Cemetery on Saturday afternoon at 2:30.
We join with the many friends of the Parsons family, and readers of the News, in extending deepest sympathy to the bereaved family.


The Daily News
October 4, 1955
Page: 20
Sister Marie Celine Tremblett
- Passed peacefully way at St. Elizabeth Hospital, New York, October 3rd, Sister Marie Celine, daughter of John and the late Catherine Tremblett. Left to mourn father, four sisters, Mrs. E. J. Rielly and Mrs. F. J. O'Toole of New York, and Mrs. M. J. Lawlor and Mrs. W. Francis of this city.


The Daily News
October 5, 1955
Page: 3

CURTIS, Doctor Ira - His many friends all over the province were saddened last night to learn of the passing of the Reverend Ira F. Curtis in his 68th year. He died at his home on Craigmillar Avenue following a comparatively short illness.
Ira Freeman Curtis was born at Bonavista in 1887, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Curtis. During his younger days he travelled from place to place with his father who was a school teacher and Lay Agent of the Methodist Church. He received most of his early education at Burgeo and it was from there that he came to St. John's to enter the Ministry of the Methodist Church. He later studied Theology at Mount Allison and graduated from the institution in 1918.
Returning to his native Newfoundland, the young ordained Minister first took over the pastoral charge at Springdale. In later years he served at Bell Island, Botwood, Grand Bank, George Street Church at St. John's, and at Corner Brook. At the latter place he was Minister in charge for 8 years and during that time he was privileged to see the completion of the First United Church for the erection of which he worded so hard.
In 1944 he returned to St. John's to accept the position of Director of Education for the United Church in the Department of Education, a position he held up to the time of his death. At his passing he was also Chairmen of the St. John's Presbytery of the United Church, having served in that capacity for several years.
In 1932 the deceased was elected President of the Newfoundland Conference of the United Church of Canada, the highest honour the church can bestow up a Minister in this province. Honours also came to him in 1939 when Pine Hill Divinity Hall conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Divinity. In 1937 he was selected to journey to Palestine on the MacPherson Bequest and in the same year was Canada's representative to the World Council of Churches in Edinburg, Scotland.
Doctor Curtin is survived by his wife, the former Gertrude Martin of St. John's, one daughter, Ruth, R.N., at home, two sons, Doctor George B., St. John's and Arthur, a medical student at Dalhousie University, two brothers, Reverent Cyril Curtis, Toronto, and Victor at Ormision, Quebec, two sisters, Mrs. Harriett Arsenault and Mrs. Lillian Ellis, both residing in Boston.


The Daily News
October 5, 1955
Page: 16

CURTIS, Reverend Ira Freeman - Entered into rest on Tuesday, October 4, at his home 44 Craigmillar Avenue, Reverend Ira Freeman Curtis, D.D. Funeral to take place on Friday at 2:30 p.m. from George Street United Church.


The Daily News
October 5, 1955
Page: 9

BUTT
Mrs. Elizabeth Butt Is 97 Years Old
Spaniard's Bay, October 3 - Mrs. Elizabeth Butt of Spaniard's Bay was ninety-seven years old on October 5 and although since February of this year she has been confined to her bed she likes to receive visitors and always finds something interesting to talk about. She was eight years old when Cyrus Field in the "Great Eastern" entered Heart's Content having successfully laid the cable (the cable laid previously having broken). Mrs. Butt has told us of this historic event as she remembers it. She recalls that when the "Great Eastern" arrived, everybody seemed to be scurrying around. Some seemed to be busily engaged, some were dressed in their fineries, others were just watching the goings on while others were just plain indifferent. Being a child, she with the other children were in the centre of things, not because she was interested in the historical significance of the occasion, but because she merely wanted to see what was going on. After all it was not every day that a ship as big at the "Great Eastern" came into the little quiet fishing village of Heart's Content. She says that many of the men and women present went on board the big ship to have a look around and some of the children managed to go aboard also and see what all the fuss was about. It was about dinner time that they go out, and with her chums she looked the ship over, ending up by following their noses to the direction from which came pleasant smells - the galley. When they stopped at the galley door, the man inside (presumably the cook) spoke to them and gave them some "figgy duff." "We were too shy to stand there and eat it," says Mrs. Butt, "so we went aft and sat down. Some of the girls wondered if they should eat it or not, but it looked good, smelled good and tasted good, so I ate mine, and you can see for yourself that it didn't kill me."
When she was a young woman, she and her sister walked from Heart's Content to Harbour Grace looking for work which in those days meant only one thing, to go "in service" with some Labrador planter. It wasn't easy to get a job then, as planters wanted to be sure of the girls they hired, and there were plenty girls around from which to choose. As anybody knew either she or her sister, they had some difficulty. Her sister did find employment at Harbour Grace South and in later years married there. Elizabeth came on to Spaniard's Bay and by a streak of luck found a planter looking for a servant, and so she went to live with Mr. John Butt. Four years later, at the age of twenty three, she and Mr. Butt's son, Josiah walked to Upper Island Cove and were married in the Old Church there on St. Stephen's Day, December 26, 1881.
She remembers when the old Orange Hall was situated in Casey's Lane and when the present one was built on the point. Some of her children were christened in the old Church of the Holy Trinity which stood on the land now known as the old cemetery (which, incidentally, has been closed for about fifty years) and where the present church belfry now stands. She says, too, that before the present United Church was built, the old Wesleyan Church of "Meeting House" was situated on land quite close to that where Mr. Lewis Sheppard's house is built. In the eighties and nineties, and even after the turn of the century, it was quite a common sight to see schooners being built or repaired in Whalen's Dock. The younger generation will probably know the area concerned if we say that Whalen's Dock is now the property of Mr. Nath Barrett and Mr. Joseph Blandford. Schooners were also built quite near Mr. A. R. Gosse's residence as well as near the public wharf at Green Head.
She has always enjoyed listening to the radio, but she has not yet seen television, although she seems to have an idea of what it is like. Up to about a year ago she enjoyed reading, but when she found it difficult to see the fine print, she gave this up as she did not intend to use glasses. Her hearing, while not as keen now as it was a year or so ago, is still good. She loves to receive a visit from her clergyman, and still makes inquiries of Rev. Hunt who was a regular visitor for almost nineteen years. When we last visited her she made inquiries as to when the present rector who was away on holiday would be back. When we told here that he would be returning on Friday, she said, "Well, there are only three days more to wait."
Mrs. Butt has two daughters, (Mrs. William Noseworthy of Grand Falls and Mrs. Douglas Smith of St. John's) and one son, (John, with whom she resides), ten grandchildren, forty-three great-grandchildren, and six great, great grandchildren, all of whom together with a host of friends will want to wish Mrs. Butt, who is the oldest residence of Spaniard's Bay, a very happy birthday.


The Daily News
October 5, 1955
Page: 7
Richard J. Kent
- The passing of Mr. Richard J. Kent at his home Lance Cove, Bell Island, on Saturday, October 1st, removes from our midst another of the good old stock. Although not enjoying the best of health for the past two years, his passing came as a great shock as it was unexpected as he was able to be around practically till the end and only last week visited his brother in the East End.
The deceased gentleman was a son of the late Peter and Mary Kent and was born on the Island 77 years ago. Dick Kent, as he was familiarly known, was a skilled carpenter and worked at his trade with the mining company for over thirty years.
After leaving the company he followed his trade for a number of years working for private individuals. He was also one of the few Islanders that fished in the deep blue waters of Conception Bay. Greatly beloved for his winsome character and pleasing personality, and the sincerity of his life, held for him the admiration of many warm friends. He shared fully in the life of the church with a faith that commended his religion, and his reassuring smile and kindly acts will long be remembered, and the influence of his Christian character will live on in many souls. A good man has answered the last call and he has gone to that bourne from whence no traveller returns but his memory is held in cherished and imperishable remembrance by the family so deeply afflicted.
The surviving members of his family are his wife, four sons, Richard, Daniel, Terrence and John, two daughters, Mary (Mrs. Andrew Kavanagh), Bridget (Mrs. George Galway; two brothers, Peter J. and Terrence; two sisters, Mrs. Peter J. Fitzgerald, Mrs. William Fitzpatrick and a large number of grandchildren all residing on the island.
The funeral took place Monday morning by motor hearse to the Church of the Sacred Heart where Solemn Requiem Mass was celebrated by the Rt. Rev. Monsignor G. F. Bartlett, D.P., P.P., assisted by Revd. Fr. J. L. O'Dwyer and Revd. Fr. Purcell.


The Daily News
October 6, 1955
Page: 14

Wedding Bells
Bradley - Heath

Harbour Grace - A quiet but pretty wedding took place at the Church of St. John the Divine at Topsail on Monday, September 24th, when Alma, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Albert Heath, formerly of this town, was united in marriage to Mr. Walter Bradley of the United Nail and Foundry Co., St. John's, by Rev. G. Elliott. The bride, looking very lovely in a suit of beige with matching accessories and wearing a corsage of pale pink tea roses, entered the church on the arm of her brother, Mr. William Heath. The attendants were Mr. And Mrs. Robert Barrett. Following the ceremony, the reception was held at "Geehan's", Topsail for the immediate friends of the families. The honeymoon is being spent at Makinson's Lodge and at Harbour Grace. The bride was a popular employee of Ayre and Sons Ltd., for some years, and her many friends at St. John's and Harbour Grace join in wishing Mr. And Mrs. Bradley many years of happiness.


The Daily News
October 6, 1955
Page: 16

CHAFE, Leonard Seymour - Died suddenly at Toronto due to accident, Leonard Seymour Chafe, age 29 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. Seymour Chafe, Petty Hr., leaving to mourn as well as his parents four sisters and four brothers; funeral to take place on Friday, Oct. 7th at 2:30 p.m. from his late residence Petty Hr. (by motor hearse).


The Daily News
October 6, 1955
Page: 9

COOMBES, David - The sad news was received by Mrs. E. F. Goodland last week of the tragic death of her nephew, David Coombes, in an accident which took place four miles from his home in Louisiana, to which he was driving when his car was hit broadside by another automobile.
Mr. Coombes was the youngest son of Rev. David Coombes, a native of Upper Island Cove and Ethel Irish Coombes, formerly of Fogo. Rev. Mr. And Mrs. Coombes have been living in Louisiana for a number of years.
Their son, David, received his education at Kent Preparatory School, Kent, Conn., and at Harvard before serving in the U.S. Army. Following his discharge from the service he returned to Harvard where he got his Master's Degree from the Business School. On the day of the accident, which took his life, he had been notified of his appointment as Public Relations Director of the International Shoe Co., and had telephone his parents to that effect, saying he was leaving for home to talk over the appointment with them. While they awaited his arrival, the parents were notified of an accident and that their son had been the victim.
To the sorrowing parents and other relatives, the sympathy of their friends in Newfoundland will be extended. Mrs. E. F. Goodland of this town and Miss S. Irish of Grand Falls are aunts, and Mr. George Irish also of Grand Falls is an uncle. The deceased had visited here with his parents some twenty years ago.


The Daily News
October 6, 1955
Page: 16
Gertrude C. March
- It was with much sorrow that the many friends of Miss Gertrude C. March, both in Newfoundland and the mainland, heard of her unexpected passing in Philadelphia, September 22nd after a brief illness in Bryn Mawr hospital.
The late Miss March was a member of one of the oldest and most respected families in Newfoundland which for over a century rendered much service to both church and state and made a notable contribution to the public welfare of the community in commerce and in parliament, and to the nation on the field of battle in two world wars.
The youngest daughter of the late Nathanial March, senior partner of the firm of S. March and Sons, she was educated at the old Methodist College, St. John's where she displayed much talent. She was a lady of considerable intellectual attainments and great charm. On leaving school she underwent training as a nurse in a famous American hospital; following her graduation there she entered upon a life of service to the sick and suffering for which she was eminently fitted. Those who knew her best were impressed by the fact that to her a patient was not merely one to whom it was her professional duty to minister as a nurse and to render the best skill she possessed, but one to be treated as a friend in need of help, sympathy, cheerfulness and encouragement; and long after convalescence she invariably followed her patients' progress towards the full recovery of their strength. Thus throughout life she retained the friendship and gratitude of those who in sickness had experienced the skilled and gentle touch of her devoted nursing.
In the course of her long and distinguished career her patients included many prominent people in the U.S.A., for eminent physicians had the utmost confidence in her high professional skill, efficiency, and intense energy; but for a period she was visiting nurse among the poor in Philadelphia and she rejoiced in being of service to these humble folk.
Two years ago she retired from the nursing profession and returned to her old home in St. John's where she looked forward to spending her remaining years with her family and old school friends of former days. But her sense of duty as a highly trained nurse was strong and on many occasions she willingly undertook private duty in St. John's hospitals where several patients, including world war veterans had the comfort of her skill, friendship and unfailing good humor.
During the summer she went on a visit to friends in Philadelphia where she became critically ill and passed peacefully away among several old friends who tenderly did everything possible for here comfort during the closing moments of her earthly life. Her remains were flown to St. John's, accompanied by her nephew and on Sunday, September 25, following a brief service at her old home, 52 Circular Road, conducted by Rev. W. L. Langille, B.A., and attended by a large number of old friends, she was laid to rest in the family plot in the General Protestant Cemetery, St. John's.
She is survived by two sisters, Miss Amelia March and Mrs. Florence Timperly of St. John's, and by one nephew, Squadron Leader Ian March DFC of Montreal and by one niece, Mrs. Fred Cornick of St. John's. Her brother, Major J. W. March, M.C., Cde G - the valiant soldier, beloved friend of the men of the 1st Royal Newfoundland Regiment, her sister many years as a missionary in Japan her sister Miss Emmy March, another devoted nurse, all predeceased her several years ago.
In expressing their feelings of heartfelt sympathy with the bereaved family, the friends of Gertrude March will fondly cherish the memory of a dear friend and a devoted nurse who dedicated her great gifts of head and heart to the service of others and consecrated her life to the alleviation of human suffering.


The Daily News
October 6, 1955
Page: 14
Wedding Bells
Vincent - Matthews

Harbour Grace - George St. United Church, St. John's, was the scene of a quiet but pretty wedding on Saturday, October 1st, when Mrs. Gertrude Rose Matthews was united in marriage to Mr. Albert Ernest Vincent, the ceremony being performed by Rev. J. A. McKim. The matron of honour was Mrs. John Fradsham, while the duties of best man were performed by Mr. John Fradsham. Following the ceremony, the wedding party motored around Conception Bay highway, making stops at Coley's Point, Harbour Grace and Carbonear. They returned to their home in St. John's on Sunday evening. The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. Vincent here and elsewhere extend best wishes for their future happiness.


The Daily News
October 8, 1955
Pages: 3 & 5

CURTIS, Rev. Dr. Ira F. - George Street United Church was banked with flowers and draped in mourning for the funeral service of the late Rev. Dr. Ira F. Curtis, which was held yesterday afternoon at 2:30.
The casket was borne to the church at 11 a.m. and the church was open for friends to visit before the service.
The Consul of Portugal, representatives of the Cabinet, the Government Departments, United Church schools in St. John's, the University, the Board of Governors of Prince of Wales College, members of the United Church Elementary School Boards for St. John's, students from the University and the dental profession attended the service, and all members of the St. John's Presbytery of the United Church attended in body to do honour to Rev. Dr. Curtis, who has been chairman of this court for several years. Rev. A. N. Holmes of Fortune represented the Burin Presbytery, Rev. L. H. Perry of Bonavista Presbytery.
Honourary pallbearers were, Rev. E. Broughton and Board members of the Carbonear Presbytery, Rev. W. B. Johnson, Rev. G. F. Weir, Rev. W. L. Lagille, Rev. J. S. Moran, Rev. W. H. McCabe, and Mr. J. G. Barnes.
The service opened with the organ prelude, "Come Sweet Peace," with Mr. Alistair Kinsman at the organ.
The President of the Newfoundland Conference of the United Church, Rev. R. N. Rowsell, B.A., conducted the service.
After the first hymn, "O Life That Makest All Things New", Rev. J. A. McKim, Minister of George Street Church, read the first Scripture Lesson, Psalm 121, and Rev. Dr. A. S. Butt, B.A., B.D., Minister of Wesley United Church led in prayer.
The choir, which was made up of members from the four United Churches in the city, sang the anthem, "Peace, Perfect Peace", and Rev. Isaac Davis of Clarke's Beach United Church read the second Scripture Lesson, Romans 8: 31-35, 37-39.
The hymn, "Dear Lord and Father of Mankind", sung as it was by the hundreds of men who filled the body of the Church, reverberated through the whole structure of the church.
Rev. F. E. Vipond, B.A., B.D., gave the funeral address. He spoke of Dr. Curtis as a loving husband and father; as a friend, witty, cheerful, friendly, companionable; as a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as his central interest, and his congregation's needs dear to his heart.
Mr. Vipond spoke of the communities where Dr. Curtis served during his ministry, and some of the honours which were bestowed upon him.
He will be missed in the field of education, Mr. Vipond said, for he has been Superintendent of United Church Education since 1944. The people owe Dr. Curtis a great debt for his contribution to education in Newfoundland, and children in the schools will miss him, for whenever Dr. Curtis spoke to them the programme was always lightened and brightened.
Quoting from a poem, "On what shore tarriest thou now", Mr. Vipond went on to say that the Christian Faith answers that from the teaching of Christ when He said, "Let not your hearts be troubled, ye believe in God, believe also in Me, in My Father's house are many mansions," and the promise given by Jesus Who said, "I go to prepare a place for you."
To satisfy the longing for eternity God has given us light and a home and a promise of eternal life, Mr. Vipond said, and in a time of sorrow the comfort of the bereaved are the two gifts of God, Memory and Hope.
The hymn, "We Cannot Think of Them as Dead", brought the service in the Church to a close and the congregation stood while the organ played Handel's "Dead March in Saul" before leaving to attend the services at the graveside at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.


The Daily News
October 8, 1955
Page: 2
William E. Janes
- The passing of Mr. William Janes of Wabana, Bell Island following a brief illness was learned with deep regret, on Sunday, October 2nd.
Born at Upper Island Cove, C.B., 69 years ago the late Mr. Janes had been a resident of the ? Isle since 1907 when he went to work with the Mining Company. During his long and faithful service he occupied a number of responsible positions, such as machine attendant, pocket foreman and blasting foreman. He was retired from active service in February 1954.
The deceased gentleman was quiet unassuming man and had a host of associates both young and old were very sorry to hear of his almost sudden passing.
He was a member of the Salvation Army, also a life long member of the Orange Association, Happy Home 157, and since 15? Had been an honorary member of that organization.
Surviving him are his wife, two sons, James and Graham; a daughter, Muriel (Mrs. G. Rose, Bell Island); three brothers, Arch and Gilbert, Upper Island Cove, Nathaniel at Dildo, T.B., one sister, Mrs. Effie Molson of Sydney, N.S., and nine grandchildren.
The funeral took place by motor hearse on Tuesday October 4 from his home, Scotia Ridge to the Salvation Army Citadel. Burial was in the Salvation Army Cemetery with Capt. G. Hickman officiating. The funeral arrangements were under the direction of Rideout's Undertaker's Service, Mr. Bert Rideout being the undertaker. The following acted as pallbearers: - Wm. Vokey, Abe Miller, Wm. Skanes, Reg. Mercer, Joseph Coombs, Victor Hammond.
Mr. Malcolm Rideout provided the musical portion of the service.
Deepest sympathy is extended to the bereaved family.


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October 8, 1955
Page: 3
Matilda Young
- Tragedy hit the settlement of Stephenville Crossing on Saturday when five-year-old Matilda Young, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Young, was killed instantly while crossing over the C.N.R. rail lines. Only vague details were available last night, but it is understood that the child was returning home from school and was near the railway depot when she was hit by a shunting freight train and killed instantly. Members of the R.C.M.P. Detachment at Stephenville are conducting the usual investigation.


Spaniard's Bay, Oct. 10, 1925.
Wesley Gosse
- On Saturday the 3rd, the community of Spaniard's Bay were shocked, as it has been before, when the sad news spread quickly through the settlement that Wesley GOSSE had died suddenly, when in the act of cranking his car, with the intention of going to Harbor Grace. Wes was one of our most popular and promising young men. Always in a pleasant mood, always jocular, and consequently a great favorite with every one. He was never known to pass by any one when driving his car without stopping, to take them aboard, especially an old person, which kindly acts endeared him to all, therefore his sudden passing away caused universal sorrow. He was well known, not only in the district of Hr. Grace, but from Bay de Verde to St. John's and many were the expressions of regrets and sympathy from all these places, where he was so well known. His funeral took place from his father's residence on Monday 5th at 2.30 p.m., and was the largest and most representative seen here for a long time. He was a member of the Masonic Order and the L. O. A., and both Societies attended his funeral in regalia, and walked in processional order. The Methodist Church of which he was a member was filled to its utmost capacity. The burial service was conducted by the Rev. Mr. HOUSE of Bay Roberts, assisted by the Rev. E. C. CLENCH, Rector of Spaniard's Bay and the Methodist clergyman of Clarke's Beach, whilst Miss Beatina CURRIE presided at the organ. Among the audience were Rev. E. M. BISHOP, Rector of Bay Roberts, Rev. M. K. GARDNER of Upper Island Cove, Sir Richard SQUIRES, Dr. A. BARNES, Dr. T. McLEOD, Dr. ATKINSON, as well as several other personages. The address was delivered by Rev. Mr. HOUSE, who took for his subject a very appropriate text of Scripture namely "In the morning it is green and groweth up, but in the evening it is cut down, dried up and withered" Mr. house delivered a most impressive and sympathetic address which was listened with rapt attention by all. Interment took place in the Methodist Cemetery when all that was mortal of Wesley GOSSE was laid in its last resting place to await the final resurrection of the dead. He leaves to mourn their sad and irreparable loss, a wife and two children, his father and mother and two sisters, for whom the greatest sympathy is felt.
"Let friends forebear to mourn and weep,
While sweetly in my grave I sleep,
A tiresome world I've left behind,
A crown of glory for to find."
B.B.S


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October 11, 1955
Page: 24
Jane Christopher
- Passed peacefully away Sunday afternoon Jane Christopher, widow of the late Thomas Christopher and daughter of the late Richard and Catherine Skeans of Kilbride, aged 80 years. She leaves to mourn four daughters: Mrs. Catherine Carew, Mrs. Thomas Power and Mrs. Patrick Vicars of this city and Mrs. Paul Buck of New York: and three sons: Patrick, John and Edward and 27 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Funeral takes place Tuesday morning following Requiem Mass at St. Patrick's Church at 8:30 from her late residence 608 Water Street West. Interment at Belvedere.


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October 11, 1955
Page: 24
Samuel Roberts
- Passed peacefully away 10 p.m., October 10th, after a brief illness, Samuel, Beloved husband of the late Elizabeth Roberts, age 74, leaving to mourn their sad loss one daughter, Lucy (Mrs. Russell Sparkes); two sons, Joshua and Roderick; five grandchildren and a large circle of friends. Funeral at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 12th, by motor hearse from his late residence 37 Allandale Road to Mount Pleasant Cemetery.


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October 11, 1955
Page: 24
Thomas Holden
- Passed peacefully away 1 p.m., October 10, Thomas Holden, Topsail Road, aged 77 years, leaving to mourn their sad loss wife, three daughters, six sons, one brother, Michael, one sister, Sister Mary Frances, Mercy Convent, and 12 grandchildren. Funeral Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. to Corpus Christi Church, Kilbride, with Requiem Mass at 9:30 a.m. Interment at Belvedere Cemetery.


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October 11, 1955
Page: 24
TILLER - DROVER WEDDING BELLS

A very pretty wedding was solemnized at St. Peter's Church, Upper Island Cove, October 1st, at 4 p.m., when Mary, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Drover, became the bride of Howard, only son of Mr. And Mrs. Wm. Tiller of Badger's Quay. Rev. Ludlow of Harbour Grace performed the ceremony.
The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore a strapless lace over satin gown with a lace bolero. Her nylon veil was held by a pearl sequin trimmed Juliet cap of lace, and she carried a bouquet of pink and white roses.
Attending her were Miss Janet Drover, as bridesmaid, who wore a floor-length gown of lemon nylon with matching headdress, and carried a bouquet of roses.
Little Linda Drover, Jean Drover and Vera Drover, sisters of the bride, were flower girls.
The groom was supported by Clement Drover, brother of the bride, as best man.
Usher for the guests was Mr. George Drover.
The Wedding March and Hymns were played by the organist, Mrs. Taylor.
After the church service a procession of 18 cars followed the bridal party to Bowring's Dance Hall and then return to the Parish Hall where a reception was held, over one hundred guests attending. The bride and groom received many beautiful gifts. Mr. and Mrs. Wm Tiller, and Mrs. Winter, grandmother of the groom, were present for the wedding.
Mr. and Mrs. Tiller will spend a few days with her parents and will then leave for Badger's Quay where they will make their future home.


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October 11, 1955
Page: 24
Maude Tucker
- Passed peacefully away, Sunday, October 9th, Maude Tucker, aged 82 years, the wife of Michael Tucker. She leaves to mourn two daughters, Mrs. A. Edstrom and Mrs. H. Clements, both of this city, and two sons, Jack and Michael also of the city, also 24 grandchildren. The funeral takes place from her late residence 24 Casey Street, Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. to St. Patrick's Church and thence to Mt. Cashel where the interment will take place.


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October 11, 1955
Page: 24
Robert Vater
- Passed peacefully away at the Grace Hospital 6:30 a.m., October 10th, after a short illness, Robert Vater of Pouch Cove in his 55th year, leaving to mourn wife, five daughters, four sons, father, one brother and two sisters. Funeral at 3 p.m., Wednesday, October 12 from his late residence at Pouch Cove.


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October 12, 1955
Page: 16

DOYLES, Sister Mary Agnes - At St. Michael's Convent, Belvedere, on Saturday, October 8, there passed peacefully away, Sister Mary Agnes Doyle, daughter of the late John and Catherine Doyle. Funeral took place after Mass of Requiem at Convent Oratory, 10:30 Monday, October 10. Left to mourn are two sisters, Mrs. P. J. Casey and Miss Monica Doyle, nephew, Mr. Joseph J. Casey, niece, Mrs. W. W. Knoll, New Glasgow. R.I.P.


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October 12, 1955
Page: 10
George Hedd
- The news was recently received here that George Hedd, a former resident of Bell Island, passed away in hospital at Sydney Mines, in his 59th year, following a mining accident. The late George Hedd leaves to mourn two sons, Owen and Ray at Sydney Mines, his father, Mr. William Hedd, Scotia Ridge, Bell Island. Also seven brothers one at Sydney, N.S., and six at Bell Island and three sisters, two at Bell Island and one at Deer Lake.
The Daily News takes this opportunity to extend deepest sympathy to the bereaved relatives.
Note: George Hedd died October 8, 1955 @ age: 60 years, 5 months, 1 day.
Born: May 2, 1895 in Newfoundland
Father: William Hedd


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October 12, 1955
Page: 3
Mr. Robert Lawrence
, 33 Topsail Road, died suddenly from a heart attack Monday while partridge shooting on the Witless Bay barrens. A former employee of the Department of Public Works, deceased is survived by his widow and three sons. Funeral will take place from his late residence this afternoon.


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October 12, 1955
Page: 3
William Proudfoot
- His many friends were shocked to learn of the sudden passing yesterday of Mr. William Proudfoot, L.LB. in his 34th year.
Born at Bell Island, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Reid Proudfoot, "Bill", as he was familiarly known received his early education at Bell Island and St. John's and then studied law at Dalhousie University, graduating from there in March, 1946. He was later admitted to the Bar of Nova Scotia and on March 5th, 1946, was admitted to the Bar of Newfoundland.
In addition to his law practice here, deceased has been Law Clerk at the House of Assembly since Newfoundland's entry into Confederation and it was with considerable shock that his colleagues in the Legislature learned of his sudden passing yesterday. Deceased is survived by his widow, the former Lorraine Bemister, and two children and his parents at Bell Island.


The Daily News
October 12, 1955
Page: 10
All Bell Island was deeply shocked and saddened yesterday morning when the news was flashed that William Proudfoot had passed away suddenly at his home in St. John's. A son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Reid Proudfoot, he was born at Bell Island and was in his 38th year. He was educated at the C. of E. Academy, Bell Island; Memorial University, St. John's, and Dalhousie University, Halifax, where he studied law, and from where he graduated in 1946. He was a member of the Bar of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and for several years was Law Clerk at the House of Assembly.
Surviving him are his wife (nee Lorraine Bemister), two daughters, his parents, two brothers, Arthur and Lorne at home. The funeral takes place from his parents' residence to St. Boniface Church, Bell Island, Thursday afternoon at 2:30. Billy was a great favourite with all who knew him and his passing at such an early age is regretted by the whole community. To his surviving family we extend sincerest sympathy in their hour of bereavement.


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October 12, 1955
Page: 16
William Fraser Proudfoot
- Passed away suddenly at his home at St. John's Tuesday morning, October 11th, William Fraser Proudfoot, LL.B., age 38, leaving his wife (nee Lorraine Bemister) and two daughters, father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Proudfoot, Bell Island, and two brothers, Arthur and Lorne, also of Bell Island. Funeral from his parent's residence, Bell Island, 2:30 p.m., Thursday.


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October 12, 1955
Page: 10
May V. White
- Another former Bell Islander, Mrs. May V. White passed away in Boston on September 28th. That late Mrs. White lived here before taking up residence in the U.S.A. she was the former May Bowdring. She leaves to mourn, husband, Marice E. White, at Boston and a daughter, Sister Marie Carmel of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Narnur, St. Mary's Convent, Cambridge, Mass. Also ten sisters and one brother here and a brother in the United States. Again we extend sympathy to the bereaved relatives.


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October 13, 1955
Page: 20

October 14, 1955
Page: 16

Eliza Abbott - Entered into rest on October 12th, at the Grace Hospital, Eliza, wife of T. W. Abbott; leaving besides her husband are two daughters, Jean (Mrs. Reverend W. B. Perry) of Drummondville, Quebec, and Kathleen (Mrs. I. A. Richards) of this city; two sons, Cecil at Botwood and Randolph at Musgrave Harbour. Funeral on Friday, October 14th, at 2:30 p.m. by motor hearse from her late residence 15 Mayor Avenue to Mount Pleasant Cemetery.


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October 13, 1955
Page: 6

BROWN, Mrs. Azariah - Mr. and Mrs. M. M. Smith were notified by telegram on last Friday of the death at Dedham, Mass., U.S.A., of Mrs. Azariah Brown, a former resident of Spaniard's Bay. Deceased was the daughter of the late Captain Joseph Blandford and Mrs. Martha Blandford, and went to the United States with her husband to live several years ago. Besides her husband, she leaves three sons and two daughters, all of whom are living at Dedford. Mr. Samuel Blandford of Spaniard's Bay is her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, respectively.


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October 13, 1955
Page: 14

BRUSHETT, Samuel, age 77, formerly of Creston, B.B., passed away Wednesday night at his daughter's home, Mrs. Ford Gill of Botwood. He is survived by two daughters and four sons. The body was taken to Creston on Thursday for burial in the C. of E. Cemetery.


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October 13, 1955
Page: 7

CUMBDEN, Dinah - The death of Dinah Cumbden, in her eighty first year occurred here on Saturday night, October 1st. Deceased had been in failing health for some time and in recent months had been partially blind. Her death came as a happy release from her affliction. The funeral Services were held on Monday afternoon, October 3rd, with Rev. Dr. J. L. Reynolds conducting the services at the home and graveside. Interment was in the United Church Cemetery. Deceased is survived by her husband, to whom and other relatives, deepest sympathy is extended.


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October 13, 1955
Page: 20
Harry S. Frazer
- The whole country was shocked on Tuesday morning, October 4th, to hear of the sudden passing of Harry B. Frazer in his 66th year. Harry was born in Bonavista, May 7th, 1899
He was the oldest son of the Rev. George C. Frazer. His mother was Miss Tryphena Harris before her marriage to the Rev. Frazer. Harry was educated at the Methodist College and after school days he went to work with the firm of Ayre and Sons in the hardware department, and later as a travelling salesman for that firm. Afterwards he went to work at the railway. I think he and Mr. Frank Pittman went there at about the same time. After some years with the railway, Mr. Frazer went with the Imperial Oil Co., then with the White Clothing Co. and later with the Newfoundland Margarine Co., which company he worked with up to the time he was pensioned. But finding time hung heavily on him, he accepted a position with the Institute for the Blind as Sales Manager, and he was preparing to go to Corner Brook when he was suddenly called by death. He married Miss Stella Taylor, daughter of Mr. John Taylor, well known ship-wright, by whom he had one daughter, now Mrs. Campbell Eaton. He leaves beside the above, one sister, Mrs. J. A. Cochrane of the Memorial University, one brother, Donald, at New York, and large number of other relatives in England. Mr. Frazer was a member of Lodge Tasker No. 454 A.F. & A.M.; also he was a member of the commercial Travellers Association.
In sports Harry rowed for the Railway in the "Red Lion". He played football and some billiards. He tried to enlist in the 1st World War and was turned down by the doctors, the reason being bad varicose veins in his legs. He tried a second time with the same result.
As his business took Harry away from home for long periods, when in St. John's he spent most of his time with his family. I think this was his greatest pleasure. I am sure he will be missed by a large number of people, especially by the business men in the outports as they were always glad to see him as he had all the current news. Finally he is one of the best I ever knew and I enjoyed travelling with him in the fullest, and when I am called to the Great Beyond my greatest wish is that my friends will speak as kindly of me as they do of Harry B. Frazer.
Yours Very Truly
Traveller


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October 13, 1955
Page: 3
No. 4618, Robert Lawrence
, Veteran of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment in the First Great World War of 1914-18, was laid to rest yesterday afternoon, with the customary honours of the Canadian Legion, of which he was a member.
The funeral, which was largely attended, took place from his late residence, Topsail Road, and included executive officers of the Department of Welfare, Lgr. P. Miskell and members of the executive of the St. John's Branch of the Canadian Legion, and citizens prominent in the business and civic life of the community.
Rev. A. M. Old, M.A., of the Presbyterian Manse, took the service at the home as well as the committal at the General Protestant Cemetery. Capt. Leo Murphy recited the Legion Ritual at the graveside. The deceased, who was in his 60th year, is survived by his wife, three sons, mother, sister and two brothers. The late Robert J. Lawrence was the sixth Newfoundland ex-service-man to answer the Last Roll Call during the past week. Lawrence Brothers looked after the funeral arrangements.


October 14, 1955
Page: 16

ABBOTT, Eliza - Entered into rest on October 12th, at the Grace Hospital, Eliza, wife of T. W. Abbott; leaving besides her husband are two daughters, Jean (Mrs. Reverend W. B. Perry) of Drummondville, Quebec, and Kathleen (Mrs. I. A. Richards) of this city; two sons, Cecil at Botwood and Randolph at Musgrave Harbour. Funeral on Friday, October 14th, at 2:30 p.m. by motor hearse from her late residence 15 Mayor Avenue to Mount Pleasant Cemetery.


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October 14, 1955
Page: 16
Phillis Isobel Noseworthy
- Passed suddenly at the General Hospital yesterday morning, October 14th, Phillis Isobel, age 21, beloved daughter of Ralph and Ethel Noseworthy, 51 Fleming St. Leaving to mourn their sad loss, mother, father, three sisters, Shirley (Mrs. B. Jardine) Pouch Cove and Jean, Sylvia at home; three brothers, Charlie, Robert and David. Funeral on Monday at 2:30 from the residence of her uncle, Mr. William Noseworthy, 16 Monroe Street. Funeral by motor hearse.


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October 14, 1955
Page: 16
Thomas J. Stafford
- Passed peacefully away at 2 p.m., Friday, October 14th, Thomas J. Stafford, aged 82 years; leaving to mourn a loving wife, one daughter, Margaret (Mrs. Wm. Bennett), and one brother, Michael, in Boston. Funeral at St. Patrick's Church. (Boston Papers please copy)


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October 14, 1955
Page: 16
Ralph Gaden Stirling
- Passed away suddenly at Montreal, October 13th, Ralph Gaden Stirling, aged 49, elder son of Canon A. B. S. Stirling, and the late Della Stirling, leaving wife, Dorothy, and two daughters. Funeral, Saturday afternoon from Collin's Funeral Home, Sherbrook St., Montreal.


The Daily News
October 14, 1955
Page: 16
Rita Yetman
- Died suddenly at the General Hospital in her 33rd year, Rita, Beloved wife of Peter Yetman. Leaving to mourn their sad loss, husband, two children, one sister, three brothers, one uncle, three aunts and a large circle of friends. Funeral on Saturday from her brother's residence, 108 Craigmiller Ave. at 8 a.m. by motor hearse to St. Patrick's Church for Solemn Requiem Mass at 8:30.


The Daily News
October 15, 1955
Page: 10

CURTIS, Rev. Ira Freeman, D.D. - In George Street United Church, St. John's, where he had served - a beloved pastor - for six years, the flower banked communion rail and draped pulpit gave mute evidence of the affection and respect in which Ira Freeman Curtis was held; while the congregation which filled the lovely edifice composed of representatives of church and state, men and women from all walks of life and children from the schools, gave further testimony to the love and esteem which was voiced in the funeral oration by the minister of Gower Street United Church and which echoed that which was in all our hearts to say. For Rev. Francis Vipond spoke of him as a loving husband and dear father; as a beloved colleague- witty, cheerful, friendly, companionable; as a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ who held the church as his deepest interest and the needs of his congregation dear to his heart; while he reminded us, both the seen and unseen listening audience (for the service was broadcast), of his unique contribution in the field of learning as the Superintendent of Education for United Church schools during the last eleven years of life, which has left us all in his debt throughout the land.
With his passing on Tuesday, October 4, 1955, the United Church of Canada lost one of its most colourful and dynamic spokesmen and Newfoundland one of its finest citizens. It may be some time before we are permitted to look upon his like again.
As an ordained minister, first of the Methodist and then of the United Church, he served pastorates at Springdale, Bell Island, Botwood, Grand Bank and Corner Brook as well as in St. John's - and he left the impact of his contagious personality every where he went. During the years of his ministry though sometimes fatigued or ill few realized it, for his energy was boundless and his will to work not easy to match. Once, for example, on a scheduled trip to visit schools along the north shore of Bonavista Bay, he found himself in bed by his doctor's orders-but a day or two later a message reached us at Greenstown: "Leaving by to-night's train meet me in mission boat at Glovertown." That was typical of the man who could also bend an oar when an emergency engine breakdown left the craft on which he was journeying drifting helpless out the bay.
His circle of friends and acquaintances was as wide as his travels which took him not only throughout the length of his beloved Province, but included trips on church and educational business to the Canadian mainland, to Great Britain - and once on a pilgrimage to Palestine. His appointment as President of Conference in 1932 and his years in Presbytery office enlarged the scope of his influence and provided him with added opportunity to demonstrate his gifts of administration and his leadership ability.
But as his association with, and his knowledge of people grew, so also grew his sympathies, coupled with a tireless seeking out of way and means whereby he might minister to their needs. Some of us know how through the long years of depression during his pastorate at George Street United Church he taxed himself to the limit. Once I found him returning to the Manse at three o'clock in the morning. He had been out trying to find a home for an outport girl who had knocked on his door at midnight, and next day he went with her in search of a job she so badly needed. And during recent years, following busy weeks of work in the educational office, he, along with others has gone Sunday after Sunday to minister to prisoners many of whom will remember his faith and trust in them and the ways in which he helped them to a better life and rehabilitation in society. Such was Ira Freeman Curtis.
Workman hailed in the street as he hurried to catch a morning bus; fellow-travellers always found him an entertaining conversationalist; and sometimes his associates envied him his quickness of wit and keenness in debate - while his frankness in expressing his convictions and opinions almost embarrassed his less outspoken colleagues at times. But he hated shams, and while he often disagreed violently with some of us we know he lived with malice toward none. Thus do we remember him.
At the City Hall the day he died Councillor Fitzgibbon spoke of him an "an ideal citizen, a great Newfoundlander and an outstanding church leader." And so he was like another of those heroes in black of whom Alexander Woollcott once wrote, "one had only to stop for a moment to speak to him on the street to go on one's way immensely set up, reassured that there might be a good deal, after all, in this institution called the human race."
I think we felt that, as we left the church and made our way to the lovely Mount Pleasant cemetery where all that was mortal of him was laid to rest; while the words quoted by the preacher from Arnold's "Rugby Chapel" kept repeating themselves in our minds: "O strong soul, by what shore tarriest thou now?"

And to us, also, we think the answer came:
"Somewhere, surely, afar,
In the sounding labour-house vast
Zealous, beneficent, firm,
Still thou performest the word
Of the Spirit in whom thou dost live-
Prompt, unwearied, as here."


The Daily News
October 15, 1955
Page: 9
Funeral of the late Wm. F. Proudfoot, LL.B.

A public expression of wide spread sorrow on the death of the late William F. Proudfoot, LL.B. and deep sympathy for the Proudfoot family was given when the funeral took place Thursday afternoon from his parents' residence Wabana Bell Island. The funeral was by motor hearse and the motorcade was extremely large showing the esteem in which he was held in the community.
A second motor hearse banked with beautiful floral tributes preceded that on which the remains were borne and which was also covered with wreaths.
Attending the funeral from out of town were the following:
J. G. Higgins, President of the Law Society; R. A. Parsons of the law firm of Parsons and Morgan; Arthur Mifflin of Mifflin and Mercer; Samuel Hawkins of Knight, Phelan and Hawkins; A. S. Mercer of the legal profession; Judge Loyola Whelan; H. M Batten, M.P.; Clyde Brown, M. P. P.; Hon. R. F. Sparkes, Speaker of the House of Assembly; E. L. Oke; S. L. Sheppard; J. Ritcey; A. Pile; A. M. Martin; E. Dickenson, Nfld. Light and Power Company; R. W. Shepherd; F. M. Rugles; Ernest Adams; Mark Gosse; Eugene Gosse; Dr. L. E. Lawton, and hundreds of other folk of all classes and creeds, visibly showing signs of the sadness which the death of the late William Proudfoot occasioned.
St. Cyprian's Anglican Church, was crowded to capacity for the service, this being the first funeral service ever held in this church. The rector, Reverend T. F. Honeygold, conducted the burial service. The hymns "Unto the Hills around do I lift up" and "Jesus the very thought of Thee" were sung - favourites of the deceased. Miss M. L. Jennings, LRAM presided at the organ. The committal at the cemetery was also taken by the Reverend Honeygold. Amongst those of the family present were his father, Mr. Reid Proudfoot and brothers Arthur and Lorne.
When death intrudes itself upon our happiness we always tread lightly with a hush upon our spirits and a weight of grief in our hearts. To let our thoughts run back over past years is to have our minds flooded with rich and happy memories. Many things stand out particularly as we recall. His buoyant spirit, his ready smile, his steadfast loyalty in friendships, his generosity to good causes and the faithfulness and high quality of his service to his church. Although he is gone from our midst we will always remember him as one of nature's gentlemen and a citizen of the finest type.
The funeral arrangements were in charge of Rideout's Funeral Home and the following were pallbearers: - Messrs. Frank B. Squires, Hugh P. Connors, Gerald C. Tucker, Joseph Hookey, W. Lloyd LeDrew, Albert Squires.
In the ancient prayer of the church "May he rest in peace and may light perpetual shine upon him."


The Daily News
October 16, 1955
Page: 6

BAXSTROM, Mrs. Lily May - The many friends of Mrs. Frank Baxstrom, nee Lily May Collins, were shocked to hear of her passing, which occurred at the General Hospital on Friday last, at the age of forty-two years. Deceased had been ailing for some time but nevertheless she kept working until a comparatively short time prior to her death. She was a valued employee of the Chuck Wagon and was well liked by Management and staff and by all with whom business brought her in contact. She was of a quiet and friendly disposition and, from what we hear, had a great many friends. She leaves to mourn her passing besides her husband, four sons, Junior, David and John at home, and Lloyd serving with the R.C.A.F. and one daughter, Daphne, also at home; three brothers, John and Frank, at St. John's and Wilson, at Gander, and five sisters, Mrs. Harold Penney and Mrs. Samuel Burden of this town; Mrs. George Snow, of Freshwater, Mrs. Lester Budden, at Toronto, Ont., and Mrs. Baden Ash, Freshwater, Placentia; and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Collins, of this town, to all of whom we extend deepest sympathy. Her funeral took place from her parent's home on Sunday afternoon, out of respect to her last wish, and she was laid to rest in the U. C. Cemetery. Rev. W. B. Johnson, B.A., B.D., conducted the service at the home and at the graveside and the funeral was largely attended.


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October 16, 1955
Page: 6

DRAKE, Mrs. Martha - It is with regret we record the passing of Mrs. Martha Drake, beloved wife of Mr. Charles Drake, of the West End. Deceased was forty-two years of age and her death at St. Clare's Mercy Hospital came as a distinct shock to her family and friends. She was well known and highly respected and her passing at such an early age is indeed sad. She leaves to mourn her passing, husband, three daughters, Mary, Sadie and Elizabeth, her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Oliver of Gull Island, five sisters, two brothers and a wide circle of friends to all of whom we extend condolence. Her funeral took place from the railway station on Tuesday, October 4th to St. Patrick's Church, where Rev. Fr. Leo Burke recited the prayers of the dead.


The Daily News
October 17, 1955
Page: 14

BUCKLEY, William - Passed away at the General Hospital, Saturday morning, October 15th, William Buckley, aged 57 years, ex-Sergt. "C" Company, 1st Nfld Regiment, leaving his wife, son William, daughter, Joan and one sister Annie. Funeral this Monday morning at 9 o'clock to St. Theresa's Church and interment at Belvedere.


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October 17, 1955
Page: 14

COOPER, Janet - Passed peacefully away 7:45 p.m. Sunday, October 16, 1955, at the Grace Hospital, Mrs. Janet Cooper, widow of the late Esau Cooper, age 76; leaving to mourn their sad loss five daughters, three sons, eleven grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral by motor hearse Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock from her late residence 10 Golf Avenue.


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October 17, 1955
Page: 14
DEWLING, John V. - Entered into rest at Catalina, October 16th, John V. Dewling, ex-Sergeant of the Newfoundland Constabulary in his 74th year; leaving to mourn besides his wife, three sons, George and Thomas at St. John's, Richard in Detroit; eight daughters, Evelyn at home, Mrs. Grace Walsh and Mrs. Ethel Culmore, St. John's, Mrs. Nellie Dewling, Champney's East, Mrs. Cora Oswold, Detroit, Mrs. Ann MacDonald and Mrs. Mildred Meaden, Chicago and Mrs. Frances MacKenzie, Vancouver. Interment will take place at Catalina on Tuesday.


The Daily News
October 17, 1955
Page: 14
Patrick J. Furlong
- Passed peacefully away on Saturday morning, October 15th, 1955, Patrick J. Furlong, aged 82 years, son of the late Lawrence and Catherine Furlong of Smithville. He leaves to mourn his beloved wife, Anne, two sons, Lawrence of Montreal, James of this city, three daughters, Mary, Nellie (Mrs. R. J. Johnston, R.N.), Irene (Mrs. Gerald Angel), also four sisters, three brothers and eight grandchildren. Funeral on Monday, October 17th from his late residence 90 Long Pond Road following Requiem Mass at the R.C. Basilica at 10:30 a.m. R.I.P. (Boston, New York and Montreal papers please copy)


The Daily News
October 17, 1955
Page: 14
Hubert Houseman Hookey
- Died suddenly Sunday, October 16th, at the General Hospital, Hubert Houseman Hookey in his 54th year. Leaving to mourn are his wife Mildred, one daughter, Dorothy (Mrs. James Wallace, Texas, U.S.A.), three sons, Douglas, Bruce and Hubert; three grandchildren; also one brother and two sisters. Funeral notice later.


The Daily News
October 17, 1955
Page: 14
Edward Joseph (Neddy) Power
- Passed peacefully away 1:30 p.m. Saturday, October 15 in his 80th year, Edward Joseph (Neddy) Power; leaving to mourn his wife, Rosalie, seven sons, William, Richard, Michael, Leo, James, Edward, Patrick and three daughters, Kathleen, Mrs. Robert Myrick and Mrs. Toby McDonald. Two sisters Mrs. Bridget Gould and Mrs. Margaret Smith residing in the United States. Funeral from his late residence 54 Mullock St. today, October 17 at 11 a.m. to the Basilica of St. John the Baptist for Requiem Mass at 11:30. Interment at Belvedere.


The Daily News
October 17, 1955
Page: 14
Mary Charlotte Spracklin
- Passed away Sunday afternoon Mary Charlotte Spracklin, formerly of Brigus in her 92nd year. Funeral will take place from Brigus United Church at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. There will be a short funeral service at the home of Brigadier C. Peach, Newtown Road extension on Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock.


The Daily News
October 20, 1955
Page: 20

ALLEN, Richard J. - Passed away suddenly Wednesday afternoon, October 19th, Richard J. Allen in his 57th year. Leaving to mourn, besides a loving wife, one daughter, Louise. Funeral from his late residence, 118 St. Clare Avenue, Friday morning at 9:30 to the Basilica of St. John the Baptist.


The Daily News
October 20, 1955
Page: 20
Mary Murphy
- Passed peacefully away at the Grace Hospital at 3 a.m. Wednesday, Mary Murphy, aged 76 years, widow of the late Jeremiah Murphy; leaving to mourn two sisters, Mrs. Alice Hefferman, Mrs. Edward Frances of South Boston; also 2 brothers, Nicholas and Philip Healey. Funeral Friday 8 a.m. from her late residence, Hamilton Street, with Requiem Mass 8:30 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church.


The Daily News
October 20, 1955
Page: 17
Richard Singleton
of Tilton passed away at his residence on Friday, October 14, after suffering a paralytic stroke. He was 73. We knew him as Uncle Dick, and we liked him for his cheerful disposition. For no matter how hard times were, he always saw the bright side and he did his best to manage as best he could. He was a widower for many years during which time be brought up two grandsons without much help from the outside. That alone is something that many men would never attempt to do and it speaks volumes for him. His funeral took place on Sunday afternoon to the little Church of All Saints at Tilton where the service for the burial of the dead was read by the Rev. Canon T. E. Loder, who also read the committal prayers at the graveside. He leaves to mourn one son, William, with whom he resided, three daughters, Fronie (Mrs. Valentine Gosse of Corner Brook), Marcella (Mrs. Alfred King of Toronto) and Mae (Mrs. William Strickland of Tilton), to all of whom we offer our sincerest sympathy.


The Daily News
October 21, 1955
Page: 2
Joseph Gorman
- Passed peacefully away at his home at Makinson's, Conception Bay, on October 14, Mr. Joseph Gorman. The funeral took place on Saturday, October 15. Deepest sympathy is extended to his family and friends in their bereavement.


The Daily News
October 21, 1955
Page: 3
John Jesso
a civilian employee at Harmon Field was killed instantly yesterday when his body came into contact with high tension wires. The victim was employed at the power station at the time and was electrocuted immediately his body came into contact with the power line. He was married and is the father of 12 children. His wife and children reside at Ship Cove, Bay St. George.


The Daily News
October 21, 1955
Page: 3
Leo Kenney,
a 50-year old resident of Woodfords was killed instantly yesterday when a car in which he was a passenger was involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle. The victim was returning to his home from Conception Harbour in a Ford car driven by John Healey and when at Middle Arm, near Avondale, the car collided with an Imperial Oil tank truck driven by Leo Mercer of Portugal Cove Road, St. John's. The huge truck plowed into the front of the Ford and Kenney was thrown against the windshield and killed instantly. Healey was injured about the face and head and was suffering from shock. Mercer, driver of the truck, also sustained minor injuries. After examination by Doctor O'Kelly, Healey and Mercer were conveyed to the General Hospital for further treatment. Leo Kenney was married and is survived by his widow and several small children.


The Daily News
October 21, 1955
Page: 3
Russell Roberts
- The death occurred at the Grace Hospital at 8:15 last night of Russell B. Roberts of Grenfell Avenue, St. John's. He was in his 39th? year.
Death followed a brief by very severe illness. He entered hospital about ten days ago, and although gravely ill, hopes were felt for his recovery until he suffered a fatal lapse yesterday. His death at such an early age comes as a great shock to his family and to his friends throughout the length and breadth of Newfoundland.
"Russ", as he was known to all, was one of Newfoundland's best-known newsmen and his ready smile and affability won him a host of friends among his co-workers and the public. Specializing in marine news coverage, he was especially well known and like among the crews of hundreds of vessels sailing the Newfoundland coast.
Readers will remember his informative and interesting articles on the seal fishery, the last of which appeared in this paper last spring.
Born in Wesleyville, he received his early education there, later graduating at Memorial College in teacher training. He taught school in Newfoundland following graduation, and during World War II served with Port Security here.
He joined the staff of the Daily News in 1946, and in 1954 joined the staff of the Sunday Herald, shortly afterwards moving to the news staff at Radio Station CJON, where he was a valued employee up to the time of his death.
He leaves to mourn his wife and two small children, and to them and others of his family the Daily News extends sincere sympathy.


The Daily News
October 22, 1955
Page: 2
Carbonear, October 18
Mrs. Ellen McGrath
- A well-known and highly respected lady, in the person of Mrs. Ellen McGrath, beloved wife of Mr. George McGrath, proprietor of the West End Hotel, passed peacefully within the vale on Thursday, after a brief illness following an attack of flu. Deceased had not been enjoying perfect health for some time. Nevertheless, her last illness had no apparent connection with her chronic complaint and we know her passing came as a shook to her family and friends. Fortified by the rites of the Roman Catholic Church, her passing was calm and peaceful. She was a quiet but friendly woman and the many travellers that enjoyed the hospitality of the West End Hotel will testify to her kindness and her consideration of their comfort. She was seventy years of age and is survived by her husband, four daughters, Mrs. Paula Hill in Virginia, U.S.A., Mrs. Thomas Fitzpatrick of this town, Mrs. Gerard O'Brien of Calvert and Miss Agnes at home; two son, Philip in Boston and Joseph at Stephenville; also two brothers, Philip and John Whalen of this town. Funeral took place to St. Patrick's Church at 9 o'clock on Saturday morning, where Rev. Father Burke officiated at Solemn Mass of Requiem. To the bereaved relatives the writer extends deepest sympathy.


The Daily News
October 22, 1955
Page: 2
Carbonear, October 18
Mrs. Margaret Penney
- Death came to Mrs. Margaret Penney as a welcome release from suffering on Saturday night last in a St. John's hospital. Deceased was 77 years old and the widow of the late William Henry Penney, Harbour Rock Hill. More than ten years ago she fell and broke her hip and since then she has been an invalid. For years she was tenderly cared for by her daughter-in-law, Mrs. William Penney, but eventually she was taken to St. John's for hospitalization and care. Her remains were brought to the home of her son on Sunday and the funeral was held on Tuesday, with Rev. W. B. Johnson, B.A., B.D., officiating. Interment was in the United Church Cemetery. Surviving are her sons, Harold and William of this town; a brother Mr. Samuel Rowe, also of this town, and a sister, Mrs. Edward Poole, residing in the U.S.A., also a number of grandchildren, to whom we extend sympathy.


The Daily News
October 22, 1955
Page: 4
Ida Young
- There is probably hardly a day that passes which does not witness the quiet unostentatious departure from this earthly scene of humble souls, whose deeds and characteristics, if attributable to persons of rank would have evoked the most flowery tributes of the orator and the unstinted plaudits of their country.
Such thoughts come in mind in offering this brief tribute to the memory of Ida (Handrigan) Young, late of Placentia who died at the General Hospital at St. John's on August 26th past.
As a school teacher in her younger days, and later as a wife and mother, she exemplified the finest type of Newfoundland womanhood. She was ever guided by the believe, that "it is more blessed to give than to receive" and the record of her years is replete with instances of her demonstration of this believe. Hers was a life of service about self, service to her family, her church and her community. She reared a fine family of seven children (her husband James Young, predeceased her) and hers was the great privilege of offering two of her children to the service of God. A daughter, the late Sister Mary Paschal of the Presentation Order, and a son, Father William Young of St. Bride's Parish, Edmonton. Father William attended her during her last illness and officiated at her funeral which took place at Placentia on August 20th, 1955. She also left two brothers and was largely attended by the sorrowing community. And now her earthly remains rest in the quiet hillside cemetery that overlooks the scene of her life and labours; to await the blessed salutation of the resurrection morn. "Well done thou good and faithful servant."
To the members of her family the write extends sincere sympathy and joins with them in their prayers for the repose of her eternal soul. R.I.P.
Amieus


The Daily News
October 22, 1955
Page: 16
Walter Hopkins Young
- Passed peacefully away at Heart's Content on October 21st in his 73 year, Walter Hopkins Young, leaving to mourn his passing his wife, one son Herman in St. John's, two daughters, Nina (Mrs. John Maita, Brooklyn, N.Y.), Margaret (Mrs. Gordon Cairns, Welland, Ont.), one sister (Mrs. Roy Rabbitts, St. John's), six grandchildren and many friends. Funeral from his late residence, Heart's Content at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 23rd.


The Daily News
October 24, 1955
Page: 3

BUTT, Raymond - The body of a Newfoundland man who drowned in Toronto Harbour last week was recovered by harbour police Sunday. Police brought up the body of 25 year old Raymond Butt of Bonavista who had been working on a boat at Toronto last Tuesday. He was missed that night and dragging operations were begun immediately.


The Daily News
October 24, 1955
Page: 2
Sarah Ann Mercer
- Passed peacefully away at her home in Mercer's Cove, Bay Roberts East, Friday, October 14th, Mrs. Sarah Ann Mercer, widow of the late William Mercer, aged 68 years. Left to mourn are one son, William E., one daughter, Mrs. Isaac Bishop, and one brother, John C. Snow, all residing in Bay Roberts. The funeral took place on Sunday, October 16th to St. Matthew's Church and Cemetery. Deepest sympathy is extended to the bereaved family and relatives.


The Daily News
October 24, 1955
Page: 2
Bay Roberts, October 20
Pearl Morrison
- Mrs. Isaac Parsons of this town received the sad news this week of the accidental death of her neice, Mrs. Robert Morrison, who was instantly killed by a car near her home in Hollywood, California, U.S.A. The tragic accident occurred on Monday, October 17th.
Mrs. Morrison was the former Pearl Howden, daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. Dowden. Dr. Dowden practiced here some years ago, and while here, Pearl was born at Mercer's Cove. The Bowdens also lived at the site now occupied by St. Matthew's Hall, near the Public Building.
A brother of Mrs. Morrison, H. Bowden, was one of the "First 500" and lost his life in World War II. His is one of the names inscribed on our War Memorial.
Mrs. Morrison's husband is also a former Newfoundlander, being a son of the late Honourable and Mrs. D. Morrison, who was one of the country's distinguished statesmen.
We join with readers and friends in offering deepest sympathy to the bereaved family and relatives on their sad and tragic bereavement.
Note: The names: Howden, Dowden & Bowden are as they appear in the article and not misspelling by transcriber.
Note from Geoff Martin after the article was posted - The victim of the tragedy was Pearl BOWDEN, daughter of George Frederick BOWDEN and Elizabeth nee MERCER. Pearl lost her brother Hugh Pierson BOWDEN in 1917 in WWI. Pearl was married to Robert MORISON, son of Donald MORISON and Catherine E. nee TRAPNELL from Donegal, Ireland. Donald MORISON was born in St. John's 22 April 1857 and died in Hollywood, California 24 April, 1924. Donald MORISON was a son of William Downie MORISON from Stornoway, Scotland and Bettie Blake WITHELL from Padstow, Cornwall, England


The Daily News
October 24, 1955
Page: 3
Russell Roberts
- The funeral of the late Russell Roberts well-known city newsman who passed away on Thursday last was held on Saturday afternoon and was largely attended. Services were held at his late residence, 60 Grenfell Avenue, by Reverend A. McKim, Minister of George Street United Church. Interment was at Mount Pleasant Cemetery where Mr. McKim read the committal service. A representation from the Canadian Legion of which deceased was a member was in attendance. The Legion ritual was read by Captain Gordon Warren, President of the St. John's Branch, following which two minutes silence was observed and the traditional placing of Poppies on the grave of their Comrade by all Legionnaires present.


The Daily News
October 24, 1955
Page: 6
Clara Tibbs
- There passed away at Corner Brook on the 13th, at the home of her daughter Mrs. Job Gillard (Mabel), Clara, aged 68 years, relic of the late John Tibbs of Trinity. The deceased was brought to Trinity and buried in the C. of E. Cemetery there on Sunday the 16th, the Rev. E. Hunt, officiating. She leaves to mourn her loss, 2 sons and 5 daughters, Sidney, at Toronto and Frank in Scotland where he settled down after the war; Mabel (Mrs. Job Gillard) at Corner Brook, Sarah (Mrs. John Gladney) and Blanche (Mrs. John Jones) at St. John's, Tryphena, at Toronto and Priscilla (Mrs. Earle) at Trinity. The late Mrs. Clara Tibbs was the daughter of the late John and Clara Bailey of Lockston in this harbour and was widely known, and is affectionately remembered, testimony of which was shown by the many wreaths and flowers which were sent to adorn her casket upon arrival here. To those left to mourn we extend sincere sympathy.


The Daily News
October 25, 1955
Page: 16

ABBOTT
In Memoriam - Mrs. T. W. Abbott
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.
On October 12th, at the Grace Hospital, the soul of Eliza Burry Abbott turned quietly homeward, bringing to an end a long, earthly pilgrimage. Early in her life, she spent some time in the teaching profession, where she developed a keen interest in the welfare of youth and became a power for good in the communities she served. Her marriage to T. W. Abbott, a rising young businessman, made her a resident of Musgrave Harbour, N.D.B., and in the role of wife and mother, it was her pleasure to create a home on the foundation of love, happiness, and hospitality. Her interest in community work did not wane, for, in spite of her duties and responsibilities, she continued to devote a generous portion of her time and material possessions to the service of others, chiefly through the media of the church, the Sunday School, and the Newfoundland Girls in Training, of which group she was the local leader for a considerable period. Many women, now residing in this island and elsewhere, still cherish fond memories of the gracious lady who came to them in their girlhood and sought to lead them in a finer way of living.
She was kind. Countless manifestations of her kindness of heart were shown throughout her life, both in word and in deed. "I should be unhappy if I could not give," she often said. And, when the evening of life descended upon her and time began to take its toll, she tried to remember her friends and send them gifts at Christmastide.
She loved good literature and poetry and the beauties of nature. God was near to her as she gave tender care to the flowers in here garden. The things of the spirit were real to her, and the trees never budded but she spoke of that grander resurrection which, to her, was but a stage in the transition of the soul.
And so, rich in years and sound, Christian experience, Mrs. Abbott has passed to her eternal home, survived by the four children who had blessed the union; Jean (Mrs. Rev. W. B. Perry) at Drummondville, Quebec; Kathleen (Mrs. I. A. Richards) of this city: Cecil, at Botwood; and Randolph, at Musgrave Harbour.
Interment took place on October 14th, the service at the home being conducted by Rev. J. W. Winsor, assisted by Rev. A. S. Butt. As the procession wended its way into Mount Pleasant Cemetery, the trees, in their colourful autumn dress seemed to be looking their best for one who loved them and formed a natural background of beauty as the solemn words of the service of committal were spoken by Rev. J. W. Winsor who had known the deceased for some forty years. And our prayer was that the one who had looked on the hillsides with reverence, and who had walked humbly with her God, would find peace and spiritual fulfilment in the place where pain and suffering are unknown.


The Daily News
October 25, 1955
Page: 3
Charles Hammond
- Death came peacefully to Charles Hammond, aged 75, former sexton of St. Thomas' Church, yesterday at noon. He retired from his church duties last spring after fifty years service. At the time he was the recipient of many gifts from the Select Vestry and, parishioners in honor of his meritorious service. Left to mourn his wife, two sons, William at Corner Brook, Charles at home (although at present in Toronto on business) and Marjorie, of the East End Post Office staff, also one sister, Mrs. A. Wheeler. Funeral notice later. The late Mr. Hammond was a member of Avalon Masonic Lodge and the Sons of England. He was well and favourably known, especially in the east end of the city.


The Daily News
October 26, 1955
Page: 20

AUSTIN, William - Passed away at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 25th, William Austin in his 85th year, leaving two brothers, James and Eric. Funeral 2:15 Thursday from his late residence, 58 Calver Avenue by motor hearse.


The Daily News
October 26, 1955
Page: 11
FITZGERALD, Hannah
- The funeral of the late Mrs. Hannah Fitzgerald, who passed away at the General Hospital on Thursday, October 20, took place from her son's residence at Bell Island Monday morning to St. Michael's Church. The funeral arrangements were in charge of Rideout's Undertaker's Service, with Mr. Bert Rideout undertaker and the following pallbearers: Messrs. Leo Ryan, Brendan Ryan, Edward Laurie, Edward Gorman, Albert Whelan and Sidney Conran. Requiem Mass at the Church was celebrated by Monsignor Bartlett, D.P., P.P. Interment was in the R. C. Cemetery. Mrs. Fitzgerald is survived by her husband, three sons and two daughters, to all of whom deepest sympathy is extended.


The Daily News
October 27, 1955
Page: 10
Ephraim Strickland
- There passed away at the General Hospital, St. John's on Sunday morning last, Mr. Ephraim Strickland, aged 61 years.
The late Mr. Strickland was born at Woody Islands, Boone Bay and served in World War I. Following the ending of the war he came to Harbour Grace, and for over thirty years has been known as a quiet, industrious and highly respected citizen.
For some months the deceased had suffered from a painful malady, and had been treated at the General Hospital, and during the past summer had entered the Veterans' Hospital at Toronto. He returned home incurable and has since been nursed by his devoted wife, the former Miss Minnie Noel. A short time ago he re-entered the General Hospital where his sufferings ended on Sunday last.
Left to mourn beside his widow, are two daughters of a former marriage, Mrs. Robert Yetman and Mrs. J. Peddle, two sisters, Mrs. Wesley Parsons, Corner Brook and Mrs. Jonathan Moores, U.S.A., as well as a brother Peter in Toronto, to all of whom deep sympathy is extended in their bereavement.
The funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon and was largely attended. A representation of the Harbour Grace Branch of Canadian Legion was present.


The Daily News
October 27, 1955
Page: 10
William Taylor
- There passed away at the Sanatorium, Topsail Road, St. John's on October 19th, following a long and tedious illness, William, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Taylor of this town. The deceased who was but 31? years of age had been a patient at the Sanatorium for the past ? years. He leaves to mourn his wife, the former Mary Ann Lynch and one son, to whom sincere sympathy is extended in their bereavement. The funeral took place on Friday to St. Paul's Church, the service being taken by Rev. L. A. J. Ludlow. Interment was in the C. of E. Cemetery.


The Daily News
October 29, 1955
Page: 20

COOK, Clara Blanche - Passed peacefully away on October 28, Clara Blanche, widow of the late Alexander E. Cook, leaving to mourn one daughter, Gladys (Mrs. J. E. Richards), two grandsons, David and Paul; and one sister: Mrs. H. Pynn of New York. Funeral on Monday at 2:30 p.m. from her late residence, 18 Cornwall Crescent. Montreal and New York papers please copy.


The Daily News
October 29, 1995
Page: 7
Frank Fowler
- "He is not dead. He is just away"
It was a real shock to hear on Thursday morning, October 27th, that a well known and highly respected resident of Memorial Street, Bell Island, in the person of Frank P. Fowler, had passed within the veil.
The late Mr. Fowler was apparently enjoying very good health and was able to be at work on Tuesday. He was taken suddenly ill that evening but despite all that loving hands and medical aid could do, he passed peacefully away early Thursday morning.
The deceased gentleman was a son of the late Frank and Agnes Fowler and was born at Brigus, October 24th, 1898, starting work with the steel company in 1904. He was employed at various occupations in the mines. Since 1925 he was attached to the Construction Department where he served faithfully until his passing.
"Frank" Fowler was a fine type of citizen, upright in all his dealings, and was deservedly admired and esteemed for his many manly qualities. He was devotedly attached to his family. His ready wit, his hearty laugh and boundless enthusiasm stamped him with an individuality that no one failed to notice. He was a devout member of the R.C. Church, a good neighbour ever willing to lend a helping hand to anybody who required his help or assistance in any way. His home was always a home to anybody and a stranger was always welcome.
He is survived by his widow, the former Lillian O'Brien, one adopted daughter Mrs. Leo Dwyer (Doris), New York, U.S.A., one brother Nicholas, Oshawa, Ontario, three sisters: Mrs. Brendan Bartlett, Mrs. Bessie Neville, Mrs. Ellen Whelan, Marysvale, Brigus, also four grandchildren.
The funeral takes place this morning at 10 a.m. to St. Michael's Church and following solemn Requiem High Mass interment will take place in the R.C. Cemetery.
Deepest sympathy is extended to the bereaved family.


The Daily News
October 31, 1955
Page: 16

CRANIFORD, George - Passed peacefully away at the General Hospital Saturday morning, George Craniford in his 73rd year, leaving to mourn wife, four daughters, three sons and five grandchildren. Funeral will take place today, Monday, at 10:00 a.m. from his late residence, Hunt's Lane, Portugal Cove Road by motor hearse to St. Raphael's Chapel, Mount Cashel for interment at the Mount Carmel Cemetery. R.I.P.


The Daily News
October 31, 1955
Page: 16
Kathleen Healey
- Passed peacefully away at the Sanatorium Sunday afternoon in her 62nd year, Kathleen, widow of the late George Healey of Witless Bay. Left to mourn are one daughter, (Kay), Mrs. Florence Smith, three sons, Neil, Gerard and Brendan, one sister, Mrs. Bertha Vickers, as well as a large number of relatives and friends. (The late Mrs. Healey was the sister of the late Chief of Police O'Neill). Funeral notice later.

 

 

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