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The Daily News Obituaries
October 1959


The Daily News
October 15, 1959
Page: 11
Spaniard's Bay, October 13 -
Maxine Drover
- Maxine, two-year daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell of Upper Island Cove, accidentally drowned in a well in the basement of their home on Monday, October 5.
The well in the basement was ????? but had been covered with sticks of wood, side by side.
The little girl accompanied her mother to a clothesline in the yard but remained outside when her mother returned to the house. Mrs. Drover left the ????? door open expecting the little girl to follow momentarily; but when the child did not, her mother went to fetch her.
When the child could not be found, neighbour assisted in the search. The basement door was open, but nobody thought of looking there. Later in the afternoon, however, it was remembered that a pane of glass had been broken in the basement and which is directly over the well.
A close look revealed the sad truth when the child's little body was found at the bottom.
The child had apparently leaned over the windowsill, lost her balance, fell and slipped between the sticks covering the well.
Maxine was the youngest of eight children. Her tragic death is a severe blow to her parents, brothers and sisters, and to them the sympathy of all is extended.

The Daily News
October 17, 1959
Page: 14
Bell Island -
Mark Gosse
- After a long and tedious illness there passed peacefully away at Bell Island, Wednesday afternoon, October 14, Mr. Mark Gosse. He was in his 72 year.
Born at Tilt Cove, N.D.B. the deceased gentleman came to the Island in early manhood and went to work with Dosco in No. 2 Dominion slope. The greater part of his life at mining was spent as a scaler. A faithful worker, he was retired from active service due to ill health several years ago.
The late Mark Gosse was the good old type of citizen, kind, honest and of a very friendly disposition. He will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing this grand old gentleman.
Left to mourn his passing are his wife, three sons, Chesley, Melvin and Austin: three daughters, Alice, Irene and Clara, all living on Bell Island. Two brothers, Bert, Bell Island, and Jesse at Galt, Ontario.
The funeral took place by motor hearse Friday afternoon to the S.A. Citadel where the burial service was conducted by the Corps Officer, Major G. Earle. Interment was in the S. A. Cemetery.
The funeral arrangements were under the direction of Rideout's Funeral Home.
Deepest sympathy is extended to the bereaved family, relatives and friends.

The Daily News
October 17, 1959
Page: 6
Nugent - Spracklin Wedding

St. Patrick's Church, St. John's was the scene of a very lovely wedding on August 29th, at 7:00 p.m. when Frances, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Nugent of St. John's became the bride of Stephen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Spracklin of Bell Island. The double ring ceremony was performed by Rev. Father Murray.
To the strains of the wedding march the bride entered the church on the arm of her father. She looked radiant in a floor length gown of white nylon lace over satin, and her shoulder length veil of tulle illusion fell from a tiara of pearl - sequins, she carried a bouquet of red and white roses.
Attending the bride was Miss Patricia McCarthy as maid of honour, and Miss Betty Keels as bridesmaid. They looked charming in identical ballerina length gowns of lime green and misty rose respectively, with matching headdresses. They carried nosegays of baby mums. The duties of best man were performed by Mr. Ray Byrne. Mr. Tom McCarthy was usher.
Following the ceremony a reception for 70 guests was held at Park-Le where the mother of the bride received, looking very attractive in a street length dress of powder blue overlace with white accessories.
The mother of the groom was unavoidably absent. The usual toasts were honoured and duties of toastmaster were ably performed by Mr. Brian Jackman.
The honeymoon was spent at Karwood Cabins, after which the happy couple took up residence in St. John's.

The Daily News
October 21, 1959
Page: 2
Bay Roberts, October 19 -
Dawe - Barrett Wedding

A quiet but pretty wedding took place at Clark's Beach United Church on Saturday, October 17th at 8:30 p.m. when Mary Lillian, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Barrett was united in Holy Matrimony to Gerald, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred Dawe, both of this town. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Howse.
The bride wore a pink costume with white accessories. Her only attendant was Miss Florence Earle who wore a navy suit with white accessories.
The groom was ably supported by his brother, Mr. Eric Dawe.
The bride for the past number of years worked as a switchboard operator with the Avalon Telephone Company.
The groom is attached to Dawe's Nail Factory.
Best wishes is offered for many years of happiness.

The Daily News
October 21, 1959
Page: 9
Spaniard's Bay, October 20th. -
Albert P. Quinton
aged 62, of 44 Arlington Street, Everett, Massachusetts husband of Mrs. Lena (Greeley) Quinton, died Sunday at Whidden Hospital after a long illness. Rev. Graham N.W. Lesser, rector of Grace Episcopal Church, conducted services on Wednesday and burial was in Glenwood Cemetery.
He was born in Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland, and as a boy moved with his parents to Nova Scotia and later to Massachusetts. When World War One broke out in Europe in 1914 he was one of 12 teenage youths who took a cattle boat to England and enlisted in the British Army remaining in service until the 1918 Armistice. He then returned to Massachusetts and for several years had been employed at the Commonwealth Fish Pier.
Besides his wife, formerly Lena Greeley of Tilton, Conception Bay, he is mourned by five sisters and three brothers, all except one of whom live in the United States. He was a brother-in-law of Mrs. Mark Sheppard (Vimy) of Spaniard's Bay.

The Daily News
October 22, 1959
Page: 20
Selby Vokey
The funeral of Selby Vokey will take place from his late residence, 12 Merrymeeting Road, on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. to St. Thomas's Church, thence to the Anglican Cemetery, Forest Road.

The Daily News
October 23, 1959
Page: 10
Spaniard's Bay -
Samuel Gosse
, 66, passed away at his residence in Spaniard's Bay on Sunday, December 20, following an illness of several years duration.
In his active years Mr. Gosse prosecuted the Labrador cod fishery as a fisherman - planter.
Besides his widow he is mourned by two sons, Robert in Toronto, and Hector at home; two grandchildren and two sisters, Myrtle (Mrs. Harry Frazer, Syracuse, New York) and Gladys (Mrs. Arthur Morris, Staten Island, New York.)
Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2:30 in the Church of the Holy Redeemer and burial will be in the family plot. We extend sympathy to the bereaved.

The Daily News
October 27, 1959
Page: 7
Spaniard's Bay, October 26 -
John Kennedy
- Death came as a merciful release from months of suffering to John Kennedy, 82, of Spaniard's Bay, at his residence here on Friday.
The late Mr. Kennedy was an employee for many years of Messrs. Mark Gosse and Sons Limited and was a faithful workman until his retirement.
As a neighbour he was as good as could be found anywhere and his quiet disposition won him the true friendship of those with whom he came in daily contact. He was ever a faithful member of the Anglican Communion and regularly attended the services. He was a life-long member of the Loyal Orange Association and here too his faithful attendance will be missed by members of an older generation.
A large number of residents paid their last respects to his memory on Sunday afternoon, when the funeral services were held at the Church of the Holy Redeemer, conducted by the rector, Rev. E. Willis. The L.O.A. attended in a body and from its membership the pall-bearers were chosen.
Mourning the loss of a good father are three sons: William and Clayton at Spaniard's Bay and John at Bell Island; three daughters, Mrs. Clara Stevenson of Harbour Grace, Mrs. Nellie McDonald and Mrs. Florence Young, both of Sydney, N.S., to whom sympathy is extended.
"When the day of toil is done,
When the race of life is run,
Father, grant thy wearied one
Rest for evermore."

The Daily News
October 28, 1959
Page: 7
Bell Island -
Elizabeth Brazil
- Her friends on Bell Island were very sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Thomas Brazil at her home in Spaniard's Bay, on Wednesday, October 21st, following a lengthy illness.
The late Mrs. Brazil was formerly Elizabeth Delaney of Bay Roberts, and was in her 76th year. Her husband predeceased her six years ago.
Mrs. Brazil was of a quiet and retiring disposition, whose chief pleasure it was to be in the company of her family to whose welfare she devoted all her time and energy, and over which she presided with grace and dignity which marked her in an especial manner as "Queen of the Home'. Her hospitality was proverbial - friends and strangers alike enjoyed it, even in her busiest moments she found time to make everyone welcome who visited her, and she will be sadly missed by all whose privilege it was of knowing her. Until her health declined, she was an active helper in all-parochial activities, and was seldom absent from the House of God. She has passed on in the fullness of life - as one who scorned all wrong, who harboured no bitterness, she will be remembered by all who knew her intimately as one of the good old stock. Only the consoling thoughts prompted by the teachings of Holy Church of which she was a devoted member, and in the presence of her parish priest who was with her in her last conscious moments and administered the last rites, can alleviate the sorrow that is sustained in the loss of a loving and devoted mother.
Left to mourn her passing are four sons, Bert, Bell Island, Gordon, Gander, Jack, Gambo and William residing at St. John's; three daughters, Mrs. E. P. Fahey, Glenwood, Mrs. Thomas O'Keefe and Mrs. Frank Flynn, Bay Roberts.
The funeral took place to St. Anne's Church Friday morning where solemn Requiem Mass was celebrated by Rev. Fr. O'Brien P.P., at Harbour Grace, assisted by Rev. Fr. Hogan, P.P., North River. Interment was in the R. C. Cemetery.
To those bereaved deepest sympathy is extended.
Requiescat in Pace.

The Daily News
October 28, 1959
Page: 9
Harbour Grace -
Clarke - Peddle Wedding

A very pretty wedding took place at St. Paul's Church, Harbour Grace on Friday, October 16th when Jean Elizabeth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Clarke of Spaniard's Bay was united in marriage to William Ronald, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Peddle of Harbour Grace.
The bride who was given in marriage by her father was prettily attired in a floor-length gown of white nylon net with pointed sleeves. Her fingertip veil was caught by a halo of seed pearls and she carried a bouquet of red and white carnations.
The bridesmaid was the sister of the bride, Miss Elsie Clarke who was becomingly dressed in a ballerina length gown of blue, worn with a matching blue headdress.
The flower girl was Mildred, sister of the bride who wore a knee length gown of blue and carried a basket of fresh garden flowers. The groom was attended by Mr. Gordon Sheppard.
Rev. L. A. J. Ludlow performed the ceremony with Mr. F. P. Sheppard as organist.
Following the ceremony, a reception for some forty guests was held at the home of the groom's parents, Noad Street. The toast to the bride was proposed by Rev. Mr. Ludlow and responded to by the groom.
The many friends of the young couple extend to them the best wishes for a happy future.

The Daily News
October 28, 1959
Spaniard's Bay, October 26 -
Page: 9
Sheppard - Williams Wedding

The marriage of Olga Maxine, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell Sheppard of Spaniard's Bay, to Frederick Henley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Williams of Harbour Grace was solemnized in the Church of the Holy Redeemer, Spaniard's Bay on Friday evening, October 23. The Rector, Rev. E. Willis, S. Th., performed the ceremony.
The bride, who was given in marriage by her father, wore a ballerina gown of nylon lace over satin, with matching bolero. Her elbow-length veil was held in place by a tiara of simulated pearls; her bouquet was of red and pink roses.
Her bridesmaid was her sister, Doris and the maid of honour was Miss Marie Hiscock, both of whom wore gowns of powder blue with matching picture hats and accessories. Little Alison French in a gown of lemon nylon net was the flower girl.
The groom's attendants were his brother, Leonard and Mr. Herbert Roach. Ushers were two other brothers of the groom, Kevin and Gordon.
Following the ceremony the wedding party and guests motored to Bay Roberts and then on to the home of the groom's parents at Harbour Grace where the reception was held, the wedding supper served, and the usual toasts honoured.
Before her marriage the bride was employed with Adlers at Bay Roberts.
Mr. and Mrs. Williams will reside at Harbour Grace and to them we extend best wishes for all that is good in life.



Page contributed by Bob Vokey

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

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