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The Daily News Obituaries
September 1956


The Daily News
September 6, 1956
Page: 2
Spaniard's Bay, September 4
Congratulations are extended to Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Sheppard who celebrated their 6th wedding anniversary on Monday, September 3.

The Daily News
September 14, 1956
Page: 13
Spaniard's Bay, September 10 -
Mrs. Rosanna Godsell
of Spaniard's Bay passed away on Saturday evening, September 8, at the home of her son, John, in St. John's where she has been living for a few months. Her husband Edward Godsell predeceased her just over a year ago.
Although in recent months she had been suffering from an incurable malady she bore her affliction with the same Christian fortitude that had been her guide all through life. She was deeply religious and in her quiet way tried to put Christian principles in her daily living. If she had an enemy, it certainly was not her fault. She endeavoured to live peaceably with all though out her seventy-six years.
Her family was her chief interest and her home was ever cheerful. Young people especially were always welcome at her fireside and her hospitality knew no bounds.
Surviving her are five daughters, Alice (Mrs. E. M. Culleton of Boston), Frances (Mrs. James Kelly of Boston), Gertrude (Mrs. David Fitzgerald of Tilton), Mary (Mrs. William Sullivan of Spaniard's Bay), and Genevieve (Mrs. Loyola McCarthy of Upper Island Cove); one son, John who is living in St. John's. There are also three sisters, Minnie and Frances in the United States and Monica (Mrs. John Callahan of North Sydney) as well as two brothers William and Bernard Delaney on the Canadian Mainland. There are twenty grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Her funeral took place on Monday morning to the Church of St. Anne where solemn Mass of Requiem, followed by the Office, was sung by Rev. W. P. Hogan. Burial was in the family plot. To those who mourn we offer our sincerest sympathy.
May her soul, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

The Daily News
September 14, 1956
Page: 13
Spaniard's Bay, September 10 -
Samuel Gosse
- News was received here recently of the passing of Captain Samuel Gosse of Boston. He was sixty-four.
The late Captain Gosse, a native of Spaniard's Bay, was in command of the "Hazel Trahey", an ocean going craft owned by Bain, Johnson and Grieves, and made many voyages to American ports before taking up permanent residence there in 1921.
Surviving him are two daughters and three sons, one of whom is Mr. Lincoln Gosse of Spaniard's Bay.

The Daily News
September 14, 1956
Page: 13
Spaniard's Bay, September 10 -
Eli Mercer
- We have just heard of the death of Mr. Eli Mercer at an early hour this morning. He had been in failing health for several years and his passing came as no surprise to his family and friends. He was seventy-two. We offer our sincere sympathy to his widow and family.

The Daily News
September 14, 1956
Page: 13
Spaniard's Bay, September 10 -
Ryan & Foley - Wedding Bells

The marriage was solemnized at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Harbour Grace, by the Rev. W. P. Hogan, on Saturday, September 8 at 7:15 p.m. of Miss Mona Ryan, daughter of Mrs. James Coombs and the late John Ryan, to Mr. John Foley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Foley of Brigus Junction.
The bride was given in marriage by her stepfather, Mr. James Coombs, looked radiant in a gown of white nylon tulle over satin with inserts of lace in the bodice round neck and long sleeves. The full-length skirt had a row of nylon retching held in place with sequins. Her fingertip veil of white nylon net was attached to a coronet of studded sequins and pearls. Her bouquet was of multi-coloured roses.
The maid of honour was Miss Annie Foley, sister of the groom, and the bridesmaid was her sister, Miss Bridie Ryan, who wore similar gowns of pink and lemon lace, with matching veils, respectively. They also carried bouquets of roses.
Little Miss Sadie Coombs, niece of the bride was flower girl, and her gown was of pink satin with inserts of ribbon.
The groom was supported by the bride's brother, Mr. William Ryan and by his own brother, Mr. Jerome Foley.
Following the ceremony a motorcade of twenty cars drove as far as Bay Roberts and then to the home of the bride's parents where a delicious and bountiful supper of cold meats and salads was served and the usual toasts honoured. Mr. E. H. Vokey proposed the toast to the bride and this was responded to by the groom.
The lovely three-tier cake was a product of and a gift from Manny's Bakery, St. John's where the groom is employed.
Mr. and Mrs. Ryan will live here for the present, and we wish them all that is good in life.

The Daily News
September 14, 1956
Page: 13
Spaniard's Bay, September 10 -
Mr. Abe Smith
of Kitchener, Ont., arrived here last week on a ten-day visit to his hometown after an absence of just over thirty-years. Mr. Smith left here in 1923 and after a couple of years in St. John's proceeded to Ontario where he has lived ever since.
Since his arrival the weather has been anything but pleasant but still he is glad to be home again to see familiar faces and places. He sees some changes. Some old landmarks have disappeared and they have been replaced. Some have completely vanished. People generally are just as well off and just as comfortable in their homes as elsewhere. The one thing that has not changed is the kind-heartedness of the people. They have not changed and he is happy to renew old acquaintances who are as equally well pleased to see him.
While here he is staying with his mother and his sister, Mrs. Azariah Vokey. His brother Llewellyn who is presently a patient at the St. John's Sanatorium spent last weekend with his family here in order that the two might be together.
We sincerely hope that Mr. Smith enjoys every minute of his visit and that he will not stay away as long in the future.

The Daily News
September 21, 1956
Page: 2
Cooke - Vokey Wedding
Christ Church, Markland, Friday, August 31 at 8 p.m. was the scene of a very pretty wedding when Pearl Marie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Vokey of Markland, became the bride of George E. A. Cooke, also of Markland. The ceremony performed by the Rev. Camp R.D. with C. H. Pynn as organist.
The bride looked radiant as she entered the church on the arm of her father. She wore a floor length gown of nylon net over satin and lace bolero. Her floor length veil hung from a halo of pearls and she carried a bridal book overlaid with lace with suspended streamers.
The bridesmaid was Miss Bernice Cooke, sister of the groom who wore a formal gown of lemon with matching accessories. She was assisted by Miss Juanita Vokey, a cousin of the bride. She wore a formal pale green gown. Each brides-girl wore shoulder length veils and halos and carried nosegays of flowers.
Attending the groom Llewellyn Yetman, who was best man, and George Parsons.
During the service the Wedding March was played and hymns "O Perfect Love" and "Lead Us Heavenly Father, Lead Us" were sung.
Immediately after the ceremony, the bridal party and guest formed a motorcade of 20 cars and drove to Whitbourne and back to Number 3 School, Markland where 220 guests were received and catered to.
The toast to the bride and groom was proposed by W. J. Kelloway and responded to by the groom. Toast to the parents of both the bride and groom was proposed by C. H. Pynn and was responded to by Robert Vokey, the bride's father. The toast to the grandparents were proposed by Charles Butler and responded to by the Rev. George Camp.
Dancing to music by Harold Noseworthy continued all through the night.
Out of town guests included Mr. and Mrs. O. Peckham, St. John's, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Butler, Mr. William King and Mr. and Mrs. William Sellars of Dunville, Miss Alliston Butler, Mrs. McGory, Harold McGory, Miss Florence Power, Mr. and Mrs. George McGory, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Hutchings, all of St. John's. Mr. and Mrs. William Hedderson of Spaniard's Bay and Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Day of Old Shop, Mr. and Mrs. Gordon McGory, George Baker and Edward McGory also of St. John's.
The happy couple spent their honeymoon on Bell Island.
They now reside at Markland where Mr. Cooke is Principal of Number 3 School.

The Daily News
September 21, 1956
Page: 2
Martin Janes
- The passing of Martin Janes of Nuggetville occurred September 12 at 12 o'clock a.m. at his home. The late Martin Janes had been in failing health for the past six months. He was 57 years of age. He was a hard worker and raised a large family. He operated a sawmill.
Surviving are his widow, five daughters, Elizabeth (Mrs. Ernest Gosse) Toronto, Hazel (Mrs. Chesley Chipman) Spaniard's Bay, Clarise (Mrs. Edward Hawkeswaorthy) USA, Dorothy (Mrs. Isaac Clarke) Toronto, Jennie (Mrs. Anthony) St. John's and two sons Eddie and Leslie at home.
The funeral took place Sept. 14 at his former hometown Upper Island Cove in the Church of England Cemetery.

The Daily News
September 26, 1956
Page: 8
Spaniard's Bay, Sept. 24 -
Hazel Jane Gosse
, widow of the late Captain Martin Gosse, died in her sleep during the early hours of Saturday, September 21, just eight days after her husband entered into Eternal Rest.
Although Mrs. Gosse had been ill for some time, not even those closest to her thought she would finish her earthly life so soon. She had been a devoted wife and mother for many years and had performed her duties faithfully and well. Her life's work was done and the Great Physician granted a peaceful end to a peaceful life.
She was a woman of Christian principles and her many acts of kindness are known only to those who benefited by them. Her charity was performed without fanfare and her hospitality was well known to many.
Her funeral took place on Sunday afternoon to the United Church where the service was conducted by the Rev. S. R. Purchase in the presence of an overflow congregation.
Called upon to hear the loss of a loving mother and father in just over a week are one son, Eric, three daughters, Mabel (Mrs. Allan Jerrett), Cavelle (Mrs. David Dawe) and Florence (Mrs. Claude Sheppard.) Mrs. Eugene Gosse is a granddaughter. To them we offer our sincerest sympathy.
"Our life is but an autumn sun,
It glorious noon how quickly past;
Lead us, O Christ, our life work done,
Safe home at last."



Page contributed by Bob Vokey

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

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