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The Daily News Obituaries
September 1961


The Daily News
September 1, 1961
Page: 5
Harbour Grace -
Serrick - Hunt Wedding

A very wedding took place on August 8th at St. Paul's Anglican Church, Harbour Grace, when Margaret Rose, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Hunt of this town became the bride of Wilfred Rex, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred Serrick of Carbonear. The double ring ceremony was performed by Rev. L. A. J. Ludlow.
The bride was radiant as she entered the church on the arm of her father to the strains of Lehengrin's Bridal Chorus played by the church organist, Mrs. F. P. Sheppard. Her floor length gown of white nylon organza over taffeta was fashioned with a bateau styled neckline, the sleeves tapering to points over the hands. Her tiara shaped headdress of pearls and sequins held in place the shoulder length veil, and she carried a cascade bouquet of pink and white chrysanthemums and lilies of the valley.
The bride was attended by her sister, Mrs. Theresa Pike as matron of honour and by Mrs. Elizabeth Gosse. Both wore identical gowns of mint green nylon organza over silk with matching mint green head dress and carried nosegays of yellow and white carnations.
Little Sharon Pike, niece of the bride was charmingly attired in a gown of white nylon taffeta and carried a basket of pink and white chrysanthemums and lilies of the valley.
The duties of best man were carried out by Mr. Nathan Gosse and Mr. Edward Hunt was groomsman. Ushering was done by Gordon Hunt and Robert Forward. During the signing of the register, the solo "The Lord's My Shepherd" was pleasingly rendered by Mr. George Pike.
The reception was held at Pike's Hotel where the mother of the bride received, wearing a street length gown of midnight blue with matching hat and accessories. She was assisted by the mother of the groom who wore a street length gown of dusty rose over lace with matching hat and white accessories. Both wore corsages of pink carnations. Mr. Lloyd Rossitor acted as toastmaster.
The honeymoon was spent at Makinson's Cabins, the bride traveling in a two-piece sheath dress with white accessories.
Mr. and Mrs. Serrick have since taken up residence at Carbonear where Mr. Serrick is employed as manager of B. A. Oil Co. Mrs. Serrick, previously to her marriage had taught at Shearstown and will this year continue to teach at Carbonear. To the happy couple, the best wishes of their many friends are extended for many years of wedded happiness.

The Daily News
September 5, 1961
Page: 9
Spaniard's Bay -
Agnes (Brennan), wife of Bernard Hutchings
, died on Monday night at the Carbonear Hospital, a few minutes after being admitted. She was 29.
Although she had been unwell for some time, here death came quite unexpectedly. She and Bernard were married exactly three weeks.
Her funeral was held on Thursday afternoon to the Roman Catholic Church at Bay Roberts and her remains were laid to rest beside those of her mother in the Church cemetery. We extend sympathy to those who mourn.
May her soul rest in peace.

The Daily News
September 13, 1961
Page: 9
Spaniard's Bay -
Seymour - Mercer Wedding
, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Seymour of Spaniard's Bay, and John, son of Mr. Baxter and the late Mrs. Mercer, were united in Holy Matrimony in the Church of the Holy Redeemer, Spaniard's Bay on Saturday, August 5. The double-ring ceremony was performed by the rector, Rev. E. Willis, assisted by Rev. J. Fred Gosse, cousin of the bride. Music was supplied by Miss Carol Vokey.
The bride, who was given in marriage by her father, wore a formal gown of white satin overlaid with three tiers on nylon net, with scalloped neckline and long pointed sleeves and adorned with sequins and simulated pearls. Her elbow-length veil was held in place by a crown of pearls, and her bouquet consisted of red and white carnations.
Mrs. Fred Mercer, the bride's sister, was matron of honour and bridesmaids were Miss Gertie Smith, her cousin, and Miss Patricia Mercer, the groom's sister. All wore semi-formal gowns of pale blue tulle with matching bandeaux. The flower girls, Renee Vaughan and Trudy Seymour, the bride's nieces, wore pretty gowns of lemon nylon net and carried baskets of lemon and white baby mums. Attending the groom were the bride's brothers Bert and Sol and his brother Gerald. Ushers were Stanley Barrett and Cecil Rex.
The reception was held at Clarke's Hotel, Georgetown, where the bride's mother received, wearing a dress of royal blue lace over satin with white accessories, assisted by the bride's grandmother and the groom's grandmother, all of whom wore navy dresses with white accessories. After the wedding supper the usual toasts were honoured and then the balance of the evening was spent in dancing.
For going away the bride chose an ensemble of powder blue wool with white accessories. The honeymoon was spent touring Cape Breton.
Mr. and Mrs. Mercer have taken up residence here in their new home and we wish for them every happiness.
(Gowns, the Royal stores, Cake, Mammy's, Flowers, Howse of Flowers, Photo. Royal Photo Service)

The Daily News
September 12, 1961
Page: 3
Ernest Vokey
A miner lost his life on Bell Island yesterday when he was pinned beneath a rockslide in number three slope. Ernest Vokey, an employee of the Wabana Mining Company, was a resident of the Green, Bell Island. Fred Lukins, a mine inspector with the Mines and Resources Department here in St. John's, is carrying out a full-scale investigation into the mishap.

The Daily News
September 12, 1961
Page: 16
Ernest Vokey
- Accidently killed at Wabana Mines, Bell Island, Monday, September 11th, Ernest Vokey, aged 48. Leaving to mourn wife, four sons, Ralph in Toronto, Ernest, Winston and Eric at home; one daughter, Linda; seven brothers, John C., William, Isaac, at Bell Island, Const. Az and Sam in St. John's, and Sol and Harve at Spaniard's Bay. Also two sisters, Annie (Mrs. Arthur W. Barrett), Toronto, Elizabeth (Mrs. George Smith), Bishop's Cove. Funeral notice later.

The Daily News
Sept 13, 1961
Page: 9
Spaniard's Bay -
Mrs. Winnie Sheppard
, wife of George Sheppard of Spaniard's Bay, entered into eternal rest on Monday, September 4. She was sixty-seven. For ten years Mrs. Sheppard had been very ill and her passing came not unexpectedly, yet for her husband and family who ministered to her lovingly and tenderly, the pain of separation is keen, and to them we offer sincere sympathy. Mourning their loss are her husband, one son William at Bell Island, two daughters, Dorothy (Mrs. Allan Mercer) Bay Roberts, Florence (Mrs. Clarence Stirling) St. John's, thirteen grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. W. E. Gosse. Her funeral was held on Tuesday afternoon to the Church of the Holy Redeemer where the burial service was read by the rector, Rev. E. Willis.
May her soul rest in peace.

The Daily News
September 13, 1961
Page: 2
Bell Island -
Ernest Vokey
- This community was shocked on Monday morning when it became known that Ernest Vokey, The Valley, was killed in No. 3 mine. The accident occurred as the result of a rock fall in the underground mining operation at No. 3 The late Ern Vokey was born at Spaniard's Bay. He took up residence here several years ago. He was 48 years old. Left to mourn wife and 5 children. Mrs. Vokey is the former Madeline Miller of this town.

The Daily News
September 18, 1961
Page: 2
Bell Island (Staff) -
Ernest Vokey
- The funeral of the late Ernest Vokey, 48-year-old resident of the Valley, Wabana, who was accidentally killed when caught by a rock fall in No. 3 mine Monday morning, took place Wednesday afternoon. It was one of the largest funerals seen in this community, more than 100 vehicles were in the funeral parade.
Funeral services were in St. Cyprian Anglican Church and at the graveside the Rector, Rev. T. E. Smith, officiated. Burial was in the Anglican Cemetery, Beach Hill.



Page contributed by Bob Vokey

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit ( Sunday June 30, 2013 )

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