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Newfoundland Obit Announcements
From Nova Scotia Newspapers

Halifax Herald
June 2008


BARTLETT, Marsha Denise
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, June 9, 2008
BARTLETT, Marsha Denise
- 28, Milford Station, passed away peacefully Saturday June 7, 2008, in the VG Site, QEII, Halifax. Born in Gander, N.L., she was a daughter of Judy Bartlett and the late Dennis Bartlett. Left to mourn are her mom, Judy; her sister, Lisa; Nanny and Poppy Head; Nan Bartlett; aunts, Gail Goudie, Connie Clarke, Patsy Antle, Verna Mitchell, Nada Dicks, Marlene Hollett and Sheila Callaghan; uncles, Roger, Colin and Dean Bartlett, and a large circle of relatives and friends. Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in Faith Community Church, Milford, where funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday June 11, Pastor Brian Moss officiating assisted by Pastor Paul Vanderkooy. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Milford. In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to the VG Ward 9-A, VG Site, QEII. Arrangements are entrusted to Ettinger Funeral Home, Shubenacadie. You may visit Marsha's Everlasting Memorial at:, sign the guest book and leave a written or spoken message.
"Good bye Marsha - we all love you and you will always be in our hearts."

The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, June 14, 2008
- 82, Amherst, passed away Thursday, June 12, 2008, in High Crest, Springhill, after a lengthy illness. Born in Burin, N.L., he was the son of the late Captain Maxwell and Alice (Cheeseman) Blandford. After immigrating to Canada, Austin served in the Royal Canadian Navy before attending Maritime Business College in Halifax. After working in the shoe business for Simpsons and Eatons in Halifax, Moncton, and Corner Brook, Austin moved his family to Amherst where he opened Blandford's Shoe Store. In later years, he sold life insurance. Austin was president of the Moncton Y's Men's Club and Charter President of the Amherst Y's Men's Club where he was made a life member in 2004. He was a member of Lorneville United Church and served on a number of boards including the VON, the Cumberland District School Board, and the Drew Nursing Home. As a former Rotarian, he was actively involved with Camp Tidnish.

Austin is survived by his wife of 58 years, Marion (Mills); son, Bruce (Ron Atkinson), Toronto; daughters, Anne and Lynn, New Glasgow; Joyce (Paul) Millman, Truro, and his adored grandchildren, Peter and Sarah Millman. He is also survived by his sisters, Jean Smith, Kingston, Ont.; Marjorie Struss, Surrey, B.C., and his brother, Max, Saskatoon, Sask. He was predeceased by his brother, Harvey. Cremation has taken place. His family will receive visitors in Campbell's Funeral Home, 98 Church St., Amherst on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, June 17, at 2 p.m. in Campbell's Chapel with Rev. Steve Longmoore officiating. Interment will take place in Lorneville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lorneville United Church, Amherst YMCA, or Amherst Victorian Order of Nurses.

The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, June 5, 2008
BURLEY, Ida J. - 1916-2008
. The passing of Ida Burley occurred in Dartmouth on June 1, 2008. Mother was born in St. Georges, N.L., to the late Captain Edwin H. and Mrs. Annie (Pieroway) Morris. Ida was predeceased by her beloved husband, R. Rudman Burley; brothers, Frank and Ronald, and by her sister, Vivian Smallman. She will be forever and lovingly remembered by sons, Lloyd and Michael (Barbara); daughter-in-law, Trudi Burley. Nan will remain forever in the hearts and minds of grandchildren, Jan, Kyle, Susan and Karen. Also left to mourn mother's passing are sisters, Estelle Taggart, Marian Pratt, Joan Davis and Phyllis Howlett. Archdeacon Paul Smith will officiate the memorial service to be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 19, in Christ Church, Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth. For those who wish, remembrances can be made in memory of Ida Burley to any charity of the donors choice. Cremation under the care of Donald K. Walker Funeral Directors (469-5601), Dartmouth. On-line condolences can be sent to:

DOUCETTE, Stella Mary
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, June 2, 2008
DOUCETTE, Stella Mary
- 91, Store Street, Yarmouth, passed away on Sunday, June 1, 2008, in Yarmouth Regional Hospital. Born May 20, 1916, in Trepassey, N.L., she was a daughter of the late Frank and Esther (Taylor) Sutton. Stella worked in the winding room at Dominion Textiles, until her retirement. She was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies' Auxiliary, Branch No. 61, Yarmouth, and she also enjoyed playing cards, bingo and knitting. Surviving are daughters, Judy Doucette (Louis Johnson), Greenville, and Marion (Paul) Dulong, Yarmouth; grandchildren, Nancy, Randy, Shelley, Stephen, Jason and Vanessa; great-grandchildren, Jeremy, Shane, Luke, Savannah, Mya, Markie and Holly; great great-grandson, Landon. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Otis Doucette; daughters, Sharon Rodgerson and Holly Doucette; sister, Aggie; brothers, Leo, Gerald and Mike. Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation by request. A Royal Canadian Legion Ladies' Auxiliary service will be held at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, followed by the memorial service at 2 p.m., both in H. M. Huskilson's Memorial Chapel, 29 Albert St., Yarmouth, Rev. Stephen Bourque officiating. Interment will follow in Our Lady of Calvary Cemetery, Forest Street, Yarmouth. It has been requested that there be family flowers only. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Victorian Order of Nurses, Tri-County Branch. You may sign the on-line guestbook at:

ELLSWORTH, Gladys Frances
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, June 23, 2008
ELLSWORTH, Gladys Frances
- 85, Shiretown Nursing Home, Pictou, formerly of Belmont Avenue, Stellarton, passed away Friday, June 20, 2008, at the home. Born in Norris Arm, N.L., she was a daughter of the late Frank and Pearl (Beaton) Hines. Gladys was a resident of Shiretown for two years having previously spent most of her life in Stellarton. She worked her early life in the Shell Shop then at Barkers Grocery and Stedman's in Stellarton. Gladys was a member of Our Lady Of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church. She was an avid bowler and enjoyed knitting, crocheting and crib. She is survived by daughters, Sylvia (Doug) Hayward, Pictou; Catherine (Tom) Bonvie, Newmarket, Ont.; sons, Donald (Myra), Abercrombie; Frank (Janet), Westville; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Betty (Gordon) Parsonage, Westville. She was predeceased by her husband, Leo; brother, Donald James Hines. The family will receive visitors from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today in H.C. MacQuarrie Funeral Home, Stellarton. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday in Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church with Father Bill Rankin officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Donations in memory of Gladys may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or Canadian Cancer Society.

ERNST, Laura Jane
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, June 12, 2008
ERNST, Laura Jane
- 93, Glen Haven Manor, New Glasgow, formerly of Pictou, died June 11, 2008, in the manor. Born in Pouch Cove, N.L., she was a daughter of the late Morris and Mary W. (Welsh) Murray. She is survived by sister, Maude Murray, Pouch Cove, N.L. She was predeceased by her first husband, Elijah Rudolph; second husband, Alfred Ernst; seven brothers; three sisters. Visitation will be held 7-9 p.m. today in McLaren Funeral Home, Pictou. Funeral mass will be held 10 a.m. Friday in Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church, Pictou, with Father Peter MacDonald officiating. Burial will be in Central Caribou Cemetery.

FLEMING, Benedict "Ben"
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, June 17, 2008
FLEMING, Benedict "Ben"
- 71, Halifax, passed away at home on June 15, 2008, surrounded by his family. Born in Lamaline, N.L., he was a son of the late Lawrence and Mary (Shey) Fleming. He is survived by his wife, Donna Fleming (DeMerchant); daughters, Lisa (Kevin), Anne-Marie (Aaron), and Tanya; sons, Kenny, Kevin, Benny (Jennifer), and Chris; grandchildren, Andrea, Sharon, Alexa, Darren, Devin, Samantha, Melissa, Sarah, Dakota, Patricia, Brody, and Taylor; brothers, Harold, Dartmouth; Tom, Toronto; Terrance, Ray and Mike, all of Newfoundland; sisters, Rita, Newfoundland; Marjorie, Texas. He will be loved and missed by all his family and friends. Visitation Wednesday, June 18, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in J. Albert Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd., Herring Cove Road. Funeral in St. Michael's Church, Herring Cove Road, on Thursday, June 19, at 10 a.m. with reception to follow at the Purcell's Cove Social Club. Donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

HEMMENS, Annie Beatrice "Bea"
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, June 20, 2008
HEMMENS, Annie Beatrice "Bea"
- It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bea Hemmens in Halifax, on June 18, 2008. Born in St. John's, N.L., on May 25, 1911, she was predeceased by husband , Jack, as well as three brothers and two sisters. Bea was the loving mother of Alma (Chuck) Coffen, David (Maggie) and Linda (Gerald) O'Hara, all of Halifax. She was also grandmother of six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren of Nova Scotia and British Columbia. The family would like to thank the staff of 8 Centre, Northwood. Their loving care was appreciated every day. You are all special people. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service and interment will be held in St. John's, N.L., in Barrett's Funeral Home at a later date (TBA). Donations may be made to Northwood Foundation, Halifax, or to a charity of your choice. On-line condolences may be made to:

HUNT, Roger C.
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, June 17, 2008
HUNT, Roger C
. - 57, West Chezzetcook, passed away peacefully at home on June 15, 2008, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Jersey Harbour, N.L., he was a son of Edgar Hunt Sr. and the late Pearl (Stoodley) (Harbour Breton, N.L.). Roger was a marine engineer, and in the 1970s worked for Atlantic Fish Products in Marystown, N.L. He later worked for Clearwater in Lunenburg, Fabco and Portobello Marine in Dartmouth. Roger had a passion for writing captivating short stories, many of which were published in The Coaster, as well as an enthusiasm for woodworking and collecting old photos of schooners. His children and grandchildren were the joy in his life and all resided near him. Leaving to mourn are his wife, Christine (Kearley); daughters, Ellen (Corey) Seaward, Donna (Bryan) Hunt, Shelley (Shawn) Romo; sons, Colin (Tara) Hunt, Curtis (Michelle) Hunt; grandchildren, Emma and Molly Seaward, Carson Hunt, and Owen Hunt; brothers, Wallace (Sadie), Fredericton, N.B.; Raymond (Esther), Rose Bay; Edgar (Madeline), Twillingate, N.L.; Winston (Ellen), First South. There will be a family only visitation. Memorial mass to be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 19, in St. Anslem's Church, West Chezzetcook. Memorials to the family. No flowers by request.

MELVIN, Herbert Leo "Herb"
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, June 26, 2008
MELVIN, Herbert Leo "Herb"
- Passed away peacefully in his home on Sunday, June 22, 2008, at the age of 80 years. Herb was born in Grand Falls, N.L., and served in the Royal Canadian Navy. He was a beloved husband of 40 years to Dorothy (Doucette); loving father of Glen, Halifax; Pat and his wife, Jean, Cape Breton; cherished stepfather of Carol (Neitz) and Don, Orlando, Fla.; lovingly remembered by his grandchildren, Darren and Cristina, Holly and James and Matthew, and great-grandchildren, Chad, Brandon, Candace, Colton and Quinn. He was the last surviving member of his family. The family will receive friends and relatives in Schreiter-Sandrock Funeral Home and Chapel, 51 Benton at Church Street, Kitchener, Ont. In celebration of Herb's life, a funeral mass will take place in St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church (Madison and Courtland Ave. E.), Kitchener, Ont. on Thursday, June 26 at 10 a.m. with Father Brian Quigley as celebrant. Interment to follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery, Breslau. As expressions of sympathy, donations to St. Mary's Hospital Foundation would be greatly appreciated by the family by calling the funeral home at 519-742-4481, or visit:     A special thank you to Dr. M. Cescon for his kindness and compassion shown to the family over the years.

MYLER, Louis Nicholas
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, July 1, 2008
MYLER, Louis Nicholas
- 87, Mahone Nursing Home, Mahone Bay, formerly of Canaan, died June 29, 2008, in Fishermen's Memorial Hospital, Lunenburg. Born in Bell Island, N.L., he was a son of the late Thomas and Clara (Cluett) Myler. A resident of Mahone Nursing Home for approximately seven years, his favourite pastimes included watching sports on television and listening to Newfoundland music. He was employed as a wood chipper operator at Louisiana Pacific Hardboard Plant, East River, and retired after 20 years of service.

Louis is survived by his daughters, Barbara (Kendall) Mosher, Bernadette (Carl) Hirtle, all of Canaan; Sandra, Dartmouth; Debra (Robert) Rankin, Hamilton, Ont.; Louise Duncan (Edward White), Windsor; sons, David (Penny), Raymond (Sharron), all of Canaan; Donald (Maxine), Waldon; Andrew (Donna), Beansville, Ont.; sisters, Cecile Blackmore, Agnes (Donald) Peddle, all of Cambridge, Ont.; Margaret Mansfield, Philadelphia, Pa.; Ann Reid, Bell Island, N.L.; brothers, Kevin, New Jersey; Joseph, Scotland; 25 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Louis was predeceased by his wife, Ola; daughter, Mary; son, Michael; sister, Mary; brother, Thomas. Visitation 7-9 p.m. Wednesday in Davis Funeral Home, Chester. Funeral service 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Augustine's Catholic Church, Chester, with Father Chinedu Chukwu officiating. Burial to follow in All Saints Cemetery, Canaan. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one's choice. Special thank to the nurses and staff at Mahone Nursing Home for their wonderful care of our dad.

PURCHASE (Taylor), Violet Ethel
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, June 22, 2008
PURCHASE (Taylor), Violet Ethel - Corner Brook, N.L., September 5, 1926 - June 20, 2008
, passed peacefully away in Western Memorial Regional Hospital in her 82nd year. She was predeceased by her husband, Andrew, on January 22, 2007; parents, Hayward and Ethel Taylor; sisters, Eileen Kingsley, Doris Breedlove; brothers, Leonard and Hayward; in-laws, Boyce Sharpe, Bill Parsons, Hayward Randell, Jimmy Breedlove, Gerald Kingsley, Lulu and James Thorne, Allister and Blanche Purchase, Nelson and Ida Purchase, Gladys and Gus Bartlett, Ivy and Ed Crewe. Left to mourn with fond and loving memories are her sons, Tony (Sheila), Halifax; Randy (Mary), St. John's; Larry, Toronto; grandchildren, Jannah, Anthony (and their mother Nancy), Dylan and Lauren; sisters, Minnie Sharpe, Jean Parsons , Valda Randell; brothers, Ron Taylor and Frank (Violet Francis) Taylor; sister-in-law, Irene Taylor, as well as a large circle of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Friends may visit in Fillatre's Funeral Home, 4 St. Marks Ave., today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Monday, June 23, at 2 p.m. in Humber United Church, Clarence Street, Rev. Kathy Brett officiating. Interment to follow in Mount Patricia Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, flowers graciously accepted or donations may be made to Humber United Church Memorial Fund or the charity of one's choice. The family guest book may be signed or a memorial donation may be made through our website at:

ROBERTS, Rev. E. Bruce, B.Sc., B.Eng., M.Div.
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, June 26, 2008
ROBERTS, Rev. E. Bruce, B.Sc., B.Eng., M.Div
. - Died peacefully at home early Wednesday morning, June 25, 2008, with his wife, Ella (Brookins) by his side, as she has been for 55 years. After a brief fight with cancer, he has "gone home" to be reunited with his parents, J.D. and Gertrude Roberts (Corner Brook, N.L.), and daughter, Claire Roberts. He leaves behind the love of his life, Ella, and their four children and 13 grandchildren, Jo-Ann and Ken Kelly, Christopher, Claire, Alyson and Meghan, Victoria, B.C.; Laurie and Trueman Smith, Mark, Colin and Jessica, Livingston, Tenn.; David and Joanne Roberts, Alexander, Joshua and Elias, Halifax; Jane and Robert Merchant, Erik, Jack and Ellen, Halifax; his brother, Rev. John Robert and his wife Ann, Bedford.

Bruce went to Memorial University, Mount Allison University, Technical School of Nova Scotia and the Atlantic School of Theology. He had several careers, first as a civil engineer with the CNR in Moncton, the Department of Highways in Prince Edward Island, and with Morrison and McCrae Ltd., Summerside. He was an ordained minister with the United Church of Canada for 28 years and served churches in Bedeque, P.E.I., Sheet Harbour and Halifax, and Nashwaaksis, Riverview and Moncton, N.B. In 1982 he was elected President of the Maritime Conference of the United Church. Beginning in 1988, he played a pivotal role in the growth of the Congregational Christian Church of Canada and served congregations in Lawrencetown/Lake Echo, New Glasgow and Halifax. When his active ministry was cut short by Alzheimer's disease, he became Minister Emeritus at First Congregational Church of Halifax, where he continued to serve and inspire.

Bruce also had a career as a civil servant. He was Regional Director of Social Services for the South East Region of New Brunswick. He was the chair of the New Brunswick Welfare Appeals Board and helped found Moncton Headstart with Claudette Bradshaw. He was a proud Newfoundlander who loved to sing, and an adopted son of Prince Edward Island. During his life, he left his mark on every community he served and touched the lives and hearts of many people from all walks of life. He spent may of his happiest moments surrounded by family and friends at "Almost Paradise", the family cottage in Stanhope, P.E.I.

Today, Bruce has traded "Almost Paradise" for the real thing. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Pregnancy Care Centre in Halifax:, 5991 Spring Gardens Rd., Unit 705, or The Vision Fund of First Congregational Church of Halifax. Visitation with the family will be held in J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor St., Halifax, on Friday, June 27, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. The funeral service will be held in St. Andrew's United Church on Saturday, June 28, at 11 a.m. E-mail condolences to:



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