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Newfoundland Obit Announcements
From Nova Scotia Newspapers

Halifax Herald
February 2009


ABBOTT, Cyril F.
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, February 14, 2009

96, of Seabright, passed away Thursday, February 12, 2009, in Arbourstone Enhanced Care, Halifax. Born in Saint Jacques, N.L., he was a son of the late John and Caroline Abbott. Cyril worked many years in the real estate business. He was an active civic politician serving many years as Alderman and a term as Deputy Mayor of Halifax. He is survived by his wife, the former Bertha "Beth" Ouellet; son, David (Gayle); daughter, Mary Lee Adams, both of Halifax; grandchildren, Barry, Sue Ann, and Jonathan; great-grandchildren, Amelie, Jeremie, and Matthew; several nieces and nephews. The family will receive visitors 4-7 p.m. Sunday, February 15th, funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, February 16, both in Ronald A. Walker Funeral Home, 13549 Peggy's Cove Rd., Tantallon, Rev. Mark Marshall officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of choice. On-line condolences can be made at:

DAVIS (Yarn), Mary Jane
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, February 25, 2009

80, Halifax/Dartmouth, passed away peacefully at her daughter's home on Monday, February 23, 2009. Mary was born in Rencontre, N.L., a daughter of Phillip and Jane Yarn. At an early age, her family moved to Liverpool. At the age of 14, after the loss of her parents, Mary along with her brother and sister, relocated to Halifax to live with Granny. Mary graduated as a Registered Nurse from the former Victoria General Hospital. She also thoroughly enjoyed the years she spent working in retail with her good friends Eleanor Rockwell and Donald Cooley. Mary also spent time working in the optometry office of Tom Davis Sr., who she also loved and cared for throughout his life. Mary was a lifetime member of IODE, serving as Regent of the J.W. Logan Chapter and Provincial President.

As a child, Mary attended All Saints Cathedral in Halifax. She was a woman of great faith who served various congregations over the years, and took great joy in returning to the Cathedral community several times. In her later years she volunteered as a nurse for the Dartmouth Senior trips and enjoyed the adventures of visiting different countries and meeting new people. She cherished her fond memories of summers spent at the cottage in Hubbards, surrounded by her family and friends. Mary's sense of humour was always present, even in her last years.

Mary was predeceased by Tom, her husband of 55 years, and her brother, Roy Yarn. She will be lovingly remembered by her sister, Lucy (Rolf) Bradfisch, Debary, Fla.; son, Jack, (Nancy) Davis, Seattle, Wash.; daughters, Judy (Bob) Oliver, Dartmouth; Lauraine (Dean) Fullbrook, United Arab Emirates; grandchildren, Jennie Oliver, Calgary, Alta., and Craig Oliver, Toronto. Special thanks to the caring and loving staff at Mountbatton and Dr. G. Roy. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service and burial will be held for the family at a later date. Judy and Bob invite family and friends to their home at 5 Boutilier's Grove, Dartmouth, Saturday March 7, 2-4 p.m. to share memories of Mary. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia.

The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, February 4, 2009

94, Gander, N.L., passed away peacefully Sunday, February 1, 2009, in Halifax. Born December 27, 1914, in St. John's, N.L., he was a son of James and Angela (O'Keefe) Dempsey. One of Gander's pioneers, he arrived from Botwood in 1939, working as a radio operator/technician with the British Air Ministry and later Transport Canada. He was a part of world history for his involvement with the Hindenburg, the first Transatlantic flying boats, the Bismarck, the Caribou and the Sabaena Airlines Crash at St. Martin's in the Woods and many others. His lifelong passion for the sea, travel and his rare radio telegraphy skills kept him busy well into his retirement years.

He is predeceased by his loving wife, Vera E. Dempsey (Greene); two sisters and five brothers. He is survived by daughters, Patricia Hiscock, Halifax; Jane (Patrick) Donnelly, Angus, Ont., and Helen (George) Simmons, St. Albert, Alta. Also brothers, Patrick Dempsey, St. John's, N.L., and Joseph Dempsey, Halifax, and grandchildren, Christopher (Tilly) Hiscock, Surrey, BC.; George (Buddy) Simmons, Victoria, B.C.; Deanna Simmons, Edmonton, Alta.; Kyle (Gail Stephenson) Donnelly, Barrie, Ont.; Krista (Kaare) Hagar, Victoria, B.C., and Timothy Ryan Simmons, St. Albert, Alta., as well as great-grandchildren, Joshua Adam Hiscock and Stephanie Hiscock, Surrey, B.C. Visitation will be held Thursday, February 5, from 7-9 p.m. in Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander. Funeral service will be held Friday, February 6, 11 a.m. in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Gander. In lieu of flowers donations made be made to Gander Knights of Columbus scholarship fund or the charity of your choice.
"Thou callest us to delight in thy praise for Thou hast made us for thyself, and our hearts find no rest until we rest in thee." - St. Augustine

DOWE, Lillian Jean
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, February 7, 2009

It is with great sadness that the family of Jean Dowe announce her sudden death on February 4, 2009, surrounded by her family. She was born on December 15, 1947, in Marystown, N.L. Jean was a very caring and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Jean enjoyed a very successful career in retail management. She loved life, wrote beautiful poetry, and had many hobbies, however, her greatest achievement was caring for her family. She is survived by her children, Leighann Brimicombe (Roger), Louis Dowe (Donna), and Thomas Dowe Jr.(Karen); grandchildren, Laken, Jessica, Devon, Jeffrey, and Logan; sisters, Freda Roach-Fader (Jim), Alice Adams (Bill); brother, George Mitchell (Myla). She was predeceased by her loving husband and best friend of 42 years, Thomas Dowe; her parents, Louis and Jane Mitchell; sisters, Hilda Burke and Madonna Mitchell. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Memorial service to be held on February 9, at 10 a.m., in St. Ignatius Church, Bedford Hwy. Donations can be made to the Lung Association and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
We will love and cherish you always Mom.

EVANS, Mary Anne
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, February 5, 2009

91, of Dartmouth, passed away peacefully on February 3, 2009, in Dartmouth General Hospital. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Born in Coombs Cove, N.L., she was a daughter of the late Samuel and Charlotte (Hann) Blagdon. Mary was a member of Church of the Holy Spirit for many years. She enjoyed being surrounded by her family and friends, she was a great story-teller and loved to laugh. She enjoyed many good years of her life at The Berkley, Dartmouth. Mary is survived by her son, Fred Evans, of Dartmouth; daughters, Ruth Homburg, of Halifax, and Mercedes (Bill) Pollock, of Stewiacke; six grandchildren, Thomas and Heather Evans, Michael and Susan Pollock, Phillip Homburg and Shauna Homburg Beaumont; eight great-grandchildren, Deborah, Mitchell, Kathleen, Robert, Joshua, Jessica, Abby and Ben. She was predeceased by her husband, Wilson; sister, Gertrude; brothers, William and Lancelot. No visitation by request. Funeral service to be held on Friday, February 6, in A. L. Mattatall Funeral Home, 217 Portland St., Dartmouth, Rev. Edwin Ebsary officiating. Donations may be made to Dartmouth General Hospital Transition Unit or a charity of choice. A special thank you to the staff of Dartmouth General for their wonderful care and attention. To place a message of condolence you may visit:

FOX, Edith Louise
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, February 17, 2009

90, Halifax, died at Northwood Centre on February 14, 2009, after a lengthy illness. Born in Garnish, N.L., she was the daughter of the late Charles and Charlotte (Bond, Grand) Cluett and stepfather, Robert Cluett. Widowed after 14 years of marriage to her husband, Earl Clarence Fox, Mom dedicated her long life to her family and service to others. Earlier in life, she enjoyed playing bridge with close friends, attending church at St. John's United Church and later at Northwood where she sang in the choir, volunteering and assisting her many friends and acquaintances at Northwood and elsewhere, and especially cooking her wonderful meals for us all. Her family is most grateful to the Northwood staff and volunteers, in particular, Buffy, who took such good care of her over many years.

She was also predeceased by her father and mother-in-law, George and Stella (Josey) Fox; brother, William Grandy; brother-in-law and stepsister, Bruce and Greta (Cluett) Phillips; stepbrother, Marvin Cluett; brother-in-law, Lloyd Fox and grandson, David Lloyd Fox in infancy. She is survived by daughter, Linda Nevin (Robert); son, George Fox (Claudia); brother, Leslie Grandy (Florence-deceased); brother-in-law, Glen Fox (Lois); sister-in-law, Muriel Dutchak (Walter-deceased); her adored grandchildren, Matthew, James (Heather), Jennifer, Heather, and Andrew (Amos) and great-grandson, Charles Nevin; many nieces and nephews. Cremation has take place. Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, February 18, in J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor St., Halifax. The funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, February 19, in the chapel in Northwood Centre. In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of choice may be made in Edith's memory. E-mail condolences to:

LAKE (Crocker), Dorothy Margaret "Marge"
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, February 10, 2009

74, Porter's Lake, passed away on Monday, February 9, 2009, in the VG Site, QEII, surrounded by her family (and Elvis). She was born on October 8, 1934, in Petty Harbour, N.L. Marge was predeceased by her husband, Raymond Lloyd Lake "Red" and daughter, Susan Lake Gorveatte. She is survived by daughters, Esther, Debra, Barbara, Dorothy and Tracy; and 10 grandchildren. A special heartfelt thanks to the amazing staff of the VG Site, Palliative Care Unit. Also, thanks for the unwavering support of the Kemp family. Visitation will take place in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth on Wednesday, February 11, from 7-9 p.m., where a funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 12, at 1 p.m. with a reception to follow in the funeral home reception centre.
"Love me tender, love me true, all my dreams fulfilled, for my darling I love you, and I always will."

McDONALD, Captain Herman
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, February 25, 2009

86, of Dartmouth, passed peacefully away on February 23, 2009, in the excellent care of the staff at Northwood One Centre. Born in Isle-Aux-Morte, N.L., he was a son of the late Michael and Annie-Maude (Knott) McDonald. Following in the footsteps of his father he went to sea at an early age as a fisherman on his father's schooner, the Rose Dorothy. During the Second World War, he served in Canada's Merchant Navy and the Canadian Naval Reserve. In 1946 he resumed his career with Imperial Oil achieving the rank of Captain during a long and distinguished service of 33 years. Upon retiring, he enjoyed a life full of family and friends. He loved family dinners and picnics and was always willing to share a story with his quick wit and humour. He loved meeting people, whether fishing on Grand Lake, camping in Green Valley, having coffee with his buddies or spending time at his friend John's camp. His presence always ensured a lively occasion.

Herman will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 65 years, Florence (May) McDonald. He is survived by children, Glen (Claudette), Toronto; Barrie (Judy), Delta, B.C.; Wanda (Leslie) Webber, Dartmouth; Gail (Alan) Dawe, Dartmouth; grandchildren, Violet, Jesse, Christy Webber; brothers, Kenneth (Barbara), North Sydney; Lorne (Millie), Moncton. Herman is also survived by many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly. He was predeceased by sisters, Florence, Vivian, and Cedella; brothers, Thomas, Allan and James. No visitation by request. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 28, at 11 a.m. in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth, Rev. Carolyn Tomlin officiating with interment to follow in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. A reception will be held in the funeral home reception centre. Family flowers only, donations in Herman's memory may be made to a charity of choice.

MacDONALD, Russell
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, February 21, 2009

87, Truro, passed away February 20, 2009, in Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Born in Burnt Island, N.L., he was the only son of the late James and Rebecca (Organ) MacDonald and grew up in Halifax. Russell was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces for 31 years serving with the Princess Louise Fusiliers during the Second World War in Italy, Germany, and Holland. He also served in the Korean War and in Egypt on a peacekeeping mission. After retiring from the military, Russell worked at Camp Debert as a civilian for 10 years. Russell enjoyed his family, especially the young ones, dancing, bowling, reading and he was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 26. He is survived by his loving wife, Joyce (MacDonald) of 61 years; sons, Rick (Karen), Allan (Linda), Randy (Sonya); daughter, Krista; nine grandchildren; three great-granddaughters. Cremation has taken place. A Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 26 Tribute Service followed by a memorial service will be held on Monday, February 23 at 1 p.m. followed by a reception in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St. Family flowers only. Memorial donations may be made to the Lung Association of Nova Scotia or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. On-line condolences may be made at: The family wish to extend their thanks to the caring staff at Colchester Regional Hospital and to Dr. Slipp for their care and compassion.

PARSONS, Elizabeth Gladys "Betty"
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, February 26, 2009

90, Hantsport, Hants Co., passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 25, 2009, in Rose Marie Home for Special Care, Hantsport. Born in St. John's, N.L., she was the daughter of the late H. Gordon and Olive (Taylor) Christian. Betty attended school and also Memorial University in St. John's before becoming a teacher. In her early years she taught in St. John's, Montreal, Halifax and Hantsport, as a substitute, when her children were young. In the late 40s Betty was a ground hostess in Gander for American Overseas Airlines. Betty was a member of St. Andrew's Anglican Church, Hantsport, as well as the ladies guild. She was a past president of the sanctuary guild and the Ladies Auxiliary at the Hantsport Community Centre. Betty was a very athletic lady who was also very active in her community. Her good nature, sense of humor, style and vivaciousness were obvious and enjoyed by all who knew her. In the later years Betty and Dave spent many happy times at their cottage at Black River Lake, entertaining friends and family.

Betty is survived by her husband of 61 years, David Parsons, Hantsport; sons, John (Patti), Halifax; Peter (Susan), Chester; Jim (Shelley), Halifax; grandchildren, Katy, Lauren, Jillian, Haley, Christian, Geoffrey and Rachael. She was predeceased by brother, Robert in infancy. Arrangements have been entrusted to Lohnes - DeMont Funeral Service Ltd., 419 Albert St., Windsor (902-798-8317), where the family will receive visitors from 7-9 p.m. Friday, February 27. Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, February 28, in St. Andrew's Anglican Church, Main Street, Hantsport, Rev. Michael Boyd officiating. A reception will follow in the church hall followed by interment in Riverbank Cemetery, Hantsport. Donations in memory of Betty may be made to St. Andrew's Anglican Church, Main Street, Hantsport, NS B0P 1P0 or Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, 6009 Quinpool Rd., Ste. 300, Halifax, NS B3K 5J7. Private messages of condolence may be made in the "Guest Book" at:

POOLE, Olive Agnes
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, February 21, 2009

77, Halifax, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 18, 2009. Born in Newfoundland, she was a daughter of the late James and Ann (Cox) Rose. Olive was a member of Emmanuel Anglican Church in Spryfield. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her children, Clarence (Kathy), Scott (Gwen), Terry (Brenda), Chris (Sandy), Bruce, Danita (James), all of Nova Scotia; Jack (Ada), Alberta; Greg (Tammy), British Columbia; Sharon (Lewis), Manitoba; Sylvia (Roy), England; 20 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, a Korean Conflict Veteran, John Robert; brother, Ron, and sister, Mary. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff of St. Vincent's Guest House for their compassionate care and support given to Olive during her time with them. Arrangements are under the care and direction of J. Albert Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd., 149 Herring Cove Rd., Spryfield (477-5601), where visitation will be held on Sunday, February 22, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Monday, February 23 at 2 p.m. in Emmanuel Anglican Church, with Rev. Diana Brett-Frye as celebrant. Donations in Olive's memory may be made to a charity of one's choice. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting:

The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, February 24, 2009

76, of Roseway Manor, formerly of Sandy Point, passed away February 20, 2009, in Yarmouth Regional Hospital. Born in Port aux Basques, N.L., he was a son of the late Louis and Mary (Bishop) Sheaves. Bob worked as an engineer on Lake boats and later on fishing vessels as well as having been a local fisherman. He is survived by his wife, the former Florence Goodick; sisters, Ruth (Richard) Fraser, California; Edith (Robert) Sheppard, Clarenville and Sylvia (Eric) Carew, Port aux Basques; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers, Clifford, Lloyd, Wilfred, Louis, Fred and Eric. A memorial service will take place at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Beulah Burman Animal Shelter or a charity of choice. On-line condolences may be sent to: or you may sign the guest book at:

SMITH, Martin Sheppard "Marty"
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, February 6, 2009

age 66, of First Street, Trenton, passed away Wednesday, February 4, 2009, at home. Born in Millers Passage, N. L., he was a son of the late Thomas and Mary (Sheppard) Smith. He was a welder at the various Nova Scotia Power Generating Stations, retiring from Trenton. He was a member of IBEW Local 1928. He was an avid bowler and also enjoyed hunting and fishing. He is survived by his wife, the former Patricia (MacDonald) (Gerrior); daughter, Ann Marie (Eugene) Clarke, Victoria Beach; stepdaughter, Sharon Gerrior (Craig Cromwell), Little Harbour; son, Edward (Susan), Petawawa, Ont; stepson, Michael Gerrior, Calgary; grandchildren, Sarah, Colton, Curtis, Zachery, Travis; stepgrandchildren, Tyrone, Chevelle, Savannah; sisters, Bernadette (Frank) Augot, Harbour Breton, N.L.; Mary Smith, Harbour Breton. He was predeceased by brothers, Michael, Edward, Samuel and Gerard; sister, Patricia. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation by request. Funeral service 11 a.m. Saturday, in R.H. Porter Funeral Home, Trenton, with Father Gary MacPherson officiating. Burial will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery at a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of choice.



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