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Newfoundland Obit Announcements
From Nova Scotia Newspapers

Halifax Herald
May 2009


AVERY, Ross Wolford
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, May 20, 2009

Of Dartmouth, passed away peacefully May 18, 2009. Born in Hillview, N.L., he was a son of the late Elias and Edith (Churchill) Avery. He was a veteran of the Second World War in the Merchant Marines. He was an avid bird-watcher, hunter, fisherman and enjoyed camping. He enjoyed crosswords, hockey, cooking and bingo. Ross enjoyed working with his hands and doing his own handyman repairs around the house. He loved dogs, and had them most of his life. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Dorothy (Joseph) Avery; daughters, Gloria Bernard, both of Dartmouth; and Katherine Kelly, Corner Brook, N.L.; sisters, Marita Russell, Corner Brook; Geneva (Walter) Loucks, Lincoln Park, Mich.; Brenda (Stan) Halfyard, Woody Point, N.L.; brothers, Austin (Marie), Mission, B.C.; and Leander, Clarenville, N.L.; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sisters, Dauphinee and Audrey; brother, Ellis. Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. Thursday, May 21, with a memorial service to be held 11 a.m. Friday, May 22, both in A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home, Rev. Glenn MacLean officiating. Family flowers only. Donations to Canadian Cancer Society. This may be viewed at:

BENNETT, Mildred Catherine
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, May 6, 2009

91, of Dartmouth, passed away Sunday, May 3, 2009, in Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in Heart's Delight, N.L., she was a daughter of Elizabeth (Hillier) and Gilbert Crocker. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She married her husband, James during the Second World War in St. John's, N.L. They settled in Nova Scotia after the war. She was a long-time member of Anglican Church Women of Christ Church, Dartmouth. She was an excellent seamstress and was well-known for her hand embroidered items. She was a keen crib player, an avid bowler, and loved to cook for her family. Although she lived most of her adult life in Nova Scotia, she was always a proud Newfoundlander. She is survived by her daughters, Sharon (Peter) Doull; Janice (Terry) Mumford, both of Dartmouth, and son, Barry (Carol Ann) of Waverley. She is survived by five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her parents; husband, James; sisters, Gracelene, Hilda, Clara and Marion and brother, Loyal. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 7, from 5-7 p.m. in Christ Church, Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth. Memorial service will be held in Christ Church on Friday, May 8, at 10 a.m., Bishop Hatton officiating. Private burial will be held in Atlantic Memorial Gardens, Main Street, Dartmouth. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Christ Church Food Bank or The Salvation Army. She will be dearly missed by her family. On-line condolences may be made at:

CURNEW, Austin "Dossie",
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, May 18, 2009

67, of Concession, passed away, Saturday, May 16, 2009, at home. Born in Stephenville Crossing to Viola (Russell) and William Curnew, he was an avid Dame de Pique player and loved to dance. His favorite food was fish and chips, bought and eaten at the wharf. He is survived by companion, Diane Bezanson; sons, Perry (Joyce), Jason, Leroy, Trevor and daughter, Rebecca (Loveon) Parsons, Newfoundland; stepchildren, Marlene (Carl) Doucette, Cow Bay; Marilyn Ramey, Bridgetown; Deanna (Terry) Bezanson, Sheffield's Mills; Robert (Kelly) Bezanson, New Minas; Ronald Dugas, Concession; sisters, Violet (Harold) Eisenbart and Lena Bricker of New Jersey; Clara Gabriel, Newfoundland; brother, LeRoy Bennett, Eastern Passage; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by companion, Cecile Duncan; sisters, Barbara and Marie; brothers, Chris and Francis. Arrangements are under the direction of Meteghan Funeral Home. A memorial service will take place in Concession at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18, Père Paul Belliveau will officiate.

DAWE (Cournoyer), Jean Margaret
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, May 31, 2009

94, of Halifax, formerly of St. John's, N.L., passed away peacefully at home on May 29, 2009. Born in St. John's, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Ada (Taylor) Cornick. Educated at Bishop Spencer College, St. John's, Jean was employed in various capacities and during the Second World War ventured to take positions at the U.S. Naval Base at Argentia, Newfoundland and at the US Army Base, Fort Pepperell in St. John's. After the family relocated to Halifax in 1960, she was employed first with Eastern Trust, then with the Advertising Department of the Chronicle Herald for a number of years. She was a member of St. James Church since 1960 and of the A.C.W. where she held positions as Treasurer, Social Action Secretary and with the Sanctuary Guild. Jean was a long-time sponsor with Foster Parents Plan. She was an award winning knitter and used those considerable skills for the benefit of those served by the Unitarian Service Committee. She was also an avid bridge player. Jean was a gentle person with a loving and generous spirit who always demonstrated her commitment to the welfare of her family, friends and those in need. She will be ever missed and always in our hearts. She is survived by her daughter, Sharon (Serge) Cournoyer; grandson, Shawn and great-granddaughter, Courtney, as well as six nieces and nephews and their families. Predeceaced by her husband of 55 years, Harvey C. Dawe and by her sister, Florence Chard and brother, Norman Cornick. Following a private graveside service for family members at 1 p.m., Tuesday, June 2, in St. John's Cemetery, Fairview, a reception will be held where all are welcome at 2 p.m., in St. James Church Hall, near the Armdale Rotary, Halifax. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice or in support of animal welfare.

DEIR, Charles Edgar
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, May 13, 2009

64, of Dartmouth, passed away May 10, 2009, in Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in Newfoundland, he was the son of the late Eric Walter and Isla Marie Deir. He is survived by children, Bonnie Deir, Dartmouth; Christopher (Akiko), Toronto, Ont.; Angela (Tom) Dooley, Dartmouth and six grandchildren. A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16, in A. L. Mattatall Funeral Home. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. This may be viewed at

EVANS, Freeman
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, May 21, 2009

76, of Mill Village, Queens Co., passed away peacefully in Queens General Hospital, Liverpool, on May 19th, 2009. Born in Barr, N.L., he was a son of the late Theodore and Mary (Hickey) Evans. Freeman worked for 38 years in the field of communications retiring as Assistant Manager from Teleglobe Canada, formerly located in Charleston. After his retirement, Freeman was owner of Evans' Village Shoppe, Mill Village, which is currently owned and operated by his eldest son, Ted. Freeman was a member of Mersey Branch No. 038, Royal Canadian Legion, Liverpool. In 1991, Freeman chose to run as councillor for the Municipality of Queens where he was subsequently re-elected twice, retiring from Municipal Council in October 2008. Freeman was very proud of the term he served in public office and he always tried to do what was fair for all members of the community of Queens. He was also involved in many community events and organizations.

Freeman's proudest accomplishment over the last number of years was being "Poppa" to his beloved grandchildren "Cass" and "Rosey" or "his Rosebud" as he called her. The "Children" brought Poppa much happiness when life was getting harder. Poppa also enjoyed the time that he spent with sister, Alice, always laughing and looking at the brighter side of life. Alice was always there to help him through his illness, a real guardian Angel. Dad also had great respect for his friend Dr. Tim Woodford, who assisted him through his illness.

Poppa is survived by his children, Ted, of Mill Village; Kathleen and Tony, Charleston; Jamie and Jessica and children, Charleston; Mena, Charleston; his beloved sister and very best friends, Alice and George of Brooklyn; his brother, Roland and wife Catherine, of St. Jacques, N.L.; his sister, Annie and husband Lenus, of St. Jacques, N.L.; and his brother, Max, of Toronto. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, May; brothers, George Evans of St. Jacques; Jack Evans, St. John's, N.L.; Allan Evans, Isle Aux Mort, N.L.; and Tom Evans of Garnish, N.L. Visitation will be held today from 7-9 p.m. in Chandlers' Funeral Home, Liverpool. Funeral service will be held Friday, May 22, from Chandlers' Funeral Home, Liverpool at 2:30 p.m. Rev. Donald J. Lawton officiating. Burial will be in Mill Village Community Cemetery. Family flowers only, in lieu of flowers donations may be made to Mill Village Consolidated School Parent Support Group.
Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall. Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, till the sun goes down. And this is all life really means-Robert Louis Stevenson

HOOD, Daphne Joyce
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, May 27, 2009

Born March 10, 1935, to Alexander "Sandy" and Edith (Bursey) LeShane (Burnt Woods, Lower Island Cove, N.L.), she passed away peacefully on May 25, 2009, in Northwood Center, Halifax. Daphne was a member of Bethel United Church and was educated in the Bethel U.C. School. She took organ lessons from the late Maude Lewis and played in many churches along Conception Bay, N.L. Daphne came to Halifax in 1952 to live with her sister and best friend, Marion, and her late brother-in-law, Ronald Gibbons. She took business courses and worked at the Department of Highways, License Dept., Canada Packers Meat Div., the former Victoria General Hospital switchboard, and as a teller for Maritime Tel & Tel. Daphne loved music, dancing, knitting, needle work, and baking. She was devoted to her family and friends.

Daphne is survived by her husband of 48 years, Rowland; daughter, Shelley (George) Purcell; son, Keir (Heather) Hood, and daughter, Carlene; grandchildren, Allison, Chad, and Kimberley Purcell, Rachel and Evan Hood. Daphne is also survived by her sister, Marion; sister-in-law, Mary LeShane; many nieces and nephews, and their families. Daphne was predeceased by her sisters, Olive Shaw Morris, Florence Slade, and brother, William LeShane, all of Newfoundland and Labrador. Funeral service will be celebrated by Rev. Heather Fraser in Fairview United Church, May 28 at 2 p.m. A reception will follow in the church hall. No flowers by request. Donations may be made to "Fairview United Church Building Fund", or to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

HOPKINS (Oakley), Anne
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, May 22, 2009

84, passed away peacefully in Dartmouth General Hospital on May 21, 2009. Born in Belleoram, NL, she was predeceased by her parents, Sydney and Christana Oakley; brother, William G. Oakley, and her husband, James M. Hopkins. Leaving to mourn are her family, Paul (Angie), Robert (Lorraine) and William John (Rose) Hopkins; grandchildren, Michael (Lisa) Hopkins, Paula (Tom) Muller, Matthew, Christana, Jonathan, Sarah, Robert, Hannah and Sophia; great-grandchildren, Katherine, Caroline, Andrew and Christopher, and nieces Joanne (Joel) Stewart and Sandra (Paul) Andrews. Cremation has taken place under the direction of J.A. Snow Funeral Homes. Committal will be held at a later date in Kentville. No visitation. Condolences can be made through J. A. Snow Funeral Homes. Donations can be made to the Lung Association of Nova Scotia or your charity of choice. Many thanks to the nurses at Dartmouth General Hospital, 4 West and special thanks to Dr. J. Lawless for her kindness and compassion. Anne was loved dearly and will be sadly missed by her family and many friends. E-mail condolences to:

KEEFE, Raymond Augustus "Ray"
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, May 6, 2009

83, passed away May 4, 2009, in Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII. Born in Coley's Point, N.L., to the late Gus and Ethel (Rose) Keefe and later of St. John's, N.L., Ray moved to Dartmouth with his family in 1968. Ray was a Sergeant in the RAF during the Second World War acting as Wireless Operator and Air Gunner on B-52s and was released from active duty on April 28, 1946. His working career led him to the position of Regional Manager for Superior Propane which saw a move to Moncton, N.B., for five years until his retirement in 1989, when he returned to Dartmouth. Ray was a member of the Dartmouth Curling Club and also enjoyed bowling and lawn bowling.

A man to whom family meant everything, left to mourn are his loving wife of 59 years, Dorothy (Dewling); daughter, Lynn Gracewood, Pictou; son, Greg Keefe and wife, Theresa; daughter, Donna Gaudet, all of Dartmouth; grandchildren, Fred Gracewood, Dr. Lorri Beatty (Shawn), John Gaudet (Ashley Beckwith), Jason Keefe (Amanda Waldic), Amanda Gaudet (Graham Clements); great-grandchildren, Miguel Rodgers, Kylie Clements and Hunter Raymond Keefe; sisters, Jeanette Keefe, Brampton; Gwen Miles, St. John's, N.L. and Elsa Batten (Roy) Edmonton, Alta. He was predeceased by sisters, Ada Fontain (Jim), Mary Dawe (Bill), Rene Havaaldsen (Nels), Marina Dawe (Mackie), Edith Ryan (Bill); brothers, Irving Keefe (Phyllis), and Calvin Keefe (Edna); a sister and brother in infancy. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements have been entrusted to Atlantic Memorial Gardens, 767 Main St., Dartmouth. There will be a memorial service on Thursday, May 7, under the guidance of Rev. Catherine Bourbonnier, with a reception following. Family flowers only. Donations may be made in Ray's memory to the Canadian Diabetes Association or a charity of your choice.

KUHN (Hepditch), Emma
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, May 28, 2009

Lake Echo. It is with regret we announce the death of a dear aunt, Emma. She died peacefully in Ocean View Manor on the evening of May 26, 2009, in her 80th year. Born in Point Aux Gaul, N.L., she was the last of 12 children born to William and Emma (Hillier) Hepditch and the last surviving member of her immediate family. Emma was predeceased by her husband, Ira. She leaves to mourn her passing, sisters-in-law, Bertha (Walter) Lougle, Alice Callahan, Veronica Kuhn and brother-in-law, Charles Kuhn, also sister-in-law, Dorothy Hepditch of Point Aux Gaul, N.L.; several nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements are in the care of Cole Harbour Funeral Home, 1234 Cole Harbour Rd., where funeral will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 30. Interment in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens following a reception. No flowers, by request. In lieu, donations to a charity of choice.

PIKE, Hazel "Shirley"
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, May 22, 2009

66, of South Belleville, Yarmouth Co. It is with deep sadness and regret that the family of the late Hazel "Shirley" Pike announces her passing on Wednesday, May 20, 2009, peacefully in the Yarmouth Regional Hospital. Hazel was the youngest daughter of the late Alreta and Rev. Roddy Gordon Pike of Yarmouth. Born in St. John's, N.L., she was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 61 Ladies Auxiliary Yarmouth. She loved the outdoors, especially weeding her flower beds. She was a very loving person to her animal friends and had a special place in her heart for Chester her furry cat, friend, and "baby". She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and a great friend to all who knew her and has gone to be with God.

She leaves to mourn her passing and celebrate her life, daughter, Cindy Lee Canny (Goodwin) of South Barrie, Mass., USA; sons, Brian Goodwin of Wedgeport; Grant (Leslie Surette "Lenie") Goodwin of South Belleville; sister, Irene (Ken) Crosby of South Ohio; brothers, Robert C. Pike of Toronto; Laurie Blackwood (Katie) Pike of Hillsborough, N.B.; Douglas J. (Mona) Pike of Truro; Melvin A. "Dave" Pike of Barrie, Ont.; grandchildren, Alexander Canny of South Barrie, Mass., USA; Ashley Goodwin of Halifax; great-grandchild, Maddyx Mackenzie Goodwin of Yarmouth and a wide circle of extended family and dear friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Ross Norman Goodwin, and sister-in-law, Bernadette. Visitation will be today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in Sweeny's Funeral Home Chapel Yarmouth with a Royal Canadian Legion Branch 61 Ladies Auxiliary service at 7:30 p.m. Funeral service will be in Sweeny's Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, May 23 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Oral Stewart officiating. Family flowers only. Memorial donations can be made to the Yarmouth S.P.C.A. On-line condolences can be made at or sign the guest book at:

SEARS, Frances Lillian "Fran"
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, May 19, 2009

74 of Bedford, passed away May 16, 2009, in the VG Site, QEII. Born in Burin, N.L., she was a daughter of the late Harry and Marion (Isaacs) Beazley. Fran enjoyed spending time with her family, and will be fondly remembered for her wonderful sense of humour. She is survived by her daughter, Carla Sears, Bedford; son, Alan (Barbara) Sears, Santa Cruz, Calif.; brothers, Thomas (Audrey Lowe) Beazley, Hammonds Plains; Fraser Beazley, Bedford. Frances was predeceased by husband, Sidney E.G. "Bob" Sears. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, May 22, in the chapel of Atlantic Funeral Home, 125 Sackville Dr., Rev. Ardyth Ash officiating. A reception will follow. Family flowers only, donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society. Special thanks to the VON, Northwood Home Care, doctors and nurses of the Palliative Care Unit, VG Site, QEII, family doctor, Brian Ashton and friend, Marilyn Clarke for their exceptional care. On-line condolences may be made to the family by visiting the website:

SNOW, Harold Lindbergh "Hal"
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, May 9, 2009

Age 81, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, May 6, 2009, in Dartmouth General Hospital. Harold was born in Harbour Grace, N.L., on December 2, 1927, to Minnie and Samuel Snow. Harold is survived by his wife of 30 years, Joan (Creamer); daughters, Lynn (Paul) Landry, Catherine (Douglas) MacNutt; granddaughters, Kristina, Jacquelyn and Alexandra Landry; sisters, Julia L. Tedtsen and Jean F. Churchill, both of New Milford, Conn. U.S.A.; brothers, Rev. Arthur (Marjorie), Dartmouth; Hugh (Dorothy), Florida; Edgar (Pauline), Harbour Grace, N.L.; sister-in-law, Mary (Robert) Steves, Sussex, N.B; brother-in-law, James (Maureen) Creamer, St. John, N.B; also his former wife, Phyllis (Snow) Gaetz, Dartmouth. Harold was predeceased by his parents, Minnie and Samuel Snow (of Harbour Grace, N.L.); brother, Henry (of England); mother and father-in-law, the late Edith and Lee Creamer (Chatham, N.B.); brothers-in-law, Andrew W. Tedtsen and Chester Churchill; nephews, David Churchill and John Snow. Cremation has taken place. The family will receive visitors on Tuesday, May 12, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in St. Luke's Anglican Church, Veteran's Avenue, Dartmouth. A Service of Christian Burial with Eucharist will be held on Wednesday, May 13, at 2 p.m. in St. Luke's, with a reception to follow the service in the undercroft of the church. Harold will always be remembered as a loving husband, father, brother and friend. His family was the centre of his life and he dearly loved and cherished all of them and they in turn loved and cherished him. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

TOBIN, Monica Theresa "Mona"
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, May 17, 2009

In her 94th year, peacefully passed away with relatives by her side on Monday, April 6, 2009, in Ottawa, Ont. Born in Whale Cove, N.L., Mona was a daughter of the late James and Alice Perrin and the wife of the late John "Jack" Tobin, (all of Halifax). Mona is survived by her daughter, Susan (Stuart) of Toronto; grandchildren, Tobin and Jackson of Toronto; her brother, Reg of Halifax; many nieces and nephews coast to coast. She was predeceased by brothers, Lawrence "Larry", Halifax; William "Bill", Halifax; John "Jack", Winnipeg; sisters, Mary Hartley, Halifax; Anne Kelly, Halifax; Kay Cedar, Ottawa. Mona lived the majority of her life in Fairview and was a founding family of St. Lawrence's parish. She was an avid bingo player and in later years was an Avon lady in Fairview and Clayton Park. In her 80s, she moved to Ontario to be closer to family. For the past six years, Mona had been a resident of the Glebe Centre in Ottawa. A memorial mass will be held for Mona on Tuesday, May 19, at 10 a.m. in St. Lawrence's Roman Catholic Church on Dutch Village Road, Father John Williams presiding. Reception to follow. Interment to take place in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Mona to the Glebe Centre, 950 Bank St., Ottawa, ON, K1S 5G6.

WHITE, Maynard Leroy
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, May 20 2009

Age 80 years of Dartmouth, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2009, in Dartmouth General Hospital. He was born in Harbour Grace, N.L. He was a Merchant Seaman most of his adult life, and served overseas with the Merchant Navy during the Second World War at the young age of 17. He was predeceased by his sister, Lillian; his brothers, John and Gerald. He is survived by his long-time companion, Lavinia Campbell, Dartmouth. Funeral services will be held for Maynard at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Dartmouth Funeral Home, Queen Street.



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