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Newfoundland Obit Announcements
From Nova Scotia Newspapers

Halifax Herald
January 2012


DONOVAN, Joseph Patrick
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, January 21, 2012
(October 28, 1958 - January 19, 2012)
DONOVAN, Joseph Patrick
. With heavy hearts the family of Joseph Patrick Donovan advise of his sudden passing on January 19th in Woodstock, NB. Joe will be dearly missed by Elaine and Charles Webber, brothers Michael (Mary), Vincent, Mark (Doreen), sisters Genevieve Broomfield (Thomas), Rita (Harold), Louise Griffin (Garry), Agatha and Cecilia O'Rielly (Albert) all of Newfoundland, and brother George "Junior" of Halifax. He was predeceased by parents George and Helen Donovan, St. Brendan's, NF. Joe loved life and was a well respected and proud professional long haul driver with Premiere and Atlas Van Lines for almost 30 years. A memorial, service will be held Tuesday January 24th in Atlantic Funeral Home, 125 Sackville Drive, Lower Sackville, where a reception will follow. Family flowers only. Memorial donations may be made to Anchor Industries, Lower Sackville. Online condolences may be made by visiting the website

FALLE, Matilda
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, January 4, 2012
(July 13, 1922 - January 2, 2012)
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Matilda Falle of Dartmouth on January 2, 2012 at Oakwood Nursing Home. Born in Stephenville, NFLD, she is survived by daughters Isabell, Ann Marie, Liz, Margaret and Bertha sons Jimmy (Kelly), Francis, grandchildren Melanie, Barbie, Kimmy, Tommy and great grandchildren Karlie, Colton and Joey. Predeceased by her common law husband Chester Falle, daughters Elizabeth and Rose Marie, sisters Annie and Blanche. Visitation will be held 2-4, 7-9 pm Wednesday in Atlantic Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held 2 pm Thursday January 5, 2012 in Atlantic Funeral Home Chapel 771 Main St. Dartmouth.

The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, February 1, 2012
(October 5, 1922 - January 30, 2012)
FERGUSON, Lillian Alvina
age 89, of Cole Harbour passed away at the Bissett Court Nursing Home, Cole Harbour. Born in Burin, Newfoundland she was a daughter of the late William and Caroline (Loughlin) Brushett. As a young woman Lillian immigrated to Halifax through Pier 21. She worked as a CNA, her early years at the Victoria General Hospital, retiring from the Halifax County Hospital where she worked for twenty five years. She was a devoted mother and homemaker, adored her four granddaughters, loved playing cards, took great pride in her flower gardens, a beautiful knitter and enjoyed her Sunday afternoon newfie music. Lillian is survived by her sons Freeman, Robert (Bernadette), sisters Lottie and Pearl of Newfoundland, daughter in law Betty, granddaughters, Crystal, Sherry, Natasha and Charlene, several great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and good friend Jessie Warr. She was predeceased by her husband Malcolm, brothers Fred, Jim, Lewis and Leonard. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday February 4, 2012 at Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth. Burial in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia. A heart felt thank you to Dr. Fraser and the staff of Bissett Court Nursing Home, especially staff of Turner Lane for their care and loving attention given to Lillian over the past three years. Online condolences may be made by visiting our Dartmouth Chapel at

LIDSTONE, Eric Franklin
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, January 30, 2012
(Died January 27, 2012)
LIDSTONE, Eric Franklin
- We, the family of Eric Lidstone, are deeply saddened to announce his passing away at home in Halifax, on January 27th, 2012. Eric was born in Corner Brook, N.L., on May 1, 1933, the youngest son of Theophilus and Annie (Dalton) Lidstone. At the age of 18, he joined the Canadian Forces to serve overseas during the Korean War. He resided most of his life in Stephenville, N.L., where he and his wife, Mary Ann (Cunard), raised their family of four, Carolyn, Dwayne (Dember), Emma and Eric (Pamela). During those years, he was employed in the plumbing and heating business and at the end of his residency in Stephenville, had operated his own business. Following his relocation to Halifax, he continued his employment in this field with Southwest Property and Raffie Ghosn. In 2005 during a trip to Devon, United Kingdom, Eric was delighted to discover his genealogical heritage and to visit ancestral sites of his forefathers. He also spent many happy times at his cottage (nicknamed 'The Ponderosa') in Brag Bay on the Northern Peninsula in Newfoundland and Labrador. Also left to mourn with fond and loving memories are his grandchildren, Samantha (Dwayne) and Isaac (Emma); step granddaughters and step great-grandchild, Ashley, Brandy and Nevaeh (Dwayne); sister-in- law, Vera (Ralph) Lidstone; sister-in-law, Hepsey (Heber) Sheppard; brothers-in-law, Grant (Elsie) Cunard, Wallace (Rita) Cunard, Eli (Phyllis) Cunard, Eric (Ann) Cunard, Terry Cunard and Don (Elizabeth) Gould. Eric is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and long-time friends with special mention of nieces, Paula (Wade) Gould and Sandra (Clyde) O'Quinn; nephew, Wallace (Diane) Cunard and long-time friends, Calvin and Millie Dalley. A quiet and private man, Eric was a wonderful support always to his family and will be greatly missed, especially by his loving wife and constant companion of 56 years, Mary. There will be no visitation as cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be scheduled in Stephenville, Spring 2012.

PICKETT, Patrick Hamilton
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, January 26, 2012
(August 23, 1920 - January 25, 2012)
PICKETT, Patrick Hamilton
, age 91 years of Dartmouth passed away January 25, 2012 in Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in Fogo, Newfoundland he was a son of the late John & Lucy (Hamilton) Pickett. He graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Western Ontario, he went on to earn a Bachelor of Education from Memorial University. He was a teacher in rural and urban Newfoundland and finally a teacher a the N.S.C.C. Akerley Campus (formerley Dartmouth Vocational School). He was a published author, writing a history of his hometown, Fogo, Fogo Island and a history of the Newfoundland Dog. He was a lifelong member of the Kiwanis Club and the Knights of Columbus. He is survived by his wife the former Caroline Martin, sons Tony (Susan), Mount Uniake, Robert, Perth Ontario, daughter Anne Marie Gill, Dartmouth. Grandchildren Candace (Randy) Herritt, Daniel (Charlotte) Pickett, Gregory Gill, Cheryl Gill and Joey Warnell as well as two great grandchildren . He was predeceased by brothers Frank and Michael. Visitation will be 2:00-4:00 & 7:00-9:00 Friday in Dartmouth Funeral Home, 29 Queen Street. Funeral mass will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Saturday from St. Peters Roman Catholic Church (Maple St. Dartmouth) Father Jim Richards, celebrant . A reception will follow in the church hall. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donation to Heart & Stroke Foundation. online condolences by visiting

POOLE, Ada Joan - 52
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, January 13, 2012
Date of Birth, Monday, July 13th 1959
Date of Death, Wednesday, January 11th 2012
of Lunenburg, passed away Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater. Born in English Harbour West, Fortune Bay, NL., Ada was a daughter of the late Archibald and Velma (Fizzard) Osborne. Joan and her husband Bill began their courtship in Middle School and so began their life long love together. Besides the love for her family, she loved taking care of her home and greatly enjoyed crocheting, needle point and all different types of crafts. Her home was always open to receive friends and family. Joan will be especially missed by her two favourite chosen grandchildren, Koen and Jayden and her dog, Precious, who misses her already. She was a member of St. John's Anglican Church, Lunenburg. She is survived by her husband Bill, sisters, Una (Walter) Skinner, NL., Ethel (Gordon) Tibbo, Amy (Ben) Banfield; both of Lunenburg; Esther (Raymond) Hunt, Rose Bay; Ann (Lester) Feener, Bridgewater; Glenda (David) Williams, NL.; brothers, Archie (Geraldine), Aubrey (Marie) Osborne both of NL; William (Cathy) Osborne, Lunenburg; Charles (Debbie) Osborne, Halifax; John (Shelly) Osborne, Lunenburg; many nieces, nephews and cousins. and special nieces, Julie and Amanda. She was predeceased by brothers, Walter, Thomas and a sister, Elizabeth. Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Dana L. Sweeny Funeral Home, 11213, Hwy. # 3, Lunenburg, with visitation Saturday from 7-9 p.m. and where a memorial service to celebrate Ada's life will be held Sunday at 2:00 p.m., Rev. Michael Mitchell officiating. Interment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family.

ROSE, Walter
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, February 1, 2012
ROSE, Walter
- 64, Halifax, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 28, 2012 in the QEII Health Sciences Center. Born in Hermitage, Newfoundland, he was a son of the late Wallace and Mary Rose. He will lovingly be remembered and never forgotten by his wife, Shirlene; son, Gregory; step mother, Vi; brothers, Cyril (Sheila), Jimmy (Geraldine), David and Perry; sisters, Cora (Bucky), Marie (Phillip), Darlene (Kevin), Maryann (Darrell), Grace (Jim); several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Mike. Cremation has taken place under the direction of J. A. Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd., 149 Herring Cove Road, Halifax, where visitation will be held on Friday, February 3 from 7-9 PM. A reception will follow the visitation at the family home, 17C Dentith Road, Spryfield. Burial will be held at a later date.

SOPER, Donald Francis - 81
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, January 30, 2012
passed away January 27, 2012 in Northwood Ivany Place, Bedford after a lengthy and courageous battle with Lewy Body Dementia. His positive outlook never failed and his sense of humour and wit made knowing him a true delight. He was a dedicated member and deacon of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, sang in quartets and choirs and played several instruments. He was an avid stamp collector, a meticulous craftsman and a kind and compassionate person always willing to help anyone in need. Born in Carbonear, NL, he was the son of the late Harry Ingram and Clarice Irene (Penney) Soper. He was an optician and worked for 22 years at Garnett Optical Co., Ltd. and for 15 years at Eastern Optical Laboratories Ltd. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Marie (Coolen), Bedford; brothers, Kenneth (Marjorie), Scarborough ON; Lloyd, Halifax; sister, Lillian Babb, Harbour Grace, NL; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers, William, Harry A. and Charles. Cremation has taken place under the direction of the Ronald A. Walker Funeral Home, Hubbards. No visitation by request. A graveside service only will be held at the Fox Point SDA Cemetery, Fox Point on Tuesday January 31, 2012 at 2 p.m. Elder Reid Coolen officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Fox Point SDA Church Cemetery Fund or charity of choice.

SPURRELL, William (Bill) C.P.
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, January 3, 2012
Spurrell, William C.P. (Bill)
- Passed peacefully away on Monday, January 2nd, 2012, Bill Spurrell, aged 57 years. Leaving to mourn with fond and loving memories are his loving wife, Geralda (Gerri) (nee Tobin); his cherished daughters: Kelly (Travis Cribb) and Katheryn (Chad Moores); grandson Jaxon Moores; his devoted mother Audrey, brothers: Dave (Shirley) and Jim (Andrea); sister Susan (David Barnes); Aunt Olive Hillerich; Uncle Roland & Aunt Peg Spurrell; many nieces and nephews; sisters and brothers in laws: Bruce Andrews, Yvonne and David McCann, Ramona and Bruce Goodwin, Lee and Rennie Humber, Andrina and Don Whiteway, Bernardine, Teresina and Dan DeYoung, Carl and Annette, Earl, Wallace and Debra, Jacquelyn, Hughie and Wendy; along with a large circle of relatives and friends. Predeceased by his father, Pierce Spurrell (2009), his sister Joanne Andrews (2008) and father and mother-in-law, John and Carmel Tobin. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will take place at Carnell's Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road on Tuesday and Wednesday from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm. Funeral service to take place at 2 pm on Thursday, January 5th, 2012 from the Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Flowers gratefully accepted or donations in his memory may be made to the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation. To send a message of condolence or sign the memorial guest book, please visit



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