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Newfoundland Obit Announcements
From Nova Scotia Newspapers

Halifax Herald
April 2013


COFFILL, Edith "Joyce"
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, April 27, 2013
Edith "Joyce" Coffill
- 80, formerly of Blomidon, Kings County, passed away on Thursday, April 25, 2013 in Grand View Manor, Berwick. Born in Grand Falls, Newfoundland, she was a daughter of the late Leslie and Edith "Blanche" (Greene) Scott. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, homemaker and friend. She enjoyed puzzles, playing cards, traveling, picnics, darts, tea, attending hockey games and curling. She also enjoyed many fond moments with her dog, Sue.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Coffill, Grand View Manor; a daughter, Linda (Barry) Gaynor, White Rock, British Columbia; two sons, Leslie (Angie), Centreville, Digby County; Stephen (Lori), Kentville; five grandchildren, Dara (Chuck) Boa, Calgary; Shaun (Brenda) Gaynor, Surrey, British Columbia; Denise King, Sarnia, Ontario; Nathan Coffill and Logan Coffill, both of Centreville, Kings County; two step-grandchildren, Nicole and Melissa; mother-in-law, Myrtle Coffill, Middleton; a brother, Tom (Bertha) Scott, New Brunswick; many nieces, nephews and special friends. She was predeceased by three brothers, William "Scotty", Leslie and Montgomery in infancy.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Kentville. There will be no visitation by family request. A private family memorial service will be held in the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville. Family flowers only by request. Donations in memory may be made to the Grand View Manor - for the purchase of equipment for palliative care or to a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.

GAY, Mary "Ethel" (Martin)
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, April 17, 2013

passed away at Nakile Home for Special Care, Argyle, Nova Scotia, April 15, 2013. Born September 21, 1924 in Petit de Grat, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia to Emmanuel Martin (Port au Port, NL) and Irene Martell (Petit de Grat, NS), Ethel moved to Summerside, PEI with her parents when she was just a toddler. In October, 1947 she married C. Vernon Gay in Summerside, PEI. As a military wife Ethel lived with her family in CFB Borden, ON; CFB Gagetown, NB; and in Ottawa, ON before retiring to Nova Scotia in the 1980s. She was an avid collector of antiques, jewellery and many other beautiful items. She had a life-long interest in all things royal. She worked as a sales clerk at Hogan's Jewellery in Fredericton, NB and at People's Jewellery in Ottawa before her retirement.

Ethel was predeceased by her husband in 2005. She was also predeceased by an infant son, Charles Ronald Gay, and brothers Frank Martin and Walter Martin. She is survived by sisters Mary Bell Willard (Summerside, PEI) and Mary Mae Jones (Winnipeg, MB), brothers Harold (Shirley) Martin (Summerside, PEI) and Tom (Loretta) Martin (Kensington, PEI), sons David (Jean) Martin (Kensington, PEI), Bill (Marty) Gay (Yarmouth, NS), daughters Joan Davies (Oromocto, NB), Marilyn (Bruce) Driscoll (Burton, NB), and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Special thanks go to management and staff of Nakile Home for Special Care and to Diane Corbett, Nurse Practitioner for the excellent care and compassion shown to Ethel during the many years of her residence there. There will be a graveside service at People's Cemetery, Summerside, PEI at a date to be announced in the near future. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nakile Memorial Fund or a charity of your choice.Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Sweeny's Funeral Home and Crematorium, Yarmouth Nova Scotia. On-line condolences may be sent to: or you may sign the guestbook on-line at:

HAWCO, Leonard
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, May 4, 2013
(August 15, 1947 - April 29, 2013)

Passed peacefully away following a brief illness, on April 29, 2013, at Colchester East Hants Hospital, Truro, NS, Leonard Hawco, formerly of Mount Carmel, NL, aged 65 years. Predeceased by parents Alphonsus & Annie Hawco, parents-in-law Joseph and Mary Rose Levangie, sisters-in-law Muriel and Patricia and Niece Sandra. Leaving to mourn wife and best friend Shirley, sons Leonard (Yannan) and children Leo & Taylor and Aubrey (Glenda) and children Stephen & Stephanie, brothers and sisters; Ben (Sandie), Jean (Don) Gibbons, Harold (Anne), Adrian (Paulette), Callista (Hughie) Didham, Clifton (Dorothy), Carmella (Brian) Singleton and Albert (Carolann), brothers-in-law Colin Purcell and Harold (Anne); sisters-in-law: Beverly (John) Ryan, Ella Hawco and Catherine Levangie, many cousins, including Walter (Lil) and family and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Mount Carmel, NL, on Tuesday, May 7, from 7 - 9pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, May 8, at 2pm at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Burial to follow. No flowers by request. To express condolences online please visit our website at

HYNES, Kevin, - 63
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, April 15, 2013
(August 27, 1949 - April 12, 2013
of Timberlea, passed away peacefully at home on April 12, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Bay L`Argent, Newfoundland, he was the son of the late William Joseph Hynes and Philomena (Parrott) Hynes. Kevin joined Local 156 in 1978 and spent the majority of his career as a Welder at Imperial Oil Refinery and retired in 2009. He was a devoted family man who loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, family and friends. He loved his motorcycle and listening to country music.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years Jean (Organ) Hynes; daughter, Shauna, Timberlea; son: Kevin (Krista), St. John's, Nfld.; sisters: Sheila (Johnny), Rita, Doris (Ken), and Pauline (Lionel); brothers: Frank, Bill (Margie), and special family friend, Mike; grandchildren David, Coady, Kaedence, Xavier and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by brother, Gus and brother in law Leo.

Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 16, 2013 from 6-8 pm at J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Marguerite Bougeoys Parish, 1714 St. Margaret's Bay Road, Timberlea. Family would like to extend their gratitude for exceptional care provided by Dr. Robert Scovil, Oncology Team at QEII and Capital Health Integrated Pallative Care Service. A special big thank you to sisters Rita and Pauline for their help in caring for Kev during his final weeks. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society.

KELLY, Frederick Walter - 53
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, April 26, 2013

of Lower Sackville, NS passed away quietly at the Dartmouth General Hospital, surrounded by his family on April 24, 2013 after a short but courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Born November 19, 1959 in Gambo, Newfoundland, he was a son of the late Frank and Eileen (Stockley) Kelly. Fred retired from the military after 11 years of service then he spent 17 years working as an RN. Fred will be remembered for his outgoing and vibrant nature, his true strong Newfoundland roots, his gift for song and the insurmountable love for his family and children.

Fred is predeceased by his parents, Frank and Eileen Kelly. Left to mourn is his wife Andrea, his daughters Jessica (Patrick), Rebecca and infant daughter Ava. Siblings Brian (Frances) Kelly, Bob (Charlene) Kelly, Gar (Rolla) Kelly, Maureen (Paul) Henderson, Sharon (Geoff)Fitzpatrick, Frank (Kate) Kelly, NL, Ross (Cathy) Kelly, Josephine (Albert) Janes, Ian (Linda) Kelly, Kate (Gene) Yeomans, Noel (Jennifer) Kelly, Wayne (Anna) Kelly, and Jason (Jeha) Kelly. Also many nieces and nephews, his in-laws; Ada ( Bob), Harold (Darlene), Angie (Barry), Annette (Jeff ).

Visitation will be held on April 26, 2013 at 5-7 pm with the funeral service taking place at 2pm on Saturday April 27, 2013 at Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main Street, Dartmouth, at 2pm, Rev. James Haughn officiating. A funeral service and burial will also be held at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church in Gambo, Newfoundland. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made at the ALS society of Canada. Online condolences may be made by visiting: Dartmouth Chapel

O'REGAN, Bradford "Brad"
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, April 16, 2013
Dartmouth 49
(October 26, 1963 - April 12, 2013)

Passed away Friday April 12, 2013 due to a motorcycle accident. Born in Stephenville, Newfoundland. He was the son of Julia (Clarence) Harvey, Newfoundland and the late Arthur O'Regan. Brad is survived by daughter Christina and son Justin; granddaughter Emlie; brothers Brian (Dianne), Guelph, Ont, Gerald (Doreen), Salt Springs, NS, David and Roger, both of Calgary, AB; sister Wanda (Max) Dutot, Port aux Basques, Newfoundland. A funeral service will be held Wednesday April 17 1:00 Pm in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main Street Dartmouth, Rev. James Haughn officiating. With a reception to follow. Interment will take place at a later date in Newfoundland. Donations may be made in Brad's memory for his children at Bank of Montreal, Mic Mac Mall. Online condolences may be made by visiting (Dartmouth Chapel)

SPURRELL, Wilfred - 86
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, April 22, 2013
(November 14, 1926 - April 17, 2013)

of Dartmouth, passed away April 17, 2013. Born in Badger's Quay, Newfoundland, he was a son of the late Robert and Alice (Wagg) Spurrell, and a veteran of the Second World War, serving as a merchant mariner. Wilfred's career at sea began on his father's fishing schooner. He went on to study marine navigation, became a master mariner, and sailed many ships for Irving Oil and Imperial Oil, including numerous trips from Venezuela to Portland, Maine. He ended his career as a harbour pilot, guiding super-tankers in Sydney harbour and through the Strait of Canso. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Master Mariners' Association, and a parishioner of St. Peter's Church, Dartmouth.

Wilfred will be remembered fondly for his sense of humour, his courage, and his care for countless others whose lives have been enriched by knowing him. Wilfred is survived by daughters Tanya Andersen, Sydney, Kathy Doiron (Daniel), Port Hawkesbury, brother, Edwin, St. John's; sisters, Marion LaFond (Gordon), Dartmouth, and Maude Marshall (Ron), Halifax; and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by brothers Frank and Claude, first wife, Ruth Andersen, and second wife, Stella (MacNeil) Spurrell.

Visitation will be held from 7 to 9pm Friday April 19 , 2013 at the Dartmouth Funeral Home, 29 Queen Street Dartmouth. Funeral mass, Saturday April 20, 11 a.m. at St. Peter's Church, Maple St., Dartmouth Father Jim Richards officiating. Special thanks to Sandra Bell for all her care and support, and to the many nurses, doctors, and other care-giving professionals on unit 4.1 of the Halifax Infirmary who did their utmost to care for Wilfred and keep him comfortable.A special thank you to niece Michelle Forrest for always being there. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Society or a charity of choice. Online condolences at:

SWINIMER, John Essen
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, April 15, 2013
From Holyrood, NL (formerly of Gold River, NS)
December 16, 1934 - April 12, 2013
Swinimer. John Essen (Jack)
: Passed peacefully away in the presence of his loving family at the Health Sciences Centre on Friday, April 12, 2013, Jack Swinimer in his 78th year, of Holyrood, formerly of Gold River, Nova Scotia. Predeceased by his parents, Earl & Hilda Swinimer, sister, Joan Nauss. Left with fond and loving memories are his wife of 49 years, Margaret (nee Fleming), daughter, Stephanie Beaumont, Chester, NS; son, John Michael (Julie), Brampton, ON; cherished grandchildren: Amy, Michelle & Katie Rae; brother: Bill (Sue), sisters: Elaine Demont (Albert), Rae Sawler; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a large circle of extended family and friends. Resting at Dunphy's Funeral Home, Holyrood. Visitation on Monday, April 15 & Tuesday, April 16 from 2 - 4 pm & 7 - 9 pm. Funeral Mass will take place on Wednesday, April 17 with 10:30 am Mass of Christian Burial from Holy Cross Church, Holyrood. Cremation to follow. Memorial Service and Burial will take place in Jack's native Nova Scotia in early May. Donations in his memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to a charity of one's choice. Please visit to sign the memorial guest book or to send a message of condolence.

TOMARELLI, Joan Mary - 84
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, April 18, 2013
(June 28, 1928 - April 17, 2013)

of Halifax, passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at Bissett Court, Cole Harbour. Joan was born in St. John's, Newfoundland to the late Joseph and Agnes (Miller) Aylward. She worked as a receptionist at Park Haven Estates (Arborstone), and was a member of St. John the Baptist Church. She was an avid bridge player and was instrumental in forming the Flemming Heights Bridge Club over 40 years ago. Joan is survived by sons, Ronald William, Wolfville; David Joseph, Halifax; Stephen Robert, Dartmouth; one sister, Anita (Ron) Murphy, sister-in-law, Mary Aylward, both of St. John's, Newfoundland; grandchildren, Alex and Angela; one great-grandchild, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by husband, William Joseph; sister, Helen Aylward; brother, Joseph Aylward. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the start of the memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at Cruikshank's Halifax Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor Street. Burial will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. The family would like to thank the staff at Bissett Court , Cole Harbour for the care and compassion shown to Joan and her family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. To view or to send an on-line message of condolence, please visit:

WISEMAN, Ewart Owen
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, April 30, 2013
(December 18, 1930 - April 28, 2013)
Ewart Owen 'Hughie' Wiseman
, 82, passed away April 28th 2013, with his family by his side in Hants Community Hospital, Windsor, N.S. 1. Born on December 18th, 1930 in Heart's Delight, Newfoundland. He was the son of the late John and Bertha Wiseman. Hughie moved to Nova Scotia at the age of 20 and married the love of his life, Shirley (Dowe) from Amherst. He worked at the CNR, retiring after 35 years. The family lived in Sackville for 20 years moving to Rawdon in 1976. While in Sackville Hughie was heavily involved in Sackville Minor Baseball. He was also a member of the Sackville Volunteer Fire Department. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, baseball, and spending time with his grandchildren. Saturdays included going to the card parties and sunny days were highlighted with Ewart and Shirley driving to Boutlier's Point.

He is survived by his wife Shirley (Dowe) his five children, Gloria from Halifax, Hughie from West Gore, Gary from Brantford, Ontario, David (Heather) from Rawdon Gold Mines, and Steven (Harlene) from West Gore; grandchildren, Matthew Judson, Adonus, James, Matthew, Alex, Luke, Aulay, and Judson; great grandchildren Nicolai and Jocelyn, Bailey, and Colton; sisters, Marilyn (Kitch) Powers and Geraldine Wiseman and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Warren and sister, Viola Hann. Cremation has taken place, with no visitation by request. A memorial service will be held Saturday May 4th, 2013 at 11:00 am in the West Gore Church of Christ, West Gore, Reverend Angus R MacDonald officiating. Private family internment in the West Gore Cemetery followed by a reception in the West Gore Fire Hall. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to The Kidney Foundation. Arrangements have been entrusted to the compassionate care of the J. Wilson Allen Funeral Home, Hwy 354, Kennetcook, ph-1-902-362-2440 or please visit our web site at to sign the guest book or send private condolences.



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