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Newfoundland Obit Announcements
From Nova Scotia Newspapers

Halifax Herald
August 2016


BURTON, Lillian "Marjorie"
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, August 11, 2016
(July 18, 1920 - August 9, 2016)
Lillian 'Marjorie' Burton
, age 96, of Halifax, passed away Aug 9, 2016 at Shannex Seniors Home in Clayton Park. Born in Harbour Buffett, Placentia Bay, NL she was a daughter of the late Nelson And Lillian (Tulk) Burton. Marjorie was a long-time member of St Phillips Anglican Church, Bayers Road, Halifax, a member of the ACW and altar guild. She enjoyed playing cards, rummicub and scrabble with her friends. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family and was the 5th generation Aunt to many nieces and nephews. Her life's work was childcare. She developed strong bonds with the children she helped raise. She dedicated her life to caring for her parents in their advanced years as well.

Marjorie is survived by nephews Ted Barnes, and Frank Barnes of Topsail, NL, Alton Wareham Moncton NB, Harold Wareham St John's NL, Clyde Burton Powell River BC; niece Sandra Burton, Comox, BC. Also survived by Krista Poole and her family, who were very special people to Aunt Marge. Predeceased by brothers Richard and Theodore "Ted" Burton and sisters Jane Barnes and Mildred Wareham.

Cremation has taken place. The memorial service will be held at 11am on Tuesday August 16 in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main Street, Dartmouth, Rev. Katherine Bourbonniere officiating. Reception to follow. Interment in St. Thomas Anglican Church Cemetery in Musquodoboit. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice. Thank you to the staff at Shannex Parkland for helping Aunt Marge enjoy her time there.

CHAFFEY, John Francis
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, August 9, 2016
(April 23, 1926 - August 7, 2016)

Age 90, of Dartmouth, passed away on August 07, 2016 in Oakwood Terrace. Born in Ramea, NL on April 23, 1926, he was the son of the late George and Julia Chaffey. He was predeceased by brother, Wilbur. He was employed by Imperial Oil for 35 years. As per his wishes, there will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Oakwood Terrace or the charity of your choice. Graveside service and burial will take place at Gate of Heaven Cemetery on Thursday, August 11 at 1:30 pm.. Arrangements have been entrusted to Dartmouth Funeral Home, Queen Street. Online condolences by visiting

The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, August 10, 2016
(June 18, 1921 - August 8, 2016)
MacAskill, Una Mary (Pilgrim)
of Bedford passed away in her 95 year on August 8, 2016 at Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building, Halifax. Born in St. Anthony Bight, Newfoundland, she was the daughter of the late Elihu and Emmilene (Denny) Pilgrim. She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Anthony "Tony" whom she married in the Cathedral, Military Rd., St. John's Newfoundland in June, 1946; brother, Maitland Pilgrim and will also be lovingly remembered by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by sisters, Charlotte "Lottie" Windsor, Hazel Hillier, Effie Cooper, Lucristia "Lulu" Barrett, Ethel Mews and brother, Lewis Pilgrim. Una was a veteran of World War II having served with The Canadian Women's Army Corps (CWAC) in Canada and Washington, DC. In her younger years she was an active member of the Catholic Women's League (CWL) of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church where she served two terms as treasure. Most recently she was a member of Saint Benedict Parish. Visitation will take place 2-4, 6-8 pm Thursday, August 11 in Atlantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayers Rd., Halifax from where a funeral service will be held 2 pm Friday, August 12 with burial to follow in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lower Sackville. Family flowers only. Donations in memory may be made to a charity of choice. Online condolences may be made by visiting the Halifax Chapel at

The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, Nova Scotia, August 29, 2016
Mary Winnifred MacIntosh
, age 95 yrs, of the Maritime Oddfellows Home, formerly of Trenton, passed away Monday, August 29, 2016 in the Home. Born in Botwood, Newfoundland, she was a daughter of the late Ambrose and Winnifred (Oke) Nichols. She was a retired employee of the Goodman Co. Ltd. and was a member of the former Saint Augustine Anglican Church where she belonged to the choir and guild. Mary was a member of Christ Anglican Church, Stellarton and a 60 year member of Lady Doric, Order of the Eastern Star. She is survived by daughters: Ruth (Reg) Peyton, Abercrombie; Catherine (Reg) Tutty, Pictou Landing; grandchildren: Jason (Leslie); Tanya (Dale); Trevor; great grandchildren: Cate and Peyton-Quinn. She was predeceased by her husband, Donald "Dan" MacIntosh; grandson, Donald Vinson Tutty; brothers: Langdon, Augustus and Alex; sister, Marjorie. Thanks to the staff of the Oddfellows Home for the comfort they brought the family in Mary's last days. Special thanks to Rick and Marg Muise for their friendship and kindness to our mother over the last number of years. Visitation 2-4 and 7-9 pm Wednesday in the R.H. Porter Funeral Home, New Glasgow. Funeral service 3 pm Thursday in Christ Anglican Church, Stellarton, with Rev. Darlene Jewers officiating. Burial will be in Abercrombie Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to a charity of choice. Order of the Eastern Star will meet at the funeral home at 6:30 pm Wednesday to conduct their service.

MILES, Hubert
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, August 24, 2016
(April 16, 1942 - August 23, 2016)
MILES, Hubert
age 74 years of Dartmouth passed away peacefully on August 23, 2016 at the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax. Hubert was born in Newfoundland a son of the late Aaron and Alice Miles, he was a hard worker all his life and had many jobs from working on the fishing trawlers at National Sea Products to painting on the Halifax Harbour Bridges. He was a wonderful father and grandfather, he will be forever loved and missed by son Derek, Dartmouth, daughter Deborah Manette, Middle Sackville, grandchildren Nick, Jason, Angela, Crystal and Shawna, as well as seven great grandchildren, sisters Bert, Mary and Dot, brothers Joe and Lloyd. He was predeceased beloved wife the former Sarah Sampson and a brothers Reg and Fred and a sister Abby. Visitation will be 6:00-9:00 Thursday August 25, 2016 with funeral service Friday August 26, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. all in Dartmouth Funeral Home, 29 Queen Street, Dartmouth. Online condolences by visiting

PIKE, Phyllis
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, August 11, 2016
Phyllis Rosabel (Ewing) Pike
, of Ingramport, (formerly of St. John's, Newfoundland) After a brief illness, our loving mother went home to eternal life on Aug.9, 2016. Born in St. John's, Newfoundland on July 5, 1925, Phyllis was the daughter of Frank M. and Rosabel (Pynn) Ewing. Phyllis grew up in the family of the Anglican Church of St. Mary the Virgin and attended Bishop Spencer College where she was active in Girl Guides, basketball and field hockey. She was the goalie on the championship field hockey team of 1942.

Her education at Bishop Spencer had a profound influence on her life and she often quoted the ideals of the school (and Headmistress Miss Cherrington) to her children. Phyllis often spoke of having an early breakfast, heading over to Bowring Park to play tennis and then cycling across the city to Bishop Spencer on Bond St. (Miss Cherrington liked active girls.). Mom entered Nursing School at the General Hospital in St. John's and was valedictorian of the Class of 1946. She nursed in St. John's and later completed a physiotherapy program in New York City which enabled her to nurse at the Children's Rehabilitation Centre in St. John's. She left this post in 1965 as Acting Director of Nursing.

Phyllis was predeceased by her loving first husband Frederick Thomas Davis. Phyllis and Fred, along with young Paul, spent a number of happy years managing the bungalows in Terra Nova National Park. During widowhood, the hand of God (and Rosabel Ewing) reintroduced her to an old family friend (and widower) the Rev. James Pike. They married and Phyllis moved to Nova Scotia where she and Jim blended their families and created a unified family with Paul and Valerie. They loved each other's children unconditionally and created a strong family unit.

Phyllis began the joyous journey of a busy clergy wife in the Anglican Parishes of Digby, Cornwallis (Port Williams) and Hubbards. Mom ran a welcoming rectory which was full of the most delicious food and baked goods. She was active in the ladies groups in all the churches of each parish and often led the Junior Auxiliary. Phyllis enjoyed hosting groups of parishioners and the friends of her children. Dad described his years with Phyllis as the happiest years of his life.

Phyllis was a talented knitter and enjoyed knitting for family, friends and church groups. Mother's love of nature made our home a haven for animals. There were always dogs and cats as well as hamsters, rabbits, fish and even an orphaned raccoon that loved her chocolate chip cookies, but overstayed his welcome by joining a clergy barbecue and accosting the guests. For one summer, a 4-H calf grazed contentedly on the lawns of the Port Williams rectory.

In retirement, Phyllis and Jim enjoyed visiting and taking services in various local parishes. They took holiday trips to Florida and often went "home" to St. John's. When Dad became ill, Phyllis retuned her nursing skills and nursed him at home. She then returned to St. John's in order to nurse her mother during the last years of Rosabel's life. Until recently, Phyllis was very active. She enjoyed packing a picnic and going on day trips to Provincial Parks around Nova Scotia. She attended her Spencer Reunion and her Nursing School Reunion. In 2015, the extended family gathered for her 90th birthday celebration which was a joyous occasion.

Phyllis was predeceased by her husbands, Frederick Thomas Davis and the Rev. James Pike; by her parents Frank & Rosabel Ewing; sister-in-law Minnie Ewing and special Aunt Mae Gosse. She is survived by her daughter, Valerie of Ingramport; her son Paul (Lynda) of Cape Coral, Florida and their children Catherine & Philippe; her brother Millar Ewing of St. John's and his children Geoffrey (Yvonne) Ewing, and Dr. Karen (Carol) Ewing; nephew Grayson Ewing & his mother Iris (Ches) Petten, Scott Ewing, Kate and Rachel ; cousins, the Rev Trudy Gosse, Mac (Shirley) Butt, Ruth Thomas and Elaine Dunphy all of St. John's. Phyllis will be especially missed by Marta the Schnauzer and Billy the Cat.

Please join us to celebrate Mom's life at St. Nicholas Anglican Church, 29 Westwood Blvd., Upper Tantallon on Saturday, Aug. 13th at 2 pm. The service will be celebrated by the Rev. Tammy Hodge & the Rev. Lynda Downing. A reception will follow the service. Private interment will be held at a later date.
I am the resurrection and the life said the Lord. Whosoever lives and believes in me shall never perish, but have eternal life.

SPRUIN, Frances Mary
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, August, 22, 2016
(December 14, 1920 - August 16, 2016)
Fran M. Spruin
of Halifax passed away August 16, 2016 at her home. She was the daughter of George and Bride Winslow. Born in St. John's, Newfoundland, the family moved to Grand Falls when she was five and Fran grew up there. She moved to Halifax in 1946 and worked at Imperial Oil Ltd., as a stenographer and later as a legal secretary for the law firm of Bushell and Caldwell. Fran loved to entertain, especially the "girls", and her nieces and their friends while they attended Mount Saint Vincent University. She loved music, especially marches, and loved to dance. Fran enjoyed knitting and applied needlework.

Fran is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, E. Alan Spruin, and her daughter, Barbara Spruin Adachi, and her husband, Randy of Paso Robles, California. Also, her brother, Harold Winslow and his wife, Ellen, of Grand Falls, NL; sister-in-law, Bride Winslow (William) of South River, NL; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sisters: Betty, Marjorie Skomorucha and Sheila Duffenais, and brothers: George (Buster), James, Robert and William.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, August 23rd from 2 - 4 pm and from 7 - 8 pm at the J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 24th at 10:30 am at St. Benedict's Church, 45 Radcliffe Drive (at Dunbrack). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

SWYERS, Allan W.
The Chronicle Herald, Herald, Halifax, August 4, 2016
Allan W. Swyers
65, Halifax, passed away on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at The QEII Halifax Infirmary. Born in Botwood, Newfoundland on August 9, 1950, he was very proud of the fact that he was the youngest son of Walter and Elsie (Rice) Swyers, and that he was born on his father's 50th Birthday! Allan relocated to Ontario in 1965 where he finished high school, put himself through university and spent his working career. He "retired" to Nova Scotia in 1996, having been diagnosed with HIV in 1984 and getting progressively more ill with the disease. Since he did not die in 2001 as he expected, in 2008, he uprooted himself again and moved back to Ottawa, Ontario, where he spent four years. While in Ottawa he met his partner, Jean-Pierre Mineault of Gatineau, Quebec. Allan and Jean-Pierre moved to Halifax in 2012, a year after Jean-Pierre retired from his long career with StatsCan. Allan spent his entire career in the financial industry, (National Trust, Royal Trust and Royal Bank) working primarily in the systems and computer operations areas. He was very proud of the years he spent with National Trust as a Trainer, always the most favorite aspect of his varied career. Allan also provided DeeJay services for many years just for the fun of it. For the past 32 years he has lived amazingly well with HIV despite almost succumbing to the disease in 1999. Always laughing and very amicable, Allan most enjoyed tanning in the buff at his beloved Crystal Crescent Beach with Jean-Pierre and his very good friend, Tom, and holidaying in his beloved Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; he was also an avid cyclist, hiker and volunteer and had amassed a humungous music collection, exceeding several thousand CD's/MP3's at the time of his death.

Surviving him is his partner, Jean-Pierre Mineault, Halifax; daughter, Nicole Swyers, Barrie, ON; sister, Betty Stoodley, Halifax; brothers, Warrick (Ruth), Logy Bay, NL; Roy, Sault Ste. Marie, ON and Ron (Lorraine), Orillia, ON; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Allan was predeceased by his parents, his sisters, Pansy Thompson and Fronie Shea; brother, Bruce; sister's in-law Jessie Canning Swyers and Violet Shepherd Swyers; niece, Rosalyn Thompson and nephew, Jim Swyers. A Celebration of Allan's life will be held at 2PM on Sunday, August 7 at 57 Katrina Crescent, Halifax.

VISCOUNT, Bernard Francis
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, August 6, 2016
(September 13, 1929 - August 04, 2016)

It is with sadness that the family of Bernard (Bernie, Uncle Bun) Viscount announce his passing on Aug. 4, 2016, at the age of 86 years. He will be lovingly remembered as a father, grandfather, uncle and friend. A native of Marasheen Island, Nfld., Bernie is survived by his children - Cyril, Brian, Terry, Wanda, David, Shelley and Patricia. He is predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Joan, and his brothers Edward Viscount, Pat Viscount, Pat Fitzgerald, Joseph Fitzgerald, Maurice Fitzgerald and sisters Christine Fulford and Jenny Viscount. He is also survived by his brothers Dominic, Edward and his sister Bridget.

His career was varied; over the years, Bernie was a wheelsman, a pipefitter, a store owner and a handyman. Always happy to take your money at a card game, share a laugh or play a practical joke, the last several years he lived in the Richmond Villa where he was President of the Resident Council and advocated for Resident Rights and a great help to Paula during many bus excursions.

A celebration of life will be held at Richmond Villa on Sunday, Aug. 7. Visitation 2:00 5:00 pm. A funeral Mass will be held at St John the Baptist Church in River Bourgeois at on Monday, August 8 at 11:00 a.m. Burial to follow. A reception at the Tara Lynn Memorial Community Centre. Donations in Bernie's memory can be made to the Richmond Villa Recreation Department. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Green's Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury. Messages to the family may be conveyed at

WALSH, Vincent A.
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, August 17, 2016

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Vincent Walsh on Aug. 7, 2016 at the age of 58. He was born in Newfoundland to the late Annie and Alex Walsh; and raised in Halifax with 5 brothers and 5 sisters. Vincent will be remembered by his 8 remaining siblings: Kathleen, Marilyn, Alonzo, Wade, Alex, Mary, Lewis and Theresa as well as 13 nieces/nephews and 5 great nieces/nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Joey and sister Carrie. The family would like to thank the staff at the Cobequid Community Transition Centre for their care of Vinnie. A service and reception will held in Atlantic Funeral Home, 125 Sackville Drive on Aug. 20 at 10 am. Interment will be held at St. Columba Parish Cemetery, 4404 Hwy. 337, Lakevale in Antigonish County on Aug. 27 at 2 pm. Condolences may be sent to Sackville Chapel.



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