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Newfoundland Obit Announcements
From Nova Scotia Newspapers

Halifax Herald
September 2016


BISHOP, Linda Marie
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, September 20, 2016
(July 13, 1959 - September 16, 2016)

of Lower Sackville, passed away suddenly on September 16, 2016 at the age of 57, following a long brave battle with cancer, she was surrounded by her loved ones. She was a daughter of Ruby and the late Howard Mercer Sr. of Upper Island Cove, Newfoundland. Linda will be deeply missed by her beloved spouse "Skip" David McLagan; and loving daughters Lori of Elgin, Moray, Scotland and Angela of Petawawa, Ontario and their partners Stuart and Pat. Predeceased by her brother Howard Mercer Jr, parents-in-law Ethel and Ian McLagan, Grandparents Leander Mercer Sr, Julie Mercer, Walter Warren and Phoebe Warren. A special thank you to Dr. Rayson, the staff at the Dixon Cancer Centre, the oncology and palliative care units at the VG Hospital for all of their care and compassion. A funeral service will be held in Atlantic Funeral Home, 125 Sackville Dr, Lower Sackville, on Wednesday, September 21 at 2 p.m. An additional service will be held in Upper Island Cove, Newfoundland at a later date. For those wishing, in lieu of flowers, donations to the Centre for Clinical Research, Nova Scotia Cancer Centre would be appreciated.

FRANCIS, Anthony C.
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, September 15, 2016
(1966-2016) 49

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Anthony. He died peacefully at home on Monday, September 12, 2016. Born in Burnt Island, NL, he was a son of Frederick and Alice Francis of Burnt Island, NL. Anthony will be greatly missed by his family and anyone who knew and loved him. He is survived by his loving wife, Sharon (Lace); daughter, Brittany Lace; brother, Eugene (Yvonne); sisters, Michelle (Regal) Pearce, Pamela Francis and Laura (Terrance) Osmond; father in-law, Regal Lace; brother in-law, Norman (Wanda) Lace; many nieces and nephews. Arrangements are under the direction of J. Albert Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd., 149 Herring Cove Road, Spryfield, where visitation will be held on Saturday, September 17 from 11AM-2PM. A celebration of Anthony's life will follow the visitation at 2PM from the funeral home chapel. Interment will take place at a later date in Newfoundland.

GRANDY, Captain Basil William
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, September 24, 2016
Date of Birth: Thursday, September 27th, 1928
Date of Death: Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

It is with great sadness that the family of Captain Basil William Grandy, 87, of Lower Branch, announces his passing on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at Shoreham Village Home for Special Care, Chester. Born in Jersey Harbour, NL, he was the son of the late Joseph and Josephine (White) Grandy. Basil worked in the scallop fishing industry most of his working life. He started as a dory fisherman on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. Basil had many men in his employ who became lifelong friends who were like family.

Basil never lost his love of Newfoundland and all it had to offer. He was a true Newfoundlander who shared his bounty and was always there to lend a hand. He will be forever missed by his loving family and friends but can never be replaced. Dad had a way of finding laughter and humour in any situation and his kindness will never be forgotten.

He is survived by his wife, the former Loretta Martin; daughter, Karen (Ian) Campbell, Pine Grove; sons, Basil "Joey" (Denise), Clyde River; Jim (Nancy), Lower Branch; Kevin (Pam), Hemford; daughter-in-law, Cathy Grandy; Grandchildren, Melissa (Barrett); Shawn (Tiffany), Ricky (Christine), Karen (Adam), Robin, Jonathan, Kelly, Holly (Gordon), Adam (Kandace); great-grandchildren, who he adored, Eden, Felicity, Nicholas, Tucker, Campbell, Oliver, Lennon and River. Besides his parents, Basil is predeceased by sisters, Phoebe, Myrtle, Fannie and brother, Lloyd

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dana L. Sweeny Funeral Home, 11213, Hwy. # 3, Lunenburg, where visitation will take place Monday, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm and where a memorial service to celebrate Basil's life will be held Tuesday at 2:00 pm., Rev. Frances Boutilier officiating. Interment will be in Rhodes Corner Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Bridgewater. We would also like to thank the staff of Shoreham C-Wing and housekeeping for all their love and support they have shown our father during his stay.

GRIFFIN, Leon Harold
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, September 21, 2016
(January 5, 1973 - September 18, 2016)
Griffin, Leon Harold RCN
(Retired) - Leon passed away September 18, 2016 at the age of 43. He was the son of George and Eileen (Tibbo) Griffin of Harbour Breton, Newfoundland. He is survived by son George Patrick Griffin of Dartmouth, N.S., Three sisters, a brother and their families. Cremation has taken place under the direction of A. L. Mattatall Funeral Home Dartmouth N.S. Leon will be interred at a later in Newfoundland. Online condolences may be viewed or sent to:

HENEBURY, James "Jim" Joseph
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, September 13, 216
(October 12, 1947 - September 12, 2016)
Age 68, passed away peacefully at the QEII Hospital Halifax Infirmary site after a sudden, yet brief battle with cancer. Born in Point May, Newfoundland, October 12, 1947, he was the son of the late Effie (Noseworthy) and Thomas Henebury. He was predeceased by his sister, Kathleen Drysdale; brother, William; sister-in-law, Sharon. He leaves behind his loving wife, April Dawn (Amey); three children, Clara Ellen (29), Eran James (28) and Thomas Charles (26); brothers, Raymond Noseworthy (Kathleen), twin, John (Valerie), Arthur, Carl (Paulette); sister, Margaret Pye (Pat); many nieces and nephews. Jim spent most of his career working at Glidden Paint and was the family's official expert on all things paint. Jim loved fishing with his buddies and was an avid amateur astronomer. Most of all, Jim was proud of his children and loved spending time with his family. Rest in peace and love, Jim. Visitation will be held from 6-9 pm Wednesday September 14th at Atlantic Funeral Home, 125 Sackville Dr., Lower Sackville, where a memorial service will take place at 2 pm Thursday, September 15th. Reverend David Maginley officiating. Interment will follow in Oakridge Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations towards Jim's funeral costs would greatly appreciated by his family.

The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, September 6, 2016
MERCER, Ralph Alphonce
- 67, Bridgewater, passed away September 2, 2016 in South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater. Born in Bell Island Newfoundland, he was a son of the late Lawrence and Mary (McCarthy) Mercer. Surviving are his wife Donna; daughters Tammy Skinner (Stewart), Tina Fisher (Rick); grandchildren Bailee and Josie Skinner; sisters Sadie Lynch (Graham), Veronica Follett (Walter), Jeanette, Francis Sears (Malcolm), Colleen; brothers Edward (Sylvia), Donald (Rosalind), Jerry (Catherine), Lawrence (Angelica); his beloved dog BJ. He was predeceased by sister Cecilia; sister-in-law Carolyn. Memorial Service 1:00pm Wednesday in R.A. Corkum Funeral Home, Wileville, Pastor Paul Jensen Officiating. Interment will be at a later date. No flowers by request. Memorial Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Salvation Army. On-line condolences may be made by visiting

MOORE, Junior Augustus
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, September 14, 2016
(June 14, 1945 - September 12, 2016)
Junior Augustus Moore
, age 71, of Hantsport, passed away on Monday, September 12, 2016, at the Hants Community Hospital, Windsor. Born on June 14, 1945, in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland, he was the son of the late Augustus and Dorothy (Wilcox) Moore. He worked for over 41 years, at Minas Basin Pulp & Power Co. Ltd., Hantsport, retired in 2003. Junior was an avid fisherman and hunter.

Junior is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Edna Charlotte Mary Spencer; children, Tanya, Hantsport; Dara (Juan) Ramirez, Wolfville; grandchildren, Kayla, Chelsea, and Brandon Davis; Orlando, Milena, Juan Pablo, and Kiara Ramirez; siblings, Phyllis (Duckie) Schofield, Hantsport; Carolyn Vaughan, Kentville; Douglas (Marilyn) Moore, Kentville; sister-in-law, Cora Spencer, Hantsport; Aunt Fanny Moore, Haliburton Place, Windsor; several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Augustus and Dorothy (Wilcox) Moore; he was predeceased by brothers-in-law, Cyril Vaughan and Ernie Spencer.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, September 18, 2016, at the Riverbank Cemetery, Hantsport, with the Rev. Heather Card officiating, followed by a reception at the Hantsport Fire Hall, 5 Oak Street, Hantsport. Family flowers only, donations in memory of Junior may be made to the Palliative Care, Hants Community Hospital, 89 Payzant Drive, Windsor, NS, B0N 2T0.

The Cape Breto Post, September 28, 2016
Passed in Sydney on September 26th, 2016

It's with sadness that we announce the passing of Velma Norman (nee Skinner) on Monday, September 26, 2016, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. Velma was born to Ambrose and Sarah (Baker) Skinner of Boxie, Newfoundland and moved to Cape Breton at the age of 20 years. She later married William Norman and had two daughters, Elizabeth and Hilda. Velma was predeceased by her parents; husband; daughter, Hilda; three sisters and eight brothers. She is survived by her loving and devoted daughter, Elizabeth, at home; sister, Lillian Keeping and brothers, Sam and Ronald Skinner, all in Newfoundland. Velma is also survived by three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends. She was a lifelong member of St. George's parish, where she served many years on the ACW. Velma was a wonderful homemaker and loved to have family and friends visit her at home for a cup of tea or to stay awhile. She enjoyed cooking and knitting and participated in many craft shows throughout the local area, up to the age of 103 years. Many thanks to Dr. Myatt and his staff for many years of care and kindness. Also, thank you to the staff of 4C and Palliative Care for their wonderful care over the past few weeks. Visitation will take place at Sydney Memorial Chapel (today) Wednesday, September 28 from 12-2 p.m., followed by a service in the chapel at 2 p.m., with Rev. Reg MacDonald officiating. Interment in Hardwood Hill Cemetery. Words of comfort can be sent to the family at or e-mail

PARK, William Bruce
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, September 28, 2016
Date of Birth Saturday, April 21st, 1962
Date of Death Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

It is with great sadness that the family of William "Bruce" Park, 54, of Bridgewater, announces his passing on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at home. Born in Cornerbrook, NL, he was the son of William and Sadie (House) Park. Bruce came to Nova Scotia at the age of 15 and began fishing on the scallop boats and most recently as cook on the Mersey Venture shrimp vessel. Cooking was one of his passions. You could always find Bruce cooking up a feed for everyone to enjoy. In his younger years he enjoyed trout fishing and deer hunting. Every year Bruce enjoyed travelling south for a much needed break. You could always find him walking around town chatting up a storm with someone and grabbing some Chinese food from his favourite restaurant KO's. He had a heart of gold and would often put people's needs before his own. His children and grandchildren were the apple of his eye

He is survived by his wife, Tanya; daughters, Anikka (Philip Otieno) Park, Dartmouth; Kaylee Park, Bridgewater; step-son, Dakota Parsons (Katie Hingley), New Canada; sisters, Ruth Park; Brampton,ON, Matilda (Darrell Shears) Park; Deer Lake, NL, Gloria Goosney; Alberta, Wanda Park; Brampton,ON, brothers Alan Wayne (Ivy) Park Jeffrey, NL and George Park; Brampton,ON. Bruce was also a grandfather to Omari Otieno and Matthew Parsons. He will also be missed by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dana L. Sweeny Funeral Home, 11213, Hwy. # 3, Lunenburg where a memorial service to celebrate Bruce' life will be held October 28, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Rev Heather Ferrier officiating. A private family interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Cardiology Unit of the QEII Health Sciences Center or charity of your choice.
"You maybe gone from our sights but you are never gone from our hearts"

PARSONS, Captain Albert Wesley
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, September 20, 2016

Age 88 of Bridgewater passed away peacefully 0n Saturday September 17, 2016 surrounded by his loving family at the South Shore Regional Hospital. He was born on October 12, 1927 in Hermitage, Newfoundland to John and Sarah (Simms) Parsons and was the last surviving member of his family. He was predeceased by his brothers Jim, Stanley and Cecil, and by his sisters Myrtle and Marjorie.

He started his seafaring career at the age of 13 working aboard his father's schooners - The Ruby Nelly and the Myrtle Parsons. In 1946 he and his dory mate were stranded in the Atlantic Ocean some 135 nautical miles from the nearest port. They made their way to Cape Ray, NL some four days later. In 1949 he obtained his Master Mariner Foreign Going (unlimited) Certificate. He married Bessie, started a family and went to work for the Newfoundland Department of Health under the Grenfell Mission captaining the doctor's boat The Richard Squire, which serviced the South Coast of Newfoundland. In 1964 he moved his family to Nova Scotia and joined his brother Cecil at Himmelman's Supply Company out of LaHave taking the OK Service ships to the West Indies. However his heart was always with fishing, and so again he returned to the profession and worked for MacLeod Fisheries out of Port Mouton aboard the Fort Louisburg. He was the first captain on the east coast to fish snow crab (Queen Crab). Looking for something more challenging he accepted a position with Federal Off Shore and captained the Janie B, towing oilrigs all over the world. His strength of character and expertise caught the eye of Federal Commerce and Navigation who hired him as Operations Manager out of Dartmouth, NS. Later he was promoted to General Manager and serviced St. John's, NL, and Halifax, NS. He worked for Federal Commerce and Navigation until he took a position closer to his home in Pentz and captained the LaHave ferry until he fully retired. He was the past master of the Orange Lodge and the Black Knights of Columbus in Newfoundland. He was a loyal member of the Masonic Lodge and the Free Masons. He loved to play cards, had a passion for making furniture, and was an avid gardener. He enjoyed golfing, hunting and fishing of all kinds.

His greatest treasures in life were his family and the love he felt for them, and they for him. He is survived by his wife and soul mate, Bessie, of 69 years. His daughters, Winnie (Robert) Rodenhiser; Anne (Gerry) Holmes; Katie (Jim) Richardson; Rhona (Danny) Carey, Valerie (Jeff) Whynacht and son Albert (Jacqueline) Parsons. His grand-children Cindy (Kevin) Eisnor; William Rodenhiser; Kimberley (Trevor) Cudmore; Tanya (Kris) Baker; Cathy (Ian) Carey Lewis; Sarah (Jim) Floyd, Sask; Angie Holmes; Matthew (Stacey) Ernst; Samantha (Daniel) Carmichael; Benjamin (Kate) Richardson; Stephen (Lynn) Ernst; Ivy (Tryell) Parsons; Maggie Parsons and ten great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister-in-laws, Susie (Stan) Parsons and Mary (Cecil) Parsons and brother-in-law Edward (Marjorie) Colburne and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sweeny's Funeral Home. Visitation will be held 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. Tuesday September 20th in Sweeny's Funeral Home, Bridgewater. Funeral service will be held 2:00 P.M. Wednesday September 21st in St. Peter's Anglican Church, West LaHave, Rev. Oliver Osmond officiating. Burial will follow in St. Peters, Cemetery. Family flowers only, please. Memorial donations may be made to St. Peter's Cemetery Fund or the Health Services Foundation of the South Shore. The family wishes to say a grateful thank-you to all the doctors and nurses on the third floor surgery wing of the South Shore Regional Hospital for taking wonderful care of Albert. A special thank you to Carrie Crewe, Bessie's sister, for being such a wonderful support to her. Online condolences may be made by visiting

POND, Gerald "Roy"
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, September 28, 2016
(June 16, 1929 - September 23, 2016)

With heavy hearts, we announce Roy's passing on Friday, September 23, 2016 at Ocean View Manor in Dartmouth at age 87. Born in Botwood, Nfld., he was the son of the late Edward (Ned) and Hazel (Foote) Pond. Roy attended Mount Allison University and the N.S. Technical College, graduating in 1954 with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering. He began his career with Mersey Paper in Liverpool and later joined Canadian National Railways in St. John's. In 1956 he returned to Mt. A. as an Assistant Professor on the engineering staff. Once again immersed in academics, he went on to earn his Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta, specializing in high temperature thermodynamics. In 1968, Roy joined the federal Dept. of Fisheries Inspection Branch as Regional Engineer for the Maritime Region, retiring from the Public Service in 1991. While at Mt. A., Roy was involved with the C.O.T.C. and received his commission as Lieutenant in the R.C.E.M.E. He remained active in the Militia throughout his working career and served as Major in the Halifax Service Battalion, retiring from the Reserves after 31 years of service. He was a past member of the Association of Professional Engineers (N.S.) and the Engineering Institute of Canada. Roy was an avid, meticulous gardener, a photography buff, and a passionate HO Model Railroader. Upon retirement, he and Shirley joined Grandview Golf Club and wintered in Florida at their favourite getaway in Safety Harbour.

Roy will be remembered for his unwavering love and dedication to family, kindness and compassion to anyone he encountered, and for rarely missing an opportunity to good-naturedly school those around him on any subject technical with his most endearing engineer's aplomb. His was a life well lived.

Roy is survived by loving wife of 36 years, Shirley (Wigglesworth/Coombes) Pond; daughters Mary (Mike) Whittleton, Sackville, NB; Charlotte, Montreal; Ruth (Paul) Pond-Kirk, Amherst; stepchildren Catherine Belanger, Dartmouth; Ian (Sherry) Coombes, Edmonton; eight grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and three nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Ron. Special thanks are extended to the staff at the Bayside Unit at Ocean View Manor for their attentive, kind care during the past few months.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service in Roy's honour will be held at Woodlawn United Church at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, with a reception to follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of N.S. or a charity of your choice.

WALSH, Donalda
The Cape Breton Post, September 24, 2016

We the family of Donalda Alice Walsh announce her passing into the loving arms of our Lord on Friday, September 23, 2016. Donalda passed away peacefully at the age of 89 yrs at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. Born in Fogo Island, NL, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Catherine (Dwyer) Walsh. Everyone knew Donalda as a spirited woman with a great devotion to her faith who along with her organizational skills, was one who although involved in many projects, and with various organizations at any given time, always successfully managed to get all completed. She was a prior member of Immaculate Heart Parish, Mira Road, and then of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish. She held president's positions with the Immaculate Heart CWL, was a member of their parish council and oversaw their religious education program. Donalda was also with the Sisters of Charity for 45 yrs. She held a Phd in Resource Education and was instrumental in formatting the first Resource program in New Waterford. She was supervisor of Special Education for the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board for many years until her retirement.

She is survived by her brothers, Augustine (Vivian) Walsh of Sydney Mines, Joseph (Marita) Walsh of Jacksonville, Florida, best friend, Fr Everett MacDow, good friends, Theresa Doucette and Heather Burdge as well as her many nieces and nephews. Donalda was predeceased by her sister, Geraldine MacNeil and brothers Thomas and Michael. Visitation for Donald Walsh will be from 3-5 pm & 7-9 pm on Monday, September 26, at T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2 pm on Tuesday, at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church with Fr. Everett MacDow officiating. Interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Sydney. Donations may be made to a charity of one's choice. Online condolences may be sent by visiting

ZWICKER, Josie Esther
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, September 21, 2016
(September 5, 1923 - September 19, 2016)

passed away peacefully with her family by her side at the Halifax Infirmary Q E II site on Monday September 19, 2016. Born in Garnish Newfoundland on July 5, 1923. Josie was the daughter of Martha (Adams) and William Grandy. Josie was married to George on July 19, 1947 in Western Shore Lunenburg County. They had a happy marriage for almost 50 years until George's death in June 1996. They raised two children from their home built by George in Spryfield. Josie was a wonderful wife and mother who worked hard both at home and in all of her endeavours. She loved spending time with people and went out of her way to help others. She was an active member in her UCW groups in both St. Paul's United Church and at Woodlawn United Church. She was a dedicated member of the Order of Eastern Star and held many positions in her local chapters. She greatly enjoyed the companionship but especially the efforts each group made to help those in need. They loved camping and after trailering for many years built a family cottage on Little Mush A Mush Lake. The building and the many years with family and friends spent at the cottage was a true joy for her. Her Newfoundland traits rarely let her sit down. She was always on the move and she used to say she didn't know how to relax, always finding something that needed to be done, fixed or a new knitting project started.

Josie was dedicated to her family and was a stay at home Mum until her kids were old enough to fend for themselves. At that point she went back to work at Simpson Sears where she spent her early years after her move from Newfoundland. Along with the work she made many life time friends. Josie is survived by her sister Martha Dunsworth (Sarnia Ont.) her children; Barry (Shirley) and Janice (Mike) She was loved by all her grandchildren; Greg (Krista), Michael (Jen), Andrew (Kelly), Natalie (Fraser) and Melissa (Blair). She had eight great grandchildren; Jenna, Alexander, Zachary, Lucas, Hunter, Riley, Axl and Kaden. Josie was predeceased by her sisters Rose and Pearl and her loving husband George. The family wishes to express many thanks to the nurses and staff of section 7.2 QE11 hospital for the care and compassion during her stay in the hospital. Thanks to Dr. Creighton of the Woodlawn Medical clinic was her long term Doctor after moving to Dartmouth. Mum lived in Parkland at the lakes for 2.5 years where she made new friends and was always thankful for the great care the Parkland team provided.

Visitation will be held at Mattatall's Funeral Home at 217 Portland Street Dartmouth on Thursday, September 22, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. A celebration of Josie's life will be held on Friday September 23, at 1:00 p.m. in Woodlawn United Church 54 Woodlawn Road Dartmouth, will be officiated by Rev. Phillip Kennedy. A reception will follow in the Woodlawn Fellowship Hall. Josie was a generous giver to her church and a supporter of the Accessibility Project. If you wish to make a donation in her memory you may choose The Accessibility Fund of Woodlawn United Church or one that is meaningful to you. Online condolences may be viewed or sent to:



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