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Newfoundland Obit Announcements
From Nova Scotia Newspapers

Halifax Herald
August 2017


CRITCH, Alfonso Chester
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, August 15, 2017
(11/11/1938 - 8/10/2017)

Today we mourn, tomorrow we will celebrate the life of Chessy, Dad, Poppy or Pappy, the man that will forever be in our hearts. Sadly, he passed away after a very short battle with lung cancer at the Victoria General Hospital, in Halifax NS.

Born in Grand Falls NL, 11 November, 1938, Chester is the son of John and Ethel Critch, also of Grand Falls NL. He had 6 brothers and 3 sisters; Kenneth (Margery), Francis (Sadie), John Jr, Annie (Earl), Fannie, Dudley (Eileen), Frank (Fay), Shirley and Glen (Shirley) as well as brother and sister-in-laws; Gerald (Mona), Ronald (Hilda), Lester (Marie), Fredrick, Oron (Barbara) and Jeanie (Sandy) through marriage, and many nieces and nephews.

At age 21, (1959), Chester joined the Canadian Armed Forces where he served as a member of the "Black Watch". In 1962, Chester met the love of his life and soul mate, Mildred Marie Gordon, and married in December of that same year. In 1963, They welcomed their first child, Sherry Lynn (Lance) and their second child in 1964, Steven Brian (Bernice).

In 1973, after many peace keeping missions in Cyprus and Germany, and many calls of duty home and abroad, Chester and Mildred decided to retire from the CAF and pursue a life as civilians. In 1974, they welcomed their third child Lisa Marie (Richard).

After a short stay in Dartmouth, Chester and Mildred took up roots in the Cole Harbour where they raised their three children and continue to reside today. They have four beautiful grand daughters; Arielle Olivia, Carly Alexandria, Kayla Marie and Taylor Alexandrea as well as two awesome great grand children Tristin James Brian and Callee Olivia, and we cannot forget his four legged grand daughter and buddy Gracie.

Chester has always been a sports person and comes from a large family of die hard Boston Bruins and Red Sox fans. In recent years, he has become a supporter of Canada's teams Toronto Maple leafs and the Toronto Blue Jays, but you always knew where his heart was when the two teams met!

Chester, or Alfonso depending on his partying mood, could easily be the life of the party. He could make pretty much anyone laugh which was a direct result of his Newfie roots. He was the only man that could start a bonfire and keep it going in a monsoon! Gifted with rope or string and tape, he was the Cole Harbour MacGyver.

A dedicated and devoted husband, father, grand father and great grand father, you will be forever missed and always in our hearts. RIP Chessy, Dad, Poppy, Pappy!

A graveside Funeral Service will be held Thursday 17 August 2017 at 11:00 am, in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens, 771 Main St, Dartmouth. Following the interment, a celebration of his life will take place at the Centennial Legion Branch, 703 Main St, Dartmouth. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cancer Lodge "The Lodge that Gives", 5826 South Street, Halifax NS, B3H 1S6. Online condolences may be sent by visiting

CROSS, William George "Bill"
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, August 14, 2017
William George "Bill" Cross
age 79 of Willow Ave., New Glasgow passed away on August 10, 2017 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in St. John's NFLD he was a son of the late Herb and Isabel Cross.

Bill was a resident of New Glasgow since 1974. He was a member and past general manager of the Abercrombie Golf Club and was actively involved for many years with Pictou County Y's Men. He was a member of St. George's Anglican Church in New Glasgow. Bill worked as the Immigration Officer for Central Nova retiring after 36 years.

He is survived by sons Stephen (Rhona), their children Brendan and Hailey; Bill Jr., his children Alex and Emily and daughter Nancy (Dr. Kevin) MacLeod. Bill was predeceased by his wife Bernice and a sister Patsy.

Cremation has taken place. There will be no service by request. Burial will take place in the Abercrombie Cemetery at a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, August 31, 2017
(4/15/1955 - 8/30/2017)
Gaudet (Keefe) - Donna Jeanette
- age 62 of Dartmouth passed away peacefully with her children by her side on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 in the Halifax Infirmary, QE II. Born in St. John's, she was a daughter of the late Raymond and Dorothy (Dewling) Keefe.

Donna valued her family above all else, her grandchildren were her whole world. Donna is survived by son, John (Stephanie), Halifax; daughter, Amanda (Robb), Dartmouth; granddaughters, Kylie, Maia; granddog, Hollodet; brother, Greg Keefe (Theresa), Dartmouth and sister, Lynne Gracewood, Pictou.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held 1pm Saturday, September 2 in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main Street, Dartmouth. Interment in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. Reception to follow in funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Diabetes Association of Nova Scotia. Online condolences may be made by visiting (Dartmouth Chapel)

JAMES, Bernard
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, August 14, 2017
(December 16, 1931 - August 12, 2017)

It is with over-whelming sadness we announce the death of a much loved, very good man: the irrepressible dynamo "Bernie" James, consummate husband, father, loving grandfather, attentive neighbour and friend to all, who slipped away from us silently in his sleep during the early hours of August 12th, 2017. He was the last child born to Caroline "Carrie" and John James on December 16th, 1931 on a pimple of granite called Vatcher's Island off Burgeo, N.L.

The family moved to Halifax in 1938, settling on Hunter Street, where Dad attended Chebucto Road School. As a seven-year old boy, he shouldered responsibility unique to the Greatest Generation, supplementing his family's meager income by selling newspapers for the "Herald and Mail" during the dark days of the Second World War. Losing his father to Lou Gehrig' Disease in 1943, and with two older brothers at sea, Bernie soldiered on at home with brother Jack and older sisters Gertie and Lucy. A story he loved to tell was how he "hooked off school" during the infamous VE Day Riots selling $57 worth of Heralds. "That would be worth a quarter of a million dollars today". (As with any good storyteller, exaggeration was his strong suit.)

And could that man ever tell a joke! In fact, it was this personality trait that endeared him to so many, winning lifelong friends with his brothers-in-arms at Maritime Tel and Tel. where he worked for 38 years. In 1951 this job brought him to Glace Bay, Cape Breton and into the company of a cute, jovial brunette operator Joyce "Joycee" MacDonald, who bore him two children, Ron, Toronto, and Heather (Brad) Munroe, Upper Tantallon. Dad loved his years in Cape Breton and the people he met either travelling the Highlands for work, fishing its streams or hunting its woodlands.

While in Glace Bay he joined the Masonic Lodge and Shriners, participating eagerly until MT&T transferred him to Halifax in '67, where he moved to a house he called "home" for the next 50 years, surrounded by "the very best neighbours a man could ever hope to find", with a permanent welcome mat at his front door rolled out for any and all who crossed it.

Bernie was an enthusiastic Maple Leafs fan who "bled true blue" his entire life and watching a game with this animated ball of energy was better than actually seeing it live at rink-side! The same goes for his love of the Blue Jays, local sporting events and the fight game. When his granddaughters played competitive soccer and basketball, he and his trusted "wingman" Joycee, never missed a game come rain or shine.

Blessed with four beautiful granddaughters, Cayley, Gracie, Morgan and Kelti, whom he showered with praise and spoke of with pride, his home on Oxford Street was filled constantly with life, laughter, friends and family, whose foundation stood solid as the rock he was born to. The world will not see his likes again. Bernie was predeceased by brothers, Ken, Jack, Percy, and sister, Gertie. The last surviving family member is Lucy, aged 92 in Blainville, Que. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitations will be held Tuesday, August 15th, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Dr., Halifax. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. August 16th in St. George's Anglican Church, Brunswick St., Halifax, under the direction of Rev. Jim Purchase. A reception will follow immediately in St. George's Hall, behind the church. Burial in Fairview Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. George's Anglican Church.

The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, September 1, 2017
(1/8/1946 - 8/29/2017)

Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 after a lengthy illness. Wayne was born January 8, 1946 in St. John's, Newfoundland to parents Bill and Ada Malone. As a young man, he travelled the world with his wife and best friend, Carole (King). They lived in Labrador and Montreal before the birth of their son, Luke, after which they settled in Nova Scotia. It was there that Wayne's wide smile and friendly nature found him great success in his real estate business. He was also a fitness fanatic who logged thousands of miles jogging and sometimes came back with no socks. Wayne was a much-loved big brother to Greg (Whitey), Kerry (Sheila), Beni (Marian), and Susan (Blair). He was also a cherished member of the King family and brought a lot of laughter to their family gatherings in Harcourt, Newfoundland. Wayne is survived by his loving wife Carole and son Luke. A visitation will be held at Atlantic Funeral Home (771 Main Street, Dartmouth, NS) on Saturday, September 2, 2017 from 2-5pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in Wayne's name can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada. Online condolences can be made at

MAYO, Helen Margaret
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, August 14, 2017
(9/19/1935 - 8/12/2017)
Mayo (Myles), Helen Margaret
- 81, of Dartmouth, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, August 12, 2017, in Oakwood Terrace. Born in Garnish, Newfoundland on September 19, 1935, she was the daughter of the late John and Eliza Myles. She worked at Nova Scotia Hospital when she first came to Nova Scotia. Once her family was started, she stayed at home. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, camping and most of all spending time with her grandchildren. Helen was a talented knitter and sewer. She enjoyed preparing meals for family or whoever dropped by the house. She never forgot her Newfoundland roots as she would frequently travel to Los Angeles to visit her sister Gerri or back home to visit with her sister Janet in Winterland, and her childhood friends. She loved going to Newfoundland dances, parties and playing cards. She also never turned down an opportunity to go shopping.

Helen is survived by her daughter, Valerie (Andy) Riihimaki, Dartmouth; sons Lawrence (Nancy) Calgary; Robert (Denise), Dartmouth; daughter-in-law Kim, Dartmouth. She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren Christopher, Laura, Adam, Jordan, Loren, Jeffrey, Jared, Haillie, Rachael, Rebecca and Katherine. Helen was predeceased by her loving husband Lawrence; sons Brian and Barry; sisters, Dorothy Skinner, Janet Moulton and Geraldine Paulette; brothers Edwin and Leonard Myles.

Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 7-9pm on Wednesday August 16 in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth. The funeral will take place at 11am on Thursday August 17, in the funeral home chapel, Rev. Edwin Ebsary officiating. Reception to follow. Cremation and Interment in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens to take place at a later date. The family wishes to express their thanks for the loving care Helen received from the entire staff of Oakwood Terrace. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society or to the charity of your choice. Friends and family are invited to share condolences and memories at Dartmouth Chapel.

The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, August 31, 2017
(4/10/1932 - 8/30/2017)
Nebucett (Bobbett), Ruby Alma
- age 85 of Dartmouth. Passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 in The Admiral Long Term Care. Born in Bay d' East, Newfoundland she was the daughter of the late Henry and Mary (MacDonald) Bobett. Ruby is survived by her son, Alfred (Wendy), Dartmouth; granddaughters, Alana (Kevin), Dartmouth, Leah (Sandy), Spry Harbour; great granddaughter, Ayla; sister, Marjorie Nash (Harold), Grand Bank, Newfoundland and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Alfred; brothers, William and Charles Bobbett. Cremation has taken place. A private family memorial service to take place at a later date in St. John's Anglican Church. Interment in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations, may be made to St. John's Anglican Church. A special thank you to the staff and nurses of The Admiral Long Term Care. Online condolences may be sent by visiting (Dartmouth Chapel).

The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, August 7, 2017
(9/19/1946 - 8/4/2017)
Stuckless (Giles), Melva Edna
- age 70 of Middle Sackville. Passed away peacefully with her family by her side on August 4th, 2017 in the VG Site, QE II Health Sciences Centre. Born in Middle Arm, Newfoundland she was a daughter of the late Albert and Motee (Thomas) Giles. Melva is survived by her husband of 49 years, Hardy; daughter, Tina Rowe (Brad), son, Hardy (Christine); grandchildren, Kevin Rowe, Sophia and Benjamin Stuckless; sisters, Iris Ball (David), Lydie Piercey (John); brother, Victor Giles (Shirley); nieces, Cindy, Lori, Tara, Tania, Vicki and nephews, Craig, Keith, Troy. She was predeceased by sisters, Rhoda and Ruby.

Melva cherished her family and friends. She spent the majority of her life making everyone laugh and feeling loved. Always up for an adventure and a Sunday drive, she could always be found in a restaurant somewhere eating lobster.

Visitation will be held from 7-9pm Tuesday, August 8 with a funeral service 12pm Wednesday, August 9, Pastor Russell Knowles officiating in Full Gospel Church, 2256 Larry Uteck Blvd., Bedford. Reception to follow. Burial in Oakridge Memory Gardens. Online condolences may be sent by visiting (Sackville Chapel)

THORNE, Raymond
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, August 15, 2017
(12/10/1932 - 8/9/2017)
Thorne, Raymond
age 84 of Dartmouth. It is with sad hearts we announce the passing of Ray on August 9th, 2017 in the QEII with his wife Marie by his side. Ray was born in Burnt Islands, Nfld. and was a son of the late Thomas and Esther (nee: Currie) Thorne. Ray was a seaman for most of his life from fishing to sailing on many ships. He retired from Imperial Oil Marine Div. as an engineer and later Eastern Canada Towing. Ray loved fishing and hunting and did so until his health prevented it.

He is left to mourn by his wife Marie (Read) of 65 years; sons Dan, Tim (Ramona); daughter Kym (Randy) Armstrong; grandsons Erik of Ontario and Evan Thorne of Dartmouth; granddaughters Danielle Thorne of Yukon, Alyshia (Shane) Higgins, Kelsey and Taylor Armstrong, Chantel (Cory) Cormier and her two beautiful boys Nixon and Nash, all of Dartmouth; brother Melvin (Betty) of Ontario; sisters Pearl (Angus) Dorey of Lower Sackville, Elsie (Ellis) Poole of Ontario and Roberta (George) Ehler of Lake Charlotte. Besides his parents, Ray is predeceased by brothers; Free, Ken and Walter (Jessie).

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at Atlantic Funeral Homes, 771 Main Street, Dartmouth at 2 PM on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. There will be a reception immediately following the service in the Oceanview lounge. Burial will be at sea at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. To leave a condolence please visit (Dartmouth Chapel).



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