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Newfoundland Obit Announcements
From Nova Scotia Newspapers

Halifax Herald
June 2017


Banfield, Benjamin George
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, June 12, 2017
Banfield, Benjamin George
, age 77 of Lantz, passed away on June 10, 2017 at home. Born in Grand Banks, NL, he was a son of the late Gordon and Myrtle (Bond) Brown and Alex Banfield. Ben worked at the Dartmouth Marine Slips for over 30 years. He loved baseball and hockey; enjoyed fishing and hunting and loved his music. He is survived by his wife Kathleen (Probert) Banfield; children- Donna (Don) Foss, Ontario; Robert (Kathy), Stewiacke; Carol (Tony) Power, Lantz; Michael (Sherry), Rawdon; Mark (Carrie), Ontario; 12 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; sister Ruby(Larry) Ogden, Kentucky, USA. He was predeceased by grandson, Joshawa Power, siblings Mary Lou MacDonald and Bob Banfield, several nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place, visitation will be 7-9pm today, Monday, June 12, 2017 at Ettinger Funeral Home, 2812 Highway 2, Shubenacadie, from where a funeral service wil1 be held 11:00 am Tuesday June 13, 2017. Family flowers only, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Condolences, words of comfort and memories of Benjamin may be shared with the family at

DOMINEY, Rodney G.
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, June 5, 2017
(November 22, 1936 - June 2, 2017)
DOMINEY, Rodney Gordon "Rod"
- 80, of Dartmouth, The family wishes to announce Rod's passing in the early morning hours of Saturday June 3 at the Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in Burgeo Newfoundland, he was the son of the late Charles and Varina (Guy) Dominey. He was keenly interested in sports throughout his entire life, having played football, hockey and golf from a young age. He carried this love of sports into his career in the Royal Canadian Air Force, working as a Physical Education Recruitment Instructor. In this capacity, he was stationed in many areas throughout the country. Following retirement from the military, he pursued a civilian career as Equipment Manager at the gymnasium at HMCS Stadacona in Halifax, retiring at age 65 in 2001. He and his wife Marcella established many close friendships throughout their travels, and have maintained these in the years since.

Surviving are his wife of 58 years Marcella (Crane), sons Gary (Nancy Hakeman) of Golden, B.C., Rodney (Adele MacDonald), Halifax, daughter Jillian (Jim Joyce) of Dartmouth, grandchildren Kristin Dominey (Barry BJ Banks) of Halifax, Matthew Dominey (Jenna) of Summerside), Ryan Joyce of Dartmouth, Jordan Hakeman of Calgary, Krista Hakeman of Golden, five great grandchildren, and former daughter in law Karen Dominey of Summerside. Also surviving is brother Ernie (late Betty) of Edmonton and sister Shirley Conrad (late Gordon) of Dartmouth, as well as several nieces and nephews. The family wishes to express appreciation to the staff at 3 West of the Dartmouth General Hospital for keeping Rod comfortable in his final days. Cremation has taken place under the direction of A. L. Mattatall Funeral Home in Dartmouth. As per Rod's request, there will be no visitation or funeral service. Memorial donations can be made to a charity of your choice. A private Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. Online condolences can be made at

DRAKES, Thomas James "Tom"
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, June 15, 2017
(1928 - 2017)

It is with great sadness that the family of Thomas James "Tom" Drakes, 88 of Riverport announces his passing on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at the South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater. Born in Millers Passage, Newfoundland, Tom was brought up by his grandparents, Charles and Eliza (Drakes) Sheppard.

Tom started his fishing career at the early age of 9 shore fishing with his grandfather on the Grand Banks. At 15 he moved to the Lunenburg area where he went dory fishing and later received his Engineer Ticket and continued scallop fishing with Adams and Knickle, Clearwater, Fisheries Product International. He then took a leave from fishing in the 80's to work on the Oil Rigs. Longing to return to fishing he went with Scotia Trawlers and then started a business selling fish to many around the area up until recently, when his health started to fail. During the 80's he and his wife, Lottie also operated the "Tea Cup" mobile canteen that many folks came to enjoy. He was a faithful member of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Bridgewater a great supporter over the years of his beloved "Newfie Days" Although his life was a busy one at sea, he cherished time spent at home with his family, whom he adored one and all. His family will miss him greatly and we have all been blessed to have known such a great man.

Tom is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Lottie; daughters, Loretta (Donald) Cook, Riverport, Barbra (Gary) Manuel, Stillwater Lake; sons, Tom (Liz) Riverport, Albert (Sheila) Rose Bay, Charles (Sherri) Rose Bay, Michael, Vancouver; grandchildren, Tina, Peter, Craig, Anthony, Jeremy, Angie, Lindsey, Chad, Jacquie and Tim; 15 great-grandchildren; half-sisters, Clarice Wells, Grand Bank, NF, Bernice Dunphy, Alberta, half-brothers, Owen (Theresa) Sheppard, Philip (Cecilia) Sheppard, John (Josephine) Sheppard all of Stephenville, NF. He was predeceased by his half-sister, Eileen and half-brother, Richard.

Friends are invited to share their memories of Tom with his family during visitation on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Dana L. Sweeny Funeral home, 11213 Hwy. # 3, Lunenburg. Funeral mass for Christian burial will be held Friday at 2:00 p.m. at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Bridgewater, Rev. Father Jim MacDonald OMI, officiating. Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Lunenburg. Flowers from the immediate family only. Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, the Kidney Foundation of Canada or to the Diabetes Association of Canada.

HOWELL, Helen Ruth
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, June 7, 2017
(1945 - 2017)

It is with great regret and sadness that the family of Helen Howell announces her passing on Saturday, June 3, 2017, in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII, at the age of 71. Born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Helen was the daughter of the late Marjorie (Hollahan) Prosper, and was raised by her mother and step-father, the late Henry Prosper. She was the eldest of 12 children, and from an early age was a loving caregiver to her younger siblings. While working at the Stedman Store in Corner Brook, she met the love of her life, David Howell, to whom she was married to for over 51 years, and was blessed by two children, three grandchildren, and a wonderful great-granddaughter. Helen excelled as a homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was devoted to her family, and her friends with whom she developed her love of crafts, resulting in many loving warm and unique gifts for her family on special occasions. She and David enjoyed travelling whenever possible in parts of Europe, Canada, United States and Caribbean. Their last cruise was completed on April 22, 2017, just prior to Helen's illness. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends, and all who knew her.

Helen is survived by her husband, David; son, Vincent (Valerie); daughter, Cynthia; grandson, Adam; granddaughters, Elaine and Christina; great-granddaughter, Maya Lynn; siblings, John (Mary), Marjorie (Gerald), Dorothy (Stephen), Betty (Terry), Terry (Betty Anne), Henry (Sherry), Alice (Victor); as well as many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by siblings, Tom, Patrick, Sam and Harvey.

Arrangements have been entrusted to DeMont Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 419 Albert St., Windsor, NS BON 2TO (902-798-8317), where the family will welcome visitors starting at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 8, in DeMont Family Funeral Home Chapel. A service celebrating Helen's life will begin at 2 p.m., Rev. Karen Lynch officiating. A reception will immediately follow in the funeral home's Elmcroft Reception Centre. Donations in memory of Helen may be made to Lung Association of Nova Scotia or Heart and Stoke Foundation of Nova Scotia. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting:

ROSE, Wayne Alexander
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, June 24, 2017
Date of Birth Tuesday, September 15th, 1959
Date of Death Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

It is with great sadness that the family of Wayne Alexander Rose, 57, of Lunenburg, announces his passing on June, 21, 2017 at home. Born in Hermitage, NL, he was a son of Mildred (Hiscock) Rose of Bishop's Falls, NL and the late Alexander Rose. Wayne began his fishing career at the age of fifteen, out of Gaultois, NL. In 1980 he moved to Lunenburg and served as a deckhand and cook aboard various draggers with National Sea. His last position was as 2nd engineer with Katsheshuk Fisheries out of St. John's NL, until his health forced him to step down. Wayne enjoyed listening to country music and he was an avid Merle Haggard fan. When home from sea, spending time with his family and friends was always important, and he could always be counted on to make everyone laugh with his hilarious sense of humour.

He is survived by his daughters, Deanne and Natasha, both of Edson, AB; sisters, Margaret Rose, Harbour Breton, NL, Ruth (Gordon) Parsons, Georgetown, PEI, Melita (Ronald) Wells, Guelph, ON, Brenda (Rick) Thornhill, Bishop's Falls, NL, Shelia Rose, Whynott's Settlement; brother, John Rose, Victoria, BC; grandchildren, Mataya, Jayda, Juliet, Dazlyn and Landen; special nephew, Nicholas as well as several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Besides his father, Wayne was predeceased by his brothers-in-law, Timmy Weaver and Claude Rose as well as a brother and sister in infancy.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Dana L. Sweeny Funeral Home, 11213, Hwy #3, Lunenburg. In keeping with Wayne's wishes, a memorial service will take place at a later date in Newfoundland. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations made to the S.H.A.I.D Tree Animal Shelter would be appreciated by the family.

The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, June 12, 2017
(7/19/1946 - 6/8/2017)
Simmons, Ross
- Age 70 of Dartmouth, passed away on Thursday June 8, 2017 at home. Born in Newfoundland, he was a son of the late Ambrose and Dorothy Simmons. Ross was an Iron worker by trade and was a member of the Boiler Makers Union Local 73. He retired from Banc Metals in early 2000. In his earlier years, Ross loved hunting and especially fishing - "Always wanting to catch the big one". He is survived by sons, Roger (Heidi); Robert; daughter, Susan (Kevin); and their mother Betty; grandchildren, Liam, Siobhan (father Michael), Riley; special friend and neighbor Cecil Parks; brothers, Ronald, Roy, Rudy, Reg and Malcolm; sister, Ruby. He was predeceased by brothers, Clyde, Rex; sister, Elsie. As per Ross's wishes, cremation has taken place. No services to be held.

SPURR, Barbara Joan
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, June 19, 2017
(1/21/1940 - 6/16/2017)
Barbara Joan Spurr
, age 77, of Wolfville, passed away on Friday, June 16, 2017 in Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville, after a brief illness. Born on January 21, 1940, in Grand Falls, Newfoundland, she was the daughter of the late Clifford and Anne (Peyton) Jewer. Barbara is survived by her husband of 55 years, Bill (Wolfville); sons, Bill (Kathy), Halifax and Steven, Jordan River, BC; daughter, Jacqui (Randy) Devine, Comox, BC; and was a much loved "Baba" to Isabelle Comeau, B.J. Spurr, Samantha Devine, Ruby Spurr and Rainen Spurr. Barb is also survived by sisters, Diane (John) Hanratty, Stephenville, NF; Joanne (Alec) Nicholson, Devon, Alta. Beside her parents, she was predeceased by brother, Ron.

After St. Stephen's high school in Stephenville, NF, Barbara graduated from the Victoria General School of Nursing in 1961. The bulk of her professional career was spent as a Registered Nurse at Hants Community Hospital in Windsor, where she was known for her measured response to the periodic visits made to the ER by her sons and their friends with various sports and tomfoolery-related bumps and scrapes.

Barbara was a member of Windsor United Church, and the Windsor Gyrettes. She was a devoted gardener, planting new flowers every time her husband broached the subject of selling their house. She had a wide circle of friends, especially the "bridge ladies," who convened regularly for decades to play cards, talk about each other's children, plan group trips and have a drink. Or two. In retirement, Bill and Barbara spent several winters in Florida and also took an RV trip across North America. Special thanks to the health care team at the ICU at Valley Regional, in particular nurses Michel Desmoreau and Victoria Murray and Dr. Rob Doyle.

Visitation will be held 6-8 pm Tuesday, June 20, in Lindsay's Windsor Funeral Home, 194 King Street, P.O. Box 2218, Windsor, NS B0N 2T0. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, in the Windsor United Church, 613 King St., Windsor, with Rev. Karen Lynch officiating. Interment will be held at a later date. Family flowers only. Donations in memory of Barbara may be made to the Valley Regional Hospital or to a charity of one's choice. To place a donation card, please call Lindsay's at 902-798-2232. To add your condolences, click on Guestbook at,

WATKINS, Beatrice Elizabeth
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, June 24, 2017
(February 14, 1927 - June 22, 2017)
, 90, Bedford, NS., surrounded by her family, went to be with her Lord (whom she loved & served) on June 22, 2017, at home. She was born Feb. 14, 1927 in Codroy NL and was a daughter of the late John & Elizabeth (Youden) Ellis. At age 18 Mom dedicated her life to follow Jesus and was quite involved in leading Women's Groups, teaching Sunday School and always a faithful attender of her local Pentecostal Church. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Cyril in 2005 and has left to mourn, her daughters: Emaline Ettinger- Schrader of Bedford; Christine Matthews (Bill) of Fort McMurray; Gwen Williams (Rev. Fred) of Moncton; sons Cyril Jr.(Renata) of Lower Sackville; Ellison (Cindy) of Yellowknife; 14 grandchildren; and many great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Her family will receive friends today, Saturday 6-8 pm at Full Gospel Church, 2256 Larry Uteck Blvd., Bedford, where funeral will take place 3 p.m on Sunday, June 25th, Rev. Russell Knowles officiating. A reception will follow downstairs in the fellowship hall. Family burial will follow the reception in Fernwood Memorial Park. Donations in her memory may be made to The Gideons International or Full Gospel Memorial Fund. Arrangements have been entrusted to Dartmouth Funeral Home. On-line condolences may be sent to:



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