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Newfoundland Obit Announcements
From Nova Scotia Newspapers

Halifax Herald
October 2017


BURDOCK, Launcelot Hall
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, October 24, 2017
(January 1, 1932 - October 22, 2017)
BURDOCK, Launcelot Hall
- 85, of Dartmouth, passed away peacefully Sunday morning October 22, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Barbara (Penney), brother Bill, children John (Shirley Ann), Bruce (Lynn), Peter (Stephanie), Joanne (Sheldon), and grandchildren Tracey, Launce, Eric, Bruce, Nick, Evan, Sean, Alex, Jack and his great grandson Parker.

Born in Belleoram, Newfoundland and having raised his family in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, he was known by everyone as a generous, kind, and welcoming person, who could put a smile on anyone's face. His kids and grandkids will miss his playful and mischievous nature and fondly remember many creative Christmas adventures. In his early days, Launce played the organ at his church and for many years provided musical entertainment on the piano at social functions. Launce served with the Lions Club of Newfoundland for many years. He was also an accomplished handy-man who passed his skills on to his children.

After over 20 years with Truefoam Ltd., Launce moved onto his next great adventure enjoying retirement with Barbara and their ever-growing family. This included over a decade of volunteering with the Tartan Team at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport greeting and assisting travelers. Heartfelt thanks to the staff at Shannex, Bissett Court, for the exceptional and loving care they provided Launce, whom they affectionately referred to as "Papa".

Visitation will be held Thursday, October 26 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. in A. L. Mattatall Funeral Home, Dartmouth. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday, October 27 at 1:00 p.m. in Iona Presbyterian Church at 90 Lucien Drive, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia. On-line condolences can be viewed or sent to:

LaFOSSE, Roland "Rollie"
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, October 30, 2017
(2/12/1932 - 10/28/2017)
LaFosse, Roland "Rollie
: - age 85 of Dartmouth. Passed away on Saturday October 28, 2017 in Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in Cape La Hune, NL, he was a son of the late Thomas and Ethel (Baggs) LaFosse.

Rollie started working as a fisherman in Newfoundland, he then joined the military in August 1955 and served for 25 years, with the Canadian Guards, PPCLI, Army Service Corps, 2nd Battalion and HMCS Algonquin. He also served on Peace Keeping duties in Germany and Cyprus and served at Petawawa, Kingston Ontario, Winnipeg, Dana Sask. and CFS Millcove. Rollie retired from the Canadian Armed forces in 1980 and went to work with the Federal Department of Fisheries and retired in 1985. He was a member of Music and Friends which entertained seniors in Nursing Homes. He was an accordion player and played with many groups at dances. He was an active member of St. John's Anglican Church, Westphal.

Rollie was predeceased by son Calvin, in infancy, Clyde; sister, Mary, Maude; brothers, Edgar, George. Rollie is left to mourn his wife, Gwen of 64 years; sister, Jessie, Robinsons NL; brother, Tom (Millicent), St. John's and many nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place. A funeral service will be held 1pm Tuesday, October 31st in St. John's Anglican Church, 1215 Main Street, Westphal. Interment in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. John's Anglican Church, Westphal. Online condolences may be sent by visiting (Dartmouth Chapel)

LEWIS, Mildred Jane
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, October 30, 2017
(July 28, 1930 - October 27, 2017)
aged 87 of Halifax, passed away October 27, 2017 at the QEII. Born in Grand Bank, Newfoundland, she was the daughter of the late William Pike and Bertha Rodgers (stepfather Luke). Survived by her son, Roger (Kathryn) and daughter in law, Willie Lewis; grandchildren, Nicole, Corey, Natasha, David; great grandchildren, Leia, Lucas and Abigail. Predeceased by husband, Gordon and son, Bill. Visitation will be held Monday, October 30, from 2 - 4 pm and 7 - 9 pm and Tuesday, October 31, from 2 - 4 pm at J.A. Snow Funeral Home, Halifax. Funeral service to be held Wednesday, November 1, at 11:00 am at Salvation Army Fairview, Captain Elaine and Captain Jamie officiating. Burial to follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Salvation Army Fairview or charity of choice. Special thanks to the nurses of 8.2 QEII.

The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, October 9, 2017
(July 13, 1923 ~ October 7, 2017 (age 94)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Cecil Parsons, loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and uncle, on Saturday October 7, 2017 at the Northside General Hospital.

Cecil was born in Cul-de-Sac, Newfoundland on July 13, 1923. He was a son of the late John Tom and Naomi (Hardy) Parsons. He went to sea as a fisherman at a very early age and later joined the Royal Navy to serve his country during the Second World War. He was employed with CN Marine aboard the vessels until his retirement.

Cecil was member of St. John the Baptist Anglican Church. He will be remembered for his love of children, playing Santa, tinkering with wood projects, boating on the Bras d'Or Lakes , enjoying his cabin near New Campbellton and his other campsites on the lakes. He liked nothing better than to "kick up his heels" to some Newfoundland music.

Cecil is survived by his wife Classie (Keeping), his daughter Jane "Janie" (Dan) Vernon, daughter-in-law Judy (MacDonald) Whitman, step-sons Calvin (Angie) Keeping, Alex (Shirley) Keeping, step-daughter Irene (Roy) Iannetti, he will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Chris, Allison, Adam, Kent, Kim, Denise, Rachel, Michael, Samantha and Sally, also by 13 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren, by his brothers Roy Parsons, Roland (Donna) Parsons, his sisters Flora and Vera, several nieces and nephews. Cecil was predeceased by his first wife Beattie Parsons, his son Marty Parsons, his brothers Joe, Harry, George, his sisters Gladys, Mildred, Flossie, Mary and Dorothy.

Visitation for Cecil will be held 7-9 p.m. Tuesday in the W. J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant Street, North Sydney. A funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church with Rev. Julio Martin officiating. Burial to follow at Lakeside Cemetery, North Sydney. Memorial donations may be sent to the Harbourview Hospital, Veterans Wing. Online condolences may be sent to the family at
There's still time to send flowers to the Visitation at the W. J. Dooley Funeral Service Ltd. from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM on October 10, 2017.

SWEET, Joseph "Joe" David
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, October 10, 2017
(1938 ~ 2017)
Joseph "Joe" David Sweet
, age 78, of East Uniacke, Hants County, Nova Scotia, formerly from Ontario, passed away on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at the Ivy Meadows Home, Beaver Bank, Nova Scotia. Born on December 11, 1938, in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, he was the son of the late Joseph and Lillian May Sweet. Joe was a Mechanical & Electrical Engineer, retiring after many years working with Ontario Hydro.

Joe is survived by his son, Adam of Belleville, Ontario; step daughter, Kim Willins of Windsor, Nova Scotia, her sons, Joe and Arthur Cull, and her granddaughter, Ivy Mae Cull; step-son, Gavin Willins of LaRonge, Saskatchewan, his wife, Susan and their daughter, Joanie; companion, Dona Nunn; brother, Robert "Bob", and sisters, Barbara and Betty, all in Ontario.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, October 13, 2017 in Lindsay Windsor Funeral Home Chapel, 194 King Street, P.O. Box 2218, Windsor, Nova Scotia, B0N 2T0. The Rev. Garnet Parker is officiating, followed by a reception. Interment will be held at a later date. Donations in memory of Joe may be made to the Alzheimer's Society of Nova Scotia, 2719 Gladstone Street, Suite 112, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3K 4W6.

SWYER, Harold
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, October 18, 2017
(October 10, 1927 - October 13, 2017)
Swyer, Harold
Age 90 of Halifax, passed away peacefully Friday October 13, 2017 in the QE II Health Sciences Centre, Halifax. Born in Sandy Point, Newfoundland on October 10, 1927, he was a son of the late Bennett and Catherine Swyer. He was the last surviving member of his Immediate Family. He is survived by his wife Yvette (Forhan Gaudreau), daughter, Joan C. McLean; granddaughter, Trudy (Mike) and great granddaughter, Morgan all of Newfoundland. He was predeceased by his first wife Patience (Berringer), son-in-law Arden, brothers Daniel, Hayward, Charlie, Hurburt, Albert, Daniel F. and sister Lizzie. He served in the Merchant Marine from 1945 to 1950 and worked at Ben's Bakery for 42 years. He was a member of the Fairview Legion for 40 years. A Memorial Service will be held in Cruikshank's Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor Street, Halifax, Friday, October 20th , 2017 at 11am. Interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.

WALSH, Captain William (Bill) CD2 RET'D RCNR, RCN, CAF
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, November 2, 2017

Crossed the Bar on October 30th on his final voyage. He was born in Holyrood, Newfoundland on December 29, 1931. He was the oldest son of the late Bernard and Hannah (Best) Walsh. Bill joined the RCNR at HMCS Cabot in St. John's Nfld. in 1950, then transferred to the RCN as an OSPWR in 1951. He was commissioned from the ranks 1964. He was the Naval Representative on the Tri Service Team that researched and implemented a revised Public Fund Accounting System which was applicable to all three Services. He served on various ships and shore establishments. In 1960 he commissioned the HMCS COLUMBIA and in 1973 he commissioned the HMCS ALGONQUIN (DDH283) as Supply Officer. He served as Squadron Supply Officer when ALGONQUIN was Flag Ship in STANANFORLANT. After retirement from the military he served as a Supply Officer in the Canadian Coast Guard. He was Counselor for Annapolis County, representing District 6 for nine years. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion in Clementsport, NS. He was also a member of the C&POs' Association.

Ever the Captain, he was strategic in charting the course for his final voyage, ensuring that his XO and crew were safe and secure. He leaves Peggy (Hogan) his beloved wife and XO of 62 years, to man the helm, assisted by crew of sons, Billy, Clementsport, Gary (Judy), Calgary, AB, Anthony (Linda), Edmonton AB., Christopher (Tracey), Beaver Bank, Jeffrey (Noreen), Calgary, AB, and only daughter, Suzanne (Greg), Fredericton, NB. He is also survived by brother, Harold (Rochelle), Winnipeg, MB. He was predeceased by sister, Loretta Stevens, Kelligrews, NL. He leaves 11 grandchildren, Falon, Kira, Emma, Catrina, Alexia, Wyatt, Steven, Garrett, Vincent, Courtney, and Jaime (Felicia) and great grandchild, Jacob. He also leaves his loyal and constant companion, Benji.

Special thanks to the Health Care Team of Valley Regional Hospital. Family Flowers only. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Royal Canadian Legion, Clementsport Branch #122 or St. Louis Catholic Church in Annapolis Royal.

A naval service will be held on Saturday, November 4th at 2:00pm at the Royal Canadian Legion, Clementsport with reception to follow. A private family service will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting



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