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The Northern Pen Obituaries
August 2003

The Northern Pen is the main source for information on what's happening on the Great Northern Peninsula and in Southern Labrador. Comprehensive news and features are written about the resource industries, education, local and provincial politics, economic development and the people who live here.

Filed chronologically as published for the Month of August 2003

 

TUCKER, VIRGINIA
Reef's Harbour
(Dec.17, 1933-Aug. 2, 2003)

Passed away suddenly at the Bonne Bay Cottage Hospital on Aug. 2, 2003. She was in her 69th year. She leaves to mourn husband Nathaniel; children Wilson, Effie Samson (Con) and Pam Coombs (Hiram) of Reef's Harbour, Patsy Hynes of Brampton, Ontario, David (Diane) of Windsor, Ontario and Cindy Blagdon (Dave) of Amherst, Nova Scotia; grandchildren Kim Hughes (Rocky) and Sandy Hynes (Neil Myers) of Brampton, Brian Hynes of Devon, Alberta, Joe, Jennifer, Sammy Jo and Natalie Tucker of Windsor, Ontario and Dylan Blagdon of Amherst; great-granddaughter Jadea Erin Hughes of Brampton; brothers Wilfred, Harold, George, Hayward and Melvin Baines; sisters Olga P. Coombs, Kay Taylor, Joyce Offrey, Augustine White and Iris Baines; sister-in-law Dorcas Baines, and the family of the late Leander and Lucy Baines. She is predeceased by parents George and Alma Baines, brothers Noah, Leander and Curling Baines. Visitation took place at St. Margaret's Anglican Church in Shoal Cove West from where the funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 5 with Rev. Hounsell-Drover officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to K.M. Fillatre Funeral Home, St. Anthony, Wilfred Hutchings, funeral director.

PAYNE, WALTER GORDON
Cow Head
(Jan. 25, 1929 - Aug. 4, 2003)

It is with great sadness that the family of the late Gordon Payne announce his passing on Aug. 4, 2003 at his family residence. He was in his 74th year. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Lilly; children Neila (Anthony) Anstey of Fort McMurray, Alberta and Authorine (Jim) Offrey of Millet, Alberta; grandchildren Walter (Lena), Hughena and Lillian of Fort McMurray and Cami, Heidi and Bobbi Jean of Millet; sisters Nettie Payne of Cow Head and Hilda Reeves of Hespeler, Ontario, as well as a large circle of other family and friends. He is predeceased by his mother Mildred ( Humber ), father Thomas and daughter Mildred. Visitation took place at St. Mary's Anglican Church in Cow Head from where the funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7. The family guest book can be signed at www.fillatre.ca     Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Fillatre's Funeral Home, Corner Brook.

BARNEY, WALTER (Uncle Walt)
L'Anse au Loup

It is with great sadness that the family of the late Walter Barney announce his passing at his residence on Aug. 5, 2003. He was in his 90th year. Leaving to mourn his children Joe and Arthur (Sadie) of Ontario, Alfred (Winnie), Silas (Linda), Francis (Dorothy), Bernice (Preston) Belben and Pious (Olive) of Stephenville; grandchildren Matthew, Lorinda, Dana, Bradley, Scott, Paula, Blake, Laurie, Neil, Roy and Kirby; great grandchildren Mark, Michelle, Nicholas, Hayley and Noah, as well as a number of other relatives and friends. He is predeceased by his wife Phoebe in 1994. Visitation was held at the L'Anse au Loup Gospel Hall from where the funeral services took place at 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 8 with Mr. Bert Joyce and Mr. Edward Barney officiating. Interment followed in the Gospel Hall Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Fillatre's Funeral Home, L'Anse au Loup.

COATES, EMILY
Eddies Cove East

Passed peacefully away at the John M. Gray Centre on Aug. 7, 2003. She was in her 89th year. She leaves to mourn children Stanley Coates (Amy), Stedman Coates (Marina), Rachel Applin (Richard H.) and Olga Whalen (Roland); brother Benjamin Toope of St. Anthony; 13 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. Visitation was held at the Anglican Church in Lower Cove from where the funeral service took place on Sunday, Aug. 10 with Rev. Hounsell-Drover officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery at Eddies Cove East. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to K.M. Fillatre Funeral Home, St. Anthony, Wilfred Hutchings, funeral director.

SHEPPARD, KARL OSCAR
WWII Veteran Service #2971
Brig Bay

It is with great sadness that the family of Karl Oscar Sheppard announce his passing on Aug. 9, 2003 at the Health Science Centre in St. John's at the age of 90 years. He will be sadly missed by sons Cyril of Port Saunders, Harris (Marie) of Labrador City and Maurice (Diane) of St. John's; grandchildren Colin, Olga (Trevor), Edna (Jeff), Todd (Roxanne) and Tracy (Bruce); great-grandchildren Gabriel, Joelle, Patrick, Bobbie, Jamie, Derik and Brooke; sisters Mary of Mianisburg, Ohio, USA and Sinneth of Cupids; sisters-in-law Margaret, Hepsey and Johanna of Brig Bay; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Maurice and Jean Vardy, Charlie and Pearl Little and Jim Irving, all of Rowanburg, Scotland, and numerous other relatives and friends. He is predeceased by his first wife Edna, his second wife Margaret, son Colin, brothers Thomas, Norman, Garfield, Maxwell, Heber, Pierce and Wilfred, sister Clarcey, and daughters- in-law Betty and Minnie. He was a WWII veteran who served his country in the forestry division in Scotland. He enlisted on July 26, 1940 and was discharged Dec. 18, 1945. After the war he returned home to Brig Bay where he worked as a fisherman and logger. During his later years before retirement, he worked as a bait depot operator for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. His first priority was to ensure he always had three years of firewood on hand. He loved to catch smelt, snare rabbits and pick berries but his most loved pastime was to dance to his favourite waltzes. During the past few years he was a resident of the Hoyles Escasoni Home in St. John's but his heart forever remained in Brig Bay. Visitation took place on Monday and Tuesday at the Church of the Advent in Plum Point from where the funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 13. Interment followed at the Brig Bay Cemetery . As expressions of sympathy, flowers were graciously accepted or donations may be made to Hoyles Escasoni Foundation or the Plum Point Church of the Advent Building Fund. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Fillatre's Funeral Home, Corner Brook.
The family graciously thank the staff and residents of the Hoyles Escasoni Home and the medical staff in the emergency department of the Health Science Centre for all their care and attention. “Lest we Forget”

PARSONS, WILBY
Parsons Pond

It is with great sadness that the family of the late Wilby Parsons announce his passing on Aug. 9, 2003, as a result of a motor vehicle accident. He was in his 58th year. Leaving to mourn his children Frank Payne, Rudy (wife Kerri Lynn), Wilby Martin Jr., Larry (Josie), Mark (Kelly) and Lance Keough (Kelly); grandchildren Tasha, Kelsey, Shane, Ashley, Amber, Morgan, Matthew and D.J.; ex-wife Roxanne Keough; stepchildren Greg and April; partner Marie Gould; parents Alexander and Mary Jane; brothers and sisters Vera (Jim Lidstone) and Jeanette (Robert Tiller) of Corner Brook, Thelma (Wally) Scott of Nova Scotia, Hayward (Melina) of Portland Creek, Edith (Jerry Keough), Derek (Hughena), Joan (Junior) House and Wayne (Carla) House of Parsons Pond, Glen of Manitoba and Evelyn of Ontario, as well as a large number of other relatives and friends. The family received friends at the family residence in Parsons Pond. The funeral service took place at St. Peter's Anglican Church at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 13 with Rev. Pratt officiating. Interment followed at the Anglican Cemetery , Parsons Pond. As expressions of sympathy flowers were graciously accepted or donations can be made to a charity of one's choice. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Fillatre's Funeral Home, Port au Choix. The family guest book may be signed or a memorial donation may be made through our website www.fillatre.ca

PILGRIM, SPURGEON
St. Anthony

Passed peacefully away at John M. Gray Centre on Aug. 12, 2003. He was 84 years old. Leaving to mourn wife Jemima; son Roy (Jennifer) of Grand Falls-Windsor; daughter Joyce (David) of Singhampton, Ontario; grandchildren Brian (Kim) of Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, Kirby of Grand Falls-Windsor, Wendy of Fort McMurray, Alberta and Catherine of Singhampton, Ontario; brothers George (Margaret) of St. Anthony and Donald (Violet) of Hamilton, Ontario; sisters Maisie and Valetta of St. Anthony, as well as a number of other relatives and friends. Visitation took place at the funeral home on West Street , St. Anthony. The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 15 at the United Church in St. Anthony with Rev. John McGonigle officiating. Interment took place in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were members of the Orange Lodge Association. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to K.M. Fillatre Funeral Home, St. Anthony, Wilfred Hutchings, funeral director.

ROBERTS, ERIC DAVID
St. Anthony

Passed away on Aug. 16, 2003 at Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony after a valiant struggle with cancer, a very special husband, father and friend, Eric Roberts of St. Anthony in his 53rd year. Eric was born to Donald and Dorothy (Barney) Roberts Nov. 10, 1949 in Forteau and came to St. Anthony in the fall of 1973 where he trained as a mechanic at the District Vocational School. He worked in a variety of positions as a mechanic and ended his career as a heavy equipment mechanic with the Department of Works, Services and Transportation. On May 15, 1987, he married Beverly Budgell of St. Anthony, and together they made their home there. They were blessed with two sons, Shawn and Gregory. Eric was devoted to his family and let nothing get in the way of that devotion. He leaves to mourn his wife and friend Beverly; sons Kirby, Shawn and Gregory; sisters Carol Fequet (Joe), Linda Oake and Verna Roberts; very special niece Charmaine Cull; sisters-in-law Joan (Alick), Peggy (Tom) and Audrey (Roger); brothers-in-law Garland (Liz), Willie (Elvina), Harold (Chris), Scott (Rosemary), as well as a number of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and a host of friends. Visitation took place at the funeral home on West Street. The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19 at the United Church in St. Anthony with Rev. John McGonigle officiating. Interment followed at the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Harold Budgell, Wade Patey, Truman Buckle, Larry Patey, Roger Cull, John Dunphy, Ward Wellman, and Joe Ollerhead. Flowers were graciously accepted or donations may be made to the Grenfell Foundation. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to K.M. Fillatre Funeral Home, St. Anthony, Wilfred Hutchings, funeral director.

GIBBONS, ABRAHAM
Plum Point

Passed peacefully away at Western Memorial Hospital on Aug. 19, 2003, age 79 years. Abraham was a World War II veteran, a member of the 166th Royal Newfoundland Regiment and was treasurer of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 55, Plum Point until its closure in 2000, then becoming a member of Branch 17 in St. Anthony. After 30 years with Bowaters Newfoundland Ltd., he ran a successful business for many years and was an avid Toronto Blue Jay and Maple Leaf fan. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Surviving are his wife Judy (nee Samson); sons John (Ivy) and Dwight (Beulah) of Plum Point and Abraham (Sherry) of Rothsay, New Brunswick; daughters Rose (Frank) Boyle of Riverview, New Brunswick and Genevieve (Rod) Caines of Goose Bay; grandchildren Janessa and David Boyle, SheriLee (Borje) and Jean Gibbons, Sarah and Andrew Caines, and John Gibbons. The funeral service was held at The Church of the Advent in Plum Point at 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22 with Rev. Woodman officiating. Interment followed at Pond Cove Cemetery . Pallbearers were members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 17. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to K.M. Fillatre Funeral Home, St. Anthony, Wilfred Hutchings, funeral director.

ROBERTS, BERTHA MARY
Quirpon
(Nov. 12, 1931 - Aug. 21, 2003)

Passed peacefully away at Curtis Memorial Hospital at the age of 71 years. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Bertha leaves to mourn her children Audrey (Gilles) Cote, Wayne (Cindy) Bartlett, Ruby (Reuben) Noble, Eileen (Derek) Fraser, Gerald and Faye (Godfrey) Parsons; grandchildren Vicki, Amy-Jo, Jaymie, Nicholas, Darcy, Heather and Christian; brothers and sisters Ivy Rideout, Allan (Julie) Hillier, Eric (Nellie) Hillier, Gerald (Edna) Hillier, Bruce (Edna) Hillier, Dulcie Powell and Melvin (Audrey) Hillier; caretakers Patsy Pynn and Jaime Conners, as well as a large circle of other family and friends. She is predeceased by her husbands Ralph Bartlett and Sidney Roberts, brothers Malcolm and Earnest Hillier, and sister Blanch Loder. Visitation took place at the Salvation Army Church in Griquet from where the funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23 with Capt. Theresa Burry officiating. Interment followed at the Quirpon cemetery. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to K.M. Fillatre Home in St. Anthony, Wilfred Hutchings, funeral director.

AYRE, DOROTHEA
Grand Falls-Windsor
(formerly of Hawkes Bay)

It is with great sadness that the family of the late Dorothea Ayre announce her passing at Rufus Guinchard Health Centre on Aug. 21, 2003. She was in her 73rd year. Leaving to mourn her son Danny (Joan) of Grand Falls-Windsor; daughter Mildred of Fort McMurray; grandchildren Craig, Bryan, Joey and Cristy; sisters Viola Payne of Hawkes Bay, Yvonne, Melita, Laverne, Lorna (Eric) Quinlan, and Lucy of Toronto; brothers Samuel and Con (Nova) Hoddinott of Hawkes Bay and Fred (Sean) Hoddinott of Glovertown, as well as a large circle of other relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her husband George, parents Fred and Lucy Hoddinott, sister Annie Gould, and brother Harvey Hoddinott. The family received friends at Bethel Pentecostal Church in Hawkes Bay Friday evening and Saturday from where the funeral service took place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25 with Pastors Danny Boyd and Sheila Purchase officiating. Interment followed at the Pentecostal Cemetery in River of Ponds . Flowers were graciously accepted. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Fillatre's Funeral Home, Port au Choix. The family guest book may be signed through our website at www.fillatre.ca

BUCKLE, VICTOR
English Point, Forteau

It is with great sadness that the family of the late Victor Buckle announce his passing at the Labrador South Health Centre in Forteau on Aug. 25, 2003 at the age of 92 years. Leaving to mourn his nephew Theodore and Ivy with whom he resided for 25 years. Also a large circle of nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his parents Alfred and Alfreda, brother Malachi, sisters Delilah Bell (John), Verbena Ryland (William), Violet Belben (Henry), Mary Normore (Thomas) and Marion Trimm (Robert). Visitation took place at the Anglican Church in Forteau from where the funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28 with Rev. Roberta Woodman officiating. Interment followed at the Anglican Cemetery in Forteau. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Fillatre's Funeral Home, L'Anse au Loup.

WAY, HENRY
Flowers Cove

Passed away Aug. 28, 2003 at his family residence Henry Way at the age of 73. He leaves to mourn his wife Sadie; children Melvin, Loomis (Brenda), Clarence (Nancy), Bertha (George), Keith (Karen), Eric (Marlene), Bryce (Ann) and Brada (George); 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers Abe (Rosalene) of Corner Brook and Max (Mabel) of Flowers Cove; sisters Alma Penney of St. Anthony and Bertha (Montrose) Genge of Flowers Cove; sister-in-law Hazel Way of Flowers Cove; Grant (Estelle) Way of St. John's; special nephew and niece Dr. Clifton Way (Betty) and Millie Simms (Willie P. Simms), as well as a large circle of other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by parents Agustus and Suzannah, brothers Stewart, Aubrey, Pearce and Clayton, sisters Josie, Pearl and Ella. The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 31 at the United Church in Flowers Cove with Rev. Arnold officiating. Interment followed at the church cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, flowers were graciously accepted. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Fillatre's Funeral Home, Bear Cove. The family guest book may be signed or memorial donations may be made to our website at www.fillatre.ca

RYAN, LEO
West St. Modeste

It is with great sadness that the family and friends of the late Leo Ryan announce his passing at the Labrador South Health Centre in Forteau on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2003 at the age of 45 years. Leaving to mourn sister Imelda O'Dell (Joseph); brothers Micheal, Clyde and John; very special friends Clarence and Margaret Cabot, Edgar and Robin O'Dell, Joel and Jacqueline Lavallee, Lisa Cabot and their families, as well as a large circle of other family and friends. He is predeceased by his mom and dad James and Gertrude Ryan. Visitation took place at the Roman Catholic Church in West St. Modeste on Monday from where the funeral service was held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 2 with Fr. Neil Haight officiating. Interment followed at the Pinware Cemetery . Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Fillatre's Funeral Home Ltd, L'Anse au Loup. To sign the family guest book or to make a memorial donation, visit our website at www.fillatre.ca

 

 

Page contributed by Floyd Letto

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)

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