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The Northern Pen Obituaries
August 2015

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.

 

ADAMS, George Absalom
Passed on: August 9th, 2015

Passed away peacefully at the Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony on the 9th of August, 2015, Mr. George Absalom Adams of Roddickton in his 69th year. Left to mourn are his daughters Laura (Gary), and Amanda (Kirby); grandchildren Chandler, Alexis, and Jaxon; brothers Fred (Viva), Raymond (Blanche), Harvey, Leslie (Juna), Armenious, Thomas (Jeanette), and Keith; and sister Annie May. George was predeceased by his parents Walter and Nina Adams. Visitation took place at Calvary Pentecostal Temple in Roddickton from where the funeral was held on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Benjamin Brown officiating. Funeral services have been entrusted to K.M. Fillatre Funeral Homes, Lee Nippard, funeral director.

DECKER, Christopher Robert
Born: November 14th, 1941
Passed on: August 8th, 2015
Christopher Robert Decker
was born in St. Anthony, on November 17, 1941 to Alan and Leah (Simms) Decker. He was raised in Roddickton along with his brothers, Eli and Melvin, surrounded by numerous family and friends. After finishing Grade 11 in Roddickton, Chris left home at 17 to complete his Grade 12 at Prince of Whales College in St. John's. After Grade 12 he went on to Memorial University to complete an Arts degree before heading to Pine Hill University in Nova Scotia. At Pine Hill he graduated with a Masters of Divinity. He met Patricia Roberts in 1965 and married June 27, 1967. They went on to have two children, Lynn and John. Chris wore many career hats over the years - United Church Minister to boat building. He owned logging companies to clothing stores. However, his passion was politics. After being involved in municipal politics for many years, he made the move to provincial politics. In 1984 he was elected as a Liberal member to serve what was then, The Straits, White Bay North. After a lengthy career serving his great district and province as MHA, and Minister in several portfolios, he retired from the public sector in 1999 to lead a more private life. After a very brief retirement he began working again as a consultant and author in which he wrote and published three novels. Of all the careers and titles he has held, his favourite was Grandfather. He lived to spend time with his four grandchildren, Alexandra, Bradley, Christopher and Eddie, and his favourite quote was, "If I knew grandchildren were so much fun, I would have had them first." Chris, along with his wife Pat spent their retirement years between Roddickton, Little Bay Islands and Florida, where he was always surrounded by family and friends, and enjoyed life to the fullest. After battling cancer for over three years he passed away peacefully early Saturday morning, August 8th, 2015. He was predeceased by his parents, Alan and Leah, his brother Eli, and his parents-in-law, Joe and Daisy Roberts. The family held a "Celebration of Life" service at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at John Wesley United Church with a burial of his ashes at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate a donation made to John Wesley United Church in Roddickton.

EDDISON, Pleman
Passed on: August 16th, 2015

Passed peacefully away at Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony on the 16th day of August 2015, Mr. Pleman Hedderson of Noddy Bay in his 87th year. He leaves to mourn with fond and loving memories his wife of 61years Marion; children Janice (Alex), Barbara (Hubert), Lester (Vi), Art (Janet), Lucinda (Elijah), Wade, Edith (Dexter), and Colin (Petrina); 17 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two sisters Fanny and Annie. He was predeceased by his son Truman Eddison, parents Reuben and Lucinda Eddison, brothers Stewart, Aquilla, and William, and sisters Catherine, Dulcie and Emma. Visitation was held at the Anglican Church in Dark Tickle from where the funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug 20 with Rev. Mark Wilkoff officiating. Burial followed in the Quirpon Community Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Homes, St. Anthony and Roddickton, Siobhan Mauger, funeral director.

GREEN, Catherine (Cack) Minnie
Passed on: August 5th, 2015

It is with great sadness that the family of Catherine (Cack) Minnie Green of St. Anthony announces her passing on August 5, 2015 at Charles Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony at the age of 69 years. Left to mourn are her sons Mike (Rhonda) Green, and David Green; daughter Janet (Wayne) Green; brothers Bruce (Fran) Patey, John (Carmel) Patey, Paul (Janet) Patey, and Wade (Corinne) Patey; sisters-in-law Joyce Johnson, Judy Wall, Phyllis (Don) Otterbeck, Rosemary Green, and Carol (Fred) Pilgrim; brothers-in-law Bill Green, Gerald Green, Bob (Madge) Green, Terry (Mary) Green; granddaughters Kimberly Green, Ashley Green and Morgan Green. She was predeceased by her husband Keith Green, parents John and Berdina Patey, parents-in-law Hayward and Jemima Green, brother Mark Johnson, brothers-in-law Alton Green, Joe Green and sister-in-law Blanche Green. Visitation took place at St. Mary's Anglican Church in St. Anthony from where the funeral was held on Sunday, Aug. 9 at 4:00 p.m. with Father Paul Findlay officiating. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Homes, St. Anthony and Roddickton, Lee Nippard, funeral director.

HEDDERSON, Louise D.
Passed on: August 1st, 2015

Passed away on August 1, 2015, Louise D. Hedderson of St. Anthony in her 54th year. Louise Hedderson was born in St. Anthony on October 12, 1960 to Stewart and Levinia Hedderson of Noddy Bay. A number of years ago she moved to St. Anthony where she resided until her passing. Louise was predeceased by her parents and her sister Ivy. Left to mourn are her partner Tony Short; daughter Amanda (Darryl); son Steve (Courtney) and grandson Matayo. Also left to mourn are sisters Selma (Alfred) Matchim, Jane (Ben) Rumbolt, Marion (Vincent) Tatchell, and Hazel Hedderson; brothers Henry (Marie), Thomas (Glenda), Cecil and Stewart. Visitation took place at the Salvation Army Citadel, St. Anthony from where the funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4 with Major Dinzel Baggs officiating. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Homes, St. Anthony and Roddickton, Lee Nippard, funeral director.

HEDDERSON, Madeline
Born: February 18th, 1947
Passed on: August 30th, 2015

Passed peacefully away at Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony on August 30, 2015, Madeline Hedderson of St. Anthony in her 68th year. She leaves to mourn daughter Diane (Eric); sons Jeffrey (Marlene), Jim (Pauline), Gordon (Cathy), and Jonathan (Jessica); special grandson Steven (Tamara); special friend Virginia; 12 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren; brothers Caleb (Margret), and Philip; sisters Louise (Jim), Rita (Ray), and Margret. She was predeceased by her husband Hector Hedderson, son William Hedderson, parents William and Sarah Bridger, brother John Bridger, sisters Gloria Fillier, Annie Larkin and Elizabeth Mugford. Visitation took place at Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Home in St. Anthony after which the funeral service was held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, September 2 with Father Paul Findley officiating. Burial followed in the Anglican Cemetery in Griquet. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Home, St. Anthony, Siobhan Mauger, funeral director.

HUGHES, Belinda
Passed on: August 18th, 2015

Passed away at John M. Gray Centre in St. Anthony on August 18, 2015, Belinda Hughes of Green Island Cove at the age of 80 years. Leaving to mourn children Barry (Millie) Hughes, Kirby (Nita) Hughes, and Kathleen (Brian) Coates along with an array of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister Pearl (Steward) Mitchelmore; brothers Everton (Evelyn) McLean, and Baxter (Mona) McLean as well as a circle of other family and friends. She was predeceased by her husband George Henry, son Robert George, sister Virtue, parents Lenard and Beatrice. Visitation rights took place at St. Andrew's Church, Lower Cove from where the funeral service was held on Friday, August 21 with Rev. Marlene Harvey and lay reader Penelope McLean officiating. Interment followed at the Anglican Cemetery in Green Island Brook. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Homes, St. Anthony and Roddickton, Siobhan Mauger, funeral director.

JANES, Melah E.
Passed on: August 12th, 2015

Passed peacefully away at Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony on August 12, 2015, Melah E. Janes of Roddickton in her 85th year. She leaves to mourn daughters Betsy (Frank) Jenkins, Joyce (Wilson) Gill, Blanche (Raymond) Adams, Alma (Kevin) Gill, and Pearl (Paul) Williams; son Cyril (Maxine) Canning; 17 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; brother Fred Randell; three sisters-in-law Ettie Randell, Laura Combdon and Martha Pardy. She was predeceased by her husband Harvey M. Canning and two sons Maxwell P. Canning and Joshua E. Canning, parents Eli Randell and Tryphena Randell, sisters Bessie Brenton, Dulcie Newman and Roland Randell. Visitation was held at Calvary Pentecostal Church in Roddickton on Sunday, Aug. 16 from where the funeral service took place on Monday, Aug. 17 with Pastor Benjamin Brown officiating. Interment followed at the church cemetery. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Kerry. M. Fillatre funeral Homes, St. Anthony and Roddickton, Siobhan Mauger, funeral director.

LEWIS, Elsie
Passed on: August 5th, 2015

Passed away peacefully on August 5, 2015 at her private residence surrounded by her family in Conche, at the age of 92 years, Mrs. Elsie Lewis. Left to mourn Elsie's passing are her children Veronica (Don) and Ted (Linda); brother Elias (Margaret); granddaughters Sonya (Jamie) and Holly (Brian); great-grandchildren Emma and James. Elsie was predeceased by her husband Leo, parents Terrance and Nellie Foley, brothers James (Mary) and Ron. She will be missed by a large circle of family and friends. Visitation took place at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Conche from where the funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug 8 with Rev. Lourdhu Raju Madanu officiating. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Homes, St. Anthony and Roddickton, Lee Nippard, funeral director.

PILGRIM, Boyd Ronald
Passed on: August 19th, 2015

Passed peacefully away at the John M. Gray Centre in St. Anthony on the 19th day of August 2015, Mr. Boyd Ronald Pilgrim of St. Anthony in his 60th year. He leaves to mourn with fond and loving memories his mother Ethel; brothers Gary, Roy (Loretta), Derrick (Virginia), Bernard (Karen), Glen (Leona), and Lorne (Sandra); a very special uncle Ronald (Harriet) Pilgrim and a large circle of other family and friends. He was predeceased by his father Garfield and nephew Marshall. Visitation took place at the funeral home in St. Anthony after which the funeral service was held at the Salvation Army Citadel at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22 with Major Dinzel Baggs officiating. Burial followed at the church cemetery. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Homes, St. Anthony and Roddickton, Siobhan Mauger, funeral director.

ROPSON, Harvey
Passed on: August 20th, 2015

Passed peacefully away at White Bay Central Health Centre in Roddickton on the 20th day of August 2015, Mr. Harvey Ropson of Roddickton in his 86th year. He leaves to mourn with fond and loving memories his wife Alma; children Francis (Bonnie) Ropson, Jerry Ropson (Cindy Elgar), the Late Derrick Ropson, Leighton Ropson (Theresa Feltham), Carl Ropson (Tracy Newman), Florence Ropson-Ricketts (Stuart Ricketts), and Judy Ropson-Pittman (Keith Pittman); their 15 grandchildren Sheldon Ricketts, Ryan Ricketts, Victoria Pittman, Bernie Ropson, Lindsay Elgar, Melissa Ropson, Sarah Ropson, Taralee Ropson, Cory Ricketts, Valerie Pittman, Justin Pittman, Alison Ropson, Hillary Elgar, Jessica Ropson and Joey Ropson; 15 great-grandchildren, Nathan, Blake, Cody, Hailey, Kaleb, Aden, Jack, Scarlett, Amy, Jaden, Tamara, Jake, Amber, Jonah, and Amelia, as well as a large circle of other family and friends. Visitation was held at the funeral home in Roddickton after which the funeral service was held at 2 p.m. at Wesley United Church in Roddickton on Sunday, Aug. 23 with Rev. Harold Harvey officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Homes, St. Anthony and Roddickton, Siobhan Mauger, funeral director.

 

 

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