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The Northern Pen Obituaries
December 2016

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.

 

BYRNE, Francis Murray
Born: January 20th, 1952
Passed on: December 24th, 2016
Francis (Frank) Murray Byrne
, 64, born January 20th, 1952, in Conche, died suddenly on December 24, 2016 in Croque. Francis is survived by his loving wife Donna of 41 years, daughter Melissa, husband Ian Rice, and a large circle of extended family and close friends. He loved God, his dog Brandy, fishing in his boat or out ski-dooing in the woods. He was a special loving man who will be dearly missed by all who knew him. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Visitation was held at Barrett's Funeral Home in St. John's where cremation took place. Ashes were retained by the family. Memorial arrangements were entrusted to Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Homes, St. Anthony and Roddickton.

BYRNE, Marie
Born: January 4th, 1923
Passed on: December 6th, 2016

It is with great sadness that the family of Marie Byrne announces her passing on December 6, 2016 at Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony at the age of 93 years. Marie was born to Michael and Rose Flynn on Jan 4, 1923. She grew up on the later resettled Grey Islands and moved to St. John's during World War 2 to work on the American Base to return a few years later when her mother became ill to care for the family. A short while later she moved to Conche to work as a servant girl for the Fitzgerald family. There she met Leo Byrne, who she married on June 10, 1947- and settled in Conche to raise a family. Marie was a hardworking, strong, and independent woman who devoted her life to her family. Times were not always easy but she persevered. Though she worked hard, Marie always took time to enjoy life; she was a wonderful accordion player and loved to tell stories (along with her sister Nell) about life on the Grey Islands. They loved to reminisce about the good old days. Marie loved the social gatherings with family and friends in her home on the hill. Everyone was welcomed. There was lots of music, dancing, fun, and laughter. As well, she loved reading, watching hockey games, game shows on television, and playing cards with her friends. She had a great sense of humor and was "as sharp as a tack." Her motto in life that she often repeated was: "main thing is not to worry." Marie lived a good, healthy life until sickness struck her four years ago. She recovered from two major surgeries and spent a few more years in her own home. Sadly her health deteriorated and she moved to Roddickton House Seniors Complex in March 2016. In October she became ill and was admitted to Curtis Memorial Hospital, St. Anthony where she passed peacefully away on December 6, 2016. She leaves to mourn her sons Roland (Maude) Flynn, Cecil (Linda) Byrne, Stephen Byrne, Ronald Byrne, Eugene Byrne, Cyril Byrne, and Gerard (Ethel) Byrne; daughters Corrine (Maxwell) Sexton, Anita Byrne Roberts, and Irene (Stan) Norman; sisters Ellen Byrne (Conche), Anita Flynn, and Eileen Lidster; 20 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren, as well as a large circle of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. She was predeceased by husband Leo Byrne, parents Michael and Rose Flynn, brothers Cyril, Ronald, and sister Elsie Buchanan. Visitation took place at Sacred Heart Church, Conche from where the funeral service was held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 9 with Fr. Lourdhu officiating. Interment followed in the Roman Catholic Cemetery in Conche. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Home, St. Anthony and Roddickton, Lee Nippard, funeral director.

CARROLL, Josephine
Born: March 2nd, 1921
Passed on: December 19th, 2016
Passed peacefully away at St. Clare's Mercy Hospital, Josephine Carroll. She was predeceased by her son Eugene and husband Bernard; parents Edward and Bridget Flynn; brothers Alphonsus, Leo, James and Frank Flynn. Left with fond and loving memories her daughter-in-law Daisy; grandson Rodney (Rhonda); granddaughter Penelope and two great grandchildren Emma Jean and Jonah; favourite niece Selina Byrne (Gary); sisters Nora Tobin, Lucy Gardiner and Gertrude Carroll; sister-in-law Kathleen Flynn and a large number of nephews and nieces and dear friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation. Josephine has been a faithful parishioner of St. Thomas of Villa Nova in Conception Bay South since 2001. The funeral service took place on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Parish, Conche.

CLEMENTS, Minnie
Passed on: December 19th, 2016

Passed suddenly away on December 19, 2016, Minnie Clements, at the Connaigre Peninsula Community Health Centre, Harbour Breton. She was predeceased by her husband Sidney Cassell and husband Randolph Clements. She leaves to mourn her daughters Joan (Bert) Hopkins and Doreen Cassell (Fred Reid); brother Boyce Winsor; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and her step-children and step-grandchildren and a circle of other relatives and friends. The funeral service took place at Calvary Pentecostal Temple, Roddickton at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 with Pastor Brown officiating. Interment followed at Roddickton Cemetery.

COMPTON, Allan Henry
Born: March 25th, 1929
Passed on: December 5th, 2016

Passed away on December 5, 2016 at Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony with his family by his side, Allan Henry Compton, at the age of 87 years. Allan was born on March 25, 1929 to the late Augustus and Maggie (Tucker) Compton. On March 25, 1953, he married Olive Hopkins and together they had seven children: Joan, Robert (Deceased), Yvonne, Bernice, Jean, Clyde, and Lesa as well as their special granddaughter Connie. Allan worked in his younger days in the woods, from cutting wood to a cook's helper. In his later years he worked with the Department of Transportation, grading roads and plowing snow, until retiring in 1989. He was very well known in all the community, as well as Roddickton and surrounding areas. He leaves to mourn his wife Olive of 63 years; daughters Joan (Tony), Yvonne (Rudy), Bernice (Edmond), Jean (Harold), Lesa (Fergie), and Connie (Jeff); son Clyde (Deloris), 11 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, three sisters, two brothers, daughter-in-law Sharon Compton, his special homecare worker "Sunbeam"; seven brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law, along with many nieces, nephews, and friends. No one was a stranger to "Fadder." He was predeceased by his son Robert. "Rock Of Ages, Cleft For Me, Let me hide myself in Thee" Visitation was held at the Salvation Army Church in Englee from where the funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 8 with Major Collins officiating. Interment followed. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Home, St. Anthony and Roddickton, Siobhan Mauger, funeral director. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to St. Anthony or Englee Salvation Army Corps.

JONES, Urias
Born: January 23rd, 1933
Passed on: December 24th, 2016

It is with great sadness that the family of the late Urias Jones of Corner Brook (formerly of L'Anse au Clair) announces his passing at the Western Memorial Regional Hospital in Corner Book on Saturday, December 24, 2016 at the age of 83 years. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 56 years, Marjorie; son Terrence (Shawna); daughter Jacqueline (Elvin Normore); grandchildren Michael, Jeremy and Jada; great-grandson Nate; sisters-in-law Georgina and Myrtle; his five nephews and six nieces, as well as a large circle of other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his parents Samual and Mary Jane Jones; brothers Rev. Samual Jones and Percival Jones, and his sister and brother-in-law Helen and Lloyd Hobbs. A special thank you to the staff of the Dialysis Unit at Western Memorial Regional Hospital, whose care for Urias was greatly appreciated by his wife and children. Friends visited Country Haven Funeral Chapel, 167 Country Road on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 between the hours of 2-4 and 7-8 p.m., from where the funeral service followed at 8:00 p.m. with Rev. Canon Roberta Woodman officiating. In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place. Funeral services and interment will take place in Labrador at a future date. As expressions of sympathy, flowers are graciously accepted or donations may be made to the Western Memorial Regional Hospital Foundation. The family guest book may be signed by visiting www.country-haven.ca

LEWIS, Harry Joseph
Born: January 1st, 1930
Passed on: December 21st, 2016

It is with deep sadness that the family of Harry Lewis announces his passing at the White Bay Central Health Centre in Roddickton on December 21, 2016 at the age of 86 years. Harry was born to Henry and Ellen (Power) Lewis on January 1, 1930. Harry lived a good, healthy life until three years ago when he was diagnosed with a terminal illness. He recovered from surgery and spent the next three years with his daughter Mary (Terry) Flynn) of Conche. Sadly, this fall his health began to deteriorate and he passed peacefully away at the White Bay Central Health Centre on December 21, 2016. He leaves to mourn his daughter Mary (Terry) Flynn; sons Gerry (Loretta), Pat (Ratu), Gordon, and Brian; grandchildren Stephanie, Cory, Paul, Kirby, Rosalee, Kyle, Alisha, Vanessa, Joshua, Danielle, Jeffrey and Bobby; great-grandchildren Emily, Alex, Nathan, Nicholas, Autumn, Hunter, Chloe, Sara, Max, and Rory; daughter-in-law Myrtle Lewis, as well as a large circle of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. He was predeceased by his wife Rose, parents Ellen and Henry, brothers Albert, William and Bernard, sisters Elizabeth J., Alice, Madeline, Cecilia, Bridget, Amelia, Mary, Veronica, and Elizabeth A.; sons Jerome and Paul Lewis, and two great-grandchildren, Ethan and Nathan Fly. Visitation took place at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Conche from where the funeral mass was celebrated at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 24, 2016 with Fr. Lourdhu officiating. Interment followed in the Roman Catholic Cemetery in Conche. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Homes, St. Anthony and Roddickton, Lee Nippard funeral director.

ROBERTS, Marilyn
Passed on: December 26th, 2016

Unexpectedly passed away at the Pembroke Regional Hospital with her loving family by her side on Monday, December 26, 2016 in her 85th year, Marilyn Roberts (nee Fradsham) of Flowers Cove. Beloved wife of the late Clyde Roberts; loved and cherished mother of Craig Roberts (Anna), Pembroke, Jaye Roberts, NL, and Deirdre Power (Bill), Ottawa; loving grandmother of Cameron and Kendra Roberts; dear sister of Margaret Taylor (Donald), NL, and the late Jean (June) Rose, Sylvia (Sunny) Griffin, Ella Crewes, Linda Fradhsam and Albert Fradsham; daughter of the late Walter and Gladys (nee March) Fradsham of NL. Craig, Jaye, Deirdre and families would like to thank Mike and Pearl Walsh who are like family and for being such special friends. We would also like to thank the amazing medical team and staff at the Pembroke Regional Hospital. They made Mom's stay as comfortable as possible and treated us with professionalism, compassion and kindness. Thank you to all who have supported us through this past week and in the past with visits, calls and messages. It meant so much to us and made the journey easier. Mom's wish is to be cremated which we are honouring. There will be a memorial service at a later date in the Spring and will be announced. Arrangements in care of the Murphy Funeral Home, Pembroke.

ROGERS, Eli
Born: August 28th, 1939
Passed on: December 22nd, 2016

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Eli Rogers in his 77th year. Eli died peacefully in St. John's, surrounded by his five children, his wife, and her grandson. Eli was born in Round Harbour to Manuel and Dorcas Rogers. He later moved to Brig Bay to begin what was a lifelong career as a teacher; a career that spanned many decades and one that he always loved. He will fondly be remembered by his many students, fellow teachers, and their families as a wonderful teacher and principal of St. Genevieve Elementary School. Eli is survived by his wife, Geraldine (Gould) and his children from his previous marriage to Alfreda (Hoddinott), which include Keith (Lisa), Brian (Brenda), Darren (Odette), Daphne (Eric), and Michelle (Ted). He is also survived by Geraldine's children MaryAlice (Roger), Simon (Patty), Cliff (Mondale), Jeff (Ismay), and Darren (Carla). He is lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Nick, Allie, Kyle, Megan, Joel, Matthew, Zoe, Maddie, Chloe, and his new great-granddaughter Autumn as well as Geraldine's grandchildren Gregory, TerriLee, Lanni, Shauna, Jarred, Brendon, Chance, Abby, AJ and great-grandchildren Emery, Kacen, Brooklyn and Reegan Lee. Eli is also survived by his siblings Stuart (Esther), Mabel (predeceased by Alan), Adelaide (Robert), Edgar (Marjorie), Myrtle (Ambrose), Sandra (Norman) and David (Eileen) as well as many wonderful nieces and nephews. In life and in death, he will be remembered as a kind and wonderful man, always ready to lend a hand, have a chat, or play a rousing game of cards or crib. A celebration of his life will be held in Centreville during August 2017. More details will be provided to family and friends. Donations may be made in his memory to any charity of your choice. Many thanks from the family to the wonderful and caring staff at the Health Sciences Centre who made his remaining days comfortable and peaceful. The family would also like to thank the extended family and friends who offered support to us while we stayed in St. John's. Ruby and Bob, Leon and Annette, Wyman and Sybil, Myra and Gerald, Jose and Larry, your constant and generous support was always welcome and much needed.

THUROIT, Ellen Ann
Born: January 19th, 1934
Passed on: December 18th, 2016
Ellen Ann Thuroit
passed peacefully away on December 18, 2017, surrounded by family at the White Bay Central Health Centre in Roddickton at the age of 82 years. Ellen was born in Canada Bay on January 19th, 1934. She leaves to mourn with fond and loving memories her daughters Patricia Tobin (Tom), Margaret Kearney (Jerome), Mary Bromley (Paul), and Jackie Fillier (Darren); son Herald Thuroit (Debbie); sister Amelia Carroll; 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren; special niece Barbara Murley (Dave) as well as lots of nieces, nephews, and friends. She will always be lovingly remembered and sadly missed. She was predeceased by her parents James Dempsey and Margaret Dempsey (Hynes), brothers Anthony, Bert, Johnny, and Peter (Veronica), sisters/brothers-in-law Cecilia, Theresa, Anastasia Carroll (Mike), Mary Carroll (Gerald) and brother-in-law Anthony Carroll. Visitation took place at the Roman Catholic Church in Roddickton from where the funeral service was held on Monday, December 19 with Fr. Lourdhu officiating. Interment followed. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Homes, St. Anthony and Roddickton, Siobhan Mauger, funeral director.

 

 

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