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The Northern Pen Obituaries
February 2010

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 February 2010

 

MOORES, Clarence
Red Bay

It is with great sadness that the family of the late Clarence Moores announce his passing at the family residence in Red Bay on Feb. 6, 2010 at the age of 65 years. Leaving to mourn with loving memories partner Greta, and children Bernice (Brad), Selma, Lael Hird (Matt), and Marty (Rene); grandchildren Jessie, Kim, Shane and James; siblings Mabel Keats (Ralph), John (Irma), and Nat (Barbara); nieces and nephews Shawn, Terry, David, Catherine, Corwyn, Justin, and William, Mark, Justin, Kai and Ian, as well as a large circle of other family and friends. He was predeceased by parents Ellis and Lillian Moores, sister Mildred and niece Sharon Keats. Visitors were received at the United Church in Red Bay on Sunday and Monday from where the funeral service took place on Wednesday Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Frank Pye officiating. Interment followed at the church cemetery in Red Bay. As expressions of sympathy, flowers were graciously accepted. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Fillatre's Funeral Home in L'Anse au Loup.
15/02/10

WELCHER, ELIZABETH VERNETTA GERTRUDE
Roddickton

Passed away peacefully at John M. Gray Centre in St. Anthony on Feb. 9, 2010, Mrs. E. Vernetta G. Welcher, age 64 years. Vernetta was predeceased by her husband Mr. E. Randolph Welcher. She leaves to mourn her sons Kevin (Debbie) Welcher, and Darius Welcher; grandsons Stephen and Carson; great-grandson Jesse, and brothers Melvin (Evelyn), and George (Kelly) all of Roddickton, as well as a circle of other relatives and friends. Visitation took place at the Apostolic Faith Church in Roddickton, from where the funeral was held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, with Pastor Rene Cassell officiating. Interment followed in the Apostolic Faith Cemetery in Roddickton. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Home, St. Anthony and Roddickton, Lee Nippard, funeral director.

ABUTRAB, Elizabeth Ann
Upper Lahave, Nova Scotia
Elizabeth Ann Abutrab
, age 67, lost her battle with breast cancer Feb. 9, 2010 at South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater. Ann was born March 2, 1942 in Petersfield, Hampshire, England to Jean and George Rumford. She spent her early years on the Isle of Wight and went on to become a Registered Nurse where she was able to pass on her gentle caring to those in need, and delighted in caring for babies. Her intelligence was evident as she soon became the youngest operating room sister in the United Kingdom. She enjoyed travelling and did so during her nursing career and after. Ann married Muhsin Abutrab whose love for her was beyond measure. They moved to Baghdad, where she embraced the culture with infinite grace and was a breath of fresh air. During these years Ann met many diverse people who came to know and love her kindness, intelligence, charm and clever humour. She had her children Sadeem and Tamara in Baghdad and raised them selflessly with endless patience and love. Later the family moved to Canada and Ann spent over 20 years in St. Anthony. She touched the hearts of many people and was repeatedly touched in return. Ann loved nature and appreciated the raw beauty that surrounded her. She worked cheerfully as a nurse at Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony for many years but her true love was her incredible talent for sewing and spent her latter years perfecting free motion embroidery and created numerous beautiful landscapes over the years in vivid colors which she shared generously with others. She was beauty in motion. Ann and Muhsin retired to Upper Lahave, Nova Scotia in 2002 where Ann was inspired by the serenity of the land which was demonstrated in her art work. She was young at heart and had a special relationship with her grandchildren whom she cherished, learned with, cared for, loved and will miss eternally. Ann is a pure soul and will be deeply missed and forever remembered.

WELCHER, ELIZABETH VERNETTA GERTRUDE
Roddickton
Passed away peacefully at John M. Gray Centre in St. Anthony on Feb. 9, 2010, Mrs. E. Vernetta G. Welcher, age 64 years. Vernetta was predeceased by her husband Mr. E. Randolph Welcher. She leaves to mourn her sons Kevin (Debbie) Welcher, and Darius Welcher; grandsons Stephen and Carson; great-grandson Jesse, and brothers Melvin (Evelyn), and George (Kelly) all of Roddickton, as well as a circle of other relatives and friends. Visitation took place at the Apostolic Faith Church in Roddickton, from where the funeral was held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, with Pastor Rene Cassell officiating. Interment followed in the Apostolic Faith Cemetery in Roddickton. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Home, St. Anthony and Roddickton, Lee Nippard, funeral director.

BUTT, Meta
Pinware

It is with great sadness that the family of the late Meta Butt announce her passing on Feb.10, 2010 at the family residence in Pinware at the age of 65 years. Leaving to mourn with loving memories husband Fred; children Curtis (Zita), Mary Hudson (Pius), Yvonne (Dean), Velma Burke (Lyndon), Bruce (Lynette), and step son Boyd Ryland (Melita); grandchildren Stephanie, Stephan, Cordell, Cassie, Brent, Brianna, Kristen, Luke, Jenetta, and Barbara; siblings Gladys Hancock, Gordan, Norman and Clarence, as well as a large circle of other family and friends. She was predeceased by parents Stanley and Minnie Ryland, brothers Alfred and Fred. Visitors were received at the Pinware Community Centre on Wednesday and Thursday from where the funeral service took place Friday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. with Loretta Hancock and Alice Moores officiating. Interment followed at the United Church Cemetery in Pinware. As expressions of sympathy, flowers were graciously accepted. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Fillatre's Funeral Home, in L'Anse au Loup.

BUTT, Meta
Pinware
It is with great sadness that the family of the late Meta Butt announce her passing on Feb.10, 2010 at the family residence in Pinware at the age of 65 years. Leaving to mourn with loving memories husband Fred; children Curtis (Zita), Mary Hudson (Pius), Yvonne (Dean), Velma Burke (Lyndon), Bruce (Lynette), and step son Boyd Ryland (Melita); grandchildren Stephanie, Stephan, Cordell, Cassie, Brent, Brianna, Kristen, Luke, Jenetta, and Barbara; siblings Gladys Hancock, Gordan, Norman and Clarence, as well as a large circle of other family and friends. She was predeceased by parents Stanley and Minnie Ryland, brothers Alfred and Fred. Visitors were received at the Pinware Community Centre on Wednesday and Thursday from where the funeral service took place Friday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. with Loretta Hancock and Alice Moores officiating. Interment followed at the United Church Cemetery in Pinware. As expressions of sympathy, flowers were graciously accepted. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Fillatre's Funeral Home, in L'Anse au Loup.

SIMMS, JESSIE MILDRED
St. Anthony Bight
Passed away at Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony on Feb. 14, 2010 surrounded by her family, Jessie Mildred Simms, age 81 years. Jessie leaves to mourn her two sons Ralph (Stella), and Morgan (Agnes); four daughters Pearl Montague (Mike), Marjorie Noel (Lee), Wavey Montague (Ray), and Sheila Hillier (Wade); son-in-law Val Parrill; 18 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Myrtle Tucker, and Audrey Hillier (Melvin), and a large circle of family and friends. She is predeceased by the love of her life Raymond (2008) and daughter Donna Parrill (2006). Visitation took place at the Salvation Army Church in St. Anthony from where the funeral service took place at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17 with Major Raymond and Laura Janes officiating. Interment followed in the St. Anthony Salvation Army Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Salvation Army Cemetery Fund or a charity of one's choice. Funeral arrangements where entrusted to Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Home, St Anthony and Roddickton, Lee Nippard, funeral director.
22/02/10

GASLARD, GRACE (nee Mahar)
It is with great sadness that the family of the late Grace Gaslard (Sept. 27, 1945 - Feb. 18, 2010) announce her passing on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010 at St. Martha's Regional Hospital in Antigonish, Nova Scotia at the age of 64 years. She leaves to mourn with fond and loving memories her spouse Ben Greene; children Tina Gaslard, Ontario, Sylva (Mark), Myers, Alberta, Gail (Dwayne) Ward, Pasadena and Lloyd Gaslard (Christine Clouter), Port au Choix; grandchildren Judea Dobbin, Shelly Dobbin (Mark Prevost), Della Gaslard, Mark Myers Jr., Dion Ward, Dwayne Ward Jr. and Stephen Ward; great-grandchild Anjolie Prevost; sisters Carrie (Ben), Maynard, Corner Brook and Sylvia Smith, Springdale; brothers William (Denise) Gould, Ottawa and Ray Mahar, British Columbia, as well as a large circle of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her parents Alvin and Annie Mahar, twin brother Lloyd and brother Lorne Mahar. Visitation was held at Fillatre's Funeral Home, Port au Choix, on Monday and Tuesday. The funeral service took place on Wednesday Feb. 24, at 11 a.m. at St. Theresa's Roman Catholic Church with Fr. Lee Lainey officiating. Interment followed at the Interfaith Cemetery, Sandy Cove. As expressions of sympathy flowers or donations may 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

PIKE, Kendra May
West St. Modeste
Passed peacefully away on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010 in her 9th year at the Janeway Hospital in the presence of her family after a short but courageous battle with Cancer. She is predeceased by her grandparents Lawrence and Margaret Pike. Leaving to mourn with fond and loving memories are Dad Lionel, Mom Melinda (O'Dell), special brother Kent, and grandparents Jerome and Lucy Ann O'Dell, and a large circle of aunts, uncles, cousins, and special friends. Visitation took place at Our Lady of Labrador Church, West St. Modeste on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The funeral mass celebrating the life of Kendra took place on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. at Our Lady of Labrador Parish, West St. Modeste with Fr. Hann officiating. Interment followed at the Roman Catholic Cemetery, Pinware. As expressions of sympathy, flowers or donations to the Children's Wish Foundation are greatly accepted. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Fillatre's Funeral Home, L'Anse au Loup.
"To know her was to love her"

ETHERIDGE, ROSALIE MARGARET
Brig Bay
It is with great sadness that the family of the late Rosalie Margaret Etheridge announce her passing on Feb. 20, 2010 at the residence of her son Ross and daughter-in-law Gaye in Stephenville at the age of 80 years. Leaving to mourn with loving memories, children Rita (Wallace), Phyllis (Heber), Delima (Richard), Ross (Gaye), Myra (Gerald), Rhoda, Albert, Minnie (Merrill), Dale (Wayne), and Daniel (Jan); 29 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; siblings Martha, Jessie (Jim), Evelyn, and George (Suzie), along with a very large circle of other family and friends. She was predeceased by husband Albert and brothers Albert Peter, Benjamin and Stedman. Visitors were received at the Church of Advent, Plum Pont from where the funeral service took place on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Gosse officiating. Interment followed at the Anglican Church Cemetery in Brig Bay. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Home, St. Anthony and Roddickton, Lee Nippard, funeral director.
01/03/10

COOMBS, Nelson
Reef's Harbour
It is with great sadness the family of the late Nelson Coombs announce his passing on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010 at Rufus Guinchard Health Centre in Port Saunders at the age of 70 years. Leaving to mourn his wife Georgina; sons Chad, Paradise, Trent (Sheri), Port Saunders and Brent, Fort McMurray; grandchildren Hope, Brock, and Hailey; brothers Albert (Olga), Roland (Myrtle), Angus (Viola), and Ace (Marion); sisters Barbara (Henry), Marie (Rex), Dorcas (Stewart), Bertha (Dave), Mona and Lucy (Hubert); brother-in-law Chesley and a large circle of other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by parents Roland and Florence, sister Effie, brother George Henry, niece Colleen and brother-in-law Lambert. The family received friends at St. Margaret of Scotland Anglican Church in Reef's Harbour on Monday and Tuesday from where the funeral service took place on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Kris Gosse officiating. Interment followed at French Cove Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy flowers were graciously accepted or donations may 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

ETHERDIGE, Emmanuel
Capstan Island
It is with great sadness that the family of the late Manuel Etheridge announce his passing on Feb. 23, 2010 at Charles Curtis Memorial Hospital in St Anthony at the age of 75 years. Leaving to mourn with loving memories children Elizabeth Bolger (Walter), Vandale Etheridge (Tom), and Sheldon; grandchildren Steven, Philip, Dustin, Sarah and Natalie; siblings Pern, Charles, Harold, William, Irene, Leona, Ida, Victoria, and Susie, as well as a large circle of other family and friends. He was predeceased by wife Irene Cabot and brothers Donald and Andrew. Visitors were received at the Anglican Church in Capstin Island on Wednesday and Thursday and in Our Lady of Labrador Church in West St. Modeste on Wednesday from where the funeral services took place Friday, Feb 26 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Marlaine Leggo and Fr. Hann officiating. Interment followed at the church cemetery in L'Anse au Diable. As expressions of sympathy, flowers were graciously accepted. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Fillatre's Funeral Home, L'Anse au Loup.

SHEPPARD, Lydia (nee Sinnicks)
Hawkes Bay
It is with great sadness the family of the late Lydia Sheppard announce her passing on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010 at Western Memorial Regional Hospital in Corner Brook at the age of 85 years. Leaving to mourn with fond memories are her children Clyde (Harriet), Howard, (Melina), Ruby (Butch), Muriel, and Norris (Charmaine); grandchildren Andy, Terrance, Lloyd, Bryon, Ellisia, Melinda, Devon, Ian, Jarvas, Jennifer, Nathan, Thomas, Samantha, and Ashley; great-grandchildren Christian, Tyler, Melissa, Andrew, Carly, Troy, Brandon, Bailey. Riley, Nicholas, Ryland, and Chloe, and a large circle of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was predeceased by husbands James Sinnicks and Thomas Sheppard, daughters Annie, Julia, Stella, grandson Quinton, and great-granddaughter Brooke. The family received friends at Holy Innocent Anglican Church in Hawkes Bay on Friday and Saturday from where the funeral service took place on Sunday at 1 p.m. with Rev. Tanya White officiating. Interment followed at the Anglican cemetery, River of Ponds. As expressions of sympathy, flowers were graciously accepted. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Fillatre's Funeral Home, Port au Choix.

JOHNSON, MARK RICHARD
St. Anthony
Passed away at Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital on Feb. 25, 2010, Mr. Mark R. Johnson of St. Anthony in his 76th year. Mr. Johnson leaves to mourn his wife of 52 years Joyce; his children Wavie, Sharon (Ed), Rick (Jennifer), and Paul (Lisa); siblings Bruce (Fran), Catherine (Keith), John (Cam), and Paul (Jan); sister-in-law Nina (Jim); grandchildren Stephanie, Shaun, Daniel, David, and Donovan, also lifelong friends Jack Alcock, Cal Diamond, Joe Ollerhead Jr., and Roy Simms, as well as a large circle of extended family and many dear friends. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Home, St. Anthony and Roddickton, Lee Nippard, funeral director. Visitation took place at Kerry M, Fillatre's Funeral Home in St. Anthony, followed by the funeral on Sunday, Feb. 28, at 4 p.m. from St. Mary's Anglican Church in St. Anthony with Rev. Moore officiating. The burial took place at St. Mary's Anglican Cemetery in St. Anthony immediately following the service.

COLBOURNE, GARY WAYNE
St. Anthony
Passed peacefully away at his home in St. Anthony on Feb. 27, 2010, Gary Wayne Colbourne of St. Anthony, in his 60th year. Left to mourn with loving memories are his wife of 38 years Dot; sons Steve (Nadine) and Tom (Glenda). He is also survived by his sisters Gaye (Calvin) Diamond and Lois (Roger) Boyd and a large number of sisters and brothers-in-law as well as a large circle of relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his parents Ferdinand and Stella. Visitation took place at Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Home in St. Anthony followed by the funeral service on Tuesday, March 2, which took place at St. Anthony United Church with Rev. John McGonigle officiating. Burial followed at Fishing Point United Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Home, St. Anthony and Roddickton, Lee Nippard, funeral director.

EDDISON, Thomas Garland
Hay Cove
Passed away at Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital on Feb. 27, 2010 Thomas Garland Eddison, in his 48th year. Thomas leaves to mourn his wife Ellen; Son Rocky (Kim) and grandson Jackson, also his mother Frances; brothers and sisters Juanita (Isaac), Winsor (Nellie), Alonzo (Thelma), Marilyn (Lew), Bill (Barb), Donna (Bernie), Myra, Sharron (Erastus), Ken (Joy), and Ted (Marina), as well as many extended family and friends. Visitation took place at the United Church in Quirpon from where the funeral service took place at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3, with Rev. Gus Pendleton officiating. Burial took place at the church cemetery following the service. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Home, St. Anthony and Roddickton, Lee Nippard, funeral director.

 

 

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