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The Northern Pen Obituaries
January 2002

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 January 2002

 

ROBERTS, A. DONALD
Forteau

It is with great sadness that the family of the late A. Donald Roberts announce his passing on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002 at the John M. Gray Centre in St. Anthony. He was in his 89th year. He leaves to mourn children Carol (Joseph) Fequet, Eric ( Beverly ) Roberts, Linda Oake and Verna Roberts; grandchildren; great grandchildren; brothers Lawrence (Dot) and Austin; sisters Flostina and Christina, and a large circle of relatives and friends. He was predeceased by wife Dorothy. The family received friends at the Gospel Hall Church in English Point from where the funeral service took place at 2 p.m. on Jan. 7 with Rev. Bert Joyce officiating. Interment followed at the Anglican Cemetery in Forteau. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to K.M. Fillatre Funeral Home, St. Anthony, Wilfred Hutchings, funeral director.

CHAMBERS, HUBERT
Barr'd Harbour

Passed peacefully away on Friday, Jan. 11, 2002 at Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony, Hubert Chambers of Barr'd Harbour in his 86th year. He leaves to mourn his wife Laura; foster son Whyman; brothers Clyde (Dora), Eli (Fran) and Ronald (Miriam), a special cousin Sophie Penny at St. Anthony and a large circle of relatives and friends. He was predeceased by brothers Absalom and George. The family received friends at St. Barnabas Anglican Church in Flowers Cove from where the funeral service took place on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Ross Rumbolt and Kevin Coles officiating. Interment followed at the Doctor's Brook Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to K.M. Fillatre Funeral Home, St. Anthony, Wilfred Hutchings, funeral director.

ASTLE, JUNE MARIE
June Marie Astle
, age 60, wife of Thomas Astle, died peacefully at the home of her daughter Tammi in Bloomfield Ridge on Saturday, Jan.12, 2002, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Born in Mary's Harbour, Labrador on June 3, 1941, she was the daughter of the late John and Hazel (Stone) Croucher. June was an avid bingo and card player and she loved her flower garden and her grandchildren. One of her greatest pleasures was getting out into the woods in the fall to cut fir tips for wreaths. June was committed to her family and friends and displayed great strength through life and through a devastating illness. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Nina Hillier (Brian Munn) of Astle, Roy Hillier (Misty) of Calgary, Rick Hillier (Hazel) of St. Julien's, Newfoundland, Leon Hillier (Cindy) of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Tammi Jardine (Jody) of Bloomfield Ridge and Misti Case (Jason) of Boiestown; her siblings Dora Strangemore (Clifford) of Main Brook, Newfoundland, Lillian Corey (Russell) of Wabush, Labrador, Rod Croucher (Diane) of Oromocto and Carl Croucher (Debbie) of Fredericton; grandchildren, Courtney, Ryan, Timmy, Nicole, Amber, Joshua, Marshall, Adam, Jatly, Luke, Dylan, and Dana; two greatgrandchildren, MacKenzie and Keiara; her special home- makers, Cheryl Davis and Kim Carr; sisters-in-law Shirley and her fiancé Murray of Oromocto and Daisy of St. John's, Newfoundland; as well as several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and friends. June was predeceased by two brothers, Victor and Roy. Visitation took place at Miramichi Valley Funeral Home, 7681 Route 8, New Bandon, on Monday. The funeral service was held on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. from St. James the Greater Anglican Church, Ludlow . Rev. David Titus officiated the service. Interment took place at St. Peter's Cemetery, Boiestown. The pallbearers were, Rod Croucher Jr., Shawn Croucher, John Croucher, Greg Munn, Mark Astle and Colin Astle. For those who wish, remembrances to the Anglican Parish of Ludlow and Blissfield would be appreciated by the family.

GASLARD, TANNA ANN (Nee Patey)
Port Saunders
Nov. 24, 1964-Jan. 12, 2002
It is with great sadness that the family of the late Tanna Ann Gaslard announce her passing on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2002 at her family residence in her 37th year. She will be sadly missed by her loving husband Chris; son Randy (girlfriend Jennifer Mercer); parents Austin and Edith Patey of River of Ponds; sister Leah Patey (Fred Lavers) of Port Saunders; brothers Eric Patey (Ida) and Barry Patey (Darlene), both of River of Ponds; also a large circle of relatives and friends. Visitation took place from St. John Divine Anglican Church from where the funeral service took place on Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Perry Cooper officiating. Interment followed at the family plot. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parsons Funeral Home, 63 Northmain Street, Deer Lake.
Forever in our hearts.

STRATTON, MARK
Deer Lake
March 24, 1976-Jan. 19, 2002

It is with great sadness that the family of the late Mark Stratton announce his sudden passing as a result of a tragic highway accident on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2002, at Northern Lights Regional Hospital in Fort McMurray, Alberta in his 25th year. He will be sadly missed by his loving parents Carl and Triffie Stratton; brothers Christopher (fiancee Tina) and Scott (special friend Trish), both of St. John's; Grandma Hilda Stratton of Deer Lake; uncles and aunts Keith and Joan Stratton of Quispampsis, NB, and Gordon and Eileen Sansford of St. Anthony; cousins Sara, Kyle, Drew Stratton, Gordie Sansford and Angela Mitchelmore (Ramsey); also a large circle of relatives and friends. Visitation was held at Parsons Funeral Home in Deer Lake . The Funeral service took place from St. Paul 's United Church with Rev. Dr. Tony Newell officiating, followed by interment at the family plot. By request of the family, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Paul 's United Church , Mark Stratton Memorial Fund. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Parsons Funeral Home, Deer Lake.
Forever in our hearts.

PITTMAN, ABRAM
Blue Cove

Passed peacefully away at his daughter's residence in Bartlett 's Harbour on Jan. 21, 2002. He was in his 82nd year. Leaving to mourn daughters Sandra Chambers (Wince), Suse Myers and Cathy Caines, and their families; brother Alfred (wife Susan) and family; sister Elizabeth Young (Wallace)and family; and a large circle of relatives and friends. Visitation took place at the Anglican Church in Plum Point from where the funeral service took place at 2 p.m. on Jan. 25 with Rev. Drover officiating, followed by interment in the church cemetery at Darby's Island. The pallbearers were members of the Loyal Orangemen's Association, Forrester's Point, No. 150. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of K.M. Fillatre Funeral Home, St. Anthony, Wilfred Hutchings, funeral director.

PILGRIM, THOMAS
Main Brook

Passed away in Toronto on Jan. 21st, 2002. He was in his 37th year. Leaving to mourn wife Tracy; son Cody Pilgrim (Ollerhead); father Chesley; mother Lillian; sisters Johann Lidstone and Ella Dobbin; brothers Stephen and Alfred; and a large number of family and friends. Visitation took place at the Anglican Church in Main Brook from where the funeral service took place at 2 p.m. on Jan. 27 with Capt. Masters officiating. Interment followed at the Salvation Army Cemetery in Main Brook. Pallbearers were Alfred Pilgrim, Cecil Marshall, Frank Carricato, Paul Birch, Dean Lidstone, Martin Hancock and Robert Randell. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of K.M. Fillatre Funeral Home, St. Anthony, Wilfred Hutchings, funeral director.

WHITE, BERNADETTE (COOMBS)
Sandy Cove
Bernadette (Bern) White
, age 59 years, wife of Harrison White Jr., died peacefully at Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony on Jan. 26, 2002, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Born at Shoal Cove West on April 23, 1942, she was the daughter of the late John and Leah Coombs. Bern loved her husband, children, grandchildren, berry picking and her flower garden. One of her greatest pleasures was uprooting new flowers and watching them grow in her garden near her home at Sandy Cove. Bern was committed to her family and displayed great strength and courage through life and through a devastating illness. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. In addition to her husband, Harrison, she is survived by her children Wayne (Karen), Cindy White (Glen), Trudy Coles (Lloyd), and Heather Coles (Brian); grandchildren Jordan, Jeffrey, Allie, Kaitlin and Haley; sisters Dorcas, Emily, Effie and Dulcie; brother Stedman, and a large circle of relatives and friends. Bern was predeceased by granddaughter Jennifer and brothers Gerald, Leander and Stewart. The funeral service was held on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. from St. Thomas Anglican Church in Sandy Cove officiated by Rev. Sandra Hounsell-Drover, with assistance from Joyce White. She was laid to rest at the cemetery in Savage Cove. Pallbearers were Dulcie Duggan (Coombs), Karen Diamond-White, Dulcie White, Joy Baines, Patsy Coles and Tammy White. Carriers were Melvin Coombs, Anthony White, Baxter White, Brian Coles, Lloyd Coles and Hubert Baines. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to K.M. Fillatre Funeral Home, St. Anthony, Wilfred Hutchings, funeral director.

PLOWMAN, EUGENE JOSEPH
Bartlett 's Harbour

It is with great sadness that the family of the late Eugene Plowman announce his passing on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002 at Rufus Guinchard Health Centre in Port Saunders. He was in his 67th year. He leaves to mourn his wife Nellie; children Juanita (Gerard), Susan (Mike), Angus (Mona), Jeff, Margaret (Tom), Shirley, Glenda (Roy), Lila (Tyrone), Maurice (Tammy) and Eugene; grandchildren Margie, Josalee, Lorna, Adam, Andy, Lynette, Kayla, Tiffany, Grant, Brandon, Keri, Gavin, Phillipe, Joshua, Nikki, Chris, Jamie, Stephanie, Randy and Alyssa; great-grandchildren Cody, Christopher, April, Christopher, Keisha, Victoria, Kelsey, Tori, Kaya and Tristian; stepsister Annie; and a circle of relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his parents John and Jane and brother Francis. The family received friends at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Bartlett 's Harbour from where the funeral service took place on Tuesday at 2 p.m. with Fr. Jack officiating. Interment followed at Bartlett 's Harbour Cemetery . As expressions of sympathy, flowers 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.

YOUNG, MERLIN
Quirpon

Passed away at his late residence in Quirpon on Jan. 26, 2002. He was in his 28th year. Leaving to mourn mother Joyce; father Lloyd; sister Virginnia (Dereck); brothers Micheal (Michelle) and Roger (Glenda); nieces Bonnie and Natasha; nephew Jesse; and a large circle of relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his brother David. Merlin was known by many people and will be sadly missed by his family and those who were close to him. His hand that was outstretched, always seeking the warmth of a handshake, will be remembered for years to come. Visitation was held at the Salvation Army Church in Griquet from where the funeral service took place at 2 p.m. on Jan. 29 with Capt. Cyril Keats officiating. Interment followed at the church cemetery in Quirpon. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to K.M. Fillatre Funeral Home, St. Anthony, Brian Pilgrim, funeral director.

GIBBONS, DOUGLAS
Pigeon Cove

Passed peacefully away at Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony on Jan. 31, 2002, he was in his 80th year. Leaving to mourn loving wife Annie; daughters Elizabeth (Seaward), Margaret (James) and Phyllis (Ronald); sons Douglas Jr. (Lynda) and Bruce (Mondlay); 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, and a circle of relatives and friends. Visitation was held at St. Mary's Anglican Church in Black Duck Cove from where the funeral service took place at 2 p.m. on Feb. 3, followed by interment in the church cemetery. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to K.M. Fillatre Funeral Home, St. Anthony, Wilfred Hutchings, funeral director.

 

 

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