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The Northern Pen Obituaries
January 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 January 2003

 

PILGRIM, FLORENCE
Main Brook

Passed peacefully away at Rufus Guinchard Health Centre in Port Saunders on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003. She was in her 84th year. She leaves to mourn children Murray (Madonna), Donna (Bruce) and Jean (Steadman); four grandchildren; one great grandchild; sisters Blanche Coates of Pasadena and Lillian Davis of Wesleyville; brother Francis Hillier of Nova Scotia; sisters-in-law Grace and Zelda Hillier; nephews Rudy and Tony Hillier; two grandsons-in-law John Taylor and Dean Lidstone, as well as a large number of other relatives and friends. She is predeceased by husband Eric, infant daughters Lorraine and Joan, brothers Donald and Herbert Hillier and sister Sylvia Boyde. Visitation was held at the Anglican Church in Main Brook from where the funeral service took place at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 6 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.

RICHARDS, ELSIE BEATRICE
St. Anthony

It is with great sadness that the family of the late Elsie Richards, age 67, announce her passing on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003 at John M. Gray Centre in St. Anthony. She will be sadly missed by husband Graham; sons Dick (Jackie) and Jeffery; daughters Jodean (Scott) and Brenda (Paul); seven grandchildren Christa, Sharon, Kimberly, Marjorie, Victor, Jeffery and Summer, and three sisters Ivy, Lottie and Irene (Reginald) Elliott, as well as a large circle of other relatives and friends. The funeral service was held on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at St. Anthony United Church with Rev. John Maich officiating. Interment followed at the church cemetery. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to K.M. Fillatre Funeral Home, St. Anthony, Wilfred Hutchings, funeral director.

DECKER, MAXWELL
Cook's Harbour

Passed peacefully away at John M. Gray Centre on Jan. 8, 2003. He was in his 73rd year. He leaves to mourn wife Ivy; sons Barry ( Sharon ) and Trevor (Kim); daughters Evelyn (Don Keats), Wanda (Brian) Hughes and Dorcas; grandchildren Shelley, Christopher, Vina, Barry, Tara and Allie; great-grandson Cody; stepson Glen Pittman, as well as a large number of other relatives and friends. Visitation was held at the Anglican Church in Cook's Harbour from where the funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10 with Rev. Ross Rumbolt officiating. Interment took place in the church cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to K.M. Fillatre Funeral Home, St. Anthony, Wilfred Hutchings, funeral director.

CASSELL, MELINA LOUISE
Roddickton

Passed peacefully away at St. Clare's Hospital in St. John's on Jan 10, 2003. She was in her 69th year. She leaves to mourn husband Elias of St. Anthony; sons Grant (Linda) of Birchy Bay, David (Dorothy), Raymond (Patsy) and Archie (Janice), all of Roddickton, Ricky of St. Paul, Alberta and Kevin (Allison) of Devon, Alberta; daughters Gladys Cassell of Devon, Alberta, Margaret (Kenneth) Kelly of Hawkes Bay, Cindy (Dennis) Newman of Fort McMurray, Alberta and Marlene (Gideon) Burton of South Brook; mother Verbena Hancock of Roddickton; sisters Melita (Walter) Fowler and Mae (Reuben) Pittman, both of Roddickton; brother Wilmore (Laura) Hancock of Englee; 33 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren, as well as a large number of other relatives and friends. Visitation took place at the Apostolic Faith Church in Roddickton from where the funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14 with Pastor Rene Cassell officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to K.M. Fillatre Funeral Home, Roddickton, Wilfred Hutchings, funeral director.

TOOPE, WILLIAM
Pond Cove

It is with great sadness that the family of the late William Toope announce his passing on Jan. 14, 2003 in his 81st year at Curtis Memorial Hospital, St. Anthony. Leaving to mourn wife Evelyn of 57 years of marriage; daughters Cecilia (Morgan) and Virginia (Baxter); sons Ronald (Phyllis), Stanley (Kay), Rendall (Peggy), Gary (Linda), Alfred (Linda), Graydon (Ivy) and Clyde (Elizabeth); 16 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; brothers James (Jane) and Primas (Gloria); sister Minnie; sisters-in-law Deborah , Virginia and Margaret; special cousin and friend Ida Eastman; brothers-in-law Stanley Chambers, Clyde (Susan) Chambers and John Way . Visitation took place at Church of the Advent in Plum Point from where the funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16 with Rev. Hounsell-Drover and Rev. Ross Rumbolt officiating. Interment followed at the church cemetery in Pond Cove. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to K.M. Fillatre Funeral Home, St. Anthony, Wilfred Hutchings, funeral director.

MAYNARD, PTE STEVEN WALLACE
It is with great sadness that the family of the late Pte. Steven Maynard announce his passing on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2003 in Brandon , Manitoba at the age of 22 years. He leaves to mourn with fond and loving memories his father Bill; stepmother Janice House; mother Sheila Gould; grandmother Eliza Maynard; grandfather Wallace; step-grandmother Emma (Ommie) Maynard; Nan and Pop House; aunts and uncles Tom (Gracie), Evie Maynard, Jean (David) Carter , Guy (Wendy), John (Ella) Gould, Claude (Tina) Cornick, Marilyn (Dennis), Margaret (Dave), Junior (Joan), John (Viney), Holly (Don), Janet (Wilfred) and Dion (Cindy); cousins Aaron, Byron, Kyle, Cliff, Dawn, Art (Amanda), Nicole (Boyd), Charlene (Sheldon), Charmaine, Kristen, Kristel, Cheryl (Wayne), Tara, Sandy, Tyler, Jadean, Shandy, Alyssa, Dino, Diven, Candace, Shane, Braden, Claudia and Cameron, as well as a large number of other relatives and friends. He is predeceased by his brother BJ, grandparents Guy and Rita Gould, uncle Walter Gould and best friend Rocky Coles. The family received friends from Bethel Pentecostal Church in Hawkes Bay from where the funeral services took place on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. with Capt. Jason Haggstrom officiating. Cremation followed. Interment was held on Monday, Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. at the Interfaith Cemetery in Sandy Cove. As expressions of sympathy, flowers were graciously accepted or donations can be made to the CNIB. 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 at www.fillatre.ca. Ph: (819) 375-2414 Fax: (819) 375-2695 E-mail:cfchateaudun@videotron.ca

CHEVRETTE, M. MAURICE
Mr. Chevrette, age 61, died Jan. 24, 2003 at Ste-Marie Hospital in Trois-Riviè res, Province of Quebec . He is survived by his wife Gaétane Laprise; son Karl Chevrette; daughter Anick (Éric Provost); brothers Louis Chevrette and Paul Chevrette (Jacqueline St-Laurent); brother-in-law Robert Laprise; sister-in-law Thérèse Laprise (Gervais Bergeron), and many nephews, cousins and friends. Visitation took place on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at Centre funé raire Châteaudun, Cap-de-la-Madeleine, PQ. A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at St. Odilon' Church, Cap-de-la-Madeleine. The inhumation (interment) was held at Columbarium Châ teaudun, Cap-de-la-Madeleine.

BYRNE, BERNARD JOSEPH
Conche
Bernard Joseph Bryne
of Conche passed peacefully away at the Health Sciences Centre, St. John's on Friday, Jan. 24, 2003 in his 85th year. Leaving to mourn his wife of 57 years Laura; daughters Maude (Frank), Madonna (Ed), Antonia, Goretti (Gary), Jacinta (Richard) and Millie (Bernie); sons Don (Ida), Victor (Lucy), George (Alice), Kev (Donna), Barry (Bertha), Bernie (Gertie), Terry, Jude (Delight), Bill, and Andy (Karen) with whom they resided in St John's . He will be remembered and sadly missed by 35 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, sisters Margaret and Mae, as well as numerous other relatives and friends. He is predeceased by his parents, brother WillJoe, sisters Maude, Liz, Chris and Stella and grandson Michael Flynn (1997). The funeral mass took place at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29 from Sacred Heart Parish in Conche with Fr. Jim Robertson officiating. Interment followed at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Conche. As expressions of sympathy, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in his name. “As it was, may his entertaining spirit be endless”. Let's go Pop! Funeral arrangements were entrusted to K.M. Fillatre Funeral Home, St. Anthony, Wilfred Hutchings, funeral director.

BLAKE, ISRAEL
Straitsview

It is with great sadness that the family of the late Israel Blake announce his passing on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2003 at Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony. He was in his 89th year. He leaves to mourn his wife Mary Ann; children Martha (Edward), Edgar (Bessie), Hazel (Wilmore), Dorothy (Clayton), Gordon (Hellen) and Todd (Kerry); 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; sisters Rosie and Lucy; brothers Garfield (Marie), Everett (Jessie) and Wilson, as well as a large circle of other relatives and friends. He is predeceased by children Harvey, Gladys and Hubert, sisters Evelyn and Mary, and brothers Reuben and Harrison. Visitation was held at K.M. Fillatre Funeral Home, as well as Central United Church from where the funeral service was held on Tuesday, Jan 28 with Rev. John McGonigle officiating. Interment followed at the new church cemetery. Funeral arrangement were entrusted to K.M. Fillatre Funeral Home, Wilfred Hutchings, funeral director.

STRICKLAND, MELVA JOAN
Winnipeg, Manitoba

On Jan. 26, 2003, Melva Joan Strickland passed away peacefully at the Riverview Health Centre in Winnipeg at the age of 55 years. Joan is survived by her husband Clyde; sons Rick (Lindsay) and Steven (Stacey), and daughter Sarah (Corby). Joan was a loving grandmother of three grandsons, Daniel, Kyle, and Jordan. She is fondly remembered by her brothers Joe (Marion), Allan (Blanche), Ambrose (Cathy), Raymond (Patsy), Malcolm (Collette), Shannon (Helen) and Sheldon (Roxanne); sisters Josie (Daniel), Beverly (Donald), Ina (John), Hope ( Wayne ), Terry (Perry), and Gay (Perry); father Ralph Pilgrim, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her mother Beatrice on March 9, 1995. Joan was born in Griquet , Newfoundland on Feb. 9, 1947. She will be remembered for her kind and generous heart, her courageous spirit, and the abundant love she possessed for her family and friends. Joan was an active member of the Weston Gospel Church over the past years, and took pleasure in all aspects of worship and fellowship. Joan's memorial service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9 at Calvary Pentecostal Tabernacle in Griquet with Pastor Andrews officiating. Our family would like to express their gratitude to all Joan's dear friends and church family for their kind and generous support over the past year and especially during the past few weeks. You are treasured beyond words and are dearly appreciated. A special thank you to the supportive and caring staff at Riverview Health Centre (3 East) for their care over the past weeks, and to Chris and the community health nurses who were so helpful during the time leading up to Joan's admission to Riverview. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

PITTMAN, SUSIE
Blue Cove

It is with great sadness that the family of the late Susie Pittman announce her passing on Friday, Jan. 31, 2003 at Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony. She was in her 81st year. She leaves to mourn her husband Alfred, daughter Myrtle (Clyde) Genge of Anchor Point; brother James (Maude) Chambers of Blue Cove, sister-in-law Elizabeth (Wallace) Young of Plum Point. She is predeceased by daughter Jane. Visitation took place at the Anglican Church in Plum Point from where the funeral service took place at 2 p.m on Sunday, Feb. 2 with Rev. John Hounsell-Drover officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery at Darby's Island . Funeral arrangements were entrusted to K.M. Fillatre Funeral Home, St. Anthony, Wilfred Hutchings, funeral director.

 

 

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