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The Northern Pen Obituaries
March 2017

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.


CARVER, Blanche
Passed on: March 13th, 2017
It is with great sadness that the family of Blanche Carver (Dredge) of Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia announces her passing on Monday, March 13, 2017 at the age of 83 years. She will be lovingly missed by "her boys" Timothy (Susan), Glenn (Debbie), and her four grandchildren Nickolas, Nichole, Jessica and Alexandra. She will also be fondly remembered by her sister Jocelyn Coombs and brothers Donald and Wallace Dredge in her hometown of Black Duck Cove, NL. She was predeceased by her mother Maria and Walter Dredge, sisters Christina (Kitty), Enid, Vivian and brother George.

Born: November 14th, 1948
Passed on: March 18th, 2017

It is with great sadness that the family of Evelyn Dempster announces her passing on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony. Evelyn was a long time resident of Nameless Cove. She leaves to mourn with fond and loving memories her husband of 52 years Harold; daughter Trudy; sons Roger, Dwight (Keri), John (Stacy), and Harold Jr. (Karen Ann); grandchildren Michael (Samantha), Michelle (Zach), Ashley, Faith, James, KaCey, Harley, Tori, Sydney and Alyssa; great-grandchild Sophia; sisters Gloria (Henry), Elaine (Ross), Wavey, Leona (Henry), Pauline (John), and Lurley (Raymond); brothers Garry (Minnie), Paschol, Terry (Priscilla), and Bruce (Delina). She was predeceased by her parents James and Lennora Hughes and sisters Delores Matchim and Priscilla Applin. Visitation took place at the Gospel Hall in Nameless Cove from where the funeral took place on Wednesday, March 22 with Mr. Gaius Goff officiating. Interment followed at the Gospel Hall Cemetery in Nameless Cove. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Home, St. Anthony.

ELLSWORTH, Audrey Alice
Passed on: March 17th, 2017
Audrey Alice Ellsworth
passed away at her private residence in Englee on March 13th, 2017 at the age of 76 years. She leaves to mourn with fond and loving memories her brothers Roland, Ralph (Shirley), and Ronald (Wavey); sisters Lillian Pilgrim and Drucella Parsons as well as a large circle of other relatives and friends. She was predeceased by parents Thomas and Jessie Ellsworth. Visitation was held at the Apostolic Faith Church in Englee from where the funeral service took place on Friday, March 17th at 2:00 pm with Pastor George Burton officiating. Interment followed. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Homes, St. Anthony and Roddickton, Lee Nippard, funeral director.

Born: August 3rd, 1935
Passed on: March 2nd, 2017

It is with great sadness that the family of the late Lenora (Annie) Gillingham announce her passing on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony. Mrs. Lenora Annie Gillingham of Blue Cove was in her 81st year. She leaves to mourn her son Michael Gillingham (Caroline); granddaughters Cicely Ann Gillingham and Katherine (Chris) Gill, and great-grandchild Willow, all of Labrador City; sister Marie Anderson (Willie) of Irishtown; special nephew Reg Locke (Pauline Gilley), Corner Brook; special friends Bob and Maryann Dredge, Blue Cove, as well as a large circle of nieces, nephews, friends and the families of Reginald Rumbolt and John Pittman. Annie was predeceased by her Baby Son James, parents Chelsey and Mary Jane Locke, brothers Jim (Blanche) and Willis (Rebecca) and very special friends in life Reginald Rumbolt and John Pittman. Visitation was held at The Church of Advent in Plum Point from where the funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, the 8th day of March with Rev. Jennifer Renouf officiating. Interment will follow on Darby's Island. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Homes, St. Anthony and Roddickton, Siobhan Mauger, funeral director.

McCARTHY, John Joseph
Born: June 2nd, 1963
Passed on: March 2nd, 2017

It is with great sadness that we, the family, announce the passing of John Joseph McCarthy at Curtis Memorial Hospital, St. Anthony on March 2nd, 2017 in his 53rd year. John was born to Leonard and Laura McCarthy in St. Julien's on June 2, 1963. The family moved to Goose Cove, where John attended St. Mary's School, and then on to Harriot Curtis Collegiate in St. Anthony where he graduated in 1981. After graduation he fished with his dad and brothers. John fell in love with and married the love of his life, Eileen Alyward. They had two beautiful children, whom he cherished, Jordan and Christine. Just over a year ago they were blessed with their first granddaughter, Mya, whom he also adored. He also had a lot of love for his two little furbabies, Pepsy and Rebel. In 2007 John enrolled in a heavy equipment operator course in Badger and from there was employed with CEDA International in Alberta, where he worked for the past nine years and met some great friends. John's greatest passion, besides family, was for motorcycles and over the years, with his wife by his side, he had many motorcycle adventures. He leaves to mourn with fond and loving memories his soulmate Eileen; son Jordan (Chrisoula); daughter (Christine), and granddaughter Mya; sisters Anne (Kevin), and Alice (Stephen); brothers Jerome (Agnes), and Ron (Lynn); mother-in-law Bernadette and father-in-law Francis as well as a large circle of other family and friends. He was predeceased by his parents. The cremation memorial service took place in Goose Cove on March 9th, 2017 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Vitus officiating. A beautiful service was held, where we was surrounded by family and friends. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Home, St. Anthony and Roddickton, Siobhan Mauger, funeral director.

MYERS, Annette Mary
Born: May 28th, 1958
Passed on: March 1st, 2017
Mrs. Annette Mary Myers (Burke)
of Bird Cove, age 58 years, passed away at the Health Science Centre in St. John's on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017, at 12:30 pm, after a long struggle with her health. Two double lung transplants and failing kidneys finally took its toll on Annette as she passed away peacefully with her family by her side. Born on May 28th, 1958, in Flowers Cove, the fifth of 12 children of Patrick and Marie Burke, she lived in Flowers Cove before settling in Bird Cove where she lived as a beloved wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, cousin, and friend. Annette was an avid knitter and faith filled gentle soul with patience and love for all. She will be remembered fondly by many. Leaving to mourn her dedicated husband; Leon Myers; beloved son Allan; daughter-in-law Kayla, and precious grandson Mason; her loving mother Marie Alice; her brothers and sisters, nephews, and nieces, Pius (Odette), Krista (Doug), Dylan, Jenna and Kerry, Eileen (Winston), Rhonda (Earl), Jessica, Luke, and Kirby, Julia (Tony), Kyla, Emma, and Jada, Terry, Agnes (Les), Lyndon (Felicia), Genine, Kaiden, and Kyle, Patrick Jr. (Shelley), and Nigel, Maria (Wanda); brother and sisters-in-law and nephews and nieces, Catherine (Stanley), Chad (Chantal), Cole, and Caylee, Jean (Jimmy), Joan (Simon), TJ, Brandon (Brittany), Scott (Devina), Marilyn (Toby), and Braydon, Hughie (Sheila), Lionel (Denita), Della (Murray), Natalie, Alexis, and Leah, Mike (Irene), Tracey, Alyssa, Ashley, Andre (Deanna), and Michael, Bernice (Stewart), Lisa (Bernie), Sasha, Patrick, Somea, and Pierson, Geraldine (Mose), Quentin (Amanda), Kobi, Jayla, Travis (Betty), Daniel, Matthew, Benjamin, and Gino, Philomena (Larry), and Robyn, Gerard and David. Annette was predeceased by her father Patrick, sisters Bernice, and Anne, brothers Clarence, and Terrance, brother-in-law Rick LaVallee, and nephews Mario, and Damian Mahar. The family received family and friends at the Roman Catholic Church in Bird Cove on Monday, March 6th from the hours of 2-4 & 7-9 p.m., from where the Funeral Mass of Christian Burial followed on Tuesday, March 7th, at 2:00 p.m. with Father John Bosco officiating. Burial followed at the church cemetery in Bird Cove. To sign the guest book or send a message of condolence please visit our web page at    Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Parsons Funeral Home & Chapel, 63 North Main Street, Deer Lake. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurse, and staff of the Labrador-Grenfell Health in St. Anthony, Strait of Belle Isle Health Centre in Flowers Cove, Health Science Complex, St. John's, the Toronto General Hospital and the Hospital in London, Ontario. Thank you all very much for your kindness and compassion

RUMPKEY, Hon. William "Bill"
Born: May 13th, 1936
Passed on: March 21st, 2017

A bright light has gone out. It is with broken hearts that we announce the death of the Hon. Bill Rompkey who passed away peacefully on March 21st, 2017 at the age of 80.
Beloved husband to Carolyn (Pike), devoted father to Hilary (Joel) and Peter, and "awesome" grandfather to Max and Ana. Predeceased by his brother Ron, son of William and Margaret (Fudge). Bill was born in Belleoram, Fortune Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, grew up in St. John's, attended Bishop Field College and graduated from Memorial University, BA, MA. He was awarded Alumnus of the Year at Memorial University in 1980 and later a Honourary Doctorate. Though he spent most of his life in parliament, he would tell you he was first and foremost an educator. He earned his teaching qualifications from the University of London, England, began teaching in St. John's and soon after moved with Carolyn to Labrador where they both taught. He later became principal of the Yale School in North West River and then the first Superintendent of Education with the Labrador East Integrated School Board.
Labrador holds a special place in the hearts of Bill and Carolyn, as that's where their adventures began, as they started their family and made lifelong friends. In 1972, while working on his PhD at the University of Toronto, he won the Liberal nomination for Grand Falls-White Bay-Labrador, representing Labrador in the House of Commons. First elected in 1972, he was undefeated in 6 subsequent elections and served in the cabinets of Rt. Hon. Pierre Trudeau and Rt. Hon. John Turner. Bill was a tireless advocate for Labrador, a land he held so dear.
Appointed to the Senate of Canada in 1995 by the Rt. Hon. Jean Chretien representing Labrador, Bill served as Whip and Deputy Leader of the Government, as well as, Chair of the Fisheries Committee. In 2011 he retired at age 75, leaving Parliament Hill after almost 40 years of service. A true bipartisan parliamentarian, he was respected and admired by his colleagues.
He was the author of several books, including The Story of Labrador of which he was most proud. A dedicated member of the UNTD (Naval Reserve) Bill's love of the sea is reflected in his book St. John's and the Battle of the Atlantic. Equally his love of music was apparent at an early age as a bugler and a drummer in the Church Lads Brigade (CLB) band.
We imagine him contently sitting in front of the fireplace with a good book, surrounded by the sounds of family and music, his glasses perched on his nose, wearing his beloved hand knit wool socks, a faithful dog at his feet. He taught us about dedication, hard work, dignity and strength; how to form our own opinions, seek out the truth and forge friendships. He touched so many lives and has done so much for so many. We are very proud of his legacy.
Cremation has taken place. Relatives and friends visited the family at Carnell's Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, St. John's on Thursday, March 30th from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9:30 p.m. The funeral service was held at the Anglican Cathedral on Friday, March 31st at 2:00 p.m. Interment followed at the Anglican Cemetery, Forest Road. Donations in his memory may be made to the Canadian Liver Cancer Foundation and Memorial University of NL. To send a message of condolence, please visit

SIMMS, Olive
Born: April 25th, 1921
Passed on: March 25th, 2017
Olive Simms
passed away peacefully surrounded by loving family on March 25th, 2017, at the age of 95 years. Olive was born on April 25, 1921 in Great Brehat to Thomas and Jane Cull. She was one of ten children. On December 18, 1940, she married Jacob Simms of St. Anthony Bight. It was here that they lived and raised their two children, Celeste and Wes, and where Olive would live for the next nearly 77 years. In 1971 Jacob died, and Olive continued on. Olive was a friendly outgoing person who had a lovely smile and a wonderful laugh. She was a faithful member of the St. Anthony Bight United Church, as well as a loyal member of the United Church Women and a faithful contributor to the Canadian Bible Society. On Saturday, March 25th, Olive passed peacefully away in the presence of her family. She is survived by her children Celeste (John) and Wes, as well as her grandchildren Wade (Sheila) and Brenda (Eric); great-grandchildren Shawna (Ryan), Erika, Tony and Jodi and great-great-grandchild Eva. She is also survived by her brother Walter and sister Florrie. She was predeceased by her husband Jacob, her parents, her son-in-law Tony Cooper as well as three brothers and four sisters. Visitation was held at Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Home in St. Anthony until the funeral on Wednesday, March 29th at 2:00 p.m. at St. Anthony United Church with Rev. John McGonigle officiating. Interment followed in the St. Anthony Bight United Church Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Home, St. Anthony and Roddickton, Lee Nippard, funeral director.

SMITH, George Edward
Passed on: March 8th, 2017
George Edward Smith
passed away in St. John's on the 8th of March, 2017 at the age of 83 years. He leaves to mourn his children Boyce (Kelly), Delphie (Craig), Cicley (Jeff), Maitland (Guy), and Joy (Dan), as well as his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, the Woodward family (Jenny, Cindy, Rod and Sandra), friends, and family. He was predeceased by Eliza Smith and Margaret Woodward. Visitation took place at St. Matthew's Anglican Church in Cook's Harbour on Monday, March 13th at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Katie Flynn officiating. Interment followed in the Wild Bight Anglican Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Home, St. Anthony and Roddickton, Lee Nippard, funeral director.

WYATT, Effie Joy
Passed on: March 14th, 2017

Passed peacefully away in the presence of her loving family on March 14th, 2017, Effie Wyatt (Patey) of St. Anthony at age 74 years. Leaving to mourn with cherished memories are her husband of 49 years, Joseph and her loving boys, Jeffrey (Deann), and Gregory (Mario); grandson Scott (Brooke) and her precious great-granddaughter Jade, born on March 4th, 2017. She looked so forward to her arrival and lived long enough to see pictures of her. Also leaving with fond memories are her six brothers, Wilbur (Loretta), Eric (Marjorie), Jerry (Doris), Dennis (Goldie), Alvin (Valerie), and Larry (Robin); her only living aunt Blanche Biles and her brother-in-law Charles (Joanne), as well as a large circle of nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents Herbert and Edith Patey, mother and father-in-law, John and Emma Wyatt and her precious nephew Joshua Patey and niece Amanda Swinimer (Patey). Effie's life revolved around her family, whom she loved and cherished with all of her heart. Her nightly phone calls to her boys and brothers, where she always wanted to know in detail of how everyone was doing will surely be missed. Visitation was held at Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Home in St. Anthony. The funeral service took place on Saturday, March 18th at 2:00 p.m. at St. Mary's Anglican Church in St. Anthony with Rev. Katie Flynn officiating. Interment followed. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Kerry M. Siobhan Mauger, funeral director.



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