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The Northern Pen Obituaries
October 2015

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.

 

DECKER, Deborah Gwendola
Born: March 24th, 1932
Passed on: October 10th, 2015
Deborah Gwendola Pittman Decker
was born to John and Eliza (Elliott) Pittman in Cook's Harbour on March 24th 1932. When "Deb" was in her teens she set out to work, which led her to different places in the province. She returned in 1955, and very soon after she started dating Harold, they got married, had three children Howard, Barbara and Clyde. She raised her family and helped Harold run a family business. Debbie enjoyed her game of darts and a scattered game of bingo. She never failed to help out or donate to anyone in need. Deborah Decker of Cook's Harbour passed away suddenly on the 10th of October, 2015. She leaves to mourn her children Howard (Trudy), Barbara (Bill) Hedderson and Clyde (Linda); grandchildren Bradley, Kaylie, Jack, and one great-grandchild Riley; her sisters Gladys Warren, and Ivy Decker; brothers Everton, and Aaron (Winnie); in-laws Bessie (Seymour), Myrtle, Dot, Juanita, Frances, Lo, and Annie, lots of nieces and nephews, a large circle of other relatives and friends and special friend Alison. Visitation took place at St. Matthew's Anglican Church in Cook's Harbour from where the funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14 with Rev. Diane Smith and lay readers Alf and Maude Larkin officiating. Burial took place at the Anglican Cemetery in Cook's Harbour. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Home, St. Anthony and Roddickton, Lee Nippard, funeral director.

DIAMOND, Gaye Lenora Pearl
Born: July 15th, 1945
Passed on: October 5th, 2015
Lenora Pearl Gaye (Colbourne) Diamond
of St. Anthony was born to Ferdinand and Stella (Budden) Colbourne of Little Brehat on July 15, 1945. When she was 10 years old she and her family moved to St. Anthony where she continued her schooling. Gaye took up employment at the Bank of Nova Scotia for a few years and she met and married the love of her life, Calvin Diamond in 1967. They had four children together. After the kids were all in school, Gaye went to work for Canada Post where she proudly worked for 19 years retiring in 2005. She enjoyed a wonderful life with Calvin raising their family. Gaye enjoyed to the fullest being at the cabin, cooking for family and friends, spending time with her grandchildren, and in her spare time she would love to play bingo, knit, read and play cards or scrabble. Gaye passed away on October 5, 2015. Left with a lifetime of loving memories are her husband Calvin; her children Darren (Shawna), Duane (Allison), Dean (Krista) and Lynn (Travis), nine grandchildren: Cara, Michelle (Darren), Mark, Paul (Duane), Danielle, Jenna, Sarah (Dean), Grant and Hannah (Lynn); sister Lois (Roger); niece Krysta (Travis); sister-in-law Dot; nephews Steve (Brenda) and Tom (Glenda); brother-in-law Marvin (Edna); nephews Michael and Brent. She also leaves a large circle of other relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her parents, Calvin's parents, and her brother Wayne. Visitation was held at the funeral home in St. Anthony, after which the funeral service was held at the United Church in St. Anthony at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9 with Rev. Gus Pendelton officiating. Burial followed the service at the Fishing Point United Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Homes, St. Anthony and Roddickton, Lee Nippard, funeral director. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the St. Anthony Fire Dept. Contact (454-6904)

EDDISON, Hedley Maxwell
Born: March 14th, 1953
Passed on: October 21st, 2015

Hedley was born on March 14, 1953. He was the second of seven children born to Carmen and Mabel Eddison of Hay Cove. On August 3, 1970 he married Pauline (Halleran) from St. Vincent's. They started their life together in Trepassey and later move back to Hay Cove and together they raised three children and were blessed with eight grandchildren. Hedley Maxwell Eddison of Hay Cove passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. He will be forever loved and sadly missed by his wife of 45 years Pauline; sons Kenneth (Tammy), Darrell (Jaime) and daughter Darlene (George); grandchildren David, Erika, Joshua, Shantia, Shayden, Nick, Shannon, and Nash; mother Mabel Eddison; brothers Harvey (Evelyn), Boyce (Alice), and Colin (Brenda); sisters Marie (Dave) Stevens, Shirley (Darryl) Osmond, Glenice (Fred) Carter, and Pansy (Loren) Roberts; sisters-in-law Marie Gibbons and Kathleen Dunphy; special friends Christine and Winston Eddison, and a large circle of other family and friends. He was predeceased by his father Carmen Eddison, nephews Melvin and Lindsay, grandparents Jack and Daphne Andrews, and John and Mary Eddison, parents-in-law Charles and Mary Halleran, brother-in-law Gus Halleran and William Gibbons. Visitation was held at Central United Church at Quirpon Branch from where the funeral service took place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25 with Rev. Gus Pendelton officiatng. Burial followed the service in the Central United Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to K.M. Fillatre Funeral Homes, St. Anthony and Roddickton, Lee Nippard, funeral director.

HOPKINS, Randolph Grenfell Noah
Passed on: October 4th, 2015
Randolph Grenfell Noah Hopkins
of Englee, surrounded by his family, was "Promoted to Glory" on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital, St. Anthony, at the age of 84 years. He was a kind and gentle man with a big heart. Leaving to mourn with fond and loving memories his wife Anne of nearly 60 years; sons Lorne (Donna), Garry (Sheila), Kirke (Kim), Harry (Mary) and Glen; daughters Debbie (Todd) Chaulk and Dolly (Roger) Ellsworth; grandchildren Bradley, Andy, April (Billy), Bonnie (Robert), Cody, Stephen (Megan), Jeremy (Joanna), Trevor, Cassidi, Tammy (Cory), Timmy (Samantha), Troy, Tony, Andre (Tara), Ryan (Jo-Ellen), Stephanie (Steven), Kathryn, Jada and Carter; great-grandchildren Brayden, Chase, Dylan, Ava, Matthew, Faith, Isaac, Tanner, CJ, Jayden, Jaxon, Logan, Lily, Kaley, Kate and Hailie; brothers Percy (Rowena), Esau (Josephine), Bert (Joan) and Wilfred (Regina); sisters Marguerite (Leslie) Canning, Olive (Allen) Compton, Emma (Harvey) Compton, Tina (Terry) Peddle, and Betty (Gordon) Rice; brothers-in-law Calvin (Mildred), Jasper (Brenda), and David Blanchard; sisters-in-law Patsy (Melvin) Anstey, Marjorie Canning and Melvina Hopkins, many nieces, nephews and an extensive circle of friends. He is predeceased by parents Jonas and Tamer Hopkins, father and mother-in-law Thomas and Mary Blanchard, sisters Louise, Effie and Kate and brother Roy. Visitation took place at the Salvation Army Citadel, Englee on Tuesday, and Wednesday from where a celebration of his life was held on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 2:00 p.m. with Lieutenants Randy and Cathy Shears officiating. Interment followed at the new Salvation Army Cemetery. As per Randolph's request, in lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Salvation Army Cemetery Fund. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Homes, St. Anthony and Roddickton, Siobhan Mauger, funeral director.

HUGHES, Sarah (Lucy)
Passed on: October 17th, 2015

Passed peacefully away on the 17th day of October, 2015 at Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony, Mrs. Sarah (Lucy) Hughes of Green Island Book, in her 82nd year. She leaves to mourn with fond and loving memories her sons Chesley (Millie) Hughes, and John Jr. (Bonnie) Hughes; daughters Jessie Mahar, Judy (Glenn) Genge, and Wanda (Dion) Hughes; daughter-in-law Lavinia Hughes; her 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two step-great-great-grandchildren; sisters Kizzie (George) Genge, and Ida (Ephriam) Rogers; brother David (Olive) Noseworthy; sister-in-law Stella Noseworthy, as well as 13 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 2 step-great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren and a large circle of other family and friends. She was predeceased by her husband John Hughes, son Kevin Hughes, parents William and Jane Noseworthy, brothers Cecil Noseworthy, Clyde (Winnie) Noseworthy, and great-granddaughter Ashtyn Mahar. Visitation took place at St. Andrew's Anglican Church in Lower Cove from where the funeral service was held on Monday, Oct. 19, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Marlene Harvey officiating. Interment followed in the Anglican Cemetery in Green Island Brook. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Homes, St. Anthony and Roddickton, Siobhan Mauger, funeral director.

JOHNSON, Joyce Vernetha
Born: June 10th, 1937
Passed on: October 22nd, 2015

Passed away gracefully at Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony on the 22nd of October, 2015, Mrs. Joyce Vernetha Johnson of St. Anthony, in her 78 year. Joyce Johnson (Decker) was born June 10th, 1937 to Adelaide (Bessey) and Henry Decker. She grew up in Wild Bight and at the age of 14 years, she moved with her family to St. Anthony. She met and married the love of her life, her friend and companion, Mark Johnson on Dec. 11, 1957. Together they had four children: Wavie, Sharon, Rick, and Paul. Her family was her most valued treasure. Joyce's life was filled with creativity; she loved to sing and gave her family the gifts of music, love, and laughter. She spent her time knitting, rug hooking, and crocheting for example, and by far, her gardens brought her the greatest of joy. She leaves to mourn and will be sadly missed by her children Wavie (Paula), Sharon (Edward), Rick (Jennifer), and Paul (Lisa); her grandchildren Stephanie, Shaun, Daniel, David, Donovan, Hannah, and Julia; her loving sister Nina (James) and nieces Sheila, Shauna, Shirley, Elizabeth, Lavenia, and Shirley; nephews Steven, Howard, James, David, and Nathanial along with many loving family and friends. Joyce was a gracious, generous, loving woman and she will be greatly missed by her close friends Josie Powell, Barbara Brown, Phoebe Ollerhead, Flo Keats, Jack Alcock and her community. Joyce was predeceased by her husband Mark, her parents Henry and Adelaide Decker, brothers Nathaniel (Emily), James (Ada) and her sister Edith (Erastus), her nieces Winnifred and Vivian, and nephew Martin. Visitation was held at St. Mary's Anglican Church in St. Anthony, from where the funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25 with Fr. Rev. Paul Findlay officiating. Burial followed at the Compton's Steady Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Homes, St. Anthony and Roddickton, Lee Nippard, funeral director.

LAMOTHE, Normand Ernest
Born: April 23rd, 1947
Passed on: October 29th, 2015

Passed peacefully away at Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony on the 29th of October, 2015, Normand Ernest Lamothe. Nomand was born in Chelmsford, Ontario to Lillian and Leo Lamothe on the 23rd of April, 1947 where he grew up. He graduated high school in Sudbury, Ontario; went to secondary school and became a glazier and metal mechanic. He worked at his trade in Ontario until he retired. His only child, son Kevin, was his pride and joy and foremost in his life. Norm enjoyed music and played in many bands for many years. He also like gardening and respected the quiet and friendly hospitality of living in the Flowers Cove area for the past 11 years with his partner Phyllis. He was very proud and cared so much about his appearance. He will be remembered by partner Phyllis; son Kevin; sister Claudette; the Lamothe and Gagnon families, Andy (Kim) and family, Barbara (Randy), Justin (Lynn) and family; special aunt Amelia (late Garfield), Jennette (Shane) and family, Colitta and family, Wilson and Louise, Clara and Dean, and all other family and friends. Normand was predeceased by mother Lillian, father Leo, sister Juliette, brother Cleo, Ronald, Lionel, Romeo, Raymond, and Claude. Visitation was held at St. Barnabas Anglican Church in Flowers Cove from where the funeral service took place at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, the 4th of November, 2015. Interment followed at the Anglican Cemetery with Rev. Omar Reeves officiating. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Homes, St. Anthony, and Roddickton, Lee Nippard, funeral director

LAWLESS, Sheila
Passed on: October 1st, 2015

Passed away peacefully Oct. 1. 2015 at Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony, Mrs. Sheila Lawless of Flowers Cove in her 63rd year. She leaves to mourn with fond and loving memories her husband Ignatius Lawless; daughters Geraldine (Blake) Wells and family, and Mary (Steven) Lawless; sisters Bridgett Tucker, Vina (Donald) Acreman and family; brothers George (Dulcie) Tucker and family, and Angus (Anette) Tucker and family; grandchildren Tiffany (Chris) Myers and Jessica Wells; one great-grandchild Gannon Myers; special aunt Mable Diamond (Mom), and a circle of other family and friends. Sheila was predeceased by her parents Philip and Minnie Tucker. Visitation was held at Our Lady of the Snow Roman Catholic Church in Flowers Cove from where the funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4 with Father Bosco officiating. Burial followed in the Nameless Cove Roman Catholic Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Homes, St. Anthony and Roddickton, Lee Nippard, funeral director.

PITTMAN, Herbert Elias
Passed on: October 18th, 2015

Passed peacefully away at Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony on the 18th day of October 2015, Mr. Herbert Elias Pittman of Englee, in his 84th year. He leaves to mourn with fond and loving memories his son Ronald (Elaine) Pittman of Englee; daughters Jean (Austin) Randell, Bide Arm, Shirley (Wayne) Canning, Surrey, British Columbia, Joyce (Toomas) Soots, Estonia, Sharron (Eric) Reid, Englee, and Doreen Pittman, Fort McMurray, Alberta; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and a large circle of other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his wife Elsie, his parents Noah and Nellie Pittman, his brothers and sisters. Visitation took place at the Apostolic Faith Church in Englee from where the funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22 with Pastor George Burton officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Homes, St. Anthony and Roddickton, Siobhan Mauger, funeral director.

PITTMAN, John Richard
Passed on: October 8th, 2015

Passed away peacefully at Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony on the 8th of October, 2015, Mr. John Richard Pittman of Blue Cove, in his 86th year. Left to mourn his passing are his special friend Annie, Mary Ann Dredge (Bob and family), Mary Jane Taylor (sister), Maude (James) Chambers (sister), George (Ruth) Pittman (brother), Elizabeth Myrtle (John) Crane (sister), Gladys Gibbons (sister-in-law), as well as a large circle of other family and friends. John was predeceased by his wife Mary Ann, his father John Pittman, mother Mary Margaret Pittman, sister Deborah (Oliver) Toope and his brother-in-law Gordon Taylor. Visitation took place at the Church of the Advent in Plum Point from where the funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10 with Rev. Harold Harvey officiating. Burial followed at the Anglican Cemetery on Darby's Island. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Home, St. Anthony and Roddickton, Lee Nippard, funeral director.

TUCKER, Maisie
Passed on: October 23rd, 2015

Passed peacefully away at the Valley Vista Home in Springdale on October 23, 2015, Maisie Tucker of Springdale (formerly of Ship Cove), in her 72nd year. Leaving to mourn with loving memories are her four children, Boyd of Ship Cove, Gerald, and Dean (Shannon) of Ontario and Michelle (Daniel) of Fredericton, New Brunswick; three grandchildren, Kaelem, Josee and Chloe; two brothers, Life (Jane) of Springdale and Keith (Lysann) of Toronto, Ontario; four sisters, Mary of St John's, Bessie (Ray), Shirley (Noah) of Springdale, and Mabel (Wilfred) of Ship Cove, as well as a large circle of other relatives and friends. The funeral service took place at the Ship Cove United Church on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. with Rev Gus Pendleton and Rev. Wilson Gonese officiating. She was laid to rest at the Ship Cove United Church Cemetery. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Kerry M. Fillatre Funeral Homes, St. Anthony and Roddickton, Lee Nippard, funeral director.
May she rest in peace.

 

 

Page Contributed by: Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Monday September 26, 2016)

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