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The Packet
June 2017

The Packet is a community newspaper of Bonavista, Trinity, and Placentia Bays.


June 8, 2017

Fraser Douglas Cowan Seaward
Born In: Clarenville, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Born: March 19th, 1935
Passed in: Prince George, British Columbia, Canada
Passed on: June 2nd, 2017

Died peacefully in his sleep in the early morning of June 2 surrounded by his loving family at 82 years of age. Left to remember him is his wife of 63 years, Phyllis, and their children Doug (Val), Cyndi (Richard), Dan (Teresa), Craig (Sharon) and Rod (Rhonda), along with his grandchildren Natalie, Karla, Tyler, Kaitlyn, Justin, Taylor, Dale, Adam, Tanna and Brandon and great-grandchildren Jocelyn, Vivian, Wyatt and Presley. Also loved by siblings Lloyd of Bishop Falls and Juanita of Clarenville and his many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Richard and Charity. Born in Newfoundland, Fraser later moved to Ontario and then to BC. No matter where he called home at the time, Fraser was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need and along with it he'd always offer a smile and a story, which we'll never forget him for. Fraser was retired from CN and loved vehicles of all kinds; his stories often featuring one of his old Lincolns. Always a Newfoundlander at heart, he enjoyed whenever someone brought him back some moose for a taste of home. Saturday Night hockey games at his home were attended by many, young and old, who will remember fondly his love of people, life and Lady Cove Pond, where his ashes will be placed at a later date. Loved and missed by all.

Jean Balsom
Passed on: June 2nd, 2017

Passed away at the Dr. G.B. Cross Memorial Hospital, Clarenville on Friday, June 2, 2017, Jean Balsom of Clarenville, at the age of 93 years. She was predeceased by husband Ralph, sons Donald & Gerry. Left with fond and loving memories are her Daughter Linda of Milton and Son David (Irene) of Cochrane Alberta; seven Grandchildren, Jody Cooke, Tori Zoe, Heather. Samantha, Joshua & Heidi; three Great Grandchildren, Jeremy, Kimberly & Tyler Cooke and a large circle of family and friends. Rested at Fewer’s Funeral Home, Clarenville. Funeral Services were held at the Salvation Army in Clarenville on Monday, June 5, 2017 with interment at the United Church Cemetery, Church Hill, Clarenville. Donations in her memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Gary Holloway
Passed on: June 1st, 2017

Passed peacefully away at Dr. G B Cross Memorial Hospital, Clarenville on Thursday, June 1, 2017, Gary Holloway of Port Blandford, aged 59 years. Predeceased by parents Lindberg and Merita; parents-in-law Donald and Elsie Blackmore. Left with fond and loving memories his wife Donna; daughters Tracy (Terry) and Pamela (Andrew); grandchildren Gavin, Ethan and Lacey; aunts and uncles Tom and Frances Howe; Dawn Price and Evelyn and Ray Penney; sisters-in-law Karen (Dave), Dianne (Allan), Carol (Bill) and Kim (Mike); brother-in-law Doug; and a large circle of family and friends. Rested at Fewer’s Funeral Home, Clarenville. Funeral service took place on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Alton United Church, Port Blandford with interment at the United Cemetery, Port Blandford. In his memory donations may be made to Alton United Church, Port Blandford.

Evelyn Ada Eddy
Passed on: May 23rd, 2017

It is with great sadness that the family of Evelyn Ada Eddy announces her passing on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at the age of 81 years at Northern Lights Health Centre, Fort McMurray, AB. Evelyn leaves to join her loving husband Alec Raymond Eddy. Left with fond and loving memories her daughters Christine Barrett (Garry), Edmonton, AB, Sharon Andrews (Mark), Cochrane, AB, Paula Norman, Fort McMurray, AB and Tammy Hansen, Fort Saskatchewan, AB; grandchildren Charlene Barrett (Randy), Amelia Andrews, Kyle Andrews, Cody Hansen, Branden Hansen and Chloe Norman; great grandson Seth Christie; brothers-in-law Walter Eddy (Ivy), John Eddy (Olive) and Lester Eddy (Betty); special niece Myrtle Barrett; special cousins Rex Peach and Dougie Peach; many nieces and nephews; and a large circle of family and friends, whom she loved very much. Evelyn is predeceased by her mother Amelia and father George Peach; brothers Josiah, George and Walter. Visitation was held on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at Bethany United Church, Swift Current. Funeral service took place on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at Bethany United Church, Swift Current with interment at the United Church Cemetery, Swift Current.

Natasha Ann Barfett
Passed on: May 28th, 2017
Natasha Ann Barfett
, resident of Wembley, formerly of Shoal Harbour, Newfoundland, passed away on Sunday, May 28, 2017, at Points West Hospice, in Grande Prairie, at the age of 45 years. Tash was born in Ontario, but moved to Newfoundland at the age of 1. She lived in Shoal Harbour until she moved to St. John’s for University to do Nursing. She moved to Grande Prairie in 1996 with Rex. They married in 1998. They moved to Wembley to raise a family with their two daughters: Taylor and Amber. Tash loved being around her family and friends. Her children were her world. She was full of energy and always helped in every way. She always knew what to say. Her smile and laughter lit up every room, and her courage, strength and love have inspired us all. She will forever be in our hearts. She was loved by all who knew her. Tash enjoyed gardening, flowers, reading, and camping. She loved beaches and sunshine, but most of all, she loved her family. She will be sadly missed by her husband Rex Barfett; children Taylor Barfett (age 17), and Amber Barfett (age 12); mother and father Paula and Ford Critch; parents in-law Ivy and Wes Barfett; as well as a huge circle of family and friends near and far. A Memorial Service was held on Thursday, June 1, 2017, at 7:00pm, at Oliver’s Funeral Home in Grande Prairie (10005 107 Ave.). Memorial donations may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation (16007 118 Ave., Edmonton, AB, T5V 1C7).

June 15, 2017

Alexander Madryga
Born In: Raszkiw, Poland
Born: August 8th, 1920
Passed in: Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
Passed on: June 8th, 2017
Alexander Madryga,
formerly of Trinity and Shoal Harbour, passed peacefully on the morning of 8 June 2017 at Valleyview Care Centre in Brandon, MB. Alec was born to Dmytro and Maria Madryga in the village of Raszgiw, Poland. The family emigrated to Canada in 1922, briefly homesteading in Saskatchewan before permanently relocating to Toronto. He started formal schooling late, but through hard work, determination, and no small amount of focussed intelligence (qualities that he strove in earnest to pass on to his sons), he excelled academically and entered the Engineering program at the University of Toronto, graduating shortly after the end of the Second World War. After a number of contracts, including some in Europe and at least one with the Government of Canada, Alec had a rewarding career as an electrical engineer with Bell Telephone. His career took him to Newfoundland (where he married his wife Phyllis in 1960), Ontario, Quebec, back to Newfoundland, and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, before his retirement in 1983.
Alec was predeceased by siblings Pearl, Michael, and John, and is survived by his sister Anne, his wife Phyllis, and their sons Ian (Donna and Trevor), Peter (Pearl and Chelsea), and Paul. On Tuesday, 13 June at 10:30am, family and friends will gather at St. Augustine’s Church in Brandon to honour his memory and celebrate a life as rewarding and fully-lived as a life of 96 years can be. The family extends its deepest appreciation to the kind people at Valleyview for the high-quality professional care Alec received while there, and requests that in lieu of flowers, donations in his name be made to a scholarship fund at either Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Faculty of Medicine or the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Toronto. Condolences may be made at

June 22, 2017

Marjorie Blanche Tilley (Janes)
Born: October 20th, 1927
Passed on: June 11th, 2017

Passed peacefully away at Dr. G.B Cross Memorial Hospital, Clarenville on June 11, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer, in her 90th year. Predeceased by her husband Frank Tilley (2007), sister Nellie Green and brother Reginald Janes. Left with a lifetime of wonderful memories; her children Keith (Roberta), Marlene Smith (Don), grandchildren Corissa Tilley (Heath Cronin), Inga Smith-Bailey (Nicholas), Heather Paul (David), great-grandchildren Samuel, Elliott, Robert, Benjamin, Lily and Inga, sister Mabel Loder, brother Alec Janes (Phyllis); sisters in law Olive Sansom (Roy) and Marjorie Mallett, dear friend Shirley Vey and many nieces, nephews and friends. Cremation has taken place. Visitations were held at Fewer’s Funeral Home, Clarenville. A celebration of her life took place at the Salvation Army Citadel, Clarenville, on Thursday, June 15, 2017 with interment Hant’s Harbour Salvation Army Cemetery. Donations in her memory can be made to charity of one’s choice.

June 29, 2017

Emanuel Bugden
Passed on: June 16th, 2017

Passed peacefully away at Dr. G B Cross Memorial Hospital, Clarenville on Friday, June 16, 2017, Emanuel Bugden of Elliott’s Cove, aged 85 years. Predeceased by his wife Emily Bugden and son Wayne Bugden. Left with fond and loving memories his daughter Judy Spurrell, Clarenville; sons Barry Bugden (Christine), Peterborough, ON and Rex Bugden (Minnie), Elliott’s Cove; daughter-in-law Susan Bugden; grandchildren Tracy Bugden; Michelle Bugden, David Bugden, Jason Bugden, Paula Bugden, Christopher Spurrell and Bradley Spurrell; great grandchildren Alicia, Karah, Jesse and Caleb; and a large circle of family and friends. Rested at Central United Church, Elliott’s Cove. Funeral service took place on Monday, June 19, 2017 at Central United Church, Elliott’s Cove with interment at United Cemetery, Elliott’s Cove. In his memory donations may be made to the Clarenville Area SPCA or Central United Church, Elliott’s Cove.



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