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Bell Island Submarine Miner
General Plant News
Salvi GAUCI (aka Sam Gouchy), Drag Driver, No. 4 Mine, accompanied by his wife and children left recently for Malta to visit his parents whom he has not seen in over 15 years. During World War II, Salvi served in the Merchant Marines.
Ray GENDREAU spent some time in Quebec province in July visiting relatives and friends.
Congratulations are extended to the following pensioners of the Company who celebrated birthdays during the month of July:
Bill BABB, Material Foreman, No. 3 Mine, and an active correspondent of this publication has resigned his position with the Company and left for the mainland where he has secured a position with a manufacturing firm. With him goes our best wishes for every success in his new job.
Bill ANDREWS of the General Surface Department is presently in the United States visiting relatives and friends
Dr. Bernard J. EGAN left recently for Ireland on a holiday where he joined his wife and two young daughters who have been visiting there for some time.
Congratulations are extended to the following employees who welcomed new arrivals during the month of July
We are pleased to learn that after lengthy illnesses Dennis HENNIFORD and William MUGFORD returned home from hospital on Saturday, July 24th and Monday, July 26th respectively.
George NORMORE of the Record Office spent his holidays visiting relatives and friends in the U.S.A.
It is interesting to note that motor vehicle registration figures released by the Department of Public Works reveal that in 1954, 498 motor cars were registered on Bell Island as against 230 in 1951, an increase of 268. In 1954, there were 261 trucks licenced as compared with 198 in 1951, a gain of 63, up to July 20th of this year a total of 79 cars and trucks were registered - an overall increase of 56% since 1951.
Peter SWEENEY, Frank FRAN and Matthew PENNEY, who recently received their discharges from the Armed Forces, are now working in No. 3 Mine.
It is with sincere regret that we learned of the accidental death in Germany of Charles RYAN, who was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces. To his widow, his father and mother (Mr. and Mrs. Naaman RYAN) and to other members of his family, we extend deepest sympathy.
The following employees went on pension July 1st:
Sincere sympathy is expressed to the bereaved families of the following
employees, who died recently:
Peter Whalen, No. 4 Slope, who received injuries in an underground accident in June is reported to be feeling much better.
Edward Hussey, No. 3 Slope, received hospital treatment in St. John's during the month of June.
John Pynn, No. 4 Slope, has returned to work following treatment in hospital and is reported feeling fit.
William Penney, No. 4 Slope, entered hospital for an operation during June.
John Dominos, No. 4 Slope, after a period of two weeks convalescence in hospital is reported to be feeling fit and is once again up and around.
Reuben LeGrow was taken ill during June and was confined to bed.
Eloil Mercer, formerly employed with this Company, has moved to Goose Bay where he intends to reside in future.
Leo Fowler, Construction Department, is up and around again after being confined to his bed through illness during June.
Fred Rose, No. Slope, is receiving treatment in the Grace Hospital, St. John's.
Edward O'Quinn, Traffic Department, took his infant daughter to hospital in St. John's for treatment in June.
Dennis Hanniford entered hospital in June to receive treatment for an injury sustained several months ago.
Miss Nellie Forward, former Matron of the Staff House and now retired, visited friends on the Island during July and has since returned to Sydney, Nova Scotia.
Deepest sympathy is extended to the relatives of Mrs. William Fitzpatrick, who passed away at St. Clare's Hospital on July 3rd, in her thirty-ninth year. Mrs. Fitzpatrick was a former resident of Bell Island and have been residing in Dunville, Placentia Bay previous to her passing.
Hugh Connors who formerly held the position of Timekeeper at Scotia Pier has been promoted to Shipping Clerk and "Mac" Harvey who held a position in the Machine Shop Office has now moved to the office at Scotia Pier. Congratulations are extended to both Hughie and "Mac".
Corbett Pitts is back on the job and feeling fine after returning Boston, U.S.A., for a check-up. He underwent a heavy operation there a few months ago.
The Stork visited the homes of the following employees in June and presented to the Leo Gormans, a daughter on the 4th;
Congratulations are extended to:
The following employees also celebrated anniversaries in June:
Congratulations are extended to the following Pensioners who celebrated birthdays in July:
Miss Carol LeDrew, formerly of the Cost Department, was appointed Secretary to the Personnel Manager on June 1st.
Pensioner John Cahill recently underwent an operation at the General Hospital, St. John's, and latest reports indicate that he is feeling fine.
Walter Butler, Traffic Department, who was injured recently in a non-plant accident, has returned home from hospital in St. John's and although unable to work as yet, is feeling much better.
Charles E. Hunt, Q.C., one of Newfoundland's most prominent barristers and a Director of the Dominion Steel and Coal Corporation Limited, who passed peacefully away at his residence, 32 Circular Road, St. John's, at 3:30 p.m., on Tuesday, July 27th.
John Churchill, Pensioner, former employee of the General Surface Department, who passed away at his home at Galt, Ontario, on Wednesday, July 21st.
Austin Bennett, Watchman, who passed away after a lengthy illness at the Grace Hospital, St. John's, on Thursday, August 5th.
Mr. Thomas P. MURPHY one of our most senior and esteemed employees. Mr. MURPHY, who has been compressor operator for over 30 years, began work with this Company in 1900 at the age of 16 and has worked steadily since that date. Now at the age of 70, Mr. MURPHY, who is a native Bell Islander, is hale and hearty as evidenced by the act that over the past year and one half, he has been absent from work for only 4 days.
***The following Photo and caption is what prompted me to submit these publications – a photo and wee blurp about my DAD.
Shown is CON MURRIN of the Mechanical Department who last month successfully completed a course in diesel mechanics with I.C.S. Con started the course shortly after joining the Company in May, 1952 and is to be congratulated for his fine showing, initiative and resourcefulness.
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