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Obituaries for Trinity Bay District
from The Advocate (1930 - 1939)

The Advocate was published under several names (The Morning Advocate, The Evening Advocate, The Fisherman's Advocate, etc.). The obituaries appear here as they appeared in those papers at the time of publication. For the convenience of researchers, they are listed in chronological order starting with the first publication of The Advocate in 1918. Not all the obituaries from this paper are presently included, however, every effort will be made to complete this list, in the meantime. if someone has an obituary which does not appear here, please contact Jim Butler by using the CONTACT button at the bottom of every page.

The obituaries are listed in chronological order.

(The Fisherman's Advocate, April 11, 1930, page 4)


Donald A. Lodge

On Monday April 7th just as the shades of evening were falling and the sun was slowly sinking amid the splendor of a beautiful western sky a shadow fell across the threshold of the home of Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Lodge, Catalina, and their only son, a bright young life, passed into the unknown, after an illness of two weeks duration. Just before Christmas of the past year, he accidently fell and sustained a heavy blow on the head. On Friday March 21st he complained with an ordinary headache which after a day or two become (sic)acute. The doctors were called and pronounced him suffering from brain trouble. He grdaually grew worse and on Thursday last became unconscious from which he never recovered.

Donald, who had just reached the tender age of 13 years, was of a lovable and cheery disposition, a boy of real sterling qualities, a boy among boys, onw who played the game, at home, at school and at play. He was very fond of sport and games. He found his father to be one of his best pals and had built up a wonderful true friendship between them. He was a faithful member of the United Church Sunday School and also vice-president of the Evelyn Mitchell Mission Band which band was organized here last year as a result of Miss Mitchell's visit. The funeral took place on Wednesday to the United Church and was attended by a large number of relatives and friends of the family as well as the teachers, officers and scholars of the Sunday School. The service was conducted by the Pastor of the Church, Rev. G. Ivany, B.R.E. assisted by the Rev. W. H. Stanley Williams. The remains were laid to rest in the family plot under the hill in the shadow of the church. The blow is a very sad one to the family. Left to mourn are father, mother, and three sisters, Millicent teaching at Grand Falls, Muriel attending the United Church college in St. John's and Marjorie, at home, to whom we extend our sincere sympathy.

Were it not for storms and rain clouds,
Sunshine would not seem so sweet;
Had we naught of care and sorrow,
Pleasures we'd less gladly greet.

Had we never pain or illness,
We should value less our health;
If there were no angry moments,
We'd care less for friendship's wealth.

So, when dire misfortune threatens
Just be calm and look ahead;
You will find the clouds dispersing,
And the storm will soon have fled.

Catalina, April 10, 1939

(The Fisherman's Advocate, May 2, 1930, page 8)


Peter Clarence Mason

On Friday evening at 4 o'clock death entered the home of Mrs. Richard Mason, and took her second eldest son, Peter Clarence aged 19 years. Fifteen months ago the father and loving husband, the late Richard Mason was lost at sea in the "George B. Cochrane" enroute from Sydney, N.S. The blow was very severe to the mother and especially to Peter, who apparently too the loss of his father to heart and from which he nevre recovered. During the months following his father's drowning he became very morose and melancholy, giving way at times to great emotions of grief and on occasions of storms the remarks which he made concerning those at sea were very touching indeed.

However, his health began to fail and in the early part of the year he suffered from pneumonia, only to recover for a short time, when menigitis seized him, which caused his death.

Peter was a fine young man possessing many manly qualities. He was always willing to do whatever he could for everyone one had nothing to say about it (sic). He will be greatly missed by his widowed mother as she was depending for her future on him.

The funeral took place on Sunday the 27th. The pastor Rev. G. Ivany spoke very touchingly on the sad event. "He shall be missed." A crowded church testified the respects and sympathies of his many friends.

Left to mourn are a mother, three brothers and sister to whom we extend our heart-felt sympathy.

Inserted by his aunt.
- Mrs. Joseph Mason.

(The Fisherman's Advocate, May 23, 1930, page 8)


Mrs. Sarah Russell
(Port Union)

The death occurred with startling suddenness on Thursday night last, at 10 o'clock, of Mrs. Sarah Russell of this place.

Mrs. Russell was a familiar figure in Port Union and Catalina and a lady held in much respect by old and young alike. She was 64 years of age and for some years had a slight touch of heart trouble. On Thursday she was out around as usual and was active around her home. She retired about 9.30 and at ten o'clock was discovered strangling, as the result of a sudden attack of her old trouble. Before the doctor could reach her she had passed out.

Mrs. Sarah Russell was the widow of the late Robert Russell. Her husband died at the General Hospital in St. John's, in November 1923. She is survived by five sons, Eliol at Elizabeth N.J., U.S.A., Thomas at New York, Robert, Alex and Victor, residing at Port Union. Two daughters also survive, Mrs. Thomas Lodge and Mrs. Kenneth Goodyear residing at Port Union. Mr. William White of East Point, Catalina is a brother of the deceased lady.

Interment took place at the C. of E. cemetery Catalina on Saturday, Rev. R. F. Mercer officiating. Mrs. Russell was a member of the L.O.B.A., and the members of that body paraded to her funeral. Her coffin was covered with wreaths and other floral tributes from her many friends, testifying to the high esteem in which she was held by the people of Port Union and Catalina.

To the sorrowing sons, daughters and other relatives the Advocate extends its deepest sympathy.

(The Fisherman's Advocate, June 06, 1930, page 8)

(Port Rexton, T.B.)

(Editor Fisherman's Advocate)

Dear Sir - Please grant me space in your highly esteemed paper to record the death of Mr. Alexander Butler of Port Rexton who passed peacefully away on May 19th. The deceased had been in ill health for the past few years. Through all his pains and sufferings he was never heard to murmur or complain. He came to the ripe old age of 79 years. His passing away was like a little child going into sweet slumber, he was waiting for the Lord to take him to himself. He is gone from us but not forgotten; we feel sure that he is gone to that blessed home where no sorrow or pain is felt and where all tears are wiped away. Mr. Butler was liked by all who knew him and no more will we see his smiling face in this world.

Left to mourn are two daughters and four sons. Mrs. Colin Freeman, Mrs. Francis Ryan and Israel and Mark at Champneys, Archaly and Frederick in the United States, and nine grandchildren, also other relatives and friends. Our deepest sympathy is with the sorrowing family.

Thanking you for space,
Yours truly,
May 20, 1930.

(The Fisherman's Advocate, August 7, 1931, page 5)


Dugald Duffitt
(Port Union)

The death occured, somewhat suddenly, on Wednesday morning at 6 o'clock of Mr. Duglad Duffitt, a respected redisent of this place. Mr. Duffitt had not been in good health the past couple of years and was able to do very little work. He was able to move out and around however, and on Monday and Tuesday appeared no worse, but late Tuesday evening he suffered a relapse, from which he did not rally. Death was due to heart trouble.

The late Mr. Duffitt was a native of Catalina and was employed continually at POrt Union during the construction period here. He afterwards settled here and was a steady employee of the Trading Company as long as he was able to work.

The funeral took place yesterday afternoon to the C. of E. cemetery, Catalina, Rev. R. F. Mercer officiating. The coffin was covered with floral tributes and the last reamins were followed to their resting place gby many of the relatives and friends of the deceased from Catalina as well as by several citizens of Port Union.

The late Mr. Duffitt is survived by his wife, four sons Benjamin, Albert, Dugald, Steven and by five daughters Betty, Johanna, Elsie, Mrs. Jesse Norman and Mrs. Samuel Russell.

(The Fisherman's Advocate, September 25, 1931, page 8)


(Editor Fisherman's Advocate)

DEAR SIR - Please permit me space in your paper to record the death of my dear sister, Mrs. Loyal Russell, who entered into the haven of rest on August 26th, 1931. Louie had not been in good health for several years. She left Port Union in May, 1929, to join her husband in Elizabeth, N.Y. Since then her health gradually failed, and she left the U.S.A. on August 13th for her home, at Winterton, and on August 26th the angel of death had called for her.

The funeral service was conducted at Winterton by the Corps officer, Capt. Thorne. Left to mourn are her husband and two children. Hilda age 6 and Hartley one year old in Elizabeth; father and two sisters, Mrs. Pearcie and Mary at Winterton; Bessie at Elizabeth, N. J.; Mrs. George Smart at Port Union and Mrs. Frank Duffett at Catalina. On the Sunday of August 30th, the members of the L.O.B.A., Catalina, attended a memorial service in the S. A. Citadel, Catalina, for their departed sister. The service was conducted by Capt. Rideout, the corps officer, who took his text from Job 16 chap. 22 v. "When a few years are come then I shall go the way whence I shall not return". Ruth 2 chap. 17 and 18 v., "So she gleaned in the field until even and beat out what she had gleaned and took it up and went into the city".

			Gone from a land of grief and pain,
			To a home that is bright and fair;
			And we hope some day to meet again;
			When our life's work is ended here.

	Inserted by her sister, 

(The Fisherman's Advocate, September 14, 1932, page 5)


Harry Russell

Monday, August 15th, Mrs. Harry Russell received a telegram informing her that her husband was at Corner Brook Hospital very ill. By Wednesday's exxxpress he was sent along to the hospital in St. John's. Mrs. Russell left here by Friday night's train. She arrived at St. John's on the Saturday morning Mr. Russell passed away. Born at Catalina 29 years ago, the only son of George and the late Mrs. Russell, Harry was one of our boys who had the sporot of adventure in him. Early in life he decided to follow the sea for a lilvelilhood and at the age of 21 years made his first voyage across the Atlantic. He made four foreign voyages and was shipwrecked twice. The past three years he was a sailor on the S.S. Sagona with Capt. Gullage. He had not been feeling well for two yers. This spring, before leaving home, he was troubled with catarrh in the head, but during the summer felt very well until about two weeks ago he developed meningitis and was unconscious several days before he died. The funeral arrangements were in charge of undertaker Carnell. The remains arrived by Wednesday's train accompanied by his wife. At the station the corpse was met by Rev. G. Ivany and several members of the S.U.F. of which society the deceased was a loyal member. The funeral took place on Thursday to the United Church. Preceding (sic) the hearse accompanied by their band were members of Caribou Lodge No. 74, S.U.F. while a large concourse of friends and relatives followed the cortege which was covered with floral tributes. Left to mourn their sad loss are widow, one little daughter, Vera Mae, father, one sister, Lillian, at Catalina, sister Minnie at Charleston, B. B., and sister Effie in New Jersey, U.S.A., to whom we wxtend our deepest sympathy.

(The Fisherman's Advocate, November 2, 1932, page 6)

Edmund Butler
(Port Rexton)

Mr. Edmund Butler, of Port Rexton died, under tragic circumstances, on Thursday last, as a result of mental illness, with which he had been afflicted for some twelve months.

The late Mr. Butler, with his family, came to Port Union some years ago and worked here in the Shipbuilding Yard and at other odd jobs when the Shipbuilding Yard was not in operation. He was a steady and faithful worker and always got along well with his co-workers, at whatever job he was engaged.

Last November he decided to return to his old home at Port Rexton, where he was residing when his death occurred. The change brought no improvement in health, however, despite medical attendance and the closest attention of those members of his family who were residing with him. The deceased is survived by his wife, three sons Albert residing at Port Union, James at Port Rexton, Howard at Brooklyn, New York, and by three daughters, Jennie, in Brooklyn, New York, Mary in Boston and Ella residing on the South Side of Trinity Bay. He is also survived by two brothers and two sisters.

Interment took place at the C. of E. cemetery, Port Rexton, on Saturday afternoon last, Rev. Mr. Kirby officiating. The funeral service was well attended.

To the bereaved widow, sons and daughters and other relatives and friends the Advocate extends its deepest sympathy.

(The Fisherman's Advocate, January 27, 1933, page 4)


Daniel Cook
(Port Rexton)

The death occurred at Port Rexton, on Sunday, January 23rd, of a well known and worthy citizen of that place in the person of Mr. Daniel Cook. The deceased was 78 years of age and is survived by his wife, two sons, Leonard, Agent for the Newfoundland Railway at Princeton and Bert at home. Three daughters also mourn the passing of a loving father viz. Mrs. Abe Bailey, of Port Rexton, Mrs. Arthur Ryan, of Port Rexton, and Mrs. George Jones, of Trinity East. An invalid sister, Susanna Butler, aged 81, of Port Rexton also survives, as well as fifteen grand children and four great grand children.

The late Daniel Cook prosecuted the fishery for some 60 years and was for many years master of a schooner. He was a man who always took a keen interest in public questions, affecting the welfare of Newfoundland and his own community. He was not given to much loud speaking, being of a somewhat retiring, though genial, disposition, but many a time at Port Rexton "Uncle Dan", as he was familiarly known, was asked what he thought of things. He was a staunch F.P.U. man and a devoted member of the S.U.F. The old generation is fading fast and it is difficult to see where they are being replaced, especially by men of the type of Daniel Cook.

Mr. John King, Sr., of this place is a brother of the widow. To Mrs. Cook, the sons and daughters, and other relatives, the Advocate extends its deepest sympathy in their bereavement.

(The Fisherman's Advocate, February 10, 1933, page 6)

John Barbour
(Port Rexton)

(Editor, Fisherman's Advocate)

Once more the grim reaper has visited us here at Port Rexton and taken from our midst one of our oldest and respected residents. John Barbour, at the ripe ago (sic) of 78 years. "Uncle John," as he was familiarly known among his host of friends, was taken ill on New Year's Night with a severe cold. On the Tuesday following he rallied and seemed to be imporving when he was suddenly seized and the severe cold in the lungs developed into pneumonia which gradually grew worse. The doctor gave no hope of his recovery. On Sunday morning, January 8th, he passed peacefully and contentedly to the Great Beyond. He was conscious to the last and recognized thos around him.

Of a genial and kindly disposition "Uncle John" had a hind hearty greeting for everyone, children included. His kindly presence and familiar form will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

He left to mourn their loss a widow; three daughters, Mrs. Mark Moody, Champney's; Mrs. Mary D. Butler, Port Rexton; Mrs. John Hollett, New Waterford, C. B., and one son Baxter, at home, also twelve grandchildren and one siste, Mrs. Susie Day, St. John's, as well as hosts of friends and relataives to all of whom we extend our deepest sympathy.

On Tuesday, 210th, he was laid to rest in the C. of E. cemetery on Halfway Hill, Rev. H. Kirby officiating. A large concourse of people followed him to his resting place. The members of the L.O.A., of which organization he was an old member, paraded in advance of the hearse with the band playing funeral dirges and flags furled. The casket was adorned with wreaths and sprays, gifts from relatives and friends. The beautiful hymn "Abide with me" was sung at the graveside.

The deceased had seen some hard times on the sea bothe to the codfishery and sealfishery. He had been 17 springs to the icefields with Captain George Hann, in the S.S. "Labrador"., and 16 summers to the Labrador codfishery in the schr. "Annie B.", H. Bannister skipper and his life-long friend. "Uncle John" has passed to his reward. Death hod no terrors for him. He died happy and peaceful as a child, which is a solace and confort to those he left behind.

In the words of the good, old hymn we can say,

"Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day,
Earth's joys grow dim, its glory
Change and decay in all around I see,
O Thou who changest not
Abide with me."
- A Relative.

(The Fisherman's Advocate, September 1, 1933, page 5)

James Russell (Port Union)

The death occurred here, between 7:30 and 8 a.m., on Saturday morning last, of James Russell, who was for many years a resident of Port Union.

The late Mr. Russell, who was 47 years of age, was a Catalina man, but settled in Port Union about ten years ago, and had, when work offered, been employed by the Trading Company, and fairly steadily at that. James Russell, when in good health, was a good servant. He had been a fisherman and sailor and made about fourteen foreign voyages, in sailing vessels, during his lifetime, two of which he made in foreign-going vessels built at Port Union.

He settled in Port Union ten years ago, and was noted for his wonderful physical strength. In fact, to put it in common parlance, he was "as strong as an ox". It is generally conceded, by those who knew him, that he often overtaxed his strength and four years ago the consequences of such began to be apparent. His decline, however, did not assume serious form until last winter, and in April of this year he was obliged to go up to the General Hospital, at St. John's, for medical attention. An operation, at the hands of Dr. Keegan, ensued and he returned early in May. It cannot be said that he was really much improved, altho' he was able at times to get out and walk to a neighbour's house. About a month ago it was clear that the end was not far off. From that on he suffered intensely, and Dr. Keegan was surprised to learn, when he returned from his own operation abroad, that Russell was still alive.

Deceased is survived by his wife; two sons, Sidney and Arthur, and two daughters Gertie and Martha all residing at Port Union. Left to mourn him also are two step-sons George and John and one step-daughter, Annie (Mrs. Eliol Harnum) residing at Port Union. A brother Samuel, residing here, also survives as do the following sisters Mrs. John Pardy, Mrs. Mark Lodge, Mrs. Joseph Mason, Mrs. Peter Mason Jr. and Mrs. Alfred Sheppard, all of Port Union, and Susie at St. John's and another sister at Truro, N.S.

Interment took place at the C. of E. cemetery, Catalina, on Sunday afternoon, Rev. R. F. Mercer officiating. The members of "Morning Star" lodge, L.O.A., of which deceased was a member, attended in regalia and the church was packed with people of all classes and creeds. It was one of the largest funerals ever witnessed at St. Peter's Church, Catalina. The coffin was covered with floral tributes. The fishermen and labourers of Port Union and Catalina certainly did full honour to a deceased toiler, no less than those who might, is some respects, be considered a bit better off as far as this world is concerned. James Russell was certainly honoured in illness and in death, and it was due to the man's sterling work as a good servant, as a man of quiet disposition, who knew his proper place in life as a humble toiler.

May his soul rest in peace.

(The Fisherman's Advocate, September 14, 1934, page 6)


(Port Union)

The death occurred here on Monday of this week, of Bessie, beloved wife of Eliol Russell, in the 23rd year of her age. The deceased was, for some considerable time, a sufferer from that dread scourge tuberculosis of the lungs, and her passing was not unexpected. She bore her sufferings with patient resignation and was quite happy to be relieved when the final summons came.

The late Mrs. Russell, whose maiden name was Bessie Harnum, was the daughter of Noah and the late Mrs. Harnum of Winterton, T.B., her mother having predeceased her some years ago. Left to mourn her passing are her husband, residing here, father and stepmother (at Winterton, T.B.,) and an uncle, Mr. Robert Harnum, of this place; four sisters Daisy, Mrs Frank Duffett (East Point, Catalina), Jessie, Mrs. George Smart (Port Union), Mary (St. John's) and Goldie, Mrs. Piercey (Winterton). She left two stepchildren Hilda and Hartley and one child of her own, Vernon, an infant boy not quite two years old.

The deceased was a faithful adherent of the Salvation Army and interment took place at the S.A. cemetery, Catalina, on Wednesday afternoon.

To the father, husband and other relatives the Advocate extends deepest sympathy in their bereavement.

(The Fisherman's Advocate, October 19, 1934, page 3)

Arthur Russell (Port Union)

After years of suffering, which he bore with a patient and smiling fortitude, Arthur Russell of Port Union, passed within the veil, in the early hours of Friday morning last. He was seventeen years and nine months of age when death relieved him of his suffering. To all outward appearances he was, at times, a bonny and robust young man, but a chill, contacted when he was a lad, had made serious inroads upon his system and during the past three years his health failed gradually and toward the end he suffered much. He had undergone treatment at the Sanatorium at St. John's and at the General Hospital there, but nothing much could be done to improve his condition. All that the local medical practioner could do was to temporarily relieve his sufferings when they became intense, but no permanent cure or restoration to health was possible.

The young man was quite resigned to the inevitable and died happily and peacefully. He was loved by all who knew him and when not torn by pain was cheerful and even jolly. He liked company at such times and had many friends throughout his illness. Some friends at St. John's, who took a great liking to him when under treatment there, always remembered him and each week he received a tangible expression of their kind thoughts in the shape of a box of fruit and other dainties. He also had loving and tender ministrations from many friends in Port Union.

Arthur was the son of the late James Russell and Mrs. Jane Russell of this town. His father predeceased him in 1933. Left to mourn his passing are his widowed mother, two sisters Gertie and Martha at home, one brother Sidney at home, two stepbrothers George and John and one stepsister Mrs. Eliol Harnum, all of whom reside here.

Interment took place at the C. of E. cemetery, Catalina, on Sunday afternoon; Rev. R. F. Mercer officiating. Despite the inclemency of the weather quite a number of the relatives and friends of the deceased followed his remains to their last resting place and saw them gently consigned to mother Earth.

To the mother of the deceased and other member of the family, the Advocate tenders its sympathy in their bereavement.

(The Fisherman's Advocate, September 20, 1935, page 4)

Mrs. Martha Mason (Port Union)

Dear Sir - Please permit me space in your widely read paper to record the passing of a well-known and highly respected lady, in the person of Mrs. Martha Mason, who entered into rest on August 20th, and whose burial took place at the U.C. Cemetery on August 21st, the anniversary of her birthday. She had reached the ripe age of 76 years. The late Mrs. Mason was twice married, her first husband being George Russell, and her second husband, who predeceased her some years ago, being Peter Mason.

Left to mourn her passing are seven daughters, one son, three step-daughters, four step-sons, forty-six grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren. You can quite see from the above, Mr. Editor, how widely she was related to a large number of people here and at Catalina. The daughters names are Mrs. John Pardy, Mrs. Mark Lodge, Mrs. Alfred Sheppard, Mrs. Peter Mason, Mrs. Joseph Mason, all of Port Union, Mrs. A. J. Boomer of Truro, N.S., and Susie of St. John's. The surviving son is Mr. Samuel Russell of Port Union. The step-daughters are Mrs. Samuel Tucker of St. John's, Mrs. Charlie Rowe, Catalina, and Clara in the U.S.A. The step-sons are John and George Russell, Catalina, Peter Mason and Joseph Mason at Port Union. She was the mother of twelve children by her first marriage, but had no children by her second marriage.

She was a woman noted for her good works and was often in attendance at the bedside of the sick. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and the writer extends deepest sympathy to those left to mourn.

Yours truly,

A Friend

(The Fisherman's Advocate, February 17, 1936, page 6)


Frances Amelia Coleridge

The community was deeply shocked to learn of the passing of Francis Amelia Coleridge, wife of the well-known business man, Mr. Peter Coleridge, J.P., of this town.

Mrs. Coleridge was taken ill about three weeks ago and developed pneumonia. Good hopes were held out for her recovery and it seemed as if those hopes were justified for she passed the crisis in her illness and showed considerable improvement. However, the illness proved too much for her heat (sic) and a few days ago it was apparent that her heart was weakening.

Everything possible was done for Mrs. Coleridge to aid her to recover. Her husband saw to it that there was nothing left undone. Dr. Wm. Templeman was tireless in his care and he was assisted by nurses day and night, who were constantly near Mrs. Coleridge. But in spite of the most careful attention and devoted affection she passed away at 9:15 Monday night.

The late Mrs. Coleridge was one of Catalina's best known and most respected citizens. She was noted for her hospitality, her sympathy and help to the needy, and her thoughtfulness and helpfulness to the sick. Visitors to the town and the many friends who stayed at her home will learn with regret of her passing.

The late Mrs. Coleridge was Miss Lander before her mariage to Mr. Peter Coleridge in Pittsburg, U.S.A> To them were born three sons, two of whom predeceased her. The surviving son, william(sic), resides in Saugus, Mass., U.S.A.

Her funeral took place (info missing) and was well attended. (info missing) laid to rest in the C.ofE. (info missing) this afternoon. The service was conducted by Rev. R. F. Mercer.

To her bereaved husband, Mr. Peter Coleridge, J.P., son William and niece Mrs. Robert (info missing) Bonavista, and grand (info missing) "Observer" joins with the community in extending sympathy.

(The Fisherman’s Advocate, August 12, 1938, page 6)


Mr. and Mrs. Mark Lodge, of Port Union, wish to thank all kind friends who helped them in any way during the illness, and after the death, of their son Harold, who died June 19th, 1938. They also wish to thank all those who sent messages and cards and letters of sympathy, as well as those who sent flowers and wreaths to adorn his casket. To all those who kindly helped in their time of sorrow they again say - thank you.

(The Fisherman's Advocate, January 27, 1939, page 5)


Robert Harnum
(Port Union)

The residents of Port Union were shocked on Sunday morning last, to learn of the sudden death, in the early hours of the morning of one of Port Union's well-known and popular labouring men, in the person of Robert Harnum.

The late Robert Harnum was always a man of robust health and a very hard worker in whatever sphere of labour he was employed. Only on Saturday last he went into the woods and cut and hauled out two loads of wood and paid a visit to Catalina as well. He took some supper at about 10:30 o'clock at night, and shortly afterwards retired to bed. At about 3:30 a.m. his wife noticed that he was groaning and breathing stertorously in his sleep. She awakened him and later sent for aid as he appeared to be very ill. Before much could be done, however, he had passed away - practically about an hour after he had been awakened. Doctor Templeman pronounced death as due to heart failure.

The deceased, who was 62 years of age, was a native of Winterton, T.B., and settled in POrt Union sixteen years ago last August. He was for a number of years employed in the shipbuilding yard and from the closing of the yard on he was employed at general labour. Work being slack here last spring he went to St. John's to seek employment, but returned again late in the autumn. He was a loyal and energetic member of the F.P.U. from its inception and was for many years caretaker of Congress Hall.

He is survived by his widow, five daughters and three sons. The surviving daughters are Hattie (Mrs. Robert Emberley) Bay de Verde; Annie (widow of the late Harry Russell of Port Union); Lucy, Nettie (Mrs. Fred Cousins) all residing in St. John's, and Doreen at home. The three surviving sons are Eliol and Noah residing in Port Union and Frank who is employed at Buchans. One brother Noah survives the deceased, at Winterton, and twelve grandchildren, to all of whom the Advocate tenders deepest sympathy in their sad bereavement.

The funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon to the United Church cemetery, Rev. Thos. Evans, U.C. Pastor, officiating and was very largely attended by people from all the nearby settlements and the profusion of floral tributes which covered the coffin bore testimony to the deep respect in which the deceased was held by the community.

"Now the labourer's task is o'er,
Now the battle day is past,
Now upon the farther shore
Lands the voyager at last.
Father, in Thy gracious keeping
Leave we now Thy servant sleeping."

(The Fisherman's Advocate, August 12, 1938, page 6)


Mrs. George Gullage of East Point, Catalina, wishes to thank all kind friends who visited her, and sent messages and cards of sympathy to her, in her sad breavement caused by the sudden deaths of her two brothers, William and Ellis Butler, and cousins Wm. Hogarth and son, in the tebbible drowning tragedy of Sunday night, December 27th, 1938, at Trinity.

She also wishes to thank those people who assisted in any way in the recovery of their bodies, also those who sent flowers.

She would thank the people of Bonaventure for their kindness and help at the burial of her broth-Butler and wife at Port Rexton Buter and wife at Port Rexton(sic), and all those people around there who were so kind and consideration to her in her sorrow. (Editor note: Presented as it appeared in the paper.)

(The Fisherman's Advocate, March 17, 1939, page 6)


Mrs. Alex Russell (Port Union)

The death occurred here on March 7th, of Alva Pearl, beloved wife of Mr. Alex Russell. She was taken ill on January 9th, 1939, and suffered terribly but bore it all with patient resignation and fortitude to the end. Everything that loving hands could do for her was done, but to no avail and at the end she was so weak that she was longing for the Master's call, to end her sufferings.

The late Mrs. Russell, who aws (sp) 28 years of age, was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Archibald Mouland of Doting Cove. She leaves to mourn besides her husband and two young sons, her father and (?) two sisters, Ina (Mrs. Arthur Hicks) residing at Carmenville, Jessie at home, and two brothers, Luther at Grand Falls, and Selbey at home, to all of whom deepest sympathy is extended in their bereavement. She was a member of the L.O.B.A.,Rising Sun 073 of Catalina, and her sisters of the order attended her funeral in a body. Interment took place at St. Peter's cemetery, Catalina, Rev. R. F. Mercer officiating.

The husband of the deceased desires to thank the following:

  • For messages of sympathy: Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Hicks, Carmanville; Miss Virtue Guy, St. John's; Misses Bessie and Mary Pardy, Buchans.
  • For Letters of sympathy: Rising Sun Lodge, No. 073 L.O.B.A. Morning Star L.O.L. No.2; Mr. and Mrs. Chesley Moore, Catalina; Miss Annie Duggan; Mrs. Robert Harnum, Mr. and Mrs. Eliol Harnum and family, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Samson and Kenneth, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hayward, Mrs. Lucy Dyke, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Mason, Miss Elizabeth M. Mason, Port Union.
  • Those who sent wreaths as a mark of respect: Alex and family, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Goodyear, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Russell, Mr. and Mrs. Victor Russell, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyal Russell, Mr. and Mrs Thomas Russell, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lodge and family, Mr. Frederick and Miss Gertie Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Artno Winsor, Miss Hilda Russell, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Mason, Mr. and Mrs John Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Quinton, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Lodge, Mrs. Lizzie Mason, Mr. and Mrs. James Goodyear, Mrs. Alfreda Pardy, Miss Louise Dyke, Mr. and Mrs. James Penney, Mr. and Mrs. William Rideout, Mr. and Mrs. George Smart, Port Union; Lieut. Hudson and Cadet Kean, Catalina; Mr. and Mrs. Obediah Howell, Mr. and Mrs. Abram Goodyear, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Russell, Mr. and Mrs. William Pardy, Port Union.

    			A loving one from us is gone,
    					 A voice we love is still,
    					Her place is vacant in our home,
    					 That never can be filled.
    Gone but not Forgotten.

    (The Fisherman's Advocate, November 17, 1939, page 6)


    JAMES BUTLER (Port Rexton)

    After an insidious illness which lasted two years, James Butler, of Port Rexton, entered into rest on Saturday night, November 4th, at about 8:30 o'clock. The deceased who was 62 years of age at the time of his death was, up to the tile of his illness, one of the heaviest built and virile men it was possible to meet anywhere in this country. He always worked hard at those avocations which are the average Newfoundlander's means of earning a livelihood, namely fishing and farming. He also spent several summers out of the country, being engaged as a sailor onships on the Great Lakes.

    He left to mourn his passing a wife, one daughter (Mrs. Harvey Miuller of Port Rexton) one grandson, Port Rexton, one brother, Stephen, residing in Boston, U.S.A., and a stepbrother Ralph, residing in Brooklyn, U.S.A.

    He was a Past Master of the L.O.A. and a past officer of the Royal Black Preceptory. Members of both bodies attended his funeral, which took place to the C. of E. cemetery, Port Rexton, on Wednesday, November 8th, the burial service being conducted by the Rector of Trinity East Parish, Rev. Mr. Parsons.

    The late James Butler was also a loyal F.P.U. man and always took an active interest in F.P.U. activities, particularly those of the Local Council of Port Rexton. He had a large circle of friends outside Port Rexton, who were all deeply sorry to hear of his passing.

    To his relatives and friends the Advocate tenders deepest sympathy in their bereavement.



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