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from The Advocate (1950 - 1959)
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 Fishermanís Advocate, February 5, 1954, page 9)
On the morning of Jan. 11th, following a short illness the soul of James Butler passed peacefully into rest. Deceased was in his 57th year being born in Port Rexton, son of the late Thomas and Mary Ann Butler.
The late Mr. Butler resided at St. Johnís for a number of years and later carried on a business for awhile at Irelandís Eye; he was later employed as a sailor on the coastal boat S. S. Glencoe and the past two or three years he followed the trade of sailor on the Lake Boats on the mainland. The deceased an active member of the church and social organizations of Port Rexton, being a Past Master of the S.U.F., Past Master of the L.O.A. and Past President of the Blackledge Club. He was also lay reader for the past six months at Christ Church as well as a member of the choir. on Jan. 13 following a service at the home the funeral proceeded to Christ Church where the funeral service was conducted by Rev. A. E. Bennett. Interment was in the cemetery on the hill overlooking his native town.
The funeral was largely attended with the S.U.F., L.O.A., and L.O.B.A. in attendance.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Martha Butler, and one brother George residing at Port Rexton, one sister, Mrs. Bernard Spence in Ansville Ont., three step sisters, Mrs. Henry F. Kind and Mrs. Amy Clarke in St. Johnís; Mrs. Annie Walters of Ansville Ont., and one step brother Alfred of Toronto. To all this column extends deepest sympathy.
(The Fisherman's Advocate, 29 Apr 1955, page 7)
There passed peacefully away at his home at Port Rexton, on Sunday, April 17, Mr. Ambrose Butler in his 82 nd year. He leaves to mourn his passing a wife, 6 daughters, Mrs. George Gullage of Catalina; Mrs. Walter Adey, Mrs. Cyril Head, Mrs. Earl Blair, residing at Medford, Mass., U.S.A.; Mrs. Norman Johnson at Toronto and Mrs. Cecil Clarke at Port Rexton; two sons, Wilfred at Toronto, and Levi at home, with whom he resided. Also 1 brother, Willis at Port Rexton, as well as 28 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren, and a number of relatives and friends.
The funeral was held at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, with Rev. A. E. Bennett officiating. The S. U. F. of which the deceased was one of its oldest members, paraded in a body to pay their last respects to their departed brother.
To his relatives and friends this column extends deepest sympathy.
(The Fisherman's Advocate, 15 Jul 1955, page 4)
There passed peacefully away at Port Rexton, Sunday, July 3, one of the oldest residents of Port Rexton in the person of Mr. Willis G. Butler in his 80th year.
He leaves to mourn his passing three sons, Isaac residing at New Oleans, Louisiana; George residing at Schenectady, N.Y.; and Arthur residing in New Jersey, also four daughters, Mrs. Purcell Devine, of Lynn, Mass; Mrs. Frank Simms, New Jersey, N.Y.(sic); Mrs. Elizabeth Fowlow, Brooklyn, S.Y.(sic); and Mrs. Frank Shelley with whom he resided; also twelve grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren, as well as a large circle of relatives and friends.
Uncle Willis, as he was best known to all of us was a devoted churchman and a respected citizen. His funeral wich took place on Tuesday was largely attended with Rev. A. E. Bennett officiating. The LOA of which the deceased was a faithful and loyal member, paraded in a body to pay their last respects to their departed brother.
To his relatives and friends this column extends sincere sympathy.
Passed peacefully away yesterday morning after a lengthy illness, Joseph A. Lodge, life-time resident of the place. He heaves to mourn a mumber of soms, daughters and grandchildren. He was in his 74th years and resided with Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Lodge for the past few years.
(The Fishermanís Advocate, April 6, 1956, Port Rexton Notes, page 8)
Passed peacefully away on Sunday, March 18, Mrs. Naomi Butler in her 77th year. the funeral took place at Christ Church at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday with Rev. A. E. Bennett officiating. She leaves to mourn her passing a husband, Hugh, one son, Rev. Frank Butler at St. Cloud, Minnesota, U.S.A.; one daughter, Mrs. George M. Hookey at Port Rexton; two sisters, Mrs. Benjamin Winsor at Montreal, and Mrs. Frank Barnes of Champneys West; one brother, Arthur Freeman of Champneys Arm, also two grandchildren. To the bereaved this column extends sincere sympathy.
(The Fishermanís Advocate, November 16, 1956, Port Rexton Notes, page 7 and 9)
There passed peacefully away at Port Rexton on Wednesday, November 7, after a lengthy illness, William Fowlow Butler in his 67 year. He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife, Susie, two sons, Noah with whom he resided; Leslie at Horseshoe Bay, Vancouver; three brothers, Casabinaca at Port Rexton, James at St. Johnís and Norman at Vancouver; five sisters, Mrs. Rhuben Randell, Mrs. Walter Randell both at Port Rexton; Mrs. Mary Hogarth, Trinity East, Mrs. Maggie Day of St. Johnís and Mrs. Jennie Hesaman at Horseshoe Bay, Vancouver, also 3 grandchildren. The funeral was held at Christ Church at 2:30 p.m. on Friday with Re. A. E. Bennett officiating. The LOA of which the deceased was a member, paraded in a body to pay their last respects to their departed bother. Deepest sympathy is extended to the bereaved.
(The Fisherman's Advocate, February 8, 1957, page 12, Port Rexton Notes)
Passed peacefully away at Port Rexton on Monday, Jan 21, Mr. Henry James Piercey in his 79 year. He leaves to mourn his passing a wife, one son, William J. with whom he resided; one daughter Charlotte (Mrs. William Barbour) at Con. Ohio, USA, & one grandson. Harold Piercey. The funeral took place at Christ Church on Wednesday with Rev. A.E. Bennett officiating. The members of LOA of which the deceased was a life-long member, attended in a body to pay their last respects to their departed brother.
This column extend deepest sympathy to the bereaved family.
(The Fisherman's Advocate, March 1, 1957, page 3, Port Rexton Notes)
Passed away suddenly at Port Rexton on Tuesday, Feb. 19, Mr. Cass Butler in his 71st year. The funeral was held on Friday, Feb. 22 at Christ Church with Rev. A. E. Bennett officiating. The LOA of which the deceased was a member, paraded in a body to pay their last respects to their departed brother. The deceased leaves to mourn his passing, his wife, two brothers, James at St. John's and Norman at Horseshoe Bay, Vancouver, B.C.; five sisters, Mrs. Reuben Randell & Mrs. Walter Randell at Port Rexton; Mrs. Mary Hogarth at Trinity East. Mrs. Maggie Day at St. John's and Mrs. Jennie Heasman at Horseshoe Bay, Vancouver, as well as a large circle of relatives & friends.
To the bereaved family this column extends deepest sympathy.
(The Fisherman's Advocate, October 11, 1957, page 3)
Another veteran has answered the last call in the person of Jesse Norman who passed away suddenly at his home at Port Union on Sunday, September 29, at 3 p.m. Although suffering from a heart ailment for the last two years, nevertheless his death came as a shock to his family and friends.
Mr. Norman as a very young man answered the call of his king and country and was wounded in both arms while serving overseas in the first world war.
Mr. Norman was working with the Fisherman's Union Trading Co. Ltd. until he was forced to give up the work some two years ago.
He was a member of the Loyal Orange Association & a Royal Black Knight. He was also a member of the Society of United Fishermen and a member of the Odd Fellows of Bonavista, and also a member of the Canadian Legion.
He leaves to mourn their sad loss his wife, four sons and eight daughters, four brothers and two sisters.
Funeral service was held on Tuesday, October 1 to the United Church with the Rev. Wilfred Vardy officiating. The Legion members acted as pall bearers and the casket was covered with the Union Jack.
It was a double funeral with the service conducted both for the late Mr. Lodge and Mr. Norman.
(The Fisherman's Advocate, October 11, 1957, page 3)
There passed away at hishome at Port Union on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 3 p.m., Mr. Cecil Rhodes Lodge in his 55th year.
Mr. Lodge in his early years was a sezman and fisherman and in 1946 he went to work with the Fisherman's Union Trading Co. Ltd. as truck driver and was working with that company until April of this year when he became ill and had to seek medical treatment at the Bonavista Hospital an later at St. John's General Hospital.
Although Mr. Lodge was considereed a very sidk man, everybody thought that he was making some imporvement, but God willed it otherwise.
Mr. Lodge was a staunch member of the Orange society, belong to Morning Star LOL No. 2, Catalina. He was also a good church worker and at the time of his death was one of the district treasurers of the New Church Building Committee.
He leaves to mourn their sad loss hiw wife and two sons, four daughters, three brothers and two sisters.
Funeral took place Tuesday, October 1 tothe Untied Church with the Rev. Wilfred Vard;y officiating.
Transcribed by James Butler, 2000
Updated November 20, 2000 by Jim Butler
Revised by Jim Butler, 2002
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