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Obituaries for Trinity Bay District
from various newspapers

These obituaries have been submitted to the coordinator, and others, for inclusion on this page. They are from sources other than the papers previously listed. Until they can be allocated a "place of their own" they may be accessed at this location. They are, in chronological order, for individuals who lived (or were born) in the Trinity Bay area. Source information is given where it is known.

Obituaries for Trinity Bay natives may also be found on other district sites.

COOPER, CHARITY - An old lady died at Random Head Lighthouse January 30, 1899, whose history brings one back to the old fighting days of England. The old lady was Mistress Charity Cooper, relict of the late William Cooper and mother of H. T. Cooper, the well-known keeper of Random Island Light.

She came from the old British stock and was the daughter of the late Daniel Sellars who was an officer in the British Fleet and served under Admiral Nelson for nine years and seven months. He fought with him in several engagements. Her death severs the connecting link for the past and present. She was 96. She leaves two sons and over ninety grand and great-grand children. Halifax papers please copy.
(from the Harbour Grace Standard) - supplied by Weldon Cooper, 2000


Grates Cove, Sept. 20 - It is with deepest and most heartfelt sympathy that we record the death of one greatly beloved, namely, Josiah Cooper of Grates Cove, who passed away on September 3rd at the age of 76. He had been in failing health for the past six months, but although in agony and suffering most of the time his courage was great knowing that when his life would be ended here he would enter into the fuller and greater life above.

His voice will be silent, and his footsteps will be heard no more in the home, in the Church or Lodge rooms where he held high places. In the church he was assistant and lay reader for 30 years, class leader for 25 years. He was also Past Master of the S.U.F. and held the office of Chaplain in the Orange Lodge ever since it had been organized in Grates Cove.

The funeral took place the following Monday. Rev. H. Russell, who preached a sympathetic sermon from the text in Luke 9, verse 31, conducted the service "Who appeared in glory". The L.G.A. and S.U.F. paraded in front of the corpse, with the S.U.F. band in attendance, to the graveside where they performed their ceremony of buying. He leaves to mourn 5 sons, William, Abel, Absolom and Joseph at home, and Thomas in Toronto, 24 grandchildren 4 great grandchildren.

(Published in The Daily News, St. John's, Newfoundland, September 30, 1932) - supplied by Weldon Cooper, 2000

COOPER, ROXANNA ELIZABETH (ROSE) - After a long illness, on March 28th, 1936 a wise and gentle life came to a close when Mrs. Cooper at 49 Parade Street, in her eightieth year, slipped peacefully home to her Father. Before her marriage to the late Henry Thomas Cooper of Random, Trinity Bay, Roxanna Elizabeth (Rose) daughter of Samuel and Fanny Stowe of Harbour Grace, followed the teaching profession as did her mother before her, also her mother's father, William Barnes of St. John's. A life of service has ended. A loved personality has passed on. We know that her influence must continue in the lives of the many whose characters were unconsciously enriched by her example. Mrs. Cooper possessed many sterling qualities, among them the rare combination of dislike for the inconsistencies of life yet having a firm belief in the possibilities of all humanity with a gentleness and sincerity that was Christ-like. Her life of courage, loyalty and devotion was a silent inspiration to all who knew her, as one in another land said on hearing of her death: "The world is a poorer place because she has gone from it". She leaves three daughters Wilhelmina and Georgiana at home, May, Mrs. Wm. Reid, Wesleyville parsonage. These, as well as the large number of relatives and loving friends in spite of the sadness of parting can say: "We bless Thee for the friends we miss, Who made our peace and stilled our pain; We trust Thee on some height of bliss, To bring them close to us again"


(probably in The Evening Telegram, March, 1936) - supplied by Weldon Cooper, 2000

The Clarenville Packet, January, 1988

MARSH - Passed peacefully away at his son's home on December 25, 1987. Mr. Marsh of Hickman's Harbour, aged 97 and 11 months; husband of the late Mae (Horwood) Marsh.

Left to mourn are his three sons: John (and wife Laura Belle), William (and wife Doreen), Philip (and wife Priscilla); three daughters: Effie Myles, Mina Brazil, and Janet Vardy; one brother, Adam Marsh, and a large number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; also a large circle of relatives and friends.

Funeral service was held on December 28 at The Salvation Army Citadel, Hickman's Harbour. Interment at The Salvation Army Cemetery.

NOTE: Maiden name of the wife of the deceased is Edmunds not Horwood. Obituary supplied by Roy Butler, 2000

from the Mount Pearl Pride, May, 1998 (contributed by Karen Christopher, 2002)

City builder passes away

Mount Pearl lost an important friend last Wednesday. Long-time city resident and community builder Stuart Toope passed away at the age of 68. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon.

Born in Ireland's Eye, Toope will be remembered for a number of contributions to the city and its people.

As a father, he and wife Jessie raised four sons and four daughters.

An educator for 38 years, Toope was the principal of Park Avenue Amalgamated School from 1952 to 1984. Through that position, he contributed to lives of thousands of young people and helped the school grow from a two-room facility to a much larger, multi-classroom building.

In the community, Toope was a charter member of the Mount Pearl Lions Club.

Over the 43 years since that group's inception, he did a remarkable amount of work for the service club and its many charities.

As a Lion, Toope served as the zone chair and as district governor in 1971-72. He was a life member of Lions International and was a recipient of the Melvin Jones Founders Award, the highest honour given in Lionism.

Toope was also involved with a number of other community groups, including the Canadian Red Cross, the Lung Association, and the Society of United Fisherman, of which he was a member for more than 50 years.

As well, Toope was active in activities at the Church of the Ascension.

Besides his outstanding professional, community and church involvement, Toope served the public as a member of Mount Pearl council for two consecutive terms, from 1969-78. A sign of his popularity in Mount Pearl was the results of the 1969 election when Toope polled the second highest number of votes among the 17 candidates. He subsequently became deputy mayor. For all that Toope did in Mount Pearl, the City saw fit to name a street after him.

Toope Place was named in his honour in the mid-1980's.

And in 1988, when Mount Pearl received city status, Toope was acknowledged as a city builder. "He was a real gentleman," said Harvey Hodder, a long-time friend of Toope's who served with him on council. "He was a family man; a person who saw the needs of the community and then went out to help fix them."

Toope leaves to mourn wife Jessie; daughters Karen, Phyllis, Berdina and Dianne and their families; sons Wayne, Randy, Keith and Ernest and their families; a total of 11 grandchildren; brothers Hedley and Calvin and their families; and sisters Audrey, Erma, Ruby and Geraldine and their families.

The Compass, January 12, 1999, page 2

GOODWIN, Allison J. - Passed peacefully away at the Dr. A. A. Wilkinson Memorial Hospital, Old Perlican on Sunday, Dec. 20, 1998, Allison J. Goodwin of New Melbourne, aged 77 years. Predeceased by his son Lawrence in 1995. Left to mourn, his wife Violet, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and a large circle of other relatives and friends. Rev. Ray Rodgers conducted the funeral service on Tuesday, Dec. 22 at St. Stephen's United Church and Cemetery, New Melbourne. Pallbearers were Lester Sparkes, Barry Rodgers, Earl, Eugene, Roy and Edward Pryor. Funeral arrangements were by Hopkins Funeral Home.
Contributed by James Butler, 1999

Toronto Star, March 12, 2001

HAMMOND, Geraldine (Gerry) - (Longtime employee of Harlequin Books) Peacefully, on Sunday, March 11, 2001 at Parkview Home for the Aged in Stouffville, in her 77th year. Gerry, beloved wife of Donald. Dear mother of Karen and her husband Rob Croxall. Fondly remembered by her grandchildren David, Ryan and Olivia. Survived by her sister Ruby Sweetland. Lovingly remembered by family and friends in Toronto and St. John's, Newfoundland. Resting at the LOW & LOW FUNERAL HOME, UXBRIDGE, 23 Main Street South (905-852-3073) on Tuesday, March 13, 2001 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service to be held on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. from the Trinity United Church, Uxbridge. Spring interment, Uxbridge Cemetery. In Gerry's memory, donations to the Alzheimer Society of Durham Region would be appreciated. - Source: The Toronto Star 03/12/2001. Contributed by James Butler, 2001

The deceased was born Gerladine Butler at Port Rexton, NF

Hampton Union, New Hampshire, August 28, 2001
Laconia, New Hampshire, USA
Adeline ( Ellis ) Husson, 78

Died at her home Friday, August 24, 2001. She was born August 2, 1923 in Hants Harbour, Newfoundland, the daughter of George and Annie (Poole) Ellis. She was raised in Everett, Massachusetts (USA) before moving to Laconia. She is survived by her husband, two sons and two daughters and her brother, Edward Ellis. She was predeceased by her sister Ruth ( Ellis) Pelley.

The Clarenville Packet, Clarenville, NL, August 5, 2002
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden, untimely passing of this generous and compassionate man. Beloved husband to Joyce (nee Shock); loving father to Donald and Murray and their respective wives, Pat and Agnes. Fun loving grandfather to Karen, Mark and Donroy. He is survived by innumerable family and friends who will deeply miss him. Don was the biggest kid of all of us. Don was born August 21, 1927 in Port Union, Newfoundland, Don always held his roots close to his heart. Currently, a resident of Chepstow, Ontario. His early years were spent at sea, followed by 28 years of service at Liquid Carbonic as a truck driver. Don loved life and touched the lives of many people in countless ways. He was always ready to lend a hand, a loyal friend and gentle soul. A funeral service celebrating Don's life was held at the Tanner and Pearson Funeral Home, Walkerton (1106 Yonge Street South, 519-881-1273) on Wednesday, August 21, 2002, Don's 75th birthday. visitation at 11 a.m. until time of service at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

Vincent MacKay Hodder

Former Assistant Executive Secretary of NAFO (1971-1987)

HODDER, Vincent MacKay - 76, Assistant Executive Secretary of NAFO from 1971-1987, our colleague and friend died in Dartmouth, NS, June 25, 2003.

Vincent trained as a teacher at Memorial University and taught school for a number of years in Newfoundland. Later, he received his B.Sc. from McGill University and his M.Sc. from Memorial University. He was employed by the Fisheries Research Board, St. John's and the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO), Dartmouth. As a community volunteer, he was a member of the Ostomy Association of Nova Scotia, also a past member of Dartmouth and Wanderer's Lawn Bowling Clubs, and an avid bridge player.

He leaves behind his wife, Marguerite (Cooper), Dartmouth; his daughters, Linda Daley (Kelly) and Alison Bezanson (Mark); and his grandchildren, Darcy and Jeremy.

His family has requested that donations be made to Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.

On-line condolences may be sent to the family at:

Obituary provided by Karen Christopher, July 9, 2003.

RANDELL, Alonzo C. (Al) - Passed suddenly away at his late residence on Saturday, February 21st, 2004, Alonzo (Al) C. Randell, Aged 74 years. Predeceased by his parents Ern and Gladys; and youngest brother Reg. Leaving to mourn with fond and loving memories his wife Shirley; two daughters: Carolyn Jackman (Ed) and Barbara Randell; one son: Jim (Elaine); three grandchildren: Alan, Colin and Rebecca Jackman; three sisters: Neva Wendt, Ernestine Pope and Juanita Butler; one brother: Jim; also sisters and brothers-in-law Gay and Walter Fiander, Eric and Bev Bursey, Gerald and Celia Bursey, and Bill Bursey (Sheila), cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. At Al's request cremation has taken place. Visitation at Barrett's Funeral Home, 328 Hamilton Avenue on Monday from 2-4pm and 7-9pm. Funeral Service on Tuesday, February 24th, 2004 at 2:00 pm from Barrett's Chapel. Flowers gratefully accepted or donations in his memory can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Please visit to sign the memorial guest book.
February 21, 2004.
Mr. Randell was born at Port Rexton, Trinity Bay, NL.
(from Barrett's Funeral Home home page)

Garland Sheppard
December 28, 2004

Passed peacefully away at his residence in Gander on Wednesday, December 29th, 2004, Garland Sheppard, aged 70 years. Leaving to with mourn fond and loving memories are wife Ann, sons, Rick (Tina) of Gander, NL, and Andre ( Wilma) of Belleville, ON, grandchildren Thomas, Chase, Tianna, Michael and Steven; brothers, Albert (Sylvia) of Gander, NL, and Bruce (Daisy) of Gander, NL, sister Gloria Rose of Gander, NL, brothers in law Matt ( Patricia) White of Calgary, AB, Gordon (Sharon ) of Calgary, AB, Kevin ( Mavis- deceased) White of Chipman, AB, and Louis (Pat) of Culls Harbour, NL, sisters in law, Kathleen (Keith- deceased) of St. John's, NL, Patricia White of Leduc, AB and Yvonne White of Gander, NL, as well as a large number of other family and friends. Funeral service was held on Friday, December 31st, 2004 from St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Gander. Donations in Mr. Sheppard's memory can be made to the Gander SPCA. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander. To view our guestbook, please visit .

Note: Garland was born in Catalina, NL; son of Phillip Sheppard and Hazel Rowe. Obituary from Stacey's Funeral Home web page.




Transcribed by James Butler, 2001
Contributors as noted
Updated January 2, 2005 by Jim Butler
Revised by Jim Butler, 2002

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