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The Telegram Births
May 2009


BERLIN/SCANLON - Born to Derek and Jennifer on May 12, 2009, at the HSC, a beautiful daughter, Marya Danielle. A special sister for Ella. Proud grandparents are Bernie and Deanna Berlin, Edmonton and Joseph and Marion Scanlon, St. John's.

BISHOP - Proud parents Mark and Kelly (Philpott) and big brother Brady are thrilled to announce the arrival of Rebecca Michaela, born May 28, 2009, at HSC, weighing 8 lbs. 9 ozs. Proud grandparents Garry and Madonna Philpott and John and Mary Bishop. Watching over from heaven, a special angel, great-grandmother Mary Murphy. Special thanks to Dr. Krista Brown for her excellent prenatal care and delivery, as well as the case room nurses and staff of 5NB, especially nurses Rose and Christa.

BUTLER - Big Brother, Darcy, along with Dad and Mom, Greg and Calla (Hall), would like to announce the birth of their little half-pint, ALEX GREGORY, born May 7th, 2009, weighing 6 pounds, 12 ounces. Dad and Mom would like to say a heartfelt thank-you to Dr. Heidi Kravitz for all her special care over the last four years and also thank-you to nurse, Donna Bradley, for coaching us through a very quick delivery. A huge thank-you also to all of our family and friends for all of their visits, presents and well-wishes - we love and appreciate each and everyone.

CROKE - Dion and Wendy are thrilled to announce the arrival of their beautiful son and daughter. Riley Richard Thomas (weighing 6 lbs and 15 oz) and Haley Ellen Margaret (weighing 5 lbs and 14 oz) were born on May 26, 2009, just one minute apart. Welcoming Riley and Haley are proud Grandparents Richard and Margaret Croke of St. John's and Jim and Ellen Croke of St. Brendans, along with many aunts, uncles and cousins. Special thanks for our double blessing to Dr. Healey and the nursing staff at the WHC for their help in making our dreams come true, to Dr. Brown and case room staff for our angels safe delivery, and the staff of the MFAU and 5NB for their wonderful care.

DALTON/WALSH - Congratulations to Jason & Jennifer Dalton on the arrival of their first child Avery Elizabeth, born May 30, 2009 weighing 7 lbs 4.8 oz in Port Perry, ON. First grandchild to Tom & Joan Walsh of Holyrood & second grandchild to Bob & Betty Dalton of Conception Hr. Thanks to Dr. Sonya Cull and the medical staff at Port Perry Hospital.

DORSEY/STEEVES - Meredith Steeves and Frank Dorsey proudly announce the arrival of their son Liam Fisher Dorsey. Liam was born 16 May 2009 in Jupiter, Florida, weighing 7 lbs. 7.6 ozs. and is the grandson of Allen and Elaine Steeves of St. John's, NL and of the late Bud and late Peggy Dorsey of West Virginia, U.S.A.

DUNN - Gord and Debbie (Casey) are proud to announce the safe and long awaited arrival of their precious baby boy, Zackery Thomas Dunn. Zackery was born May 22, 2009 weighing in at 8 lbs. 5 ozs. Welcoming Zackery to the family are proud grandparents Gerry and Marion Casey and looking down from heaven are grandparents Harold and Eileen Dunn. We never dreamed a baby boy could bring such happiness, joy and love to our family.

FARRELL/HEEMSKERK - Born to Brian and Laura on May 11, 2009 in British Columbia, a precious daughter, ANNELIESE GRETA. She was born at Victoria General Hospital, weighing 7 lbs. 12 ozs. Anneliese was welcomed with much love by her parents and sharing in their joy are first time grandparents Tony and Maria Heemskerk of Victoria, BC and Robert and Barbara Farrell of the Goulds, NL. Also delighted and excited by Anneliese's arrival are Uncle Matthew, Ingrid, Aunt Coleen, Gustav, Aunt Erin, Doug, Uncle James and a large circle of cousins, other relatives and friends.

HAND-HUMPHRIES - Proud parents Jillian and Dale and sister Cordelia would like to announce the birth of the new addition to their family, a baby boy, Riley Malcolm. Riley was born at home in the Goulds on May 11, 2009, weighing 7 pounds, 7 ounces. Jillian and Dale would like to send out a special thank you to midwife Jayme Safine, and the rest of the labor support team - Tina, Emily and Kara - we couldn't have done it without you.

LONDON - Greg and Paige (nee Yabsley) are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Anna Claire, on May 6, 2009, at 5:24 am, weighing 6 lbs. 7 oz. Anna is welcomed by her two special sisters Sydney and Kate; proud grandparents Dick and Paula Yabsley, Dwight and Karen Conwell, and Paul and Judy London; great-grandmothers Marjorie Rogers and Geraldine Logan; aunts and uncles Jillian and Chris, Peter and Jennifer, and Heather; and cousins Chloe and Ciara, Nathan and Jane, and Emma and Benjamin. A special thank you to Dr. O'Shea for all his incredible love and support over the past few years!!

McDONALD - It's a girl! Pam (Martin) and Scott are thrilled to announce the birth of their first child, Abigale Madonna McDonald. Their precious baby girl was born May 16, 2009, at the Health Sciences weighing 8lbs 6oz. Proudly welcoming baby Abigale are grandparents (first-time) Dan and Madonna Martin, Barb McDonald, Bill McDonald, great-grandmothers Bride Martin and Mildred Neville, as well as many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Many heartfelt thanks to you all for your love, support and gifts. Thank-you to Dr. Lacelle and the nurses of 5NB for their excellent care. Mommy and Abigale would like to thank Daddy for being the best husband and Daddy that we could have ever hoped for! XO

McGRATH - Curtis and Nancy (nee Pike) are delighted to announce the arrival of their precious daughter Hope Esther, born May 6, 2009, at the HSC. Big brother Kurt and Big sister Kacie proudly welcome their new little sister. Hope is a treasured granddaughter for James & Esther Pike of Mt. Carmel, and Ellen and Cyril McGrath, and Great Bingo Nanny Theresa McGrath of St. Brides. Hope has a special Aunt Carol Ann watching over her from heaven. Special thanks to Aunties Pam and Mary for taking care of Kurt and Kacie before Hope's arrival. Also big thanks to Dr. Norah Duggan who made a special trip to the hospital just to catch Hope as she made her quick entrance, and for your continued care & support.
"Biggly or littley... you're all my favourites"
Sam McBratney

MERCER - Introducing Sarah Afonso Mercer. Another sweet smile to brighten our day! Sarah was born on May 28th, 2009, at 1:19 p.m., weighing 5 lbs. and 1 ounce. Stephen, Maria (Afonso) and big sister Grace are "over the moon" to finally have our family increased by "two sweet little feet". Heartfelt thanks to all of our family, friends, neighbours, and colleagues who have continually offered us encouragement and support on our long journey to Sarah. A big thank you to the doctors and nurses of the Women's Health Centre and NL Fertility Services, especially Dr. Terry O'Grady and her talented, caring team. Mommy and Daddy especially thank Grace for being such a wonderful and caring big sister to are everything we knew you'd be. We are very proud of you and love you very much! Sarah is also welcomed by loving grandparents Angela Afonso and David and Regina Mercer. Thank you for all that you do every day! Twelve aunts and uncles, eight cousins (two on the way) join in our joy. Poppy Afonso is watching over his little Sarah from heaven every day with love and kisses.

MULLINS - Craig and Janice (Finlay) are delighted to announce the arrival of their beautiful daughter Grace Olivia, born Sunday, May 17th, 2009, weighing 5 lbs, 14 oz. Welcoming Grace is grandmother Tina Mullins, first time grandparents George and Fita Finlay, and great-grandmother Mary Cheeseman. Also welcoming Grace are Aunts Natalie (Sam) and Tanya, and uncles Chris (Beth) and Danny (Kim), along with a large circle of family and friends. Watching over her from heaven is her grandfather Bob and great-aunt Paula. Special thanks to the nurses and doctors in the case room and 5NB who took such great care of us.

NASH - Junior and Angela (Mallard) are thrilled to announce the arrival of their first child, a precious baby boy, Jamieson Thomas. Jamieson was born on May 27th, 2009, at 6:38 p.m., weighing 7 lbs. 14 ozs. Welcoming Jamieson with much love are proud grandparents Theresa and John Nash, first time grandparents Jim and Janet Mallard, and great-grandparents Basil and Marjorie Grouchy, Helen Mallard and Theresa Careen. Also welcoming Jamieson are Aunt Jill and Uncle Earl, Aunt Jenny, Uncle Chris and Kerri, cousins Michael and Bradley, Derek and a large circle of family and friends. Also, watching over Jamieson and sending his love from heaven is his Uncle Jamie. Special thanks to Dr. Kravitz for her excellent prenatal care and all those involved in making sure our little angel arrived safely.

NIPPARD - Jason and Krista (Stead) along with big brother Kobe are thrilled to announce the birth of their second child, Ella Krista born at 9:24 a.m. on May 12, 2009, weighing 10 lbs., 15 oz., at the Health Sciences Centre. A very special thank you to Dr. Colleen Cook for the excellent prenatal care and to Dr. Joanne White for the safe delivery of our baby girl. Thank you to the wonderful staff in the caseroom and 5NB. As well, special thanks to Sue Harding and Pat Follett from the MFAU.

OKE - Chad and Leah (nee Cole), along with big sister Ella, are proud to announce the arrival of their second child, a precious baby boy, Tyler Scott, weighing 8 lbs. 15 ozs, born on May 27, 2009 at Grey Nuns Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta. Welcoming Tyler are proud grandparents Angela and Ellis Cole, Brenda and Scott Oke; great-grandparents Ellis Cole Sr., Sylvia Oke and Annie St. George.

O'DRISCOLL- Allan and Geri-Lynn (Devereaux) and big sister Jane are excited to announce the arrival of their daughter Erin Josephine, born May 19, 2009, weighing 9 pounds 13 oz. Erin is welcomed by proud grandparents Geri & Joe Devereaux and Josephine & Allan O'Driscoll and a multitude of aunts, uncles and cousins. A Special thank you to Dr. Cook and the staff of 5NB for their excellent medical care.

O'DRISCOLL/WALSH - Nathan is a big brother! Francis and Wanda Lee are thrilled to announce the arrival of their precious little princess Natalie Mary Lillian, born May 14th, 2009 @ 12:46 p.m., weighing 8 lbs. Welcoming Natalie are Nanny and Poppy, Mary and Willie O'Driscoll and One Nan, Lillian Walsh. Watching over Natalie from heaven above, special guardian angel, Aunt Cathy. Special thanks to Dr. Annette McCarthy for her excellent prenatal care, to Dr. Cherry Pike for the safe delivery, to caseroom nurse, Connie and the staff of 5NB. Mommy and Natalie would like to thank Daddy and Nathan for all their love and support.

O'NEILL - Chris and Karen are thrilled to announce the birth of their second little girl, Alison Claire, on May 9, 2009 at 9:56 a.m., weighing 7 lbs. 6.5 ozs. She is welcomed by her big sister Morgan, and proud grandparents, Patrick and Merle O'Neill, Walter and Sheila Power, as well as a large circle of family and friends. Thank you to Drs. Hillman and Kum for their prenatal care, Dr. Kennedy for a safe delivery, and Dr. Forward. A special heartfelt thank you to all of mommy's friends and co-workers on 5NB and the Caseroom, especially Lavinia, for all your care and support during and after the delivery. Thank you especially to Daddy for all his love and support - We love you!

O'REILLY - Dale, Robyn and big sister Rachel are proud to announce the arrival of Liam Fergus, born May 8th, 2009, at 9:45 a.m. weighing 8 lbs. 5 oz. Proud grandparents are Dale and Robyn (Whelan). Welcoming Liam are grandparents Brenda and Thomas Yard, Carmel O'Reilly and great-grandparents John and Jose Whelan and Emily O'Reilly, aunt Jessyka Yard, uncle Dana O'Reilly (Lisa) and cousin Selena. As well as a large circle of family and friends, Watching over Liam from heaven is Poppy Fergus O'Reilly. Thanks to Dr. Cherry Pike, the case room staff, the nurses of 5NB. Mommy and Liam would like to send out a special thank you to Daddy and big sister Rachel for all their love and support.

PEARCEY - Thank Heaven for Baby Boys! Dan and Christine (Clements) are thrilled to announce the arrival of their precious baby boy, Alexander Daniel, born on May 24, 2009, at 11:03 a.m., weighing 7 lbs. 8 ozs. Welcoming Alexander is his sister Samantha and proud grandparents Bob and Carm Clements and Lorraine Pearcey. Alexander is also welcomed by Uncle Stephen (Lisa), Aunt Yvonne (Mike), Great-Grandparents Agatha Waterman, Thomas Lee, Kay and Gordon Clements, furry friends Chloe and Colby, as well as many other family and friends. Watching over Alexander from Heaven are his special guardian angels, his grandfather Robert Pearcey and Uncle Tony. Special thanks to all the Doctors and Case Room Nurses who took care of us along the way. Extra special thanks to Daddy for all his love and support.
This precious soul, so sweet and new.
This little life a dream come true.
A wonderful gift, so precious and sweet.
Our hearts are full, our lives complete.

PRITCHETT - Iain, Danielle and big sister, Chloe are absolutely thrilled to announce the birth of Liam Alexander on May 20, 2009, weighing 7 lbs. 7 ozs. at the Health Sciences Centre, St. John's. Baby Liam is the 2nd grandson for Linda and Sterling Pritchett of Gambo and Bonnie and Cyril Baker of Glovertown. Also welcoming Liam are cousins: Benjamin, Khiya, Mathieu and Yasmin.

ROCHE - Brian and Cindy (Nurse) are thrilled to announce the birth of their first child, Benjamin Robert, born on May 20, 2009, weighing 8 lbs. 7 ozs. Benjamin is welcomed by proud grandparents Robert and Catherine Nurse of St. John's and Richard and Gertrude Roche of Logy Bay. Also delighted with Benjamin's arrival are Great-Grandparents - Gerald Roche, Mary Nurse and Bridget Hawco, Aunt - Jennifer, Uncles - Greg, Stephen, Christopher and Matthew, along with Cousins - Michael and Jackson. Special thanks to Dr. Lake and Dr. Cook for their excellent prenatal care and to the HSC case room staff for making sure our little one arrived safely. Welcome to the world Benjamin, we all love you very much!

STARKES - Greg, Pam (Tucker), and big brother Eric are thrilled to announce the early, but safe arrival of Emily Clara Anne. Emily was born May 30, 2009, at 7:34 p.m. weighing 9 lbs. 4 oz. Welcoming Emily are very proud grandparents Philip and Barb Tucker, Fred and Ruby Starkes, great-grandmother Anne Tucker and Poppy Ralph Parsons. Emily is also welcomed by Aunt Tracey Tucker, Uncle Jason Starkes, Aunt Amy Tucker Groves, Uncle George Groves and furry friends Bruno and Boomer. We are especially grateful to Dr. Kum for his wonderful care of Mommy and Emily. Thank you also to Dr. Kum's team and the wonderful staff in the case room and the 5th floor. Special thank you to Daddy for holding down the fort during Mommy and Emily's hospital stays.

SULLIVAN - Dean and Dawn (Kavanagh) and big brother Noah are proud to announce the arrival of Sofia Theresa Janice. Sofia was born on May 9, 2009, at 9:12 a.m., weighing 5 lbs. 1 oz. Welcoming Sofia to the family are proud grandparents Robert and Theresa Kavanagh of St. John's along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Thanks to the staff of the Foothills Clinic in Calgary and Dr. Healey, Dr. Caines and the nurses of 5NB for their excellent pre-natal care. Thanks also to the case room staff for the safe delivery of Sofia, especially nurse Mandy, Dr. Sawwan and Dr. Kennedy. Last, but not least, thank you to the nurses of the NICU for their loving care of Sofia during her stay there.

SWEENEY - Trevor, Gillian (Kennedy) and big brother Michael are happy to introduce the newest member of their family. ALEXANDER EDWARD was born on May 8th, 2009, at 8:29 a.m. weighing 8 lbs. 6 ozs and measuring 20 inches. Alexander is welcomed by proud grandparents Peter and Carol Kennedy and Ed and Patricia Sweeney, aunts Janice and Angie, uncles Peter and Bill (Lindsay), cousins Brittany and Dillon and great-grandmothers Jesse Sweeney and Dorothy Swain. Special thanks again to Dr. Cherry Pike for her excellent prenatal care and Alexander's safe delivery. Thanks to all the caseroom and obstetrics staff for their exceptional care especially Dr. Jeremy Predham and nurses Judy Lester, Simone Tricott-Connors and Cathy Broaders, We would also like to say thanks to aunt Janice for taking such good care of us when we came home from the hospital and to all our family and friends for their love and support.

THOMAS - Geoff and Sheri and big brother, Joel, are thrilled to announce the birth of twin girls. Kerin Maria, born on May 30, 2009, (weighing 7 lbs., 4 ozs) and trailing four minutes behind Rayah Eve (weighing 6 lbs., 1 oz). Welcoming the girls are Nanny & Poppy Coombs (Sandra and Lincoln) and Grandma & Grampy Thomas (Lillian & Gilbert) as well as our family & friends. Special thanks to Dr. Healey & WHC Nursing Staff.

TURPIN - I have a new baby sister. She's as sweet as can be. I'll be the best big brother. You just wait and see. Jack is proud to announce that his little sis, KATE BRIDGET was born on May 27, 2009 at 9:12 am weighing 8 pounds 5 ounces. Also welcoming princess Kate are her parents, Alec and Tannis (nee Moore), grandparents Linda and Alex Turpin, and Minnie & Bill Burrage. Kate is also welcomed by her aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. We would like to thank the staff in the Case Room, who gave us extra special care that day. A thank you to Dr. Terry O'Grady & Dr. Erica Fowler for the safe Delivery of Kate. We would also like to thank Dr. Gill for his care and attention throughout the pregnancy.

WHITE - "Even Miracles Take a Little Time" Cinderella. Well this little miracle took 1505 days. Born May 8, 2009, Chongqing, China. Kiara Kai Isabell Grace became part of our family August 17, 2010. Welcoming Kiara Kai into their hearts and homes are proud parents Wayne and Michelle, grandparents Isabell and Bill Oliver, first time grandparents Grace and George White, aunts and uncles Kim and Ryan, Barrie and Charmaine, Diane and Maurice, Anne and Tom, John and Sandy; cousins: Justin and Kendra and her new buddy Jack. We would like to thank the members of NFLAM for all their encouragement and support and, in particular, Ramona and Emma Cole, Cathy, Don and Lily Roche, Libby, Dave, Holly and Christopher Dyer, and special friend Herma Dunn. It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes many people to bring a child into your home. We will be forever grateful to anyone who had a part in bringing Kiara Kai to us.

WILLIAMSON - Michael and Lisa (Marnell) are thrilled to announce the arrival of their first child, a precious baby boy, Nathan Thomas, on May 30, 2009, at 11:29 p.m., weighing 7 lbs. 3½ ozs. Welcoming Nathan are proud first-time grandparents Tom and Betty Marnell of St. John's and grandparents Vernon and Ruby Williamson of Nouvelle, Quebec. Also welcoming Nathan are uncle Tom Marnell, aunt Penney Marnell, aunt Debbie Williamson and family. Special thanks to Daddy and Nanny Marnell for their support during delivery. Also special thanks to nurses at HSC for a safe delivery.

WOOD - Big brother Jacob is proud to announce the safe arrival of his beautiful sister Emma Olivia, born on May 30, 2009, weighing 7 lbs. 12 ozs. Delighted parents are Jason and Angela Wood. Thrilled grandparents are Jack & Jocelyn Wood and Elwood & Joy Reid. Thanks to Dr. Gill, Dr. Caines and 5th floor staff at HSC.


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