Obitaries – 1940s

LODER, Richard – There passed peacefully to his eternal reward, a well known friend in the person of Richard Loder on August 24th, 1944. Deceased was born at Hillview and was in his 68th year. He had been failing in health for the past year, sometimes having to keep to his bed, but prior to his death, he was able to be around and do light work. His occupation as mail-courier had endeared him to all with whom he came in contact, and it was on one of these occasions that he met his death. Coming from the station with the mail his horse took fright, throwing him from the waggon, and in less than an hour is passed away. He took an active part in all church and school matters, a constant attender at church, and we quote: “He will be missed, for his seat will be vacant. A loving husband and father and a good neighbour. Few, if any, were denied a favour if asked of him.” Very great sympathy is felt for the dear wife and mother in her lonely hours, and we wold commend her and her children to Him, who has promised to be “A father to the fatherless and a husband to the widow.” The late Mr. Loder was married twice, and from his first issue, five children survive him, and from the second six, besides three sisters, Mrs. John Adey, Adeyton, Mrs. W.J. Loder, St. John’s, Mrs. Wm. Newhook, Dildo, who also mourn his sad passing. Relatives and friends and the community as a whole, feel the loss of one so devoted and loyal. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. George Warren on August 27, taking his text from Esekial Chapter 22, part of verse 30. He preached a very appropriate sermon making mention of the lines of the well-known hymn deceased was heard to repeat only a few minutes before God called him, “My God is reconciled, His pardoning voice I hear.” The church was filled to capacity and the casket was covered with wreaths and flowers, showing the respect in which he was held, and so the cortege wended its way to the little cemetery on the hill, and as we commit all that is mortal of our beloved brother to Mother Earth, we would repeat the words,

“Death where is thy sting, where grave thy victory. On the resurrection morning, all the graves their dead restore, father, sister, child and mother, meet once more.”

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SMITH, George Vernon Samuel – The nine-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Smith, Little Heart’s Ease, who had been ill for a long time and who was being conveyed to the Walwyn Hospital by motor boat, died as it was being brought from the boat to a neighbour’s house here. The body was coffined and taken back to Little Heart’s Ease for burial. Deepest sympathy is extended to the bereaved parents. [Died May 22, 1946] (Western Star, June 21, 1946)

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SMITH, Gladys – There passed away at Gooseberry Cove on April 20, [1946] Gladys, wife of John Smith. Her death followed a lengthy illness, and left to mourn are her husband and eight children. (Western Star, May 31, 1946)

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SMITH, John B. – of Gooseberry Cove recently passed away [1947]. John B. Smith, was 46 years. (Western Star, August 29, 1947)

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SMITH, Simon – of Island Cove recently passed away [Died June 30, 1947]. Mr. Simon Smith was 84 years of age. (Western Star, August 29, 1947)

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SPURRELL, Eliza Ann  – The death occurred last week at Butter Cove of Mrs. Uriah Spurrell. Her sons, David and Robert, who were away working in the woods at Terra Nova, arrived just in time to attend the funeral. [Died February 7, 1946]. (Western Star, March 1, 1946)

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SPURRELL, Joyce – Mr. and Mrs. Moses Spurrell of Southport, will have the sympathy of their many friends on the loss of their daughter Joyce, who passed away on February 2 [1946]. Joyce was one of the twin girls born on Christmas Day. (Western Star, March 8, 1946)

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STRINGER, Priscilla [nee Smith] – There passed away at Hodge’s Cove after a long illness, Priscilla, wife of Gilbert Stringer, in her forty-third year. Left to mourn their sad loss are her husband, two sons and two daughters. Deepest sympathy is extended. [Died May 17, 1946] (Western Star, June 21, 1946)

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VOKEY, Mr. – On August 9, there passed away almost suddenly at North West Brook, Mr. Vokey, at the age of 78. At the time of his death he was living with his son, Cyril, who two years ago moved to North West Brook and started a business. His native home was at Thoroughfare, Trinity Bay. (Western Star, August 29, 1947)

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Transcribed by Wanda Garrett, April 2015

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