Obituaries – 1910s

AVERY, Mrs. Isaac – Messrs. Crosbie and Whiteway had a telegram this morning from Grate’s Cove, informing them of the death of Mrs. Isaac Avery, which sad event occurred at 10.15 last night. Mr. Avery is a prominent merchant of the place and the deceased lady, his wife, was a sister of Mrs. Whitemarsh, wife of the esteemed pastor of Cochrane St. Church. she was formerly a Miss Frost, of Northern Bight and had been ill for some time. Her brother Mr. Wm. Frost, is at present in the city. Mrs. Avery was a kindly charitable woman and her many friends will learn of her death with keen sorrow. The funeral takes place tomorrow. To her bereaved relatives, the Telegram extends its condolence. (The Evening Telegram, April 1, 1913)


AVERY, Norman – of Southport, T.B., who boarded the express [train] at Bishop’s Falls at 10 p.m. yesterday [January 21, 1915], feeling ill, died on the train at 6 o’clock this morning. The remains were brought in by the express this afternoon, and taken to the morgue in charge of Detective Byrne. No particulars as to the nature of the man’s illness are at hand at the time of writing, but it is presumed that he had been working for the Central Forests Company in the lumber woods where he contracted a chill and was returning to his home at Southport. The remains will be confined at the morgue and sent to the deceased man’s home for interment by Undertaker Connolly. (The Evening Telegram, January 22, 1912)


BENSON, Mary Ann – We are sorry to have to record the death of Mary Ann Benson, the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Benson of this place. The young lady, who was a general favorite, was only in her nineteenth year. She had contracted a severe cold, which she never got rid of, and which eventually led to consumption. She was laid to rest in our grave yard and the attendance on that occasion showed the esteem in which the young lady was held. The sympathy of all goes out to Mr. and Mrs. Benson in their great sorrow. “I know thy sorrow – see thy daily grief. I count thy suffering and do send relief.” Claypits, Random, T.B. (St. John’s Daily Star, May 21, 1918)


BUTLER, Arthur – Fell asleep in Jesus at Hodge’s Cove, Random, Trinity, Arthur (Arthur) darling child of Rev. W.A. and Lilian Butler, age 15 months. Safe in the Arms of Jesus (Western Star, January 5, 1916)


BUTLER, Madeline – LOST LITTLE GIRL –  Much sympathy will be felt for the Rev. W. A. and Mrs. Butler of Hodge’s Cove, Random, T. B., on the loss of their little daughter Madeline, aged eight months, whose death occurred at their home on Tuesday last. Little one had been ailing for some time and the tender nursing of her devoted parents proved of no avail when the dread disease of dysentery had set in. (St. John’s Daily Star, September 27, 1917)

FLYNN, James V. – At Heart’s Ease, on the 11th inst., [11 July 1912] James V., youngest son of William and Margaret Flynn, aged 4 1/2 years. (Evening Telegram July 22, 1912)


FROST, Mrs. Nehemiah [Jane] – Mr. Watson yesterday had the intelligence that Mrs. [Jane] Frost, widow of the late Nehemiah Frost, had died at her residence at Hillview, T.B., Saturday evening [July 6, 1918]. The deceased lady who was of a kindly charitable disposition was well known and her death will be sincerely regretted. Among the bereaved children are Mr. Wm. J. Frost, merchant, Hillview; Mrs. Whitemarsh, wife of Rev. C.A. Whitemarsh, M.A., B.D. The Star expends its condolence to the bereaved family. (St. John’s Daily Star, July 10, 1918)


Mrs. Nehemiah Frost
A message received by Mr. Watson yesterday announces the death, on Saturday last at Hillview, T.B., of Mrs. Frost, widow of the late Nehemiah Frost, Esq., J.P. The deceased lady was of a most charaitable and hospitable nature and had many friends here and throughout Trinity Bay who will regret to hear of her death. Her husband predeceased her a few years ago. Among her children left to mourn her are Mr. William J. Frost, merchant of Hillview and Mrs. Whitemarsh, wife of the Rev. C.A. Whitemarsh, B.D. We extend our sympathy with the relatives of the deceased. (Evening Telegram, July 9, 1918)



FROST, Walter – Seaman Drowned. Sunday fortnight while the schooner St. Joseph was sailing along under a fair wind off Grate’s Cove, Walter Frost, a member of the crew was lost overboard and drowned. The deceased seaman belonged to Hllview and was married with a wife and family. He was also the support of an aged mother and crippled father. The body was not recovered. (Evening Telegram, December 4, 1919)


GARDNER, Mary Ann (nee Langer) – Levi Gardner, of the Horwood Lumber Company, received a message from Bonaventure, T. B., yesterday, conveying the sad intelligence of the death of his mother, Mary Ann Gardner, who passed peacefully away on Tuesday, November 11th [1913]. Deceased is mother of Rev. Elias W. Gardner, late of Battle Harbor, Arthur, at Pittsburg, Pa., John, at Smith’s Sound, T. B., and two daughters at home, and three stepsons. (Reprinted from the Evening Telegram, November 12, 1913)


MARTIN, George – Died at Heart’s Ease – Mr. George Martin, of Heart’s Ease, T.B., who left the General Hospital last Sunday week in ambulance pronounced incurable, died at his late home last Monday [December 4, 1911], leaving a widow and one child. Deceased was in his 55th year. His widow writes to Mr. Eli Whiteway the sad news, thanking him for the great kindness that was shown by him to herself and her husband while in the city. Mr. Martin was buried at Little Heart’s Ease, T.B., Wednesday and had a large funeral. (The Evening Telegram, December 15, 1911).


PEDDLE, William – Injuries prove fatal – Saturday Hon. R. Watson Colonial Secretary, had a message from the operator at Northern Bight, saying that Wm. Peddle of Little Heart’s Ease, who met an accident by falling among the machinery in a saw mill there, had died from his injuries. He was taken across the Bay to Heart’s Content after the accident and Dr. Anderson did all possible for him, but to no purpose. The man had been fatally hurt. Much sympathy is expressed for the poor fellow’s relatives.  (Note: according to the Vital Statistics, William Peddle died on October 17, 1912 at the age of 41 years.)


VEY, John – The passed away on Sunday at Southport, Trinity Bay, in the person of Mr. John Vey, one whom for good sterling qualities it is hard to beat. Mr. Vey was one of the old school, upright, honest and just in all his dealings, and will be sadly missed by many. The writer knew Mr. Vey for over forty years and can testify to the above. For his widow and children the deepest sympathy is felt. (The Evening Telegram, September 4, 1916)

VEY, John – There passed away at Southport, Long Beach, Random, Trinity Bay on Sunday Sept. 3rd a well-known and greatly respected planter, Mr. John Vey, who altho over the alloted span of three score and ten, was very active and able to attend to his business, until a few months ago. Not feeling well he came on to St. John’s for medical treatment and entered the General Hospital expecting to have to undergo an operation for internal trouble. The doctors found they could not do anything for him as his case was pronounced hopeless, and he returned home with his wife. Reaching home his strength began to fail rapidly when on Sunday at 11 a.m. he peacefully passed away to his everlasting rest. John Vey’s earthly life was an indication of a sterling christian character which he was always known to bear and his demise will be deeply regretted by his numerous friends and acquaintances all through the North and South of Trinity Bay. Mr. Vey has passed leaving to his devoted and bereaved widow a great consolation of comfort that he has been safely landed over from the earthly life to the Everlasting Life beyond where sorrow has vanquished; his labor were ended; his Jordan passed. (St. John’s Daily Star, September 4, 1916.)


VEY, Rachel (nee Smith) – Gone but not Forgotten. (To the Editor). Dear Sir, – Will you please allowed me space in your most … paper to record the death of Mrs. Rachel Vey, wife of Mr. James Vey, who passed to the beyond on Dec. 21st. She was only 42 years of age. She had suffered her painful illness for a month. She was a … worker for more than 3 years. She will be missed by all round. She leaves to mourn, a husband, two sons and two daughters, mother and father, three sisters and two brothers, also a large circle of relatives and friends. She was laid to rest in the C. of E. cemetery on Dec. 23rd. The service was conducted by Rev. W.A. Butler. We extend our sincere sympathy.

A precious one from them is gone,
A voice they loved is still,
A chair stands vacant in their home
Which never can be filled.

And her husband and little children,
Feel it lonely in their home,
But they know she is in Heaven
And the Lord’s Will must be done.

When their toil on earth is ended
They will meet with her once more,
they will be forever blended
Over on the golden shore Where.

Two cousins, Long Beach, Random (Reprinted from The Evening Advocate, January 22, 1919, page 5)


Transcribed by Wanda Garrett, April 2015. Last updated September 2019

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