Obituaries – 2023

KIRKLIN, Lily Avery (nee Bursey) – On January 10th, 2023, Lily Avery Kirklin earned her wings and went to walk with the angels at 97 years young.  Born to the little town of North West Brook, she was known to all as a fun, loving spirit with a zest for life. In her 97 years, she lived a full and extraordinary life with a story filled with love, loss, survival and strength. A true beauty or Queen in the eyes of her family. She filled everyone’s cup with her big love, sense of humor and positive attitude.  Lily loved to travel, dance, socialize and spend time with her family and friends. She was a devoted wife, mother, sister, nan and aunt to all. The Matriarch of her family. She went by many names- Aunt Lil, Nanny Rousa, Nanny Tat Tat, Miss Hollywood, The Queen.  We will miss her terribly and cherish our memories and carry her with us, always. Until we meet again, The Best Nan In All The Land. Predeceased by parents Joseph and Sarah Jane Bursey; husbands Ernest Robert Avery and Vernon Sidney Kirklin; brothers Edgar Bursey (Albina), Lawrence Bursey (Theresa); sister Hilda Walker (Charles); infant daughter Hilda Diane Avery and son Lawrence Jehu Avery. Left to mourn with fond and loving memories are her children Bertha Greening (Oliver), Clarenville, Karen McPherson (Clifford), Burleson, Texas and Irvin Kirklin (Sherry), Borger, Texas; grandchildren Gail Carter (Dean), Lisa Peddle (Terry), Kelly Greening Thoburn (Graham), Stepanie Avery (Lorne), Tiah Pelley (Larry), Carrie Stinson (Shannon), Michael McPhearson (Crystal), Tyler Kirklin (Marri), Trent Kirklin (Loren) and Tina Vey (Ray); great grand children Cody Avery, Ali Peddle, Spencer Carter, Claire Peddle, Lucas Thoburn, Cole Thoburn; Felicity Pelley, Oliver Pelley, Megan Avery (Devon), Brandon Vey, Corie Kirklin, Cal Kirklin, Hayes Kirklin and Cameron Kirklin; great great grandchild Maci Avery; and a large circle of family and friends.  Resting at Fewer’s Funeral Home, Clarenville on Wednesday, January 11 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  Funeral service 2:00 p.m. on Thursday at Fewer’s Memorial Chapel, Clarenville with interment to follow at the United Cemetery, Long Beach. A special Thank you to the staff at G B Cross Hospital for keeping Lily comfortable in her final days.  Also, the family would like to sincerely thank Dr. Jackie Elliott for the wonderful care she has given Lily over the years.  Finally, thank you to the beautiful staff of Clarenville Retirement Centre for treating her like their own.  She adored you all.


SMITH, Andrew GrantGrant passed away January 5, 2023, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Hodges Cove , Newfoundland on July 18th, 1975, he was the son of Andrew and Sheila Smith. Grant is survived and missed by his loving wife Rhonda (nee Comeau), cherished daughter Emmy , brother Ryan ( Sherri ) nieces and nephews Ryan, Kate, Liam and Kaven, Grandmother Gwen Peddle and In-laws Sharon and Ken Comeau, Karen and Norm Vincent, Brother-in law Chris Comeau and sisters-in law, Najala and Chelsea Misener. He left behind a large circle of aunts , uncles, cousins and friends. Grant had a 3 yearlong battle with leukemia. He remained strong, brave and gracious to the end. Grant graduated from the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland. After working for a few environmental companies, he found is home at Halifax water for the past 14 years as a Waste Water Treatment Supervisor. Grant was a foodie, BBQ enthusiast and the BIGGEST Pittsburgh Steelers fan! He loved road trips and tackling any handyman project he could find. It seemed there was nothing he couldn’t do once he set his mind to it. He was constantly learning new things and incredibly intelligent. He loved his family and 2 cats (Salty and Spicy) very much. The family want to thank the Nurses, Doctors and Staff of 8A , 8B and medical Day unit and paramedics. You were all a great source of support and kindness. Cremation has taken place and there will be no funeral or service. A Celebration of life will take place in the summer of 2023 . In lieu of flowers please donate to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or Nova Scotia SPCA.


Transcribed by Wanda Garrett. Page created January 2023. 

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