The Twine Loft – June 2023
Passed On: Roland LeBlanc — Saulnierville, N.S. fisherman and fisheries scientist
LeBlanc, 65, passed away in Yarmouth, N.S. on April 20, 2023. He was born in Saulnierville on December 3, 1957. In his early days, he worked on a trawler and as a lobster fisherman. In 1996, LeBlanc found his true calling when he was hired to be part of the development of an interactive program on the life cycle of Atlantic salmon at École Secondaire de Clare, Meteghan River. The school maintained a function...
The Twine Loft – May 2023
Passed On: William Cox — Shelburne, N.S. shipbuilder
Cox, 105, passed away on March 23, 2023, in Halifax, N.S. He was born in Shelburne on October 6, 1917. A fifth-generation master shipbuilder, Cox took an interest in the trade at a young age. From age 10, his after-school job was helping his father lay down the lines of ships in the drafting loft of the old mill. By 1940, he began to serve Canada’s war effort by building motor torpedo boats in Montreal and served in the navy as a ...
The Twine Loft – April 2023
Passed On: Earl MacKinnon — Inverness, N.S. fisherman
MacKinnon, 48, passed away on February 5, in Inverness. He was born in Inverness on March 15, 1974. After spending many years pipelining in Alberta, he returned home to work as a fisherman. MacKinnon was a dependable helper who loved being on the ocean working alongside his brothers Junior and Walker.
Passed On: Leonard Henry — Saint John, N.B. boatbuilder
Henry, 70, passed away on February 14, in Saint John. He was born on ...
The Twine Loft – March 2023
Passed On: Bernard Halloran — St. John’s, N.L. businessman and sealing advocate
Halloran, 67, passed away at home on January 13. He was born on December 20, 1955, in Sydney, N.S. He and his wife, Cindy, moved to St. John’s in 1983 to run what would become a family business, Always in Vogue — a proprietor of sealskin products. He was a steadfast advocate for the Newfoundland and Labrador sealing industry, regularly acting as the voice of opposition to both local and international ...
The Twine Loft – February 2023
Passed On: Gerard Lewis — Liverpool, N.S. fisherman
Lewis, 66, passed away on November 29 in Bridgewater, N.S. He was born in Charlottetown, P.E.I. Among a variety of other jobs, he spent time as a lobster fisherman.
Passed On: Patricia Tarr — Western Head, N.S. fish plant worker
Tarr, 68, passed away at her home in Western Head on December 9. She was born in Liverpool, N.S. She spent part of her life working for Bluewave Fisheries and Mersey Seafoods.
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The Twine Loft – January 2023
Passed On: Matthew Petten — Port de Grave, N.L. fisherman
Petten, 87, passed away in Carbonear on November 20. He was born on May 14, 1935 in Port de Grave. A man of the sea, he was a fisherman for most of his life. He told many stories about fishing adventures on the 32-foot 8 Acadia, the Old Grey, Island Star, and the Miss June. Adorned in his blue coveralls and knitted blue toque, he spent many hours in the harbour working in the stage, on the boat and on his roadside monument in Port de ...
The Twine Loft – December 2022
Passed On: Ronald Newell — Clark’s Harbour, N.S. fisherman and mariner
Newell, 87, passed away in Yarmouth on October 6. He was a fisherman in his early years and in 1966 he became the first coxswain of the first lifeboat 101 at Clark’s Harbour where he remained until he retired in 1995 due to leukemia.
Passed On: Russell Enslow — West Green Harbour, N.S. fisherman and fish plant worker
Enslow, 87, passed away on October 7. He was born in West Green Harbour on October 28, ...
The Twine Loft – November 2022
Passed On: Donnie Deveau – Petit Étang, N.S. fisherman
Deveau, 65, passed away on September 4, 2022. He was born in Cheticamp, N.S. on July 3, 1957. In 1986, he realized the dream of spending some time on the water when he bought a crab fishing enterprise in Area 19 off his beloved Cheticamp. He loved being on the water and went on to grow the business, eventually expanding into the groundfish fishery in the gulf and the tuna fishery off southwestern N.S. He would remain captain aboard the ...
The Twine Loft – October 2022
Passed On: Reginald Anstey – Mount Pearl, N.L. labour leader
Anstey, 76, passed away on August 7. Born on October 23, 1945, he will be remembered for being a strong leader in the labour movement and a passionate champion of the fishery and for playing such an important role in the province’s social and economic development. He was most recently appointed to one of the three provincially-appointed seats on the Canada-Newfoundland Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (CNLOPB). He had been named ...
The Twine Loft – September 2022
Passed On: William “Bill” Williams – Allendale, N.S. fisherman
Williams, 78, formerly of Allendale, passed away on July 20 at the Surf Lodge Nursing Home in Lockeport. Born on August 29, 1943, he was the only child of the late William Albert Williams, Sr. and Ida Marian (Langille) Hupman. Growing up on Point Street in Lockeport’s North-End, he had a life-long attachment to the sea. With the exception of an early 1960s military stint that took him from Nova Scotia to Gagetown, Kingston ...