The Twine Loft – March 2020
Passed On: John Crosbie – St. John’s, N.L. politician, former N.L. Lieutenant Governor and Federal Fisheries Minister
Crosbie, 89, passed away on January 10 in St. John’s. He was born in St. John’s on January 30, 1931, to a prominent business and political family. He was the son of Chesley A. Crosbie, the head of the Crosbie mercantile group and leader of the Economic Union Party, which favoured free trade with the United States. His grandfather was Sir John Chalker Crosbie, a cabinet ...
The Twine Loft – February 2020
Passed On: Lindsay Petten – Port de Grave, N.L. fisherman
Petten, 46, passed away suddenly on December 23 while scuba diving with his son. A well-known and respected fisherman, he was the Captain of the Nautical Legend and son of fisherman Ches Petten.
Passed On: Bonnie Fudge – Brighton, N.L. fish plant worker
Fudge, 69, passed away on December 4. She was born in Brighton on July 21, 1950 to Althea and Selby Verge. She worked at her sister, Ida’s, post office and later at the ...
The Twine Loft – January 2020
Passed On: Malcolm MacEachern – Antigonish, N.S. fish plant worker
MacEachern, 91, passed away on November 11 at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital. In his early life, when his two brothers went overseas, he stayed at home to look after the family farm for his mother who was a widower. He began his working career as a fisherman’s helper and went to work in the woods with his friend, Johnny Adams, in Economy hauling logs where he worked his way up to teamster. He had his own truck hauling ...
The Twine Loft – December 2019
Passed On: Russell O’Connell – Upper Clyde, N.S. fish plant worker
O’Connell, 81, passed away on October 24. He was born in East Baccaro, August 5, 1938, to parents, Russell and Bertha (Smith) O’Connell. He was a hard worker and provided for his family with all his power. Russell worked many years as foreman at Cape Anne Seafood in Port La Tour and many other plants all over the county as long as his health would allow.
Passed On: Thomas Corrigan – Trepassey, N.L. lightkeepe...
The Twine Loft – November 2019
Passed On: Albert MacEachern – Cape George, N.S. fisherman
MacEachern, 82, passed away on September 18 at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish. Born in Antigonish, he was a son of the late Alex and Ruth (Conrad) MacEachern. A lifelong resident of ‘The Cape,’ he was a fisherman and a wooden boat builder. Boat building began at an early age with his father, who taught him the love of boats. When he retired, he began making model boats and lighthouses. Many of his model boats and ...
The Twine Loft – October 2019
Passed On: Gregory Bernard – Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation and Shubenacadie Mi’kmaw Nation, N.S. Fisherman
Bernard, 35, passed away on July 31. Born on July 2, 1984, in Antigonish, he was a son of Roger Sark and Nancy Ann Bernard. He was a fishing captain and fishing was his pride and joy and a big part of his life.
Passed On: Jim Morgan – St. John’s, N.L. Former N.L. Provincial Minister of Fisheries
Morgan, 79, passed away on August 4 at Pleasant View Towers in St. John’s. Born ...
The Twine Loft – July 2019
Passed On: Robert Colbourne – St. Lunaire-Griquet, N.L. fisherman
Colbourne, 52, passed away on May 28. He was born on April 25, 1967 to Eliza and Winston Colbourne and was the youngest of three children. He worked hard to provide for his family, unselfishly spending long periods of time at sea. He started fishing with his father when he was a teenager in L’Anse aux Meadows. After he was married, he went to Ontario for three summers sandblasting and painting. He then started fishing in ...
The Twine Loft – June 2019
Passed On: Niko Clair – Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation, N.S. fisherman
Clair, 29, died tragically with his cousin, Ozzy Clair, on April 8, 2019, in his home of Paqtnkek Mikmaw Nation, Antigonish County. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his brothers and loved to teach anyone who wanted to learn. He was a prankster with a contagious laugh and smile. He often volunteered and was there for anyone in time of need, especially when the community needed a fire keeper for ceremonies or funerals. He ...
The Twine Loft – May 2019
Passed On: Robert Comeau – Meteghan Centre, N.S. machinist
Comeau, 86, passed away on March 3 at home. Born in Meteghan River, he was a son of the late Albenie and Marguerite (Melanson) Comeau. He joined the army on August 4, 1950 where he trained at Camp Borden and afterwards in Petawawa with the 1st Battalion R.C.R. He was awarded his Paratroopers Wings on Jan. 26, 1951 in Rivers, Manitoba. Robert served in Korea from March 1952–March 1953. He was awarded the U.N. Medal, Korean Medal and ...
The Twine Loft – March 2019
Passed On: William Parsons – Salmon Cove, N.L. labour
Parsons passed away on January 26 at the Carbonear General Hospital following a brief bout with pancreatic cancer. He left his home in Flatrock at the age of 16 to teach, but soon realized that the classroom was not for him, so he moved on to the iron ore mine in what is now Labrador City. Having not yet reached the mandatory age to work in the mine, he worked in the kitchen until his 18th birthday. He signed his first union ...