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 fish plant in Triton.
Passed On: Clarence Smith – Clark’s Harbour, N.S. fisherman
Smith, 82, passed away on December 31 at the Surf Lodge Nursing Home. Born on April 6, 1937 in Clark’s Harbour, Shelburne County, he was the son of the late Frederick and Eva Smith. He was a fisherman who loved being on the water.
Passed On: Harold Murphy – Sable River, N.S. fisherman
Murphy, 91, passed away on December 28 at the Surf Lodge Nursing Home. Born on East Ragged Island, Shelburne County, he was the son of Milton and Adena (Matthews) Murphy. He will be remembered as a fisherman and mechanic.
Passed On: Gordon Malloy – East Green Harbour, N.S. fisherman
Malloy, 71, passed away suddenly on December 23, 2019, aboard his lobster fishing vessel, the Helen & Sylvia, on Ticky’s Shoal, just South of Lockeport Light. Born in East Green Harbour, he was the youngest son of the late John Malloy of Jean de Baie, N.L. and the late Hannah Jane Enslow of West Green Harbour. He was an avid fisherman his entire life. He began his fishing career at age 15 with Ernest Levy on the Robert & Joyce. A few years later he began swordfishing and longlining alongside his older brothers Gary and Maynard Malloy on their respective vessels. In 1983, he bought his own lobster-fishing vessel, the Rhonda and Gerry and fished out of West Green Harbour with his best friend, Keith Lloyd.
Passed On: Horton Winters – Liverpool, N.S. harbour pilot
Winters, 90, passed away on December 23 at the Queens General Hospital in Liverpool. Born in Liverpool, he was a son of the late Neil and Gladys (Demone) Winters. He was a master mariner by the age of 27 and sailed many different places around the world. He worked for the Markland Shipping Company sailing aboard the Vinland for Bowater Mersey Paper Company. He also worked for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans before working with Atlantic Pilotage Authority, Halifax as a harbour pilot.
Passed On: Andrew Godfrey – Beach Meadows, N.S. fisherman
Godfrey, 82, passed away on December 15 at the Queens General Hospital in Liverpool. Born in Brooklyn, he was a son of the late Arnold and Marion (Cole) Godfrey. He spent his early years working on the scallop draggers and many years at Mersey Bowater Paper Mill. He recently just retired from lobster fishing.
Passed On: Gregory Francis – Indian Gardens, N.S. fisherman
Francis, 71, passed away at home on December 16. Born in Milton, He was a son of the late John and Elizabeth (Paul) Francis. He was a fisherman with Kespuwick Resources Inc. and the Acadia First Nation.
Passed On: David LeBlanc – Yarmouth, N.S. fish plant worker
LeBlanc, 79, passed away on December 20 at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital. He was born on June 18, 1940 in Yarmouth. He worked for many years in and around Yarmouth, including at the Yarmouth Royal Store, the Yarmouth Red and White store, Cosmos Textile Mill and later at the fish plant in Pleasant Lake, until his retirement.
Passed On: James Howlett – Saint John, N.B. mariner
Howlett, 81, passed away on January 1 at the Saint John Regional Hospital. Born in Saint John, he was the son of the late Ralph and Viola (Blizzard) Howlett. He served with the Canadian Navy as a seaman and later worked with Irving Pulp and Paper as a tugboat captain on the Saint John River.
Passed On: Ryan Christian – Miramichi, N.B. fish plant worker
Christian, 37, formerly of Jamaica, passed away at the Miramichi Regional Hospital on December 22. Born in Jamaica on December 12, 1982, he was the son of Barbara (Tabois) Christian. After moving to New Brunswick, he worked in various fish plants.
Passed On: Robert O’Brien – St. John’s, N.L. mariner and advocate
O’Brien, 78, passed away on December 15. He loved sailing and one of his proudest accomplishments was bringing the Newfoundland Flotilla of 100 boats from Toronto to Bonavista to meet the Matthew in 1997 and further creating a lasting scholarship for students at the Marine Institute. He also started OceanNet, a non-profit group to clean beaches and ghost nets and for 11 years worked tirelessly as a volunteer.
Elected: Baffin Fisheries Board Members
Baffin Fisheries recently announced the election of new committee members at its meeting of the Board on December 12–13, 2019. Elected Committee Members are:
Johnny Mike (Pangnirtung), Chair of the Board
Leo Maktar (Mittimatalik), Vice-Chair
David Alexander (Amaruq), Secretary Treasurer
Billy Etooangat (Pangnirtung), Chair of Audit Committee
The Board also confirmed the appointment of new members Noah Alookie (Amaruq) and Eric Ootoovak (Mittimatalik).
Appointed: Tracy King, N.L. Deputy Minister with the Department of Fisheries and Land Resources
King was most recently the Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment and previously served as the Deputy Minister of Transportation and Works. Prior to that, her roles included Assistant Deputy Minister, Government Renewal Initiative Secretariat, Executive Council, Assistant Secretary to Cabinet (Social Policy) and Assistant Deputy Minister (Policy and Planning) with the Department of Health and Community Services. Ms. King has also held a variety of policy-related positions with the Departments of Justice, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs, Health and Community Services, the Intergovernmental Affairs Secretariat and Cabinet Secretariat. Ms. King holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a certificate in public administration from Memorial University.