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 many boats on the southern shore. He also fished with some of his uncles on the Calm Sea for seven years. After that, he fished as a second trawl boss on the Acadienne Gale II for 16 years. Finally, he fished on the Newfoundland Victor for the past year and a half.
Passed On: Murray Baker – Liscomb, N.S. fisherman
Baker, 86, passed away on May 22 at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish. Born on July 18, 1932 in Wilsons Cove, he was a son of the late Fred and Jean (Wilson) Baker. He was a hard-working man, lobster fishing for 72 years and in the off-season, working with the department of highways. He helped build the Liscomb River bridge and also spent four winters working in Halifax. After that, he spent summers fishing cod and haddock with his father and went long-lining on the Gerald & Verine. He spent four summers working at the Liscomb Lighthouse, with his wife Mary and drove a pulp truck for MW Baker and other locals who needed drivers.
Passed On: Thomas Murphy – North East Margaree, N.S. fisheries officer
Murphy, 78, passed away on May 12 at the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. He was born on July 12, 1940, in Sydney, Nova Scotia. He was the oldest child to adoptive parents, the late John I. and Rebecca (McDaniel) Murphy. He worked as a fisheries officer for the Department of Fisheries for 24 years.
Passed On: Ralph MacLean – Orangedale, N.S. fisherman
MacLean, 76, passed away at the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital on May 9. Born in Orangedale, he was the son of the late John Y. and Cassie MacLean. He was a fisherman and a lumberman all of his life and worked for DEVCO Oyster Fisheries for a number of years.
Passed On: Michael LeBlanc – Margaree Harbour, N.S. fisherman
LeBlanc, 87, passed away on May 8 at the Inverary Manor, Inverness. He was born on December 12, 1931. He grew up in Margaree Harbour and spent his working life as a fisherman, mailman and bus driver.
Passed On: Lindsay Titus – Middleton, N.S. fisherman
Titus, 68, passed away on May 30. Born on February 17, 1951, he was a fisherman his entire life, up until his recent illness. He had fond memories of seining with his father and could name any seiner and crew in the east coast fleet. He also went handlining, trawling and lobster fishing, most recently as captain of his lobster boat, Sea Quiz.
Passed On: Lynanne Risser – Liverpool, N.S. fish plant worker
Risser, 50, passed away on May 27. Born in Liverpool, she was a daughter of Peggy (Knox) (Malone) Williams and the late Robert Gordon Malone. She worked for Clearwater Fisheries as a fish processor and for Jaspro Cleaning Services.
Passed On: Ricky Hallett – West Green Harbour, N.S. fisherman
Hallett, 59, passed away on May 5. Born in Sandy Point, he was a son of Arabella (Scott) Hallett and the late Foster Hallett. He was a lobster fisherman all his working life.
Passed On: George Nickerson – Yarmouth, N.S. fisherman
Nickerson, 93, passed away on May 20 at Veterans Place, Yarmouth. He proudly served his country during World War II as a member of the Merchant Navy. After he returned home, he would enjoy many years working on the ocean as a hard-working fisherman. Saltwater was in his veins.
Passed On: Bruce Adams – Shag Harbour, N.S. fisherman
Adams, 70, passed away on May 28 at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital. Born on February 28, 1949, in Woods Harbour, he was a son of the late Bowman and Doris (Goodwin) Adams. He was proud to be a member of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary for 40 years and was also a volunteer with the Woods Harbour Ambulance when it was staffed by volunteers. He enjoyed his camp in Clyde and overhauling lobster gear. He started lobster fishing at a very young age and handline fishing was also part of his fishing ventures.
Passed On: Robert MacDonald – Centreville, N.S. Gidney Fisheries president
MacDonald, 49, passed away unexpectedly on April 27. He was a major force in the expansion of Gidney Fisheries from a 10-employee company known mostly only in and around its base of Centreville, Nova Scotia, Canada, into a 75-employee firm with state-of-the-art processing technology, a global footprint, and one which now has international recognition. He began at Gidney Fisheries in 2010, after stints as North American Sales Director for AKVA Group, a sales executive for Maritech, director of special projects at Atlantic Aqua Farms, general manager of Atlantic fish specialties at Cooke Aquaculture, and as production manager and quality control manager at Clearwater Seafoods.
Passed On: Harold Jordan – Sonora, N.S. fisherman
Jordan, 83, passed away on April 25 at St. Mary’s Memorial Hospital, Sherbrooke. Born in Jordanville, he was a son of the late Freeman and Nina (Rudolph) Jordan. He was a lobster fisherman for 60 years and also did carpentry and masonry work in the off season.