Passed On: Seth Monahan – Elsipogtog First Nation, fisherman
Monahan, 39, tragically passed away on April 3. He lost his life when the FV Tyhawk capsized and sank while fishing snow crab 16 miles off Cheticamp, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Born in Presque Isle, Maine on December 9, 1981, he was the son of Jonathan Monahan of Woodland and Caroline Pauline Young of Metepenagiag Mi’kmaq Nation, N.B. He was employed at Hannaford Brothers in Portland, Maine for several years before moving to Canada where he settled down to raise a family in Elsipogtog. He was a fisherman and proud of his native heritage, working hard as a skilled carpenter in the off season.
Passed On: Lavinia Parsons – Roddickton, N.L. fish plant worker
Parsons, 70, passed away on April 16 at the Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony. She was born on June 6, 1952 to Howard and Ella Pilgrim of Main Brook. In her working years, she was employed with different fish plants including Roddickton, Bide Arm and other plants across N.L. and Nova Scotia.
Passed On: Calvin Skiffington – Upper Amherst Cove, N.L. fish plant worker
Skiffington, 64, passed away on February 4 at the GB Cross Memorial Hospital in Clarenville. He worked all of his life in the fishery from fishing with his father, George, to later working for FPI and OCI. He dearly loved for April to come, the boats to set sail and work to begin.
Passed On: Terrence Smith – Margaree, N.S. fishery officer
Smith, 78, passed away on March 20. He was born in Sydney on June 13, 1942, to the late William and Frances (Lewis) Smith. In 1962, he joined the Canadian Armed Forces and served for over 20 years. He was stationed in Edmonton, Victoria, Calgary, and also served in Germany and Cyprus. He served with 1st and 2nd BN of the PPCLI and was a very proud member of the Canadian Airborne Regiment. He was an instructor at the Canadian Airborne Centre where he taught parachuting, rappelling and student instructors. Upon leaving the army he made his way home to Cape Breton where he was employed as a fishery officer for 16 years.
Passed On: Owen Symonds – Barrington, N.S. fisherman
Symonds, 92, passed away on April 17 at the Bay Side Home in Barrington. Born in Clark’s Harbour on November 23, 1928, he was a son of the late Frank and Laura Symonds. He loved being a fisherman and greatly enjoyed being on the water.
Passed On: John Waybret – Clam Point, N.S. fisherman
Waybret, 90, passed away on April 12 at the Roseway Hospital. Born on July 29, 1930, he was the son of the late Ashton Waybret and the late Leanis Daley. He lived his life on Cape Sable Island, surrounded by the Atlantic. He was a career lobster fisherman, enjoying an early retirement in the early 1990s when he sold his lobster boat, but that didn’t stop him from visiting the local wharves on a daily basis.
Passed On: Francis Boudreau – Lower Wedgeport, N.S. fisherman
Boudreau, 96, passed away on April 11. Born on June 3, 1924 in Wedgeport, Yarmouth Co., he was the son of the late Dominique and Adel Boudreau. He was a fisherman for most of his life, fishing lobster, tuna and herring.
Passed On: Claredon Nickerson – Centreville, N.S. fish processor
Nickerson, 76, passed away on April 10 at the Roseway Hospital in Shelburne. Born on May 13, 1944 in Clark’s Harbour, he was the oldest son of the late Claredon and Viella (Blades) Nickerson. Along with his brother, Thomas, he worked for and co-owned the family business, Claredon S. Nickerson Limited in Clark’s Harbour. Later he opened his own business processing fish products, which he operated until his retirement.
Passed On: Stephen Smith – Cedar Lake, N.S. fisherman
Smith, 57, passed away on April 12. He was born at the Yarmouth Hospital on May 25, 1963 and grew up in Port Maitland. He worked in the fishing industry as an employee at a local fish plant and as a lobster fisherman.
Passed On: Clayton Goodwin – Central Argyle, N.S. mariner
Goodwin, 70, passed away on April 9. Born in Yarmouth on October 12, 1950, he was the second child of the late Keith and Reta (Crosby) Goodwin. He began his education at Central Argyle School and finished at the Halifax Nautical Institute. He retired after working 27 years on various passenger ferries beginning as a deckhand and working his way up to captain.
Passed On: Alfred Robichaud – Meteghan, N.S. fisherman
Robichaud, 91, passed away on April 12 at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital. Born in Meteghan, he was a son of the late Cesaire and Vitaline (Deveau) Robicheau. He was a lobster fisherman in the area for over 40 years.
Passed On: Albert Corning – Yarmouth, N.S. mariner
Corning, 76, passed away on March 31, 2021. He was born on October 10, 1944, a son to the late Gordon and Genevieve (Smith) Corning. He was a seaman, working for Marine Atlantic, CN and Bay of Ferries for a total of 47 years.
Passed On: Preston Coffin – Kingsboro, P.E.I. fisherman
Coffin, 90, passed away on March 28. He started working at a very early age as a farmhand and trucker. He went on to having a long career as a fisherman for 50 years in Basin Head and North Lake.
Appointed: Helgi Anton Eiríksson – Management Board of Ocean Choice International Europe
Ocean Choice International recently announced that Helgi Anton Eiríksson has been appointed to the Management Board of Ocean Choice International Europe, a newly formed subsidiary of Ocean Choice International Canada. In his new role, Eiríksson will be working closely with the European sales team to implement and deliver new projects, including the expansion of Ocean Choice’s customer base throughout several countries.