The Twine Loft – March 2024

Passed On: Derrick Bragg — Greenspond, N.L. politician

Bragg, 59, passed away on January 22, 2024. He was born in Greenspond, N.L. Bragg was raised in Greenspond and was fiercely proud of being a “bayman.” In his time in his hometown, Bragg served as the town clerk and town manager for 30 years and the fire chief for 28 years.

He went on to serve on the board of directors for the N.L. Association of Municipal Administrators for eight years, including five as its president. In 2015, he was elected as MHA for the district of Fogo Island-Cape Freels as a member of the provincial Liberal Party. Following several cabinet shuffles, Bragg became the minister of fisheries, forestry and agriculture — his favourite portfolio during his time in government.

In June 2023, he stepped away from his role after announcing he was diagnosed with tongue cancer. During treatment, Bragg served as minister without portfolio.

“As a premier, a colleague and as a friend, I will miss him dearly. His counsel, his humour and his unwavering belief that the brightest days are still ahead for Newfoundland and Labrador,” wrote Andrew Furey, Premier of N.L.


Passed On: Ted Warren — St. John’s, N.L. journalist

Warren, 66, passed away at home on January 10, 2024. He was born on November 21, 1957. He was an accomplished journalist, beginning his career in radio before his two-decade career as a print journalist. During his time in print, Warren served as the editor of The Daily News, East Coast Offshore Magazine, The Sunday Telegram and The Navigator.

After his diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis took him away from his career, he rode his bicycle from St. John’s, N.L. to Vancouver, B.C. to raise awareness of the disease. Warren later served as chair of the St. John’s-Mount Pearl Chapter of the MS Society.


Passed On: Stephen MacDonald — Labelle, N.S. deep sea diver

MacDonald, 71, passed away at home on January 6, 2024. He was a deep sea diver trained at the Diver Training Academy in Fort Pierce, Florida. His love for the ocean and this career took him on great adventures, meeting many friends along the way.


Passed On: Mark Small — Baie Verte, N.L. fish harvester and advocate

Small, 83, passed away on January 18, 2024, in Baie Verte. He was born on May 11, 1940. Small fished for a living until 1967, when he went to Eastern Pentecostal Bible College in Peterborough, Ontario and then served as a minister for a number of years. He later returned to Wild Cove, N.L. and fished full-time until his retirement. Small was also a passionate advocate for Canadian sealing, eventually serving as the president of the Canadian Sealers Association.


Passed On: Gordon Hatfield — Yarmouth, N.S. fish harvester and mariner

Hatfield, 90, passed away in Yarmouth on January 8, 2024. He was born in Yarmouth on June 30, 1933. Hatfield had a long career at sea, during which he operated his scallop dragger, the Norma Jean, for many years. He also travelled the world aboard a seismic vessel, visiting many exotic locations. Hatfield ended his marine career serving on the Bluenose ferry.


Passed On: James Gillespie — Saint John, N.B. advocate

Gillespie, 92, passed away in Saint John on January 23, 2024. He was born on July 20, 1931. Gillespie was actively involved in salmon conservation for many years. He was involved in multiple projects and community groups including the Atlantic Salmon Federation and the Hammond River Angling Association. He was the first Chair of the New Brunswick Wildlife Council and a Canadian Commissioner to the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization.


Passed On: Daniel Saulnier — Hectanooga, N.S. fish harvester

Saulnier, 83, passed away in Yarmouth, N.S. on January 17, 2024. He was born in Hectanooga on November 10, 1940. Among many other trades, Saulnier worked as a lobster fisherman.


Passed On: Per Grieg Sr. — Norwegian businessman

Grieg, 91, passed away on January 11, 2024. As the longtime leader of Bergen-based seafood giant Grieg Group, Grieg led the company through a tumultuous period after taking over in 1972. Grieg retired in 1999, leaving the company to his four children.

“Per was a warm, wise human being who enriched and inspired us all,” the company said in a statement. “We have lost a dear colleague, a leader and a friend.”


Passed On: Mark Butler — Sandy Point, N.S. fish harvester

Butler, 58, passed away on January 24, 2024. He was born on November 27, 1965. Butler was a fisherman all of his life, having his career start aboard the Johnny & Sisters II.


Passed On: Eugene Surette — Morris Island, N.S. fish harvester

Surette, 77, passed away on January 8, 2024. He was born on July 19, 1949. Surette’s true passion was being off the waters of Morris Island where he was an avid lobster fisherman most of his life.


Passed On: Courtney Atkinson — Little Anse, N.S. fish harvester and mariner

Atkinson, 65, passed away at home on December 26, 2023. He was born in Sandy Point, N.S. on November 26, 1958. Atkinson was a fish harvester most of his life and also worked as an oiler with the Canadian Coast Guard.


Passed On: Edmund Boudreau — Yarmouth, N.S. engineer

Boudreau, 83, passed away in Yarmouth on January 11, 2024. He was born in Yarmouth on September 27, 1940. Boudreau worked as an engineer aboard MV Bluenose for over 30 years.


Passed On: Blanche Strickland — St. Anthony, N.L. fish plant worker

Strickland, 94, passed away in St. Anthony on January 7, 2024. Strickland was a hard-working woman, serving as a domestic helper, fish plant worker and mother of 12.

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