The Twine Loft – May 2024

Passed On: Gifford Cooke — Blacks Harbour, N.B. processor

Cooke, 85, passed away at home on March 3, 2024. He was born in L’Etete, N.B. on April 5, 1938. Often called Wizard for his skills with a wrench, he proudly overhauled, repaired and maintained vessels throughout Atlantic Canada. His love for the water continued when Cooke, alongside his sons Glenn and Michael, established their first salmon farm in Kelly Cove, N.B. in 1985. Eight years later, Cooke Aquaculture Inc. was founded. Today, the multinational seafood company oversees a family of 13 brands that employs nearly 13,000 people worldwide. In his later years, his love of woodworking led to his pursuit of boat building. He proudly built many boats in his workshop with the help of his son Michael and his good friend John.


Passed On: Scott Dick — Grand Bank, N.L. fish harvester

Dicks, 36, passed away on February 22, 2024, aboard the FV Anne Risley in Mulgrave, N.S. He was born on July 25, 1987.


Passed On: Gerard Babin — Hebron, N.S. mariner

Babin, 77, passed away at home on March 28, 2024. He was born in Halifax, N.S. on March 25, 1947. Babin worked on the Bluenose as both a bosun and a deckhand.


Passed On: Michael Rioux – Summerside, P.E.I. fish harvester

Rioux, 67, passed away on March 11, 2024. He was born in Campbellton, N.B. on April 18, 1956. After a career in policing, Rioux became known as Rustico’s “Best Deep Sea Volunteer.” He was proud of making 54 fishing trips in one season, and his goal was to get to 60. Rioux was happy go fishing for lobster, halibut or tuna whenever he could.


Passed On: Michael Swim — Lockeport, N.S. fish harvester

Swim, 64, passed away in Shelburne, N.S. on March 20, 2024. He was born in Sandy Point, N.S. on November 13, 1959. Swim was a fisherman for years.


Passed On: Daniel MacPherson — Inverness, N.S. fish harvester

MacPherson, 73, passed away in Inverness on March 5, 2024. He was born on September 27, 1950. MacPherson began fishing lobster at a young age with his father and brother, Jimmy, at Margaree Island. He later got his own lobster outfit and began fishing on his own out of Broad Cove Marsh, later moving to Inverness to finish off his 60-year career in the fishery with his best friend, Andy.


Passed On: Gerard Gardinier — N.L. fish harvester

Gardinier, 73, passed away on March 14, 2024. He was born on Grey Islands, N.L. on November 14, 1950. Gardinier’s love of his family, the outdoors and his time as fisherman defined the incredible man he was. He also spent many hours working at the local fish plant.


Passed On: David Hysert — Brooklyn, N.S. fisheries advocate

Hysert, 76, passed away in Liverpool, N.S. on March 8, 2024. He was born in Stoney Creek, Ontario. Hysert was a member of the N.S. Salmon Association and an avid fisherman.


Passed On: Ralph Coles — Sandy Cove, N.L. fish harvester

Coles, 71, passed away in Flower’s Cove, N.L. on March 12, 2024. He was born in Sandy Cove on February 13, 1953. Coles spent most of his younger life fishing with his five brothers aboard the Viking Trail.


Passed On: Robert Thibeau — Yarmouth, N.S. fish harvester

Thibeau, 82, passed way in Dayton, N.S. on March 24, 2024. He was born in Yarmouth on July 13, 1941. An ironworker by trade, Thibeau also fished, clammed and farmed.


Passed On: Victor Bain — Halifax, N.S. fish harvester

Bain, 83, passed away in Halifax on March 5, 2024. He was born in Yarmouth, N.S. on September 5, 1940. Bain started his career in the fisheries, fishing out of Sandford at an early age.


Passed On: Charles Fells — Yarmouth, N.S. fish harvester

Fells, 71, passed away on March 8, 2024. He was born in Yarmouth on March 24, 1952. Besides being an electrician by trade, Jerry followed the sea, lobstering, scalloping and swordfishing.


Passed On: Gerald Daigle — Saint John, N.B. boat builder

Daigle, 86, passed away on March 28, 2024. He was born in St. Charles de Kent, N.B. on October 29, 1937. Daigle enjoyed a 35-year career with Saint John Shipbuilding, where he worked his way up to the position of superintendent of the Services Department.

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