The Twine Loft – November 2019

Passed On: Albert MacEachern – Cape George, N.S. fisherman

MacEachern, 82, passed away on September 18 at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish. Born in Antigonish, he was a son of the late Alex and Ruth (Conrad) MacEachern. A lifelong resident of ‘The Cape,’ he was a fisherman and a wooden boat builder. Boat building began at an early age with his father, who taught him the love of boats. When he retired, he began making model boats and lighthouses. Many of his model boats and lighthouses were purchased by tourists and locals alike and can be found in many parts of the country and beyond.

Passed On: Osborne O’Leary – Queensport, N.S. fisherman

O’Leary, 86, Canso, passed away on September 18 at the Eastern Memorial Hospital, Canso. Born in Queensport, he was a son of the late Alphonse and Gertrude (Richard) O’Leary. He was a fisherman for more than 50 years, a lighthouse keeper, trapper, gardener and woodsman.

Passed On: Robert Welsh – Mulgrave, N.S. fisherman

Welsh, 78, passed away on September 22 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. Born on November 25, 1940, in Hadleyville, Guysborough County, he was a son of the late Arthur and Viola (Parks) Welsh. He was a fisherman and heavy equipment operator. For the last seven years, he battled with kidney failure, but always kept a positive attitude and never wanted to miss a day fishing. Fishing was his passion and he was a big advocate of Sand Point Wharf.

Passed On: Ronald Pilgrim – St. Lunaire-Griquet, N.L. fisherman

Pilgrim, 84, passed away on August 30, 2019. He was born in Griquet to George and Mae Pilgrim on June 6, 1935. He loved making a living on the water, building boats and woodworking.

Passed On: Rhoda Fillier – St. Anthony, N.L. fish plant worker

Fillier, 88, passed away on August 27 at the John M. Gray nursing home in St. Anthony. She was born in Williamsport, N.L. on September 11, 1930 to Harry and Faith (Canning) Randell. She worked hard to provide and care for her family and for several years, she was employed at the local fish plant.

Passed On: Mark Roberts – Liverpool, N.S. fisheries technician

Roberts, 55, passed away suddenly on September 20 while working in Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia. Born in Scarborough, Ontario, but raised in Liverpool, N.S., he was the son of Donna and the late Roy Roberts. He found his dream job when he joined the Nova Scotia Salmon Association in the fall of 2017 where he worked as a fisheries technician.
He was deeply committed to his job and he took great pride in contributing to the restoration of rivers and streams.

Passed On: Camron Moreau – Charleston, N.S. fish plant worker

Moreau, 78, passed away September 12 at the Queens Manor, Liverpool. Born in Liverpool, Queens County, Carmon was a son of the late Edwin and Edna (Dauphinee) Moreau. He was employed at the local fish plants in Port Mouton and Liverpool for many years.

Passed On: Kempton Belliveau – Tusket, N.S. fisherman

Belliveau, 56, passed away on September 30 at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital. Born on January 14, 1963 in Yarmouth, N.S., he was the son of the late Arthur and Erna (Pierce) Belliveau of Woods Harbour. He was a fisherman and a fish plant labourer most of his life.

Passed On: Robert Symonds – Shelburne, N.S. fisherman

Symonds, 65, passed away on September 15. He was a fisherman during his working life.

Passed On: Julien Pothier – Bear Cove, N.S. fisherman

Pothier, 69, passed away on September 20 at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital. Born in Meteghan, he was a son of the late Delbert and Emma (Robichaud) Pothier. He was a scallop fisherman for 32 years and a volunteer firefighter with the Meteghan Fire Department for many years.

Passed On: Alexander Bower – Jordan Bay, N.S. fisherman

Bower, 71, of Jordan Bay passed away suddenly on September 7 at the Roseway Hospital. He was born in Sandy Point on October 10, 1947 to the late Lloyd and Rose (McKiernan) Bower.  He was a fisherman all his working life.

Passed On: Gerald Purdy – Eastern Passage, N.S. mariner

Purdy, 81, passed away on September 7 at the Dartmouth General Hospital. He was born in Halifax on January 24, 1938 to the late Robert and Beatrice Purdy. He loved spending time on Sable Island maintaining the lighthouses and spending time with the wild horses. His spent his working career with the Canadian Coast Guard as a quarter master on the vessel the Provo Wallis until his retirement.

Appointed: Seth Jenks – Research Associate, TriNav Fisheries Consultants

Seth grew up in North Carolina and received his undergraduate degree in economics from Appalachian State University. Upon graduating, he decided to combine his degree with his interest in the marine sector and moved to Canada to pursue his Master of Marine Management Degree at Dalhousie University. He specialized his studies in fisheries and aquaculture management and his research focused on methods of proactive restoration of Atlantic salmon in Nova Scotia. Upon graduation he was hired by TriNav Fisheries Consultants as a research associate and he is looking forward to assisting clients in improving both their profitability and sustainability.

Appointed: The Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE) Board of Directors

COVE recently announced that its new board members now include Mark Jollymore, President of Innovasea Systems Inc., Melanie Nadeau, Director of Strategic Initiatives of Emera, Aubrey Palmeter, President and CEO of East Point Engineering, Denise Pothier, Vice President of Practice Services and Vice President of Indigenous Relations of Stantec and Ken Walker, President of PGS Consulting. Finishing their term on the board were Janet MacMillan, Senior Counsel at NATIONAL Public Relations and Mike Roberts, Chief Human Resources Officer of Emera, Inc.


Completing the COVE Board of Directors are:

  • Alice Aiken, Vice-President of Research and Innovation at Dalhousie University
  • Don Bureaux, President of Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC)
  • Tony Chedrawy, President and CEO of MetOcean Telemetrics
  • Sandra Greer, N.S. Power Board Member and former CEO of Vemco
  • Jim Hanlon, CEO of COVE
  • Jim King, Vice Admiral (Ret’d), President of CFN Consultants (Atlantic) Inc.
  • Lucia MacIsaac, President and CEO of LearnCorp International
  • John Newton, Managing Director of Fleetway Inc.
  • Anthony Patterson, President and CEO of Virtual Marine Technology
  • Sarah Simpson, Manager of Value Proposition and Communications at Irving Shipbuilding Inc.
  • Ian Thompson, Executive in Residence at Cox & Palmer
  • Wendy Watson-Wright, CEO of Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI)
  • Paul Yeatman, President of GeoSpectrum Technologies, President of OTCNS

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