Passed On: Wayne Russell – Port de Grave, N.L. fisherman
Russell, 57, passed away suddenly at sea on July 27. He was a well-respected fisherman who dedicated his life to the fishery. He was the proud owner of the Arctic Pride, Northern Enterprise, Logan R and the JBL Enterprise. He was a member of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary, the FFAW Inshore Council, Chairman of the Bay Roberts Harbour Authority and past president of the East Coast Otter Trawl Association.
Passed On: Daniel Hanson – Albert Bridge, N.S. Vice-President Louisburg Seafoods
Hanson passed away on July 19 at his home. He was the son of the late Charles and Eileen (MacDonald) Hanson. He led a full and busy life starting at a young age with the military, during which time he served in the Middle East with the Peace Corp, and from there he spent many years working with logistics, administration, federal departments and community development. He served a term on the Cape Breton Regional Council. In his present position with Louisburg Seafoods as Vice-President of Sustainability and Public Affairs, he travelled all over the world to countries like Iceland and Finland, making longtime friends along the way. He served on the board of directors for The Perennia Food and Aquaculture Board and as Chair of the N.S. Fisheries and Aquaculture Loan Board and many more too numerous to list here. Dannie worked closely with Chief Terry Paul of Membertou as well as other First Nations Bands.
Passed On: Herbert Young – Pleasant Bay, N.S. fisherman
Young, 53, passed away on July 8, in Pleasant Bay. He was born in Welland, Ontario, on March 15, 1965, to the late Ralph and Mary (Bishop) Young. He worked as a commercial fisherman for 27 years with his brother-in-law, Douglas.
Passed On: Donald Martin – Western Head, N.S. fish plant worker
Martin, 82, passed away at home on July 14. Born in Liverpool, he was a son of the late Harold and Emma (Bell) Martin. He worked for 20 years at the area fish plant.
Passed On: Jim Redmond – St. John’s, N.L. fishing industry businessman
Redmond, 73, passed away on July 27 after a long battle with diabetes and kidney disease. Born in Halifax, N.S., he was the son of the late Murdock Redmond and the late Isabel (nee Chisholm) Meagher. He was a dedicated and passionate member of the fishing industry in both Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.
Passed On: Roy Payzant – Moose Harbour, N.S. fisherman
Payzant, 96, passed away on July 13 at the Queens Manor Nursing Home, Liverpool. He was born in Liverpool to Bert and Jennie (Hiltz) Payzant on June 24, 1922 and resided in Liverpool all of his life. Except for a short period at Mersey Paper Company, he was a fisherman all his life and was still active at lobster fishing at 93. He was an excellent boat builder and personally built seven of his longlining and lobster boats over his long career. During the heyday of long-line fishing, he was a highliner for catch sizes and on one trip landed a record 219,000 pounds of fish.
Passed On: Ralph Baker – Middlefield, N.S. fisherman
Baker, 85, passed away at Queen General Hospital in Liverpool on June 30. Born in 1932 in Voglers Cove, he was the son of the late Ralph Sr. and Carrie Baker. Ralph was a fisherman all his life.
Passed On: John Hines – Yarmouth, N.S. mariner and fisherman
Hines, 52, passed away unexpectedly on July 27 at the Infirmary Site of the QE II Health Sciences Centre, Halifax. Born July 14, 1966 in Yarmouth, he was a son of Dave and Shirley (Smith) Mersey of Kemptville. He was currently working as the captain of a scallop dragger for Yarmouth Sea Products.
Passed On: Neil Beck – Bridgewater, N.S. fish plant worker
Beck passed away peacefully in Surf Lodge Nursing Home on July 25 with his family by his side. Born in Lockeport he was the son of the late Clarence and Joyce (MacDonald) Beck. Neil worked at National Sea Products and at times for the Town of Lockeport before moving to Bridgewater.
Passed On: William Robicheau – Pinkney’s Point, N.S. fish plant worker
Robicheau, 84, passed away peacefully at home on July 20. Born September 7, 1933 in Yarmouth, he was the son of the late John and Florence (Pierce) Robicheau. He was a retired fish cutter, having worked for Lawrence Sweeney Fisheries, IMO Foods and Hervic Enterprises
Passed On: Roger Nickerson – Yarmouth, N.S. fisherman
Nickerson, 83, passed away on July 18 at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital. Born April 18, 1935 in Clam Point, Shelburne Co., he was a son of the late Leslie and Alfreda Nickerson. He worked as a fisherman all of his life.
Passed On: Delmar Saulnier – Wedgeport, N.S. fisherman
Saulnier, 95, Wedgeport, passed away on July 18 at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital. Born March 15, 1923 in Wedgeport, he was a son to the late Joseph and Cassie (LeBlanc) Saulnier. Delmar spent most of his life at sea as a lobster fisherman, having also worked on the railroad, in the ice plant and raking Irish moss.
Passed On: Richard Theriault – Lockeport, N.S. businessman
Theriault, 83, passed away peacefully at home, with family at his side on July 18. Born in Ashmore, Digby Co., on Jan. 12, 1935, he was the youngest child of Herbert and Eulalie “Peggy” (Bourque) Theriault. He was a hard-working man all his life. In his early years he fished on a small dragger, then accepted a job with J.P. Porter Dredging Co. He moved as the company moved through Nova Scotia, into Quebec and Ontario. It was while dredging in Lockeport Harbour that he met his wife, Myrna. They married in Lockeport in 1956 and moved to Iroquois, Ontario when the company moved onto their next job. He always had a knack for welding, doing small jobs on the dredges and decided to train as a welder in Toronto. On completing his training, the family moved back to Lockeport and Richard worked with Atkinson & Bower in Shelburne. He soon thereafter realized the work opportunity of his trade in their home town of Lockeport and opened up business on the waterfront, a bustling fishing port. In later years he sold his prosperous business to Pierce Fisheries and they in turn eventually were bought by Clearwater Seafoods, Lockeport Division. Upon selling his business he was hired by the new owner and worked as its fleet maintenance manager until he retired.
Passed On: Delbert Doucette – Wedgeport, N.S. fisherman
Doucette, 76, passed away on July 17 at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital. Born May 3, 1942 in Quinan, he was a son of the late Avite and Mary (Frotten) Doucette. Delbert worked as a scallop fisherman most of his working life.
Passed On: Patrick Peterson – Carleton, N.S. fisherman
Peterson, 63, passed away on July 13 at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital. Born May 25, 1955 in Truro, he was a son of the late Lawrence and Marjorie (Burgess) Peterson. Patrick loved working as a fisherman for most of his life, having also worked as a clam digger and a bloodworm harvester.
Passed On: Clifford Penney – Barrington Passage, N.S. boat builder
Penney, 71, passed away at his residence on July 2. Born on September 5, 1946 he was a son of the late Albert and Rosalin (Atwood) Penney. He worked for many years as a boat builder.
Passed On: Gerard Murray – Mulgrave, N.S. fisherman
Murray, 72, passed away July 11 at the Guysborough Memorial Hospital. Born in Mulgrave he was a son of the late Ornan V. and Anastasia “Annie” (Forestall) Murray. A fisherman all his life, Gerard went to work at Acadia Fisheries at the age of 15, following the fire that destroyed Acadia Fisheries he fished out of Canso for over 30 years.