Passed On: Garnet Dickson – Salmon Beach, N.B. Fisherman
Dickson, 67, passed away accidentally on Thursday June 16, 2016. Born in Bathurst, he was the son of the late Jonathan and Alta (Caie) Dickson. Garnet was a fisherman, farmer and woodsman all of his life.
Passed On: Darren Cole – Big River, N.B. Fisherman
Cole, 45, passed away accidentally in Salmon Beach on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at the age of 45. Born in Bathurst, he was the son of Charles Cole of Big River and Betty Ann (Jennings) Cole of Bathurst. Darren worked for CANPAR before becoming a fisherman. His passion was hunting and fishing.
Passed On: Clayton Nickerson – Wood’s Harbour, N.S. Fisherman
Nickerson, 81, passed away June 24, 2016 at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital. He was born in Wood’s Harbour on April 16, 1935 and was the son of the late Clayton and Eliza (Adams) Nickerson. ‘Bennie’ started fishing at the age of 14 and spent his entire working life on the water. He enjoyed sport fishing, gardening and spending time with his family and friends.
Passed On: Henry Surette – Pinkney’s Point, N.S. Fisherman
Surette, 71, passed away May 8 at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital surrounded by family after a battle with cancer. Born April 17 1945, he was the son of Ben and Yvonne Surette. He lived his entire life in Pinkney’s Point, where he is survived by his wife of 51 years, Elaine (Doucette). Henry was a fisherman and played an instrumental role in the industry on and off the water. Among other things he was a member of the Auxiliary Coast Guard for over 25 years. He was a past president of the Maritime Fishermen’s Union, a member of the LFA 34 Lobster Advisory Committee and a member of the Coast Guard Advisory Council in Ottawa. He received a Gulf of Maine Visionary Award for the development of waste oil collection barrels at wharves across Canada and the United States. He helped in the design and implementation of the *16 feature for the cellular network to provide mariners with a sense of security. He helped organize a USA-Canada organization called the North Atlantic Lobstermen Coalition. He also received a Governor General of Canada Award for his work on behalf of the fishery. He was also recognized by an American institute for his design of a method aimed at freeing whales that become entangled in rope.
Passed On: Pauline Smallwood – Murray Corner, N.B. Botsford Fishing Association
Smallwood, 72, of Murray Corner, passed away suddenly at home on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Born in Little Shemogue, N.B., she was the daughter of the late Claude and Mabel Murray (Simpson). Pauline was an exceptional homemaker, always cooking and caring for her family. She previously worked with the Botsford Fishing Association as recording secretary and coordinator during the herring and crab fishing seasons. She also worked as a clerk at Lake’s General Store where she truly enjoyed chatting with customers and community members alike.
Appointed: Alan Graham – Chair, Atlantic Salmon Federation’s Canadian board of directors
Graham, of Rexton, N.B., was recently appointed chair of the Atlantic Salmon Federation’s Canadian board of directors. He replaces Michael Meighen who held the position for 10 years. Graham served in the New Brunswick Legislature for 31 years, winning eight consecutive elections. During that time he held various cabinet posts including the minister of agriculture, minister of natural resources and deputy premier. As a minister, he led the development of the New Brunswick trail network which spans the province and connects with the Appalachian Trail system in Maine. He also introduced the New Brunswick Wildlife Trust Fund, which has directed millions of dollars from the purchase of fishing and hunting licenses toward conservation. Graham is a past director of the Nature Conservancy of Canada and is currently a board member of the Miramichi Uganda Foundation Inc., which operates an orphanage and school in that country with over 600 children in attendance.