Passed On: Ches Penney – St. John’s, N.L. Businessman
Penney, 84, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on January 26, 2017. He was born in Carbonear, the eldest of 12 children. Penney had a business career spanning more than 60 years during which time he developed an extensive group of close business associates and friends too numerous to name. He was the founder and chairman of the Penney Group of Companies, one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest private commercial enterprises. Penney began a career in banking before entering the world of private business. His business interests grew into a number of companies, covering everything from automobiles, heavy construction, energy services, real estate, as well as the fishery. In recognition of his personal generosity and commitment to his community, he has been named to the Order of Canada, the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador and awarded an honorary doctorate from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Passed On: Bernard Roy – Port Mouton, N.S. Fisherman
Roy, 65, passed away on January 8, 2017 at home. Born in Port Mouton, he was a son of the late Lawson and Mildred (Huphman) Roy. He was a fisherman all his life and was a fish plant worker and night watchman for Nickerson Bros. Roy enjoyed hunting in his early years and was a member of West Queens Recreation Association.
Passed On: Harold Ryan – Yarmouth, N.S. Fisherman
Ryan, 66, Yarmouth, passed away unexpectedly on January 28, 2017 in Yarmouth Regional Hospital. Born January 29, 1950 in Point Tupper, N.S., he was a son of the late Colin and Mary (Hayes) Ryan. Ryan worked as a fisherman, a carpenter, as well as in the landscaping business. He loved playing darts and he was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 2181 Yarmouth, where he was a member of their choir. He was also a former active member of the Yarmouth and Area Ground Search and Rescue team for many years, having taken part in the recovery following the Swissair disaster.
Passed On: Vincent Moulaison – Abram’s River, N.S. Fisherman
Moulaison, 88, passed away on January 11, 2017 at Yarmouth Regional Hospital. He was born March 20, 1928 in the family home at Abram’s River, where he would reside for most of his life. Moulaison served in the Canadian Army (1951-52), stationed in Germany. Upon returning home, he worked at various jobs, including lobster fishing, however he will be mostly remembered as a scallop fisherman working for various companies from Lunenburg to Digby County.
Passed On: James Buchanan – Shelburne, N.S. Fisherman
Buchanan, 44, formerly of East Green Harbour, passed away suddenly on January 7, 2017. Born in Roseway Hospital, Sandy Point, he was a son of Joyce (Stuart) Buchanan and the late Nathan Buchanan. Buchanan was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He left school at the age of 15 and went lobster fishing with his uncle Reg. He later worked at Shelburne Ship Repair for 11 years. Jimmy was an avid woodsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and peaceful walks by himself. He was a lobster fisherman until his untimely death.
Passed On: Bernard Cormier – Cheticamp, N.S. Fisherman
Cormier, 76, was born July 15, 1940 and passed away January 14, 2017 in Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. Born in New Waterford, he was a son of the late Elore and Marie Helene (Odo) Cormier. Cormier worked as a lobster fisherman for 35 years.
Passed On: Rose Anna (Bourgeois) Poirier – Cheticamp, N.S. Office Administrator
Poirier, 83, passed away on January 11, 2017, in Sacred Heart Community Health Centre. Born in Cheticamp, she was a daughter of the late Simon and Rose (Chiasson) Bourgeois. Poirier worked at Hôpital Sacré-Coeur and as an office administrator at the Cooperative Fish Plant until her retirement.
Elected: Melanie Sonnenberg – President Canadian Independent Fish Harvester’s Federation
Sonnenberg is from the Grand Manan Fishermen’s Association in New Brunswick and the first woman to lead the Canadian Independent Fish Harvester’s Federation. She was elected at the Federation’s annual general meeting in Halifax on January 6. The other members elected to the Federation Executive Committee were Carl Allen, Vice-President (Maritime Fishermen’s Union), O’Neil Cloutier, Secretary (Alliance des Pecheurs professionels du Quebec), David Decker, Treasurer (Fish Food and Allied Workers Union-UNIFOR), John Couture; Second Vice-President N.S. (Cape Breton Fish Harvesters Association) and Jim Mcisaac, Second Vice-President B.C. (United Fishermen and Allied Workers Union-UNIFOR). Other representatives elected to the Board of Directors for a three-year term are: British Columbia: Dan Edwards (UFAWU), Art Davidson (B.C. Hook and Line Fishermen’s Association); New Brunswick: Jean Lanteigne (Federation regionale acadidenne des Pecheurs professionnels); Nova Scotia: Graeme Gawn (MFU), Leonard LeBlanc (Gulf Nova Scotia Fleet Planning Board); Newfoundland and Labrador: Robert Keenan and Dwan Street (FFAW); Quebec: Jean-Pierre Couillard (Association des capitaines proprietaries de Ia Gaspesie) and Mario Deraspe (Association des Pecheurs proprietaires des lies de Ia Madeleine).
Hired: Don Holdsworth – Clearwater Seafoods Vice President of Global Marketing
Holdsworth will be based out of Clearwater’s Bedford, N.S. headquarters. He will lead the company’s global marketing team, while working with all facets of the organization to develop and implement Clearwater’s global marketing strategies. Holdsworth is a seasoned marketing executive with over 20 years of consumer packaged goods experience. Prior to joining Clearwater, he has held various roles within the Kraft Heinz organization. Most recently, he was based in Ontario as Head of the Condiments and Spreads group, working with a portfolio of market-leading brands, including Heinz Ketchup, Kraft Peanut Butter and Renee’s Salad Dressings to name a few.