Twine Loft – May 2016

Passed On: Douglas McCullough – Yarmouth, N.S. Fisherman

McCullough, 75, passed away on March 20, 2016 at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital. Born in Freeport, Digby County, he was the son of the late Harold and Sarah (Stark) McCullough. He was a fisherman for his entire working career and started fishing on his own in 1976, before retiring in 1999. In his spare time he loved woodworking and watching hockey and baseball.


Passed On: Frank Colp – Port Mouton, N.S. Fish Plant Worker

Colp, 89, passed away suddenly at his home in Port Mouton, Queens County on March 21, 2016. Born in Port Mouton, he was a son of the late Elmer and Mary (Gray) Colp. Frank worked for Nickerson Brothers Fisheries, then with C.W. MacLeod Fisheries, retiring as freezer boss after 38 years. He worked on and off with Canus Fisheries and Clearwater Fisheries as well.


Passed On: Vincent Harpell – Harpellville, N.S. Fisherman

Harpell, 94, passed away on March 24, 2016, at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish. Born in Harpellville, he was the son of the late Theodore and Della (Kaiser) Harpell. Vincent was a veteran who served overseas in France, Germany and Italy. He was a life member of Liscomb Legion Branch 86. He fished long-line and lobster and also drove a truck, during his lifetime.


Passed On: Jack Strong – St. John’s, N.L. Mariner

Strong, 88, passed peacefully away at home in St. John’s on March 18, 2016. Born in Lowestoft, Suffolk, England, Jack grew up during the depression and at the age of 16 joined the merchant navy and went on to study to become a captain. In 1964 he accepted a job at the College of Fisheries (now the Marine Institute) in St. John’s, where he worked for 20 years before retiring. He was an active volunteer with St. Augustine’s Parish and with many organizations throughout his life, such as The Newfoundland Horticultural Society, Peter Pan Lawn Bowling Association and The Merchant Navy Veterans Association. Jack was an ardent gardener and wrote a gardening column with The Telegram for over 27 years.


Passed On: Joe O’Neill – St. John’s, N.L. Chairperson of the Standing Fish Price Setting Panel

O’Neill, 63, passed away March 6, 2016 in St. John’s. He had an extensive career in the public sector and was awarded the Public Service Award of Excellence for exceptional and distinguished service. The majority of O’Neill’s career in the public service was in the field of labour relations. He was a mediator and director of labour relations, assistant deputy minister and deputy minister and served as chief executive officer of the Workplace Health and Safety Commission. In 1997 he was appointed to the Task Force on Price Settlement Mechanisms in the Fishing Industry, established to assess the effectiveness of the Fishing Industry Collective Bargaining Act. In 2006, he was appointed chairperson of the Standing Fish Price Setting Panel, a role he held for 10 years. He also served on numerous boards, including the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission, the Newfoundland and Labrador Safety Council and the Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Safety Association. He worked on the Premier’s Task Force to address labour relations in the fishery, chaired the Members’ Compensation Review Committee, served on the Canadian Association of Administrators of Labour Legislation and represented the Canadian delegation in meetings before the International Labour Organization in Geneva, Switzerland in 2004.


Awarded: Dr. Amber Garber – Huntsman Marine Science Centre

Garber, a research scientist at the St. Andrews, N.B.-based Huntsman Marine Science Centre, was recently awarded the R3 Innovation Award for Excellence in Applied Research. She was being recognized for her salmon broodstock program. With partner Northern Harvest Sea Farms, the fish are set to have a higher growth rate, sea lice and bacterial kidney disease resistance.

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