Twine Loft – November 2016

Passed On: Keith Walsh – St. John’s, N.L. Fisherman

Walsh, 18, passed away tragically on Tuesday September 6, 2016. Born in St. John’s on February 9, 1998, he was predeceased by his great-grandmother Gertrude, great-grandfather Harry Watson, great-grandmother Mary, great-grandfather Christopher Walsh (Melva), great-grandmother Elsie and great-grandfather John “Jack” Squires and cousin Tanisha. Sadly missed by loving mother Sonya and father Keith Senior; brother Shane; sisters: Jillian and Gloria; nieces and nephews; special great-grandparents Fred and Gloria Wells; pop Eugene Walsh, nan Wanda Walsh (Ed), pop John Watson (Shirley), nan Debbie Wells (Paul); uncles: Paul (Angela), Brad, Matthew, Eugene (Renee), Brandon; aunts: Jackie (Dan), Shauna (Jim), Alana (Billy), Jennifer, Jillian (Matt), Tina (Bernie), Daphne and Art, lots of cousins, great aunts and uncles; special friends: Eric (Sandra), Big Ronnie, Tori, Dina, Courtney, Karen, Darlene, Krista (Chad), Kyle, Ronnie. Jr, Jeremy, Nick, Brandon, Austin, Billy, Adam, Daniel, Douglas, Terry, Wade Bolt and all the boys. Special thanks to the Coast Guard, Glen Winslow and the fisherman and all other people who’ve helped in any way. Also, a special thank you to the Salvation Army, the community of Shea Heights for all of its support, and a big thank you to MHA Tom Osborne for all his help.


Passed On: Billy Humby – St. John’s, N.L. Fisherman

Humby, 37, passed away tragically on Tuesday September 6, 2016. Left with fond and loving memories his mother Margaret (stepfather Tom Walsh); father Doug King Sr. (stepmom Tracy); brother and best friend Doug King Jr.; sisters Jessica, Daylenna and Toni-Marie; girlfriend Tonia Coady and daughter Abby; as well as a large circle of family and friends.


Passed On: Tony Carter – Tracadie Cross, P.E.I. Fisherman

Carter, 47, passed away suddenly on September 22, 2016 in Tracadie Cross. Carter, a fisherman out of Red Head Harbour in Morell, was a leader in the Island fishing community. He was a tireless supporter of the industry who worked hard to represent the harvesters of Prince Edward Island. He was a PEI Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA) board member, president of the Eastern King’s Fishermen’s Association (EKFA), and served as chair of the PEI Fishermen’s Association Groundfish Advisory Board.


Passed On: Vincent Taylor – St. John’s, N.L. Former DFO Biologist

Taylor, 90, passed peacefully away at the DVA Pavilion in St. John’s on September 23, 2016. Taylor was born in Belleoram, Fortune Bay. He completed high school there, and came to St. John’s afterward. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1944. After WWII, he attended St. Francis Xavier University where he did his B.Sc. He went on to the University of British Columbia where he did his M.Sc. in freshwater biology. He worked at Federal Fisheries (DFO) as a biologist, and with his friend and colleague Bruce Bauld helped devise, develop, and put in place the fish ladders and supports to help the Atlantic salmon return to and thrive in the rivers and streams of Newfoundland.


Passed On: Willis Malone – Wood’s Harbour, N.S. Fisherman

Malone, 71, passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital. Born at Berwick, he was a son of the late Willis and Zella (Nickerson) Malone. Bunker Bill was an avid Blue Jay fan. He enjoyed working in the fishing industry and loved talking with people.


Passed On: Reginald Buchanan – East Green Harbour, N.S. Fisherman

Buchanan, 83, passed away peacefully in Roseway Hospital on September 23, 2016. Born in East Green Harbour, he was a son of the late Guerdon and Winnifred (Benham) Buchanan. Buchanan was a long-time fisherman. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed wood carving and woodworking. In his earlier years he loved riding his motorcycle and enjoyed camping trips with his wife Pauline, his dog Kelly, family and friends.


Passed On: Bertall Perry – Upper Port La Tour, N.S. Fisherman

Perry, 57, passed away on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital. Born in Shelburne on September 8, 1959, he was the son of the late Cecil and Jamima (Smith) Perry. Bertall was a fisherman and spent his entire working life on the water. He loved deer hunting and also enjoyed camping.


Passed On: Dr. William Murphy – Liverpool, N.S. Co-Founder and President of Mersey Seafoods

Murphy, 84, passed peacefully away at home on September 28, 2016. For more than a half century, as co-founder and President of Mersey Seafoods Limited, Dr. Bill Murphy left his fingerprints all over the Atlantic fishery, with a list of industry firsts, business successes, and public service to his credit. The second son of Charles and Jean (Whynot) Murphy, he grew up with his three siblings, Reid, Betty and Ruth in Liverpool, Nova Scotia. After high school, Murphy went on to Dalhousie University to study science and dentistry, graduating with his DDS in 1956. But it was only a matter of time before Murphy’s concern was drawn to the town’s economic over-reliance on its single industry.

He and other like-minded local businessmen were convinced that without expanding employment opportunity, there was little prospect for growth. And so, in 1964, the idea of a working fish plant was formally incorporated as Mersey Seafoods Limited. For more than 10 years, Murphy juggled two very different careers — dentistry and fish. By 1979, however, it was clear that the fish business engaged his passion in way that dentistry had ceased to do. Murphy gave up his dental practice entirely, bought out his business partners and became the full-time owner/manager of a fish plant and fleet. From his wharf-side office in Liverpool, through timely acquisitions, strategic decisions and the support of many dedicated, loyal employees, Murphy grew Mersey Seafoods to include plants and wharves in Moose Harbour, Guysborough County, Petit de Grat, and Souris, P.E.I. His son Jon joined the business in the early 1980s and together they led the company to the forefront of the iconic Northern cod and Northern shrimp fisheries. They oversaw the building of three pioneering freezer trawlers — Mersey Viking (1980), Mersey Venture (1987) and Mersey Phoenix (2002) — and the expansion of markets for once-underutilized species. At its peak, Mersey Seafoods employed close to 2,000 people. Murphy was particularly honoured to have served as two-term Chair of the North Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) , as well as on the Gulf of Maine Advisory Committee (GOMAC) and Fisheries Council of Canada (FCC), among others.


Awarded: Harry Earle – Baffin Chamber of Commerce 2016 Business Person of the Year

During the recent Nunavut Trade Show, Earle, General Manager of the Arctic Fishery Alliance, was presented with the Baffin Chamber of Commerce 2016 Business Person of the Year Award, for his outstanding contributions to the ongoing development of both AFA and to the people of Nunavut communities. Earle has extensive experience related to the fishery and business development. He holds a CA designation and for eight years held the senior management position with Fishery Products Ltd. of Vice President Finance and Treasurer at a time when the company was one of the largest fishing companies in Atlantic Canada. Earle has also been employed as a tax specialist with a major CA firm. More recently, Earle has been the General Manager of AFA. Over this time, with the support of the AFA Board of Directors, they have been able to grow the fishing operation from a royalty-based fishery to one where multiple communities are able to maximize the financial and social returns of the resource.

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