Twine Loft – September 2016

Passed On: Norman Randall – Englee, N.L. Fisherman

Randall, 83, passed away on July 14, 2016 at the John M Gray Centre in St. Anthony at the age of 83 years. He was born on October 7, 1932 to the late Matthew and Bertha Randall of Whooping Harbour. Randall began his working career as a fisherman. He did this for many years and during the winter months he was employed by Bowater and other companies as a cook. He spent several years cooking on the coastal boats and at the whaling plant in Williamsport.

Passed On: Gerald Ricks – Goose Cove, N.L. Fisherman

Ricks, 81, passed away on June 2, 2016. He was born on September 3, 1934 in Goose Cove to Frances and Darius Ricks. Ricks had a variety of work experiences in his life, including logging, fishing, carpentry, construction and heavy equipment operator. He could turn his hand to anything — a real jack-of-all-trades. He also had a unique ability to tell stories about things that happened in his life and the many people he met along life’s journey.

Passed On: Clarence Keefe – Little Dover, N.S. Fish Plant Worker

Keefe, 81, passed away on July 20, 2016. He was born on December 3, 1934, in Canso to the late Joseph and Mary (Haines) Keefe. Keefe worked for seven years on the lake boats and then came home to work at B.C. Packers as a fish cutter. Later, he worked at National Seafoods Ltd. in Canso, as a foreman, until his retirement in 1992. He was a member of Little Dover Fire Department for many years, as well as a member of the St. Agnes Parish in his community.

Passed On: Brian Bond – Ponquet, N.S. Fisherman

Bond, 64, passed away July 14, 2016 at his home. He was born in Antigonish to the late Austin and Mary (Gavin) Bond. Bond was a fisherman, based out of Ballantyne’s Cove, Cape George, since he was a young man, captaining his latest boat, Seacrest II. He was also a heavy equipment operator for various construction firms in the area. He enjoyed spending time with his family and loved the outdoors, whether it was playing with his beloved grandchildren, checking on his boat, taking his tractor for a spin or building lobster traps.

Passed On: Carmen Haines – Little Dover, N.S. Fisherman

Haines, 66, passed away July 15, 2016 at the Eastern Memorial Hospital, Canso. Born in Little Dover, he was a son of the late John Levi and Rose Alima (Horne) Haines. He worked as a fisherman for most of his life and was a member of the St. Agnes Parish, Little Dover.

Passed On: Stanley Hubbard – Abram’s River, N.S. Fisherman

Hubbard, 94, passed away July 14, 2016 at his home. He was born June 3, 1922 in Hubbard’s Point and was a son of the late Eunice Hubbard. Hubbard was a veteran of the Second World War, having served overseas on the front lines. In his younger years, he worked in Ontario steel mills, after which he returned to Yarmouth to work at the cotton mill and in the fishing industry. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, smelt fishing, vegetable and flower gardening, playing cards and watching old Western movies.

Passed On: Ervin DeViller – Pinkney’s Point, N.S. Fisherman

DeViller passed away on Friday, July 29, 2016 at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital. He was the son of the late William and Lena (Deveau) DeViller. DeViller was a lobster fisherman. When he gave up fishing, he worked at Allan Surrette’s boat shed until he retired.

Passed On: Francis Corporon – Wedgeport, N.S. Fisherman

Corporon, 84, passed away on July 23, 2016 at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital. Born in Wedgeport on October 14, 1931, he was a son of the late Bernard and Monique (Doucette) Corporon. Corporon spent most of his life outdoors. From being on the water as a lobster fisherman, working for A.L. LeBlanc in the summer for 20 years, to in the yard, growing vegetables in his garden and setting rabbit traps. He was an active member of the credit committee for the Credit Union in Wedgeport for 25 years.

Passed On: Stirling Nickerson – North East Point, N.S. Fish Plant Worker

Nickerson, 71, passed away on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at the QEII Halifax Infirmary, Halifax. Born at The Hawk on October 17, 1944, he was a son of the late Clifton and Ester Nickerson. Nickerson was a dedicated employee of Sable Fish Packers for more than 50 years.

Passed On: Eric Moore – New Germany, N.S. Fisherman

Moore, 57, died suddenly on Saturday, July 16, 2016, on the fishing vessel Venture, off the coast of Nain, Labrador. He was born June 20, 1959, in Bridgewater to the late Basil Morton and Nellie (Corkum) Moore. He was employed as a fisherman with Mersey Seafoods Ltd., Liverpool.

Passed On: Dave MacKinnon – Burnaby, B.C. Fishing Industry Labour Advocate

MacKinnon, 68, passed away on February 14, 2016, in Burnaby, B.C. He was born on Sept. 4, 1947, at MacKinnon’s Point, P.E.I. After graduating from high school, MacKinnon began fishing on a trawler out of Canso, N.S. There he experienced, first-hand, the struggles faced by his workmates — poor wages, unsafe conditions at sea and long, hard days. In the early 1970s, while still fishing, he was recruited by the Canadian Food and Allied Workers to help organize Nova Scotia fishermen. In 1974, he moved his family to Newfoundland where he went to work for the Newfoundland Fishermen’s Union. Not long after arriving, he was involved in a strike for the first industry-wide collective agreement for fishermen and plant workers. In 1980, MacKinnon became a staff representative with the B.C. Government and Service Employees Union (BCGEU) in Terrace, B.C. Seven years later, he became industrial relations officer with the B.C. Ministry of Labour, from which he retired in 1998.

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