Lewisporte NL Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Family, friends, business partners say goodbye to Ches - The TelegramFriday, February 17, 2017
And they got a start from Ches. And at some point they went out on their own, as I did here at Oceanex,” said Capt. Sid Hynes, who worked with Penney in shipping out of Lewisporte, then in the offshore oil sector with Canship (precursor to Canship-Ugland).Hynes said there are a lot of people in the province who would not be running businesses today if not for Penney. And Penney continued as a friend and mentor in many cases, long after business partners went their separate ways, he said.“Every weekend we’d get together boating or whatever. We used to love yarnin’ with each other and debating and having a few swallies and fixing the world. That was our favourite pastime,” Hynes said with a laugh.“He had a big legacy that we all know about, the public persona. But there’s a lot of other people who quietly today are missing Ches, for sure, because they have so many fond memories and he helped them get where they’re going.”Rutter Inc. president and CEO Fraser Edison was still a young adult when he worked for Penney in Central, but eventually went into concrete business in St John’s. Penney was into the same business.“He gave me a lot of direction and help and guidance,” Edison said, noting he would call Penney for his thoughts from time to time. “He enjoyed being an entrepreneur, he enjoyed the work and I think he got a lot of satisfaction out of other people doing the same.”Penney got into the oil business, getting a foot into Hibernia contracting and not shying from new ventures. The growing Penney Group made “a pure gamble” in one case, in Penney’s own words, spending millions on a port in Bay Bulls harbour.“He was very, very successful, but he seemed to be close to his roots,” said Noia president and CEO Bob Cadigan.“I think he thrived on stress,” said Ocean Choice International’s Martin Sullivan, who worked closely with Penney as OCI was moving to capture part of Fisheries Product International around 2007.Sullivan said Penney was never frazzled, even with the intense public scrutiny brought on with the negotiations around FPI.“I think he’ll go down in history as one of the greatest contributors to the success of our province that we’ve ever seen,” he said.In a statement, Memorial University president Gary Kachanoski extended his condolences to the family on behalf of the university community, in particular expressing sympathies to Penney’s wife, MUN board of regents chair Iris Petten.“His commitment to Memorial as a key driver of progress and prosperity in the province was revealed in many ways; not only through his financial contributions to the university, but through his commitment to our graduates and work-term students,” Kachanoski said, noting Penney’s support for Marine Institute scholarships as well.Penney was known to make donations without seeking credit. In some instances, contributions still ended up making headlines. In 2008, for example, through a $25,000 donation, he saved a program run by the Canadian Red Cross, offering free loan of lifejackets from five offices across the province.The YMCA on Ridge Road in St. John’s was named the Ches Penney Family Y, after Penney provided a $1-million donation to the organization (more recently the Penney family has donated another $500,000).“I think he was really interested in helping people become healthier and supporting family through child care and supporting a location where people could find jobs and start businesses, and his generosity certainly made a huge difference to us,” said Jason Brown, CEO of YMCA Newfoundland and Labrador.And, as expected by those who knew him best, Penney was a regular visitor to the construction site.Ches Penney’s awards and recognitions:• Order of Canada• Order of New...
Long-time volunteer Pleman Woodford remembered - The PilotWednesday, December 7, 2016
Woodford’s dedication to minor hockey spanned decades.
During his funeral service at the Salvation Army Citadel on Nov. 21, Hazel Rideout brought condolences to the Woodford family on behalf of the Lewisporte and Area Minor Hockey Association.
Rideout shared those comments with The Pilot.
No matter how early the game was, or how cold the rink was, Ple could be counted on to be there, volunteering his time for hours on end,” she said.
Woodford was a staple in the stadium — a timekeeper, a game announcer, a referee, and a friend to hockey players, coaches, trainers, managers and officials.
In the timekeeper’s box, Woodford kept tournaments on track, Rideout said, while calming down players who were headed to the penalty box.
Lewisporte and Area Minor Hockey Association president Greg Feltham knows how it feels to head to the penalty box where Woodford would be waiting.
“I can remember, as a young kid, getting a penalty and being in the box all riled up,” Feltham recalled. “He would be the first one to tell you that you’re not going to help your team by being in here. He’d have a chuckle. Then, you’d go out (on the ice). You’d score a goal and as he would be announcing your name, he...
Protestors want Deer Lake funeral home owner to consider another location for crematorium - The Western StarThursday, April 12, 2018
After the meeting, Mayor Dean Ball said council recognizes the people’s concerns but there is nothing it can do right now as the issue is before the West Newfoundland Regional Appeal Board.Steve Brent and Kayla Critch filed the appeal. The couple lives just one property away from the funeral home and has been vocal in opposing the decision since it was approved.Outside the town office Brent declined to comment and noted they are seeking legal advice before saying any more on the issue.Parsons also declined to comment on the matter until the appeal process is completed.Let's block ads! (Why?)...
Mother of NL comedian/actor Mark Critch has died - AdvertiserThursday, April 12, 2018
Mark Critch, Newfoundland writer and performer, announced in a tweet Saturday morning that his mother, Mary Critch, 80, died on Thursday.Critch, who is one of the stars CBC’s “This Hour has 22 Minutes” tweeted, “It is with great sorrow that I announce the passing of my mom. She was busting with love and family pride. She had a laugh that you could wrap around yourself like a blanket. Thanks to all who have been asking about her over the past couple of months.”She had a laugh that you could wrap around yourself like a blanket.-Mark CritchShe is survived by sons Michael and Mark, daughter-in-law Kathy; her grandchildren Jacob, Will and Lucy; her sisters Diane, Bertha and brother David. Cremation has taken place. Visitation at Caul’s Funeral Home LeMarchant Road on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Funeral Mass to take place on Dec. 28 at 9:30 a.m. from St. Teresa’s Church. Inurnment to follow at Belvedere Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to the O'Brien Farm Foundation.Let's...
Deer Lake town council approves crematorium for Main Street funeral home - The Western StarThursday, April 12, 2018
Ball.The mayor said the town researched the issue and the particular unit Parsons Funeral Home is proposing to use.Newfoundland and Labrador does not have emission standards that are specific to crematoriums, but Ball said every indication was that the emissions from the crematorium unit would easily meet all the existing standards in the province.The funeral home is already in a zone designated as commercial, so no rezoning was required to permit the crematorium.Ball said council understands the sensitive nature of the topic, but believes they made the right decision.“Today’s technology has all the checks and balances needed and we don’t think there is any reason for anyone to be alarmed,” he said.Let's block ads! (Why?)...