Lewisporte NL Obituaries and Funeral Related News
2 N.L. funeral homes with suspended licences still offer prepaid services to new clients - CBC.caSaturday, March 02, 2019
An undercover CBC News investigation has found that Sunset Memorial Funeral Home in Grand Falls-Windsor said it would take money in trust for prepaid services, while Gordon Woolfrey Funeral Home in Lewisporte said it would accept money in trust or through insurance.A Sunset Memorial employee explained how it works over the phone."What happens is obviously a person would come in and select the funeral of their choice, the services and things like that," the employee said."And what happens is then, basically you have a couple of different options in regards with the payments, that sort of thing. What happens is the funeral is paid in full, that price is obviously locked in and money goes into a trust account, and obviously there would be no further payments then."Employees for Botwood, Sunset Memorial and Gordon Woolfrey funeral homes, which are all owned by Terry Green, said they either accept money through an insurance agent, in trust, or a combination of the two, respectively. (Facebook)A Gordon Woolfrey Funeral Home employee described the process there."Usually how a pre-arrangement works is somebody pays their funeral - say if somebody pays for their funeral today, then your price is guaranteed," the employee said."Say if you pass away 10 years down the road, and the price of funerals goes up, but you've already paid it now, then it doesn...
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 07, 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...
Grand Falls-Windsor Pays Tribute to Man Known for Keeping Town Clean - VOCMWednesday, March 27, 2019
The Mayor of Grand Falls-Windsor is paying tribute to a man who became a fixture in and around the central Newfoundland town.Billy Ballard was a familiar sight, traveling around town with his bike and cart picking up garbage and recycling items.
(Photo by Glen Fewer on Facebook.)
Ballard passed away on Sunday, September 2 at the age of 75.
Mayor Barry Manuel says Ballard made a “significant contribution” to the community. By keeping the town clean and beautiful.
The funeral mass will take place tomorrow morning at 11:00 from St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Grand Falls-Windsor.
View the obituary at this link.
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Deer Lake council follows through on appealed decision and formally rejects crematorium application - The Western StarWednesday, March 27, 2019
The opponents protested outside the town hall during several subsequent council meetings.
The decision of council was appealed by residents Kayla Critch and Stephen Brent. In February, the West Newfoundland Regional Appeal Board conducted a hearing of the appeal and eventually decided to reverse council's decision.
That set the stage for council to revisit the application, which finally made its way to the council agenda this week.
The vote to reject the application was unanimous. Coun. Dave Parsons, who was absent from the public meeting, would not have been permitted to vote if he had been there due to his conflict of interest.
Coun. Myra Spence, whose husband's company could have been considered for work on the crematorium project, was deemed to not be in a conflict of interest and was allowed to vote Monday.
The appeal board had based its decision on the fact a crematorium is not listed as a permitted or a discretionary use within the Town Centre zone in the town's municipal plan.
Mayor Dean Ball said there are likely several undertakings within Town Centre that the municipality has actually approved in the past, but which are not specifically mentioned in the town's plan.
He gave the example of the cannabis outlet that recently opened in the area. It was not listed as a specific discretionary use when it was approved since the sale of cannabis has only recently become legal.
"This is the first time this has happened to us that I'm aware of," said Ball. "There are lots of things not listed as itemized as discretionary use that we've done in the past.
"I guess with this being a bigger issue with a higher profile and closer to people's hearts, the appeal board decided the decision should be reversed."
Ball said the original decision was based on information provided by staff and this discretionary use issue was not foreseen. He said Parsons could always apply again, but the mayor doesn't believe that will happen.
Parsons could not be reached for comment as of deadline Tuesday to see if he still plans to pursue the crematorium. He has said in the past that, despite the rising demand for a crematorium service in the Deer Lake area, it would not be feasible for his business to build one somewhere other than at the funeral home's location on Main Street.
A new municipal plan the town is awaiting approval by the provincial government does specifica...
Convicted sex offender Donnie Snook allowed escorted absence from prison - CBC NewsWednesday, March 27, 2019
Police say Snook, who is serving an 18-year prison sentence for abusing boys in two provinces, will be in St. John's, N.L., until Saturday.Correctional Service Canada notified the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary of Snook's arrival in St. John's earlier this week, according to Const. James Cadigan."He's only permitted to attend particular locations in the accompaniment of correctional officers and he'll be returned," Cadigan said.Snook's father died Feb. 24. The funeral will be held in St. John's on Friday, according to an obituary.Snook will be held at Her Majesty's Penitentiary, a provincial jail, overnight during his time in St. John's, Cadigan said.In 2013, Snook admitted to 46 sex crimes against children, including sexual assault, making and distributing child pornography, and extortion.'He hurt a whole community'Snook's crimes sparked outrage and shock in Saint John, where he was a popular youth pastor in the south end.For years, Snook ran a hot lunch program for underprivileged children, "deliberately" placing himself "in the positions to abuse young boys and seriously harm the community which supported him," Judge Alfred Brien wrote in Snook's sentencing decision.Snook was paraded through Saint John City Hall by RCMP following his ...