24 Jul 2020
A committal service for Ralph Ernest Crawford, 75, originally of Sheffield and, more recently Perdue, Sask., and Medicine Hat, Alta., will be held on Saturday, ...
24 Jul 2020
A committal service for Ralph Ernest Crawford, 75, originally of Sheffield and, more recently Perdue, Sask., and Medicine Hat, Alta., will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 at the Sheffield United Church Cemetery, starting at 1 p.m.
Ralph died on July 24, 2020 at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital after a battle with cancer.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, Aug. 22 at Perdue United Church, with Mr. Ken Davidson officiating and music by Rev. Archie and Erna Janzen. The service was live–streamed via Facebook.
Ralph was born on June 9, 1945 in Fredericton, N.B., to Walter and Sheila (née Burpee) Crawford, a couple who had first met while skating on the beautiful Saint John River in front of her home in nearby Sheffield. He would grow up in that home on the family farm and was their only child.
Ralph was also born blind, but subsequent cornea transplants enabled him to see well enough to read but not have a driver's licence. He underwent a total of 13 eye operations during his life, but, as one eye doctor told him, his limited vision was made up for by his intelligence.
His recollections of his home and family proved invaluable to the editor of the Sheffield Memories history book in filling in gaps of knowledge of many people, she said.
Ralph grew up in a Christian home and at an early age trusted Jesus Christ as his lord and saviour. Ralph didn't go through a time of drifting away or rebellion. Instead, he kept his child–like trust in and obedience to the Lord throughout his life. When in New Brunswick, Ralph served as a deacon and a trustee and even preached a few times. "He would have made a wonderful minister," said a former neighbour. In later years, Ralph served on the Perdue Housing Authority board.
He began working for a produce vendor and, subsequently, set up his own vegetable stand and, still on the family farm, a grocery store. A retiring minister gave Ralph his library, which started him on his lifelong enterprise of selling and buying used books. After a hospital stay, Ralph found his produce had rotted. The books were fine, which led to his concentrating on them. Through sales and donations, his inventory gradually grew. It was a trade he was suited for by his encyclopedic memory of authors, the weather and many other subjects, the roughly 300,000 books in his collection and customers who stopped in over the years. Tidiness, though, might not have been Ralph's strong suit. He knew which books were almost worthless and which were worth a lot. Ralph once bought a book for 50¢ and sold it for $500, said a former employee of his Sheffield store. Business varied by the season. It was buoyed in the summer by the travelling public who stopped in because the farm was situated beside the Trans–Canada Highway. Customers decreased to almost none in the winter and during flood season (for two weeks every spring). As a result, Ralph began taking an annual winter holiday to some other part of Canada. Places he went to included Vancouver and Chilliwack, B.C., Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal and, most recently, Medicine Hat. He would get cheap accommodation in old hotels and spend his time shopping for books, to be shipped home later.
As a non–driver, Ralph depended on the bus to get to those places. The people he met travelling were as interesting and enjoyable as his customers, although sometimes quite different. He met teenage runaway girls and was able to persuade at least three of them to return to their homes. When staying in hotels, he met many with problems, often addictions, and the way he lived, particularly in not drinking, was noticed. When others brought that up, he had a chance to witness and counsel. Even in his last days in the hospital, he was trying to help a fellow patient, said a visitor.
When the Trans–Canada Highway was rerouted away from Sheffield, warm–season business also dried up. Ralph looked elsewhere along the highway but found no suitable building for a store.
He and a friend, John Fawcett, who owned property in Harris, Sask., did a three–week search in that province. They found a two–story, brick, former bank building in Perdue. Over the next four years, Ralph bought the building and arranged the move of his business west. He secured three semi–trailers and a 1940 air force bus and packed them with books. In 2004, they went by rail to Saskatoon and, from there, were picked up by Clark's Hauling and brought to Perdue.
Selling used books is an increasingly rare occupation and, for that reason at least, Ralph and his store got noticed. The On The Road Again television show, Maclean's and Prairies North magazines, radio shows and other media featured his store over the years, most recently in 2019.
For that and many other things – the people he'd meet, the books he was able to acquire, even daily provisions like food – Ralph was thankful. He especially appreciated his upbringing and family heritage and where he grew up.
So, in accord with his wishes, Ralph's ashes return to that beloved home in Sheffield, to rest there with his parents until the resurrection.
16 Sep 2020
Ernest L. Swan of Harvey, York Co., NB passed away peacefully on September 16, 2020 at his home. Ernest was born on May 3, 1943 at Tweedside, NB, a son of the ...
16 Sep 2020
Ernest L. Swan of Harvey, York Co., NB passed away peacefully on September 16, 2020 at his home. Ernest was born on May 3, 1943 at Tweedside, NB, a son of the late Lewis and Mina (Patterson) Swan.
Ernest loved the out of doors, being by the lake, doing woodworking, snowmobiling, looking after his property and spending time with family and friends. He was a former civil servant and RCMP Auxiliary member.
He is survived by a son, Michael Swan; granddaughter Rachel Swan; grandson Shelby Swan (Stephanie); daughter-in-law, Laurel Sloan; sisters-in-law, Elinor Holland and Sylvia Swan (Cecil); cousins, Jerry Moffitt and Jack Moffitt; several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Muriel (Christie) Swan; a brother Wetzel Swan; a sister-in-law, Lorraine Tracy and a brother-in-law, Frank Holland.
A graveside service will be held at a later date at Harvey Settlement Cemetery.
For those who wish to make a donation in memory of Ernest, the family has suggested the Harvey Outreach, Harvey Settlement Cemetery of Knox Presbyterian Church.
Arrangements by Flewelling Funeral Home, Nackawic, NB. www.flewellingswan.com
14 Sep 2020
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of Michael William Calabrese of Douglas Harbour, NB on Monday the 14th of September 2020. Born on August 5th,...
14 Sep 2020
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of Michael William Calabrese of Douglas Harbour, NB on Monday the 14th of September 2020. Born on August 5th, 1946 in Minto, NB, Mike is predeceased by his parents Jack and Joyce Calabrese and the love of his life, Beverley.
Mike is survived by his two sons Bradley (Chanelle) and Darren (Tammy) and his 5 grandchildren; Harriet, Adeline, June, Jack and Quinn. Mike also leaves behind his brother Johnny (Cathy), nieces Carla (Mike), Caryn (Troy) and grand-niece and nephew Kristen and Connor.
Mike’s professional life started in some of the most remote landscapes that the Atlantic provinces have to offer — navigating and surveying his way from the coal mines in Labrador to the blackfly-infested backwaters of Northern New Brunswick. With a passion for the natural environment, he landed a permanent position with the province’s Department of Natural Resources as a fish biologist back home on Grand Lake. Mike’s excitement for the work and his colleagues was always genuine. He could take the everyday and make it special – he could make it seem worth talking about. This is what made him so loved and one of the many reasons will be so missed.
Although dedicated to his work, what defined Mike was his love of family and friends. Whether boating with the Clarks and Kowalskis in the Summer, hunting ducks and deer in the Fall, snowmobiling in the Winter, or getting the greens ready in the Spring with the crew at The Pines – there was no one easier with a smile or ready for a good chat. Those chats, however, were often one-sided and longer than expected. With Mike, there was never a short trip, never a bad duck blind and always just one last drink of rum in a small forgotten bottle to keep the cold at bay and the conversation warm.
His passing will leave a hole in the Grand Lake community that he so dearly loved. And, he knew that that very same community loved him back. With the traumatic loss of Beverley in 2014 and the difficult years that followed, Mike found true comfort in the long evenings at the Warming Shack, laughs at the 19th hole, and cherished time over food and wine with Heather Pugh.
For those who wish, donations in Michael’s name may be made to the MEMS Breakfast Program.
Personal condolences may be offered through www.hoggfunerals.ca
15 Sep 2020
It is with sadness that the family of Donald McDonald announce his unexpected passing at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at th...
15 Sep 2020
It is with sadness that the family of Donald McDonald announce his unexpected passing at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at the age of 77. Born in Chatham, NB, on November 1, 1942, he was the husband of Mary (Gallagher) McDonald of Limekiln, NB.
In addition to his wife, Mary, Don leaves behind his four sons, Ken (Julie), Pat (Crystal Fitzherbert), Mike, and Gordon (Laura); grandchildren, Jonathan, Charlize, Lauren, Emma, Michael, Grace, Evan, Mitchell, William, and Owen; and a large extended family.
Don was predeceased by his parents, Kenneth and Marjorie (Strong) McDonald; granddaughter, Allanna.
In his younger years, Don was an avid hunter, and fisherman. He lived a full and happy life from growing up in Hartland, NB, to attending university, and raising his four sons. Of all the things that he was so brilliant at throughout his life, the three things he excelled at most were being a dedicated husband, a hero to his children, and being Grandpa to his grandchildren.
Don’s family wish to acknowledge and thank Stanley ambulance paramedics Evan Tozer and his partner as well as all the staff of the DECH Emergency Department, with great appreciation for Dr. Shannon McCarter, Cy Pederson and the nurses for their outstanding professionalism, compassion, care and support.
In keeping with Don’s wishes, there will be no visitation. A private memorial service for family and invited guests will be held at a later time.
For those who wish, donations in Don’s memory can be made to the Palliative Care Unit at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital, the Just Friends Food Bank in Stanley, or Scouts Canada – Camp Yoho. Online condolences can be made at www.mcadamsfh.com.
15 Sep 2020
Evelyn Blanche (Hayward) McEachren, age 93, of Oromocto, NB, went to be with the Lord on September 15, 2020. Evelyn was born in Halifax, NS, the eldest daughter...
15 Sep 2020
Evelyn Blanche (Hayward) McEachren, age 93, of Oromocto, NB, went to be with the Lord on September 15, 2020. Evelyn was born in Halifax, NS, the eldest daughter of the late James and Lillian Hayward, and wife of the late Charles McEachren.
She will be sadly missed by her loving daughters, Karen McFarlane (Gary) of Charters Settlement, Heather Mielke (Greg) of Petawawa, ON and Janet Boyer (Skip) of Penetanguishene, ON; grandchildren, Valeri (Guy), Toby, Hollie (Ed), James (Carolyn), John (Candice); great grandchildren, Amy, Matthew, Peyten, Konrad, Landon, Jordyn and Carter.
Great appreciation and thanks to Oromocto Special Care Home and Hospice House Fredericton.
Due to COVID, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be left at www.mcadamsfh.com
14 Sep 2020
The passing of Donald Raymond Bruce of Fredericton, NB, husband of Avis (Robinson) Bruce, occurred on Thursday, September 14, 2020 at Dr. Everett Chalmers Regio...
14 Sep 2020
The passing of Donald Raymond Bruce of Fredericton, NB, husband of Avis (Robinson) Bruce, occurred on Thursday, September 14, 2020 at Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital. Born on July 29, 1933 in Barkers Point, NB, he was the son of the late Clarence and Ida (Rideout) Bruce.
Donald worked for NB Power and was a member of the 25 year Club.
In addition to his wife, Donald is survived by his brother, Dave Bruce (Willa); numerous nieces and nephews; brothers and sisters-in-law, and special friend, Tommy Reid.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sisters, Mary Evelyn MacFarland and Beryl Breau; infant brother, Robert and brother, Neil "Mack".
Due to the current COVID-19 health situation the Funeral Service will be by invitation only from Greenwood Drive Baptist Church with Rev. Gordon Cook officiating. Interment will take place in Marysville Baptist Extension Cemetery.
The family wish to express their gratitude to the Doctors and Nurses on the 3rd Floor at the Chalmers Hospital for their care and compassion and also to the wonderful staff at Paradise Villa.
For those who wish, remembrances may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the IWK. Personal condolences may be offered through www.yorkfh.com
14 Sep 2020
The family is saddened to announce the passing of Meretta Jane Alberta (Cogswell) Mowatt of Oromocto on Monday, September 14, 2020. Born on March 5, 1931 in Fre...
14 Sep 2020
The family is saddened to announce the passing of Meretta Jane Alberta (Cogswell) Mowatt of Oromocto on Monday, September 14, 2020. Born on March 5, 1931 in Fredericton, she was the oldest daughter of the late Elzie and Greta (Harrison) Howe and wife of the late Lyle D. Cogswell.
Alberta will be missed by her children Melda Carr (Percy) of Oromocto, NB, Brenda Mallet (Ovilda) of Maple Grove, NB, Milton Cogswell of Fredericton, NB, Karen Shears of Oromocto, NB, and Lucha Chater (Chris) of Victoria BC; six sisters Elva Carr, Leila Levison, Violet Cummings, Eleanor Fidler, Lena Mitchel, and Greta Carr; three brothers Everett Howe, Richard Howe and Elzie Howe Jr.; 18 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Alberta was predeceased by her son Benjamin Cogswell; step-son Timothy Mowatt, her second husband Rev. Worden Mowatt, three brothers William Howe, Leon Howe, and Edward Howe; and two brothers-in-law Donald Levison and Ronald Carr.
Alberta was proud to be the first female cook in Camp Gagetown beginning in 1957 and continued for seven summers. She then had to stop to take care of her husband who had cancer. Three months later, at 34, Alberta became a widow and single mother with six children to look after. After her own health issues, and with God’s help, she was able to live another 56 years. She is now resting with her Maker.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at the Oromocto Funeral Home from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm. A funeral service will take place at the Geary Pentecostal Church on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 2:00 pm by invitation only due to COVID-19 restrictions. The service will be live streamed on the Geary United Pentecostal Church’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/GearyUPC or all are welcome to tune into the FM Radio Station 88.3 in the parking lot to listen to the live broadcast.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Alberta’s name to the Canadian Cancer Society, Diabetes Canada, or The Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be left at www.oromoctofh.com.
13 Sep 2020
June 29, 1984-September 13, 2020
Our courageous Rebecca was lovingly called “Becca, Reba, The Baby Whisperer and Little Bear”. Her partner, Scott Somerville...
13 Sep 2020
June 29, 1984-September 13, 2020
Our courageous Rebecca was lovingly called “Becca, Reba, The Baby Whisperer and Little Bear”. Her partner, Scott Somerville and daughter, Mackayla Wood will miss her presence in the cozy home she helped to create. She will remain in the hearts of her sisters, Stephanie Wood (Heather Gregory) and Jennifer Wood Tym (Case); parents, Melanie Menzies Wood and Ron Wood, and Grammie Mavis Wood. Rebecca had a very special relationship with her niece, Lillian Tym, nephews, Pieter and Benjamin Tym, and Elliott Wood. Also mourning are aunts, Lynn McCay of BC, Jane Gibbs (Dave), Aleta Wood and uncle Stephen Wood all of NB; cousins, Kolin Wood of NB, Ryan (Kalah) and Graham McCay all of AB, Jamie (Laura) and Matthew (Amy) Spurway all of NS, and Scott’s brother, Craig (Rebecca) of NS, as well as Scott’s grandmother, Alice Boardman of NB. Best friend since birth, Johanna Olsen Lynch, has been her “person”. Annette Olsen and Marge Zimmerman were her second mamas. Special childhood friends, Jennifer Tucker and Stephanie Woodworth will miss her dearly.
Rebecca is predeceased by her grandfather, Gerald Wood; uncle, Jerry Wood; her Nana, Wilma Menzies (Norris), and her soul-mate Weimaraner, Murphy.
Scott’s parents, Cindy and Ed Somerville, and Mackayla’s Grampie and Nannie Murray (George and Denise) were very special to Rebecca, their love was reciprocated.
Rebecca always made others smile with her sense of humor and light-heartedness, from her Saint John team of oncology nurses, oncologist Dr. M. Burnell, her neurosurgeon, Dr. G. Kolyvas, (with such gracious hands and skill operated 5 times in 4+ years), to the Fredericton blood technicians with whom she befriended, especially Pat Tobin.
When you hear an owl hoot, see a hummingbird fly, hear the band “Queen”, catch the scent of patchouli, or find an Inukshuk, think of our blond-haired and sky-blue eyed, Rebecca. She could ride a horse, played on the LHHS girl’s hockey team, swam like a fish, played the piano, and created unique artwork. She adored the children with whom she worked as a kindergarten assistant at Connaught Street School, then later at Kids Korral Daycare.
Every summer, Rebecca loved her Lake George life with family and friends. She loved to read, write, and could quip lines from movies or songs making others guess from where it came. She loved to cook with and for Mackayla and Scott.
Rebecca was blessed and dearly loved by Scott, whose patience and care enabled her to remain at home these last few months while under the care of dedicated extramural nurses, mainly Julie Roy, and family friend palliative care Dr. Gordon McDonald. Thank you to all of the phenomenal Fredericton Hospice staff, and our family doctor, Dr. S. Athar. Rebecca was our gift, and we are all better people for having her in our lives.
“The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain
A public visitation will be held on Thursday, September 17 from 4 to 7 pm at McAdam’s Funeral Home. A “Celebration of Rebecca’s Life” will be held on Friday, September 18 at 2:00 pm in the J.A. McAdam Memorial Chapel. A private interment will take place at the Fredericton Rural Extension Cemetery.
Honoring Rebecca’s memory, donations to Fredericton Hospice would be appreciated.
Although visitation is public, the Celebration of Life will be by reservation only due to COVID protocols and restrictions. Space is limited so please RSVP either via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (506) 458-9170. Reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Please include names, phone numbers, and the number of people in your group to ensure that social distancing is maintained.
Online remembrances may be left at www.mcadamsfh.com.