Dr. M. Eileen Travis
The death of Dr. M. Eileen Travis (74) of 2865 Rothesay Rd., Rothesay, widow of Arthur J. Travis, occurred unexpectedly at her residence on Wednesday, December 21, 2005.
Mrs. Travis was born in New Glasgow, N.S., a daughter of the late Louis and Cummane (Hallisey) Connolly. Eileen was a graduate of St. Francis Xavier and McGill Universities, and after a notable amateur showing in athletics in softball, tennis, and basketball, combined with an award - winning turn with the Nova Scotia Drama League, she turned her focus to literacy and made libraries her career. Her love of athletics and the arts, combined with the promotion of literacy would stay with her throughout her life. In 1960 she joined the Saint John Regional Library as head of the Children's Dept. By the end of her career as Regional Librarian in 1997 she had overseen the expansion of the library system in New Brunswick and the building of the new library at Market Square in Saint John. Throughout her career she championed the need for libraries in the community and promoted the spread of literacy. Her work was recognized by her peers in her appointment to the National Library Advisory Board in 1972 and her role as a Past President of both the New Brunswick and Atlantic Provinces Library Associations. Eileen often spoke about the importance of volunteerism. Over the years she served on her local school board, the board of the then Netherwood School for Girls, and served on the Executive of the Board of Governors for St. F.X. University. She received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from St. Thomas University in 1976 and an Honorary Doctorate of Social Sciences from Universite de Moncton in 1988. Her interest in the arts led to her serving on the Board of Directors of the Saint John Arts Council and later as president of Opera New Brunswick 2000 - 2001. She combined her love of sports and the arts when she served as the Vice - President of Ceremonies for the 1985 Canada Summer Games in Saint John. She was proud to have been the first woman President of the Saint John Board of Trade in 1983 and willingly took on the task of improving the regional economy through her time with the N.B. Research and Productivity Council in the 1980's and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency in the late 1980's and early 1990's. Among other memberships and pursuits, she was patron of Hestia House and a member of the Hammond River Angling Association. She was named the Paul Harris Fellow for the Rotary International Foundation in 1993, recipient of the Red Triangle Award in 1996, and recipient of the Queen's Jubilee Medal in 12003. Ill health prevented her from taking an active role in civic and provincial affairs over the past four years, but she was thrilled to be able to accept investiture into the Order of Canada last month. Her interest in her community and its people never wavered. She was a much loved mother and good friend - always willing to lend an ear, or open a door to those who sought her counsel. She was happiest in a room full of family and friends or silently casting a fly at an illusive salmon. She will be missed. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Travis and son - in - law David Dubois of Montreal; her son John Travis and daughter - in - law Carrie (Brittain) of Rothesay; her grandson Connolly A. J. Travis of Rothesay; her sisters - in - law, Rose Anne Connolly of Laguna, Ca., Anne Marie Travis of Rothesay, and Alleyne Murphy of Halifax; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.
Resting at Fitzpatrick's Funeral Home, 100 Waterloo St., with visiting on Monday from 7 to 9 and on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Rothesay, on Wednesday morning at ten o'clock. Interment will take place in St. Joseph's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Saint John Free Public Library or Opera New Brunswick would be appreciated.
Gerald J. Leger
LEGER - the death of Gerald J. Leger of 11 Conifer Crescent, husband of Beatrice M. (Crossman) Leger, occurred at the Saint John Regional Hospital on Thursday, December 22, 2005. Mr. Leger was born in Moncton, a son of the late Sylvain and Elizabeth (Hebert - Landry) Leger. He had been a painter at the Saint John Regional Hospital until his retirement a number of years ago. He was pre - deceased by a grandson, Jonathan Erb. Besides his wife, he is survived by one son, Gerald F. Leger (Elizabeth) of Willow Grove; three daughters, Sandra Arsenault (Frank) of Grand Bay, Margaret Craig (Les) of Saint John, and Chris Erb (Rick) of French Village; four brothers, Roderick 'Ging' Leger (Florence) of Montreal, Edward Surrett of Moncton, Fred Leger (Ann) of Toronto, and Edward Daigle (Alva) of Moncton; two sisters, Dolly Cormier of Buctouche and Nelly Leger of Moncton; 8 grandchildren; 3 great - grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Resting at Fitzpatrick's Funeral Home, 100 Waterloo St., where service will be held on Saturday morning at eleven o'clock. Following cremation, interment will take place in Ocean View Memorial Gardens.
Edna Alberta Rose Mills
The passing of Edna Alberta Rose Mills occurred in her 85th year on Monday, December 26, 2005 at the Saint john Regional Hospital 'May her soul finally rest in peace'. Born in Rusagonis, she was a daughter of the late Albert and Emma (Astley) Mills. Miss Mills is survived by one brother, Lee Mills (Isabel) of Waasis; numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. Besides her parents, Edna was predeceased by two sisters, Selina 'Lena' Charters, R.N., and Lois Truswell. Edna was employed at Atlantic Sugar Refineries for 37 years. Painting and photography were a couple of her passions in life. Clogging and bowling and Participation were some of her physical activities. 'The love of her life were her 5 dogs and 1 pigeon, they were like her children.
Resting at Fitzpatrick's Funeral Home, 100 Waterloo St., Saint John, with visitation on Wednesday between 2 - 4 and 7 to 9. Service will be conducted in Fitzpatrick's Chapel on Thursday at 11 A.M. by Rev. Robert Allaby. Interment to take place at a later date at Guthrie Rural Cemetery, Haneytown, N.B. (Base Gagetown). In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.
Rita A. White
WHITE - the death of Rita A. White of Oakville, Ont., and formerly of Saint John, widow of Vincent White, occurred at Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, Oakville, on Wednesday, December 28, 2005. Mrs. White was born in Halifax, a daughter of the late William and Madeline (McGuire) Graves, and had resided the greater part of her life in Saint John until moving to Oakville in 1998. She had been a member of Stella Maris Catholic Women's League, the Legion of Mary, and the church choir. She had also been a teacher at Stella Maris Church School for many years. Since moving to Oakville, she had become very active in the affairs of St. Matthew's Church. She is survived by her son, Vincent G. White (Yvonne) of Oakville; two grandchildren, Crystal and Tyler; and several nieces and nephews.
Resting at Fitzpatrick's Funeral Home, 100 Waterloo St., with visiting on Sunday and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Stella Maris Church on Tuesday morning at eleven o'clock. Interment will take place in St. Joseph's Cemetery.
Gerard Christopher 'Gerry' Clarke
The death of Gerard Christopher 'Gerry' Clarke of The Turnbull Nursing Home, husband of Doris M. (Kemble) Clarke, occurred at the Saint John Regional Hospital on Friday December 30, 2005. Born January 5, 1923 in Liverpool England, Gerry was a son of the late Christopher and Florence (Gallagher) Clarke. Gerry was a veteran of the 2nd World War and had served with the British Merchant Navy. He began his career as a firefighter and retired as District Fire Chief in 1986 after 36 years of service. He was predeceased by an older brother, Frank Clarke. Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Maureen Anne and her husband Dr. Herb Mitton of Saint John; a son, John Clarke and Karen Higgins of Morrisdale; a sister, Florance Matthews of Holywell, North Wales; a brother, Bernard Clarke and his wife Muriel of Pickering, Ont.; five grandchildren, Christopher and Jeff Hamilton, and Scott, Stephen, and Kristen Clarke; and several nieces and nephews.
Resting at Fitzpatrick's Funeral Home, 100 Waterloo St., with visiting on Monday from 4 to 8 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Tuesday morning at 12 o'clock. Interment will take place in St. Joseph's Cemetery. A Legion tribute will be held on Monday evening at 7:00 pm at the Funeral Home. Memorial donations to the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation or a charity of donors choice would be appreciated by the family.
Sarah I. 'Sadie' Slattery
SLATTERY - the death of Sarah I. 'Sadie' Slattery, widow of Joseph Slattery, occurred at the Dr. Snow Medical Centre, Hampton, on Wednesday, January 11, 2006. Mrs. Slattery was born in Port Hood, N.S., a daughter of the late John and Mary (MacDonald) Gillis, and had resided the greater part of her life in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception parish Saint John. She had resided at Loch Lomond Villa for 12 years until moving to Hampton. She had been a member of the Legion of Mary and the City Market Seniors Club. She was predeceased by a son Edward. She is survived by four sons, Stanley, Robert (Thelma), and Peter, all of Saint John, and James (Barb) of Petitcodiac; and one daughter, Marilyn Parsons (Frank) of Hampton; 13 grandchildren; and several great - grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Resting at Fitzpatrick's Funeral Home, 100 Waterloo St., with visiting on Thursday from 7 to 9 and on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Saturday morning at 10:30. Interment will take place in St. Joseph's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Boys and Girls Club or Romero House would be appreciated.
The death of Helen Wilson of 358 Charlotte St. West occurred at the Saint John Regional Hospital on Tuesday, January 10, 2006. Miss Wilson was born in Lorneville, a daughter of the late William J. and Alice M. (Ferguson) Wilson. She is survived by three cousins, Willa Ewart and Alberta Martin, both of Saint John, and Grace Mathison of Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Resting at her residence on Friday evening from 7 to 9. Private burial will take place in Seaview Cemetery, Lorneville.
Edna M. 'Granny' Lavigne
LAVIGNE - the death of Edna M. 'Granny' Lavigne of St. Martin's, wife of Victor J. Lavigne, occurred at the Saint John Regional Hospital on Tuesday, January 17, 2006, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Saint John, a daughter of the late William and Cecilia (Gordon) Madore, and had operated a convenience store in St. Martin's for 19 years until retiring in 1989. She was predeceased by two sons, David and Paul Lavigne; three brothers, Arthur, Austin, and Joseph Madore; and two sisters, Evelyn Shannon and Marie Morin. Besides her husband, she is survived by five sons, Richard (friend, Linda), Frederick, Peter (Stacy), and Victor (Debby), all of St. Martin's, and Daniel (Carol) of Hampton; three daughters, Lillian Jackson (Wayne), Laura Morrison (John), and Deborah Rourke (Terry), all of St. Martin's; one brother, Richard Madore of Boston; two sisters, Barbara Boucher of Miramichi, and Margaret Dawson (Edward) of Saint John; 19 grandchildren; 10 great - grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial service will be held at Fitzpatrick's Funeral Home on Friday morning at ten o'clock. Interment will take place in St. William's Cemetery, St. Martin's. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation, or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.
Sarah 'Sadie' Lundy
The death of Sister Sarah 'Sadie' Lundy (Sr. Jean Patrick) occurred at Ruth Ross Residence on Friday, January 20, 2006. Sister was born in Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Ireland, a daughter of the late Patrick and Anne (Slavin) Lundy, and had resided the greater part of her life in Saint John. Sister Sadie entered the Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception on September 8, 1944. She shared her love of music with the many people she taught in Hanna, Ab., Farrellton, P.Q., St. Michael's, Burnaby, B.C., St. Stephen, N.B., and Saint John. Sister Lundy ministered to seniors in Edmonton and at the Mater Misericordiae Home on Saint John. She was a member of the team who attended to the needs of the girls living at Rosary Hall in Fredericton. She was predeceased by five brothers, Saemus, John, Joseph, Patrick, and Arthur Lundy; and one sister, Mrs. Rose McKenzie. She is survived by one sister, Sister Jean Lundy, S.C.I.C., of Saint John.
Resting at St. Vincent's Convent, 31 Cliff St., with visiting on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Vincent's Chapel on Wednesday morning at ten o'clock. Interment will take place in the Sisters of Charity Plot in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Prayer Vigil will be held on Tuesday evening at seven o'clock.
Eric Gilbert McIllwraith
McILLWRAITH - Eric Gilbert McIllwraith formerly of Hillcrest Rd., Saint John, passed away peacefully in his 85th year on Monday, January 9, 2006, at Camp Hill Veterans' Centre, Halifax. Born in Saint John, he was a son of the late William and Florence (Arseneau) McIllwraith. Eric was predeceased in 1982 by his wife, Marguerite (Nield) McIllwraith, whom he married in England while serving overseas during the Second World War with the Fort Garry Horse Tank Regiment. Until his retirement in 1986 he was Chief Stationary Engineer at Centracare Hospital in Saint John and before that worked as an engineer at Atlantic Sugar Refinery and Canada Packers. Eric was also predeceased by his sister, Doreen Duncan; and his brothers, William (Hilda), Albert, Gordon (Anna), John, and Stewart. He is survived by his three children, Thomas (Mary) of Halifax, Peter (Jill) of Markdale, Ont., and Susan Gallant of Trenton, Ont.; his sisters, Patricia (Sterling) Cunningham of Norton, Helen (Leslie) MacDonald of Rothesay, and Elizabeth (Eldon) Ferris of Saint John; his brothers Ronald (Barbara) of Saint John, and Robert (Joyce) of Quispamsis; nine grandchildren; six great - grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. His cat, Herman, now lives in Halifax.
Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Serve will be held at St. Ann's Catholic Church, Saint John, on Friday, January 27, 2006, at eleven o'clock. Interment will take place in St. Joseph's Cemetery. A reception will follow in St. Ann's Church Hall. There will be no visitation at the request of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of Fitzpatrick's Funeral Home.
William M. “Bill” McNulty
McNULTY - the death of William M. 'Bill' McNulty of 174 Visart St., husband of Denise Godin) McNulty, occurred at the Saint John Regional Hospital on Tuesday, January 24, 2006. Mr. McNulty was born in Saint John, a son of the late William J. and Mary Audrey (Nairn) McNulty, and had been employed as a carpenter. He was a faithful caring father, and will be remembered for his good nature and sense of humour. He was predeceased by a brother, Francis McNulty. He is survived by two sons, Michael J. McNulty (Jennifer Williston), and William J. McNulty (Michelle DeFazio), both of Saint John; two brothers, Leonard McNulty of Saint John, and Douglas McNulty of Toronto; two sisters, Linda Ennat (Ahmed), and Leona Bradley (Douglas), both of Saint John; one sister - in - law, Debbie Savoy of Saint John; two grandsons, Carter and Titan McNulty; one granddaughter - in - waiting; and several nieces and nephews.
Resting at Fitzpatrick's Funeral Home, 100 Waterloo St., with visiting on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Saturday morning at 10:30. Interment will take place in St. Joseph's Cemetery.
SULLIVAN - the death of Lillian Sullivan of 14 King Square South occurred at the Saint John Regional Hospital on Wednesday, January 25, 2006. Miss Sullivan was born in Saint John, a daughter of the late James and Rose (Cyr) Sullivan, and had been employed as a model with Calp's for many years. She was predeceased by two brothers, Charles and Thomas Sullivan; and five sisters, Eileen Marion, Violet McCarthy, Rhona Main, Lucy Wendell, Margaret McKay, and Reta 'Pauline' Sullivan. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Memorial Mass will be celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Monday morning at twelve o'clock. Interment will take place in St. Joseph's Cemetery.
Mary Agnes Brown
Brown, Mary Agnes - Mrs. Mary Agnes Brown (Knudson) of Coburg Street, wife of Melbourne ' Mike ' Brown passed away on Saturday, January 28, 2006 at the Saint John Regional Hospital. Born in Saint John, NB, Mary was the daughter of the late Dennis and Agnes (Perry) Knudson. Her husband Mike and children were her life. Always thinking of others, for many years Mary contributed to Romero House and numerous charitable organizations. She also enjoyed many active years with her Bridge Club. Mary will be greatly missed and eternally loved by all of her family members: Raymond (Lorraine) Brown, Carol Ann (Ron) Barton, David (Brenda) Brown, Cathy McAfee, Peter (Kathy) Brown, Mary ' Honey ' (Mark Brown) Rowe, Trisha (Ross) Whitcomb, and Christopher (Alison) Brown all of Saint John; one brother, Terence (Constance) Knudson of Saint John, 16 Grandchildren and 2 Great Grandchildren. Mary was predeceased by her brothers Lawrence and Joseph Knudson.
Resting at Fitzpatrick's Funeral Home, 100 Waterloo Street, Saint John, NB, with visiting on Monday, January 30, 2006, from 7 to 9 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday morning at 10:00 am, from St. Peter's Church. Interment to take place in St. Joseph's Cemetery.
Sr. Mary Catherine MacDonald
MacDonald, Sr. Mary Catherine - The death of Sr. Mary Catherine MacDonald (Sister Mary Andrina), of Ruth Ross Residence, occurred on Saturday, January 28, 2006 at her residence. Sister Catherine MacDonald was born at St. Margaret's Prince Edward Island the daughter of the late Hugh and Frances (McGrath) MacDonald. Sister Catherine entered the Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, 1938. Sister Catherine served as cook and housekeeper for many years at various convents; Holy Rosary in Fredericton, NB, and Regina, Saskatchewan, Mary's Home, Moncton, NB, and at Maliseet, NB, and Villa Madonna Retreat House in Saint John, NB. Sister also assisted at St. Patrick's Orphanage in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Sister Catherine later served as a volunteer at St. Joseph's Hospital while residing at St. Vincent's Convent. Sister retired to Ruth Ross Residence in 1997. Sister is survived by one sister, Mrs. Marcella (Simon) Dallmeier of California, several nieces and nephews. Sister was predeceased by a brother, Joseph Stephen MacDonald, and a sister Anne McCormack.
Resting at St. Vincent's Convent 31 Cliff Street, Saint John, NB., with visiting on Monday, January 30, 2006, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday morning at 10:00 am, from St. Vincent's Convent Chapel. Interment to take place in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Prayer Vigil to take place Monday evening at 7:00 pm.