Four­teen funer­als in one week

Spa­niard’s Bay he­li­copter vic­tim laid to rest


When all the pews in the Church of the Holy Redeemer were filled, chairs had to brought in to ac­com­mo­date the mourn­ers. But they still couldn’t hold all the peo­ple who turned out last Thurs­day, March 19 to pay their fi­nal re­spects to their beloved fam­ily mem­ber, friend and co-worker. They also filled the choir loft and spilled out into the church porch where there was stand­ing room only.

The Ser­vice of Cel­e­bra­tion and Thanks­giv­ing for the Life of Paul Randy Pike took place one week to the day af­ter he and 16 other pas­sen­gers aboard a Cougar He­li­copter lost their lives when the Siko­rsky S-92 fer­ry­ing them back to work on the oil rigs went down off the coast of New­found­land.

Rev. Marilyn Moore who led the ser­vice said Paul Pike is go­ing to be “sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.”

As­sur­ing those present that: “Paul is at home in Heaven,” Rev. Moore de­scribed Pike as “a car­ing hus­band, loving fa­ther and ded­i­cated mem­ber of the com­mu­nity.”

“As we gather here this day to re­mem­ber and give thanks, we cel­e­brate Paul’s life and re­mem­ber his joy...”

The large crowds which turned out at Young’s Fu­neral Home in the days be­fore the fu­neral ser­vice to pay their re­spects demon­strated the high es­teem in which Pike was held in the area.

Flags out­side the town hall in Spa­niard’s Bay flew at half-mast in mem­ory of Pike.

Spa­niard’s Bay Mayor Drover taught Pike in Grade 6 at the old Holy Redeemer School. Mayor Drover re­mem­bers him as “a very kind young man whose quiet and kind man­ner never changed as he grew into adult­hood.”

Drover de­scribed him as “a quiet spo­ken in­di­vid­ual who was al­ways there to help any­one he could — just a nice per­son to know.”

Point­ing out, “he cen­tred his whole life around his fam­ily,” Mayor Drover told The Com­pass af­ter­wards, “he cared a lot about them. He used to call his mother-in-law in Spa­niard’s Bay just to check on her to see how she was do­ing.

“It’s a sad oc­ca­sion for the whole com­mu­nity,” Drover said. “He knew ev­ery­body, and all who knew him are shocked and sad-

dened by his un­timely pass­ing.”

Per­sonal touch

Fam­ily in­volve­ment gave the ser­vice a per­sonal touch when Karen and Jill Pike read from Ec­cle­si­astes 3:1-8 and An­drea Pike gave the sec­ond read­ing from First Corinthi­ans 13:1-8. Pamela Pike read from the Gospel of John 11:17-27, while David Pike, Danny Pike and Kathi Ori acted as gift bear­ers.

The 118-year old wooden rafters in the Spa­niard’s Bay land­mark rang to hymns like Thy Way Not Mine, Amaz­ing Grace and Here I Am Lord.

A na­tive of Spa­niard’s Bay, Paul Pike had moved to Shearstown, where he resided with his wife and fam­ily at the time of his death.

Pike left to mourn his wife Sharon of 24 years; daugh­ter, An­drea Stella, and son, Stephen Paul, Shearstown.

Pike’s fu­neral ser­vice was one of 14 held all over the prov­ince last week as peo­ple filled church- es from Si­b­ley’s Cove to Deer Lake to pay their last re­spects to friends and loved ones who lost their lives in the worst off­shore marine tragedy since the Ocean Ranger dis­as­ter of 1982.

Two other res­i­dents of Trin­ity Con­cep­tion were among those lost in the tragedy.

Fu­neral ser­vices for 32-yearold Corey Eddy were held at Bethel United Church in Si­b­ley’s Cove, Trin­ity Bay Satur­day, March 21. And Gary Cor­bett, 46 of Con­cep­tion Bay South was also laid to rest fol­low­ing his fu­neral ser­vice at St. Ed­ward’s R.C. Church in Kel­li­grews on the same day as Pike’s fu­neral.

By Mon­day of last week the bodies of all of the vic­tims had been re­moved from the crash site, brought to St. John’s for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and re­turned to their re­spec­tive fam­i­lies for burial.

At 26, Al­li­son Ma­her was the youngest of the crash vic­tims and the first to be found on the sur­face shortly af­ter the crash. Her fu­neral ser­vice was held in her home­town, Aquaforte Mon­day.

Robert Decker of St. John’s, the lone sur­vivor of the crash re­mains at the Health Sciences Com­plex, where he is re­cov­er­ing from in­juries suf­fered in the crash. At 27, Decker was the sec- ond youngest per­son aboard the ill-fated chop­per.

Last week all fam­i­lies gave their con­sent for the RCMP to release all the names of the vic­tims. They are: Thomas An­wyll, 46, Lan­g­ley, B.C.

Tim Lanou­ette, 48 years, Co­max, B.C., first of­fi­cer. Peter Breen, 55, St. John’s. Gary Cor­bett, 46, Con­cep­tion Bay South.

Capt. Matthew William Thomas Davis, St. John’s. Wade Drake, 42, For­tune. Wade Dug­gan, 32, Wit­less Bay.

Corey Eddy, 32, Par­adise (orig­i­nally from Si­b­ley’s Cove). Keith Es­cott, 39, St. John’s Colin Hen­ley, 38, St. John’s. Ken MaCrae, 47, Green­wood, Nova Sco­tia. Greg Mor­ris, 40, Logy Bay. Der­rick Mul­lowney, 51, Bay Bulls. Burch Nash, 44, For­tune. John Pel­ley, 41, Deer Lake. Paul Pike, 49, Shearstown.

Bill Bow­man/The Com­pass

Pall­bear­ers carry the cas­ket of Paul Randy Pike from the Church of the Holy Redeemer, Spa­niard’s Bay to a hearse wait­ing to carry his re­mains to their fi­nal rest­ing place at Mall Tree Hill Angli­can Ceme­tery. Stephen Pike, Nor­man Pike, Ron Pike, David Pike, An­drew Cala­han, Ger­ald Pye, Gary Collins and Les Ori acted as pall­bear­ers for the fu­neral held March 19.

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