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.”
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.
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.