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(June 8, 2000, Gazette)

Amanda Bishop

Music student Amanda Bishop, 19, of Torbay passed away on May 18, 2000, leaving with treasured memories her parents, Gary and Sharon (McGrath) Bishop, sisters Jackie (husband Craig Connors) and Lisa (friend Sheldon Wade), boyfriend Christopher Martin, grandmother Joan Bishop, and many other relatives and friends.

Amanda’s inherited talent was fostered at Holy Trinity in Torbay, where she sang in school choirs and played saxophone in the concert and jazz bands directed by Douglas Vaughan. While in high school she began to take voice lessons. She entered Memorial in 1998 and was a member of the Festival Choir. She also sang in the Holy Trinity Church Choir and community concerts.

Participants in Amanda’s Burial Mass at Holy Trinity Church, May 22 included readers Douglas Vaughan and Christina Young, a choir of faculty and students from the School of Music conducted by Dr. Douglas Dunsmore, and members of the Church Choir, including Amanda’s aunt Elizabeth (McGrath) Lacey, who led the reflection hymn. Father David Butler encouraged the congregation to remember how Amanda shared her gift for music and her joy, touching many lives.

Holy Trinity Regional High School will honour Amanda’s memory though an annual student award. Also in acknowledgement of her love of music, donations may be made to the Amanda Bishop Memorial Fund c/o MUN School of Music, St. John’s, NF, A1C 5S7.

Dr. Sandra Fraser Gwyn

Sandra Gwyn died Friday, May 26, at her home in Toronto, peacefully after a five-year fight against breast cancer. Sandra was the wife, partner and lifelong love of Richard Gwyn of Toronto. She was the beloved daughter of Ruth Harley of Ottawa and the late Claude Fraser of St. John’s, and stepdaughter of the late Frank Harley. She is cherished by her brother, Rory Harley, his wife Jane and their sons Christopher and Michael, by her sister-in-law Danielle Fraser and her son Christian Pavey, and by a multitude of friends.

Sandra studied at the Sacred Heart Convent, Halifax, and at Dalhousie University, graduating in 1955. Following a year in England, she returned to marry Richard and to settle in Ottawa. After years as a freelance researcher, Sandra discovered her own voice in the early 1970s. She became Ottawa editor for Saturday Night Magazine and won a succession of awards. Her first book, The Private Capital, published in 1984, won the Governor General`s Award. Her second, Tapestry of War, was as highly praised.

Dr. Gwyn’s lifelong passion was Newfoundland. In the 1970s, she was one of the few who foresaw the blooming of Newfoundland`s extraordinary cultural renaissance - “Flowers on the Rock” - in her own phrase. She promoted Newfoundland`s artistic accomplishments tirelessly and eloquently. Her contributions were recognized by an honorary degree from Memorial University and by election to the Hall of Honour of the Arts Council of Newfoundland and Labrador. On May 17, 2000, Sandra’s contribution to Canadian literature was recognized by her appointment to the Order of Canada. The investiture was made personally by Her Excellency Adrienne Clarkson. Donations may be made to the Sandra Fraser Gwyn Foundation, c/o Community Foundation of Greater Toronto, 1 Dundas Street West, Suite 502, Toronto, Ont., M5G 1Z3. Parking adjacent to the funeral home.

Dr. Hugh O'Neill

Dr. Hugh O’Neill, retired chief judge of the Provincial Court of Newfoundland, died peacefully in his sleep at his home on Thursday, May 25, age 93 years. Beloved brother of Mary, and predeceased by his sister Sheila, 1994. He will be sadly missed by special friend Stella Francis and many other relatives, friends and colleagues. Dr. O’Neill received an honorary doctor of laws from Memorial in 1978.

Dorman John Gillingham

Dorman John Gillingham, a retired employee with the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, passed peacefully away at the Leonard A. Miller Centre, in the presence of his loving family, on Wednesday, May 10, after a courageous battle with cancer. Predeceased by his parents Alfred (1979) and Elizabeth (1997). Leaving to mourn his wife Daphne (nee Campbell) RN; two daughters: Deanne Newhook (Todd) and Doreen Driscoll (Andrew); son John (Paula); three precious grandchildren: Christina, Jennifer and Morganne; sisters: Violet, Gloria in Toronto; sister-in-law Heather Saunders (Ches); brothers-in-law: Bill Campbell (Isabella), Jim (Ollie) Campbell (Joyce); and will be sadly missed by his golfing buddies. Donations in his memory may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital Patient Transportation Fund or a charity of your choice.