Gertrude Hynes

Obituary of Gertrude Hynes

Hynes (née Gaulton), Gertrude January 31, 1935 - February 3, 2021 Gertie, at 86 years, passed away surrounded by her family, after a short but courageous battle with cancer. She will be lovingly remembered by her children Abby (Ian), Michele, Terry (Gail), Lisa (Paul), Tracy (Mike), son-in-law, Ross; her grandchildren Wyatt & Cameron Hynes, Sam (Ashna) Applin, & Adrian Bell; her brother Curtis (Annette) Gaulton, sister-in-law, Marjorie (the late Freeman); as well as several nieces, nephews, extended family & friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Samuel Hynes; parents, Anne (née Tucker) & George Gaulton; & siblings, Seymore, Joe, Ross, Clayton, Goldie & Freeman. Mom was born in Reef’s Harbour, St. Margaret’s Bay. In her teens, having obtained her teaching certificate from university, she taught, & was sometimes principal of schools, in Shoal Cove West, St. Philips, Cox’s Cove, Curling, & Corner Brook. She & Dad later ran a home business distributing for Esso Oil. In 1980, they bought Sam’s Services on the Viking 430, Northern Peninsula. Though widowed in 1985, Mom & our brother, Terry, continued to operate the business until 1998. However, Mom’s great passions were her love of family, her devotion to her church, & her commitment to community service. She taught us to face life’s joys & challenges with optimism, strength, & courage while always recognizing the many blessings that each day brings. A supporter of churches in three communities, she dedicated decades to her participation in Anglican Church Women’s Associations. She was also a devoted community volunteer, in recognition of which she received a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 &, more recently, the 2020 Seniors NL annual Dorothy Whittick Memorial Award. Mom lived a Christian life, following the golden rule: Do onto others as you would have them do unto you. She always said, “I get more out of helping others, than the people I help.” We sincerely thank the fourth floor staff at Western Memorial Regional Hospital, the oncology staff at the Health Science Centre & the staff at Western Long Term Care, Palliative Care Unit. As well, the pastoral care provided by the Anglican clergy at the hospitals & from Mom’s home diocese, was stellar. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church in Curling with Reverend Deacon Cynthia Haines-Turner & Archbishop Stewart Payne officiating & Archdeacon David Taylor presiding over the Eucharist. Attendance will be by pre-registration only. To register for Saturday’s Funeral Service, please leave your name, phone number & names of those people in your bubble when you email or call St. Mary’s: email: Phone: 785-5055 Interment to follow on Monday, February 8, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. from St. Margaret’s Anglican Church Reef’s Harbour with Dean Lorne Gosse. To register, please call or text Clarence with your name & number at 709-847-7717. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to Gertie’s Wish (through her GoFundMe page – or by contacting Lisa at 1-416-838-5929) or to one of the three churches Mom supports (St. Margaret’s Anglican Church, Reef’s Harbour; St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church, Curling; or St. Nicholas Anglican Church, Cox’s Cove).
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