Dr. Garfield Fizzard

November 5, 1933 to January 17, 2019


Garfield Fizzard passed away peacefully at St. Patrick’s Mercy Home in St. John’s, NL, on Thursday, January 17th, at the age of 85 years.  Born at Anderson’s Cove in Long Harbour, Fortune Bay, Garfield moved to Grand Bank with his mother at a young age. He became a teacher and taught at Grand Bruit, St. Lunaire, and Grand Bank but ultimately became a professor of Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland for several decades.  As well, Garfield was a writer and researcher with a particular passion for the history of Newfoundland.  His publications include Unto the Sea: A History of Grand Bank and Master of his Craft: Captain Frank Thornhill.  Garfield was also a dedicated member of Gower Street United Church, serving for a time as Chair of its Board.

Predeceased by parents George M. Fizzard and Priscilla (Thornhill) Fizzard, sisters Hannah Piercy, Georgina Stronach, and Marjorie Fizzard, brothers Gordon Fizzard and Chesley Fizzard.

Leaving to celebrate his life: wife of 57 years, Elva (Blake) Fizzard, daughters Anne Fizzard and Allison Fizzard (Brian Herman), son Blake Fizzard (Cynthia née Hartery), cherished grandchildren Molly, John and Maxwell Fizzard, nieces and nephews and their families, and a wide circle of friends.

Visitation will be held at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road on Sunday, January 20th, from 2-4 p.m.  Funeral Service at Gower Street United Church on Monday, January 21st at 1 p.m. with inurnment to follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.



2-4 p.m. on January 20, 2019

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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1:00pm, Monday January 21st

Gower Street United Church

Inurnment to follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery


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We are saddened to hear of the passing of Gar and join many others in sending you this note of sympathy. Allison, I have fond memories of teaching you in elementary school and sometimes asked your father how you were doing. He was proud to tell me of your success and I am proud of you, too. I know this is a very big loss for you and your family. Len and I are thinking of all of you and praying that your father’s legacy of love will comfort and sustain you in the days ahead. God bless you.

Dear Elva and family
So saddened to hear of Gar’s passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy at this time.So many fond memories come to mind especially those of the very successful Residence reunion which he helped spearhead.He
was an outstanding scholar, a devoted family man of principle, dearly loved and respected.Much love Elizabeth Hicks Walters

Mrs. Fizzard, Anne, Blake, Allison and family,
Wishing you all peace to bring comfort,courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

Sending our condolences to the Fizzard family during this difficult time.

We are saddened to hear of Gar’s passing. We were blessed to know him and share in the fellowship at Gower Street Church. He was such a valued member and contributed in so many ways. Our thoughts and preyers are with Elva and the family at this time.
May you rest in peace Gar.

Sorry we could not come by today at Carnells. We were honored to have known Dr. Fizzard. Grand Bank,historical preservation and community service were hallmarks of his life’s work. Sincere sympathy to Elva and all members of the family.

Marie-Beth and Carl Wright

Dear Elva and family,

So sorry to hear of Gar’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. A wonderful person and familt man.

Clarence “Buck” Taylor

Dear Elva and family,
We were saddened to hear of Gar’s death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn the passing and celebrate the life of a truly wonderful person. We have so many memories of time shared together at Gower when his wisdom and caring ability shone through. Our deepest sympathy to you all.

Shirley and Henry

Dear Mrs. Fizzard and family,

I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy.

Christine Simon

The Fizzard Family.
I was saddened to hear of Dr. Fizzard’s passing, I did several courses from him and he supervised my thesis. I remember him fondly, please accept my condolences.

Hayward Blake

Aunt Elva, Anne, Blake, Allison and your families. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Uncle Gar. Mom has been keeping me up to date on his health. He was a wonderful man and will be truly missed.
My condolences.
Nancy Adair (Daya)

Dear Elva and Family,

My old Grade 8 teacher and Scoutmaster had a tremendous influence on my life, and perhaps led me into my own career in education. Certainly, he was the driving force behind my attendance, (with him and four other Scouts), at the World Boy Scout Jamboree in 1955. This event has had a lasting impression on me.. Although I hadn’t seen much of him in latter years, he was only a phone call away. I will miss him. He was a fine man and in many ways, my mentor. Rest in Peace, Gar.

Elva and Family. Sorry to hear of Gar’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. We will not be able to attend the celebration of his life as we are in Florida. Sending deepest sympathy. Blessings & Peace. Maude & Ches Peach

Dear Anne and family,

So very sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad, Dr Fizzard. I remember him from our days in school and of course at MUN. I was always struck by his kindness. My thoughts are with you all, especially your Mom. Hold her close.

My deepest condolences.

Jane Delbene

Dr. Fizzard had a tremendous influence on my career as I was one of the first graduates of the Educational Media Masters Program. He was an innovator and contributed greatly to the education system of the province.To his wife Elva and family my sincere condolences. Roy Oldford

Thinking of you Elva and family at this sad time.
\May your precious memories of Gar, the special person who shared your life for so long give you comfort and peace.

So sorry to hear about Gar’s passing. My father always spoke so fondly of him.
Condolences to the family.

Glenn Piercy

Dear Elva,
I am so sorry to hear of Gar’s passing. You are both part of my memories of growing up in St. John’s, first at the Residence and then at Gower. I will be forever grateful to Gar for spearheading the Residence reunion and for his publication at the time of that event. I will be thinking of you on Monday as you celebrate his life.
My sincere condolences to you and your family.
Florence Anne (Curtis) Keillor
Bayfield. ON

My heart is with all the Fizzard family at this difficult time. Garfield was an incredible man and I am grateful to have known him.
Wishing you all peace, light and good memories.
God bless

Aunt Elva, Blake Anne and Alison, I am saddened to hear of Uncle Gar’s. He was a man of character and integrity. He will be missed.


Elva and family
We are both saddened to hear of Garfield’s death. We are so sorry for your loss. Take care.
Bob and Jan Crocker

Elva,Anne,Blake and Allison,we are truly saddened by Uncle Gar,s passing,he was a man who used his God given talents to enrich others,his crown awaits him,

Very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Dear Elva and family,

So sorry for your loss.

A good man, highly respected, a good life.

Betty Wells and family

Dear Elva and family: We send our sincerest condolences as we remember a long and fruitful life.
Requiescat in Pace,

Peter and Hilary Neary
London, Ontario

To Elva and family Our deepest sympathy and love to you all as you go through this difficult time of loss. Since we have know Gar we have had the greatest respect for him as a person and for his endless capable abilities. He gave so much to Gower St. Church. As you loved him so you will miss him. Our thoughts are with you. Max and Phyllis

Elva, sorry to hear of Garfield,s passing.Our condolences to you and your family .Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

So sorry for your loss of a wonderful man. I remember him as always welcoming, kind, generous and interested and interesting. Much love to your family.