Florence Jean Blackmore Pike

September 6, 1926 to February 18, 2018

Obituary

With sadness in our hearts but with great gratitude for her long and happy life, we announce the peaceful passing of Flo Pike on Sunday, February 18th, embraced in the arms of her loving children.

Flo was born to Captain William and Annie Blackmore in Brooklyn, New York and she was blessed to be raised by them in Port Union, NL, along with her cherished siblings Frances, Wilfred, Adeline, Bill and Joan. Her early life was shaped by the closeness of family, the great character and spirit of outport NL, and her belief that life was an adventure to be embraced and explored. She did so intentionally, with her characteristic strong will and optimism and she forged deep and lasting friendships during her rich and full 91 years.

For the entire 64 years of marriage with her husband, John, their home was welcoming, their life together was bountiful and they took great joy in sharing their many blessings. Their children are grateful to have learned much from Flo, especially about love and support for family and friends. Her warmth, nurturing and guidance seeded many loving relationships that lasted a lifetime.

She is predeceased by her parents, her soul mate, protector and loving husband, John Powell Pike, P Eng., and her siblings Frances Hill, Wilfred Blackmore, Adeline Talmage and Bill Blackmore. Lovingly and forever remembering her are her children, Janine (Brian Vallis), Valerie Pike, Patti Pike (David Chiasson), grandchildren Kate Vallis (Chris Clarke), Jay Vallis and John Vallis and great-grandchildren, Elliott and Olivia Clarke, as well as her loving sister Joan Blackmore Thistle, sisters-in-law Phyllis Blackmore, June Blackmore and Flora Pike, brother- and sister-in-law Frank and Betty Pike, nieces and nephews and a wonderful circle of friends, including her dear lifelong friends, Shirl Gosse Rose and Ellen Dawe. The Pike family is particularly and forever grateful to Margaret Thornhill, Lucy Branton and Colleen Organ, whose loving care and unparalleled dedication to Flo knew no bounds and who enabled her contentment and comfort for many years. We also are thankful to the wonderful staff of the Caribou Veterans Pavilion who provided exceptional care and showered Flo with warmth and kindness. Our thanks as well to Dr. Debbie Callahan-Dyer and Dr. Michelle Levy for their professional support and for the compassion they extended to our family. We are grateful to you all.

Cremation has taken place. Relatives and friends may visit the family at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road on Tuesday, February 20th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A service of remembrance will be held at St. James United Church on Wednesday, February 21st, at 2 p.m. Interment to follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery Field of Honour. In Flo’s memory, a donation to a charitable organization dear to your heart will be appreciated.

Schedule

Visitations

2-4 p.m. on February 20, 2018

7-9 p.m. on February 20, 2018

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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funeral

2:00pm, Wednesday February 21st

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329 Freshwater Road
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Valerie, I am so sorry that I missed the announcement of your mother’s death and therefore I didn’t get into her visitation or funeral service. I know how much you loved your Mom . I am so glad we had a chance to meet and have a wonderful chat about her and your Dad in the fall . Your parents will always be with you in your heart. They will never leave you. My sincere condolences are with you and your whole family. Take care of yourself.

Elaine Shortall

Janine, Val and Patti,

Saddened to hear of your Mom’s passing, unfortunately too late to make the visitation. While this loss leaves a hole in one heart it fills in over t8me with the fond memories and life lessons she passed along through the years. It also brings family and friends a step closer for those years we still have ahead of us. Never take life for granted, much to precious a commodity.

Mike Lush

The Pike Girls and Families,
You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Take comfort in your many loving memories of your beautiful mom.
It was an honour to have cared for your mother at the Caribou Memorial Vetran’s Pavilion.

To the Pike Sisters,
Whenever I think of John and Flo Pike I think Family First. You are so supportive of each other and yet so generous to friends and community.
I will always remember your mum’s welcoming spirit and sense of fun. And your Dad’s jokes.
Janie Reid Clark

To Janine, Valerie and Patti, I am saddened to read that your dear Mom has passed away. My heartfelt condolences to you and all your family.

Val
So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. The loss of a parent is very difficult. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

We were saddened to hear of Flo’s passing, not long after the love of her life, husband John. Our deepest sympathy to all her family.
I am a second cousin to Flo, on my mother’s side & originally from Port Union.
We were unable to get to her wake or funeral as both Elizabeth & I have been ill with pneumonia.
Our thoughts are with you.

Val,
My sincere condolences on the passing of your dear Mom. Thinking of you and the family.

Valerie:
Did not learn of your mother’s passing until late Monday evening. Condolences from all our family.
It is now time to hold the memories of her life,so well lived ,in your hearts.
Blessings.

Please accept my sincere condolence on your mothers death.
David and I shared many happy memories with your mom and dad and your family…wonderful people.
Love and sincere sympathy to you all.
Betty Flack

Dear Janine, Val and Patti:
We know the journey for your mum was a difficult one and we know that she now is at peace. Our wish is that you all can now find it as well.
Take care of yourselves. She would want that.
Respectfully,Roma and Dan Herder

My deepest condolences on the loss. We’ll always cherish Mr. & Mr.s Pike at the Veterans Pavilion, and it’s been my honour to have assisted them in any way.

God Bless

Jan, Val & Patti, Very sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing – From my early memories of your Mom on Dover Place to knowing her through my adult life, she was always a wonderful and kind person. All of us here at Diamond Design are thinking of you. Pat

To Janine, Valarie, Patti and family,
Sad to hear of your Mum’s passing. Our sincere condolences to you all. So many special memories of your parents as friends and former neighbors and our great visits together. Our thoughts are with you at this time. God Bless !
Lloyd and Mary Moores

Janine, Val and Patti,

I was so sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. She was always so fun and kind. She was lucky to be surrounded by you all.
Best wishes
Sarah Reid

Janine, Val and family,
I was out of town and just heard that your dear Mom
had passed. Please accept our condolences for your
loss.
Karen, Kylie and Len Stewart

Janine, Val, Patti and Families,
So sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. Please accept my sincere condolences and know that I am thinking about you at this difficult time. Take comfort in your wonderful memories.

Patti and family please accept my sincere condolences. Clearly a life well lived and a family well loved and loved in return.

Val,

My sincerest condolences on the passing of your mother. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Val,

I was so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Patti and Family.
Sheila and I send sincere condolences on the death of your Mom. If we can do anything, please let us know Our thoughts, prayers and love are with you

Deb and I send our thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

To Valerie ,Janine and Patti….what a wonderful obituary and such a lovely photo of your mother. Best wishes and kindest thoughts to you and all the family., from us both.

Dear Val, Janine and Patti,
My deepest condolences for your loss. I have wonderful memories visiting with your Mum and Dad. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
With Love
Joanne Moores

Dear Val,

So sorry to hear about the passing of your Mother. My deepest condolences to you Val and to your family during this time.

Dear Val and family,

So sorry to hear about the passing of your Mother. My deepest condolences to you Val and to your family during this time.

I am so sorry to hear of Aunt Flo’s passing. I have so many special memories of visiting Aunt Flo and Uncle John at their home. I always felt special to them,and enjoyed my visits. My condolences to you all.

Janine, Val and Patti,
So sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. I know she fought the good fight and you were there for her. I remember her and your dad visiting Spaniard’s Bay years ago and attending the many great parties held at mom and dad’s. She was always full of energy and fun.
Their generation worked hard and enjoyed life to the fullest which is what it’s all about.
Sincerest condolences to you all.

To all the family we feel your deep loss of your beautiful mother. She will be forever loved for that we are sure.
Love to you all
Roy, Chris & Bev Thistle

Dear Val, and family:
Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss, . We have many fond memories of your mom and dad while visiting Chrissy and Uncle Gordon.

Thinking of you all,
Jennifer Flack Saunders

Janine and Family,
Our condolences on the loss of your Mom.

Our Family’s deepest sympathy in the loss of your very special mom, Nan. Thinking of you all. Know you have many many special memories to comfort you.
Gary and Janet Butler, Chad Butler and Family, Adam Butler and Family. God bless.

Janine, Val, Patti, and families, my condolences to you all on Flo’s passing. My memories of her time spent with Obie and all the great dinner parties that we had bring back great fun times. It was a blessing to be there last year to share with you all, the visit to the rock.
Hugs of peace be with you all,
Love Rose, Hannah (John is on his way)

Thinking of your family today. Sincerely sorry for your loss. Flo was so wonderful to my Nan through the many years of their friendship, I will always remember her fondly.

So very sad to hear of Flo’s passing. She had a wonderful life and we have many fond memories of times our families spent together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all on this sad occasion. Love to everyone.

Dear Patti, Val, Jan et. al.
We are sending blessings to you all in the hopes that your happy memories bring peace.
Lots of love and hugs…
Lynn & Marc

Dear Patti, Val, Jan et.al. We are sending blessings to you all in the hopes that all of your happy memories bring peace. Lots of love and hugs…Lynn & Marc

Pattie, Val, and Jan
So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing, my most sincere condolences to you all. So many great memories of growing up in St. John’s. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
Andrew

Val, My deepest condolences on the loss of your dear Mom. Our parents are our connection to our past selves and our grounding. Thinking of you and sending hugs. God bless.

To The Pike Girls and their families;
Mrs. Pike will live on fondly in the many people she touched. It was an honour and privilege to help care for her during her time at Caribou Memorial Veterans Pavilion.

Jan, Val, Patti and all,
Please accept are deepest sympathy on your Mom’s passing. So many great memories of her and your Dad, from trips to PEI, your visits to Spaniard’s Bay and ours to St. John’s, especially my annual 2 week summer visit for swimming lessons at Bannerman Park and those early mornings!
Cherish your memories, and know that she has joined her soulmate again!
Love to all,
Karen and Irving