It is with profound sadness we announce the peaceful passing of this wonderful man, who was deeply spiritual, loved life, his family and community. Predeceased by his wife Blanche (nee Mitchell), son Donald and his wife Rose, son -in-law Eric Noseworthy, his parents Thomas and Maud Coates and his 9 siblings. Left to mourn and celebrate his life are his children Elizabeth Williams (David), Jean Cross ( Randy), Reginald (Norma), Denise Littlejohn (Eugene), David (Shelley), Carol Keough (Mike); his grandchildren Wanda Weir-Oliver( Ron), Brian Vanderburg ( Anne Degryse ), Karen Cross, Darryl Cross (Krista), Sean Noseworthy (Amy), Natasha Burdeyney (Mike), Michael Coates. Kathryn Coates, Nathan Littlejohn, Kathleen Littlejohn, Nicholas Ridgley (Cheryl Pike), Suzanne Ridgley (Brandon Gosse), Gregory Coates; 12 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren, his twin sister Florence Vanderburg, sister-in-law Nellie Coates and a large circle of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Calvin was originally from Botwood, NL but spent the majority of his years in Lewisporte. He worked for Lewisporte Wholesalers Ltd. for 37 years and during that time he became ordained as an Anglican Priest. His love and devotion for the congregation of St Paul’s Anglican Church in Lewisporte was paramount. He served in many parishes across Newfoundland and fostered many relationships.
As the years passed, Dad and Mom spent more time in St John’s with family and eventually moved there permanently. For the past few years Dad made his home at Cambridge Estates in St John’s, where he developed many friendships and they became like family. He was very social and loved interacting with the residents and staff.
Our family would like to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Amanda Scott for the amazing care that she has given Dad. She was always available and her commitment to Dad’s care went above and beyond. We would also like to thank the staff at Cambridge Estates for the care, kindness, and friendship they provided to our Dad during his time there. You made it so easy for Dad to make Cambridge Estates his home.
To the Palliative Care team, we thank you for your care and support though this difficult time.
Due to Covid-19, a private service will be held and date for a memorial service will be announced later. In lieu of flowers donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Heart and Stroke Foundation will be gratefully accepted.
” Be not afraid I go before you always. Come follow Me and I shall give you rest ”