Diane Bemis

November 13, 2016


Passed peacefully away at St. Clare’s Hospital, November 13th, 2016 surrounded by her loving family, Diane Bemis (nee Neary) formerly of Bell Island. Predeceased by husband John, sisters Shirley Dobbins, Alice Neary, Mary Ryan and brother, Patrick Neary. Left with many happy memories are her sisters: Sonia Neary Harvey, Betty Neary and Eleanor Burke of St. John’s, Daphne Custodio (Jules), Lab. City, and brother, Tom, Cambridge, Ontario.

Diane was dearly loved by her family, nephews, nieces and many friends. We will all miss her beautiful smile and gentle manner.

Diane and her husband, John, retired in Cape Cod 38 years ago and returned to Newfoundland every year. In August, Diane returned to her beloved Newfoundland for the last time. A special thank you to her brother-in-law, Jules Custodio, for making this possible.

Our heartfelt gratitude to the wonderful staff on 4th floor west of St. Clare’s. The exceptional care and kindness shown to Diane will never be forgotten.

There will be visitation at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road on Friday, November 18th, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Funeral service on Saturday, November 19th, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. from the Carnell Memorial Chapel. Interment to follow in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.



2-4 p.m. on November 18, 2016

7-9 p.m. on November 18, 2016

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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2:00pm, Saturday November 19th

The Carnell Memorial Chapel
329 Freshwater Road
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To Diane’s Family
Sincere sympathy on the loss of Diane. She was a complete lady and loyal family friend. We adored her because even though there were eight children in our family, she somehow always managed to make time for everybody, and kept an active interest in each of us. She was always warm, kindhearted, funny and thoughtful. We looked up to her and admired her. I cherish
memories of her.

My condolences to all of Diane’s family on her passing. I have childhood memories from the mid seventies when Diane and Daphane would come to visit my grandfather when he lived with us in St. John’s. While I wasn’t very old, I remember how happy he was to have a visit from Sarah and the Neary girls, and the pictures from those visits he cherished. My thoughts are with you all at this time. Kenneth wrote a lovely tribute to her.

To the Bemis and Neary families our prayers and taughts are with you all at this time Love and peace.

DIane was always so good to us and so kind. Every Christmas for years in Labrador City she gave all us kids new pajamas and it was always to exciting to open them up. She would bring Sarah Lee cake to have tea with our mom, and we kids could never get to the kitchen fast enough to see her and to get some cake. Everything about her was always lovely and she was a big part of our growing up during those years. Rest in piece Diane.

With saddened hearts and fond memories from our early Lab. City days. Diane was a lovely, caring, and well-respected friend at work and in the community.
God Bless. Mercedes and Doug

Dear Family Members: We send you our sincerest condolences as we remember a life well lived. Diane was caring. considerate, and compassionate. She brought light to the world. Requiescat in Pace.

Peter and Hilary and family

To Sonia, Daphne, Eleanor, Betty, Mary and Tom

Thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Dave and Anne (Neary) Reed

So sorry to hear of Diane’s passing. She was a beautiful lady inside and out, a gentle soul, she will be missed, I have beautiful memories of Diane. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Rest in Peace Diane.

Pearl & Ivan Patten

Sonia, Eleanor and all family members I am so sorry to hear of Diane’s passing. I hope your memories of her will be a comfort to you as you grieve. God bless you all

Our condolences for your loss.
Love, from, Heather, Adam, Basia and Emelia

Loretta and I are so saddened to receive word that Diane had passed. We have been friends for many years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. RIP Diane.

Bill and I are so sorry to hear of Diane’s passing away. Although, we are also from Bell Island, we got to know Diane in Labrador City and continued our friendship after leaving there through emails, phone calls and always an informative note on her Christmas card. Diane was the essence of a lady and a true friend. Our deepest sympathy to her family. RIP Diane.

Sonia and family, my deepest sympathy on the passing of your sister. It was so nice that you all had the last few months to be together. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless,