Mary Louise Picco

May 30, 2024


We are saddened to announce the passing of our dear mother Mary Louise Picco at the age of 81. Mom passed peacefully away on May 30, 2024, in the presence of her family.

Mom was predeceased by her husband of 49 years John Lewis Picco in 2014 as well as her parents Ben and Evelyn Squires, and her brothers Winston and Vallis.

Leaving to remember and mourn her are: daughter Carmella Evans (Bob); sons Carl (Ann), and Richard (Kayla); Brother Halley Squires (Annie deceased); sisters Susie (Walter) Tucker, Grace Tucker; sister in law, Emily Sweet; grandchildren Kyle Evans, Nicholas Picco, Spencer Evans, Faith Evans, Joshua Picco and Praxton Picco, Special friends Georgina King, Margaret Rose, Mary Oakley, Linda Roberts, Gordie Miller and Jim Evans. Also, many nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.

The family would like to thank the staff of ICU and 4N HSC with a special thank you to the amazing staff of St Patrick’s Mercy Home for all their care, love and affection they have given Mom over the last year. Your kindness and compassion shown to our family will never be forgotten, she considered you all her Mudder. 

A special thank you to Reverend Keeping who was there for Mom and our family at a moments notice with his comforting prayers. 

Louise was a lifelong resident of St. Philips and was well connected to most members of the community.

She wore many hats outside of the home during her life. She was a cook at the Children’s Rehab before taking over her mother’s store, Picco’s Convenience. After the store she returned to caregiving. She loved to sing a few songs and she loved to hear a good story, which suited her time as a caregiver perfectly. She was a mother to many who called her Weezy. Mom told it like it was even if you didn’t want to hear it.

The family will receive visitors at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, on Saturday, June 1st and Sunday, June 2nd from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.

Funeral service will be held from St. Philip’s Anglican Church on Monday, June 3 at 11:00 a.m.


“We’ll meet again my friends, somewhere down the line” Isla Grant




2-4 p.m. on June 1, 2024

7-9 p.m. on June 1, 2024

2-4 p.m. on June 2, 2024

7-9 p.m. on June 2, 2024

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Yes Louise ; You Shall Always Bring Me Fond Memories ;When We Were Children At Your Parents Store ; Until We Were Bigger Boys When The Store Was Yours ; Our Children Got To Know You And All The Children Love You As We Do ;
Bless You Louise ;
Jimi Squires

Carl and family,
So sorry to read of your mother’s passing..
She was a jolly soul, greeting folks with a smile at the store over the years.

Steve Thorne

I’m so sorry to hear of Louise’s passing. I had the pleasure of meeting Louise through her friend Georgina. As I am originally from the Cove, we found a lot to talk about. Louise was a lovely lady with a wonderful sense of humor. My condolences to her family.

Sorry to hear of Louise’s passing very lovely lady .
She said it like it was!!
Condolences to all her family RIIP

To Carl ,Carmella and family I just learned of Louise’s passing and I’m so sad for you all…she was a big part of our childhood in home when we went to the store…RIP

Deepest condolences to the family. Long live love.
I have some great memories to trips to the store when I was little.
Lois and Briar

Richard and family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Louise was a great woman and will be missed. Many fond childhood memories at the store and later at your home while we were in high school. My condolences.

My condolences to the Picco and Squires families.

So sad to hear of the passing of your mom, Louise. We spent many weekends partying at her home over the years and she was always so welcoming to us. My sincere condolences to Carl, Carmella, and Richard and please know you will find comfort in knowing Louise is finally united with her husband, John.

Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Louise was a kind
and sweet person.May she rest in peace and God Bless her children,Carl,Carmella and Richard.

by Gladys and Albert Linegar

My deepest sympathy for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

The Picco Family,
So sorry to hear of your Moms passing, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time .

To Louise’s Family, we are so sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Sincere Condolences to all Louise’s family and friends at this very difficult time., you are in my thoughts and prayers. A life well lived. RIP Louise 🙏

Heartfelt condolences being sent to Louise’s family. God grant her rest eternal..

Sorry to hear of your mom’s passing sincere condolences. May you all find peace remembering your special memories

Dear Carmella, Carl and Richard
My sincerest condolences on the loss of your mom. Louise was such a lovely woman and had a big part in most of our childhoods running the shop and having a joke with us. She will be greatly missed.

Carl & Ann,
Our sincerest condolences to you and the Picco family. Thinking of you during this difficult time.
– Rob and Ashley Benoit

Carl , Ann and Family
Our deepest condolences on the passing of your mom. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.

My condolences on your mom’s passing. May she rest in peace 🙏

So sorry to hear of Louise’s passing! The last time I spoke with her we were in church and she said what kind of cream do you use on your face because we are about the same age and you have no wrinkles and I am full of them! lol Loved talking with her whenever we ran into each other , always a good laugh! Rest in peace Louise!

Sorry to hear about Louise’s passing. My sincere sympathy to all her family and friends. Louise’s loving and compassionate ways will never be forgotten. I went to school with her and what fun we had in our group and mischievous too !I remember riding in the school bus and me asking her to hide me from mom, when we got to my stop . Of course she did by sitting on me and telling me to keep my head down only she stayed there until we got to Ada and mary’s st0p.. she was a true and loving friend. Rest in peace Louise.until we meet again.
With all my love Lana Ryan.

Our condolences to all Lousie’s family. She was a very caring person & always a smile.

Dear Carmella, Carl and Richard,

Your mom was a wonderful lady.. She touched so many people. Her smile matched only by that of your dad. Every time I saw Louise, she would insist on a big hug.. She has made a lasting impact on our community. She will be missed.

My condolences to you and your entire family.

TO Carmella Carl Richard and family So very sorry to hear of your Moms passing . I have many happy memories of your Mom from the store and also from my teenage years . May God bless you and keep you in his warm embrace as you come to terms with her loss.

Our condolences to Louise’s family. I wish I had been home, we are in Mississauga with Lois and Briar, home soon. A life time of love and friendship will always be remembered. We have so many wonderful memories. We will meet again my friend somewhere down the line, who knows when.

Family of the late Louise Picco,
Our sincere condolences and prayers in the loss of your loved one, Louise, a much loved Mother, Grandmother, Sister, and Friend to all. We have many fond memories of Louise especially on our school days at St. Philip’s School. We had lots of fun and laughter and getting in trouble at times as well…… being sent to the Principal’s Office. Louise always brought me a chocolate bar treat at school. She was a kind and generous person. But, one day in grade nine/ten Louise brought me a special bar of chocolate. In class Louise was seated behind me, She tapped me on the back and said, “I have some special chocolate I want to share with you, put your hand on the side, I’ll pass it to you.” I did just that and enjoyed some chocolate in class without being caught. After I had eaten the chocolate, Miss Louise tapped me again, and much to her delight told me that the special chocolate was EXLAX. Thanks Louise. End of story!
Louise got a lot of mileage out that prank and we had many a good laugh about it. The EXLAX worked and now you know the rest of the story.

We are sad today because Louise has died. We have lost a dear. Friend, and we will miss her greatly.. We give thanks for Louise and for her life and witness and give her back to God in the sure and certain hope of the Resurrection to eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. +
“Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory”
God’s peace, love and comfort be with you all.
John and Cynthia Sharpe

We would like to send our condolences to Louise’s family and friends. She was one of my favorite people in this world. She had a heart of gold and would help anyone in need. We the Tucker Family from Old Broad Cove will miss her terribly. May she Rest In Peace 🙏

So sorry to hear of Louise’s passing, sincere sympathy to all her family.

Marie & Nicole

Sincere condolances and blessings on all Louise’s family. She was a sweet, joyful person. May she rest in peace and rise in glory. Shirley + and Charlie G.


Deepest condolences to the family.RIP Weezy

To Louise’s family,
So very sorry to hear of her passing. Our deepest sympathy to all.

Dear Carmella, Carl and Richard,
We are all sorry for your loss.
Louise played an important role in all of our lives when she came to help our young family back in 1996. She joined our family as a nanny when Christian, and then Zoë, was born. Nanny Louise, as she was known in our house, like an extra Nan we needed, brought loving kindness, care and much needed help when we needed it most. She was a force of nature and spoke of you all daily. You were the center of her world. We all feel blessed to have known her send you our deepest condolences. Sincerely, The Bells

To all of Louise’s family—deepest sympathy on your loss.

So sorry for your loss. Condolences to all her family and friends.

Carmella,Carl and Richard very sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I know weezy was a pillar in the community as well as a kind gentle soul.

Sincerest of condolences to The Picco and Squires Clans. The obituary reads “She wore many hats …”. Indeed Louise did. In the pre ATM and Interac era, she was our banker (we would bring our paychecks to her and she would dish out funds as required). In the pre voicemail or texting era, we would, with confidence, leave “important” messages with her knowing she would always deliver. Before GPS, she would let us know when the RCMP (yes, pre RNC) was spotted and tell us which way they went. And, before alarm systems, she was held in such high esteem no one would dare vandalise or steal from her store for fear of having to answer to a small army of her “fans”. Many of us would drive or even walk an extra km to her store as we passed her competitor’s shop along the way. It has been too many years since I last saw you Weezy, but I can still hear that giggle. Louise was the hub of our community. If St. Philips had a Mt Rushmore …

Deepest sympathies to Louise’s family. I have fond memories as a teenager having chats with Weezy and buying 1 cigarette. Always warm, friendly, and kind. So sorry for your loss.

Condolences to the Family🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Heartfelt condolences to all of Louise’s family,which are also
my family.She is my sister-in law always and forever.A woman with a heart of gold and so. Compassionate for others never thinking about herself no matter how sick she was,just wanting to do her best for someone else and never complain.
You have earned your wings Louise,fly like the eagle to your maker and rest in his loving arms,hear his voice “well done they good and faithful servant” .
Love you Louise,and we will meet again when I am called to
my eternal home.

So sorry to hear of Louise’s passing my sincere condolences to all of her family .I have many fond memories of the chats we had over the years.RIP .

Sending heartfelt condolences to Susie, Grace & all Louie’s family. I remember her fondly when visiting the store many years ago. May all the memories of Louise help you all at this sad time. God Bless

Sending our sincere condolences Louise’s family,
Byron always spoke very highly of Louise and told many stories about her. RIP

Such a sad day for the family, please accept our deepest condolences( we the family of Lillian and Leander Squires – both of St Phillips. From, Cyril Mary and Violet(Squires) Linehan. May God bless you all.

Such a sad day for the family, please accept out deepest condolences( we the family of Lillian and Leander Squires – both of St Phillips. From, Cyril Mary and Violet(Squires) Linehan. May God bless you all.

To Louise’s family and friends. It was very sad to hear of Louise’s passing. I met Louise only a couple of times however she left a warm caring feeling with me. So sorry for the loss of your Mom and friend.

Carmella,Carl & Richard: I send heart felt condolences from The Stead family. Louise was a big part of our lives years ago. She was a wonderful woman. She gave me (Cindy) my first “real” job working at ‘the store’. Your whole family were very close to ours back then. I won’t be able to visit in person, but i send my deepest condolences to you all.

So sorry to hear of Louise’s passing, our sincere condolences to all her family. We have you in our thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace.

Fred Penney

Sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Louise’s loved ones. Sending condolences as you mourn the passing of such a caring, loving and generous lady. I fist met Louise back in 1967 when she worked at the Children’s Re Hab. She was such a happy, carefree person with a smile for everyone. May Louise rest in peace and love.

So very sorry for your loss.

To all Louise’s family and friends:
So saddened to hear that my beautiful cousin has passed. We were like sisters when we were kids.. My mom and I had many a Sunday supper at aunt Evelyn’s, so Louise, her siblings and I played a lot together.. She was very kind hearted. You are all in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. . May you rest in peace my love. Till we meet again. 🙏🏻

To all of Louise’s Family and Dear Friends,
I am so sorry to hear the news of Louise’s passing.
She was such a wonderful person and always had time for a chat. Many fond memories of going to her store.
My Thoughts and Prayers are with you all
during this difficult time.
RIP Louise, you have gained your Wings.

To her family and friends, our heartfelt condolences.

Carl, Carmella and Richard, so very sorry for your loss. I have a lot of fond memories of Weezie from years ago. Always a pleasant, and genuine soul. Even years later, whenever I ran into her we had a chat and a laugh. Keep your precious memories close to help you through your hardest days without her. Sending sincere condolences to you all. May her sweet gentle soul rest in peace.