Monica Roslyn Bridger

October 9, 1934 to October 12, 2018


Passed away peacefully at Kenny’s Pond Retirement Residence, aged 84, on October 12, 2018 in St. John’s. Predeceased by sons Geoffrey and Jason, and parents Minnie and Lawrence Walters of Gander.

Leaving with loving memories are her husband of almost 60 years, Spencer; daughter’s Leslie and Tracey (Robert Wellon); beloved grandchildren Spencer and Jack Wellon; brother Brian (Sherrill Walters); and a large circle of extended family and friends.

Monica was a strong, loving, compassionate, and gifted woman who was a positive role model to many. She taught at The College of Trades and Technology (now CONA) for many years and developed the medical secretaries program there. She was a gourmet cook who, along with her friends, started a monthly supper club in the early 1970’s, which continued for many decades.   Monica and Spencer also had many travelling adventures together with their friends. Monica was a passionate reader and often read several books a week. She also loved proper grammar, as many can attest to! (Mom, we hope we didn’t make too many mistakes with this!)  Monica formed EPAC (Exceptional Patients Against Cancer) in the Fall of 2001, just eight months after her terminal cancer diagnosis, and hosted inspirational meetings where people would come to share their stories and learn from one another. Monica was remarkable in so many ways; we’ll miss her dearly.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Kenny’s Pond Retirement Residence for their professionalism and loving care of Monica. Your kindness and compassion shown to Monica and our family will never be forgotten.

Cremation has taken place.

Visitation will be held at Carnell’s Funeral home, 329 Freshwater Road from 2-4pm and 7-9pm on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

A funeral service and celebration of Monica’s life will be held at the Anglican Cathedral on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 2pm.

As an expression of sympathy, donations in Monica’s memory may be made to the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation.




2-4 p.m. on October 16, 2018

7-9 p.m. on October 16, 2018

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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2:00pm, Wednesday October 17th

Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
Church Street, St. John's


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I wish to offer my deepest sympathy to the family of Monica. So sorry for your loss.
Mildred Steinhauer

To the family of the lovely lady we fondly addressed as Mrs. Bridger. Mrs. Bridger was my first year Secretarial Science instructor, from whom I learned so much. She was a professional in her field who treated her students with the utmost respect. I have many fond memories of her that I reflect on from time to time. My deepest condolences to her family who she loved dearly. God speed, Mrs. Bridger.

Mrs. Bridger was my instructor for Secretarial Science. There are still things I remember and appreciate to this day that she taught our class. Mrs. Bridger was a gracious, lovely lady. My condolences to your family.

We were saddened to hear of Monica’s passing. Your family have always been valued friends over the years and in Monica’s case school friends, who grew up with us in Gander.
What was supposed to be our golden years are sadly not what we envisioned, and our dear friends keep slipping away.
Our deepest sympathy Spence to you and all your family.

Please accept my condolences on your loss. Mrs. Bridger was my instructor for Secretarial Science in my second year specializing in the medical field. I will always remember the lessons of life that were taught as well as respect that was always provided in our class. Mrs. Bridger was a lovely person that I will always remember.

Uncle Spence, Leslie, Tracey & Bob,
So sorry to hear of Aunt Monica’s Passing. She was
A wonderful woman and I loved her very much. She taught me many things over the years, about nutrition, cooking tips, good books to read and so much more!! She was a beautiful woman on the outside and even more on the inside!! She will be missed by many!
Even though I don’t have the right words
Or fully know how I can help,
Please know that I want to.
You can count on me to be joined with you
In prayers and in any other way I can be there for you! Sending our love to you all!!

My condolences to Dr. Bridger and his family on the passing of Monica. God bless you all during this very difficult time, may you rest in peace Mrs. Monica Bridger.

Melvin Stamp (Janeway hospital)

Tracey, Bob, Spencer, Jack, Spence and Leslie,

I was very saddened to hear about Monica’s passing. I have many fond memories of her from the days when I lived in the Bridger home while attending Memorial University. Monica and Spence welcomed me with open arms and did everything possible to make me feel at home. I so enjoyed listening to Monica’s interesting stories and enjoying the wonderful meals that she generously shared with me. She had such a caring heart and she certainly liked to have fun. She always made a point of asking about my life and how things were going with genuine interest. She was a beautiful person inside and out.
I wish I could be there with you today to celebrate the fabulous life of your mother, grandmother and wife. Please know that you are in my thoughts.
Sending our love….,
Nicole, Edward and Ryan Wight
Deer Lake, NL

Dear Spence and Family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
From your friends from the Cathedral, Doreen Facey, Anthea and Michael Donnan. God Bless you.

Sorry to hear of Monica’s passing. We thoroughly enjoyed many bridge games with both of you. Take care and enjoy the good memories . God Bless. Boyd and Verna

Dear Spence and family:
From our family to yours, deepest condolences for your loss. We have cherished memories of our visits; our thoughts are with you and loved ones.
George & Rhonda Ricketts

Dear Spence and family. We have lost a dear friend. Deepest sympathy to all the family. Love Tom & Janice.

Spence and family. We would like extend our sympathy to you and your family at this time. How I remember her kindness with meals to Valda when she herself was dealing with her own health issues. Sincerely

Oh Leslie, I was deeply saddened to hear of your mother’s passing. Such a significant loss. My heartfelt condolences to you, your Dad, Tracey & the boys. Wish I was closer. Holding you in my heart during this difficult time. Give your Dad a hug from me please. Blessing to you all.

Spencer & Family:

Cec. and I are sorry to hear of Monica’s passing. and would love to be there with you during these difficult days.
Monica was a lady of dignity and grace- she worked hard to make the world a better place in which to live. She will be remembered as a good citizen, loving wife and mother and grandmother.
I am sure the memories you have of her you will cherish in your hearts forever.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you for we know that she is now free from pain and gone home to be with her Lord.
She will never be forgotten for her kindness to Cec. and myself.

Grace, Cec. Michelle & Glenn

Dr Bridger
I was saddened today to read that your wife and mom has died. Take care of each other in the sad days ahead.
Jan Crocker. (From the old Janeway, paediatric oncology)

Dear Leslie and Tracey and your dad and extended family. Thinking of you all at this time. I loved meeting your mom in the early 80’s – everything so perfect and under control as she served a gourmet lasagna dinner to four guests and the four of you – like an exquisite restaurant with great conversation. Your mom did so much through the students she taught and then with the exceptional patients group – helping people fight the disease. I am sure that her greatest roles were wife, mother and friend and she will live through you and your families and the good work you all do. Peace for Mrs. Bridger.

We were very sorry to learn of Monica’s passing
She was a fine person. We remember her great hospitality.
Our sincere condolences though and all the family

Spence,Leslie and Tracey. We are very sorry to hear of Monica’s passing. Having very fond memories of her. Our sincere sympathy.

I live in NB now but I left NL in 1979. On occasion I will check the obituaries and this day I found Mrs. Bridger’s, my former teacher’s, unfortunate passing. This saddens me to to pass on my sincere condolences to her family. I remember her bubbly personality and great wisdom. She will always be in my heart and in my typing skills, grammar and my love of cooking. A very wonderful part of my Secretarial Science experience has passed, however, she will be remembered forever by her students. God bless Mrs. Monica Bridger and may she rest in peace.

Spencer, Leslie and Tracey, I’m very sorry to hear of Monica’s passing . She was a wonderful lady and we always enjoyed our time when we would visit St. John’s.Even though I cannot be there my thoughts are with you.

Drs. Bridget and family,
My deepest condolences on your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Dr. Bridger and family, please accept my deepest condolences at this sad time.

Dear Dr. Bridger and family,

Sending you my deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers in this time of sorrow. May the memory of her spirit always lighten your hearts with joy.

With great sympathy,

Colleen Maguire and family

Spencer and family:
On behalf of all the former residents of Bishop Jones Memorial Hostel, where Monica stayed in 1950-51 while she studied at Memorial University, we wish to extend our deepest condolences to you and your family. May God Bless you and Comfort you in the days ahead as you deal with the loss of such a remarkable woman.

Spence, Leslie, Tracey, Bob, Spencer, and Jack , we are deeply sorry for the loss of such a wonderful woman! Monica was an intelligent, strong, warm, talented woman who served as a role model to many young women. She was a woman truly ahead of her time! with much love…..Michele, Russ, Jagger and Breck.

Leslie, Tracey and Mr Bridger, Thoughts and prayers are with you. May Mrs.. Bridger rest in peace.

Our deepest condolences are with your families at this time of sorrow. Our thoughts are with you today and in the days, months and years to come. Gina Walsh & Andrew White

Tracey, Bob & Family,
Sincerest condolences on the passing of your mother. I’ve heard many fond stories of her love of family, and especially her cooking over the years. Take care.

Spencer, Leslie, and Tracey
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family. I have fond memories of Aunt Monica especially when we would visit and the wonderful meals she would make. She definitely made us feel right at home.
Love Jennifer and Ray

Spence. Leslie, Tracy and family- Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. So sorry for your loss. Love Bruce, Debbie and Family.

Spencer, Tracey, and Leslie,
We are so sorry to hear of Aunt Monica’s passing. I will never forget the fabulous dinners she prepared with love and skill In your home on Bally Haly Pl. I’d like to think that those meals in part inspired my passion for cooking today.
Both myself and my family have many fond memories of those times spent together with you.

Chris, Jill, Alex, Ben, and Michael Goodyear

To Tracey , Bob and family and Mr Spencer,,,, So sorry to hear of the passing of your loved one, it is such a difficult time losing a dear one. our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time.

Please accept my condolences for your loss. I had the pleasure of dining with Monica and Spencer a couple of times when Tracey lived near me in Montreal .
My the love you shared and the many memories of your lives together be forever cherished .
Scott Yetman

Although I was fortunate enough to enjoy Monica’s incredible hospitality etc, the memory I hold dear was her kindness to the nervous young brownies when she tested them for badges. She made each of them feel very special. She had many wonderfull gifts that she shared with many.

Merv joins me in expressing our kind thoughts to all the family

Remembering a wonderful bridge player and exceptional hostess. My sympathy to Monica’s family on her passing. I am in Ireland so unable to extend condolences in person.

Heidi Janes

Words are hard to find to describe Monica. She was the hostess with the mostest. My children all remember the many happy days at your house. A great woman has been lost to us.

The lost of someone dear to us is never easy, but may you take comfort in the fact that you are surrounded by people that love and care for you. Monica will be terribly missed. All of us loved her and she will be cherished in our memories forever. Our heartfelt condolences. Love John and Ruby xo