Thomas "Fred" Pynn

January 16, 1925 to August 30, 2020


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Passed peacefully away at the Palliative Care Unit of the Dr. L.A. Miller Centre on Sunday, August 30, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer, Thomas “Fred” Pynn of St. John’s, aged 95 years.

Predeceased by his wife Eleanor (Rodgers), parents Thomas and Mary (Sheppard), siblings Mark, Jessie (Art Taylor), Berdina and Eileen; brother-in-law Judd Spurrell.  Left with fond memories daughter Joan (Carl Rickert), grandchildren Adam (Robyn), Amy (Marcus) and Angela (Mark), great-grandchildren Emily and Daniel; son David (Donna), grandchildren Stephen and Scott (Amie); loving and caring sister-in-law Marjorie Rodgers, brothers-in-law Bill Jewer and John Moore, as well as a large number of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. 

The family extends a sincere thank you to the Community Health Care Nurses, Palliative Paramedics of the Palliative Care in the Home Program, and the staff of the Palliative Care Unit for their kindness, compassion, and professionalism.

Cremation has taken place.  A private family visitation will be held on Thursday, September 3 from Carnell’s Funeral Home.  A private funeral service will be held from the Carnell Memorial Chapel on Friday, September 4.  Please contact the family if you would like to attend either the visitation or service.  For those unable to attend, the funeral service will be live-streamed.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Fred’s memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.  



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Dave and Joan and families. It was so sad to hear of your dad’s passing. He was a fine gentleman with a kind word for everyone.. We know that you will miss dad but we will help keep his memory alive here at Mahers. He was a great neighbour and friend to all who knew him.
Bob and Bernadette Dunne

Joan & David and families. My thoughts and prayers are with you all, Hold tight to your memories they will get you though this. It is hard to lose a loved one but today’s world makes it even worst. Service was beautiful today. Sending big hugs to everyone.

DearJoan and Family,
So sorry to learn of Fred’s passing. My sincere condolences are with during this most difficult time.
Your Dad was a pleasant soul and my friendly neighbor.
I borrowed a nail setter from him awhile ago and upon returning it he said, ” you can keep that one “. I will always treasure it!
Rest in peace Fred. You are in the hands of the Lord.

Joan and family,
Our sincere condolences in the passing of you dad.
We have fond memories of Fred throughout the time we lived next door to him at Bishop Meaden Manor. We hope the wonderful memories of him will help in thesedifficult time.
Clayton and Ethel Humphries.

Uncle Fred: I have so many memories that I find it is difficult to pick just one. But here goes. I am listed as an A player in billiards worldwide & I owe that to you. I learned at a very young age how to hit the cue ball just right to make that colored ball go in the corner pocket. I remember standing on a stool to reach the table..some days you would let me sit on top of the table to get a better shot. You taught me the rules to 8 ball & a few tricks that stayed with me throughout the years. Thank you. Thank you for always being you. Kind, patient, determined, funny, giving, loving & gentle. A man I am proud to call Uncle. You are now joined with Aunt Eleanor and of course my dad. May you now rest in eternal peace. Gone but never forgotten. Always missed & forever loved.
Latonna(Toni) Rodgers xoxo

Beautiful service

Joan and David and families,
I was saddened to learn of Uncle Fred’s passing.
My sympathy is with you all at this time.
He was a wonderful person who I was honored to call Uncle.
He had a marvelous way with children and always knew how to engage them for fun adventures.
We remember wonderful family visits at our homes and of course an annual trip to visit the Cabin in Mahrs.
Uncle Fred was kind, understanding, patient and always approached life with a sense of humility. He was always there to lend a hand to others. I was proud to call him uncle.
The consummate salesperson at the Royal Stores, he understood his customers and was able to relate to everyone of them.
We are truly enriched and blessed to have known him. and to have had him in our lives.

Joan and Dave. Sorry to hear about your loss. I remember your dad when the three of us were in school. My dad would always have Tom help him out when he needed something from Royal Stores. God Bless

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. My condolences to all. May he Rest In Peace

Thank you everyone for all the messages. they are so
kind and thoughtful. The memories will bring us comfort and we will treasure them. Thank you once again. God Bless

My Condolences to Mr. Pynn’s Family.
I remember Mr. Pynn from working at the Royal Stores in the 1970’s. He was a very nice man as I recall. I am so sorry for your loss.

Joan & David
I was so saddened to hear of Uncle Fred’s passing. I remember Uncle Fred as such a kind man with a ready smile and laugh. To this day, whenever I walk into a men’s store, I think of Uncle Fred and remember the feeling that we (well my Dad really) were in very capable hands. He was a consummate relationship builder: as a salesman and as an uncle. I hope your many warm memories help you through these days and that they continue to light your life.

Joan and David, soo sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I have many fond memories of all of you when we were neighbours years ago on Goodridge St. Your Dad (and Mom) were such kind and gentle people and wonderful neighbours. Memories that I . like you, will treasure forever. God bless and bring you comfort in your loss.

Joan and family. So sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. He was a good friend and a very gentle soul. God bless .

Fred Jardine

Joan, David and your families.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. Our deepest condolences to all of you.

Joan, David, and your families: We were saddened to hear of the passing of your Dad / Pop. We first met your parents when we bought the cabin next to them in Mahers (the Evans cabin). The area that bordered our cabin and the driveway of your parents cabin was full of trees, and your Dad came through those trees to introduce himself with your mom trailing behind. Your Dad was holding back the branches for your Mom to pass through. After the introductions and a little chat, your Dad commented that he would go get his hand saw and cut off those branches so it would it easier for everyone to go back and forth. We knew then that your Dad and Mom were comfortable with us as neighbours, and we were fine with that. After that, when we arrived at our cabin each Saturday afternoon within 10 minutes or so your Dad was over for a visit and a chocolate bar for our son, Joel. So many memories that we will always treasure. We know you all treasure your memories with your parents / grandparents, and hold them close to your heart. Take care.

Joan and family,

Our thoughts and prayers on the loss of your Dad. He was an incredibly kind and humble human being, and what an amazing life he lived.

We will never forget him and now he lies in rest until he rises again…RIP Mr. Pynn

Much love and prayers.,
Tom and Judy

I have known Mr. Pynn for many years and I will miss our conversations. Rest in peace.

My condolences to Mr. Pynn’s family on his passing. I knew Mr. Pynn from the London, New York and Paris on Water St. many years ago. After the Royal Stores closed, he came to work there. I wasn’t that long out of High school and worked in the office. Mr. Pynn was a very knowledgeable salesman. He also was a lovely man who took the time to even converse with us young ones at the time. As soon as I saw his picture, I knew it was the same man. He still looked the same. May his soul now rest in peace.

David Joan and families. So sorry for the loss of your dad. Uncle Fred was quit the man, kind and always met you at the door with a smile and a firm hand shake. My parents Martin and Naomi Meadus were very close friends and they ( me ) remember the good times spent at both homes during visits. Please hold your memories close and know that our families are thinking of you all during this difficult time.

Joan /David & families, so sorry to hear about your dad/ pop. We met him and your mom when we purchased the cabin next to them at Mahers. We only knew him for a short time ( 15 years actually) but we have so many wonderful memories. He was always very active at the cabin. He was always there to help Lenny, whether it was installing a door, changing a window or just holding a ladder. But trying to get him to hold the ladder instead of climbing it was a full time job! Every year, especially the first few weekends after opening the cabin for the summer I would be at my cabin looking up towards your dads and holding my breath, because he would be on the top step of the ladder with with his paint brush or caulking gun!!
We’re so glad we got to meet him and have these memories.
Thoughts and prayers to you all

My memories of pop are warm and comforting. Our time together was limited, being in different provinces, but I cherished it. I remember Scott and I climbing Pop like a tree, so we could mess up his hair and steal his glasses. He was so patient and kind to us always. In Nan’s dying days, I saw a 90 year old Pop tirelessly caring for his wife in their home, and learned a lesson in real strength and love. I admired these old fashioned values, and his kind, gentle, nature. Pop will live on through his family, young and old.

“Pop”, a kind and caring man. Composed, gentle, strong and sharp. If even a fraction of his character rubbed off on me at all I will count myself blessed. An idol that I’ll never forget and will try to live up to. R.I.P (with Nan).

Thank you everyone for your kind words and thoughts delivered in so many ways.

Gone Fishing…

As many of you know dad was a great fisherman, or let me reword that…he loved to fish. I remember as a young boy how he taught me to set up poles and pick the best flies. Early in the morning or evening we would walk down to the gullies at Mahers and spend the better part of the day fishing for mud trout. The nippers were plentiful and the fish were small but we enjoyed every minute. We’d clean them out by the side of the cabin and happily eat them with bread and butter, with the greatest gratitude.
Later in life it was my turn to take dad fishing.Every year I’d come home from Ontario and we’d do our best to find a fishing spot that he could manage. I carried his poles and helped him pick his flies. The fish didn’t get much bigger but the memories were huge. Well dad, my boys take me fishing now and with every cast I think of you. My Father, the Great Patriarch.

I àm so sorry to hear this. My condolences to the entire family. I know how close Dave was to his dad. Not being able to attend his funeral is such a hardship, hope virtual works out, im sure it will. Mr. Pynn was a class act, exemplified what distinction really means, wise and funny. Rest in peace Mr. Pynn

I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Pynn. He was a hell of a survivor, tough as nails that man….must have been that awesome appetite he had for food, life and family. Good example to all of us. Hugs to you all.

Joan,sorry to hear of your dads passing. He was a true gentleman, both our families,the Clarke’s and Phillips including Tom had many dealings with him when he was at The Royal Stores. .Deepest condolances to you all at this difficult time .

Tom and Pam Phillips

Joan, Carl and family. So sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing , may God Bless and strengthen you during this difficult time.

Joan, we were so sorry to hear about your dad passing away. Thinking about you and all your family at this sad time. Hugs from John and I. Take care.

I looked at the obituary and immediately remembered the kind man who use to serve me at the Royal Stores on water street.

I was young boy maybe grade 4 at St.Bon”s but my mother would tell me every now and then to go see Mr. Pynn who would fix me up with new shoes and other school things needed for school etc..

What a wonderful kind gentle soul he was with endless patients for young lads like me..

Many a lad in this city went to him and he never failed to fit us out.

God bless his soul and may he R.I.P.

Joan and Amy and family. We are sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Pynn. He was such a kind and gentle soul. He will surely be missed. God bless you and your family.

Amy and Joan, we are sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Pynn. He was a kind and gentle soul and he will be surely missed. God bless you and your family.

Joan , Carl, and Family , Dave and Family ,
Our Deepest Condolences to you all.
May you find peace in the coming days knowing your dad is at peace with your mom . Thinking of you all at this very difficult time. God Bless .

Stella, Dennis O’Grady and Family.

To Joan and David and your families,……So very sorry to hear of dear Uncle Fred’s passing. He was a kind and loving man, always pleasant and a true gentleman. I am sending sincere condolences and know that we share in your sadness at this time.. May you hold dear memories in your hearts forever.

The Pynn Family, sorry to here about your Dad’s passing Dave and Joan. I met him and your Mom at your house Dave in Ontario.
He was a man that love his Family, cherished all your fishing trips and Joan you were a Angel to look after your Dad for all those years..Our Thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of sorrow.
Marilyn and Danny
Bowmanville, Ontario.

Joan and family, sorry to hear of your dads passing. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Joan,David and families, we want you to know that we are thinking about you all at this difficult time. Wish we could be there . We will miss the phone calls with him…RIP…

Joan & family, please accept our Deepest Condolences on the passing of your Dad. Your love and dedication certainly showed and know that our thought and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Condolences on the passing of Mr. Pynn, thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. He truly was a great neighbour ❤️

Linda /Town House #53

Sending my condolences to you and your family on the passing of your Dad. I certainly remember him and your Mom from my childhood days. I hope the many memories you have of them will bring you comfort at this difficult time.

So sorry for the loss of your Dad, grandfather, brother-in-law, Uncle and friends. Uncle Fred was a wonderful and kind man. You have a lot of memories for sure. Condolences to each of you and thoughts and prayers to all.

Sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. He was always so pleasant and eager for a chat. Our condolences to all his family.
Bruce and Fiona Sheppard

Dave & Donna, our deepest condolences to you & family.

Joan & Carl; David & Donna, Marjorie Rodgers and all Children. I am remembering all of you and Uncle Fred, a kind, friendly, very nice, super family man. I use to visit Uncle Fred at the Royal Stores shoe department years ago and of course visit at the cabin and have a boil up. Those were the days. Love to All at this sad time.
Eric Gordon Rodgers, born a Newfie, now Philippines
+ all the Rodgers Family in US, Canada, Newfoundland

I am sorry for your loss . I hope the loving memories that you have will help during this difficult time. Know that Mr. Pynn will be missed in Saint Luke’s ( BMM) community .
Debbie Wong, manager

Joan and family, I’m sorry to learn of your Dad’s passing. It’s difficult saying goodbye, no matter the age. But your Dad’s long life has been a gift of treasured memories to comfort you as you mourn his passing and bring you joy as you recall the times you shared with him. I’ll be thinking of you during this sad time.