Archive for the ‘In Memoriam’ Category

Dr. Edward Edmonds

Dr. Edward Edmonds died this week at the age of 95 yrs. He was the beloved husband of Jane (Murray) and dear father of Iain and Kirsty.

Dr. Edward Edmonds, a well known educator, was a former resident of Clyde River. He loved learning, literature, and history and this community has benefited from this interest. As a Councillor with the Clyde River Community Council, Dr. Edmonds took the leadership that resulted in the commissioning of an official coat-of-arms for the community of Clyde River.

On November 18, 1994, at the Riverview Community Centre, Hon. Marion Reid, then PEI’s Lieutenant Governor, unveiled Clyde River’s official Coat of Arms. Thanks to Dr. Edmonds’ hours of work and research, Clyde River was the first PEI community to have its own authentic Coat-of-Arms. Many years later, this coat of arms and corresponding information are proudly displayed on the wall in the Community Centre.

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Ralph MacDonald

Former long-term Clyde River resident Ralph MacDonald has passed away. Ralph grew up and lived for many years on what is now called Herlihy Drive and had worked at the Experimental Farm. Recently, he has been living at Whisperwood Villa with his wife Ora (Ballem) MacDonald in Charlottetown. His only sibling is Florence Diamond who lives in Winsloe. He is predeceased by his parents Daniel and Esther (Chowan) MacDonald. Ralph has many relatives in Clyde River including first cousins Hazel Beer, Lorne MacLean, Hilda Beer and the late Lloyd Murray.


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Patty Matheson, a well known former Clyde River resident has died. Patty Matheson looked after the corner store and post office for many years and is fondly remembered by those who remember visiting the store. Resting at MacLean’s Funeral Home with visiting hours Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. with funeral service at 11:00 a.m.

Here is the link to a story that we wrote about Patty last year:


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Clyde River lost a good friend on Feb. 1, 2011 when Lloyd A. Murray, the community’s oldest life-long resident died. Many feel the loss of a fine friend and neighbour. Lloyd was respected by everyone, and we remember him with thanks and admiration.

Lloyd was known for his kindness, interest in his family and community, and faithfulness to his church. With wonder, neighbours marvelled at Lloyd’s practice of driving to Cornwall every morning to check out the day and buy a coffee – pretty impressive at 95. With humbleness, calmness and strength of character, Lloyd adjusted to changes in his life and found something positive in whatever life brought his way.

Lloyd Murray was born in 1915, so one can only imagine the changes he saw throughout his lifetime. When he was only 13, his father Wallace died, leaving his mother Katie and three children Lloyd, Everett and Hilda. Lloyd took over the farm at this young age and worked hard for many years, taking care of this land and raising dairy and beef cattle. Lloyd Murray also drove the mail and, for years, he and his wife Alma were caretakers of the school next door. He housed many a horse while the owners attended a function at the hall, school or church. The Murray farm overlooks the Clyde River, and for 95 yrs., Lloyd lived in the historic plank house and watched the tides and the sun rise and set over the River. He had a keen memory and his insights added credibility to the writing of the Clyde River history (2009).

Lloyd married his dear wife Alma (nee MacPhee) in 1936 and they had two children. Joan and Byron. Alma died in 2008 and Lloyd deeply missed her. “Bamp”, a much-loved grandfather to Pam, Kerrilee, Patricia, and Jocelyne, was thrilled by the arrival of 6 great-grandchildren. He was grateful for the kindness shown by his family and spoke highly of his children, grandchildren and their spouses. Lloyd’s sister Hilda Beer still lives in this community and they were very close. His only brother Everett died in 2002. His sister-in-law Irene lives in Charlottetown.

At Mr. Lloyd Murray’s largely-attended funeral, Rev. Steven Stead’s words highlighted the goodness of this respected man. The ladies of Burnside Presbyterian Church were pleased to provide a reception following the service, and this time gave Lloyd’s family, friends and neighbours a chance to honour Lloyd in the church he loved.

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