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60 Roe Ave
P.O. Box 539
Gander, NL A1V 2E1
Phone: 709-256-8585 or 1-888-256-8585
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Lily Head

Lily Francis Head

Thursday, March 24th, 1949 - Saturday, February 27th, 2021
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Lily Francis Head (nee Paul)

March 24, 1949 – February 27, 2021

It is with profound sadness that the family of Lily Head (nee Paul) announces her peaceful passing at the James Paton Memorial Hospital at the age of 71 with her devoted husband by her side.

She leaves to mourn with loving memories her husband of 54 years, Austin Head; her four dearly loved children Jody (Joanne); Kevin (Susan); Todd (Cindy) and Coralee (Gerry); her cherished grandchildren, Jonathan, Jessica, Aiden, Charlotte, Emily, Logan, Lucas, Olivia and Sawyer, and her precious great-grandchildren, James, Tyler, Jayden and Jonah.

Also leaving to mourn are her many siblings (Lily was the oldest of 13), their spouses and children, as well as her Aunt Mary, who was like a sister to her. Lily was blessed with a large and loving family who will miss her dearly.

Lily and Austin started their journey together at a very young age, but it was a journey that stood the test of time and will last an eternity. They met at a movie theatre where the movie didn’t matter – she caught his eye and captured his heart. Not only did they build a beautiful family together, but they stood side by side through every business venture (the most notable of which were the Bread Shoppe and Lily’s Landing in Gander); every carpentry project; and every fishing lodge expedition - they were truly a team.

Lily loved the outdoors, which is a big part of the reason that they spent some of the most wonderful years of their life together at Square Pond. She loved ice fishing; she loved nature; and she loved cultivating the property around their home. She loved the “look” of the water, but wasn’t much of a swimmer – she left that to her husband, children and grandchildren. She also loved her indoor activities on the quieter days, particularly knitting and quilting, and she has created some beautiful pieces that have been passed along to special people in her life.

She loved entertaining family and friends. She liked to have her home prepared and pristine for their arrival. She loved to cook for them and prepare their favorite meals or sweets. Every occasion was a reason to celebrate…especially with food. She even made sure that the birds had enough.

She cherished visits from her children as well as their daily phone calls. She regularly asked about her grandchildren and was always happy to see them or hear about their latest adventures, projects, recitals and sporting events.

Lily was a woman of great faith. She loved to attend church and be a part of her church community. It is in this faith that she found comfort in her most difficult days.

Lily was strong and she overcame two battles with cancer, however, ALS ultimately took her life.

Due to Covid restrictions, there will be a private funeral service on Monday, March 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. for invited family only at Stacey’s Funeral Home, officiated by Pastor Eric Oram. Interment will follow at Norris Arm North at 2:30 p.m., officiated by Pastor Eugene Head.

Flowers will be gratefully accepted or donations may be made in Lily’s memory to the Canadian Cancer Society or ALS Research. The family would like to express its sincere and heartfelt appreciation to the staff of James Paton Memorial hospital for their constant compassion, care and support for Lily, Austin and their family.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Stacey's Funeral Home , Gander
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    Monday, March 1st, 2021 | 1:00pm
    When
    Monday, March 1st, 2021 1:00pm
    Location
    Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander
    Address
    60 Roe Ave
    Gander

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Hilda & Alvin Normore

Posted at 07:21am
So very sad to hear of Lily's passing but know she is in a place with no suffering or pain. Alvin and I talked of how much she loved ice fishing and to see her setting for hours out on square Pond enjoying it to the full! I have so many good memories, I worked with her at the bread shop she loved her family to the full. Lady of hospitality and encouragement. Our prayers and condolences to you Austin and your family.
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Marlene kelly

Posted at 12:56pm
Austin & family.
My sincere condolences to you and your family at this difficult time. Marlene Kelly
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Calvin Barnes

Posted at 08:22am
Shocked to hear of Lily’s passing...many memories just flood my mind this morning of the time I worked at the restaurant! We would often hear her say “come on boys, time for break” that meant time to gather around the table and talk about life, have a laugh or two and back to work...My thoughts and prayers will be with you all today and in the day's ahead . Absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord...what a hope we have!
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Kim Hawley George

Posted at 07:47am
We are so very sorry for your loss. Mrs. Head was a wonderful woman, and she was an example for us all of the power of faith and family. May God comfort you at this difficult time and give you peace. Kim, Brad, Sara, Hannah and Nathan George
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Ray Hewlett

Posted at 08:26pm
Austin and all your family,
We are very shocked and saddened to learn of Lily’s passing.
She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
And although we can’t be there with you at this time, we are
With you in our thoughts and Prayers. God Bless
Raymond and Mavis Hewlett, Apohaqui. NB
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