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Alfred (Alf) Sylvester Carew

CAREW, Alfred (Alf) Sylvester – (Retired – Transport Canada) January 1, 1940 – March 1, 2018

Alf passed away after a brief, courageous battle with ALS at the age of 78. He will be greatly missed by his and Bette’s children; Darryl, Jeff (Katie), Jana (Ralph), Chantal (Sean), Grandfather to Sadie (Jeff) and to Step-Grandchildren Connor and Emily (Jana). Alf was the eldest of 19 siblings. Predeceased by his parents, Louis and Kathleen Carew of Cape Broyle, Nfld., sister Gladys and brother Norman. He will be sadly missed by his numerous brothers and sisters; Allan,  Arthur (Lucianne), Donald (Marie), Edward, Randolph, Carl (Dorothy), Louis (Suzanne), Terrance, Aloysious, Kenneth (Debbie), Doris (Mickey), Christopher, Catherine (Carlos), Maurice, Jacqueline (Ritch), and Gloria.  He will be remembered by his many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Alf and his brother Art were not only brothers but life-long friends. Many thanks for all your support Art, Lucianne, Christine(Johnny), Kathleen, Taylor and Valerie, Emma, Andrew.

Alf had an interesting and diverse career with Transport Canada. Starting out in Radio Operations, his job took him to many exciting places; Resolute Bay, Churchill, The Pas, Prince Rupert, Toronto to many airports across Canada in smaller communities where radio operations, weather data  obtained and sent via telex. He also worked in the field of Glaciology on ice fields, glaciers, on the N.B. McLean Ice Breaker sailing the North West Passage, on DC4’s mapping and charting ice. Before retiring, his knowledge took him into regulations of Air Traffic Control with several conferences in Geneva and Paris.

With his love of hockey, he spent many long hours in cold arenas watching his children play hockey.  A private memorial for family and friends will be held.  If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations to ALS Research or Shepherds of Good Hope.

Special thanks to the doctors and nursing staff for their compassionate care at the Civic Hospital NeuroScience Floor.

35 responses to “Alfred (Alf) Sylvester Carew”

  1. Jeanie Dalton says:

    My very deepest sympathy to Alf’s family and friends. He was a neighbor of mine in Cape Broyle. Alf was a fine man and a good friend especially with my brother Derm. They both started out with training for the same kind of work and stayed in touch here and there throughout their life. RIP Alf.

  2. Enid (Stanfor) Obrien says:

    So sorry to hear about Alfred’s passing. I have good memories of my cousin, Alfred. He lived with us when he came to St. John’s to attend College; He had a quirky sense of humour and we enjoyed his company. My condolences to his family. RIP Alfred..

  3. John and Ceilie Ennis says:

    Our deepest condolences to the whole family. May he Rest In Peace.

  4. Eileen Ryan says:

    Sincere sympathy to the whole Carew family. Alfred always visited Mom & Dad (Basil & Julia O’Brien) whenever he came back to Cape Broyle for a visit. They were always so happy to see him. A great guy! RIP.

  5. Derm Coady says:

    I was Alf’s best friend while growing up in Cape Broyle, NL from age of five to graduation from high school, then we went to Radio School together in St. John’s, NL. We left for Winnipeg together April 9, 1960 for further training, then onto Churchill, Man together in June 1960, we parted ways in 1962, however I saw him several times since then. The last time four years ago. He was always in a good mood, I never saw him out of sorts. He was one of a kind and everyone he met liked him. He will be missed by all his family and friends .Deepest sympathy to all, our prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  6. Terry Carew says:

    Dear Alfred
    You have taken your flight to Worlds Unknown. The Memories and The “Good Times” will always be Remembered by all who Loved You. Though sadness fills our heart, you are “free from this body of pain.” An you are “soaring like an Eagle in the Heavens above.

    When I see a bird chirping on a nearby branch
    I will know it is you singing to me.
    When a butterfly brushes gently by me so care freely
    I will know it is you assuring me you are free from pain.
    When the gentle fragrance of a flower catches my attention
    I will know it is you reminding me
    To appreciate the simple things in life

  7. Terry Carew says:

    Alfie,
    Thanks for all the good times and all the memories. You instructed me in Ottawa at The Air Services Training School. Those were “precious days.” We had a “lot of laughs together” and going to 188 Cowley Avenue and Not seeing you there anymore is an “empty ache in my heart.” In that Land, Beyond the “Setting Sun” we will Meet again some day…

    • Edward Carew says:

      Alf,
      Thanks for all the “good times” and the “memories” that we had together. You instructed me at “The Air Services Training School” In Ottawa. Those were “Precious days.” We had a “lot of laughs together” and going to 188 Cowley Now will never be the same. See You Again in that Land “Beyond the Setting Sun.” Brother Edward (Biz) Carew

    • Allan Carew says:

      I was saddened to hear the news of Alfred passing on. I call him “The Big Chief.” The Big Chief is gone. If I had “An Eagle Feather” I would bring it and give it to him.

      Allan Carew (Brother)

    • The Carew Family says:

      Should You Go First
      Should you go first and I remain
      to walk the road alone,
      I’ll live in memories garden dear,
      with happy days we’ve known.

      In spring I’ll wait for roses red,
      when faded, the lilacs blue.
      In early fall when brown leaves fall,
      I’ll catch a glimpse of you.

      Should you go first and I remain,
      for battle to be fought.
      Each thing you’ve touched along the way
      will be a hallowed spot.

      I’ll hear your voice, I’ll see your smile,
      though blindly I may grope,
      The memory of your helping hand
      will buoy me on with hope.

      Should you go first and I remain,
      one thing I’ll have you do:
      Walk slowly down that long long path,
      for soon I’ll follow you.

      I want to know each step you take,
      so I may take the same.
      For someday down that lonely road
      you’ll hear me call your na

    • Aloysius says:

      Beyond the sunset, oh blissful morning
      When with our Savior, heaven is begun
      Earth’s toiling ended, oh glory dawning
      Beyond the sunset when day is done…

      Thanks Alf for all the good times, and for supporting me in hockey in Prince Rupert. Aloysius (Brother)

  8. Joe Courtney says:

    A great hockey dad who loved to watch the kids play. A jovial NFLD spirit that will be missed.

  9. Randolph Carew says:

    It was a sad day when I heard the News of Alfred passing. The day I heard the first thing that came to my mind was the Scripture, “It is Appointed unto man, once, to die.
    My prayers and thoughts are with his family

    Randolph Carew (Brother)

  10. Terri Lynn and Family says:

    Sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Alfie. Prayers and thoughts are with the family at this time.
    Terri Lynn (Jason), Tenika and Tashianne
    (Red Deer , Alberta)…

  11. Joshua Carew And Family says:

    Sorry to hear of Uncle Alfie’s passing. Sorry I can’t be there as I am out of the Country. Prayers and thoughts are with the Family
    Josh (Kristen) & Jordan

  12. Christopher Carew (Edmonton) says:

    I recently heard of Uncle Alfie’s passing. My prayers and Thoughts are with his family at this time

    Earth holds No Sorrow, that Heaven Cannot Heal

    Christopher Carew (Terry’s son)…

  13. Lucy Ryan (Cape Broyle, NL) says:

    Alfie gave me and my Children a Tour of Parliament Hill One time when we were up in Ottawa. He visited my house in Cape Broyle also.

    Lucy Ryan, (Cape Broyle)

    (Poem) DON’T CRY FOR ME:

    Don’t cry for me.
    I will be okay.
    Heaven is my home now,
    and this is where I’ll stay.
    Don’t cry for me.
    I’m where I belong.
    I want you to be happy
    and try to stay strong.
    Don’t cry for me.
    It was just my time,
    but I will see you someday
    on the other side.
    Don’t cry for me.
    I am not alone.
    The angels are with me
    to welcome me home.
    Don’t cry for me,
    for I have no fear.
    All my pain is gone,
    and Jesus took my tears.
    Don’t cry for me.
    This is not the end.
    I’ll be waiting here for you
    when we meet again…

  14. Sheila & Paddy Dalton says:

    Our deepest sympathy go out to all the Carew family. We grew up not very far away from the family and Gladys was a good friend of mine, she was sadly missed by all of us in Cape Broyle when she passed away. Our thoughts & prayers go out to all of Alf’s family during this difficult time in your lives. God Bless you all.

  15. Floyd Kelly says:

    Worked beside Alf for two years in Ottawa. A fine gentelmen and always in good spirit. I knew he came from large family as he used to say “at mealtime if they opened a can of peaches you were not always sure you would get any”. My condolences to all his family.

  16. Suzanne & Louis Carew and family says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Alfred’s family and his best friend Art and his family, during this difficult time. The Holy Sacrifice of the Eucharist will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Fort Nelson BC on March 14th for the repose of his soul and for all members of his family. May he rest in peace.

  17. Derm Coady says:

    There will be a mass said for Alf at our St. Joseph’s RC Church on Wednesday March 14th at 10.00 AM. We will be there. Hoping the service and internment went well today. May his soul rest in peace.

  18. Noreen Holden says:

    Please accept my sincere condolences Art & Family, Alfred’s Family, & the whole Carew Family. I grew up in Cape Broyle just down the hill from the Carew Family. I am Derm Coady’s sister. When we were growing up Alfred was the smartest guy & the funniest. I have not seen most of the family in a long time but I know Alfred had a wonderful family & an amazing career.
    Rest In Peace Alfred.
    A mass will be offered at St Puis X church, Elizabeth Ave St Johns on March 23 for Alfred.
    God Bless you all.

  19. Catherine Dreher says:

    My thoughts to Alfs children at this time. Sorry we couldn’t be there – was out of country but you were heavy on my mind. Love – Catherine and Carlos

  20. Doris Kenny says:

    Sorry I was out of town attending another funeral.I was saddened to hear of Alf’s passing. Prayers to his family at this difficult time. I was glad that myself and Mickey got to visit with him in Ottawa a couple of years ago. We shared lots of laughs and stories.Thanks a lot Art and Lucianne for making it possible and for doing lots for Alf. I’m sure your going to miss him. We are going to miss him too. Alf you’re free of all pain now and may you find eternal rest Until we meet again. Your sister
    Doris, Mickey and family
    Fort St. John B.C.

  21. Barbara (Derm Coady's sister ) & Kenny O'Brien says:

    Alf was a real nice person. We met him a couple of times while we were in Ottawa.
    Alf told me about him writing a little verse ( ditty ) he called it for Red Rose Flour for the radio station VOCM. Alf won First Prize I think he said it was for $25.00 a lot of money back then in the fifities.
    Rest in peace Alf.
    Barbara & Kenny O’Brien

  22. Jeanie Coady Dalton says:

    To Alfred’s family
    There will be a mass said for Alfred at St. Paul’s Church on Newfoundland Drive in St. John’s on March 29/18 which is Holy Thursday @ 9:30 am. RIP Alfred

  23. Marie (Coady) and Bill Tibbo says:

    Sincere Condolences to the Carew family at this very sad time. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God Bless!

  24. AnnCoady(jr) says:

    Condolences to the Carew family.May he RIP.

  25. Lorraine (O’Brien) Colbert says:

    My sincere condolences to Alfs family , I didn’t know Alf although we are from the same community, he was much older then me & had left for other parts before I was old enough to meet him. I went to school with his brother Kenny & his sister Doris. To his wife, children, grandchildren & all his brothers & sisters I extend my deepest sympathy.

  26. Louise croft says:

    Our condolences to family, Gladys his sister and I were great friends, great memories of his family growing up in Cape Broyle

  27. Michelle O’Toole says:

    Didn’t know Alf, but knew most of the family when we were growing up in Cape Broyle. Condolences to Alf’s family at this difficult time.

  28. Sheila Kelly says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss ,when Alf was home in Cape Broyle years ago he dropped into our home to see Bill ,he was such a gentleman

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