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It is with heavy hearts that the family of Ethel Dinah Burfitt (nee Thomas) announce her passing at Burin Peninsula Health Care Center on July 11, 2021 at the age of 81 years.

Leaving to mourn her loving husband of 60 years William Burfitt; loving daughter and best friend Sue Smith (Barry); sisters Emily May Bradley and Eileen Bonnell; brother Isaac Thomas (Phyllis); special nephew Fred Rose (Mary); brothers-in-law George Burfitt (Georgina) and Jack Burfitt (Georgina) and sister-in-law Yvonne Periera (David) plus a large circle of wonderful family and friends.

Predeceased by father Charles Thomas, mother Olive Thomas (nee House), sisters Susie Rose and Hattie Chafe; brothers William Thomas (Linda) and Gordon Thomas; her beloved grand dog Sassy Smith and brother-in-law Garfield Bonnell.

In keeping with Ethel’s wishes a cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation or funeral service.

Donations in her memory may be made to Grand Bank United Church for building repairs.

A huge thank you to Doctor Davids for caring and advocating for Ethel. Special thank you to her angel Tracey Penney who went above and beyond to provide care, compassion and kindness to her.

Thank you to the wonderful staff who cared for her at Grand Bank Health Care Center and the compassionate and kind staff at the Burin Peninsula Health Care Center. We are so grateful for all you efforts.


Tribute To Ethel Burfitt by Daughter Sue Smith

A tribute to my Mom-My Best Friend
My precious, darling Mom always put others before herself. She deeply loved her family and all of her friends wholeheartedly. Mom may have been small in stature at a height of 4ft 9im….However, her personality, charm, compassion was mighty big. Mom and her friends enjoyed a game of cards, the laughter and fun they had was wonderful. Mom loved to have gatherings of family and friends in the basement. She hosted birthday parties and doted on everyone to make sure they had lots of food and drink.

Mom’s favorite time of year was summer; that’s when her nephew could visit from Ontario. That’s when the Basement Band performed (Fred and Mary Rose and Carl and Shirley Rose). Accordion, guitars, harmonica, song sheets, speakers…..the whole show. Lots of laughs and good times and a few dances had by all.

My mother was an exceptional person. She touched so many people’s lives and hearts. The outpouring of sympathy we’ve received is a testament to how special my Mom was to so many people. I was so blessed to have such an amazing Mom; as I told her many times throughout her illness, she will always live in my heart. Our affectionate response to one another was always “LOVES YEA”.

Rest in peace my beautiful Mom. I’ll see you on the other side someday and we’ll be together again.

Poems by her husband William



I saw it in the twilight.
Trace across the evening sky.
It could have been a "Shooting Star"
Or "The Year" that just passed by?
It lasted just a moment
Then vanished in the mist.
A moment filled with ecstasy
A moment of pure bliss.
Like the star I saw on the evening
Bringing light into my life.
So, you have done it also
Because you are "my wife".



Love is not Bound By space or time.
And age or place cannot confine.
Love is a beauty of the soul,
It welds the world and makes it whole.
As each new lily in the field
adds to the beauty of the yield.
So each new love with equal grace,
will make the world a Better place.


Funeral arrangements entrusted to Serenity Funeral Home, Burin.

We listen. We learn. We walk with you.


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1939 - 2021

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