It is with great sadness that the family of Bessie Loretta Wiles, 91, of Brooklyn, Queens County, announces her passing on Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 in the Queens General Hospital, Liverpool, surrounded by her loving family and friends.
Born in Southwest Port Mouton, she was a daughter of the late Walter and Elsie (Burgess) Fisher.
In her early years, Bessie enjoyed family activities which included skating, tobogganing, picnics and trips to her parents and in laws in Bear River East. She was a former member of the Home and School Association, Broom Ball team, Brooklyn and Women’s’ Institute. Bessie taught school in Southwest Port Mouton for 8 years while her husband Harry served overseas during World War II. Upon his return, they purchased a home in Brooklyn where they resided to date. She and Harry began their own business “Wiles’ Store To Door” with Bessie operating the store while Harry ran a grocery delivery truck door to door until their retirement.
Bessie was a member of Pilgrim United Church, Brooklyn and the United Church Women. She and Harry enjoyed the many friends whom they played cards with and square danced with. She enjoyed baking and was an expert at making molasses cookies, doughnuts, brown bread biscuits and muffins. She was an avid knitter and knit many mittens for the church as well as her grandchildren.
Bessie was a friend to all who knew and loved her. A wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and aunt, she had a passion for her family, their accomplishments and all special occasions. She will be fondly remembered as very pleasant and kind; a real lady.
She is survived by her loving husband of 70 years Harry; daughter Donna (Gary) Gehue, of Liverpool; grandchildren Lisa (Scott) Caissie of Dieppe, NB., Karen Gehue of Brooklyn and Kevin Gehue of Liverpool. Great grandchildren Kala and Ryleigh. Brother Donald (Hazel) Fisher of Liverpool; sister in law Eva (Douglas) Fisher-Spinney. Numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her son Carl, sisters: Madelyn Smith and Bernice Nichols and brother Elmer Fisher.
Visiting will be held Saturday, December 4th, 2010, from 7-9 p.m. and funeral service will be held Sunday, December 5th, 2010, at 2:30 p.m., both from Chandlers’ Funeral Home, Liverpool followed by a reception. Lay Minister Peter Anthony officiating Family flowers only. Donations may be made to Pilgrim United Church General Fund. Online condolences may be made at www.chandlersfuneral.com “Our heart are forever broken.”
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Was sorry to hear of your sad news, Bessie indeed was not only a lady but a GREAT lady, she will be missed by many . It was my pleassure to have not only worked with her but to have know her in my life time! Thanks Sweet Bessie. Sincerely , Tish.
Bruce & Melanie Inglis
To the entire Gehue family, please accept our heartfelt condolences. Bessie was well loved and cared for by you all. May you find comfort in knowing that her sufferings are behind her.
pam and dud
donna so sorry to her of your mom’s passing your in our prayers
To each and everyone of Bessie’s loving family, I was so sorry to hear of her passing. She was a special lady and I was pleased to have gotten to know both Bessie and Harry over the years. I so enjoyed Harry’s stories about his grocery truck. May God bless you in your time of grief.
Gaven & Carla Whynot
Donna, Gary, Kevin, Karen & Lisa…..so sorry for the loss of your Mom and Grandmother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time.
Bebe & Dale Dauphinee
Very sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
Gordon and Anne Peverill
We were so sorry to hear the sad news. Our deepest condolances to the family.
Donna- So sorry to read of your Mom’s passing.
Janet and George Fletcher
Donald and Hazel: We were sorry to hear about Bessie. Our thoughts and our prayers are with your family.
Lannie and Judy Francis
To Donna, Karen and families, so sorry to hear of your moms passing. My greatest memories of her are from my growing up years. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.
Lannie and Judy Francis
Dear Dad and Donna
In the loss of your Wife and Mother
No one else can comprehend the sadness in your hearts………
You both knew this Special Woman completely,
others only knew in part.
Yet love and hope remain as bright as they always been
a light of strength and courage shines on forever deep with in
Though no one else can lift away the grief your going through
others want to honor all your Wife and Mother has meant to you both.
The most precious and special moments Bessie has given me is the honor of calling her Mom and the heartfelt love allowing me to part of her family. My prayers and love to the Wiles and Gehue family.
Love always Peggy
Catherine MacEachern & Rhonda Perry
Donna and Family so sorry to read about your Mom’s passing.
Mom and I extend our condolences to your family at this sad time.
God Bless your family…
Brenda and Jeff Foley
Karen and Ryleigh,
So sorry to hear of your Nan’s passing. Our thought are with you.
Brenda and Jeff Foley
Jean Smith and Janet Spicer
We are saddened to hear of Bessie`s passing.We remember her fondly and spent alot ot time visiting her during our younger years.Our prayers and thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.We did see her at her past birthday party.She will always be in our hearts.
Donna, Gary and family,
Sorry to hear about Bessie. My thoughts are with you during this time.
Brenda and Ira Huskins
It is with sadness that we send out condolences to Donna, Don Fisher ad the rest of the Wiles/Fisher family. Hold onto memories they are precious for sure. God Bless
Esther and Kevin Doggett
To Bessie’s Family:
We were so very sorry to hear of Bessie’s passing. I first met her at the Milton School where they held the square dancing, though I know Harry from his door to door store.
I remember sitting besides Bessie- her knitting needles working in and out of whatever project she was working on at the time- while her foot tapped to the music and her eyes were on the dancers or looking at who ever was taking part in the conversation. I was always impressed on how she could knit and not look at what she was doing.
A great lady and a sad time for her family. Harry and the rest of the family are in our prayers.
Kirk and Donna Whynot
Harry, Donna and families, So sorry to hear of Bessie passing, she was a lovely lady and she will be missed. Amy and I had a lovely visit that night with Bessie and Harry. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love Donna and Kirk
Rick & Cindy Dorey & Tresa MacIsaac
Donna, Gary, Lisa, Karen & Kevin and Harry…….. we were sad to hear the loss of your Mother, Grandmother and Wife, our prayers and thoughts are with you all at this most difficult time. Keep all your memories of a wonderful lady close in your hearts. Take care & God bless. Rick & Cindy Dorey & Tresa MacIsaac
To the family of Bessie Wiles, sorry to hear the sad news. There are no words that can take away the hurt & pain , only time helps heal a little…….Sincerely, Jane Fisher.
Harry and family
So sorry to hear of Bessie’s passing. She will be missed by all who knew her. She was such a wonderful person. May God substain you all in these sad times. My prayers are with you all.
Linda & Robert Trainor
sorry to hear the loss of your loved one she was a special lady my prayers and thoughts are with you god bless you all
Dear Donna and family , my heart and prayers are with all of you.
Bessie was a fine lady . I am so blessed to have spent time with her I am sure she is one lovely angel and god is blessed to have her home with him. take care Margo xo
So sorry to hear of your Mum’s passing. Dave truly enjoyed her company when she visited with your Dad in Romm 101. Take care
doug and sylvia zwicker and brian and kim mansfield
we are very sorry to hear of your loss. our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
doug & sylvia zwicker
brian & kim mansfield
Hugh & Pat Dixon
Donna & Family.
Sorry to hear of your mothers passing.Thinking of you at this difficult time.
Harry, Donna and family – Jim and I send our condolences to you and yours at this time. We have fond memories of renting the white house when we were first married and running down to “the store”. I have just finished reading her obituary and can’t help but think, what a full life.
Kim, Adam, Kesley and Kieran Masland
We are so sorry to learn of your loss. May you find comfort in the special memories you have shared. Our thoughts are with you at this very difficult time.
Fred & Muriel Bierhorst
Uncle Harry & Family:
I’m awfully sorry to hear of Aunt Bessie’s passing. Our condolences to you and your extended family. May she now rest and be at peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very trying time.
Our deepest sympathies,
Fred & Muriel Bierhorst, ( nee Wiles)
Bear River East.
So sorry to hear your lost she will be missed,you are in my prayers.
Bruce & Edith Dauphinee and Chris & Tina Whynott
To the Family – We are sorry to hear of Bessie’s passing. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Glenda and Burton Roy
Dear Harry , Donna and family
We know that Bessies passing will not only leave a void in your lives, but in the hearts of all those who knew her. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Vernon & Joyce Hawkes
We wish to express our sincere sympathy to Harry
and Donna. Our thoughts and prayers are with you
Donna and Family;
Were were sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing.Our condolences to you all at this difficult time.
Walter/Sherri and Family
Harry and Donna, I cannot begin to express my sadness at hearing of Bessies passing. We arrived back in Halifax an hour ago and plan to be in attendance at Chandlers on Sunday.
I will call Elvin and Ruth in the morning in case they dodn’t see the obituary in todays paper
Brian Wilkins and Olga Lansdale
Gerri & Joe Fraelic
We are deeply saddened by your loss. I do remember the convenience of shopping at their store. Bessie will be missed.
Donna & Bucky Norman
Donna & Family:
On behalf of the Norman family I would like to express our sincere condolences. It is never easy to lose a parent but your memories of them will be with you forever.
Bill and Kippy
I am very saddened to hear of the passing of Bessie. As a child I have many fond memories going into their store in Brooklyn. I am the daughter of Percy and Rosalie Fralic from Beach Meadows.
Thinking of you at this time,
Bill and Katrina (Fralic) Sarty
Faye & Norman Levy
Donna & Family,
Faye & Norman Levy
Donna & Family,
I will miss seeing your mom each time I walk by . She always waved. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
Karen and families;
I am so very sorry for the loss of your wonderful grandmother. I remember helping her at the bank. Your a wonderful granddaughter and I am sure your going to miss her very very much. My thoughts and prayers are with you. You were very good to mom while we had her and I hope you know that we all hope you and your families peace and comfort knowing she is with the angels in heaven. Take care and stay as sweet as you always have been. I think you may have gotten some of that from your grandmother. Again sorry to hear of your loss.
Brenda (and the late Bev Conrad) families.
Sally and Robert Fader
Donna and family:
Please accept our condolences on the loss of your Mum.
Philip & Rosalie Croft
Harry & Donna & family,
We were very sorry to hear of the loss of your wife and mother.
May you find strength and comfort in your family and friends as this most difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Philip & Rosalie Croft
Bette Ann & Jim Wigglesworth (Halifax)
To the family of dear Bessie,
We are so saddened to hear of the passing of Bessie. I have such wonderful memories of earlier years when she and Harry along with the Brooklyn group would be visiting my parents (Herbert and Vida Manthorne) at our home in Liverpool. They had such wonderful times together as friends playing 45’s and as a child remember well the happy times they all had together.
Reading your lovely tribute to her made me reflect back to so many of those memories. Both Jim and I send our condolences and want you to know that she will be so missed by so many. A lovely, lovely lady.Our condolences go out to Harry and the entire family.\during this very difficult time.
I was so shocked and saddened to hear of your loss. Although I only knew Bessie and Harry for a short time while renting from them in Brooklyn, I thoroughly enjoyed my visits with them and found both to be such wonderful landlords. I miss the house in Brooklyn and wish I was still there a lot of the time.
Harry, please know that I am always here if you need anything and am only a phone call away. I consider you part of my family, and felt the same about Bessie. You both hold a special place in my heart.
Shelly, Staci and Tyler
My sincere condolences. I had the pleasure to visit with Bessie and Harry while visiting ‘home’ last summer and was intending to visit again on my next trip. May God be with you and your family.
Donna and family, my sympathy’s to you all. I met “Bessie” through Home Support, and it was a pleasure to get to know her, as I had known Harry since I was a little girl. My thoughts are with you at this sad time.
theresa & alfred brewster
donna & family we are very sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. she was a very nice lady i knew her when i was a kid next door, we would like to give you our condolence. god bless.
alfie & theresa
Dear Harry & Karen & Family,
I was so saddened to hear about Bessie’s passing. She was a true lady who will be missed. God Bless you all .
Cindy Mooers, Home Support.
remembering a great lady. hope you will have a large store in heaven where we can all meet again,and don’t forget the candy jar on the counter. rest in peace Mrs. Wiles.
Farin & Corrina
Karen our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sadness, may you always remember all those special moments your shared with your grandmother. xo
Donnie & Brenda Vaughn
I did not know Mrs Wiles very well only through My Wife Brenda but it is so very true that all grandparents are such very special persons & dearly loved by all. I am so sorry for your loss & please know that you are in my thoughts & prayers..God Bless you & may He keep you in His Care !!! Donnie V.
Ian and Kathy Korman-Clingan
Uncle Harry, Donna, Gary and Family:
We were so sorry to hear about Aunt Bessie’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. She was a wonderful, gracious lady.
Aunt Bessie was blessed with a long life, a loving husband,two children and many relatives. Family life was her life.
The road was long,
the journey has ended.
Rest in peace Aunt Bessie,
you will be remembered.
Howie and Faye Pike
Dear Harry, Donna and families,
Although, it is with deep sorrow that we learn of Bessie’s passing, we are so glad to have been with each of you recently.
You and Bessie have been our second family since our Liverpool days. We have never forgotten how you both took us under your wing and loved and nutured us as new comers with small children.
In our hearts, she will always remain a very special lady.
Sending our love,
Howie, Faye and family