Tristan da Cunha Obituaries
Tristan da Cunha celebrates the lives of islanders who have passed away.

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Memorial Service Announced for former Admin Peter Wheeler

Peter Wheeler, who was Administrator of Tristan during the volcano years, died on the 6th May 2018. His memorial service will be held in early September 2018.
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Obituary for Lucy Swain

By Carol Swain

Lucy Swain

We regret to announce the death of Lucy Germon Swain, who passed away aged 83 on Sunday 17th June 2018 at her home.

Lucy was the youngest child born to George and Maggie Swain (née Swain) on 26th November 1934. She had three siblings, two brothers Walter and Jacob and sister Eileen. She married Cecil Swain in July 1957 and had two children.

Lucy was a kind, generous, caring person who always put others before herself. She worked for many years at the fishing factory and as a cleaner at the hospital. She believed strongly in her faith and regularly attended church until her illness prevented her. She was a member of the Tristan Mothers Union which held meetings in church and later at members homes.

Lucy is survived by her son Thomas, daughter Carol, daughter-in-law Pam, grandsons Damian and George, granddaughter Sonia and great grandchildren Natasha and Mia. The family would like to thank all those who sent messages of condolence.

Lucy will be sadly missed, always in our hearts and never forgotten.


Obituary for Andrew Glass

By Vera Glass

We regret to announce the death of Andrew Joseph Glass known as 'Sam' who passed away on 28th December 2017 aged 92.

He was born on 27th November 1925 to parents Gordon and Susan Glass (née Repetto), one of six children. He married Ivy Lavarello on 23rd June 1948, and they had one son Eric.

Andrew was evacuated to England when the 1961 volcano erupted, where he worked at the Royal Veterinary College in London. Back on Tristan, Andrew was employed in the Agricultural Department as a Shepherd until his retirement at the age of 65, which he enjoyed very much. He would often talk about the farmers that he worked with on the island.

Andrew loved climbing the mountain and walking to the beaches around the island, which he knew very well, and would always tell amazing stories about his adventures. He also spent a few months at Inaccessible Island with the Denstone Expedition team in 1982.

Andrew enjoyed growing vegetables in his garden, not only for himself but to share with others. He was a kind and humble man and will be sadly missed by his son Eric, brother Eric, sister Ada, and all his relatives and friends.

Andrew Glass

Sad Passing of Tina Glass

Death announcement for Tristan da Cunha islander Tina Glass, who passed away 4th January 2018, aged 47.
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Obituary for Mary Lavarello

Obituary for Tristan da Cunha islander Mary Lavarello, who passed away 22nd of October 2017 in CapeTown, aged 82.
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Obituary for Bridget Green

Obituary for Tristan da Cunha islander Bridget Green, who passed away 4th December 2017, aged 87.
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Obituary for Daphne Repetto

Obituary for Tristan da Cunha islander Daphne Repetto, who passed away 13th September 2017, aged 81.
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Obituary for Alfred Rogers

Obituary for Tristan da Cunha islander Alfred Rogers, who passed away 19th January 2017, aged 65.
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Obituary for Margaret Swain

Obituary for Tristan da Cunha islander Margaret Swain, who passed away 15th March 2017, aged 75 in Cape Town.
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