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

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Obituary for Margaret Swain

Margaret Swain

By Hazel Carter

It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Margaret Laura Swain aged 75 on Wednesday 15th March 2017 in Cape Town.

Born on Tristan Da Cunha on the 3rd June 1941 to Richard and May Swain, she had one sibling Rupert Swain. Margaret Married Sogneas Swain in 1965 and they had four children.

Margaret was a kind, generous caring person who always put others before herself. She worked for many of the expatriates and was fondly remembered as a wonderful caring person who could light up the room with her radiant smile and grace. She also enjoyed working in the factory until her illness prevented her from working a few months ago and was known as a hard worker who never complained and got on with the job.

Margaret believed strongly in her faith and never missed church regardless of the weather. She was a member of the mothers union which was held regularly in the church or home.

Margaret leaves behind her daughters Glynis Swain, Christine Swain, Hazel Carter, her son Dennis Swain, grandson Thomas Swain and Son-in-law Barry Carter. She also leaves behind her brother Rupert.

The family would like to thank all those that supported Margaret and her family, for the messages of condolence, and all who joined them for the services both on Tristan and in Cape Town.

Always in our hearts, gone but not forgotten.

Obituary for Barton Green

Barton Green

By Jim Kerr

Barton Frederick Green passed away on Monday 6th March 2017 after a long and debilitating illness aged 83. Barton was born on 13th September 1933, to parents Frederick and Alice Green. He married Pauline Glass in January 1958. He is survived by his sons Gavin and Keith, daughter-in-law Joanne, grandchildren Jason and Caryn, brothers Benny, James, Ken and Terry and sisters Martha and Francesca.

Barton started his working life as a fisherman when the crayfish industry first started. He often told me of how they fished from small dinghies relying on oars to move about and of the amazing abundance of fish at that time. When the volcano erupted in 1961 Barton and his family lived in Calshot and he worked at the nearby Esso Oil Refinery where he was highly respected by his employers; he said that, on occasions he would be given a lift from work by the 'big boss' in a Rolls Royce!

On his return to Tristan Barton worked full time for the fishing company where they employed his skills as a carpenter to build and maintain the fishing boats. On a fishing day it was Barton's responsibility to hit the dong having made crucial judgements about the weather and state of the ocean. He would then set out to sea in the launch and act as a sort of shepherd to all the fishing boats making running repairs and ensuring that they all got back safely to the harbour. My wife and I had many opportunities to join him in the launch and he would take us to excellent fishing spots by lining up marks on the island's coast where we would be guaranteed to catch a good number of bluefish, five finger and stumpnose. On these days his skills as a navigator and seaman were obvious. For many years Barton was coxswain of the longboat Stirling Castle and in March 1958 when the longboats returning from Nightingale were hit by a storm he successfully navigated back to Tristan on a night when two of the longboats were blown out of site of the island; Barton was very proud of this achievement.

Barton was a very special friend to me and my family when we lived on the island in the 1980s. He and Pauline looked after us as though they were parents to me and my wife Sue, and Grandparents to our sons Barry and Simon. None of our family will ever forget Barton's kindness and generosity and I learned so much from him that has enhanced my life, everything from the best way to grow potatoes to shearing a sheep. Barton had a great sense of humour and occasionally liked to play practical jokes. On my first attempt at shearing a sheep Barton chose the liveliest creature he could and all those nearby enjoyed the spectacle of my feeble attempts at keeping hold of the beast while struggling to snip away at its fleece with the shears.

Barton was a well respected member of the Tristan community who was always happy to help others and whose cheerful disposition brightened the lives of all around him. He will be greatly missed but leaves many happy memories for all who knew him.

Tragic death of Alfred Rogers

Alfred Rogers and his wife Rhoda

We regret to annnounce the death of Alfred Thomas Rogers, known as 'Toddo', aged 65, in a traffic accident on the 19th January 2017. He leaves behind his wife Rhoda, daughter Geraldine and son Gerald, grandchildren Chantelle and Katie Repetto, and Genna and Ryan Rogers.

Full obituary to follow.

Left: Alfred and his wife Rhoda on his 65th birthday last year.

Obituary for Frances Green

Obituary for Tristan da Cunha islander Frances Green, who passed away 10th October 2016, aged 93.
10-Oct-2016
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Obituary for Bertha Glass

Obituary for Tristan da Cunha islander Bertha Glass, who passed away 15th August 2016, aged 90.
15-Aug-2016
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Obituary for Nola Evans

Obituary for Tristan da Cunha islander Nola Evans, who passed away 13th August 2016 in England, aged 72.
13-Aug-2016
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Obituary for Richard Green

Obituary for Tristan da Cunha islander Richard Green, who passed away 22nd July 2016, aged 59.
22-Jul-2016
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Obituary for Betty Rogers

Obituary for Tristan da Cunha islander Betty Rogers, who passed away 23rd April 2016, aged 68.
29-Apr-2016
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Obituary for Adam Swain

Obituary for Tristan da Cunha islander Adam Swain, who passed away in England 1st March 2016, aged 80.
1-Mar-2016
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