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More than $12,000 raised for funeral of couple killed in Ferryland fire

From Stewart Montgomerie, daughter Leah Montgomerie and Marilyn Wilcott.
From Stewart Montgomerie, daughter Leah Montgomerie and Marilyn Wilcott.

A fundraiser started to help pay for the funeral of a Ferryland couple that died in a tragic fire Friday has met and exceeded its goal of $10,000 as of Sunday morning. An outpouring of support from all over Canada and the U.S. is evident at the website, set up as a Go Fund Me page by family friend Coleen Crane of Ferryland.

Marilyn Wilcott, 64, and Stewart Mongomerie, 76,  died during an early morning fire in their mobile home on Pools Road on Friday. The home was near the Colony of Avalon archaeological site.

The two were longtime residents of the community.

Wilcott had been a dedicated and essential staff member of the Colony of Avalon for the past 26 years.  

Montgomerie, who was born in Scotland but grew up in Canada, was a well-known artist and sculptor whose sculptures and paintings have toured nationally. He moved to Corner Brook with his family in 1952. He won a scholarship to the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design when he was just a boy, and studied there for a year, later moving to Toronto. In 1961 he returned to Corner Brook where he became artist in residence for Bowaters Newfoundland.

He later moved to Ferryland, where he built a home and studio. There he created notable paintings and sculptures and, with well-known Newfoundland artist Gerry Squires, created Headland Studios, a steel sculpting studio.

Mongomerie’s works are represented in private and public collections including those of The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery's Permanent Collection, the New Brunswick Museum, the Irish Embassy in Ottawa.

Their daughter and son have been left to mourn their loss.

Friends of the family pledging support to help with the unexpected funeral costs via the Go Fund Me page have raised $12,170 as of Sunday evening.

Some donations included heartfelt messages. “Goodbye my wonderful friends. I have been away from home for 33 years but I remember you both from my days at MUN folklore and the Folk Arts council. Rest in peace,” Marg Fitzpatrick and husband Les Smith wrote.

“Marilyn, working with you was a joy. With love,” wrote Judy Logan

The page said all money received will go to directly cover these costs.

Those who wish to donate can go to https://www.gofundme.com/in-memory-of-marilyn-and-stewart.

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