Lucy McFarlane Death, Obituary – After a long and courageous fight against Alzheimer’s disease, Lucy FitzPatrick McFarlane has passed away. Our hearts are shattered as we make this announcement. She was a beloved wife, mother, and author who passed away on February 12, 2023, at the age of 74, at the Blue Crest Nursing Home in Grand Bank. Her passing was mourned by many. Lucy is survived by her husband, Murray, who lives in Grand Bank, and her two sons, Scott, who lives in South Korea, and Tim, who lives in the United States (in Chrystal Beach, Ontario).
Lucy Fitzpatrick was the youngest of her parents John and Lottie’s nine children when she was born on August 10, 1948 in Lord’s Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador. Her parents were John and Lottie Fitzpatrick. Her parents, as well as her sister Helena (Jim Maher) and her brothers Fred (Marie) and Harve, passed away before she was born (Helen). Her brothers Raphael (Winnie) and Louis, as well as a large circle of in-laws, nieces, nephews, and friends, are the only ones left to mourn her loss and to cherish a lifetime of memories. Her sisters Marceline (Tony Cannizaro, deceased), Kate (Cec Handrigan, deceased), and Leona (Jerry Machan) are also left to mourn her loss.
She received her secondary education at St. Joseph’s High School, which is located in Lamaline, and then continued it at the College of Trades and Technology, which is located in St. John’s. After receiving her degree, she found employment in Wabush, Labrador, and it was there that she met her future husband, Murray McFarlane, a civil engineer and project manager who was originally from Ontario. On April 22, 1972, the couple wed in Labrador City. They did an excellent job as a team raising their two kids, Scott and Tim.
Lucy was a gifted writer who garnered acclaim for the vivid pieces she penned about Newfoundland, her cherished and long-time home province. Her writings, which include short stories, newspaper columns, poems, books, and plays, have been published in Newfoundland Lifestyle, Newfoundland Quarterly, Newfoundland Herald, Newfoundland TV Topics, and The Downhomer (Downhome Magazine), and she was a well-known author for her Tickle & Bight column.
Her works have also been performed. She was especially pleased with her first stage play, which was a comedic piece titled The Idler and was about her brother Raphael. It was produced at the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John’s for the Summer Festival, and it has since been performed by several high schools across the province. She was particularly pleased with the play, and she was particularly proud of it.
Downhome Publishing released her book, titled Tickle & Bight, in 2010, and by the end of that year, all copies had been purchased. Ron Young, the retired founding editor of Downhome, paid tribute to Lucy in an article that was written and published in the November 2014 issue of Downhome Magazine. In it, Ron said things like, “Lucy is one of the most brilliant authors I have ever met.” [Citation needed] She has the ability to penetrate both your heart and your soul. She shares her history with you, and in doing so, she incorporates you into her past.