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In Remembrance: Volunteer Firefighter Junior Mersereau


The death of Mr. Charles Burton Mersereau Jr. , husband of Vera (Murray) Mersereau of Blackville, NB, occurred on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at the Miramichi Regional Hospital at the age of 86. Born in Blackville, NB, he was the son of the late Charles Burton and Jane (MacDougall). Burton retired from bus driving after 43 years of service (36 years as a school bus driver).

junior2Over the years Burton was involved in many organizations including: Volunteer with the Blackville Fire Department and Fireman’s Club (37 years), and St. John Ambulance. He was a former member of the Board of Trade, Woodlot Owner’s Association and Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #49. Junior enjoyed playing the fiddle as well as many other musical instruments. He was also a prominent part of the Blackville annual Christmas parade.

Besides his wife, Vera, Burton is survived by: one son: Troy (Colleen) of Blackville, NB; three daughters: Carla Fraser (Robert) of Holden, Mass; Twila Sturgeon (Bentley) of Grey Rapids, NB; Krista Mersereau Cornish (Brad) of Buckeye, Arizona; one sister: Jean MacPhail (Lanny) of ON; grandchildren: Marissa and Daniel Fraser; Kayla and Alex Sturgeon; Michala, Jared and Kaelyn Mersereau and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Burton is predeceased by one son: Trent; sisters: Jesse, Isabel, Glorna and Grace and brothers: Victor and Bill.

The family will receive visitors at the Miramichi Fellowship Centre, Main Street, Blackville on Monday from 7-9 PM and Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. The funeral service will be held at the Miramichi Fellowship Centre on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 2 PM with Pastor John Stewart officiating. Burial will take place in the Upper Blackville Baptist Cemetery.

In Burton’s memory, donations may be made to the Blackville Volunteer Fire Department or a charity of one’s choice. The family would like to sincerely thank all those involved for their kindness and compassion during this time.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Bell’s Funeral Home, 651 King George Highway, Miramichi, NB, E1V 1N9. Telephone: 506-622-3600.

Miramichi River Valley

Miramichi River Valley

The Rural Community of Miramichi River Valley is governed by an elected council made up of a mayor and six councillors.


  1. Avatar Freda & George Hennessy on August 22, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Our sincere sympathy to the Mersereau family at this time.

  2. Avatar Venessa & Brian Fox on August 22, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    So sorry for your loss xx

  3. Avatar Ashley Underhill on August 22, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    Sorry to hear

  4. Avatar Joan and Al MacKenzie on August 22, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    Sorry to hear of Junior passing away.

  5. Avatar Gail Jardine on August 22, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    My condolences to the family. 🙁

  6. Avatar Mary Fiander on August 22, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    So sorry to hear this. A great man for sure! Our condolences to Vera and his family.

  7. Avatar Matt Sturgeon on August 22, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    Junior was one of a kind. A great friend, volunteer, and to me the best neighbour. He gave himself in service to this community for decades, and did so with a smile. He set an example for young firefighters, and will continue to be a role model for future generations of volunteers. He will be profoundly missed. RIP my friend.

  8. Avatar Derek Page on August 23, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Sending our deepest condolences to Aunt Vera and family. Our love and prayers are with you guys!!

    Derek Page and family

  9. Avatar Fernie (Underhill) Beaman on September 5, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    He was one of a kind. My condolences to his family and the village.

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