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Deceased ship worker from Newfoundland remembered as devoted father

by Local Journalism Initiative
By Alec Bruce | Guysborough Journal

The worker for Clearwater Seafood who died on the job, aboard one of its boats moored in Mulgrave earlier this month, was 36-year-old Scott Dicks from Grand Bank, Newfoundland and Labrador, according to his partner.

 “I am writing you as I feel you have not received the correct information,” Nicole House, told The Journal in an email last Friday (March 1), following the newspaper’s report of the incident based on details supplied by both Clearwater and the Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration (LSI).

“The crew member that lost his life on board the Clearwater vessel the Anne Risley was the love of my life and partner of 14 years,” House stated. “Leaving behind three children: a son, age 17; daughter, age14; and another daughter, age six … he was a hardworking man that always put his family first and loved his job.”

 Nether Clearwater nor LSI spokespersons have divulged the crewmember’s name or any further details of the fatal occurrence, pending the outcome of an investigation by provincial Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) officers, which remains ongoing.

On February 26, Christine Penney, vice president of sustainability and public affairs for Clearwater said: “We are deeply saddened that the incident resulted in the fatality one of our valued crewmembers. Out of respect for the family we are not releasing the crewmember’s name at this time. No other crewmembers were injured.”

That same day, LSI communications manager Monica Maclean said: “A tragic incident occurred on February 22, 2024, on board the Anne Risley, a Clearwater vessel that has been undergoing annual maintenance refits in Mulgrave, Nova Scotia … As another family is mourning the loss of a loved one in one week, we want to remind everyone of the importance of workplace safety because all Nova Scotians should come home safe from work.”

 But, in her email last week, House wrote, “Scott was a Newfoundlander. From and living in Grand Bank. Not a Nova Scotian…His remains just arrived back home to Grand Bank and his celebration of life will be on Monday (March 4).”

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