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April 2009

McNutt, Emily Mae – 62, Great Village, passed away peacefully Monday, February 23, 2009 at home. Born January 5, 1947 in East Village, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Freda (Rogers) Adams. Emily is survived by her loving husband, Dale; sons, Kelly (Vicky), Memramcook, New Brunswick; Perry, Great Village; Cory, Truro; grandchildren, Myra, Nolan, Ryan, Blake and Katie, who affectionately called her Mammie; sisters, Verna (Cedric) Storey, Minto, New Brunswick; Noreen (Bob) Jones, Lincoln, New Brunswick; brother, Harry Adams, Great Village; mother-in-law, Margaret McNutt, East Mines; sisters-in-law, Pauline Adams, British Columbia; Cathy Adams, Lower Debert; Norma McNutt, Bible Hill; brothers-in-law, Hank Kuylinch, Ajax, Ontario; Glenn McNutt, Debert; several nieces and nephews to whom she was known as “Auntie Em”. She was predeceased by her sister, Helen Kuylinch; brothers, Louie and Ronnie; sister and brother (twins) in infancy. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where a private family funeral service was held, officiated by Reverend Don MacQueen. Spring interment will be held in Middle Road Cemetery, Debert. The full obituary can be viewed and private messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

Decoste, Mary Cecilia “Cil” - 81, Truro. (Formerly of Debert and Brookfield) It is with broken hearts we announce the sudden passing of our beloved mother and grandmother on Friday, February 27, 2009 at the Halifax Infirmary, QEII, surrounded by her loving children. Born May 3, 1927 in New Victoria, Cape Breton, she was the eldest child of the late John Dan “Francis Hector” and Mary Ann (Michael B. “Soldier” MacDonald) MacNeil. (New Waterford). Cil is survived by son, Daniel “Dan” (Peggy), Debert; daughters, Betty (Barry) Merlin, Hilden; Doris (Dave) Anderson, Truro; grandchildren, James DeCoste, South Korea; Jennifer Merlin, Truro; Heidi Anderson, Truro; sisters, Irene, Catherine, Josephine, Rhodena; brothers, Daniel, Michael, Ambrose; 26 nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also predeceased by sister, Elizabeth; brother, Angus Jerome in infancy. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. As was her request, there will be no visitation or funeral service. Her cremated remains will be interred in her beloved Cape Breton at a later date. The full obituary can be viewed and private messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

Davidson, James Lawrence “Ted” - 92, of East Village, passed away peacefully Saturday, February 28, 2009 at the Colchester Regional Hospital Truro, with his family by his side. Born in East Village near Londonderry, “Ted” was a lifelong resident of the area working as a farmer for most of his life and who had a great love for horses. He was predeceased by his daughter, Carol. He will be forever remembered and loved by his wife of many years, Winnie (Rushton); his daughter, Beverly McCulloch (Lee), Debert, and their children, Brandon (Suzanne), and their children, Drew and Autumn; Joshua (Colleen); Desiree; his son, Lyle (Cindy), East Mountain, and their children, Maggie and Dustin; grandson Ian, Twillingate, NL, who is the son of the late Carol; step-son, Llewelyn Rushton, BC; foster son, Charles Cock, AB. Cremation has taken place. Funeral service was held 4pm Tuesday, March 3, 2009 in Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street Truro, Pastor Steve Adams officiated. The full obituary can be viewed and private messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

Boyd, Ivan David - The death of Ivan David Boyd occurred March 12, 2009 at the Colchester Regional Hospital. Ivan was born and lived in Portaupique, the son of the late Edna (Hill) and Everett Boyd. He is survived by brothers, Blois (Rita) Boyd, Enfield and Glenn (Judy) Boyd, Trenton and Wentworth. Also surviving are sisters in-law, Rose (Eric) Boyd, Ontario and Joanne Boyd (Mike), Fort Nelson, B.C.; his aunt, Edna Boyd, Barrington; uncle, Charles Boyd, N.B.; nephews, John Douglas Boyd, British Columbia; Gregory and Paul Boyd, Enfield; Kevin Boyd, Ottawa; nieces, Tanya and Lorilee Boyd, Ottawa; special niece, Marcia (Sam) Coldwell, Meiklefield, N.S.; several grand nieces and nephews and good friend, Conrad Babineau. He was predeceased by his parents as well as brother, Eric Boyd and Eric’s daughter, Bonnie Boyd. Funeral service was held 2 p.m., Sunday, March 15, 2009 in Riverside United Church, Bass River, Reverend Florence Antle-Brison officiated. The full obituary can be viewed and private messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

Hill, Phyllis Madeline (Vance) – 87, of Upper Onslow, passed away on March 14, 2009 in Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Born in Great Village, she was a daughter of the late Hilbert and Hattie (Toole) Vance of Great Village. Phyllis received her early education in Great Village and later graduated from the Provincial Normal College. She taught school in Cumberland County. She was a life member of the Alumni Association of the Nova Scotia Teachers College. She was also a member of the Onslow United Church and a charter member of the United Church Women. Phyllis had a great love of flowers and was an avid gardener, having won many awards with her flowers at Exhibitions in the area. She was a member of the Nova Scotia Dahlia Society. She is survived by sons, Angus (Darlene), Arthur (Ellen), both of Upper Onslow; Donald (Gail), Burlington, Ontario; sister, Amy Denning, Cold Lake, Alberta; brother, Bayne, Ashmont, Alberta; granddaughters Lisa, Kimberly and Crystal; grandsons Tony, Michael and Craig; six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Ross; sister, Ethel Oderkirk. Funeral service was held on March 17th with Rev. Gerald Kerr and Rev. Alice Rutherford officiating. Interment will be held at a later date in the Onslow Island Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Onslow United Church or Onslow Island Cemetery. On-line condolences may be made at: www.colchestercommunity.com

Corbett, Harold Lloyd, 82, Bass River, passed away March 17, 2009 in Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Born January 19, 1927 in Bass River, he was a son of the late Charles and Mabel (Meadows) Corbett. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy for a short period of time and later was employed as a driver for Acadian Lines. He then worked for the Department of Transportation as a heavy equipment operator and was a construction foreman, retiring after 35 years of service. During these later years, he enjoyed being a part time farmer raising his purebred Hereford cattle. He was a member of Riverside United Church, Bass River, a founding member of the Bass River and District Fire Brigade for 30 years where he served as the first Fire Chief. He was also a 60 year member of the I.O.O.F. Gladstone Lodge #80 of Bass River and later joined the Jurisdictional I.O.O.F. Harold enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, trapping and was one of the few individuals in the province who made and repaired snowshoes. He also enjoyed a good game of cards with his family and friends. In his early youth, he enjoyed hockey and playing baseball and was a catcher with the Bass River “Rockets” and Londonderry “Ironclads” in 1949. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years , Jean (Knight); son, Stanley (Juanita); precious granddaughters, Jessica (Jeffrey) Wright, CFB, Borden, Ont., Danielle at home; special great-granddaughter, Maddison – four months; brother, Keith, Truro; sisters, Hilda MacKenzie, Truro; Iva Scott, Bass River; brother-in-law, Ross (Doris) Knight; sister-in-law, Joyce Knight. Funeral service was held at Colchester Community Funeral Home, with Rev. Bob Mack officiating. Spring interment in Riverside Cemetery, Bass River. Donations in Harold’s memory may be made to the Bass River Fire Brigade or the Bass River Heritage Society. On line condolences may be made at www.colchestercommunity.com 

Alfred, Robert Edward - 76, North River, passed away peacefully on March 18, 2009 surrounded by his loved ones in Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Born in McLennan, Alberta, he was a son of the late John and Caroline Alfred. A very loving and giving person, he was always willing to help, placing others first. He was actively sponsoring several children in the Christian Children’s Fund. His grandchildren were the love of his life. He loved gardening, tending his flowers, walking in the woods with his dog, Lexus and enjoyed time spent with his church family. He is survived by daughter; Jean Dunn, Onslow; sons, Douglas (Cindy), Harmony, Wade (Kathleen), Halifax, Leighton (Nancy), Onslow Mountain; grandchildren, Kristen, Michael, Stephen, Jeremy; step grandchildren, Jennifer McCabe, Sarah Fraser, Brent Nolan; step great granddaughter, Alex Fraser; brother, Jack (Natalie) and sister, Carolyn French, both of Alberta. He was predeceased by brothers, Henry and Eugene. Funeral service was held March 21st in Calvary Pentecostal Church, with Rev. Jeff Goodwin officiating. Spring interment in Robie Street Cemetery. On-line condolences may be made at www.colchestercommunity.com

Marsh, Marjorie Joyce, 88, Masstown, passed away March 18, 2009 in Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Born in Bear River, N.S. on June 8, 1920, she was a daughter of the late Dr. William Morse and Maude Alice Parker. Marjorie grew up in Boston, Mass. And spent her summers in Bear River where she met her future husband, Harry Garfield Marsh. Marjorie has been affiliated throughout her life with various organizations including the Scotia Chapter of the I.O.D.E, the Third Place Transition House, Masstown United Church UCW and the Brunswick Street United Church UCW. Marjorie was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Marjorie is survived by sons, David (Margo), Hilden, Greg (Krista) Masstown; daughter, Penny (Bryce) Duggan, Barrington; grandchildren, Claude, Denise, Greg, Ryan; eight great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Harry; sisters, Ruth, Kaye; brother, Willard. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service was held March 22nd in Masstown United Church with Rev. Donald MacQueen officiating. Spring interment in Masstown Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to the Third Place Transition House, Bible Hill, N.S. or the Masstown United Church. On-line condolences may be made at www.colchestercommunity.com
 


March 2009

Melanson, Ellen Marie – Glenholme, passed away on January 29, 2009 at home. Born on May 13, 1946 in Annapolis Royal, she was a daughter of the late Harley and Kathleen (Deveau) Melanson. She is survived by sisters Evelyn (Norman) Gaudet, Digby; Erma (John) Sitser, Debert; brother Eric (Millicent) Melanson, Annapolis Royal; nieces Paula, Charlene, Anna and Marie; nephews Guy, Michael, Wilhelm and James; several great nieces and great nephews. Funeral service was held February 4th in the Debert Baptist Church, 1258 Plains Road, Debert with Pastor Bill Martin officiating. On-line condolences may be made at: www.colchestercommunity.com

Burrows, The Rev. Lloyd Pulsifer - 1949-2009, of Beaver Brook, Colchester County, Nova Scotia, died on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at the Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro, after living with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) since 2007. He was a graduate of Dalhousie University (B.A.), Atlantic School of Theology (M.Div., M.Th.- academic), and ordained to the ministry of the United Church of Canada in 1973. He is survived by his wife and soul mate, Mary Martin; son, Joel; daughter, Andrea (Chris Salter); grandson, Thomas, Ottawa; his mother, Mildred (Pulsifer) Burrows; his twin brother, Lorne (Beckie McCurdy), all of Beaver Brook; brother, Jim (Leslie), Green Oak; sister, Elaine (John A.C. Wilson (Rev)), Alberton, P.E.I.; nieces, Hannah and Catherine; nephew, Alexander. He was predeceased by his father, Clifford Burrows. Funeral service was held 2 pm Sunday, February 1, 2009 in Old Barns United Church, 2603 Hwy 236, Old Barns, Reverend Sue King-Darby and Reverend Dan Gunn co-officiated. Private family interment will be held at a later date in Fisher Creek Cemetery. The full obituary can be viewed and private messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

Simpson, Evelyn Mae - 95, Debert, passed away peacefully Friday, February 6, 2009, at home, surrounded by her family. Born in Debert, Evelyn was a daughter of the late Everett and May (Withrow) McCully. Evelyn was a member of the Debert United Church and the U.C.W., and a long-term resident of Debert. She is survived by sons, Douglas (Betty), Truro; Gerald (Linda), Masstown; Robert (Gaye), Appleton, NL; daughters, Barbara Bennett (Tom), Louisville, Kentucky; Brenda MacLeod (David), Debert; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brother, Gordon McCully (Phyllis), Debert; sister, Beryl Putnam, Debert. She was predeceased by her husband, Gordon; daughter in infancy; brothers, George, Sid, Curtis. Funeral service was held 2 pm Tuesday, February 10th, in Debert United Church, Debert, Reverend Brian DeLong officiated. Interment will take place at a later date in Main Road Cemetery, Debert. The full obituary can be viewed and private messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

Maybee, Gordon R. (1915-2009) - Lulu Belle(Thompson) and Carleton H. Maybee have opened their arms to welcome their eldest son Gordon to their eternal home upon completion of his 93 year long earthly tour of duty. Gordon was a fully active resident of the Veteran’s Memorial Building in Halifax until four days before his passing there on February 9th,2009. A training session at Camp Debert gave Gordon the opportunity to meet a young volunteer ambulance-driving, piano-playing teacher from Shubenacadie named Phyllis Westbury, whom he married on June 27, 1942, and who senses his loss today at Northwood Center, Halifax, after 66 years of marriage. Always an innovator, Gordon established the first commercially viable low-bush blueberry growers cooperative in Colchester County in the late 1950’s. In addition to life partner Phyllis, Gordon is survived by daughter Janet, Sheet Harbour, son Ross (Donna), Halifax, grandchildren Tracy(Ottawa), Tracie(Kentville), Gordon, Graeme (Halifax), Ellen(Lower Debert) and great-grandson Carleton (Kentville), sister Hazel and brother Doug (Truro), brothers Lloyd and Keith (Ontario), numerous nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place under the care of Colchester Community Funeral Home, Truro. By Gordon’s request, there will be no visitation or memorial service. A graveside service in Glenholme will be arranged some sunny spring day. Gordon would like to have any donations in his memory directed to continue the work of the Debert Military Museum or the Bass River Veteran’s Memorial Garden. He and his family owe sincere gratitude to the staff at VMB(V6E) for their loving care and kindness.

Relf, Stella Ethel “Teddy”, 89, Cedarstone Enhanced Care, Truro, passed away peacefully, with her loving caregivers at her side, on Friday evening, February 13, 2009 in the home. Born November 7, 1919 in Londonderry Mines, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Maude (Ross) Brown. Teddy is survived by her brother, Howard Brown, Townsview Estates, Truro; several nieces and nephews in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Texas and California. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles E. Relf; sisters, Rita Brown and Isabell (Brown) Gordon; brothers, Laurie, Thomas and Earl Brown. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where the funeral service will be held 1 pm Saturday, May 16, 2009. Reception will follow. Interment will be held in Thompson Station Cemetery, Cumberland County. Family flowers only. If so desired, donations in Teddy’s memory to Cedarstone Enhanced Care (Recreation Fund) are welcomed. The full obituary can be viewed and private messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

Graham, Martha Hazel - Great Village, passed away peacefully Monday, February 16, 2009 at home, surrounded by her family, in her 104th year. Born in Great Village she was a daughter of the late David Edgar and Ethel (Keith) Graham. Martha had a long and varied career and retired from the Department of National Defense in 1970. She is survived by brother, Edgar; nephews, Keith (Mary), Cortland (Anne), Wayne (Norma); nieces, Carol Hann (Gord), Lynn Wolf (John), Betty-Jean Graham; niece-in-law, Darlene Graham; 18 great nieces and nephews; 32 great-great nieces and nephews; 1 great-great-great niece. She was predeceased by brothers, Harold, Earle and Frederick; sisters, Achsah Drake, Mary Graham, Margaret Muise and Sylvia McCann; nephew, David Graham. Funeral service was held 2 pm Thursday, February 19 in the Royal Canadian Legion, Great Village, Reverend Don MacQueen officiated. Interment to be held at a later date in the Mahon Cemetery, Great Village. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to the St. James United Church, Great Village, or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street Truro. The family would like to express many thanks to Martha’s caregivers and neighbors for all their many acts of love and compassionate care given to Martha. Private messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting the “guest book” at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com
 


February 2009


Johnston, Hazel Marie, 84, of Little Bass River, Colchester County, passed away Saturday, December 13, 2008 in Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Born in Little Bass River, she was a daughter of the late George and Freda (Newton) Starratt. Hazel is survived by a son, Keith (Roberta), Little Bass River; grandson, Jeff (Betty), North River; sisters, Geneva Rushton (Bernard), Upper Economy, Irene O’Hara (Vincent), Belleville, Ontario; Georgie Doolittle, Little Bass River; two nieces; four nephews. She was predeceased by her husbandm Max Moore Johnston; brothers, Donald, Walter; sister, Audrey. Funeral service was held 2 pm Tuesday, December 16, 2008 in Faith Baptist Church, Great Village, Pastor Steve Adams officiated. Spring interment in Bass River Baptist Cemetery. The full obituary can be viewed and private messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com 

Canning, Avis Bertha, 94, passed away peacefully in Oceanview Manor, Eastern Passage, on Tuesday, December 30, 2008. Born in Londonderry, she was the eldest daughter of the late Clarence and Ina (Mattatall) Williams. Avis is survived by daughters, Marilyn MacNeill (Larry) and Lorraine McCully (Glenn); granddaughters, Kathleen Holmes, Karen Maxwell, Janice MacDonald, Keltie MacNeill-Keller and Tricia Goguen; grandsons, John MacNeill, David Canning and Michael McCully; sister, Erma Patriquin (late Seldon); brother, Arnold (Dorothy); eight great-granddaughters and three great-grandsons; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; husband, Hedley; son, David; sisters, Blanche, Inez, Lalia and Geraldine; brothers, Vernon and John. Funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 3, 2009, Reverend Gary MacDougall officiated. Spring interment will be held in Hillcrest Cemetery, Londonderry. The full obituary can be viewed and private messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

Harrington, Georgina Mae, 79, Truro passed away January 3, 2009 in Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Born in Moncton, NB, she was a daughter of the late Harry and Dorothy (Works) Burns. She was a resident at Townsview Nursing Home for 20 years. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends. She is survived by her daughter, Dorothy Geddes, Parrsboro; 4 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren; sisters, Gladys Parker, Truro, Joan Funk, Winnipeg; brothers, David Burns, Pugwash, Robert Burns, Onslow; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, John Harrington; sons, Robert and Bill; brothers, Donald; grandchild, Bradley Harrington. No visitation by request. Memorial service was held on January 8th with Rev. Jay Ettinger officiating. Interment at a later date in Blackmore Cemetery, Upper North River. On-line condolences may be made at www.colchestercommunity.com 

Fleming, Ira Lynds, 91, Parkland Estates, Truro and formerly of Lower Onslow, passed away December 23, 2008 in Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Born in Belmont on April 17, 1917, he was a son of the late Lorne and Nettie (Lynds) Fleming. Throughout his life, Ira was first a farmer and later worked with Maritime Marshlands in the construction of dykes. In the mid 60’s, he started work for Crossley-Karastan Carpet Factory in Truro where he was employed until he retired at age 65. Ira was a member for many years of the combined choir under the direction of Rev. Janet Blois, a former minister in the Onslow-Belmont pastoral charge and was honored for his singing in the church choir for 79 years. He was a member of Session and elected Life Elder of the Lower Onslow United Church. Ira shared many happy moments with his dear friend, Jennie Ward of Crowes Mills. He is survived by sons, Terry (Ercelle), Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.; Maurice (Sharon), Riverview, NB; daughters, Janet (Gary) Hartlen, Liverpool; Brenda (David) MacMinn, Harvey, NB; stepson, Kenneth (Janice) MacKay, Earltown; stepdaughters, Paulette (Cecil) Salsman, Scarborough, Ont.; Beverley (Bill) Ives, Quispamsis, NB; brothers, Reg (Louise) Fleming, Glenn (Ella Purdy) Fleming, both of Truro; sister; Dorothy Tkaczyk, Viking, Alberta; brother-in-law, Raymond Johnson, Lower Onslow; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife, Ella (Putnam); his second wife, Emma Pearle Putnam/MacKay; son, Roderick Ira Fleming. Funeral service was held Sunday, December 28th with Rev. Gerald Kerr officiating. Interment at a later date in Belmont Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to Lower Onslow United Church or Onslow-Belmont Fire Brigade. On line condolences in Ira’s memory may be sent to www.colchestercommunity.com 

Crowe, Robert Freeman, 92 of Crowe’s Mills passed away on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at the Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Born in Crowe’s Mills he was the son of the late Freeman and Ida (Nelson) Crowe. Robert was a veteran of the Second World War serving in the 18 Canadian Provost Company in Newfoundland from June 1942 until March 1946. He worked as an electrician for Phil Miller Electric until his retirement in 1982. Robert was a charter member of the Onslow Belmont Fire Brigade, founding member of the Truro Farmers Market and member of the Wesley United Church, Belmont. He is survived by his sons, Ian (Brenda), Carl, Crowe’s Mills, Neil (Sandra Tapley), Plaster Rock, NB; daughters, Colleen (Alan Cleveland) Lucas, Lucasville, NS, Valerie, Halifax, NS, Heather (Wilson) Snider, Edmonton, AB, Sherry (Paul Milne), Cambridge, ON, Susan Gonzales, Brantford, ON; sister, Glennie Wallace, Sarnia ON; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He is predeceased by wife Olive Jean Fleming; brothers, Carl in infancy, Alvin, Ira and sister, Ena Armsworthy. Funeral service was held Monday, January 5th with Rev. Gerald Kerr officiating. Interment in Belmont Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Wesley United Church, Belmont Cemetery Company, or Onslow-Belmont Fire Brigade. On-line condolences may be made to: www.colchestercommunity.com

Scott, Helen Elizabeth (MacLellan) passed away peacefully into the presence of Jesus, her Lord and Savior on Thursday January 8, 2009 at the age of 91 years. Helen was born July 10, 1917 in Economy, Nova Scotia. Helen is survived by her loving children, R. D. Wayne (Leslie) Scott, Caledon, Ontario; Kathleen (Lyle) Smith, Red Deer Alberta. Left to cherish her memory are 8 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren; sister Mary McLaughlin, Economy, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Augustus and Susan Elta MacLellan and four siblings. Funeral service was held 2 pm Friday, January 16, 2009 in Economy United Church, Reverend Florence Antle-Brison officiated. Spring interment will be held in Economy Cemetery. The full obituary can be viewed and private messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

Barnhill, Fraser Ritchie, 44, Belmont, passed away suddenly on January 11, 2009. Fraser was born in Truro on March 5, 1964, the son of Sylvia (Fisher) Barnhill and the late Ritchie Barnhill. He was the owner/operator of R. Barnhill Contractors and joint owner with his wife of “Belmont Country Store”. He was lovingly called “Big Daddy” by his wife and his girls from the store! Fraser was well loved and respected by his community and friends alike. He is survived by his loving wife and childhood sweetheart, Jacquie (Warren); son and best friend, Chevy Ritchie Roy; mother, Sylvia Barnhill; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Arn and Barbara Warren; brother, Edward (Linda); sisters, Kim (Robert MacInnes), Jennifer (Barnhill) Ritacco; sister-in-law, Shelley Warren Duguay; nieces and nephews, Dallas and Melissa Barnhill, Jonathon, Courtney and Chayce MacInnes, Brandon Duguay, Rachel and Michael Ritacco. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 14th from 1-3 pm followed by a memorial service at 3:00 pm, both in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro with Rev. Gerald Kerr officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Belmont Baptist Church or the Wesley United Church. A gathering will be held at Fraser’s family home following the service. On line condolences may be made at www.colchestercommunity.com

HENDRY, Clark, 83, Grand Prairie, Alberta, passed away peacefully on Monday January 19th, 2009. Born in Economy he was the son of Samuel Leslie Hendry and Margaret Eunice Newton Hendry. He is survived by wife Bonnie, Grand Prairie, sisters Lila Gratto, Truro, Ethel McInnis, Debert, Alice Geddes, Truro, and brother Donald, Halifax. He was predeceased by brother Churchill and sisters Jean Compton and Shirley Ellis. There will be no service by request of the family.

Rushton, Theodore Dickson “Ted” - 1946 -2009, Truro passed away peacefully on January 20, 2009 after a short battle with cancer with his loving family by his side. Born in Portaupique, he was a son of Pearl (Spencer) Rushton, and the late Ralph Rushton. Ted went to school in Bass River. He was military through and through. At sixteen, the military beckoned him. He embarked on his military career at that age as a RCASC soldier apprentice, which to this day and forever is his brotherhood. His postings included Gagetown, Borden, Summerside, Petawawa and Toronto, where he met his beautiful and loving wife, Anita. Ted was presented with the CD (the third clasp) and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, and what an honour to be presented it by the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, Myra Freeman. He was involved in the Colchester Legion Branch #26 and was their Parade Marshall. He is survived by his beautiful and loving wife, Anita (Janssen); his first wife, Linda (Turner); his mother, Pearl (Spencer); son, Terry (Cheryl), Truro; daughter, Angela (Trevor), Lake Echo; special sister, Lucille (Carl), Portaupique; brother, Eugene, Toronto; granddaughters, Katelyn and Brittany; nephew, David; special fur baby, Trouble. Ted was predeceased by his Dad, Ralph; sisters, Linda and Diane. Funeral service was held on January 24 in St. James United Church, Great Village with Rev. Florence Antle-Brison officiating. Interment in Mahon Cemetery at a later date. On line condolences may be made at www.colchestercommunity.com

Spence, Heman Clayton - 86, Truro, passed away January 20, 2009. Born in Debert, he was a son of the late Angus and Annie (Stevens) Spence. He was a veteran of the Second World War and a member of the West Novies having served throughout Europe. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 26, Truro. Heman was a truck driver most of his life and had a hobby dabbling in used cars. He loved snowmobiling, four-wheeling, being in the woods or at the beach. He especially loved his little buddy, “Snoopy”. He is survived by his wife, Mary (Soy), Truro; sons, Kenneth Arthur (Deanna), Robert H. (Bev), James C. (Gwen); stepson, Greg (Jana) Redford, Toronto; daughters, Elizabeth Spence, Michelle (Jerry) MacDonald; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Luther (Patsy); several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers, Kenneth in infancy, Carswell “Nick”. A family graveside service will be held in the spring at Middle Road Cemetery, Debert. On line condolences may be made at www.colchestercommunity.com

LAVERS, Dorothy May – 86, East Mountain. It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved mother January 20, 2009 in the Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Born in Fairview, she was the daughter of the late Clyde and Lillian Isner. She was predeceased by her husband, Milford and brother Burton. She is survived by her son, Bryan (Angela), Onslow; daughters, Karen (Roger) MacCallum, North River; Susan (Bruce) Dempsey, Herring Cove; Colleen (Ian) McNab, Red Deer, AB; sisters, Vera (Bob) Ernst, Bayside; Patsy Haughan, Pictou; brothers, Donald (Elva), Hatchet Lake; Robie, Hilden. She will be especially missed by grandsons, Tyler, Darcy and Nicholas MacCallum and Jacob Dempsey of whom she was very proud and participated in every aspect of their lives. Dorothy attended Mrs. Murphy’s Business College and worked as a Stenographer at the Ordinance Corp during WWII. During that time she met Milford, later marrying and settling in Truro. She was an active member of First United Church, where she was a long standing member of the UCW, and The Happy Harmonies. Memorial Service was held Friday, Jan 23 at First United Church, with Rev. Allen Darby officiating. On line condolences may be made at www.colchestercommunity.com
 


January 2009

 

MARSHALL (WEIR), Margaret Mae “Marg” – 79, Valley, went home to be with her Lord, surrounded by her loving family, on Sunday, December 7, 2008 in Colchester Regional Hospital. Born November 30, 1929 in Belmont, she was a daughter of the late Fred and Eunice (Delaney) Kaulback. Marg is survived by her daughters, Mildred (Kenneth) MacKenzie, Valley; Holly (Ray) Smeltzer, Greenfield; Francene (Lewis) Graham, Upper Stewiacke; grandchildren, Scott and Sherri MacKenzie, Margaret Grant; Raymond and Corey Smeltzer, Krysta McNutt; Andy and Evan Graham; 10 great grandchildren; brother, Lloyd “Lloydie” (Wanda) Kaulback, Bible Hill. She was predeceased by her second husband, Gardner Clair “Gardie” Marshall; first husband, Lawrence Weir; sisters, Millie Roode, Kaye Hollic, Eileen Conrad and Agnes McNutt; brothers, Harold, Creighton and Reginald “Reggie” Kaulback; beloved niece, Pat Mingo. Heartfelt thanks are extended to the VON Home Support Workers who helped so much throughout the last year. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where the funeral service was held 2 p.m., Wednesday, December 10, 2008, Pastor Cy Mersereau and Pastor Glenn Ronson co-officiated. Spring interment in Belmont Cemetery. If so desired, donations in Marg’s memory to Belmont Cemetery are welcomed. The full obituary can be viewed and private messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

MacLean, Rev. Gordon David, 55, Truro passed away December 11, 2008 in Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Born in London, Ontario he was a son of Hazel (Lockhart) MacLean and the late David MacLean.He began his studies at Mt. St. Vincent/Dalhousie Universities where he obtained his BA in Theology, later taking his M. Div. at AST, Halifax followed by ordination in May 1981. He served two summer internships at Nipawin, Saskatchewan and Baxter’s Harbor and Fundy Mental Health Clinic. He served the following pastorates, Waverley, Rawdon, Arcola, Saskatchewan, LaHave, Kingston, Charlottetown, P.E.I., Pictou, Margaree, Cape Breton and the First United Church in Truro for the past 6 years. Gordon lived by a special credo: “My God, my family, my church”. Gordon’s name means “Keeper of the Eagles” appropriate for one who loved the outdoors. He had a unique sense of humour and a great presence. He was very much a “people-person”. Gordie’s love of music was a gift which he shared throughout his life both personally and professionally. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Heather (Hardman); daughter, Donna, Truro; sons, Shane and Mike (Brooke), both of Bedford; sisters, Lorraine (Don) Burch, Chester, Ondra (Phil), Theriault, Fall River; brothers, Paul (Wendy Perry), Dartmouth, Scott (Terri-Lee), Windsor Junction; grandchildren, Madison and Jessee; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Terry. Memorial service was held Monday, December 15th, in First United Church, 711 Prince Street, Truro with Rev. David MacNaughton and Rev. Carman Burns officiating. Interment at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation Nova Scotia, the Diabetes Association of Nova Scotia or the First United Church. Special thanks to Dr. Robert Graham and staff, Colchester Regional Hospital Staff, our First United Church Family, community friends and Colchester Community Funeral Home. On line condolences may be sent to www.colchestercommunity.com
 


 

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