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April 2015

SIMONS, Edward Alexander "ED", age 84 of Merritt, BC, and formerly of Campbell River, BC passed away February 20, 2015. Edward, the oldest of 12 children of Arthur and Grace (Fountain) Simons, was born on February 28, 1931 in Westchester. At the age of 19, Ed joined the Canadian Artillery and served for 15 years in Korea and Europe. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and a life member of the Korean Veterans Association. After his release from the army he worked in mining and the pulp mills until he retired in 1996. He is survived by his children, Kathy, John, Joanne and Michael from his first marriage to Kathleen Ryan; step-daughters, Diane (Sam) and Barb McKinlay, with whom he lived with until his death; and his remaining brothers and sisters, Art (Noreen), Ken (Gail), Grace, Mary (Don) and Ellen (Dan). He was pre-deceased by his wife, Hilda; his parents, brothers, Gordon and Henry and sisters, Shirley and Jean. A memorial service for Ed will be held on April 25, 2015 at 11 am in Bethany Lutheran Church, 201 Birch Street, Campbell River, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Campbell River Hospital Foundation, Rose Cemetery Fund, Westchester, NS, or a charity of your choice.

MOSHER, Karl Hay, the son of George Mosher and Minnie Crouse, was born on February 10, 1928, in Halifax, and lived in Debert, for most of his life. He married Eleanor Fowler in 1959 and they were the proud parents of Margo Joy, Lisa Robyn, Carla Dawn and Andrew Karl. He leaves his children, his sister, Elaine, and 4 grandchildren; Nicholas, Emily, Jake and Joely. A celebration of Karl’s Life was held Sunday, March 29, 2015, at Debert Hospitality Centre, Debert. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall - Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

McDOW, Clyde Edward – 91, Londonderry. It is with heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of our father Clyde at his home in Londonderry at the age of 91 on February 22, 2015. Clyde was born in Waterville, Kings County, on January 17, 1924 to the late Robert and Nancy (Deadder) McDow. Clyde worked most of his adult life at Lafarge in Brookfield and retired in 1989. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing cribbage. Clyde is survived by his children, Stephen (Linda), Onslow, Allan Dobson, Ontario, Kevin Dobson, Londonderry, Margaret (Scott) Lynds, North River, daughters-in-law, Susan and Florence Dobson; half- sisters, Millie, Toronto, Marion Babcock, Port William, Goldie Keddy, Berwick, Beulah Anderson, Houlton, Maine; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Mildred (George); son, Robert Dobson; grandson, Gage Lewis; brothers, Murray and Jack. A memorial service was held February 26 in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro with Rev. Natasha DeVito officiating. On-line condolences may be made at www.colchestercommunity.com

McNUTT, Leland Stanford – 88, Debert passed away February 23, 2015 in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Lower Debert, he was the son of the late Frederick and Lily Mae (Vance) McNutt. Leland began farming and then logging and trucking which became a great passion in his life. He was also a lifetime member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 106 in Debert. He was always a person who loved to help anyone who needed assistance. He loved to sing though often just to himself. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Doris; daughter, Janet (Wilbert) Milbury, Amherst; son, David (Lisa) Debert; sister, Dorothy Hingley, Bible Hill; grandchildren, Craig Milbury and Laureen (Blair) Oatley; great grandson, Ethan Oatley; nieces, Donna Kay (Wayne Horne), and sons, Terry and Blayne Kay, Marlene (David) Arenburg and children, Heidi and Josh; nephews, Wally and Darrell Hingley, Fred Johnston. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by sisters, Ethel and Mae. A memorial service was held March 1st at 2 pm in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro with Carol Gillard officiating. On-line condolences at www.colchestercommunity.com

DAYE, James "Jim" Percy – 61, Bible Hill passed away unexpectedly, February 24, 2015 at home. Born in Truro, he was the eldest son of Mary (Harrington) and the late Percy Daye. Jim was a lifelong truck driver for Thompson’s Transfer, Gerald Battist Trucking and a very proud MBW Courier tractor-trailer driver. He was an avid card player, especially 45’s and crib. Besides his mother, he is survived by spouse, Verna Cox and her sons, Donald (Lisa) Cox, Darren (Beth Hayman) Cox both of Bible Hill; sisters, Velma (Allen) Tattrie, Rosemary Daye (Doran), Virginia Simpson (Bill), Dawn (Sam) Rafuse, Donna (David) Hunter; brothers, Clarence "Bucky" (Janie), Robert (Shelley); several nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by his cats, "Sister" and "Mona". He was predeceased by his father. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service was held March 1st at 6:30 pm, both in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro with Rev. Scott Penner and Rev. John Parsons officiating. On-line condolences at www.colchestercommunity.com

CROSSMAN, Judy Dianne - 66, Debert, passed away Thursday, February 26, 2015, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro, with her children at her side.  Born in Lower Onslow, she was a daughter of the late Percy and Marion (Wood) Gill. Judy is survived by her sons, Robert, Laurie (Karla), Debert; and will be greatly missed by her grandchildren, Aaron, Brett, Nick, Marcus; brothers, Cyril, Percy (Shirley), Belmont, Lawrence of Bible Hill; sister-in-law, Evelyn Gill; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her dearly loved husband, Douglas Eugene Crossman; brothers, Rex, Ralph, Cecil; sister, Verna. A celebration of Judy’s life was held Saturday, March 14, 2015, at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 106, Debert. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

PEPPARD, Bertha Elizabeth (Dean)- 75, Onslow Mountain. It is with heavy hearts, that we announce the passing of Bertha, suddenly, on February 27, 2015 at the Colchester East Hants Health Center, Truro, NS. Born June 19, 1939 in Newton Mills, she was a daughter of the late Haliburton and Agnes Dean (Hamilton), and step-daughter of John Dunlap. She was a generous soul, who would always put the needs of her family and others before her own. Bertha is survived by her husband of almost 60 years, Calvin; sons, Bert, Jim and Roy; sisters, Anna (Len) Martin, Tilly (Bill) Harrison, Shirley (Harold) Stairs, Kathy Downing; brother, George Dunlap; grandchildren, Roselea (Jason Heim) and Matthew (Pam Wilmont); great grandchildren, Scott, Hunter, Morgan, Ryder; many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Bertha was predeceased by infant daughter, Rosalie; sisters, Mary and Irene; brothers, Tom, Mark, Jim, Hally, Robert and Andrew in infancy. Memorial service was held on March 6, 2015 in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, in Truro, with Rev. Glenn MacLean officiating. Spring interment in Belmont Cemetery. On-line condolences at: www.ColchesterCommunity.com

GREEN, George William F. "Bill"- 60, Central Onslow passed away February 28, 2015 in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Truro, he was the only son of the late William and Inez (Fleming) Green. He is survived by his wife, Lynn (Hollingsworth); son, Jason and daughter-in-law, Stephanie (Pineo) Green.; sisters, Pauline Oldford, Sharron (Ronald) Hill and Bonny Whitehead. At Bill’s request there will be no funeral service and no flowers, please. Visitation and reception was held March 5 in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro. In the early summer, there will also be a celebration of Bill’s life at his son’s home. On-line condolences at www.colchestercommunity.com

SMITH, Carol Jean - It is with a great deal of sadness that the family of Carol Jean Smith announces her passing on March 1, 2015, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Carol was born on August 27, 1942, in Truro, and was the daughter of the late Lewis and Alice (MacKenzie) Reid. Carol is survived by her daughters, Deborah Smith, Toronto; Denise (Steven) Rector, Crowes Mills; Darlene (Leo) Mason, Upper Stewiacke; grandchildren, Celina Theriault; Nicole, Mitchell and Matthew Rector; Blake, Dustin, Emma-Marie and Miranda Mason, all of whom she loved dearly; sisters, Alice (Harold) Ahlberg-Eckhardt, Brantford, Ontario; Phyllis Schenck, Texas; Mary Lou (Ken) Fletcher, Kingston, Ontario; brothers, Carl (Brenda) Reid, Valley; Gordon (Sylvia) Reid, Harmony Ridge; sisters-in-law, Ruth Reid, Brule; Joan (Roger) Langille, Harmony Ridge; Hilda Reid, Crowes Mills and many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly. Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her sisters, Betty Baird, Doris Prime, Joan Reid; brothers, Earl, Alvin, Eldridge, Irvin, Jack, Victor, Donald, Fred and Phillip. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall - Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where the funeral service was held Thursday, March 5, 2015, Reverend Cory Somers officiated. Spring interment in Crossroads Cemetery, Valley. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

JOHNSON, Ivan M. "Pete" – 82 of Londonderry passed away on March 2, 2015 at the Mira. He is survived by wife, Bertha; daughters, Jocelyn, Cindy, Piper, Laura, Andrea, Sheilagh; son, Peter; brother, Alden. He was predeceased by daughter, Christine; mother, Alice; father, Melville; sisters, Lillian, Katherine, Alice Mona; brothers, Ron, Morris, Arthur, Gerald and Eugene. Pete was instrumental in purchasing the former Londonderry School for the community "Acadia Mines". He was a past member of Londonderry’s I.O.O.F and Rebekah Lodges, a volunteer fireman and also served as a fire commissioner. He also ran "Pete’s Place" in Great Village, was a licensed electrician and auctioneer, a Colchester County Councillor for District 10 and was an active member of the former Londonderry Athletic Association. There will be no service or visitation by request. Donations in his memory may be made to Hillcrest Cemetery , Londonderry. Arrangements entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, Truro. On-line condolences may be made at www.colchestercommunity.com

SKINNER, Ruby, 79, of Great Village, NS passed away on March 4, 2015 at Colchester East Hants Health Center. She was born in Hermitage, Newfoundland. Ruby was the daughter of the late William and Bertha (Francis) Simms. Ruby lived in Great Village with her daughter Trudy for the past seven years. She was a member of the St. Saviours Anglican Church and LOBA in Hermitage; a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 72 Great Village and Ladies Fire Auxiliary in Great Village. Ruby is survived by her sons, Hughie, and Todd (Edna), both of Hermitage; Cliff, Grovedale, Alberta; Victor (Melissa) Grand Prairie, Alberta; daughters, Gloria (Edgar) Morris, Hermitage, Trudy (Glen) MacNeil, Great Village; grandchildren, Lindo Simms, Jonathon and Kayla Skinner, Richard and Andrew MacNeil, Shavana Simms, and Dylan Skinner; sisters Ethel Dealhoy, Huntsville, Ontario, Phyllis Rose, Whitby, Ontario, and Blanche Millar, Bedford, Nova Scotia; numerous nieces and nephews along with her best friend Betty MacNeil. She was predeceased by her husband, Clarence Skinner; brothers, Edgar, Max, Gerald, Ernest, Clifford, and Lindo; sisters, Eva and Greta. A celebration of Ruby’s life was held at the Great Village Royal Canadian Legion Branch 72 in Great Village on March 8, 2015 from 2-4 with a Legion Tribute Service at 2 pm. Her funeral will be at St Saviours Anglican church in Hermitage, Newfoundland at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 72 or to St. Saviours Anglican Church Hermitage. On-line condolences are available at: www.ColchesterCommunity.com

GOODWIN, Bryce D. – 92, Truro, passed away peacefully in his sleep, on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at Wynn Park Villa, Truro. Born April 17, 1922, he was a son of the late Calvin and Lillian (Matthews) Goodwin. Bryce was predeceased by his wife and soulmate of 66 years, Marie (Graham); son, Wayne in infancy; sister, Madeline; brother, Percy. Bryce is survived by his second wife, Annie (Shipley); daughter, Diane Neal (Wayne), Ontario; sons, Harry Goodwin (Lois), Lower Onslow; Dwight Goodwin, Vancouver; grandsons, David, Derek and Dwight Neal, Ontario; Greg, Bryce and Todd Goodwin, of Ontario, British Columbia and Nova Scotia; seven great grandchildren; sister, Wanda Comeau (Paul), Truro; brother, Terry, Truro. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where the funeral service was held Sunday, March 8, 2015, Pastor Bill Martin officiated. Spring interment in Belmont Cemetery. Full obituaries and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

HENWOOD, J. Clifford - Age 80, of Parrsboro Roads passed away Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Upper Nappan. Born in Springhill, he was a son of the late Isaac and Edith (Phinney) Henwood. He is survived by sisters, Kathleen "Kay" Willigar, Barbara MacKenzie (Duncan), Loretta Taylor, all of Parrsboro; Stella Henwood (Mike Hughes), Halifax; brothers, William "Billy", Leonard, Gordon (Joanne), all of Parrsboro Roads; chosen brother, Dennis Blenkhorn, River Hebert; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by sisters, Muriel and Cassie in infancy; brothers, Philip and Ronald; brothers in law, Bennie Willigar and Ralph Taylor. Funeral service was held March 9, 2015 at Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro, Rev. Dawn Léger officiating. Burial in West Bay Cemetery at a later date. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

GLEN, Dorothy Beatrice, 88, Debert passed away on March 6, 2015 at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Dorothy was born in Woodford, England, December 30, 1926. She worked many years with her husband on their dairy farm in Debert. She also ran a second-hand store in Debert. Dorothy may have been best known for all her years of volunteer work and instruction with the St. John’s Ambulance First Aid courses. Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Angela, Debert; sons, Roger Slingo, England, Robert and Michael both of Debert; grandchildren, Torry Glen-Higgins, Pamela Glen, Ethan Glen, Marcia MacKenzie; brother, Malcolm and sister, Iris, both of England. Dorothy was predeceased by her husband, William; brother, Reg; sister, Margaret. No visitation by request. A Celebration of Life service was held March 11th at 2 p.m. in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro with Rev. Carol Gillard officiating. On-line condolences at: www.ColchesterCommunity.com

GILBERT, Cedric J. – Age 94, of New Canaan, Cumberland County passed away peacefully in the presence of his three sons on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Upper Nappan. Born in New Canaan, he was a son of the late Maurice and Kathleen (Nicholson) Gilbert. Cedric lived in New Canaan and Lakelands for most of his life, except for during the war when he served overseas from 1941-1945. Cedric was predeceased by his beloved wife, Mary in 2011; his brothers, Chesley, Calvin, Courtney, Corylass, Clyde, Craig and Cleveland. Cedric will be greatly missed by his sons, Jeffrey (Jan), Ashton, Ont.; Allan, Ottawa; Brian (Celeste), Lower Sackville; his brother, Curtis, Ottawa; grandchildren, Jennifer (Jeff), Michael (Lesia), Kenda (Troy), Jon, Ryan (Debbie), Natasha (Carson); great grandchildren, Maddison, Cassie, Lily, Calleigh, Patrick, Donovan, Brayden and Riley. He will be also be missed by Dean Reddy, Skip & Margo Gilbert, and Norby Meldrum. Funeral service was held March 10, 2015 at Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro, Rev. Dawn Léger officiating. Spring burial in St. George’s Anglican Cemetery. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

RIPLEY, Eva L. - Age 94, of Lakelands, Cumberland County passed away Saturday, March 7, 2015 at The Mira, Truro. Born in Aulac, N.B., she was a daughter of the late Walter and Albertha (Stiles) Smith. She is survived by daughters, Margaret Nichol (Robert), Cold Lake, Alta.; Meredith Brown (Bill), Halifax; Jacqueline Sexton, Thorold, Ont.; Joan Fife (Angus), Lakelands; Rosalie Pettigrew (Hughie), Lakelands; sons, Dennis, Annapolis Valley; David (P.J.), Albert (Barb), all of Lakelands; sisters, Freda Anderson, Surrey, B.C.; Clara Evans, Debert; brother, Robert, Tignish; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and a great-great granddaughter. She was predeceased by her husband, Garfield in 2007; a son, Herbert; a sister, Evelyn; brothers, Maxwell, Harvey, Kenny. Funeral service was held March 11, 2015 at Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro, Rev. Philip Scott officiating. Spring burial in the Parrsboro United Cemetery. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com .

SINGER, Ronald Lloyd- 71, Truro passed away March 9, 2015 in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Truro, he was a son of the late Lloyd and Gweneth (Stevens) Singer. Ronald enjoyed sports, fishing bass and especially watching his grandsons play hockey. He also loved vacationing in  Florida. He is survived  by his wife Donna (Goodwin);son, Greg (Becky), Truro; daughter, Kelly (Craig), Fraser, Debert; grandchildren, Matthew Jenner, Nicholas and Nathaniel Singer, Kourtney and Lindsay Fraser; father-in-law, Terrance Goodwin; sister-in-law, Cheryl  (Paul) Hominick; brothers-in-law, Larry (Barbara) Goodwin, Duane (Trudy) Goodwin; several nieces and nephews. Beside his parents, he was predeceased by brother, Gilmore. Funeral service was heldMarch 12 in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro with Rev. Natasha DeVito officiating. Spring interment in Middle Road Cemetery, Debert. On-line condolences may be made at www.colchestercommunity.com

CLARKE, Hugh E. – 84, of Parrsboro passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Upper Nappan. Born in Parrsboro, he was a son of the late George and Fauline (Yorke) Clarke. Hugh was a veteran of the Korean War. He was a life member of Legion Branch #45, Parrsboro and Branch #258, Toronto. He is survived by his companion, June; a son, Lawrence "Larry" (Susan), Oshawa, Ont.; 4 grandchildren, Christopher Thompson (Alexis), Scarborough, Ont.; Donna Clarke (Henry), Cold Lake, Alta.; Elaine Clarke (Mike), Haliburton, Ont.; Jennifer Clarke, Oshawa; 3 great grandchildren, Adam, Kaylee, Brady; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, the former Charlotte "Floy" Mills; a daughter, Donna; a sister, Elenor; brothers, John, Roy "Red", George, Paul. A graveside service will be held in the Diligent River Baptist Cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Parrsboro Legion, Branch #45. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

DOWE, Perry A. - Age 77, of Ward’s Brook, Cumberland County passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at South Cumberland Community Care Centre, Parrsboro. Born in Ward’s Brook, he was a son of the late Perry and Marie (Allen) Dowe. Perry worked at the Wagstaff and Hatfield Shipyard in Port Greville for many years. He also worked with his brothers operating Dowe Brothers Contracting. Upon his retirement, he worked with his daughter at Durant’s Bottle and Recycling Depot in Parrsboro. Perry was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and gardening. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family. He is survived by daughters, Tanya Dowe (Bill Durant), Parrsboro; Heather Winters (Mike), New Prospect; Jessica Amon, Ward’s Brook; sisters, Leona Dowe, Vivian Duguay, both of Wards Brook; Ruby Crossman (Culton), Halifax; Marion Legere, Parrsboro; Althea Legere (Pat), Enfield; Faye George (Willie), Helen George (Johnny), all of Acton, Ont.; brothers, Allan (Judy Wheaton), Wards Brook; Kenny (Carol), Diligent River; grandchildren, Haley Winters (Landon Crowe), Valley; Claire Winters and Ava Winters, both of Halifax; Will Durant, Parrsboro; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, the former Donna McCulley in 1986; brothers, Sterling, Bill and Isaac. Funeral Service was held at Smith’s Funeral Home, ParrsboroMarch 13, 2015, Rev. Dawn Léger officiating. Burial in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Fox River at a later date. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

WILE, Nancy Anne (Harrison) – 68, Fall River/Bass River. The passing occurred on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at the Q.E. II Infirmary, Halifax, N.S. Born in Springhill, N.S. she was the daughter of Audrey (Skidmore) Ryan and the late Cecil Harrison. Nancy was an outdoors enthusiast who enjoyed camping, fishing and gardening. She was the center of the family home and was also well known in the Bass River community for her excellent baking skills. Besides her mother, Nancy is survived by her son, Michael, Toronto; daughter, Marnie (Mel) Starrett, Fall River; four step-grandchildren, Melanie (Michelle), Amanda (Michael), Julia (Tim), and Scott; brother, Donald (Margie); many nieces and nephews; and her favorite four-legged companion "Pussy Cat" She was predeceased by her husband, Owen Wile, her father, Cecil Harrison and by step-fathers, Doug Rae and Donald Ryan; uncle, Douglas Skidmore. A memorial gathering was held March 22nd in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. On-line condolences may be made at: www.ColchesterCommunity.com

CONNORS, William J. "Bill" – 82, of Parrsboro passed away Friday, March 20, 2015 at Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Upper Nappan. Born in Parrsboro, he was a son of the late Bernard and Kathleen (Warren) Connors. Bill was a self-employed contractor, specializing in carpet and cushion floor installation, as well as interior painting. Upon his retirement to the Parrsboro area, he was a most active volunteer sharing his expertise and hard work to numerous organizations. Bill was recognized with the Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Medal for his volunteerism in the community. He was a long serving member of the Knights of Columbus, Minas Masonic Lodge No. 67, Parrsboro and was Past President of Legion Branch No. 45, Parrsboro. He is survived by his wife, Florence (Beaton) (Downs) Connors; a daughter, Shelly Hodgson (Scott), Porters Lake; a step-daughter, Louise Downs, Quebec; step-sons, Ronald Downs (Maureen), Enfield; Philip Downs (Robin), Lantz; sisters, Joan Stewart, Dartmouth; Judy Roberts (David), Two Islands; grandchildren, Laura Hodgson; Janna and Luke Connors; a great grandchild; 6 step-grandchildren, Lindsay and Michelle Downs, Enfield; Amelia and Myra Szczepanski, Quebec; Dylan and Evan Downs, Lantz. He was predeceased by his first wife, Marjorie Milton; a son, David; brothers, Frank, Charles; a granddaughter, Sarah Jane. Funeral services will be held in St. Brigid’s Catholic Church at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to St. Brigid’s Church, Parrsboro. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

BERRY, Cora L. – 92, of Parrsboro passed away Monday, March 23, 2015 at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Upper Nappan. Born in Tatamagouche, she was a daughter of the late Percy and Ruth (McKim) Matheson. Cora’s life passion was caring for her beloved pets, as well as her flowers gardens. She is survived by a daughter, Elsie Glintz, Parrsboro; a son, Lambert (Pat), Winnipeg; a step-daughter, Jean Pinard, Elliott Lake, Ont.; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her first husband, Edison Turner; second husband, George Berry; a daughter, Elaine; sons Paul, Silvan; step-son, Curtis; sisters, Ida, Clara. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Lillian Allbon Animal Shelter, Amherst. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

LANGILLE, Susanna "Virginia" (Murray) – 100, Bass River, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on March 25, 2015 in Debert Court, Debert. Born in Economy she was the daughter of the late Lyman and Bessie (Ford) Murray. Virginia loved gardening and worked in them whenever she could. Music was always in the home where she was busy raising five children with Lawrence. She served with the Upper Economy Home and School and was involved with the Women’s Institute. She is survived by her children, Marilyn (Wendall) Sabean, Five Islands, Sharon (Ross) Burns, Jean (Harvey) Swallow, both of Bass River, Audrey (John) McFadden, Bracebridge, ON., Lyman "Les" (Donna), Stettler, AB.; 14 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband, Lawrence; sister, Lucille Howard; brother, Gordon and step-brother, George Phillips. No visitation by request. A funeral service was held March 30, 2015 at 2 p.m. in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro with Rev. Cory Somers officiating. Interment in the Bass River Baptist Cemetery in the spring. On-line condolences at www.ColchesterCommunity.com


March 2015

WEBB, Garnet Dawson - 88, Bible Hill, went to be with his Lord, Sunday, December 14, 2014 in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Westchester Station, he was a son of the late Earle and Margaret (Moore) Webb. Garnet was employed at Domtar Chemicals for 41 years. He is survived by his wife of 66 years,  Jeanetta Emiline (VanBuskirk) Webb; sons, Jim (Rita), Bible Hill, Lawrence "Larry" (Barb), Onslow Mountain; Rev. Carmen (Linda), Upper Cape, New Brunswick; daughters, Katherine Blakely (Rev. David), Ottawa, Ontario; Lynn Parsons (Kevin), Bible Hill; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; sisters, Eileen Brown, Westchester; Joyce Langille, Green Oaks; Margaret Rushton, Westchester; brothers, Leon (Laverne), Westchester; Vaughan (Glenda), Sutherlands Lake; sister-in-law, Linda Webb, Westchester. He was predeceased by his brother, Carman Webb, Westchester; sisters, Kathleen and Wanetta, both of Westchester. Funeral service was held Wednesday, December 17, 2014, in Mattatall - Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, Reverend Scott Penner officiated. Spring interment in Bible Hill Cemetery, Bible Hill. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

SPENCER, Roderick Leroy "Rod" – 70, Lower Truro, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, December 17, 2014, at home. Born July 30, 1944, in Truro, he was a son of the late Minor and Laura (Chisholm) Spencer. Rod lived and worked in Portapique for many years before moving to Truro. Rod is survived by his wife, Shirley; daughters, Lynda (Chuck), Brantford, Ontario; Lorri, Masstown; Heather, Dartmouth; Cheryl (Mike), Great Village; sons, Ronnie (Amanda), Belmont; Roddie, Truro; James (Daphne), Belmont; 16 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; brother, Willard (Evelyn), Economy; numerous nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Arnold, Norman; sisters, Pearl, Bernice, Verna. Honouring his wishes, a private interment has taken place in Mahon Cemetery, Great Village. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

SPENCER, Dell Othilda - 82, Glenholme, passed away Thursday, December 18, 2014 in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Goldboro, Guysborough County, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Alice (Blair) Myers. She is survived by her brother, Philip, Truro; step-children, Debbie and Danny; special friends, Marie McElhinney, Lower Debert; Pearl Davis, Truro. She was predeceased by her husband, Arnold Warren Spencer; sisters Amy and Carolyn in infancy. Funeral service was held Monday, December 22, 2014, in Mattatall - Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, Reverend Carol Gillard officiated. Spring interment in Robie Street Cemetery, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

HOWARD, Janet Bernice (Pettigrew) - 83, Economy, passed away Saturday, December 20, 2014, in Debert Court, Debert. Born in Economy, she was a daughter of the late Osborne and Julia (Elliott) Pettigrew. She is survived by her son, Michael (Catherine), Economy; daughter, Sandra Howard-Ferreira (John), Kingston, Ontario; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Rector of Great Village; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Roy Douglas Howard; son, Frank Douglas Howard; brothers, Frank, Royal, Robert Pettigrew; sister, Joan Bartlett. Funeral service was held Tuesday, December 23, 2014, at Economy United Church, Reverend Florence Antle-Brison officiated. Interment was held in Economy Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mattatall - Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituaries and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

SIMPSON, Maynard Blanchard – 68, Economy, passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, on Sunday, December 21, 2014, at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. He was a son of the late Blanchard and Ena (Taylor) Simpson. Maynard is survived by his very proud wife, Susan (Taylor) Simpson; daughter, Kimberly, Halifax; sister-in-law, Heather Simpson, Cranbrook, British Columbia; nephew, James Simpson, British Columbia; many cousins. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Nobel Simpson. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall-Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where the funeral service was held Saturday, December 27, 2014, Reverend Florence Antle-Brison officiating. Interment was held in Economy Cemetery. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

LANE, Clifford Maxwell, 93, passed away at his home in Portaupique on December 24, 2014, following a lengthy illness. Born in Londonderry Station on June 12, 1921, he was the son of the late Bertram and Alberta (Toole) Lane. He is survived by his loving wife, Emily (Roberts); step-daughters, Barbara (Darrell) Works and Rosemary Swanson; sisters, Georgie (Myles) Rushton and Beulah (the late Rex) Trask; five grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife, Grace (Hayman) Lane; stepson, Kim Swanson; sisters, Marjorie (Rolfe) Hayward, Evelyn and Lillian; brother, Keith (Helen); brothers-in law, Rolfe Hayward and Rex Trask. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street Truro, and will be announced at a later date. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

SPICER, Gwendolyn A. "Gwen" – 89, of Spencer’s Island passed away Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Chignecto Manor, Advocate Harbour. Born in Moncton, she was a daughter of the late Edgar and Ethel (Burgess) Wilson. Gwen was a graduate of Moncton High School, the Royal Victoria Training School, Montreal and McGill University School of Nursing. She was a nurse for 32 years with the Victorian Order of Nurses, Montreal, the New Brunswick Association of Registered Nurses as an Executive Secretary, and as a teacher in the Nursing Schools of Moncton Hospital and the University of Ottawa. She retired in 1978. She moved with her husband to Spencer’s Island in 1979. She is survived by a son, Neil (Sue Ann), Nepean, Ont.; a step-daughter, Linda MacDonald, Calgary, Alta.; a step-son, John Spicer (Anne), Calgary, Alta.; grandchildren, Kaitlin Spicer, Ottawa, Ont.; Tara Spicer, England; step-grandchildren, Jennifer Spicer, Coronado Beach, Panama; Matthew MacDonald, Calgary, Alta. She was predeceased by her husband, Stanley T. Spicer; a brother, Murray Wilson. A service of celebration for Gwen will be held at a later date. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

MERSEREAU, Pearl Cynthia - 87, Halifax, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 25, 2015, at Arborstone Enhanced Care, Halifax. Born in Briggs Corner, New Brunswick, she was a daughter of the late Freeman S. and Velma I. (Webber) Thompson. She is survived by sons, Rev. Cyril "Cy" Mersereau, Jordan Falls; Pastor Dana (Bonnie) Mersereau, Campobello Island, New Brunswick; grandchildren, Bethany, Lori, Ben, Colleen, Lisa and Susan; great grandchildren, Rachel, Adam, Caitlin; sisters, Arthura MacBeth and Glenna (Basil) Trail, Chipman; Gale Ender, Montreal; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Raymond; grandson, Paul; great granddaughter, Sarah; sister, Edna; brothers, Lester, Sterling, Carl. Funeral service was held Thursday, January 29, 2015, at Truro Heights United Baptist Church, Pastor Jerry Stearns officiated. Mrs. Mersereau was then transferred to Sunbury Funeral Home, Fredericton Junction, where a second funeral service was held Sunday, February 1, 2015, officiated by her sons, Reverend Cy Mersereau and Pastor Dana Mersereau. Spring interment in Gladstone Cemetery, Fredericton Junction. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall - Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

RECTOR, Wallace D. – 74, of Apple River, Cumberland County passed away Thursday, January 29, 2015 at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Upper Nappan. Born in Advocate Harbour, he was a son of the late Hubert and Ada (Parker) Rector. He was a retired lumberman. He is survived by his wife, the former Alice Hirtle; a daughter, Kim MacLellan (Tom), Apple River; a son, Bernard (Shelley), Clarence, Annapolis Co.; granddaughters, Kerstyn MacLellan, Apple River; Crystal Rector, Amherst; a brother, Harold (Myrna), Summerside, PEI; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a sister, Patricia; a brother, Johnny. Funeral service was held 2February 2, 2015 at the Apple River Baptist Church, Pastor Douglas Lake officiating. Burial in the Advocate Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

ATKINSON, Frank Watt – 81 of Truro, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Friday, January 30, 2015 in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Jacquet River, N.B. December 29, 1933 he was the son of the late Earle and Ella (Watt) Atkinson. Frank enjoyed time with his family at his favorite place, "the camp" on Taylor Lake in Earltown, N.S. Frank was well known in the tire industry. He started working in the early 1950’s. His career began in Truro at Andy’s Tire Shop. He later left in 1973 to start A & B Tires LTD with a partner in Lower Sackville, N.S. This led to the local business of A-1 Tires Limited in 1978 and joined in ownership in 1984 by his three sons to present date. He is survived by his wife, Florence G. (Wynn); three sons, Earle (Shelly), Ross (Sandra) and Joseph (Susan); grandchildren, Alisha, Alan, Matthew, Melissa and Bret. He was predeceased by sisters, Jean Allen and Helen Porter. By family request, there will be no visitation or service. Interment to take place at a later date at Robie Street Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro. Condolences may be made by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

DAVIS, Basil A., Jr. – Age 67, of Lower Five Islands passed away Sunday, February 1, 2015 at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Five Islands, he was a son of the late Basil and Evelyn (MacBurnie) Davis. Junior was a construction superintendent in the oil, gas, and pulp & paper industries, working primarily with MBB Power Services. He was particularly proud to have received his 50 year service pin from the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Lodge 73. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, liked snowmobiling, four-wheeling, sports and enjoyed the companionship of his many friends and co-workers. Junior, with his son Terry, won the Canadian Ice Racing Federation - Snowmobile Drag Racing Championships in 2002. He was very proud of the community from which he came from, Five Islands, and was a tremendous ambassador for sharing all that this region had to offer. Junior’s greatest joy in life was his family, his children, grandchildren and the love of his life, Lynda whom he lost in 2010. He is survived by a daughter, Shauna Allen (Gordon), Greenfield; son, Terry (Lisa), Fort McMurray, Alta.; his grandchildren, Jessica Allen, Greenfield; Julia, Brady and Noah Davis, Truro; sisters, Debbie Murphy (Bob), Dartmouth; Helen Dunphy (Wayne), Onslow; Carol Canning (Dave Bailie), Calgary; Donna Davis, Parrsboro; Karen Davis, Parrsboro; brother, William (Doris), Five Islands; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Lynda; a grandson, Tyler in 2008. Funeral Service was held February 5, 2015 at the Peniel United Church, Five Islands, Rev. Florence Antle-Brison officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Tyler Allen Memorial Fund. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

HILTZ (Graham) (Desmond), Phyllis Mae - It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Phyllis Mae Hiltz, age 98, at the Dartmouth General Hospital on Sunday, February 1, 2015. Born in Fox River, Cumberland County in 1916, she was the daughter of the late John and Dora (Yorke) Graham. She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and loyal friend; a lady of great faith. Her memory will live on in the hearts of her family and friends. She will be forever missed. She is survived by daughter, Marlane "Molly" Hiltz; son, John (Peggy Guerin) Hiltz; grandsons, Trevor Stronge, Derek (Jennifer) Desmond; granddaughter, Michelle (Cory) Mitchell; great-grandchildren, Jamie, Josh, and Brianna Desmond, and Kyleigh Mitchell; nephew, Dr. Earl (June) Baker and family; chosen family, Christine "Pebbles" Robinson, Judy Boucher, Tammy Baker, Michaela, Daniella, Joyce and Lucas Esmail. She was predeceased by husband, Cleniff "Ken" Hiltz; son, Vernon Desmond; daughters-in-law, Brenda Desmond and Annie Hiltz; sisters, Kathleen "Kay" Baker, Georgina Atkinson and Vera Kitchens. A Celebration of Life was held February 14, 2015 at Lake Echo Fellowship Baptist Church, 17 Peter Court, Mineville, Pastor Frank Kohler officiating. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Interment in Grace United Cemetery in Port Greville at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the SPCA, Grace United Church, Port Greville, or to Lake Echo Fellowship Baptist Church. Online condolences at: www.smithsfuneralhome.com

BENNETT, Elizabeth H. "Betty" - It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness we announce the peaceful goodbye of our mother, Elizabeth "Betty" (MacAloney) Bennett on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 following a long and brave battle with Alzheimer’s. Born in Fraserville in 1934, she was the daughter of Charles "Edward" and Sophia "Madeline" (Crossman) MacAloney. Mom was a devoted mother, grandmother, and caregiver to many, always an open door to whoever needed a friend, meal or place to stay. She began her working days as a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse, moved to Parrsboro and worked various jobs until becoming a hairdresser which she loved for over 30 years, often going above and beyond the hairdo, providing lunches and snacks, running errands, giving drives, and even taking her cape and rollers on house calls for special occasions or when people could not come to her. She loved to bake and cook, quilt, sew, and knit, do jigsaw puzzles, go for drives, watch PBS concerts, Blue Jays in the summer, Leafs in the winter, and sitting on her verandah looking out at the beautiful view of the water, surrounded by family and her "grandkitties and granddoggies." Mom will be missed by daughters, Sherry Bennett, Parrsboro; Shelley Bennett-Chambers (John), Stratford, PEI; and PJ Ripley (David), Lakelands; chosen son, Dwight Patterson (Sheri), Parrsboro; grandchildren, Jillian and Drew Chambers, Megan and Anna Ripley; Dwight’s children, Eric and Brett Patterson, and his grandchildren Cayden and Kate Patterson; brothers, Cleyle (Lottie) MacAloney and Bernell (Carolyn) MacAloney; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at: www.smithsfuneralhome.com

CARDE, Sydney James "Jim" - 82, Bass River, slipped away after his long struggle with his family by his side on Friday, February 6, 2015. Jimmie was born August 2, 1932 in Bass River to the late Lester and Winnie Carde. He is survived by sisters, Marie McElhinney and Doreen (Glenn) Putnam; nieces and nephews, Donnie, Patti (Archie), Brandon and Gail (Collin); many close friends and family members. He was predeceased by sisters and brother, Frances, Joyce and Leo (Doris); brothers-in-law, Art and Earl (Frances). Jimmie was a friend to all he met throughout his life. He was proud of his past work at Dominion Chair. In later years he was a member of the Canadian Council of the Blind, Truro’s Blind Bowlers and the Disabled Consumer Society of Truro. By his request there will be no visitation. A graveside service will be held in the spring. We would like to extend our appreciation to Dr. Rowe, staff of the VON, Colchester East Hants Hospice Society, Colchester East Hants Health Centre and the Palliative Care Team. If desired, donations may be made to the Colchester East Hants Hospice Society. Arrangements are under the direction of Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro. Condolences may be made at: www.ColchesterCommunity.com 

BATES, Audrey L. – Age 83, of Halifax, and formerly of Parrsboro passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at The Sagewood, Lower Sackville with her family by her side. Born in Parrsboro, she was a daughter of the late Harold "Skip" and Alice (Sherman) Yorke. Married at 15 to her beloved Frank, she spent most of her early life living in Ontario, where she raised two sons. When life brought them home to Nova Scotia, they remained in Dartmouth until Frank's retirement. They became "snowbirds" for the next ten years with Parrsboro as their home base. Audrey is survived by her sons, Frank, Jr. (Susan), Masham, Que.; Jeffrey (Sheila), Halfway River; grandchildren, John, Kim, Joy and Barry; 8 great grandchildren; a brother, Mitchell, Truro; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Frank; a sister Peggy; a brother, Harold, Jr. "Skip". A graveside service will be held at St. George’s Anglican Cemetery, Parrsboro at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

BENJAMIN, Susan D. – Age 51, of Port Greville passed away Sunday, February 8, 2015 at the South Cumberland Community Care Centre, Parrsboro. Born in Victoria, B.C., she was a daughter of the late Williard and Beatrice (Rose) Losier. Although she lived in Halifax for many years, Susan moved to Port Greville several years ago, a place she discovered during many camping trips to the area. She owned and operated the Port Greville Country Market. She loved the outdoors, particularly flounder fishing and four wheeling, but most of all spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband, Terry; a daughter, Stephanie (Stephen O’Brien), Mount Pearl, Nfld; two sons, Michael (Danielle Letourneau), Halifax; Jamie, Port Greville; a sister, Sherri, Halifax; a brother, James, Halifax; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A celebration of her life was held February 15, 2015 at the F.P.W. Community Hall in Port Greville. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

ROODE, Margaret Doris – Onslow Mountain. It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Margie on Monday, February 9, 2015, after a long, hard fought battle with cancer. Born on July 9, 1955, she was the daughter of the late Arnold and Joyce (Smith) MacIntosh of Waternish, Guysbrough Co. She was a longtime employee of the Province of Nova Scotia, having held the position of Registrar of Deeds and Probate in Sherbrooke and Guysbrough until her retirement in 2006. She is survived by her husband, Terry, Onslow Mountain; brother, Gordon (Susan) MacIntosh, Waternish; sisters, Arlene (Vernon) Bingley, Fisherman’s Harbour, Joan (Chuck) Parker, Elmsdale; nieces, Cara, Kenda and Kelsey, great-nephew, Carson and great-niece, Sadie; brothers-in-law, Frank (Joanne) Roode, Dartmouth, Jeffrey (Gail) Roode, Masstown; sister-in-law, Anne Laur, Aylmer, Ontario and their families. She was predeceased by twin nieces Haley and Hope; father and mother-in-law, the late Ellis and Alice Roode and brother-in-law, Ralph Laur. The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to Dr. Courtney Smith and Dr. John Henderson, Sue Gibbon, coordinator of Palliative Care, nursing staff of the Palliative Care Unit, V.O.N. and Homecare Services. Cremation has taken place. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro. In keeping with the family’s wishes, there will be no visitation. Funeral service was be held February 17 in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Glenn MacLean officiating. Private burial will take place at a later date. Donations in memory of Margie may be made to the Palliative Care Unit of the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Condolences to the family may be made at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

PYNN, Malcolm Ross – 86, Staples Brook Road, Belmont, N.S. passed away February 15, 2015 in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Londonderry he was the son of the late William and Pearl (King) Pynn of Newfoundland. He began working with McCully and Soy at the age of fourteen and continued for 42 years as a heavy equipment operator. He enjoyed working in his shop, planting his garden and cutting his winter’s wood. He always had an animal or two which he loved to care for. Ross was always willing to help those in need. He also enjoyed taking special trips with his buddies, Reg, Cliff and Jerry. He is survived by his soulmate of  28 years, Marie Miller; daughters, Kay Rose, (Maggie Bondy), Bible Hill, Mary Gerdson, (Thomas Quigley), Great Village, Louise (George) Leil, Bible Hill,  Pearl (Arthur) Oakley, Dartmouth, Holly (Terry) Bown, Belmont; stepdaughter, Charlene (Brandon) Hayman, Tatamagouche; sister, Henrietta "Hett" Morrisey, Debert; thirteen grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by son, Ronald in infancy; sisters, Aletha "Lett" Rushton, Erma Morrisey; brother, Murray and special granddaughter, Courtney Brown. Cremation has taken place. There was no visitation or service. Arrangements entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, Truro where on-line condolences may be made at: www.ColchesterCommunity.com

BLACKIE, Ian George - 58, of Debert, began the next leg of his journey, peacefully at home with his wife, on Monday February 16, 2015. Ian was a husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and boss. He was a successful entrepreneur, owning and operating Ian Blackie Construction Ltd. for over thirty years. Ian was a hunter and fisherman extraordinaire, travelling to Newfoundland and Cape Breton and Wallace Bay to hunt moose, deer, ducks; to Saskatchewan hunting snow geese; and to Alaska to fish, although he had to catch and release much to his chagrin. Ian loved his dogs, Emma and Sadie, and often took Emma with him in the truck. Ian is survived by loving wife of thirty seven years, Betty (Lockhart), and his children, Michelle (Tim) Rushton, Mandy (Wayne Higgins) Blackie, and George (Erin Densmore) Blackie. "Gramp" will be missed by Kurtlin Rushton, Joshua Blackie, Nicole and Austin Higgins, Cooper and Carson Blackie. Ian is also survived by his brother, David (Debbie) Blackie; his sisters, Darlene (Eldon) MacNeill, and Joanne Nolet; and numerous nieces and nephews. Ian was predeceased by his father and mother, George Blackie and Marjorie Blackie Stevens; his step father, Wilfrid Stevens, his sister, Nancy Alstrup, his brother-in- law, Ron Nolet, and his mother-in-law, Lois Lockhart. No visitation by request. Memorial service was held February 20 in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro. Rev.Connie McNamara officiating. Donations in Ian's memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, or any charity of your choice. Condolences may be made at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

GORMLEY, Edward Douglas "Eddy" – 59, Bass River. It is with heavy hearts that we announce Eddy’s passing on Monday, February 16, 2015, at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born December 7, 1955, in Halifax, Eddy was a son of the late Clarence "Pop" and Gladys (Young) Gormley. Eddy was the beloved husband of Kelly Hartling; cherished father of Darcey (Gormley) Garrington (Kevin Garrington), Rhiannon McNair (Jamie Holmes), Josh McNair, Jason Gormley; Grampie to seven wonderful grandchildren, Michael and Sophie Garrington, Dalton Atkinson, Blake Morton and Carter, Dustin and Reese McNair; baby brother to Curtis (Kate) Gormley, Geraldine Trites, Betty (Robert) Hill, Owen Gormley (Tammy Lee Mealey-Logel) and will be sadly missed by his many nieces and nephews. As Eddy was such a private man, there will be a small gathering for the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

GUILDERSON, Donald J. – Age 69, of Parrsboro passed away Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Upper Nappan. Born in Parrsboro, he was a son of the late Leo and Genevieve (Parker) Guilderson. He is survived by his wife, the former Suzanne Smith; a daughter, Angela Colborne (Lyndon Cooper), Parrsboro; a son, Trevor (Tanya), Halifax; brothers, Albert (Ruth), Amherst; Clarence (Fran), Campbell River, B.C.; Patrick (Donna), Masstown; seven grandchildren, Jesse (Shelby), Quinn, Brady and Jackson Colborne; Rebecca, Darren (Rebecca) and Tayah Guilderson; a great granddaughter, Violet Guilderson; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Joan in infancy. There will be no visitation by request. Funeral service was held February 20, 2015 in Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro, Rev. Philip Scott officiating. Burial in the Parrsboro Baptist Cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

ARMSTRONG, David Edward – 75, Truro. With great sadness, we announce the passing of David Edward Armstrong, on Thursday, February 19, 2015, at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Truro, he was the son of the late Charlie and Annie (Hayman) Armstrong. David is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Tillie; son, Scott (Tammy); daughters, Anne Armstrong (Kevin Fraser), Sarah (Glen) Terfry, Martha (Winston) Brown; brother, Charles "Skip" (Patricia); cousins, Bunny Hayman, Mary Walsh, Jean Caldwell, Marg Wiechie, Janet Dudones; several special nieces and nephews. He was the loving grandfather to Matthew, Brooklyn, Thomas, Alicia, Allie, Jared, Caitlyn and Alicia. A graduate of Acadia University (’60), he was a successful businessman, serving as Vice-President and President of the family business, C.D. Armstrong Insurance Ltd. for 50 years, retiring in May 2014. He was a well-known and respected member of the community and served as Chairman of the local YMCA, member of the Colchester Regional Hospital Foundation and Chair of the CCAA National Basketball Championship Committee. David was a loyal volunteer for the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia and the Conservative Party of Canada. A gifted athlete, he excelled in basketball and played for both the Acadia University Varsity Basketball Team (’57-‘60) and the "legendary" Thunderbirds. A Truro resident his entire life, David gave back to the community as a strong supporter of minor sports programs as a coach, sponsor, organizer and fan. Funeral service was held February 22, 2015 at First United Church, 711 Prince Street, Truro, Reverend Valerie Kingsbury officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Private messages of condolence may be sent to the family by viewing David’s obituary on-line and selecting "Send A Condolence" at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com


 

February 2015

 

HEGAN, Fern Eileen - Age 79 of Victoria, B.C. passed away peacefully January 1, 2015 in Gorge Road Hospital. Born in Londonderry, N.S. she was the daughter of the late Harold (Pat) and Ellen Miller (Fountain). Fern is survived by her husband of 61 years, Arthur Hegan of Bass River, children Leigh (Doreen) Hegan and Heather (Steve) Meadows and 2 grandchildren Karyn (John) Tanaka and Lorne Hegan and one great grandchild Midori. She is also survived by sisters Elaine (Jim) MacKinnon, Shirley (Doug) Cooke, Audrey (Logan) Spencer and brothers Wilfred (Fronz) Miller and Glen (Dennise) Miller. Fern spent her younger years in Londonderry before moving to B.C. In her later years, Fern dearly loved her many visits to Nova Scotia and the precious time that she and Art spent at their cottage at Five Houses.

BAKKER, Trent Curtis – age 19, Onslow Mountain Road, passed away suddenly on Monday, December 15, 2014 in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Trent ‘s passions included hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, tinkering in the garage and welding with his friends, co-workers and Uncle Steve at Portable Welders. There were so many special people in Trent’s life we couldn’t possibly name them all without writing a book. But you know who you are! Born in Truro, he was a son of Rick and Rhonda (Hingley) Bakker. Besides his parents, Trent is survived by his brother and best friend, Jake, Onslow Mountain; the love of his life and soul mate, Kristen MacPhee, Truro Heights; Nick Crowell, Trent’s best friend and like a son to his parents, East Mountain; paternal grandparents, Bob and Vera Bakker, Truro; maternal grandparents, Gary and Beatrice Hingley, Bible Hill; Uncle "D" (Darren), Uncle Steve, Uncle Kevin and families; Aunt Karen and family. He will be sadly missed by his best four-legged friend, Buzz. A time to celebrate Trent’s life was held December 20 in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro. On-line condolences may be made to www.colchestercommunity.com

MURRAY, Robert Reid "Bob" – 95, Truro passed away at home on December 15, 2014. Born in New Glasgow, he was the son of the late Olding and Jean (Reid) Murray. He was educated at the University of New Brunswick and graduated in 1941 with B.Sc. in Forestry. He then immediately went overseas where he served as Second Lieutenant with the Corp. of Forestry Engineers. Bob worked many years in the forestry industry in Nova Scotia and finished his career at Scott Paper serving as Woodlands Manager and Vice-President until retiring in 1981. After retirement he was a co-founder of MacTara Lumber, Middle Musquodoboit. Bob was inducted into the N.S. Forestry Hall of Fame in 2006. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Betty; sons, Mac (Marylew), Pomquet, Don, Fredericton, Michael (Roya), Truro; grandchildren, Ritchie, Duncan, Peter, Mike, Sarah, Robynne, Nick, Stephanie; great-grandchildren, Isaac, Aiden, Wil, Molly, Callie, Emerson, Elliott. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Joan Scott. Cremation has taken place. No visitation or service at his request. On-line condolences may be made at www.colchestercommunity.com

WIITA, D. Aileen – 94, of Parrsboro passed away Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at Centennial Villa, Amherst with her daughter, Wendy by her side. Born in Parrsboro, she was a daughter of the late Maxwell and Elsie (Hatfield) Clarke. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Aileen worked for General Electric in Barrie, Ontario for many years. Upon her retirement, she enjoyed entertaining, and was an avid traveler. She is survived by a daughter, Wendy Roberts, Parrsboro; grandchildren, Sherry Roberts, Truro; Pat Welton, New Prospect; Barb Tennant, Parrsboro; Ronnie Roberts, Moose River; great grandchildren, Chris Harrison; Jeffery Roberts; Cody, Luke and Ethan Welton; Tylor and Madison Tennant; Ally Roberts; great-great-grandchildren, Chase and Sadie Harrison; Michaela Roberts; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her first husband, Ralph Hurrie in 1944; her second husband, Henry Wiita in 2003; sisters, Mary Guthreau, Nellie Snowden; brothers, Edson and John; grandson, Michael. Funeral service was held December 19, 2014 at St. George’s Anglican Church, Parrsboro, Rev. Tory Byrne officiating. Burial in the church cemetery. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

FULTON, Marguerite - Age 88, of Parrsboro passed away Monday, December 22, 2014 at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Upper Nappan with family by her side. Born in Parrsboro Roads, she was a daughter of the late Bernard and Julia (Bennett) Willigar. She is survived by daughters, Mary Babineau (Allan), Ruth McCully (Charles), Darlene Harroun, all of Parrsboro; Dorothy Logan, West Brook; sons, Earl, Murray Jr., John (Martha Terfry) and David (Cathy), all of Parrsboro; a brother, Nelson, Amherst; 20 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Murray in 1990; a sister, Annabelle; brothers, Aubrey, Raymond, Ralston, Lyman; son in law, Charles Logan. Funeral service was held December 29, 2014 at Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro, Rev. Tory Byrne officiating. Burial in the Parrsboro Presbyterian Cemetery. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

DOYLE, Corenne Nan – 72, Salmon River - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mom, sister, companion, grandmother, great-grandmother on Thursday, January 8, 2015 surrounded by her loved ones in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born July 4, 1942 in Truro, she was the daughter of the late Lambert Jr. and Edith (Stiles) MacDonald. She was a member of the Valley United Church and the Salmon River Fire Brigade Ladies Auxiliary and past president. She worked as a secretary, accounts payable for Eastern Transport, then became Terminal Manager for CN Route for several years. Before retirement she worked in Accounts Payable for Peter Kohler Windows. She will be sadly missed by her lifelong friend, Marilyn Watson and neighbor Ronda Smith. Corenne is survived by her companion of 27 years, George Faulkner; daughters, Dawn-Leigh (Michael) Doyle, Vicki Doyle; son, John (Sherry); sister, Delta-Ann (Mike) Clark; grandchildren, Cory, Lindsay, Ashley, Brittney, Benjamin, Jacob, Olivia; great grandson, Noah; several nieces and nephews. Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Donald "Ducky" Doyle; brothers, Wayne (in infancy), David; sister, Myrna. Funeral service was held January 11 in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro with nephew, Rev. Tim MacDonald officiating. On-line condolences may be made at www.colchestercommunity.com

SCHMITT, Michael "Mike" Cairns , 44, of Bible Hill passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on Saturday January 10, 2015 at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre. Mike was born on December 2, 1970 in Pictou, Nova Scotia. He was the son of Margaret (Henderson) Schmitt and the late Lothar Schmitt. Survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Karyn MacKinnon; their children Julia Schmitt, Brody Schmitt, and Brayden Schmitt. Mother Margie, Sisters Linda (David) Charbonneau (Hammonds Plains), Tanya (Scott) Boone (Yellowknife). Parents-in-law, Jim and Elaine MacKinnon (Truro); and sister-in-law, Jill (Koko) Gillis (Guelph); several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents John Cairns and Bertha (Lowden) Henderson; paternal grandparents Heinrich and Berta Schmitt of Germany; father Lothar and an infant brother John Mark. Mike worked as Operations Manager for the Tim Hortons Warehouse in Debert for 20 years. Mike was passionate about hockey, whether that be coaching or watching. Mike loved coaching minor hockey and gave countless hours to the sport. He believed in making players better people not just better hockey players. The family wishes to thank some extraordinary people for their support and care over the past 18 months; VON's Marilyn MacKeen and Michelle Maillet; Raj Makkar; his special ladies of the chemo unit, Dr. Michael Murray's office and the staff of Bible Hill Village Pharmacy. Special thanks to Dr. Smith & Dr. Rowe, the Palliative Care and Hospice team for their genuine sincere care given. Funeral service was held January 17th at the Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro with Rev. Glenn MacLean officiating. On-line condolences may be made at www.colchestercommunity.com

LETCHER, Edward Arnold – 65, Truro and formerly of Wentworth Valley passed away peacefully on January 16, 2015 in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro with his wife and family members by his side. Born June 25, 1949 in Truro, he was the son of Doris Letcher and the late Alonza Letcher. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Violetta Blair; sisters, Dianne (Bob Ring); Karen (Clayton Newcombe), Shannon Letcher and Peggy (Winston Patriquin); three stepchildren, Randy (Lisa), Lolita (Leander), Juanita (Tony); many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Ed (Papa) as he was lovingly known had a passion for music and a beautiful singing voice. A small family and close friends service was held January 22 in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro with Rev. Robert Ring officiating. On-line condolences at www.colchestercommunity.com

MacALEESE, Roberta A. "Midge" - 75, of Parrsboro passed away Sunday, January 18, 2015 at the Infirmary Site, QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax surrounded by her loved ones. Born in New Prospect, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Lavenia (Fife) MacAleese. Midge was a graduate of the Nova Scotia Hospital School of Nursing, and was very proud of her long and dedicated career as a nurse. She enjoyed quilting, knitting, baking, gardening, her church and work with the A.C.W., church teas, going to yard sales with her best friend, Shirley Brown, singing and playing music with her family and friends. She is survived by her son, Mark Trembley (Jodie), Beaver Bank; sisters, Muriel Goodwin-Butts (Fred), Dartmouth; Myrna MacBurnie (Trueman), Five Islands; Marion MacAleese (Dr. Edward Ross), Halifax; brothers, Michael (Marilyn), Parrsboro; Wilson "Tooter", Dutch Settlement; Allan "Ebby" (Jackie), Bracebridge, Ont.; Kevin (Mandy), Lower Sackville; granddaughter, Allison Trembley, Halifax; goddaughter, Jacquelyn Lucas, Halifax; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by an infant sister, Mona; brothers, Robert, Wyman "Jake" and Allison "Bubber". Funeral service was held January 23, 2015 at St. George’s Anglican Church, Parrsboro, Rev. Tory Byrne officiating. Burial in church cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

YORKE, Clayton T. – 90, of Halifax, and formerly of Wharton, Cumberland County passed away on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the VG Site, QEII, Halifax surrounded by his loving family. Born in Wharton, he was a son of the late Harry and Gertrude (Yorke) Yorke. Clayton worked with Maritime Tel and Tel for 37 years, retiring in 1981. He was an avid gardener, enjoyed camping, fishing, bowling and helping with church suppers. He was a life member of St. Paul’s United Church, Spryfield. He is survived by his wife, Christena "Chrissie" (Manuge) Yorke; a daughter, Susan "Sue" (Les) Moulton, Halifax; sisters, Helen Terfry, Diligent River; Madeline Terfry, Parrsboro; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sisters, Marion, Doris; brothers, Basil, Hilton, Lorway. Visitation noon until 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro, where funeral service will follow at 2 pm, Keith Selwyn-Smith, DLM officiating. Burial in the Parrsboro United Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul’s United Church. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com


January 2015

STODDART, C. Leighton, beloved husband, father, grandfather age 87, of Masstown, passed away peacefully at Colchester East Hants Health Center on November 23, 2014 with family at his side. Born at South Side, Shelburne County April 26, 1927, he was the son of the late James Harold and Isabelle Mae (Nickerson) Stoddart. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary (Wilson) Stoddart; daughters, Patricia (Gerald) Core, Carnegie, PA and Bonnie (Randy) Withrow, Bible Hill; son, Kendall Stoddart, Masstown; grandsons, Michael (Becka) Terry, Borden, ON; Jason (Kim) Withrow, Bedford; Cory (Julie) Withrow, Beechville; Kevin Stoddart, Baker Lake, NU and David (Ashley) Tunnillie, Kentville; granddaughters, Jennifer Terry, Kingston, ON; Kristi (Brian)Withrow, Petawawa, ON and Crystal (Vernon) Johnson, Truro;  son-in-law, Larry (Josephine) Terry, Cape Broyle, NL; daughter-in-law, Ruth Neevick, Baker Lake, NU; 10 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews. As well as his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, Stanley, Alpheus, Lindsay, and George; sisters, Geneva and Evangeline; half-brothers, Alton, Angus and Myrvil Smith; half-sisters, Etta (Smith) Ross and Sadie Smith. Leighton moved to Truro in 1950 and worked for Caulfield Motors. In 1957 Leighton joined American Motors Canada Ltd. (AMC) as Atlantic Zone Parts & Service Manager, retiring in 1982. After retirement he lived in Barrington for a number of years, then later moved to Masstown. No visitation or funeral service according to his wishes. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, Truro where on-line condolences may be made at: www.ColchesterCommunity.com

ROBERTSON, James Douglas "Doug" – age 82, Truro passed away on Nov. 24, 2014 in Colchester East Hants Health Center. Born Dec. 24, 1931 he was a son of the late Chris and Alice (Lockhart) Robertson. At a very early age he went to live with his Uncle and Aunt, Norman and Belle (Lockhart) Waller who raised him on their farm in Lower Truro. Doug was a car salesman for many years with Willow Mercury/Casey Ford. For years he had his own contracting business. Later he opened his small candy business making fudge and hard candy varieties and again travelled the roads selling, right up until recently. Doug is survived by his wife Eleanor (MCCallum) of 63 years; son, Donnie, (Sharon), Truro; daughters, Janice (Dan) Wile, Waverley,  Wendy (Peter) Heckbert, Truro; grandchildren, Evan (Jennifer), Sarah (Warren), Jillian (Christopher), Corey, Scott (Amy), Kari (Ryan), Robbie and Morgan; great grandchildren, Hannah, Alexander, Gabriel, Ryder, Hunter and Kayla; brothers, Owen, Darrel, Ronnie, Roy; sister, Irma. Doug was predeceased by his son, Gary; brother, George; sister Mary. No visitation or service by request. Interment at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, Truro. On-line condolences may be made at www.colchestercommunity.com

RECTOR-AKERMAN, Audrey Leah (Newton)– 93, Cedarstone Enhanced Care, Truro. After a valiant battle against old age and in the presence of her daughter, Audrey's spirit was released Home to happily rejoin her departed family and friends, on Monday morning, November 24, 2014. Born June 21, 1921, in Parrsboro, she was a daughter of the late Charles W. and E. Maude (Yorke) Newton. Audrey spent her early years in Fox River and then moved to the USA with her parents where she began school and where her two sisters, Kathleen Rose and Lilyan Mae, were born. In 1928 her family returned to Economy where her mother died of TB. Audrey was then lovingly raised and guided by her Aunt Lila and Uncle Churchill Newton, along with her father and extended family. On her 18th birthday, she married her true love, H. Borden "Bordie" Rector; for 38 years they shared the ups and downs of life together. She lost Bordie on November 4, 1977, and remained a widow until June 12, 2010, when she married Harland B. Akerman at his beach cottage. She and Harland enjoyed travel, fishing and much laughter during their courtship and subsequent 20 months of marriage, ending with Harland's passing on February 12, 2012. Since then, Audrey has lived in long term care, first at Valley View Villa, Pictou County, then at Cedarstone, Truro, where she received excellent, loving care from staff at both facilities. Thank you to all, especially Lisa, Rebecca and Christine and also a special thank you to Gary and Colleen Newton. Despite the difficulties and grief she had in her life, Audrey kept a positive outlook and was well known for her quick wit and loving ways. She was a wonderful mother, friend and citizen. She was a lifetime member of Riverside United Church, Bass River, their UCW, and was a member of the Rebekah Lodge, holding all levels of office, plus many other volunteer activities. A wonderful cook, an avid dancer and one born to entertain, she was the life of any party and was never happier than when surrounded by family and friends. She is survived by her daughter, Colleen Rector, Dartmouth; granddaughters, Kelly Rector, Woodstock, Ontario; Kimberly (Rick) Koch, St. Thomas, Ontario; great-grandchildren, Josh Rector, Tim Koch, Jessica Koch, all of St. Thomas, Ontario; sister, Lilyan M. Gadsby, Holland Landing, Ontario; nephews, David Gadsby, Craig (Laura) Gadsby, Glenn (Anne) Gadsby, and their children; brother-in-law, Vance Wilson; nephews, Greg Wilson, Dennis Wilson; niece, Lynette Wilson (Anne), Hamtown Corner, New Brunswick; several close cousins (Newton/Yorke) and stepchildren, Gail, David, Wayne (Akerman) and Iris, Juanita, Helen, Wayne (Roberts) and their families in Ontario and Quebec; former daughter-in-law, Sharon (Rector) Rogers, Oxford, and her sons, Corey and Karl (Andrea) Hansen; several grand-nieces/nephews (Archibald, Fillmore, Tramble and Carr families). Predeceased by her mother, Maude (Yorke) Newton (1928); father, Charlie Newton (1972); sons, Vaughn (1965) and Elston Rector (2012); first husband, Bordie Rector (1977); second husband, Harland Akerman (2012); sister, Kathleen R. Wilson (1992); uncle, Churchill (1984); aunt, Lila Newton (2005); brother-in-law, Albert Gadsby (2003); stepmother, Mildred (Colburne) Newton (1994). Arrangements entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where the funeral service was held November 29, 2014, Reverend Florence Antle-Brison officiating. Internment in Riverside Cemetery, Bass River. Donations in Audrey’s memory may be made to to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or charity of choice are most welcome. Private messages of condolence may be sent to the family by viewing Audrey’s obituary on-line and selecting "Send A Condolence" at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

RIPLEY, Patricia Ann (Benoit), age 64, of Truro, passed away at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro on November 27, 2014. Born in Antigonish, she was the daughter of Jessie (Delorey) and the late Frankie Benoit. Pat was passionate about her family — all 13 brothers and sisters as well as her husband, children, grandchildren — and her community. She is survived by her husband of 39 years William "Bill"; sons Christopher (Morgan), Truro; Matthew (Laura), Sackville, NB;  Devon, Truro; grandchildren,  Liam and Carmen; mother Jessie Benoit, Tracadie; brothers,  Gerard (Linda), Lower Sackville, Joey (Carmel), Port Hawkesbury, Jamey (Glenda), Tracadie, Tommy, Edmonton, Alta; sisters, Lorraine (Frank) McKeough, Linwood, Dianne (John) Burrill, Fall River, Teri (George) White, Tracadie, Janice DeCoste, Auld’s Cove, Valerie (Deverne) Rushton, Londonderry, Barbara (Kevin) MacAskill, Truro,  Michelle (Jonathan) Forrest, Grand Lake,  Joanne (David) Lindsay, Maple Ridge, BC; brother-in-law,  Daniel White, Monastery; and many much loved nieces, nephews, and Godchildren. She was predeceased by her father, Frankie Benoit; sister, Brenda White  and nephew, Justin MacAskill  Cremation has taken place. Funeral mass was held December 2nd in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 669 Prince Street, Truro. Burial will be at the parish cemetery in Tracadie, NS at a later date. Online condolences: www.colchestercommunity.com

McKINNON, Bonita Carolyn – 71, Middleton. It is with great sadness the family announce the sudden death at home of Bonita Carolyn MacKinnon on November 28, 2014. Bonnie was the daughter of the late Roderick & Mildred (Cox) MacKinnon. She is survived by her sister, Elizabeth (Owen); niece, Heather (Jeff); great nieces, Amber McNutt and Tara Moxsom (Jeff) and their families. She was predeceased by her nephew, Roderick Langille. A graveside service will take place in the spring. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall - Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

CROSSMAN, Leonard L. – 73, of Diligent River passed away Saturday, November 29, 2014 at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Upper Nappan. Born in Ward’s Brook, he was a son of the late Robert and Gladys (Boutilier) Crossman. Leonard was employed with Fina, later retiring from Petro Canada after more than 35 years’ service. He is survived by his wife, the former Marjorie MacLeod; a daughter, Lorrie Weir (Mike), Moncton; a son, Robert (Lisa), Mt. Airy, MD; grandchildren, Michael, Timothy and Emma Weir, all of Moncton; Claire and Samuel, both of Mt. Airy. He was predeceased by a sister, Viola; brothers, Everett, Leslie and Welesley. Funeral service was held at Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro on December 2, 2014, Pastor Philip Scott officiating. Burial in the Riverbank Cemetery, Port Greville. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

RICHARDS, Patrick Hugh - 90, Bible Hill, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 30, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Charlos Cove, Guysborough County, he was a son of the late Walter and Gertrude (Snyder) Richard. He was employed with Stanfield’s Ltd. for 36 years and also worked at the Truro Raceway for 20 years. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church Truro and past member of the Bible Hill Fire Department. After retiring he did wood working which he loved. He is survived by daughter, Charlene (Todd) Tattrie, Onslow Mountain; grandson Adam Tattrie, Onslow Mountain, who he loved dearly and known to Adam as Grampie Pat; brothers, Stephen (Madalene), Donald (and friend Shirley), sister, Laura (and friend Murray), all of Truro; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife the former Clarissa "Chris" (Hunt) Richards; brother, Billy Richard; sisters, Clara Dorian, Lockena Rath, Maude Henderson, Pauline MacKenzie. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where a prayer service was held Thursday, December 4, 2014, Father Dariusz Miskowicz officiated. Interment will be held at a later date in Bible Hill Cemetery. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

BERRY, Marilyn J. – of Parrsboro went to be with her Lord on Monday, December 1, 2014 at South Cumberland Community Care Centre, Parrsboro. Born in Two Islands, she was the youngest daughter of the late Bill and Rebecca (Irving) Berry. Upon finishing school in Parrsboro, Marilyn left for Ontario and worked at Westclox in Peterborough. She later trained as a P.C.W. and upon completion worked at Pinehaven Estates, Halifax. She also worked in the hotel industry in Alberta for a number of years. She is survived by sisters, Roberta Feltrin, Dartmouth; Alice Smith (Robert), Dartmouth; brothers, Gregory, Dartmouth; Albert (Marilyn), Halifax; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Allan. There was no visitation. Funeral service was held December 6, 2014 at Highway Pentecostal Church, Parrsboro, Rev. Dewis Rector and Rev. Henry Devito officiating. Burial in St. George’s Cemetery, Parrsboro. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

MacDOUGALL, R. Lorne of Truro, Nova Scotia passed away December 4, 2014 at the age of 96. He was the eldest son of the late Ralph and May (Webb) MacDougall. He was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth (Betty); his siblings, Betty, Bob, Jean, Bill, and Lois; his sons, Ralph and Donald; and his grandson, Charlie. He is survived by his brother Ian (Joan) and sister Margaret Boudreau (Cyril); his children, Helen May Kennedy, John (Mary), Mary, Joe, Bill (Tanis), Chris (Karen), Bobb, Jamie (Tracey Earle), Greg (Jane Hazel), 13 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Lorne was raised in Halifax and joined Wilfred Burchell in the practice of law in Truro in 1944. He had a distinguished legal career, in particular in labour dispute resolution and as Chair of the Dairy Commissions in both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. He was a recipient of the Weldon Award for Unselfish Public Service from the Dalhousie Law School Alumni Association. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Truro since 1946. The family wish to thank Linda Ross and Margie Crossman for their dedication to Lorne and family for the last 10 years, the Palliative Care team, the VON Community Care workers and nurses. In particular, the family wishes to acknowledge the staff and lawyers of Burchell MacDougall, who enabled Lorne to attend his office until two weeks before his death. A funeral mass was held at Immaculate Conception Church on December 9, 2014. On-line condolences may be made at www.colchestercommunity.com

KENRICK, Helen (Mersereau) – 89, Townsview Estates, passed away December 5, 2014 at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Helen was born in Traceyville, New Brunswick, and grew up in Blissville, New Brunswick. She was a daughter of Byron and Winnifred (Bunker) Mersereau. Helen is survived by her sons, Brian (Jane), Middle Stewiacke; Paul (Jackie), Debert; daughter, Ruth Woo, Orwigsburg, PA; grandchildren, Elizabeth (Dean); Beckie (Mike); Natalie (Craig); Ivan (Angie); Ben (Laurena); Amy (Anthony); Joseph; step-grandchildren, Nancy (Jason); Bobby (Rachael); 3 great grandchildren; 4 step great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard; sister, Lillian Degner; brother, Dana. Funeral service was held Monday, December 8, 2014, at Brookfield Baptist Church, Pastor Eric MacKinnon officiated. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

HIRTLE, Howard V. – Age 67, of Advocate Harbour. With sadness we announce the passing of Howard V. Hirtle, dear father to Howard J. Hirtle (of Amherst). A longtime resident of Advocate Harbour, formerly of Apple River and for a few years having lived in Hamilton, Ont. Howard passed away suddenly on Sunday, December 7 at his home in Advocate Harbour in his 68th year. Born in Apple River, he was a son to Canis and Bernice (Anderson) Hirtle; brother to Alice (Wallace), Mary (Cecil), Kanis "Sonny" and Annie. Howard was predeceased by his brother, Wayne (Debbie) and a sister, Cavell (Vernon). Howard will be missed by his grandchildren, Morgan, Jordan; also, his nieces and nephews, Kim, Bernard, Tammy, Cindy, Darrell, Kanis, Brenda and Roseanne (predeceased); several cousins, great nieces and nephews; and by his former wife, Noreen; plus many friends. A celebration of Howard’s life was held at the Advocate Fire Hall December 13, 2014. Arrangements entrusted to Smiths Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com or may be made directly by posting to son, Howie’s personal Facebook page.

McKENZIE, Muriel Ella - 87, Amherst, formerly of Truro, passed away Monday, December 8, 2014, in Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Amherst. Born in Lorneville, on February 1, 1927, she was a daughter of the late Amos and Gertrude (Vance) Spence. She is survived by her children, Judy, Melvin, Victor (Dianna), Alberta; Glenn (Angie), Hugh, British Columbia; Vernon, Marvin, Saskatchewan; Brian (Carolyn), Ontario; Marilyn Adams (Curtis), Portapique, Patsy Smith (Kenny), Londonderry, Barb Bryanton (Stan), Bible Hill; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Cecil McKenzie; son, Larry Spence; siblings, Dorothy (Lorne Whippee), Evelyn (Garnet Kaulback), Stanley, and Milford Spence. A graveside service will take place at a later date in Folly Village Cemetery, Glenholme. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall - Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

SLACK, L. Jean -  92, Debert, passed away on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro with her family at her side. Jean was born in East Mines; she was a daughter of the late Curno and Bertha (Roode) Reid. Jean loved to read and was always on top of current events. She loved company dropping by and liked to go for drives with Fran. Jean was a member of Debert Fire Brigade Ladies Auxiliary. Jean is survived by her son, Shane (Wanda), Debert ; grandsons Kyle (Dawn), Chris (Dalce),Brandon (Olivia), Lee (Jenn); great grandchildren Carrie and Erica; son in law, Harry McMurter, ON. She was predeceased by husband Joe; daughter Cheryl; grandson, Lennie; brothers Carl, Ulric and Ches. By Jean’s request there will be no visitation or funeral service. Spring interment in Folly Mountain Cemetery. Donations in Jean’s memory may be made to the Debert Fire Brigade. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to  Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. Online condolences may be made at www.colchestercommunity.com


 

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