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May 2024

KERR, Diane May – 80, Great Village. Born Diane May Robinson in Lachine, Quebec, to Bruce and Isobel, Diane was a child full of wonder and curiosity for both this world and the next. She was always on a quest for the truth and mystical realities of life and found that when she became a Baha’i in 1970.  After many years of friendship, Diane married her best friend and kindred spirit, Russell, in June of 1975.  The two forged a bond of love and service for humanity as Bahá’is, who would make their home one which welcomed everyone and was free of judgement. Being a Bahá’i, with a philosophy that the world is one and embracing people in their authentic light, shaped how she was as a mother to her two beautiful daughters, Jenny, and Amber. Diane peacefully passed away on March 19, 2024 in Nova Scotia, after a brief battle with illness. Knowing Diane, she is likely enjoying wonderful tea and conversations in the Abhá Kingdom with all those friends who have passed before her. Diane Kerr is preceded in death by her mother, Isobel Robinson; father, Bruce Robinson; brother, Tony Robinson. She is succeeded in death by her husband, Russell Kerr; daughters, Jenny (Ed) and Amber Kerr; grandchildren, David, Nicholas, and Alba. A private memorial was held in her honour on April 6, 2024. Her body will be interred at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

JENNINGS, Jeramy Raymond Vernon – 35, Lower Debert, passed away peacefully, following a sudden illness with cancer, on Sunday, March 24, 2024, at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro, with his Mom at his side. Born in Truro, he was a son of Mark Jennings and Susan Walsh, Lower Debert. Along with his parents, Jeramy is survived by his brother, Travis Jennings, Lower Debert; maternal grandmother, Carolyn Walsh, Truro; several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Vernon Walsh; paternal grandparents, Kenneth and Elizabeth Jennings; several uncles, great uncles and great aunt. Graveside service and interment will be held 3 p.m., Friday, May 10, 2024, in Middle Road Cemetery, Debert. Arrangements for cremation have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

LEDERMAN, Jeanne Dale Archibald passed away peacefully at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre at the peak of the solar eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024. Jeanne was born and raised in Truro, Nova Scotia. She was predeceased by her loving parents, Clifford and Maizie Archibald. Jeanne is survived by her daughter, Claire who she was very proud of; her devoted husband, Peter; beloved brother, Kent; sister-in-law, Shelley; niece, Kaitlin; and great nieces, Jaida and Jemma. She is also survived by brothers-in-law, Bill and Lewis (Margot). Jeanne was educated at Acadia (B.Sc. Biology, 1971) and Dalhousie Law School (LL.B 1974). Jeanne and her husband, Peter Lederman operated their own law firm together in Truro since 1980. Their office occupies a historic property on the corner of Queen and Walker Streets in Truro, which was restored by them in 1984. Her practice was focused on elder law, wills and estates and real estate. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall-Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street where a celebration of life was held on Saturday, April 20, 2024.  Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

JEWKES, Douglas Maxwell - 1934 – 2024 - It is with deep gratitude for a life well lived and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Douglas Maxwell Jewkes, age 89, of Springhill, NS. Doug passed away on Friday, April 12, 2024 at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre in Amherst. Born in Springhill on November 7th, 1934, he was a son of the late Arthur and Ethel (Pettigrew) Jewkes. After graduation from high school, Doug apprenticed at H&R Doane. Following receiving his Charted Accountant designation, he joined the RCAF. He was stationed in Camp Borden, Shilo Manitoba, Cypress, Ottawa and completed his career in Stadacona in Halifax. Upon retirement, he returned to his hometown of Springhill and quickly became involved in the community. He served on town council, was active in the Rotary Club, Legion and the Liberal Party. Doug was the family historian who will be missed dearly by all who knew him including his many cousins. The family would like to give special thanks to neighbours for their kindness over the years. Arrangements have been entrusted to A H Brown Funeral Home, 5 McFarlane St., Springhill, NS (902-597-2361) where a funeral service was held on Friday, April 19th, 2024 at 1PM with Ruth Gamble, LM officiating. Burial will take place in West Brook Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Salvation Army Food Bank or charity of choice. Sharing of memories and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting the online memorial at www.brownsfuneralhome.com or through the A H Brown Funeral Home Facebook Page.

ROBERTS, Virginia Mae "Ginny" – 92, Montrose, passed away peacefully, surrounded by love, on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at home. Born in Montrose, she was a daughter of the late Sanford and Lenora (Dunham) Urquhart. Virginia is survived by her children, Burton (Linda) Roberts, Economy; Philip Roberts, Portaupique; Linda (Dean) Rushton, Highland Village; Ross Roberts, Debert; Michael Roberts, Montrose; Frank (Patty) Roberts, Highland Village; Paul (Carolyn) Roberts, Highland Village; Roy Roberts, Highland Village; 19 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; several great-great grandchildren. Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Cyril Collins Roberts; daughter, Grace Roberts; daughters-in-law, Anne Roberts, Florence Roberts; grandson, Leslie Rushton; great granddaughter, Bleu Roberts; siblings, Albert, Leida, Marion, Harold, Russel, Graham, Robert, Alfred, Alice, William, Joyce. Private interment will be held at a later date in Portaupique Beach Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

MacDONALD, Bernard Montgomery – 79, Debert. It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Bernie, or perhaps Monty, depending on what stage of his life you first met him. Bernie was born in South Haven and passed away in Truro on April 18, 2024. Bernie was predeceased by his wife, Sharon, and is survived by his kids, Susan (Rob), Kenzie, Kenton (Johanna) and Vicki, as well as his grandkids, Jarod, Keegan and Jack. There will be no visitation and a family service will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

BROWN, Gary Leyland 1945 – 2024 - With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Gary Leyland Brown, Age 79, of East Mapleton, Nova Scotia. Surrounded by his loving family, Gary passed away on Friday, April 19, 2024 at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre in Upper Nappan, NS. Gary was born in Springhill, NS on February 27, 1945 to parents Elijah and Phyllis (Sproul) Brown. Though he both started and ended his life living among the blueberry fields of the Lynn Mountain, he spent many years living in Springhill on the Herrett Road, where he watched his children and grandchildren grow up, had many adventures, and made numerous memories with friends. During his career spanning nearly four decades, Gary dedicated himself to the residential and commercial construction industry across Atlantic Canada. He served in various capacities, including as a surveyor, estimator, and site superintendent, leaving his mark on numerous projects throughout the region. He was a committed volunteer throughout his lifetime, Gary generously devoted his time to various organizations, including the Cumberland South Liberal Association, The Boy Scouts, and Springhill Minor Baseball. His passion for community service was evident in his role as a mentor, guiding three scouts to achieve the prestigious Queen Scout award and coaching the Springhill Midget Blues to consecutive provincial titles. Gary's love for sports knew no bounds, but his heart belonged to baseball and his beloved Boston Red Sox. You could see the joy in his eyes when they clinched the World Series victory in 2004, especially after defeating the New York Yankees along the way. Despite his tough and gruff facade, Gary had a heart of gold hidden beneath that exterior. He might've grumbled and muttered under his breath, but he was always first in line to help out someone when they needed it. He had a profound love of the place where he was lucky enough to call home. He often said that the best thing in the world was watching a Lynn Mountain sunset with his dogs by his side. He loved to hunt, the blueberry fields, tending his garden, and fishing in his pond; but above all else, he loved his family. Gary is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Linda. His two sons, Gary Jr. (Karen) of Brookdale and Joseph (Christine) of Coldbrook. Two grandchildren, who were his pride and joy, Matt (Brittany) and Danielle (Peter) and Step-Granddaughter, Veronica. His little brother John (Faye) of Fredericton, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Besides his parents Gary was predeceased by a brother Joseph and sister Joy, who both died in infancy. In the end, Gary's life was not just one of toughness and tenderness, but also of love and legacy. As a cherished husband, brother, father and grandfather, his impact on those around him is immeasurable. From his gruff exterior to his generous heart, Gary's presence left an undeniable mark on everyone fortunate enough to cross his path. The family would like to extend thanks to the staff at CRHCC for their compassionate care, especially to Amy and the palliative care team. Arrangements have been entrusted to A H Brown Funeral Home, 5 McFarlane St., Springhill, NS (902-597-2361) where visitation was held Thursday, April 25th, 2024 from 1 PM to 2 PM followed immediately by the funeral service with Ruth Gamble, DLM officiating. Donations in memory of Gary may be made to the Lung Association, Salvation Army Food Bank or charity of your choice. Sharing of memories and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting the online memorial at www.brownsfuneralhome.com or through the A H Brown Funeral Home Facebook Page.

CROFT, Stella Mae (Mosher)Age 93, Valley / Truro, passed away peacefully on April 4, 2024, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born on January 2, 1931, in Chester Basin, she was a daughter of the late Stanley and Ella (McInnis) Mosher. Stella was the last surviving member of her immediate family.  Throughout her life, Stella took great pride in helping others, beginning with caring for her youngest sister, Jeanette, for most of her life, as well as providing childcare for those in her community. She also worked as a waitress in her younger years. Stella enjoyed knitting, reading novels and visits and phone calls from her sisters-in-law, Beatrice Reeves and Carolyn Mossman. She was a loving and caring person who kept her faith in God. She attended Sunday School as a child, attended Sunday service often and sang in the church choir in Chester Basin.  Stella is survived by her sisters-in-law, Beatrice Reeves, Carolyn Mossman and Vivian Mosher; brother-in-law, Art Lloyd as well as several nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Raymond Croft; her companion of 35 years, Owen Dickson; brothers, Murray, Carl and Bobby Mosher; sisters, Vi Brown, Florence Lloyd and Jeanette Mosher and brother-in-law, Tommy Brown.  Stella was very fortunate to be able to stay in her own home until the time of her passing. The family would like to extend many thanks to neighbours, Joyce and Brian and Evan and Stacey. They would also like to thank Joyce for all her visits, haircuts and help around the house. Much appreciation to the nurses and doctors at the CEHHC Emergency and Palliative Care departments for their exceptional care on her last day as well as VON Homecare.  A Graveside service will take place in Aenon Baptist Church Cemetery, Chester Basin at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences are available at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

CROTHALL, Kimberly AnnAge 47, Bible Hill, passed away on April 4, 2024, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Geraldton, Ontario, on May 5, 1976, she was the daughter of the late Barry and Hazel Crothall.  Kim will be missed by her common-law partner of 17 years, Mark DeBay, Bible Hill; daughter, Hanna Dunlap, Wolfville and son, Korey Dunlap, Upper Stewiacke.  Kim worked at Tim Horton’s on Pictou Road for many years. She was known to spoil all of the kids and dogs that came through the store. Everyone that worked with or knew Kim loved her. She had a laugh that could only be described as contagious.  Donations in Kim’s memory may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

COLBORNE, Leslie Wynne Drake (Miller) - Age 77, passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2024, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Leslie was born on October 5, 1946, in Wolfville to the late Henrey Eben " Red " Miller and Iris Leila Miller (Poole).  Predeceased by her husband, Allen George Colborne who passed away in November of 2015 in Maidstone, SK at the age of 69 years. He was born on March 13, 1946.  She is survived by her daughters, Mellissa Ann McCallum (Craig), Tania Marie Colborne and Anne Marie Donovan (Brett); grandchildren, Jessica Marie Colborne-Elliott (Nicholas), Bradley Allen Donovan (Lauren), Emily Ann Donovan, Nichole Brett Donovan, Devon Paul Joseph Donovan; great grandchildren, Daxton Allen Donovan, Kamryn Brett Edward Donovan and Briar Rose Bennett.  A Graveside service will be held for both of our loving parents in the Lower Pleasant Valley Cemetery on July 6, 2024, at 1 pm.

WHITE, Joseph OttoAge 60, Hilden. It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Joe White on April 9, 2024. Born on June 26, 1963, Joe was the youngest son of the late Joseph and Annie White. He grew up in New Waterford and one of his fondest memories was when his father would pile six or seven kids into the Volkswagen Beetle and take them out to the channel to go swimming on Saturdays. After graduating from UCCB and NSIT, Joe worked at Pratt & Whitney for 35 years.  Joe leaves behind his wife of 30 years, Jennifer and his children, Joseph, Jarrett and Emily along with a large extended family. The kids and I feel very lucky and blessed to have had so many great times and so much laughter with Joe. He will be dearly missed.  Special thanks to all the kind and compassionate doctors and nurses who helped with Joe’s care over the past few years.  A visitation was held on April 13th from 1:30 – 2:30pm in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences are available at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

Crowell, Emily AdeleAge 34, Côte Saint-Luc, QC. It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear Emily on her birthday, April 10, 2024 in Montreal, QC.  Emily was born in Truro, NS. She graduated from Cobequid Educational Centre in 2008. During high school and early university, Emily worked at Canadian Tire and at the Truro Tourist Bureau. In 2012, she earned a Bachelor of Science (Biology) from Dalhousie University. Emily was a member of the Truro Cheer Club and the Tiger Cheer Team at Dalhousie University.  After completing her undergrad in 2012, and out for a bit of adventure, Emily left Nova Scotia and travelled to Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, that fall, where she worked as a language assistant through the Odyssey Program, to help students learn and improve their English-speaking skills. This was when her passion for teaching truly blossomed. She obtained her M.A. Teaching and Learning (Science and Technology) from McGill University in 2015 and began her teaching career that same year, teaching at various high schools within the English Montreal School Board, including Westmount High School, Vincent Massey Collegiate and Royal Vale School. It was during this time that she met Jay Srinivasan. They spent five wonderful years together. Sadly, their happiness was short-lived as Jay passed away just eight months after their marriage. Emily selflessly and lovingly cared for Jay in his remaining months, giving it her all.  Tragedy struck again when Emily was diagnosed with cancer only five months after Jay’s passing. Despite the challenges, Emily remained hopeful and found love again with Alec Rozsnaki-Sasseville. They forever dreamed of new treatment possibilities that would finally allow them to one day start their own family and grow old together. They got engaged on December 19, 2023, in Civic Square in Truro. Alec’s unwavering love and support during her final year brought immense comfort to Emily, which her family is so thankful for.  Emily’s interests extended beyond teaching; besides a true interest in anything nature and science related, she loved travelling and camping and was always keen for adventures. Emily will be deeply missed by her parents, Terry and Kathy Crowell; her brother, Corey (Jill), numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, including her cousin/best friend, Jenna (Jeff) and their children, Sawyer and Indie, whom Emily deeply loved. She will also be missed by her father-in-law, Subbiah (Vasan) Srinivasan; brother-in-law, Dev (Jessica) Srinivasan; sister-in-law, Maya (Len) Srinivasan-Bogh; their kids and many friends she made in both Nova Scotia and Quebec. Additionally, she is mourned by her fiancé, Alec Rozsnaki-Sasseville; his parents, Joseph Rozsnaki and Suzanne Sasseville; his brother, Thomas (Pénélope) and their extended family. Emily leaves behind her beloved dogs, Jasmine and Maggie, who brought a gentle presence of comfort and joy to their beloved owner.  She was predeceased in death by her husband, Jay Srinivasan; her paternal grandparents, William Crowell and Shirley (Jake) Robben; her maternal grandparents, Ada and Raymond Ettinger and her mother-in-law, Gladys Hinch Srinivasan.  In lieu of flowers, we ask that contributions in honour of Emily be made to the CHUM Foundation for cancer research ) or CEHHC "We Care About Cancer".  A service will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 1pm in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, with Eileen Corah officiating. Reception will follow the service. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com 

MacCALLUM, Carol Anne (nee Smith), affectionately known as "Meme" – age 82, Valley, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 14, 2024, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in New Glasgow, May 24, 1941, she was a daughter of the late Clarence and Isabelle Smith. Meme was the wife of her late beloved husband, John "Alden" MacCallum for 61 years.  Meme worked for over 32 years as a public servant for the Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forests. She was also a long-time member of St. James Presbyterian Church. Meme and her husband were avid members of the local community bowling and curling clubs.  Meme split her time between her home in Bible Hill and her cottage in Brule. Her fondest memories were spending time at her cottage, alongside the ocean, sitting on the porch watching beautiful sunsets and spending time with family and friends. Often overseeing many washer toss and horseshoe tournaments on the meticulously kept green lawn and beautiful surrounding gardens, adorned by her fine artistry.   Meme cherished her many friends; however, we would like to thank Florence and Josie MacLachlan and Jimmy Ives who were more than just neighbours, always there providing friendship and support. She will truly be missed by her extended family and all who knew and loved her.  Meme is survived by her children, John (Myrna) MacCallum, Harmony, Sherry (Alan) Smith, Ottawa, Kevin MacCallum (Barb Dykeman), Upper Musquodoboit; grandchildren, James (Cecilia) Ash, Ottawa, Jeffery Hutchison, Ottawa, Lindsay (Troy) James, Cole Harbour, Linden MacCallum, Truro, Elisha MacCallum, Lower Harmony; endeared great-grandmother to, Sofia Ash, Ella Ash, JJ Hutchison, Jackson Hutchison, Camden James, Kanan James, Kingston James, Jaya MacCallum-Legere, Micah MacCallum-Legere, Tristan Mattatall; K-9 companion, Lucky and lovingly remembered by her brothers, Allan (the late Sharon), Murray (Karen), predeceased by Jamie and David and her sister, Elaine (Rick) Gautreau.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St, Truro, where Meme’s family receives friends on Friday, April 19, 2024.  To follow, a private interment in Bible Hill Cemetery will be held for immediate family, where Meme will be laid to rest in peace next to her loving husband, Alden.  We thank everyone for their kind words of condolence, as we celebrate a life well lived.  We also extend our thanks to the Doctors, Nurses and staff of the Palliative Care Unit at Colchester East Hants Health Centre. We are grateful for their excellent care, compassion, kindness and dignity with which they treated our beloved Meme.  Remembrances in Meme’s memory to Kemptown United Church Cemetery are welcomed. 

BATES, Norman Robert "Bob" – Bible Hill - Not every individual is so fortunate to quietly take a "pen in hand" to share a few comments before their next journey. There is a saying, "I am not afraid of dying but before I die, I want to live." My solo journey around the globe required numerous dollars so after leaving the Nova Scotia Teachers College, I jumped the train in Truro and headed to Sudbury, Ontario, where I obtained employment one mile underground in a nickel mine. After working seven days per week, one mile under ground, and saving every dollar, in the spring I resigned and hitch-hiked to Ottawa to fly to Glasgow, Scotland, to begin my three-year journey. Thank you for understanding my years of global travel. Goodbye from Bible Hill, Nova Scotia, Canada.  Bob arrived into this world on January 17th. As a result of a stroke, he departed last week on Sunday, April 14, 2024. He was the son of Cecilia (nee MacDonald) and Gordon Bates, Bible Hill. Besides being predeceased by his parents, Robert was also predeceased by his brother, Gary and an infant brother. He is survived by his brothers, Fred (Margaret), Nanaimo; Ray (Betty), Guysborough and Jack (Jan) Bible Hill.  By Robert’s instructions, there will be no funeral-home visitation or flowers. Public interment will be held on Sunday, May 12, 2024, at 2pm in Middle Stewiacke Cemetery, Middle Stewiacke, NS.  If so desired, donations in Robert’s memory will be appreciated to Hope for Wildlife or Middle Stewiacke Cemetery.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences are available at www.ColchesterCommunity.com.  Bob carried this sack as he circled Earth. This bag, labelled with many of the countries he visited and a fresh deck of playing cards, have been placed with him in his casket. Robert’s journey continues.

HENCHER, Rachael Elizabeth (1991-2024)

Valley, Nova Scotia- Just before the sun rose on Friday, April 19, 2024 our beloved daughter Rachael departed this world.  Following graduation from the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia she spent two years in post graduate studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. In October of 2017, a month before she was to move to England, she was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Unfortunately, the prognosis was never favourable, with subsequent treatments and operations only serving to slow the tumour’s growth for periods of time.  Rachael was 32, naturally artistic and a self-professed lover of books, tea, cats and dogs. Her cherished Miss Kitty went on before her this January, but Scarlet, whom Rachael found abandoned in a parking lot when at Queen’s, was with her always. Ella, the puppy she chose for us almost eleven years ago, was Rachael’s faithful guard dog during her last months.  Rachael was the daughter of Myra and Ed Hencher (Valley) and younger sister of Nathan Valley). She was the niece of Rhonda and Tick Watts (Charlottetown), John and Andrea Hencher (Dartmouth) and Joanne Hencher and partner Twisty Walsh (Charlottetown).  Rachael was predeceased by her maternal grandparents Shirley (McNutt) and Brice Stokes (Truro) and her paternal grandparents Joan (Storey) and Edward Hencher (Charlottetown).  There are so many individuals and groups who helped us all along this journey. We’d like to acknowledge the following: Flowstar Industrial and staff where Rachael worked for a short while when she was able. Your support and kindness will never be forgotten.  The VON of Colchester County who assisted us over the past three months. You were all so amazingly competent and caring. Such a difficult job you do yet with such professionalism and humanity.  The staff, doctors, nurses, admin and maintenance/house-keeping at our hospital here in Truro and those at the Infirmary/ Dickson Centre/QEII in Halifax. We’ve seen firsthand how hard you work and say "Thank You." Special acknowledgements to Dr. Adrienne Weeks, Dr. Mary MacNeil, Dr. Lara Best, Dr. Kristin Ikeda, Dr. Nina Makkar and Dr. Donald Pugsley who was Rachael’s family physician until his retirement.  To our wonderful friends who never wavered in their love and care, may all your kindness come back to you many times over. To Rachael’s special friends Ashley (UK), Terra (BC), Emma (NS) and Sara (USA) a heartfelt thank you for being there for her. May your lives be forever filled with joy.  No visitation or flowers. A private service will be held later this spring. In lieu of flowers please donate to finance@qe2foundation.ca and request in a note that your donation be used for brain cancer research. Thank you all.

FAULKNER, Helen RuthAge 75, Truro. A kind and loving heart has stopped beating. It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Helen Ruth Faulkner on April 19, 2024.  Helen is survived by her husband, Andy Faulkner, Truro; son, Jason and daughter, Stefanie (Ted Harder) all of Calgary. She is also survived by sisters, Jean Dorothy (Fred) Brown, Ann Marie (Lloyd) MacDonald, Barbara (Bobby) Pearce, Jean (Jack) Miller and Susan Cordeau (Logan Brownell); brother, Ted (Debbie); brother-in-law, Steve Robertson.  She was predeceased by her mother, Dorothy in 2016; sister, Diane Robertson and brother, Robert. Helen’s family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff of The Magnolia for the love and care provided to her.  If so desired, donations in Helen’s memory may be made to the Canadian Wildlife Federation.  Cremation has taken place under the direction of Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS, from where a service was Friday, April 26th with Rev. Glenn MacLean officiating. Online condolences by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

WARREN, John Urbin Frederick – 65, Onslow Mountain, passed away at home on April 19, 2024.   Born in Truro, he was the son of the late John and Phyllis (Carmichael) Warren.  John worked for Seaboard Transport for 15 years.  Surviving are his daughters, Kelly-Anne Warren, Toronto, ON, Cecilia Rose Tucker, Lindsay, ON; six grandchildren in ON; sister, Michelle Rose (Bill) MacIntyre, Truro.  Also survived by niece, April-Rose McDade (Kirby Young) and nephew, Christopher Daniel Hulan (Jenna Hoskin); step-nephews, Landon Curry and Aidan Curry; several cousins in NS and P.E.I.  Besides his parents, John is predeceased by his sister, Rebecca Jane Warren (2019); aunts and uncles.  The family wishes to give special thanks to Kirby Young, Paul Roberts and Dr. Lorraine Pelley.   In lieu of flowers and donations please have a "Molson Canadian" in memory of Johnny.  A visitation for family and friends was held on Thursday, April 25th in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro, NS.  Condolences may be made by visiting https://www.colchestercommunity.com

GILL, Christopher – of Bible Hill, formerly of Corner Brook, Newfoundland, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at the age of 67. He was the son of the late Neil and Mary Gillard and not a day went by that Chris didn’t speak of his mother and father.  He leaves to mourn his brothers, Neil, Alan and Robert; sisters, June, Marilyn and Sandy. He was predeceased by sister, Karen and brother, Kerry.  His greatest love was his most precious children, Michael, Nancy and Kaitlyn and his grandchildren.  Chris had his own sign painting business in Newfoundland. Then, Chris went on to become a commercial helicopter pilot. Chris spent 26 years in martial arts. He was an exceptional singer/songwriter and musician. Chris’s musical career began as a drummer and then a self-taught guitar player. In his later years, he taught himself to play the piano. His vocal talents speak for themselves through his music. Chris’s song writing was his heart. Each of his songs came from a special place and in his music, you will hear his heartache and the joy he lived.  Chris will be remembered for his compassionate spirit and kind heart. Chris touched the lives of so many with his infectious smile and big laughter. When you met Chris, you walked away with memories of a great conversation and if you were one of the lucky ones, a hug that made you feel truly special. Heaven’s orchestra has just gained a truly gifted artist and a man with a true heart of gold.  Donations may be made in Chris’s memory to Children’s Wish Foundation or charity of your choice.  A Celebration of Life will be held in the near future and details will be available once everything has been finalized. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro.

MacLEOD, Dr. Malcolm Kenneth - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Malcolm K. MacLeod, age 87, on April 24, 2024, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro, Nova Scotia. He was born October 10, 1936, in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. His parents, Ian & Sadie (Cameron) MacLeod, then moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia where he grew up. He had three siblings: Marlene Whiston (David), Joan Cameron Gibson, and Mora Andrews (Roy).  He was predeceased by his sister, Marlene Whiston; brother-in-law, Roy Andrews and his first cousin, Kenneth Franklin Cameron.  Malcolm is survived by his wife, Heather R. (Elliott) Williamson MacLeod; stepson, Sean D. Williamson; step-grandchildren, Brooke D. Williamson, Eve V. Williamson, Timothy M. S. Williamson and Robert E. Williamson and sisters, Joan Cameron Gibson and Mora Andrews.  He was a scholar: B.A. - Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Masters – The University of Toronto; PhD – The University of Ottawa. He first taught at the Halifax Grammar School; Kings College, Wolfville, N.S.; two years – Memorial University, St. John’s, Nfld.; Teachers College, Truro, N.S.; Memorial Univ.: Deputy Director, Office of Research and Professor in the History Dept. He became a full professor in the History Dept. at Memorial Univ. He was the President of the Newfoundland Historical Society; Consultant and Contributing Writer – Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador, Volumes Three, Four, and Five. Over the years, Malcolm wrote numerous Academic Journals, Articles and Books: "A Bridge Built Halfway"; "Connections"; "Peace of the Continent"; and "Nearer Than Neighbours". Historical Articles: "Kindred Countries" – Canada and Newfoundland Before Confederation; "Heaven is Herds and Crops" by Malcolm MacLeod and Joan Cameron MacLeod Gibson. He did a lot of historical research at the Colchester Museum and Library, Truro, N.S., and at others in Canada and the U.S. In 2011, he wrote a Murder Mystery: "HydroStone" (Halifax, N.S.), then in 2014, wrote "A Halifax Boyhood". We wish to thank the Doctors, Nurses, and Staff at the Colchester East Hants Hospital, Truro, N.S. for their great work, kindness and compassion. We also wish to thank Colchester Community Funeral Home.  There will be a Memorial Service at First United Church, Truro, N.S., on May 7, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Alzheimer Society, N.S., or to a charity of your choice.

WHITEHEAD, Kenneth Earl – 71 of Port Hope, Ontario passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 11, 2024.  Born in Windsor, NS, he was the son of Eveline (Rines) Whitehead and the late Wilfred Whitehead.  He lived his younger years in Kennetcook, moving to Toronto at a very young age, meeting his wife Donna. They had two children, Amanda and Kenneth Jr. He worked many years in Toronto, later moving to Port Hope.  Kenny loved the outdoors, spending a lot of time at his shop and being with his best buddy "the dog" and walking her along the beach. He enjoyed also being with his friends.  Kenny is survived by his partner, Vicky Hepburn; ex-wife, Donna; his daughter, Amanda and her four children; son, Kenneth Jr. and his three children; sisters, Alice (Arthur Hennigar) and Wanda Filek; five aunts and many nieces and nephews.  Kenny was predeceased by his father, Wilfred Whitehead; brother, Wilfred "Sonny" Whitehead Jr. and brother-in-law, Raymond Filek. and son-in-law, Barry.  Burial will take place at a later date.  Condolences to the family may be made by visiting: www.ColchesterCommunity.com 

MacPHEE, Helen Maudie (nee Delaney), May 28, 1944 – April 24, 2024, age 79. It is with profound sadness that the family of Helen Maudie MacPhee announce her passing on April 24, 2024, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, with her family by her side.  Helen was a strong, loving, and caring person. Her pride and joy were her children and grandchildren. She grew up in Belmont and loved her little community. Helen worked briefly at Kohler Windows, but mostly she was at Bagnell’s Cleaners, where she knew all the customers.  Mom will be loved and missed every day by sons, Danny MacPhee, and Freddie MacPhee (Jaklyn); daughter, Heather Furlong (Donald); grandchildren, Becky, Edward, Kelsy, Cassandra, Danny, Randy, Cynthia, James, Caitlin; seventeen great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Helen will also be lovingly remembered by her siblings, Evelyn (Eric) Weaver, Joan (Brian) Ellis, Reginal Delaney, and Harold (Denise) Delaney.  Helen was predeceased by her daughter, Connie Carlton; her parents, Laurie and Isabel Delaney; brothers, Bud, and Russell; sisters Reta Jean, and Georgina; daughter-in-law, Cindi Milligan MacPhee.  Our heartfelt thanks go out to Helen’s husband, Donnie, for the loving and caring support he gave to our mother, always being there for her. Thank you, too, to all the family and friends for the phone calls, messages, and support. Our sincere gratitude and appreciation go to the doctors and nurses at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, and VON Home Care, for your compassionate and loving care.  In keeping with Helen’s wishes, there will be a family graveside service in Belmont Cemetery at a later date.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS.

A joint graveside service will be held for Kay and Clayton on June 5, 2024 at 2pm in the Riverside United Church Cemetery, Bass River. Clayton Earl Lewis, 84, Bass River passed away March 3, 2021. Kathleen Maude Lewis, is wife, 86, Bass River, passed away peacefully on December 23, 2023 at Debert Court. Kathleen was born in Upper Economy. All are welcome.

 


April 2024

BRADLEY, Keith Aubrey - Bible Hill, formerly of Princeport, passed away February 12, 2024, at the age of 71 years. He was the son of Fred and Faye Bradley. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn; son, Shayne Joudrey (Sarah, Sophia), and sisters, Gwen, Judy, Shirley and Linda. Cremation has taken place. At his request, there will be no visitation or service.

LANGILLE, Bertha Josephine – Age 87, Truro, passed away peacefully on February 13, 2024, in Cedarstone Enhanced Care, Truro. Bertha was born on September 21, 1936, in Five Islands, Colchester County, to her parents, the late Ernest and Rosella (née Peterson) Wadman. For many years, Bertha was a Nurse’s Aide at the Colchester Regional Hospital. After retiring from the hospital, she was an in-home care giver. Bertha was always there for you with a smile, a kind word or one of her amazing hugs. Bertha is survived by her daughter, Audrey Langille, Truro; sister, Sylvia Warren, Amherst; nieces, Tammy Warren (Springhill), Sandra Warren (Parrsboro), Laura Lloy (Collingwood); nephew, Huey Warren (Parrsboro); great-niece, Bella Warren (Springhill). Bertha was predeceased by her husband, Milton Langille, and many brother and sisters. If so desired, donations in Betha’s memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. A graveside service will be held at a later date in Bible Hill Cemetery, 41 Warren Drive, Bible Hill. Arrangements entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

LANGILLE, Christopher Dewight – Age 37, Bible Hill. The family is saddened and heartbroken to announce the sudden passing of Christopher Dewight Langille on February 21, 2024, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro, due to a massive heart attack. He was born on July 17, 1986, in Truro, to Earl Dewight Langille and Carolyn Hamilton Archibald.

Chris was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Evelyn Mabel (Lemond) and Douglas Logan Langille; maternal grandparents, Mae Lillian (Dean) and Cecil Elmer Archibald.

He is survived by his father, Dewight Langille; his mother, Carolyn Archibald; his daughter, Kylie MacLellan and her mother, Chelsey MacLellan; brother, Jason Hamilton; many aunts, uncles, cousins and numerous friends.

Chris owned and operated his own business, C. Langille Auto Detailing, in Central Onslow. He had many loyal clients, for which he was very grateful. He was a hard worker and took great pride in completing a job for his clients that was nothing but exceptional. Chris was very kind and caring. He always had the time to stop and listen and would help anyone in need.

Chris loved sports and excelled in hockey. He played on local teams including Shearer Construction and Highgrade/28Black. He always looked forward to participating in the annual Austin Memorial Hockey Tournament in Tatamagouche. Chris had a passion for playing as net minder in ball hockey and supported any position on the various baseball teams that he was a part of. Chris loved the camaraderie of playing the game and enjoying the banter after with teammates.

Most importantly, he loved his daughter, "Ky", with whom he shared a very special bond. Ky was a daddy’s girl and they spent quality time together every day.

We would like to thank the compassionate and professional treatment from the Bible Hill Fire Brigade First Responders, the many EHS Paramedics and the emergency doctors and nurses at CEHHC. Also, a very large thank you to the members and teammates of the Truro and area hockey associations and friends and family who have so openly donated their time, money, food, messages, phone calls and words of comfort through social media.

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to a future trust fund set up for Christopher’s daughter, to the Bible Hill Fire Brigade, or a charity of your choice.

A celebration of life was held on Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. A spring interment will take place in Bible Hill Cemetery.

BOURGEOIS-BENT, Annette Marie Peacefully at home with family by her side, it is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Annette Marie Bourgeois-Bent, MVO, on Monday, February 19, 2024, at age 54. Annette, of Valley, NS, (formerly of Montague, PE) was the beloved wife of Const. Wayne "Skipper" Bent and proud mother of Colby and Shelby; loving daughter of Marguerite Bourgeois and dear sister to Robert, Jackie, Chantale (Barry) Ansems, Geraldine (Qiao), Shannon (Blaine) Jenkins, Kathryn (Dustin) Widdifield; and long-time family friend of Donna Cain. Annette was an adored aunt to her SIXteen nieces and nephews, a cherished niece, cousin, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, and friend. She was predeceased by her brother, Chris, and brother-in-law, Peter Doucette. Born on April 17, 1969, Annette was an avid traveler and was fortunate to experience living, working, and traveling in many countries of the world. Having been interested in politics as a young teenager, she was selected into the Legislative Assembly Page Program in 1986, where she served as Head Page. Annette was tenacious when it came to seeking out the truth, especially during her years as a reporter with The Eastern Graphic and later with the Nunatsiaq News in Nunavut. There, she volunteered as a firefighter and went on to become the first Press Secretary to Paul Oakalik, Premier of Canada's newest territory. As Chief of Protocol, she coordinated Queen Elizabeth II's Royal Visit to Nunavut in 2002. Annette was appointed, by the Queen, as a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO), which recognizes extraordinary, important, or personal services to members of the Royal Family. She was also the recipient of the Queen's Gold and Platinum Jubilee medals. Annette eventually moved back to the East Coast where she and her husband were raising their family. The family is grateful to the Palliative Care team, the nurses and doctors at the Nova Scotia Cancer Center, the Victoria General Hospital, the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, and nurses and home care at the Victorian Order of Nurses. The family also thanks friends and neighbours for their continuing support. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to her children's education fund at benteducationfund@gmail.com. Resting at Colchester Community Funeral Home Annette will be taken to Ferguson-Logan Montague Funeral Home, 40 Wood Island Hill, Montague, PE, for a funeral service on February 24, 2024, at 1 pm, in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Montague, PE. Interment to take place at a later date in the St. Michael's Catholic Parish Church Cemetery, Iona, PE.

Vance, Arthur (Art) Kelvin, Age 69, Dartmouth passed away peacefully Saturday February 24, 2024 at home. Born in Debert, he was a son of the late Elmer and Una (Giddens) Vance. Art worked for over 25 years as an electrician for the Irving Ship Yards.  Art enjoyed grabbing a drink with friends at the local pub. Art also enjoyed his daily word puzzles. In Art’s free time, his favorite place to go was his cottage in Portaupique. He is survived by sisters Bette Inglis, Toronto; Barb Adams, Sackville; Marsha (Ray) Bull, Eastern Passage; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sisters Vivian, Gayle and Tanya and brothers Keith and Robert. Donations can be made to the charity of your choice. Online condolences can be made to www.eastcoastmemorial.ca

RUSHTON, David "Vernon" – Age 69 of Lornevale, passed away February 27, 2024. He was a son of the late Bamford "Bar" and Mildred (Cooke) Rushton. Vernon worked many years as a "tandem" truck driver serving several construction companies in Nova Scotia. He is survived by his wife, Joyce (Kaulback); sons, Danny (Kristal) Rushton and Terry (Shauna) Kaulback, both of Quesnel, B.C.; grandchildren, Carter, Emmett, McKenly, Harley and Shayla; great grandson, Carson; sisters, Barbie (Bob) Burns, Nora (Chesley) Faulkner; brothers, Layton and Darrell (Lisa). Besides his parents, he was predeceased by daughter, Donna Fay. Family flowers only. Vernon had a great respect for the volunteer fire department so donations in his memory may be made to a local fire department of donors’ choice. There are so many to thank including family, friends, neighbours, and medical staff who attended to Vernon as well as the D.O.T. who assisted the family in getting to the hospital. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life was held March 4th followed by a brief service in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, N.S. Eileen Corah officiating. Online condolences at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

MINGO, Grant William – Age 72 of Valley. It is with saddened hearts that we announce the passing of Grant on February 28, 2024, in the Palliative Care Unit, Colchester East Hants Health Centre with his family by his side. Grant was born in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia and was the son of the late Clair and Norma (Murdock) Mingo. After graduation and then studying to be an Oil Burner Mechanic, Grant began his working career with Irving Oil and then went on to become Grocery Manager with CO-OP in Tatamagouche. His wonderful rapport with the customers was noticed by management with General Foods and he was approached to become a Route Sales Representative with Hostess Potato Chips (later Pepsi Co.). Grant spent 32 years as a full-time Sales Representative with Hostess/Frito-Lay and after retirement was requested to return to work and then spent another thirteen years working part-time with the Company. Grant is survived by his wife of 48 years, Verna (Barkhouse) of Valley; son, Mark (Stephanie) of Tatamagouche; daughter, Stacy (Peter) Currie of Enfield; son, Wayne (Myra) of Sackville and his grandchildren, Connor, Laura and Nicole Mingo, Bria Currie, Phoebe and Connor Waugh. Besides his immediate family, Grant is also survived by his Uncle Sammy Murdock, Aunt Phyllis Murdock, many nieces and nephews, sisters and brothers-in-law, and many treasured cousins. Besides his parents, Grant was predeceased by his brother, Ronald. Much appreciation and a sincere thank you to Dr. Blaauwendraat, Dr. Rowe, Dr. Smith and the Palliative Care team, the VON/CCA team and the nurses at the Oncology Unit of the Truro hospital. An extra special thank you to the Murdock family and the Arbuckle family for your unwavering support, phone calls and visits during this extremely difficult time. Donations in memory of Grant may be made to the Colchester East-Hants Hospice Society of Truro or the Palliative Care Unit at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre. A celebration of life for Grant was held in the H. Douglas Boyce Village Hall, 69 Pictou Rd., Bible Hill March 21st. A private family interment will be held in the Crossroads Cemetery, Valley at a later date. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St. Truro, N.S. Online condolences are available at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

O’LEARY, Shea Alexander Bible Hill, died suddenly on February 29, 2024, at the age of 35. Angelic in looks but not in attitude, Shea remained rebellious at heart throughout his life. Shea struggled in his teenage years. He caused suffering, but also suffered greatly. Only the people who knew him best saw his kind and loving side. He was politically astute, he fought for what he believed in and he had a close relationship with God. He was an unfailingly and loyal friend, flashy and polite. He worshiped his family. Shea was as tough as nails and despite his struggles, he considered his life blessed. His wisdom, wit, generosity, spirit and laugh will be missed by all who knew him. Shea is adored by his parents, Bob and Erin; his brother, Brendan (Leah); his gram, Barbie Reynolds and fur-baby, Ty. His heart was overflowing with love, admiration and gratitude for Amelie and her family and Meagan, Mia and Legend. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. Shea was predeceased by his nan, Alice O’Leary; his grandpa, Ray O’Hara; his cousin, Ashley and fur-baby, Chum. Special thanks to Josh Lane, EHS (all of them), Aunt Sue, Uncle Shawn, Aunt Heather, Randy and Clay (Avid Energy, Alberta). Donations in Shea’s memory may be may to the Canadian Mental Health Association. Cremation has taken place. A service was held Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at 2 pm in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. Minister Marty Clark-Ettinger officiating. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

CLUSIAUX, Myrna Gloria (Rushton) - Age 82 of Truro Heights, while surrounded by family, Thursday February 29, 2024, God in all His mercy and wisdom called our mother home. Born on August 8, 1941, Myrna was the eldest daughter of L. Eldon and Ida Rushton, Westchester, NS. She is survived by her loving daughter, Donna-Jean (David) Bauer, Pikeville, NC; devoted son, Robert (Abby) Clusiaux, Londonderry, NS; three cherished grandchildren, Ashley, Grayson and Cy (Bill); two treasured sisters, Carolyn Rushton, Truro and Jean (Carl) MacDonald, Truro Heights; two sisters-in-law, Marilyn E. Rushton and Leona Foley; eight nieces, Heather, Karen, Barb, Debbie, Darlene, Cindy, Jeannine and Kelly and seven nephews; Donald, Deverne, Rodney, Mark, Gerry, Bill and Brian; an uncle, Hubert, PEI; an aunt, Georgie and many adored cousins. Myrna was predeceased by her parents and a brother, Gerald D. Rushton. After graduating from Great Village High School, Myrna furthered her education by attending and successfully completing studies at Bethany Bible College. She began her communications career at Maritime Tel & Tel, but the city life soon "called" her and she ventured to Toronto, ON where she rose through the ranks at Bell Canada, retiring in 1994. Returning to Nova Scotia, Myrna spent her time with those she loved, doing things she enjoyed. Verna was a talented seamstress making or mending our clothes. Myrna was our family’s matriarch, a strong, wise woman, who loved us beyond measure. Dedicated to her children, she laid the foundation for honesty, respect, and empathy. A compassionate daughter, Myrna cared for her mother until she passed in 2008. As a sister, she was always someone to turn to who would lend an ear and keep an open heart with a positive attitude. We would like to thank her church family for their continued prayers and encouragement. The residents at Bayview Homestead for their friendship to our mom over the years, the nurses, CCA’s and meal deliverers at the VON for services provided, and also her medical team and their staff in Truro and Halifax for providing care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Truro Heights United Baptist Church, The Thirsty Church, Colchester SPCA or a charity of your choice. Cremation has taken place, a visitation was held March 8th in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro, NS. Her life was remembered and celebrated on March 9th in the Truro Heights United Baptist Church, 343 Truro Heights Road, Truro Heights, NS with Rev. Connie Stewart officiating. Online condolences may be made at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

HARRIS, Kevin Christopher of Truro, died of cancer peacefully at home, on March 3, 2024. He was born to Richard Patrick and Margaret Lorraine (Hazel) Harris in Santa Rosa, California on February 4, 1960. Kevin grew up in California and New York, moving to a Newfoundland outport at age thirteen. He tried his hand at everything from goat herding to air traffic control and retail, eventually settling into a career in cooking, becoming a Red Seal chef. In this midst of this process, he married Lora and began a family, and after many moves from one coast to the other, they settled in Nova Scotia to raise their children. Kevin successfully ran several resort kitchens in the Maritimes for over 20 years. Kevin credited his success to "Sheer bloody-mindedness!" and was bemused to have developed loyal kitchen teams despite his absolute insistence on excellence. Kevin truly enjoyed mentoring his kitchen staff both professionally and personally and took great satisfaction in watching their progress. Kevin's interests included history (mainly military), science fiction, board games, and of course food. His vast array of knowledge will be greatly missed. It is characteristic of Kevin's utter integrity in how he lived his life, that he wanted it known that he "tried very hard to be a good person, without universal success". Kevin is survived by his wife, Lora (Payzant) Harris; children, James Harris and Claire Harris (Chris Traverse); grandchildren, Winston, Hazel, Erin and Fiadh; parents, Richard and Margaret Harris; siblings, Patrick Harris (Catherine Eilertsen) and Susan (John) Hall, six nieces and nephews. We want to thank Dr. Bush, Drs. Jeyakumar and Rowe and the Oncology team, Dr. Smith and the Truro Palliative Care team, and the Truro VON for outstanding care and support. A visitation was held n Colchester Community Funeral Home on March 10th. Requiem Mass was, March 11, 2024. Donations may be made to Doctor's Without Borders or other charity of one's choice.

MURPHY, Eloise Evelyn (Stevens) – Age 85 of Onslow. It is with heavy hearts that the family of Eloise Evelyn Murphy announces her passing on Saturday, March 2, 2024. Born in Debert, she was the daughter of the late Lloyd and Hilda (Roode) Stevens. Eloise was a long-time registered nurse, graduating in 1959. She worked at the Aberdeen Hospital, the Colchester Regional Hospital and Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital, eventually retiring from York Manor in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Herman; daughter, Janice Dore; sister, Carol Hudson; grandchildren, Frances, Rose Marie and Shaun. Besides her parents, Eloise was predeceased by her sister, Judy. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the VON, Colchester East Hants Branch or Brunswick Street United Church. A visitation was held March 7, 2024, from 1 p.m. until time of service at 2 p.m., in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St, Truro. Rev. John Parsons officiating. Online condolences at www.ColchesterCommunity.com  

STARRATT, Elizabeth "Betty" Martha (Evans)Age 92, Truro. It is with heavy hearts we announce the peaceful passing of Elizabeth "Betty" M. Starratt at home on March 3, 2024. Born in North Sydney, Betty was the eldest child of the late Leo and Elizabeth (Adair) Evans. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth; her sister, Jean Bragg (Jack); her brothers, Leo "Bud" (Marjory) and Robert. Betty is survived by her sister-in-law, Donna Evans and former sister-in-law, Lorna Tucker. Betty will be deeply missed by her daughter, Constance Elizabeth (Sheldon) Scott; son, John Kenneth (Tara); her grandsons, who were her pride and joy, Evan (Alexandra) and Brenden. She was a very devoted grandmother and a huge part of their whole lives. Only two months ago, she was blessed with a great granddaughter, Ellie Elizabeth. Even with her failing health, she was able to meet, hold and unconditionally love her namesake. Betty was lovingly known as the matriarch of the family.

Betty moved to Truro in 1950 to attend Normal College. While boarding in Truro, she met her future husband, Kenneth. They were married in North Sydney in 1952 and were happily married for just over 50 years until Ken’s passing in 2002. She was a member of the St. John’s Anglican Church in Truro and a member of the NSTU until her passing.

At this time, we would like to thank Dr. Stephen Ellis, Dr. Jamie Grandy, Dr. Cortney Smith and the Palliative Care team as well as the VON (RNs). We would also like to thank the team of private caregivers, Jane, Margo, Valerie, Anne, Deb and Millie, who all provided the best and devoted care possible which allowed her to remain in her own home until her passing. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice. A visitation was held March 10th. A funeral service was held March 11th in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. Rev. Lori Ramsey officiating. www.ColchesterCommunity.com

RUSHTON, Carolyn RubyAge 77, Londonderry Station / Truro. It is with great sadness and much love that we say good-bye to our dear sister, aunt and friend, who passed away on March 5, 2024, in Cedarstone Enhanced Care Nursing Home, Truro, NS. Carolyn was born on April 14, 1946, in Westchester, NS. She was a daughter of the late L. Eldon and Ida Rushton. She is survived by sister, Jean (Carl) MacDonald, Truro Heights; sister-in-law, Marilyn E. Rushton, Murray Siding; nephews, Donnie, Deverne and Rodney Rushton and Robert Clusiaux and nieces, Donna-Jean Bauer and Heather Buchanan as well as several cousins. Besides her parents, Carolyn was predeceased by her brother, Gerald D. Rushton and sister, Myrna Clusiaux. Carolyn, in May 2023, gave her heart to the Lord and was baptized, what a glorious day it was for us all. She was a member of Truro Heights United Baptist Church.

We would like to say thank you to her two special friends, Connie Stewart and Donna Johnson, who came faithfully to sing and play guitar for her in her room at Cedarstone each week. We know Carolyn so enjoyed it. Thank you to Cedarstone for the care and kindness that you showed to Carolyn and also to us, her family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Colchester SPCA, Truro Heights United Baptist Church or a charity of choice. By Carolyn’s request, there will be a graveside service in Eagle Hill Cemetery, Westchester Station in the spring of 2024. Rev. Connie Stewart officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS.

DUNPHY (Davis), Helen Dale - Age 75, of Lower Onslow, passed away Wednesday morning, March 6, 2024, in Shannex Debert Court surrounded by her loving family.  Born April 24, 1948, in Five Islands, she was a daughter of the late Basil Davis Sr. and Lillian Evelyn Davis. Helen worked for the CIBC in Truro for more than 30 years.  She enjoyed crocheting, music, and spending time with family and friends.  In her spare time, she enjoyed going to community dances with her darling late husband, Wayne and socializing with the numerous friends that they had made over the years. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Wayne Dunphy of Port Greville; brother, Basil "Junior" (Linda) Davis of Five Islands; niece, Morgan Lee Davis, and nephew, Tyler Alan. She is survived by her daughters, Angela Dunphy of Onslow and Shelley (Troy) Nelson of Calgary, Alberta; grandchild, Brayden Charles Dunphy; siblings, Carol Canning of Edmonton, Donna Davis of Five Islands, William (Doris) Davis of Five Islands, Debbie (Bob) Murphy of Dartmouth, Karen Davis of Oxford and many other loving nieces, nephews, and relatives.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Peniel United Church Cemetery or War Amps Canada. A visitation was held March 15th from 1pm until time of service at 2pm in Peniel United Church, Five Islands, Marty Clark-Ettinger and Rev. Glenn MacLean officiating. Interment will follow in the Peniel United Church Cemetery. Well-wishers may visit with the family in the Five Islands Fire Hall following the interment. Online condolences may be made at  www.ColchesterCommunity.com

Feeley (Lingard), Alice Muriel died on Wednesday March 6, 2024, in Truro at the age of 83 with her family by her side. Alice was born on April 13, 1940, in Moose Brook, Nova Scotia and lived most of her life in Truro, Nova Scotia. Alice was a daughter of the late Ray and Myrtle (McCulloch) Lingard.

Alice grew up on the family farm in Moose Brook and attended school in the area. When she left Moose Brook, she headed to the big city, Truro where she started working for Bentley’s. While in Truro, as fate would have it, she ran into a couple Feeley girls and they introduced her to their brother, Bernie, and Alice and Bernie hit it off and started a life together. Alice was very close with her side of the family, and with ten brothers and sisters (George, Anderson, Norman, Ralph, Don, Minerva, Maggie, Nora, Annie, Louise) there was always some excitement to be had. She was also equally close with Bernie’s family and with his eight brothers and sisters (Joe, Charlie, Johnny, Anne, Sally, Romaine, Helen, Jeannie) there was also lots going on. Nieces and nephews number over a hundred, and for that reason, we will not be writing down all the names but know that she loved all of you. Alice and Bernie were happily married for 60 years and lived in the same house on Hingley Avenue all of those years, where they raised three boys (Jim, David and Paul). If you couldn’t find her at home, all you needed to do was look up towards Victoria Park where you could find her on the tennis courts, and if you were looking for her in the winter season, you could find her on the slopes in Wentworth. Alice is survived by her loving husband, Bernie and sons, Jim (Julie), David (Marsha), and Paul (Daniela). She is also survived by five adoring grandkids, Kara, Natasha, Adam, Clara, and Max. No flowers at family’s request. A Funeral Mass was held March 12, 2024in the Immaculate Conception Church, 669 Prince St., Truro. A private family interment will be held at a later date. Alice has requested no viewing or gathering. As always, if you want to pop by the house in the coming weeks and have a visit, please do so. Online condolences at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

FIELDS, Isabel Grace – Age 86, Truro. The family of Isabel Grace Fields announces her peaceful passing on March 9, 2024, just two days after her 86th birthday in Truro. Born in Hillside, Pictou County, on March 7, 1938, she was the cherished daughter of the late Garnet and Gertrude (Cook-Hennessey) Smith. In her teens, Isabel moved to Truro, where she met and married the love of her life, George Aubrey Fields. Together, they shared many years, first in Bible Hill and later in Upper Onslow before his passing in 2010 due to stroke complications. Isabel was a former member of St. George's Anglican Church, Bible Hill, where her melodious voice was a well-known presence in the choir. Isabel is survived by her loving family: two sons, Kevin (Donna) Fields of Truro, and Timothy (Karen) Fields of Onslow Mountain; three daughters, Lisa (Michael) Swinimer of Lower Sackville, Patricia (Brian) Wynn of Ottawa Brook, and Suzanne MacNeil of Truro. She will be dearly missed by her grandchildren, Devin Hutchinson, Ryan Isenor, Kally Swinimer, Tyler Fields, James Dennis, Corey Fields, Rachel Charette, Colby Wood, Shelton Swinimer, Samuel Dennis, Benjamin Dennis, and their partners. Isabel is also survived by her great-grandchildren, Isaac Isenor, Brooklyn Hutchinson, Philip and George Charette, Harrison, Theo, and Holden Fields, and Charlie Dennis and Noah Swinimer. Additionally, she leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews. Isabel was predeceased by her parents-in-law, George and Audrey Fields, and her siblings, John and Lawrence Hennessey, Alfred and Gerald Smith, as well as sisters, Betty Pollock and Thelma Cavanagh. A special thanks to Suzanne, Kevin, Donna, Tim, and Karen for their help in keeping Isabel in her home for as long as possible. If so desired, donations in her memory can be made to the VON. In accordance with her wishes, there will be no visitation. A graveside service will be held in Bible Hill Cemetery at a later date to honour and remember Isabel's life. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

WEATHERBEE,Terry Lee, of Bible Hill, NS, passed away at the age of 67 on March 10, 2024. Terry grew up in the Pictou Road/Valley Crossroads area. He purchased his first dump truck at the age of 24 which was the start of growing his excavation business. TR Petroleum grew with the help and support of his wife of 40 years, Katherine. They were never very far apart as best friends should be and his presence in her life will be truly missed. TR Petroleum outgrew its original location on Vimy Road to Farnham Mill Road in 2005. We have always admired Terry’s work ethic, which was instilled in his son, Brad (Monica Hunt), who shares his father’s skill and passion for "digging in the dirt". Brad has worked alongside his father since the age of sixteen and in more recent years, took a leadership role to allow Terry to enjoy a semi-retirement. His oldest daughter, Laura (Edwin Reynolds), shared his quick wit and younger daughter, Alana, had a similar soul that enjoyed the simple life and the outdoors like her father. His five grandchildren, Olivia, Elle, Emily, Robbie and Abigail, who affectionately referred to him as "Grumpy" or "Bunkie", lit up his life and we are so thankful to have the wonderful memories with him. Terry loved the outdoors and grew up hunting and fishing. We want to acknowledge his fishing buddy of over 50 years, Mr. Steve Faulkner, who will now be able to catch the biggest fish. His camp buddies, Ken MacAulay, Rob MacPherson and Brad Olender, who faithfully spent seven long, long weekends with him during deer hunting season in Riversdale. Terry is survived by siblings, Glenn Weatherbee, Irma McCallum and Faye Lennerton and countless family and friends. To anyone who shared a story, laugh or drink of rum - we appreciate you. A visitation was held March 17, 2024, in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. Donations can be made in Terry’s name to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 26 (Truro).

TATTRIE, Allan Frederick – Truro, passed away, Saturday, March 9, 2024; one day after his 75th birthday.   Born in Tatamagouche on March 8, 1949, he was the son of the late Fred and Dorothy Tattrie.

Allan had many jobs over the years, his last being with Thermo Cell Ind. Allan liked going for rides on his motorcycle and spending time at Sunset Watch Campground. Allan is survived by his wife, Velma (Daye) Tattrie; daughter, Tracy (Dwayne), Onslow; granddaughters, Stephanie (Brett) Wilmot, Amber Perry and Emily Perry; great grandchildren, Austin, Brylee and Ireland, grandson, Aiden Perry all of Truro; step grandson, Tyler Hutchinson, Onslow; sons, Michael (Cindy); grandson, Nicholas, Salisbury, Randy (Lindsey); granddaughter, Dakota.   He is also survived by sister, Beverly, Truro; brothers, Dougie (Kathy McKay), Donnie (Wendy MacDonald) and Cecil, Tatamagouche. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by sisters, Emily and Maletia; father and mother-in-law, Percy and Mary Daye; brothers-in-law, Jim Daye and Sam Rafuse.

A visitation to celebrate Allan’s life was held March 16 in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro. Condolences to the family may be made by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

BERRY, Debra Ann - 1949 – 2024. Debby enjoyed reading, watching tv and baking especially at Christmas. She was a huge fan of Elvis Presley and collector of all things Elvis. She loved flowers of all kinds, didn't matter the type. She was very strong willed and independent woman. In the summer time and even on cold days, she loved spending time at the beach with her toes in the sand. Debby was a long time member of the O'Rouke Group in Springhill. She worked many years at Gordon's Greenhouse and Oxford Frozen Food. She will be remembered for her laughter and love of life. She loved spending time with her siblings and her fur baby Maci. Debby will be dearly missed by her two sons, Michael and Cecil; daughter Ruby; grandchildren Matthew Casey, Derrick Gouchie and Shawn Hannah; great-grandchildren Keidan, Victoria, Gage and Ryder; sisters Ethel Rogers and Dora Bourgeois; brother Joe (Mary) Arseneault. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by brother Peter and sister Sandy. Arrangements have been entrusted to A H Brown Funeral Home, 5 McFarlane St., Springhill, NS (902-597-2361) where a Celebration of Life was held March 22nd, 2024. Those wishing to make a donation in Debby's memory may do so to the Cumberland Regional Health Care Foundation. Sharing of memories and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting the online memorial at www.brownsfuneralhome.com  or through the A H Brown Funeral Home Facebook Page.

MATHESON, Colin "Kim" Kimbel - 1933 – 2024. With great sadness and gratitude for a life well-lived, we announce the passing of Colin "Kim" Kimbel Matheson, age 90, of Truro, formerly of Springhill. Kim passed away on Monday, March 11, 2024 at the Colchester East Hants Health Care Centre. Born in Springhill, he was a son of the late Kenneth (b. Isle of Sky, Scotland) and Mary (b. Bochum, Germany) (Older) Matheson. Kim spent 25 years in the Royal Canadian Air Force as an airframe technician, retiring in 1984.  During his career in the RCAF, this allowed him to travel the world to places like Africa, Australia, Europe, the US, all over Canada and even was posted in Dar es Salaam for a year peacekeeping.  Kim played Old Timers hockey up until his mid-60's and also loved to golf, refining his golf skills late in life, only starting to play at age 40.  Kim enjoyed playing cribbage, which was a tradition at family get-togethers.  He enjoyed blueberry farming with his family in his retirement, enjoyed the outdoors and visiting the maple woods. He will always be remembered with much love and will be dearly missed by his wife Eleanor (Hayden); his daughter, Lee-Ann; sister Carol White and his son Steven Rogers. He also had a special bond with his grand-dog, Sophie.  As well, he will be dearly missed by other family members, friends and neighbors he has met over the years. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a sister Marilyn, a brother Douglas and brother Roger. Arrangements have been entrusted to A H Brown Funeral Home, 5 McFarlane St., Springhill, NS (902-597-2361) visitation will be held April 6th, 2024 from 1 PM to 1:30 PM followed immediately by the funeral service with Ruth Gamble, DLM presiding, followed by a reception. The family encourages everyone to wear their best golf shirt or hat to honour Kim and his love of the game. Those wishing to make a donation in Kim's memory may do so to the Canadian Cancer Society. Sharing of memories and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting the online memorial at www.brownsfuneralhome.com or through the A H Brown Funeral Home Facebook Page.

BRAY (FLETCHER), Lois Emma - age 95, passed peacefully March 15, 2024, at St. Vincent’s Nursing Home, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Lois rests with her husband, Alan Gresham Bray, together again after so many years. Lois was born in Great Village, Nova Scotia, September 21, 1928. She was the daughter of Doris Anna (Hatfield) and Lawrence Melvin Fletcher, the eldest of eight children. She married Alan Bray, P. Eng., on June 30, 1951 in Calgary, Alberta. Lois is survived by her four children: Hugh and Christiane Bray of Dartmouth; Deborah and Edward Felt of Salt Lake City, Utah; Rebecca and James Colwell of Dartmouth; and Gregory Bray and Jennifer Smack of Squamish, BC; her grandchildren and great grandchildren: Kirsten and Adam Rees (Taren and Logan); Andrew and Morgan Bray (Hadley); Alana Felt and Gabriel Wilson (Naya); Christopher Felt and Andrea Hoffman (Hazel); Jordan Colwell and Leanne Gouthro; Trevor Colwell and Heather Nairn; Megan Colwell; her youngest and well-loved grandchildren Kya Skye Bray and Brysen Bray; her sisters: Ruth Burry; Dot Jennings; Margot and Art Guenther; sister-in-law Jeannine Fletcher; and her many wonderful nieces and nephews. The family thanks the dedicated professionals and staff at St. Vincents’ Nursing Home, Halifax, for providing Lois’ care over these last two years. We are truly grateful. Memorial donations may be made to St. Vincent's Nursing Home, Halifax or a charity of your choice. A private family interment will be held at a future date in Mahon Cemetery, Great Village, Nova Scotia. Share your memories and moments that capture the essence of her spirit at her online memorial: htpps://bit.ly/Lois_E_Bray

 


March 2024

VAUTOUR, Ronald Joseph It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Ronald Joseph Vautour of Truro, Nova Scotia. Ron departed peacefully on January 26, 2024, at the age of 78, leaving behind a legacy of love and cherished memories. He was surrounded by his devoted wife of 53-years, Inez, as well as his son, Ronnie (Stephanie); daughter, Jackie (Rob White) and beloved grandchildren, Jessica, Emily and Nick (missing were Sam, Will and Jake). He was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia, to Madeleine and Aime Vautour on February 11th, 1945. He was the eldest among seven siblings: Marina (Barry MacDonald), Jean (Barb), Linda (David Black), Annette (Jim Kimber), Theresa (Kevin Parlee), Michelle (Tyler Barkhouse). Ron was predeceased by his father, Aime, in 1998. He is survived by his mother, Madeleine and was recently able to celebrate her remarkable 100th birthday with all of his siblings present.

Ron dedicated 34 years of unwavering service to The Bank of Nova Scotia, later retiring as a bank manager. He had been retired for 26 years and continued to pour boundless love onto his family (including the dogs). His love knew no bounds, and he and Inez embarked on numerous journeys together. Their passion for adventure led them to travel extensively for nearly two decades.

Ron was a dedicated member of the Knights of Columbus. He, alongside his wife, contributed to Kane’s Kitchen for several years. He was an avid card player and engaged in a variety of games, from the simplicity of Go-Fish with the grandkids to the intricacies of Bridge, earning him the distinguished title of a life master bridge player. His passion for card games persisted until his final moments, a testament to his unwavering dedication to the joy that it brought him. Visitation arrangements have been made with the Colchester Community Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 30th, from 6-8pm. The funeral service, officiated by Father Andrew, took place in Immaculate Conception Church on Wednesday, January 31st, at 2pm. The burial service will be held on a later date in the cemetery in White Settlement. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ron’s memory may be made to Immaculate Conception Church (Kane’s Kitchen). May we remember Ron not with sorrow, but with gratitude for the warmth and love that he shared throughout his remarkable life.

LEWIS, William Francis - July 14, 1937 – January 28, 2024. William F. Lewis, 86, passed away early in the morning of January 28, 2024, in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro, NS, following a battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family. Born in Lower La Have on July 14, 1937, Bill was the youngest son of the late Penrose Fitzgerald Lewis and Flora Elizabeth Pike. In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his wife, Audrey Mae Lewis; his two sons, Perry Chambers and James Chambers; his son-in-law, Ross Higgins; his brothers, Borden, John, Jerry, George, and Charles; and his sisters, Mildred, Vantine, Elizabeth, and Jean. He is survived by his partner, Verna Preeper, and her son, Wayne; his five daughters, Beverly Tucker (William Tucker), Caroline Murphy (Clarence Murphy), Peggy Higgins, Frances Cartier (Norman Cartier), and Lucille Lewis (Scott Wile); his grandchildren, Billy (Jody), Michael, Michelle, Sarah, Bruce (Amy), Denise (Darren), Wayne, Tammy (Jeff), Michael, Ryan (Amanda), Stephen, Craig, and Krista (Spencer); his many, many great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

At the age of 22, Bill generously took on a family of five children as if they were his own, and then added two more to the bunch. He instilled a sense of tolerance, compassion, and a love for two-step in his children. He had a long and enjoyable career as a trucker, working for Eastern Transport and Centrans. He had a passion for old cars and was a natural at fixing them up. Bill was also an avid bowler and card player. His family says, "he was our hero. Our entire lives, we thought he was an invincible man, and we held everyone to the standards that he set. He never stood for injustice. He rarely smiled, but when he did, it usually came with a cheeky joke. He taught many of us to be masters of crib and pool. He will always be on our minds and forever in our hearts." A funeral service will not be held; however, his family will be holding a celebration of life in Truro, NS at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro.

PEARCE, Susan Lynne (Totten) – Age 65, Valley, was promoted to Heaven on January 29, 2024, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro, surrounded by family after a short battle with cancer. Born on May 20, 1958 in Truro, she was a daughter of the late Laurie and Janet Totten. Susan is survived by her loving husband of 33 years, David W. Pearce, Valley; daughters, Destini J. MacDonald (Ryan), Greenfield, and Tessa O. Pearce (Riley Whynot), Bible Hill; her fur baby cats, Katrina and Ariel; brother, David Totten (Cindy), Truro; sister, Pennie Sidoroff (Barry), Harmony; brother-in-law, Robert Pearce, Bible Hill; sister-in-law, Amanda LeBlanc, Crowes Mills; special uncle and aunt, John and Mary Lynds; uncle and aunt, Percy and Bea Totten; many nieces, nephews and cousins; special friends, Zoe and Stephen Weatherby. Besides her parents, Susan was predeceased by her grandparents, Percy and Susie Lynds (whom she was named after), as well as her in-laws, Robert J. and Evelyn C. Pearce.

Susan graduated from CEC and went on to graduate from Bethany Bible College as an office administrator, working most of her life in that profession, including the past thirteen years, with Public Works. Sue enjoyed being an active member of the church that she had been a part of for her whole life, Truro Connection Church, including being a part of the choir and the church board. She was also a member of her local TOPS group with all of her friends for more than 35 years. Sue enjoyed spending time with her family, fur babies and grand fur babies. Thank you to all of the loving family members, fantastic neighbours, church members, TOPS members and co-workers for being a part of her joyful and vibrant life. Thank you as well to her lovely healthcare team; from her VON team to her doctors, nurses and more! We greatly appreciate everything that everyone did to support us and Sue. Donations in Sue’s memory may be made to Truro Connection Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, where a visitation was held February 10th at 1pm until time of service at 2pm.

GUADAGNOLO, Mary Gertrude (Mar) - Age 89, passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love of her family on January 29, 2024, in The Mira Long Term Care Home, Truro. Born in St. John’s, Newfoundland but raised in Montreal Quebec, she was the daughter of the late Gertrude Bridget Ranger. It is in Montreal that she met and married her late husband, Franklyn Leon Guadagnolo who served in the Canadian Military (Navy). As a military wife, Mary demonstrated unwavering strength, resilience and adaptability in supporting her husband’s career and raising a family. As a result, Mary developed her own sense of determination, strong will and quick wit. However, she will also be remembered for her kindness and big smile. For many years, she volunteered her time with both the Dartmouth General Hospital and the IWK. She enjoyed knitting and sewing, making many blankets, mittens and scarves for various charities in Dartmouth. Always active, she loved to swim – whether in the ocean or the pool. Water aerobics became a favorite pastime for her. She was an avid bowler, winning several trophies for high score as well as played many games of darts. Her love for animals was very evident but her true treasure was her beautiful cat, "Buppy." Mary was predeceased by her mother, Gertrude Ranger; loving husband of 48 years, Frank Guadagnolo; several nieces and nephews. She will be dearly missed and fondly remembered by her daughter, Nancy (Alan) and many friends. Her family wishes to thank Tirzah McNutt, NP for her kind words and the staff of The Mira Long Term Care Home for their loving care and support. The VON of Truro were a wonderful help to Mary while she still lived in her home prior to her move to The Mira. Special thanks to family, friends and neighbors for their love and support. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary’s memory may be made to the Colchester SPCA, Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia or the charity of your choosing. Cremation has taken place. A visitation was held on Tuesday, February 13th from 6 - 8:00pm in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro, Nova Scotia. A graveside service will take place in the spring of 2024 in Mt. Hermon Cemetery, Dartmouth.

BUTLER, Perry St. Clair – Age 64, Meadowvale, passed away suddenly on January 30, 2024. Born in Truro, he was a son of Alma Butler and the late Clifford Butler. Perry was an amazing son, brother, husband, uncle, father, grandfather and friend. He loved his family more than anything. He always had the biggest smile, laugh and hugs. He would do anything he could to help anyone in need. Perry was a mechanic for over 30 years before starting his own business, P.J.’s RV, in 2011, which was a lifelong dream. Along with that accomplishment, he was so proud to have his brother and sidekick, Henry, working right by his side. He is survived by his mother, Alma Butler (Mason); his wife, Laura Butler (Mason); son, Perry Jr. "P.J." (Tara); daughter, Jessica (Ian) Cameron; granddaughters, Kiara Butler and Scarlette Cameron; Kitty-daughter, Alley Cat; brothers, Russell (Barb), Henry (Marlene); sisters, Brenda (Lewis) and Joy (Russell). Besides his father, Perry was predeceased by his sister, Janice Faye; brother, Edward (Gail) and nephew, Lee Butler. In lieu of flowers, donations in Perry’s memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Cremation has taken place. A funeral service was held February 7th at 1pm in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS, Pastor Ron Ruse officiating. Reception followed. Interment in Spring 2024 in Riverside Cemetery.

LANGILLE, Margaret Jean (Patterson), March 15, 1926 – February 1, 2024. Jean Langille died peacefully at the age of 97 in her home for the last six years, Cedarstone Enhanced Care in Truro, on February 1, 2024. Born in Pictou County, Jean was a daughter of the late Kenneth Alfred Patterson and Margaret Alice (Redmond) Patterson.

Jean achieved a Grade 10 education. She later married Clarence with whom she raised three beautiful children, Verna, Kenneth and Janet. Being a strong and independent woman, Jean later moved to Toronto, Ontario and spent the rest of her career working at the Toronto General Hospital. Upon retirement, she moved back to Truro to be closer to her family.

Jean had a special love for pansies and enjoyed tending to her house plants and her gardens around her home. She loved frogs, wolves and Boxcar Willi. She enjoyed working on puzzles and watching Jeopardy and being wrapped in cozy blankets. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by husband, Clarence Langille; her brothers, Clarence Patterson of Pictou and Arthur Patterson of River John. She was also predeceased by her sister, Dorothy Patterson of Barney’s River and grandson, Dwayne Champion. She is survived by her sister, Frances Patterson of New Glasgow; her three children, Verna (Eric), Kenny (Maxine) and Janet (Dexter); her grandchildren, Kim (Doug), Wayne (Beckey), Carolyn (Trent), Leslie and Raymond; many nieces and nephews; many great grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia.

Thank you to the staff at Cedarstone. Your kindness and caring towards Mother during her stay there was outstanding and so appreciated. No visitation or service to be held at this time as per Jean’s wishes. Cremation has taken place. Interment and graveside service to be held in Crossroads Cemetery in the Spring of 2024. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro.

CARPENTIER, Catherine "Kay" Mary Martina – Bible Hill, May 12, 1930- Feb 2, 2024. Our mother ("Mom"), grandmother, great-grandmother, auntie, wife, and friend, passed away on the morning of February 2, 2024. She fell asleep peacefully with family at her side. She was born in Bell Island, Newfoundland, to Agnes (Quigley) Kent ("Mommy Kent") and Peter Kent ("Daddy Kent"). She taught school at St. Theresa's on Bell Island before meeting her future husband, Albert at church, and after a long courtship, finally agreed to marry him. They then built a life together, living in Montreal, Toronto, Boston, Halifax, and finally, Truro, Nova Scotia. They had four children whom Catherine loved "to her heart" and with all her heart. Throughout her life, she gave unconditional, unwavering love to her family: siblings, husband, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and to their friends and spouses. She was so proud of them all. Mom settled in Bible Hill in her yellow house (which she loved). She took great joy in simple blessings: blooming flowers in the garden, good music, and photos of all her babies.  She could play a tune on piano and "squeeze-box" by ear. She loved a good giggle with her family and friends, never without a little mischievous twinkle in her eye.   She had a life-long passion for chocolate, peanut butter… sweets of any kind. She was a true "lady" in every sense of the word. She was strong, kind, gentle and gracious. Mom was predeceased by her parents; sisters, Mary (Keels), Elizabeth (Kolonel), Agnes (O'Keefe), Alice (Whalen), and brothers, Edward, Peter, John, Terrance and Richard Kent, as well as her beloved youngest daughter, Debe. Left to mourn are her husband, Ferreol (Albert) Carpentier; her children, Gary (Charlene) Carpentier, Lisa (Chris MacKnight) Carpentier, Tina (Robert Ganz) Carpentier, and grandchildren, Stephanie (Luke Searle) Carpentier, Matthew Carpentier, Nicholle (Mark MacLeod) Carpentier, Jonathan, Evan and Nolan Ganz, as well as great grandsons, Maximus Searle and Sayer MacLeod, and great granddaughter, Catherine Searle.   She will be missed by her dear friends, Jill Greene and Ruth Matthewson. Funeral mass was held on Thursday February 8th at 2 pm, in Immaculate Conception Church, 669 Prince St., Truro. A reception followed. Interment and further celebration of life to be held at a later date. Donations may be made to the Colchester Food Bank.

Arrangements are under the direction of Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. Condolences to the family may be made by visiting:  www.ColchesterCommunity.com

"Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life; And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for years to come"  Psalm 23

REUBEN, Fitzgerald, John – Truro, passed away peacefully on the afternoon of February 3, 2024, in Truro, Nova Scotia, at the age of 79 years. John was born in Sheet Harbour on March 6, 1944, to parents, John and Josephine (Power) Fitzgerald. He joined the Air Force in 1962, serving for seven years. He spent ten years in Ontario, returning home to Nova Scotia in 1972. He lived in Truro with his beloved spouse, Mary Lynds, where he was a carpenter and active member of the Truro Legion.

One of John’s favorite activities was road trips, to places near and far, he had maps of Nova Scotia backroads etched in his mind. He had a green thumb, tending an abundant garden year after year. He was an avid reader and a seasoned card player. He dedicated many hours of service as a volunteer at the Truro Legion. John will be remembered for his outgoing and friendly manner and sense of humour.

Preceded in death by his parents, John and Josephine, and his spouse, Mary. He is survived by his daughter, Savayda Jarone (Philip Darmos); son, Chris Fitzgerald (Angela); two granddaughters, Emilia and Hilary Fitzgerald; five stepchildren, Ruby Gammon, Lorna Martin, Joan Richard and Leonard Lynds and siblings, JoAnn Cameron, Rick Fitzgerald, Shirley Nardi and Sara-Jane Murphy, and many nieces and nephews. A visitation was held Monday, February 12th from 1-3pm with a Legion Tribute service beginning at 1pm in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS, followed immediately by a reception in the Truro Legion, Branch #26. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com 

PORTER, Leona Ethel "Dawn" - Truro, Dartmouth, died February 11, 2024, in Shannex Lewis Hall, Dartmouth, just weeks before her 100th birthday. Born in Stellarton on May 20, 1924, she lived almost her entire life in Truro, Masstown and Lower Onslow. She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur Porter in 1997; parents, John M MacDonald and Greta (Turpinat) MacDonald; siblings, Eileen Bilby, Rowena Pete, Stuart MacDonald and Avis Steele and an infant sister, Margaret. Dawn is survived by daughters, Linda (Dale) Townsend, Sherry Porter (Doug Hall) and son, Glen (Sheri) Porter; seven grandchildren, Dawna Townsend (Mike Chan), Carolyn Townsend (Andrew Wheelock), Craig Townsend, Mary Porter (Dan Mason), Sarah Porter, Erin Porter (Colin Murphy), Kathleen Porter (Kyle Conrod); step granddaughters, Meghan Hall (Ash Seha) and Hilary Hall (Mark Shouldice); eleven beloved great grandchildren and many special nieces and nephews. She is also survived by a dearly loved sister-in-law, Joyce Goodspeed (Porter). Our mother was a "city" girl with no clue about rural life before joining the Porter clan in Masstown when she married Arthur in 1945. Those Porter in-laws became like her own siblings. She learned a great deal from her mother-in-law and when they bought their own farm, she cooked for the hordes of farm workers who came and went over the years, complaining all the time, but would not have had it any other way, and all those meals were sharply at 12 noon, not a minute later. Dawn and Arthur worked hard on the dairy farm, but always made time for weekly dances with great friends. They always said if they didn’t dance on Saturday night, every day would feel the same. Our mother made a point of not being in the barn much, but she was interested and had opinions on everything. There was always a cribbage game going on in the house and beyond, often accompanied by "sore feet" if she was losing. Mum was very involved in the Onslow United Church, the choir in Masstown and Onslow, the UCW and made many wonderful friends in Lower Onslow. Donations to Trinity United Church, 415 Onslow Rd, Upper Onslow, NS B6L 5L2 (obunited@eastlink.ca) or QEII Eye Care Centre - c/o QEII Foundation, 5657 Spring Garden Rd, Suite 3005, Halifax NS B3J 3R4 (902-334-1546) or the Porter Brothers Dairy Scholarship, Dalhousie University, 6389 Coburg Rd, PO Box 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2 (902-494-8801); A visitation will be held on Friday, February 16th from 1pm until time of service at 2pm, both in Colchester Community Funeral Home at 512 Willow Street, Truro, NS. Rev. Glenn MacLean officiating. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com .

MURPHY, J. Patrick "Pat" – 77, Portapique. It is with great sadness that we announce Pat’s passing on Friday, February 16, 2024, at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Halifax, he was the son of the late Reg and Lillian (Parsons) Murphy. Pat is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carla (Crowell); children, Shawna Boudreau (Steve), Steven Murphy; grandchildren, Jamie Boudreau (Marie), Sarah Boudreau (Arianne), Megan Barnett (Ryan), Madison Murphy (Jonah), Matthew Murphy; great granddaughter, Charlotte Jo; siblings, Gerald (Gail), John (Lynn), Marie (Brian), Cathy (Bill), Margie (Sam), David (Martina), Lily, Timmy and extended family. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his daughter, Patty Ann; sister, Mary Ann; brothers, Frankie, Robert. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where a Legion Tribute Service was held on Sunday, February 25, 2024. A celebration of life will be held in the Spring and interment at a later date in Robie Street Cemetery, 125 Robie Street, Truro. Tributes, words of comfort and memories may be shared at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

McBURNIE, Goldie Dora – 92, Economy, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, February 18, 2024, at home. Born in St. Anthony, Newfoundland, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Rosanna (Coates) Parrill. She came to Economy in 1954 where she met and married her husband Aubrey in 1955. She worked in the lumber camps as a cook for a time, was a wonderful homemaker and worked on the family farm, which was hard work. Goldie is survived by her children, Susan McBurnie-Beaver, Debert; Leonard (Diane) McBurnie, Economy; Andrew McBurnie (Sandra Snow), Economy; Lisa (Paul) Gamble, Debert; grandchildren, Angie (Ian), David (Joy), Jennifer (Raymond), Amber, Ashley; step granddaughters, Olivia and Chelsea; great grandchildren, Joshua, Chloe, Callie, Maddy, Lexie, Clara, Jaxon, Luccas, Nash, Kiana; sister, May (Grant) Keefe, St. Anthony, Newfoundland; brother-in-law, Pearce Penney, St. John’s, Newfoundland; several nieces and nephews. Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Aubrey; son, Charles in infancy; siblings, Amie, Mamie, Rita, Josie, George, Andrew, Roland, Norman. Goldie’s family received friends on Monday, February 26, 2024, followed by the funeral service in Economy United Church, Marty Clark-Ettinger, DLM officiated. Spring interment in Economy Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Tributes, words of comfort and memories may be shared at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

 


February 2024

SMITH, Merle Reginald Smith, – 90, Harmony/Bible Hill. We are sad to announce that Merle Reginald Smith died peacefully at his home at Shannex Vimy Court, Bible Hill, on Monday evening, December 4, 2023. He was born to the late Cecil and Audrey Smith of Harmony. Merle is survived by his sister, Leona Smith (Craig) Barnes, Valley; sister-in-law, Agnes Smith, Harmony; children, Wanda Davies, Trenton; Stephen (Carolynne), Brookfield; Arlene Smith (John) Lowe, Londonderry; Penny Ferguson, Bible Hill; Cindie Smith (Michael Fleming), Greenfield; Tony (Debbie) Smith, Lornevale; Tara (Dan) Kaulkman, Port Williams; Sharon Magnuson, Edmonton, Alberat; stepchildren, Jim (Jeannette) Kennedy, Mushaboom; Karen Kennedy, Truro; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and his beach family at Fox Harbour. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Bill Smith; son-in-law, Paul Ferguson. At Dad’s request, his remains have been cremated and a private family celebration of life will be held on a later date at Fox Harbour.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall - Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Words of comfort, tributes and memories of Merle may be shared at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

WILKINSON, David Anthony of Belmont passed away on Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at home. Born in 1945 in Hull, Yorkshire, England, David was the son of the late Irene Hebblewhite and Arthur Wilkinson. He is survived by his daughter, Denise Marie Armstrong. Laurie, Lee and Gemma Ferdinand, dear friends who became like family, provided immeasurable support during David’s end-of-life journey, offering comfort and care that will be forever cherished. In accordance with David’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. The family appreciates the support during this time. Arrangements are entrusted to Mattatall-Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Words of comfort, tributes and memories of David may be shared at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

LESLIE, Steven Andrew - It is with broken hearts that the family of Steven Andrew Leslie announce his passing, at age 58, of Five Islands. Steve passed away at home on Friday December 8, 2023.  Born in Truro, he was a son of Joan (Field) Leslie and the late Allen Leslie. From a young age, he had an adventurous spirit, loved the outdoors, and being on the water. He loved anything with a motor and spent his younger years snowmobiling, driving motorcycles, and fixing up old cars. He had a knack for building things from scratch, having built numerous sawmills, a skidder, go carts, rebuilding boats, or anything he set his mind to. He was a man of many interests and talents, such as lobster fishing on the Fundy Mermaid, and logging. In 2018, he proudly received his red seal in Motor Vehicle Body Repair from NSCC while working at Nova Enterprises Truck Centre. Steve was kind, patient and generous, often lending a helping hand to those in need. He was a proud and incredible father who enjoyed his time with his daughter, regardless of what they were doing. To him and her, every moment was special. During the last year his time was spent enjoying his family, pets, motorbiking, and working on the family home. He leaves behind many wonderful memories, full of laughter, funny stories, and a tremendous amount of love and respect for his loved ones to keep in their hearts forever. Steve will be dearly missed by his wife and best friend, Jackey (Jacquelene Milner) and pride and joy, daughter Amie (Chris). He is survived by his mother Joan, brother Jim, sister Maryann, along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. 

He was predeceased by father, Allen.  Arrangements have been entrusted to A H Brown Funeral Home, 5 McFarlane St., Springhill, NS (902-597-2361). There will be no services at this time to honor his request.

Donations in memory of Steven may be made to local animal or homeless shelters, both important causes to his heart.  

DICKIE, David Graham – 69, Truro, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 13, 2023, at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Brampton, Ontario, he was a son of the late Peter and Anna (Whidden) Dickie. David spent most of his life on the family farm in Onslow, Glooscap Dairy Farm, which he later owned and operated alongside his wife, Karen. David is survived by his wife of 47 years, Karen (McCallum); son, Jason (Marissa Ma) Dickie, Dartmouth; grandchildren, Rebecca Dickie, Dartmouth; Ethan Dickie, Bible Hill; brother, Tony Dickie, East Mountain. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his son, Matthew. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where David’s family received friends on Saturday, January 13, 2023. Private interment at a later date in Onslow Island Cemetery. Words of comfort, tributes and memories of David may be shared at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

RICHARDS, Raymond "Ray"– 59, Great Village. It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved father, brother, and nephew, Raymond "Ray" Richards on Thursday, December 14, 2023, at VG Site, QEII, Halifax. Born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, he was a son of the late Thomas and Rose (McLean) Richards. He leaves behind his daughter, Ashley (Ashton); brother, Tom (Laura); niece, Dana (Devon); nephew, Darcy (Sean); aunts, Maureen, Elise; uncle, Keith; numerous other family members and friends. A celebration of life was held on Wednesday, December 20, 2023, at Londonderry Community Hall, 4058 Mines Bass River Road, Londonderry.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Words of comfort, tributes and memories of Len may be shared at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

MINGO, E. LeeAge 74, Truro, passed away peacefully on January 22, 2024. He was born on November 19, 1949, to the late Edward and Helen Mingo of Truro. Lee is survived by son, Allan and daughter-in-law, Chrissy; son, Wayne; grandchildren, Matthew, Brooke and Chad Mingo and Jacob Crosby; sisters, Dorothy, Joann, Ellen, Jamie, Susan and Peggy; sister-in-law, Heather and brother, Peter. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Allen in 2004. Lee loved his family and his animals. There will be no visitation or service as per Lee’s wishes. Interment will take place in the Spring. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences are available at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

JENNINGS, James Michael - 66, Upper North River, passed away peacefully at home, Saturday, December 23rd, 2023. Born in Truro, he was a son of Gerald Jennings and the late Patricia "Sally" (Dexter) Jennings of Masstown. Known as Mike to many friends he spent the last 35 years in Ontario working as a roofer, as well as many years in Nova Scotia. He also lived in Alberta for a while. He loved to bake and cook, no one went hungry when visiting him. He was an occasional farmer and gardener, and loved his dogs. Survived by father, Gerald; sons, James Frank and David Ian; sisters, Nancy (Tim) Winkler; Ann (Ken) Hansford; Susan (Chris) Vessey; brothers, Stephen (Brenda); Jason; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and his best friend, Kaye. Cremation has taken place in the care of MacDiarmid’s Funeral Home & Crematorium. Private interment will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.mmcfunerals.com

YORKE, Christina "Chrissy" Helen – September 6, 1972 – December 25, 2023, age 51, passed away surrounded by family in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Chrissy was a lover of adventure who never needed much in the way of material things – she was happiest curled up under a blanket on her couch, with her cats in her lap reading one of her many books. She loved adventures with her sister, Amanda, travelling the back roads and exploring cemeteries. Of her many different jobs, which included working for Institute of Early Childhood Education and for the Sleep Apnea Clinic, her favorite job was definitely working as an ESL teacher for VIPKids and with adults through Cambly. This allowed her to explore the world through the eyes of others and even allowed her to travel to some places and meet some of those she taught. She is survived by her son, DJ Whitenect; her father, Jim Yorke (Patricia); her mother, Helen Morrell; brother, Jim (Gillian); sister, Amanda; step siblings, Mark Deyarmond (Jenna), Nicole Stavert (Jon), Tracy Morrell and Stephanie Morrell; brother-in-law, Rob Hatfield; nephews, Hayden, Bradley, and Liam; nieces, Lily, Mariah, and Leah, and close friend, Leo May Puc. There were also so many cousins, aunts and uncles she loved spending time with, that know you meant the world to her! Her friends were everything to her – she looked forward to every visit and message. We would be remiss to mention her cats, Morena and Hei-mao, who brought her so much joy! She was predeceased by her daughter, Caitlin; her stepfather, Gary Morrell, and her maternal and paternal grandparents. Donations may be made in Chrissy’s name to a charity of your choice. A visitation was held January 3, 2024, at 5pm until time of service at 6pm, in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. Interment will take place in Brookfield Westside Cemetery in Spring 2024. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com 

GLASGOW, Gregory "Greg" Keith - Truro. It is with tears and sadness, we announce the passing of our husband and Papa in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro on December 26, 2023, surrounded by family. Greg was born in Sydney on February 28, 1952, to J. Francis Glasgow (Frank) and Dorothy Catherine (Arac) Glasgow. Growing up, Greg spent many happy times with his siblings at his great aunt and uncle’s farm in North Sydney. From Sydney, the family moved to Antigonish. At age fourteen, Greg and family spent two years in Lesotho, South Africa, where Greg loved to play tennis and ride his horse. When the family returned to Antigonish, many of his summers were spent singing and traveling Nova Scotia with the Chyldren of Thyme. In 1969, while attending St. FX University, he met Colleen for the first time. In 1973, Colleen and Greg started dating, and in 1975 they got married and moved to Alberta. Greg began his electrical studies at SAIT in Calgary in 1977. He went on to become a Red Seal Electrician. He worked for Wilkinson Electric for most of his time in Calgary. In 1988, Greg, Colleen and now two children, moved back to Nova Scotia to be with family. He worked many places and for various employers such as Germaine Electric, Kent Homes, etc. and was foreman on the restoration work on the Eirik Raude drilling rig. He was well known for his meticulous work and several inspectors were known to comment, "I know who wired this panel." He leaves to mourn his wife of 48 years, Colleen; children, Neala Braedley (Kenneth) and James Glasgow (Stefanie); grandchildren, Tate-Marie, Joseph and Nicolas Braedley and Harrison, Maddox and Iver Glasgow; siblings, Ian (Carol), Moira Legere-Sers (Robert), Laurie Flindall (Stephen), Michael (Debbie) and Theresa. His passing leaves a void for many nieces, nephews and friends. Greg was predeceased by both parents and brothers, Hugh Reginald (at birth) and Daniel. Greg was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and a devoted member of this church choir. He was a Knight of Columbus having also served as Grand Knight. He was a faithful member of the Nova Tones, the Legion Men's Choir and the Vocal Chords of New Glasgow-Stellarton. Memorial donations may be made to The Knights of Columbus scholarship fund, VON, St. Vincent de Paul or CEHHC Palliative Care Unit. Special thanks to VON, especially Marie Lewis and Thomas, Dr. Henderson, Dr. Code, Dr. Kukula and the nurses of the Palliative Care Unit. Cremation has taken place. Visitation was held January 25, 2024, in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. A Funeral Mass was held January 26, 2024 in the Immaculate Conception Church, 669 Prince Street, Truro. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

LEWIS, Kathleen MaudeAge 86, Bass River, passed away peacefully on December 28, 2023, in Debert Court, Debert. Born in Upper Economy, she was a daughter of the late Willard and Helen (Lewis) Fletcher. Kay was a lifetime member of TOPS and a member of Riverside United Church. She enjoyed playing cards, Bingo, square dancing and going for a drive. She also enjoyed a nice, tall glass of ice-cold Pepsi with her bag of Cheesies. She is survived by her sister, Eva Smith and many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly. Besides her parents, Kay was predeceased by the love of her life and husband of 59 years, Clayton; her beloved son, Richard and her dear sisters, Vivian Rutherford and Hazel Taggart.

The family would like to thank the staff of Debert Court for all the loving care they gave Kay during her stay with them. If so desired, donations in Kay’s memory may be made to Riverside United Church Cemetery, c/o Ted Taggart, RR#1 Bass River, NS B0M 1B0. A joint graveside service will be held on June 5, 2024, for both Kay and Clayton in the Riverside United Church Cemetery, Bass River – time to be determined. Arrangements entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

ROSS, Margaret Anne (O’brien), - How do you say goodbye to the person who molded you into the person you are today? Mom was born February 25, 1939, to Bill (William) and Clara (MacLean) O’Brien in Londonderry, N.S. Named Margaret Anne, she was lovingly called Margie. She was the "middle" child following Lorna (Bernie), Claude (Shirley), Richard (Lois) followed by Hope (Gordon) and the baby, Susan (Arnold). At a dance in Portapique, Mom met the man she knew she was going to marry, Richard "Dick" Ross. On September 11, 1959, they began their life together, and soon the children arrived. Lori Anne (Alan), Sandra Jane (Jamie) and David William (Janet). Their family was now complete.

After a number of moves as a military wife, Glenholme became Mom’s home for 53 years. She was involved in the small community, being a member of the Erskine United Church, the Great Village Garden Club, the Rebekka Lodge and volunteer at Shannex. Mom had many wonderful friends and neighbours, who supported and helped her after the passing of Dad in 2005.

In September of this year, Mom said good-bye to her home and began a new stage in her life. She went without a look back saying "well, I have to live somewhere". Yup, pragmatic to a fault. Once the decision was made, the move began. She settled into her new apartment and BINGO became her new passion. If you happened to be visiting around 1:00 Mom made it clear, you had to be on your way by 1:15. BINGO was at 1:30 sharp and she needed a seat. After enjoying a wonderful Christmas Eve and Christmas with family, laughing, eating, and playing games, Mom decided to leave us and is now dancing with Dad.

Mom leaves to mourn her sisters, Lorna, Hope and Susan, numerous friends and of course, us, her children, her five grandchildren, Kate (Matthew), Patrick, (Stevie), Liam (Meagan), Connor, and Madison (Gregor) and her great-granddaughter, Clara Rose. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wallace District Volunteer Fire Department. A visitation was held January 5th from 1pm until time of service at 3pm in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences available at www.ColchesterCommunity.com .

Manley, David Frederick - It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of David Frederick Manley, aged 59, on December 28th, 2023, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. David left this world surrounded by the love of his family and friends. Born and raised in Truro, David planted his roots in North River in 1999, becoming an integral part of the community he came to call home. He was a man with passion, enthusiasm, and an infectious sense of humour that could make anyone burst into laughter.
David was predeceased by his father, Reginald Manley, and is survived by his mother, Anna Belle; his children, Nicholas Manley and Jessica Manley, and their mother,
Lisa Priest. He is also survived by his brothers, Thomas Manley, John (Buddy) Manley (Denise), and Michael Manley, along with many nieces and nephews and friends who he loved dearly. A dedicated member of the Local 56 Pipefitters Union, he forged lifelong friendships through his work. Beyond his profession, David channeled his creativity into Nature’s Wooden Designs, a woodworking business he created with his son, Nicholas. Together, these pursuits showcased David's unwavering commitment to excellence in both his professional and creative endeavours. David was a loving father to his children, Nicholas and Jessica, who were the lights of his life. He spoke of them with unwavering pride and joy, and his conversations were often filled with stories that showcased the deep love he had for them. David's commitment to fatherhood went beyond words; it was woven into the fabric of his everyday life. In David’s memory, donations may be made to the Colchester East Hants Health Centre Foundation. A service of remembrance was held in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS, Sunday, January 7, 2024. Visitation was held from 12pm until time of service at 1pm, Eileen Corah officiating. A reception followed. Online condolences at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

HANLON, William Laurence "Bill" – Age 90, Truro, died December 30, 2023. Born and raised in Portugal

Cove, NL, to Thomas and Mary (Whalen), Bill was third of nine children (Tom, Marion, Leo, Kay, Rita, Dave, Lawrence, Hubert). He is survived by his wife, Denise (Gaudet); daughters, Louise (Michael MacDonald), Loraine (Brad Coombs), Claire (Therin Smith); grandchildren, Laura (Jeff Baxter), Ryan, Angela (Chris Trask), Geoff, Lily, Niall; great-grandchildren, Lily, Dallas, Adrianna and Sophia. Bill attended NSAC, McGill and UMass, and worked for Agriculture Canada his entire career in agricultural economics. Upon retirement, he and Denise spent 25 winters in Florida. Bill had a curious and keen mind, interested in history, maps, and genealogy. He enjoyed golfing, especially with his sons-in-law, and spending time with family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Visitation was held January 4th in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. A Funeral Mass was celebrated in Immaculate Conception Church, 669 Prince St., Truro. Reception followed. Online Condolences may be made at www.ColchesterCommunity.com .

BRANDSTAD, Leonard Albert "Len" – 52, Debert, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, December 30, 2023, at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Halifax, he was the only son of the late Ottar Albert Leonard and Eunice Leora "Lee" (Peters) Brandstad, and was blessed with four sisters, although he may have occasionally said "cursed". He leaves behind to mourn their huge loss, his wife, Gwen; stepsons, Kyle and Travis; step-grandson, Logan. Also mourning his passing are his sisters, Barbara Bosomworth, Paula Brandstad, Kyla Brandstad; parents-in-law, nieces, nephews and other extended family members and numerous friends. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Janet Lee Brandstad; brother-in-law, John Bosomworth. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where Len’s family received friends on Sunday, January 14, 2024. Private interment at a later date. Words of comfort, tributes and memories of Len may be shared at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

LANGILLE, R. Clayton - Clayton passed away quietly on January 3, 2024 in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. He was the youngest son of Leslie and Mary Langille of Tatamagouche, NS. As well as his parents he was predeceased by brother, Carson; nephew, Leslie; parents-in-law, Laurie and Isabel Matheson, and brother-in-law, Bill Matheson. Clayton is survived by his wife, Beth (Matheson) Langille; daughter, Shelley; nephew, David; niece, Linda; three grandnieces, and several cousins. He is also survived by chosen family, his daughter, Julee MacAfee; son, Rob MacNeil; grandchildren, Molly and Emma Clark, Patricia and Cecile MacNeil, and Savaya Greener-MacLean. Clayton spent his entire working life in the construction industry doing what he loved with 50 years running his own business. He also had the privilege of working construction in Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia, during several volunteer visits where he made many friends and memories. If desired, donations in Clayton’s memory may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Truro, Nova Scotia Chapter. You could also, if you are able, plant an apple tree to honour Clayton. A visitation was held January 9th from in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS.; all are welcome. Online condolences may be made by visiting: www.ColchesterCommunity.com

GAMBLE, Micheline Kathleen (Hodge)Age 51, Hilden, died peacefully on January 8, 2024, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro, with her family by her side after a yearlong battle with cancer. Born on June 1, 1972, in East York, ON, Micheline was the daughter of the late Russell and Arleen Tremblay. Micheline worked for NSLC for many years. She enjoyed spending time with her family at the beach, crafting and going to thrift stores. She will be missed by her husband, Scott Douglas; their daughters, Emma Kathleen and Laura Anne Marie, all of Hilden; brother, Jesse Lee Russell Tremblay, London, UK. Donations in Micheline’s memory may be made to the IWK. A graveside service will be held in the springtime. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

HUGGAN, Derreck "Dean" J. - 58 years of Halifax, Nova Scotia, passed peacefully at his home on January 10, 2024. Dean was the son of the late Eleanor Winnifred Huggan. He lived a full, dynamic life, his own way on his own terms. A larger-than-life personality that you could never forget. His humour, charm and presence made him a favourite amongst all the people who knew him. In his youth, he was active in sports and had a passion for competition. He took a keen interest in the food industry and worked hard through the ranks and earned his Chef papers to eventually own/operate in a partnership of La Scala restaurant. He was also part of a business that finds solutions for struggling restaurants and makes them successful. He was a proud long time respected member of the Bacchus Motorcycle Club. He found his place and eventually his home at the Colchester BMC Clubhouse. His dedication, loyalty, along with a hardnosed attitude was his character. Thats where he thrived. He was a real 1% Biker. His motto was always, "It doesn’t matter how long you stayed, as long as you made the effort to show up." Dean was a son, brother, father, papa, a mentor, and a friend. Dean is survived by his loving wife, Michelle Myra Huggan (Sackville). He was a great dad and a loving father to his children, Natasha Carrondo Huggan (Portugal), Brycen Berry (Dartmouth), Jessica Myra (Fall River), Joshua Sheaves (Dartmouth), Jenny Sheaves (Dartmouth), Justice Naugle (Sackville); his grandchildren, Destiny Myra (Fall River), Kyleigh Myra (Fall River), Elias Sheaves (Dartmouth), and Logan Griffiths (Dartmouth); his much-loved fur babies, Roscoe, and Mocha; his brother, Michael Goulet, and many favourite cousins from Prince Edward Island; his in-laws, Fred and Colleen Myra (Fall River); his brothers-in-law, Robby Myra (Fall River) and Clinton Myra (Vanessa)(Dartmouth), and his many loyal Club Brothers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dean’s memory to the Burnside SPCA. A special thanks to Dr. Peter Green and the Dermatology Team at the QEII Health Science Centre for support and care over the past few years. A Celebration of Dean’s Life was January 20th from 2-4pm in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS.

DIXON, Delcina DarleneAge 56, Truro. Delcina Dixon was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, niece and friend. She passed peacefully on January 11, 2024, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro with family by her side. She was born in Truro, the daughter of Lorna Boudreault and the late Leonard Boudreault. Delcina is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, Paul; daughters, Savannah (Jonathan) Dixon-Graham and Raydell Dixon (Scottie Latham); grandchildren, Preston, Natallia, Matteo, Quinn and Daxton and brothers, Dean, Leonard and Jason Boudreault, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her father, she was predeceased by her grandmother, Gertrude Elms. Delcina’s passion as an African Nova Scotia Student Support Worker in CEC from 2006 -2023, provided a positive space for students of all backgrounds. She was well loved by her family, friends and co-workers and will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her. In lieu of flowers, donations in Delcina’s memory may be made to CEC Student Awards and Scholarships Fund. A Celebration of Delcina’s Life was held January 17th from 4 – 6pm in CEC, 34 Lorne St., Truro. Arrangements entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS.

WHITE, James "Everett" - It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, James "Everett" White, on Friday, January 12, 2024, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro after a recent hospitalization. Everett was born on August 14, 1941, in Truro. He married the love of his life, Della, on November 16, 1958, and has kept a faithful watch over her every day since. Everett took his work seriously and was a valued employee of what was first, Riversdale Lumber then Sproule and finally J.D. Irving Lumber Mill in Valley for 38 years. He was a dedicated family man and made sure to visit everyone he held close. He and Della enjoyed taking off on road trips, travelling the back roads for hours scouting out wildlife, enjoying the beautiful scenery. They wound up in a lot of unexpected places, but Everett always knew where they were and how to get back home. Everett will live on through his wife, Della Henrietta (Barkhouse) White, Valley; children, James Everett White Jr, Saint John, NB and Deborah Faye (Scott) Marriott, Belmont; grandchildren, Amanda "Mandy" (Matt) McCabe, Micheal Gamble, Lynn White and John White; great grandchildren, Callie, Grayson, Koby, Kenzey, Kylie, Lexi, Ava; great, great grandchild, Keith; siblings, Frances White, Bible Hill and Carol (Gary) Karlowski, Springdale, AR as well as several nephews, nieces and cousins. A special thank you to nephew, Stephen Custance, Valley, for helping Everett out these past few years. Everett was predeceased by both of his parents, father, Charles Albert White and mother, Bertha Esther (Ripley) White; siblings, Rayburn (Joyce) White, Ainslie White, Esther (Harold) Fox and Stella White. Everett’s family would like to express their appreciation to the doctors and nurses on the 3rd floor D wing of the hospital. Donations in Everett’s memory may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. A graveside service will take place in Crossroads Cemetery, Valley at a later date.

FORTUNE, Anne Catherine Fortune, - Anne Catherine Fortune, age 85 of Truro NS, passed away peacefully on January 12, 2024, in Cedarstone Enhanced Care, Truro, NS. A beloved mother, wife and grandmother. Anne is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, Randell "Ralph"; children, Randy (Cindy) Fortune, Mike (Eva) Fortune, Cindy (Tim) Smith, Shari (Roger) Fortune-Langille, Wayne (Marce) Fortune; ten grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Strong, steady and the rock of the family, she will be missed every day. In addition to raising her children and being an involved and loving grandmother, Anne worked in retail and later was office manager for the family business prior to enjoying a well-earned retirement. She was involved in her church and community. She loved to swim, skate, sing, dance and play piano. She enjoyed card games with her family and her dear friends. She had a positive outlook on life and a wonderful sense of humour. I know that Mom (Anne) is a bit pissed off at Dad (Ralph) right now. She was ready to go and there he is still lagging behind. However, Mom will have the place ready when he gets there. In the meantime, Dad, behave. Mom is keeping her eye on you. Mom, you are in our hearts forever, our gestures, our words, a treasured recipe (she made the BEST apple pie). Until we see you again. Donations in Anne’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, where a visitation was held January 18th from 1pm until time of service at 2pm. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com 

BOGLE, Lloyd Edward – Age 95, of Stewiacke, passed away on January 12, 2024, in Cedarstone Enhanced Care, Truro.  Born and raised in Londonderry, he was a son of the late Alfred Bogle and Myrtle Bogle (Richard). Lloyd spent most of his life living in Stewiacke and working as a heavy equipment operator at National Gypsum. He enjoyed the outdoors, music, hunting and playing cards and was known for his fiercely competitive spirit.  He was the self-proclaimed Mayor of Castlereagh, population of two, for over 50 years. Lloyd was also instrumental in finding Willard Kitchener MacDonald, the Hermit of Gully Lake, and became a true friend for decades. Lloyd participated in a film documentary on the Hermit, including a book. He was a strong promoter of the Maritime Fiddling Association and in August, 2023, he was inducted into the Canadian Fiddling Hall of Fame. His mother was a champion fiddler as is his granddaughter, Kerri. Lloyd married the love of his life, Helen, from Brentwood and they shared a wonderful life together. When illness struck Helen, Lloyd quickly changed his free roaming social lifestyle to caregiver. When Helen passed away in 2016, Lloyd quickly shifted gears back to his former lifestyle. Even in declining health, Lloyd continued to make his annual moose hunting trips to Newfoundland until the age of 94. Lloyd will be dearly missed by sons, Dale (Wanda), Long Lake, NS, Terry, Gay’s River, NS and daughter, Valerie (Michael), Lower Sackville, NS; grandchildren, Melissa (Tony), Kate, Kerri, Darren and Kaylee; great-granddaughter, Bristol; sister, Edith and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother, Harold Bogle and sisters, Janet (infancy) and Charlotte MacVicar.

But a special acknowledgement goes to Shanda Cameron for being a wonderful caregiver, dear friend and partner in crime for many years. Memorial donations may be made to the Maritime Fiddling Festival, 721 Windmill Road, Unite 302, Dartmouth, NS, B3B 0J7 or the Bass River Heritage Society (Museum), 5666 Highway #2, Bass River NS, B0M 1B0.

Cremation has taken place under the care of Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro. There will be no visitation or funeral service at his request. A graveside service will take place in Brookfield Westside Cemetery, where he will be reunited with Helen. There will be a celebration of life, including a lot of music, at a later date. Inline condolences may be made by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

FILLMORE, Robert Stephen Age 77, Belmont, went to be with his Lord and Saviour on January 12, 2024. Born in Truro, he was a son of the late C. Raymond and Vera (Bremner) Fillmore. Robert was a member of Grace Baptist Church, Truro. He was a transport driver all of his working life, having traveled through the Atlantic provinces delivering feed to hundreds of farms. He is survived by his son, C. Stephen (Jody) and daughter, Angela, as well as three grandsons, Tyler, Nathan, and Christopher, all of Lower Sackville. Also surviving are his sister, Norma, NS; sisters-in-law, Helen Fillmore, Glenholme; Rose Collins (Darren Haley), Mahone Bay; and Rachel Collins, Parrsboro; brothers-in-law, Aldon, Amherst; Miles, Halifax; Gary, Bridgetown; Charles (Doris), Spencer’s Island; and Mike, Advocate Harbour; Rev. Milton Lambertson, Pennsylvania; as well as many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Robert was predeceased by his wife of 47 years, Dianne (Collins); his brother, C. Ron of Glenholme; his sister, Joyce of Pennsylvania; and brothers in law, Garth Sponagle, and Willis Collins Jr. Donations in Robert’s memory may be made to Forest Glen Baptist Camp. A visitation was held January 19th from 1pm until time of service at 2pm, both in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Interment will take place in Middle Road Cemetery, Debert at a later date. Online condolences at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

ARSENAULT, Michelle Claudette - We are saddened to announce the passing of Michelle at the age of 52 years. She was born in Truro and died peacefully on January 12, 2024, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro, with her family by her side, after a long battle with an aggressive cancer.

Michelle is survived by her mother, Joyce Arsenault (Mike); her father, Jim Arsenault (Nancy); her brother, Stephen and her sisters, Twila and Sally. She is also survived by her children Aaron, Jessica (Devin) and Brenton; grandson, Bentley; granddaughters, Harmony, Raven, Rainn and Charleigh; her nieces, Amanda, Lindsay, Candace and Amy Lee; her nephews, Stephen Jr., Mitchel and Blake; several great nephews and nieces; several aunts and great aunts; uncles and great uncles; cousins as well as many close friends. Her friends were everything to her. She also leaves behind her dog, Kiki.

She was predeceased by her grandparents, Perley and Thelma McClellan, Florence Arsenault and cousin, Rachel McClellan. Michelle was a well-educated woman. She graduated from CEC, Success Business College and went on to further her studies at Saint Mary’s University, taking credits that would complement her education. She even graduated from Modeling School in Halifax. Donations may be made to Housing Outreach Society (Haven House). A Celebration of Life was held January 26th from 4-6pm in the Truro Horsemen’s Club, Bible Hill. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

ATKINS, James "Paul" - age 70, passed away at home on January 13, 2024, after a long battle with cancer. Predeceased by parents, Margery and Walter Atkins; daughter, Paula; brothers, Joe and Pete and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Paul is survived by his wife, Linda; his daughter, Amber; his granddaughter; stepchildren, Stephen and Tracy, sister, Diane; nieces, Nancy, Michelle, Patricia and Christina; brother, Bernie and sisters, Marjorie and Jeannie. Paul spent his entire work life with the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers for 52 yrs. He loved to hunt, fish, tie flies, work on antique cars and Nascar Racing. Special thanks to all of the people that took care of Paul at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre in Truro, the VON nurses and Earth Angels. Also, to all that visited him – he truly enjoyed those visits. If desired, donations in Paul’s memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. If you are able, plant an oak tree to honour Paul. A graveside service will be held at a later date.

LEIGHTS, William Joseph "Jobie"Age 79, Crossroads / Upper Stewiacke, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on January 13, 2024. He was the son of the late Albert and Charlotte (Savoury) Leights. Wm. Jobie is survived by his wife, Faye (Walker); children, Darren (Natasha), Brian (Rhonda), Timothy (Tracey) and Kevin (Jennifer); grandchildren, Sarrah, Amanda, Ashleigh, Brady, Danielle (Matthew), Morgan (Grant), Danae, Maren, Gunnar, Emeril, Wade and Nara; siblings, Onslow (Roberta), Charles (Maryanne) and Mary; as well as many nieces, nephews and honorary grandchildren.  He was predeceased by brothers, John and Arthur and sister, Ada. Jobie retired from the Canadian Forces Ammunition Depot, Bedford after 32 years of service.  He was an avid outdoorsman, who loved fishing, hunting and spending hours in his garden. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation Canada. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life was held January 28th at 2pm in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St. Truro, NS. Minister Marty Clark-Ettinger officiating. Online condolences at www.ColchesterCommunity.com  

RUSHTON, Terrence James Patrick "Pat" - With profound sadness we announce the passing of Terrence James Patrick "Pat" Rushton, at the age of 40 years. The only son, and baby of the family of Debbie and the late Terry Rushton. Our most beloved son, brother, family member and friend passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on Sunday, January 14, 2024, surrounded by his family. He passed as he lived, on his own terms. Those who knew Patrick, even a little, lost a shining light in their lives.

Patrick lived life large and he could be found at local ball fields, hockey rinks, golf courses, disc golf courses, snowboarding and at one point in his life, the wrestling ring (T.J. Bricks). A music lover and performer, he let out alot of his emotions through writing and performing his Rap music (HIGH JINKS).

He was a long-term employee of The TDL Group and was always willing to travel to other provinces when help was needed. Along with his mother, he is survived by sisters, Tammy (Alfred) Grue, Becky (Shaun) Eagles; his beloved nephews who were like his brothers, Aaron (Stevie) and Bryan (Allie) and niece, Josie; aunts, uncles, many cousins and his best bud, Dewie. The family would like to thank the Palliative care team, Dr. Shivakumar, the nurses and staff of 8A for the wonderful care given to Pat, also to the nurses and staff at Colchester East Hants Health Centre’s MDU and Oncology for their compassion and support. A very special thank you to Dr. Don Rowe, who did everything in his power to make Pat as comfortable as possible and make his last wishes happen. We will always be in awe of such an amazing man. Donations in Pat’s memory may be made to Canadian Blood Services. There will be a celebration of life on January 21st from 4-8pm in the Debert Legion, Debert, with a brief memorial service at 5pm.

SIMPSON, William Isaac "Bill"Age 77, Debert. It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved father and grandfather, William "Bill" Isaac Simpson, Masstown on Monday, January 15, 2024, in the Palliative Care Unit of the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Bill was born on June 6, 1946. Bill is survived by his children, Darren (at home), Marie (at home) and Marilyn (Donnie), Hartland, NB; grandchildren, Krista, Kelsey (Matt), Stephen, Nathan (Amy) and great grandson, Lincoln; siblings, Merna Pope (Surrey, BC), Lee (Barb), Great Village, Maynard (Janice), Debert, Anne (Gerry) Barkhouse, Lower Debert and Dale (Juanita), Debert and their families; brothers-in-law, Dave (Dot) Barley, Gary (Janet) and Reggie and families, also many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Doreen (Barley); his parents, Wesley Robert and Hattie Cecelia (Scott) Simpson; brothers, Gerry and Robert (Sonny) Simpson and brother-in-law, Doug Barley. Bill worked many jobs during his life at Vipond Sprinklers, Farmers Dairy, Scotsburn Dairy and Commercial Safety College, also doing electrical work for his brother. He was liked by all who knew him and will be missed. One of his greatest pleasures was his music. He enjoyed playing the guitar and singing with the Barley Boys Band for years and many other musical groups. He enjoyed county bluegrass and rock and roll. His favourite song was, "Kentucky" by the Osborne Brothers. A special thank you to Dr. Henderson, Dr. Smith, all the VON caregivers and the Palliative Care Team for their exceptional care and support. Also, a special thanks to Walter Langille and Gerry Dykens for all their help and support during this time. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, February 4th from 2-4pm in Royal Canadian Legion – Debert. Interment will take place in Masstown Cemetery in the Spring. Arrangements entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

RUSHTON, Linda Faye - January 12, 1948 - January 17, 2024. It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our loving and beautiful mother, Linda Faye Rushton. She left this world peacefully in her sleep at home on January 17, 2024. Linda was the daughter of the late Donald and Laura "Peg" Turner of East Mines. In addition to her parents, Linda was predeceased by her first husband, Ted Rushton; common-law partner, David Fisher and brother, Donald Turner Jr. Lynn is remembered by her loving children, Angela and Terry; granddaughters, Kate (Kyle) and Brittany; great grandsons, Liam and Lennox; brother, Ralph (Janice); many cousins, nieces and nephews. Mom was a beacon of strength and kindness, always putting her children first. She brought immense joy and warmth into the lives of those who were fortunate enough to know her. Mom could always be found with a smile on her face.  She spent many years working as an amazing cook, including cooking for a year on Sable Island. It gave her great joy taking in many stray cats, fishing on Bass River and spending lots of time with her wonderful family. We would like to send out a special thank you to the Palliative Care Team, Angela, Mary, Dr. Cortney Smith and her favorite VON, Thomas, for your exceptional compassion and kindness and making these past three and a half months as comfortable as possible for her. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any animal shelter. In keeping with Linda’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com 

CORKUM, Willie E. of Truro passed away in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro on January 16, 2024. He was born May 2, 1948, to the late Lawson and Ivy Corkum (Kaulback) of Petite Riviere. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his stepfather, Ivan Crawford, Wentworth; brother, Alton Corkum, of Manitoba; sisters, Joyce Emery, Halifax, and Ruby Oickle, Bridgewater; nephew, Robert Roy, of Calgary; nieces, Judy Oickle and Nancy Oickle, both of Bridgewater; brothers-in-law, Gary Roy, Vogler’s Cove, Robert Oickle, Bridgewater and Leo MacKenzie, Nuttby. Left to mourn his loss are his spouse, Ruthann Mason, East Mountain; daughter, Denise (Danny) Penney, Barss Corner; son, Nicholas (Nicole) Corkum, Debert; sisters, Bev (Frank) Organ, Lower Onslow and Reta Roy, Bridgewater; grandchildren, Eva Corkum and Alex Corkum of Debert; stepsons, Taylor (Kiersten Hackett) Richardson, Halifax and Torre (Vanessa) Richardson, Gay’s River; nephews, Brandyn ( Sara ) MacKenzie of Halifax and Mitchell (Anna) Carroll, Hilden and his buddy and companion, Cooper (the dog), who never left his side. Wherever Willie went, Cooper was there too. Willie loved and adored his grandchildren, Eva and Alex, and he was a very proud "Grampa Willie". He was a good storyteller and we all enjoyed his hilarious tales of the old days and his memory was perfect with all the details that we all forgot. Willie was an electrician and worked in many places including Fort McMurray, Alberta, and Kenora, Ontario. In later years, during his semi-retirement, he was always pleased to assist friends and family and was always on call. His family will miss his experience in being able fix/build anything. He had many good friends from childhood that he enjoyed reminiscing with about the old days. The family would like to thank the amazing staff of nurses and doctors that cared for Willie during his stay in Colchester East Hants Health Centre. We could not have asked for better attention to his care. Donations in Willie’s memory may be made to the Truro Housing Outreach Society or charity of choice. A private family service will be held at a later date.

SANDESON, Clifford Richard - Green Creek, N.S., passed away on January 19, 2024.  He was the son of Ethel (Paul) and Robert Glennie Sandeson.  He lived most of his life in Green Creek where, when young,  he loved to hunt, fish and walk in the forest surrounding his home.  After building a home and moving to the family property in 1977, he continued to enjoy long walks in the forest and spent many hours grooming the yard and gardening. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Bernice (VanTassel); sister, Bonnie Lee; brother-in-law, Michael DeCoste and nephew, Robert DeCoste. He is also survived by many cousins. Cliff graduated from South Colchester High School in Brookfield, Nova Scotia Teacher’s College and Acadia University.  He was a teacher for 35 years and always enjoyed the company of his many students.  He liked to think that they brought the best out in him and hoped that he brought the best out in them.  Cliff also enjoyed sharing his photography.  He was a member of Image Makers Photography Club in Truro.  This was the perfect place to share his photography for more than 40 years but more importantly, it was a place to learn from the many other talented members. Cliff and family wish to thank the palliative care team of doctors David Henderson and Courtney Smith, nurses Cheryl and Angela and the staff of the palliative care unit at Colchester East Hants Health Centre and the VON.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro where a reception for friends and family was held January 24 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Interment will take place in Green Creek Cemetery the following day at 11a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Cliff’s memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Annapolis Historic Gardens or to a charity of your choice. 

Condolences to the family may be made by visiting: http://www.ColchesterCommunity.com  

POWELL, Carol Ann - With deep sadness and a gratitude for what she brought to our lives, we announce the passing of Carol Ann Powell, 79, on January 20, 2024, in Truro. Carol was the daughter of the late Dorothy Halliday and James McLellan. She is survived by her husband, Ted; her sons, Roy (sons, Cody and Kurtis), Greg (Deanna) and Dan (Anna) as well as by her sisters, Debbie and Lynda; brother, Randy and her McLellan half-siblings, "JJ" and especially by her treasured grandchildren, Nora, Hazel, Charlie and Libby, the lights of her life. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Laura Lee. As a very young single mother, Carol had to work hard – and she never stopped. Moving to Montreal, Carol worked as a nanny, at Laurentian Lanes and AC Leslie. She had to move back to Truro following the deaths of her parents to help look after her four young siblings. Working during the day and taking bookkeeping courses at night, Carol worked as a bookkeeper at several Truro businesses including HR Doane, Zellers and KFC. After meeting Ted, they moved to Winnipeg where she joined the property management company, A. Akman and Sons, eventually earning her real estate licence and handling property management and condo sales. Moving back to Truro in 2003, Carol supervised the building of her new home in Manganese Mines and continued her passion for yard sales, now abetted by Debbie and Deanna, leaving early in the morning to get the best deals and then taking her treasures to sell at her "shop" at the New Glasgow Flea Market, regardless of the weather, where she was helped greatly by Debbie and Lynda and her friend, Doug. Carol was a member and volunteer with the Bible Hill Garden Club and was also Treasurer at the Food Bank for two years and more recently, volunteered at the Colchester Hospital Gift Shop. Donations in Carol's memory may be given to the Colchester SPCA or to the Colchester East Hants Hospital Foundation. Many thanks to the VKFB volunteers, paramedics and hospital Trauma Centre staff who assisted Carol. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life and interment in Crossroads Cemetery, Valley, will take place at a later date. Tributes and memories of Carol may be left at www.ColchesterCommunity.com


January 2024 Obituaries

COCK, Georgina Helen - On September 14, 2023, Georgina Helen Cock of Biblehill, NS. passed away peacefully at home, at the age of 83. She will Be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Kathy Lobban (Dean), her grandchildren, Trevor Lewis (Angie), Samantha( Michael) Boyce, Stephanie (Michael) McNutt, Brittany Lynn. and great grandchildren, Sierra, Kaiden, Braxton, Tanner and Zoey.

She was predeceased by her daughter Donna Lewis and grandchildren Jody Lewis and Rodney Lynn.

Also survived by sisters Kay Bedell, Betty Mykytyshyn and brother Charles(Helen)Higgins. With many nieces and nephews. Georgina enjoyed playing cards, darts and going out with friends. Her witty sense of humor and kindness will be missed by those who knew her. Her family and friends meant everything to her. She was a volunteer at Colchester Regional Hospital and the homeless shelter. At Georgina request, there was no service. For condolence please visit www.harboursidecremation.ca

RUTHERFORD, Aubrey Graham – Age 95, Truro. It is with great sadness that the family of Aubrey Graham Rutherford, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, announce his passing on Saturday, November 18, 2023, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro with his daughters by his side. He had just celebrated his 95th birthday. Dad was born in Truro on November 4, 1928, to the late Hollis and Grace (Wynn) Rutherford. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Unable to follow his five brothers who enlisted, due to an unfortunate accident in the trainyard when he was eight years old which resulted in the loss of his right leg, Dad still did his part in helping people throughout his life. He was one of the founding members of the Truro Little League in the early 1950’s, coaching some great players on the Sportsman Braves and winning the championship the very first year! Dad was a bookkeeper for many years with various companies. Finishing up his working days with the Department of Transportation as a dispatcher. In 1953, Dad married our mother, Rhyna (Flynn) of Wallace, Cumberland Co. They were married for 48 years until her passing in 2001. In 1971, he ran for Town Council for Ward 3 and held many consecutive terms until his retirement in 1994. During these terms, he served on all of the major committees. In 1981, he was appointed as a Justice of the Peace. Never one to be idle, he was also a past member of the Truro Legion; treasurer and past member of the Horsemen’s Club and one time member of the Kiwanis Club. Dad loved the Blue Jays (when they were winning!) and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Dad’s brightest spot in his life came with the birth of his grandchildren. Always cheering them on at all of their events, he was the first one to tell them how proud he was of all their accomplishments.

Dad is survived by daughters, Lynn (Terry) Veniot, Lake Echo and Shelley (Kevin) Dryden, Truro; grandchildren, Daniel (Stephanie) Veniot, Nicholas (Louise) Veniot, both of Lake Echo, Eric (Mary) Dryden, Jaime Dryden and Lindsey (Pat) Dryden, all of Dartmouth. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews; his sister-in-law, Frances Flynn and her sons, Tom and James Flynn of Wallace and their families. Besides his parents and his wife, Dad was predeceased by brothers, Archibald (WWII), Douglas, Stewart, Charles and Chester and sisters, Eva Weatherby and Margaret Weatherby. The family would like to extend a special thank you to nephew, Bill for his weekly visits, chats and errand running. We cannot forget "Aubrey’s Girls" who made Dad’s days a little brighter. There are so many to mention, but please know all of your kindness, care and laughs with Dad were very much appreciated and brought comfort to us too. Special thank you to the compassionate nurses on D3 and also to Dr. Nicholson. Donations in his memory to VON or a charity of choice are welcome and greatly appreciated. A Celebration of Dad’s Life will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences are available at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

RICHARD, Ronald G. - Age 82, Porter’s Lake/Sutherland Lake, passed away at the Dartmouth General Hospital on Saturday, November 18, 2023. He was the son of the late Phillip and Agnes (Doucette) Richard, Londonderry. He is survived by many relatives and friends. Cremation has taken place. Honouring Ron’s wishes, there will be no visitation or service. Burial will take place at a later date.

MacKENZIE, Ronald Earl – 76, Brentwood. It is with broken hearts we announce the peaceful passing of Ronnie MacKenzie on Saturday, November 18, 2023, in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. The son of the late Harold "HR MacKenzie" and Louise (MacLeod) MacKenzie. He was a very much-loved husband, father, friend, trucker, and horseman. He loved what he did and did what he loved. He was always proud of his three children, Kelly, Kim, and Keith, and thankful they had found successful careers, and could stand independently. Ron’s first job was snigging logs in the woods with a mare called Molly. Ron was an operator for the Department of Highways for 27 years. He also trucked long haul and local for over 56 years. Ron was a former member and often director of the NS Percheron Horse Assoc., NS Clydesdale Club, NS Belgian Horse Assoc. Nova Scotia Driving Society. He was also a founding member of the Pictou County Light Horse Club, longtime member of the board of directors for the Pictou – North Colchester Exhibition and Pictou Draft Horse Association. Ron exhibited draft horses and ponies throughout the Maritimes for many decades. Four and six in hand driving competitions were his forte. He was happiest driving a light pair of blacks, Zoom and Tardy, on the trails at home. Later, a tall bay called Jerome stepped up to replace them and stole his heart. Ron hauled for several different companies often while still working for the highways. He proudly drove for Cape Cod Siding and Marwood Ltd. Caring for and handling the huge Creelman horses also brought him joy.

Through long hospital stays and partially successful heart surgery, his dream of driving Jerome again remained a steadfast goal. Ron always saw what could be, not what could go wrong. Ron is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Pamela MacKenzie; son, Keith MacKenzie of Moncton; daughter, Kelly MacInnis of Plainfield, NS and daughter, Kimberley (David) LeClerc of Guelph, Ontario, and beloved brother, Bob (Ethel) MacKenzie of Hedgeville, NS and several in-laws; grandchildren, Cole and Jessica and grand puppy, Ella; final remaining horses, BeBop and Jerome. Ron was predeceased by his first wife, Ruby MacKenzie; his parents and in-laws, Eric and Connie Pauley; former mother-in-law, Chris Johnson. Thank you to George Clish, Sherry MacPhee, son, Keith and Linda Bond for helping Pam make those happy final Jerome drives happen.

Thank you, Ben Cavanagh for the unwavering support with visits and phone calls, as well as Steve and Lisa Taylor for the tremendous help keeping the home and farm running. Thanks to Margie Johnson for magically appearing many mornings to tend four horses with Pam while Ron was in Halifax fighting to beat the odds in the QEII. Also thank you Ruth MacDonald and the Perrys for sage sheep advice and help amidst Ron’s surgery battle. Don and Jo Ann Adams and Janice Williams for helping move a horse mid winter and extending calming support. Alfred Davis for Sunday evening visits that were also "How does he look?" wellness checks. Ron’s brother, Bob for the caring and treasured calls and visits. Thank you to Keith and Pam’s brother, Reg for hard winter drives to the QEII.

A huge thank you to guardian angel, Julie West for all the consistent early morning and late-night calls to be sure Pam was back in the house safe and sound. If Ron was home, he loved to join in on the horse and feed talk that ensued with Julie & Mike on the phone. Hedley Wilson, Nick Bell, Donna Sears, Rhonda Hulan, George Clish and Janice Toole and so many others for also always checking in and helping out.

Heart felt thank you to Dr. Robert Bush and staff at the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital for the wonderful, kind care. Thank you to the doctors, surgeons and staff of the QEII, and nurse, Lisa Hartlin for her home visits, care and advice. Thank you to Brookfield Pharmasave staff, Brookfield Fire Dept. and First Responders and to so many others who supported us on Ron’s last long haul. Thank you, Mark Toole for taking his "buddy" for his final gravel truck ride. Flowers are welcome, or donations to the QEII or the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital in Ron’s memory. Interment will be at a future date. A service to celebrate Ronald’s life was held November 29th at 1 p.m. followed by visitation, all in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro, NS. Pam and the family ask that when you get a chance enjoy a hot hamburger sandwich with pie and think of Ron.

COOKE, Lester "Russel" – Age 82, of Highland Village, passed away on Sunday, November 19, 2023, at home after a courageous battle with cancer. Russel was born in Portapique on July 23, 1941, where he later raised his family and farmed. In early years, Russel drove trucks for many years, fished, logged, farmed and finally retired from the Department of Transportation. Russel was predeceased by twin sons, Harold and Ronald, in infancy; his parents, Harold and Muriel (Spencer) Cooke; his wife, Louise and his brothers, George and Doug. Russel will be deeply missed by his sister, Jean (Allan); brother, Terry (Patricia); sisters-in-law, Martena and Shirley. He will be forever missed by his sons, Lester (Cristina) and Glen (Wendy); his daughter, Anna (Derek Stevens), all of Highland Village. He will be lovingly missed by his grandchildren, Alexandra Dash, Meghan (Tyler), Russell Joseph "RJ" (Courtney), Caitlin (Donald) Gifford, Deanna (Justin) Densmore and Erik Stevens (Morgan). Russel will also be forever missed by his great grandson, Finn Gifford. Along with numerous nieces and nephews. Thank you to VON and Palliative Care for all their support and help during Dad's brief battle. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to CEHHC "We Care About Cancer" or VON. A visitation was Friday, November 24th at 12pm until time of service at 1pm, both in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. Eileen Corah officiated. Interment follow reception in Mahon Cemetery. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com 

STONE, Madeline Mary – 74, Central Onslow, passed away peacefully on Tuesday afternoon, November 21, 2023, at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Tatamagouche, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Bertha (MacEachern) Tattrie. Madeline is survived by her sons, David Stone, Greenfield; Jeffery Stone, Glace Bay; grandchildren, Matthew Levangie, Truro; Nicholas Levangie, Antigonish; Lauren Levangie, Truro; siblings, Ron (Gladys) Tattrie, Bayhead; John Tattrie, Bayhead; sister-in-law, Rose Morewood, Halifax; brother-in-law, Aubrey Coulter, Toronto; nieces, Carrie, Krista, Karen; nephews, Scott, Steven. Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, John Stone; nephew, Andrew Morewood. Private interment was held at Bayhead (Union Church) Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

WILE, Terry John – Age 64, of Truro, passed away unexpectedly on November 22, 2023, at home. He was a son of the late Murray and Mary (Caldwell) Wile. Terry was a carpenter by trade, starting at a young age with his father. He enjoyed quiet times at home with his family and friends. He leaves behind his son, Joel; stepdaughter, Nicole; granddaughter, Emery; sister, Linda; brothers, Gary (Doris), Scott (Lucy) brothers-in-law, Eric (Sharron) and Kenny as well as many nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, Terry will join his siblings that passed before him, Christine, Janet, Dean, and Howard. At the family’s request, there will be no visitation or service, but please remember Terry with a drink and a toast. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences are available at www.ColchesterCommunity.com  

CLARKE, Nancy Ann - 60, Truro, passed away on Friday November 24, 2023, at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Truro, she was the daughter of the late Lillian May Clarke and the late Earl Edgar MacKay. Nancy is survived by her longtime partner of 27 years, John Chapman; children, Brittany (Morgan) McLeod, Brandon Clarke; siblings, Miriam, Brenda (Christian), Earl (Franca), Steven, Shirley (Randy); many nieces and nephews. Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers, Wayne Dujay, Fred Clarke, Gerald (Dougie) MacKay; sister, Linda Clarke. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where Nancy’s family received friends on Friday, December 1, 2023. Interment was in Folly Village Cemetery, Gelnholme. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

HUGHES, Edward Seymour - Age 74, Truro. The family of Ed Hughes is saddened to announce his peaceful passing on November 24, 2023, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro with his wife and family at his side. He was the son of the late George Hughes and the late Annie Reid. Ed is survived by his wife of 43 years, Gladys Hughes (Jordan). He worked at Crossley Carpets for 40 years. Ed was involved for 25 years with the Cobequid Special Olympics which was his passion. Donations in his memory may be made to the Cobequid Special Olympics or the Liver Foundation. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation or service at his request. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences are available at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

TAYLOR, Jeffrey Kenneth – Age 58, Truro. It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Jeff Taylor on November 26, 2023, at home. He was born on March 26, 1965, in the Colchester Hospital in Truro, NS to Millie (Rushton) Taylor and the late Ken Taylor. He grew up around the Masstown and Debert area of Colchester County, later spending time in the Kitchener/Waterloo area of Ontario, before returning home to the Truro area. Jeff had an adventurer's spirit, variously spending time in all the big cities (Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton and Halifax to name a few) as well as further flung outposts in Washington State, across the US and Cold Lake, AB. He was a man who would try anything once, like cooking at the Lockhart Camp ice road in Nunavut, attending a heavy metal concert with friends half his age, or trying out a new board game with family in the dining room. In Jeff’s later years, after retiring back to the Truro area, he devoted many hours to producing his stop-motion films and experimenting with 3D animation. Creating entertaining and engaging experiences was one of his greatest passions in life. His life was challenged at an early age with health issues and he faced those with an uncanny spirit of grace and acceptance. Cancer, three hip replacements, heart problems and yet, he carried on with his indomitable spirit of humour and positivity. Jeff provided a listening ear and sage advice to many young people facing similar health problems over the years. Family came first for Jeff. He provided companionship for the elder generation and friendship to the younger. He prided himself on being the "only fella" in a house full of sisters. Throughout the years, many family members had the memorable experience of sharing a home with Jeff. The tales from "the time Uncle Jeff came to stay" will live on bringing laughter to our lives through the tears. He was predeceased by his father, Ken Taylor.

Jeff leaves behind his mother, Millie (Rushton) Taylor, of Brookfield; sister, Leesa Shaw (Mike) of Truro, children, Rebecca (Shaw) Bernard, (Rob), child Raelynn; Andrew Shaw (Kelsey); sister, Karen Taylor, son, Mitch Sutherland; and sister, Kathy Johnston (David) of Hilden children, Megan Rutherford child, Dawson; Stevie Rutherford. Donations in Jeff’s memory may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or CEHHC "We Care About Cancer". In keeping with his wishes, there will be no visitation or service. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com 

McLELLAN, Nicholas Kelly "Nick" – 69, Truro. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Nick on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, after a lengthy illness. Born in Truro, he was a son of the late James and Mary (Redmond) McLellan. Nick is survived by his loving partner, Kathy (Eagles) Langille, who he spent the last 28 years with and is also survived by his son, Christopher Kyle (Stephanie) and their daughter, Nora; daughter, Janelle (Mike); stepdaughter, Amanda (Zach) and their sons, Brady and Lochlan; stepdaughter, Sarah (Marc) and their daughter, Freya; siblings, Pat (Brian) Boomer, Jimi-Jane McLellan, Cathy McLellan, David McLellan, Debbie McLellan, Janice Verney, Betty Totten; half-sister, Carol (Ted) Powell; numerous nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his youngest sister, Tammy (Dale) White; brother-in-law, Andy Verney. Honouring Nick’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. A graveside service will be held at a later date in Hillcrest Cemetery, Londonderry. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com


 

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