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February 2015

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


January 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

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