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April 2014

MacKINNON, Frederick Raymond "Fred" - 89, Debert, passed away peacefully, following a short illness, on Sunday afternoon, February 2, 2014, at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born January 1, 1925, in Selkirk, Prince Edward Island, he was a son of the late Allan and Minnie (Burke) MacKinnon. Fred is survived by his loving wife, Laura (Robinson) MacKinnon, Debert Court; children, Raymond (Myrna), Grand Valley, Ontario; Wayne (Jean), Morell, Prince Edward Island; Douglas, Victoria, British Columbia; Madonna MacKinnon, Thorburn; grandchildren, Roderick (Alexis), Jodi (Chris), Doug (Andrea), Mike (Raiji) Angie, Courtney (Tyler), Candice, Stephen, Patrick, Holly, Natasha, Shannon (Shaun); seven great grandchildren; sisters, Eileen MacPhee, East Chezzetcook; Eleanor Johnston, Thunder Bay; brothers, Allan (Mabel), Warren, St. Charles, Prince Edward Island; sister-in-law, Marg MacKinnon, Morell, Prince Edward Island; several nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Elizabeth Mary "Betty" (Phillips); sister, Bernice Stark; brothers, Reginald, Francis, Lloyd, Harold. Special thanks are extended to Barb Fields, VON nurse, and to the entire Palliative Care Team at Colchester East Hants Health Centre for your wonderful care as well as Fred and Jean Barnhill. Funeral service was held Saturday, February 8, 2014, in Debert United Church, 1237 Plains Road, Debert, Carol Gillard, M.Div. officiated. Spring interment in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, 125 Robie Street, Truro. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

LAYTON, Robert Francis – 85, Great Village, Colchester County, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Monday, February 24, 2014, at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro.  Born November 19, 1928, in Great Village, he was the son of the late Raleigh and Flora (Flemming) Layton. Robert is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Meredith Ann Merriam (Boyd); son, Jeff (Sarah) Layton, Concord, Massachusetts; grandchildren, Bennett and Calder Layton; brother, Jack Layton, Innisfail, Alberta; family-in-law, Grayce Pellerin (Basil deceased), Robert (Rose) Boyd, Ellen Layton; loving nephews, Stephen Boyd, Andrew Boyd, Peter Boyd, Marc Pellerin, Neil Pellerin, Ian Pellerin. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Arthur Layton; mother father-in-law, Robert Percy and Christina (Merriam) Boyd. Funeral service was held Saturday, March 1, 2014, in St. James United Church, Great Village, Reverend Valerie Kingsbury officiated. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

COCK, Darrell William - Age 66, Great Village. It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, who passed away peacefully on March 1, 2014, surrounded by family and friends. Born on November 23, 1947, Darrell is survived by his loving wife, Debbie (Kaulback); daughters, Samantha Gallant (Carl), Karen Rector (Robert), Kim McNutt (Peter); son, Charles (Mandy); loving grandchildren, Jessica Thompson (Chris), Brittany, Kyle, Lexxie, Jessica, Kayla, Isaiah, Jenna, Xavier, and Carlee; siblings, Denny (Marilyn), Donald (Glenda), and Donna Totten (Royce); many nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by his faithful companion, Rex. He was predeceased by his parents, William and Verna; brother, David. For many years, his hard work ethic put him behind the wheel for D.C. Trucking, as well as other trucking companies. He was devotedly active in the community, belonging to many organizations including Legion Branch 106 Debert, and Great Village Fire Brigade. He also actively enjoyed many sports, including hockey, darts, curling, broomball and bowling. He will be fondly remembered by those who frequented the Double C, as a genuine, caring, compassionate, strong-willed, loving man, who believed in loyalty and strong family values. Cremation has taken place. Visitation was held on March 3 with a memorial service on Tuesday, March 4th in Debert Legion Branch 106. Family flowers only. Memorial donations may be made to Colchester East Hants Hospice Society or a charity of your choice.

LEWIS, Dorothy – 93, of Toronto, Ont. and formerly of Parrsboro passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at the Bon Air Nursing Home, Cannington, Ont. Born in Guysborough, she was a daughter of the late Reginald and Etta (Murphy) Dunn. She is survived by her daughter, Jean Brookes (Larry), Kirkfield, Ont.; grandchildren, Josh (Stacey), Orillia, Ont.; Janice MacLeod (Rodney), Kirkfield, Ont.; ‘chosen’ daughter, Janice Chopty (Art), Mississauga, Ont. She was predeceased by her husband, Howard Lewis; a brother, John in infancy. Funeral services will be held in Parrsboro at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at: www.smithsfuneralhome.com

PHILLIPS, Franklin Angus – 40, Great Village, formally of Margaree Centre. It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Frankie on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at home surrounded by his loving family. Frankie was passionate about local food and farming and was an accomplished truck and trailer mechanic. "Hollywood" was a force to be reckoned with on the softball field and volleyball court. He loved it when someone tried to get to third base or home plate just to "test his arm" from right field. Many memories were made in the woods of the Margaree Highlands snowmobiling with the crew or hunting with his father and brothers. However, nothing gave him more pleasure than being a Dad and shaping his babies into the wonderful people they’ve already become. Frankie is survived by his wife Marguerite (Fortune); children, Rory, Breton, Ryland, Gavin and Blake; parents, Franklin Angus and Mary (Matthews) Phillips, Brookfield; siblings, Elvis (Jody), Margaree Centre, Corrina (Bobby), Tatamagouche, Rocky (Marley), Brookfield, Billy Jack, St. John N.B., and Ern (Kelsey), Brookfield; paternal grandmother, Allena (MacNeil) Phillips, Margaree Centre; his special nieces and nephews, Mariah, Robert, Miriam, Selina, Kalyn, Brielle, Sarah, Isaiah, Nevin, and Gage; many aunts, uncles, and extended family. Frankie was predeceased by his brother Joey; grandparents, John Joe Phillips, and Les and Jean (Bushell) Matthews. Funeral service was held Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at Immaculate Conception Church, 669 Prince St., Truro, N.S. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Colchester East Hants Health Centre Palliative Care or Colchester East Hants Hospice Society. Online condolences and donations may be made at: www.ColchesterCommunity.com

CREELMAN, Betty Louise (Phillips) – 67, Bass River, passed away Thursday evening, March 6, 2014, at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro, after a long and determined battle with cancer. Born May 24, 1946, in Truro, she was a daughter of Florence (Sutherland) Phillips, Townsview Estates, Truro, and the late George Phillips. Along with her mother, Betty is survived by her husband, John; sons, Matthew (Mayu), Halifax; Mark (Lisa), Porters Lake; grandchildren, Luke, Great Village; Emma, Daniel and William, Halifax; brothers, Kevin "George" Phillips, Surrey, British Columbia; Arthur (Arlene) Phillips, Winnipeg, Manitoba; sisters, Roberta Higgins, Lorraine Phillips, Victoria, British Columbia; Lila Phillips (Mike Kilburn), Elaine (Terry) Hudson, Truro; half-sister, Bernice Sutherland, Truro; nephew, Jordan Phillips, Winnipeg; nieces, Meighan Phillips, Winnipeg; Darlene Vance, Bass River; Courtney Radcliffe, Brighton, England; Luke’s mother, Linda (Dawson), Great Village. Funeral service was held Monday, March 10, 2014, in Riverside United Church, Bass River, Reverend Florence Antle-Brison officiated. Spring interment in the church cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

FLETCHER, Catherine "June" (MacAloney) - 73, Montrose, Colchester County, passed away peacefully Friday, March 7, 2014 surrounded by her family. June was born in Joggins and was the daughter of the late Tremont "Guy" and Edith Lillian (Gower) MacAloney. June was an avid gardener and loved to dance. She was the inspiration and instructor of Fundy Trail Cloggers. June is survived by her sons, Sheldon (Lori), Melfort, SK, Calvin, Debert, Daniel (Theresa), Montrose; daughters, Margaret (Kevin) Welton, Economy and Charlene, Montrose; grandchildren, Sheldon, Shane, Shawn, Briana, Scott, Jennifer and Michael; seven great grandchildren. She will be sadly missed by her brothers, Layton, Carvel (Barbara), Robert (Debbie); sisters, Marguerite (Richard) May, Betty (Dennis) Gamble; brother-in-law, Clarence Adshade; nephews and nieces. June was predeceased by husbands, Everett and Lloyd; sisters, Helen Adshade, Carol Welch, Beverly Gillis; brother-in-law, Duncan Gillis; sister-in-law, Jeanette MacAloney. No visitation by request. A memorial service was held on March 11, 2014 in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, N.S. with Rev. Florence Antle-Brison officiating. Private family interment at Portaupique Cemetery. On-line condolences at: www.ColchesterCommunity.com

FISHER, Albert Fraser, 84, Green Oaks died March 18, 2014 at Elk Court in Brookfield.  Born June 8, 1929 in Green Oaks he was the son of the late Fraser and Adelaide (Geldart) Fisher.  Albert was a heavy equipment operator, building roads for the forest industry.  He also repaired the equipment and was very knowledgeable  on the mechanics of engines. Albert was an avid reader of history and current affairs.  Albert is survived by his daughter, Linda McGeehan, Truro; son, Stephen (Nancy) Green Oaks; grandsons, Kristen (LeeAnne) Fisher, Troy (Elise) Fisher; sisters, Sylvia Barnhill, Carol Jakal; brother, Arthur (Vera) Fisher; special niece, Georgie Henderson, Edmonton, Alta.  He was predeceased by sisters, Shirley Dixon, Betty Henderson; brothers, Donald, Gerald, Paul and John; friend and nephew, Fraser Barnhill. Cremation has taken place. A graveside service will be held at a later date in Fisher Creek Cemetery. On-line condolences may be made at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

CANNING, Patricia I. "Patsy" – 76, of Parrsboro passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Upper Nappan. Born in Parrsboro, she was a daughter of the late Percy and Mamie (Henwood) Canning. She worked endless hours as a housekeeper and as an operator at the local telephone office, all while raising small children on her own. Following her marriage to Arley in 1970, she worked by his side to build their successful contracting business until their retirement in 1994. Patsy enjoyed the operation of her popular craft shop, "The Hobby House" for which she produced a variety of homemade crafts and sewing. She was incredibly loved and will be sadly missed forever. She is survived by her children, David Johnson (Sherry), Mike Johnson (Cheryl), Arlene Canning (Kevin Wasson); Cindy Yorke (Chester); all of Parrsboro; 9 grandchildren, Stephen, Ryan and Megan Johnson; David, Trevor and Jessica Johnson; Christopher Logan; Kayla and Kristen Yorke; sisters, Lola Melanson (Eric), River Hebert; Joan Blue (David), Parrsboro; a brother, Ronald "Fibber" (Bev Taylor), Parrsboro; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Arley in 2008; a grandson, Jason; a brother, Arthur. Funeral service was held March 24, 2014 at the Parrsboro Baptist Church, Pastor Douglas Lake officiating. Burial in the church cemetery. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

MORRIS, Marie M. – 89, of Parrsboro passed away on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at home. Born in Parrsboro, she was a daughter of the late Augustus and Frances (Brown) Olsen. She is survived by a son, Paul (Janice), Parrsboro; step-daughters, Rosalie Hebb-Buckoski (Buck), Parrsboro; Linda Ralph (Pearce), Conception Bay South, Nfld.; Sally Merriam (Bert), Kingston; Sandra Mollins (George), Middleton; three grandchildren, Richard (Judy), Athol; Patrick, Halifax; Matthew, Parrsboro; a great grandchild, Max; several step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Leland; a sister, Anna Tupper; brothers, Herman and Carl. Funeral service was held March 25, 2014 at St. George’s Anglican Church, Parrsboro, Rev. Tory Byrne officiating. Burial in the church cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com


March 2014

LYNDS, Francis Arnold – Truro. It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our father, on January 26, 2014 at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in North River, Francis was the son of the late Herbert and Ethel (Hennigar) Lynds. Francis will be remembered for his love of hockey, especially the Montreal Canadiens. When he wasn’t watching hockey he had a passion for playing cards with friends and family and always enjoyed a good fiddle tune. His grandchildren were the love of his life. He is survived by his son, Pierre, Londonderry; daughters, Petra (Kenny) MacDonald, Truro and Pamela (Brian) Barton, Enfield; grandchildren, Cody, Brett, Sarah, Samantha; and great-grandson, Kyle. Francis had two sisters, Shirley Ettinger, Truro, Estelle (Guy), North River; brothers, Allen, North River, Milton, Upper Stewiacke, Gerald, Amherst, Emery (Eldora), East Mountain and Vernon, Florida. There will be no service at the family’s request. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Colchester East Hants Health Centre. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements are under the direction of Colchester Community Funeral Home, Truro. Condolences to the family may be made at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

COLPITTS, Ronald B. – 92,of Diligent River passed away Monday, January 27, 2014 at Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Upper Nappan. Born in Point Wolfe, N.B., he was a son of the late Burpee and Caroline (Yorke) Colpitts. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Pearson; a daughter, Nancy, Diligent River; grandsons, Michael Burton (Stephanie McCulley), Diligent River; Justin Colpitts, B.C.; special friend, Robert Dowe, Diligent River; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Linda; a son, Mark; sisters, Lola, Josephine; brothers, George, Clayton, Arlie, Willie, Aubrey, Glenford, Vaughn, Paul, Kenny, Cecil, Arthur. A private family service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

HARVEY, Lawrence Keith - In Loving Memory of Lawrence Keith Harvey, (DEC. 04 1938 – JAN. 26 2014) - In the hearts of friends, family and his children, (Stewart, Melissa, Theresa and Lawrence), lives the spirit of Lawrence. He touched the lives of those around him and cared so much for those near and far. He will always be remembered by all as the man who would do anything or give anything needed. He is now joined with his wife in peace. He will be loved and missed by all. Arrangements entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home where on-line condolences may be made at: www.ColchesterCommunity.com

MOWATT, Mildred Carrie, 88, Bible Hill, passed away January 28th, 2014 at the Aberdeen Regional Hospital, New Glasgow. Born April 11th, 1925 in Bass River, she was the daughter of the late Smith Moore and Margaret (Gamble) Goodliffe. Before becoming a homemaker she taught school in various communities in Colchester County. Mom was a life-long member of the United Church of Canada, loved to knit and do her crossword puzzles. She spent many hours over the years travelling to football stadiums, ball fields and hockey arenas supporting her grandsons, of whom she was most proud. She was also known to stay up all hours of the night watching the game and cheering on her Toronto Blue Jays. She is survived by daughters Brenda (Wade) Harvey, Greenfield, Queens Co., Linda (Royden) Yorke, Lower Debert, grandsons Wade Jr. (Erin), Vanderhoof, BC, Gabriel (Shya), Quesnel, BC, Scott (Ally), Fredericton, NB, three great grandchildren, a sister, Marion Cox, Saskatoon, Sk, cousin and close friend, Madeline Gamble, Truro, brother-in law and sisters-in-law as well as several nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her husband of 47 years, S. MacKay (Mack) Mowatt, sister, Annie Milton and a brother in infancy. The family would like to thank the staffs at The Colchester East Hants Health Authority and the Aberdeen Regional Hospital, Dr. Harold Berghuis, the Victoria Order of Nurses Home Care, Vimy Court, Rev. Mary J. White, Coldstream Pastoral Charge and Rev. Bonnie Fraser, East River Pastoral Charge for their care and support. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held from 6 until 8 pm Sunday, February 2nd, with a funeral service at 2:00 pm Monday, February 3rd, both at Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro. Interment at a later date at Crossroads Cemetery, Valley. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Valley United Church or charity of your choice. Live webcasting of the service will begin at 1:58 p.m. (Atlantic Time) and is available along with on-line condolences at: www.ColchesterCommunity.com

ALLEN, Douglas H. – 91, Port Greville passed away Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at the South Cumberland Community Care Centre, Parrsboro. Born in Spencer’s Island, he was a son of the late Alonzo and Muriel (Borden) Allen. Douglas was a veteran of World War II. He was a retired construction worker and crane operator. Doug’s greatest joy in life was doing things that brought happiness to his family, friends and neighbours. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Edith; a daughter, Shelley Tanner (Donald), Queensland; a son, Eric (Carolann), Fall River; a sister, Ruth Smith (Arthur), Amherst; sister in law, Margaret Allen, Amherst; granddaughter, Ella Tanner, Queensland; a grandson, Garrett, Fall River; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Ella (DeWitt); a brother, Walter. Funeral was held Saturday February 15, 2014 at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Fox River, Rev. Tory Byrne officiating. Burial in the church cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the F.P.W. War Memorial Fund. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

MORRIS, Michel S. – 77, Parrsboro passed away Monday, February 17, 2014 at Gables Lodge, Amherst with family by his side. Born in Diligent River, he was a son of the late Vaughn and Flora (Chandler) Morris. Early in his life, he worked in the woods prior to joining the military in 1958. Mike was first posted to CFB, Gagetown, then Germany (two postings), Petawawa, Ont., Calgary ending his military career back in Gagetown in 1979. He served two peacekeeping missions in Egypt and Cyprus. He was an active and long serving member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #45, Parrsboro. He is survived by his daughters, Linda Morris (David Bemrose), Regina, Sask.; Janet Hiltz (Sheldon), Parrsboro; Michele Morris (Thearon Allen), Parrsboro; sisters, Barbara O’Laney, Amherst; Esther Boyd (Jack), Nappan; Isabelle Brown (Philip), Athol; brothers, St. Claire (Judi) and Conrad (Gerry), all of Peterborough, Ont.; Boyd (Jeannette), Brookdale; 8 grandchildren, Madeline, Emma and Samuel Bemrose; Michael M. Forbes, Dylan Hiltz; Candice Lake, Cassandra and Colton Morris; numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Maureen; brothers, Morley, Vaughn in infancy. Funeral was held Thursday, February 20, 2014 at Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro, Rev. Tory Byrne officiating. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

CALDWELL, Shirley M. - 81, Advocate Harbour and formerly of Spencer’s Island passed away Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at Bayview Memorial Health Centre, Advocate Harbour. Born in Spencer’s island, she was a daughter of the late Edgar and Emily (McLellan) Currie. After graduating from Saint John General School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse, she spent time in Saint John, North Carolina, Edmonton, Shelburne and Halifax prior to her return home to raise her family and work in Parrsboro and Advocate Harbour. More recent years have been spent struggling with a brain injury sustained in a car accident in 1984. She is survived by a daughter, Jane (Gerry), West Advocate; brothers, Gordon (Doreen), Chilliwack, B.C.; Darrold, Advocate Harbour; several nieces, nephews and cousins; special friend and caregiver, Joan Jenkins, Twillingate, Nfld. She was predeceased by her husband, Reginald; a son, Michael; a brother, William. Funeral service will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

RICE, Harry Allan – 73, River John, Pictou Co., passed on to be with Jesus on February 19, 2014 at the QEII, Infirmary Site, Halifax. Harry was born in Orillia, Ont. on October 25, 1940. He was the eldest son of the late Joseph and Agnes (Bush) Rice. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 25 years before retirement. He particularly enjoyed woodworking and carpentry which he worked at in his earlier years. Harry was affiliated with the Baptist Church, serving as a Deacon. He was also an avid hunter and was noted to be a crack shot. He is survived by his soulmate, Sandra (Cooke); sons, Paul, Peter;  stepdaughters, Alice Geary, Lisa Parfitt, Lorene Faulkner; brother, John, Ont.; eleven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. No visitation by request. A celebration of Harry’s life was held Tuesday, February 25 at 2:00 pm at Pugwash Baptist Church, Pastor David Young officiating. Arrangements entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, Truro. On-line condolences may be made at www.colchestercommunity.com


 

February 2014

PUTNAM, Gene Raymond – 73, Masstown, passed away peacefully, surrounded by those he loved, on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at home. He left his family at milking time as a true dairy and later beef farmer who was proud of his two sons who followed in his footsteps. Born August 17, 1940, he was a son of the late Albert A. and Gladys M. (Rath) Putnam. Gene was a farmer dedicated to his herd – and to his family. He is survived by his wife, Ellen (Akerman); four children, Owen, Debert; Janet, Truro; Mary (Aaron) Smith, Glenholme; Evan (Paula), Masstown; proud grandfather to Jenna, Olivia, Maria, Colton, Clara, Chloe, Alyssa, Morgan, Madelyn and Gavin; sisters, Reta (Roy) Langille, Onslow; Marina Fisher, Masstown; Carole (Norman) Evans, Tappen, British Columbia, brother, Lorne (Letitia), Masstown, sister-in-law, Claudia Putnam, Hart Lake; several nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, Gene was predeceased by his brother, Merle; nephew, Mark Fisher; niece, Elizabeth Akerman; brother-in-law, Gerald Fisher. Funeral service was held Monday, December 16, 2013, in Masstown United Church, Carol Gillard, M.Div. officiated. Spring interment in Masstown Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

MacLEAN, Emma Mae – Londonderry, passed away peacefully at the Colchester East Hants Health Center, Truro surrounded by her family on December 17th, 2013. Born February 14, 1921 in Londonderry, Mae was the adopted daughter of Margaret (Maggie) Boulter. A lifelong resident and Londonderry’s oldest citizen at 92, Mae is survived by daughters Shannon Hudson (Glen), Nancy MacLean (Darrin McCafferty) and foster son Lewis O’Toole (Lorraine), grandchildren, Nicole Boyd and Taylor McCafferty, a niece and a nephew and close family friends Kelly (Linda) Eagles. She was predeceased by half-brothers Ben and Joe Neil. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall - Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where the funeral service was held Saturday, December 21, 2013, Reverend Roger Moore officiated. Spring interment in Hillcrest Cemetery, Londonderry. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

MARTIN, Ralph W. - It is with sadness we announce the death of Ralph W. Martin on December 19th, 2013, a longtime resident of Lower Economy and most recently of Parrsboro. Ralph was born in 1935, in Somerset, Bermuda, to Cyril and Ruth (Pitman) Martin. He started working for the Bermuda Press when a teenager as a linotype operator and, after a few years working for Triminghams, returned there and worked many years for the Royal Gazette newspaper in sales and advertising. It was his love of farming that lead him and his wife to Nova Scotia and a farm in Lower Economy, where he enjoyed raising whatever made him happy. Together Ralph and Corynne had the ‘Um Um Tearoom’ for a few years before purchasing the Economy Country Store. Together with their youngest son, they ran the store for fifteen years. He and his wife finally decided to close the store and retire when seventy six years old. Ralph is survived by his wife of fifty two years, Corynne (Durant) Martin and four children – Sue-Ellyn Eldridge, Parrsboro/BVI; Todd Martin (Mya), Bermuda; Jayson Martin (Ana), Brampton, Ont.; Matthew Martin (Caitilin), Economy – and grandchildren, William, Benjamin, Rebecca, Christopher, Carlos, Sabrina, Rachel, Moss and Eowyn. He is also survived by his brother Derek Martin (Marcia), Florida; and his sister, Shirley Wayne (Anthony), Chidlow, Australia; brother-in-law Malcolm Harvey, Parrsboro; and brother-in-law, Bill Durant (Grace), Oromocto, N.B.; many nieces and nephews as well as a multitude of other family and friends (here and abroad) who will all miss him keenly. Funeral service was heldDecember 30, 2013 in Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro, Frank Best of the Living Church of God officiating. Burial will take place in Bermuda at a later date. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

COOKE, Louise Helen (Richards) – 71, Bass River passed away on Saturday, December 21, 2013 in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro following a courageous battle with lung disease. Louise was born in  Great Village on June 12, 1942, the daughter of the late William Rushton and the late Helen (Rushton)(Richards) Lamont. She was predeceased by her brother, Joseph Richards. Louise is survived by her husband Russel, Portaupique; daughter, Anna (Derek) Stevens, Highland Village; sons, Glen (Wendy), Highland Village and Lester (Cristina), Orillia, Ont. Louise will be lovingly missed by her grandchildren, Caitlin, Deanna, Erik, Alexandra, Meaghan and R.J. Funeral service was held December 31, 2013 in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro, Rev. Dan Gunn officiating. Spring interment in Mahon Cemetery, Great Village. Family flowers only. Donations in Louise’s memory may be made to the Lung Association of Nova Scotia. On-line condolences and donations at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

BROWN, Courtney Michelle, Belmont – It is with great sadness that family and friends announce the passing of Courtney Michelle Brown on December 21, 2013 in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Truro on September 12, 1983 she was the daughter of Holly and Terry Brown, Belmont, Colchester County. She is survived by her parents; sister, Rachel (Geoff) Wenham, Great Village; brother, Colton (Megan), Lethbridge, AB; niece and nephews, Shelby, Austin and Mason Wenham; paternal grandparents, Russell and Sandra Brown, Shubenacadie; maternal grandfather, Ross (Marie) Pynn, Belmont; maternal grandmother, Eleanor Pynn, Truro; several aunts, uncles and cousins. Courtney will be missed by her special companion, her dog, "Sucker". She was predeceased by her uncle, "Nemo" Howard Brown. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life service was held on Saturday, December 28th, 2013 at 10:30 am in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro with Pastor Lennett Anderson officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Abilities Foundation of Nova Scotia, 3670 Kempt Rd., Halifax, B3K 4X6. Online condolences and donations may be made at: www.ColchesterCommunity.com

CORBIN, Clark W. – 74, of New Salem died Sunday, December 22, 2013 at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Upper Nappan after a brave and valiant battle with cancer. He was a son of the late Victor and Violet (McAloney) Corbin. Clark was lovingly adored by family, friends and "adopted" sons. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him well. Special thanks to the nursing staff at Cumberland Regional Health Care Center who quickly came to adore him in his brief stay and enjoyed his sense of humor despite his struggle. Upon his wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral service. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Society of Nova Scotia. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com .

SEARS, Randy Garfield - July 17th, 1956 - December 23rd, 2013, Truro and Tatamagouche. It is with profound sadness we announce Randy's passing on December 23rd, 2013. As he had wished, he was at his home in Tatamagouche surrounded by his loving family. He was in his 57th year. Randy was born in Bible Hill, loving son of Vera MacAllister (MacBurnie) and the late Chesley Matthews. Protective brother to Carol (Robin and children Tara and Tyler) and stepson to Donald MacAllister. He was a doting husband to Linda and immensely proud father to Lauren Jade and Hilary Taylor. Brother-in-law to Robert (Sylvia), Jeff (Mary), and Mai (Ivan) Joe and uncle to their children (Cindy, Robyn, Christopher, Brian, Samantha, Erika, and Michael). Son-in-law to Gordon and Ying Fu Joe. Randy was an incredibly protective and generous man to his family. He was also supportive of his community, always giving back. In particular, he took pride in giving to local youth sport programs. Randy had a very successful career in the car business. His dream of owning his own dealership became a reality in 1995 and, together with his partner Dave Edey, founded Century Honda in Truro followed by Century Hyundai. He became sole owner in 2007. Randy was blessed with many loyal customers. Even if a customer's name alluded him, Randy could miraculously recall the model and year of the car that they had purchased. His team of outstanding employees helped him to achieve a high level of excellence with the stores and they supported his entrepreneurial spirit and creativity. He formed many friendships in his dealer network and enjoyed the camaraderie at dealer meetings and golf tournaments. Funeral Service was held December 29, 2013 at the Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, Pastor Bill Martin officiating. On-line condolences and donations at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

JOHNSON, Margaret L. "Margie" – 86, of Parrsboro passed away suddenly on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at South Cumberland Community Care Centre, Parrsboro. Born in Parrsboro, she was a daughter of the late Cecil and Mary (Duffy) Berry. She is survived by sons, Gordon (Lynn), Prince George, B.C.; George, Moncton, N.B.; grandchildren, Jennifer Nickerson (Scott), Leduc, Alta.; Ryan, Prince George, B.C.; Tyler, Halifax; Kyle, Amherst; 3 great grandchildren, Gabrielle, Grace, Wynter. She was predeceased by her husband, Cyril "Bud" Johnson in 2002; a daughter, Audrey; brothers, Stewart and William. Funeral services will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to charity of choice. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

MURPHY, Grace E. - 89 of Debert passed away peacefully on December 24, 2013, in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro N.S. Grace was born in Debert on September 28, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Lester Bamford and Letitia (Barley) Totten. Grace was the first full time employee at Masstown Market from 1972-1984 and made numerous friends within the community and was loved and respected by all. Grace and her late husband Tom were very involved in the Provincial and Federal Elections, both were very strong Liberals. She is survived by her daughter, Linda (Bill); granddaughter, Michelle (Mark) Williams and great-grandsons, Caden and Caleb. She is also survived by her sister, Joyce Demers, Truro; brothers, Ronald (Linda), Brantford, Ontario, Lionel (Marie), East Mines, Royce (Donna), Ted (Ruth) both of Debert, Lee, Bass River, Bernie (Judy), Masstown; numerous nieces and nephews and by her special friend, Nicole Findlay. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Thomas Murphy (Tom); sisters, Florence, Leta and Ella; brothers, Reginald, Erwin and Stanley; a brother in infancy. A funeral service was held on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10 am in the Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro NS. Pastor Bill Martin officiating. Spring interment in the Plains Road Cemetery, Debert. On-line condolences and donations at www.ColchesterCommunity.com.

RAMSAY, Dwayne Peter Charles - 42, of Truro passed away unexpectedly on December 24, 2013. Born in Truro, Nova Scotia on June 27, 1971 he was the loving son of Sharon Denton Robertson (John) and Jim (Pat) Ramsay. He is survived by his son, Brent Ramsay "Daddy’s Boy"; brother, Jamie (Linda); sister, Melanie (Mike) Keith; half-sister, Tiffany (Craig) Gulliver; nieces and nephews, Morgan, Hannah, Grace, Faith, Luke, Sophie and Jack; many aunts and uncles; special friend, Patti Purvis. Dwayne was predeceased by his great grandparents, Edward and Emma Currie; grandparents, Maxwell and Dorothy Ramsay; Blanche Burton, special uncle, Brent Burton. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall~Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro where the funeral service was held Monday, December 30, 2013. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

CROSSMAN, Donald "Ross" – 80, Bible Hill passed away December 24, 2013, at Vimy Court. He grew up and made Truro his lifelong home, where he was known and loved by his many friends and family in the community. Ross worked for many years at Bagnell’s Dry Cleaning, where he knew all the customers by name. He loved to cook and bake and make crafts and gifts for his family and friends. Ross is survived by his loving wife, Lorna Crossman (Webb) and a large extended family. He was predeceased by his father Walter. He was a kind and loving man who always brought a smile to the face of those who knew him, with his infectious laugh, optimism and zest for life. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall - Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Interment will be held at a later date in Economy Cemetery. Full obituaries and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

PYNN, Murray L. Jr "Manny" - 65, Onslow Mountain, passed away on Friday December 27, 2013 at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro surrounded by his family. Born on October 7, 1948 in Truro to the late Murray L. Sr. and Irene (MacKenzie) Pynn. He is survived by his wife of 42 years Reta (Reid) Pynn. He is also survived by his daughter, Shelley (Chuck) Turner; son, Kevin (Kerry) Pynn; sister, Doris Furlotte; brothers, Bill (Jean) Pynn and David (Janice) Pynn. He is also survived by his granddaughter, Ava who was the light of his life. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; sister, Tanya Pynn; brothers-in-law, Ivan Armsworthy and George Lyndsay and sister-in-law, Judy Buchanan. A celebration of Manny’s life was held January 2,2014 in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro. Rev. Valerie Kingsbury officiating. On-line condolences and donations at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

ROODE, Joyce May Louise (Andrews) – 78, Crowes Mills, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at home. Born April 28, 1935, in Stewiacke, she was a daughter of the late Kenneth George Andrews (Killed in Action Overseas) and Greta Georgina (Whidden) Andrews and step-daughter of the late Johnny Christensen. Joyce is survived by her husband, Jack Donald Roode; children, Sheila Andrews, Jamie (Margo) Roode, Jack Roode Jr.; siblings, Anne (Charles) Jewers, Dartmouth; Joan (Kees) Van Kempon, Onslow; Christine (Wayne) Johnston, Alberta; Glen (Shirley) Christiansen, Truro; brother-in-law, Everett Dickie, New Brunswick; three grandchildren; one great grandson; several nieces and nephews. Along with her parents and step-father, she was predeceased by her son, Darren Roode; siblings, Barb Harnish, Bea Dickie, Shirley (Jim) Colborne, Max Christensen, Wayne Christensen. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall - Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where the funeral service for family and close friends was held Thursday, January 2, 2014, Reverend Brian DeLong officiated. Spring interment will be held in Belmont Cemetery. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

WASSON, Ruth Irene – Great Village. It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved Mom, Ruth Wasson, 86, on January 3, 2014 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Great Village, where she moved upon her illness in October. Born in Lake Egmont, Halifax Co., March 15, 1927 she was the youngest child of the late John and Mary (Benjamin) Jodrey. In 1945 she met the love of her life, Trueman Wasson, who she married in 1947. They lived in Truro where they raised their five children. She is survived and will be missed by daughters, Carolyn (Howard) Smith, Great Village, Shirley (Alfred) Muise, North River, Joanne (Bernie) Conrad, Pleasant Valley, Darlene (Russell) Morgan, Ottawa, ON and son Gary (Suzanne), Milford; 11 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends who adored her. She is also survived by her sister, Dorothy Milne, Middle Musquodoboit and brother-in-law, Clifford and Vera Wasson, Truro. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband, Trueman (2005) and by sisters, Viola Bowers, Sadie Watts; brothers, Stewart and Herbert Jodrey. Cremation has taken place and as per Mom’s request there will be no funeral service. The family received visitors at Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro on Wednesday, January 8, 2014. Interment will be held at a later date at the Mahon Cemetery in Great Village. On-line condolences and donations may be made at: www.ColchesterCommunity.com

BROWN, Jessie M. – 80, of Southampton passed away Friday, January 3, 2014 at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Upper Nappan surrounded by her loving family. Born in Fox River, she was a daughter of the late J. Stanley and Annie (Glennie) Lake. Jessie always had a smile. She is survived by daughters, Debbie Swetnam (Peter), Amherst; Janice Mosher (Terry), 100 Mile House, B.C.; Cathy Hunter (Bruce Tobin), Lorneville; a son, Gerald "Jerry" (Bev), Parrsboro; a sister, Cynthia Hatfield, Fox River; a brother, Harold Lake, Sussex, N.B.; grandchildren, Jason Swetnam (Della), January Brown (Scott Leopold), Jennifer Brown (Adam Robinson), Terry Mosher (Amanda), Ashton Hunter; great-grandchildren, Mikayla, Julia, Cole, Camden, Maisie, Jack, Emerson, Rowen and Desiree; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Gerald "Jake" in 2010; her twin sister, Jeanette; her brother, Jim; her step-mother, Marion (Lunn) Lake. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com .

MOWBRAY-WILLIAMS, Alison Joyce, Truro. Our Mother, Alison Joyce Mowbray-Williams of Truro, Nova Scotia, died at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro on Jan 6, 2014. Born to Alfred and Phyllis Williams on March 27, 1936 in Twickenham, England, she moved to Canada after the war in 1947. Following graduation from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1960 she moved to 'live by the sea', practiced veterinary medicine and raised her family in Truro along with her husband, 'Mac' Mowbray. She co-owned Mowbray Veterinary Clinic in Onslow with Mac and later opened the Truro Veterinary Clinic where she cared for the beloved pets of many families. She was a member of the Council of Canadians and New Democratic Party. She is survived by her son William Mowbray and three daughters: Gwen Mowbray-Cashen (Chris Cashen) and their children Tara and Quinn; Fran Mowbray (Luiz Mello) with their children Neeson and Erik; Juanita Powell (Wayne) and their children Maddie, Farley and Andrew. She was predeceased by her brother, John Williams and her ex-husband, 'Mac' Mowbray. The memorial service was held at St Andrew's United Church, Truro, officiated by Rev. Jay Ettinger on Thursday Jan 9, 2014. Arrangements entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, Truro. On-line condolences may be made at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

TEED, Verlie "Sylvia" Daisy (Turner) passed away peacefully at the age of 85 on January 7, 2014 at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro with her family at her side. She was born in May, 1928 in St. Mary’s Bay, Guysborough Co. in a lighthouse. Losing her parents at an early age, she was placed for adoption and later adopted by the Pratts’ in Belmont where she met her husband, Charles Teed. They were married for 46 years and raised seven children, Odessa (Rick), David (Betty), Valerie (Bill/Pink), Hazel (John) Linda (Steve), Kathy (Sherman). She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, the latest born on January 2, 2014. She was predeceased by husband, Charles; daughter, Marsha (Eric); sons-in-law, Curtis, Blair, Malcolm; parents, Charles and Mary Turner; several sisters and brothers. Funeral service was held January 10, 2014 in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro with Rev. Glenn MacLean officiating. Interment at a later date. On-line condolences may be made at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

JOHNSON, Kenneth Wesley – 77, Debert passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Brookfield, he was the son of Delia (Morrisey) and the late Wesley "Sam" Johnson. Ken was a hard working and dedicated husband and father who owned Glenholme Transport and hauled fuel almost all of his career. Apart from trucking , Ken spent little time away from work. Besides his mother, he is survived by his wife of 42 years, Iris (Penny); daughters, Cindy (Roger Richards) Ryan, Little Dyke, Donna (Martin) Hilchie, Stratford, PEI; sons, Rick (Margaret), Glenholme, Philip (Sherry), Hilden, Kevin, Truro, Derek (Tina), East Mountain; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary, Margie; brothers, Dave, Lloyd, Ralph, Jimmy, Mike; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his father, he was predeceased by son, Kenneth Waldo Johnson Jr. No visitation and no service by his request. Arrangements  entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, Truro. On-line condolences may be made at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

PETTIGREW, Margaret L. - 97, of Parrsboro, and formerly of West Brook passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at South Cumberland Community Care Centre, Parrsboro. Born in Springhill, she was a daughter of the late Gordon and Annie (Atkinson) Henwood. She was a life member of the Halfway River Women’s Institute, and was a long serving member of the Southampton United Church. She is survived by a daughter, Alfreda Perry, Parrsboro; a son, Douglas, Parrsboro; sisters, Doris Henwood, Amherst; Shirley Robichaud (Leonard), Peabody, Mass.; brother, Merlin, Texas; Kenneth (Yolanda), Toronto; 7 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; 6 great-great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband of 75 years, Richard in 2007; sisters, Rhoda, Freda, Grace; brothers, Earl, Gerald and Harold. Funeral service was held at Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro, January 17, 2014, Rev. Elizabeth Davies officiating. Burial in the West Brook Cemetery. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com .

DUGUAY, Joyce, Mildred, 70, of Belmont, passed away, January 11, 2014 in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Springhill, Nova Scotia, November 16, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Frank Ed Duguay of Cap Pele, NB and Ena Mildred Duguay (Pettigrew) of Parrsboro. Joyce moved to Belmont in 1949 with her family. Her working career began at the Louis Hat factory, followed by several years at Stanfield’s. For the past while Joyce worked as a personal care worker for the elderly. Joyce’s battle with cancer was long but she was always up for the challenge and never lost hope. Her strong will, determination and positive spirit was an inspiration for all. Joyce is survived by her brother Charles (Garnetta) Duguay, her children Darren, Tracey, and Edward Lynds, and their father Kenneth Lynds (Shirley O’Brien), grandchildren, Denver Lynds and Dakota Maloney and great grandchildren Baby Dakota and Dallas Maloney. Funeral service was held January 18, 2014 in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro with Pastor Henry Boehm officiating. Online condolences may be made at www.colchestercommunity.com

HAZELL, Douglas John - Petty Officer 1st Class, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at the age of 72 in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Norval, Ontario, he was a son of the late Victor and Margarie Hazell. Leaving behind are his loving wife Beverly of 53 years; sons, Victor (Kerry), Belleville, ON; Grant (Melanie), Dartmouth; Doug (Shannon), Debert; daughter, Lisa (Dale), Belleville, ON; nine grandchildren; nine great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, Kevin; grandson, Billy; granddaughter, Jennifer. Funeral service was held Friday, January 17, 2014, at Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, Reverend Brian DeLong officiated. Spring interment in the Camden Cemetery. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

GIDDENS, Helen "Eileen" 78 – Truro - It is with broken hearts the children of Helen "Eileen" (George) Giddens announce the passing of our mother on January 17, 2014 at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Folly Mountain on February 10, 1935, the daughter of the late Minor and Clara (Smith) George. Eileen spent her earlier years in Toronto with Gordon raising their family. Returning to N. S., She worked at Hayward Lanes then Canadian Automotive. For several years she did Homecare. She was known for the saying the alphabet backwards. Eileen is survived by her children, Gordie (Debbie) Alexander, Belmont, Brenda (Dick) McMullen, Debbie (Lent) McMullen, Cindy (Wade) Smith, all of Londonderry; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Vonnie, Pauline, Carol, Mona; brothers, Alton and Howard. She was predeceased by her first husband, Gordon, the father of her children; her second husband, Raymond Giddens; sisters, Sharon Cooke, Mildred McDow; brothers-in-law, Harold Adams and Frank George. No visitation or memorial service by request. Family interment at a later date in Hillcrest Cemetery, Londonderry. On-line condolences may be made at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

GRAHAM, Alta Marie – 64, Truro, passed away peacefully, following a courageous and inspirational battle with cancer, on Saturday afternoon, January 18, 2014, at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born February 14, 1949, in Sefferensville, Lunenburg County, she was a daughter of the late James and Bernice (Swinimer) Hughes. Alta is survived by her husband, Lloyd; daughter, Vicki-Lynn (Tim) O’Brien, Truro; grandchildren, Jonathan McCabe, Morgan O’Brien; brother, Robert Hughes (Angela Starratt), Bible Hill; sisters-in-law, Linda Metlin-Hughes, Carol Hughes, Bible Hill; Bev Power, Bass River; brother-in-law, Alfred Martin, Truro; several nieces and nephews; her "kids" at Cedarstone and many special friends who were with her every step of the way. Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her sisters, Juanita Martin, Sally in infancy; brothers, Vernon Hughes, Fontaine Hughes, George Hughes, Carl Hughes. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where the funeral service was held Friday, January 24, 2014, Reverend Brian DeLong officiated. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

DOWE, Douglas C. - 48, of Springhill, and formerly of Five Islands passed away Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at home following a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Springhill, he was a son of Elroy and Dianna (Lewis) Dowe, Lower Five Islands. Early in life, he was a fisherman and lumberman. He later worked at Surrette Battery in Springhill. Douglas truly lived life to its fullest, and was not one to ever hold a grudge. Besides his parents, he is survived by his companion, Tammy Brown, Springhill; a daughter, Megan Dowe, Five Islands; son, Shayne Dowe, Five Islands and Alberta; several aunts, uncles and cousins. Private family service will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com .

PUTNAM, Ethel "Beryl" - 98, of Debert passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 22, 2014 after a full and inspiring life rich with generosity, spirit, and love. Beryl was born to the late Everett and Mae McCully on December 27, 1915. She spent her childhood on the family farm in Debert where she and her siblings had many adventures in the barn, fields and woods surrounding the Putnam homestead. She married Albert Putnam in 1933 and they moved to the Soley house where Beryl stayed at home to raise her four children while Bert worked as a lumber foreman for McCully & Soy Ltd. This was her home where family memories were made until 2011 when she moved into the Debert Court Shannex. Beryl was a gifted story teller and loved to talk about her years working at Barnhill’s store, Putnam’s Jewelry, the Palliser gift shop, and as a cook at various lumber camps over the years with her brother Sid and husband Bert. Beryl is survived by her sons Glenn Putnam (Doreen), Masstown; Grant Putnam (Phyllis), Truro; daughter Marie (Ron) Slack, Hagersville Ontario; brother Gordon McCully (Phyllis), Debert, and companion Cecil, Truro. She also is survived by her ten grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, and eight great-great grandchildren. Beryl was predeceased by her husband Bert Putnam, son Ralph Putnam and daughter-in-law Betty (Swan) Putnam, brothers George, Curtis and Sidney and sister Evelyn (Putnam) Simpson. Beryl’s family would like to thank the staff at the Debert Court Shannex who provided extraordinary comfort and care for Beryl and truly made her second address in Debert feel like a second home. A memorial service was held January 25 at the Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro,  Carol Gillard officiating. Cremation has taken place and burial will follow at a later date at the Debert Middle Road Cemetery. On-line condolences may be made at www.ColchesterCommunity.com  


January 2014

JEFFERS, David A. – 64, of Halifax, and formerly of Parrsboro, passed away Sunday, November 24, 2013 at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax following a brief battle with cancer. Born in Lakelands, he was a son of the late Roy and Dorothy (Meldrum) Jeffers. He was automotive mechanic for many years. He is survived by a daughter, Kelly Warren (Harvey), Cole Harbour; sisters, Rosella Fader (Gerald); Bertha Rector (Basil), all of Parrsboro; brothers, Leon, Geary, N.B.; Floyd (Betty), Parrsboro; John (Belle), Florida; 2 grandchildren, Jonathan and Emily. He remained great friends with his former wife, Barbara (Lamb) Jeffers, Amherst. As well, the family would like to acknowledge Chris and Ruth with whom took great care in looking after him of late, and were great friends to him for many years. He was predeceased by a sister, Linda in infancy; brothers, Everett, Lee, George. A private family service will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

McNEIL, Michael Robert, 39, Canadian Forces Base, Petawawa, Ontario, formerly of Truro, passed away Wednesday, November 27, 2013, in Petawawa. Born March 6, 1974, in Windsor, Nova Scotia, he was a son of Michael and Carolyn (Sanford) McNeil, Truro. Michael served this country with The Canadian Armed Forces and was currently a Warrant Officer in the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment. He was the Recce Platoon Warrant Officer and also served as a parachutist and leader in M Company. He had two tours to Afghanistan, one to Croatia and one to Bosnia. Michael’s commitment and dedication made him a top soldier. WO Michael McNeil was highly regarded by his comrades as a true professional who led by example. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and skiing. Along with his parents, Michael is survived by his children, Raianne, Ethan, Emma and stepson, Nicholas Simms; sister, Janet McNeil, Truro; brother, Kevin McNeil, Vancouver; maternal step grandfather, Norman Hart, Windsor; several aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and Military family whom he truly loved. He was predeceased by his sister, Mary Ellen McNeil in infancy; maternal grandparents, Harold and Myrna (Hart) Sanford; paternal grandparents, Robert and Margaret (Pritchett) McNeil; and fallen comrade and cousin whom he served with, Frank Robert Mellish. Funeral service was held Thursday, December 5, 2013, at Truro Armouries, 126 Willow Street, Truro, Nova Scotia, Padre (Rev.) Randy Stanton officiated. Interment was held in Masstown Cemetery, Masstown Road, Masstown. If so desired, donations in Michael’s memory to Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 26, Poppy Fund or Military Family Fund are welcomed. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Private messages of condolence may be sent to the family by viewing Michael’s obituary on-line and selecting "Send A Condolence" at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

LEGERE, Cecil Clifford – 61, Debert, passed away Wednesday, November 27, 2013. Born January 20, 1952, in Truro, he was a son of the late Reginald and Jean (Milner) Legere. Cecil worked for many years as a truck driver with Barnhill’s and Kent Homes. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, four wheeling and restoring antique farm machinery. He will be missed by his K-9 companion, Lucky. Cecil is survived by his wife of 32 years, Barb (Sullivan), Truro; sons, Cliff Legere (Sharon Kehoe), Halifax; Anthony (Jeannette) Legere, Toronto; sisters, Deborah MacKenzie (Blaine McCurdy), Manganese Mines; brothers, Karl Legere, Salmon River; Elmer (Heather) Legere, Nuttby; several nieces and nephews. Honouring Cecil’s wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral service. Interment will be held at a later date. If so desired, donations in Cecil’s memory to SPCA or Children’s Aid Society are welcomed. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Private messages of condolence may be sent to the family by viewing Cecil’s obituary on-line and selecting "Send A Condolence" at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

SENCABAUGH, Josephine S. "Jo" – 96, of Parrsboro passed away Monday, December 2, 2013 at South Cumberland Community Care Centre, Parrsboro. Born in Berwick, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Olive (Sweet) Brown. Jo was a devoted member of the Parrsboro Baptist Church and active with the Willing Workers and Women’s Missionary Society for many years. She is survived by a son, Gordon, Parrsboro; a sister, Rose Whalen, Kentville; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Lawson; a son, Carson on November 21, 2013; sisters, Alice, Betty, Ester; brothers, Murray, Bruce. Special thanks are extended to nephew Lewis Brown, and his wife Shirley for being there when needed. Funeral service was held December 10, 2013 at Parrsboro Baptist Church, Pastor Marie McCallum officiating. Burial in the Parrsboro United Cemetery. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com .

RUSHTON, Aubrey Ellis – 93, Truro went to be with his Lord and Saviour on December 5, 2013 in Cedarstone Enhanced Care, Truro. Born in Lornevale on March 9, 1920, he was a son of the late Arthur  and Mabel (Hanson) Rushton. He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Evelyn (Rushton);  son, Wayne, Lornevale; daughters, Joan Seaton, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.; Valerie (Fred) Seeton, Truro; brother,  Emmett, Rivers, Man.; sisters, Margaret Scott, Bible Hill, Catherine Rushton, Beaverbrook; seven grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by sons, Lyall Vernon and Glen Allen; sisters, Olive, Jean, Erma; brother, Harold. Aubrey was a veteran of the Second World War serving four years overseas in Scotland. He was a woodsman and a Commissionaire at Camp Debert. He worked in Wawa, Ontario for Algoma Steel before retiring at Folly Lake, NS where he enjoyed doing maintenance for his neighbours. Visitation and funeral service was held December 9th in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro with Pastor Greg Porter officiating. By request, cremation will follow the service. Interment at a later date. On-line condolences may be made at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

WILE, Venus Elizabeth - Onslow Mountain passed away December 6, 2013 at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre. Born in Halifax, February 24; she was the daughter of the late Ervin and Violet (MacLeod) Wood, Upper Nine Mile River. She worked at Stanfield’s for many years, Glengarry Motel, Keddy’s, Stonehouse Motel, the Hat Factory and was a homemaker. She was also a landlady. Venus is survived by her husband of 64 years, Donald Wile, Onslow Mountain; daughters Sylvia (Elva) MacDonald, Upper Nine Mile River, Heather Harnish, Onslow Mountain; sons Stephen (Heather), Calgary, David, Truro and honorary daughter Cathy (Joe) Merlin, Alton; granddaughters Janessa (Aaron) Driedger, Shannon (Josh) Bartlett, Tiffany (Kyle) Harnish, Jordan (Cameron) Birch; grandsons Jeffery (Andrea) MacDonald, Jonathan MacDonald, Luke (Alyssa) Wile and 9 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Kenneth (Jean) Wood and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister Sylvia and brothers Clell and Colin and her son-in-law Kenneth Harnish. Funeral service was held December 13 withRev. Scott Penner officiating in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro. Interment will be in Sand Hill Cemetery, Upper Nine Mile River. On-line condolences  at: www.colchestercommunity.com

CASEY, Ruth Pauline (Rushton) – 88, Londonderry Station, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 7, 2013, surrounded by her family at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre. Born on March 14, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Christina Rushton. Ruth spent her childhood years with her grandparents in Westchester Mountain and later moved to Londonderry Station. She worked at Stanfields in Truro before marrying and starting her family. She was very active in her community church and was a member of the church club for 65 years. Ruth was known for her wonderful cooking and everyone was always welcome in her home and at her table. The main focus of her life was her family and the never ending love she had for them. She is survived by her nine children, Glen (Karen) Casey, Brenda (James) Mosher, Carol (Sedley) MacKenzie, Debbie (Gordie) Jordan, Kenneth (Patti) Casey, Chris (Sonya) Casey, Timmy (Beth) Casey, Pat (Kevin) Findley and Paul Casey; 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; brother, Arnold Turner; sisters, Juanita Corbett, Rose Wright and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Raymond of 53 years and an infant daughter at birth; sisters, Evelyn Millen, Joyce Elliott and brother, Gary Turner. Funeral service was held December 11 in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro, Rev. Gary MacDougall officiating. Interment will take place in the Middle Road Cemetery, Debert. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Thirsty Church, Londonderry. On-line condolences and donations at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

DOWE, Allison C. – 82, of Parrsboro passed away Saturday, December 7, 2013 at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Upper Nappan. Born in Ward’s Brook, he was a son of the late Ambrose "Corby" and Bertha (Smith) Dowe. Allison was a retired lumberman and mill worker. He was an avid outdoorsman, and was an active scout leader in Parrsboro for many years. He is survived by his wife, the former Bonnie Pemberton; a daughter, Heather (Dowe) Carter, Amherst;  sons, Larry, Williams Lake, B.C.; Darren (Angela), Amherst; Ambrose (Philip), Vancouver, B.C.; and a stepdaughter, Laura Fowler (Dave), Ontario; sisters, Leola Wright, Halifax; Barbara Warren (Arnie), Parrsboro; 5 grandchildren, Lacey (Carter) Remington, Robert (Kate), Catlin (Chelsey), Travis (Erin), Megan Dowe; 2 step-grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; 4 step-great grandchildren. He was predeceased by an infant son, Artlen; sisters, Laura, Hazel; brothers, Murray, Aubrey. Funeeral service was held in Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro, on Wednesday December 11, 2013, Pastor Marie McCallum officiating. Burial in St. George’s Anglican Cemetery, Parrsboro. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

KAY, Stephen C. - It is with sad hearts that we announce the passing of a beloved brother, fun loving uncle and precious friend, Stephen Kay. Stephen was born in 1955 to the late Chipman and Ruth (Moore) Kay. He was the second youngest of four children. He is survived by sisters, Margaret Richards (Everett), Berwick; Linda Shannon (David Hatfield), New Germany; a brother, David (Bonnie), Ohio; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a nephew, Stephen. Stephen began his professional career as a hairdresser in 1972. He started a shop in Bridgetown and then decided to move to Halifax where he became partner in a shop on Bayers Road. He then decided to move to Parrsboro where he opened a shop in his Aunt Evelyn's house. His love of life did not ebb after his stroke in 1991 but only gave him more time to enjoy it. Parrsboro was elated to see his return from Halifax in February. We will always miss our "Special K". Funeal service was held at Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro, December 14, 2014 with Keith Selwyn-Smith, DLM officiating. Burial in the Bridgetown Cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Salvation Army. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

PARNHAM, (Aylward), Ann L. – It is with great sadness the family of Ann Parnham of Summerside, PEI announces her passing on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at the Summerset Manor, Summerside. Born in 1950 at Parrsboro, she was the youngest daughter of the late Bedford and Rose (Corbett) Aylward. She is survived by her husband, Wayne; a son, Denny Barkhouse (Lori), Charlottetown; step-children, Debbie Fuches (Hank), Burlington, Ont.; Jerry Parnham (Jo-Ann), Summerside; Jamie Parnham (Hope), Charlottetown; grandchildren, Hunter, Becca, Travis, Jennifer, Rebecca, Kayle, Henry, Owen; sisters, Geraldine Morrissey, Truro; Ruth Smith, Judy Aylward, both of Parrsboro; a brother, Jim Aylward, Onslow; numerous nieces and nephews. Ann loved music, dancing and lived life to its fullest. She was vibrant, energetic and loved her family. A memorial service will be held in Five Islands at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada or to the Canadian Cancer Society. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

DOWE, Wilson "Bill" – 80, of Ward’s Brook passed away Friday, December 13, 2013 at Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Upper Nappan. Born on the Parrsboro Shore, he was a son of the late Perry and Marie (Allen) Dowe. He is survived by a daughter, Julie Dowe (Dana), Port Greville; a son, Kim, Lincoln Park, NJ; sisters, Leona Dowe, Vivian Duguay, both of Ward’s Brook; Ruby Crossman (Culton), Middle Sackville; Marion Legere, Parrsboro; Althea Legere (Pat), Enfield; Faye George (Willie), Helen George (Johnny), all of Acton, Ont.; brothers, Isaac, Perry, Allan (Judy), all of Ward’s Brook; Kenneth (Carol), Diligent River; grandchildren, Shannon, Nevan, Willa, Callie, Eliza; great-grandchildren, Konrad and Benjamin; numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, the former Rozelle Benjamin; a brother, Sterling. Funeral service was held December 17, 2013 at Grace United Church, Port Greville with Keith Selwyn-Smith, DLM officiating. Burial to follow in the church cemetery. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com


 

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