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DOYLE, Charles "Ross" – Age 76, Truro, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on October 20, 2023, in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born on November 21, 1946, in Truro to the late Charles Elmer and Bertha Marie (Faulkner) Doyle, Ross's life was marked by love, service, and deep connections with his family and community. Ross will be profoundly missed by his cherished wife of 51 years, Sylvia Ray (Ferguson) Doyle; his adoring children, Meredith (Brent) Harrison of Brookfield, Allyson (Rob) Clinch of Riverview, NB, and Christopher (Tracey) Doyle of Rothesay, NB. He was also a beloved grandfather to Julia Clinch, Rebecca Clinch, Emily Clinch, Gavin Harrison, Paige Harrison, Owen Doyle, and Jordan Doyle. Additionally, Ross leaves behind his dear sister, Charlotte Johnson, with whom he shared countless special moments and memories. Ross dedicated the better part of his life to serving and protecting his community as a fire fighter. He worked with DND at the Halifax Dockyard and selflessly volunteered as a member of the Truro Fire Brigade for 29 years, including a thirteen-year tenure as Chief. His commitment extended beyond the fire service, as he actively participated in numerous community clubs and associations, including the Truro Curling Club, Nova Scotia Firefighters Curling Association, and the Toney River Harbour Authority. A visitation to celebrate Ross's life was Tuesday, October 24th in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. A special service in his honour took place October 25th in First United Church, Truro, commencing with a Firefighter's Tribute to acknowledge his exceptional dedication to the fire service. Following the service, a reception will be held in the Truro Fire Hall. To share your condolences and pay tribute to Ross, please visit www.ColchesterCommunity.com  In Ross’s memory, donations may be made to the CEHHC "We Care About Cancer" or Colchester SPCA.

HUNTLEY, Carol Ruth – Age 85, Truro, passed away on Friday, October 20, 2023, in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Belmont, Colchester County, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Sadie (Brunt) Armsworthy. There will be no visitation or service at Carol’s request. Arrangements are under the direction of Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro, NS.

SMITH, Shirley (Peppard) April 1, 1931 - October 23, 2023 - Mum passed away peacefully on October 23, 2023, surrounded by family in the comfort of her home. She was a daughter of the late William "Billy" and Minnie (MacKenzie) Peppard. Born in Great Village on April 1, 1931, Mum was a lifelong resident of the community. Mum’s greatest achievement was her family. She had nine children and each one of us felt as if we were her favourite.  Her children and grandchildren were her pride and joy. Visits were regular and usually happened in the kitchen, where often the first order of business was checking to see what kind of cookies she had baked. Saturday mornings were especially busy, knowing biscuits and cinnamon rolls would be coming out of the oven. In addition to raising her family, Mum was known to many through her role as a playground supervisor at Great Village Elementary School and later as the Postmaster of the Great Village Post Office. Mum led a life filled with love for her family. She will be greatly missed by her children, Keith (Debbie), Carl (Penny), Bev, Danny, Bob (Michelle), John (Claudette), Connie (Shannon), Sandy (Heather); seventeen grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; brother, Vernon Peppard (Ottawa); sister-in-law, Iris Peppard (Debert), nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Mum was predeceased by her husband, Donald Smith; son, Ben Smith; son-in-law, Dave Giles; sister, Gwennie (Ron) Richards, Thunder Bay and brother, Doug Peppard.

In recent months when medical care was required, Mum was fortunate to be in the care of her Nurse Practitioner and the Palliative Care Team. Heartfelt thanks and appreciation are extended to Erika Baird, NP, Dr. Cortney Smith, and Angela McDonnell, RN.  On Saturday, October 28th, a graveside service was held for family members in Mahon Cemetery.  An opportunity for family and friends to come together in honour of Mum’s life will be held at a later date in the Village.  If so desired, donations in Mum’s memory may be made to the SPCA or CEHHA Palliative Care Unit.

Burgess, Jamie Scott – Age 41, Bible Hill, passed away unexpectedly on October 23, 2023. A family graveside service will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

Ryan, Christopher Paul – Age 62, Calgary, AB. It is with great sadness that the family and friends of Christopher Paul Ryan announce his passing on October 22, 2023, at the age of 62 years. He was born a son of the late Arthur Sr. and Sheila Mae (Willis) Ryan in Charlottetown, PEI. Christopher was a loving and caring father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He indulged in many hobbies and enjoyed many things, one of which was sports. Christopher loved all kinds of sports, but he especially liked hockey and football – the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Calgary Stampeders being his favourite teams. A little-known fact about Christopher was that he was a wonderful artist. His creativity and passion touched many within his life. He will be truly missed by those who knew and loved him. Christopher is survived by his two children, Justin Niles (Sammy) and Kayla Niles (Josh); his two grandchildren, Jayla and Lily Lilliana; his two brothers, Arthur Ryan (Annette) and Tony Ryan (Payal) and his niece, Ali Ryan. A Celebration of Chris’ Life with reception was held November 7th in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Private family interment. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

MacMEEKIN, Bessie Audrey (MacDonald) – 87, Truro, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving children, on Thursday, October 26, 2023, at Willow Lodge Home for Special Care, Tatamagouche. Born in North Greenville, Cumberland County, she was a daughter of the late Daniel and Charlotte (Dykens) MacDonald. Bessie is survived by her children, Wayne (Janet) MacMeekin, Truro; Glen MacMeekin, Kemptown; Heather Canton (Tom), Truro; Sandra Petrie (Fran), Welland, Ontario; 14 special grandchildren; 16 dear great grandchildren; brothers, Rodney (Esther) MacDonald, Onslow; Ronnie (Shirley) MacDonald, Westchester; sisters-in-law, Audrey MacDonald, Brookfield; Dorothy MacDonald, Enfield; Betty MacDonald, Onslow; Sharon MacDonald, Moncton, New Brunswick; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held Sunday, November 5, 2023, at Westchester Wesleyan Church, 4611 Wentworth Collingwood Road, Westchester Station, Reverend Marilyn Mansvelt and Pastor Sharon Simoneau officiated. Interment was in Eagle Hill Cemetery.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

MacLEOD, William "Bill" Donald - With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of William "Bill" Donald MacLeod, who departed this world on October 26th, 2023. Born on May 21st, 1935, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Bill's path was uniquely his own, marked by determination, service and tremendous leadership. He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald MacLeod and Phylis Stevenson, his stepmother Elsie LeBlanc, and Lorraine, the mother of his two children. Bill's memory lives on in the hearts of his beloved wife, Anne, his devoted brother, Bob, and his children, Billy and Cheryl, and their families. His legacy extends to his grandchildren, Adam, Colin, Ian, Amy, Mitchell, Amanda, and his two great-grandchildren, Cohen and Avery. He also leaves behind his stepfamily, Brian, Marilyn, and their grandchildren, Dylan, Austin, Courtney, and Ashley. Bill lived a storied life from the beginning. A remarkable athlete from a young age, Bill's passion for baseball, curling, and track and field was imparted and regaled to those fortunate enough to listen to the stories of his youth. But it was in his dedication to service-both in the military and community, that Bill truly left his mark. As a veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Bill served his country as a Flying Officer from 1952 to 1955. Following his service, Bill pursued higher education at the Maritime School of Social Work, earning his Master's degree in Social Work in 1959. He dedicated himself to supporting and caring for students at the Nova Scotia School for Boys in Shelburne and rose to the position of District Supervisor at the regional office in Digby. In 1967, Bill was appointed as the inaugural Superintendent of the Nova Scotia School for Girls in Truro, a role that earned him the endearing nickname, "The Welfare Man," by renowned artist Maud Lewis. Bill retired in 1991, leaving an indelible mark on many whom he’d worked with. Outside of his career, Bill was an active member of the Colchester Mental Health Association, Kiwanis Club, and the Colchester Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, where he held the esteemed position of President for all three organisations. His service to his country as a Flying Officer in the RCAF from 1950 to 1955 was honoured with the Canadian Centennial Medal and the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal, a testament to his dedication and sacrifice. However, outside of professional responsibilities, Bill cared deeply for his family, for his children and grandchildren and his wife Anne, with whom he shared 42 unforgettable years of adventures- travelling by land, air and sea across the country and the world. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Diabetes Canada, both causes close to Bill's heart. The family would also like to give special thanks to the excellent care and comfort provided by the staff of the Vimy Court Shannex. A visitation was held November 2nd. On Friday, November 3rd a Royal Canadian Legion Tribute will be held, immediately followed by the funeral service, all in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro, NS. Interment in Bible Hill Cemetery. Online condolences may be left for Bill’s family by visiting: www.ColchesterCommunity.com

PALMER, Rev. Jack W. – Age 95, of Amherst, went to be with his Lord on Thursday, October 26, 2023 at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Amherst. Visitation and reception was held 11am-1pm on Thursday, November 2, 2023 at the First Baptist Church, Amherst. Funeral service followed at 1pm, Rev. Jeff White officiating. Burial in the Advocate Cemetery. Memorial donations to First Baptist Church, Amherst. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. For a detailed obituary or to send online condolences, please visit www.smithsfuneralhome.com 

SYLLIBOY, Benjamin "Benio" Noel Jr. – Age 79, passed away Thursday, October 26, 2023, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Truro, NS, he was a son of the late Benjamin Sylliboy Sr. and Elizabeth Marr-Sylliboy. Ben worked many jobs throughout his life. He has worked in silviculture, carpentry, and as Millbrook’s Alcohol and Drug Counsellor through N.A.D.A.C.A. In Ben’s younger years he had a passion for karate and trained and competed in the sport. He was a huge fan of Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris movies. Ben loved being an Elder; he embraced his spirituality and lived it. He offered many teachings and helped guide those who wanted to learn. Ben enjoyed taking part in community and family functions. One of his favorite times was when the Elders would go fishing. He loved his Millbrook community, and his favorite time of year was the Millbrook Annual Powwow. Ben is survived by his son, Michael Sr. (Sheena), Millbrook; brothers, William, Millbrook, Brian (Pauline) Kahnawake, QC; sisters, Bernadette (Vernon), Esgenoôpetitj, NB, Tracy, Millbrook; grandchildren, Shania, Shanice, Felicity, Michael Jr., Zylen and one great grandchild, Ahlyzah, all of Millbrook; many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his son, Isaac Sylliboy; wife, Annette; brother, Stephen John; sister, Marlyn; stepdaughter, Tammy (Duncan); stepson, Kevin. Visitation was held at his home, 921 Willow Street, Millbrook, on Monday, October 30th, 2023 for family, then open to the community at 3pm until time of the Funeral Mass which was held November 1st in Sacred Heart Church, Millbrook. Father Jim O’Connor officiated. A Salité and reception in Millbrook Community Hall was held following the Funeral Mass. Burial will take place in Sacred Heart Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ben’s memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

DARAI, Joseph Age 84, of Truro, passed away on October 27, 2023, in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Joseph was born in Hungary and immigrated to Canada in 1957. He spent his working years as a truck driver. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sheila (Jessome); daughter, Kathy (Graham) Bonin, Hilden; sons, Joseph (Cathy), Dartmouth, Stephen (Christine), Great Village and David (Christine), Bass River; grandchildren, Matthew, Cassandra and Taylor (Anna). Donations in Joseph’s memory may be made to Colchester East Hants Health Centre - Palliative Care. Cremation has taken place. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

CURREN, Walter Edward Age 44, Truro. The family of Walter Edward Curren are deeply saddened to announce his unexpected passing on October 29, 2023, in Truro. Born in Truro, he was the son of the late Stephen Curren and Susan Scott. Walter is survived by his daughters, Cheyla and Alyssa; sons, Kobe, Stephen and William, all of Truro; the mother of his children, Melissa May Rogers, Truro; sister, Stephanie, Truro; aunt, Krista (Glen), Truro; uncle, Paul (Suzie), Dartmouth; nieces and nephew, Colin, Celine, Emberly, Harper; cousins, Aidan and Emma. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his son, Walter Curren Jr.; grandparents, Don & Joan, Arthur & Margaret as well as Valeria Rogers, who held a special place in his heart. Walter was an avid Blue Jays fan, but his #1 team was his family. Always the loudest and proudest Dad when cheering on his children at any event. He was keenly interested in geography and history, taking every opportunity to share his knowledge with his children, niece and nephew. In lieu of flowers, donations in Walter’s memory may be sent to CEHHC "We Care About Cancer" or the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #26. A private service will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

COOKE, Ralph Douglas – Age 76, passed away peacefully on October 28, 2023 surrounded by family at his home in Lornevale. Ralph married the love of his life at the tender age of eighteen and raised four daughters with Liz. He would say that it was a miracle that he survived to 76 with four girls. Family was his greatest pride and he loved each and every addition fiercely. Just a few weeks before his passing, he was overjoyed to meet great grandchild number thirteen, Lillian. He shared a special bond with his sister, Phyllis, Ralph as the baby of the family and Phyllis as the eldest. He treasured each niece, nephew and cousin. To Ralph if you were family, you were family no matter how distantly related. Ralph worked for the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation as a heavy equipment operator until his retirement. He enjoyed hunting and every year would fill the freezer. He would have been disappointed that his doe tag went unfilled this year. Ralph loved growing his own vegetables and raced Nancy every year to get his garden in. He appreciated lazy afternoons at Theresa's camper watching the tide. He leaves behind a legacy of love. He will be forever missed by daughters, Theresa (Arthur), Nancy (Phil) and Helen (Andrew); sister, Phyllis; grandchildren, Martina, Jordan, Adam, Megan, Kalie, Sawyer, Faith, Connor, Ian and Sean; thirteen great grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Ralph was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth; daughter, Deborah; sisters, Mildred and Muriel; brother, Kenneth and parents, Perley and Anna. The family would like to thank the Colchester County Palliative Care team as well as VON who supported Ralph in remaining in his home during his final days. We are all grateful for the exceptional care and compassion provided. No words can say enough. A celebration of Ralph's life was held November 4th in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. Reception followed. The interment of Ralph and Liz will take place in Folly Mountain Cemetery. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com 

MELLROY, Jeffrey Shawn - "Just Jeff," passed away peacefully on October 29, 2023, with his daughter, Taylor and girlfriend, Niki by his side after a brief battle with cancer. He was born on July 29, 1968, in Truro, NS. Jeff is survived by his girlfriend, Niki; daughter, Taylor Fraser and son, Brennan, both of Kingston, ON; his aunt, Isobel Mellroy of Debert; brothers, Trevor (Sabrina), Troy (Kim), and Trent (Carolyn) as well as nieces, Summer, Chyanne, Riley and Madison and nephews, Tyler, Skylar, Keegan and Spencer. He was predeceased by his mother, Pam in 2019 and father, Basil in 2022 as well as grandparents, Gene and Jim Lloyd and his Nanny and Granddad Mellroy. Jeff held many different jobs throughout his life and made many friends, with the one constant in it all being his music. Whether he was just plucking away on his bass strings at home or playing in a band at a gig, music was Jeff’s "go-to."

Anyone who knew Jeff knew he loved his sports. He would watch any sport on the TV, but his favourites were the Flyers, the Blue Jays and of course, his 49’ers. The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the Palliative Care team, Dr. Henderson, Dr. Smith and nurse, Angela, for the excellent care provided to Jeff as well as the VON staff who came to care for Jeff day in and day out. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. A Celebration of Jeff’s Life was held November 4th in the Debert Legion, Branch #106, 1252 Masstown Road, Debert, NS. Interment will take place at a later date.

SANDESON, Marjorie May (Bartlett) – Age 78, Greenfield, passed away peacefully at home on October 30, 2023. Born in Brookside on May 4, 1945, she was a daughter of the late Earl and Minnie (Robson) Bartlett. Marjorie worked at Standfield’s for almost 20 years. She was a member of Greenfield United Church before it closed. Marjorie was a very artistic woman. She was talented in woodcarving and drawing and enjoyed crafts. She also enjoyed playing a game of cards. Marjorie will be missed by her husband of 58 years, Darrell Sandeson; daughter, Sonya; grandchildren, Christian, Megan, Keegan, Madison; sisters, Helen (Bill), Vonnie (Hollis); brothers, Kenneth (Gloria), Robert, Donald (Minnie), Bennie (Viola) and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by two grandchildren, Dustin and Austin; sisters, Shirley, Dolly, June and brother, Gilbert. Donations in Marjorie’s memory may be made to Colchester East Hants VON. Visitation was held November 1st in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. The service was November 2nd in Colchester Community Funeral Home. Rev. Shannon MacLean officiated. Interment in Greenfield Community Cemetery following the service. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

BRENTON, George "Colin" - Age 89 of Truro, Nova Scotia died on November 1, 2023, in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. He was the son of Clarence and Frances Brenton of Lower Truro, Colchester County. He is survived by his son, Jeffrey (Donna) and daughter-in-law, Nancy Brenton, along with many loving grandchildren, Michelle (Mathew), Amanda (Christian), Kaitlyn (Nate) and Connor as well as great grandchildren, Maddison, Aiden, Avery, Marshall, Eli, Atlas and Silas. Colin was predeceased by his wife, Hazel and son, Ronald. Colin had a love of horses all his life but became particularly interested when he started showing ponies to accompany his wife, Hazel at her shows. He made many wonderful friends within the horse community. He was also a lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs fan and was not afraid to show it. As Colin retired, he very much enjoyed visiting with family and friends where his saucy sense of humour was always appreciated, at least by him. He was a soft spoken, generous, and family oriented man who will be missed dearly. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Old Barns United Church or local Palliative Care Unit. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life was held November 8, 2023 in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS followed immediately by a private, family burial. Online condolences available at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

McCANN, Sharon Lee (Clarke) - Age 78, Hilden, passed away in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro on November 6, 2023.  Born in Truro on August 17, 1945, she was a daughter of the late Theodore and Pearl (Roddick) Clarke. Sharon, a self proclaimed "tomboy", was always up for an adventure. She loved camping and fishing with her husband. She was also known to drive minibikes, snowmobiles, and dune buggies.  She even drove a stock car in the powder puff derby at the Onslow speedway. Sharon was always up for a game of cards or a game of kismet. She loved her family and took care of her kids and pets while her husband, Ralph, was away with the Navy. Sharon will be dearly missed by her husband of 58 years, Ralph McCann; daughter, Lori (Mike); son, Jeff; grandchildren, Matt and Bryson (Radka); sisters, Anne (John), Barb (Rob); brother, Bruce. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her infant sister. The family would like to thank the nurses and doctors who took such excellent care of Sharon while she was in Palliative Care in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre. There will be no visitation or service. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences are available at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

PUTNAM, Doris Rose – Age 74, of Truro, passed away peacefully on November 4, 2023, at home. She was born a daughter of the late Alden and Florence (Googoo) Rankin. Doris was a long-term volunteer at the Colchester Food Bank. She loved teasing and playing jokes on the many friends that she made while volunteering. She always had a smile on her face, a cigarette hanging out of her mouth and a deep infectious laugh. She enjoyed spending time with all her friends on Albert Ave and her door was always open for anyone who wanted to stop by for a coffee and a chat. Her neighbours became a part of her extended family. Doris loved playing washer toss, bingo and singing. She will always be remembered by the crazy little songs she would make up and sing to everyone. Doris is survived by her husband, Harold; her sons, Perry and Alden (Lisa) and her granddaughter, Jessica. She has many surviving siblings, Sarah (Truro), Betty (Truro), Peter (Juanita) (Hopewell), Elizabeth (Larry) (Bramber), Leonard (Cambridge), Roland (Elmsdale); her sister-in-law, Cathy (Spryfield) and many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her son, Ronald; brothers, Martin, Donald and Campbell; sisters, Colleen, Rose and June. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the Truro VON and VON Nurses who provided excellent care to Doris over the last few years. We would also like to thank Dr C. Smith and Cheryle Graham (Palliative Care Team) and Theresa (Private Respite Worker). The love and fantastic care you gave to Doris did not go unnoticed and was greatly appreciated. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the VON Colchester in memory of Doris. At the request of Doris, their will be no service. We had a graveside service on November 9th in Hillcrest Cemetery, 41 Butcher Hill, Upper Musquodoboit, NS, followed by a reception at 31 Beechwood Drive, Truro. Online condolences are available at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

Ross, Margaret "Peggy" Mae (Stevenson), Age 79, Truro, passed away on November 6, 2023, in Cedarstone Enhanced Care, Truro. Born in Truro on September 10, 1944, she was a daughter of the late Gordon and Blanche (Crocker) Stevenson.

Peggy worked at Brookfield Creamery for five years and then later at Crossley Karastan Carpet Mill for 45 years, until her retirement at age 70. She loved sports, especially the Montreal Canadiens, the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees.

Peggy is survived by her sons, Arthur "Duke" and Andy Ross; sister, Nancy (Paul) Blaikie; granddaughters, Andrea and Tessa; great granddaughter as well as her former husband, Art Ross.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by sister, Judy; brothers, Sonny and Duke.

Donations in Peggy’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society or to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation or service at her request. A private family interment will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences may be made at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

TUPPER, Jason MichaelAge 45, Debert, passed away unexpectedly on November 7, 2023, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Jason was born in Truro on August 6, 1978, to Angela (Stewart) Tupper and the late Lloyd "Michael" Tupper. Along with his mother, he is survived by his children, Sierra Rose and Joshua; brother, Dylan Tupper, Debert; grandmother, Janet (Peter) Munsie; grandfather, Charles (Gertrude) Stewart, New Glasgow; the mothers of his children, Beth, Debert and Mandy, Debert; as well as tons of aunts, uncles and cousins in Pictou County. Besides his father, he was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Lloyd and Minnie Tupper of Alma. Jason grew up in Debert playing baseball in the Debert leagues every year in his youth. He participated in Scouts, receiving the Scout of the Year Award. He was also a member of the Debert School Band where he played trumpet. Jason took ski lessons in the winter and swimming lessons in the summer, receiving his Lifeguard Certificate. He studied at the Community College in Stellarton where he received his Plumbing and Pipe Fitters ticket. He loved music and all his friends and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses who cared for Jason. A graveside service was held November 13th in Middle Road Cemetery, Debert with Marty Clarke-Ettinger officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com  

McMAHON, Garfield "Gary" Walter – Age 91, Dartmouth. We are saddened to announce the passing of Garfield "Gary" McMahon on November 7, 2023, in Dartmouth at age 91. Gary was born February 25, 1932, and raised in the small town of Roland, Manitoba. He attended Brandon University, graduating with a BSc and later attended UBC graduating with a MSc in Physics. Gary moved to Nova Scotia where he worked at the Defense Research Establishment Atlantic until he retired in 1990. After meeting a firecracker gal at the gun club, Gary married his beloved wife, Ruby Bertha (Fulton) McMahon in Stewiacke in 1972. Gary and Ruby traveled the world extensively before and after Gary retired, seeing much of the world, including cruises to Antarctica and through the North-West Passage! He was an accomplished marksman, a member of Canada’s International Shooting team for nine years and lifetime member of the Atlantic Marksman Association. He medaled at many National and International competitions while representing Canada at Pan Am Games, World Championships, Commonwealth games and the 1960 and 1964 Olympic games. Gary spent the rest of his free time camping, hiking, fishing and hunting with many close friends over the years. He was especially generous, sharing his fly fishing and shooting knowledge with the children of close friends. Gary was a renowned wine taster, who loved to sit down for a glass of good wine with others and share his vast knowledge of wine. Gary was predeceased by his parents, James "Grant" McMahon and Viola (nee Hennan); two sisters, Lorna (Norman) Woods and Pat (Ken) Monkman. He is survived by his wife, Ruby; brothers, Robert "Roy" McMahon (Annie) and John "Jack" McMahon (Jean); his sisters, Rowena Foster (Alec) and Edith Koenig (Ed), as well as many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and a few great-great-nieces and nephews. If so desired, please plant a tree in your yard in Gary’s memory or make a donation to The Atlantic Salmon Federation or a charity of your choice.

A graveside service was held November 18th in Pine Grove Cemetery, Stewiacke, NS led by Rev. Don Dunn. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com  

FLEMMING, Dana Laurie - April 30, 1952 – November 8, 2023. The families of Dana Laurie Flemming are sad to announce the passing of a dear husband, brother, uncle at Victoria General Hospital on Wednesday, November 8th. Dana grew up in Brookfield and lived in the family home he knew as a child. Upon completion of high school, Dana attended the Truro District Vocational School to complete a certificate in Drafting. He worked with Horner and Associates for a number of years, travelling throughout the province working on local construction projects. In later years Dana enjoyed working as a bus driver with Colchester East Hants School District. He took special joy in dressing up as Santa at Christmas to distribute candy, as well as provide ice cream vouchers at the end of the school year. Dana became an honorary Cape Bretoner when he married his wife of 40 years, Judy. They enjoyed many gatherings at their spot on the Stewiacke River. Dana and Judy participated in the Brookfield area Terry Fox events.

A Farmville community of friends will miss his presence as an enthusiastic player of the game. Dana is survived by his wife; Judy (McKeigan); brother Ralph (Marie) Flemming and sister Karen (David) Torraville; sister- in- laws, Carolyn Dunlop, Pat (James) Canty and Debbie (David) Atkinson, as well as several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by father, Lloyd and mother, Margaret (Fisher) Flemming; father-in-law, Duncan, and mother-in-law, Freda McKeigan. The families wish to express a sincere thank you to the staff of Colchester and the Victoria General Hospitals for their compassionate care. Memorial donations may be made to the Terry Fox Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society, or a charity of choice. An informal Celebration of Life took place at the Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, Nova Scotia on November 19th. Online condolences may be sent to: www.ColchesterCommunity.com

COLLINS, Michael Ernest "Mike" – 75, Crowes Mills, passed away suddenly at home, as a result of natural causes, on Thursday, November 9, 2023. Born in Farnborough, England, he was a son of the late Ernest and Margaret (Southwood) Collins. Mike is survived by his loving wife, Susan "Susie" (Mattison); children, Stacey (Michelle) Collins, Kim (Mark) Hayman, Abigail (Adam) Fahey, Amanda (Ravi) Nilmadub, Emily Collins, Belinda (Andrew) Brown, Dulcie (Richard) Thomas, Sally-Ann (Daniel) Makin; 33 grandchildren; brother, Terry (Yvonne) Collins; sister, Gesuine (Graham) Martin. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Yvonne Ryle. Celebration of Mike’s life was held Friday, November 17, 2023, at Truro Alliance Church, 195 Truro Heights Road, Truro Heights, Pastor Scott Penner officiated. Michael will be repatriated back to England where his children will have a funeral and burial. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall- Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

DURLING, Russell Steward - "My name is Russell Steward Durling, and I was born in Meductic, York Co., New Brunswick on Nov. 22, 1936. It was a small village of approximately 150 people when I was born situated right along the St. John River and at the intersection of the Eel River that flowed into it." That’s how Russell --- also known as Bubba, Dad, Uncle, and Honey – began his memoir, My Story which he wrote and published in 2022, to tell the story of his life and the lessons he has learned. Russell was a creative wonder, always building, fixing, crafting, inventing, dreaming, planning, and planting. He loved his property and log home in Malagash – built with his own hands – and he was the consummate neighbour, always ready to lend a hand, fix a pipe, peer into the well, solve endless water problems, chair a meeting, or pull some chairs out for a barbeque. Russ was recently made a Life Member of Malagash Legion Branch #97 and an active member of his church. Our Dad made places and people better. Russ loved to laugh and could spin a yarn and hold a room with his charm and wit. His grandchildren were his greatest delight, and he was a delight to them. "It is a great and comforting feeling to know I am loved and appreciated by them. I have many stories in my mind in remembrance of each of them, without exception," he wrote in My Story. "Always do your best. Never do enough to just get by," was another one of Dad’s principles for a successful life. He lived that out in his careers, retiring in 1985 from the RCMP as a Staff-Sergeant after more than 29 years in service. He went on to a leadership role in the Nova Scotia Liquor Licencing Board, supervising inspectors across the province. In 1997, at 60 years old, his official working years were over. What followed was a move from the city to the country, which Russ credited for his long-lasting good health and energy. All that fresh air! "Think young with confidence; have a sense of humour and keep a smile at the ready. I firmly believe you will live longer," wrote Dad. Russell leaves behind the love of his life, Marian Gerrard, the sparkling outgoing partner he met in Sydney, Cape Breton in 1957. The siblings Russell leaves behind, Harry (married to Margo); Paul (married to Joan); and Linda (married to Ken), knew that they had an older brother who loved them, and took his role as the eldest sibling seriously, right to the end. His daughters, Miriam and Karen, and grandchildren, Kristopher, Brittany, Erik, Holly, and Thomas, will miss the man who always had time for them. Donations in Russ’ memory may be made to Malagash Legion #97 or the Malagash United Church Cemetery Fund. A visitation took place November 17th from 1pm until time of service at 2pm, both in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Rev. Connie McNamara officiated. Online condolences at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

MADILL, Gordon James – Age 89, Little Bass River, passed away peacefully in his sleep on November 14, 2023, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Gord was born on December 10, 1933, in Mount Dennis, a neighborhood in Toronto, Ontario. He married Martha "Joan" Adair in 1963 and they moved to the country, outside Newmarket, where they built a cedar log home and had two children, Mitchell, and Janice. Sadly, Joan passed away in the winter of 1972. Gord worked at Kodak Canada for 32 years. He retired and became a car jockey for a Porche dealer. He and his second wife, Beryl, whom he had married in 1983, eventually retired to Penetanguishene where they lived until her passing in 2018. Gord, his children and grandson, Spencer, then moved to Nova Scotia for his remaining years. He was predeceased by his wife, Joan (Adair); second wife, Beryl (Spittle); mother, Jeanne; father, George; brothers, Reg, and George Jr. Gord is survived by sister, Dora; children, Mitch, and Janice (Glenn); grandson, Spencer (Nicole); niece, Louise (David). Grandpa Gord will be missed by Destiny, Rob, Ashley, their spouses, and many great grandchildren. Many thanks to the Palliative Care Team at CEHHC, VON Home Care Team and especially NP, Erica Baird for all their excellent care. Dad loved to garden. In lieu of donations, please consider planting a tree, spending time in nature, watching the birds, supporting the local gardening club, or teaching kids to grow vegetables. Gordon will be laid to rest with Beryl in Midland, Ontario at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com 

McMILLAN, Sylvia Dolores – passed away on Thursday, November 16, 2023 at Vimy Court, Bible Hill. Born in Tatamagouche, she was a daughter of the late Hugh and Elizabeth (Reeves) MacPherson. Sylvia lived in Onslow for the past seventy plus years, where she was a stay at home Mum and Grandmother, keeping her grandchildren in their younger years. She will be sadly missed by her family, Iola (Ron, deceased 2019) Crowe, Wayne (Carol) McMillan, Darlene (Vic) MacFarlane; by her grandchildren, Darren Crowe, Shelley (Charles) MacLellan, Wade McMillan, Renee (Grant) Rhodenzier, Krista Clements, Sarah (Peter) Newell, Nathan (Jill) MacFarlane, Leah (Greg) Roy; great-grandchildren, Brennan Crowe, Haidyn Oudman, Olivia (Jared) Comeau and Grady Clements, Atlanta (Olivia Ward), Ella (Liam Nixon), Octavia and Kerva Newell, Sabastian, Memphis, Delayh and Preston Roy; one great great-grandchild, Lincoln Comeau; close friend, Joyce McMillan; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Stanley (2004); brother, Bernard MacPherson; sister, Lorraine Smith and son-in-law, Ron Crowe. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where a funeral service will be held in Spring of 2024 with Reverend Glenn MacLean officiating. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

MURPHY, Lillian Annie – 93, formerly of Debert passed away on Friday, November 17, 2023 at the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in Truro, she was a daughter of the late Hector and Jessie (Totten) Hinchcliffe. Lillian was employed at Barnhill General Store for 35 years. Lillian is survived by her daughters, Linda Eagles (Kelly), Nancy Morphet (Dwayne), Jessie, Cornelius (Ken), Sandra Catching; sons, Peter (Shelley), John Michael (Jan), Paul (Wendy); 18 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, John; daughter, Margie; sister, Effie; brothers, Alden, Frank and George; infant granddaughter, Jill. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall-Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where a Celebration of Lillian’s Life was held Wednesday, November 29, 2023. A private family interment will be held at a later date. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com


November 2023 Obituaries

CHIPMAN, James William "Jim" – 93, Bass River, passed away peacefully, surrounded by love, on Sunday morning, September 24, 2023, at Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building, QEII, Halifax. Born in Halifax, he was a son of the late Harvey and Evelyn (Backman) Chipman. Jim was a devoted family man and he was proud of his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and their families. Jim is survived by his children, Cathy (Dean) Pike, Carolyn (Joseph) McPherson, Jim Chipman (Monica), Susan (John) Silliker, Sandra Chipman; grandchildren, Stephanie, Kevin R., Amanda, Timothy, Kevin G., Matthew, Robbie, Melissa, Brandon, William, Meaghan, Jakob, James; several great grandchildren; sister, Joan Chipman; sister-in-law, Elaine Chipman; several nieces and nephews; special friend, Shannon MacAloney, who Jim and Catherine formed a close bond with and looked after each other over the years. Jim also sponsored three children through World Vision. Along with his parents, Jim was predeceased by his wife, Catherine Alice (Faulkner); grandson, Kristopher Jason Hawkins; siblings, Barbara (7), Linda, Sally, Grace, Shirley, Sylvia, Carl, Tony. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where the funeral service was held Thursday, September 28, 2023, Pastor Connie Stewart officiated. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

WHIDDEN, Earnest Nelson Age 82, Bible Hill, September 26, 2023- end of the trail. "Go rest high on that mountain."

WEBB, Gary James – 78, Great Village. It is with heavy hearts that the family of Gary James Webb announces his passing on Tuesday evening, September 26, 2023, at Debert Court, Long Term Care, with his family by his side, surrounding him in love and music. Dad was born in Economy, where it was always home to him, to the late Elonzo and Helen (nee Fleet) Webb. He will be forever missed by his loving wife of 52 years, Marilyn "Muffy" (nee Mack); daughter, Holly Miller (Jeff); grandson, Ryan (Josie); granddaughter, Kamryn; son, Nathan Webb (Amy); grandson Hunter; daughter, Mindy Miller (Scott); granddaughter, Erin; like a son, Craig Beairsto (Brigitte); brothers, Timothy (Marion), David; sisters, Linda Roberts (Burton), Lorna Crossman, Kathy Gilbert (Patrick); many nieces and nephews that he adored; special niece, Sherri Webb. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his infant brother, Merton; infant sister, Gail; beautiful sister, Gloria Picchione. A celebration of life was held Sunday, October 1, 2023 at the Economy Recreation Centre (front rooms). Interment was in Mahon Cemetery, Great Village. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

Stevenson, Bruce Lee – 76, Bass River, passed away peacefully, surrounded by love, on Wednesday, September 27, 2023, at VG Site, QEII, Halifax. Born in North Sydney, he was a son of the late Robert and Catherine (Cleary) Stevenson. Bruce is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Winifred "Winnie" (Morrison); children, Rob (Sharon) Stevenson, Ingonish; Tracey Stevenson (Jason Bolton), Madoc, Ontario; Jeffrey (Yoshimi) Stevenson, Richmond, British Columbia; Heather Stevenson, Bass River; Kayleigh Sykes (Jacob Smith), Autumn Stevenson (Brandon Douglas), Oliver Stevenson, Kotomi Stevenson; siblings, Peter (Patti) Stevenson, Florida; Patricia Stevenson (Cliff Johnson), Cape Breton; Michael (Lynn) Stevenson, Maine; several nieces and nephews. He will be dearly missed by his canine companion, Scruffy. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young , Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

BLAIKIE, Edna M. (Wardrope) – Age 101, Truro, passed away on September 28, 2023, in Vimy Court, Bible Hill. Born in Milford Station, Hants Co., on January 31, 1922, to the late Chester and Flora (Goff) Wardrope, she was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Edna is survived by her son, Gary (Marly), Truro; daughter, Cindy (Bob), Truro; her son-in-law, Bill (the late Sherry) Shedden, Falcon Lake, Manitoba; daughter-in-law, Barb; her grandchildren, Joe (Melanie), David (Becky), Pam (Max), Melanie (Chris), Rian and David; her great-grandchildren, Cadence, Liam, Joshua, Adian, Ari and many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Edna was predeceased by her husband, Walter; daughter, Cheryl "Sherry" Shedden; her son, Walter "Lee"; her grandson, Matthew Shedden; her brother, Roger (Jen); sisters, Hilda (Walter), Hazel (Lenoard) and Mildred. Mother enjoyed many things, but her family was most important to her. The family would like to thank the staff of 3E and 2E for their care of Mother during her stay in hospital. Also, thank you to the staff of Vimy Court and Derry Lane. They were awesome with Mother for her short stay with them, as well as the staff at Munroe Court. There will be no visitation or service at her request. A small service at her burial will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences at www.ColchesterCommunity.com 

WARNER, Carl Albert of Debert, passed away on September 29, 2023, at the age of 87 years. Born in Digby, he was a son of the late Albert and Henrietta Warner. Carl spent his working career in municipal administration, including the Town of Digby, Town of Bridgetown and County of Colchester and retired in 1983 as Secretary-Treasurer of the Greater Victoria School Board, Victoria, BC. After retirement, he became involved in municipal politics and served nine years on the Colchester County Council, including three years as Warden. Carl also served on the Colchester-East Hants Amalgamated School Board. He was active in Boy Scouts in Digby and Bridgetown and served on the Digby and Debert Fire Brigades.

He is survived by his daughters, Janice (Alfred) MacArthur, Moncton and Julie (Ron) Healey, Bible Hill; six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Alan Nichols, California, USA and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Carl was predeceased by his wife of 42 years, Greta (Stevens) Warner and his siblings, Ardis Moore, Verna (Peter) Applejohn, Paul, Earl and Ann Warner. Carl was happiest when working on his property and was very meticulous about the condition of the lawn and hedges. He was an avid camper and snowmobiler. He and Greta spent time every year for 35 years at their favourite camping spot, Keji National Park. Carl also enjoyed his trips to New England, California, Europe and across Canada. In keeping with Carl’s wishes, there will be no visitation or service. Cremation has taken place with burial at a later date in the Middle Road Cemetery, Debert. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences are available at www.ColchesterCommunity.com .

GOWER, Allison Kenneth – Age 96, Truro, passed away peacefully on October 2, 2023, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Truro, he was a son of the late William and Lena (Burris) Gower and was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Allison worked 42 years and eleven months with CNR doing a variety of jobs. He enjoyed gardening and spending time at the mall with friends. He especially loved dancing and gambling at various casinos. He often enjoyed travelling to Toronto to visit his siblings. Allison was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, both Truro and Debert branches. He will be missed by family and his many friends. He is survived by his son, Wayne (Christina) of North River; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews and nieces. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Annie (Brown); sisters, Jean, Mabel and Helen and brothers, Alfred and Ronald.

Donations in Allison’s memory may be made to CEHHC "We Care About Cancer." Cremation has taken place. At his request, there will be no visitation or service. A private burial will take place in Watson Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

JARVIS, James Bruce Age 81, Mount Uniacke and Debert, passed away on October 9, 2023, in Vimy Court, Bible Hill. Born in Seaforth, he was a son of the late John and Evelyn (Hennesby) Jarvis.

James was a loyal, unassuming and trustworthy person who was always "Mr. Fix-It" for family and friends. He was always busy helping someone. He worked as a machinist for many years and would often take a break by helping his brother build homes. Never one to take a shortcut, he was meticulous in whatever job he was working on. James was a "Ford-Man" and loved working on his cars with his brothers.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn (Dicks); children, Michele (George) O’Grady, Amanda (Chris) Donnelly, Corinna (Chris) Grennan, Jamie Jarvis; brothers, Laurie (Judy), Graham (Frances); eight grandchildren, one great grandson as well as several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by sisters, Ruby, Opal, Marion, Lorraine, Velma, Lillian and Dorothy; brothers, Jackie, Lester, Leo and Billy.

Cremation has taken place. A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences are available at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

GLEN-HIGGINS, Torry Colin – Age 35, Halifax, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 35. Torry was living in Halifax but was raised in Debert, Nova Scotia. Torry is survived by his mother, Angela Glen of Debert and was predeceased by his father, Victor Higgins. Torry was born on June 16, 1988. He graduated from CEC in 2006 and went on to study for two years at St. Francis Xavier University followed by two years at Truro Community College, studying Information Technology and Web Design. He was accepted as a Junior Solution Developer with TeamSpace, Canada’s Red Space division, in 2010 in Bedford where he worked till 2019, then ventured into trading stocks. Torry was known for his positive reputation. No matter who spoke of him, the words were always the same. He was loyal, kind and was always willing to help. He was a brilliant, organized and caring man who was equal parts creative and analytical. Most knew of his interest in technology and while he did focus his career around this, he was also an avid reader and dabbled in writing himself. He never came without a plan and he always made sure to help his family, friends and those around him. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

A time to celebrate Torry’s life was held on Sunday, October 22nd from 3-5 p.m. in the Debert Legion Branch #106, 1252 Masstown Road, Debert. Condolences to Torry’s family may be made by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com 


October 20923 Obituaries

SOYER, Margaret Jennifer Betty Ann (Turney), Central North River, NS, passed away on Tuesday, August 15, 2023, at home. Margaret will join other family who have passed away and are now at peace, her husband, John; son, Jonathan "Jimmy", her parents, Thomas and Edna (Beecham) Turney; sister, Beryl. She was also predeceased by her husband, John’s parents, Edward and Dorothy Soyer and John’s brother, Charles. She loved and spoiled her pets, offering home cooked meals, holiday dinners and several treats. Her last dog, Kane, passed in May 2023, giving her some comfort after losing her husband (March 2023) and son (December 2021). She really enjoyed her time contributing to the economy, whether it was ordering through the catalogues of Eaton’s and Sears or in person at their stores. Other shops that were her favourites, Margolians, Mark’s, Head Experts and Truro Atlantic Superstore. A special thanks to all who were so kind and created an enjoyable time for her trips out. Additionally, the family would like to thank the neighbours who were so helpful, so Margaret could enjoy her life at home.

Margaret is survived by her daughter, Annette Soyer; grandson, Shawn White; granddaughter, Robin (Mikel) and great granddaughters, Olivia and Abigail Derksen. She is survived by several siblings, Mervyn, Jeanette, Yvonne, David, Christine, Rowland, along with their partners, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She certainly was one of a kind and liked things to be done, "her way". Even in the end, she had her wish...was home and had peace. No visitation or service by request. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences at www.ColchesterCommunnity.com

RUSHTON, Judy, - It is with great sadness the family of Judy Rushton announces her passing on August 25, 2023. Judy was born in Truro and raised by Jack and Joan Mont. Her father, Jack, had a life-long career working for the town of Truro while her mother, Joan, ran the Blue Bird corner store, where Judy helped out in her youth. Judy was the youngest of three siblings; older brother, Wayne Mont, and sister, Sherry Mont, who have stayed close with Judy for their entire lives. After high school, Judy attended Bible College in Peterborough, Ontario. Soon after, she met her husband of 41 years, Earle Rushton, whom she flew back and forth between Nova Scotia and Toronto to be with. During this time, Judy was beginning her career with Dalhousie University working in the administration department. Judy moved on from her career to dedicate herself to raising her family. Judy and Earle have two children, Sarah and Joel, who were her pride and joy. Judy was involved in many volunteer opportunities pertaining to her kids, including her well known role as noon hour supervisor at her children's school. When Sarah and Joel became old enough, Judy began her career at Shoppers Drug Mart where she was well recognized in the community, working there for over a decade. Judy would then go on to retire early to become a prominent figure in the life of her first grandchild, Blakely. Soon after, Judy was over the moon to know that her grandson, Spencer was on the way. Judy played a paramount role in supporting her daughter, Sarah, through a difficult pregnancy. For an entire summer, she selflessly lived on a cot at the IWK, as well as in the Ronald McDonald House, alongside Sarah. Judy was an integral part of both of her grandchildren's lives, laying down the foundation to their upbringing and dedicating every day to being the best possible Nanny. From their day-to-day care to their extracurricular activities, Judy poured her soul into nurturing and caring for her grandkids. In Judy’s spare time, she loved doing crosswords, keeping up to date on politics, and running the roads with her sister, Sherry, who recently moved back to Nova Scotia from British Columbia. Judy was predeceased by both parents, Joan and Jack Mont. Judy is survived by her husband, Earle; daughter, Sarah (Jeremy); son, Joel (Janaya); her brother, Wayne (Marie); sister, Sherry; her grandchildren, Blakely and Spencer, along with many cousins, friends and her best friend, Pat. Judy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, cousin, friend, and will be dearly missed. There aren’t enough words or pages to describe the positive energy that Judy radiated to all in her life. A Celebration of Judy’s Life was held September 5th in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Interment to follow in Watson Cemetery.

WALKER, Mabel Reatha (née Sponagle), January 13, 1929 to August 26, 2023. With sadness, and with appreciation for a life lived to the fullest, the family of Mabel (née Sponagle) Walker announce her passing on August 26, 2023, in Truro, Nova Scotia. Mabel will live on in the memory of her daughters, Catherine (and Bill Rice), of Lunenburg and Anne (and Alan Clark), of Truro; her son, Allan (and Andrea) of Jacksonville, NB; and her forever-daughter-in-law, Diane McLean-Walker, of Truro. Mabel was a caring grandmother to Tina Walker-Morgan (and Tim), John Walker (and Julia), and Danielle Walker; Alexander Clark; and Allana, Alex (and Emily), and Luke Walker. She was equally delighted by her seven great-grandchildren, Thane and Tanner Morgan; Elyse, Rylen and Cayleb Harpell; and Kathleen and Daniel Walker. Mabel was predeceased by her loving husband of sixty years, John Walker, in 2015, and her beloved son, Daniel, in 2010. Born in Goldenville, Guysborough County in January 1929, Mabel was the youngest child of James Augustus and Alberta (née Nickerson) Sponagle. One of twelve, she was predeceased by five brothers: Byron, Sheet Harbour; Edwin, Goldenville; Lester, Halifax; Morton, Liverpool; and Robert, Moncton; and five sisters: Alberta Smith, Goshen; Doris Hudson, Country Harbour; Irene McDonald, Halifax; Ina Sponagle, Bible Hill; and Olive Christianson, Truro. She is survived by her devoted brother Harold (and wife Eileen), Halifax. Mabel cherished each of her siblings and her many nieces and nephews. Mabel graduated from high school at a young age and spent two years teaching in one-room schools in rural Nova Scotia until she was old enough to attend St. Martha’s School of Nursing in Antigonish. She continued her nursing education at Dalhousie University and enjoyed travelling the rural roads as a public health nurse until the birth of her first child. She and John called 64 Park Street home for over 60 years. They are fondly remembered for their generous hospitality, both at Park Street, and at their cottage on the Brule Shore. When her family was older, Mabel returned to nursing, working in a local medical clinic. She always made time for others—contributing countless volunteer hours with the Canadian Cancer Society, the Catholic Women’s League, and St. Mary’s Elementary School. She was a lifelong member of Immaculate Conception parish, and her evolving faith was a source of strength and comfort throughout her life. At mid-life, she enjoyed cross-country skiing, golfing, and travel adventures with friends. In later years, she continued to make the best strawberry jam, enjoy good books, play bridge, go for walks, and keep up with family and friends—she never lost her zest for life or for learning. When she reluctantly gave up driving in her early 90s, she moved to a cozy apartment at Edinburgh Hall, Parkland where she enjoyed a hilltop view and making new friends. A Liturgy of the Word was held in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro, NS August 31st. A private interment for family will follow at St. Michael’s Silent City Cemetery in Middleton Corner, Colchester County. Donations in Mabel’s memory may be made to the Colchester Food Bank "Hope Not Hunger."

AKERMAN, Kathleen Mary – Age 88, Truro. The family of Kathleen Mary Akerman (nee Williams) are saddened to announce her peaceful passing on August 28, 2023, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Left to celebrate her life is her husband, David Richard "Dick" Akerman; children, Tim Brennan and Maureen Brennan; grandson, Matthew Brennan (Kendra) and great-grandson, Jack.

Kathleen was predeceased by son, Sean and infant daughter, Clare.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Service details and full obituary will be provided at a later date. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

BORDEN, William "Jake" Harden – Age 71, Truro, passed away at home on Sunday, September 3, 2023. Born in Truro, he was a son of Charles and Evelyn (Clyke) Borden. Jake worked as Assistant Director of the Centennial Pool as well as coached the Truro Centurian Swim Team. He also worked at the Residential Centre for several years before teaching at Bicentennial Junior High and John Martin Junior High, both in Dartmouth. Along with his years of coaching and teaching, he coached Bantam Football, Track and Field and later, following the loss of his eyesight, he coached the Special Olympics Track. He loved spending time walking the marsh with his dogs. He was a devoted father and husband and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Along with his parents, he is survived by his sons, William, Toronto and Jacob, Truro; daughter, Sondra, Truro; sisters, Roxanne, Brantford, ON, Shelley, Truro, Geraldine (Ivan) Wright, Truro; brothers, Michael, Charles, Nathan, all of Truro and Scott (Janet) of Halifax; special niece, Lisa, Truro as well as several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife, Carmen (Desmond) and brother, Shawn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Truro Minor Football Association. A celebration of life was held Saturday, September 9th in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

ATHANASIOU, Tom Socrates - With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Tom Socrates Athanasiou, a few days before his 76th birthday. Born in Montreal, Quebec on September 8th, 1947, he passed peacefully surrounded by those who loved him most on September 2nd, 2023, in the Mira Nursing Home in Truro, Nova Scotia. A devoted family man, he is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Jean Ann (Conrad) and his proud children, Andrew (Julie) and Janet (Clay Caston). He was a loving uncle to his nieces and nephews and loved being "Papa Tom" to Amy and Jonah Morgan, Liam Boyd, Josie and Abby Conrad, Libby Hill, Matthew and Nicholas D’Amario. Tom was predeceased by his father, Andrew; his mother, Evelyn "Dickie" and sister, Catherine. He was a graduate of Acadia University and Dalhousie University and spent 36 years working for the Bank of Montreal in Halifax, Toronto, and Ottawa. Upon retirement from the Bank in 2005, he soon discovered he was not quite yet ready for true retirement and dabbled as a consultant with SF Group before he and Jeannie moved to Nova Scotia where he again discovered he was still not yet ready for complete retirement and worked at Advocate Printing from 2008-2015. Tom made an impact on all who knew him, as a friend, mentor, leader, and coach. He had a quirky sense of humour and was always quick with a smile. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, the IWK Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choosing. We would like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to the staff and medical personnel at the Mira and the East Cumberland Lodge for taking such good care of Tom. A memorial for Tom was held September 17, 2023, in the Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS.

IRVING, Logan, Richard  – Age 88, Amherst, passed away on Sunday, September 3, 2023, in Gables Lodge, Amherst. He was a son of the late Kenneth and Freda Logan of Amherst Point. Richard is survived by his wife, Betty (Duizer) Logan; sons, Paul (Susan), East Lawrencetown and Christopher (Vicki), Lower Sackville; daughter, Lisa (Laurie) Jennings, Masstown; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Also survived by Betty’s children, Tammy Parker, Fredericton, Stephen Duizer, Amherst, Andrew Duizer, Thunder Bay, ON, and Glen Duizer, Mitchell, MB; sisters, Lyn (Ron) Estabrooks, Olivia (Stan) Williams and Beth (John) Dickinson, all of Amherst, as well as brother, Fred (Diane), Cape Spear, NB. Besides his parents, Richard was predeceased by his first wife, Bernice (Noonan) and his brother, David. Richard grew up in Amherst Point on the family dairy farm and was actively involved in the larger farming community and 4H. From an early age, he loved to play hockey and was a devoted Leafs’ fan. After retirement from PolyCello in Amherst, Richard took up curling. He was a member of both the Truro and Amherst curling clubs. Richard was a volunteer and supporter of the Truro and Amherst hospitals as well as the Amherst Hospice and CFTA radio in Amherst. Being a very social and handy guy, Richard always enjoyed visiting neighbours and lending a helping hand when needed. When he was at his cottage, it was a common thing to see him heading out in the morning, hammer in hand, to assist a friend with a project. Richard and Betty were members of the Wentworth United Church and were very active in Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church in Amherst. Richard’s family would like to express their deepest appreciation to the staff of both, the Amherst Regional Hospital ER and Gables Lodge. Your kindness and caring will be long remembered. Thank you. Cremation has taken place and there will be a private graveside service. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

HIGGINS, Dale Alexander – Age 72, Truro. The family of the late Dale A. Higgins regret to announce his passing in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro on September 7, 2023, after a lengthy illness. Dale was predeceased by his father and mother, Alexander W. Higgins and Lillian (Graham) Higgins and baby sister, Linda Kay Higgins. Dale is survived by his spouse, Patricia Cody; son, Brad Coady; sister, Joan Camilli (the late Domenico); nieces, Maria (Robert) Hashem and Pia Camilli and nephew, Nick Camilli and their families; sister, Ethel Mae Ehler (Percy Stewart); nephew, Paul (Loretta) Ehler; nieces, Shelley Ehler and Leona (Jim) Burris and families. Dale was a long-time employee of Sobeys in Truro. He enjoyed coffee in the mornings with his buddies, watching the Toronto Maple Leafs play hockey, playing darts and volunteering with Crimestoppers in Truro. He will be greatly missed by his furry friend, Rocky.

The family are grateful for the wonderful health care providers in the Halifax and Truro hospitals. Thank you to the Palliative Care teams in Truro with Dr. D. Henderson and Dr. R. Graham for making things comfortable for Dale and his family. Donations in Dale’s memory made to the CEHHC "We Care About Cancer" will be greatly appreciated. A celebration of Dale’s life was held Sept.15th in the Truro & District Lions Club, 1100 Prince St., Truro. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, N.S. Online condolences available at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

COCK, Georgina Helen - On September 14, 2023, Georgina Helen Cock, Bible Hill, NS. passed away peacefully at home, at the age of 83. She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Kathy Lobban (Dean), her grandchildren, Trevor Lewis (Angie), Samantha (Michael) Boyce, Stephanie(Michael) McNutt, Brittany Lynn. and great grandchildren, Sierra, Kaiden, Braxton, Tanner and Zoey. She was predeceased by her daughter Donna Lewis and grandchildren Jody Lewis and Rodney Lynn. Also survived by sisters Kay Bedell, Betty Mykytyshyn and brother Charles(Helen)Higgins. With many nieces and nephews.


Georgina enjoyed playing cards, darts and going out with friends. Her witty sense of humor and kindness will be missed by those who knew her. Her family and friends meant everything to her. She was a volunteer at Colchester Regional Hospital and the homeless shelter. At Georgina request, there will be no service held. For condolence please visit
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PRIEST, Arlie "Dale" - Age 57, of Crowe’s Mills, Belmont passed away on Monday, September 11, 2023, in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro, surrounded by his loving family. Dale was born in Truro on August 2, 1966, to the late Arlie Priest and Gayle (Chapman) McLaren. Dale was a hardworking, spiritual, loving, artistic, and kind man who lived a full life in his 57 years. Over the years, he worked different jobs, but it was becoming a bricklayer in his 20s that he found to be his calling as he loved working with his hands and being outside. Not a vain man, he made friends everywhere he went, from Nova Scotia to BC and back and still has friends from his childhood. He met his soulmate, Verna, at fourteen years old, but they didn’t reconnect until twelve years later. They’ve had a passionate and amazing love that overcame all of the obstacles that life threw at them. He loved his family deeply and enjoyed spending time with them all. He loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting, trapping, washer toss, cards, darts, going to the beach and his cabin. He loved all types of music and was a fantastic dancer, a skill not everyone knew he possessed. He was a big storyteller and the more times he told a story the funnier and more embellished they became, with people laughing harder with each telling. Dale loved the Lord and knew he was going to heaven and joining all the loved ones he lost, especially his mother and father. He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Verna (Henderson); stepfather, Doug McLaren; siblings, Danette (Laurie), Juanita, Krista, Adrian, Twyla (Dwight), Michael (Jessica), Arlene, David, and Bethany; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Arlie and mother, Gayle. Flowers are welcome, but in lieu of, donations may be made in Dale’s name to the Lung Association of Nova Scotia and PEI or the Canadian Liver Foundation: Atlantic Canada Chapter. A visitation was held September 20th from 1pm until time of service at 2pm, both in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS with Pastor Josh Fillmore officiating. Reception followed. Burial will follow the reception in Belmont Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

McKIM, Mildred "Millie" (nee Donkin) – Age 89, Old Barns, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born May 14, 1934, in Fenwick, NS, daughter of the late Henry and Carrie (Dickinson) Donkin. Predeceased by her husband, LeMoyne (1998); her brothers, Gordon (Hilda), Ralph (Helen), Sherman (Catherine), Paul (Bernice), and Keith (Audrey); her sister, Mary Dodsworth (Earl), and her grandson, Scott Withrow. She was also predeceased by her nephews, Richard Donkin, Eric Donkin, and Carman Dodsworth. Survived by her children, Paula (Steve) Withrow, Greg (Josselyn) McKim, Meredith (John) Taylor and Margie McKim; grandmother of Kari (Matt), Whitney, Jeremy, Ashley, Emily, and Hannah; great-grandmother of Breigh and Malachi. She worked as a bookkeeper/accountant for several companies in Truro and area. Millie was a founding member of the Clifton Community Seniors Association and an active volunteer. She received the Provincial Volunteer Award and the Clifton District of Agriculture Community Service Award. Millie was an ardent supporter of Clifton United Church in Old Barns, a member of the U.C.W. and the Old Barns Progressive Club. Special thanks to the staff of the Palliative Care Unit, Colchester East Hants Health Centre and Cedarstone Enhanced Care, Purdy Lane staff. In lieu of flowers, donations in Millie’s memory may be made to CEHHC "We Care About Cancer" or Diabetes Canada.

The family was joined on Thursday, September 21st in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro, NS to celebrate Millie. Visitation at 1pm until time of Funeral Service at 2pm, reception followed. Burial took take place on Friday, September 22nd at 11am in Old Barns Cemetery. Online condolences available at visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

McELHINNEY (Bruce), Jean Florence - Age 84, Central Onslow, passed away on September 15, 2023, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. She was a daughter of the late Hector and Lillian (Wynn) Bruce. Jean was born on the family farm in Hilden, NS and was a resident of Central Onslow for 60 years.

Jean was a homemaker, but also worked for many years at the Truro Raceway and as the secretary at Onslow United Church. She met her husband, Walter, at a dance and the two of them danced the next 62 years away together until Walter's passing in May of 2022. She loved trivia and was a wiz at crosswords, crypto-quotes, Trivial Pursuit, Reach for the Top and her favourite, Jeopardy. Jean is survived by daughters, Margie (Bill) Andrews and Donna (Dennis) Gertridge; sons, Bruce (Sharon) McElhinney and Ian (Tania) McElhinney; daughter-in-law, Anne Marie LeBlanc; grandchildren, A.J. Andrews, Steven (Dew) Andrews, Brenden McElhinney, Sarah (Joe) McElhinney, Zachary McElhinney, Reid (Sierra) Gertridge, Drew Gertridge; great granddaughters, Jackie Andrews and Ultra Legacy. Also survived by sister, Joan (Rod) MacDonnell; brother-in-law, Gordon McKeen and nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and husband, Walter, she was predeceased by son, David; infant twin sons; sisters, Kathryn (Ed), Betty, and in infancy, Patricia. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jean memory may be made to CEHHC "We Care About Cancer", VON, or the SPCA. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. A private family service will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

BULMER, Ruth Elizabeth – 94, Truro. Ruth died peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, August 17, 2023, in Dartmouth.  Born in Canning, she was the daughter of the late Rudolph and Kathleen (Eaton) Schafheitlin.  Summers were treasured at Spencer’s Point, near Great Village, where she showed her children the virtues of simple country living in a cottage that Dick built mostly on his own. Her kitchen produced delicious and nutritious meals, often prepared from home grown vegetables and on a few special occasions a fresh catch from the Bay of Fundy. And many a conversation was had with those going to or from their daily swim in the Bay or walking around "the loop". She was predeceased by her husband, Richard Bulmer; son-in-law, David Bransby-Williams; sisters-in-law, Dorothy (Art) Shears and Joan Raich. She is survived by her children, Anne, Deborah (Don), Ronald (Anne), Christine (Barry); cousin, Mac (Millie) Eaton, who she considered a brother; grandchildren, Damian, Joanna, Nicola, Laura, Mitchell, Emma, Tessa; step-grandchildren, Matthew, David and Margaret; great grandchildren, Gwyneth and Eleanor. A service in memory of Ruth’s life was held at St. Andrew’s United Church, 55 King Street, Truro, on Saturday, September 23, 2023, with Reverend Shannon MacLean officiating. Private interment was in Terrace Hill Cemetery, Kaulback Street, Truro. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall - Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

MacFARLANE, Horace Herbert "Herb" - With heavy hearts we announce the death of Horace Herbert "Herb" MacFarlane, age 82, of Brookfield, comfortably in Vimy Court, Bible Hill, on September 18, 2023, with family at his bedside. Herb was a son of the late Horace "Buster" and Dorothy "Dot" (nee Weaver) MacFarlane of Saint John, N.B. which he proudly thought of as home, although he moved to Nova Scotia shortly after graduating from Saint John Vocational/Technical School in 1960. Herb was an avid storyteller, regaling anyone who had time to listen, with his childhood experiences on French and Grand Lakes with his brother, fashioning a sail on an old rowboat to go wherever the wind would take them. At an early age, Herb learned to play bagpipes in the HMCS Brunswicker Pipe Band with his dad and later piped with the Simonds Lions Caledonian Pipe Band. He joked that his dad had an ulterior motive: since Herb was too young to have a ‘tot’ after a military parade, Buster got two. Herb travelled over the Maritimes by train and in company vehicles and told of huge snowbanks in northern New Brunswick and of hearing Buddy MacMaster play his fiddle over the CNR ‘order wire.’ Herb was a long-time valued, and progressive member of the Brookfield Fire Department (BFD) and served terms as Secretary, Deputy Chief and Chief and was a long-time secretary of the Colchester Fire Fighters Association (CFFA). Herb was instrumental in introducing the quick-dump valve and tanker water shuttle concept to the Colchester County fire service. He was awarded the Governor General’s Fire Services Exemplary Service medal when it was initiated, for 28 years of service followed by 30- and 40-year bars. He was awarded the Province of Nova Scotia Long Service Medal for 25 years of service adding 35- and 45-year bars before retiring from active service. Herb was very involved in many aspects of the community – Brookfield Men’s Club, Brookfield Baptist Church Fellowship Club, the property committee of Knox United Church, and the Team Center Committee to plan funding and the build of the Don Henderson Sportsplex, where he was a member of the curling club. Herb is survived by his wife of sixty years, Betty (nee Campbell); daughters, Heather (Gregg Loewen) MacFarlane, Farmington, Maine, Sheryl MacFarlane, Quesnel, BC, Gail MacFarlane, Brookfield, and Krista (Blair) Tucker, St. John’s, NL; eleven grandchildren, Matthew, Sarah and Adam Loewen, Eric, Lauren and Liam Matzner, Tessa, Mac and Jake Kierstead, Alex and Marcus, Ethan and Mya Tucker and brother, Terry, Upper Rawdon and his family. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his son-in-law, Jonathan Kierstead. Donations in Herb’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia or the Nova Scotia Fire Fighters Burn Treatment Society. A Firefighters Tribute service was held on Saturday, October 7th at 2:30 pm followed immediately by a Celebration of Life, both in the Brookfield Fire Station with the Rev. Larry Harrison officiating. A reception followed. Family flowers only. Family interment followed the reception. Arrangements are entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences are available at www.Colchester Community.com 

COX, David Robert - Age 87, Bass River, passed away peacefully in East Cumberland Lodge, Pugwash on September 19, 2023, surrounded by his family. Dave was a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather. Dad was very proud of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and always looked forward to family gatherings at King's Rest. "The Cottage" always held a special place in his heart, as it was host to many celebrations and casual get-togethers with family, neighbours and friends. Dad loved to sing. A member of the Truro Barbershoppers in the early years, he continued his love of music through many community and church choirs, especially enjoying his time in the St. James Male Chorus in Truro. Dave was predeceased by his wife, Alice (Ryan); parents, Sidney B and Ethel (Johnstone) Cox; son, Larry; brother, Jim and sister, Geraldine Albertsen. Dave is survived by his children, Bruce (Erma), David (Shawn), and Wendy (Donald); grandchildren, Josh (Crystal), Morgan (Curtis), Allan (Corey), Jenny (Kyle), Alicia (Brandon) and Hillary (Tommy); great-grandchildren, Christiaan and Madison, and many nephews and nieces. The family would like to extend a special thank-you to the staff of Willow Lodge in Tatamagouche and East Cumberland Lodge in Pugwash for the care and empathy shown to our Dad during his stay with them. Donations in Dave's memory may be made to a charity of choice. A service honouring Dave was held on Monday, September 25th at 1pm in Riverside United Church, Bass River. Reception followed in Victoria Hall. A Private family interment will take place at a later date in Robie St. Cemetery, Truro. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com


September 2023 Obituaries

Hatfield, Fred Lenard "Junior" - It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend on July 14, 2023, with family at his side. No longer will you suffer - we love you forever. Born in Truro, Nova Scotia on July 15, 1936, Fred was the son of the late John Leonard "Happy" and Sadie Barbara (MacInnis) Hatfield. He is survived by his devoted wife of 48 years, Freda (Charlton-Johnson) Hatfield; children, Barbara (Glenn) Holmes, John (Sandra) Hatfield, Wayne (Jennifer) Blair, Darren (Kathy) Johnson, Peter (Helene) Johnson, Colleen (Brian) Pinkney and daughter-in-law, Natalie Webster. He is also survived by cherished grandchildren, Lauren, Nicole, Jocelyn, Jason, Adrian, Michael, Amanda, Rebecca, Alex, Sarah, Connor, Kaleb, Melissa, Megan, Erin, Craig, Brett, Erica, Danielle, Sarah, Alex and Max, as well as many great-grandchildren. Fred is also survived by his siblings, Jack (Diane) Hatfield and Betty Hatfield; sister-in-law, Valorie Hatfield, as well as other loving family members, neighbours and friends. Besides his parents, Fred was predeceased by children, Karen and Michael Johnson; siblings, Dorothy, Percy, Albert, Billy, Charlotte and Gerald (in infancy). Fred joined the Royal Canadian Air Force at the age of eighteen where he worked as an Airframe technician at RCAF Cold Lake, Alberta until he was called home at the end of five years to help his Dad in the plumbing business. He became a licensed plumber, initially working with his father and brother, Bill and eventually took over the company. Through his company, Hatfield Plumbing and Heating, Fred served Truro and surrounding areas for over 50 years. In his retirement years, Fred became the go-to "handy-man" for family and neighbours, helping with many projects around the house or cottage. Many a deck and shed stand today after Fred’s skilled work. As Fred’s family, we would like to express a sincere thank you to the staff of Wynn Park Villa for the exceptional care and love given to him during the past 20 months. A gathering to remember Fred’s life was held in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro, N.S. on July 28, 2023, from 11:00am-1:00pm. Private family interment. Online condolences at www.ColchesterCommunity.com. Donations in memory of Fred may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 26, Truro, N.S. or to the Palliative Care Program, Wynn Park Villa, Truro, N.S.

TAYLOR, Ian Curtis, Age 87, Belmont, passed away peacefully on July 14, 2023, in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Truro, he was the son of the late Lewis and Mary (MacLean) Taylor. 

Ian was a gifted mechanic and loved spending time working on old cars. He enjoyed time with his companion, Kenda, especially four-wheeling in their younger years. He worked for forty one years at Stanfield’s Ltd., first as a mechanic and later as manager of the knitting department. He will be sadly missed by family, friends and all those he came to know in his lifetime. Ian is survived by his children, Mary (John) Carrier, Curtis (Bonnie Mont), John (Nancy), Ian Jr., and James; nine grandchildren; six great grandchildren; son-in-law, Gary Conrad; several nieces and nephews; extended family, Michael (Colleen) Richards and Derek Richards. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by daughter, Nancy; sisters, Nora, Helen and Peggy; brothers, Eric and Sonny. Cremation has taken place. No visitation or service. As Ian mentioned when asked by his family what he wished done with his ashes, he responded, "Like two ships sailing the seven seas together, forever, scatter them with my companion, Kenda."

GORDON, Bilby, Robert– Age 83, Bible Hill. It is with great sadness that I share with you, the sudden and unexpected loss of my husband, Robert "Bob" Gordon Bilby of Bible Hill, NS. Born in Truro, NS on August 16, 1939, to Eileen (MacDonald) Cook and Gordon Bilby, Bob grew up on Brunswick Street in Truro and the Hollow. He was a proud East Ender! After a few years in the Canadian Air Force, Bob joined the Truro Police Force in May 1963. He served the community with excellence for thirty-six years. He rose to the rank of Sergeant and mentored many junior officers’ careers. Bob held the respect of the citizens of Truro with his integrity and professional ways he managed the many challenges of police work. When Bob retired in 2000, he then went on to enjoy part time employment with the Canadian Firearms Registry and then the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires in NS and PEI. Bob and I married in September 1980 and our journey of loving continued all these years. We had the pleasure of making homes in Truro, North River, Earltown, Charlottetown, PE, Valley and our present home in Bible Hill. Bob was taken from us too soon, suddenly and unexpectedly, on Saturday, July 15, 2023, at MacPherson Lake, Port Shoreham, Guysborough Co., NS. He is greatly missed. Bob is survived by his wife, LaVonne (Mack) Bilby; sisters, Bernice "Bunny," (the late Harry) Cox of Kingston, ON, Karen Gail Gibbs and husband, Ted of Oakville, ON, M. Anne Bilby and partner, Bruce Bowles of Bible Hill and brother-in-law, Rev. Dr. Wesley Mack and wife, Peggy of Richmond Hill, ON. He was predeceased by his parents, Eileen (MacDonald) Cook and Gordon Bilby; parents-in-law, the Rev Lloyd and Elizabeth "Betty" Mack and sister-in-law, Sharon (Mack) Shellhaas. Special thanks to my angels on earth who assisted me with a tough and tragic situation at MacPherson Lake on July 15th. I am forever grateful. Special thanks to longtime friends Tom and Gary for all your help. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the RC Legion #26 of Truro or the Truro Salvation Army. A visitation was held on Tuesday, July 25th from 1pm until time of service at 2pm, both in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS, Rev. Ken Fillmore officiating. Online condolences at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

SHIPLEY, Darlene Evelyn Ruth – Age 63, Onslow Mountain. It is with saddened hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Darlene Evelyn Ruth Shipley on July 16, 2023, at home. Born in Ontario, she was the daughter of the late Theresa Rosalind Rines. Darlene is survived by her partner, Darrell; son, Joey (Kenda), Brookfield; grandchildren, Tyler (Sabrina), Jalysa (Colton), Brooklyn and Raielee and great grandchildren, Jocelynn, Cambry and Caysen; sister, Brenda Cates; aunt, Shirley Smith as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins and best friend, Wanda Draper. Besides her mother, she was predeceased by stepfather, Harry March, uncle, Tracey and granddaughter, Hannah. Darlene worked at Quality Containers and then for many years at the Truro Superstore. She loved to watch movies. There is no visitation or service by request. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS.

HARDY, Stewart Ernest – Age 79, Hilden, passed away peacefully on July 19, 2023, in the QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax. Stewart was born in New Glasgow to the late Ernest and Molly (Clark) Hardy.

He was a member of Branch #26 of the Royal Canadian Legion, Truro and enjoyed playing golf.

Stewart is survived by his children, Janet (Jasen), Jason (Corine) and Alex "Sandy"; grandchildren, Cameron, Max and Evy; stepchildren, Nancy and Robert; step-grandchildren, Cynara (Lester), Skye and Cameron and step-great-grandson, Cason. Stewart was predeceased by his wife, Linda (Hamilton). Donations may be made to Branch #26 of the Royal Canadian Legion, Truro or CEHHC "We Care About Cancer"  www.cehhcfoundation.ca. There will be no visitation or service by request. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

SEARS, Alfred Lawrence – It is with heavy hearts that the family of Alfred "Sonny" Sears, age 66 of North River, announce his sudden passing on Thursday July 20, 2023, at his home. Born in Shelburne N.S., he was the son of Ruby (Atkinson) Sears, formerly of Shag Harbor and the late Alfred Sears Sr. Besides his family, mining was his passion having worked in several locations throughout Canada. Sonny was in his element hunting and fishing with his sons and friends. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 45 years, Sharon (Griffiths) Sears; sons, Corey Perry (Sarah), Cape Sable Island, Steven Sears (Jennifer MacKinnon) of Barney’s River and Shane Sears at home; brother, Fred Sears, Liverpool; sisters, Gloria Banks and Kathy Porter of Yarmouth and Judy Malone, Shag Harbor; grandchildren, Anna Marie Staples Sears, Pictou, and Jared Staples Sears, Belmont. Alfred was predeceased by his daughter, Sherry Sears and brother, Larry Sears, Shag Harbor. Special thanks to the North River Fire Department, First Responders and neighbors for their compassion and care. Cremation has taken place under the care of Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS where online condolences may be made at www.ColchesterCommunity.com  A private family gathering will be held at a later date.

SIMPSON, Elva S.M. (Loughlin) – Truro. It is with the greatest of sadness that the family of Elva S.M. Simpson announce her passing on Thursday, July 20, 2023, with the same quiet grace and dignity that she lived her life, at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Mom was born in Howley, Newfoundland to the late Clayton C. and Nina (Courtney) Loughlin; she was the middle child of seven children. She is survived by her children, Kathy Simpson-Giles, Great Village; Sean, Truro; Scott (Sarah), Glen Williams, Ontario. One of Mom's greatest joys was the day she added the "grand" to her title of mother. She will be dearly missed by Courtney Giles, Joshua (Nicole) Giles and Caitlin Giles (David Meredith), all of Nova Scotia and Veronica Simpson and Robbie Simpson of Ontario. Becoming a great-grandmother was the icing on the family cake for mom and she loved every moment that she spent with Christine, Michael, Lucas and Jadyn. Also left with fond memories are her siblings, Carl, Roland and Linda as well as sisters-in-law, Florence and Lorraine. Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Donald Owen Simpson; brothers, Ches and Jim; sister, Mabel Pahl; brothers-in-law, Arthur Pahl and Reagh Simpson; sisters-in-law, Mary Rose and Anita Hagen. A celebration of her life was held Wednesday, August 9, 2023, at First United Church, 711 Prince Street, Truro, Reverend Shannon MacLean officiated. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

FISHER, Lorna Margaret - 83, Truro, passed away on Friday, July 21, 2023, in Naples, Florida with family by her side. Lorna was born in Debert and was the daughter of the late Lloyd and Bessie (Archibald) McCully. Lorna was raised in a large, close knit family and like the entire McCully clan, she enjoyed a dry sense of humour. Lorna leaves behind her two children, Deborah and Jeffrey; beloved sons-in-law, Patrick and Juan Carlos; brother, Ralph (Dorinda) McCully; sisters, Elaine (Doug) Hodges, Ardith MacPherson; sister-in-law, Carrie McCully; many nieces and nephews. Along with her parents, Lorna was predeceased by her husband, John; siblings, Kathleen Martin, Vernon McCully, Glenn McCully, Eva Staples, Dorothy Price, Chester McCully, Joe McCully Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where a celebration of Lorna’s life will be held 2 p.m., Friday, September 8, 2023. Not being a fan of funerals herself, Lorna would prefer if we broke with tradition and did not wear somber black. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

RECTOR, Kevin Floyd – Age 67 of Camden, passed away suddenly at home on July 21, 2023, with his companion and longtime friend, Gail by his side. Kevin grew up in Bass River and was the son of the late Doreen (Stewart) and Floyd Rector. He spent much of his career working in lumber yards and retired from Sproule Lumber on January 17, 2021. Kevin’s Saturday visits from nephew, Brian and his dog, Oscar were the highlight of his week. He will be greatly missed by his many close friends and Kathy’s loving family. He is survived by his partner, Gail Taylor of Camden and his son, Wayne (Shanna) of Debert. Kevin also sadly leaves behind his siblings, Judi, Cathy, Donnie and Lori, and his grandchildren, Mackenzie, Morgan, Katelyn, Kyle and Olivia as well as his aunts, Betty (Curtis) and Muriel; his uncle, Duane and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Kevin was predeceased by his cherished wife, Kathy Boggs Rector; siblings, Tony and Doreen, as well as his niece, Sarah. Much appreciation goes to VON and Dr. Rowe for the wonderful care provided. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Kevin may be made to VON Truro. A visitation was held on Saturday, August 12th from 1pm until time of service at 2pm in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Rev. Glenn MacLean officiating. Following the service, the ashes of Kevin and Kathy will be laid to rest in Mahon Cemetery, Great Village. Online condolences are available at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

McLELLAN, Destiny Lee Rayanne – 19, Lower Onslow, passed away suddenly while swimming with family and friends, on Monday, July 24, 2023. Born in New Glasgow, she was a daughter of Jason and Donna (Fisher) McLellan, Lower Onslow. Destiny was affiliated with Faith Baptist Church in Great Village. Along with her parents, Destiny is survived by her sister, Trinity McLellan, Lower Onslow; brother, Christopher McLellan, Lower Onslow; maternal grandparents, Gordon and Myrna (Cooke) Fisher, Bass River; paternal grandfather, Paul McLellan (Fran Carrigan), Truro Heights; several aunts, uncles, cousins and a wide circle of friends and church family. She was predeceased by her paternal grandmother, Joyce (Chester) McLellan. Funeral service was held Saturday, July 29, 2023, at Faith Baptist Church, 38 Station Road, Great Village, Pastor Josh Fillmore officiated. Interment was in Lower Onslow Clarke Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

McCULLY, Phyllis DorothyAge 95, Debert. It is with great sadness that the family of Phyllis McCully announces her passing on July 23, 2023, at the age of 95 years. Phyllis is survived by her only child, Doug and many nieces and nephews. Mum was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was predeceased by her husband, Gordon; parents, Joseph and Jessie Totten; two brothers, Earle and Russell; two sisters, Ethel and Hazel. She was a lifetime member of the United Church of Canada and Ladies Auxiliary of Debert United Church. She worked tirelessly at many suppers and events in the community. Mum’s greatest joy was the famous chowder luncheon held at the Debert Firehall every May for many years. Mum had the most wonderful sense of humour and spoke her mind freely, which made people laugh. There are many people to thank who took care of Mum in the last few years of her life. The home support of the VON and the nursing staff, Jen, Leona, Charlene, and Laura visited Mum every day for the last four and a half years of her life. The VON are all truly angels sent from God. Thank you to the palliative care team, Dr. Smith and nurse, Angela. Last but not least, thank you to Dr. Bruce Philips, who has been Mum’s family physician for over 35 years. Donations in Phyllis’s memory may be made to the Lung Association or Cobequid United Church. A visitation was held on Thursday, July 27th from 1pm until time of service at 2pm, both in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS, Marty Clark-Ettinger, DLM officiating. Online condolences made by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

CLARK, Frances Jean - Age 63, Truro, passed July 24, 2023, in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. No visitation or service. Arrangements entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro, NS. Online condolences available at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

ACTON, Debra May - 72, of Valley, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, July 31, 2023. Debra was born to Beatrice (Hutt) and Carl Nelson in Truro, Nova Scotia. For 50 years, Debbie worked as a hair stylist at Marie’s on Prince Street. Debra is survived by her son, Matthew (Jeremy); sisters, Carol (David) Johnstone, and Janice (Doug) McLeod; and a great many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 45 years, Bernie; her stillborn baby, Celina; her parents, Beatrice and Carl; sister, Thelma (Phil) Lumsden; and brother, Calvin "Bud" Clattenburg. Funeral service  was held Sunday, August 6, 2023, at Faith Baptist Church, 38 Station Road, Great Village, officiated by Pastor Steve Adams. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall-Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

HILL, Shawn Franklin – Age 46, of Brookfield, passed away on July 28, 2023. Born in Truro, he was the son of the late Kenneth Hill and Darlene Johnson. Shawn was very family oriented and loved spending time with his mom and grandmother. He was an outgoing person who enjoyed socializing with friends. Shawn loved all animals, especially the neighborhood cat, which would come to visit him every day.

Shawn is survived by his mother, Darlene Johnson; grandmother, Betty Johnson; sons, Michael and Colby, Truro; sisters, Kimberly (Will) of Alberta, Sonya and Charlaine, both of Truro; brothers, Scott (Angel), Brookfield, Kenny and Andree, Truro; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his father, Kenneth and brother, Matt. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the SPCA. A visitation was Wednesday, August 2nd. Funeral service was held August 3rd. in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro. Online condolences by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

FALKENHAM, Ernest (Ernie) Melvin, (aka "Mr. Intensity" aka "the OG"), 75, of Harmony, NS, passed away on July 29, 2023, surrounded by his family after a courageous (and downright stubborn) battle with cancer. Ernie was born on August 20, 1947, to the late Kimball and Catherine (MacInnis) in Antigonish. He grew up in the beautiful community of Ballantynes Cove and spent his early years living in the Cape George lighthouse where his grandfather was the lighthouse keeper. He spent many summers working on the wharf or on a fishing boat before getting his mechanic license and starting his career. Mr. Intensity met his future wife and love of his life, Therese, in the typical rural manner – under the influence (half cut) at a baby shower. She did her best to keep him on the straight and narrow through 51 years of marriage but even her guardrails weren’t enough to keep him reined in when he got out on two wheels. Together with his two wheeled friends, many road trips were made crisscrossing the Maritimes, occasionally at speed. Arthritis tried to slow him down in his later years, but he still perked up to the sound of a rumbling V-twin or the scream of an inline four whenever he heard one. As much as he loved the sound of a highly revving engine or the playful bark of a dog begging at his feet, it was his grandchildren that made him smile most. He was so proud of the eight grandkids and his eyes lit up every time he heard their voice or saw them come through his door. Ernie is survived by his wife of 51 years, Therese (Deyoung); his daughter, Melanie Toews (Jason); grandchildren, Michael, Jacob, Claire and Andrew; and son, Marcel (Erin) and their children, Sarah, Abigail, Lael and Vivienne. He was predeceased by his sister, Cathy MacGillivray; nephews, Jay Brown and Michael Falkenham. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nova Scotia SPCA or the Colchester East Hants Health Centre Foundation. A Funeral Mass was held on Friday, August 4th at 12:15pm in the Immaculate Conception Church, Truro, with Father Jim O’Connor officiating. Reception followed in Campbell Hall. Online condolences at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

SHIPLEY, Gordon Charles David – of Debert, passed peacefully into heaven with his family by his side on Tuesday, August 1, 2023 at Colchester East Hants Health Centre. Born in Truro, he was a son of the late Edmund and Mary (Ross) Shipley. Gordon is survived by his wife of 60 years, Shirley (Moore) Shipley; as well as his four children, Linda (Allan) Carrier, Gordie (Shelly) Shipley, Sharon (Tim) McLellan, Mary (Blake) Brown; 15 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; Cooper, his fur baby companion; sisters, Ethel Crossman, Annie Goodwin and Rose Proctor. He was predeceased by sisters, Lillian MacKillop and Hilda Stanton; brothers, George Shipley, Elroy Shipley and Charlie Johnson. A Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, August 5, 2023 at Debert Fire Hall, Carter Road, Debert. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall-Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

MacKENZIE (NICHOL), Enid "Nikki" – 96, of Truro passed away on Monday, August 7, 2023 at Colchester East Hants Health Centre. Best known as Nikki, Mom was born in Bewcastle, England to father, George and mother, Isabella Nichol. Nikki is survived by her sons, Donald Kevin MacKenzie, Truro and Alan Robert MacKenzie (Patsy Brown), Lower Debert; grandson, William MacKenzie, Lower Debert. Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Clyde MacKenzie; son, Gary William MacKenzie; brother, William Nichol; and sister, Mabel Thompson. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall-Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro where a Legion Tribute Service was held Monday, August 14, 2023. A graveside service was held on Tuesday, August 15, 2023 in Robie Street Cemetery, Reverend John Parsons officiated. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

Lindsay, Brian - It is with very heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Brian Leo Lindsay, age 68, loving husband to Debbie (MacPhee) Lindsay of Belmont on August 9, 2023, at home. Brian is lovingly remembered as Deb’s Side kick. Brian and Deb started dating when Deb was thirteen and Brian, fifteen. They have stuck together through thick and thin, the good times and especially the bad, but always came out the other side together and stronger. Brian was a Wood’s man by trade, but a Jack-of-all-trades at home and their camp. He really enjoyed his weekends and friends at the camp, but one of Brian’s most prized treasures was his fur daughter, Missy. Brian’s favourite words to hear were, "Grump" or "Bump" because he knew that his grandsons were there. His precious treasures in life were his three grandsons, Landen, Kolby and Josh Lindsay. Brian had two sons, David (Yolanda) Lindsay and Donnie Lindsay, who sadly passed away on April 9, 2022. Brian’s brothers are Ricky Lindsay, Larry Lindsay, Michael Lindsay and sister, Donna Lindsay. His aunt by marriage and sister by heart, Sherry (Rushton) Lindsay. Brian was predeceased by his loving parents, Leo and Shirley (Roode) Lindsay; his sisters, Pauline Roode and Shirley Lindsay and brother, Randy Lindsay; also his in-laws, Donald and Shirley (Shearer) MacPhee; brother-in-law, Tony Beaton and sister-in-law, Shirley MacPhee. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to an animal shelter of choice. A private family celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Marshall, Justin Ryan – Age 38, Earltown. It is with broken hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our much-loved son, Justin Ryan Marshall, on August 10, 2023, at home in Earltown, NS, at 38 years of age. Born in Truro on February 11,1985, he was the son of Valerie (Brown) and Craig Marshall of Earltown, NS. Justin grew up in Earltown and attended school in nearby Tatamagouche. After graduating, he took a course in Travel and Tourism at Success Business College. For the past fifteen years, Justin was employed at the Comfort Inn in Truro, a place where he formed many friendships and where he will be missed by all who knew him. Justin was a loving son; he was known for his great sense of humour, his keen interest in cars and his love for his dog, Lola. He will be forever missed by his family, friends, and Lola. Justin leaves behind his father, Craig, and his mother, Valerie, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Justin was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Walter and Reta Brown, and his paternal grandparents, Vernon and Tina Marshall. The family would also like to express their gratitude for the assistance shown to them by those who were first to respond - Ambulance, Fire, and Police. Thank you for your kindness and care. Donations in Justin’s memory may be made to a charity of choice.

A private family service will take place at a later date.

EAGLES, Clayton M. 'Claytie' - Age 62, of Five Islands, Colchester County passed away Friday, August 11, 2023 at the Colchester-East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Truro, he was the son of the late Clayton and Marie (Power) Eagles. He is survived by sisters, Christine Nicoll (Kevin), Halifax; Gina Eagles (Clinton), Lower Five Islands; a niece, Katherine; nephews, William and Christopher; several aunts, uncles and cousins. Claytie worked for CCRCE School Board for many years and was an active volunteer in the community with Big Brothers, Cliffs of Fundy Geopark and was a former Colchester County Councilor. Visitation was held Tuesday, August 15, 2023 at Smith's Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Funeral was held August 16, 2023 at Peniel United Church, Five Islands, Marty Clark-Ettinger, DLM officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, your local SPCA or to a charity of choice. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

Soyer, Margaret Jennifer Betty Ann (Turney) of Central North River, NS, passed away on Tuesday, August 15, 2023 at home. Margaret will join other family who have passed away and are now at peace, her husband, John; son, Jonathan "Jimmy", her parents, Thomas and Edna (Beecham) Turney; sister, Beryl. She was also predeceased by her husband, John’s parents, Edward and Dorothy Soyer and John’s brother, Charles. She loved and spoiled her pets, offering home cooked meals, holiday dinners and several treats. Her last dog, Kane, passed in May 2023, giving her some comfort after losing her husband (March 2023) and son (December 2021). She really enjoyed her time contributing to the economy, whether it was ordering through the catalogues of Eaton’s and Sears or in person at their stores. Other shops that were her favourites, Margolians, Mark’s, Head Experts and Truro Atlantic Superstore. A special thanks to all who were so kind and created an enjoyable time for her trips out. Additionally, the family would like to thank the neighbours who were so helpful, so Margaret could enjoy her life at home.

Margaret is survived by her daughter, Annette Soyer; grandson, Shawn White; granddaughter, Robin (Mikel) and great granddaughters, Olivia and Abigail Derksen. She is survived by several siblings, Mervyn, Jeanette, Yvonne, David, Christine, Rowland, along with their partners, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She certainly was one of a kind and liked things to be done, "her way". Even in the end, she had her wish...was home and had peace.

CULGIN, Randall "Randy" Floyd - Age 60, Belmont passed away peacefully on August 21, 2023, in the VG Hospital surrounded by his family. Randy was born in Belmont on April 12, 1963, to Reginald and Dorothy (Roode) Culgin. He grew up and happily remained in Belmont his whole life. He was a respected community member who was known for his humble acts of kindness, never one to want the limelight.

He started to work with his father at the age of seventeen and eventually took over Culgin Construction Ltd., now in its 51st year. Randy ran the business with integrity and honesty, helping others when he could. A dedicated father and loving husband who valued his family over everything else. He enjoyed snowmobiling, spending time with his camping friends and weekends at the camp. He loved nothing more than long road trips in his Dutchstar diesel pusher with Stacey. He is survived by his wife, Stacey (McCully); daughter, Emma; son, Isaac (Bria Harper); parents, Reg and Dorothy; sisters, Joanne Culgin (late Dusty Lindsay), Belinda Culgin (Michael Pickett); his favorite niece, Laura McCully, five nephews and brother-in-law, Shayne McCully. Donations in Randy’s memory may be made to The Lodge That Gives (Halifax) or the Belmont Cemetery. A visitation was held on Friday, Aug 25th at 1:00pm until time of funeral service at 2:00pm, both in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Rev. Glenn MacLean officiating. Private family interment will follow. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com


August 2023 Obituaries

TYNES, Heather Ann – Age 65, Truro. It is with incredible sadness that the Tynes family announces the death of their beloved family member, Heather Tynes on June 21, 2023. She was born in Truro on May 22, 1958. Heather was predeceased by her mother, Marie Tynes (Mentis); her father, Ronald Tynes and her sister, Frances Tynes. She is survived by her beloved son, Chayo Tynes (Toronto); sisters, Brenda Mentis (Truro), Joanne Reddick (Mulgrave), Laura Tynes (Montreal), Misty Moore (Dartmouth), Emma Neeves, (London), and Ronda Jones (Toronto); her brothers, Gregory Tynes (Truro), Brad Tynes, (Montreal) and Raymond Tynes (Truro).  She is also survived by her many loved and cared for nieces and nephews. Heather was a steward with CUPE Local No 4400 as well as a faithful Lions Club member in Toronto.  She was a long time Early Childhood Educational Assistant for children with special needs with the Toronto District School Board. Heather was adored by all the students and children who passed through her classes and who enjoyed her academic and emotional support in the classroom.  She was well respected and loved by all whom she encountered in her positions with the schools. Heather was also extremely passionate about genealogy and spent many years researching and collecting every branch on the family tree. The family would like to thank Dr. Smith and her team, as well as the VON that cared for Heather. A special thank you to the palliative care team of Colchester East Hants Health Centre with extra recognition to Dr. Henderson, Brittany, Janet and Keisha. The above and beyond support from Brenda, Misty, Kimmie, Marie, Sherlon and Vanessa is greatly appreciated by the family. Thank you to Terry for driving "Miss Daisy" everywhere. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate that donations be made to the Zion United Baptist Church and CEHHC "We Care About Cancer".  A visitation was held June 29th with a funeral service on Friday, June 30th in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro, NS. Rev. Dr. Frank Guinta officiating the service.

HARRISON, John R. – Former Blandford (Nova Scotia) resident, John Harrison, at the age of 83, passed away on Sunday, June 25, 2023 at the South Cumberland Community Care Centre, Parrsboro following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer Disease. He will be sadly missed by his wife, Diane (Milton); his children: daughter, Kelly (Cameron); son, Terry; granddaughter, Kristina; several great-grandchildren; brother, Mitchell (Diana); numerous friends and family members. He was predeceased by his parents, Raymond and Mildred 'Bunny' (Carter) Harrison; brother, F/O Paul Harrison; sister, Caralee Collins. John taught school for several years in Nova Scotia before taking his young family on the journey of their lives to Aklavik, NT., then on to Pine Point, NT. where the family remained until the children graduated from high school.Other interests included travelling, fishing, golf, and social gatherings, especially during the Christmas season when the entire family were together. A 'Celebration of Life' for John was held July 22, 2023 at the Harrison Cottage (230 Cottage Road) in Diligent River. Memorial donations in John's memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia or to a charity of choice. The family would like to thank the staff of South Cumberland Community Care Centre in Parrsboro for their care of John during his stay there.

BRENTON, Susan "Sue" Iris – 86, Bible Hill passed away on Monday, June 26, 2023 at Colchester East Hants Health Centre. Born in Old Harry, Magdalen Islands, she was a daughter of the late Russell and Erma (Johnson) Dunn. Sue is survived by her sons, Jay (Becky), Crowes Mills and Paul (Janelle), Valley; granddaughters, Erica (Thomas), Lower Sackville and Laura (Tudor), Toronto, Ontario; sister, Frances, Bible Hill; brothers-in-law, Colin and Ralph, both of Truro; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Kent; sisters, Vera and Kathleen; brother-in-law, Charles, Wilf, Jack and Ken; sisters-in-law, Hazel, Shirley and Marion. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where the family received friends Thursday, July 6, 2023. If so desired, donations to Truro Curling Club or Golden Age Bowling are welcomed. A private family burial will be held in Middle Stewiacke Cemetery at a later date. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

HENNIGAR, Lois "Loie" Carolyn - Age 74, Upper Onslow, formerly of Maitland, passed away peacefully at home on June 27, 2023, surrounded by loved ones. Lois was born July 25, 1948, to the late Don and Catherine (Dunn) King and raised in Maitland. The simplest pleasures in life brought great joy to Mom. She loved a game of Yahtzee with friends and a glass of wine in hand. Mom found beauty in the spring flowers, enjoyed a good book, for many years Dad and Sean would grow beautiful gardens and we would all reap the rewards, from Mom’s beautifully home cooked meals to all the pickling and canning that she did. She loved holidays, Christmas, Hallowe’en, St. Paddy’s Day and usually had decorations up to celebrate, with earrings to match. Mom and Dad loved a good old-time dance on Friday and Saturday nights and went to many country music concerts over the years - Mom’s favorite being Johnny Cash. Her pleasant personality was contagious to everyone she met, and she truly enjoyed working with the public and meeting new people at the Post Office in Maitland for 35 years.  Lois is survived by her daughter, Tammi (Matt); granddaughter, Grace; sister, Bonnie; sisters-in-law, Linda, Adrienne, Corina and Sandra; brothers-in-law, Randall, Roger, Warren, Melvin and Trent and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Besides her parents, Lois was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Gary, just four short months ago; her only son, Sean; sister, Wanda; brothers, Kenny, Ray, Theodore; brothers-in-law, David and Kenny and sister-in-law, Cindy. She will be remembered for all the heart she shared with her friends and family. She truly loved each of them - and if you knew her, you knew it. When her time came, she carried herself with dignity, strength, and full of love for those who went before her. A heartfelt thank you to Reverend Natalie for the love and compassion she has shown to our family, it will never be forgotten. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the VON homecare for all of their kind and loving care, Dr. Lorraine Pelley for all of her care over the years, Dr. Rebecca Haworth for going above and beyond, by always keeping in touch and answering my many questions and for her support. Special thanks to Mom’s sister, Bonnie for being there every step of the way and to all family and friends who have reached out during this difficult time. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Lung Association or the charity of your choice. Family and friends attended a graveside service on June 30th in the Holy Trinity Anglican Cemetery, Maitland, with Rev. Natalie Buchanan Rutherford officiating. All are welcome to attend a farewell gathering in the Maitland Fire Hall following the service. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

WRIGHT, Irene Glennie – Age 90, Truro, passed away peacefully at home on June 28, 2023. Irene graduated from CCA in 1951, where she enjoyed playing basketball, badminton, and tennis. She later graduated from the VG School of Nursing in 1954 where she made many lifelong friends. Irene was a labour and delivery nurse in Truro for 30 years and then was the school nurse at NSAC for two years before doing private nursing. She loved nursing and all her patients. She was a lifelong member of the First United Church - Truro and was in Unit N of the UCW. She collected for both the Canadian Cancer Society and the Heart and Stroke Foundation in her younger years. Irene enjoyed many happy times with her friends and family at the cottage in Brule. It was truly her happy place. She loved looking out at the ocean and at the beautiful sunsets and until recent years, loved swimming, no matter how cold the water was. Irene also enjoyed baking, playing bridge, cards and travelling. She was predeceased by her parents, W. Glennie and Jessie (Lawson) Hamilton; husband, LeRoy Wright and sister, Margaret Hamilton Howe. She is survived by her sisters, Kathryn Smith (Terry), Thunder Bay, Anne Hamilton, Montreal; children, Shelly Wright (Alan Moser), Bible Hill, Bruce Wright, Truro, Diane Wright Coolen (David Coolen), Halifax; grandchildren, Alex Johnson (Jessica), Ian Johnson (Alexandra), Blake McInnis (Sharan), and Andrew McInnis (Lyndsay); great grandchildren, Nash, Thane, Glenn and after 30 years of grandsons, she was thrilled last year to welcome her first great granddaughter, Lyza; many nieces, nephews and Byers’ cousins. Special thanks to Geline Byers, who has been a blessing to us all during these difficult times; dear friends, Beth Smith and Jean Ann Athanasiou and caregiver and friend, Verna Smith. Special thanks to Dr. S. Singh for his care and compassion. Donations may be made to CNIB or Steps On Arthur. A visitation was July 9th with a funeral service on July 10th in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro, NS. Leland MacLean officiating. Reception followed. Private family interment. Condolences at www.ColchesterCommunity.com  

MacDONALD, Basil "Bud" Melvin – Age 93, Truro. It is with saddened hearts we announce the peaceful passing of Basil "Bud" M. MacDonald on June 28, 2023, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Bud was born in Wentworth to the late Hugh and Annie (McNutt) MacDonald. He is survived by his daughter, Shelly MacDonald; grandson, Gaven MacDonald and daughter-in-law, Rhonda Wallace-MacDonald. Besides his parents, Bud was predeceased by his first wife, Joan (Langille); his second wife, Myrna (Davis); sons, John, Gary and Bruce and brother, John MacDonald. Bud joined the Canadian Air Force when he was eighteen years old as an aircraft mechanic and after five years, changed to a flight engineer. His job was to help the pilots fly large airplanes which had a lot of mechanical systems. Their task was to search for submarines by flying over water for many hours at a time. He achieved the rank of Master Warrant Officer and truly enjoyed the military life making many good, lifelong friends. He was a member of the Military Flight Engineers Association, a lifetime member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #26 – Truro, the Royal Canadian Air Force Association as well as an adherent of Trinity United Church in Upper Onslow. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bud’s memory may be made to the SPCA, Truro Legion #26 or charity of choice. A visitation was July 6th from 6-8pm with a Legion Tribute at 6pm in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. A private graveside service will be held at a later date in Wentworth United Church Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

LeBLANC (Sievert), Zina Zoe - Age 58, of South Branch, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 30, 2023, at home. Mom grew up in Dartmouth, where she cherished the simple things in life, such as listening to music, watching her favorite soap operas, and knitting. She also enjoyed engaging in various crafts and knitting which she often sold at local markets. As a devoted stay-at-home mom, she took great joy in supporting her children, attending all their sports games and extracurricular activities when they were young. Mom had a remarkable spirit of generosity, always opening her doors to those in need of a helping hand or a temporary place to stay, be they family or friends. No matter the situation, she always found a way to make space for them or help in any way she could. One of Mom's other passions was discovering hidden gems and overlooked items that she could breathe new life into and resell. She often utilized Facebook Marketplace to showcase their hidden potential. Mom was predeceased by her parents, Julius, and Lillian Sievert, as well as her siblings, Paul Sievert, Julie Cross, Helena (Snookie) Ogaick, and Carol Jones. She leaves behind cherished memories as a loving mother, grandmother, and wife. Surviving her are her husband of 27 years, Alvin LeBlanc; her children, Shelby Sievert, Steven Sievert (Skye Jensen), Jordon LeBlanc (Jess Potter), and Cody LeBlanc, and her beloved grandchildren, Jesse, Aiden, and Dawson. She is also survived by her sister, Joan Graves (Bob). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Lung Association, or a charity of your choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. A private celebration of Zina Zoe LeBlanc's life will be held at a later date to honour her memory.

LYNDS, John "Stewart", 91 of North River – The family are saddened to announce his passing on July 2, 2023. Stewart was born in North River to the late John "Rankin" and Prudence (nee Sharpe) Lynds. Besides his parents, Stewart was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Lola (nee Cummings); brothers, Warren Lynds and Soley Lynds; sisters, Georgia Frizzell and Marjorie Gogan. Left to miss him are daughter, Cindy (Todd) Handren; sons, John Lynds and Marcel (Lynn) Lynds; grandchildren, Quinn (Angela), Drew (Lauren), Trevor (Lindsey), Jeremy (Bailey), Taylor, Kelsey, Meghan (Brandon); great grandchildren, Aidan, Molly, Nora, Elodia, Jaxon and Luke; brother, Eric (Anna) Lynds, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. At age 23, Dad and his young bride moved to Florida where he worked for his great uncle. Family illness called them back to Nova Scotia, however, part of their hearts remained in Florida. He then started his lifelong sales career with Heinz Food Company as well as building and operating Lynds Grocery (The Store) in North River with Mum. Dad soon found his niche with Prudential Insurance of America starting as sales agent then branch manager, district manager and inspector. He received many awards and trips in recognition of his achievements. Dad and Mum also owned and operated JN Campbell Insurance Agency for a number of years. Dad came out of retirement to revisit sales, working part-time for a couple of years. He used to say, "Old salesmen never die, they just ‘SALE’ away." Dad was involved with community ranging from Scout Leader, sitting and chairing various committees and boards, volunteering for a couple of service clubs, serving as deacon at Aenon Baptist Church, working tirelessly for elections at community, provincial and federal levels. He acted as president of the Local Chapter of the Liberal Association. He formed a few action groups in the community, including Canada’s first Concerned Citizen group. Dad enjoyed spending time outdoors gardening, fishing, camping, road trips and dogs. Dad loved dogs and dogs loved him! Best of all for Dad, was spending time with his cherished grandchildren. Many hours were spent cooking up projects with Grampie. Donations in Stewart’s memory may be made to Aenon Baptist Cemetery Fund. A visitation was held July 12th from 1pm until time of funeral service at 2pm in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS, Pastor Steve Adams and Pastor Josh Fillmore officiating. A reception followed the interment in the North River Fire Hall.

MORRIS, Pauline B. – Age 84, was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She passed peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Tuesday, July 4, 2023 at the South Cumberland Community Care Center, Parrsboro. Pauline raised her 3 daughters as a military wife, based in Germany, Petawawa, Calgary, and Oromocto before returning to her beloved hometown of Parrsboro in the late seventies. She worked in the service industry, with the Parrsboro Telecoms Company, and finally with Oxford Frozen Foods before her retirement.  Pauline was an active community member, including previous involvement with the Fundy Auto Club, the Lionesses, the Legion, and the Anglican Church.  She was an avid knitter, who for many years thoughtfully donated her creations to infants at the IWK. Among family her "Nanny Mitts" were legendary. Pauline had a warm heart and a feisty personality. She could always be counted on to give big hugs and make sassy remarks that endeared her to family, friends, and members of the community. Pauline will be deeply missed by those who knew her and had the privilege of experiencing her love and humour. Pauline is predeceased by parents, Madeline "Maudie" and George Kay, daughter Janet Hiltz, and siblings Bill, Maryann, Rebecca, and Roderick "Pete." She is survived by her long-time partner John Dunbar; siblings Frances "Betty" Jeffers and Merton "Nuke" Kay; daughters Linda Morris (David) and Michele Morris (Thearon); grandchildren Candice (Sean), Cassandra (Noël), Colton, Michael (Alissa), Dylan (Emma), Madeline "Maddie" (David), Emma (Devon), Samuel; great-grandchildren Lucy, Polly, DJ, Asher, and Fox; as well as many nieces, nephews, and extended family members. Funeral service was held July 8, 2023 at Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro, Rev. Lorraine Street officiating. Burial in the church cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia or to a charity of choice. The family would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to the staff at the South Cumberland Community Care Center for the excellent care and exceptional kindness shown to Pauline in her final months.

WITHROW, Bonnie Lynne - 70, Bible Hill.  It is with deep sorrow, we announce the peaceful passing of Bonnie on July 5, 2023 in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro.  Bonnie was born December 1, 1952 in Truro to C. Leighton and Mary (Wilson) Stoddart.  After graduating from Cobequid Educational Center in 1972, she went to study at Lucien’s Beauty School in Truro.  In 1973, Bonnie married the love of her life, recently celebrating 50 years of marriage, Randy Withrow.  Bonnie and Randy have three children, Jason, Cory and Kristi. She was a wonderful wife, mother and nanny.  Bonnie stayed home and raised her children when her children were small.  In later years she worked as a Pharmacy Technician in Summerside, PEI; Lower Sackville, NS and Fredericton, NB. Bonnie enjoyed walks-especially beach walks at her "happy place" Sebim beach, swimming, meeting new people and crossword puzzles.  Most of all she enjoyed spending time with family and friends, whom meant everything to her.  Her positive and strong spirit was influential and seen by many. Bonnie was predeceased by her father, Leighton Stoddart and nephew, Scott Withrow.  She is survived by her mother Mary Stoddart, her beloved husband, Randy Withrow; sons, Jason (Kim) Withrow, Bedford, NS, Cory (Julie) Withrow, Hammonds Plains, NS; daughter, Kristi Withrow, Bible Hill, NS.  Bonnie took great pride in being a Nanny to her three grandchildren, Erika, Tyler and Ryan, as well as Nova (boxer puppy); brother, Kendall Stoddart, Masstown, NS; sister, Patricia Core, Carnegie, PA; numerious nieces and nephews, brother and sister-in-laws. We would like to thank the Palliative Care Team at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro, NS, for there exceptional care.  Visitation was held July 8 from 2 - 4 p.m. in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro.  A celebration of Bonnie’s life was held July 11 in the John Calvin Christian Reformed Church, 169 Glenwood Drive, Truro.  Pastor Paul Vanderkooy officiating. Donations in memory may be made to Breast Cancer Society of Canada or a charity of your choice. Condolences to the family may be made by visiting: www.ColchesterCommunity.com

ELLIS, Brenda Lynn - On July 6, 2023, we lost one of the strongest women we know. She was a loving mother, sister, aunt, nanny and a very dear friend. Mom was born in Truro and had the pleasure of growing up training and racing horses. She had the biggest heart when it came to taking care of all her fur babies. Her biggest worry was making sure all her babies and fur babies were fed before she was. That was just the selfless woman she was. She made sure everyone in her life came before she did with no complaints. Her laugh was so contagious you couldn’t help but smile every time you heard it. Mom had many dear friends with whom she reconnected through the years and more recent ones that she made while working this past year, they will always hold a special place in her heart. Mom will forever be remembered for being the most thoughtful, most outspoken, caring person that she was, for always going overboard on holidays and birthdays, making sure everyone around her felt love on their special days, for always making every special occasion a one to remember, for her love of pasta and pizza and the way she always made sure everyone had more than enough. Mom loved her children and her partner, Russell, whom she spent the last 30 years by each other’s side, more than anything. 

Mom’s wishes were to not have a funeral, instead we will be holding a private celebration in honour of her life. 

COX, Colin Robert - It is with deep sadness and great love for our youngest brother that we, Colin's siblings, announce his passing on July 7, 2023, at his home in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Colin was born on February 14, 1970, in Truro on his Mother's 42nd birthday. Colin was twelve to twenty years younger than his four siblings. That age difference made our bond with Colin very unique and special. It was like we were siblings privileged to be in a mentoring role through the years. Colin was predeceased by his father, Foster Cox on March 4, 2002, and by his mother, Colleen Cox (Coyle) on Apr13, 2020. Also predeceased by his niece, Margaret "Maggie" Colleen Elizabeth Cox at the tender age of four in 1994; his paternal grandparents, Marie Cox (Terrio) and Wilfred Cox; maternal grandparents, Esther Marie Taggart (Coyle, Sandell) and Henry Coyle as well as step grandfather, Pat Taggart; uncle, Gerald Coyle (Dorothy); aunt, Natalie Morrison (Roy) and first cousin, Eric Morrison. Colin is survived by his four siblings, Peter (Gail), Trudy, Michael and Paul; niece, Emily Parliament (Ian) and their three children, Lily, Sam and Nora; nephew, Jesse Cox; step nephew, David Gardiner (Carlee) and their three children, Emilia, Bridget and Callaghan; maternal uncle, Richard Coyle (Jean); paternal uncle, Roy Morrison and eight first cousins, Jim, Debbie, Glen, Ann Marie, Ricky, Steven, Jacqueline and Brian. After completing his grade twelve in Truro, Colin attended Acadia University and upon completing his Business Degree, he was off to the big city of Toronto to work with Fidelity Investments for about twelve years. Following this, due to his great love of fitness and gym activities, Colin began a new venture in Toronto working for L.A. Fitness over several years in various managerial roles. Then came the big move to Fort McMurray almost ten years ago. Initially, Colin worked in sales at a large car dealership in Fort Mac for a few years. Then, following his desire to be a massage therapist, he completed a two-year intensive program. At first, Colin practiced as an RMT in an established business in Fort Mac. The COVID-19 upheaval delayed Colin's plans to establish his own business but for the last couple years, he successfully operated his own Massage Therapy Clinic, "To The Core Massage Therapy" in Fort Mac. Colin greatly enjoyed his work and his effectiveness as a Therapeutic Massage Therapist is strikingly evident when one reads the tributes and positive reviews on his business website. We will miss our brother greatly, but we have special memories that we will cherish of his courage, tenacity, fun loving nature and caring disposition which will inspire us as we move forward on our respective life journeys. Should you so wish, donations in Colin's memory may be made to Maggie’s Place in Truro or the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). Maggie’s Place is a Resource Centre for Families, with sites in several communities in N.S. Maggie’s Place was named after our niece, Maggie, a very special child who touched so many people. Cremation has taken place. To honour Colin's wishes, we will be having a private graveside service for family members.

HARRIS (Burke), Lori Lee – Age 57, Truro. It is with profound sadness and grief, the family and friends of Lori Lee Burke-Harris announce her passing at home surrounded by family on July 7, 2023, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer at the age of 57. Words cannot express our tremendous sense of loss of this beautiful, one-of-a-kind lady. And while we are all left with a huge void in our lives, her memory will forever fill our hearts. Lori was predeceased by her mother, Veronica Burke. She is survived by her father, Thomas Burke, Bible Hill; brother, Randy (Marla; daughter, Kaydence), Greenfield; daughter, Alexandra Harris (Tanner; grandchildren, Wyatt, Addison, and Weston), Onslow; son, Jordan Harris, Bible Hill; partner, Darrin Deyarmond; stepchildren, Chelsea Deyarmond (Chris) and Brendan Deyarmond (Elena; step grandchild, Luca), all of Truro. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Online condolences are available at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

HARRISON, Dorothy M. - of Halfway River passed away peacefully on Friday, July 7, 2023 at the age of 89. She was the daughter of the late James R. and Edna (Lepper) Brown, and was the last remaining member of her immediate family. Dorothy was predeceased by her husband, Charles Edgar Harrison, great grand-daughter Jessica Faith Harrison, her second family, Leona and Robert Harroun, and sisters, Emily, Margaret, and Grace, and brothers, Leonard, Laurie, Curtis, Lemert, and Millard. She is survived by her three sons, Raymond (Cheryl), Roderick (Shelley), and Peter (Gisella). She is also survived by her second family; her nephew, Millard (Jean), and niece, Carolyn (Fred), as well as daughter-in-law, Shirley Hurley. Dorothy loved and cherished her grandchildren, Troy (Autumn), Crystal (Matthew), Paige (Tim), Justin (Kourtney), Jonah (Lacey), Jasmine, Ben (Emma), Katharine (Tom), and Thomas. She was a great-grandmother to 14; Chrysti, Alex, Jackson, Katie, Taylor, Connor, Dakota, Aiden, Ethan, Liam, Riley, Leona, Irelynn, and Audrey. She was a great-great grandmother to 7: Jordyn, Riley, Avery, Brooks, Clay, Everett, and Bennett, and had many special nephews and nieces. She was a member of the United Baptist church for 70 years. She was known for her love of her good friends, card games, and bingo, and so enjoyed playing cards at the Diligent River Hall. Dorothy was so very proud and protective of all of her family members. She cared for them and kept up on all of their news and accomplishments. She remembered birthdays and anniversaries and was the keeper of family history and knowledge. She was brave, funny, and the strongest woman any of us will ever know. In keeping with Dorothy's wishes, a 'Celebration of her Life' gathering was held July 16, 2023 at the Parrsboro Fire Hall, with a 'Service of Remembrance' beginning at 2:30 pm. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

FRASER, Ian McKay, BSc, MSc, MBA Truro, died peacefully on July 8, 2023, shortly after his 85th birthday in the Palliative Care Unit of the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro, NS. Born in New Glasgow, NS on June 27, 1938, to the late William and Kathleen (MacKay) Fraser, Ian lived most of his life in Nova Scotia. He grew up in Salem, Pictou County on the family farm, where he enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing, yet excelled in school. Following graduation from New Glasgow High School, he headed off in 1956 with his good friend, Ron Stuart, to Halifax to begin his university studies and made many lifelong friends while living at Pine Hill. He was a graduate of Dalhousie University (twice) and University of Maine at Orono. Ian began his professional academic career in 1960 teaching math and physics at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. Ian was a loving husband for 57 years to Carol (Wood) of Durham, NS and a father of two sons. He, along with Jack Tilsley, co-built their side-by-side homes through a Co-op program in North River in 1963. In 1974, he bought a cottage on the Brule Shore, which would become his favourite place to be for the remainder of his life. Upon truly retiring, he and Alan Stewart completely renovated the cottage beginning in 2008, such that it survived Hurricane Fiona when many other neighbors were not so fortunate. He enjoyed hiking and canoeing, walking his woodlot and took up watercolor painting at age 70. He very much enjoyed spending time with his beautiful granddaughters of whom he was very proud, as well as visiting with his grand dogs. In 2017, he along with his sons made the pilgrimage to Scotland and their ancestral home in Kiltarlity near Loch Ness before touring the country and learning more about their clan heritage. Ian is survived by his sons, Ronald (Megan Connors), Truro and Mark (Fiona Byrne-Fraser), Ottawa; granddaughters, Emily and Naomi Fraser; his sister, Marjorie (Gordon) Wood, Halifax; as well as brothers-in-law, Clifton (Norma) Wood and Wayne (Thelma) Wood, in addition to nieces and nephews. As well, he is survived by his best friend, Wendy MacKay. Ian was predeceased by his parents, along with his wife, Carol (in 2018) and a nephew, Bert Wood. We thank the staff of Parkland for their excellent care over the past eighteen months. Thanks, and gratitude to family physicians, Drs. Ellis and Grandy, as well as the superb CEHHC palliative care team for the past few weeks. Special thanks go to Joanne Forbes, who over the past twelve years cared for first Carol and then Ian, both of whom suffered from Parkinson’s Disease. Her dedicated care has been invaluable and tremendously appreciated, particularly during the recent pandemic. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Society of Canada (Atlantic Chapter) or First United Church. A visitation was held July 13th with a funeral service on Friday, July 14th in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro, NS. A private interment will occur at a later date. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

STEVENS, Garnet Alexander – Age 22, Truro. It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of our beloved son, brother, and grandson, Garnet Alexander Stevens on July 12, 2023. Garnet is survived by his father, Andrew Stevens (Gail Jollimore); mother, Necole Cox; sister, Kassandra Stevens (Brandon Little); grandmother, Diane Stevens; grandparents, Bonnie and Lorne Cox; as well as, aunt, Laura Lee Stewart (Shawn Stewart); cousin, Rowan Stewart; uncle, Noel Cox; and step-family. Garnet was an avid gamer, enjoyed fishing and camping, riding dirt bikes, and enjoyed spending time with his cat, Lilly. Although Garnet was taken too soon, he will forever be on our minds and in our hearts. Donations in Garnet’s memory may be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association or CEHHC "We Care About Cancer." A visitation was held July 18th from 6-8pm, with a funeral service on Wednesday, July 19th in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro, NS. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

MORRISEY, Lori Jean - It is with broken hearts we say goodbye to our special angel, Lori Jean, age 61, of Truro. Lori left us on Saturday, July 15, 2023, at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro, with her family by her side.  She was the daughter of the late Pearl Edwina Morrisey. She is survived by her siblings, Blanche Priest, Pearl (Charles) Priest, Charles, Kenny (Valerie), Phyllis, Donna (Clint) Jamieson, Karl, Kathy (Harvey) Veniott, as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Along with her mother, she was predeceased by her sister, Shirley Roode; brother-in-law, Eldon Priest. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where the funeral service was held Wednesday, July 19, 2023, Pastor Ches MacKenzie officiated. Private interment in Belmont Cemetery. If so desired, donations in Lori’s memory to Nova Scotia Special Olympics, Wynn Park Villa Recreation or charity of choice are welcomed. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

LINDSAY, Linda Lou – 74, Crowes Mills. It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Linda Lou Lindsay, on Sunday, July 16, 2023, at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro, surrounded by her family. Linda was born and raised in Bible Hill and was the daughter of Hilda (Otterson) Reid and the late Elvin Lewis Reid. She grew up with a household of sisters who shared many fond memories together. She then moved on to live a quiet life in Crowes Mills with her partner and always had a loyal dog by her side. Along with her mother, she is survived by her loving partner, Walter Tingley; children, Kim Lindsay and John (Debbie) Lindsay; grandchildren, Clarissa (Brandon) Millen, Evan Lindsay; great grandchildren, Lila Millen, Lennox Millen, Lochlan Millen; sisters, Shirley Armsworthy, Reta Pynn, Susie Reid, Nancy (Brian) Pratt; brother-in-law, Bobby Buchanan; many nieces and nephews; her faithful dog, Jersey. Along with her father, she was predeceased by her husband, George Lindsay; son, George "Dusty" Lindsay; sister, Judy Buchanan; brothers-in-law, Ivan Armsworthy, Manny Pynn. Honoring Linda’s wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral service. If so desired, donations in Linda’s memory to Colchester SPCA are welcomed. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com 


July 2023 Obituaries

JOHNSON, Juanita Bernadette – Age 83, Truro, passed away peacefully on December 12, 2022, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Summerside, PEI, she was the only daughter of the late Chester Ralph and Laura Florence (Saunders) Johnson. Juanita moved to Truro at a young age, receiving her early education at the former Alice Street School and later graduating from the Colchester County Academy, Truro. She graduated from the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow as a Registered Nurse in 1961. Juanita spent the majority of her nursing career in the Colchester Regional Hospital, retiring in 1994. She enjoyed travelling with friends and family and she particularly loved taking cruises. She also had much love and enjoyment for her niece and nephew, as well as her great niece and great nephews. She is survived by her brother, Dr. Harold Johnson (Mary-Jean) of Moncton, NB; nephew, Christopher (Julie), Dartmouth; niece, Gillian (partner, Clyde) and son, Benny, Moncton; great niece, Emily and great nephew, Ethan, Dartmouth as well as her companion, Roy Grant. In lieu of flowers, donations in Juanita’s memory may be made to the Colchester East Hants Health Centre Foundation or charity of choice. A visitation was held on Friday, June 16th from 1pm until time of service at 2pm, both in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS, with Father Jim O’Connor officiating. Reception to follow. Interment will follow the reception in the Bible Hill Cemetery, Bible Hill, NS. Online condolences available at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

BAIRD, Tracie Anne, Age 50, Green Oaks, formerly of Lower Onslow, passed away on March 27, 2023, in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Truro, she was a daughter of Allan and Doris (McCallum) Baird. Tracie worked at Steps On Arthur (Colchester Community Workshop) in Truro for 31 years. She was passionate about dogs, especially the recent addition of a pup named Bella. Besides her parents, Tracie is survived by her sister, Belinda (Dan) Rewucki, Calgary; brother, Frank Anthony "Tony" and Deanna, Upper Onslow; nieces, Amanda Rewucki, Banff, AB, Casandra Rewucki, Edmonton, AB, Elana Rewucki, Calgary, AB. She was predeceased by grandparents, Frank and Louise Baird and Lorne and Ada McCallum. Donations in Tracie’s memory may be made to Steps On Arthur or to the Canadian Cancer Society. Private family service at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, N.S. Condolences may be made by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

LORETTE, Olive M. – Age 89, of Parrsboro passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at Gables Lodge, Amherst. Born in Economy, she was a daughter of the late Raymond and Alice (Linkletter) Elliott. She is survived by daughters, Diane Conrad (Robert), Rex, Georgia; Trena Atkinson (Frank), Rex, Georgia; a son, William (Angie), Stockbridge, Georgia; sisters, Audrey Fitzpatrick, Bay Roberts, Nfld; Estella Forbes, Amherst; Gloria Aitken (Robert), Burlington, Ont.; grandchildren, Kimberley Wheeler (John Wheeler pred.), Stockbridge, Georgia; Brian Vogel (Toni), Summerfield, Florida; Jason Vogel (Adam), Stockbridge, Georgia; Candice Mills (Jeff), Woodford, Virginia; Ashley Lorette, Fredericksburg, Virginia; 2 great-grandchildren, Lauren Himes (Cameron), Virginia Beach, Virginia; Kylie Vogel, Fort Lee, Virginia; 2 great-great grandchildren, Elijah and Graysyn; numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, William Lorette in 2008; sisters, Irene Webb, Doris Chisholm; brothers, Merile, Percy, Gerald, Carl. Funeral service was held Monday, April 24, 2023 at 2pm in Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro, Gary Elliott officiating. Burial to follow in the Economy Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

RECTOR, Utley R.W. - Age 94, of Parrsboro. It is with profound sadness that we, his family, announce his passing on Tuesday, May 2, 2023 at the South Cumberland Community Care Centre, Parrsboro. Born in Southampton, he was the son of the late Leslie and Eunice (Sherrif) Rector. He enjoyed working in the woods and knew the back roads of Cumberland County off by heart. He joined the military in 1953 and served with the RCEME. The highlight of his military life was serving in Egypt and he had many amazing stories of the people he met and places he travelled while there. He was posted with his family to Germany for four years and retired in 1975 after moving to Parrsboro in the house he built himself with his family. He had a second career as a logging trucker and mechanic, first working with his son, Bill, and then for R.A. Hoeg and Sons. He loved to travel around and took many trips throughout the Maritimes, Ontario and the US, with his wife of 70 years, Zenith and his family. He was known to many for his daily morning walks to the Partridge Island Lookoff, something he did for many years, until he reached his 85th year. He adored and was devoted to his grandchildren, and he was excited about the birth two years ago of his twin great-grandsons. He is survived by his wife, Zenith (Canning) Rector; daughters, Susan Trask (Jerry); Barb Rector (Neil Hammond); a son, Bill Rector (Natalie), all of Parrsboro; a sister, Kathleen Kyle (Charles), Amherst; sisters-in-law, Mary Canning, Parrsboro; J.J. Rector, Etobicoke, Ont.; a brother, Clifford, Amherst; beloved granddaughter, Jennifer Price (Jason), Halifax; grandsons, Andy Rector (Nancy), Whitehorse; Andrew McCulley, Enfield; great grandsons, William and James Rector, Whitehorse; numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sisters, Luella, Frances, Jessie, Florence; brothers, Ernest, Ross, Donald, Timmy, Jimmy; son-in-law, Wallace Byrne, mother and father in-law, Thelma and Roy Canning. Visitation was held Thursday, May 4, 2023 from 2-4, 6-8pm at Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro, where funeral service was held 2pm on Friday, May 5, 2023, Pastor David Forbes officiating. Burial to follow in the Parrsboro United Cemetery. Reception to follow at St. George's Anglican Hall. Memorial donations in his memory may be made to South Cumberland Community Care Centre Foundation or VON (Cumberland).

JEFFERS, Floyd R. – Age 79, Parrsboro. It is with heavy hearts that we announce his sudden passing on Wednesday, May 3, 2023. Born in Parrsboro, Floyd was the son of the late Roy and Dorothy (Meldrum) Jeffers. Following his retirement after 26 years serving in the Canadian Armed Forces (RCEME), he and Betty returned to Parrsboro. Floyd then started working for the Scott Paper Mill and then to Commercial Safety College, Masstown as a driving instructor. Upon his retirement, Floyd joined the Board of the Crossroads Co-op where he served tirelessly as a board member and president for many years, being instrumental in the construction and renovation of the Crossroads Co-Op we have today. Floyd will be deeply missed by his wife of 59 years, Frances ‘Betty’ (Kay) Jeffers; his daughter, Cindy Guilderson (John), Parrsboro; his son, Timothy Jeffers (Brenda), Fenwick; his grandchildren who adored him, Josh, Halifax; Jonathan, Edmonton; Jake (Amy), Montague, PEI; Alexandria, River Hebert; Bryana, Amherst; great grandchildren, Mailie, Malia, Cohen, Emmett, Emmerson; a sister, Bertha Rector, Advocate Harbour. Floyd was predeceased by sisters, Rosella and Linda in infancy; brothers, Everett, John, George, Lee, Leon, David. Funeral service was held Tuesday, May 9, 2023 at 2 p.m. in Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro, Rev. Dr. Brian Spence officiating. Burial to follow in St. George’s Cemetery, Parrsboro. Memorial donations may be made to the Adult Day Program at South Cumberland Community Care Centre, Parrsboro or to St. George's Anglican Church, Parrsboro.

REID, Cheryl A. 'Tootie' - It is with heavy hearts that we announce Cheryl passed away on Tuesday, May 9th, 2023 at the South Cumberland Community Care Centre, Parrsboro surrounded by her loving family and friends. Born in Parrsboro, she was the youngest daughter of the late Edwina Blenkhorn. She is survived by her sister, Karna Blenkhorn; her daughter, Kelly Fullerton (James); her sons, Jason Reid (Raylene Way), Thor Durning (Kellie), and Kirk Durning (Meagan); and grandchildren, Jacy, Kiera, Jarin, Gracie, Jacoby, Rowan, Ryker, Rylie, Owen and Tessa. A loving and caring mother, her heart was her children. Her greatest love on earth was being a Master Hairdresser for over thirty years. She loved people and enjoyed her customers. She took great joy in helping others, whether through her personalized letters, knitted blankets or baked bread, she always let people know she was there for them. Cremation has taken place. Funeral service was held on Thursday, May 25, 2023 at St. George’s Anglican Church, Parrsboro, Rev. Dr. Brian Spence officiating. Burial to follow in the church cemetery. Memorial donations in Cheryl’s memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Salvation Army or to a charity of choice.

McLAUGHLIN, Judith A. 'Judy' - Age 66, of Economy. Judy passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 9, 2023 in her home in Economy with her husband of 48 years by her side, Bill. Judy was born in Truro and grew up in Bass River. Judy was the daughter of Helen and Orville Patriquin. Previously deceased by her brothers, Michael, Ronnie, and Brian Patriquin; and step-father, Bob Abbott. She is survived by sisters, Gail (Gary) Vance, Cindy (Stuart, deceased) Grue; and brother, Terry (Sherry) Patriquin, all of Bass River; her sons, Garnet (Alexia), Greg (Nellie), Geoff (Trisha), all of Economy; and her grandchildren, Madeline, Gracie, Olivia, Cecelia, Norah, Avary, Seth, and Blake, along with many nieces and nephews. Judy loved her boys, grandkids, community, and traveling, especially to the Dominican Republic. She spent many sunny days at "the point" bass fishing, reading, and soaking up the sun. Her kitchen table was open, welcoming to everyone, and always the place to be. Working hard in everything she did, whether it was on the flats, the blueberry field, the office, or the restaurant, she always had a smile, a positive attitude, and a laugh. Her ability to give and care was unmatched. Her light will burn bright with the number of lives she was able to touch along this shore and beyond. Special thanks to the Palliative Care Team and VON, especially Leona. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

WELLS, Clara Jeannette (Durning) - The family of the late Clara Jeannette (Durning) Wells announce her passing on Friday, May 19, 2023 at Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Amherst with family at her side. Born in Economy on February 24, 1933 to Howard and Alice (MacBurnie) Durning. She was predeceased by her parents; a son, Bruce; stepson, Paul; and grandson, Brian Jr. 'BJ'. She is survived by brothers, Sonny and Ted (Judy); a sister, Marilyn (Dennis), all of Economy; sons, Wayne (Tammy), Hayward, Ca.; Brian (Carol), Dorchester, NB; daughters, Kandi (Harlyn), Kolbec; Penny, Carrs Brook; a stepson, Rick (Joan), Truro; 9 grandchildren and stepgrandchildren, Troy, Ty, Holly, Starr, Rob, Tanya, Alisha, Andrew, Scott; 9 great grandchildren and great stepgrandchildren, Dakota, Juliana, Jess, Joshua, Noah, William, Alison, Rory and Riley. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. In her younger years living in Toronto, she became involved with cable TV and worked on a show called 'Downtown Community TV'. She eventually hosted her own show called 'The Scene with Jeanne'. She was an avid dancer and enjoyed going to the Horseshoe Tavern to see the many country singers there. In 1974, she returned to Economy to live on her beloved Wild Marsh. She worked as a flag person and bookkeeper until her retirement. She then became involved with the Economy Bazaar where she was known as the 't-shirt lady' with her many comical t-shirts. She was always knitting, crocheting, quilting, cooking, helping others, and telling her crazy jokes. She enjoyed bingo and played crib in all the local tournaments until her health prevented it. She joined the Wentworth Fall Craft Sale and was there for almost 25 years where she sold homemade mincemeat pies, earning her the title 'The Pie Lady’. A special thank you to West Colchester Medical Centre’s staff, Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) home care, the palliative home care team, the respite caregivers - Elaine, Angela and Leanne for their love of mom and of course the nurses and doctor at Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre who were so kind. Whether you knew her as Jeannette, Jeanne, Jean or CJ, she will always be remembered with a smile. Long live the memory of the Queen of the Wild Marsh! In keeping with her wishes, there will be no funeral service. Family graveside at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

HAMILTON, Annabelle E. – Age 85, of Diligent River passed away peacefully on Friday, May 19, 2023 at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Amherst with family by her side. Born in Fox River, she was a daughter of the late Herbert and Laura (Dowe) Lake. She is survived by daughters, Jackie Webb (Vincent) Lower Five Islands; Robin Hamilton (Stanley Lake), Diligent River; a son, Jay (Rhonda), Oxford; daughter in law, Kim, Lower Five Islands; sisters, Madeline Varner, Valerie Smith (Frank), all of Diligent River; Dorothy Ross, Fraserville; Betty Ann DeWitt (Allen), Parrsboro; brothers, Philip (Ruby), Springhill; Alan, New Canaan; grandchildren, Michael, Jillian, Jayme, Christa; two great grandchildren, Emma and Lucas; numerous nieces and nephews. As well, she will be dearly missed by her faithful canine companion, Buddy. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard in 1977; a son, Michael; a granddaughter, Jennifer Rose; brothers, Walter and Anthony. Funeral service was held May 29, 2023 at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Fox River, Rev. Dr. Brian Spence officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Memorial donations to Holy Trinity Anglican Church or to a charity of choice.

STEWART, William Carlyle - Age 85, Bible Hill, passed away peacefully with family present in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro on May 25, 2023. He was born to the late Bill and Violet (Clark) Stewart. Bill grew up in Middle Stewiacke, later moving to Brookfield, and eventually, Bible Hill. After school, he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force, posted north of 60 with close friend, Hugh Matheson, in the late 1950's. Most of his working life was spent in Truro as a letter carrier for Canada Post. He was a diehard supporter - like his mother – of Brookfield Elks hockey and fastpitch softball teams. He also enjoyed watching the Blue Jays and Maple Leafs play. In his later years, he learned to play the guitar and would often perform with his friends at open mics. Bill is survived by his wife, Sharon (MacPhee); children, Brenda (Mike) Henderson, Terry (Maureen Foster), Glen (Susan Hamilton), Patty (Rob Smith), and Greg Stewart;  step-daughters, Lorraine (Brenton) Crowe, Connie (Dale) Martin; brothers, Don Rutherford, and Jerry (Marilyn) Stewart; grandchildren, Dane, Kyle, Caila, Matthew, Krysten, Drew, Kristy, Justin, Danielle, Grace, Elek; several great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Bill was predeceased by half-brothers, Fred and Lewis Rutherford; his first wife, Shirley (Ross) Comeau; daughter-in-law, Krista (Veenhuis) Stewart. Sharon and family wish to express their gratitude to the health care team at CEHHC and the VON, and for the friends who visited and sent well wishes during his illness. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the VON, Colchester East Hants Hospice Society or Alcoholics Anonymous. Cremation has taken place. A private family graveside burial to be held at a later date. We will be having a Celebration of Life on Monday, June 12th from 12:30pm – 2:30pm in the Bible Hill Fire Hall for all to come and remember Bill. Online condolences may be made at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

MARSDEN, Michael G. – It is with heavy hearts, that the family announces the unexpected, though peaceful passing of Michael, age 67, on Thursday, May 25, 2023 at home. Born in Montreal in 1956, Michael was the eldest son of June (Aylward) Marsden, and the late Gerald Marsden. He is survived by his daughter, Amy Firminger (Paul), Upper Cape, NB; mother, June Marsden, Dartmouth, NS; sisters, Colleen Marsden (Jamie Wood), Dartmouth, NS; Rebecca Gallant (Marc), Lower Coverdale, NB; brother, Jeffrey Marsden (Andrea), Sequim, WA; sister-in-law, Colleen MacDonald, Halifax, NS; two grandchildren, Jessica and Adam; several nieces and nephews. In addition to his family, Michael will be greatly missed by countless others, including many lifelong friends, especially those from Five Islands and Shubie. He was predeceased by his wife, Carol; daughter, Michelle in infancy; and father, Gerald. Michael was not just one of a kind, he was exceptional. Michael was a great cook, a master gardener, and he could jerry-rig nearly anything, especially his "War Pig". Michael didn’t leave (or stay) home without his signature camouflage hat, plaid shirt, or work boots. He was kind and generous, a lifesaver and a devoted caregiver. In keeping with Mike’s wishes, a celebration of his life was held June 4, 2023 at 3:00 pm at the Five Islands Firehall.  Burial will take place in the Peniel United Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Michael’s memory may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or Feed Nova Scotia.

LeBLANC, Adrien J.J. – Age 95, of Five Islands passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 28, 2023 while a resident of Bayview Memorial Health Centre, Advocate Harbour. Born in Cape Pele, he was a son of the late Jude and Delma (Richard) Leblanc, and step-father, the late Albenie LeBlanc. Adrien came to Five Islands in his early teens to clam, not knowing a word of English. He met his future wife here, swooped her off to Ontario and they married in 1953, soon returning to Five Islands to start their family. He worked hard at many jobs to provide for his family of five children, and his wife; jobs such as clamming, logging, trapping, and even picking spruce gum to sell. Eventually after years of hard work, Adrien owned his own lobster fishing business, retiring from that at the young age of 86. Upon his retirement, he bought himself a mustang convertible, which was something he had always wanted. You would often see him cruising through Five Islands with the roof down and Lily, his dog, sitting in the seat right beside him. In 1966, Adrien along with his wife, Millie, opened up the small seafood takeout, Adrien’s Lunch, known far and wide for its famous fried clams, operating it for 20 years. Adrien was an avid hunter, and acted as a local guide for many years in the area. He was a regular attendee at St. Brigid’s Catholic Church in Parrsboro, which was very important to him. He and Millie enjoyed travelling, visiting many places; they also wintered in Florida for many years. He remained in his home until late in his life, only spending the last couple of years in a nursing home. Adrien is survived by daughters, Laureen Hutt (Larry), Lower Five Islands; Yvette Yorke (Doug), Five Islands; Yvonne Creelman (Craig), Little Bass River; his only son, Andy LeBlanc (Kelly), Five Islands; a brother, Donald (Janine), Moncton, NB; 11 grandchildren;11 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Mildred (Phinney) in 2017; a daughter, Lucille Paul in 2012; a son in infancy in 1957; sisters, Mariam, Janine, Louise; brothers, Adrice and William. In keeping with Adrien’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of his life was held June 6, 2023 at the Open Arms Church (1437 Smith Hollow Road), Parrsboro, Pastor Doug Lake officiating. Reception followed at the church. A private family committal will take place at a later date in the Lower Five Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials donations to a charity of choice. The family would like to extend their most sincere appreciation to the care providers of the nursing homes Adrien has resided, who have taken such great care of ‘Puppa’.

RYAN (nee Willis), Sheila Mae, May 13, 1936 - May 29, 2023. It is with great sadness the Ryan Family announces the passing of Sheila Mae Ryan, age 87, who slipped into death peacefully in her home on May 29, 2023. Born in Truro, she was a daughter of the late Isaac William Willis Sr. and Theresa Jane (Clyke) Willis. Sheila was a cherished matriarch of the Ryan family and took on the caring role of sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and dear friend with an open heart and the warmth of her love. She touched the lives of all those who had the privilege of knowing her and will be deeply missed.

Born on May 13, 1936, a true twin soul to her beloved husband, Arthur Ryan Sr., who predeceased Sheila on October 1, 2002, in Truro, and whom she has now rejoined, Sheila brought an immense amount of joy into this world. She embodied strength, kindness, grace, dignity, and perseverance to those whose lives she touched. Her gentle spirit, kind heart, and unwavering compassion for those she cherished left an indelible impression on friends and acquaintances who were fortunate enough to share her presence. Her sharp wit and gift for bringing laughter into conversations with most everyone she met will be missed. Every person who knew her well, knew that she was an incredible baker, had a keen eye for detail with tasks demanding craftsmanship, and never hesitated to express the joy her heart held for her children and husband. She truly adored her family, and her sons adored her. Sheila is survived by her three sons, Arthur, Anthony, and Christopher; her grandchildren, Justin, Kayla, and Ali, and her great-grandchildren, Jayla and Lilliana, as well as her brother, Isaac Jr. (Ikie), and sisters, Phyllis (Mrs. Lorne Marsman) and Donna Willis, all of Truro. Sheila was predeceased by her sisters, Jeannette and Beverly, and a brother, Wayne. In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations to a local Animal Shelter of your choosing, in honour of Sheila and her cherished dog, Benji. This gesture best expresses her empathy and commitment to making the world a better place through care and compassion. As we bid farewell to Sheila, our beloved sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and always genuine friend, let us hold onto the lessons she taught us in her time with us. Though she may no longer be with us physically, her bright spirit will forever live on in our hearts, inspiring us and comforting us as only she can. Rest in eternal peace, Sheila, Mom, and Nana. You are and will always be lovingly remembered and cherished.

A Celebration of Sheila’s Life was held on Tuesday, June 6th in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street. Truro, NS. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

CURRY, Joseph Gilbert Virgil - Age 88, passed away peacefully on June 5, 2023. He was born in Hectanooga, NS to the late James and Annie Curry. Known as Gil to some and Verg to others, he was an army veteran and a gregarious and fun-loving soul, who in his younger years loved to sing and play his guitar. Even as Alzheimer’s took away his ability to communicate, he was still known to sing an old country classic in his later years. He is survived by son, Jamie (Tina Coolen); daughters, Valerie (Blair) Gordon, Allison Fisher (Tom Banks) and Amy (Matt) Redmond. He is also survived by six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews as well as brother, David (Connie). Besides his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, Clyde and Victor and sister, Shirley Deveau. The family would like to express their gratitude for the support and care shown by the nurses and staff at Cedarstone Enhanced Care in Truro. Cremation has taken place. No visitation or service by request. Arrangements entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

MILLER, William Alexander "Bill" – 92, Economy, passed away Monday, June 5, 2023 peacefully in Londonderry. Born in Charlottetown, PEI he was a son of the late James and Clara (Tanton) Miller. Bill was raised and lived his life in Economy. As a young man, Bill left for a short time to Toronto to work, but returned home to the farm to stay. Bill lived a solitary life, visiting with family and friends at will. His last few years were spent with a good friend in Highland Village and then with his niece, Peggy and her husband, Dan in Londonderry. Bill is survived by his sister, Sarah Louise Faulkner, Vancouver, BC; sister-in-law, Joyce, Oakville, ON. He leaves behind many nieces and nephews from British Columbia, Ontario, Nova Scotia, and in the United States from New Hampshire, Ohio, and Florida, as well as grand nieces and nephews and great grand nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Betty (Fulton) Adams; brothers, Walter (Peggy), John; brother-in-law, George Faulkner. As requested by Bill, there will be no service or gathering of remembrance. Donations in Bill’s memory to Economy Cemetery or a charity of your choice are welcomed. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young St., Truro. Full obituary and condolences at:
www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

MILLIGAN (Wright), Etta Naida – Age 92, Bible Hill, passed away peacefully in her sleep on June 6, 2023. Etta was born on February 4, 1931, in Sherbrooke, Quebec. She was a daughter of the late Guy and Jean Wright and the youngest of five children. She was the last living member of her immediate family – siblings: Arthur, Jeannie, Alma and Chrissy. Up to and including 91 of her 92 years, Etta was very busy on Facebook. Everyone loved her ‘Good Night’ messages and looked forward to them every night! Etta was an avid reader, often lovingly called, "Nanny that sits in the chair!" She enjoyed her earlier years in O’Leary, PEI, where she and her beloved Foster cooked up many meals at their family restaurant. Later in her life, she appreciated all the many trips to and from Florida enjoying the company of their snowbird friends. Etta was dearly loved and will be missed by her family and friends. Etta is survived by her children, Deborah (John Murdock), Murray Siding, Kenneth Milligan (Crystal), Sussex, NB, Angus Milligan, Moncton, NB, and Susan (Shawn Moore), Halifax; her grandchildren, Melissa and Kerri, Ashley, Alex, Shelby, Daniel, Randy, Cynthia Janetta "CJ", Heidi, Chris, Zeb and many great and great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Shirley, Jo and Velda Milligan, Prince Edward Island; son-in-law, Dan MacPhee, Truro, along with many nieces and nephews. Etta was predeceased by her husband, Foster; daughter, Erica "Ricki" Smith; son, Guy Smith and daughter, Cindi MacPhee. Also predeceased by sisters-in-law, Joyce Mackinnon, Bernice Ramsay, Marjorie Milligan, Edna Milligan, and brothers-in-law, Elmer, Sterling, Wyman, Charlie and Frank Milligan. The family would like to especially thank all the staff at Vimy Court for the love and care they had shared with and for our mother. She tried to return some of that love with making sure the can of chocolate bars was full and plentiful! Donations in Etta’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia. As per her wishes, there will be a family graveside service in PEI at a later date, where she will be laid to rest with husband, Foster and daughter, Cindi. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

McLELLAN, Alvis Archie – 65, Lower Debert passed away suddenly at home on Thursday, June 8, 2023 with family by his side. Born in East Noel, he was a son of the late Delbert and Hazel McLellan. Archie is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Patricia "Patti" and son, Brandon. He is also survived by a special daughter-in-law, who he called his adopted daughter, Kaley Hillaby. Archie leaves behind his fur daughter, Tia; his two cats, Krissie and Sienna; along with fur grandbaby Bosley. Archie is also survived by loving sisters, Erma White, Joy (Charlie) White and Pam (Randy) Starratt; brother, Terry (Val), Lethbridge, Alberta. Archie leaves behind a mother-in-law, who called him another son and he called her his other mama, Doreen Putnam; brother-in-law, Donald Putnam; many nieces and nephews along with many great nieces and great nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Avis Colpitts; brothers, Wilfred and Leroy; brother-in-law, Willis White; father-in-law, Glenn Putnam; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. Graveside service was held Thursday, June 15, 2023, at Riverside United Church Cemetery, Bass River, Reverend Valerie Kingsbury officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

MacLEAN, Hannah Louise – 24, Dartmouth, died tragically on Sunday, June 11, 2023. She was caring, funny, and she found joy w orking with her hands. She was fiercely loved by her family and those she chose as family. Hannah is survived by her Mama and Papa, Rev. Glenn and Margaret (Tupper) MacLean; her birth father, Shawn (Darlene) MacLean; her siblings, Meghan (Ben McLaughlin) and JD MacLean; her aunts, Rev. Shannon (Kevin Demers) MacLean and Shelagh (Peter) Barkhouse; her cousins, Julia, Jacob, Grace, Jack, and Abby and countless other family members and friends whose hearts are broken. Memorial donations may be made in memory of Hannah to the Elizabeth Fry Society. These donations will support the establishment of safe housing for women and gender diverse people struggling with addiction and trauma and mental health. The house will be open in September and will be named in Hannah's honour. A Celebration of Hannah’s life was held Sunday, June 18, 2023, at Trinity United Church, 415 Upper Onslow Road, Upper Onslow, conducted by Rev. Cathie Crooks. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Public messages of condolences may be shared with the family by viewing Hannah’s obituary on-line and selecting "Send A Condolence" at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

BROWN, Marie S. - Age 72, of Parrsboro passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 11, 2023 at High Crest Nursing Home, Springhill. She was the daughter of the late Henry and Avora 'Vodie' (Morris) Brown. Marie will be forever missed by her twin sister, Margaret Brown and sister, Katrina MacAloney (Danny), all of Parrsboro; nephews, Chris MacAloney (Leo), Halifax, Jordan MacAloney (Carrie), Gaspereau and niece, Keara MacAloney (Christien), Grande Prairie, Alberta; special friends, Leo and Roxanne Dimmer, Godchildren, Spencer and Olivia Dimmer, all of Halifax, She leaves behind many close cousins who were like sisters to her and many childhood friends. Marie was able to meet five biological siblings later in life which meant so much to her. Marie worked for many years in Toronto and Halifax before returning to Parrsboro in 2012. She loved her bagpipes and was briefly the Piper Sergeant of the 33rd Halifax Service Battalion. A celebration of life will take place at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.

HENDERSON, Michael Alexander – Age 66, of Five Islands, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 12, 2023 at home. Survived by his wife, Joyce (Morris); his mother, Gwen (Phinney) Henderson, Parrsboro; a brother, Pat Henderson (Debbie); sisters, Colleen 'Coke' Yorke (Robbie), Joy Henderson (Frankie); daughters, Colleene, Jessica and Chloe; stepsons, Nicholas and Michael; grandson, Alex; step-grandchildren, Charlie, Thomas and Emily; numeorus nieces and nephews. He was predeceased, by his father, Michael Henderson Sr. Michael served 39 years in the Royal Canadian Airforce, flying everywhere around the world, the last 19 years of his service he flew on the C-130 Hercules Aircraft with the 413 Squadron, search and rescue/transport, Greenwood. He loved to entertain with his many stories and making people laugh. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. There will be a celebration of his life held on Saturday, July 8, 2023 at his Summer place in Two Islands, a place he loved dearly. Memorials donations to a charity of choice.

READER, Brenton LeeAge 84, Hilden. It is with great sadness and shock that we announce the death of our dear father, brother, uncle and friend, Brenton Lee Reader. He passed away on June 14th, 2023, in the QEII - Halifax Infirmary as a result of an ATV accident. Brent was born in Five Mile River on April 4th, 1939, to mother, Mary Ann (Maidie) Reader. Over the years, Brent made many friends. He loved his fast cars, especially Fords, although his taste in cars and speed changed a lot in his later years. We could fill books with the many "stories" for which he was famous. Brent’s motto was, "Never let the truth get in the way of a good story." Brent was a hard, dedicated worker all his life. He mostly worked as a truck driver with L.E. Powell, Harris Steel and Tidewater for many years and retired from NS Sand and Gravel. He took great pride in the fact that he had driven over a million miles without an accident. He loved bluegrass music and was associated with the NS Bluegrass Association. Brent was the president of the Brookfield Bluegrass Campout which he and his brother, Don managed for thirteen years. Brent was predeceased by his wife, Hazel (Crowe) in December 2022; mother, Mary Ann (Maidie Reader) Myers; stepfather, Neil Myers; beloved grandmother, Mamie Reader (Anderson) and brother, Phillip Reader. He is survived by daughters, Anita Reader of Five Mile River, Sandra Guerrier (Ernie) of Qualicum Beach, BC; son, Steven Reader (Lisa) of Langley, BC; grandchildren, Josh, Colton, Amy and Kye; great grandson, Wells; brother, Don (Jeanette) of Sackville; sisters, Marion Myers (Alton Singer) of Bedford, Elva (Robert) Mitchell of Shubenacadie and Jean Myers of Five Mile River.

A celebration of life was held on June 21st in the Hilden United Church Hall. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

WILSON, Pearl Elizabeth (Peppard)Age 87, Onslow Mountain, passed away peacefully on June 18, 2023, in Debert Court – Shannex surrounded by her family. Born in Onslow Mountain, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Ellen (Pratt) Peppard. Pearl loved puzzles, crosswords, reading and writing stories about events near and far. She would often call and sing happy birthday to friends and neighbours. In her early years, Pearl served five years as a clerical typist with rank as a Corporal in the RCAF. She worked for 28 years in both the Annex and the Colchester Regional Hospital in Truro.

Pearl is survived by her children, Glenda (David Eagles) Bernard, Onslow Mountain, Marion (Gordie) Scullion, Otter Brook, and Hedley (Rob) Wilson, Onslow Mountain; grandchildren, Jackie, Michelle and Betty Ann Bernard, Joslyn Paige, Jimmy Scullion, and Gracie Wilson; seven great grandchildren; her brother, Calvin (Kathleen) Peppard, Calgary, AB as well as several nieces and nephews and honorary son, Greg Downing. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 35 years, H. Glendon Wilson; sisters, Ellen and Marjorie and brother, George. A special thank you to the staff of Debert Court for all the kindness and care shown to Pearl during her stay there. Donations in Pearl’s memory may be made to the Debert Baptist Church. A visitation was held June 21st. Funeral service was held June 22nd in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS with Rev. Hudson Trenholm officiating. Reception followed. A burial followed reception in the Belmont Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com


June 2023

CHISHOLM, Arthur Frederick - 98, passed away on Friday, April 28, 2023, after a life of service and support for his family and friends, his employers, and his communities. Born in Highland Village, Colchester County, Art was the only son of the late Judson L. and Abbie (Layton) Chisholm and was the first person in his family to attend university.  He was accepted at Mount Allison University in pre-engineering, graduating in 1946.  He met his soon-to-be wife, Shirley Lewis, on a blind date on her birthday, and they were married nine months later in 1946.  After graduation from Mt. A., he attended the Nova Scotia Technical College in Halifax, graduating in 1948 with a degree in Civil Engineering. For the next 35 years, he worked at Dalhousie University, teaching surveying to student engineers and, as Director of Physical Plant, was responsible for managing the existing buildings, central plant, grounds, and support systems at the university, as well as planning and construction of new buildings.  Being presented to the Queen Mother at the opening of the Sir Charles Tupper Medical building was a highlight of his career. He was active in the National Association of Physical Plant Administrators and was the President for the Eastern Region of APPA for two years. He was President of the Association of Nova Scotia Land Surveyors where he also was on the Board of Examiners and a Life member of the association. In 1983, he and Shirley retired to his family home in Great Village, where he continued a commitment to service and community activity. He served in various roles in the Royal Canadian Legion (Branch 72) where he was a life member. He was active in many organizations supporting seniors, historical societies, NS Garden Club, Clan Chisholm and others where he gave of his time readily, assisting in any role. In 1992, he was provided with recognition from the Premier, Don Cameron, for Volunteer of the year for Colchester County, and in 2019 Art received a resolution from the House of Assembly to recognize his contributions. In Halifax, he volunteered as a trustee and elder at Bethany United Church, and also acted as Cub and Scout leader over the years.  In Great Village, he was an Elder, Steward, and Treasurer at St. James’ United Church where he also sang in the choir. On November 11, 2018, the beautiful and massive bell in the St. James’ United Church in Great Village rang 100 times, Arthur personally pulled the bell for more than 60 times, repeating that effort again in 2019 at 95 – a job he had done on Sundays for years, as his father had before him. His life of service was also constant in his devotion for Shirley through her later years as she suffered from dementia and crippling arthritis, caring for her in their home until her death in 2012. Committed to keeping busy, he took up "engineering" quilt tops, sewing over 100 quilts.  He was a generous supporter of various charities and causes, especially for research into Alzheimer's disease. An avid outdoorsman, gardener, and creator of brilliant shortcuts of efficiency in everyday life, he remained active, alert, and continued to live in his own home until his death. Along with his parents, Art was predeceased by his wife, Shirley (Lewis); sister, Ruth McKinnon. He is survived by four children, Richard (Maureen), Nancy (Hubert Smith), Patricia Isnor (John), Alexander; four beloved grandchildren, Fiona Chisholm (Garth Murphy), Jacqueline Mahoney (Andy), Nicholas Isnor, Craig Comeau (Janet); six great-grandchildren; nephews and nieces from his and Shirley’s families. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall - Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where a service of celebration of Arthur’s life will be held at 1:30 p.m., Monday, August 14, 2023. If you knew him, we hope you can join us. Interment in Mahon Cemetery, 8480 Highway 2, Great Village. In the meantime, if you are interested in honouring Arthur Chisholm, donations may be made in his name to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia or any charity of your choice. Private messages of condolence may be sent to the family by viewing Art’s obituary on-line and selecting "Send A Condolence" at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

Leggate, James "Jim"  90, Glenholme, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Sunday afternoon, May 21, 2023, at Shannex Debert Court, Debert. Born in Chapelton, Scotland, he was a son of the late Gavin and Margaret (Wilson) Leggate. Jim farmed in Scotland prior to immigrating to Canada with his wife, Mary, and their two eldest children, Gavin and Margaret, arriving through Pier 21 on December 4, 1964. Jim worked as a farm hand in Shubenacadie and later purchased his own farm in Rines Creek. In 1984, Jim, Mary and their two youngest children, Heather and James, moved to Glenholme where he worked in the forestry industry for well over 40 years and also helped Mary at her store, Glenholme General Store. Jim was a member of the former Erskine United Church where he served on the Board of Stewards and he was also the caretaker of Folly Village Cemetery in Glenholme for many years. He and Mary enjoyed travelling together, most notably their train trip across Canada, touring Newfoundland and sleeping in their van and family trips to Cuba and Scotland. He enjoyed going for long drives, reading, writing short stories and trivia of any kind, whether watching Jeopardy or doing crossword puzzles. Above all, he was a true family man who loved his family dearly and enjoyed spending time with them. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Mary (Hannah); children, Gavin Leggate, Rines Creek; Margaret (Larry) Hardy, Necum Teuch; Heather Leggate (Kevin Bushey), East Village; James Leggate (Christina Millar), Five Mile River; grandchildren, Bryson (Chelsea), Noah, Hayley, William, Angus, Maura (Tristan), James, Pearl, Clarissa, Nick (Jenna); great grandchildren, Trait, Flynn, Everly, Archie, Jamieson; siblings, Murray (Christine) Leggate, Helen Orr, Ian Leggate, Janey (Clive) Denton, Andrew (Christine) Leggate, Elizabeth (Jim) Watson, all of Scotland; sister-in-law, Mary Leggate, Scotland; brother-in-law, Jim Frame, Scotland; several nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his daughter-in-law, Trish Leggate; siblings, Margaret Leggate in infancy, Martin (Morag) Leggate, Alex Leggate, Faye Frame. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staff at Debert Court for the exceptional care and compassion shown to Jim and his family during his time there; we will be forever grateful. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where the funeral service was held Saturday, May 27, 2023, Reverend Marty Clark-Ettinger officiated. Interment was held in Folly Village Cemetery, Glenholme. If so desired, donations in Jim’s memory to STEPS on Arthur or Colchester Food Bank are welcomed. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family by viewing Jim’s obituary on-line at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

HAMILTON, Ralph Leslie - 87, North River, passed away on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at Halifax Infirmary, QEII, Halifax. Born in Minasville, he was a son of the late Edward Reynolds Hamilton and Greta Bell (Hill) Hughes. Ralph is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Frances Jean (Carter) Hamilton; daughter, Donna Curtis, Valley; sons, Roger, North River, and Neil (Roxanne), Crowes Mills. He is also survived by his brother, Cyril (Ailene); sister, Georgina; grandchildren, Stacy (Abdullah), Ryan (April), Ashley (Kyle), Chantal (Alan), Gabrielle (Ryan), Riley (Emily); great grandchildren, Kyla, Ryan, Lucas, Jackson, Zain, Ivy and Amelia; brother-in-law, Victor (Myrtle) Carter; sisters-in-law, Irene (Patt) Dunphy, and Marie (Neal) Bowers; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sister-in-law, Betty Hamilton; brother-in-law, Don Brown; son-in-law, David Curtis; and infant brother, Edgar Prescott. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where the funeral service was held Friday, March 31, 2023, Reverend Andrew Campbell officiated. Interment in Watson Cemetery at a later date. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

DIAMOND, Barry Neil - 78, Upper Onslow, passed away on Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Barry is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Kit (Lawson); son, Jeff Diamond (Jenny), Seattle; daughter, Dr. Carolyn Diamond (Mike Strople), Oakville, Ontario and their children Alex, Hudson and Brielle; brother-in-law, Gordon Lawson (Joan); sister-in-law, Carol Elder (Ken); sister-in-law, Diane Kelly; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Roddy and Gordon. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where the family received friends on Sunday, April 2, 2023. A private family burial will be held at a later date in Charlottetown. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

MILLER, Howard Walter Eugene - 58, Belmont passed away suddenly on Saturday, April 1, 2023 at home. Howard leaves to mourn, his wife and partner of 18 years, Doris; step-daughter, Samantha; and grandchildren, Shayla and Scarlett, who owned his heart fully; family friend, Phil; brother-in-law, Frank; along with his brother, Harold, niece and nephew, extended family, and small circle of friends. Howard was predeceased by his parents, Harold Eugene and Elizabeth (Greeley) Miller; sister, Helen, and mother-in-law, Marjorie. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall-Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

BARLEY, Douglas Norman "Doug"  67, Debert, passed  away on Friday, April 7, 2023, at Halifax Infirmary, QEII. Born in Masstown, he was a son of the late Edward and Ivy (Mosher) Barley. Doug is survived by his loving wife, Connie (Patriquin); daughters, Shannon (Shaun) Gates, Natasha (Matt) Barley; stepsons, Dana (Erin) Murphy, Travis (Jessica) Murphy; stepdaughter, Krisi (Adam) Murphy. He was the proud "Papa" of ten grandchildren, Jillian, Georgia, Kaylee, Ella, Blake, Shantel, Ian, Adalyn, Charlotte, and Carter. He is also survived by his brothers, Dave (Dot) Barley, Gary (Janet) Barley, Reg Barley, Dougie (Fern) Lattie; brother-in-law, Bill Simpson; many loved nieces, nephews and cousins. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Doreen Simpson. Honouring Doug’s wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral service. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall -Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com 

LINDSAY, Dexter Leslie - 82, Truro, passed away on April 14, 2023. Dexter was born in Belmont, Colchester County, to the late Alfred Steel Lindsay and Pearl Mae (Morrisey). He was the youngest of six children and has been predeceased by brothers, Sam (Bella) and John; and sisters, Clara (Irvin) and Elsie (Steven). He is survived by his brother, Russell Lindsay (Ann, deceased). Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where the family received friends on Wednesday, April 19, 2023. A private family burial will be held at a later date.

CLARKE (PARKER), Carla Maureen - It is with great sadness we must announce the passing of Carla Maureen Clarke (Parker) on April 6th, 2023, peacefully at home. Born March 27th, 1965, to Kay and Lester Parker, Carla was a determined, serious kid with a strong competitive streak. She was a graduate of the East Hants Regional High School Class of ‘83 and went on to Thunder Bay graduating from Confederation College as an interior designer.  An excellent student, artist and athlete, Carla spent most of her childhood playing on the farm with her siblings, Leslie and Lori, drawing and coloring at the kitchen table, even when Kay begged her to go outside, but most of all in her favorite place, the chalk circle on the ballfield. This is where she truly shined as an athlete with multiple championship wins and a trip to the 1985 Canada Games. Softball was a lifelong love. Her time on the field led to so many friendships that she cherished and memories that she looked back on with pride and joy. Softball also introduced her perfect match, David. She would always say he was so shy when he was coaching her team, but after a few attempts, the pair finally made it official and built a beautiful life together. Together they continued their love of sports, ball and curling, and passed down their love of the game and talent to their two daughters, Taylor and Madison. The ultimate sports mom, Carla never missed a game, practice or big moment in her girls’ lives. She motivated and guided them through summers on the field and winters in the curling club and hockey rink. Softball continued to be a passion as she helped Dave coach multiple teams to provincial championships, each team and player holding a special place in her heart. While sports were her passion, Carla did it all. Dedicated to education, she was always involved with the girls’ school, volunteering her time, helping with homework and instilling in them, a strong work ethic.

Though her time with us was too short, she made the best of it. She mastered every title: daughter, sister, athlete, wife, mother, coach and friend. She will be deeply missed by all who loved her. She is survived by her husband, David Clarke; daughters, Taylor Clarke and Madison Baker; son-in-law, Cole Baker; parents, Lester and Kay Parker and siblings, Leslie (Linda) Parker, Lori Higgins and husband, Todd Higgins and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Dr. Donald Rowe and his Oncology team as well as the Palliative care team for their outstanding care. They would also like to thank the many friends who supported both Carla and the family through this trying time. In particular, we would like to personally thank Allyson Burgess and her family as well as Cathy Butler and Fay Wambolt for going above and beyond in their care and ongoing support. Donations in Carla’s memory may be made to the CEHHC Foundation – Dr. Donald Rowe’s Oncology Department (link to follow). A celebration of life was held April 16th in the Truro Curling Club, 56 Young St., Truro, NS. Words of comfort were said by Larry Harrison.

WHEBBY, William "Bill" John – Age 64, passed away peacefully at home in the early morning of April 8, 2023. Bill was born on January 21, 1959, and was raised in Dartmouth, NS where he attended P.A. High School. He then went on to raise his sons and followed in the footsteps of generations before him, working in the family business. He was a smart businessman and very skilled in carpentry and construction. Over the years, Bill enjoyed being out in nature, hunting or fishing. His favourite being moose hunting or salmon fishing with friends and/or one of his Labrador Retrievers. He always enjoyed his trips to Newfoundland and spending time at his favourite camp on Rocky Lake. Anyone that knew Bill knew that he was strong-willed and never afraid to speak his mind. That was part of what made him so resilient. Bill was predeceased by his wife, Sandra Lowe Whebby and his father, Jack Whebby.

He is survived by his mother, Flora Whebby; sons, Liam, John (Emily) and Charlie; grandchildren, Hailee, Ava, Freyah and Ben as well as many cousins and extended family members. A special thank you to Bill’s sister-in-law, Marlene Lowe; great nephew, Michael and friend, Rene for their loyalty and dedication to Bill. Bill’s wife, Sandy, was truly the love of his life and their time together brought him so much joy. He will be laid to rest next to Sandy and their beloved dogs at a celebration of his life with family and friends at his home at 90 Farnham Road, Bible Hill, NS. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

MEYER, Cornelia FrancinaAge 65, Shubenacadie, passed April 9, 2023, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro, NS. No visitation or service. Arrangements entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

SIMMS, Eric William of Spencer’s Island, Nova Scotia passed away on April 15, 2023, at the age of 76, with family by his side. Eric was born in Truro on October 26, 1946, to the late John William Simms, of Fogo Island, N.L. and Rhoda Hattie MacGillvary, of Spencer’s Island. Eric lost his father at the age of nine and later moved from Bedford to Truro with his mother and four siblings. He joined the military at a young age and served 20 years as Military Police, stationed in Alberta, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland. Upon retirement from the military, Eric worked in RCMP Telecommunications for 25 years. Eric met Lynn in Edmonton and the two married in 1978. They settled in Princeport, where they lived for over 30 years. Together with Lynn, Eric bred and showed Newfoundland dogs for twelve years and opened their home as foster parents for 20 years. He volunteered as President of South Colchester Minor Hockey for seven years and spent many hours at the hockey rink watching his sons and grandchildren play. Eric loved family fishing adventures, boating, camping, gardening, and all animals - from ducks to dogs. He had a talent for building and was keen to help with any project that his boys had on the go. Above all, Eric loved his family and he adored his grandchildren. Family dinners were cherished times, filled with delicious dishes and home-baked treats made by him with love. In retirement, Eric and Lynn moved to Spencer’s Island and spent summers on the beach at Old Shipyard Beach Campground where he continued to share his smile and sense of humour with all who met him. He was an outstanding man, and he will be missed immensely. Eric was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Lynn; sons, Laurie (Pam), Nick (Veronica), Jeff (Grace), Ben (Allie), and Larry (Heidi); grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings, Marney Allen, Jeanne (Gerry) Mills, Edwin (Barb) Simms, Dale (JoAnn) Simms; nephews and nieces and those who found respite in his heart and home. Many thanks to family and friends who have been by Eric’s side during his lengthy battle with cancer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Colchester East Hants Health Centre Foundation or the Federation of Foster Families of Nova Scotia. A Celebration of Life was held in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS Friday, April 21st. Committal will take place at a later date in Allenville, NS.

SIMON, Lana Darlene McLeod, August 30, 1962 - April 17, 2023 - We are very sorry to announce the passing of Lana Mcleod Simon, at the age of 60 years. She passed peacefully in the morning hours of Monday, April 17, 2023, in the Colchester East Hants Health Center, after a long battle with cancer. Lana was born on August 30, 1962, to the late Jim McLeod of Ontario, and the late Zena Tattrie of Westville.

She lived her early years in Truro working at many of the local bars, such as the Engine Room and Scotland Yard. She was a homemaker for many years and was a very caring and loving mother. Lana enjoyed 4x4 racing, old cars and trucks, motorcycles, music, dancing and especially spending time with her son, Robert, and her grandsons, Caleb and Logan. She loved plants and flowers and spending time outdoors. She loved to attend music festivals and concerts, and spending time with her friends. She loved old movies and TV shows, and especially enjoyed books and reading. Lana was preceded in death by her parents, Jim McLeod and Zena (Tattrie). She is survived by her son, Robert and his father, Rick Simon; her daughter-in-law, Tamara (MacPhee); her grandsons, Caleb and Logan Simon, as well as her many friends, especially Lynn and Luke. We would like to thank the wonderful palliative care doctors and nurses in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre who provided Lana with exceptional care in her final weeks and days. We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. A celebration of Lana’s life was held at the family home in Hilden, on Friday, April 21, 2023.

COOPER, Harry "Elroy"Age 80, Cross Roads, passed away on April 19, 2023. Born in Upper Stewiacke, he was the son of the late Harry and Muriel Cooper. Elroy will be deeply missed by his wife, Bessie; daughter, Darlene, Alberta; sons, Albert, Alberta and Stewart, Upper Stewiacke; sisters, Faye Deyarmond, Sharon Gay and Sylvia Archibald, all of Truro as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides his parents, Elroy was predeceased by his son, Scott. Donations may be made to the SPCA.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, April 29th from 1pm until time of service at 2pm in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Funeral Celebrant, Eileen Corah officiating. Interment in Riverside Cemetery immediately following the service. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com 

BATES, Margaret – Age 101, Truro, passed away peacefully on April 21, 2023, in Willow Lodge, Tatamagouche surrounded by her loving family. Born on July 8, 1921, she was a daughter of the late George and Alice (Sutherland) MacKay. Mom grew up on the family farm at The Falls with her four brothers and four sisters. She moved to Truro and married our Dad, Jim Bates, in 1941. She worked for many years at Stanfield’s while raising her seven daughters. Mom was a dedicated and loving wife and mother. She especially enjoyed family gatherings. She also enjoyed travelling with Dad and spending winters in Florida during her retirement. Mom will always be remembered for her homemade bread, baked beans, sugar cookies and her strong sense of independence. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary Legion Branch #26 as well as a member of the First United Church in Truro. She leaves behind her daughters, Shirley Thomas, Diane Kennedy, Linda MacKinnon, Joan Matheson, Mary MacKay (David) and Heather Bates (Gerard); grandsons, Donald Thomas (Debra), Todd Kennedy (Laura), Jamie MacKinnon, Jeffrey Terfry (Rylee) and Patrick Terfry (Lindsey); granddaughters, Kim Dowling (Jim), Tammy Kennedy-Fortune (Mark), Jody Matheson, Melanie Casey (Shawn), Christina Wylie (Adam) and Sherri Pugsley (David); sister, Norma Normand; thirteen great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild. Mom was predeceased by her husband, Jim; her infant daughter, Shelley; son-in-law, Gordon Kennedy; great grandson, Kyle Dowling; brothers, Daniel, Archie, Kenny and Peter and sisters, Lillian Whidden, Florence Greenwood and Isabel MacDonald. Special thanks to Willow Lodge for the exceptional loving care given to our Mom. We are forever grateful. As per Mom’s wishes, there will be a private family graveside service. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences are available at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

LAWRENCE, Robert "Bob" LorneAge 64, Lower Sackville. With great sadness, we announce the sudden passing of our son and brother, Robert "Bob". Leaving to mourn are his parents, Fred and Catherine Lawrence, Halifax; sisters, Jo-Anne Embree, Halifax, Pattiesue Simsons (Gunars), Kitchener, Ontario, Debbie Lawrence (David Flagel), Bible Hill, and Trudy Lawrence, Truro;  five nieces and nephews, Christine, Catherine, Jessica, Robert, and Rachel; and eight grand nieces and nephews, Sterling, Bailey, Jezika, Lana, Cheyenne, Odyn, Lexi, and Evelyn. He was predeceased by infant brother, Terence and brothers-in-law, Gary Kuepfer and John Embree. Bob was born in Port-Aux-Basques, NL, and grew up on the east coast of the province in Shoe Cove.  After graduating high school, he served in the Canadian Armed Forces for thirteen years, including tours in Germany and Cyprus. When he returned to Canada, he settled in Lower Sackville, NS. He obtained a diploma in IT, which set him on his entrepreneurial journey. Through his company, Cosmic Computers, he provided support services for clients right up to the time of his passing. He was a member of the Atlantic Steel Guitar Club and enjoyed jamming with local musicians. Besides music, Bob was a licensed Amateur Radio Operator, with the call sign VE1RLL. From the time he was a young boy, he loved hockey.  Bob took advantage of every opportunity to cheer Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon. He would banter back and forth via text messaging with his mom during the Toronto Maple Leafs’ games. Bob will most certainly be remembered for his unique sense of humour. He was never without a corny joke or two and laughed harder at himself than anyone else in the room. For us, he is gone way too soon and it gives us solace to remember the proverb: "Say not in grief, he is no more, but live in thankfulness that he was."  As the country artist, Vince Gill wrote: "Go rest high on that mountain Son.  Your work on earth is done." Memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in honour of Bob Lawrence. Cremation has taken place under the care and direction of the Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. A private celebration of life will be held at a later date. Tributes, words of comfort and memories of Bob may be shared with the family at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

PRIEST, Wayne Courtenay - It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing on May 12, 2023. Wayne was born in Diligent River, Cumberland County, on March 17, 1944, but he resided most of his life in Belmont, Colchester County. He was a devoted child of God, husband, father, Bumpa (grandfather and great grandfather), and friend. He is survived by his loving wife of nearly sixty years, Valerie Ann (Nichols) Priest; his children Connie (Andy) Bokma, Amanda (Kevin MacDonald) Priest, and Matthew (Gena) Priest; his grandchildren from Connie: Laura (James) Miedema, Julia (Doug) Wiens (Dryden and Bennett), Jordan (Kendra) Bokma (Finley), and Alex Bokma; from Amanda: Bijoux (Justin) Martell (Jasper); from Matt: Michaela Priest (Cameron Graham), and Mallory Priest. Wayne had a special bond with his brother-in-law Gordon (Marg) Nichols and always considered him his brother and best friend.

Wayne leaves behind numerous beloved nieces and nephews. He was also survived by a multitude of cousins, and he claimed them all! He was the fourth of six boys; Eldon, Carmen, Arlie, Gary (all deceased), and Fred. Sadly, Bumpa was predeceased by his great grandson Malachi Wiens and his unborn great grandchildren Zion, Jett, and Wren. Wayne was an industrious man who worked a variety of jobs but most notably at Crossley Karastan Carpet Mills, his own Log & Pulp Company and Woods Camp via Scott Paper Industries, and with his business partner and good friend Mike Merkle, and son, Matthew, their company Northern Lights Christmas Tree Farms. Wayne was a big tease. His beautiful blue eyes often had a sparkle of mischief, and his smile was as infectious as his love for flounder fishing at Spencer's Island. He loved classic cars, genealogy, and coin collecting. Wayne enjoyed playing various musical instruments, singing around the campfire, and was well known for his embellished storytelling. He was a very friendly soul who always did his best to make everyone feel welcome, from the tiniest child to the oldest in the room. His big heart will be dearly missed by us all. Our family is deeply grateful to the staff at the Debert Court Shannex for their professional and compassionate care of Wayne/Dad. They have been a true blessing. A Celebration Service of Wayne's life took place at Faith Baptist Church in Great Village on Thursday, May 18, Pastor Steve Adams officiating. Visitation was at 1pm, funeral service began at 2:00pm, with reception to follow. Private family burial later in the day. Donations may be made in Wayne's memory to the Casa Hogar Children’s Home of Honduras, under the Auspices of Faith Baptist Church; the Alzheimer's Society of Nova Scotia; or a charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the care of Colchester Community Funeral Home; 512 Willow Street, Truro. On-line condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.ColchesterCommunity.com

WEATHERBEE, Stuart Leon – Age 70 - It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our courageous and kind-hearted, coffee-loving husband, Dad, and Grampy. Stuart spent most of his youth in Wentworth, NS, riding his motorcycle and sometimes getting into trouble. He also loved camping, gardening, and enjoying the outdoors. He worked at Intertape Polymer for 38 years before his retirement.

Stuart could usually be found with a mug of Tim Horton’s coffee in the morning, afternoon, or evening while socializing and people watching. He loved four-wheeling with his wife, Blesilda, and going for long drives with no particular destination - but with lots of coffee! In the springtime, Stuart could be found in his sugar-shack boiling maple syrup, the memories taking him back to his childhood.

He adored and loved all his grandchildren very much, always enjoying their sleepovers and visits where all shared a common interest in four-wheeling and trucks. Stuart loved listening to live music and dancing, trying to teach us all to two-step, and if you were lucky enough to meet Stuart, you might have been on the receiving end of his humorous or smart remarks; he really enjoyed a bit of good-natured teasing.

Stuart was also very loved by his extended Filipino family, and was known as Ninong, Kuya, and Tito Payat. We would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the home palliative team, the VON, and E2 and the Palliative care staff at Colchester East Hants Health Centre. Stuart is survived by his loving wife of eleven years, Besilda Weatherbee; his daughters, Cathy (Wade) Parker, Bible Hill; Tammy Hughes (Brandon Gill), Salmon River; Crystal (Josh) Stokdijk, Middle Stewiacke; step-daughter, Shawna (Scott) Morrel and family; grandchildren, Logan, Kyle, Summer, Wyatt, Emett, Willa-Marie, Rhett, Chad, Lindsay and Mason; sister, Ann Letourneau, Windsor, Ontario; brother Charles (Susan) Weatherbee, Amherst as well as many nieces and nephews. Stuart was predeceased by his parents Sheldon and Muriel Weatherbee and his first wife Shawna. Donations in Stuart's memory may be made to the Colchester East Hants Hospice Society. A visitation was held May 23rd from 1-2pm followed by a funeral service at 2pm, both in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Reception followed. Burial in Hilden Cemetery. Online condolences at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

McLeary, Merrill Colin - Age 90 years. It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Merrill Colin McLeary, known to many as "Mo," on May 17, 2023, in Truro, Nova Scotia. Born on September 22, 1932, the third son of the late Blanche Lavina (Leet) McLeary and Bertram Noble McLeary of Belmont, Nova Scotia. Merrill was raised in Wentworth and from a young age, worked in the Cumberland County woodlands with his father. He continued to work hard everywhere the Good Lord slowed his feet long enough to settle. Merrill is survived by his soulmate and wife of 70 years, Leone Gertrude (Carey) McLeary and their six children, Merrill and Shawn of Ontario, Colin of Alberta, and Leland, Linda and Patricia of Nova Scotia. He is also survived by his older sisters, Rhoda and Carol. He will be lovingly remembered by his 20 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, Rosie. He was predeceased by his brothers, Bertram Jr. and Warren and his eldest sister, Delta. Merrill loved the Lord with all his heart and was awoken one night with a blessing straight from Him. Those blessed enough to have their paths brought to cross Merrill’s would have been left with this in their souls… "Soar like an eagle, hover like dove, and live in God’s agape love, Shalom" - Merrill McLeary

A visitation was held Wednesday, May 24th from 1-2pm. Funeral service followed at 2pm in the Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro, NS.

LYNDS, Fulton Leo, Age 63, Brookfield, passed away on May 19, 2023, after a lengthy illness from a stroke. He was the son of the late Carl and Eldora (Atkinson) Lynds. Fulton attended vocational school where he became a bricklayer then enjoyed working at hardware stores over the years. He took pride in coaching baseball in Brookfield and being a Scout Leader. Memories were made on yearly fishing trips to places like Liscombe Lodge and Keji. Fulton is survived by his daughter, Hillary Lynds (Jake Smyth); sons, Quinn Lynds and Todd Lynds, North River; wife, Krista Lynds, North River; sister, Cindy, Brookfield; and granddaughter, Kylee Smyth. Besides his parents, Fulton was predeceased by brother, Timothy, and sister, Carline. The family would like to thank the caring staff at Shiretown Nursing Home, Pictou for looking after Dad in his last year. A graveside service was held Saturday, May 27th in Brookfield Westside Cemetery, with Rev. Larry Harrison officiating, followed by a time of fellowship with Fulton’s family and friends, location was provided at the service. Arrangements are under the care of Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro, NS. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

LYNDS, Russell Leroy Lynds,   88, Salmon River, formerly of Belmont. With extreme sadness we announce that our beloved father, grandfather, father-in-law, brother, uncle, son and friend, passed away on Saturday, May 20, 2023, at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro, surrounded by family. Dad is survived by his forever loyal and loving only child, Jan (Lynds) Parker; faithful son-in-law, Gordie Parker; cherished and beloved granddaughter always, Tanya Parker (Chad McClellan) and six months ago he was truly blessed with the birth of his only great grandson, Renley Gordon McClellan, a true joy, who he loved so much; he adored and checked on Renley every day since his birth. The days Dad did not get to see Renley in person, he always wanted to see the pictures and videos that our daughter would send. Russell is also survived by many nieces and nephews. We would like to acknowledge and thank Dad’s companion, Barb Dill; your care, compassion and friendship shown to my father for the last 12 years was absolutely wonderful. Dad is also survived by his brother, Kenny Lynds (Shirley) and many International grandchildren from Germany, Brazil, South Korea, Columbia, Mexico and Italy over a 13 year period. Along with his parents, Edward and Ruby (Bruce) Lynds, Dad was predeceased by his wife, Avis (Staples) Lynds; brother, Bruce Lynds (Eileen Lynds); parents-in-law, Alma and Arnold Staples. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where the funeral service was held Monday, May 29, 2023. Family interment was held at Belmont (Crossroads) Cemetery. If so desired, donations in Russell’s memory to Dalhousie Urban Garden Society are welcomed. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

BARTLETT, Sandra Elaine (Peyton) – Age 79, Truro. The family of Sandra Elaine Bartlett are saddened to announce her passing on May 22, 2023, in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born July 4, 1943, in the ‘Depot’ in Newfoundland, Sandra was the youngest daughter of the late Herbert Munden and Violet (Noseworthy) Peyton of Bishops Falls, Newfoundland. Loving sister, and predeceased by Lillian, Ada, Roy, Audrey, Norman, Bernice, Gloria, Harry, Frances, Max and survived by sister, Margaret Escajeda of Augusta, Maine and brother, Gary (Eva) Peyton of Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Sandra first met the love of her life, Willis, at the age of fourteen in Bishop’s Falls, NL. Married on June 2, 1962, their courtship turned to a marriage of almost 61 years. How Willis and Sandra began their courtship can also describe their 61 years of marriage; meeting each other halfway in love, careers, homes, raising four daughters, the ups and downs of sharing a lifetime together with compassion, patience and respect for each other. The greatest source of joy in Sandra’s life were her four daughters and the gift of ten grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Laurie Gloria Eagles, husband, Mike, Evan (Monique) and Nathan; Claudette Elaine Passero, husband, John, Matthew (Brittany) and soon-to-arrive baby Cooper and Samantha (Mike) and their son, Joshua John; Tamie Geraldine Lowther and Alex (Katie) and Tegan; Sherrie-Lynne Clow, husband, Charles and Avery, Ailyn, Sophie and Oliver. Sandra and Willis were part of the Canadian Military family for 25 years and as such established many deep and lasting connections across Canada, being stationed in CFB Gander; CFB Halifax; CFB Gypsumville, CFB Sydney and CFB Borden; and finally, CFB Debert (Truro/Bible Hill area) where they spent the greater part of 42 years. Although, no matter where Sandra lived, Newfoundland was always home, more specifically, Bishop’s Falls and the house on the Exploits River. There were countless summers spent walking the trestle and sharing special time with family which meant everything to Sandra. Every life event, no matter how big or small, holds significant memories whether you called her Mom, Grandma, Great Grandma, sister or friend. Sandra loved celebrating her friends’ and family’s accomplishments throughout every moment of their lives and dedicated her time to teaching her daughters how to create family memories through her love of Christmas, family dinners, picnics, and often doing something unexpected, like white water rafting and ziplining at the age of 70. We all hold pieces of Sandra through her stitchwork of all the baby blankets, knitted mittens, and the recipes that we will continue to share together. Special thanks to the kind and compassionate care of Colchester East Hants VON, emergency health services and all the staff at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Sandra’s memory. A visitation was held Thursday, May 25th from 6-8 pm with a funeral service on Friday, May 26th at 11:00am both in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

JOUDRIE, Yvonne Isabel Age 84, Bible Hill. On May 22, 2023, the world bid farewell to a beloved matriarch, Yvonne Isabel Joudrie, as Heaven welcomed a new Queen. Yvonne took immense pride in her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her incredible sisters, nieces and nephews. Her boundless love and unwavering compassion were pure, attracting both people and furry friends who sought a lifetime of her affection. She exuded beauty, grace and unwavering courage until the very end, marking the start of a new chapter. To the doctors and nurses who displayed unwavering compassion in their care throughout Yvonne’s life, the remarkable VON caregivers, the compassionate ambulance personnel, her devoted husband and soulmate, Gerry, who remained by her side always, her ever-loving children and lifelong friends, a heartfelt expression of gratitude is extended for your immense kindness.

As per Yvonne’s wishes, the family will bid their farewells in private. If you wish to honour her memory, please consider donating to the Children’s Wish Foundation or a charity close to your heart.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

Vonnie and Gerry danced and laughed their way through 65 wonderful years, life was so good but now a light has gone out for so many people whose lives she touched.

SHEARER, Roach Allan - Age 73, passed away peacefully at home on May 23, 2023, surrounded by his family, who spent every last minute with him. Roach was born in Truro on October 31, 1949, the 5th of nine boys and one girl, to the late Alex and Florence (Blackmore) Shearer. Roach "Pup" was all about family and always put his kids and grandkids first. He would do anything and everything in his power to make their dreams come true. Whether it was putting in an inground pool or their annual trip south, he made it happen. He loved to travel, hunt and fish, but his heart was always at the ocean. He loved spending time at the camper in Five Islands, digging clams, and fishing flounder or bass (all enjoyed with a good drink of whiskey). He took great pride in his garden and baking bread and cookies (and delivering to friends and family). He loved cutting and splitting firewood to keep the house at least ninety degrees all winter. One of his greatest accomplishments was the beautiful cabin that he built with his wife and best friend, Leona in memory of their son, Wesley. Roach worked in the woods in his younger years, which he thoroughly enjoyed. He also operated heavy machinery, working long hours. Later, he was a truck driver and drove long haul for a number of years, travelling anywhere from Florida to NWT. Roach is survived by his wife of 52 years, Leona (Weatherbee); three daughters, Carrie Densmore (Shawn), Daphne Shearer (Jamie Spencer), Jolene Green (Davey); granddaughters, Sara Densmore (Scott Smith), Brooke Densmore (Calder Saunders), Maddy Shearer (Lucas Webb), Marlee Green (Keegan Grady), Nina Green (Joe Fagioli); grandsons, Calvin Spencer, Brody Shearer (Kenzie Boyd), Grayson Spencer and step-grandson, Logan Green; his great nephew and nieces, Lincoln, Rainna and Malaya, who also had a special place in his heart; sister, Terry Duguay (Kevin); brothers, Teddy (Marg) and Russell; two best friends, Kevin Guier of Freeport, Digby and Wayne Armstrong of Peterborough, Ontario; also his favourite trucking buddy, Scott MacDonald of Tatamagouche. Roach was predeceased by his son and partner in crime, Wes; his Mom and Dad; brothers, Curtis, Elmer, Geordie, Alex, Eric and Perry; father-in-law, Earl Weatherbee Sr.; mother-in-law, Muriel and friend, Cheryl Guier. His honest and open opinion was sometimes feared but Roach was a straight shooter. He protected his family with an iron fist! If you were his friend, it was for life. He fought with everything he had to get up and go everyday. Never losing his sense of humour and never complaining. The only thing he worried about, was leaving his family behind. 

We would like to thank our Mom (& Nan, Leona) for taking such great care of him which allowed him to be home, right where he wanted to be. Also, thanks to the palliative care team, Angela and Dr. Smith, for their care and guidance. There will be no funeral as per the family’s wishes. In memory of Roach, please praise a child, mend a broken relationship, and never give up on your dreams. Donations in Roach’s memory may be made to the IWK.

 


May 2023

DRUMMOND, Brian Osborne - It is with profound sadness the family of Brian Osborne Drummond, announces his passing on March 23, 2023, in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro after a lengthy illness. Born in Halifax, he was a son of the late Edward and Daisy (Barton) Drummond. He is survived by his wife, Nordicia (Clyke) Drummond and his daughters, Monique and Tamara, all of Truro; his siblings, Wayne (Janet), Dartmouth, Brenda, Calgary, Melissa, Eastern Passage, Kenny, Marvin (Sylvia) and Nelson (Donna), all of Halifax; sister-in-law, Shelley; grandchildren, Travis (Kylia), Megan and Daesean; great grandchildren, Legend and Malik and a host of cousins, nephews and nieces. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, William "Billy", Ronald and Jerome; his brother-in-law, Avery and sister-in-law, Jean. Affectionately known as "Daddy Brian" or "Uncle B", Brian will be fondly remembered by his extensive network of family and friends. He was a faithful husband, a proud father and beloved grandfather. He began working as a railroader when he was only seventeen years old and retired after 43 years of distinguished service with Via Rail. But he didn’t slow down. He continued to stay busy with a number of part-time jobs, by walking everyday, maintaining a meticulous lawn and lending a helping hand to anyone in need. Despite residing in Truro for most of his life, Brian was proud of his Creighton Street roots and maintained a special relationship with his cousin and lifelong friend, Romeo Barton. He also valued spending time with Osborne "Ozz" Paris and completing their daily errands together. He was a diehard Toronto sports fan and an avid collector of music, movies and baseball memorabilia. He enjoyed socializing and playing Whist - two of his favorite partners were Debbie and Cindy Paris. He also loved Motown and the Temptations. Later in his life, Brian became an active member of the Zion Baptist Church, the brotherhood and the choir. A special thank you to Dr. H. Berghuis, Dr. S. Ellis, the caregivers at Eden Hall in Cedarstone Enhanced Care and the staff of the Colchester East Hants Health Centre for their care, patience and support over the years and throughout this difficult time. We also want to extend our appreciation to everyone who expressed their love and affection. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Brian’s memory to the Zion Baptist Church. A visitation was held Sunday, March 26th in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. A celebration of Brian’s life was held Monday, March 27th in the Zion United Baptist Church. Pastor Thornton Williams officiating. A repast will be held in the church basement following the service. Online condolences by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

HAMILTON, Ralph Leslie - 87, North River, passed away on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at Halifax Infirmary, QEII, Halifax. Born in Minasville, he was a son of the late Edward Reynolds Hamilton and Greta Bell (Hill) Hughes. Ralph is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Frances Jean (Carter) Hamilton; daughter, Donna Curtis, Valley; sons, Roger, North River, and Neil (Roxanne), Crowes Mills. He is also survived by his brother, Cyril (Ailene); sister, Georgina; grandchildren, Stacy (Abdullah), Ryan (April), Ashley (Kyle), Chantal (Alan), Gabrielle (Ryan), Riley (Emily); great grandchildren, Kyla, Ryan, Lucas, Jackson, Zain, Ivy and Amelia; brother-in-law, Victor (Myrtle) Carter; sisters-in-law, Irene (Patt) Dunphy, and Marie (Neal) Bowers; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sister-in-law, Betty Hamilton; brother-in-law, Don Brown; son-in-law, David Curtis; and infant brother, Edgar Prescott. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where the funeral service was held Friday, March 31, 2023, Reverend Andrew Campbell officiated. Interment in Watson Cemetery at a later date. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

DIAMOND, Barry Neil - 78, Upper Onslow, passed away on Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Barry is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Kit (Lawson); son, Jeff Diamond (Jenny), Seattle; daughter, Dr. Carolyn Diamond (Mike Strople), Oakville, Ontario and their children Alex, Hudson and Brielle; brother-in-law, Gordon Lawson (Joan); sister-in-law, Carol Elder (Ken); sister-in-law, Diane Kelly; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Roddy and Gordon. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where the family received friends on Sunday, April 2, 2023. A private family burial will be held at a later date in Charlottetown. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

BURR, Oliver Leslie - 16 Mar 1950 - 28 Mar 2023 - Oliver (Ollie) Burr passed away on March 28, 2023, at the age of 73 in his hometown of East Mountain, N.S. following a battle with cancer. The day also marks the 55th anniversary of his immigration to Canada from "The Old Country," as he called it. Oliver, a stanchly proud Canadian, considered this date as one of the most important dates on the calendar each year. His career, or rather "careers" were as remarkable as his attention to detail and drive for perfection in everything he put his mind and energy towards. Over the years he worked as a draftsman, spray pilot (spruce budworm and potatoes), red seal mechanic (automotive, heavy duty and motorcycle), and finally, an apprenticeship officer for the Government of Nova Scotia. Amongst all that, he even fit in a stint as a stay-at-home Dad; arguably one of the harder jobs. Oliver was a very skilled woodworker and gardener, but most will remember him as a mechanical wizard with an absolute love of motorcycles and racing. His ability to create and tune fast and beautiful works of art was incredible. His love of bikes was contagious, and he passed it on to all his sons. That passion also inspired him to start Precious Metal Racing which has been a family affair for more than 20 years. Many weekends and countless hours over those years were spent racing at Atlantic Motorsports Park - Shubenacadie, NS; NHIS - Loudon, NH; Mosport - Bowmanville, ON and in the garage creating/repairing. He will be missed, but thanks to the great experiences and adventures had with friends and family, never forgotten. Oliver was predeceased by his father, Gerald, mother, Evelyn. He is survived by wife, Marilyn: his sisters, Rosemary and Christine; sons, Kevin, Alison and Jason and grandchildren, Evelyn, Sarah, Natalie, Allison and Charlotte. No visitation or service by request. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences are available at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

HENDERSON, J. Hope – Age 94, Truro. It is with sadness for our loss and gratitude for a life well - lived that we announce the passing of Hope Henderson, 94 years young! She died peacefully in her home on March 29, 2023, just as she would have wanted. Jacqueline HOPE Henderson was born in Truro on October 30, 1928, to parents, John and Laura (Ripley) Henderson. She grew up during the war years and was a very proud patriot —loved to sing the war songs. She graduated from Colchester County Academy and went on to the big city of Boston to take her nurse’s training. She trained at Boston City Hospital, and from then on, she was first and foremost a nurse! That was her life’s commitment! After a three-year bout with TB and recovery, she went to work at the old, old hospital and later, the Colchester Regional Hospital. There she worked for 30 years on the pediatric floor, a job she loved. Hope served on the VON Board for a number of years, and willingly canvased for the Heart and Stroke Foundation and Canadian Cancer Society. After retirement, she had fun times playing cards, bingo, and casino trips. She is survived by her sister, Barb Henderson-Townsend (Glen), Welshtown Lake; cousins, Ken (Chella) Henderson, Sheena and Eliot, Truro; and Devon (Jess) and Gwendolyn, Toronto, as well as step nieces and nephews and many other Henderson and Ripley cousins. She was kind of the matriarch! In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory gratefully accepted for St. Andrew’s United Church, VON Colchester County, or a charity of choice. A funeral service will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro, NS. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

LANGILLE, Howard GrahamAge 85, Bible Hill, passed away on March 29, 2023, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Tatamagouche, he was a son of the late Leonard and Mabel (McQueen) Langille. Howard worked at Northern Pulp, formerly Scott Maritime Ltd., from 1968-1994, where he started out as a crane operator. He was a heavy duty mechanic at the time of his retirement. Howard also ran his own business, Langille’s Paving. He always loved spending time on his wood lot. Howard lived in Riverton, Pictou County until he retired due to heart issues in 1996. After retirement, he moved to Bible Hill.He will be missed by daughters, Charlotte (John) Boats, Salt Springs, Susan (Dan) Caverley, Bible Hill, Lynn (Bill) MacKenzie, Bible Hill, Michelle Langille, Truro; sons, Roger Langille, BC, Justin (Amanda) Caverley, Camden; grandchildren, Graham Langille, BC, Morgan MacKenzie, Bible Hill, Matthew MacKenzie, Ontario, Taylor MacKenzie, Bible Hill, Logan MacKenzie, Ontario, Krista Crooks (Andrew), Halifax, Ryan Crooks (Ann), Bible Hill, Jess Langille, BC; great grandchildren, Jace and Shayla Caverley, Camden, Sophia and Abby Crooks, Bible Hill, Carmiela MacKenzie, Ontario, Savannah Langille, BC; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, Howard was predeceased by his wife, Margaret; son, Robert; brothers, Lloyd and Mervyn and foster sister, Anne Irving. Donations in Howard’s memory may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. There will be no service as per Howard’s request. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

WHITE, Daniel "Danny" Gilbert, passed away peacefully at the age of 78 years on April 1, 2023, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro, NS. He was predeceased by his wife and best friend of 45 years, Lorraine. He is survived by his daughters, Christine (Joe), Betty (Jon), Carolyn (Felix) and Danielle (Mike); grandchildren, Daniel (Kathryn), Lauren, Noah, Heather, Holly and longtime companion, Rose Martin; greatgrandchildren, Jonathan, Gabby, Arianna, and Linken, as well as siblings, Betty, Ginger, Carole, Kathy, Bruce and many beloved nieces and nephews. Lovingly acknowledging predeceased siblings, Robbie and Molly. Danny’s final years were spent happily with Rose. Sharing the same sense of humour, a love of Tim Horton’s, and being surrounded by family. An afternoon of remembrance and celebration was held April 7th at Betty (daughter) and Jon’s home at 12 Maynard Street, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

MILLER, Howard Walter Eugene - 58, Belmont passed away suddenly on Saturday, April 1, 2023 at home. Howard leaves to mourn, his wife and partner of 18 years, Doris; step-daughter, Samantha; and grandchildren, Shayla and Scarlett, who owned his heart fully; family friend, Phil; brother-in-law, Frank; along with his brother, Harold, niece and nephew, extended family, and small circle of friends. Howard was predeceased by his parents, Harold Eugene and Elizabeth (Greeley) Miller; sister, Helen, and mother-in-law, Marjorie. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall-Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

LAKE, William "Bill" Vincent - Age 78, Bible Hill, passed away peacefully on April 4, 2023, in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Saint John, New Brunswick to the late William J. Lake and Eileen A. (Brien) Lake, Bill was a graduate of the New Brunswick Community College Business program. He started his career as an equipment salesman in Fredericton, NB, with Atmus Equipment. A transfer in the late 60’s brought him to Truro, where he called home until his passing. Through his career in equipment sales, Bill saw an opportunity in the local market, which he explored in 1974, establishing Will-Kare Paving and Contracting Ltd. With over 48 years of ownership, Bill enjoyed meeting many customers and deeply valued the staff and their families that made the business successful. He was Past President of the Truro Gyro Club, the United Way of Colchester and the Truro Cemetery Corporation. He was recipient of the Truro & District Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year Award and the Rotary Club of Truro Community Service Award. Bill leaves behind his wife, Donna (Gordon) Lake; children, Kim Weir and Andrew (Tricia) Lake; grandchildren, Lauren and Kristen Weir and Patrick and Regan Lake; stepchildren, Brad Forshner (Shannon Pearce) and Gordon (Dianne) Forshner and step grandchildren, Matthew, Devon (Ashley), Danica (Nick) Calderhead, and six step great grandchildren; brothers, Bruce (Emily) and Richard (Sarah); sister-in-law, Helen Brownridge; brother-in-law, Bobby Gordon as well as several nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by his first wife, Karen; infant daughter, Kelly and brother-in-law, Ron Brownridge. Special thanks to the Hema Dialysis Unit that administered his kidney dialysis over the past three years. A further thank you to the ICU Team that administered his care in recent weeks. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada or the Ronald McDonald House Charities - Atlantic. A visitation was held April 10th in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St, Truro, NS. Funeral Mass was held April 11th in the Immaculate Conception Church, 669 Prince St., Truro with Father Jim O’Connor officiating. A reception will follow in the Best Western Glengarry, 150 Willow Street, Truro. Private family interment in Robie Street Cemetery following the service. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

RITCEY, Betty Ann Kirsten - Age 79, Truro, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 5, 2023, in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro with family by her side. Betty was born in Windsor on May 6, 1943, and was the daughter of the late Dorothy Johnsen. She moved to Truro in 1968 with her late husband, Jed and worked for the Department of Health for over 30 years prior to her retirement in April 1997. Betty always put her family first. She loved and supported her two sons, whether it was driving them to the hockey rink, band practice or even working an election or two. Her pride and joy were her grandchildren. She loved spending time with them, always making sure her schedule was open anytime the girls had a concert, dance recitals, volleyball and basketball tournaments and, on occasion, an all girls adventure. Betty was involved in her community. Involvement with the Colchester Hospital Auxiliary, Truro Band Auxiliary, St. Andrews United Church, Jed Ritcey Legacy Fund and the Kidney Foundation were some of the many groups that she supported. Betty was predeceased by her loving husband of 43 years, Donald Gerald Melvin "Jed". She is survived by her sons, Jerry (Martha), Sun City, Arizona, David (Amber), Truro; her adored granddaughters, Addison and Alexandra and grand dog, Oscar; her sisters-in-law, Isobel (Harold) Cream and Joanne Ritcey; her nieces and nephews, Greg (Reta) Cream, Mary (Jon) Saunders, Lisa (Nathan) Ritcey and Ryan; great nieces and nephews, Brayden, Keenan, Charlotte, Luke, Jaxson and MacKenzie. The Ritcey family would like to thank all the healthcare staff: doctors, nurses and paramedics that took care of Betty during her time in the hospital. We would also like to thank Betty’s care worker, Betty Ross, that looked after her since May 2021. The two Betty’s developed a special bond and we as a family are very grateful for the friendship and care. If so desired, donations may be made to the Colchester Hospital Auxiliary, 600 Abenaki Road, Truro, Nova Scotia B2N 5A1 or St. Andrew’s United Church, 55 King St., Truro, N.S. B2N 3K8. A visitation was held April 15th from 11:30am until time of service at 12:30pm both in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Rev. Shannon MacLean officiating. Reception to follow. Interment in Robie Street Cemetery at a later date. Online condolences at www.ColchesterCommunity.com .

MAKINEN, Lois Jane (Waugh) - It is with profound sadness, the family of our beloved Lois Jane (Waugh) Makinen, age 71, of Valley, Colchester County announces her passing on April 6, 2023, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro after a short but courageous battle with cancer. Janie is survived by her husband and life partner of 51 years, Paul, their two children, Stephanie (Ken) and PJ (Alanna). She leaves behind her much loved grandchildren, Sonja (Justin), Ryan, Emily, Tucker, and Cooper. She will be missed greatly by her brothers, Robert (Lana), Howard, Harry (Lucy), Charlie (Lynn), Anthony (Karen) and her sisters, Jackie (Donny) and Beverly as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Janie was predeceased by her father, James Harry Waugh; birth mother, Rosemary Waugh; Eileen (Crewe) DesChamps, (the mother who raised her); sisters, Barb MacLean, Karen Gero and brother, Peter Waugh.

Janie always referred to herself as a domestic goddess and took great pride in the home she created. Janie never missed a family gathering and could always be counted on to bring her signature dish, "deviled eggs". Her corny sense of humour and her love will be missed beyond words at "The sisters" regular Tim’s tea, Christmas, and birthday get-togethers. In lieu of flowers, donations made in her memory to the Tim Horton Children’s Camp or a charity of your choice are welcomed.

There will be no visitation or funeral by request. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS.

BARLEY, Douglas Norman "Doug"  67, Debert, passed  away on Friday, April 7, 2023, at Halifax Infirmary, QEII. Born in Masstown, he was a son of the late Edward and Ivy (Mosher) Barley. Doug is survived by his loving wife, Connie (Patriquin); daughters, Shannon (Shaun) Gates, Natasha (Matt) Barley; stepsons, Dana (Erin) Murphy, Travis (Jessica) Murphy; stepdaughter, Krisi (Adam) Murphy. He was the proud "Papa" of ten grandchildren, Jillian, Georgia, Kaylee, Ella, Blake, Shantel, Ian, Adalyn, Charlotte, and Carter. He is also survived by his brothers, Dave (Dot) Barley, Gary (Janet) Barley, Reg Barley, Dougie (Fern) Lattie; brother-in-law, Bill Simpson; many loved nieces, nephews and cousins. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Doreen Simpson. Honouring Doug’s wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral service. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall -Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com 

LINDSAY, Dexter Leslie - 82, Truro, passed away on April 14, 2023. Dexter was born in Belmont, Colchester County, to the late Alfred Steel Lindsay and Pearl Mae (Morrisey). He was the youngest of six children and has been predeceased by brothers, Sam (Bella) and John; and sisters, Clara (Irvin) and Elsie (Steven). He is survived by his brother, Russell Lindsay (Ann, deceased). Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where the family received friends on Wednesday, April 19, 2023. A private family burial will be held at a later date. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com


April 2023

ACTON, Charles Bernard - 74, Valley, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 18, 2023 in Colchester East Hants Health Centre. Bernie is survived by his beautiful wife of 45 years, Debra (Nelson) Acton; his son, Matthew (Jeremy); brother, Richard (Ann); and sister, Anita (Tye). He is predeceased by parents, Thomas and Mary; his stillborn daughter, Celina; sisters, Doris (Harold) and Lilian (Norman). Bernie is dearly missed but his family takes comfort knowing he is resting peacefully in eternal life. Funeral service was held Sunday, February 26, 2023 at Faith Baptist Church in Great Village, officiated by Pastor Steve Adams. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall-Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

 HIGGINS, Stephen "Steve" Grant - Age 61, of Truro, passed away after a brief illness on Saturday, February 25, 2023. Steve was the son of the late Grant and Marilyn (Boyd) Higgins. Steve loved to socialize and knew almost every person he saw, in one way or another. He also remembered everyone’s name. Steve lived most of his life in Lower Onslow, and then moved to Parkland, where he lived amongst a community of friends. He was never home and was always off on adventures, often being seen driving his wheelchair downtown at full tilt. Steve loved his coffees, reading and chatting with friends online. He’d often challenge friends to an arm wrestle or entertain them with a good joke. He loved eating out at restaurants like Murphy’s, Bistro 22, the Glengarry, Tim’s and the Truro mall food court. Steve had his own car for many years and loved going for drives, on his own and with his beloved Grammie Higgins. And in recent years, Steve went to the Adult Day Program and absolutely loved everyone there. Steve will always be remembered by his two little sisters, Kenda and Tonda. As well, he is survived by his brother-in-law, Wade and stepmother, Jill. He loved his nieces, Kayla and Sara; nephews, Zach, Alex and Brandon; step-siblings, Todd, Tracey and Tara, along with their children. Steve is also survived by his Uncle Benny, Aunt Grace and Aunt Heather, several cousins, and even more friends. Steve’s family would like to thank the Parkland team, in particular Connie and Robin, the VON Adult Day Program, and Colchester Hospital staff. In lieu of flowers, donations in Steve’s name may be made to CARMA Colchester, a charity that supports cat adoption. Visitation was held March 3rd with a celebration of Steve’s life on Saturday, March 4th. Both in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro with Marty Clark-Ettinger, DLM presiding. Condolences to the family may be made by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

BROWN, Allen LloydAge 63, North River. It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our loving husband, father and Bumpy, Allen Lloyd Brown on March 2, 2023, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro, with his family by his side. Born in Pugwash on September 17, 1959, he was a son of Lloyd Brown and the late Ella Jean (Allen) Brown. Allen went to school in Pugwash, and then attended Springhill Vocational. In the early 90s, he went to the College of Cape Breton for Bus and Transport. Allen was a member of the St. John’s United Church in Wallace as well as a member of the Wallace Masonic Lodge No. 76. Allen spent many years in the bus and transport industry before opening his own welding business. He then moved on to start Alken Enterprises in Hilden where he rented a shop and ran tractor trailers and dump trucks and also employed many people. Allen moved the business to Wallace, where he spent thirteen years acquiring new and old customers, as well as many friends, with the most recent move for the company, to Debert three years ago. Allen is survived by the love of his life and wife of 41 years, Brenda (Patriquin); daughters, Kelly Collette, North River, Nicole (Paul) Silva, New Glasgow; grandchildren, Addison Collette, Briella Collette, Gracie Silva, Blake Silva; father, Lloyd Brown, Wallace Bay; brother, Kenny (Laura) Brown, Truro; sisters; Linda Brown, Ottawa, Debbie (Trevor) Isnor, PEI; godson, Danny Patriquin; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He will also be missed by his brothers and sisters in-law and lifelong friends. Besides his mother, Allen was predeceased by step-mother, Annie Brown; paternal grandparents, Edward and Myrtle Brown; maternal grandparents, Lesley and Velma Allen; parents-in-law, Truman and Freda Patriquin; several aunts and uncles. If anyone knew Allen, they knew he was a family man. He always put his wife, daughters and grandkids ahead of himself. He was a good provider and a hard worker. Considered a "Jack of All Trades", he could fix anything, even by giving instructions over the phone. The family never had to call a mechanic, carpenter or plumber. He was always willing to help anyone in need. The family would like to thank Medic Day, Palliative Care and Hematology nurses, Dr. Rowe and Dr. Henderson at Colchester East Hants Health Centre for the excellent care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to an education fund for his grandchildren – c/o Brenda Brown or e-transfer b.brown2821@gmail.com. His children’s education was very important to Allen. Bumpy wanted to ensure that his grandchildren have the same opportunities. A visitation took place on Sunday, March 5th with a funeral service taking place on Monday, March 6th, both in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. Rev. Connie McNamara officiating. Reception followed. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com   

BAAS, Rosemary Irene (Adams)(Trenholm) Age 94, Truro. With saddened hearts, we said our final good-bye to our mother at the age of 94 years on March 2, 2023. Mom was born in Masstown to the late Augustus and Alice Adams and attended school there and in Maitland. She married Alan Trenholm, had three children and at the age of twenty-four, was diagnosed with Tuberculosis. Our mother was incredibly strong-willed to go through two years of separation from her family and survive. After her recovery, she and her three children moved to Ontario where she put herself through hairdressing school and opened a shop in the village of Vineland. Mom remarried in 1966 and returned to her home of Nova Scotia in 1972.

She had many different careers and hobbies. Mom loved her time with the Girl Guides and her church. The family was always astonished at the incredible memory that she had, especially when it came to our family history. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers and sisters-in-law, Russell, Inez, Emiline, Phillip, May, Ronald, David, Jackie, Marina, Jack Matthews and Alvira; sisters and brothers-in-law, Grace, Margaret, Ern, Edith, Clyde and Bessie; her husband, Keith Baas and former husband, Alan Spenser Trenholm; her son, Calvin Trenholm and grandson, Duane Trenholm. Mom is survived by sons, Scott Trenholm (Brenda), Brian Baas (Joan) and daughter, Alana Burtch. She was a proud Nana to Dana, Darcy, Rikki, Rodney, Nathan, Jennifer, Julie, Jeremy, Samantha and Jonas. Great Nana to Kieya, Justin, Keegan, Darrion, Duane, Daughtery, Cole, Kaia, Brennan, Cameron and Billie. Great-great Nana to Aubrey and Logan. She will be sadly missed by many nieces and nephews and extended family in England, the Netherlands and Australia as well as many wonderful friends. We are so happy that she made 18 Munroe Court her cozy, new home and enjoyed meeting new friends and reconnecting with old friends. We want to thank the doctors, nurses and all of the staff of the CEHHC for taking such good care of Mom. A graveside service will be held in the summer of 2023. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences available at  www.colchestercommunity.com  

STAPLES, Garth Elroy – 82, Truro, formerly of Wolfville and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2023 at Halifax Infirmary, QEII, Halifax. Born in Staples Brook, Colchester County, he was a son of the late William and Essie (Armsworthy) Staples. Garth is survived by his spouse, Heather Stewart; daughter, Hope Digout (Lennie); grandsons, Jack Digout, Max Digout; nephew, Dr. Eric Staples. Garth is also survived by Heather’s sisters, Sandra Brehaut (John), Karen Stewart; nephew, John Brehaut; nieces, Linda Brehaut, Marion Breau (Matt). Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Eugene; sister-in-law, Frances; brother, Eric Rowe Staples; niece, Arlene. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where the funeral service was held Friday, March 10, 2023, Reverend Rob Lyle officiated. Spring interment in Crossroads (Old Methodist) Cemetery, Belmont. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

CLARKE, Phyllis Jean - Age 94 of Truro, NS, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on March 4, 2023, at Whispering Spirits Farm in River John. She was born in Lower Onslow, NS, to the late Margaret (Whidden) and Harry Clarke on November 16, 1928. She grew up on the family farm with her five sisters and four brothers. Upon graduation from high school, she taught for two years with the hope of attending the Teachers College when she was old enough. Unfortunately, before fulfilling her dream, Phyl contracted polio and lost the use of all her limbs with the exception of her left hand and arm. She spent the next four years in the Polio Clinic in Halifax. With great determination and courage, Phyl learned to walk again, and upon leaving the Polio Clinic in 1953, she moved to Toronto where she worked as a medical secretary at The Mount Dennis Medical Clinic. Later, she received training as an EEG Technician and spent the rest of her working years at The Clarke Institute of Psychiatry. In 2013, she returned to Nova Scotia, residing in Truro. She enjoyed spending summers at the cottage in Little Dyke and later at Whispering Spirits Farm in River John. Phyl was a caring, gentle and nurturing soul, adored by everyone. She loved children and enjoyed spending time with them. Phyl was an avid reader, a sports enthusiast and a hardcore Toronto Blue Jays fan. She loved attending Blue Jays games when living in Toronto. She enjoyed watching cooking shows on television and doing crossword puzzles, at which she was very skilled. Phyl is survived by her loving and devoted sister, Marion (Truro); sisters-in-law, Edna Clarke (Moncton) and Barbara Clarke (Truro); many cherished nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews; cousins and friends. She was predeceased by siblings, Raymond, Winnifred (McNutt), Beryl, Kenneth, Lester, Darrell, Verna (McConnell), Geraldine (in infancy); brothers-in-law, Ray McNutt, Desmond McConnell; sisters-in-law, Ruth Clarke and Marjorie Clarke; two nephews; one niece and two grand nephews. The family would like to thank the VON workers from Colchester and Pictou County for the loving care they provided to Phyl. A special thank you to the Palliative Care Team from Pictou County and to Dr. Karen Ewing who made it possible for Phyl to remain at home until her passing. We would also like to acknowledge the support from family, friends and the church community during this difficult time. Your thoughts and prayers were very much appreciated. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kids Help Phone, VON Nova Scotia or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS, from where a service was held March 11th with the Rev. Lori Ramsey officiating. A reception followed the service. Webcasting of the service will begin at 1:58pm (AST).

Crowe, Edna Belle (McMaster) quietly left this world on Tuesday, March 7, 2023. Born on Christmas Day to a large family, she was raised in a small home in Manganese Mines with her fifteen siblings. Growing up, she excelled in school and favoured math, taking courses in accounting and helping with the bookwork of family businesses. Living on a farm, she learned to grow and can her own food, mend and make clothes for their family, and be financially conscious with every penny. This is where her work ethic and pride in her homestead began. Edna was predeceased by her adoring husband of 67 years, Ronald. Together, in their Salmon River home, they raised a family of five children, Nancy (Adrian), Mike (Kelly), Randy (Christine), Craig (Pamela) and Scott (Tammy). Each one of them now carry on the strong values they were taught at home.  With minibikes, trucks and skidoos ever present, she took it all in stride with a sharp wit and a great sense of humour. She loved a good laugh, enjoyed practical jokes, and acting a fool with her eight grand babies, Jeff, Amanda, Nadine, Danielle, Bradley, Ryan, Jessalyn and Linsey. She was then promoted to great grandmother for ten more tiny treasures to love, Siannah, Sawyer, Bellamy, Neela, Eli, Brier, Blair, Aubree, Mac and Casey. Her eyes lit up when she saw a little visitor, often sitting on the floor colouring and playing dollies and, of course, jumping on the trampoline (both her and the kids). Nan’s cupboard always held the special treats for the kids, along with homemade cookies for Bumpy. Nan never missed a birthday and loved being surrounded by her family for gatherings of any size. Sundays were for family, and you could set your watch by their arrival time. She was a clever gift giver, and her family, and later grandchildren, didn’t want for much. If you wanted to be sure you received a certain gift, you asked Nan. She was the keeper of the family tree, the recorder of all the birthdays and most certainly the woman who knew what was going on. Famous for always (and she thought secretly) opening her Christmas presents on Christmas eve, she always hoped that there would be a box of chocolates somewhere under the tree. With a working truck garage in their yard for much of her life, she embraced "the boys" being close by for her to feed, fuss over, and help with bookkeeping. Whenever you stopped to visit, she would always ask, ‘did you eat yet?’ no matter the time. Edna’s acts of service included mending clothes for her family and friends, sending loved ones off with homemade meals, and feeding cold cuts to the stray cats of the neighborhood whenever they looked like they needed it. The crows sat on the power lines outside the door, waiting for her "daily delivery" of stale bread or leftover lunch. She loved her gardens, both flowering and food. The May long weekend was for tilling the garden, checking the seeds and getting ready for planting. With an abundance of deer, they needed an especially tall fence to keep them all out. She claimed the deer needed to eat too, but not her veggies. She was famous for her lilac bush in the spring, yellow beans in the summer, and chow pickles in the fall. This past July, Edna found herself at Wynn Park Villa, her final home. The staff were kind and gentle, treating her with dignity and compassion, that we all appreciated. It was a little piece of Heaven for our beloved mother, with glorious roses just outside the window, by her bed. To all the Villa Staff- thank you for loving our Nan. Mom - we loved you each and every day of our lives. Now, we will miss you forever and a day. Your work here is done….we’ll take it from here. Edna was predeceased by siblings, Stanley, Helen, Ernest, Ethel, Kay, Marguirite, Frank, Alfred and Hughie, and her parents, Daniel McMaster and Christena McMaster (MacKenzie). She is survived by siblings, Walter, Jean, Robert, Isabel, Marjorie and Donald. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wynn Park Villa’s Recreation Program or Blackmore Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS from where a Funeral Service was held March 12th with Rev. Larry Harrison officiating. Burial in Blackmore Memorial Cemetery at a later date. 

RICHARD, Kenda Alice (Poole) Age 78, of Belmont, passed away on March 10, 2023, in the QEII Halifax Infirmary. Born in Pictou on December 29, 1944, Kenda was a daughter of the late Kenneth and Alice (Irving) Poole. Kenda was a longtime employee at Stanfield’s Ltd until she retired in 2010. She will be deeply missed by her companion and best friend, Ian Taylor; sons, Derek Richard, Onslow, Michael Richard, Dawson Creek, BC; grandchildren, Nicholas and Emily, both of Dawson Creek; sister, Anna Henderson, Three Brooks; brother, Jim Poole, Scotsburn. Besides her parents, Kenda was predeceased by sisters, Joyce, Betty and Margaret "Nogg"; brothers, Irving and Clarence "Bud". To honour Kenda’s memory, please consider planting a flower or tree, making a kind gesture to those around you, or donate to a charity of your choosing. In keeping with her wishes, there will be no visitation or service. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

STAPLES, Garth Elroy – 82, Truro, formerly of Wolfville and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2023 at Halifax Infirmary, QEII, Halifax. Born in Staples Brook, Colchester County, he was a son of the late William and Essie (Armsworthy) Staples. Garth is survived by his spouse, Heather Stewart; daughter, Hope Digout (Lennie); grandsons, Jack Digout, Max Digout; nephew, Dr. Eric Staples. Garth is also survived by Heather’s sisters, Sandra Brehaut (John), Karen Stewart; nephew, John Brehaut; nieces, Linda Brehaut, Marion Breau (Matt). Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Eugene; sister-in-law, Frances; brother, Eric Rowe Staples; niece, Arlene. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where the funeral service was held Friday, March 10, 2023, Reverend Rob Lyle officiated. Spring interment in Crossroads (Old Methodist) Cemetery, Belmont. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

HINGLEY (MacDONALD), Isabel Annie – Age 95, Kemptown, passed away on March 11, 2023 in East Cumberland Lodge, Pugwash. Born on August 21, 1927 in Riversdale, she was a daughter of the late Herbert and Viola MacDonald. Isabel is survived by her sisters, Elizabeth MacLean and Phyllis Jacques (Terrance); sister-in-law, Thelma MacDonald as well as several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, John Hingley; sisters , Lillian Wilson and Florence Morrison and brother, Bert MacDonald. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the CEHHC "We Care About Cancer", Heart and Stroke Foundation, SPCA or charity of choice. A visitation was held on Thursday, March 16th from 1pm until time of service at 2pm, both in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS with Rev. Valerie Kingsbury officiating. Burial will take place at a later date in Crossroads Cemetery, Valley, NS Online condolences available at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

SNYDER, Harry Meryl  84, Bible Hill, passed away on Tuesday, March 14, 2023, at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Debert, he was a son of the late Harry Snyder and Ruth McLean and was raised by his grandparents, Marvin and Mary (Rawding) McLean. Harry is survived by his daughter, Cheryl (Robert) Weiss; grandson, Sean Weiss; half-brother, Gerry. Graveside service that was held Wednesday, March 22, 2023, at Main Road Cemetery, Debert. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

CANNING, Laurie Henry – 90, Lower Onslow. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Laurie Henry Canning on Thursday morning, March 16, 2023, at Debert Court, Debert. Born in Diligent River, he was a son of the late Chapman and Florence (Read) Canning. Laurie is survived by his wife, Rosalie; son, Jamie (Tami), Masstown; grandchildren, Matthew, Janelle, Joanna; four great grandchildren; sisters, Janet Varner, Marjorie Gallant, Helen (John) Dodsworth; in-laws, Kenneth (Evelyn) MacKay, Mary (Rodney) Kincaid, Janet Kent, Shirley Graham, Leta (Glen) Ells, Gary (Eleanor) MacKay, Gordon (Cheryl) MacKay, Ethel Ervin; several nieces and nephews; sons, Terry and David. Along with his parents, Laurie was predeceased by his sister, Doris in infancy, Eileen Allen, Jessie Davis; brother, Read; mother-in-law, Mildred (Fulton); father-in-law, Wallace MacKay. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where the funeral service was held Sunday, March 19, 2023, Reverend Glenn MacLean officiated. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

CRESS, Garth Leroy – Age 75, Murray Siding. It is with great sadness that the family of Garth Leroy Cress announce his passing on March 16, 2023, at the age of 75. Born in Digby, he was a son of Roscoe and Iris Cress and the oldest of three brothers, Dan Cress (Elaine), Kim Cress. Garth will always be cherished and never forgotten by his loving wife of nearly 54 years, Donna: his daughter, Candice (Andrew); son, James (Alina) and beloved grandchildren, Eli, Cohen and Ania. Garth worked twenty-five plus years for the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources. He was an avid outdoorsman and could always be found in the woods enjoying hunting, fishing and guiding. The family is grateful and would like to thank the Nurses and Doctors on 6.4 of the QEII for their care and support. Donations in Garth's memory may be made to the QEII or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. A celebration of life was held on Friday, March 24, 2023, at 1 p.m. in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro, NS. A reception followed. Online condolences at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

AMIRO, Alice Rose Marie Age 79, Truro. Alice Rose Marie Amiro passed away peacefully on 20 March 2023 in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Alice was a faithful member of First United Church Truro. She is survived by her loving husband of nearly 60 years, Burton Amiro; her children, Richard Amiro, Lisa Amiro and Angela Amiro; granddaughter, Kristen Murray; grandson, Derrick Ouma and sister, Evelyn Garrett. She was predeceased by her father, Henry Clarence Conrad and mother, Myrtle Rebecca Conrad; sisters, Laurene Owen, Marie Barry, Violet Wallace, Cecelia Doucet, Anna Fevens and Marilyn Porter and brothers, Carleton Conrad and Edward Conrad and brothers, Eric and Stewart in infancy. Alice was born in Liverpool, NS and moved to Yarmouth when she was four years old. Alice went to the Yarmouth Vocational School taking Commercial. She worked in several offices as secretary until she married the love of her life, Burton. She followed Burton to Winnipeg MN, Germany, Oromocto NB, Valcartier PQ, Debert NS, Kingston ON, Halifax NS, and Ottawa ON. She retired with Burton to Truro. While in Debert, she obtained her grade 12 GED. She got a job working in the base kitchen. While she was in Kingston, she took a "You 2" program where you upgrade your secretarial skills and education and graduated with another grade 12. During the program, she was placed at the local hospital transferring records into the computer system. After the program finished, she was hired back periodically to help in the office and then was asked to work in the OR keeping records and before leaving Kingston for Halifax, was hired to work in Admitting. In Ottawa, she worked for a short time in a fabric store. After retirement, she spent lots of time with her friends and especially at church with her craft group and UCW unit. She enjoyed cruises to the Western Caribbean, Eastern Caribbean, Southern Caribbean, Tahiti, Hawaii and England, Scotland and Ireland. River cruises from Budapest to Amsterdam and Paris to Zurich and a Mediterranean Cruise from Venice to Barcelona. She did these cruises even though she was afraid of the water. Alice suffered many ailments including Diabetes for over 50 years and Thyroid Cancer. She was a fighter and said, "If you tell me what the problem is, I can deal with it." She put up a valiant fight right up to the end. Thank you to all the nurses and doctors in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre for your kind words and actions while taking care of her. We realize that you have a busy and difficult job, but you manage to do your work very efficiently and proficiently.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to First United Church, Heart and Stroke, Diabetes Canada or your favorite charity. Cremation has taken place. A visitation will be held March 31st from 6 to 8 pm in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. A Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, April 1st at 2pm in First United Church, Truro, NS, Rev. Valerie Kingsbury officiating. Livestreaming of the service will begin at 1:58pm (AST) and is available at www.youtube.com/channel/UCbCfq0fRpwkiw6bmoNoiI5g. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

MacSWAIN, Helen Janet (Campbell)Age 70, of Truro and formerly of Stratford, PEI, passed away peacefully with family by her side on March 21, 2023. She was a daughter of the late Boswell "Buffy" and Beatrice Campbell. Helen was the beloved wife of Wayne MacSwain and loving mother to A.J. (Krista) MacSwain and Bradford (Nancy) MacSwain. A cherished Nana of Annabeth and Alexandria "Lexi" MacSwain. She is also survived by her sister, Edna Sprake and niece, Kristy Sprake. The family would like to give a special thank you for the compassionate care from the VON nurses and to Dr. Smith and Cheryl from the palliative care team in Truro. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to Peters Road Cemetery or a charity of choice would be appreciated. At Helen’s personal request, there will be no visitation or funeral service. A private graveside service to take place at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com


March 2023

SIMKINS, Mark Edward - Family and friends regretfully announce the passing of Mark Edward Simkins of Halifax on November 19, 2022. Mark entered this world in 1954 in Victoria, BC to parents, Mary Shirley Martindale and Harold Edward (Ted) Simkins of Toronto. As the son of an RCAF navigator, Mark moved with the family through BC, Quebec, Ontario, as well as to Florida. Settling in Omemee, Ontario, Mark attended Crestwood Secondary School in Peterborough. He and brother, Paul were record breaking track and field athletes; his long-distance running records stood for many years. In the 1970’s, he studied Journalism at Carleton University, then in 1977, he attended Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, studying Journalism, followed by English literature at the University of King's College. He then embarked on a career in photojournalism. Around 1978, he travelled to Paris and at various times through other countries including England, Scotland and Italy. His early trip to Europe ignited his love of photography. He was an avid reader and lover of literature, and student of languages. In the late 1970’s, he worked at the Dalhousie Gazette newspaper followed by the Truro Daily News. He was a photographer for United Press International in Halifax, the Montreal Gazette Marine News, Canadian Press (1981), and 1981-82 Atlantic Bureau photographer for UPI (United Press Canada) . He was a reporter/photographer for the Peterborough Common Press, the Truro Daily News, the Chronicle Herald - Bridgewater Bureau, the Alcan Ingot, and a reporter for the Bridgewater Bulletin. He photographed for Macleans and many other publications, as well as commercial work, including fashion, industrial and film stills. Mark was a key player in the development of Nova Scotia's film industry, and his large photography collection, which captured so much Halifax cultural history, now sits with the Nova Scotia Archives.

He ran his own retail photography business, was a founding member of the LaHave Craft Co-op, and worked at several call centres in Bridgewater, Dartmouth and Halifax.  Additionally, he did various labour jobs - working on a big Rails to Trails project outside Mahone Bay and worked at both LaHave Seafoods and Fisheries Products International. Mark is survived by his brother, Paul and sister, Lisa; daughter Vanessa, grandchildren Taylor and Kelsie, and lovingly remembered by former partner, Susan Bone. He will be missed by his many friends.    

HUGGARD, Dr. Richard James "Dick" -Age 87, Truro, passed peacefully on January 8, 2023, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Dick was born on a farm in Norton, NB to the late Russell and Lillian (Gillies) Huggard. He was a loving husband to Marjorie (MacRae); father to Richard (Heather) and Lesley (Shawn Evans); brother to Bob Huggard and the late Marian Lines and a caring grandfather to James (Junghye), Ian, Willa, and Lucy. He is fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Dick graduated from the NSAC in 1956 and in 1958, he received his BSc from MacDonald College of McGill University. In 1965, he completed his MSc from the University of Illinois. He joined the Nova Scotia Dept of Agriculture and Marketing in 1958 and ended his career as Deputy Minister of Agriculture from 1991 -1994. Dick played hockey at the collegiate level at NSAC and MacDonald College, and also played in the Truro District Hockey League. He never gave up on his beloved Toronto Maple Leafs, always saying, "This will be our year." In 1996, he was awarded the Erland Lee Award for his work and contribution with the Women’s Institute of Canada. He also travelled to Beijing, Hong Kong, and Taiwan in 1999 as chair of the Canadian Agri-Food Research Council. Dick was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University (NSAC) in 2006 and was inducted into the Atlantic Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2015 along with many other awards. Many children were significantly impacted by his many years of involvement in 4-H. Dick volunteered countless hours with many different organizations, most notably the Farm Equipment Museum in Truro and the Cobequid Salmon Association. He also served two terms as Warden at St. John’s Anglican Church. His hobbies included fly fishing, fly tying, woodworking and he painted beautiful detailed wooden birds that are treasured by many around the world. A loving grandfather, "Bockiey" always had a sparkle in his eye when he talked about his grandchildren’s talents and accomplishments. He enjoyed summers at the family cottage in Marshville, NS and trips to the camp in Liscombe. Most of all, he enjoyed meeting as many new people as possible and learning all about them. We’re sure that in heaven, as on earth, he will know and enjoy a chat with everyone he sees. He often spoke about all the "good people" he had encountered in his life. Dick was a very kind gentleman who always found goodness in everyone. The family wishes to thank RN Rebecca (D3) and Dr. Dave Henderson in the Colchester East Hants Health Center, Truro. Memorial donations may be made to the Farm Equipment Museum, 4-H Nova Scotia or CEHHC Palliative Care. Family flowers only. A father is supposed to be proud of his kids, but in our case, we couldn't be more proud of him. We will love you forever, Dad. Visitation was held January 20th in Colchester Community Funeral Home. Funeral service was held January 21st at 1pm in St. John’s Anglican Church, 23 Church St., Truro, NS with the Rev. Lori Ramsey officiating. Reception followed. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

LORING, John Alden Age 91, formerly of Bass River, passed on January 14, 2023, in Bayview Memorial Health Centre, Advocate Harbour. John was born the son of the late Bertram and Francis (Woolaren) Loring of Billerica, Massachusetts, USA. He was a long-time resident and apple farmer of Bass River for over 50 years. No visitation or service. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

HENNIGAR, Wesley Eugene – Age 86, Truro, Nova Scotia. It is with great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Wesley Eugene Hennigar on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, in Cedarstone Enhanced Care, Truro. Born in Northfield on July 22, 1936, Wes was a son of the late Wilfred and Bessie (Miller) Hennigar. In the late 1950’s, Wes was a self-taught, self-employed butcher. He raised his own cattle and pedaled it from his homestead in Northfield to Halifax. In the mid 1960’s, he entered the trucking industry. He started his own company, W.E. Hennigar Transport Feed Specialty. In 1968, Wes was the first to haul bulk feed to Newfoundland. He had a lot of firsts in the industry. After 20 years of running the business, he sold it. Wes then had his hand in many ventures, so many that if you were to include them all, it would take up the whole page. Wes lived a full life; between work and his family he always had something on the go. You couldn’t go anywhere with him unless you were prepared to spend the whole day, as he knew everyone. He was always laughing and telling jokes. If it wasn’t a joke Wes was telling, it was one of his many stories. In his later years, Wes met Margie Publicover and the two spent the last 23 years enjoying retirement. Between going to dances, bowling and driving along the shore, they kept each other busy. Wes was a beloved husband, father, brother and grandfather. He will be deeply missed by his partner, Margie Publicover; daughter, Dawn (Blair) Troop; sons, Larry (Shirley) Hennigar and Greg (Joanne) Hennigar; grandchildren, Carla (Marcos) Trinidad, Jason (Sarah) MacLeod, Jenni (Daniel) Sill, Drew (Monica) Hennigar, Brenée (Jordan) Hennigar, Kaitlyn Hennigar, Peggy (Ali) MacEachern, Paula (Robbie) Higgins and Trish (Caleb) Higgins; twelve great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his loving wife of 40 years, Eleanor (Faulkner) Hennigar; brothers, Reg Hennigar and Ralph Hennigar. A family graveside service and celebration of life will be held at a later date. Donations in Wes’s memory may be made to Oak Island Cemetery, Maitland, NS. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com  The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff at Cedarstone for their care over the years.

TEED, Wayne "Shaggy" David– Age 54, Debert. It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Wayne, fondly known as "Shaggy," on January 24, 2023, after a four-year battle with a rare brain disease. Wayne passed away at home with Tamara, Charlie and his two dogs by his side. He is survived by his wife, Tamara; daughter, Charlie; stepson, Blaine (Liz); parents, Betty and David Teed, as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins. Wayne was predeceased by paternal grandparents, Charlie and Sylvia Teed; maternal grandparents, Willis Manthorne and Greta Manthorne-Titus; aunt, Barb and uncles, Terry and Brian as well as in-laws, Roy and Karen Green. Wayne worked in the woods for many years, also at Truro Agromart for 23 years and then Koltech Windows and Entrance Systems for ten years. In his spare time, he loved being up the mountain (Belmont) four wheeling and snowmobiling, doing work around the yard and spending time at the camp in Hart Lake. His pride and joy in life were his two girls, his wife, Tamara and daughter, Charlie whom he loved so much. He was always so proud of his daughter with whom he shared a birthday. Wayne was a huge animal lover, especially his dogs, Frankie and Jaxon, who will miss him dearly. Donations in his memory may be made to any SPCA, animal shelter or veterinary clinic of your choice. Cremation has taken place, no service by his request. A graveside service will be held in the spring for all family and friends in the Belmont Cemetery, details to be announced at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences available at  www.colchestercommunity.com 

WALKER, Terrance Albert "Terry" – Age 63, Truro, passed away in the QEII–VG in the early morning of Thursday, January 26th, 2023, with loved ones by his side. Terry grew up in Truro, Nova Scotia where at age sixteen, he started working in the antique business with his father. Terry would later independently grow his career and become a very successful antique dealer within Canada and the USA. Terry had a passion for being on the road and finding hidden treasures in old barns or houses. Terry was a natural barterer, known for being extremely charismatic with a great sense of humour. Terry was also quite the mountain man, and enjoyed fishing, hunting, off-roading and time spent at his camp in the woods. In his later years, Terry was one of the founding members of Narcotics Anonymous (NA) in Truro. The NA and AA community was extremely important to Terry, and he supported and sponsored many through their recovery process. Anyone who knew Terry, knew that he loved a cup of black Tim’s coffee, a cigarette and good conversation. He was an amazing storyteller and listener, with a kind heart and a giving nature.

He is survived by his daughter, Raeleigh Walker (Anthony Barbrick); father, Joseph Walker; brother, Tim Walker (Kim); sister, Cindy Walker (Larry Smith); brother-like cousin, Kirby Angus as well as numerous other cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother, Nancy Pross. Terry will be missed deeply by his daughter, his family, the NA and AA community and so many friends, including his closest friend, Dave Jeffreys. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in his memory to a charity of choice. A visitation to share memories and celebrate Terry’s life was held February 11th from 2-4pm in St Andrews United Church, 55 King St, Truro, NS. Care and cremation entrusted to the Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS.

NOONAN, Charles "Charlie" James – age 77, Truro, formerly of Borden, PEI. With great sadness, the family of Charles Noonan announces his passing on February 6, 2023, in The Mira Long Term Care Centre, Truro. He was born on July 11, 1945, in Borden to Pauline Milligan, currently residing in Charlottetown, PEI. Charles is survived by his son, Michael (Amber) DeCoste, Miscouche, PEI; daughter, Kendra (Vince) Arseneau, Pleasant Valley, NS; son, Jason (Jen) Noonan, Truro, NS; grandchildren, Jeffery, Melissa, Aaron, Reagan, Nicole, Abby and Brandon; great grandchildren, Denika, Brett, Maddy, Braeden and Everleigh; great-great grandson, Tate; sisters, Brenda Forrester, Charlottetown, PEI, and Paula White, Borden-Carleton, PEI; brother, Rodney Milligan, Stratford, PEI as well as many nieces, nephews and in-laws. Besides his beloved wife, Carol, he was predeceased by his stepfather, Jack Milligan, and brothers, Robert and Richard Milligan. Charles drove for Albany Cartage (trucking company of Lafarge Canada) for almost 40 years and was very committed to his job. He loved to drive. Many could learn from his personality – he was kind and friendly, lived minimally, was always more concerned about those around him rather than himself, but could still pull a funny joke. He will be deeply mourned and missed by many. Donations in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society.

A celebration of life service and interment will be held in Prince Edward Island in the Spring. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro, NS. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

McCALLUM, Sherry - On February 7, 2023, we lost a one-of-a-kind mother, sister, aunt, and dear friend. Sherry McCallum, 58, of Salmon River left us with an empty spot in our hearts. Born and bred a true Brookside Road gal (and proud of it!), she spent her earlier years here before heading to Ontario. There, she spread her wings and made a life for herself for a short time, before returning home to Brookside when her mother, Greta Langille (McCallum) took ill, leaving Mom to help care for her parents in their final years. After losing her mother and her father, William (Willie) McCallum, Mom continued her selflessness and caring ways by taking in her Uncle Lester McCallum, whom she also cared for until he passed.

Mom had a love for life and was always up for a good time. Whether it was trips around the track at 2am, a house party at one of her sisters' homes, or the company of one of her dearest friends. She loved a good party and good music and would often be the last one up dancing and singing to her favourites. Mom had the best friends in her life, but we all know her dearest and most loyal for her entire life was Cindy Bodenham. These two had a bond like no other and we appreciate all that Cindy has done to help care for her over the years. Mom was known for her smile that would light up a room and her laugh that was so contagious. She would often joke about her big sister, Bonnie MacSwain (Mike) knowing everyone wherever they went, but the rest of the family joked about the amount of people that knew Mom. Being an employee of the NSLC for 20+ years, she was known by most of Truro and surrounding areas. Mom and Dad "Big Rob" had one daughter, Danielle (Scott McNutt), who was the light of their life. Danielle and Scott made her a Gammy to two beautiful girls, Maci and Mariah, whom she enjoyed bragging about regularly. Mom came from a large family as the baby of the crowd. She is survived by her sisters, Bonnie and Donna; brothers, Tom (Sue) Wink, Pooker (Joanne), and Stephen (Val). Sherry is also survived by many nieces and nephews, great nieces and great great nieces. Besides her parents, Sherry was predeceased by sisters, Margie, Doreen, Lena, Judy and Debbie, and of course her beloved furbaby, Toddles. A special thank you to VON Colchester East Hants who gave my Mom the most exceptional care, and provided meaningful friendship to her daily. Another thank you goes to the nurses and doctors of Palliative Care who did everything they could for her and our family. In true Sherry fashion and in her own words, she said, "Don't have no funeral for me, have a party! I want people to dance, laugh, and sing!" so that is what we will do. Please join us while we show Mom one last good time on Friday, March 3, 2023, at 4pm for refreshments at the Truro Horsemen’s Club, located at 288 Main St, Bible Hill, with live entertainment by Flipside starting at 6pm. 

STAPLES, Keith Earle - Onslow, formerly of Belmont, passed away peacefully on February 9, 2023, surrounded by family in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Truro on February 28, 1946, to the late Grant and Jean (Weatherbee) Staples. Keith leaves behind his wife and love of his life, Bonita (Muise) and his children, Keith (Julie), Cindy (Chris), Robert (Francie) and Matthew (Rachel).  He will be missed by his grandchildren who were the reason for his biggest smiles, Ashley, Anna, Jared, Danika, Hayden, Erica and Paisley and great grandchildren, Logan, Zach, Jeremy, Avery, Emma. He also leaves behind his brothers, Karl, Bob, Rocky, Gary (Audrey), Blaine "Bink" (Linda) and sisters, Gayle (Gary) Bigney, Carol (Howard) Parsons; several brothers and sisters-in-law and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Besides his parents, Keith was predeceased by his father and mother-in-law, Ernest and Mary (McCormick) Muise; step-mother, Clara (Beaver) Staples; brothers, Dana, Scott, Blaine and sister, Susan, as well as many brothers and sisters-in-law. Keith spent most of his working years as a finish drywaller with Kent Homes and he worked in the woods for the Barnhill family during the off seasons with Kent Homes.  He could build anything, from a motor to a shelf.  Keith could always be found watching a Nascar race or playing racing games.  He would always have lively discussions with his children, trying to get them worked up with a good argument. Donations may be made to the Belmont Baptist Church or a charity of your choice. A celebration of life was held in the Belmont Baptist Church Saturday, February 25th from 2-4 p.m.  Everyone is welcome to attend. Arrangements entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences available at www.ColchesterCommunity.com  

SPENCER, (Richardson), Shirley – Age 83, Debert. It is with great heartbreak that we announce the passing of our mother, the center and rock of our family, on Friday, February 10, 2023. Mom was born in Upper Musquodoboit on March 9, 1939, to the late William Richardson and Anita (Gilbert) DeBaie. She is survived by her children, Dan (Tammy), Sandra, Truro, Lynda (Chuck), Ontario, Ron Garnhum, Belmont, Lorri, Debert, Rod, Truro, Heather (Weldon), Middle Musquodoboit, Cheryl (Mike), Great Village and Jamie (Daphne) Spencer, Belmont; twenty grandchildren; eighteen great grandchildren; sister, Gloria (Colonel); brothers, Calvin and Warren (Patsy) as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by sisters, Barb, Diane, Bonnie; brother, Wayne and last but certainly not least, her beloved dog, "Baby." Mom was always known for her fun-loving attitude and love of country music, especially George Jones. There wasn’t an old classic that she couldn’t belt out. She loved her family fiercely and we loved her right back. We love you Shirley, Ma, Mama, Mom, Mother, Mommy. Our loss is Heaven’s gain!

We would like to thank Drs. Graham and Henderson as well as the staff of the CEHHC Palliative Care Unit. We truly appreciate the care you gave to our mother and the compassion you showed to us in our grief. Donations in Shirley’s memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or charity of choice. In keeping with her wishes, there will be no service. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences are available at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

(USE Picture of Bob Taylor)TAYLOR, Arthur Robert "Bob"Age 83, of Bible Hill. passed away peacefully in Colchester East Hants Health Centre surrounded and embraced by his family on February 10, 2023.

He considered his family to be his greatest achievement and is survived by the love of his life, his wife, Earline; children, Jodi Ybarra (Tom Stephenson), Wade (Andrea) and Jennifer Fancy (Shawn); precious grandchildren, Jillian, Taylor, Stephanie (Ian), Hilary, Caitlin, Shawndelle, Maranda, Trinity and Aidan. Bob is also survived by his brother, Stephen (Anita) and sisters, Vicki, Shelley (Irv) and Shawn.

He was predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Blanche Taylor; parents-in-law, Milton and Ruth McKillop. Bob was born in Lantz on 09 09 39 and grew up in Stewiacke. After graduating from Mount Allison University, he moved to Toronto where he worked for Canada Taxation. He returned home to Stewiacke after the sudden passing of his father in 1961, to take over and grow Taylor’s Transfer Limited into one of the larger LTL Carriers in Central Nova Scotia. He also worked for Casey Concrete Ltd, Boland IGA, Nova Scotia Provincial Exposition and Nova Scotia Construction Association. In 1989, he found his new passion: municipal politics being elected as Commissioner with the Village of Bible Hill where he served as a commissioner from 1989-1997 and commission chair from 1993-1997. In 1997, Bob was elected as a councillor for the Municipality of the County of Colchester which he served from 1997-2008 and then as Mayor from 2008-2016. During this time, he provided vision, fairness, and persistence to improve services and infrastructure for all residents. Upon returning to Stewiacke in 1961, he started to give back to his community as a volunteer, feeling his civic duty to do his part to make community stronger by creating opportunities for others. Over the years, he had been recognized numerous times for making a difference, the most recent being the Queen’s Jubilee Award last month in January 2023. Several of the organizations he was involved in and helped grow were Bible Hill Volunteer Fire Department, Truro Minor Hockey (president and coach), East Hants Minor Hockey (coach), CORDA, Bible Hill Bowling League, Truro Curling Club, Truro Historical Society and many others. Bob was a champion for inclusivity and accessibility. In honour of his legacy, donations may be made to the Municipality of Colchester County to support the RECC’s financial assistance program known as RECC LIFE. The RECC Life program will ensure access to the facility for those in the community facing financial barriers to sport and recreation. A Fire Fighter Tribute was held February 15th, followed by a visitation from 6:15 - 8:30pm, with a funeral service held on February 16th in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Mayor Bill Mills will be leading the service. Online condolences by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

BAGNELL, Donald Edward – Age 76, Truro. It is with profound sadness the family of Donald Bagnell announce his passing on February 13, 2023, in the QEII - Halifax Infirmary with his loving family by his side. Donald grew up in Truro and attended Willow St. School before moving on to Kings Edgehill School in Windsor. Upon his return, he attended Truro Senior High where, in Grade 11, he met the love of his life, Diane. Donald spent a large part of his life running the family business, Bagnell’s Cleaners Ltd, where he was regarded as a kind and charismatic business leader. He was always a hard worker who had high standards and instilled them upon those around him. Donald is survived by his loving wife of 53+ years, Diane (Mumford), three sons who thought the world of him, Colin (Tammy), Truro, Gordi (Heather), Truro and Chris (Kirstin MacKay), Bedford; his two granddaughters who brought a very special twinkle to his life, Maria and Madeline; twin sister, Diane (Don Haggart); sister, Marilyn (Jim Murphy), Ottawa; brother, Jamie (Nicole), Halifax; sister-in-law, Peggy (Robert Winters), Truro; brother-in-law, Michael (Ria) Mumford, Minneapolis, many cousins, nieces and nephews, lifelong friends and the best neighbours you could find. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Leta (Hall) Bagnell; brother, John "Johnny Cash"; sisters, Cathy (Fitzpatrick) and Shelley (Rautio); nephew, Todd; mother and father-in-law, Joan and Dutchie Mumford. Donald’s life was extended by thirteen beautiful years when he received a much-needed kidney donation from his son, Gordi. His health changed immediately afterwards and led to years of going to the gym and enjoying his second chance at life. Throughout Donald’s life, we were fortunate that he was able to receive the absolute best healthcare and we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Bruce Phillips, various staff at the Halifax kidney transplant clinic who always told him he was in "perfect" health to which he replied, "I know," VON, various healthcare workers in the Victoria General Hospital and most recently those in unit 4.1 in the Halifax Infirmary. In keeping with his wishes, there will be no service, however, family and friends of Donald were invited to drop into the family home on Saturday, February 18th for refreshments and reflections of special memories made with the best man we’ve known.  Some of Donald’s very best friends over the years were his family’s dogs, most recently George, Norman and Molly. They all knew where the tastiest "people food" was coming from and they also miss him dearly. Donations in Donald’s name may be made to the Colchester SPCA. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home. Online condolences are available at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

PARLEE, Charles Foster "Charlie" – Lower Onslow - July 4, 1942 - February 17, 2023. It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of Charlie in Truro hospital. Born in Summerside, PEI, Charlie did his early schooling in PEI, Quebec, and New Brunswick. He was overjoyed to be accepted into the RCMP in 1963, beginning an over 40-year career in policing and justice. Posted to Hamilton, ON, it was through visits to the local bank that Charlie met Judy Fiddes, who was charmed by the handsome young police officer with the rhyming name. Married in Truro in 1968, with his Uncle the Reverend Dr. Charles Taylor officiating, Charlie and Judy were pleased to begin their life together with a posting to St. John’s, NL. While living in St. John’s and Goose Bay, Labrador, they welcomed two daughters before returning to Nova Scotia for postings to Antigonish, Windsor, Bridgewater, Amherst, and a move to Charlottetown, PEI. In 1991, Charles retired from the RCMP and returned to Amherst where he spent six fulfilling years as Chief of Police. After leaving policing in 1997, Charles worked for the Nova Scotia Department of Justice. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Judy; daughters Kathryn (Geoff Davis), and Kristina (Ron Bates) both of Dartmouth; granddaughter Hillary Davis, currently studying in Menton, France; sister Susan Parsons (Norm) of Rocky Harbour, NL, niece and nephew Katie and Luke Parsons, and many closely connected members of the Fiddes family. He was predeceased by his mother Audrey Parlee (nee Taylor), father Sherman Parlee and wife Kay, and Uncle and Aunt Charles and Charlotte Taylor. The family would like to acknowledge the compassionate care of Nova Scotia EHS paramedics and emergency room staff at Colchester East Hants Health Centre. Through the last few years, we have been supported by so many friends and family, including neighbours and friends from far away: we have appreciated all of your calls and visits. Additional thanks to the Colchester Seniors Clinic and Earth Angels Homecare, in particular Jessica with whom Charlie enjoyed many Tuesday afternoon visits.

Donations in memory can be made to the charity of your choice. Online condolences can be left at www.colchestercommunity.com. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Until then: hug your family, go for an ice cream, and think of Charlie.

PARKER-BROWN, Angela Marie -Age 50, Truro, NS It is with immense sadness that the family of Angela, "Ang," "Angie" Parker-Brown announces her passing of ALS, on February 17, 2023. She passed peacefully surrounded by her loving family and a dear close friend by her side, in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born on April 23, 1972, in Digby, NS, she was a daughter of Melvin Wayne "Sonny" and Carol (Paris) Parker. She is survived by her thirteen year old twin daughters, Paris and Parker at home and her fur babies, Sawyer and Sebastian; her parents, Melvin Wayne "Sonny" and Carol (Paris) Parker, Truro; sister, Beverly (Parker) Maxwell (Freeman), Truro; brother, Wayne Melvin Parker (Dona), Sackville; her nieces and nephews, Jessica Maxwell (Myles), Waverly, Tyler Maxwell (Jessica), Truro, Lindsay Roland (Mitchel), Yellowknife, Kobe Borden, Edmonton, Tori Parker, Halifax, great nieces, Willow and Evelyn Maxwell-Surette, Truro, Ellie and Elija Roland, Yellowknife, and many cousins and her Aunt Shirley, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She loved and adored her first fur baby and companion, Sacha. Ang worked for the Department of Justice as a Court Reporter for over 20 years. She then went on to the Supreme Court as a Judicial Administrator, but only after a few short months, she retired due to her official diagnosis of ALS in 2018, which started in 2016. She was able to do most of her travelling before her official diagnosis of ALS and even with that, still did all she wanted to do including going to Salt Lake City for one last travel adventure, which she attended an ALS Conference and gained a wealth of knowledge to help her live and navigate this horrific disease. Ang devoted her life to her girls and to her friends and family. She was a true inspiration to everyone that encountered her and would not let life knock her down. Even when confined to a wheelchair with no movement, she found positivity through her eyes and wrote her book, Writing With My Eyes-Staying Alive While Dying. This was a major accomplishment that has touched the lives of so many. Writing With My Eyes-Staying Alive While Dying, allowed Ang to earn the title of an Author, of which she was tremendously proud and became a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, in honour of her writing. She accomplished so much in so little time and showed us all how to live a "Full Capacity Sparkle" life. Special thank you to Angie’s personal care givers, Melissa, Donna, Joanne, Ruth, Tina, Tara and Dona who provided exceptional care to Angie and allowed her to remain in her own home and an extra special thank you to a special group we call, "The Crew" - Tammy, Tara, Sonya, Dionne, Krista and Tessie and also to the love and support by her special friends, Ian and Melanie Nettleton, and to her massage therapist and friend, Mary-lee Robeson and Earth Angels, especially Evelyn. Also thank you to the nurses and doctors of the ICU, Colchester East Hants Health Centre, along with the VON Staff, the Palliative Care Team and the ALS Clinic in Halifax for their love, compassion and support shown to Ang and her family during this difficult time. Thank you to the staff and students of Ècole Acadienne de Truro, the support you have given to Angie and the girls has been exceptional. Your kindness and thoughtfulness will never be forgotten. A very special thank you to Taylor from Colchester Community Funeral Home, for helping us navigate through the arrangement process. Your kind demeanor made us feel so at ease. In lieu of flowers, donations in Angie’s memory may be made to her daughters’ trust fund - c/o Bev Maxwell, Zion United Baptist Church or Apex Scholarship Fund, c/o 203 Prince Street, Truro, NS. In keeping with Angie’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A visitation took place on February 23rd from 1 pm until time of funeral service at 2pm, both in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Rev. Dr. Rhonda Y. Britton officiating. Family flowers only. Online condolences at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

PENNEY, Arlene Patricia – Age 77, Truro. It is with great sadness we share the passing of our dear mother, Arlene Patricia Penney, who left us on February 18, 2023 in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro, at the age of 77, after a long battle with  COPD. She was a wonderful mother who was always there when we needed her. She had many friends and was loved dearly by her large extended family. She is survived by her son, Gary Penney and wife, Lynn, Adrie, Alberta and son, Ron Penney and wife, Suzzanne, Truro, and all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren in both Nova Scotia and Alberta. Arlene was predeceased by her sister, Lorraine Baird and brother-in-law, Basil Baird, Great Village; brother, Charlie Pearce, Ontario; mother, Nan Dorothy Wheeler; stepfather, Ralph Wheeler and father, Charles Pearce, all of Newfoundland. Donations in her memory, may be made to the Lung Association of NS - COPD. As per Arlene's wishes, there will be no funeral service. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences available at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

MacGILLIVRAY, Roland Joseph - Age 79, Valley. Our dearest husband, father and brother, passed away surrounded by his family on February 19, 2023, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro after a long courageous battle with Parkinson's disease. Born in New Glasgow on November 4, 1943, he was a son of late John D. and Mae MacGillivray. Rollie, as he was affectionately known, worked in Boston for the banks for a few years, before returning to Nova Scotia. He worked for nearly three decades in the finance industry, achieving numerous awards. Rollie loved the outdoors, gardening, long walks with the dogs, his grandkids and being at the cottage in Mt. Thom. He and Barb travelled the world, but his favourite trip was with the family to Prince Edward Island. He was always involved in all aspects of his children's lives, whether he was coaching baseball or as Cub Scout leader. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, Angus, Henry, Joey, John "Buddy" and his sister, Mary Christine. Lovingly remembered by his wife of 56 years, Barbara (Currie) MacGillivray; his children, Scott (Mary) MacGillivray, Jennifer (Scott) Hartlen, Tim MacGillivray and Patrick MacGillivray; his grandchildren, Nicholas, William, Jaden and Landen; his sisters, Marie, Ann Louise, Rose, Judy and brother, Frank as well as several nieces and nephews. A sincere thank you to the VON homecare team and the CEHHC Palliative Care unit. Donations may be made to the Parkinson's Society or VON. Family flowers only. A Funeral Mass was held, February 25th at 11:30am in the Immaculate Conception Church, 669 Prince St., ruro, NS with Father Jim O’Connor officiating. Reception to follow in Campbell Hall. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences available at www.ColchesterCommunity.com


 

February 2023

 

MacKIN,Barbara Jean, (86) of Riverview, New Brunswick passed away at The Moncton Hospital, on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 with her loving family by her side.  

Born in Saint John, NB Barbara was the daughter of the late Joseph Arthur and Verna Viola Wall. esides her parents, she was predeceased by her sister Ruth McNamara. Barbara is survived by her husband, Philip Mackin of Riverview, NB; daughter, Catherine Mackin of Moncton, NB; sons Philip Kevin Mackin (Rose Beaudoin) of Edmonton, AB; and Joseph Arthur Mackin (Cheryl) of Sault Ste Marie, ON; sister Joan Wall of Saint John, NB; and grandchildren Caitlin Porter (Jeffrey Barrell) of Ammon, NB; Evan Porter of Kelowna, BC; Jonathan Mackin and Kelsey Mackin of Sault Ste Marie, ON.

Barbara was a caring wife, mother, and grandmother who nurtured all the people and living things she surrounded herself with. She loved animals, especially Raven, her beloved black Labrador Retriever; Sally and Bill, a bonded pair of geese; her cat Tinker; numerous chickens, cows, pigs, ducks, and others. She imagined, developed, and cared for extensive gardens where she grew vegetables for the whole family and great collections of showy peonies, irises, roses, lillies, and shrubs as well as a small orchard. A lover of the natural world ahead of her time, she nurtured native plants for pollinators and to share with her grandchildren. Her sense of wonder and curiosity and her love for nature also shone through in her prolific oil paintings of wildlife and of Canadian landscapes. 

Barbara was employed by the Department of National Defense and was involved with the Employee Assistance Program. With her husband Phil, a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, she travelled and lived across Canada from coast to coast to coast. She also was a world traveller, who stood at the edge of Virginia Falls in Nahanni National Park Reserve, avoided bears, counted bison, swam with tropical fish, broke open fresh coconuts, and looked up at volcanoes. She was an incredible cook, learning many recipes from friends throughout her travels. She baked an amazing wild game tourtière, and the world’s best breads, parker house rolls, and Texas sticky buns. Always a Maritimer at heart, she was a champion of Hodge Podge and seafood chowder. 

A classical musician in her youth, Barbara was always singing. Her creativity was also expressed on her pine quilting frame, where she hand-stitched many unique quilts for family. She had a great sense of humor and pulled off the odd practical joke. Active in the Catholic church, she frequently volunteered as a reader and assisted in Sunday School teachings. 

Barbara once said that she believed the impact of one act of kindness would spread like ripples in a pond to ultimately benefit many people. Already greatly missed, she leaves behind a legacy of kindness and creativity. Her life made the world a better place. 

Donations in Barbara's memory made to Diabetes Canada or CARMA Cat Rescue Maritimes would be appreciated by the family.

 Arrangements have been entrusted to Tuttle Brothers & Riverview Funeral Home 214 Pine Glen Rd. Riverview, NB (506) 857-9544. Online condolences can be made  at www.tuttlefuneralhome.ca 

MacLellan, Agnes Patricia "Pat" - It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Agnes Patricia "Pat" MacLellan. She was born to the late Peter and Violet (MacLean) MacKay in Inverness on October 19,1945. Pat passed away suddenly at home on Friday, December 9, 2022, at the age of 77 years. She leaves to cherish her memory her loving husband, Peter; daughters, Lynn (Donnie) Montgomery, Monica (Brad) Thomsen, Michelle Kane (Doug); grandchildren, Ashley (Morgan), Jennifer (Matt), Tim (Kelsie), Chase (Tiffany), Alicia (Nathan), Brittany (Jon), Peter (Aleigh) and Kailey; great grandchildren, Will, Zachary, Penny, Samuel, Gabby, Paisley, Blayke, Preacher and Mira. Also survived by brother, John L. MacKay (Virginia); brothers-in-law, Joe and Norman; sisters-in-law, Mary, Jessie, Chris, Kaye, Peggy, Dilla and Theresa as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Pat was very loyal to her family and friends. Instead of turning you in for a crime, she’d be your alibi. We all knew that if we needed to talk to Pat, it could never be during her late-night calls to Audrey. She had a strong personality with the kindest of hearts. Pat was very talented with crafts, quilts for the grandchildren, her music talent, and her mischievous adventures with the ladies, Audrey, Joyce, Marj, and Margaret. Pat attended Success Business College in Truro, worked as a secretary for many years then moved into homecare work where she found her passion working with critically ill and seniors. The family wish to express their sincere appreciation to the nurses at Colchester Medical Day unit who provided years of care for her, special thanks to Mary, Bria, Nancy, Catherine, Kathleen, Dr Rowe, and her family physician, Dr. Sushil Sharma. We want to express our deepest gratitude to Audrey Bailey who went above and beyond putting her own needs aside to help whenever needed over these past difficult years. Donations may be made to Kane’s Kitchen or STEPS On Arthur, formerly Colchester Community Workshop. Visitation was held on Thursday, December 15th. Funeral service December 16th in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Rev. Dr. Glen Matheson officiating. Online condolences at www.ColchesterCommunity.com 

PARIS, Jerome Calvin – Age 84, Truro, loving known as "Junior" and affectionately called "Bloat" passed away in the Mira Nursing Home on December 12, 2022. Born and raised in Truro, he was the son of Calvin Gibson and the late Phyllis "Patty" Pitts (nee Paris). He is survived by his sister, Wanda Pitts of Calgary; his aunt, June Harrington (Paris) of Winnipeg; many cousins and extended family members.

Besides his mother, Junior was predeceased by his uncles, Ralph Burton Paris and James Paris and his aunts, Kathleen Cummings (Paris) and Shirley Reddick (Paris). Junior worked for many years as a handyman in the town of Truro and his specialty was digging holes. He was always open to a full day of work and was always on time. He enjoyed playing cards (crazy 8's and 45's) and listening to music but, his greatest enjoyment was spending time with family and friends. He was a friend to all and his home was open to everyone. Junior had a love for conversation and was very opinionated. With a quick wit and a sharp tongue, he had a knack for telling it like it is. He had a feistiness and stubbornness that served him well throughout his life. Junior will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by family, friends and community members. The family would like to express their gratitude to his caregivers, Kevin and Pat Jackson for their dedication, compassion and exceptional care. The family would also like to thank the staff of the Mira nursing home for their continued support over the last four and a half years.

A celebration of Junior’s life was held on Friday, January 6th at 1:00pm followed by the funeral service at 2:00pm both in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS with Pastor Williams officiating. Interment will take place in Robie Street Cemetery in the summer of 2023. Online condolences at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

TOMPKINS, Marie Adele - It is with great sadness that the family of Marie Adele Tompkins announce her passing on Tuesday, December 13, 2022, at the age of 55 years after a brief battle with cancer. Marie will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 32 years, Kevin; children, Melissa (Matt), Stephanie (Bob); grandchildren, Winnie and Harper; mother, Dora; siblings, Johanne (Jean-Gillis), Gorden (Monique), Dorena (Thom), Donna (Pat) and numerous other family members and friends. She was predeceased by her father, Clifford Delaney. Marie was born in Waltham, Massachusetts and moved to Grand Étang, NS at age two. Marie attended NDA High School where she excelled academically and athletically in volleyball and cheerleading. She graduated from St. FX University in 1988 and went on to work with Air Atlantic where she made some lifelong friends. She met the love of her life and best friend at age sixteen and they married in 1990. After starting a family, she went back to school and received a diploma in Modern Information Technology. Marie then worked at Crossley Carpets for several years before she began working as an Administrative Assistant with CCRCE in 2002. At the time of her illness, she was working in Bible Hill Consolidated Elementary School where she thoroughly enjoyed the BHC community, especially her relationships with her colleagues. Marie’s love of sports continued throughout her adult life, playing volleyball, tennis, golf and running where her talent, focus and competitiveness shone through. Her calm demeanor was a perfect compliment for her overzealous partner. Other hobbies included baking, crafting and enjoying her beautiful grandkids. The family would like to thank the Health Care professionals at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre and the QEII hospital for their care and compassion throughout Marie’s treatment. We also want to thank Dr. Stephanie Snow, Dr. Don Rowe and the Palliative Care Team – Dr. Cortney Smith and Cheryl Graham – for going above and beyond with their care of Marie. Donations in Marie’s memory may be made to the CEHHC "We Care About Cancer" or a charity of your choice.

Visitation was held on Monday, December 19th in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. A Private family service will be webcast at a later date and will be available with online condolences at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

WEATHERBEE, John Clifford "Jack" – 79, Truro, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 14, 2022, at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Truro, he was the son of the late Earl and Muriel (Nichols) Weatherbee. Jack is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Betty (Roblee); children, Joan-Anne Weatherbee (Rollie Hersey), Truro; Jackie Weatherbee, Truro; Dana Weatherbee (Dawn Skeaff), Belmont; Lisa Weatherbee, Fort Ellis; ten grandchildren; seven great grandchildren. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his son, Travis Weatherbee; grandson, Nicholas Forbes; sister, Joannie Weatherbee. Private family gathering will be held at a later date. If so desired, donations in Jack’s memory to IWK Health Centre Foundation are welcomed. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

MacDONNELL, Frances Ellen (Letcher) - Age 87, Truro, passed peacefully at home on December 20, 2022, in Truro. Born in Port Hawkesbury, Cape Breton, she was a daughter of the late Austin and Dorothy Letcher. Frances loved to go shopping on her scooter. In her youth, she enjoyed the beach and loved spending time with her family. Frances liked camping, reading, working on puzzles and especially liked playing solitaire and searching through social media on her tablet. She will be sadly missed by family, friends and by her dog, Chico and cats, Baby Girl and Blue Eyes. She is survived by her daughters, Tracy Boisclair, Truro, Leona Duclos, Digby; grandchildren, Randy Boisclair, Buck and Luke Duclos, Laura (Duclos) Johnston, Jamie Robinson; sisters, Dorothy, Anne and Shirley as well as nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Danny MacDonnell; sons, David and Teddy; daughter, Tammy; sisters, Lidie, Normie and brother, Austin. Donations in her memory may be made to the Lung Association of N.S. Cremation has taken place. No visitation or service by request. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences may be made at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

MacKENZIE, Carol Ann, - 73, Greenfield, passed away peacefully surrounded by family in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro on December 23, 2022. Born in Truro to the late Raymond and Ruth Casey. Carol was a bright shining light in a dark world who will be forever loved and sadly missed.

Carol is survived by her son, Bob MacKenzie (Donnalee) and her beloved granddaughter, Abigail for whom she loved "to the moon and back". She is also survived by her sisters, Brenda Mosher (Jim) and Pat Findlay (Kevin); brothers, Glen Casey (Karen), Kenneth Casey (Patti), Chris Casey (Sonya), Timmy Casey (Beth), Paul Casey; sisters-in-law, Zilpha MacKenzie, Mary Ann Rutherford, Bonita MacDonald (Terry); brothers-in-law, Larry MacKenzie (Faye), George MacKenzie (Rhoda) along with numerous nieces and nephews on both sides of the family whom she loved as if they were her own. She was predeceased by the love of her life, Sedley Earl MacKenzie; her parents, Raymond and Ruth Casey; sister, Debbie Jordan; parents-in-law, Earl and Gwendolyn MacKenzie. In the early years of her career, Carol worked as a seamstress at Stanfield’s Ltd. Later, she took courses to become a Continuing Care Assistant and worked as a CCA for several years. She also worked as an Educational Assistant in schools in the area. Carol went back to Stanfield’s Ltd for a few years until she retired. She was also very involved in the Connection (Wesleyan) Church for over 40 years. Carol was a very kind and gentle soul, making her the best mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend anyone could ask for. She had a way of making you feel like the most important person in the room, always giving you her complete attention. Family was most important to Carol. She looked forward to every family get together. She was a fabulous cook/baker and always brought a spread to any family or church function. Delicious homemade meals and homemade bread were always readily available in her home. You never left hungry. She would always walk you to the door at the end of a visit. Without fail, if you looked back as you were leaving the driveway, you would see her standing in the porch window smiling and waving.

During her short but very courageous battle with cancer, she faced it head on and said "I’m not giving up" numerous times. She had a very strong faith which gave her peace in her final days. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS where a visitation was held December 28 and a service at on Friday, December 30 with Pastor Luke Anderson officiating. A private interment will be held at Greenfield Cemetery at a later date. We would like to give a special thank you to the doctors and nurses on the 3rd floor of the Colchester East Hants Health Centre. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Connection (Wesleyan) Church or Canadian Cancer Society.

AUGUSTINE, Kevin Joseph "Stud"Age 55, Millbrook. It is with saddened hearts we announce the sudden passing of our much-loved son, brother, father, grandfather and uncle, Kevin Joseph Augustine on December 24, 2022, at his home. He was born in New Castle, NB, a son of Noel Augustine, Burnt Church and the late Theresa Sylliboy–Sickles, Truro. Kevin is survived by his daughter, Autumn Augustine (Brandon); sons, Cole Augustine-Bernard, Tevin Brooks (Rosalie) and Geronimo Sylliboy-Augustine, all of Millbrook; his grandchildren, Kyson, Dryden, Marley, Oliver, Renezeme, Atticus and Charlie; his sisters, Karen Augustine, Dartmouth and Norella Simon, Burnt Church; his brothers, James Augustine (Penny), Debert, Elvis Augustine and Charles Augustine, both of Burnt Church, John Augustine (Kim), Truro and Michael Sylliboy (Sheena), Millbrook; sisters-in-law, Joanne Cope and Courtney Cope, both of Millbrook. Besides his mother, he was predeceased by his wife, Sharon; daughter, Rebecca Augustine; sisters, Karla, Tammy and Kelly Augustine and brother, Isaac.

Kevin enjoyed bowling, fishing, playing softball, cleaning and going for walks. He was very friendly and always had a smile on his face. He was kind to everyone he met. He was affectionately nicknamed, "Stud" – a real ladies’ man. Kevin was an awesome Grandad to Kyson and spent a lot of time with his #1. He was that special uncle to his nieces and nephews, always making sure to check-in on them often. He was a great stepdad, treating all like they were his own. Kevin radiated kindness and had a loving heart for everyone he knew. A visitation was held January 2nd in the Millbrook Seniors’ Centre, 841 Willow Street, Millbrook. Funeral Mass was held January 4th in the Sacred Heart Church, Church Road, Millbrook with burial at a later date. Cremation will follow services. Online condolences are available at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

MANN, Joy Patricia (Lewis), Truro, passed away on December 26, 2022, in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Chatham, N.B. on May 3, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Allan W. and Ruth E. (MacNaughton) Lewis. Joy grew up in Chatham and later moved to Penfield for a short time during World War II. The family then moved to Shediac Cape where they were living when she graduated from Moncton High School in 1952. She later graduated from the Moncton School of Nursing (1955) and then she received a diploma in Psychiatric Nursing from McGill University. She was active in her Riverview, NB community being involved with the Girl Guides and Boy Scouts in the 1970’s; then after moving to Nova Scotia in 1980, she was involved with the Hilden United Church and Hilden community. Many of the official and unofficial groups and activities where she devoted her time included: Eastern Star, Craft groups, United Church of Canada, Clifton Pastoral Charge, U.C.W., Seekers, Church Elder, Maritime Conference, Tea gatherings and Mom’s taxi service. Joy is survived by her husband, O. Stewart "Stew" Mann; children, Donald, Brian, Trevor (Heather) and Jocelyn (Mike) Cruickshank; grandchildren, Mitchel, Alison, Gage, Heath and Jacob; sister-in-law, Shirley Lewis; many nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by close friends, Audrey and Ron Jones, Carol Gordon and Derrick Palmer. Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her brother, George A. Lewis; sister-in-law and husband, Beth and Johnny Couillard. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of N.S. or the Hilden United Church. Visitation was held from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. on Friday, January 6th with a funeral service at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 7th, both in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, N.S. Online condolences may be made at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

CURRIE, M. Faye - Age 77, of Amherst, formerly of Five Islands, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Upper Nappan. Born in Springhill, she was a daughter of the late Harvey and Emma (Cooke) McCarthy. She is survived by daughters, Evelyn Currie (Ken Boudreau), Amherst; Kathryn Paul (Scott), East Mapleton; brothers, Raymond (Rose), Springhill; Ronald (Susan), Lower Five Islands; 3 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her first husband, Arthur Currie in 1987; her companion of 27 years, Leslie Eagles in 2015; a brother, Curtis. Funeral service was held Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro, Pastor David Forbes officiating. Burial in the Peniel United Cemetery, Five Islands at a later date. Memorial donations to Heart & Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or the Kidney Foundation of Canada. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at: www.smithsfuneralhome.com 

COMEAU, Wanda Doris – 94, of Truro passed away on Monday, January 2, 2023 in Colchester East Hants Health Centre. Born in Debert, she was a daughter of the late Calvin and Lillian (Matthews) Goodwin. Wanda is survived by her husband, Paul Comeau; son, Wayne (Judy) Deneau of Truro; grandchildren, Brent (Ashlee) Deneau of St. Thomas, Ontario, Shellee (Chris) Rushton of Truro, Leslie (Shawn) of Windsor, Ontario; several great grandchildren,  nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her first husband, Lawrence "Larry" Deneau; daughter, Debbie; sister, Madeline; brothers, Bryce, Terry and Percy. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall-Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro where the funeral service was held Friday, January 6, 2023, Pastor Ken Fillmore officiated. Interment was in Middle Road Cemetery, Debert. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

NEWTON, Gary Seward  – 80, Economy, passed away on the morning of Thursday, January 5, 2023, at his home in Economy. Gary will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 52 years, Colleen (Garrison) Newton; his son, Geoffrey (Sarah) Newton and grandchildren, Alexander, Abigail, Brett and Zachary; daughter, Elizabeth (Tina Gallant) Newton and grandchildren, Connor and Henry. Gary leaves behind several nieces, nephews and cousins who he loved and who loved him. Gary was predeceased by his parents, Churchill and Lila (Spence) Newton and siblings, Violet Perkins, Denzil Newton and Arthur Newton. Funeral service was held Friday, January 13, 2023, at Economy United Church, 3360 Highway 2, Economy, Reverend Marty Clark-Ettinger officiated. Interment was in Economy Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

Huggard, Dr. Richard James "Dick" - Age 87, Truro, passed peacefully on January 8, 2023, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Dick was born on a farm in Norton, NB to the late Russell and Lillian (Gillies) Huggard. He was a loving husband to Marjorie (MacRae); father to Richard (Heather) and Lesley (Shawn Evans); brother to Bob Huggard and the late Marian Lines and a caring grandfather to James (Junghye), Ian, Willa, and Lucy. He is fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Dick graduated from the NSAC in 1956 and in 1958, he received his BSc from MacDonald College of McGill University. In 1965, he completed his MSc from the University of Illinois. He joined the Nova Scotia Dept of Agriculture and Marketing in 1958 and ended his career as Deputy Minister of Agriculture from 1991 -1994. Dick played hockey at the collegiate level at NSAC and MacDonald College, and also played in the Truro District Hockey League. In 1996, he was awarded the Erland Lee Award for his work and contribution with the Women’s Institute of Canada. He also travelled to Beijing, Hong Kong, and Taiwan in 1999 as chair of the Canadian Agri-Food Research Council. Dick was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University (NSAC) in 2006 and was inducted into the Atlantic Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2015 along with many other awards. Many children were significantly impacted by his many years of involvement in 4-H. Dick volunteered countless hours with many different organizations, most notably the Farm Equipment Museum in Truro and the Cobequid Salmon Association. He also served two terms as Warden at St. John’s Anglican Church. His hobbies included fly fishing, fly tying, woodworking and he painted beautiful detailed wooden birds that are treasured by many around the world. A loving grandfather, "Bockiey" always had a sparkle in his eye when he talked about his grandchildren’s talents and accomplishments. He enjoyed summers at the family cottage in Marshville, NS and trips to the camp in Liscombe. Most of all, he enjoyed meeting as many new people as possible and learning all about them. We’re sure that in heaven, as on earth, he will know and enjoy a chat with everyone he sees. He often spoke about all the "good people" he had encountered in his life. Dick was a very kind gentleman who always found goodness in everyone. The family wishes to thank RN Rebecca (D3) and Dr. Dave Henderson in the Colchester East Hants Health Center, Truro. Memorial donations may be made to the Farm Equipment Museum, 4-H Nova Scotia or CEHHC Palliative Care. A father is supposed to be proud of his kids, but in our case, we couldn't be more proud of him. We will love you forever, Dad. Visitation was held January 20th in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. A Funeral service was held January 21st in St. John’s Anglican Church, 23 Church St., Truro, NS with the Rev. Lori Ramsey officiating. Reception followed. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

MacLEAN, Janet Elaine - Age 71, Debert. It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Janet Elaine (Fisher) MacLean on Friday, January 13, 2023, at home. Janet was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. She was a daughter of the late George and Elaine Fisher of Peterborough, Ontario.

Janet was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and mother-in-law. She is survived by her husband, David MacLean; daughters, Patty (Louis) Robichaud and Paula (Craig) Betts; grandchildren, Jocelyn, John David (JD), Brooklyn Robichaud, Brandon and Zack Betts and her brother, Lorne Fisher of Burlington Ontario. She was predeceased by her sister, Bonnie Lloyd and brothers, Ron and David Fisher. Aside from love, a thread that was woven and connected the family was humour. Humour at both appropriate times and also inappropriate times, which is where Janet earned her nickname from her grandchildren as, "bad Nana". As fate would have it, a small-town boy went to Toronto and met a young city girl. The stars aligned one December night back in 1966 at Toronto City Hall. As he skated by, she caught his eye in a crowd. This beautiful love story built on love, respect and friendship lasted many decades. She was the love of his life, and he was hers. Janet’s greatest love was her family. She loved her tranquil oasis that she and dad built together in the backyard. She loved her sunrises and sunsets and bonfires with her family. She loved sitting by the pool while listening to Motown and the wind in the trees. A special thank you to Dr. Blaauwendraat and Cindy from the Truro Collaborative Practice, as well as the Palliative Care Team, Dr. Smith and Angela McDonnell, who provided such heartfelt, exceptional care of our mother and tremendous support to the entire family. In Janet’s memory, you may donate to the Colchester Food Bank or give blood and help save a life. A celebration of life will be held in May of 2023, details to be announced. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences available at www.ColchesterCommunity.com


January 2023

Van Zeumeren, Hielkje (Hilda)

It is with great sadness we share the news of our mother's passing on November 24, 2022 at the age of 94. Mum passed away of congestive heart failure, just 58 days after the passing of her husband (Gerrit) of 69 years.

Mum was born in in Oosterbeek, The Netherlands in 1928 on a beautiful property that would later be a landing site for liberating Allied Paratroopers in World War II. Shortly after completing nursing school in 1953 mum arrived at Pier 21 in Halifax with her new husband and his family.

Mum's early immigrant years were challenging as she learned a new language, customs and was quickly managing a household of six children. Nevertheless, she found time to contribute to the community as a member of the Masstown United Church UCW and Bass River Women's Institute.

A woman of hard work and determination, mum was a willing partner supporting our visually impaired father's ventures and was frequently behind the wheel accumulating mileage rivalling a long haul trucker - whether for business or pulling RVs around North America. Mum also supported Dad by describing what he could not see in day-to-day life or during their shared love of travelling.

Our mother was an exceptionally wonderful cook and entertainer. She could present a beautiful dinner with what looked like little effort. She loved recipes (which helped her learn English) and relished in finding new favourites such as a tourtiere recipe in Canadian Living Magazine that was soon incorporated into our family Christmas celebrations. As children, Mum always seemed to be ready at the end of a school day with a cup of tea and treat to listen to the day's event. As adults we are grateful she has passed on her soup-making secrets, and imparted her most quoted culinary tip being that "with enough butter or whip cream, you can make a stone taste good."

Mum had the family's creativity. She was talented with sewing, knitting (especially for her grandchildren), needlepoint and tried her hand at woodworking, pottery and watercolours. Mum loved nature and especially flowers. Whether during the annual travels to & from Florida or at home in Nova Scotia, she revelled in the nature's seasonal delights. Always a lady, our six foot tall mum loved to wear dresses - preferably colourful ones. Mum completely loved her last 20 years with Dad at Folly Lake frequently referring to their serene life "On Golden Pond" as they enjoyed the loons, change of seasons plus many family visits & celebrations. Mum's greatest joy was family. She made every child feel special and will be dearly missed by sons, Brent (Rhona), Woodstock, ON; Ralph (Janice), North River, NS; Paul (Irene), Calgary, AB; and daughters, Audrey (John) Conroy, Folly Lake, NS; Johanna (Masoud) Alborzi, Lake Jackson, TX.; Joyce (Tom), Calgary, AB.; Oma’s grandchildren include Sarah (Steve), Leanna (Greg), Rachel, Byron (Alison), Trevor (Jill), Grant (Amanda), Ross, Nina (Matthew), Kevin (Sarah), Sean (Saachi). Oma’s great-grandchildren Carter, Adelyn, Layla, Ellie, Theo, Ava and Leah. Mum's sister Joop Hoogendam, sister-in-law Teuny Hoogendam in The Netherlands her Canadian in-laws including John (Geri), Henk (Ria), Herman (Freda), Irene and Elly (Pat) plus many wonderful nieces and nephews in Canada, USA and The Netherlands. Our mother will also be missed by her dear friend Rosemary Baas. Mum was predeceased by brothers Huib and Bert, her sister-in-law, Mety; and brothers-in-law, Cor and Jim. At Mum's request, cremation has taken place and there will be no memorial service.

DEDRICK, Arnold George– 85, Great Village, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Friday, November 25, 2022, at Debert Court, Debert. Born in Little River, Digby County, he was a son of the late William and Winnie Davis. Arnold is survived by his loving wife, Georgina (Upham); children, Curtis (Ann) Millen, Little Dyke; Dennis Millen, Five Houses; Marilyn (Perry) MacKinnon, Skir Dhu, Cape Breton; Donna (Tim) Sharpe, Great Village; Doug Dedrick, Red Deer, Alberta; Debbie (Scott) Lundie, Glenholme; Rodger Dedrick, Halifax; grandchildren, Allan Millen (Bobby Jo), Eric Millen (Jacy), Melissa Sharpe (John), Jonathan Millen (Megan), Alicia Sharpe (Jeff), Nathan Millen (Natasha), Ryan Millen (Tanya), Samantha McMasters (Eric), Brandon Millen (Clarissa), Sarah Millen (Allan), Brett Lundie, Dylan MacDonald (Samantha), Brooke MacDonald (Rob), Drew Lundie (Marissa), Ashton Lundie, Anthony Lundie, Leo Lundie; many great grandchildren. He was an adored Grampy and Great Grampy to many. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his son, Michael Dedrick in infancy; daughter-in-law, Diane Millen; grandson, Marshall Lundie; brother, Curtis Dedrick. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where the funeral service was held Wednesday, November 30, 2022, Pastor Steve Adams officiated. Interment was in Masstown Cemetery. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

FIELDING, Cecil George  82, Truro, passed away Monday evening, November 28, 2022, at Glen Haven Manor, New Glasgow. Born in Truro, he was a son of the late Henry and Helen (Hamilton) Fielding. Cecil is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Diana (Stiles); children, Mark (Shannon) Fielding, Debert; Wendi Fielding (Roger Asprey), Truro; grandchildren, Matt (Tori) Fielding, Dartmouth; Stephanie (Jesse) Fielding-Lake, Dartmouth; Lucas Stevens, Truro; sisters, Shirley Gayowsky, Patricia Barlow, Kitchener, Ontario; brother, Errol Fielding, Guelph, Ontario; several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law; numerous nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his cherished daughter, Jennifer. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where Cecil’s family received friends on Tuesday, December 6, 2022. Spring interment in Crossroads Cemetery, 110 Salmon River Road, Valley. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

MILLEN, Walter D. - Age 76, of Great Village, Colchester County passed away on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 peacefully at home in his sleep. Born in Truro, he was a son of the late Vern and Lila (Brown) Millen. He is survived by a daughter, Barbara Pratt (Patrick), Debert; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Barbara in infancy; brothers, James and Allen; a niece, Phyllis Haircrow. Funeral service was held Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at Faith Baptist Church, Great Village, Pastor Steve Adams and Pastor Joshua Fillmore officiated. A Burial in Mahon Cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations to Faith Baptist Church. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at: www.smithsfuneralhome.com

COOKE, Douglas Raymond – Age, 78, Highland Village, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro.  Born in Truro on July 15, 1944, he was a son of the late Harold and Muriel (Spencer) Cooke. He is survived by his wife, Shirley (Miller) Cooke; sons, Brent (Shirley) Cooke, Kevin (Cheryl) Cooke; daughter, Pamela Chisling; brothers, Lester Russell Cooke, Terry (Patricia) Cooke; sister, Jean (Allan) MacDonald; grandchildren, Christina (Bobby), Catherine (Cody), Kevin (Lauren), Jessica (Lee), Julie (Matt), Bradley (Autumn), Benjamin (Alicia) and Kaylee, and great grandchildren, Mackenzie, Ethan, Caleb, Kayden, Kara, Everleigh, Bria, Ava, Ella, Megan and Lucas along with many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Doug was predeceased by his brother, George (Martena) Cooke and sister-in-law, Louise (Richards) Cooke. Doug worked at Lafarge in Folly Lake for 38 years before retiring in 2002 to spend his time at home working even harder in the yard by his wife, Shirley’s, side to have a property envious of anyone who passed by.  Doug also served as a Councillor for the Municipality of the County of Colchester for 20 years. This was a position he took great pride in. Some of Doug’s favourite things included listening to classic music, spending his evenings watching the Montreal Canadiens or the New York Yankees, piling wood, or eating a delicious feed of mashed potatoes.  In his younger years, he loved spending time back at his camp or down at his camper in Five Houses. Doug also enjoyed the years he spent playing old-timers baseball. He enjoyed fishing and hunting with family and friends.  Doug loved spending time in his garage and telling very detailed stories. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. A visitation was held Saturday, December 3, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. until time of funeral service at 2:00 p.m., in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro, NS. Rev. Larry Harrison officiated. Interment followed in Mahon Cemetery, Great Village. Condolences at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

READER, Hazel Elaine – Age 75, Hilden. It is with immense love and sadness we announce the passing of Hazel Elaine Reader (Crowe), who blessed us so abundantly as a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, aunt, cousin, and friend. She passed away peacefully, with family at her bedside on December 2, 2022. Her incredible tenacity and fight proved over and over again that she was not leaving her loved ones until it was on her terms. Hazel grew up in East New Annan as a daughter of the late Lonel and Carrie (McCallum) Crowe. She was 50 years married to beloved Brent and the devoted, loving mother to Anita. She worked hard for Atlantic Wholesalers since the age of 23, ending her 37-year career assuming most of the administrative responsibilities. Hazel had an affinity for gardening and aside from her fervent faith and her love for her family, it was most certainly her truest passion. There wasn’t a bud, bloom, or blossom that she couldn’t identify. She was greatly committed to her community and was an active and long-time member of Hilden United Church and United Church Women’s Group. She had a fondness for the simple things in life; the beauty of the birds gracing her many feeders, an old tune marked with memories, a (competitive) card game with family in New Annan, a beautiful sunset, the cadence of the peepers marking the beginning of spring, and receiving a visit, phone call, or letter from an old friend. She was skilled with a paint brush and we will continue to treasure some of the many creations she has left behind for us to enjoy. Hazel was predeceased by sisters, Doreen Crowe and Faye Steeves; brothers, Lloyd, Lyman, Bernard, and Sonny in infancy. She is survived by husband, Brent; daughters, Anita Reader, Sandra Guerrier (Ernie), and "adopted daughter," Tessa Davison (Shawn); son, Steve (Lisa); sister, Eileen Crowe; brother, Clarence (the late Leona); sister-in-law, Elva Mitchell (Bobby), Marion (Alton), Jean; brother-in-law, Donnie (Jeanette). We would like to give a very special thanks to Peggy for all the love, great care, and kindness she showed mom in her final six months with us. We would also like to express our deep appreciation to the Victorian Order of Nurses, home care support and the palliative team. We are so grateful for the warmth and compassion you showed our family. Donations may be made to the Tatamagouche Mountain Cemetery Fund or Hilden United Church. A Service of Remembrance was held in Hilden United Church on Saturday, December 10th. Reception followed in the Church Hall. Condolences to the family may be made at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

YOUNG, Elisabeth Franziska "Ellen" Age 83, Truro. A beautiful lady, loved by so many, peacefully passed away on December 2, 2022, at home surrounded by her children and friends. She will be dearly missed. The eldest daughter of the late Franz Joseph and Franziska (Engles) Schüttler, Elisabeth, better known as Ellen, was born on August 6, 1939, in Arnsberg, Germany. She and Al were married by Prelate Dr. Theodor Legge in Prospteikirche St. Laurentius, her hometown, Arnsberg in 1960 and emigrated to Canada living the military life with various postings in Canada and overseas, finally settling in Truro after Al’s retirement. Mom was known as "the Cake Lady," creating cakes for all occasions. Her wedding cakes helped make the day special for hundreds of brides as far away as California and the UK. She was able to illustrate the beauty she observed in nature, from the tiniest hummingbird to sweeping seashores and her watercolours grace the homes of family and friends. With all the incredible talents that Mom possessed, her strongest devotion was to her family. She taught us to always be respectful and kind to others. Even with moving around often, in the military life we lived, Mom was forever the cornerstone of our family, keeping everything and everyone close, to ensure we were always aware of her love and dedication to us, and that we would never drift apart. Her grandchildren, Alex and Morgan, were the apple of her eye, as well as her great-grandson, Harrison. She would move heaven and earth for them to make sure they had all the love and attention she could provide. She is survived by son, Patrick (Tanya), Marion Bridge; daughter, Susan, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; grandchildren, Alexander (Ashley), Guysborough and Morgan (Emily), Marion Bridge; great-grandson, Harrison; sister-in-law, Heidi Schüttler, Arnsberg, Germany; brother, Hans (Gabrielle) Hildebrand and sister, Maria Lindemann-Posner, of Darmstadt, Germany; brothers-in-law, Gerry Young (Karen), Rothsay, N.B. and Ernie Young, Glace Bay; sisters-in-law, Brenda Borgal, Glace Bay and Helen Young, New Glasgow and numerous nieces and nephews. Mom also leaves behind her beloved cats, B.J. and B.B. Besides her parents, Ellen was predeceased by husband, William Albert (Al); brother, Franz-Joseph, Arnsberg Germany and sister, Monika St. Laurent, Darmstadt Germany. We would like to thank Dr. Mashallah Masoumi; Dr. Cortney Smith and Angela McDonnell of the Palliative Care team, as well as Mom’s care team for their compassionate care which allowed Mom to stay in her home. Donations in Ellen’s memory may be made to Doctors Without Borders. In keeping with Ellen’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Family and friends were invited to a Liturgy of the Word on Saturday, December 10th at 1 p.m. in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, N.S. Reception followed. Burial will take place at a later date. Online condolences at www.ColchesterCommunity.com 

CAMPBELL, Elizabeth "Betty" McKayAge 98, Truro, passed away on December 3, 2022, in the Mira Nursing Home, Truro. Born in Brule, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Nellie (MacKay) Malcolm.

Betty is survived by daughter, Susan Campbell (Brian Hagell), Beaver Brook and son, Malcolm (Pam) Campbell, Bass River; grandchildren, Jennifer (David) Talbot, Grand Lake, Halifax County and Jonathan Campbell of Bass River, and great grandchildren, Dylan Talbot and Zoey Campbell. She is also survived by her sister, Margaret (Don) Beeler of Brule and brother-in-law, Ken Gilchrest of Edmonton. She was predeceased by sisters, Jean Gilchrest and Catherine (Cyril) Brimicombe. Betty worked at various jobs, but felt most rewarded during her time with Continuing Education, where she helped many folks upgrade their education and move onto careers of their own. Upon retirement, Betty stayed active with her church, First United Church, the CNIB, and took many community courses of various topics. Donations may be made to a food bank in your area. Cremation has taken place. A visitation was held December 9, 2022, from 2pm until time of funeral service at 3pm both in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Betty’s ashes will be placed in Lockerby Cemetery, Tatamagouche at a later date. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

ROBERTS, Anne Louise – 62, Debert, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, December 3, 2022, at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Truro, she was a daughter of the late Cecil and Helen (Dalby) Fulton. Anne is survived by her husband, Ross; daughter, Claudia Roberts, Truro; sister, Patricia (Frank) Roberts, Highland Village; brothers, Gregory Fulton, Leslie Fulton, Debert; several nieces, nephews and cousins; grand dogs, Norman and Dougie. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where Anne’s family received friends on Thursday, December 8, 2022. Interment was held Friday, December 9, 2022, at Middle Road Cemetery, Middle Road, Debert. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

FULMORE, Lucia Irene "Lu"  90, Economy. With saddened, yet grateful hearts, we announce the passing of Lucia Irene (Durning) Fulmore, who passed away on Saturday morning, December 3, 2022, with the love of her life for over 70 years and her family by her side. Born in Lower Five Islands, Lucia was a daughter of the late Douglas and Gladys (Taylor) Durning. Lucia is survived by her husband of 67 years, Burchell; sons, David (Velda), James (Kathy) and Mike (Cindy). She will be sadly missed by her eight grandchildren, Mark Fulmore (Sandra), Brett Fulmore, Michelle Veenhuis (Ryan), Jamie Fulmore (Claire), Jeffrey Fulmore, Taylor Fulmore (Andrew) and Lucy Fulmore and Ellen Fulmore and their mother, Alison Graham. Grammie Lu will also be missed by her seven great-grandchildren, Addison Fulmore, Olivia Veenhuis, Andrew Veenhuis, Felicity Veenhuis, Cameron Fulmore, Jackson Fulmore, Caleb Fulmore. She is also survived by loving sister, Nancy Cota; sister-in-law, Joan Fulmore; many nieces and nephews. Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her eldest son, Doug Fulmore; sisters, Eleanor Ellis (Doug), Nathalie Hayden (Art); brother, Bill Durning; brother-in-law, Glenn Cota.  Funeral service was held Wednesday, December 7, 2022, at Economy United Church, 3360 Highway 2, Economy, Reverend Natalie Buchanan-Rutherford officiated. Interment was in Economy Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

BEAL, Barry Irvin, Age 70, Tatamagouche, passed away suddenly on December 5, 2022, in the QEII- Halifax Infirmary. Born in Truro, he was a son of the late William and Margaret (Wheaton) Beal. For many years, Barry worked in the Colchester County area as a school bus driver. He was a member of the Faith Baptist Church, Great Village. Barry loved building and painting models and doing cross stitch. Barry is survived by his wife of 27 years, Elsie (Weatherbey) Beal; daughter, Shannon (Pete) Beal, Dartmouth; grandchildren, Hannah and Jacob Beal; sister, Joyce (Lorne) Arnold, Ottawa; brothers, Tom (Claire), Ralph, and Larry. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, Vaughan and Alan. Those wishing to make a donation in Barry’s memory may do so to Diabetes Canada or charity of choice.

A time of visitation was held Saturday, December 17th beginning at 1 p.m. until the time of service at 2 p.m. both in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Pastor Steve Adams officiated. Arrangements entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, Truro where online condolences may be made at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

HAMPTON, Shirley MaxineAge 76, Upper Onslow, passed on December 5, 2022, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born on November 23, 1946, to the late Jean and Albert Weir.

Shirley is survived by her husband of 42 years, Stanley; daughters, Deborah (Glen) McCurdy, Great Village and Karen (Scott) Jeffers, Edmonton, AB; grandchildren, Caden (Katie), Ontario and Michael (Holly), Newfoundland as well as great grandson, James.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her son, James Barrie Jeffers.

Shirley was employed by Stanfield’s for over 33 years. She enjoyed her time in the outdoors, especially camping. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Shirley’s memory may be made to the Onslow-Belmont Fire Brigade.

A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. Interment in Onslow Island Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, NS. Online condolences at  www.ColchesterCommunity.com

PARKER, John Andrew, P.Eng. - Age 89, of Dartmouth passed away peacefully on Monday, December 5, 2022 at the Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in Springhill in 1933, he was the son of the late Andrew Faulkner and Vilda Natalie (Cavanaugh) Parker. John is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jean (Fraser) Parker; a niece, Pam Duguay, Nanaimo, B.C. He was predeceased by sisters, Florence Foster and Marion Eva Parker (in infancy); nephews, Stephen and Peter Foster. John grew up in Parrsboro, and later went on to graduate from the University of New Brunswick with a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering. During his academic Summers, he worked for Noranda Mining at their Normétal mine, for Algoma Steel at their Helen Mine, and surveying for the Nova Scotia Department of Highways. Upon graduation from UNB, John joined the Nova Scotia Power Commission at their Trenton Generating Station, later to be transferred to Halifax. He held various positions within the NS Power Commission including Director of Staff Services, Advisor to Management in Nuclear Power, and retired as Manager of the Thermal Generating Dept. During his career with NS Power, John held memberships in various organizations, including Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia, Engineering Institute of Canada, Mining Society of Nova Scotia, Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Canadian Nuclear Association, Halifax Board of Trade and the Oil Burning Utility Association. Following his retirement from NS Power, John and Jean spent their winters in the St. Petersburg, Florida region. They took 63 separate cruises, mostly on Celebrity Cruise Line and Holland America ships, and most often with the Glennie’s of Toronto. The family would like thank the medical and nursing staff of Dartmouth General Hospital (5 East). In keeping with John’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A private burial will be held in the Advocate Cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations to a charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at: www.smithsfuneralhome.com .

Sears, Shirley Bessie, Truro. It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Shirley Bessie (Gilbert) Sears, age 87, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre in Truro, on December 10th, 2022, with her son, Michael, by her side. Born in Spring Hill, Nova Scotia on August 1st, 1935, she was the youngest daughter of the late Earl and Laura (Shipley) Gilbert. She was predeceased by her husband of over sixty years, Hudson Sears. Shirley and Hudson began their life together in Elmsdale, and in the late nineties, the pair moved to Truro to enjoy their retirement. They enjoyed spending time on the veranda with their beloved dogs, watching the sights. Shirley always wanted to be a teacher, and in her thirties, she attended the Nova Scotia Teachers College. She began her teaching career at Shubenacadie Elementary School, but spent the majority of her career as Principal at Milford Elementary School. Mum never went to work, she went to school. Shirley loved her summers at her cottage on Heather Beach. She also enjoyed wintering in Florida and traveling North America in their motorhome. She loved to garden, spend time with her family, and a good home cooked meal. Shirley loved to sing and play music, especially the piano and the fiddle. Shirley is survived by her four children, Michael, David (Christine), Brian (Myrna), and Catherine (Bradley); six grandchildren, Christopher, Joshua, Miranda, Kaitlyn, Allison, and Jacob and four great grandchildren. She was predeceased by infant daughter, Shelley Lynn; brother, Gerald Gilbert; sisters, Vivian Smith, Doris Caufield and Faye Livingstone, and infant siblings, Hazel and Ross. The family would like to extend a warm thank you to everyone who provided care to Shirley. A special thanks to the staff at Fergus Hall in Parkland Truro, who went above and beyond to make her feel at home. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to First United Church (Truro) or the Colchester Food Bank. A visitation was held December 19th from 1pm until time of funeral service at 2pm, both in the First United Church, 711 Prince Street, Truro, NS. Reverend Valerie Kingsbury officiated. A reception followed in Memorial Hall, First United Church. A private spring committal will take place in Sandy Hill Cemetery, Belnan, NS. Online condolences by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

 




 

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