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May 2016

DAVIDSON (Pye), Lena Margaret, age 86 of Truro/Debert, passed away peacefully on March 14, 2016 in Truro. Born on December 31, 1929 in Annapolis Royal, NS, she was the only daughter of the late Basil and Frances (Lee) Pye. Besides helping out in the family store, Lena worked at the Palliser, at Kent Homes, and, most recently, for 16 years, at Scotsburn's Dairy. She was an excellent cook and baker, known for her pies and cinnamon rolls. Lena is survived by her husband, Donald Davidson of Truro; daughter Trish/Patricia North (Kevin Shoebridge), Halifax; and son, Frank (Linda) Davidson, North Carolina; grandchildren, Geoffrey (Jessie) North, Indiana, Matthew North, and Kimberley North, both of Halifax, and, from North Carolina, Pam (Derrick) Ingle, Josh (Dixie) Davidson, and Amanda (Kevin) Marley. She is also survived by great-grandchildren Katie and Annabel North, Abigail, Brett, Tanner, Landree and Reece Ingle, Hunter and Allison Davidson, and Trigg, McKenna and Kade Marley; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her brothers Arnold, Russell and Basil, and granddaughter Stephanie North. Funeral service was held April 3rd, 2016 at the Debert Baptist Church. Interment in Plains Road Cemetery, Debert. We, the family, would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the amazing staff on Garden Rd, Cedarstone who looked after Lena over the years, and, provided such tender palliative care during the last two weeks of her life. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. Online messages of condolence may be sent to Lena’s family by visiting: www.ColchesterCommunity.com

PATRIQUIN, Helen Marguerite Colpitts "Honey" - 85, Great Village, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 27, 2016, at home. Born in Alma, New Brunswick, she was a daughter of the late Murray and Hazel (MacDonald) Jordon. Helen enjoyed her flower gardens and also her many friends. She is survived by her sons, Paul, Kim, Folly Mountain; grandchildren, Keelan, Matija, Carter; brother, Edmond Jordon, Truro; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Raymond Patriquin; son, Todd; brothers, Randall, Corbett, Russell. No visitation or funeral service by request. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall - Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

DUNLAP, Annie Elizabeth "Betty"  75, Belmont, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Monday evening, March 28, 2016, at The Mira Long Term Care Centre, Truro. Born in Halifax, she was a daughter of the late Ernest and Mary Ellen (McCormick) Muise. Betty is survived by her children, Kevin, Alberta; Kathy (Brian) Nichols, Onslow Mountain; Diane Dunlap (Ron Wood), Onslow Mountain; Marlene (Clarence) Allen, Belmont; Kim (Keith) Field, Bass River; Anita Dunlap (Michel Borst), Belmont; Russell Jr. (Jen), Prince George, British Columbia; David (Juli) Dunlap, Belmont; grandchildren, Carolanne (Marc), Tasha (Ryan), Vicki (Craig), Michelle (Jeffrey), Laura (Dion), Courtney, Jesse, Daniel (Becca), Terrence, Karlee, Melissa, Rily (Caitlyn), Sarah (Jeremy), Kelsey, Ryan, Ashley, Emily, Ethan, Becca, Tanner, Allie, Steven; great grandchildren, Cameron, Averi, Scarlet, Xander, Brooklyn, Lincoln, Leif, Isla, Kylie, Tyler; sisters, Margaret Shearer, Belmont; Gail (David) Wilson, Belmont; Debbie Rushton, Belmont; Bonnie (Keith) Staples, Onslow; Denise (Barry) Nichols, Belmont; Donna (Eric) Shearer, Belmont; Janet (Tony) MacFadden, Brookside; brothers, Ernie (Edith) Muise, Truro; Alfred (Shirley) Muise, North River; Arthur (Barb) Muise, Truro; Norman (Darlene) Muise, Bible Hill; Greg (Colleen) Muise, Onslow; Robert Muise, Bible Hill; several nieces and nephews. Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Russell Erwin Dunlap; sister, Diane in infancy; brothers, David, Paul. Special thanks are extended to the staff of The Mira for their exceptional care of our Mom and for their support to our family. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday, April 1, 2016, in Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, 669 Prince Street, Truro, Father Dariusz Miskowicz officiated. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

SHARPE, Gregory Randolph – 45, Londonderry, also affectionately known as "Sharpie or Gregger" passed away peacefully at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro, on Tuesday, March 29, 2016. Greg leaves behind his wife, Sue (nee Barkhouse) and their kids, Ashleigh Jayne and Aaron James, both at home. Greg was born in Truro, August 15, 1970 to the late Thomas and Kay (Quinn) Sharpe. Along with his wife and kids, Greg is survived by his brothers, Robert (Heather), Dartmouth; Johnny (Susan), Alberta; Tim (Donna), Harold (Patty), Great Village; sisters, Norma (Doug Johnson), Ottawa; Susan (Lester MacLeod), Valley; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Earl and Diane Barkhouse; brother and sister-in-law, Kevin and Janet Dykstra; brother and sister by choice, Troy and Tammy Barkhouse; many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, his ball family and his girls at the Double C Restaurant. Greg’s family received friends on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Spring interment will take place in Union Cemetery, Scott’s Bay, Kings County. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

CROWE, Katherine Ruth (Williams) - Upper Onslow, passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2016, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Great Village, she was a daughter of the late Albert Louis and Susan Belle (Gray) Williams. She is survived by daughters, Patricia Anne, at home; Nancy Pitts (Mark), Hilden; brother, Carl Williams (Jessie); sister, Linda Shears (Garry); several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Gordon A. Crowe. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall - Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where a celebration of Kaye’s life was held Friday, April 1, 2016.  Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

WILLIAMS, James Merton "Jimmie" – 89, Barrie, Ontario, formerly of Bass River, passed away on Friday, April 1, 2016, at Grove Park Home, Barrie, Ontario. Born in Bass River, he was the fourth son of the late Walter and Henrietta (Carde) Williams. Jimmie is survived by his loving daughter, Selena (Kevin) Croxall, and adoring grandson, Alex, Barrie, Ontario; brothers, Alfred (Jean), Dalhousie, New Brunswick; Stanley (Ollie), Amherst; sisters, Elizabeth McInnis, New Minas; Patricia Cottenden, Amherst; Pauline (John) May, Truro. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Roy (Audrey), Robert (Elta), David (Nellie), John, Paul (Betty), Cecil (Etta); sister, Ruth (Rollie) Ettinger. Funeral service was held Sunday, April 10, 2016, at Faith Baptist Church, 38 Station Road, Great Village, Pastor Steve Adams officiated. Private family interment was in Bass River Baptist Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

COOK, Helene Mae (Downing) – 88, Bible Hill, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Saturday, April 2, 2016, at The Mira Long Term Care Facility, Truro. Born in Truro, she was a daughter of the late Minnie Langille and step-daughter of the late John Moore. Helene is survived by her children, Gail Downing, Orono, Ontario; Valerie (Kenneth) Morrisey, Onslow Mountain; Ronald (Katherine) Downing, Bible Hill; Margaret (Ted) Shearer, Belmont; Gregory (Kathy) Downing, Pugwash; Lynn (Gary) Ehler, Hilden; Ann (Bruce) Fiddes, Lower Onslow; Cindy (Kenzie) Dawson, Ottawa, Ontario; Kathy Downing, Lower Onslow; grandchildren, Sherry, Donna, Helene (Richard), Krista (Bradley), Shelly (Parker), Peter (Kim), Natalie, Lori-Ann (Cory), June (Andrew), Jonathan, Justin, Jason, Felicia, Marcus (Andrea), Andrew, Allan, Joanna, Kaitlyn, MacKenzie, Hunter, Rhianon, Tatum; great grandchildren, Matthew, Mark, Melissa, Josh, Tyler, Rachael, Felicia, Victoria, Morgan, Emily, Rachael, Rylie, Emma, Aidan, Alden, Ruby, Dylan, Gracie, Nevaeh; siblings, Evelyn (Ernest) Campbell, New Annan; Brenda (Raymond) Tynes, Truro; Robert (Judy) Moore, Onslow; Bill (Joy) Moore, Brantford, Ontario; Carl Moore, Salmon River; several nieces and nephews. Along with her mother and step-father, she was predeceased by her first husband, Francis Downing; second husband, L. Bernard Cook; brother, Donald; grandson, Kevin; son-in-law, Kimball. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where the funeral service was held Wednesday, April 6, 2016, Pastor Glenn Ronson officiated. Interment was in Belmont Cemetery. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

COOK, Dr. George Harvey - It is with sadness that the family of Dr. George Harvey Cook announce his death on April 2, 2016. Our sadness is tempered by the gratitude of having been blessed by a loving and wise father, grandfather and great-grandfather for so many years. Harvey (as he was called as a child) was born on October 11, 1922 in Urbania to Emily Dow and George Cook, the third of six children. He attended the local one-room schoolhouse where he graduated with grade 11, the highest level available at his school. He then began to work initially in the woods, harvesting sawlogs with a two bitted axe and yarding the logs to a sawmill with horses, and subsequently as a carpenter, acquiring many skills which served him well for the rest of his life. Along with his brothers, he enlisted during the Second World War. He served as a pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force in Coastal Command, stationed in Pembroke Dock, Wales. There he met his beautiful Welsh bride-to-be Phyllis Ailsa Thomas.

Upon return to Canada, he began his studies at the Agricultural College in Truro, and then attended Dalhousie where he completed his medical training and began his family with two boys. Following graduation, he took his family on an adventure to the North West Territories, where he was the only physician in Fort Smith (the administrative capital of the NWT at the time), providing medical services for a huge area, often by bush plane. That was followed by a return to the United Kingdom, where he did a surgical residency in London for four years, graduating as a General Surgeon.

He then returned to Canada with his family (now increased to three boys and a girl), and began a long medical practice. Initially, as was usual at the time, he combined his surgical practice with an active general family medicine practice. Gradually, his surgical practice became very busy, and he reluctantly stopped his family practice. Two more boys were added to the family. He developed a 900 acre woodlot into a very productive maple sugar operation (Maple Ridge Farm), after tapping 25,000 maple trees.  He planted over 70,000 softwood trees, and with his sustainable forestry management practices, the wood lot gradually developed into an uneven-aged stand. His meticulous care was highly regarded and he was awarded recognition as the Central Nova Scotia Woodlot Owner of the Year in 2009. He was pre-deceased by his wife Phyllis, and his siblings Bernie, Olive, Calvin, Murray, and Bill. He is survived by his children Steven (Susan), Laurie (Linda), Roger (Olga), Jacqueline, Graham and David (Susan). He has 12 grandchildren:  Christopher (Andria), David (Fiona) and Sarah Cook (Matthew), Jeremy (Deena), Jennifer (Barry), Robert (Sharai) and Adam Cook, Andrew and Lisa Cook, Alex, Stewart and Christine Cook. He has eight great-grandchildren:  Emma, Becca, Alex, Finnley, Nova, Kira, Zach, Sol. The family would like to extend a  special thank you to his long time very able and compassionate caregiver Marilyn McNeil, occasional helper Kaye Delaney, and equally caring more recent caregivers Debbie Nielson and Shannon Power, and to his daughter Jacqueline who was there for him when he needed her.

At George’s request, there will be no formal or religious service. Instead, an informal gathering in fond remembrance was held in the Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro on Saturday, April 23. Online messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting: www.ColchesterCommunity.com

MORRIS, Augusta R. "Gussie" – Age 91, of Advocate Harbour passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at the Chignecto Manor, Advocate Harbour. Born in Springhill, she was a daughter of the late Ernest and Violet (Brown) Vickery. Gussie was a graduate of Truro Normal College graduating in 1944. She was a retired school teacher having taught for 38 years, 36 of those in Advocate Harbour. She was a former member of the Springhill Baptist Church, Advocate United Church Women, Red Cross and the Pythian Sisters. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She is survived by nieces, Gail Morris, Advocate Harbour, and Carol MacKay, Halifax; nephews, Arden Fletcher (Hilda), Advocate Harbour; Allan Burns (Marilyn), Bible Hill; Bert Burns (Carolyn), Georgetown, Ont., several cousins. She was predeceased by her husband , Sidney Morris in 1983; a sister, Doreen; a brother, Corey. Funeral service was held April 8, 2016 at Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Rev. Elizabeth Davies officiated. Burial in the Advocate Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Advocate United Church. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

CARR, Charles E. – Age 76, of Parrsboro passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2016 in the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Upper Nappan after a short battle with cancer, with his sister, Mildred Carr-Shrum and niece, Sandra Dunphy by his side. Charles served his country with the Canadian Forces for 28 plus years. During his retirement he enjoyed his golf outings, hunting and visits with his family and friends. Survived by his beloved wife, the former Elaine Spicer; sons, Gregory (Sonya), Cold Lake, Alta.; Ian, Winnipeg, Man.; Barry, Hamilton, Ont.; sisters, Phyllis Burke, Amherst; Mildred Carr-Shrum, Parrsboro; grandchildren, Maegan, Brady and Michael; as well as many other family and friends. No funeral services will be held at this time. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society. Arrangements have been entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com  Rest in peace Charles.

HARVIE, Frances E. – Age 78, of Parrsboro passed away Thursday, April 7, 2016 at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Upper Nappan. Born in Springhill, she was a daughter of the late Eugene and Gertrude (Brown) Cates. She is survived by daughters, Dale Cates (Gord), Innisfree, Alta.; Darla Cruickshank, Innisfree, Alta.; Mary Canning, Parrsboro; a brother, William Cates (Wilma), Squamish, B.C.; a sister-in-law, Joan Cates, Stewiacke; 11 grandchildren, Scott, Trevor, Troy, David, Wesley, Patrick, Michael, Jeremy, Salia, Samantha, Cody; 8 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Robie in 1981; a son, Johnny in infancy; a brother, Donnie. Funeral service was held April 11, 2016 at Highway Pentecostal Church, Parrsboro with Rev. Henry Devito officiating. Burial in the Parrsboro United Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

GRACEY, Donald - Lower Truro. It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Donald Gracey, who died at home with his loving family by his side on Saturday, April 9, 2016. Donald and his wife, Sally, built a successful restaurant business (The Shillelagh House) and operated it with their family for over 24 years, treating every customer like they were family and friends. He is survived by his loving wife and boss of 53 years, Sally Gracey (Matchett); son, Anthony Gracey; daughters, Kirsty Gracey-Chamberland (Marc), Lisa Gracey (Richard Winstanley), Charity Gracey; brother, Ronnie Gracey (Elsie), Northern Ireland; sisters, Iris Garrett (Ricky), England; Marguerita Milligan, Northern Ireland; granddaughters, Olivia and Samantha Winstanley and Grace Chamberland; many nieces and nephews in Ireland, England, and Canada. Donald was predeceased by his parents. Joseph and Martha Gracey; brothers, Jimmy, Joseph, Robert; sisters, Pearl, Isobel. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Thursday, April 14, 2016, at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, 669 Prince Street, Truro, Father Jim O’Connor officiated. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

CURRIE, Mary P. - Age 58, of St. Stephen, NB and formerly of Parrsboro passed away suddenly on Monday, April 11, 2016 at the Charlotte County Hospital, St. Stephen. Born in Parrsboro, she was a daughter of the late Robert "Mel" and Pauline (Copp) Currie. Mary is survived by her companion, Merton Lewis; daughters, Crystal Wood (Seth), Bangor, Maine; Melissa, Parrsboro; Cindy (Adam), Springhill; sons, Andrew (Lisa-Marie), Moncton; Charles (Amber), Ward’s Brook; siblings, Edna Strong (Gordon), Lynn Forbes (Donald), all of Parrsboro; Dale Currie (Peter), Eastern Passage; Bill Copp, Truro; Neil, Five Islands; Dean (Ruth), Truro; an uncle, Boyd, Vanderhoof, BC; grandchildren, Matthew, Gavin, Saydee, Nathaniel, Isaiah, Connor, Mikaila, Isabella, Chloe, Zoe, Bryce, Anaken, Bentlea, Benjamin, William; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held April 15, 2016 at Smith’s Funeral Home, Rev. Emmanuel Mutale officiating. Burial in the Advocate Cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Kidney Foundation of Canada. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

AUD, Reverend Michael John – 67, Truro. It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Reverend Michael John Aud, beloved husband of Margie (Spencer) Aud, on Monday, April 18, 2016, at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in 1948 in Harcourt, New Brunswick, he was the cherished son of June Frances (Church) Aud, Moncton, New Brunswick, and the late Donald Ernest Aud. His ministry years led him to serve eight different congregations as Pastor, most recently at Calvary Pentecostal Church, Truro. His legacy lives on through his children, Joyce (Greg), Philip (Marisa), Stephen (Jessica); grandchildren, Lucas, Abby, Gabriel, Soleil, Shiloh, Spencer, Anna, Thomas. He will be missed by his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Carol and Don Boyd, aunts, uncles, cousins and many close friends he made along the way. Funeral service was held Thursday, April 21, 2016, in Calvary Pentecostal Church, 20 Curtis Drive, Truro, Reverend David Slauenwhite officiated. Interment was in Cataraqui Cemetery, Kingston, Ontario. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

LAVERS, Bryan Lee – 66 of Great Village. It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of our beloved brother, Bryan Lee Lavers on April 20, 2016 at home in Great Village. Born in Truro on September 11, 1949, he was the son of the late Milford and Dorothy Lavers. Bryan is survived by his sisters, Karen (Roger) MacCallum, North River; Susan (Bruce) Dempsey, Herring Cove; Colleen (Ian) McNab, Halifax. Uncle Bryan will be especially missed by his nephews, Tyler (Shauna), Darcy and Nicholas MacCallum and Jacob Dempsey of whom he was very proud. Bryan lived a full life. He enjoyed his career as a skilled flooring installer and later in life as a long haul truck driver. Bryan travelled throughout North America enjoying many adventures and meeting people along the way. Bryan's family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 27 from 2pm until time of Celebration of Life at 3pm all in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. A Reception will follow in the funeral home. Online messages of condolence at: www.ColchesterCommunity.com


April 2016

Valerie Louise Almas Jacko

Valerie Louise Almas Jacko passed away suddenly in Toronto on December 24, 2015.She was 49 years old. She was the daughter of the late Russel Almas and Sylvia (Starritt) Almas. Valerie is survived by her beloved husband, Richard Jacko of Manitoulin Island, Ontario; a stepdaughter, Kelly Anne Lee Jacko; a brother, Charles of Salt Springs; neice, Teresa Norris, Brookfield; sister-in-laws Lena and Sahra Jacko and her Father-in-law, David Jacko. She was an Aunt to Dyllian,Leona,Tricia and Kahadar Jacko; her Aunt Faye in Hamilton and several cousins in Ontario. In Nova Scotia her Aunt Lynn (Gary); Uncle Cameron (Judy); Aunt Barbara Starritt. A great joy in her life were her cousins,Timothy, Andrew and Matthew Starritt, Stuart and Kevin Starritt and Jason and Jarrod Selkirk. She was predeceased by her grandparents, Alice and William Almas, and Henry and Pauline Starritt, her Uncle Victor Almas and her Uncle Martin Starritt. Valerie had a gentle soul and saw the good in everyone. We (her family) loved her and she is in our hearts always. Burial will be at a later date in Salt Springs Pictou County. Donations in her memory can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to the SPCA .

MORRIS, Marsten V. – Age 71, of Parrsboro passed away Friday, March 4, 2016 at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Upper Nappan. Born in Advocate Harbour, he was a son of Veldaire Morris, Advocate Harbour and the late Verna (Allen) Morris. He is survived by his wife, the former Geraldine MacAloney; sons, David (Delores Pick), Truro; Jody (Virginia McManaman), Amherst; sister, Julia, Advocate Harbour; a brother, Ansell, Regina, Sask.; several nieces and nephews. As well, he will be forever missed by his faithful furry companion, Abbie. There will be no funeral services held at Marsten’s request. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

DESJARDINS, Claudia Ann - 91, Truro, passed away peacefully, with her loving family by her side, on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at The Mira Long Term Care Centre, Truro. Born in Kentville, she was a daughter of the late Carl and Ada (Newman) Coleman. Claudia is survived by her daughters and sons, Cherron (Ray Anthony), Deep Cove, British Columbia; Carol, Maple Ridge, British Columbia; Ronald (Diane McCallum), Truro; Cyril, Old Barns; Guy (Margaret Howard), Onslow Mountain; Donna (Leonard Schnare), Annapolis Valley; David (Crystal), Lower Truro; brothers, Edwin, Beverly, Carl, all reside in Kings County; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews who live all over. Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her sons, Michael, Robert; daughter, Helen; brothers, Guy, Gordon, James, Malcolm, William; sister, Elaine. Special thanks are extended to the staff and volunteers at The Mira Long Term Care Facility for the above and beyond care they took of our mother during the time she was there and also for the palliative care she received; our appreciation cannot be met with words. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where Claudia's family received friends on Wednesday March 9, 2016. Spring interment in Elm Grove Cemetery, Steam Mill, Kings County, where she will be laid to rest with her parents. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

Barnhill, Jennifer Lee – Truro - Born August 23, 1961, Truro, passed away on March 11, 2016 at the Victoria General Hospital, Halifax. Born in Truro, she was the daughter of Sylvia (Fisher) Barnhill and the late Ritchie Barnhill. Jennifer’s life purpose was to be a devoted mother, loyal daughter, an unconditional friend, and a facilitator of change. A genuine humanitarian, impact with anonymity best captured Jennifer’s approach to changing lives. Of all her accomplishments she was most proud to be a mother to Rachel and Michael. She is survived by her children, Rachel Patricia Ritacco (Matthew Munro) and Michael David Ritacco. Also her mother, Sylvia Barnhill; sister, Kimberly Barnhill (Bob MacInnes); brother, Edward Barnhill (Linda); sister-in-law, Jacqueline Barnhill; nieces and nephews, Dallas, Jonathon, Melissa, Courtney, Chayce, and Chevy; and countless cherished friends. She was predeceased by her father Ritchie Barnhill and brother Fraser Barnhill. By request, there will be no visitation. A memorial service was held March 19 at the Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Colchester Community Funeral Home. Condolences may be directed to 3 Ritchie Barnhill Drive, Truro, NS, B2N 6P5.

WEATHERBY, Deborah Lee (Mugridge) of Belmont passed away Saturday, March 12, 2016 (1951-2016) in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Truro, she was the daughter of the late Webster Mugridge and Josie (MacLean)(Mugridge) Williams. She is survived by her husband, Jim; sons, Randy (Tina), Truro, Wade, Onslow, Timmy (Ashley), Belmont; six grandchildren; sisters, Ruth, Summerside, P.E.I., Donna (Tony), Charmaine (Brian), both of Belmont, Darlene (Wayne), Truro; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her stepdad, Bob Williams; sister, Mary, Crapaud, P.E.I.; brothers, Vance, Summerside, P.E.I., Les, Crapaud, P.E.I., Dave (Hummer), Debert. She will be greatly missed by all her rural mail customers who she had served for the past 19 years. Special thanks to the oncology department at the QEII, VG Site, Halifax, the palliative care unit in Truro and also a special thanks to the Hospice Society, Colchester Co. for everything. Her remains have been donated to medical science at Dalhousie University. Donations in Debbie’s memory may be made to the Colchester East Hants Health Centre Palliative Care or the Autism Society. A celebration of Debbie’s life was held March 20 in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro where on-line condolences may be made at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

PARIS, Captain Joshua B. "Josh" – Age 29, of Moncton, and formerly of Parrsboro passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2016 in Moncton as the result of a tragic car accident. Born in Amherst, he was the son of James and Betty Anne (Berry) Paris, Parrsboro. Josh was a truck driver with Kent Building Supplies (Trinity Drive) in Moncton for many years. Through his teenage years, he was very active within his community, and always willing to give a helping hand. Captain Paris had a long and distinguished military career with the Air Cadets. He began his career with Squadron 689 RCACS, Parrsboro becoming a CIC Officer in 2005. As well, he spent many summers with the CFB Greenwood Training Centre. Most recently, he was the operations officer for Cloud Lake Training Centre in Greenwood. Captain Paris was invited to take command of Squadron 154 Amherst, assuming the role of Commanding Officer on September 16, 2015. His dedication and passion for the Cadet Program was widely respected by CIC members across Canada. Captain Paris will be fondly remembered by all those who had the pleasure of working with him. Besides his parents, he is survived by his wife, the former Jessica Cormier; a daughter, Adele, at home; a sister, Nicole Hall (Judson), Truro; his only niece, Sofia Hall; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was also expecting his second child in August. As well, survived by his grandfather, Reg Rushton, Oxford. Funeral service was held March 19, 2016 at the Parrsboro Baptist Church, Rev. Emmanuel Mutale officiating. Burial in the church cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Joshua Paris Family Fund through the Parrsboro, Moncton or Amherst Branches of RBC, or at Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences to www.smithsfuneralhome.com

BOWDEN, Neta M. – Age 95, of Diligent River passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Upper Nappan surrounded by her family. Born in Wood’s Mountain, she was a daughter of the late Everett and Lila (Canning) Yorke. She is survived by sons, Ivan (Arlene), Lower Sackville; Maurice (Katherine), Diligent River; Arthur (Darlene), Parrsboro; daughters, Maxine, Diligent River; Betty Johnson (Robert), Diligent River; Lisa West (John), Fox River; sisters, Eva Yorke (Willard), Diligent River; Evelyn Lamb, Diligent River; Jean Bowden, Fox River; brothers, Layton Yorke, Fox River; Donald Yorke (Lalia), Stewiacke; 13 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; a great-great granddaughter; numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Donald; a daughter, Donna Smithson; brothers, Charles, Kenneth. A private family service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Palliative Care Fund of the Cumberland Health Care Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

CASSON, George MacDonald  78, Truro, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, following a sudden illness, at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Truro, he was the son of the late Morris and Inez (MacDonald) Casson. At the time of his death, he was serving as President of Truro Farmers Market. George is survived by his son, Marcus, and grandson, Danney George, Central New Annan; son, Niels, Vancouver, British Columbia; sister, Joan (Gerry) Carter, Dartmouth; nieces, Lisa (David) Davies, Cole Harbour; Jill (Robert) Nylen, Saint John, New Brunswick; nephew, Andrew (Kim) Carter, Iowa. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Maria Elisabeth "Bela" (Klemm) Casson. Funeral service was held Friday, March 18, 2016, in Saint Andrew’s United Church, 55 King Street, Truro, Reverend Jay Ettinger officiated. Spring interment in Robie Street Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

SPENCE, Larry Robert - It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Larry Robert Spence, 69 of Londonderry Nova Scotia. Larry passed away peacefully Friday March 18, 2016 in Colchester East Hants Health Centre with his wife by his side. Born in Truro, Nova Scotia he was the son of the late James Spence and Jeanetta (Rushton) Spence of Londonderry, Nova Scotia. Larry spent most of his working life in the woods. He loved to hunt and fish and enjoyed time hobby farming around his home. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Larry leaves behind wife, Priscilla (Dunlap) Spence; sons, Dana (Nicole Chesley) Spence, Moncton NB, Gregory Spence, Great Village NS, Larry JoeBuck (Vanessa Comeau) Spence, Truro NS; daughter, Lisa (Sprague) George, Economy NS, step-sons; Arthur Junior Muise, Truro NS, Rodney (Anna) Muise, Debert, NS, Michael (Sarah) Muise, Truro NS, Troy Muise, Truro NS; sisters, Kathleen (Spence) Mattison, Oxford NS, Juanita (Spence) Patriquin, Salisbury NB,  Eileen(Spence)(Glen Mattison), Amherst NS; brother, James Spence, Vancouver BC. As well as several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Larry is predeceased by father, James Spence; mother, Jeanetta (Rushton) Spence; sisters, Winnie (Spence) Davidson & Frances (Spence) Fielding. Cremation has taken place with no visitation or funeral service by request. A family interment will be held in the spring in Hillcrest Cemetery, Londonderry. Donations in Larry’s memory may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. Online messages of condolence may be sent to the Larry’s family by visiting: www.ColchesterCommunity.com

SWAN, Catherine Louise, 84, passed away peacefully on March 22, 2016 in Vimy Court, Bible Hill.  Born in Port Hawkesbury, Louise was a daughter of the late Edward J. and Mary Evelyn Cass (MacIsaac).  She was predeceased by her husband, of 51 years, Arnold Swan; daughter Joyce and brother, James Cass.  Louise is survived by daughter, Audrey Hill (Gordon), Wainwright, Alta.; granddaughters, Shannon Surgeson (Cory) Wainwright, Alta. Megan O’Brien, Kingston, NS; two great-granddaughters,  Paityn and Trinity; sisters, Peggy MacInnis, Port Greville, NS, Hazel McNamara (Fred), Port Hawkesbury, Anne Fitzgerald, Coquitlam, BC; many nieces and nephews.  No visitation or service by request. Internment at a later date in Crossroads Cemetery, Valley.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, where on-line condolences may be made at: www.ColchesterCommunity.com

SPENCE, Luther Hall – 88, Truro Heights, passed away suddenly March 24, 2016 at the QEII, Halifax Infirmary, Halifax surrounded by his family. Born November 10, 1927 in Debert, he was a son of the late Angus and Annie (Stevens) Spence. He was a truck driver for 46 years having worked for Ed Dennis, Eastern Transport and McCully and Soy. Luther enjoyed watching his grandchildren play hockey and also spending time at the cottage in Brule. He is the last surviving member of his immediate family. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Patsy Lynds; children, Lynn (Marcel) Lynds , North River, Phillip, Whitby, Ont., Paul (Dawn) Debert; grandchildren, Trevor, Jeremy, Taylor, Ryan, Dana, Bryan; sisters and brothers-in-law; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers, Heman, Nick and a brother in infancy. Funeral service was held March 27 in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro with Pastor Connie Stewart officiating. Interment at a later date in Aenon Baptist Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or the Aenon Baptist Church Cemetery. On-line condolences may be made at www.ColchesterCommunity.com


March 2016

MCCULLY, ISABEL - The obituary of the passing of Isabel (Tiny Wilson) McCully, 89, of Oshawa, Ontario formerly of Londonderry Station and Masstown occurred on December 20, 2015,in Oshawa. The passing of her husband Gordon McCully, 99 formerly of Masstown occurred on January 21, 2016 in Oshawa, Ontario. Their son Wayne McCully, 71, of Port Perry passed away on September 6th in Port Perry.

MACALONEY, Muriel G. "Moo" – Age 95, of Parrsboro. On Friday, January 22, 2016 Muriel "Moo" MacAloney passed from this earth as quietly as she lived in it. Muriel was born on a farm in Lakelands in 1920 to her beloved parents, the late Merton and Beulah (DeMille) Henwood. It was on this farm that Muriel nicknamed herself "Moo" and it was here she learned the meaning of hard work but she never complained. She and her husband Thorny moved to Truro, she resumed her role as caregiver to several families. Upon returning to Amherst, she lovingly cared for her Uncle Earl and Aunt Gladys DeMille, always thinking of others and never herself. She later returned to Parrsboro where she spent her days puttering and entertaining us all with many fond stories of her childhood and her life well lived. "Moo" had resided at the South Cumberland Community Care Center since June of 2015 and her family would sincerely like to thank all the "Superman" staff for their compassion and care. Muriel is mourned by her beloved son, Wylie "Wig" (Judy Dow) Henwood; granddaughters, Donna Gallagher (Wendell), Cheryl Morris (Rod); great granddaughters, Jill and Laura Gallagher; Melanie, Olivia and Abby Morris; her sister, Shirley Forbes and niece Marilyn Wilson and their families. As well, her special ‘chosen’ family, Marion Kyle, Laurie Hanna and their families. She was predeceased by her husband, Thornton; a sister, Eileen Collins (and her husband, Bob); a brother, Stanley (and his wife, Ruth). As per Muriel's wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no formal funeral services held. A private family graveside will be take place in the Spring. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or to the South Cumberland Community Care Center Foundation, Parrsboro. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

MORRIS, Sharon Mabel - 70, Truro, passed away peacefully, Friday, January 22, 2016, at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Alder Point, she was a daughter of the late Daniel L. and Audrey Mildred (Plant) MacQueen. Sharon worked at Parrsboro RCMP Detachment for 25 years and then Bible Hill Detachment for nine years from where she retired. She was a member of Trinity United Church, Parrsboro, and played clarinet with Parrsboro Citizen’s Band. Sharon is survived by her husband, David Roy "Pidge" Morris; sons, Jeffrey (Christina) Morris, Hay River, NWT; Daniel (Leona) Morris, Truro; grandchildren, Zach and Xander; twin sister, Elizabeth Anne "Betty" Moore (Sandra Gowler), Winnipeg, MB; sisters, Heather (Bud) Jardine, Florence; Laurie Burns, Halifax; Jean (Phillip) Leblanc, Edmonton, AB; several nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Sharon’s Life was held Tuesday, January 26, 2016, at Mattatall - Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

RUSHTON, Myles Leroy - 91, Truro. It is with deep sadness that Myles' family makes known his passing, at Wynn Park Villa, Truro, on Monday, January 25, 2016. Born in Westchester Station, Cumberland County, he was a son of the late Oliver and Charlotte (Weatherbee) Rushton. He is survived by his sweetheart, Georgina "Georgie" (Lane) Rushton; daughters, Evelyn (Jack) Patriquin, Sutherlands Lake; Cindy (Glenn) Matheson, Bible Hill; Ginny (David) Sullivan, Bridgewater; grandchildren, Lisa, Kevin, David, Mark, Marla; great-grandchildren, Grace, Faith, Kamryn, Mackenzie, Oliver, Hunter, Lily, Alicia, Mikayla; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his beloved son, David Myles Rushton; sisters, Edna, Cyretha, Grace, Ruby, Kathleen, Ida; brothers, Ralph, Clarence, William, Carl, Alton, Oscar. Funeral service was held Saturday, January 30, 2016, at Mattatall - Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, Rev. Natalie Buchanan-Rutherford officiated. Interment at a later date in Mahon Cemetery, Great Village. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

TURNER, Stuart "Merlin" - 81, Westphal, passed away surrounded by family on January 25, 2016 in the Magnolia Nursing Home, Enfield. Born in Westphal, he was the son of the late George and Gladys (Kuhn) Turner. Merlin was an avid horseman, a second generation harness racer, as well as a trainer. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Carol (Kennedy), Truro; son, Darren Turner (Marie), Quebec; daughters, Darla Turner (Kim), Mt. Uniacke, Georgette Chandler (Jim), Valley; brother, Ronald (Joan) Turner, Westphal; grandchildren, Kerri-Leigh Ross, Dylan Johnson, Brooke Chandler, Carolyne Turner; several nieces and nephews; special friend, Brian Provo. Besides his parents he was predeceased by sister, Shirley Turner; nephew, David Michael Turner. Cremation has taken place. A time of visitation was held January 30 in the Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro. Interment in Bible Hill Cemetery in the spring. The family would like to express their thanks to the VON and the care-givers at Magnolia Nursing Home. On-line condolences may be made by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

RINES, Valena Lynn - 66, Belmont, Colchester County, passed away Tuesday, January 26, 2016, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro, with her family by her side. Born in Truro, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Marion (Burgoyne) Chown. She is survived by her husband, Tracey Raymond Rines; sons,  Tracey (Tammy), Belmont; Charles (Toni), Truro; daughters, Marion (Greg) Currie, Masstown; Stacey (Anthony) Bell, Bible Hill; nine grandchildren; one great-grandson; brothers,  Edward, Truro; Percy (Tina), Belmont; Eric (Carol), Truro; Douglas (Darlene), Truro; Keith, Truro; sister, Carolyn (Charlie) Weatherbee, Bible Hill. She was predeceased by her sister, Mildred Harnish. Interment will take place at a later date in the Belmont Cemetery, Belmont.   Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall - Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

MEEKINS, Kenneth L. – Age 57, of Lower Five Islands passed away Saturday, January 30, 2016 at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Lower Five Islands, he was a son of the late Herbert and Laura (Lewis) Meekins. He is survived by his wife, the former Belindia Pettigrew; a daughter, Melynda Gilbert (Raymond), Lakelands; sons, Nicholas (Carrie Goodwin), Greenhill; Norman, Five Islands; sisters, Barbara MacAloney (Carvel), Five Islands; Doreen Bryan (Claude), Springhill; Marvene Bragg, Georgetown, Ont.; brothers, Gordon (Linda), Lower Five Islands; Hector (May), Smooth Rock Falls, Ont.; Layton Gilroy (Lori), Heinzville, Ga.; five grandchildren, Renee, Gavin, Julia, Joseph and Hughie; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a grandson, Joshua; a sister in infancy; a brother, Emmerson. As to keeping with Kenny’s wishes, there will be no formal funeral services held. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

FARRELL, Lillian L. – Age 86, of Parrsboro passed away Monday, February 1, 2016 at All Saints Hospital, Springhill. Born in Five Islands, she was a daughter of the late Davison and Edith J.R. (Corbett) Corbett. Lillian attended Truro Normal College and upon graduation she taught in various schools throughout the Halifax area. Following her marriage to Charlie, she taught school in Parrsboro. As well, she operated Farrell’s Radio and Electric in Parrsboro with her husband for many years. She is survived by niece, Carol Corbett, Five Islands, and her sons, William and Martin; nephew, Allan Farrell (Mabel), Truro; numerous other nieces and nephews; her "boyfriend", Ron Meaney, Parrsboro. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles in 2010; a brother, Albert. Funeral was held February 5, 2016 at St. Brigid’s Catholic Church, Parrsboro, Rev. Vernon Driscoll officiating. Burial in the church cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Nova Scotia. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

SHARPE, Thomas James - 79, Great Village. It is with much sadness we announce the passing of Tom on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Truro, he was a son of the late Laurence and Helena (Hines) Sharpe. He is survived by his sons, Robbie (Heather), Dartmouth; Tim (Donna), Great Village; John (Susan), Alberta; Harold (Patti), Great Village; Greg (Susan), Londonderry; daughters, Susan MacLeod (Lester), Valley; Norma Johnson (Doug), Ottawa; 12 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; half-sister, Shirley Philips, British Columbia; sister-in-law, Annette Sharpe, Debert. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Mildred (Quinn) "Kaye" Sharpe; brothers, Bobby, Bradley, William, Charlie, Laurie; sisters, Lillian, Jean. Funeral service was held Saturday, February 6, 2016, Reverend Carolyn Rushton officiated. Interment will take place at a later date in Mahon Cemetery, Great Village. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

DOW, Willena B. – Age 102, of Moose River passed away Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Cedarstone Enhanced Care, Truro. Born in Moose River, she was a daughter of the late Stuart and Beatrice (Hatfield) Roberts. She is survived by a son, Elmer (Gladys), Moose River; 16 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Glenford in 1995; sons, Floyd and Donald; sisters, Beaulah, Bertha; brothers, Lee and Langston; a grandson, Glenford; a great grandson, Michael. Funeral service will take place in St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Moose River at a later date. The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the staff of Cedarstone Enhanced Care in Truro for their exceptional care for Willena during her stay with them. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

PATRIQUIN, Gerald Edward C.D. May 16, 1921 - February 6, 2016. It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Gerald ("Pat" to some), at Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building, Halifax. Gerald was born in Lower Greenville, Nova Scotia, grew up in the surrounding areas, and eventually enlisted in the Royal Canadian Army (RC Signals) in 1942 at the age of 21. Along with some 14,000 other Canadian soldiers, he landed on Juno Beach on June 6, 1944. For his participation on D-Day and the liberation of France, Gerald was recently awarded the Knight of the French National Order of the Legion of Honour. He retired from the Canadian Forces in 1971 and retired from the civilian workforce in the 1980s. In 1968, Gerald and Doris moved to Debert where for the next 30 years they were active members of the community, including his active involvement with the Masonic Lodge and the Royal Canadian Legion. In 2000, when Doris passed away, Gerald moved to Parkland Estates in Truro, and in the last two years made his home at Camp Hill Veterans Memorial. Gerald is predeceased by infant daughter Sharon (1950) and his wife of 53 years, Doris Emma (McInnes) of Fox Harbour, NS (2000). Gerald is also predeceased by 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Gerald is survived by sister Elizabeth (Stuart) Semple, his son John (Joyce), daughters Pegi (Colin) Wilson, and Janice (Malcolm d. 2005) Eaton , and granddaughters Krista and Tara Patriquin, Jordan Eaton, and step grandson Michael Wilson (Kelly, children Haley and Joshua). He is also survived by 4 nephews and 2 nieces. The family wishes to express their most sincere thanks to all the staff and volunteers on 4th Floor East of the Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building for their care and compassion not only to Gerald but also to the family. Memorial Service was held February 13, 2016 at 2pm (included a Masonic tribute at 1:45pm) in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. Interment at a later date. Online messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting: www.ColchesterCommunity.com

HANNA, Doris - After a long courageous battle with cancer it is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Doris Hanna (Kummerfeldt), 73. Originally from Germany, Doris called Canada home, being a military wife and mother, living life to the fullest. Many kids took to her as a second mother. She was referred to by many as Mom, Mommy, Memaw & Momma D. She opened her heart and home to many, lending an ear, or a shoulder to cry on or just to give a hug. Doris loved to travel, enjoying visiting relatives and making friends in Germany, England, Australia, Indiana and South Carolina. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. She will forever live in the hearts of those whose lives she touched. She is predeceased by her parents and husband ‘Tom’ Hanna and survived by her children Sabine Pace (Doug), Michelle Thrower (David) and Scott Hanna (Diane McCabe) and her three grandchildren Dustin Pace, Alexis & Lukas Hanna, and many family members in Germany.

Huge thanks go out to Dr. R. Graham, Dr. D. Henderson, Lisa Weatherbee (Pall. Care), Monica, VON team, and Truro Hospice Society. You are an amazing team! Special thanks to our friends, family and strangers who contributed to Mom’s Winter Garden. Following the wishes of Doris, there is to be no funeral service, however a Celebration of her life was held February 14th, at 37 Granville Drive, Upper Onslow. Donations can be made in her name to Colchester East Hants Hospice Society or The IWK Children’s Wish Foundation. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. Online messages of condolence may be sent to Doris’ family by visiting: www.ColchesterCommunity.com

COCHRANE, Freda M. (nee Wagstaff) - It is with heavy hearts that the family announces the peaceful passing of our Mom, Ma, Sister, Aunt and friend on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 in Northwood Care Centre, Halifax. Freda was born in Port Greville in 1931 to the late Gilbert and Rebecca (Parsons) Wagstaff. She attended school in Port Greville and Parrsboro before continuing her education at the Provincial Normal College in Truro from 1949-50. In 1951, Freda married the love of her life, Robert (Bob) and they enjoyed 48 years together raising their two children in Port Greville, Sheet Harbour and Brookfield. Freda taught school for 9 years touching the hearts of all her students. In 1960, she made the decision to be a full time stay-at-home Mom, dedicating her life to her family. Freda started volunteering with the Port Greville Age of Sail Museum in 1992 and served on the regular board until 2012 when she became an Honorary Board Member. Freda was devoted to the history of the area and a life size cutout of Freda and her husband, Bob stand in the museum's schoolroom display at the Age of Sail Museum. She was a wonderful baker, homemaker, seamstress and knitter and her friends and family were the lucky recipients of many homemade treasures over the years. Freda was instrumental in establishing the Robert Cochrane War Memorial in Port Greville. Her deep love for her family will be missed by us all. Freda is survived by her son, David , Advocate; daughter, Anna Marie Bates, and her husband, Brent, Fall River; grandsons, Gregory (Kristin), Edmonton, Alta.; Garrett, University of Regina, Sask.; brothers, Millard (Marguerite), Port Greville; Henry (Jackie), Edmonton, Alta.; sisters, Jean Thomas, Stoney Creek, Ont.; Dorothy Evans, Parrsboro; special family member, Sarah Wetmore, Fox River; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert; a son, Robert John in infancy; a brother, Charles Wagstaff; sister in law, Millie Wagstaff; brothers in law, Tommy Thomas and Phil Evans. Funeral was held February 13, 2016 at the Grace United Church in Port Greville, Rev. Elizabeth Davies officiating. Interment will take place at a later date. In loving memory of Freda, memorial donations may be made to Grace United Church Memorial Fund, the Age of Sail Heritage Centre, Port Greville, Northwood Care Centre, Halifax or to a charity of choice. A special thank you to the staff of Northwood Care Centre for their caring, kindness and support. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

WINTERS, Bedford G. "Boop" – Age 75, of Parrsboro passed away Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at High Crest, Springhill. Born in Parrsboro, he was a son of the late Claude and Flossie (King) Winters. Boop was a very active community member, serving for many years with the Parrsboro Lions Club, among many other organizations. He was past president of Legion Branch #45, Parrsboro. He is survived by his wife, the former Bernice Lickers; a daughter, Dawn Winters, Joggins; sons, Gordon, Ajax, Ont.; William, Brampton, Ont.; sisters, June Campbell, Parrsboro; Millie Venus, Richmond, B.C.; brothers, Charlie (Nancy), Parrsboro; Clyde "Cuddy" (Sally), Dartmouth; Stanley (Pauline), Saint John, N.B.; brother in law, Arthur Ramsperger, Parrsboro; six grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Colleen. A private family service will be held at a later date. A Celebration of Boop’s Life was held February 13, 2016 at the Parrsboro Legion, Branch #45. Memorial donations may be made to Legion Branch #45, Parrsboro. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

ROLFE, Gill J. – Age 61, of Parrsboro passed away Thursday, February 11, 2016 at South Cumberland Community Care Centre, Parrsboro following a long battle with cancer. Gill was always a "happy-go-lucky" person who loved to fish and work at the weir. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Born in Amherst, he was a son of Emma Rolfe, Amherst and the late Percy Rolfe. He is survived by his companion, Heather Young; sisters, Kathleen Carter, Lillian Gonnella, Hilda Rayworth; brothers, William Rolfe, Joe Rolfe; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Betty; a brother, Allan; special grandmother, Mertes Dowe. A Celebration of Life gathering in memory of Gill was held February 13, 2016 at the Parrsboro Legion Branch #45. All are welcome! Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

MORRIS, Frances E. – Age 92, of Port Greville passed away peacefully on Friday, February 12, 2016 at the Bayview Memorial Health Centre, Advocate Harbour. Born in North Greville, she was a daughter of the late Sherman and Winnifred (Parsons) McCulley. She is survived by a daughter, Barbara Hilchie, Dartmouth; sons, Scott (Ruby), Springhill Junction; Danny (Charlotte), Apple River; son-in-law, Doug Marshall, Springhill; a brother, Donald McCulley, Parrsboro; 8 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband, Forrest "Tudd" Morris; a daughter, Clayola "Clay" Marshall; a son, Dara; sisters, Ada, Willena, Kathleen; brothers, Oscar, Malcolm, Douglas, Dwelton. Funeral service was held February 15, 2016 at Grace United Church, Port Greville, Peter Hoar officiating. Burial in the church cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Bayview Memorial Health Centre Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

WELTON, Milford C. - Age 72, of Two Islands passed away peacefully on Monday, February 15, 2016 at home surrounded by family. Born in Two Islands, he was a son of the late Harold and Kathleen (Patterson) Welton. Milford was a proud farmer. He is survived by his wife, the former Brenda Parker; his children, Alexander Welton (Lisa), Parrsboro; Kathleen Welton (Paul McCarthy), Amherst Point; his step-children; Tracy McCulley, Vanderhoof, B.C.; Kim Faulkner (Steve), Rankin Inlet, Nunavut; Shelley Hines (Mark), Campbellton, N.B.; Dana McCulley (Alyson Pickard), Parrsboro; a brother, George (Holly), Amherst; 10 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Sylvia; special grandparents, George and Hilda (MacAloney) Patterson. Funeral service was held February 19, 2016 at St. George’s Anglican Church, Parrsboro, the Rev. Dr. Brian Spence officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

CROSSMAN, Florence Anne – 95, Truro, passed away in Cedarstone Enhanced Care on February 18, 2016. Born in St. Paul de Kent, N.B., she was the daughter of the late Angus and Delphine (Goguen) LeBlanc. Florence was a member of the Catholic Women’s League and a longtime member of the Immaculate Conception Church choir. Florence is survived by her sons, Alan (Gae), Crowes Mills, Paul (Cindy) Kemptown, Wayne (Linda), Crowes Mills and Randy (Bev), Lower Truro; ten grandchildren, nine great grandchildren; sister, Theresa Kaye, Bible Hill; brother, Leo (Dot) LeBlanc, Dieppe N.B.She was predeceased by her husband, Avard in 2002 as well as sisters, Angelica, Anna and Aurore. No visitation by family request. A Funeral Mass was celebrated February 23rd at 11am in Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, 669 Prince St., Truro, with Fr. Dariusz Miskowicz, officiating. Interment will take place at a later date in Robie Street Cemetery, Truro. Online messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting: www.ColchesterCommunity.com

HART, Robert Samuel "Bob"  86, Carrs Brook, Economy, Colchester County, passed away peacefully at home, on Saturday, February 20, 2016, following a lengthy illness with olivopontocerebellar atrophy and is now at rest. Born in Wallasey, England, he was a son of the late Samuel and Elizabeth (Worrall) Hart. Bob is survived by his loving wife and caregiver, Margaret McLellan-Hart; sons, Stephen Hart, David Hart, Colin Hart; sister, Mavis (Jim) Campbell; brother, Ellis (Christine) Hart, all of England; step-children, Travis (Ardell) Caudle, New Waterford; Shana Caudle (Dane Eresman), Calgary; Cody Caudle (Katie Ferrier), Economy and Mount Forest, Ontario; Bronwyn (Michael) Di Chiazza, Toronto, Ontario; several grandchildren, step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Interment will be held at a later date in Economy Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

ALLEN, E. Steven  – 53, of Lower Five Islands passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Sunday, February 21, 2016 at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro, following a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Truro, he was the son of the late Russell and Jennie (Davis) Allen. Steven was a member of Legion Branch #45, Parrsboro, and was an honorary member of the Five Islands Fire Brigade. He is survived by sisters, Eileen Allen, Nancy Davis (Glendon), Cheryl Hatfield (Todd); all of Five Islands; nieces, Gillian Davis, Lower Five Islands, Roxanne Starr (Rick), Calgary, Alta.; Penny Lewis (Michael Elliott), Five Islands; nephews, Craig Hatfield, Five Islands; Terrance Hatfield, Calgary; great nieces, Sykora, Preslee, Amelia, Madelyn, Caitlyn, Serenity; great nephews, Christopher, Hayden; brother in law, Spencer Volans (Gail), Upper Stewiacke. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by sisters, Diane, Linda in infancy; a brother in law, Smith "Timmy" Lewis. Funeral service will be held at the Peniel United Church, Five Islands on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 2:00 p.m., Rev. Florence Antle-Brison officiating. Reception to follow at the Five Islands Fire Hall. Memorial donations to Peniel United Church, Five Islands or to the Five Islands Fire Department. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at: www.smithsfuneralhome.com


February 2016

MORRIS, Truman Nolan – Peacefully on Tuesday December 22, 2015 at Lakeridge Health Oshawa in his 77th year. Truman is predeceased by his partner Donna Lent and his daughter Donna Marie Morris and is survived by his son Ronald Morris and his grandson Lyric Morris, his cousins Betty and Don and his Aunt Flo. Truman had a great passion for all cars; including racing cars in earlier years. He will be deeply missed by his family, and his coffee and card buddies. Special thanks to the doctors and nurses in emergency and on 4F Palliative Care for the compassion and care given to Truman and his family. Truman’s wishes were cremation and a private interment at a later date at birth place Bass River, Nova Scotia. Memorial donations to Oshawa General Hospital Foundation (Lakeridge Health Oshawa Foundation) would be greatly appreciated and can be made by visiting Armstrong Funeral Home, 124 King Street East, Oshawa or along with condolences online at  www.armstrongfuneralhome.net

MCLELLAN, Joyce Lorraine – 68, Truro Heights, passed away peacefully into the arms of her Lord, surrounded by her loving family, on Wednesday morning, December 16, 2015, at home. Born in Cornwall, Ontario, she was a daughter of the late Horace and Jeannette (Wylie) Chester. Joyce is survived by her loving husband of 38 years, J. Paul McLellan; sons, Richard McLellan, Pugwash; Jason (Donna) McLellan, Debert; granddaughters, Destiny and Trinity McLellan, Debert; sister, Isobel Woods, Whitby, Ontario; sisters-in-law, Isobel Chester, Lions Bay, British Columbia; Florence Chester, Ottawa; Lillian Chester, Truro; several nieces and nephews; mother-in-law, Inez McLellan, Truro. Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers, Ronald, James, David. Special thanks are extended to Colchester East Hants Hospice Society and VON for their care and support. Funeral service was held December 19, 2015, at Truro Heights United Baptist Church, 343 Truro Heights Road, Reverend Greg Porter and Reverend Connie Stewart officiated. Interment was in Truro Heights Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

FAULKNER, Robert Allan "Bobby" - 59 of Bass River, passed away December 21, 2015 at home with family by his side. He was predeceased by his parents, Vincent and Ruthene, as well as brother, Donald. Robert was a very kind person with a big heart and would do anything for anyone. He was a truck driver-owner for many years. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Katharine (Cameron); daughter Karen, Yellowknife, NT; son, Matthew (Amanda), Bass River; granddaughter Raine, Yellowknife, NT; in-laws, Ernie and Joyce Cameron, Bass River; brothers, Kenneth (Sandra) Hart Lake‎, Chesley (Nora), Bass River, Arthur, Truro, Roddy (Margaret), Bass River;  sister, Marlene Harvey, Woodstock, Ont; several nieces and nephews. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. A Funeral Service was held on December 27, at 1pm in Riverside United Church, Bass River, with Rev. Florence Antle-Brison ‎officiating. Reception followed in MacFarlane Hall. Donations in Bobby's memory may be made to Riverside United Church Cemetery Fund, or the Colchester East Hants Hospice Society. Online messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting: at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

MACGILLIVARY, Irene M. – 65, of Spencer’s Island passed away Monday, December 21, 2015 at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre (CEHHC), Truro. Born in Advocate Harbour, she was a daughter of the late Clifford and Edith (Wasson) Berry. She was a founding member of the Advocate School Hot Lunch Program and a continued supporter throughout the years. She was a member of the Advocate and District Home and School Association, the Spencer’s Island Community Hall Association, the Advocate District Volunteer Firemen Ladies Auxiliary, a member of the Advocate Baptist Church and the Bayview Memorial Health Foundation. She is survived by her husband, Edgar; daughter, Angela MacGillivary (Kevin Swan), Enfield; sons, Dwayne (Kim), and their children, Jordan and Jenna, Spencer’s Island; Matthew (Joanna) and their children, Mahayla and Isaac, Great Village; daughter, Sandra Benjamin (Barton), and their children, Courtney and Curtis, Spencer’s Island; brothers, Ronald (Sharon), Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.; Robert (Marchel Strong), East Advocate; sisters-in-law, Brenda McLellan (William), Diligent River; Gloria Lewis, Lower Five Islands; Marlene Rector (Sherrard), Hopewell Cape, N.B.; numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents-in-law, Lawrence and Melba MacGillivary; sister-in-law, Audrey (Stronge); brother-in-law, Richard Lewis. Funeral service was held December 23, 2015, Rev. Dr. Phyllis Nesbitt officiating. Burial in the Allenville Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Spencer’s Island Union Church. A special thank you to Dr. Courtney Smith and the nurses of CEHHC Palliative Care Team for their compassionate care. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at: www.smithsfuneralhome.com

ADAMS (Purdy, nee McLean), Frances Emeline - 87, Emeline was the only child of John R. McLean, well-known baker, and Marie (Creelman) of Truro. An active, gregarious mother of six, her children, their spouses, 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren will long honour her for her example of unfailing hospitality and enthusiastic interest in their lives. Emeline was a busy member of the First United Church, Unit N, a needle pointer with Marigold Guild and avid bridge player with a group of friends for over fifty years. She was predeceased by her first husband, Burton Purdy. Later, Emeline married Russell Adams of Masstown. Her family grew with the addition of his five children, Garnie, Donald, Debbie, Pam, Andre and their spouses and children. After Russell died in 1998, she enjoyed the companionship of Vince Stewart of Amherst (d. 2013). In September 2015, she moved to Vimy Court, Bible Hill. She enjoyed the friendly staff and many visits from her friends and children, particularly morning coffees with Anthony and Diesel. She is survived by her children: Paige Moore (David), Sandra Carter (George), Dalton Purdy (Dawn), Harold Purdy (Margie), Ian Purdy (Emily), Anthony Purdy (Wendy). Her grandchildren: Jennifer, Bruce and Sarah, Amanda and Geoff, Matthew and Martha, Morgan and Lauren, Ceilidh, Shay and Skye, Brandon, Conor, Jessica and Garrett, and their spouses. Extended family and many generations of friends will all have stories to share of this amazing woman’s impact on their lives. Funeral service was held December 31 in First United Church, Prince St, Truro with Rev. Valerie Kingsbury officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory may be made to First United Church, Truro or a charity of your choice. On-line condolences and donations may be made by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

ROSS, Abbie B. – Age 69, of Two Islands and formerly of Leamington passed away Saturday, December 26, 2015 at her beloved Two Islands with the love her life, Brad Ross at her side, with whom she just celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary in October. Born in Parrsboro, she was a daughter of Frances Parsons, Parrsboro and the late Harry Parsons. Abbie was an avid rug hooker, a member of the WestCumb Amateur and Old Timers Radio Clubs. Her call sign was VE1BFB. She worked at All Saints Hospital for 32 years, retiring as manager of environmental services (laundry and housekeeping departments). Besides her mother, she is survived by her husband, Brad; a son, Gerry (Stephanie), Dartmouth; grandchildren, Nicole Ross, Ryan Ross, both of Dartmouth; sisters, Carolyn Reashore (Hyland ‘Bud’), Toronto; June Wagstaff (Neale), Port Greville;  several nieces and nephews; special uncle, Robert Noiles, Springhill; sisters in law, Marjorie Slack (Billy Mills), Leamington; Debbie Ross (Ralph Adams), Southampton; Susan Parsons, Lower Sackville. She was predeceased by a brother, Gary. Funeral service was held December 29, 2015 at the Parrsboro Baptist Church, Rev. Emmanuel Mutale officiating. Burial in the Leamington Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Leamington Cemetery. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

YORKE, David A. – 59, of Parrsboro passed away suddenly on Saturday, December 26, 2015 at home. Born in Parrsboro, he was a son of Vivian (Taylor) Yorke, Truro and the late Joseph Yorke. David was a licensed mechanic and was owner of Yorke’s Garage and Auto Salvage. He was a member of the Parrsboro Volunteer Fire Department for 23 years. He is survived by his wife, the former Marlene Patterson; a daughter, Martina Yorke, Parrsboro; a son, Dan (Jennifer Gautreau), Amherst; a sister, Heather Yorke-Nicks, Truro; a brother, William, Halifax; grandchildren, Cara and Casey Yorke; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by an infant son, Adam; a brother, Brian. A private family service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations in David’s memory may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or to a charity of choice. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

DUGUAY, Vivian A. – 79, of Ward’s Brook passed away Saturday, December 26, 2015 at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Upper Nappan. Born in Ward’s Brook, she was a daughter of the late Perry and Marie (Allen) Dowe. She is survived by a daughter, Catherine Gero (Alonzo), Amherst; sons , Bernard ‘Jr.’ (Carrie), Mount Forest, Ont.; Dwayne (Stephanie), Acton, Ont.; former daughter in law, Shawn Williams, Amherst; sisters, Leona Dowe, Wards Brook; Ruby Crossman (Culton), Halifax; Marion Legere, Parrsboro; Althea Legere (Pat), Enfield; Faye George (Willie), Helen George (Johnny), all of Acton, Ont.; brothers, Allan (Judy Wheaton), Wards Brook; Kenny (Carol), Diligent River; 5 grandchildren, Christine, Michelle, Melissa, Erika, Ryan; 6 great grandchildren, Cassidy and Parker; Mya and Hayden; Carter and Colton; numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Bernard in 2004; brothers, Sterling, Bill, Isaac, Perry. Funeral was held December 30, 2015 at Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro, Pastor Douglas Lake officiating. Burial in the Riverbank Cemetery, Port Greville. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Nova Scotia or the Cumberland Regional Health Centre Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

WILLIGAR, M. Genevieve "Jenny" – Age 84, of Parrsboro passed away Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at the South Cumberland Community Care Centre, Parrsboro. Born in Joggins, she was a daughter of the late George and Mable (Comeau) Van Snick. She is survived by sisters, Joan Burbine, Sackville, N.B.; Catherine McKenzie (Philip), Lower Sackville; Rose Marie Cormier (Ron), Amherst; Grace Anne Vance, Joggins; brothers, Louis, Lower Maccan; Howard (Doris), Amherst; Roger (Violet), Joggins; Robert, Shediac, N.B.; Peter, Amherst; Edward "Buddy" Cormier, Amherst; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Keith in 2005; brothers, Kenneth and George "Sonny". Funeral service was held January 5, 2016 at St. George’s Anglican Church, Parrsboro, Archdeacon Glenn Eason officiating. Burial in the church cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. George’s Anglican Church. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at www.smithfuneralhome.com

LEWIS, Ruby M. – Age 93, of Lower Five Islands passed away Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at High Crest Nursing Home, Springhill. Born in Five Islands, she was a daughter of the late Harold and Caroline (Davis) Davis. Ruby moved to Massachusetts with her husband, Walter in 1949 returning after 26 years to Lower Five Islands in 1975. She is survived by a daughter, Carole Lewis (Laurie Roberts), Lower Five Islands; a granddaughter, Jeannine Gallant (Shawn), Amherst; two great-grandsons, Chace and Caidan; half-sister, Greta Lewis, Lower Five Islands; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Walter O. Lewis in 2000; sisters, Lillian, Wenona, Patricia; brother, Morton. A graveside committal service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or to a charity of choice. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

WEBSTER, James. W. "Jim" – Age 78, of West Advocate passed away suddenly on Thursday, December 31, 2015. Born in Advocate Harbour, he was a son of the late Bradford and Bessie (Robinson) Webster. He is survived by his wife, the former Wanda Morris;  his children, Cindy Currie (Laurie) and their children, Jessica, Heidi and Maddison, Spencer’s Island; John (Krista) and their son, Michael, Advocate Harbour; Jean Strong and ‘grand-pup’, Cailey, Diligent River. He was predeceased by a son, Michael; brother, Melza; son-in-law, Gordie; ‘grand-pup’, Josie. There will no funeral service by request. Memorial donations may be made to the Advocate District Volunteer Fire Department. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

MCCULLY, Lindsay H.C. "Bubby" – Age 72, of Ward’s Brook passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 3, 2016 at home surrounded by his family. Born in Advocate Harbour, he was a son of the late Hector and Isabel (Morris) McCully. Lindsay was a member of The Black Watch Royal Highland Regiment of Canada. He was employed with the Nova Scotia Department of Highways for 17 years. He touched everyone in his life and will be sadly missed by all who knew him, especially those who knew him as "Bubby". He is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Paulette Crossman; daughters, Stephanie Duguay (Dwayne), Acton, Ont., and their children, Erika and Ryan; Veronica Warren (Byron), Port Greville, and their children, B.J. and Nic; Samantha McCrindle (Kevin), Parrsboro, and their children, Tori and Grayson (aka Jason); a son, Lindsay, Jr. (Karen), Advocate Harbour, and their daughter, Chloe; great-grandsons, Carter and Colton, both of Acton, Ont.; sisters, Kathy Bowden (Maurice), Diligent River; Beverly Taylor, Truro; a brother (and best friend), Floyd McCully, Diligent River; sister-in-law, Jeannette McCulley, Diligent River; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Allison; sister-in-law, Ada McCully, brother-in-law, Gerald "Trick" Taylor; nephew, Danny McCully. Funeral service was held January 7, 2016 at the Port Greville Baptist Church, Pastor Douglas Lake officiating. Burial in the River Bank Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Palliative Care Program of South Cumberland Community Care Centre, Parrsboro or to the Black Watch of Canada Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

KAY, Doreen M. – Age 72, of Parrsboro. It is with great sadness we regret to announce the sudden passing of Doreen Kay on Monday, January 4, 2016 surrounded by her loving family at South Cumberland Community Care Centre, Parrsboro, where she has resided since July of 2015. Born in Parrsboro, she was a daughter of the late Herbert and Rhoda (Phinney) Blenkhorn. Doreen was a long serving member of the local Lioness Club and later a member of the Parrsboro Lions Club. Doreen was a dedicated volunteer, for many years organizing the Old Home Week Queen Pageant. She was a familiar face at the Lions Arena Canteen during hockey tournaments and other arena events. As well, she was well known for working the "outside canteen" during Old Home Week. A special thank you to all of the staff at South Cumberland Community Care Centre for their patience and love during her stay there. Also, to Dr. Dan Milner for his gentle, caring manner that he shared with her family. She leaves behind her devoted and loving husband of 49 years, Merton; her daughter, Treena Grace (Shawn), Antigonish; her son, Joe (Pam), Shubenacadie; grandchildren, Andrew, Nicole, Mitchell, Kendal and Landen;  sisters, Dorothy, Carole, Jacque,  Shane, Linda, Theresa, Rosie; brothers, Richard, Stanford, Rory; her friend and aunt, Marg Winters;  numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date. A gathering of her friends and family was held January 7, 2016 at St. George’s Anglican Church Hall, Parrsboro. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at: www.smithsfuneralhome.com

CHISHOLM, Ethel Sarah – 97 of Little Dyke, passed away on Saturday, January 9th, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Neil and Mary Jane MacNeil (Sommers), Antigonish. Loving mother of Evelyn, Dartmouth, Leone (Larry Cox), Little Dyke, Donald (Angela Baker), Dartmouth, Claire (Richard Huston), British Columbia, Gerry (Linda MacKinnon), Truro, Peter (Debbie) Calgary, Alberta, Betty, Timberlea; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; daughter in law, Susan, Pembroke, Ontario; sisters, Sr. Harriet MacNeil, CND, Sydney, Irene (Bill Armstrong) , Ontario. Ethel was predeceased by her husband, John; sons, Jamie and Jack. A Funeral Mass was held January 12th in Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, 669 Prince St., Truro, with Fr. Jim O’Connor, celebrant. Interment will take place in Saint Ninian’s Cemetery, Antigonish. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. Online messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting: www.ColchesterCommunity.com

MCDORMAN, Marion Grace – 80, Debert, N.S., passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2016 in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Belmont, N.S. on January 25, 1935. She was the daughter of the late Howard and Nellie (Otterson) McDorman. In 1957, Marion enlisted in the Canadian Army as a Medic. Her Military career lasted 26 years with numerous postings on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. In Europe, she was stationed in France, Germany and served with the U.N. in Egypt. In Canada, she served in the following Military Bases and Stations: Ottawa, Fort Churchill, Shilo, Kingston, Shelburne, Greenwood, Cornwallis and CFS Debert where she retired in 1984, having attained the rank of Sergeant. She also enjoyed playing and watching sports, curling and softball was her favorite. Marion was very fond of animals, especially German Shepherd Dogs. She was an Agent with the SPCA for a number of years. Surviving are her brother, George and sister, Myrtle (David) Giffin. Funeral service was held January 12 in Debert United Church, Plains Road, Debert, with Rev. Carolyn Rushton officiating. Burial at a later date in Middle Road Cemetery, Debert. Donations may be made to the SPCA or Kidney Foundation of Nova Scotia. The family wishes to give a special thanks to the nurses on the third floor, D Wing at the C.E.H.H.C. Arrangements are under the direction of Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro. Condolences may be made by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

BRAYLEY, Thelma R. – Age 89, of New Canaan. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear mother on Sunday, January 10, 2016 at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Upper Nappan surrounded by her loving family. Born in New Canaan, she was a daughter of the late Everett and Gladys (Skidmore) Gilbert. Thelma was a long serving member of the United Church and taught Sunday School in the New Canaan Church for many years. A graduate of Normal College in Truro, she taught school in various rural schools of the area for 26 years. She was a correspondent for ‘The Citizen’ for more than 25 years, before moving to Amherst in 2010. The family would like to thank the V.O.N., home care workers and nurses of the surgical floor and palliative care for their personal and professional care, many with whom she became good friends. She will be missed by her daughter, Deborah Chapman (Neil), Tidnish; her son, Lyle (Betty), Nappan; grandchildren, Kimberley and Dale Chapman (Norma); Chris Brayley (Barb), Marney LeBlanc (Mark); great grandchildren, Sammi-Jo (Brad), Jordan, Ashley, Sophie and Gracie Chapman; Kiera Brayley; a sister, Queenie Adams, Dartmouth; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Ralston in 2007; sisters, Verna and Marjorie; a brother, Clayton. Funeral service was held January 13, 2016 at Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro, with Rev. Elizabeth Davies officiating. Burial in the New Canaan Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the New Canaan Cemetery or to a charity of choice. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com

LEWIS, Charles Russell - The peaceful passing of Charles Russell Lewis occurred at his home in Bass River on Sunday evening, January 10, 2016, surrounded by love. Born in Lunenburg, he was the son of Penrose Fitzgerald (Gerald) Lewis and Flora Elizabeth Pike. Charles is survived by his wife of fifty-one years, Judy (Gilbert) Lewis, his son, Gilbert and wife Sheila Droesbeck-Lewis, Dartmouth, daughter Joanne (Darrin) Fletcher, Economy and twin granddaughters Jenna and Hannah Lewis. Also surviving are sisters Elizabeth Miller and Jean McCarvill, both of Lunenburg, and brother William (Bill) Lewis of Truro. He was a beloved uncle to several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Charles was predeceased by siblings Borden, John, Mildred Weatherby, Vantine Annis, Jerry and George.Funeral service was held Friday, January 15, 2016, in Riverside United Church, 5577 Highway 2, Bass River, Reverend John Parsons officiated. Interment was in the church cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

SCOTT, David James  28, Debert, passed away Monday, January 11, 2016, at his home in Grande Prairie, Alberta, where he has resided since 2013. Born in Truro, he was a son of Kevin and Sylvia (Seaman) Scott, Debert. David attended Debert Elementary School, Onslow Junior High and graduated from Cobequid Educational Centre in 2006. Along with his parents, he is survived by his brother, John (Lori) Scott, Valley. He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Jack and Lucy (Gamble) Seaman; paternal grandparents, Shep and Helen (Gamble) Scott. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where David’s family received friends on Saturday, January 16, 2016. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

NEVES, E. Geraldine – Age 78, of Advocate Harbour passed away Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at the South Cumberland Community Care Centre, Parrsboro with her husband, Harold by her side. Born in Advocate Harbour, she was a daughter of the late Alston and Beryl (Gray) Barkhouse. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Harold Neves; sons, Greg (Iris), Springhill; Edward (Gina), Advocate Harbour; grandsons, Sasha, Anthony, David; a great grandson, Myles; brothers, Eugene and Sherman (Kathleen), all of Halifax; Ronald, Amherst; Kenneth (Faye), Country Harbour; several nieces and nephews. She will always be remembered by her life friend, Gail Morris, Advocate Harbour. She was predeceased by sisters, Melba and Eunice; a brother, Vernon. Funeral service was held January 15, 2016 at Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro, Rev. Marlene Quinn officiating. Burial in the Advocate Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com


January 2016

ANTHONY,Joan Marie - It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our mother on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, just short of her 93rd birthday. Born in Halifax on January 3, 1923, she was a daughter of Jeanette and John (Jack) MacDonald, of Kentville. She was predeceased by husband, Frederick Edson "Ed"; daughter, Judy (Woodley); sisters, Jeanette Christie, Joyce, who died in infancy; granddaughter, Rachel Curry; son-in-law, John Lightfoot. She is survived by her son, Fred; daughters, Joyce (Lightfoot), Jayne (Curry), Joanie Anthony; sons-in-law, Michael, Reed and Clary; eight grandchildren, Cale, Caitlan, Anna, Jenny, Maggie, Matthew, David, Dan.; six great grandchildren. Funeral service was held Saturday, November 21, 2015, at St Ignatius Roman Catholic Church, 1288 Bedford Highway, Bedford, Father Patrick Cosgrove officiated. Interment was held in Brookside Cemetery, Bedford. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

MACQUARRIE, Eoin Preston – 69, Lower Onslow, formerly of Pugwash, passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2015, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Halifax, he was a son of the late John and Margaret (Ross) MacQuarrie. Eoin is survived by his wife of 47 years, Linda (Aitchison); daughter, Alisha (Shawn) Putnam; son, Fraser (Melissa); brother, Roy; grandchildren, Aiden, Shae-Lynn, Robin, Elizabeth, Johnathan, Jack. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Fraser and Donald. A family graveside service was held. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

WILLIAMS, Lorne "Paul" – 68, Bass River passed away November 26, 2015 in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro.  Born February 6, 1947, he was the son of the late Walter and Henrietta (Carde) Williams.  He is survived by wife, Betty Neal; sons, Michael, David,  Jamie all of Oshawa, Ont.; stepson, Mark Neal, Toronto, Ont.; brothers, James, Barrie, Ont., Stanley (Ollie), Amherst, Alfred (Jean), Dalhousie, NB; sisters, Patricia Cottendon, Amherst, Elizabeth McInnis, New Minas, Pauline (John) May, Truro; several nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by brothers, Roy, Robert, Cecil, David, John; sister, Ruth; brothers-in-law, Ronald Cottondon, Ernest McInnis; sisters-in-law, Nellie Williams, Gladys Williams, Audrey Williams, Elta Williams.  Cremation has taken place with no visitation by family request.  A memorial service was held December 2nd, 2015 at 2pm in Riverside United Church, Bass River, Rev. Florence Antle-Brison officiating. Donations may be made to a charity of choice. Arrangements entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, Truro where on-line condolences may be made at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

HAZEL, Dianne C. – Age 71, of Parrsboro passed away Thursday, November 26, 2015 at the South Cumberland Community Care Centre, Parrsboro. Born in Parrsboro, she was a daughter of the late Spicer and Mae (Stronge) Hazel. She is survived by her friend, Donna Higgins, Parrsboro; daughters, Linda, Como, B.C.; Glenda, Parrsboro; Angel Sears (Todd Howatt), Amherst; sisters, Lois Allen, Advocate Harbour; Joyce, Saint John, N.B.; Eugena, Yarmouth; Cheryl Stewart (Angus), Parrsboro; brother, Clifford, Spencer's Island; 5 grandchildren, Brittany, R.J., Jessica, Charles, Valerie, 7 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Howard "Sonny"; brothers, Glen, Bob and Rupert. Funeral service was held November 28, 2015 at Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Rev. Henry Devito officiating. Burial followed in the Parrsboro United Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the South Cumberland Community Care Centre Foundation or to a charity of choice. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com .

SOLEY, Nettie Alberta - 72, Economy, passed away peacefully at home in the arms of her husband, David, on Saturday, November 28, 2015.  Born in Springhill, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Marian (Brown) Scott. She is survived by her husband, David; daughter, Cathy Hubley (Kevin), Hubley; son, Kenneth, Milford; sisters, Shirley and Carolyn; brothers, Carl, Ross and Dennis; grandchildren, Daniel, and Kendell. Graveside service and interment was held Thursday, December 3, 2015 in Economy Cemetery, Economy, Reverend Florence Antle-Brison officiated. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

KILLEN, Gary Allan – 71, Debert, passed away peacefully, with his loving family present, on Sunday, November 29, 2015, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Elderbank, he was a son of the late Murray and Ada (Rhind) Killen. Gary is survived by his wife of 49 years, A. Colleen (Livingston); children, Gary, Andrew, David (Crystal), Cindy (Tom), Holly; grandchildren, Bethany, Matthew (Sheena), Graham, Jason, Rieley, Gyanna, Michael, Anthony; great granddaughter, Madison; sister, Patricia (John) Miller; brothers, Alden (Shirley), Charles (Elizabeth); brother-in-law, Roger (Joan) MacDonell; several nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Ethel MacDonell; brother, Douglas in infancy. Liturgy of the Word was held Saturday, December 5, 2015, at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, 669 Prince Street, Truro, Father Dariusz Miskowicz officiated. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Full obituary and condolences at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com

VANCAMPEN, Joan Marie – age 74, Lower Onslow, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, December 2, 2015 in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Stewiacke, she was the daughter of the late Ken and Greta (Whidden) Andrews.  Joan loved her work with the seniors at Hillcrest Manor.  She also enjoyed Bingo, watching movies and being with her cats.  She is survived by her husband, Cornelis "Kees"; daughter, Laura (Ronnie George) Wright; sons, Ricky Wright, Lonnie (Christine) Wright, Derek Wright, Dana (Jennifer) Wright; stepchildren, Chris (Mar Richards) vanCampen, George vanCampen, Matilda (John) Umlah; sisters, Anne (Charles) Jewers, Christine (Wayne) Johnson; brother, Glenn (Shirley) Christensen; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; nieces and nephews; brothers-in-law, Jack Roode, Everett Dickie.  Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her son, Kenny; sisters, Bea, Shirley, Barb and Joyce; brothers, Wayne, Max; stepfather, John Christensen. Interment took place December 7 in Clarke Cemetery, Lower Onslow.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Clarke Cemetery, Lower Onslow.  On-line condolences may be made at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

STRUTZ, David  85, Bible Hill, passed away peacefully, on Thursday, December 3, 2015, at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Samburg, Saskatchewan, he was a son of the late Samuel and Sophie (Kossowan) Strutz. David is survived by his wife, Olive (McLellan); daughters, Sandra Strutz (Michael Wistard), Joyce (Blair) Murray; son, David Brian (Darlene) Strutz; grandchildren, Sandi Ashley, Christopher, Lorie, Troy; great grandchildren, Zoie, Sam, Max; sisters, Mary (Russell) Bowerman, Cecelia (George) Summerville; brother, Joseph (Ruth) Strutz. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, John (Carolyn) Strutz. Honouring David’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 

DUJAY, Ralph Burgess, 89, of Truro, passed away peacefully at The Mira on December 11, 2015 with his family by his side. Born in Springhill, NS, he was a son of the late James and Elizabeth (Melanson) Dujay. He was predeceased by his wife, Leta Kathleen Dujay in 2011. He is survived by daughters, Joanne Brown (Doug) and Shelley Dujay (John MacLellan); 9 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren. He was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family and tinkering around with his 1952 Willy's Jeep. No visitation or service by request. Arrangements under the direction of Colchester Community Funeral Home, Truro. Interment in Robie Street Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's  Society of N.S. or Heart and Stroke Foundation of N.S.  On-line condolences may be made at www.ColchesterCommunity.com


 

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