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Obituaries

WALSH, Jean Marie

WALSH, Jean Marie – 70, New Glasgow, passed away Sunday, October 12, 2014 in the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Unit, New Glasgow, surrounded by her family. Born in Cape Jack, she was a daughter of the late Boniface and Irene (Benoit) Breen. Retiring in 2006, Jean had been employed with Michelin Tire, Granton for 30 years, having previously been employed with Kodak, Toronto. Jean enjoyed traveling and spending time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed her many trips out west and watching Survivor with her pals, Albert and Weezie. Jean was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Surviving are her husband, Frank; son, Joe, New Glasgow; grandchildren, Amber, Halifax; Andrew, at home; chosen grandchildren, Ashley and Bailey; sisters, Elizabeth (James) Breen, Havre Boucher; Carol (Charlie) Latimer, Fort McMurray; Marion (Gilbert) DeCoste, Hopewell; Bernadette Breen, Fort McMurray; Barbara Breen, Aulds Cove; brothers, Joe, Fernie, B.C.; Michael (Evangeline), Mulgrave; Gerald (Sylvia), Cape Jack; numerous nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by brothers, Arthur and Georgie. Mass of Christian Burial was held October 16 in Church of the Holy Name, Westville. Donations may be made in Jean’s memory to Aberdeen Health Foundation Palliative Care Unit Endowment. Arrangements are entrusted to P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home, New Glasgow.

THOMAS, Cheryle Marie

THOMAS, Cheryle Marie – 69, New Glasgow, passed away peacefully to be with her Lord, Thursday, October 16, 2014 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born June 2, 1945 in Halifax, she was a daughter of the late Rev. H. Donald and Aleta G. (MacLean) Thomas. Cheryle attended schools in New Glasgow before attending the former United Baptist Bible Training School, Moncton, N.B. She lived in various places during her adult life including Halifax, Boston, Mass., Houston, Texas and Elmhurst, Illinois. Cheryle was employed with several companies, AT & T, Boston and Hematology Tech II Department, Southwest Memorial Hospital, Houston. She was a lady who possessed a strong faith from an early age. She was a member of Second United Baptist Church, New Glasgow where, in her youth, she was involved in Sunday School, Mission Band, CGIT, BYPU and Junior Choir. Cheryle served as deaconess at The Life Giving Word Cathedral, Elmhurst, for many years. She was a talented pianist, gladly sharing her gift of music in church ministries. Cheryle was a talented artist whose work centred on African and abstract art, which she created using various mediums. Surviving are her daughter, Tanya Locks-Crossley and her children, Dominique and Azaria, Houston, Texas; step-daughter, Nicole (Demario) Evans and her children, Asia and Thai’Lin, Chicago, Illinois; sisters, Carolyn (Lee) Wilson, Knob Noster, Missouri; Joy Bennett, New Glasgow; Sharma (Allan) Paris, Truro; Jan (Peter) Thomas-Giles, Dartmouth; brothers, Raymond (Janie) Thomas, Dartmouth; Bryan Thomas, Sackville, N.B.; aunt, Maude MacLean, New Glasgow; cousins, Glenda (Eugene) Jones, New Glasgow; Scott (Gloria) MacLean, New Glasgow; Yvonne Moyer, Nanaimo, B.C.; special friends, Aleta Williams, New Glasgow; Anthony Cooney, Atlanta, Georgia; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by sister, Lorraine in infancy. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. today, October 22, in Second United Baptist Church. Private burial in Lorne Street Cemetery, New Glasgow at a later date. Donations may be made in Cheryle’s memory to the Canadian Diabetes Association or The Arthritis Society (Nova Scotia Division).

SUTHERLAND, Hyson Frederick

SUTHERLAND, Hyson Frederick – 83, of New Glasgow, passed away on September 14, 2014 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Hyson worked for many years with the Bank of Nova Scotia at several locations across Atlantic Canada. Following his banking career he worked for Sun Life Financial in both Digby and Halifax. A number of years ago when both he and Ursula retired, they moved to Pictou. Hyson is survived by his son Tom Sutherland; daughter-in-law Laurie Ann Sutherland; grandchildren, Amy Sutherland and Ashley Sutherland; all of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Hyson is also survived by his brother, Maxwell Sutherland of Atholville, New Brunswick; sisters, Martha Pirrie of Wayne, Illinois; Ruby Whitehouse of Prince George, British Columbia. Hyson was predeceased by his wife Ursula (Flett) Sutherland, his parents George and Maudie Sutherland of Newcastle, New Brunswick and his brother George Sutherland of Edmonton, Alberta. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on October 29, 2014 in St. James Anglican Church, Pictou. Burial will be in St. James Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of McLaren Funeral Service, Pictou.

KOEHOORN, Trijntje (Tena)

KOEHOORN, Trijntje (Tena) – of Lyons Brook and the Maritime Odd Fellows Home, Pictou, passed away October 15th, 2014 surrounded by her family. Tena was born the youngest of nine children, on a sailboat, April 18th, 1926 in Sint Annaparochie, The Netherlands to Elisabeth and Pieter Rienks. She married Willem (Bill) Koehoorn on April 16th, 1953 and six weeks later they boarded a boat bound for Halifax. After working on a farm in St. Peter’s, Cape Breton, they bought their own farm in Lyons Brook where they raised a family of four children. Much of Tena’s life was dedicated to community service including numerous volunteer positions and long standing memberships with the Christian Reformed Church, New Glasgow; Lyons Book United Church; Women’s Institute of Nova Scotia, Progressive Conservative Party, and the local chapter of the Parkinson’s Society. She also worked many years as a hall monitor at West Pictou District High School. Tena was an amazing seamstress, a life-long reader, an avid baker, and a local author of two books (Not Knowing and Dykes, Dams and Doors). Her love of the water and the beach was instilled early in life having grown up on a sailboat and on the canals of Holland. She was also defined by her love for family, her strong wit and determination, and her love of the Lord. Tena is survived by her four children and their families: Elizabeth MacDonald (Douglas) of Quispamsis, NB; George Koehoorn of Hong Kong; Mieke Wilma Koehoorn (Paul) of Vancouver, BC; and Peter Koehoorn (Eileen) of Trenton; eight grandchildren and great grandchildren: Andrew MacDonald (Crystal) of Calgary, AB; Dale MacDonald of Toronto, ON; Daren MacDonald of Toronto, ON; Mieke Lowney (Jeremiah) of Quispamsis, NB; Bailey and Isaac Koehoorn of Trenton; and Kaden Burns and Veronica Lowney of Quispamsis, NB. She was predeceased by her husband William (February 9, 1997). Funeral service was held October 19th, 2014 from the Lyons Brook United Church.

HUNTER, Harold Dana

HUNTER, Harold Dana – 59, of New Glasgow, formerly of Truro, passed away Monday, October 13, 2014 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in New Glasgow, he was a son of the late Harold and Joan (Warren) Hunter. He was a retired partner from McLellan Industries in Truro and was previously employed by Irving Oil for 18 years. He is survived by daughters: Lisa (Glen) Jennings; Melissa (Jamie) Berkvens; son, Matthew (Kristina) Hunter; granddaughter, Amy Beth; brother, Dale; nephew, Christopher (Serena O’Gorman); niece, Jennifer (Andrew) McCluskey; step-sons, Mitchell and Travis; aunt, Lorna Hunter. He was predeceased by a sister Joanne and sister-in-law, Marina (Waite) Hunter. He will be missed in the neighbourhood but got his wish to spend the summer on the deck. He is now at peace and “living the dream.” Funeral service was held October 16 at the R.H. Porter Funeral Home, New Glasgow. Burial in Brookside Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to the Aberdeen Palliative Care Society.

CRESINE, Dorothy B. “Dot”

CRESINE, Dorothy B. “Dot” – 90 of Stellarton Road, formerly of Springville, passed away October 15, 2014 at the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in West Chester, she was a daughter of the late George and Edith (Purdy) Parker. She was a resident of New Glasgow since 2004 having previously been a long-time resident of Springville where she and her late husband Roy operated a farm from 1956-1993. Dorothy was an adherent of Bridgeville United Church. She is survived by a sister Betty Samen, Truro; a niece Phyllis (Anton) Carter and family, North Bay, Ont; special family Bob and Jessie MacKay and family, Springville; foster daughter Jane Foance, New Glasgow. She was predeceased by her husband Roy, a sister Hazel Angevine, a brother Harold, brothers-in-law Herman Angevine and Clarence Samen. There will be no visitation or service at the request of the deceased. A graveside committal service will be held at a later date at Boylston United Church Cemetery, Guysborough County. Donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

ROSS, Linda Dianne

ROSS, Linda Dianne – 57, New Glasgow, passed away October 7, 2014 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow, surrounded by her family. Born in New Glasgow, she was a long time employee of Summer Street Industries, where she worked for 30 plus years before her retirement. Linda was a social butterfly, who enjoyed life to the fullest. She had a wonderful ability to connect with others and she spent her whole life building her extended family. Linda had an infectious laugh and a mischievous twinkle in her eye. She loved children and animals, and cherished the times she spent with them. Christmas and her birthday were her favourite times of the year. Linda was very self-aware and very proud of her heritage. She will be fondly remembered by those who loved her. Surviving are her sister, Carolyn (Melvin) Frosst, New Glasgow; several nieces and nephews; foster brothers, Allister MacLean, Fred Maxwell; her large chosen family at Highland Residential Services. She was predeceased by her brother, Pte. Brian Ross; niece, Amanda Cochrane. Funeral service was held October 10 in the chapel of P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home, New Glasgow. Interment in Riverside Cemetery, New Glasgow. Donations may be made to Pictou County SPCA or Pictou County Christmas Fund.

PORTER, Kenneth Murray, ‘Kenny’

PORTER, Kenneth Murray, ‘Kenny’ – 88, passed into eternal rest in Glen Haven Manor, New Glasgow, on October 9, 2014. Born in Three Brooks, he began his working life in Brantford, Ont. He moved back to Pictou to work for Onslow Lass Dairy, and finished his working career with 32 years of dedicated service to Atlantic Wholesalers (Loblaws). Kenny was always enjoyed being a part time farmer and horses were a big part of his life. His neighbours, family and friends meant everything to him and were always welcome. An avid card player, he also loved to listen to old time music and church hymns. He was a long-time member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Pictou, where he sang in the choir for many years and had been an elder since 1960. He was also a faithful member of Eastern Star I.O.O.F. Lodge, No. 1, Pictou for 55 years and twice served as Noble Grand. Kenny is survived by sons, Murray (Barb), Pictou; Richard (Claire), Fort McMurray and Bayview; and daughter, Janice, Bayview; grandchildren: Trevor, Melissa, J.R., Jessica, Dylan, Matthew, Adam, Marla, Jonathan and eight great grandchildren; brothers, Martin and Willie; sisters, Marion, Laura and Peggy; many nieces and nephews; step-sons, George (Sonia), Charlie (Helen); step-daughter, Rebecca (Terry); nine step-grandchildren and two step-great grandchildren; special family friend, Kathy Kennedy. He was predeceased by his father, James Porter; his mother, Margaret (Munro) Porter; step-father, Ray Johnston; the mother of his children, Violet Scott, second wife, Irene (Finlayson) Baird; brother, Milton; sisters, Willa and Sally; step-sons, Vernie and Keith. Funeral service was held October 14 from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Pictou. Burial in Seaview Cemetery. The family would be grateful for donations to St. Andrew’s Church, The Molly Appeal (Alzheimer’s Research), S.P.C.A. or a any charity.

PETERSON, June C.

PETERSON, June C. – 83, of New Glasgow, passed away on Sunday, October 5, 2014 in Summerside, PEI. Born in New Glasgow, she was a daughter of the late Bernard “Brick” and Margaret (Rose) MacLean. She was a former employee of Cara Operations Ltd. at the Halifax Int. Airport for many years. She enjoyed her family and friends, reading, dancing, traveling and “Coronation Street”. She is survived by her son Patrick (Nicole), Summerside; daughter-in-law Doreen, Halifax; five grandchildren: Megan, Alysa, Thresa, Neil, and Joey; several great-grandchildren; sister, Margaret Forhart, Lower Sackville; and three MacLean nephews, John, Laurie, Stephen, and their wives. She was predeceased by her husband William; daughter Joanne Myers; son William; grandson Kyle Myers; brother Jack “Red” MacLean; and two fiances John Hoare and Robert Johnson. Her memorial service will take place at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, Stellarton at a later date.

PARKS, Delbert P.

PARKS, Delbert P. – It is with great sadness that the family of Delbert Paul Parks announces his passing, after a short battle, on October 7, 2014. Born in Saint John, N.B., he was a son of the late Rouel and Peggy Parks. Delbert will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 52 years, Laurinda; his children, Christina (Stephen) Cox, Milton, Ontario; Blair (Karyl) Parks, Ottawa, Ontario; Gail (Tim Barron) Parks, Elmsdale; and beautiful grandchildren, Christopher, Cameron, Stirling and Briana. He is also survived by siblings, Janice, Patsy, Sharon, Marilyn, Michael, Randy, Burney and Kevin. Besides his parents he was predeceased by brothers, Dwayne and Brian. A celebration of his life was held October 12 from the McLaren Funeral Home Chapel, Pictou. Donations in his memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Canadian Diabetes Association.

MILLER, Howard Buntain

MILLER, Howard Buntain – 75, of Depot Street, Pictou, passed away October 6, 2014 in the Halifax Infirmary. Born in Upper Stewiacke, he was a son of the late George and Edna (Ogilvie) Miller. He was retired, and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Local 73. An avid hunter, Howard was well liked and known around town for his ability to fix anything. He is survived by his children, Barbara Smith, Jerry, both of Vancouver Island; Howard, Jr., Edmonton and Helen Chudley, Caribou Island; grandchildren, Amie and Megan Smith, Christina and Steven Chudley; brothers, Hallie (Doreen), Newfoundland; Edward (Margie), Calgary and Wilson, Truro. He was predeceased by his wife, Janet (Turple) Miller. Funeral service was held October 10 in McLaren Funeral Home, Pictou. Donations in his memory may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Canadian Cancer Society.

MacDONALD, Hugh

MacDONALD, Hugh – 93, of the Northumberland Veterans Unit, formerly of New Glasgow, passed away Wednesday, October 8, 2014 in the Aberdeen Hospital. Born in Trenton, he was a son of the late Norman and Jessie (MacDermid) MacDonald. He was retired from the NS Liquor Commission. He served overseas during the Second World War from June 1942 – February 1946 in Italy. He was a member of the First United Church, Trenton; Royal Canadian Legion Br. 29 and he belonged to the Masonic Lodge, in Toronto. In 1935-36 he started playing hockey with the Trenton Juniors and then the British Consuls Junior Team in 1936-39. In 1939-40 at the age of 18, he played senior hockey with the Pictou Regals. Following the War, in 1946-47 he played with the Moncton Hawks and after winning the Maritime Senior Hockey Championship played two games at Maple Leaf Gardens in Allan Cup play. In 1951-52 he coached the Trenton Scotians to the Maritime Junior B Championship. He retired from playing hockey in 1954-55. He enjoyed horse racing and raised two racing horses, Chief and Sweet Tawny Mac. He is survived by his wife, Helen (Skidmore); daughter, Stacie (Allan) Cullen, Foxbrook; grandchildren, Amber (Shane) Watters; Ashley Ward; great-grandchildren: Jamie, Jayden, Zackery and Landon; sister Norma Mason, Trenton; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Bonnie Hood; brothers: John, Angus “Sonny”, Robert and Danny; sisters: Vickie, Christie and Maggie. Funeral was held October 10 in the First United Church, Trenton. Burial will be in Abercrombie Cemetery at a later date. Donations may be made to a charity of choice.

LANGILLE, Charles Alfred ‘Chuck’

LANGILLE, Charles Alfred ‘Chuck’ – 96, passed away October 7, 2014, just three days short of his 97th birthday, in the Northumberland Veteran’s Unit, Sutherland-Harris Memorial Hospital, Pictou. Born in Pictou, he was a son of the late Alfred and Rhoda (Hemmings) Langille. A veteran of the Second World War, Chuck served in the Army, stationed in Newfoundland & Labrador. After the war he attended the Nova Scotia Agricultural College studying gardening and animal husbandry. He worked as a baker at the Hamilton Biscuit Factory, as a coal miner, and in the plate shop at the shipyard, Ferguson Industries. A member of Pictou United Church, and former caretaker, Chuck sang in the choir for over 50 years. He also sang in the Stellarton Male Chorus and took parts in the Rotary Club musical productions over the years. An avid gardener, both vegetables and flowers, Chuck also had a great affection for animals, and at one time kept and showed hens. He is survived by step-daughter, Dianne Reynell, Pictou; dear friends, Russel and Jean Maclean and family, Maria, Gavin and Nicholas; sister-in-law, Helen Langille, Westville; nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his first wife, Beatrice Darroch and second wife, Winnifred (Moulton) Reynell. The last of his immediate family, he was also predeceased by sisters, Ena Webb, Mary MacDonald, Gladys Leadbetter and brother, Jack. Funeral service was held October 11 from Pictou United Church. Burial in Heatherdale Memorial Gardens. Donations in his memory may be made to the Northumberland Veteran’s Unit Comfort Fund.

HALE, James Roy

HALE, James Roy – It is with great sadness and regret that we announce the passing of James Roy Hale on October 7, one day short of his 60th birthday. Born in Westville, Jim found happiness in his family and fulfilment professionally in his lifelong dedication to teaching. Jim is survived by his loving wife Jane, with whom he spent 32 wonderful years, his children Evan (Kate) in Alma and Lauren and Nathan who are still at home in Stellarton; sister Marilyn (Fred) Jesty of King City, Ontario; brother-in-law John (Janet) MacLeod, Hammonds Plains; Cathy (Tom) Carling, Mayo, Quebec and Rhoda (Archie) Matthews, Hammonds Plains; also many nephews and nieces across Canada. Jim was a graduate of Westville High School and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Education Degree from St. Mary’s. Jim initially returned home and started his 35 year teaching career at Westville High School in 1978, becoming vice-principal there in 1986. As part of his ongoing desire to develop professionally as a teacher and later as a school administrator, Jim earned a Masters of Arts (Education) degree from St. Mary’s and a Master of Education in Administration Degree from St. Francis Xavier. This enabled him to become a very successful principal, initially at Thorburn Consolidated School and for the past 11 years at Walter Duggan Consolidated School in Westville. As an educator, Jim’s philosophy was “the children come first and the rest can be dealt with later. All children can learn and it is our responsibility as educators to see that this happens” guided his decision making process as an administrator. Jim’s success as a principal can be attributed to two dominating principles: no one worked for Jim, they worked with him; and secondly, all of the students he taught over the years were “his kids”. A little known highlight of Jim’s life was the fact he supported himself while at university in Halifax as a male model. He was so successful at this that his brothers-in-law were very reluctant to accept him into the family because he was simply too good looking. On a personal level, Jim loved to camp, spending many summer days and nights at Twin Shores in PEI and Seafoam in Pictou County. Jim had many passions, ranging from wine making to trips to places that were warm with great beaches. Of particular note was St. Pete’s Beach where Jim and Jane spend many hard hours working in tan maintenance. Jim was a remarkable man in one other aspect of life: he was the consummate shopper. He could never pass a clothing or shoe shop without exchanging some of his hard earned money for an item of clothing that was absolutely essential to his wardrobe. Jim was involved in his community as well. For many years he served on the Board of Directors for the Pictou County Children’s Aid Society and from 2004 was an active member of Western Star #50 in Westville. With all this involvement Jim found time to spend with his own children and loved them dearly. He offered encouragement, advice and life skills that will stand them in good stead in the coming years. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to a charity of your choice. On line condolences can be offered by going to www.eaglesfuneralhome.ca. Funeral service was held at First Presbyterian Church in Stellarton on October 10.

DAVID, Gordon Peter “Gordie”

DAVID, Gordon Peter “Gordie” – 41, Upper Stewiacke, formerly of Guysborough and Stellarton entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, October 7, 2014. Born in Milton, Ont., he was son of John Cecil Armsworthy, Canso and Anna Marie O’Leary, Queensport. Gordie had been employed as a CCA and cook for many years. He enjoyed farming, gardening, fishing, camping and four-wheeling. Above all he loved his family dearly. Surviving besides his parents, are his wife, Lorraine Marie (Marchand); daughters, Amber, Stellarton; Monica, at home; son, James, Vancouver, B.C.; brother, Benjamin; many relatives and friends. Funeral service was held in P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home Chapel, New Glasgow, on October 10. Interment in Lorne Cemetery. Donations may be made in Gordie’s memory towards his children’s education.

DARROCH, Florence Marion “Florie”

DARROCH, Florence Marion “Florie” – 97, of West Street, Westville passed away on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 in Glen Haven Manor, New Glasgow. Born in Westville, she was a daughter of the late Daniel L. and Edna (MacLeod) Stewart, Westville. She is survived by sisters Helen Connors, New Glasgow; Alice Wilson (Purdy), Riverview, N.B. and Edna Lauchlin, Simcoe, Ont.; special niece, Heather Dunbar, Minto, N.B. and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Allan “Allie” Darroch; brothers, Victor, Basil, Alvin, and John Stewart ; sisters, Annie Wright, Margaret Darroch, Susie Stewart, Gladys Forbes, and Mary Wallace. Her funeral service was held October 11 from Eagles Funeral Chapel, Westville. Burial in St. Phillips Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to St. Paul United Church or to a charity of one’s choice.

AVERY, Harriet Isabel

AVERY, Harriet Isabel – 79, of Westville passed away on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in Westville, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret (Bigney) Turner. Harriet grew up in Westville, however, lived in various areas over the years. She was a member of St. Bees Anglican Church, Westville. She will be sadly missed by her daughters, Julie MacPherson (Gordon), New Glasgow; Ina Allen (Ken), Alberta; sons, John (Danielle), New Glasgow; Doug, Pugwash; Bill, New Glasgow; Hugh, Halifax; grandchildren, Trevor, Ashley, Chelsea, Hilary; Jonathan, Justin, Cailin; Larissa, Tyler, Brad, Christien, York; Benjamin and Abigail; great-grandchildren, Karagan, Brogan, Chase, and Thea; sisters, Annie Quinn, Pearl MacLean, brothers, Allister Turner (Vivian), Douglas Turner (Helen), Rick Filmore (Matilda); and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Cecil; infant son Brian; brothers, Joseph Allen, Jerry and Lawrence; sisters, Josephine, Mary Jane, Alice MacInnis, Mabel MacIsaac. Her memorial service was held October 11 from Eagles Funeral Chapel, Westville. Interment in the Auburn Cemetery, Westville.

ALLARD, Laura Isabel

ALLARD, Laura Isabel – 91, Stellarton, passed away, Tuesday, October 7, 2014 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in New Glasgow, she was a daughter of the late Austin Humphrey and Harriet (Barracloug) Nickerson. She attended Stellarton High School and devoted her life to raising her seven children. Laura was proud to be called “mom” and loved spending time with all four generations of her family. She was happiest when family and friends dropped in for a cup of tea or a sweet bite. Through sharing stories and laughter, everyone left her home feeling better after their visit. She enjoyed camping, fishing and a good game of cards. She was a 50-year plus member of the Tuesday Night Card Club. She loved spending time looking out her living room window watching the “comings and goings” on her beloved “Red Row”. She “never grew old”, always willing to try new adventures, her mind remained active until the end. Surviving are daughters, Barbara (Keith) Poirier, Pictou; Brenda (Dennis) Martin, Black Point; Patsy (James “Ted”) Tracy, Halifax; Laurie Anne (Mark), New Glasgow; sons, Kenneth (Martha), New Glasgow; Clarence (Rhoda), Pictou; sister, Stella Campbell, New Glasgow; 21 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Hardy Joseph Allard; son, Donnie in infancy; sisters, Mae, Florence and Ethel; brothers, Billy, Joseph, Percy, Harold and Cecil. In keeping with Laura’s wishes a family graveside service will be held in MacLellan’s Mountain Cemetery at a later date. Donations may be made in Laura’s memory to the Canadian Diabetes Association or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

McINNIS, Roderick Gerard

McINNIS, Roderick Gerard – 57, passed away suddenly on October 9, 2014 in Inuvik, NWT. Born in New Glasgow, Rod was the son of Donald and Helen (Legere) McInnis. He lived in Stellarton his entire boyhood, before leaving to become a plumber in Northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Besides his mother Helen, Rod is survived by his daughter Rebecca; sons Jamie, Douglas and Bradford, NWT; brother Ted (Diane) and numerous grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Maureen Keevik, son Burton, father Donald and brothers Donald and Gregory. Funeral services will be held in Inuvik later this month, with burial in the Inuvik Cemetery. Donations in Rod’s memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice.

HOARE, Marion Margaret

HOARE, Marion Margaret – 80 of Stellarton passed away October 11, 2014 at home. Born in Stellarton she was a daughter of the late Frank and Myrtle (Murray) Shreenan. Marion lived in Montreal during her younger years, later moving to Stellarton where she resided for most of her life. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, Stellarton. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Bernard, Stellarton; sons, Bernie (Susan), Stellarton; Joe (Sherry), at home; grandchildren Margaret (Adam)MacBeth, Joe, Kelsey and Alyson; great-grandchildren Alex and Mia MacBeth; twin brother Burton (Delores) Shreenan, Lower Sackville; a brother Edward (Florence) MacKarney, Lyons Brook; brothers-in-law, Donnie (Kay) Hoare, Fraser’s Mountain; David (Sharon) Hoare, Abercrombie Road; sisters-in-law Joyce Campbell, New Glasgow; Marie Sibilde, Westville; several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by a grandson Bernie “Boo” Hoare; brothers Donnie Shreenan, Bob Shreenan, a sister Gloria Morrison. Cremation to take place. The family will receive visitors from 10 to 10:45 a.m. today, October 15, at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, Stellarton from where a memorial mass of Christian burial will be held at 11a.m. Burial of ashes will follow in the parish cemetery. Family flowers only. Memorial donations in memory of Marion may be made to the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Society or to the Nova Scotia Heart and Stroke Foundation.

FULTON, Russell Ernest

FULTON, Russell Ernest – 88, Plymouth, passed away Friday, October 10, 2014 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow, surrounded by his family. Born December 29, 1925 in New Glasgow, he was a son of the late Fred Nelson and Christine Margaret (Cameron) Fulton. He was raised and attended school in Merigomish. In earlier years he was employed with Trenton Steel Works. Following, he was employed with his father, Fred, doing electrical, plumbing and carpentry for several years. In 1944 he became employed with the Nova Scotia Power Commission where his first job was reading meters, he progressed to District Supervisor in Trenton and Stellarton, retiring after 28 years of service. He formed R. Fulton Electric Ltd., Plymouth, Pictou County in 1973 and operated the company until 1994. Russell was a member Moore Lodge No. 17, I.O.O.F, Thorburn and life member of the former Norton Lodge No. 6, I.O.O.F., New Glasgow. He was a member of Sharon St. John United Church, Stellarton. Russell was well known for his quick wit and humorous “stories”. He enjoyed carpentry/woodworking at his shops in Plymouth, Merigomish and Largo, Fla., where he constructed three boats and numerous bird houses. Russell’s speciality was building lighthouses, of which he completed 1156, which may be seen throughout Pictou County, Canada and the United States. He thoroughly enjoyed 23 winters at his home in Yankee Park, Largo, Fla. In the summers he could be found at his cottage in Merigomish, where he enjoyed boating and gardening. Surviving are his wife, Betty (Mason); son, Colin, Stellarton; sister, Dorothy Margeson, Cochrane, Alta.; brother, Albert (Joan), Merigomish; sister-in-law, Bobbi Smith, Charlottetown, P.E.I.; brothers-in-law, Ian Loomer, Penticton, B.C.; Lloyd Smith, Riverton; many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Katherine (Smith); sister, Phyllis Loomer; brother, Lawson; sister-in-law, Marion MacDonald Fulton, May Forbes, Shirley Jackson; brothers-in-law, Doug Margeson, Don Forbes, Gordon Jackson and Jim Fisher Smith. Funeral service was held October 14 in Sharon St. John United Church, Stellarton. Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery, Merigomish. Donations may be made in Russell’s memory to Aberdeen Palliative Care Society, Sharon St. John United Church, Canadian Cancer Society or Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Atlantic Division. www.pkmacdonald.ca

HANSFORD, Frances Loris

HANSFORD, Frances Loris – We are sad to announce the passing of Frances Hansford, 97, of Bridgewater, and formerly of Pictou County. She passed away in the South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater, September 27, 2014. She was a daughter of the late Francis Newton and Jessie (Fraser) Himmelman, of Bridgeville. Frances was the last of her immediate family, and is survived by her daughter, Erna (John) Maddox, whom she resided with in Bridgewater; sons, Daniel (Arlene) of British Columbia; Stanley of Ontario; grand children, Angela Fehr, BC; Shane MacDonald, Alberta; Elliot MacDonald, Moncton NB; two step-granddaughters, Tammy and Tabatha Maddox, Bridgewater; five great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Ernest Hansford and infant son, Alfred. Visitation will be held 7-9 PM Thursday in McLaren Funeral Home, Pictou, from where funeral will be held, 11 AM Friday, with Rev. Gail Johnson-Murdock officiating. Burial will follow in Bridgeville Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or a charity of your choice.

FRASER, Katherine “Dowie” Isabel

FRASER, Katherine “Dowie” Isabel – 91 of the Valley View Villa, Riverton, and formerly of Stellarton and Glengarry, passed away on Sunday October 5, 2014 in the Villa. Born in Ashfield, Cape Breton she was a daughter of the late Ronald and Mary Jane (MacDougall) MacDonald. Dowie was a guest of the Valley View Villa for the past two years, prior to which she resided in Stellarton and Glengarry. She was a member of the St. Columba United Church, Hopewell. Dowie enjoyed cooking and baking. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Surviving are her daughter Kathy (Jim) Shindruk of Stellarton; granddaughters, Michelle Hayman of Stellarton and Shannon (Jeremy) Rector of Hopewell; great-grandchildren: Brody, Brooklyn and Zachary; a number of nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Robert Hugh Fraser; brothers: Hughie, William, Jackie and Donald; a sister, Sadie. By request of the deceased there will be no visitation or funeral. A public graveside service will be held today, October 8 at 2 p.m. in the Lorne Cemetery. Donations in memory of Dowie may be made to the Nova Scotia Heart and Stroke Fund , the Canadian Cancer Society or to a charity of one’s choice.

FERGUSON, Lowell Wendell

FERGUSON, Lowell Wendell – 79, Caribou River passed away peacefully on September 27, 2014 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow while surrounded by his family. Born on Pictou Island on August 15, 1935, he was the son of the late Arthur L. and Mary Catherine (MacCallum) Ferguson. Lowell’s family will always cherish him as a husband, a father, a grandfather, an uncle, a friend, a Pictou Islander, a boilermaker, a fiddle player and a wonderful man. He loved his grandchildren and they affectionately referred to him as ‘Grampy’. He is survived by his wife Jean (Sutherland) Ferguson; daughter Shan McNeill (Ian), Ontario; grandchildren, Christie and Ben and many nephews, nieces and cousins. Lowell was predeceased by sisters Rena, Thelma, Janie, Marjorie, and Almida; brothers, Ken, Louis, Vernon and Arthur. Much loved, sorely missed, and forever in our hearts. Funeral service was held September 30 from St. David’s Presbyterian Church, Toney River. Burial in Seaview Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to St. David’s Presbyterian Church, Toney River, or a charity of your choice.

DEAN, Eva May

DEAN, Eva May – 60, Broadway, passed away peacefully, Friday, October 3, 2014 in the Aberdeen Hospital, Palliative Care Unit, New Glasgow, surrounded by her family, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born in New Glasgow, she was a daughter of the late Douglas Ray and Emma Philomena (Gomm) O’Laney. A member of Barney’s River Presbyterian Church, Kenzieville, she was a kind and caring lady who lovingly raised four children with her husband, Bob. Eva enjoyed camping, gardening and feeding her birds. She enjoyed crafts and sewing, and shared her passion with the local 4-H club for many years. Eva will be forever remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend by all who loved her. Surviving are her husband of 41 years, Robert Ira “Bob” Dean; daughters, Kelly Dean McVicar, Westville; Mandy (Eric) Dewar, Marshy Hope; Robin Dean (Kevin), Kenzieville; son, Danial Dean (Tammy), Egerton; grandchildren: JohnAlan, Brooke, Jordan, Colby, Oakley, Nathaniel, Connor and Kristen; sisters: Theresa (Carl) MacLeod, Avondale; Dot (George) Simms, Kenzieville; Faith (Rodger) Manuel, Windsor, Ont.; Kathy (Roy) Rogers, Hamilton, Ont.; Denise (Eddie) Freeman, Trenton; Darlene (Clint) MacDonald, Truro; brothers: Dan (Sharon) Praught, Greenwood; Doug (Freda) O’Laney, Kenzieville; Bill (Jenny) O’Laney, Lower Barneys River; David (Karen) O’Laney, Westville; Charlie (Patsy) O’Laney, MacLellan’s Brook; many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by nephews, James Freeman, Michael and Mark MacLeod. In honour of Eva’s wishes a private celebration of her life will be held.