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Obituaries

MacDONALD, Harry Blair

MacDONALD, Harry Blair – 92, from River Road, Merigomish, passed away May 13, 2015, in the Northumberland Veterans Unit, Pictou. Born in Merigomish he was a son of the late Frank Herbert and Hazel (Blair) MacDonald. Harry was a resident of Merigomish most of his life before moving to the Northumberland Veterans Unit in Pictou. Harry had attended Horton Academy and Acadia University before joining the army in 1941. He was a former owner operator of MacDonald Brothers Ltd. Merigomish for over 50 years. Harry was a member of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Merigomish, where he was clerk of session for 25 years. Harry was an active member of the community and was a founding member of the Merigomish Fire Department, a member of Crime Stoppers, was a 60-year member of Hudson Masonic Lodge No. 77 Thorburn and was a 32nd Degree Mason. He served as Master of Hudson Lodge No. 77 Thorburn from 1964 to 1965, District Deputy Grand Master Pictou County District 1986 to 1987, received his 50-year jewel in 2005 and 55-year bar in 2010, became Royal Arch Mason October 1974, Most Eminent High Priest 1980, Grand Steward 1990-1991, Noble of Philae Shriners June 11, 1977, President of the Pictou County Shriners 1999 and was a Shriners Clown for the children’s hospital. Surviving is his wife, Adelaide Ann (Rhude), daughter, Stephanie (Michael Kelly), and grandson, Nathan Kelly, East Bay; sister, Mildred MacDonald, Merigomish; sister-in-laws, Valerie Rhude, Sydney, and Joyce MacDonald, Merigomish; numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife, the former Agnes L. Gillis; a daughter in infancy; brother, Norval John MacDonald; sister, Marion Lorraine Fulton; and brother-in-law, Lawson Fulton. Funeral service was held May 16 in St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Merigomish. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Merigomish, at a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society, St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Merigomish, or the Riverview Cemetery, Merigomish.

HAWKEN, Donald “Chip”

HAWKEN, Donald “Chip” – West Branch, passed away Sunday May 10th, 2015, at the age of 68. Donald Marshal Gordon “Chip” Hawken, Jr. was born December 21, 1946 in St. Louis, Missouri. A man of many talents, Don was a member of the Boy Scouts of America, where he learned to love adventuring in the outdoors at a very young age. At 22, he was drafted by the American military for service in Vietnam. After returning, Don met his life-long friend, Charlie Kennedy, and began learning carpentry and mechanics. During that time in Tacoma Park, Maryland, Don also met his true love, Patricia Rose Pilla and, together with others, immigrated to Canada on April 14, 1977 to build their home in Nova Scotia. Don quickly made a reputation in the community as a generous and helpful man who had a kind word for everyone he met. First working as a carpenter, then at a fence post mill in West Branch, Don retired as head scaler at the stud wood mill in Scotsburn, where he worked happily for 15 years. He enjoyed reading, carving, Saturday morning breakfast with friends, feeding the birds, and waging war on squirrels. He was a life-long collector of Tom Swift books and, more recently, an avid supporter of women’s roller derby. Those who spent time with him will not forget the many “punny” jokes shared and his warmth and kindness towards others. He felt blessed to have spent his life in Nova Scotia with his loving family. Don lived his vision and philosophy of life to the fullest in Nova Scotia. It was his end of the rainbow. Don was predeceased by his parents, Lois and Donald Hawken and his mother-in-law, Mary Pilla. He is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Patricia Rose; his children, Emily, Christianne (Hendrik), Jane (Garth); and his son, Sam; his brother, Dan and sister, Sarah; his grandchildren, Dexter, Neville, and Lewis. He will be especially missed by his dear friends, John and Melinda McDowell, Ben Otter, and Charlie Kennedy. A service was held at the West Branch United Church on May 16. Charitable donations may be made to the Aberdeen Hospital.

BAKER, Jessie Edith (Rae)

BAKER, Jessie Edith (Rae) – 88, of West Branch and Mahone Bay passed away May 5, 2015 in Cedarstone Enhanced Care, Truro. Born in West Branch, she was a daughter of the late Hugh Warren and Christena Margaret (MacKenzie) Rae. Jessie attended a one room school until grade 11, and then she earned her B.Sc. in Home Economics at Mt Allison, and her M.Sc. in Nutrition from Cornell University. She worked in the Nutrition Division of the N.S. Department of Health and retired from the Federal Department of Nutrition. In 1981, Jessie married Blair Baker and they lived in Ontario until his death in 1996. In 2000 she moved to Mahone Bay, and then to Fergus Hall, Truro in 2011. She is survived by step daughters, Leslie (David), Alberta; Anne (Bill), Ontario; step sons, Cam (Jeannie); Chris (Judy), both of Ontario; several step grandchildren. Jessie is also survived by brother, Milton (Jeanette) Rae, Fall River; special niece, Cathy (Pat) Rae, Ontario; and several other nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews; special cousin, John M. (Margaret) MacKenzie, Scotsburn; several other cousins, and close friend, Jeanette (Bill) Bartlett. Jessie was predeceased by her husband Blair; brothers, Jim, Hugh, and Alex. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on June 27 in the McLaren Funeral Home, Pictou. Burial will be in West Branch Cemetery.

SMITH, Hazen L.

SMITH, Hazen L. – 95, passed away May 11, 2015 at the Aberdeen Hospital. Born October 28, 1919 at Wallace Bay Cumb Co. to the late Bligh M. and Katherine (Angevine) Smith. Hazen is survived by his wife of 71 years, Eleanor (Wrathall) and only child, Brenda (Stan) Heinsma, Pictou; grandchildren, William, Montana, Donald (Verna Scanlon) Heinsma, Pictou; eight great-grandchildren: Kayla, Skylar and Tegan, Peter, Corina, Victoria, James, Joshua, all of Pictou. He is also survived by a brother Gerald (Karen) Guysborough and a cousin Doris (George) Churchhill, NB. He was predeceased by two brothers, Howard and Harold and sister Jauneta. There will be no visition or service at request of the family. Interment of the ashes will take place in Wallace at a later date.

URQUHART, Lawrence “Red”

URQUHART, Lawrence “Red” – 85, of the Glen Haven Manor, formerly of Munroe Ave., New Glasgow, passed away Saturday, May 9, 2015 in the Manor. Born in New Glasgow, he was a son of the late George and Georgina (Betts) Urquhart. He was a retired baker having worked in various bakeries during his career. Red was a quiet family man who enjoyed spending time with them camping, travelling, fishing and hunting. He is survived by his daughter, Sandy (Bobby) Fennell, New Glasgow; son Ron (Tracey Williams), New Glasgow; five grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild. He was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Margaret “Peg” (Gordon); one sister and several brothers. Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. today, May 13, in the R.H. Porter Funeral, New Glasgow. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to Glen Haven Manor Recreation Fund.

RYAN, George Baxter “Bax”

RYAN, George Baxter “Bax” – 81, of Eleventh Street, Trenton, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 7, 2015, in the Aberdeen Hospital. Born in Trenton, he was a son of the late Herbert and Grace (Leithead) Ryan. Bax served 25 years with the Canadian Armed Forces (RCCFS), from 1956-1981. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 34, New Glasgow. Bax worked as a dispatcher for the Town of Trenton from 1983-1997. He is survived by his wife, Elsie (Jenkins); daughter, Janet (Chris) Ryan-Kemp, RR 1 Eureka; son, Craig (Brenda) Ryan, Westville; grandchildren: Dan (Rose Lynn) Ryan; Jim Ryan; James (Shannon) Wood; Jennifer Wood; six great grandchildren; sister, Jean (Bill) Ainslie, Parksville, Vancouver Island. He was predeceased by a brother, John James “Jack” Ryan. Cremation has taken place. A private committal service will take place. Donations in his memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

ROBERTSON, James Ronald “Jim”

ROBERTSON, James Ronald “Jim” – 75, River Road, Churchville, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, May 6, 2015 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow, surrounded by his family. Born in Springville, he was a son of the late Jack and Edith (Cooke) Robertson. He served his country for nine years in the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps spending time in Germany and Italy as well. Jim was a roller operator for different companies over the years. He enjoyed gardening, tractors and animals. The love of his life was his wife Barb and pets Maggie and Beca. Surviving are his wife of 19 years, Barb (Murray); sisters, Katherine Lewis, Conquaerall Bank, Bridgewater; Lillian (Stew) Hattie, Halifax; several sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law; nieces and nephews. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his sister, Rilla Wasyliw. Funeral service was held May 12 in P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home Chapel, New Glasgow. Interment in Churchville Cemetery. Donations may be made in Jim’s memory to the Pictou County SPCA.

MacLEOD, L. Ferne

MacLEOD, L. Ferne – 73, Pine Tree, passed away peacefully Sunday, May 10, 2015 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in Telford, she was a daughter of the late Alexander “Alex” and Catherine Mae “Cassie” (Browning) Woolley. She was co-owner/operator of A&F Catering for a number of years. Ferne had also worked in various business in the county. She was a loving, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. Surviving are husband of 53 years, Ernest “Ernie”; daughter, Glenda MacLeod (Darrell Wilcox), Lwr. Barney’s River; sons, Elden MacLeod (Marie Boutlier), Blue Mountain; Sheldon (Julie) MacLeod, Telford; grandchildren, Chantal, Melissa, Jenelle, Jamie, Kyle and Brittney; three great–grandchildren; sister, Mariena Whidden, Trenton; sister–in-law, Martha Woolley, Telford; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Locke Woolley. Donations may be made in Ferne’s memory to The Lodge That Gives.

MacKINNON, Joseph Abraham “Abe”

MacKINNON, Joseph Abraham “Abe” – 39, of New Glasgow, passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre. Born in New Glasgow, he was a son of Joyce Ross (David Dickinson), of Kenzieville and Joseph MacKinnon, of Trenton. He was a bricklayer by trade. A natural athlete, he was very competitive in all sports. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved children and spending time with them. Surviving besides his parents are a daughter, Hannah; brothers: John (Natasha), Avondale; Jarrod, Avondale; maternal grandparents, Gerald and Muriel Ross, Trenton; nieces, Jessica and Emma Lee; nephew, John Jarrod; aunts and uncles. Funeral service was held May 11 in Barney’s River Presbyterian Church, Kenzieville. Burial in Hatties Cemetery. Donations may be made to Mental Health or Addiction Services.

HAYWARD, Ellen Morrison (Cunningham)

HAYWARD, Ellen Morrison (Cunningham) – Pictou, age 89, passed away May 4, 2015 at the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow. Born on September 30, 1925 in Antigonish, she was the daughter of the late Perley M. Cunningham and Violet M. (Turnbull) Cunningham. She graduated from high school in Antigonish, attended St. F X for two years and then graduated from Saint John’s Nursing School. She married John (Jack) McKean Hayward in Pictou in 1949 and between then and 1974 she was a full time wife and mother. Upon Jack’s death in 1974, she recertified as a nurse and went to work first at Edward Mortimer Place and then at Sutherland Harris Memorial Hospital, ensuring that her three sons graduated from university. Following her retirement in 1990, her favourite pastimes were visits from her family, knitting her beautiful sweaters for family and friends and her daily walks on the Jitney Trail. In June of 2014, failing health led to her move to Glen Haven Manor. To her surprise, she loved the Manor with the fellow residents and the friendly staff becoming a new family. Ellen is survived by her sons, Doug (Sylvia) Pictou; Jack (Kathy) Bridgewater and Bob (Liz) Socorro, New Mexico as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Jack, her sister, Laura and her brothers, Roy and Harold. There will be no funeral service at Ellen’s request. Donations can be made to a charity of your choice.

DEAN, Nicholas Adam “Nick”

DEAN, Nicholas Adam “Nick” – 36, Kenzieville, passed away suddenly, Monday, May 4, 2015. Born in Antigonish, he was a son of Maureen Dean, Kenzieville and the late Benjamin “Ben” Dean. Nick was a loving son, father, brother, uncle and friend. Surviving besides his mom, are his children: Marissa, Emma and Jessica; children’s mother, Pam; siblings: Dwayne, Ron (Jackie), Benjamin “Bennie” Dean, Chris (Leona), Collin (Suzette), RosaLee (Ted) and Chasity; many nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts and cousins. He was predeceased by his father, Ben. No funeral service by Nick’s request. Donations may be made in Nick’s memory to his family.

DEAN, Benjamin Edward Armstrong “Bennie”

DEAN, Benjamin Edward Armstrong “Bennie” – 42, Kenzieville, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, May 6, 2015 in St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish. Born in Antigonish, he was a son of Maureen Dean, Kenzieville and the late Benjamin “Ben” Dean. He was employed with Williams Brothers Limited, Barney’s River for many years. Bennie was a loving son, brother, uncle and friend. Surviving besides his mom, are siblings: Dwayne, Ron (Jackie), Chris (Leona), Collin (Suzette), RosaLee (Ted) and Chasity; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his father, Ben; brother, Nick on Monday, May 4, 2015. There will be no funeral service by Bennie’s request. Donations may be made in Bennie’s memory to his family.

BOURQUE, June Doreen

BOURQUE, June Doreen – 69 of Westville, passed away Thursday, May 7, 2015 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in New Glasgow, she was a daughter of the late Fred and Emma (Vigneault) Bourque. She devoted most of her life to helping her family. Her concern for others was always most important to her, and she was always willing to do what she could for her neighbours, community and church where she served as education co-ordinator for the Holy Name Church for many years. She will be sadly missed by her daughter Belle Pearce (Jason),Westville; precious grandsons, Tyler and Ryan; faithful pet Aurora; sisters, Theresa Darroch (Kevin) Marshdale; Jeanie Stewart (Edison), Westville; brothers, Jimmy (Belle), Johnny (Marie), all of Westville; sister-in-law, Donna Bourque, Westville; aunt Rosie Chennell, Westville; nephew Mike Evans (Sheila), Chelmsford, Ont., as well as many other nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by sister Patsy Evans; brothers Joe, Fred, Tommy, Bernie, and infant brother Michael; sister-in-law Patricia Bourque and nephew, Andrew Bourque. Funeral service was held May 9 from the Church of the Holy Name, Westville. Interment in the Holy Name Cemetery. Donations in Junie’s memory may be made to the Aberdeen palliative Care Society.

BAUDOUX, Carole (nee Lockhart)

BAUDOUX, Carole (nee Lockhart) – 88, passed away at the Valley View Villa, Riverton on May 9, 2015. Born in New Glasgow, she was a daughter of the late Roland and Ada (Sullivan) Lockhart. Over the years, Carole worked in retail, having owned and operated a barber supply business with her husband Roland, and in her later years, worked at dressmaking from her home. She enjoyed the many customers who visited her and her sewing talents were a great pleasure for her. One of her favourite pastimes was art. She was a member of Trinity United Church while living in New Glasgow and later Sharon St. John Church in Stellarton. She found great joy in her faith, family and many wonderful friends. Carole is survived by her daughter, Janice Baudoux and son Paul Baudoux. She will be sadly missed by her grandchildren Melanie Macdonald (Dean), Erik Macdonald (Carla) and Alena Baudoux, also by her great- grandchildren, Hannah, Noah and Madison all of whom were a great source of love and pride. Carole was predeceased by a sister Joyce Roy. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. today, May 13, from the H.W. Angus Funeral Home, New Glasgow. A reception will follow in the funeral home. Burial of ashes will take place at Heatherdale Memorial Gardens.

LANGILLE, Milton

LANGILLE, Milton – Suddenly at his home on Thursday, May 7, 2015. Milton Joseph Langille of Hamilton in his 80th year. Beloved husband of Margaret “Margy” Langille (nee: MacGillivray). Loving father of Bonnie (Mike) Fraser, Greg (Sheryl) and Bobby (Candy). Predeceased by daughters Marlene and Brenda. Dear papa of 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Survived by sister Jay and brother Bobby. Predeceased by his parents Thelma Falt and James Langille and sister Marion. A time of celebration was held at Milton’s home on May 10. If so desired, remembrances to the Cancer Assistance Program would be appreciated by the family.†

THOMPSON, Rennie Sydney Stewart

THOMPSON, Rennie Sydney Stewart – 84, of Central Caribou and Truro, passed away peacefully April 30, 2015, after a strong fight with cancer in the Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Born in River John, he was a son of the late John and Florence (Langille) Thompson. Rennie enjoyed fishing, camping at Harbour Light Campground and going to Tim Horton’s for his coffee. He’ll be greatly missed by his best friend and companion, wife Evelyn (Hardy); daughter, Brenda Rudolph; son, Carson; daughter-in-law, Marsha; son-in-law, Peter; grandchildren, Brian, Nick and Andrew Bransfield; John Thompson; Brandi and Tyler Thompson; Jolynn and Chris Rudolph; great grandchildren, Brandon, Cameron, Cole, Anthony and Wyatt. Rennie was predeceased by his first wife, Margaret; daughters, Debbie Dawson; Suszie in infancy; sons, John and Robert. Burial will be in Central Caribou Cemetery at a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

THOMPSON, Mary “Vivian” (Cummings)

THOMPSON, Mary “Vivian” (Cummings) – 93, of Stellarton, passed away peacefully May 1, 2015 at the Aberdeen Hospital, with her children by her side. Born in Stellarton she was the only child of the late Jack and Marjorie (Blackwood) Cummings . Vivian was a lifelong resident of Stellarton, a member and elder of the Sharon St John United Church, and a member of the UCW. Dancing was a very important part of her life, having taught ballroom dancing, and line dancing to seniors in Stellarton. She was also a member of Trenton Twirlers Square Dancing Club. Vivian is survived by her children, Jack (Lise), Kingston, ON, Margie Rafuse, Stellarton, Derek (Pam), Sydney, and Terry (Judy), Bedford; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur C. Thompson. Funeral service was held May 4 at Sharon St. John United Church, Stellarton. Burial in the Brookside Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Sharon St John United Church Furnace Fund.

QUINN, Annie Elizabeth

QUINN, Annie Elizabeth – 95, of New Glasgow, formerly of Westville, passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2015, in Valley View Villa with family at her side. Born in Westville, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret (Bigney) Turner. A loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she will be dearly missed by daughters, Nancy MacFarlane (George), Stellarton; Debbie Keeler (Basil), Stellarton; Carol MacLean, Lourdes; sons, Lloyd (Krista), New Glasgow; Melvin (Marie), Dartmouth; Ronnie (Joy), Churchville; Curtis (Linda), Ontario; Burt (Gerry), New Glasgow; daughter-in-law Carole Quinn, New Glasgow; 25 grandchildren, and 44 great-grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by sister Pearl MacLean, Valley View Villa; brothers, Allister Turner (Vivian), New Glasgow; Doug Turner (Helen), Lower Sackville; and Rick Filmore (Matilda), New Glasgow; and her sister-in-law Beatrice Turner, Lower Sackville. She was predeceased by her husband Chester; son Arthur; infant daughter Beatrice; brothers, Joseph Allen, Jerry and Lawrence; sisters, Josephine, Mary Jane, Alice MacInnis, Mabel MacIsaac, and Harriet Avery. Her funeral service will be held 1 p.m. today, May 6 from Eagles Funeral Chapel, Westville. Burial will be in the Auburn Cemetery, Westville.

MATTHEWS, Ernie “Ern”

MATTHEWS, Ernie “Ern” – New Glasgow, passed away April 30 in New Glasgow. Known for his love of muscle cars, having a laugh with friends and commitment to his family, Ernie will be forever missed by those lucky enough to have made his company. Ernie’s clothing and cologne collection always made him the best dressed, best smelling man everywhere he travelled, including various deli departments on the Friday night quest for the “pink sticker” wings. There is no question that if you have spent any time with Ernie he has stressed the importance of staying active, eating healthy and starting your day with the coveted kale smoothie! Born in Sydney Mines to the late Pearl and Vincent Matthews, Ern spent his early years working hard and driving nice cars, which is how he met his best friend and soul mate Debbie. After charming her with his good looks and bowling skills, they married in 1979. Ern and Deb moved to Alder Point where his family life would begin. Ernie started his working career at Sydney Steel but, his quest to always be learning and developing new skills led to a move to New Glasgow and several successful careers thereafter. The most memorable employment included working alongside his old pal Steve “Venom” Green with OTS and finishing his career close to home with Northern Pulp. Proud father to two children, whom he taught everything he knows about detailing a car, home repair and the value of always working hard. Always quick to volunteer for various community committees, helping those less fortunate or snow clearing the driveway of everyone on the street. Ernie’s favourite hobbies include, impressing the young folk at the gym with his bench press, lunching with his favourite ladies, the fight for the perfect lawn, cheering and criticizing his beloved Yankees and spending an evening with his much adored wife and family. Left to carry on his wonderful memory are his most important treasures, his wife, best friend and loyal supporter of 36 years, Debbie, daughter, Lesley (Rob Graham), and son Ryan (Stephanie); siblings: Shirley, Ed (Nancy), Ethel (John), Martha (Ed), Rita (Neil), Alice, Carl and Ellen (Shawn); great lifelong friends, Richard and Pauline Carroll, Hudson and Loic Young who proudly referred to him as “Papa Ern”. He was preceded by his mother and father, niece Jo-Ellen Gillis and Azina and Leslie LeBlanc. Cancer may have taken him years before we were ready, but it never took his fight, his quick wit or love for family. Service was held May 5 at Trinity United Church, New Glasgow. Donations may be made to the Aberdeen Palliative Care Society or Trinity United Church.

MATTATALL, Aubrey Charles

MATTATALL, Aubrey Charles – of Westville was born in New Glasgow July 19th, 1949, and passed on April 28, 2015, at the Palliative Care Unit Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow, after a very short fight with cancer. Aubrey was the son of the late Charles and Eva (Turple) Mattatall of Westville. Aubrey worked in construction most of his life and loved tinkering around the yard, fishing, and hunting. He leaves behind his former wife, Lynn (Patterson); daughters, April (Baxter) and Samantha;sons, Harvey and Aaron; sister, Wilma (Conley); brothers: Kevin, Herb, Ian and Art. He was predeceased by an older sister, Sandra, and an infant sister, Gloria. Private committal service was held May 4 at the Auburn Cemetery, Westville.

MacLEOD, Minnie Ruth (nee Chisholm)

MacLEOD, Minnie Ruth (nee Chisholm) – May 29, 1919 – May 2, 2015 of River John passed away at Willow Lodge in Tatamagouche, surrounded with lots of love. She was born in the family home at Cape John to James Archibald Chisholm and Clara Ella (Bain). Her focus in life was in complete dedication to her extensive family, her friends of all ages, her church and the community. Ruth was a member of Frazee Rebekah Lodge #33 for over 76 years, as well as a member of The UCW (United Church Women) where she helped organize, prepare and work for church suppers. Ruth was a quilter, often hosting or attending quilting bees. Her wedding gift to family members would be one of her quilts. Every new child born would receive a crib quilt. She knitted afghans, socks and many other items for family and friends. She took care of preschool children and later sought work outside the home. She worked at Maritime Packers for many years and was a cook at The Welsh Dragon Restaurant in Marshville, where people would line up for top notch home cooking and baking. Ruth was predeceased by her soulmate and husband Sidney. Their home was a frequent gathering place for musicians, card players, family and friends. It was a home filled with laughter, conversation, music, dancing and children. Ruth welcomed everyone into her home and heart. Ruth was also predeceased by sisters Betty Atkinson and Linnie Zinck, brothers Ken, Jim and Wayne Chisholm, and daughters-in-law Margie and Audrey. Ruth is survived by her eight children: Jack, Welsford; Jim (Nancy) Welsford; Douglas, Stellarton; Lynda Ellis (Brian) Toronto; Robert (Lynn) River John; Geoffrey (Eileen) Truro; Melissa MacConnell (David) Millsville; Elizabeth (Ed MacLellan) Halifax. She is also survived by her 15 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and many (great) nieces and nephews, cousins and dear friends. Ruth was unofficial Auntie and Grandma to many outside of her immediate family. Ruth was the one who everyone turned to for support and counsel, always willing to listen. She was the force that held her family together with her non-judgmental personality and her ability to truly connect and care, the corner post of the family and the centre of their world. She will be missed. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the River John Salem United Church or a charity of your choice. The celebration of Ruth’s life will be held today, May 6 at 2 p.m. followed by a graveside ceremony for family members only.

GARVIN, Patricia “Patsy”

GARVIN, Patricia “Patsy” – 59 of Toronto, formerly of Trenton. Born in New Glasgow, she was a daughter of the later Clem and Irene (Higgins) Garvin. She was predeceased by sisters Barb Black and Pam Beal and infant brother John Charles. Patsy is survived by her sisters: Betha Fahie (Reg), Dartmouth; Ruth Bushulak (Gordon Hunter), Lyons Brook; Marilyn Blackmore (Gerald), Truro; Mary White (Brian), Truro; and brother James Garvin (Bev), Scotsburn and several nieces and nephews. Committal service will be held at Holy Name Cemetery, Westville at a later date.

DARROCH, Wendy Darlene

DARROCH, Wendy Darlene – 51, Edmonton, Alta., formerly of New Glasgow, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, April 28, 2015 in the Mazankowski Heart Institute, Edmonton. Born in Fredericton, N.B., she was a daughter of Eleanor (Wallace) Darroch, Stellarton and the late James “Jimmie” Darroch. Wendy served in the Canadian Military for several years before becoming a licensed practical nurse, working in several hospitals and nursing homes. She enjoyed spending her free time painting, riding motorcycles, looking after horses and spoiling her pets. Wendy was most content relaxing over a hot cup of tea. She was a loving daughter, mother, grandmother and friend, who will be missed dearly by all who love her. Wendy’s spirit will live on through her surviving friends and family; mother, Eleanor Darroch; daughters, Jennifer Rendell (Kyle Ferguson), New Glasgow; Jayme Rendelle (Dave Kellock), Fort McMurray, Alta.; grandchildren, Callie, Jaxyn, Savanna and Ty; companion, Rick Caldwell, Edmonton; sisters, Brenda (Gary) Satoris, Oshawa, Ont.; Valerie (Gerry) Stretch, Campbell Croft, Ont.; brothers, Kevin (Theresa) Darroch, Marshdale; Allan (April) Darroch, Westville. Wendy was predeceased by her father, Jimmie Darroch; grandson, Neil Ferguson. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. today, May 6 in Brookside Cemetery, New Glasgow. A reception will follow in the Plymouth Fire Hall. Donations may be made in Wendy’s memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.

WEBBER, Aubrey Stewart

WEBBER, Aubrey Stewart – 47, of Egypt Road, passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Born in New Glasgow, he was a son of Rose “Tootie” (Lafferty) Webber, of New Glasgow, and the late Sidney Gilbert Webber. He was a former employee of Scotia Vacuums and Highland Audio. He was a member of the Roman Catholic Church. He enjoyed fixing electronics and cars. Besides his mother, he is survived by sisters: Elizabeth Ann Knight, Calgary; Anna Webber, Calgary; brother, David (Bobbi), Red Deer; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins; girlfriend, Sarah Anderson, Merigomish. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today, April 29, in the R.H. Porter Funeral Home, New Glasgow. Burial will be in Christ the King Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the C.N.I.B.

McGILL, Ian Maurice

McGILL, Ian Maurice – Pictou, died April 24, 2015 in the peaceful environment of the Palliative Care Unit of the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Ian was born March 20, 1949 in Glasgow, Scotland to the late Ronald and Elisabeth (Ingoldby) McGill. He came to Canada in the early 60s with his family, settling in Dartmouth. Ian enjoyed a happy and carefree childhood. He attended King’s Collegiate, Windsor, Prince Andrew High, Dartmouth and graduated from Dartmouth Vocational School with the trade of industrial electrician. While doing his apprenticeship with CNR in Moncton, he shared a random cab ride with a young student nurse and thus the story of Ian and Sherma began. They married in 1976, moving to Pictou County where he began working with Michelin Tire. He thoroughly enjoyed his work and the many fine people he worked with. He had a good word for everyone and was well respected by his co-workers. Ian accepted his diagnosis of cancer but at the same time faced it with courage and fierce determination. It was not an easy journey by any stretch, he encountered many set backs along the way and never once complained. Ian guided us through this journey, he lead the way. Always the athletic type, Ian thrived on physical activity, enjoying cycling, running, skiing and he was most happy when swimming. He was well known throughout Masters Swimming in the province having competed at many meets. Ian also enjoyed good books, good scotch, fine wine and nice food. His fun side welcomed travel, rock concerts and blues fests. A motorcycle enthusiast, he owned a motorbike since the age of sixteen and loved running down the highway. Ian is survived by his wife, Sherma (MacKay), brother Michael and wife Debbie, Shelburne, sister Susan and husband Ron Nugent, Calgary, sisters in law Sheila and husband, Donnelly Emery, Westville, Susan and partner, Dave Fulton, Halifax, four nieces, five nephews and two great nephews, and three great nieces. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sister Rosemary and his brother-in-law Robert Anderson. Cremation has taken place. Funeral was held April 28 in McLaren’s Funeral Home, Pictou. Donations can be made in Ian’s memory to the Palliative Care Society, Aberdeen Hospital or to a charity of your choice.