MacFARLANE, Ivy Jean – 86 years, Westville passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at the home of her daughter and son-in- law, Donna and Seymour Dixon with her family and little dog, Penny, at her side. Born in Malay Falls, she was a daughter of the late Orestuis and Alveretta (MacDonald) Russell. Ivy was an associate member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 34. She was an avid dart player and a great baker and later in life took up quilting. Her family was always very dear to her, especially her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be sadly missed by her daughters, Donna Dixon (Seymour), Sheryl Snell (Barry), Joyce O’Neil (Nelson), all of Westville; Christa Church (Richard), Windsor; daughters-in-law Kathy MacFarlane, Ontario; Audrey Holland, Stellarton; grandchildren, Kim; Clint, Amie, Kerri and Darren; Sheldon and Michael; Morgan and Jordon, Sherry-Ann and Fraser; great-grandchildren, Piper, Brennan, Riley, Keely, Sydney and Ashton; sisters Phyllis Martin and Clarice Cruickshank and brother, Kenneth Russel (Myrna), Havre Boucher. She was predeceased by her husband, Clarence “Spankie” MacFarlane and sons David and Graham; infant daughter Ivy Jean; sisters, Lillian Russell, Carol Oxner, Wilma Cruickshank, Helen MacLean, Wanda Jack and brothers, Lloyd, Graham, Elmer, Clyde and Earl Russell. Her funeral service was held September 12 at Eagles Funeral Chapel, Westville. Interment in Heatherdale Memorial Gardens. Donations in her memory may be made to the S.P.C.A.
MacDONALD, Kathleen ‘Jean’ – Dartmouth/Pictou, passed away September 12, 2014 at the Dartmouth General Hospital in the loving arms of her two daughters, Carol and Gaye. She was born in Penarth, Wales, U.K. during World War II and served her country by joining the WAAF from 1940 to1945 where she was promoted to corporal. She became a war bride when she met and married the late Captain Gerald (East Wind) MacDonald of Pictou who was also serving his country overseas. She immigrated to Canada on the Queen Mary, landing at Pier 21. They resided in Pictou where they raised their five children. They loved doing many outdoor activities together. Jean is survived by her sons, Ian (Jacqueline) Chezzetcook; and Allan (Deborah) East Quaddy; daughters, Sandra, Bridgewater; Carol Veniot; and Gaye, both of Dartmouth. Jean is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a kind and loving soul with a huge heart and was always giving to others. Jean was predeceased by her beloved husband of 59 years Gerald, son-in-law Robert Veniot and granddaughter Sheri Veniot. Funeral service was held September 16 in McLaren’s Funeral Home, Pictou. Burial in Seaview Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to a charity of choice.
HOLMES, David Kingsley – 58, of Hedgeville, Pictou County, passed away September 9, 2014 in Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital, Tatamagouche. Born in Tata-magouche, he was a son of Kingsley and Marie (MacDonald) Holmes, Hedgeville. David was employed by Michelin Tire for 38 years. He loved gardening, hunting, feeding the birds, spending time in the woods and with his dog Buddy. David is survived by common-law partner, Mary Noel; children, Justin Holmes, Ft. McMurray; Wendy (Reid) Doiron, New Glasgow; stepchildren, Michael Noel, Pictou; Brian Noel, Lyons Brook; granddaughter, Annabelle; sisters, Donna (Jimmy) Patterson, Toney River; Beverly (Eric MacDonald) Holmes, Scotch Hill; Heather Holmes, Stellarton; brother, Allan (Angela) Holmes, Hedgeville; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his grandparents. Funeral service was held September 12 from St. David’s Presbyterian Church, Toney River. Burial will be in Riverbank Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada or the Riverbank Cemetery.
COLEMAN, David Edwin “Dave” – 89, Northumberland Veterans Unit, Sutherland Harris Memorial, Pictou, formerly of New Glasgow, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 8, 2014. Born in Halifax, he was a son of the late Harold and Violet (Whelpley) Coleman. During the Second World War, Dave served in the Royal Canadian Air Force, #102 Marine Squadron from 1942-1946. Upon discharge, he became a machinist and a tool and die maker. Moved to New Glasgow in 1948 and was employed for 38 years with a local machine shop. Dave was a member of Trinity United Church, New Glasgow and a member of Euclid Lodge, A.F. & A.M. No. 92, New Glasgow for over 55 years. He enjoyed spending time at home, working in his workshop, listing to music and being with his family. Dave enjoyed a challenge and was always fixing anything and everything for family and friends. He was a loving husband, devoted father and adoring “pup” to his grandchildren. Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Kathleen “Kay”, Abercrombie; daughter, Deborah (Dr. Michael) Glasgow and their children, Alex, Kathleen and Elizabeth, Tatamagouche; sons, Mark (Mary-Frances) Coleman and their children, Ian and Meghan, Bedford; Glen (Tabitha) Coleman and their children, Ben and Abby, New Glasgow; brother, Harold (Lorraine) Coleman, Dartmouth; several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by sisters, Barbara Jean Coleman and Dorothy MacDonald. In honour of Dave’s request, there will be no visitation or funeral service. Interment will be in Abercrombie Cemetery. Donations may be made in Dave’s memory to Northumberland Veterans Comfort Fund, P.O. Box 1059, Pictou, NS B0K 1H0.
MACKIE, Herbert Blaine (Aug. 26, 1942 – Sept. 5, 2014) Westville – Blaine was a lifelong member of Pipefitters Local 244, Antigonish, starting as an apprentice during the construction of the Scott Paper Mill. He was a Master Mason belonging to the Western Star Lodge in Westville. Blaine loved to hunt, fish and play cards with his friends and family. He was predeceased by his mother, Shirley (Mason) Mackie and father, William Herbert Mackie. He is survived by brothers: Glenn (Bev); Faber (Patricia); Gary (Teresa), San Diego; sister, Penny (Jon) Sortori, San Diego; sons: Dereck, Chris and Steven; daughters: Crystal and Sherri; nieces: Sherri, Kaitlyn and Melissa; nephews: Glenn Jr. and Faber Jr.; cousins: Dell Butler and Angelie (Peter) McCarron. As requested by the deceased, cremation will take place. There will be no visitation. A graveside service will take place at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the R.H. Porter Funeral Home, New Glasgow.
MacDONALD, Donald – 69, Trenton, formerly of New Glasgow, passed away Monday, September 1, 2014 at home. Born in New Glasgow, he was the son of the late John S. and Katherine Frances “Kay” (Day) MacDonald. He was a member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, New Glasgow. Donald enjoyed a varied career in management, having been employed with CIBC, the former Eastern Provincial Airways, Dorval Airport, Fraser & Hoyt Travel and L.E. Shaw. In earlier years, Donald was very active in Scouting, having served with the Boy Scouts of Canada Pictou County District for over 50 years. He thoroughly enjoyed scouting and accompanied local scouts to many national and international jamborees. Donald enjoyed the outdoors and was happiest white water canoeing, hiking and camping in the forest. Surviving are sisters, Karen Sutherland, Alma; Kathy (Nick) Mills, Egerton; niece, Kathy (Robert) Kenny and their children: Megan, Melanie and Mary, Irish Mountain; cousins, Jeannie (Murray) Johnston, New Glasgow; Bob (Carol) Day, Antigonish; Ann MacDonald, Sydney; Bill (Ruth) Day, Elliott Lake, Ont. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Jack MacKay; several aunts, uncles and cousins. A private graveside service was held in Thorburn Cemetery. Donations may be made in Donald’s memory to Scouts Canada Northeast Nova Area, PO Box 171, Stellarton, NS, B0K 1S0.
HENDERSON, G. Edison – 91, of Prince Albert Street, Westville, passed away Wednesday, September 3, 2014 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in Westville, he was a son of the late George and Isabel (Sinclair) Henderson. Edison was an overseas veteran of W.W.II serving with the North Nova Scotia Highlanders. Over the years, Edison worked at the C.N.R., Lindsay Moores, and Imperial Oil. Edison is survived by daughters, Sheila Shier, Ont. and Pat Wright (Edward); sons, George (Marion), Doug (Dale), and Bill (Anne), all of Westville; 16 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; sisters, Kay Collins, Moncton, and Edna Harquail (Maurice), Kentville; and brother-in-law, Justin “Jud”: Adamson, Stellarton. He was predeceased by his wife Stasia (Gouthro); infant son Fraser; great-grandson Mark; sisters, Agnes Saunders, Ruby MacKenzie, Vonnie Adamson and Barbara Hodgkins; and infant sister, Flossie Henderson. Funeral service was held September 7 from Eagles Funeral Chapel, Westville. Burial in the Auburn Cemetery, Westville. Donations in his memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
FLEMING, Ruth Livingstone (Pushie) – passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at Glen Haven Manor in her hometown of New Glasgow. She was the youngest daughter of Andrew and Josephine (Condon) Pushie. After graduating from high school, Ruth was employed by the Royal Bank in New Glasgow for 39 years. Throughout her career, Ruth was highly regarded by clients and colleagues. Ruth was a member of the Presbyterian Church, attending Westminster, First Presbyterian in Stellarton and most recently, St. Andrew’s in New Glasgow. She was involved in the Ladies Aid Society. Ruth was a member of Golden Link Rebekah Lodge for over 60 years, having served as Noble Grand. Ruth loved playing cards, especially bridge, dressing in the latest fashions, reading, staying abreast of current affairs and the companionship of her cats. However, her greatest joy was derived from spending time with her many friends and attending family events. Ruth is survived by nieces: Janice (Donnie) Goguen, Kirkland, Que.; Jo-Anne (Jack) Matheson, Sackville; Lynn (Gus) Fahey, Westville; Andrea (Milton) MacKenzie, Pictou; as well as grand nieces and nephews. Ruth was predeceased by her husband Willard Whitman Fleming; sister, Marie and brother Elston. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today, September 10 in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, New Glasgow. Burial will be in Lorne Street Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to a charity of choice.
FITZPATRICK, Sheila Marie – 39, Westville, passed away suddenly Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at home, surrounded by her family. Born on March 30, 1975 in Halifax, she was the daughter of James Angus “Jim” and Kathleen Joy “Katy” (Chisholm) Fitzpatrick. Sheila was a graduate of Westville High School. She attended Nova Scotia Community College, Stellarton, and was a graduate of the business and machinist programs. Sheila was employed with Sobeys for many years. She was a member of Holy Name Roman Catholic Church, Westville. Sheila was a kind person who enjoyedvolunteering with the Play Care program at the Wellness Centre and the former YMCA, New Glasgow. She loved all animals, no matter of their size or appearance. Sheila enjoyed watching action movies and listing to music. Her “pride and joy” were her niece and nephew, Reilly and Gabriel. Cousin Melanie, was her “sister” and best friend, a relationship she cherished. She was very artistic and shared her paintings, drawings, and crocheting with others. Throughout her life, Sheila faced many health issues and regardless of the adversity, never complained. She will be remembered for her selfless compassion and love of family. Surviving besides her parents Jim and Katy, are brothers, James “Jim” (Colette) Fitzpatrick and their children, Reilly and Gabriel, Glace Bay; D’Arcy Fitzpatrick, Westville; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. She was predeceased by maternal grandparents, Ernest and Annie Chisholm; paternal grandparents, Daniel and Marion Fitzpatrick. Mass of Christian Burial was September 6 in Holy Name Roman Catholic Church, Westville with Interment in Holy Name Cemetery, Westville. Donations may be made in Sheila’s memory to the Molly Appeal or Canadian Diabetes Association.
DUNN, Helen – Helen’s journey on earth ended September 1, 2014 at 3:15 p.m. in her home. Born in New Glasgow, she moved to Boylston, Guysborough Co. before school age with her family. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family and was a daughter of John and Josephine (Richard) Marr. She had two brothers, Adam and Maurice and a sister, Viola O’Neil. She married Ernest P. Dunn and had six children: John, Lawrence, Patrick (Patricia), Thelma, Joan and Eileen (Charles) Sorgard; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A private family service was held followed by burial at Christ the King Cemetery, Trenton. Arrangements are under the direction of the R.H. Porter Funeral Home, Trenton.
DEVANE, Michael Thomas “Mickey” – 63, of Plymouth, passed away on Friday, September 5, 2014. Mike is survived by his loving family and caregivers at his home on MacBeth Road; brothers: Timothy (Marie) Devane, New Glasgow; Arthur (Eileen) Worth, Lantz; Maurice Devane (Nancy), Ontario; Sterling Worth (Georgie), Alberta. He was predeceased by his parents John and Myrtle Devane, his sisters: Colleen Devane and Phyllis Gill; brothers: Allison Worth and Darrell Worth.
Michael was known for his gentle and quiet disposition, his sense of humour and his love of Irish music. He attended Summer Street Industries where he enjoyed his work for 17 years prior to his retirement. During his leisure time, he enjoyed bowling, dancing, parties and vacationing at summer camp. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Funeral mass was celebrated September 8 in Saint John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, New Glasgow. Burial in Heatherdale Memorial Gardens. Donations in his memory may be made to Highland Community Residential Services (HCRS) Foundation.
MacLEAN, Lois Belle (MacDonald) – Halifax / Caribou Island, NS: It is with deep sadness that we share the peaceful passing of Lois Belle (MacDonald) MacLean on August 26, 2014 at Parkstone Enhanced Care. Born on February 20, 1928, she was a daughter of the late William G. and Violet (Heighton) MacDonald. Her childhood was spent on the family farm at Glengarry, N.S. until the family moved to Pictou during the Second World War. She was a graduate of the Business Department at Pictou Academy and worked for many years as a bookkeeper. Mom was an avid reader, crack crossword puzzle solver and a fan of a good game of bridge with the Professional Engineers’ Wives Association of Nova Scotia and the ladies at the Mayflower Curling Club. With a loving heart she enjoyed the company of friends and family, visits to Florida and memories made from special summers at Caribou Island. She was a kind friend to all creatures great and small, with cats and hummingbirds holding special places in her generous heart. She and Dad were founding members of Calvin Presbyterian Church in Halifax where she served in the Ladies Guild. We will miss her warm laugh, wry observations and stories shared. She is survived by her three children and their families: Norman (Mary Hardiman), Halifax; Phil (Barbara Pearson), Phoenix, Arizona; Lori (Steve Guy), Halifax; four grandchildren, Leigh-Ann (Josh Bryson), Ryan (Miranda Saunders), Alex and Olivia; four great-grandchildren: Kaiden, Jillian, Maria and Isabella; sister, Dorothy Hogg, Lyons Brook, NS, many nieces and nephews and extended family. She was predeceased by her husband of 61 years Norman Earle MacLean, her parents, and sister, June Eloise in infancy. Visitation will be held at McLaren Funeral Home in Pictou, NS on September 5 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral on September 6 at 11 a.m. in the McLaren Funeral Chapel, followed by a reception at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Hall. A graveside committal at Waterside Cemetery to immediately follow the reception. Family flowers only. Donations may be made in memory of Lois to the Alzheimer’s Society of Nova Scotia, the Canadian Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, or charity of your choice. Condolences may be shared by visiting www.mclarenfuneral.ca
SLEETH, Ethel (MacDonald) – born June 7, 1923, youngest child of Edward M. and Annie (Heighton) of Pictou, passed away peacefully on July 30, 2014. She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Ron, and her siblings, Jean (McCullion), Eva “Fee” (Hingley), Edward “Earl” and Dorothy “Ducks” (Mayar). Following her graduation in 1942 from Pictou Academy, Ethel trained as a registered nurse at Wellesley Hospital in Toronto and worked at Toronto Hospital for Sick Children. Some of her dearest friends and memories were from her years of nursing. After marriage in 1947 to Ron, a US Air Force officer, she spent 28 years making a home and living at his assignments in England, Spain and eight US states. They lived in retirement for 34 years in Niceville, Fla. Ethel spent her last five years in Morris Plains, NJ, near family. Ethel was an avid Bridge and Mah Jong player and lifelong reader. She loved getting together with friends and family, often playing the piano while everyone sang. Always loving children, she felt her greatest pride and joy were her daughters Nancy, Nikki and Linda. She is also survived by two caring sons-in-law; 11 treasured grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. In her 91 years, Ethel gave her love unconditionally and was adored by all those whose lives she touched. At the end of her life she said that her hope was that she had helped some people or played a part in making their lives happier. A memorial service and burial next to Ron will be held at a future date at Arlington National Cemetery, VA. If desired, donations in her memory may be made to a children’s charity of one’s choice.
RUSSELL, Noah F. – Pictou: Noah Franklyn Russell arrived in this world on Wednesday, August 9, 1989, much to the delight of all his family. He left us far too soon on Sunday, August 24, 2014, as a result of a motor vehicle accident. Noah packed a lot of life into the scant 25 years he was allotted. After graduating from Pictou Academy in 2007, he attended St.F.X. University, where he played rugby. All the while, Noah fished lobster, herring and tuna with his father. More recently, he balanced his fishing career with working on the oil rigs in Alberta. Noah loved to work but he also loved to play. He loved sports, especially hockey, soccer and golf. He loved all aspect of sports – playing, spectating and analyzing statistics. He cherished his friends and never missed an opportunity to share good times with them – travelling, attending concerts and Pictou Island parties. He certainly cherished Pictou Island where all his childhood summers were spent biking, swimming and playing with friends. He recently acquired his own property on Pictou Island and was looking forward to clearing his land and building his own place. Above all else, Noah loved to laugh. His smiles and laughs brought joy to his family for the past 25 years, for which we are truly grateful. He will be sorely missed by all who loved him – his father and mother, Jim Russell and Margo Watt; his sister, Hayley Russell; his grandmother, Doretta Russell; as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He will be missed by his good friends, perhaps none more so than Emelyne Marshall, with whom he shared a special bond. Noah was predeceased by his grandparents Harold Russell, Lawrence and Isabel Watt. Growing up, Noah enjoyed all the benefits of having an extended family living close by and he was definitely the apple of Isabel’s eye. Funeral service was held at the First Presbyterian Church, Pictou on August 28. From there, he joined his grandparents in Seaview Cemetery, with his ashes to be brought to Pictou Island at a later date. On Noah’s behalf, his family requests that donations be given to charities that facilitate kids’ participation in sports, such as Canadian Tire Jumpstart.
MUNROE, Ida Doris – 93, of Pictou passed away peacefully at the Shiretown Nursing Home on August 30, 2014. Born on Pictou Island, she was a daughter of the late George and Christina (Whiteway) Rankin. As a young woman, Ida worked in the fish factory on Pictou Island and later operated the island switchboard for Maritime Tel. & Tel. Ida served her community in various musical capacities playing guitar, autoharp, banjo and mouth organ. She also lent her beautiful alto voice to choir and other musical endeavors. Ida loved quilting, hooking mats and gardening. However, her greatest joy was derived from sewing love into the lives of her family. The result is a beautiful tapestry of lives tightly woven together by the careful stitches of their matriarch. Ida Doris. She is survived by daughters, Frances McGrath, Pictou; and Beth (Jonathan) Knock, Stellarton; grandchildren, Troy Rankin; Nick Munroe; Shawn McGrath; Stephanie McGrath Basit; Sherri MacInnis; Colin and Luke Knock; great-grandchildren, Martin McGrath; Nolan, Grace and Laila MacInnis; Petra Rankin and Cohen Munroe. She is also survived by a daughter-in-law, Darlene Munroe. Ida is also survived by nieces, Florence (Vincent) Heighton; Doris (Keith MacDonald); and nephews, Donald Livingstone; Elwood (Joan) Rankin. Ida was predeceased by her husband, Charles; son, Sandy; daughter Shirley Rankin; granddaughter, Tammy Rankin; numerous brothers and sisters. Funeral was held September 2 in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Pictou. Burial in the Seaview Cemetery.
MacLEAN, John Hugh “Jack” – former mayor of New Glasgow, passed away on Aug. 25, 2014. Jack was born in New Glasgow on Sept. 4, 1929. He was a wonderful man, a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He adored his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was married to his wife, Pat, for 58 years. Everyone who knew Jack enjoyed his sense of humour, his kind demeanour and his friendly nature. Jack attended New Glasgow schools growing up, and was high school president in his senior year. He obtained science and education degrees from St. Francis Xavier University and taught high school in Stellarton, Trenton and Pictou. He also spent time as superintendent of schools in Trenton. His last years of teaching were at Stellarton Vocational School. Jack was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame as part of the St. FX hockey team, he was a member of the Pictou County Grads Rugby team and he enjoyed playing recreational ball with the Melmerby “Magpies”. He was a devoted fan of the Montreal Canadiens for the major part of his life, and he successfully passed on his Habs enthusiasm to his children and grandchildren. He took up golfing when he retired and liked playing golf and relaxing at his winter home in Florida. His summers were spent enjoying the family cottage at Melmerby Beach. Jack was a councillor for the Town of New Glasgow for two terms, and mayor of New Glasgow for two terms, for a total of 12 years. He served on many committees such as the school board, recreation, police and library. He was instrumental in the establishment of the New Glasgow Regional Library. Jack is survived by his wife Pat; son, John MacLean (Elsie); daughters: Karen Kerr (Paul), Susan Breen (Don), and Brenda MacLean (Nick); grandchildren: Lowell (Janet), Leslie (Patrick), Allie (Tyler), Amanda, Jonathan, Justin, Renee and Jacki; his great-grandchildren: Sawyer, Sophie and Ainslie. He is also survived by his brothers: Bob (Laura), Ducky (Viola), and Harvey; sisters, Kay, and Betty (Roddie), sisters-in-law, Doris and Darla. He was predeceased by parents Hugh John and Loretta (Fogarty) MacLean; sisters, Isabel and Marion; and brothers, Joe and Sonny. Funeral mass was August 30 at St. John the Baptist Church, New Glasgow. Burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society.
MacDONALD, Cameron Keith – It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dearest son and brother, Cameron Keith MacDonald. Born in New Glasgow, November 28th 1988 and passed away suddenly Sunday August 24th 2014.Cameron will always and forever be in the loving and caring hearts of his mother, Mary Anne LeBlanc, Caribou Island, step father, Milton MacLeod, Durham and father Cameron MacDonald (CeCe), Alberta. Cameron excelled at pool, hockey, darts and washer toss and was very competitive. His sister Kathleen will remember her loving big brother for his gifts of strength and love to her. Cameron was also a great friend and was loved by everyone who had the opportunity to know and spend time with him. His countless number of cousins and friends whom he loved like brothers and sisters will never forget his witty and smiling spirit. The cherished memories of Cameron will never fade and will always be remembered by his maternal grandparents Walter and Eileen LeBlanc, Pictou; aunts, Carolyn (Richard); Dawn (Allan); Denise (Blake); Terri (Skip); Heather; Janet (Jay) all of Pictou; JoHanna (Dan) Halifax; uncles, Tom (Dee) Hopewell; Michael; Walter; Johnny (Nancy); Travis (Nadine), Aaron (MaryAnn) all from Pictou; Johnathon, Ontario; and Victor, Mexico. Cameron will also be sadly missed by his girlfriend Danielle DeCoste. He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents Cameron and Clara MacDonald; aunt Blaise (God Mother) and uncle Rick. Funeral mass was celebrated August 29 from Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church, Pictou. Burial in the Seaview Cemetery.
LOCKHART, Mary Elizabeth – 69, of Pictou Landing, formerly of Westville, passed away on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow, with her family by her side. Born in New Glasgow, she was a daughter of the late Guy and Rita (MacGillivary) Mattatall, Westville. Mary enjoyed working with people and was a retired employee of Sobeys and Lawtons. She loved to see a smiling face. She will be sadly missed by her daughter Shelley, at home; son, Derrick (Julia), Pictou Landing; grandson, Calen; brothers, Roy Mattatall (Diane), London, Ont.; Gary Mattatall (Helen), Westville; sister, Catherine MacPhie, Antigonish; special cousin, Cathy, Cobourg, Ont.; very dear friend, Jim Wolfe, Trenton; nieces and nephews, Kim and Kelly, Rickey and Michelle Mattatall. She is also survived by sisters and brothers-in-law, Ella Ogden, Jean Burgess, Marie Jenkins (Art); Bill Lockhart (Louise), Gerald Lockhart (Jean), and Audrey Lockhart. She was predeceased by her husband Ralph; sister Aggie Mattatall; mother and father-in-law, John and Violet Lockhart; nephew, Craig Mattatall; sister-in-law, Claudia Guay (Jack) and brother-in-law John “Bud” Lockhart. Her funeral service was held August 29 from Eagles Funeral Chapel, Westville. Burial in Heatherdale Memorial Gardens. Donations in her memory may be made to The Lodge That Gives, Halifax or Bethel Presbyterian Church, Pictou Landing.
BUNCKLE, Edna – 94, of Valley View Villa, formerly of Durham, passed away on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 in Valley View Villa, Riverton. Born in England, Edna was a daughter of the late Norman and Harriet (Brown) Robson. She was a member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Choir, Westville and the Legion Choir of New Glasgow. She played the violin and sang many duets with her sister Doreen. Edna will be dearly missed by her husband of 67 years, Harry; son Geoffrey (Anne); daughter Barbara; grandchildren: Darcy (Ashley), David (Jocelyn), Alison (Ryan), Lauren (Mike); 12 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and their families. She was predeceased by sisters, Gwin Snell and Doreen Marshall MacKenzie and brother Roland Robson. Funeral service was held August 30 from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Westville. Burial in Heatherdale Memorial Gardens. Donations in her memory may be made to the Nova Scotia Heart and Stroke Foundation.
BAKER, Henrietta “Etta” (Dykens) – 88, Westville, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 29, 2014 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in Springhill on August 22, 1924, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Elsie (Swanwick) Dykens of Stellarton. She had worked at the Pictou Shipyards as a burner during the war. In later years, she worked at Eaton’s and the Metropolitan Department Store. Etta enjoyed knitting, crocheting, playing cards, and weekends at the camp at Dryden’s Lake. She was a great fan of feeding wildlife in her back yard and loved dogs. She was “Nanny Baker” to many kids she babysat over the years. She was a member of St. Paul United Church. She will be dearly missed by daughter, Darlene Baker-MacDonald; sons and daughters-in-law, Joe and Margie, Jim and Kathleen, and Alfie and Cathy, all of Westville; grandchildren: Barbie Rogers, Trevor Baker, Joey Baker, Donna Baillie, Rachel Baker and Carole Norris; and 10 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sister Elaine Turnbull, Stellarton; brothers, Fraser Dykens (Louise) and Baker Dykens (Winnie), Stellarton; sisters-in-law, Lois Dykens, Springville and Frances Dykens, Stellarton. She was predeceased by her husband James; infant daughter Bonita; sisters, Violet Carrigan, Thelma (James Langille and Chester Falt); brothers, Robert Dykens, Danny Dykens (Betty Dunbar) and Malcolm Dykens; brother-in-law, Jim Turnbull; son-in-law Walter MacDonald; great-grandson Aiden Baker; and two infant sisters, Dorothy and Maxine Dykens. Memorial service was held September 1 from Eagles Funeral Chapel, Westville. Burial in Heatherdale Memorial Gardens. Donations may be made to the Aberdeen Palliative Care Society.
BOWES, Gerry (Marchbank) – Peacefully at the Provincial Palliative Care Unit on Monday, August 25, 2014 of Gerry Bowes (nee Marchbank) of Charlottetown, age 69 years. Beloved wife of Ian Bowes and loving mother of Sandra, Jeffrey (Lisa McLellan) and Colleen Bowes. Gerry is also survived by grandchildren – Ryan Bruce and Braeden and Carter Bowes; siblings – Marion Hole (Fred), Marguerite Wood (Tom), Melvin “Junior” Marchbank (Linda), Vernie Marchbank (Gail), Gary, Carol Warkentin (John-deceased), Susan Abourisk (George), Chris Marchbank (Margaret) Debbie Loosdrecht (John) and Hubert Marchbank (Joyce). She was predeceased by her parents – Melvin and Barbara Marchbank; sister in infancy – Cathy Marchbank; and brother – Douglas Marchbank. Funeral mass was celebrated on Friday, August 29, at St. Dunstan’s Basilica. Interment followed at the Roman Catholic Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to P.E.I. Right to Life would be appreciated. Online condolences may be made to email@example.com. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Hillsboro Funeral Home. www.peifuneralcoops.com†
MINGO, Ernest Chambers – 97, of New Glasgow, passed away peacefully August 20, 2014, at Ivey’s Terrace Nursing Home in Trenton with family by his side. Born in Denmark, near Tatamagouche, he was the son of the late Allison and Ella Mae (Chambers) Mingo. Ernie left the farm at 16 years of age to attend Maritime Business College. He studied accounting and ultimately went to work with auto dealerships in Glace Bay, and finally the accounting firm Nightingale and Hayman. The course of Ernie’s life was perhaps most profoundly affected by the outbreak of the Second World War. He enlisted and became an officer in the Sherbrooke Fusiliers, and during transport to England, Lt. E.C. Mingo met nursing sister Lt. Eve Shepley. The couple continued to see each other on coinciding leaves throughout the war, and years later would return to the Netherlands together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the end of WWII. While overseas, Ernie became commander of a Sherman tank nicknamed “Bomb”. It was the only Canadian tank to see continuous action from D-Day to VE Day, with Ernie and his crew participating in the liberation of Holland. Upon his return to civilian life, Ernie joined his brothers at Eastern Woodworkers Ltd. Their work includes the Dalhousie University Law Building, the St. Mary’s Biochemistry and Student Union buildings, schools, hospitals and large housing developments around Atlantic Canada, including 350 units at Mulgrave Park, Halifax. Eastern Manufacturing Company Ltd., the prefabrication division of Eastern Woodworkers was set up to manufacture mobile homes. Ernie became involved in the National Retail Lumberman’s Council of Canada, and the Atlantic Provinces Retail Lumber Dealers’ Association, becoming president of both organizations. He was director of the Canadian Lumberman’s Association; secretary-treasurer of Gomac Construction Co., and led in the establishment of Lenargo Industries which was among the pioneers of Maritime factory built housing. As Eastern closed its doors in 1971, Ernie turned his attention to forestry, blueberries and the hospitality industry. With his initial financial partners he built a hotel in Port Hawkesbury, and purchased the Silver Dart Motel in Baddeck, setting the foundation for what would become Maritime Inns and Resorts Inc. Throughout his career, he was involved in many organizations; board member of Pictou County Research and Development (PICORD); president of New Glasgow Rotary Club; president of the Boy Scout Council of Pictou County; member of the Masonic Lodge for over 60 years, and more recently a member of the Shrine Club; and a Legion member for over 65 years. He was honoured by the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce as Businessperson of the Year in 1995, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. His life was highlighted by fishing trips with friends, travelling the globe with Eve, hosting friends and family in Ft. Lauderdale, Baddeck, and on the family farm in Denmark, and spending time with his granddaughters. Ernie was predeceased by his wife Eve; daughter Jeanne, and siblings: Louise, Harold, Dudley, Carl, Marion and Grace. He is survived by sister, Kaye (Gerald MacKinnon), son, Don (Aulayne), and granddaughters: Becki (Jesse Seamon), Christy, Kate and Sarah, nieces and nephews, and friend Marjorie Fancy. Funeral was held August 24 at Trinity United Church, New Glasgow with interment at Holy Trinity Anglican Church Cemetery.
MEGENEY, George Harvey – George was a family man, a community minded man, a good man. George was born in Stellarton, June 11, 1942, the first of 10 children to the late George Trueman and Elizabeth Brannagh Megeney (nee Reekie). George is survived by his wife Anderine (nee Fraser), his son Lynn (Sandra), daughter Leah O’Hara (Grant), special niece Rhonda Sinclair (Mark) and grandchildren: Zachary, Krista, Lauren and Nolan. George is also survived by sister-in-law Claudia Clarke (Owen); brothers: Robert Megeney (Patricia), Dexter Megeney (Karen), John Megeney (Karen); sisters: Bydie Cyr (William), Joni Maybe (John), Marie Lays (Mike) and Jeannie Beaudry. George was predeceased by his parents, sisters Heather MacDonald, Nancy Sinclair and nephew Kevin Megeney. George left home at a young age to earn his way, joining the military in 1959, serving initially with The Black Watch, RHR of Canada. George met the love of his life Anderine, they wed in December 1962, before setting off on an adventure to live in West Germany, where George was stationed with NATO. Over the years George served with the United Nations (U.N.) peacekeeping mission to Cyprus, and was stationed with the U.N. Observer force in the Sinai Peninsula during the Egyptian invasion, which led to the outbreak of the Six Day War in June of 1967. George left the military in 1968, moving back to Pictou County with his young family, taking a job as a police officer with the town of New Glasgow. Over the next 35 years, George had a diverse and rewarding career in policing, retiring from the Stellarton Police Services in 2003. From 2004 to 2006, then 2008 to the current date, George served as a Stellarton town councilor, where he was instrumental in securing the establishment of the Stellarton Business Park. He was actively involved in a wide range of community associations, volunteering his time for many, many groups and individuals. George was fiercely proud and protective of his family, his friends, his town and county. Funeral was held August 22 in the H.W. Angus Funeral Home Chapel. Internment at the Abercrombie Cemetery.
MacKENZIE, Elizabeth “Betty” Bernice Miller (Walsh) – Born on February 28, 1929, in Auburnville, N.B., died August 18, 2014 at St. Martha’s hospital in Antigonish. Daughter of the late James Miller and Mary Elizabeth Duplessis (Miller). Also predeceased by first husband John Daniel Walsh, son Fred, daughters Mary-Anne and Josephine; sisters Celia Miller, Viola Jones and Jessie Surrette. Survived by husband Douglas Garfield MacKenzie; siblings: Bertha Purcell, Catherine Coffin, Jim Miller, Caroline Power, Hazel Savoy, Clara Morrison and Tommy Miller. Children: Vincent Walsh (Sherri), Danny Walsh (Theresa), Pat Walsh, Susan Walsh (Diane), Margaret Walsh (Michael), Florence “Chris” Walsh, Nancy Morrell Lamey (Stephen), Rod Walsh (Karen), Andrew Walsh(Christy), Gordon Walsh (Lisa), Russell Walsh (Cathy); and step-children Doug MacKenzie, Earl MacKenzie and Carolyn Dee (Alan). Survived by 22 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; one great-great grandchild. A steadfast warrior throughout her life, she modeled the highest standard of principles for healthy living while showing an acceptance for the realities of life. On her journey as wife and parent she experienced both loss and new life. Her new life with Gar remained filled with love to her last day. She preferred to wear her own creations rather than “buying from a store.” She loved to bake, cook, clean and to garden. She had a great curiosity for learning about the human condition. She was a recovering person, a friend of Bill W. She understood the importance of self-expression through art and music. She took time to sing to her young children while encouraging them to draw, write and to sing. She was a woman of faith. She arrived in Antigonish at a young age working at St. Bernards under the direction of the Sisters of St. Martha. She converted to the Roman Catholic faith and remained true to the Christian teachings throughout her life. Aware of her progression of dementia and the need for science to advance in this area of research, she requested her body be left to Dalhousie University Research Center. A memorial Mass was held August 22 at Our Lady of Lourdes in Stellarton.
MacISAAC, John Wayne “J.D.”– 63, born in Pictou on July 17, 1951, passed away in the Palliative Care Unit at the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow on August 23, 2014, after a brief but very brave battle with cancer. He was a son of the late John Dan and Kathleen (LeBlanc) MacIsaac. Wayne is survived by his children: Natalie, Kentville; Jessica, Pictou; Archie, Pictou, and their mother, Anne Gratton; siblings, Donna (Ross) MacKenzie, Pictou; Sharon (Ron) Riley, Bible Hill; Deborah (Terry) Hosking, Riverton; Eric (Kathy MacLean), Pictou; and Lloyd LeBlanc, Port Elgin, ON; granddaughter, Ava Brown; aunt, Alexina “Jemima” (Frank) MacKay and uncle, Colin (Juliette) MacIsaac; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He enjoyed canoeing, kayaking, fishing, woodworking and loved spending time with his granddaughter and family and friends. He also loved visits to The Glen in Cape Breton, and tinkering at his woodlot in Caribou River. Wayne was an active member of the Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 409 until the time of his brief illness. Funeral mass will be held 11 a.m. today, Wednesday (August 27) from the Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church, Pictou. Burial will be in the Seaview Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Aberdeen Palliative Care Society, or any charity.