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Obituaries

WOOD, Thomas Albert

WOOD, Thomas Albert – 65, of Rifle Range, Westville, passed away on Sunday, June 21, 2015 in The Mira, Truro. Born in New Glasgow on October 13, 1949, he was a son of the late Douglas and Mary (Bennett) Wood. Tom was a quiet person who enjoyed reading, crosswords and going for walks. He earlier worked for the CIBC, the Five Fishermen’s Restaurant and was a courier for Chronicle Herald. He is survived by his sister, Linda White (Hugh), Westville and nephew, Jason White, Westville. There will be no visitation or funeral service.

MacLEAN, Laura Elizabeth

MacLEAN, Laura Elizabeth – passed away peacefully Saturday, June 20, surrounded by her loving family. Laura was born in Antigonish July 22, 1936, a daughter of the late Mary (Pearl) and William MacPherson and Margaret and Daniel Lays. This beautiful, caring woman will be deeply missed by her husband of 54 years, Robert (Bob); brothers, William MacPherson, Bernie, Francis, Melvin, Jimmy and Billy Lays; children, Michael, Peterborough, Paul, Trenton, Laurie (Jasen), Riverview, Robin (Shawn), New Glasgow and Dana, New Glasgow, her cherished grandchildren, Andrew, Jack, Karissa, Emma, Mathus and Julia, and numerous in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews. Laura was predeceased by her granddaughter Grace Elizabeth Lea Fisher and her brothers, Lawrence, Alec, Danny, Alexander and John Lays, sisters, Carolyn and Marilyn Lays. Laura loved dancing, bingo, skating, TV games shows and dedicated half a century to trying to decode the winning numbers for Lotto 649. She will be remembered as much for her baking as for her deep love for all that were close to her. A funeral service to celebrate her life was held at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, New Glasgow on June 23, 2015. Donations may be made to the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Unit or the Canadian Tire Jump Start charity.

RANKIN, Daniel Gerard

RANKIN, Daniel Gerard – It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of a truly amazing husband, father, brother, uncle and a friend to many. Daniel Gerard Rankin passed away on June 26, 2015 after he lost his battle with ALS. He was born September 1, 1956 in Pictou to the late Ronald Duncan Sr. and Mary Elizabeth (MacIntyre) Rankin. Daniel is survived by his loving and caring wife Joyce, adoring daughter, Danielle; sons, Brandan and Jordan. Siblings residing in Alberta, sisters, Rhonda (Bruno), Theresa (Greg), Sandra (Gary), JoAnne (Tom) and Lori Anne (Robert); brothers, John, Donald, Jerome (Maria), Ronald Jr. (Annie), Darren (Tara). In-laws: Janice, James (Eleanor), Jason, all of Ontario.; sister-in-law Joanne (Robert), Pictou. He is also survived by 25 nieces and nephews, 16 grandnieces and grandnephews, numerous cousins and extended family and friends. Daniel was predeceased by many aunts and uncles. He was employed by Northumberland Ferries Ltd. for 28 years and was a parishioner of the Stella Maris Catholic Church, and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 16, Pictou. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. in McLaren Funeral Home, Pictou. Funeral service with mass will take place on Friday at 11 a.m. in Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church with Father Tom MacNeil and Father Peter MacDonald officiating. The family wishes to extend special thanks to the Pictou County VON, ALS Society, Dr. Grant, Dr. Farrell, Dr. Burrill, Dr. Hack, and the nurses and staff at the Aberdeen Hospital. We would also like to acknowledge the love and support of the Northumberland Ferries, Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 16, Pictou, Pictou Academy Graduates of 2015, and residents of Pictou County. Your support was greatly appreciated. If you wish, donations may be made to The ALS Society of Nova Scotia or New Brunswick or to a charity of your choice. †

GRAY, Dorothy Hazel (Phillips)

GRAY, Dorothy Hazel (Phillips) (05 April 1919-18 June 2015) – Born in Stellarton, NS, to the late Wm James Phillips and Rose (Smallacombe) Phillips on 05 April 1919. She is survived by her son, Allan R. Gray (Donna Hunter) of Campbell River, BC; her daughter Norma Jean DeWolfe (Mark) of Victoria, BC; deceased son Robert Irving Gray (Penny) of Windsor, Ontario; five grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her loving husband Harry of 71 years. Dorothy was always involved in some sort of community association, business organization or project campaign. In 2002 she was honoured with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for over 60 years of service raising funds for the Canadian Cancer society, known locally as the “Daffodil Lady”. In 1995 was awarded Volunteer of the Year for Juan de Fuca BC. She received the Paul Lutzeier Memorial Award for her organization of the Windsor/Detroit International Freedom Festival in 1988; The Golden Heart Award from Air Canada, Ford Motor Co. Community Service Award, Windsor Ont. She was the first president of Victoria General Hospital Auxiliary raising funds for a helicopter pad. Among the many others were the IODE, March of Dimes, VON. She was a patron of The Canadian College of Performing Arts Victoria BC, the Dorothy Gray Foundation and A Day of Bridge and The CH.I.L.D Fund Foundation, Bridge for Children. A service will be held later in Little Harbour, NS, where she will rest with her husband and son. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice. Send condolences to carefuneral.com. †

RUSSELL, Audrey Grace

RUSSELL, Audrey Grace – 86 of New Glasgow, passed away at home on June 18, 2015. Audrey passed away as she had lived with Dignity and Grace. Born in Truro, she was the youngest of 12 children of John and Etta (nee Grue) Fielding. Audrey was a graduate (1947) of the Truro Provincial Normal School and taught for 35 years in Colchester, Halifax and Pictou counties, retiring from Temperance Street School, New Glasgow. Audrey is survived by son Michael, and daughters Heather (Keith McLeod), Judy Clattenburg (Wade); grandchildren Sandra Carver (Ben Carver 2014), Charles Russell (Mary Ann Walsh), Gerald Russell (Ann Marie Baker), Shelby Clattenburg and great-grandchildren Austin, Alex, Miranda, Emma, Kayla and Jayden as well as many nephews and nieces. She is predeceased by son Daniel, daughter-in-law Phyllis; sisters Elsie, Lillian, Elizabeth, Eileen, Hazel and Glennie as well as brothers Alfred, Ernest, Charles and Jackie and Carl. Audrey was blessed with a lot of great friends Lois, Margie, Margaret, Faye, Nancy and Kenneth to name but a few, who visited regularly and she so enjoyed there company and they hers. Funeral was held June 23 in D.S. Crowell & Son Funeral Home, Sheet Harbour. Burial in St. James United Cemetery, Sheet Harbour. Donations can be made to the Pictou County Food Bank PO Box 1035, Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0 or the Shepherd’s Lunch Room, c/o Trinity United Church, 151 Temperance St, New Glasgow.

PRIEST, William (Bill)

PRIEST, William (Bill) – passed away peacefully at Aberdeen hospital on June 16 after a long hard fought battle with cancer. Bill was born and raised in Stellarton, the son of William and Jesse Priest. He moved to Burlington, Ont., at the age of 17 and not long after joined Dofasco Steel beginning a career that would span almost 30 years. Bill was able to take an early retirement which allowed him and and wife Susan to return to Nova Scotia in 1997. Bill was an avid trivia buff, exceptional crossword puzzle enthusiast, as well as a big fan of the Montreal Canadians and Toronto Blue Jays. Bill is survived by his wife of 46 years Susan; son Greg (Lisa); daughter Jennifer (Graham); grandchildren Mackenzie, Joanna and Cooper; and sister Esther French. Will be greatly missed by bother-in-law Bill French and sister-in-law Debbie Little as well as many nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held June 19 at the First Presbyterian Church, Stellarton. Donations can be made to the Carcinoid Cancer Foundation.

CAMERON, Ethel “Melva”

CAMERON, Ethel “Melva” – 87, formerly of MacPherson’s Mills, passed away on June 16, 2015 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in MacPherson’s Mills, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Margaret (MacMillan) Cameron. She was a resident of Sunset Haven in New Glasgow, prior to that having resided on the Mountville Rd. She was an adherent of the Union Presbyterian Church, Thorburn. She was a member of the Thorburn Seniors Friendly Group. She will always be remembered as a special aunt by nieces: Diane Treen of MacLellan’s Brook Rd.; Kathy (Mike) Stephen of Grande Prairie, Alberta; Charlane Kelly of Mountville; Lorraine (Dave) Isenor of the Annapolis Valley; a nephew: Danny (Elizabeth) MacLeod of Mountville. Also surviving are brothers: Lawrence (Mary) Cameron of Burlington Ont.; Morris (Gale) Cameron of Hamilton, Ont.; Calvin (Molly) Cameron of Coalburn; a sister: Mary Stewart of Lochbroom, numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews. Predeceased by sisters: Ida MacLeod and Catherine Cameron, brothers: Roy, Burns Nyles and Lyons. Funeral was held June 20 from the H. W. Angus Funeral Home Chapel, New Glasgow. Burial in the Castle Hill Cemetery. Donations in memory of Melva may be made to the Palliative Care Society or the IWK.

CAMERON, Evelyn Johnston

CAMERON, Evelyn Johnston – passed away at Glen Haven Manor, New Glasgow, on June 19, 2015, one month shy of her 96th birthday. Evelyn was born on July 24, 1919 in Broadway, Pictou County to the late John D. Fraser and Margaret F. Johnston. Evelyn moved to New Glasgow in 1938 and has been a resident ever since. Evelyn was a member of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church and the Allan Pollock Branch of the W.M.S. During the late 30s and 40s Evelyn was employed by Murdock’s Electrical in New Glasgow. Evelyn was particularly proud of her grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them. Evelyn was a friend to all she met. She would help anyone in need. She enjoyed entertaining visitors in her home and loved to bake – her biscuits were the best and her lemon pies had meringue as high as the clouds. Though her memory became a challenge late in life, Evelyn maintained her kind, warm, happy spirit. She is survived by her son John Alexander “Sandy” Cameron (Jane) Dartmouth and three grandchildren, Jeffrey (Emily) Halifax, Sarah and Megan, Dartmouth and brother Jim Fraser, New Glasgow. She was predeceased by her husband Ian Robert, daughter Margaret Christine, brothers Robert Ferguson Fraser and J. Edward Fraser. Funeral service was held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, New Glasgow on June 23. Interment in the Kenzieville Cemetery. Donations may be made to St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, New Glasgow or a charity of your choice.

BOWDEN, William “Sammy” Jr.

BOWDEN, William “Sammy” Jr. – New Glasgow, passed away June 15, 2015 at the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow surrounded by his family. Born in New Glasgow on June 15, 1937, he was a son of the late William “Sam” Sr. and Mary Etta (Jordan) Bowden. Sammy lived in New Glasgow all his life. He was predeceased by his life-long love and wife, Sylvia “Sis” (Dorrington) Bowden. Sammy is leaving behind, his 11 children: Derwin (Mary Jo); Debbie (Kerry), Dartmouth; William Jr. (Sally); Patricia; Roxanne (Charles), Dartmouth; Jody; Thomas (Angela); Dana (Andre), Dartmouth; Susan (James deceased); Darrell (Dane), Toronto; and Jason. Also he leaves behind his younger brother Donald (Beverley); 21 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Besides being an amazing storyteller and family man, Sammy had worked at Trenton Works (Hawker Siddeley/Lavalin) for many years. He had also been a successful entrepreneur having operated his own trucking, construction and carpentry businesses. Sammy proudly served his country as a Gunner in the Canadian Armed Forces. A private memorial service will take place at a later date. Donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

SULLIVAN, Linda Faye (MacIntosh)

SULLIVAN, Linda Faye (MacIntosh) – died on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 in her beloved home overlooking the Milford Haven River at North Riverside, Guysborough County at the age of 59. Born in Pictou on May 13, 1956 Linda was the daughter of the late John H. and Dorothy (Downs) MacIntosh. A graduate of St. Francis Xavier University with BA Honours (Mathematics/Minor English), B. Ed. (Secondary), M. Ed. (Administration) as well as an M. Ed. from Saint Mary’s University (Curriculum Design). It was while attending St. F.X. that Linda met her soul mate and life long best friend John F. (Jackie) Sullivan. They were married on June 28, 1980 at the University Chapel on the campus of St. Francis Xavier University. Linda was both a gifted and talented educator. Linda began her teaching career in Atikameg, Alberta before returning to her native Nova Scotia where she taught at Canso High School and Fanning Elementary School. Linda was an exceptional educational leader having served as Principal of numerous schools both in Nova Scotia and Manitoba. Linda was particularly proud of bringing to fruition the vision for Chedabucto Place in Guysborough while serving as Principal of the Guysborough Family of Schools. The inclusion of an African Canadian Heritage Center, a Fitness Center as well as a space for a Performance Arts theatre was both her passion and mission toward creating a centre of excellence that embraced academics, athletics, and the arts and welcomed the broader community to participate as lifelong learners. Linda served as Principal of Edward Schreyer School in Beausjour, Manitoba and Superintendent/CEO of Western School Division in Morden, Manitoba. Linda’s last assignment prior to becoming ill was as Principal of Lt. Col. William Barker VC School in Dauphin, Manitoba. Linda was a passionate advocate for young women pursuing positions of leadership and was an inspiration and mentor to numerous young women pursuing such opportunities. Linda loved her family unconditionally and her family loved her; a wonderful mother, dedicated wife, a passionate life-long learner, a fitness geek and an exceptional knitter (she produced 15 beautiful sweaters for her cherished friends and family since January until her health deteriorated and she was unable to continue). Her work ethic was legendary, and her expectation for every student to become the best they could be was non-negotiable. Linda was a consummate Scottish Bagpiper and was a member of several pipe bands; most notably the Heatherbells from Pictou, Nova Scotia where she was Pipe Major and made many lifetime friendships. Linda put her heart and soul in everything she did and could always be counted on to get the job done and get it done right. Linda is survived by her best friend and husband “Jack”; sons Donald, Paddy (Shirley), Conor (Beckie) all of Calgary, Alberta,; a daughter Meaghan (Ryder) and her handsome little man “Ryland”, Dauphin, Manitoba; her mother Dorothy MacIntosh, Lyons Brook; twin brother Larry (Wendy), Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia; her extended “Sullivan” family Kay, Sebring, Florida; Alfred (Phemia), Dartmouth; Donnie (Shirley) Ottawa/Lahave; Hugh James (Monica) Antigonish; Gillis (Minnie), Roman Valley; Mary (Harry) Halifax; Anne, Halifax; Cameron (Sandra) Truro; Brenda (Doug), Locharbor; Patricia (Lloyd) Guysborough; Helen (Donnie) Antigonish in addition to numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. Predeceased by her father John H. (Jack) MacIntosh; paternal grandparents James (Blanche Pushee) MacIntosh; Charles (Henrietta Blair) Downs; father and mother-in-law, Donald (Sadie Gillis) Sullivan; brothers-in-law Joseph (Janet) Sullivan, Gerald (Judy) Sullivan, Terry O’Leary, Joseph DeRenzies and sister-in-law Maureen (Ted) Larsen. Donations to St. Patrick’s Cemetery Fund. At a later date a foundation will be set up in Linda’s name and will be committed to funding opportunities for young women pursuing leadership studies and for the ongoing professional development of women in leadership roles. Visitation was held in C.L. Curry Funeral Home, Antigonish. Funeral Mass was held Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 11 a.m., at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Guysborough Intervale with Reverend Anthony O’Connor and Reverend Danny MacLennan presiding, assisted by concelebrants Rev. Bernie McAdam and Deacon Berkley Guthro. Burial took place in St. Patrick’s Parish Cemetery, Guysborough Intervale. Online condolences: www.clcurry.com. †

SAMPLE, Daniel Aulden “Dan”

SAMPLE, Daniel Aulden “Dan” – 81, Valley View Villa, Riverton, formerly of Stellarton, passed away Friday, June 5, 2015 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in Stellarton, he was a son of the late Robert Hugh and Catherine May (MacEachern) Sample. He was a member of First United Baptist Church, New Glasgow. Prior to retirement in 1991, he was employed with Michelin Tire, Granton for many years. He was a member and past Master of Keith Lodge, A.F. & A.M., No. 23, Stellarton. Surviving are his wife, Elsie Jean (Pickles), Stellarton; daughter, Amanda Peterson, Pickering, Ont.; sons, Andrew (Gail), Stellarton; Jonathan, Tofield, Alta.; sister, Roberta (John) Somer, Cardigan, P.E.I.; sisters-in-law, Annie Sample, Phoebe Sample, Caroline Dort and Sophia Pickles; seven grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by sisters, Patricia, Elizabeth and Ferne; brothers, James, Frank, Roy, William and Robert. A private graveside service will be held in Lorne Street Cemetery. Donations may be made in Dan’s memory to any charity of choice.

PURVIS, Catherine Colter

PURVIS, Catherine Colter – 100, of Walkerville, passed away June 9, 2015 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in Fredericton, NB she was a daughter of the late John and Anna Mae (Yerxa) Yerxa. She was a resident of Walkerville most of her life and was an adherent of the United Church. She is survived by daughters Beatrice “Betty”, Walkerville; Shirley (Keith) Snell, Walkerville; sons Sterling, Glenelg; Wilbur (Karen), Bridgeville; Roy (June), Thorburn; Graham (Sylvia), Woodburn; 20 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; sister Gertrude Williams, Moncton; half sister Myrtle Fraser; Truro; half brother Clyde “Bud” (Marion) Yerxa, Garden of Eden. She was predeceased by her husband William E., son Jack, brother Arthur, sisters Mary Yerxa, Mabel Fraser, Judy Keagen, granddaughter Valerie and daughter-in-law Joan Purvis. Graveside service was held June 12 in the Brookside Cemetery, New Glasgow. Donations in her memory may be made to the Aberdeen Palliative Care Society.

MOSHER, Darlene Ann

MOSHER, Darlene Ann – 47, Loch Broom, passed away peacefully June 9, 2015. Born in Halifax, she was a daughter of Carole Emma (Hatherly) MacKinnon, Green Hill and the late Allan Wilfred MacKinnon. Darlene was a cherished member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Westville. She lived each day faithful to her beliefs. Darlene was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend, who will be dearly missed by all who love her. Besides her mother, Carole, she is survived by her husband, Robert Mosher; daughter, Robin Mosher, New Glasgow; sister, Tami (Eugene) Crosby, Green Hill; brother, Dwayne (Jennifer) MacKinnon, Salem; nieces, Jessie and Dezrael; nephew, Colby; several aunts and uncles. Besides her father, Allan, she was predeceased by her brother, Marty. Funeral service was held June 13 in Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Westville. Interment in Thorburn Cemetery.

MacLEAN, Thomas Edward

MacLEAN, Thomas Edward – 85, of Trenton, passed away June 10, 2015 in the Aberdeen Hospital. Born in New Glasgow, he was a son of the late Thomas and Ethel (Crosby) MacLean. He was employed by Boyd and Garland Construction; a truck driver for MacAulay Shell; Heather Bowling Lanes and Quality Cleaners. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and was an avid kite flyer. He was a member of First United Church, Trenton, and Royal Canadian Legion Br. 34. He is survived by sons: Lloyd, Trenton; Ralph (Deannie), Trenton; daughter, Marie (Kamil) KaKush, ON; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; sisters: Shirley, BC; Alice, BC; brothers: Robert, BC; Jim (Edna), New Glasgow; former wife, Muriel “Snookie” (Dee) MacLean, Trenton. He was predeceased by a daughter, Sandra Dee; grandson Jeffery Lloyd MacLean, four brothers and a sister. A private graveside service will be held in the Hillside Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Aberdeen Palliative Care Society or a charity of choice.

KENNEDY, Gerald Augustus ‘Jerry’

KENNEDY, Gerald Augustus ‘Jerry’ – 79, of North Foord Street, Stellarton, passed away Wednesday, June 10, 2015 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in Glace Bay, he was a son of the late James and Katherine (MacGillivary) Kennedy. He was a retired chef at the Aberdeen Hospital and a former member of the Chef’s Association. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Rose (MacNeil); daughters, Gale (Wilfred) MacNutt, Truro, Angela Kennedy (Ed Shaw), Halifax; son, Charles (Jan MacKay), Sudbury, Ont.; two granddaughters, eight great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson; sisters, Hilda Kennedy, Glace Bay, Jovita Koleska, Sudbury, Ont.; cousin, Donald Cameron, New Glasgow. He was predeceased by six brothers and one sister. There will be no visitation by request. A private graveside service will be held in Saint Ann’s Cemetery, Glace Bay. Donations in his memory may be made to the S.P.C.A.

JOBE, John “Swain”

JOBE, John “Swain” – passed away at home on June 10, 2015. Born in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow in 1969 he was the son of Robert and Joyce Jobe of Truro. At the time of his death, he worked at DSTN DSME in Trenton. Swain loved to play the guitar and sing with his buddies. In his earlier years, he was a talented amateur boxer. He was on the Nova Scotia boxing team for a number of years. In 1985 he won silver at the Gaelic Games in Scotland. Swain is survived by his father and mother, Robert and Joyce Jobe; his common law wife Bonita Rector; a daughter Caitlin; stepson Michael Slowik; a brother Jason, and nieces Brianna Jobe and Kyla Jobe. He was predeceased by paternal grandparents Robert and Annie Jobe and maternal grandparents John and Marjorie Kontuk. Donations in Swain’s memory may be made toward his daughter’s college fund.

DUNBAR, Lollie

DUNBAR, Lollie – New Glasgow, formerly of MacLellan’s Brook, passed away Sunday, June 7, 2015 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in New Glasgow, she was a daughter of the late Vernon Robert and Isabel (MacLeod) Beck. Prior to retirement, Lollie was employed for many years with Crossroads Country Market, Coalburn. She was a loving, kind hearted lady, who put her friends and family ahead of herself. Lollie often stated that she was blessed to have been friends with the “golden girls”, for over 40 years. She shared a close bond with her siblings and dearly adored her grandchildren. Surviving are her husband of 53 years, Robert T. “Bob” Dunbar; sons, Brad (Susan) Dunbar, New Glasgow; Mark (Brenda) Dunbar, Newport; grandchildren: Cassidy, Carson, Ryan and Chloe; siblings, Dwina (Bill) Wright, Dawn (Ted) August, Calgary, Alta.; Vernon (Sandra) Beck, Oshawa, Ont.; Roy (Margie) Beck, New Glasgow; Judy (John) Hoopingarner, Austin, Tex.; Cathy (George) Fraser, Calgary; numerous nieces and nephews. In honor of Lollie’s wishes, a private graveside service will be held. Donations may be made to The War Amps.

CUNNINGHAM, Allan

CUNNINGHAM, Allan – Central West River, passed away June 8 in the Palliative Care Unit, New Glasgow surrounded by his loving family. Born on May 16, 1945, he was the oldest son of Mary and the late Fraser Cunningham, formerly of Alma. After attending West Pictou District High, he started work as a carpenter, eventually building the family home. He was employed at Scott Paper (now Northern Pulp) for 34 years, retiring in 2003 with many lifelong friends. Allan’s battle began five years ago and it was his strong love for his family that gave him the strength to fight as valiantly as he did. Allan’s “perfect day” was spent hanging out in the gazebo with family and friends stopping in for a visit and the sun shining so he could take his ’65 Comet for a spin. His little known artistic talents entertained and impressed his girls, grandkids, coworkers and friends. Allan could build just about anything he set his mind to. He is survived by his one true love, his wife of 47 years, Linda (MacKenzie); his two daughters; Michelle (Steve) Hines, Durham and Robyn (Dave) Wilson, Chance Harbour; “Bup” to Connor and Emma Hines; Zachary, Nate and Annika Wilson; brothers, Neil (Sharon), Alma, Gary (Sharon), Edmonton; sisters, Joanne, Trenton, Janice, Six Mile Brook and Lynn, Victoria and mother and father in-law, Eleanor and Hector MacKenzie, Salem. Memorial service was held June 12 from St. Luke’s Presbyterian, Salt Springs. Burial in Stillman Cemetery. Donations gratefully accepted in Allan’s name to the Aberdeen Palliative Care Society.

BORDEN, James Ivan

BORDEN, James Ivan – 85, of the Glen Haven Manor and formerly of New Glasgow, passed away Saturday, June 6, 2015 in the Manor. Born in New Glasgow, he was a son of the late William Alfred and Mary (Gabriel) Borden. Ivan was retired from the Canadian Armed Forces and the B.C. Government. He was a member of Second United Baptist Church and the choir. He is survived by sons: Dana Lee (Kelly), Stellarton; William Borden, Calgary; Drew MacLean (Kristina), Edmonton; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters, Verdena “Dee” (Clyde) Shephard, Saint John, NB; Joan Collins, Downsview, ON; Willena (Mike) Lucas, Victoria, BC; brother, Luther, Ottawa, ON. He was predeceased by wives Barbara and Verna; daughter, Diane; brothers: Alfred, Ron, Elmer and a sister in infancy. Funeral service was held June 11 in Second United Baptist Church, New Glasgow. Burial in Brookside Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to Second United Baptist Church or a charity of choice.

Mackenzie, Frances Florence (Langille)

Mackenzie, Frances Florence (Langille) – Suddenly passed away on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at home at the age of 72. Predeceased by her loving husband Murray. Devoted and caring mom of Sharlene (Hugh Campbell), Lloyd (Jean), Michele, Ian (Joanne). Frances will be sadly missed by her grandchildren Terry-Lynn, Dennis (Sam), Mike (Ashley), Sydney and Jeffrey and her great- granddaughter Aisling. Daughter of Lois (predeceased Edward). Sister of Sandra (predeceased Jack McGee), Ronald (Pat), Leonard (Janet), both predeceased, and Jackie. Frances will be fondly remembered by her many family members and friends. Donations to the Children’s Wish Foundation or to the War Amps would be appreciated by the family. †

YORKE, James Edward

YORKE, James Edward – 86, of Westville Road, New Glasgow passed away May 25, 2015 at Vimy Court, Bible Hill. Born in Westville, he was a son of the late Charles and Hilda (Harris) Yorke. Jim was a long time resident of Westville Road. He was a sheet metal worker by trade and finished his working career with Kerr Controls. He was a member of Scotia Lodge #11 IOOF, Westville. He was Grand Master of the Atlantic Jurisdiction. He was also Dept. Commander of the Patriarch Militant. Jim will be sadly missed by his coffee buddies at the mall. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Jim is survived by nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, the former Elaine Jackson; a brother Gordon and a nephew Joseph. Donations in memory of Jim may be made to the Pictou County SPCA.

SAMPLE, Daniel Aulden “Dan”

SAMPLE, Daniel Aulden “Dan” – 81, Valley View Villa, Riverton, formerly of Stellarton, passed away June 5, 2015 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in Stellarton, he was a son of the late Robert Hugh and Catherine May (MacEachern) Sample. He was a member of First United Baptist Church, New Glasgow. Prior to retirement in 1991, he was employed with Michelin Tire, Granton for many years. He was a member and past Master of Keith Lodge, A.F. & A.M., No. 23, Stellarton. Surviving are his wife, Elsie Jean (Pickles), Stellarton; daughter, Amanda Peterson, Pickering, Ont.; sons, Andrew (Gail), Stellarton; Jonathan, Tofield, Alta.; sister, Roberta (John) Somer, Cardigan, P.E.I.; sisters-in-law, Annie Sample, Phoebe Sample, Caroline Dort and Sophia Pickles; seven grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by sisters, Patricia, Elizabeth and Ferne; brothers, James, Frank, Roy, William and Robert. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Donations may be made in Dan’s memory to any charity of choice.

MacGRATH, Richard

MacGRATH, Richard – 52, East River St. Mary’s, passed away June 4, 2015. Born in New Glasgow, he was the beloved son of Carl and Juanita (Fraser) MacGrath. Richard was employed with Michelin Tire, Granton, for over 30 years. He enjoyed four wheeling, fishing, barbequing for friends and family at the cottage, spending time with his cat, Jiggy. Richard was happiest when working in the family blueberry fields. He enjoyed every aspect of the blueberry farm, mowing, clearing land and harvesting. Richard will be remembered as a gentleman who possessed a heart of gold. He faced his fight with cancer with grace, dignity and amazing courage. Richard adored his family. He is survived by his greatest love, wife, Barb (Hayden); son, Matthew (Melanie) and their children, Keely, Levi and Sutter, Fort Augustus, P.E.I.; daughter, Mandi Wilson, Salmon River; sisters, Kim MacGrath-Jackson, New Glasgow; Tammy (Dave) MacLaren, New Glasgow; brother-in-law, Scott (Florence) Hayden, New Glasgow; nephew, Avery Jackson, Clarence; nieces, Kilti and Courtney MacLaren, New Glasgow; Chantelle and Jenelle Walsh, New Glasgow; aunts, Thelma and Peg; many cousins. Funeral was held June 7 in Zion Presbyterian Church, East River St. Mary’s. Interment in Maple Grove Cemetery, East River St. Mary’s. Donations may be made in Richard’s memory to the Canadian Cancer Society or St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation Palliative Care Unit.

GROSVOLD, Betty Louise Hazel

GROSVOLD, Betty Louise Hazel – 84, Sylvester, passed away Monday, June 1, 2015 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in Sylvester, she was a daughter of the late Daniel Edward and Annie Alda (Deagle) Dunn. In her late teens, Betty became a hair dresser and was employed with the late Pearl Smith in Stellarton. Following her marriage to Olaf, she worked beside him at their Loch Broom garage for many years. Betty was a loving and supportive wife, nurturing mother, doting grandmother and wonderful sister. Surviving are her husband, Olaf; daughters, Inga Grosvold Inukjuaq; Annie Grosvold, Sylvester; Hazel (Dennis) Sheehan, New Glasgow; son, Michael (Cheryl) Grosvold, Berwick; brother, Arthur “Art” (Joan) Dunn, White Hill; grandchildren, Jordan, J.D., Eirik, Leann, Erik, Dan, Thomas, Jeffrey and Sarah; great-grandchildren, Evan and Ethan; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, Halvard; sisters, Olive MacDonald, Iona Armstrong and Mary MacPherson; brothers, Herb, Linton Cyrus “Reg”, Radley “Rad” and Alec. Funeral service will be held in July.

GRANT, Elizabeth Ann “Betty”

GRANT, Elizabeth Ann “Betty” – 60, New Glasgow, formerly of Trenton and Thorburn passed away June 2, 2015 at home. Born in New Glasgow, she was a daughter of the late James Hector and Mary Elizabeth (Wallace) Grant. Betty was the operator of the former Betty’s Laundromat in Stellarton and Hillside. She was a friendly, outgoing lady, who was very generous to others. Surviving are siblings, Jim (Sharon), Tom (Louise), Calgary, Alta.; Isabel (Lonny) Rask, Whitecourt, Alta.; Donald (Cathy), Sutherland’s River; Shirley (Buddy) Savoie, Lower Barney’s River; Katherine (John) Grasse, Geary, N.B.; Joyce (Andrew) Dupuis, Trenton; boyfriend, Kenneth Burke, New Glasgow; nieces, Lisa, Vanda, Gwen, Krista-Lee, Allison, Amanda, Alisha, Kaitlyn and Savannah; nephews, Joey, Derrick, Aaron, Daniel and Jamie; several grandnieces and grandnephews; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her common-law husband, Johnny Boutlier; sister, Donna; brothers, Joseph in infancy and Frank. Funeral was held June 6 in P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home, New Glasgow. Interment in St. Ann’s Cemetery, Thorburn. Donations may be made to the Lung Association of Nova Scotia or Pictou County Food Bank