– 85 of Green Hill, Pictou County passed away on Saturday, March 8, 2014 in Glen Haven Manor, New Glasgow with her family at her side. Born in Middle Musquodoboit, she was a daughter of the late Willard and Bertha (Bell) Ervin. In her youth, Ruth enjoyed playing sports, and was an avid bowler which she continued to play until recent years. She was a member of Green Hill – Alma United Church, the Women’s Institute and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Alma Fire Department. She was a community person, always willing to volunteer in any and all community functions. Ruth will be dearly missed by her husband Clyde; sons, Richard, Green Hill; Bruce, Durham; Roddie (Kim), Tanner Hill; daughter, Nancy, Enfield; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Ellen Roberts (Eric), Delaware; Shirley Myers, Eastern Passage; Thelma Valentiate (Roy “Val”), Green Hill. She was predeceased by her daughter-in-law, Linda; brothers, Charles, Samuel, Harold, Richard, Cecil and Russell and sisters Edna Romo, Emma Weatherhead, Bertha Mosher and Barbara Corcoran. There will be no visitations or funeral service by request. Interment will take place at a later time.
– 91, New Glasgow, passed away Saturday, March 8, 2014 at home, surrounded by his loving family. Born in New Glasgow, he was a son of the late Rosie Paris. Fondly known as Sparky, he was a self-employed businessperson, providing sanitation services in the New Glasgow area until the age of 89. He employed many young men, providing them with work, while teaching them ethics and life skills. Sparky began working at the age of eight to care for his family, delivering 600 newspapers daily for one penny a paper. At the age of 18 while working at Maritime Steel making artillery supplies for the war effort, he was approached one morning by two men promoting a local boxing match. For a promise of $25 for a full house, he agreed to fight and having never boxed before, trained himself for it. Sparky fought about 25 fights and was never knocked out. Following his ring career, he became a referee and trainer. He operated “The Paris Boys Gym”, New Glasgow from 1942 to 1964 and had 40 amateur and professional fighters, black and white, training in his gym at one time. Sparky was inducted into the Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame, the Nova Scotia Sports Heritage Hall of Fame and the Pictou County Boxing Hall of Fame. He was a member and honorary chairperson of the Pictou County Heritage Sports Hall of Fame. A man of deep faith and charity, he provided food and necessities to many families over the years. Sparky was a member of Second United Baptist Church, New Glasgow where he served as trustee and with the Men’s Brotherhood for many years. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Surviving are his wife and companion of 47 years, Ruth Mae (Borden); daughters, Marie Symonds, Dartmouth; Aretha (Sherwyn) Davis, Detroit, Michigan; Sherri (Perry) Colley, Enfield; step-daughter, Darlene (Melvin) Burnside, Suwanee, Georgia; step-sons, Richard (Marina) Borden, Orleans, Ont.; Michael (Sheila) Reddick, Lincolnville; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his mother, he was predeceased by his first wife, Marion Reddick; sisters, Dorothy, Sadie, Rosie and Mary; brothers, Freeman, James, Leonard, William, Leslie, Percy and Stanley; nephews, Keith and Charles. Funeral service was held March 11 in First Presbyterian Church, New Glasgow. Interment in Lorne Street Cemetery. Donations may be made in Sparky’s memory to the Pictou County SPCA or Pictou County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame.
– 82 of Northwood Manor Nursing Home, Halifax and formerly of Stellarton, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on March 8, 2014 in Northwood Manor. Born in Stellarton, she was the only daughter of the late Louis A.and Florence May (Fraser) Baudoux. Jessie attended and graduated from the School for the Deaf in Halifax. She excelled in speed skating, winning medals and trophies throughout her school years. Jessie enjoyed playing hockey and many outdoor sports all of her life. She was an avid hunteress. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Stellarton. Jessie was a hard worker who did all of her own carpentry. During her working years she worked in the laundry department of the Aberdeen Hospital in the early 1960s and 70s. She then worked at Sobey’s Head office as a janitor in the 1980s. Surviving are her daughter Florence (Gordon) Stewart of Linacy; a son Fraser (Marsha) MacLeod of Stellarton; daughter Helen MacLeod-MacKenzie of Saltsprings; grandsons: Gordie, Shawn, David and Corey; great-grandchildren: Sheila and Hunter; a brother, Carl (Carol Anne) Baudoux of New Glasgow; sisters-in-laws Pat Baudoux of Riverton and Doris Baudoux of White Hill; a very close and special niece, Linda Watters; also a number of nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was predeceased by her husband George Elmer MacLeod; twin infant daughters, Frances and Freda; a son-in-law Timmy Mackenzie; brothers Fraser, Eldred (Pearl), Arnie (Doris), Garfield (Emma), Earl and Roy. Funeral service will take place today, Wednesday, at 2 p.m. from First Presbyterian Church, Stellarton, with Rev. Charles McPherson officiating. Burial will be at a later date in the Brookside Cemetery. Donations in memory of Jessie may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to Northwood Manor Nursing Home, Halifax.
– 61, New Glasgow, passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2014 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in New Glasgow, he was a son of the late David Harold and Agnes Dunlop Craig (Davie) Lewis. Prior to retirement due to ill health, he had been employed with the Town of New Glasgow as a machine operator for 35 years. Max enjoyed spending time with his cats, Babe and Radar. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle. Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Eileen Mary (Pellerine); sister, Janet (John) Stewart, Anderson’s Mountain; sons, John Victor Lewis, New Glasgow; Howard Edwin Lewis, Edmonton, Alta.; granddaughter, Loriann; grandson, Jesse; great-grandson, Nicholas; niece, Agnes; nephew, John Jr.; grandnieces and grandnephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, John and Howard. Funeral service was held March 11 in the chapel of P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home, New Glasgow. Interment will be in Brookside Cemetery, New Glasgow at a later date. Family flowers only. Donations may be made in Max’s memory to Pictou County SPCA.
– 88, of the Shiretown Nursing Home, Pictou and formerly of River John, passed away March 7, 2014 in the home. Born in River John, he was the son of the late Gordon and Frances Langille. A veteran of World War II, George served with the Royal Canadian Army. He lived in Boston for 27 years where he was self employed, retiring back to River John in 1986. George was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 108, River John. Surviving are daughters, Cynthia (Jamie) MacKay and Sylvia Langille, both of River John; sons, Brian (Joanne Duplessis) Langille, River John and Wayne Langille, Millis, Mass.; Doug Gould, Ontario; close granddaughter, Jessica; grandchildren, Lacey, Laura, Waide, Wyatt, Tanner, Taryn (Tyler), and Cohen; great-grandchildren, Haley, Ethan, Autumn, Piper and Cohen; nephew, Michael Stets. George was predeceased by his wife, Jean and sister, Helen. Cremation has taken place. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date in Hamilton Cemetery, River John. Donations in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society or the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Arrangements are under the direction of McLaren Funeral Service, Pictou.
– 89 years, Westville, passed away on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow with her family at her side. Born in Westville, she was a daughter of the late Christina MacDonald. A member of the Church of the Holy Name, her faith was very strong and important to her and was always willing to contribute to various church functions. A very quiet person, she enjoyed her home and family. She will be deary missed by her daughter, Lorraine Fraser (Garnet), Westville; grandchildren, Melissa and Matthew Sarty, Westville; step-grandchildren: Christopher, Marie, Sarah and Jamie Fraser and five great-step-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Elmer; son Grant; son-in-law, Bob Sarty; sister Mary Fraser, brother, John Harris. Funeral service was held March 8 from the Church of the Holy Name, Westville. Spring burial will be in the Holy Name Cemetery.
WALLACE, Robert Melvin “Robbie” – 88, of the Valley View Villa, Riverton, formerly of Thorburn passed away March 2, 2014 in the villa. Born in Plymouth, Pictou County he was a son of the late Bruce and Mary(Turnbull)Wallace. He was a resident of Thorburn for most of his life. He worked as a coal miner having worked in the McBean, MacGregor and the Six Foot Mine. He is survived by his wife Dorothy, Riverton; sons, Melvin(Diane), Centreville; Jimmy(Esther), Stellarton; Dale(Diane), Pictou Landing; Brenton, MacPherson’s Mills; Keith, Thorburn; Gilbert(Darlene), Thorburn; 13 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, a brother Donald (Una) Thorburn; sisters, Lillian(Hugh)Graham, West Branch; Adeline Latter, New Glasgow; Eleanor Darroch, Stellarton; Gloria Clyburne, Plymouth; Jean(Gerald)O’Connor, Andersons Mountain. He was predeceased by a brother Frank, sisters Mary Grant and Edie MacIntosh. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, at the H.W. Angus Funeral Home, New Glasgow with Rev. Jeff Lackie presiding. A reception will follow in the funeral home. Burial of ashes will take place in the Thorburn Cemetery. Donations in memory of Robbie may be made to the Valley View Villa.
MacPHERSON, Richard (Nubby) – formerly of Trenton, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 in Iroquois Falls, ON, after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Lucy; four children: Ricky, Fraser, Scott and Paul; nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren. Much loved brother of Mary (Diddie) (Lew Fraser) and June-Anne (Tony DeCotiis); two nieces, two nephews and families, all residing in Ontario. He will also be fondly remembered by many family and friends in Nova Scotia.
VINT, Dexter – With deep sorrow, we announce the death of Dexter Ian Vint at his home on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Dexter was born on Christmas Day, 1950 to the late Bert and Romaine (Wood) Vint. Dexter always put his family first and will forever be loved and missed by his wife, the former Marie Fraser; children, Denise (Chris), Oklahoma, Ian (Kyra), and Robin of Westville; his beloved grandchildren: Tre, Juwan, Kaelyn, Abby, Olivia, Dexter, Rogan and Ian Jr; sister, Glenda Mader (Frank); brothers, Dennis (Bernadette) and Gary (Sylvia); mother-in-law Elva Fraser; and his furry buddy Sophie. He was employed at 3D Auto Parts, Stellarton. Dexter enjoyed singing in the choirs of St. Paul United Church, Westville and later First Presbyterian Church, Stellarton. He was always quietly helping others. Over the years he organized benefits for those in need and coached rugby and hockey. He was a proud native of the “Rifle Range” and cared deeply for his Town of Westville. His funeral was held February from Eagles Funeral Chapel, Westville. Donations may be made to the Aberdeen Palliative Care Society, the Canadian Cancer Society, or a charity of your choice.
STEWART, Marie – passed away in the Palliative Care Unit of the Aberdeen Hospital surrounded by her family on Saturday, February 22, 2014. Born October 11, 1953 in New Glasgow, she was a daughter of the late Edward and Claire (MacPherson) Connors. Marie is survived by her husband, Alex; daughter, Shelly (Jason Smith); son, Michael (Patricia Hughes); grandchildren: Sierrah, Kali, Vanessa and Charlotte. She is also survived by brothers: Glenn Connors (Jacqueline); Lauchie Connors (Heather); sister, Dorothy Carrigan (Edward); several nieces and nephews. Marie was happiest when in the presence of her children and grandchildren and was very dedicated to her family. Funeral was held February 26 in the R.H. Porter Funeral Home, New Glasgow. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery at a later date. Donations in her memory may be made to the IWK-MSC Pediatric Oncology Research Fund.
SNELGROVE, Elfriede Hildegard – 77, of Mount William, passed away in the Palliative Care Unit of the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow, surrounded by her family, on Sunday, February 23, 2014. Elfriede was born in Mannheim, Germany on December 21, 1936. She was the daughter of the late Helmut and Elisabeth Stoll of Baden-Baden, Germany and came to Canada as a young bride in 1957. Elfriede is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Harold A. Snelgrove of Mount William and her four children: Christel Fleet (John) of Moser River, Heidi Watling (Jamie) of Quispamsis, NB, Caterina Kmill (Donald) of Thunder Bay, ON and Thomas Snelgrove (Kimberley) of Lantz, NS. She is also survived by 10 loving grandchildren: Roxanna and Jesse Fleet, Jeremy, Riley (Andrea) and Darby Watling, Mark, Benjamin and Stacey Kmill and Gregory and Jenna Sneglrove and leaves behind two sisters, Sonja Buse (Heinz), Christel Pfiefer of Germany and one brother Wolfgang Stoll (Nada) of Croatia, as well as sister-in-law Marion Marshall of Mount William, brother-in-law Edward Snelgrove (Beverly) of Dartmouth, NS. and several nieces and nephews. After 24 years of employment, Elfriede retired from Zellers at the Aberdeen Mall in 1998 and was well known by many for her sewing and alteration services. In her retirement she enjoyed gardening, daily walks, spending time with her family and was always up to trying new recipes. Elfriede was a very proud grandmother, which was evident to everyone who knew her. She was a member of Saint Bees’ Anglican Church congregation in Westville. Funeral service was held February 26 at Saint Bees’ Anglican Church, Westville. Internment will be held at a later date at Mount William Cemetery. Donations to the Parkinson Society Canada, the Palliative Care Unit of the Aberdeen Hospital or to a charity of the donors’ choice would be appreciated by the family.
ROMICK, Margaret “Gee” – Pictou, passed away peacefully in the Palliative Care Unit of the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow, on February 6, 2014, with daughter Eva and grandson Gordie Chenell at her side. Our loving mother, grandmother, sister and aunt was born in Inverness and moved to Pictou in her teen years. In her younger years she enjoyed dancing, trips to her beloved Inverness and the beach there. She also enjoyed bingo, a good cup of tea and a sweet and of course her family, grandchildren, and adored great grandsons. Margaret is survived by her loving children, John, Halifax; Mary (Jim) Chenell, Loch Broom; Tom and Arthur both of B.C.; Jim, Pictou; Shirley (Craig), Scotsburn; Eva (Dale MacPhail) Lyons Brook; very special niece, Sinda (Fred) Dobson, Pictou; who was like a daughter. She is also survived by grandchildren, Gordie (Shawna) Chenell; Laura (Warren) McIsaac; Christopher Langille, Jarred and Caleigh Mason, Saleighna and Jay Romick; great grandchildren Eston and Xander; brother John (Bernadette) MacIsaac and family; sisters in law, Ella Langille, Georgina Langille, both of Pictou and extended Langille families in Pictou and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her first husband, John (Buddy) Langille; second husband, Tony Romick and her precious son Alvin Langille; parents, Allan and Christina (MacDougall) MacIsaac; brothers, Hughie, Alex, John James; sisters, Florence, Mary Sarah, Jane, Kay, Margaret, and Margaret in infancy; nieces Catherine (Tootsie) Purdy, Christine Devereux; nephew, Brian MacIsaac. Funeral Mass was held February 10 from Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church, Pictou. A private family committal will be held at a later date. Donations in her memory may be made to the Pictou West Food Bank.
POIRIER, Marcel Paul (December 1, 1964 – February 17, 2014) – died suddenly at his home in southern Ontario at the age of 49. It is with deep sorrow that his children, Madeline and Evan, their mother Leslie (Acton, Ont.) and extended family in Nova Scotia acknowledge his passing. Marcel was born and raised in Pictou, Nova Scotia. He was a graduate of Pictou Academy, St. Francis Xavier University and TUNS (Technical University of Nova Scotia). As an electrical engineer he worked mainly in the field of nuclear energy and he was respected as a thorough and conscious contributor. Although he spent most of his working life in Southern Ontario, he was deeply connected to Pictou County through a large network of extended family and friends. Marcel (or Flub as he was affectionately known) was the youngest brother of the large Poirier clan. He leaves behind 16 brothers and sisters: brothers, Keith, Maurice, Andrew, Camille and Aurelle Poirier; sisters, Beverly Underwood, Sylvia Chapman, Marcia Bowen, Tina Poirier, Alicia Rose, Cindy Carter, Nona MacDonald, Francine Topple, Nova (Annette) Poirier, Colette Poirier, Maria Poirier Buck; and nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews too numerous to mention. Marcel had a large personality. He made everyone feel connected, young and old. His family and friends at home cherished the times he would spend with them on summer vacations and special family gatherings. When Marcel was around you knew you were loved. Many special memories were made with him on his brothers’ fishing boats or at the cottages. Family bread bake-offs provided more special memories. The Bread King he will always be although he never officially won the title. Marcel was pre-deceased by his mother, Amelia Poirier (Hemmings); father, Benoit Poirier; and brother, Joseph (Joey) Poirier. Memorial gatherings to honour Marcel’s life will be taking place both in Ontario and Nova Scotia. In lieu of flowers, contributions to a trust fund for his children, Madeline and Evan, would be appreciated.
McINNIS, John James – 83, of Westville, passed away peacefully on Sunday February 16, 2014 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in Lourdes, he was a son of the late John and Mary (Morrison) McInnis. John James worked in Toronto for 50 years, returning back to Pictou County in 1996. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church. John James was a member of Branch #28 Royal Canadian Legion, Stellarton. Surviving are sisters: Freda Johnson of Westville, Phyllis Robson of Thorburn, Shirley Baker of New Glasgow; a brother; Hugh McInnis of Stellarton; a brother-in-law James Rankin of Eureka; special nieces Carol (Johnson) Rondelet and Diane (Johnson) Cook; a number of nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews John James was predeceased by his parents, a brother Angus and wife Mildred; sisters; Betty (James Martell) and Mary Rankin; sister-in-law Sharon McInnis and brothers-in-law John Johnson, Charles Robson and Elliott Baker. Mass of Christian burial was held February 20 from Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church. Burial will be in the Parish Cemetery. Donations in memory of John James may be made to the Recreation Therapy Dept, 5th Floor of the Aberdeen Hospital.
MacPHEE, Jessie L. – 92 of Glen Haven Manor, New Glasgow, formerly of Sunny Brae passed away February 22, 2014. Born in Sunny Brae she was a daughter of the late Alexander and Linda (MacDonald) Grant. Jessie was a registered nurse receiving her training at Payzant Memorial Hospital in Windsor, NS. She worked at Sherbrooke Hospital after her graduation, she later was affiliated with two hospitals in Montreal. She was a member of the Sunny Brae United Church and an adherent of Calvin Presbyterian Church, Sunny Brae, also a member of the Sunny Brae UCW. She was a former Sunday School superintendant and organist at the United Church. She was always faithful and devoted to her family and community. In her younger days she wrote poetry. She was predeceased by her husband Hugh E. MacPhee; brother Weldon Grant and grandson James. She is survived by a daughter Linda Lutz and son-in-law Aubrey Lutz of Dartmouth. Funeral service was held February 25 in Bridgeville United Church. Burial in the Sunny Brae Cemetery. Donations in memory of Jessie may be made to the Sunny Brae Cemetery.
MacKAY, T. Claire (Ryan) – of New Glasgow, passed away peacefully, February 12, 2014 at the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. She was a daughter of the late Andrew and Jean (Pelerine) Ryan. In her early years Claire was employed by the Cosy Corner and as a dispatcher for Midtown Taxi. Claire and George enjoyed many wonderful years at their summer home in Larry’s River. Claire is survived by her husband George MacKay; her son Fred (Susan), daughter Tammy, George’s daughter Kim (Mark) and son Michael (Karen); grandchildren Cassie, Josh, Dayna, Shane, Jessica, and Emily; sister Marion MacNeil, Hamilton. She was predeceased by her son Robbie; brothers Dunc, Robert and sister Betty Clow. There will be no visitation or service at Claire’s request. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Meals on Wheels c/o Ann Malcolm 64 Aberdeen Ave., New Glasgow, NS B2H 4A9.
MacINTOSH, Robert T.K. – 70, of Terrace Street, New Glasgow, passed away unexpectedly on February 28, 2014 in Dartmouth, NS. Born in Truro, he was a son of the late Trueman and Olive (Milne) MacIntosh. Bob has been a resident of New Glasgow for the past 40 years. He was a graduate of Dalhousie University receiving a degree of commerce. Bob and his father owned and operated R. Trueman MacIntosh Menswear in New Glasgow and Truro. He enjoyed the 27 years spent at his summer home at Melmerby Beach, where he loved watching the sunsets. Bob enjoyed the time spent with his grandchildren, telling stories, reading and listening to gospel music. He will be sadly missed by his family and many friends. He is survived by his partner Della Curtis, New Glasgow; and her children, Cheryl Curtis (Bruce Gregerson) and their daughter Olivia, Ontario; Shelley Curtis-Thompson (Andy Thompson), Plymouth Park; and their children, Dylan, Skyler and Samuel. Funeral service was held March 3 from the H.W. Angus Funeral Home Chapel, New Glasgow. Burial will be in Watson Cemetery, Truro at a later date. Donations in memory of Bob may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or a charity of your choice.
GAY, Velma Jean – 73, Westville, passed away peacefully Thursday, February 27, 2014 in St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish, surrounded by her family after a brief illness. Born in Pictou, she was a daughter of the late Robert Webster and Isabel Florence (MacLeod) MacFarlane. Prior to retirement, she was employed with Sutherland Harris Memorial Hospital, Pictou, for 23 years. Velma was an avid bowler, enjoyed music and travelling to Blue Grass festivals with her husband, Ronnie. Velma was a lady who possessed a strong faith and love for her family. Surviving are her husband of 31 years, Ronald William “Ronnie” Gay; daughters, Donalda (Don), Donna, Calgary, Alta.; Debbie (Paul), Sydney; Diana (Scott), Halifax; Stacey (Marius), Toronto, Ont.; sons, Bobby (Beverly), Coalburn; Randy (Michael), Ottawa; sisters, Kathleen (Jack), Caribou; Bernice (Nelson), Combermere, Ont.; grandchildren, Christopher (Jeanne), Tracey (Andrew), Kyla, Kyle (Tasha), Chelsea (Joe), Charley and Darby; six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by brother, Vernon; and sister, Elvira. Funeral service was held March 3 in the chapel of P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home, New Glasgow. Interment will be in Heatherdale Memorial Gardens at a later date. Donations may be made in Velma’s memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation.
SALTER, Frank Mervin – 71, of Kentville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday February 18, 2014 with his wife Edna by his side. Born in New Glasgow he spent his early life in Westville and Pictou before joining the RCMP. He was stationed in Newfoundland, in various locations, for 30 years (1963-1993). Upon retiring, he returned to Nova Scotia and settled in Kentville. He was an avid outdoorsman and former member of the Masonic Lodge, Shriners and Gyros. He is survived by his wife, the former Edna Blandford (Barbour); a daughter, Arlene Breen (Rod), a son David; a brother Wayne (Margaret); step-sons Craig Barbour (Dana) and Steven Barbour (M.J.); grandchildren Luke and Molly Breen, Madeline and James Salter and step-grandsons Kyle and Matthew Barbour, several nieces, nephews, many cousins and special aunts Bertha and Eileen Matheson. He was predeceased by his first wife Madeline (Byrne).The funeral was held in Kentville at the White Family Funeral Home on Saturday February 22, 2014. A true Mountie, he was buried in his red surge with many ex members present who formed an honour guard. Interment was in the Elm Grove Cemetery, Steam Mill (near Kentville).†
GRAY, Harry, Alexander (March 10, 1916 – Feb 20, 2014) – A few days before he said he was going to heaven and he was going home, and on February 20 2014 he did. Born March 10, 1916 in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, to the late Henry Irving Beecher Gray and Mary Alice (Rood) Gray. Survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Dorothy Hazel (Phillips) Gray; his son Allan R. Gray (Donna Hunter) of Campbell River BC; his daughter Norma Jean DeWolfe (Mark) of Victoria, BC; deceased son Robert Irving Gray (Penny McIntyre) Gray of Windsor, Ontario and five grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren. Harry attended Kings Collegiate school and Acadia University, Windsor NS, Dalhousie University, Halifax, graduating as an industrial engineer. In 1940, he was chief planner at Canadian Car and Foundry aircraft division where they built Fleet Finch, Hawker Hurricanes and Avro Ansons. In 1946, they moved to Brockville, Ontario, and worked at Phillips Wire & Cable. Here he was district Scout leader and a Free Mason Sussex Lodge 5, Brockville. In 1953, they moved to Windsor, Ontario. He was an engineer for Ford Motor Co. until his retirement 1980. Living in Victoria, BC, to be near their children and grandchildren. He loved his Labrador retrievers CFC & AFC champions and his gardens. Harry will, at a later date, be taken back to Nova Scotia and a service will follow. In lieu of flowers donations could be made to the Kiwanis Pavilion, Victoria who took special care with compassion at his end of life. www.kiwanispavilion.ca donation.†
MacEWAN, Robert “Bob” Thomas – 58 of Oshawa, Ontario formerly of Westville passed away on February 13, 2014 at Thornton View Long Term Care, Oshawa. Born in New Glasgow, Bob was a son of Gleason “Mike” and Judith (Phinney) MacEwan of Millbrook, Pictou County. Bob will lovingly be remembered by his parents; wife, Elizabeth “Beth”; daughter, Bret Mercer (Mike) and son Blake (Tony) all of Ontario; sisters, Joanne Sim (Hugh), New Glasgow; Michelle Parsonage (Frank), Lovat; Lisa Cullen (Brian), Kelowna; brother, Stephen (Myranis), Edmonton and several nieces and nephews. After growing up in Westville, Bob attended Dalhousie University and transferred to Ryerson University where he received a diploma in Social Work. At the time of his death, Bob was the president of the Thorton View Resident’s Council and sat on the Board of the Ontario Association of Resident’s Councils. Before his illness, he was a social worker with the Ontario Government. Funeral service was held February 18 at Courtice Funeral Chapel, Oshawa. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.
HOLMES, Emma Roena (Scott) – 92, Stellarton. It is with heartfelt sadness the family announce her passing at Glen Haven Manor, New Glasgow on Friday, February 14, 2014, after battling Alzheimer’s Disease for the past few years. Roena was born on February 28, 1921 in Middle Melford, Guysborough County to parents Joseph and Eunice (England) Scott. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In 1943 she married Thomas Alexander Holmes and resided in Mulgrave until 1960, when she moved her family to Stellarton where Tom continued to work for the CNR. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Tom in 2000 after 57 years of marriage. She was also predeceased by brothers, Leonard, Samuel, Gardner, and sisters, Stella Shutt, Alexa Dorr and Viola (Laurie) Carter. She is survived by daughters, Jean (Norm) Ferguson, Nina (Bill) Herman, both of Stellarton; Deborah (David) Duffett of Hammonds Plains; as well as sisters-in-law, Geraldine Scott, Halifax and Eleanor Holmes, Mulgrave and several nieces and nephews She is also survived by grandchildren, Norm (Tracey) Ferguson, Westville; Karen (John) Laundon, Colchester, Vermont, USA; Julie (Sean) Ferguson-Sullivan, Vancouver, BC; Vanessa (Randy) MacLeod, MacPhersons Mills; Olivia (Darren) Stroud, Stellarton; Alicia (Keith) Herman-Beaton, Mabou, Cape Breton; Scott and Jacob Duffett of Halifax along with great-grandchildren, Moriah, Eric, Lauren, and Mathew MacLeod, Jordyn and Chloe Ferguson, Charlotte, Kate and Samuel Stroud, Waylon and Piper Laundon. Roena was a lady who lived a full and inspiring life, rich in generosity, humour, and a strong love for her family. Her happiest days were spent with Tom during summer months in retirement creating wonderful memories with family and friends at the old family home “on the hill” by the Strait of Canso. Roena was a past-member of Faith Chapter, Order of The Eastern Star, Mulgrave, St. James Anglican Church, Melford, St. Andrews Anglican Church, Mulgrave, and Christ Church, Stellarton. Funeral service was held February 17 at St. James Anglican Church, Middle Melford, Guysborough County. Interment to follow at a later date at Christ Anglican Church Cemetery, Stellarton. Donations in Roena’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society, St. James Anglican Church, Middle Melford, or Christ Church, Stellarton.
HOLLIS, Barbara Louise – 60 of Glass Street, Trenton passed away February 15, 2014 at home. Born in New Glasgow she was a daughter of the late Harry and Melrose (Chisholm) Andrew. Surviving are her companion Darrell MacInnis, Trenton; a daughter Samantha (Bruce) Williams, Stellarton; a granddaughter Morgan, Stellarton; a brother Jamie, Ontario; sisters, Nancy Andrew (Junior), Glace Bay; Harriett (Fraser) Agnew, New Glasgow; Elaine Chisholm, Ontario; a nephew Michael and a niece Rachael. She was predeceased by her husband Jack and a niece Shae. No services by request. Burial of ashes will take place in Heatherdale Memorial Gardens at a later date. Donations in memory of Barbara may be made to the Pictou County SPCA or to a charity of one’s choice.
HAWBOLDT, Wayne Charles “Oscar” – With heart filled sadness the family announces his sudden passing at home on Monday, February 17, 2014. Wayne Charles “Oscar” Hawboldt was born on November 22, 1949 in New Glasgow to parents Burton and Mona (Trevarthan) Hawboldt. He is preceded by his father Burton and is survived by his mother, Mona, of Trenton; brother, Robert (Sharon); sister, Ann Gerrior (Rob Arbuckle); brother, Burton (Rhonda), all of Pictou Landing; nieces: Shawna (Jodi Paget), Melissa (Warren,) Kristian (Jake), Leeanne (Jamie), Jillian (Sean); nephews: Nathan (Sangvath), Robert (Pam); great-niece, Graysen; great-nephews, Kemper and William; chosen brother and sister, Alan and Norma MacDougall; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Wayne “Oscar” was a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University and spent his working career at Trenton Works in the Quality Control Department until his retirement. Wayne was a staunch supporter of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 29 for the last 41 years. He worked tirelessly as a Sports Rep for 36 years, a Zone Rep for the past 20 years and Bar Chair for 20 years. He was instrumental in overseeing darts, cards (as well as participating competitively in both) and oversaw all tasks that had to be completed at the branch. Wayne held all positions on the Executive as well as president in 2011 and 2012 and was currently in position of past president and membership chair. In Wayne’s younger years he was involved in fast ball as a player and as management. He was an avid Toronto Maple Leaf and New York Yankee fan. Cremation has taken place. Funeral service was held Friday, February 21 at First United Church, Trenton. Donations can be made in Wayne’s memory to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 29 or to a charity of your choice.
MacNEIL, Audrey – age 85, wife of the late Wilson “Dubby” MacNeil, of Dickie Street, Trenton, passed away Wednesday, February 19, 2014 in the Aberdeen Hospital. Born in River John, she was a daughter of the late John and Margaret Georgina (Dwyer) Gratto. She was a retired secretary with N.S. Power. She is survived by a daughter, Wendy Facey (John), Pictou; sons: Rick (Betty), Hopewell; Dave (Judy), Linacy; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation or funeral service by request. A family graveside service will be held at a later date. Donations in her memory may be made to a charity of choice. Arrangements are under the direction of the R.H. Porter Funeral Home, Trenton. †