TREFRY, Owen Everett “Bud”, CD, MWO (Ret’d) – 90, High-Crest Place, New Glasgow, formerly of Stellarton, passed away Sunday, November 9, 2014 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow, surrounded by his family. Born in Stellarton, he was a son of the late Ernest Albert and Gertrude May (Coffill) Trefry. During the Second World War, he served with The North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment from 1941-1945. Owen was wounded in action during the Normandy invasion. Upon discharge he worked at several jobs, reenlisting with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps in 1954, serving in various peacekeeping missions throughout the world, including the Suez Canal Crisis in 1956. Retiring from active military service in the mid 1970’s with the rank of Master Warrant Officer, he obtained his stationary engineering certification. Prior to retirement, Owen was employed with the Province of New Brunswick School Board as a stationary engineer for several years. Due to active involvement in Europe during the Second World War, he was a keen collector of books, articles and movies documenting these events. Owen was proud of his service to his country. Surviving are daughters, Patricia (Richard) Stevenson, Moncton, N.B.; Donelda (Michael) Dickerson, Fredericton, N.B.; sons, Brian (Kathy) Trefry, Fredericton; Marc (Lauri) Trefry, Lantz; sister, Claire (Ralph) Foote, Plymouth; brothers, Royce Trefry, Anderson’s Mountain; Kenneth (Lillian) Trefry, Smithfield; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Anna (Smith); daughter, Mary Angela in infancy; son, Allen; sister, Mildred Dean; brothers, Whitman, Francis, Harold and Vernon; a sister and brother in infancy. Funeral was held November 13 in the chapel of P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home, New Glasgow. Interment in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Stellarton.
Donations may be made in Owen’s memory to Aberdeen Health Foundation Palliative Care Unit Endowment.
THOMPSON, Gordon Campbell – 88, of Westville passed away November 10, surrounded by family in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in Westville, on June 5, 1926, he was the son of Hiram and Hazel (Morrison) Thompson. He was a member of the Masonic Western Star Lodge #50, the Westville Chapter No. 24 Order of Eastern Star Lodge and a member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Westville. He served in the Royal Canadian Artillery from January 1945 to June 1946. After the war, he taught at the Maritime Business College then found great pleasure working in his chosen field as an accountant at Tibbetts Paints, Eastern Woodworkers & Manufacturing, New Glasgow and then retiring from the North Shore Drug Dependency Center in Pictou. He took great pride in his work, and always had special regard for his co-workers. His favourite place to be was at home in Westville and working in the yard with his wife, gardening, cutting the grass and preparing the gardens for flowers and vegetables. He appreciated his neighbourhood and commented many times, “how lucky we are to have such good neighbours”. He enjoyed keeping tabs on his nieces and nephews. He is survived by his daughters, Carolyn Thompson, Pictou; Margaret MacLean, Westville and Maureen Thompson, New Glasgow; grandsons, Christopher, Mark, Evan and Dylan and great-grandson, Elijah; sons-in-law Donald MacLean and Jock MacKay; brothers, Kelvin Thompson, New Market, Ont.; Wilfred (Evelyn) Thompson, Port Hawkesbury; Gerald Thompson, New Glasgow; Jean Ross, Westville, Dr. Shirley Thompson, St. John’s Nfld.; brothers-in-law Burton (Joyce) Findlay, Lorne, Milton (Catherine) Findlay, Lorne; sister-in-law Elaine(Dara) Rector, Moncton, NB; sister-in-law Ann MacDonald and many nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews in Nova Scotia, Quebec and Ontario. He was predeceased by his wife Evelyn Jean (Findlay) Thompson; brother Warren (Robina) Thompson; brother John Thompson; sister Helen Elizabeth Thompson; sister-in-law, Katherine Thompson; brothers-in-law Elmer (Joyce) Findlay, and Sandy MacDonald. A private family service was held at Eagles Funeral Home in Westville on November 15, 2014. Burial in the Lorne Cemetery, Lorne.
STROUD, Muriel Winnifred – 94, New Glasgow, passed away peacefully on November 12, 2014 in the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Unit, New Glasgow, surrounded by her family. Born in Truro, she was a daughter of the late George Allan and Melina (Russell) Boomer. She received her primary education at Salmon River School and completed her Grade 11 at Truro Academy. In later years, she took business and typing courses at Stellarton High School. Muriel was employed for several years as a teacher’s assistant during provincial exams at schools in Stellarton and New Glasgow. She was a member of Christ Anglican Church, Stellarton where she served in the choir for many years. She was secretary of the Rebekah Assembly of the Atlantic Provinces for 28 years. In retirement, she became President of the Rebekah Assembly of the Atlantic Provinces. Muriel was a past president of the International Secretaries Association and past vice-president of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Rebekah Association, Ottawa. She was a former member and the first female president of the Board of Trustees of The Odd Fellows Home, Pictou, where, during her tenure, she oversaw the transition of the former home to the current facility. Muriel served as Noble Grand of the former Southern Cross Rebekah Lodge, Stellarton where she was a member for over 55 years. She was a member of Dorcas Rebekah Lodge No. 42, Thorburn. She was a member of Jubilee Temple No. 5, Pythian Sisters for over 40 years and a past Supreme Representative of Grand Temple Pythian Sisters. In recognition of her life accomplishments, her history was published in the “Who’s Who of American Women. Surviving are her son, Judge Robert (Helen) Stroud, Q.C., Stellarton; daughter, Vona (Art) Fleming, Trenton; grandsons, Tom (Susan) Stroud, Fall River; Mark (Angela) Stroud, Stellarton; Brian (Wendy) Stroud, Hammonds Plains; Darren (Olivia) Stroud, Stellarton; Gregory (Diane) Smith, Montreal, Que.; Shawn (Tina) Smith, St. John’s, N.L.; great-grandchildren, Robert, Anne Muriel, Abbey, Chloe, Brett, Morghen, Mason, Charlotte, Kate, Samuel, Brigitte, and twins, Aidan and Gabriel; many nieces, nephews and a large extended family; special friends, Carol MacCarron and Doreen Paris. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her loving husband of 73 years, William Robert “Bill” Stroud; sisters, Gertrude Bartlett, Dorothy Yuill and Freda Staples; brothers, Reginald, Fred, Leonard and Walter “Buddy”. Funeral service was held November 15 in Christ Anglican Church, Stellarton. Interment in Heatherdale Memorial Gardens.
SMITH, Charles Robert “Bob” – 78, of Stellarton, formerly of Greenhill, passed away November 11, 2014 at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish. Born in Pugwash, he was a son of the late Charles H. and Bessie (Smith) Smith. Bob was a resident of Stellarton for the past two years having resided in Greenhill for a number of years. During his working years he was employed as a millwright at Michelin Tire from where he retired after 21 years. He was a member of the Michelin Retirees Club. He was a member of the First United Baptist Church in New Glasgow where he was active on the Board of Management, and also served as a handyman with his friend Gary Carter for a number of years. He was also involved with organizing suppers at the church. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Deanna (Blackwood), Stellarton; daughters Cindy (Jim) Ward, Stellarton; Amy (Larry) Mason, Greenhill; grandsons, Nicholas (Jeannie), Mathew (Allie Rivers) and Patrick; a brother James F. Smith, Truro; many cousins. A memorial service was held November 14 from the First United Baptist Church, New Glasgow Burial of ashes will take place at Heatherdale Memorial Gardens at a later date.
ROBERTSON, Kathryn Jean – 59, of Stellarton passed away peacefully November 11, 2014, with her children and grandchildren by her side. Born in New Glasgow, she was a daughter of the late Wellington and Hazel Crummey. After the passing of her parents, the late James and Reta (Murphy) Skinner, Kathryn’s biggest aspirations were always becoming a mother and travelling to Hawaii. She was lucky to have been able to accomplish both. Her greatest joys in life were spending time with her children, grandchildren and pets. She spent hours talking and giggling with her close friends. Kathryn is survived by her children, Laura (John) Ashton, Medicine Hat, AB; Greg Robertson (Elaine MacDonald), Lakevale, NS; Jeff Robertson (Emma MacKinnon), Fort St. John, BC; four grandchildren: Elijah, Noah, Oliver and Violet, her three brothers, Jim Skinner (Marina Reynolds), Truro; Carl (Joan) Skinner, Milford; Ken (Ann) Skinner, Sylvan Lake, Alberta; her special friends, Carol Holowachuk, Donna Gennoe and Helen LaSalle. She was predeceased by her parents, James and Reta Skinner, Wellington and Hazel Crummey, and a brother, Douglas. Funeral was held November 17 in the H.C. MacQuarrie Funeral Chapel, Stellarton. Burial in the Brookside Cemetery.
ROBERTSON, Arlene Lucille – 72 of Riverton Heights Drive, Stellarton, formerly of Broadway, Pictou County, passed away November 8, 2014 at the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in Owen Sound she was a daughter of the late George and Verna (Wilkinson) Moore. She enjoyed needlepoint, quilting, knitting, playing cards and watching the Toronto Blue Jays. She is survived by daughters Diane (Bruce) Sinclair, Goshen; Shelley (Byron) MacKinnon, Broadway; Tish (Doug) Guthro, MacLellan’s Mountain; grandchildren: Peter, Samantha, Alexander, Brianna, Jared, Keagan, Caelan, Madison, Kaitlin and Landen; brothers: Douglas (Loraine) Moore, Cornwallis Park, NS; Harry (Anna) Moore, Severn Bridge, Ont; Allan (Nancy) Moore, Flesherton, Ont; brother-in-law Rayburn Munro, Union Center. She was predeceased by a brother Murray Moore, Ont; and a sister Ardelle Munro, Union Center. A graveside committal service will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society (Lung) or to the Egerton cemetery.
PORTER, Mary Florence – 82, of Church Street, Pictou, died peacefully surrounded by family in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow on November 12, 2014. Born in Pictou, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Matilda (Dadeau) MacDonald. Mary married Milton, and as newlyweds they moved to St. Catharines, Ont., where they raised eight children. She returned to her family home in Pictou in 1989. Surviving are her children, Patsy Anne (Brian), Peterborough; Darlene, Vancouver; Scott (Kim), Pictou; Jamie (Nancy), Kitchener; Mike (Tina), Burlington; Dan, (Maridol), Calgary; David (Ann), Pictou; Randy, Calgary; 16 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; siblings, Sir Joseph MacDonald (Carmel), Bathurst, NB; Dan (Nancy), Hubbards, NS; Patsy (Jerry) Perryville, Missouri; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers: Angus, Allan, Bernard, John Ronald and in infancy, brother Michael and sister Elizabeth. Mary was a devout member of Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church, was a member of the CWL, the bowling league and the garden club. Mary enjoyed reading and loved nothing better than a good cup of tea and a story surrounded by a large circle of friends. Funeral mass was celebrated November 18 from Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church, Pictou with burial in the parish cemetery alongside her husband
MacLeod, James Francis “Jimmy” – 70, Westville, passed away peacefully Friday, November 14, 2014 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow, surrounded by his family. Born in New Glasgow, he was a son of the late James Cowan and Mary Catherine (Hayden) MacLeod. Prior to retirement due to ill health, Jimmy was a truck driver for many years, having worked for Eastern Transport for over 20 years and with King Freight for several years. In earlier years he was employed with the former Trenton Works and MacGregor Wholesalers. Jimmy was a member of Holy Name Roman Catholic Church, Westville. He enjoyed fixing cars, painting, plumbing and anything else he could do to help others. Jimmy was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Ann MacLeod; son, Steven (Vickie) MacLeod, Westville; daughter, Lesa (David) Cameron, Westville; grandchildren, Jay, Courtney, Zack, Alex and Mary; great-grandson, Cameron; sisters, Evelyn (Danny) Dunn, Westville; Margaret (Bruce) Battist, Westville; brothers, Bert (Sheila) MacLeod, Bridgeville; Phil (Ann) MacLeod, Arichat; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral service was held November 8 in the chapel of P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home, New Glasgow.
LANN, Mary Priscilla – Green Hill, passed away suddenly, November 10, 2014 in the Aberdeen Hospital with her family by her side. Born in Three Brooks, Pictou Co., September 4, 1927, she was a daughter of the late Neil and Lena Grace (Langille) MacKenzie. Priscilla attended Dawson School and Pictou Academy where she had taken a Maritime Business Course and eventually worked for Greendal Co. Ltd. in Pictou for three years. She married Thomas T. Lann in 1948 and moved to Green Hill where she raised her family and worked 20 years in the family nursery business. Priscilla was past member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Pictou , the Rebekah Lodge, Pictou, and also Mission Circle in Green Hill-Alma United Church. Her love of knitting and books was well known by her family and close friends. Priscilla was predeceased by her husband Thomas T. Lann; a brother Neil MacKenzie; two sons, Peter W. Lann and Calvin Fraser Lann. She is survived by a daughter, Pamela Ferguson (Ralph), Merigomish; son Thomas Lann (Mary Jane MacKenzie); son and long-time care giver Christopher Lann, Green Hill; daughter-in-law Ruth Lann, Churchville; brother Douglas MacKenzie (Hilda) and sister Priscilla MacKenzie, Pictou; many special grandchildren and a great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. private family memorial service at Heatherdale Memorial Gardens at a later date. Donations may be made in her memory to Alma Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary or a charity of choice.
FLEMING, Amy – 75, passed away peacefully on November 12, 2014 at the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Unit surrounded by her family. Born in Musquodoboit, she was a daughter of the late Ernest Alferd and Mildred May (Rector) Farnell. She is survived by her eight children: Kitty (Leonard ) Fisher, Garnet (Stacey) Fleming, Rosetta (David) Fisher, Kathleen (Lloyd) Chisholm, Leo (Gwen) Fleming, Rhonda (Carl) Cosh, Gary (Tammy) Fleming, Michael (Julie) Fleming; three sisters: Hazel (Don) Henley, Loretta (Brodie) Henley, Greta Dort; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband of 52 years Avery Thompson Fleming, a brother George Farnell, a sister Grace Fleming and a granddaughter Jacklyn Fleming. A graveside service was held November 18 in the Hattie Cemetery, Avondale.
SMITH, Nova Elizabeth Dearborn – 85 of the Valley View Villa, Riverton and formerly of Smithfield, passed away on November 4, 2014 with her family by her side. She was born to the late Marion Clark (Emery) and Ferry Gordon Cameron, May 15, 1929 in Cameron Settlement, Guysborough Co. She married the late Roy Smith in 1949 and they lived together in Smithfield for 19 years and had six children. She later married Robert Smith and they lived in Smithfield until his passing in 1985. Nova moved to Lower Sackville with her daughter, Teresa, in 2005 until 2011, with the passing of her daughter, she moved to Valley View Villa. Her days were always brightened with family and friends visits. Nova loved to knit, crochet, cross stitch and quilt. She made many crafts over the years for her family and friends. She loved to read fiction, autobiographies, biographies and keep up to date on the latest news and political happenings. She was a great outdoors woman and enjoyed the camaraderie of like-minded individuals. She had a connection with nature and wildlife. She liked to listen to music and play cards. Her pets were always part of the family. She is survived by her son Emery (Emma) Smith, Smithfield; daughters: Jo-Ann (late Ellis) MacGrath, Aspen; Mary Jane (Lance) Kenny, Thorburn; Bonnie (Graham) Fraser, MacPherson’s Mills; 13 grandchildren: Joel, Arnold, Rhona, Ryan, Colin, Adrinnea, John, Sheena, Cyndi, Whitney, Chelsey, Nicholas and Jacob; 13 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her first husband Roy; her second husband Robert; a son Gordon; a daughter Teresa; a son-in-law Ellis MacGrath; six brothers: Donald, Emery, Duncan, John, Jamie and Robert; four sisters: Gertrude Devanie, Mary Sutherland, Jean Mines and Isabel Chestnut. Funeral service was held November 8 from the H.W. Angus Funeral Home, New Glasgow. Burial in the Smithfield Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Smithfield Cemetery or to a charity of your choice.
PORTER, Joan Eileen – 58, of Chance Harbour, passed away peacefully on November 2, 2014 at the QEII Hospital, VG Site. Born April 21, 1956 in New Glasgow, Joan was the youngest child of the late Gladys (Grant) and Clarence Porter of Stellarton. While a schoolgirl, Joan received two gold medals in Speech Arts and Drama from the Royal Conservatory in Toronto while attending classes with Ann Bartlett MacLeod. After the completion of her Instructor’s Certificate in Swimming and National Lifeguard designation, Joan became the coordinator of the Gyro Swimming Program at Melmerby Beach for several years. Following her graduation from Stellarton High School, Joan attended Mount Allison University where she received a Bachelor of Arts (English) and a Bachelor of Education. She worked at Birks before enrolling in the Bachelor of Recreation program at Dalhousie University. Upon completing her degree, Joan returned to Stellarton as recreation director. During this time, she became the race director for the first Highland Challenge Triathlon at Melmerby Beach. A successful event, it has taken place for over 30 years. As well, Joan organized the first Master’s Swim Program at the YMCA. It continues to thrive in our community. Joan changed her direction and began a teaching career in Halifax County before returning to Pictou County where she spent 30 years as an educator. In November 2012, Joan received the award, “Teachers Make a Difference”. It was awarded to teachers who made a difference in the lives of students through their compassion and inspiration. Joan was pleased to assist in community endeavours. She enjoyed her involvement with the Johnny Miles Marathon each spring. Joan retired in June 2013 from North Nova Education Centre. A dedicated, conscientious and creative teacher, Joan has touched the lives of many students. She will be remembered for her generous heart, indomitable spirit and steadfast determination. Joan was predeceased by her brothers, David and Alan and her parents, Gladys and Clarence. She leaves behind her sister Phyllis A. Porter-Baker (John Baker), and son, Christopher D’Eon. At Joan’s request, there will be no funeral. A reception will be held November 16 at 2 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, Lawrence Boulevard, Stellarton.
MacPHERSON, James “Jimmy” Douglas – Cowan Street, Westville, passed away peacefully, Nov 3, 2014. Born in New Glasgow, he was the son of the late Joe and Cavell (Duggan) MacPherson. Jim was a proud resident of Westville most of his life. He was a loving father, brother, and friend. His life’s devotion was to his family, especially his daughter Lacey. He is survived by his daughter Lacey, Westville; sister Marion Cameron, Westville, brothers, John (Shirley) Westville, Richard (Janice) New Glasgow, several nieces and nephews. Prior to retirement, Jim had been employed with Trenton Car Works. Jim loved to laugh, motorcycles, watch western movies, sports and most of all spending time with his family. He was predeceased by his brother Joey MacPherson, nephews Michael and J.J., brother in law, Murray Cameron. His funeral service was held November 7 at the Church of The Holy Name, Westville. Burial in the parish cemetery. Donations may be made to Canadian Kidney Foundation.
MacLEAN, Marion I. “Gene” – 84, Stellarton, passed away on Monday, November 3, 2014 in Valley View Villa, Riverton. Born in Westville, Gene was a daughter of the Archie and Mary (Rankin) Canning. She was an adherent of Sharon St. John United Church, Stellarton and a long-time associate member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 28, Stellarton. A loving mother and grandmother, Gene will be dearly missed by her daughters, Lorie MacLean (Stephen Murphy), Stellarton; Sharon “Mary Faye” Gates, Truro; granddaughter Kimberly Ellen Mingo-Levert (Clayton), Halifax; grandson Eric Mingo, Hamilton; granddaughter, Kim Tanner (Amanda), Truro; great-grandchildren, Violet and Victoria Levert and Summer Mingo; brothers, Chesley Canning (Doreen), Stellarton; and Russell Canning (Dorothy), Westville. She was predeceased by husband, Eric Benvie MacLean; sisters, Hazel Stewart and Mary Baxter; brother Gordon Canning; sisters Hazel Stewart and Mary Baxter; two half-brothers, George and Robert Ferguson and companion Larry Richard. A private family memorial service will be held at Eagles Funeral Chapel, Westville.
MacKAY, Muriel Susan “Dade” – 94, of the Glen Haven Manor, formerly of New Glasgow, passed away Sunday, November 2, 2014 in the Manor. Born in Abercrombie, she was a daughter of the late James William and Margaret Jane (Wheeler) Carroll. She went to work at the MacKay farm at age 15 where she met and married Bert MacKay. She resided in that same house on Beech Street, until moving to Glen Haven. She was a member of Saint Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. She was an avid card player and loved to do the hot polka. She is survived by a daughter, Glenda Cameron; grandchildren: Evan and Lily, all of Kitimat, BC; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by husband Albert “Bert” MacKay; sisters: Maye MacDonald, Edna “Tooke” Were, Jessie Sinclair, Helen McInnis and Nancy Turner; brothers: Leland “Peachie”, Lawrence, Weldon, Clarence “Dood”, Earl and Bob; sister-in-law, Grace MacKay; brothers-in-law: Cam, Andy and Henry. Funeral service was held November 4 in the R.H. Porter Funeral Home, New Glasgow. Burial in Lorne Street Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to the Glen Haven Manor Recreation Fund or Saint Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.
MacDONALD, Louis Gregory – of Stellarton, passed away on November 5, 2014. Born in New Glasgow, on August 22, 1947, he was a son of the late Roderick J. and Elizabeth C. (MacDonald) MacDonald. He was a retired employee of Maritime Tel and Tel Co. In earlier years he was very active in sports, particularly baseball and hockey and was a Montreal Canadiens fan. He enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews taking them on various outings and he will be fondly remembered by them. He is survived by sisters: Ann (Leonard) Bates, Swampscott, Ma.; Mary (Al) Sutherland, New Glasgow; brothers: Donald “Duke”, Linacy; John “Bun” (Donna), Westville; Neil (Lolly), New Glasgow; Lawrence, Trenton; George “Willie” (Marion), New Glasgow; several nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews. Besides his parents he was predeceased by a brother Francis, sisters-in-law, Dorothy and Isabel MacDonald and long-time companion, Shirley Hallam. Cremation has taken place. Mass of Christian burial was November 8 in Saint John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, with burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to the Arthritis Society of N.S.
LIVINGSTONE, Richard “Ricky” Raymond – Anyone who knew him would describe him as the most kind hearted person you could meet. He was always happy, but never as happy as when he was with or talking about his son, Keagen. Rick loved his family, friends and “buddies” and would never pass up an opportunity to spend time with them; be it at a good fishing hole, driving around in his latest car, watching a good Netflix series, or playing outside and tromping through the woods with the kids. Rick had this thing about him; all kids were just drawn to him and loved him so much. Everyone did. Ricky is predeceased by his loving and amazing mother, Cindy Livingstone who God had called home in 2006. Surviving this loss is Ricky’s son Keagen Livingstone, father Robert Livingstone, sisters Raylene Livingstone (Matthew Fraser) Darcy Livingstone (Jacob MacDonald) niece and nephew Isabelle and Miles Fraser, grandmother’s Kaye MacKay (the late Raymond MacKay) Alice Livingstone (the late Bob Livingstone) and a number of aunts, uncles, and cousins. Funeral service was held November 5 from the H.W. Angus Funeral Home Chapel. Burial in the MacPherson’s Mills Cemetery. Donations in memory of Ricky may be made to MacPherson’s Mills Cemetery Fund or to an education fund for his son Keagen.
BROWNING, Marian Pearl – 77, New Glasgow, formerly of French River, passed away Wednesday, November 5, 2014 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow, surrounded by her family. Born in Telford, she was a daughter of the late Margaret (William) Urquhart. Prior to retirement in 1985, she was employed as a PCW with Valley View Villa for over 22 years. Marian enjoyed her weekly trips to the various flea markets and spending time talking to others attending the markets. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. Surviving are daughters, Cheryl Browning, London, Ont.; Heather Marr (Andrew), Addington Forks Extension; sons, Rick and Kevin, New Glasgow; Wendell (Cheryl), Auburn; brother, John (Lorraine) Urquhart, Truro; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Sterling Charles Browning; son, Robert Wayne Browning. In honour of Marian’s wishes a private service will be held with Rev. Jeff Lackie officiating. Interment will be in French River Cemetery. Donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society.
WORTHEN, Bert W. – The passing of Bert W. Worthen of Fredericton, NB, occurred on September 16, 2014 at the age of 67. Born in New Glasgow, Bert was the son of the late Bert Worthen and the late Phyllis Sanderson. Bert is survived by his loving wife of 31 years Nancy (MacTavish), daughter Ashely (Levi); son Steven, daughter Amanda Dow (Steve), son Brent Howse (Lisa); grandchildren: Lily Sheppard (Bert’s pride and joy); Brendon MacKenzie, Brycen and Isabella Dow; step-mom Karen Worthen; sisters: Carol-Ann Johnson, Wanda Hachey (Gerry), Debbie Clements (George), Bette Scanlan (Murray), Lillian Worthen (Tommy), Tammy MacKinnon (Jim), Gail Farrell (Mike), Georgina Ross (Andrew), Ginny McArthur (Darryl); brothers: Bobby Worthen, Dennis Worthen (Bridget), Mike Worthen, Sandy Sanderson (Keri), James Worthen, sister-in-law Margie Worthen; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Bert was predeceased by step-father Robert Sanderson and brother David Worthen. Interment of ashes was in Heatherdale Memorial Gardens, Sylvester on November 1. For those who wish, a donation in memory of Bert may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
SHAW, Michael Alexander ‘Mike’ – 63, of Halifax and formerly of Pictou, passed away at home October 28, 2014 after a brief illness. Born in Pictou, he was a son of the late Walter MacLaughlin ‘Lauchie’ and Mary Jane (Walker) Shaw. He is survived by his friend and companion, Ronald Denton; brother, Theodore Shaw, Pictou; sister, Sarah ‘Sadie’ O’Hearn (John), Pictou. He is also survived by Ruth Denton, Bill Denton (Bev), Marilyn Ireland (Dennis), Robert Denton (Krista); and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by maternal grandparents, Catherine and Alex Walker and paternal grandparents, William and Rena Shaw. Educated in Pictou schools, he was a graduate of Mack Business College in Kentville, and was employed with Michelin Tire in his early years. He went on to train at Camp Hill Hospital as a nursing orderly, where he was employed until 1988. Mike then worked as an Education Program Assistant (E.P.A.) in Fall River and Halifax until his retirement due to health issues. Volunteering was very important in Mike’s life. He devoted time to St. Vincent de Paul Society, taking seniors on excursions, was a member of the Knights of Columbus 3rd Order and served on the Board of Trustees for Seaview Cemetery. More recently he attended the Acute Brain Injury Program, and after completion he went on to speak of his own experiences. He was an active member of St. Joseph / Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Halifax. Mike’s greatest devotion was to St. Anne, he organized 22 Pilgrimages to St. Anne-de-Beaupre in Quebec. When unable to continue with pilgrimages he visited the shrine regularly on his own. Family history and background was very important to him. He spent the last 25 years researching his own family tree and assisting others to get started with theirs. Mike was a people person. He had a great gift of making people of all cultures and backgrounds feel very welcome. He had a special talent for recognizing when someone was in need of a helping hand, and always had an open heart, arms and ear for all his nieces, nephews and godchildren. Funeral Mass was held Monday, November 3 from Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church, Pictou. Burial in Seaview Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the Knights of Columbus, the Food Bank or a charity of your choice.
RAMSAY, Mary Muriel (MacDonald) – 92 of New Glasgow, passed away peacefully in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow with family by her side. She was born on November 9, 1921 in Ellis River, PEI, a daughter of the late Bernard and Ann (Laughlin) MacDonald. Mary lived in numerous places in the Maritimes with her now deceased husband of 57 years Hudson. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Mary is survived by her children Fenton (Cecelia), Hudson Jr. (Sue), Bonita (Owen), John Wayne, Karen (Mickey), 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild. She was predeceased by her husband Hudson Reagh Ramsay, siblings: Devona ”Peggy”, Shirley, Doris, Ruby, Beatrice, Victor, Leo, Vernon and a daughter-in-law Stephanie. Cremation to take place. At Mary’s request there will be no visitation or funeral.
PARK, Kenda Marie (MacMillan) – 44, of Bible Hill, formerly of Trenton, passed away Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at home. Born in New Glasgow, she was a daughter of Edward (Sandra) MacMillan, of Trenton and Beverly Ross (Roy Sellers) of River John. She was employed at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre and was a former employee of the VON. Kenda really enjoyed her weekend road trips and travelling to New York. She was an avid Yankees fan. She was blessed with an enormous circle of friends and had a smile that would brighten your day. Besides her parents, she is survived by sons: Brett (Reanna), New Glasgow; Myles (Kyla), New Glasgow; Lance (Haley), Truro; granddaughter, Ava Marie; sisters: Kim Earle, Fort McMurray, AB; Karen (Douglas) Harris, Truro; step brothers: Ronnie (Margie) Walsh, Trenton; Bill (Pam) Walsh, Sarnia, ON; step sisters: Valerie Walsh, Country Harbour; Pearl Walsh, Trenton; Sharon MacLean and Joanne Romero, both of Fort McMurray, AB; nephews: Jeff, Vernon and Brad; niece, Arlene; several aunts, uncles, cousins, step nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Karla MacMillan. Funeral was held November 1 in the R.H. Porter Funeral Home, New Glasgow.
PARIS, Nancy Pearlene – 66, Truro, passed away peacefully on October 23, 2014 in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro, NS, with family by her side. Born in New Glasgow on February 18, 1948, she was a daughter of the late James A. and Ida (Jewell) Paris. She was a member of Second United Baptist Church, New Glasgow. She worked at various establishments in New Glasgow with the latest being for the DND in Halifax, NS. She is survived by her partner, David Deuville, Truro, NS, daughter Isabel Izzard Jr, New Glasgow; grandchildren Muriko, Mutriko Izzard, and granddaughter Muresia Izzard, New Glasgow; step-granddaughter Jessicia Deuville; step-grandchildren Danica and Mariah Deuville, Truro, NS; brothers: Allan, Thomas and James (Ann); sisters, Florrie, Peggy (David) Cosh; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by brothers: Barry, Johnny, Norman; sisters: Maxine, Mildred, Clara. She was a very compassionate person. Cremation has taken place. As per Nancy’s wishes there will be no visitation or service. Burial to take place at a later date.
MacLEOD, Neil James – 98, New Glasgow and formerly of Westville, passed away at Parkstone Enhanced Care, Halifax, on Sunday, October 26, 2014. Born in Westville on Dec, 2, 1915, Neil was a son of the late William and Bessie MacLeod. Neil owned grocery businesses in Westville and New Glasgow until his retirement in 1975. In his spare time he loved fishing and talking about fishing. Surviving are his sister Alice Nelson, his sisters-in-law Jean MacLeod and Louise MacLeod as well as many nieces, grandnieces, nephews and grandnephews who remember him as a wonderful uncle. He was predeceased by his wife Jessie, and sisters Katherine MacLeod and Isabel Black, and brother John. Funeral service was held October 25 at Eagles Funeral Home, Westville. Burial in the Auburn Cemetery.
FRASER, Robert Joseph “Bobby” – 69, Churchville, passed away Monday, October 27, 2014 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow, surrounded by his family. Born in New Glasgow, he was a son of the late Herbert Daniel and Anna Mae (Degruchy) Fraser. Prior to retirement, he was employed with the former Maritime Steel & Foundry, New Glasgow. Bobby had also been employed in construction, carpentry and tying steel. In earlier years, he had been employed with the former Standard Clay and Lenargo Industries, New Glasgow. Bobby’s first job was delivering telegraphs on his bicycle throughout New Glasgow. He attended Freedom Bible Church, Sutherland’s River. Bobby greatly enjoyed operating his hobby farm, puttering and helping his family and friends whenever possible. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Surviving are his wife of 41 years, Kimberly E. “Kim” Fraser; daughters, Stacey (Peter) MacDonald, Kenzieville; Paige (Cody) Hughes, Churchville; son, Matthew Fraser (Raylene Livingstone), MacPherson’s Mills; grandchildren: Jessy, Jaxon, Isabelle, Hunter and Miles; sisters, Marie James, Thorburn; Marge Fraser, New Glasgow; Marsha (Peter) MacIntosh, New Glasgow; brothers: Ronnie (Nancy) Fraser, Little Harbour; Melvin Fraser, Trenton; Freddie (Gail) Fraser, New Glasgow; Louis (Bell) Fraser, Thorburn; friend, Moon (Karen) Purvis, Bridgeville; many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by granddaughter, Shelby MacDonald in infancy. Funeral service was held October 29 in P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home Chapel, New Glasgow.