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Obituaries

TUCKER, Raymond Harvey

TUCKER, Raymond Harvey – 91, of Little Harbour, passed away Saturday, December 6, 2014, in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in Stellarton, he was a son of the late William and Anne (Hynes) Tucker. He worked as a carpenter at the former Hawker Siddeley, retiring in 1988. A veteran of the Second World War, he served in Germany and Holland with the Royal Canadian Engineers. He was a member of the Pictones and Gentleman Songsters; Albion Masonic Lodge No. 5 and New Caledonia Mosher No. 11. He was a member of Little Harbour Presbyterian Church, long time choir member and served on the Board of Managers. He is survived by his wife, Vivian (Ross); daughter, Kim Grant (Ken Atkinson), Bible Hill; sons: Kirby (Brenda), Egypt Road; Kent (Pamela), Edmonton; grandchildren: Kirsten (Paul), Jacob (Violet), Ross, Thornton, Jameson, Colin and Garrett. He was the last surviving member of his family and was predeceased by brothers, Allister (in infancy), James, Harry, Hubert and Ivan, sisters, Laura, Margaret, Nellie, Frances and Anne. Funeral service was held December 9 in Little Harbour Presbyterian Church. Burial in Church Brook Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to a charity of choice.

MURRAY, Ellen Elizabeth

MURRAY, Ellen Elizabeth – 76, Glen Haven Manor, New Glasgow, passed away Wednesday, December 3, 2014 in the manor. Born in New Glasgow, she was a daughter of the late Edwin Leroy and Anna Jessie (MacBain) Robertson. Ellen was a member of First Presbyterian Church, New Glasgow, where she served in the choir for many years. She enjoyed acting in various local productions and had written a short play, entitled “Christian Response”. Ellen enjoyed music, singing and dancing. She had a unique sense of humour and a love for people. Ellen will be missed by all who loved her. Surviving are her husband, Leroy S. Murray, Shiretown Nursing Home, Pictou; sister, Kaye (Sandy) MacPherson, Salem; brother, Donald, London, Ont.; many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her daughter, Arlene. Funeral service was held December 6 in P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home Chapel, New Glasgow. Interment in Murray’s Point Cemetery. Donations may be made to Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia.

MacDONALD, S. Mildred “Mill”

MacDONALD, S. Mildred “Mill” – (Dec. 1, 1909 – Dec. 13, 2014) 105, passed away peacefully Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Glen Haven Manor with family by her side. She was the last surviving member of her family and was predeceased by her husband, Bernie MacDonald and infant daughter, Mary Mildred. She is survived by children: Berndette (Doug) MacPherson; William “Bill” MacDonald and partner Leslie Milner; John A. MacDonald; Karen MacDonald (Gerry); Elizabeth “Bish” (Al) McGrath; Rachel (Alex) Mahar; 15 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. A family service was held December 15 from the R.H. Porter Funeral Home, New Glasgow. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Canadian Cancer Society.

MacDONALD, James Andrew

MacDONALD, James Andrew – 63, of High Street, Pictou, passed away December 13, 2014 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in New Glasgow, he was a son of the late Hebert and Katheline (MacKenzie) MacDonald. Andrew recently received a 38 Year Service Award from Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations and was co-owner of Crown Pizza in Pictou. He enjoyed his work, along with baking, reading, geneology, music and animals. Andrew is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Muriel; sons, Barry MacDonald (Monica Mohn), Matthew MacDonald (Colton Legacy), Dale MacDonald; brother, Herbert (Chezza) MacDonald; sister, Katherine (David) MacKenzie, brother-in-law, Douglas MacLeod and several nieces, nephews, cousins and grandchildren. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his daughter, Sarah Lynn and sister, Margaret MacLeod. Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. today, December 17, in McLaren Funeral Home, Pictou, with Rev. Iona MacLean officiating. Burial will be in Heatherdale Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Aberdeen Palliative Care Society.

MacKEAN, Gary Alan

MacKEAN, Gary Alan – 63, of Little Harbour, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his family at the Aberdeen Hospital on December 8, 2014. Gary was born April 25, 1951, to parents Henry Francis MacKean and Gloria Leatrice (Bonvie) MacKean, both deceased. He enjoyed his 40-year career at Scott Paper, retiring in 2009. Gary was very passionate about people and everything he did. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and telling his stories. Gary was a huge football fan and loved repairing his home and cars. He is survived by his wife, Linda (Ellsworth); his much loved daughter, Kristen (Ashantha) Ranasinghe, Winnipeg; stepdaughter, Lisa Rutledge, Westville; grandchildren: Dustan and Kory; sister and best friend, Marilyn MacKean, New Glasgow; and many cousins, friends, aunts and uncles. A celebration of his life was held December 11 in the R.H. Porter Funeral Home, New Glasgow. Donations in his memory may be made to the Palliative Care Unit of the Aberdeen Hospital or a charity of choice.

HUSSEY, Harold

HUSSEY, Harold – It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing of our father, Harold Maxwell Hussey, on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the age of 83. He was a son of the late George and Martha (Hanes) Hussey. He was a veteran of the Korean War with two tours of duty and remained in the army for 27 years. He then worked for Maritime Steel Foundry until his retirement. In his day, he was an avid hunter and fisherman, and loved nature. He was also an excellent gardener. He was a proud Newfoundlander and went by the name Newfie for years. He was predeceased by his wife, Norma (Swan). He will be remembered by his three children, Karen (Brian) McGowan; Angela Flemming and Charmaine Hussey; his three grandchildren, Matthew, Sara and Mitchell. He is also survived by brothers, Cecil and John. Funeral was held December 9 in Trinity United Church, New Glasgow. Burial in Abercrombie Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Veteran’s Comfort Fund.

DWYER, Rolene Minnie

DWYER, Rolene Minnie – 92, of MacLean Street, New Glasgow, passed away peacefully on December 10, 2014 at the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in Blomidon, she was a daughter of the late Kenneth and Minnie (Barkhouse) Legge. Rolene was a resident of Halifax before moving to reside in New Glasgow in 1962. She was a member of St. George’s Anglican Church as well as a member of the ACW. Surviving are her son Colin, New Glasgow; daughters Brenda, Halifax; Bonnie (Peter) Greenwood, Halifax; grandchildren Lisa Starr and Jason (Crystal) Shedden; great-grandchildren Hannah and Jordan Shedden, a brother Erlyn, Blomidon; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Austin, a daughter Ardeth Marie, sisters: Nora, Velma and Leota; brothers: Sheldon, Ira and Russell. A public graveside service was held December 13 at the Abercrombie Cemetery. Donations in memory of Rolene may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Arrangements are under the direction of the H.W. Angus Funeral Home.

DUNLAP, Ethan Douglas

DUNLAP, Ethan Douglas – The death of Ethan Douglas Dunlap, six-month-old son of Shawn Dunlap and Michelle Crawford, occurred on Sunday, December 7, 2014 in the I.W.K. Children’s Hospital, Halifax. Ethan was born on June 6, 2014. Although struggling with medical issues, Ethan was always a smiling happy baby. Besides his Mom and Dad, Ethan is survived by sister Hailee and brother Bryson; paternal grandmother Eunice Dunlap; paternal grandfather Henry MacNeil (Vicky Hart); maternal grandmother Joanne Crawford (Michael MacDonald); paternal grandfather Allan Crawford; great-grandmothers, Ethel Dunlap and Brenda Vincent (Cyril); many aunts, uncles and cousins. Cremation has taken place. Memorial service was held December 13 from Eagles Funeral Chapel, Westville.

CALLAGHAN, James Michael “Jim”

CALLAGHAN, James Michael “Jim” – 78, of New Glasgow, passed away Saturday, December 13, 2014 at the Aberdeen Hospital. Born May 10, 1936, Jim was a son of the late Elizabeth (Kiley) and James Callaghan. Jim grew up in New Glasgow and attended St. John’s Academy where he was a member of the 1950 provincial championship hockey team. Jim was retired from the Public Service of Canada, working most of his career at the Canada Employment Insurance Commission in New Glasgow. Jim was a faith-filled member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Always charitable, Jim volunteered for many years with the St. Vincent De Paul Society. He also coached his sons in New Glasgow Minor Hockey and was a long-time member of Abercrombie Golf and Country Club. He enjoyed watching and playing golf and hockey as well as daily walks and conversations with friends he met along his route. Most of all, he was a passionate follower of all his grandchildren’s interests and always their biggest fan. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Ann (Cox); sons, Michael (Debbie), Jeffrey (Toni), Dale (Michelle) all of Halifax, and Aaron (Keah) of Stellarton; grandchildren: Crystal, Andrew, Patrick, Evan, Benjamin, Nathan, Logan and Sarah; and great-grandchildren Jacob, Carter, Niamh, Fionn, and Grayce. Jim was predeceased by brothers: Joseph Kiley, Phonse, William, and sister, Shirley (MacLean). Funeral will take place today, December 17 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Stellarton, immediately followed by burial in the parish cemetery. A reception will follow in the Sister Catherine Steele Centre. Donations can be made in Jim’s name to World Vision Canada or the Canadian Cancer Society.

BROOKS, Betty Leona (Oldford)

BROOKS, Betty Leona (Oldford) – 75, Valley View Villa, Riverton, formerly of New Glasgow, passed away Saturday, December 6, 2014 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in Peterborough, Ont., she was a daughter of the late Herbert William and Evelyn Mildred (Watson) Sucee. In earlier years, Betty became a hairdresser and operated Betty’s Beauty Salon in Grand Valley, Ont. She had also worked as a bookkeeper for various companies in Ontario and Pictou County. For a period of time, she was employed as a camp cook for Warren Maritimes in New Brunswick. Betty attended Lighthouse Ministries Family Worship Centre, New Glasgow where she served in the music ministry. She also shared her gift of music by singing in the various nursing homes throughout the area. A person of faith, Betty believed that life only changes, it does not end. Surviving are her daughter, Darlene Oldford (Glenn Anthony), Saint John, N.B.; son, Stephen Oldford, Trenton; granddaughters, Jody (Ray) Letondre, Airdrie, Alta; Crystal Oldford (John Reglis), Airdrie; great-grandchildren, Ellie Reglis and Carter Letondre; several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by brother, Morley Sucee; former husbands, Clayton Oldford and Dan Brooks. Funeral service was held December 9 in P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home Chapel, New Glasgow.

HEIGHTON, Robert (Bob) William (Codfish)

HEIGHTON, Robert (Bob) William (Codfish) – Born in River John, N.S., and a heavy equipment operator, passed away peacefully at the EJ McQuigge Lodge Nursing Home on Saturday December 13, 2014. Bob Heighton Sr. of Belleville in his 86th year. Son of the late Clyde and Hazel. Loving father of Sandy (Mark), Bob Jr. (Bev) and Janet. Dear grandfather of Donnie, Ryan (Lori), Jamie (Josh), Ashley (Craig), Lonnie and Leeann. Great Grandfather of Rori, Amelia, Jesse, Alexander, Finnigan and Tripp. Brother of Thelma (late Ross), Arnold (Barb), Charles (Sharon), Raymond (Cathy), Shirley (Jim), Wayne (Joanne) and Colin. Predeceased by his son Douglas Stewart, and his brothers: Gerry, Boyd, Herb and Leo. Special friend to Karen, Liz and Helen, and longtime buddy to Gord and Elroy. Also sadly missed by his many nieces and nephews. In keeping with Bob’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Bob’s Life will be announced in Spring 2015. Arrangements entrusted to John R. Bush Funeral Home, 80 Highland Ave., Belleville (613-968-5588). The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at the EJ McQuigge Lodge Nursing Home for their special care. If desired, please forward any donations to the nursing home in Bob’s memory. Online condolences www.rushnellfamilyservices.com. †

MacRAE, Elizabeth Laura (Gillis)

MacRAE, Elizabeth Laura (Gillis) – (January 3, 1927-December 12, 2014) It is with a heavy heart we announce the passing of Elizabeth “Betty” Laura MacRae. She suffered with chronic pain for many years. In spite of her pain, she still managed to bring smiles to those who loved her dearly. Affectionately known as Nan, she was always willing to put her troubles aside to listen to her family and friends. Nan’s comforting smile and sharp wit was the remedy for any troubled soul. Oh… how she loved to hear about her grandchildren and great grandchildren. We cherish the adventures we shared with her and will embrace these memories forever. For those who had the pleasure to know this spirited woman; what a blessing you have had. Her enduring strength will continue to guide us through our path in life. Nan, you’re going home. A Chapel Service was held December 15 in McLaren Funeral Home, Pictou followed by cremation. Donations in her memory may be made to a charity of your choice.†

WEYMAN, Adrian Russell

WEYMAN, Adrian Russell – 26, New Glasgow, passed away unexpectedly, Sunday, November 30, 2014. Born in New Glasgow, he was a son of Bonnie Kathleen (Hiltz) Weyman, New Glasgow and James Martin Weyman (Eleanor), Pictou Landing. Affectionately known as “Adub” among his friends, Adrian enjoyed rap music, especially his favourite lyricist, Marshall “Eminem” Mathers. He had a brilliant mind and enjoyed working with electronics. Surviving besides his parents are his brother, Matt; maternal grandparents, Russell and Judy (MacPhail) Hiltz, Lyons Brook; step-mother, Ann Weyman, Trenton; many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Daniel and Ruth (Myers) Weyman. A public graveside service was held December 4 in Heatherdale Memorial Gardens. Donations may be made in Adrian’s memory to Ronald McDonald House Atlantic Canada.

JESSO, Richard Alan

JESSO, Richard Alan – 40, passed away unexpectedly at home on November 29, 2014. Surviving is his father, Richard Jesso, Newfoundland; brother Jim Lewis, sister Kathy Jesso, nephew Roger Callahan, niece Heather Callahan, and niece Danni Lamb. He was preceded by his mother Joyce Lewis. Alan, known as “Al” by all his friends, was educated at the Community College in Dartmouth and worked in the manufacturing industry for years. Al was a gentle man who was loved by all who knew him, especially those he referred to as his family at the Salvation Army Thrift stores. He volunteered for a number of years at the 134 James Street, New Glasgow location, Salvation Army. People who came to donate items were met by this gentle and caring man. Al greeted individuals with a warm smile and kind word of thanks for their donations. Al loved to bicycle, play his music and always enjoyed and truly appreciated a good meal. A celebration of Alan’s life was held December 6, at the Salvation Army Church in Westville. Donations may be made in Alan’s memory to Westville Salvation Army.

WILLIAMS, Mary Ann

WILLIAMS, Mary Ann – 99, of North Welsford Street, Pictou, and formerly of New Glasgow, passed away December 3, 2014 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow after a brief illness. Born in Lower Glencoe, Guysborough County, she was a daughter of the late John and Catherine (MacDonald) Bray. A woman of deep faith, Mary was a longtime member of the Stella Maris Parish, Pictou, and was also an active member of the Catholic Women’s League, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, and the Notre Dame Association. Fondly known to her family as “Gigi”, she is survived by her daughter, Betty (Albert) Hardy, Pictou; grandchildren, Paula, Marcia (Stephen), Susan, Jennifer (Steven); great grandchildren, Zach, Kayla, Kyra, Jorja; special nieces and nephews, Mary Fraser, John Carter, Elmer MacLaughlin, Berton MacLaughlin, Adrien Carter; many nieces and nephews; two special family friends who visited twice each year and were very dear to her, Anna and Peggy, and also her card playing friend, Juliette. The last surviving member of her immediate family, she was predeceased by her sisters, Nellie Bowles, Margaret Cunningham, Bertha Crowtz, and Lillian Carter; her brothers, Martin, Mike, John and Frank Bray; and special nephew, Jack Bowles. Funeral Mass was celebrated December 6 from Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church, PictouBurial will be at a later date in the parish cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

STALKER, Ida Iola (Falconer)

STALKER, Ida Iola (Falconer) – 97, Halifax, formerly of New Glasgow and Barney’s River, died at peace, Wednesday, November 26, 2014 in Northwood Manor, Halifax. Born and raised in Concord, Pictou County with her four siblings, she was a daughter of the late Alexander Ross and Gertrude (Betts) Falconer. She faced many challenges early in life, but used these experiences to nurture her incredible resilience and her “go get it done” attitude. Ida married Billy Stalker and moved to the Stalker family farm in Barney’s River where they raised six children. Upon retirement, she moved to New Glasgow for a 20-year period and then on to Halifax in 2013, although in spirit she never left Pictou County. The importance of education was a constant theme in her life. She completed grade nine before having to suspend her education to work and support the family at a time when educating females was not felt to be important but this likely impacted her constant efforts to ensure that women’s voices were heard over her lifetime. Years later, Ida took immense pride when she saw her children go on to university educations. Ida took her personal pursuit of education further when, at the age of 50, completed her high school equivalent and then graduated from The Nova Scotia Teacher’s College in 1973. She loved being a teacher and frequently was heard to say, “I never met a bad student.” Her belief in the potential of young people – especially those who had been marginalized – was undaunting. Ida was involved in numerous organizations and was particularly proud of the annual Kenzieville Maple Syrup Festival, which used syrup produced by her family. She was very involved with The Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia and Canada, where she made many lifelong friends. She was a news junkie and was always ready to discuss any political issue of the day. Ida believed that everyone had an obligation to better their community. Ida was most proud of raising her family. Her six children, 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren were a tremendous source of joy and she was intimately involved with their lives. Today, the family remembers her as Grammie or Gruckie. They will remember the little things such as her amazing gardening skills, her biscuits, her love of card games and dancing which she always described as “the best exercise going”! Surviving are her daughter, Janet, Halifax; sons: Rennie (Donna), Woodstock, Ont.; Alexander, Fort Pierce, Fla.; Robert, Halifax; Allister (Gilda), Edmonton, Alta; daughter-in-law, Ann, Barney’s River; 16 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, William “Billy”; daughter, Eileen; son, Jamie. Ida considered her caregiver of several years, Linda Olding to have been her seventh child. Her niece, Ida Joyce Crawford was her kindred spirit and was frequently by her side over the past few years. Funeral service was held December 6 in P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home, New Glasgow. Donations may be made in Ida’s memory to the Kenzieville Cemetery Fund or Aberdeen Health Foundation.

MURDOCK, Frank Baird Reginald

MURDOCK, Frank Baird Reginald – Pictou, passed away quietly in the Palliative Care Unit of the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow, on Sunday, November 30, 2014. He started working in the family business, Murdock Meat Market, at an early age, and worked there until the store closed in the early 1990s. He and his wife, Norma also operated a taxi service for 20 years. Frank finished his working career with the Caribou Provincial Park as supervisor. Through the years he served his community as a Reservist in the North Nova Highlanders, and a volunteer fire fighter, town councillor and deputy mayor for the Town of Pictou. He will also be remembered for his many weekly visits to the senior homes in Pictou with his canine companion, Marvie. Frank is survived by his partner and primary care giver, Helen “Huddy” Patterson and her son, Terry “TJ” Farrell; his sister-in-law, Sally (Winchester) Murdock and also his loving nieces and nephews, Vicki (Bobby) Campbell, Cathy LeBlanc (Gordon MacAloney), Michael (Sherri) Murdock and Shelley MacKenzie, all of Pictou; Allison Williams, Brian and Lindsay MacQueen of Georgetown, Ont.; and many great nieces and nephews. Frank was predeceased by parents, Stutson “Tut” and Sarah “Sadie” (nee MacLeod) Murdock; his wife of 47 years, Norma Jean MacDonald and his brothers, Donnie and Stewartie. Funeral was held December 4 from First Presbyterian Church, Pictou. Burial in Haliburton Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to the Aberdeen Palliative Care Society or the Pictou County Branch of the V.O.N.

MacKENZIE, Lloyd Murray

MacKENZIE, Lloyd Murray – passed away on Friday, December 5, 2014 at the age of 74. He lived in Westville for many years before moving to Canning in the Annapolis Valley, where he was active with the Lions Club and a volunteer at the Canning Food Bank. He worked at the Nova Scotia Power Commission until he was injured on the job. He is predeceased by his parents, Bert and Bernice; his sisters Shirley Hughes, Karen Burns, Pat Fraser; and by his eldest son Ross. He will be remembered by his other children: Velvet. Hamilton, ON; Helen. Winnipeg MB; Kenneth (Mary), Canning NS; Keith (Karen), Dunlap, IL, USA; Kirk (Susan), Bedford; and friend Catherine (Kay) Westville. He will also be remembered by his daughter in law Elda; his eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his siblings Marion, Esther, Jessie, Roland, Leslie; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral was held December 9 from Eagles Funeral Home, Westville. Burial in the Auburn Cemetery. Donations may be made to Q.E. II Palliative Care Society.

LONG, Marie Elizabeth

LONG, Marie Elizabeth (nee Duff) – 71, of Trenton, passed away peacefully in the Palliative Care Unit of the PCHA with her family by her side. Born in New Glasgow, she was a daughter of the late Fred and Isabelle (Currie) Duff (Stellarton). Marie was loved and will be sadly missed by her three children: Fred and spouse Debra, Saint John, NB; David and his wife Mary, Oakville, ON; and Stacey and her husband Stephen McKay, Fort Saskatchewan, Alta; as well as her seven grandchildren: Robert and Steven, Brandon and Courtney, Matthew, Jacob and Eric, her three great-grandchildren: Madyson, Riley and Nathan; brothers, John (Claire), Stellarton and Gordon (Dorise), Trenton. Marie was predeceased by her husband, Howard (Trenton), brothers, Ronald and Ernest Duff, and her sister, Paula. Marie was retired from NSLC, where she had many friends, and more recently all her friends in the county area who played cards regularly with her as she looked forward to the meetings each week. Funeral service was held at Christ the King Parish, Trenton, on December 6. Interment at Christ the King Cemetery. A token donation to the Aberdeen Palliative Care Society will help support family comfort in the local community or a charity of choice.

KALEVA, Vaike

KALEVA, Vaike – died in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow, on November 29, 2014 just two days short of her 94th birthday. Vaike Kont was born on December 1, 1920 on Andemaa farm, Mädara Village in Estonia. She was the daughter of Juuli (Lõhmus) and Hans Kont. Vaike was educated in Estonia, receiving an agricultural diploma from Rapla Mõis in 1941. She worked as an agricultural advisor until she had to flee Estonia in September 1944. From September 1944 to November 1947 she lived in a Displaced Persons Camp in Schwarzenbeck, Germany where she met her future husband, Kaarel Kaleva. In November 1947 she moved to England where she worked in a cotton factory. Kaarel and Vaike married in 1948 and continued to live in England until 1951 when they immigrated to Nova Scotia. As Gordon MacKay was their sponsor, they settled in Lorne, buying their own farm in 1952 and continued to farm until retirement. Vaike lived in her own home in Lorne until 2011 when she moved to High Crest Place in New Glasgow. Here she spent three happy years knitting and cross-stitching. Vaike is survived by her children: Inna (David) Harrison, Lorne; Karen (Trevor) English of Upper Hutt, New Zealand; and Karl (Debbie) Kaleva, Lorne; grandchildren: Robert (Tiffany) Harrison, San Diego, U.S.A.; Griffin (Rachel) Kaleva; Dieppe, NB; and Sarah (Mat) Brennan, Stellarton; great-granddaughter, Kaija Brennan, Stellarton, and a nephew, Ants (Aino) Kont, Piistaoja, Estonia and their children and grandchildren, all in Estonia. Vaike was the last surviving adult from the group of Estonians who settled in Pictou County. Vaike was predeceased by her parents, her husband Kaarel Kaleva in 1999, and her brothers, Anton Kont in 1944 in Estonia, Erich Kont in 1999 in Estonia and Jaan Kont in 2003 in New Glasgow. Funeral was held in St. Columbia United Church, Hopewell, on December 5. Burial in the Lorne Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to St. Columba United Church or the charity of your choice.

GREALEY, Valda G.

GREALEY, Valda G. (1935-2014) – Born in 1935 to Percy and Bernice (Meikle) Leadbeater, she went on to marry Walter Kowalski in 1952 and was able to be at home to raise their family and help with the family business (K-Electric Ltd). Valda was widowed at a young age in 1976 and sought the education needed to re-enter the workforce. She was then employed with Maritime Tel and Tel for a number of years, making great friendships and acquaintances throughout those years. She was remarried in 1986 to William (Bill) Grealey and they were delighted with their years together. Over her life, Valda’s happiness was shaped by the company of family and friends. She felt fortunate to have the great neighbors she had on both Munroe Avenue Ext. and on Whitman Drive. She was blessed with great times and friendships at the Munroe Ave. Ext card parties, the seniors club and the heritage club. She enjoyed travelling to exciting places, spending time at the family cottage at Pictou Landing and later the cottage at Lochaber Lake. She looked forward to her summer trips to London, Ont. She loved music, theatre, art and playing cards. She enjoyed flowers, reading, the beauty of nature but most importantly, family gatherings. Valda is survived by daughters Darlene (Chuck) Crowell, Chance Harbour; Denise (Jeffrey) Phillips, Chance Harbour; Lori (Jack) Kilburn, Westville Road; step-daughters Glenda (Larry) Sintzel, London, ON; Mary (Raymond) MacDonald, Glace Bay, NS; stepson Donald (Frankie), ON; grandchildren: Michelle (Vince) Angst, Virginia Sintzel, Karleigh (Jaret MacIntosh) Phillips, Jared (Becky) Phillips, Crystal (Tyler Dobson) Crowell, Renée (Liam Greene) Kilburn, Matthew Kilburn; great-grandchildren: Mason MacIntosh, Madison and Cooper Phillips and Carson Dobson; niece Tanya Brown and grand-nephew Keegan Brown and sister, Phyllis Leadbeather, Westville. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by brother Douglas Leadbeater; husband Walter Kowalski and husband William (Bill) Grealey. Funeral was held at Eagles Funeral Home on December 8 with burial at Heatherdale Memorial Gardens. Donations in Valda’s memory may be made to the Aberdeen Palliative Care Unit, The Canadian Diabetes Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society.

CREWS, Major Kenneth Gordon

CREWS, Major Kenneth Gordon – 77, of Pictou was promoted to glory on November 30, 2014 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow, after fighting a brave battle with Parkinson Disease for 14 years, without complaint. Born in Halifax, he was a son of the late George and Susanna Crews. After Kenneth graduated from Queen Elizabeth School, Halifax he entered the Salvation Army Training College, Toronto in 1958 and served for 42 years as a minister in various locations across Canada, retiring in 2001. He was a man of great faith and prayer, and his keen sense of humour and quick wit will be missed by all who knew him. Kenneth is survived by his wife Jeannette (Anstey); children: Miriam (Tim) Leslie, Gibsons, B.C.; Kenny (Audrey), Westville; Kevin (Betty), Pictou; Tim (Kris); Miles City, Montana; grandchildren: Ruby, Keshia, Nicole (Eric), Kenneth Michael, Daniel, Tiffany (Donavin), Kyle, Michael Loren and Christian. Kenneth is also survived by sister, Marina Crews, Toronto and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by siblings, Don, Stan, Tommy, Maude; several half-brothers and a half-sister. Funeral service was held December 6 from Salvation Army Church, Westville. Burial in Seaview Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to the Salvation Army Church, Westville, Gideon’s or Parkinson Society Maritime Region.

CARVER, Jean Viola

CARVER, Jean Viola – 82, New Glasgow, passed away Thursday, December 4, 2014 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in Whitehead, she was a daughter of the late John Herbert and Myrtle Nina (Munroe) Phalen. Jean enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, baking, cooking and spending time with her little dog, Sasha. She will be missed by all who loved her. Surviving are her daughters, Valerie Jean (Bill) MacLean, Little Harbour Road; Judy Carver, New Glasgow; Elaine (Donald) Beach, Brookdale; son, Maurice “Moe” (Pam), Dunville, Ont.; sisters, Glenda MacIntosh, (Eldie Ross), Chance Harbour; Elaine Smith, Pictou Landing; Colleen (Lux) MacDonald, Trenton; Isabel (Jimmy) Asprey, Big Island; Lillian (Mick) O’Hearn, Halifax; brothers, Fred (Carol), Trenton; Russell (Priscilla), Springhill; Cyril (Jill), Sarnia, Ont.; Jack (Edith), Halifax; Barry (Shirley), Merigomish; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Maurice; sisters, Nora and Florence; a son in infancy. A graveside service was held December 7 in Murray’s Point Cemetery, Lower Barneys River. Donations may be made in Jean’s memory to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.

LeBRETON, Mary Catherine Lucy, “Kay”

LeBRETON, Mary Catherine Lucy, “Kay” – 100, died peacefully in her sleep Sunday, December 7, 2014 in the Glen Haven Manor, New Glasgow. Born in Pictou, she lived there for 100 years, and was a daughter of the late Matthew and Lucy (Gallant) Connell. Kay was a member of the Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church, Pictou, and a 55-year member of the Catholic Women’s League. She is survived by five daughters, Maurine Keenan, Colorado; Barbara (Michael) Murphy, Dartmouth; Joan Strong, Toronto; Susan (Richard) Pope, Dartmouth; Nancy (Robert) Haley, Pictou; sister, Pauline Steele, P.E.I.; nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter. Kay was predeceased by her husband, Leo. Visitation will be 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Sunday in McLaren Funeral Home, Pictou. Funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m. Monday from Stella Maris Church, Pictou. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to a charity of your choice. www.mclarenfuneral.ca.†

STEWART, George Leonard

STEWART, George Leonard – Westville, passed away on November 23, 2014. Len was a long distance transport driver for many years, working most recently at King Freight, Langille’s and Blue Rhino. Until his health began to fail, he enjoyed golfing, fishing and hunting, and right until the end sitting at Timmy’s with the gang. Although being very brave, God saw through his suffering and called him home. Len is survived by his wife Linda; children, Cathy Welch (Jim); Elaine Allensen (John); and Charlene Klassen (James); grandchildren: Chevy, Jenna, Riley, Natasha, Alyssa and Steven. A memorial service will be held December 4, at 11a.m. at the Salvation Army Church, Westville with Captain Neil Abbott officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Eagles Funeral Home, Westville.