SAMPLE, Robert Hugh Sr. – 82, of Hopewell, Pictou County, passed away July 20, 2014 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born November 26, 1931 in New Glasgow he was a son of the late Robert and Catherine Mary “May” (MacEachern) Sample. Robert grew up in Stellarton, and lived most of his married life in Hopewell. He worked as a miner at the MacGregor Mine in Stellarton and the McBean Mine in Thorburn. He was a dragger man at the 1956 Springhill Explosion, and later took over the job of Mine Rescue Superintendant at the McBean Mine in 1965. Bob started at Scott Paper in 1967 and worked there for 25 years retiring in 1992 as a production supervisor. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards and was also known for his maple syrup. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Hopewell. He is survived by his wife of 57 years the former Annie Murray, Hopewell; son Robert H. Jr., Hopewell; daughter Marcia (George) Smeltzer, Bridgeville; grandson Michael (Tiffanie), Stellarton; brother Dannie (Elsie) Stellarton; sister Penny (John ) Somers, PEI; sisters-in-law Rita Sample, Phoebe Sample, Caroline Dort; brother-in-law Larry Thompson. Predeceased by grandson Sandy Smeltzer; brothers James “Butch”, Frank, Roy, William “Bill”; sisters Elizabeth “Bett” and Fern. At Bob’s request there will be a private graveside service in the Gairloch Cemetery. There will be no visitation at Bob’s request. Donations in his memory may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Hopewell General Fund, Gairloch Cemetery or a charity of your choice.
ODO, Justin Lee – 41, Trenton, formerly of MacPherson’s Mills, passed away peacefully, Sunday, July 13, 2014 at home. Born in New Glasgow, he was the son of Linda R. (Cummings) Odo, Trenton and the late Lloyd Lawson Odo. Justin had been employed with Greco Pizza, New Glasgow prior to retirement due to ill health. When his health permitted, he enjoyed fixing cars, tinkering with mechanical projects and building model cars with his sons. Justin’s family were most important to him, especially his sons, Damien and Danten. Surviving besides his mother, Linda, are his sons, Damien and Danten, Trenton; sister, Leighann Cullen (Graham MacDonald), Scotsburn; half-brother, Lloyd Jr., Halifax; maternal grandparents, Robert and Helen (Weeks) Cummings, Stellarton; many aunts, uncles and cousins. Besides his father, Lloyd, he was predeceased by sister, Catherine Jane Odo in infancy; paternal grandparents, Luke and Hazel (Chennell) Odo; aunt, Gaye Kehoe. In keeping with Justin’s wishes there will be no public funeral service. Donations may be made in memory of Justin towards his sons’ education.
McARTHUR, Ken – It is with great sadness we the family of Ken McArthur announce his peaceful passing in his 90th year on July 19, 2014 at the Northumberland Veterans Unit, Pictou. Born in Wyvern, Cumberland County on January 19, 1924, he was a son of the late Len and Eva (MacDonald) McArthur. Ken joined the service in 1941 and served overseas in England, France, Holland and Germany with the 23rd Armored Tank Division until he was wounded in battle at Hochwald in 1945. Ken was one of few that still had his original tank (Greta) and the only original crew member to survive the landing on Juno Beach. Upon his return to Canada, he purchased a farm in Meadowville where he met his wife Margaret (Clark) and they married in 1950. He was a farmer, woodsman, truck driver and sawmill operator. He also loved horses (a trait he inherited from his father) and always had a horse which he used for logging. Ken loved to hunt, fish and play cribbage. He was a valued member of the community who was always there to help family, friends and neighbours. He was instrumental in the reinstatement of the Halifax Rifles in May of 2009 and was proud to attend the reinstatement ceremony. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 16, Pictou. Ken is survived by his wife Margaret (Clark), Sundridge; son Gary (Terri Betts) Pictou; grandchildren Carmen and Kyle; daughter Linda (Gary Gregory) Lyons Brook; grandchildren, Chris, Coady and Cory (Tannis Cheney); great-grandchildren Kamren and Aaliyah; sisters Margaret Langille, Marshville; and Ruth Cahoon, Riverview, N. B.; sisters-in-laws, Betty and Dale McArthur. Ken was predeceased by brothers, Bud, Newton and Leo; brother-in-laws Coonie Cahoon and Sandy Langille, and sister-in-laws Joyce and Sadie. Funeral service will be held today, Wednesday at 2 p.m. in McLaren Funeral Home, Pictou. Burial will be in Heatherdale Memorial Gardens. Reception to follow at Branch 16 Royal Canadian Legion, Veterans Drive, Pictou. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to the Northumberland Veterans Unit, Pictou. A family well loved, a country well served and a life well lived.
EVERDEAN, Joan Ann – 80, of New Glasgow, passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2014 in the Aberdeen Hospital. Born in New Glasgow, she was a daughter of the late John and Christine (MacGillivary) MacInnis. She was a member of Saint John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church and was a member of Sisters of Charity for 10 years. She moved to Lynn, Mass., where she worked as a LPN in various nursing homes, met her husband and had one son. She was a big fan of the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Bruins. She returned to New Glasgow in the mid 80s and was an avid card player and enjoyed bowling. She is survived by a son, Charles (Stephanie), Saugus, Mass.; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Frederick; sister, Mary Thistle; brothers: John, Roland, Ted and Charles; infant brothers: Francis and Chester. Funeral mass was celebrated July 21 in Saint John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, New Glasgow. Burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to Saint John the Baptist Church, VON or a charity of choice.
DOUCETTE, Mary “Dorothy” – 87, of Water Street, Westville passed away peacefully on Friday, July 18, 2014 at the Glasgow Hall nursing home in Halifax. Born August 21, 1926 in Westville, Dorothy was the daughter, and eldest child, of the late Edmund and Catherine (Cyr) Doucette. Dorothy began working at the age of 16 at the Pictou Shipyard as a Class 1 welder during WWII. Once the war had ended, Dorothy then travelled with some friends to St. Stephen, N.B., where she was employed at the St. Croix Cotton Mill. In 1957, Dorothy returned to Westville and began her journey in the grocery business. She worked for Sobeys for several years and then, in 1963, moved to Kitchener, Ont., where she worked for the Dutch Boy grocery chain. In 1967, Dorothy moved back to Westville and returned to Sobeys. Dorothy worked in several stores in Pictou County over the years and became the store manager of Scotia Foods in Westville. During the 1970s, Dorothy became one of the first female store managers in the Sobeys organization. Dorothy worked with Sobeys until she retired in 1989. Dorothy enjoyed sports and was a pitcher on an all-girls baseball team in late 1940s. She was a member of the Westville Curling Club and an active bowler. Dorothy enjoyed watching hockey and football. She was a Habs fan and could not be pulled from the TV when John Elway and the Broncos were playing. Dorothy realized the ultimate experience of any hockey fan; she was proud of her pictures of her and her brother Ed holding the prestigious Stanley Cup. Dorothy will be dearly missed by her sons Kevin (Anita), Halifax, and Mike (Carol), Truro and granddaughters, Jodi and Jill. She is also survived by brother Bob (Sharon), Fredericton, NB; sisters Lorraine Cyr (Raymond), Sylvia Eagles (David), Carolyn Cameron (Dana), all of Westville. Besides her parents, Dorothy was predeceased by sister, Helen Doucette and brothers’ Eddie and Fred. Funeral service was held at the Holy Name Parish in Westville; interment at the Holy Name Cemetery. Over the past six years, Dorothy showed tremendous perseverance in keeping her Alzheimer’s’ at bay. Although her short-term memory had deteriorated, Dorothy still knew those who loved her the most and was able to still talk about her days as a first class welder during the war.
ROZEE, Elden Homer – 82, Priestville, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family Saturday, June 28, 2014 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in Halifax, he was a son of the late Reginald Clarence and Carrie Elizabeth (Boutlier) Rozee. Prior to retirement, he was employed at Michelin Tire, Granton for 20 years, having previously been employed with Canadian Industries Limited, Courtright, Ont. Elden was a faithful member of Christian Fellowship Church, New Glasgow. In earlier years, he possessed a passion for woodworking and the outdoors, hunting and fly fishing. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. A man of deep convictions, Elden took pride in his work, and generously provided for his family. Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Sarah Alena (Bentley); children, Randy (Jean) Rozee, New Glasgow; Robyn Rozee-Young (Chapman), New Glasgow; Bentley Rozee, White Fish Bay, Lac Seul, Ont.; Christine Rozee (Pashos), Westville; Tracey (Nabil) Rozee-Sirrat, Berwick; Cheryl (Neil) Campbell, Scotsburn; sisters, Roberta Lucas, Mission, B.C.; Carol Smith, Petrolia, Ont.; brothers, Gurdon (Lorraine) Rozee, Bedford; Ron (June) Rozee, Lower Sackville; Charles Rozee, Timberlea; brother-in-law, Rev. Lorne Gorman, Millville, N.B.; 17 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Lorna Gorman. Funeral service was held July 4 in Christian Fellowship Church. Interment in Heatherdale Memorial Gardens. Donations may be made in Elden’s memory to Aberdeen Health Foundation, Palliative Care Unit Endowment.
WARK, James Patrick “Jimmy” – 56, of Green Hill, passed away Monday, July 7, 2014 at home. Born in New Glasgow, he was a son of the late Keith and Isabel (Wilcox) Wark. He was retired from Michelin. He played hockey, softball and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He is survived by his common-law partner, Heather Gordon; daughter, Angela (Keagan) Whittleton, Bedford; son, Cyril Wark, New Glasgow; the mother of his children, Mary Stewart; sisters: Sandra (Newton) Hattie, Trenton; Nancy (Ron) Murray, Vancouver; half-sister, Laverne (Leon) Webb, Westchester Station; brothers: Gary (Connie), Edmonton; Alan (Janet), Granton; Glen (Kelly), B.C.; many nieces and nephews. Funeral was held July 11 from First United Church, Trenton. Burial in Eagle Hill Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of choice.
RUSSELL, Robert William “Bob” – Little Harbour, passed away July 7 in Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in the Aberdeen Hospital March 18, 1931, he was the son of the late Blair and Mary (MacQueen) Russell. He was a lifelong resident of Little Harbour. Bob is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Anna Fern (MacKay) Russell; son, Kevin (Jo-Anne); and granddaughter Kaitlin; nieces, Cindy (Bart) Brown and Susan Colquhoun; grandnieces and nephews; extended family, brother-in-law, Doug MacKay; sisters-in-law: Kay (Bert) Gordon, Dorothy (Foster) Jenkins; many nieces and nephews. Bob was predeceased by his parents and sister Molly Colquhoun, brothers and sisters-in-law: Seymour Colquhoun, Shirley and Sheldon Campbell and Grace MacKay. Bob spent his last years as a dedicated caregiver to his wife. He was a lifelong member of the Little Harbour Presbyterian Church and served as an elder for many years. Bob was also one of the original members of the Little Harbour Fire Department and served as chief for 17 years as well as volunteering at the Little Harbour Community Centre. He enjoyed curling, horse racing, gardening, hockey and baseball. Funeral was held July 10 at the Little Harbour Presbyterian Church. Donations can be made to the Little Harbour Presbyterian Church, V
CAMERON, Elizabeth Rachael “Betty” – 94, of the Glen Haven Manor, formerly of Duke Street, Trenton, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Monday, July 14, 2014, in the Manor. Betty was born at home on Duke Street in Trenton on January 5, 1920, to the late Baxter and Minnie (Reid) MacDougall, and is the last surviving member of her immediate family. She continued to reside on Duke Street until 2006 when she moved to Parkview Manor Seniors Complex in Trenton. In 2011, due to health problems, Betty moved to Glen Haven Manor. Betty worked at Trenton Industries during World War II. Later she worked in the family grocery business, Al Cameron and Son Red and White, with her husband and son. Retiring in 1976, Al and Betty spent their winters vacationing in Florida where Betty was able to spend time with her sisters Ethel and Rita and their families. Betty was a member of First United Church, Trenton, a former member of the church choir, and a member of the Mary Unit for many years. She was a member of Eastern Star and was a Past Matron. In 1988, Betty became an honorary member of Maple Leaf LOBA Lodge #914, Trenton, and in 1991 became an honorary member of Right Worshipful Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia. Betty received her 60-year pin in 2011. She was a member of the Steeltown Friendly Group and enjoyed attending the Time Out Program at First United Church, Trenton. She loved getting together with friends for a good game of cards, crocheting, playing the piano, ukulele and singing. Betty is survived by her son, Baxter (friend Marie), Pictou; grandchildren: James (Pam) Cameron, Trenton; Susan (Victor) Francoeur, Edmonton; Rick (Cheryl) Cameron, Petawawa, and their mother Anne, Halifax; Tanya Cameron, Halifax, and her mother Arlene, Ontario; great-grandchildren: Lindsay (Chris) Hurley and Charles Cameron, Trenton; Crystal (Andrew) Doiron and Alan (Tonya) Cameron, Petawawa; great-great-grandchildren: Riley, Jayson, Liam, Lincoln and Lily, Petawawa; Fionn, Trenton; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband of 68 years, Albert “Al” Cameron in 2006; sisters: Rita, Evelyn and Ethel; brothers: Parker, Murray, Bill and Mansefield “Cubby”. Visitation 7-9 p.m. Wednesday in the R.H. Porter Funeral Home, Trenton. Funeral service 2 p.m. Thursday in First United Church, Trenton. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery. A reception will follow in the Church Hall. Donations in her memory may be made to the Canadian Red Cross or a charity of choice.
SMITH, Dr. Marjorie Ann – With sorrow, the Smith family wishes to announce the passing of Dr. Marjorie Ann Smith, after a long illness, at the age of 66 years. Dr. Smith had been a resident of Whisperwood Villa in Charlottetown, P.E.I., for the past five years. Dr. Marjorie was born in Pictou, a daughter of the late Harold and Donna (Babineau) Smith. Dr. Smith attended St. Francis Xavier University and graduated from Dalhousie Medical School. She began a general practice in Antigonish. She later studied and received a Certificate in Addictionology from the American Medical Society and was an expert in that field. She practised at Prince Edward Island Addiction Services until her retirement due to ill health. Marj is survived by her sister, Kay (Les); her aunt, Marjorie L. Smith, Halifax; uncle, Mark Babineau, Pictou; also many cousins in Pictou. Marj leaves behind many friends and co-workers in Charlottetown, P.E.I., especially Kay Trainor. Marj was predeceased by her two devoted caregivers and best friends, Pat LeClare and Lorna Muzzerall and their families. Mass was celebrated on July 14 in Stella Maris Church, Pictou. Donations may be made to The Lung Association Prince Edward Island or the SPCA.
MORTON, Vivian Mina – 85, of the Ivy Terrace Nursing Home, formerly of Fifth St., Trenton, passed away Tuesday, July 8, in the Ivy Terrace Nursing Home. Born in New Glasgow, she was a daughter of the late George and Edna (MacPherson) Reynolds. Her family was her pride and joy. She made each of member feel like a blessing in her life, and her love was unwavering. She was known to show her love for others by cooking their favourite dishes or desserts. She enjoyed knitting beautiful gifts for every type of occasion. If she wasn’t busy cooking in the kitchen, you would likely find her knitting. She treasured all of her friendships, but spoke with extra affection for the girls in her card club, and she looked forward to their regular get-togethers over the years. She enjoyed square dancing with her husband David, and together they became the first presidents of the Triple M Square Dancers. Prior to her marriage, she worked at Goodman’s for a number of years. But what Vivian is most known for is her dedication to God, and living her life in service to others. She served as a Sunday school teacher at the First United Church in Trenton for 35 years. She was a long-time member of the Mary Unit of the UCW and she was also an honorary elder. She is survived by daughters: Donna Peart, Trenton; Heather (Joe) Terris, Trenton; sons: Allen (Judy), Little Harbour; Stephen (Mary), Caribou; Glenn (Janet), New Glasgow; grandchildren: Greg, Christopher, Adam, Aaron, Katherine, Ashley, Tom, Natalie, David and Connor; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Mason, PEI. She was predeceased by husband David Archibald Morton; sisters, Shirley MacAulay and Helen Reynolds; brother, Clarence; son-in-law, Bill Peart. Funeral service was held July 11 in First United Church, Trenton. Burial in Hillside Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to First United Church, Parkinson Society or C.H.A.D.
LITTLE, George – The death of George occurred at his grandson’s home in Thorburn, June 26. Born in Island East River, Geordie was predeceased by his parents, George and Catherine (Saunders) and a brother, Joseph (Rose) Little. After working for many years at Canada Envelope, he chose to make a living working on the land while living for many years in Hopewell. His generosity to various charities was little known. He will be sorely missed. Surviving are a sister Gloria (Donny) Rumley: step-sons Barry (Michelle) and Keith (Andrea) Townshend, Alberta: grandchildren: Shane (Michelle), Steven (Karlee) Townshend, Pictou Co. and Ruby Townshend, Alberta; plus five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A graveside service for his ashes will be held at 2 p.m., Aug. 12, in the Riverton Cemetery.
BARROW, Dorothy Catherine – 75, Glen Haven Manor, New Glasgow formerly of Oshawa, Ont., passed away peacefully, Sunday, July 13, 2014 in the Manor. Born in Plymouth, she was a daughter of David M. and Dorothy A. (Martin) Neima. Dorothy was actively involved in her community of Scarborough, Ont. when raising her children. She was very artistic and possessed a wonderful sense of humour. Dorothy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Surviving are her daughter, Karen “Karry” Robichaud, Oshawa; son, Tom Barrow, Markham, Ont.; sisters, Karen (Frank) Mombourquette, New Glasgow; Annette Gonzalez, Tampa, Florida; “special daughter”, Bev (Merle) Pope, Oshawa; eight grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Donald “Don” Barrow; infant daughters, Patricia and Barbara; sister, Nancy; brothers, Ron and Oren. Funeral service was held July 15 in P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home Chapel, New Glasgow. Interment in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Stellarton. Donations may be made in her memory to Aberdeen Palliative Care Society.
BURNS (Bain), Elizabeth (Betty) – Passed away peacefully on July 24, 2013, in her 90th year. Beloved wife of the late Edward Burns (January 14, 2010). Loving mother of John, Debby (Ken McClure), Diane (John Tremblay). Dear grandmother of Bill (Jessica), Megan (Lucas Bedell) Lizann McClure; Andrew and Matthew Tremblay; great-grandmother to Sophie McClure. Dear sister of John and the late Jim, Dick, Hazel Swantee, Robert and Mary Bain. Betty was the fourth of seven children born to Dan and Christina Bain on the family farm in West Branch, NS. Commonly referred to as “the Branch,” the farm has been in the Bain family since 1833. Betty’s life took her to many places, New Brunswick, Winnipeg, Quebec, Ontario, but home was always Nova Scotia. Betty and her three children spent most school summer vacations at “the Branch.” Betty was a very social person who loved to spend time with family and her countless friends. Her favourite summer events were always the community barbecues, River John Days and beach days in Toney River. She was never one to turn down an adventure. Betty loved to craft and whether it was knitting, sewing, painting or crocheting, she made thousands of beautiful, creative things and inspired many of her family and friends to follow in her crafty ways. Betty was always a very caring and supportive person with a great sense of humour and was dedicated to her church. She was a very strong woman and overcame many health issues which included being a breast cancer survivor. She defied the odds many times with her “I got stuff to do and people to see” attitude that even her doctors referred to her as a walking miracle. Betty was an amazing sister, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend who is missed by many. A graveside service is to be held on Wednesday, July 23 at 2 p.m. at the West Branch Cemetery, officiated by Rev. Christine Johnson. Service will be followed by a tea at the West Branch Church Hall. Donations in memory of Betty can be made to the West Branch Church.†
Eric William Holmes (December 26, 1947 to June 27, 2014) – painter, tango dancer, violinist, world traveller, gardener, lover of classical music, enthusiast, cook, avid reader of the classics – truly a renaissance man, passed away June 27, 2014 at Vancouver General Hospital. Born in London England, he lived in Montreal and Nova Scotia and was a long time resident of Vancouver, BC. Eric was a graduate of Pictou Academy, class of 1965. He also graduated from Dalhousie University with a Masters in mathematics and physics. He spent two years working in Africa with CUSO and taught computer sciences at Langara College for 30 years. A longtime student of the practice of hatha yoga, he also took yoga teacher training in the US. Eric was a sharp, witty and philosophical thinker, not prone to idle chatter. Having survived several serious challenges in his life, the last few years were the hardest test of all. He touched the hearts of many people with his respect, dignity and resolute determination to live. He experienced the greatest joy of his life when he married at age 65 for the ﬁrst time to his beloved Linda. He often expressed how his marriage was the best thing to ever happen to him despite his compromised condition. He is survived by his wife Linda and his sisters, Yvonne, Christine, Angelina, Anita and Veronika. He was predeceased by his parents, Charlie and Edith Holmes. The family deeply appreciates the committed and attentive care he received at Vancouver General Hospital in the last three years. In lieu of ﬂowers you are encouraged to make a donation in Eric Holmes’s name to VGH Foundation, 855 12th Avenue West, #190, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9.†
MacKinnon, Thomas “Blair” Arthur – of Westville, died suddenly from heart failure on July 12, 2014. An avid outdoorsman, it seemed fitting that his last day resonated with the laughter of family and soaking up the sunshine of a beautiful summer day with many of the people he loved the most. Blair was born on June 17, 1964 to Arthur and Ann (Whooten) MacKinnon. His childhood and youth was spent in Westville with his two younger sisters, many friends and numerous family pets. Blair graduated from Stellarton High School in 1984 and later from what is now the Nova Scotia Community College Business Administration program. It was also in the Town of Stellarton that Blair met the love of his life, Caroll Baxter, their love story spanning 33 years. They were married on an August day in 1986 surrounded by the many family and friends who will miss him forever. Blair was a master of many things but what he thought he excelled at the most was in the choosing of his partner in life and his three greatest accomplishments were the children they raised together: Ryan, Evan and Olivia. Blair had an interesting and varied working career that epitomized his many interests. He worked as Business Manager of the family owned Campbell’s Pharmacy in Westville alongside his father Arthur for 25 years. After the sale of the pharmacy in 2005, Blair turned his attention to his farm in Meadowville and also learning a new trade as a butcher and being employed by the Pork Shop in Denmark and Westville. His favourite but short career was as a lobster fisherman in Lismore. For the last three years Blair has worked for Michelin. He and Caroll recently moved from the farm back to his old stomping grounds on North Main Street, Westville to be closer to his parents. Blair inherited the genes of an animal lover from his mother, Ann. He especially loved his dogs and raised many Labs at the Meadowville farm and adopted many more that needed a home. Blair’s favourite times were in the woods and in the brook hunting and fishing, often with his best friend and cousin Kent MacKinnon, his Dad and son Evan. The stories of their escapades hunting moose in Newfoundland, wild boar off the coast of Nova Scotia or the fields and woods of West Pictou leaves nary a dry eye. His keen observations of the world and his special sense of humour transformed the ordinary into hilarious “Blairisms” that will continue to roll off tongues for years to come. Blair will be dearly missed by his wife of 27 years, Caroll; his children Ryan and fiancé Tiffany Van den Enyden, Evan and partner Kelly Fraser and daughter Olivia and special friend Patrick Patterson; his parents Arthur and Ann MacKinnon; sisters Crystal MacKinnon Murray (Sean), Pictou, Lisa MacKinnon (Shane Sponagle), Scotsburn; nephews Benjamin, Mac, Jack and Michael; nieces Georgia and Tess, and Clare, Grace and Nora MacKinnon; uncle Clarrie and aunt Mary K MacKinnon, Westville; cousins Kent (Tina), Porters Lake, Jyl (Trevor), Cole Harbour and Sarah MacKinnon, Westville; father-in-law Jim Baxter; brother-in-law Jim Baxter Jr.; and sisters-in-law Cindy Martin (Wayne) and Chrystal Baxter (Richie). He was predeceased by mother-in-law Bonnie (MacKay) Baxter, Stellarton; grandparents, Thomas and Margaret MacKinnon and Arthur and Ella Whooten, both of Westville; grandparents-in-law, Jean Baxter, Stellarton and Florence and Ralph Martin, New Glasgow. Blair is resting at Eagles Funeral Home, North Main Street, Westville with visitation today, Wednesday, July 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral and celebration of Blair’s life will take place on Thursday, July 17 at 11 a.m. at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Church Street, Westville with Rev. Jim Webber Cook officiating. Reception will be immediately following service in the church hall. Cremation to follow. Donations can be made to the Pictou County branch of the S.P.C.A.
RORISON, David Wayne – 39, Alma, passed away Saturday, June 28, 2014 in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII, surrounded by his family, after a tragic accident. Born in New Glasgow, he was a son of Reta Mae (Haley) Smith and Peter John Rorison. David was employed with Michelin Tire, Granton for the past 20 years. He enjoyed spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, listening to music, playing Wii with his children and listening to his wife play the piano. David was a hardworking man who put his wife and children first. He was a patient teacher to his children and a loving partner to his wife. Surviving besides his mother, Reta and step-father, Doug Smith, Pine Tree are his wife of 14 years, Anastasia “Staci” Murphy; children, Xander, Declan and Jorja Rorison; brother, Donald (Crissie) Rorison, Scotch Hill; aunt, Margaret (Wayne) Hubert, Thorburn; cousins, Carrie and Mark; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. He was predeceased by his mother-in-law, Kathleen and father-in-law, Charles. Funeral was held July 3 P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home Chapel, New Glasgow. Interment will be held at a later date in Heatherdale Memorial Gardens.
REID, James Arthur – of River John, passed away peacefully at the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital, Tatamagouche on June 30, 2014, at 94 years of age. James was predeceased by Norma (Bigney) Reid, his loving wife of 60 years. He was born in River John, one of six children of the late John and Maud (Langille) Reid. James and Norma had four boys, David (Trish) of Courtney, B.C.; Bill (Kathy) of Prince Rupert, B.C.; Don (deceased) (Julie) of Burnaby, B.C.; Paul (Lavinia) of Prince George, BC.; nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by brother, Merril and sisters, Helen and Eva; and is survived by sister, Jean; brother, Everett and numerous nephews and nieces. As a working man, James had been a woodsman, farmer, truck driver and stationary hay press contractor. In 1972 James and Norma went on a vacation to Prince Rupert to visit their sons, James obtained employment at a local pulp mill, leaving in 1982 to enjoy 32 years of retirement. He had a passion for the outdoors, especially hunting and tending his vegetable and flower gardens. Funeral service was held July 5 in St. George’s Presbyterian Church, River John. Burial in Mountain Road Cemetery. Donations may be made to the St. George’s Presbyterian Church or charity of your choice.
RANAHAN, Harold Henry – 88, of the Northumberland Veteran’s Wing, Pictou, passed away July 3, 2014. Born in Charlottetown, PEI he was a son of the late Earl and Mary (Murphy) Ranahan. Harry was a resident of Fraser St., New Glasgow before moving to the Veteran’s Wing. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, New Glasgow and a member of Branch 34 Royal Canadian Legion, New Glasgow. He worked as a carpenter and retired from Ford Construction. During WW II he served in the Royal Canadian Navy aboard the HMCS Dunver. He is survived by his sisters Mildred Ranahan, New Glasgow; Joan MacDonald, New Glasgow brother Bill (Donna) Ranahan, MacLellan’s Brook; several nieces nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. He was predeceased by seven brothers and two sisters. At Harry’s request cremation has taken place. A memorial mass will be held at a later date in St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, New Glasgow. Donations in his memory may be made to the Northumberland Veteran’s Wing or the Nova Scotia Lung Association.
MURRELL, David “Gary” – 70 of Coll Avenue, Stellarton passed away July 1, 2014 at the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in New Glasgow he was a son of the late Thomas Lee and Margaret (Matheson)Murrell. Gary was a resident of Pictou County his entire life. He was a barber by trade, as well as a long time employee of Jim’s Taxi where he drove and dispatched for a number of years. He is survived by sisters, Lorna MacDonald, Stellarton; Joyce MacNeil, Abercrombie; Rhoda Willan, Moncton; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife the former Elaine MacKenzie, brothers, Harold and Clayton, sisters, Phoebe in infancy, Ruth Whidden and Edna MacKay. Memorial service was held July 4 at the H.C. MacQuarrie Funeral Chapel, Stellarton. Burial of ashes in the Bethyl Cemetery, Scotsburn.
MURDOCK, Evelyn Ada – 80, The Ponds, passed away June 30, 2014 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow, surrounded by her family. Born in Lakedale, Guysborough Co., she was a daughter of the late Ernest Lavender Orman and Evelyn Annie (Nelson) Jordan. Evelyn was the matriarch of the Murdock household. She and Arthur enjoyed a loving marriage, each supporting one another as they raised six girls. Evelyn worked with Arthur helping to maintain his fishing gear, mending salmon and mackerel nets, and making headings for lobster traps. She was also employed with Lismore Sea Foods for 10 years. She was a member of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Merigomish. She enjoyed family gatherings, attending dances with Arthur, cooking, baking, feeding birds, knitting and sewing. Her canine companion, Katie was always by her side. Evelyn was “mama”, “mom”, “gramie”, “gramie gg” to her family, who loved her dearly. Surviving are her daughters, Lorraine (Benson) Wright, The Ponds; Debbie (Billy) MacKay, Stellarton; Sandra (Mike) Pitts, The Ponds; Colleen (Ronnie) Olding, Merigomish; Darlene (Paul) Hamilton, Lower Barney’s River; Marlene (Robert) Fraser, The Ponds; grandchildren, Shawn, Lisa, Steven, Amanda, Tammy, Jody, Pam, Wendy, Jacqueline, Derek, Robbie, Elisha, Ben, Nathan and Nicky; 25 great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary Duggan, Riverton; Viola (Kenny) Richards, Toronto, Ont.; sisters-in-law, Ora Jordan, The Ponds; Jean Jordan, Beamsville, Ont.; numerous nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Arthur Frederick Murdock; great-grandson, Joshua; brothers, George, Walter, Henry and Orman; half-sister, Connie (Norman) Campbell; half-brothers, John and Bill McCaul. Funeral was held July 4 in St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Merigomish. Interment in Murray’s Point Cemetery, Lower Barney’s River. Donations may be made to Murray’s Point Cemetery or Aberdeen Health Foundation Palliative Care Unit Endowment.
McALDUFF, Cynthia S. (MacLeod) – It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Cynthia at age 55, of River John, on July 4, 2014 in Brule, N.S. Born in Tatamagouche, she was a daughter of the late Aulden and Shirley (Redmond) MacLeod. Cynthia taught explorers and loved helping out the kids at River John School, was on the library committee at River John, helped out in the family funeral business and enjoyed working at Heritage Cottages in Brule. Cynthia is survived by siblings, Reta MacLeod, PEI; David and Brenton, both of River John; aunts, Joyce (Eldon) Graham, Molly (Victor) Emin, and Eileen Matheson; uncles, Harry (Grace) Redmond and Harlan (Mary) MacLeod; she is also survived by several cousins. Cynthia was predeceased by her husband, Alan ‘Mac’ McAlduff; aunts and uncles, George Matheson, Sylvan and Lorraine Mingo and Norman Pitman. Cremation has taken place. Funeral service took place July 7 at Salem United Church, River John. Private family burial will be Forest Hill Cemetery, Denmark at a later date. Donations in her name may be made to Salem United Church, Forest Hill Cemetery or a charity of choice.
JONES, Frederick Alexander “Deacon” – passed away in Sudbury, Ont., on July 3, 2014, surrounded by his loving family . Born in Pictou, NS, June 13, 1944, he was the eldest son of the late Leonard and Cassie (MacLellan) Jones, Westville. Fred is survived by his wife of 38 years Rose; step-children, Steve (Margaret), Denise (Dell), and Andrea (Tony); 3 grandchildren, James, Aaron and Ashley and great grand daughter Emma. He is also survived by his sister Marie Bourque (John); brothers, John (Donna), Frank (Holly), Sandy (Tammy), all of Westville; Art “A.J.” (Lorraine), Pictou and Allan, Sudbury. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his grand-daughter Tanya and brothers Gerard and Ralph. Funeral arrangements are under the directions of Cooperatives Funeral Home, Sudbury Ont.
Fleming, William Cuzner “Burpee” – It is with great sadness that the family announces the death of William “Burpee” Cuzner Fleming on July 1, 2014, in Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Brn November 13, 1943, he was the only son of the late Bill and Muriel (Cuzner) Fleming. Burpee leaves behind his wife, Tilda Raney-Fleming; proud father of son, William Fleming and daughter, Shanel Raney. He is survived by extended family, Earle (Judy) Baine, Sheri and Kim; Mary-Elizabeth Fleming, Cathy (special cousin) and Bruce; Joseph, Rose, Perry and Byron Raney; Rosetta (Gerald), Amanda and Corey Doucette. He was predeceased by cousin, Alan Fleming. Burpee lived his whole life in New Glasgow. Upon graduation from New Glasgow High School, he attended St. Francis Xavier University and then was employed as a lab student at Aberdeen Hospital. Burpee and best friend (Rick) completed their Registered Medical Technology Program in 1965. After graduation, he was employed at Aberdeen Hospital in the Hematology Department for 22 years where he enjoyed working with the “hematology girls”. After working in hematology, he started his own business (Nu-Com Communications) and proudly this year was the 40th anniversary of his company. Cars and trucks were a lifelong passion that he inherited from his dad and was passing on to his son. Another passion of Burpee’s was his time in Cape Breton with his family. Burpee also loved his morning coffees with the MacDonald’s crew. Funeral service was held July 5 in St. George’s Anglican Church, New Glasgow, with burial in Lorne Street Cemetery. Donations may be made in his memory to Aberdeen Health Foundation ICU family area.
CHISHOLM, John “Nova” – legendary entrepreneur, philanthropist and mover of dirt, died in the early hours of July 4th at the age of 68. Born in Antigonish on January 5t, 1946, to Donald and Margaret I. Chisholm, John co-founded with his father Nova Construction, one of the largest road building companies east of Quebec. When it came to the business of moving dirt and building roads, John was a natural from the start. The Chisholm clan, whose centuries-old motto was I am fierce with the fierce, was a family of farmers, loggers and earth-movers. Mechanical competence was considered a necessity of life. So at age 4, with his father looking on stoically, John Nova learned to drive a tractor. He bought his first D4 dozer at 17 and won a contract to dig the basement of the Angus L. MacDonald Library at St. Francis Xavier University, happily cutting classes to do so. Later that year, following the assassination of John F. Kennedy – a watershed event for his generation, John quit school for good and founded Nova Construction. One of the company’s first major jobs was building a large section of highway in Newfoundland. For John, landing in pre-TransCanada Newfoundland was “like getting dropped on the moon.” But he loved the work: the camaraderie of his crews, creating smooth, straight, well-built roads where there were none before. Most of all, he loved beating the pants off the competition – a passion for which he would never lose his appetite. In 1975, at age 29, John and his team started construction on what is still considered to be among the largest and most successful industrial projects ever completed in Nova Scotia – the Wreck Cove Hydroelectric Plant. For the next three decades, John led Nova Construction’s expansion into ever larger and more successful industrial projects: the development of Porcupine Quarry, considered to be among North America’s finest sources of quality aggregate; the construction of the Cobequid Pass, and the establishment of Pioneer Coal with operations throughout Cape Breton and Pictou County. He also played an instrumental role in the conception of the Confederation Bridge. His son Donald succeeded him as president of Nova Construction in 2006, but John remained active in the business until his death. John played as hard as he worked. A lover of NASCAR racing, he travelled to Tennessee in the mid-1960s to scope out the legendary Bristol Motor Speedway, and ultimately created a replica, the Riverside International Speedway, upon which his son Donald races today. Quiet and old-fashioned, John believed that actions spoke louder than words. While he was well known for substantial gifts made to a number of organizations including the IWK Children’s Hospital and the Coady International Institute at Saint Francis Xavier University, many people around Antigonish were touched by his everyday kindness and generosity. In 2011, he was recognized for his significant contributions to Nova Scotia’s economy with an honorary degree from St. FX, and in 2013 he received an honorary degree from Dalhousie University. And so, 48 years after dropping out of high school, he finally graduated. John was always incredibly grateful to the many loyal and committed employees of Nova Construction, past and present, who contributed to the success of the Nova group of companies. John will be mourned and deeply missed by his wife, Anne; his son and daughter-in-law Donald and Kellie Chisholm; his daughter and son-in-law Julie Chisholm and Aly Mawji; and the delights of his life, his grandchildren Emily, Shelby, Nahla and Kieran. He is survived by his sisters, Marilyn (Vernon) Dee, Helen Landry, Claire (Roy) Rasmussen, and Maria (Gerry) Grant; aunts Sister Marie Raymond, Florence MacDonald and Sadie Jones, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Donald A. and Margaret I. Chisholm, brother Owen and brother-in-law Paul Landry. Funeral mass was held in St. Ninian’s Cathedral on July 8.Donations can be made to the Coady International Institute, the IWK Foundation, the Antigonish Community Food Bank, or a charity of choice.