MacLEAN, Lois Belle (MacDonald) – Halifax / Caribou Island, NS: It is with deep sadness that we share the peaceful passing of Lois Belle (MacDonald) MacLean on August 26, 2014 at Parkstone Enhanced Care. Born on February 20, 1928, she was a daughter of the late William G. and Violet (Heighton) MacDonald. Her childhood was spent on the family farm at Glengarry, N.S. until the family moved to Pictou during the Second World War. She was a graduate of the Business Department at Pictou Academy and worked for many years as a bookkeeper. Mom was an avid reader, crack crossword puzzle solver and a fan of a good game of bridge with the Professional Engineers’ Wives Association of Nova Scotia and the ladies at the Mayflower Curling Club. With a loving heart she enjoyed the company of friends and family, visits to Florida and memories made from special summers at Caribou Island. She was a kind friend to all creatures great and small, with cats and hummingbirds holding special places in her generous heart. She and Dad were founding members of Calvin Presbyterian Church in Halifax where she served in the Ladies Guild. We will miss her warm laugh, wry observations and stories shared. She is survived by her three children and their families: Norman (Mary Hardiman), Halifax; Phil (Barbara Pearson), Phoenix, Arizona; Lori (Steve Guy), Halifax; four grandchildren, Leigh-Ann (Josh Bryson), Ryan (Miranda Saunders), Alex and Olivia; four great-grandchildren: Kaiden, Jillian, Maria and Isabella; sister, Dorothy Hogg, Lyons Brook, NS, many nieces and nephews and extended family. She was predeceased by her husband of 61 years Norman Earle MacLean, her parents, and sister, June Eloise in infancy. Visitation will be held at McLaren Funeral Home in Pictou, NS on September 5 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral on September 6 at 11 a.m. in the McLaren Funeral Chapel, followed by a reception at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Hall. A graveside committal at Waterside Cemetery to immediately follow the reception. Family flowers only. Donations may be made in memory of Lois to the Alzheimer’s Society of Nova Scotia, the Canadian Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, or charity of your choice. Condolences may be shared by visiting www.mclarenfuneral.ca
SLEETH, Ethel (MacDonald) – born June 7, 1923, youngest child of Edward M. and Annie (Heighton) of Pictou, passed away peacefully on July 30, 2014. She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Ron, and her siblings, Jean (McCullion), Eva “Fee” (Hingley), Edward “Earl” and Dorothy “Ducks” (Mayar). Following her graduation in 1942 from Pictou Academy, Ethel trained as a registered nurse at Wellesley Hospital in Toronto and worked at Toronto Hospital for Sick Children. Some of her dearest friends and memories were from her years of nursing. After marriage in 1947 to Ron, a US Air Force officer, she spent 28 years making a home and living at his assignments in England, Spain and eight US states. They lived in retirement for 34 years in Niceville, Fla. Ethel spent her last five years in Morris Plains, NJ, near family. Ethel was an avid Bridge and Mah Jong player and lifelong reader. She loved getting together with friends and family, often playing the piano while everyone sang. Always loving children, she felt her greatest pride and joy were her daughters Nancy, Nikki and Linda. She is also survived by two caring sons-in-law; 11 treasured grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. In her 91 years, Ethel gave her love unconditionally and was adored by all those whose lives she touched. At the end of her life she said that her hope was that she had helped some people or played a part in making their lives happier. A memorial service and burial next to Ron will be held at a future date at Arlington National Cemetery, VA. If desired, donations in her memory may be made to a children’s charity of one’s choice.
RUSSELL, Noah F. – Pictou: Noah Franklyn Russell arrived in this world on Wednesday, August 9, 1989, much to the delight of all his family. He left us far too soon on Sunday, August 24, 2014, as a result of a motor vehicle accident. Noah packed a lot of life into the scant 25 years he was allotted. After graduating from Pictou Academy in 2007, he attended St.F.X. University, where he played rugby. All the while, Noah fished lobster, herring and tuna with his father. More recently, he balanced his fishing career with working on the oil rigs in Alberta. Noah loved to work but he also loved to play. He loved sports, especially hockey, soccer and golf. He loved all aspect of sports – playing, spectating and analyzing statistics. He cherished his friends and never missed an opportunity to share good times with them – travelling, attending concerts and Pictou Island parties. He certainly cherished Pictou Island where all his childhood summers were spent biking, swimming and playing with friends. He recently acquired his own property on Pictou Island and was looking forward to clearing his land and building his own place. Above all else, Noah loved to laugh. His smiles and laughs brought joy to his family for the past 25 years, for which we are truly grateful. He will be sorely missed by all who loved him – his father and mother, Jim Russell and Margo Watt; his sister, Hayley Russell; his grandmother, Doretta Russell; as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He will be missed by his good friends, perhaps none more so than Emelyne Marshall, with whom he shared a special bond. Noah was predeceased by his grandparents Harold Russell, Lawrence and Isabel Watt. Growing up, Noah enjoyed all the benefits of having an extended family living close by and he was definitely the apple of Isabel’s eye. Funeral service was held at the First Presbyterian Church, Pictou on August 28. From there, he joined his grandparents in Seaview Cemetery, with his ashes to be brought to Pictou Island at a later date. On Noah’s behalf, his family requests that donations be given to charities that facilitate kids’ participation in sports, such as Canadian Tire Jumpstart.
MUNROE, Ida Doris – 93, of Pictou passed away peacefully at the Shiretown Nursing Home on August 30, 2014. Born on Pictou Island, she was a daughter of the late George and Christina (Whiteway) Rankin. As a young woman, Ida worked in the fish factory on Pictou Island and later operated the island switchboard for Maritime Tel. & Tel. Ida served her community in various musical capacities playing guitar, autoharp, banjo and mouth organ. She also lent her beautiful alto voice to choir and other musical endeavors. Ida loved quilting, hooking mats and gardening. However, her greatest joy was derived from sewing love into the lives of her family. The result is a beautiful tapestry of lives tightly woven together by the careful stitches of their matriarch. Ida Doris. She is survived by daughters, Frances McGrath, Pictou; and Beth (Jonathan) Knock, Stellarton; grandchildren, Troy Rankin; Nick Munroe; Shawn McGrath; Stephanie McGrath Basit; Sherri MacInnis; Colin and Luke Knock; great-grandchildren, Martin McGrath; Nolan, Grace and Laila MacInnis; Petra Rankin and Cohen Munroe. She is also survived by a daughter-in-law, Darlene Munroe. Ida is also survived by nieces, Florence (Vincent) Heighton; Doris (Keith MacDonald); and nephews, Donald Livingstone; Elwood (Joan) Rankin. Ida was predeceased by her husband, Charles; son, Sandy; daughter Shirley Rankin; granddaughter, Tammy Rankin; numerous brothers and sisters. Funeral was held September 2 in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Pictou. Burial in the Seaview Cemetery.
MacLEAN, John Hugh “Jack” – former mayor of New Glasgow, passed away on Aug. 25, 2014. Jack was born in New Glasgow on Sept. 4, 1929. He was a wonderful man, a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He adored his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was married to his wife, Pat, for 58 years. Everyone who knew Jack enjoyed his sense of humour, his kind demeanour and his friendly nature. Jack attended New Glasgow schools growing up, and was high school president in his senior year. He obtained science and education degrees from St. Francis Xavier University and taught high school in Stellarton, Trenton and Pictou. He also spent time as superintendent of schools in Trenton. His last years of teaching were at Stellarton Vocational School. Jack was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame as part of the St. FX hockey team, he was a member of the Pictou County Grads Rugby team and he enjoyed playing recreational ball with the Melmerby “Magpies”. He was a devoted fan of the Montreal Canadiens for the major part of his life, and he successfully passed on his Habs enthusiasm to his children and grandchildren. He took up golfing when he retired and liked playing golf and relaxing at his winter home in Florida. His summers were spent enjoying the family cottage at Melmerby Beach. Jack was a councillor for the Town of New Glasgow for two terms, and mayor of New Glasgow for two terms, for a total of 12 years. He served on many committees such as the school board, recreation, police and library. He was instrumental in the establishment of the New Glasgow Regional Library. Jack is survived by his wife Pat; son, John MacLean (Elsie); daughters: Karen Kerr (Paul), Susan Breen (Don), and Brenda MacLean (Nick); grandchildren: Lowell (Janet), Leslie (Patrick), Allie (Tyler), Amanda, Jonathan, Justin, Renee and Jacki; his great-grandchildren: Sawyer, Sophie and Ainslie. He is also survived by his brothers: Bob (Laura), Ducky (Viola), and Harvey; sisters, Kay, and Betty (Roddie), sisters-in-law, Doris and Darla. He was predeceased by parents Hugh John and Loretta (Fogarty) MacLean; sisters, Isabel and Marion; and brothers, Joe and Sonny. Funeral mass was August 30 at St. John the Baptist Church, New Glasgow. Burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society.
MacDONALD, Cameron Keith – It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dearest son and brother, Cameron Keith MacDonald. Born in New Glasgow, November 28th 1988 and passed away suddenly Sunday August 24th 2014.Cameron will always and forever be in the loving and caring hearts of his mother, Mary Anne LeBlanc, Caribou Island, step father, Milton MacLeod, Durham and father Cameron MacDonald (CeCe), Alberta. Cameron excelled at pool, hockey, darts and washer toss and was very competitive. His sister Kathleen will remember her loving big brother for his gifts of strength and love to her. Cameron was also a great friend and was loved by everyone who had the opportunity to know and spend time with him. His countless number of cousins and friends whom he loved like brothers and sisters will never forget his witty and smiling spirit. The cherished memories of Cameron will never fade and will always be remembered by his maternal grandparents Walter and Eileen LeBlanc, Pictou; aunts, Carolyn (Richard); Dawn (Allan); Denise (Blake); Terri (Skip); Heather; Janet (Jay) all of Pictou; JoHanna (Dan) Halifax; uncles, Tom (Dee) Hopewell; Michael; Walter; Johnny (Nancy); Travis (Nadine), Aaron (MaryAnn) all from Pictou; Johnathon, Ontario; and Victor, Mexico. Cameron will also be sadly missed by his girlfriend Danielle DeCoste. He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents Cameron and Clara MacDonald; aunt Blaise (God Mother) and uncle Rick. Funeral mass was celebrated August 29 from Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church, Pictou. Burial in the Seaview Cemetery.
LOCKHART, Mary Elizabeth – 69, of Pictou Landing, formerly of Westville, passed away on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow, with her family by her side. Born in New Glasgow, she was a daughter of the late Guy and Rita (MacGillivary) Mattatall, Westville. Mary enjoyed working with people and was a retired employee of Sobeys and Lawtons. She loved to see a smiling face. She will be sadly missed by her daughter Shelley, at home; son, Derrick (Julia), Pictou Landing; grandson, Calen; brothers, Roy Mattatall (Diane), London, Ont.; Gary Mattatall (Helen), Westville; sister, Catherine MacPhie, Antigonish; special cousin, Cathy, Cobourg, Ont.; very dear friend, Jim Wolfe, Trenton; nieces and nephews, Kim and Kelly, Rickey and Michelle Mattatall. She is also survived by sisters and brothers-in-law, Ella Ogden, Jean Burgess, Marie Jenkins (Art); Bill Lockhart (Louise), Gerald Lockhart (Jean), and Audrey Lockhart. She was predeceased by her husband Ralph; sister Aggie Mattatall; mother and father-in-law, John and Violet Lockhart; nephew, Craig Mattatall; sister-in-law, Claudia Guay (Jack) and brother-in-law John “Bud” Lockhart. Her funeral service was held August 29 from Eagles Funeral Chapel, Westville. Burial in Heatherdale Memorial Gardens. Donations in her memory may be made to The Lodge That Gives, Halifax or Bethel Presbyterian Church, Pictou Landing.
BUNCKLE, Edna – 94, of Valley View Villa, formerly of Durham, passed away on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 in Valley View Villa, Riverton. Born in England, Edna was a daughter of the late Norman and Harriet (Brown) Robson. She was a member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Choir, Westville and the Legion Choir of New Glasgow. She played the violin and sang many duets with her sister Doreen. Edna will be dearly missed by her husband of 67 years, Harry; son Geoffrey (Anne); daughter Barbara; grandchildren: Darcy (Ashley), David (Jocelyn), Alison (Ryan), Lauren (Mike); 12 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and their families. She was predeceased by sisters, Gwin Snell and Doreen Marshall MacKenzie and brother Roland Robson. Funeral service was held August 30 from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Westville. Burial in Heatherdale Memorial Gardens. Donations in her memory may be made to the Nova Scotia Heart and Stroke Foundation.
BAKER, Henrietta “Etta” (Dykens) – 88, Westville, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 29, 2014 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in Springhill on August 22, 1924, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Elsie (Swanwick) Dykens of Stellarton. She had worked at the Pictou Shipyards as a burner during the war. In later years, she worked at Eaton’s and the Metropolitan Department Store. Etta enjoyed knitting, crocheting, playing cards, and weekends at the camp at Dryden’s Lake. She was a great fan of feeding wildlife in her back yard and loved dogs. She was “Nanny Baker” to many kids she babysat over the years. She was a member of St. Paul United Church. She will be dearly missed by daughter, Darlene Baker-MacDonald; sons and daughters-in-law, Joe and Margie, Jim and Kathleen, and Alfie and Cathy, all of Westville; grandchildren: Barbie Rogers, Trevor Baker, Joey Baker, Donna Baillie, Rachel Baker and Carole Norris; and 10 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sister Elaine Turnbull, Stellarton; brothers, Fraser Dykens (Louise) and Baker Dykens (Winnie), Stellarton; sisters-in-law, Lois Dykens, Springville and Frances Dykens, Stellarton. She was predeceased by her husband James; infant daughter Bonita; sisters, Violet Carrigan, Thelma (James Langille and Chester Falt); brothers, Robert Dykens, Danny Dykens (Betty Dunbar) and Malcolm Dykens; brother-in-law, Jim Turnbull; son-in-law Walter MacDonald; great-grandson Aiden Baker; and two infant sisters, Dorothy and Maxine Dykens. Memorial service was held September 1 from Eagles Funeral Chapel, Westville. Burial in Heatherdale Memorial Gardens. Donations may be made to the Aberdeen Palliative Care Society.
BOWES, Gerry (Marchbank) – Peacefully at the Provincial Palliative Care Unit on Monday, August 25, 2014 of Gerry Bowes (nee Marchbank) of Charlottetown, age 69 years. Beloved wife of Ian Bowes and loving mother of Sandra, Jeffrey (Lisa McLellan) and Colleen Bowes. Gerry is also survived by grandchildren – Ryan Bruce and Braeden and Carter Bowes; siblings – Marion Hole (Fred), Marguerite Wood (Tom), Melvin “Junior” Marchbank (Linda), Vernie Marchbank (Gail), Gary, Carol Warkentin (John-deceased), Susan Abourisk (George), Chris Marchbank (Margaret) Debbie Loosdrecht (John) and Hubert Marchbank (Joyce). She was predeceased by her parents – Melvin and Barbara Marchbank; sister in infancy – Cathy Marchbank; and brother – Douglas Marchbank. Funeral mass was celebrated on Friday, August 29, at St. Dunstan’s Basilica. Interment followed at the Roman Catholic Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to P.E.I. Right to Life would be appreciated. Online condolences may be made to firstname.lastname@example.org. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Hillsboro Funeral Home. www.peifuneralcoops.com†
MINGO, Ernest Chambers – 97, of New Glasgow, passed away peacefully August 20, 2014, at Ivey’s Terrace Nursing Home in Trenton with family by his side. Born in Denmark, near Tatamagouche, he was the son of the late Allison and Ella Mae (Chambers) Mingo. Ernie left the farm at 16 years of age to attend Maritime Business College. He studied accounting and ultimately went to work with auto dealerships in Glace Bay, and finally the accounting firm Nightingale and Hayman. The course of Ernie’s life was perhaps most profoundly affected by the outbreak of the Second World War. He enlisted and became an officer in the Sherbrooke Fusiliers, and during transport to England, Lt. E.C. Mingo met nursing sister Lt. Eve Shepley. The couple continued to see each other on coinciding leaves throughout the war, and years later would return to the Netherlands together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the end of WWII. While overseas, Ernie became commander of a Sherman tank nicknamed “Bomb”. It was the only Canadian tank to see continuous action from D-Day to VE Day, with Ernie and his crew participating in the liberation of Holland. Upon his return to civilian life, Ernie joined his brothers at Eastern Woodworkers Ltd. Their work includes the Dalhousie University Law Building, the St. Mary’s Biochemistry and Student Union buildings, schools, hospitals and large housing developments around Atlantic Canada, including 350 units at Mulgrave Park, Halifax. Eastern Manufacturing Company Ltd., the prefabrication division of Eastern Woodworkers was set up to manufacture mobile homes. Ernie became involved in the National Retail Lumberman’s Council of Canada, and the Atlantic Provinces Retail Lumber Dealers’ Association, becoming president of both organizations. He was director of the Canadian Lumberman’s Association; secretary-treasurer of Gomac Construction Co., and led in the establishment of Lenargo Industries which was among the pioneers of Maritime factory built housing. As Eastern closed its doors in 1971, Ernie turned his attention to forestry, blueberries and the hospitality industry. With his initial financial partners he built a hotel in Port Hawkesbury, and purchased the Silver Dart Motel in Baddeck, setting the foundation for what would become Maritime Inns and Resorts Inc. Throughout his career, he was involved in many organizations; board member of Pictou County Research and Development (PICORD); president of New Glasgow Rotary Club; president of the Boy Scout Council of Pictou County; member of the Masonic Lodge for over 60 years, and more recently a member of the Shrine Club; and a Legion member for over 65 years. He was honoured by the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce as Businessperson of the Year in 1995, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. His life was highlighted by fishing trips with friends, travelling the globe with Eve, hosting friends and family in Ft. Lauderdale, Baddeck, and on the family farm in Denmark, and spending time with his granddaughters. Ernie was predeceased by his wife Eve; daughter Jeanne, and siblings: Louise, Harold, Dudley, Carl, Marion and Grace. He is survived by sister, Kaye (Gerald MacKinnon), son, Don (Aulayne), and granddaughters: Becki (Jesse Seamon), Christy, Kate and Sarah, nieces and nephews, and friend Marjorie Fancy. Funeral was held August 24 at Trinity United Church, New Glasgow with interment at Holy Trinity Anglican Church Cemetery.
MEGENEY, George Harvey – George was a family man, a community minded man, a good man. George was born in Stellarton, June 11, 1942, the first of 10 children to the late George Trueman and Elizabeth Brannagh Megeney (nee Reekie). George is survived by his wife Anderine (nee Fraser), his son Lynn (Sandra), daughter Leah O’Hara (Grant), special niece Rhonda Sinclair (Mark) and grandchildren: Zachary, Krista, Lauren and Nolan. George is also survived by sister-in-law Claudia Clarke (Owen); brothers: Robert Megeney (Patricia), Dexter Megeney (Karen), John Megeney (Karen); sisters: Bydie Cyr (William), Joni Maybe (John), Marie Lays (Mike) and Jeannie Beaudry. George was predeceased by his parents, sisters Heather MacDonald, Nancy Sinclair and nephew Kevin Megeney. George left home at a young age to earn his way, joining the military in 1959, serving initially with The Black Watch, RHR of Canada. George met the love of his life Anderine, they wed in December 1962, before setting off on an adventure to live in West Germany, where George was stationed with NATO. Over the years George served with the United Nations (U.N.) peacekeeping mission to Cyprus, and was stationed with the U.N. Observer force in the Sinai Peninsula during the Egyptian invasion, which led to the outbreak of the Six Day War in June of 1967. George left the military in 1968, moving back to Pictou County with his young family, taking a job as a police officer with the town of New Glasgow. Over the next 35 years, George had a diverse and rewarding career in policing, retiring from the Stellarton Police Services in 2003. From 2004 to 2006, then 2008 to the current date, George served as a Stellarton town councilor, where he was instrumental in securing the establishment of the Stellarton Business Park. He was actively involved in a wide range of community associations, volunteering his time for many, many groups and individuals. George was fiercely proud and protective of his family, his friends, his town and county. Funeral was held August 22 in the H.W. Angus Funeral Home Chapel. Internment at the Abercrombie Cemetery.
MacKENZIE, Elizabeth “Betty” Bernice Miller (Walsh) – Born on February 28, 1929, in Auburnville, N.B., died August 18, 2014 at St. Martha’s hospital in Antigonish. Daughter of the late James Miller and Mary Elizabeth Duplessis (Miller). Also predeceased by first husband John Daniel Walsh, son Fred, daughters Mary-Anne and Josephine; sisters Celia Miller, Viola Jones and Jessie Surrette. Survived by husband Douglas Garfield MacKenzie; siblings: Bertha Purcell, Catherine Coffin, Jim Miller, Caroline Power, Hazel Savoy, Clara Morrison and Tommy Miller. Children: Vincent Walsh (Sherri), Danny Walsh (Theresa), Pat Walsh, Susan Walsh (Diane), Margaret Walsh (Michael), Florence “Chris” Walsh, Nancy Morrell Lamey (Stephen), Rod Walsh (Karen), Andrew Walsh(Christy), Gordon Walsh (Lisa), Russell Walsh (Cathy); and step-children Doug MacKenzie, Earl MacKenzie and Carolyn Dee (Alan). Survived by 22 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; one great-great grandchild. A steadfast warrior throughout her life, she modeled the highest standard of principles for healthy living while showing an acceptance for the realities of life. On her journey as wife and parent she experienced both loss and new life. Her new life with Gar remained filled with love to her last day. She preferred to wear her own creations rather than “buying from a store.” She loved to bake, cook, clean and to garden. She had a great curiosity for learning about the human condition. She was a recovering person, a friend of Bill W. She understood the importance of self-expression through art and music. She took time to sing to her young children while encouraging them to draw, write and to sing. She was a woman of faith. She arrived in Antigonish at a young age working at St. Bernards under the direction of the Sisters of St. Martha. She converted to the Roman Catholic faith and remained true to the Christian teachings throughout her life. Aware of her progression of dementia and the need for science to advance in this area of research, she requested her body be left to Dalhousie University Research Center. A memorial Mass was held August 22 at Our Lady of Lourdes in Stellarton.
MacISAAC, John Wayne “J.D.”– 63, born in Pictou on July 17, 1951, passed away in the Palliative Care Unit at the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow on August 23, 2014, after a brief but very brave battle with cancer. He was a son of the late John Dan and Kathleen (LeBlanc) MacIsaac. Wayne is survived by his children: Natalie, Kentville; Jessica, Pictou; Archie, Pictou, and their mother, Anne Gratton; siblings, Donna (Ross) MacKenzie, Pictou; Sharon (Ron) Riley, Bible Hill; Deborah (Terry) Hosking, Riverton; Eric (Kathy MacLean), Pictou; and Lloyd LeBlanc, Port Elgin, ON; granddaughter, Ava Brown; aunt, Alexina “Jemima” (Frank) MacKay and uncle, Colin (Juliette) MacIsaac; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He enjoyed canoeing, kayaking, fishing, woodworking and loved spending time with his granddaughter and family and friends. He also loved visits to The Glen in Cape Breton, and tinkering at his woodlot in Caribou River. Wayne was an active member of the Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 409 until the time of his brief illness. Funeral mass will be held 11 a.m. today, Wednesday (August 27) from the Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church, Pictou. Burial will be in the Seaview Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Aberdeen Palliative Care Society, or any charity.
MacDONALD, Lilla Marion – 67, of Pictou, and formerly of Thorburn, passed away unexpectedly August 22, 2014 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow with her life partner Ian Campbell at her side holding her hand. Born in Pictou, March 24, 1947, she was a daughter of the late Earle Victor Hamilton and Minnie Corkum (Hamilton) Marshall. Lilla was never happier than when she was fishing, be it trout at her favourite lakes or mackerel at the town wharf in Pictou, where she spent countless hours and made many lifelong friendships. She lived in Thorburn before moving back to Pictou, and while there was an active member of St. Alban’s Anglican Church Guild, and was also involved with Big Brothers. Besides Ian, she will be sadly missed by her children, James (Angela), Halifax; Robert (Pauline), Camrose, Alta.; Earle (Erin Thomas), Camrose, Alta; Jason, Pictou; Lisa, New Glasgow;grandchildren: Connor and Meghan MacDonald, Christopher and Mistie-ann Dawn MacDonald, Elijah and Emmah MacDonald, Honey, Devin, Morgan, Thomas and Hope Dudka; great-grandchild, Castiel Aiden Dudka; brothers, Charles (Monica) Corkum, Ont.; Edward (Cecile) Corkum, Pictou; sister, Donna Marshall, New Glasgow; and special nephew, Shane Marshall. Funeral was held August 26 from St. James Anglican Church, Pictou; burial in Seaview Cemetery.
GEORGE, W. A. M. “Mellie” – (December 19, 1944 – August 22, 2014) After a very brief battle with cancer, Mellie passed away peacefully, Friday, August 22, 2014 in the Palliative Care Unit of the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow, with his family by his side. Raised in Pictou, he was the son of the late Harvey and Margaret (Langille) George. Mellie was a pipefitter by trade and worked for Ferguson Industries, Pictou Industries and Aecon Group. Being a member of the 244 Antigonish Union also brought him employment with various businesses throughout the county, including Michelin, Nova Scotia Power, Northern Pulp and Trenton Works. Wherever there was work, Mellie was willing. When he wasn’t working he was spending his time at Tim Hortons, fishing on the wharf, or on the golf course. His passion for golf was something that he had since he was a child and if you ask anyone, he was a pretty good golfer too. He was club and senior champion in Pictou several times. Mellie accomplished a hole-in-one at both Pictou and Abercrombie golf courses. Even though his daughters didn’t take up the sport, they enjoyed watching the PGA with him on the weekends. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, AnneMarie; daughters, Lisa, Pictou and Wendy (Ashley Murray), Bible Hill; sister-in-law, Barb Murray, Pictou; and brother-in-law, Don MacDonald (Ria), Trenton; four nieces, two nephews, five great nieces and two great nephews. No visitation or funeral service by request of the deceased. Donations in his memory may be made to the Aberdeen Palliative Care Society. Arrangements under the direction of McLaren Funeral Home, Pictou.
ADAMS, Gloria Dawn – 83, of Stellarton passed away on August 17, 2014. Born in Toronto she was a daughter of the late Jack and Audrey (Hoade) Todd. After moving to Nova Scotia she was employed for Sobeys and after retiring she settled at Lochaber Lake with her husband of 56 years, Gord. She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Stacey (Jim) Heighton, grandson Christopher (Vicki) Heighton, and great-granddaughter Ella; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her loving husband Gord, sister Beryl Sinfield and brothers-in-law Ted Sinfield, Doug and Bruce Sudden. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation or funeral service by request. Internment will be in Heatherdale Memorial Gardens.
KENNEDY, Paige Prichard – Paige Prichard Kennedy was the eldest daughter of a U.S. Navy test pilot, and grew up with two sisters and two brothers. As her world view shifted away from the military values of her upbringing toward one of social and ecological justice, Paige created art as a way to express this evolving vision. Her artwork was a source of wonder and pride to those who knew her. Over the years, Paige’s art was shown in many galleries in Nova Scotia and beyond. Paige married the love of her life, Charlie Kennedy, in Maryland in 1971. The two emigrated to Nova Scotia and built a home in Pictou County. Their daughters, Logan and Chloe, were born in 1979 and 1984 respectively. An avid gardener, Paige’s flowers and vegetables brought joy and health to her family and community. Throughout her career, Paige was an art teacher and a residential support worker with mentally challenged adults. Her spiritual life was rooted in the Quaker faith, and she served on national Quaker committees for 10 years. Paige loved good literature and appreciated the absurd, humorous side of life. Paige died on August 6th, 2014 due to a terminal illness. She is survived by her husband, Charlie Kennedy; her daughters Chloe Kennedy and Logan Kennedy; her sisters Polly Lehtonen and Priscilla Merrill; her brothers Reuben Prichard and Richard Prichard and her granddaughter Abigail Unglaub. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. A memorial meeting for Paige will take place at the West Branch United Church on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 2 p.m. Donations in Paige’s memory can be made to the Quaker Religious Society of Friends, Canadian Friends Service Committee, Amnesty International and the Stephen Lewis Foundation. †
GRANT, James “Jim” – Greenfield, New Hampshire: James “Jim” Grant, 75, of Greenfield, died at his home on Jan 1, 2014, after a decade long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Jim was born in Four Mile Brook, Nova Scotia on September 24, 1938, the son of David and Sandy (MacKenzie) Grant. Jim and his family moved to Connecticut in 1956 where he finished high school. Served in the United States Navy on the USS Enterprise during the Cuban Missile Crises (1962-1966). He worked in Antigua for several years for RCA. Returning to the States to attend college in Waterbury Connecticut to get his engineering degree. After meeting his future wife in Connecticut, they moved around New England for a number of years before settling in Greenfield where they resided for the past 31 years, where Jim served as a Selectman in the early 90’s. in 2001 he retired from Mosler Safe Company, where he worked for 22 years. Jim is survived by his loving wife, Mary Ann Grant, of Greenfield, his son Robert Grant and daughter-in-law Catherine Fregosi of Hillsborough, his daughter Deirdre Grant of New York, NY. His is also survived by his brothers , Scott of Pictou, Nova Scotia, David of Jensen Beach, Fla. Jim will also be missed by his two grandchildren, Holden James Grant and Harper Kelley Grant of Hillsborough as well as cousins, nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Gladstone Cemetery Four Mile Brook. The Reverend Barb Fatheringham will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made in Jim’s name to the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation www.alzdiscovery.org/donate.†
SHARPE, June Evelyn – 81, Pictou passed away August 14, 2014 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in New Glasgow, she was a daughter of the late David and Stella (Hambleton) MacKenzie. June was past president with the Rebekah Assembly of the Atlantic Provinces and numerous groups within St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. June is survived by sons, David (Kim), Caribou Island; Rev. Ronald (Kirsty), Windsor, ON; daughters, Donna (Bruce) Bannerman, MacPhersons Mills; Susan Wright, Shelton CT; Diane (Henry) Lawniczak, Milton ON; grandsons, Jonathan (Ceci), Matthew, Nathan and Benjamin; granddaughter, Brandon; great-grandchildren, Jaymie, Kara; sister, Hazel (Adrian) Heighton, New Glasgow; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Doug, and son, Alan Wayne in infancy. Visitation was Monday in McLaren Funeral Home, Pictou. Funeral was held Tuesday in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Pictou, with Jacquie Ross officiating. Burial in Heatherdale Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations in June’s memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. †
HARRISON, Kenneth Ronald – 79, of Porters Lane, Westville, formerly of Union Centre, passed away in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow, on Monday, August 11, 2014. Born in Halifax, he was a son of the late Harold George and Stella Marie (Lyons) Harrison. Ken was a small engine mechanic and operated his own business, Ken’s Small Engine Repair. He is survived by daughter Robyn Harvey (Tom) and son Keith (Carol), both of Newfoundland; a sister Linda Stevens (Ted), Upper Sackville, and step-son Richard, Pugwash. He was predeceased by his wife Kathleen “Kaye” in 2013. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation or funeral service. A grave side service was held August 16 in the Birch Hill Cemetery, Rocklin, under the direction of Eagles Funeral Home, Westville.
LAW, Bertha Bernice “Necey” – On August 13, 2014, Bertha Bernice “Necey” Law (nee Ball), 67, of New Glasgow, absolutely surrounded and uplifted by the love of her family, passed peacefully on. Born in Alder Point to the late Keith and Bertha Ball, Necey was a proud Cape Bretoner who valued family and faith above all else. Throughout Necey’s life, she held the positions of entrepreneur, server, nurturer, artist, creator, educator, caregiver and friend. Being Nana to Brandon, Maddie, Kasey, Bryden, Jesse, Gwen and Mikey was her greatest joy, and she supported all of her grandchildren’s endeavours and adventures. From sports stands and concert seats to first jobs and broken hearts, Nana’s voice was always the loudest, the most loving and the most proud. Bernice was fortunate to enjoy and be a part of friend circles who valued her heart, humour, compassion, candor and strength. She especially valued the communities of St. George’s Anglican Church and Alcoholics Anonymous. As well as by her parents, Bernice was predeceased by brothers: Alphonse, Stuart, J. Gerard (in infancy) and Charlie; as well as son-in-law, Mike. She is survived by her husband and best friend of 47 years, Al Law; children: April Law, New Glasgow; Stephanie Hemmings (Carl), Merigomish; Buddy Law (Allison), Stellarton; her seven beloved grandchildren; brothers: Joseph Kacevychius (Marie), Sydney; Jed Ball (Valerie), Balls Creek; sisters: Louise Gillis (Jack), Balls Creek; Stella Gallant (Adrian), Moncton; sister-in-law, Ann Ball, Balls Creek; in addition to generations of nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral service was held August 17 in the R.H. Porter Funeral Home, New Glasgow. Donations in her memory may be made to the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Unit or a charity of choice
MacKENZIE, Margaret “Peggy” Isabel – of Westville, passed away August 14, 2014. She was a daughter of Margaret (Campbell) MacIntosh of Westville and the late Alex MacIntosh. She is survived by husband, John Hector MacKenzie; sons, John Langille, Rob Langille (Alanna); five grandchildren: Elizabeth Spears (Jonathan), Donald Imlay (Ashley), Jennifer Imlay (Sean), Corey Langille (Michelle), Leigh-Ann Langille; nine great-grandchildren; son-in-law Joe Imlay; sister Kathryn Daley (Bob); brothers, Sandy (Helen), Gordon (Cathy), Fred (Debbie), Willard, Ross (Mary Clare) MacIntosh. She was predeceased by her daughter, Betty Ann Imlay; brother John and sister Betty; and mother and father-in-law Jack and Kay MacKenzie. Her funeral service will be held August 18 from Eagles Funeral Chapel, Westville with burial in Heatherdale Memorial Gardens. Donations in her memory may be made to the Q.E. II Health Science Centre Cancer Ward.
STEWART, Elizabeth – 95, of Westville, passed away Wednesday, August 13, 2014 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Elizabeth was a daughter of the late Rupert and Jessie Fraser (MacPherson) MacNeil. She was a member of the Crystal Fountain Rebecca Lodge #18, Murray Temple Pythian Sisters, and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Westville. Elizabeth is survived by daughters Marion Mahoney (Ray), Pictou; Audrey Fennell (Richard), New Glasgow; grandchildren, Stewart Mahoney (Liz), New Glasgow, Philip Mahoney, Westville, Elizabeth Glenwright (Robert) Fredericton, Graham Mahoney, Victoria BC; Leslie Ford (Bill), Stellarton; several great-grandchildren; three step-grand-daughters Kelly, Erin and Ashley Fennell. She was predeceased by husband Harry B. Stewart in 1959. A family grave side service will be held. Donations in her memory may be made to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, the V.O.N. or the S.P.C.A. Granton.
WILLIAMS, Dorothy May – 81, of Glen Haven Manor, New Glasgow formerly of Black Point and Scotsburn passed away August 15 in the Manor. Born in Scotsburn she was a daughter of the late Fraser and Mable (Gunn) Campbell. In her younger years Dorothy worked at Pictou Lodge and taught school in Laggan and Scotsburn. After she stopped teaching she worked as a seamstress and at Zellers. She was a member of the Scotsburn United Church. She is survived by her sons Alex (Karen) Williams, Big Island; Brian Williams, Black Point; Donald (Wendy) Williams, Black Point; nine grandchildren , seven great-grandchildren; brother Doug (Joan) Campbell, California. She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Daniel Williams; son Eric and a brother Leonard. At Dorothy’s request cremation has taken place, there will be no visitation or funeral service. Donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society, Canadian Cancer Society, the Multiple Sclerosis Society or a charity of your choice.