ZINCK, Robert Dorance “Pope” – 57, Fredericton, N.B., formerly of Linacy, passed away Tuesday, March 2, 2015 in Broward Health Centre, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., following a hemorrhagic stroke, held by his wife and children. Born in New Glasgow, he was the eldest son of Dorance Campbell and Joan Freda (Gay) Zinck, Linacy. Robert was the president of R. & D. Zinck Holdings Ltd., known as Olympian Slipform, a company which specialized in concrete construction. He was a member of the Fredericton Northwest Construction Association. Robert enjoyed traveling with his wife, family and friends. He was an avid NASCAR fan, attending many Sprint Cup races each year. Robert enjoyed snowmobiling and spending time with his dog, Jimmy. He was a “people person” who always left an impression. Robert possessed a tremendous work ethic and often commented, “There’s not enough days in the week”. Becoming a grandfather brought Robert great joy, time stopped when he was with his grandchildren. A loving son, husband, father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, nephew, cousin, friend and “boss”. He will be dearly missed by all who loved him. Surviving besides his parents, Dorance and Joan, are his wife and best friend of over 36 years, Debbie (McDonald); sons, Ryan (Jennifer) and their daughter, Addison, Fredericton; Tyler (Christie) and their children, Parker, Hailey and Cash, Fredericton; daughter, Maggie, at home; sister, Darlene (Fraser) Kirwan, Linacy; sister-in-law, Diane Tibbo, Linacy; father and mother in-law, Grant and Barb McDonald, Linacy; “Nanny Lew”, Doris Lewis, Linacy; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws. He was predeceased by his son, Nicholas in infancy; brothers, Ronnie and Eric; sister, Dawn; nephew, Fraser David Kirwan. Funeral service was held March 7 in P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home Chapel, New Glasgow. Donations may be made in Robert’s memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, Canadian Cancer Society or Pictou County Food Bank.
WILSON, Clifford Gordon – 82, passed away on Monday, March 2, 2015 at the Odd Fellows Home in Pictou. Born in Ottawa, he was the son of Eustace (Bud) and Charlotte (Lottie) Wilson and brother to Nora, Jack, Bob, Lois, Don, Gary, and Bev. Cliff was a loving father to the late Deborah Joyce Wilson. Sadly missed by his sons, Douglas (Jacqueline) Wilson, Geoffrey (Jeffrey Stoneham-Wilson) Wilson, Gregory Wilson; grandchildren: Ryan (Andrea) Lawrence, Brianne (Michael) Livingstone, Christopher (Tiffany) Lawrence, Katie Lawrence (David Turner), PJ Lawrence (Shyla McPhee), Joshua (Alysha) Mackenzie, Sonya LeMay, Christopher Wilson, Victoria Wilson; greatgrandchildren: Emilie, Brooklyn, Jake, Noah, Hannah, and son-inlaw Roy Lawrence. Predeceased by his former wives, Helen (Renzell) Wilson, Cheryl Wilson, and survived by former wife Valerie (Johnston) Herron. A private burial service will be held at a later date.
VOHS, Muriel Harris – Pleasant Street New Glasgow, passed away in her sleep at the Aberdeen Palliative care on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Born in Dublin Ireland on August 12, 1939, she was always fiercely proud of her Irish heritage, and god help you if you told her you thought she was English! She worked in London, England, where she met her husband, and they married, then moved to Jersey and Guernsey in the Channel Islands to work and raise a son and daughter. The 70s brought a big move to Canada, Niagara Falls first, then east to Moncton, N.B., and in the 1990s Toronto. They moved to New Glasgow in 2011. She always had a fast wit and quick sense of humour. She enjoyed talking to people,especially if she could get them to laugh. Anyone who met her found an intelligent, empathetic person who loved to laugh and have a good time – especially if it involved drinking beer! As life is, it isn’t always easy and she did experience some hardship and personal tragedies, but always came through to be there for her family! Her failing health and COPD limited her mobility and getting around, but she loved to go to the New Glasgow Farmers Market on most summer Saturday mornings for coffee and to socialize. She always loved dogs and cats and was very concerned with elephants and their survival. She also passed on her love of old movies and music, especially jazz and rock. She actually wanted to go see ACDC at Magnetic Hill in September, her favourite rock band! That’s the kind of person she was, feisty, funny and loving, and she knew a lot of people in all the places she lived. She was predeceased by most of her family, except for a sister Nola in Guernsey Channel Islands. Her passing came very quickly and as a shock to many people.
TERRIS, Murray Franklin “Frank” – 87, of Sylvester, passed away Monday, March 2, 2015 at the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow, surrounded by his family. Born April 21, 1927, Frank was the oldest child of the late Murray and Ivy (Shaw) Terris. As a youth he lived on Foster Avenue in Stellarton and was very involved in sports, especially baseball and hockey. Throughout much of his adult life, Frank was a well loved teacher and coach, mainly at West Pictou District High School in Lyons Brook, but also earlier in Bible Hill, Dartmouth and Sherbrooke, NS, and Sherbrooke, Que. Frank touched many lives in very positive ways through teaching and coaching, and always went the extra mile for his students and athletes. He was proud to say, that he was one of the first physical education teachers in Nova Scotia and he was a strong supporter of the involvement of girls in sports. Frank will be greatly missed by his daughter, Laurie Terris (Gilles Leger); Moncton, NB; brother Vernon Terris (Alice) and niece, Donna Terris, all of Sylvester; nephews, Glenn Terris (Elaine), Lochaber, NS; Kevin Terris (Lisa), Parksville, BC; Richard Parent (Terri), Victoria, BC; Barry Parent (Lyn), Kanata, ON; two nieces Vicky and Wendy Parent; and numerous other extended family members. Frank was predeceased by his parents, the late Murray and Ivy Terris; sister, Marjorie (Terris) Parent and his beloved wife of 47 years, the late Margie Te r r i s . In accordance with Frank’s wishes, cremation has taken place. His memorial service was held March 7 at Eagles Funeral Home, Westville. Interment will be at a later date. In honour of Frank, donations may be made to charities supporting literacy or youth sports, or to another charity of one’s choice.
SUTHERLAND, Forrest Alexander – 85, of Caribou River, passed away March 8, 2015 in the Glen Haven Manor, New Glasgow. Born in Brule Shore, he was a son of the late Alex and Lottie (Weatherby) Sutherland. Forrest worked most of his life in sawmills and then worked for Acadian Seaplants for several years. He spent many hours working on CB radios, enjoyed long drives on his motorcycle, and listening to music. He is survived by his wife, Eldora; son, Barry (Debbie) and their daughter, Melanie; grandsons, Scott (Tina), Jamie, and their mother, Denise. He was predeceased by his parents, brother, Hubie; and son, Ronnie. Funeral was held March 11 in McLaren Funeral Home, Pictou. Donations in his memory may be made to Parkinson Society Canada or Riverbank Cemetery.
SUMARAH, George Abi – 81 of Stellarton, passed away March 11, 2015 in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Lebanon on August 15, 1933, he was a son of the late Woody and Mary (Samia) Sumarah. George had been a resident of Pictou County since 1955. George was known for travelling throughout the province and selling clothing and supplies from his store Sumarah’s Clothing in Stellarton, which he owned and operated for many years. He is survived by his wife Nasli Sumarah, Stellarton; brothers Said Abi Samra, Detroit, Michigan, USA; Nassif Abi Samra, Windsor, Ont.; sister Nasli Abi Samra, Lebanon. He was predeceased by his first wife Rose, brothers Tanus Abi Samra and John Abi Samra. Funeral service was held March 18, in the H.C. MacQuarrie Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Christ Anglican Cemetery, Stellarton at a later date. Donations in memory of George may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Alzheimer Society.
RUSSELL, Anna Fern “Babe” (MacKay)- Little Harbour, passed away March 7, 2015 at The Mira Nursing Home, Truro. Born in the Aberdeen Hospital, November 25, 1934, she was a daughter of the late George and Emma (MacKenzie) MacKay. She was raised in Pictou Landing and spent her married life in Little Harbour. Babe is survived by a son, Kevin (Jo-Anne); granddaughter, Kaitlin; brother, Doug MacKay; sisters: Kay (Bert) Gordon; Dorothy (Foster) Jenkins; many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Babe was predeceased by her loving husband of 54 years, Robert “Bob” Russell; sister, Shirley (Sheldon) Campbell; brothers and sistersin- law: Grace MacKay; Molly and Seymour Colquhoun. Babe graduated from New Glasgow High School in 1953 and the V.G. School of Nursing in 1956. She had extended studies in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in Psychiatry. Babe worked in the Emergency Department at the Aberdeen Hospital for many years before finishing her career as director of Nursing at Valley View Villa. She was a dedicated member of the Pictou County Palliative Care Society, Little Harbour Fire Auxiliary, a volunteer at the Little Harbour Community Centre and Ladies Aid and member of Lady Doric, Order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed cooking, baking, skating, swimming, shopping and baseball. She answered many calls as the “community nurse”. Funeral was held March 10 in the Little Harbour Presbyterian Church. Donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society or Little Harbour Presbyterian Church.
POIRIER, Christian – 41, of Pictou, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, March 19th, 2015. Christian is survived by his partner, Kathy Ross; children, Jenna and Micaela Poirier; parents, Dorothy and Maurice Poirier; siblings, Nigel Poirier, Adele Poirier, Jared Poirier, and Yvette Turnbull (husband Mark, and children Quinn, Ayla, and Aiden). Christian worked as a Boilermaker in Fort McMurray, where he made many friends and was recognized for his strong work ethic, and warm personality. After Christian’s brain cancer diagnosis, he returned to his hometown of Pictou to be close to his daughters, who were his pride and joy. He spent his days doing what he loved most; being with friends and family, enjoying music, and playing golf, which he developed a true passion for. Christian walked a delicate line between living for the moment and accepting his illness. His positive outlook, courage, and unwavering sense of humour have been an inspiration to all. Visitation was held Monday March 23rd from 2-4 and 7- 9 PM in McLaren Funeral Home, 246 Faulkland St., Pictou. A celebration of Christian’s life will be held at the Pictou Fire Hall, 166 Church St., Pictou, on Saturday March 28th at 7:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.
Battist , Muriel Pearl – 95, of Lyons Brook, Pictou County, died Friday, March 20, 2015, at the Shiretown Nursing Home, Pictou. Born June 19, 1919, in Grosse Isle, Magdalen Islands, Muriel was the fifth child of Garfield and Alice McPhail. Following the death of Alice in 1935, Garfield relocated his family to Scotch Hill. During this period of time Muriel assumed much responsibility for the care of her younger siblings. In September of 1941, she married Welwood Battist of Sundridge. In 1943 they purchased a farm in Lyons Brook. Muriel was active in her community as a member of the United Church Women, Ladies Guild, Lyons Brook Garden Club, the Princess Rebekah Lodge, and the Lyons Brook United Church. Everyone enjoyed Muriel’s cooking and baking; for many years she worked as a cook at The Mayflower Restaurant, at her own restaurant, The Hillcrest Farm Restaurant, and on the Northumberland Ferries. Muriel took great joy from her grandchildren. Since 2001, she had been a resident of the Shiretown Nursing Home, Pictou. The family would like to thank all those who provided such wonderful care for Muriel both in her own home and at the Shiretown. She is survived by her children, Alice Marquardt of Qualicum Beach, B.C., Boyd (Joyce), and Blair (Julie), Lyons Brook; grandchildren, Tracy, Derek (Carla), Amanda (Florian), Dustin, and Nicholas; greatgrandchildren, Ryan and Sarah; sisters, Joyce Donnelly and Carmen Gass; sisters-in-law, Zelda McPhail and Madge McPhail; brother-in-law, Richard Kozicz. She was predeceased by her husband, Welwood; sisters Ada, Orphy, and Blaina; brothers, Wourtle, Charlie, George, Philip, Garnet, and Gordon (Donald); son-in-law, Melvin Marquardt. Visitationwas held 2-4 and 7-9 PM, Tuesday, March 24, at the McLaren Funeral Home, Pictou. Funeral Service will be held at 2 PM, Wednesday, March 25, at the Lyons Brook United Church. Burial will be held at a later date. Family flowers only. Donations in Muriel’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia or to the Lyons Brook United Church.
Clark, Lee Albert – Sept. 17, 1943 – March 17, 2015 of Poplar Hill, N.S./Edmonton, Alberta. It is with heavy hearts that the family announces the passing of Albert, 71, at the Edmonton General Continuing Care on March 17, 2015 with his sister, Beatrice by his side for the last two weeks. Albert was born and raised on the family farm, Poplar Hill, N.S., the son of the late Lee Roy and Minnie (MacKay) Clark. He attended school at Poplar Hill, West Pictou and Pictou Academy. After high school he worked in Sudbury, Ontario and later ventured west for employment in the roofing trade where he perfected his skills over the years until retirement, settling in Edmonton. Albert was a lover of animals, especially cats. He was also very sensitive regarding the misfortune of children around the world. Besides his parents he was predeceased by brothers: Russell (1968), Lewie (2006), also brother-in-law Ken MacArthur (2014). Albert leaves to mourn, brother Alvin (Shirley) Clark, Lyons Brook, sisters: Margaret MacArthur, Sunridge, Catherine Goodall, Hardwood Hill Road, Beatrice Munroe, Halifax, Elizabeth (Robert) MacKenzie, Toney Mills – formerly of Hopewell, Martha (Douglas) Farquhar, Kitchener, Ontario, sisters-in-law Mary Clark, Poplar Hill and Marie (Clark) Hugh Langille, River John, brothers-in-law James Munroe, New Glasgow, Ronald Goodall, West Branch, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews throughout Canada, New York and England. Special niece, Shelly (Leonard) Bigney, River John. Arrangements are under the direction of Serenity Funeral Home, Edmonton with cremation following the wishes of the deceased. Family committal to be held at the Scotch Hill Cemetery at a later date. Donations in Albert’s memory may be made to Caritas Hospital Foundation, Continuing Care, 3C60, 11111 Jasper Ave, N.W., Edmonton, Alb. T5K 0L4 or to the Children’s Wish Foundation or Cancer Research.
POWER, Lyn Marie – of Westville passed away on March 14, 2015 at the Aberdeen Hospital, surrounded by her family and friends. Born in Stellarton on March 15, 1950, she was the daughter of the late Bill and Beryl (Perkins) Lorimer. Marie will be greatly missed by her daughter, Sara (Stephen) Richard and the apple of her eye, granddaughter Lauren Richard. She is also survived by her twin sister, Lee (Barry) Dickson of Prospect Bay; brothers: Keith (June Urquhart) Lorimer, Stewiacke, John (Susan) Lorimer, Stellarton, and David Lorimer, Seafoam; her mother-in-law Mildred Power, Westville; brother-in-law John Power, Halifax; special nieces and nephews Michelle (Dave) Johnston and Lisa Dickson (Doug Corkum), Ashley and Michael Power; great nieces, Rylee, Sophie and Quinn Johnston all of Prospect Bay, as well as many very close friends. Besides her parents, Marie was predeceased by husband, Gary Power in 1993, brother-in-law Michael Power and father-in-law William “Wickie” Power. Marie was a long-time employee of Sobeys Head Office. After her retirement she spent countless hours volunteering for various organizations. She was an active member of the Kinettes Club of New Glasgow and St. Paul United Church, Westville. Vsitation at Eagles Funeral Home, Westville, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today, March 18. Funeral will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, March 19, from St. Paul United Church, Westville. Spring burial will be in the Heatherdale Memorial Gardens.
MUIRHEAD, Terence Earl “Terry” – 61 of Pine Tree, passed away March 10, 2015 at the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in New Glasgow, he was a son of the late Ronald and Jeanne (Langille) Muirhead. He was predeceased by a brother Richie. He is survived by his wife the former Mary (Russell) of Pine Tree; his sons Bruce (Lauren Morrissey), Pine Tree; Colin (Lindsey Aucoin), Edmonton; a brother Kenneth (Francine Muirhead), Pine Tree; nephews David (April) and Connor. Terry was a resident of Pine Tree since 1995. He was a former corporal of the RCMP, serving for some 23 years. He was stationed in Ontario for a number of years. He then moved to Newfoundland, returning to Ontario in 1990. He moved back to Nova Scotia in 1995 where he resided at Pine Tree. He was an adherent of Trinity United Church in New Glasgow. Terry was a hunting/fishing enthusiast, and enjoyed time spent at Indian Lake. Memorial service was held March 14 from Trinity United Church. Burial of ashes will take place at Heatherdale Memorial Gardens at a later date.
MacDONALD, Margaret “Reta” Isabel– 91, Glen Haven Manor, formerly of New Glasgow, passed away March 8, 2015 in the manor, surrounded by her family. Born in Broadway, Pictou County on October 17, 1923 she was the daughter of the late John and Jettie (Chisholm) Wilkinson. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, New Glasgow and life member of the Silver Cross Women of Canada. Reta was a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 34, Ladies Auxiliary, New Glasgow. She enjoyed gardening and playing bingo and the company of her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Surviving are daughter, Pearl (Ralph) Mombourquette, Rockdale; grandchildren: Gaye (Greg) Middleton, Rochelle (James) Burry and Shawn Mombourquette; great-grandchildren: Emily, Kari and Joel Middleton; Nathan and Lauren Burry. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband James; son, James; sisters: Frances MacDonald, Elizabeth Curley and Violet Wilkinson. Mass of Christian burial was March12 in St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, New Glasgow. Interment at a later date in the parish cemetery.
MacDONALD, Jessie Katherine “Cass” – 89, of Bridgeville, passed away March 14, 2015 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in Bridgeville, she was a daughter of the late James and Elizabeth (MacKenzie) MacDonald. In her early years she worked at McCarron’s Tea Room before moving to Toronto where she took up hairdressing. She then worked for the Provincial Government in Ontario before moving back home. She was a member of Bridgeville United Church and enjoyed dancing. She is survived by sisters: Shirley Embree; Elizabeth “Betty” MacDonald, both of Bridgeville; sister-in-law, Edna MacDonald, New Glasgow; niece, Beth (John) MacLeod; nephews: Anthony MacDonald; Melvin Cummings; grandnieces and nephews: Stacey (Matt); Todd (Tracey); Tasha (John); Chanci (Adam) and Clint; several great-grandnieces and nephews. She was predeceased by sisters: Isabell Cummings, Jessie Alice MacDonald, Vera MacDonald, Anna MacDonald and one in infancy; brothers: Allister, Robert, Theodore and Billy; nephew, Norman Cummings and great-grandnephew, Alex Cummings. Funeral service 2 p.m. today, March 18, in Bridgeville United Church. Burial will be at a later date in the Elgin Cemetery.
LEVY, Della Marie – 75, New Glasgow, passed away March 9, 2015 at home surrounded by her family. Born in Rockley, Nova Scotia she was a daughter of the late Cecil Harry and Clara Elizabeth (Millett) Smith. She was a member of First United Baptist Church, New Glasgow. Also was on the executive of the Abercrombie Volunteer Fire Department where she was secretary for a number of years. Owner operator along with her husband of the Abercrombie Variety and Video for many years. Della also worked tirelessly along with Ron in running Central Highland Association of the Disabled. Enjoyed collecting Beanie Babies and angels. Loved her family dearly and the people around her also felt her presence. Surviving are her husband of 53 years, Ron; daughter, Tanya (Paul) Sanderson, Port Hawkesbury; son, Bruce Levy, New Glasgow; sister, Linda (Gary) Bickerton, Amherst; Gary (Judy) Smith, Edmonton, Alta; grandchildren, Julien, Gilbert, Della Jean “D.J.” and Rowan. Funeral was held March 12 in P&K MacDonald Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be at a later date in Abercrombie cemetery.
IBBITSON, Joan Sandra “Joanie” (O’Farrell) – passed away peacefully on March 11, 2015 at the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Unit, New Glasgow, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She spent the last few months of her life as she always did, surrounded by those she loved. Joanie was born on November 7, 1947 in Springhill, N.S., the second child of the late Emma (Coon) and William S. O’Farrell. She later moved to Amherst and finally settled in New Glasgow where she spent the better part of her adult life. Joanie spent over 30 years as a business manager in the automotive industry working in various dealerships. When she wasn’t at work, she was passionate about music (especially singing and harmonizing), four-wheeling, going on tour in her “little car”, her feline friends (Winnie Pearl and George and grand kitties Fergus and Oliver), and most of all spending time with her family. She is survived by her loving husband, best friend and confidant of 40 years, Eric Ibbitson; her daughter Jill (John Muise); brother Bill O’Farrell (Elizabeth); special niece Katie O’Farrell (Ryan Sutherland) and numerous other nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews as well as extended family and friends. She was predeceased by her mother Emma O’Farrell, father William S. O’Farrell and special grandmother Nettie Mae Coon. Funeral was held March 17 in the H.W. Angus Funeral Home, New Glasgow. Burial will take place at a later date in the Abercrombie Cemetery.
GRAHAM, Alan Fraser – 57, passed away March 7, 2015 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in New Glasgow, he was a son of the late Erwin and Jennette (Fraser) Graham. His early years were spent in Westville and Rocklin. While residing in Sunny Brae, Alan was a member of the East River Valley Volunteer Fire Dept. and the Caledonia IOOF Lodge, Hopewell. He was a member the of Calvin Presbyterian Church, Sunny Brae. For several years, he worked in home renovations with Fred Fraser of Hopewell and recently he was employed by Pictou County Solid Waste. Alan cherished his family gatherings particularly enjoying his many nieces and nephews. Alan is survived by his wife Marie (Margie); step-children: Rick (Lisa) Langille, Kingston, ON; Cathy (Rod) MacGregor, Halifax; Judy (Jim) Fenton, Debra (John R.) Smith, Tom Langille, all of Pictou; 10 step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren; special “mom” Anne Moore, Stellarton; sisters: Carol Muirhead, Green Hill; Diane Gordon, New Glasgow; Judy (Paul) Porter, Green Hill; brother, Lester (Judy), Fredericton; several nieces and nephews. Also surviving are a sister-in-law Florence Burke, Antigonish; brother-in-law Kenneth Burke, New Glasgow. Alan was predeceased by his first wife Laura (Burke); brothers-in-law: Harlin Muirhead, Allan Gordon and Lawrence Burke. Funeral was held March 12 from the H.W. Angus Funeral Home Chapel, New Glasgow. Burial will be at a later date in the Sunny Brae Cemetery.
FRASER, Arnold “Arnie” – 79, of Stellarton, passed away March 9, 2015 at the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in New Glasgow he was a son of the late John William and Dorothy Mae (Arnold) Fraser. Arnold had been a life long resident of Stellarton where he was an adherent of the Christ Anglican Church. Arnold was a past employee of Sobeys from where he retired after 43 years service. He was past president of the Stellarton High School Band as well as a member of the South End Dart League. Arnold was an avid sports fan, having played baseball. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time at his camp at Loon Lake. He is survived by his wife the former Alice (Rogers), Stellarton; a daughter Penny (Ed) Stewart, Stellarton; sons Arnold (Donna), Stellarton; Scott (Janice Ferguson) Stellarton; Kevin (Julie), Red Deer, Alberta; seven grandchildren: Kim, Alice, Jason, Kelly, Jenna, Olivia and Ethan, four great-grandchildren: Brody, Wyatt, Tabitha and Kevin; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother John “Jack”. A memorial service was held March 12 from the Christ Anglican Church, Stellarton. Burial of ashes will take place at Heatherdale Memorial Gardens at a later date.
BUTLER, Wayne LeVerne – 62 of Green Hill, Pictou County passed away March 11, 2015 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow with his family at his side. Born in Berwick, he was a son of the late Douglas and Blanche (Boudreau) Butler. A loving and caring father, Wayne will be dearly missed by his daughter, Dawnita and son Christopher; sisters Lynn Pignatelli (Paolo) and Pat Butler; brothers, Loran (Judy) and Jim Butler; former wife and friend, Lori Hill – Best (Allan) along with several nieces and nephews. Wayne was a proud and dedicated employee of N.S.G.E.U. for many years, where he passionately shared his beliefs while remaining true to himself. During his time there, and in his previous career as a motion picture projectionist, Wayne impacted his co-workers with his humour, dedication and his desire to “get things done.” Wayne’s long-lasting, cherished friendships saw him through his final days. Wayne’s diverse interests included backgammon, antique cars and a stellar collection of vinyl. These passions were as unique in character, as the personalities and friends he shared them with, from British Columbia to Ontario to Nova Scotia. His greatest attribute was his love for his children, Dawnita and Christopher. They were his greatest joy. Cremation has taken place. A family service will be held in Argyle Head at a later date.
ADAMS, Catherine Vernice – 82, of Stellarton, passed away March 10, 2015 at the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in Lundy, Guysborough County, she was a daughter of the late George and Sophie (Fougere) Levangie. She is survived by her children: Hubert Levangie, Bridgewater; Leonard Adams, Inuvik; Maida Adams, Dartmouth; Robert Adams, Kamloops; James Adams, Kamloops; Frank Adams, Whitehorse; Russell Adams, Vancouver; Susan Adams, Stellarton; Joe Adams, Toronto; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters Rita Brown, Stellarton; Annie Manley, Truro. She was predeceased by her husband Philip Charles Adams, brothers: Joseph, Dennis and John; a sister Marjorie Snyder. Funeral was held March 14 from the H.C. MacQuarrie Funeral Chapel, Stellarton. Burial at a later date in Brookside Cemetery, New Glasgow.
BRIMICOMBE, Lily Georgina (Grist) – 94, Hoyt Street, Westville, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Born February 1, 1921 in Yiewsley, England, she was a daughter of the late George and May (Humphrey) Grist. In her early years, Lily worked at Boyd’s Bakery, Henry Stoneystreet’s Confectionary, Mrs. Diamond’s Clothing Store, and the Carmichael Stewart house. However, Mom was a “home-maker” in every sense of the word! Her life revolved around her husband and children, as well as the “extra ones” who liked to come visit. Her motto seemed to be “There is always room for one more!” Lily was a member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Westville, the Barbara MacKenzie Auxiliary, a former member of the Mother’s Club for the Dunvegan Girls Pipe Band, and the Westville Heritage Club. She also very much enjoyed the meetings of the Salvation Army Women’s Group, The Home League. In addition, she helped initiate one of the first groups in the area to work for children with learning disabilities (Special needs). She was very proud to say she was a member of the first Girl Guide Company in Westville. Mom loved animals, and will be missed by her two cats. She also loved her gardens and spending time at “the cottage”. While caring for us all, she still found time for painting, reading, and assembling miniature models of carriages and horses. Lily was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt. She will be sadly missed by her children: Gina McCulloch (Dave Lundie), Shubenacadie; Cheryl (Gary) Ward, Little Harbour; Donna (Bill) Scott, Trenton; Dave (Jolene), Mt. William; Sandra (Mike) McCulloch, Springville; Eric (Maureen), Trenton; Alice (Harold) MacKay, Trenton; Alta (Tom) Owen, New Glasgow; Ray of Halifax; 18 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by brothers, Wilfred (Helen) Grist, New Glasgow, Walter (Jessie) Grist, Kentville, sister-in-law Jackie Grist, Hamilton, Ont.; and many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, George, son Peter; brothers, George in childhood, and Frank Grist; sisters, Alma Roy and Daisy MacNeil; infant niece Heather; and an infant grandson Jacob. She is resting at Eagles Funeral Home, Westville, with visiting 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today. Her funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Thursday from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Westville with Rev. Bonnie Wynn officiating. Spring burial will be in Auburn Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations in her memory may be made to St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Westville, the Aberdeen Palliative Care Society, or the V.O.N.
SWANTEE, Grace Margaret (MacGregor) – “Grannie Grace”, of Willow Lodge, Tatamagouche, and formerly of River John, left us peacefully with her family by her side on March 13, 2015. Born August 19, 1924 at Cape John, she was a daughter of the late George and Hazel (Langille) MacGregor. She was known as “Grannie Grace” by all of her grandchildren; her family was very precious to her. Grace is survived by sons, Chester (Iola), River John; Ian, Hedgeville; grandchildren: Stephen (Kim), Patti (Kevin), Janice (Bryan), Angus (Carol); great-grandchildren: Kalei, Dylan, Matthew, Annie, Averie, Brett; sisters, Sara Craig, Kathleen Baillie, Christine (Earl) Johnson, all of River John; Marie Park, Ontario; brother, Jim, Calgary; special neighbour, Alice MacKenzie. She was predeceased by her husband, Anthony ”AJ”; son, Leon George; daughters-in-law, Anne and Charlene; brother, Robert; sister-in-law, Joan; brothers-in-law, Jack Park, Donald Craig and Robert Baillie. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 19, with funeral 2 p.m. Friday, March 20, both in St. George’s Presbyterian Church, River John, with Rev. Gregory R. Dickson officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Willow Lodge, Tatamagouche, Hamilton Cemetery, or a charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the direction of McLaren Funeral Home, Pictou. Family committal service will be held in Hamilton cemetery at a later date. †
MacKENZIE, Frances Mae – 94, of Westville, passed away peacefully at home, with her family at her side on March 2, 2015. Born in New Glasgow, March 13, 1920, she was a daughter of the late Alice and Owen Joudrie. Francis is survived by her daughter Beverly Connell, Westville; son, Dennis (Linda), Cape Sable Island; brother Gerald (Vonnie), Bible Hill; grandchildren: Troy, Darrell and Tracy; four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Gordon; sisters, Cora and Rose; brothers, Carl and Bruce; grandsons, Michael and Timmy Connell; and son-in-law Ralph Connell. Frances was manager of the Sally Shop in New Glasgow for many years, retiring when the store closed. She enjoyed curling and volunteering at the Westville Curling Club – “making many a pot of homemade soup”. She spent many happy hours baking and crocheting. Frances enjoyed many years playing 45′s with her card party friends. She loved her pets, having enjoyed the company of many cats and dogs throughout her life. Her two cats Babe and Tigger were her constant companions in her later years. Frances wished to be cremated and at her request, there will be no visitation or funeral service. The interment will be at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Eagles Funeral Home, Westville. Memorial donations in her memory may be made to the local
LUDDINGTON, E. Frances – 88, Valley View Villa, Riverton, formerly of New Glasgow, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in the Villa. Born in Boylston, Guysborough Co., she was one of 13 children born to the late Coleman and Ellen (Lucas) Ross. Frances moved to New Glasgow at a young age and all her working life was employed in the Laundry Departments of the Aberdeen Hospital and later, Glen Haven Manor. Frances enjoyed her retirement, spending summers at her cottage on the Milford Haven River, Guysborough County. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church, Westville. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who possessed an unwavering faith in her God. Surviving are her sons, John (Alma) Ross, Woodstock, N.B.; Sterling “Stu” Luddington, New Harbour and his friend, Doris, Truro; grandchildren: Jeff, Taiwan; Timothy (Morgan), Truro; Callee, Halifax; Debbie and Janette, Woodstock; great-grandchildren, Mya and John, Truro; brother, Charles Ross, Sudbury, Ont.; numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband of 67 years, Roland S. Luddington; 11 brothers and sisters. Funeral service was held March 6 in P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home, New Glasgow. Donations may be made in memory of Frances to Riverside Cemetery. Spring interment will be in Riverside Cemetery, New Harbour.
HORTON, Jane Marion – 73, of Glen Haven Manor, New Glasgow and formerly of Laggan, passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2015 in Glen Haven Manor, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Antigonish, she was a daughter of the late Finlay and Annie (Gillis) Blair. Jane was a resident of Laggan for most of her life. During her working years, she was employed with the Telephone Company, Glen Haven Manor and the Riverview Home. She was a member of the Barney’s River Presbyterian Church and was active in her community. Jane enjoyed playing cards and camping. The greatest joy in Jane’s life was being able to spend time with her family. Surviving are: son Bill Horton (Emily) of Little Harbour; twin daughters, Jeanne (David) Moses of Grand Manan; Jennifer (Colin) Stewart of Halifax; grandchildren: Lagan, Lance and Katelyn; sisters: Margaret Gillis of Antigonish; Betty McDougall of Blue Mountain; Mary Greene of New Glasgow; brother-in-law Kenneth (Peggy) Horton of Eureka; several nieces and nephews. Jane was predeceased by her husband William (Bill). Funeral service will be held today, March 11, at 11 a.m. from the H.W. Angus Funeral Home, New Glasgow. Burial will be at a later date in the Laggan Cemetery. Donations in memory of Jane may be mad