The death of Lawrence Charles Mercer, age 70, of Norton, NB, husband of the late Vivian (Murphy) Mercer, occurred at the Saint John Regional Hospital on Sunday, December 21, 2008. He was the son of the late Charles and Janie Mercer.
He is survived by sons Ron and Dianne Mercer and Gordon and Gail Mercer; grandchildren Katie and Kirk Mercer, Chris, Jason and Kelsey Richardson; brothers Clayton and Muriel Mercer, Victor Mercer and Nelson and Heather Mercer all of Southfield Road; sisters Mary and Murray Tays of Passekeag, Vera and John Dunham of Havelock, Evelyn and Walter Hayes of Jeffries Corner, Patricia Grant of Southfield Road, Angela and Donald Murphy of Southfield Road, Ida and Bernard Virtue of Southfield Road and Sheila Nodwell and Dale Dyer of Collina; sister-in-law Shirley Mercer of Norton; and several nephews, nieces and cousins. He was predeceased by brother Lester Mercer.
Resting at Sherwood’s Funeral Home and Life Tribute Centre (839-2156) 18 Scovil Road, Norton, NB, with visiting Friday, December 26th from 3 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. from Norton Wesleyan Church on Saturday, December 27, 2008. Interment will follow in Kirk Cemetery, Norton, NB.
Donations to a Living Memorial or the memorial of the donor’s choice would be appreciated.
The death of John Leslie London, age 77, of Sussex, NB, occurred on Friday, December 26, 2008, at the Saint John Regional Hospital. He was born January 5, 1931 in Big Cove, NB, the son of the late Frank and Ada (Edwards) London.
He is survived by several cousins and nieces.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 31, 2008, at 11:00 a.m., from the Chapel at Sherwood’s Funeral Home and Life Tribute Centre (839-2156) 18 Scovil Road, Norton, NB. Interment will be in Shannon Cemetery in the spring.
The death of Matthew Quentin Kennedy, age 29, occurred at his residence in Kars, on Wednesday, January 7, 2009. He was born in Sussex, on April 30, 1979, the son of Edward and Gertrude (Ferris) Kennedy of Kars, NB.
He is survived by his parents; brothers Eddie and Della Mae of New Caledonia, David and Angela of Honeydale, NB, Daryll of Midland, and Terry and Sally of Kars; sisters Krista Kennedy of Drury’s Cove, Angela and Stephen Greenslade of Sussex, and Rebekah Kennedy and Greg Kaye of Sussex; maternal grandmother Ernestine Ferris of White Cove; special niece Falone and nephews Morgan and Kevin; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his grandparents Fred and Nellie (Smith) Kennedy and Merlyn Ferris; sister-in-law Karen Kennedy.
He is resting at Outreach Pentecostal Church, Hatfield Point, NB, with visiting on Friday, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held Sunday, January 11, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. from Outreach Pentecostal Church. Interment will follow in Bayview Cemetery, Hatfield Point.
Donations to a Living Memorial or the memorial of the donor’s choice would be appreciated. Sherwood’s Funeral Home and Life Tribute Centre (839-2156) are entrusted with arrangements.
The death of Bessie May (Belyea) Kennedy, 84, of Cambridge-Narrows, NB, occurred at the Oromocto Public Hospital, on January 10, 2009. Bessie was the wife of the late Frank Kennedy.
Bessie was born to the late Marion (McGarrity) and Lemont Belyea on April 1st, 1924. She was the fourth of ten children, seven boys and three girls. Her childhood was spent making many visits to her mother’s homestead in Baghdad and acquiring her cooking and berry picking skills. In 1938, at an early age, she married her husband of forty-seven years, Frank Kennedy of Cody’s. He was eleven years her senior, and was a woodsman, carpenter, farmer and a skilled musician. They resided in Cody’s for nine years before moving to the Narrows to work a 100 acre farm where wood was harvested, cattle raised and crops grown that made their way by riverboat to the market in Saint John.
Before giving birth to their first son in 1942, Bessie worked as a cook at the lumber camp where Frank was employed. There she earned her reputation as an excellent cook, a skill she employed proudly throughout her life. Over the next eighteen years their family would grow to include three sons and three daughters. Their home was always filled with the aroma of homemade bread and pastries.
In 1971 Bessie was asked by an accomplished local businesswoman, Nellie B. Purdy to join the employ of Country Kitchens Ltd. as a cook, where she worked until her retirement in 1986 at age 63. Having lost her husband a year earlier, she spent her retirement being active with walking, skating, quilting, knitting, cooking, helping out with her grand children, enjoying the occasional bus tour with the local seniors group and providing homecare services to a couple of local residents.
Bessie was a hardworking woman with a quick wit and great sense of humour. She enjoyed a full and active life until her gradual decline in health caused her to require the services of the nursing facility at Millcove N.B from March 2006 until her passing on Jan. 10, 2009. Bessie is loved and missed by her six children and their spouses, thirteen grandchildren and twenty-four great-grandchildren.
She is survived by sons Gordon and Janice Kennedy of Nova Scotia, Allen Kennedy of Cambridge-Narrows, and Brian and Sharon Kennedy of Cambridge-Narrows; daughters Lois and Harry McGibbon of Cambridge-Narrows, Barbara Kennedy of Kosovo, and Jackie and Bob Thibodeau of Cambridge-Narrows; grandchildren Kelly, Shelly, Sherry, Lisa, Jeremy, Christopher, Michael, Cory, Samantha, Virgil, Jennifer, Joshua and Bobbie-Jean; great grandchildren Brennan, Taylor, Liam, Kristian, Issiah, Logan, Luke, Grace, Gavin, Gracie, Owen, Jenna, Ian, Brianna, Haley, Olivia, Philip, Jacob, Jessica, Brittany, Devon, Kohl, Dylan and Denver; brothers George and Herman; sister Alice Simpson; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by brothers Donald, Gordon, Robert, Harold and Norman; and sister Elsie.
She is resting at Sherwood’s Funeral Home and Life Tribute Centre (839-2156) 18 Scovil Road, Norton, with visiting on Tuesday from 3 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held from Sherwood’s Chapel at 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday, January 14, 2009. Interment will be in Narrows Baptist Cemetery in the spring.
The death of Howard Green, age 83, of Norton, occurred at the Saint John Regional Hospital on January 11, 2009. He was born on August 6, 1925 in Jordan River, SK, the son of the late Samuel and Edith (Gledhill) Green.
In the late eighteen hundreds a young man by the name of Samuel Howard Green left the family homestead at Bristol to seek new adventures in the Canadian west. His son, Howard, was born on August 6, 1925, at River Jordan, Saskatchewan.
The Green family grew lonely for their native province and returned to New Brunswick in 1937. They purchased a dairy farm in Norton, Kings County, which would be home for young Howard until his retirement in 1981. Music of some sort was always played in the Green home. Howard’s mother, Edith (Gledhill) Green, was an opera singer and his father, Samuel, step-danced and played the Jew’s harp. His brother, Godfrey, played the piano.
In 1951 Howard happened to hear Harold O’Donnell, of Norton, playing fiddle for a dance and decided that he wanted to learn to play. He ended up trading a shotgun and an eight-month old calf to John Burgess for a fiddle. Howard’s love for the fiddle blossomed from there. He soon became a regular member at fiddle-doos and competitions.
Rick Gerrior (1993) writes, “If you have ever been to a fiddle contest in New Brunswick or Nova Scotia, you have seen a friendly looking gentleman by the name of Howard Green. Since 1978, Howard has been strolling out on the stage dragging his fiddle and bow behind him. He entered contests ‘just for fun’ and decided on his tunes when he got on stage.”
Howard won first prize at the Sussex Fall Fair Fiddling Contest as well as winning first place in the Old Time Fiddling Contest (2000) at the Chipman Summer Festival. He collected fiddles and at one time had six Steiners in his collection. Howard composed a fiddle tune called ‘The Moose Horn’.
This true-to-the-soil New Brunswick farmer loved to play Ned Landry tunes and cited Harold O’Donnell as his favourite fiddler.
For years he was known unofficially as the “Mayor of Southfield”. Howard was always eager to help his friends and neighbors with what ever they were doing. Even in his late 70’s, in the hot summer sun you could find Howard helping out in a friend’s hay field or wood pile out of the goodness of his heart.
Howard was a kind and gentle man…always making time for those in need. Howard played the fiddle at almost every benefit show held in Kings County over the years and loved every minute of it. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by sister Peggy Flear of Saskatchewan; several nieces, nephews and friends.
He is resting at Sherwood’s Funeral Home and Life Tribute Centre (839-2156) 18 Scovil Road, Norton, with visiting on Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held from Sherwood’s Chapel at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, January 15, 2009. Interment will be in Riverbank Cemetery in the spring.
The death of Alfred Brown MacDonald, age 88, of Belyea’s Cove, NB, husband of the late Louise (Preston) MacDonald, occurred peacefully on Sunday, January 11, 2009, at Great Oaks Special Care Home, McDonald’s Point. Born at Belyea’s Cove on April 22, 1920, he was a son of the late Miles and Myrtle (Brown) MacDonald.
Alfred lived his entire life in the community of Belyea’s Cove. He was married to the Love of His Life - Louise - for 49 years. He farmed the family homestead and did carpentry work (various homes in the area attest to his workmanship). He was the “Handy Man” of the community who would do anything for anybody at anytime. He was a faithful school bus driver in District 19 for 25 years. His career also included working as a car salesman for J. Clark and Sons in Sussex and Jemseg. As a hobby, he was an Amateur Artist. At local community functions Alfred was known as the “Pie Auctioneer”.
He is survived by daughters Carol Morrell of Sussex, and Reta and Earl McCready of Cumberland Bay; son Preston MacDonald and Susan Webster of Belyea’s Cove; grandchildren Patrick, Melanie, Mark, Roxanne, Luke, Robbie and Shannon; great grandchildren Joel, Kaitlyn, Nicole, Allison, Quade, Brooklyn, Sarah, and Jacob; sisters Hazel King of Saint John and Josephine Coleman of Quispamsis; sisters-in-law Rachel McKinney of Gagetown, Helen Preston of Brown’s Flat and Peggy MacDonald of Belyea’s Cove; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his sisters Florence Craft, Edith Gaudet, Millie Welch, Ada Ducey, Marjorie Gray and Bernice Clark; and his brother George MacDonald.
He is resting at Sherwood’s Funeral Home and Life Tribute Centre (839-2156) 18 Scovil Road, Norton, with visiting on Thursday, from 3 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, January 16, 2009 from Central Wickham Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Belyea’s Cove Cemetery.
Donations to Belyea’s Cove Cemetery or the memorial of the donor’s choice would be appreciated by the family.
The death of Marjorie Eleanor (Gale) Long, age 67, of Saint John, NB, occurred at the Saint John Regional Hospital on January 18, 2009. She was the common-law-wife of Joseph (Bud) Albert and the daughter of the late Louis and Florence (Pearson) Gale.
She is survived by daughters Susan and Duncan Kennedy of Burton, Nancy Long of Saint John and Samantha and Michael Bustard of Saint John; sons Charles and Yvonne Long of Norton, and Paul and Cathy Cormier of Grand Bay; grandchildren Kelley, Carrie and Craig, Jena, Katelyn, Steven, Miranda, Sara, Erica, Charlie, Philip, Joey, Tabitha, Brent, Megan, Michael, Evan and Ashley; great grandchildren Ashton, Evan, Dustin, Ethan and Jaiden; sisters Shirley and Len Chepeski of Douglas, ON, Joan McLean and Russell Whitehouse of Sussex, Bernice and Russell Otis of Norton and Teresa and Rick Campbell of Texas; brothers Louis and Eileen of Pembroke, ON, Charlie and Bernice of Powassan, ON, Jimmy and Donna of Fort Nelson, BC and Billy Gale and Sarah Linden of Norton; Aunt Tessie Flinn of Halifax; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her brother Robbie and sister Rose.
She is resting at Sherwood’s Funeral Home and Life Tribute Centre (839-2156), 18 Scovil Road, Norton, NB, with visiting on Wednesday from 3 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held from Sherwood’s Chapel at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 22, 2009. Interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery in the spring.
Donations to a Living Memorial would be appreciated.
The death of Susie Evelyn (Reicker) Pearson, age 105, of Springfield, NB, occurred at her residence on January 21, 2009. She was the wife of the late Richard H. Pearson. Susie was born in Kars, NB, on May 5, 1903, the daughter of the late Daniel and Erma (Spragg) Reicker.
She was a life member of the Belleisle Senior Citizens Club and a charter member of ACW of Trinity Anglican Church, Springfield. She was a life long supporter of the Conservative Party. She looked forward to the monthly Masonic Suppers and going out to Mama George’s Restaurant. The highlight of her 104th year was being asked to cut the ribbon for the new Sobeys store, in Sussex. Susie had excellent care givers Catherine, Marjorie, Linda and Cindy, and best friend Millie. They were the best.
Her home was always open to family gatherings. She was always wanting her family to be together. She drove her car when she was well into her 90’s and was mother to her youngest son’s two daughters, Janet and Patricia, after their mother died of cancer when they were two and three years old. She liked playing 45’s at the Belleisle Creek Hall and she would have her car full of ladies that liked the outing too. She and her husband ran a little store in their home and would take eggs, butter, etc. on trade. Many dozens of eggs passed through that little store on their way to Saint John Markets. After her husband died, she kept hundreds of hens and those eggs went to market also. When her son needed her for his children, the hens went, and she moved to Lower Norton until 1996, when she came back and lived with her oldest son after his wife died. She also liked taking part in Craft and Food Sales. Sometimes she would have made 50 plus pies of all kinds. When these ran out, she would come home at night and make a few more for the next day. “Susie” will be missed by many generations of family and friends.
Susie’s love for quilting began when she was living in Hampton. After completing the quilt tops, Evelyn and friends helped her quilt it. Over the years she created many masterpieces for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. In 2006 she cut out and stitched the blocks for eight quilts that Millie later quilted. One was a “Dresden Plate” pattern with 93 blocks, all hand stitched together by Susie, and appliqued by Marjorie, truly a work of art, with love stitched in every seam.
She is survived by daughter Evelyn Folkins; son-in-law Claude Russell; 12 grandchildren Richard, Danny, Bob, Ann, Susan, Alice, Terri-Lou, Derrick, Darren, Janet, Patricia and Richard David; 23 great grandchildren Matthew, David, Michael, Chris, Claire, Jason, Ashley, Andrew, Brian, Jill, Grace, Neil, Angela, Katie, Mitchell, Jeremy, Janelle, Erica, Alyssa, Shelby, Connor, Lydia and Owen; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by sons R. Douglas and K. Cecil; daughter M. Marie Russell; daughters-in-law Gladys (Bell) Pearson and Louise (Thompson) Pearson; son-in-law Thomas Folkins; brothers Gordon (Eva) Reicker and Herbert (Hazel) Reicker; sister's Effie (George) Thomson and eight year old sister Pearl.
She is resting at Sherwood’s Funeral Home and Life Tribute Centre (839-2156), 18 Scovil Road, Norton, NB, with visiting on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held from Trinity Anglican Church, Springfield at 2:00 p.m. on, Sunday, January 25, 2009. Interment will be in St. Simon and St. Jude’s Anglican Cemetery, Belleisle Creek, NB, in the spring.
Donations to Trinity Anglican Church or the memorial of the donor’s choice would be appreciated.
The death of Robert Clifton Boyd, age 64, of Passekeag, NB, the husband of Mary (Gowlett) Boyd, occurred at the Sussex Health Centre, on Saturday, January 24, 2009. He was born on September 4, 1944, in Kars, NB, the son of Grace (Law) Boyd and the late Albert Boyd.
He is survived by his mother Grace Boyd-Hickling; wife Mary; daughters Tina and Richard Steeves of Slave Lake, AB, Charlene and Stephen Aiton of Belleisle Creek, and Amanda and Nathan Bizeau of Cumberland Bay; sons Randal and Yvette Melanson of Miramichi, Clayton and Charlene Jesso of Sussex, Ernie and Amy Jesso of Edmonton, AB, Grant and Wanda Boyd of Jemseg and Rob and Louise Boyd of Coles Island and Patrick and Rebecca Beach of England; grandchildren Madison and Cody-Lee, Tyrel and Jesse, Bailey, Taylor and Summer, Johnnie, Emma, Tobias, Lynsea, Brandon, Rebecca, Brittany and Courtney; sisters Vivian and Bliss Johnson of Norton, Lottie and Ted Ricketts of Oromocto and Thelma and Warren McCullough of Penobsquis; brother Oscar and Marjorie Boyd of Norton; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his first wife Valerie (Melanson) Boyd and sister Lillian Rose.
He is resting at Sherwood’s Funeral Home and Life Tribute Centre (839-2156), 18 Scovil Road, Norton, NB, with visiting on Monday from 2 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held from Outreach Pentecostal Church, Hatfield Point, NB, at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, January 27, 2009. Interment will be in Riverbank Cemetery in the spring
Donations to a Living Memorial would be appreciated by the family.
Rev. Lorne Matheson
The death of Rev. Lorne Winfield Matheson, age 88, of Kars, NB, the husband of Lois (Morrell) Matheson, occurred at the Dr. V.A. Snow Centre, Hampton, on Saturday, January 24, 2009. He was born on July 30, 1920, in Penticton, BC, the son of the late Alvah and Fleta (Chandler) Matheson.
A graduate of Lord Byng High School in Vancouver, Lorne voluntarily joined the Second World War effort in 1940, serving as a tank gunner in the British Columbia Dragoons with the Allied Forces in northern Europe.
After the war, Lorne returned home to Canada to complete a degree in history and English at the University of British Columbia. Feeling the call of the ordained ministry, he decided to pursue seminary training, and received his Bachelor of Divinity degree as a member of the first graduating class of Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary (now Denver Seminary) in 1952.
Lorne’s first official pastorate was in New Brunswick at Hatfield Point’s Baptist Church, where he met and later married Lois Theo Morrell in 1959. Over the next twenty years, Lorne pastored several churches throughout the Atlantic Provinces and, together with Lois, raised a family of four boys. After his retirement from full-time ministry, Lorne and his family settled down in Kars, New Brunswick, overlooking the beautiful Belleisle Bay.
He is survived by his wife Lois; sons Tim and Pam of French Lake, Brad and Emilie of Kars, Jeff and Kim of Hampton and David of Ottawa; grandchildren Matthew and Natalie, Melanie, Gilbert and Stacy, Cecile and Joshua Pitcher, Chantelle, Suzanne, Colleen, Grant, Vance and Graeme; great-grandchildren Kara Bliss and Bradford; sisters Midge and Jim Westman, Calgary and Norrie Vandrick, Fresno, CA; brothers Bill and Lois, Friday Harbour, WA and Mickey and Joan, San Clemente, CA; brother-in-law Bryce Farrow, Vernon, BC, and sister-in-law Bunny Matheson, Oak Harbour, Wa. several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Kathleen Farrow and brother Donald and brother-in-law John Vandrick.
He is resting at Sherwood’s Funeral Home and Life Tribute Centre (839-2156), 18 Scovil Road, Norton, NB, with visiting on Tuesday from 3 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held from Lower Millstream Baptist Church, 511 Route 880 Lower Millstream, NB, at 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday, January 28, 2009. Interment will be in Bayview Cemetery.
Donations to the Lower Millstream Baptist Church would be appreciated by the family.