MacCONNELL, J. David
John David MacConnell, 65, of Millsville, Pictou County, died May 14, 2016 in
Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow, after a brief illness. Born Dec. 25, 1950, he
grew up in Meadowville on Stoney Acres Jersey Farm, later moving to Durham
and then Millsville. David was passionate about his family, work, his faithful
German Shephard "Carter," heavy equipment, politics and living in the country.
His grandson, Maxen, brought him such joy. He enjoyed touring the back roads,
yard-saling, motorcycling and talking with his friends. David served his
community through his tremendous dedication to his work at the Department of
Transportation. He plowed snow for 40 years, ensuring safety for all. He found
gratification in sharing his expertise in northern Nova Scotia and Cambridge Bay,
Nunavut. Previously David worked at Michelin and Gammon’s lumber mill and
helped local farmers. He was an entrepreneur, operating Dave’s Water and Day
Tours. David was lively and believed if a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing
right. He was past member of Pictou Curling Club, instructing in the junior
program. David was recipient of the Ralston Purina Provincial Youth Award
1968. David is survived by his wife, Melissa (nee MacLeod); son, Ryan (Krista)
and grandson, Maxen, Bentley, Alberta; siblings, Janet MacKenzie (Peter), Robin
(Maggie), Douglas (Kathi); sister-in-law, Ruth; aunt, Frances Tattrie Eadie; uncle,
Clifford Tattrie; nieces, Erin and Lauren. David was predeceased by his father,
John Rae MacConnell; mother, Helen Mary (Tattrie); brother, James Rolland;
uncles, Harold and Lloyd Tattrie. Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 PM Wednesday in
West River Presbyterian Church, Durham. A Celebration of David's Life will held
at 2 PM on Thursday also in West River Presbyterian Church. Private committal at
a later date. Family flowers only please. Donations in his memory may be made
to The Aberdeen Health Foundation/Oncology Client Fund, The Lodge That Gives
or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be forwarded to
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother and
grandmother, Thérèse Dubé on Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 at the age of 76 years.
Thérèse passed peacefully at her home in Pictou, Nova Scotia. Thérèse was born Marie
Alice Thérèse Moreau on March 13th, 1940 in Rimouski, Quebec, the eldest child and only
daughter of Joseph and Alberte Moreau. She spent her childhood and school years with
her family in Rimouski. She also began her work years there, first in a chiropractic office
and then as a switchboard operator in a local hotel. It was there that she met the love of
her life, Maurice Dubé. He was a handsome sailor on leave with the Canadian Coast
Guard who swept her off her feet. On December 31st, 1962 the two were married in
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Thérèse left the familiarity of her family life in Rimouski to
begin her married life with Maurice in Dartmouth. On August 17th, 1964 Thérèse became
a mom when they welcomed their first child Sonia. In 1965 their family moved to Point
Edward, Nova Scotia and on September 25th, 1966 they welcomed their second child
Paul-Maurice. Their family was now complete. In 1968, Thérèse and Maurice made
their final family move to Pictou, Nova Scotia where Maurice began a new career with the
Fishery Training Centre. Thérèse was a stay-at-home mom and homemaker and how she
loved being a mom. She was a beautiful seamstress and made most of the clothes for her
children. For a number of years, Thérèse was an avid contributor to the Pictou Garden
Club and so enjoyed being involved. Thérèse and Maurice purchased a house in Pictou on
which they worked tirelessly to make into a home. It was there she lived (surrounded by
the memories of her life) until she passed. It was home to her and to her granddaughter,
Céline; Thérèse was predeceased by her parents and her brothers, Pierre-Paul (Pierrette)
and Gilbert. Left to miss her, remember her love and carry on her memory are her
children, Sonia Dubé (Stephen Brennan) and Paul Dubé (Peggy Yuen); her beloved
grandchildren, Céline and Marcus; and her brother, Gabriel (Gaby). Also left to
remember Thérèse are her good friends, Harry Fraser, Juliet Campbell and Theresa Dixon.
And because they were family to Thérèse, we cannot forget her four-legged loves -
Sammy, Maggie and Nibbles. Visitation will take place on Sunday, May 15th, 2016
between the hours of 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. at the McLaren Funeral Home in Pictou. A
service celebrating Thérèse's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 16th at Stella
Maris Church in Pictou. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in her
memory to the Pictou Garden Club.
SCANLAN, Heather E.
It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of Heather Elizabeth
Scanlan. Heather passed away on Monday May 9, 2016 at the Shiretown Nursing
Home in Pictou surrounded by family & friends. Heather was born on May 31,
1966, the youngest of three children to her doting parents, Harold and the late Elva
Smith. Heather was born and raised in Pictou and graduated from the Pictou
Academy. She continued her education and graduated from Business College in
Truro. She had a lengthy career as manager of the Pictou County Farmer's Mutual
Insurance in Pictou. Heather was predeceased by her mother, Elva Smith. She is
survived by her husband of more than 20 years, Ken Scanlan; stepchildren, Kim
Pettipas-Scanlan, Wendy (Kastriot) Scanlan & Justin Scanlan ; her father, Harold
Smith; brother, Richard (Patti) Smith; sister, Lynn (Gregor) Hardy; 2 nieces, 2
nephews, 4 step-grandchildren, 1 great-niece, 1 great-nephew, and many dear
friends. Heather's loving nature will be remembered by all who knew her. During
her lengthy struggle with MS, she was never known to complain. She was always
more concerned about others rather than herself, with a generosity matched by few.
She had a life full of laughs right to the end and was never shy of telling those
dearest that she loved them. A special thank you for the love and support of
Heather's lifelong friend, Trina; dear friend, Kim; caregivers/friends, Rose and
Betty-Jean. Heather's family would like to express their thanks to the staff of the
Shiretown Nursing Home for treating & loving Heather like she was part of their
family. Visitation will be held 2-4 & 7-9 PM Thursday in McLaren Funeral Home,
Pictou. A Celebration of Remembrance will be held 11 AM Friday in the McLaren
Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Dr. Norman Marple officiating. Memorial
donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
SANGSTER, John M.
Sangster, John M. Born May 12, 1946, of Haliburton, Pictou County,
passed away peacefully on May 5, 2016. He was a son of the late
Herbert O. and Ella F. Sangster. He is survived by his wife, Rose and
children, Michael, Cindy and Warren. There will be no visitation or
funeral by the request of the deceased. Arrangements are under the
direction of McLaren Funeral Service, Pictou.
Ruth Vekeman, 63, of Lyons Brook, Nova Scotia passed away peacefully in the
Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow on May 3, 2016. The daughter of the late Ruth
and Ronald Beaton, she was born in New Waterford, Cape Breton. Ruth studied
nursing at St. Martha’s in Antigonish and nursed in Halifax, and Quebec, spending
most of her career at the Sutherland Harris Memorial Hospital in Pictou. She loved
theatre and dancing and was a choreographer and actor in local productions. Nana
was happiest when she was feeding people or being silly with her grandchildren.
Her sense of humour was infectious and she would do whatever it took to make the
people she loved smile. Her family would like to thank Dr. Farrell for his love and
caring, Rhonda Langille for always being Mom’s “go to girl” and all the loving
staff at the Palliative Care Unit of the Aberdeen. She is survived by her husband,
Eric; son, Josh (Michelle); daughters, Erika and Erin (Ian); grandchildren,
Kennedy, Luc and Mathieu; and brothers, Cameron (Ada) and Ron (Joanne).
Candlelit Service will be held 6:00 PM Sunday, May 8 from the Pictou United
Church, with reception to follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, donations
may be made to the Pictou United Church.
LYONS, Alice M.
LYONS, Alice May- 64, of Pictou, passed away on April 22, 2016 in the
Shiretown Nursing Home, Pictou. Alice was born in Pictou to Annie and Patrick
Lyons on August 22, 1951. She was involved with Summer Street Industries and
enjoyed all of their programming. Alice is survived by her brothers and sisters,
Linda (Peter) Daley, Brenda (Mark) Lyons-McInnis, Donna Lyons, Elizabeth
(Joseph) Rice, Leonard (Edna) Lyons, Chester (Marilyn) Lyons, Dave (Glenda)
Lyons, her mother, Annie (Earl) Lyons and many nieces and nephews. She was
predeceased by her father, Patrick Lyons and brother, Charlie Lyons. Funeral
Service will be held Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 11am, in Stella Maris Roman
Catholic Church, Pictou with Father Peter MacDonald officiating. A reception will
follow in the church hall. Donations in her memory may be made to the SPCA.
The family of Alice Lyons wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the Shiretown
Nursing Home and staff. Arrangements are under the direction of McLaren
Funeral Service, Pictou.