Gertrude A. Purcell
PURCELL, Gertrude A. "Trudy" - 78 years, Nelsons Landing, Bedford, formerly of Shad Bay, passed away peacefully in her sleep January 17, 2003, in the VG Site, QEII, with her loving family by her side. Born in Jollimore, she was a daughter of the late Stanley and Alice (Inness) Purcell. She was a retired employee of Canadian Industries Limited.
She was a member of the Arcade Ladies Softball Team inducted into the Nova Scotia Hall of Fame in 1999. Trudy loved to travel and for many years spent the winter months with her good friends in Florida. She was a member of the St. Peter's bowling league and enjoyed a good game of cards.
She leaves to grieve brothers, Michael (Marilyn), Halifax; Steven (Sherry), Calgary; sisters, Dot Goodman, Lillian Thomas, Elaine Wells, all of Halifax; Margaret (Donald) MacIntosh, St. Margarets Bay; Cecilia (Thomas) Dryden, Edith (Laurier) Ross, both of British Columbia; Jacqueline Popek, Ontario; good friend, Rita Gray, Halifax; several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by brother, Allen.
Words cannot express our gratitude and thanks to the nursing staff and all members of the Palliative Care Unit, VG Site, QEII, we thank them for the loving support and concern extended to Trudy and willingness to assist and comfort those of us who spent many long hours at the hospital with Trudy in the last few days of her life.
Cremation has taken place, interment at a later date. Memorial service 2 p.m. Thursday, January 23, in St. Peter's Anglican Church, Kearney Lake Road.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Trudy may be made to the Palliative Care Unit or a charity of your choice.
Gordon Joseph Tanner
TANNER, Gordon Joseph - 74, Lower Sackville, passed away January 17, 2003, in the VG Site, QEII. Born in Halifax, he was a son of the late William and Beatrice (Smith) Tanner.
He retired from being a skidder operator in Salem. He had previously worked for Whitzman & Sons, where he was a crane operator.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Frances (Ryan); children, Gordon (Esther) Jewers, Dartmouth; Diana (Jerry) Tanner, Parrsboro; Dougie (Cookie) Tanner, Parrsboro; Veronica (Wendell) Killen, Middle Musquodoboit; Darlene (Bradford) Higgins, Middle Musquodoboit; brothers, Richard (Barb), Eddie, Arthur (Elizabeth), Gerald (Sheila); sister, Lorraine (Fred); 21 grandchildren; several great- grandchildren; a great great-grandson; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by son, Sam; brothers, Jim, George; sister, Pearl.
Cremation has taken place. A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, January 20, in Oakridge Memory Gardens, Lower Sackville.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. Thanks to the nurses on the 6th floor and the Palliative Care Unit, VG Site, QEII, their help was very much appreciated.
Leonard Earl Atkinson
ATKINSON, Leonard Earl - 85, Dartmouth, passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 15, 2003, in Dartmouth General Hospital. Born March 8, 1917, in Saint John, N.B., he was a son of the late Clayton and Lena (Hubbard) Atkinson.
Leonard served in the Second World War for six years overseas as a sergeant with the North Nova Scotia Highlanders. After the war, he was a marine engineer for various oil tankers for many years. His passion was speed skating which he actively enjoyed well into his 70s. He was an avid reader and had a great love for animals, particularly his cat, Angie.
He is survived by his wife of almost 52 years, the former Mary Viola Findlay; son, Michael (Leslie); daughters, Barbara "B.J." (Faye), Cathy Morash (Ian); beloved grandson, Daniel; son-in-law, Bryan; granddaughters, Stephanie, Robyn; great-grandson, Jaiden; brother, James (Olive); sister, Marion Logan; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers, Andrew, Charlie. Dad "Grampy" will be dearly missed by his family and many friends.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth. No visitation by request. Funeral mass will be held 9 a.m. Saturday in Saint Paul's Roman Catholic Church, 199 Windmill Rd., Dartmouth, Father Charles Burke officiating. Private interment will take place in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in Leonard's memory to Bide-A-While Animal Shelter, 12 Eaton Ave., Dartmouth, NS B2Y 2X5 would be appreciated.
Gary Peter "Benny" McGraw
McGRAW, Gary Peter "Benny" - 51, Halifax, passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of family and friends on Wednesday, February 12, 2003, in the VG Site, QEII, after a hard fought battle with cancer. Born March 4, 1951, in Saint John, N.B., he was a son of Albertine (Losier) McGraw, Rothesay and the late Philip McGraw.
Benny was well-known for his love of hockey. He played with many teams including the South End Hawks, Moncton Beavers, Hardy Cup Mooseheads and the Halifax Junior Canadians. Gary made many friends in Halifax who loved and supported him during his battle with cancer. He was appreciative of the care provided by the doctors and nursing staff of the VG Site, QEII and his special angel, Mrs. Ronnie MacIntyre.
Gary is survived by his daughter, Amanda Stephenson, Florida; sisters, Pat, Sheila, Rothesay; Bonnie (Georges) Richard, Ottawa; brothers, Phil (JoAnn), Eldon (Charlene), Tom, all of Saint John; many nieces and nephews and a wide circle of friends.
His remains are resting in Atlantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayers Rd., Halifax, with visitation 2-4, 7-9 p.m. today. Funeral mass will be celebrated 12 p.m. Saturday in Saint Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church, 6476 Bayers Rd., Halifax, Father Leonard Fischer officiating. Reception immediately following in the church hall, hosted by Saint Vincent de Paul Society of Saint Cahterine's which Gary was an active member. Cremation to follow. A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 19, in Saint Mark's Roman Catholic Church, Quispamsis, N.B. A reception to follow in the church hall. Private family interment will be held in the spring in Saint John, N.B.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in Gary's memory to Saint Vincent de Paul Society of Saint Catherines, 6476 Bayers Rd., Halifax, NS B3L 2B1 or Canadian Cancer Society, 2-5826 South St., Halifax, NS B3H 1S6 (902-423-6183) would be appreciated.
Thomas Edward "Sonny", Gray
GRAY, Thomas Edward "Sonny", C.D. - 75, Lower Sackville, passed away peacefully with family present on Thursday, February 13, 2003, in the New Halifax Infirmary, QEII. Born June 25, 1927, in Kingston, Ont., he was a son of the late Arthur and Evelyn (Corcoran) Gray.
Tom was a veteran who served in Whitehorse, Ottawa, Germany, Kingston and Korea with the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps of Kingston, Ont. He was past president of the Royal Canadian Legion in Ottawa and was a current member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Calais Branch, Lower Sack- ville, where he was awarded the Sword of the Night. He was past president and lifetime member of Sackville Lions Club and was an active member of the Koreans Veteran Association. H e was the Sackville Town Crier, member of the Nova Scotia Town Crier's Guild Association, and was locally well-known as Santa. He worked for Peter Mielyznski Agencies as special events co-ordinator.
He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Tom is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Dolly Carman; daughters, Cheryl (Walter) Zwicker, Lower Sackville; Debbie (Steve) Emeny, Guelph, Ont.; son, Jimmy (Amelda), Lower Sackville; daughter-in-law, Angie; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews.
He was predeceased by son, Thomas William "Billy".
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Atlantic Funeral Home, 125 Sackville Dr., Lower Sack- ville. Funeral 1 p.m. Sunday in Royal Canadian Legion, Calais Branch, Sackville Cross Road, Lower Sackville. Reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in Tom's memory to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 101-6080 Young St., Halifax, NS B3K 5L2 or Fultz House Museum (Rose Garden), P.O. Box 124, Lower Sackville, NS B4C 2S8 would be appreciated.
Peter Anthony Ackerman
ACKERMAN, Peter Anthony - 60, Westphal, died suddenly at home on Monday, February 10, 2003.
Born on Long Island, N.Y., Peter graduated from Colgate University and the University of Toronto. He moved to Halifax in 1967, where he taught English at both St. Patrick's and Queen Elizabeth High Schools. Later in his career, Peter was appointed special program coordinator for the Halifax District School Board, where he was instrumental in the implementation of the Four Plus Program. Having to retire prematurely because of a heart condition, Peter continued to work in the profession he loved by tutoring. During retirement, Peter enjoyed spending time with his dogs, gardening, birding, tinkering with projects at home and on planning his annual golfing trips. With an independent spirit, infectious laugh, a love for good debate and a sharp mind, Peter enjoyed life as he met it.
Peter is survived by his wife, Elaine Black; step-children, Heather (Pat) Coolen, Indian Harbour; John (Juanita) Campbell, Peggys Cove and their children Nicole and Nicholas; sisters, Tricia (Bill) Schultz and Cathy Fernandez in Florida; sisters-in-law, Margaret (John) Coutts, Fall River; Muriel (Royston) Gollan, Windsor; Joan (Donald) Ashby, Kentville; mother-in-law, Bernice Black, Windsor.
He was predeceased by parents, Harry and Mary Ackerman (New York).
Cremation has taken place. No service by request.
Peter's expressed wish was for his family and friends to gather at his home from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, February 15, at 194 Richardson Dr., Westphal.
George David Tanner
TANNER, George David - 67, Dartmouth, passed away peacefully at home on February 11, 2003, surrounded by his loved ones.
He leaves to mourn, his loving wife, Geri; daughter, Wendy; son-in-law, Wayne; grandson, Chad; son, Brian; father and mother, George and Betty Tanner; brothers, Don and Ron; sisters, Lynne and Judi; many nieces and nephews; special friends, Vel and Kenny; many other good friends. He will be greatly missed by all.
No flowers by request. Donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society. Service to follow at a later date.