The death of Robert Rhindress, age 87, of Amherst, occurred at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Saturday, Sept 5, 2009, with his family by his side.
Born in Nappan, he was a son of the late Alexander and Caroline (Finnigan) Rhindress
A veteran, he served in the Carlton & York Regiment (Signal Corps), served in England, Italy and Holland during World War II. He was a 66 year member of the Amherst Royal Canadian Legion. Retiring as foreman, he had been employed with Enamel and Heating for 38 years. In his younger years he liked to hunt and fish. A very kind and considerate man who loved his family, and was known to all as a gentle, respectful person who was well read and informed about all current and historical events.
Robert will be sadly missed by his war bride of 67 years, Doris (Kemp); 2 daughters, Sandy (John) Nield, Pugwash, and Donna (Mike Breau) Allen, Point de Bute, NB; a son Larry (Wendy), Wittenburg, NS; a sister, Bernice Chapman, Amherst; a brother, Benjamin (Eleanor), Trenton, ON; 5 precious granddaughters, 9 great grandsons and 1 great granddaughter. His cat Molly will be lost without him. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sister Gladys and great granddaughter, Alexandra.
Robert's remains have been cremated under the care of the Furlong Jones Funeral Home, Amherst (667-8777) from where a memorial service will be held Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at 2 pm, Rev. Laura Hunter officiating. Friends and family are invited to a time of visitation Tuesday from 1 pm until the time of the memorial service. Donations to the LA Animal Shelter, Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of the donor's choice gratefully appreciated.
The family extend a heartfelt thanks to Charlene Mountain (caregiver) and the staff of Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, for all their care and compassion.
Brown: David Charles, 39, of Kemptown, passed away Tuesday, January 27, 2009, at the VG Site, QE ll Halifax. He was born September 7, 1969 in Truro. He was employed by Research in Motion in Halifax as a Blackberry Technician. He served with the Canadian Armed Forces with the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery for four years in Lahrs, Germany. He is survived by his wife, Traci (Wilson); daughter, Abbey Lynn, at home; father, Leo Brown, Kemptown; mother, Wendy (Tooker) Brown, Truro; sister, Tricia (Brown) Freeland and her daughter Anna, Truro; maternal grandmother, Edna Tooker; in-laws, John and Sheila (Blackmore) Wilson, Kemptown; sister-in-law, Stacy (Corey) Langille and their children, Sadie, Mila and Jase. Dave will be remembered for his computer passion, his will to live, his love of family and friends, most especially his daughter abbey. A celebration of Dave’s life will be held Saturday, January 31, at the Kemptown Community Hall at 7pm. No visitation or flowers by request. Donations may be made to the Abbey Lynn Brown Trust Fund (Account # 068235218151 at the Royal Bank or make cheques payable to Traci Brown) or to the Canadian Cancer Society, through the Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Special thanks to the nurses on 6A at the VG, Dr. Bethune, Dr. Ellis and all those who helped and offered support.
Harvey DeLee Winters
Harvey DeLee Winters … 79, Truro, passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 3, 2009, in Colchester Regional Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. Born August 22, 1929, in Parrsboro, he was a son of the late Carl and Bessie (Warren) Winters.
Harvey was a veteran of the Korean War and was a member of Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 26, Truro. He served with the Royal Canadian Signals from 1951-1966 and later as a Civilian Member with the RCMP from 1969-1981. He was a life member of the Signalers Club of Canada and an amateur radio operator since 1951. (VE1HDW)
Harvey is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Iris (Fielding); son, Timothy, Truro Heights; daughters, Wendy (Charles) McNutt, Onslow Mountain; Linda (Ronald) Sutherland, Belmont; Tammy (Mark) MacKay, Salmon River; eight grandchildren; two step grandchildren; five great grandchildren; sisters, Nora Goodwin, Jolicure, New Brunswick; Rose (Melvin) Ripley, Amherst; brothers, Louis, Amherst; Carl, London, Ontario; half brothers, Frank, Bill and Freddie Winters. He was predeceased by sisters, Josephine Winters and Vera Allen; brothers, Keith, Orland, Hance and Jack.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where Harvey’s family will receive friends from 7-9 pm Friday, June 5, 2009, beginning with a Legion Tribute Service at 7 pm, conducted by Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 26, Truro. Funeral service will be held 2 pm Saturday, June 6, 2009, in the funeral home chapel. Reception will follow. Interment will then be held in Truro Heights Cemetery. Family flowers only. If so desired, donations in Harvey’s memory to Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Diabetes Association or charity of choice are welcomed.
Edward Samuel Graham
Graham, Edward Samuel … Brookfield, NS, passed away peacefully in the Colchester County Hospital, on July 5, 2011, surrounded by members of his family. Born in Pembroke … Upper Stewiacke NS on February 1, 1929, he was the son of the late John and Ivy (Cox) Graham He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years Edna (Matheson) Graham and children, Vern (Linda), Jeff (Ellie) Ivy Haasen (Frank) and Lori (late Barry) Recoskie; nine grandchildren, Derek, Brett, Tracy, Sally (Rob) Jonathan (Lyndie) Sonya (Mike) Eddy (Heather),Cassandra and Jeffrey and two great grand children , Damian and Ella.
Along with his parents he was predeceased by his brothers Roy, Frank and John (Junior). Edward is survived by 3 sisters, Muriel, Helen and Jessie.
Edward retired after 25 years from the Northern College in South Porcupine, Ontario where he and his wife lived for 40 years before returning home to Nova Scotia. He enjoyed playing golf and was an avid curler. Edward was a long time member of the John Fisher Choir and an active member of the Brookfield United Church choir.
Visitation will take place on Thursday from 7- 9 pm in the Mattatall~Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Funeral service will be held on Friday, July 8th at 2 pm in Knox United Church, Brookfield, with Rev. Larry Harrison officiating. A reception will follow in the Church Hall. Burial will take place at a later date in the Riverside Cemetery, Upper Stewiacke. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Terry Fox Foundation or the Knox United Church in Brookfield NS.
George Michael Fancy
Fancy, George Michael, 82, Truro, passed away Friday, September 14, 2012 in the Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Born in Hampton, New York, he was a son of the late William and Frances (Hall) Fancy. George was a steel plant worker having worked in Ontario.
He is survived by his companion, Yvonne Lynn McNutt; sons, Charles, George, Steven and Whitman, all of Ontario; daughters, Margaret and Elizabeth, both of Ontario; step-daughter, Stacie (Jamie) of Truro; grandchildren, Hanna, Ethan, Langille, of Truro; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren in Ontario.
He was predeceased by his wife, Ellen Jane Fancy; sons, Gerry and Brian.
No visitation or funeral service by family request. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mattatall~Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Donations in memory may be made to the Children’s Wish Foundation.
Dawn Marie MacKay
MacKay, Dawn Marie - 51,Central North River, Col. Co. – It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of Dawn Marie MacKay, wife of Wade MacKay who passed away peacefully Sunday September 16, 2012 at home surrounded by her family. Born in Truro, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Jean (Douglas) Johnson. Dawn had a love for life and always had a positive outlook. She was ready to have fun and try anything once. She enjoyed her time with family and friends, especially at her cottage in Mt. Uniacke. Dawn was a great supporter of her daughter’s activities. A very proud soccer and hockey mom.
Besides her husband Wade, Dawn is survived by her daughters, Angela and April; her brothers Doug (Ann), Wayne (Sheila), Ian (Carolyn), Larry; her sisters, Bev McNutt, Heather (Glen) Scott, Barb Mitchell (Ron); brother-in-law Bob (Kathy) MacKay; sister-in-law Doris (Mark) Stewart; many nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, Dawn was predeceased by her brother Brian; sister and brother-in-law Gertrude and Henry Hingley; brother-in-law Donald McNutt; father and mother-in-law Harry and Roberta MacKay.
Visitation will take place on Tuesday, September 18 from 2-4 and 7-9 and funeral service Wednesday, September 19 at 2pm, all in the Mattatall~Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Rev. Donna Lawrence will officiate with burial to follow in the Bible Hill Cemetery, Bible Hill. A reception will follow the burial in St. David’s United Church Hall, 149 Pictou Road, Bible Hill. Family flowers only. Donations in memory of Dawn may be made in Trust for her daughter’s education fund or to a charity of your choice.
Catherine B. N. Jeffers
Jeffers: Catherine B.N.; It is with sadness that the family of Catherine B.N. Jeffers, 86, of Truro, announce that she passed away peacefully in the Colchester Regional Hospital in Truro on Saturday, September 22, 2012. Born in Stevenson, Scotland, she was a daughter of Thomas and Annie (Neilson) Hull. She is survived by her daughter, Linda (Rex) Naugler, of Bridgewater; sons, Kenneth (Cathlin) and Alan, Dallas, Texas; granddaughters, Sarah and Elizabeth Jeffers, both of Halifax; sister, Anna Kirk, Truro; brother-in-law, Fred (Ethel) Jeffers, Kingston, N.S.; sister-in-law, Phyllis MacDonald, Stewiacke; many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Avard L. Jeffers and brothers, William, Thomas and James, and an infant sister. In addition to her family, she leaves behind countless friends, many of whom are now living at Parkland Estates, where she made her home for the past five years. Catherine was first and foremost a devoted mother and wife, and later in life an extremely proud grandmother, who loved her family, enriching their lives with wonderful home cooking and very strong values. She was a member of First United Church in Truro where she was a cub leader and a member of the couples club. She was active in the United Church Women for many years as a faithful leader and member of Unit K. She was a member of the Truro Scottish Society and the Veterans Widows and Widowers Association. When her own children were growing up and starting to leave home, she worked in early childhood education for several years, becoming "Miss Cathie" to hundreds of Truro children. Traveling was a special part of her life – the many trips with Avard, a European trip with sister Anna and brother James and two family trips to Cuba provided many fond memories. Catherine had an unrelenting quest for knowledge and experience, and was very much ahead of her times when it came to nutrition and healthy living. She loved to learn, and was always up for a challenge, from the Christopher public-speaking program to learning to play the ukulele and violin. She loved music and was happy to play the piano at a dance or social get-together. She was an accomplished violin player, which she only picked up after enrolling in formal classes when she was well into her 60s. Learning to read music and play an instrument was something she wanted to do all her life and her determination proved that it’s never too late to start anything. She worked and practiced long and hard, becoming an enthusiastic member of the Fundy Fiddlers and later the Caledonia Orchestra, which performed traditional Scottish music. Both gave her many hours of joy, friendship and fellowship through music. It was an especially proud moment when she participated in the recording of the orchestra’s first CD, which became a treasured gift to family and friends. She loved needlepoint, knitting and gardening, which was especially obvious to anyone who visited her Young Street home, where she lived for more than 40 years. The beautiful gardens, window boxes and shrubs were manicured to perfection and were her pride and joy. Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 25, 2012, at Mattatall-Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 26, 2012, at First United Church, 711 Prince Street, Truro, with Rev. Valerie Kingsbury officiating. A reception will follow in the church hall. Interment will be at Pine Grove Cemetery, Stewiacke East. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
Ernest Lawrence "Ernie" Comeau
Ernest Lawrence "Ernie" Comeau – 71, Truro, passed away peacefully, Sunday evening, September 23, 2012, in Glen Haven Manor, New Glasgow. Born October 16, 1940, in Upper Stewiacke, he was the son of the late Gus and Irene (Arsenault) Comeau.
All are welcome to attend a graveside interment service that will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, September 27, 2012, in Robie Street Cemetery, 125 Robie Street, Truro, Reverend Valerie Kingsbury officiating. If so desired, donations in Ernie’s memory to a charity of choice are welcomed.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro.
Stanley Wallace "Stan" Turner
Stanley Wallace "Stan" Turner – 83, Kemptown, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Thursday morning, September 27, 2012, at Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Born March 16, 1929, in Shan Creek, Saskatchewan, he was the son of the late George and Winnifred (Routledge) Wallace and stepson of the late Albert Turner.
Stan was a member of Kemptown United Church until its closing and currently attended Valley United Church. He worked for many years in the Production Department at Truro Daily News and enjoyed woodworking in his spare time. Stan is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Leora Wilma (Totten); daughter, Norma Shaw, River Hebert; grandchildren, Nick Shaw, Bonita (Todd) Mills; great grandchildren, Courtney Mills, Geoffrey Mills.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, September 29, 2012, Reverend Leander Mills officiating. Reception will follow. Family flowers only. If so desired, donations in Stan’s memory to a charity of choice are welcomed.
Alexander "Sandy" Julien
Julien, Alexander "Sandy", 95, Millbrook, passed away Saturday, September 29, 2012 at the Mira Long Term Care Centre, Truro. Born in Truro, he was a son of the late Chief Joseph and Annie Louise (GooGoo) Julien. Sandy was a veteran of the Second World War and a Life Member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 26, Truro. He was a long-standing member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 6633, Truro, and a Keptin of the Mi’K Maq Grand Council from 1957 to 2012 for Sipekne’katik . He also served as a councilor for the Millbrook First Nation from 1959 until 1986. In 1992 The Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada was conferred upon Sandy. In 1998 Sandy was made an honourary member of the Windsor Hockey heritage Society. In 2002, Sandy was recognized as a faithful member of the Sacred Heart Mission, Truro. On the occasion of the sesquicentennial of the Archdiocese of Halifax. In 2005, Pte. Alexander Julien was awarded the year of the Veteran Award by Veterans Affairs Canada. He was also given an honorable mention by the House of Commons for his sacrifices and achievements in times of war and peace. In 2010 Sandy was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grand Chief Membertou 400 Mawio’mi Celebrations.
He is survived by sons, Joseph of Dartmouth, Joe B. Marshall of Eskasoni, Keith (Theresa) of Millbrook, Derick of Millbrook; daughters, Angeline Paul of Millbrook, Janet Bernard (Woody) of Millbrook; 20 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; sister Madeline Martin of Millbrook; several God Children.
He was predeceased by his wife the former Martha Francis; daughters, Sandra and Linda; grandchildren Shawn Paul, Kevin Bannon, Stephen Charles Denny; brothers, Stephen, Frank, and two brothers in infancy; sisters, Rachael Marshall, Mary Francis, and a sister in infancy.
Visitation will take place after 5 pm Sunday, Sept. 30th at the home of Sandy Julien, 803 Willow Street. Millbrook. Funeral service will take place on Tuesday at 11 am from the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Millbrook with Father Dariusz Miskowicz officiating. Burial will follow in the Sacred Heart Roman Church Cemetery, Millbrook. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mattatall~Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro.
William George Henry "Bill" Gillard
William George Henry "Bill" Gillard – 89, Bible Hill, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Friday evening, October 5, 2012, at Vimy Court. Born October 24, 1922, in Mitcham Surrey, England, he was a son of the late Henry and Esther Gillard.
Bill and his wife, Florence, immigrated to Montreal from England in 1949. He worked as a photoengraver with Montreal Standard which later became Weekend Magazine. When he retired in 1987, he and his wife moved to Truro. Bill took great pride in the cottage he built in Maidstone Lake, Vermont, where he and his family enjoyed many special times.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Florence (Kimpton); daughter, Janet (Keith) Cheyne, Bible Hill; son, John (Concetta) Gillard, Fort McMurray, Alberta; grandchildren, Scott (Kama) Cheyne, Andrew (Carol) Cheyne, Amanda (Brian) Babineau, Christina (Adam) Firth, Jennifer Gillard, Jason Gillard, Laura Gillard, Robert Gillard; great grandchildren, Clara and Dean Cheyne, Tristan and Adele Cheyne, Lily and Leah Babineau. Along with his parents, Bill was predeceased by his brother, Ronald (Doreen) Gillard.
Special thanks are extended to the staff at Vimy Court for the care and compassion shown to Bill and his family while he lived there and especially this past week.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. There will be a Celebration of Life for close family members at a later date. If so desired, donations in Bill’s memory to Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia are welcomed.