Frances Louella "Fran" MacKinnon
Frances Louella "Fran" MacKinnon – 93, Belmont, passed away peacefully, Saturday, October 6, 2012, at Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Born September 5, 1919, in Crowes Mills, she was a daughter of the late Suther and Lila (Crowe) Roode.
Fran was affiliated with Trinity United Church, Onslow and worked at Stanfield’s as a floor lady in the silk room.
Fran was the last surviving member of her immediate family and is survived by her sons, William "Pink" (Val) MacKinnon, Donald (Marlene) MacKinnon, Belmont; grandchildren, Lisa (Kevin) MacNutt, Jeff (Theresa) MacKinnon, Truro; great grandchildren, Cole MacNutt, Ally MacNutt, Annalise MacNutt, Jillian MacKinnon, Emily MacKinnon, Delia MacKinnon, Natalie MacKinnon, Jack MacKinnon; foster sister, Diane Cormier, Debert; numerous nieces and nephews.
Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Allen Joseph MacKinnon; siblings, Gardner, Earl, Lawrence, Don, Gerald, Laurie, Helen, Rita, Dora, Maime, Ida in infancy.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Monday, October 8, 2012, Reverend Gerry Kerr officiating. Reception will follow. Interment in Belmont Cemetery. Family flowers only. If so desired, donations in Fran’s memory to Colchester Regional Hospital Foundation or a charity of choice are welcomed.
John Alexander Hoag
John Alexander Hoag – 66, Truro, formerly of Dartmouth, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Sunday morning, October 7, 2012, at Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Born January 11, 1946, in Montreal, Quebec, he was a son of Gwen Meyer, Truro, and the late John Hoag and stepfather, Kenneth Meyer.
John worked at Office Interiors, Dartmouth, at the time of his death and also enjoyed hunting and fishing. In earlier years, he played hockey with the Omaha Nights and New York Rangers and now enjoyed watching hockey and cheering on his favourite team, Montreal Canadiens.
Along with his mother, John is survived by his loving wife, Pauline McMullen); children, John (Suzanne) Hoag, Cynthia (Wayne) McCallum; five grandchildren; brothers, Paul (Susan) Hoag, Randy (Aline) Meyer, Daryl (Leslie) Meyer, all of Ontario; sisters, Sherrill Meyer, Ontario; Wendy (Ben) Johnson, Earltown. Along with his father and stepfather, he was predeceased by brothers, Mark Hoag, David Hoag, Kenneth Meyer.
Funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, October 10, 2012, in Immanuel Baptist Church, 295 Young Street, Truro, Reverend Kaj Binderup officiating. Reception to follow in the church hall. Interment in Bible Hill Cemetery. Family flowers only. If so desired, donations in John’s memory to Immanuel Baptist Church are welcomed. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro.
Delima Theresa "Del" Fleury
FLEURY (Lirette), Delima Theresa "Del" – 95, Truro, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family and amid the presence of prayer, reflection and hymns, on Sunday afternoon, October 7, 2012, at Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Born December 10, 1916, in Amherst, Del was a daughter of the late John and Julia (Cormier) Lirette. She was a loving wife, devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother and beloved friend. She was an accomplished seamstress, sewing many draperies, linens, baptismal gowns, dress making and alterations. She was an avid bowler with many trophies to her credit and enjoyed reading, daily prayer, playing cards, knitting, doing puzzles and spending time with loved ones. She was a devout Catholic and 60 year member and past president of CWL. She was also a member of Ladies Auxiliary, Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 26, Truro. She was predeceased by her husband, James; son, John; daughter-in-law, Carrie; sisters, Irene, Pauline; brothers, Samuel, Ernest. She is survived by her sister, Doris Leyte; sister-in-law, Lydia Lirette; sons, Alan (Janet), Jim; daughter, Phyllis (Dave); grandchildren, RaeAnn, Michelle (Hok), Tracy (Keith), Kimberly (Philip), Christopher; great grandchildren, Jesse, Tyra, Cory, Matthew, Chloe, Rachael, Abbigale Delima, Benjamin; many nieces and nephews. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where CWL will conduct a tribute service 6:30 pm Wednesday, October 10, 2012, followed by Ladies Auxiliary tribute service at 6:45 pm Wednesday and then visitation from 7-9 pm Wednesday. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11am Thursday, October 11, 2012, at the Immaculate Conception Church, Prince Street, Truro, Father Francesco Pirisi officiating. Reception will follow in Campbell Hall. Private family interment will be held in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, 125 Robie Street, Truro. Family flowers only. If so desired, donations in Del’s memory to Catholic Women’s League or a charity of choice are welcomed.
J. Norman Austin
J. Norman Austin – Murray Siding. In his 90th year, Norman passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Thursday afternoon, November 15, 2012, at Wynn Park Villa, Truro. Born February 6, 1923, in Skye Glen, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, he was a son of the late James and Lavinia (Smith) Austin.
Norman was an affiliate of The Peoples Church, Truro. He was a veteran of the Second World War, having served overseas in Africa, Italy, France, Belgium and Holland and was injured at the Battle of Monte Cassino. He was a meat cutter and worked at Natick Packing Company, Massachusetts, and later owned his own store. An avid traveler, he enjoyed trips to Japan, South America, an Alaskan cruise and six bus tours to Europe. He had a love of flowers and gardening and also enjoyed walking and reading.
Norman was the last surviving member of his immediate family and is survived by his wife, C. Lorraine (Bickers); children, Hedley (Debbie) Austin, Virginia, USA; Marylou (Bernie) Bowse, Southbridge, Massachusetts, USA; grandchildren, Jonathan Austin, Ronald Bowse, Justin Bowse, Peter Bowse, Katie Bowse, Emily Bowse; great granddaughter, Kyomi Bowse. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Catherine (MacKay); siblings, Smith, Ella, Florence, David, Lottie, Beatrice, Ida, Bessie, Earl, JD, Claire, Isobel, Hugh, Henry, Tom.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where Norman’s family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m., Sunday, November 18, 2012, and 1-1:45 p.m., Monday, November 19, 2012, followed by the funeral service at 2 p.m., Pastor Ken Fillmore officiating. Reception will follow. Interment in Crossroads Cemetery, 110 Salmon River Road, Valley. Family flowers only. If so desired, donations in Norman’s memory to The Gideons or Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia are welcomed.
Rex "Clayton" Marshall
Marshall, Rex "Clayton", 65, of Onslow Mountain, passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at home with his sister Margie and nephew Bernie by his side. Born in Tatamagouche he was a son of the late Annie Marshall. Rex enjoyed his fishing trips with his nephew Bernie when health permitted. He is survived by sister, Margie Turner, Onslow Mountain; brother, Eugene (Ena), Truro; several nieces and nephews. No visitation by request. Funeral service will be held 2pm Friday, November 23, in the Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street Truro, with Pastor Sheila Clyke officiating. Reception to follow at the Horsemen’s Club in Bible Hill. Family flowers only. Donations in Rex’s memory may be made to the Hospice Society.
Helen M. (Smith) Cook
Helen M. (Smith) Cook – 94, Vimy Court Nursing Home, Bible Hill, formerly of Robie Street, Truro, passed away peacefully, Friday evening, October 5, 2012, at Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Born May 11, 1918, in Harmony, Colchester County, she was a daughter of the late Richard and Minnie (Pyke) Smith.
Helen was a devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother and was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Helen is survived by her daughter, Ruth MacMillan, Bible Hill; son, Lloyd Smith, Summerside, Prince Edward Island; four grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter.
Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her first husband, Seymour Smith; second husband, John Cook; one daughter in infancy; siblings, Alvin, Myrtle, Lawrence, Percy, Douglas, Russell, Ted, Stan, Nell, Kay, Verta.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where Helen’s family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, October 9, 2012, and where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, October 10, 2012, Reverend Roger Moore officiating. Reception will follow. Interment in Watson Cemetery, East Prince Street, Truro. Family flowers only. If so desired, donations in Helen’s memory to a charity of choice are welcomed.
Harriet Anne Faulkner
Harriet Anne (Archibald) Faulkner, of Truro, passed away on October 12. Born in Beaver Brook, NS, on October 21, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Charles William Archibald and Mary (Liney) (Clarke) Archibald. Harriet was a graduate of Colchester Academy. She attended the Normal College and taught in Princeport and in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan before settling down to raise her family. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church where she was active in the Catholic Women’s League as well as many other church activities.
She is survived by husband Gordon Faulkner, children Ruth, Chris (Terryl), Paul (Lynn), Cathy (Joe Pinto), Alan (Saida), Jane (Joel) Henderson, Sandy, and Irene (Paul) VanZeumeran, sisters Rhoda and Myrtle Rushton, brother Leslie Lloyd, grandchildren Jason, Janet, Colin, Joel, Laura, Erin, George, Michael, Brett, Craig, Ian, Ross, James, Steven, Daniel, Amira, Nicholas, Hannah, Eric, step-grandchildren Jennifer and Jonathan, great-grandchildren William and Jillian, Jack, Matthew and Brianna, Max, and Austin. Harriet was devoted to her Christian belief and to her family. She was a loving mother and grandmother, and will be sadly missed. The family would like to thank Dr. Robert Graham and the staff at Williams’ Country Home.
Visitation will take place on Monday evening from 7-9 in the Mattatall~Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro with a celebration of Harriet’s life at 8pm. Funeral service will take place on Tuesday at 2 pm in the Immaculate Conception Church, Truro with Father Dariusz Miskowicz officiating. Burial will take place at a later date.
Frances Jane Terdik
Frances Jane "Fran" Terdik - 78, Truro, passed away suddenly and peacefully at her home on Tuesday, October 9, 2012. Born January 20, 1934, in North Salem, she was a daughter of the late Currie and Florence (Nelson) Singer.
Frances is survived by her sisters, Dorothy MacDonald, Margaret Ellis, Sheila Mills; brothers, Vernon, Lawrence, Keith, Clarence; many nieces and nephews.
Honouring Frances’ wishes, a private family interment will be held 4 p.m., Sunday, October 14, 2012, in Brookside Cemetery, Mill Village. If so desired, donations in Frances’s memory to a charity of choice are welcomed.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro.
Shirley Ardith Geddes
Geddes: Shirley Ardith, 77, of Truro, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 in the Colchester Regional Hospital Truro. Born in Lower Truro, she was a daughter of the late Norman and Sadie (Logan) Carter. Shirley was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was a homemaker most of her life, loved to skate as a young girl, very good bowler and loved to dance. She was a member of the First United Church in Truro where she was a long time member of Unit N, UCW. Shirley loved to do and give wherever needed. Shirley is survived by her loving husband Vernon; sons, Paul, Bedford; Kim (Dee), Truro; granddaughter, Samantha, Calgary. She was predeceased by brothers, Jack, Roy, Howard, Logan, Gordon, Bob, Eugene; sisters, Inez, Audrey, Eileen, Greta, Carol, Ada, Theda, Betty. Visitation will be held 7-9pm Friday, September 14, and funeral service 2pm Saturday, September 15, all in the Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street Truro, with Rev. Valerie Kingsbury officiating. Reception to follow in the funeral home. Interment will then be held in the Brookfield Westside Cemetery, Brookfield. Family flowers only. Donations in Shirley’s memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of NS, the Alzheimers Society or to a charity of your choice.
Lynn Robert Erskine
Lynn Robert Erskine – 31, Truro Heights, passed away suddenly on Sunday evening, September 2, 2012, at Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Born May 26, 1981, in Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania, USA, he was the loving husband of Natasha (Currie) Erskine and father of daughters, Roya Allison (4), Alea Joy (2).
Lynn graduated from Sussex Central High School, Delaware, and then went on to study at Kingswood University (Was Bethany Bible College) where he received his undergraduate degree and was Valedictorian. Following this, he studied at Asbury Seminary, Kentucky, and graduated from Acadia Divinity College in 2010, receiving his Masters Degree. Lynn served God and his church families at Central Wesleyan Church, Holland, Michigan, Kingswood University as admissions counselor and at Immanuel Baptist Church, Truro, since 2007, where at the time of his death, he was Pastor of Worship And Mission.
Lynn was a passionate and driven man who loved his wife and his family with all his heart. He always set an example to be proud of and that was evident when one of his daughters was overheard saying one of his favourite expressions, "Today is the best day of my life."
An accomplished and well known musician, Lynn was also the music leader at Immanuel Baptist Church, a member of Halifax Camarata Singers, Truro Cantabile Singers, privately taught piano and voice, accompanied many at annual music festivals and was accompanist for many choirs local and abroad. He and his wife, Natasha, were also known for their wonderful musical talents that they shared so abundantly. Lynn’s most recent journeys included a trip to India with Canadian Baptist Ministries and also to Haiti with Canadian Foodgrains Bank. He was currently training and had a team, "Run From Hunger" entered into Nova Scotia Running Weekend. The overwhelming support of many has made this fundraising endeavor more than Lynn could have imagined.
Along with his wife and daughters, Lynn is survived by his parents, Mark (Shelly) Erskine, Delaware, USA, and Cynthia (Ron) Bennett, Maryland, USA; maternal grandparents, Robert and Joann Allison, Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania; paternal grandmother, Lucille Erskine, Pennsylvania; parents-in-law, Brian and Debbie Currie, Moncton; siblings, Ben (Lynnsay) Erskine, Kaia Erskine, Delaware; Allison Erskine, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Logan Hudson, Bailey Erskine, Delaware; nephew, Scott Erskine; a niece on the way; several aunts, uncles, cousins, a wide circle of friends and his extended Currie family. He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, Merrill Erskine.
Lynn’s family will receive friends from 2-4, 7-9 p.m., Friday, September 7, 2012, at Immanuel Baptist Church, 295 Young Street, Truro. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, September 8, 2012, at First United Church, 711 Prince Street, Truro. Reception will follow in First United’s Memorial Hall. Family flowers only, please. Donations may be made to the "Lynn Erskine Memorial Trust for Natasha, Roya and Alea Erskine", by mail to John Gunn, 30 Somerset Drive, Bible Hill, Nova Scotia B6L 4J2 or at the visitation, funeral service or the funeral home. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro.
Florence Elizabeth Poole
Poole: Florence Elizabeth, aged 84, passed away peacefully an Thursday, August 9, 2012 at Cedarstone Enhanced Care, Truro, Nova Scotia with her husband at her side. Born on June 10, 1928 in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, she was the daughter of the late Rev. Percy and Helen (Harper) Fitzpatrick. She graduated from Windsor Academy, Provincial Normal College in Truro and the United Church Training School in Toronto. She taught grda 1 at Windsor Elementary School from 1947 – 1951. She worked for The United Church in extension work from 1952 – 1954 in The Moncton Suburban Charge. She was an Elder at Brunswick Street United Church and a life member of The United Church Women. Her interests included playing the piano, crafts, baking, gardening, bird watching and she always lit up when young children were around. Family was very important to her and she was a loving and proud wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Gordon; son David, Peterborough, Ontario and his children, Katie, Laura and Robert; son Wendell, (Teresa), Toronto, Ontario and their children, Samantha and Jasmine; son Kenneth (Heather), Calgary, Alberta and their children, Carson and Lena; daughter Janice, Truro and her children, Caitlin and Lucas; and a number of nieces and nephews. Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Marjorie Waddington (Tom) and brothers, Ralph and Lloyd. The family would like to thank the nursing staff of Eden Hall at Cedarstone for their loving care of Florence during the past 3 years and Dr. S. Singh for his care over many years following her stroke in February, 1998. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street Truro. Visitation will be held 7-9pm Sunday, August 26 in the Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home and funeral service 2pm Monday, August 27, in the Brunswick Street United Church Truro, with Rev. Boyd Vincent officiating. Interment 2pm Tuesday, August 28, in the Forest Haven Memorial Gardens in Sydney. If desired, donations in Florence's memory may be made to the Brunswick Street United Church Missionary and Service Fund.
Tracie Ann Marie Dennis
Tracie Ann Marie Dennis … 34, Truro, passed away peacefully into the arms of her loving Lord, on Wednesday, September 8, 2010, in Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro, surrounded by her loving family. Born June 26, 1976, in Sydney, she was a daughter of Clarence and Brenda (Mullin) Dennis, Truro.
Tracie was a member of Grace Baptist Church, Truro. She graduated from Cobequid Educational Centre in 1997 and has worked at Colchester Community Workshop for the past 13 years. Tracie enjoyed participating in Special Olympics and Masters where she excelled at bowling and lawn bowling. She loved swimming and also had a passion for dogs. She will be missed by her K-9 companion, Chummy.
Along with her parents, Tracie is survived by her maternal grandparents, Kenneth and Marguerite Mullin, Bible Hill; brother, Heath (Nicole) Dennis, Upper Stewiacke; sisters, Tawnya (Joel) Bigney, Thunder Bay, Ontario; Joyce Dennis, Truro; special friend, Dwayne Carroll, Upper Stewiacke; nephews, Brandon Dennis, Jude Bigney; nieces, Morgan Dennis, Abigail Dennis, Ella Bigney; several aunts, uncles and cousins. She was predeceased by her paternal grandparents, Arthur and Jessie Dennis.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where Tracie’s family will receive friends from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m., Friday, September 10, 2010, from where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, September 11, 2010, Pastor Ron Ruse officiating. Reception will follow. Family flowers only. If so desired, donations in Tracie’s memory to Colchester Community Workshop are welcomed.