George Ernest Coulter
George Ernest Coulter … 85, Truro, passed away peacefully, Tuesday evening, May 17, 2011, at Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Born September 13, 1925, in Bible Hill, he was the son of the late Hunter and Margaret (Tucker) Coulter.
George was a member of Calvary Pentecostal Church, where he devoted himself to his church and church family. He was a veteran of the Second World War, having served with Nova Scotia North Highlanders, Third Division Infantry. His family meant the world to him and he looked forward to time spent camping at Brule, Seafoam and more recently, Pictou, with them. He worked for over 25 years at Canada Post, Truro, as a mail sorter, and retired on June 1, 1986.
George is survived by his children, Beverley (Ralph) Robinson, Pembroke, Ontario; Dale (Margo) Coulter, Pictou; Ruth Coulter, Toronto; grandchildren, Rebecca, Matthew (Tarrah), Bradley (Ginny), Heather, Victoria (Danny), Allison; great grandchildren, Taylor, Alexandra, Ashley, Daniel; several nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his loving wife of 62 years, Jennie Kathleen (Isenor) Coulter (May 1, 2011); sisters, Muriel Wilson, Doreen Roode, Helen Coulter, Joan Isenor. Special thanks are extended to the doctors and nurses in the ICU and on 4th Floor East, Colchester Regional Hospital for their exceptional care.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where George’s family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m., Friday, May 20, 2011. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, May 21, 2011, in Calvary Pentecostal Church, 20 Curtis Drive, Pastor Michael Aud officiating. Interment to follow in Bible Hill Cemetery. Family flowers only. If so desired, donations in George’s memory to Calvary Pentecostal Church (Missions Fund) or Heart and Stroke foundation of Nova Scotia are welcomed.
Harold Aubrey Ellis
Harold Aubrey Ellis, 88, from Brookfield, slipped away peacefully at Wynn Park Villa on February 6, 2011. He is the son of the late Harris and Florence (Lockhart) Ellis of Whittenburg. He was a longtime employee of Snook’s Save Easy in Truro both as a meat cutter and manager of the meat department. Following retirement, Harold followed June’s passion in making reproduction Porcelain Dolls. He has been a member of the Brookfield Baptist Church for more the fifty years, acting as Deacon and Trustee. He had a passion for hockey always cheering for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was a member of the Brookfield Men’s Club and in 1999 received the Eagle Award along with his wife June. He served overseas in Europe with the 2nd Division, 3rd LAA from 1943-1946. He was predeceased
by his wife June (Hilchie); his son, Harold Vaughan; brothers, Elmer, Percy and Maurice; and sisters Veta and Hazel. He is survived by daughters Evelyn (Harold) O’Brien, Elizabeth (Gordon) Thurber, Linda Freeman; sons Keith and Gary; eleven grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren; brother, Frank (Lois) and sister…in-law, Helen. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Mattatall~Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. No visitation by family request. A graveside service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or Cancer Society.
Catherine Morrison (Kay) Davidson
Catherine Morrison Davidson, 96, of Bass River/Truro, passed away peacefully, Friday, August 20, 2010 in Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Her family expresses appreciation for the care and kindness of Hospital Staff, and to Doctors Rowe, Ewing, Folinsbee and Slipp.
Catherine (Kay) was born February 8, 1914, at Marble Mountain, Inverness County, to Daniel John and Margaret Morrison (Nee MacLennan). A young graduate of Mount Allison University in 1933, Catherine taught school first at Marble Mountain, then in Richmond County and later in Belmont, Upper Musquodoboit and finally Bass River. There she met and married Douglas R. Davidson of Portaupique Mountain, where they raised their four children on the Davidson family farm. Kay was integrally involved in the lives of her family; children: Margaret Forbes (Robert), Jean Giddens (Richard), Gordon (Nancy) and John (Anita); grandchildren; Heather, Andrew, John David “JD”, Peter, Tim, Sheilah, Janet, Ian, Sarah, Gavin, Fiona, Sean; great-grandchildren; Fiona, Jack, Teah, Payton, William, Hunter.
Kay was a strong, active Christian for whom devotions were a daily practice. She was highly sociable and an avid reader. An important part of her life was conducted through letters and telephone conversations. Special thanks are extended to Kay’s many friends including those at Parkland and Parkland Staff. Her home for the past
No visitation by family request. Funeral service will take place on Monday at 2:30 pm in Riverside United Church, Bass River with Rev. Don McQueen and Rev. Roger Moore officiating. A reception will follow the service in the church hall. Arrangements are under the care of Mattatall~Varner Funeral Home, Truro. Memorials may be made to the Riverside United Church or to a charity of choice.
Shirley Cecilia Foote
Foote, Shirley Cecilia, 71, of Truro, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 4, 2010, surrounded by her loving family, in the Colchester Regional Hospital Truro. Born in North Sydney, she was a daughter of the late Stanley and Helen “Nellie” (Osmond) Hare, and step-mother Patricia (O’Neil) Hare. Shirley was a support councilor at Colchester Community Small Options Truro for 21 years and prior to that worked in various restaurants in Cape Breton and Truro areas. But first and foremost was always a full time devoted, loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She enjoyed the simple pleasures in life, the foremost being her family and home. She took great pride in in her home and yard of which she received many compliments from those passing by. She loved riding her bicycle which she did up until the last 2 years due to her ill health. She is survived by daughters, Sherry Fletcher (Gary Loughead), Bible Hill; Denise Cassidy (Jonathan Gero); Valley; sons, Stanley (Cathy), Beaverbrook; Shane (Chalayne), Bible Hill; sisters, Flo Gwinn (Fred), North Sydney; Winnie Stroud (Glen), St. Catherines, ON; Alfreda Brown (Winston), Salmon River; Patty Olson, North Weymouth, Mass.; Charlene McCulloch (Charles), Tennecape; brothers, Stanley, Edwardsville, Cape Breton; John (Cindy), Bible Hill; Reg (Sandy), Truro Heights; Dennis (Gail), Truro; Rob (Lorraine), Earltown; grandchildren, Adam, Samantha, Michelle, Kayla; great-grandchildren, Carson, Jaida; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by grandson, Joshua; brother, Stanley Reginald. Visitation will be held 2-4 and 7-9 on Wednesday, October 6, at the Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street Truro. Funeral service will be held 2pm Thursday, October 7, at the Valley United Church, Rev. Brian DeLong officiating with interment in the Crossroads Cemetery Valley. A reception will follow in the church basement. Family flowers only. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Maureen Anne Crory-Gorman
Crory-Gorman: Maureen Anne
It’s with great sadness and a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Maureen Crory-Gorman (53) of Sackville, on Tuesday, September 21, 2010, at the QE II Hospital in Halifax as the result of a tragic riding accident at a recent horse show. Born in Halifax, Maureen was the daughter of the late Ronald and Clair (MacGillivary) Crory and the sister of the late Ronald Crory of Halifax. She is survived by her husband, Wayne, stepson, Allan (Laura), stepdaughter, Jennifer, grandchildren, Ashley, Kayli, Nicholas and Scotty, sister, Patty, aunts Anne and Rita and cousins, Andrea, Joanne and Shawna. For more than 40 years, Maureen pursued her love of horses and built a tremendous passion for the sport. She was an accomplished horsewoman and rode to many championships with her wonderful horses Gabe, Mac, Sam and Ben. Maureen began her riding career as a Bengal Lancer at age 8. Her riding career was marked by numerous milestones, including: two-time, NSEF Provincial Circuit Reserve Champion in both English Pleasure Horse Over Fences and Road Hack Over Fences with Special Blend; Pleasure Driving Champion in the Windsor Junction Primary Circuit and award-winner in Lady's Cart Draft Horse division. Maureen was also a familiar face in the Maritime Fall Fair ring, where she was a competitor and won countless times in both the English Hack and Driving Divisions for more than 20 years. With extensive riding accomplishments, far too many to list, Maureen touched the lives of riders of all ages in all areas of the sport from Pony Club, Hunter, Jumper, Dressage, Eventing, Western, Cattle Penning and Pleasure Driving. Maureen was also known for her sailing skills and was an adored instructor at the St. Margaret Sailing Club. Maureen’s contagious smile, generosity and compassion will surely be missed by her family and countless friends. Visitation will be held on Monday, September 27, from 12 p.m. to 2:30p.m. prior to a celebration of Maureen’s life at 2:30pm, all in the Mattatall~Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young St., in Truro, with the Rev. Boyd Vincent officiating. Interment will then be held in the North River United Church Cemetery. A reception will follow in the North River Fire Hall. Family flowers only, memorial donations can be made to a charity of your choice.
G. Brian Smith
G. Brian Smith - 62, Bible Hill, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, September 2, 2010, in Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro, following a courageously fought battle with cancer. Born January 24, 1948, in Fredericton, New Brunswick, he was a son of the late Gerald and Winifred (Young) Smith, and step-son of the late Chesley Smith.
Brian is survived by his devoted wife of 38 years, Sherry Lynn (Wallace); daughters, Carrie (Corey) Evans, Calgary; Wendi Smith (Todd Taylor), London, Ontario; Cindy (Daniel) Breau, Kentville; Ashley (Mark) Simms, Truro; grandchildren, Adelle Breau, Owen Evans, Keaton Evans; sister, Cheryl Smith (Alex Cameron), Meadowville, Pictou County; brother, Eric Smith, Waterville, New Brunswick; aunt, Myrtle (Ray) Carr, Fredericton, New Brunswick; many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends. He will be sadly missed by his granddog, Brandi.
Brian graduated from Cornell University in 1971 and 1973 with his Bachelors and Masters. He worked as an agrologist for over 30 years in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. He has been with Department of Agriculture for the past 21 years from where he retired on January 1, 2009. At his retirement party in October 2008, many family, friends and colleagues gathered to celebrate his career and many accomplishments. Brian was a member of St. David’s United Church, Bible Hill, where he served on the Board of Stewards, Session and sang in the choir. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed farming, gardening, salmon fishing, hiking and skiing. He also enjoyed traveling and was fortunate to travel all over the world with his work and in the last few years, travel together with his wife, Sherry.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where Brian’s family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m., Sunday, September 5, 2010. A celebration of Brian’s life will be held 2 p.m., Monday, September 6, 2010, in St. David’s United Church, corner of St. David’s Avenue and Pictou Road, Bible Hill. Reception will follow in St. David’s Hall. Family flowers only. If so desired, donations in Brian’s memory to The Lodge That Gives (Canadian Cancer Society), Colchester Regional Hospital Foundation or charity of choice are welcomed.
Claudia Gale Dyke
Dyke, Claudia Gale, 59, Truro, A glorious breath of sunshine, passed away peacefully with her twin sister at her side on Thursday, March 11, 2010 in Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Born in St. John’s NFLD, on March 7, 1951, and lovingly lived with parents Emily and Cyril, brother Keith and identical twin sister Claudette. At the tender age of thirteen, she moved to Truro with her family and lived there until the age of twenty-two. She moved to Toronto and worked diligently for Canada Post Office for fifteen years. Claudia moved back to Truro after being diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer twenty-two years ago. Claudia joyfully served the public again at the Prince Street Post Office for the next fourteen years, where Claudia’s brilliant smile and light heartiness captured all. Claudia has been an ardent supporter of the Terry Fox Foundation, Relay for Life and the Canadian Cancer Society. Claudia always put love for others first and her strength of character and courage goes beyond all measure. Claudia’s love of music and rhythm was echoed daily in her life. Claudia loved sports and any baseball team she played on benefited indeed by her home runs. Claudia’s angelic personality, humbled friendliness; pure heart, loving smile will be dearly missed by us all.
She was predeceased by her dad Cyril; her mother the late Emily Burry; brother Keith; and niece Julia Emilie Mackenzie.
Claudia is survived by her twin sister Claudette Mackenzie; brother-in-law Malcolm; nephew Colin; nieces Claudia and Suzanne; step-dad Claude Burry and family; sister-in-law-Susan; nephew Nicholas; niece Allison; all family members in Newfoundland; family friends all over Canada. You know who you all are and how precious a gem you are. We were and always will be woven in Claudia’s life and indeed this is a blessing, Claudia’s devoted dog Angel was the angel of her life.
No visitation by family request. Funeral service will take place on Sunday at 1:00 pm, March 14th in Mattatall~Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro with Rev. Ellen Hunt officiating. You are all warmly invited to join in a reception following the service. Burial will take place at a later date in Robie Street Cemetery, Truro. Donations in Claudia’s memory may be made to the Terry Fox Foundation or to the S.P.C.A. Private messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting the “Guest Book” at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com. A special thanks to Dr. Bower and Team, Palliative Care Team, Nurses of 4-South, Dietary Utility Staff and House Keeping Staff, and also a special thanks to the Hospice Society for all your loving support. “Strong cookies don’t crumble”
Maraiha Laura Elaine Walsh
Maraiha Laura Elaine Walsh
Maraiha Laura Elaine Walsh … 12 days old, Bible Hill. Maraiha was born at the IWK Health Centre at 5:59 pm, Monday, October 26, 2009, and passed away at 11:22 am, Saturday, November 7, 2009, with her loving parents by her side. She will be remembered for her incredible strength and beauty. Maraiha leaves behind her parents, Chris Walsh and Sheena Gavin; grandparents, Gail Walsh, John and Elaine Fraser; uncles, Johnny, Zack, Ryan and Jeremy Delaney, Jason Walsh; aunts, Kayla and Amanda Walsh; cousins, Hayden Upham, Austin Walsh, Aidan Julian, Trinity and Tehya Walsh; great grandparents, Laura Fraser and Eddie Ellis. Maraiha was predeceased by her grandfathers, Terry Delaney and Donald Fraser; great grandmother, Doris Ellis; great grandfather, Ronald Walsh.
You were taken on angel’s wings
As you sweetly and quietly slept
And returned to Heaven before we knew
That you had even left.
Our hearts are heavy and sorrowed
That our time with you was so brief
For you were our gift of Heaven’s light
That is now replaced with grief.
And though we weren’t blessed to see you grow up
We were blessed to see you smile
And hold you lovingly in our arms for a little while.
“Sweet Angel, Gone Too Soon But Never Forgotten”
Rest In Peace
Jane Arlene Crowe
Crowe: Jane Arlene, 52, of Central Onslow, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 8, 2009, in the Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Born in Truro, she was a daughter of Ola (Jeffers) Crowe of Truro and the late Allan Crowe. She was a former employee of Stanfield’s Ltd., Truro for 27 years and part time at the Irving Big Stop and prior to her illness was employed at Crossley Karastan, Truro. Jane was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church, Truro, where she was a Sunday School Teacher for many years. Besides her mother, she is survived by her partner, Henry Landry; son, Timothy (Sue) and her son Demitri, Truro; sister, Cathy, Eastern Passage; brothers, Tony (Barbara), Fort McMurray, AB; Jamie (Michelle), Truro; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held 2-4 and 7-9pm today, April 10, funeral service 11am Saturday, April 11, Rev. Cory Somers officiating, all in the Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, with a reception to follow in the funeral home. Interment to be held at a later date in the Terrace Hill Cemetery, Truro. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to the Immanuel Baptist Church, Truro.
Claraissa "Clara" Johnstone
JOHNSTONE: Claraissa “Clara”, 91, of Willow Lodge Tatamagouche and formerly of Truro and Kemptown, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at the lodge. Clara was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to all. Since the passing of her husband Floyd in 1964, Clara lovingly struggled and walked many miles to provide and care for her eight children whom she loved dearly, especially her lovely special daughter Pearl who loved her mother’s special care. Born in Glace Bay, she was a daughter of the late John George and Emma Jean (Kendall) Tutty. She was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No. 26 Ladies Auxiliary. She is survived by daughters, Annetta Rushton, Kemptown; Ardith (Dale) Lambourne, Masstown; Joyce (Neil) Reid, and Marjorie (Irving) Murray, Bible Hill; Pearl and Janet (Wayne MacMeekin), Truro; sons, David (Carol), Salmon River; William (Lynn), Valley; sister, Sarah MacDonald, Truro; step-sister, Joan, Ontario; grandchildren, Brad (Marlyn), Alton (Lynn), Annette (John), Angie (Craig), Patty (Rob), Adam, Patricia, Mike (Margo), Kim (John), David Carl, Stacy (Mark); 13 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Floyd Vernon; son, Robert; step-daughter, Betty; sisters, Joyce, Dolly; brothers, John, Leslie, Stanley. Visitation will be held 7-9pm today, April 3, funeral service 2pm Saturday, April 4, all in the Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, Rev. Fred Whittier officiating, with a reception to follow in the funeral home. Interment in the Watson Cemetery Truro at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Willow Lodge Tatamagouche or to the Alzheimer’s Society. The family would like to give special thanks to all the staff at Willow Lodge for all their love, care and compassion given to our mother.
Foote, Clayton Rodney, 69 of Bible Hill, passed away Friday, February 20, 2009 in Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Born in Red Island, Newfoundland, he was a son of the late Frances Beatrice Foote. Clayton worked for many years on ships as a deck hand and as a first mate. He formerly worked for Nickerson Fisheries and National Sea in Cape Breton before moving to Brantford Ontario where he worked as a superintendent, later moving back to Truro.
He is survived by his children’s mother, Shirley (Hare) Foote; son, Stanley (Cathy Fisher) Beaverbrook; daughters, Sherry Fletcher (Gary Loughead), Bible Hill; Denise Cassidy (Jonathon Gero), Valley, Colchester Co.; grandchildren, Adam, Samantha, Michele, Kayla; great-grandson, Carson; brother, Victor Feaver of Halifax.
He was predeceased by a grandson, Joshua; son-in-law, Calvin Fletcher; brother, David; sisters, Elaine, Lorraine, Loretta.
Visitation will be 7-9 Monday and funeral service 2 pm Tuesday, all in the Mattatall~Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Rev. Gary Yetman will officiate with a reception to follow in the funeral home. Burial will take place at a later date in Middle Road Cemetery, Debert. Donations in Clayton’s memory may be made to the Nova Scotia Lung Association.
Herman Zwanepol - 73, Murray Siding, passed away Friday, January 30, 2009 at the Colchester Regional Hospital. Born on January 16, 1936 in Rhenen, the Netherlands, he was a son of the late Herman and Willemina (Haas) Zwanepol, the seventh of nine children.
He was the youngest ever Secretary of his local of the Dutch Christian Steel Workers Union in Rhenen. He entered the Royal Dutch Armed Forces where he served as a medic. In 1959, he immigrated to Canada with his new bride. For several years, he worked in the agricultural and construction industries before becoming a well known paint and decorating contractor in the Truro area.
Upon moving to Murray Siding, he and Trudy began collecting and showing birds which developed into Acres of the Golden Pheasant Bird Park, a well known local attraction. Herman was a fearless defender of the underprivileged. He was active in local politics and an early activist for the rights of unwed mothers. He was founding President of the Tenant’s United Front (TUF), which became the Colchester Tenants and Homeowners Association. He was instrumental in the development of the Residential Tenancies Act and served on the Northern Residential Tenancies Board for many years. He actively pursued affordable housing for seniors resulting in the development of the Longworth Lodge and Parkview Terrace where he served on the Board. He was a founding member of the Colchester Ground Search and Rescue Association where he served for over 20 years.
He is survived by his loving wife, Trudy (Hovestad) Zwanepol; his children, Herman (Marilyn) Zwanepol, Peterborough, Ontario; Trudy (Bob) Hogan, Darwin, Australia; Harold (Denise) Zwanepol, Bridgewater; Troy (Kyla) Zwanepol, Bible Hill; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where Herman’s family will receive friends from 7-9 pm Monday, February 2, 2009, and where the funeral service will be held 2 pm Tuesday, February 3, 2009, Pastor Chesley MacKenzie officiating. Reception will follow. Spring interment in Bible Hill Cemetery. Family flowers only. If so desired, donations in Herman’s memory to Canadian Cancer Society are welcomed.
Tedford: Elsie Eileen, 77, of Mosswood Lane, Valley, passed away Sunday, January 11, 2009, at home. She was born in Truro and was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She is survived by sons, Randy, Truro; Dale (Heather), Charlottetown, PEI; daughter, Susan (Ken) Archibald, Bible Hill; grandchildren, Samantha, Sean, Tasha, Damon, Davin, Zachery, Chelsey, Khale, Adam, Andy; 4 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, William Douglas; daughter, Debbie; son, Michael; several brothers and sisters. No visitation by request. Funeral service will be held 11am Friday, January 16, in the Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, Rev. Brian DeLong officiating, with a reception to follow in the funeral home. Interment to be held at a later date in the Lower Onslow Clarke Cemetery, Lower Onslow. No flowers by request. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.