MAXWELL, Mervyn LeRoy
Bedford. We are saddened to announce the peaceful passing of Mervyn LeRoy Maxwell on Monday, December 1, 2008, in QEII Health Sciences Centre. Born in Upper Sackville, he was a son of the late LeRoy and Anna (Greenough) Maxwell. Mervyn owned and operated MerMax Music in Bedford for many years. He was a co-founder of the Atlantic Steel Guitar Club. He was a member of the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame. Music was a major part of Mervyn's life and he enjoyed playing his steel guitar for dances, jamborees and many special events. He was one of the most knowledgeable and respected musicians in the province. Mervyn was loved by all who knew him for his easygoing, kind and gentle ways and he had a special gift of always seeing the best in everyone. As per Mervyn's wishes, his body has been donated to Dalhousie Science Centre, his final gesture of caring for others. Mervyn is survived by his loving wife, Corrine (Mitchell); son, Mark (Christa); his special grandsons, Mitchell, Mark and Morgan of Halifax; sisters, Greta Stone, Halifax; Carolyn (Reginald) Bennett, New Minas; brothers, Lloyd (Ida), Sackville; Clyde, Dartmouth; David, Vancouver, B.C.; also many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by son, Bruce; sisters, Eva and Ruth and brother, John. There will be a memorial service Thursday, December 4, at 11 a.m. to be held in All Saints Anglican Church, Bedford. A reception following the service will be held in the church hall. Family flowers only. Donations in memory of Mervyn may be made to the Research Department of the Nova Scotia Heart and Stroke Association, 5161 George St., 7th Floor, Halifax, NS B3J 1M7.
SKINNER, Eric Clarence
91, Taigh Na Mara, died December 1, 2008. A son of the late Mortimer and Isabell Skinner. He served four years in the First World War. Predeceased by wife, Irene (Tutty); partner, Doris Wark; brothers, Richard, Burford; nephew, Burford Jr. Surviving are sister, Kathlyn; two stepdaughters; three nephews; legal guardian, Mary Skinner; sister-in-law, Katherine. Visitation 2 p.m. until time of service at 3 p.m. Friday, in Patten Funeral Home, Glace Bay, Rev. Clayton Austin officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery at a later date. Donations to Warden United Church or charity of one's choice.
FENNESSEY, Francis William "Papa"
93, died peacefully on Monday, December 1, 2008, in the presence of his family at Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII, Halifax. Born in Tignish, P.E.I., Francis is survived in his immediate family his loving wife of 64 years, Helen; his devoted daughter, Karen McDougall (Don); granddaughter, Lisa MacIntyre-Smith (Ray); grandson, Craig MacIntyre, and great-grandchildren, Carolyn and Ryan. He was predeceased by his son, Frank. Francis instilled in his daughter, son, grandchildren and great-grandchildren an abiding respect for learning and hard work. Francis lovingly followed the very successful professional and business careers of his daughter, Karen; son, Frank and his grandchildren, Craig and Lisa, of whom he was very proud. Francis worked for a number of years at Eaton's and at the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission. He also served as a member of the Knights of Columbus and for many years volunteered at the Catholic church in Larry's River. A lifelong gardener and Montreal Canadians hockey fan, Francis enjoyed traveling to Tignish, P.E.I., visiting and sharing stories with all his relatives over many lobster dinners. Francis was a Second World War naval veteran who, this Remembrance Day, was honoured in a poem by his seven year old great-granddaughter Carolyn, entitled - "Papa, Thank You for My Freedom". There will be a mass in his honour this Thursday, December 4, at 9 a.m. in St. Theresa's Church, North Street. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, 6009 Quinpool Rd., Suite 300, Halifax, NS B3K 5J7 (www.alzheimer.ns.ca). Thank you to Francis' caregivers throughout the years and the Six East Camp Hill staff as well as Rev. Gary Myatt and Father Michael Walsh.
MARRYATT, Lillian Joy "Lily"
72, West Pennant, passed away on December 2, 2008. Born in York County, N.B., she was a daughter of the late Edward and Ruby (Coffill) Baltzer. She will be deeply missed by husband, Donald; son, Bruce (Joanne); daughter, Darlene (Scott); grandchildren, Christopher and Krista; sister, Flora Wheeler. She was predeceased by sister, Maxine Corkum; brothers, Edward and Carl. She was loved by all who knew her. Cremation has already taken place. A service will be held at a later date. Donations in her memory may be made to The Arthritis Society.
KEIZER (Curran), Mina Isobel
89, passed away Friday, November 28, 2008, in Sydney. A native of Halifax, Mina was one of six children born to former alderman and businessman, Harold F. Curran and his wife, Amelia "Jill". In 1941, Mina married Aubrey Keizer and in 1952 the couple moved to Sydney, where Aubrey became sports editor for The Cape Breton Post. Mina is survived by her daughters, Claudia Pinsent, Dartmouth; Janice (Kenneth Mader), Sydney; and Karen Melvin, Halifax; grandchildren, Jill (Bernard) McIntyre, Sydney; Bradley Mader, Edmonton, Alta.; Ashley Pinsent and Vincent Melvin, both of Halifax; and by two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband in 1974; great-grandchild, Matthew McIntyre, and son-in-law, R. Bruce Pinsent. In accordance with her wishes, Mina's remains have been cremated. A private family committal will be held at a later date.
FALKENHAM, Ronald F. "Bussie"
74, passed away November 30, 2008. Born in Halifax, he was a son of the late Edna (Comfoot) and Carl Falkenham. Ron served with the R.C.R. in Korea and later was employed with the Halifax Herald, DND Transportation and the Naval Auxiliary Vessels in HMC Dockyard. After retirement he drove for Bob's Taxi. He is survived by his children, Donna, Francis, Carl, Ronald, Clifford, Eddie, Michael and Linda; sisters, Myrna (Hilding) Christianson, Patsy (Richard) Ballott, Rose (Butch) Eldershaw, Tiny (Mike) Supple, Penny (Darrell) Doherty, Catherine (Peter) Johnson; brother, John "Bill" (Gloria) Falkenham and sister-in-law, Shirley. Ron was predeceased by his sister, Carol and brother, Allen. Cremation has taken place. Funeral service will be held in J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor St., Halifax on Friday, December 5, at 1 p.m., Father Lloyd O'Neill officiating. Burial at a later date.
DONOHUE, William "Billy"
Died December 1, 2008. Billy was a son of the late Allan and Frances (Gouthro) Donohue. Billy served six years in the Canadian Armed Forces (1954 - 1960). He was a member of the 1st Battalion Blackwatch Unit and served during the Korean Conflict. He is survived by his wife, Claire (Murphy) Donohue; daughters, Ann (Jerry) McEachern, Gail (Henry) Digero; son, Randy (Susan); brother, Robert; grandchildren, Tanya, Jerry, Stacey, Laura, Jacqueline, Aaron, Jordan; great-grandchildren, Jessica, Autumn, Selena, Miranda. Predeceased by brother, Thomas. Cremation has taken place under the direction of V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home. The Funeral Mass is Thursday, 11 a.m. in the Parish of St. Leonard, St. Joseph's Church, New Victoria, with Fellowship in the parish hall. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
77, Villa Acadienne, Meteghan, died December 1, 2008, in Villa Acadienne. Born in Lake Doucette, he was a son of the late Alexandre and Arthenise (Burridge) Deveau. He is survived by wife, Blanche, Lake Doucette; daughter, Helen Doucet, Salmon River; granddaughters, Janice Doucet, Salmon River; Natalie Doucet, Plamondon, Alta.; brother, Edmond Deveau and sister, Therese Robertson, both of Toronto. He was predeceased by a daughter Christine in infancy; brother, Richard Deveau. Visitation Thursday 2-4, 7-9 p.m. in Meteghan Funeral Home. Funeral service Friday at 11 a.m. in St. Vincent de Paul Church, Salmon River, Rev. Albeni d'Entremont officiating. Interment in the parish cemetery. Donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery Fund, or charity of your choice.
TANNER, Phyllis Evangeline
85, North Queens Nursing Home, Caledonia, formerly of Mahone Bay, passed away December 2, 2008, in the home. Born in Bridgewater, she was a daughter of the late Pius and Elsie (Hubley) Dorey. She is survived by daughter, Marilyn Guest, Hebbville; son, Hiltz (Dora) Tanner, Bridgewater; sister, Ruth Tanner, Covey Lake; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Napier Hiltz Tanner; sisters and brothers. No visiting by request. A graveside memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday in Hillcrest Cemetery, Lunenburg, Rev. Michael Mitchell officiating. Memorial donations may be made to any charity. Arrangements entrusted to Mahone Funeral Home, Mahone Bay, (902) 624-8241.
CREEMER, Shirley Violet
71, Greenwood, passed away Sunday, November 30, 2008, in the VG Site, QEII, Halifax. Born in Glace Bay, Cape Breton, she was a daughter of the late James and Lillian Mae (Snow) Dean. Shirley was very outgoing. She loved people and life and always had a positive outlook. Shirley loved her family dearly. She is survived by daughters, Shelley (Terry) Hickman, Meadowvale; Deborah Ward, Greenwood; sons, Vaughn (Sharon Crandall) and John, both of Tremont; sisters, Mae (Elmer) Archibald, Truro; Mary (Borden) Smyth, Centralia, Ont.; Jeanette McKinnon, Huron Park, Ont.; Janet McAdam, Sydney; brothers, James (Edie) Dean and Walter (Myrtle) Dean, both of Truro, and nine grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Perley; sister, Ann Gerow, and brother, Danny Dean. By request, there will be no visitation. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. today in Middleton Funeral Home, 398 Main St., (902) 825-3448. Rev. Warren Jones officiating. Interment will be in the Kingston United Cemetery. Donations in memory may be made to Kidney Foundation of Canada, Nova Scotia Branch, or a charity of choice.
MacKENZIE, James Alvin
56, Lockeport, passed away in Roseway Hospital, Sandy Point, Shelburne Co. December 1, 2008. Born in Sandy Point, he was a son of Dorothy (Cranton) and the late Basil MacKenzie. He is survived by son, James, Halifax; daughter, Samantha, Chester; brothers, Kevin, British Columbia; David, Ontario; Shaw, New Brunswick; sisters, Estella (Roland) Stuart, Lockeport; Wendy (David) Granger, New Brunswick; Sharon, Barrington, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brother, Maurice. Visitation will be today 6-8 p.m. in H.M. Huskilson's Funeral Home, Lockeport. Funeral service will be held on Thursday at 2 p.m. in Holy Cross Anglican Church, Lockeport with Rev. Sandra Fyfe officiating. Interment at a later date in Osborne Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society.
NICHOLS, Antigone Rory Elizabeth
Dearly loved and cherished infant daughter of Antonia and Cluny Nichols, Yarmouth. Born in Halifax, November 11, 2008, departed this life November 24, 2008. "Tig" was born with congenital heart disease. She is survived by her paternal grandparents, Kathleen and Judge John R. Nichols, Digby, her maternal grandparents, Margo Pullen Sly, Halifax, and Lizzie and Adrian Sly, Victoria, and by her loving family of uncles, aunts and cousins in Canada, the United States and England. Profound thanks to the staff at the IWK Health Centre, most especially the nurses in the PICU. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations in memory of Tig may be made to the IWK Health Centre Foundation. A memorial service will be held January 10, 2009, in King's College Chapel. "Until we meet again may God hold you in the palm of His hand."
MacDONALD, Herman Leon
In his 91st year, passed away on December 2, 2008, in Maritime Odd Fellows Continuing Care Centre in Pictou. He lived in Thorburn all of his life. Most of his working life was spent at the McBean Coal Mine and later, Michelin. He was a long-standing member of the Union Presbyterian Church and the Masonic Lodge. Beloved father of Vivian (Gavin) and Debbie (Ron). Cherished grandfather of Jason, Daniel, Jillian, Adam and Jimmie. As well, he leaves behind his dear brother, Clifford (Isabel); nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his wife, Myrtle and daughter Marilyn. Thank you to Dr. R. Burrell and the entire staff of Maritime Odd Fellows Continuing Care Centre in Pictou who were so wonderful to him and his family during the past decade. The family will receive visitors from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday in H. W. Angus Funeral Home, New Glasgow. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday from Union Presbyterian Church with Rev. Jeff Lackie officiating. Interment will be in the Thorburn Cemetery. Flowers, or a donation made in his memory to the Maritime Odd Fellows Continuing Care Centre, Pictou or Union Presbyterian Church, Thorburn, will be gratefully appreciated.
LUCAS, Marguerite Augusta "Lully"
85, Lucasville passed away December 1, 2008 at home. Born in Yarmouth she was the daughter of the late William and Lydia (Downey) Willis. She was the last surviving member of her family. Her passions were her grandchildren. She was known to all as "Mom" for her kind, caring, joyful ways. All will remember Lully for staying 29 years of age. She was predeceased by husband, Melvin Lucas, Sr.; daughters, Bette Garcia, Dorothy Wright-Sarty, Halifax; Lydia Lucas-White, Halifax; Heather Lucas-Simms, Chester; sons, Melvin "Mel" (Jacqueline), Lucasville; special nephews, Albert Willis, London, Ont.; and Arnold Lucas. She is survived by several nieces and nephews; 17 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren and 10 great great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by brothers, James, William, Gordon; sister, Beatrice; twin daughters in infancy, Brenda and Glenda; granddaughter, Catherine; aunt, Dorothy "Dos" Brown. Visitation Thursday, December 4, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in Cruikshank's Halifax Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held in Lucasville Baptist church on Friday, December 5 at 1:30 p.m., Pastor Stewart Williams officiating. Burial in Lucasville Baptist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Society or Kidney Foundation of Canada, Nova Scotia Branch.