BISSON, Dannie - Died Monday, October 6, 2008. He was a son of the late Lubin and Sophie Bisson. He is survived by wife, Marie (MacIntyre); daughters, Bernadette (Sander), Liam, Meghan; Marie (Wayne); brothers, Cliff, Lubie (Joan); sisters, Marg, Theresa (Irwin), Bernadette (Ed), Rosie (Dannie). He was predeceased by brothers, Wilfred, Melvin; sisters, Mary, Betty (Alex); mother-in-law, Chris. Visitation October 8, 2-4, 7-9 p.m. in T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial October 9 at 2:30 p.m. in St. Mary's Church. Burial at a later date, reception in East/Bay Fire hall.
MacNEIL, Pius Jerome
MacNEIL, Pius Jerome - 75, Dominion, died October 6, 2008. He was a son of the late Hector and Katie (Cameron) MacNeil. Surviving are wife, Mary; children, Jerome (Helen) MacNeil, Jennifer (Jamie) MacNeil, Donnie (Debbie) MacDonald; grandchildren, Kirsten, Brooklyn and Kyle; siblings, Jessie Mae, Alex, Johnny Hector, Cameron, Ed; many nieces, nephews and close friends. There will be no visitation at Pius' request. Funeral service under the direction of Curry's Funeral Home will be celebrated Thursday 11 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church. Burial in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the Palliative Care Society or any charity.
KELLY, Donald Michael
KELLY, Donald Michael - It is with great sadness and regret that the family announces the sudden passing of Donald Michael Kelly at age 55 on Sunday, October 5, 2008, at his home in Halifax after a brief illness. Born in Moncton, N.B., on July 1, 1953, he was a son of the late F.A. "Mike" and Betty Kelly. He moved with his family to Halifax in 1959. Donald attended St. Patrick's High School in Halifax and enjoyed many sports throughout his youth including playing high school hockey. He enjoyed golfing and he had a keen interest in fly fishing. Donald was employed for a number of years in the hospitality industry. Having travelled extensively throughout his life, he was involved in various business opportunities. Recently, Donald was part of a group called "Let's Get Organized" (LGO) which supplied workers to build houses on the West Coast and in Iceland. Donald was a big man with a huge personality and a very generous heart. He was always eager to help the less fortunate. He had a deep faith and strong family ties. He was a proud and adoring father to his four children and he took great pride in all his family's accomplishments. Besides his parents, Donald was predeceased by his brother, Peter, and his first wife, Donna Fleming. He is survived by his loving wife, Stacie Kelly (who fondly referred to Donald as her eagle), and children, Stephen Fleming (Terina), Taylor, Halifax; Peter and Ryan Kelly, at home, and grandson, Stephen Oakley-Fleming, Halifax. He is also survived by his sister, Hyla Coolen (Robert), Halifax, and brother, Sean Kelly (Anne Marie), Bedford. Uncle Donald leaves behind many loving nieces and nephews, and special friend, Mary Roach "Mum". Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Atlantic Funeral Home, Bayers Road. Visitation will take place on Wednesday, October 8, from 7-9 p.m. and Thursday, October 9, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, October 10, at 10 a.m. in St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Bayers Road. Burial will be at a later date. Donations may be made to the IWK Health Centre Foundation or The Salvation Army. Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise; risking more than others think is safe; dreaming more than others think is practical and expecting more that others think is possible. "He soared like an eagle".
MacEACHERN, Murdock John "M.J."
MacEACHERN, Murdock John "M.J." - 75, Boularderie. It is with peaceful sadness that we the family announce the passing of our darling M.J. MacEachern of Boularderie in Northside General Hospital on October 5, 2008, in his 75th year. He was a kind and gentle soul, a devoted husband and proud and loving father and grandfather and was dearly loved by his family, and all who knew him. He touched the hearts of all who knew him. Born in Goose Cove, Victoria Co., he was a son of the late Annabelle (MacEachern) Urquhart. Surviving are his loving wife of 46 years, Mabel (Clarke), who was his constant source of love, hope, strength and support throughout his lengthy illness; sons, Stephen (Carolyn) in Halifax; and David (Peggi); granddaughters, Abbie and Olivia, and stepgrandchildren, Kris, Darcy and Jillian Musgrave in Ottawa; brother, Charlie (Mary) and their children, Leah and Adrien of Tarbot; special in-laws, Peg and Jim Squires and their children, Sheldon (Loretta), Trevor (Tina), Valeria (Mike) Dolmont. M.J. will fondly be remembered by our neighbours and guardian angels, Dr. A. Gordon and Mae MacKenzie. Besides his mother, M.J. was predeceased by his stepfather, John Tom Urquhart and the people he lived with all his young life, Murdock and Mary Smith and their son Colin. M.J. worked for Speedy Propane in Sydney for 23 years, was a member and elder of St. James Presbyterian Church, Big Bras d'Or. He loved hunting and travelling with family and friends and was a member of the Cape Breton Ceilidh Campers. By his request the body was cremated. Visitation will be held today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. Family flowers only by request. Memorial donations would be welcome to the charity of your choice. A memorial service will be held in St. James Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, October 8, Rev. Ritchie Robinson officiating, at 2 p.m. with interment in St. James Cemetery. A reception will follow in the church hall. Special thanks is extended to Dr. Joan Salah, the nursing staff at Northside General Hospital 4W, 4E and 2W, and the wonderful caring sitters who helped comfort him and the family.
DAUPHINEE, Daniel "Danny"
DAUPHINEE, Daniel "Danny" - 36, Beaver Bank. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, brother, son and friend who passed away suddenly on October 3, 2008. Born in Halifax, he was a son of Ronald Dauphinee and stepmother, Faye; mother, Catherine Moore (McMahon) and stepfather, Dave. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Michele and his pride and joy, daughter, Brooklynn; grandfather, Jack McMahon (Ruth), Halifax; brother, Troy Dauphinee (Wendy), Lower Sackville, and sister, Leah, at home; father and mother-in-law, Joey and Georgina MacIntyre; sister-in-law, Tammy MacIntyre (Dave); nephews, Cameron, Kyle and Cody; several aunts and uncles. Danny was predeceased by maternal grandmother, Elsie McMahon (Buchanan); paternal grandparents, Chester and Rita Dauphinee; stepgrandparents, Rose and Tom Walsh. Danny was employed with Smith and McCarthy Painting Contractors Ltd. for the last 10 years. Danny was always the life of the party. His generosity and love for others touched the hearts of anyone who knew him and his smile and contagious laugh will be deeply missed. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Atlantic Funeral Homes, Sackville Drive, Lower Sackville. Funeral service will be held today at 10 a.m. in Atlantic Funeral Home, with reception to follow. Interment in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Family flowers only, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Trust for Brooklynn Dauphinee.
PICKREM, Donald Carl
PICKREM, Donald Carl - 72, Hubbards, passed away Saturday, October 4, 2008, at home. Born in Halifax, he was a son of the late William Edward and Ida (Dauphinee) Pickrem. Donnie worked as a mason for 27 years with the Halifax School Board retiring in 1994. He enjoyed working in his garden and sharing his Captain Morgan with his many friends. He is survived by his wife, the former Evangeline "Vangie" Gates; son, Wade, Sackville; brother, Gerald, Boutilier's Point; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Roy and Ted; sister, Margaret. The family will receive visitors 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today in Ronald A. Walker Funeral Home, Hubbards. Funeral service 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Luke's Anglican Church, Hubbards, Rev. Laurie Omstead and Rev. George Westhaver officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Lung Association of Nova Scotia or charity of choice.
MURRAY, James Joseph "Fraser"
MURRAY, James Joseph "Fraser" - 79, of Yarmouth. It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of their father, Fraser Murray, on October 5, 2008, in Vancouver Place Seniors Residence. He went to be with the Lord early Sunday morning while surrounded at bedside by his five loving children. Fraser was born September 23, 1929, in Mulgrave, son of the late Alexander and Myrtle (Fader) Murray. He is survived by his sister, Eleanor Homes (Murray); previous wife, Leona Brown (Crockett); his children, Brian (Debbie), Kathryn (Todd), Robert (Lona), Steven (Dianne), and Rachel (Geoff); eight grandchildren, Andra, Joseph (Brian), Kaitlyn, Nathan (Kathryn), Grace, Abbey, Harrison, and Adria (Rachel); and his great-grandchildren, Dillon, Jacob (Andra), Chelsea, Blake (Joseph). Fraser began his teaching career, spanning 42 years, directly out of high school. It started in a one-classroom school in Bayfield, and with the final 38 years, teaching grade five at Yarmouth Central School, Yarmouth. He was also an avid badminton player, bowler, card player (bridge, cribbage), competitive square dancer and a sport fisherman, to name a few. He could hardly wait until fishing season opened on April 1st each year. He was a member of the kinsmen club and served on the board of directors for the Kaye Nickerson Foundation. During these last several years his passion was building remote control planes, music, playing chess and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Sweeny's Funeral Home, Yarmouth, where visiting hours will be held today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the chapel. The family will celebrate his life on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. in Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Pastor Michael Cannell to officiate. Interment will follow in Pleasant Valley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Yarmouth Regional Hospital Cancer Unit, The Kaye Nickerson Foundation, or to a charity of choice.
WEATHERBY, Georgie Hanington
WEATHERBY, Georgie Hanington - 94, Halifax, died October 4, 2008, in St. Vincent's Nursing Home, Windsor Street. Born in Sydney, Cape Breton, she was a daughter of the late Nelson and Muriel (Boomer) Kennedy. Georgie worked for the Nova Scotia Provincial Government in the departments of Health, Lands and Forests. She was also a Sergeant in the Reserve Army, Victoria Park, Sydney. She traveled throughout Canada and the United States and spent many winters in Florida where she enjoyed swimming and playing bridge. She is survived by her daughter, Dianne (Mike) Watts, Houston, Tex.; sons, Charles (Doris) Weatherby, Dartmouth; Nelson Weatherby, Ottawa, Ont.; niece, Karen (Robert) Angel, Amherst; and nephew, Keith MacDonald, Sydney; grandchildren, Mark, Ottawa; Cheryl (Ross) Denman, Dartmouth; Susan (Patrick) MacIntyre, Calgary; Jennifer Watts, Houston Texas; Heather (D.) Newman, Ontario; and eight great-grandchildren. Georgie was predeceased by her husband, George W. Weatherby (1957); sisters, Margaret, Gertrude, Elma, Norma, and Bette; and daughter-in-law, Carole (MacDonald) Weatherby (2004). No visitation by request. Cremation has taken place under the direction of A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home, 217 Portland St., Dartmouth. Burial will take place at a later date in Sydney. Special thanks to the nurses and staff of St. Vincent's Nursing Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Vincent's Nursing Home, 2080 Windsor St., Halifax, NS B3K 5B2.
ARMSTRONG (Fancy), Geraldine
ARMSTRONG (Fancy), Geraldine - 62, Caledonia, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on October 5, 2008. Her funeral service will be held Wednesday, October 8, at 2 p.m. in St. Jerome's Catholic Church, West Caledonia. A reception will be held in the parish hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jerome's Church or the North Queens Fire Association. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Serenity Funeral Home & Crematorium, P.O. Box 239, Port Williams, NS B0P 1T0.
SMITH, Teresa G.
SMITH, Teresa G. - 55, Sydney River. It is with heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of Teresa Smith, Sydney River, October 4, 2008. Born in Grand Mira South, she was the youngest daughter of the late Harry and Annie (MacIntyre) Thomas. Teresa was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish. She was a kind and caring person where passing has left a void in the lives of all who knew and loved her. Teresa will be greatly missed by her husband, George Keats; their children, Karen (Terry) Lawrence, Howie Centre; Terrance (Tracy) Smith, Calgary; Janice (Owen Cunningham), Howie Centre, and Mary (Chris Marks), Sydney River. Her greatest joy in life was her grandchildren, Brittany, Samantha, Nicholas, Dylon, Katie and Jacqueline. Also left to mourn her passing are her brother, Archie (Annie) Thomas, Sydney; sisters, Catherine (Leo) Murray, St. Peter's; Mary Briand, Dartmouth; Peggy (Roddie) Gillis, Blue Mills; Anne (Harold) Ferguson, Caribou Marsh; sisters-in-law, Florence Thomas, Grand Mira; Nancy Hermiston, Jeddore; also brother-in-law, Junior Briand, Liverpool, as well as Debbie (Marvin) Burke, Barra Head; Jimmie (Bertha) Smith, Northside East Bay; best friend and confidante, Marie Cash, Irish Cove, and a great many relatives, friends and extended family. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers, John and Eugene; sister-in-law, Helen Thomas and brother-in-law, Neil Gillis. Visitation will be held today in S.W. Chant & Son Funeral Home, 564 Alexandra St., Sydney, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral mass will be held Wednesday, October 8, at 11 a.m. in Our Lady of Fatima Church, Sydney River. Interment to take place in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks. If friends wish, memorial donations may be made to Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada, Maritime Region, or a charity of your choice.
SILMARIE (McDonald), Pauline Mary
SILMARIE (McDonald), Pauline Mary - 91, Dartmouth, formerly of Liverpool, Queens Co., passed away peacefully Monday, October 6, 2008, in Oakwood Terrace surrounded by her family. Born in Goffs, Halifax Co., on June 26, 1917, she was the eldest child of the late Sylvester and Cecilia (Miller) McDonald. Her greatest joys in life were her sons, grandsons, and great-grandchildren. She was a past member of I.O.D.E., Queens County Historical Society and St. Gregory's Ladies Guild while in Liverpool and a member of St. Thomas More's CWL in Dartmouth. She was an original member of St. Thomas More Parish. She is survived by her youngest son, Stephen (Debra) Graham, Dartmouth; daughter-in-law, Geraldine Graham, Antrim; sister, Marion (Alfred) Silmarie, Dartmouth; stepdaughter, Shirley Robertson, Brooklyn, Queens Co.; grandsons, Christopher (Easter Yassa) Graham, Edmonton, Alta.; Sean (Lynn) Graham, Fall River; Zavin Graham, Dartmouth; great-grandson, Lochlan Graham, and great-granddaughter, Autumn Graham; stepgrandson, Terry (Claire) Robertson, Yarmouth; and stepgranddaughter, Lauralee Robertson, Shelburne. She was predeceased by her first husband, Charles E. Graham; second husband, Una A. Silmarie; eldest son, Gary S. Graham and, recently, her brother, George J. McDonald. Cremation has taken place and visitation will be Wednesday, October 8, from 7-9 p.m. in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth. A celebration of her life will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 9, in St. Thomas More Parish, Caledonia Road, Dartmouth. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Special thanks to the staff at Oakwood Terrace, Unit B, for their constant care and attention.
MORRISON (MacLanders), Helen Dean
MORRISON (MacLanders), Helen Dean - Mary Dean and Charlie "Chuck" are saddened by the passing of their mother, Helen Dean (MacLanders) Morrison in Streetsville, Ont., on October 4, 2008. She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. N. Alastair Morrison in 1999. She is survived by her children, Mary Dean Morrison and J. Charles Morrison (Lil); her grandchildren, Andrew Morrison Eng, Emily Morrison Eng and Alastair Morrison Eng; her stepgrandchildren, Craig Popham and Corey Morrison (Denise), and her step great-grandchildren, Davin Allan Morrison and Cassidy Jordon Morrison. Helen was born in Brule Shore, Pictou Co., on July 4, 1915, the only child of James L. MacLanders and Mary Ann Gunn. She spent her early childhood in Brule, a year in Trail, B.C., and the remainder of her schooling was in Pictou where her parents farmed and her father was the Chief of Police. She graduated from Pictou Academy and then undertook nursing training at the Toronto General Hospital where she earned her RN in 1939 and where she was among the first nurses in Canada to be trained in the use of heparin. During the Second World War, she nursed at the Camp Hill Military Hospital in Halifax, where she met Lt. Dr. Al Morrison. They were married on April 10, 1943, after which she endured two and a half long years of separation as Al went overseas with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps. They were reunited on New Year's Eve 1945 after which they moved to Musquodoboit Harbour where Al became the local country doctor. After he completed a degree in Public Health from the University of Toronto, she again accompanied Al to Truro in 1958 where they spent the next 20 years. While in Truro, Helen taught piano to a select group of beginner pianists. In the late 1970s, they moved to Toronto to be with Mary Dean and their grandchildren. Helen was a loving and caring wife and mother, a devout Christian who cared for others, a fabulous cook, a doting grandmother. We wish her well on her new journey. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to World Vision Canada 1-800-595-5550.