MADOLE, Joanne Gail
67, Nanaimo, B.C., and formerly of Halifax, died December 12, 2008, in Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Born in Halifax, she was a daughter of the late Lester and Florence (Pottie) Burke. She moved to British Columbia in the 1960s, and for many years owned and operated a printing business in Nanaimo. She is survived by brothers, Leonard Burke (Ellie Russ), Hemet, Calif.; Calvin Burke (Judy), Fountain Valley, Calif.; sisters, Lorraine Driscoll (Michael), Hammonds Plains; Sylvia Wieland (Fred), Palm Desert, Calif.; Janice Tollefson (Steve), Templeton, Calif.; 10 nieces and nephews; 11 grand- nieces and grandnephews, also by stepmother, Anne Burke, Mangonui, New Zealand. She was predeceased by husbands, John Madole and Chuck Bain and brother, Eugene Burke. Joanne lived the last two years of her life in Kiwanis House in Nanaimo. Her large extended family wishes to express sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff of Kiwanis House and to the medical staff of the Palliative Care Unit of Nanaimo Regional General Hospital for the generous care and support they gave to Joanne. A memorial service will be held today in Kiwanis House Auditorium. Cremation and burial will follow in Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens in Cedar, B.C. A private family memorial will occur at a later date in California. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to Heart and Stroke Foundation of British Columbia.
TUPPER, Chester Weldon
79, passed away Sunday, December 14, 2008, in Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in South East Passage, he was the only son of the late Chester and Irma Tupper. In his young years he worked for Casavechia Construction Co., on oil tankers for Imperial Oil and on the Dew line in northern Canada. He was a volunteer firefighter and worked at Hermes Electronics in Woodside until his retirement. He was an active member of the Church of the Nazarene and he loved the years spent with his children in sports. He will be dearly missed by his wife of 55 years, the former Gladys Ramsay; daughter, Ellen (Victor) Miller, Dartmouth; sons, Jeffrey (Joanne), Dartmouth; Craig (Sejal), Australia, and his pride and joy, his grandson, James Miller. He will also be missed by sisters, Hazel Kellerman, Dartmouth; Pearl Euloth, Porters Lake; Myrtle (Ivor) Carey, Oshawa, Ont.; Violet (Lee) Waite, Florida; Greta (Thomas) Clarke, Dartmouth; Carol (Jim) Carson, Edmonton, Alta.; Lois Wervers, Saint John, N.B.; several nieces, nephews and by his dear family friends, Gayle (Blair) Crooks, Gary Crooks, Sheri (Shawn) Hussey, and children Nathan and Jessica. Cremation has taken place. Family will receive visitors from 1-2 p.m. on Thursday December 18, with service at 2 p.m., all to be held in Church of the Nazarene, 3 Henry St. Dartmouth, Rev. Ralph Yarn officiating. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Church of the Nazarene, 3 Henry St. Dart. NS B3A 3C3 would be appreciated.
MacNEIL, Roderick Joseph
Died Sunday, December 14, 2008. He was a son of the late Allan and Effie MacNeil. He enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces during the Second World War. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Rita; sons, John (Gina), Niagara Falls, N.Y.; Mike, Paul and Bernie, all of Glace Bay; daughter-in-law, Tanya, Glace Bay; brother, Bernie, Iona; sister, Theresa Bain, Vancouver, B.C.; sisters-in-law, Dolores MacNeil and Eleanor MacNeil, both of Glace Bay; very dear friend, Peggy Hiscott. He was also predeceased by sons, Jimmie, Roddie and Martin; brothers, Johnny, Francis, Lennie, Angus, Malcolm and Michael; sister, Peggy. Visitation today 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in Curry's Funeral Home, 775 Main St., Glace Bay. Funeral Mass of Resurrection Wednesday, at 10 a.m. in St. Anne's Church, Rev. Leo Boone officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery.
PETROSSIE, Michael Richard
63, Falls Lake West, Windsor, passed away suddenly at his residence on Sunday, December 14, 2008. Born in Halifax, he was a son of Marcel Petrossie and the late Jennie (Fleet) Petrossie. Throughout his life, Mike had owned and operated his own upholstery businesses. In his retirement, he found great enjoyment at his camp in Falls Lake West, where he liked to hunt. He is survived by his father, Marcel; daughters, Shellie Petrossie and Sheri Petrossie (Gerard), and their mother, Jane Petrossie; his grandchildren, Myles, Robyn, Robert, and Erica, all of Halifax; his companion, Margaret Baker of Dartmouth; brothers, David, Carl, Lannie, Loni, Philip, and Jan; sisters, Donna, Janice, Kelly, Lucy, and Sharon, all of Halifax. He will be missed by his pride and joy, his dog, Sandy. He was predeceased by his mother, Jennie, and brothers, John and Fred. Cremation has taken place under the care of J. Albert Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd., 149 Herring Cove Rd., Halifax, (477-5601), where visitation will take place on Thursday, December 18, from 12-2 p.m., with the funeral service to follow at 2 p.m. from the funeral home chapel. The family would appreciate remembrances in memory of Mike to the charity of one's choice.
GALLANT, John William
Died Thursday, December 11, 2008. He was a son of the late Simon and Mary Agnes (Gillis) Gallant. John served in the Second World War and served overseas with the Cape Breton Highlanders. He is survived by daughter, Mary Frances (William) Gaudet; grandchildren, Kim (Corey), Jennifer, Christine, Eddy; great-grandson, David; sisters, Winnifred (John) Reid, Florence (Joey) O'Neil. He was predeceased by wife, Frances (Keats); brothers, Angie, Walter, Ambrose. Visitation was Monday, December 15, 2-4, 7-9 p.m. in V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home. The funeral service, officiated by Rev. Gerald Campbell is being held today at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel, followed by interment in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Reserve Mines.
RICHARD, Marion Evelyn
74, Chester, formerly of Hubbards, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 13, 2008, in South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater. Born in Halifax, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Mildred (Munroe) Conrad. She is survived by sons, Jon (Angie), Dan (Fiona), both of Toronto; daughters, Suzanne (Stephen) Ewing, Chester; Shari (Paul Brigley), Queensland; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great great-grandchild; brothers, Howie, Sackville and Harvey (Sandra), Elmsdale. Visitation will be held 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, December 17. Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, both in Ronald A. Walker Funeral Home, Hubbards. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Palliative Care Unit of South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater. On-line condolences can be made to: www.rawalker. A very special thanks to the palliative care unit, South Shore Regional Hospital, for the care and respect shown to our Mom. A special thank you to nurses Anne and Susan.
HUSKINS, Vida Kohler
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our mother on Tuesday, December 9, 2008, peacefully, in Idlewyld Nursing Home, with her daughter, Judy by her side. A retired public school teacher, she taught in Nova Scotia and Hamilton, with a B.A. from McMaster University. A long-time member of St. John's Anglican Church, she loved the choir and piano. From a family of seven brothers and sisters, she is survived by her sister, Beatrice Buchanan of Nova Scotia; her daughter, Judy Maracle (Les); sons, Kohler (Edith) and Frank Huskins (Tracie) and her "Grandy" Astasia-Lynn. She will be missed dearly by her nieces and nephews, and their families in Nova Scotia and Ontario. She was predeceased by brothers, Archibald, Rodney, Cecil, George, and sisters, Freida and Jida. The family would like to send a special thank you to the staff of Idlewyld Manor for their special care while Mother was there. Visitation was held on Sunday December 14, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m in Cresmount Funeral Home, 322 Fennell Ave. East. Funeral service was held in the Chapel on Monday, December 15, at 11 a.m. Burial took place at Mount Hamilton Cemetery, Rymal Road. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.
SMITH, Eileen Joan
68, Berwick, Kings Co., passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 13, 2008, in Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville, with her sisters, Sheila and Karen, by her side. Born in Berwick, she was a daughter of Muriel (Lightfoot) Reid. Surviving besides her mother, Muriel, are sisters, Pearl (Jack) Suderman, Edmonton, Alta.; Sheila (Edwin) Avery, Grafton and Karen Reid, Waterville; brother, Harold Jr. (Patricia) Reid, Dempsey Corner. Eileen was predeceased by her husband, Ronald Smith. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Annapolis Valley Funeral Home, 34 Coldbrook Village Park Dr., Coldbrook. By her request, there will be no visitation or funeral service. Interment will take place in Berwick Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to Berwick Fire Department.
FARQUHAR, Geraldine M.
71, Liverpool, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, December 15, 2008. Born in Liverpool, she was a daughter of the late Gerald and Marguerite (Peach) Smith. Geraldine was a former employee with Maritime Tel and Tel and a hostess for Wong's Restaurant in Liverpool. She was a charter member and past president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Liverpool Firefighters Association. She is survived by her husband, Eugene; daughter, Stephanie (Bernard) Amirault, Brooklyn, and son, Darren (Helen Baker), Liverpool; grandchildren, Nicholas Amirault and Mariah Farquhar; sister, Marie (Peter) Goodfellow, Dartmouth, and brother, Kenneth (Judith) Smith, Dartmouth. She was predeceased by her son, Stephen; sister, Deanna. Visitation will be Wednesday, December 17, from 7-9 p.m. in Chandlers' Funeral Home, Liverpool. Funeral service will be held Thursday, December 18, at 11 a.m. in Trinity Anglican Church, Liverpool. Chaplain Donald Lawton officiating. Burial will be in St. James Anglican Cemetery, Hunt's Point. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to Dalhousie Multiple Sclerosis Research Unit or Canadian Cancer Society.
BELL, Peter Howard
48, Bush Island, LaHave Islands, Lunenburg County, was lost at sea November 30, 2008. Born in Bridgewater on July 25, 1960, he was a son of the late Captain Douglas R. and Rena J. (Amero) Bell of Petite Riviere. Peter was a well respected and conscientious fisherman, devoted husband and proud father who dedicated himself to his family and the communities where he fished and grew up. Peter loved hockey, especially the Montreal Canadians and enjoyed playing the game with his son. He loved to party with family and friends and was a fierce competitor in many sports. He was an avid hunter who loved the outdoors and worked hard to preserve it. Peter always had time to stop and have a yarn with you or to lend a hand to anyone in need. Peter was generous with his time, enthusiastic in his nature, and passionate in his beliefs. Peter will be tremendously missed by all who knew him. Sadly, he leaves his wife, Lise Ann; and two young children, Joshua and Olivia; his brother, John Martin (Catherine Louise) Bell, Petite Riviere; sister, Rena Mary Ann (Clayton) Massey, Crousetown; nieces, Jennifer, Emma, Rebecca and Leah; nephews, William and Malcolm Bell; special aunt, Lorna Amero, Dayspring. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Friday, December 19, at 3 p.m. in the Wesley United Church, Petite Riviere, Rev Vivian Moores and Rev David Phillips officiating. A reception will follow in the Petite Riviere Fire Hall. No flowers please. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Peter may be made to an Education Trust Fund for their children, Joshua and Olivia Bell, accepted at any Royal Bank location in South West Nova Scotia, between Lunenburg and Middleton, or the LaHave Islands Marine Museum. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Sweeny's Funeral Home, Bridgewater, where on-line condolences may be made by visiting: www.sweenysfuneralhome.com. "Special thanks and heartfelt appreciation goes to the following people who helped search for my husband, Peter; LaHave and District Fire Department, Petite Riviere Fire Department, Lunenburg County Ground Search and Rescue, Queens County Ground Search and Rescue, North Queens Ground Search and Rescue, Canadian Coast Guard, Halifax Rescue Coordination Center, CFB Greenwood Cormorant Search and Rescue Helicopter, RCMP, and many fellow fishermen and volunteers from the community."
LEAVITT, Catherine Doran
Halifax, passed away Saturday, December 6, 2008, peacefully at home at the age of 98. Born in Bridgewater, she was a daughter of the late Lena (Benjamin) and Archie Foster Davison. After growing up in Bridgewater, she went to pursue her career as a nurse at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal where she graduated as a registered nurse and worked. Later she met William Allyne Rooke from Toronto, and they married. They then moved to Birmingham, England where he worked and they lived during The Second World War. While living there they had a daughter, Pamela Allyne Rooke (Christensen). Later they were forced to move back to Toronto where Allyne passed away. Eventually, Catherine and Pamela moved to Windsor, where she took on the job as school nurse at King's Collegiate School. This is where Catherine met her second husband, John Frederick Leavitt and the two families came together (Pamela, Ronald, Michael, and Wayne). They married and moved to Trinidad, West Indies where he worked for Texaco Oil for a number of years until such time as they were transferred back to Halifax. Upon Fred's retirement they enjoyed traveling the world together, but in 1985 Fred passed away from cancer. Catherine continued the rest of her life in Halifax. While in Halifax, Catherine was a dedicated volunteer who devoted her time and energy to The Red Cross, QEII Health Sciences Centre, IWK Health Centre, I.O.D.E., and was an active member of the Presbyterian Church of St. David's. Catherine is survived by her daughter, Pamela Christensen, and granddaughters, Debra Henry (Les) and Lynn Christensen-Aden (Brian) of California. She was predeceased by her brothers, Henry Francis Davison and Charles Donald Davison. Special thanks to all who helped Catherine live her life to the fullest. A memorial service to celebrate Catherine's life will be held in Presbyterian Church of St. David's, Halifax, with the Rev. Laurence Mawhinney officiating on Tuesday, December 16 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to be given to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.