MacDONALD, Neil Joseph "Neilie"
84, New Waterford, died December 13, 2008. The son of the late Rannie C. and Flora (MacNeil) MacDonald. Survived by daughters, Valerie, Robin Murphy, Bernadette; sons, Terry, Adam; brothers, Collie, James, Bernie; sisters, Margaret, Ann; eight grandchilden; one great-granddaughter; several in-laws, and nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his wife, Mary (MacDonald); sons, Richard, Stephen, and an infant daughter; sisters, Kay, Cela, Theresa in infancy. Visitation today from 2-4, 7-9 p.m. in the V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home. Funeral Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Mount Carmel Church.
TOWER, Margaret Rose
69, of Beckwith, Cumberland Co., passed away suddenly at her home on Thursday, December 11, 2008, with her husband by her side. Born in River Hebert, Cumberland. Co., she was a daughter of Helen A. (McGilchrist) Hamilton of River Hebert and the late William Hamilton. She was a long-time member of the Women's Missionary Society of Beckwith and Lake Killarney and for the last few years she was a volunteer canvasser for the Canadian Cancer Society. She was an avid reader and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and working in her flower garden. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother as well as being devoted to her many friends. Surviving are her husband of 51 years, Charles E. Tower of Beckwith. Also surviving is a daughter, H. Marliese Kirby (John), Bridgetown, Annapolis Co.; sons, William R. Tower (Janet), Beckwith; Philip A. Tower of Oxford, Cumb. Co.; grandchildren, Trevor Tower (Michelle), Chris Tower, Sarah Tower, and Emily Kirby; great-granddaughter, Annabell Mattinson; sisters, Mary D. McClary (Ralph), River Hebert; Ann Dalby (Mike), Liverpool, Queens Co.; brothers, William Hamilton (Marybeth), Danbury, Conn.; James T. Hamilton (Laurell), Lower Cove, Cumberland Co.; half-brother, Harry McGilchrist (Fran), Ottawa, Ont.; a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by a granddaughter, Sherry Lynn Tower in infancy; sisters, Jean A. Harris and Laura M. Newey. Visitation will be held this evening with the funeral service on Tuesday, December 16 at 2 p.m., both in Allen's Funeral Home, 60 Water St., Oxford with Rev. Gary MacDougall officiating. Interment will take place in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery at a later date. Donations to the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.
BOLTON, Wanda Ann
60, Truro, passed away Thursday, December 11, 2008, at home. Born in Antigonish, she was a daughter of the late Casey and Margaret (MacDonald) Power. Wanda graduated from St. Martha's Hospital School of Nursing, Antigonish, in 1969. She was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. Over the years Wanda worked at various hospitals, including her first job at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and the Sarnia General Hospital in the children's ward, as well as the Sunnybrook Cancer Care Clinic in Toronto. Her family was her life and she will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Surviving are her husband, Doug; children, Stephen (Arlene), Ottawa, Ont.; Gregory (Jen), Keswick, Ont.; Andrew (Lenka), Toronto, Ont.; a grandson, who meant the world to her, Callum Bolton; sisters, Debbie (Dave) Geldart, Fort McMurray, Alta., Sandy (Michael) Claydon, Toronto, Ont., Peggy Power (Spud Arsenault), Truro; brothers, Jimmy (Vickie), Truro; Edward (Bonnie), Truro; Donald (Karen), Toronto, Ont.; Allen (Bev), Bass River; David (Colleen), Truro; Greg (Janice), Truro; and Robert (Shelley), Truro; several nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank the VON nurses for the excellent care over the past two years and a special thanks to Dr. Bruce Phillips. Visitation will be held from 7-9 p.m. today beginning with a memorial service, conducted by Beta Sigma Phi Sorority at 6:45 p.m., in the Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. Funeral Mass will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 16, in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 669 Prince St., Truro, with Father Joseph Thomas officiating. Interment at a later date in Robie Street Cemetery, Truro. In lieu of flowers, given the number of years Wanda spent caring for cancer patients, the family would appreciate donations in Wanda's memory be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
HANNIGAN, Mary Hughena Rita
73, Inverness, formerly of North East Margaree, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, December 11, 2008, in Inverness. Born in Inverness on May 22, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Elizabeth "Lizzie" (Ross) Young, North East Margaree. She is survived by daughters, Betty (Gerald), Deborah, both of Inverness; Colleen (Kevin), Port Hood; sons, Brian, Raymond (Melinda); brother, Melvin (Tina) Young, Troy; ten Grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her late husband, Gregory Hannigan (New Waterford); brothers, Dennis (East Margaree); Alexander, (Inverness, formerly of Margaree Valley). Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be in St. Patrick's Church, North East Margaree on Wednesday, December 17 from 9:30-10:45 a.m. with funeral mass to follow at 11 a.m., Father Jim MacDonald officiating. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Patrick's Parish Cemetery Fund, North East Margaree, or to a charity of your choice.
PEARCE, Maurice Leyland
77, New Glasgow, formerly of Trenton, died on December 12, 2008. Born in Asansol, India, he was the son of the late Stanley and Kathleen (Lumsden) Pearce. Surviving are his wife, Grace Eisje (Offinga) Pearce, Trenton; sisters, Bessie, Australia; Beryl (Cyril), England; and a brother. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in First United Baptist Church with Rev. Leo Fletcher officiating. Family flowers only. Donations may be made in his memory to First United Baptist Church Pledge Campaign. Arrangements are entrusted to P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home, New Glasgow.
78, Port Hawkesbury. It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and wife, on Friday, December 12, 2008 in Strait Richmond Hospital, Evanston. Norma was born in Sydney Mines on March 5, 1930 to the late Austin and Dot (Patterson) Letcher. Norma will always be remembered for her unconditional love and kindness to her children and anyone who was in any way connected to her. She leaves behind her husband, who cared for her and was so good to her in so many ways. "Thank you Jesse". She is also survived by her children, Dorothy (Phil) Maxwell; and their children, Tammie, Lorie, and Phillip; Gloria Chafe (Richard); and their children, Duane, Wendy, and Shelly; son, Stephen (Liz) Long, Weldon (Kim) Long; and their children, Max and Jude; daughter Norma (Dieter) Oswald; and their children, Diedra, and Austin; son, David (Pat) Long, and their children; Leah, Emerson, Stephen, and also Lindsey and Jason Bryan; daughter, Debbie (John) Poirier, and their children, Kalen Long, Cohen, and James; daughter, Tracey (Roger) Harper, and their children; Daniel, Wade, and Rebecca; daughter-in-law Sheila, and her children; Bhreagh, Ashley, and William; sisters, Frances, and Dorothy, both of Truro; Anne (Mike) MacDonald, West Bay Road; Shirley (Merrill) Hillier, New Glasgow. She is predeceased by her husband Emerson Long; brother, Austin Letcher Junior; sister, Lydie Belestraci; three children in infancy, Mary Eliza Chafe, Stephen Arthur Chafe; children of Norma and Phonse Chafe; Brenda Lee Long; sister-in-law, Bernie Letcher; son, Garfield Emerson (September 19, 2007). Norma was a full time mom who loved and enjoyed being with her children. They all grew up and spread their wings and at that point, Norma had time to get out and about. She was a member and past matron of Starlight Chapter No. 66, OES, Port Hawkesbury. Also a member and past president of the Ladies Auxiliary Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 43. She was also a member of St. Mark's United Church, Port Hawkesbury. She was the founder and organizer of the Over Forty Princess Pageant, which everyone enjoyed and had a lot of fun through the years. The Over Forty Pageant spread to areas around Port Hawkesbury and was a perfect fundraiser. She also loved camping in Canada and the USA with her husband. Norma will rest at the Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury, with visitation 7-9 p.m today, and 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, December 16. Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Mark's United Church with Rev. Sheldon LeGrow officiating. Burial in Southbrook Cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the IWK Health Centre.
CHASE (Lorway) Carmel
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Carmel Chase (Lorway) on Saturday, December 13, 2008 in the QEII Health Sciences Centre. She has gone home to be embraced by her late father, John Lorway; mother, Charlotte Lorway (Spears); twin sister, Joan Lorway; and husband Earl Chase. She is survived by her loving partner and best friend of 21 years Danny Parker, Canso; daughters, Carol Anne Steel, Sydney; Darlene (Robert) Hardy, Grande Prairie, Alta.; Wendy (David) Chase, Hammond's Plains; Barbara (Dennis) Cater, Halifax; Joan (Kevin) Chase, Halifax; and son, Stephen (Barb) Chase, Grande Prairie, Alta. She is also survived by sisters Jane (Sid) LaRusic, Sydney; Sister Margaret Ann Lorway, Moncton, N.B.; and brother, Ronald (Shirley) Lorway, Sydney. She leaves behind 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, with another on the way. Carmel was born in Sydney on July 16, 1939, and for many years she resided in her beloved Canso. She worked for Sears in Halifax for 28 years and was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion in Canso. A mass will be held on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 10 a.m. in St. Ignatius Church in Bedford, with Father Lloyd O'Neil officiating, followed by a reception. Another mass will be held in Canso at 2 p.m. in Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church on Thursday, December 18, 2008, Father Danny Boudreau officiating. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.
BOUTILLIER, Elizabeth Emma
101, of the R. K. MacDonald Nursing Home, Antigonish, and formerly of North Lochaber, Antigonish Co., passed away on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008 in the nursing home. Born in Wine Harbour, Guysborough Co., she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Alice (Sinclair) Keizer. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. At an early age her family moved to Sydney, where she spent all her working life. She was a secretary with O.N. Mann Ltd. for thirty years. After her retirement she divided her time between Sydney and Lochaber and then moved permanently to her grandparent's old home in Lochaber where she remained independently until the age of 98. She is survived by nieces, Ethel (Robert) April, Pennsylvania; Delores Zwicker, Bridgetown; Elizabeth Newcomb, Cape Cod; nephew, Evan(Randy) Keizer, Winnipeg, Man.; ten grandnephews, six grandnieces; stepdaughter, Evelin Boutillier, Sydney; special stepgranddaughter, Barb(Andre) Briand, Sydney River; several stepgrandchildren and several stepgreat- grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Harold, stepdaughter, Shirley McDougall, stepson, Robert Boutillier; brothers, George, James, Evan; sisters, Muriel Keizer, Anne Stone. Visitation, Monday, 6-9 p.m. in MacIsaac Funeral Home, 61 Pleasant St., Antigonish. Funeral service 11 a.m. Tuesday in Chalmers United Church, North Lochaber, with Keith Selwyn- Smith, DLM, officiating. Burial in North Lochaber Cemetery. Memorial donations to Chalmers United Church, North Lochaber Cemetery fund or the R. K. MacDonald Nursing Home Foundation.
MELANSON, Helen Elizabeth
65, of Nictaux, Annapolis County, passed away Saturday, December 13, 2008 in Soldier's Memorial Hospital, Middleton. Born in Middleton, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Agnes (Shipley) Melanson. Helen was always willing to help anyone. She enjoyed reading, animals, and especially Pepsi Cola. Helen is survived by son Scott, Nictaux; sisters, Evelyn Taylor, Middleton; Daisy (Raymond) Corbett, Woodstock Ont.; Shirley Wile, Bridgewater; and Barbara (Dennis) Robicheau, Nictaux; brother, Johnny (Mary Jane) Melanson, Nictaux; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers in infancy, as well as Fred, Charlie, and George; sisters, Mary and Annie. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, December 17, 2008 in the Middleton Funeral Home 398 Main St., (902) 825-3448, where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 18th, Rev. Deacon Don Boudreau officiating. Interment will be held at a later date in St. Louis Cemetery, Annapolis Royal. By request, family flowers only. Donations in memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, Lung Association of Nova Scotia, or charity of choice.
DURING, Raymond Joseph
78, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday December 13, 2008 in Dartmouth, with his wife and family by his side. His strong faith and courage along with his wife, family, and friends, were instrumental in his fight against cancer. Born in Halifax on May 7, 1930, he was the son of the late Vincent Senior and Beatrice (Sullivan) During. He was retired from the Royal Canadian Air Force after 29 years of service and five years with the reserves. He was a member of the St. Clements Parish in Dartmouth. He was a Grand Knight of the William J. Donnelly Council No. 8831, Guard Commander, Faithful Navigator, Admiral of the Fourth Degree and District Deputy of the MSGR Gerald B. Murphy Assembly No. 2223. He served on many of the Knights of Columbus committees and is held in the highest esteem with all his Brother Knights. In 2008 Raymond received the Archdiocesan Medal of Merit for dedicated service to St. Clements, having served as sacristan, member of the Parish Council and St. Vincent de Paul. Raymond will be sadly missed by his wife Gillian (Mckinley-Bell); children, Richard, Linda (Jim) Yen, Rayanna Parkin, Elaine (Hal) Forrest, Diane (Rick), Michael (Jenny), Gail (Marc) Chouinard, Paul (Christine) Bell, Lil (Wayne) Seaward, 19 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Raymond will also be sadly missed by his sister Mary (Pleman) Bessey from Brooks, Alta.; and brothers, Leo (Gladys) from Halifax; Fred (Linda) from the USA; sister-in-law, Rita from Halifax. Raymond was predeceased by his first wife Doris (Squires); and by his brother Vincent from Halifax. May his gentle soul rest in peace. Visitation at the Dartmouth Funeral Home, Queen Street, Monday evening 7-9 p.m., Tuesday 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service to be held at St. Clements church on Gaston Road Wednesday morning at 10 a.m., reception to follow in the church hall. Interment will be at the Gates of Heaven Cemetery in Sackville. Special thanks to Dr. Lori Wood of the Halifax Oncology Department, the VON, and Dr. Gordon Mahaney. By request family flowers only. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, St. Clements Roman Catholic Parish, or a charity of your choice.
MUISE, Martin Gerard
73, passed away suddenly on December 11, 2008, at home in Sainte Anne du Ruisseau. Yarmouth Co. Born October 16, 1935, he was a son of the late Louis and Helene (LeBlanc) Muise. He was a member of Sainte Anne du Ruisseau Church. He is survived by his best friend ad companion, Mary Irene McCallum, Sainte Anne du Ruisseau.; brother, Lawrence (Treva), Sainte Anne du Ruisseau, Yarmouth Co.; sister, Helen Muise, Sainte Anne du Ruisseau, Yarmouth Co.; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers, Bernard, James, Edward and Clifford. Remains are resting in Sweeny's Funeral Home, Yarmouth. Visiting hours took place in Sweeny's Funeral Home Chapel Sunday from 7-9 p.m. with prayers at 8 p.m. Funeral Mass to take place today at 11 a.m. in Sainte Anne du Ruisseau Church, Father John MacPherson officiating. Interment will follow in Sainte Anne's Parish Cemetery. Family flowers only. Memorial donatons may be made to Tri-county Victorian Order of Nurses, Argyle Home Service in Tusket, Sainte Anne du Ruisseau Church or to a charity of choice.