August 15, 1918 - May 12, 2014
FORSYTHE (Giffin, Hancock), Nellie Rowena – 95, of Northwood Ivany Place, Bedford, passed away in Bedford on May 13, 2014. Born in White Rock, Kings Co. on August 15, 1918, Nellie was the daughter of the late John Wesley and Mildred (Leary) Hancock. In her early years, Nellie worked in the hospitality industry, beginning at Harbourview Hotel, Smiths Cove and Campus Lodge, Wolfville, then Dooks Tearoom following a move to Halifax. During the War years, Nellie worked at Eatons and as her family grew, returned to Eatons in the Accounts office, then in the office of BD & LB Stevens Contracting and as a ward clerk at the Grace Maternity Hospital. She was a valued employee wherever she worked, bringing with her a sense of humour and a disciplined, efficient approach to her tasks. As a wife, home maker and mother, Nellie was dedicated, resourceful, and creative. She established a welcoming home with a reputation for delicious meals served, created new outfits from old using her excellent seamstress skills, ensured that her girls were aware of Maritime history and encouraged them to continue their education, was a loyal friend and supportive neighbour. Nellie was a dedicated Christian and served her Lord faithfully at West End Baptist Church as a Sunday School and Explorer Leader, member of the choir, WMS and Ladies Auxiliary. Her home was always open for Youth Groups, Hymn Sings and Quartette Practices. In later years she served in Wolfville Baptist Church. Nellie moved to Halifax and married Stanley Arthur Giffin in 1942 and is survived by their daughters Grace (Philip) Killawee, Bedford and Janice (J.J.) Walsh, Waterville; grandchildren Andrew Killawee, Matthew Killawee, Melanie Walsh (Mark Wheeler), Patrick Walsh, all of Halifax; great grandson Daylan Wheeler. Following Art’s death in 1976, Nellie moved to Wolfville and married Gordon Forsythe in 1984 and is survived by stepdaughter, Carolyn (James) Frost, Dartmouth; grandchildren, Matthew (Suzanne) Frost, Toronto, Heidi Frost, Dartmouth, Craig (Darlene) Parker, Toronto; great grandchildren, Julia and Christina Frost, Madeline and Max Parker; sister, Velma Ibsen, Dartmouth; brothers, Robie Hancock, White Rock; Eddie (Faye) Hancock, New Minas; and many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Nellie was predeceased by first husband, Stanley Arthur Giffin; second husband, Gordon Forsythe; sisters, Anna, Elva, Marie; brothers, Albert, Harold, Earl. Her remains have been donated to Dalhousie University, Faculty of Medicine for Medical Science. Memorial service will be held at White Rock Baptist Church on Friday May 16 at 2 pm with Rev. David Watt officiating. Reception will follow in White Rock Community Center. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Serenity Lindsay Annapolis Valley Funeral Home, Coldbrook Chapel. (902)679-2822. Memorial donations may be made to Acadia Divinity College, Wolfville, N.S., B4P 2R6. Our thanks to the faithful staff of Lupin Hills, Ivany Place.
George Anthony Dean
October 29, 1962 - May 12, 2014
Dean, George Anthony (Tony), Age 51 of Kentville passed away suddenly on May 12, 2014 at the Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Tony was the son of Everett and Loretta Dean, born on October 29, 1962 in Musquodoboit. He enjoyed working on his car as a backyard mechanic while spending spare time in the great outdoors and fishing. Left with fond and loving memories are his son Michael (Desireé Rice), Kentville; step daughter Amanda, Dartmouth and their mother Nancy Dean, Halifax; sister Diane (Jack) Ferris, Dartmouth; brothers Dale (Sharon), Berwick; Kevin (Pearle), Fort Nelson, British Columbia; James, Truro; step brother, George (Betty) Graham, London, Ontario; step-grandchildren Abigail and Liam Coffe; several nieces, nephews and friends. Tony was predeceased by his parents and a brother Patrick. Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 1pm – 2pm at Serenity Lindsay Annapolis Valley, Wolfville Chapel (568 Main Street), followed by a graveside service at 3pm in the Lakeview Cemetery with Del Church officiating. Donations in memory of Tony may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation (5657 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax, NS B3J 3R4). Arrangements have been entrusted to Serenity Lindsay Annapolis Valley Funeral Home, Wolfville Chapel.
MacNEIL, William Walter "Bill"
66, of Kentville, passed away Friday, December 12, 2008, at home. Born in Kentville, he was a son of the late Cameron and Mary Frances (Rathburn) MacNeil. He was a graduate of Kings County Academy, Kentville. He had been owner and operator of MacNeil's Red and White Grocery Store in Kentville and was also employed with the Department of Highways. Most recently, he owned and operated a boarding house in Kentville. He was interested in sports and especially enjoyed hockey and baseball. He was a member of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Kentville, where he was active with the Knights of Columbus. He was also a former member of the Kentville Volunteer Fire Department. He is survived by his special friend, Gladys Johnson; children, Wally (Cindy), Cameron (Lois), and Michael (Emily), all of Saline, Mich.; Kenneth, Sudbury, Ont.; Joanne (Brian) Head, Saint John, N.B.; sisters, Rose Marie MacNeil, Kentville; Sally (Guy) Delorme, Orleans, Ont.; Cathy (Larry) Eaton, Kentville; grandchildren, Todd, James, Katelyn Lee, Eric, Sean, Victoria, Shane, Lauren, Liam, Jody and Koby; nieces and nephews. At Bill's request, cremation has taken place under the direction of the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville with a memorial service and interment to be held at a later date. Donations in memory may be made to St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church or to a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville.
CALDER, Frank William
Passed away suddenly at home on December 13, 2008. He was born in Springville Pictou Co. on Oct. 4, 1925, the son of Hugh and Maude (Robertson) Calder. He graduated from Pictou Academy, attended the N.S. Agricultural College, then Macdonald College of McGill University, from whence he graduated with a B.Sc. (Agr) in 1946. In 1954 he attended the University of New Hampshire graduate school, studied Plant Science, and received his M.Sc.(A). Frank worked with the N.S. Dept. Of Agriculture (Western N.S.), inspecting and blood testing poultry. He worked as Supervisor of Illustration Stations for Eastern Nova Scotia, a division of Experimental Farms Service, until 1962, and then joined the staff of the Experimental Farm, Nappan as Agronomist. From 1981, until his retirement in 1987, he was Superintendent of the Experimental Farm. He was a Director and President of the Canadian Society of Agronomy, President of the N.S. Institute of Agrology and was a member of the Agricultural Institute of Canada. He was on the town council of Amherst from 1971-76, being Deputy Mayor from 1972-76, and during that time he was Chairman of the board of Highland View Regional Hospital. In Amherst he was a member of Trinity-St. Stephen's United Church where he was an Elder and Clerk of Session, served on many committees, and later was Chairman of the Church Council. He was President of the Amherst District Council of Boy Scouts, President of Amherst Lions Club, and later was a member the Amherst and New Glasgow Rotary Clubs. He was well respected by all who knew him. From 1976-78, accompanied by his wife, Betty, Frank went to India where he worked on the Indo-Canadian Dryland Research Project, with Headquarters in Hyderabad. In 1980 he went to Pakistan to help design a project for that country, and in 1981, he and Betty went to Sri Lanka where he was involved in the same type of project. On retirement in 1987, he moved to Springville, Pictou Co., and wrote a book, "History and Stories of Springville, Pictou County" He was on the board and President of the Pictou County Historical Society, and active in the Pictou County Heritage and Genealogy Society, and was always keenly interested in genealogy. One of his happiest projects was planning and making a historical garden at the Carmichael-Stewart House Museum in New Glasgow. His heart was never far from the land or his beloved Pictou County. In May, 2003, Frank was honoured with the Distinguished Life Member award of the Nova Scotia Institute of Agrologists and being on the "Wall of Honour" at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. He was a member of Trinity United Church, New Glasgow, and held several positions on the Official Board, more recently the Church council, where he was on the Outreach and Social Action Committee. Besides his wife Betty, Frank is survived by son, Paul and wife Kathy, Amherst; daughter, Anne, Halifax; son, John and wife Jane Halifax; grandchildren, Nicholas (Jenny), Brian, Jenny and Alexander Calder, and his sister, Margaret (George) Durning, New Glasgow. The family will receive visitors from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday in the H. W. Angus Funeral Home, New Glasgow. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday from Trinity United Church with Rev. Jim Webber-Cook officiating. Reception to follow in the Multipurpose Room in Trinity United Church. Burial will be in the Springville Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Memorial donations to the United Church Mission and Service Fund or Springville Cemetery Fund.
MacARTHUR, Marion Clare
96, Milford Haven Home for Special Care, Guysborough and formerly of Goldboro, Guysborough Co., died Saturday, December 13, 2008, in the home. Born in New Harbour, she was a daughter of the late James and Emma (Hallett) Sponagle. Marion lived in Goldboro for over 70 years and was a life member of the Laurel Rebekah Lodge #101, Goldboro. Following the passing of her husband Herman, Marion worked in Fredericton, N.B. for over 10 years and spent two winters in Florida before returning to Goldboro. She was very active for many years in the Women's Auxiliary of Goldboro Church. Marion was a kind and loving friend to everyone, especially the children who knew her as "Aunt Marion". She loved to cook and bake and her cookie jars were always full in the back porch. No one left her house without something good to eat. She is survived by her beloved children, sons, Scott (Betty), Ottawa, Ont.; Lloyd (Ethel), Sackville; Donald (Nancy), Montreal; daughters, Helen (Jim) Stevens, Goldboro; Betty (Irving) Strople, Truro; brother, Morley, Vancouver; special grandmother to Don, Dave, Dondo, Kris, Marlie, Heather, Patti, Sherry, Larry, Tim, Shayla; proud great-grandmother to Justin, Matthew, Tania, Nick, Chris, Michelle, Megan, Liam, Kim, Katie, Kory, Patrick, Alexia, Kylon, and proud great great-grandmother to Lukus, Jake, Rebecca, Aurora; sisters-in-law, Cynthia Sponagle and Catherine Sponagle, both of Sherbrooke; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by husband, Herman Emerson MacArthur; brothers, Malcolm, Calvin; sister, Freda; sister-in-law, Evelyn. Visitation will be held Thursday from 7-9 p.m. in Goldboro United Baptist Church where funeral service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Julia Howard officiating, assisted by Rev. Gary Manthorne. Burial in Bayview Cemetery, Goldboro. Memorial donations may be made to Bayview Baptist Church or Bayview Cemetery Fund. Funeral arrangements are under the dignified and compassionate care of the G.W. Giffin Funeral Home, 17545 Highway 316, Country Harbour.
JONES, Leslie Thomas
March 27, 1922 - December 13, 2008. After a very successful career in business, Les retired in Dartmouth and died at home peacefully on Saturday. He will be sorely missed by his circle of friends and family who loved him so dearly. He is survived by his sister, Joannie; son and daughter, Gord and Linda and by their spouses Marilyn and Rick; grandchildren, Jennifer, Ryan and Jeffrey, and great-grandchildren, Cassandra, Jacqueline and Ethan. Dad will be buried beside his wife, Charlotte, with whom he spent 59 years of life close together. Our family would like to thank five very special women who made it possible for "Papa" to be able to remain home with his faithful friend Benji for the remainder of his days. The care, support and love they gave him prolonged his quality of life to his final days. A thank you from the bottom of our hearts to his guardian angels, Carol Gear, Carol Atkinson, Paula MacPherson, Sue Smith, and Christine Atkins. There will be a service held in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 16. Donations in his memory may be made to his favourite charity, the Salvation Army. And dad would have quipped "Finally, I can get some much needed rest".
COMEAU, Michael Gerald "Paul"
51, of Dartmouth, passed away in the Dartmouth General Hospital on December 11, 2008, after a brief illness. Paul was the son of Francis Comeau of Eastern Passage and Josephine (Doble) Bartlett of L'Ardoise. Born in Middleton, he grew up in various locations in the Maritime Provinces and Quebec before settling in Dartmouth. Paul is survived by wife, Terri (MacNeil) Dartmouth; son, Jonathan, Dartmouth; daughter, Dawn, Dartmouth; brothers David (Patricia) of Dartmouth; Philip of Halifax. He is predeceased by his stepmother, Elsie, and his stepfather Charles. He started his working career in automotive repair and later settled into the trucking industry, most recently as a brokered driver for Maritime Ontario. Paul had a fondness of fishing, the Cowboys, motorcycles, golf and of family. That love of family values and children led him to volunteer as a Boy Scout leader, but he was most proud of his impersonations as Santa on numerous occasions throughout the years. He will be forever remembered and missed by the people whose lives he touched. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday December 18 at Donald K. Walker Funeral Directors, 307 Prince Albert Rd. (469-5601). Condolences can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org Donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.
VIDITO, Chester Vernon
93, of Kentville, formerly of Wilmot, passed away Monday, December 22, 2008, in Evergreen Home for Special Care, Kentville. Born in Nictaux, he was a son of the late Clifton and Corella (Carey) Vidito. Chester was a veteran of the Second World War. He worked for Imperial Oil, Kentville, was a contract painter at 14 Wing, Greenwood, and owned and operated an Irving Service Station in Wilmot. Chester enjoyed his camp on an Island at Lake Sixty, spending much time with friends and family fishing, snowmobiling and four wheeling. He could be found in later years operating a "Yard Sale" at his Wilmot home, specializing in everything from JUNK to BICYCLES. Chester loved entertaining friends and he enjoyed feeding his bird friends daily, as well as a chew of Redman Plug. He is survived by his daughter, Gloria (Vidito) Troop, Wilmot; grandson, Chris Troop, Berwick; son, Jerry Vidito, Upper Canard; granddaughters, Tiffany (Vidito) (Rick) Scott, Calgary; Lyndsay Vidito, Ottawa; great-granddaughter, Emma Scott, Calgary; sisters, Norma (Gerald) Grant, Nictaux, and Elizabeth (James) Keddy, Cambridge. He was predeceased by his wife, the former Mildred Georgina Banks in 2005 after 67 years of marriage; son, Vernon Wayne Vidito in 1962; sisters, Leola Naugler, Viola Davies, Verda Orlowski, Edith Bruhm; brothers, Carl, Howard, Claude, Theodore, Lawrence and Arnold. By request, there will be no visitation. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 30 in the Middleton Funeral Home, 398 Main St., (902) 825-3448, Rev. Danny Smith officiating Interment will be in the Nictaux Cemetery. By request, family flowers only. Donations in memory may be made to the Nictaux Cemetery, Middleton Baptist Church or the Evergreen Home for Special Care, Kentville.
DOLLIVER, Flora Pauline
85, Head of St. Margaret's Bay, passed away December 24, 2008, in Northwood Center, Halifax. Born in Shag Harbour, she was a daughter of the late Wilfred and Gertrude (Brown) Cameron. Flora was a member of the United Baptist Church, Head of St. Margaret's Bay. Surviving are daughters, Nancy J. Melvin, Beaverbank; Elizabeth Louise Townsend, Cape Island; Linda George, Ontario; son, David , Head of St. Margaret's Bay; Gordon Bell, Quebec; Andrew Bell, Calgary; five grandchildren; brothers, Lockiel Cameron, Woods Harbour; Lewis Cameron, Robert Cameron, John Cameron, all of Shag Harbour; Layton Cameron, Barrington Passage; sisters, Myrtle Perry, Ada Adams, Ontario. She was predeceased by her husband, Walter; brothers, Arthur, Harold, Dexter, Steward, Vandyke; sisters, Muriel, Christa and Mildred Nickerson. The family will receive visitors 4-7 p.m. Sunday, December 28. Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, December 29, both in Ronald A. Walker Funeral Home, 13549 Peggy's Cove Rd., Tantallon, Rev. Richard Moore officiating. Burial to follow in William Black Memorial Cemetery, Glen Margaret. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society.
LeJEUNE, Isabelle Irene
78, Mulgrave, Guysborough Co., passed away peacefully at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, on Friday, December 19, 2008. She was born August 8, 1930, in Janvrins Harbour, Cape Breton. She was a daughter of the late Mary Alma Boudreau and Walter Agustine Dorey. Isabelle is survived by her son, Joseph (Kathe), Cole Harbour; grandchildren, Chantelle and Mitchell; sisters, Viola (James), Arichat; Bertha, Louisdale; Sandra (John), Mulgrave; Agnus, Antigonish; brothers, George (Doris), Janvrins Harbour; Angus (Perle), Sackville; Joseph (Mable), Pictou; Wilfred, Montreal, Que.; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Henry R. LeJeune; sisters, Helen, Jean, Violet and Theresa; brothers, Alfred and Clifford. Isabelle was a member of St. Lawrence Parish, Mulgrave. She was a kind and compassionate person to all who knew her. She had been employed in various fields including fish processing plants in Mulgrave and Canso, Skye Motel, Port Hastings and as a personal housekeeper for a variety of families. During her latter years she had dedicated her life to the care of her ailing husband. May she be with him now and forever. Isabelle will be missed by all who knew her especially her grandkids, family and best buddy, Lee-Ann. A special thank you to all those who watched over her after the departure of her husband of over 50 years. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Cole Harbour Funeral Home. Resting in Mulgrave and Area Resting Place Sunday from 6-8 p.m. and Monday from 10 -10:45 a.m. Funeral mass will be offered Monday at 11 a.m. in St. Lawrence Parish, Mulgrave, with Rev. Allan MacPhie, presiding. Interment in the parish cemetery at a later date. Donations may be made to Mulgrave & Area Resting Place. Family flowers only, by request. Funeral Arrangements by Green's Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury.