KNIGHT (McGilvray), Ruth "Ava"
Centennial Villa, Amherst. The longest living of her family, Ava, passed away in Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre on December 22, 2008, at the age of 97. She was born in Amherst on June 6, 1911, to the late Edward Hopkins and Anne Victoria McGilvray (McKeown). She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, W. Carl Knight; brothers, Reece, Philip, Kitchener, Ross; sisters, Sylva Aldrich and Glory Scott. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.Educated in Amherst, Ava graduated from Spring Street Academy and St. Charles Commercial School under the tutelage of Sister Catherine Joseph. During the depression, Ava worked for the Canadian Department of Agriculture, the Nova Scotia Department of Highways and Eastern Hay and Feed. Just after the Second World War, Ava and Carl moved to Moncton, where Ava worked in J.A. Creaghan's law office until Carl was promoted into management with Metropolitan Life. Transfers with Metropolitan Life took Ava and Carl to New Glasgow and later to Dartmouth. On retiring in 1973, they returned to Moncton, where Ava maintained her own household until she was 94, when she moved to Royal Court. Ava returned to Amherst in 2005, as a resident of Centennial Villa. A lifelong member of Christ Church, Amherst, Ava sang in the choir for 15 years. She was an accomplished knitter and mittens she made 25 years ago are still being used by the newest generation of nieces and nephews. Ava was an avid golfer and curler and enjoyed both sports for many years as a member of the Amherst Golf Club, Moncton Golf and Country Club and the Moncton Curlers Association. Special thanks to her caregivers, Rhonda Miller, Connie Baxter, Shirley Clements, Shirley Reid and Maria Van Vulpen. A memorial service will be held at Christ Church on Tuesday, December 30, at 11 a.m. Interment of the remains in Amherst Cemetery at a later date. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
SAUNDERS, John Clyde Anthony
62, of Cambridge, Hants Co., passed away suddenly in QEII Health Sciences Centre, on December 19, 2008, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Dartmouth on November 15, 1946, he was a son of Beulah Saunders, Manning House, Windsor, and the late John "Jack" Saunders. He was a devoted, loving husband; a loving father and a wonderful grandad, uncle and a special brother. He worked for many years as a heavy equipment operator and trainer. Before that he worked at the Nova Scotia Hospital for five years as a psychiatric nursing assistant. He also worked on the Halifax bridges as a painter. He was in the Armed Forces, based in Petawawa, Ont. Outside of work, he was an avid coin collector and also enjoyed fishing, yard sales, playing the guitar and singing. He enjoyed going to church and being surrounded by his Christian family. He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Deborah (Caldwell) Saunders; his mother, Beulah Saunders, Manning House, Windsor; sons, John (Tanya) Saunders, Alberta; Chad (Lisa) Saunders, Windsor; and daughter, Tessa (Randy), Lower Burlington; brothers, Tom (Pat) Saunders, Donald (Gayle) Saunders, both of Alberta; Randy Saunders, Brooklyn; sisters, Shirley (Richard) Keddy, Lunenburg; Susanne Saunders, Wolfville; Selina (Al) Blois, Ellershouse; Shelley Saunders-Wilson, Mount Denson and Sandra (Berry) Fraser, Pictou; grandchildren, Samantha, Dylan, Cody and baby John and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, John "Jack" Saunders; grandson, Devon Saunders (Alberta); brother-in-law, Blane Wilson and sister-in-law, Virginia Wilson. There will be a memorial service held in his memory on Saturday, December 27, at 2 p.m. in the Pentecostal Church in Lower Burlington, Hants Co. There will be no visitation by request of the family. Immediate family flowers only. Donations in his memory may be made to The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada or the the family.
HAMILTON, Cpl. Thomas James
26, died suddenly in the line of duty on December 13, 2008, in Afghanistan. Cpl. Hamilton was a proud member of 2RCR based in Gagetown, N.B., and on his fourth tour of duty. Born in Truro he was a son of Cindy Higgins and stepson of Wayne Graham, Burnside, and son of Edward Hamilton, Hilden. A great outdoorsman, he enjoyed camping, fishing and golfing. He believed in his military mission and when not on security patrol often he could be found barbecuing for the other members of his platoon. Surviving are his first love of his life, daughter, Annabelle, Fredericton, N.B.; brothers, John (Bobbi), Truro; David (Amie); niece, Kacey, Fort St. John, B.C.; stepsister, Rachelle, Sackville, N.B.; loving partner, Katie Probert, Carroll's Corner; maternal grandparents, Russell and Esther Higgins, Upper Musquodoboit; stepgrandmother, Pauline Graham, Truro; several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by paternal grandparents, Lloyd and Joan Hamilton; maternal great-grandmother, Stella Fleming; step grandfather, Jack Graham. Visitation will be Sunday 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. with military funeral at 10 a.m. Monday, conducted by Rev. Gary Burrill and Second Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment in St. James United Church Upper Musquodoboit. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit.
SMILEY, Curtis Douglas
47, West Tatamagouche, passed away suddenly December 20, 2008, at home. Born in Tatamagouche, he was a son of the late Robert Joseph and Annie Marie (Swallow) Smiley. Curtis was employed in the forestry business. He enjoyed hunting rabbits and partridge, fishing mackerel, watching the Montreal Canadiens, but mostly spending time with his wife and family. Surviving are his wife, the former Elizabeth "Liz" Gray; his children, Christial and Milissa, both of Truro; Joseph and Johnathon, both of Tatamagouche; grandson, Nathan Nehalem Bigney; brothers, Harold (Vera), Wentworth; Jimmy, Alberta; David (Val), Malagash; Donnie and Kenny (Lynn), both of Alberta; sisters, Heather Garnier (Stephen) and Jennifer, Dartmouth; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by an infant son. Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. Friday, December 26, and from 2 p.m. until funeral time, 4 p.m. Saturday, all in Coulter's Funeral Home, 48 Riverside Dr., P.O. Box 190, Tatamagouche, NS B0K 1V0, Rev. Morley Bentley officiating. Burial will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to assist the family would be appreciated.
TOULANY, Abboud Hanna
93, Halifax, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, December 23, 2008. Abboud who was one of seven children was born in Minyara, Akkar, Lebanon in 1915 to the late Hanna and Kamlie Toulany (birth mother) and Khawla Toulany. Abboud will be remembered for his energetic spirit, determination and tremendous work ethic. He was well-known as "Pops" by his community in the north end of Halifax, and was an active member of Our Lady of Lebanon Church. Pops undoubtedly left a lasting impression on all who knew him and will be missed dearly. In his early years, Abboud followed his father's footsteps as a camel herder and later immigrated to Canada in 1975 to establish a family business entrepreneurship. He is survived by his wife, Marsha Toulany and his children, Hanna "John", Kamlie "Kim", Bechora "Bash", Nabil "Bill", Samira, Samir "Sam", along with 19 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Abboud was the eldest and last surviving member of his immediate family. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Atlantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayers Rd., Halifax, where visitation will be held 1-4 p.m. today and 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Friday. Funeral service 11 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Lebanon Church. Interment in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lower Sackville. The family would like to extend a warm welcome to those who wish to celebrate Abboud's life at a reception to be held at eldest son, John Toulany's residence at 762 Purcell's Cove Rd. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Lady of Lebanon Church (Halifax).
GOULD, Harrison James "Harry"
23, Eskasoni, died Saturday, December 20, 2008. Born in Sydney, he was a son of Jacqueline Gould and Fred Marshall of Eskasoni. Surviving are wife, Jennifer Johnson; son, Jason; sisters, Sidney Jane; Bobbilee; Erin; Jenilee; Kimber; Angelina; brothers, Jack, Nilan, Louis, Jon Rhett. Predeceased by grandmother, Margaret Gould and brother, Jameison. Visitation on Saturday, December 27, 7 p.m. at 19 Denny's Lane, Eskasoni. Funeral mass will be Monday 2 p.m. in Holy Family Church, Rev. Martin MacDougall officiating. Interment in parish cemetery.
BOUDREAU, Joseph Edgar
It is with heartfelt sorrow that we announce the passing of a truly amazing husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and truly a great friend on December 21, 2008. Edgar was famous for his woodwork and crafts. Retired from CAF after 26 years of service, five years with NATO in Germany. Following his military career he was employed with JH LeBrun, Arichat, CIGO radio in Port Hawkesbury and Dylex in Halifax. A lifetime member of the Chief and PO's Mess, ANAF Vets Association and the Royal Canadian Legion. He is survived by his wife, Claire, who was his soulmate and best friend; brother, Louie (Olive), Fall River; sister, Edna (Art), Louisdale; daughters, Bonnie (Tony), New Glasgow; Shelly (George), Lower Sackville; Tanya (Jamie), Portuguese Cove; son, Dennis (Margaret), Eastern Passage; grandchildren, Dale (Allison), Dean, Courtney, Lindsey, Emma and his "little man", Logan; great-grandchildren, Christopher and Katie. Many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, James and Margaret Boudreau; brothers, George, Jimmy and Frank. Cremation has taken place. Funeral mass will be held 10 a.m. Saturday December 27, in Blessed Mother Theresa Calcutta Parish, 6032 Normandy Dr., Rev. Gilbert Bertrand OMI officiating. Interment in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lower Sackville. Reception to follow in church hall. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Palliative Care. Our greatest appreciation and thanks go to the staff on 7A Palliative Care. They truly are the angels on earth. Also the numerous doctors, without them we wouldn't have been able to enjoy the last two wonderful years with Edgar. God Bless All of You. Arrangments entrusted to Dartmouth Funeral Home, 29 Queen St., Dartmouth.
BISHOP, Fred Henry
A Second World War Veteran, St. Andrew's, Antigonish Co., passed away peacefully in his 92nd year on Sunday, December 21, 2008, in St. Martha's Hospital. Born in Glace Bay, he was a son of the late Ernest Bishop and Anne Kearney, and his foster parents, the late Hugh A. and Catherine MacGillivary. He was predeceased by his wife, Anna Van der Veer; brothers, Ben and Michael; dear father of Helen Lydon (Floyd), Kathrinka Hudson (Claude), Fred (Heather), Michael, Bill, Bernadette Van Duyvendyk (Richard), and Bernie (Joey). Proud grandpa to 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Thank you to Dr. Brian Steeves and the nursing staff on the Geriatrics and ALC Units of St. Martha's for his care. Visitation 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday, December 26, in MacIsaac Funeral Home, 61 Pleasant St., Antigonish. Funeral mass will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, December 27, in St. Andrews Church. Burial in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a donation to St. Martha's Hospital Foundation or Antigonish Seniors C.A.R.E VanSociety.
FALT, W. Grant
92, Bridgewater, passed away December 21, 2008, at home. Born in Jordan Falls, Shelburne, he was a son of the late John R. and Addie (Chalmers) Falt. He was a veteran of the Second World War, serving overseas with the Anti Tank Regiment. For many years he owned and operated Seminale Dock and Boat Rental and also Grant's Marine and Tackle Store in Miami, Fla. He was the last surviving member of his family. He is survived by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Charlotte (Holden) Falt; brothers, Raymond and George; sisters, Gertrude Grace and Margaret Hipson. Cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be held in Brookside Cemetery, Bridgewater at a later date. No flowers or visitation by request. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to Sweeny's Funeral Home, Bridgewater.
73, La Villa Acadienne, Meteghan, formerly of Meteghan Centre passed away December 22, 2008, in the Villa. Born in Meteghan Centre, she was a daughter of the late Richard and Laura (Gaudet) Comeau. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was predeceased by brothers, Bob, Gerald, Victor, Jean-Louis, Arthur. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Meteghan Funeral Home. Funeral service to be held 10 a.m. Monday in Stella Maris Church, Meteghan, Rev. Albeni d'Entremont officiating. Interment in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Lorraine's memory may be made to the Victorian Order of Nurses or La Villa Acadienne Charitable Foundation.
COMEAU, Rita Marie
85, Little Dolphin Boarding Home, Mavillette, formerly of Comeauville, passed away December 21, 2008, in Yarmouth Regional Hospital. Born in Meteghan Station, she was a daughter of the late Elisée and Mamie (Thibodeau) Saulnier. She is survived by former husband, Paul Comeau, Comeaville; sons, Réal (Ina) Saulnier, Dartmouth; Jerry Comeau, Medicine Hat, Alta.; Claude Comeau, Comeaville; daughters, Patrice (Robert) Bonnanfant, New Edinburgh; Michelle (Wayne) Dugas, Weaver Settlement; Janice (Philip) Theriault, Belliveau Cove; Claire (Steve) Rigby, Branford, Ont.; sisters, Annette Bourque, Comeauville; Anita Curry, Bangor; June (George) Best, Dartmouth; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by brother, Martin; sisters, Anna, Prescille. Visitation to be held Friday, 2-4, 7-9 p.m. in Meteghan Funeral Home with funeral service Saturday, 11 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, Church Point, Rev. Albeni d'Entremont. Interment in the parish cemetery. Donations may be made to The Arthritis Society.
TURNER, Muriel Ruth
76, New Minas, passed away Sunday, December 21, 2008, at home. Born in Wolfville, Kings Co., she was a daughter of the late Lewis and Eileen (Tupper) Gates. She is survived by daughters, Wendy Turner, New Minas; Cindy (Rick) Ferguson, Halifax; sons, Chris (RoseAnn), Kentville; Kim (Dawn), Halifax; Terry (Michelle), Tantallon; former daughter-in-law, Janice Turner, Halifax; sister, Joanne (Berlyn) Wile, Gaspereau; grandchildren, Craig, Jesse, Jordan, Jeff (Tanya), Allie, Amberlea, Carissa, Kaylene, Jayden, Shelby, Thomas, Pat, Nina and Gabrielle; great-grandchildren, Jayden, Sam, Amelia, Isabella, Sophia and Jayse; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Alden; sister, June; brothers, George and John. Cremation has taken place under the direction of White Family Funeral Home, Kentville and there will be no visitation, by family request. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 29, in White Family Funeral Home, Kentville. Burial will take place at a later date in Oak Grove Cemetery, Kentville. Family flowers only, by request. Donations in memory may be made to Annapolis Valley Victorian Order of Nurses. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to White Family Funeral Home, Kentville.