FARRIS, Ernest Leroy "Ernie"
86, Kentville, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 22, 2008, at home, following a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. Born in Waterville, Kings Co., he was the son of the late Robie and Helen (Brown) Farris. He was a veteran of the Second World War and had been employed for many years with the Corps of Commissionaires at Camp Aldershot. He was a member of the Dukes of Kent and a former member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Dr. C.B. Lumsden Branch No. 74, Wolfville. He is survived by daughters, Carol Samson, Kentville; Linda (Bill) Stevens, Fox Brook, Pictou Co.; Valerie Farris (Don McNab), Port Williams; Theresa Parks, Centreville; son, David (Susan), Coldbrook; brother, Emerson, Trenton, Ont.; his friend, Rena Pearl, Kentville; 16 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews. He will also be missed by his faithful dog, T-Aki. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Dorothy (Francis) Farris; his beloved son, Terry (Digby); brothers, Bill (Toronto) and Cecil (Kentville); son-in-law, Joseph "Sammy" Samson (Kentville). Visitation will be held from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Friday, December 26, in White Family Funeral Home, Kentville, where the funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. followed by a reception on Saturday, December 27, Rev. Thelma McLeod officiating. Burial will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery, Kentville. Family flowers only, by request. Donations in memory may be made to the Dukes of Kent or to a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to White Family Funeral Home, Kentville.
RITCEY, Donald Gerald Melvin "Jed"
65, Truro, passed away at home on Tuesday, December 23, 2008. Born in Halifax, Jed was a son of the late Gerry and Mary (MacPhee) Ritcey. He moved to Truro at a young age and attended school there. He graduated from Dalhousie University in 1968 with a B. Commerce Degree and returned to Truro as Vice President, Bentley's Ltd. Upon its closing he became General Manager (Maritimes) Rothsay Ltd. (a member of Maple Leaf Foods) until his retirement in 2000. Jed's passion was sports, especially hockey and golf. He coached various levels of hockey, was Past President, Truro & Area Minor Hockey, Past President Hockey Nova Scotia, Vice Chair at Large, Hockey Canada (first Nova Scotian in 47 years to be elected to Hockey Canada Board of Directors). He was also a member of the World Junior Executive Committee, 2003, Past Chairman, United Way Business Campaign, Past President, Truro Sport Heritage Society, Past President, Truro Schools Band Auxiliary and held various positions at St. Andrew's United Church. Most recently he was the Chair, Colchester East Hants Health Authority, Vice President, Maritime Junior A Hockey League and a member, Truro Golf Club. He was awarded the Hockey Canada Order of Merit and both the Hockey Canada and Hockey Nova Scotia Volunteer of the Year Award. In 2005, the Hockey Nova Scotia Volunteer of the Year award was named after him. In the same year Jed was honored as a Life Member for his hard work and dedication to the development of the game of hockey in Nova Scotia as well as throughout Canada over the years. On November 7th in front of many friends and family, he was inducted into the Colchester County Sports Hall of Fame. Jed loved spending time with his family and friends and was always there when needed. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Betty Ann Kirsten Johnsen; sons, Jerry (Martha), Lakewood, Ohio; David (Amber), Truro; his adored granddaughter, Addison; sister, Isobel (Harold) Cream; nieces, Mary, Lisa, Jennifer; nephews, Greg and Ryan; several cousins; his uncle, Ken, New Hampshire, and aunt, Elizabeth, Dartmouth. He will also be missed by his grand dog, Neely. He was predeceased by his parents; brother, Kirk, and his long-time best friend, Perry Whittle. Visitation will be held in Colchester Community Funeral Home on Saturday, December 27, from 7-9 p.m. with a memorial service on Sunday, December 28, at 2 p.m. in St. Andrew's United Church, 55 King St., Rev. Jay Ettinger officiating. Interment at a later date in Robie Street Cemetery, Truro. Family flowers only. If you wish to make a donation, it may be made to the Colchester Regional Hospital Foundation, 207 Willow St., Truro, N.S. B2N 5A1 or St. Andrew's United Church, 55 King St., Truro, N.S. B2N 3K8.
FLEMING, Ira Lynds
91, Parkland Estates, Truro and formerly of Lower Onslow, passed away December 23, 2008, in Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Born in Belmont on April 17, 1917, he was a son of the late Lorne and Nettie (Lynds) Fleming. He later moved to Brookfield and then on to Lower Onslow where his family of Ellis, Ern, Glenn, Grace, Reg and Dorothy lived in the first house on the Fort Belcher Road. In his early years, hockey was his passion and he played the goalie position. Throughout his life, Ira was first a farmer and later worked with Maritime Marshlands in the construction of dykes. In the mid 60's, he started work for Crossley-Karastan Carpet Factory in Truro where he was employed until he retired at age 65. Keenly interested in making woodworking projects including racing cars, pine step-stools, boats and trucks, he was the Mr. Fix-it throughout the community when it came to broken wooden items. Ira was a member for many years of the combined choir under the direction of Rev. Janet Blois, a former minister in the Onslow-Belmont pastoral charge and was honored for his singing in the church choir for 79 years. He was a member of Session and elected Life Elder of the Lower Onslow United Church. Ira shared many happy moments with his dear friend, Jennie Ward of Crowes Mills. He is survived by sons, Terry (Ercelle), Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.; Maurice (Sharon), Riverview, N.B.; daughters, Janet (Gary) Hartlen, Liverpool; Brenda (David) MacMinn, Harvey, N.B.; stepson, Kenneth (Janice) MacKay, Earltown; stepdaughters, Paulette (Cecil) Salsman, Scarborough, Ont.; Beverley (Bill) Ives, Quispamsis, N.B.; brothers, Reg (Louise) Fleming, Glenn (Ella Purdy) Fleming, both of Truro; sister, Dorothy Tkaczyk, Viking, Alta.; brother-in-law, Raymond Johnson, Lower Onslow; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife, Ella (Putnam); his second wife, Emma Pearle Putnam/MacKay; son, Roderick Ira Fleming. Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 27, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with funeral service on Sunday, December 28, at 4 p.m., both in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro with Rev. Gerald Kerr officiating. Interment at a later date in Belmont Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations in his memory may be made to Lower Onslow United Church or Onslow-Belmont Fire Brigade.
DUNPHY, Ed "Eddie"
Died on Tuesday, December 23, 2008. He was the son of the late John Will and Margaret (MacPhee) Dunphy. Ed is survived by his wife, Olga (Mallowaney); sons, David (Peggy), Lawrence (Maureen); Patrick (Cheryl); seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brothers, Michael, and Father Gerald; sister, Tena (Bob) MacPhee; several nieces and nephews. Ed was predeceased by sister, Josie (Tom) and by brothers, John, Charles Ray, Alvin. There will be no visitation. A funeral mass Friday, December 26 at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph's Church.
Died Monday, December 22, 2008. A daughter of Alphonse and Winnifred (Byrne) Saccary, she is survived by children, Linda, Lorraine, Clifford, Joseph, Ann Denise, Wesley, Myles, Darlene, Wendell; grandson, Wayne; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; a great great-grandson; sisters, Annie, Beatrice, Katie, Willena; brother, Myles. Predeceased by her husband, Clifford; son, Leo, grandchildren; J.J., Brendon, Bryan; sister, Theresa; brothers, Leo, Jake. Visitation December 27, 7-9 p.m. and December 28, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home. Funeral 11 a.m. December 29, in Immaculate Conception Church.
LEONARD, Harold "Darrell"
76, Moncton, N.B., and Halifax, passed away suddenly on December 21, 2008. He had been a resident of W. LeBlanc Special Care Home in Salisubry, N.B. for several months. He was a son of the late John Harold and Marion (Wheaton) Leonard. He is survived by sisters, Jean Powley, Regina, Sask., and Lynn Partridge of Lower Sackville; brothers, Donald (Elaine) Fredericton, N.B.; Alden (Luella), Middle Sackville; six nieces and three nephews. He was predeceased by brother-in-law, Al Powley and nephews, Ricky and Steven. Darrell was an avid golfer and past member of Ashburn Golf Club. We hope that he has perfected his swing and is breaking par on a Heavenly course. He will always be fondly remembered. His remains have been entrusted to the care of Salisbury Funeral Home in New Brunswick for cremation, with funeral service to be held in Nova Scotia at a later date, followed by burial in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Lower Sackville.
MacNEIL, Catherine "Honey"
Passed away peacefully in Victoria County Memorial Hospital, Baddeck, on Tuesday, December 23, 2008. Born in Iona on June 10, 1921, to Mary (MacNeil) Ryan, Honey was raised by her grandparents Christina (MacDougall) MacNeil and Francis X. S. MacNeil. On January 7, 1942, at the age of 20, Honey enlisted in the Canadian Women's Army Corps. she was proud of the fact that she served overseas in the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. Honey retired as a Lance Corporal on May 1, 1946. She remained a valued life member of the Royal Canadian Grandona Branch 124 until the time of her death. Honey was a faithful member of St. Columba Parish, Iona, where she was church organist for 40 years. For her contribution to the parish, she was recognized with a service award on August 23, 1998. Over the years she often entertained at community events with her musical talents. She received Volunteer of the Year Award from the Municipality of Victoria County in 1996 and from NS Highland Village in 2002. Honey had an avid interest in politics and was a member and active supporter of the Liberal party all her life. Besides her mother and grandparents, Honey was predeceased by her husband, F.X. MacNeil; stepsister, Tina Campbell; stepbrother, Bobby Ryan. She is survived by her children, Sharon, Iona; F.X. (Gail), Northwest Arm, Sydney; Louise (Joey) Redden, Iona; Marquerite (Ray Souchereau), Halifax; Paul (Stacy), Iona; Pius (Gail), Coxheath. Honey is also survived by grandchildren, Matthew, Stephanie, Joel, Emily, Samera, Dayna, Justin and Jessica, all of whom she dearly loved. Other surviving members include brother, Gregory (Phyllis) MacNeil, Delta, B.C.; stepsisters, Gertie Jeffrey (Arthur), Sackville; Louise Scopeletes (Nick), Sackville; stepbrothers, Harold Ryan, Toronto; Jackie Ryan, Halifax; Francis Ryan, Truro. Visitation will be held today from 2-9 p.m. in St. Columbia Parish Centre. Funeral mass will be held Saturday, December 27 at 2 p.m. in St. Columbia parish Church, Iona, Father Paul Abbass officiating. A reception will follow in the Grandona Legion. Arrangements are in the care of MacAskill's Funeral Home, Baddeck. donations in Honey's memory can be made to St. Columba Parish Building Fund or Victoria County Memorial hospital, Baddeck.
It is with sadness that we announce the death of Marie Doucet, age 94 of Foyer Pere Fiset Guest Home, Cheticamp on December 25, 2008 in the Guest Home. Born in Cheticamp, she was a daughter of the late Lucien and Julitte (Bourgeois) Poirier. she was a member of St. Joseph's Church, St. Joseph Du Moine. She was humble, modest and always on time for every occasion. Marie was very generous to nephew Milton and Nancy, in fact Milton called her his second mother. She is survived by brother, Joseph (Jeannie) Poirier, Cheticamp; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by husband, Louis Doucet; son, Normand; brother, Pierre; sisters, Elizabeth, Henriette and Emma. visitation will be 7-9 p.m. today in Cheticamp funeral Home. Funeral mass will be 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Joseph's Church, St. Joseph Du Moine, Father Peter LeBlanc officiating. Interment in the parish cemetery. Donations may be made to Foyer Pere Fiset guest Home, Cheticamp.
HEPPER (Letcher), Christine Elizabeth
96, of Amherst, passed away on Wednesday, December 24, 2008, in Gables Lodge Amherst. Born in Springhill, she was a daughter of the late William Thomas and Carolyn Jean (Mattinson) Letcher. Christine was a graduate of Amherst Regional High School. Following her graduation she attended Teacher's College in Truro, where she received her teaching diploma. During the war years, she worked for the Bank of Nova Scotia in Amherst. She spent several years teaching in various Nova Scotia schools. Following her marriage to her husband, Emil, in 1962, Christine moved to Marysville, B.C., where she resided for 25 years returning to Nova Scotia after Emil's passing. Being an avid gardener, she took great joy in watching things grow. Fishing was one of her great loves, catching many large trout and salmon in the B.C. waters. Her many interests included knitting, needle point, stamp collecting, photography, music and crafts. Christine thoroughly enjoyed traveling, visiting many parts of Canada as well as other parts of the world. Her lodges, Eastern Star, Pythian Sisters, Rebekahs, and Nomads meant a great deal to her and she remained very active in them until the last couple of years holding various offices in all. Christine was a valued member of the "Travelers" music group for 20 years, brining joy to the many residents in the nursing homes that the group visited. She will be sadly missed by all and fondly remembered by her loving sister, Patricia Parker of Amherst; special nieces (whom she considered "just like daughters"), Carolyn (Larry) McCormick of Springhill; Melissa (John) MacDonald of Amherst; as well as several great and great, great-nieces and nephews. Christine was predeceased by her husband, Emil; sister, Dorothy in infancy, and brother-in-law, Douglas Parker. Cremation has taken place. Family and friends are invited to a time of visitation on Saturday, December 27 from 1-2 p.m., followed immediately by a funeral service in Campbell's Funeral Home, 98 Church St., Amherst, (902-667-9906) with Rev. Bruce Lloyd officiating. Family flowers only please.
PURCHASE (Gore), Evelyn Muriel
Porters Lake. It is with great sadness we say good-bye to our beloved Evelyn who passed away suddenly on December 23, 2008, with her family by her side. She will be greatly missed by her son, Russel (Gordien); grandchildren, Andrea and Christopher (Yvette); great-granddaughter and namesake, Quinn Evelyn; sister, Geraldine Swinemar and her children Janet and Lenny; as well as countless other family members and friends. She was predeceased by parents, Eloil Pyke and Annie Josephine (Pettipas) Gore; husband, Leon Francis Purchase, and brothers Maurice and Clayton Gore. Evelyn grew up in Dartmouth and had many fond memories and animated stories of her youth. She loved swimming in the Dartmouth lakes and going to dances. She and her husband and son spent three years stationed overseas in Germany. She loved the Armed Forces life and lived in many cities and towns across Canada. Evelyn and her family finally settled in East Chezzetcook where they ran the general store and gas pumps. She loved attending and helping out at many functions at the St. Genevieve's Hall, camping all over Nova Scotia and traveling in general. The community of East Chezzetcook held a very special place in her heart. After her husband's passing, she moved to Porter's Lake where she continued to make new friends and be involved in local activities. She especially enjoyed the Porter's Lake senior's club and of course bingo and card games. She lived her life as a tribute to those she loved, never had a bad word to say about anyone and passed away as peacefully as she lived her life. She loved the people in her life and always said "You can never have too many friends." Friends and family may pay respects at Rowlings Funeral Home in Musquodoboit Harbor Sunday, December 28 from 1-4 p.m. Funeral service will be in St. Genevieve's in East Chezzetcook Monday, December 29 at 10 a.m., reception to follow in the hall. Interment to be held at a later date.
SURETTE, Mary Jennette
84, Glen Haven Manor, New Glasgow, formerly of Pine Tree, passed away Wednesday, December 24, 2008, in the Manor. Born in Frasers Mountain, she was a daughter of the late John and Florence Mae (Reid) MacKinnon. She was a devoted homemaker all her life. Surviving are daughter, Florence (Ed) McKearney, MacPhersons Mills; son, Leo Charles, New Glasgow; granddaughter, Jolene McKearney, Bridgewater; grandson, Justin Surette, Guysborough. She was predeceased by her husband, Leo Joseph "Jim" Surette. The family will receive visitors 2-4 p.m. today in P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home, New Glasgow where funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel with Father Gary MacPherson officiating. Interment will follow in Woodburn Cemetery. Family flowers only.