MARTIN, Frances Emily
75, of Middle Sackville passed away on January 10, 2009, in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII with her loving family at her side. Born in Sheet Harbour she was the daughter of the late William E. and Greta Hartling. Frances was a loving mother to sons, Burt, Donald (Debbie), Stephen (Marie) and daughter Caroline, all of Sackville. She is also survived by her nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and stepbrother, Charles. Frances was predeceased by her loving husband, Goldie Burns "Bun" Martin; grandson, Brian; sisters Ruth and Margaret; brother, David, a brother and sister in infancy and stepfather, Gordon. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held in Atlantic Funeral Home, 125 Sackville Drive on Tuesday, January 13 at 1 p.m. Burial to follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.
WOODS, Desmond "Des" Gerard, Surgeon Commander RCN (Retired), MD, CM, FRCP(C)
85, passed away January 8, 2009, in Halifax. Born in Athenry, Co. Galway, Ireland, he was the son of the late Francis and Bridget (Coffey) Woods. Des attended secondary school at St. Enda's College, Galway and later received his medical degree from National University of Ireland, Galway. Upon completion of his Medical Internship in 1948 at Central Hospital, Galway Des was recruited by the Newfoundland hospital system. With a one year contract for $60 per month plus keep, he set off for St John's, Newfoundland with the world at his feet. He plied his trade at St. John's Hospital and later St. Mary's Bay, travelling to various out ports where frequently he was given freshly caught fish in appreciation for his service. It has been said those fish often remained in the trunk of his prized 1948 Chevy well past their "best before" date. When Newfoundland elected to join Canada in 1949, Des was granted landed immigrant status and promptly enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as a Surgeon-Lieutenant. He loaded his Chevy on the train, then ferry and headed for Halifax where upon his arrival he learned he'd been posted to Esquimalt, B.C. With the Trans-Canada highway still but a dream in 1949, Des believed he may have been one of the first people to drive coast to coast across Canada, arriving in Victoria nine days after his departure from Halifax. During his first posting to Esquimalt (1949-1955) Des served a year aboard HMCS Nootka in Korea and after his return was promoted to Lieutenant Commander Surgeon in 1954. He began his residency in Radiology in 1955 at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal and received his Certification in Diagnostic Radiology in 1961. Des was granted his Canadian citizenship in 1956 and spent 25 years proudly serving his adopted country. He accepted postings in Montreal, Halifax, Edmonton and Victoria before finally settling in Halifax in 1967 and retiring from his position as Surgeon Commander, Chief of Radiology, Canadian Forces Hospital, Halifax, in 1974. Des was never content to remain intellectually idle, often reading four or five books per week and attacking every crossword puzzle at his disposal. He always maintained a variety of "moonlighting" activities from assisting in the study of the effects of deep sea diving at the Deep Sea Diving School, Washington, D.C.; and providing radiology services to various Annapolis Valley hospitals (CFB Greenwood, Berwick, Soldiers Memorial in Middleton, Annapolis General and Digby General); to educating as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology at Dalhousie University, Halifax. Upon his retirement from the RCN in 1974, Des accepted the position of Chief of Radiology for the Digby General and Annapolis General Hospitals where he remained until his retirement from all medical practice in 1987. Des travelled throughout Canada and many parts of the world but he cherished most his trips to Ireland and England to visit his immediate family and their offspring. Des is survived by his wife of 55 years, Hilma (Worthylake) and their daughter, Sheilagh (Darvill) Hamshaw, Halifax; sons, Brian (Diane) and grandsons, Taylor and Alexandre, Halifax; Drs. Eric (Terry) and grandson, Trevor and granddaughter, Nicki, Yarmouth; and Kevin (Margaret) and step-granddaughter, Bailey, Halifax. Des is also survived by his brother, James, Dublin, Ireland and family and nieces and nephews from his late brothers, Frank and Patrick and his late sister, Peggy (Mrs. Matt Corcoran). His family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to Drs. Wayne Sullivan, Joseph Nassar and Helmut Hollenhurst, the VON and other staff at the QEII Health Sciences Centre. Cremation has taken place and a memorial mass will be held on Wednesday, January 14, 2009, at 10 a.m. in St. Benedict Parish (Our Lady of Perpetual Help), Bedford Highway. Des' ashes will be placed in the Nova Scotia Veterans Columbarium, Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax, for eternity. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Des' name to the Palliative Care Unit, c/o QEII, VG Site, 7A Centennial Bldg. or St. Benedict Parish, Halifax.
SILVER, Harold Elmer
85, Bridgewater, passed away peacefully on January 8, 2009, in the Veteran's Unit of the Fishermen's Memorial Hospital, Lunenburg. Born in Bridgewater on February 24, 1923, he was the eldest son of the late Elbert (1964) and Marion (1999, Mullock) Silver of Bridgewater. Harold signed up for the army on February 23, 1943 and served overseas. He was a welder and mechanic by trade and worked at the dockyards in Halifax after being discharged by the army, before entering the family business, "Silver's Garage" alongside his brother, Karl and father, Elbert. They successfully worked, managed, grew, expanded and eventually owned the business, each with over 50 years of service. Harold retired in 2005. Nicknamed for many years by his close friends as "Happy", he always loved a good hearty laugh or joke. The neighborhood was never safe. Harold was a hard worker, a determined man, always with a purpose. He was a lifelong member of the Micmac Rod and Gun Club as well as the Royal Canadian Branch 24, Bridgewater and St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Bridgewater. He was a lover of the outdoors, an avid hunter, fisherman, gardener and traveler. Harold was always willing to help out or lend a hand. A very special thank you from the family to his longtime caregivers, especially to Bev Weaver, who was constantly there for him with genuine care and concern over the past15 years. Harold is survived by his four children, Gail (Neil), Vancouver; Kenny (Susan), Bridgewater; Ed, Denver, Colorado; Nancy (Don), Vancouver; two grandchildren, Stephanie (14) and Luke (12) Silver of Bridgewater. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Lucille (Cook) (1988) and his brother and lifetime business partner, Karl (2000). Visitation will be held Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. with a public legion tribute service being held at 7 p.m. in Sweeny's Funeral Home, Bridgewater and from where funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Rev. Willis Ott officiating. Burial will be in the Brookside Cemetery, Bridgewater. Family flowers only. Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, Canadian Cancer Society or the charity of your choice.
SMITH, Marilyn Carol
66, Wileville, Lunenburg Co., passed away January 10, 2009, in South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater. Born in Wileville she was a daughter of the late William and Elva (Aulenback) Zinck. She is survived by husband, Leone; son, John Zinck, Wileville; daughter, Danielle Smith Hynes (Dennis), Hebbville; granddaughters, Savannah and Brooke Hynes; numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by brothers, Cyril, Earl and Harold; sister, Doris. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. Memorial service 2 p.m. Wednesday in R. A. Corkum Funeral Home, Wileville. Rev. Willis Ott officiating. Burial in Newcombville Cemetery. Flowers will be accepted. Memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or the Canadian Diabetes Association.
CHISHOLM (Boyle), M. Kathleen "Kaye",
of Linwood, Antigonish Co., passed away on January 11, 2009, at the age of 95, in Green Meadows Community Residence for Seniors, North Grant, after a short illness. Born in Antigonish, she was a daughter of the late William John and Mary Elizabeth (Connors) Boyle. Kathleen taught school in several Antigonish County schools. Following her retirement, she became very involved as a community volunteer. She enjoyed her hobbies of oil painting and traveling, but most of all, she enjoyed time spent with her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her seven children, Hugh (Patricia), Burlington, Ont.; Bill (Colleen), Toronto, Ont.; Ambrose (Frances), Linwood; Mary (Desmond) O'Neill, Lower Sackville; Frances Dove, Victoria, B.C.; Sheilah Foster, Berlin, Germany; Bernice (Brian) Gray, Winnipeg; 22 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Helen Boyle, Bayfield; Doris Boyle, Amherst. She was predeceased by her husband, William; sister, Marcella; brothers, Connor, Jim and Ambrose. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in St. Paul's Center, Havre Boucher. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in St. Paul's Church, Havre Boucher with Rev. Allan MacPhie presiding. Burial will take place in the spring. The family would like to thank the wonderful and caring staff of Green Meadows. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
TURNER, Dorothy Aileen
83, Moser River, passed away Saturday, January 10, 2009, in Duncan MacMillan Nursing Home, Sheet Harbour. Born August 19, 1925, in Port Dufferin, she was a daughter of the late Irvin and Mary (Westhaver) Fralick. Dorothy worked as a cook with Tide Water Construction for a number of years. She was a loving mother and grandmother, also taking great care with other children. She enjoyed playing the guitar and performed locally. She was a member of Eastern Star Maple Leaf Chapter No. 23 and a member of Moser River Baptist Church. Survived by her husband of 59 years, Edgar; sons, David (Roger West), Hawaii; Donald (Debbie), Stellarton; Gary (Lyall Borden), Ottawa; Rob (Rhonda), Valley; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister, Agnes Fralick, Port Dufferin; brother, Rennie, Port Dufferin; Donnie (Doreen), Sheet Harbour. Predeceased by sister, Betty Boutilier; brothers, Eddie, John, Guy, Sterling, Earl, Roy, Gerald, and George. Visitation today 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in D.S. Crowell & Son Funeral Home, 22558 Highway No. 7, Sheet Harbour. Funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Tuesday, January 13, in Moser River Independent Baptist Church, Pastor Wayne Dingle officiating. Burial to follow in Riverside Cemetery, Moser River. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, or Duncan MacMillian Nursing Home. A special thank you to Dr. Don MacDonald, nurses and staff of Duncan MacMillian Nursing Home for their kindness.
McINTYRE, Angus W.
67, Dominion, passed away on January 9, 2009. Born in Dominion to the late Dan and Catherine (MacIsaac) McIntyre. Angus leaves to mourn his wife and best friend Gerry (McKinnon), his twin daughters, Kathy and Karen McIntyre (Ken Shipley); brothers, Donnie and Bernie and their families of Boston, Mass. Neil and his family of Winnipeg, Man.; along with many in-laws, nieces and nephews. There will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place. A mass will be held in St. Eugene Parish Thursday 11 a.m. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to Palliative Care or charity of choice
DeCOSTE, Ernest Francis
99, St. Peter's, formerly of West Arichat, passed away peacefully on January 10, 2009, in Richmond Villa in St. Peter's. Born in West Arichat on September 16, 1909, he was a son of the late Alfred and Sophie (Mury) DeCoste. He was a farmer and worked at various fish plants and sold turnips and milk door to door. He sat on the Board of Directors of the Co-op in West Arichat for over 40 years. He is survived by his wife, the former Emma Mury of West Arichat, and their children, Lorraine Landry (Carl), Quebec; Merina Babin (Howard), West Arichat; Agnes Power (Richard), Mulgrave; Clothilda Bourget (Hans), Abbotford, B.C.; Alexander DeCoste (Edith), West Arichat; Bernard DeCoste, Glace Bay; Donalda Breen (Seward), Frankville; Dennis DeCoste (Ann), West Arichat; Emelia DeCoste (Serge), Quebec; 23 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sons, Napoleon and Duncan DeCoste; brothers, Gustave, Albert; sisters, Eva, Mae, Priscilla, Aline and Jeanette, in infancy. Visitation will take place today from 2-9 p.m. in C.H. Boudreau Funeral Home in Arichat. Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate the life of Ernest will take place on Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, in West Arichat with Rev. Angus MacDougall officiating. Spring burial will take place in Immaculate Conception Parish Cemetery, West Arichat. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Richmond Villa Activity Fund or to the charity of one's choice. A special thanks to all the staff of the Richmond Villa Nursing Home in St. Peter's for the great care that Ernest received during his stay there.
CORMIER, Margaret E.
71, Digby, passed away January 9, 2009, in Digby General Hospital. Born in Digby, she was a daughter of the late John and Edith (Welton) Gidney. She was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No. 20, Digby. She took an active part in the Digby Seniors Games. Surviving are her children, Cindy Cormier, Montague, P.E.I.; Cathie MacMillan, Eldon, P.E.I.; Candace Cormier, Montague, P.E.I., John Cormier, Fredericton, N.B.; sister, Frances (Charlie) Morton, Centreville; grandchildren, Tawnya, Tiffany, Lucas MacMillan, Corey and Jacob Cormier. She was predeceased by her husband, Gerard Cormier. Visitation today 6-9 p.m. with a Royal Canadian Legion service at 6 p.m. in Jayne's Funeral Home, 7 Birch St., Digby, where funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Father Keith Billard will officiate. Interment at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
DeMONT, Kevin Murray
52, Dartmouth, died January 9, 2009, in the VG Site, QEII in Halifax. Born in Longueuil, Que., he was a son of the late Randolph and Grace (Clarke) DeMont. He was a professional taxi driver with Bob's & Blue Bell Taxi for 30 years. He was also an avid wresting fan. He is survived by his sister, Lynn DeMont, Dartmouth as well as many aunts and uncles. He was predeceased by brother, David St. Claire DeMont. Memorial service 11 a.m. Thursday in Dartmouth Funeral Home, 29 Queen St., Rev. Patricia Malin officiating. In lieu of flowers, a donation to any charity would be appreciated.
EMBREE, George A.
Died on Friday, January 9, 2009. Born in Amherst, he was a son of the late Clarence and Ethel Embree. Survived by sons, George (Michelle) and Willie (Tabatha); daughters, Elizabeth (Lloyd) and Rhonda (Jason) Bennett, all of Springhill; 10 grandchildren and ex-wife, Rowena (Arthur) Allen, Springhill. He was predeceased by granddaughter, Tiffany Embree. Visitation Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in Furlong Jones Funeral Home, Church St., Amherst (667-8777), where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 14 at 11 a.m., Rev. Steve Longmoore officiating. Burial in the Baxter Cemetery.
Lower Sackville, Halifax Co., passed away very peacefully with family by his side, Friday, January 9, 2009, in Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in Drummondville Que., he was a son of the late Patrick and Rena Myers. Frank began a 25 year army career with the Canadian Forces in the mid 1950's with postings in Halifax, Washington, Gagetown, Ottawa, Greenwood and peacekeeping duties in the Middle East. After retiring from the Military, Frank began driving Tractor Trailers for Bolands IGA which he enjoyed very much. Frank was a devoted, loving husband and father, a strong and proud man. He was a very generous man and would not hesitate to lend a hand if he could. Frank enjoyed woodworking, a good game of golf and especially, a good joke. He will be lovingly remembered and never forgotten by family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Joyce (Lorette); sons, Stephen and Anthony, both of Ontario; daughters, Denise (Kidson) and Michele (Higgins); and eight grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother, Clet and sister, Pat (Vinet), both of Quebec. Cremation has taken place. Funeral service and reception will be held Tuesday, January 13 at 2 p.m. in Saint Elizabeth Seton Church, Metropolitan Drive, Lower Sackville. Burial will be at a later date. The Myers family wish to express their sincere thanks to the nursing staff of 3rd floor Palliative Care Unit of the Dartmouth General Hospital, Palliative Home Care and the VON for their kindness and professionalism during this most difficult time. Donations may be made to your charity of choice in Frank's memory.