ARMSTRONG (MacDonald), Helen Elizabeth "Betsy"
Died January 13, 2009, in Dartmouth General Hospital. Born May 14, 1948, in New Glasgow, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Jean (Gass) MacDonald. She was educated in New Glasgow, at Mount Allison University and at Dalhousie University where she received her degree in Library Science. Betsy worked as a librarian in Woodstock and Fredericton, N.B. for five years, and in the Nova Scotia Provincial Library for 27 years. During this time period she built up a number of good work relationships and friendships which she greatly cherished. Many thanks to the nursing staff on 3 East at Dartmouth General for the fine nursing care given to Betsy. Betsy is survived by her husband, Bob; children, Bruce and Heather, and by her brother, Ian and his wife Anne. There will be visitation on Friday, January 16, from 7-9 p.m. in A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home, 217 Portland St. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 17, at 1:30 p.m. in St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, School Street, Dartmouth, with Rev. P.A. "Sandy" McDonald officiating. There will be a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may by made to Feed Nova Scotia, Canadian Cancer Society, or to a charity of choice.
DOUCETTE, Edmund Thomas
Westville. Edmund Thomas Doucette, age 60, of North Main Street, Westville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 13, 2009, in Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born September 9, 1948, in New Glasgow, he was the son of the late Edmund and Catherine (Cyr) Doucette. Ed was well known in Pictou County as a school principal. He started his teaching career at New Glasgow Junior High School, where he also acted as vice principal. His first position as principal was at the A.G. Baillie and West Side Schools, New Glasgow. He later served as Principal of West Pictou District High School, before finishing his career at Walter Duggan Consolidated and Victoria Middle School, Westville. In his career, and throughout his life, Ed showed strong leadership skills. He was past president of the Pictou County School Administrators Association, past president of Pictou County Minor Hockey Association, and a former Coordinator of Religious Education at the Church of the Holy Name, Westville. A talented athlete, Ed enjoyed playing hockey, baseball, curling, and in his later years, was an avid golfer, holding a membership at the Abercrombie Golf Club. He continued his involvement in athletics, coaching hockey in both the Westville and Pictou County Minor Hockey Associations, baseball in the Kinsmen Minor Baseball Program, and softball in the Stellarton and Area Girls Minor Softball Program. Ed will be dearly missed by his loving wife of over 35 years, Janet (Eagles); daughter, Beth, Westville; sons, Eddie (Jenn), Edmonton, Alta.; Rob (Lori), Victoria, B.C. He is also survived by brothers, Fred, Westville, Bob (Sharon), Fredericton, N.B.; Michael (Carol), Inuvik, N.W.T.; sisters, Dorothy Doucette, Lorraine Cyr (Raymond), Sylvia Eagles (David), Carolyn Cameron (Dana), all of Westville; nephew, Kevin Doucette, Halifax; father-in-law, Osborne Eagles; brother-in-law, Art Eagles (Bonny), as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by sister, Helen Doucette; sister-in-law, Ann Doucette; mother-in-law, Wilma Eagles, and sister-in-law, Joyce Eagles. Visitation will be held in Eagles Funeral Home, Westville today from 7-9 p.m. and Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. His funeral service will be held in Church of the Holy Name, Westville, on Saturday at 11 a.m. with Father Ray Huntley as celebrant. Interment will be in the Auburn Cemetery, Westville. Over the past nine years, Ed showed tremendous determination and perseverance in his battle with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, through his two bone marrow transplants, and most recently, with Acute Leukemia. Throughout these ordeals, both Ed and his family became aware of the preciousness and importance of blood transfusions, and request that you consider becoming a blood donor or registering as a bone marrow donor.
TROKE, Gordon Cleveland
83, Sydney. It is with deep sadness that we, the family, announce the passing of Gordon Troke on January 12, 2009, in Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, Halifax. Gordon was born in Louisbourg, Cape Breton. He spoke of fond memories of his time spent with family and friends in Kennington Cove. Gordon was the son of the late Willard and Mildred (Kelly) Troke. He was member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 12, Sydney and a member of the Cape Breton Naval Veteran's Association. Gordon served in the Merchant Navy during the Second World War and the Korean Conflict. He retired from the Canadian Coast Guard in 1985 as a Senior Engineer. Gordon is survived by his wife of 17 years, Isabelle (Ferguson) Troke and sister, Patsy (Frank) Green, Sydney; sons, Jim (Cindy), Big Bras d'Or; Donald, Sydney; stepchildren, Vivian, Valerie (Bill), Raymond (Lorraine), Ross (Anna), MaryAnn (Tom), and Hazel (Terry); 10 stepgrandchildren and two step great-grandchildren. Gordon was predeceased by his first wife, Cynthia (Williams) Troke. A heartfelt thank you to Dr. Wayne MacLeod and the staff of V6 East, Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building for their constant care and genuine concern for Gordon during the last 16 months. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice. Visitation will take place Friday January 16, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in S.W. Chant & Son Funeral Home, 564 Alexandra St., Sydney. The afternoon visitation will begin with a Naval Veteran service at 2 p.m., the evening visitation will begin with a Legion service at 7 p.m. Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, January 17, in S.W. Chant & Son Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Fred Rhymes officiating. Interment to follow in St. Marks Cemetery, Coxheath.
BISHOP (Reid), Jean Vallis
October 31, 1919-January 7, 2009. Our lovely wife, mother and grandmother passed away peacefully in Extendicare Cedars Villa in the presence of her husband, Art Bishop and daughters, Nancy Smith and Sally Haggis. Jean is also survived by her sons-in-law, Wayne Smith and Adrian Haggis, and her grandchildren, Conrad, Sterling, Reid, and Ella. Jean was born in St. John, N.B., to Harry and Helen Reid, however, the family moved to Windsor, where she grew up. Harry was a photographer and Jean became a favourite subject, dressing up in costumes for the camera. She loved to skate and dance as a girl and attended Windsor Academy, then later graduated from Acadia University in Wolfville, with a B.A. and a B.Ed. Following graduation she taught school in Carlton, Hantsport and Halifax. Jean married Arthur Bishop in 1948 and moved west in 1951 to Edmonton, eventually settling in Calgary. She continued teaching as a substitute teacher until Nancy and Sally were born. She was a conscientious and loving mother, keeping her daughters busy with activities and opportunities to try new things. Jean was active in and held executive positions with Riverview United Church Women, the Oil Wives Club of Calgary and later with the Women's Canadian Club. She enjoyed curling, bowling, fitness, bridge and traveling, especially to London, England. Jean and Art flew many trans-continental trips to the Caribbean in Art's light airplanes with Jean as co-pilot and navigator. She was a real lady with a love of fashion who always looked great whether in casual clothes or ready for a night out. Her sweet and gentle nature and kind thoughtfulness will be missed. Good-bye Grammie we love you. Funeral services will be held at McInnis & Holloway's Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, Alta.) on Friday, January 16, 2009, at 2 p.m. Forward condolences through: www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to The Alzheimer Society of Calgary, Suite 201, 222 - 58th Avenue S.W., Calgary, Alta T2H 2S3. Telephone (403)290-0110: www.alzheimercalgary.com. A heartfelt thank-you to Leeann and staff of the Poplar Unit of Cedars Villa for their care and compassion for Jean during her stay there. In living memory of Jean Bishop, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes Park Memorial Chapel, 5008Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, Alta. T2S 2L5 Telephone 1-800-661-1599.
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 of Bayfield. 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.
CULHANE (Hurdle), Arlene Elizabeth
May 19, 1948 - December 21, 2008. The death occurred December 21, 2008, of Arlene Culhane in Calgary, Alta., after a long and courageous battle with lung cancer. She was a treasured and beloved daughter of mother, Cecilia Cochrane, Fall River, and father, James Hurdle, Calgary, Alta. Arlene is survived by sons, Trevor and Lonne, Calgary, Alta; daughter, Chelsea (Michael Alecksich); grandchildren, Makayla and Marshall, Pennsylvania, U.S.A; sister, Beverly (Brian Monahan); niece, Ashley and nephew, Jared Sussex, New Brunswick. Arlene was born and educated in Halifax and had many relatives and associates that will be saddened and mourn her passing. Cremation has taken place. Memorial tributes may be made directly to Chinook Hospice Care, 126 Glenmore Trail S.W. Calgary, Alta. T2v 4Y8. In living memory of Arlene Culhane, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park, Alberta, on September 20, 2009.
HOLMAN, Carol Joy
67, Halifax, passed away December 30, 2008, in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII. Born in Halifax, she was a daughter of the late Daniel and Eva (Patterson) Stewart. Carol was a devoted wife and loving mother. She spent her life doing the job she loved the most, taking care of her home and family. She also enjoyed her plants and outdoor gardening. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Carol is survived by Frank, her husband of 46 years; daughter, Shelly (Tim) Smith, Chester; sons, Kevin and Robbie, Halifax; sisters, Gloria (Albert) Julian and Barbara (Greg) Bancroft, both of Halifax; brother, Daniel (Gloria) Stewart, Lower Sackville, and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her son, Frankie. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, January 17, at 2 p.m. in Donald K. Walker Funeral Directors, 469-5601, 307 Prince Albert Rd., Dartmouth.
CODNER, Laura Jane
94, Dartmouth, passed away, January 7, 2009, at home. Born in Torbay, N.L., she was a daughter of the late George and Elsie (Cook) Eustace. She was a loving wife and devoted mother and grandmother, also a loyal friend and Blue Jay fan. Surviving are daughters, Ann White (Late David), Patricia Codner (Harrison Mills), Nine Mile River; Jude (Fred) Radunsky, St. Catharines; son, Derek, Dartmouth; sisters, Esther, Edna, Ruth; brothers, Roland, Charles, Frank; grandchildren, Kathleen, Robin, Susan White, Carey Nichols Morris (Blain); great- grandchildren, Judith, Rebecca, Finley Morris, Zackary Holmes. She was predeceased by loving husband, Eugene Augustus; brothers, Tom, Jack, Will, Jim, Ed, and Calvin; also six children in infancy. A memorial service will be held January 16, 2009, 11 a.m. in Church of the Holy Spirit, Rev. Edwin Ebsary officiating. No flowers by request donations to the Church of the Holy Spirit Roof Fund. A special thank you to the staff of Northwood Home Care, Home Instead Senior Care and Fred Eustace for enabling mom to stay at home.
MARRYATT, Roy Arthur
Country Harbour, passed away on January 16, 2009, in Salt Springs, with his wife at his side. He was a son of the late Arthur and Clara (Taylor) Marryatt. Roy loved off roading and he was an avid hunter, fisherman. He loved to welcome people into his home and was renowned for his hospitality, storytelling and exquisite wild cuisine. Roy was active in the Country Harbour gun club and loved to be involved with community activities. Roy was born in Halifax, and attended Halifax Vocational School where he graduated as a plumber/pipefitter. He was a proud member of Local 56 United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters. He retired from Esso Refinery in Eastern Passage and he continued to work in his field beyond his retirement. He is survived by his wife, Donna (Lynds); sons, Christopher, Alberta; and Stephen (Nicole Fiske) Marryatt, Lower Sackville; and their mother, Shirley Marryatt, Eastern Passage; stepchildren, Matthew (Melissa), Alissa (Chris), Sarah (Patrick); brothers, Claude (Denise), California; Harold (Pat), Halifax; Paul (Betty), British Columbia; and sister, Debbie (Philip) Halifax; grandchildren, Justin, Alberta; Jenna, Ryan, Meagan Marryatt, Larry's River, Guysborough Co. Roy is also survived by nieces, Heather (Mike) Hoyt, Halifax; Lisa (Russ) Bingelli, California; nephews, Jason (Katrina) Marryatt, Washington; Grant Mitchell, Halifax; and several great nieces and nephews. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff and Dr. Farrell at the Aberdeen Palliative Care Unit along with the Victorian Order Of Nurses who all provided exceptional caring support. The family will receive visitors from 2 p.m. until the time of service at 3 p.m. on Tuesday in H.W. Angus Funeral Home, New Glasgow with Rev. Charles MacPherson officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Donations may be made to the Aberdeen Palliative Care Society or the Pictou County Victorian Order Of Nurses.
FRANCKS-SLAUGHTER, Bentley Clay
Passed away tragically in Oakville, on Tuesday, December 23, 2008, at the young age of five years. He was a loving son of Kim and Don. Dearest grandson and friend of Lorene Slaughter. Bentley will be sadly missed and always remembered by many relatives, all his playmates, and by those whose lives he touched. Friends may call at Turner & Porter "Neweduk" Chapel, 1981 Dundas St. W., (1 block east of Erin Mills Pkwy.) from 4 - 8 p.m. on Friday, January 16. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Saturday, January 17, at 11 a.m. Interment in Glen Oaks Memorial Gardens, Oakville. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Pediatric Ward at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital.