TOOKE, Arthur Ronald "Ron"
93, of Bedford, slipped away peacefully at home with his family by his side on January 10, 2009. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. He was predeceased by his wife, Florence in 2007. He was a veteran of the Second World War, serving with the Royal Canadian Navy. He is survived by his daughter, Heather (Gus) Ginter, New Minas; son, Ron (Judy) Tooke, Bedford; grandchildren, Robert Tooke, Mount Uniacke; Tracey (Shane) MacDonald, Brooklyn and Heidi (Cory) Rafuse, Dartmouth. Cremation has taken place. Interment at a later date. Family service only.
COOKE, Kenneth Neil
52, born and raised in Halifax, died at home early Monday morning, January 12, 2009. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Teresa and his children, Angela (Sean) Eggenhuizen, Susan (Trevor), David (Stephanie) and Kathy Cooke, all of Sackville. He was proud to be Papa to grandchildren, Jarod, Cassidy and Hope. He is also survived by sisters, Mary Cooke and Liz (Lou) Wagner and brothers, George (Mona) MacAdam, Bridgewater and Frankie Cooke. He was predeceased by his parents, Lillian Marie (MacAdam) and Francis Cooke. Ken was retired after 29 years with Canada Post. Many thanks to Dr. Legary, Dr. Paletz, Dr. Newcomb, VON and Homecare for their continued support over the past three years. Visitation will be held 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, January 14, in Atlantic Funeral Home, 125 Sackville Dr., Lower Sackville. Mass of Christian Burial will take place in St. John Vianney Roman Catholic Church on Thursday, January 15, at 10 a.m., reception to follow in the church hall. Burial will take place at a later date. Ken's desire was for everyone to wear blue jeans to the visitation and funeral if possible. Donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.
STONE, James Percy
Known to many as Perry, he died peacefully January 10, 2009, in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII. Born into the large family of William E. Stone and Mary A. (Fahie), he attended St. Mary's Elementary and St. Pat's High School. His love of family and people meant that he was always ready for a good card game or get-togethers, big or small, and could always bring a smile to ones face with his antics and sense of humor. He participated in most sports including football, baseball, hockey (goalie) and boxing in his early years, changing later to softball, darts, golf and bowling. He was a past member of Brightwood Golf and Country Club and managed, coached and was a league player in bowling for 60 years, being active until the end of the summer league 2008. Free time found him doing genealogical research of the Stone family or working on his substantial sport card collection. Among professional athletes he met were two of his all time favorites, Bobby Orr and Jack Nicklaus. Perry retired from Canada Post (Armdale Branch) in 1992 and loved having the extra time to pursue his interests. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Norma (Burke); son, Kevin (Theresa), (Debra); grandchildren, James (Maryanne) and Allison; his little buddy, great-grandson, Matthew; sisters, Marie, Betty and Aileen; brothers, Frank and Kent (Marie); many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents he was predeceased by sisters, Anne Bourgeois, Agnes Clarke, Isabel McCarthy, Muriel Flinn, Jean, and a brother and sister in infancy; brothers, Dick, Bill and half-brother, Earl Stone. Cremation has taken place under the direction of J.A. Snow funeral Home, Halifax. No visitation as per Perry's wishes. A funeral mass will take place at 4 p.m. on Thursday, January 15, in St. Brendan's Chapel, CFB Halifax, Padre Jean-Francois Petitpas officiating (Stadacona-Gottingen Street entrance). Burial at a later date. Family flowers only. Donations to a charity of one's choice.
SCHOFIELD, Rex William
93, of New Minas, Kings Co., passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 14, 2009, in Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Born in Starrs Point, Kings Co., he was a son of the late Arch and Eva (Corkum) Schofield of White Rock and was one of 10 children. He was educated as an electrician in 1938 and served during the Second World War with the Royal Canadian Navy from 1939 to 1945. He participated primarily in the Battle of the Atlantic and sonar defense of Halifax. In 1942 he married Pearl Margarite Lantz of Pleasantville, and they shared 66 wonderful years together. Following the war, they moved to New Minas and raised their family. In 1956 they began Rex's Electric of New Minas which continues to this day by their eldest son, Arch. He was an active member of his community and the New Minas Baptist Church. In addition to serving on numerous boards and committees of the church, Rex chaired the 1968 building project on the present Ultramar property, and served on the 1984-85 building committee that initiated moving and constructing a new building at the present location. He was a founding member of the New Minas Fire Department and a member of Gideon's International, Kings Branch. Rex was a respected businessman, a community leader, a faithful servant of Jesus Christ and a loving husband, father and grandfather. He has now graduated to be with his Lord. He is survived by his wife, Pearl; children, Sharon (Peter) Merriam of Dartmouth; Deedra (Derek) Critch of Sussex, N.B.; R. Archibald (Janet) of Canaan; Douglas (Kathleen) of Kentville; brothers, Robert, Greenwich and Fay Black River; sisters, Edith Keill, St. John's, N.L. and Alberta MacLellan, Moncton, N.B.; grandchildren, Deborah Merriam (Michael Peckham), Joanne Merriam (Alan Slone), Matthew Critch, Brooke Chiasson, Iain (Megan) Chiasson, Andrew (Andrea) Schofield, Nicholas (Aoife) Schofield, Paula Schofield, Mark Schofield, Scott Schofield (Elizabeth Jackson), James (Connie) Schofield and Julia Schofield; nine great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by daughter, Carol Lee Schofield; sisters, Vilda Burchall and Evelyn Hall; brothers, Ronald, Earl and Dean. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. today in White Family Funeral Home, Kentville. The funeral service followed by a reception will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, February 17, in New Minas Baptist Church, Rev. Dr. Robert Knowles officiating. Burial will take place at a later date in Elm Grove Cemetery, Steam Mill, Kings Co. Family flowers only by request. Donations in memory may be made to New Minas Baptist Church - Building Fund, Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, Gideon Bibles or to a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to White Family Funeral Home, Kentville.
HILL, Randy Paul
51, Hilltown, passed away at home January 10, 2009. Born in Hilltown, he was a son of the late Eldon "Den" and Stella (Brittain) Hill. Randy loved hunting, fishing and camping. He enjoyed listening to bluegrass music. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; stepsons, Kyle and Billy, at home; one granddaughter; brother, Elroy (Lois) Hill, Alberta; sisters, Lois Cromwell, Hilltown; Linda, New Brunswick; Gail (Ralph) Melanson, Plympton; Penny (Jiva) Petrovici, Halifax; several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Layton; sister, Judy in infancy. Visitation 7-9 p.m. Thursday in Jayne's Funeral Home, Weymouth North. Funeral service 2 p.m. Friday in Havelock Wesleyan Church. Interment in Riverside Cemetery.
94, Halifax, passed away peacefully in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII on January 11, 2009. Born in Whitney Pier, April 25, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Florence (Foster) and William Clifford. She resided most of her life in Little Bras d'Or where she was involved with the community and was a devoted member of St. Andrew's United Church. She retired from Cape Breton Development Corporation in 1979 and for the past three years she resided in Parkland Estates, Halifax. She is survived by her son, Matthew in Dartmouth, her daughter, Florence (Don) Miller, Halifax; grandchildren, Shelley Graham, Douglas Todd, Dartmouth; Ross Miller, Florida and Jeff Miller, Truro; great-grandchildren, Nick Graham, Allison and Matt Todd, Dartmouth; sister, Ann Marie (Peggy) Carey, Little Bras d'Or; sister-in-law, Gen Clifford, Sydney, and numerous nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her husband, Matt in 1941; sisters, Florence King and Dolly Muggah; brothers, Dr. Vincent, Bill, Harry, Ernie and Les. Cremtion has taken place under the direction of Fillmore & Whitman Funeral Home, Sydney Mines. Weather permitting, a memorial service will be held Saturday, January 24, in St. Andrew's United Chruch, Little Bras d'Or, officiated by Mrs. Norma Mills. A visitation will be held in Port Wallis United Church, 263 Waverly Rd., Dartmouth, on Sunday, January 18, from 2-4 p.m. Special thanks to Dr. Connidis and the very caring staff at 8.4 ofthe Halifax Infirmary, QEII. In lieu of flowers, memorials maybe made to a charity of choice.
VASSALLO, Joseph Stanley
Sydney Forks, 59, died on January 11, 2009. Born in Sydney, he was a son of Isobel Vassallo, and the late Lawrence Vassallo. Survived by daughters, Kelly, Courtney; son, Daniel; grandchildren; sisters, Catherine Tucker, Marlene Ginter, Rose, June Delosh, Laurie Binns; brothers, Terry, Todd, Rick; many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brother, Stanley. Cremation has taken place. Donations to Canadian Diabetes Association or charity of one's choice. Visitation at 10 a.m., memorial service at 11 a.m. Thursday January 15, in S. W. Chant & Son Funeral Home Chapel, Sydney. Interment at a later date.
LeRUE, Ronald Angus "René"
75, L'Ardoise, passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 14, 2009, in Strait-Richmond Hospital, Evanston. Born in L'Ardoise, he was a son of the late Elias and Tina (Grant) LeRue. A quiet and gentle individual, René remained close to home his entire life and was happiest when feeding his pets, especially his close friend, "Hunter". He is survived by sisters, Mary (Peter) Poirier, Burton, N.B.; Rose (LeRue) Sampson, L'Ardoise; brother, Gordon (Shirley), L'Ardoise; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers, Jackie, Herbie and Lester. Visitation for the late René LeRue will be today and Friday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in L'Ardoise Parish Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m., Saturday, January 17, in Holy Guardian Angels Church, Rev. Barrett Clare-Johnson officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. Memorial donations would be greatly appreciated to "Dorothy's Pets in Need" to assist their great work in caring for animals. Funeral under the direction of Alex A. Morrison Funeral Home, St. Peters.
USHER, Stephen Michael
Born November 14, 1955, in Halifax, he passed away December 29, 2008, in Chilliwack Cascade Hospice and Lodge. He is survived by his loving wife, Lynn; daughters, Sheri, (Brandon), Billie Jean; mother-in-law, Jean Meldrum; grandchildren, Taylor, Keegan, Brody, and Logan; sister, Judy; brothers, Wade, Donnie, Noel, Todd, Joel, Dean, Mark. He was predeceased by a brother in infancy; also, his aunts, Shirley Surgent, Pat Usher; uncle, Sonny "Jim" (Lynn) Usher. Special thanks to Dr. Klassen, Dr. Bull, the nursing staff and volunteers at Chilliwack Cascade Hospice and Lodge. Memorial service to be held in The Salvation Army Church, 46420 Brooks Ave., Chilliwack, B.C. on January 17, at 11 a.m. Donations to The Salvation Army are greatly appreciated in lieu of flowers.
SCOTT, Norma Marie
Halifax, died January 13, 2009, at home after a brief battle with cancer. Born in Baddeck, she was the beloved daughter of the late Norman and Marion (MacDonald) MacKillop. Norma spent her early career as a teacher, which she gave up to become a full time homemaker. The game of bridge was the great love of her life besides her family. Some of her happiest times were around a bridge table, bowling, spending time in Baddeck or getting into some kind of devilment. Norma's summers were not complete without her pilgrimage to Baddeck, where she rejuvenated her island spirit. She leaves behind her husband, Norman; daughter, Wendy (Bill Stewart), Liverpool; son, Tim (Susan), Truro; grandchildren, Scott and Erin Stewart; Laura and Emily Scott; mother-in-law, Marguerite, Halifax; sister, Betty (Donnell Beaton), Baddeck/Bedford; brother, Dr. Jim (Barbara) MacKillop, Sydney; as well as many in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins. Cremation has taken place. Norma did not wish a last visit, but bids you all good-bye. Memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Friday in Atlantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayer's Rd., Halifax. Reception to follow. Private family interment in Oakridge Memory Gardens, Lower Sackville. Donations in memory may be made to Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.