MacPHEE, James Hector "Jim"
76, Boularderie. It is with sadness and love that we celebrate his life and death. James "Jim" passed away peacefully in Victoria County Memorial Hospital on January 13, 2009. He was a son of the late James and Jamie MacPhee of Boularderie, where he worked as a young boy on the family farm. At the age of 19, Jim moved to Halifax to attend trade school, graduating as a Heavy Duty Mechanic. He spent a number of years as foreman/mechanic in Halifax, Sydney and the Wreck Cove Power Plant. His love of the water found Jim devoting 35 years on the Bras d'Or Lakes fishing lobsters, later passing his knowledge of fishing to his two sons. He was very knowledgeable in whatever he put his hands and mind to. When he needed a house, he built it, when he needed a boat, he built it, when someone sought advice, he gave it. If it couldn't be bought, he made it. He was a great husband, father, grandfather and friend and will be missed dearly. He is survived by his wife, Sheila (Mason) of 53 years, Halifax; daughter, Deborah (late Sandy) MacKay, Baddeck; grandsons, Matthew and Gregory, Alberta; Justin, Halifax and great-granddaughter, Alexandra, Alberta; daughter, Alanna (Ernest) Carmichael, Blues Mills; grandson, E.J., Toronto, Ont.; and granddaughter, Nicole; son, Kenneth (Karen) MacPhee, Big Bras d'Or; granddaughters, Heaven and Shelby; son, Richard (Dawn) MacPhee, Boularderie; granddaughter, Emily; brother, William MacPhee, Boularderie and sister, Eileen (Donald) MacDonald, Alberta, as well as many family members. He was predeceased by his brother, Mervyn MacPhee and infant brother. At his request, cremation has taken place and no funeral or memorial will be held. Donations can be made to Baddeck Hospital or a charity of one's choice. The MacPhee family would like to thank Dr. Chow, Dr. Ritter, all the staff of the Baddeck Hospital (VCMH) and all the paramedics for their kindness and professionalism. A special thanks to paramedic Max Taylor, you truly are a "friend", you made us laugh when we needed it the most, our Dad enjoyed your presence, Thanks Max!
McNUTT, Edith Blanche
71, Valley, passed away suddenly Wednesday evening, January 14, 2009, in East Cumberland Lodge, Pugwash. Born March 13, 1937 in Bible Hill, she was a daughter of the late Aubrey and Ella (Carmichael) Hamilton. Edith was a member of Valley United Church where she was a leader of Explorers and CGIT. She worked for many years with MT&T as a switchboard operator and, after retiring from there, she went to work at Zellers in Truro as a credit manager. She loved spending time at their cottage in Five Houses and she enjoyed bowling with the ladies from Zellers, doing crossword puzzles and volunteering with the Valley School PTA. Edith is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Ronald "Ron, Ronnie"; daughter, Beth Joudrey, Truro; son, Brian, Truro; grandchildren, Denise Miller (Matthew), Craig Joudrey, Jessica Bennett, Brittany and Brooklyn McNutt; great- grandchildren, Kaleen, Claire, Jacob, Bryson and Thomas; sisters, Alena Kaulback, Sheila (John) Clark, Truro; brothers, Aubrey (Anne) Hamilton, British Columbia; Ken (Sharon) Hamilton, Dartmouth; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Roger. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young St., Truro, where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, January 17, Rev. Brian DeLong officiating. Reception will follow. If so desired, donations in Edith's memory to Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia are welcomed.
BELL, Edna Marie
71, of Timberlea, passed away suddenly on Monday, January 12, 2009, in Vogler's Cove. Born in Kapuskasing, Ont., she was a daughter of the late Albert and Aldea Delorey. She is survived by daughters, Meranda and Susan; sons, Laurie and Glen, Kamloops, B.C.; grandchildren, Michelle, Danielle, Chanell, Eliott, Jamie, Tara, and Corey. Also surviving are sister, Annette; brothers, Hector and Pat. She was predeceased by her husband, James E. Bell. Memorial service to be held 2 p.m. Saturday, January 17, in J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor St., Halifax, Rev. Tom Wood officiating. Donations may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation.
GEORGE, Jean Bennett
81, Canso, formerly of Philips Harbour, died Wednesday, January 14, 2009, in Guysborough Memorial Hospital, Guysborough. Born in Hazel Hill, she was a daughter of the late Lemuel and Rosamond (Rhynold) Bennett and adopted daughter of Aunt and Uncle Freeman and Harriet (Faulkenham) Rhynold of Philips Harbour. Jean was a homemaker for many years, and was postmistress for nine years until its closing. She was employed at the former Hazel Hill Rest Home, Canso Seafoods and Hart's Store in Canso. Jean was a member of the former Queensport Baptist Church and an adherent to the Canso and Half Island Cove Baptist Churches. She is survived by daughter, Edna (Eddie) Marr, Canso; sons, Kenneth (Leslie), Brian (Susan), both of Dartmouth; Francis (Bonnie), Dennis (Agnes), Bruce (Sharon), Eric (Elizabeth), all of Philips Harbour; Kevin (Christa), Half Island Cove, and also leaves to mourn 14 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Ruby Swaine, Canso; brother, Gerald Bennett, Canso. She was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Frank; sisters, Mabel Swaine, Ethel George, Hattie Johnson, and Dorothy Pembroke; brothers, Lawrence, Calvin, Oren, Albert, Russell and Nathan Rhynold. Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-9 p.m., today and 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday in Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Canso. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday in Canso Baptist Church with Rev. David Wheeler officiating. Burial in Evergreen Cemetery, Guysborough. Family flowers only please. Donations in memory of Jean can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Guysborough Memorial Hospital.
MILLER, Dr. J. E. Harris, CM, KStJ, CD, MDCM, QHP
Age 87 of Halifax, passed away January 14th, 2009, in Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII. Born in Halifax, he was a son of the late Henry "Harris" Miller and Mary Josephine Miller (Donahoe) (of Halifax). He attended College Street School and St. Mary's College enlisting in 1936 in the 53rd Battery. He was called to active service with the 52nd Battery on McNabs Island. He was appointed to organize the 103rd Coast artillery and take the unit to Cape Spear, the 27th LAA Battery to Tor Bay and the 56th HAA battery to Gander. Transferred overseas, he served through the Battle of the Rhineland finishing the war with the 5th Battery. After his return he attended Dalhousie University graduating in 1952 with his MDCM. Remaining active in the reserve he was transferred to the 22nd Field Ambulance reaching the rank of Colonel. He maintained busy Family Practice til 1967 when he joined staff at Camp Hill Veterans' Hospital finishing there in 1978 as Regional Medical Officer Atlantic for DVA. He was appointed deputy Minister of Health of Nova Scotia in 1978 until retirement in 1988. He was particularly proud of his medals: CM-Order of Canada, KstJ-Knight of St. John, France and Germany Star, Defense of Britain Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal, 1939-War Medal, Centennial Medal, Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee Medal, 125 Year Canada Medal, Canadian efficiency Medal, Canadian Forces Decoration, St. John Service Medal, Corps of Commissionaire Service Medal, Queens Golden Jubilee Medal, Corps of Commissionaire Distinguished Service Medal. He worked for many organizations and served on numerous boards: St. John Ambulance, Canadian Red Cross, Last Post Fund, Canadian Corps of Commissionaires, Royal United Services Institute, Defense Medical Association, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 58 (Sheet Harbour), Maritime Medical Care, Nova Scotia Army Museum, Canadian Disaster Relief Fund, and all of the local target shooting clubs. He was awarded several life memberships: Royal Canadian Legion, St. John Ambulance, War Amputations of Canada, Army Cadet League of Canada, and other honours including: Honorary Physician to the Queen, Honorary Colonel 1st Field Regiment, Canadian Red Cross Citation for Service, Honorary President Dalhousie Medical Alumni, Lieutenant Governor's Award for Conservation, Health Service Executive of the Year 1980. He was locally well-known for prowess in his hobbies of fly tying, woodworking, gardening and shooting. He is survived by his wife, Ida (van der Tuuk), and brother, John Miller; sister, Ann (Crosby); daughters, Mary (McGregor) of Edmonton; Christine (Santilli) and Karen (McGrath) of Halifax; sons, Robert Miller, John Miller of Halifax; and Tom Miller of Tampa, Fla.; grandchildren, Trudi and Andrea (Robert and Sherry); Christopher and Katie (John); Bruce, Erin and Christine (Mary); Michael, Robert, Anneke and Rieka (Christine and Vince); Scott and Mark, (Tom); Nigel, (Karen and Danny). He was predeceased by his mother and father and brothers, Robert and Kevin. Visitation will be held in J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor St., Halifax, on Sunday, January 18th, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral service will be held in Saint Thomas Aquinas Church, Oxford Street, on Monday, January 19th, at 1 p.m., Father James Mallon officiating. Cremation has already taken place and family interment will be in Veterans' Memorial Columbarium in Fairview Lawn Cemetery. Reception at Royal Artillery Officers Mess, Queen Street on Monday, the 19th of January. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any of the charities listed above.
VERGE (Crews), Donna Flossie
53, of Lower Sackville, passed away Tuesday, January 13th, 2009, in the VG Site, QEII, Palliative Care Unit. Donna was a practical, selfless and independent individual whom many people enjoyed the company of. Her passions included sewing, gardening, reading and her cat, Snookums. Donna is survived by children, Andrew, Fall River; Charles, Halifax; Chris and Kelly, Truro and Donna Marie, Toronto; siblings, Stan, George, Donald, Ken, Fred, Beth, Bill, Burton, Megan, Maud, Susanna, Margaret, Madeline, Tom, as well as numerous nephews and nieces. She was a daughter of the late Cavelle and Donald Crews. Donna was employed by Dove Traffic Products and RSI until May 2008. A Celebration of Life reception will be held Saturday, January 17, at 2 p.m. in Rock Church Chapel, 222 Sackville Dr., Lower Sackville. By request of Donna, family flowers only and in memorial donations may be made to the VG Site, QEII, Palliative Care Unit, Canadian Cancer Society or any Scholarship fund.
GILLIS, Anne Marie
49, Grand Mira South, died on Tuesday, January 13, 2009. Born in Sydney, she was a daughter of John G., Grand Mira South and the late Rose Marie Gillis. Survived by companion, Andy Ganaway; father, John; sisters, Helen, Theresa, Mary, Donna, Kimberly, Karen and Arlene; brothers, Ronnie and Steve. Predeceased by sister, Janice in infancy. Visitation in T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel Wednesday from 2-4, 7-9 p.m., funeral mass today at 2 p.m. in St. Margaret's Church, Grand Mira South. Burial in the parish cemetery. Donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or Cape Breton Kidney Foundation.
SMITH, Evan Curtis
20, Trenton, passed away Friday, January 16, 2009. Born in New Glasgow, he was a son of Georgina Elizabeth "Gina" (Andrew) Ross, Trenton and Roderick William "Roddie" Smith (Susan Kellock), Kamsack, Sask. He had attended North Nova Educational Centre, New Glasgow and Prince Andrew High School, Dartmouth. Evan enjoyed skateboarding, music, cooking and "hanging with his buds". He was a loving son, grandson, brother, uncle and friend. Surviving besides his parents are sister, Rachel Smith, Trenton; stepsister, Amy Ross, Dartmouth; brothers, Gordon Smith (Sharon Kelly), Trenton; Caleb Smith, Kamsack, Sask.; stepbrother, Andrew Bennet Ross, Edmonton, Alta.; maternal grandparents, Karen Worthen (Alan Bird), Pictou Landing; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Bert Worthen; paternal grandparents, James and Helen Smith. The family will receive visitors 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday in P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home, New Glasgow from where funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday with Rev. Dr. Glen Matheson officiating. Cremation to follow. Family flowers only. Donations may be made in his memory to the Canadian Cancer Society.
BOYD, James Garth "Garth"
65, Lower Sackville. Passed away with his loving family by his side on Saturday, January 17, 2009 in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII. Born in Windsor, he was a son of the late Arthur and Ruth (Cox) Boyd. Garth was a longtime member of the Sackville Lions Club, in 2008 he received the Melvin Jones Fellow Award. He was an active member of the Nova Scotia Clysdale Club and a committee member of the Maritime Fall Fair. Garth was active in the Daffodil Fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society. Garth enjoyed his summers with his wife Donna fishing and camping at South Mountain Recreational Park. Surviving are his loving wife of 41 years Donna (Publicover) Boyd; sons, Stephen, Dartmouth; Christopher, Truro; brothers, Paul (Sylvia), Sackville, N.B.; Larry (Elaine), Kentville; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sister, Rosita Brown; and brother-in-law, Charlie Brown. Cremation has taken place. The family will receive visitors 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, January 20, with a memorial service to be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 21, both in Atlantic Funeral Home, 125 Sackville Dr., Lower Sackville. Reception will follow in the Sackville Lions Den. Private family interment to take place in Oakridge Memory Gardens. Family flowers only. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Cobequid Multi Service Centre.