MARRYATT, Evelyn H.
78, Melville Lodge, Halifax, passed away on January 16, 2009 after a long and courageous battle with ALS. Born in Halifax on April 7, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Florence (Nightingale) Drysdale, Halifax, and the late Joseph Chamberlain, Bathurst, N.B. She was a member of the United Church. She also belonged to Topps. Evelyn enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed baking, cooking, having family for Sunday dinners, playing cards, gardening, doing puzzles, and was an avid fan of Coronation Street. She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Thomas (Roy), Williamswood; sons, Allan (Anne), Spryfield; Christopher (Shirley), Lower Sackville; and Norman, West Pennant. She is also survived by grandchildren, Derek, Amy, Christopher, Tara, Kariann, James, and Michael; great-grandchildren, Eric, Victoria, Josh, and Darcy Grace; as well as her sister and best friend, Eileen Marriott (Clifford); sisters, Violet Dort (Raymond), and Margaret Drysdale; brothers, Bill Drysdale and Gordon Drysdale; as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Roy B. Marryatt (1993). She was also predeceased by sister, Doreen Taylor; brothers, Jackie Drysdale and James Drysdale. The family would like to thank all those who helped Evelyn during her struggles with ALS, especially the Red Cross homecare workers, the dedicated caregivers at Melville Lodge, Dr. Jack Graham, Dr. Ian Grant, Dr. David Anderson, Dr. Turki Alameet, and the staff of 8.1 and 8.2 of the Halifax Infirmary, QEII. We would also like to thank all those who visited and spent time brightening her days. Resting in JA Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd., 149 Herring Cove Rd., Halifax, NS (477.5601), where visitation will be held on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday from 12-1:45 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel, with Rev. Ellen Wilson officiating. Interment will take place in St. James' Cemetery, Sambro. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ALS Society of Nova Scotia.
COLLINS (Hanley), Dawn Elizabeth
59, Bridgewater, entered the arms of the Lord on January 16, 2009, as she passed away peacefully surrounded by the love and prayers of family and friends. Born in Dawson Memorial Hospital in Bridgewater, Dawn was a daughter of the late Harold Chesley and Dorothy Louise (Smith) Hanley. Dawn was well-known as a caring and empathetic woman who always had a hug, smile, or prayer for those in need. Her love of family was only exceeded by her love of God and her savior, Jesus Christ. Over the years, Dawn was known for her musical talent which was evident in her performances in the Bridgewater Hospital Chorus, the Bridgewater Baptist Church Choir, and as a local soloist. She loved working with the public, and spent the last 15 years employed with many wonderful and caring people at Shopper's Drug Mart. Dawn was also a community and church leader as demonstrated by her involvement as a Sunday school teacher, a member of the Board of Deacons, a Director of Daily Vacation Bible School, and a leader in Shut-In Visitation and the Encouragers Bible Study Group. Most recently, Dawn was working toward becoming a Lay Pastor and was only one semester short of completing this calling. Dawn was a faithful servant of the Lord and a witness for Christ, and passed away with the comfort and knowledge that the Lord would receive her. She is survived by her devoted husband of 39 years, John (William); her sons, Matthew James (Kathy) and Adam Michael (Teresa), Bridgewater; her sister, Joanne Louise (Bob) Olive, New Minas; grandchildren, Paige, Bailey, Ryleigh, Tyler, Zayne, and baby-to-be; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by infant brother, James Albert, and her older brother, Richard Brian "Bunnie" Hanley (of Bridgewater). Visitation will be held 7-9 p.m. Tuesday in Bridgewater Baptist Church, King Street and where service will be held 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Rev. Eric Campbell and Rev. Sarah Scott officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Shopper's Drug Mart "Tree of Life" or Bridgewater Baptist Church.
BURKE, Donald Joseph
70, Dartmouth. It is with great sadness that the family of Donald Joseph Burke, announce his passing in the Dartmouth General Hospital on January 17, 2009. Born in Halifax, Don was the son of the late Leo J. and Ellen "Nell" (Godwin) Burke. Having fought alongside and supported his wife during her lengthy illness and recent passing, then courageously faced his own struggle with cancer, Donald is now at peace and resting with his Lord God. Don attended College Street School, St. Francis School, St. Pat's High School, as well as Saint Mary's University, all of Halifax. He was a well respected professional in the automotive and service business for much of his life, during which time he cultivated an avid interest in cars and could be called on for his expertise in both the automotive and business worlds. Don was a keen and knowledgeable outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing, and playing golf. A loving and devoted father, Don was happiest at family gatherings and celebrations, especially Christmas, which he would always say was his favourite time of year. His grandchildren will never forget his enthusiasm for spending time with them, whether it was indulging them in "just one more card game, Granddad", making them laugh with his witty quips or giving advice to his teenage grandson on safe and responsible driving. Donald will forever be lovingly remembered by his two children; daughter, Susan (Benoit) Thibodeau, Montreal, Que.; and son, Rivers (Monique) Corbett, Fredericton, N.B.; and by his brother Darrell (Mary), Dartmouth; and sister, Janet (Fred), Halifax. He is also survived by five grandchildren whom he loved greatly and they him; Jeremy, Ashley, Jesse, Jamie, and Hailey; as well as many nieces and nephews. Don was predeceased by his wife the former Margot Patricia Teed. The family would like to thank friends and neighbors for love, caring, and support offered over a very difficult last few years. Friends and family may pay their respects in Donald K. Walker Funeral Directors, 307 Prince Albert Rd., Dartmouth (469-5601) on Tuesday, January 20, from 7-9 p.m. A funeral service celebrating Don's life will be held in Canadian Martyrs Church, Inglis Street, Halifax at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 21. Burial to follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lower Sackville. Donations in memory of Don may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or The Douglas Institute. www.canadahelps.org/DonationDetails.aspx.
MOONEY (Harding), Barbara Ann
May 21, 1936. Beloved mother, doting grandmother, respected sister, and loyal friend. Barb passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her children early on Sunday morning, January 18, 2009. A carefree childhood on Cape Forchu created a kind soul who was quick to laugh in the company of friends. Throughout her life, Barb maintained the infinite patience of a saint despite the antics of her family. Barb always displayed a calm spirit and quiet good humour, and was selfless in her constant, gentle encouragement of her children. While she tolerated the many intrusions of having a busy politician and businessman as a husband, she preferred quiet time at home with several good books. She was most happy spending summers at camp with family where she kept binoculars close at hand to hopefully catch a glimpse of a nuthatch, wood pewee, or maybe the yellow-throated flicker. She had the opportunity to travel the world with her husband Fraser, but still found the most joy sitting by the lake in Canaan. She kept busy with bowling, bridge, and bird-watching, but squeezed in time to be active with the Catholic Women's League, and the Yarmouth Hospital Women's Auxiliary. She rarely missed an episode of the Price is Right or Wheel of Fortune, and looked forward to the annual Pig Out Weekend with old friends. Never one to boast of her talent on the lanes, as far as family and friends are concerned, Barb always bowled a perfect game. Barb was predeceased by husband Fraser; parents, Grace and Jim Harding, and son-in-law Tim Brannen. Barb leaves behind her adoring children, Philip (Darlene), Allison Nickerson (Wayne), Elaine Mahar (Eric), Leone Melanson (Paul), Marilyn Webster (David), and Fraser Jr. (Melanie). She is also survived by her sister, Geraldine; and brother Larri. She was very proud of her grandchildren, Erin Mahar, Casidhe, and Bridget Nickerson, Benjamin and Zachary Melanson, Jaymee and Barbara Webster, Lydia and Madeline Mooney, and Janice MacDonald. Special thanks goes to Dr. Michelle Cain, Dr. Umesh Prabhu, Dr. Ches Wyman, the wonderful staff of the Yarmouth Regional Hospital, and the staff of Treasured Memories Home Care, including Rhonda, Joanne, Grace, Michelle, Eleanor and Vivian. Thanks to Father John MacPherson, Father Leo Maillet, Deacon Stephen Bourque, and all pastoral care volunteers, the CWL, the Knights of Columbus and staff of Huskilson's Funeral Home. And, of course, thank you to all of Mom's loyal friends who called, visited, prayed, and sent food and best wishes. Mom was blessed to have so many caring friends. Visitation will be Monday, January 19, from 7-9 p.m. in Huskilson's Funeral Home, Yarmouth, with prayers at 8 o'clock. Funeral mass will be held Tuesday, January 20 at 11 a.m. in Saint Ambrose Cathedral. Donations may be made to the Villa Saint Joseph-Du-Lac Foundation.
McKAY, Georgena Antoinette
77, Stellarton. Gena passed away suddenly on January 17, at her home in Stellarton. Born February 24, 1931 at her family home on Foord Street, Gena was a proud lifelong resident of the Stellarton neighborhood called The Red Row. Gena was a first generation Canadian. Her father, William Bellick, was born in Ukraine and emigrated to Canada on his own at the age of seventeen. Her mother, Rose Kowalski, was born in Poland and came to Canada as a child with her extended family. In her youth, Gena was a crack softball player, known especially for being a strong hitter. She went to work at an early age, first in the laundry of the old Aberdeen Hospital, then continuing the same job when the new hospital was built. Gena took an active role in her union, and was Secretary Treasurer of CUPE local 741. Gena was a great fan of old-school country music, especially Kitty Wells, Patsy Cline, and Hank Williams, and although she was out of her teenage years by the time of Hank Williams' death on New Year's day in 1953, she was one of the legions of young women across North America who cried real tears at her heartthrob's passing. The popularization of the musical compact disc enabled Gena to build a small library of her favourite old country crooners, and she was able, right to the day she died, to irritate her husband by cranking the Hank Williams late into the night. Gena had an active social life, and looked forward to her daily coffee with friends at McDonalds on the East River Road. Gena lived for her family, and for well over a half-century, she was a paragon of wifely and motherly devotion. Her children, her grandchildren, and her great-grandchildren, always came first. Her husband came a close second, and she always thought of herself last, if at all. She leaves behind a family that sorely grieves her death. She is survived by husband Leo McKay, daughter Rosemary; sons, Leo Jr. and Alan; sisters, Mary Davidson and Tosha MacMillan; brother, Billy Bellick; grandchildren Angela Power, Julie Power, D.A. Power, Joel Hughes McKay, Mairi Hughes McKay, Laura Hughes McKay, Isaac Dimock, Solomon McKay; great-grandchildren Josh Engel, Kaitlyn Engel, Megan Engel, Ethan Fraser, Olivia Power; husbands, wives, significant in-laws, Amanda Power, Kevin Fraser, Kevin Engel, Melissa Dimock, Kathy Hughes, Len Parent. Special in her heart were the staff and friends at McDonalds, and her long-time hairdresser, Barb Young at the Beauty Barn. Good-bye, Gena. Good-bye, Mum. Good-bye, Grammie. Visitation with family is Tuesday, January 20 from 7-9 p.m. in HC MacQuarrie Funeral Home , Stellarton. Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. from Our Lady of Lourdes Church with Father Peter MacDonald officiating. Reception to follow Mass at the Sister Catherine Steele Centre. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Atlantic Division.
Died February 8, 2009. He was a son of Yvonne (LeForte) and the late Clayton Boutilier. Surviving are his wife, Shelley (Heffernan) Boutilier; daughter, Deborah; sons, David (Jessica), Shawn (Nadine), Kyle (Aimee), Emerson (Rachel); brothers, Clayton (Shirley), Rick (Shirley); sister, Marlene (Robbie) MacEachern; mother and father-in-law, Victoria Gaetan and Emerson Heffernan. Predeceased by his first wife, Deborah Anne. Cremation has taken place. Visitation Thursday, 2-4, 7-9 p.m. in V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home. Funeral service will take place February 13, at 11 a.m. in Calvin United Church. A luncheon will follow.
CAMERON, George Winston
54, Chance Harbour, passed away Sunday, January 18, 2009 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow, surrounded by his family. Born in New Glasgow, he was a son of the late Bruce and Alice (Fraser) Cameron. He had been employed at Trenton Works, Sandblasting Department for a number of years. He was a member of First United Church, Trenton. George enjoyed hunting, fishing, working on cars, and being surrounded by family and friends. Surviving are daughters, Donna Cameron, Amanda (Steven) MacKaracher, Trenton; sons, Winston Cameron (Lisa), Calgary, Alta.; Kristopher Cameron, Chance Harbour; granddaughters, Brittany Cameron, and Machayla Davison; fiancÚ, Janie MacKenzie, Landsdowne; sisters, Helen (Donnie) Murray, Sandra (Ed) MacMillan, Trenton; Priscilla "Diddy" (Russell) Phalen, Springhill; brothers, Duncan Cameron, Trenton; Art Cameron, Walter Cameron (Phyllis), Chance Harbour; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday in P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home, New Glasgow. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday in First United Church, Trenton, with Rev. Debra Orton officiating. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery. Donations may be made in his memory to the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Unit.
McISAAC (Conway), Bridget Marie
It is with utmost sadness that we announce the death of Bridget Marie McIsaac, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, in the VG Site, QEII, on January 16, 2009, after a brief illness. Marie was born in Little Dover, Guysborough Co., on August 7, 1927. She was the youngest daughter of the late Edmund and Bridget (Horne) Conway. At an early age, Marie moved to Halifax and attended St. Patrick's Girls School. She graduated from St. Patrick's Girls School, and also from St. Patrick's Girls Business School. She was employed for several years with Maritime Warehousing & Co. of Halifax. She met her love and soul mate Charles McIsaac, whom she married in 1953. They spent 55 and a half years together. From that union there were nine children, two of whom predeceased her, namely sons, Donald at an early age and Paul in 2007. Surviving are Barry (Judy), Kevin (Lori), Gary (Paula), Patrick (Christine), Douglas (Dale), Christopher (Melissa) and one daughter, Linda (Kevin) Smith. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Krista Lee, Katylin, Robin, Gerry, Logan, Ryan, Spencer and Maddison. She is also survived by sisters, Mary McCarthy, Halifax; and Eileen Gillis, Antigonish. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by sister, Elva Fogarty; daughter-in-law, Linda and brothers, Clyde and James Conway. Marie was a devout member of St. Stephen's Catholic Church where she worked tirelessly for many years as a member of the Catholic Women's League, a member of the church choir and an Eucharistic minister. Visitation was held in Atlantic Funeral Home, 6559 Bayer's Rd., Halifax, from 7-9 p.m. Saturday and 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Sunday. Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Stephen's Church at 10 a.m. today, with a reception to follow. Private burial to follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Rest in peace dear Marie. We all love you. We will miss you and never forget you.
LeBLANC, Erven Joseph
Age 66, of St. Bernard, passed away January 17, 2009, in Yarmouth Regional Hospital. Born in St. Bernard, he was a son of the late Louis and Marie (Gaudet) LeBlanc. Surviving are his wife, Ethel LeBlanc; children, Bruce LeBlanc, Edmonton, Alta.; Joanne LeBlanc (Steven), St. Bernard; Stewart LeBlanc, Edmonton, Alta.; grandchildren, Trevor, Devin; brother, Leonard (Betty) LeBlanc, St. Bernard; sister, Rosaline LeBlanc, St. Bernard. He was predeceased by brother, Dennis. Visitation 7-9 p.m. today and 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Tuesday in Meteghan Funeral Home. Funeral 2 p.m. Wednesday in St. Bernard Church, Rev. Albeni d'Entremont officiating. Interment in the parish cemetery. Donations may be made to Victorian Order of Nurses, Tri County Branch.