ROBAR, Dorothy May
85, of Milton, Queens Co., passed away January 16, 2009, in Harbour View Haven, Lunenburg, Lunenburg Co. Born in Milton, she was a daughter of the late Oliver and Winnie (Wamboldt) McCoombs. Dorothy worked a number of years as a grocery clerk at Payzant's Store in Milton. She enjoyed knitting and Sewing. She is survived by daughter, Betty (Bligh) Woodworth, of Abbotsford, B.C.; sons, John Robar, of Brooklyn; George (Adrianne) McCoombs, of Mississauga, Ont.; Vincent (Opal) McCoombs, of Mill Village; grandchildren, Michael, Melissa, Tanya, David, Derek, Amy, Sarah; great-grandchildren, Mickaela, Gabrielle, Joshua, Bryana and Jayden. She was predeceased by her husband, Samuel; sisters, Inez, Margaret, Cora, Mildred; brother, Eugene. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, January 20, at 2 p.m., from Chandlers' Funeral Home, Liverpool, Rev. Judy Cross officiating. Burial will be in Milton Community Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to Harbour View Haven, 25 Blockhouse Rd., Lunenburg, NS B0J 2C0.
ROSE, Jean Barbara "Barb"
74, of Upper Canard, Kings Co., passed away Friday, January 16, 2009, in Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Born in East Chester, Lunenburg Co., she was a daughter of the late George and Grace (Walker) Rafuse. Jean was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. She had been employed with dietary and food services at the former Blanchard Fraser Memorial Hospital, Kentville and also taught ceramics from her home. She enjoyed round dancing, square dancing and country music. She also enjoyed camping and family get-togethers. She is survived by daughters, Debbie Blenus and Sally (Jim) Rose-Minard, both of Canning; brother, Robert "Bob" (Janice "Jenny") Rafuse, East Chester; sister, Donna Anthony, Edmonton, Alta.; grandchildren, Jennifer, Jamie, Cheryl, Heather, Brandon and Nicholas; great-grandchildren, Iain and Breagh; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, George; sister, Joyce; grandson, Emmett. Cremation has taken place under the direction of White Family Funeral Home, Kentville and there will be no visitation, by family request. The funeral service, followed by a reception, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 23, in White Family Funeral Home, Kentville, Rev. David Taylor officiating. Burial will take place at a later date in Canard Burial Ground, Upper Canard. Family flowers only, by request. Donations in memory may be made to Valley Regional Hospital Foundation. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to White Family Funeral Home, Kentville.
BARRETT, William Henry
71, passed away in the VG Site, QEII, on January 14, 2009. Born in Halifax to Charles and Elsie Barrett Henry served in the armed forces for three years and worked as a Commissionaire for 27 years. He is survived by wife, Brenda (Cameron); sister, Mary Casmey, Newfoundland; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by son, Matthew; brothers, Joseph and Peter. Cremation has taken place.
BENJAMIN, Brian Arthur "Bud"
62, Pugwash, passed away Saturday, January 17, 2009, at home. Born in Pugwash, he was a son of Helen Benjamin, Pugwash, and the late Frank Ellsworth Benjamin. He had worked as a carman with the CNR prior to working at the Canadian Salt Co., for 36 years. In 1982 he graduated from the University of Cape Breton with his Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic's Certificate. Brian was a good carpenter and welder and was always willing to help his friends and neighbours. He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed the outdoors and especially loved spending summers at the cottage with his daughters and grandchildren. Surviving are his mother, Helen Benjamin, Pugwash; wife, Brenda Charleen (Mitchell) Benjamin; daughters, Candace Ann Benjamin, Pugwash; Jennifer April (Chris) Mills, Cornwall, P.E.I.; Nancy Jean (Mark) Stairs, Fredericton, N.B.; grandchildren, Nathanael, Paige, Nicholas, Ben, and Noah; sisters, Beverly Ann (Ross) Goodwin, Alhambra, Alta.; Deborah Jean (Larry) Burke, Berwick; Susan Lynn Benjamin, Saint John, N.B. Visitation will be held Monday, January 19, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with the funeral service at 3 p.m. Tuesday, all in Mundle's Funeral Home, 204 Water St., Pugwash (243-2506), with Pastor David Young officiating. Burial in the Palmerston Cemetery, Pugwash. Family flowers only. Donations in memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the charity of one's choice.
MacLELLAN, Allan F.
80, Sydney. It is with great sadness that the family of Allan Francis MacLellan of Sydney, announce his death at the C.B. Regional Hospital on Saturday, January 17, 2009. Allan was the son of the late Ronald and Margaret (MacNeil) MacLellan of Sydney Mines. Allan worked in retail for a number of years with Zellers and K-Mart in Halifax, Dartmouth, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton and Toronto. He later worked with the Federal Government, as an employment councillor, retiring in 1987. He was a proud veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy having served in Korea aboard HMCS Nootka. Allan was a proud member of the C.B. Naval Veterans Association, and was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No. 12 in Sydney. Some of his many interests were wood crafts, (for which he was well- known); stamp collecting, gardening and road trips with his wife Mary. He and Mary belonged to the Highland Capers Modern Square Dance Club, and the Celtic Round Dancers for a number of years where they made lifelong friends. Allan will be especially remembered for his love and devotion to his family and his wonderful sense of humour. He was always able to bring a smile to the faces of others. He is survived by his beloved wife Mary (Walsh), his constant companion for almost 50 years; sons, Robert (Susan) of Halifax; Darren of Sydney; his daughter, Kimberly of Sydney; and two beloved grandchildren whom he adored, Connor and Nikki of Halifax. Also surviving are his sisters, Rita (Gaza) Soltesz of Halifax; Cathy Pederson of Millville; Toni (Dan) Prince of Sydney; and Sr. Alma of Port Felix; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers, Ronald, Angus, John and Paul; sisters, Eldine MacLennan and Ann Marie in infancy. A special thank you to Dr. Liam Orrell and Dr. D. Brake and the staff of the ICU Department of the CB Regional Hospital for the care he received. Visitation for Allan will take place on Tuesday, January 20 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. Funeral mass will be held Wednesday 10 a.m. from St. Joseph Church, North Sydney, with Rev. Jim Attwood officiating. Cremation to follow. Interment in Lakeside Cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Members of the C.B. Naval Veterans Association will conduct a service at the funeral home on Tuesday at 2 p.m.
PERKS (MacDonald), Joan Margaret Mary
74, of Dartmouth, passed away January 16, 2009, in the VG Site, QEII, Halifax. Born in Halifax, she was the daughter of Norah MacDonald. She is survived by her husband, Ramsay Stewart Perks; daughters, Donna Doiron, Sackville; Pamela Eisener, Waverley; Joanne Perks, Dartmouth; sons-in-law, Leonard Doiron, Randy Eisener and Ernie Thomas; grandchildren, Shaina and Bria Doiron; Rachel and Michael Eisener; sister, Betty Ann Deal, Hants County; brother, Ronald MacDonald, Ottawa, Ont. Joan passed away suddenly after a brief and brave fight with cancer. She will be lovingly remembered for her unending devotion to her family. A private funeral service for immediate family members only will be held in Camp Hill Cemetery, Halifax. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to any environmental or children's initiatives.
BRANNEN, John Alexander "Bucky"
27, Stoney Island, Shelburne Co., died January 17, 2009 at Glen Road, Pictou Co. Born in Shelburne, he was the son of Harold and Rose (Latham) Brannen. Bucky enjoyed his three wheeler, gas powered remote cars, hunting and fishing, and playing hockey and softball. His smile, quick wit and big heart, touched everyone and will always be loved and remembered by his family and countless amount of friends. Besides his parents, he is survived by sister, Elizabeth, at home; paternal grandparents, Lowell and Florence (Nickerson) Brannen, Stoney Island; maternal grandmother, Gertrude Latham, Sable River; maternal great-grandmother, Annie Barnes, Sable River; a large family consisting of many aunts, uncles and cousins; and special friends, Taneah Symonds and Coral Perry. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. today in the H. Huskilson's Funeral Home, Barrington. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday in H. Huskilson's Memorial Chapel, Barrington, Rev. Robie Atkinson and Pastor David Ingalls officiating. Family flowers only please. Memorial donations may be made to the Barrington Ground Search and Rescue.
DeGAUST, Patrick "Paddy"
64, Glace Bay, passed away January 17, 2009 . Born in Glace Bay, Paddy was the son of the late John and Angelena DeGaust. Survived by his stepmom, Mary; by his partner and soulmate, Barbara; sister, Gloria; stepdaughter, Wendi and their daughter, Haleigh; stepsisters, Mary, Georgina, Kathleen, Darlene; nephews, John, Brian, Ronald, Dean, Colin, Ryan; stepniece, Rebecca; grandnieces, Vanessa, Nichole, Angelena; grandnephew, Carlin. Predeceased by his sister, Joan. Visitation will be Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in Curry's Funeral Home. Funeral Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.
MOSSMAN, Vernon Frederick
90, formerly of Back Centre, passed away Saturday, January 17, 2009, in Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII. Born in First South on October 24, 1918, he was a son of the late Lemuel and Margaret (Himmelman) Mossman. Vernon served with the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. Over the years, he sailed with the Department of Transport, worked as a barber in Riverport, sailed on fishing boats out of Lunenburg and later retired from National Sea Products. Vernon was the last surviving member of his immediate family. He is survived by nieces, nephews and cousins. Vernon was predeceased by his wife, Isabel; brothers, Olen and Haliburton; sisters, Minerva (James Creaser) and infant sister, Marion. At his request, his remains have been donated to Dalhousie Medical Science. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Dana L. Sweeny Funeral Home, 11213 Hwy. No. 3, Lunenburg, where a service to celebrate Vernon's life will be held Thursday at 2 p.m., Rev. Vivian Moores officiating. Interment will be in Harbour View Cemetery, Lower Rose Bay, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Harbour View Cemetery or to any other charity.
GAUDET, Marie Jeanette
92, Cheticamp, passed away January 17, 2009, in Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. Born in Cheticamp, she was a daughter of the late Henri Aucoin and Calista "Nini" (Deveau) Aucoin. She was a member of St. Peter's Church, Cheticamp. Marie Jeanette was the owner and operator of the Lighthouse Gift Shop in Cheticamp for 22 years. She was a member of Senior Citizen's Club and also a member of the Ladies of Ste. Anne Society. Surviving are sons, Rene (Marie) Gaudet, Jean Paul (Claudette) Gaudet, Yvon (Pauline) Gaudet, all of Belle Marche; daughters, Adrienne (Wilfred) Deveaux, Geraldine (Wilfred) Bourgeois, Bibiana (Curtis) Gaudet, all of Belle Marche; grandchildren, Fidele Deveaux, Calista (Ron) Roach, Cheticamp; Bruno (Lise) Gaudet, Cheticamp; Lynn (Wesley) Basker, Fredericton, N.B.; William Gaudet, Cheticamp; Ida Bourgeois, Cheticamp; Josette (Kyle) Frizzle, Antigonish; Vince (Young Wha) Bourgeois, South Korea; Mona (Albert) Poirier, Cheticamp; Guy Gaudet, Dieppe, N.B.; Nicole (Paul) Shaw, New Glasgow; Sam Shaw, Cheticamp; Anita (Daniel) MacDonald, Cheticamp; Nancy (Desche) Sparboom, Ontario; Karen (Troy) Gaudet, Halifax; 16 great-grandchildren; three great great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins of birth family. She was predeceased by husband, Joseph C. Gaudet; stepsister, Marguerite Marie Maillet. Visitation 2-4, 7-9 p.m. today in Cheticamp Funeral Home. Funeral mass 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Peter's Church, Cheticamp, Father Peter LeBlanc officiating. Interment in the parish cemetery. Donations may be made to Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp.