YATES, Sharon Lorraine
Died December 16, 2008. She was a daughter of the late John and Rosaline (Currie) Burgess. She is survived by husband, Edward; daughters, Carinna, Sharon, Maxine and April; sons, Danny, and Wade; sisters, Doreen, Ann, Helen, Marjorie; brothers, Richard, Roy, Danny, Jack; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Predeceased by brothers, Stanley, George; sisters, Barbara, Hope, Dolly; stepfather, Michael Currie. There will be a private visitation for family only with cremation to follow. Burial at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Patten Funeral Home, 71 Union St., Glace Bay, 849-7520.
HIGGINS, Russell Ervin Sr.
79, Upper Musquodoboit, passed away peacefully on January 20, 2009, at home. Born in Higginsville, he was a son of the late John Harold and Nora (Miller) Higgins. He had worked in carpentry, woods and mill work and was well-known for his crafting of axe handles. Surviving are his wife, the former Esther Fleming; sons, Russell Jr. (Mary), Raymond, Mark, all of Upper Musquodoboit; daughters, Elizabeth (Orrie) Logan, Lantz; Maxine (Wayne) Dean, Middle Musquodoboit; Cindy (Wayne Graham), Burnside; 10 grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; four step great-grandchildren; brothers, Neil, Wesley (Eleanor), both of British Columbia; Terry (Kate), Harrietsfield; Howard (Ann), Halifax; Bill (Nancy), Ontario; sisters, Gertrude (Bob) Aucoin, Alice (Alan) Baker, both of Lower Sackville; Judy (Sonny) Brown, Harrietsfield; Nina (Jim) Thornhill, Newfoundland; Linda, British Columbia; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by grandson, Corporal Thomas Hamilton; brothers, Leonard, Mark; sister, Madeline. Visitation will be Saturday 6-8 p.m. and funeral service will be Sunday at 3 p.m. both in St. James United Church, Upper Musquodoboit, Rev. Gary Burrill officiating. Burial to follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to Musquodoboit Valley Health Foundation-Hospital, or a charity of choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit.
HIGGINS, Russell Ervin Sr.
79, Upper Musquodoboit, passed away peacefully on January 20, 2009, at home. Born in Higginsville, he was a son of the late John Harold and Nora (Miller) Higgins. He had worked in carpentry, woods and mill work and was well-known for his crafting of axe handles. Surviving are his wife, the former Esther Fleming; sons, Russell Jr. (Mary), Raymond, Mark, all of Upper Musquodoboit; Scott (Tamy), Robert (Patricia), both of Truro; daughters, Elizabeth (Orrie) Logan, Lantz; Maxine (Wayne) Dean, Middle Musquodoboit; Cindy (Wayne Graham), Burnside; 10 grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; four step great-grandchildren; brothers, Neil, Wesley (Eleanor), both of British Columbia; Terry (Kate), Harrietsfield; Howard (Ann), Halifax; Bill (Nancy), Ontario; sisters, Gertrude (Bob) Aucoin, Alice (Alan) Baker, both of Lower Sackville; Judy (Sonny) Brown, Harrietsfield; Nina (Jim) Thornhill, Newfoundland; Linda, British Columbia; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by grandson, Corporal Thomas Hamilton; brothers, Leonard, Mark; sister, Madeline. Visitation will be Saturday 6-8 p.m. and funeral service will be Sunday at 3 p.m. both in St. James United Church, Upper Musquodoboit, Rev. Gary Burrill officiating. Burial to follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to Musquodoboit Valley Health Foundation-Hospital, or a charity of choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit.
WENTZELL, Beverly Richard Jason
46, Branch LaHave, Luneburg Co., passed away January 9, 2009, in Calgary, Alta. He was a son of the late Jason and Dorothy Wentzell (Lohnes) (Branch LaHave). He was employed by Alberta Job Corp. as a painter. He is survived by children, Deidre, Justine, Kyle, Erica, and Ryan; five grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; also survived by his sisters, Linda (Ernest) Wentzell of Upper Branch; Lillian (Ivan) Spicer, Hebbs Cross; Laverne (David) Joudrey, Riverport; brother, Darryl, Calgary; and five other siblings. He was predeceased by brothers, Sterling and Ralph. Funeral to be held in Calgary today at 2 p.m. Cremation to take place in Alberta and burial at a later date in Branch LaHave.
KIRK, Flora Ann "Florence"
92, of Marsh Road, Antigonish Co., passed away on January 22, 2009, in St. Martha's Regional Hospital, Antigonish. Born in Antigonish, she was a daughter of the late Alexander and Jessie (Stewart) MacMillan. Florence was supervisor of the laundry department of St. Martha's Hospital for many years and later worked in the food service department of Beacon Hill Lodge in Ontario. Following her retirement in 2002, she returned to Antigonish and lived with her daughter, Lillian. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends and playing cards. She is survived by daughters, Jessie (Bill) Detweiler, Ontario; Lillian (Les) Veno, Antigonish; Bertha (Mike) MacDonald, Antigonish; Shirley, Ontario; sons, Billy, Antigonish; Jimmy (Mary Ellen), Toronto, Ont.; Johnnie (Betty), Tennessee; Adam (Bev), Marion Bridge, Cape Breton; 17 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, one great great-grandchild; sisters, Mae Farrell, Sault Ste Marie; Ruthie Wallace, Antigonish; Effie Glenn, Pomquet, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Adam Huntley Kirk; sons, Bobby and Henry; daughters, Jennie and Lena. Visitation will be in C.L. Curry Funeral Home, 135 College St., Antigonish, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held in St. James United Church, Antigonish, on Wednesday at 2 p.m., with Rev. Peter Smith presiding. Burial in St. James/St. Paul Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations in memory may be made to St. Martha's Regional Hospital Foundation.
McGOWAN-SMITH (Sangster), Madeline
90, of Martin St., Antigonish, passed away Friday, January 23, 2009, in St. Martha's Regional Hospital. Born in Great Village she was a daughter of the late Edward Blair and Catharine (Hunt) Johnston. Maddie received her early education in Great Village schools with high marks. She enrolled in Provincial Normal College in 1938. Upon her graduation with a Class A license in 1938 and at the urging of Dr. L.A. DeWolf of the college she agreed to a posting to a school in Upper New Harbour, Guysborough Co., from there she taught in various schools as teacher and principal. In the meantime she studied at St. F.X. University earning her degrees. She also taught methods of teaching at Dalhousie University. Maddie was appointed supervisor of schools for Antigonish and Guysborough counties. Later she moved to the Department of Adult Education. Maddie was appointed the Queens Jubilee Medal by the Province of Nova Scotia, a life member of Club 60, also as a dedicated member of St. James United Church, Elder, National President of United Church Women, member of the Eastern Star. She also organized the Methodist Church Women of the USA. Madeline is survived by her husband, Walter Smith; sisters, Roberta, Halifax; Geraldine, Hamilton, Ont.; son, Brian Sangster; daughter-in-law, Marjorie Sangster; grandchildren, Kelly, Shane, Tyson, Blair and Lindsay and great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by previous husbands, Perley Sangster, Howard McGowan and son, Freeman Sangster. Visitation 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday in MacIsaac Funeral Home, 61 Pleasant St. Antigonish. Funeral 2 p.m. Tuesday in St. James United Church, Antigonish, Rev. Peter Smith presiding. Burial at a later date in Riverside Cemetery, New Harbour, Guysborough Co.
WILSON, Laurie Wilfred
61, of Queen Street, Truro, passed away Tuesday, December 16, 2008, at home. Born in Truro, he was a son of the late Maynard and Myrtle (Lattie) Wilson. He was a former employee of Wilson's Truck Body Shop for several years and later was a volunteer at Colchester Community Food Bank, Truro. He is survived by his former wife, Margie (McCarthy); son, Devin, Truro; brother, Bruce, Truro; sisters, Brenda Taylor, Ontario; Bonita Rose, Truro; Tracey Wilson, Pleasant Valley. He was predeceased by sister, Denise Williams. Visitation will be held 7-9 p.m. today with funeral service 2 p.m. Saturday, December 20, both in Mattatall~Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young St., Truro, with Rev. Lori Ramsey officiating. Spring interment to be held in Onslow Island Cemetery, Onslow. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to Colchester Community Food Bank or to a charity of your choice.
SWINIMER (Underwood), Joan Ann
52, Dartmouth, passed away peacefully with her family and friends by her side on Monday, January 19, 2009, in the VG Site, QEII, Halifax. She was the only daughter of Robert Underwood and the late Marie (Finlay) Underwood. Joan worked at the TD Bank for 25 years before moving onto Canada Revenue Agency for the next seven years before her retirement in November 2008. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, Michael, especially her trip of a lifetime to Hawaii. She is survived by son, Michael (Debbie); daughter, Julie Caines (Gordon); Grandma's little girl, Olivia Swinimer. She will be missed by her furry friend, Nicky. She is also survived by inlaws, James and Joan Swinimer; brothers in-law, Peter (Alex), Dana (Lorrie), Jamie (Tracey); sisters-in-law, Jo-Anne Oxtoby (George) and Tanya Turple (Keith); several nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband, Michael and aunts and uncles. Visitation will be on Thursday, January 22, in Dartmouth Funeral Home, 29 Queen St. Dartmouth, from 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Friday, January 23, at 10 a.m. in St. Thomas More Church, corner of Caledonia and Main streets. Reception will follow in the church hall, interment will follow in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. Family flowers only. As per Joan's request, donations can be made to 8A at VG Site for a blanket warmer. Special thanks to Dr. Rayson; nurses, Helen, Donna, Kara and Richard; friend, Susan and her colleagues at Canada Revenue for their support and kindness through Joan's illness.
SHEA, Joseph Christopher
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Christopher, our son, on Monday January 19, 2009, in QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax, with his loving family by his side. Born in Halifax on July 17, 1982, Chris was the son of Bertram Shea and Wendy Hill. Chris was a well-known member of the Red Pepper family for a time, before joining his new family at Van fax. Chris was a loving, kind soul who was always willing to lend a hand to friend or stranger. Chris lived his short life to the fullest. His passions were his family and his vehicles. His children, Parris and Ivan and baby Kayden, due to arrive in March will miss him greatly. Life will go on, but not as before with Chris no longer with us. Chris is survived by father, Bertram Shea, stepmother, Stephanie; mother, Wendy Hill; stepfather, Gary; wife, Erin Mcculloch; inlaw's, Robie and Beth Mcculloch; grandmothers, Edna Shea, Paula Hill; children, Parris, Ivan and baby to come, Kayden; sister, Anika Shea; many aunts, uncles and cousins. Cremation will take place. Memorial service to be held in A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home, 217 Portland St., Dartmouth, visitation Friday, January 23, from 6-9 p.m. Memorial service to be held Saturday, January 24, at 2 p.m. Father Walsh officiating.
SURETTE, Roland Frederick
A courage braced with love of family, acceptance of destiny, and total humility are words which best describe the essence of our loved one, Roland Surette, as he, for a second time, fought a battle with cancer. When told some six months ago that this foe was unbeatable he proceeded to organize the little time he had left as a journey with accomplishments that had to be met along the way. Some of these milestones included having his marriage to Ellen blessed by the Catholic Church, being the father of the bride for Amber, a final memorable hunting trip with son, Morgan and friends at Reg's camp, and completion of two articles for the Argus Magazine, to name but a few. Born April 22, 1951, in Halifax, Roland was the second child of Edwin and Josephine (Murphy) Surette. He grew up in the village of Wedgeport, and left only during his university years to attend and graduate from St. Thomas University, New Brunswick, with a Bachelor of Education degree (1975). He taught for the Argyle School Board for 21 years, the last 11 of which were spent as principal of the Plymouth School. Complications from the first bout with cancer forced him to leave his students and colleagues much earlier than he wanted, when he retired in 1996. Always an avid student of history, Roland embraced research in local genealogy and Acadian history. In April 2004, Roland published his book "Metis/Acadian Heritage 1604-2004", an historical accounting of the relationship of French Acadians with the First Nations People. This book sold over 2000 copies and is used as a reference across Canada. He was a pioneer founder of the Association Des Acadiens-Metis Souriquois. Recently honored by the Department of Acadian Affairs (Minister Chris D'Entremont), Roland accepted this acknowledgement with dignity and courage, leaving his hospital bed briefly and amazing all who were present with his unfaltering spirit. Roland did not have to travel far to have a full and rich life. He gave to his community tenfold in volunteer positions. He was secretary for the Royal Canadian Legion, Wedgeport Branch No. 155, treasurer for the Argyle Liberal Association, board member for the Wedgeport Sport Tuna Fishing Museum and the Village Historique de Pubnico Ouest, and he was an organizer of the Beausoleil Festival, to name a few. He lectured on Acadian Heritage at local schools and Radio CIFA. He also participated in local softball and baseball associations, and was an avid outdoorsman when his health allowed. Many days his life was richer because someone came to the door or called and wanted help tracing their ancestry. Roland was predeceased by his father, Edwin Surette, and brother-in-law, Elden LeBlanc. He is survived by his wife, Ellen (Clairmont) Surette; his mother, Josephine Cotreau; step father, Lawrence (Del) Cotreau; son, Roland "Morgan" Surette (Trudy), Wedgeport; step daughter, Amber (Chad) Brannen, Argyle; step son, Stephen Townsend, Yarmouth; brother, Eldon (Ruth) Surette, Edmonton; sister, Donna (Jack) Messenger, Barrington Passage. To him, his greatest accomplishment was being held in such loving regard by his grandchildren, Baylee, Taylor, Jacques, Emily, Chloe and Naomi, to whom he was just "Papa" and that said it all. Visitation will take place from 6-9 p.m. today, with prayers at 8 p.m., and again from 10 a.m.-12 noon Thursday, both in H.M. Huskilson's Funeral Home, Wedgeport. The funeral mass will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, January 22, from Saint Michael's Catholic Church, Wedgeport, Msgr. Gerald LeBlanc and Father Wielsaw Papuga officiating. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Roland Surette Memorial Bursary, Mt. Allison University, Anthropology Department, 144 Main St., Sackville, N.B. E4L 1A7, Tri-County Branch of the Victorian Order of Nurses, or to St. Michael's Church, Wedgeport. "Nothing can make a person more upbeat than the unconditional love young people give to adults who make a difference in their lives" Roland Surette, Metis/Acadian Heritage 1604-2004