DROLET, Luc Joseph Edgar
57, of Truro, passed away suddenly, January 11, 2009 at home. Born May 16, 1951, in Belleterre, Que., he was a son of Therese (Rocheleau) Drolet and the late Joseph Drolet. Luc was a longtime member of A.A. He is survived by brothers, Gerry and Marcel, of Ontario; sisters Mariette, Lynn, Tina, Kim, all of Ontario; several nieces and nephews, and many friends. He was predeceased by brothers, Remi and Alain. A celebration of Luc's life will take place on Tuesday, January 20, 2008 at 2:30 p.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, Truro, with Father Jose Thomas officiating. A reception will follow in Campbell's Hall. Burial will take place at a later date in Ontario. Donations in Luc's memory may be made to a charity of choice.
RUSHTON, Theodore Dickson "Ted"
1946-2009, Truro, passed away peacefully on January 20, 2009, after a short battle with cancer, with his loving family by his side. Born in Portaupique, he was a son of Pearl (Spencer) Rushton and the late Ralph Rushton. Ted went to school in Bass River. He was military through and through. At sixteen, the military beckoned him. He embarked on his military career at that age as a RCASC soldier apprentice, which to this day and forever is his brotherhood. Forty-three years later he would end his career (kicking and screaming) when compulsory retirement forced him to hang up his boots. His postings included Gagetown, Borden, Summerside, Petawawa and Toronto, where he met his beautiful and loving wife, Anita. Ted was presented with the CD (the third clasp) and the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, and what an honour to be presented it by the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, Myra Freeman. One of Ted's greatest accomplishments was while at Petawawa. As a WO in 2 Scv Bn, he was in charge of preparing, loading, unloading, positioning and repositioning the biggest movement of troops, vehicles and equipment since the Second World War. This exercise was Brave Lion in Norway. After 30 years in the regular force, Ted decided that it was time to come home to Nova Scotia, however, he could not get the military out of his system, so he joined the Reserves for another 13 years. Ted belonged to 33 (Halifax) Service Battalion. This led to his second major accomplishment. He became their Regimental Sergeant Major, holding that appointment for six years. What a great accomplishment for a kid from Portaupique with grade nine. Ted loved to run; you would see him running all around Truro in all weather conditions. He loved to garden and one of his great passions was keeping his lawn as green and weed-free as possible and he had many comments about how good his yard looked. He loved to tool around in the summer in his 1981 Pontiac Parisienne. He was involved in the Colchester Legion Branch No. 26 and was their Parade Marshall (they will miss his voice). He was a loving husband, son, father, brother and grandfather, and will be deeply missed. He is survived by his beautiful and loving wife, Anita (Janssen); his first wife, Linda (Turner); his mother, Pearl (Spencer); son, Terry (Cheryl), Truro; daughter, Angela (Trevor), Lake Echo; special sister, Lucille (Carl), Portaupique; brother, Eugene, Toronto; granddaughters, Katelyn and Brittany; nephew, David; special fur baby, Trouble. "I will miss so many special friends and to name them all I am sure I will miss some and that would make me feel bad; you know who you are and I thank you so much for all your kindness over the years to Anita and I and all your assistance during my illness, and for your support, visits, cards, and help. We appreciate it so much. Thank you also to all my military friends across this vast military family, for their thoughts and prayers". Ted was predeceased by his Dad, Ralph; sisters, Linda and Diane. Visitation will be held tomorrow from 7-9 p.m. with a Royal Canadian Legion Branch 26 Tribute service at 7 p.m. in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. Funeral service on Saturday, January 24, at 2 p.m. in St. James United Church, Great Village, with Rev. Florence Antle-Brison officiating. Reception in the Legion across the street following the service. Interment in Mahon Cemetery at a later date. Family flowers only please. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of choice.
SPENCE, Heman Clayton
86, Truro, passed away January 20, 2009. Born in Debert, he was a son of the late Angus and Annie (Stevens) Spence. He was a veteran of the Second World War and a member of the West Novies having served throughout Europe. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 26, Truro. Heman was a truck driver most of his life and had a hobby dabbling in used cars. He loved snowmobiling and four-wheeling, being in the woods or at the beach. He especially loved his little buddy, "Snoopy". He is survived by his wife, Mary (Soy), Truro; sons, Kenneth Arthur (Deanna), Robert H. (Bev), James C. (Gwen); stepson, Greg (Jana) Redford, Toronto; daughters, Elizabeth Spence, Michelle (Jerry) MacDonald; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Luther (Patsy); several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers, Kenneth in infancy, Carswell "Nick". A family graveside service will be held in the spring in Middle Road Cemetery, Debert. Donations in his memory may be made to the local SPCA. The family would like to thank the staff of Wynn Park Villa for their kindness, compassion and care, as well as the staff of Colchester Regional Hospital Veterans Ward. Arrangements entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, Truro.
BREIMER, Helen Henrietta
46, Truro, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family and friends, on Monday morning, January 26, 2009, in Colchester Regional Hospital, following a courageously-fought battle with cancer. Born November 7, 1962, in Truro, she was a daughter of the late Harry and Christina (Kruithoff) Breimer. Helen attended Saint David's United Church, Bible Hill, and most recently, The Peoples Church, Truro. She worked all of her life as a hairstylist at various salons in Truro and had been the owner/operator of "Hair I Am" for the past 25 years. She thoroughly enjoyed her trips to Holland to meet her family and had the best trip ever to Dominican Republic last year when Shelby and Dale joined her. She loved being outside and working in her flower garden and her independence and strong attitude can be attributed to her love of Garfield. She will be missed by her canine companion, Oreo. Helen is survived by her loving daughter, the apple of her eye, Shelby; sister, Peggy (Tim) Naugle, Harmony; brother, Harry (Valerie) Breimer, Wittenburg; aunt, Trix (Dick) Gmelig Meijling, Holland; best friends, Dale and Dave Ling, Hilden; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and a wide circle of loving friends. Special thanks are extended to all of the nurses, doctors and caregivers at Colchester Regional Hospital and Helen's friends, too numerous to mention by name, for their love, care and support. You were truly Helen's "angels on earth". Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall~Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young St., Truro, where the funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Thursday, January 29, Pastor Ken Fillmore and Rev. Ebbie W. Snow officiating. Reception will follow. Spring interment will be held in Brookside Cemetery, Shubenacadie. Family flowers only. If so desired, donations in Helen's memory to a charity of choice are welcomed. Helen's courage, strength and positive attitude throughout this terrible illness have been a source of strength for all those who knew her.
BROWN, Percy Burton
Murray Siding. It is with great sadness we announce that Percy Burton Brown, 78, passed away peacefully in Colchester Regional Hospital in Truro on Monday, January 26, 2009, after a brief battle with cancer. He was greatly admired for his incredible toughness of character and physical ability to overcome medical obstacles previous to his passing. He was predeceased by his parents, Harry Joseph and Aileen Elizabeth Brown. Born in Truro, Percy is survived by his children, Gayle (Chris Foote), Nanaimo, B.C.; Cherri (Todd Brown), Lower Sackville; Cynthia Franke, Calgary, Alta., and Stephen (Bonnie) of Murray Siding, and their children, Kyle and Jordan Brown, whom Percy greatly loved. He'll also be very greatly missed by maternal family relations in the Boutilier and MacFarlane families. Percy began working for Truro Electric Commission in 1948. He worked there for 20 years before joining Nova Scotia Light and Power in 1968 (later called Nova Scotia Power Corporation) until his retirement in 1993. He was, for many years a member in good standing of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1928. He received an award from his company, Nova Scotia Power Corporation for having had the longest employment service record of 45 years. He will be greatly missed by his many friends and colleagues, especially his very dear friend, Roddy Prest. Percy was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing with his father and family. Percy also had a great love of animals, especially Airedale dogs and horses of any kind. He loved visiting the Upper Stewiacke Valley to see the deer. Having a green thumb, he worked very hard creating beautiful flower gardens at his former home in Onslow. He was also, for many years involved in a favorite pastime of harness racing at Truro Raceway having successfully trained several fine pacers. In his later years, Percy became the world's most doting grandfather, spending many hours talking to Kyle about playing soccer and hockey, and to Jordon about practicing figure skating and singing and dancing. He was well-known for his gift of story-telling, always having an interesting and funny story ready for anyone. Visitation will be held Thursday, January 29, from 7-9 p.m. with a memorial service celebrating Percy's life on Friday, January 30, at 2 p.m., both in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro with Rev. Brian DeLong officiating. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in Percy's name to Canadian Cancer Society.
BURROWS, The Rev. Lloyd Pulsifer
1949-2009, of Beaver Brook, Colchester Co., died on Wednesday, January 28, 2009, in Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro, after living with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) since 2007. He was a graduate of Dalhousie University (B.A.), Atlantic School of Theology (M.Div., M.Th.- academic), and ordained to the ministry of the United Church of Canada in 1973. He was a candidate for ministry from the Old Barns United Church. As a student, he served in Grimshaw-Manning, Alta.; North River, Colchester Co.; Moose River-Caribou Gold Mines-Pleasant Valley and Kearney Lake in Halifax Co. As an ordained minister, he served New Carlisle, P.Q.; Great Village; First United, Truro; Montague, P.E.I. and Harmony/Camden. He was an active member of Maritime Conference and presbytery, serving as chair in the Truro and Prince Edward Island Presbyteries. Greatly interested in adult and youth Christian education, he wrote several programs and held many workshops throughout the Maritimes. Lloyd's early learning experiences were on the family farm and wood lot which fueled a lifelong interest in forestry, lumber, and many types of woodworking. He designed and built his own house, and had his own sawmill and furniture shop. He is survived by his wife and soulmate, Mary Martin; son, Joel; daughter, Andrea (Chris Salter); grandson, Thomas, Ottawa, Ont.; mother, Mildred (Pulsifer) Burrows; his twin brother, Lorne (Beckie McCurdy), all of Beaver Brook; brother, Jim (Leslie), Green Oak; sister, Elaine (Rev. John A.C. Wilson), Alberton, P.E.I.; nieces, Hannah and Catherine; nephew, Alexander. He was predeceased by his father, Clifford Burrows. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young St., Truro, where Lloyd's family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6:30 - 9 p.m. Saturday, January 31. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, February 1, in Old Barns United Church, 2603 Hwy 236, Old Barns, Rev. Sue King-Darby and Rev. Dan Gunn CO-officiating. Reception will follow in the church basement. Private family interment will be held at a later date in Fisher Creek Cemetery. Family flowers only. If so desired, donations in Lloyd's memory to ALS Society of Nova Scotia, McCulloch United Church, Old Barns United Church or a charity or church of choice are welcomed.
McELMON, Annie Caroline
95, of Truro, passed away peacefully, Monday, January 26, 2009, in The Mira Long Term Care Facility Truro. Born in Upper Stewiacke, she was a daughter of the late Fred and Mary (Miller) Bentley. Annie was a former employee of Stanfield's Ltd., Truro, where she had worked for 36 years. She was a member of St. Andrew's United Church, Truro, and the UCW. She loved to knit and crochet and had a smile for everyone and, also loved the little children. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Her husband, Roy predeceased her in 1980. She is survived by sister-in-law, Eva Bentley, Toronto, Ont.; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great great-nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Roy; brothers, William, Blair, Frederick; sister, Edith, Mrs. Alcom Upham. Visitation will be held 7-9 p.m. today, funeral service 11 a.m. Thursday, January 29, all in Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young St., Truro, Rev. Edward Bentley officiating, with a reception to follow in the funeral home. Interment to be held at a later date in Robie Street Cemetery, Truro. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian National Insitute for the Blind, or to the Millennium Pipe Organ Fund of St. Andrew's United Church, Truro. The family would like to express special thanks to Nick Boyd and family for all their acts of kindness and friendship to Annie.
DAUPHINEE, Catherine Mary
It is with great sadness we announce the passing away of our mother, grandmother and great- grandmother, Catherine Mary Dauphinee, 86, of Truro, on Tuesday, February 3, 2009, in Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Born in Chester, she was the daughter of the late Owen and Caroline (Schnare) Nauss. She was a member of St. John's Anglican Church, of Truro. In her younger years she was a member of the IODE and the Anglican Women's Group. Catherine liked to travel. She and Dianne went to Calgary to visit Heather and her family last February and then to visit David and his family in Windsor last May. She enjoyed her many Anna McGoldrick bus tours that she had taken with her late husband, Arthur, and then her daughters, Heather and Dianne. She loved her many summers at the family cottage in Marshville. She also liked to knit, play cards, watch sports on TV and continued to work in her yard until she suffered a stroke. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She is survived by her children, Heather Madder and her husband, Bill, of Calgary, Alta.; David Dauphinee and his wife, Pearl, of Windsor, Ont. and Dianne Fulton and her husband, Dave, of Hilden; her six special grandchildren, Kristin Fleming and Kerry Madder, Jennifer Dauphinee, Shane and Chad Fulton and Andrea Gelinas and three new joys in her life, her great-grandchildren, Emma and Joshua Fleming and Sarah Gelinas. Catherine was predeceased by her husband, Arthur F. R. Dauphinee; brothers, Earl, Ernie, Harold and Keith; sister, Beulah. It was Catherine's request not to have a visitation or funeral service. A committal service will be held at 12 p.m. on Friday, February 6, in Pine Hill Cemetery, Hubbard's, with Rev. Gary Yetman officiating. If you wish, donations would be gratefully accepted by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice. The family would like to thank Dr. Younger, Ann McKim (Palliative Care) and the staff on the 4th floor of Colchester Regional Hospital who provided excellent care for Mom during the last five months. We would also like to thank Lisa Wilson (Palliative Care) who visited Mom at home after she was diagnosed with cancer. Thanks to everyone who showed their concern. It was greatly appreciated!