MacDONALD (Holmes), Dorothy
It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the death of our dear mother, Dorothy MacDonald, 84, of Truro, formerly of West Bay, Inverness County on February 7, 2009, in Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Born in Boston, Mass., she was the daughter of the late Florence Holmes. Memories of Dorothy will be cherished forever by her children, Allan (Catherine), Truro; Deborah (Don) Barrett, West Bay; David (Betty), Dartmouth; Lawrence (Stella), Sydney River and Donna (Gary) Earles, Ottawa. She is also survived by her brother, Archie (Joan) Holmes, Halifax, and close family member, Richard (Sharon) MacDonald, West Bay, and brother-in-law, John (Rosalie) MacDonald, Moncton, N.B. Dorothy was blessed with 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Dorothy's family was her life. She was a giver of love. Besides to her immediate and extended family, her unselfish nature reached many foster children who were touched by her love and devotion while in her care. Her many friendships formed in Glace Bay, Sydney River, West Bay, and Truro over the years were a prized possession and she will be sadly missed by all. Dorothy was predeceased by her husband, Allan of 59 years; foster son, Charles (Chuckie) Koziel, and her brothers, Lawrence Holmes, England, and Charles Holmes, Westmount. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held in West Bay United Church on Wednesday, February 11, under the direction of Rev. Wayne Yorke. The service will commence at 11 a.m. followed by a reception in West Bay Hall, located adjacent to the Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.
HILCHEY, John Dennis
91, of Truro, died peacefully in Colchester Regional Hospital on February 7, 2009, following a long illness. Born in West Gore, Hants Co., on November 10, 1917, he was the youngest son of the late Arlington A. and Edna (Mason) Hilchey. John was a graduate of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and MacDonald College (M.Sc.), and was a 38-year employee of the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture. During his long career, he taught soil chemistry at the NSAC, participated in and co-authored various parts of the Nova Scotia Soil Survey and many other projects, and retired as Supervisor of the Nova Scotia Land Use Program. He was a member of St. Andrews United Church, Truro, where he served as an elder and member of the Board of Stewards. John was an avid gardener, hunter and fisherman all his life, and shared his passion for the outdoors with many young people as a Boy Scout leader. He also served for many years as Treasurer of the Butler Centre, and in his later years, was a member of the Golden K Club of Truro. John is survived by his wife, Geraldine (McElhiney); sons, Robert, Truro, and David (Carol), East Chester; grandsons, Andrew and Stephen, both of Halifax; sisters, Irene Cooper, Brampton, Ont., and Pauline Churchill, Thorndale, Ont.; sisters-in-law, Barbara, Truro and Aileen, St. Catherines, Ont.; brother-in-law, John McElhiney; many nieces and nephews and their families. We all will miss him very much. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Irvin and Gerald; sisters, Jean Hilchey, Hazel Simm, and Mary Brissenden. Cremation has taken place, and there will be visitation on Saturday, February 14 from 6-9 p.m. in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. At John's request, there will be no funeral. Instead, there will be a family graveside interment service at a later date in Bible Hill Cemetery. Family flowers only. Memorial donations in John's memory may be made to the Colchester Regional Hospital Foundation or to a charity of your personal choice. Final arrangements are being handled by Colchester Community Funeral Home
WILLIS (Byard), Dora Rebecca
October 21, 1937 - January 24, 2009. Accepted into Glory, her loving family at her side, in London, Ont., Dora was the eldest daughter of the late St. Clair and Gladys (Dorrington) Byard. Dora had faced cancer with determination and courage, like all things in life. She leaves behind her constant companion of 39 years, Albert Willis Sr.; her devoted children, Albert (Laura) Willis Jr. of Kapuskasing, Ont.; Christine (Charles) Allen of Bothwell, Ont., and Kelly (Daniel) Steele of Thamesford, Ont.; sisters, Donna Byard Sealey of Dartmouth; Hazel (Ervin) Lucas of Kanata, Ont.; brother, Paul (Vicki) Byard of Truro; grandchildren, Tessa, Kylie, Acacia, Cody Willis and Jessica Allen; nieces, Susan Lucas, Tina and Teri Byard; nephews, Lemuel Sealey, Matthew Byard and Brian Byard Jr.; great-nieces Acacia, Jacqueline and Maya; special aunt, Pearl (Wazir) Ali as well as many cousins and close friends. She was predeceased by brother, Brian Byard. Dora attended Colchester County Academy, and upon completion entered Camp Hill School of Nursing and was for many years involved with the Labour movement. She was a member of Deborah Chapter No. 12 O.E.S. and is a Past Grand Worthy Matron of the Prince Hall Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star Province of Ontario and Jurisdiction, and a member of the Golden Circle. Friends will be received by the family in Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, Ont., on Wednesday, January 28, from 6-9 p.m. with an Eastern Star Service being conducted at 7 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted in Westview on Thursday at 1 p.m. Interment in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, 1197 Dundas St. East (Wavell). In lieu of flowers, donations to Canadian Cancer Society or Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated by the family. On-line condolences accepted at: firstname.lastname@example.org "We're sending you hugs on Angel wings of gold, Oh, so many for you to hold. We'll blow you some kisses in the gentle breeze, With some tears on sad days like these. The Angels are bringing you some flowers, We picked you a bunch. Softly placed in your open arms, One from each one of us. Your memory is our keepsake With which we'll never part. God has you in his keeping, We have you in our hearts."
BARNHILL, Fraser Ritchie
44, Belmont, passed away suddenly on January 11, 2009. Fraser was born in Truro on March 5, 1964, a son of Sylvia (Fisher) Barnhill and the late Ritchie Barnhill. He was the owner/operator of R. Barnhill Contractors and joint owner with his wife of Belmont Country Store. He was lovingly called "Big Daddy" by his wife and his girls from the store. Fraser was well-loved and respected by his community and friends alike. He is survived by his loving wife and childhood sweetheart, Jacquie (Warren); son and best friend, Chevy Ritchie Roy; mother, Sylvia Barnhill; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Arn and Barbara Warren; brother, Edward (Linda); sisters, Kim (Robert MacInnes), Jennifer (Barnhill) Ritacco; sister-in-law, Shelley Warren Duguay; nieces and nephews, Dallas and Melissa Barnhill, Jonathon, Courtney and Chayce MacInnes, Brandon Duguay, Rachel and Michael Ritacco. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, 1-3 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m., both in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro with Rev. Gerald Kerr officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Belmont Baptist Church or Wesley United Church. A gathering will be held in Fraser's family home following the service.
DICKIE, Gwynneth Muriel "Gwen"
72, Stewiacke, passed away January 18, 2009, in Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. She was a daughter of the late Melvin "Mel" and Frances (Miller) Ackles. Gwen worked at Crossley Carpets in Truro for over 20 years. She loved bowling, playing cards, bingo, and going to yard sales with Avis. Always a loyal Blue Jays fan, she seldom missed watching a game. She is survived by her husband, Howard Dickie; son, Michael, Stewiacke; daughter, Wendy (Leo) Guyette, Woodstock, N.B.; six grandchildren and sister-in-law, Bertha Ackles, Waverley. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Kenneth. A graveside service will be held at a later date in Pine Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of choice. Special thanks to the VON, the home care workers who helped with Gwen's care while she was at home, and the nurses at Colchester Regional Hospital. Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit.
BEAMAN, Thomas Lewis
51, Gore/Stewiacke, passed away on Tuesday, January 20, 2009, as a result of a motor vehicle accident near Shubenacadie. Born in Truro, he was the son of the late Lewis Carll and Doris Carmina (Singer) Beaman. Tommy resided in Gore most of his life and also in Stewiacke. He had been employed at Courthouse Hill Farm for over 20 years, previously as a truck driver in Nova Scotia and Western Canada. Tommy was very active in Church of Christ Disciples, West Gore, including West Gore Youth Group and Johnston Christian Park, Digby. He enjoyed gardening and loved animals. He was also a "classic handyman". Surviving are daughter, Jennifer, Halifax, and her mother, Barbara (Ettinger), Gore; many aunts, uncles, cousins; nieces, Ashley Hamilton, Enfield; Sarah Ettinger, Edmonton, Alta.; nephews, Justin Hamilton, Nine Mile River; Harrison Ettinger, Edmonton, Alta., and many friends. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Ettinger Funeral Home. No visitation by request. Celebration of Life Service 3 p.m. Sunday, January 25, in Church of Christ Disciples, West Gore, Rev. Angus R. MacDonald officiating. Spring burial in Pine Grove Cemetery, Stewiacke East. Donations in Tommy's memory may be made to Church of Christ Disciples or Johnston Christian Park Camp, Digby.
BROWN, David Charles
39, of Kemptown, passed away Tuesday, January 27, 2009, in the VG Site, QEII, Halifax. He was born September 7, 1969, in Truro. He was employed by Research in Motion in Halifax as a Blackberry Technician. He served with the Canadian Armed Forces with the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery for four years in Lahrs, Germany. He is survived by his wife, Traci (Wilson); daughter, Abbey Lynn, at home; father, Leo Brown, Kemptown; mother, Wendy (Tooker) Brown, Truro; sister, Tricia (Brown) Freeland and her daughter, Anna, Truro; maternal grandmother, Edna Tooker; in-laws, John and Sheila (Blackmore) Wilson, Kemptown; sister-in-law, Stacy (Corey) Langille and their children, Sadie, Mila and Jase. Dave will be remembered for his passion for computers, his will to live, his love of family and friends, most especially his daughter, Abbey. A celebration of Dave's life will be held Saturday, January 31, in the Kemptown Community Hall at 7 p.m. No visitation or flowers by request. Donations may be made to the Abbey Lynn Brown Trust Fund (Royal Bank) or to the Canadian Cancer Society, through Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young St., Truro. Special thanks to the nurses on 6A at the VG, Dr. Bethune, Dr. Ellis and all those who helped and offered support.
CONLEY, Sherry Lynn
57, Noel. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother, daughter, aunt, friend, Sherry on Monday, January 26, 2009, in Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Born September 15, 1951, in East Walton, she was a daughter of Pauline (McLellan) Lake and the late Aubrey Lake. A truly generous and loving woman, Sherry was involved in a multitude of community groups and organizations, the church, and most importantly, her family. Too numerous are her accomplishments in life to list. Many lives have, and will continue to be altered and improved by having known and loved Sherry. The love she gave was unlimited and unending and will be felt always. Sherry is survived by her husband, Jimmy; her daughter, Angie (Jack) Laffin, Noel; son, Mark (Julie) Custance, Tennecape; grandchildren, Melody and Douglas Laffin and Zachary Custance; sister, Teresa (Kevin) Lake, East Walton, and brothers, Roger (Linda) Lake, North Noel Road and Tommy (Lynn) Lake, East Walton; mother, Pauline Lake, East Walton; father-in-law, James Conley Sr., Noel, and several nieces and nephews. Sherry was predeceased by her son, Craig Andrew Custance; father, Aubrey Lake; a sister in infancy and mother-in-law, Reta Conley. Cremation has taken place with no visitation by request. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 31, at 2 p.m. in J. Wilson Allen Funeral Home, Hwy 354 Kennetcook. Followed by a reception in the Noel Fire Hall, Noel., Rev. Joan Conrad officiating with private family burial at a later date in Cambridge Cemetery, Cambridge. Family flowers only. Donations in memory of Sherry can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Cambridge Cemetery c/o Mrs. Paula Lake, RR#1 Walton, BON 2RO. Arrangements entrusted to the compassionate care of J. Wilson Allen Funeral Home, Hwy 354, Kennetcook, Hants Co.1-902-362-2440.
SCOTT, Hazel Mae
87, of Montreal, Que., passed away January 25, 2009, in Lakeshore General Hospital after a brief illness. Born in Truro, she was the daughter of Stewart and Bertha (Scammell) Torraville. Hazel moved to Montreal in her early twenties in pursuit of a career. In 1944 she married Archibald Scott, a florist whom she met while she was employed with Pinkerton's Florist in NDG. Archie's comment following their first encounter was: "This girl is a Keeper". The couple went on to work side-by-side at the family owned commercial greenhouses, Richard Scott & Sons Ltd., located in Ville St. Pierre. They raised four children: Edward, Richard (Sharman), Thomas, and Deborah (Ross), in neighboring Lachine. Of Newfoundland ancestry, Hazel maintained a connection to the island through frequent visits to various locations, particularly Change Islands in Notre Dame Bay, the birthplace of her parents. It was important to Hazel that her children were enlightened to the link with Newfoundland. She accomplished this through the family visits to the "Big" Island and "Tickle": separated smaller islands where friends and relatives would speak of outport life and sailing ships. She spoke fondly of an admired relative and native son, Art Scammell, whose numerous published stories and songs about Newfoundland she cherished, a favorite being "The Squid Jiggin' Ground". Hazel was extremely passionate and seemingly tireless in everything she did, especially when it involved family and her "Babies" - the African violets. Her horticultural talents and devotion quickly gained her a reputation, both on and off the Island of Montreal as a violet expert. She transformed a meager violet operation at startup into a glorious spectacle of floral beauty covering 4, 500 sq. ft. of greenhouse bench space. For close to 30 years, Quebecer's were able to share her passion through retails sales. Hazel was never more content than when she was in the presence of family or when she was able to contribute to the well-being of her children and grandchildren. The Marshville cottage overlooking the Northumberland Strait, her summertime home away from home, showcased this contentment. Whether it was with kids in-tow to the beach or organizing the annual community bonfire fete complete with food, fireworks and sparklers, Hazel was definitely in her glory. Cremation has taken place with interment in Terrace Hill Cemetery, Truro, at a later date.
MacDONNELL-LANGILLE, Jade Taylor
Stewiacke, was born into God's loving care, January 31, 2009, in Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. She was the daughter of Lindsay Langille and Trevor MacDonnell, and sister, Brooke, and brother, Connor. She is also survived by maternal grandparents, Annette and Ivan Langille, Enfield; paternal grandfather, Bob MacDonnell; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by paternal grandmother, Mabel (Graham) MacDonnell and uncle, Todd MacDonnell. A private family service will be held on Wednesday, February 4, at 11 a.m. in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, with Rev. Gerald Kerr officiating. Interment in Elmsdale Cemetery in the spring. Donations may be made to the donor's choice.