SINCLAIR, Myrna Rodell
Passed away peacefully in Valley View Villa on Friday, January 16, 2009. Born in Stellarton on May 14, 1920, she was the youngest daughter of Clarence and Agnes Grant. Following the death of her mother when she was two years old, Myrna was brought up by her grandparents, Angus and Hanna McKeil in Stellarton. Myrna was married to Lawrence "Lonnie" Sinclair in 1942 and lived in New Glasgow until she became a resident of the Villa five years ago. She was a member of the former Westminster Presbyterian Church where she was a member of the choir, the Ladies Aid, and the Board of Managers. Myrna was predeceased by her husband Lonnie and by her brothers Everett, Willard, Truman, and Robert; and her sisters, Doris Barrett, Betty Chisholm, Katheryn Brown, Marion Webster and Clara. She is survived by her son, Clarie, and his wife Reta, of Truro; grandsons, David, and his wife Sally; Steven and his wife Dayna; great-grandchildren Brianna, Erin, Caitlyn and Matthew, all of Fredericton, N.B. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Visitation 2-3 p.m. Wednesday in the R.H. Porter Funeral Home, New Glasgow from where funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, with Rev. Charles MacPherson officiating. Burial will be in Lorne Street Cemetery at a later date. Donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia or Valley View Villa.
SHEPPARD, Frank Wilson
The family is saddened to announce the passing of Frank W. Sheppard of Whitney Pier, in Glace Bay Healthcare Facility on January 17, 2009. Born in Sydney, he was the son of the late Frank and Elsie (Wilson) Sheppard. Frank retired in 1991 after 26 years of service with the Nova Scotia Power-Seaboard Generating Station, Glace Bay. He was well respected by his fellow employees and had a strong work ethic. In earlier years, he was a member of the Sydney Lions Club, mainly working with the blind. Frank belonged to Sydney Lodge No. 84, Cape Breton Preceptory No. 43, Prince of Wales Chapter No. 10 and Philae Temple of Shriners. Frank enjoyed his visits on the hill with Angie and Bobby discussing the issues of the day and the odd lie. Frank is survived by his wife, Kennina (Holmes); daughter, Debbie Sheppard (Wayne LeMoine), Bedford; son, Brian, at home; granddaughter, Kaitlyn LeMoine, Ithaca, N.Y.; grandson, Matthew LeMoine, Bedford. Also surviving are sisters, Joyce (late Ron Collison), Hamilton; Faith (Bill) Adair, San Diego, Calif.; Joan (Bill) MacKay, Markham, Ont.; several nieces and nephews, many cousins and a large extended family of friends. Also surviving are uncles, Melrose (Jackie) and Walter Wilson. To respect Frank's wishes there will be no visitation. Funeral service will be held Wednesday 2 p.m. in St. Albans Church with Rev. Brenda Drake officiating. Interment in Hardwood Hill Cemetery, in the spring. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Children's Fund or charity of choice.
MOHR, Petty Officer First Classs Richard Walter "Rick"
42, of Lower Sackville, passed away at home on December 25, 2008, lovingly surrounded by his family. Born in Etobicoke, Ont., he was a son of Gerhard Mohr, Missiauga, Ont. and the late Elisabeth (Oswald) Mohr. Rick served in the Canadian Navy for 22 years receiving his basic training in Cornwallis and Esquimault. He served on the HMCS Nipigon, the HMCS Gateneau, the HMCS Athabaskan, the HMCS Fraser, the HMCS Charlottetown, HMCS Preserver, HMCS Provider and the HMCS Toronto and most recently again on the HMCS Athabaskan as manager of it's communication department. He served during the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf Conflict, many NATO Tours of Duty, and was an instructor at the Fleet School. Although Rick served his country with pride and dedication, he devoted his spare time to family activities with particular attention to his children's soccer games and playtime with his dogs Schroeder and the late Maggie. He coached soccer for the Scotia Soccer Club where he also served on the executive. He enjoyed cooking, gardening, hiking and the time spent as a Scout leader. He will always be remembered as a loving and devoted father and husband. He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Natasha (Zinck); daughter, Elisabeth; son, Andrew; sister, Sandra (husband Al); grandfather, Walter; stepmother, Florence; cherished mother-in-law, Tootsie; sisters-in-law, Cynthia (husband Andreas Paul), Carla (husband Glen), Alexis (husband Phil) and very special sister-in-law, Chrissie (husband Gary); brother-in-law, Shane (spouse Rhonda); and very special family friend, Gary Carson. He will be sadly missed by his many aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a very special grandmother, Stephanie and grandparents, Martin and Theresa. Visitation will be held Monday, December 29, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in Atlantic Funeral Home, 125 Sackville Dr., Lower Sackville. A funeral service will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. in Stoneridge Baptist Church. Burial will be in Oakridge Memory Gardens. No flowers by request. Donations may be made to the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada or QEII Foundation Neurosurgery Unit.
FINLAYSON, Stephanie Michelle
19, New Waterford, died December 26, 2008. Born in New Waterford, a daughter of Stephen and Valerie Finlayson. Surviving are sisters, Lacey, Holly; paternal grandparents; paternal great-grandmother; several aunts, uncles, and cousins; BFF, Marissa McGillivray. Predeceased by maternal grandfather; maternal grandparents. Visitation today 7-9 p.m. in V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, New Waterford. Funeral 2 p.m. Tuesday in Calvin United Church, Captain Cyril Keats, Rev. Duncan Roach, presiding. Remains will be taken to the church at noon on Tuesday. Burial in Union Grove Cemetery.
WOODS, Desmond "Des" Gerard, Surgeon Commander RCN (Retired), MD, CM, FRCP(C)
85, passed away January 8, 2009, in Halifax. Born in Athenry, Co. Galway, Ireland, he was the son of the late Francis and Bridget (Coffey) Woods. Des attended secondary school at St. Enda's College, Galway and later received his medical degree from National University of Ireland, Galway. Upon completion of his Medical Internship in 1948 at Central Hospital, Galway Des was recruited by the Newfoundland hospital system. With a one year contract for $60 per month plus keep, he set off for St John's, Newfoundland with the world at his feet. He plied his trade at St. John's Hospital and later St. Mary's Bay, travelling to various out ports where frequently he was given freshly caught fish in appreciation for his service. It has been said those fish often remained in the trunk of his prized 1948 Chevy well past their "best before" date. When Newfoundland elected to join Canada in 1949, Des was granted landed immigrant status and promptly enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as a Surgeon-Lieutenant. He loaded his Chevy on the train, then ferry and headed for Halifax where upon his arrival he learned he'd been posted to Esquimalt, B.C. With the Trans-Canada highway still but a dream in 1949, Des believed he may have been one of the first people to drive coast to coast across Canada, arriving in Victoria nine days after his departure from Halifax. During his first posting to Esquimalt (1949-1955) Des served a year aboard HMCS Nootka in Korea and after his return was promoted to Lieutenant Commander Surgeon in 1954. He began his residency in Radiology in 1955 at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal and received his Certification in Diagnostic Radiology in 1961. Des was granted his Canadian citizenship in 1956 and spent 25 years proudly serving his adopted country. He accepted postings in Montreal, Halifax, Edmonton and Victoria before finally settling in Halifax in 1967 and retiring from his position as Surgeon Commander, Chief of Radiology, Canadian Forces Hospital, Halifax, in 1974. Des was never content to remain intellectually idle, often reading four or five books per week and attacking every crossword puzzle at his disposal. He always maintained a variety of "moonlighting" activities from assisting in the study of the effects of deep sea diving at the Deep Sea Diving School, Washington, D.C.; and providing radiology services to various Annapolis Valley hospitals (CFB Greenwood, Berwick, Soldiers Memorial in Middleton, Annapolis General and Digby General); to educating as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology at Dalhousie University, Halifax. Upon his retirement from the RCN in 1974, Des accepted the position of Chief of Radiology for the Digby General and Annapolis General Hospitals where he remained until his retirement from all medical practice in 1987. Des travelled throughout Canada and many parts of the world but he cherished most his trips to Ireland and England to visit his immediate family and their offspring. Des is survived by his wife of 55 years, Hilma (Worthylake) and their daughter, Sheilagh (Darvill) Hamshaw, Halifax; sons, Brian (Diane) and grandsons, Taylor and Alexandre, Halifax; Drs. Eric (Terry) and grandson, Trevor and granddaughter, Nicki, Yarmouth; and Kevin (Margaret) and step-granddaughter, Bailey, Halifax. Des is also survived by his brother, James, Dublin, Ireland and family and nieces and nephews from his late brothers, Frank and Patrick and his late sister, Peggy (Mrs. Matt Corcoran). His family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to Drs. Wayne Sullivan, Joseph Nassar and Helmut Hollenhurst, the VON and other staff at the QEII Health Sciences Centre. Cremation has taken place and a memorial mass celebrated by Father Bernard O'Neill will be held on Wednesday, January 14, 2009, at 10 a.m. in St. Benedict Parish (Our Lady of Perpetual Help), Bedford Highway. Des' ashes will be placed in the Nova Scotia Veterans Columbarium, Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax, for eternity. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Des' name to the Palliative Care Unit, c/o QEII, VG Site, 7A Centennial Bldg. or St. Benedict Parish, Halifax.
O'BRIEN, Thomas James
Died Saturday, January 10, 2009. He was a son of the late Alphonse and Viola "Lu" (Walsh) O'Brien. Surviving are wife, Karen (MacKinnon); daughters, Shannon Parsons, Colleen O'Brien, Paula Sudworth; grandsons, Ethan, Jensen; sisters, Marie Egerdeen (Ike), Annette O'Brien, Donna O'Donnell (Martin), Sheila Burke (Mike), Vera O'Donnell (Joe), Paula Parsons (Johnnie); brothers, Jack (Nancy), Wayne (Martha), Mickey; many nieces, nephews, lifelong friend, John Morris. He was predeceased by sister, Patsy; brothers, Kevin, Alphonse; grandparents, Tom and Catherine O'Brien, James and Cassie Walsh. Cremation has taken place with no visitation. A memorial mass will be held Wednesday, January 14, at 2 p.m. in St. John's Church, Glace Bay. Reception in the parish hall. Interment in the parish cemetery at a later date.
MacDONALD, Olive Anne
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Olive Anne MacDonald, 76, of Esdaile Avenue, Dartmouth, on Monday, January 26, 2009, in Dartmouth General Hospital, among family and friends. Born in Elmsdale, P.E.I., she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Inez (Warren) Barnett. Ollie is survived by her husband, Adrien "Mac" MacDonald; daughter, Wendy and her sons, Ryan and Jeremy; son, Bill Jr. and his daughters, Lea, Erin and Elizabeth; and son, David, all of Nova Scotia. Ollie is also survived by stepmother, Theresa; half-sisters, Marlene (Sterling) and sons, Kevin and Stephen; Judy and son, Gregory; half-brothers, Ralph Jr. and Hal and his sons, Brandon and Dillon, all of Ontario. Also surviving are grandchildren, Junior Leblanc, Eastern Passage; Felicia Leblanc, Windsor; Tammy Leblanc (Geoff Garber) and Samantha Leblanc, both of Porter's Lake; great-grandchildren, Brandon, White's Lake; Keagan and Gage Garber, Porter's Lake; Marcus Smith, Musqudoboit; nieces, Bonita (Joe McCarthy), Malay Falls; Gail (Philip Harnish), Sober Island; Nancy (Brian Richard), Ontario; nephews, Duncan Crowell (Sherry), Porter's Lake; Michael Crowell, New Brunswick. Ollie was predeceased by her first husband, William Smith; daughter, Pamela Leblanc; grandson, Timmy Leblanc; sister, Mildred Crowell; and nephew, Joey Crowell. Visitation will be held 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, January 29, in A. L. Mattatall Funeral Home, 217 Portland St., Dartmouth. Cremation will follow. Interment will be held at a later date in Sheet Harbour. Ollie loved cooking, cards, sewing, gardening, horses, social gatherings, bingo, and was a big Davey Allison fan (No. 28 NASCAR). You may place a message of condolence by visiting: www.mem.com. Many thanks to the nurses, doctors, and staff at the Dartmouth General Hospital for all they did. "Luv Ya MA."
CORNECT, Donald Joseph
81, Coldbrook, Kings Co., passed away after a lengthy illness on Monday, January 26, 2009, at home with his family by his side. Born in Cape St. George, N.L., he was a son of the late Eugene and Germaine (La Page) Cornect. During his time with the Royal Canadian Navy, he served on The Magnificent, Bonaventure and The Saguenay. In retirement he resided for many years in Dartmouth. He then moved to the Annapolis Valley where he was employed on the survey crew with the Department of Highways. He was a strong family man. Donald was an avid golfer and curler; had a great love for nature and the outdoors and loved to garden, and was a very gifted harmonica player. He is survived by his wife, the former Sheila Lonar; daughters, Judy Metcalf, Cranbrook, B.C.; Sherry (Alfie) Comeau, Kentville; Nancy (John) MacEachern, Berwick; sons, Donald (Maria), Moncton, N.B.; Blair (Lisa), Berwick; grandchildren, Tara, Kathleen, Sacha, Nancy, Tony, Samantha, Matthew, Jonathan, Janelle, Krista, Vanessa, Nicole, Colin, Gregory, Britney; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Riza Brownridge, Mission, B.C.; Marina (Emmanuel) Simon, Cape St. George; Claudette Cornect, Cape St. George; brothers, Maurice (Dorothy), Yarmouth; Roderick (Madeline), Cape St. George; Robert (Anne), Cape St. George; Leonard (Eileen), Cape St. George. He will be sadly missed by his loving family. Donald was predeceased by sisters, Maisie and Hilda; brothers, Gordon, Algernon and Eugene Jr. Cremation has taken place under the care and direction of Annapolis Valley Funeral Home, 34 Coldbrook Village Park Dr., Coldbrook. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 30, from St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church, Berwick, Father Larry Pitcher will officiate. Reception to follow in the church hall. Donations in memory of Donald may be made to the ALS Society of Nova Scotia.
HOPE, Mary Elizabeth
Passed peacefully on Friday, January 23, 2009, in Cummer Lodge, Toronto, in her 96th year. Loving wife of the late George Hope. Devoted mother to Patricia Hope Kwant (Willem), and the late David Hope. Proud grandmother of Natasha Hope, Andrew Hope (Diana), Ted Sullivan and Mary Elizabeth Sullivan. She will be lovingly remembered by her sister Margaret Ronayne. A private family service is scheduled in Toronto for Thursday, January 29, 2009.
HARDY, Gerald A.
81, long-time resident of Hatchet Lake, passed away Saturday, January 24, 2009, in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII. He was a son of the late Albert and Mary (Helpard) Hardy. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jean (Carlton); daughter, Deborah Drew; son-in-law, Stephen Drew, Terence Bay; nephew, Steven Carlton, Halifax; sister, Phyllis Cotton, Halifax; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sisters, Doris and Betty; brothers, Earl and Doug. Gerald was a caretaker at Prospect Road Elementary School until his retirement in 1983. He was a long-time seasonal camper at Riverland Campground, where he will be deeply missed. A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held Wednesday, January 28, at 2 p.m. in St. Timothy's Anglican Church, Hatchet Lake, officiated by Pastor Lisa Vaughn. Reception will follow in St. Timothy's Church Hall. Burial will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice.
WILKINS, John William
80, Windsor, passed away Saturday, January 24, 2009, in Soldiers' Memorial Hospital, Middleton. Born in Windsor, he was a son of the late Evelyn May Walsh and the late John Wilkins (stepmother Annie Tracey). John worked many years at farms across the valley. He lived most of his life in Wolfville and over the past two years at Tibbitt's Home for Special Care. John is survived by his brothers, Charles (Joyce), Frederick (Lillian) and George (Sheila), all from Windsor, and sisters, Catherine (Doug) Gorman, Saulte St. Marie, Ont.; Jean (Ernie) Pempberton, Ellershouse; Marian (Ralph) Messom, Hamilton, Ont.; Elizabeth (Phil) Brown, St. Croix, and Alice (Don) Weatherbee, Windsor and several nieces and nephews. There will be a graveside service held on Thursday, January 29, at 1:30 p.m. in Maplewood Cemetery, Windsor, Rev. Garnet Parker officiating. Donations in memory of John may be made to a charity of choice. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Serenity Funeral Home & Crematorium, P.O. Box 239 Port Williams, NS B0P 1T0.