SURETTE, Douglas Arnold
63, William Street, Yarmouth, passed away on Tuesday, January 27, 2009, in Yarmouth Regional Hospital. Born December 22, 1945, in Yarmouth, he was a son of the late Ronald A. and Dorothy A. (Melanson) Surette. Doug worked as a transport truck driver, and more recently worked as a greeter at Walmart. He also served on Yarmouth Town Council from 1982-1985. He is survived by his wife, Janice E. (Keating) Surette; son, Douglas B. (Tracey) Surette, Sarnia, Ont.; daughter, Dianna-Lynn (Minard) Ring, London, Ont.; grandchildren, Justin, Daniel and Matthew. He is also survived by sisters, Sharon (Wayne) Spinney, Argyle; Janet (Arthur) Dulong, Kay (Kenneth) Foster, both of Hubbard's Point; brothers, Earl (Judy) Surette, Halifax; Pat (Moraine) Surette, Brian (Gail) Surette, Lee (Marilyn) Surette, Leslie (Donna) Surette, all of Ontario; Jack (Brenda) Surette, Milton Highlands; Kenny Surette, Plymouth. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, Kenneth and Harold Surette. There will be no visitation by request. The funeral mass will be held at 1 p.m., today from Saint Ambrose Cathedral, Albert Street, Yarmouth, Father John MacPherson officiating. It has been requested that there be family flowers only. Memorial donations may be made to The Lodge That Gives.
GILLIS, Clarence Eric
55, Lower Sackville, died January 24, 2009 in Dartmouth General Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and have been entrusted to Dartmouth Funeral Home, Queen St.
BROWN, Elmer Lawrence "Sonny"
87, Garlands Crossing, Hants Co., passed away Thursday, January 29, 2009, in Hants Community Hospital, Windsor, after a short illness. Sonny was born on December 21, 1921, in Garlands Crossing, Hants Co. He was a son of the late Walter and Edith (Findley) Brown. He was a veteran of Second World War, serving overseas for six years in the Royal Canadian Army with the Grenadier Guards, driving a tank when he was wounded in action. He recuperated in London, England, where he met his future wife, Rose Mary Violet Coshell. Sonny was a member of Hants County Branch No. 009, Royal Canadian Legion, Windsor, where he was a regular visitor to the Club. He worked at Windsor Sash and Door Factory until 1951. He then joined his father when they opened Brown's Esso Service Station, which he continued to operate until his retirement in 1985. Sonny was an avid baseball and hockey fan. His favorite hockey team was always the Detroit Red Wings, as demonstrated by the vanity plate on his car. He will be sadly missed by his family and his many friends. Surviving are his daughters, Patricia "Pat" Post, Three Mile Plains; Helen (Keith) Gallant, Melrose, Guysborough Co.; grandchildren, Tina (Maroun) Tarabay, Halifax, and Lisa Post, Moncton, N.B.; Sarah Gallant, Calgary, Alta.; Lawrence Gallant, Amherst; Duncan Gallant, Fredericton, N.B.; and Anna Gallant, Port Hawkesbury; great-grandchildren, Lily and Sophie Tarabay, Halifax; sister, Helen Brown, Garlands Crossing; brother, William, Barrington Passage; brothers-in-law, Raymond (Lillian) Coshell, Lower Sackville; Kenneth and Colin Coshell, England; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 55 years, the former Rose Mary Violet Coshell; brothers, Warren and Robert Brown. Sonny's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Bill Enright, Dr. Mark Kazimirski, Dr. Cathryn Smith, and all the nursing staff at Hants Community Hospital, Windsor. Visitation will 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday, February 1, in Lindsay's Windsor Funeral Home, 194 King St., Windsor, where Hants County Branch No. 009 will hold a Legion service at 7 p.m. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Monday, February 2, in Lindsay's Windsor Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation will follow. Interment will be held at a later date in Ste. Croix Cemetery, St. Croix. Donations in memory of Sonny may be made to St. John's Presbyterian Church, Windsor or a charity of your choice.
"God speed Sonny - Rosie is waiting."
ZINCK, Vida Viola
91, Spryfield, passed away peacefully on January 29, 2009. Born in Spryfield on August 3, 1917, she was a daughter of the late John and Phoebe (Downing) Nicholson. Vida, a lifelong resident of Spryfield, was a member of the Golden Age Society and the Emmanuel Anglican Church in Spryfield. Vida enjoyed the local teas held by the Historical Society, visits with dear friends, and cherished her memories of skating with her dear late husband, Norm. Vida always enjoyed baking goodies for family and friends. She is survived by her daughters, Norma (Bobby Hanes) of Upper Kennetcook; and Brenda D'Eon of Dartmouth; grandchildren, Rob D'Eon (Heather Keith), Heather Hanes, and Cheri D'Eon (Dennis Lester); great-grandchildren, James, Holly, and Morgan; special nephew, Aubrey Nicholson; sister, Gwen Feltham. Vida was predeceased by husband, Norman Zinck; brothers, Sam Nicholson, Alex Nicholson; sister, Ruth Hatfield; son-in-law, Scott Barry. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff of the 4th floor of Arborstone Enhanced Care. Cremation has taken place under the care and direction of J. Albert Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd., 149 Herring Cove Rd., Spryfield (477-5601) where visitation will be held Sunday, February 1 from 2-5 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Monday, February 2 at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations in Vida's memory can be made to Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia or Canadian National Institute for the Blind.
SAUNDERS, Gladstone Raymond "George"
78, passed away peacefully with family by his side on Tuesday, January 27, 2009, in Western Regional Health Centre, Yarmouth, after a courageous: "I'll be all right" battle with leukemia and heart disease. Born and raised in Glovertown, N.L., son of the late Mabel (Ivany) and George Saunders. He was the youngest of siblings and brother to predeceased, Jim, John, Edgar and Rev. Manuel. He is survived by sisters, Rose, Phyllis (adopted) and sisters-in-law, Joyce and Anne. A loving husband, devoted father and proud Poppy, George will be remembered for his passion for family, friends, music and a good laugh. As well, for being an avid outdoorsman, hunter, musician, auto mechanic, and car lover, where he built them: "one piece at a time". His contagious smile will be deeply missed and forever remembered by his loving wife of 47 years, Carol Ann (Bourque); children, Perry (Kelley) Grande Prairie, Alta.; Randy (Marlyn) Ajax, Ont.; Linda Barton, Nova Scotia, and his "greatest treasures on earth" his grandchildren, Jared, Erica, Mariah and Adia, and other many relatives and friends. George met his loving wife in 1960 in Goose Bay, Labrador, where together they raised three children and he worked for Department of Transportation for 20 years. After moving their family to Nova Scotia in 1979, he worked aboard MV's Bluenose and Evangeline. Prior to his retirement in 1995 he also worked as Maintenance Superintendent at Yarmouth Mall for 10 years. Since retirement he traveled the Atlantic provinces together with wife, Carol and their family business of 26 years: Gold Star Fudge, where great times and laughter were shared with many friends. The family is very thankful for the loving care provided by Drs. Prabhu, Tarakji, Al-Mane, Moses, Murphy, Budhoo, and all the Intensive Care nurses for their outstanding care and compassion throughout George's illness. In honouring his wishes, cremation has taken place. A family and friends memorial service will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 31, in H. M. Huskilson's Funeral Home, 29 Albert St., Yarmouth, Rev. A. D. "Bill" Newell officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.
MORRISSEY, James "Jim"
52, Amherst, passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer in the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre on Thursday, January 29, 2009, while surrounded by the comfort of his family. Born in Parrsboro in 1956, he was a son of Enid (Smith) and the late Michael Morrissey. Jim will be missed by his friends who gathered daily for coffee at the Old Mall Parking Lot. Jim was a car buff, enjoying all makes and models. He will be sadly missed by his wife, Joanne (Gautreau), Amherst; sons, David (Amanda Hirtle), Parrsboro; and Jimmy, Amherst; stepdaughters, Monique (Jason Chan) Hebert, Janice (Chris) Melanson, both of Moncton, N.B.; Nicole (Sean Fleming) Hebert, Montreal, Que.; grandchildren, Ashley, Jordon, Morgan, and Halee; great-grandchild, Dominic; his mother and stepfather, Enid Morrissey and Robert Buckoski, Parrsboro; brothers, Michael (Susan) Morrissey, Fall River; John (Fay) Morrissey, Sackville, N.B.; and Tom (Deanna) Dow, Ontario; sisters, Shelley (Rod) Harrison, South Hampton; Marlene (Frank) Russell, Fredericton, N.B.; Ann (Ed) Kokojejko, Ontario; and Joan (Jeff) Doyle, Fall River. Arrangements have been entrusted to Furlong~Jones Funeral Home, 70 Church St., Amherst, NS (902-667-8777) where visiting hours will take place on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, February 2, at 10 a.m. in Holy Family Parish, Amherst, with Father Driscoll officiating. Burial will take place in St. Charles - Nativity Cemetery in the spring. Those wishing to make a donation may do so to the Canadian Cancer Society, or the charity of their choice.
BROCKE, John Gary Joseph
55, October 4, 1953-January 17, 2009. It is with indescribable shock and unutterable sorrow that we announce John's sudden death in a head-on collision near his home in Annapolis Valley. He carries with him the deepest love of his wife, Anna Gardner, lover, soul-mate, life-partner, muse and fellow seeker on the Path; and his cherished children, Bethany and Joseph and stepdaughters, Carrie and Rebecca. Predeceased by his mother, Margaret and sister-in-law, Sue (Dale), John will be remembered with love by his father, Stan; his siblings, Leon (Mary), Heather (Bob Broadley), Dale (Doris), and Roger (Debbie), and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. John was an artist. Born and raised in Edmonton until the age of eight, John's thirst for beauty was both whetted and inspired by the mountainous splendor of Muncho Lake and the rugged wilderness of Dawson Creek. His artistic ability was strong and he was admitted with advanced standing directly into 2nd year at the Alberta College of Art. John's realist canvasses were characterized by their large scale and small textured brushstrokes of layered colour. He had remarkable ability to see truth and beauty where others saw only the mundane. He also had a talent for asking penetrating questions that nurtured strong and intimate relationships. Following a life-changing journey to Russia in 1986, a solo show featuring his master work 'Epoch' was held in Toronto in 1992. John's work has been carried by the Canadian Art Gallery (Calgary), Mira Godard Gallery (Toronto) and is held in public, corporate and private collections across Canada. From the necessity born of divorce and blending families, John worked as a scenic painter for film with IATSE Local 212 and for stage with F&D Scene Changes. He also taught night courses at ACAD where he touched and inspired students in the Continuing Education Program. He became a warrior of patience, faithfully holding to his artistic vision during 10 long years when he had limited time to devote to his own work. In 2006, after completing the official portrait of the Speaker of the Senate, Hon. Dan Hays, John and Anna moved to the Annapolis Valley where John returned to the studio. He was deeply joyful at being able to again paint full-time, a memory that will be forever cherished by his family. Despite the burden of carrying his creative vision playfulness, humor and spontaneity sparkled in his life. John had many loves, strong, dark coffee; the "noble" art of making wine (and drinking it); colour, form, and light; icons; good films; the giving of heartfelt and artfully written cards and letters; cooking perfect sunnyside-up eggs; his pride in his children; travel; a passion for music, from jazz to Gregorian chant; and the hard work that makes a life full and complete. A funeral was held on January 24, in Calgary, and his cremated remains will be interred in a family cemetery in Alberta this spring. A tribute will be held in Wolfville at the Manning Memorial Chapel (Acadia University) at 3 p.m. today. Led by Peter Togni, organist, composer, CBC radio host and long-time friend of John's, the program will include musical selections by Sanctuary, Rosalee Peppard and the Women of Wolfville, followed by refreshments and time to visit in the hall downstairs. In lieu of flowers, John may be honoured by contributions to the John Brocke Scholarship Fund at Alberta College of Art and Design. Donations can be sent to the ACAD Advancement Department. For further information please call Shane Smith at (403) 284-7690.
MacLELLAN, Marjorie Florence
Passed away peacefully in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital on January 29, 2009. Born in Inverness on September 22, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Malcolm Dan and Annie (Gillis) MacLellan. She was a member of Stella Maris Church, Inverness. Marjorie had great faith and devotion to prayer. She was a very quiet, caring, and gentle person. She lovingly dedicated her time and energy to caring for her mother as well as her brothers and sisters. Marjorie is survived by sisters, Mary, Inverness; Elizabeth (Roland) Comeau, Saulnierville; brothers, Jerome (Marlene), Stillwater Lake; Harold, Margaree Valley; Leonard (Joan), Waltham Mass.; several nieces and nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews; and special Godchild Anne Marie. She was predeceased by brothers, Freddie, Johnnie, Alexander, Malcolm, Gregory, and Eugene. Visitation will be in Inverness Funeral Home on Sunday, February 1, 2009 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral mass will be held on Monday, at 11 a.m. in Stella Maris Church, Inverness, with Father Duncan MacIsaac officiating. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery. The family wishes to express special appreciation to the nurses, especially Sharon, for being at her side, and to Dr. Bernie MacLean for his excellent care over the years, and all who cared for Marjorie during her illness. If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to Stella Maris Church Repair Fund, Inverness, or to a charity of your choice.
LACELLE (Beanlands), Betty-Lou
63, of Ottawa, Ont., passed away on January 27, in Ottawa General Hospital - Smythe Road Campus. Born in Halifax, Betty-Lou was the daughter of the late Stewart and Frances Beanlands. Betty-Lou, after graduating from a CNA course in Camp Hill Hospital, practiced her profession in Halifax, Montreal, Que., Frobisher Bay, Nunavut, and Ottawa, Ont. She was the beloved wife, soulmate, and best friend, of Charles for over 40 years. She will truly never be forgotten, since her light will continue to shine in her son, Stewart. In addition, Betty-Lou leaves her brothers to mourn, Dr. Donald (Rhona), Ottawa, Ont.; Leslie (Kaye), and David (Betty), both of Seabright. At Betty's request, there was no visitation. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Donations in memory can be made to Ottawa Hospital Foundation for Cancer Treatment, or Canadian Cancer Society. Arrangements are under the direction of Maison Funéraire Racine Robert Gauthier Funeral Home, 180 Montreal Rd., Ottawa, Ont. K1L 1B4, (613) 241-3680. A burst of sunshine, and a loving human being has left us.