McKAY, Ryan Allen
28, Enfield. It is with great sadness that we, the family of Ryan McKay, announce his passing on January 25, 2009. Born in Halifax to Benjamin and Deborah McKay, Ryan lived in Fletcher's Lake most of his life. He had many friends and family members who he loved deeply and who will always remember his big warm hugs and his dependable "I love you's". Ryan's search is over, may he flourish into the beauty that is beyond. He is survived by his daughters, Raja-Lynn Johnston-McKay, Victoria, B.C., and Abby-Gayle Woods, Rawden; his brother, Trevor (Jen Poplar), Enfield; sister, Holly, Elmsdale, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services will take place in St. John's United Church, 3360 Highway 2, Fall River, on Thursday January 29, at 1 p.m. with a reception to follow in the church hall. A private burial will take place in St. Beranrds Church in Enfield. Donations may be made to The Childrens Wish Foundation. Family flowers only.
39, of Black River Road, Springhill, passed away on Thursday, January 22, 2009, near Brandon, Man. Born in Springhill, he was a son of Bonnie (Dallas) Riebesehl, Springhill and Frederick (Linda) Canning, Southampton. Troy was a great lover of the outdoors. He served proudly with the 1st Battalion, The Nova Scotia Highlanders (North) as a reservist in his younger years, and continued to serve his community as an Independent Distributor with Farmer's Dairy Ltd., earning him the proud name "Milkman" to those who knew him well. He was employed with Norex Exploration Services/Conquest Seismic of Calgary, Alta., from which he takes fond memories of his crew "105" with him. He will be remembered for his compassion, loyalty, honesty and kindness towards all who have had the pleasure to be in his company. He is survived by his fiancée, Erin MacAloney; his former wife, Jeanette Rolfe-Canning, Amherst, who shared 17 years together and was the mother of their children; daughters, Mataea Canning, Amherst and Deanna Canning, Victoria, B.C.; son, Bradley Canning, Amherst; stepdaughter, Jasey Brown, Springhill; sisters, Stephanie (Gerry) Ross, Dartmouth; Heather (Jamie Wood) Canning and Janette (Shane) Melanson, both of Springhill; brother, Steven Spicer, Windham Hill, Cumberland Co.; paternal grandmother, Evelyn Canning, Springhill; father, James Dethy, Oakville, Ont.; several, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by maternal grandparents, Amy and Albert Dowe; paternal grandfather, Don Canning; special aunt, Heather Damery; several aunts and uncles. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held 1-3 p.m. Friday, January 30, followed immediately at 3 p.m. by a memorial funeral service, both held in A. H. Brown Funeral Home, Springhill. Burial in West Brook Cemetery, Cumberland Co., at a later date. A celebration of Troy's life will be held for family and friends 7 p.m. Friday, January 30, in the Royal Canadian Legion, Springhill. If so desired, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or charity of choice would be appreciated. Memories will be cherished, our hearts will be with you and your smile will always remain. You will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered forever.
MacKENZIE (Rutherford), Brenda Marlene Elizabeth
56, Brule Corner, Tatamagouche. It is with deep sadness that Brenda's family announces her peaceful passing surrounded by family on January 27, 2009, in Willow Lodge, Tatamagouche, after a courageous 28 year battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Born and raised in Bible Hill, she was the dearly beloved wife of Larry MacKenzie; loving and caring mother of Lisa MacKenzie (Alexandre Roger) and Adam MacKenzie (Lori MacKenzie); proud grandmother of Marley Joy MacKenzie; wonderful daughter of the late Charles and Dorothy Rutherford, and youngest sibling of Rick and Bill Rutherford. She will be happily remembered by her many friends, aunts, uncles, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, and caregivers. She moved to Dartmouth after marrying Larry at the age of 21. She initially worked for the Royal Bank and supported Larry as he pursued his career in the car business. She was fortunate enough to be able to stay at home and raise her family, spend summers at Brule Beach and take wonderful business trips with Larry. Brenda also enjoyed working at the dealership part-time as Lisa and Adam became older. Brenda will not be forgotten. She will be remembered for the loyal, sincere person that she was and instilling these virtues in her children. The family of Brenda wishes to send a heartfelt thank you to Betty Matheson, all the staff at Willow Lodge Home for Special Care and Dr. Moss for giving Brenda excellent care and bedside manner over the past 8 years. Larry would also like to thank all friends and family who supported and visited Brenda, especially daughter, Lisa and son, Adam, who visited faithfully every week. Visitation will be held from 7-9 p.m. today, in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, where the funeral service, followed by a reception, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 29, with Rev. Larry Harrison officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Atlantic Division, or Willow Lodge.
BRYDEN, William Bernard "Buddy"
Died January 26, 2009. A son of the late Thomas and Lillian (McLeod) Bryden, he is survived by wife, Dolly (McMullin); daughters, Bernadette (Johnathan), Ellen (Stevie); son, Michael (Paula); granddaughters, Jennifer, Nicole, Marissa, Ashley, April Dawn, Victoria, Ariel; special sister-in-law, Paula; sisters, Norma (Sonny), Bessie. Predeceased by sisters, Dorothy, Margaret K., Margaret; brothers, Joseph, James, Gerald, Basil, Angus, Leo, Lawrence, Michael, Melvin. Visitation today 2-4, 7-9 p.m. in V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home. Funeral mass 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Joseph's Church, Reserve Mines.
JULIAN, Cynthia A. M.
Died Saturday, January 24, 2009. A daughter of Edward S. Julian and the late Georgina (Johnson) Julian, she is also survived by her children, Lyle, Brandon, Tia, Taryn; godchild, Ethan Charles; sisters, Frances "Puddy", Anna Jean, Theresa; brothers, Ed (Cori), Evan; godparents, Harriett Syliboy and Walter Johnson; 14 nieces and nephews; four grandnephews; a brother and a sister who died in infancy. Visitation began Tuesday after 7 p.m. in Gabriel Center. Funeral Thursday, January 29 at 10:30 a.m. in Holy Family Church.
LARADE, Wilfred W.
88, Foyer Pere Fiset Guest Home, Cheticamp, passed away January 25, 2009, in the guest home. Born in Cheticamp, he was a son of the late William and Catherine (Bourgeois) Larade. He was a member of St. Peter's Church, Cheticamp. He is survived by several nieces, nephews and their families. He was predeceased by brothers, Simon and David Larade; sisters, Marie Helene Luedee, Elizabeth Harper, Lucie Larade and Zabine Larade. Visitation will take place 7-9 p.m. today in Cheticamp Funeral Home. Funeral mass will take place 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Peter's Church, Cheticamp, Father Peter LeBlanc officiating. Interment in the parish cemetery. Donations may be made to Foyer Pere Fiset Guest Home, Cheticamp.
BLENUS, Ralph Eugene
81, Kentville, formerly of Canning, passed away Sunday, January 25, 2009, in Evergreen Home for Special Care, Kentville. Born in Canning, he was a son of the late Arthur and Minnie (Crocker) Blenus. Ralph was a hard working farmer and accomplished carpenter. He worked for many years throughout the Valley. Ralph volunteered his time, helping others at the Crosby House, for the 28 day program as well as A.A. Ralph was an avid outdoorsman. He loved cooking and enjoyed a good meal with others. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Ralph is survived by his sons, Cecil, Canning; Marven (Kathy), Port Maitland; Stephen (Monika), New Minas; daughter, Patsy (Robert) Wellwood, Woodville; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Robert, Canning, Lloyd, Blockhouse; sister, Eileen Holt, Wolfville. Besides his parents, Ralph was predeceased by his former wife, Gladys; son, Arthur; brothers, Laurie, Wayne and Cecil. Visitation will be held from 7-9 p.m. today in H.C. Lindsay Funeral Home, 5 Leverett Ave., Kentville, N.S. (902-678-2151) where a funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 29, Rev. Phil Locke officiating. Interment will take place in Hillaton Cemetery at a later date. Family flowers only please. Donations in memory may be made to Valley Regional Hospital's Cardiac Rehabilitation Center.
FRAIL, Marion Agnes
88, Centreville, Kings Co., passed away Monday, January 26, 2009, in Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Born in South Ohio, Yarmouth Co., she was a daughter of the late Robert and Martha (Vickery) Moses. She was a graduate of Yarmouth High School and Business College. During the Second World War, she moved to Halifax and worked with Eastern Air Command where she became the head of the Secret Documents Department. Following the war, she married her husband, George. Marion's life with George took her to Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, where she created loving homes for their family. She enjoyed curling and playing bridge and joined these groups in all her home communities. Together they retired to Centreville, where she became an active member of Centreville Baptist Church and a founding member of the Women's Missionary Society. She devoted her life to her family and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, George; daughters, Patricia Maxwell, Toronto; Eleanor (Arnold) Melanson, Truro; Pamela Frail (Brian Steeves), Lakeville; son, Mark (Gini), Falmouth; sisters, Audrey Faulkner and Joan (Edward) Hnyda, both of Penticton, B.C.; brothers, Robert (Phyllis) and John (Dona), both of Penticton; grandchildren, Tiffany, Andrea, Nadine, Kimberly, Zachary, Martha, Naomi and Hannah; great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Grayson, Jason and T.J.; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by an infant brother, Edward; brothers, Guy, Alex and Darrell; great-granddaughter, Jenica Saulnier. Visitation will be held from 7-9 p.m. today in White Family Funeral Home, Kentville. The funeral service, followed by a reception, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 29, in Centreville Baptist Church, Rev. Marc Potvin officiating. Burial will take place in Lakeview Cemetery, Lakeville. Family flowers only, by request. Donations in memory may be made to Canadian Cancer Society or Centreville Baptist Church. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to White Family Funeral Home, Kentville.
ARSENAULT, Vilbon "Vic" "Poppy"
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, Vilbon, age 74, in Dartmouth General Hospital, on January 26, 2009, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Les Iles de la Madeleine (Magdalen Islands), Que., he was a son of the late Gertrude (Lapierre) and Lionel Arseneau. He will be sadly missed by his wife of 44 years, Helen (Gallant); sons, Dan and Rheal, and the joys of his life, granddaughters, Kelsie, Courtlyn, and his grandson, Luc. He is also survived by sisters, Armadine, Patricia (John), Francine, Nicole (Brown); brothers, Real (Noella), Leonce (Helene), Raymond (Helen), Ghislain (Madelaine), Leo-Paul (Martha); several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Jacques. He was a well-respected and proud member of the Canadian Armed Forces (Royal Canadian Navy), retiring in 1984. Based at CFB Shearwater, he saw the world from the decks of the HMCS Bonaventure and HMCS Huron, where, as an aircraft mechanic, he kept many aviators safe with his expertise and attention to detail. He enjoyed woodworking, mechanics, playing guitar, playing cards, and always enjoyed good-natured teasing, for which he was known so well. Above all, he enjoyed spending time with his family. Arrangements are under the direction of Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be Thursday, January 29 from 6 - 9 p.m. in the funeral home. Funeral mass will be held on Friday, January 30, at 2 p.m. in St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church, 1 Kuhn Dr., Dartmouth. Father Ronald Cairns officiating. A reception will follow in the church hall. Burial will be in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. Family flowers only, by request. In lieu, donations in Vilbon's name may be made to your charity of choice.
SPURRELL, Dr. Pierce Augustus
Passed peacefully away on Sunday, January 25, 2009, in St. John's, N.L., with his family at his side, Dr. Pierce Augustus Spurrell, age 79 years, born in Eastport, N.L., and resided in St. John's. He was predeceased by his eldest daughter, Joanne Andrews; his parents, Ella Susie (Way) and Chesley James Spurrell. Leaving to mourn with fond and loving memories, his loving wife of 56 years, Audrey (Dawe); his children, Bill (Gerri) and David (Shirley) of St. John's; James (Andrea) of Sherwood Park, Alta. and Susan (Dr. David Barnes) of Halifax; his loving grandchildren, Kelly and Katheryn Spurrell, Erin Andrews, Stephanie and Heather Barnes, Beth Spurrell; sister, Olive Hillerich of Ohio; brother, Roland (Peg) of Carbonear, N.L.; son-in-law, Dr. Bruce Andrews of Kitchener, Ont.; also numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends. Pierce was educated at Memorial University and then attended Dalhousie Medical School, graduating in 1953. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will take place in Carnell's Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Rd., St. John's, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today. Funeral service will be held Thursday, January 29, at 11 a.m. from the Anglican Cathedral. Private interment to follow. Flowers gratefully accepted or donations in his memory may be made to a charity of one's choice.