MITCHELL, Frank William
Died January 31, 2009. He was a son of the late Raymond and Vilda (Forbes) Mitchell. Survived by his partner, Debbie; sons, Frankie (Starr), Joey (Caitlin); daughter, Krissie (Wes); stepson, Craig (Tammy); stepdaughter, Tanya (John); grandson, Luke; granddaughter, Trinity; eight stepgrandchildren; brothers, Gerry (Barbara), Lewis, Neil (Darlene); sisters, Patsy (Hermie), Libby (Allison); many nieces, nephews. Predeceased by brothers, Hughie, Aubrey. Cremation has taken place under Campbell's Funeral Home where funeral service will take place February 5, 2 p.m.
BILGEN, Virginia Lola
88, Wedgewood House, Kentville, passed away Saturday, January 31, 2009 at home. Born in New Ross, she was a daughter of the late Emmerson and Winnie (Meister) Redden. She had been employed throughout her career as a clerk, secretary, receptionist and switchboard operator. She worked with E. R. Boggs Grocery Store, Kentville and later moved to Sudbury, Hamilton, Buffalo and Royal Oak, Michigan. She retired from Gallagher-Kaiser Corporation where she was a valued employee for 20 years. She affiliated with many churches throughout her travels and was a member of the New Minas Baptist Church. She is survived by sisters, Rose Doyle, South Alton; Helen (Jim) Adie, Comox, B.C.; Birdie Moores, Halifax; brothers, Robert (Gloria) and Hughie (Carol), both of South Alton; Harold (Clara), Cambridge; Emery, Kentville; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Leonard "Dick"; sisters, Rita Bowman, Gladys Hunt, Hazel Lake and Mary Schurman; brothers, Basil, Clyde, Terrence, Earl and Chesley. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 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. Tuesday, February 3, in New Minas Baptist Church, Rev. Dr. Robert Knowles officiating. Burial will take place in Elm Grove Cemetery, Steam Mill, Kings Co. Donations in memory may be made to New Minas Baptist Church, Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to White Family Funeral Home, Kentville.
MILLETT, Lewis Fraser "Lew"
93, Windsor, Hants Co., and Clearwater, Fla., passed away Saturday, January 31, 2009, in Hants Community Hospital, Windsor, with his loving wife at his side. Born on August 5, 1915, in Windsor, he was the only son of the late Frederick and Anna (Curry) Millett of Martock. Lewis graduated from MacDonald High School, Middleton and Acadia University's Engineering Class of 1937. He also graduated from Nova Scotia Tec in 1939 as an Electrical Engineer. Lew worked for General Electric in Ontario and at the Canadian Broadcasting Co. in Toronto. During the war years he was employed at the Research Council in Ottawa. Lewis married Mary Crain, an American girl, after the war and he went to the United States. He was employed there in Farnsworth Lab, working on the early development of television. He was also employed at the Bendix Lab and worked on the invention of the microwave. His career took him to Washington, D.C., there he worked on the invention and production of the USA Navy's first ground to air missiles, the Tarter Terrior and Talas. There his position was Vice President and Director of Engineering. He was also involved in developing a sensor for the detection of nerve gases used in the war. This sensor was adopted by NATO and today it is used world wide. Lewis retired in 1976 to live in Clearwater, Fla. Lewis is survived by his son, Lewis Jr. (Christine), Maitland, Fla. His first wife, Mary passed away in 1989 but Lewis went on to marry his second wife, Audrey (Phinney) Goucher in Florida in January 1992. Besides Audrey, he is also survived by stepchildren, David (Michelle) Goucher, Beaudesert, Australia; Judith MacDonald, Montreal, Que.; Kathryn Crickmer, Lower Sackville; Brian (Linda) Goucher, Falmouth; John (Sandra) Goucher, Alberta; Suzanne (John) Pothier, Falmouth; 14 step grandchildren and 16 step great-grandchildren. Arrangements have been entrusted to Lohnes - DeMont Funeral Service Ltd., 419 Albert St., Windsor (902-798-8317). There will be no visitation by family request. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 3, in Lohnes - DeMont Funeral Service Chapel, Rev. Jeffrey White officiating, followed by a reception in the funeral home's Elmcroft Reception Centre. As per Lew's wishes, he will be sent home to Florida where a funeral service, as well as burial, will be held in Brooksville, later in the week. Donations in memory of Lew may be made to Windsor United Baptist Church, PO Box 243, Windsor, NS, B0N 2T0 or a charity of one's choice.
JENNINGS (Sweet), Margaret Beverly
89, Antigonish, passed away peacefully, Saturday, January 31, 2009, in St. Martha's Regional Hospital. Born in Antigonish she was a daughter of the late Harry Kinsman and Florence Earle (Fader) Sweet. Margie was a graduate of Mount St. Bernard College. Along with her family, Margaret developed Crystal Farm in Antigonish Harbour as tourist and recreation center which hosted weddings, dances and tourists, including celebrities of the era. She met Albert in Montreal, and lived there, as well as Winnipeg and Mississauga, while keeping close links to Antigonish, returning in 2000. Surviving are husband, Albert; brother, Buddy (Emily), Antigonish; brother-in-law, Gordon Buckley, Niagara Falls, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by sister, Marion Buckley. There will be no visitation. Funeral Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in St. James United Church, Main St., Antigonish, Rev. Peter Smith presiding. Burial of ashes at a later date in St. James and St. Paul's Cemetery. Donations to St. James United Church.
HOLLAND, Dr. James Gilbert
71, Halifax. Passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side. Born in Halifax, he was the son of the late Dr. Clyde W. and Mona (Hughes) Holland. He attended Dalhousie University where he graduated with a B.Sc with first class honors and the University Medal in Biology. He then attended Medical school and graduated with an MD degree and he was awarded the University Gold Medal in Medicine. His father had received the same medal 40 years earlier. This was the first time father and son received this medal in Dalhousie's history. Following post graduate training in Halifax, Montreal and Toronto, he returned to Halifax and joined the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie. During his years at Dalhousie he received many awards for teaching excellence, including on two occasions , the Silver Shovel Award, which is given by the graduating class to the Professor of the Year. He was a member of the medical staff of the Victoria General Hospital and the Halifax Infirmary. He was also the Director of the Pulmonary Function Lab in both institutions. He was the founder of the Hyperbaric Unit of the VGH. He was a member of the Naval reserve for 35 years, retiring as Surgeon Commander in 1989. In 1998 he was employed by Atlantic Offshore Medical Inc. which led him to new adventures at sea. He was admitted to the Order of St John in 1987. He was also awarded the Carnegie and Rockefeller Professor Award in 2001. As a young man he played the pipe organ and saxophone. He was a founding member of the Dalhousie Medical Tupper Band. He was a life member of St Matthews United Church where he served as an elder. Jim loved his Scotty dogs, and worked with Scotty Rescue. Though a man of so many distinguished awards and experiences he always remained humble, caring and sensitive to all he encountered. We will all miss him dearly. He is survived by his wife, Christine Anne (Reyno); two stepdaughters, Elizabeth and Selena; brother, Dennis (Pat), River John and stepgrandchildren, Josh, Jordan, Cally, Blaine, and Noah. Also two nieces, Karen (Jim) Riley and Sara (Rod Weir) Holland; nephew, David (Catherine) Holland; great-niece and nephew, Holly and Mark. Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor Street, Halifax, on Tuesday, February 3, 2009 and memorial service to be held Wednesday, February 4 at 2 p.m. in St Matthew's United Church, Halifax, Rev. Ross Bartlett officiating. Interment in Camphill Cemetery. Family flowers only, donations may be made to St. Matthew's Music Fund or charity of choice. Special thanks to the Palliative Home Care Unit for their care and compassion shown to Jim and our family.
KENNEDY, Gerald Leo
Passed away suddenly January 26, 2009, at the age of 78. He was a son of the late David Kennedy and Mary (Ayles) Kennedy. Left to mourn his passing is the love of his life, his wife of 54 years, Noreen (Taylor) Kennedy; children, Sharon (Dave) Baker, Pickering, Ont.; son, Dave (Patti), Barrie, Ont.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Bill Kennedy, Brookfield; sisters, Marilyn (Don) MacNeil, Truro; Anne (Dave) Delaney, Abercrombie. A private family funeral and a celebration of his life were held in Ajax, Ont. Donations may be made to War Amps of Canada or Lower Pleasant Valley Cemetery.
HARRIS, George Enos "Snookie"
82, Little River Harbour, Yarmouth Co., passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 31, 2009, at home, with his family by his side. Born July 27, 1926, in Comeau's Hill, he was a son of the late Oscar and Annie Mae (Muise) Harris. George was a veteran of the Second World War, after which he continued to serve with the Canadian Armed Forces (Army). After retiring from the military, he primarily worked as a lobster fisherman, but also worked for Kenny Construction, as a foreman for Alfred J. LeBlanc, and with Bonda Fisheries, Yarmouth. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No. 155, Wedgeport, as well as a member of the Knights of Columbus, Msgr. W. E. Young Fourth Degree Assembly, Yarmouth, to which he volunteered much of his time. George will always be remembered for his love of teasing, and for his infectious smile. Surviving are his wife of 62 years, J. Dora (Jacquard) Harris; daughters, Joan (Paul) Fitzgerald, Little River Harbour; Alice (Loring) Clairmont, Melbourne; Marion (James) Jacquard, Comeau's Hill; Susan (Mitchell) Penney, Yarmouth; loving grandchildren, Donald, Michael, Laurianne, Barbie, Yvette, Lisa, Amy, Melissa, Michelle, Megan, Melanie, Mandie; great-grandchildren, Ryan, Colin, Danielle, Alyssa, Colton, Garrett, Corry, Kristen, Logan, Cody and Jonah. Also surviving are siblings, Sr. Alice Harris, Boston, Mass.; Margaret Nickerson, Ulysse Harris, both of Little River Harbour; Mabel Harris, Toronto; Yvonne (Maurice) Lopes, Scarborough, Ont.; Douglas (Joan) Harris, Brighton, Ont.; Oscar (Elaine) Harris, Little River Harbour; Helen (Charles) Wyman, Barrie, Ont. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, Jean Milford Harris, in infancy, Stillman Harris and Herman Harris; sister, Albertine Harris, in infancy; brother-in-law, Delmar Nickerson; sisters-in-law, Catherine Harris and Mary Harris. Visitation will take place from 2-4 and again from 7-9 p.m. today, with a Royal Canadian Legion service at 7:30 p.m., followed by prayers at 8 p.m. The funeral mass will be held at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 4, in Saint Gabriel's Catholic Church, Comeau's Hill, Msgr. Gerald LeBlanc officiating, assisted by Father Wieslaw Papuga and Father Gregory Sampson. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada or to Saint Gabriel's Parish Cemetery.
McINNIS, Sean Patrick
44, passed away suddenly on January 31, 2009, at his home in Halifax. Born in Sydney Mines, a graduate of U.C.C.B. and Acadia University, he was the son of Agnes (Sutherland) McInnis and the late Larry McInnis. Sean is survived by his partner and best friend of 23 years, Debbie MacInnis, Halifax; his mother, Agnes McInnis, Sydney Mines; his sister, Anne Christene (Neil) Whitfield, Belleville; and brothers, Lawrence (Lynne), Markham, Ont.; Brian (Gena), Kentville; and Terry (Cathy), Ottawa. Sean was a much-loved uncle who will be greatly missed by his nieces and nephews, Christian, Jim, Darby and Shane MacInnis, Markham; Morgan, Laura and Kyly Whitfield, Belleville, Ont.; Erin and Sarah MacInnis, Kentville; Meghan and Bridget McInnis, Ottawa; and Keith Kowalczyk, Howies Centre. A private family visitation will take place on Wednesday February 4, at 11 a.m. in Fillmore & Whitman Funeral Home, Sydney Mines. Donations in Sean's memory may be made to FEED NOVA SCOTIA.
PURDY, Mary Sharon
61, Eastern Passage. It is with great sadness that we the family of Mary Purdy, announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and dear friend. Mary passed away peacefully on Monday, February 2, 2009 in Dartmouth General Hospital. She was a daughter of the late Charles and Elsie Ritchie. She was employed with the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources until she retired. Mary was a loving, kind and generous person who always wanted to help others. She will be sadly missed and forever remembered by all for her kindness and her good nature. Mary is survived by her husband of 39 years, Wayne: sons, Dwayne (Nicole), Neil (Amy); precious grandchildren, Leah and Josh, of all Eastern Passage. Mary will also be lovingly remembered by brothers, Roy (Marg) Ritchie, Seaforth; David (Elaine) Ritchie, Hamilton, Ont.; Rod (Nancy), Dartmouth; sisters, Betty Reeleder, Mildred (Calvin) DeMont, Hilda (Bob) Cole, Bertha (Henry) Graham, June (Rick) Jackson, all of Dartmouth. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by granddaughter, Mya; brothers, Eric, Ron, Murray, Kenny, Gerald and Raymond and sister, Doris. Visiting will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday in Eastern Passage Community Funeral Home, 5 Cow Bay Rd., Eastern Passage. Funeral mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Friday in St. Clement's Roman Catholic Church (Gaston Road-Dartmouth). Burial will follow in St. Andrews Cemetery. A reception will immediately follow in the Buffalo Club, Cow Bay Road, all are welcome. Family flowers only, please. Donations in Mary's memory may be made to Canadian Cancer Society.
GRANT, Joseph William
73. The strongest man in Moschelle has died in Annapolis Community Health Centre, Annapolis Royal, on February 1, 2009. He was much-loved and will be so missed by his devoted wife, Paulette Hutchinson; his children, Heather (Keith Jackson), Scott (Sheri Bertaux); grandchildren, Abigail, Eric, Faith, Joe and Kate; his siblings, Kenny (June), Ruth (Harold Dexter), Doris (Emerson Durling), Joyce (James Wiles), Mary (Ansel Taylor, William Boates), Gladys (Ralph Gates); stepchildren, Angela McMullen, Peter Hutchinson, Heather Cook, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The handsomest man in Moschelle was born on December 4, 1935, the 11th of Effie (Rhynard) and Charles Grant's 12 children. He was predeceased by his parents; siblings, Idella (Bob Taylor), George (Mary), Edmond (Gloria), Myrna (Burt Oickle), Freeman (Matilda). His daughter, Heather and son, Scott carry on his blue eyes, full of mischief, his love of family and strong work ethic. His grandchildren will remember Grandpa Joe for his song "There is a hold...", games, "Bore-a-Bore-a-Bore-a-Hole" and lots of fun outdoors on the 4 wheeler (go go) and skidoo (do do). The smartest man in Moschelle always worked hard, instilling in his family the value of honest work. As a young man he worked in the woods and began his married life with first wife, Doreen (Durling), working for the Coca Cola plant, then later as a licensed burner mechanic. He worked for Annapolis Boat Builders. He retired in 2000, to spend time with the important things - family, his garden, woodworking, spending time outdoors and his home. One of the most loved men in Moschelle was happiest outside in his famous garden, where he grew the earliest potatoes. Rumor has it "he planted them in February". Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 4, from 2-4, 7-9 p.m. in Kaulbach Family Funeral Home, Annapolis Royal. Funeral service will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. in St. Luke's Anglican Church, Annapolis Royal, with Canon Ken Vaughan officiating. Interment will be held in St. Albans Cemetery, Lequille. Donations in memory may be sent to The Lung Association or charity of choice.
We All Love You "This is Joe Grant from Moschelle, over and out"