FALKENHAM, Eldon E.
61, of Boars Back, Cumberland Co., passed away suddenly on Sunday, February 1, 2009, at home. Born in Advocate Harbour, he was a son of Dora (DeWitt) Fuller, Parrsboro, and the late Sidney Falkenham. He was a retired construction worker having operated his own business earlier in his life, and later with various private companies. He was a member of Minas Lodge, Parrsboro and King Edward Lodge, River Hebert. As well, he was a member of Legion Branch No. 45, Parrsboro. He was the district representative for the Parrsboro AA Group. He is survived by his wife, the former Laura Rector; daughter, Sidnee, at home; son, Nicholas, at home; stepdaughters, Tanya Simmonds, Summerside, P.E.I; Michelle Simmonds, Amherst; Rhonda Willigar, Truro; stepson, Shawn (Cathy), Truro; sister, Laurine Smith (Gordon), Wetaskiwin, Alta.; six stepgrandchildren, Kenisha, Shenya, Alicia, Codey, Christopher, Shawn; a step great-granddaughter, Madison; niece, Janice and nephew, Greg. Visitation will be held 7-9 p.m. today in Smith's Funeral Home, Parrsboro, where funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, Rev. Greg Doyle officiating. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.
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.
BARREIRO, Ramon "Moncho"
67, Dartmouth, passed away on January 25, 2009, at home. Born in La Coruna, Spain, he was a son of the late Jose and Maria (Fernandez) Barreiro. Ramon was a carpenter by trade, and a proud member of Carpenter's Union Local 83. As a young man he traveled the world and loved to share stories of his visits to exotic areas. Always a big fan of sports, he took great pride in the field hockey and soccer skills of his two youngest daughters, and was in the stands for every home game. His family was his greatest source of joy - he loved nothing more than games night with them and their closest friends. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Maria (Salgueiro); sons, Marco (Tara), Miguel, and Jaime (Melissa); daughters, Rocio, Cristina, Maria; grandson, Benjamin; brother, Jose (Ramona), all of Dartmouth; sister, Maria (Pedro) Fiuza, Spain; nieces and nephews and son at heart, Cameron O'Neil, Dartmouth. Visitation was held Tuesday from 7-9 p.m., and today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., all in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth. Funeral mass will be held Thursday, January 29, at 10 a.m. in St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church. Burial to follow in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. Donations in Ramon's name may be made to QEII Foundation or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.
88, Halifax, passed away January 26, 2009, in Arborstone Enhanced Care. Born in West Arichat, she was a daughter of the late Walter and Eva (Forgeron) Duann. Ina was a valued employee for 30 years at Eaton Co. in Halifax, retiring in 1979. Ina was a kind and caring individual whose talents included being an excellent seamstress, having created many unique patterns for her nieces over the years. Also while at home, she baked many treats, fudge and tire (old fashioned pull candy) being her specialties. She is survived by her sister, Hilda's children from the home in which she resided in Halifax, George Sourisseau, Halifax; Paulette (Fran) Sourisseau, Darling's Island, N.B.; Anne (Brian) Saulnier, Halifax; sisters-in-law, Theresa Duann, Dartmouth and Mary Duann, West Arichat, Cape Breton; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Ina is predeceased by brothers, Patrick (Audrey), Francis, Albert, George and Leonard and sister, Hilda (Les) Sourisseau. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Cruikshank's Halifax Funeral Home. A memorial mass will be held 10 a.m. Friday January 30, in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Father James Mallon officiating. The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff of the Arborstone nursing home where Ina resided for the last 16 years for the excellent care they provided, especially during her last difficult days.
HESSIAN (Hughes), Mary Elizabeth
Born January 9, 1946, in New Glasgow, passed away in Aberdeen Hospital on January 26, 2009. Mary was the beloved mother of sons, David (Jennifer), Lower Sackville, and Tony (Cyndi), Trenton; loving Nana and "humorist" to her grandchildren, Justin, Morgan, Marshall and Lucas Hessian. She is survived by her sister, Marion (Brendan) Connaughton, Rexdale, Ont., and brother, Joseph "Joe" (Bernie) Hughes, Trenton, as well as her close family of nieces and nephews. Mary was predeceased by her parents, Fred and Theresa Hughes; her brother, Louis "Luke" Hughes and nephew, Steven Hughes. Mary valued her long-time personal relationships with her many friends and close confidantes. She was well-known to many in the community as the quick-witted and acerbic manager of the Coles Book Store in the Highland Square Mall for the past 20 years. Mary was an active member of Christ The King Church as well as a long-time member of the Trenton High School Reunion Committee. Visitation will be held in R.H. Porter Funeral Home, 73 High St., Trenton on Wednesday, January 28, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral mass will be held in Christ The King Roman Catholic Church in Trenton on Thursday, January 29, at 3:30 p.m. with Father Gary MacPherson officiating. Interment will follow at a later date in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or Christ The King Parish.
MacLELLAN, Leslie Irene
86, Northumberland Veterans Unit, SHMH, Pictou, formerly of Thorburn passed away peacefully on Monday, January 26, 2009, in the Unit. Born in Thorburn, she was a daughter of the late George Robert and Mary Katherine (MacKinnon) MacLeod. She joined the Royal Canadian Air Force Women's Division in 1942, serving in Canada until 1945, obtaining the rank of Corporal. She was a lifetime member of Union Presbyterian Church, Thorburn, having served with the Ladies Guild and as a Sunday School Superintendent for over 20 years. She was a past Noble Grand of Dorcas Rebekah Lodge No. 42, Thorburn, a 50-year jewel holder and recipient of the Declaration of Chivalry Jewel. She was a member of Century Chapter No. 10, Order of the Eastern Star, New Glasgow. Surviving are her daughters, Mary K. (Clarrie) MacKinnon, Westville; Ardath (Cecil) Rankin, Pictou; son, George (Heather), Stellarton; sisters, Ardath Black, New Glasgow; Eileen (Duke) Johnson, Markham, Ont.; grandchildren, Jyl MacKinnon (Trevor Robson), Kent (Tina) MacKinnon, Sarah MacKinnon, Bradley McLean, Maureen McLean, Liz MacLellan; great-granddaughters, Clare, Grace and Nora MacKinnon; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, George Elmer MacLellan; brothers, Stuart and Alden MacLeod; son-in-law, Jamie McLean. Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., Royal Canadian Legion Tribute Service 3:45 p.m., Century Chapter No. 10, O.E.S. Service 6:15 p.m. and Dorcas Rebekah Lodge No. 42 service 6:30 p.m., all Thursday in P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home, New Glasgow. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday in Union Presbyterian Church with Rev. Jeff Lackie officiating. Interment will be in Thorburn Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations may be made in her memory to Union Presbyterian Church or the Northumberland Veterans Bus Fund.
SYLLIBOY, Valon Tina
Died Saturday, January 24, 2009. A daughter of Nancy Sylliboy and Christopher Gabriel, she is also survived by sisters, Mary Madeline, Kaelyn; brother, Gerald; godparents, Terrance Sylliboy and Ann Frances; grandfather, Roderick Bernard; special mom, Jessie; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Predeceased by grandparents, Simon and Mary Sylliboy, Madeline Poulette Bernard, Miranda Gabriel and Fred Gabriel; brother, Roderick Jr. Visitation Thursday after 7 p.m., 47 Naomi Dr., Eskasoni. Funeral mass Saturday, 10:30 a.m., Holy Family Church.
BURNS (Ryan), Evelyn
It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, wife and friend on January 26, 2009, in Colchester Hospital, with her loving family by her side, following her battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband, Robert "Ed"; daughters, Bonnie Canfield (Elwood), Tatamagouche; Diane Hilchie (Steven), Enfield; grandchildren, Trinda Webster (Doug), Tara Heitkemper (Kenney), Jeffrey Greenough (Nicki) and Justin Hilchie, and eight great-grandchildren whom she loved spending time with. She was the last surviving member of her family. She was predeceased by her parents, Robert and Martha Banks; sisters, Frances and Betty; brother, Donald; former husband, Percy Ryan. She also went through losing her only son, Kenny Taylor, which was a very difficult time in her life. Evelyn was born in Saugus, Mass., moving to Canada as a young child. She later moved to Truro where she raised her family and worked for the Municipality of Colchester for many years and made many lifelong friendships. She met and married the love of her life, Rob. She loved to travel, go camping, dance and loved her home. When they retired, they spent many winters in Florida, where she continued to enjoy life and met so many more people that were so dear to her heart. Cremation has taken place. A service will be held to celebrate her life at Onslow United Church on Friday, January 30 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Gerry Kerr officiating. The family will receive friends at a reception downstairs following the service. A very special thank you to the Palliative Care Team at Colchester Hospital, especially Paula Miller, for all their support, the nurses on the 4th floor, and a special thank you to Dr. Rowe for his support and compassion through this very difficult time. Donations may be made to the Red Cross or the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 26.
SAMSON, Joseph Alzear
77, Arichat, passed away peacefully with family by his side on January 24, 2009, in Strait Richmond Hospital. Born in Petit de Grat, he was a son of the late Joseph Walter and Ida Mai (Boudreau) Samson. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Delia (Marchand) Samson; son, Calvert Samson; daughters, Verna Boudreau (Ray Paul), Ronalda Samson-Hancox (Phil), Tania Gould (Paul), Kyla Heudes (Michel) and Jalna Samson (Neil); 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sister, Idella (the late Stanley Samson); brothers, Raymond (Edith), George (Elise). He was predeceased by his son, Joseph Bernard Samson; sisters, Kathleen Roberts and Clarisse Samson. His body has been donated to medical science, therefore there will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 31, at 10 a.m. to celebrate the life of Alzear Samson in Our Lady of Assumption Parish in Arichat, officiated by Father Duaine Devereaux. Reception will follow in the church Hall.
PENTZ, Lewis Baxter
83, Camperdown, Lunenburg Co., passed away on January 26, 2009, in Queens General Hospital, Liverpool. He was born on June 3, 1925, and was a son of the late Robert and Evangeline (Nowe) Pentz of Pentz. He was a veteran of the Second World War having served with the Merchant Marine. He is survived by wife, Barbara (Crouse), Camperdown; sons, Ross (Carla), Bridgewater; Dick (Linda), Bridgewater; Alex (Joanne), Camperdown; daughter, Barbara (Andy Hirtle), Mason's Beach Road; sisters, Marguerite, Phyllis and Elizabeth; brother, Earl; grandchildren, Paul Benning, Jorel Pentz; Georgia Kelly (Jeff), Don Kehoe; Jared, Jenna Pentz; Tashina Weagle; Emma, Lucas and Abbie Pentz, great- grandchild, Cullen Kelly. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by sisters, Isabelle and Beulah; brothers, Carl and Ross. Funeral will be held 11 a.m. Friday, January 30, in Christ Lutheran Church, Camperdown, Rev. Catherine House officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. No visitation at the funeral home by family request. Family flowers only. Memorial donations may be made to any charity of your choice.
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.