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; 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.
GERO, Norman Currie "Bub"
59, New Glasgow, passed away suddenly on Saturday, January 24, 2009. Born in New Glasgow, he was a son of the late Norman Joseph and Esther Laurena (Johnson) Gero. Bub was currently employed as a custodian with the Chignecto Central Regional School Board. Previous to this, he had been employed at various local automobile dealerships doing auto body work prior to opening Gero's Auto Body. Bub was an avid fisherman, enjoyed the outdoor life, playing hockey as well as other sports. He was involved with the New Glasgow Junior B Bombers, played with the Truro Junior B Bearcats, Trenton Softball League and had played Broomball. He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Janel Elizabeth (Phillips) Gero; sisters, Barbara Agadzi, Ajax, Ont.; Faye Gero, Scarborough, Ont.; Norma Jean Gero, Laurena Parris, North York, Ont.; nieces and nephews, George, Charity, Prince, Jennifer, Lena May and Kimberly; aunts, Edith Borden, Canso; Elsie Upshaw, Shirley Landry, Truro; mother-in-law, Betty Phillips, Pictou; brothers-in-law, Dr. Peter (Stephanie) Phillips, Collingwood, Ont.; Doug (Verna) Burgess, New Glasgow. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his father-in-law, Judge Welsford Phillips. The family will receive visitors 12-12:45 p.m. Thursday in P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home Chapel, New Glasgow, where funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. with Rev. Aidan Kingsbury officiating. Interment will be in Brookside Cemetery at a later date. Donations may be made in his memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.
SWEET, Frances Olivia
96, of Billtown, Kings Co., passed away Sunday, January 25, 2009, in Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Born in Cambridge, Kings Co., she was a daughter of the late Frederick and Ethylberta (Marchant) Webster. She lived in Cambridge until the age of 12 and then moved to Dartmouth, following the loss of her parents, where she was a graduate of both Dartmouth Junior and Senior High Schools. She later attended Mount Allison University, Sackville, N.B. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She dedicated her life to her family and always enjoyed visits from family and friends. She was an active member of the community and Billtown Baptist Church, serving with the choir and the Missionary Society. She was a charter member of the Jean Rushton Auxiliary. She is survived by daughter, Donna (Harold) Ward, Hammonds Plains and their children, Heather (Allan), Brian (Tania) and Sara (Jamie); son, Webster (Sharon), Bedford and their children, Chris (Candace), Philip (Karen) and Joanna (Michael); 10 great- grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Philip Sweet in 1965. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, January 29, in White Family Funeral Home, Kentville. The committal service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, January 30, in Lakeview Cemetery, Lakeville, followed by a celebration of the life of Frances to be held at 2 p.m. in Billtown Baptist Church, Rev. Gerald Zinck officiating. A reception will follow in the church vestry. Family flowers only, by request. Donations in memory may be made to Billtown Baptist Church, Multiple Sclerosis Society or Valley Regional Hospital. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to White Family Funeral Home, Kentville.
MacKAY, Barbara Ann
60, Margaree Harbour. The sudden death of Barbara occurred on January 24, 2009, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Born in Inverness on February 4, 1948, she was a daughter of the late Howard and Mathilda "Tillie" (MacLean) MacKay. It was a shock to the community and all who knew her far and wide. Barbara spent 22 years working in Toronto and, after moving to Cape Breton, she was employed at Whale Cove Cottages since 1992. Barbara was an inspiration to all she met, and taught many people the value of life. Barb will be sadly missed by her true friend, Margie. Barbara is survived by brothers, Fred (Gloria), Sarnia Ont.; Arthur (Ruby) MacKay, Margaree Harbour, sister-in-law, Rosie MacKay; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She will also be missed by her little kitty, "Patches". Besides her parents, she was predeceased by brothers, Gordon and Alexander Norman "Al" and sisters, Vera MacKay and Laura Carabin. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 30, at 2 p.m. in Calvin United Church, Margaree Harbour with Rev. Barbara Blois officiating. A private family burial will take place in Whale Cove Cemetery, Margaree Harbour at a later date. No flowers please by family request. Memorial donations may be made to the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital or SPCA.
ROSS, Mary Ruth
79, Lakewood, Calif., passed away on January 21, 2009, in Long Beach Memorial Medical Centre, Long Beach, Calif. Born in Dryden, Va., she was a daughter of the late Robert Lee and Tempa (Slemp) Cox. She is survived by her husband, Loran Ross; sister, Joyce (Phil) Shephard, Richmond, Va.; nephew, Wayne Shephard, Arizona; niece, Carolyn Brim, Texas. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by brother, Glen. Funeral will be 2 p.m., today (Tuesday) in H. Huskilson's Memorial Chapel, Barrington, Rev. Robie Atkinson officiating. Burial will be in Atlantic Cemetery, Stoney Island. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
MacDONALD, John Alexander
78, Halifax, passed away on Monday, January 26, 2009, in Arborstone Enhanced Care. Born in New Glasgow, he was the son of the late Norman and Gladys MacDonald. John will be lovingly remembered by sons, Rodney (Delores), Evert (Bonnie), Murray (Sandra); daughters, Darlene MacDonald (Ronnie Hayden), Brenda (Gary) Spears, Debbie MacDonald, Christine (Jimmie) Fleet, Peggy Myra, Florence (Russell) Robinson, Delores (Ken) Devison, Nancy (Larry) Ford; 19 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary (Slaunwhite). Arrangements are under the direction of J.A. Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd., 149 Herring Cove Rd., Spryfield (477-5601), where visitation will be held today from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A funeral service will be held on January 28 at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lower Sackville. Donations in John's memory may be made to IWK Health Centre Foundation.
SCOTT, Mary Louise
95, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and her dear roommate, Lois Nickerson, at Tidal View Manor on January 24, 2009. Born in Pleasant Lake, April 25, 1913, she was the daughter of George (Flora) Brittain. She taught school for many years between Summerville, Plymouth and Arcadia. Mary was a Lodge member and a member of Plymouth United Baptist Church, where she played the organ for over 50 years. Mary made many quilts and afghans for family and friends. She made hundreds of pairs of mittens for the children of South Centennial School. She is survived by her children, Ruth (George) Hill, Ron (Marietta) Scott, Betty Ann (Bob) Mackenzie, Steven (Wanda) Scott; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; four great great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Mary is also survived by sisters, Margaret Campbell, Enid Langille, Barbara Tutty and Elizabeth Smith, and brother, Ross Brittain. Mary was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Joseph Havelock Scott; sisters, Doris, Ruth, Ann, and Nora in infancy as well as brothers, Bill, Jack, and George. A special thank you to Haley and Jeffrey (grandchildren) for making her late years so bright. Remains are resting in Sweeny's Funeral Home, Yarmouth, where visiting hours were held Monday, from 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. today in Plymouth United Baptist Church, Rev. Dennis Leamont officiating. Burial will be in Plymouth Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to Plymouth United Baptist church. "When I have come to the end of the road, And the son has set for me, I want no rites in a gloom filled room Why cry for a soul set free Miss me a little but not too long And not with your head bowed low Remember the love that we once shared Miss me-but let me go. For this is a journey we all must take, And each must go alone. It's all part of the Master's plan, A step on the road to home. When you are lonely and sick at heart, Go to the friends we know And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds Miss me-but let me go" -Author Unknown
ETTINGER, Howard Evans
Age 78, passed away in Central City Lodge, Vancouver, B.C., on January 22, 2009. He was a son of the late Ercil and Gladys (Fader) Ettinger (of Kennetcook, Hants Co.). He is survived by sisters, Ethel Campbell Stewart, Dartmouth; Alma Harvey (Ralph), Brooklyn, Hants Co.; Elsie Arseneau (Louis), Dartmouth; Irene Arsenault (Ken), Enfield; brother, Lawrence Ettinger (Doris), North Noel Road. He was predeceased by sister, Marguerite Miller; brothers, Murray, Kenneth, Reginald. He spent most of his life in Vancouver. Burial will take place in Vancouver, B.C.
GOODWIN, Sheila Ann
81, Halifax, passed away on January 23, 2009, in QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax. Born in Halifax, she was a daughter of the late Harold and Marcella (MacNeil) Knickle. Sheila is survived by her daughters, Darlene (Ernest) Wilson, Eastern Passage; Kathy, Halifax; sisters, Delores (John) Boudreau, Arichat; Cherma (Ross) Lane, Miramichi; brother, Harold (Carole) Knickle, Dartmouth; grandchildren, Michael, Laurie, Gwen, Vania; great-grandchildren, Kenneth, Dennis and Henry; great great-grandchild, Kayla; many nieces and nephews, especially special niece, Carrot. She was predeceased by her husband, James; son, James in infancy; sister, Dianne Lepine; and brother, Carl Knickle. The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff at QEII Health Sciences Centre, 7.2, for their care and compassion. Cremation has taken place under the care and direction of J. Albert Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd., 149 Herring Cove Rd., Spryfield (477-5601). By request, there will be no visitation or service. Donations in Sheila's memory may be made to the QEII Foundation.
MINER, Agnes Josephine
92, of Bridgetown, formerly of Paradise. It is with great adoration and love that we present the passing of our beloved mother, sister and friend, Agnes Josephine Miner (Ramey), on Thursday, January 22, 2009. Agnes lived a long, happy life. She loved looking after her family and doing as much as she could for others. Agnes spent her early days in Bridgetown with her parents Alice and Angus Ramey and her three sisters. She had many friends and they enjoyed many games of tennis at the local courts and playing with Boots, the family's dog. Professionally, Agnes and her older sister Marion were hairdressers in town and well-known by many of her former clients at Mountain Lea Lodge, where she had resided for the past few years. She and her husband William moved from Amherst to Paradise, where Agnes was actively involved in the Church, Sunday school, card parties, community functions, hairdressing, janitor of the local school, community hall and church. Agnes loved crafts of all kinds. She had many paintings, pottery, ceramics and even woodcarvings that can be found in homes near and far. She also enjoyed making beautiful flower arrangements which she did for weddings, funerals and exhibits for the exhibition. Even with Bill having Parkinson's at an early age, Agnes never lost sight of life, taking care of his every need, while making sure her children pursued their education while performing many community activities. Agnes' strength and pleasing personality had been with her always. In Mountain Lea her caregivers and special friends will always remember her huge welcoming smile. She never had a negative word for anyone. Many thanks to the workers at Mountain Lea Lodge for helping her last years to be happy ones. Mom, thanks for showing "us" how to enjoy all life's ups and downs. You will be greatly missed, but oh so well received in Heaven with Bill, Marion, Myrna and other friends. They have been waiting patiently for you. Enjoy what God has waiting for such a special person. Many thanks also to the her roommate, Edna Lacy for the poems, songs and stories enjoyed by Agnes and her daughter, Julie. Mom, remember Edna's favorite song written for you- "Dear face that holds such a smile for me, if you were not mine how dull the world would be!" Love you always. Agnes is survived by daughter, Julie Ann (David), Greenwood; son, Stephen William, Hunxe, Germany; sister, Eleanor (Victor) Obermeyer, Kitchener, Ont.; grandson, Daniel (Stephanie) Morley, Rock Hill, South Carolina and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Angus and Alice Ramey; husband, William Charles Miner; sisters, Marion Wilson and Myrna Neary. In 1970 Agnes signed papers donating her body for Medical Research. She said "I won't need it and possibly it will help others". By Agnes' request, there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, please spend time with a senior.