GRAVES, James George "Jim"
83, Kentville, passed away Wednesday, February 4, 2009, in Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Born in Kentville, he was a son of the late John W. and Clara (Richardson) Graves. Jim spent his early years with the West Nova Scotia Regiment, stationed in Newfoundland. He then went on to work with the Kentville Electric Commission for the next 45 years as a lineman, until his retirement at the age of 65. Jim spent his spare time woodworking and puttering around the yard. He was an avid reader and was well-known for his storytelling and especially his humorous one-liners. Jim always looked forward to visits from his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by sons, Bill (Sandi) Coldbrook; David (Lynne), New Brunswick; Tony (Chris), Steven (Crystal) and Andy (Charlene), all of Kentville; Adam (Cathy), North Alton; Mark (AnneMarie), Canning; daughters, Linda (the late John) Burgess and Josie (Norman) Swinamer, both of Kentville; Mary (Charles) Tidswell, Woodstock, Ont.; Barbara (John) Thorne, Seabright, Halifax Co.; Mona (Owen) Power, Canning; sisters, Mildred Purchase, Kentville; Shirley (John) Roberts, Scarborough, Ont.; Violet (John) Putio, Fort St. John, B.C.; 26 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his loving wife and soulmate of 62 years, the former Mona Geneva Gee; son, Peter; brothers, William, Alfred "Lefty", John and Arthur; sister, Annie Bishop; grandchildren, Cathy, Peter, Shayne and Nicky. Cremation has taken place under the direction of White Family Funeral Home, Kentville and there will be no visitation, by request. The funeral service, followed by a reception, will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, February 6, in White Family Funeral Home, Kentville, Rev. Robert Billings officiating. Burial will take place at a later date in Elm Grove Cemetery, Steam Mill, Kings Co. Family flowers only, by request. Donations in memory may be made to the Lung Association of Nova Scotia, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or the Canadian Cancer Society. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to White Family Funeral Home, Kentville.
HARRISON, Thomas Paul
49, Calgary, Alta., passed away on January 25, 2009, after a brief illness with his family at his side. Born in Montreal, Que., he was a son of Tom and Margaret Harrison. He graduated from Dartmouth High School and went on to Calgary, to learn the sign business. For 28 years he painted and installed signs for companies both in Calgary and Nova Scotia. Tom was a hard-worker, loved his family, NASCAR racing, playing pool and having a few cold ones with friends. He will be very much missed, but never forgotten. He is survived by his mother; wife, Sandra; son, Cody; daughter, Kayla, at home; sister, Rhonda (Paul) and brother, Steve (Catherine). He was predeceased by his father and stepfather. A service was held on January 30th in Calgary.
GILLIS, John Archie
79. It is with great sadness that we, the family, announce the passing of John Archie Gillis, on Wednesday, February 4, 2009, in Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. Born in Inverness, he was a son of the late Dan and Catherine (MacLellan) Gillis. John Archie was a member of Stella Maris Church, Inverness, as well as a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 2298. He enjoyed playing the fiddle and played for many dances and parties. He also enjoyed step-dancing and the horse races. John Archie is survived by his wife, Mona; sons, Johnny (Colleen), Danny (Katie), Roy (Kimmie), all of Inverness. He is also survived by grandchildren, Quarrie, Keisha, and Johnaton; brothers, Alex (Linda), Brockton, Mass.; John Robert (Jeanette), Halifax; sister, Kay, Halifax, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brother, John Charles; and sister, Mary. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. Funeral service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society.
SAMPSON, Mary Dorothy
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Mary Dorothy Sampson that occurred in Strait Richmond Hospital in Evanston on February 5, 2009, in her 86th year. Dorothy battled cancer while maintaining her easy- going personality and wit until the very end. Born in West Arichat, she was a daughter of the late Martha (Jane) Shannon and Cezar Forgeron. She married the late Joseph Sampson and together raised five children. Dorothy was a beautiful person who loved life and surrounded herself with family and friends. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, caring aunt and sister and adored grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved quilting, playing cards, bingo and always keeping herself busy. She is survived by daughters, Shirley (Arthur) Hillier, Donna (Sidney) Short, both of Martinique; Etta (Ronnie) Whyte, Poulamon; sons, Edward (Sharon), Evanston and Wayne (Claudine), Martinique. She is also survived by friend and companion of 11 and a half years, Stanley Boudreau, Boudreauville. She will be remembered by her 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She also leaves to mourn, her sister, Priscilla DeYoung; and brother, Stanley (Clarice) Forgeron, both of Martinique; and several nieces and nephews. Aside from her parents and husband, she was predeceased by brothers, Raymond, Godfrey, Harvey, Alexander and sister, Laura. The family would like to thank Dr. Collins, Palliative Care and the staff at Strait Richmond Hospital for the kind and compassionate care that Dorothy received during her illness. Visitation will be held from 2-9 p.m., on Friday, February 6, in IML Funeral Home, Petit De Grat. Funeral mass to be held Saturday, February 7, at 11 a.m. in Saint Hyacinthe Catholic Church, D'Escousse, with Rev. Dwayne Devereaux officiating. Burial at a later date. Donations in Dorothy's memory may be made to Palliative Care at Strait Richmond Hospital. "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, As long as I'm living, my Mother you'll be." -Robert Munsch
BROWN, Doreen Joyce
75. It is with great sadness that "Joyce's" family announce her peaceful passing into the hands of God in Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Nappan, on Wednesday, February 4, 2009. Born in Nappan, on September 21, 1933, she was a daughter of the late Morley and Lottie (Smith) Ripley. After receiving her grade 11 in Amherst, Joyce graduated from Normal College in Truro with her teaching credentials. Joyce began her teaching career in Strathcona, and later taught in Brooklyn, Sheet Harbour, Port Wallis, Greenwood, Sackville, N.B., and Amherst at the Interprovincial School for the Hearing Impaired. Joyce earned a diploma in primary education and a certificate to teach deaf students. After marriage, Joyce moved to British Columbia and taught in Prince George, Ocean Falls and Cobble Hill. After retirement, Joyce moved back to Nappan to live on the home place. Joyce will be remembered as a caring, generous and compassionate woman who enjoyed life. Joyce enjoyed teaching children as well as taking an avid interest in her nieces and nephews as they grew up, and later in their families. Her mother made her home with Joyce for over 22 years in British Columbia. During Joyce's life, four Kerry Blue Terrier dogs held a very special place in her heart. Joyce had many interests- she enjoyed working in her garden both to grow flowers and vegetables/fruit which she preserved, as well as sewing, quilt making and crocheting. She also had a keen interest in the family's history and was a resource for those looking for information. She was a member of Tantramar chapter of the IODE, retired Teacher's Organization and the Legion. Joyce will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She is survived by brothers, Leonard Ripley, Ottawa, and Alwin (Ruth) Ripley, Nappan; nieces, Elaine (John) Ireland, Smith Falls, Ont.; Louise Jollota and Coral (David) Harris, both of Nappan; Marlene (Mike) Embree, Amherst Point; Elsa (Charlie) Connolly, Brampton; and Sharon (Steve) Weatherbee, Halifax; and nephews, Brian (Darla) Ripley, Ottawa; Melvin (Mary) Ripley, Miramichi; Dwayne (Judi) Murphy and George (Cheryl) Murphy, both of Dartmouth; Reginald (Pam) Ripley, Hayter, Alta. She will be missed by long-time friend, Edna Mae (Leonard) Greene. She was predeceased by her husband of 37 years, Nelson Samler Brown; sister, Lida Marguerita Murphy; infant brother, Garland and sisters-in-law, Elsie Ripley and Hazel Ripley. Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday, February 6, in Furlong-Jones Funeral Home, 70 Church St., Amherst (902-667-8777). Funeral will be held Saturday, February 7, at 2 p.m. in the funeral home, Rev. Marion Lloy officiating. Reception to follow. If you so wish, please consider donations in memory of Joyce to the M&L Ripley Caretakers Fund of Nappan United Church, Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre or a charity of your choice.
TANNER, Maurice Lewis Jr.
48, Newcombville, Lunenburg Co., passed away at home on February 3, 2009. Born April 3, 1960, he was a son of Edith (Selig) Tanner, Italy Cross, and the late Maurice Tanner. Maurice was a hardworking man. He worked in forestry for many years and also in construction and roofing. He was a loving and loyal father and husband. He will be sadly missed by his wife, Judy; sons, Kevin, Jason, Cameron; daughter, Amber; brothers, James, Jody, Thomas, Richard, Danny; sisters, Donna Arenburg, Wendy Corkum, Cathy Guest, Janice Ernst, Patty Levy; many nieces, nephews, and loving friends. Visitation 12 p.m., Monday, until time of funeral service at 2 p.m. in R. A. Corkum Funeral Home, Wileville. Family flowers only. Memorial donations may be made to the Family Monument Fund c/o of R. A. Corkum Funeral Home Ltd.
If tears could build a stairway, And memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven, And bring you home again.
MacNeil, Anne "Nan"
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt, Anne "Nan" MacNeil, a former resident of MacInnis Drive, North Sydney, on Thursday, February 5, 2009, in the Northside Community Guest Home, where she resided. Born in Sydney Mines, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Christine (MacIntosh) MacInnis. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Sydney Mines. Nan enjoyed swimming, skating, bowling, playing cards, listening to Celtic music, and being part of the social functions at the Guest Home. In earlier years Nan worked at Woolworth's department store in Sydney Mines, and Eatons in Sydney. For many years Nan was a devoted care giver to her mother and father and then later to her sister Jeromina. She is survived by her son, Blaise (Colleen) MacNeil, Yarmouth; grandchildren, Kelly Anne, Emily, and Nicole; sisters, Theresa Parsons, Rita (Bill) Penny, both of North Sydney; Christina MacInnis, Sydney; and Margaret Lynch (Tom), Connecticut, U.S.A.; brothers, Gregory (Viva) MacInnis, Sydney Mines; and Bernard (Jenny) MacInnis, B.C.; sisters-in-law, Gerry McInnis, Agnes McInnis, both of Sydney Mines; and Mildred Brown, of North Sydney. She will be dearly missed by her many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Peter MacNeil; brothers, Larry and John "Jack" MacInnis; sisters, Jeromina MacInnis, Barbara Morgan; a brother and sister in infancy; and brother-in-law, George Parsons. Visitation for Nan will be held 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. Funeral mass to be held 2:30 p.m. on Monday in Immaculate Conception Church, Sydney Mines, with Rev. J.J. MacDonald officiating. Burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Sydney. Family flowers only. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.
JOUDREY, Jean Elsie
77, of Bridgewater, passed away February 6, 2009, in South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater. Born in Bridgewater, she was a daughter of the late William and Katie (Beck) Frank. She is survived by her daughter, Dianne (Frank) McAuley, Bayport; son, Gordon (Sheri), Bridgewater; granddaughter, Brooke. She was predeceased by her husband, William H.; brothers, George, Gilbert, Wilfred, Charlie; sisters, Kathleen, Susan, Pauline. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, in Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Bridgewater, Rev. Robert Coote officiating. Burial will follow in Brookside Cemetery, Bridgewater. No flowers or visitation by request. Memorial donations may be made to the IWK Children's Hospital, Children's Wish Foundation, or the charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Sweeny's Funeral Home, Bridgewater.
ANDERSON, Donna Elizabeth
57, Halifax, passed away on Friday, February 6, 2009, at home. Born in Halifax, she was a daughter of the late Harold and Madge (Daniels) Boudreau. Donna had worked for more than 10 years with Hand in Hand, a charity organization in Spryfield. She is survived by her husband, Cyril; daughters, Carrolyn Bilmer (Todd), Halifax Co.; Donna Anderson, Halifax; Wanda (Chris Joseph), Dartmouth; grandchildren, Justina, Heavenly, Shantia, Shaundelle, Hailey, Eve, Magnus and Braedon; brothers, David Boudreau, Spryfield; John Boudreau, Newfoundland; Ernie Boudreau, Halifax; sisters, Diane Sanford, Dartmouth; Joan Raine, Halifax; Jean Baker, Ontario; Judy Arsenault, Halifax. Donna was predeceased by brothers, Harold, Donald, in infancy; sisters, Dorothy and Muriel. Arrangements are under the care of J. Albert Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd., 149 Herring Cove Road, Spryfield (477-5601), where visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 11 from 12-2 p.m. The funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. from the funeral home chapel.
ANDERSON, Kenneth G.
It is with broken hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our dear husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, Ken Anderson, 82, of Sydney Mines. Ken slipped away on Friday, February 6, 2009, at home. Born in North Sydney, he was the only son of the late Archibald and Hilda (MacDermott) Anderson. Ken had been employed as a port agent with CNR in North Sydney for many years, before leaving to manage a fish processing plant for H.B. Nickerson's, then moving on to National Sea Products, in North Sydney, where he would remain until his retirement at age 65. Ken was a community-minded man who took great pride in his work with many groups and organizations over the years. He was an active member and former president of the North Sydney Rotary Club. He was instrumental in bringing the "Rotary Clinic" for disabled children to the Northside General Hospital; and was proud that it became a practice that was an annual event for many years afterward. It was for this type of dedication and selflessness that Ken was awarded the highest honour of the Rotary Club, becoming a "Paul Harris Fellow, " as well as receiving an award presented by Sen. Robert Muir, on behalf of the Government of Canada in 1992, which recognized individuals for outstanding contributions to their communities. Ken had the honour of being the first "Citizen of the Year" in 1972, an award given by the North Sydney Kinsmen Club. Ken was a veteran of the Second World War, serving with the Royal Canadian Navy. He was a lifetime member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 19 North Sydney. He was a former director of the Sydney Harbour Ports Board, a dedicated member of Air Search and Rescue and St. Matthew Wesley United Church, North Sydney. Ken was a family man. He spent many summers camping in Cheticamp and Watson's Siding where he later built a cottage. He enjoyed many years of camping in Whycocomagh, and several winter trips to Florida. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was also a great storyteller and local historian, more than willing to share his knowledge with anyone interested. He is survived by his loving wife and soul mate of over 60 years, Phyllis; daughters, Judy Jackson (Calvin Bradbury), and Cathy; grandson Tyler; sisters Vera Graham, Marie Viva, Minnie (Buddy) Roberts; two nieces, four nephews. He will also be missed by his faithful companion "Star." He was predeceased by his son in infancy; sister-in-law, Georgie Griffin; brothers-in-law, Clarence Graham, Joe Viva and Hedley Griffin, as well as his father and mother-in-law, George and Pearl Reid. Visitation for Ken will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today in W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St. North Sydney. Funeral service will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in St. Matthew Wesley United Church, North Sydney, with Rev. David Luker officiating. Cremation to follow. Family flowers only. Memorial donations may be made to C.B. Cancer Centre, Rotary Disabled Children, or a charity of choice.