FORBES, Kenneth Angus
51, Halifax, passed away February 8, 2009, in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII. Born in Halifax, he was a son of Kenneth Hiram and Phyllis Josephine (McLean) Forbes of New Glasgow. Ken lived for his pride and joy which are his children. Surviving are his daughter, Margaret "Peggy" Forbes, Windsor, Ont.; son, Kenneth Charles Forbes, Vancouver, B.C.; brother, Daniel Forbes, Bridgetown. He was predeceased by best friend, Charles Paul McCarthy. Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Thursday, where funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Friday February 13, both in J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor St. Halifax. Interment in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lower Sackville. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Nova Scotia Branch.
Died Monday February 3, 2009. She was a daughter of Lloyd "Lee" and Marilyn (Young) Bennett. Survived by sisters, Raylene Bennett, Sydney; Cheryl (Frank "Oakie") O'Connell, Halifax; brothers, Buddy (Nancy), New Waterford; David (Linda), Ottawa, Ont.; Kelly, Alberta; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, Michael, Jennifer, Christopher, Joshua, Jillian, Kyle, Janel, Kobi. Predeceased by her grandparents, Agatha and Patty Young, and Elizabeth and Thomas Bennett. Cremation has taken place. A memorial mass was held 11 a.m. Friday February 6, in Holy Redeemer Church.
MAYBEE, Gordon R.
1915-2009. Lulu Belle (Thompson) and Carleton H. Maybee have opened their arms to welcome their eldest son, Gordon to their eternal home upon completion of his 93 year-long earthly tour of duty. Gordon was a fully active resident of the Veteran's Memorial Building in Halifax until four days before his passing there on February 9, 2009. Gordon was a man who strove to achieve a lifetime balance in his commitment to his family, his country, his faith and his community. Born in Perth, Ont., on September 4, 1915, Gordon graduated from Sydenham High School and worked for a time with the T. Eaton Company in Toronto. Always up for adventure, he and Cousin Joe worked their way to Europe on a cattle boat, bought bicycles and explored in times of innocence. When war broke out in Europe the year after, he rushed to enlist in the Canadian Army, and crossed the Atlantic once again as a proud member of the Irish Regiment of Canada. Rising to the rank of Captain, Gordon led his men on tours of duty from the mountains of Italy to the final liberation of Holland in May of 1945. A training session at Camp Debert gave Gordon the opportunity to meet a young volunteer ambulance-driving, piano-playing teacher from Shubenacadie named Phyllis Westbury, whom he married on June 27, 1942, and who senses his loss today at Northwood Center, Halifax, after 66 years of marriage. At the Second World War's end, Gordon persevered through several years as a mature student, with Phyllis and young daughter Janet at his side, eventually graduating from the University of New Brunswick in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry. He then commenced a career with the Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forests and eventually retired as Director of Operations in 1976. He will be remembered for his groundbreaking work in Crown Lands management, the development of sound silviculture practices, encouraging woodlot owners to grow Christmas trees as a cash crop and the development of much of the early Provincial Park infrastructure. Moving with Phyllis to their retirement home on Hardwood Hill in Lower Debert, Gordon continued his involvement with his love of the forest as Education Officer with the Nova Scotia Forestry Association, speaking in schools, organizing poster contests and giving guided tours on the nature trail he created on his property. Gordon was still in command on Hardwood Hill until well after his 90th birthday. Phyllis and he were blessed with many years of healthy retirement, both in Nova Scotia and in Lakeland, Fla. Together, they fulfilled many dreams as they were able to travel extensively, from cruising the Rideau Canal to motoring through the Scottish Highlands. Perhaps the high point of their travels came in 1985 when they were invited to participate in the 40th anniversary celebrations commemorating the Liberation of Holland. In 1991 Gordon represented his Regiment at commemorative ceremonies in Ortona, Italy. Gordon always found time to give back to his church and his community. A lifelong adherent of the United Church of Canada, he held many positions on executive boards, acted as a teacher and superintendent of Sunday School, and devoted many years as registrar for the annual Berwick United Church Camp. He was very active in various capacities with the Boy Scouts of Canada, both as a leader in the cub and scout programs, and as a participant on District and Provincial Councils, a long-time involvement that earned him Scouting's prestigious Medal of Merit. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Debert Military Museum, and served as a volunteer guide for many years. Gordon was a member of the Great Village Legion as well as the DGM men's club; believing in the vital importance of the Legion's legacy, he coached teams of young students to championships in the Call to Remembrance program. Even in his adopted winter home in Lakeland, Gordon volunteered his "baby cuddling" talents at the local Children's Hospital. Gordon still found time for his recreational passions of sailing, golfing and fly-casting from his trusty canoe on quiet mornings. Always an innovator, Gordon established the first commercially viable low-bush blueberry growers cooperative in Colchester County in the late 1950's. In addition to life partner Phyllis, Gordon is survived by daughter, Janet, Sheet Harbour; son, Ross (Donna), Halifax; grandchildren, Tracy, Ottawa; Tracie, Kentville; Gordon, Graeme, Halifax; Ellen, Lower Debert and great-grandson, Carleton, Kentville; sister, Hazel and brothers, Doug, Truro; Lloyd and Keith, Ontario, numerous nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place under the care of Colchester Community Funeral Home, Truro. By Gordon's request, there will be no visitation or memorial service. A graveside service in Glenholme will be arranged some sunny spring day. Gordon would like to have any donations in his memory directed to continue the work of the Debert Military Museum or the Bass River Veteran's Memorial Garden. He and his family owe sincere gratitude to the staff at VMB (V6E) for their loving care and kindness.
MacNEIL, Norman Joseph
80, of Halifax passed away on February 6, 2009, at home following a lengthy illness. Born in Glace Bay, he was the son of the late Malcolm L. MacNeil and Jenny (Currie) MacNeil. He was educated in Glace Bay and later at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish and Technical University of Nova Scotia in Halifax. He was employed as an engineering consultant in Northern Quebec, Saskatchewan, Elliot Lake and the Department of Fisheries and Public Works in Halifax. He is survived by his wife, Anne Bruce and daughter, Alison Anne MacNeil. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Roddy, Malcolm and Angus of Cape Breton; sister, Marion Burrows of Boston, and twin sister, Theresa Briand of Montreal. Cremation has taken place at Serenity Funeral Home and Crematorium in Port Williams. No visitation will be held. Funeral mass will take place on Saturday, February 14, at 10 a.m. in St. Stephens Church on 6032 Normandy Dr., at the corner of Robie Street.
MacKAY, Andrew Neil "Andy"
52, of Bexley, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly at home on January 4, 2009. Andrew was a son of Ruth Bird MacKay, formerly of Amherst and the late Kenneth MacKay (of Tidnish Bridge). He was a grandson of the late Lew B. Bird (of Amherst) and nephew of Donald J. Bird, of Cedarstone, Truro. Andrew has several other relatives in Nova Scotia and Ontario and loved the family cottage in Lorneville. Andy was a graduate of Bexley High School and The Ohio State University where he was a member of the Varsity Hockey Team. He was employed as a Design Engineer at Prime Equipment Group Inc. He is survived by wife, Robin; son, Jason; daughter, Sara; mother, Ruth MacKay; brothers, Michael of Kalamazoo, Mich.; John of Columbus, Ohio and Peter (Sherri) of Bexley; several nieces, nephews and many cousins in Canada. He was predeceased in death by father, Kenneth MacKay. Andy loved his family, sports, old cars and having fun. He will be missed in his neighborhood and at work. Funeral service Thursday at 1 p.m. in Evans Funeral Home, 4171 E. Livingston Ave., Bexley.
Died February 8, 2009. She was the daughter of the late Michael and Anna (Gryson) Stack. She is survived by her son, Terry; brother, Alex Stack, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, John Edward McIntyre and brother, Steve Stack. There will be no visitation. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 16 Reserve St., Glace Bay. A funeral mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Joseph's Church, Reserve Mines. Interment in the parish cemetery at a later date. Donations may be made to St. Joseph's Cemetery Fund.
COLE, Hallett W.
Died February 7, 2009. He was a son of the late Raymond and Margaret (Coombs) Cole. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia (Williams) (Conrad); son, Stephen (Donna), Milton; stepdaughter, Darlene (Charles) Buchanan, Hilden and stepson, Darrell (Anne), Milton; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; sister, Sylvia Hurley, Liverpool. He was predeceased by his first wife, Marion (Ellis); son, Brian; stepson, Kevin and sister, Jean Hatt. Visitation February 11, 7-9 p.m. in Chandlers' Funeral Home, Liverpool. Funeral service February 12 at 2 p.m. in Milton Baptist Church. Burial in Milton Community Cemetery.
BRESOLIN, Annie Theresa
Died February 7, 2009. She was a daughter of the late Michael and Marie (Slobneig) Rupert. Annie is survived by her husband, Louie; sons, Louie Jr. (Bernadette), George's River, and Christopher (Sandy), Kitchener, Ont., and grandchildren, Bryson, Mallory and Chelsey. Annie was predeceased by her parents; brothers, William, Egbert, Christopher; sisters, Angela and Mary. Visitation today 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home. Funeral mass Wednesday, February 11 at 11 a.m. in the Parish of St. Leonard, St. Michael Church, River Ryan. Interment at a later date.
WHITE, Lillian Olenia
83, Annapolis Royal, passed away Saturday, February 7, 2009, in Northhills Nursing Home. Born in Litchfield, she was a proud daughter of the late Ralph and Edna (Everett) Hamilton. She was the loving mother of Kenneth Rex (Linda), Edmonton, Alta.; Elnore (Sheridan Johnson), Dryden, Ont.; Gordon (Carolea), Upper Clements and Allan (Corina), Hillsburn. She will be lovingly missed by her greatest joy, her grandchildren by birth and by heart, 17 grandchildren and 19 great- grandchildren. She is survived by her brothers, Reginald, Chester, Jack, Layton and sisters, Goldie Thibodeau, Josie Oliver and Vera Burnie. She was predeceased by an infant grandson and brothers, Victor and Gordon. There will be no visitation by request. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. today in Kaulbach Family Funeral Home, Annapolis Royal, Rev. Herb Anderson officiating. Interment in Litchfield-Delaps Cove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Annapolis Community Health Centre.
COPLEY, Patrick William "Paddy"
83, New Waterford, passed away on February 8, 2009, in Cape Breton Regional Hospital. Born in Inverness, he was a son of the late Isaac and Catherine (MacKinnon) Copley. Paddy met his late wife, Gertie, they married and settled in New Waterford, where he worked as a miner in No. 16, 12 and Lingan Collieries until his retirement. Paddy enjoyed company, telling stories, jokes, cards, bingo, walking, dances and eating. He also prompted at the dances for years. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his brother-in-law, Johnny Coady and sister-in-law, Mary (Michael) Stewart; several nieces and nephews. Paddy was the last surviving member of his family, and besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Gertrude Frances (Coady) Copley; sisters, Minnie (Joe) MacInnis and Katie (Jimmy) Smith; brothers, George (Elizabeth), Edward and John. Visitation for Paddy will take place today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in McLellan Brothers Funeral Home, 3183 Plummer Ave., New Waterford, N.S., 862-7500. A funeral mass to celebrate Paddy's life will take place on Wednesday, February 11, at 2 p.m. in the parish of St. Leonard/St. Michael's Church, River Ryan, with Father Paul MacNeil officiating. A luncheon will follow in the KOC, Plummer Avenue, New Waterford, all are invited. Donations can be made to a charity of one's choice.
GRANT, Mary Gibbs Tyler
Mary Gibbs Tyler Grant, whose love of the arts and European culture inspired family and friends, died from natural causes on her 91st birthday on February 2, 2009. She lived in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., and Chester. Mrs. Grant was raised in Rochester, N.Y. and Boston, Ma. Through her mother, Alice Marsden Smethurst Tyler, she had deep southern roots as a member of the Williams family of Savannah, Ga., and the Gibbs family of St. Augustine, Fla. Her interest in the countries and heritage of Europe dated to her teenage years when her father, The Rev. Dr. Samuel Tyler, served as Rector of The American Episcopal Church in Rome. During the Second World War, the Office of Strategic Services posted her to Rome, where she served the United States Government for two years. She and her first husband, the Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Gail Kubik, spent much of the 1950's and 1960's living in France and Italy. Mrs. Grant loved Provence, where she purchased and restored a small home in the ramparts of the 13th Century town Venasque. In 1976, she married Donald G. Grant at Trinity Church in Boston, where her brother had served as Assistant Rector. She and Mr. Grant, an attorney and businessman from Halifax, spent their summers in nearby Chester, where Mrs. Grant had visited since childhood. Until Mr. Grant's death in 1998, the couple wintered in Ponte Vedra Beach. At the time of her death, she was the beloved elder of a family that spanned four generations, consisting of four nieces and nephews, Sarah Tyler of Boston, Ma.; Jane Tyler of Concord, Ma.; John Tyler (and his wife, Amanda Blakeley) of Wellesley Hills, Ma. and Sam Tyler (and his wife Sandra) of Montecito, Calif. and their 14 children and grandchildren. Mrs. Grant also leaves stepdaughters, Elizabeth M. Frise and Heather Grant, and a stepdaughter-in-law, Deborah (Mrs. Peter) Douglas, all of Toronto, Ont., and their 14 children and grandchildren, as well as her beloved cousins, Mrs. Isabella Heard and Mrs. Kathleen Wu of Ponte Vedra Beach and Mrs. Julia Baldwin of Jacksonville. Stepson, John Grant, predeceased her. There will be a memorial service on February 14, at 11 a.m. in the auditorium at Vicar's Landing in Ponte Vedra Beach. A second memorial service will be held in July in St. Stephens Church in Chester. Flowers are gratefully declined. Those wishing may make a donation in Mrs. Grant's name to the Vicar's Landing Scholarship Fund, 1000 Vicar's Landing Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 or to St. Stephens Church, Chester, Nova Scotia, Canada BOJ 1JO.