PEACH, Milledge H. "Joe"
Port Morien, died February 11, 2009, in Taigh Na Mara Veterans Home. He was a son of the late Fredrick and Susan Peach. Surviving are wife, Joyce; daughter, Norma; sons, Claude, Millage, Stanley, Fraser; grandchildren, Tracey, Norma, Terry, Bonnie, Jamie, Joel, Shea; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, Melvin, Ted, Leroy; sister, Alice. Predeceased by brothers, Robert, Lewis, Gordon, George, Aulay, Turner; sisters, Frances, Sarah, Beatrice; stepgranddaughter, Jackie. Visitation 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Saturday in Patten Funeral Home, Glace Bay. Funeral Sunday, 2 p.m. in St. Paul's Anglican Church, Port Morien.
IRONS, Derek Stephen
38, Halifax. It is with great sadness, that we the family, announce the passing of Derek on Thursday, February 12, 2009. Derek enjoyed biking and hunting with his brother. He was a perfectionist when it came to working on vehicles and doing body work. He had a great passion for reading with a cup of Tim's. He cherished his tranquil walks with Zena. Derek will be lovingly remembered by his father, Douglas; sisters, Debbie (Mike); Heather (Mike); brother, Dougie (Terri); grandmothers, Effie Fiander and Emily Irons, all of Harrietsfield; he was a fabulous uncle to, Breanna, Corey, Chad, Brennan, and Brycen. He was predeceased by his mother, Colleen (Fiander); grandfathers, Fred Fiander and George Irons. The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the East Coast Forensic family who appreciated his sense of humour and the wonderful person he was. Arrangements are under the direction of J. Albert Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd., 149 Herring Cove Rd., Spryfield (477-5601). By request there will be no visitation at the funeral home; visits to the family home are welcome. A private family service of remembrance will be held on Tuesday, February 17 at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations in Derek's memory may be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association. "We will never forget our son and brother, to us there was no other. We will always miss his wonderful smile and the twinkle in those beautiful blue eyes. Now we have to let him go, until the time comes again to say Hello. Love always, Family"
BORDEN (Allison), Deborah Irene
60, Halifax, passed away February 13, 2009 in the QEII Health Sciences Centre. Born in Halifax, she was the daughter of Irene (MacDonald) and the late John T. Allison. She is survived by her loving daughter Dalyce Loppie, surrogate son, Paul Loppie; sisters, Jean (Laurie) MacDonald, Ann (Fred deceased) Murphy, Doreen Allison; sister-in-law, Sylvia Allison; brothers, Bruce (Valarie) Allison, Terry (Donna) Allison, Gary (Rose) Allison. She was predeceased by brothers, Fred and Robert. She was a loving Aunt to many of her nieces and nephews. She was also a loving surrogate grandmother to Kahlil and Tehya, children of niece Lillian and husband Sobaz Benjamin. Reception will be held in Cruikshank's Funeral Home, 2032 Robie Street on Tuesday from 1-3 p.m. with service to follow in the Chapel at 3 p.m., Rev. Rhonda Britton officiating. Burial in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Cornwallis St. Baptist Church Building Fund.
MARTELL, William Gordon "Bill"
57, of East Mountain, passed away peacefully at home on February 12, 2009, surrounded by his loving family, following a courageous battle with kidney cancer. Born on January 13, 1952 in North Sydney, he was the son of the late Fraser and Peg (Acton) Martell. Bill worked all his life as a bulldozer operator and was a proud member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 721 since 1973. He enjoyed the sport of harness racing and was involved as a horse owner for a number of years. His greatest joy in life was his young grandson Alec with whom he shared a very special bond. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Donna (Geddes); his daughters, Ami (Alan Crawley), Guelph, Ont.; and Jolee (Darren Crowe), Truro; grandson, Alec Crawley, Guelph, Ont. He is also survived by brothers, Charlie (Diane), Burlington, Ont., Kenny, Bedford; Sandy, Halifax; and Kevin, Bedford; sisters, Irene Bungay (Ken), Summerside, P.E.I.; Jean Young, Halifax; Kay Bieren (Bob), Halifax; Lynn MacDonald (Graeme), Port Hood; and Debbie Hopkins (Darren), Hammonds Plains; sister-in-law, Lise Martell, Waverly; mother-in-law, Kay Geddes, Bible Hill; many nieces, nephews, and good friends, old and new. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, Sonny, Ian, and Donald; and father-in-law, Ralph Geddes. Cremation has taken place, no visitation or funeral by request. Donations in Bill's memory may be made to The Palliative Care Program, Colchester Regional Hospital, 207 Willow St., Truro, NS B2N 5A1; The Colchester East-Hants Hospice Society, P.O. Box 113 RPO, Prince Street, Truro, NS B2N 5G9; or Multiple Sclerosis Society, Atlantic Division. Special thanks to Dr. Wood, Dr. Henderson, Dr. Bower, palliative care nurse Paula Miller, staff of VON and The Hospice Society. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Serenity Funeral Home & Crematorium, PO Box 239, Port Williams, NS, B0P 1T0.
"You are our rock."
O'NEIL, Ernest Alphonsus "Phonse"
98, passed away at home on Tuesday, February 10, 2009. Born November 18, 1910, in Mulgrave, he was the son of the late Samuel J. and Catherine A. (Gillis) O'Neil. He was a quarter master on the CNR Scotia 11 train ferry from 1938 until termination of this ferry service on the Strait of Canso in 1955. In December of that year he accompanied the newly commissioned MV Bluenose car ferry from Luzon, Que. to Yarmouth. For the next number of years he worked on this run between Yarmouth and Bar Harbor, Me., before taking employment with Acadia Fisheries Ltd. in Mulgrave. During this time he was elected president of Local 110 of the Canadian Seafood Workers Union and remained in that position until the plant was destroyed by fire on December 4, 1971. Following this, he was employed with the Mulgrave Water Commission at the government wharf in town. A lifelong sports enthusiast, he especially enjoyed baseball, hockey, boxing and horse racing. An avid gardener, Phonse was acutely aware of the time for planting, growing and harvesting. He saw God's plan at work which filled his soul with much peace and gratitude. It gave him great joy to share his flowers and vegetables with countless friends and family. A very intelligent man with a lifelong passion for learning, he understood the value of education as the way of improving the lives of those most at risk in society. This very virtuous man who cared deeply about his family and neighbours both near and far was a long-time supporter of the Coady International Institute at St. Francis Xavier University, the Stephen Lewis Foundation, the Strait Area Right to Life, the Leeside Transition House and Covenant House. He is survived by his loving wife of over 71 years, Viola (Meagher) O'Neil; daughters, Joan Houlder, Thunder Bay, Ont; Sr. Gwendolyn O'Neil, CND, Sydney Mines; Maureen (Bob) Troman, Pincher Creek, Alta., and Mary (Lanny Der) O'Neill, Edmonton, Alta.; son, Kevin O'Neil, Mulgrave; ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; sister, Emily Cohoon, Auld's Cove and brother, Angus (Philomena) O'Neill, Mulgrave, and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by sisters, Malinda 'Molly' Strachan, Bernadette Spray, Angela McDonald and Imelda O'Neil; brothers, Samuel, Anthony, Eugene, Leonard, Elmer and Ignatius. The family would like to thank Dr. Michael Brennan and all healthcare providers for their compassionate and professional care given to Dad during his extended illness and to John Langley of Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury. Resting in Mulgrave and Area Resting Place with visitation 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., Friday, February 13. Mass of Resurrection will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, February 14, in St. Lawrence Church, Mulgrave, with Father Lloyd O'Neill, his nephew and Fr. Allan MacPhie, p.p. presiding. Interment later in St. Lawrence Cemetery. Donations to Mulgrave and Area Resting Place or the Canadian Cancer Society. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury. "The best place to see God is in a garden - you can dig for him there." -George Bernard Shaw
HUBLEY (Wilson), Lenna May
98, formerly of Leaman Street, Halifax, passed away February 9, 2009, in Arborstone Enhanced Care. Born in Wilson's Cove, Guysborough Co., she was a daughter of the late Arthur Rufus and Amelia (Lake) Wilson. She was a member of St. Mark's Anglican Church, Halifax. Surviving are daughter, Nellie Porkert, Burnaby, B.C.; son, Maurice "Bud" (Mary) Hubley, Lower Sackville; grandchildren, Karen (Jay) McIsaac, Lower Sackville; Brian (Lisa) Hubley, Upper Nine Mile River; Laura Porket, Vancouver, B.C.; great-grandchildren, Hannah McIsaac, Alex and Daniel Hubley; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Maurice Wilbur Hubley; brothers, George, Augustus and Ralph; sisters, Nellie Mailman, Jean Baker, Ida Lysens and Kathleen Kent. No visitation by request. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, February 13, in St. Mark's Anglican Church, corner of Russell Street and Gottingen Street, Halifax, Rev. Janet Hatt officiating. Burial in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Donations may be made to St. Mark's Church Memorial Fund or a charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to J.A. Snow Funeral Home, Halifax.
SLAWTER, Dorothy Maria
95, East Preston. East Preston's oldest female resident went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 10, 2009, in Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in East Preston on July 17, 1913, she was a daughter of the late Allan and Florence (Hawkins) Evans, and stepdaughter of the late Jean (MacLean) Evans. Dorothy was a lifelong member of the East Preston United Baptist Church and an adherent to New Beginnings Ministries. She was a honourary member of the East Preston Senior Citizens, a past member of the Red Cross Society, and she was an active member of the former Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia. In her later years Dorothy enjoyed traveling. Dorothy is survived by children, Sheila Ewing, Melvin (Francine), Julia Slawter, Byron, Daphne (George) Grant, Brenda Slawter, Karen (Paul) Walter; sister, Mildred Brooks; sister-in-law, Doris Evans; brother-in-law, Alexander Slawter; 21 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three great great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, William; sons, Cyril and David; sister, Reta James; brother, Carleton Evans; and three grandchildren. Special thanks to doctors, nurses, and staff on 3 East at Dartmouth General Hospital. Visitation will be held 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., today in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth. Funeral service is at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 14, in New Beginnings Ministries, 26 Cherry Brook Rd., Cherry Brook. Burial to follow in East Preston Cemetery. Donations may be made to charity of choice.
RAFUSE, Sidney F.
95, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 8, 2009, in the Veteran's Unit, Fisherman's Memorial Hospital, Lunenburg. He was born in Gold River, a son of Freeman and Essie (Hiltz) Rafuse. Sidney worked as a stevedore with Gold River Pulp Co. prior to joining the RCAF in 1941, where he saw action overseas. Following his time overseas, he operated the Seaside Service Station, Western Shore, and later was employed at the Department of Highways. He had a camp in the woods where he spent a great deal of time enjoying hunting and fishing. Sidney laughed easily and saw good in everyone he met. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Gilbert and Franklin; sisters, Myra and Sylvia. A graveside service and burial will be held Sunday, February 15, at 5 p.m. in Western Shore Cemetery, with Rev. Bonnie Baird officiating. Donations in Sidney's memory may be made to the Veteran's Unit at Fisherman's Memorial Hospital, Lunenburg. Arrangements have been entrusted to Davis Funeral Home, Chester, (902-275-3811), E-mail: email@example.com "We would like to thank all the staff and support staff at the Veteran's Unit in Lunenburg. You have made Sidney feel that he was part of a large family. It was comforting to know that he was well looked after and living in a positive atmosphere. Thank you to all. Thanks also to Davis Funeral Home and Rev. Bonnie for their assistance at this time." Wayne, Bud, John, and families.
68, Sackville, passed away February 11, 2009, in QEII Health Sciences Centre, after a long and courageous battle with heart disease. Errol was born and raised in Halifax. He was predeceased by his father, Harry; mother, Eileen and brother, Russell. He married his childhood sweetheart, Joan (Comeau) on August 29, 1959, after dating her since he was 14 years old. Errol and Joan raised their three children, Darrel (Karen), Darlene (Brian), Derek (Annette) in Sackville. He was a devoted grandfather to his 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, who knew him fondly as "Puppy". Errol will be sadly missed by his brothers, David (Jacquie), Wayne (Heather); sisters, Dodie (Obie) and Karen; and many nieces and nephews. In his younger years, Errol enjoyed hunting and fishing with the "boys". He was an avid hockey fan rooting for anyone but the HABS. He became a devoted fan at his grandchildren's hockey, basketball, and football games. Errol had a love for fun in the sun and enjoyed many vacations with his family in Florida. Over the past year Errol looked forward to navigating in the truck for his son, Derek as he accompanied him daily on work excursions. His son Darrel will be thankful that his father taught him everything he knew about being a Jack-of-all-trades. His daughter, Darlene will remember her father for his love for music and dancing. Errol's wife Joan will cherish the fun they had over the year's skidooing in the winter and sharing laughs camping every summer. It was never too much to ask Puppy to take one of his beloved grandchildren with him camping. Errol had a mischievous nature and will be remembered as a great tease. Errol had an unbelievable will to live, he never wanted to miss anything, and he loved presents, icecream, and milkshakes. Visitation will be held in Atlantic Funeral Home, Sackville, on Sunday, February 15 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held in Saint John Vianney Church at 4 Beaver Bank Rd. in Sackville, Father Johni officiating. Burial will take place after the service in the Gates of Heaven Cemetery in Sackville. Family flowers only. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. Special thanks to Drs. Bata and Killeen for going far beyond and helping in his fight to live, and to nurses at the Heart Function Clinic, IMCU, and CCU, and special thanks for the angel nurse, Carol, who spent the last night with our father. Good bye my friend, Good bye my lover, always, Joan.
KUMARANAYAKE, Dr. Viola Marie Celine
Passed away suddenly on February 7, 2009, in Havana, Cuba. Beloved wife of Sydney; treasured mother of Lilani, Prasanna and Suranganie; adored Achchie (grandmother) of Caleb, Nathan, Ilan, Anjali, and Lily; fond mother-in-law of Toby, Daina, and Pradeep; daughter of the late Victor and the late Elizabeth Gunaratna; loving sister of Manel, Helen, Monica, the late Sister Mary Vianney, Ranee, the late Jean, the late Anthony, the late Sunil and the late Nihal. She will be missed by her many nieces and nephews. Born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, she graduated in Medicine from the University of Ceylon in 1963. She had postgraduate training in the United Kingdom and the University of Ottawa. She was a retired Consultant Psychiatrist at Ottawa General Hospital and Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital, Burlington. She was loved and respected for her kindness by her patients, colleagues and friends. Visitation in Smith's Funeral Home, 1167 Guelph Line, (one stoplight north of QEW) Burlington (905-632-3333) on Sunday from 1-4 p.m. and Monday from 5-8 p.m. where funeral service will be held on Tuesday, February 17, at 10 a.m. Private interment in Burlington Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations to Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital Foundation would be sincerely appreciated by the family.