O'CONNELL, "Sean" Michael
63, passed away peacefully in his sleep Tuesday, February 17, 2009. Born in Halifax, he was the son of Jean (Rossiter) O'Connell and the late Brian O'Connell. Michael was a talented radio and print journalist who had worked in Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal, Moncton and most recently in Halifax. He was a friend to anyone in need, and consequently was never lacking for friends. Surviving, other than his mother, are his former wife, Monique (Frank) Cameron; son, Patrick (Liane) O'Connell; daughter, Cheryl (Mike) Kryvenchuk; granddaughters, Lea, Sara and Erin, Kemptville, Ont.; brother, Dan, Halifax; sisters, Colleen (James Lovett), Ottawa and Antigonish, Peggy, Antigonish; Caroline (Ray Noe), Dublin, Ohio, and Mary Kathleen, Antigonish. He was predeceased by sister, Eileen and sister-in-law, Mary Jane White. Fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Loved by good friends Christine Fougère, Sean Moore and many others. Visitation 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday in MacIsaac Funeral Home, 61 Pleasant St., Antigonish. Funeral mass Monday 10 a.m. in St. Ninian's Cathedral, Antigonish, Rev. Andrew Gillies presiding. Burial in St. Ninian's Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Canadian Association for Community Living, Antigonish.
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THOMAS, Richard Allen
Grand View Manor, Berwick, formerly of Aylesford, died peacefully in Valley Regional Hospital, Thursday, February 19, 2009. Born in Boston, USA, in 1913, he was the eldest son of Charles and Ruth (Illsley) Thomas. He had worked in various positions in the apple industry; owned and operated a taxi business, the Maritime Bus Line and school buses for Kings Vocational School. He enjoyed golf, curling, gardening and playing cards. Richard was one of the founding members of Aylesford Fire Department, and in 2008 received his 70 year pin as a member of Harmony Lodge No. 2, A. F. and A.M., Aylesford. He was an adherent of Aylesford United Church. Surviving are his wife, Evelyn (Graves), with whom he celebrated 70 years of marriage on June 1. Also surviving are son, Dick (Diane), St. Catharines, Ont.; daughter, Lynn (Alistair) MacNaughton, Aylesford; grandchildren, Sheina (Danny) Swinemar, Maura (Lorne) Timmons, Allan (Dawn) MacNaughton, Melissa Charlton and Alexander Thomas; great-grandchildren, Emma and Kate Timmons, Sammy and Jake Swinemar and Ava MacNaughton; sisters, Marguerite Graham, Helen Sanford and brother, David Thomas. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by sisters, Bertha Bligh, Audrey Freeman and brother, Cyril Thomas. There will be no visitation by request. Funeral service will take place 2 p.m. Monday, February 23, in Aylesford United Church, 2414 Hwy No. 1, Aylesford, Rev. Tony Cole officiating. Burial in Aylesford Union Cemetery, at a later date. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to H.C. Lindsay Funeral Home, 192 Commercial St., Berwick, NS B0P 1E0, (902-538-9900).
LaROCQUE, Nancy Elmire
50, of Halifax, passed away peacefully Friday, February 20, 2009, after a brief battle with cancer, with loving family by her side. Born in Sydney, Cape Breton, she was the daughter of the late Allan and Mildred (Lyons) LaRocque. Nancy worked for Royal Print and Packaging for 25 years and for the past five years worked for the Joseph Howe Superstore. Nancy was a loving sister who enjoyed reading, camping, and "Cornation Street". A loyal friend and will be sadly missed by all whose lives she touched. Survived by sister, Mavis LaRocque, Halifax; brother, Allan (Beth) LaRocque; nephew, Christopher (Andrea) LaRocque and Kevin LaRocque, all of Liverpool; great-niece Jessica, and great-nephew Zachery LaRocque. As per Nancy's request, cremation has taken place and there will be a private family service at a later date. Donations in memory may be made to a charity of one's choice.
WESTLAKE, Gordon A.
89, Lower L'Ardoise/St. Peters, passed away on February 19, 2009, in Cape Breton Regional Hospital. He was the son of Gertrude (Norden) and James Westlake, Lower L'Ardoise. He married Eva Marie Hall in 1942. He was deployed to Germany and Holland with the Royal Canadian Artillery (Halifax Rifles) during the Second World War. After the War, he worked as a woodsman, carpenter, bricklayer, truck driver, and ammunitions specialist. He retired from Dartmouth Fuels in 1981 and moved back to Lower L'Ardoise. He is a lifetime member of RCL Branch 110, Lower L'Ardoise and former President of the Westside RCL Branch. Gordon was an accomplished fiddler, and loved to play for parties. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, card playing and bowling. Gordon is survived by sons, Jim (Sharon) Westlake, Dartmouth; Clifford Westlake, Cornwall, Ont.; daughter, Patsy Westlake, Centre Burlington; sister, Agnes MacPhail, Lawrencetown; Theresa Grosset, Dartmouth; grandchildren, Gerald Westlake, Beaver Bank; Dennita Fitzpatrick, Dartmouth; Dennis Blais, Grimsby, Ont.; Denise Blais, Grimsby, Ont.; Elizabeth Westlake, Dartmouth, as well as seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Gordon was predeceased by brothers, Harold, Robert and Clarence; sisters, Nora Playter and Florence Raney. The family would like to express our extreme gratitude to L'Ardoise, staff of the Home Dialysis Unit, Strait Richmond Hospital, and staff at UIC Cape Breton Regional Hospital. Cremation has taken place. No visitation by request. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Alex A. Morrison Funeral Home, St. Peters. A memorial service will be held on Monday, February 23, at 11 a.m. in Holy Guardian Angels Church in L'Ardoise with interment at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Home Dialysis Unit, Strait Richmond Hospital or William B. Kingston Memorial Clinic, L'Ardoise.
COMEAU, Gwendolyn Pauline
84, of Mineville/Lake Echo, passed away on February 22, 2009, at home, surrounded by family. Gwen was born in Kentville to William T. and Harriett (Aalders) Blair. Gwen's most cherished roles were as wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Many friends benefited from her caring nature. She was always involved in her community and will be fondly remembered as Mrs. "C". Gwen gave selflessly to her church and will be greatly missed in the Parish of Seaforth, having been very active at Anglican Church of St. Augustine in Lake Echo. Gwen was a keen traveler having taken many trips with her beloved Rene. After raising her family, Gwen worked for 24 years with Zellers in Dartmouth, retiring in 1989. Gwen is survived by son, Ronald (Sharon), Mineville; daughter, Diane (late Arthur Taylor), Dartmouth; grandsons, Troy (Joanne) and Marc, Dartmouth, and cherished great-grandchildren, Alexandria and Noah. Besides her parents, Gwen was predeceased by Rene, her husband of 50 years, and her brother, Lloyd. Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, February 25, in Atlantic Funeral Homes, 771 Main St., Dartmouth. Memorial service will be on Thursday, February 26, at 2 p.m. in St. Augustine's Anglican Church, 2 Ponderosa Dr., Lake Echo. Donations can be made to St. Augustine's Church, Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.
JONES-BEZENAR, Davina Jean-Louise
7, New Glasgow, was carried by the angels, from the arms of her mommy to her eternal home, on Saturday, February 21, 2009, where she is now free. Born in Toronto, Ont., on July 29, 2001, she was a daughter of Michelle M. (McFretridge) Jones (Jessica MacDonald), New Glasgow and Rodney Bezenar (Gloria Walsh), Trenton. She was our inspiration. Davina was our sunshine. Surviving besides her parents are sisters, Lucette, MacKenzie and Ashley; brother, Mark; maternal grandparents, Theresa Bunnett (Scott Charlton), Blue Mountain; Margie (Jim) MacDonald, New Glasgow; paternal grandparents, Mary Sampson (Ken Ballie), St. Peter's; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. She was predeceased by her great-grandmother, Lucette Bunnett; cousin, Meaghan Bona. The family will receive visitors 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Tuesday in P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home, New Glasgow from where funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday in the chapel with Rev. Gail Johnson-Murdock officiating. A reception will follow in the North End Rec. Centre. Family flowers only. Donations in Davina's memory will be gratefully accepted by her family.
DOYLE, Gerald Austin
81, of Salmon River Bridge. It is with deep sadness the family announces the passing of our father, brother and uncle on February 22, 2009, in Twin Oaks Hospital in Musquodoboit Harbour. He was a son of the late Herbert and Daisy (Barry) Doyle. He is survived by his children, Frank (Darlene) Doyle, Kingston; Sharon (James) Sullivan, Dartmouth; Lawrence Doyle, Dartmouth; Linda (Larry) Gladue, Salmon River Bridge; Laura Greener, Windsor. He is also survived by sisters, Daisy Mason, Bedford; Margaret (Lewis) Murphy, Halifax; Dorothy Doyle, Dartmouth; Helen MacIsaac, Bedford and brothers, Joseph Doyle, Halifax and James Doyle, Zurick, Ont. He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy (Inglis) Doyle; sisters, Francis and Eileen; brother, Louis and daughter-in-law, Donna (Shears) Doyle. He also leaves behind 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Before retiring in 1993, he worked for the Department of National Defence (Magazine Hill) for 50 years. The family would like to thank the doctors and staff of Musquodoboit Health Clinic and Twin Oaks Hospital, and would like to convey a special thanks to Deborah Mosher who was his Northwood Home Care provider for the past four plus years. The remains have been cremated. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, February 24, at 2 p.m. with a one hour visitation prior to the service in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth. A luncheon will follow the service. Please do not send flowers. Donations can be made to Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia.
SCHAUS, Michael Alan
21. It is with utmost sadness that we announce that our loving son, Michael Alan Schaus suddenly passed away on Sunday, February 22, 2009, at home. Michael was born in Halifax in 1987. Michael was an outstanding athlete who specialized in Sprint, Canoe-Kayak. Michael was heavily involved in paddling at Banook Canoe Club his whole life. His successful training at Banook allowed him to compete nationally for 11 years, and internationally for the past four years. In 2005 he made the Canadian Sprint Junior Worlds team, where he placed in the top 10 in the world, in both of his events. He was a ten time National Champion and four time National Championship record holder. In 2008 he led Banook Canoe Club to their second Club National Burgee. Michael was a Dalhousie University student with three years into his double major of Biology and Economics, and had recently made the Dean's List. Michael is survived by his parents, Anne Marie and Tim Schaus; sister, Erin; brothers, Andrew and Adam (Jennifer LeBlanc); niece, Mackenzie; and his incredible buddy, and best friend, Laura Tupper Ring. He is also survived by both grandmothers, Mary MacKenzie and Iveagh Schaus, and many more aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Visitation will be held today from 6:30-9 p.m. in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth. Funeral Service will be held in St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Dartmouth on Thursday, February 26, at 2 p.m. Afterwards, a celebration of life will be held at Banook Canoe Club. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Michael's name to Banook Canoe Club. Please contact Banook Canoe Club at: firstname.lastname@example.org
McDONALD (Nickerson), Jean C.
93, Halifax, died at home Monday, February 23, 2009. Jean was born in Halifax, the daughter of the late Eugene and Laura (MacLean) Nickerson. Jean had many gifts which she used wisely, focusing on family, friends and community. Wherever a helping hand was needed, a kind and compassionate word, or a sweet and loving gesture, Jean was there. Jean's long life was lived to the fullest during interesting times. She is survived by her daughter, Heather Harris; brother, Bruce; sister-in-law, Fern Nickerson, Jeddore; special niece, Marsha Nickerson and her family, Ami, Merav (Ryan), Dina (Mike) Jacobson, and great-niece Hannah, all of Toronto, and was favourite "Aunt Jean" to nephews, Colin (Mara), Toronto, and Paul Nickerson, Halifax. Jean was predeceased by her older brother, Alex Nickerson and her beloved nephew, Bruce Nickerson, Jr.; his wife, Dina (Temple) and their children, Bruce and Denise. Jean was diagnosed with late stage Alzheimer's in 2003. She inspired a successful treatment with the goals of care, comfort, serenity and security. Those goals were anchored in customized care plans developed with Northwood Homecare. Thanks to Dr. Janet Gordon and Dr. Kata Koller, Memory Clinic, Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, Dr. Frank Doane, VON, Red Cross and the Palliative Care Team. A service celebrating Jean's life will be held in First Baptist Church, 1300 Oxford St., Halifax, Friday, February 27, 2 p.m. with Rev. John Boyd officiating. Reception to follow. Donations in Jean's memory would be welcomed for the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, Bide Awhile Animal Shelter or a charity of choice.
FULTON, Gloria D.
80, of Middleboro Mass., formerly of Bass River, died August 24, 2008, in Nemasket Hill Health Care Center in Middleboro. Born in Kennetcook, Hants Co., and raised in Portapique Mountain and Bass River, she was a daughter of the late Lawson and Blossom (Ettinger) Fulton. She was a graduate of Bass River High School. She worked as a Nanny for many years for many families in the United States. She was a past member of the Handicapped Commission in Wareham, Mass., and a Patient Care Advocate at Nemasket Hill Health Care Centre. She also enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She was a sister of Reginald and his wife, Gladys of Trenton, Ont., and Ardith Fulton of Bass River. She is also survived by her special friends, Danny and Neida Doherty and their children, John, Pamela MacDonald, and Danny Jr.; nieces and nephews, Steven, Brenda, Larry and Pamela; many beloved cousins and her very special friend, Paul. She was buried in Mt. Prospect Cemetery, Bridgewater, Mass. Memorial donations may be made to the Gloria Fulton Memorial Fund, Acadia University, 512 Main St., Wolfville NS, B4P 2R6, Attention: Ann Thibodeau, "earmarked" Gloria Fulton Memorial Fund.