COMEAU, Bernard J.
91, Little Brook, passed away February 24, 2009, in La Villa Acadienne, Meteghan. Born in St. Joseph, he was a son of the late Antoine and Philomène (Doucet) Comeau. He was an avid vegetable gardener, a true outdoorsman, a devout Catholic and "un vrai Acadien". He was the owner and operator of Bernard J. Comeau Plumbing, Heating and Electrical Ltd. for over 40 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Conseil Sigogne No. 6348, Comeauville. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, the former Delina Theriault, Little Brook; daughter, Marie Comeau, Little Brook; granddaughters, Leslie Woolaver (Jonathan), Halifax; Jillian LaFramboise, Church Point; great-grandchildren, Elias, Jacques and Lauren MacInnis; numerous nieces and nephews. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. He was predeceased by brothers, Gustave and Bernard in infancy; Gustave, Benoit, Anselm, Lucien, Marcel, Gérard, Alphée, Resther; sisters, Adèle, Charlotte, Antoinette, Marguerite, Agnès. Visitation today 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with Knights of Columbus prayers at 8:30 p.m. and Thursday 2:30-3:15 p.m. in Meteghan Funeral Home. Funeral at 4 p.m., Thursday in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Concession, Rev. Paul Belliveau officiating. Interment in Parish Cemetery. Donations may be made to La Villa Acadienne Charitable Foundation or Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia.
BROPHY, Joseph Vincent "Joe"
Died peacefully at home in Arisaig, on February 23, 2009, surrounded by loved ones, following a courageous battle with cancer. He was a native of Mulgrave, born in Antigonish on February 10, 1949. He was the son of Mary (Jellow) Brophy, (Milfordhaven Nursing Home, Guysborough) and the late Joseph L. Brophy. Joe spent most of his adult life as a mariner, starting out as a deckhand and later earning his Master Mariner Certificate. He traveled and worked throughout many areas of the world. After leaving life at sea behind him, he earned a certificate as a Certified Home Inspector, work which he enjoyed until his illness. He was an avid gardener, loved being outdoors, enjoyed living by the ocean and had great respect for the environment and all living creatures. He will be sadly missed by his mother; his partner/spouse, Avon (Bechtel) Brophy; sisters, Ursula Doyle, Mulgrave; Carol (Al) England, Mulgrave; stepdaughter, Heidi (Dean) Stevenson; grandchildren, Connor and Ava Stevenson, Cole Harbour; nephews, Steven (Leslie) England, Halifax; Kurt DeYoung, Mulgrave; Rachel DeYoung, Halifax; Jamie (Robin) England, Dartmouth. He was predeceased by his brother, Mark. Cremation has taken place under the direction of MacIsaac's Funeral Home, Antigonish and a celebration of Joe's life will take place Saturday, March 7, 2 p.m. in the Arisaig Community Hall, Arisaig. Donations in his memory can be made to St. Martha's Regional Hospital's Hospital in the Home Program.
BLAKENEY, Devin Vincent
21, Halifax, passed away February 22, 2009. Born in Halifax, he was a son of Janice Blakeney Corkum (Frank), Halifax and Kenneth Blakeney, Halifax. Devin loved baseball. In high school he played basketball. He also enjoyed wrestling and spending time with his friends. Surviving are sister, Brittany Blakeney, Halifax; brother, Michael Blakeney, Dartmouth; grandparents, Winnifred (William) Parsons Hatcher, Verena Tucker, Vincent Blakeney, Alec Douglas David Corkum; great-grandparents, Letitia Munroe, Martha and John Parsons; uncle and best friend, David Corkum, Kevin Blakeney; aunt, Barbara Corkum; his precious niece, Aliah Jane Blakeney, and a large extended family and friends. Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. today in J. A. Snow Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor St., Halifax. Cremation to follow. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Friday in J.A. Snow Funeral Home Chapel. Burial in Oakridge Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Mental Health and Addiction Program c/o the IWK Health Centre.
EISNOR, Ferne Gertrude
76, Bridgewater, Lunenburg Co., passed away February 22, 2009, in Mahone Nursing Home, Mahone Bay. Born in Somerset, King's Co., she was a daughter of the late Collins and Sadie (Corkum) Eisener. Ferne taught school in a number of one-room school houses in Lunenburg County and worked as a news correspondent for the Bridgewater Bulletin for over 25 years. She was a member of St. John's in the Wilderness Anglican Church, New Germany, taking a very active part in the church and community, acting as church organist, Sunday school teacher, as well as various committees. She held offices with the Hemford Branch of the Red Cross and Women's Institute of Nova Scotia, the latter through which she was awarded by the Federated Women's Institute, the Hazel Stiles Scholarships to further her interest in art and writing. She earned a Teacher's diploma in writing and enjoyed writing poetry, as well as pursuing an interest in music and oil painting. She is survived by sisters, Hildred Feindel (Bruce), New Canada; Marlene Tidd (Perley), Wileville; numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Garnet; brother, Eldred. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. Funeral service 11 a.m. Thursday in R. A. Corkum Funeral Home, Wileville, Rev. Perley Tidd officiating. Burial in Epworth United Church Cemetery, New Germany. Family flowers only. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
KELLY, Ruth Elizabeth
Middle Musquodoboit. Funeral service of the late Ruth Elizabeth Kelly, who passed away February 18, 2009, will be held Friday, February 27, at 2 p.m. in Riverside United Church, Elmsvale, with Rev. Marjory Cornelius officiating. Please note the change of place of service.
HOARE, William "Bumper"
71, New Glasgow, passed away Tuesday, February 24, 2009, at home, surrounded by his family. Born in New Glasgow, he was a son of the late William and Mabel (Fogarty) Hoare. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, Stellarton. Bumper was employed with the former Henry R. Thompson, W. A. O'Farrell's, New Glasgow, Michelin Tire, Granton for 20 years, retiring in 1993. He owned and operated Diamond Jim's (1995-2006) and Bumper's Taxi in Westville. Bumper was a kind individual, well-known for his generosity in sponsoring many individuals and events, especially the Pictou County Christmas Fund. Bumper was a friend to all. Surviving are his wife, Mabel (Gratto); daughter, Donna (Hoyt) Olsen, Fort Wayne, Ind.; sons, Stephen (Gina), Westville; David (Tara), Sherbrook; sisters, Marie, Joyce, New Glasgow; brothers, Bernie (Marion), Stellarton; Dougie (Dorothy), New Glasgow; Donnie (Kaye), Fraser's Mountain; David (Sharon), New Glasgow; sister-in- law, Marion Hoare, Stellarton; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Bob. The family will receive visitors 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday in P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home, New Glasgow. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 2 p.m. Friday in Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church with Father Bill Rankin presiding. Interment will be in the parish cemetery at a later date. Family flowers only. Donations may be made in his memory to the Pictou County Victorian Order of Nurses, or a charity of your choice.
DAYE, Irene Dorothy "Dot"
74, formerly of Scotch Hill, passed away February 22, 2009, in Shiretown Nursing Home, Pictou. Born in Florenceville, N.B., she was a daughter of the late Gordon and Edith (MacPhee) White. Dot was a hairdresser and also sold real estate. She is survived by her husband, Neil, Scotch Hill; daughter, Kim (Barry) Smith, Perth Andover, N.B.; granddaughter, Terry; great-granddaughters, Keira and Kayleich; sisters, Helen (Clem) Hanscome, Mabel Meredith, Barbie (Wayne) Hughes, all of New Brunswick; brother, John (Cleta), Ontario; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a daughter, Susan; sister, Margie; brother, Arthur. Visitation will be held 1-2 p.m., Thursday in McLaren Funeral Home Chapel, Pictou, with funeral to follow at 2 p.m., Jacquie Ross officiating. Spring burial will be in Scotch Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church or Scotch Hill Cemetery.
CONRAD, Allison Parker
88, Dartmouth, passed away peacefully on February 20, 2009, in Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in Cole Harbour on February 14, 1921, he was the son of Frank and Edna (Stoddard) Conrad of Cole Harbour. He was a member of the RCAF during the Second World War, serving in England and Wales. After the war, Al worked at the Dartmouth Imperial Oil Refinery until his retirement. He is survived by his loving wife, Margaret; devoted sons, Richard (Joan), Peterborough, Ont.; Roger (Connie), Eastern Passage; Robert (Sue), Bedford; granddaughters, Alyson and Madeline, Peterborough; grandsons, Kenneth and Michael, Eastern Passage; brothers Keith (Sherry) and Kenny (Gloria). Predeceased by his parents, Frank and Edna (Stoddard) of Cole Harbour; brothers, Carl, Harold, Russell, Chester, Fraser, Bill; sisters, Thelma and Frances. He will be lovingly remembered by sisters-in-law, Helen, Audrey, Glenna and numerous nieces and nephews. Special thanks to his ever-faithful doctor, Dr. Peter MacAuley for his attentive care and support. A special thanks also to his faithful "helpers", Mrs. Bertha Wisewell and daughter, Heather for their loving dedication and support to Al and Margaret, they will not be forgotten. Cremation has taken place and the Last Post at the Veterans Memorial Site in Halifax will be held in the spring, followed by a reception, time and place to be announced at a later date. Donations in Allison's name can be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to Dartmouth Funeral Home.
BRUSHETT (Whitworth), Dorothy
86, Dartmouth, passed away in Dartmouth General Hospital, February 19, 2009. Born August 17, 1922, in Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire, England, Dorothy was the youngest daughter of Charles and Grace Whitworth. Serving with the Womens' Royal Naval Service (WRNS) during the Second World War, she was stationed in the Shetlands. After the war, Dorothy met Gerald "Gerry", her future husband, who was serving in the Royal Canadian Navy and stationed in England. They were married in 1947, and then spent a short period of time in Canada. After the birth of their first child, Timothy, Dorothy and Gerry returned to England for several years, and then emigrated to Canada, eventually settling in Dartmouth. Four more children would follow: Julie, Angela, Jane and Paul. Dorothy worked for many years at The Victoria General Hospital. Always community-minded, she was a member of the of the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire, the Home and School Association, the Cerebral Palsy Association, and an active member of the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour in Dartmouth. Dorothy loved to sing, and was known to burst into song with little or no provocation. Her strong voice could be clearly heard on any given Sunday, and she gained a reputation as a valuable, if slightly mischievous, member of the church choir. She was a talented and prolific knitter, avid reader and ardent conversationalist. Dorothy instilled in her children the values of honesty, discipline, hard work, a healthy routine, and the importance of family, a spiritual life and above all, love, laughter and song. She will be greatly missed. Dorothy is survived by her husband, Gerald; sister, Grace (George Clarke); son, Timothy (Bonnie Ross); daughters, Julie (Richard Gibson), Angela, and Jane (Donald Flemming); son, Paul (Ann Marie Kent); granddaughters, Meghan (Al Wilson), Keltie, Hilary, Mary, and Elena; grandson, Alexander, and great-granddaughters, Morag and Rosemary. The family would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Matt Watson and the staff of the Dartmouth General Hospital. Visitation will be held in A. L. Mattatall's Funeral Home, 217 Portland St., Dartmouth, today from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 27, in Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, 255 Portland St., Dartmouth. A reception will follow in A. L. Mattatall's Funeral Home. Donations may be made to the Hospice Society of Greater Halifax. "Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day; And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness, In hearts at peace, under an English heaven." - Rupert Brooke
BUNYAN, Carly Kathryn
26, Troy, Cape Breton. On Monday, February 23, 2009, our Carly passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family and friends. She was born on June 19, 1982, in Hamilton Ont., but grew up on Cape Breton Island. Carly was the oldest daughter of John and Kathy (MacNeil) Bunyan, and loving sister of Paul, Jackie and Neil. Carly was an amazing young woman who attained many remarkable accomplishments in her 26 years of life. She graduated from SAERC High School in 2000 as Female Athlete of the Year. After graduating she went on to study at the University of Maine, on a full athletic scholarship. During her second year of studies she was diagnosed with a brain tumour, and had to take a reprieve from her studies. However, as she expressed in her own words: "Giving up means you have to quit . . . I decided not to give up." Staying true to her words, Carly went on to eventually graduate in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Maine. She was a Gold Medal Scholar-Athlete Award winner who maintained a high aggregate for the duration of her studies and remained on the Dean's List. She was captain of the University of Maine Women's Track team from 2005-2006. In 2005 she was recipient of the prestigious NCAA Wilma Rudolph Student Athlete Achievement Award in Raleigh, N.C., along with only three other individuals in the United States. However, she was the only non-American to receive this award- an award intended to honour student athletes who have overcome great personal, academic, and/or emotional odds to achieve academic success while participating in intercollegiate athletics. Carly participated in two Canada Summer Games - one in London, Ont. in 2001 and the other in Regina, Sask. in 2005. In Saskatchewan she was the Team Nova Scotia flag bearer for the closing ceremonies of the Canada Summer Games - a unanimous decision by the track team. She also participated in many other sporting events such as the Junior Nationals and Legions. Carly still holds provincial records for the triple jump across four age classes. She was involved in many different sports in her lifetime, and a beautiful highland dancer who captivated everyone with her infectious smile. She was Honorary Chair for the Relay for Life in 2007, and was an inspirational speaker at various events. Carly traveled extensively in her lifetime - she went to Europe, saw the Mayan Ruins in Mexico, traveled across the country and participated in an archaeological dig at the Fortress of Louisburg. She had several interests and experienced many wonderful adventures. Carly went horseback riding and skiing in the Rocky Mountains, boating on lakes and the ocean, fishing, canoeing and four-wheeling. However, her favourite place to be was at the family sugar camp in Queensville. Carly and her father returned here every spring to tap the maple trees and to make maple syrup. This was a special place that the family visited. She loved music, guitar, dancing, track, meeting new people, traveling, laughing, purses, shopping, shoes, the outdoors, drawing, sports, animals, chocolate and archaeology. She described herself by saying: "I am a generally happy person...I like to party, like to have fun. I love sports, the beach, and I especially love my family. Archaeology is my passion. . ." One of her favourite quotes was "Whether you think you can or think you can't - you are right". One year ago Carly's brain tumour returned, and eventually the cancer overtook her, but she made a gallant fight, and lived twice as long as most individuals inflicted with this type of cancer. Through it all, she was always more concerned with others than herself. Carly will never be forgotten. Her beautiful smile, gentle demeanour, selflessness, courage and unwavering spirit will remain with us always. Besides being survived by her parents, John and Kathy, she is also survived by maternal grandparents, Isabelle (Billy Bouchie), and paternal grandparents, Frank Bunyan and Aleda Riendeau. She will be forever missed by her brother, Paul, Antigonish; sister, Jackie, Troy; youngest brother, Neil, Troy, along with several aunts and uncles, Bernadette MacNeil, Fort MacMurray; Barbara (Harvey MacKinnon), Port Hastings; Liz (Brian Johnston), Port Hastings; Viola MacLeod, Halifax; Carl MacNeil (Cathy), Halifax; Barry MacNeil (Carol), Halifax; Debbie (Tom Graham), Judique; Tammy Bunyan (Bobby), Port Hawkesbury; Bill (Carol Bunyan), Bridgetown and Frances Chambers (Tim), Lower Sackville. She had a very special relationship with many of her cousins, Corey, Garret, Meghann, Kelsey, Marie, Hillary, Katie, Melanie, Jessie, Jody, Sarah, Amy, Bradley, Aaron, Dylan, Natasha, Jayde, Kaylee, Coleman, Billie Jean, Patrick, Tina, Gary, Chad, John, Kathleen, Maggie, Cassie, Hannah, Gracie, Michael, Willie, and Eugene. She will also be remembered and cherished by her special love, Adam Marchand, and close friends, Candace, Staci, and Emma, as well as her coach of many years, Lauchie Beaton. She was predeceased by her maternal grandfather, Francis MacNeil; uncle, Gary MacDonald and uncle, John Francis MacNeil, who passed in infancy. The family would like to sincerely thank all those who attended and supported Carly in her last days- home support workers, nurses and palliative care in both Antigonish and Port Hawkesbury, with special thanks to Nancy Cameron and Marie MacNeil. Her aunts Tammy and Debbie felt privileged to lovingly care for her until the very end, along with her sweetheart, Adam. The presence of everyone - friends, relatives, her godmother and others meant the world at such a difficult time. Visitation will be held in Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury from 1-7 p.m., today, February 25, with funeral on Thursday, February 26, at 11 a.m. in Stella Maris Church, Creignish, with Father Hughie D. MacDonald officiating. Memorial donations can be made to Palliative Care Strait Richmond Hospital. Draw a circle, not a heart, around the one you love, because a heart can break but a circle goes on forever... From Carly (Facebook)