TURNER, Paul Edgar "Topsy"
61, Eastern Passage, passed away on February 26, 2009 after a valiant battle with cancer. Born in Blackpool, England, he was the son of the late Margaret Beranice (Hepworth) and James Clifford Turner. He is survived by his wife Janet; sons, Paul and Andrew; daughter, Karina; grandsons, Shawn, Stephen, Mitchell, Karman, and Nathaniel; granddaughters; Samantha, Kaitlin, and Shannon; sisters, Wanda, Cheryl, and their spouses. Paul joined the Royal Navy in 1963 and was a dedicated Submariner for a combined 40 years serving both England and Canada proudly on O class submarines. He served Britain in Borneo and the Falkland Islands, receiving many medals and awards throughout his service to Queen and country. Paul retired from the Royal Navy in 1990 as a CPOMEM to pursue an opportunity within the Canadian Navy. Paul emigrated from Plymouth, United Kingdom, to Nova Scotia, as a Chief Electrician where he served for 13 years, retiring in 2003 as PO1. After being home for a short time Paul decided that retirement was not his cup of tea and sought employment with NETE as senior supervisor until he took sick in 2008. Paul was also an avid "football" fan, coaching Dartmouth United U12 to U18 boys teams between 1995 and 2002, including the Provincial Championship Team of 1999. The family would also like to say a great thank you to all of the doctors and nurses involved in Paul's care, including the Victorian Order of Nurses and Palliative Care that were there for Paul and his family. Visitation will take place on Thursday, March 5, 2009, from 2-4 p.m. in A. L Mattatall Funeral home, Portland St., Dartmouth, with a Memorial service immediately to follow. A celebration of Paul's life will take place following the service in the Chiefs and PO's (Submariner's Mess) MOG5, Halifax Dockyards. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Children's Wish Foundation on behalf of the late Paul "Topsy" Turner.
DeCOSTE, Mary Cecilia "Cil"
81, Truro, formerly of Debert and Brookfield. It is with broken hearts we announce the sudden passing of our beloved mother and grandmother on Friday, February 27, 2009 in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII, surrounded by her loving children. Born May 3, 1927 in New Victoria, Cape Breton, she was the eldest child of the late John Dan "Francis Hector" and Mary Ann (Michael B. "Soldier" MacDonald) MacNeil (New Waterford). Mom came to Truro from her home in Cape Breton 62 years ago. In Truro, she met her husband, the late Arthur Eugene DeCoste. She was employed at The Open Kitchen and Stanfields. Throughout her life, Mom was totally devoted to her family, especially when her grandchildren came along. For many years, she was a caregiver to her mother and father. She enjoyed family times and numerous trips each summer back to her beloved Cape Breton. Very knowledgeable in her family history, she instilled a strong sense of pride in all of us for our Cape Breton heritage. Talks of her youth in Cape Breton always reverted back to her summers spent in Grand Narrows with her cousins at her grandmother MacDonald's. She was a member of the Highland Village Society, Iona, and a proud member of the Clan MacNeil. Everyone always looked forward to her biscuits and bannock, which will never be duplicated. Cil is survived by son, Daniel "Dan" (Peggy), Debert; daughters, Betty (Barry) Merlin, Hilden; Doris (Dave) Anderson, Truro; grandchildren, James DeCoste, South Korea; Jennifer Merlin, Truro; Heidi Anderson, Truro; sisters, Irene, Catherine, Josephine, Rhodena; brothers, Daniel, Michael, Ambrose; 26 nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also predeceased by sister, Elizabeth; brother, Angus Jerome in infancy. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young St., Truro. As was her request, there will be no visitation or funeral service. Her cremated remains will be interred in her beloved Cape Breton at a later date. Donations in Cil's memory to Colchester Regional Hospital Foundation, or a charity of choice are welcomed. "Your love will live forever within us"
River John, January 20, 1917 - February 27, 2009, passed away in Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital, Tatamagouche. He was the son of the late Jacob and Geertje (Bakker-Schoen) Leegwater of Heerhugowaard in the Netherlands. In April 1949 he and his wife Tryntje (Peetoom) and young family immigrated to Canada, first to Masstown and Bass River before moving to the River John area in May 1956. He is survived by daughters, Cornelia Murry, East Bideford, P.E.I.; Geertje (Clarence) Leslie, Halifax; son, Jacob, River John, with whom he resided; six grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three great great-grandchildren; sisters, Maartje Riestra, Geer (Bertus) Bontekoning; brother-in-law, Ricus Peetoom, all of the Netherlands. He was predeceased by his wife, Tryntje (Peetoom); stepfather, Evertt Schoen; sister, Dieuw; brother, Jan, both of The Netherlands; and great-granddaughter in infancy. There will be no visitation at his request. Funeral service in Salem United Church, on Saturday, March 7, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Kenneth MacLeod officiating. Family flowers only. Interment of ashes in Heatherdale Memorial Gardens, Alma, in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Dirk's memory may be made to Salem United Church. Funeral arrangements entrusted to MacLeods Funeral Home, River John.
HATT, Carroll Dean
73, Lacey Mines Rd., Chester Basin. It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband and father at the South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater, on February 26, 2009, surrounded by his loving family. He was a carpenter by trade and was forced to retire due to a major stroke. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was a great supporter and friend to all of his children and cherished the time he spent with them, his grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He loved all his family very much and always enjoyed sharing conversations, meals, and laughs. He was an inspiration for many with his good nature, generosity, and resilience to life's challenges. He will be sadly missed and forever remembered. He is survived by his wife, Gladys (Whynacht); children, Barbara (Gerard Hinks), Lunenburg; Michael (Gail), Martins Point; Jerry, Chester Basin; Pamela (Rocklyn Feener), Maitland; Patricia (Sean Gelber), London, Ont.; 15 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Also surviving are brothers, Mervin (Shirley), Stoney Creek, Hamilton, Ont.; Andrew, East River. He was predeceased by his parents, Cecil and Thelma (Walker) Hatt; brother, Sheldon; and sisters, Judy and Marie. He will be greatly missed by his best friend and pet, Corkey. Visiting will be 7-9 p.m. today in Mahone Funeral Home, Mahone Bay. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Tuesday, in Aenon United Baptist Church in Chester Basin, Rev. Donald Dunn officiating. Burial will be in the Western Shore Baptist Church Cemetery in Western Shore. Memorial donations may be made to Canadian Diabetes Association or any other charity. Arrangements are entrusted to Mahone Funeral Home, 32 Parish St, Mahone Bay (902) 624-8241.
DELANEY, James Walter
83, Dartmouth. It is with great sadness that the family of James Walter Delaney announce his death which occurred in the Dartmouth General Hospital on the morning of Friday, February 27, 2009, at the age of 83. Jim was the son of the late Lucy (Gillis) and Walter Delaney. Jim was born in Halifax and graduated from St. Mary's University with a Bachelor of Commerce. He worked for the chartered accountant firm of Pierce, Evans , and Conrod, and later as an accountant for Karlsen Shipping. He was a very active member of St. Thomas More Church in Dartmouth, where he served on The St. Vincent DePaul Society, the Finance Committee, the Counsel of Catholic Men, and also sang in the church choir. In 1960, he became co-chair of The Maritime Fiddling Contest and worked tirelessly for decades promoting the event. Wherever there was a fiddling contest, Jim was there. He made friends easily and had many of them. He enjoyed all sports, especially hockey, and was Treasurer of the Halifax Junior Canadians during the years they played at the Halifax Forum. Jim was committed to a strict exercise routine that he enjoyed three times a week. Above all of these accomplishments he was most proud of the strong bond he shared with his family. Jim is survived by his loving wife of eight years, Bertha Romo Tully Delaney, Dartmouth; daughters, Mary Elizabeth Delaney, Bedford; Anne Marie (Scott) Brousseau, Dartmouth; Bernadette (Brent) Conrad, Waverly; and son, Brian (Tanya Carroll) Delaney, Halifax; and their mother, Janice Sears Delaney, Dartmouth; sister, Theresa (Raymond) Vermette, B.C.; grandchildren, Isabel Delaney, Hilary and Alana Brousseau; stepchildren, Gary (Donna) Tully, Carroll's Corner; Janice (Paul) Newman, Gays River; Jo-Ann (Dereck) Horne, Carroll's Corner; stepgrandchildren, Kyle, Megan, and Amber Tully, Sarah, Brandi, and Chelsea Newman. Visitation will be held Tuesday, March 3 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. in Atlantic Funeral Homes, 771 Main St., Dartmouth. Eulogy at 10:45 a.m., followed by the funeral Mass at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 4 in St. Thomas More Church, Caledonia Road, Dartmouth, Father Ronald Cairns officiating. Burial in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens and reception to follow in Saint Thomas More Church Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, or the St. Vincent DePaul Society.
MacPHAIL, Cathy Diane
42, of Office St., Westville, passed away February 26, 2008 in QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax. Born in New Glasgow, she was a daughter of the late Walter and Marie (Mannette) DeYoung. She worked at Sobeys in Pictou, and New Glasgow. Cathy liked to sing, and have a good time. She enjoyed butterflies and her cat, but most of all she loved her children, and grandchild. She is survived by her boys, Jason, Rodney, Myles, and Nicholas MacPhail; grandchild, Nevaeh, all of Pictou; special friend, Ross Beausejour, Westville; sisters, Donna (Vince) MacDonald, New Glasgow; Debbie (John) O'Laney, River John; Darlene (Stewart) DeYoung, Little Egypt Rd.; brothers, Walter (Elaine), New Glasgow; Laurie (Thelma), River John; Willie (Sandra), New Glasgow; Wayne (Laura), Merigomish. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by brother, Bert; nephew, David. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation or funeral service at her request. In lieu of flowers, donations will be gratefully accepted by the family. Arrangements are under the direction of McLaren Funeral Service, Pictou.
LOWE, Harold Charles
79, Halifax, passed away suddenly with his family by his side Saturday, February 28, 2009, in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII. Born in Halifax, he was a son of the late Charles and Audrey (Wilneff) Lowe. Harold was a humble man who enjoyed the simpler things in life, and country music. He was an avid dart player, who also enjoyed a game of pool, waxing his car, and the occasional scratch ticket. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Ada (Robinson) Lowe; son, Joseph Lowe; sisters, Margaret Gaudet, Doris "Dolly" Cooper, all of Halifax; granddaughter, Lisa (Jason Hiltz) Lowe, Eastern Passage; grandson, Chuck (Stephanie Jackson) Lowe, Halifax; great-grandchildren, Nolan, Landon, Kalan, Rylan; ex-daughter-in-law, Ellie Lowe, Lower Sackville; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by son, Charles Lowe; brothers-in-law, Roy Gaudet and Doug Cooper. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Atlantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayers Rd., Halifax. Private family graveside service will be held at a later date. Donations in memory may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or Canadian Cancer Society.
FARNELL, Richard Erwin
60, Middle Musquodoboit, died at home on February 27, 2009. Born in Tatamagouche, he was a son of the late Bub and Jennie (Murray) Farnell. Surviving are his wife, Valerie (Logan); son, Todd, Enfield; daughter, Tamara, Middle Musquodoboit; grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Cameron, Garrett, Emma and Mayson; brothers, Murray (Dianne), Enfield; Greg (Karen), Middle Musquodoboit; sister, Dianne Johnson (Charlie Higgins), Murchyville; six nieces and four nephews. After serving a short time in the Navy, Richard made his career as a lineman, the last 25 years with Nova Scotia Power. He was a competitive athlete, playing with the Musquodoboit Marquis, Brookfield Elks and on the gentleman's hockey team in Musquodoboit Harbour. Visitation will be Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. and funeral service Thursday at 3 p.m. both in Middleton United Church, Middle Musquodoboit, Rev. Marjory Cornelius officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to ALS Society of Nova Scotia. Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit. "Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain."
MacKEAN, Charles Edgar
Age 97, of Highland Drive, New Glasgow, died peacefully at home in his sleep on February 28, 2009. Born in Bisbee, Ariz., he was a son of the late Edwin and Irene (Nichols) MacKean. He spent his youth at Island, East River, where the family later resided. Edgar worked at D.M. MacDonald Factory, and during the war was a machine operator at Trenton Steel. For 17 years, Edgar and his wife Nan owned and operated a garage and grocery at High Street, Trenton. Later for nine years, they operated a Petro-Fina Service Station at South Foord Street, Stellarton. Edgar was a well-known and respected automobile mechanic. Several gifts from Petro-Fina included a plaque inscribed "For outstanding service station operation". Edgar retired in 1975 and enjoyed a woodworking hobby making some of the equipment including a drill press, saw table and planer. He also enjoyed skating. For many years, Edgar and his wife Nan enjoyed old time dancing. Edgar was a member of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, New Glasgow, and a former member of Springville Presbyterian Church. Edgar is survived by his best friend and devoted wife of 66 years, Annie Lillian "Nan" (Robertson); sister-in-law, Helen MacKean, Stellarton; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by sister, Margaret Loveridge; brothers, Cecil and Clifford; sister-in-law, Alice MacKean; and brothers-in-law, Ed Loveridge and Hugh Robertson; and niece Nancy Lynch. Respecting Edgar's wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral service. A private committal service will be held at a later date in Hopewell Cemetery with Rev. Richard Sand of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Eagles Funeral Home, Westville. Donations in Edgar's memory may be made to Hopewell Cemetery Co., Hopewell, NS B0K 1C0.
LYNCH, Grace Amelia
Age 86, of Newport Corner, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2009, in Dykeland Lodge, Windsor, where she had resided for the past three years. She was born on August 21, 1922, in Brooklyn, Hants Co., and was a daughter of the late Albert and Martha (Fisher) Smith. She grew up in Summerville and after meeting the man who would become her husband she then married Borden and moved to Newport Corner. Grace was a loving wife and mother. She was a member of Newport Corner Ladies Aid and The Newport Jolly Seniors. Grace worked in Halifax, then she worked at the cannery in the Annapolis Valley; she also worked as a custodian at Three Mile Plains School, then Kitchen Design & Planning, Windsor. She enjoyed gardening with her husband, Borden. One of her great loves was her pugs. Grace was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She is survived by daughters, Sharon (David) Sanford, Scotch Village; and Valerie Lynch, Newport Corner; grandsons, Oscar Sanford, Newport Corner; Peter (Miranda) Sanford and their daughter, Samantha, Spring Hill. She was predeceased by her husband, Borden; brothers, Leigh Smith; infant brother, Earle; sisters, Elizabeth Wilkens, Margaret Dedrick; infant sister, Florence. Visitation will be 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in Lindsay's Windsor Funeral Home, 194 King St., Windsor. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in Lindsay's Funeral Home. Interment will be in Ste. Croix Cemetery, St. Croix. Family flowers only. Donations in Grace's memory may be made to a charity of one's choice.