TRIDER, Leah Marie
64, Gaetz Brook, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 3, 2009, in Dartmouth General Hospital with family by her side. Born August 31, 1944, in Kentville, she was a daughter of the late Ethel (Henry) and Lloyd Greene Sr. She is survived by Donald, her husband of 41 years and friend of 49 years; son, Murray (Raina Moore), Dartmouth / Brooklyn, N.Y.; daughter, Susan (Rick) Phillips; grandson, Nathan and granddaughter, Kaitlyn, all of Spring Hill, Tenn.; sisters, Pat (Jim) Colter, Marlene (Dave) Campbell, Ellen (Werner) Pohlmann, all of Dartmouth; brother, Lloyd Jr. (Heather) Greene, Quispamsis, N.B.; several nieces and nephews; brothers-in-law, Robert (Diane) Trider, Dartmouth; Carl (Heather) Trider, Falmouth; and Chris (Janice) Trider, Beaver Brook. Leah will be deeply missed by dear friends Sam Leung, New York, N.Y.; Avis and George Fox, Middle Musquodoboit; Peggy and Glen Harrison, Dartmouth; and Connie and Mohamed Doma, Vancouver, B.C. Leah was predeceased by her sister, Karen King (Eric); paternal grandparents, David and Mary Jane (Armsworthy) Greene; maternal grandparents, Alvin and Esther (Mansfield) Henry, and father and mother-in-law, Charlie and Thelma Trider. Leah was a graduate of the Halifax Regional Vocational School Secretarial Program and was a valued employee wherever she worked. She began her career as a secretary in the Planning Department of the City of Dartmouth, served as secretary to Chiefs, John Edge and Roger Smith of the Dartmouth City Police Department, and was the administrator with Physicians Services at the VG Hospital. Leah finished her career as a Secretary with the Halifax Regional School Board. Leah was a member of Woodlawn United Church where she was a CGIT leader and Past President of the UCW (Rebecca Unit). In addition Leah volunteered annually with the Canadian Cancer Society. She was an avid reader and gardener and was looking forward to spring where she would witness the results of her fall gardening work. Her zest for life, beautiful smile, and infectious laugh touched all who knew her. Leah's expressed dream was to eventually "sell everything and put it all on wheels." In September 2000, following her retirement from the School Board, Leah and Don did just that. They sold their house and personal belongings, purchased a truck and fifth wheel recreation vehicle, and set out for 10 years of RVing around North America. Usually these travels took them to warm climates every winter returning to their cottage in Gaetz Brook every spring. Her message to you would be, "Live your dream." Cremation has taken place and a celebration of Leah's life will be held in Woodlawn United Church on Saturday, March 7, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Valerie Kennedy officiating. A reception will follow immediately in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Palliative Care Unit of Dartmouth General Hospital. Our family expresses sincere thanks and appreciation to the paramedics, the emergency and palliative care staff of Dartmouth General Hospital, doctors and nurses at the Halifax Infirmary, V.G. Site, QEII, and the Nova Scotia Cancer Clinic.
47, of Fall River. It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Mary Leslie on Wednesday, March 04, 2009, after a short courageous battle with cancer. Born on December 30, 1961, in McAdam, N.B., she was the youngest daughter of Vercelia Gass and the late Wallace Gass. Besides her mother, she is survived by her loving husband, Colin Leslie; and her children, Brandon and Paige, at home; brothers, Ranford Gass (Jean), Lawrence Gass (Carol); sister, Marsha Davis (Peter); and several nieces and nephews. Service to be held on Monday, March 9 at 2 p.m. in St. John's United Church, Fall River. Reception to follow in the church hall. Those wishing to make donations may do so to the Canadian Cancer society, or IWK Health Centre Foundation. "Friends are like flowers, they bloom with you from the start and never go away."
BAYERS, Robert P.
It is with great sadness that the family of Robert P. Bayers announce his passing on March 2, 2009, at the age of 70. Bob enjoyed people, music, dancing, playing his guitar and meeting with friends to play games and he always had a good story to tell. He was a great friend to all and cherished the time spent with family and friends, including man's best friend, Rudy. He is survived by his wife, Marlene (Thornhill) Bayers; children, Roseanne (Robbie) Rogerson, Kathleen Robia, Robert Bayers Jr., Joanne Bayers and stepdaughter, Adele Brake; grandchildren, Nicole and Hayley Rogerson and John Robia; brothers, Cyril Bayers, David Bayers; sisters, Joan Wallace, Judy Cameron and Doris Ehler and predeceased by Frederick Bayers. Bob will be greatly missed by all. No visitation is scheduled. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, in Sackville United Baptist Church, 1240 Old Sackville Rd., with Pastor Wade Harvey presiding. Reception to follow in the church hall. The family asks that donations in Bob's memory be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or The Lung Association.
FAGE, Kenneth Ernest
It is with the deepest regrets that the family announce the sudden passing of Kenneth Ernest Fage, 86, of Amherst on Wednesday, March 4, 2009, in Gables Lodge, Amherst. Born in East Amherst, he was a son of the late W. Ernest and Helen (Forrest) Fage (Rector). He was a veteran of the Second World War where he served with the Royal Canadian Ordinance Core (R.C.O.C.). After the war he was employed with Murdock Motors, D.A. Casey Ltd. and Rivers & Dickinson for 30 years until his retirement. Ken was an adhered member of First Baptist Church, Amherst, where he served in many capacities, such as the Board of Directors and Finance committee. Ken enjoyed spending time at his cottage with his three grandchildren and family. His memories will always be treasured by his loving wife of 68 years, the former Margaret Tingley; his son, James (Norma) Fage of Keswick Ridge, N.B.; grandchildren, Paul (Cindi) Fage of Albany, Western Australia, Jon (Maria) Fage of Guelph, Ont. and Jamie Solesme of Crysler, Ont.; seven great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Ken was predeceased by his daughter, Muriel Ann Fage (2008) and his sister, Mae Wells. Family and friends are invited to a time of visitation today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 10 tribute service at 7 p.m. in Campbell's Funeral Home, 98 Church St., Amherst (902-667-9906). Funeral service will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. from First Baptist Church, Amherst with Rev. Byron Corkum officiating. Interment will take place in the spring in Amherst Cemetery. Donations in Ken's memory may be made to First Baptist Church, Amherst, Gables Lodge or charity of your choice.
BAKER, Michael Gilbert
With his family around him and thoughts and prayers from friends near and far, The Honourable Michael Gilbert Baker, Q.C., Minister of Finance, 52, of Lunenburg, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, March 2, 2009, after a valiant fight with cancer. Michael was born in Lunenburg on January 28, 1957, the son of Gilbert and Barbara Baker, Lunenburg. The way in which Michael lived his life was an inspiration. The love for his family, community, province and country were evident in his daily life, work and witness. Michael was a dedicated and faithful leader in his community, the guiding light for his family and gave countless hours serving others. Throughout his life-threatening illness his constant optimism, courageous spirit and fortitude inspired others. Michael graduated with a Bachelor of Law Degree from Dalhousie University, Halifax, and practiced law at Hennigar, Wells, Lamey & Baker and acted as Mahone Bay Town Solicitor. He was a Past President of the Lunenburg County Barristers Association; former member of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society Council and a former director of the Marine Atlantic. He was appointed to the Queen's Counsel in 1999. The Honourable Michael Baker was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in March of 1998; re-elected in July 1999, August 2003 and June 2006. His Cabinet duties have included Minister of Finance; Minister of Transportation and Public Works; Minister of Aboriginal Affairs; Minister of Justice; Minister responsible for Communication Nova Scotia; Minister responsible for the Administration of the Human Rights Act and the Utility and Review Board Act; Minister responsible for the Regulations Act; Minister responsible for the Insurance Act, the Securities Act; and Minister responsible for Part II of the Worker's Compensation Act. He has also been chair of the Treasury and Policy Board. Michael faithfully served his community as the MLA for Lunenburg; former member on the Board of Directors of Family and Children Services of Lunenburg County, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal and the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary; former Vice-Chair of the South Shore Residential Tenancies Board and the Lunenburg County Regional Housing Authority. He was Past President of the Lunenburg Academy Foundation; former chair of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church and a Recipient of the Sherman Zwicker Citizenship Award. On February 13, 2009, the New Justice Centre in Bridgewater was dedicated in Michael's honour. Though Michael's life was a full and active one, true to his heart was the special love and devotion he shared with his loving wife, Cynthia (Corkum), and sons, Matthew and Daniel; sister, Valerie (Paul) Burley, Guelph, Ont.; brother, Peter (Paula), Martin's Brook; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of Dana L. Sweeny Funeral Home, 11213 Hwy No. 3, Lunenburg, and where visitation will be held today from 7-9 p.m. A service to celebrate Michael's life will be held on Thursday at 2 p.m. in Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 65 Fox St., Lunenburg, Rev. Vivian S. Roberts officiating. Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Lunenburg. Flowers from the immediate family. Memorial donations may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, Lunenburg or to the Canadian Cancer Society.
DAVIS, Wilson Sinclair "Bill"
72, of Centreville, Kings Co., passed away Sunday, March 1, 2009, in Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Born in Yarmouth, he was a son of the late Joseph and Jeannetta (Townsend) Davis. He served with the Canadian Armed Forces for 30 years, including two Peacekeeping tours in Egypt and Cyprus. After his retirement from the forces, he served with the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires at the Cornwallis Inn, the Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus and Camp Aldershot. He was employed as a security officer at the former Blanchard Fraser Memorial Hospital, the former Miller Hospital and the Valley Regional Hospital. He was Master of Scotia Masonic Lodge, No. 28 and a member the Eastern Valley Shrine Club, serving as Potentate's Aid. He is survived by his wife, the former Elizabeth "Betty' Schofield; daughter, Kris, Dartmouth; son, Kurt, Dartmouth; sisters, Marion Swift, Briar Island; Alain (Merv) Nielsen, Newport; Margaret Rainforth, Dartmouth; brothers, Charles (Nora), Ontario; Terrance (Alice), Lower Sackville; granddaughter, Shawna Davis; great-grandson, Noah Davis; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Richard. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today, with a Masonic Lodge service to be held at 7 p.m., all in White Family Funeral Home, Kentville. The funeral service, followed by a reception, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in White Family Funeral Home, Kentville, Rev. Marc Potvin officiating. Cremation will follow the funeral service and the burial will take place at a later date. Family flowers only, by request. Donations in memory may be made to Centreville Baptist Church or the Kings County S.P.C.A. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to White Family Funeral Home, Kentville.
TIMMONS, Sister Anne "Rita Ursula"
105, died in Parkstone Enhanced Care on February 28, 2009. Born in Ingonish, Cape Breton, she was a daughter of the late Angus and Jessie (Currie) Timmons. She entered the Sisters of Charity in Halifax in 1922 and made her Religious Profession in 1925. Sister Anne taught school for over 50 years in Nova Scotia, British Columbia and in the United States. Sister continued to work as a Reading Specialist in North Sydney and New Waterford in a volunteer capacity for the next 20 years, prior to retiring to the Mount in Halifax in 1995. She remained active in her retirement years with visiting the sick and the ministry of prayer. She is survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and their families. She was predeceased by brothers, Adrian, Cletus, Sid, Leo, Russell; sisters, Viola, Clare, Agnes, Victoria (Sister Mary Huberta, Sister of Charity), Cecelia and Ursula. The body will be in Caritas Residence with visitation today from 3-7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, March 4, at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Chapel, Caritas Residence. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lower Sackville.
36. Peter died peacefully joining his mother and father with God on February 27, 2009. Born on June 19, 1972, in New Glasgow, he was the youngest son of the late Robert and Stella Wilson from Springville. Peter loved spending time with his family and an incredible group of loyal and loving friends. His best friend Claudine, his dog Dixie and his cats, Pepper, Selena and Nique sustained him through a long battle with diabetes and kidney dialysis. With selfish hearts we would have kept him with us, but we draw comfort in knowing he is at peace. Peter is survived by his sisters, Margaret Earle (Chris Snell), Kathleen Laing (Sheldon Cromwell); brothers, Robert (Myra) Wilson, William (Norma) Wilson; nieces, Jennifer Burridge, Kathryn Burridge, Patricia (Matthew) MacWilliam, Sherry (Dan) Freckelton (sister in spirit); grandniece, Emma Freckelton; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and his best friend, Claudine Harnish. Peter was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Stella Wilson. Visitation will be held Saturday, March 7, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in R.H. Porter Funeral Home, New Glasgow. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, March 8, in Springville Presbyterian Church, Springville. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Kidney Foundation of Canada, Nova Scotia Branch or Aberdeen Palliative Care Society.
SMITH, Donna Sue Hollister
64, of Mineville, passed away suddenly at home on March 2, 2009. Born in Wills Point, Tex., she was the daughter of the late Fred Hollister and Maxine (Hollister) (Blasingame) Lester. Upon graduation from Wills Point High School, Donna attended Baylor University and joined the U.S. Navy where she met her husband John. After their wedding, she moved to Dartmouth where she was a teacher at Caledonia Junior High School before starting her family. Upon seeing her own children through public school, she joined them at university, returning to Dalhousie Law School and graduating at age 50. Donna practiced family law with great compassion for six years. In life she balanced family ties spread over many miles. She commuted to provide loving support to her mother in Tyler, Tex., through her mother's lengthy terminal illness, while also supporting her growing family at home. Family was the most important aspect of her life, and seeing her grandson William arrive five weeks early on February 8, 2009, was a blessing. Family always knew that they could depend on her, as she was on call for many last minute visits to support her loving granddaughters, Madeline and Julia. Donna had a zest for life and a compassion for the human spirit that was witnessed by anyone who came in contact with her. She thrived on lively discussion, while being a great listener and an empathetic soul, usually over a glass of wine. Donna's love for life could also be seen in her passion for organic gardening, as she and Kathy had a steady date every Saturday morning, taking care of the natural world around us, while maintaining her own soul in the fellowship she shared with Kathy. She was a tireless supporter of Orenda Canoe Club, Dalhousie Legal Aid, The Stephen F. Lewis Foundation - Grandmothers to Grandmothers, and Adult Literacy. Donna also touched lives around the world, as she, along with nine other girlfriends started a chapter of Grandmothers to Grandmothers, under the umbrella of the Stephen F. Lewis Foundation to benefit those in Africa affected by AIDS. She loved to travel as she and John shared many memories together with close friends while traveling to every corner of the earth, most recently enjoying a trip to South Africa. Donna is survived by her husband of 39 years, John; son, Scott (Sarah); daughter, Lindsay (Eric) Munroe; grandchildren, Madeline and Julia Smith, Amy, Leisa and William Munroe; mother-in-law, Elizabeth Smith; aunts, Gladys Folmar and Alice Hines of Texas; extended Texas family, including Richard and Mary Tekell, along with Martha, Jon and Angela Tekell, Stephen and Lisa Tekell, and Amy Tekell. She was predeceased by her parents; stepfather, Jack Lester; father-in-law, Cecil Smith. Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 4 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth, where a funeral service will be held on Thursday at 2 p.m. with a reception to follow in the funeral home reception centre. In lieu of flowers, donations in Donna's memory may be made to The Stephen F. Lewis Foundation - Grandmothers to Grandmothers: www.stephenlewisfoundation.org.