LITTLE (Fraser), Ruth Leona
Passed away in Grey Bruce Health Services, Southhampton, Ont., on Sunday, March 1, 2009, in her 90th year. Wife of the late John Little; dear mother of Marilyn of Toronto; Joy of Pickering and Terry (Yvonne) of Halifax. Also survived by her brother, Murray of Parry Sound. Fondly remembered by her grandchildren, great-grandchildren. Predeceased by grandson, Darcy Little. Cremation has taken place. At Ruth's request there will be no visitation or services. Expressions of Rememberance to the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to Eagelson Funeral Home, Southhampton.
BAKER, Winnifred Viola
91, Halifax, passed away peacefully on March 1, 2009, in St. Vincent's Nursing Home, Halifax. She was the daughter of the late George and Marion (Findley) MacFarland and wife of the late Ambrose Baker. Cremation has taken place under the care of J. A. Walker Funeral Home, 149 Herring Cove Rd., Halifax (477.5601). There will be no service or visitation at this time. Interment of ashes will take place in the spring in William Black Cemetery.
BURKE, John David "Johnny"
89, Main-a-Dieu, passed away in Taigh Na Mara Veteran's Home in Glace Bay February 28, 2009. Son of the late John David and Annie Burke. Surviving are daughters, Marilyn Goyetche, Margie Kennedy, Debbie Sharpe, Penny Hemmings; sons, Father Bill Burke, Kenzie, Joe, special son, Howard Oehman; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by parents; wife, Barbara Burke; sisters, Margaret, Mary, Catherine; brothers, Joe, Basil. Visitation in Immaculate Conception Church, Main-a-Dieu, Wednesday, 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Funeral mass in church Thursday, 2 p.m. Burial in the parish cemetery.
MURPHY, Martin Edward
43, Halifax. It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved son and brother, Martin Edward Murphy on March 1, 2009. Born in Halifax, he was a son of Josephine (Peache) and the late Vincent Murphy. Martin loved a good game of cards and will be remembered for having a good heart and as a good person to all who knew and loved him. He is survived by his mother, Josephine; brothers, James (Yvonne), Elmsdale; Vincent, Joseph (Janie), Robert (Kim), William and Ralph (Shelly), all of Halifax; sisters, Cathy (Jim), Ketch Harbour; Joanne, Ottawa, and Elizabeth, Halifax; four nieces, six nephews, two great-nieces; two great-nephews, and aunt, Veda Cooper. He was predeceased by his father, Vincent John Murphy in 1971. Cremation has taken place under the care of J. A. Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd., 149 Herring Cove Rd., Halifax (477-5601), where visitation will be held on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. A memorial mass will be celebrated in memory of Martin on Thursday, March 5, at 10 a.m. in St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, Spryfield, with Father Rob Arsenault as celebrant. A private family burial will take place in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate remembrances to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or Canadian Cancer Society.
ANTONICK, Peter Henry
Dartmouth. June 24, 1927 - March 2, 2009. Peter "Gramp" passed away peacefully in the company of his loving and caring family. Peter was a son of the late John and Helen (Lewis) Antonick and husband of the late Pegi Antonick; father to Bob, New Minas; Barbara (Glenn) Smith, Dartmouth; brother to sister, Bea Gervais, Hamilton, Ont.; the world's best Gramp to Robyn (Sandy), Newfoundland; Christina (Stephen), British Columbia; Kindred, British Columbia, Amy and Meg, New Minas; Cara (Ron), Grand Desert; Catherine (Doug), Dartmouth; great-grandfather to Deva, British Columbia, Tony and Kaiden, Dartmouth and Jara, Newfoundland. Peter was predeceased by brother, Bob and sister, Dorothy. Gramp was also predeceased by grandchildren, Angela, Rachelle, Kellie and only grandson, Joey Antonick on October 31, 2008. Peter was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing and up until recently his walks in the woods and going to watch the birds. Peter and Pegi were the proud owners of Bear Island where for nearly 50 years the family and many friends shared many good camp fires, stories, swims, camp fries and meals, all of which made lasting memories. Bob, Barb and Glenn would like to offer sincere thanks to Dr. David Creighton, the palliative care team, the VON staff, Veterans Affairs Canada and Ansom Home Care Gives Inc. for the care and compassion shown. Also to our friends and neighbours for all the kindness shown to Gramp and his family. Funeral service will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Dartmouth Funeral Home, 29 Queen St., Rev. Patricia Malin officiating. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers the family request that an act of kindness be shown to someone or the environment.
FRASER, Bruce Campbell
(September 16, 1917 - March 2, 2009). Bruce was a resident of Maritime Oddfellows Home, Pictou and was spending a few weeks at Willow Hall, Mount Hope Hospital, Dartmouth, where he passed away and it is with sadness that his family announce his passing. Bruce was born in Union Centre, Pictou Co., the third child of Duncan MacDonald and Ina May (Ballantyne) Fraser. He was the sixth generation of Alexander Fraser and Marion Campbell and with their family came on the ship Hector in 1773 and were the first settlers on the Middle River. He grew up on the Fraser dairy farm in Union Centre. When he finished Union Centre School, it was his job each day to deliver milk in bottles by horse and wagon or sled in earlier years and then by car or truck the four miles to the homes in the town of Westville. The Frasers respected the Sabbath, so the second delivery was made later in the day on Saturday. This continued until pasteurization in the late 40's. Singing was always a part of Bruce's life. At home with his mother on the organ and his father, brother and three sisters, they had their own choir with soprano, alto, base and baritone. He joined the Middle River Church Choir at 14 years and was part of the first quartet with his father, brother and Cameron Munroe. At 14, he began singing lessons with Mason B. MacKay, New Glasgow and then with Roddie MacLeod, choir director at St. Andrews, Westville. This group traveled to various churches throughout the county and Tatamagouche until the Second World War began. During war years, Bruce was with a quartet group who sang in Truro on Sunday evening and also in county churches. Muriel Goode, organist at St. Paul's, Westville, began a male chorus and they sang as far away as Lochaber and New Annan and this continued until she passed away. Eleanor Loomer Sutherland also had a group that sang in churches as far away as Glenholm. In the 50's there was the Pictou County Barber Shoppers with Bill O'Farrell and later Selwyn Smith, J.N. Fraser directed the Caledonia Chorus in Masonic Hall, New Glasgow. They sang in Roseland Theatre in "The Old Homestead" put on by N.W. Mason. Then there was the Lyric Male Chorus with director J.N. Fraser. The Chorus sang at the Billy Graham Crusade in Amherst. This event was one of the greatest experiences in Bruce's life. Later Sheldon Stewart became director. Following the Springhill Explosion in 1958 they sang at a memorial service at one of the churches. Singing in many churches including ones in Moncton, Dartmouth and Truro as well as in Pictou County with the Lyric Male Chorus continued until 1988. In 1950 Bruce purchased land and a building in Westville where he had a milk distribution centre. In 1951 a dwelling with a business on the lower floor was completed. From there he operated Fraser's Restaurant until 1976 and Fraser's Variety Store until he retired on June 30, 1986. Farmers from nearby communities would bring produce including homemade butter, curds, eggs, maple syrup, dressed hens, potatoes as well as other vegetables for him to buy and sell. He remembered eggs being brought in a box filled with oats to keep from freezing in the winter time. Halloween and school grading days were important for the children when they visited his store where they were given treats. Bruce's motto at his store was "If you didn't have it, get it!". Wherever he went after leaving his store of 35 years he met people who had come to his store and commented on the meals served and was always given a big welcome. On July 6, 1986, he married Marjorie Graham Johnson and came to Toney Mills. He became a member of St. David's Church Choir, Toney River. This is the same church which his great great-grandfather, Alexander Fraser Esq. made a present of the pulpit from the church that stood on the bank of the Middle River during the days of Dr. James MacGregor and thus making the pulpit older than St. David's itself. Bruce sang with the Scotsburn Male Chorus and then with Hector Festival Big Sing from 2000 to 2007. He continued to attend Middle River Church until he entered Glen Haven on June 5, 2008. He had been a choir member for over 76 years and an Elder for over 52 years. During Bruce's retirement he spent many hours at Union Centre Pioneer Cemetery and Gray Road Cemetery making improvements. He enjoyed traveling with his car, Old Time Dances when he could do the Hop Polka all evening and never tire, repairing anything broken, his garden, planting trees, especially oak, and attending exhibitions to see the big work horses. Bruce is survived by wife, Marjorie; sons, Duncan (Diana), Durham; Bruce (Connie), Wainwright; stepdaughter, Heather (Rennie) MacKenzie, Toney River; stepson, Walter (Joyce) Johnson, Fort St. John, B.C.; grandchildren, Robert Fraser, Drumheller, Alta.; Brieanna Burke, Wainwright; stepgrandchildren, Marianna, Molly, Evan Johnson; great-grandchildren, Kaden, Tarren, Mackenna, Jasmine; former daughters-in-law, Brenda, Donna, Jean; brother, Willard, Kirkwood, Mo.; cousin, George (Elizabeth) MacKenzie, Bible Hill; nieces, Marion (John) Mahoney, Churchville; Edith (Jerry) Turner, New Glasgow; Judy (Roger) Webster, Trainor, Iowa; nephews, John (Arlene) MacGregor, Churchville; David (Kathy) Scott, New Glasgow; Bruce (Norma) Fraser, St. Louis, Mo.; Paul Fraser, Belleville, Ill.; Terry (Judy) MacLeod, Priestville; Ronnie (Millie) MacLeod, Tignish; Allan (Barbara) MacLeod, New Glasgow; Bruce (Liz) MacLeod, Little Harbour. He was predeceased by wife, Emma Cavelle Hale (1957); sisters, Grace MacLeod (1996), Marion Scott (1998), Eleanor MacGregor (2007); sister-in-law, Lillian Hale Ross (1991), who cared for his children following their mother's passing; sister-in-law, Joan (2008); nephew, Barry Fraser (1982). Many thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff of Glen Haven Manor, Maritime Oddfellows Home and Willow Hall for giving Bruce such excellent care. Visitation in Eagles Funeral Home, Westville on Wednesday, March 4, from 7-9 p.m. and Thursday, March 5, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Musical funeral service in Middle River Presbyterian Church, Rocklin on Friday, March 6, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Gary Tonks and Rev. Jeanette Fleischer officiating. Family flowers only with donations to Middle River Church Memorial Fund, St. David's Church Choir or charity of one's choice. Burial in Gray Road Cemetery, Union Centre.
MILLS, Hurford R.
With great sadness we announce the death of our father, Hurford R. Mills, on Sunday, March 1, 2009, in Beaver Bank. Born August 25, 1913, in Advocate Harbour, he was a son of the late George A. and Lora (Kelly) Mills. In his early years he worked in the Joggins coal mines before moving to Eastern Passage and then on to Dartmouth. For many years he was employed by Fairey Aviation and also worked in Dartmouth for Julius and Aaron Solomon. In later years he lived in the Nantucket Seniors Apartments in Dartmouth and then in Hazel House, operated by Owen and Jeannine Hazel where he received loving and respectful care until his peaceful passing. He enjoyed sports, particularly softball, and played recreational hockey in his younger years. As a senior he enjoyed cards and music and attended many dances at Lawrencetown and other local seniors clubs. He was predeceased by his wife, Bessie (Rogers) and by his sister, Jean Crumby (of Boston, Mass.). He is survived by his sons, Rick (Helen), Greenwood; William Allison (Nancy), Dartmouth; Rev. Stephen (Norma), Sydney; Avard, Halifax; grandchildren, Tona, Gina, Sarah, Adam, Karen, Gordon, Alice; great-grandchildren, Hermione, Nathaniel, Cole, and nieces and nephews. Visitation will be in A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home, Portland Street, Friday March 6, from 7-9 p.m. A family memorial service will take place Saturday, March 7, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorials can be made to a charity of choice.
VANDEKIEFT, Robert D.
91, Truro, formerly of Dartmouth, peacefully passed away in Colchester Regional Hospital on Friday, February 27, 2009, after a battle with cancer. Robert was born in Bussum, Holland, in 1917, and was the son of the late Johan and Cornelia van de Kieft. He, his wife Martha and children immigrated to Canada in 1954. He lived most of his life in Dartmouth and had only recently moved to Truro. Robert will be remembered for his dedication to his family, his passion for travel and adventure that took him around the world, his zeal for theatre, his love of the Toronto Blue Jays and his unselfish generosity to a number of charitable organizations. His first career of many years was with the CBC, where he worked his way from a stagehand to retire as a director / producer. His second career was one as a dedicated volunteer at Pier 21, a place of great importance to him as it was the same port through which he immigrated. He was also a Dutch Second World War veteran. Robert was predeceased by the love of his life, Martha, his wife of 58 years. He is survived by his loving family; daughter, Carla; sons, Robert (Judy), Walter (Mary) and Rick (Karen); grandchildren, Vincent, Jenine, Jennifer, Gennie, Sara, Joanna, Daniel, Joseph, Tina, Matthew and Kristen, as well as 16 great-grandchildren. On Saturday, March 7, Robert's family will host a celebration of his remarkable life and all friends are welcome to attend. A visitation with the family will commence at 1 p.m., followed by a memorial service and reception at 2 p.m., all in A. L. Mattatall Funeral Home, 217 Portland St., Dartmouth (902-461-0700). As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia.
GOUTHRO (Smith), Jessie
80, died March 2, 2009. She was a daughter of the late Mary Ann and Edward Smith. Surviving are daughters, Brenda, Anna; sons, Michael, Bernie, Reggie; sister, Viola; grandchildren, Jessica, Shakira, Jason, Stanley, Kathleen, Amanda, Lennie, Hollie, Andrew, Christina, Taylor, Tristen, Joshua; eight great-grandchildren. Predeceased by husband, Michael; brothers, William, Hector, Edward; sisters, Mabel, Josie, Maggie. Visitation today 2-4, 7-9 p.m. in V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, Glace Bay. Funeral mass 11 a.m. Thursday in St. James Church, Gardiner Mines. Cremation will follow. Interment will be at a later date.
MacLEAN, Donald Roy
79, died Monday, March 2, 2009, in Glace Bay Health Care Complex. He was a son of the late Murdock and Flora MacLean. Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Helen Mary MacLean; children, Joan Desveaux, Donna Peach, Colleen Miller, and son, Donald MacLean; grandchildren, Ryan, Jason, Shannon, Clinton, Renee, Jeffrey, Samantha, Taylor; great-grandchildren, Jaden, Angelina, Grace; sister, Louise Wareham; brother, Roddie MacLean. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by sister, Norma MacLean. Visitation was held Tuesday 7-9 and today 2-4, 7-9 p.m. in V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, Glace Bay. Funeral service 2 p.m. Thursday in St. Mary's Anglican Church, Glace Bay with Rev. Vernon Reid officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery at a later date.