COLLINS, Leonard J.
91, of Amherst, and formerly of Parrsboro, passed away Friday, March 6, 2009, in Gables Lodge, Amherst. Born in Spencer's Island, he was a son of the late John and Edna (Morris) Collins. Leonard worked at the Halifax Dockyard for 13 years retiring in 1982. During his earlier years, he was employed with Moir's in Bedford. He is survived by his wife, the former Joyce Ricketts; daughters, Beth Whittaker (Peter), Greenvale, P.E.I.; Diane Whittaker, London, England; brother, Lorway, Amherst; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by daughter, Linda; grandsons, Carl and Eddie; sister, Gretchen; brothers, Aldon, Kenneth, Willis. Visitation 1-2 p.m. Sunday in Smith's Funeral Home, Parrsboro, where funeral service will follow at 2 p.m., Pastor Wayne Berry officiating. Burial in Allenville Cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.
MOORE, Ruth Barbara
Of Magee Drive, Middleton, passed away on March 5, 2009, in Soldiers' Memorial Hospital. Born in 1923 in Kentville, she was the eldest child of the late Bruce and Mary (Fearn) Carroll and wife of Middleton born George Moore, who predeceased her in 2002. An avid and successful curler and golfer, as well as a talented bridge player, Ruth excelled in her volunteer work. Among other things, she organized the Middleton children's Apple Blossom parade, served many years as a citizen trustee for Soldiers' Memorial Hospital, and chaired many public service committees as a long time member of the Rosemary Chapter of the IODE. In 1999, Ruth was named recipient of the Annapolis County Volunteer Award. An active and devoted member of both St. James in Kentville, where she mentored youth members, and Holy Trinity in Middleton, where she served in various capacities, she was a lifelong member of the Anglican Church Women. Ruth loved to travel and enjoyed sightseeing, visiting family and meeting new people. She is survived by daughters, Barbara (Doug) McCallum, Halifax; Mary (Mario) Vaillancourt, Winnipeg; sons, Bruce (Katherine Schultz), Stratford, P.E.I.; Richard (Lisa), Winnipeg; sisters, Margaret (Kenneth) Turner, Terrance Bay, Ont.; Jean Andres, Toronto; brother, Bruce Carroll, Toronto; grandchildren, Stephanie, Michelle, Sandra, Holly, Leah, Paula, Shawn, Shannon and seven great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, George Moore; sister, Dorothy and brother, Fred. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 11, in Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Middleton. Rev. Matthew Sponagle officiating. Interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Middleton. Donations in memory may be made to Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Middleton or Soldiers' Memorial Hospital Foundation.
ZWICKER, Shirley Mae
64, of Kentville, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on Friday, March 6, 2009 in the QEII Health Sciences Centre, new Halifax Infirmary Site, Halifax. Born in Wolfville, she was a daughter of Maurice and Jennie (Faulkner) Weir, Kentville. She was a bookkeeper and was an owner and operator of the former West End Market, Kentville. She was later employed with Robinson Oil and Eastlink (Kings Kable). Shirley was a member of North Alton Baptist Church and was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She enjoyed painting, knitting, camping and her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family. She was a caring and giving person. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Kenneth; sons, Tony (Debbie), North Alton; Timothy (Lindsey), Sackville; brothers, William "Bill" (Sylvia), Kentville; Douglas (Marie), Kentville; grandchildren, Candice (Peter) Rand and Kyle (Courtney Munroe); several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Elizabeth "Betty" Murphy. Visitation will be held from 7-9 p.m. Sunday, March 8, in White Family Funeral Home, Kentville. The funeral service, followed by a reception, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 9, in North Alton Baptist Church, Rev. Quincy Collins and Rev. Leon Langille officiating. A private burial will take place in Elm Grove Cemetery, Steam Mill, Kings Co. Family flowers only, by request. Donations in memory may be made to North Alton Baptist Church or the charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to White Family Funeral Home, Kentville.
RIDEOUT, Annette Marie
64, Neil's Harbour, died after a courageous battle with lung disease. Born in Neil's Harbour, she was the daughter of Eliza (Fitzgerald) and the late Archibald MacLean. She is survived by daughter, Sherry (Eric); sons, David (Sherry), Murray (Margaret), Michael (Pauline), Claude (Florence); brother, Angus (Stella); 11 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; special friend, Roger. She was predeceased by her husband, Herman. There will be no visitation by request. Funeral service will be celebrated at 2 p.m. today in St. Andrew's Anglican Church.
MILLER, Norman Donald
84, Afton, Antigonish Co., passed away March 4, 2009, in St. Martha's Regional Hospital, Antigonish. Born on May 25, 1924, in Shubenacadie, he was the son of the late Norman and Bernice (Farnam) Miller. Don had a big life. He was a member of Arras Branch No. 59 Royal Canadian Legion, Antigonish, and a veteran of the Second World War, serving in England, Holland, and Germany. He was employed with the CNR as a station agent between Halifax and Yarmouth for 38 years, retiring in 1981. Don was active in his communities, serving as president of the Canadian Cancer Society in Yarmouth; Sunday school teacher in Port Clyde, and as a scout leader for thirty years. He had a great love of country music and a very large collection of country music records, tapes, and songbooks, which are being donated to a private music museum. He was known as a country music historian because of his vast knowledge of country music. He loved to entertain seniors and perform at music festivals and jamborees. He was a regular at the Hank Snow Festival. He was also an avid reader and had a large book collection. He is survived by sons, Harold Ronald (Catherine Grace), Liverpool; Donald Chester (Claudia), Clyde River; Irvin Douglas (Crystal), Creston, B.C.; six grandchildren; one great- grandchild; brothers, Lloyd (Florence), Bridgewater; John, Edmonton, Alta.; sisters, Jean (Ora) Kenstead, Dartmouth; Jessie (Bob) Saulnier, Lincoln, N.B.; Joan (Tom) Janes, Lower Sackville; Ann Roy, Dartmouth; and best friend, Claire. He was predeceased by his wife, Glenna Joyce Miller; brother, Collin; sister, Beverley; and grandson, Bryan. Visitation will be in C. L. Curry Funeral Home, 135 College St., Antigonish, on Sunday, from 2- 4 and 7- 9 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Monday at 11 a.m., in C. L. Curry Funeral Home, with Rev. Jim Chisholm presiding. Donations in memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
ZWICKER, Malcolm John
71, Dartmouth, passed away on February 25, 2009, in Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in Bridgewater, he was the son of the late Harvey and Eva (Williams) Zwicker. Surviving are his companion, Cathy Snare; former wife, Robin Pye; son, John (Wendy); daughters, Lillian (Doc), Flordia, Tina (Russell); grandchildren, Deanna, Clary, Christa, Joey, Donald, Becky, Nick, Glenn, Eric, Terry, and Michael. Burial at a later date. Donations in memory of Malcolm John can be made to the Parker Street Food and Furniture Bank, 2415 Maynard St., Halifax, NS B3K 3V2.
CREASE, Margaret S.
92, of Halifax, passed away on March 4, 2009. Born in Bay Roberts, N.L. in 1916, she moved at a young age to Canso, which she always thought of as home. Her father had been hired by the Commercial Cable Co. and Mom regaled us often with tales of a happy childhood lived, "on the hill". She was the eldest daughter of Violet (Parsons) and Alexander "Jock" Gordon. She was the last surviving member of her family, having been predeceased by her brothers, Nelson (1945), Ted (1951); and sister, Frankie (1990). Margaret came to Halifax at 17 and attended the Maritime Business College, and worked for various companies over the next 12 years. Margaret was truly blessed, she was deeply loved by, and married, three good men (and outlived them all). She met her first husband, Jacques Desrosiers during the war years, they married in 1945 and lived in Montreal, Que., where their three children were born. The family moved to Halifax in 1956, where they lived happily until Jacques' untimely death in 1962. Widowed at 45, she lovingly raised her "hippy" children on her own, while working as Alumni Secretary at the University of King's College. She married G.R.K. "Digby" Lynch, in 1973. They shared a love of good food, and great laughter. Mom was a brave and caring woman, and when Digby became ill she insisted on nursing him at home. "How can I not..." were the words we often heard. At the age of 75, she married E. F. "Ted" Crease. Together, they traveled extensively, but it was their extended visits to Bermuda that Mom loved best. We all have great memories of family times at "Ram's Head". Their other favourite spot was the cottage at Snug Harbour in St. Margaret's Bay. Even after Ted's death it was Mom's summer home until 2006. Mom was an avid bridge player, a voracious and esoteric reader, a member of many clubs, and a volunteer for many years at the IWK Kermesse, and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. She was an exceptional Mother and Grandmother. She is survived by daughters, Lise (Denis Couture), and their son, Guillaume; Andrée (Peter Norwood), and her son, Justin (Lisa), and their children, Cole and Calla; son, Jacques (Anne Louise), and their children, Anna and Luc. For the last two and half years, Mom has been looked after at home by her caregiver, Dianne Mitchell, who became a companion, friend, and truly indispensable to the whole family, (Thank you so much). Also, thank you to Gerri d'Entremont, who, in her short time with Mom, was forced to forego her fears to be a special help. Mom's long life was lived to the fullest, during interesting times (and yes Mom, you were a character!). At her request, there will be no visitation or funeral. The family will gather at a later date for a private graveside service. Donations in Margaret's memory may be made to the Commercial Cable Rehabilitation Society of Canso(P.O. Box 90, Guysborough, NS B0H 1N0), the Progress Centre for Early Intervention, Halifax, or a charity of choice.
The following poem, "High Flight", by John Magee expresses our feelings for Mom / Nana, now and always.
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings
Sunward I've climbed,
and joined the tumbling mirth Of sun-split clouds -
and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of
McLAUGHLIN, Mary Elizabeth
91, LaHave, passed away March 4, 2009, in Queens General Hospital, Liverpool. Born September 22, 1917, in Mill Village, she was the daughter of the late Sadie (McLaughlin) and Freeman Parnell. Mary spent most of her adult years in LaHave, working and living with the Ernest Himmelman family. She was a member of the Red Cross, LaHave Fire Department Auxiliary, and Fort Point Historical Society; she remained an active member in the UCW of West Side United Church which provided her with many social opportunities and many, many friends. She was an avid fundraiser, taking part in church and community projects. Mary enjoyed quilting and made baby quilts for the children and the grandchildren of her many friends. She seldom arrived at any social occasion without her homemade brown bread or tea biscuits. She was the last surviving member of her family, but will be fondly remembered by her extended Himmelman family, David (Paula) and family, Ruth (Cameron) Seamone and family, George (Pauline) and family. Always cheerful and happy to see you, she will be missed by all her community friends and acquaintances. Cremation has taken place under the direction of R.A.Corkum Funeral Home, Wileville. Memorial Service will take place Saturday, March 28, at 11 a.m. in West Side United Church, Pentz, Rev. Neil McEwan officiating. Interment in Fort Point Cemetery, LaHave. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to West Side United Church, Pentz. Many thanks to her numerous friends in LaHave who provided support during her years of independent living in the community. Thanks also to North Queens Nursing Home who gave her a happy home, filled her last two months with activities and gave her the opportunity to make new friends.
MacDERMID, Gordon Edward
September 22,1939 - March 3, 2009. Gordon MacDermid died peacefully in Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg, Man., on Tuesday afternoon. Gordon was raised in Westmount, before venturing out to earn his B.A. at Mount Allison University and his M.Div. at Pine Hill Divinity Hall in Halifax. In 1961, he was ordained as a minister in the United Church of Canada. His first pastoral charge was West Bay. After completing his Ph.D. in Church History at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, he returned with his young family to join the faculty at Pine Hill Divinity Hall in 1967. His association with the school, which became part of the Atlantic School of Theology, continued for 33 years and saw him take on a variety of roles and challenges there. During that time he also served for five years as minister for St. Andrew's United Church in Halifax. Too young to retire at 60, he moved west to occupy the office of the Dean of Theology at the University of Winnipeg until 2005. Throughout his career he was active at different levels in the United Church and was, for many years, on the board of the Association of Theological Schools, which afforded him many welcome opportunities for travel. After retiring, he continued to contribute to the community. The peace movement was especially important to him among the many social issues that drew his attention and energy. His passion for life manifested itself in his zeal for lively debate, his habit of staying in motion, his curiosity about people and his delight in their diversity. He enjoyed the feel of a fountain pen on paper, the taste of single malt scotch, the sound of Leonard Cohen's songs, and the sight of the highlands of Cape Breton. Gordon possessed a rare intellect, abundant compassion, extraordinary humour, and sesquipedalian vocabulary, gifts he readily shared with all who cared to receive them. Gordon was predeceased by his parents, Edward and Katherine (Morrison) MacDermid of Wreck Cove. He is survived by his children, Graeme, Heather (Barry Meston), and John (Meaghan Seagrave); their mother, Pam MacDermid; his brother, Allison (Jane); his sisters, Mary and Anne, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is also remembered by the many close friends he cherished in his life. Visitation will be held Monday, March 9, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in Sydney Memorial Chapel, 49 Welton St., Sydney. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 10, at 1 p.m., in Westmount United Church in Westmount, with Rev. Genevieve Trudel officiating. A reception will follow in the church hall. Burial will take place at Oceanview Cemetery, Birch Plain. In lieu of flowers, donations in Gordon's memory can be made to the peace initiative of your choice.