RICHARDS, Eileen Marilyn
92, of Truro, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2009, in Cedarstone Enhanced Care, Truro. Born in Truro, from a family of nine, she was a daughter of the late John J. and Ruby Etta (Grue) Fielding. Her earlier working life started at Lewis Hat and Hosiery Factory, in the 50's she worked at the Sugar Bowl on Inglis Street, in the days of the first KFC and the "soft" ice cream. For twenty years she was a second mother to numerous students that boarded at "124" from the old Teacher's College, Success Business College and Lucien's School of Beauty. Eileen was a member of First United Church, Truro, as well as a member of Unit "H". She is survived by daughters, Sharon (Lloyd) Smith, Kelvin Grove, P.E.I.; Beth Audas, Truro; grandchildren, Shannon (Paul) Snively, Prince Edward Island; Kirsh (Kennedy) Smith, Prince Edward Island, Vanessa (Alain) Michaud, Quebec City, Que.; Sean (Lorelei) Audas, Bedford; Jennifer Audas (Nathan Beaudet), Halifax; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Audrey Russell, New Glasgow. She was predeceased by brothers, Alfred Fielding, Charles Fielding, Jack Fielding; sisters, Lillian Gelling, Elsie Smith, Elizabeth MacKenzie, Hazel Munt. Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and funeral service 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, in Mattatall~Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young St., Truro. Rev. Jay Ettinger will officiate with burial at a later date in Terrace Hill Cemetery, Truro. Family flowers only. Donations in Eileen's memory may be made to Alzheimers Society of Nova Scotia.
McDONALD, Gerald "Gary"
63, Glace Bay, died March 6, 2009. He was a son of the late "Red" George and Marion (Martin) McDonald. He is survived by his brother, George, Sydney; his uncle, Harold "Chip" McDonald, Reserve Mines, and many other relatives and close friends. Cremation has taken place under the care and direction of Curry's Funeral Home, Glace Bay. A private burial will take place at a later date. Donations in Gary's memory are suggested to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or charity of choice.
SAMSON, Joseph Russell
Died peacefully Saturday, March 7, 2009, in his 74th year. He was a son of the late Joseph and Katie (Katherine) Samson. He was predeceased by his sister, Norma, and his wife, Ann (MacInnis) of Inverness. He was a beloved father and grandfather of Danny and Francis, they will miss his cheerfully cantankerous personality and his deeply warm spirit. He remarried and will be greatly missed by his wife, Mary, and her children, Margaret and Michael Deal. Joe Samson lived most of his life in Lower Sackville and Bedford where he raised a family and ran a successful business. He retired to Eden Lake, Pictou Co., where he found great happiness amongst good friends and neighbours. He was a great father, a proud gramps, a loving husband, a dedicated community worker, and a smart businessman. He touched many people with his generosity and good humour. A service will be held in Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, Stellarton, on Wednesday, March 11 at 11 a.m. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.
BEWS, Violet "Vi"
82, Dartmouth, passed away peacefully March 7, 2009. Born in Grand Point, Man., she was a daughter of the late John and Miranda Bozek. She moved to Bel Ayr Park in 1960, were she was active within the local subdivision and was involved with many of their activities. She and her late husband were long-time members of the Dartmouth Curling Club. She attended Colby Drive Bible Chapel and spent the last several years knitting Teddies for Tragedies. She is survived by sons, John Gordon (Janet), Dartmouth; Brian David (Hazel), England, and a daughter, Jill (Andrew) Babcock; sisters, Olga Hladiuk, Winnipeg, and Doris Keweriga, Kelowna, B.C.; grandchildren, George, Gavin, Bill, David, Andrew, Jesse, Rick, Jordon, Matthew and Jarod. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 43 years, George; sisters, Mary, Anne, and a brother, Bill. Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, with funeral service 11 a.m. Friday March 13, all in A. L. Mattatall Funeral Home, Chris Watts officiating. Burial will be in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.
BROWN (Purdy), Velma Pearl
93, formerly of Truro and Bible Hill, died in Halifax on Friday, March 6, 2009. She will be much missed by her only daughter, Carolee Nichols and other family members and friends. Velma was born April 13, 1915, in Truro, the eldest of three children of Gordon Dencil and Elsie Mae (Talbot) Purdy. She grew up in Truro, attended school there and worked at Truro Printing and Publishing Co. and Margolian's Department Store. Velma married Frederick Cameron Brown in 1940. They lived in Bible Hill until 1964 when they moved to Dartmouth and Halifax. Velma was known for having a humourous fun loving spirit and for getting up to what her grandchildren called her "Nanny antics". Her grandchildren and her caregivers in Melville Gardens often remarked that they "want to be like her when we get old". She was cheerful, warm and accepting of others. She took delight in being the oldest of the five living generations of her family. Throughout her life, Velma was very active and involved in the arts, her church, and in charitable activities. A prolific writer of poetry and prose for her own pleasure, she also contributed to various local church publications. Farther afield, her poetry was published in magazines such as "Ideals" and "Guideposts". She was also an amateur photographer, and an accomplished oil painter, and acted as a judge at county exhibitions in her younger years. She worked for and supported charities including St. Vincent de Paul Society (Hand in Hand) at Spryfield. Always very active in her church, she was a member of the Catholic Woman's League, the Lay Carmelites, and was a long-time worker and participant in the prayer group held at St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic parish in Halifax for which she published a newsletter called "The Candle". She taught catechism classes in St. Paul's in Dartmouth and St. Michael's in Halifax. Velma is survived by her daughter, Carolee Barbara Nichols (Bill), Dartmouth; granddaughters. Maura Catherine Hart (Russell), Miller Lake; Barbara Elizabeth Nichols (Royce Roenspies), Kamloops B.C.; great-grandchildren, Catherine Marie Wilson (Neven), Cochrane, Alta.; William Wray Hart (Cherise), Miller Lake; great great-grandchildren, Madisyn Wilson and Diane Wilson. Her husband, Fred predeceased Velma, as did her brothers, Gordon Purdy Jr. who was killed in Caen, France in the Second World War, and Gerald Purdy. A funeral service will be held in St. Michaels Roman Catholic Church, 14 St. Michaels Ave., Spryfield on Friday, March 13 at 10 a.m. Visitation will be in J. Albert Walker (2005) Ltd., 149 Herring Cove Rd., Spryfield on Thursday, March 12 from 4-7 p.m. Velma will be buried in Robie Street Cemetery, Truro. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia and St. Vincent de Paul Society.
GOUCHER, Freeman Albert
79, New Minas, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2009, in Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Born in Canard, Kings Co., he was a son of the late Oran and Annie (Zwicker) Goucher. He had been employed as a commissionaire. He served for a period of time as a marksman with the Black Watch in the Canadian Armed Forces and during this time, had the honour of standing guard for the Queen Mother during her visit to Ottawa. He was a member of Christ Anglican Church, Berwick. He was known as the horseshoe champion of the lake and he loved to fish. Freeman was also a well-known practical joker. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former June Reeves; daughter, Maria (Tony) VanWilgenburg, Cambridge; sons, Ronnie, at home; Gary (Wanda) Cambridge; grandchildren, Nancy (Paul), Mike (Karen), Jolene, Shelley (Tim), Anthony and Bill; great-grandchildren, Sam, Kayla, Alicia, Cole, Jeremy, Tristan, Taylor and Aaron; brother-in-law, Rupert Reeves, Cambridge; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sisters, Violet Lyman and Joyce, in infancy; brothers, Bert and Fred; grandsons, Mark and Peter VanWilgenburg. Cremation has taken place under the direction of White Family Funeral Home, Kentville and there will be no visitation, by family request. The funeral service, followed by a reception, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, in White Family Funeral Home, Kentville, Rev. Charles Bull officiating. Burial will take place at a later date in Cambridge Cemetery. Family flowers only, by request. Donations in memory may be made to the charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to White Family Funeral Home, Kentville.
STANLEY, Linda Catherine Rose
Died March 9, 2009, at home. I have taken my leave of this world and I go with no regret as I have been a most fortunate person. I would have liked to have stayed longer but it was not to be. I have been blessed by a wonderful loving and kind husband, Bruce, you were my best friend, my rock, my hero, the love of my life, my soul mate, and my favourite tree hugger. My beloved sons, Michael and Jared, so different but both my pride and joy. I hope you both never lose sight of your dreams but also always take time to enjoy the simple beautiful things like the first snowfall (we had a lot of fun coasting!!), beautiful starry nights (remember all the bonfires), hearing the first spring peepers, the first spring flowers (thanks for all the help), the beauty of the leaves in fall. Remember to treat all the creatures with respect and kindness for this is their world too. Bruce, Michael, and Jared you were my universe. To Mum, it was from you I got my strength, for you were always strong and always there when I needed you. Karen, always the big sister and always my friend whether I needed to be straightened out or needed a shoulder to cry on. David, a lot of water flowed down the river but because we were family we overcame these things. Ronnie, you were always more than my stepdad…you were my dad for many years. Thanks for treating me just like I was one of your kids. My cherished pets, Isis and Marble, always happy to see me. Thanks for all the times I soaked your coats with my tears, and you never seemed to mind. To all the people who offered to help in so many ways, I could never thank you enough. Special thanks to Kim, Sharon, Donna, Heather, Tom, Vivian, Dennis, Samantha, and Lawrence. Thanks to the Pictou County Kennel club for all your support. Thanks to Kay, Mary, and Steve for all the laughs we had at Fred and Marie's. Special thanks to Fred and Marie for your all your kindness and help to me and Isis. To the directors and staff of Fraser & Hoyt Insurance, you are the best. Your kindness and support went way beyond anything anyone could ever imagine. Extra special thanks to George Fraser and Tony Pelton for their incredible support. Special thanks to Delores, Kathy, Leana, Isabelle, and John, you made me laugh on days when I didn't think I had a laugh left in me, and always had a shoulder for me to cry on when I needed that too. Thanks to the staff of Johnson Insurance, New Glasgow and Antigonish for your words of comfort and support. Extra special thanks to Janet Fraser for all the encouragement. Thanks to all my in-laws for being my "other" family and being there anytime I needed you. Special thanks to Dr. Aaron Smith, Dr. John George Forbes, Dr. Imran Hack, Dr. Dorianne Rheaume, Dr. Moresky, the Oncology Department of the Aberdeen Hospital and the QEII Health Sciences Centre for your excellent care and compassion. Cremation has taken place under the direction of McLaren Funeral Service, Pictou. There will be no visitation or funeral service. If you want to make a donation in my memory you can do so to the Oncology Department of the Aberdeen Hospital, Pictou County Palliative Care, Canadian Wildlife Federation, Pictou County SPCA, or charity of your choice. "Life, love, and laugh!!! Do not mourn my passing…celebrate my life for it has been good."
ALLEN (Church), Flossie Cora
Vaughan, Hants Co., passed away Monday, March 9, 2009, in Mountain Lea Lodge, Bridgetown. Born in Vaughan, she was a daughter of the late Cephas and Nora (Swinimer) Church. Flossie worked for 25 years doing office work at Brandon & Henderson Paint Co., Halifax. She is survived by brothers, Gerald (Phyllis), Charles (Rhoda); stepdaughter, Donna (Sherman) Levy; stepgranddaughter, Melissa Jane (Reg) Dillman, and stepgrandson, Christopher Levy (Melissa Shupe). Flossie was predeceased by her husband, Richard L. Allen; brothers, Kenneth and Alfred; sisters, Nelsie, Alma and Pearl. Arrangements have been entrusted to Lohnes - DeMont Funeral Service Ltd., 419 Albert St., Windsor (902-798-8317). There will be no visitation by request. Funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, in Lohnes - DeMont Funeral Service Chapel, with Pastor Craig Faulkner officiating. Interment will be held in Vaughan United Church Cemetery, Vaughan. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Flossie may be made to Vaughan United Church Memorial Fund, RR 3, Windsor, NS B0N 2T0.
ROONEY, Mary Christine
Westmount, passed away Monday, March 9, 2009. Born in Sydney, she was a daughter of the late Fred and Clarice (Vigneaux) Burke. She is survived by her sister, Yvonne McKay, Sydney River and by numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Art Rooney; sisters, Eileen, Rita, Clara (Mrs. Ross Crofton), Dorothy (the late Rod Cox) and brother, Freddy. By request, there will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place under the direction of T. W. Curry Parkview Chapel. A private family burial will take place at a later date.
BOUTILIER, Paul Allen
63, Roseway Manor, formerly of Ohio Road, Shelburne, passed away in Roseway Manor March 2, 2009. Born in Mushaboom, he was a son of the late Gordon and Edith (Power) Boutilier. Paul was a fishing captain on draggers for most of his working life. He loved listening to country music. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, the former Sheila Nickerson; sons, John (Charlene), Lockeport; Peter (Shelly), Barrington; daughter, Patrician, Hamilton, Ont.; brothers, Foster (Diane), Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.; Felix (Eva), Lower Sackville; Alton, Dartmouth; Wilfred (Hazel), Sheet Harbour; Harvey (Alice), Mushaboom; sisters, Helen (Anthony) Gillis, Sheet Harbour; Joyce Baker, Ellerhouse; Sheila MacIntosh, Liverpool; Ester Boutilier, Sheet Harbour; Jessie Boutilier, Sheet Harbour; grandchildren, Megan, Matthew, Ashley, Hayley, Justin and Blake; great-grandchildren, Clarissa and Madison; aunt, Anna Boutilier, Mushaboom; aunt and special friend, Edith Foster, Shelburne; sisters-in-law, Patricia, Rosemary and Eva Boutilier, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by brothers, Brian, Alvin, Douglas, Howard, Oliver and two brothers in infancy; sisters, Ada, Eldora and a sister in infancy. Cremation has taken place under the direction of H.M. Huskilson's Funeral Home, Shelburne. There will be a memorial service in memory of Paul at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, or Roseway Manor.