THIBAULT, Jacqueline Marie
85, Comeauville. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend, who died peacefully in Villa Acadienne, Meteghan, on March 8, 2009, after a long and full life. A daughter of the late Senator J. Willie and Zoe (Doucet) Comeau, and widow of Louis P. Thibault, she is survived by her children, Fernand, Gisele (Bryan Empson), Philippe (Suzanne Allard), Robert (Janice Boudreau), Dianne (Michel Hachey) and Rosanne (Brian Saulnier). She found great joy in her seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She also leaves behind her devoted sisters, Rose-Anne Comeau and Adèle Thibodeau and numerous nieces and nephews. Other than her husband and parents, she was predeceased by an infant son, Rene, as well as 11 siblings, Régine, Pauline, Catherine, Adelard, Raymond, Benoit, Norbert, Geraldine, Yvonne Médard and Camille. She was very proud of her Acadian heritage and loved to collect old Acadian words and expressions. She was an avid lifelong student of history, geography, genealogy and politics. Her kindness, warmth and gift for storytelling will be remembered by all who knew her. Jacqueline taught for seven years until she became a devoted wife and mother. She maintained a fond memory of her students. She loved all manner of card games, but above all she loved her community and its people. We will all miss that resounding laugh, a expression of joy that can only find root in a charitable soul. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to Paroisse Sainte-Marie or to the charity of your choice. Visitation of Jacqueline's ashes will be held in Meteghan Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 11, 2009, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. The funeral mass will be held Friday, March 13, at 11 a.m. in Èglise Sainte-Marie, Church Point with Father Paul Belliveau officiating. A reception will follow in the fire hall in Little Brook.
McNEIL, Theresa Helen, O.N.S.
81, Upper Granville. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, who after a brief battle with cancer passed away on March 9, 2009, surrounded by her loving family. Theresa was the wife of the late Burt McNeil (of Upper Granville) who died suddenly in 1973. She was born in Lower L'Ardoise, a daughter of Emmanuel Mombourquette and Sarah "Sissy" McGrath. A daughter of Cape Breton, she was proud of her roots, however, she called the Annapolis Valley "home". In 1977, Theresa became high sheriff of Annapolis County, the first woman in Canada to hold this position, a fact which led her to be a surprise guest on Front Page Challenge. She received the 125th Anniversary of Confederation of Canada Medal in 1992 and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002. In 2005, Theresa was honoured to be inducted into the Order of Nova Scotia. Theresa was a devout Catholic who embodied the values of faithfulness and charity and stood as a shining example for all who were fortunate to know her. She was a tireless volunteer for numerous local and provincial charities including Soldiers' Memorial Hospital, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Arthritis and Alzheimer's societies. She was privileged to serve her community alongside her friends from the Saint Alphonsus Ladies' Auxiliary and the Belleisle East Women's Institute. Of her many accomplishments, Theresa was most proud of her role as mother to her 17 children and "Nanny" to her 40 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. A warm and generous woman, her home was always open to friends and strangers alike. She had the unique gift of making every individual feel as if they were special. She is survived by her children, Danielle McNeil Hessian, Bedford; Carol (Frank) LeBlanc, Halifax; Burt (Sandy), Moschelle; Linda Waterhouse, Halifax; Michael (Dwayne), Fort Saskatchewan; Sheila (Ken) Robertson, Middleton; Elaine (Leonard) MacDonald, Upper Granville; Paul (Janice), Kingston; Mark (Karen), Mount Uniacke; Terry (Maryanne), Bridgetown; Christopher (Pamela), Dartmouth; Stephen (Andrea), Upper Granville; Janice, Fredericton; Jonathan (Susannah), Saskatoon; Robin (Andrea), Halifax; Andrew (Nancy), Lower Sackville; Anthony (Joanne), Dartmouth. Theresa is also survived by her sisters, Gladys Gracie, Sally Anne Mombourquette, Rita May (Harry) Sampson of Lower L'Ardoise and Margie LaBelle of Eastern Passage; brothers, Tommy (Kay) and Mannie (Marie) of Lower L'Ardoise; brothers-in-law, Bruce (Pat) McNeil, Winnipeg and Bobby (Pearl), Truro; sister-in-law, Gertrude, Truro and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her sisters, Mary Pastorius, Catherine Mombourquette and Mildred Briand as well as her son-in-law, Jim Hessian and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Visitation will be held from Kaulbach Family Funeral Home, 385 Granville St., Bridgetown on Thursday, March 12, from 2-9 p.m. On Friday, March 13, at 11 a.m. a funeral mass will be held for extended family in St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church in Bridgetown. All other mourners are invited to view a video feed of the service at Bridgetown Baptist Church, 313 Granville St. A reception will follow in the Royal Canadian Legion, 20 Jeffrey St., Bridgetown. Interment in St. Alphonsus Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Theresa's name to your local food bank or Hope Cottage, 2435 Brunswick St., Halifax.
DURANT, Ella May
95, of Glace Bay, passed away on February 26, 2009. Born in Westville, she was the daughter of the late George and Rowena (Taylor) Thoms. Survived by her children, Leone, Alma, Edison, and Carvle; sister, Hazel, nine grandchildren; five great-granddaughters; two great great-granddaughter; as well as several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her husband Wilfred; brother, William; and sisters, Hazel and Hilda. Visitation will be held Monday, March 2, 2009, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home. Funeral will be held 2 p.m. March 3, 2009 in St. Mary's Anglican Church. Interment at a later date.
MacDONALD, Sandy Archie
77, Glace Bay, passed away on Thursday, March 5, 2009 in the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. Born in Antigonish, he was the son of the late Alex and Leta (McAulay) Farquhar. He will be sadly missed by his best friend and companion of many years, Isabell MacLean; very good friends, Joe (Theresa) Wilson, Glace Bay; and nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Edward. Visitation will be held Sunday 7-9 p.m. in V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, Glace Bay. A funeral mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. on Monday in St. Anne's Church. Interment will be at a later date.
82, Westmount, passed away Friday, March 6, 2009 at her home, surrounded by her family. Born in Sydney, she was a daughter of the late Martin and Josephine (Dawson) Delaney. Survived by daughters, Lynn and Karen; sons, Blair and Michael; grandchildren, Cheryl, Ryan, Jennifer, Katlyn, and William; sisters, Margaret, Agnes, Jean; brothers, Mart, Jim, Joe and Pat. Predeceased by her husband William "Bill" Tobin; brothers, Gerry and Ron; sister, Theresa. Visitation, Monday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel. Funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Rosary Church.
FRENETTE (Romo), Mary Ann "Theresa"
62, East Jeddore. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother, sister and friend, who passed away peacefully at home on March 7, 2009 with her family around her, after a strong but brief battle with brain cancer. Theresa was very strong and brave through her illness and always kept a smile on her face, no matter how she was feeling. She was the daughter of the late Alban (Alphonsine) Frenette and Stella Boudreau. Theresa moved to Halifax in the early 1960s to later complete the Certified Nursing Assistant Program at the Halifax Infirmary in 1965. She was blessed with two children, Annette (Garnet) Arnold of East Jeddore, and Shawn (Shelley) Romo of West Chezzetcook. From her children she was blessed with three grandchildren, Samantha Arnold, Monica, and Jeremy Romo, who were all three the "apples of her eyes". Theresa would like to say goodbye to Gerald (Dianne) Romo of Head of Chezzetcook, her ex-husband that she shared 35 years of her life with. She would also like to say goodbye to her sister, Doris-Ann Kerr of Ottawa, Ont.; sister, Susan Faulkner; brother, Peter (Debbie) Frenett of Amherst; and sister, Edith (Michael) O'Brien, of P.E.I.; many cousins, nieces, and nephews; as well as aunts, uncles, and many friends. Theresa would also like to say goodbye to her lifelong friend Anne Martin, who she shared a lot of laughs with. Family flowers only please. Public Visitation from 7-9 p.m. in Rowlings Funeral Home in Musquodoboit Harbour on March 9, service to follow in St. Ansalms Church on March 13 at 2 p.m. It is with very heavy hearts that we have to let you go but we know that you will always be watching over us.
CROUSE, Rodney Gabriel
67, of Riverport, died Friday, March 6, 2009 in the South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater. Born in Lunenburg, he was the son of the late Capt. Amos and Marion (Lohnes) Crouse. Rodney went to sea fishing with his father at the age of 14, and then spent 23 years with Fisheries and Oceans working on the Chebucto, and then later as 2nd Engineer with the Cygnus, retiring in 1996. Rodney joined, in 1972, the Confidence Lodge of the I.O.O.F. No. 106, Riverport, and the Grand Encampment Belevedere Lodge No. 5, Windsor, in 1996, and held many positions in both lodges. He was a member for over 35 years of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 23, Lunenburg, and volunteered chair of the Poppy Fund, Riverport, and worked as secretary for Shepherd's Hill Cemetery, Riverport. A faithful member of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Rose Bay, Rodney served on the Board of Managers and Session of the church. A true friend to many, Rodney will be deeply missed. Rodney is survived by his wife, Susan; daughter, Nadine (Bruce Shephard), Lunenburg; son, Gary (Krista) Crouse, Riverport; grandchildren, Kelsey, Madison, Mackenzie and Sebastian; mother-in-law, Ann Mossman, Riverport; many aunts, uncles, and several cousins. Confidence Lodge will hold a lodge service on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No. 23, will hold a legion service on Sunday at 6:45 p.m. in the Dana L. Sweeny Funeral Home, 11213 Hwy. No. 3, Lunenburg, followed with visitation from 7-9 p.m. Funeral service to celebrate Rodney's life will be held Monday at 2 p.m. in St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Rose Bay, Rev. Laurence Mawhinney officiating. Interment will be in Shepherd's Hill Cemetery, Riverport. Flowers from the immediate family only, memorial donations may be made to St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Rose Bay, or to the charity of your choice.
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our brother, Doug, who after a lengthy battle with Dementia/Alzheimer's passed away peacefully in Granite Ridge, Sittsville, Ont., March 6, 2009, at the age of 66. Born in Halifax, he was the oldest son of the late Marie Blanche Richard (Sampson) and late Alfred Sampson (Halifax and L'Ardoise). Surviving are his wife, Alice (Wile) Sampson; daughter, Victoria (Andrew) Barton, Toronto; son, Robert Sampson, Toronto, and daughter, Katherine (Bryan) English, Kingston; stepfather, Clarence Richard; sisters, Patricia Duffy, Hammonds Plains; Sharon (Dan) Praught, Lower Sackville; brothers, Edward (Valerie) Sampson, Tatamagouche; David (Marguerite) Sampson, Chester Basin; grandfather of Emily and Benjamin Barton. The remains have been entrusted to Tubman Funeral Homes and Cremation, Ottawa, where a private family funeral was held. Those wishing may make a donation to the Alzheimer Society.
DUNHAM, Irene Doris
76, Goffs Road, Oldham, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2009, in Truro Colchester Hospital. Born in Truro, she was a daughter of Doris Bastien, Deep River, Ont., and the late Merlin Wallace. She was predeceased by her husband, Frederick Dunham and her brother, Larry Wallace (Pembroke, Ont.). She is survived by daughters, Brenda Dunham, Toronto; Doris F. "Sam" Horne, Enfield; sons, Charlie Dunham and his wife, Nancy, Chalk River, Ont.; Phillip Dunham, Edmonton, Alta.; sisters, Patricia Chaput and her husband, Earl, Pembroke and Ellizabeth Campbell and her husband, Jim, Orleans, Ont.; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held in Atlantic Funeral Home at 125 Sackville Dr., Sackville, on Thursday, March 12, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
MacDONALD, Agnes Jane "Janie"
89, Port Hood, died March 9, 2009, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Born in South West Mabou, she was a daughter of the late Sandy Lauchie Gillis and Mary Gillis (Gillis). Janie was a member of St. Peter's Parish, Port Hood, and a member of the CWL for the past 57 years. She was always there for anyone who needed help, and some home baking. You could never leave her house without a cup of tea and homemade sweets. Never one for traveling, she much preferred to be in her home, and her hometown of Port Hood. She was never a beach person, yet this view was her daily inspiration. She could sit for hours and look at the island and the water. She is survived by daughters, Anne Goodbrand, Burlington, Ont.; Sharon Pritchard (Bill), Oakville, Ont.; Eileen Beaton, (Hugh John), Port Hood; daughter-in-law, Joan MacDonald, Port Hood; son, John Donald MacDonald (Sandra), Port Hood; sister, Kay Lemieux, Moncton, N.B.; 18 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a great great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by, husband, Dan Alfred MacDonald; son, John MacDonald; daughter in infancy, Sarah; sisters, Mary Williams, Margaret Bathereson, Flora Batherson, Veronica Gillis; brothers, Danny Gillis, Lauchie Gillis, Hector Gillis. Visitation will be in St. Peter's Parish Hall, Port Hood, today, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral mass will be held in St. Peter's Church, Port Hood, on Thursday at 11 a.m. with Father Victor Ozoufuanya officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Peter's Parish Cemetery Fund, Port Hood, or to a charity of your choice.
VEINOT, James William "Bud"
87, Liverpool, Queens Co., passed away peacefully in Queens General Hospital on March 4, 2009. Born in Milton on August 14, 1921, he was a son of the late Hattie (Harnish) (Veinot) Osborne. "Bud" joined the Royal Canadian Army during the Second World War and received basic training at Halifax Depot, Aldershot Kentville, and at Debert prior to shipping over seas, where he was with the Cape Breton Highlanders. He served in Italy, Belgium, France and Holland and discharged from the army in 1945. He was an employee of Standard Brands Best Yeast Ltd. for 25 years and a member of Local 141. A member of the Mersey Branch No. 38; Royal Canadian Legion, Liverpool and Veterans Club, he worked with the Legion doing suppers for the community. In his earlier years he enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, ski-doing and traveling. He is survived by twin sons, Gordon (Andrea), Liverpool, and Bordon at home; grandsons, Jonathan and Matthew Veinot; granddaughter, Samantha Crouse, Bridgewater; great-grandson, Spencer Crouse. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Evangeline (Weagle); stepfather, Charles Osborne; sisters, Mary, Ethel Shupe, Esther, Nettie, and Betty; brothers, Charles, Frank, William, Hector and Freeman; stepbrother, Clyde Osborne. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation by request. A graveside service will be held on March 13, at 2 p.m. in Liverpool Baptist Cemetery. No flowers by request. Donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society or Canadian Diabetes Association. Arrangements entrusted to Chandler's Funeral Home, Liverpool.
LANGILLE, Howard Lemuel
86, Barss Corner, Lunenburg Co., passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2009, in South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater. Born in Barss Corner, he was a son of the late Moody and Beatrice (Allan) Langille. In his younger years he worked as a carpenter in the local area where he lived all his life. He took great pride in the Christmas tree Lot which he developed. Howard was a kind and generous person who for many years lovingly cared for his invalid and aging parents. He had a keen mind and was well-known for his creative inventions and ability to repair most anything that needed "fixing". His hobbies included photography, reading and music. Howard was a past member of Barss corner Baptist Church. He is survived by nieces, Jackie Eisener, Barss Corner; Sharill Jodrey, New Germany. He was predeceased by his brother, Ira Langille. It was his desire to donate his body to medical research. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to Barss Corner Community Hall or Indian Brook Cemetery. Thanks to the staff of Lohnes' Rest Home, Barss Corner for their patience, kindness and care; to the nursing staff of South Regional Hospital, for their compassionate care as they did their utmost to make his last days comfortable. Arrangements under the direction of Sweeny's Funeral Home, New Germany.
BURNHAM, Violet "Vi"
85, Digby, passed away March 9, 2009, with her family by her side. She was a daughter of the late Capt. Hillyard and Seraph Barnes. Vi was a lifetime member of Digby Baptist Church where she served as deacon for three years, and P.N.G. of the Zelma Rebekah Lodge. She was also a member of the Hospital Ladies Auxiliary and a member of Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 20, Digby, past president and secretary of the Digby Bowling Club and secretary for a number of years for the Tideview Terrace Auxiliary, and a member of the Tuesday Nite Bridge Club. She is survived by daughters, Eleanor (Hugh), Mary Ellen (Larry); son, Michael (Janice); son-in-law, Larry Carter; grandchildren, Wendy, Kenny, Amber, Ashley, Aaron, Katie and Freddy; great-grandchildren, Nathan, Justin, Ryan, Carter and Sarah. She was predeceased by husband, Capt. Harry Burnham; daughter, Linda Carter; sisters, Muriel Banks and Louise Shaw; brothers, Marty and Eddie. Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday in Jayne's Funeral Home, 7 Birch St., Digby. Funeral service 2 p.m. Friday in Digby United Baptist Church, Rev. Donald Robertson will officiate. Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Digby. Donations in her memory may be made to Digby United Baptist Church, Linda Carter Memorial Scholarship Fund or a charity of one's choice.