DOUCETTE, Marie Bertha
87, Quinan, Yarmouth Co., passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2009, in Yarmouth Regional Hospital, with her loving family by her side. Born June 5, 1921, in Quinan, she was a daughter of the late Albert and Elizabeth (Muise) Doucette. Bertha was a homemaker all of her life, and she enjoyed quilting and baking. She was a member of TOPS, as well as being a member of the New Horizons, Quinan, but her true passion was her family. Surviving are her loving children, Chester (Isabelle) Doucette, Quinan; Murray (Cecile) Doucette, Tusket; Bruce (Cora) Doucette, Ottawa; Donna LeBlanc, Quinan; Mary Doucette, Eel Brook; Gloria (Ronald) Doucette, Quinan; Wayne Doucette, Quinan; Clifton (Dianna) Doucette, Bell Neck; Kevin (Carla) Doucette, Quinan; Randy (Colleen) Doucette, Quinan; Andrea Doucette, Moncton, N.B.; 23 grandchildren, 24 great- grandchildren; sister, Dorothy "Dot" (Don) Lawson, Oakville, Ont. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Simon G. Doucette; brothers, Wilfred, Lenandé and Albénie Doucette; sister, Elise Muise. Visitation will take place from 2-4 and again from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, with prayers at 8 p.m., both in H. M. Huskilson's Funeral Home, 29 Albert St., Yarmouth. The funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 14, from Saint Agnes Catholic Church, Quinan, Msgr. Gerald LeBlanc officiating. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. It has been requested that there be family flowers only. Memorial donations may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.
O'QUINN, Cpl. Kenneth Chad
It is with great sadness that the family of Corporal Kenneth Chad O'Quinn announces his death while serving in Afghanistan on March 3, 2009. Born January 25, 1984, in Happy Valley, Goose Bay, NL., he was a son of Kenneth and Rhonda (Decker) O'Quinn of Rusagonis, N.B. and fiancé to Naomi Holder of Ottawa, Ont. Chad was a great individual who took tremendous pride in being a member of the Canadian Forces. A loving son, Chad cherished his family. Throughout his two tours in Afghanistan, he telephoned, emailed and messaged his family each and every day. He highly valued his faith, his health and loved ones. He challenged life and encouraged others to do the same. A member of the Signals Branch, he was a dedicated soldier who believed in the value of his contribution to the mission in Afghanistan. Chad is survived by his parents, Kenneth and Rhonda; his fiancée, Naomi; his brother and best friend, Adam O'Quinn (Myriah), and their daughter, Alexis of Rusagonis, N.B.; maternal grandmother, Dorcas Jane (Jean) Decker of Centreville, NL.; paternal grandparents, Alex and Rosaline of South Branch, NL., as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins. He will be missed by his beloved pitbull, Onyx. Chad is predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Alfred Decker. Visitation will be held in Oromocto Select Community Funeral Home on Friday, March 13 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m.on Saturday, March 14 in St. Luke's Chapel, CFB Gagetown with Padre Darryl Levy and Rev. Bruce McKenna officiating. For those who wish, donations in memory of Chad may be made to the SPCA or charity of the donor's choice. www.oromoctofh.com (357-5100)
COX, Peter "Frederick"
Oyez, Oyez, Oyez. Halifax Town Crier peacefully passed away on March 11, 2009. Peter was born in Bournemough, England on May 18, 1933, son of Elsie and Frederick Cox. His early life included a career with the Merchant Navy followed by a career in sales. He immigrated to Canada October 4, 1968, with his family, where he became an award-winning salesman for Singer, Electrolux, National Chemsearch and Rusco. In his younger days Peter was active in the community as a Scoutmaster and established the 1st Lawrencetown Scout Troup. In 1974 Peter became the Official Halifax Town Crier; he was North America's first full-time Town Crier. He remained passionate for this profession for 35 years. Peter was a founding member of the Nova Scotia Town Criers Guild, in 1978 hosted the First International Town Criers Competition which was held at Historic Properties waterfront site in Halifax. Not only was it a first for Halifax, but also was the first such event of this calibre ever held in the world, and the first competition held outside the United Kingdom. In addition to welcoming Royalty, Prime Ministers, Presidents and hundreds of thousands of cruise ship visitors to our port city he was honoured by Coalport Bone China with his image becoming a limited edition figurine. Peter is survived by his wife of over 30 years, Freda (Dawson); his sons by his first marriage, Gary (Heather) and David (Connie); stepson, Kenneth (Annette) Dawson, and his grandchildren. His voice will be missed. Visitation with the family will be held on March 13, between 6-9 p.m. in The Church of Saint Andrew, 2 Circassion Dr., Cole Harbour, and a memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 14, at 11 a.m., also at the Church of Saint Andrew. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society.
DUNLOP, Doris Gertrude
84, Maccan, died March 10, 2009. She was a daughter of the late Leonus and Elizabeth (Clattenburg) Smith. A kind and loving mother, Doris will be sadly missed by her daughter, Linda (William) Block, Amherst; grandchildren, Stephen, Glenn and Sheila. She was predeceased by her husband, Embree Dunlop; brothers, John, Roy and Stanley. Doris' remains have been entrusted into the care of the Furlong Jones Funeral Home, Church Street, Amherst (667-8777), with funeral services Friday, March 13, 2 p.m. Visitation at the funeral chapel today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Burial in Amherst Cemetery in the spring.
RAFUSE, Ralph E.
88, Liverpool, Queens Co., passed away peacefully at home, March 11, 2009. Born in Milton, Queens Co., he was a son of the late Harvey and Edith (MacLeod) Rafuse. Ralph was a veteran of the Second World War serving with the West Nova Scotia Regiment overseas in Sicily and Italy and was wounded twice. Following the war, he worked for Richardson's Lumber Company, Liverpool Lumber Company and Whynot Woodworkers Limited, retiring in 1980. After retirement Ralph continued his passion for carpentry building toys for children. Ralph was a member of Mersey Branch No. 38, Royal Canadian Legion, West Nova Scotia Regiment South Shore Memory Club, Queens County Veteran's Club and Trinity Anglican Church. He is survived by his wife, Annabelle (Veinot); sons, Norman, Liverpool, and Clarke (Linda), Milton; grandchildren, Evan, Brent, Michael and Cassandra (Richie) Burgess, and brother, Roger, Milton. He was predeceased by sister, Dorothy Fralic. Visitation will be Friday evening (March 13) from 7-9 p.m. and a legion memorial service will be held at 7 p.m., both in Chandlers' Funeral Chapel, Liverpool. Funeral service will be held in Trinity Anglican Church, Liverpool on Saturday, March 14 at 11 a.m. Chaplain Donald Lawton officiating. Burial will be in Trinity Anglican Cemetery, Liverpool. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to Trinity Anglican Church or to the West Nova Scotia Regiment South Shore Memory Club.
CORKUM, Clara A.
97, Mount Pleasant, Lunenburg Co., passed away peacefully on March 11, 2009, in South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater. Born in New Cumberland, she was a daughter of the late Jacob and Elmore (Corkum) Baker. Clara made everyone welcome in her home and enjoyed visits from many relatives and friends for exciting card games, conversation and lunches. She is survived by daughter, Reta (Leone) Oickle, Petite Riviere; sons, Elliott (Joan), Upper Northfield; Ronald (Helen), West LaHave; grandchildren, Michelle Craig, Alan Corkum, Blair (Joan) Corkum, Yvette Wamboldt, Norman (Cathy) Veinott, Marcus (Karen) Veinott, Marsha Slauenwhite, Rowena Bent, Moran Veinott, Andrew and Tony Corkum, along with several great-grandchildren, great great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by husband, Manson; daughters, Ruth, Brenda; granddaughter, Lisa; sisters, Emily, Dorothy, Louise; brother, Donald. Visitation 7-9 p.m. today in R. A. Corkum Funeral Home, Wileville. Funeral service 11 a.m. Friday in West Side United Church, Pentz. Rev. Neil McEwen officiating. Burial in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Family flowers only. Memorial donations may be made to West Side United Church, Pentz, or a charity of your choice.
BLAIR, Annie Hazel
92, of the Mira Long Term Care Facility, Truro, passed away March 10, 2009, in Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Born in Noel Shore, she was a daughter of the late Wallace and Ada (Reid) Hill. Hazel was an active member of St. James Presbyterian Church, Truro, and the A.M.S. She loved Jesus, and being part of her church family was of great comfort to her. An accomplished seamstress, she was also a former Explorer Leader. Hazel was very proud of her family, and is survived by daughters, Patricia (Jack) Cowan, Pictou; Deborah (Joe) Weakland, Altoona, Pa.; grandsons, John, Daniel, and Blair Cowan, Joseph Weakland; great-grandchildren, Kinder, Tristin, Preston, Cameron and Jack; sisters-in-law, Lillian Hill, Selma. She was predeceased by her husband, Hugh, and was the last surviving member of her immediate family, being predeceased by sisters, Lena Hinchcliffe, Alice McLeod, Emma Aalders, and brothers, Albert, Ralph, Roy, and twins in infancy. Cremation has taken place. No visitation by request. Funeral service will take place 2 p.m. Saturday in McLaren Funeral Home Chapel, Pictou, with Dr. Brian Ross officiating. A reception will immediately follow in St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church Hall, Pictou. Interment will be at a later date. Family flowers only please. Donations may be made to St. James Presbyterian Church. The family wish to extend thanks to the Mira Care workers, and to the staff in Emergency and 3 North at Colchester Regional Hospital.
MOORES, Alice Margaret
97, of Yarmouth passed away peacefully on Friday, March 6, 2009. Born in London, Ont., she was the daughter of James W. and Mary Matilda (Campbell) Lockwood. "Peg" with her husband "Merce" and daughter, Marilyn moved to Halifax where they remained until 1948, thence to Yarmouth. Peg immediately became active in community life including the Golf Club. Upon Merce's passing, she undertook the management of the Ladies Clothing Dept. at the Royal Store. Peg then attended summer school at Dalhousie, attained her teaching license and accepted a position at the Vocational School, Yarmouth, where she developed the Retail Merchandizing course which became the provincial guideline. She was a member of Central United Church, and later Beacon United Church. She is survived by her son, Donald (Audrey); grandchildren, Laurie Brown, Susan Brown, Laura (Jim) Harvey, Gregory (Paula) Mercer; six great-grandchildren; brother, E. Wallace Lockwood; son-in-law, Robert Brown. She was predeceased by husbands, E.G. Mercer, and M.R. Moores; daughter, Marilyn J. Brown; sisters, Elsie, Jean and Ester; brothers, Norman, Clifford, Leonard, Weldon, Chester, and Russell. Special thanks to Helen and David Killam with whom Peg lived and looked after with great care, and especially Susan Durkee who Peg felt was like a daughter to her. Peg directed that her body would go to Dalhousie University, Halifax, and be used by the institution for the study of anatomy and furtherance of medical practice and research. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 14 at 1 p.m. in Beacon United Church, Beacon Street, Yarmouth, Rev. Leslie Robinson officiating. Memorials may be made to Beacon United Church, or a charity of your choosing.
GIDNEY, Helen Beatrice
92, of Digby, passed away March 10, 2009, in Digby General Hospital. Born in Rossway, Digby Co., she was a daughter of the late John and Margaret (Hersey) Wentzell. Helen was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Surviving are daughters, Karen (Thomas) Bush of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Dale Morrell (Clifford Surett), Brighton, Digby Co.; sons, Sheldon Gidney, Mount Pleasant, Digby Co.; Winston (Jean) Gidney, Terrace, B.C.; Randy (Jill Vidito) Gidney, Hillgrove, Digby Co.; Ian (Nikki) Gidney, Mink Cove, Digby Co.; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Carmen R. Gidney; sisters, Jessie Harris, Ida Williams, Verda Johnson; brothers, Truman, Boyd and Bill. Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. Friday in Jayne's Funeral Home, 7 Birch St., Digby. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday in Rossway Baptist Church, Rev. Donald Robertson will officiate with burial in Rossway Community Cemetery, Rossway. Donations in memory can be made to Rossway Baptist Church or to Rossway Community Cemetery.
MITCHELL, Kevin Donovan
September 24, 1950-March 3, 2009. Kevin was born in Halifax and lived his life here. He received his Bachelor of Arts in 1972 from St. Mary's University and worked for three years at the SMU Library. He then received his Bachelor of Education in 1976. Kevin and the profession of teaching were introduced to each other, but their relationship didn't get to first base. Instead he took up that of taxi driver where, according to those at the ball game, he hit many home runs. He worked at Yellow and Casino cabs for many years establishing a terrific career batting average. He was a kind, gentle and generous soul and, although he sometimes assumed the role of curmudgeon, he was as caring a person as you would ever meet. He also had the dryest sense of humour on the planet. He loved Ireland and all things Irish, including the odd nip. He was a devoted son and dropped in on his mother virtually every day for 23 years. He was predeceased by his father, Charles Mitchell, and leaves behind his loving mother, Lee Mitchell; brother, Brian (Jocelyne); the lights of his life - nephew, Liam and niece, Aidan; his aunts, Sister Mary Ella Donovan, Gertie Donovan and Mitzi Bellrose, many cousins and good friends. A funeral mass, celebrated by Father Lloyd O'Neill, will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 13, at St. Lawrence Church, 3473 Dutch Village Rd., with a reception following in the parish hall. After the reception those interested are welcome to the interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Parker Street Food and Furniture Bank, 2411 Maynard St., 425-2125. "Whatever and wherever the mansions full of rooms may be in the Father's house they must surely include the many rooms of our memories. Shalom brother - find the very best rooms."
O'HEARN (Douglas), Ursula
72, passed away peacefully at home in Pointe Claire, Que., on March 9, 2009. Born in Pondville, Cape Breton, a daughter of Peter and Marguerite O'Hearn, she graduated nursing from Halifax Infirmary in 1959, thence started a nursing career in Montreal. She treasured her faith, her family, her friends. In recent years her disability prevented her getting out so much, but she enjoyed her visits to the church and chapel at St. John Fisher, her daily Mass on EWTN, her weekly reception of Holy Communion, and her daily spiritual web sites on the internet. She loved her caregiver and companion of 10 years, Keith Campbell; she loved her sons, Tom (Angela) of Oakville, Ont.; Chris (Shannon) and Rob (Rhonda) of Vancouver, B.C.; she cherished her seven grandchildren, got to see them on occasion as her health permitted and chatted with them regularly. She loved her sisters, Muriel (Ted) Forgeron, Audrey (Bill) Forgeron, Mel (Gene) Miller; her brothers, Roy (Judi), Bernie (Fran) and Dan, who is deceased. We all thank the Lord for her deep faith, her generous heart and her joyful spirit. Cremation has taken place and a memorial Mass will be celebrated in St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church, Pointe Claire On Saturday, March 14 at 11 a.m. Interment in Arichat, Cape Breton at a later date
KELLY, Madeleine Sophie
79, Halifax, passed away on March 9, 2009. She was the only daughter of the late Joseph G. and Lilian (Cable) Heenan, Halifax. Madeleine's formal education was at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, graduating in 1948. In early years, she taught Sunday school at the school for the Blind, and later St. Catherine of Sienna Church. Madeleine was past-president of her parish Catholic Women's League, member of the Parish Council, Altar Society and Lector. Always interested in her community, she volunteered and canvassed for many charities. Primarily a homemaker, Maddie worked part-time at Robert Simpson's, Sears, N.S. Light & Power, CIBC, and the Halifax Forum Box Office. For over 50 years, she coped with Type 1 Diabetes. Madeleine's hobbies included reading, crossword puzzles, good conversations, television game shows, Letters to the Editor and politics. She was a loving daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and aunt with a wide circle of friends. Madeleine was fortunate in her long-standing friendship with Lenora and always especially grateful to her long-time school friend, Theresa (and husband, Al Driscoll) for their constant support and kindness. Madeleine was blessed with a special gift-to put everyone she met at ease with her friendliness and great sense of humour. She is survived by sons, Christopher, Halifax; Stephen (Joanne), Aurora, Ont.; Cavan (Maxine), Shad Bay; daughters, Shannon, Halifax and loving caregiver, Lynn, at home; daughter-in-law, Betty, Halifax and nine grandchildren. She was predeceased by husband, Stanley William; eldest son, Brian Patrick; brothers, William and Rev. J. G. Heenan; sisters-in-law, Catherine and Madeline. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 17, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in Cruikshanks Funeral Home, Robie Street. CWL prayers held at 3 p.m. Memorial mass 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, in St. Catherine of Sienna Church (Bayer's Road). Interment in Mount Olivet. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested for the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Nova Scotia (1-800-304-0450) or to any charity of one's choice. On-line condolences may be made by visiting: firstname.lastname@example.org "This life for me has truly passed, I loved you all to the very last. Weep not for me but courage take, and love one another for my sake. Too all my children. Love, Mom