FITZGERALD, Audrey Jane
69, Dingwall, died March 14, 2009. Born in Neil's Harbour, she was a daughter of the late William and Margaret (Seymour) Ashford. Surviving are husband, Caleb (Kelly); sons, Paul, Johnnie, Scott, Troy; sisters, Jessie Maidment, Joyce Warren, Ruby MacLeod, Lois Lamey; brothers, Dave, Donald Ashford; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by sister, Mary Budge. No visitation. Funeral 2 p.m. Tuesday in St. Joseph Church, Dingwall. Burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, under the direction of Fillmore and Whitman Funeral Home.
HUESTIS, William Lemeul "Bill"
92, passed away March 13, 2009 in the Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII, in Halifax. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Born on September 18, 1916 in Glace Bay, he was the eldest son of Clifford Grant and Ethel (Matthews) Huestis. He was a member of the Morrison Glace Bay High School Rugby Team as well as the Caledonia Intermediate Rugby Team. During the 1950s he was secretary of the Glace Bay Minors Hockey team. He loved baseball and was an avid fan of the Toronto Blue Jays. He was a member of Knox United Church in Glace Bay and a member of Glace Bay Legion Branch No. 3. He was awarded the Queens Anniversary Medal and the Legion Meritorious Medal. He was a veteran of the Second World War and served with the RCAF 404 Buffalo Squadron, and completed two tours in the Shetland Islands. After the war he worked for the Caledonia Power Board as an electrician. In 1960, he accepted a position as Provincial Secretary Treasurer, Nova Scotia Command Royal Canadian Legion, in Halifax, where he worked until he retired in 1977. He enjoyed watching the Parliamentary channel on television and loved to debate politics. He was predeceased by his first wife, Lily Broadbent; second wife Mable Withrow; brothers, Roland and Gordon; and sons William Arthur and Kent. He is survived by his children, Dawn Anne, Ruby (Ray) Tulley, Roger (Elaine), Carol (George) Cann, Barry (Linda), Terry (Helen), eleven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. Visitation is March 17, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., at Patten Funeral home in Glace Bay. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 18, 11 a.m., Knox United Church, Glace Bay with Rev. Ralph Chapman officiating. Reception to follow in church hall. Burial will take place at a later date. Family flowers only. Donations can be made to the Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, care of the QEII Foundation.
Yarmouth, passed away peacefully in the Yarmouth Regional Hospital on March 13, 2009. Born July 14, 1917, at Wedgeport, he was the son of the late Emma and Bill Hatfield. He was married to Marie Celeste (Doucette) Hatfield, and had two sons, James and Ernest. His wife and James have passed away, along with his brothers Capt. Sam, George, Douglas, and Albert; as well as sister, Edna (a ballet dancer), and half-sister, Ethel and half-brother, Bernard. In addition to his son Ernest, he is survived by grandchildren Ernie, Carmen, Timothy, Elaine, Reggie and Charlene; as well as 11 great-grandchildren. In his early years he was manager of the Yarmouth Theatre and Amusement Company, which consisted of two theatres - the Strand on John Street, and the Majestic on Main Street. The late Stan O'Brien, the president of the Amusement Company, once said Ernie knew more about movies and the equipment than anyone he knew. Ernie was often called to theatres in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to help with equipment and sound. Ernie was a first-class projectionist. He was a long-time member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 2181, and a member of their bowling team, softball team, degree team, and whist team, as well as being treasurer in 1947-48. He was also a 4th degree Knight of the Msgr. W.E. Younge Assembly 1428; and a member of Saint Ambrose parish. After leaving the theatre, he built and operated a 7 to 11 convenience store with a lunch counter in South End, better known as Ernie's Grill. Visitation will take place on Monday, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., with prayers at 8 p.m., in H.M. Huskilson's Funeral Home in Yarmouth. The funeral will be on Tuesday, at 11 a.m., in St. Ambrose Cathedral, with Father John MacPherson officiating. Burial will take place at Our Lady of Calvary Cemetery in the Spring. Family flowers only, by request. Memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Nova Scotia Branch, or to a charity of choice.
DIXON, Melvin K.
64, Little Dover, passed away peacefully on March 13, 2009 in St. Martha's Regional Hospital, Antigonish, surrounded by his family. He was the son of the late Oliver and Ada (Clark) Dixon. Mel will be remembered for his story telling, his love for tinkering in his garage, and his ability to make an hour road trip turn in to a full day event. He would often be seen laughing, playing practical jokes, and spoiling his grandchildren. Mel was a wonderful husband who will be sadly missed by his wife of 37 years, Marilyn (Boudreau). Mel and Marilyn were deeply in love and you rarely saw one without the other. He is survived by his sons, Kevin (Nicole), Antigonish; Kenny, Ontario; Keith, New Brunswick; grandchildren, his pride and joy, Blade and Brooklyn. Blade says "Thank you for teaching me to drive, even though I was only 10." And Brooklyn wants you to know, she loves you very much and will miss you. Mel is also survived by brothers, Gordon (Joan), Shubenacadie; Clinton (Audrey), Stewiacke; his darling aunt, Libby, (who he loved dearly) Milford Station; and his sister-in-law, Shirley, Nine Mile River. Mel was predeceased by brothers, Earl, Lester and Wayne. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation at family request and a private burial will take place at a later date. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Canso.
MacCARTHY, Lloyd E.
64, of Bayview, passed away March 13, 2009 in the Palliative Care Unit of Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born February 28, 1945 in Pictou, Lloyd was a son of the late John "Jack" and Mary (Stewart) MacCarthy. He was employed for 19 years with Northumberland Ferries Ltd. as an electrician, he previously worked with C.E. MacCarthy Limited, and Pictou Industries. Lloyd was an active member of his community. He was a life member of the Pictou Kinsmen Club, holding all offices at the club level during his 30 plus years of involvement. He was also a past member of the Pictou West Liberal Association. He was involved with the unions at Pictou Industries and C.A.W. Local 4508A representative for Northumberland Ferries. Lloyd was also a past member of the New Caledonia Curling Club, Pictou; and was past president of Pictou Minor Hockey, and Team Mom for many years. He was a member the Board of Directors for Central Caribou Cemetery, Caribou District Fire Department, and Caribou Watershed Committee, up until the time of his illness. A member of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Pictou, he had served on their Board of Managers. He also enjoyed spending time with his furry friends, Kelsey and granddog, Lily. Lloyd was a devoted husband and father who was very dedicated to the many activities that his children were involved in. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Sharon (Ernst), his daughter, Kristine (Jason) MacMillan, Bayview; and his son, Paul, a student at Cape Breton University; brother, Tom (Shirley), their children, Kim, Darren and Adelle; sister-in-law, Doris (Ken) MacMillan, Pictou; nephew, Steven (Dale); nieces, Donna (Gary) and Michelle (Danny), Joyce, Bruce, and Brian (Sheila); special sister-in-law, Sheila; and brother-in-law, Joe Martin, and their daughter, Audra. He is also survived by his aunt, Elinor (MacCarthy) and uncle, Pat Murphy; aunts, Marguerite MacCarthy, Eileen MacCarthy. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, Fred, Lyle, and infant brother at birth; as well as several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Visitation will be held 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Monday in McLaren Funeral Home, Pictou. Funeral service will take place 2 p.m. Tuesday in St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Pictou, with Jacquie Ross officiating. Donations in Lloyd's memory may be made to the Caribou District Fire Department, or the Aberdeen Palliative Care Society.
BURNETT, Kelti Marie
16, passed away on Friday, March 13, 2009, in Upper River Valley Hospital. Kelti was the daughter of Cathy and Robbie Burnett of Woodstock, N.B. She was the granddaughter of James "Kelly" Burnett and the late Helen Benison Burnett, of Halifax; and of the late Wendell and Iva Dickinson of Woodstock, N.B. She is survived by aunts and uncles, Janice Wright (Steven), Laurie McKenzie (Ken Martin), and Raymond Burnett (Robin) of Halifax; Linda Ferrier of Toronto, Ont.; Frank Dickinson, Kim Dickinson (Nancy), of Woodstock, N.B.; Randy Dickinson (Karen), Chris Dickinson (Ingrid), and Wendy Dickinson (Lyse) of Fredericton, N.B.; and Stephen Dickinson of Presque Isle, Me. She also had several cousins, Becky Leigh Wright and Jillian May Eaton Wright, Amy Dickinson, and Jake Ferrier. She will be missed by her beloved champion horses "Fly" and "Sevi"; as well as her dogs, "Jessie" and "Ricoh"; her cats, "Sophie" and "Sassy"; and her fish, "Horse". Kelti was an awesome kid, with a great head on her shoulders, put there by the love of her parents. She was both passionate and skilled in many endeavors but excelled in her accomplishments in the horse world. She lived by the motto "Have the Courage to Take the First Step". We learned a lot from her and will keep her memory in our heads and our heart! Remains are resting in Scott Funeral Home, 815 Upper Main St., Woodstock, N.B., with visiting on Sunday from 5-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held today at 2 p.m. in Saint James United Church, Woodstock, N.B., Rev. Hazel Jane Morris will be officiating, assisted by Father Bill Brennan.
ECCLES, Brian Wyn
61, Lynch Road, Newport Corner, passed away on March 14, 2009, in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII. Born in Liverpool, England, he was a son of the late Samuel and Dorothy (Jones) Eccles. Brian was born and raised in England, and came to Canada 37 years ago and started teaching at Dartmouth Vocational as a denturest. He opened a denturest business in Shubenacadie, Kempt Shore, and then Windsor. Brian was a very loving family man and was loved by his mother-in-law, sister and brother-in-laws, and all the children that he and Bev cared for over the years. Brian is survived by his wife, Beverly (Dill); his sons, Matthew, Fraser Lake, B.C.; and Quincy at home; his mother-in-law, Juanita Dill; sister, and brother-in-laws Alan (Judy) Dill, Helen (Blain) Patterson, Jeffery Dill and Janice (Terry) Dearman; and several cousins, aunts and uncles. Besides his parents, Brian was predeceased by his father-in-law, Wifred Dill. Cremation has taken place with no visitation by request. A memorial service will be held Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. March 17, in the J. Wilson Allen Funeral Home, Hwy 215, Summerville, with private family burial at a later date. Family flowers only. Donations can be made to charity of choice. Following the service family and friends are invited to the home of Terry and Janice Dearman, 6582 Hwy 1, Newport Corner, for a time of light refreshments and reflection. Arrangements entrusted to the compassionate care of the J. Wilson Allen Funeral Home, Hwy 215, Summerville, Hants Co. 1-902-633-2431.
MacPHEE (Livingstone), Lois Jean
June 22, 1931 - March 16, 2009. It is with great sadness the family of Lois MacPhee announce her sudden passing March 16, 2009, in Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in and raised in Riverton, she was a daughter of the late Martha (Reid) and Louis Livingstone. Lois loved her family and was the glue that held it all together. She liked to play cards and bingo. Lois will be sadly missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her daughters, Heather (Doug) Bushulak, Alta.; Kathy Mackenzie, Trenton; Marlene (Vernon) MacGrath, Broadway; Barb Miller (Joby), Telford; Michelle (Joey) Gerrior, Trenton; sons, David MacPhee, Alta.; Gordon (Terri) MacPhee, Trenton; son-in-law, Don Miller, Stellarton; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Patty (Don) Chester, New Glasgow; brothers, Billy Livingstone, Walkerville; Bertie (Carolyn) Livingstone, MacLellan's Brook; several nieces nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband, Harold; daughter, Jessie; grandson, Raymond; brothers, George, Buster, Raymond and Bob. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation at the request of the deceased. Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 19, in H. W. Angus Funeral Home Chapel, New Glasgow. Burial will be in Telford Cemetery at a later date. No flowers by request. Donations in her memory may be made to a charity of your choice.
HUGHES, Matthew Alfred "Matt"
February 28, 1959 - March 7, 2009. He was predeceased by his mother and father, Connie and Alf Hughes. He is survived by his sister, Carol (Alex) Burden of Brookfield; brothers, Richard (Joanne) Hughes of Morinville, Alta., Larry (Sharon) Hughes of Edmonton, Alta.; Jim (Bev) Hughes of St. Albert, Alta., and their families. Matt had one son, Kyle and 12 nieces and nephews. Matt's fondest memories were of family camping trips, Sunday outings and visiting relatives, friends and his family. He loved the Maritimes and everything nature provided. He would reminisce of outings and parties with his brothers and always made his sister feel close from afar. He made friends easily and already some have called. We'll miss ya, Matt. Memorial service to be held Sunday, March 22, at 2:30 p.m. in Kensington Community Hall, 12140-135A Ave., Edmonton, Alta. Doors open at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hope Mission and Cross Cancer Institute, both of Edmonton, Alta.
DEVEAU, Bernice Alice
66, Tidal View Manor, Yarmouth, passed away on Monday, March 16, 2009, in Yarmouth Regional Hospital. Born May 1, 1942, in St. John, N.B., she was a daughter of the late Wilburt and Dorothy (Bernell) Stairs. Bernice was a homemaker with a very big heart. She loved teasing the people at Tidal View, as well as going to mass and bingo. Coffee-talk was her favorite pastime, as well as spending time with her friend, Amy. Thank you to the staff at Tidal View for your loving care of Mom, also the nurses on 4th floor east for their care. Thank you as well to Dr. Parkash for his kind way. Bernice is survived by son, William (Laura), Halifax; daughters, Carol (John) Parent, Windsor, Ont.; Catherine Lynn Deveau, Yarmouth; brother, Eugene Stairs; grandchildren, Tammy, April, John, Melissa, Erica, Crystal, Kevin and Olivia; and great-grandchildren, Haley, Alexander, Malachai and Jahfari. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband, George Earl Deveau, and brother, Kenny Stairs. Visitation will take place today from 7-9 p.m. and again on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., with prayers at 8 p.m., all in H.M. Huskilson's Funeral Home, Yarmouth. The funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, from St. Ambrose Cathedral, Yarmouth, with Father John MacPherson officiating. Burial will follow at a later date in Our Lady of Calvary Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, or to the Canadian Cancer Society.
CORKERY (Hines), Sheila Joyce
It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Sheila Joyce Corkery (Hines), age 66, who passed away on Monday, March 16, 2009, at her home in Dartmouth. She was the daughter of the late John Hines and Evelyn Hines (McDow). She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Lawrence Corkery; only son, Darryl and his wife, Kim Corkery (Brownell), Halifax. Sheila lived her life in Dartmouth where she had a successful career with the Provincial and Federal Government and most currently was employed with Convergys. Sheila's love for her family, friends and community fulfilled her life and gave her many years of happiness. Volunteering was a significant part of Sheila's life. South Woodside Elementary School, Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, Canadian Cancer Society, Red Cross Society and many political campaigns benefited from her dedicated efforts. Funeral service will be Friday, March 20, at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, Woodside, Dartmouth. Reception immediately following in the church hall. Cremation has taken place. Burial will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.
THIBAULT, Xander Anthony
Three and a half months, passed away at home in Edmonton, Alta., on Saturday, March 7, 2009, from SIDS. Born in Edmonton, on November 16, 2008, he was a son of Shannon Nest and Weldon Thibault. Besides his parents, he is also survived by half-brother and sister, Liam and Chloe, both at home. Also survived by paternal grandparents, Alfred Thibault and Marlene Spencer, Aylesford and maternal grandmother, Christine Nest of Alberta; paternal great-grandmother, Elinor Thibault, Berwick; maternal great-grandparents, William and Jean Spencer, Aylesford; godparents, Irene Chodak and Corey Mintam of Alberta; many other relatives in Nova Scotia and Alberta. A three day wake was held in the family home and a funeral mass was held on Friday, March 13, in St. Therese Roman Catholic Church at 2 p.m. in Edmonton. A reception followed in the church hall. If so desired, donations in memory of Xander may be made to a charity of your choice.
WOOD, Laurie S.
92, of Kentville, passed away Saturday, March 14, 2009 in the Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Born in Woodside, Kings Co., he was a son of the late Avery and Alma (Whalen) Wood. He attended Sheridan College and was employed as Chief Building Inspector and Supervisor of Building Standards for the City of Brampton, Ont. He was affiliated with First Cornwallis Baptist Church, Canard, and was a member of the Boy Scouts of Canada, volunteering in various capacities for 35 years. He was a life-member of Ionic Masonic Lodge No. 229, Brampton, Ont., a member of Highlands Masonic Lodge No. 168, Edmonton, Alta., and a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason in Edmonton Valley. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, the former Bertha Eaton; sister, Evelyn Sampson, Florence, Cape Breton; brother, Vernon, Church Street, Kings Co.; grandchildren, Racquel Wood, Calgary, Alta.; and Clinton Wood, Edmonton; great-grandchildren, Travis and Ryan; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by son, Wayne; sisters, Muriel Roscoe and Marion Underhill. Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m., Tuesday, March 17, 2009 in the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville, where the funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, Rev. Dr. Peter Lohnes officiating. Burial will take place in the Hillaton Cemetery, Kings County. Family flowers only, by request. Donations in memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville.