CORBETT, Harold Lloyd
82, Bass River, passed away March 17, 2009, in Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Born January 19, 1927, in Bass River, he was a son of the late Charles and Mabel (Meadows) Corbett. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy for a short period of time and later was employed as a driver for Acadian Lines. He then worked for the Department of Transportation as a heavy equipment operator and was a construction foreman, retiring after 35 years of service. During these later years, he enjoyed being a part time farmer raising his purebred Hereford cattle. He was a member of Riverside United Church, Bass River, a founding member of the Bass River and District Fire Brigade for 30 years, where he served as the first Fire Chief. He was also a 60 year member of the I.O.O.F. Gladstone Lodge No. 80 of Bass River and later joined the Jurisdictional I.O.O.F. Harold enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, trapping, and was one of the few individuals in the province who made and repaired snowshoes. He also enjoyed a good game of cards with his family and friends. In his early youth, he enjoyed hockey and playing baseball, and was a catcher with the Bass River "Rockets" and Londonderry "Ironclads" in 1949. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Jean (Knight); son, Stanley (Juanita); precious granddaughters, Jessica (Jeffrey) Wright, CFB, Borden, Ont.; Danielle, at home; special great-granddaughter, Maddison, four months old; brother, Keith, Truro; sisters, Hilda MacKenzie, Truro; Iva Scott, Bass River; brother-in-law, Ross (Doris) Knight; sister-in-law, Joyce Knight. Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 22, from 7-9 p.m., with an Oddfellows Tribute Service at 6:45 p.m., and funeral service on Monday, March 23, at 2 p.m., all in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, with Rev. Bob Mack officiating. Spring interment in Riverside Cemetery, Bass River. Family flowers only. Donations in Harold's memory may be made to the Bass River Fire Brigade or Bass River Heritage Society.
SIMPSON, Gerald Kenneth
98, of Fairhaven, Deer Island, N.B., passed away peacefully in the Passamaquoddy Lodge, St. Andrews, N.B., on March 18, 2009. Gerald was born in Fairhaven on November 29, 1910, the youngest son of the late George Albert Simpson and Florence Adelaide Calder Simpson. He spent his life in the home of his birth. An energetic and industrious entrepreneur, he became licensed as an electrician and plumber, and operated his contracting business on Deer Island until he retired at the age of 93. In an interview with the Telegraph Journal he said, "I can't understand it, a lot of people quit work before they are 80 years old". He considered retiring at the age of 90 but islanders kept calling him for help and he didn't want to let them down. His long career had several interesting milestones. In the 1940s, he worked with the crew on the power lines to bring electricity from the mainland across to Deer Island. Sometimes in the summer he traveled on the mail boat to Campobello Island to work on the lavish summer homes of wealthy Americans. It was there he met Eleanor Roosevelt while he was wiring her home before it was made into an International Park. But his main focus was working for friends and neighbours on Deer Island. Meticulous in his work, he also had a prodigious memory that served him well to his final year. He knew the location of every pump and septic tank on Deer Island and the year it was installed. Gerald was very involved in his community. He was a founding member of the Deer Island Credit Union, helped establish the medical clinic in Fairhaven, was a volunteer fireman in his younger years and a member of the Masons, Gideons and Orange Lodge. He participated in the Deer Island Development Association and he and his wife Hazel won several awards for their lavish flower gardens. Gerald was a dedicated Baptist and active in the Fairhaven Baptist Church, serving as church clerk, deacon, Sunday school superintendent and choir member. He also was a benefactor of Acadia University where both daughters, Sandra and Sylvia, and granddaughter, Laura, had attended. He founded the Simpson Lecture Series to provide enrichment for pastors and established the George and Florence Simpson Memorial Scholarship. He was a supporter of many charities. In his retirement, Gerald kept his mind sharp by reading biographies, listening to classical music and doing crossword puzzles. A faithful newspaper reader, he also kept up on the news through his computer which he learned to use at the age of 87. A successful gardener, he doted on his rose bed and dahlias, and shared beans and cucumbers from his vegetable garden with neighbours. He loved good food and celebrated his 97th birthday at the Algonquin hotel. He was predeceased by Hazel Smith Simpson, his wife of 65 years; his brothers, George, Herbert, Wesley and Ernest; and sisters, Bessie, Lida and Nora. He is lovingly remembered by daughters, Sandra Nowlan (John), Halifax; Dr. Sylvia Simpson (Richard Gonzalez), Denver. Colo.; grandchildren, Dr. Claire Nowlan (Dr. Todd Calder), Halifax; Laura Nowlan Hatfield (Daniel), Fredericton, N.B.; Andrew Nowlan, Osaka, Japan; great-grandchildren, Kieran and Cameron Calder, Eva and Adah Hatfield; nieces, Florence Rost, Charlene Thorne and Beverly Simpson. Visitation hours in Fairhaven Baptist Church will be Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., with a Masonic service at 7 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 21, at 1 p.m. in Fairhaven Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Fairhaven Baptist Church, Heart and Stroke Foundation of New Brunswick, or donor's choice. Arrangements are under the direction of St. George Funeral Home and Crematorium, 26 Portage St., St. George, N.B. (506-755-3533)
McKAY (Gallant), Marie Frederline "Freda"
86, Dartmouth, formerly of Rustico, P.E.I., passed away on March 17, 2009, in Dartmouth General Hospital. Freda loved working with the public. She last worked at Mic Mac Mall, where she retired. She also enjoyed baking and cooking, no one left her house hungry. Freda was an active member of Legion Branch No. 162. She is survived by daughter, Jean Conway, Halifax; son, Frederick MacKay, Dartmouth; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Fred S. McKay; and daughter, Mary Ellen Boudreau; twin grandsons, Adam and Bruce MacKay. Services will be held on Saturday, March 21, at 1:30 p.m., in Dartmouth Funeral Home, Queen Street, with Rev. Pat Malin officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations to Canadian Cancer Society. Rest in Peace
GOODWIN, Russell MacKeil
70, of Middleton, passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at home. Born in Amherst, he was a son of the late Gordon and Hazel (MacKeil) Goodwin. In his younger years he was employed by CKCW Moncton and CJCH Halifax. He later was employed by Middleton Farm Services as a Dairy Equipment Technician and then was owner of R&B Video Shop, Middleton, until his retirement. He is survived by his daughter, Joyce (Norman) Remley, Edmonton, Alta.; son, James (Shyrose) Goodwin, Carleton Place, Ont.; brother, Brian (Allyn) Goodwin, Calgary, Alta.; grandchildren, Amanda and Holly Goodwin. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, the former Brenda Morrell; sisters, Betty and Joyce; brothers, Carmen and Dennis. Cremation has taken place. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 21, in Pine Grove Cemetery, Middleton, Rev. Bill McLeod officiating. Donations in memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Canadian Diabetes Association.
RANDLE, Gideon Duncan "Dunc"
82, of Truro, passed away March 19, 2009, in Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Born in Cornwall, Ont. on September 20, 1926, he was the son of the late Alfred and Agnes Rowan (Duncan) Randle of Montreal, Que. Dunc retired from the Royal Canadian Navy and had a second career with Canada Wire & Cable/The Noranda Group. He was an avid sports fan and a faithful supporter of the Truro Jr. Bearcats hockey team. He was in regular attendance at the Truro Raceway and over the years was the proud owner of a couple of horses. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No. 26. Dunc is survived by daughter, Carol (Lubin) Bourque; sons, Duncan Gerard "Gerry" (Susan), Ricky (Gayle), Barry and Blair Randle, all of the Truro area; grandchildren, Blair (Karen) Bourque, Halifax; Carla (Jamie) Lavigne, Saint John, N.B.; Monica (Cory) Thompson, Calgary, Alta.; Mary Randle, Toronto, Ont.; and Stephanie Willigar, Truro; great-grandchildren, Carter Thompson, Calgary, Alta.; Owen and Rosemary Lavigne, Saint John, N.B.; Dayton and Dareus Willigar, Truro; nephew, Gary (Ilga) Wells; niece, Victoria "Vicki" Wells, Montreal, Que. Dunc was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Vivian "Viv" Randle, as well as his sister, Margaret Wells of Montreal, Que. Cremation has taken place. A Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No. 26 Tribute Service and celebration of Dunc's life will take place today at 11 a.m. in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. Reception to follow in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Colchester Regional Hospital Foundation, "To Our Health Campaign".
DOBBIN, Janice Elizabeth
Passed away in Halifax March 14, 2009, where she resided with her sister, Susan McCurdy. Other surviving sisters are, Pamela McLellan, Rothesay, N.B.; Marilyn Walker, Toronto; and Sandra Kierstead, Irvine, Calif. Jan was a favorite aunt to 16 nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by parents, Harry and Winnifred Dobbin,and brother, David Dobbin (Rothesay, N.B.). A memorial tea was held March 19, at her sister Susan's in Halifax and interment will be in St. Luke's Anglican Cemetery, New Brunswick, in the spring. In memory of Janice, donations may be made to Canadian Arthritis Society.
TRIMPER, Rosanna "Dawna"
Age 66, died in the VG Site, QEII, March 18, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer. Dawna was employed as a civilian employee with the Department of National Defence for 39 years. Dawna loved to bake, always bringing treats to friends and neighbours. Dawna took great pride in her gardens and loved working in them. She is loved and will be sadly missed. Dawna touched the hearts of many. She was predeceased by her husband, Gerald and is survived by her devoted and loving son, Tim; and granddaughter, Nicole. Cremation has taken place and a funeral service will be held at 12 Wing Shearwater Chapel on Tuesday, March 24. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or IWK Foundation. "Dawna is gone but never forgotten".
EGAN, Mary Livingstone
We regret to announce the passing of a very well-known, lifelong Sydney resident, on March 17, 2009, in Harbourstone Enhanced Care Facility, in her 99th year. Mary L. Egan, affectionately known as "Mimi", was the youngest daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. W. J. Egan. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Redmond; her sister, Charlotte Curtis and brother-in-law, Bill Curtis. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She is survived by several nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces, whom she dearly loved and cherished. A graduate of Mount St. Vincent College in Halifax, Mary was employed with the Pathology Department of Sydney City Hospital, until her retirement. In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place, under the direction of the dignified and dedicated staff of Sydney Memorial Chapel. There will be a private family memorial mass and interment in the family plot in Holy Cross Cemetery, at a later date.
PINEO, Harold Austin
80, Wilmot Station, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 18, 2009, in Mountain Lea Lodge, Bridgetown. Born in Canning, he was a son of the late Lewis and Fanny (Benjamin) Pineo. He worked at CFB Greenwood for 35 years as a Civilian Electrician. Harold enjoyed a good game of golf and hunting and fishing the streams of the local area. Harold endured a lengthy illness and he became a patient at Mountain Lea Lodge for three and a half years. He is survived by his wife, the former Vera Noble; daughters, Sheila (Bill) Simpson, Ottawa; Dawn (Blair) Sweeney, Charlottetown, P.E.I.; sons, Christopher (Liette) Pineo, Porter's Lake; Richard Pineo, Wilmot; brothers, Sheldon (Eileen) Pineo, Dartmouth; Bradford (Sheila) Pineo, Tremont and eight grandchildren. He was predeceased by brother, Murray. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 21, in Middleton Funeral Home, 398 Main St., (902) 825-3448, Rev. Leon Langille officiating. A reception for family and friends will follow the service. Interment will be in Wiswall Cemetery, Wilmot, at a later date. By request, there will be no visitation and family flowers only. Donations in memory may be made to Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of choice. Thanks to the staff at Mountain Lea Lodge for their kindness and care during his stay.
CAMERON (Proudfoot), Evelyn Catherine Gordon
93, Glen Haven Manor, New Glasgow, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2009, in the Manor. Born in Inverness, she was a daughter of the late Dr. James Adam and Harriet Anne (MacKay) Proudfoot. So many beautiful qualities described Evelyn. She was a brilliant student and mathematics whiz, who at the age of 15 was enrolled in Dalhousie University, Halifax. She became a master Celtic pianist at a young age and continued on to become an accomplished organist at St. Matthew's United Church, Inverness, for many years. Over the years, she tutored many university students in Latin and Mathematics. In her early 40s, she became a lady entrepreneur, opening Cameron's Gift Shop, Inverness. She was a lady ahead of her time, managing her business while excelling as a wife and mother. Evelyn's journey with Alzheimer's began in 1996 and she was helped by so many people throughout. She was a resident of Glen Haven Manor since June 2001, where she received excellent care. Surviving are her daughter, Adelaide "Kim" Cameron, New Glasgow; sons, James "Buddy" (Jeanette) Cameron, New Glasgow; Roy Cameron, Toronto, Ont.; brother, James A. "Bert" Proudfoot, Toronto, Ont.; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Allister Campbell Cameron; sisters, Adelaide Proudfoot, Mary Proudfoot MacKinnon. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Interment will be in St. Matthew's Corner Cemetery, Inverness. Donations may be made in her memory to St. Matthew's United Church, Inverness or Glen Haven Manor, New Glasgow. The family wish to thank the caring staff of Glen Haven Manor and express their gratitude to Dr. John Forbes. They wish to also acknowledge Vickie Mueller, Sister Mary and Mary Dion (Havre Boucher) for their friendship and warmth given to mom when she needed it most. Arrangements are entrusted to P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home, New Glasgow.
ALFRED, Robert Edward
76, North River, passed away peacefully on March 18, 2009, surrounded by his loved ones in Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Born in McLennan, Alta., he was a son of the late John and Caroline Alfred. A very loving and giving person, he was always willing to help, placing others first. He was actively sponsoring several children in the Christian Children's Fund. His grandchildren were the love of his life. He loved gardening, tending his flowers, walking in the woods with his dog, Lexus, and enjoyed time spent with his church family. He is survived by daughter, Jean Dunn, Onslow; sons, Douglas (Cindy), Harmony; Wade (Kathleen), Halifax; Leighton (Nancy), Onslow Mountain; grandchildren, Kristen, Michael, Stephen, Jeremy; stepgrandchildren, Jennifer McCabe, Sarah Fraser, Brent Nolan; step great-granddaughter, Alex Fraser; brother, Jack (Natalie) and sister, Carolyn French, both of Alberta. He was predeceased by brothers, Henry and Eugene. Visitation will be held today from 7-9 p.m. in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. Funeral service on Saturday, March 21, at 11 a.m. in Calvary Pentecostal Church, 20 Curtis Dr., with Rev. Jeff Goodwin officiating. Spring interment in Robie Street Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Christian Children's Fund or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.
LOW (Kennedy), Thelma Eileen
94, of Armdale, passed away March 19, 2009. She was the daughter of the late Amos and Elsie (Cook) Kennedy of Black Point. She was a member of St. James Anglican Church and an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a charter member, a life member and three times worthy matron of the Armcrest Chapter, No. 45 and she received her fifty year jewel in 2002. She was past District Deputy Grand Matron, Past Grand Adah, past Grand Representative of Oklahoma and New Jersey in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. In July 2006, she was the first member to be appointed Grand Chapter Mother of the Eastern Star members of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, as well she held many Grand Chapter Committee appointments. She was predeceased by her husband, Tom; and son, Douglas. She is survived by her grandson, Douglas Low of Halifax; granddaughter, Deborah (Wayne) Beazley of Beaver Bank; great-grandchildren, Hollyann and Mitchell Beazley; daughter-in-law, Diane Tomes Low of Halifax; and a very special friend, Joe Parker of Lower Sackville. Cremation has taken place and an Eastern Star Service will be held on Monday, March 23, at 1:30 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m., all taking place in J. A. Snow Funeral Home, Windsor Street, Halifax, Rev. Rod Gillis will be officiating and burial will take place in Pleasant Hill Estates, Lower Sackville. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
MacDONALD, Mary Josephine Brown
Of R K MacDonald Nursing Home, Antigonish, passed away on March 18, 2009, at the age of 88. Born in James River, Antigonish Co., Mary moved to Montreal where she lived for 62 years. She returned to Antigonish, taking up residence in Greenwold Manor in 2001. Mary was the daughter of the late Angus R. MacDonald and Annie (MacIsaac). She was predeceased by her husband, Fred; sisters, Jessie B. MacDonald, Katherine Powers, Minnie Boyd, Florence Morris, and Nancy O'Brien; brothers, Hector, Duncan, and Bill. Mary is survived by her sister-in-law, Susie (Hector) MacDonald, many nieces and nephews, Angus J. Mac Donald (Frannie), Buddy MacDonald (Dorothy); nieces, Margaret (John MacGillivray), Eileen Kirk, all of Antigonish; Ann (Jim Thompson) of Halifax and the Morris family of Port Hood. She is also survived by nieces and nephews throughout Canada and the United States and special godchild, Barbara Miller, of Montreal, Que. Mary made friends easily and enjoyed the opportunities for socializing at Greenwold Manor and later at The Antigonish Manor. She looked forward to playing Auction and Cribbage with her friends. Whether in Montreal or in Antigonish, it was always a pleasure to visit with Mary. She easily adjusted to her move from Montreal at her advanced age. Mary's family express thanks to the doctors and nurses of St. Martha's Regional Hospital and the R K Nursing Home for their exceptional care. During the past couple of years Mary received services from Home Care, the VON and Palliative Care. She spoke very highly of the care she received from these agencies. She was especially grateful for the ongoing support of Denise Bond. Her family is very grateful for the kindness and professionalism with which she was treated. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be in MacIsaac's Funeral Home in Antigonish on April 24, from 1-3 p.m. Following Visitation, Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated in St. Joseph's Parish Church in St. Josephs' at 4 p.m. Reception immediately following in the parish hall. Burial will take place in Montreal at a later date. Donations may be made to Antigonish Food Bank.