LITTLEPAGE (Hepditch), Marian
Bedford, passed away peacefully at home on March 19, 2009, after a difficult battle with cancer. Born and raised in Clattice Harbour, NL., Marian dedicated her life to the service of others. At the age of 19 Marian entered the congregation of the Sisters of Mercy of Newfoundland and remained there for 13 years. After eventually leaving the congregation she moved to Nova Scotia where she taught mathematics in the public school system for the remainder of her teaching career. She went on to complete two Masters degrees which helped her immensely during her six year tenure as director of religious education at St. Thomas More Parish, Dartmouth. Dedicated to promoting God's will on earth, Marian joined the Catholic Women's League (CWL) in 1983 and held offices at the parish, diocesan, and provincial levels -including her most recent tenure as provincial President. Two of the self-proclaimed highlights of Marian's life with CWL include receiving the peace candle at the national convention in Charlottetown in 2000, and receiving her life membership in 2006. Coming from a large family Marian is predeceased by mother, Lucy; father, Ted; sister, Mildred; brother, Felix; sister, Evelyn. Beloved mother, dedicated friend and loving sister, Marian is survived by husband, Ken; children, Sean and Leah; siblings, Fergus, Phyllis, Jim, Yvonne, Bride, Geraldine, and Eugene; nieces and nephews, Susan and Andy Cahill, Amanda and Melissa Smith. She will also be missed by numerous friends and colleges. Visitation hours 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday, March 22 in Dartmouth Funeral Home, 29 Queen St. In celebration of her life a funeral mass will be in St. Thomas More parish at 10 a.m. the following Monday. The Family would, in lieu of flowers, appreciate donations to the Parker Street Food bank, or Saint Vincent De Paul Society.
HUMBLE LCdr, Cecil Hobson "Jack" CD2
September 20, 1920 - March 18, 2009. Born in Newcastle-on-Tyne, England. Joined the Royal Navy as a Ganges Boy at the age of 14 and became a commissioned Gunner in May 1945. Emigrated to Canada in 1956, and transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy as a Gunnery Officer (Lt). Postings included Gunnery School (Osborne Head) 1956-58; Jonquiere 1958-60; and Venture 1960-66, where he helped develop the Sunset Ceremony and survival training at EXPED. Promoted to LCdr, he was posted to the Bos'n School (Cornwallis) in 1966, followed by Seamanship Division at Fleet School (Halifax) in 1968. Served as Base Social Conditions and Welfare Officer (Stadacona) 1968-70 during the Kootenay disaster. Retired to Victoria in February 1971 after 37 years of naval service. Following his retirement from the Navy, he dedicated his life to the service of others as a volunteer and worked as a social worker with the City of Victoria and the British Columbia Provincial Government. Recognized for his 35 years of tireless dedication and leadership in the Boy Scouts of Canada, rising to the level of Assistant Provincial Commissioner. He established and served Fairfield New Horizons as the Musical Coordinator and Director of the Weekly Fairfield Sing-Along for 12 years. Predeceased by wife, Joy (Dunn) (2005). Survived by son, Christopher (Shelley) of Victoria, B.C.; grandchildren, Jade of Calgary, Alta.; Craig (Shima) of Tokyo; Amber (Clayton Mulholland) of Courtenay, B.C.; (great-grandchildren Owl, Coyote and Raven); son, Cdr. Robert of Halifax; grandchildren, Arwen of Pensacola Fla. (great grandchildren, Bronwen and Atticus), Linnet of Fredericton, N.B.; Elspeth, Meade, and Rowan of Halifax. Survived by brother, George; nephew, Deric (Marie); brother, John (Patricia) of Toronto, Ont. Visitation will be held on Monday, March 23 from 7-8 p.m. in McCall's Funeral Directors, 1400 Vancouver St., Victoria, B.C. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24 in Fairfield United Church, 1303 Fairfield Rd., Victoria, B.C. Reception will follow. In memory of Jack, donations can be made to the "Keep a Song in Your Heart" music program at the Fairfield Activity Centre, 380 Cook St. Victoria, B.C. V8V 3X7; a community organization to which Jack devoted his retirement years.
DUHART, Damien "Darryl"
63, passed away March 18, 2009, in the Dartmouth General Hospital, with family by his side. Born July 30, 1945, in Corner Brook, N.L., he was the son of Hubert and Mary Duhart of Corner Brook. Darryl worked in the Plastics Industry for many years in Toronto, Ont. and in Dartmouth, and later worked as a custodian at Cole Harbour Place, Cole Harbour. Darryl was known to be a pleasant, friendly, hardworking man who enjoyed photography. To those who knew him well he was humourous, a gifted writer, poet and storyteller. Darryl was a dedicated parishioner of St. Vincent de Paul Parish. He is survived by his daughters, Dawn (Mark) and Gillian (Steven); and son, Warren (Deanna); grandsons, Ryan and Mitchell; his parents, Hubert and Mary Duhart; and siblings, Brenda (Duhart) Clark, Myra (Duhart) Anderson, Wayne Duhart, Tony Duhart, Ona (Duhart) Randall, Doris Gurski; aunt, Una Parson-Hutchings; and many more extended family. Darryl was predeceased by his loving wife of 35 years, Betty. They are now eternally "together forever". A heartfelt thank you from the family for all the support over the past few months. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be on Monday, March 23 in the Sophia Room, St. Vincent de Paul Parish, from 6:30-9 p.m., on Forest Hills Parkway. Funeral will be held on Tuesday, March 24, in St. Vincent de Paul Parish at 11 a.m., with interment to follow at Memorial Gardens, Dartmouth. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lung Association of Nova Scotia.
80, Kingston, passed away peacefully, Thursday, March 19, 2009 in Soldiers Memorial Hospital, Middleton. Born September 8, 1928, in Goodeve Sask., he was the son of Harry and Stella (Koslowski) Riguse. He is survived by his daughter, Lynne Riguse, Berwick; son, Michael (Cynthia) Riguse, Halifax; daughter, Gayle (Stephen Parliament) Riguse, Kingston; grandsons, Matthew Hall, and Stephen and Christopher Riguse; and sister, Margaret McGill and brother, Patrick Riguse. He was predeceased by his wife, Merle (Clark) Riguse; and sister, Angeline Halyk. Russ joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1946 and while posted on the West coast, met his wife Merle and started a family. Four years later, and posted on the East coast, he settled in Dartmouth for the remainder of his career, retiring as a Lieutenant Commander in 1980. In those 34 years he served on ships including the HMCS Swansea and HMCS Bonaventure, and on shore including Stadacona and Maritime Command. An avid golfer, Russ retired to Kingston and built a house backing on the Paragon Golf course where he divided his time between the fairways and working as a systems analyst at 14 Wing Greenwood. When he finally retired for good, he and Merle spent many years as snowbirds, enjoying warm weather and good golf year round. The highlights of his days on the green were his hole-in-one on the eighth hole at Ken-Wo and winning the 1990 Nova Scotia Senior Two Ball Championship with his long-time golf partner George Adams. Russ was a late convert to cats but had never met a dog he didn't like and his pockets were always full of biscuits especially for favourites, Kyesha, Nevaeh, and Daisy. A natural raconteur, he loved nothing so much as spending time with family and friends. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2009, in Middleton Funeral Home, 398 Main St., (902) 825-3448. Donations in Russ's memory may be made to the SCPA or your local food bank.
ALLEN (Madden), Rebecca Cynthia "Betty"
Yarmouth, passed away peacefully March 20, 2009. Born February 8, 1920, in Port Latour, Betty was the youngest daughter of Irvin and Ilona (Madden) Madden. She was an employee of Sears for more than 20 years, retiring from there in 1980. Betty attended Central United and Beacon United Churches where she served her God as Sunday school teacher, CGIT leader and was a member of the UCW. Betty was a member of Rebekah Lodge and Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She also volunteered her time for many years in the Hospital Gift Shop, at the annual Hullabaloo and delivering Meals on Wheels. Betty is survived by her son, Daniel (Jeryne) Allen of Oshawa, Ont.; daughters, Marsha (Lyndon) Penny, Yarmouth; Becky (Louis) Babin, Yarmouth; Susan (David) Saunders, Pickering, Ont.; grandchildren, Doug, Sean, Robert, Richard; great-grandchildren, Samantha, Spencer, Thomas and Madison. She will also be remembered by sister-in-law, Dorothy Madden, Toronto, Ont., and many nieces and nephews. Betty was predeceased by her husband, Douglas; brothers, Francis "Boy", James and Robert, and sisters, Ruby, Doris, Brenda and Rose. The family would like to thank Dr. Wyman, the staff at Tidal View Manor - A Wing and Dr. Chandler for their excellent care and support. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, March 25 at 2 p.m. in Beacon United Church with Rev. Sim Rushton. There will be visitation Tuesday, March 24 from 7-9 p.m. in Sweeny's Funeral Home, Ladies Legion Aux Service at 7:30 p.m. A family committal service will be held in the spring. Donations in memory may be made to Alheizmer Society of Nova Scotia or charity of choice.
HOBEN, Mary Belinda
Dartmouth, formerly of Yarmouth, died at home. Born August 2, 1958, in North Sydney, she was a daughter of John and Annie (LeBlanc) Hoben of Hebron. She was a volunteer for the Salvation Army. She was an entrepreneur of the Jean Shop, Yarmouth, then later worked in sales. She was a believer in living in the moment. Family ties were important. She understood other people's needs, and was always sympathetic towards other people and very generous, and loved the feeling of giving. She had a great love for her cat, Homer. She is survived by her parents, John and Annie (LeBlanc) Hoben of Hebron; brother, Roland (Anna) Hoben, Hebron; sisters, Wanda, Halifax; Debbie (Gerald) MacIsaac, Brooklyn; Sylvia (George) Fougere, Hebron; Rose Anne (David) Brannen, Hebron; Heather (Rick) MacPherson, Richmond Road; nieces, Melanie Creaser, Lacey Hoben; nephews, Naaman Creaser, Calvin MacIsaac. No visitation by family request, cremation has taken place under the direction of Sweeny's Funeral Home in Yarmouth. Memorial service will be held Tuesday, March 24, at 10 a.m. in Saint Ambrose Cathedral with Father John MacPherson officiating. Interment at a later late. Family flowers only. Donations to SPCA or charity of choice.
JOHNSTON, Robert Stephen Ruggles
On Saturday, March 21, 2009, our beloved son, brother and friend, Bobby passed away, surrounded by love in QEII Health Sciences Centre. He was born in Yarmouth in 1958, and soon after moved to Dartmouth. Bobby was a long-term resident of Emerald Hall. Throughout his life he filled a special place in the hearts of all who knew and cared for him. He is survived by his family, parents, Barbara and Timothy Johnston, Indian Point, Mahone Bay; sisters, Karen (Neil) Veinot, Kentville; Susan (Terry) Bryski, Aylesford Lake and his extended family, the loving staff and clients of Emerald Hall. Donations in Bobby's memory may be made to The Mental Health Foundation of NS (Emerald Hall), or charity of your choice. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2 p.m. in the Nova Scotia Hospital Chapel in the Mount Hope Building, officiated by Rev. Bob Zinck. Interment to take place at a later date. "May Bobby's new home be filled with a never ending supply of "Banyays"
TAYLOR, Janice Lynn
47, formerly of Halifax, passed away on January 25, 2009, with her family by her side at her home in Washougal, Wash. Born in Picton, Ont., she was a beloved daughter of William and Christine (Slaunwhite) Taylor. Jan was a beautiful and talented free spirit who will be loved and missed forever by her family. A Strasser Hoofcare Professional, she enjoyed training and riding horses and was generally an animal enthusiast who loved being outdoors. Jan was a self-taught guitarist who loved to sing and listen to music. She was also an excellent photographer and was very involved with the mid-wifery coalition. During her 12 year absence she always looked forward to her visits home to Nova Scotia to spend cherished time with family and friends. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her partner and soul mate, Dave Schallberger of Washougal, Wash.; daughters, Emily (Jason Deveau) Taylor, Dartmouth and Treya Bushell, Washougal; son, Taylor Smirnoff, Washougal; brothers, Barry (Joanie), Stephen (Kim Garland) and Robert (Darlene) Taylor; sisters, Marlene McKee and Susan Taylor; grandmother, Evelyn (Saunders) Taylor and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. A Celebration of Life reception will be held on Saturday, March 28, from 1-4 p.m. in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth. Interment will take place at a later date in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Lower Sackville.
CLARKE (Holmes), Evelyn Marie
78, Lawrencetown, died peacefully at home on March 22, 2009, after an unfair battle with cancer. Born in the Wilmot United Church Manse, Fredericton, N.B., on January 11, 1931, she was the youngest child of Rev. Dr. Frederick H.M. Holmes and his wife, May Georgia Kimball. Evelyn graduated from Chatham Grammar School and St. Michael's Academy, Chatham, N.B. and was employed at Eaton's in Cambelton, N.B., and Manning Equipment in Halifax. She was proud of her stenographic and bookkeeping success and of the many roles she played in various churches, in particular playing piano or organ, from pump to pipe, including HMCS Cornwallis Chapel. She was the first person to play the piano in the new church at Cole Harbour Woodside United Church, and helped orient the present pianist to our style of worship. Evelyn spearheaded Minutes for Mission, and offered pastoral care to parents of newly baptized children. She was an Honorary Life Member of United Church Women, member of Ministry and Personnel Committee, Pastoral Care Team, Session, Ladies' Aid, Women's Missionary Society, Women's Institute, CGIT, Youth for Christ, Messengers (leader), Sunday School, Young Peoples' Union, and various choirs. Evelyn is survived by her husband of 54 years, Rev. R. Stewart Clarke; children, Russel Stewart (Gillian Heather), David Bruce (Caroline Taylor) and Janice Marie (Scott MacInnis); grandchildren, Meghan Elizabeth Desjardins, Alexander Stewart, Ericka Adrien, Matthew Bruce, David Stewart, and Tiffany Marie MacInnis and stepgrandchildren, Julie McGoldrick Charbonneau and Michael McGoldrick and former daughters-in-law, Linda Brownstein and Penny Griffin. She was predeceased by brothers, Lloyd, Reginald, Ralph and Leslie Holmes. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Cole Harbour Funeral Home & Crematorium. Visitation will take place Wednesday, March 25, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in Cole Harbour Woodside United Church, 15 Bissett Rd., where the memorial service will be held Thursday, March 26, at 2 p.m. A reception will follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Robertson-Holmes Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o St. Andrew's United Church, Box 88, New Richmond, QC, G0C 2B0, or The United Church Mission & Service Fund.
LANDRY, Matthew Elliott
27, of Halifax and Amherst passed away in Halifax. Born in Amherst, he was the son of Debra (Elliott) Landry and the late Robert F. Landry. Matthew was a true musical entertainer who enjoyed performing for his friends and could often be found at an open mic. He loved composing his own music and lyrics. Matthew charmed everyone with his humor and wit. He loved spending time at the cottage in Lorneville. Besides his mother, he is survived by brother, Gregory (Tammy Jo), Dorchester, N.B.; maternal grandparents, Clyde and Bonita Elliott of Fenwick; nieces, Emma and Alex and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Besides his father, Matthew was predeceased by brother, Jimmy; paternal grandparents, Robert W. and Pauline Landry and his maternal grandmother, Ethel (Tower) Rideout. Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 26, in Campbell's Funeral Home, 98 Church St., Amherst from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Friday at 2 p.m. in Campbell's Chapel with Mr. David Hunt officiating. Interment will take place at a later date in Amherst Cemetery. Family flowers only. Memorial donations in Matthew's memory may be made to Hope Cottage or charity of your choice.
KRAFVE, Francis James "Jim"
64, Churchover. It is with saddened hearts that we, the family of the late Francis James "Jim" Krafve announce his peaceful passing at home on the morning of March 21, 2009, surrounded by his loving family after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born in Halifax, he was a son of the late Marian and Jay Krafve. Jim worked for 10 years at CFS Shelburne and later was a long-term employee of Wilson's Shopping Centre, Barrington Passage. He felt best when working outdoors with his hands. He was a great lover of country and bluegrass music and Jim always appreciated a good joke. He is survived by his loving wife, the former Patricia Mahaney, and his children, Jamel (Christa), Kimberly (Peter), Jerri and Tobi. Jim is also survived by his sister, Penny (Ivan), Caribou, Me. Jim loved his grandchildren and will be greatly missed by them, Chaila, Jaylee, Kalista, Grace, Christopher, Jesiah and Nathan. He was predeceased by his brother, Jerry. Visitation was held Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in H. Huskilson's Funeral Home, Barrington. A memorial service will be held today at 2 p.m. in H. Huskilson's Funeral Chapel, Barrington, with Pastor Cindy Dunnett officiating. Interment of ashes in Old Kirk Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the C.G.C Fire Department, Special Olympics or the Rosalin Nickerson Care Fund. The family would like to make honorable mention to Jackie O'Toole and the VON team for their dedication and support.
LeBLANC, Marie Prescille
91, of Concession, passed away on March 19, 2009, at the Villa St. Joseph du Lac, Yarmouth. She was the daughter of the late Agno and Lydie Comeau, and the widow of Louis J. LeBlanc. Born in Concession August 13, 1917, she grew up in Concession before moving to Boston, where she was a hairdresser, bookkeeper and dental assistant. She and her husband returned to Concession permanently in 1972. She was always active in the community, serving as a life member and president of the Canadian Legion Ladies' Auxiliary, and was for many years President of the Concession New Horizons Seniors Club. She was one of the organizers of the first Jackie Frost golf tournaments, the area Senior games, many bridge parties and tournaments, and she was well-known at the Clare Golf Club as one of its oldest senior golfers. She participated actively in Cancer Society fundraising events, and for years she was a 'Colombelle', a church choir member and principal church decorator for the Christmas season at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. For many years, she and her sister Imelda were the two 'elves' who assisted Santa Claus at appearances for children and the elderly. She is survived by two sons, Paul and Don (and partner Joe Anne Hunter), of Concession; sister, Imelda Chiasson, of Concession; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband and brothers Roger and Amedee, and by sisters Anita, Angele, Josephine, Lorette, Stella, and Regina. At her request, her mortal remains were donated to Dalhousie University for medical research. A memorial mass will be held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Concession, on Saturday, April 18 at 10 a.m. Those wishing to remember her may make donations to her memory at any recognized charity that works to feed the needy, or to the Canadian Cancer Society, or to the Villa St. Joseph du Lac.