Passed away on Saturday, April 4, 2009, in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII, at the age of 72. He leaves behind his wife and best friend of 44 years, Margie and beloved daughters, Keltie VanBinsbergen (Chris Savard) and Kristi VanBinsbergen, as well as Keltie's daughter, Hope Savard and her stepchildren, Andrew and Paige Savard, all of them very well loved by their Opa. Duco is the first of his siblings to pass away and he is deeply missed by brothers, Oscar (Sandra), Hans (Roelie) and Wilfred (Babs) and sisters, Marjole (Frank) Hubadka and Anne Kristi. Duco was born in Nijmegen, Holland, on December 17, 1936. His early childhood was lived in the chaos of the Second World War, but his parents did their best to provide a stable environment for their children. He served in the Dutch Army for three years and then immigrated to Canada in 1962 at age of 25. In Edmonton, Alta., he met the love of his life, Margie and they were married in 1965. Duco went into education and was both a teacher and administrator at Harry Collinge High School in Hinton, Alta., for many years. He touched many lives in that role and over the years many students have given "Mr. Van B" credit for helping them get their lives on track. In 1993 he was elected to the Alberta Legislature as that very rare breed, a Liberal MLA. He served with pride and dignity and his dedication and knowledge were appreciated by his constituents. In 1997 Duco retired and he and Margie began the "good life", spending many months of the year traveling in their camper and doing volunteer work. Duco was very involved with the Rotary Club. For three years he and Margie spent three months of the year teaching English in Thailand through the Rotarians. In 2007 Duco and Margie moved back to Margie's hometown near Annapolis Royal. Duco loved living in the Valley and within months felt very at home in the community. His passing was very sudden and all of us who loved him will miss him greatly. He was a wonderful man, loving and well-loved. A memorial service will be held Thursday, April 9th, at 1 p.m. in St. George and St. Andrew United Church, Annapolis Royal with Rev. Robert McCarthy officiating, followed by a reception in the church hall. Interment will take place at a later date in Wadeville Cemetery, Granville Center. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens. Duco was willing to be a full organ donor, but was unable to due to the nature of his death. The family encourages you and your family to consider being organ donors. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Kaulbach Family Funeral Home, Annapolis Royal.
BROOKS, Roy Reginald
85, Boutilier's Point, passed away Monday, April 6, 2009, in the VG Site, QEII, Halifax. Born in Charlestown, Mass., he was a son of the late John and Garnet (Dorey) Brooks. Roy served a short time in the Royal Canadian Navy before being drafted to the American Navy where he served over 30 years; serving in the Second World War, The Korean Conflict and The Vietnam wars, then, returning home to Nova Scotia in 1996. He is survived by his wife, the former Joan M. (Rhyno-Graves) Brooks; children, Garnet (Joseph) Vicars, Janet (Micky) Thomas, Sheri Ellen (Rod) Gallagher, Veronica, Timothy, Patrick (Elaine), Karan (Robert) Manuel, Deborah (Lloyd) Marriott, Victoria (Jerry) Nauss, Pamela (Joseph) Pike, Robyn Graves, Shawn (Louise) Graves, Floyd Graves; 23 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; special god children, Alexis, Ashton, Jonas and Caleb; sister, Evelyn; half-brothers and sisters, Cyril, Gerald, Wayne, Donnie, Bobby, Gary, Jimmy, Marion. He was predeceased by his brothers, George, Jack "John", William and Gordon; sisters, Hazel, Myrtle and Molly; half-sister, Marie. Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, April 9th, in Ronald A. Walker Funeral Home, 13549, Peggy's Cove Rd., Tantallon, Rev. Mark Marshall officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to QEII Health Sciences Centre, Palliative Care and/or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. On-line condolences can be made to: www.rawalker.ca. A special thank you to nurses and doctors of the Palliative Care 7A the VG Site, QEII.
WHITE, Walter E.
83, Middle River. The nieces and nephews regret to announce the death of their beloved uncle and friend, Walter E. White, who died April 6, 2009, in Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. He was a son of the late Thomas and Sarah White. Walter is survived by nieces, Charlene (Richard) Nicholson, Anne Marie (Jim) Tucker, Sherry (Brian) Musgrave, Karla Johnson and Arnell LeBlanc; nephews, Patrick (Ann) MacDonald, Kerry (Brenda) White and Kenny Wiseman; sister, Colleen Mielke; sister-in-law, Marjorie White and his cousin, Murdock. He will also be missed by his best friend, Felix, his cat. He was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth "Betty" White; sisters, Grace, Maisie, Peggy and Olive; brothers, Joe, Tommy and Arnold. Visitation will be held in Farquharson Memorial Presbyterian Church today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral will be held Thursday, April 9, at 11 a.m. in Farquharson Memorial Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Louis Ihasz officiating. Burial will be in Middle River Cemetery at a later date. Lunch in Middle River Hall after the service. Donations may be made to Middle River Fire Department or First Responders. Arrangements are under the direction of MacAskill Funeral Home, Baddeck.
OLIVER, Clarke Leroy
62, passed away peacefully on April 6, 2009, surrounded by his loving family in QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax. He was a son of Avis (Ford) Oliver, Lucasville and the late Lester Sinclair Oliver. He was a loving and caring husband of 40 years, whose friendly laughter and huge smile he shared with everyone he met. Surviving are his wife, Isabel (Paris) Oliver; children, Yvette, Chad and Trevor; brothers, Perley (Carol), Lucasville; Brian, Lucasville; sisters, Theresa (Charles), Calgary, Alta.; Sandra (Lamont), Dartmouth. He was a loving grandfather to Jasmyne, Janelle and Janiaha. Clarke enjoyed horse racing and a variety of other sports, he was also a huge fan of James Brown. He enjoyed playing the guitar and spending time with his grandchildren, whom he thought the world of. Like his father, he was a hard-worker. He worked for CN Rail for a number of years and also various construction companies, most recently Michael Ford Foundations as a cement finisher. Clarke will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Visitation will be held in T.K. Barnard Funeral Home, Lower Sackville, from 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 10th. Funeral service will be held Saturday, April 11th at 1 p.m. in Lucasville United Baptist Church, Lucasville. Rev. Dr. D.E. Fairfax officiating. All donations can be made to Lucasville United Baptist Church or to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.
ALLISON, Viola Florence "Vi"
89, of Windsor, formerly of Five Mile Plains, Hants Co., passed away on Monday, April 6, 2009, in Hants Community Hospital, Windsor. Born on September 12, 1919, in Newport Station, Hants Co., she was a daughter of the late Clarence and Sarah (Johnson) Allison. Vi was a former home care worker for Mr. Swinsen Ball for over 25 years. She is survived by her son, Arnold (Aldora), Montreal, Que.; grandchildren, Michael (Rose), Montreal; Shawn, Key West, Fla.; brother, Sherman, Toronto, Ont.; special niece, Shirley Croxen, and by several other nieces and nephews. She is also survived by special cousins, Iona Crawley, Evelyn Gray and Beulah Gray; special friends, Maxine Chandler, Donna and Norm Foley. She was predeceased by her siblings, Clarence, Mary, Madeline, Harold, Verna, Edward, Rockwell, and by three other siblings. Visitation 7-9 p.m. today and 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Thursday, in Lindsay's Windsor Funeral Home, 194 King St., Windsor. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, April 10, in Windsor Plains Baptist Church, Three Mile Plains, with Rev. Jennifer Riley and Pastor Iona Crawley officiating. Interment will be held in Maplewood Cemetery, Windsor. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Vi may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to Windsor Plains Baptist Church.
TOWNSEND, Beatrice Evangeline "Bea"
78, Queen Street, Yarmouth, passed away on Monday, April 6, 2009, in Yarmouth Regional Hospital. Born March 16, 1931, in Yarmouth, she was a daughter of the late Sidney and Bernice (Hayes) Townsend. Bea worked at Sobeys in Yarmouth for 37 years, and she enjoyed knitting and doing home crafts. Surviving are her sister, Gladys Townsend, Sandford, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Ethel; brothers, Stephen and Ralph. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today in Huskilson's Memorial Chapel, 29 Albert St., Yarmouth, Rev. A. D. "Bill" Newell officiating. Interment will take place in Yarmouth Mountain Cemetery. It has been requested that there be family flowers only. Memorial donations may be made to the SPCA.
BARKHOUSE (Vaughan), Florence Audrey Virginia
89, of Martins Point, passed away April 5, 2009, in South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater. Born September 21, 1919, in Martins Point, she was a daughter of the late Bertha Mae (Vaughan) and Edward William Rafuse. She was a beloved grandmother and cherished mother. She will be sadly missed but forever in our hearts. She is survived by her children, Mildred (Robert deceased) Crowell, Colleen (Wayne) Hiltz, all of Martins Point; Kathleen (Roy) Boehner, Back Centre; Cecil (Liz), Western Shore; Lewis, Martins Point; sisters, Thelma (Earl) Ernst, Western Shore; Dorothy (Chip) Swinemar, Martins Point; Eliza Jane (Fraser) Parker, Tatamagouche; brothers, Raymond (Nellie), Gold River; Archie (Loretta); Robert (Margaret), all of Martins Point; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; special friends, "Missy" and "Timy". She was predeceased by her husband, Simeon Osbourne Barkhouse; children, Dianna Margaret, Margo Vicki, Rennie Darwin and Weldon Theodore; brothers, Lewis, Edward Jr. and Theodore. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m., today in St. Mark's Anglican Church, Martins Point, Rev. Bonnie Baird officiating. Burial will be in Western Shore Cemetery. Memorial donations to any charity. Arrangements entrusted to Mahone Funeral Home, Mahone Bay (902) 624-8241.
WILKIE, Donald James
72, North Sydney. Peacefully and with the same dignity he lived his life, Donald James Wilkie died early on the morning of Sunday, April 5, 2009, in Cape Breton Regional Hospital, surrounded by his family who thought the world of him. Devoted husband, loving father and doting grandfather, Donnie was born in North Sydney, where he lived most of his entire life. He was a son of the late William and Irene (Fougere) Wilkie. He is survived by Joanne (Cotter), his wife and best friend of 50 years. Also surviving are his daughter, Karen (James Kulchyski), Sioux Lookout, Ont.; his sons, Scott, Vancouver and Don, Montreal; his grandchildren, Kristyn and Ryan; sisters, Joyce Lachapelle, Freda MacLeod and Brenda (Mel) Birmingham; brothers, Edgar, Albert (Phyllis), Georgie (Lexie), and Gordie (Muriel); sister-in-law, Mary (Kehoe) Wilkie and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Catherine Mulley; brother, Arthur and brothers-in-law, Gilbert Lachapelle and Hugh MacLeod. Donnie had a long career as a commercial sales representative and was a lifelong member of the Northwest Commercial Travelers Association. A member of St. Joseph Church, North Sydney, he was also very active in community volunteer programs, most of which were run by the local Kiwanis Club, where he was a member for over 15 years. When not immersed in church and community work, his greatest passion was horses, many of which he owned and trained through the years with his like-minded brothers, and he was a member of both the Cape Breton and Northside Horseman associations. Another love was music, which always raised his spirits and which he indulged as often as possible at concerts big and small, and with his ever-growing music collection. He was also immensely proud of the great island of Cape Breton, and collected friendships, stories, and local history from virtually every crag and corner of it. Because his kindness, warmth, and good humor were always and immediately on display, many will miss and fondly remember him. Visitation for Donnie was held on Tuesday, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. A Funeral mass will be held 10 a.m. today in St. Joseph Church with Rev. Jim Attwood officiating. Burial to follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers (family only), donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Regional Hospital Cancer Center expansion, or a charity of choice.
THOMSON, Robert Graham "Bob"
Age 83 of Scotland, passed away suddenly on March 30, 2009. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Anne, Scotland; daughter, June Barrett (Paul), Dartmouth; granddaughters, Angela Barrett-Jewers (Alex) and Sarah Barrett, Dartmouth and brother, Donald (Esther), Scotland. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Ann Thomson and his half-brother, Gavin Sommerville (Scotland). Bob and Anne lived in Halifax for many years, returning to Scotland in 1973. During his years in Halifax, Bob was heavily involved in soccer and played an integral part in the development of minor soccer in Nova Scotia. He was Chief Referee for a number of years, and with the help of his daughter, June, designed the referee's badge, that was worn at that time. Donations in Bob's memory, may be made to a charity of your choice.
ZINCK, Elva Beatrice
82, of Bridgewater, Lunenburg Co., passed away Monday, April 6, 2009, in Hillside Pines Home For Special Care, Bridgewater. Born July 23, 1926, in Bridgewater, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Annie (Nauss) Tompkins. Surviving are her daughters, JoAnne Harmon (Frank), Petite Riviere; Kathy Zinck (Albert), Oakhill; Vicki Meisner (Max), Petite Riviere; son, Jeffrey (Lisa), Bridgewater; granddaughters, Lori (Craig), Camperdown; Adrienne (Mike), Wileville; Ashlyn, Petite Riviere; sister, Florence Corkum, Lunenburg; several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Elva was predeceased by her husband, Fred Allan; sister, Grace Rafuse; half-sister, Idella Nauss. There will be no visitation in the funeral home. Cremation has taken place under the direction of R.A. Corkum Funeral Home, Wileville, where memorial service will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Rev. Willis Ott officiating. Burial in Brookside Cemetery, Bridgewater. Family flowers only. Memorial donations may be made to the Hillside Pines Home For Special Care, Bridgewater, Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, Lunenburg County Branch or the charity of your choice.
ROSCOE, Lorna Marie
70, of Lake John, Jordan Falls, passed away in Roseway Hospital on April 7, 2009. Born in Port Lorne, she was a daughter of the late Roy and Leta (Barnes) Neaves. Lorna was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Her grandchildren were very special to her and she doted on them. She really enjoyed baking. In her earlier years Lorna was a telephone operator and later was employed by Demolitor Brothers in Jordan Falls until her retirement. She was a member of the Baptist Church in Jordan Falls and a past member of Rebecca Lodge. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Owen; sons, Roy (Susan), John, all of Lake John Road, Jordan Falls; brothers, Donald Neaves, North Alton; Herman (Yvette), North Sydney; Clare (Eileen), Kentville; sister, Eileen (David) Ells, New Minas; grandchildren, Adam, Jake and Chantelle. She was predeceased by sister, Shirley Crowell. There will be no visitation by request. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, in Jordan Falls Baptist Church with Pastor Tom Davidson officiating. Interment will be in Lake John Cemetery. Family flowers only. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Jordan Falls Baptist Church.
DRENNAN, Joseph "Joe"
96, of Hebbville, Lunenburg Co., passed away April 6, 2009, in Hillside Pines Home for Special Care, Bridgewater. Born in Belfast, Ireland, he was a son of the late Thomas Alexander and Margaret (McNeilly) Drennan. He is survived by his wife, the former Alma Beck; son, Max (Kelly), Hebbville; grandson, Michael (Nancy), Hebbville; great-grandson, Tyler Drennan, Hebbville; granddaughter-in-law, Anna Maughan, Hebbville; brother, Edward, Scarsdale; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Thomas; sisters, Mary Bleau, Nellie Corkum and sister, Margaret in infancy. Visitation will be Thursday from 7-9 p.m. in Sweeny's Funeral Home, Bridgewater, from where a memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Rev. Paul Jensen officiating. No flowers by request. Memorial donations may be made to the Hillside Pines, Home for Special Care, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Bridgewater or a charity of your choice.
COLLICUTT-AMBROSE, W. "Bruce"
81, of Chester, passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2009, after a brief stay in Northhills Nursing Home, Granville Ferry. Bruce, a son of the late Hubert and Susie (Hiltz) Collicut, was born and raised in Canaan. He was a member of St. Stephen's Anglican Church, Chester. His favorite hobbies were bowling and playing cards. Bruce is survived by his daughters, Linda (Clarence), Margo Armitage, Chester; Chrystal (Alfred) Gates, Blandford; Cathy (Allan) Leopold, The Forties; sons, Richard (Barb), Dartmouth; and Kim (Janice), Mahone Bay; 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; sister, Madge Cook, East River and brother, Ivan (Vergie) Collicut, Canaan. Bruce was predeceased by his wife, Muriel. Visitation 7-9 p.m. today in Davis Funeral Home, Chester. Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Augustine's Anglican Church, The Forties, with Rev. Frances Boutilier officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice. Special thanks to staff of Northhills Nursing Home for their wonderful care and attention to dad.