LEACH, Father George P., S.J.
Suddenly on Easter morning, April 12, 2009, at the age of 71, Father George Leach died at home in Regis College Jesuit Community house on Huron Street in Toronto. He was in his 51st year as a Jesuit and 40th year as a priest. Since January 1, 2009, he was the newly appointed Rector and Superior of the Jesuits at Regis College. Prior to this he was the Superior of the Jesuit Community in Halifax and Director of the Halifax Jesuit Centre of Spirituality. In his ministry as a Jesuit priest, he also served the church as Director of the Lay Formation Program in the Archdiocese of Halifax, as Director of the Anishinabe Spiritual Centre in Espanola, Ont., as Director of the Northern Ontario Jesuit Missions, as the Pastor of St. Andrew's Parish in Thunder Bay and as Director of the Canadian Jesuit Mission Office, now known as Canadian Jesuits International. On two separate occasions he served in the formation of young Jesuits as Master of Novices in Guelph, Ont. Having been raised and educated in the Halifax area, George was well-known throughout the Maritimes for his pastoral ministry, for preaching parish missions, for spiritual direction, and for directing and promoting the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. He earned a Doctorate in Ministry from Regis College in Toronto for his work on the Spiritual Exercises and Native Spirituality. In 2006 he was inducted into St. Mary's University Athletic Hall of Fame for his athletic prowess during his student days. He was deeply committed to Jesuit Community Life and to the vision and mission of the Society of Jesus. Funeral services will take place April 16, in Toronto, with burial in the Jesuit Cemetery in Guelph. On Thursday, April 23, a memorial service will be held in St. Patrick's Church, 2267 Brunswick St., Halifax, at 7 p.m., which will include a celebration of the Eucharist beginning at 7:45 p.m.
HENNIGAR, Ilene Velva
78, of Carleton, Yarmouth Co., passed away April 13, 2009, surrounded by her family. Born in South Ohio, Yarmouth Co., February 9, 1931, she was a daughter of the late Donald and Stella (Longmire) Richardson. Ilene loved children and baby-sat many children in the village over the years. She was commonly known as "Gam". She was a member of The Carleton United Baptist Church, where she was an organist for over 40 years. She lived for her family. She was well-known for her "molasses cookies" and "chicken pot pie". Ilene loved life, singing and laughter. She is survived by her husband, Clyde; stepmother, Amy Richardson; daughters, Becky (Wayne), Yarmouth; Lisa (Joe), Kemptville; sons, Daniel (Cindy), Canaan; Thomas (Lynda), Millbrooke, Ont.; Christopher, Oshawa, Ont.; Timothy (Sue), Carleton; brothers, Ross (Shirley), Carleton; Robert (Louise), Oshawa; Fred (Mabel), Yarmouth; sister, Diane (Percy) Ellis, Carleton; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by daughter, Angela; sister, Adrie; brother, Clayton and stepmother, Leah Richardson. She is resting in Sweeny's Funeral Home, Yarmouth. No visitation by family request. Funeral service will be held today at 2 p.m. in Sweeny's Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Robert Stewart and Rev. Johan Eichhorn officiating. Interment in Carleton Cemetery. Family flowers only. Memorial donations can be made to Carleton Cemetery.
GOODWIN, Gordon Ivan
81, Pubnico and Yarmouth, went home to be with His Lord who he loved and served for many years. Born on September 16, 1927, in Argyle Sound, he was a son of the late Wilbur and Marion Goodwin, (Pubnico). He worked for C.N.R. Railway for 35 years and 10 years for East Side Fisheries. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Verna (Morton) Goodwin; daughter, Bonnie (Arnold) Amirault of Middle East Pubnico; sons, Ivan (Edith) Goodwin, Shelburne; Kenneth (Rose) Goodwin, Lower Sackville; six grandchildren whom he loved dearly, Melanie, Dennis, Sheri, Glen, Gary and Eve; great-grandchildren, Caleb, Madyson, Tyler, Madison and one on the way; sister, Betty Goodwin of West Pubnico; special mention of a little boy, Skyler Newell who held a special place in his heart. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by brother, Kenneth Goodwin. Gordon is resting in Sweeny's Funeral Home, Yarmouth, where visitation hours will be held today, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 16, at 2 p.m. in Yarmouth Wesleyan Church with Pastors Dave Wilcox, Steve Bean and A.J. Plaizier officiating. Burial to be held in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Pubnico. Family flowers only. Donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, The Tri County Victorian Order of Nurses, or charity of choice. "When I have come to the end of the road, And the sun has set for me. I want no rites in a gloom filled room. Why cry for a soul set free. Miss me a little, but not too long And not with your head-bowed low. Remember the love that we once shared, Miss me but let me go. For this is a journey we all must take, And each must go alone. It's all part of the Master's plan, A step on the road to home. When you are lonely and sick at heart, Go to the friends we know And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds. Miss me but let me go. -Author Unknown
HEFFLER (MacKenzie), Lillian Burnice
98, Bedford, passed away peacefully at home with her family on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009. Born in Halifax, October 30, 1910, Burnie was a daughter of the late Howard and Annetta (Morris) MacKenzie. Burnie grew up in Halifax and Berwick and worked at Nova Scotia Light and Power Company in Halifax. She married Russell Heffler of Bedford in 1943. They moved to Bedford in 1950 and became active members of the community. Burnie was a member of Bedford United Church where she was active for many years in the M. de B. Group and the UCW. She was a past president of the Bedford Horticultural Society. She played bridge for about 30 years with her Elevens' group and was still active in her last year. She was a member of Bedford Heritage and the Bedford Leisure Club. In the early 1970s, she hosted a weekly talk show on local cable TV. She moved to Lakeview (HRM) to live with her son David and daughter-in-law Theresa in 1994, but still considered herself a Bedford resident. She is survived by her sons and their families, Howard and Lyn, Calgary; their daughter, Laura, Golden, B.C.; and David and Theresa, Lakeview; their sons, Luke, Lakeview; Max, Saint John, N.B.; and Theodore, Lakeview. She loved her daughters-in-law as her own daughters and they each loved her as a mother. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and their families on both the Heffler and MacKenzie sides. She was predeceased by her husband, Russell; her first grandchild, Naomi Grace Heffler; her sister, Iva and her brothers, Warren, Ellsworth and Stilman. The family wishes to thank Gail MacDonald for her wonderful care as Mother's health slowly failed in her last year. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., May 11, in Bedford United Church. Interment will follow in Brookside Cemetery, Bedford. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
BROWN, Carl Patrick
64, Sheet Harbour (Windham Hill). Carl slipped peacefully from this world on April 13, 2009, in the comfort of his home with his family at his side. "One Day at a Time" was his motto. Carl lived with cancer for 12 years, but it did not slow him down. He biked to Labrador with his walker strapped on back. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Sheet Harbour Volunteer Fire Department for many years. He retired from the Department of Natural Resources as a Conservation Officer after 28 years of service and enjoyed his early retirement to the fullest, biking around eastern Canada and being a fun-loving Grampa. Born in Springhill, he was a son of Hilton and Christena (Crowley) Brown. He is survived by his devoted wife of 39 years, Dianne (Thompson); son, Mark Patrick (Kristina) Brown; daughters, Carla (Damon) Lane, Tanya (Bernard) Smiley; grandchildren, Maddison, Mikayla, Meagan, Heidi and Hayden Patrick Brown; Emma and Keegan Patrick Lane; brothers, Daniel (Ruth) Brown, Campbell River, B.C.; John (Lucy) Brown, Shelburne; Ted Brown, Abbotsford, B.C.; sisters, Dale Brown, Windham Hill; Bernadette Forrest, North Delta, B.C.; Delma (Doug) Peck, Sparwood, B.C. He was predeceased by his nephew, David Peck. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held Thursday, April 16, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in Allen's Funeral Home, Oxford. A celebration of his life will be led by Father David MacDonald in St. John the Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Friday, April 17, in Springhill. Donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, IWK or charity of choice.
UMLAH, Nancy "Lynn"
49, Halifax, died April 12, 2009, at home. Beloved wife of Kevin Richard Umlah, Fairview. She is survived by sister, Joanne (Paul) Dort, Timberlea; brother, Colin (Michelle) Draper, Halifax; niece, Quynn; nephew, Nickolas. She was predeceased by her parents, William O. and Loretta (Roach) Draper. She was involved in numerous volunteer activities; an active member of St. Lawrence Roman Catholic Church, Fairview, in the children's, youth, and adult folk choirs over the years and later as both assistant and then choir director; a Girl Guide Leader of 1st Fairview Guides (September 1981 - August 1984 and September 1994 - August 2001), 3rd Fairview Guides (September 1982 - August 1984), 1st Fairview Pathfinders (September 1983 - August 1986), 1st Timberlea Guides (September 1986 - August 1989), 3rd Fairview Guides (September 1989 - August 1994), Guide Commissioner of Beechville/Lakeside/Timberlea (1986 - 1989), and a Provincial Music/Arts trainer (1988 - present). Through the years, she was employed at Sears in both the call centre and warehouse (returns department), A-1 Driving School, Harding Medical, Panigas Group (construction), Harris & Roome/Graybar, and most recently with Precision Concrete. She will be sadly missed by her family and a huge circle of friends. Cremation has taken place. No visitation by request. Memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Lawrence Roman Catholic Church, Dutch Village Road. Reception to follow in the church hall. Interment in Oakridge Memory Gardens, Lower Sackville, Father Bernard O'Neil officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.
MacGREGOR, Elizabeth Agnes "Betty"
Dartmouth, formerly of George Street, New Glasgow, passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2009, in Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital, Sheet Harbour. Born March 6, 1916, in Stellarton, she was a daughter of the late R. Guy and Beatrice (Munro) MacGregor. A lifelong resident of New Glasgow, she was a graduate of New Glasgow High School and attended Maritime Business College. She was a receptionist for Dr. H.H. Felderhof and secretary at Trenton Steel Works Office. She was a member and choir member of the former Westminster Church and was a member of Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church and the W.M.S. Betty loved life, quality music and enjoyed traveling with her sister Eleanor. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She is survived by many cousins and close friends, Sandra, Bernard and Garth MacPhee and Marilyn Melanson. She was predeceased by her sister, Eleanor. Visitation will be from noon till the time of the funeral at 1 p.m. Friday in R.H. Porter Funeral Home, New Glasgow, with Rev. Richard Sand officiating. Burial will be in Brookside Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to the S.P.C.A. or a charity of choice.
DELANEY, Aubrey Patrick
79, Central Onslow, passed away peacefully Monday, April 13, 2009, in Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Born September 26, 1929, in Truro, he was a son of the late Roderick and Annie (Smith) Delaney. Aubrey spent his life working in the forest industry and farming. He truly enjoyed his animals, especially Buster, Kitty and Tom. Sitting in his rocking chair and telling stories of the old days was great entertainment to friends and family who dropped in to visit. Aubrey was a great brother and uncle and will be greatly missed by family and friends. Aubrey is survived by his brothers, Charles and Lorrain, Onslow Mountain; sisters, Joyce (Arnett) Marchbank, Debert; Theresa Glass, Onslow Mountain; nieces, Sherri (Donald) Smith, Debert; Vimy (Duncan) Glass, Truro; Annie (Kim) Langille, Tatamagouche; nephews, Arnett (Denise) Marchbank, Victoria, B.C.; Thomas Marchbank, Truro; Charles Marchbank, Tatamagouche; many cousins. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Roland Fraser Delaney; brother-in-law, Brian Glass. Aubrey's wishes for a quiet graveside service will be honoured 2 p.m., Monday, May 2, in Bible Hill Cemetery, Warren Drive, Bible Hill. All are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations in Aubrey's memory to Canadian Diabetes Association or a charity of choice are welcomed. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young St., Truro.
O'BRIEN, Florence Elizabeth
92, of LaHave, Lunenburg Co., passed away peacefully on Friday, December 5, 2008 in Northwood Centre, Halifax, following a prolonged illness. Born in Mount Pleasant, she was a daughter of the late John Rogers and Mae Selina (Meisner) Wamback. Florence leaves behind her son, Paul O'Brien; and daughter-in-law, Dorothy O'Brien, Lower Sackville; daughter, Ellen; and son-in-law, Dave Flinn, Ontario; daughter, Jane; son-in-law, Jim Arbeau, New Brunswick; grandchildren, Paula (Peter) Hopkins, Bridgewater; Thomas (Erin) O'Brien, Alberta; Daniel O'Brien, Lower Sackville; Jamie Arbeau, New Brunswick; Brea Arbeau, Ontario; and great-grandchildren Jack, Faith and Audrey O'Brien, Alberta. She was predeceased by her husband, Jack; brothers, Theodore and Arthur; sisters, Vera (Corkum), Rhoda (Nickerson) and Gertrude (Smith). Cremation has taken place under the direction of Sweeny's Funeral Home, Bridgewater, and there will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, April 17 in West Side United Church, Pentz, Rev. Neil McEwen officiating. Donations in Florence's memory may be made to West Side United Church or to Northwood Centre 9C. The family would like to thank the staff of Northwood Centre for the exceptional care afforded Florence during her years there.
INGRAHAM, Stanley David
Margaree Valley. The family of Stanley David Ingraham, 62, regret to announce the unexpected passing of our beloved husband, father, and grandfather on April 11, 2009. Born in Inverness, he was a son of the late Jepthe and Margaret (MacLeod) Ingraham. Stanley spent his entire life in Margree Valley where he served on various boards of community service including the Credit Union, CO-OP, and The Northeast Margaree Volunteer Fire Dept. The greater part of his work life was spent in the forestry industry. At the time of his passing, he was manager of North Inverness Forest Management and president of the Federation of Nova Scotia Wood Lot Owners. He was a long-serving member and elder of Margaree Valley Baptist Church. Stanley is survived by his wife of 39 years, Joan (Ripley); children, Leanne (Ray) MacMillan, Sydney; Andrea (Shane) Ross, Antigonish; Joel (Alana) Ingraham, Windsor, Ont., and Jordan (Ruth) Ingraham, Margaree Valley; grandchildren, Katie, Jocelyn, Jacob, Owen, Kallie, Callum, Karys, Corson, Dylan and Jared. He is also survived by brothers, Nelson, Margaree Valley and Allan, Antigonish; sister, Nancy (Bernie Hawley), Dartmouth; several nieces and nephews; mother-in-law, Marjorie Ripley, Sydney. He was predeceased by his brother, Melvin. He will also be missed by his beloved pet, Heidi. Visitation will be held today from 2-9 p.m. in Margaree Valley Baptist Church. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 16, in Margaree Valley Baptist Church with Pastors Hugh Morrison and Pierre Chiasson officiating. Funeral service is entrusted to the direction and care of Sunset Funeral Cooperative, Margaree Valley. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to Arms of Jesus Children's Mission Inc., Cape Breton Bible Camp or Margaree Valley Baptist Church. "Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord." 2 Corinthians 5:8
SUTHERLAND, Florence Ethel
90, of Scotsburn and Stellarton, passed away April 13, 2009, in Glen Haven Manor, New Glasgow. Born in Rockfield, and later living in Elmfield, she was one of 12 daughters of the late George and Agnes (Carson) Hislop. Ethel and her husband liked to travel around Nova Scotia, often taking members of the family with them. She was an avid card player and bingo player, and very lucky at both. Ethel was known for her bread making. Surviving are sisters, Margaret Henderson, Pictou; Gladys Langille, Scotsburn; Vesta Hislop, Scotsburn; Zelda Hansford, Yarmouth, and nieces and nephews. Ethel was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Daniel William "Dewill" Sutherland; sisters, Annie MacCara, Georgie Beckwith, Ella Neath, Charlotte MacLeod, Irene Hislop, Janie Henderson, Drucella Langille. Visitation will be held 2-4, 7-9 p.m. today in McLaren Funeral Home, Pictou. Funeral service will take place 11 a.m. Thursday in Bethel Presbyterian Church, Scotsburn, with Rev. Charles McPherson officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations in her memory may be made to Bethel Presbyterian Church, Glen Haven Manor, or a charity of your choice.
ISNOR, Florence Ida Ruth
69, of Bedford, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at home. Born in Hackett's Cove, she was a daughter of the late Douglas and Mildred (Covey) McLennan. Florence earned her diamond pin for 25 years of dedicated service working at D'Allairds. Her other dedication was to her nine children and their extended families, who will miss her dearly. She is survived by her sons, Darrell (Ann), Perry, both of Edmonton, Alta.; Michael (Nadine), Darren (Trina), both of Ottawa, Ont.; daughters, Jeannette (Michael) Gallant, Judith During, both of Dartmouth; Deborah (Tom) Michelchuk, Edmonton; Teresa (Stacy) Carroll, Calgary, Alta.; Lesa Isnor, Dartmouth; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister, Carolyn (Bill) Moore, Bedford; brother, Brian McLennan (Karen), St. Albert. She was predeceased by her husband, Gordon; brother, John and sister, Diane. Visitation was held 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday in Ronald A. Walker Funeral Home, 13549 Peggy's Cove Rd., Tantallon. Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. today in St. Peter's Anglican Church, Hackett's Cove, Rev. Irving Letto officiating. Burial to follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Canadian Cancer Society.