Sarah Jane Dowling
It is with heartfelt sadness we announce the passing of Sarah Jane (Doll) Dowling nee Bragg on April 4, 2011 at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre in Amherst surrounded by her family after a lengthy illness.
Born in Sydney Mines, Cape Breton on August 30, 1928, she was a daughter of the late Casper and Marcella (Reid) Bragg.
A loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend; caring for her family was a priority in her life. Always putting the needs of others before herself. Her happiest days were the summers she spent with her grandchildren at her cottage in Mount Uniacke.
Sarah is survived by her children Judy (Michael) Vriend, Amherst, Stephen (Trish) Dowling, Mount Uniacke; her grandchildren who were the love of her life, Johnathan Vriend, Dartmouth, Andrea Vriend, Fredericton, Jennifer Morrow, NL, Brittany Morrow Chester, close family friend Matthew Giroux, Dartmouth; brothers, Walter (Doris), North Sydney, Harold (Mildred), Jack (Jacqueline), Sydney Mines, Ray (Shirley), Georges River, Don (Jessie), Halifax; sisters, Jessie (Brenton), Beck, Mount Uniacke, Joan Hill, North Sydney; sister-in-law, Nona Bragg, Sydney Mines; brother-in-law, Howard Pettipas, Sydney and several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 51 years, Charles Edward Jr., sister Thelma Pettipas, brothers Cecil and Gordon.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Furlong~Jones Funeral Home, 70 Church St., Amherst, NS (902-667-8777) where family will receive visitors on Thursday, April 7th between 1 and 4 pm. A private family burial at a later date in Cape Breton. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Red Cross, War Amps, or The Salvation Army.
Harvey "Buster" Dobson
It is with deep sadness we announce the death of Harvey "Buster" Dobson, age 74, of Amherst, which occurred on Monday, April 4, 2011 at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Centre, Halifax.
Born in Amherst, he was a son of the late George "Jud" and Viola "Dode" (Weatherbee) Dobson.
Buster was an avid outdoorsman. His passions included hunting, fishing, archery, taxidermy, painting and leather work. A self taught struggling artist with million dollar hands and a million dollar heart. He was well known as "King of the Quills", and his work can still be seen all over town on signs, murals and vehicles. He also created many paintings which can be found all over Amherst and surrounding areas. He was also a very skilled carpenter, building everything from picture frames to furniture. While working in Ontario, he became a born again Christian, and remained devout to his faith and his family.
He will be sadly missed by his daughters, Velvet (Mike) Cook, Enfield, Diana (Dave Decker) Dobson, Amherst; 5 grandchildren, Tristan (Kaitlin), Evan, Tiffany (Travis), Tyler and Wyatt; great grandson Alexander; ex-wife Joanne Dobson, Amherst; sister-in-law Virginia Frasier, Toronto, niece Vicki (Peter), Orangeville and nephew Tully, Toronto.
He was predeceased by brother Lesley Frasier.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Furlong~Jones Funeral Home, 70 Church St, Amherst (902-667-8777) where visiting hours will be held on Thursday from 7 to 9 pm. The funeral service will take place at the funeral home on Friday at 2 pm, Pastor Morris Mills officiating. Burial will take place in the Amherst Cemetery at a later date.
Rachel Wilma Gallagher, age 78, of Amherst, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Center on Monday, April 11, 2011.
Born in Little River, NS, she was a daughter of the late Titus and Minnie (Brown) Thompson.
Rachel was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and the RCAF Club, Amherst. She loved socializing with friends and entertaining, she always enjoyed singing at the Hootenannies. In her younger days she worked as a nurse at the Highland View Regional Hospital, and was an avid dart player.
She will be dearly missed by her daughters, Margaret "Peggy" Richard (Teddy), Amherst, Katheryn "Kathy" Noble (Willie), Eastern Passage, NS; her son, Grant, Amherst; sister Nellie Veno, Amherst; brother Harold, Fredericton, NB; 9 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren.
Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Jack, sisters Evelyn Fletcher and Frances Terry, brothers Lorne, Marshall, Ralston and Hilbert.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Furlong~Jones Funeral Home, 70 Church St., Amherst, NS (902-667-8777) where visiting hours will take place on Tuesday from 7 to 9 pm. The funeral service will take place at the funeral home on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 2 pm, Rev. Byron Corkum officiating, followed by burial in the Birch Grove Cemetery, Little River.
Those wishing to make a donation in Rachel's memory may do so to the charity of your choice.
Charles H. Gates
Charles H. Gates, 80 years of age, of Northport, passed away at his home, surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, April 23, 2011. Born in River Hebert he was a son of the late Charles & Margaret (Hape) Gates.
Charles served in the army for a few years. He worked for Enamel Heating in Amherst. He worked with Russell Beaton as a carpenter for many years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and working in the woods.
Charles will be sadly missed by his daughters; Margaret Haynes (Gary) of Northport, Joan Reid (Billy) of Joggins, Tammy Forrest (Doug) of Northport, Kelly Grimmitt (George) of Northport; sons; Murray (Sue) of ON, Joseph (Tammy) of Amherst; sister, Eva Blizzard (Larry) of Montreal, Pearl Brown of Fort Lawrence, NS; 17 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren.
Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife, the former Rita Arseneau; son, Clarence; sister Beatrice O'Brien; twin brother, Carl and his brother, Lawrence.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Furlong-Jones Funeral Home, 70 Church St Amherst, N.S. (902-667-8777) where visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Burial to take place in the River Hebert Cemetery at a later date.
The family would like to thank Dads care givers with the V.O.N., John Moore, Kim Chapman and Kevin Lemoine for the love and attention they have given dad over the past 10 years.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the V.O.N.
With sadness, we announce the passing of Cyril Mullett on May 3, 2011, at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre in Amherst. He succumbed to the heart disease which challenged him for many years. Born on the Isle of Wight, England, Cyril emigrated to Canada in 1928 with his family, which settled in Baie Verte, New Brunswick. He was the second son of John Thomas Mullett and Agnes Shergold, both from the Isle of Wight.
Cyril was raised on a farm in Baie Verte, and worked on the land when he was in his teens. In 1942 he felt the call of adventure and duty; he joined the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War like so many young men in Atlantic Canada. After training on the Cornwallis Naval Training Base, NS, he served on the frigate HMCS New Waterford, participating in assignments that were offshore Atlantic and Pacific Coasts of North America. Boxing was his sport in the Navy, and his boxing gloves remain a treasured memento from his military years.
In 1945, Cyril married Kathryn (Kay) McClary, daughter of Sara and Aubrey McClary of River Hebert, and they settled in Amherst. Following Cyril’s discharge from active naval service in August, 1946, he was employed at the Amherst Creamery on West Pleasant St. Later, he joined the Canadian National Railway, where he worked for 29 years, first in the freight office, Amherst, and then as a CN freight delivery driver. In the 1980’s, Cyril enjoyed his life "on the road" as a Salesman for the Atlantic Lottery Commission, retiring in 1988 at the age of 62.
During all his employment years, and well into his retirement years, Cyril enjoyed sports as an active participant. He had a very competitive nature, as his friends know well. His family recalls his colourful stories after many amateur hockey games at the old Amherst Bailley Arena in the 1950s. Later, we listened to his personal analysis of the many curling bonspiels he competed in, some annually with the Legion, and others throughout the year with his fellow Amherst Curling Club members. His wife Kay joined him in mixed curling bonspiels, and both share fond memories with their curling friends from the Amherst club, and other Nova Scotia curling clubs. In the 1970s, Cyril and Kay took up golf with equal enthusiasm, and until recently, were active members of the Amherst Golf Club. Cyril valued his many friends from his curling and golfing years, and considered himself very fortunate to have shared such an active sporting life with them. This interest extended to several Winter vacations in Florida, providing more happy memories of experiences with other Amherst "snowbirds" on southern golf courses. Throughout his life, Cyril not only enjoyed music, but played several instruments, including the violin, accordion, and piano, an untrained musician with a natural ear for melody. Musical good times were enjoyed with family members from both sides, in living rooms and on rural verandas singing songs, and tapping toes.
Kay and Cyril have been active members of Trinity St. Stephen’s United Church, Amherst, since their marriage 66 years ago. Until recent years, when Cyril watched the weekly church services on TV, he routinely served on the monthly collection committee, and cherished the fellowship of the congregational family.
Cyril is survived and dearly missed by his wife Kay; daughter Marilyn Mullett (Charles Cook); sister Phyllis MacGregor; several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Cyril was predeceased by his brother, Reginald Mullett.
Kay and Cyril appreciated the invaluable help and support of their neighbours and friends over the past several years. The family wishes to thank the dedicated and understanding expertise of Dr. Josef Zaremba, Dr. Bowan, Dr. Szczesny, and the nurses on the Medical Unit of Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre; as well as Dr. John Sapp and the staff of the specialized Heart Units of the QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax, who continued to help Cyril meet the many health challenges he faced, especially in the past decade.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Furlong-Jones Funeral Home (667-8777). Visitation will be at 1:00 pm on May 6, at Trinity St. Stephen’s United Church, 1 Ratchford Street, Amherst, followed immediately by a memorial service, at 2pm at the same location. Interment will be at a later date, for the immediate family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cumberland Regional Health Care Foundation; the QEII Health Sciences Foundation; Trinity St. Stephen’s United Church, or the charity of your choice.
John J. Burbine
The death of John J. Burbine, age 81, of River Hebert, occurred suddenly at his home on Friday, May 20, 2011, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Lower Cove, NS, he was the son of the late Clarence and Mary (White) Burbine
55 years a proud boilermaker, he worked throughout Ontario and Eastern Canada. An avid fisherman and hunter he enjoyed the outdoors. He was an active member of St. Paul the Apostle Church until his illness and enjoyed curling and bowling. A family man he enjoyed his home and friends. Throughout all of his illness, he proved himself a survivor and a fighter with a strong christian faith outliving the Dr's predictions by 2 years.
John will be sadly missed by his wife, the former Lorraine Richard; daughters, Beverly Doucette and Gen (Pat) MacDonald, both of River Hebert and Janet (Roger) Hebert, Moncton; 5 grandchildren, TJ and Kevin Wood, Veronica and Lisa Poplar and John Hebert and 3 great grandchildren, Justina Morris, Devin Poplar and Josh Wood; a brother, Nealy (Doris) Burbine a sister Aggie Eagles and sister-in-law, Isabel Burbine, numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son David, brothers, Sidney and Douglas and sister Alice.
John's remains have been entrusted into the care of the Furlong Jones Funeral Home, River Hebert (251-2877) with visitation Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. The funeral mass will be celebrated from St. Paul the Apostle Church, River Hebert on Monday, May 23 at 2 pm. Burial in the St. Thomas Aquinas Cemetery, Joggins. Donations to the River Hebert Fire Dept. or a charity of the donor's choice gratefully accepted.
Dorene L. Porter
The death of Dorene L. Porter, age 87, widow of Garnet Porter, of Amherst and River Hebert, occurred peacefully at the Gables Lodge on Saturday, May 21, 2011.
Born in Saint John, NB, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Sarah Jane (Maguire) Smith.
In younger years she was an avid skater having won figure skating trophies. She loved Bingo and enjoyed that throughout her life. Living her life without a car she became a fast walker outpacing any who tried to walk with her.
She will be sadly missed by her daughters, Lois Ripley (Shawn) of Trenton, NS, Mary Jane Porter (Chico Burrell) of Cambridge, ON; sons, Robert (Gail) and Joseph "Corky" (Judy), both of River Hebert East, Maurice of Amherst; a sister, Elsie Lawson of Saint John, NB; a brother, Lloyd Smith (Germaine) of Quispamsis, NB; sister-in-law, Terry Smith of BC; 10 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Garnet, a daughter and a son at birth and brothers, Maurice and Earle.
Dorene's remains have been entrusted into the care of the Furlong Jones Funeral Home, Amherst (667-8777) from where visitation will be held Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 2 pm. Burial in the River Hebert Cemetery. Donations to a charity of the donor's choice gratefully accepted.
Kathleen "Kay" Hunter
Hunter, Kathleen Viola; With heavy hearts the family of Kay Hunter announce her peaceful passing at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre on Saturday, June 11, 2011 surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Amherst, she was a daughter of the late Cecil and Gladys (Spencer) Weatherbee, and lived for many years on Christie Street.
For 35 years, Kay worked as head clerk in the children's department at Margolians in Amherst. She was formerly active in the Women's Auxiliary in the Amherst Fire Department. She spent most of her free summer time at her beloved Linden Beach cottage.
Kay will be sadly missed by her children, Kevin (Nicole), London, ON, Rick (Shelley Crossman) and Larry (Marlene), both of Amherst, NS and foster daughter, Bonnie (Dana Trueman) Everill, Amherst, NS; 12 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren; siblings, Cecil, Elizabeth (Betty), Beverley and Gladys, numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Ronald in 1997 and by a sister, Marilyn and brothers Carl and Jackie.
Kay's remains have been entrusted into the care of the Furlong Jones Funeral home, Amherst (667-8777) from where a memorial service will be held on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 11 am. Family and friends are invited to a time of visitation at the funeral home on Monday from 10 am until the time of the service. Burial in the Amherst Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of the donor's choice gratefully accepted.
Jennifer Boone (nee Atkinson) passed away peacefully on June 12 2011 after a brave battle with brain cancer.
When Jennifer was not busy keeping everyoneelse organized, she could be found caring for her home or her pets, or riding on the back of her Harley. Often "sassing" her way through a conversation, Jennifer brought many smiles to the lives of those she touched.
She was the loving wife of Richard, Truemanville. She will also be sadly missed by her parents Joyce and Aubrey, Truemanville; brothers Roger(Rose), Truemanville and Michael(Leanne Carter), Amherst; sisters Sandra(Chris), Gulf Shore and Shannon(Josh) Littlefield, Camden, South Carolina; several nieces, nephew sand godchildren; and her many friends from the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) Armoured Regiment.
Visitation will take place between two and four o’clock pm, and between seven and nine o’clock pm on Wednesday June 15 2011 at Furlong-Jones Funeral Home, Amherst. Funeral services will be held at Furlong-Jones Funeral Home at two o’clock pm on Thursday June 16 2011, with interment to follow thereafter at Truemanville cemetery. There will be a reception following the interment at the Truemanville Community Center.
Donations to the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, or to the Truemanville Cemetary Society, or flowers as preferred.