James D.W. "Jimmy" Pettigrew
James D.W. "Jimmy" Pettigrew, 68 years of age, of Joggins, passed away on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre. Born in Springhill, he was a son of the late John & Ruby (Proctor) Pettigrew.
He loved fishing, hunting and mechanic work. He could always be found working on a vehicle day and night. Always willing to lend a hand and help out his neighbors.
Jimmy will be sadly missed by his daughters; Sherry Cardinal (Robin) of Joggins, NS, Margaret Small (Denis) of Coldlake AB, Carol McCutcheon (John), Donna Berman (Norm), Shirley McCutcheon, Sharon Luma (Paul) Elizabeth Fry (Bill) all of London, ON; long time friend, Sandra Coll & her son, Robert Coll ; sisters, Hilda Atkinson (George) of Truemanville, NS, Rona Rector (Stanley) of Joggins, Dorothy Best (Bill) of Parrsboro, NS, Pamela Allen (Andy) of Wallace, NS, Loretta Atkinson (Lawrence Willigar) of Westbrook, NS, Carla Steves (Denis) of NB, Velda MacDonald (Paul Conway) of AB; brothers, Terry Pettigrew (Madeline) of London, ON, Eric Young (Shirley Collins) of Amherst, NS, David Young (Lois) of Parrsboro, NS, Donald Young (Monique) of Amherst, NS, Freddie Young (Pam) of New Ross, NS, Bernie Richards of Dartmouth, NS; 15 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Helen, daughter in infancy, Shelly.
Jimmy's remains have been entrusted to Furlong-Jones Funeral Home, 70 Church St. Amherst, N.S. where the family will receive visitors on Monday, January 16, 2012 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the Furlong-Jones Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Charlotte Youland officiating. Burial will take place in the West Brook Memorial Cemetery at a later date.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Canadian Diabetic Association.
The death of Albert Arseneau, age 98, of River Hebert occurred peacefully at the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow on Friday, January 20, 2012.
Born in River Hebert he was a son of the late Alex and Margaret (Melanson) Arseneau.
A coal miner by trade he as well operated a saw mill and did local trucking. Albert loved horses which he owned and raced. An avid gardener he had his own garden in 2011 and prepared the land for the 2012 season. A carpenter, he built several homes in the area. Albert will be sadly missed by daughters, Anne Arsenault (Eddie), Carolyn Wilson (Richard), Ruth Poplar and Cathy Arseneau all of River Hebert, NS; sons, Gornall (Lisette) of Moncton, Reginald (Linda) of Dieppe, NB; sisters, Dorothy Berry, River Hebert and Delphine Hachey Ontario; nine grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren
He was predeceased by his wife the former Erma Burbine in 2011 a sister Mary Fowler and brother Leon LeBlanc.
Albert's remains have been entrusted into the care of the Furlong Jones Funeral Home, River Hebert (251-2877) from where visitation will be held Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. Funeral mass will be celebrated from the St. Paul the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, River Hebert on Tuesday, January 24 at 11 am. Burial in the St. Denis Cemetery, Minudie.
Sarah Rose Stillman
The death of Sarah Rose Stillman, 78, of Amherst, occurred on Sunday, February 19, 2012 from the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre after several years of declining health. Sarah was a daughter of the late Courtenay and Jennie (Gould) Cole.
Sarah will be sadly missed by her sons, Christopher (Louise), of Maccan, Barry (Doris), of Windsor, ON; two daughters, Cindy (Barry) Burke, of Amherst and Susan of Windsor, ON; six grandchildren; six great grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy Dupuis, of Truro, and Hazel (Keith) Tingley, of Amherst; one brother, Walter (Eileen) Cole, of Amherst; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, Sarah was predeceased by a son, David; a grandson, Jeffrey; a brother, Daniel Cole, and a sister Shirley Cole.
Honoring Sarah's wishes, there will not be a funeral service. A time of remembrance is being planned by the family at their home from 7-9 pm on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 and Wednesday, February 22, 2012. Online donations and condolences may be made through Furlong~Jones Funeral Home, 70 Church Street, Amherst (667-8777).
Donations in Sarah's memory can be made to the Arthritis Society or the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
Hampton "Hamp" Lewis
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Hampton Leon Lewis, aged 93 at Gables Lodge in Amherst, NS on June 15, 2012. Hamp will be greatly missed by his daughter, Jane (Garry) Stack, grandchildren, Gina (Trevor) McFetridge, Michael (Chastity) Stack and Robert Stack, great-grandchildren, Eric, Brady, Glenn and Lauren, and his dear friend Marie Doucette of Yarmouth. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.
Born in Amherst, he was a son of the late Hector and Ellen (Purchase) Lewis. Hamp was predeceased by his wife Frances (Bird) of West Leicester and dear friend Isabel Vacon of Yarmouth. He was the last surviving sibling of 13 brothers and sisters, Frances Chapman, Gladys Lewis, Olive Jobe, Marion Lewis, Susie Brundage, Peggy Hatcher, David, Chester, James, Alvin, Arthur and Walter.
He served in the Second World War and was discharged as a corporal in 1946. He worked for the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission followed by Canada Post, retiring in 1983. Hamp was a great athlete. He enjoyed boxing, bowling, golf, curling, baseball and his beloved Blue Jays. He was inducted into the Yarmouth Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the Lions Bowling Team, which won 13 provincial championships. Hamp was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #10 for more than 50 years. He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Pythias and a former member of the Yarmouth Lions Club. He was also a member of Christ Church in Amherst and enjoyed singing with the Amherst Men’s Ecumenical Choir.
As per his wishes, cremation has taken place under the care and direction of Furlong- Jones Funeral Home, Amherst. A service of remembrance will be held at Christ Church Amherst on Saturday, June 23 at 11 a.m. A reception for friends and family will take place at 10 a.m. in the parish hall, prior to the service.
Family flowers only. Donations in his memory may be made to the Lions Club, Christ Church or the charity of your choice.
With much sadness, the family of Elizabeth Scopie, age 83, of River Hebert, NS announce her peaceful passing at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre on Saturday, April 7, 2012.
Born in River Hebert she was a daughter of the late William and Marion (Spencer) Hyden.
Elizabeth enjoyed t.v. bingo. In her younger years she enjoyed knitting, quilting, crocheting and crossword puzzles. She loved looking after her grandchildren and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her daughters: Sonia Bester of Trout Creek, ON, Sandra Libby of Langley, BC, Darlene Mitchell (Neil) of Joggins, Jean Marie Scopie of River Hebert, Pamela Brown (Steve) of Amherst;sons: Bernard Melanson of Joggins, Thomas Melanson of Stewart, BC, Robert Scopie of Toronto, ON; fifteen grandchildren, five great grandchildren.
Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Frank Melanson; a son, Micheal Scopie; grandson, Daniel Melanson; sisters: Jean Vernon & Alice Dycke; brothers: Jack Hyden, Bill Hyden, Thomas Hyden & Albert Hyden; son in laws , Larry Bester , Gordon Libby & Fred Brown, daughter in law Rose Melanson.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Furlong-Jones Funeral Home, River Hebert. A funeral service will be held July 13, 2012 at 2 pm from the St. Paul the Apostles Roman Catholic Church in River Hebert.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or to the charity of choice.
Special thanks from the family for the love and care provided by the Doctors and Nurses at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, the V.O.N., River Hebert CPR, EMHS & Dr. Heidi Fairbanks & Friends.
Constance A. Cormier
Constance A. Cormier 97 years of age, of Shemogue, passed away peacefully at her home, Twin Birches Special Care Home, Shemogue, NB, on Saturday, August 25, 2012. Born in Murray Corner she was a daughter of the late Mont & Selina (Amos) Allen.
Connie enjoyed cooking and was an excellent cook. She loved her family, friends and neighbors and spending time with them. Connie liked going to the beach and watching her children and grandchildren swim and play. Connie's door was always open, with a hot meal waiting for you.
She will be sadly missed by her daughters, Joan Macdonald of Pembrooke, Mass, Brenda Kendall-Allen of Amherst Head, NS; grandchildren, Heather, Robbie, Matthew, Deanna; great grandchildren, Rianne, Hailey, Megan, Julia, Jonathan, Gregory & Morgan; several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Albert; brothers Amos & Ted Allen.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Furlong- Jones Funeral Home, 70 Church St., Amherst, NS (667-8777). A graveside service will be held at the Bayfield Cemetery on September 1, 2012 11am (tent).
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Bayfield Cemetery.
The family wish to express their gratitude to Jacque & Carol Gogan and staff at Twin Birches for their outstanding compassion and care for Connie.
Stephen Stewart Blair
BLAIR, Stephen Stewart, 46, died peacefully on August 4, 2009 in Ottawa, Ontario.
Stephen Stewart Blair was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia, on September 10, 1962. He grew up in Northport, the only son of Stewart and Eileen (Blacklock) Blair, and older brother to Janet Brownell (Halifax), Rosalie (Yellowknife) and Sheri Cameron (Tatamagouche).
In 1980, Stephen met Lora Abbott, his “Punkin”, the love of his life and the mother of their two amazing children. Eric, 17, a voracious reader, shares his father’s infectious laugh and his parents’ strong work ethic. Megan, nearly 15, has Stephen’s beautiful blue eyes and his talent for art. Both are testament to Lora’s and Stephen’s unwavering love for their children and each other over the last 29 years.
In 1984, Stephen sought work in the far north, heading to what was then Frobisher Bay, obtaining his journeyman carpenter papers, and building a new life outside of the familiar environment of Northport. It was in the north that his world expanded. He met people from all across Canada, travelled the north, and learned more about himself and what he wanted from his life. He and Lora built their first home in Iqaluit, celebrated the birth of Eric in April 1992, built a business, and formed lifetime friendships.
After the birth of their much-loved boy, Stephen and Lora returned to Nova Scotia for ten years and built their home across from the red sands of the Northumberland Strait. Megan was born in August 1994, a dark-haired, blue-eyed girl who brought great joy to her dad. Stephen worked as a carpenter and furniture maker, always finding time to help those who needed him: hauling wood, building a shed, or enjoying a cold beer at Peacock Beach.
The call of the north and the opportunities available there lured Stephen and Lora back to Iqaluit in late 2003. They re-established old friendships and built new ones, joining other families around bonfires, on warm trips south, and at home. Home was where Stephen was happiest, surrounded by the people he loved. Stephen had very simple needs: his beloved family, including Jessie, Sadie and Bootsie; the company of friends, a good yarn, and laughter.
Stephen was larger – and louder – than life. His boisterous presence was felt the moment he entered a room, and those around him never failed to respond to his enthusiasm and love for life. His laugh was legendary. It came from his gut, and it was the essence of Stephen Blair – loud, uninhibited, with more than a hint of the fun to come.
Stephen and Lora built NuNorth Construction into a successful business over the last 5 years. Stephen worked hard and took pride in his work, and had a reputation as the builder to go to for quality work and superior craftsmanship.
Stephen’s last project was the home he was building for his family, overlooking Frobisher Bay. His death came suddenly and unexpectedly; his loss is immeasurable. He leaves behind his wife Lora; their children, Eric and Megan; his parents, sisters, Lora’s family, and cherished friends. He will forever be remembered for his ability to love deeply and openly, and to demonstrate that love to everyone who crossed his path.
Stephen’s generous spirit will live on in those who benefited from his decision to become an organ donor.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted into the care of the Furlong Jones Funeral Home, 70 Church St., Amherst (902-667-8777) with visitation Monday, August 10, 2009 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. Funeral service will be held at Trinity St. Stephen's United Church, Amherst on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 2 pm, reception to follow. Burial to take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Stephen’s memory to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, or to a charity of your choice.