BUHR, Dr. Alvin Jacob B.A., M.D., F.R.C.S. (C), F.A.C.S.
87, Halifax, died peacefully at home on April 16, 2009, surrounded by his loving family. He was the son of the late William S. and Annie Buhr. Alvin was born in southern Manitoba "in a small country teacherage". Educated first by his father, he then obtained his pre-med training and B.A. degree at the University of Manitoba, winning a Manitoba Scholarship and the Richardson Scholarship. He served overseas with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps and, after V.E. Day, volunteered for service with the Second Echelon Canadian Far East Forces, which was disbanded after Hiroshima and Nagasaki. When demobilized, he graduated from the medical school at the University of Western Ontario (1949), London, Ont. He was a resident at various hospitals, including Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in London, England, and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Churchill Hospital, and Radcliff Infirmary in Oxford, England. He also worked with the Grenfell Mission in St. Anthony, Harrington Harbour, Cartwright, and North West River (Newfoundland and Labrador). He was an Associate Professor of Surgery (Orthopaedics) at Dalhousie University, editor of The Medical Bulletin, and worked with Orthopaedics Overseas in Indonesia and at the Afghan Surgical Hospital at Peshawar, Pakistan with the International Medical Corps. He joined the attending staff at the former Victoria General Hospital in 1961 and also practiced orthopaedics at the Halifax Infirmary, Izaac Walton Killam Hospital for Children, Halifax Civic Hospital, Dartmouth General Hospital, Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre, CFB Stadacona, and the Sports Medicine Clinic. His work with both colleagues and patients, in all these hospitals was exceedingly meaningful to him. He had a special place in his heart for the people of Cape Breton, where he held a monthly clinic for over thirty years. He was honoured with a Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Orthopaedic Association and was made a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International. Alvin is survived by his beloved wife, Elizabeth Joy (Gornall); daughters, Christina (Alan) Kowalec of Winnipeg and Vanessa (Eric) Rountree of Halifax; sons, Gavin (Katherine Blair) of Vancouver and Roderick (Dr. Carolyn Drysdale) of Halifax; granddaughter, Miranda Kowalec of Bermuda; and grandsons, Max Kowalec of Winnipeg; Nicholas of Vancouver, Kyle of South Korea, and Douglas, Graham and Christopher of Halifax; and special pal, Simba. He was predeceased by brother, Wesley and sisters, Ruth and Ellen. He is survived by brothers, Walter and William of Winnipeg; Harold of Victoria, and sister, Irma of Porcupine Plains, Sask. He will be most sadly missed by his wife of fifty-five years, Elizabeth Joy; his family, and all those who remembered his credo "How can I be of service? How can I show the love of God to others daily in my life?" Alvin was devoted to his family and loved reading, music, reciting poetry, traveling, walking his dog, life at the cottage, and his patients over a sixty-year career. He also enjoyed his friends and time spent at Rotary, Probus, The Royal Commonwealth Society, The Royal St. George's Society, and R.N.S.Y.S. Friends and family will gather for a service to honour and celebrate his life on Tuesday, April 21, at 11 a.m. in St. George's Church, 6310 St. Margaret's Bay Rd., Head of St. Margaret's Bay. Donations in Alvin's memory to Doctors Without Borders, Canada, Donor Relations, 1-800-982-7903, would be most appreciated. A special thank you to Alvin's Palliative Care team. "I strove with none, for none was worth my strife. Nature I loved, and next to Nature, Art. I warmed both hands before the fire of life; It sinks, and I am ready to depart." -Walter Savage Landor
79, Au Logis d'Meteghan, Meteghan, passed away April 16, 2009, in Yarmouth Regional Hospital. Born in St. Alphonse, he was a son of the late Edouard and the late Rose Anne (Doucet) Comeau. Surviving are son, Gregory Comeau (Ruth), Meteghan; daughter, AnnMarie Myers, Hectanooga; brothers, Louis (Philomene) Comeau, Meteghan; Edmund (Sherley) Comeau, Meteghan; Norman Comeau, Meteghan; sister, Anita (Norman) Thibodeau, Meteghan; two grandchildren. He was predeceased by common-law wife, Emma; brothers, Leo, Èlizée, Benoit; sisters, Bernadette, Theresa, Bertha. Arrangements are under the direction of Meteghan Funeral Home. Funeral Monday 11 a.m. in St. Alphonse Church, Rev. Albeni d'Entremont officiating. Interment in parish cemetery. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.
KAISER (Forrest), Margaret Thelma
Passed away suddenly on April 17, 2009. She is survived by daughters, Bonnie (Mike) Peterson, Claudette; grandsons, Matthew and Nicholas; sisters, Mary (Alex) Quinn, Myra MacDonald, Isabel (Russell) Steffens; brother, Tom (Janet) Forrest. She adored all her nieces and nephews, specifically the newest additions Colby and Devlin. As per her wishes, there will be a family only visitation today from 2-5 p.m. Arrangements are under direction of Fillmore and Whitman Funeral Home. Funeral service will be on Monday at 3 p.m. in Wilson United Church, Florence.
40, passed away unexpectedly on April 17, 2009. Born July 14, 1968, he was the son of Dyrick McDermott (Germaine) and the late Barbara (Sims) McDermott. He was a devoted and loving husband and father to his wife Jeanette and their two children Chloe and Haydn. Dyrick was recognized regionally and nationally for his contributions first as a player then as a head coach in Varsity basketball. He brought the same passion and commitment to volunteer coaching and working with troubled youth at the IWK. For the past 10 years he was a dedicated counselor to the children of the IWK's CRP Program. Many of Dyrick's varsity players valued him as a respected mentor and friend and remained in contact even after graduation. At Mount Saint Vincent where Dyrick served with distinction going on 8 years as Athletics Recreation Assistant and Women's Basketball Coach, the flag on campus was lowered in his memory on the day he died. Dyrick entered Mount Saint Vincent as a student and basketball recruit in 1989, graduating in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He kicked off his career as head coach of the women's varsity basketball team at the University of Kings College. During his stay at Kings he and his team won more than 100 games and he was named ACAA Coach of the year three times. He moved to Mount Saint Vincent Athletics Department in 2001 where he continued his record of outstanding achievement. As a player Dyrick won three ACAA Championships and won bronze in CCAA Championship play. As a coach he won 5 ACAA Championships; Silver at CCAA championships in 2008; was recognized 6 times as ACAA Coach of the year; was recognized in 2007 as CCAA Coach of the year for women's basketball; held level 111 certification, and coached and volunteered with numerous leagues. In his 13 years as a player and coach, wins and losses were important to Dyrick, but he believed the experiences his student athletes gained while playing basketball were more important. He hoped that the will, desire and commitment displayed on the basketball court would translate and spillover into everyday life as a gift to earn and have forever. In addition to his father, Dyrick; wife, Jeanette (Murray) McDermott and children, Chloe and Haydn, Dyrick is survived by sisters, Lieann (Donald Hornsby) McDermott, Halifax; Shawnette (McDermott) and James McNeil, Yellowknife; brother, Duke, Halifax; and loving in-laws and nieces and nephews. Visitation will be in Snow's Funeral home Monday at 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Funeral mass will be held in St. Agnes Church, Tuesday, at 1 p.m., celebrated by Father John Williams, concelebrated by Father Lloyd O'Neill. A reception will follow in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Rosaria Centre, Mount Saint Vincent University. Donations may be made to the Dyrick McDermott Memorial Endowed Leadership Award at Mount Saint Vincent University.
COLWELL, Lillian "Mimi"
Of Halifax, passed away Friday, April 17, age 89. She was the eldest daughter of the late John and Mary (Walsh) Mitchell. She was employed at Colwell Brothers for 30 years. An avid sports fan, in her youth she played hockey, softball, basketball and in later years bowling and darts. She enjoyed reading and the years spent at the cottage in Lake Charlotte with her late husband Harry. She is survived by daughters, Sheila (George) Colter, Gale (Bud) Davison, son David (Claudette) Carroll, eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister, Margie Dahl, B.C. She was predeceased by husband, Harry Colwell, as well as brothers John and Walter, R.C.N., and three sisters, Muriel, Marion, and Dottie. Cremation has taken place at Cole Harbour Funeral Home. As per Lillian's request, there will be no service or visitation. Donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Special thanks to staff at Parkland Estates - Cameron and Bradford Halls. A special thank you to Dr. DeLiu for his caring and patient manner.
MacLEOD, C. Jean
North Sydney. It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear mother and grandmother, Jean MacLeod, on Friday, April 17, 2009, at the Northside General Hospital. Born in North Sydney, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Maude (Caswell) Fowler. Jean was self-employed as a hairdresser for many years. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, and the ACW. She served as badge secretary for St. John's Girl Guides for many years. Aunt Jean enjoyed spending time with her family, especially at the summer cottage in Big Bras d'Or and celebrating Christmas Eve. She is survived by two daughters, Donna (Roland) Parsons, and Grace (Edward) Boulter, both of Lower Sackville; son, Kenny ( Dr. Louise) MacLeod, Leitches Creek; her six grandchildren, Sheri, Glenna, Eddie, Jennifer, Megan, Jeana; and by her three great grandchildren, Bryce, Alyssa-Jayne and Alex. Jean was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was predeceased by her husband Donald "Donnie" MacLeod; sisters, Cymbeline (Theodore) Hamilton, Mary (Douglas) Ratchford, Evelyn (Max) Lovett, Elizabeth "Bess" (Percy) MacFadden, Phyllis (Red) Seward; and by her brother Ralph (Mary) Fowler. Visitation for Jean will be held Monday, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. Funeral service will take place Tuesday 3 p.m. from St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, North Sydney, with Rev. Gloria McClure-Fraser officiating. Burial at a later date in Lakeside Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, or a charity of choice.
90, of Foot Cape, Inverness Co., passed away on Wednesday, April 15, 2009, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Born in Mabou on June 4, 1918, she was a daughter of the late Margaret Basker. A big part of Loretta's life was family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Allan MacDougall; sons, Stanley (Mary), Alex (Nancy), and Vernon, Inverness; daughter, Lorraine (Frank), Foot Cape; sisters, Theresa and Rita; brothers, Christopher and Colin; several nieces and nephews. Loretta is also survived by six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by sisters, Josie, Rose and Veronica; and one nephew, John Basker. Visitation will be in Inverness Funeral Home today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral mass will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. in Stella Maris Church, Inverness, with Father Duncan MacIsaac officiating. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Stella Maris parish cemetery fund or to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society.
SPINNEY, Maxine Shirley
75, of Black River, Kings Co., passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2009, in Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. She was born in Bridgetown. She had been employed with Acadia University for many years. Maxine was also an Avon representative for a number of years. She enjoyed playing cards, knitting, quilting, ceramics, crafts and cooking. She is survived by her husband, Harlan; daughters, Diane (Bryce) Ells, Black River; Cindy Spinney (Daniel Wellwood), Black River; sons, Arnold (Cheryl), Coldbrook; Troy (Debbie), Canaan; grandchildren, Evan, Leslie, Lynn, Kimberly, Jeffrey and Shane; great-grandchildren, Ryken, Kaidyn, Curtis and Debbie. She was predeceased by brother, Richard "Dick". There will be no visitation, by her request. A private family funeral service will be held in White Family Funeral Home, Kentville, Rev. Mark Shaw officiating. Burial will take place in Black River Cemetery. Family flowers only, by request. Donations in memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to White Family Funeral Home, Kentville.
MINARD, Aubrey Freeland
Of Lawrencetown, formerly of Clarence, passed away peacefully in Soldiers' Memorial Hospital, Middleton. on Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at the age of 92. Born in Clarence in 1916, he was a son of the late Tracy and Winnifred (Banks) Minard. Aubrey farmed all his life on the family farm where he was born. He had a tractor accident when he was 80, which slowed him down considerably. Aubrey spent over a year at a nursing home and was very happy to be able to return to the farm for a short time before both he and Pauline moved into a senior's apartment in 2007. "Grampy" took great pride in hearing about Jillian and Samuel's accomplishments and was always interested in what they were doing. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Pauline (Smith); daughters, Dianne Minard, Kingston; Betty (Gordon) Foster; grandchildren, Jillian and Samuel Foster, Lower Sackville; sister, Myrna (Ray) Cormier, Grand Etang; brother, Newton, Port Lorne; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by son, Phillip; brothers, Amasa (Eddie), Harold and Lorne. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in Middleton Funeral Home, 398 Main St., (902) 825-3448, Rev. George Mollins officiating. A reception for family and friends will follow the service. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Lawrencetown, Annapolis Co. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory may be made to Lawrencetown (Annapolis County) Meals on Wheels (which Aubrey enjoyed in latter years) or a charity of choice. Special thanks are extended to friends and neighbours for their assistance over the past number of years.