CRANT, Christina Louise
26, Malagawatch, Inverness Co., Cape Breton. It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our loving daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend, as a result of a motor vehicle collision in Marble Mountain on April 16, 2009. Born in Halifax on January 11, 1983, Christina is the daughter of Audrey Forgeron (Clifford) Whiteside, Cape Breton and Anthony Crant (Paulette), Moncton, N.B. Christina is survived by her fiancée, Jason MacDonald, Malagawatch, Cape Breton; brothers, Robert, Mark and Stephen; sister, Rachel; maternal grandparents, Bill and Corinne Martin, D'Escousse; paternal grandmother, Millicent Crant, Bridgewater and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was predeceased by her grandfather, Henry Crant, Bridgewater. Christina was an avid reader who loved spending time with family and friends, playing and cuddling with children and with her "kiddies", her cat, Patches and dog, Sassy, watching movies, listening to music, and camping. She graduated from Richmond Academy in 2001 and followed up with post secondary education at NSCC, Port Hastings. She was employed at Hart Department Store, and previously worked at WalMart, both in Port Hawkesbury. Anyone who met Christina will always remember her beautiful smile and laughter. She was a loving person, always full of kisses and hugs, always putting others before herself. She offered so much love to her family and friends. She will be deeply missed! Visitation for family and friends will take place in St. Hyacinthe's Catholic Church, D'Escousse on Wednesday, April 22, from 7-9 p.m. Cremation has taken place. A funeral mass to celebrate her life will take place in St. Hyacinthe's Catholic Church, Thursday, April 23, at 11 a.m. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Funeral arrangements entrusted to I.M.L. Funeral Home, Petit De Grat. "She Was And Will Always Be Our Sweet Angel."
MASON (West), Ruth Margaret
75, East Mountain/Truro, passed away peacefully April 13, 2009, surrounded by the love and comfort of her family in Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Born in Windsor Junction on April 2, 1934, Ruth was the second oldest of three sisters of the late Aberdeen and Beatrice (Keddy) West. She was predeceased by her son, Christopher; sisters, Joan and Claire and her husband, David. Ruth and her family moved to Truro in 1970, where she became a long-standing member of Valley United Church and UCW. She worked full time for most of her life while raising a family of four and was most happy when surrounded by her family and "adopted" family. Ruth was a loving mother and grandmother, and is warmly remembered by some as the "Angel of East Mountain". She is survived by her daughter, Ruthann Richardson (partner Willy); her sons, Stephen (Christine), Dean and Mark (Christine); grandchildren; great-grandchildren, and extended family. Visitation will be held in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, April 17. Funeral service will be held in Valley United Church on Saturday, April 18, at 2 p.m. Reception to follow. Interment at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Valley United Church, Valley.
COX, Donald Sylvester
86, Normandy Avenue, Truro, passed away April 15, 2009, in Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Born June 8, 1922, in Truro, he was the youngest son of the late R. Boyd and Elizabeth May (Burgess) Cox. Donnie was a member of First United Church his entire life. He had served as an usher and was a member of "The Happy Gang" for many years. Donnie grew up on Ryland Avenue in Bible Hill before moving to town with his family. He was employed at Stanfield's Ltd. for 44 years. He enjoyed working hard all of his life. Donnie enjoyed his retirement, spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He had many friends from the community, the racetrack and the Truro Golf Club who were very familiar with his teasing and quick wit. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Della May (Scott); son, Gary (Joan), Truro; grandchildren, Allison (Ryan Butcher), New Glasgow; Donald (Emily Stanley), Stuart (Amanda Gould), both of Truro. He was predeceased by brother, Milton Burgess Cox; sister, Marguerite Blanche Cox. Visitation will be held Friday from 7-9 p.m. Memorial service on Saturday at 2 p.m., both in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. Spring interment in Crossroads Cemetery, Valley. Donations in his memory may be made to the Lung Association of Nova Scotia, Canadian Diabetes Association or Colchester Regional Hospital Foundation. The family would like to extend their thanks to the doctors in the emergency department and the ICU of Colchester Regional Hospital, Dr. Sharma and Dr. Casey and also the VON who Donnie loved to tease. "So rest and relax and grow stronger, let go and let God share your load. Your work is not finished or ended, you've just come to a bend in the road." Helen Steiner Rice
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 today 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.
BERNARD, Roddie Thomas
44, of Indian Brook, passed away Friday, April 17, 2009, at work. Born in Lynn, Mass., he was the son of the late John and Annie Mae (Cremo) Bernard. Roddie operated the family grocery and tobacco store under the name of Micmac Groceries. He is survived by ex wife, Sherry (Hickey) Bernard; daughter, Kayla; brothers, John, David (Helen) and special nephew, John Harnish, all of Indian Brook; sisters, Elizabeth (Ron) of Halifax; Darlene (Darryl) of Indian Brook; aunts, Annie Paul, Gloria Bernard, Pat Bernard and Mary Lou Bernard, all of Indian Brook; Beverly Gould, Whycocomagh; Gladys Stevens of Eskasoni; Diane Bernard of Maine; several nieces and nephews; Godchildren, Alison Michael and Sharon Paul; special friend, Sheila Burris. He was predeceased by a sister, Gloria Francis and brother Gordon; uncles, Martin, Doug, Bill Bernard, and Roddie Cremo. Visitation will be held Monday 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. in Ettinger Funeral Home, Main Street, Shubenacadie. Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, April 21, at 2 p.m. in St. Catherine's Roman Catholic Church, Indian Brook, Father Tom Kurudeepan OMI officiating. Burial will take place in Community Cemetery.
CLEMENT, Audrey Mae
It is with indescribable sadness that the family of Audrey Mae (Bent) Clement announces her passing on Friday, April 17, 2009, in the Saint John Regional Hospital surrounded by love and family, she gave up her battle with illness. Audrey is survived by her son, Richard "Rick" Clement; daughters, Pamela (Chuck) Carter and Sandra Clement; grandchild, Andrea Carter, all of Saint John, N.B. Also survived by Joyce Tooker of Granville Centre; Max Bent of Annapolis Royal; and several nieces and nephews. Audrey was predeceased by her parents, Arthur Maxwell and Marie Mae (Longmire) Bent and grandsons, Ryan and Christopher Carter. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Wildish, Dr. O'Brien, Dr. Raju, nurses and staff of Palliative Care and 5C South, Extra Mural staff and Red Cross for all their many kindnesses and support. Thank you to her friends for their prayers and help during the final weeks of mom's illness. At Audrey's request, all arrangements will be through Brenan's and will be family only. Any memoriams may be made to Donors Choice or The Arthritis Society. Arrangements entrusted to Brenan's Bay View Select Community Funeral Home, 1461 Manawagonish Rd., Saint John, N.B. (634-7425).
SULLIVAN, Robert Joseph "Bob"
90, of Halifax, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 16, 2009, in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII. Born in Halifax, he was the son of Margaret (Patterson) Sullivan and Arthur Sullivan. At the age of 12, he was saved from drowning in Chocolate Lake when he fell through the ice while skating. During the Second World War, he served as a Corporal in the Canadian Army, following which he worked as a Longshoreman with Furness Withy and Company and subsequently with Halterm Limited. He retired in l985. He was a man of many talents and interests. He loved music and played for years in the Sullivan orchestra comprised of his sister, Jean, brother, Ina and a number of friends. Although he could play just about any instrument he touched, he was most accomplished on the tenor saxophone and clarinet. An avid sportsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing, sailing and golf, and was a long-time member of the Armdale Yacht Club and Oakfield Golf and Country Club. He was a lifetime member of St. John the Baptist Parish and the Knights of Columbus. He is survived by his daughters, Michael (Sandy) Moore, Chicago, Ill.; and Dr. Pat Sullivan Halifax; brothers, Albert "Buzz" and John "Ina", Halifax; grandchildren, Krisan Moore Walker, Greensboro, North Carolina; Sean (Alison) Moore, Tulsa, Okla.; Mark Sullivan, Hong Kong, China, and Barron Sullivan, Vancouver, B.C.; great-grandchildren, Brandon and Joshua Walker, Greensboro, North Carolina; and Hannah and Isaac Moore, Tulsa, Okla.; several nieces and nephews. He will be sadly missed by his beloved cat, Blackie. He was predeceased by his parents, Margaret and Arthur Sullivan; his wife of 48 years, Evelyn "Irish" Calnen; his sister, Jean (Claude) Flemming; and his brothers, Arthur, James, Ralph and William. Visitation will be held in J. A, Snow Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor St., Halifax, from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21. Funeral mass will held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22 in St. John the Baptist Church, 26 Purcell's Cove Rd., Halifax, with Rev. John Fletcher officiating. Cremation has taken place. Burial will be in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lower Sackville. Throughout multiple periods of hospitalization, and home care, Dad was consistently impressed by, and appreciative of, the care and compassion provided by his nurses. To honor them, and the contribution they made to his health and well being, in lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions to the School of Nursing, Dalhousie University, in memory of Bob Sullivan.
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.
DEAL, Eleanor Christine
72, passed away peacefully on April 18, 2009, surrounded by her loving family, in the QEII Health Sciences Centre. Born in New Glasgow, Pictou Co., she was a daughter of the late Aubrey and Florence (MacFarlane) Moore. She is survived by her long-time companion, Frank Cormack; daughters, Diana LeFort, and Lyne (Michael) McDonald; sons, Larry (Vera), Teddy, all of Halifax; grandchildren, Andrew, Matthew, Samantha; sisters, Marguerite (Mrs. Donald Reid), Port Colbourne; and Elizabeth (Mrs. Redmond) Marsman, Sackville; brother, Earle Payzant, Sackville. She was predeceased by sister, Priscilla Walsh. There will be no visitation by request. A family service in memory of her will be held at a later date. Donations can be made to the Lung Association of Nova Scotia, or a charity of your choice.
DeYOUNG, Minnie Christina "Tena"
89, R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home, Antigonish and formerly of Goshen, Guysborough Co. and Trenton, died Friday, April 17, 2009, in the home. Born in Whitehead, Guysborough Co., she was a daughter of the late William and Cordelia (Feltmate) Grover. She was a member of Christ the King Roman Catholic Church, Trenton. Tena was a meticulous housekeeper and excellent cook and no one ever left her home hungry. A homemaker for most of her life, Tena also worked in various bakeries in the New Glasgow area. She is survived by son, Earl (Donna), Toronto, Ont.; grandson, Reggie (Heidi), and great-granddaughter, Hannah, both of Vancouver; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by husband, Joseph; brothers, Albert, Robert, Winslow, Douglas, Seward and infant brothers, William and Wentzell; sisters, Elsie, Wilma. Visitation will be held Friday, May 8, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in G.W. Giffin Funeral Home, 17545 Highway 316, Country Harbour. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Saturday, May 9, at 10 a.m. in Christ the King Roman Catholic Church, Trenton with Father Gary MacPherson officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the R.K. MacDonald Foundation or Christ the King Roman Catholic Church. Tena's family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff of R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home, Dellie Floor, for the warmth, compassion and love shown to Tena during her stay. Funeral arrangements are under the dignified and compassionate care of G.W. Giffin Funeral Home, 17545 Highway 316, Country Harbour.
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