SIMPSON, Alec Nocton
Passed away on April 22, 2009 in his 90th year. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Margaret Elizabeth "Peggy"; and his brother, Cyril. Alec was born in Stretford, Lancashire, England, in 1920 and was educated at Stretford Grammar School. He joined the British Territorial Army and was on active service from 1939-1946 in the United Kingdom, Southeast Asia, and Germany. In 1947, he joined the Pursers' Department of the Cunard Line and served on board many of their ships, including the Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mary. Alec and Peggy were married in 1948 and resided in England for a year, after which he accepted a posting to the Montreal office of the company. They resided in Montreal from 1950-1975, when Alec took early retirement from his position as Vice-president of Passenger Sales in Canada. After the cessation of Cunard's service to Canada, Alec joined New World Education Cruises as General Manager and retired to accept an appointment to coordinate and activate a new program of cooperation between the Atlantic provinces and the Canadian government Office of Tourism. Well-known and respected throughout the tourism industry, Alec was coordinator of the Atlantic Canada Tourism Marketing Program until he joined the Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, retiring in 1985. Alec was actively engaged in several volunteer activities, including the organization and participation of Nova Scotia in the International Gathering of the Clans. The essential part of his working life involved tourism. He traveled far and wide representing Nova Scotia and the Atlantic provinces. Always interested in maintaining his contacts and interest in the military, Alec was an Associate Member of RA Park Officers Mess and a founding Director of the Halifax Citadel Regimental Association, spending much of his retired life at the Citadel in Halifax, especially with the 78th Highlanders of which he was the Honorary Colonel. Alec was president of the Montreal branch of Skål Club International in 1970 and a member of the Skål Club in Halifax. He was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Vimy Branch in London, Ont. He is survived by his loving daughter, Anne Elizabeth; and son, William Stewart (Tracy), of Ontario. Also survived by his nephews, John, Alec, and James in England.
GLAZEBROOK, Lucy Ann
98, Ferguson Cove, passed away April 22, 2009, in the QEII Health Sciences Centre. Born in Cape Broyle, N.L. She was a daughter of the late James and Julia (Ryan) O'Brien. She was a long-time employee of Sears. Lucy was an Honoured Royal Lady of the Elks Club. She belonged to Purcell's Cove Social Club. Lucy was known as "Nanny Glazebrook" of Ferguson's Cove. She was well known and loved throughout the area for her kind nature and her door was always open. She is survived by daughter, Sandra (Trueman) Tufts, of Timberlea; son, Jim (Sharon) Glazebrook, of Ferguson's Cove; sisters, Anna O'Brien, Maggie O'Brien, Barbara O'Brien, Sister Marie O'Brien, and Joan Boland, all of Newfoundland; grandchildren, Heather-Lee (Rob) Jewers, Ja-Red (Andrea) Glazebrook, Jacob Glazebrook; great-grandchildren, Makayla and Hayden Jewers, and Lucie Glazebrook; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by husband, Joseph, a well decorated Second World War veteran who received the Distinguished Flying Cross from the Royal Air Force. She was also predeceased by brothers, Cecil and Frank; sisters, Sister Redempta, Madeline, Ethel, and Gertrude. Visitation will be held 2-4 p.m. Saturday, and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, in J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor St. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 27, in St. Thomas Aquinas, Oxford Street. Interment in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society or charity of choice.
Family and friends will truly miss this one of a kind lady.
van BOMMEL, Verna Elizabeth
54, Alma, passed away on Thursday, April 23, 2009, in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow, surrounded by her family. Born in Sydney Mines, she was a daughter of the late Theresa Catherine (Grant) and Ralph Melvin Grant, Mount Thom. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, Stellarton, where she assisted with Religious Education. Verna had been a volunteer with Brownies and Girl Guides, the Food Bank, YMCA, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Johnny Miles Foundation and many other organizations. Prior to her marriage, she was employed as an operator with the former Maritime Tel & Tel. Verna enjoyed working out at the Y, especially running. Family and friends were very important to her. Besides being remembered for her delicious soups, the memory of her caring and generous spirit will never be forgotten. Surviving are her husband, John Henry van Bommel; daughters, Anneke, Toronto, Ont.; Rachel (Matt Bigney); sons, Mark and David, both of Canmore, Alta.; sister, Margie (Vernon) Grant-Walsh, New Glasgow; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary (John) Heukshorst, Peter, Joe (Dot), Henry (Diana), Joanne (Eileen), Teresa (Roy) Arsneault, Margie (Peter) McInnis, Anthony, Christine, Paul, Louie, Martin (Diane); many nieces and nephews. Besides her mother, Theresa, she was predeceased by her father and mother-in-law, Joseph "Joe" and Maria van Bommel. The family will receive visitors 7-9 p.m. Saturday and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday in P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home, New Glasgow. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. Monday in Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, with Rev. Peter MacDonald presiding. Interment will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Stellarton. Donations may be made in her memory to the Aberdeen Palliative Care Society, the Pictou County Victorian Order of Nurses or the Canadian Cancer Society.
BURNS, Shawn Wayne
33, of Lake Doucette Road, passed away unexpectedly at home on April 21, 2009. Born in Digby, he was a son of Robert James Burns Jr. of British Columbia, and Joyce Marlene (Moore) Burns of St. Alphonse. He loved to tinker with everything, loved to help others, and loved to go to Frenchy's in search of a great deal. He worked at various jobs in Meteghan and Yarmouth, most recently with the Yarmouth Industrial Commission and he loved the outdoors. Besides his parents, he is survived by his paternal grandmother, Rosalie Nesbitt, of Digby Co.; stepgrandmother, Mabel Burns, of Tiddville; sister, Sara Burns, of Springdale, Digby Co.; second mother and close friend, Joy St. Germain, of Lake Doucette Road; stepfather, Gordon Merasty. He leaves behind a son, Brandon Ogden, of Yarmouth; and several siblings in British Columbia. He was predeceased by maternal grandparents, Robert and Alice Moore; and paternal grandfather, Robert Burns Sr. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in Sweeny's Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. A.D "Bill" Newell officiating. Family will receive friends in Sweeny's Funeral Home Chapel from noon until funeral time on Saturday. Interment at a later date. Family flowers only. Memorial donations can be made to Nova Scotia Heart and Stroke Foundation. Services are in the care of Sweeny's Funeral Home, Yarmouth.
MAIN, Mabel Earnestine
Born August 28, 1923 in Weymouth North, Digby Co., she was a daughter of the late Alexander Gustave Lombard and Eva Mary (Brittian) Lombard. She passed away at her home in Ashmore on Monday, April 20, 2009. She is survived by her husband, Robert and son, Robert Arthur II (Helen Victoria), Carman, Man.; sisters, Alice Doucette, Hilltown; Dorothy (Hartley) Moore, Plympton; Carol (Floyd) Melanson, Ashmore; brothers, Stanley (Sylvia), Yarmouth; Arnold (June), Grosses Coques; Alex (Regina), Ashmore; grandchildren, Christina, April Richard; great-grandchildren, Adam, Ashley, Patrick, Alisan and Haley. She was predeceased by sisters, Goldie, Sylvia, Evelina; brothers, Stanley, Chester, Russell and Richard. Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. today in Jayne's Funeral Home, Weymouth North. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Bethel Baptist Church, Ashmore, Rev. Fred Bigelow will officiate, interment in church cemetery.
DIXON, Lilian Winifred
Passed away peacefully on April 22, 2009, leaving a final kiss on the cheek of her only great- grandchild. Born in England on August 25, 1923, she was a daughter of John and Martha Tickle. Having lived through the war years in England, she met and married Albert Dixon in 1945. With the help of Ralph S. Parsons of Windsor, Albert emigrated to Canada in 1946 and Mum followed several months later with their three month old son, Ralph, to begin a new life in Canada. Two more children, Kathryn and Richard were born in Canada. In her middle years Mum went to night school to learn typing and clerical work which led her to a job at Payzant Memorial Hospital and then Hants Community Hospital in which she took great pride and pleasure. Mum's hobbies included gardening, knitting and bowling as well as a love of animals and nature. In her retirement she enjoyed a number of winter trips to the warm waters and sunny beaches of the South. She is survived by sons, Ralph (Cathy), Vaughan's; Richard, Three Mile Plains; daughter, Kathryn (Wayne) Archibald, Ste. Croix; sister, June Kennedy of Ormskirk, England; grandsons, Jason and Jeremy (Melissa) Dixon and their mother, Shirley Dixon, Wolfville; Jefferson Archibald, Whistler, B.C.; Joseph (Carrie) Archibald, Halifax and only granddaughter, Elizabeth (James) Archibald-Nelson and their daughter, Grammy's beloved great-granddaughter, Madelynn; a number of nieces and nephews in England. Lilian was predeceased by her husband, Albert E. Dixon; brothers, Jack and Fred of England and her friend and companion, Stewart Johnson. Arrangements have been entrusted to Lohnes - DeMont Funeral Service Ltd., 419 Albert St., Windsor (902-798-8317). There will be no formal visitation. Funeral service will take place on Sunday, April 26, at 2 p.m. in St. John's Presbyterian Church, Windsor with Rev. Jean MacAulay officiating. Interment will be held in Maplewood Cemetery, Windsor. Family flowers only please. Memorial donations may be made to the Hants Community Hospital, Victorian Order of Nurses or simply plant some spring bulbs in your garden as it was her favourite time of year. "As for me, I'll be off somewhere, running on the beach, or maybe, tending to my flowers! I'll be there, waiting for you. Take your time."
BOLIVAR (MacKay), Ruth Ann
December 25, 1910 - April 8, 2009
Wetaskewin, Alta., formerly of New Germany. With a heart full of treasured memories, we announce the passing of our mother and grandmother. After a very full and interesting life that saw many of the radical changes of the 20th century, Ruth passed away peacefully on April 8, 2009, at the age of 98. She will be lovingly remembered by her sons, Paul (Lidia), Enfield; Lawrence (Judy), Bedford; David (Christine), Greenfield; Jon (Georgina), New Germany; Fred (Sheila), Simpsonville, S.C.; Timothy (Gloria), Wetaskewin, Alta.; 14 beloved grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; sister, Margery. She was predeceased by husband, Silas (1973); brother, Lester; sister, Helen. She leaves a lifetime of activity in the New Germany area, including Epworth United Church, Rebekah Lodge, UCW, New Horizons Seniors Club, New Germany and Area Medical Centre, South Rosedale School Board, Justice of Peace. A celebration of Ruth's life will take place on May 8, at 11 a.m. at Epworth United Church, New Germany, reception to follow. Rev. Dale Gray officiating. Interment in Epworth Cemetery, New Germany, family flowers only, donations to Epworth United Church or charity of choice. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Sweeny's Funeral Home, New Germany.
ROACH, Léo Médéric
93, of Chéticamp. Léo was born on October 29, 1915, and passed away on April 20, 2009, in Sacred Heart Community Health Centre in Chéticamp. He was a son of the late Médéric and Louise (Haché) Roach. Leo was a devoted member of St. Peter's Church in Chéticamp. He was a hard working, intelligent man who lived for his family and his grandchildren. Leo worked for Sacred Heart Hospital with Les Filles de Jésus. He was also employed with the Cape Breton Highland National Park and talked fondly, and with great pride of his days there. Leo loved talking about the past and the earlier way of life. He was exceptional at remembering people, names and the local history of Chéticamp. A devoted Montreal Canadian's fan, Leo at 93, still drove his car, took his daily walk and even an occasional jog. Leo is survived by his wife, Eva Isabelle Roach; daughter-in-law, Rose Anne Roach; stepsons, Roger Tobin (Kay) and Brian Tobin (Helen); stepdaughters, Sharon Lengyel (Jim) and Sandra Chiason (Lionel); grandchildren, Robbie Roach (Marcie), Alan Roach (Leticia), Cheryl Roach (Ricky); great-grandchildren, Colin, Sheena, Christian, Kayla, Melanie and Peyton; grandchildren by marriage, B.J. Doug, Warren, Mark. He was predeceased by his first wife, Josephine; son, Simon Pierre; brothers, John Joe, Willie; sisters, Olive Cormier and Annie Larade. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. A funeral mass will be held on Friday, May1 at 10 a.m. in St. Peter's Church, Chéticamp, Father Peter LeBlanc officiating. Interment in the parish cemetery. Donations may be made to St. Peter's Church or Canadian Cancer Society.
WHITE, Kenneth Francis
56, of Halifax, passed away at home on Tuesday, April 21, 2009. He was a son of the late Kenneth and Helen (Josey) White. He will be sadly missed by his wife, Beverley (Fenton) and son, Kenneth. He is also survived by brother, William "Bill" (Leslie) White, of Hamilton, Ont.; and other family, Birdetta Fenton, Edward B. Fenton, Mark (Brenda Fenton) Bishoff, all of Halifax; many aunts, uncles and cousins, Ken was a loving husband and father. He was a retired employee with DND, where he worked for 35 years. No flowers or visitation by family request. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Monday, April 27 in J.A. Snow Funeral Home Chapel, 2666 Windsor St. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.
BAIRD, Service Wayne Jenks
91, of Kentville, passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2009, in Grand View Manor, Berwick. Born in Parrsboro, he was a son of the late Murray and Helen (Jenks) Baird. He was a decorated veteran of the Second World War and served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1939 until 1959. He then worked at CFB Greenwood and later for the Kentville Electric Commission for a number of years until his retirement. He was also a veteran and former Deputy Chief of the Kentville Volunteer Fire Department. He is survived by his wife, the former Theresa Hatcher; sons, Richard (Elaine), Kentville; Robert, Kentville; David, Halifax; sisters, Betty Galloway, Brantford, Ont.; Jean Purdy, Vancouver, B.C.; Coreylee Bellefontaine, Peterborough, Ont.; grandchildren, Michelle, Tammy, Robert "Scott", Heather and Trevor; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brother, Bryant. Visitation will be held from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26, in White Family Funeral Home, Kentville, where a Royal Canadian Legion service, followed by a funeral service and reception, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26, Majors Ross and Doreen Grandy officiating. Family flowers only, by request. Donations in memory may be made to Grand View Manor Activities. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to White Family Funeral Home, Kentville.
KAVALAK, Edna May
88, of Bible Hill, and formerly of Springhill, passed away in Colchester East Hants Health Authority, Truro, on Wednesday, April 22, 2009. Born in Springhill, she was a daughter of the late Charles M. and Margaret (Hunter) Ryan. During her working years, Edna was employed with MacLean Frozen Foods and Surrette Battery, Springhill. She was a member of All Saints Anglican Church, Springhill and Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed dancing and was very much a family person. She will be sadly missed by sons, Norman (Faye), Charles, Tom (Judy), all of Springhill; daughter, Audrey (Dale) McLeod, Bible Hill; brother, Pat Ryan, Pugwash; sisters, Kathleen Ryan and Helen Henwood, both of Springhill; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; four step great-grandchildren and a step great great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, John; brothers, infant Charles and Patrick and sister, Bonnie. Arrangements have been entrusted to A. H. Brown Funeral Home, 5 McFarlane St., Springhill, NS (902-597-2361), where visiting hours will take place on Friday 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held from the funeral home on Saturday, April 25 at 2 p.m., Rev. Gary Yetman officiating. Burial will take place in Hillside Cemetery, Springhill, at a later date. Donations may be made in Edna's memory to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Nova Scotia Branch, or charity of choice.
65, Port Hawkesbury, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 22, 2009, in St. Martha's Regional Hospital, Antigonish. Colin was born in Inverness, a son of the late Simon and Josephine (Basker) White, and stepfather Donald Smith. He was retired from Georgia Pacific Gypsum Plant, Melford, and a member of Operating Engineers Local 721. Colin was a former employee of Cape Breton Crane for 15 years, and Breton Industrial and Marine, Point Tupper. He was a member of St. Joseph's Parish, Port Hawkesbury and a retired member of the Port Hawkesbury Volunteer Fire Department, and a member of the Strait Area Yacht Club. Colin loved fishing mackerel. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Bridget (Mulvahill); daughters, Colleen (Jay) Marquis, Sunderland, Ont.; Michelle (Gerard) Morris, Wasaga Beach, Ont.; sisters, Christina White, Rhodena (Ches) Hartson, both of Pictou; Mary Cyrilla (James) Deveaux, Buzzard Bay, Ma.; half-sister, Renda Cyr, Ontario; brothers, Arthur (Deanie), Port Hawkesbury; Gerald, Whiteside; special nephew, Melvin (Anne), Renfrew, Ont. The apples of his eye his grandchildren, McKayla, Maddison and Colin Morris and Gavin Marquis, and numerous nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by his dog, Shadow. He was predeceased by his stepsisters, Margaret and Dorothy; brothers, Robert, Roland and half-brother, Melvin Sr. Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday, with a vigil service at 2 p.m. both in Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury. Funeral mass will be held 10 a.m. Monday, in St. Joseph`s Roman Catholic Church, Port Hawkesbury with Father Andrew Boyd officiating. Burial at a later date. Donations in memory of Colin may be made to Palliative Care Society of Antigonish Town and County.