Noted local restaurateur, proprietor for many years of the innovative SoHo Kitchen, avid saltwater sailor, bon vivant and raconteur, Tom Roussell, born January 20, 1951 passed away peacefully April 24, 2009 in the VG Site, QEII. Tom's love of good food, wine, conversation and friendship admirably suited him for his vocational path. Born in Burlington, Vi., he was the son of the late Tom Roussell Sr. and Alberta Ramsay. He was predeceased by his brother, Robert Roussell. Tom graduated with a degree in History from the University of Massachusetts and embarked at a young age into the world of restaurants. Tom owned, CO-owned or managed restaurants throughout New England including the famed Alberta's in Portland, Me. prior to his relocating to Halifax in 1984. Upon arrival, Tom took a small hole-in-the-wall lunch counter on Granville Street and through the years expanded the restaurant, which was to become more than a restaurant; a meeting house for a wide, diverse group of regulars whose disparate backgrounds were linked through Tom's intellectual pursuits, love of books and humour, a folk art gallery, a performance space, one never knew what would be on the menu at SoHo, but it was always good. Tom touched many hearts and made many, many good friends, all of whom will sadly miss his imaginative culinary skills, camaraderie, warmth and infectious laughter. Tom's gastronomic accomplishments were recognized locally. He catered many film productions around Nova Scotia as well as galas of all sizes and variety. A chance meeting with Rimpoche Trumpa opened Tom's heart to the philosophy of Buddhism, hence leading him to a life of practicing kindness and generosity. Tom is survived by his loving wife, Trish McManus; cousin, Deb Roussell Massachusetts; and 4 very close friends whom he called brothers, Kyle Jaskson Halifax; Michael McTague, California; Bob Marcelli, New York; and Tony Marcelli, Florida. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Shambala Center. Trish and Tom would like to thank all the medical caregivers who assisted Tom throughout his journey over the last five years, especially the nurses on 7A palliative care at the VG Site, QEII. Carol Smiley, thank you. As per Tom's wishes cremation has taken place. Memorial services for Tom and the late Tom Rousell Sr. will be held in St. Columba Chapel, Atlantic School of Theology, May 8, at 2 p.m., Francklyn Street, Halifax.
AMON, Dora Gertrude
98, of Shiretown Nursing Home, and formerly of Strathcona Place, Pictou, passed away April 26, 2009, in Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in Green Hill, N.B., she was a daughter of the late John and Annie (Cooper) Logan. Dora was employed with Eatons, and was a member of St. James Anglican Church, Pictou, as well as a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Before moving to the Home nine years ago, she was a long-time resident of Strathcona Place, and was very active in the 50+ club for many years. Surviving are her daughter, Ann (Walter) Saffert; granddaughter, Karen (Ward) Giroux; great-grandson, Rory; all of Oakville, Ont.; niece, Donna Logan, New Glasgow; numerous other nephews, and nieces. She was predeceased by her husband, Roy; sister, Francis Skidmore; brothers, Robert, Clarence, George, and Alan; one grandson. Visitation will be held 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Wednesday in McLaren Funeral Home, Pictou. Funeral service will take place 11 a.m. Thursday from St. James Anglican Church, Pictou, with Rev. Bill White officiating. Burial will be in St. James Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations in her memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
FANCY, David Dana
53, of Wileville, Lunenburg Co., passed away Sunday, April 26, 2009, in South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater, after a short battle with cancer. Born in Bridgewater, he was a son of the Late Dana and Beatrice (Veno) Fancy. David was a member of All Saints Lutheran Church, Newcombville and served as Treasurer for many years. He was an avid Christmas tree grower. Surviving are his common-law wife, Anita, and her children, Tiffany and Cody; brother, William "Bill" (Gloria), Bridgewater; sisters, Irene, Kitchener, Ont.; Isabel, Bridgewater; nieces, Michele, Gail and Joanne; nephews, Scott and Michael; aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his sister, Carolyn Ross. Visitation 7-9 p.m. today in R.A. Corkum Funeral Home, Wileville. Funeral Service 2 p.m. Wednesday in All Saints Lutheran Church, Newcombville, Rev. Willis Ott Officiating. Burial in Brookside Cemetery, Bridgewater. Immediate family flowers only. Memorial donations may be made to All Saints Lutheran Church, Newcombville. He fought hard, but we just didn't win
MATTHEWS, Laurena Jessie
76, of Chisholm Street, New Glasgow passed away April 26, 2009, in the VG Site, QEII, Halifax. Born in River John, May 7, 1932, she was a daughter of the late Daniel and Elizabeth (Graham) Patriquin. Laurena had been a resident of Chisholm Street since 1967. She was an active member of First Baptist Church, New Glasgow and was involved in various church organizations. She was also involved with the Salvation Army Home League, the SPCA and was a member of the New Glasgow Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Laurena had worked for many years as a caregiver for children and seniors. She is survived by her children, Sheldon (Wanda), Kentville; Sheila (Ed) Kita, Halifax; Sherri (Kevin) Chapman, Halifax; grandchildren, Luke and Jack. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday in H.W. Angus Funeral Home, New Glasgow. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in First United Baptist Church, New Glasgow with Rev. Leo Fletcher officiating. Burial will be in Heatherdale Memorial Gardens. Donations in her memory may be made to the SPCA, First United Baptist Church Building Fund, The Salvation Army, or a charity of your choice.
LESLIE (Conrod), Ruth Emily
Halifax, passed away on April 27, 2009, in Northwood Centre. Born on October 12, 1922, in Grand Desert, she was a daughter of Mary Jane and Elias Conrod. She was a woman of great faith, loved bowling, crocheting, crafts and going to "T.O.P.S." with her friends. She also enjoyed spending time with her family. Ruth was predeceased by her husband, Arnold; brothers, Reg, Wallace, Bertram, Clyde, Roy, Cameron, Warren; sisters, Roxy, Dora and Lucy. She will be missed by her sister, Lottie (Canning); her children, Linda (Rick), Winnipeg; Jessie (Mark), Lower Sackville; Marilyn (David), Fredericton and David (Rose), New Minas. She is also survived by five grandchildren and one great-grandson. Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 29, from 12-2 p.m. with funeral service to follow at 2 p.m., all in Atlantic Funeral Home. 125 Sackville Dr. Interment will be in Oakridge Memorial Gardens, Lower Sackville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Northwood Foundation, the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia or a charity of your choice. Many thanks are extended to the staff of 2C, Northwood Centre for their kindness, warmth and care during Mom's time at Northwood.
SEARS, Arthur George Chapman "Mannie"
70, Brookfield, died peacefully April 27, 2009, at home. Arthur was a son of the late Arthur and Annie Sears and was born in the mining town of Springhill in 1938. He was very proud of his family and the work ethic instilled in him by his parents. He spent many summers of his youth in Peggy's Cove where he sold seashells to tourists. It was a special place to him. Striking off for Dartmouth in the '53 Ford, Mannie met the love of his life (by the luck of the draw) and married Beverly Graham, RN. He trained in accounting at HR Doane & Co. He worked with the City of Dartmouth, Western Furniture and moved to Brookfield in 1967 to work with Halliday Craftsman in Truro, becoming General Manager. In 1985, along with his son, Luther, he built and operated The Home Place Building Supply store. Taking a sincere interest in people, his valued customers became his friends. As a goalie he played minor and high school hockey and in later years had a shutout at the Metro Centre with the Truro Flames Old Timers. He cheered on "The Leafs" and always enjoyed a game of pond hockey. Art served as treasurer of the fund raising campaign for the Sportsplex in Brookfield. His strong faith in Jesus Christ had been the foundation of his life. He worked for the Lord through First Baptist Church (Dartmouth) and then at Brookfield Baptist Church where he served as Treasurer, Chair of Deacons, Choir member and Sunday school teacher. He had a deep love and pride for his family and they will always cherish the memories of happy times together. The Sears' could be found loaded in the old station wagon pulling a camper exploring the province or on a hunt for the perfect Christmas tree. He enjoyed a political debate and was a supporter of small government. He was thrilled to have met Jimmy Carter. Over the past number of years, he loved times at his beloved Moose River enjoying the simple beauty of creation, clam digging, dulse harvesting and fossil hunting. He is survived by his wife, Beverly; children, Sheila, and son, Anthony; Luther (Joyce) and daughters, Cassandra, Allison and Sarah; Andrew (Jill) and children, Rachel and Rowan; daughter-in-law, Kim and daughters, Chelsea and Melody; Hilary (Wayne) and daughter, Meredith; Joel (Anette) and children, Javier, Randy, Annie, Leahana and Alana; sisters, Kay, Cassie, Betty, Janice, Linda and brother, David; many nieces, nephews and Graham in-laws. He was predeceased by son, Philip and infant daughter, Jocelyn; sisters, Barb, Sheila, Judy and Mary Ellen; brothers, Graham and Kenny. Visitation will be held today from 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday, April 29, from 4-7 p.m., both in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. Funeral service to be held on Thursday, April 30, at 11 a.m. in Brookfield Baptist Church with Rev. Frank Locke and Rev. Daniel Cormier officiating. Family flowers only. Donations in his memory may be made to Brookfield Baptist Church or the Nova Scotia Liver Foundation.
MACDONALD (Rafuse), Angeline Irene "Ann"
Dartmouth, passed away peacefully at home on April 27, 2009, after a valiant battle with cancer. Originally from Parkdale, Lunenburg Co., she was the fourth of 13 children of the late Frank and Sadie (Faulkenham) Rafuse. She is survived by her daughter, Beverley Busson (Phil Fairhead); son, Danny, and daughter, Janice (Rob) Scott, as well as grandchildren, Erin, Brent, Michael, and Adam of whom she was fiercely proud. She is also survived by sisters, Reta Rafuse, Belle Rafuse, Winnie (Bob) Evanson, Betty (Murray) Eisnor, Connie (Jacob) Penney, and brothers, Jerry (Alice) Rafuse, Thomas (Margaret) Sauber, Frank Rafuse (Viola Blackadar), Donnie (Charmaine) Rafuse, and many nieces and nephews, both real and unofficially adopted by "Aunt Ann". She was predeceased by husband, Earl and brothers, Max (Beulah), Roby (Vivian), and Calvin (Joyce) Rafuse. Ann enlisted in the CWAC (Canadian Women's Army Corps) at age 16 and served during the Second World War. She then graduated from the Maritime Business College and spent many years working in the retail industry. She was a very active volunteer for numerous worthy charities and organizations including the C.C.B. (Canadian Council of the Blind) club in Dartmouth. Ann was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Somme Branch, and proudly represented women in the Armed Forces through her participation in the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo. Later in life, Ann joined the Corps of Commissionaires, and worked in the security department at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia until she became ill in October. She enjoyed bowling, vacationing with her family, and especially spending time with her grandchildren. Burial will take place in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens, 767 Main St. at 1 p.m. Thursday, followed by a celebration of her life at 2 p.m. Thursday in South End Baptist Church, 60 Hastings Dr., Dartmouth, Rev. P. Nesbitt officiating, reception to follow in the church hall. Ann actively supported and attended the annual Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Parkdale/Maplewood Cenotaph, and in lieu of flowers she requested that donations be made to the Parkdale/Maplewood Cenotaph Fund c/o Emmanuel United Baptist Church, 3142 Barss Corner Rd., Lunenburg Co. NS B0R 1A0, or to Emmanuel United Baptist Church of the same address, or to South End Baptist Church at 60 Hastings Dr., Dartmouth, NS B2Y 2C6. I'd like the memory of myself to be a happy one, I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when day is done, I'd like the tears of those who grieve to dry before the sun, Of happy memories that we shared while we were having fun.
Died April 25, 2009. A son of the late Michael and Martha LeBlanc, he is survived by daughters, Sherry, Judy (Aaron), Beatrice (Jamie), Janice (Dave); son, Michael (Jessica); sister, Catherine; grandchildren, Mikey, John Edward, Jordon, Emily and Cameron; best friends, Harold Cole and Joey Gillis. Predeceased by his first wife, Wanda Kelloway and son, Joey. Cremation will take place followed by visitation Wednesday, 6-9 p.m. in V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home. Funeral Thursday, 10 a.m. in St. Anthony's Church. Interment in the parish cemetery. Reception in the parish hall.
CROWELL, Lenore Gwendolyn
92, of Sandy Cove, Digby Co., died April 25, 2009, in North Hills Nursing Home, Granville Ferry. Born October 20, 1916, in Sandy Cove, she was the daughter of the late George William and Bertha Blanche (Denton) Eldridge and was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She is survived by daughters, Marion Angrignon, Sandy Cove; and Elizabeth (Clifford) Robbins, Temple, N.H.; grandchildren, Alan (Sharon McAuley) Angrignon, Brian Angrignon, and Sandra Angrignon, Aaron (Adie) Robbins; and three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Colin Crowell (1970); sister, Sara Thibault (1988), twin, Leneika Ensor (2001); twins, Bertha Fitzgerald (1992), George Harper Eldridge (1944 Second World War); son-in-law, George Angrignon (2000). The family wishes to express their appreciation to all the staff of North Hills for the loving care and attention she received in her final years. A memorial service with interment of ashes will take place at a later date in Sandy Cove.
BAKER, Joan Barbara
76, High Crest Sherbrooke Home for Special Care, and formerly of Little Liscomb, Guysborough Co., passed away Thursday, April 23, 2009, in the home. Born in Middle LaHave, she was a daughter of the late Demas and Margaret (Lohnes) Wilkie. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was a member of St. John's United Church, Liscomb. Joan was employed as a domestic throughout her working years. She enjoyed knitting, sewing, playing cards and bingo. She is survived by husband, Walter Campbell Baker, Little Liscomb; sons, Calvin, Lower LaHave; Archie, Pugwash; Vernon, Annapolis Valley; daughters, Joyce Baker (Warren), Liscomb; Beatrice (James) Johnston, Bedford; grandchildren, Blake Roger Baker, Stephanie Baker; several nieces and nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by son, Edward James Baker; one daughter in infancy; brother, Vincent Wilkie; sister, Margaret Patriquin; grandson, Tyler Baker. Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation by request. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, in G. W. Giffin Funeral Home, St. Mary's Chapel, 34 Main St., Sherbrooke with Derek Elsworth officiating. Burial at a later date in St. John's Cemetery, Liscomb. Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary's Memorial Hospital, Sherbrooke. Funeral arrangements are under the dignified and compassionate care of G. W. Giffin Funeral Home, St. Mary's Chapel, 34 Main St., Sherbrooke.
SMITH, Cleveland David
Passed away March 26, 2009. Born in Springhill to the late Charles and Thelma Smith, Cleve met and married his wife, Phyllis. They moved to British Columbia with the first two of their four children in 1968. In 1970, Cleve started his logging career and moved to Wells, B.C. He later founded his own logging company, C.S. Logging. Cleve loved hunting and fishing and all outdoor activities, and he enjoyed time spent with his family and friends. He loved taking his grandchildren to Batnuni Lake Resort where they camped and fished. He is survived by wife, Phyllis (Hunter), Cottonwood, B.C.; children, Linda Marie, Charlene Brenda, John Tillot and Trina Louise; precious grandchildren, Jeffery Kyle, Derek James, Lukas Raymond, Hallie Pearl, Kathleen Donena, Alicia Anne and Zinnia; siblings, Audrey, Edie, Gary, Hallie, Burton, Tom, Carol and Larry. A memorial service was held April 1, in the Elks Ball with Rev. Teri Meyer officiating. Cleve will always be remembered for his generosity and free advice.
JOHNSON (Farmer), Isabel Jeanette
83, Halifax, passed away quietly and peacefully in the QEII Health Sciences Centre on April 24, 2009. She was born in Shelburne and was the daughter of the late Everett Farmer and Margaret (Hagen) Farmer. She was a member of Cornwallis St. Baptist and Revival Tabernacle Churches. She was involved in the Helping Hand Society and enjoyed all aspects of the church. She is survived by sons, Adrian Farmer, Milton, Ont.; Gary (Maxine) Farmer, Dartmouth; daughters, Mildred Farmer, Chicago, Ill.; Valerie (Victor) Carvery, Halifax; Janice Farmer, Halifax, Evette Johnson, Ottawa, Ont.; sister, Margaret Farmer, Halifax; brother, Melvin Farmer, Shelburne; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, David Johnson; daughter, Tanya Johnson; sisters, Sadie Herbert, Marjorie Farmer, Bessy Farmer; brothers, Archibald Farmer, Andrew Farmer, Dave Farmer. Visitation 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, in J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor St., Halifax. Funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in Cornwallis St. Baptist Church, Halifax. Burial in Cherrybrook Cemetery. Repast after burial in Cornwallis St. Baptist Church. We would like to thank the staff of St. Vincent's Nursing Home and the QEII Health Sciences Centre, 8.2. Donations may be made to the Lung Association of Nova Scotia