KERR, V. Leland "Lee"
67, of the Villages, Fla., formerly of Kentville, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2009 in Florida. Born in Kentville, he was a son of the late Fraser and Lillian Kerr. He was raised in Port Williams by his foster parents, the late Roy and Margaret (Bennett) Shaw. He was a baker, retiring with 47 years service. He enjoyed bowling and playing cribbage. He is survived by his wife, the former Carmelita Rogers; daughter, Margaret (Arthur) Knoll, Concord, N.H.; sons, Gregory (Kathy), Jamaica Plain, Mass.; James (Julie), Hudson, Mass.; brother, Walter (Phyllis), Waltham, Mass.; foster sister, Myrtly Chute, Church Street, Kings Co.; foster brother, Ernest Shaw, Winnipeg, Man.; grandchildren, Lindsay (Toby) Fontaine, Jon Cotterly, Holly and Lily Kerr, Jacob, Peter and Ethan Knoll. Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation, by family request. The funeral service, followed by a reception, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 25, 2009 in the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville. Family flowers only, by request. Donations in memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society of the Valley Hospice Foundation. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville.
EMMETT, John Robert "Jack"
The death occurred peacefully, in the Prince County Hospital in Summerside, P.E.I., on Tuesday, April 28, 2009, of John R. "Jack" Emmett. Born in Halifax, March 16, 1924, Jack was the youngest son of the late Albert Edward "Ted" and Alvaria "Al" (Bell) Emmett. In 1942 he enlisted in the RCNVR and served for more than three years. Following the war, he began his career with the RCMP Marine Division, retiring as Staff-Sergeant in 1970. Moving from Halifax to Summerside, he continued his career as Chief Engineer with Marine Atlantic for another seventeen years. Jack loved the outdoors. Always a handyman, Jack then built camp "Tuc-Emm-Inn" in Hampton, P.E.I., where he and Trudy enjoyed the company of family and friends for many years. In town, he made many special friendships at bridge tables and won the respect of fellow pool players, well into his 80s. Jack was a lifetime member of the RCMP Veteran's Association and the Royal Canadian Legion. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Gertrude "Trudy" (Tucker) Emmett, Summerside, P.E.I.; daughter, Ann Maria, sons John (Pat) and Peter (Heather), all of Halifax. Also survived by his sister Shirley (Mike) Nowlan, Great Village; grandchildren Jonathan, Kelly, Erin, Shannon, Kyle, Laura, Scott and Hannah and great-granddaughter Fiona. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his stepmother Marguerite Emmett; brothers Ted and Frank; and by a sister Deborah. Cremation has taken place by personal request. A private family interment will later take place at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Halifax. Special thanks to Dr. Cyril Moyse and the staff at the Prince County Hospital. On-line condolences and memorial donations to the Boys and Girls Club of Summerside or the Canadian Cancer Society, in memory of Jack, may be made at Moase Funeral Home, Summerside.
Handyman in Heaven
There's a handyman in heaven now
Who built a life with dreams
No task, no chore, no obstacle
Loved the challenge of extremes.
A caring, honest provider that
Unselfishly gave his all,
With a heart of gold and hands of steel
That responded to the call.
A son, a brother, a family man
That would help you to the end.
A reliable person of integrity
That we wanted as our friend.
There's a handyman in heaven now
Who's fixing heaven's gate,
Oiling the hinges with pride and care
So they'll open for all who wait.
RIGBY, Charles Anthony "Charlie"
62, of Lower Sackville, passed away April 25, 2009, in Sarasota, Fla. Born in Sydney, he was a son of the late Charles L. and Sadie C. (MacNeil) Rigby. Charlie was a member of the International Union of Elevator Constructors for 40 years. He was an avid skier, kayaker, tennis player and swimmer. He enjoyed his last six winters as a "snowbird" in Sun N Fun, Sarasota, Fla., and summers at the family cottage in Big Pond. He was a proud husband, father and grandfather whose humorous stories will be sadly missed by his many friends. Charlie is survived by his wife of 39 years, Sharron (McKeagan); sons, Lawrence (Shelley) Rigby, Craig (Krista) Rigby, all of Sackville; brother, Douglas (Valerie) Rigby, Sydney; devoted Papa to grandchildren, Madison and Alison Rigby. He was predeceased by brother, Sandy. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in Atlantic Funeral Home, 125 Sackville Dr. Memorial mass will be held Monday at 10 a.m. in St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Lower Sackville. Interment in Oakridge Memory Gardens with a reception to follow at son Craig's home. No flowers by request. Donations may be made to the IWK Health Centre Foundation or The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada.
SURETTE, Gerald René
88, Tidal View Manor, Yarmouth, passed away on Friday, May 1, 2009 in Yarmouth Regional Hospital. Born November 19, 1920 in Pinkney's Point, he was a son of the late Charles Frederic and Eva (Melanson) Surette. He worked as a carpenter. Gerald is survived by his wife, Josephine M. Surette, as well as by stepsons, John Hattie, Plymouth; Seamus Hattie, Phillip Hattie, both of Yarmouth; stepdaughters, Loretta Moulaison, Yarmouth; Evelyn Miller, Boston, Mass.; Dawn (Robert) Scott, Plymouth; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; a brother, Vincent Surette; a sister, Pearl Madden, Belleville. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Helen Newell, as well as by brothers, Charles Eugène and Thomas Benjamin; a sister, Marie Gertrude. Visitation will take place from 7-9 Monday, with prayers at 8 p.m., both in H. M. Huskilson's Funeral Home, 29 Albert Street, Yarmouth. The funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 5 from Saint Ambrose Cathedral, Albert Street, Yarmouth, Father John MacPherson officiating. Interment will take place in Our Lady of Calvary Cemetery, Yarmouth. It has been requested that there be family flowers only. Memorial donations may be made to the Nova Scotia Lung Association or to a charity of choice.
LEVY, Basil Ralph
58, of Kentville, formerly of Hantsport and Windsor, passed away on Friday, May 1, 2009, at the Evergreen Home for Special Care, Kentville. Born on September 18, 1950, in Wolfville, he is the son of Arnold and June (Schofield) Levy, Windsor. Basil is also survived by his daughter, Natascha (Mark Thorne), Cambridge Station; and their son, Maddox Thorne; Sarah Levy, Kentville; brother, Chris, Windsor; sister, Dorothy Martin, Springhill; niece, Kathy Martin, Springhill. Basil was predeceased by his sister, Marlene. Visitation will be held 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday, May 3, in Lindsay's Windsor Funeral Home, 194 King Street, Windsor, where funeral service will be held in the chapel, at 2 p.m. Monday, May 4, 2009. Interment will be held in the Mount Denson United Baptist Cemetery, Mount Denson.
MacKEIGAN, Beverly Jane
61, Mira. With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Jane MacKeigan, RN, of Albert Bridge, who passed away Friday May 1, 2009 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Palliative Care Unit surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Glace Bay in 1947, she was the daughter of Mabel (Stevens) Rafferty and the late James Rafferty. Jane is survived by her loving husband Neil; daughter Susanne (Steve), Mira; sons, Stephen, Calgary; Scott, Sydney; sister, Judy (Wayne) Ferneyhough, Dartmouth; and her granddaughter, Rebecca Jane. Jane graduated from the Glace Bay General Hospital School of Nursing in 1968. Her greatest satisfaction in life came from her family and her more than 20 years nursing service with Dr. M.S. Virick in his practice with the Eskasoni First Nations and most recently, with Dr. P. Murphy in Sydney. Memorial service will take place Monday at 3 p.m. at Union Presbyterian Church with Pastor Kevin Richardson and Rev. Jackie MacDonald officiating. Interment in Riverside Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be made to Palliative Care, Cape Breton Regional Hospital Cancer Center, or charity of choice.
WEST, Robert Frank "Bob"
It is with great sadness the family announces the death of Robert "Bob" Frank West, age 61, of Truro, and formerly of Amherst, on Thursday, April 30, 2009 in Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro, after a long and courageous battle with diabetes. Born in Amherst he was a son of the late Milton and May (Harrison) West. Bob joined the Canadian Air Force in 1966 and served for 9 years in Greenwood. He lived in Amherst for 28 years where he worked for the Department of Transportation. He was a member of the Masonic Acacia Lodge No. 8, Amherst. Over his life he had many interests and kept adjusting those interests due to the limitations of his disease. He adored his family pets which kept him happy for many years. During his last few years his favourite pastime was playing bridge and he was a member of the Truro Duplicate Bridge Club. He was also a member of the First United Church Men's Group, Truro. He was an active member and president of the Amherst Chapter of the Kidney Foundation. In 1994 he received a kidney transplant, the greatest gift of his life with the exception of his family. Bob is survived by his loving wife, Beverly (Turner); daughters, Melissa of Cape Broyle, N.L.; Shanna of Toronto, Ont.; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. Aside from his parents, he was predeceased by his brother Dara. Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 3, 2009 from 2-3 p.m. followed by the Masonic and funeral services at 3 p.m. all in Campbell's Funeral Home, Amherst (667-9906), Rev. Allen Darby will officiate. Interment will take place at a later date in the Amherst Cemetery. Donations in Bob's memory may be made to the Amherst Chapter of the Kidney Foundation or charity of your choice.
CARDWELL, Emily Grace
26, passed away on December 12, 2008, following a tragic car accident in St. Ann's, Cape Breton. There will be a memorial service and Celebration of Life held on Sunday, May 3, 2009. She worked at the Baddeck Tim Hortons for several years, from 2006 to 2008, and many customers remember her sweet and friendly smile. She also worked at The Water's Edge Restaurant, and at the time of her passing, she was living in Sydney, working on her GED. The service will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Uisge Falls Provincial Park, just outside Baddeck. We will gather in the parking lot area, at the trailhead, for a short ceremony, officiated by Rev. Lloyd Murdock. We will hear readings from Emily's family and friends. There will also be an opportunity for those gathered to voice their memories of Emily. There will be a tree planted as well as seed packets given. Everyone is welcome.
COLLINS (Grandy), Mary Edith
99, Halifax, passed away Monday, April 27, 2009, in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII. Born on December 4, 1909, in Garnish, Fortune Bay, N.L., she was a daughter of the late William Aaron and Emma (Kirby) Grandy and the last surviving member of her immediate family. Mary came to Halifax in 1929 as a landed immigrant and before long met her future husband, Gordon. They were married for 68 wonderful years. She worked in the general ledger and sales audit divisions of Simpsons Department Store for many years, retiring in 1973. In her leisure time she enjoyed family car trips, winters spent in Florida, crocheting, doing cryptoquotes and crossword puzzles, and she especially enjoyed playing bridge. Mary was very devoted to her three grandchildren, to whom she gave so much of her time, particularly during their formative years. She will be deeply missed by her only daughter, Barbara Keating; son-in-law, Dr. David; and grandchildren, Sean, Bradley, and Lauren. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews throughout Canada and the United States. In addition to Gordon, who passed away in September 2008, she was predeceased by her brothers, Percival, Ernest, Matthew, in infancy, and Harold; and her sister, Ada. Cremation has taken place and a private family interment will be held in St. John's Cemetery. A memorial service celebrating Mary's life will take place on Tuesday, May 5, at 2 p.m., in J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Dr., Halifax, with Rev. Sandra Cox officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Nova Scotia Division, or a charity of your choice.
MacDONALD, William Edwin "Bill"
74, Glace Bay, passed away on April 29, 2009 Born in Florence, he was the son of the late Archie and Edith (Orr) MacDonald. He is survived by his wife, the former Shirley MacGregor; daughters, Jean Anne Farrow, Wendy Rideout; sons, Robert, Ross, Douglas; brothers, Archie, Gordon, Ross Ferry and Robert; 14 grandchildren. He was predeceased by sister-in-law, Joan MacDonald; and daughter-in-law, Wendy Stubbard. Visitation will be today from 2-4, 7-9 p.m. in the V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 16 Reserve St., Glace Bay. The funeral service will be on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Knox United Church, Glace Bay.