BOUTILIER, Frances Stella Dorothy
96, of Bedford, passed away Monday, April 27, 2009, in Arborstone Enhanced Care. Born in Calgary, Alta., she was a daughter of the late Captain Francis Ellis Boutilier and Mary Alice Boutilier. She is survived by nephews, Jack, Don, Joe and Bertie Boutilier, sons of her only brother, the late Walter Alan Roy Boutilier, and their families. Dorothy and her family moved to Bedford when she was quite young. She was very active in her parish of St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church, the Bedford Legion, and the community at large. Dorothy spent her last years within the community of Aborstone's second floor where she made many friends and was cared for with endless kindness, compassion and love. Funeral service will be held in St. Ignatius Church, Bedford, on Friday, May 1st, at 1 p.m. Burial in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lower Sackville, will take place immediately following the service.
ERNST, Elizabeth Mary "Betty"
72, of Bridgetown, passed away April 27, 2009, in Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Born in Nictaux West, she was a daughter of the late Andrew John and Pauline Lenora (Mailman) Pothier. Betty was a life member of the Bridgetown Branch No. 33 Royal Canadian Legion and was Past President of the Ladies Auxiliary with whom she cooked for countless banquets, weddings, etc. She was also active with her husband Harold in darts and pool tournaments at the legion and was famous for her 'Betty burgers'. Betty enjoyed crocheting, camping, and bluegrass festivals, but especially loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She spent many happy years working together with Harold and the family on the family farm before moving to Church Street in 1981. She is survived by her husband, Harold; sons, Russell (Brenda) of Carleton Corner; John (Cheryl) of Centerville; daughter, JoAnn Ernst-Franklin of Lawrencetown; grandchildren, Jennifer and Amanda Ernst, Tammy (Derek) White, Christine Josey; great-grandchildren, Matthew White, Hannah and Alexander Josey. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by sisters, Joyce Marshall, Diane Cole, Doris Melanson and Joan Handspiker. Visitation will be held 7-9 p.m. Friday from Kaulbach Family Funeral Home, Bridgetown with a Royal Canadian Legion service at 7 p.m. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2, from Gordon Providence United Church with Rev. Janis Campbell officiating, followed by a reception in the Royal Canadian Legion, Bridgetown. Burial will be at a later date. Family flowers only. Donations in Betty's memory may be sent to the Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Diabetes Association or to a charity of one's choice.
LeBLANC, Gary Benoit
56, Lower Wedgeport, Yarmouth Co., passed away in Yarmouth Regional Hospital on Monday, April 27, 2009. Born August 3, 1952, he was a son of the late Donald and Betty LeBlanc, of Wedgeport. Gary was a watchman at the wharf, and liked to paint, hunt and fish, and was a member of Ducks Unlimited. He is survived by son, Mason LeBlanc, Halifax and brother, Bruce (Janice) LeBlanc, Wedgeport. Cremation has taken place, and there will be no visitation by request. A funeral service will take place on Thursday, April 30, at 2 p.m. in St. Michael's Catholic Church, Wedgeport, Father Wieslaw Papuga officiating. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Family flowers only please. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.
LEE, Barry Ralph John
Calgary/Dartmouth. A memorial service will be held for Barry Lee on Sunday, May 3, at 3 p.m. in Cole Harbour/Woodside United Church, 15 Bissett Rd., Dartmouth
BROWN, John "Blackie"
Died April 28, 2009. He was a son of the late Murray and Margaret "Maggie" (MacDonald) Brown. Surviving are his wife, Margaret (Cathcart); sons, David (Ann Marie), Shawn (Janet) and daughter, Kelly (William MacIntyre); sister, Martina (Murray) MacKinnon and brother, Alex (Diane); seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and close friends. He was also predeceased by siblings, Neil, Mary and Sadie. Visitation today, 2-4, 7-9 p.m. . in Curry's Funeral Home. Funeral Mass of Resurrection Friday 10 a.m. in Holy Cross Church. Interment in the parish cemetery. j
DAWDY, Marion Whitman
Passed away April 25, 2009. Born in a bustling household on a farm in Nova Scotia to George and Ida Whitman, the youngest of ten children, with no time to be spoiled, a good work ethic was instilled by hardworking, honest parents. As the Second World War arrived, she had brothers enlisted in all three services. A graduate of V.G. Hospital in Halifax, Class of 47B, she enjoyed a long nursing career coupled with raising a family with Carson who predeceased her in 1996. She leaves good memories with her children, Cheryl (Michael) Thorpe, Richard, Joan (Brian) McHale; grandchildren, Ian, Richard and Brianna McHale, Christopher and Hilary Thorpe. She is also survived by siblings, Eleanor Cousins and Vern Whitman, sisters-in-law, Kay Dawdy and Rheta and Jim Bartlett as well as nieces and nephews to numerous to mention. At Marion's request, cremation has taken place and there was no visitation. Instead her family welcomed all who knew her in a Memorial Service to celebrate her life in the First Baptist Church in Beamsville on Tuesday, April 28 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to "Tower Fund" First Baptist Church, Beamsville, McNally House or Hospice Niagara (The Stabler Centre) would be appreciated by the family.
MacDONALD, Gordon John
66, Ross Ferry, died Saturday, April 25, 2009, at home. Born in Point Aconi, he was the son of Sabena (Devoe) and the late John MacDonald. He is survived by sons, Jim and Gordon Christopher; sisters, Elizabeth MacNeil, Mary, Lisa Marie MacDonald, and brothers, Frank, Russell, Bernie, Thomas, Alex, and Bill. He was predeceased by his wife, Bristena; and his brother, Gordon, in infancy. There will be no visitation. Funeral Mass will be on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, Father Hugh MacNeil officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.
WOOD, Lance Allen
68, of Truro, passed away on April 27, 2009, in Colchester Regional Hospital. He was a son of the late Russell and Nancy (Gratto) Wood. He is survived by his children, Kenneth, Kara and Mark; his grandsons, Ashley and Wade; his first wife, Goldie; sisters, June and Joyce, both of Ontario; his companion, Jean and stepchildren, Heather and Stephen, stepgrandchildren, Dustin and Alicia, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Viola and brothers, Oswald, Owen, Sidney, Douglas, and Maurice. Cremation has taken place. No funeral, by request. Graveside service to be held in Terrace Hill Cemetery, Kaulback Street, Truro, Friday, May 1, at 2 p.m. with a reception to follow in St. John's Anglican Church Hall, 23 Church St., Truro
BOYLE, John Francis
63, of Port Hawkesbury, and formerly of Afton, Antigonish Co., passed away on April 24, 2009 in the QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax. Born in Antigonish, he was a son of the late Thompson and Irene (Murphy) Boyle. John grew up in Afton. He was a graduate of St. Andrew Rural High School and St. Francis Xavier University where he developed many lifelong friendships which continued to bring much joy to his life. He began teaching at Port Hawkesbury High School in 1968 and continued teaching and working as an administrator at SAERC until his retirement. The students were at the heart of his role as an educator and he got a great "kick out of" watching them grow into adults. John will be remembered most for his love and selfless commitment to his family and friends. John was a dedicated husband, constant in his love for his wife of 41 years, Maureen. A loving father, he guided his three children through his words and honourable actions. John was an intelligent man who enjoyed the simple things of life such as reading an Irish history book by a warm wood stove, being outside enjoying nature, or working on a project in his shop. He had a wonderful sense of humour, delighting those who knew him with his sharp wit. John was a man of strong faith and was active in his church, St. Joseph's Parish. He was a well rounded leader in the community, serving as president of the local PC Party and Co-op. John is survived by his wife, Maureen (MacIsaac); daughters, Tara Boudreau (Colin), Doha, Qatar; Trina (Will), Doha, Qatar; treasured son, Brendan; granddaughter, Faith; and grandson and namesake, Owen John. He was lucky enough to count his surviving siblings among his best friends, Margaret Proser, Enfield; Michael "Buddy" (Louise), Afton; Joseph (Margie), Afton; Patricia Alexander, Lethbridge, Alta.; James (Louise), Truro; Helen (Maurice) Pitts, Sackville; Cathy (Don) Beck, Middleton; Eugene (Jeannie), Afton. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews who played a huge part in his life. Visitation will be in C.L. Curry Funeral Home, 135 College St., Antigonish, today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held in St. Peter's Church, Tracadie, on Tuesday at 2 p.m., with Reverend John Barry presiding. Burial in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society. The family would like to extend their gratitude to the many health care professionals from St. Martha's Hospital and the Halifax Infirmary, QEII, for their compassion and dedication to John over his last few weeks.
19, of Amherst, passed away suddenly in Shinimicas Bridge on Sunday, April 26, 2009. Born in Amherst, he was a son of Michael Allan (Vicki Holland) of Dartmouth and Sheila Allan (Stephen Millard) of Amherst. Born and brought up in Amherst, he graduated from Amherst Regional High School in 2007. Raymond was very active and adventurous. He enjoyed snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing, and driving his motorcycle. Most of all, he loved spending time with his friends and family. Ray added life, love and joy to everyone and everything he touched, living every moment fully. He will be deeply missed by his parents; his paternal grandmother, Grace Allan, Amherst; maternal grandmother, Alberta Jeffries, Sussex/Moncton; sister, Niki, Amherst, and his many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Arrangements have been entrusted with Furlong~Jones Funeral Home, 70 Church St., Amherst (902-667-8777), where visiting hours will be held today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held from Christ Church, Amherst, on Thursday, April 30, at 2 p.m., Archdeacon Glenn Eason officiating. Family flowers only please. Those wishing to make a donation may do so to Christ Church, or the charity of your choice.
BABIN, Margaret Anne
Age 51, of Prospect Bay. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Margaret "Margie", "Madge" on April 25, 2009, in QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax. Born in Digby, she was a daughter of the late Donald V. and N. Gwendolyn (Abramson) Marshall. Margaret was a desk clerk in various hotels in the Yarmouth area. She had worked at MT&T for many years and most recently had worked at the IWK as a Medical Office Assistant. Margie was extremely soft-hearted and would be very proud to know that she was an organ donor. She enjoyed gardening, crafts and getting together with friends. Margaret is survived by her husband of 26 years and best friend, Ross Babin; children, Joel Marshall Babin and Kate Jocelyn Babin; "the light of her life" grandson, Kaden; sister, Dawn (John) MacLean, (who raised her from the age of six), their children, Tracey (Bill Oakley) Warwick, Sarah (Robert) Livesey; brothers, Jack (Dawn) Marshall and their children, James (Jenna), Luke (Stephanie), Lauren Marshall and David Marshall; brothers-in-law, Les (Kim) Babin, their son, Lee; Roy (Marjorie), their daughters, Nicole and Erika; Ralph (Sue), Earl (Maureen), their daughter, Lindsey; sister-in-law, Louise (George) Jackson and their sons, Troy and Chris Relf and grandnephew, Kyle. Margaret was predeceased by nephew, Mark Anthony Babin. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held today at 1 p.m. in Knox United Church, 567 Sackville Dr., Lower Sackville, Rev. Jean Udall officiating. A reception will follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the IWK Foundation or Heart and Stoke Foundation of Nova Scotia.
D'EON, Geraldine M. "Jill"
Bridgewater, formerly of Yarmouth, passed away April 24, 2009, in South Shore Regional Hospital. Born December 20, 1914 in Wedgeport, she was the daughter of Ligouri and Helena (Pothier) LeBlanc. After the Second World War, Jill married E. Joseph D'Eon. She worked for the T. Eaton Co. for several years but spent most of her years as a devoted homemaker. She was a lifelong member of St. Ambrose Parish and was dedicated to the Catholic Women's League. Up until her recent move to Bridgewater she enjoyed regular afternoon gatherings and wonderful friendships with the "girls" in her bridge club. She loved her new home at Drumlin Hills in Bridgewater and her many new friends. Always active and vibrant she loved nothing more than social occasions with family and spending time with friends. Devoted to her family she will be sadly missed by her only daughter, Michelle (Richard Crouse); grandchildren, Gillian, Katie and Andrew and her great granddaughter, Layla, as well as her extended family of nieces and nephews and Joe's family in West Pubnico. She was predeceased by husband, Joe; brother, Joe, and sisters, Leona, Ursula (Neville), Vivian, and Rosa (Deveau). She is survived by sisters, Claire, Katherine (Shaugnessy) and brother, Don. A funeral mass will be held Monday, May 4, at 11 a.m., in St. Ambrose Cathedral Yarmouth, Father John MacPherson officiating. Visitation will be held in H.M. Huskilson's Funeral Home on Sunday evening, May 3, from 7-9 p.m., with prayers at 8 p.m. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, Parkinson's Society Canada, Maritime Region, or St. Ambrose Cathedral.
BURKE, Helene I.
We have said goodbye to our beloved "tante Helene." Born an independent spirit, Helene lived life to the fullest. She spent much of her adult life in Massachusetts, where she accepted positions of increasing responsibility and enjoyed the friendship of many. She returned to Sluice Point shortly after retirement and involved herself with all activities of the village. Helene lived at Sunset Terrace in Yarmouth for the last few years. A creative person, she became a skilled artist, whose paintings reflected her love of nature and the sea. She was also respected as a fine crafts person. Her most favoured moments were spent with family and friends, enjoying fine food and conversation. Helene was the daughter of Frederick Burke and Emilie Pothier. She is survived by sisters, Sylvie d'Entremont and Jacqueline (Delbert) Bourque, and a brother, Gustave (Jeanette) Bourque. Along with her parents, she was predeceased by brothers, Frederick, James and Gerald; numerous nieces and nephews in Nova Scotia, Ontario and the New England states will miss her mentorship and advisory capabilities. There will be no visitation by request. A funeral mass will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, May 4 in Holy Family Catholic Church, Amirault's Hill, Msgr. Gerald LeBlanc officiating. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. It has been requested that there be family flowers only. Memorial donations may be made to Holy Family Church. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to H. M. Huskilson's Funeral Home, Yarmouth.