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 Centreville; daughter, JoAnne Ernst-Franklin, of Lawrencetown; grandchildren, Jennifer and Amanda Ernst, Tammy (Derek) White, Hannah and Alexander Josey; half-sister, Pearl (Ed) LeBelle. 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, in Kaulbach Family Funeral Home, Bridgetown, with a Royal Canadian Legion service at 7 p.m. Funeral service will held 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2, in Gordon Providence United Church, with Rev. Janis Campbell officiating. Reception to follow in 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.
HARRIS, Donald Munroe
90, of Bridgetown, passed away February 20, 2009. A legion tribute service followed by a memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2, from St. James Anglican Church, Bridgetown, Rev. Liz Earley officiating. Interment in Riverside Cemetery, Bridgetown. Reception following in the legion hall. Funeral arrangements in care of Annapolis Valley Funeral Home, Coldbrook.
ROBAR, Marjorie Fay
77, of Canso, surrounded by her loving family, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 28, 2009, in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII. Born April 14, 1932, in Bridgewater, she was a daughter of the late Willard and Arlean Garber. Marjorie was predeceased by loving companion, Eugene Richards; brother, Gerald Garber. She will be greatly missed by her son, Brian (Margot) Robar, Halifax; granddaughters, Lauren and Kristine; sister, Shirley Whynot, Oak Hill. Moving to Halifax in the early 60s, Marjorie was employed for 26 years as a personal care worker at both the Willow and Halifax Nursing Homes. In 1987, Marjorie and Eugene moved to Canso to enjoy their retirement and she was always deeply moved by the warm welcome and friendship extended by Eugene's family and friends. Marjorie's great love was her granddaughters and she followed the milestones in their lives with great interest. The family wish to extend heartfelt thanks to the staff and physicians on 6.4 CCU for their outstanding compassion and care. Cremation has taken place, and there will be no visitation at the request of the family. Memorial services and interment will take place at a later date. At Marjorie's request, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.
MOORE (MacGregor), Georgetta Roberta
90, of Pleasant Bay, died April 29, 2009, in Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. Born in Red River, she was a daughter of the late Robert A. Moore and Sarah Letitia (Burton) Moore. Georgetta was a strong, faithful servant of God who lived her life for her family. She was an exceptional cook and her main purpose was to make sure no one ever left the house without at least a cup of tea. She is fondly remembered as the best grandmother who always had the cookie jar filled and a plate of cinnamon rolls ready to entice you. Her many nieces held a special place in her heart and she always looked forward to their visits. She took great pride in the socks and mittens she knit to keep everyone warm and dry. During the last few years of declining health, Georgetta was provided with special angels from Home Support Services. One in particular, Elizabeth Hinkley, lovingly cared for her as though she were her own mother. We will be forever grateful. Surviving are son, Alexander (Matilda) MacGregor, Sydney; daughter, Mary Hope (Alex) Fraser, Pleasant Bay; daughter-in-law, Bernice MacGregor, Halifax; grandchildren, Alexander (Norma) MacGregor, Cheryl (Mike) Briggs, Jean MacGregor (Trevor), Trudie (Lawrence) Pattingale, Tammie (Kevin) Fiset, John David Fraser, Ronnie (Michelle) Fraser, Brandy (Tony) LaGace; 16 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by first husband, John K. MacGregor; second husband, Walter C. Moore; son, Donald Arthur MacGregor; brothers, John and Arthur; sisters, Kathleen Hinkley, Marion Moore, Eunice MacIntosh, Christy Moore, Jean Hinkley. Visitation will be held in Pleasant Bay Professional Centre with visitation from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Saturday. A celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, May 3, at 11:30 a.m. in St. Andrew's United Church, with Rev. Chris Matheson officiating, assisted by Rev. Blake Caldwell. Interment in Pleasant Bay Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to St. Andrews United Church. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd.
ROBICHAUD, Kathleen Geneveve "Kay"
62, Sheldrake Lake, passed away peacefully on April 29, 2009, in the VG Site, QEII, with her loving family by her side. Born November 5, 1946, in Ingonish, she was a daughter of the late Maurice and Emma Donovan. Kay will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She was an avid gardener and spent endless hours working in her garden. Nothing gave her more pleasure than sharing it with the people she loved. Happiness for Kay was simple; enjoying her morning cup of tea in her garden while watching the birds and squirrels that would visit her. As well, she found great joy in her precious grandchildren, Isabelle and William, whom she loved dearly. Kay will be sadly missed by her husband of 39 years, John; her only child, Jay (J.J.), and his wife, Julie; grandchildren, Isabelle and William; sisters, Charlotte Gilles, Emily McLellan, Vivian Latwatis, Francis Gillis, Eleanor Richardson and Ann Marie Keizer; brothers, Art, Clyburn, Phillip, and Kyte. Her four legged friends, Timber and Tanook will certainly miss her. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by brothers, Wilfred and Pat and sister, Edna. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to family and friends for their love and support. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Serenity Funeral Homes and Crematorium. Family flowers only. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hope for Wildlife. A service in celebration of Kay's life will take place on Monday, May 4, at 11 a.m., in Sacred Heart Parish, 1714 St. Margaret's Bay Rd., Timberlea, Father Joseph MacKinnon officiating.
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 who's 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.
PORTER, Linda Diane
65, of Kentville, Kings Co., passed away Thursday, April 30, 2009, in Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Born in Kentville, she was a daughter of the late Roderick and Gladys (Arenburg) Graves. She was a loving mother, grandmother, homemaker and friend. She especially enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. She is survived by daughter, Tanya (Kirk) Rogers, Centreville; son, Michael, Baxter's Harbour; grandchildren, Brent, Logan, Taylor and Robert. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Roy. Cremation has taken place under the direction of White Family Funeral Home, Kentville, and there will be no visitation by family request. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 2, in White Family Funeral Home, Kentville, Rev. Robert Billings officiating. Donations in memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Valley Regional Hospital. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to White Family Funeral Home, Kentville.
MacDONELL, George Angus
81, Belnan, passed away at home April 29, 2009. Born in Stewiacke, he was a son of the late Frederick and Murlie (Gourley) MacDonell. George spent much of his life on his dairy farm in Belnan. He enjoyed getting up at 5 in the morning and working until dark. He was a proud member of Farmers Dairy, and he loved to spend time with family, friends, and neighbors, playing cards and listening to music. George enjoyed life to the fullest, especially when shared with his family and friends. He is survived by his children, Fred, Gerry (Doreen Gallagher), both of Belnan; Jo-Anne (David) Blom, Calgary, Alta.; Susan (Bruno) Timpano, Penticton, B.C.; Betty (Bruce) Isaac, Falmouth; Cathy (Chris Kennedy) MacDonell, Halifax; Archie (Mary Nunn), Belnan; grandchildren, Brendan, Ryan MacDonell, Kirsten, Jamie, Jeremy and Beth Blom, Kevan, Jenny and Nicole Timpano; Michael and Joseph Isaac; sister, Florence (Leo) Benere; brother, Alfred (Marlene) MacDonell. He was predeceased by his wife, Pauletta. Arrangements entrusted to Ettinger Funeral Home, Shubenacadie 758-3259. Visitation 2-4, 6-8 p.m. Sunday with funeral mass 10 a.m. Monday both in St. Bernard's Roman Catholic Church, Enfield, Father Phil Thibodeau presiding. Interment in Sandy Hill Cemetery, Belnan. Donations may be made in George's memory to the QEII Foundation, Canadian Diabetes Association, or a charity of your choice.
MacCONNELL, Elaine Mary
94, of Tidal View Manor, Yarmouth, passed away April 29, 2009, in the manor. Born in Cape Breton on October 16, 1914, she was a daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Sparrow. She was a R.N. with Yarmouth Hospital for many years and supervisor of nursing. She was also a member of St. Ambrose Cathedral. Surviving are son, Richard E. (Eos) Hood, Ottawa, Ont.; Ken M. Hood, Yarmouth; Roy A. (Helen) of Ottawa, Ont.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by first husband, Richard F. Hood and second husband, Harold MacConnell. Her remains are resting in Sweenys Funeral Home, Yarmouth, with visitation today from 7-9 p.m. Funeral 10 a.m. Saturday from St. Ambrose Cathedral, Father John MacPherson officiating. Burial in Our Lady of Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Tidal View Manor, Yarmouth.
GORDON, Cameron "Allan"
70. With heavy hearts, we announce the peaceful passing of Allan Gordon on April 30, 2009, in the Palliative Care Unit of Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. He was the youngest of four sons, born to Cameron Alexander and Esther Mona (Chisholm) Gordon of Lorne, Pictou Co. Allan was a graduate of Acadia (BA, BEd) and Dalhousie (MA) Universities. A lifelong educator, he influenced the futures of thousands during a long and popular career at West Pictou District High School. An avid nature lover and gardener, he enjoyed sharing his bounty generously with friends and relatives, and supplied Crofter's Restaurant with fresh vegetables. Allan was a "book lover and collector", our local historian and genealogist, mentor, loyal friend to so many, camp cook, and fishing companion to the lucky few. He was active in many organizations: Euclid Masonic Lodge No. 92, Pictou County Shrine Club, Abercrombie Volunteer Fire Department, Pictou County Historical Society, St. Andrews Society, Pictou County Minor Hockey Association, and the Progressive Conservative Party. Allan possessed a strong passion for the political life of country, province and community. He served as campaign manager over many years through good times and bad. His broad knowledge of economics and political history combined with his instincts, positive attitude and common sense served prime ministers, premiers, MPs, MLAs and town councillors. His wise counsel and energetic support reverberated across, and was recognized well beyond any political party lines. Although well-traveled, his favourite places remained close to heart and home. His garden and vineyard in Abercrombie, the cottage on Caribou Island, and Lorne Lodge (fishing camp) in Glenelg were all places he shared special times with family and friends as he created his own most interesting and varied life history. Allan is survived by his wife of 44 years, Diane (Graham); children, Leanne (David MacKay), Natalie, Aaron (Janis Downey) and Tanya (Cory Bell). He leaves behind cherished grandchildren, Cameron Gordon, Connor and Graeme MacKay, Kansas and Karling Gordon, and Victor and Sadie Bell. Allan was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Arnold and Doug, and twin siblings, Ralph and Margaret (in infancy). Allan is survived by his brother, John; several brothers and sisters-in law, many nieces and nephews, foster brother, Gordon Graham, and a huge circle friends from all walks of life. He will be sorely and deeply missed by all. The family will receive friends form 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, in H.W. Angus Funeral Home, New Glasgow. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3, in St. Columba United Church, Hopewell with Rev. Heather Landry and Rev. Dr. Glen Matheson officiating. Burial will be in Lorne Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations in his memory may be made to the Shriners or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada.
GILLIATT (Peebles), Thelma Anna Mae
July 17, 1929 - April 3, 2009. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother and grandmother. Anna Mae was born in Boston, U.S.A, the eldest of three children. At age four she and her younger brother Tom were moved to Nova Scotia to be cared for by their maternal grandparents following their mother's premature death. Anna Mae moved to Vancouver in the 50s, where she married Gerald and gave birth to only child Brian in 1960. Having previously graduated from Truro Teacher's College, she continued her studies at UBC and obtained her teaching degree. After retiring from the Vancouver School Board where she worked as an elementary teacher for over 30 years, she returned to UBC to obtain her Masters in Education at the tender age of 69. Anna Mae's accomplishments were all the more admirable given that she suffered from the debilitating effects of severe rheumatoid arthritis which affected many of her joints since the age of 40. Anna Mae was predeceased by her younger siblings and is survived by her ex-husband, Gerald; son, Brian; daughter-in-law, Grace; grandchildren, Matthew and Katrina and extended family and friends. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, May 9th, at 1:30 p.m. in Burnaby, B.C. A burial of the ashes beside her mother in Hopewell, N.S., will follow in late August. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Arthritis Society would be greatly appreciated. Rest in Heavenly Peace
MacDONALD, Bernard Lorrain
72, Canso, passed away Saturday, May 2, 2009, at home. Born in Guysborough, he was a son of the late Joseph and Lillian (Fougere) MacDonald. He was known as "The Old Crow", when his grandchildren came along, he was always "Puppy" to them and so many others. He moved with his family to Hazel Hill in 1953. Bernard was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces From 1955 - 1958. In May of 1959, he married Raymonde Filiatrault in Halifax. They later move to Canso. Upon his return to Canso he worked for over 30 years as a bus driver for the Guysborough District and the Strait Regional School Board. Bernie served 33 years on the Canso Volunteer Fire Department and was Deputy Chief for two years. He was a die hard Toronto Maple Leaf fan. In Bernie early years he played soft ball, hockey and curling. One of his favourite pass times was going to Gilligans Island. He was a big man with a big heart and will be missed by his family and many friends also Midnight, who slept with him every night. Bernie is survived by his son, Gary (Nancy); daughter, Donna; grandchildren, Melissa (James), Gregory (Andrea), Adam and Kyle; great- grandchild, Lily Rebecca; siblings, Claire (Phyllis), John (Theresa), Geraldine, Joseph, Barb (Bernie), Florence (Eddie), Ann (George), Kathy (Joe), Brian (Rachelle) and many nieces, nephews and godchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Raymonde (Filiatrault). Visitation will be Wednesday 2-9 p.m. in Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Canso. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 46 are asked to meet at the funeral home 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Funeral mass will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church, Canso, Father Daniel Boudreau officiating. Burial in the Parish Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Memorial donations in memory of Bernard may be made to Star of the Sea building Fund. 'To my family and friends this is "The Old Crow" signing off,,,, "Boats out in Port Hood"