96, passed away April 21, 2009. Born in Lake Joli, Digby Co., and grew up in Bear River, Digby Co., she was a daughter of the late Fletcher and Lizzie (Banks) Milbury. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was a retired employee of M.T.&T and a member of St. Matthews United Church, Halifax. She is survived by nieces, Geneva Newcombe, Digby; Linda (Wayne) Sampson, Camrose, Alta.; Joan Stach, Dartmouth; Nancy (Gordon) Coakley, Digby; nephew, Bruce (Laura) Milbury, Digby; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by brother, George; sister, Mary Scott and a sister in infancy. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, May 7, in Jayne's Funeral Home, 7 Birch St., Digby, Rev. Peter Atkinson will officiate. Interment in Mount Hope Cemetery, Bear River. Donations in her memory may be made to a charity of choice.
JEFFERSON, Michael Stewart "Mike"
August 10, 1940 to April 29, 2009. Passed away peacefully in Dartmouth General Hospital after a long and arduous battle with lung disease. Mike was born in Bridgewater, an only son of Captain Karl "Jeff" Jefferson and Dorothy (Penny) Jefferson. After receiving his education in Ontario and working many years in Toronto, Ont., Mike moved to Halifax in 1982. He maintained an independent life through many clerical jobs, despite his failing health, until his retirement from retail life a few years ago. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by many aunts and uncles; and cousins, James Penny and Carolyn (Hebb) Potts (both of Bridgewater). Mike is survived by his sister, Cory Mann (Eric), Ajax, Ont.; loving aunts, Thelma (Penny) Hebb, Bridgewater; and Barbara (Penny) MacAuley, Halifax; and cousins, Penny (Grant) and Duncan (Paula) MacAuley, both of Halifax; Wade (Bev) Hebb, Eganville, Ont.; David Jefferson, Saint John, N.B.; Harlow Jefferson Hebbville; and many others. Mike was a great-uncle to four and will be missed by his niece, Melissa; and nephews, Adam, Chris and Tim. At Mike's request, there will be no service; cremation has already taken place. If desired, memorial donations to the Nova Scotia Lung Association would be greatly appreciated by the family. Mike chose a solitary life but his intelligence, wit, and gentle spirit will be missed by those who knew him.
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, James, and 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.
BRACKETT, Gwendolyn E.
93, died April 30, 2009, in Seattle, Wash. where she moved to in 2003 to be near her family. She was a resident of Sunrise of Edmonds and had lived previously at Sunrise of Lynnwood. She was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1916 and graduated from the Nova Scotia Hospital School of Nursing in 1936. She worked as a nurse in Nova Scotia until she married in 1940. After her children were raised, she worked as secretary to the director of nursing at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla. from 1964 to 1973. She continued working for many years as a medical transcriptionist. In 1979 she returned to Halifax with her husband Oz and lived there until 1989 when she returned to Florida once again. She lived in Dunedin, Fla. until 2003 where she loved to bowl, play bridge and was a volunteer at Mease Hospital. She was predeceased by her husband, Oswald Guy Brackett in 1984 and also by her sister, Jean Simpson; brothers, Roy and Albert Janes and by a granddaughter, Evelyn Riccio. She is survived by her children, Peter (Kathy) Brackett, Indialantic, Fla.; Dianne Riccio, Toronto, Ont.; Maureen (James) Martin, Edmonds, Wash., and Kathleen (Larry) Brown, San Antonio, Tex. She is also survived by nine grandchildren; Rom, Christopher, Jacob, Stephen, Timothy, Jeffrey, Jennifer, Christine and John Oswald, 11 great-grandchildren also survive her in addition to five sisters-in-law: Carol Graves, Ottawa, Ont.; Betty Donlevy, Peterborough, Ont.; Marg Brackett MacFarlane, Halifax; Coral Janes, Blandford; and Barbara Janes, St. John's, N.L. A Funeral Mass was held at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Edmonds, Wash. on May 4, 2009. Arrangements Beck's Funeral Home, Edmonds, Wash.
RAPP, Teresa Mary Ann
78, Liverpool, Queens Co., passed away peacefully in Queens General Hospital, Liverpool, February 12, 2009. Born on December 26, 1930 in Summerside, P.E.I., she was a daughter of the late Theodore and Rosie (Gallant) Richard. Terrie worked at the Bowling Center and the Astor Theatre. She was a huge fan of the Toronto Blue Jays and loved to be surrounded by family and friends. She is survived by her daughters, Darlene (Rick) VanDyk, Ingersoll, Ont.; Gail Gallant, Ontario; son, Randall (Ann) of Liverpool; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; sister, Leona Adams of Summerside; brothers, William of Ontario and Cecil of Manitoba. She was predeceased by her brother, Alcide. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers' Funeral Home, Liverpool where a memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 5 at 11 a.m. Capt. Kirk MacLeod officiating. No flowers by request, donations may be made to The Salvation Army.
MOULTON, Stanley Norman
79, passed away Friday May 1, 2009, in Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in Halifax, he was the son of the late Stanley and Rose (Mills) Moulton. He worked at Procor in Windsor Junction until his move to Giant's Lake where he operated a Sugar Bush and did Christmas Tree and woods work until his retirement at 75. He will be greatly missed by his friend, Loretta and her family and his many nieces and nephews most especially his niece, Nancy (Rodney) Lane, Giant's Lake, and their children Mindy, Beckie, and Ben. Stan was predeceased by his wife, Dora (Keefe); brothers, Frank and Ken, and sister Thelma. In keeping with Stan's wishes there will be no service. Cremation has taken place. Donations in his memory can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
WOOD, Mildred Ida
87, of Tidal View Manor, Yarmouth, and formerly of Tusket, died on May 2, 2009, in the Yarmouth Regional Hospital. Born on December 19, 1921 in Digby, she was the daughter of the late Gerald and Frances (Johnson) Brayne. She was a member of the St. Stephen's Anglican Church, Tusket, and a homemaker. She is survived by sons, Phillip of Raynardton, Yarmouth Co.; Timothy (Carol) of Tusket; Ricky (Darla), Port Williams; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her husband, Gerald Leslie Wood; sons, Maynard and Gary, and an infant sister. Cremation has taken place. Memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 5, 2 p.m. in St. Stephen's Anglican Church, Tusket, Father Douglas Chard officiating. Burial in The St. Stephens Anglican Church Cemetery. Donations to St. Stephens Anglican Church or to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia. Arrangements have been entrusted to Sweeny's Funeral Home, Yarmouth.
ROSS, Archibald Franklyn
85, of Truro, passed away Saturday, May 2, 2009, at home. Born in Truro, he was a son of the late David and Ethel (Fraser) Ross. Archie formerly worked with Jack Roop at Vail's Laundry and Cleaners and later moved to Sackville, N.B. where he owned and operated Sackville Laundry and Dry Cleaning. He was a member of the Nuttby United Baptist Church, Nuttby. He was a veteran of the Second World War serving overseas with the Royal Canadian Navy, and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 26, Truro. Archie was a harness racing owner and harness racing enthusiast. He was an avid Montreal Canadian Fan. He is survived by his aunt, Mrs. Vivian Hoar, Truro; nephews, Randy Roop (Betty), Brookfield, Robert Roop, Florida; niece, Loyus McDow (Terry), Bedford; several cousins. He was predeceased by his wife the former Loyus Ferguson. No visitation by request. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 26, Truro will conduct a Legion Tribute Service on Tuesday, May 5 at 1:45 p.m. followed by funeral service at 2 p.m., all in the Mattatall~Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young St., Truro. Pastor Greg Porter will officiate with a reception to follow in the funeral home. Burial will follow in Robie Street Cemetery, Truro. Family flowers only. Donations in Archie's memory may be made to the Nuttby United Baptist Church.
McCLAIR, Dorothy Margaret
97, of the Shiretown Nursing Home, Pictou passed away on May 1, 2009, in the home. Born in New Westminister, B.C. she was a daughter of the late Alexander and Ida (Tingmann) Fyfe. She was a member of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Pictou and an active member of the Ladies Auxiliary. An avid reader, she also enjoyed painting in oils. After her husband's death she operated McClair's Bakery for many years. She is survived by daughters, Joan Morais (Clifford), and Margaret Curran (Harold); grandchildren, Anne Beaumont, Elizabeth McCann (Kevin), Andrew, Mary, Avril Bird (David) and Alexander; five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Elmer; sister, Hazel, and brother, Wilbert. A private graveside service will take place in Seaview Cemetery. A public reception will take place today at 3 p.m. in the Shiretown Nursing Home. Family flowers only, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Pictou. Arrangements are under the direction of McLaren Funeral Service, Pictou.
BECK, Ruth H.
80, Midville Branch, Lunenburg Co., passed away May 1, 2009, at home, surrounded by her family. Born in Chicago, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Purley and Dorothy (Weinacht) Lowe. Surviving are her sons, Randall (Sharlene), Lower Branch; Wendell (Nida), Midville Branch; daughters, Susanne (David Kuhner), Midville Branch; Sharon (Jerry Slauenwhite), Lower Cornwall; grandchildren, Lorelei, Gavin Beck, Megan, Jared Slauenwhite; great-grandson, Aaron Beck. She was predeceased by her husband, Willis Mervin Beck. Visitation 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Funeral Service 2 p.m. Wednesday, both in R.A. Corkum Funeral Home, Wileville. Rev. Sonny Sawler Officiating. Interment in Lone Pine Cemetery, Upper Branch. Memorial Donations may be made to World Vision, Victoria Order of Nurses, Lunenburg County Branch or the charity of your choice.
NEARING, Phyllis Marie
75, Stellarton, died Saturday May 2, 2009, in Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in Sunny Brae, Pictou Co., she was a daughter of the late Fred and Josephine (Carty) Campbell. Phyllis was a resident of Stellarton for most of her life where she was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church. She is survived by brother, Frank (Jessie) Campbell, Stellarton; sister, Eileen (Stan) Kemp, Mississauga, Ont.; sister-in-law, Irene (Ron) Christensen, Alma; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Joe; sisters, Dorothy Jardine and Evelyn Smith. Her remains will rest in H.C. MacQuarrie Funeral Home, Stellarton for visiting from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. Mass of Christian burial will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday from Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church with Father Peter MacDonald officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Reception to follow in the parish hall. Family flowers only. Donations in memory of Phyllis may be made to the Palliative Care Society of the Aberdeen Hospital, Canadian Cancer Society, or to a charity of one's choice.
SAMPSON, John "Vernon"
66, of Louisdale. It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Vernon, loving husband, father and grandfather, on May 2, 2009, in the Strait Richmond Hospital, Evanston, after a brief and courageous battle with cancer. Born in Sydney, he was the son of the late Godfrey and Cecilia (Boudreau) Samson and stepson of the late Melvin Samson. Left to remember him with fond and loving memories are his wife of 44 years, Eda (Arsenault); son, Greg (Roseanne) of Burlington, Ont., their children Nicholas and Sarah; daughter, Lisa (Rodney DeWolf) of Petit De Grat, their children Eric and Selena; daughter, Nicole (Allan Geddes) of Hammonds Plains, their children Joshua and Katelyn; and very special son, Dean, living at home. Also surviving is sister, Eileen Morgan of Whiteside, and brothers, Gary of North Battleford, Sask., and Blair of Fort McMurray, Alta.; and many special aunts and uncles who were more like brothers and sisters. He will be greatly missed by many cousins, friends and former co-workers. Vernon took a welding course in 1961 then worked in construction with several companies including Nova Scotia Forest Industries and AECL. He was a member of the United Association of Plumbers & Steamfitters, Local 682. After the closure of AECL, he returned to school in 1986 at the age of 44 to obtain his Engineering Technology papers in welding. He attended the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) - Truro Campus, and obtained his "Community College Education Diploma Program, Faculty" Certificate in July of 2005, at the age of 63! During his studies and after completion of his Diploma, he worked as a Welding Instructor at the NSCC (Strait Area Campus) for seven years, which he considered his greatest professional achievement. He was proud to pass on his wealth of knowledge to his students. He received many accolades from the NSCC administration as an exceptional educator and mentor. He was a hardworking man of strong faith who instilled good values in his family. He was an active member in his community having volunteered in a number of organizations throughout his life. Vernon enjoyed participating in many recreational activities with his family and friends. He loved gardening, fishing, berry picking, clam digging and family card games. He was also an avid sports fan. Visitation will occur today from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. in the Glen Sampson Room at St. Louis Parish in Louisdale, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to Celebrate the Life of Vernon on Tuesday, May 5 at 11 a.m. in St. Louis Parish, Louisdale, Rev. Angus MacDougal officating, burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to the Strait Richmond Palliative Society or St. Louis Parish Church. Many thanks go out to family, friends and the caring doctors and nursing staff at Saint Martha's Hospital in Antigonish and the Strait Richmond Hospital in Evanston who helped us through this very difficult time.
KERR (MacDonald), Gwynne
90. It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our mother and grandmother on May 3, 2009, at Melville Gardens in Halifax. Dearly loved by her children, Sharon Foyn (David), Tom Kerr (Sharon), and Marian Kerr (Steve Jansz), and grandchildren, Kimberly Jansz, Kaitlin Jansz, Greg Jansz and Adam Kerr. "Grammie" was loved by all and touched everyone she met with her kindness. Graduating from St. Francis Xavier University in 1939 she went on to earn her teacher's license in 1940. She was an inspiration and a loving person who lived a full and rich life. A devout Christian, she will be met by the angels in heaven. Visitation will be held from 7-9 p.m. on May 5 in T.K. Barnard Funeral Home, 1216 Bedford Highway. Funeral mass will be held on May 6 at 3:30 p.m. int St. Ignatius Parish, 1288 Bedford Highway. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzhimer Society of Nova Scotia would be greatly appreciated.