HEFFLER (MacKenzie), L. Burnice
98, Bedford, passed away peacefully at home with her family on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009. Born in Halifax, October 30, 1910, Burnie was a daughter of the late Howard and Annetta (Morris) MacKenzie. She married Russell Heffler of Bedford where she resided since 1950. She is survived by her sons and their families, Howard and Lyn, Calgary, Alta. and their daughter, Laura, Golden, B.C.; David and Theresa, Lakeview and their sons, Luke, Lakeview; Max, Saint John, N.B.; and Theodore, Lakeview. She was predeceased by her husband, Russell, and her first grandchild, Naomi Grace Heffler. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., May 11, in the Bedford United Church, Rev. Diane Tingley officiating.
COLLINS, Dawson Lloyd Hughes
77, of Staples Brook Road, Debert, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 6, 2009, in the Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Green Oaks, he was a son of the late William and Anne (Burris) Collins. Dawson is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Colleen P. Bailey; daughter, Mary; sons, Roger (Liz), Stephen (Julie), Larry (Mary); nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister, Linda (Herman) Crowe; brothers, Russell (Nancy), Herbie (Frances); sister-in-law, Nancy (Fred) Lynds; brother-in-law, Darrell (Linda) Bailey; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by son, William E.; sisters, Dorothy Creelman, Edna Collins; sister-in-law, Roberta Bodenham; brothers-in-law, Seymour Creelman, Fulton Bodenham, Wayne Bailey and Rodney Bailey. Before his retirement in 2003 from Mountain Lee Golf Course, Dawson drove truck for John Ross and Sons for 19 years. He was also an Associate Member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No.26, Truro. There will be no visitation by request. Funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Monday, May 11, in the Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young St. Truro, Rev. Brian DeLong officiating. Interment to follow in the Bible Hill Cemetery, Bible Hill. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Nova Scotia Branch.
DUPREY, Sister M. Crescentia
95, a Sister of St. Martha of Antigonish, died in Bethany, the motherhouse, on May 6, 2009, in the 78th year of her religious life. Born in Pictou, Sister Crescentia was the oldest of nine children of the late Joseph and Harriet (Melanson) Duprey. Sister entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Martha Nov. 21, 1929, pronounced her first vows on Sept. 24, 1931, and her perpetual profession of vows Aug. 24, 1935. After her profession of vows, Sister Crescentia graduated from Provincial Normal College, Truro. In Nova Scotia, she taught for four years at St. Andrew's, Antigonish Co., and Sacred Heart Convent, Bras D'or. Following these experiences, she taught for one year in CSM's Novitiate, and then studied, receiving a diploma in social work, at the Toronto School of Social Work. She ministered in this field from 1939 to 1968, then returned to complete her degree in Social Work from the University of Windsor in 1970. In Western Canada she served at Mercy Hospital and Martha House, both in Regina. In Nova Scotia, Sister Crescentia served in Sydney at Catholic Charities and Little Flower Institute, and in Antigonish at Family Welfare Service. Sister served as local leader in two of the convents in which she lived. When Sister Crescentia retired from active duty, she did parish visiting and volunteer work at Bethany, St. Martha's Hospital, St. Martha's Convent on St. Francis Xavier University Campus, St. Andrew's Convent, and Canso at Star of the Sea Convent. In 2008, because of failing health, Sister Crescentia was admitted to Bethany's Extended Care Unit. Sister Crescentia is survived by sister, Sue Musial, Antigonish, and brother, Joseph of Kelowna, B.C. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by sisters, Agnes and Margaret; brothers, Maurice, Cecil, Rev. Reginald and Hector. The remains will be resting in Bethany today beginning at 3 p.m., where a Celebration of Vigil will be held on that same evening at 7:30 p.m. Liturgy of Christian Burial will take place on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Bethany chapel.
WAMBACK, Mary Eloise
Age 80, of Little Harbour Road, New Glasgow, passed away Wednesday, May 7, 2009, in Aberdeen Hospital. Born in Antigonish, she was a daughter of the late Havelock and Althea C. (Wiggins) Reid. She was a member of First United Baptist Church, New Glasgow. She is survived by son, Wayne Wamback, Lower Sackville; grandson, Adam Wamback; sisters, Isabelle Rector, Howie Center; Martha (George) MacDonald, New Glasgow; Helen MacDonald, Sherbrooke; brother-in-law, Garnet (Sylvia) Wamback, New Glasgow; numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Fraser Wamback; sisters, Margaret Furlong (Frank), St. Claire MacKenzie (Si); brother-in-law, Harold Rector. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation by request. Funeral service 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, in R.H. Porter Funeral Home New Glasgow with Rev. Leo Fletcher officiating. Donations in her memory may be made to Parkinson's Society of Canada, Maritime Region.
RANKIN, Robert Gordon "Bob"
86, Purvis Avenue, Westville, passed away suddenly, but peacefully, on Wednesday, May 6, 2009, in Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in Westville, he was a son of the late Thomas and Laura (Porter) Rankin. He was a retired employee of the former Maritime Tel & Tel and had previously worked at Thompson and Sutherland Hardware Ltd., and also as a coal miner. Bob was an avid lover of nature and the outdoors, and a person who lived the golden rule throughout his life. His family was his greatest treasure. Surviving are his son, Gary (Denise); granddaughter, Kathleen, and grandson Patrick, all of Westville. He is also survived by sisters, Dot Crawford and Alice MacDonald (Gordon), both of Westville; Jean Fraser, Little Harbour; Shirley Semple (Don), Victoria Harbour, Ont.; sisters-in-law, Margaret Cassidy, Westville; Erna Rankin, Toronto; several nieces and nephews. Bob was predeceased by his wife, Kathleen (Fitzgerald); brothers, John and Glenn; sisters, Margaret Shenton and Lila Rankin. Cremation has taken place. At Bob's request, there will be no visitation or funeral service. A graveside service will be held in Holy Name Cemetery, Westville on Sunday at 2 p.m. No flowers by request. Donations in Bob's memory may be made to the Holy Name Cemetery, in care of Church of the Holy Name, Westville, or to a charity of one's choice.
91, Dartmouth, passed away December 14, 2008. A graveside memorial service will be held Wednesday, May 13, at 11 a.m. in Mount Herman Cemetery (Off Victoria Road). Reception to follow at Bethel Baptist United Church, 316 Windmill Rd., Dartmouth.
BURBRIDGE, Robert Leonard
84, passed away May 6, 2009, in QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax. Born in Halifax, he was a son of the late Leonard A. and Violet (MacAulay) Burbridge. He was a veteran of the Second World War. He served with the Royal Canadian Air Force as a pilot in Bomber Command. After 35 years with the Department of National Revenue, he retired in 1981, having served in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Ottawa. At the time of his death, he was a member of Edgewood-Oxford United Church. He was an avid golfer and a member of Ashburn Golf Club. He was also a member of the Masonic Order, Rothsay Lodge No. 41, Bridgetown; Air Force Association of Canada; Royal United Services Institute; Federal Superannuates Association and served for 10 years as a volunteer with Meals on Wheels. Surviving are his wife, Margaret (MacLeod); daughter, Leslie Ann (Carmen) Smith, Ottawa; son, Paul (Christine), Ottawa; brothers, Bruce, Bridgetown; Garth, Halifax; three grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brother, Lloyd "Bud". Visitation for Robert will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 10, until service time at 2 p.m. in J.A. Snow Funeral Home Chapel, 2666 Windsor St., Halifax. The family would like to thank the staff of 6.1 and 6.2 at the QEII and the palliative care staff for their kind care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of choice.
SIMPSON, Carl Eugene
71. With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Carl E. Simpson on the evening of May 6, 2009. He died at home, after his battle with cancer, in the care of his loving partner and sons. He was the youngest of two children, (sister, Brenda), born in Simpsons Corner to Leo and Glennis (Joudrey) Simpson (formerly of Simpsons Corner). Carl worked for the former Maritime Tel and Tel for 43 years, starting his career at the age of 18 in 1955. He worked in Yarmouth, Annapolis and many points in between before building his home in Hebbville. In 1977 after serving the IBEW in numerous capacities he became the business manager and immediately began to build a strong relationship between the company and its workers. In 1984, he led the employees of the phone company to organize their own union and the ACTWU was born. He led this union until his retirement in 1998. Along the way he fought for jobs and better working conditions for all who were part of the labour force. He was a man of strong labour principles and was active in many organizations. He served as both a Scout Master and a Cub Master in both Annapolis and Bridgewater. He was one of the founding members of the Hebbville Fire Department. He was a member of Holy Trinity Anglican Church. He once ran for the NDP, and felt that the rights of many should be respected in life and in politics. He loved cutting wood and often worked the family land in Simpsons Corner. He was an associate member of the Bridgewater Legion and worked with Royal LePage selling real estate after he retired from the union and phone company. Carl enjoyed travelling, especially with his spouse, Darlene Corkum. He loved country music and played both guitar and harmonica. In later years he fell in love with golf and loved to walk the course chasing the elusive perfect game. He rode a motorbike his whole life and drove it on beautiful days with a smile on his face. He was a loving spouse, a great dad and a community leader. Left to mourn his loss and treasure his memory are his life partner, Darlene; children, Rockey and Timmie; grandchildren, Carley, Shanna and Kaida; niece, Shelby; nephew, Reg; numerous cousins, including Carroll and Cheryl. Many thanks to the wonderful people who were part of Carl's life. Thank you for the warm prayers and the many years of friendship. We will always treasure his memory and the lives that he has touched. Visitation for family and friends will be 7-9 p.m. today in Sweeny's Funeral Home, Bridgewater. Funeral service 11 a.m., Saturday in Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Bridgewater. Rev. Robert Coote officiating, assisted by Rev. Eric Campbell. Private family interment will take place in Brookside Cemetery, Bridgewater. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Holy Trinity Anglican Church or Bridgewater Baptist Church.
MacRAE, Harvey Calder
88, Halifax, passed away peacefully May 6, 2009, in Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII with his wife and daughter at his side. Born in New Glasgow, he was the son of the late William and Jessie (Calder) MacRae. He joined the Pictou Highlanders in 1937 later transferring to the Royal Canadian Engineers serving overseas. He joined the Engineering Department at the Halifax Dockyards in 1945, retiring 36 years later as supervisor of the Electrical Drafting Department. He was a founding member of the Dockyard Management Association, a member of the North British Society and the Royal Canadian Legion. He also served in various roles on the Board of Directors of Halifax County Condominium Corporation No. 12 for 14 years. Harvey is survived by his wife of 65 years, Laura (Baker); daughters, Marilyn (Gary) Rappaport and Nancy Grandy; granddaughters, Erin (Derek) Galliott and Haley (Matthew Grant) Grandy; grandson, Drew Rappaport, all of Halifax. He was predeceased by his son-in-law, Harold Grandy. His body has been donated to Medical Science through Dalhousie University at his request. Memorial donations may be made to St. Mark's Anglican Church, Halifax. Many thanks to the staff of 4 Westwood in the Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building for their care over the past six months.
MILLIGAN, Shelly J.
47, Truro passed away May 3, 2009. Born in Truro, she was a daughter of Louise Cavanaugh of Portapique and the late Reginald Cavanaugh. She is survived by her husband, Kenny; daughters, Danielle Paris (Kenny), Jalynn Paris, both of Truro; son, Cory (Monica) Thompson, Calgary, Alta.; grandchildren, Makhia, Carter, Marquse; stepchildren, Alex and Shelby Milligan, Edmonton, Alta.; brothers, Terry, Thunder Bay, Ont.; Darren (Carolyn), Bible Hill; sister, Janice Cavanaugh, Bible Hill; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her former husbands, Dwayne Paris and Donald Thompson and one nephew. Visitation will take place on Saturday, May 9 from 7-9 p.m. with memorial service on Sunday, May 10 at 2 p.m., both in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro with Rev. Brian DeLong officiating. Interment in Onslow Island Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, or a charity of choice.
MacEACHERN, Donald Joseph "Donnie"
64, Lismore, passed away, Thursday, May 7, 2009, in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow, surrounded by his family. Born in Halifax, he was a son of the late John Hugh and Emily (Mason) MacEachern. He was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Lismore. In the early 60s Donnie was employed with Volvo Canada, later becoming a high-tower linesman in Northern British Columbia and Manitoba. During this period, he was proud to have obtained a fixed wing pilot certification. In the 70s while working construction as a millwright/welder, he purchased fishing gear, began farming, while volunteering to assist future tradespeople. Working as a fisherman, he was proud to fish the Northumberland Strait in the Lester B and the Donna Rose. He had a keen interest in genealogy, always proud of his Scots heritage, which is traced to the late 18th century. Donnie was instrumental in the formation of the family aquaculture business, Dartek. He was proud to assist his sons in the development of Stark International and Ashcroft Inc. He was equally proud of his daughter's accomplishments. His grandchildren will fondly remember, "Grampie loves". Surviving are his wife, Rose (James) MacEachern; daughter, Donna (Glen) MacLean, Truro; sons, Scott (Lisa), Doug (Krista), Bailey's Brook; brothers, Hugh (Carol), Edward "Eddie", Dartmouth; sister, Marilyn (Wayne) Presley, Fall River; grandchildren, Emily, Zoe, Danielle, Sasha, Thomas, Vaughn, Rene and Grace; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Dougie. The family will receive visitors 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., Sunday in P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home, New Glasgow. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church with Rev. Colin MacKinnon presiding. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Lismore. Family flowers only. Donations may be made in his memory to Aberdeen Palliative Care Society or the Pictou County Victorian Order of Nurses.
SCHOFIELD, Sgt. Shane Anthony
Of Wawanesa, Man., beloved husband of Rene, passed away suddenly on April 29, 2009, at the age of 28 years. The funeral service will be held at the Faith Baptist Church, 299 Stokil Dr., Lower Sackville, on Wednesday, May 13 at 11 a.m. with Padre Darren Persaud officiating. Interment will follow at Oakridge Memory Gardens in Lower Sackville. Donations in memory of Shane may be made to "Rene Schofield in Trust of Teegan and Layne Education Fund," c/o RBC Royal Bank, Box 146, Wawanesa, MB, R0K 2G0. Arrangements are in care of Brockie Donovan Funeral & Cremation Services, Brandon, Manitoba, (204) 727-0694.
ROY, James "Jim"
54, passed away at home in Enfield, May 3, 2009. Born in Halifax, he was a son of the late Paul and Kathleen "Kay" Roy. He was predeceased by brother, Danny Roy. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Anita (Pilcher) Roy; daughters, Tanya Nixon and Angela Roy; grandchildren, Kyle, Olivia and Jaedon; sisters, Mary (Hurshman), Kathy (Allen), Sally (Veinott), Grace (Jackson), Leona (MacLean) and brother, Stanley Roy. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be Monday, May 11, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in J.A. Snow's Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Dr., Halifax. Funeral service will take place on Tuesday, May 12, at 11 a.m. in St. Bernard's Church, Enfield, followed by a reception next door, in the Enfield Fire Hall.