77, died peacefully May 8, 2009 in Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in Dartmouth on January 13, 1932, he grew up in the Gaston Road area, and worked as a plumber and pipefitter. After the long weekend in July 1956 due to an accident on the job, he became a paraplegic. He went on to become the owner of Atwood's Confectionary for over 20 years. After retirement, he spent his time watching the activity on Lake Charles at his home on the Waverley Road. Raymond was a proud member of Local 56 United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters since July 1953. He enjoyed trout fishing, boating and family gatherings where he thoroughly enjoyed beating his family at card games. He was an adventurous spirit, and despite his disability, nothing stopped him. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis (Erskine) Atwood, formerly of Upper Musquodoboit; brother, Wendell (Mae), Dartmouth; sister-in-law, Bonnie, Chatham, Ont.; sons, Ronald (Nancy), Stephen (Paulette), both of Upper Musquodoboit; daughter, Kristine Atwood, Dartmouth; grandchildren, Melanie, Sarah, Ben, Sonya and Jasmine; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Edgar Atwood and Annie (Jewers) (Richardson) Atwood; brother, Bernie Richardson. Visitation will be held Sunday from 7-9 p.m., and funeral will be held Monday at 11 a.m., both in Woodlawn United Church, 54 Woodlawn Rd., Dartmouth, Rev. Valerie Kennedy officiating. Reception to follow. Burial will take place at 3 p.m. in Hillcrest Cemetery, Upper Musquodoboit. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Paraplegic Association, Dartmouth General Hospital, or a charity of choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit. "I asked God how much He loved me and He opened His arms."
FORSYTH, Brendan Blaize
67, Windsor, Hants Co., died Friday, May 8, 2009, in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII. Born in Dublin, Ireland, he was the son of the late John and Mary (Moran) Forsyth. After coming to Canada from Ireland as a child, he left school early to seek his fortune with the Royal Canadian Navy, where he served for 25 years. Brendan was the official timekeeper at "Pocket's", when he arrived promptly at 4:30 p.m. it signaled the start of happy hour. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for over 26 years, he judged many Remembrance Day Literary and Poster contests for the legion in support of the Poppy Fund. Brendan was a gifted artist and published cartoonist as well as a tri-athlete; competing in reading, walking and eating ice cream events. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Lamb; daughters, Roberta and Kate and their families; sisters, Maisie and Betty; brother, Tom along with their families. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, John. The family wishes to extend many thanks to the staff of the Halifax Infirmary, OEII, for their care of Brendan. At Brendan's request we'll "lift a glass or two" in his honour to celebrate his life and for all to tell their best stories about him at the Royal Canadian Legion, Empire Lane, Windsor at 2 p.m. Monday, May 11. Arrangements for cremation have been entrusted to Lohnes - DeMont Funeral Service Ltd., 419 Albert St., Windsor (902-798-8317). Donations in memory of Brendan may be made to the Poppy Fund, Royal Canadian Legion.
POIRIER, Marie Domithilde
57, Cheticamp died on May 7, 2009, in Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. She was the daughter of the late Félix and Marie (Roach) Poirier. She was a member of St. Peter's Church, Cheticamp. Marie was first and foremost a true Montreal fan. She also loved to knit, crochet and work with plastic canvas. Over the years she contributed to The Green Door in many ways by giving of her time and sharing her talents and gifts. She enjoyed bowling, bingo, darts, sewing and gardening. Her love for flowers was evident in the way she cared for her own flowers and plants and loved to pick and eat wild berries (blueberries, strawberries, etc.). At an early age, Marie attended a school for the deaf and mute in Amherst and from there went to live in Halifax where she took a seamstress course. Marie now lived at home with her brother Phillip. She was of strong character and was a very passionate person; always willing and ready to help anyone in need at anytime she could. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends who will forever carry her in a special place in their hearts. She is survived by brothers, Phillip Poirier and Léo Roach, both of Cheticamp. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held in Cheticamp Funeral Home on Sunday with visiting from 7-9 p.m. Funeral mass will be held Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Peter's Church, Cheticamp, Father Peter LeBlanc officiating. Interment in the parish cemetery. Donations may be made to Cancer Patient Fund.
PORTER, Helena Lorraine
Died May 4, 2009, peacefully in St. John Regional Hospital. She was born April, 1919, in Grafton. She was a daughter of the late Milford and Myrtle (Brown) Pierce. Widow of the late Roy Porter. Surviving are children, Geraldine (Frank), Prince Edward Island; Kenneth, Alberta; Brian, Allison, New Brunswick; Ralph, Nova Scotia; sisters, Verna, Kentville; Phyllis, Victoria, B.C.; brother, Herman, Grafton; sisters-in-law, Mary, Digby; Audrey (Carlton), Aylesford; brother-in-law, Dean (Eva), Ontario; several grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Margaret. Memorial service will be held in Digby Baptist Church at 2 p.m. today.
SCHULTZ (Annett), Rita J.
84, Dartmouth, passed away Friday, May 8, 2009, in Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in Hull, Que., she was a daughter of the late George and Regina (Provost) Annett. Rita was a loving mother, grandmother and great- grandmother. She is survived by son, Stanley (Donna) Schultz, Dartmouth; daughters, Linda Kingsley, British Columbia; Brenda (Bill Hogan) McNab, Hammonds Plains; Marie (Barry) Henneberry, Dartmouth; sisters, Alice Scott, Quebec; Jean Sweeney, Ontario; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Rita was predeceased by her loving husband, Stanley; sons, Robert and Michael, and many brothers and sisters. Visitation will be held 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday, May 10 with funeral service to be held 1 p.m. Monday, May 11, both in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth. Burial in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens with a reception to follow in Atlantic Funeral Home reception centre. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or the Canadian Cancer Society.
MacRAE, Eva May
77, Victoria, B.C., formerly of Black River, Richmond Co., passed away gently Wednesday, April 29, 2009, in Beacon Hill Villa, Victoria, B.C., she is now at peace. Eva was born April 28, 1932, in Truro, Colchester Co., a daughter of the late Daniel and Rachel (Christie) Brown. She was a teacher and a member of the Black River United Church. Eva is survived by her five children, 12 grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew her. Eva was predeceased by her husband, Gordon, and great-granddaughters, Alden and Anika. There will be no visitation. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, in Black River United Church with Wayne Yorke, DLM officiating. Burial in Black River United Church Cemetery. Memorial donations in memory of Eva may be made to Alzheimer Society or B.C. Children's Hospital.
CONLEY, Douglas Ronald
75, Bedford, formerly of Wellington, Halifax Co., died peacefully at home after a lengthy illness. Born February 4, 1934, in Truro, he was the son of the late Harry and Nellie (Turner) Conley. He attended school in Truro where he was active in hockey and football. He was a graduate of the Agricultural College, Truro, MacDonald College, Montreal and graduated with a degree in microbiology. Following graduation he was employed by the Department of Fisheries taking charge of a mobile laboratory for the Maritime Provinces. Later he went to work for the Department of National Health and Welfare in Halifax where he remained until his retirement in 1994. He was a faithful member of Wellington United Church where he served on many committees and sang in the church choir. He had been active in the community as a committee member in Riverlake Hockey Association as well as a coach, cub leader and school trustee. He enjoyed many summers with family and friends at the cottage in Marshville, Pictou Co. Doug was a talker and could be found conversing with friends and strangers. He was upbeat about his disease and was able to make light of the situation. He was able to help many others as they shared the same journey. Doug is survived by his friend and wife of 49 years, Janice (Jan Bligh), Berwick; son, Stephen (Janice Wood), Dartmouth; daughters, Heather (Robert Young), Vancouver; Shari (Pete Barrett), Bermuda; E. Jane (Deon Burnhauser), Stratford, Conn.; his loving granddaughters, Nicole Burnhauser and Laura Barrett; sisters, Shirley Grant, Truro; Pauline (Tip Smith), Tatamagouche; Joan (Jim Fraser), Vancouver; mother-in-law, Beatrice Bligh, Berwick; sisters-in-law, Carol Morse, Aylesford; Shirley Conley, Bedford; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sisters, Jean, Marjorie, and brother, Donald. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Cole Harbour Funeral Home and Crematorium. A celebration of Doug's life will be held today at 11 a.m. in St. John's United Church, Fall River, Rev. Valerie Kingsbury presiding. There will be no visitation. A reception will follow in the church hall. Family flowers only. Donations in Doug's memory may be made to Wellington United Church, or QEII Health Centre Foundation Palliative Care, Bethune Bldg, 127 South Park St., Halifax, NS, B3H 2Y9 or the Victorian Order of Nurses of Greater Halifax. Special thanks for the excellent care provided by the VON nurses, Shelly and Lisa, Palliative Care nurse Monica and the many Doctors and nurses involved in his treatment and care the past four and a half years.
CROWELL, Justin Chadwick
28, Dartmouth, formerly of Windsor, died suddenly Saturday, May 9, 2009, as the result of a motor vehicle accident. Born in Windsor, February 11, 1981, he was a son of Artie and Gaye (Murphy) Crowell. Justin was employed with Domar Interior Design at the time of his death. He also worked in forestry and shingling roofs. Justin enjoyed fishing with his father and other relatives and friends at the camp in Mulgrave. He enjoyed hunting and the outdoors. Hobbies were tying flies, photography and gardening. Justin loved his family, especially his fiancé, Jessica and his pride and joy, his daughter of 7 months, Charlee Marie. Survived by his fiancé, Jessica Long, Dartmouth; daughter, Charlee Marie, at home; sister, Julie (Jonathan), Halifax; brother, Chris, Windsor; maternal grandparents, Doug and Ruth (Walsh) Murphy, Sheet Harbour; paternal grandmother, Victoria (Frost) Crowell, St. Croix; niece Tayvie, nephew Wyatt; several aunts, uncles, cousins. Predeceased by grandfather Chadwick Crowell. Visitation today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with prayers 7:30 p.m. all in D.S. Crowell & Son Funeral Home, 22558 Highway #7, Sheet Harbour. Funeral service will be held Tuesday, May 12 at 2 p.m. in St. Peter's Catholic Church, Sheet Harbour, Father Gregory officiating. Burial to follow in St. James United Church Cemetery, Lochaber Mines. Reception to follow at St. Peter's Church Hall, Sheet Harbour. Family flowers only. Donations may be made at the funeral home to be put in trust for his daughter Charlee Marie. a I live to learn I learn to love I love to lose I lose for love I love to learn To learn to live and when I make it to the end of my road, I hope that I am remembered for the way I needed to love someone and hate no one - Justin Crowell
SPIDLE, Sandra Lee
45, of Lower Rose Bay, passed away May 9, 2009, in South Shore Regional Hospital. Born in Bridgewater, she was a daughter of the late Morton and Vera (Whynot) Parnell (Hebbville). She is survived by her husband, Paul; son, Jacob Wendell Sarty (Jennie), Maders Cove; daughter, Tegan Parnell Sarty (Trevor), at home; sister, Cheryl (Kenneth) Emino, Bridgewater; brother, Phillip (Dallas) Parnell, Bridgewater; nieces and nephews, Belinda, Lindsey, Darren and Kerry. In keeping with Sandra's wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation or public services. No flowers by request. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to Sweeny's Funeral Home, Bridgewater.
COLLINS, Francis Neville Lionel
After a period of failing health, the passing of Frank Collins, husband of the late Mary (Killorn) Collins occurred in the Ridgewood Veteran's Wing on May 9, 2009. He was born on May 31, 1921, in Montreal to the late Arthur and Lillian (Duffley) Collins. Frank enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1942, serving in the Second World War until his discharge in 1947. He was a Captain in the Canada Forces Militia (Army) from 1951-69 in Saint John and Treasurer of the Canadian Forces Officers' Mess. After the war, he worked with Canada Revenue Agency, retiring as Chief of Audit. He was a founder of the Certified General Accountants Association in New Brunswick and awarded the FCGA (Fellow Certified General Accountant) designation in recognition of his service to the CGA profession. Frank is survived by sons, William Collins (Lori) of Dartmouth; Gerard Collins of Saint John, NB; daughters: Jane Collins of Halifax; Catherine Collins and Anne Collins, both of Saint John, NB; brothers: David (Connie) of South Portland, Me.; Carl (Judy, deceased) of Saint John; sister: Reta Morris (Willie) of Saint John, NB; grandchildren, Patrick, Kate (Adam King) and Andrew Collins, Sarah, Martha and Meghan Carroll, Nicolle and Vanessa Brouillet, Kelly Sullivan, and several nieces and nephews. Besides his wife of 59 years and his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, Gregory, William and Stuart Collins, and sisters, Patricia Hazelwood and Marjorie Mason. Frank loved nature, and spent many hours in the outdoors. He passed his knowledge and love of nature on to his children and grandchildren. He looked forward to spring so he could plant his field of potatoes at his cottage in Golden Grove, and late summer would find him searching under the plants for new potatoes. His children looked forward to sharing the harvest every fall. Frank was very proud of his children and his grandchildren. Frank's family would like to extend its sincere appreciation and thanks to the staff at Liberty Lane at Ridgewood for their care of Frank over the past several months. Resting in Brenan's Select Community Funeral Home, 111 Paradise Row, Saint John (506-634-7424), with visiting on today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Peter's Church, 50 Clarendon St., Saint John, NB on Tuesday May 12, at 10 a.m. Interment will take place in St. Joseph's Cemetery. For those who wish, remembrances to the charity of the donor's choice would be appreciated by the family.
CYR, Baby Xavier
Born May 7, 2009, and passed away later that day in IWK Health Centre, Halifax. Born in IWK Health Centre, he was a son of Stéphane Cyr and Julie Cloutier-Cyr of Grosses Coques. Surviving are sisters, Alexandra Cyr and Isabella Cyr, both at home; paternal grandparents, Fernand and Jeanne Cyr, Belliveau Cove; maternal grandparents, Michel and Lise Cloutier, Quebec; aunts, Collène Cyr, Ohio; Katie Cloutier, Denver, Col.; cousin, Tatianah Summers, Denver, Col. Funeral will be Tuesday, May 12, at 3 p.m. in St. Bernard Church, St. Bernard, Rev. Albeni d'Entremont officiating. Interment in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Xavier's name may be made to IWK Health Centre Foundation. "Xavier, you have blessed our lives and brought us joy. We know you are watching over us and your sisters. You will forever be in our hearts and will always be remembered as our special Angel."
AIKENS, Annette Catherine
1914 - 2009. With sadness, we announce the sudden passing of our dear mother on Friday, May 8, 2009, in the VG Site QEII in Halifax. Born in Sydney Mines, she was the daughter of George and Agatha Thompson (Savlouskis), who came to Nova Scotia in 1912 from Lithuania. She married John James Aikens, Stellarton, who passed in 1990. Together they had sons, Robert (Pattie), St. John's; John (Ann), Margaree; George (Sherry), Bedford; daughters, Nancy (Gord) Brisbois, Stevensville, Ont.; and Ellen (Jim) Dodson, Bedford; grandchildren Michael, Danielle, Joey, Jennifer, Ivan, David, Kelly, and Afton; great-grandchildren Chandelor, Tristin, Jayda, Rachel, and Ian; sister-in-law, Val Aikens; many special nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by brothers, Joe (Muriel) and Anthony, and sisters, Nellie, Suzanne, Patrenella, and Helen, and great-grandson, Ben; brothers-in-law, Robert (Gwladys) and Harry. Nana was an avid Blue Jays fan who loved scratch tickets, bingo, the casino, traveling, dancing, and her canine companion Layla. Mom was a natural born caregiver, not only to her children, but also to her friends, extended family, the elderly, and children. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Atlantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayers Rd, Halifax where visitation will be held 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Wednesday. Memorial service to immediately follow at 1 p.m. in the funeral home chapel, Rev. Pat Malin officiating. Reception to follow. Burial in Fairview Lawn Cemetery.
HOWARD, Frances Iva Gladys
86, Central Onslow, passed away Saturday, May 9, 2009, in Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro. Born in Onslow, she was a daughter of the late Charlie and Lilly (Pallett) Wilson. Frances was truly a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who dedicated her life to the care and well-being of her family. Surviving are daughters, Barbara (Ian) Sinclair, Toronto, Ont.; Marlene (Geordie) Hill, Central Onslow; Dianne (Gordon) Little, Bible Hill; Sheilah MacLean, Winnipeg, Man.; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; brother, George, Lower Sackville; sister-in-law, Dorothy Simpson; brother-in-law, Vernie Howard; many nieces and nephews. Frances was predeceased by her husband, Ensworth; sister, May Ross; brothers, Crawford and Maynard. No visitation by request. A service to celebrate Frances' life will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 13, in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, Rev. Jay Ettinger officiating. Interment in Crossroads Cemetery, Valley, at a later date. Family flowers only, donations may be made to a charity of choice.