LeBLANC, Marguerite Sophia
89, East Margaree, passed away Sunday, May 10, 2009, in Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. Born in Margaree, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Sarah Deagle. Marguerite was a charter member of St. Michael's Catholic Women's League for 54 years. She was devoted to her prayer life, upholding the ideals of the CWL. She was a wonderful homemaker, whose love and concern will be sorely missed by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Moms advice of "It could always be worse" will always be remembered. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Ambrose LeBlanc; sisters, Florence, Alice and Josephine and in infancy, Georgina and brother Joseph. Surviving are her children, Florence (Walter) Fortune, Truro; Paulette (Clyde) LeBlanc, Margaree; Milton (Joan) LeBlanc, South West Margaree; sisters-in-law, Loretta LeBlanc, Margaree Forks; Beatrice Tompkins, Inverness; grandchildren, Marguerite (Frank) Philips, Truro; Lorena Fortune, Truro; Andrea (Wade) Stacey, Truro; Donna Fortune, Margaree; Paula Fortune, Whistler, B.C.; Madina LeBlanc, Margaree; great-grandchildren, Mariah, Robert, Rory, Breton, Selina, Ryland, Sarah, Gavin, Colton, as well as former daughter-in-law, Cecilia. Visitation will take place today in Marguerite's home, 40 LeBlanc's Lane, East Margaree, beginning at 2 p.m. Funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 14, in St. Michael's Church, East Margaree, with Fathers Jim MacDonald and Martin MacDougall officiating. Burial will follow in St. Michael's Cemetery, East Margaree. Donations in Marguerite's memory may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or a charity of choice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care and direction of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley.
CONNORS, Gerald Hayes
84, passed away peacefully May 11, 2009. Born in Halifax, October 3, 1924, he served with the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. Gerald was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary of 54 years (December 25, 2008). Gerald will be remembered for his love of carpentry, golf, curling and sculling. He is survived by his loving daughters, Peggy Fleming and Trish Falconer; grandchildren, Kyle and Cailin Falconer; brothers, Paddy, Paul, Ken, Robert, Barry and sister, Carol and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brother, Charlie. Funeral service will be held for both Gerald and Mary Wednesday, May 13, at 11 a.m. in St. Theresa's Catholic Church, Halifax, Father Kenneth Robertson officiating. Interment will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in both their memory may be made to Canadian Cancer Society. Arrangements entrusted to Cruikshanks Halifax Funeral Home (902-423-7295).
Grampie Barnard's WaWa, 43, Kingston, formerly Fall River, passed away peacefully May 11, 2009, at home. Born in Halifax, she was a daughter of Jim and Barb (Barnard) Smith, Fall River. Cara was known for her quick wit and humorous antics. She enjoyed baking and crocheting and riding with her pals, "The Valley Shifters". She also was a big Tragically Hip fan. She leaves behind her partner, Wayne Miles, Kingston; sons, Michael (Tessa), Dartmouth; Ryan, Bedford and wonderful grandson, Austin. She is also survived by sisters, Debbie (Michael), Victoria, B.C.; Donna (Gary) Burgess, Fletcher's Lake; Brenda (Mike), Fall River; Sandy, Fletcher's Lake; brothers, Jim (Joanne), Fall River; Bobby (Glenda), Sackville; many nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles. Memorial service will be today at 7 p.m. in T.K. Barnard Funeral Home, 527 Sackville Dr. Donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Atlantic Division.
BROOKS, Tanya Jean
36, Truro, passed away suddenly Monday, May 11, 2009, in Halifax. Tanya is survived by her mother, Constance "Connie" Brooks-Adams, Truro; father, Stanley Brooks Sr., Millbrook; children, Chelsey, Victor, Bryce, Shilo and Qualin Brooks; sister, Margaret Brooks (Gary Allison); brothers, Stanley Brooks Jr. (Candance Hutchinson) and Jason (Alisha) Brooks; extended siblings, Tamara, Adria and Garrett Gloade; biological father, Garry Gloade; stepfather, Douglas Adams; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young St., Truro, where Tanya's family will receive friends until 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16. (Visitation will continue for 24 hours until Saturday at 10 a.m.) Funeral mass will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, May 16, in Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Church Road, Millbrook. Interment will be held at a later date. Reception and auction will follow in the Community Hall. Flowers welcome or a donation in Tanya's memory to a charity of one's choice are welcomed.
ROBART, Robert Gerald "Bob"
76, of Bridgewater, formerly of Greenfield, succumbed to cancer after a brief illness on May 11, 2009. Born January 25, 1933, he was the son of the late Carmon and Nina (Meister) Robart. Bob served in the RCAF for five years during peace time until marrying Marlene, the love of his life, in 1957. Over the years he was employed at the Nova Scotia School for Boys, National Sea Products Ltd., Anil Canada Limited, and Bowater Mersey Paper Company (Brooklyn) until retirement in 1991 at age 58. An active member of the Greenfield and District Fire Department for 39 years, he could be found planking salmon at the annual Salmon Supper. Bob loved music and loved to sing. He was a long-standing member of Greenfield United Baptist Church choir, the Greenfield Four (Quartet) and a member of the SPEBSQSA, frequently competing in barbershop events. He was a member of the Nova Scotia Housing Corporation, held positions with Greenfield United Baptist Church and the Greenfield Recreation Committee, and was a member of the Board of Examiners (scaling). Bob enjoyed salmon fishing, fly tying, hunting, golfing, walking, bowling, cards, and fixing anything that was broken. Since retirement, he enjoyed weekly flea markets, yard sales and finding a good bargain. He was a loving and proud father and grandfather. He will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 51 years, Marlene Beatrice (Goulden); his children, Kathi (John) Vickers, Dartmouth; Daryll (Bob) Lambert, Halifax; Michael (Nadine Hyson), Bridgewater; Sharon (Brad) Bishop, Dartmouth; his much loved grandchildren, Jarett, Emily, Rachel and Colleen; sisters, Roberta, Joyce, and Audrey; brother, Terry. He was predeceased by his parents; infant daughter, Tina; siblings, John, Vance, and Pauline. A special thank you to Janet Himmelman and the wonderful nursing staff of Queens General Hospital. No visitation. Cremation has taken place under the care of Sweeny's Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 19, at 2 p.m. in Greenfield United Baptist Church, Greenfield, Pastor Dennis Nickerson and Rev. Eric Campbell officiating. Private interment for family only in Pine Rest Cemetery preceding service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Greenfield and District Fire Department.
MacKAY, Shirley Frances
76, Sherbrooke, Guysborough Co., died Wednesday, May 13, 2009, in St. Mary's Memorial Hospital, Sherbrooke. Born in Lochaber Mines, Halifax Co., she was a daughter of the late Austin and Caroline (MacDonald) Frosst. She was a long-time member of St. James Presbyterian Church, Sherbrooke Village and their choir as well as the American Missionary Society. A loving mother, grandmother and great- grandmother, Shirley's family was the center of her life. In earlier years, she ran a poultry farm, sold Avon, was employed at Sherbrooke Village and owned and operated the Sherbrooke Village Take-Out. Shirley loved to play badminton, crochet, needlepoint and above all, loved to dance. Her fudge was well-known and world renowned. She is survived by son, Annand "Andy" (Patricia) MacKay, Sherbrooke; daughters, Deborah (Neil) Findlay, Dartmouth; Heather (Keith) Laybolt, Indian Harbour Lake; Shannon (Dana) O'Connell, Dartmouth, Penny MacKay (Jeff), Sherbrooke; brother, Joseph Frosst; sisters, Emma Parks, Victoria Crowell, Darlene Frosst, Evelyn Frosst, Sylvia Monk and Sigrid Frosst; 11 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by first husband, Douglas Archibald; second husband, Edward MacKay; brother, John Frosst; sister, Bonita and infant sister Lorraine. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held Saturday from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. in St. James Presbyterian Church, Sherbrooke Village followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. with Rev. Debbie Stewart officiating. A private family burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Sherbrooke. Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary's Memorial Hospital, Palliative Care Unit. Funeral arrangements are under the dignified and compassionate care of G.W. Giffin Funeral Home, St. Mary's Chapel, 34 Main St., Sherbrooke.
WEBB, Pearl Catherine
With great sorrow we announce the death of Pearl Catherine Bernadette Webb who died at the age of 83 in the early morning of May 8, 2009, in St. Vincent's Nursing Home, Halifax. Born Pearl Daye, March 13, 1926, to Ernest William Daye and Ethel Eldora Faulkner in Jeddore, she is survived by husband, Howard; children, Rosemary, Christina, and James; grandchildren, Jorma, James, Adrien, Genevieve, Jeremiah, and Gregory. She was predeceased by her son, Gerald (1994); brother, Gerald (1978); and sister, Muriel Nash (2006). A devoted mother and wife, after graduating from the Halifax School for the Blind, she was a novice nun and school teacher, as well as a volunteer for the CNIB until her senior years. She will be cremated with funeral services to be determined. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. James United Church, Jeddore. For further information call Geraldine Myers (902) 889-2391.
HERRITT (Richardson), Tina Marie
42, Indian Harbour, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family and many friends on Wednesday, May 13, 2009. Born in Halifax, she was the daughter of Nancy Jane (Joudrey) Richardson and the late Gordon Francis Richardson and stepfather, David Sears, all of Indian Harbour. Tina was a graduate of Sir John A. MacDonald High School and worked 25 years with Maritime - Manual Life Insurance. She also enjoyed doing crafts, cross stitch and embroidery, loved music and dancing. Tina will be fondly remembered for her outgoing personality by her family and many friends. Survived by her husband, Arthur; son, Adam at home; brother, David (Heather) Richardson, Beaver Bank; maternal grandmother, Lilah (Marcie) Joudrey, Mahone Bay. The family will receive visitors 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday May 17 in Ronald A. Walker Funeral Home, 13549 Peggy's Cove Rd. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, May 18, in St. Peter's Anglican Church, Hackett's Cove, Rev. Irving Letto officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Palliative Care and to St. Andrews Anglican Church, Indian Harbour. A very special thank you to the Victorian Order of Nurses, The Palliative Care, along with Dr. J. William Lavalley and Yvonne Joudrey RN.
COOK, Lyell William Martell
Age 20. Lyell's spirit soared into the heavens on Saturday, May 9, 2009. He was transformed as a result of a tragic electrical accident in India. Lyell, our sweet son, was on a spiritual journey which led him to a level of understanding of the meaning of life that most will never attain. He approached his own life with a deep understanding of one basic principle: that there is LOVE and there is love's shadow, FEAR. He overcame his own fear and helped others overcome theirs, allowing love to flow in and take its place. He had the courage to share his knowledge and insights of his spiritual journey and thereby spread his love to others. His smile exuded light and love to all. Lyell gave thanks daily for the abundance that the universe had bestowed upon him. His simple humility, the strength of his character and the power of his love captured the hearts and minds of everyone he met. His happiness with simply being alive spread joy to others. We, his parents, feel privileged to have been part of Lyell's life. He is where he was meant to be. Lyell is survived by his parents, Harry Cook and Anne Martell; his brother, Jonathan Cook, and sister Jennifer (Cook) Kamphuys; grandmother, Patricia Martell; uncle, John Martell; aunts, Heather Martell and Jenny Costelo; uncle, Leonard Cook; aunts, Joyce (Cook) MacNeil and Shirley (Cook) Pollard, as well as many cousins, including Tami, Kelly, Ashley and Amanda. See facebook group "The road to recovery for Lyell Cook" for Lyell's amazing array of friends. On Monday, May 18 there will be a small prayer ceremony on Micou's Island at the end of Indian Point Rd. in Glenhaven at 10 a.m. followed by a celebration of Lyell's life from 12 - 6 p.m. in the Shambala Centre, 13495 Peggy's Cove Rd., Upper Tantallon. As Lyell would have liked, in lieu of flowers, please conduct an anonymous and random act of kindness to a perfect stranger. "Only one thing will make a soul complete, and that thing is love."
WOOD, Gary Grant
42, Agassiz, B.C. It is with deepest sadness that we announce the sudden and tragic death of our son Gary Wood. Gary was airlifted to the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, B.C., on May 1, 2009, where he succumbed to injuries suffered during a workplace accident on May 2, 2009. Gary is survived by his father, Grant Wood, Oxford, and his mother, Gloria Graham (Penny), Kingston. He is also survived by his grown son, Colten Wood Eagers, Fredericton, N.B.; siblings, Crystal Wood, Calgary, Alta.; Sherri Larson, Kelowna, B.C.; Gregory Wood, Agassiz, B.C.; grandmother, Margaret Wood, Oxford. Gary leaves behind his wife, Tammy, and young children, Georgia, Bronsen, Jessie, Jake, Breanna and an unborn child due in November. Gary's life may have been short but he lived it to the fullest. He was born in Springhill, on January 4, 1967. He was Cumberland County's first Centennial baby. He loved children and he was a great father. Gary loved life and his big smile would light up a whole room. He will be deeply missed by all. Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, followed by a memorial service for Gary at 2 p.m., both in MacDiarmid's Funeral Home, 5075 Main St., Oxford (447-2930). In lieu of flowers, donations to the "Gary Wood - In Memoriam" Trust Fund has been set up for his children. If you wish to donate please call Pacific Blasting at: (604) 291-1255.
NICHOLSON, Major Havelock Ross "Nick"
June 4, 1915-May 5, 2009. "An old soldier has gone to rest" - Per Castra Ad Astra. It is with great sadness that we announce the recent passing of H.R. "Nick" Nicholson. Born in Burk's Falls, Ont., Nick spent his youth in Mimico-on-the-Lake near Toronto. He then joined the International Brigade and fought in the Spanish Civil war. Upon a hasty return to Canada, he joined the Black Watch Regiment in Montreal and trained as a paratrooper at the outbreak of the Second World War. Anxious for action, Nick joined the British paratroopers as a Canloan officer in two postings-5th Battalion-51st (Highland) Infantry Division and The Black Watch (The Royal Highland Regiment) and later jumped for the American Forces, as well. Nick's military career was predominantly in Special Operations. He was highly decorated including the Croix de Guerre with Palms and Stars from France. Nick met his wife Jeanne (Challice) in Germany while part of the reconstruction forces and she was with an overseas entertainment troupe, the Brockettes from Brockville, Ont. They married in England on March 21, 1945, and later returned to Brockville. In 1950 Nick brought his young family to Halifax, where he became Manager of the Halifax Forum, a position he held until 1969. Nick was instrumental in bringing many entertainment acts to Halifax in the 60s such as the Moscow Circus, Championship Wrestling, The Ice Capades, Johnny Cash, Peter, Paul and Mary and the Beach Boys. He was also instrumental in the realization of the first Atlantic Winter Fair and bringing the Junior Canadians Hockey team to Halifax. He sat on many Halifax boards and commissions. He was also named to Arnie Patterson's Halifax's Best Dressed List. He and his family had a wonderful life in Halifax, and summered in Hubbards and later Seabright, where many wonderful and lasting friendships were made. Nick's wanderlust then led him to take the younger members of the family to Florida, then Kentucky and ultimately Vancouver, B.C., where he ended his working career managing the Thunderbird Winter Sports Center at the University of British Columbia. Nick and Jeanne lived in many areas of the Fraser Delta, finally settling in Walnut Grove in Langley. Nick is survived by his children, Mike (Cindy), St. Francis Harbour; Nancy, Kingsburg; Sally (Gord), Vancouver Island, B.C. and Jaime (Shelley), Pender Island, B.C. Nick was predeceased by his loving wife, Jeanne, in 2006; his son, Special Constable (RCMP) Timothy James Nicholson, 2000; his sister, Muriel (Stidwell) and his parents, Jesse and Mary Jane Ross Nicholson, Meaford, Ont. Nick is also survived by his wonderful grandchildren who provided him much joy and entertainment, Captain Andrew (Liane) Nicholson, Brandon, Man.; Sarah (Patrick) Brown, Fredericton, N.B.; Christian Meagher, Halifax; Jason (Amber) Freed, White Rock, B.C.; Meaghan Nicholson, Richmond, B.C.; Jennifer Nicholson, Ottawa, Ont.; Kaitlin Nicholson, Steinbach, Man.; Sierra and Jacob Nicholson, Pender Island, B.C.; also great-grandchildren, Angel Freed, White Rock, B.C.; Emma and Lucas Nicholson, Brandon, Man. Cremation has occurred. No flowers by family request. A small gathering to celebrate Nick's life is planned for Sunday, May 17, at 2 p.m. at his home in Langley, B.C. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice. "Bang the drum slowly play the pipe lowly To dust be returning from dust we begin"
TOBIN, Monica Theresa "Mona"
In her 94th year, peacefully passed away with relatives by her side on Monday, April 6, 2009, in Ottawa, Ont. Born in Whale Cove, N.L., Mona was a daughter of the late James and Alice Perrin and the wife of the late John "Jack" Tobin, (all of Halifax). Mona is survived by her daughter, Susan (Stuart) of Toronto; grandchildren, Tobin and Jackson of Toronto; her brother, Reg of Halifax; many nieces and nephews coast to coast. She was predeceased by brothers, Lawrence "Larry", Halifax; William "Bill", Halifax; John "Jack", Winnipeg; sisters, Mary Hartley, Halifax; Anne Kelly, Halifax; Kay Cedar, Ottawa. Mona lived the majority of her life in Fairview and was a founding family of St. Lawrence's parish. She was an avid bingo player and in later years was an Avon lady in Fairview and Clayton Park. In her 80s, she moved to Ontario to be closer to family. For the past six years, Mona had been a resident of the Glebe Centre in Ottawa. A memorial mass will be held for Mona on Tuesday, May 19, at 10 a.m. in St. Lawrence's Roman Catholic Church on Dutch Village Road, Father John Williams presiding. Reception to follow. Interment to take place in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Mona to the Glebe Centre, 950 Bank St., Ottawa, ON, K1S 5G6.