HOPKINS, James Elliot "Hoppy",
75, of Dartmouth. It is with deep sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved father on Friday, May 22, 2009. Born in Toronto he was the son of the late Doris and Edward Hopkins. Married to the late Leta Barbara (McGovern) for 44 years before she passed away in 1999. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy, and the Canadian Forces for 35 years and retired as chief Petty Warrant Officer. His hobbies included tinkering with electronics and spending time with his friends at the Hub Too. He is survived by daughters, Melinda (John) Gariepy and Sheri (Stephen) Swan, and sons, James (Kathy) and Michael. He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren, Melanie, Joseph, Scott, Heather, Ashley, Brian, and Chelsea; his great-granddaughter, Myriah and his friend, Sharlene Paris. He was predeceased by his brother, Ted, and is survived by his sister, Mary Jean, Calgary, and Melinda Ruth, Brampton. He will be deeply missed by his remaining family and friends. Donations can be made to the Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation. Celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Donald K. Walker Funeral Directors Ltd., Dartmouth (469-5601).
WRIGHT (Beals), Jerell Aaron
19, of Dartmouth, passed away on May 21, 2009, in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII. Jerell surrendered all to his personal savior Jesus Christ after seven days of comforting his loved ones. Jerell was the son of Darlene Wright, Dartmouth and Lloyd Beals Jr., North Preston. A kind, loving, respectful, devoted son; grandson, brother, uncle, nephew and friend he truly made a difference to everyone who was in contact with him. He took the role of uncle like the love of a father. Jerell was a member of Saint Thomas Baptist Church. He was with the Dartmouth United Soccer Team for several years, played school basketball from grades 7-11 with Prince Andrew and Cole Harbour and was a goal-tender for the Waverley old timers hockey team. In 2007 Jerell worked with the day camp program with the North Preston Community Centre. He was an excellent role model to young and old. Jerell is survived by his mother, Darlene Wright; father, Lloyd Beals Jr.; brother, Deangelo "Tyrone" Wright; sister, DeAundra Beals, Toronto, Ont.; stepmother, Lavena Beals; stepsisters, Katrina and Terra Smith; stepbrother, Lyndon Smith; stepgrandparents, Deacon Levi and Linda Smith; nieces, Daejah and Aundreya; maternal grandparents, Deacon Gordon and Elizabeth Wright; fraternal grandparents, Lloyd Sr. and Corrine Beals; great-grandmother, Ethel Fraser; God parents, Cathy Downey, Nikki Izzard, Dale Wright, Carson "Tonka" Downey; many aunts, uncles, great-aunts and great-uncles. Jerell was blessed to have had several male role models who called him their son; uncles, Dale and Richard Wright, Tony and Calvin Beals. He was predeceased by maternal great-grandparents, John and Grace Smith, Gorgina and Howard Wright, fraternal grandparents, Vera and Clarence Beals; great-grandfather, Allan Fraser. Private family visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 26 from 2-4 p.m. in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth. Public visitation Tuesday evening from 7-9 p.m. in St. Thomas Baptist Church, North Preston, where funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 27 at 1 p.m. Pastor Wallace Smith officiating. Burial In Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. Repast to follow in Atlantic Funeral Home Reception Centre. Family flowers only. Donations in memory of Jerell can be made to the Cole Harbour or Prince Andrew High School basketball teams. Special thanks to Aunt Amanda Beals, Dr. McNeiley and Dr. Hall, 5.2 intensive care the Halifax Infirmary, QEII, and the RCMP for their outstanding kindness and professional care.
MacDONALD, Dr. George
74, fondly known as "Dr. George" of Dartmouth, beloved husband of Ruby Barter, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 17, 2009, in the V.G. Site, QEII. He was born in Stewartdale, Cape Breton, the son of the late Peter L. and Florence M. (Ferguson) MacDonald. George had a long and rewarding career as a General Medical Practitioner. He was proud of being able to finance his Mount Allison University years by serving as an officer in the University Training Naval Division of the Royal Canadian Navy. He started his helping profession while still in Medical School at Dalhousie University as a medical officer on two cable ships and Canadian exploration ships. He had fond memories of his seagoing years and the friendships he formed at this time he maintained and enjoyed for the rest of his life. For most of his professional life he served his patients from the Woodlawn Medical Centre. He was a valued member of the medical staff of Dartmouth General Hospital for many years. He also had a long association in caring for patients at Oceanview Manor Nursing Home. His life was characterized by service, compassion and kindness in both his professional and private life and he was loved and respected as a true "gentle man". George is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 26 years, Ruby Barter. She was his constant companion and soul mate to the end of his life, never more so than in the last difficult weeks. He is also survived by his younger brother, Sandy (Jenny) MacDonald; niece, Melody (John) Shaw; uncles, D.J. (Phyllis) Ferguson and Peter (Florrie) Ferguson; aunt, Rebecca (John) Carew and a large number of cousins. Cremation has taken place through A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home and a private service will be held at a later date according to George's wishes. Because of his great love of animals, donations may be made to the SPCA or to a charity of your choice.
ARAB, Sir George Anthony
87. It is with deep sorrow and heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of a truly distinguished gentleman. A beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, George Arab passed away on May 25, 2009, at home, surrounded by his loving family. George was born in 1922 in Diman, Lebanon. The son of the late Anthony and Mariam Arab. He spent his early years in Lebanon where he received a Baccalaureate degree from Saint Joseph's University with the highest honours one could receive, finishing first in his class in all of northern Lebanon. His powerful mastery of the French language and knowledge of French literature was equal to none. Educated in three languages, Arabic, French and English, his intellectual mind allowed him to become a writer, poet, eloquent public speaker and teacher to many Diman Lebanese immigrants here today. He entered the priesthood where he studied Syriac and learned all the rights of the Maronite church. Changing his life path in 1949, he immigrated to Halifax, where he began his first retail business. This evolved into a successful wholesale business, known as "G & P Arab Ltd.", which he owned and operated with his brother, Phillip. Through this business, George met many throughout the province and beyond and achieved a reputation as an honest and well-respected business man. George was a pillar in the Lebanese community. He was instrumental in establishing the Lebanese community here in the Maritimes as it is today. He had an abiding and lifelong interest and love for his homeland of Lebanon and always strove to keep the ties open and to keep informed on happenings in that part of the world. Most importantly, he taught his fellow Lebanese immigrants to love their new land of Canada. In 1955, George returned to Lebanon and married his beloved wife, Laurence. Together they returned to Halifax and raised six beautiful children, four boys and two girls. In 1972, George had bestowed upon him an honour by the Lebanese Government. He was appointed "Honorary Consul of Lebanon" for the Maritime Provinces. He fulfilled this role with the utmost attention, skill and diligence. He was extremely active in his local community. He served several terms, as President of the Canadian Lebanon Society. He was an active member of Saint Theresa's Roman Catholic Church and later Our Lady of Lebanon Church, where he served as a Minister of Eucharist and assisted the Priest in many Syriac masses. In 1989, George was knighted "Sir George" when he was inducted into the Order of St. Gregory, the highest tribute bestowed by the Pope for contributions made to the church and community. In 2001, George was the first recipient of the "Lebanese Emigrant of the Year Award". This award is given by the Lebanese Government to deserving individuals who have helped others adopt to their new homelands, away from Lebanon. Sadly missed by his loving wife, Laurence of 54 years, along with their children, Zana Francis (Antoine) of Lebanon; Tony/Ji (Norma) of Halifax; Cathy Fares, (Wadih) of Halifax; Eddy (Debbie) of Halifax; George of Paris, France and Philippe (Mary) of Halifax; grandchildren, Jimmy (Lara), Antony, Zana (Mark), Maurice, Monique, Matthew, Danielle, Jacob, Lucas and Oscar; great-grandson, Markus. Also survived by brothers, Chucri (Margo), Phillip (Patricia), John (Margo) of Halifax; sisters, Yasmine and Georgette of Lebanon. Many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, as well as his brother, Toufic. A special thanks to Dr. Stephen Gibbon and all the care givers, for their assistance and support, during this difficult time. Visitation will be in J. A. Snow Funeral Home on Lacewood Drive, Halifax, today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral mass will be held 11 a.m., on Thursday, May 28, in Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Church, 3844 Joseph Howe Dr., Father Pierre Azzi officiating. Interment will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Sackville. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to "Our Lady of Lebanon Church." "Ou dans le sein de Dieu, ta source ta patrie, Affranchi pour jamais de tes liens mortels, Tu va jouir enfin de tes droits eternels. From "Lamartine"
DeBAIE, Debbie Elizabeth
49, Winnipeg, formerly of DeBaie's Cove, passed away suddenly on November 18, 2008. She is survived by husband, John; brother, Peter DeBaie; sister-in-law, Philomena; nephew, Alexander and sister, Mary Anne DeBaie. She was a daughter of the late Harold and Dorothy (Findlay) DeBaie. Her ashes are being brought home for burial. A service will be held Sunday, May 31, at 2 p.m. in St. Mathew's Church in Owl's Head.
PATTERSON (Robicheau) (Comeau), Ann Margaret
1926-2009, passed away at home peacefully on May 25, 2009. She was a daughter of the late Oscar and Edith Comeau of Marshalltown. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Robert Owen Patterson and son, Ronald Robicheau; sister, Mrs. Nellie Drew, Marshalltown. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Michael, Mark, Kevin, Lynne, Brian and Julie; great-grandchildren, Mike, Justin, Kyle, Kayla, Connor, Darcy and Jeffrey. She was predeceased by her son, Robert James Robicheau (2004) and her sister, Primrose Doucette. She worked hard all her life until her retirement in 1986. She worked in such places as the Digby Pines, Digby Hospital, a floral shop in Digby, and Maritime fish plant, Digby. She drove a taxi and then moved to Dartmouth and worked for EMI Cossiers and Hermies Electronics. She retired in 1986 and moved to the Valley. She collected dolls. Special thanks to the VON, hospital staff, friends and all the others. No visitation. Funeral service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in Serenity & Cremation Ltd., Port Williams.
87, Halifax, died peacefully, May 25, 2009, in the QEII Health Sciences Centre. Born in Halifax, she was the daughter of the late Victor and Olive (Cook) Ward. She was predeceased by her husband, John and her brother, Frank. During the war, she and her mother were very active in the ANSAC Club. She served as secretary to James Cross, British Trade Commissioner and was also a great lover of cats. No visitation by request. A family service will be held at a later date.
MacKAY, Ernest Charles "Ernie"
75, Smith Street, Amherst, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 26, 2009, after a very courageous battle with cancer, with his loving wife and family by his side. Born in Rockley, he was a son of the late Albert and Ora (MacDonald) MacKay. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Carol (Simpson); brother, Douglas; sister, Dorothy Nardi; and brother, James MacKay. He is survived by his second wife, Carole (Nickerson), Amherst; son, Dale (Janet), Noel; grandsons, Josh and Alex, Halifax; sister, Helen Wilson, Dartmouth; stepsons, Charles (Lynn), New Glasgow; Stephen, Toronto; Gary (Vicki), and Alan (Patricia), Amherst; stepdaughters, Shelly (David), Chapman Settlement and Barbara, Amherst; adopted daughter, Kerry, Amherst; 14 stepgrandchildren and two step great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins here, and in the United States. Ernie's passion in life was music, and he was very proud of his band "Little Nashville". He shared his music and sang freely among young and old. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias, Chignecto Lodge No. 11. Ernie and his first wife, Carol and son, Dale lived in Toronto for several years, where he was employed with "Federal Nut and Bolt" and for a time they lived and worked in Bradenton, Fla. He worked mainly in the car business throughout his life. His remains are resting in W. Allen Funeral Home, Water Street, Oxford, with visiting today 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Thursday, May 28, at 2 p.m., Rev. Meggin King officiating. Burial in Pine Grove Cemetery, Oxford. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or charity of the donor's choice are gratefully appreciated.
HAWKINS, Bertha Mae
102, formerly of Wolfville, passed away Monday, May 25, 2009, in Evergreen Home for Special Care, Kentville. Born in White Rock, Kings Co., she was a daughter of the late Howard and Lillian (Chase) Smith. She was a graduate of Kings County Academy and the Provincial Normal College. She then taught school in Black River, Lower Canard, Ellershouse, Gaspereau and White Rock. Bertha was also a member of Wolfville Baptist Church and a Past Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Wolfville. She is survived by a son, Bernard "Bernie", Kentville; grandchildren, Tony (Kathy) and Tim; great-grandchildren, Jack and Troy. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was predeceased by her husband, Norman; special friend, James Arklie; six sisters, Joanne, Helen, Hazel, Bernice, Elaine and Beatrice (in infancy); five brothers, Ralph, Murray, Leslie, Kenneth and Gerald. 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, followed by a reception, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 28, in Wolfville Baptist Church, Rev. Dr. Barry Morrison officiating. A private burial will take place in Elm Grove Cemetery, Steam Mill, Kings Co. Donations in memory may be made to Wolfville Baptist Church or a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to White Family Funeral Home, Kentville.
DAY, Blair Henry
73, Head Jeddore. A graveside service of committal for family and friends of the late Blair Day, Head Jeddore, who passed away April 29, 2009, will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, in St. James Cemetery, No. 7 Hwy, Head Jeddore, with Michael Foley Postulant officiating.
PADMORE, Arthur Randolph "Randy"
Beloved husband, father, son, brother and friend, died suddenly in a car accident on Friday, May 22, 2009, in Mississauga, Ont. Randy was born in and loved Toronto. It was there he met the love of his life, Pauline. Together they raised daughters, Delanie and Cassandra; grandfather of Blaine and Shannon; dear son of Carol Padmore and the late Eric Padmore; brother of Estelle Padmore; uncle of Andreya, and Andre Jordan "A.J"."He was famous." "The king of the grill." Randy will be missed by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and a multitude of friends and associates. He will be forever in our hearts. Funeral in Cardinal Funeral Home, 366 Bathurst St., Toronto, Ont. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 28, from 7-9 p.m. and Friday, May 29, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Saturday 10 a.m. in Grant AME, 2029 Gerrard Street East, Toronto. Interment in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. The Padmore family has asked in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Co-op Housing Federation of Toronto's Charitable Fund, charitable number 88622 5853. The fund supports the work that Randy was doing with young people living in the Alexandra Park neighbourhood and raises money for the CHFT Diversity Scholarship Program; CHFT Charitable Fund, 658 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, Ont. M4J 5B9. "Always look out for the other guy."
HOWARD, Harold James
87, Halifax, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 25, 2009, in the Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII. Born in Halifax, he was a son of the late James and Elizabeth (McGinnis) Howard. Harold was a veteran of the Second World War with the Royal Canadian Army. Following his service time he spent 40 years with the Canadian National Railway. He later worked as a Commissionaire at Stadacona until his retirement. He is survived by his daughter, Catherine (Peter) Phillips; granddaughter, Amanda Phillips (Barry White) and great-granddaughter, Brittany Phillips, all of Spryfield; sister, Marjorie Latter, Halifax. He was predeceased by his wife, Muriel (Oakley); brothers, William, Richard, Gerald, Donald; a sister in infancy. The family would like to extend special thanks to the nurses of Veterans' Memorial Building, 5th floor for their compassionate care and support given to Harold during his time with them. Arrangements are under the care of J. Albert Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd., 149 Herring Cove Rd., Spryfield, NS (477-5601), where visitation will be held on Thursday, May 28, from 12-2 p.m. The funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. from the funeral home chapel. Interment to follow in Fairview Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Veterans' Memorial Building.