MURPHY, Theodore James
74, Sheet Harbour, died May 24, 2009, in Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital. Born in Sheet Harbour, he was a son of the late James and Teresa (Martin) Murphy. He is survived by his children, Christena Benoit, Kendall Murphy, Stephen Murphy; grandchildren, Kyle Murphy, Julie Murphy, and Mitchell Murphy, all of Ontario; sister, Aggie Burgoyne and family of Seabright and Graham (Faye) Murphy and family of Spry Bay. He is also survived by dear friend, companion, Veronica Boutilier of Sheet Harbour. The family would like to offer sincere thanks and appreciation to Veronica for all the care and comfort she provided our dad. He was predeceased by brothers, Buddy and Kenny and brother, Charles in infancy. No visitation by request. A private graveside family service will take place in St. Peters Cemetery, Sheet Harbour. Arrangements entrusted to Dartmouth Funeral Home, Queen Street.
MacDONALD, John Oswin
72, of Greenhill Drive, Antigonish, formerly of Port Hood, passed away Friday, May 22, 2009, in St. Martha's Regional Hospital. Born in Judique South, he was a son of the late Jim Francis and Mamie (MacDonald) MacDonald. John O. served for 25 years in the Royal Canadian Navy as a CPO, and later worked as a correctional officer in Antigonish. Surviving are his soulmate and best friend, Irene Letcher; children, Scott (Diane), Paul (Debi), Kelly, Heather (Steve), all of Halifax; Celeste (Doug), Ontario; 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers, Collie and Angus L. (Jean) MacDonald; sisters, Mary V. Gillies and Phyllis (Butch) MacDonald, all of Port Hood. He was predeceased by brothers, Stanley, and Allan; sisters, Florence McKenna, Laura MacLean and Helen Robertson. Visitation 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today in Port Hood Community Funeral Home. Funeral mass 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Peters Church, Port Hood, Rev. Victor Ozoufuanya presiding. Burial in the parish cemetery.
MOFFATT, George Carl
84, of Halifax, passed away May 25, 2009, in Drummond Hall. Born in Halifax, he was a son of the late Arthur Raymond and Gladys Mary (Muir) Moffatt. He received his early education at College Street School and St. Patrick's Boys' High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary's University in 1946 and his Diploma in Education from Dalhousie University in 1947. He also received a Diploma in Advanced Studies (Ottawa University), Diploma in Administration, Diploma in Reading Specialization (Nova Scotia Teachers' Summer School). In 1973, he received a master of Theology degree (Holy Heart Seminary and the Atlantic School of Theology). He taught at St. Mary's Boys' School for five years and taught for 16 years at St. Francis School and acted as vice principal and principal. He was principal of St. Stephen's School and St. Stephen's Highland Park School for 14 years. But first, some rather significant background. Over 50 years ago, George Moffatt became involved in "January 1966", he was elected President of the Halifax Council and immediately embarked on a program which involved a complete rejuvenation of the Society. A greatly expanded clothing service for the needy, which today is the Hand-In-Hand operation of Spryfield. The move from an exclusively male organization to the inclusion of women - not only as volunteers, but also in Executive and Presidential positions at both Parish and Council level. At the Parish Conference level, George was President of St. Agnes Conference for 27 years. He also held office in various Teacher' Associations, its Credit Union and pension system. In July 1970, Hope Cottage was opened in its present location, while George was president. He later served as chair of its Board of Directors for 10 years and as an Interim Managing Director in periods between appointments to that position - once for six months. He was a volunteer, on a twice weekly basis for over 20 years, assisting in the actual serving of meals until 2004. In 1982, he was awarded the Archdiocesan Medal of Merit in recognition of his service to the Church of Halifax, his action on behalf of justice and his fidelity to the pastoral life at St. Agnes Parish. His commitment to the community in other charitable endeavors: to mention a few: for five years, he volunteered in the hospice program at Victoria General Hospital for patients and families in the cancer treatment program, he was president of the Halifax Chapter of the International Reading Association, he served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Mental Health Association and was an active volunteer at the old Civic Hospital for the mentally challenged patients; a founding member of Hope Farm Society (no connection with Hope Cottage), he served as a very active member of its Board of Directors for 12 years. In his spare time, George was a gardener of some repute, winning dozens of awards including Flower of the Show at the annual competitions of Halifax and Westmoor Horticultural Societies of which he was a Life Member. He had one of the most beautiful gardens in Halifax, growing both annuals and perennials. He won dozens of award ribbons at the Annual Flower show of the Halifax Horticultural Society. He was made an Honorary Member of the Society several years ago. His lilies won the "Best Flower in Show" award three Annual Shows. He is survived by his cousins, Joyce Allard, Fiskdale, Mass.; Lawrence Dorey, Northborough, Mass.; Mary Jane Jacino, Stamford, Conn.; Melanie Muir, Australia. Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 27, from 6-9 p.m. in J. A. Snow Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor St. Funeral mass will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 28, in St. Agnes Church, Father Albert Cosgrove officiating. Reception to follow interment in Mount Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society or Hope Cottage.
VIET (Houston), Isabella Imelda
74, Halifax, passed away peacefully in the QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax on Sunday, May 24, 2009. Isabella will be sadly missed by her children, son, Dominique Viet; daughters, April (Jim), Cary Hirtle (Gary), Micheline Robichaud (Glenn) and her grandchildren, Doninique Skinner, Keshia and Shayla Hirtle. Isabella was born in Donegal, Ireland, where she lived most of her youth. She later married Georges Viet and was fortunate to have traveled around the world raising her children, eventually calling Halifax home. Mom's Irish heritage was always evident at social events and she loved to sing and dance. Isabella also had an extended family: Bill and Linda Oland and their children, Andrew and Julia who she helped raise as children, and loved very much as her own. Our indebtedness to them will always be remembered. Isabella is also survived by her brothers and sisters, Willie, Phyllis, Kathleen, Noreen, Edith, Sheena, Noel. She was predeceased by her daughter, Michelle; brothers and sisters, Andy, Connord, Annie, Francis and Tony. There will be no public visitation at the funeral home. A private Family Service will be held in R.A. Corkum Funeral Home, Wileville. Burial in Hillside Cemetery, New Elm. Family flowers only. Memorial Donations may be made to the Lung Association of Nova Scotia, or Canadian Diabetes Association.
"Mom, we will never forget you. You'll always be in our hearts.
HOOPER, Sidney Willard
April 5, 1918 - May 24, 2009, son of Annabel (MacLean) and Lester Hooper. Sidney lived a very simple life and has served as a tremendous personal inspiration to his family and friends. Born in New Glasgow, Sidney grew up on Pictou Island where he fished for a time with his grandfather, Torquil MacLean. He served overseas 1943-1946 with the Stomont, Dundas & Glengarry Highlanders where he was wounded. He was one of our many soldiers to whom we all owe the wonderful freedoms we enjoy today. After the war, an experience which must have been horrific for such a gentle soul, Sidney was trained as a carpenter and worked in that trade on Long Island until becoming Post Master of Freeport, 1963-1983. For years Sidney enjoyed his coin collection, his Maple Leafs, loved golf and his golfing buddies - always very proud of his "hole in one"! Sidney's children, Albert (Linda), Doris (Dennis) and Doreen (Tony) and grandchildren, Paula, Jeannie, Kelly, Erin and Michael cherished this unassuming, intelligent and immensely loving man and often told him so. They all know that so much of who they are comes from the example he set as a man of great integrity, kindness, patience and modesty, and know these qualities will be passed on to his great-grandchildren, Kate, Amy, Jessie and Taylor. Sidney will be missed by brother, Howie; sisters, Isabel Rankin, Hazel MacDonald and their families. He was predeceased by wife, Delta and brothers, Ralph and Teddy. Sidney formed a long and lasting friendship since the war years with Kees and Diny Som of Holland and Kees has always considered Sidney his Canadian "older brother". Their children and grandchildren continue this special friendship. During the final months of his life, Sidney received exceptional care from the staff of Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII for which the family are forever grateful. There will be a graveside memorial in Freeport at a later date when the family can come together to remember this man so special to them all. This world is a better place for having had him in it. In lieu of flowers, please make a gift to Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII, or a charity of choice.
CONRAD, Aubrey Clinton
79, of Port Medway, Queens Co., passed away Friday, May 22, 2009, at home. Born in West Berlin, Queens Co., he was a son of the late Frederick and Lydie (Guest) Conrad. Aubrey left home at the young age of 14 to go to sea on the Bowater Mersey Paper Boats. He also served as a Merchant Marine during the Second World War, and also worked on many different boats throughout the world before coming home again at the age of 27. He then went to work on the Gypsum boats for the next five years before spending many more years as a fisherman. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 38, Liverpool. Aubrey was always known to love a good game of cards, playing with his cats and cheering for his Toronto Bluejays. He is survived by his wife, Mildred; daughter, Lana of Lower Sackville; son, Kevin (Maria) of Port Medway; grandchildren, Jahaira, Brian, both of Port Medway. He was predeceased by sons, Robert in infancy and Brian; sisters Vivian, Iverna, Annie, Beryl; brother, Graham. Visitation will be held Friday, May 29, from 7-9 p.m., and a Royal Canadian Legion Service at 7 p.m., both from Chandlers' Funeral Home, Liverpool. A funeral service will be held Saturday, May 30, at 11 a.m., from Holy Redeemer Anglican Church, Port Medway, Rev. Donald Lawton officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Port Medway. Family flowers only, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
LaPIERRE, Edward Frederick "Ed"
Passed away on May 25, 2009, in Twin Oaks Memorial Hospital. Born March 2, 1949, he was a son of the late Eugene and Glendoris (Sears) LaPierre. He lived and worked on the Eastern Shore for the last 36 years and for the last 20 years he was a self-employed mechanic. Ed was a proud member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Wentworth Lodge No. 108. He was E. A., November 1994, F.C., February 1995, M.M., May, 1995. Two terms Kings Solomans Chair, P.G. Chaplain and P.G. Dir. Of Ceremonies. He was also a Shriner. Ed was a prankster and loved to get a laugh out of everyone. He was happiest hunting, fishing, singing and playing his guitar. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Dianne (Cheverie); sons, Edward (Evelyn), and Steven (Shelley), both of East Chezzetcook; grampy to beautiful granddaughters, Karissa and Savhanna, and grandson, Jacob; sisters, Doris (Gordon) Cohoon, Dartmouth; Dianne (Carl) Pettipas, Jeddore and Judy LaPierre, Lawrencetown; brothers, Gerald (Shirley) Calgary, Alta.; Danny (Sandra), Alta.; Tommy (Linda), Gaetz Brook, and sister-in-law, Joan (Calvin) Hartling, Ostrea Lake and his mother-in-law, Shirley Cheverie of Ostrea Lake and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Eugene, Peter and sister, Mary. The body has been cremated and visitation will be held in Cole Harbor Funeral Home, 1234 Cole Harbor Rd. on Wednesday, May 27, from 6-8 p.m. A Masonic service will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join in the celebration of Ed's life. Donations may be made to The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada or The Twin Oaks Memorial Hospital, Musquodoboit Harbour.
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 7-9 p.m., and Wednesday, May 27, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral mass will be held 11 a.m., on Thursday, May 27, in our Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Church, Dutch Village Road, 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"
POTHIER, Regina Mary
97, of Villa St. Joseph, Dayton, Yarmouth Co., died May 25, 2009, in the Villa. Born May 11, 1912, in Wedgeport, Yarmouth Co., she was a daughter of the late Rodolphe and Irene (LeBlanc) LeBlanc. She was a member of the Catholic Women's League, a member of the square dance club, and she was volunteer of the Yarmouth Regional Hospital for many years. She is survived by daughters, Noella (Gary) Allen, of South Ohio, Yarmouth Co.; Marie Pothier of Montreal; son, Michael (Madeline) of Dartmouth; sister, Mary LeBlanc of Wedgeport, Yarmouth Co.; grandchildren, Mark and Brad Allen, Marcel and Matthew Pothier; great-grandchild, Isaak Allen. She was predeceased by her husband, Raymond; brothers, Francis and Martin; sister, Agnes. The body is resting in Sweenys Funeral Home in Yarmouth, visiting hours will be today from 7-9 p.m. with prayers at 8 p.m., all in Sweenys Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be held Wednesday, May 27, at 10 a.m., in St. Ambrose Cathedral, Father John MacPherson officiating. Burial will follow in Our Lady of Calvary Cemetery. Reception to follow. It has been requested family flowers only. Donations to St. Ambrose Cathedral Organ Fund or to acharity of choice.
BRINTON, William Elmer "Bill"
Of Chilliwack B.C., passed away in Surrey Memorial Hospital in Surrey B.C. on January 14, 2009, after a brave battle with cancer. Bill was born on August 5, 1946, in Halifax. He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph Ellsworth and Agnes Edith Brinton, as well as brother, Peter Avard Brinton. He is survived by his only son, Wayne Merrill Brinton, Wayne's wife Jacqueline and Bill's grandson, Nico Joseph Brinton, who reside in St. Saveur, Que. He is also survived by other siblings, Carol Daniels (Peter) of Rothesay, N.B.; Joan Hartlen (Carl) and Joseph Brinton (Shirley) of Halifax; Patricia Tomes of Collingwood, Ont.; Nancy Oxner (Michael) of Calgary, Alta. and Merrill Brinton (Judy) of Regina, Sask. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Bill had a wonderful sense of humour, was an eternal optimist and very committed to counselling others in overcoming their addictions. He will be very much missed by all who knew him. An interment service will be held in Pine Grove Cemetery in Stewiake East at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 31. Friends are welcome to attend.
SHUPE, Edward Cheslar
94, of Caledonia, passed away on May 22, 2009, in North Queens Nursing Home, where he resided since March 2003. Born in New Grafton, he was a son of the late Gilbert and Gertrude (Hiltz) Shupe. He was the last surviving member of his family. At age 11, he went to work with a team of horses in a wood's camp. Later he became a trucker for Caledonia Hardwood Co., Rayworth & Mollins, and Willis Forrest & Co., retiring in 1979. He lived in New Grafton, Kempt, South Brookfield, Caledonia and Bridgewater. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Beverlee and Fred Wamboldt; granddaughter, Janet (Russell) Sketchley; grandson, Paul (Tammy) Wamboldt; great-grandchildren, Adam, Andrew and Matthew Sketchley; Jacob and Melissa Wamboldt, all of Dartmouth; brother-in-law, Wilton (Diane) Bolivar, Bakers Settlement; sister-in-law, Lydia Hirtle, Lunenburg; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, the former Flora Bolivar of Bakers Settlement; brothers, Joseph and Aubrey; sisters, Muriel Shupe, Dorothy Freeman, Beulah Stadig, Myrtle Stadig, Mildred Shupe and Hazel Foley. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers Funeral Home, Liverpool. No visitation by request. Committal service will be in South Brookfield Union Cemetery on Wednesday, May 27, at 11 a.m., Rev. Lloyd Gillieo officiating, followed by a reception in North Brookfield Hall. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to South Brookfield Union Cemetery, North Queens Nursing Home Country Kitchen Fund or charity of choice.