94, of Halifax/Dartmouth, passed away on May 23 2009. Born at home July 23 1914, at 65 Maynard St., Halifax, with grandmother, Nora Kidney Kelly, midwife attending, Irene was the eldest of 10 children. She was a daughter of F. E. Kelly, watchmaker and Emma (Smith). Like her parents, Irene was a devout Roman Catholic. Irene and her late husband, (d.1981) George C. MacDonald, stevedore were known as the best skaters on the ice in the many rinks they skated at. Interviewed by CBC, Irene was, at 86, the oldest skater in Dartmouth. Skating was Irene's passion which she continued weekly until 2002. At age 88 a fall on the ice at Gray Rink Dartmouth ended her skating career. Irene's other great love was animals, especially cats. Her favorite cat, Lulu was her faithful companion for many years. Irene volunteered for a time at Bide Awhile Animal Shelter. An accomplished professional seamstress, Irene worked at Mills Brothers for 25 years and was also a self-employed alterationist and expert knitter and designed her own patterns for hooked rugs. Irene loved camping, picnics, berry-picking, gardening, books, the sea, travel. She was a self-taught artist painting landscapes and animal portrait watercolors. In her 80s Irene took up writing, completing a novella, short stories, and an autobiography of her childhood. Irene, loving mother, is survived by daughters, Elizabeth Brenton and Heather MacDonald Kelly and son, George MacDonald. Also survived by sister, Claire McNeil; brother, Frank Kelly; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. Special mention to cousin, Gary MacLeod and family friend, Gloria Pottie who were so kind to Irene in her later years. Irene MacDonald will be missed and remembered with love as an independent, energetic, generous, creative, loving lady who enjoyed life and met its challenges with faith, courage, dignity, and humour. Funeral Mass to be held Tuesday, 10 a.m. in St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, Herring Cove Road. Interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Sackville. No visitation. Donations may be made to Bide Awhile. Arrangements under the direction of J.A. Snow Funeral Home. "So long, Rene, 'till we meet again..."
ARMSTRONG, Dinah Mae
Died May 26, 2009. A daughter of the late Ernest and Elizabeth Snow, she is survived by her sons, Bill (Gerald), Ray (Joanne); daughter-in-law, Floss (Sheldon), their daughter, Meredith; grandchildren, Allen, Kevin, Aaron, Raylene, Lisa; 15 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Eileen; many nieces, nephews. Predeceased by husband, Doug; sons, Doug, Gordon; siblings, Flossie, Stan, Anne, Etta, Bill, Hayward. Visitation today 2-4, 7-9 p.m. and funeral service 2 p.m. May 29, with reception to follow, all in S.W. Chant & Son Funeral Home Chapel. Interment in Hardwood Hill Cemetery.
LAKE (Fowler), Margaret Gladys
88, Truro, passed away May 26, 2009. Born in Woodside, she was a daughter of the late James Patrick and Mary Margaret (Rose) Fowler. The love of her life was her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, gardening, and the outdoors. Margaret was loved by all the caregivers in Wynn Park where she had spent her later days. She is survived by daughters, Dorothy Tibbo, Porters Lake; Evelyn (Sidney) Lake, Goshen; Josephine (David) Richards, Dartmouth; Carol (John) Carroll, Elmsdale; Margaret (David) Melvin, Deborah (Steven) Legere, both of Truro; sons, Patrick, Truro; David (Karen), Kingston, Ont.; Andrew (Angela), Wards Brook; sister, Rita Moore, Dartmouth; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her first husband, Ira Vaughan; her second husband, James William Lake; son, Wayne Lake and a child in infancy; five sisters and five brothers. No visitation or service by request. A private family committal service in Holy Trinity Church, Fox River, will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of choice. Arrangements entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, Truro.
SAVAGE, Thomas D. "Tom"
42, of Halifax, passed away at home, on May 24, 2009. Born in Halifax, he was the son of the late Doris Savage. Tom was an accomplished pilot, avid adventurer, traveled the world, enjoyed driving. Tom would always help those in need, especially if they needed a place to stay, a meal or advice or anything in general. Tom will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Survived by aunt, June Patterson, Saint John; uncles, Gordon Savage, Halifax; Thomas Publicover, St. Albert, Alta. Predeceased by maternal grandmother, Annie Mae Publicover. Cremation has taken place. Memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, May 30, in Cruikshank's Halifax Funeral Home. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to a charity of choice.
MacNEIL, Sister Ann Mary
(Sister St. Joseph of Mercy), Sydney Mines. The Sisters of Notre Dame Convent, Sydney Mines, and the family of Sister Ann Mary MacNeil regret to announce her sudden passing to eternal life at the CND Health Care Center, Sydney, on Friday, May 22, 2009. Sister Ann Mary was a daughter of the late Joseph MacNeil and Christina Jobes (Sydney Mines). During her 75 years as a Sister of the Congregation of Notre Dame she taught in St. Alban's, Vt.; Holy Angels Convent, St. Joseph's School, and St. Anthony Daniel School in Sydney; and Rankin Memorial School, Iona. She was principal of St. Anthony Daniel School for several years. Upon her retirement from teaching, she served in different administrative positions within the Congregation of Notre Dame in Iona, New Victoria, Truro, New Glasgow and Sydney Mines. Throughout the Congregation and beyond, Sister Ann Mary was greatly respected and esteemed for her sound judgement, wisdom and integrity. Sister is survived by her sisters, Camillus Ross and Loretta MacNeil of Halifax and Theresa Valley of Richmond Hill, Ont.; also many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and great-grandnephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Mary, and brothers Michael, Bernard and Lawrence. Visitation for Sister Ann Mary will be held on today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the J. M. Jobes Funeral Home, 635 Main St., Sydney Mines. A Bible Vigil will be held at 7 p.m. A celebration of her life will take place in Immaculate Conception Church, Convent Street, Sydney Mines on Tuesday at 10 a.m. with Father Hughie MacNeil and Father J.J. MacDonald officiating. Interment will be in held in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Sydney Mines. Following the funeral liturgy all are invited to a reception in Notre Dame Convent, Sydney Mines.
GILLIS, Sister Anne Catherine CND, (Sister St. John Hugh)
Sydney/Truro. The Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame and the Gillis family announce the passing into eternal life of Sister Anne C. Gillis on Saturday evening, May 23, 2009, in the CND Health Care Centre, Sydney. Born April 24, 1933 in Sydney, she was a daughter of the late Jack and Geraldine (Bates) Gillis. Professed in 1953, she taught in Sydney at St. Joseph's, Constantine School, Holy Redeemer Boys School and Saint Anthony Daniel. Following a successful teaching career, she entered the Catechetical Pastoral Ministry field, serving many years at Saint Anthony Daniel, various parishes of Antigonish County, Holy Redeemer, Sydney and Saint Gertrude's Parish, Woodstock, N.B. and was also a member of the CND Provincial Leadership Team. Anne will be remembered for her great love of people. Her last ministry was in Truro where she lived deeply the true spirit of the congregation "fille de paroisse". She was a woman of great energy, enthusiasm and faith. Sister Anne is survived by her brothers, Joseph (Edna), Marlborough, Mass.; Ronnie (Della), Antigonish; sisters, Aileen, CSM, St. Andrew's; Jane, Scarborough, Maine; Sally, Sydney; sisters-in-law, Bernadette, Joan, Mina Gillis-Chamberlain; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers, Father Lawrence, Gerry, John Hugh, Cyril, Chris and Bernie. Visitation for Sister Anne Gillis will be held Tuesday, May 26, from 3:30- 6:30 p.m., with a memorial mass at 7 p.m., and visitation recommencing after the mass, until 9:30 p.m., all in Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, 669 Prince St., Truro. A celebration of her life will take place on Wednesday, May 27 at 2 p.m. in the church, Father Dariusz Miskowicz officiating. Reception will follow in Campbell Hall. Interment will be held in Robie Street Cemetery. If so desired, donations in Sister Anne's memory to St. Vincent de Paul Society, Kane's Kitchen or a charity of your choice are welcomed.
CHARUMSKI, John James
85, Glace Bay, passed away on May 22, 2009. Born in Glace Bay, he was the son of the late Charles and Lucy (White) Charumski. Survived by his loving wife Helen (Jessome) Charumski, his daughters, Patricia, Mary, Joan, Paula; sons, Jim, Joe and John Walter; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers, Tommy, Clarence, and Stephen; sisters, Mary and Rose. Predeceased by brothers, Fred, Roddy, Alex, Walter, Felix, Joe, Paul, and sister, Annie. Visitation will be held today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, Glace Bay. Funeral will be May 26 at 10 a.m. in Holy Cross Church.
69, of Halifax, died at home on May 22, 2009, after a long illness, which challenged but never defeated him. Marshall was born and grew up in Sydney Mines, a son of Isaac and Mamie (Gillis) Greenwell. He there made many friends who remain close to him to this day. He moved to Halifax to study, live, and work in the early 1960s, attending King's College and Dalhousie University. Marshall worked in science labs, initially at National Sea Products, and later at National Research Council, from where he retired. There he mentored and trained numerous individuals with his scientific passion. Marshall worked for many years for the United Way campaign, and taught literacy courses to those unable to read. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying the ocean (sailing, kayaking, diving, swimming) and hiking in the woods and mountains. More than that, Marshall loved his friends and was an engaging and attentive conversationalist, friend and story teller. Marshall's love and devotion to his beloved daughter, Angela, was a constant in his life, and he was one-half of a tight and loving partnership with his wife, Anne, both during earlier travels, hikes and adventures, and more recently during his medical challenges and quieter times. His many friends were also part of his extended family, and he was careful to nourish these relationships as well. Marshall was also very grateful to the many doctors, nurses, and support staff at the QEII, Health Sciences Centre, who became so important to him over the past 10 years. Dr. Greg Hirsch literally saved his life on many occasions, Dr. Bruce Josephson was a calm, steadying presence, and Dr. David Wood was helpful to the end. Marshall was a passionate supporter of our medical system which he felt had served him so well. He is survived by his wife, Anne Barry; his daughter, Angela and her husband, Joel Allen, of Toronto, Ont.; his sister, Anne and her husband, Leroy Francis, of Richmond Hills, Ont.; numerous nieces, nephews, and his large extended family. There is no visitation. Memorial service will be held in the University of King's College Chapel with reception to follow, on Tuesday, May 26 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, and in honour of Marshall's giving spirit, donations may be made to Feed Nova Scotia. Arrangements entrusted to J. A. Snow Funeral Home.
"I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the skyÉand all I ask is a tall ship, and a star to steer her by and a sweet dream when the long trick's over."
van HEYNINGEN, Arno Albert
Passed away peacefully on May 25, 2009, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Zaandam, the Netherlands, on September 21, 1952, to Otto and Rita van Heyningen, Arno is survived by his parents; wife, Darlene; daughter, Sonya; son, Brett (Katie); stepson, Daniel; former spouse, Lynda; brother, Anthony (Shelly); sisters, Karin (Mark) and Martina (Frank). Arno will be remembered best for his passion for music, sports, theatre and his family. A loving father, he was his children's greatest fan. In recent years, he was blessed to have found a wonderful partner in Darlene, with whom he found much joy. Arno has touched many lives as a coach, referee, performer and friend. Always at home on-stage, he blossomed in performances with the Dartmouth Players and Gilbert & Sullivan Society, as well the Nova Voce Choir - all experiences he treasured. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations may be made, in memory of Arno, to the ICU at the VG Site, QEII, in Halifax or to the Canadian Cancer Society. Messages to the family can be posted to the Facebook website, by typing into the search box "Arno van Heyningen Memorial Group."
A memorial mass for the late Lea Richard, age 90, of England and formerly of Joggins, will be held in St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church, Joggins on Saturday, May 30, 2009, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. All are invited to a time of tea and refreshments in the parish hall. Arrangements in the care of Furlong Jones Funeral Home, River Hebert, NS (902-251-2877).
Murray, Ross "Tootles"
74, of High Crest Nursing Home, Springhill, passed away in Moncton City Hospital on Tuesday, May 26, 2009. Born in Springhill, he was a son of the late Murdock Alexander and Eva May (Hayes) Ross. Tootles was a member of Cumberland Lodge No. 5, Knights of Pythias and The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No. 17, Springhill. He enjoyed watching television, especially hockey games, going to church and socializing. He will be sadly missed by sisters, Audrey (Ulric "Bud") Knowlton and Doris (Bigelow) Hunter and brother, Carl (Beverly) Ross, all of Springhill; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sisters, Isobelle and Beulah; brothers, Jack, Ronald, Colin and Neil. Arrangements have been entrusted to A. H. Brown Funeral Home, 5 McFarlane St., Springhill, NS (902 597 2361). Cremation has taken place. Visiting will take place on Friday, May 29, from 10-11 a.m., followed immediately at 11 a.m. by a memorial service, both held from the funeral home, Rev. Elizabeth Davies officiating. Burial in Hillside Cemetery, Springhill. A Knights of Pythias and Royal Canadian Legion memorial service will be held beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday. Donations may be made in Murray's memory to St. David's Presbyterian Church, or charity of choice.
SMITH, Bruce Vincent
73, of Fenwick, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2009, in Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Upper Nappan, with his family by his side. Born in Nappan, he was a son of the late Vincent and Georgia (Brown) Smith. Bruce worked at the family business, Smith Esso Service Station in Fort Lawrence, Municipality of Cumberland County and Robb Engineering, where he worked on the construction of the IWK Health Centre in Halifax. He was a member of the RCAF Wing 105, Amherst, Westcumb Amateur Radio Club and Echo Charlie Club 212 and for many years he was active with Boy Scout Alert Jamboree. Bruce enjoyed playing darts, horseshoes, snowmobiling and ATV's and also tinkering and inventing. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Gayle Mill; daughters, Debra (Paul) Ripley of Upper Nappan and April (Joe) Dale of Moncton, N.B.; granddaughters, Tammy and Paula Ripley and Kristy, Katie and Kayla Dale; brother, Lloyd (Marge) Smith of Amherst, and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Bruce was predeceased by son, Steven and brother, Fred. Cremation has taken place. His family will receive visitors in Campbell's Funeral Home, 98 Church St., Amherst (667-9906) today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Friday at 2:30 p.m. from Campbell's Chapel with Rev. Bob Mack officiating. Interment will take place in Fenwick Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bruce's memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or a charity of your choice.