SCHIEBEL, Horst Peter "Bill", P. Eng.
62, of Halifax, passed on in his sleep on May 21, 2009, in his home. He was born January 9, 1947, in Stuttgart, Germany to Ursula and Franz Schiebel. Bill moved to Canada at the age of 12 and lived and studied to become a professional engineer. In 1971 he married Gloria Brazeau and together they made Stefan and Tara. Bill worked all over in the field of mechanical engineering and finally settled with his family in Halifax where he would enjoy the rest of his days and finish up with a great run at AMEC Black and McDonald where he was both loved and respected. He is survived by his brother, Frank; his son, Stefan; his daughter, Tara; his grandson, Ben, and his former wife, Gloria, as well as the thousands of people his wonderful life touched. There will be a memorial service in Saint Patrick's Church, 2267 Brunswick St., on Friday, May 29, at 10 a.m. Due to Bill's many and varied tastes from beautiful music, fine foods, the arts, to helping a friend in need, donations can be made to the charity of your choice.
BUCHANAN, Gordon "Gordie"
Died May 25, 2009. A son of the late Thomas and Margaret (McNeil) Buchanan. He is survived by wife, Bernardita (Burke); daughters, Karen (Kevin), Paula (John), Kelly (Troy); sons, Blair (Cheryl), Colin (Diane); daughter-in-law, RoseMary; sister, Katherine; brothers, Hughie, Willie (Babes); grandchildren, Chantel, Melissa, Jeremy, Bethany, Cale, Kayla, Breanna. Predeceased by son, Darren; sisters, Anna, Clara; brothers, Michael, Tom, Danny. Visitation Friday 2-4, 7-9 p.m. in V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home. Funeral 12:30 p.m., Saturday in St. James Church. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery.
BATTISTE, Thomas Leo
Son of the late John and Annie Battiste of Potlo'tek First Nation, passed to the spirit world in the loving presence of his wife, Susan (Heritage) and family members on May 26, 2009, in Strait Richmond Hospital. Born in Antigonish, on June 27, 1944, Tom started his early years in Chapel Island Reserve, but as a result of Centralization of Mi'kmaq to Eskasoni, the family moved to Linneus, Me., to work in the potato picking industry and to pursue educational and economic opportunities. From an early age, and throughout his life, he traveled back to Chapel Island every summer to live with his relatives, Isabel and James Bernard and later to attend the annual St. Ann mission as a part of his commitment to the Mi'kmaq traditions. He was the first Mi'kmaq to graduate from Houlton High School and Ricker College where he received a B.A. in Business Administration in 1970 from which he developed a lifelong quest to further knowledge in a way that would be beneficial to Indigenous Peoples and other minority groups through education, outreach, and advocacy. He was a member of the Sigma Delta Pi fraternity from which he sustained a lifelong relationship with his fraternity brothers. He served two years in the United States Army and was a Vietnam Veteran, a member of the America Legion, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. His life as a leader in community development, advocacy and outreach was to bring positive transformations to Indigenous Peoples' social and economic life and in particular for the Mi'kmaq Nation. He pursued recognition of Micmac and Maliseet through the development of the Association of Aroostook Indians in Houlton, Me., which under the treaty of 1776 with the United States would eventually become Federally recognized in the United States as the Aroostook Band of Micmacs. He was a catalyst for the development of the Coalition of Eastern Native Americans, the first national advocacy group of its kind created to assist non-federally recognized Eastern Indian tribes and nations in their pursuit of federal and state recognition. He was chairperson of the first New England Indian Conference that gathered all New England tribes to discuss strategies for recognition of their treaty rights and border crossing rights. He was a member of the Federal Regional Council's Indian Task Force whose purpose was to formulate a plan to better coordinate federal and state programs for the different tribes and Indian organizations. He was a board member of the Indian Services of the Bureau of Human Relations in Bangor and of the Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Inc. He was among the first Mi'kmaq to receive a Masters Degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Education in 1975 and the first Mi'kmaq to receive a Ford Foundation Leadership Development Program award in 1973-74. He developed the University of New Brunswick Native Counseling Program and was the Native Student Counselor to over 100 Micmac and Maliseet students attending St. Thomas University and University of New Brunswick. Tom continued to be a catalyst and spokesperson for Indigenous peoples in education as a member of the Board of Directors for Harvard Native American Alumni Association, Association of Affirmative Action Professionals, and Harvard Club of Boston. He worked as Program Specialist for Native Americans with the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C., that would ensure maximum assistance to the administration for Native Americans to promote their own economic and social self-sufficiency. He worked as Tribal Administrator for Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah, Executive Director of the North American Indian Center of Boston, Inc., and Economic Development Specialist for the Rhode Island Indian Council Inc., in Providence Rhode Island. Tom was a member of Cursillo Movement. Tom retired to Potlo'tek First Nations 2007 with aspirations to inspire youth through education. He leaves an inspiring legacy and role model for many Mi'kmaq. He is survived by his loving wife, Susan; sisters, Eleanor Mitchell, Gerry Cantwell (Randy), Marie Battiste (Sakej Henderson); his aunts, Harriet Doyle of Potlo'tek and Mary Rose Gould of Membertou;mother-in-law, Doris of Massachusetts; many nieces, nephews; cousins and friends, and godchildren, Matthew Cantwell, Jimmy Mitchell and Maryann Eastling. The wake will begin at 7 p.m. for the public today, at his residence on 129 Mountain Rd., Potlo'tek First Nation. A Catholic mass will celebrate his life in Immaculate Conception Church in Salmon River on Saturday, May 30, at 9:30 a.m.with Father Everett MacDow. A Saketé will be held following mass in the Chapel Island Community Hall. The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made at any branch of the East Coast Credit Union throughout Cape Breton (902) 535-3456 or fax (902) 535-2295 for the Thomas Battiste Education Trust Fund for students of Potlo'tek First Nation. Speical thanks to the Palliative Units nurses adn staff of Cape Breton Regional Hospital and Strait Richmond Palliative Care and to Dr. Khan in Chapel Island. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, St. Peter's.
EARLY (Gardner), Shirley Lorraine
Died quietly in Villa St. Joseph, Dayton, on Tuesday, May 26, 2009. Born July 25, 1925, in New York City, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Lucy M. Gardner Brown and Harold Gardner. She lived and worked most of her life in the United States, retiring in 1981, when she moved to Mavillette. She was married to the late Thomas M. Early. Shirley enjoyed knitting, crocheting and reading, but most of all, bingo. She was an animal lover and had a great fondness for cats. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Church and was very active in veteran organizations. She leaves a son, Ray (Marie) Brown; grandchildren, Paul, Raynelle and Becky; great-granddaughter, Malia. Also surviving is her dear sister-in-law, Kathleen. Cremation has taken place at her request and the interment will be private. A mass will be celebrated in St. Vincent de Paul Church, Salmon River on Friday, May 29, at 11 a.m. by the Rev. Albeni d'Entremont. Donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
SHEARER, David Winston
Amherst. With saddened hearts, we announce the death of our beloved David Winston Shearer, age 66, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in North River, he was a son of the late Henry and Dorothy Shearer. He is survived by his loving wife, Ruth (Brown) of 46 years, Amherst; daughters, Ronda Daigle (Tim Clowater), Fredericton, N.B.; Julie Knisley (Jeff), Cambridge, Ont., and Cindy Shearer (David Jollymore), Halifax; son-in-law, Rob Daigle. He was loved dearly by his grandchildren, Amber, Katelyn, Paige, Elliot and Morgan. He is also survived by his siblings, Gerald (late Helen), North River; Keith (Joan), Fredericton; Ruth Graham (Woodie), Upper Stewiacke; Wayne (Dianne), Moncton, N.B.; sisters-in-law, Glenna and Marlene and many nieces and nephews. David was predeceased by his brother, Larry and in-laws, Harry and Myrtle Brown. Dave devoted 35 years to Vipond Automatic Sprinkler Co., retiring as branch manager. While residing in Riverview, he also dedicated many hours of volunteer service, held many positions and was awarded "Lion of the Year" at the Riverview Lions Club. Some of Dave's most pleasant memories were of time spent at the family cottage "Shearer Heaven" in Tidnish. He found his true passion in carpentry upon retirement, building several cottages on Tidnish Head Lane. In recent years, he has spent many hours supporting the love of his life as she sang with the "Pic N' Grin" family. Special thanks to his wonderful team of doctors including, Drs. Landry, Shaikh and Francoeur in Moncton, along with their respective staffs and Dr. Atkinson and her palliative care team in Amherst. The family would also like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the VON nurses who provided excellent care, and valued family and friends who prayed for him throughout his illness, especially, Keith and Janet McMullin. Dave's remains have been entrusted into the care of Furlong Jones Funeral Home, (667-8777), Amherst, from where the funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 30, at 2 p.m. Burial in the Blackmore Cemetery, North River. A time of visitation will be held in the funeral home, 70 Church St., Amherst on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Victorian Order of Nurses, Amherst or Cumberland Health Palliative Care, or a charity of the donor's choice would be gratefully appreciated.
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.
PECKHAM, Gerald Frederick
May 24, 2009, in his 85th year, Gerald died in Ottawa, following a battle with cancer. Born in Halifax, he was a son of the late Arthur Harold Peckham and the late Annie Norma Peckham. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Elsie (DeMone, originally of Lunenburg); daughter, Elizabeth (Alan) Ward of Australia; daughter, Annabelle (Mark) Richardson and grandchildren, Luke, Amy and Todd Richardson, all of Ottawa. Funeral arrangements in the care of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry Central Chapel (613-233-1143).
ALLEN, Arnold "Arnie"
August 24, 1945 - January 3, 2009 (63). It is with deep sadness that we, Arnie's family, announce his sudden passing in Florida. Arnie was born and raised in South Bar, son of Annie Allen, Cove Guest Home and the late Arthur Allen. For many years Arnie worked construction as a welder and at the time of his death was working in Florida. Arnie is survived by sons, Alan, Ontario; Darrell, Calgary; sisters, Lorraine Cuff and Anita Webb, both of Sydney; brother, Aubrey, Fort McMurray and their families. He also left behind a great circle of friends in Florida, who loved him as a family member. Cremation and a memorial took place in Florida on an earlier date. A memorial service will be held here in Sydney, Saturday, May 30th, at 11 a.m. in Trinity United Church, with Rev. Jackie MacDonald officiating. Family flowers only, memorial donations may be sent to Trinity United Church, 15 Matilda St., Whitney Pier, Sydney, N.S., or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.
HOOD, Daphne Joyce
Born March 10, 1935, to Alexander "Sandy" and Edith (Bursey) LeShane (Burnt Woods, Lower Island Cove, N.L.), she passed away peacefully on May 25, 2009, in Northwood Center, Halifax. Daphne was a member of Bethel United Church and was educated in the Bethel U.C. School. She took organ lessons from the late Maude Lewis and played in many churches along Conception Bay, N.L. Daphne came to Halifax in 1952 to live with her sister and best friend, Marion, and her late brother-in-law, Ronald Gibbons. She took business courses and worked at the Department of Highways, License Dept., Canada Packers Meat Div., the former Victoria General Hospital switchboard, and as a teller for Maritime Tel & Tel. Daphne loved music, dancing, knitting, needle work, and baking. She was devoted to her family and friends. Daphne is survived by her husband of 48 years, Rowland; daughter, Shelley (George) Purcell; son, Keir (Heather) Hood, and daughter, Carlene; grandchildren, Allison, Chad, and Kimberley Purcell, Rachel and Evan Hood. Daphne is also survived by her sister, Marion; sister-in-law, Mary LeShane; many nieces and nephews, and their families. Daphne was predeceased by her sisters, Olive Shaw Morris, Florence Slade, and brother, William LeShane, all of Newfoundland and Labrador. Funeral service will be celebrated by Rev. Heather Fraser in Fairview United Church, today at 2 p.m. A reception will follow in the church hall. No flowers by request. Donations may be made to "Fairview United Church Building Fund", or to the Canadian Diabetes Association.
GOUTHRO, Blain Gregory
Reserve Mines, died May 24, 2009. He was a son of Diane Romard and the late Michael Gregory Gouthro. Surviving are wife, Pauline; children, Samantha, Aaron; brothers, Derek Gouthro, Kenneth Romard; sister, Jennifer Romard; father and mother-in-law, Harvey and Marilyn Mackie; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, a nephew. Predeceased by father; stepfather, Joseph Romard; grandparents, Alonzo and Veronica Hanrahan, Daniel and Mary Ann Gouthro. Visitation was Wednesday in V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, Glace Bay. Funeral mass 10 a.m. today in Holy Family Church, Glace Bay.
SHARPE, Maynard C.
Glace Bay, died Monday, May 25, 2009. A son of the late James and Bertha (Brown) Sharpe. He was a veteran of the Second World War, serving overseas throughout Europe. Surviving are children, Patricia Turner, Barbara (Paul) Thorburn, Kippy (Karen) Sharpe; brother, Jim; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Predeceased by wife, Mary Carmella "Mella"; brother, Bert; sister, Mamie Warren. Visitation today 2-4, 7-9 p.m. in V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, Glace Bay. Funeral service 2 p.m. Friday, in St. Mary's Church, Glace Bay, Rev. Fev Arnold officiating. Cremation will follow. Interment in the parish cemetery.
HARTLING, Arthur Grant
90, of Halifax, died March 25, 2009, in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 30, at 2:30 p.m. in St. Mary's Anglican Church, Harrigan Cove, Rev. Katie Tait officiating. Burial in the church cemetery. Reception to follow in the Balcom Centre, Port Dufferin.
YOUNG, Leslie Howard
59, Head of St. Margaret's Bay. It is with deep sorrow and heavy hearts that we announce the end of Les' long journey with dementia. He passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2009, in the Abbie J. Lane Memorial Building, QEII, Halifax. Born in Victoria, B.C., he was the son of the late Wesley and Goldie (Johnson) Young. Les was employed with several consulting firms over the years such as Dillon Consulting and Cherubine Metal Works Limited and more recently as a private Senior Design Technician. He is survived by his wife, Kathy (Boutilier); sisters, Ann Wheatly, Halifax; Lynn (Tim) Cook, Indian Harbour. He will be missed by his four legged buddie Nick. Predeceased by his nephew, Mark Phelps. Funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Friday, May 29, from St. George's Anglican Church, Head of St. Margaret's Bay, Rev. Mark Marshall officiating. Burial to follow in church cemetery. Many thanks to the dedicated staff of 6th floor, Abbie Lane; to name a few but not limited to James, Sandra, Ellen, Jim, Helen, Mary, Carolyn, Nora, Linda, Roseanne and Fran. Special thanks to Dr. Hickcox, Dr. Aquino and Sarah Krieger-Frost. Your professionalism and kindness will always be remembered. Never doubt for one moment that you fall short of the mark. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to SPCA or charity of choice.