Mr. Rodney D. "Rod" Sawler
Rodney David "Rod" Sawler … 37, of Centreville, Kings County, passed away Monday, August 31, 2009 at home. Born in Kentville, he was a son of Fred and Marlene (Schofield) Sawler, Centreville. He had been employed with Acadia University, working in Wheelock Hall. He was a sports fanatic and had the ability to remember and quote statistics on any sport, game or player. In addition to his parents, he is survived by three sisters, Robyn Coleman, New Minas; Stephanie (Scott) Hillier, Kentville; Amanda Sawler, Centreville; two nieces, Courtney and Mackenzie; three nephews, Nicholas, Korey and Hunter; several aunts, uncles and cousins. Visitation will be held from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, September 2, 2009 in the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville, where the funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 3, 2009, Reverend Gerald Zinck and Reverend Murray Shaw officiating. Burial will take place in the Lakeview Cemetery, Lakeville, Kings County. Donations in memory may be made to the IWK Health Centre Foundation. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.
Mr. Louis Johnstone Phelan Jr.
Louis Johnstone Phelan Jr. - 56, of Kentville, passed away on Monday, August 24, 2009 in the Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Born on October 17, 1952 in Middleton, he was the son of Leona (Potter), Mountain Lea Lodge, Bridgetown and the late Louis J. Phelan Sr. He leaves to mourn, his wife of 34 years, Patricia (Oliver); son, Thomas George and his wife, Kim, Halifax; daughter, Julianne Lynn, Kentville; sisters, Susan (Ken) Taylor, Ottawa; Jennie (Bill) Robertson, Rexton, New Brunswick; Mary Ann (Allan) Hannam, Kingston; Sally (Marc) Marshall, Woodlands, Texas; brother, Patrick (Michelle), Bridgetown and grandchild, Alexis Emily. He was a man who loved life, his family, working hard and helping others. He had a deep love of western movies, hockey and Tim Horton’s double-doubles. As a man of many trades, there was not much he couldn’t do, from farming, long-haul trucking & salvage, logging, construction, cement work and automotive repair. He could be found with a tool in his hand or one close by wherever he went. To all of us, he will always be known as a quiet man, who spoke from his heart in all that he was willing to do for others. His laugh was infectious, his smile could light a room and he could always be seen as an honest man, simply by looking into his eyes. His Love will remain, always. Cremation has taken place under the direction of the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. There will be no visitation, by family request. The celebration of life ceremony will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 29, 2009 in the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville. A reception will follow in the Royal Canadian Legion, Kings Branch No. 6, River Street, Kentville. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Navigator Program at the Valley Regional Hospital or the Canadian Cancer Society (Research Department). Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.
Mrs. Dorothea Jewel Morine
Dorothea Jewel Morine – 80. It is with sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Jewel – wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother, on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 in the Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Born in Canning, she was the daughter of the late Cleaveland and Ethel (Manuel) Porter. She was residing the last year in, first, the Annapolis Royal Nursing Home and most recently in Grand View Manor, Berwick. She is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Eric C. Morine, Middleton; brother, Winfred, Grand View Manor (Shirley), Lawrencetown, Annapolis County; sisters, Helen (Jack) Andrew, Kelowna, British Columbia; Blanche Jess, Port Williams; along with many nieces and nephews; sons, Kenneth (Kathy), Cleveland, Cape Breton; Gary (Marcia), Lower Sackville; daughter, Bonnie (Bob), Nictaux; grandchildren, Kelly (James), Tracy, Lauren, Richard, Tricia (Dale), Aiden (Melissa), Michael, Janet (Peter), Joanne (Angus) and Adam (Rachel) and three great grandchildren, Camryn, Zacary and Lochlan. As a homemaker, she took great pride in her gardens and keeping a neat home. She enjoyed visits and calls from her family and special friends. A sincere thank you goes out to the compassionate care and dedication of the staff of the nursing homes and Valley Regional Hospital ER. Cremation has taken place under the direction of the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. There will be no visitation, by request. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date in the Hillaton Cemetery, Kings County. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory may be made to Grand View Manor, or the Annapolis Royal Nursing Home. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.
Mr. John "Eric" Davidson
WELL KNOWN RESIDENT AND HALIFAX EXPLOSION SURVIVOR PASSES AWAY
John “Eric” Davidson – 94, of Halifax, passed into the hands of God on Wednesday, September 9, 2009 in Grand View Manor, Berwick. Eric was born in Halifax to Georgina (Williams) and John William Davidson on May 10, 1915. Eric's history is bound up with that of Halifax and the Halifax Explosion of December 6, 1917 when at 2 ˝ years old, he lost his sight as the Mont Blanc exploded. Eric Davidson, a true Haligonian and real Northender, contributed greatly to his community and was an admired and respected citizen of Halifax receiving the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003. An inspiration to the visually impaired and sighted people alike, he was the subject of the National Film Board documentary "One of the Boys". Educated at the School for the Blind in Halifax, Eric became a Class I Licensed Auto Mechanic and worked with the City of Halifax until his retirement in 1980. In his spare time, he enjoyed restoring antique touring cars and was a founding member of the Halifax Antique Car Club. When he wasn't tinkering with cars, Eric enjoyed picking blue grass selections on his banjo, bowling and square dancing with Mary. He was a common fixture striding along Halifax streets and riding Halifax Transit but Eric especially enjoyed strolling with his children through Point Pleasant Park where he could hear the wind in the trees and the sounds of nature all around him. A lifetime member of United Memorial Church where he served on the Board of Trustees for many years, Eric rarely missed Sunday worship services. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge (Athole Lodge #15) and a charter member of the Canadian Council of the Blind. In retirement, Eric volunteered his time and talents at Northwood and at Camp Hill. He also became a Ham Radio operator. A truly remarkable man who overcame his loss of vision to lead a full and wonderful life, he provided a warm and loving home for his family and all who visited. Eric's family was his greatest joy in life and he was a most loving husband and doting father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Zinck; daughter, Marilyn Elliott (John), Kentville; sons, John (Debbie), Calgary; Andrew (Lisa), Lower Sackville; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; sister, June Clark, Halifax. Eric was predeceased by his beloved sister, Marjorie and brothers, Walter and James. Special thanks to staff at Grand View Manor, who provided great care and comfort to our Dad. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday, September 13, 2009 at Snow's Funeral Home, Windsor Street, Halifax. The funeral service, followed by a reception, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, September 14, 2009 at United Memorial Church, Kaye Street, Halifax, Reverend Catherine MacDonald officiating. Burial will take place at a later date in Fairview Cemetery, Halifax. Cremation has taken place under the direction of White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. In lieu of flowers, donations to United Memorial Church, Grand View Manor, or a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. On-line inquiries may be directed to www.whitefamilyfuneralhome.com.
Mr. Murray P. Fenton
Murray Philip Fenton … 74, passed away suddenly, Friday, August 21, 2009 in hospital in Ontario. He was born in Halifax on June 17, 1935 to the late Walter and Marjorie (Hills) Fenton. He spent his younger years in Halifax, but has lived in the Toronto area for over forty years. He is survived by two children from his first marriage and a stepdaughter all in Ontario; sisters Marjorie Manthorne, New Minas and Hazel Lienaux, Halifax; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Joyce; sister, Marion Crocker, Halifax; brothers, John, Edward, Robert (Barney) all of Halifax; Walter, Toronto. Cremation has taken place and as requested there will be no visitation or funeral service. Burial of ashes will be in Ontario. As Murray had a great love for animals, memorial donations could be sent to the SPCA or charity of your choice.