Mrs. Dorothy M. "Dot" Milne
Dorothy Mildred “Dot” Milne - 82, formerly of New Minas, passed away Wednesday, October 28, 2009 in Evergreen Home for Special Care, Kentville. Born in New Minas, she was a daughter of the late Wilfred and Emmeline (Aalders) Walker. Dot found great enjoyment being a housewife, homemaker and helping her husband, Cal, around the Double C Tack Shop. In addition, she started the first Brownie pack in New Minas and loved knitting and sewing. She also enjoyed spending time with family and friends at the family cottage at Aylesford Lake. She is survived by a daughter, Charlotte (Gary) Rafuse, New Minas; two sons, Bryce (Sylvia), Grand Pré; Rex (Elizabeth), Yellowknife; a daughter-in-law, Helen Milne, Kentville; nine grandchildren and several great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Calvin “Cal”; a son, Brian; a sister, Marion “Betty”; two brothers, Gerald and William and a brother, Arnold, in infancy. Cremation has taken place under the direction of the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. Visitation will be held from 7-9 p.m. Friday, October 30, 2009 in the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville, where the funeral service, followed by a reception, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 31, 2009, Reverend Carol Dimock officiating. Burial will take place in the Elm Grove Cemetery, Steam Mill, Kings County. Family flowers only, by request. Donations in memory may be made to the charity of your choice. The family extends a special thank you to her niece, Donna Walker for her consideration and devotion. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.
Mr. Murray Eugene Brown
Murray Eugene Brown - 69, of Greenwich, Kings County, passed away Thursday, October 29, 2009 at home. Born in Black River, Kings County, he was a son of the late Robert and Kathleen (Kane) Brown. Murray was employed in the plumbing trade for 53 years. For the last several years he ran his own business, Brown and Smith Contractors. Murray always had a great story to share. He loved nature and found peace when caring for his land. Throughout his life, his beloved wife, Beverley was always by his side, loving and supporting him in his business and personal endeavors. He was also a big sports fan and especially enjoyed the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Blue Jays and was an avid supporter of Acadia Varsity Hockey. He is survived by his wife, the former Beverley Allen; two daughters, Andrea MacLean, Berwick and Nadine Brown-Dunthorne and her husband, Scott Dunthorne, Bedford; three sisters, Mary (Howard) Coldwell, Gaspereau; Gladys Davidson, Wolfville; Doris Fraser, Berwick. He was “Grampie” to his grandchildren, Meredith and Caleb MacLean and is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Shirley Schofield; three brothers, Francis, Joseph and Donald. Visitation will be held from 7-9 p.m. Sunday, November 1, 2009 with prayers to be held at 8:00 p.m., both in the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville. The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, November 2, 2009 in St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Kentville, Father Craig Christenson officiating. A reception will follow in St. Joseph’s Parish Hall. Burial will take place in St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Cemetery, Ridge Road, Wolfville. Family flowers only, by request. Donations in memory may be made to the Annapolis Valley Victorian Order of Nurses - Palliative Care. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.
Mr. Murray Clarke Best
Murray Clarke Best - 84, of Kentville, formerly of Belcher Street, Port Williams, passed away Thursday, December 10, 2009 in Orchard Hall, Kentville. Born in Prospect, Kings County, he was a son of the late Archibald and Jessie (Aalders) Best. He served with the West Nova Scotia Regiment during the Second World War and remained in the reserves following the war. He was employed with several wholesale and retail hardware and plumbing companies as a commercial traveler for 45 years. During his sales career, he won several salesman trophies for his loyal service and expert salesmanship. He was an active member of the Maritime and Canadian Wholesale Hardware Association. He had also been employed with Rockwell’s Hardware Store, Kentville for a number of years. He was an avid sportsman and took an active interest with the Fish and Game Association. He was a past Noble Grand of the I.O.O.F., No. 15, Kentville and a member of the Basil Encampment. He was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Kings Branch No. 6, Kentville. He also displayed a caring interest in the well-being of all senior citizens and children in the neighborhood. He had been a leader of many community projects. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Elizabeth “Betty” England; a daughter, Kathie (Clinton) Swindell, Aylesford Lake; two sons, Kevin (Tracy), Port Williams; Stephen (Gay), Halls Harbour; eight grandchildren, Scott and Michael (Jenna) Swindell; Lindsay, Jenna and Cristy Best; Joey, Nicholas and Salene Best; a brother, Kenneth (Gladys), Lockhart Mountain Road; a sister, Marguerite (Ken) Rafuse, Waterville; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers, Gerald, Vernon and Herbert. Cremation has taken place. No visitation, by family request. A memorial service, followed by a reception, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 13, 2009 in the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville, Reverend John McNally officiating. Interment will take place in the Elm Grove Cemetery, Steam Mill, Kings County. Family flowers only, by request. Donations in memory may be made to the Kidney Foundation. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.
Mrs. Sharon Esther Nickerson
Sharon Esther Nickerson - It is with a heavy heart that we announce the peaceful passing of Sharon, at her home in Cambridge, NS. Over the past two years, Sharon faced her illness with extraordinary courage and dignity.... a braver person, we have never known. Sharon was born on June 29th, 1950 in Halifax, the daughter of the late Maynard and Esther (Canning) Brown, (Grand Lake). Sharon's strongest devotion was to her beloved husband Barrie, and their pride and joy, Nicole Alexandra. She is survived by her husband, Barrie; daughter, Nicole; sisters, Catherine, Halifax; Merriam, Ottawa; Aunt Marg, Aunt Barb, Aunt Lottie, Aunt Mary, Uncle Buzz and numerous cousins. Sharon was born in Halifax, and grew up in Moncton, graduating from Moncton High School in 1968. She married shortly after and eventually settled in New Minas, NS where she worked with G.R. Saunders Ltd. until her retirement. Sharon waited patiently every year for spring and the chance to get out in her garden. She and Barrie were best friends, loved to take long drives in the country and stop at all the yard sales. She treasured the weekend get-a-ways (with just us "Girls") to the Riverview Cottages and revisiting all the special spots on the Parrsboro shore. We would like to thank Sharon's medical community. It is through their support and good work that Sharon was able to remain at home as she wished. We cherish every moment we had with Sharon and consider making the journey with her a privilege and a blessing. The family wishes to convey a special thank you to Sharon's closest friend, Judy Arenburg. Judy's special attention, her sweetness and great understanding of this part of Sharon's life carried Sharon through, and allowed us to help Sharon spend the rest of her life in the best possible way. We also want to thank our cousin, Carole who gave great support and comfort to Sharon, having challenged the same disease. Sharon, like her mum, was a sweet and gentle soul...attributes that cancer never considers before invading. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation or carry out an act of kindness for someone in need. Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation, by request. A service, followed by a reception, will take place at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 5, 2010, in the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville, Reverend Doctor Judith Saunders officiating. Private messages of condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.whitefamilyfuneralhome.com (under Current Funerals on the right of the page). Sharon won her battle with cancer, leaving it behind on January 1st, 2010, and moved on to a higher place. We will miss her so. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.
Mr. Michael T. Burns
Michael T. Burns – 57, of New Minas, lost his battle with cancer on January 2, 2010. Born on December 16, 1952 in Halifax, Nova Scotia he was the son of the late Harold and Muriel (Sampson) Burns. Mike attended Dalhousie University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree and TUNS where he graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering. He was a member of Engineers Nova Scotia (A.P.E.N.S.). During Mike’s career he was employed with Volvo Canada, Hermes Electronics and for the last 19 years with CKF, Hantsport, his most recent position as Vice President of Operations. Mike was an avid golfer and member of 14 Wing Greenwood Golf Club. A stickler for details, Mike was always prepared, organized and ensured everything was always well thought out. Mike could often be heard asking the question, “What’s the plan?”, and in the absence of a plan, Mike would make sure one was in place. He was a wonderful husband to his wife, Diane (Samson) and proud father of sons, Matthew (Christine), Coldbrook and Danny (Vanessa), New Minas; sister, Anne Marie (Eugene) Boudreau, Lower Ship Harbour; brothers-in-law, Mike (Kathy) Samson and Arthur (Gail) Samson, both of Halifax. Heartfelt thanks to Doctors Charles Maxner, Sarah Kirby, Liam Mulroy, Roger Hamilton, Allison Wellwood, Janet MacNaughton and staff of the Valley Regional Hospital Surgical Inpatient Unit. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, January 5, with prayers to be held at 8:00 p.m., all in the White Family Funeral Home, 100 Cornwallis Street, Kentville. The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 6, in St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, 43 Belcher Street, Kentville, Father Craig Christenson officiating. Interment will take place in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Kentville. A reception will follow in the parish hall. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory may be made to the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada, St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church or the charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.