ACKER, Charles Vernard
91, Roseway Manor, formerly of Birchtown, passed away November 26, 2008, in Roseway Manor, Sandy Point, with his loving family by his side. Born in Birchtown, he was a son of the late George Arthur and Lily Edna (Towner) Acker. George worked at many jobs during his lifetime including boat shops, Dauphinee's Granite Works and in later years was employed by Nova Scotia Power until his retirement. Charles will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather who dearly loved to tease his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed music and played several instruments including the accordion and mouth organ. He was an avid card player. Charles always enjoyed attending the local exhibition. He is survived by his wife, the former Cora Margaret Nickerson; sons, George (Chrissy), Birchtown; Eugene (Chanah), Birchtown; daughters, Heather (Ivan), Port LaTour; Elizabeth (Lloyd), Shelburne; Grace (Wayne), Welshtown; Kim (Harold), Annapolis; Leona (Perry), Rocco Point; stepsister, Victoria, Richmond Hill, Ont.; 23 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and one great great- grandchild. He was predeceased by sons, Zenophen and Charles; daughter, Lillian; brothers, George Lester and John Winburn; sisters, Beatrice, Hilda, Ruby and Lucinda. Visitation today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in H.M. Huskilson's Funeral Home, Shelburne. Funeral service will be Saturday at 2 p.m.. in H.M. Huskilson's Funeral Chapel with Rev. Sandra Fyfe officiating. Interment will be in Mizpah Cemetery. Family flowers only. Memorial donations may be made to Roseway Manor or Mizpah Cemetery Fund.
DOWNEY, William "Bill", Boson, CPO 1st Class, ret'd
Caldwell Road, Eastern Passage, passed away in Dartmouth General Hospital in his 79th year on November 27, 2008, following a stroke and brief battle with cancer. Born in Stephenville Crossing, N.L., he was a son of Francis and Margaret (Hawkins) Downey. He is survived by his sons, David (Nancy), Eric (Chrissy), Daniel (Beverly), Robert (Joanne); grandchildren, Jordan, Jenna, Courtney, Natasha, Tanya, Sandra, Josh, and Jace; great-grandchildren, Matthew, Emily Elizabeth; brothers, Terrence, Barnaby; sister, Elizabeth Payne, all of Newfoundland; Jane Corn, Indiana; and his many friends and in-laws in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Ontario. Bill was predeceased by his loving wife, Hazel (Osmond), and his son, William Wayne, and siblings, Anthony, Basil, Joseph, John, Francis, Patrick, Ronald, Sabastien, Micheal, Mary, Veronica, Imelda, Theresa. Dad joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1951 and retired in 1979 during this time he got to travel around the world and served on the HMCS Magnificent, Bonaventure, Sackville, Annapolis and many more. After retiring he worked for Seaboard GM Diesel and the Corps of Commissionaires. He was a lifetime member of the Chiefs and PO's mess at Stadacona and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. Many thanks to Dr. McLennan and the nurses and staff at 3-East at Dartmouth General Hospital for their kindness and support in this difficult time. Cremation has taken place and service will be held on Monday, December 1, in Donald K. Walker Funeral Directors, 307 Prince Albert R., Dartmouth, NS B2Y 1N3 (469-5601) at 11 a.m. and burial to follow at Gates of Heaven Cemetery in Lower Sackville. Donations may be to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or Canadian Cancer Society.
MOLLICA, Gabriele Sr.
With great sadness we announce the passing of Gabriele Mollica Sr. on November 23, 2008. Funeral services are being held in Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Sydney (Pier) at 11 a.m. Saturday.
MERCER, Harold Edward "Dick"
91, Halifax, passed away November 21, 2008, in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII. Born in Halifax, he was a son of the late John Frederick and Ethel Maud Mercer. Dick worked at CN as an engineer for 35 years, he played hockey for several years for the Fairview Aces and won a championship with them in 1935 as a right-winger. He enjoyed dancing, fishing, hunting and spending the summers at the cottage in Pictou and winters in Florida. He also played hockey for the CN Round House team. He was a hard worker and devoted husband and father. He is survived by son, Kevin; son-in-law, Wayne Black; sisters, Jane and May of Halifax; brothers, Gordon and John "Fred", both of Halifax; grandchildren, Lyndsay, Jeffrey, and Tyler; great-grandchildren, Jayden, Jorel, and Shianne; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Helen (Skidmore); daughter, Sharon Black; sister, Dorris; brother, Robert. Visitation was held 4-7 p.m. Thursday, November 27, and memorial service will be held today at 10:30 a.m., both in J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 2266 Windsor St., Halifax. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
53, Maryvale, Antigonish Co., died Saturday, November 22, 2008, in Maryvale as a result of an automobile accident. Born in New Glasgow, Lenore was a daughter of Wilma (MacInnes) and the late Fred Burke, Bailey's Brook. Lenore was a member of the St. Margaret of Scotland parish and employed with Service Canada as an Employment Councilor. Words are much too small to capture the essence and size of Lenore's spirit. For Lenore was truly graced with a compassionate, humorous, generous energy that made a difference in the lives of others. Because of her willingness to share all of herself in every moment her parish, community, family and friends have been blessed with a legacy of a soul who loved well and loved life. Her capacity to share life, truth and wisdom through wacky fun spirited antics, funny jokes and unconditional kindness created a loving world for her three children and the husband she adored. Always in our hearts, forever smiling in our memories the gift of Lenore's light will continue to shine. Along with her mother, Lenore is survived by her husband, Joe; daughter, Emily (Dustin Ceretti), Bathurst/Halifax; sons, Patrick and Adam, Antigonish; sisters, Gail (John MacKinnon), Truro; Christine MacDougall, Bailey's Brook; Estelle (Owen McVicar), Antigonish; Olga (Garreth) Langille, Truro; Nadine (Colin) MacInnis, Arisaig; Shawna (John) Somers, Halifax, and brothers Alfred (Mary) and Sander (Minnie), both of Bailey's Brook, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Lenore was predeceased by brothers, Roderick, Donald, Conrad and Max. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 2-4 p.m. in MacIsaac Funeral Home, 61 Pleasant St., Antigonish. Mass of Christian Burial with Rev. Anthony MacDonald presiding will be 2 p.m. Monday in St. Ninian's Cathedral, Antigonish. Burial in the St. Margaret of Scotland Cemetery, Arisaig. Donations may be made to Raymond MacDougall Bursary/Scholarship Fund, Coady International Institute or your charity of choice.
DWYER, Rita Cecelia
105, Dartmouth, passed away peacefully Wednesday, November 26, 2008, in Arbourstone Enhanced Care, Halifax. Born October 23, 1903, she was a daughter of the late Ethel (Kew) and Henry Little, Halifax. Rita celebrated her 105th birthday party on October 23rd and was happy to be surrounded by many family members. She was a survivor of the Halifax Explosion. Rita enjoyed many hours spent in her flower gardens, bird watching; she also enjoyed doing needle work. She loved to study old English history. Survived by daughters, Sylvia Fraser, Dartmouth; Patricia Bushey, Sussex, N.B.; Kathleen Spears (Marshall), Mineville; brother, Ernst R. Little, Missouri, U.S.A.; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two great great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by husband of 60 years, Patrick Joseph Dwyer; sisters, Edith Punch, Gertrude Newbury, Kathleen Anderson, and Helen Grantham; brothers, Frank, Charles, Fred, and Don Little; and grandson, Jamie Fraser. Visitation will be held 1 p.m. Monday, December 1, up until time of service at 2:30 p.m., both in A. L. Mattatall Funeral Home, 217 Portland St., Dartmouth, Rev. Dianna Frye officiating. Interment will follow in Mount Hermon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Rita may be made to the IWK Health Centre Foundation or to Hope Cottage. She was the matriarch of our family and will be sadly missed.
MOMBOURQUETTE, Joseph "Little Joe"
Passed away Wednesday, November 26, 2008. He was the son of the late Simon and Josephine (Aucoin) Mombourquette. Joe is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marie (Aucoin) Mombourquette; daughters, Shirley, Paula (Greg), Darlene (Joey); son, Wayne (Betty). Joe is survived by grandchildren, Blair, Brian, Wade, Dale, Tara, Kayla, and four great-grandchildren. Visitation today 2-4, 7-9 p.m. in V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home. Funeral Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Parish of St. Leonard, St. Agnes Church. Cremation to follow with interment in the parish cemetery at a later date.
SWIM, Lynwood George
Passed away Wednesday, November 26, 2008, in Yarmouth Regional Hospital. Born October 14, 1930, he was a fisherman all his working life owning the first fiberglass Cape Islander, "The Enterprise". In his retirement years he enjoyed gardening, gunning and visiting with the boys in the barn. He was a son of the late Romie and Marguerite (Nickerson) Swim. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Bettina (Smith) Swim; sons, David (Georgina), Larry (Paulette), both of Oak Park; daughters Pamela (Davis) Atwood, Clyde River; Priscilla (Earl) Goodwin, Clark's Harbour; brother, Melvin; sisters, Nettie, Deloris, Margaret Rose, Donna, Betty Jean, Linda and Bonnie; nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great great-grandchild. He was predeceased by son, Garvin; grandson, Calvin; brothers, Gerald and one in infancy, as well as sister, Genevieve. Thanks to VON and the staff in Yarmouth Regional Hospital. Visitation will be today 3-4 and 8-9 p.m in H. Huskilson's Funeral Home, Barrington. Funeral service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in Independent Baptist Church, Swim's Point Road, Clark's Harbour, Pastor Rick Fluke officiating. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to the Rosalin Nickerson Care Fund.
CLOWATER, Harold Ernest
84, Halifax, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, November 26, 2008. Born in Fredericton, he was a son of the late Ernest and May (Lipsett) Clowater. He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Marie (Bird) and daughters Deanna (Charles) Fraser, Quispamsis, N.B., and Lori (Robert) LeBlanc, Wolfville. He was predeceased by son, Kevin (Debra) Clowater. He leaves behind his cherished grandchildren, Tracy, Shannon, David, Phillip and Daniel, and great-grandchildren, Alex and Molly. He is also survived by brothers, Jim (Barb) Clowater, Gordie (Barb) Clowater, Wesley (Helen) Clowater, Jack (Linda) Clowater, Gerry (Donna) Clowater, and sister, Pauline (Paul) Stephenson. He was predeceased by stepmother, Edith (Foshay) Clowater; sister, Mildred Clowater; brother, Donald (Marion) Clowater. Harold was an R.C.A.F. Veteran. In 1964, he started his business Commercial Refuse Ltd. which he continued to operate until his retirement in 1982. He was a member of the Halifax Rotary Club since 1975, serving a term as president, becoming a Paul Harris Fellow and recently receiving the True Rotarian Award. Among his favorite times was the 10 years he worked on the Rotary Club project of building special needs furniture for the IWK. He was also an active member of Bethany United Church, serving as a lifelong elder of session. As well, he helped establish the Spryfield Santa Claus Parade, and for some years, pulled Santa's sleigh with his ponies. Harold had a love of horses that continued throughout his life and brought him great joy. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Visitation will be held Saturday, November 29, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in Atlantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayers Rd., Halifax. Funeral will take place on Sunday, November 30, at 3 p.m. in Bethany United Church, 7171 Clinton Ave., Halifax, with a reception to follow. Family flowers only. Donations in Harold's memory may be made to Bethany United Church or a charity of your choice.
92, New Waterford, formerly of Scotchtown, died November 26, 2008, in Maple Hill Manor. She was a daughter of the late Archie and Victoria (Deruelle) LeMoine. Surviving are son, Emile "Brother" (Marie) Matthys, River Ryan; brother, Victor (Theresa) LeMoine, Scotchtown; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by son, Michael; daughter, Mary; brothers, Paul, Archie, Freddie; sisters, Victoria, Angel, Melvina, Elaine. No visitation. Funeral 11 a.m. Monday in the Parish of St. Leonard, St. Michael Church, River Ryan. Luncheon to follow in Gaul Centre.
SILER, William Douglas Withrow "Bill"
"Together Again". Kaye, 1915-2006 and "Bill", 1918-2008. "Bill", and his loving wife of 65 years, Kaye, are now reunited in Heaven. Bill, of Avondale, Hants Co., passed on peacefully and with dignity early Tuesday, November 25, 2008, one week following his 90th birthday, surrounded by his loving family and amidst the love and care of staff and friends at Dykeland Lodge, Windsor. Bill was born on November 18, 1918, in Avondale, the son of the late Charles Joseph Siler (Boston, Mass.) and the late Olga (Withrow) Wheaton (Windsor). Bill and Kaye moved to the Dave Withrow farm in Avondale and continued about the business of farming as he had been raised to do on the neighbouring Will Withrow farm. Compelled to serve his country in the Second World War, he went to basic training in Yarmouth, but along with the other farmers, he was sent home. The farm where they lived and worked and raised their four children, Douglas, Brenda, Carl and Sharon, was a dairy farm. Bill also maintained several orchards, and grew apples, plums, pears, peaches and cherries. Bill loved his farm and toiled long and hard for it to flourish. He was an "old-time" businessman, whose handshake was his word, and he staunchly supported Farmer's Dairy, The Co-op and Avonian Motors. He was also fascinated with many other aspects of country life and enjoyed grafting trees, growing pumpkins, hunting, wood cutting, tapping maple trees, pressing apples for cider, and raising bees for their contribution to his crops and, of course, the honey. The farm bordered the Avon River and Bill owned several boats and spent many hours fishing, coming home with lots of "fish tales". Along with Kaye, Bill was an active member of the Avondale United Church. When he "retired" from farming, he was able to spend more time on his hobbies. An avid card player, he was a "regular" on the 45's circuit, cutting 5's and winning as often as he could. Granddad or Doc, as his grandchildren lovingly called him, was very jolly, always had a smile and a "Yes Sir!" for everyone, and loved a good joke. He had a passion for sports. He played hockey as a young man, supported his children and grandchildren when they played, and was a devoted fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs, as well as the Blue Jays. When Bill decided to move off the farm in the fall of 2005, he adapted to his new home in Dykeland with his usual positive spirit and strength. He is survived by sons, Douglas (Valerie Whitehead), Windsor; Carl (Debbie), Avondale; daughters, Brenda Leyenaar, Windsor; Sharon (Dale) Benedict, Avondale; daughter-in-law, Valerie Siler, Avondale; grandchildren, Annette Leyenaar (Danny Misson), Stoney Creek, Ont.; Trish Leyenaar (Brad Trumble), Dartmouth; Troy (Kim) Benedict, Falmouth; Corey (Emely) Benedict, Dartmouth; Sheldon (Gina) Benedict, Falmouth; Shawn Benedict (Holly McLean), Australia; Brandon Benedict, Rodovre, Denmark; Kim Siler (Bill Loiselle), Mount Denson; Pam Dooks, Kansas; Stacey Siler (Lawson Hammer), Belmont; Emilie (Mike) Smith, Vegreville, Alta.; Tara (David) Whitehead, Avondale; Lori (Jim) Lane, Falmouth; Charlie (Tanya) Siler, Morden, Man.; 19 great-grandchildren; half-brother Earl (Evelyn) Wheaton, Parksville, B.C.; sister-in-law, Beatrice Conley, Truro; several nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by his good friend and 45's partner, Kenny Lake, Avondale, and his Dykeland sidekick, Moe McCulloch. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by stepfather, Jack Wheaton, half-sister, Louise (Harold) Cleveland; half-sister-in-law, Mary-Lou Wheaton; brothers-in-law, Chester Conley and Robert Kitchin; son-in-law, Bob Leyenaar; an infant grandson and an infant great-grandson. As a legacy to Bill, his name has been carried on in the generations that followed him, through his son Douglas, grandson Corey William and great-grandson William "Will" Lane. In keeping with Bill's wishes there will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place and a family graveside service will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to the compassionate care of J. Wilson Allen Funeral Home, Summerville. Donations in Bill's memory may be made to the Friends of Dykeland, Avondale United Church, Newport Landing Cemetery or a charity of choice. E-mail condolences to firstname.lastname@example.org "When I come to the end of the road and the sun has set for me, I want no rites in a gloom-filled room. Why cry for a soul set free? Miss me a little, but not too long and not with your head bowed low. Remember the love that we all shared, miss me but let me go."