TUCKER, Nellie Elizabeth
90, was promoted to Glory to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, March 24, 2009, in Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Mich. She was a dear and devoted best friend of Olive Mitchell, Essex, Ont. Born in New Glasgow, on May 17, 1918, she was predeceased by her parents, William (1970) and Annie (1980) Tucker. She is survived by her brother, Raymond and wife, Vivian, Little Harbor. Always missed but never forgotten by 25 nieces and nephews and many great-nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by siblings, James, Harry, Hubert, Ivan, Allister, Laura Gunn, Margaret Harding, Frances Ronald, Annie McLeod. Nellie was a devoted life member of the Salvation Army. Citizen of the Year in 1988 (Essex). Active in Guiding for 39 years as Brown Owl, Guide Captain, District Commissioner of Essex County, most would remember Nellie as the Phlebotomist at the Essex Medical Group for 25 years. In kindness, we would like to thank all the staff at Windsor Regional Hospital, Metropolitan Campus, the doctors, nurses and paramedics for their care and compassion for Nellie. Also, a special thank you for the doctors, nurses and staff at the Henry Ford Hospital for all your kindness. Visiting will be held in Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre, 87 Maidstone Avenue East, Essex, Ontario (519-776-4233) today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service to celebrate Nellie's life will be held in The Salvation Army Essex Community Church, 26 Talbot St. South, Essex, on Friday, March 27, at 10 a.m., Captains Nancy and Mark Braye officiating. Interment to follow in Cottam United Church Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to The Salvation Army Essex Citadel would be appreciated.
GILLIS, Bernard Francis
72, Grafton, Kings Co., formerly of Hantsport and Dartmouth, passed away Monday, March 24, 2009, with his loving family by his side, having lost a courageous three year battle against cancer. Born September 14, 1936, in New Waterford, Cape Breton, Bernie was a son of the late Duncan and Margaret (Cameron) Gillis. He was predeceased by brothers, Leo, John D., Martin and Angus. Bernie is survived by sisters, Peggy (Noel Vanderlinden), Dominion; Lois (Donald O'Quinn), Ogunquit, Me.; brothers, Duncan (Frances), Toronto, Ont.; Alex (Prudence), Halifax; Hugh (Denise), James (Pearl), Dannie, all of New Waterford, and many nieces and nephews. Bernie is also survived by his former wife of 39 years, Barbara Fletcher (Wilson). A loving, kind and generous father, Bernie will be sadly missed by daughters, Brenda Lee Gillis, Fredericton, N.B.; Belinda (Greg) Pulsifer, Grafton; and Tammy Davison, Hantsport. Grampie will never be forgotten by grandchildren, Marissa, John and Lauren Morse, Bernie, Ryan, Brittany and Dexter Pulsifer, Rhianna and Matthew Davison. He will live in the hearts of his children and grandchildren forever. Bernie learned to play the piano at the age of three on his mother's knee. His love of music and in particular playing the piano has carried through nearly 70 years and Bernie was immensely proud that all of his daughters play the piano and that nearly all of his grandchildren play either piano or guitar. Pianist in a popular orchestra during the 1960s and 1970s, Bernie played in many of the popular dance halls in greater Halifax. Friends and family will fondly recall the countless hours of entertainment that Bernie provided at the keyboard. Bernie's first employer was the Bank of Nova Scotia in New Waterford in 1956. By 1959 he had left Cape Breton Island for Halifax where he began employment with Border Brokers. In 1963, he joined Redifon Canada working there until 1977 when he accepted a position with Minas Basin Pulp & Power in Hantsport until his retirement in 2001. Bernie became a certified piano tuner in 1983 and actively tuned pianos in the Annapolis Valley until 1995 when he limited his tuning to those of friends and family. The job was not complete until a few tunes were played for the customer - often the tunes were many. Bernie volunteered as an assistant scout leader in Hantsport and truly found his calling volunteering to assist the elderly through Lifeline and often through playing piano at Senior Citizens homes. Bernie enjoyed reading and any form of handyman work (carpentry, plumbing, electricity, drywall, etc.). Many hours were spent playing cribbage with his weekly crib club buddies in Hantsport. Travel to faraway places as well as local touring with a motorhome were loved by Bernie but his favourite place was at home with his family. Bernie had a wonderful sense of humour and a very positive outlook on life. He brightened the days of those around him even at the darkest of times. Fondly remembered for his kind, gentle and generous spirit, Bernie will be sadly missed. He touched the lives of many, often without realizing it, for he was also a very modest and humble man. Cremation has taken place and visitation will take place from 7 - 9 p.m. today in H.C. Lindsay Funeral Home, 192 Commercial St., Berwick, NS B0P 1E0, (902-538-9900), from where the funeral service will be held at 3:30 p.m., on Friday March 27, Rev. Father Craig Christenson officiating with burial in Berwick Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Red Cross Society, Victorian Order of Nurses, Annapolis Valley Branch or to Margaret Salsman Cancer Care Patient Navigator Memorial Fund.
DURANT, Peter J.
71, Monk's Head Road, Pomquet, Antigonish Co., passed away March 24, 2009, at home. Born in Pomquet, he was a son of the late Joseph and Amelia (Boudreau) Durant. Peter was a carpenter, specializing in the building of houses. He was an avid hockey fan and also enjoyed country music and going to dances. He is survived by his wife, the former Martha Connors; daughters, Susan (Wayne) Baird, Shubenacadie; Brenda (Donnie) Campbell, Cambridge, Ont.; Heather, at home; sons, Patrick (Louise), Pickering, Ont.; Kevin (Krista), Heatherton; Peter (Terri), Pomquet; grandchildren, Sarah and Emily Baird; Emma and Alex Campbell; Mark and Luke Durant; Logan and Tariq Durant; Paige Durant; sisters, Theresa (Raymond) Rennie, Pomquet; Stella Kopf, Antigonish; Rita (Moses) Benoit, Pomquet; brothers, Linus (Yvonne), Pomquet; William (Mary Anne), Pomquet; Joe, Antigonish; Jimmie (Marcelline), Pomquet; sisters-in-law, Yvonne Doiron, Pomquet; Anita Durant, Connecticut; Leona Durant, Halifax. He was predeceased by brothers, Charlie, Leo, Thomas and John and two sisters in infancy. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday in C.L. Curry Funeral Home, 135 College St., Antigonish. Funeral mass will be celebrated in Ste. Croix Church, Pomquet, on Saturday at 11 a.m. with Rev. P.J. Baccardax presiding. Burial in the parish cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to St. Martha's Hospital Foundation.
MASON, Madelyne Mary
64, Plymouth, formerly of New Glasgow, passed away suddenly Saturday, March 21, 2009. Born in Pelly, Sask., she was a daughter of the late Vasily "Bill" and Masha Mary (Barabonoff) Legebokoff. She was employed with Pictou County Home Health Care. She was a loving mother and grandmother. Surviving are her son, Robert Mason, Cold Lake, Alta.; daughter-in-law, Heidi Zinck, New Glasgow; sisters, Olga Kulyk, Medicine Hat, Alta.; Helen (Drew) Nicholson, Richmond, B.C.; grandchildren, Daniel, Liam and Reilly Mason; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by sisters, Marge and Anna; brothers, Michael and Buck. There will be no funeral service by request. Donations may be made in her memory to Canadian Cancer Society. Arrangements are entrusted to P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home, New Glasgow.
DOUCET, Jessie Catherine
90, Enfield, passed away peacefully in QEII Health Science Centre, Halifax, on Wednesday, March 25, 2009, surrounded by her loving family. Born on Christmas Eve, 1918, in Ecum Secum, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Annie (Jewers) Hape. She worked for many years as a waitress with Cara Operations, at the Halifax International Airport. She valued the many friends and acquaintances, whom she met during that time. Jessie's sense of humour and incredible strength and perseverance were an inspiration to all who knew her. She will be sadly missed by daughters, Virginia Fleet, Ecum Secum; Betty (Bill) Fitzgerald, Dartmouth; Doris (David) Frank, Bridgewater; Cathy Doucet (Richard Novak), Bedford; Susan (Dale) Faulkner, Grand Lake; sons, Paul (Norma Samuelsen) Doucet, Enfield; Leo (Mary Ellen) Doucet, Fairview; John (Mary Esther) Doucet, Enfield; Tony (Susan Woods) Doucet, Beaver Bank; 15 grandchildren including the light of her life during her later years, Kristy; five great- grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 57 years, Wilfred Doucet; sister, Mary; brothers, Rex, Willis, Gordon, Gerald and Victor; four grandchildren and one great- grandchild. Visitation 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., Friday in Ettinger Funeral Home Chapel, 2812 Main St., Shubenacadie, with funeral service 10 a.m. Saturday, March 28, in St. Bernard's Roman Catholic Church, Enfield, Father Phil Thibodeau officiating. Interment in St. Bernard's Cemetery. A special thanks to the staff of the Halifax Infirmary, QEII, for their excellent care. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.
CASEY (Ferguson), Rita May
89, passed away peacefully surrounded by family in Dartmouth General Hospital on March 25, 2009, after a brief illness. She was a daughter of the late Ethel Pearl and John Ferguson. Rita worked for many years at the reception desk, of the Centennial Building, the VG Site, QEII. She is survived by daughter, Susanne, Dartmouth; sons, Jerry, Dartmouth; Ken (Barbara), Halifax; Wayne (Cheryl), London, Ont.; grandchildren, Trevor and Alison Casey, Dartmouth; Ryan (Rachelle) Casey, Toronto; Darren (Kathryn) Casey, Montreal; Cristin Casey, Halifax; Mark and Patrick Casey, London, Ont.; Chelsea (Robert) Taylor, Bedford; Melissa (Jason) Cole, Dartmouth; great-grandchildren, Bryce Taylor; Robyn Casey; Matthew and Mitchel Perry; Maria, Isaiah, Claudia, and Jude Cole; Payton and Haley Casey. She is also survived by sisters, Joan (Red) MacKay, Gladys White and Margaret Hunt. She was predeceased by her husband, Gerald Casey in 1979 and by brothers, Frank (Bud) and Jack Ferguson. Visitation will be held 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today in Dartmouth Funeral Home, Queen Street, Dartmouth. Funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 27, in Saint Patrick's Church, Brunswick Street, Halifax. Burial to follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lower Sackville. In lieu of flowers, the family would invite donations to a charity of your choice.
MAUGHAN, Elsie Mae
76, Lower Branch, Lunenburg Co., passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Harbour View Haven Nursing Home, Lunenburg, with her family by her side. Born in Maplewood, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Nina (Wentzell) Veinot. She was wife and business partner of Walter Maughan of Maughan's Construction, Lower Branch. Surviving are her husband, Walter; daughters, Anna Maughan (Pat Burke), Hebbville; Gail Maughan (Laurie Beck), Lower Branch; sons, Vernon (Monica) Maughan, Dayspring; one of Bridgewater, one of Branch LaHave; sisters, Ruby Ferguson, East Dalhousie; Lois Turner, Forties; Jean Webber, Dartmouth; grandchildren, Tyler Drennan, Nicole Brown (Darren Mulock), Rachel Brown, Colby Maughan, Erin Maughan (Ryan Dobson), Cory Maughan; three other grandsons; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by son, Gordon; grandson, Glen; sisters, Annie Joudrey, Ruth Meisner, Irene Collicutt, Susie Dauphinee; brother, Maynard Veinot. Visitation for family and friends, 7-9 p.m., Friday in Sweeny's Funeral Chapel, Bridgewater, where funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday, with special family friend, Rev. Willis Ott officiating. Burial will take place at a later date. No flowers by request, donations to Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia or charity of choice.
PETERS, John Edgar
84, of Dartmouth, passed away on March 24, 2009, in Dartmouth General Hospital. He was born in St. John's, N.L. on April 24, 1924, the son of the late E. Frederick and Katharine (Kendall) Peters. John was the epitome of the word gentleman. A graduate of TUNS, he dedicated his career as a PEng to the Federal Government Hydrology Department in Halifax. He loved golf at Brightwood, Tuesday bridge, Grace United, and all that Neptune and Symphony Nova Scotia had to offer. Friends and colleagues are saddened by his passing. He is survived by sister, Marion (Peters) Scott, Ontario; brothers, David, Newfoundland; James (Penny), Ontario; nieces, nephews and godchildren. He will be deeply missed by John F. Peters (Bedford). The love of his life, Irene (Cooper) Peters predeceased John in November. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service officiated by Rev. Stephen Fram will be held tonight 7 p.m. in A. L. Mattatall Funeral Home, 217 Portland St., Dartmouth. A second memorial service will be 2 p.m. Monday in Barrett's Funeral Home, Newfoundland, followed by interment. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Symphony Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra, Grace United or charity of choice.
CAMPBELL, George Victor
53, New Waterford, passed away March 24, 2009, a son of Dorothy Campbell and the late George Campbell. Surviving are mother, Dorothy, Hudson, N.H.; brothers, Gary, Grant, Ontario; Guy, California; sisters, Gail, Hudson, N.H.; Gloria, New Glasgow; niece, Stephanie; nephews, Joshua, John, Matthew, Glen. Predeceased by father, George; brothers, Glen, Gordon; sister, Glenda. Cremation has taken place under V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, New Waterford. No visitation or funeral service by request. Donations may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or a charity of choice.
TAYLOR, Janice Lynn
47, formerly of Halifax, passed away on January 25, 2009, with her family by her side at her home in Washougal, Wash. Born in Picton, Ont., she was a beloved daughter of William and Christine (Slaunwhite) Taylor. Jan was a beautiful and talented free spirit who will be loved and missed forever by her family. A Strasser Hoofcare Professional, she enjoyed training and riding horses and was generally an animal enthusiast who loved being outdoors. Jan was a self-taught guitarist who loved to sing and listen to music. She was also an excellent photographer and was very involved with the mid-wifery coalition. During her 12 year absence she always looked forward to her visits home to Nova Scotia to spend cherished time with family and friends. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her partner and soul mate, Dave Schallberger of Washougal, Wash.; daughters, Emily (Jason Deveau) Taylor, Dartmouth and Treya Bushell, Washougal; son, Taylor Smirnoff, Washougal; brothers, Barry (Joanie), Stephen (Kim Garland) and Robert (Darlene) Taylor; sisters, Marlene McKee and Susan Taylor; grandmother, Evelyn (Saunders) Taylor and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. A Celebration of Life reception will be held on Saturday, March 28, from 1-4 p.m. in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth. Interment will take place at a later date in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Lower Sackville.
FINIGAN, Ella Marion
76, Halifax, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 24, 2009, in QEII Health Sciences Centre. Born in Halifax, she was the eldest daughter of the late Russell and Grace (Power) Billard. Ella enjoyed books, movies, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. Ella had a special place in her heart for each of her grandchildren and took great pleasure in spending time with them. They were her joy and hope. Ella is survived by her children, Carla (Haroun) Barrett, Toronto; Karen (Kevin) Beaton, Halifax; Richard Barrett, Vancouver, B.C., and Kelly (Paul) Edwards, Halifax; brother, George (Ruby) Billard, Wine Harbour; her grandchildren, Sara (Mac) Ashe, Adele Beaton, Nathan Beaton, Mary Beaton, Colin Beaton, Jacob Edwards and Nicole Edwards; great-grandchildren, Madac and Kayleigh and her nieces, nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Nancy; brother, Russell Jr. and granddaughter, Christine. The family would especially like to thank Ella's dear friend Pat Cameron for the weekly care and visits during the last few years. The family also would like to thank the nurses and staff of Arbourstone and QEII Health Sciences Centre. Cremation has taken place under the care of Dartmouth Funeral Home and funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., April 4, in St. Joseph's Church in Shad Bay, reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Ella's memory to The Arthritis Society.
BRETT, Frederick Morley
65, Arnold's Cove, N.L., and summer resident of Black Point, Pictou Co., passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2009, in G.B. Cross Memorial Hospital, Clarenville, N.L., following a brief battle with cancer. Born in St John's, N.L., Fred worked for Transport Canada as a Flight Service Specialist. As well as several postings to remote stations in eastern Canada he worked mainly in Deer Lake, Goose Bay and Fredericton. Upon retirement from the Government he worked with the Neil Squire Foundation in Fredericton. Throughout his life Fred displayed a great talent and passion for music. In every place he lived Fred was very active in church choirs, providing community service in vocal groups, and using his immense musical talent for the enjoyment of others. Fred also loved working with computers where no problem was too difficult. Countless friends and relatives benefited from his patience and skill in teaching. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, the former Verna Kirkwood of Stellarton; loving daughters, Karolyn Brett (fiancÚ Craig Leblanc) and Kris Brett, Fredericton; special granddaughters, Katherine and Kaylah; sister-in-law, Iris Brett, Arnold's Cove; brother-in-law, Walter Kirkwood (Eleanor), Lantz, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his only brother, Herb Brett. Cremation has taken place by request. Visitation in Fewer's Funeral Home in Arnold's Cove, today 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A memorial service will be held in Arnold's Cove First United Church Friday, March 27, at 2 p.m., Rev. Don Stiles officiating. Interment will be at a later date. Donations in Fred's memory may be made to Arnold's Cove First United Church or Canadian Cancer Society.