Friday, Jul 31st, 2015

Obituaries

Vickers, Harold Ratchford

August 25, 1952 – North Sydney, NS
July 14, 2015 – Calgary, AB

Harold R. Vickers passed away suddenly at home on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at the age of 62 years.
Harold received his Bachelor of Arts Degree at St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, with Honours Distinction in English and History in 1972. Harold received a Bachelor of Laws Degree from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1975 and was admitted to The Law Society of Alberta in 1976. He completed his articles with Eamon, Rollins and Company, Barristers and Solicitors, Calgary, Alberta with particular emphasis on Real Estate and Mortgage practice where he commenced his foreclosure practice in 1977.
In 1980, Harold jointly opened Eamon, Vickers, Vogel & Butler, which law firm subsequently became Eamon Vickers & Gillis. In 1986, Mr. Vickers established Vickers & Associates which became Vickers Hendrix LLP in 2009 and practices in the areas of Litigation, Corporation and Commercial law, and commercial and residential real estate with particular emphasis on mortgages and mortgage foreclosures for National Banks, Trust Companies, Mortgage Investment Corporations and Private Lenders. Harold Vickers had lectured for the Alberta Mortgage Brokers Association (AMBA) and was employed by Mount Royal College (now Mount Royal University) as a lecturer for the Mortgage Brokerage course which is mandatory for Alberta Mortgage Brokers.
Harold will be missed by his children, Jason Ratchford Vickers of Kentville, NS, Breanna Jo Vickers (Yuya Tanaka) of Calgary and Peter Francis Vickers of Calgary. He will also be missed by his siblings, Mildred (Tom) D’Arcy of Halifax, NS, George (Myra) Vickers of New Glasgow, NS, Paul (Karen) Vickers of Halifax, NS, Madonna (Kevin) Vickers-Touesnard of Antigonish, NS and sister-in-law Christene Vickers-Crosby of Antigonish, NS. Harold is also survived by nieces and nephews, Robert MacInnis of Calgary, Lisa (Mike) Simms of Halifax, Heidi (Ryan) Sommers of Mirimachi. Danielle (Shane) Pitts, New Glasgow, Holly (Dennis) Vickers of Antigonish, Krista Vickers of Antigonish, Philip Vickers of Halifax, Bradley (Kate) Vickers of Halifax, Ryan Gillis of Halifax, Ashley (Jeff) Gillis of Halifax and Erin (Chris) Gillis of Halifax, Sara and Matthew Codd of Red Deer, Jenna Kerekes; his dear friends Paul and Myra Stein, Paul MacDonald, Nando Valponi, Sandi Arseila Valponi, Donna and Greg Busby and friends Vannessa and Sheila Smith.
Harold was predeceased by his wife Laura in 2006, his brother Peter in 1992, his father George in 2003 and his mother Margaret in 2009.
Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Michael Catholic Community Church (800 – 85 Street S.W.) on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Harold Vickers, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.

Pelly, Bernard Oliver

Funeral service for the late Bernard Oliver ‘Buck’ Pelly, 73, Guysborough, was held July 25 in Wesley United Church, Guysborough, with Nan Corrigan officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Guysborough.
Mr. Pelly died July 19, 2015, in Guysborough Memorial Hospital.
Born in Sunnyville, Guysborough County, he was a son of the late Murray and Helen (Mansfield) Pelly. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing darts and cards. He was always the life of the party and telling jokes. He also loved planting a garden.
He is survived by his wife, Judy (Lucas); daughter, Bernadette Lucas, Toronto; grandson, Cameron; granddaughter, Renee; five sisters, Hanna (Gerry) Flemming, Montreal; Evelyn (Erwin) Brinkschute, Florida; Brenda Pelly, Toronto; Rita Caplan, Calgary; Lois (Ernie) Worth, Antigonish; four brothers, Ambrose, Southampton, Ont; Roger (Faye), Peninsula, Ont; George, Toronto; Frank, Sunnyville.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Ralph, Rick.
Donations may be made to the Pelly family.
Online condolences: www.haverstocks.com

Ross, Janet Barbara

Funeral service for the late Janet Barbara Ross, 72, was held July 25 in St. Ninian’s Cathedral, Antigonish, with Father Andrew Boyd officiating.
Ms. Ross died at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital.
Readers at the funeral Mass were Janice Marie Ross, Darryl Gaines and Kathy Ross. Janice Ross, Margie Benoit and Isabelle Mac Donald presented the offertory gifts. Music was provided by Margaret MacGregor MacDonald and piper Frank Beaton.
Urn bearer was Kathy Ross.
Born in Antigonish, she was the daughter of the late Colin and Christina (MacDonald) Ross. She will always be remembered for her kind and generous nature. If you were fortunate enough to know her you loved her and you had a confidante for life.
She is survived by sister, Betty (Melvin) Green, Toronto; sister-in-law, Janice (John) Ross; many cousins, nieces, nephews and special friends.
She was predeceased by three brothers, Donald, John, Neil; two sisters, Rosemary, Bonnie.
Donations may be to the St. Martha’s Hospital Foundation.
Online condolences: www.MacIsaacs.com

Julian, Mary Bridget

Funeral service for the late Mary Bridget ‘Molly’ Julian, 60, Paqtnkek Mikmaw Nation, was held July 20 in Immaculate Conception Church, Heatherton, with Father Charles Cameron officiating. Burial was in Walnek (St. Ann) Cemetery, Summerside Road.
Mrs. Julian died July 15, 2015, at St Martha’s Regional Hospital in Antigonish.
Readers at the funeral Mass were Albert Julian, Carolyn Bernard and Eunice Bernard. Morgan Julian, Sierra Julian and Daejah Johnson presented the offertory gifts. Music was provided by Heatherton folk choir.
Active pallbearers were Patrick Johnson, Brendan Johnson, Shawn Johnson, Aaron Johnson, Dameon Johnson and Boi Battiste.
Honorary pallbearers were Darlene ‘Dolly’ Prosper, Clara Prosper, Elizabeth “Betty” GooGoo, Sharon Lafford, Sharon Prosper and Jennifer Johnson.
Born January 31, 1955, in Antigonish, she was a daughter of the late Andrew Johnson and Martha Mosey. She loved her Shitzu dog Muin and enjoyed doing puzzles, scratch tickets, radio bingo and attending yard sales. She was known for her smile and sense of humour, and guests were always welcome in her home.
She is survived by her common-law husband, Jarvis Young; five children, Dawn (George) Desmond, Paqtnkek; Martin (Karla) Julian, Paqtnkek; Samantha Julian, Paqtnkek; Felicia Julian, Eskasoni; Heather Julian, Paqtnkek; 11 grandchildren; brother, Francis Johnson, Paqtnkek; special friend, John Lafford, Paqtnkek.
She was predeceased by three brothers, Abraham Johnson, Richard Johnson and John Johnson; two sisters, Pauline Johnson and Edna Johnson, all of Paqtnkek.
Donations may be made to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
Online condolences: www.clcurry.com

Tobin, Carmen ‘Blaise’

Funeral service for the late Carmen ‘Blaise’ Tobin, 55, Antigonish, was held July 23 in St. Ninian’s Cathedral with Father Donald MacGillivray officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Mr. Tobin died July 18, 2015, at home.
Readers at the funeral Mass were Kayla Farrell, Jenna Pitts and Kyle Pitts. Melissa Ennis, Charmaine Bowman and Pam Talty presented the offertory gifts. Music was provided by Margaret MacGregor MacDonald.
Active pallbearers were Kathleen Matheson, Mark Jamieson, George Boutilier, Joe Swartzack, Danny MacDonald, Donnie Sangster, Tom Farrell and Vince Arsenault.
Honorary pallbearers were Heather MacInnis, Darlene Hartery, Barbie MacDonald, Mary MacGillivray, Liz Farrell and Gina Arsenault.
Born in Antigonish, he was the son of Carmen and Ethel (MacInnis) Tobin. He loved spending time with family and friends and valued the many memories they shared. He took great pride in his work, spending countless hours on his property and gardens – a passion he extended to many others, always ready and willing to help anyone. He spent endless hours on his Grampy MacInnis’ drafting table designing beautiful homes. He was a long time employee of Strait Engineering Ltd. in Port Hawkesbury.
Besides his parents, he is survived by his wife, Jan (MacEachern); son, Michael; three sisters, Charmaine (Terrance) Bowman, Antigonish; Darlene (Jeff) Sullivan, New Glasgow; Tracey (Basil) Pitts, Antigonish; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by paternal grandparents, Mable (Tramble) and Thomas Tobin; maternal grandparents, Alice (Elliot) and Colin MacInnis.
Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Online condolences: www.clcurry.com

Skinner Rita ‘Darlene’

1965-2015
“Be An Organ Donor”
Of Manitoulin, Ontario, formerly of Antigonish, N.S. It is with great sadness and grief that we announce the sudden passing July 22, 2015, as the result of complications from a double lung transplant that she received on August 8, 2014, at the age of 49.
Born on December 18, 1965, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence (Lonnie) Skinner Sr. and Mary Ella Skinner.
Darlene graduated from Antigonish Regional High School, where she met some of her lifelong friends. Darlene was a very kind hearted soul. She moved to Ont. where she was employed as a LPN, a profession she was passionate about and where she ended up meeting some of her best friends and the love of her life.
While growing up in Antigonish, she was a member of Saint James United Church where she taught Sunday School, and was also active in the 875 Air Cadets, Girl Guides. She was also an avid outdoors-woman and loved the country life where she could do her gardening.
Her sense of humor made her smile infectious. She had a zest for living life to the fullest. She was also a hard worker who loved her family and friends whole heartedly, doing whatever she could to lend a helping hand when needed. Although Manitoulin may have been her residence, you can never take the Maritimer out of a person and Darlene will always be known for her Maritimer heart.
She is survived by her mother Mary Ella, beloved daughter Desiree, partner Bruce White and his mother Wilda White of Manitoulin Island, Ont. Also by her brothers Lawrence (Tanya), Melvin (Marie), Allan (Tessie) all of Antigonish, sisters Debbie (Richard) of Victoria, B.C., Nancy (Philip) of Vancouver, B.C., and by many nieces and nephews.
Besides her father, she was predeceased by her sister Angela Maureen and nephew Lawrence John Arthur.
Visitation will be 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Friday July 31 at Island Funeral Home
Funeral Service at 2 p.m. Saturday August 1, 2015 at Island Funeral Home
In memory of Darlene, memorial donations may be made to Canadian Lung Association or a charity of your choice. Share your thoughts, memories and photos at www.islandfuneralhome.ca

Denny, Ann Isabel

Funeral service for the late Ann Isabel Denny, 88, Pictou Landing First Nation, was held July 20 in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church, Pictou Landing First Nation, with Father Gary MacPherson officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Mrs. Denny died July 17, 2015, at the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow.
Born in Antigonish Landing, she was a daughter of the late William Bernard Young and the late Mary(Sylliboy)Young Johnson. She was a granddaughter of the great Grand Chief Gabriel Sylliboy. She was raised at Whycocomagh First Nation, working at her dad’s sawmill. At the age of 14, she served as the Whycocomagh First Nation post mistress. In her early adult years she joined a group of more than 100 women who were hired to work in Ontario factories during wartime. After returning from Ontario, she and her husband, Gregory, settled in Pictou Landing First Nation, where they raised their family. Also during her adult years, she worked for Medical Services as a medical driver for more than 25 years. After retiring, she enjoyed her arts and crafts in her later years.
She is survived by two sons, Edgar (Charmaine), Pictou Landing First Nation; Edmund, Halifax; three daughters, Mary Elizabeth (Rod), Martha Augustine, Natalie Denny (Kyle), all of Pictou Landing First Nation; special son, Clayton Bernard, Antigonish; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; special great-grandchildren, Tyson and Laela; brother, Robert Young, Sydney; two sisters, Mary Ellen Googoo (Francis), Membertou; Margaret Hodgson (Allan), Wheatley, Ontario; many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Gregory Denny; infant daughter, Yvonne; two sons, Bernie, Brian; grandson, Timmy; five brothers, Fred, Charlie, Walter, Richard ‘Dick’, Donald Gabriel Young; two sisters, Mary Ellen Young, Jesse Young-Morris; son-in-law, Perry Augustine; daughter-in-law, Mary Theresa Denny; sister-in-law, Martha Denny; goddaughter, Janet Lafford.
Online condolences: angusfuneralhomes.com

O’Halloran, Leo Paul

Funeral service for the late Leo Paul O’Halloran, 88, Milford Haven Home for Special Care, Guysborough, was held July 24 in St. Ninian Cathedral, with Father Donald MacGillivray officiating, assisted by Fathers Daniel MacLennan and Gerard MacInnis. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Mr. O’Halloran died July 19, 2015, at the home.
Readers at the funeral Mass were John MacLellan and Reverend Heather Manuel. Paul and Diane Tomlik and Hubertina Stewart presented the offertory gifts. Music was provided by Sister Catherine MacGillivray and Margaret MacGregor MacDonald.
Urn bearers were Corrine O’Halloran and Michaela O’Halloran.
Honorary urn bearers were Patrick O’Halloran, Liam O’Halloran, Olivia Floyd and James Floyd.
Born June 29, 1927, in Truro, he was a son of the late Thompkins and Olive (Anstey) O’Halloran. He graduated from Antigonish High School and St. Francis Xavier University, earning both a commerce degree (1952) and Bachelor of Education (1956). As a young man, he worked for his father driving the delivery truck for the family-owned business, Home Bakery, delivering to institutions and businesses in Antigonish and Guysborough counties. He taught and served as a school principal in Antigonish County at Lakevale and Maryvale schools and at the former Antigonish High. He also worked as an employment counsellor with Canada Manpower in both the Antigonish and Port Hawkesbury offices, and later, he owned and operated the Valley View Motel in Antigonish. He was a very active volunteer in a variety of organizations, serving as president of the Antigonish Chamber of Commerce and the Antigonish Golf and Country Club. He was a Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus and was an active member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. He also served as an Antigonish town councillor and deputy mayor, and on the Antigonish District School Board. Highly competitive, he was always up for a game of bridge or shooting a game of pool. He attributed his skill at the pool table to ‘my misspent youth’. He also loved reading.
He is survived by his eight children, Maureen (John Halstead), Dartmouth; Kathleen, Dartmouth; Bill (Kathy Gillis), Dartmouth; Michael (Sheila) Antigonish; Mary Beth (David Floyd), Kentville; Cabrini (Mark Gavin), St. Andrews; Leone, Dartmouth; Robert, Dartmouth; seven grandchildren, Bridget and Liam O’Halloran, Dartmouth; Corinne and Michaela O’Halloran, Antigonish; Patrick O’Halloran, Halifax; Olivia Floyd, Kentville; James Floyd, Halifax; sister, Clare.
He was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Betty; two brothers, Bill, Earle; sister, Marion Mullaley; parents-in-law, Frank and Clara Turner.
Donations may be made to the Milford Haven Home recreation department.
Online condolences: www.clcurry.com

O’Halloran, Mary Elizabeth

Funeral service for the late Mary Elizabeth ‘Betty’ (Turner) O’Halloran, 83, Milford Haven Home for Special Care, Guysborough, was held July 24 in St. Ninian Cathedral, with Father Donald MacGillivray officiating, assisted by Fathers Daniel MacLennan and Gerard MacInnis. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Mrs. O’Halloran died July 18, 2015, at the home.
Readers at the funeral Mass were John MacLellan and Reverend Heather Manuel. Paul and Diane Tomlik and Hubertina Stewart presented the offertory gifts. Music was provided by Sister Catherine MacGillivray and Margaret MacGregor MacDonald.
Urn bearers were Corrine O’Halloran and Michaela O’Halloran.
Honorary urn bearers were Patrick O’Halloran, Liam O’Halloran, Olivia Floyd and James Floyd.
Born June 3, 1932 in New Waterford, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Clara (Bruce) Turner. She attended St. Agnes High School in New Waterford, where she was a member of the girls basketball team – the 1948 provincial high school champions. She graduated from and worked at St. Martha’s Hospital as an X-ray technician, where she made many long lasting friendships. She and her husband, Paul, married in 1953, raising eight children. She was an avid bridge player, loved to sing and was a member of various choirs over the years, but her true joy was baking and making desserts for her children and grandchildren to enjoy.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Paul; eight children, Maureen (John Halstead) Dartmouth; Kathleen, Dartmouth; Bill (Kathy Gillis), Dartmouth; Michael (Sheila), Antigonish; Mary Beth (David Floyd), Kentville; Cabrini (Mark Gavin), St. Andrews; Leone, Dartmouth; Robert, Dartmouth; seven grandchildren, Bridget and Liam O’Halloran, Dartmouth; Corinne and Michaela O’Halloran, Antigonish; Patrick O’Halloran, Halifax; Olivia Floyd, Kentville; James Floyd, Halifax; brother, Bruce Turner, Ottawa, Ontario; three sisters, Jeanine Chaisson, Ancaster, Ont.; Mercedes DeGagne, Ottawa, Ont.; Beverly Lamantia, Lindsay, Ont.; sister-in-law and special friend, Clare O’Halloran, Antigonish; sister-in-law, Ruth O’Halloran; many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents-in-law, Thompkins and Olive O’Halloran; sister, Shirley Doucet.
Donations may be made to the Milford Haven Home recreation department.
Online condolences: www.clcurry.com

MacDonald, Leo Daniel

Funeral service for the late Leo Daniel MacDonald, 83, London, England, formerly of Brierly Brook, Antigonish County, was held July 24 in St. Ninian’s Cathedral, Antigonish, with his nephew Father Bernard MacAdam officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Mr. MacDonald died February 6, 2015, in London.
Readers at the funeral Mass were Marie MacLellan, Mary Ten Brinke and Marie Linden.
Born January 2, 1932, he was the son of the late John A. and Margaret (Purcell) MacDonald. He studied at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish and Sir George Williams in Montreal. He served in the Canadian Armed Forces and was employed for several years by the U.S. military in Goose Bay, Labrador. Later, he was employed as an accountant in Montreal before transferring to London, England.
He is survived by two sisters, Mary McLernan, Mississauga, Ontario; Ruth Blake, Houston, Texas; brother, Joseph (Kathleen), Montreal.
He was predeceased by four sisters, Alice MacAdam, Marguerite MacLellan, Hilda Hunter, Claire MacNeil; two brothers, James, Leonard; six brothers-in-law, Alex MacAdam, Donald MacLellan, Arthur Hunter, Cecil MacNeil, Felix McLernan, Frank Blake.
Donations may be made to the Antigonish Community Food Bank.
Online condolences: www.clcurry.com

Borden, Francis Samuel

A memorial service for the late Francis Samuel ‘Frank’ Borden, 60, was held July 20 in Sunnyville Baptist Church, with his sister Pastor Clara Jordan officiating.
Mr. Borden died July 13, 2015, in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Born January 7, 1955, he was the son of Arthur and the late Lora (Izzard) Borden. He loved spending time with his family and his job driving a tractor trailer.
Besides his father, he is survived by his wife, Teresa; four children, Elizabeth, James, Jared, Jason; several grandchildren; four brothers, Edward (Hazel), Donkin; Henry, Regina, Saskatchewan; Michael (Janice), Dartmouth; Robert, Toronto, Ontario; eight sisters, Pastor Clara Jordan, Eunice (Walter) Byard, both of Sunnyville; Alice Jordan, Dartmouth; Ida (Ray), Truro; Florence, Lincolnville; Marilyn Jamieson, Sydney; Theresa (Peter) Pottie, Halifax; Katherine (Edwin) Okodike, Gatineau, Quebec; many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a brother, in infancy.

Astephen, Mary Kirksby

Mary Kirksby Astephen, 93, North Sydney, died July 16, 2015.
She is survived by five daughters, Teresa (Larry) Costello, Niagara on the Lake; Barbara (Jack) MacLean, Shelburne; Clare (Albert) Bishop, North Sydney; Stephanie (Stan) MacDonald, Sydney; Paula (Leo) MacDonald, Antigonish; six sons, Francis (Nancy), Mendon, Massachusetts; Peter (Judy), Halifax; Michael (Brenda), North Sydney; John (Patsy), Sydney; Denis (Cynthia) and Bernard (Rita), both of North Sydney; 33 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Marg Hilcox, Rose Zukowski, Georgie Astephen; many nieces and nephews.
She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Born December 19, 1921, in Little Hampton, Sussex, England, she was a daughter of the late Reginald Kirksby and Vera (Howard) Bowes. She was predeceased by her husband, Stephen Astephen; infant son, Paul; two sisters, Jean Lawrie, Ailsa Grayson.
Donations may be made to St. Joseph Church Improvement Fund or the Northside/Harbourview Hospital Foundation or the Northside Community Guest Home.
Online condolences: www.wjdooley.com

MacDonald, John Roderick

John Roderick MacDonald, 81, Dartmouth, died July 22, 2015, in Chéticamp.
He is survived by his wife, Pauline (Fraser) MacDonald; son, Laurie MacDonald; two daughters, Jennifer (Philip) Hill, Cindy MacDonald (Vinton Lloyd); grandchild, Samantha Hill; three brothers, James MacDonald, Joseph MacDonald, Bernard MacDonald; two sisters, Ann-Estelle MacLean, Helena Cody.
Born in Mulgrave, he was a son of the late Joseph and Helena (Brophy) MacDonald. He was predeceased by two brothers, Lewis, George.
Donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society, Paroisse St. Pierre or www.canadahelps.org
Online condolences: www.ché[email protected]

Klein, Hubert A.

Hubert A. Klein, 74, Randolph, Massachusetts, formerly of Nova Scotia, died July 5, 2015.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary T. (Stewart) Klein; five children, Ron J. (Kim), P.E.I.; Mark A., Randolph; Robin A. Williams (Kurt), Brandon, Fla.; Eric S., Abington; Jennifer M. Murphy (Mark), West Roxbury; 13 grandchildren, Curtis, Hope and Lily Klein; Jessica, Shelby and Kurt Williams; Avery, Reese, Will and Mary Klein; Andrew, Grace and Patrick Murphy; three sisters, Myrna MacDonald, Antigonish; Rose Mary Taylor, Shelburne; Anna Mae Garland, Bridgewater; uncle, Ronald Pellerin; several nieces and nephews.
Born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, he moved to the U.S. at the age of 19.
Donations may be to the American Cancer Society, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA.
Online condolences: www.cartwrightfuneral.com

Parker, Felice Sophie (Kolbinskie)

Felice Sophie (Kolbinskie) Parker, 69, Halifax, died July 20, 2015 in Melville Lodge.
She is survived by two daughters, Kathy Mason, Antigonish; Tisha (Klint) Parker Kemp, Bayside; son, John Parker, Daytona Beach; eight grandchildren, Robert (Kayle), Christopher, Matthew, twins Zachary and Felicia, Parker, twins Tiffanie and Brittany; three great-grandchildren, Rebecca, Elizabeth and William; as well as Jack’s children, Brian, Nova Scotia; Jacquie, Alberta; Dean, British Columbia; Paula, Nova Scotia; their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; four brothers, Nelson, Louisiana; Donald, Larry and Clark, all of Florida; twin sister, Faith, Florida; many nieces and nephews.
Born September 6, 1945, in New York City, she was a daughter of the late George Bell Kolbinskie and Anne Frieda Baumgardt. She was predeceased by her husband, John ‘Jack’ Joseph Parker; three sisters, Martha, June, Georgiana.
Donations may be made in her memory to the Canadian Diabetic Association or the CNIB.
Online condolences: www.clcurry.com

McGrath, Ruth Rosaire (MacDonald)

Ruth Rosaire McGrath (MacDonald), 61, died April 9, 2015.
She is survived by her husband, Denis McGrath; daughter, Rosalie (Allyson Green) McGrath, Ottawa; son, Denis Eric McGrath, Saint John, NB; nine sisters, Mary Jo (Martin) Delaney, Dartmouth; Marguerite (Athol) Park, Park Falls; Rhodena MacDonald (Chris Hughes), Ottawa, Ont.; Marjorie (Tim) Thompson, Egerton; Geraldine Browning, New Glasgow; Beverly MacDonald, New Glasgow; Joan (Miles) MacDonald, Bailey’s Brook; Michelle Murray (John), Stellarton; Corinne MacDonald, Egerton; six brothers, John (Charlotte) MacDonald, Egerton; Gregory (Donna) MacDonald, Hamner, Ont.; Barry (Beverly) MacDonald, Capreol, Ont.; Gus (Debbie) MacDonald, Salisbury, NB; Mark (Debbie) MacDonald, Maryvale; Michael MacDonald, Trenton.
Born in Pictou on September 14, 1953, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret MacDonald, Lismore, Pictou County. She was predeceased by two brothers, Robert, Leo.
Donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, the May Court Hospice Care, Ottawa (http://www.hospicecareottawa.ca/donate-now.html) or a charity of choice.

MacNeil, Beverley Ann

Funeral service for the late Beverley Ann MacNeil, Antigonish, was held July 16 in St. Ninian Cathedral with Father Donald MacGillivray presiding, assisted by Fathers Daniel MacDonald, Bernie MacAdam and John Barry (homilist).
Mrs. MacNeil died July 11, 2015.
Readers at the funeral Mass were Jennifer Polson and Margie MacPherson. Morgan MacNeil and Madison MacNeil presented the offertory gifts. Eucharistic ministers were Evangeline Babin and Margie Farrell. Music was provided by James MacPherson, Debbie Cameron MacDonald and John Pellerin. Altar servers were Kenneth Stewart, Willie Westenenk and Al Masters.
Active pallbearers were Neil Tramble, Ian Tramble, Joe Beaton, Norman Cullen, Ronald ‘Bo’ Chisholm and Donnie ‘AB’ MacIsaac.
Honorary pallbearers ‘who had special friendships with Beverly for special reasons.’
Born Nov. 10, 1936, she was a daughter of the late Roderick (Odgie) and Christena (Cameron) MacDonald of Antigonish a place that always remained. After the birth of her third child, she left the public work force and concentrated on being the best stay-at-home mom possible. Prior to that she enjoyed many years of employment with the Department of Transportation following which her and her good friend Millie owned and operated a very successful restaurant on Main Street Antigonish under the name MacCaterers Ltd.
While the central focus of her life was family, Beverley had many other interests in life. Making and keeping friends was always a priority and with the life long friends she made she proceeded to be the root cause of laughter and fun at the convent in Mabou and locally at Mount St. Bernard. Even today, many untold stories keep coming to light of the pranks that always seemed to involve Beverley.
Sports was a central part of her life, and her knowledge of hockey and baseball was truly amazing. She enjoyed being an active watcher as her own children and then her niece and nephews played hockey. Having Aunt Bev present was always a special treat as she displayed a high degree of expertise as to what was going on. The Antigonish Arena was a frequent location for entertainment as she cheered on the various levels of Bulldog hockey and her home became the home away from home for many of the young players.
Her cooking skills were well known and highly respected.Her apple pie was probably the most famous and she loved to have friends over and finish a gourment meal with a large slice of apple pie and ice cream.Her summer home at Malignant Cove for the past 33 years was always a long anticipated enjoyment after the winter and provided other opportunities for meeting friends and enjoying great food.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Bill; two sons, Kenneth, Rod; daughter, Kelly Ann (Norman); six grandchildren, Morgan, Madison, Sophie, Camden, Pirece and Parker; great-granddaughter, Peyton; three sisters Claire, Abaigail and Isabel (John) Tramble; numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her brother, Kenneth; sister, Miriam; sister-in-law, Marcie.
Donations may be made to the Antigonish Council Knights Of Columbus #1105.

Robar, Gloria Jane

Funeral service for the late Gloria Jane Robar, 90, Country Harbour, Guysborough County, was held July 19 in Stormont Union Church with Lewis MacIntosh officiating.
Mrs. Robar died July 15, 2015, in St. Mary’s Memorial Hospital, Sherbrooke.
Born in Stormont, she was a daughter of the late Everett and Levedna (Hazeldine) Hallett. She was a devoted mom. She was a wonderful baker; her bread was enjoyed by many. She loved to knit, crochet, do crafts, play cards and go to bingo.
She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
She is survived by five sons, Johnnie, Antigonish; Eugene, at home; Ronald Barry (Marilyn), Dartmouth; Kevin, Dartmouth; David at home; three daughters, Paulette (Fraser), New Glasgow; Darlene (Dale), Eight Island Lake; Dana (Ken), New Glasgow; 10 grandchildren, Ricky, Tracy, Andrea, Marsha, Cheryl, Connie, Amanda, Craig, Crystal, Candice; 17 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by husband, Sterling.
Donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Robar family.
On-line condolences: www.gwgiffin.com

Sinclair, William Ernest

Funeral service for the late William Ernest Sinclair, 87, Halifax, formerly of Goshen, was held July 18 in Bethany United Church, Clinton Street, Halifax. Burial was in Goshen Cemetery, Guysborough County.
Mr. Sinclair died June 27, 2015.
Born March 23, 1928, in Goshen, he was a son of John and Nellie Sinclair. After graduating from Dalhousie University in 1954, he and his wife Jean moved their young family to Ottawa (Bells Corners), where he joined the federal government. In 1973, Bill transferred into Canada’s Foreign Service, where he began a long and successful career as a Canadian diplomat with senior postings in London, Hong Kong and Georgetown Guyana, where he served honourably as Canada’s ambassador.
Proud of country, his Scottish heritage, and family he was a valued leader in the Sinclair Clan Association of Canada, serving on its executive, including several years as its president.
He is survived by his three sons, Scott (Aud-Inger), Halifax; Ian (Alison), Toronto; Robert (Cynthia), Hong Kong; five grandchildren, Elise, Tomas, Sebastian, Nathaniel, and Rosslyn; great-grand daughter, Ruby; brother, Jack (Gladys); many nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Jean Patricia Sinclair, two brothers, Andrew, Harold (Mina); sister, Jesse.
Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.

Lantz, Emily Maud

A private committal service for the late Emily Maud Lantz, 91, Milford Haven Rest Home, Guysborough, was held July 25 at Western Shore Cemetery, with Pastor Joseph Green officiating.
Mrs. Lantz died July 14, 2015, at the home.
Born July 23, 1923, she was a daughter of the late Howard and Freda Sawler. She lived most of her life in Gold River with her husband Warren. She was widowed in 1986 and lived on her own until 2011. Mobility problems then forced her to begin a journey which took her further and further away from her home and community. She moved to Cloverville, Antigonish County, where she lived with her daughter and son-in-law. In February, 2014, more health issues resulted in a lengthy hospital stay and a subsequent transfer in October 2014 to long-term care in Milford Haven Rest Home. Her life was simply lived, guided by her strong will and her principles. She highly valued her independence. She cherished Lunenburg County and her beloved home overlooking beautiful Mahone Bay.
She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
She is survived by her daughter, Lynda (Douglas) Maclellan, Cloverville; three grandchildren, Mary (Rob) Hill, Jane and Sarah MacLellan, Halifax; serveral nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Warren; three sisters, Emma (Dempson) Keddy, Evangeline (Murray) Thompson, Helen (Charles) Beamish; two brothers, William (Elva) and Robert (Marie) Sawler.
Donations may be made to the Western Shore and Area Improvement Fund for maintenance of Wild Rose Park, Western Shore United Baptist Church or a charity of choice.