A private family funeral has taken place for the late Bessie May Simpson, 88, Manchester, Guysborough County, with Reverend David Wheeler officiating. Burial was in Boylston United Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Simpson died August 17, 2015, in St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish.
Reader at the funeral service was Allan Cameron. Music was provided by Edmund Hayden.
Pallbearers were Heather Hayden Cameron, Matthew Pettipas, Heidi Meagher, Luke Pettipas, Edmund Hayden and Josh Pettipas.
Born in Boylston, Guysborough County, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Carrie Pyle. She grew up working in the family general store. During the Second World War, she worked on munitions in a factory in New Glasgow, prior to marrying Douglas Simpson, a local soldier who returned home after the war. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, whom she enjoyed spoiling with creations from her kitchen.
She is survived by two sons, Jim (Mona), Robert; four daughters, Gail, Sharlene (Norman), Marilyn, and Carol; six grandchildren, Heather (Allan), Matthew, Heidi (Alex), Luke, Edmund, Josh (Virginia); two great-grandchildren, Reese, Owen; brother, Gordon; sister, Bertha; son-in-law, Grant.
She was predeceased by her husband, Douglas; daughter, Geraldine; sister, Esther.
Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of choice.
Online condolences: www.clcurry.com
Funeral service for the late Gertrude ‘Gertie’ Carter, 81, Canso, Guysborough County, was held August 22 in Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Canso, with Reverends David and Betty Wheeler officiating. Burial was in Fourth Hill Cemetery, Canso.
Mrs. Carter died August 18, 2015.
Born in the Valley, she was a daughter of the late Chester and Eliza (Carrington) Greencorn. She was employed at the Canso fish plant for a number of years until she retired.
She is survived by two grandchildren; two brothers, Cecil, Canning; Alton, Medford, Kings County; several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Emmett; daughter, Connie; two sons, Charlie and Robert; four sisters, Kathleen, Cora, Isabelle and Florence; brother, Curtis.
Donations may be made to Antigonish SPCA or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.
Online condolences: www.haverstocks.com
Burial for the late Roger Winston Dort, 65, Port Dufferin, Guysborough County, will take place at a later date.
Mr. Dort died Saturday, August 15, 2015, in Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital, Sheet Harbour.
Born in Guysborough, January 14, 1950, he was a son of the late Roy and Mary (Lumley) Dort. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially boating and hunting. He also loved to play his guitar.
He is survived by wife, Sandra; daughter, Stacey Dort, Dartmouth; two stepdaughters, Sherry (Michael) Kenney, Watt Section; Keitha Rudolph, Dartmouth; granddaughter, Samantha; three step-granddaughters, Courtney, Sarah and Emily; step-grandson Daniel; two sisters, Marie (Dick) Hodge, Barbara Dean, both of Dartmouth.
She was predeceased by brothers, Wilson, Joice.
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Marilyn Margaret Belle Cantfell, 70, Brookfield, died August 9, 2015.
She is survived by her three children, Nelson (Debra), Belinda (Mike) Beaver, Michelle (Eldon) Geldart; eight grandchildren, Keith, Amanda, Morgan, Logan, Sue, Aaron, Haley and Wyatt; three great-grandchildren, Logan, Amber, and Nash; six siblings, Lorraine Isenor, Prince George, BC; Sherman (Jean), Salmon River; Dawson (Barb), Prince George, BC; Virginia (Bobby) Durley, Tracadie; Karl, Antigonish; Karen (Brian) Hallett, Sherbrooke; many nieces and nephews.
She was a daughter of the late Clifford and Victoria (MacKenzie) Boutilier. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Keith Lowell Cantfell; four sisters, Lillian, Glenda, Estelle, Sharon; brother, James ‘Bubby’.
Donations may be made to the SPCA or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Online condolences: www.ettingerfuneralhome.com
Eleanor June Skinner, 64, Port Hastings-Pomquet, died August 9, 2015.
Born in Arichat, she was the daughter of the late Gordon and Doris Skinner. She had various occupations over the years, but the things she enjoyed the most were her weekly bingo games, dancing, crocheting, gardening and especially spending time with her family and friends.
She is survived by her companion, Charlie Landry, Pomquet; daughter, Sissy (Darlene) Meunier, Dartmouth; son, Andrew Meunier, Edmonton; three grandchildren, Dolly (Tylesia), Tyler and Anndrelyn; great-granddaughter, Payton; brother, Owen (Vina) Skinner, Samson’s Cove; four sisters, Linda (Claude Landry) Covin, Arichat; Barbara (Elwin) George, Middle Sackville; Francine (Harold) Mury, West Arichat; Ann (Paul) Clark, Sydney; daughter-in-law, Maria Meunier, West Arichat; many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by sisters, Erma and Vivian; brother, Gary; stepfather, Francis Covin.
Donations may be made to St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Pallative Care.
Online condolences: www.clcurry.com
Funeral service for the late Lionel Robie Kaiser, 85, Antigonish, formerly of Port Bickerton, Guysborough County, was held August 16 in St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Port Bickerton, with Reverends Sue Channen and Kristin MacKenzie officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Mr. Kaiser died August 12, 2015, in St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish.
Born in Port Bickerton, he was a son of the late Ainslie and Rhoda (Mailman) Kaiser. He was a deep sea fisherman until 1975. He then moved to New Glasgow and worked at Michelin Tire until his retirement in 1991. He liked to bowl and play darts.
He is survived by his wife, Norma, four sons, Benny (Joan), Chilliwack, B.C.; Kim (Anne), Halifax; Jeffrey (Dorraine), Hamilton, Ontario; Craig, at home; 11 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; one great great-grandchild; two brothers, Buddy (Helen) and Blair (Jeanne), both of Port Bickerton; many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Aubrey and Wallace; two sisters, Laura Kaiser and Orpha Parsons.
Donations may be made to St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Kidney Foundation of Canada or to a charity of choice.
On-line condolences may be made at www.gwgiffin.com
Karen Marie Heighton, 55, New Glasgow, died August 11, 2015.
Born in New Glasgow, she was a daughter of Adrian and Hazel (MacKenzie) Heighton.
Besides her parents, she is survived by husband, Alan Sutherland; brother, Jimmy Heighton, Halifax; sister, Kim (Mike) Washburn, New Glasgow; nieces and nephews, Laura, Brianne, Ryan and Erin; mother-in-law, Gloria Sutherland, Antigonish; brother-in-law, Danny Sutherland, Edmonton, AB; numerous aunts; an uncle; many cousins.
Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Funeral service for the late James Arthur ‘Jim’ Crispo, 66, Monastery, Antigonish County, was held August 11, in St. Peter’s Church, Tracadie, with Father John Barry officiating, assisted by Deacon Art Riley. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Mr. Crispo died August 6, 2015, in St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish.
Readers at the funeral Mass were Robert Crispo and Catherine Crispo-Cameron. Nieces Nikita Bowie and Holly Feltmate presented the offertory gifts. Music was provided by St. Peter’s Church Choir, organist Lisa Morrow-DeCoste and soloist Cassandra Desmond.
Urn bearer was George Bowie.
Honorary pallbearers were Jason Delorey, Jerry Rodgers, Robert Carr, Glen Beals, Robert Clayton and Jermal Mansfield.
Born April 13, 1949, he was a son of Marie Anna Catherine (MacGillivray) and the late James B. Crispo. He attended the Stellerton Vocational School and was a millright (Local – 1178). He was an avid motorcyclist and loved the car races. He loved company, a game of crib, and a good kitchen party.
Besides his mother, he is survived by his common-law spouse, Isabell Morris; five daughters, Anita (Glen) Boyle, Afton; Melissa (Chris) Hooper, Ohio, USA; Sabrina Crispo Smith (Trey), California, USA; Vanessa (Clarence) Crispo, Pomquet; Sharlene (Jeffery) Schmidt, Paris, ON; 13 grandchildren; five sisters, Viola (Aloysius) Delorey, Afton; Patricia (Hughie) Hudson, Monastery; Theresa Crispo (Pierre), Burlington, ON; Catherine Cameron, Antigonish; Bernadette Crispo Feltmate (George), Antigonish; two brothers, John (Karen), Monastery; Robert (Melinda), Antigonish; former wife, Beverly Ann; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by two sisters, Beverly Crispo and Marilyn Crispo-DeCoste; two brothers, Gregory and Mickey.
Donations may be made to St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation.
Online condolences: www.clcurry.com.
Funeral service for the late John Roderick Chisholm, 68, Dartmouth, was held August 10 in St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Dartmouth, with Father Joseph Cairnes officiating.
Mr. Chisholm died August 5, 2015, at the Victoria General Hospital, Halifax.
Born July 9, 1947, in Antigonish, he was a son of the late James Anthony Chisholm and Christina Anne (MacMaster) Chisholm. He was an avid sports fan and athlete. He made Dartmouth his home, where he worked for more than 20 years with Precision Construction. He will be remembered for his generosity and humour.
He is survived by his sister, Anne Marie (Chisholm) Cameron; brother-in-law, Robert Cameron; nephew, David Cameron; niece, Christine Crawford; two grand-nephews, Owen and Ian Cameron.
He was predeceased by sister, Bonnie (Chisholm) MacIsaac; brother, James Chisholm; nephew, Ian Cameron; companion, Cheryl.
Donations may be made to the Palliative Care Unit of the Victoria General Hospital.
Online condolences: www.dartmouthfuneralhome.ca
Funeral service for the late Garfield Joseph ‘Gary’ Munroe, 68, Lower Whitehead, Guysborough County, was held August 3 in Whitehaven Community Center, Whitehead, with Reverend Bernard MacAdam officiating. Burial was in the Whitehead Cemetery.
Mr. Munroe died July 29, 2015, in Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville.
Born in Antigonish, he was a son of the late Arklo and Katherine (Munroe) Munroe. He was employed with Sea Freeze Fish Plant, Canso for many years. In his earlier years, he could be found tinkering or fixing anything. He found great pleasure in his craftsmanship with woodworking.
He is survived by daughter, Corinna (Glenn), Centerville; son, Eric (Deanna), Halifax; grandson Dylan, Halifax; sister, Joan Manuel, Stratford, Prince Edward Island; brother, Wayne (Celine), Whitehead; many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Velma; two brothers, Paul, in infancy; twin, Gregory; sister, Barbara Ann.
Donations may be made to the Canadian Liver Foundation or a charity of choice.
Online condolences: www.gwgiffin.com
A memorial service for the late Miles Joseph MacPherson, 62, Edmonton, Alberta, formerly of Antigonish, will be held in Antigonish at a later date.
Mr. MacPherson died August 9, 2014, at the Royal Alexander Hospital in Edmonton.
Born December 7, 1952, he was a son of the late Joseph Miles MacPherson and Jean Elizabeth (Webb) MacPherson.
He is survived by three children, Craig, Angela and Kyle; four grandchildren; the mother of his children; four siblings, Barbara, Janice, Ian and Monica; several nieces and nephews.
Donations may be made to a local SPCA or a children’s hospital.
Funeral service for the late Anna ‘Winnifred’ DeGruchy, 81, Havre Boucher, Antigonish County was held August 13 in St. Paul’s Church, Havre Boucher, with Father Allan MacPhie officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Mrs. DeGruchy died August 9, 2015, at home.
Readers at the funeral Mass were Yvonne Sampson and Katherine Drysdale. Judy Layes, Susan DeGruchy and Lucy Greencorn presented the offertory gifts. Eucharistic ministers were Debbie White, Stella White and Mary Williams. Music was provided by the Havre Boucher Choir, Gary Brow and Hank Boucher.
Active pallbearers were Janea Layes, Morgan DeGruchy, Darren DeGruchy, Justin Layes,
Willie White and Stella White.
Honorary pallbearers were Sylvia Millett (caregiver), nieces, nephews and friends.
Born June 15, 1934, in Cape Jack, Antigonish County, she was a daughter of the late Paul Jeffrey and Mary Ellen (Melong) DeCoste. In her earlier years ‘Aunt Winnie’ worked as a housekeeper in the New Glasgow area and later at Acadia Seafoods in Mulgrave. She loved all kinds of animals, especially her pigeons. She looked forward to her ‘Tim’ runs on a regular basis. She was a caring person. She was caregiver to her mother and father-in-law until their passing.
She is the last surviving member of her immediate family.
She is survived by her three children, Susan DeGruchy, Paul DeGruchy, Judy Layes; grandchildren, Morgan and Darren DeGruchy and their mom, Lucy Greencorn; Janea and Justin Layes and their dad, Jimmy Layes; special niece, Debbie White; five godchildren, Colin DeCoste, Clifton DeCoste, Eric Melong, Winnie Pelrine, April Burns; sister-in-law, Kaye DeCoste; two brothers-in-law, Johnnie and Charlie DeGruchy; three sisters-in-law, Hazel Pettipas, Stella Avery and Priscilla Meagher.
She was predeceased by her husband, Lester; two sisters, Mary DeCoste, Stella Pelrine; brother, Paul; four nephews, Ignatius, Xavier, Lester and Roger; niece, Marlene.
Donations may be made to the Nova Scotia Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Society.
Online condolences: www.clcurry.com.
Funeral service for the late Ronald Malcolm ‘Buddy’ MacEachern, 75, was held August 10 in Holy Rosary Church, Ballantyne’s Cove, with Father Evo DiPierro officiating, assisted by Father Angus MacGillivray. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Mr. MacEachern died August 5, 2015, in Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Halifax.
Readers at funeral Mass were Doris MacEachern and Shirley Brown. Grandchildren Jordyn Proctor and Alec and Caleb Miller presented the offertory gifts. Eucharistic minister was Velma MacEachern. Albie Falkenham was the altar server. Music was provided by Tyrus Wallace.
Active pallbearers were Bobby Kell, James MacEachern, Joe MacInnis, Colin MacDonald, Donald Haskett and Clem Anson.
Honorary pallbearers were Malcolm MacEachern, Danny Shaw Boyd, Gussie MacInnis, Roddy Adams, Allan Roberts and John MacGillivray.
Born August 10, 1939, he was a son of the late Eustace and Margaret Bell MacEachern of Ballantyne’s Cove. He spent many years on the water fishing lobster, herring, gasperaux and tuna. He continued to keep in close contact with all his fishing buddies by travelling to the Cove to hear all the news right up until the week before his passing. He loved music, animals and farming. He continued to have a garden with his favourite vegetables with many of his friends and neighbours helping to plant, fertilize and harvest. He eagerly shared his bounty, often wanting everyone to taste the best potatoes at the Cape. Everyone who knew him will always remember him as the man who knew all the news. He was easy to talk to, as the many friends he knew would stop by to chat. His house was a revolving door of friends and family stopping to hear the local goings on. It was not unheard of for the first visitors to arrive before 7 a.m. and the last to leave after 9 p.m. He was very involved in his community being on the finance committee at Holy Rosary Church for 30 years. He loved living in the close knit community of Ballantyne’s Cove, never wanting to venture very far from it. He believed everyone should work together to support their community to help make it a better place to live. He also loved having his family close by, often asking when they would be returning to visit before it was even time to leave.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Lillian (Kirwan); three children, Darlyne (Paul) Proctor, Ballantyne’s Cove; Cindy (Mike) Miller, Whitby, ON; Ronald, London, England; three grandchildren Jordyn Proctor and Alec and Caleb Miller; eight siblings, Mary (John) Ray, Cape Cod, Mass.; Cecelia (Richard) Grant, Antigonish; Eva, Kessler, Penn; Anne MacPherson, Antigonish; Jackie (Heather), Cape George; Gerard (Velma), Ballantyne’s Cove; Daniel, Ballantye’s Cove; Betty (Kenny Farrell), North Grant; numerous nieces and nephews .
He was predeceased by his son, Michael; sister-in-law, Lorine.
Donations may be made to the Holy Rosary Mission or the Holy Rosary Cemetery Fund.
Online condolences: www.clcurry.com
Funeral service for the late Maurice ‘Mo’ Colin Chisholm, 91, North Grant, Antigonish County was held August 10 in St. Ninian Cathedral with Father Donald MacGillivray officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Mr. Chisholm died August 6, 2015.
Readers at the funeral Mass were his daughters Michelle Chisholm, Betty Lou Chisholm and niece Wanda Chisholm. His grandchildren presented the offertory gifts. Eucharistic ministers were Donnie MacDonald and nephew Hughie Cameron. Music was provided by niece Francy Hewings (organ), niece and godchild Elizabeth McNamara, James MacPherson and bagpiper Alan Boutilier. Legion members provided the Last Post for his military funeral.
Pallbearers were Bill MacNeil, Tommy Partridge, Gordon MacDonald, nephew Barry Chisholm, Norm Babcooke and Grant MacPherson.
Born in Antigonish, September 6, 1923, he was a son of the late Frank and Mary Chisholm. He served in the Royal Canadian Airforce. He was self-employed as a paint contractor for many years, operating a small family farm, and went on to work for Canada Post as a driver for 25 years. He was an avid bowler, being there so much it turned into a part-time paid position. He was one of the very best in the Maritimes and in one year he threw seven 400 games, an amazing feat. Coaching bowling, track and field, fastball and hockey teams were also some of his passions, while raising 10 children and never losing his sense of humour. He loved the New York Yankees and enjoyed the jousting associated with the sport; he was also fond of a good game of cards. He enjoyed antiques, flea markets, yard sales and auctions so much that he opened his shop, Mo’s Antiques and Second Hand Furniture. His lawn was always well decorated for the holidays and an abyss for beautiful flowers. He loved his favourite pets, a dog Sammy, and two cats, Jackie and Stray.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years and best friend Evangeline ‘Dee Dee’ (Arsenault); five sons Edward, North Grant; Kevin, (Donna), Edmonton; Wayne (Bea), New Glasgow; Darryl, Halifax; Alastair, North Grant; three daughters, Linda (David) Code, Carbon, AB; Betty Lou (Dan) Chisholm, Fall River; Michelle, Malignant Cove; 16 grandchildren, Jason, Ginette (Richard), Ian (Lorna), Nicole (Ben), Matthew, Katie (Sean), Luke, Shawn, Chelsea, Cody, Micayla, Jillian, Riley, Ben, Alex and Mack; eight great-grandchildren, Emma, Jessa, Isaac, Olivia, Ella, Caleb, Sarah and Jake; two sisters, Betty Power and Jean MacNeil; six sisters-in-law, Mary Chisholm, Yvonne Gallant, Dianne Chisholm, Joan Tunney, Theresa Arsenault, Mary Margaret Arsenault; five brothers-in-law Phil Arsenault, Joe Arsenault, Charlie Gallant, Wayne Tunney and Benny Chisholm.
He was predeceased by two sons, Dennis and Shawn; grandson, Michael; two brothers, Harold and Frank ‘Junie’; four brothers-in-law, Bernie MacNeil, Charlie Cameron, Edwin Power, Edward Arsenault; two sisters-in-law, Mabel Arsenault, Rose Marie Arsenault; daughter-in-law, Sarah Chisholm.
Donations may be made to the Shawn Chisholm Memorial Bursary at Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional High School.
Funeral service for the late Marcella Ann Graham, 97, R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home, Antigonish, was held August 11 in Ste. Croix Church, Pomquet, with Father Andrew Boyd officiating. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Heatherton.
Ms. Graham died August 7, 2015, in the nursing home.
Readers at the funeral Mass were Kaye Chisholm and Heather MacDonald. Jennifer Chisholm and Mary Beth Chisholm presented the offertory gifts. Eucharistic minister was Bernadine Purcell. Altar servers were Clarence Deyoung and Lillian van Berkel. Music was provided by the Pomquet Choir.
Pallbearers were Colin Chisholm, Bill Chisholm, Kenny Chisholm, Jennifer Chisholm, Hughie Chisholm and Mary Beth Chisholm.
Born May 29, 1918, in Antigonish, she was a daughter of the late Ruben and Margaret (Chisholm) Graham. She completed her schooling at the Halifax School for the Blind, and she worked in canteens for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind for 32 years. She enjoyed bowling and bingo, and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her only sister, Dorothy ‘Dot’ Chisholm, South Side Harbour; five nephews, Graham (Kathy), Vancouver; Jamie (Cathy), New York; Colin (Janet), South Side Harbour; Kenny, South Side Harbour; Hughie (Heather), Fall River; grandnieces and nephews, Jennifer, Daniel, Mary Beth, Brian, Sean, and Drew.
She was predeceased by her uncle, Charlie Graham; brother-in-law, Alex Chisholm.
Donations may be made to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind or the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home Foundation.
Funeral service for the late Rita Isabel MacDougall, 96, Antigonish, formerly of North Sydney, was held August 5 in St. Joseph’s Church, North Sydney, with Father Jake Andrea officiating. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Sydney.
Mrs. MacDougall died August 2, 2015, in the RK MacDonald Nursing Home, Antigonish.
Born November 5, 1918, she was a daughter of the late Rod and Bernadette Bryden. She spent most of her life living on Purves Street in North Sydney and attended St. Joseph’s School. She was the last surviving member of the NS Ladies Provincial Softball team from the 1930s. She enjoyed knitting, baking and cooking. She also enjoyed hockey games and could be quite vocal at times while watching them.
She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Alex; three daughters, Maureen (Guido) Kelly, Hamilton; Anna (Paul) Hannigan, Franklin, Tennessee; Owenita (Aron) Rogers, Dartmouth; two sons, Kevin (Penny), Bryden (Betty), Antigonish; 13 grandchildren, Brian, Adam, Jamie, Bryden, Kim, Erin, Shannon, Casey, Ian, Sean, Alexandra, Kayla, Sarah; great-grandchild, Rowan; brother, Owen Bryden, North Sydney.
She was predeceased by her sister, Mary Marinelli; brother, John.
Donations may be made to St. Joseph Church Improvement Fund or a charity of choice.
Online condolences: www.wjdooley.com
Funeral service for the late Janet Ann Perro Fraser, 91, St. Andrews, Antigonish County, was held August 8 in St. Andrews Church, St. Andrews, with Father Charles Cameron officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Mrs. Fraser died August 6, 2015, in the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home.
Readers at the funeral Mass were Tara Artibello, Katlyn Perro and Jacqueline Perro. Ria Juurlink, Malia Artibello and Mya Artibello presented the offertory gifts. Music was provided by James MacPherson. Members of the St. Andrews CWL formed an honor guard.
Pallbearers were John Poole, Garrett Juurlink, Jonathan Juurlink, Greg Juurlink, Steven Garvie and Peter Artibello.
Born September 23, 1923, in Antigonish, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Margaret Boyd Chisholm. She graduated from Teachers College in 1940 and taught in Malignant Cove and Bayfield schools. In 1968, she graduated from St Francis Xavier University with her BEd, after which she taught at Braemore School until her retirement. She was a member of St. Andrews CWL for 50 years and was also a member of the Oak and Owl Club of St. Andrews.
She is survived by five daughters Barbara (Joe) Poole, Hamilton, Linda (John) Juurlink, Antigonish, Almira (Bill) Garvie, Marylee Perro, Antigonish, Joan Fraser , Victoria B.C.; four sons, Robert (Sandra), Victoria; Bruce (Maria) Toronto; Jim Fraser, Toronto; Jim (Terri), St. Andrews; 16 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; sister, Almira MacPherson, Hamilton, Ontario; sister-in-law, Sr. Teresa Perro, CSM, Bethany.
She was predeceased by her first husband, Archie Perro; second husband, Bernard Fraser; son, Richard Gerard, in infancy; two brothers, Leo, Robert; two sisters Mary Chisholm, Claire Chisholm.
Donations may be made to St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Palliative Care.
Online condolences: www.MacIsaacs.ca
Funeral service for the late Blaise Rapheal O’Brien, 67, Halifax, formerly of Aulds Cove, was held August 7 in Saint Lawrence Parish, Mulgrave.
Mr. O’Brien died August 1, 2015, in the QEII Infirmary, Halifax.
Born June 3, 1948, in Antigonish, he was a son of the late George and Marjorie (Forrestall) O’Brien. Raised in Auld’s Cove and following in his father’s footsteps, he began lobster fishing before working at the Canso Causeway toll booth. He moved to Yarmouth in his later years, where he dedicated his time to search and rescue and volunteer firefighting, eventually settling in Halifax.
He is survived by his partner, Edith Reid; two sons, Aaron, George (Erin); daughter, Heather (Matt) Dalton; four grandchildren, Alix, Candice, Danielle, Abbey; former wife and friend, Elaine Landry; brother, Seward ‘Bud’ (Beverly) O’Brien; two sisters, Sharon Burton, Shirley (Joe) McNamara; brother-in-law, Percy Cummings; his cousins, many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his sister, Sheila Cummings.
Donations may be made to the Canadian Lung Association and the Canadian Cancer Society.
Online condolences: www.cruikshankhalifaxfuneralhome.com
Peter Charles Poirier, 70, Oakville, Ontario, formerly of Roman Valley, died July 24, 2015.
He is survived by son, Kevin (Teri); two grandchildren, Ryan, Melisa; companion, Kay McNutt; six sisters, Julia Peters, Halifax; Margaret Cody, Truro; Mae (Joe) Vitello, Weymouth, Massachusetts; Margaret MacKinnon, Cape Breton; Debbie Gardiner, Ontario; Brenda Gardiner, California; two brothers, Joe (Mariana) Rogers, Brampton, Ont.; Ray (Bonnie Lou) Gardiner, Toronto; many nieces and nephews; special family friend, Betty MacDonald, Antigonish.
Born in New Waterford, Cape Breton, he was predeceased by his parents Charles and Mary Florence (MacLellan) Poirier and Joe and Margaret Kenny, as well as John D. MacDonald; three sisters, June, Mary, Helen (Kenny) Kertanis; two brothers, Frankie Poirier, Ernest Kenny; three brothers-in-law, Albin Peters, Jim Cody, Chester Kertanis.
Funeral service for the late Father Neil Roderick McKenna, 65, Antigonish, was held August 5 in Saint Ninian’s Cathedral with Bishop Brian Dunn officiating, assisted by Fathers Andrew Boyd, Dan Doucet, Bedford Doucette, Ray Huntley (homilist), Stan MacDonald, Greg MacLeod, Paul MacNeil, Colin MacKinnon, Donald MacGillivray, Anthony O’Connor, Jim Oliver, Deacon Reverend Mr. Leo Penny (Gospel) and other priests of the diocese.
Fr. McKenna died August 1, 2015, in Antigonish.
Readers at the funeral Mass were Emily McKenna, Sister Mary MacFarlane and Bruce Nunn. Music was provided by St. Ninian Senior Choir, director and organist James MacPherson, Sister Catherine Ann MacGillivray and pipers Andrea Boyd and Doug Boyd. Altar servers were Joe Chesal, Al Masters and Kenny Pellerin.
Active pallbearers were Dennis Draper, Jim Nunn, Matthew McKenna, Patrick McKenna, Stephen McKenna and Anthony Polson.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Antigonish Legion Pipe Band and their spouses.
Born in Antigonish, he was a son of the late Neil and Christena (Boyd) McKenna. He was educated in Antigonish and Mabou, graduated from StFX with a BA and BEd and he studied at Saint Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto. He was a priest of the Diocese of Antigonish, having been ordained in 1984. He served as a priest in Larry’s River and several parishes in Cape Breton. For the last number of years he was involved in Hospital Pastoral Ministry, first in Halifax at the QEII, then the Cape Breton Regional and most recently at St. Martha’s, Antigonish, retiring from this ministry in 2014. His hospital ministry took him to people when they were most vulnerable and he always reached out to them with compassion and understanding, providing comfort in their most difficult hours. Further, he was recognized as a gifted homilist and teacher whose words inspired and challenged his listeners. At the time of his death, he was the Chaplain at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Saint Martha. He had a life-long passion for pipe band drumming. In 1974, he took a leave of absence from teaching and spent a year in Scotland, receiving instruction from Jim Kilpatrick, MBE, and Tom Brown, two of the world’s greatest band drummers. He was instructor and lead drummer of the Antigonish Legion Pipe Band that won several North American Championships and placed 3rd at the World Pipe Band Championship in Grade 2 in 1976. During his time as a priest he continued to teach drumming. In 2013, he was inducted into the Antigonish Highland Games Hall of Fame. Before going to study in the seminary, Fr. Neil taught high school English in Antigonish and is remembered fondly by many of his former students.
He is survived by his sister-in-law, Dr. Patricia McKenna; six nieces and nephews, Jennifer (Anthony) Polson, Patrick (Krista) McKenna, Stephen McKenna, Matthew (Sarah) McKenna, Caroline McKenna and Emily McKenna.
He was predeceased by his brother, Boyd.
Donations may be made to Palliative Care departments in Halifax, Sydney and Antigonish.
Online condolences: www.MacIsaacs.ca