Wednesday, Sep 28th, 2016


Gisele A. Roach

A graveside service for the late Gisele A. Roach, 62, Montreal, formerly of Charlos Cove, Guysborough County, was held September 12 in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Charlos Cove.

 Mrs. Roach died January 10, 2016, in Montreal.

She was a daughter of the late Leo Paul and Annie C. (Richard) Roach.

She is survived by her husband, Frank Radtke; daughter, Erika Radtke; three sisters, Sharon (Ernie), Valerie (John), Claudette (Michel); brother, Kevin; several nephews and nieces.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Parish church cemetery fund.



Doreen C. MacMaster

Funeral service for the late Doreen Carol MacMaster, 74, Port Shoreman, Guysborough County, was held September 19 in Boylston United Church, with Reverend Heather Manuel officiating. Burial was in Manchester Community Cemetery.

Mrs. MacMaster died September 13, 2016, in Guysborough Memorial Hospital.

Born in Truro, she was a daughter of the late Cyrus and Ellen (Archibald) Burgess. She enjoyed playing cards, dice and doing word search puzzles.

Surviving are her husband of 42 years, Neil; two sons, Trevor, Calgary; Craig (Jodi), Shelburne; five grandchildren, Alexis, Justis, Drake, Avrey, Evan; sister, Mary McNutt; two brothers, Glendon and Dale Burgess; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two sisters, Lorena, Rhoda; two brothers, Douglas, David.

Memorial donations may be made to Guysborough Memorial Hospital Foundation, Guysborough.

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Sharon Lynn Burke

A memorial service for the late Sharon Lynn (Cameron) Burke, 62, of Port Hawkesbury, was held September 10 at the Strait of Canso Yacht Club, led by long-time friend, Deacon Cheryl Rafuse.

Mrs. Burke died September 6, 2016, in St Martha’s Hospital, Antigonish.

Born July 16, 1954 in Inverness, she was a daughter of the late Donald and Julie Cameron. Valuing family above all else, she was happiest when she was taking care of those around her.

She is survived by Jarett and Emily Burke, Halifax; three brothers, Reggie (Mary-Ann) Cameron, Windsor, Ontario; Graham (Deanna) Cameron, Fort McMurray; Bobby (Sherrie) Cameron, Edmonton;  three sisters, Shirley (Rod) Morgan, Sheila (Gary) Long, both of Port Hawkesbury; Shelley (Paul) Cameron-Seymour, Moncton;   many nieces and nephews; friend John LeBlanc and his family.

Sharon was predeceased by brother-in-law, Gary Long.

Memorial donations may be made to the Nova Scotia SPCA.

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Edna Margaret Austin

Funeral service for the late Edna Margaret Austin, 92, Skye Glen, Inverness County, was held September 12 in Stewart United Church with Reverend Rachel Campbell officiating. Burial was in Skye Glen–Centerville Cemetery.

Mrs. Austin died September 7, 2016, home. 

Born July 19, 1924, in London, England, she was the daughter of the late William and Jessie (Stephens) Champion, Canning Town, England. At the outbreak of the Second World War, when she was 15, she and her brother were sent out of the city to live with friends in Taunton, Sommerset. On the first day of the blitz in London, her parents returned from the air raid shelter to find their home completely destroyed. At 17, she joined the Woman’s Land Army, working the country’s farmlands while the men went off to war. She was stationed in Colchester, England. It was there she met her future husband, Hugh, while he was recovering in hospital after being wounded in D-Day operations in France at the end of the war. They were married on September 15, 1945, in London, England. She arrived in Halifax in May 1946 with other British war brides on the Cunard Line ship Aquitania. She enjoyed tending to her flower gardens of sweet peas, lilies and roses during the summer. In the winter, she enjoyed knitting while watching her favorite soap operas, and completing the Herald Lexicon. Over the years, she penned many letters to keep in touch with her family and friends overseas. She enjoyed knitting baby outfits for newborns in the community, sweaters and special Grannie blankets for her grandchildren. She was an avid birdwatcher. She was a member of the Stewart United Church in Whycocomagh and the UCW.

She is survived by four daughters, Diana (Linus McCloskey), Cornwall, Prince Edward Island; Janice, Toronto, Ontario; Patricia (Gerald Noade), Timberlea; Ella Marie (Terrance Rankin), Fort McMurray, Alberta; three sons, Kenneth, Skye Glen; John (Judy), Skye Glen; Lawrence (Petra), Trenton, Ontario; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband of 65 years, Hugh F. Austin; two sons, Hedley, Paul; daughter-in-law, Linda, son-in-law, Duncan Johnson; two sisters, Jessie Champion, Winnifred Hine; brother, Arthur Champion.

Memorial donations may be made to Skye Glen-Centerville Cemetery Fund, Central Inverness Palliative Care Society or charity of choice.

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Mary E. Pelrine

Funeral service for the late Mary Evangeline ‘Eva’ Pelrine, 95, Larry’s River, Guysborough County, will be held November 24, 2016, at 11 a.m. in St. Peter’s Church, Larry’s River, with Father Frank R.L. Pellerin officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Parish Cemetery.

Mrs. Pelrine died September 4, 2016, in Guysborough Memorial Hospital.

Born in Larry’s River, she was a daughter of the late Alfred and Celeste Pellerin. She was employed in the Smyrna school system. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, bingo and spending time with her children.

She is survived by two daughters, Francine, Delaware; Christine (Dave) Ross, Wallingford, Pennsylvania; son, Wayne, Larry’s River; three grandchildren, Andy and Chad Shaner, Katie (Armando) Ross-Taborga; three great-grandchildren, Ryan, Emma and Liam Taborga, many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Andrew; two sisters, Rita Dozier, Mary Duann.

Memorial donations may be made to Guysborough Memorial Hospital.

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Ruby Moneta Swaine

Funeral service for the late Ruby Moneta Swaine, 90, Canso, Guysborough County, was held September 13 in Canso United Baptist Church, with Reverend David Wheeler officiating. Burial was in Fourth Hill Cemetery, Canso.

Mrs. Swaine died September 9, 2016, in the Milford Haven Home for Special Care, Guysborough.

Eulogist at the funeral service was Audrey O’leary Music was provided by organist Rev. Betty Wheeler, Canso United Baptist Church choir and Star of the Sea church choir.

Pallbearers were Kenny George, Francis George, Eric George, George Murphy, Eddie Marr and Robert O’Leary.

Born in Hazel Hill, she was a daughter of the late Lemuel and Rose (Rhynold) Bennett. She worked for many years at the Canso Fish Plant. She was a member of Canso United Baptist Church.

She is survived by brother, Gerald (Florence) Bennett, Canso; many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, George; four sisters, Hattie, Ethel, Dorothy, Jean; four brothers, Lawrence, Calvin, Albert, Russell.

Memorial donations may be made to Canso United Baptist Church Building Fund.

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Florence T. Smith

Funeral service for the late Florence Teresa Smith, 90, formerly of Sylvan Valley, Whidden’s Park and most recently the R. K. MacDonald Nursing Home, was held September 12 in St. Ninian Cathedral, Antigonish, with Father Joe MacKenzie officiating, assisted by Deacon Art Riley. Burial was in St. George’s parish cemetery, Georgeville.

Mrs. Smith died September 9, 2016, in the nursing home.

Readers at the funeral Mass were John Gillis, Cathy Novak and Sharon Kenny. Sisters Sally Novak and Barbara Belanger presented the offertory gifts. Music was provided by James MacPherson and piper Scot Williams. Program distributors were great-granddaughters Nora MacDonald, Abby MacDonald, Emma Smith, Meghan Smith, Flynn Smith, Adison Hughes, Lauryn Hughes and Gretta Smith.

Pallbearers were Brad Smith, Brian Smith, Scott Smith, Brent MacPherson, Lindsay Smith and Rickey Anderson.

Born in Morar, Antigonish County, she was a daughter of the late Alex and Sarah (MacKinnon) Gillis. One of 11 children, she was a woman of determination and strength, who was filled with an endless amount of love for her family and a willingness to help anyone. She enjoyed quilting, knitting and making jams, biscuits and rolls. One of her favorite past times was playing cards, including Cribbage, Auction, 45s and Bridge. It wasn’t uncommon to hear her bid ‘30 for 60’. In her early years, she worked at both Kirks and Smith’s Hardware and later at Adams Bakery. Besides trips to the ‘Cape’ many happy times were had at the camp on Brown’s Mountain with Tilly and Hughie Dan. Later, she enjoyed their annual trips to Florida. She was a regular attendee at Mass, a member of the CWL for many years, and a member of Club 60.

She is survived by six children, Judi (Terry) MacPherson;  Barbara (John) Smith;  Robert (Paula);   Antigonish; Beverly (Susan) Rexton,  New Brunswick; Fred (Audrey); Carmen,  Antigonish; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Sally Novak, Fran Adams, Barbara Belanger; sister-in-law, Edith Williams; many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Prescott; two sisters, Mary Brown, Chrissie MacEachern; five brothers, John, Bernard, Sander, Andrew, Lawrence; three brothers-in-law, Mike Novak, Ansel Adams, Jacques Belanger.

Memorial donations may be made to Cathy’s Place c/o St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, St. Georges Parish Cemetery, Georgeville or the R.K.Foundation.

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John A. MacDonald

A graveside service for the late John Angus ‘Johnny’ MacDonald, St. Josephs, Antigonish County, was held September 10 in St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, with Father Alphonsus Iwuji officiating.

Mr. MacDonald died September 4, 2016, at home.

Born in Antigonish, he was a son of the late Roderick and Annabelle (Fraser) MacDonald, St. Josephs. He worked at Williams Brothers Sawmill for many years and then became a long-time member of the Department of Transportation, Local 1867, until retirement. He enjoyed the simple pleasures in life, step dancing to the fiddle, working in the woods and ‘running the roads’.

He is survived by his son, Joe DeCoste (Becky Venedam); two grandchildren, Jordyn, Carter; four brothers, Danny, St. Josephs; Charlie (Mary Janet), Brierly Brook; Rod (Bernadette), Georgeville; Ronald (Paula), St. Josephs; two sisters, Tina (James), Glen Road; Mary, Antigonish, sister-in-law, Evelyn MacDonald, St. Josephs; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Dennis, Joe.

Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Diabetic Clinic Antigonish or Antigonish and Area Homemakers.

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Gwendolyn Chapin Harris

Funeral service for the late Gwendolyn Chapin Harris, RN, 85, was held September 9 in St. Matthew’s United Church, Bayfield, with Reverend Donna Lovelace officiating. Words of remembrance were given by daughter Anne. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Mrs. Harris died September 1, 2016, in the Sunrise of Erin Mills, Mississauga.

Born in New Glasgow, she was a daughter of the late James Chapin and Hilda Mary (Cutler) Robertson, Arichat, Cape Breton. She was a graduate of the Royal Victoria Hospital Nursing Program in Montreal. Over the years, she and her husband resided on the West Island of Montreal, Ottawa, Mississauga, North Carolina and London, Ontario. She was an active church member throughout her life, a Girl Guide leader, director of Meals on Wheels (Mississauga), and hospice volunteer (London). She enjoyed playing cards and entertaining.

She is survived by daughter,  Anne; two sons, Gordon (Julie), Scott (Denise); six grandchildren, Marc, Daniel, Krystal, Andrew, Kieran, Maddy; great-granddaughter; Sophie; step-granddaughter, Amanda (Wayne); two step great-granddaughters, Sophia, Maisie; sister, Helen (Robertson) Butler; niece, Jane (Michael); great-niece Kayleigh; great-nephew, Matthew; seven Harris nieces and nephews and their children.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harold Randall Harris.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Josephs Hospice, 485 Windermere Road, London, ON N6A 5M2.

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MacDonald, Claire (Odgie)

“Yesterday the world suffered the loss of an amazing lady. She was always my biggest supporter and made me feel like I could do no wrong. She was a very caring, loving woman who cherished us all like her own children. I’m so thankful to have been blessed with her high spirits for this long and I will continue to keep that with me forever. I know we never got to have that lunch date but that’s okay. I love you Aunt Claire, say hi to Nana for me.”
The above note, written by her niece Madison a short time after her death, truly exemplifies the feelings that we all had for this faithful servant of God. It is therefore with the deepest of sad feelings that the family of Claire (Odgie) MacDonald announce her death on August 30, 2016.
Born February 14, 1931, to Roderick (Odgie) MacDonald and Christena (Cameron) MacDonald, Claire was the second oldest of six children. At a very early age, she realized that she had a special devotion to the health needs of others and when age and education permitted , she enrolled at St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Glace Bay, going on to graduate in 1953. Following graduation, she went to work at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Boston. From there, she moved on to Cornell Medical Center in New York where she excelled as a nurse and enjoyed a long and successful career doing what she loved to do.
Following the serious illness of her mother, Claire took a leave of absence from Cornell Medical Center, returned home and began classes at St. Francis Xavier University, graduating with her BSc in Nursing. She returned to her nursing duties at Cornell Medical Center and took her mother and sister, Miriam, back with her to New York.
Claire continued to work in New York for some time but at some point decided that looking after a sick mother and younger sister would be better accomplished in her home town of Antigonish, and so they moved home.
From this point, and for the next number of years, Claire’s life was devoted to the health needs of others. She taught at the St. FX School of Nursing and worked with Martha Home Care. Two areas close to her heart received her special attention. She started the Ostomy Society of Antigonish and, with the help of Dr. Ken MacKinnon, she initiated and developed the Palliative Care Society of Antigonish. Through Palliative Care, Claire spent numerous hours catering to the needs of the dying and making every effort to ease pain and suffering. Many stories have come to light in the last few days that accentuate her desire to help others. She volunteered on the L’Arche board, CACL, at the apartment complex in which she lived, and was a member of the CWL. Her devotion to mass, prayers and the church were the centerpieces of her life.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her brother Kenneth, his wife Marcie, and sisters Miriam and Beverly (Bill) MacNeil. Claire is survived by her sisters Isabel (John) Tramble and Abigail, nephews Ian and Neil Tramble, Kenneth and Rod MacNeil, nieces Kelly Cullen, Abigail Cook, Christine Farber, Denise and Nicole MacDonald. She is also survived by a number of grand nieces and nephews.
Claire received excellent, professional care during her brief illness and for this her family is most thankful. To the nurses and doctors at the ICU in Antigonish and to the doctors and nursing staff at 6.1 Halifax Infirmary, words alone cannot express our appreciation. You were most patient with family members as we came and went. Your professionalism and expertise were always so obvious. Thank you.
Those wishing to do so may donate in Claire’s name to the Palliative Care Society of Antigonish town and county, to L’Arche or a charity of their choice.
Mass of Christian burial was held September 5 in St. Ninian’s Cathedral, with Father Donald MacGillivray officiating, assisted by Father John Barry, homilist, Father Bernard MacAdam and Father Gerard MacInnis. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Tribute at the funeral Mass was given by Kelly MacNeil-Cullen. Readers were Abigail Cook-Tramble, William J. MacNeil and John Tramble. Morgan MacNeil and Madison MacNeil presented the offertory gifts. Eucharistic ministers were Margaret Jordan and Mary Lillian MacDonald. Music was provided by James MacPherson, Margaret MacGregor MacDonald and piper Doug Boyd.
Active pallbearers were Ian Tramble, Neil Tramble, Kenneth MacNeil, Roderick MacNeil, Norman Cullen and Trevor Cook.
Honorary pallbearers were nursing and medical colleagues.
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Pinkohs, Ulrich

Some may say he had a hard life living through a war, facing starvation, getting separated from family at a young age, being placed on a boat to be shipped to a refugee camp in Denmark for two years while the fallout from the end of World War II swirled around Europe and the world. People would say he had a hard life after he was returned to Germany after the war, and nobody really wanted him or his brothers, his Polish mother was deceased, his German father a prisoner of war. Others might say he had a difficult time immigrating to Canada, without any English and traveling by boat from Europe into an unknown destiny. He worked as a labourer/farmer for most of the first 30 years of his life, then by chance he met some skilled Italian tradepersons at a bowling alley and they convinced him to come work with them doing tile and terrazzo. What a craft it was, he did many tiling jobs throughout the Maritimes including places such as UNB and STFX, and countless private homes were graced with his tile designs and his patience with those spacers, grout, glue, and patterns. What came next was his foray into concrete work, he worked for many years in Sydney, and around the province in various construction jobs. Eventually he went to the next step, which was his own business in concrete finishing work, utilizing concrete supplied by the now called Quality Concrete. He started with a VW Beetle and a small trailer and it evolved to the point where he was doing many of the basements, walls, sidewalks, pools, etc., throughout Antigonish and beyond. He also taught various immediate and extended family members the trade and they still flourish in their respective businesses today. He was proud that his son, Gerhard, inherited his dad’s strong work ethic and continued the concrete foundations that he had initiated so many years ago. Olle did not have a “formal” education, but he had street smarts, survival skills, strength, the gift of gab, confidence, and he never gave in, plus he had a good woman, Sharon, by his side for over 45 years.
Olle embraced Canada and all that it had to offer, over the years, he often listened for German speaking people and would befriend and help them whenever he could and many of them still remain friends today. He loved singing German songs even on the old 8 track tapes! We used to tell him that he should make a tape. Going with friends to Oktoberfest in Tatamagouche was a highlight of every fall! Other passions in his life were the great outdoors, planting trees, shrubs and flowers, hockey, soccer, bowling, and cards (the competition was stiff at the Antigonish Bowling Alley back in the day). Olle also loved all animals, especially dogs, who were his driving companions for many years. Needless to say, his cherished grandchildren Ethan, Jacob, Madi-Jo and Kathryn Ann put many a twinkle in his eyes! He marveled at how well their mother, Debra, guided them through their many adventures. One of the highlights of his life was taking his children back to Germany to visit relatives and friends. Graduation from X and the World Cup soccer games shared with his daughter, Elsa, left an indelible mark on both of their lives. When we look at the past, we can say that Olle had a hard life in some ways, but we think he felt as if he had a beautiful life as well. Those difficult parts in his life were what made him Opa Olle – charming, wild, free, but strong mentally and physically and passionate about people who helped him along the way. Please remember him for the good memories and not the ones that were tainted by the presence of a destructive, debilitating, and daunting disease that plagued him for the last few years. Celebrate his life like we will as a wife, son, daughter-in-law, daughter; grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends, and extended family will be doing the same. Have a drink of coffee (you know where), go for a walk along the shore, or spend more time with your families – those are the small things in life that can mean so much in the long run.
A Celebration of Opa’s life has already taken place and we thank those of you who joined. A special thank you to all of the people who went above and beyond during this painful time – you know who you are!!
If desired, donations can be made to Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia or the local S.P.C.A.

Woodfine, Helen (née Macken)

July 19, 1930 – September 16, 2016
Helen Woodfine passed away on Friday, September 16, after succumbing to a rare untreatable bile duct cancer. She was predeceased by her parents John and Kathleen Macken and her sister, Kathleen.
Helen is survived by Bill, her best friend and spouse, for 63 years. She leaves seven children: Mary (Penticton), Peter (Vancouver), Jennifer (Montreal), Paul (Calgary), Julie (Montreal), John (Gatineau), and Susan (Rimouski) and 12 grandchildren: Carlo, Paul, Michael, John, Mathew, Billy, Jennifer, Francis, Alex. Thomas, Jonas and Charlotte; and three great grandchildren: Chyannne, Emily and Giuseppe William.
Born in Montreal, Helen and Bill lived for over 40 years in Antigonish, N.S., mainly at the ‘Landing’ on Macken Road. Helen was very much involved with l’Arche Antigonish for persons with intellectual disabilities. She accompanied Bill to Managua, Nicaragua where she worked in an orphanage while Bill was a CUSO volunteer for two years. Later projects took her to Guyana and Suriname. She put her foot down with a firm NO when the United Nations Volunteers wanted Bill to go to Uzbekistan!
Helen and Bill retired to Montreal where she was an avid swimmer at the local YMCA and as always, enjoyed the freedom to explore her surroundings on foot.
Helen will be remembered as a beautiful person, with a remarkable sensitivity to those around her, a generous personality, a calmness under fire and, for many, a true and trusted confidant.
Helen requested cremation and no services.

Margaret Mary Sheila Dobson

Funeral service for the late Margaret Mary Sheila Dobson, 79, Port Hawkesbury, was held September 8 in St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Port Hawkesbury, with Father Gary MacPherson officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Mrs. Dobson died September 4, 2016, in Strait Richmond Hospital, Evanston.

Born April 28, 1937, in Bathurst, New Brunswick, she was a daughter of the late Jeremiah ‘Jerry’ and Elizabeth (Smith) O’Neil. She graduated from teacher’s college and began her career in Bathurst, before moving to Port Hawkesbury in 1961, where she taught for 25 years before retirement. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends at their summer homes in Lake Ainslie and Bathurst. She also enjoyed playing cards, betting on hockey games with family members and a good sweet, especially chocolate.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Hubert; two sons, Roy, Lake Ainslie; Jack (Nadine), Calgary; daughter, Beth (Lee) Young, Port Hawkesbury; four grandchildren, John, Matthew, Kelly, Sandy; two brothers, Gerald (Doreen), Mill Bay, British Columbia; Perley (Anne), Ottawa; nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.

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Lola Ethel Sangster

Graveside service for the late Lola Ethel Sangster, 79, Guysborough, was held September 6 in Evergreen Cemetery, Guysborough, with Reverend Donna Lovelace officiating.

Miss Sangster died September 1, 2016, in Milford Haven Home for Special Care, Guysborough.

Born August 19, 1937, in Cook’s Cove, she was a daughter of the late Perry and Helen (Cook) Sangster. She enjoyed making quilts and aprons, keeping a dairy and scrapbooks. She enjoyed going to Wesley United Church, Guysborough, and was a life member of the UCW. She was active in many recreation programs at the rest home.

She is survived by three sisters, Joyce Andrews, Gloria MacIntosh, Donna (Richard) Gerrior; 11 nieces and nephews, David, Wayne (Donna), Daryl (Wilda), Darren, Anita (Mark), Michelle (James), Gail (Keith), Crystal (Dave), Tanya (Greg), Tammie, Shawn (Meggan); 13 grand-nieces and nephews; one  great-grandnephew; aunt, Lola Gillie; several cousins.

She was predeceased by her step-father, Walter Jones; two brothers-in-law, Laurier Andrews, Russell MacIntosh. 

Memorial donations may be made to Wesley United Church or Milford Haven Home for Special Care, Guysborough.

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Donald Stephen Richard

Funeral service for the late Donald Stephen Richard, 58, Charlos Cove, Guysborough County, was held September 3 in St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Charlos Cove, with Father Danny MacLennan officiating.

Mr. Richard died August 26, 2016, in Charlos Cove.

He was a son of the late Edmund and Margaret (Mannette) Richard. He worked at the Canso Fish Plant, unloaded boats; did drywall and home repairs. He enjoyed being outdoors hunting and fishing. He was always willing to help others.

He is survived by his son, Ryan; two brothers, Harvey, Cecil (Wendy); four sisters, Edith Cashin, Rena (Paul) Cashin, Myrtle Johnson, Theresa Harris; many nieces, nephews, two special great-nieces, ‘Little Munchkin’, Morgan; cousins and friends. 

He was predeceased by two brothers, Ervin, Thomas; godfather and friend, Joe Johnson.

Memorial donations may be made to his family or St. Joseph’s Church.

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Joseph G. Richard

Funeral service for the late Joseph Georges Richard, 83, Canso, was held September 1 in Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church, Canso, with Father Dan MacDonald officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Mr. Richard died August 27, 2016, in Eastern Memorial Hospital, Canso.

Born in Moncton, New Brunswick, he was the second son of Exelda and Edgar Richard. He served for 34 years in the Canadian Air Force as an air frame technician. He had postings in Canada and Germany. He enjoyed all music and especially enjoyed and admired the talented, self-taught musicians in the Canso area. He was a proficient swimmer, diver, skater and downhill skier. Wherever he lived, he took great pleasure in coaching young people. After retirement, he and his wife lived in her hometown of Canso.

He is survived by his wife, June (Bushell) Jarvis; three daughters, Theresa Crane (Thomas Kavanaugh), Rosella LaRoche (Gilles), Nancy Barrow (Lloyd); two sons, Thomas (Alexandra Willson), Joseph (Caroline Day); 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three sisters, Connie LaRoux, Montreal; Rosella Boudreau, Moncton; Geraldine Lavigne, Saint John; former sister-in-law, Marie Theresa Porier, Moncton; two brothers, Roger, Sussex; Robert, Moncton; several nieces and nephews; two step-daughters, Paula (Jarvis) Fredericks (Michael), Kimberly Jarvis (Hector Wentzell); their sons and grandsons.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Nora Hanlon; brother, Edward; several brothers and sisters-in-law.

Memorial donations may be made to Eastern Memorial Hospital, Star of the Sea Parish, Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of choice.

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Charles Wilfred Ashe

Funeral service for the late Charles Wilfred ‘Charlie’ Ashe, 87, Monastery, Antigonish County, was held September 9 in Tracadie United Baptist Church, with Reverend Pauline Coffin officiating.  Burial was in Sunnyview Cemetery.

Mr. Ashe died September 4, 2016, in Glen Haven Manor, New Glasgow. 

Born in Rear Monastery, he was a son of the late Patrick James and Rebecca (Ash) Ash. He worked in the lumber industry and was a school bus driver for the Guysborough school board for many years. He was a faithful, dedicated and active member of Tracadie United Baptist Church, and served as a choir and brotherhood member for more than 30 years.  He held office as trustee of the church for many years and he also took responsibility of caring for the church, graveyard and manse.  He was a member of Eastern Light Masonic Lodge, No.72, Guysborough, and held positions as Tyler, junior deacon and senior and junior warden, and also master of the lodge. He was also a recipient of the Provincial Volunteer Award, Foster Parent Award, Laymen’s Council and numerous other awards.

He is survived by daughter, Linda Izzard, Halifax; two chosen daughters, Lillian Desmond, Upper Big Tracadie; Dianne (Leo) Izzard, New Glasgow; four chosen sons, William Skinner, Toronto; Wilfred (Lorraine) Reddick, Antigonish; Douglas (Gail) Jones, Antigonish; Robert Desmond, Halifax; many grandchildren, including special grandson, Brian ‘BJ’ Daye; great-grandchildren; many great-grandchildren, including special great-grandson, Jonathan Ash; many great great-grandchildren; two sisters, Evelyn Girard, Alberta Izzard, Rear Monastery; three brothers, James Ash, Antigonish; Kevin MacDougall, Monastery; Robert Joshua, London, Ontario; special nephew, Barry Daye; special cousin, John Paris; numerous foster children and god-children; special friend, Deacon Alonzo Reddick; many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Hattie Eugene (Skinner) (Daye) Ashe; son, Brian Daye; chosen daughter, Norma Ashe, Monastery; chosen son, Alexander Jones; four sisters, Sarah Jane, Shirley, Bertha, in infancy, Dorothy; brother, Leonard; stepmother, Effie Desmond Lawrence.

Memorial donations may be made to the Tracadie United Baptist Church Building Fund.

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Benjamin Murray Cullen

Benjamin Murray Cullen, 69, Antigonish, died August 27, 2016, at home.

Born May 20, 1947, in Truro, he was the son of the late Murray and Marg (Baird) Cullen of Bible Hill. He worked with Grant Thornton, and its predecessor firms, for more than 43 years. He volunteered with numerous sports organizations in Antigonish and Digby, more recently with Sassy and the St. John Ambulance therapy dog program. He enjoyed spending time following his favourite sports teams and working in his workshop on his 1976 MGB.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Nancy (Blacklock); two sons, Rob (Nita), Bridgewater; Rick (Debbie),  St. John’s, Newfoundland; three grandchildren, Melissa, Megan, Jacob; brother, Ed (Judy) Truro; two sisters, Lauralee (John) Benson, Halifax; Joanne; three nieces and nephews, Jaimie, Jeff, Janelle; several grandnieces, one grandnephew.

Memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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Clifford Earl Giles

A private family funeral service will be held for the late Clifford ‘Earl’ Giles, 95, Antigonish/Pomquet.

Mr. Giles died September 5, 2016, in St Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish.

Born June 2, 1921, he was the son of the late Arthur and Daisy Giles.

He grew up in Hammonds Plains and married Sophie Novak on January 9, 1943. They raised their family of five in the home he built Bedford.  At the start of his career, he served with the marine section of the RCMP, then transferred to the navy. During the Second World War, he served on the Corvettes and overseas.  He continued his military career, until 1965, and retired an honoured veteran.  He was elected as a Halifax county councillor in 1968 and, after retiring from service, he and his wife retired to Pomquet, in 1974. During retirement, he enjoyed being involved in the community.  He was an artisan and a craftsman.

He is survived by his wife, Sophie; two daughters, Faith (David), Jane; son, Clifford (Jean);  10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sister,  Maxine.

He was predeceased by son, Arthur Paddy Giles; daughter, Gail Giles; sister, Olive Thompson.

Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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George, Jeanette Cleo

Funeral service for the late Jeanette Cleo George, 90, Truro, formerly of Upper Whitehead, Guysborough County, and Toronto, was held August 31 in Christ Anglican Church, Queensport, with Reverend Sue Channen officiating. Burial will be at a later date.

Ms. George died August 24, 2016, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro.

Born March 22, 1926, in Upper Whitehead, she was a daughter of the late Abraham ‘Abe’ and Margaret Ann (Grover) George. She grew up and attended school in a one-room schoolhouse in Upper Whitehead, moving to Halifax at the age of 16 to accept employment at the Victoria General Hospital. In the fall of 1944, she moved to Toronto, where she married and raised her family. She was employed for many years at General Electric of Canada in Toronto. With the closure of her division at General Electric, she then accepted a position with Volkswagen Canada in Scarborough, Ontario. In 1977, after heart surgery, she moved back to Upper Whitehead, returning to Toronto in 1979, and then back to Truro in 2008, to live out her retirement years and be near her sister. She enjoyed needle work and her car, driving it until three months before her 90th birthday.

She is survived by four sons, Michael (Patti) Vecchiola, Toronto; Ronnie (Debbie) Vecchiola, Florida; Joseph (Tahea) Vecchiola, Milton, Ont.; biological son, Philip George, Antigonish;  eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother, Paul (Linda) George, Queensport; sister, Adeline Desroches, Truro; daughter-in-law, Mary Vecchiola, Brookfield; many nieces and nephews; Nicholas Finn, Toronto; Carol Vecchiola, Halifax.

She was predeceased by her son, Anthony ‘Tony’ Vecchiola; five brothers, Edward, Harvey, Percy, Ira, Abe; three sisters, Winnie, Thelma, Juanita; two half-brothers, Allan George, Seymour Meads.

Memorial donations may be made to Christ Anglican Church, Queensport, or to a charity of choice.

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