Sunday, Jul 5th, 2015


Christie, Bertha Lillian

Funeral service for the late Bertha Lillian Christie, 94, Pinevale, Antigonish County, was held June 27 in Lochaber United Church with Reverend Meredith Marple officiating. Burial will be in North Lochaber Cemetery at a later date.
Mrs. Christie died June 22, 2015, in St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish.
Time of remembrance at the funeral service was given by Jeremy Christie. Music was provided by Phillip Cooper, Sister Catherine MacGillivray CSM, organist Donald Cameron and Lochaber United Church Choir.
Active pallbearers were Ronnie Archibald, Jeremy Christie, Trevor Fogarty, Adam MacHattie, Joey MacHattie and Rollie MacHattie.
Honorary pallbearers were Robert Cunningham, Myrna Babbin, David MacDonald, Gaile MacDonald, Gerald Pushie, Anne Tobin, Tootsie Cunningham, Betty Glencross, Francis MacDonald, Tommy Montrose, Mona Pushie and her granddaughters.
Born March 26, 1921, in Borneo, Country Harbour, Guysborough Co., she was the daughter of Alex Peter and Lena Margaret (Malloy) Smith. She spent her life making a comfortable home in Pinevale, where she delighted in serving large family meals and having crowds of happy people around her. She enjoyed bingo and enjoyed her dozens of bingo buds.
She is survived by four sons, Jack (Jean), Kitchener, Ontario; Joseph (Tish), Dartmouth; Lloyd (Rose) West River; Dennis (Sheree), Purl Brook; nephew Bill (Mona), Heatherton; five daughters, Marjorie (Russell) MacHattie, Copper Lake; Gladys (Buddy) Archibald, Lochaber; Judy (Robert) Fogarty, Glen Alpine; June (John) Brosha, Salt Springs; Lena Murphy, Calgary; daughter-in-law, Evelyn Christie; 27 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister, Lillian (Joseph) Guthro, Glace Bay.
She was predeceased by her husband, Lloyd A. Christie; son, Lee Terrence Christie; two daughters, Alice Lydia, Alice Eileen, in infancy; grand-daughter, Melinda Fogarty MacDonald; eight brothers, Walter, John, Alex, Scott, MacRitchie, Bill, two, in infancy; five sisters, Maragret (MacLeod) Mason, Stella Smith, Muriel Smith, Bessie (Harold) Worth, Sadie (Grant) Mason.
Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Lochaber United Church, or charity of choice.
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Gillis, Margaret Mary

Margaret Mary Gillis passed away on Aug. 29, 2014, at the age of 88.
Margie was the beloved wife of David Gillis Sr.; whom she was married to for 65 years; dearly loved mother and mother-in-law to Kevin (Andrea) Gillis, Sandra Hyde, Laurie (Tom) Marino and David (Lorelei) Gillis Jr.; Mimi to eight grandchildren, Jessica (Steve), Eddie, Megan, John (Tanya), Dustin, Courtney (Peter), Cameron and Ryan; four great-grandchildren, Robbie, Jayden, Kyle and Carter; sister to Joe MacLellan and Loretta Baker.
She was predeceased by her sister, Joan Gilfoy; niece, Denice O’Neill; and great-grandson, Alexander Thomas Casey.
Margie lived in Canandaigua N.Y. with her husband and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She grew up in Antigonish and as a young woman moved to NYC and worked as an operator for the New York Telephone Company. There she married David Gillis Sr., and together they raised their family in Massachusetts and New York. She worked in the clothing retail business most of her life, and was an active volunteer for the American Legion in Canandaigua. Margie was a wonderful homemaker and host and had a knack for decorating. She loved her family, people and life.
An 11 a.m. memorial Mass will be celebrated in her honor on Saturday, July 11, 2015, at St. Ninian’s Cathedral, 121 St. Ninian St., Antigonish, Nova Scotia. At her bequest her ashes will be buried at St. Ninian’s Cemetery. After services, the family invites relatives and friends for refreshments at their cottage at Seabright, Rural Rte. 4, Antigonish.
A contribution in Margie’s memory may be made to Ronald McDonald House Charities, 333 Westmoreland Drive, Rochester, NY 14620.

MacLean, Laura

Funeral service for the late Laura Elizabeth (Lays) MacLean, 78, was held June 23 in St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, New Glasgow.
Mrs. MacLean died June 20, 2015.
Born July 22, 1936, in Antigonish, she was the daughter of the late Mary (Pearl) and William MacPherson and Margaret and Daniel Lays. She enjoyed dancing, bingo, skating, TV games shows and dedicated half a century to trying to decode the winning numbers for Lotto 649.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Robert ‘Bob’; five children, Michael, Peterborough; Paul, Trenton; Laurie (Jasen), Riverview; Robin (Shawn), Dana, New Glasgow; six grandchildren, Andrew, Jack, Karissa, Emma, Mathus, Julia; six brothers, William MacPherson, Bernie, Francis, Melvin, Jimmy and Billy Lays; numerous in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews
She was predeceased by her granddaughter, Grace Elizabeth Lea Fisher; five brothers, Lawrence, Alec, Danny, Alexander and John Lays; two sisters, Carolyn, Marilyn.
Donations may be made to the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Unit or the Canadian Tire Jump Start charity.

Geddes, Robert ‘Bob’

Funeral service for the late Robert ‘Bob’ Geddes, 75, Canso, Guysborough County, was held June 23 in Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church, Canso, with Father Dan MacDonald officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Mr. Geddes died June 17, 2015, at home.
He was a son of the late Richard and Lena (MacDonald) Geddes. He was a member of the military, a constable with the Sydney City police and spent the remainder of his career as an inspector with DFO, until retirement. He was an avid swimmer and diver and enjoyed boating, fishing and beachcombing for his favorite rocks. He took great pleasure in walking the Gully Trail.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Marg; three sons, Jim, Pat, Mike (Sheri), all of Canso; two daughters, Kim, Dartmouth; Kelly (Alex), Halifax; three grandsons, Matt (Amie), Brendan, Bobby; sister, Betty, Sackville; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by sister, Annette.
Donations may be made to Star of the Sea Building fund or Scouts Canada.
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Bowie, William Joseph ‘Bill’

Funeral service for the late William Joseph ‘Bill’ Bowie, 67, Antigonish, formerly of Lower West River, Antigonish County, was held June 26 in St. Ninian Cathedral with Father Andrew Boyd officiating, assisted by Father Colin MacKinnon. Burial will be in the parish cemetery at a later date.
Mr. Bowie died June 22, 2015, in St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish.
Readers at the funeral Mass were Bruce Thomson and Linda Ferguson. Eucharistic minister was Gladys MacDougall. Music was provided by Margaret MacGregor MacDonald. Members of the Knights of Columbus formed an honour guard.
Pallbearers were Shim Neary, Donnie Gallant, Kevin Lays, Tony MacDonald, Wayne MacDougall and Gary MacKinnon.
Born April 9, 1948, he was the eldest son of the late John D. and Veronica (MacDonald) Bowie. He led a quiet simple life. He was known for his craftsmanship in ornamental canes and wood carvings. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and volunteered with St. Vincent de Paul and The Friendship Corner among other organizations.
He is survived by two sisters, Mary (Philip) Connolly, Guysborough Intervale; Elaine (Kenny) Mason, Lower West River; eight brothers, Allan (Jean), Sussex Corner, New Brunswick; Douglas, Lower West River; Jim (Gail), Grande Prairie, Alberta; Gordon (Terri), Truro; John (Darlene), Alliston, Ontario; Mike (Ruth), Bedford; Albert (Dawn), Maugerville, NB; Philip (Laurie), London, Ont.; several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by brother, Anthony Daniel.
Donations may be made to The Friendship Corner. Donations can be mailed to 17 Greening Dr., Antigonish, NS, B2G 1R1.
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MacDonald, Colin William ‘Collie’

Funeral service for the late Colin William ‘Collie’ MacDonald, 96, R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home, formerly of South River Road, was held June 17 in St. Andrews Church, St. Andrews, with Father Charles Cameron officiating, assisted by Father P.J. Baccardax and Deacon Art Riley. Burial was in South River Cemetery.
Mr. MacDonald died June 12, 2015.
Readers at the funeral Mass were Betty MacDonald, Shauna MacDonald and Jensen Grant. Music was provided by James MacPherson.
Pallbearers were John Allen MacDonald, Jack MacDonald, John Grant, Seward Delorey, Alec Chisholm and Chris Grover.
Born March 9, 1919, in Springfield, Antigonish County, he was a son of the late David and Mary (Chisholm) MacDonald. He was the second eldest of nine children. Following high school, he graduated from Normal College. He joined the RCAF and after the war, taught for 12 years in Inuvik, Northwest Territories. After his return home, he graduated from St. Dunstan’s University and taught in the province until his retirement. He excelled in many sports in his younger years and ran till the age of 85.
He is survived by two brothers, John D. (Isabel), Gerald (Betty); two sisters-in-law, Mary Ellen, Betty; several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by five brothers, Rod, Hugh J. (Mary), Bud, David, Jamie; sister, Margaret ‘Girlie’ (Oliver) Grant.
Memorial donations may be made to the RK MacDonald Care Van fund.
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Miller, Mary Carmella

Mary Carmella Miller
Mary’s daughters regret to announce the passing of their mother, at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish, on June 11, 2015, at age 94.
Born May 2, 1921, in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Glace Bay. NS, Mary was the only daughter of five children born to the late Michael and MaryBelle (Pembroke) Gates. Predeceased by both parents at a very young age, Mary came to St. Andrews, Antigonish County, to live with the late Catherine (MacIntosh) McGillivray, her foster mother with whom she had a very special bond. Following completion of school in St. Andrews, Mary entered a laboratory technology course at Bethany Convent/St. Martha’s Hospital where she worked in the lab during wartime. Here, she was able to recount a myriad of interesting stories and adventures with the people she met as well with those friendships maintained from long lasting grade school friends, particularly Mary Catherine Long. But when it came to her lab role, Mary was considered very skilled and respected by her colleagues.
Mary was married on July 1, 1945, to Harold M. Miller at St. Andrews Church. Harold and Mary moved to Antigonish town in 1960, where they lived the remainder of their married life. She became part of the community of the strong Brookland St. women, who all raised their families together in wonderful harmony in the 1960s and 70s. Her back door was a revolving door, from her children’s friends, neighbours and weekly visitors, providing wonderful conversation and meals. She became the first Mom on her street to get her driver’s license, toting countless children and teenagers to beaches, fishing, guides, summer job commutes and evening events. An avid gardener, Mary grew many beautiful flowers, along with her infamous community rhubarb patch. She was a prized cook and baker, of which she provided many wedding and anniversary cakes to friends and family as gifts. In the late 1960s, she returned to work at St.FXU library, where she loved many frontline encounters with students. She also volunteered with Martha-in-the Home. In her later years, she and Harold enjoyed socializing at Club 60 and spending time with their grandchildren. Mary was a devout Catholic. Her faith was extremely important to her and her rosary was never far from her side. She was a parishioner of Saint Ninian’s Cathedral and the CWL for over 55 years.
Although Mary lived most of her life in Antigonish, she did not leave behind her Cape Breton spirit, strength and generosity, it flowed through her veins as thick as the coal dust from her heritage. She was a confidante and supporter of all in need with her countless acts of kindness and positivity. An avid animal lover, Mary was continuously surrounded by a menagerie of farm animals and pets from her early life in St. Andrews to her later years on Brookland Street. She was one of a kind and the real deal of what the human condition should emulate.
Mary is survived by her daughters, Joan (Barry) Colbourne, Darlene (James) Miller-Cash; grandchildren Meghan Cash and Wayne (Carmela) Miller; sister-in-law Nell Spicer; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Harold; son, Harold Wayne (Sandra); brothers Michael, Jim, Jack and Fred; foster siblings Annabel (Peter Dan) MacDonald, Sister Remigius McGillivray, CSM and Fred Bishop.
Mary’s family would like to thank Frances MacDougall for her kindness and friendship bestowed to Mary and the wonderful staff of the VON and Saint Martha’s Regional Hospital for all of the care provided over the last number of months. Also, a thank you to Marie Farrell for the support provided to Mary, which allowed her to live independently at home.
Funeral Mass was held June 15 in St. Ninian’s Cathedral with Reverend Andrew Boyd presiding. Readers were Linda Creighton and Basil Ludlow. Eucharistic minister was Marian Draper. Music was provided by James MacPherson and Margaret MacDonald. Pallbearers were David Spicer, Vernon Spicer, Miles Tompkins, Jim Moeller, John Cameron and Terry Bray. Internment was in Saint Ninian’s Cemetery. Donations in memory may be made to Saint Ninian’s Cathedral or a charity of your choice.
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Stewart, Dr. John B.

Funeral service for the late Dr. John B. Stewart, BA, MA, PhD, 90, Bayfield, Antigonish County, was held June 16 in St. James United Church, Antigonish, with Reverend Peter Smith officiating. Burial was in Cummings Cemetery, Upper South River.
Dr. Stewart died June 11, 2015, in Green Meadows Community Residence, Antigonish County.
Readers at the funeral service were Lewis MacIntosh, Moses Coady, Lloyd Hines and Reverend Heather Manuel. Music was provided by Margaret MacGregor MacDonald.
Active pallbearers were David Cameron, Terry Murphy, John Grover, Earl Randall, Gary Kaiser and John Allan MacDonald.
Honorary pallbearers were Donald MacMillan, Donnie MacEachern, Frank Randall, Ron Foley, Ronnie MacDonald and Ronald Chisholm.
Born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, he was the son of the late George and Minnie (MacGregor) Stewart. He was raised in Southport until the age of five, then moved to Bayfield, Antigonish County. As he took a keen interest in history, he was especially delighted that the home his parents chose was built by Elisha Randall, the first settler in Bayfield. After finishing his schooling in Antigonish, he went to Acadia University (1941-1945) where he earned BA and MA degrees in history. After graduation from Acadia, he was accepted at Columbia University in NYC in the field of political law and government. With his PhD completed, concentrating on constitutional law, he was appointed an assistant professor at Barnard College, the women’s undergraduate school at Columbia. For several years he worked part time as a consultant on legal and political philosophy at the Rockefeller Foundation. In 1959, Dr. Somers, the president of StFX, made a proposal that brought him back to the Antigonish university and Bayfield. He entered an election as the Liberal candidate for Antigonish- Guysborough and was elected in 1962, 1963 and 1965. During his time in office as MP, he served as Parliamentary Secretary to The Secretary of State for External Affairs (63-64) and Parliamentary Secretary to The Secretary of State of Canada (64-65) and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works (66-68). His many portfolios took him worldwide from NATO, to the United Nations, and he represented Canada at President John F. Kennedy’s funeral service in Washington. After his riding disappeared through redistribution in 1968, he was asked to stay in Ottawa by then Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, where he worked on House of Commons reform, later authoring a book The Canadian House of Commons: Procedure and Reform (1977). He was also a student of and expert on philosopher David Hume and published two books on the subject. He returned to teaching political science at StFX University in 1969. As a teacher, he continued to have an impact on his students, producing Rhodes Scholars in his classes. In 1984, he was appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Trudeau and served until his retirement in 1999. While a senator, he chaired the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and was a member of a number of other committees including Energy and Natural Resources; Fisheries; Banking, Trade and Commerce; and Legal and Constitutional Affairs.
He is survived by many cousins.
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Lombardo, Frank

Funeral service for the late Frank Lombardo, 90, Guysborough, was held June 16 in St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church, Guysborough, with Father Danny MacLennan officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Mr. Lombardo died June 12, 2015, in Guysborough Memorial Hospital.
Born August 22, 1924, in Ottawa, Ontario, he was a son of the late Pietro and Francesca Lombardo. He graduated from Carleton University in 1952 with a certificate in Engineering. He was awarded Athlete of the Year at Carleton where he “lettered” in his senior year, competing in football, swimming and hockey. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War and was a dedicated member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 81, Guysborough, where he held executive positions and demonstrated a strong commitment to honouring and supporting veterans. He worked for the Government of Canada, in the Department of Energy Mines and Resources for 52 years, both full-time as the chief technical officer in charge of the Canadian Seismological Network and later as a part time technician working from his retirement home in Guysborough. During a field trip to Nova Scotia in 1955, he met and later married Doreen Halloran. His love for the community of Guysborough was strong and after many years of summer visits, he retired and became a permanent resident. He was an active and dedicated member of St. Ann’s Parish and supported the Guysborough Lions Club, Guysborough Volunteer Fire Department, Meals on Wheels, East Guysborough Forest Owners, Federal Superannuates National Association, Nova Scotia Branch. He was a Nova Scotia Administrative Justice of the Peace for many years. He was an avid Ottawa Senator’s fan and always held out hope for the Blue Jays. He enjoyed playing cards, fishing mackerel with his buddies and spending time with family at Farm Lake and Eldon’s Camp.
He is survived by his wife, Doreen (Halloran); two daughters, Nancy (Phil) O’Regan, Sharon (Mike) Hogan; two sons, Peter (Cathy), Brent (Rhonda); 10 grandchildren, Dawn, Katie, Linda, Mathew, Kayla, Kelly, Hanna, Taylor, Teagan, Keaton; four step-grandchildren, Craig, Brad, Jen, Graham; six great-grandchildren Madison, Gianna, Josie, Maelle, Evelyn, Jackson.
He was predeceased by seven siblings, Andrea, Francesca, Andrew, Jean, Frances, Joey, Rocco; in-laws, Mary and Patrick Halloran.
Donations may be made to The Guysborough Memorial Hospital Palliative Care Program or the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 81, Guysborough.
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Henley, Wilfred Earl

Wilfred Earl Henley, 84, St. Andrews, Antigonish County, died June 17, 2015, in St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish.
Born in Pleasant Valley, Upper Musquodobit, he was a son of the late Isaac Franklin and Addie (Hamilton) Henley. During his lifetime, he worked as a woodsman, millwright and autobody repairman. He enjoyed old cars, hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Margaret (Dean); two sons, Anthony ‘Tony’, James, at home; three daughters, Darlene (Scott) Green, Pictou County; Angela (Eugene) Benoit, Dunmore; Laurie Ann (William) Wallace, Ashdale; 14 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; three brothers, Brodie (Lauretta), Trenton; Leroy (Bernice), Hilden; Charlie (Joan), Upper Musquodobit; sister, Lowella Farnell, Dean Settlement; four sisters-in-law, Mary, Barbara, Susanna, Rosley; brother-in-law, Frank Gale; many nieces and nephews; special nephew, Kenny (Janet) Henley.
He was predeceased by six brothers, Russell, Stewart, Marshall, Howard, Harrison and Levi, in infancy; sister, Amy Gale; sister-in-law, Ruth; brother-in-law, George Farnell.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Martha’s Hospital Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society.
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Sullivan, Linda Faye

Sullivan, Linda Faye died on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in her beloved home overlooking the Milford Haven River at North Riverside, Guysborough County, at the age of 59.
Born in Pictou on May 13, 1956, Linda was the daughter of the late John H. and Dorothy (Downs) MacIntosh.
A graduate of St. Francis Xavier University with BA Honours (Mathematics/Minor English), B. Ed. (Secondary), M. Ed. (Administration) as well as an M. Ed. from Saint Mary’s University (Curriculum Design). It was while attending St. F.X. that Linda met her soul mate and life long best friend John F. (Jackie) Sullivan. They were married on June 28, 1980 at the University Chapel on the campus of St. Francis Xavier University.
Linda was both a gifted and talented educator. Linda began her teaching career in Atikameg, Alberta before returning to her native Nova Scotia where she taught at Canso High School and Fanning Elementary School. Linda was an exceptional educational leader having served as Principal of numerous schools both in Nova Scotia and Manitoba. Linda was particularly proud of bringing to fruition the vision for Chedabucto Place in Guysborough while serving as Principal of the Guysborough Family of Schools. The inclusion of an African Canadian Heritage Center, a Fitness Center as well as a space for a Performance Arts theatre was both her passion and mission toward creating a centre of excellence that embraced academics, athletics, and the arts and welcomed the broader community to participate as lifelong learners.
Linda served as Principal of Edward Schreyer School in Beausjour, Manitoba and Superintendent/CEO of Western School Division in Morden, Manitoba. Linda’s last assignment prior to becoming ill was as Principal of Lt. Col. William Barker VC School in Dauphin, Manitoba.
Linda was a passionate advocate for young women pursuing positions of leadership and was an inspiration and mentor to numerous young women pursuing such opportunities. Linda loved her family unconditionally and her family loved her; a wonderful mother, dedicated wife, a passionate life-long learner, a fitness geek and an exceptional knitter (she produced 15 beautiful sweaters for her cherished friends and family since January until her health deteriorated and she was unable to continue). Her work ethic was legendary, and her expectation for every student to become the best they could be was non-negotiable.
Linda was a consummate Scottish Bagpiper and was a member of several pipe bands; most notably the Heatherbells from Pictou, Nova Scotia where she was Pipe Major and made many lifetime friendships. Linda put her heart and soul in everything she did and could always be counted on to get the job done and get it done right.
Linda is survived by her best friend and husband “Jack”, sons Donald, Paddy (Shirley), Conor (Beckie) all of Calgary, Alberta,; a daughter Meaghan (Ryder) and her handsome little man “Ryland”, Dauphin, Manitoba; her mother Dorothy MacIntosh, Lyons Brook; twin brother Larry (Wendy), Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia; her extended “Sullivan” family Kay, Sebring, Florida; Alfred (Phemia), Dartmouth; Donnie (Shirley) Ottawa/Lahave; Hugh James (Monica) Antigonish; Gillis (Minnie), Roman Valley; Mary (Harry) Halifax; Anne, Halifax; Cameron (Sandra) Truro; Brenda (Doug), Locharbor; Patricia (Lloyd) Guysborough; Helen (Donnie) Antigonish in addition to numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Predeceased by her father John H. (Jack) MacIntosh, grandparents James (Blanche Pushee) MacIntosh; Charles (Henrietta Blair) Downs; father and mother-in-law, Donald (Sadie Gillis) Sullivan, brothers-in-law Joseph (Janet) Sullivan, Gerald (Judy) Sullivan, Terry O’Leary, Joseph DeRenzies and sister-in-law Maureen (Ted) Larsen.
Family flowers only please. Donations to St. Patrick’s Cemetery Fund
At a later date a foundation will be set-up in Linda’s name and will be committed to funding opportunities for young women pursuing leadership studies and for the ongoing professional development of women in leadership roles.
Funeral Mass was Saturday, June 20, at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Guysborough Intervale with Reverend Anthony O’Connor and Reverend Danny MacLennan presiding, assisted by concelebrants Rev. Bernie McAdam and Deacon Berkley Guthro. Readers were Shirley Sullivan, Kristi Chisholm and Shannon Cleary. Rebecca “Beckie” Horner and Adrianna Sullivan presented the offertory gifts. Eucharistic ministers were Bernadette Murray and Paul Connolly. Music was provided by St. Patrick’s Church Choir, soloist Marilyn Sceles, violinist Brian MacDonald and piper Sandra MacIsaac. Pallbearers were Archie Chisholm, Miles MacDonald, Paul Long, Erick Connolly, Bradley Cleary and Roger Connolly. Burial was in St. Patrick’s Parish Cemetery, Guysborough Intervale.
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MacGrath, Richard M.

Funeral service for the late Richard MacGrath, 52, East River St. Mary’s, was held June 7 in Zion Presbyterian Church, East River St. Mary’s, with Reverend Derek Ellsworth officiating. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery, East River St. Mary’s.
Mr. MacGrath died June 4, 2015.
Born September 9, 1962, in New Glasgow, he was the son of Carl and Juanita (Fraser) MacGrath. He was employed with Michelin Tire, Granton, for more than 30 years. He enjoyed four wheeling, fishing, barbequing for friends and family at the cottage, spending time with his cat. He enjoyed working in the family blueberry farm, mowing, clearing land and harvesting.
Besides his parents, he is survived by his wife, Barb (Hayden); son, Matthew (Melanie) Fort Augustus, Prince Edward Island; daughter, Mandi Wilson, Salmon River; three grandchildren, Keely, Levi, Sutter, Fort Augustus, P.E.I.; two sisters, Kim MacGrath-Jackson, New Glasgow; Tammy (Dave) MacLaren, New Glasgow; brother-in-law, Scott (Florence) Hayden, New Glasgow; nephew, Avery Jackson, Clarence; four nieces, Kilti and Courtney MacLaren, New Glasgow; Chantelle and Jenelle Walsh, New Glasgow; two aunts, Thelma, Peg; many cousins.
Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation Palliative Care Unit.

Sarson, Nearing A.

Nearing A. Sarson, 83, Stellarton died June 14, 2015.
He is survived by three daughters, Karen (Keith), Eastern Passage; Lorraine (Bob), Antigonish; Jean (Troy), Eastern Passage; son, Robert (Donna), Cameron Settlement; four grandchildren, Jonathan (Julie), Aaron, Matthew, Logan; two great-grandchildren, Becca, Jack; two sisters, Faye (Jack), Roberta.
Born June 19, 1931, in Stellarton, he was a son of the late Robert and Margaret (Keating) Sarson. He was predeceased by his wife, Doreen (Murphy); brother Whitman; seven sisters, Edwina, Illaine, Georgina, Catherine, Edna Lou, Beth, Helen.
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Miller, Mary Lee

Mary Lee Miller, Sydney, died June 10, 2015.
She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Edison Miller; son, Edison P. Miller, Dartmouth; daughter, Aimee (Wayne Bonnar) Miller, Mira; granddaughter, Aaryanna Bonnar; brother, Lester Donohue, New Brunswick; four sisters, Sharon McCaskey, Mira; Loretta Donohue, Sydney; Mary Donohue, Antigonish; Clair Donohue, Ontario; several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, Mary (Daisley) and Joseph Donohue; nephew, Joey Fitzgerald.

Overmars, Euphemia Alberta ‘Feem’

Funeral service for the late Euphemia Alberta ‘Feem’ Overmars, 93, St. Andrews, Antigonish County, was held June 11 in St. Andrews Church, St. Andrews, with Father Bernard MacAdam officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Mrs. Overmars died June 6, 2015, in St. Martha’s Regional Hospital.
Readers at the funeral Mass were Laura Gay, Alison Sampson and Nicole McMillan. Carrie Overmars, Jessica Overmars and Jane Briand presented the offertory gifts. Music was provided by James MacPherson.
Active pallbearers were Dustin Overmars, Michael Overmars, Jonathan Overmars, Kevin Gay, David Overmars and Craig Overmars.
Honorary pallbearers were Francis Maas, Mary Swinkles, Rita Juurlink, Wilhelmina Westenenk, Florence MacIsaac, Annabel Kennedy, Murray Teasdale, Mary Teasdale, Nick Landry, Theresa Landry and Diny Vosman.
Born in The Netherlands, she immigrated with her husband to Canada in 1949. Overcoming language and cultural barriers, they settled in Antigonish in 1950 where they worked and raised a family of 10 children. In St. Andrews, she and her husband started their farming career, first establishing a successful dairy farm and many years later they worked together to establish and grow Tony Overmars Farms Ltd. She enjoyed card games, in particular a weekly card night with her grandchildren. She was very active in her community, her church and the Oak & Owl Senior Club. She was a devoted Catholic with deep faith. She was a wonderful knitter, making blankets and afghans for each new bride, and each first new baby in the family. She was renowned for her beautiful plants inside and outside her home, especially her African violets.
She is survived by seven sons, Gerard (Anna), Antigonish; John (Mary), Mt. Brydges, Ontairo; Tony (Jenny), Antigonish Landing; Henry (Barb), Francis (Estelle), both of St. Andrews; Joe (Carrie), Boyle, Alberta; Paul, St. Andrews; three daughters, Mary (Bob) Gay, Bible Hill; Jeannette (Walt) Bonetti, White Rock, British Columbia; Veronica (Doug) McMillan, Truro; 31 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one sister, The Netherlands.
She was predeceased by her husband, Anton; one grandchild; four sisters; two brothers.
Donations may be made to the St. Andrews Cemetery Fund or charity of choice.
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Doiron, Julia Clara

Funeral service for the late Julia Clara Doiron, 87, Pomquet, was held June 13 in Ste. Croix Church with Reverend Bill Crispo officiating, assisted by Reverend P.J. Baccardax. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
She died on June 9, 2015, at home.
Readers at the funeral Mass were Annette LeFort, Nicole Phillips and Francine LeFort. French eulogist was Paula Maillet. Grandchildren Melinda, Matthew and Janelle presented the offertory gifts. Eucharistic ministers were Kathleen Benoit and Jessie Deyoung. Altar servers were Lillian Landry, Euphemia Landry and Clarence Deyoung. Music was provided by Ste Croix Parish Choir, Gaeton Forest and Francine LeFort, Robert Rennie and John Leo Rennie.
Honorary urn bearers were Joanne Bouchard, Joan Dalziel, Bonnie Casey, Stephen Doiron, Bernie LeBlanc and Phillipe LeBlanc.
Teachers and members of the Pomquet Fire Department formed an honour guard.
Born August 13, 1927, in Margaree, Cape Breton, she was a daughter of the late Arsene and Rose Anne (Cormier) LeBlanc. She received her early education in Margaree, Cheticamp and Margaree Forks. She was a graduate of the Nova Scotia Teachers College and also St. Francis Xavier University. She was a well-known teacher, very active in the field of education, and very involved in her community. She was a member of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union (and represented her school on the executive), the Pomquet Ladies Club, Winter Carnival, Les Femmes Acadiennes, Le Club des Ainees de Pomquet et de la Nouvelle Ecosse and La Societé Ste. Croix de Pomquet. She also served on the executive of the Town and County Home Care, The Cancer Society, The Heart and Stroke Foundation, World Peace and CNIB. She was a devoted member of the Ste. Croix Parish Church and served as lector and Eucharistic minister for many years. She was honoured by the Conseil de la Vie Français en Amérique for her devotion to the French culture and language and also as a result of this devotion received honourary degrees from L’Ecole Acadienne de Pomquet and La Federation Acadienne de la Nouvelle Ecosse. After 36 years of teaching, she started a pre-school called “Le Club des Petits” in order to give young children basic knowledge of French. She enjoyed knitting, sewing, quilting, walking, writing in her diary, cribbage, as well as working in her garden and especially doing her lawn.
She is survived by two sons, Ronnie (Rosemarie), Pomquet; Richard, Antigonish; three grandchildren, Melinda (Cameron Brackenbury), Matthew (Ashley Fraser), Janelle (Kenneth Cameron); three great-grandchildren Ethan, Caleb, Amelia Marie; three brothers, Levi, Joseph (Thelma), Louie (Charlotte); three sisters, Mary Louise, Theresa (Robert) Deveau, Zoe; sister-in-law Edmee; brother-in-law, Simon Peter (Julia); many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband of 43 years, Anthony; brother, Francis; three sisters, Annie Rose, Lucie Mae, Lucie Marie, in infancy; sister-in-law, Mary Hattie LeBlanc; three brothers-in-law, Simon Fougere, Clarence Phillips, Gerard Legere.
Donations may be made to the Pomquet Development Society, Ste. Croix Parish Community Centre, or the Canadian Cancer Society. Online condolences:

Grace, Cecilia Mary

Funeral service for the late Cecilia Mary Grace, 82, Antigonish, was held June 9 in St. Ninian Cathedral with Father Donald MacGillivray officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Mrs. Grace died June 5, 2015, in High-Crest Sherbrooke Nursing Home.
Reader at the funeral Mass was Teena Grace. Music was provided by James MacPherson and Margaret MacDonald.
Pallbearers were Gus Farrell, Patrick Shea, Joe Hanifen, Jeff Smith, Donald Chisholm and Paul Chisholm.
Born April 12, 1933, in Summerside Road, Heatherton, she was a daughter of the late William A. and Gladys (Spooner) Chisholm. She worked at Goodman’s Clothing Store in the ladies’ clothing department, for more than 30 years. She later took a position at Mount Saint Bernard before retiring in 1997. She enjoyed taking the occasional shopping trip to New Glasgow, and listening to the old time fiddle music. In her youth, she enjoyed going to dances, and later became an avid bingo player.
She is survived by her son, Howard (Teena) Grace, Australia; brother, Wilfred (Pauline), Summerside Road; four sisters, Margaret (Marvin) Robbins, Barney’s River; Evelyn (Donald) Chisholm, Farm Road; Jean Fisher, Calgary; Veronica (Ronald) Peitzsche, Canso; many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Howard Grace; two brothers, John A, Alexander ‘Sandy’; sister, Nancy; sister-in-law, Jovita; two brothers-in-law Frank Pettipas, Dan J. MacDonald
Donations may be made to the High-Crest Sherbrooke (Recreation) or Alzheimer’s Society.
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Fraser, William James ‘Jim’

Funeral service for the late William James ‘Jim’ Fraser, 78, Cloverville Road, Antigonish, was held June 12 in with Father Donald MacGillivray officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Mr. Fraser died June 7,2015, in the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home.
Readers at the funeral Mass were Brian MacDonald and Ron Fraser. Music was provided by James MacPherson and Margaret MacDonald.
Pallbearers were Elwin MacPherson, Danny Cogger, Kevin Grace, John Allan MacDonald, Brian MacDonald, Dwayne MacDonald and Andrew Noel.
Born in Antigonish, he was a son of the late William and Margaret (Somers) Fraser. He was educated in Antigonish and later completed several technical courses. He worked for a few years in Hamilton, Ontario, and returned home where he worked at auto body repair and welding for several years. He was employed in the pulp production by John McCarron and John Allan MacDonald until his retirement. He was a quiet man who enjoyed listening to music, taking long walks and spending time outdoors. He was an avid trapper and hunter receiving recognition for his furs and sharing his expertise on trapping with his friends and family. He stayed in the family home until 2010, making it possible for his mother to remain home until her death at the age of 92.
He is survived by four sisters, Paula Smith, Ottawa; Genevieve (Bernie) Richardson, Dartmouth; Margie (Vince) Grace, Cloverville Rd.; Theresa (Allan) MacDonald, Harbour Centre; brother, Ron (Sheila), Pasadena, Newfoundland; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
He was predeceased by brother-in-law, Jack Smith.
Donations may be made to the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home Cobblestone Cottage.
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Hudson, Samuel Duncan

Funeral service for the late Samuel Duncan Hudson, 74, Sherbrooke, Guysborough County, formerly of Country Harbour, was held June 13 in Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Country Harbour, with Reverend Sue Channen officiating. Burial was in Holy Trinity Anglican Cemetery.
Mr. Hudson died June 8, 2015, in High-Crest Sherbrooke Home for Special Care.
He was a son of the late Samuel and Isabella (Robertson) Hudson. He was a resident of High-Crest for almost 29 years. He enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, fishing and hunting rabbits or deer.
He is survived two brothers, Marvin (Chick), Wendell (Debra), all of Country Harbour; two sisters, Doreen MacDougall, Dartmouth; Lois Clarke, Country Harbour; many nieces, nephews and extended family.
He was predeceased by brother, Harrison; sisters, Evelyn Kaiser and Joan Hudson; brothers-in-law, Murray Kaiser, Dougald MacDougall and James Clarke.
Donations may be made to High-Crest Sherbrooke Home for Special Care Activity Fund.
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Rossong, Charles ‘Doug’ Douglas

Burial of the late Charles Douglas ‘Doug’ Rossong, 70, Waverley, will be in Canso at a later date.
Mr. Rossong, June 7, 2015, at home.
Born January 5, 1945, in Halifax, he was the son of the late Doug and Essie (Murphy) Rossong. He was raised in Hazel Hill, Guysborough County and was a graduate of NSTC and St. Mary’s University. He was a retired teacher from the Dartmouth City School Board. Upon retirement, he became keenly interested in computer technology. He enjoyed reading, playing chess, fishing at Red Bridge Pond and watching Sidney Crosby play.
He is survived by his wife, Maureen (Duggan); three daughters, Lisa Feltmate Dartmouth; Michele Sadeek, Ontario; Nadia at home; three grandchildren, Alisha, Austin, Katie; sister, Polly (John) Hagar, Antigonish; three brothers, Gary (Darlene), Tony (Beth), Randy, Halifax; nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by brother, Brad.
Donations may be made to the Nova Scotia SPCA and Alice Housing.
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