Lena Marie Kitchin

Kitchin, Lena Marie – Age 72 of Truro, passed away on Monday, October 15, 2018. Born in Sydney Mines, she was raised by her grandmother.

Lena is survived by her children and grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, John Lloyd Kitchin.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit. By Lena’s request, there will be no funeral or visitation.

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Curtis Lane Bozeman - Funeral Announcement

Bozeman, Curtis Lane – Age 65, Meaghers Grant passed away September 16, 2018, in Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital with his loving wife, Rosalind “Roz” and friend, Lorena by his side, following a brief illness with cancer.

Born in Gary, Indiana he was a son of the late Charles Lee and Carrie Elizabeth (VanSyckle) Bozeman. He lived in Kansas, Kentucky and New Jersey. Curt had an inspiration for arts, canvas oils, music, wood and welding. At age 12, he started several bands as lead guitar player, before joining the Navy and serving in the USA. He was a boiler maker employed with large firms across the Eastern Seaboard, such as Corning and Curth Brothers. He worked on clam boats in Atlantic City and northern New Jersey. He later married and started a family. In 2000, he came to Canada with his present wife and retired in Nova Scotia where he enjoyed the country and seashore. He made many friends through music and art, and had a pleasant, relaxed life fishing and gardening.

Surviving are siblings, Charles “Kenneth”, Kentucky; Terry, Chicago; Keith, New Jersey; Wanda, Indiana; Margie and Krystal, Arizona and California; his children, Richard, Lisa, Clinton (Stephanie), Justin (Alison), Lindsay, Lindsey; five grandchildren, Dylan, AJ, and Jewel. He will be dearly missed by his wife and rabbit, Buttercup; as well as his musical friends who he played with weekly at JM Cafe in Musquodoboit Harbour. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by sister, Palestine.

Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 13th, with a memorial service to be held at 2 p.m., both in St. James United Church, Meaghers Grant, Rev. Dr. Linda Yates officiating.

Donations in his honour may be made to IWK Foundation, Meaghers Grant Cemetery, SPCA or Musquodoboit Valley Health Foundation- Hospital.

Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit.

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Donald “Brian” Patriquin

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Patriquin, Donald “Brian” – Age 74 of Bass River, passed away quietly on October 12, 2018, in the QEII Infirmary Site, Halifax, with his daughter-in-law by his side holding his hand. Brian would want to be remembered most as a man of faith, who loved the Lord, and from this love came the love for his family, friends and his community. He will be greatly missed by us all.

Brian grew up in the big metropolis of Bass River, which he was very proud of and never failed to return to, no matter how far he roamed. In his later years, he was an active member of the Bass River Heritage Society and could often be found perched on a lawn mower cutting somebody’s grass.

Brian loved music and enjoyed playing his piano, and if you were out for an evening stroll along Maple Avenue in Bass River, you would often hear him playing his favorite hymns through the living room windows.

Brian was a true jack of all trades. From plumbing to electrical to woodworking, he did it all – and sometimes even correctly. He had an eclectic work history which included installing elevators, constructing torpedoes, maintaining a nuclear power plant, chemical plant operator for 23 years, and in his retirement, he was a golf course superintendent. And somewhere in there, he found time to sell vacuum cleaners and  natural cleaning products door-to-door.

Brian is survived by his sons, Aaron (Pattie), Trever (Melody); brothers, Ronnie and Terry; sisters, Gail, Judy and Cindy; grandchildren, Logan (Shaina), Jasmine and Colton (Kati); great-granddaughter, Emery; many nieces, nephews and extended family. Brian was preceded by his wife, Myrna Lynn (MacDonald); parents, Orville Patriquin and Helen (Patriquin) Abbott; brother, Michael.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 16, at 7 p.m. in Riverside United Church, Bass River, with Major Bruce Jennings officiating.

A special thank you to staff of the QEII Cardiac Unit for their loving care and support during his final days. Thus, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, Cardiac Care Unit, at QE2Foundation.ca or 1-888-428-0220.

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Stephen Matthew "Magoo" MacInnis

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MacInnis, Stephen Matthew “Magoo” – Age 54 of Upper Musquodoboit, passed away unexpectedly on October 6, 2018. Born in Kitchener, Ont., he was a son of the late Donald and Marie (Fraser) MacInnis.

Stephen had a kind heart, would lend a helping hand to anyone, could be counted on not to break a promise and made friends wherever he went. Stephen owned and operated Magoo’s Heavy Hauling for almost 20 years.

He was a loving husband, father and brother and will always be loved and missed by wife, Janette; son, Mitchell; daughter, Maggie; siblings, Mike, Peter (Brenda), Danny (Shelley), Timmy (Shelly), Andy, Susan, Ron, Joe (Kim), Nancy; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Francis and Phyllis; extended Harnish family in-laws. He was predeceased by sister, Sally (Fred) and sister, Carol in infancy; sister-in-law, Tanya.

Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be Friday, October 12, from 6-8 p.m., and funeral service Saturday at 11 a.m., both in St. James United Church, Upper Musquodoboit, with student minister Calvin Burt officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to an education fund for Mitchell and Maggie or to St. James United Church would be appreciated. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit.

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Shirley Jean (Rose) Jackson

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Jackson, (Rose) Shirley Jean – It is with deep regret that the family of Shirley Jean (Rose) Jackson, age 89, announces her passing on October 6, 2018, at her daughter’s home in Shortts Lake.

Born in Oakfield, she was a daughter of the late Lewis and Carrie Rose. She married John Bamford Jackson of Stewiacke and became a foster parent from 1962 until 1995 caring for over 60 children.

Shirley is survived by sons, Stephen (Debbie), Dutch Settlement; Fredrick (Sharon), Cloverdale; Peter (Ellen), Truro; daughters, Pam (Lloyd Bennett), Norwich, Ontario; Debbie (Harold Nielsen), Shortts Lake; Kelly (David Eye), Enfield; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was predeceased by sisters, Sadie Rose, Jenny Ramsey, Helen Lieshman, Frances Ramsey, Mary Barns, Cora Rose; brothers, Melvin, Angus, Lewis, Laurie, Robert, Clarence and Vincent.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit. A Celebration of Life will take place on Tuesday, October 9th, from 2-4 p.m., in Royal Canadian Legion, Stewiacke Branch. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.

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Gordon Valore Slaunwhite

Slaunwhite, Gordon Valore – Age 94, of Brookfield, passed away October 6, 2018, in Elk Court. Born in Halifax, he was a son of the late Norman and Mary (Samson) Slaunwhite.

Gordon was well known in the harness racing circuit, loved to travel, and enjoyed photographing wildlife and horses.

Surviving are his sisters, Marie Walker, Halifax; Geraldine (Vernon) Boutilier, Stewiacke East; many nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place. Burial will be at a later date in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lower Sackville.

Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit.

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Emily Margaret (Lemon) Shaw

Shaw (Lemon), Emily Margaret – Age 81 of Truro and formerly of Upper Stewiacke, passed away peacefully on October 1, 2018, after a battle with lung cancer. Born in Upper Stewiacke, she was a daughter of the late George and Frances Lemon.

Surviving are son, Logan, Upper Stewiacke; daughters, Marg (Fred) Ashe, Truro; Betty (Stephen) Johnson, Upper Stewiacke; daughter-in-law, Heather Shaw, Truro; brothers, Victor and Curtis, both of Truro; sisters, Dot Wallace, Alberta; Lorna Abbott, Truro; Audrey Lemon, Oxford; six grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by husband, Richard; son, Allen; brothers, Hedley and Freddie; sister, Viola.

Cremation has taken place. A graveside service will be held on Friday at 2 p.m. in Riverside Cemetery, Upper Stewiacke, Marty Clark-Ettinger officiating. Memorial donations to Upper Stewiacke Springside Pastoral Charge would be appreciated.

Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit.

Sherry Louise (Jennings) Faulkner

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Faulkner (Jennings), Sherry Louise – Of Oyster Pond. It is with heavy hearts and overwhelming sadness that we announce the passing of our precious wife, mother, daughter, sister, and grandmother. Sherry passed away on August 28, 2018, surrounded by her family. Born in 1962, she was a daughter of Shirley (Clarke) Jennings and the late Allen “Bud” Jennings.

Sherry leaves behind to mourn the love of her life, David; her children, Shawn (Nina), Matthew (Denise); grandchildren, Dakota, Angel, Electra, Leeland, Justice, Jason, J’Rose, Jaylin; brother, Timmy (Kim Wight); sisters, Janet (Warren Day), Chrisie (Mark DeBaie), Patricia (Paul Foley), Sheila (Stewart Kerr), Tammy (John Rowlings); many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by brother, Wyman; nephew, Samuel.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, October 13th, at 2p.m. in St. James Cemetery, 9114 Highway 7. A Celebration of Life to follow in Oyster Pond Fire Hall. Memorial donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society.

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Jean Beatrice Crout

Crout, Jean Beatrice – 1926-2018 of Porters Lake, passed away September 25th, 2018, in Cedarstone Enhanced Care, Truro. Born in Halifax, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Nellie Anderson.

Her early working career was at Evans Hardware in Halifax, and R.P. Carey Hardware in Westphal. She was one of the first in Nova Scotia to complete her early childhood education, and later owned  and operated Lake Echo Day Care and Pre-school for more than 20 years. She worked hard to raise her children. She enjoyed watching wrestling, the Blue Jays, roller derby, playing bingo, and cards. Her life was very involved in St. Augustine’s Church, in Lake Echo.

Surviving are daughters, Sandra Baker (Glen), Porters Lake, Joanne (Dwight) Mattern, Victoria, son, John (Joyce), of Porters Lake; daughter-in-law, Heather, Oyster Pond; sister, Marie Percy, Vancouver; 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, six great great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband of 45 years, Joseph “Jack”; son, Ronald; great-grandson, Levi; sisters, Eileen Blackwell, Beatrice Morison, Helen Anderson, son-in-law, James Baker. Cremation has taken place.

A memorial Service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in St. Augustine’s Anglican Church, Lake Echo, with Rev Fred Grainger officiating. Family flowers only. Memorial donations may be made to St. Augustine’s Church or Make-a-Wish Atlantic Provinces.

Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit.

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Dolores Ann Castle

Castle, Dolores Ann – Age 56, Middle Musquodoboit, passed away September 21, 2018.   Born in Halifax, she was a daughter of Kelsie Poirier, Ontario, and Ted Duggan, East Jeddore.

Dolores’ favorite pastimes were sharing a cup of tea with her friends on the front deck or sitting by the fire. She loved planting flowers and creating gardens around the yard.

Dolores leaves behind her husband and best friend, Perry; sister, Laurie (Al) Brisebois; brother, Richard; daughter, Jocelyn; son, Travis; grandchildren, Mackenzie and Allyson Ryan, and Logan Castle.

She was predeceased by her stepmother, Vaunda Croizier; and stepfather, Robert Poirier. Cremation has taken place.

In keeping with Dolores’ wishes, a celebration of her life will be held in the family home from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, September 30. Everyone is welcome to stop by and share memories, tell stories, and support her loved ones.

Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit.

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Helen Mary Kathleen Mercer

Mercer, Helen Mary Kathleen – Age 83 of West Jeddore, passed away peacefully on September 15, 2018 in Dartmouth General Hospital, with her daughters at her side. Born in Halifax, she was a daughter of the late William and Lillian (MacKay) Atwood.

 Surviving are daughters, Sharon Dooks, Darlene Langille, Kathleen Mercer, Janet MacMillan, Susan Mercer; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert; sons, Clary, Stephen; sister, Margaret Faulkner; brother, Gerry Atwood.

 Cremation has taken place. A celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, September 23 at 3 p.m., in St. James Anglican Church, Dolby Hill, with Rev. Andrew Mortimer officiating. Burial to follow in St. James Cemetery, Head of Jeddore. Family flowers only. Memorial donations to Dartmouth General Hospital West Wing 4th Floor would be September 15, 2018 in Dartmouth General Hospital, with her daughters at her side. Born in Halifax, she was a daughter of the late William and Lillian (MacKay) Atwood.

Special thanks to Dr. Laura Moeller and the excellent nursing staff of Dartmouth General Hospital.

 Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit.

Kenneth Milton Hoyt

Hoyt, Kenneth Milton – Age 73, of Brentwood, passed away peacefully on September 15, 2018, in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, following a short battle with cancer. Born in Onslow, he was a son of the late Melnor and Florence Hoyt.

Ken was a lifelong gardener and dearly loved working on his property and with his flowers. He had been employed with Air Canada for 34 years from where he retired in 2001.

Ken is survived by Weaty, his best friend and wife of 49 years. He was the proud father of Troy (Charity), Victoria B.C.; and dearly loved his granddaughter, Haley, Calgary. He is also survived by brothers, Frank (Joan), Ronald (Cathy), Russell (Sandy); sisters, Carol (Wayne), Doris (Sterling).

Cremation has taken place. In keeping with Ken’s wishes there will be no visitation or funeral service. Memorial donations may be made to the SPCA or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit.

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James Lester Fahey

Fahey, James Lester – of Maitland. It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Jim in Colchester East Hants Health Centre on September 14, 2018. Born in East Noel, he was a son of the late Austin and Marguerite (Fletcher) Fahey.

He was an outdoorsman, enjoying many years working in the woods and growing sods for Elmsdale Landscaping. Jim always enjoyed his time at the hunting camp and the campground. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother-in-law and friend to all.

Surviving are his wife, Nancy (Lake); sons, Lonnie (Reina); Jamie; grandchildren, Hayley, Amelia, Roger, Rey and Gabriela. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, LeBlanc and Rogar.

Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Jim’s life will be held Sunday, September 16, at 2 p.m. in Maitland Fire Hall. A private burial will be held at a later date. Family flowers only. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit.

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Rose May Streatch

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Streatch, Rose May – Meaghers Grant. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Rose May Streatch, age 74, on September 12, 2018. Born in Dartmouth, she was a daughter of the late James and Geraldine Hickey.

Rose fostered more than 50 children, enjoyed shopping with Sheila, playing cards for the booby prize, and spending time with family and friends.

Left to mourn are her husband of 57 years, Howard; daughters, Cathy (Garth), Sheila (Garland Sr.); brothers, Jimmy (Doreen), Mike and John; sisters, Shirley, Margie (Ken) and Sherry; grandchildren, Natasha (Kyle), Draper (Marie), Garland Jr.; great-grandchildren, Colten, Titan and Dyson; dear to our heart foster child, Josh Graham. She will be missed by special friends, Sheila MacKenzie, Sandra Flemming, Sweet Sixteen Card Party Club, and special childhood friend, Patsy Gosselin. She was predeceased by twins in infancy; brother, Douglas.

Cremation has taken place. Funeral service will be Saturday, September 22 at 2 p.m., in St. James United Church, Meaghers Grant, Rev. Dr. Linda Yates officiating. All are invited to a time of fellowship in Meaghers Grant Fire Hall at 3 p.m. Family flowers only. Memorial donations may be made to SPCA, Hope for Wildlife, Souls Harbour Rescue Mission or a charity of choice.                                                                            

Special thanks to the doctors and nurses on the 4th floor and ICU of Dartmouth General Hospital.

Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit.

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Leonard Arthur “Hogie” Jennings

Jennings, Leonard Arthur “Hogie” – Age 72, Dartmouth, passed away September 7, 2018, in Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in Dartmouth, he was a son of the late Harvey and Marguerite Jennings.

Surviving are his forever friend, Diane Martin; brothers, Norman, Barry and Chris; sisters, Arline and Cheryl; nephew, Ronnie Aucoin; grandchildren, Monica Martin, Troy Johnson, Zackary Martin. He was predeceased by his brother, Wilfred.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit. In keeping with Hogie’s wishes there will be no visitation or funeral service.

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                                                         “Forever Loved”

Thomas Marshall “Tommy” MacRoberts

MacRoberts, Thomas Marshall “Tommy” – It is with great sadness that the family of Thomas Marshall MacRoberts, age 81 of Lake Echo, announces his passing on September 6, 2018, in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII. Born in Head Chezzetcook, he was a son of the late William and Emile (Bonang) MacRoberts.

Tommy is survived by his wife of 57 years, Norma (Crooks); daughter, Kelly (Gerard Bradbury); son, Kyle (Kim Collier-MacRoberts); granddaughter, Jade (his little princess); special granddaughter, Amy Parsons; special grandsons, Conor and Liam McVarnock; brother, Freddy (Karen); sisters, Theresa Atkinson and Luella Hart; special second family, Ronnie, Kenny, Jerry and Bernie Clark; and special son, Chris McKay. He was predeceased by brothers, Bernard, Charles, Donald; sisters, Mary, Geraldine, Eva, Virginia, Olive; and niece, Gloria.

He had many accomplishments, his greatest being a strong and loving husband, father and grandfather. He took great pleasure in being Santa for many years to children and adults alike. He was a member of the Volunteer District 8 Fire Department, founder of Lake Echo Lions Club and chartered the Lioness and Leo Club the same year. Tommy was also a Youth Alternative volunteer and bell ringer at St. David’s Church. Tommy travelled to many places while employed with B.I.O., Dartmouth. He was proud to serve on The Baffin on its maiden trip through the Northwest Passage. Some of his fondest memories were travelling through the Panama Canal as well as being in the West Indies. His second career was with Queen’s Harbour Master, Halifax Dockyard where he worked for 35 years, retiring as Chief Engineer on the Glenevis.

Cremation has taken place. A funeral service to celebrate his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12 in St. David’s United Church, Lake Echo, Rev. Kym Burke-Cole officiating. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to St. David’s United Church.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of 8.2 Halifax Infirmary for their care and compassion.

Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit.

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Jeanetta Roberta Spears - Service Announcement

Spears, Jeanetta Roberta – Age 94 of Port Dufferin, passed away June 24, 2018, in Glen Haven Manor, New Glasgow. Born in Sober Island, she was a daughter of the late John and Mildred (Harnish) Logan.

Jeanetta was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 56, Port Dufferin.

Surviving are her daughters, Gloria (Gordon) Troop, St. Margarets Bay; Muriel (William) Helpard, Henderson, Nevada; Vera (Silvano) Leutri, Toronto, Fern (Gerry) Beaudoin, Blanc Sablon, Quebec; sons, Keith (Tara), Cape George; Garth (Ena), Marinette; Philip (Beryl), Port Dufferin; Lloyd (Arlene), Truro; Meryl (Cindy), Gander, Nfld.; Darrell (Denara), Dartmouth; 29 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews; sister, Shirley Levy; brother, Harold, both of Sober Island. She was predeceased by her husband, Harold; sons, Weldon and Manuel; daughter, Shirley Curtis; brothers, Elmo, Lloyd “Sterling”, Donald, Duncan, Charles, Granville, Eric; sister, Margaret Rose in infancy.

Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Jeanetta’s life will be held on Wednesday, September 5 at 11 a.m. in St. James Anglican Church, Port Dufferin, Rev. Gary Barr officiating. A reception will follow in the Samuel R. Balcom Community Centre, Port Dufferin. Family flowers only. Donations in Jeanetta’s memory may be made to Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia or a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit.

Jean-Pierre “J.P.” Prince

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Prince, Jean-Pierre “J.P.” – It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our loved one, J.P. Prince, on September 5th, 2018, in Truro.

J.P. was the sixth child of Jeanne D'Arc (Daviault) and Eddy Prince of Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1970, serving for four years, and making friends that would last a lifetime. He then made Truro his home, working as a mechanic, later for Department of Lands and Forests and then moving on to home renovations. He truly was a jack-of-all trades and was quick to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it. J.P. was very family oriented and visited his family in Quebec each year, never forgetting his roots. He will be deeply missed and we will carry him in our hearts forever.

J.P. was a devoted father to David (Tracey Stanley), Monique, Sara, and Stephanie. He shared a close bond with his grandchildren, Lucas Prince-Stanley, Summer Naser and Nicholas Sharpe, who affectionately knew him as Baba.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit. J.P. was predeceased by his daughter, Stephanie, and his father, Eddy. Besides his mother, he is survived by his siblings, Roger (Hélène), Ginette, Réjean (Hugette), Christian, Donald, Guy (Diane), Claude (Lucy), and Martine. He had a particularly close relationship with his nieces, Jennifer Goodwin and Maya Prince; and nephews, Brandon and Zachary MacDonald.

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Russell Stewart Woodin

Woodin, Russell Stewart – Age 90, of Westville and formerly of Upper Musquodoboit, passed away August 31, 2018, in the VG Site, QEII, Halifax. Born in Upper Musquodoboit, he was a son of the late Arthur and Estella (Dean) Woodin.

Russell’s working years were spent as a diamond driller, working for his brother-in-law, John Logan. He enjoyed baseball, hockey and music. He always put his family first and they were loved unconditionally by him. His dog, Fred, was an important part of his life.

Surviving are his daughter-in-law and caregiver, Kim MacLean-Woodin, Westville; daughters, Pam (Rod) Dean, Truro; Stephanie (Shaun) Newsome, Whitehorse, Yukon; grandchildren, Roderick (Amy) Dean, Lindsay (Luke) Verboom, Tristan (Eva) Newsome, Catherine (Gabe) Newsome, Briana MacLean; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Faye (John) Logan, Muriel Dean, Lynda (Norman) Murray; sister-in-law, Leola Woodin. He was predeceased by his wife, Shirley (Logan); sons, John, Frederick in infancy; sister, Karen; brother, Elwyn.

Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Russell’s life will be held on Wednesday, September 5, at 2 p.m., in St. James United Church, Upper Musquodoboit, Calvin Burt officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to ALS Society of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit.

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Shirley Spears

Spears, Shirley – Mom passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in her sleep on Friday, August 31, 2018. She was just a couple of months shy of her 93rd birthday, which she was looking forward to sharing with her family. Shirley was born in Halifax to the late Thomas and Florence (Mayo) Inkpen.

She was predeceased by her husband, William “Bill”; her siblings, Marge, Verna and Tommy. She leaves behind her sons, William (Judy) and Daniel (Christine); grandchildren, Tracy, Melissa, Mark, Greg, Lindsay; great-grandchildren, Kate, Ava, Connell, Harper, Sebastian, Theo and Max.

Mom’s early years growing up were on Gladstone Street in Halifax until the start of the Second World War. She then moved to Ketch Harbour to work in the store her father opened to serve the hundreds of soldiers stationed there guarding the outer reaches of Halifax Harbour. Shirley formed many friendships and fond memories at this time and carried them with her throughout her life. It is the stories of these memories that are cherished by her family. During this time she caught the eye of a young local lad who was serving in the Canadian Navy and after the war they started dating. Soon after they were married, and raised their family. She and her husband Bill enjoyed 58 years of marriage, including 23 years of retirement together where they spent summers at their cottage in Stewiacke.

Prior to retirement, Mom worked for 20 years at the old Halifax Infirmary, until 1984. One of Mom’s greatest qualities was the love and devotion she showed towards her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mom truly was an inspiration as she always put everyone else before herself. Although small in stature, Mom always had a positive zest for life and used this to overcome many serious health issues and when no one would ever expect her to rebound, there she was again, packing her bags and heading to Stewiacke to open the cottage. She was very happy again this July to be able to spend time at her beloved cottage known to family and friends as Huck-a-Buck Lodge.

Mom lived in her own home until just a few weeks ago. We would like to thank the staff of Northwood Homecare who made this possible over the past three years, as well as special friends, Muriel and Bonita, who helped by staying with Mom. Mom was also blessed by having the greatest caring neighbours on Beresford Road, as well as Norm, Byron and Brenda in Stewiacke. Thanks also to the staff at Saint Vincent’s Nursing Home who made Mom’s short time there filled with such great compassion and care. Finally, we would like to send one special thank you to Diane D’Arcy, Mom’s doctor for so many years. You were gold in Mom’s eyes and after all, how many physicians make a house call in a blizzard on cross-country skiis!

Cremation has taken place under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit. A private burial service and celebration of Mom’s life will take place at a later date for family and close friends. If you wish, donations may be made to The Lung Association Nova Scotia, Canadian Cancer Society or any charity of your choice.

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