Churney, Terrance David “Terry” – It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Terrance David “Terry” Churney, aged 67, of Bedford and formerly Lower Sackville. Death occurred on December 18, 2014, in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII.
Born on September 7, 1947, in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Glace Bay, Terry moved to the Halifax area in 1968. He worked in the grocery business before starting work at Halifax Transit in 1973, where he rose from driver to Operations Manager, before taking early retirement in 2000, due to ill health. Terry also volunteered on the North West Planning and Advisory Committee, as well as representative on the North West Community Transit Committee. Since moving to Lower Sackville in 1973, Terry and his wife, Sylvia, were very involved in their parishes (first St. John Vianney and later St. Elizabeth Seton Parish). Terry was a Charter Member of three Knights of Columbus councils (Council 7077, Council 10565 and Fourth Degree Council Archbishop J.G. Berry Assembly). Terry was also past Grand Knight of Council 10565, St. Elizabeth Seton Parish. Terry worked with other Knights to bring Days of Enrichment to our parish and many more parishes in the area. He and his wife taught Sunday School and he worked on many projects in the parish over the years. Terry was a member of the Halifax Cursillo Movement. Terry was a big Chicago Blackhawks fan, who was lucky enough to see his team win two Stanley Cups in recent years.
Terry is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Sylvia (Ellsworth); his son, Patrick Churney; his daughter, Sheryl (Peter) Strickland, and their children, Boppy’s grandchildren, Jessica and the twins, Matthew and Joshua. He loved his grandchildren more than words can express. His is also survived by his brother, John “Jackie” and his wife, Maureen, London, Ont.; his brother, Allan, Glace Bay; his brother-in-law, Harvey (Anne) Ellsworth, Glace Bay; his brother-in-law, Wallace (Karen) Ellsworth, Leamington, Ont.; and his sister-in-law, Cheryl MacIntosh, Ottawa, Ont. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, extended family from both the Churney and Ellsworth families. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Jessica “Jessie” (McNeil) Churney, Glace Bay; his wife’s parents, Patrick and Lillian (AuCoin), Reserve Mines; his brother-in-law, Angus MacIntosh.
Visitation will be held Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and Funeral Mass will take place Monday at 11 a.m., both in St. Elizabeth Seton Roman Catholic Church, Metropolitan Avenue, Lower Sackville. No flowers, please. Donations may be made to The Kidney Foundation of Canada, Canadian National Institute for the Blind or a charity of your choice.