Hutt, Marshall Howard

Hutt, Marshall Howard – Age 86, Valley, passed away May 31, 2016 in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Shubenacadie, he was the eldest of seven children of the late Howard DeBlois and Bertha Mae (Moore) (Clark) Hutt, and his family included seven half-brothers and sisters.

A Veteran of the Second World War, Marshall served in the Merchant Navy. He worked in the forest and construction industries operating heavy equipment and trucks. He was a talented self-taught mechanic, welder and body repairman.

Marshall gave generously of himself to anyone who came to him with a problem, from helping lost hunters and stranded travellers get home safely, to helping family, friends, neighbours and often complete strangers with mechanical repairs.

His passions in life were his family, friends and his antique cars. He had a special fondness for Model A Fords built between 1928 and 1931, having owned and restored several in his lifetime. He was a founding member of the Truro Golden Age Antique Auto Club, where he helped organize and operate an annual car show which donated all profits to local charities and individuals with special needs.

Above all, Marshall loved a good joke, a good game of cards and the company of friends and family. He had a great sense of humour and would go to great lengths to include and to entertain children. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Surviving are his sons and their families, Daniel (Wendy), Pickering, Ont., Tonya, Christen and Sean; Daryl (Nancy), Valley, Rhonda, Bruce, Tanya and Tara; Lee (Marilyn), Murray Siding, Sherri and Melissa; Barry (Marguerite), Little Dyke, Amy and Brad; 15 great-grandchildren; sister, Pearl Barbrick, Truro; brother, Gerald, Windsor;  many nieces, nephews and their families. He is also survived by his wonderful friend and partner, Shirley Crowell; her sons, their families, and the family of her late daughter, Paulette. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, the former Jean Hilda Hodge; brothers, Leland, George, Vincent, Haliburton, Kenneth, Orrie, Elmer; sisters, Jean, Dorothy, Effie, Sadie; several brothers and sisters-in-law.

Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, followed by funeral service at 3 p.m., both in Valley United Church, Valley, Rev. Mary White officiating, assisted by Rev. Larry Harrison. Burial will immediately follow in Bible Hill Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.

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