Jeffers, Ivan Robert – Of Elderbank. It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Ivan, on February 9, 2019, at age 91. Born in Stewiacke, he was a son of the late Charles and Josephine (Goodwin) Jeffers.
At age eight, he moved to Elderbank with his family where he later made his home and raised his own family. Farming was a way of life and he continued to milk a cow until two years ago. There were always a variety of cattle in the pasture – Texas Longhorns, Scottish Highlands, Herefords and a team of oxen from time to time. His love of horses lasted a lifetime, always having at least one in the barn. He loved going to exhibitions and connecting with his horse friends.
As a school bus driver for 35 years, many kids crossed his path. The janitor’s lunch room was a source of many stories and jokes. Ivan loved life, worked hard, enjoyed all the people he met, and was very proud of his family. He instilled morals and life skills in each of the children, sometimes giving advice when one may not necessarily want it at that particular time. Listening to fiddle music and dancing was something he and Bertha enjoyed together.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Bertha (Mitchell); children, Sheila (Joe Fisher), Ray (Daniela Savelkoul), Cheryl (Lee Johnson), Carolyn (Stephen Fudge); grandchildren, Jeffrey (Jennifer) Fisher, Emily (Will Jackson), Jessica, Kathleen and Craig Johnson, Ruby Fudge; great-grandchildren, Elaina, Elizabeth and Landen Fisher; sister, Alberta Woodworth; and chosen brother, Ronnie (Janice) Cleveland.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Ivan’s life will be held on Tuesday, February 12th, from 2-4 p.m., in Meagher’s Grant Community Hall. Bring your stories and memories to share. Family flowers only. Donations in Ivan’s memory may be made to Riverside 4-H Club, PO Box 98, Middle Musquodoboit, NS B0N 1X0.
Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit.
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