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Surviving are his children, son, Ross, Hailfax; daughters, Rosanne (Frank)
Campbell, Whycocomagh, Mary Eileen, Sydney, Ruth (Phillip) Crowdis, Dartmouth;
grandchildren, Bridget, Corrinne, Lohen, Tess and Falyn; brothers, Gerald (Ruby),
Jack (Ann), Donald (Rosella) and Ray; sisters, Dorothy (James) Munden, Eileen
(Blaise) Bigley, Bette and Beverly; special niece and caretaker, Diane Munden.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Eileen; infant
son, Terry; brothers, Arthur (Lexie), Charles; sisters, Ernestine and Joan.
The family will receive guests at the family home, 32 Water St., Glace Bay
from 2-9 p.m. A funeral service will be celebrated on Monday, March 19 at 11
a.m. in St. John the Baptist Church, Glace Bay, with the Rev. Leo Boone officiating.
A reception will take place after the service at the Savoy Theatre. Interment
will be in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens.
Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at email@example.com
DURDLE, Earl 'Diddy'
Diddy was born in New Melbourne, Nfld., to George and Melina (Thorne) Durdle and was the eldest of 11 children. He was self-educated and had an insatiable love of literature. At age 14, he went to work in the coal mines in New Waterford to help the family during the Depression. He worked hard, was promoted to underground management and was also a dragger man. Those who worked with Diddy spoke highly of him. He loved the work, often noting that the comradery experienced in the pit was like no other. When he retired in 1974, he took up residence in his favorite place on the planet, his cottage in Pt. Michaud. He loved to walk the beach. He lived there until becoming ill in 2000 when he moved to Sydney to live with his daughter Brenda. He was able to continue to visit at Pt. Michaud until the last few years, which he spent at Harbourstone. When his dear friend Edward Madden passed away, Diddy took over Edward's role as Mayor of Pt. Michaud. His door was always open and he trusted everyone; he was generous and honest. He had a great sense of humour and loved to make people feel good.
Diddy was married to Josephine 'Jo' (Johnstone) Durdle, the love of his life, who passed away in 1969. He leaves behind his loving daughter, Brenda (Jim MacDonald); brothers, Len (Gladys) and Bernie (Brenda) and sister, Winnie (Tom) Ball. His loss will be deeply felt by his extended family of nieces and nephews, their children and members of his Madden family at Pt. Michaud and his many friends of all ages. Besides his wife Jo and his parents, he was also predeceased by sisters, Belle (John) Pyke, Myrtle (Rod) MacDonald and Hazel and brothers, Ches (Effie), Norman (Freda), Edward (Eileen) and Allister 'Diddle' (Tootsie).
Cremation has taken place under the direction of V.J. McGillivray Funeral
Home, 380 Smith St., New Waterford. With respect to Ditty's wishes there will
be no visitation or funeral service.
His firm request was that Pt. Michaud be his final resting place. This will
take place at some, as yet, undetermined time this summer.
Diddy's preferred charity was the Multiple Sclerosis Society, but he would
be happy if you were to make memorial donations in his memory to any charity
of your choice.
Ray was predeceased by his wife, Daisy (Hambly) in 1984. Ray leaves behind his son, Roy (Veda), Charlottetown; grandchildren, Nicole, Kamala and Raylee; and daughter, Shirlee (John) Cruickshank, Point Edward, and grandchildren, Jonathan, Joel-Raun and Chelsea. Dad will be returning to his beloved P.E.I., where he will be laid to rest from MacLean Funeral Home in Charlottetown. The family would like to thank family and friends for all their generous love and support. Special thanks to the staff of Taigh Na Mara for the compassionate and wonderful care that was given to Ray. In his "Home by the Sea," you made his difficult walk all that much easier. Thank you for assisting to retain his dignity. Shirlee wants to acknowledge how much she has appreciated friends and acquaintances inquiring as to her dad's well being. These simple gestures of care and concern provided comfort through these last years. Thank you "Cape Breton" for welcoming and taking great care of Ray through these years.
KOHLER, Pastor Mary
Born in St. John's, Nfld. on Feb. 26, 1931, John was the son of the late Thomas and Gladys (Howell) Lucas. Having served his country overseas for 10 months during the Korean War, John 'Johnnie' Lucas was very committed to not only his country, but also his friends and family. John was the "go-to guy" during his time with the legion, and many remember his days as Sergeant at Arms, when he would bark out demands whilst leading the many parades throughout the town of North Sydney. John also pounded the pavement for many years delivering poppies to those unable to serve their country, but still wishing to make an act of remembrance.
During his years of work, John wore many hats which included steward for the CN Marine, carpenter, commissionaire, and probably his most cherished role of all, soldier. Dad was very active with the Korea Veterans' Association, and took great pride in attending each and every meeting and reunion in order to make it known that although war is a terrible thing, sometimes we have to do what is necessary for the betterment of our country.
John leaves behind his loving wife of 60 years, Margaret (Connolly) Lucas, along with his six children, John (Eva), Dauphin, Manitoba, Michael (Bernice), Cheticamp, Debbie (Charlie Young), Stoney Creek, Ont., Patsy (Winston Spencer), Dartmouth, Randy (Linda), Groves Point, and Bonita, North Sydney; as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, friends and comrades around the world. If dad could be remembered for one thing in this world, it would be his undying commitment to doing everything he ever did to the fullest. His favourite saying was, "If you are going to do something, do it right, or don't even bother doing it at all!" We miss your smile, and most of all your inability to finish those jokes you loved to try to tell. We also miss your ability to remain calm when it seemed that everything around you would crumble and fall to pieces. So, even though we are saying so long for now, we know it won't be long before we meet again in that place above where there will be ample fish to catch, cook and eat every single day. Love you!
Special thanks to Dr. Bill MacDonald and Dr. Andrew Wawer, as well as the
loving, enduring staff of Harbour View Facility who made every day of dad's
short stay a real treat. If there was ever a place outside of your home you
could genuinely call "Home", this was and is the place.
There will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place under the care and direction
of J. M. Jobes Funeral Home, Sydney Mines. His ashes will be buried in the
Field of Honours, St. John's, Nfld. at a later date.
Words of comfort may be sent to the family at jmjobesfuneralhome@ns/aliantzinc.ca
TOMPKINS, Kathleen "Kay" (Sears)
Born in Great Codroy, Nfld., on April 26, 1923, she was a daughter of the late Jeremiah and Monica (Downey) Sears. She attended school in the Codroy Valley and graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1941. After graduation, she taught for three years in the Codroy Valley and later in the Antigonish school system (Lanark/Malignant Cove) until her marriage to John Tompkins on Sept. 3, 1947. Kay enjoyed crocheting, knitting, visiting her many relatives in the area, and dancing with her beloved husband.
Kay is survived by her husband of 65 years, John. She is also survived by her five children and their spouses, James (Ronalda), Athens, Ohio; Claire (Ralph) Downey, London, Ontario; Maureen (George) Robinson, Harbour Grace, Nfld.; Brian (Anita), Calgary, Alta. and Patricia (Steve) Maudsley, Calgary, Alta.; her 10 grandchildren, Geoff, Jennifer, Shane, Lisa, Colleen, Andrew, Anna, Eileen, Bridget, and Sean; three step-grandchildren, Jenifer, Heather and Alecia; six great-grandchildren, Colin, Keira, and Anna, Daniel, Aaron, and Emma; her brother, Jack and her extended family of nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her brothers, Thomas and Andrew and sisters, Mary, Clara, Carmela and Rita.
Visitation will be held Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the C.L. Curry Funeral Home, 135 College St., Antigonish. Funeral mass will be held Saturday in St. Ninian's Cathedral at 10 a.m., with Rev. Tom MacNeil presiding. Burial in the parish cemetery at a later date. Family flowers only, please. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Antigonish Food Bank or the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home Foundation appreciated. Online condolences: www.clcurry.com
WAYE, Trudy (Feener)
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