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Halifax Herald
December 2008


BYRNE, William Joseph "Billy"
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, December 20, 2008

65, Dartmouth, passed away peacefully on December 25, 2008, with his family by his side after a courageous battle with lung cancer. He was born May 23, 1943, a son of Michael Byrne of Haricot NL, and Carmel Brennan of Cornerbrook, NL. A long-time resident of Dartmouth, "Billy" is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carmelle (LeClerc); daughter, Michelin (Glenn), Brampton, Ont.; son, Tony (Brian), Cambridge, Ont.; grandchildren, Alexandra and Ashley, Brampton, Ont.; siblings, Mary Ellen (Don), Vernon, Una, Dartmouth; Theresa (Janie), Terrance Bay; Josephine (David), Kemptville; Michael (Sharon), Vancouver, B.C.; Terry (Deanna), Berwick; Michelle (Steve) Vernon; Kim, Ajax, Ont. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and great-nieces and nephews. Billy was predeceased by his mother, Carmel (Brennan) and brother, "Eddie".

Billy was a long-time member of the IBEW Local 625. He was also a long-time member of Brightwood Golf and Country Club, where he served on the Board of Directors, as well as numerous other committees. He was also the "Road Manager" for several Rose bowl competitions throughout the maritimes. As well, he was an active member of the Dartmouth Curling Club and the Austinville Owl's Club. Billy was also an accomplished pool player in various leagues over the years. A friend to all, Billy was only too willing to lend a helping hand to neighbours, family and club members, and was often overheard upon completion of the task "catch up with me later".

Billy took great pride in entertaining children as Santa Claus and will forever be remembered as the "Magic Man". He will be sadly missed. Cremation has already taken place, but visitation will take place in A.L. Mattatall's Funeral Home, 217 Portland St., Dartmouth, NS B2Y 2J5, Tuesday, December 30, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Mass will be celebrated in St. Clement's Catholic Church, Gaston Road, Dartmouth, Wednesday, December 31 at 12 p.m. family flowers only. Donations can be made on his behalf to the Canadian Cancer Society. This may be viewed at:

CARTER, John "Jack"
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, December 8, 2008

100, Northwood Manor, Halifax. It is with great sadness that we announce the "sailing away" of our much loved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather on December 6, 2008, in Northwood Manor surrounded by family and people who cared for him. Born on November 26, 1908, in Francois, N.L., he was a kind and generous man who believed in family and faith. Jack sailed on the original Bluenose out of Lunenburg and spent many years as a chief engineer on several vessels. He often enjoyed sharing stories/memories of his time at sea.

He is survived by his second wife, Violet (Johnson); daughter, Ferne (Bob); grandchildren, Shelley (Brian), Robert (Jane); great-grandchildren, Raymond, Ryan; stepson, David (Dianne); stepdaughter, Donna (David); several stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Lynn and half-brother, Lou. He was predeceased by his first wife, Myrtle (Nauss); son, Elwood and several brothers and sisters. He was cremated and the memorial service will take place Tuesday, December 9, at 2 p.m. in Northwood Manor in the Shirley Burnstein Hall, Rev. Jim Anderson officiating, with a reception to follow. Internment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or charity of choice. Arrangements entrusted to Mahone Funeral Home, Mahone Bay (902) 624-8241. On-line condolences at:

CHINN, Donald "Wayne"
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, December 29, 2008
Trinity, Bonavista Bay, N.L
. It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Donald "Wayne" Chinn. He was born February 10, 1946, and died December 24, 2008, in Health Sciences Centre, St. John's, NL. Wayne has left to mourn his wife, Fay (Feltham), Trinity, Bonavista Bay, N.L.; daughter, Rosalee; sons, Leroy (Crystal), New-Wes-Valley, NL.; Stanleigh (Kim) CBS, NL.; grandsons, Alexander, Gage and Jayden; sisters, Leona (Walter), Bedford; June (Hubert), Cape Breton; Shirley, Halifax; brothers, Vern (Doris), Lower Sackville; Roger (Barb), Cape Breton; Gary, Sackville and many nieces and nephews. Wayne was a boilermaker for 44 years with Local 73. He spent his boyhood in Rockingham. When he married, he moved to Trinity. A very kind man with dry humour, he will be missed by all. Funeral service took place in St. Alban's Anglican Church, Trinity, on Sunday, December 28. Family flowers only.

COGGINS (Fowler), Lucy Cecilia
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, December 29, 2008

83, Weymouth, passed away peacefully in Tideview Terrace, Digby, on December 25, 2008, with her family by her side. Born March 11, 1925, in Burnt Head, NL, she was a daughter of the late William and Mary (Fowler) Fowler. She is survived by her children, David (Corinne), Bangor; Walter (Donna), Meteghan; Dorothy (Bobby), Weymouth North; grandchildren, Suzanne, Marc, Daniel, Michael, Stephen, Melissa, Tina, Denver and Kayla; great-grandchildren, Kyle, Danielle, Benjamin, Alixia, Exavier, Owen, Ashley, Jonah and Marielle; brothers, Joseph, John, David and Angus; many nieces, nephews and foster children. Lucy has gone to be reunited with her soulmate of 55 years, her husband, Llewellyn. She was also predeceased by sisters, Mary, Elizabeth and Margaret; brothers, Leo, James, Edward and brother, Francis in infancy. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday in St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Weymouth, Father Marek Pecak will officiate. Private family interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Plympton. Donations in her memory may be made to St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Holy Cross Cemetery Fund or charity of choice. Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book at:

CONNORS, Walter Joseph
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, December 23, 2008

60, of Mineville, passed away on December 21, 2008, in Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in St. John's, N.L., he was a son of the late Thomas and Mary (Corchrane) Connors. Walter had a distinguished 30-year career with the Canadian Coast Guard. He was a member of the Masonic Order and a great lover of sports, especially hockey. Surviving are his wife of 36 years, Isabelle; his daughter, Catherine Durkee (Wayne); son, Warren (Amy); grandsons, Jessie and Sebastian; brothers, Fred, Maurice, Tom and Bob. Walter was predeceased by brothers, Riv and Mel. Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 27, at 1 p.m. in Shearwater Chapel on Pleasant Street in Dartmouth, Padre Harry Crawford will be officiating. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and great friend. Donations in memory of Walter may be made to the IWK Health Centre Foundation or the Metro Food Bank. On-line condolences may be given to:

CREWS, Theodore Crawford "Ted"
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, December 27, 2008

84, Musquodoboit Harbour, passed away December 25, 2008, in Twin Oaks Memorial Hospital, Musquodoboit Harbour. Born in Lamaline, N.L., he was a son of the late George and Blanche (Hillier) Crews. Ted was a Stevedore for 30 years, and was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Emma George; daughters, Gwen (Wayne) Oakley, Lower Ship Harbour; Jane (Clare) Williams, Spyfield; sons, Bruce (Anne), Debaies Cove; Dan (Karen), Berwick; Paul (Maureen), Lower Sackville; Ted (Maxine), Dartmouth; Keith, Musquodoboit Harbour. He was predeceased by brothers, Henry and Frank; sister, Margaret. No visitation by request. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, December 29, in Atlantic Funeral Home, 125 Sackville Dr., Rev. Aubrey Deslatte officiating. Private family burial in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Donations to a charity of one's choice. On-line condolences may be made to the family by visiting the website:

HARNETT, William Nathaniel
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, January 3, 2009

76, of Halifax, passed away December 31, 2008, in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII. Born in Deer Lake, N.L., he was the son of Chelsey Claude and Annie Claudine (Goulding). He joined the Royal Canadian Navy at the age of 17 and retired after 23 years of service as a Master Warrant Officer. He also worked for the Halifax Shipyards for 12 years as mechanical foreman. He retired at the age of 53. He spent many years at the Heather Lanes Bowling Centre as an avid bowler and volunteer for the Youth Bowling Program. He also was a member of the Traveling Seniors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his new friends at Northwood.

He is survived by wife, Geraldine Phyllis (LaViolette); daughters, Starr Ash (Michael) Lower Sackville; Audrey (Kevin Durrah), Cape Breton; Jeanene (Doug Martell), Halifax; sons, William Jr. (Debbie), Musquodoboit; Stephen (Joanne), Lower Sackville; Mark (Pam), Lower Sackville; sisters, Ruby Hartlen, Oromocto, N.B.; Laura Garrison (Gerald), Halifax; Betty Goodwyn, California, USA; and many nieces and nephews. He was also a proud grandfather to 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by both parents; brother, Thomas Henry; and sister, Audrey Zegarchuk. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, January 7, at 2 p.m. in Northwood in the Shirley Burnstein Hall with Rev. Jim Anderson officiating. Cremation and interment at a later date. Donations may be made to Canadian Diabetes Association. Family flowers only. A special thank you to Dr. Shields and the staff of 5.2, as well as the emergency room staff for the care and compassion for our beloved one. Also, to the NWBC staff for all your lovely music, which he enjoyed in his last days. On-line condolences may be sent:

KINSLOW (Banfield), Norah F.
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, December 6, 2008

Halifax, passed away peacefully December 5, 2008 in Dykeland Lodge, Windsor. Born in Sandy Point, N.L., she was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Norah was a member of St. Marks Anglican Church for many years. She is survived by daughters Ivy Melvin, and Sandra (Ed) Sweet, granddaughters Nadine and Joclyn Melvin. She was predeceased by husband George Thomas Kinslow, and son-in-law David Melvin. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Atlantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayers Road, Halifax. No visitation by request. Funeral service 10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel. Private family interment in Fairview Lawn Cemetery. Rev. Pat Malin officiating. Donations in memory may be made to Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, or Dykeland Lodge. On-line condolences may be sent by visiting:

MARGESON (Butt), Emma
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, Nova Scotia, December 18, 2008

83, Halifax. It is with deep sorrow that the family announces the death of a beloved mother, grandmother and wife. Emma died on December 12, 2008, after a long and brave battle with a rare genetic type of emphysema. Born in Carbonear, N.L., Emma was the youngest daughter of the late Emily (Sheppard) and William Butt. She is survived by her loving husband, Douglas; adoring daughter, Marilyn (Gareth); grandchildren, Gavin and Evan; sister, Marjorie Peddle, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by brother, Cyril; sisters, Gladys, Louise and Isabel. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends and neighbours. She will be remembered as a wonderful wife, sister and friend; a loving and adoring grandmother to Evan and Gavin, her two little sweethearts.

Emma loved to sew, cook and bake. Most of all, Emma enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, whom she loved so much. They will greatly miss their Grandma. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held 12 -1 p.m., Monday, December 22, followed by a memorial service at 1 p.m., reception following in J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor St., Rev. David Hann officiating. A special thank you is extended to Dr. Stephen Gibbon who has given excellent care to Emma during her illness and to her neighbours for all their kind deeds. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lung Association of Nova Scotia. E-mail condolences to: condolences or visit

MAY, Sarah Elizabeth "Lizzie"
The Chronicla Herald, Halifax December 18, 2008

90, Fairview, passed away peacefully at home with her loving family by her side. Born in Grole, N.L., she was a daughter of the late Morgan and Hannah (Marks) Taylor. "Nanny May" was an active bridge player, baker, knitter, seamstress, and long-time member of St. John's Anglican Church, Fairview. She was also a member of Nor West Seniors Club.

She is survived by daughter, Evelyn Seeton, Fairview; son, Ernie (Sheila MacDow), Middle Cornwall; grandchildren, Lisa Potts, Sue Coolen, John May, Brian May, Carolyn May; great-grandsons, Josh, Jeremy, Andrew, Brad; sisters, Amelia (Norman) Crewe, Halifax; Alma (Bill) Rose, Eva (Ches) Cribb, Emily Cribb, all of Marystown, N.L. She was predeceased by her husband, Ernest; son, Wayne; sister, Eva; brothers, John and Max; daughter-in-law, Bernice May; son-in-law, Reg Seeton; brother-in-law, Clayton Cribb; sister-in-law, Doris Taylor. A special thank you is extended to Capital Health Continuing Care, VON, Dr. H. Conter, and Gerry Barnes of ComCare for making it possible to have this lovely lady at home with her family. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Atlantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayers Rd., Halifax. Cremation has taken place. No visitation by request. Memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday in St. Marks Anglican Church, Gottingen Street, Halifax. Interment in St. Johns Cemetery. Reception to follow in the church hall. Family flowers only by request. Donations in memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or a charity of choice. On-line condolences may be sent by visiting:

The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, December 10, 2008

89, Cole Harbour, passed away peacefully in Northwood Centre, December 6, 2008. Born in St. George's, N.L., on May 2, 1919, Freda was a daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Ann (Gillam) Pieroway. Her years of work included Production Manager at Major Foods, Food Services Manager Ocean View Manor, Housekeeping and Kitchen Manager, Halifax County Hospital. Freda was an avid volunteer in the church and community. She is survived by daughter, Phyllis (Wendell) Blades, West Chezzetcook; grandchildren, Joe, Fredericton, N.B.; Carol, Toronto and Ruth (Michael Daye), Upper Tantallon; sister, Ina McLeod, Dartmouth and brother, Percy (Olga) Pieroway, Stephenville, N.L., and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Warren; sister, Vera Berry; brothers, Chesley, Charlie, Gerald, Wallace, Edwin and Kenneth. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum, 471 Poplar Drive, Dartmouth, NS B2W 4L2, or a charity of choice. Cremation has taken place in Cole Harbour Funeral Home and Crematorium. A memorial service will be held in the Church of the Holy Spirit, Gaston Road, Dartmouth on Monday, December 15 at 11 a.m.

SHAFFNER, Irene Winsor
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, December 13, 2008
1913 - 2008
, of Halifax, formerly of Bridgewater, passed away December 12, 2008, in Northwood Centre. Born in Bonavista, N.L., she was the daughter of the late Sidney Bennett and Anne Nora Alvina (Winsor) Bennett.

Mom loved life, a gift that challenged her parents during her formative years. She was always looking for adventure - a trait she passed on to her children. A registered nurse by profession, mom took her training at the old Infirmary in Halifax. Mom took specialized training at the John Hopkins in Baltimore, M.D., the Montreal General, and at the children's hospital in Halifax. Her passion was OR nursing.

Above all, Mom was a mother - there was nothing that she did not encourage her children to attempt if they so desired. Her children were her life and her happiest moments were when she had them around her. Mom loved activity and being with people. She spent many happy years as an active member of the Bridgewater Curling Club, taking part in the on-ice activities as well as the social functions. Mom took a keen interest in the Bridgewater Home and School Association.

After the children left home, she and Bill would travel south to Florida where they spent many winters with friends and visiting flea markets, playing cards, and entertaining grandchildren when they visited. Having grown up by the water in Newfoundland, she especially enjoyed her summers at the family cottage in Green Bay. No matter where she lived, when visiting her one could always count on her for a friendly smile, a one liner, or some tidbit that left you smiling. Even to the end of her 95 years, she never lost her sense of humour and adventure.

Irene is survived by daughter, Linda, Halifax; sons, Jim (Carol), Port Elgin, N.B.; and Vernon (Dianne) Halifax; grandchildren, Jeniffer (David) Hilling, Jonathan (Kelly), and Matthew (Melanie); six great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Besides her parents, Irene was predeceased by her husband Dr. Bill Shaffner and her brothers, Bill and Sidney Bennett. The family express a special thanks to the staff of Melville Heights, Melville Gardens, and 7-C Northwood for all the special care, laughter, and fun they shared with her. She always felt at home. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held in Snow's Funeral Home on Windsor Street, Halifax, on December 16 at 2 p.m. Following the service, the family will greet friends during a time of fellowship. The service will be conducted by Rev. Dr. Jim Shaffner and Rev. Jim Anderson. On-line condolences may be sent to:

SMITH, Chesley Raymond
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, December 10, 2008
83, Upper Tantallon. We sadly announce the passing of our wonderful dad. Born in Grand Bank, N.L., he was the son of the late Randall and Irene (Drake) Smith and husband of the late Barbara (Basmajian) Smith. He is survived by his sons, David (Anne Marie), Upper Tantallon; Randy (Toni-Ann), Halifax; daughters, Sharon (Larry) Pottie, Timberlea; Susan (Jim) Hoadley, Upper Tantallon; Heather (Michel) Breton, Alberta: Traci (Tom) Innes, Hammonds Plains; sisters, Gladys Price, Grand Bank, NL; Mary Evans, St. John's, N.L.; grandchildren, Jason, Ashley, Janele and Nicolas, many relatives and close friends throughoutNewfoundland and Nova Scotia. He was predeceased by his parents Randall and Irene, Grand Bank, N.L., wife, Barbara, Timberlea, and sister Mabel Clarke, English Harbour, N.L.

Our dad was a kind-hearted, easy-going Newfie who more than anything enjoyed spending time with his family. In his younger years, he was an avid bowler and after retirement enjoyed attending the local, weekly Bingo. He had a great sense of humour and especially loved those Newfie jokes. He worked for many years as a custodian for HRM School Board at the Timberlea Junior High School and had many funny stories to share about his experiences there. He was a friend to all, enemy to none and would give his last dime to a stranger if needed. He will be dearly missed by his four-legged friend, Rosie, whom he cared for daily. We all respect and will miss you, Dad, and we will never forget the valuable lessons you taught us without even saying a word... just by leading by example. A memorial service will be held in Trinity United Church, Trinity Way, Timberlea on Thursday December 11, 11 a.m., Rev. Chapman officiating. Burial to follow in Oakridge Memory Gardens, Sackville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heart & Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. On-line condolences may be made to:

The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, December 23, 2008

81, Bayfield and Antigonish, passed away peacefully, December 22, 2008, in Glen Haven Manor, New Glasgow. Born in Fortune Bay, N.L., she was a daughter of the late William and Louise Dodge. Effie loved to entertain company in her home and enjoyed cooking, baking, knitting and sewing. She especially enjoyed spending time in her gardens. Surviving are sons, Wayne (Kay), West River; Keith (Theresa), Addington Forks; Dale (Althena), Bayfield; daughters, Linda (Carmen), Prince Edward Island; Sandra (Aubrey), Ashdale; stepdaughters, Phyllis Connors and Betty Juurlink and stepsons, Cyril, Gerard, George and Ambrose Boyle; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Rowena, Calgary; Anne, Colborne, Ont.; Eleanor, Mount Pearl, N.L. She was predeceased by her first husband, Melvin Trenholm in 1971 and second husband, Connor Boyle in 2004; brother, Max; and sisters, Lucy, Ruby and Rhoda. Visitation in C.L. Curry Funeral Home, 135 College St., Antigonish, today 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service time and location to be announced locally. Memorial donations to a charity of choice. On-line condolences:



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