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Halifax Herald
September 2009


BILLARD, Lloyd James 74, Dartmouth
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, September 8, 2009

passed away peacefully September 4, 2009 surrounded by family after a courageous fight with cancer and severe vasculitis. Lloyd was born in Grand Bruit, N.L., the son of John and Elizabeth Billard (Lillington).

Lloyd worked for CN, Westinghouse, and four seasons on the boats of the Great Lakes. He had a long distinguished military career with the Royal Canadian Air Force, and the Canadian Armed Forces as a radar technician(1958-1980), serving in Greenwood, Comox, North Bay, Armstrong, Chatham and Goose Bay, retiring in 1980 at the rank of Sergeant. Following his retirement from the military, Lloyd worked for Transport Canada (Nav Canada) as an electronics technician working in such diverse locales as Goose Bay, Stephenville, Halifax and Gander. While in Goose Bay Lloyd was very much involved with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers as a shop steward.

Lloyd parlayed his love of reading into becoming a reading instructor with the Literacy Foundations in Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland. Upon his second retirement, Lloyd built his own house in Grand Bruit on the site of his childhood home and lived 12 wonderful years there with his wife Jean.

Lloyd was a card player, builder and accomplished fisherman who thoroughly enjoyed his days on the ocean, traveling to hunt, fish, pick berries and spend time at the cabin with his family. Lloyd enthusiastically pursued his family roots, and was a wealth of historical information. In the last years of his life, Lloyd put some of this information to paper, writing stories that have become favorites among the friends and family who have read them. Lloyd was a terrific conversationalist who heartily shared his thoughts with those who knew him.

Lloyd will be greatly missed by the love of his life, Jean, cherished wife of nearly 46 years, along with his son, James Billard (Susan); granddaughter, Olivia; daughter, Jude Billard; granddaughter, Amber; daughter, Kimm Billard-Verbeek (Gord), and grandsons Alexander, Simon, and Cameron. Lloyd is survived by his brothers, Llewelyn, Joshua, and Douglas. He was predeceased by his infant daughter, Catherine; parents, John and Elizabeth Billard (Lillington); brothers, Nathan, George, and Jack; and sister Flora Nystedt (Billard). There will be a gathering of family and friends in celebration of Lloyd's life in Mattatall Funeral Home, 217 Portland St, Dartmouth on September 11, from 10-2 p.m. Lloyd's ashes will be scattered during a private family ceremony. Donations in memory of Lloyd may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Red Cross, or a charity of choice. Blood donations to your local Canadian Blood Services clinic are always appreciated. The family wishes to thank the caregivers who attended his home, the Victorian Order of Nurses, special thanks to Jill Mac Neil RN, Dr. Richard Warren, and the Palliative Care staff who kept Lloyd's best interests in mind during this difficult time. On-line condolences may be made by visiting:

BRANTON, Leonard Gordon 82, Halifax,
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, September 10, 2009

passed away on Tuesday, September 8, 2009, in QEII Health Sciences Center. Born in Islington, N.L., he was a son of the late Edward and Mabel (Peddle) Branton. Leonard immigrated to Canada in 1946 from Newfoundland, coming to Halifax to work as a Stevedore on the waterfront. He later went to work as a carpenter until his retirement. He loved his work and took great pride in it. He was a member of the Carpenters Union for 61 years and 10 months.

Leonard was a man of great faith, who enjoyed dancing to his Newfoundland music. He will always be remembered as a loving father and grandfather, brother and uncle. He is survived by son, George (Linda) Branton, Prince Edward Island; daughter, Emma Branton (John Cusick), Halifax; grandchildren, Tina MacDonald, Steven Branton and Sarah MacKenzie; great-grandchild, Cody Dixon; companion, Mabel Hollett; brother, Harrison, Ontario; sister, Lillian, Ontario. He was predeceased by his wife, Sarah Jane (Legge); brothers, Roland, Charlie, Bob and Norman. Arrangements are under the care of J. Albert Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd., 149 Herring Cove Rd., Spryfield (477-5601) where visitation will be held on Friday, September 11 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 12, at 2 p.m. in Fairview United Church with Rev. Heather Fraser officiating. A reception will follow in the church hall. Interment will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Lower Sackville. In lieu of flowers, donations in Leonard's memory can be made to the QEII Foundation/Brain Repair Center Trust Fund. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting:

CAIRNS, John Robert
Riveview, N.B. and formerly of Frankville and Dartmouth and Manuels, N.L.
The Chronicle herald, Halofax, September 8, 2009

passed away peacefully Saturday, September 5, 2009, in Moncton Hospital. Born September 13, 1945, in Montreal, Que., he was the son of the late Lorne and Lillian (Hiscock) Cairns. John served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1964-1972. He worked for the Canadian Coast Guard until his early retirement in 1997. He leaves to mourn his wife, Judy Cairns (Young); sons, Jody (Dawn Torraville) of Riverview; Phillip (Jenny Higgins) of St. John's, N.L.; precious grandchildren, Caitlyn and Iain, Riverview; brother, Roger (Rosalind Peach) of Foxtrap N.L.; as well as many other dear relatives and friends. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his niece, Jennifer Cairns, and her baby Jayden; and his special friend, Rosalind. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation by personal request. The funeral service will take place Wednesday, September 9, at 1:30 p.m. in St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, Woolridge Avenue, Riverview, N.B. with Rev. Brent Ham officiating. Following the service there will be a reception in the church hall. A memorial service and burial will take place on Monday, September 14, at 2 p.m. in Topsail, N.L. in St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church. It would bring joy to John's heart knowing that donations in his memory were made to the annual Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Appeal or to the charity of the donor's choice. The funeral arrangements are entrusted to Cobb's Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 330 Whitepine Rd., Riverview, N.B. (869-2007). On-line condolences can be made at:

CANTWELL, Patricia Agnes 65, of New Glasgow
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, September 8, 2009

died peacefully in the Palliative Care Unit of Aberdeen Hospital on Sunday, September 6, 2009, following a difficult struggle with cancer. Pat was born in St. John's, NL, the second daughter of the late Harold and Angela (Hannon) Cantwell. She was predeceased by her brother, James Joseph Cantwell in 1977. She is survived by her sister, Anne (Clary) Townsend of New Glasgow. Pat began her education in St. John's at the Convent of the Sister of Mercy and went on to the School of Nursing at the St. John's General and graduated with an RN in 1965. She then spent most of her nursing career at the Sutter Memorial in Sacramento, Calif. In 1984, she returned to Canada and earned a Bachelor of Nursing degree from Dalhousie University. From Sacramento, she left for the Middle East and was appointed a Nursing Supervisor at the King Fahad National Grand Hospital for a period of 12 years. In the summer of 2008, she returned to Canada for retirement in New Glasgow. A memorial service will be held in Saint John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in New Glasgow, officiated by Father Gary MacPherson on Wednesday, September 9 at 2 p.m. Special thanks to Sutherland-Harris Restorative Unit and the Palliative Care Unit of the Aberdeen Hospital and to those personal friends who gave her comfort while in the unit. In lieu of flowers, any donations may be made to the Palliative Care Unit of the Aberdeen Hospital. Arrangements are under the direction of the R.H. Porter Funeral Home New Glasgow. Condolences at:

Oyster Pond.
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, September 24. 2009

It is with great sadness we announce the sudden loss of our beloved Scott, doing what he absolutely loved, being on the water, breathing the salty air with his favaourite constellations above him. A true Newfoundlander with a pure heart of gold and salt water flowing in his veins, he leaves behind his wife of 11 years, Heather Crout; his parents, Jack and Evelyn Clarke of Port Rexton, N.L.; brothers, Clayton (Regina) of Whitbourne, N.L.; Chris of Calgary, Alta.; Dwayne and John of St. John's, N.L.; sisters, Dora Miller (Don) of Bonaventure, N.L.; Irene Clarke of Clarenville, N.L.; and Dallas of Catalina, N.L. He also leaves behind his wrestling playmates, nephews, Zachery, Travis, Wyatt and Cody; his nieces, Angie, Hope, Alexandria, Geniva, Sabrina, Alexis; his extended family, Calvin and Paula Pettipas, Karl and Carrie Webber and their children, Curtis and Dillon Pettipas, Virginia and Koy Webber who always brought out the boy in him. Scott also leaves behind many true and trusting friends.... his No. 1 big brother, Clayton, whom he always looked up to; Fred Murphy, whom he always had faith in; Harold, his newfie buddy; sister, Dora his second mom; his mom, who was to receive his kidney only if as Scott said "he was going to get it back". She was his No. 1; his dad, whom he always respected and loved deeply and was a large part of his rock.

Within his 39 years he played and worked hard, whether playing ball with his rubber boots on or skipping across a rooftop where no one else could go. Scott was President of Little Harbour Bowling League, members attesting to the fun he put in it. He was also a member of the Astronomy Club and many clear nights were spent with his telescope in Oyster Pond. He was also a member of the Legion in Gaetz Brook where he loved sharing stories. His other love was learning the jive and he and Heather knew how to cut a rug. Scott had an infectious personality and enjoyed many good times with fellow workers and players. The majority of his working career was spent fishing in Newfoundland and here in Nova Scotia. When he couldn't be on the water he made his way roofing, odd jobs, and working at Lobster World. He was most proud and honoured to be part of the crew of the Lady Tiana with Danny. He was also in his glory on the Miss Owl's Head with Clark, Darren, Brian and Joshua. On the first day of lobster season he couldn't wait to help Billy set lobster traps and always took that day off no matter what. And so Scott, we all hope you found your constellation and as with your twinkle in your eyes, we'll be looking for that same twinkle in the night sky. Many thanks go out at this time to Coast Guard Cutter Sambro, Cormorant Helicopter, Ground Search and Rescue and the wonderful family of fishermen who alway believe. To Rick, Hugh, Wayne and Brian for those special moments in Scott's life. A gathering of good times and storytelling will be held at Oyster Pond Fire Hall on Sunday, September 27, from 6-8 p.m. to celebrate Scott's life, all are welcome. Further celebration and service will be held in Newfoundland at a later date. Donations may be made to Ground Search and Rescue in Head Chezzetcook or the Eastern Shore Fisherman's Association.

COLLIER, George Louis "Lou" 72
Bible Hill
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, September 16, 2009

passed away September 14, 2009, in Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro, after a short illness. Born in St. Albans, N.L., he was a son of the late George and Maria (Hoskins) Collier. He is survived by his wife, Marie McCully Collier; daughter, Paula Collier (Remi Pietilainen), Vendee, Que.; granddaughters, Alina, Tanya and Kelsey Pietilainen; brothers, William Donald "Don" (Ellen), Edmonton, Alta.; Amos (Myrna), Halifax; Anthony Melvin "Tony" (Wendy), Edmonton, Alta.; Bruce George (Cloie), Kippins, N.L.; sister, Brenda Martin (William Hartery Jr.), St. Albans, N.L.; several nieces and nephews.

After graduating from Saint Bonaventure College in St. John's, N.L., "Big Lou" travelled the world, beginning with ten years of military service in the Canadian Guards that took him to Germany, the Congo and Cypress. He then began his sea travels, working for a number of shipping companies, including Upper Lakes Shipping, Texaco Canada Ltd. and Imperial Oil Canada Ltd. where he achieved his Marine Motor Certificate as a Marine Engineer. He was an accomplished machinist, welder, fitter, and boilermaker. Twenty five years ago he settled in Bible Hill and began to learn woodworking. His clocks, rocking chairs and model schooners are enjoyed by many. Three years ago he decided to learn how to play the fiddle and was thoroughly enjoying learning to play his favourite Cape Breton tunes.

Lou was a strong man, full of life and energy. He accomplished what he wanted to do with brain and/or brawn, regardless of the obstacles he might have encountered. He was a lover of all animals, and especially enjoyed his pets at home. He will be dearly missed by his family and many friends who knew and appreciated his larger than life presence. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held on Friday, September 18, from 1-2 p.m., when a celebration of Lou's life will be held in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, Rev. Ebbie W. Snow will officiate with a reception to follow. Interment in Onslow Island Cemetery. No flowers by request. Donations in his memory may be made to the Palliative Care Unit of Colchester Regional Hospital, or to the Colchester SPCA. On-line condolences may be made at:

DOYLE, Cora Mary 44
The Chronicle Herlad, Halifax, September 5, 2009

passed away peacefully at home on September 4, 2009, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Born in St. Lawrence, N.L., she was a daughter of the late John Slaney and Leona (Devereaux) Slaney-Dober. She will be sadly missed by her husband, Glen; son, John; daughter-in-law, Angela Fraser; grandchildren, Joseph and Joshua; sisters, Joan, Virginia, Rhoda, Betty, Lisa; brothers, John, Brian, Noel, Walter and Dean; stepfather, Hubert; numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, Joshua. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Ettinger Funeral Home, Shubenacadie. Visitation 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., Sunday with funeral service 11 a.m. Monday, September 7, both in St. Bernard's Roman Catholic Church, Enfield, Father Andrew Rembarczyk officiating. Interment in St. Bernard's Roman Catholic Cemetery. Family flowers only, memorial donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society. Family and friends may visit Cora's Everlasting Memorial at: to leave a written or spoken message to honour her.

GREEN, Bruce Ludlow 75
formerly Deer Lake, NL.
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, September 27, 2009

passed away peacefully September 24, 2009, in Dartmouth General Hospital. Lovingly remembered by his wife, Verna (Jefferies) of 54 years, and brother Calvin Green (Aurora), Truro. Predeceased by son, Gregory Melvin. Survived by daughters, Debbie King (Randy), Fort McMurray, Alta.; Jo-Ann MacLeod (Ernie), Cambridge, Ont.; Giselle Bennett (Joey), Red Deer, Alta.; Shari Green (Kari), Calgary, Alta.; Pierre Green, Dartmouth; Sonya Green, Dartmouth; grandchildren, Robert (Tracy), Steven, Corry (Trevor), Sarah (Jas), Amanda, Jasmine, and Sam; great-grandchild, Jack. Bruce was employed by Philips Electronics for 32 years and had a great love for woodworking and enjoyed building and crafting pieces for his family. Visitation will be held today in Cole Harbor Funeral Home, 1234 Cole Harbor Rd. from 6-8 p.m. Burial in Mount Herman Cemetery on Monday at 2 p.m. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia

HARRIS (Evans), Priscilla 90
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, September 21, 2009

It is with mixed emotion that we announce her passing on Saturday, September 19, 2009, in Ocean View Manor, sad that she is gone, but happy that she is free of Alzheimer disease. Priscilla was born in Belleoram, N.L. on June 7, 1919, a daughter of the late Wilson and Sarah (Kearley) Evans. Surviving are daughters, Elsie (Tom) Collins, Mount Uniacke; Marion (John) Thornton, Sackville; son, David (Angie), Dartmouth; six grandchildren; one foster-grandchild; nine great-grandchildren; two foster great-grandchildren; sisters, Hazel Poole, Halifax; Madgalene Pafford, Ontario. She was predeceased by her husband, Charlie in 2006; brother, Charlie Evans; sister, Frances Broney, and two siblings in childhood. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation by request. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 23, in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth, followed by a reception. Burial in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. Donations in Priscilla's memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, Ocean View Manor or charity of your choice. Our heartfelt thanks to the staff of Ocean View Manor for the wonderful care and compassion given to Mom the past eight years. On-line condolences may be made at:

HODDER, Cecilia 82
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, September 14, 2009

passed away Thursday, September 10, 2009, in Halifax Infirmary, QEII. Born in Rock Harbour, N.L., she was a daughter of the late James and Elizabeth (Dodge) Hodder. She is survived by husband, John James; daughters, Rosalind, Bedford; Rona (David) Prowse, Halifax; Beverley (Ivan) Simms, Enfield; sons, Alvin (Ruby), Mount Pearl, N.L.; William (Karen), Halifax; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by daughter, Mamie Rita; sisters, Frances Ellen and Arabella; brothers, Arthur and William. Funeral service to be held in St. Peter's Anglican Church, Rock Harbour, N.L. Time to be announced. Burial in the church cemetery. Memorial donations to St. Peter's Anglican Church, Rock Harbour. Arrangements entrusted to J. A. Snow Funeral Home. On-line condolences may be sent to:

MARTIN, Ronald Thomas 52
Victoria B.C.
formerly of Pasadena, N.L. and Wilmot
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, October 1, 2009

passed away Tuesday, September 29, 2009, in Victoria, B.C. Born in Corner Brook, N.L., he was a son of Violet (Wells) Martin, Windsor, and the late Leonard J. Martin. Besides his mother, he is survived by sisters, Martha (Ned) Manderic, Oliver, B.C.; Susan (Wayne) Ball, Deer Lake, N.L.; Lorraine (Bill) Stewart, Gelong, Australia; Nancy Turner Wells, Windsor; Carol (Glenn) Smith, Windsor; brother, Michael (Judy) Martin, Winnipeg, Man. and several nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. Private family graveside service will be held in Holy Trinity Anglican Cemetery, Middleton at a later date. Donations in memory may be made to a charity of choice. On-line condolences may be made through:

MEWS, Mary Marguerite
formerly of Middleton, Annapolis Co.,
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, September 4, 2009

passed away Thursday, September 3, 2009, in Dykeland Lodge, Windsor. Born in Jamestown, Bonavista Bay, N.L., she was a daughter of the late Henry and Thryphenia (Chaulk) Wells. Together with her late husband, she owned and operated a general store in Pasadena, N.L., where she later became Post Mistress. She retired to Middleton and enjoyed playing golf and cards, especially bridge.

She is survived by daughters, Beth Fisher, Dartmouth and formerly of New Minas; Mary Louise (Bramwell) Chaulk, Bonne Bay Pond, N.L.; sister, Violet Martin, Windsor; grandchildren, Jill Fisher and Jo Ann (Scott) Inness, both of Dartmouth; Robert Chaulk, Ottawa; Lorelei (Sean) Audas, Bedford and Jennifer (Glen) Hoar, Comox, B.C.; great- grandchildren, Kate, Olivia, Matthew, Ashley, Quinn and Mackenzie; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Cecil; sisters, Nellie Evans and Dorothy Norman; brother, Robert Wells; son-in-law, Gerald "Bush" Fisher. Cremation has taken place under the direction of White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Kentville and there will be no visitation, by family request. The family will greet friends and relatives for a time of fellowship and refreshments at a reception to be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, September 6, in White Family Funeral Home, Kentville. Burial will take place at a later date in Pasadena, N.L. Family flowers only, by request. Donations in memory may be made to the charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. On-line inquiries may be directed to:

REARDON (Riggs), Mildred Lenora 81
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, September 8, 2009

passed away September 4, 2009, in the Halifax Infirmary QEII after a short illness. Born in Bulls Cove, NL, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Elsie (Farwell) Riggs. In the early days after moving from Newfoundland in 1949, she worked at the Moir's Chocolate Factory. For most of her life, she worked as companion/house worker for a variety of families and as a full-time homemaker. For nearly 40 years, she and her husband and family spent many wonderful summers at the "Cottage" at Mill Lake near Hubbards. For the last number of years, she has met and interacted with a number of other "seniors" from her apartment building at 1000 Mic Mac Blvd. She was a friend of many and enemy to none.

She is survived by her sons, Al (Iris Peeples), Dartmouth; Kevin (Tanya Chisholm), Calgary; daughter, Sheila LeBlanc (Earl Courtnage), Ontario; and wonderful grandchildren, Joshua, Megan, Kyle, Jennifer, Jacob, Nicholas and Kevan. She was the last surviving member of her family and was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Herbert "Bert"; sisters, Betty and Evelyn; brothers, Bill, James, Lewis, and Eli. Her remains have been cremated. Many, many thanks to the thoughtful and professional staff of Dartmouth General Hospital and especially the nurses and doctors of 4.1 at the Halifax Infirmary. A memorial gathering for family and friends will take place in A. L. Mattatall Funeral Home, 217 Portland St, Dartmouth on Thursday, September 10 from 2-4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or a charity of your choice. On-line condolences may be sent at:

SAUNDERS, William John 68
Birchtown, formerly of Carbonear N.L.
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, September 28, 2009

passed away at home on September 25, 2009. Born in Grand Bank, N.L., he was a son of the late John and Sarah (Warren) Saunders. Bill was a fisherman during his working life. He enjoyed playing cards and bingo and used to enjoy going hunting. He is survived by his wife, the former Annie Blagdon; son, William; brothers, Fred (Cassie), all of Birchtown; John Jr., St. John's, N.L.; sisters, Juanita Lubin, Toronto, Ont.; Phyllis (Mike) O'Grady, Gander, N.L.; Harriot Mahaney, Carbonear; Annie Anstey, Grand Bank, N.L.; Joyce (Fonze) O'Keffe, Carbonear; Joan (Rubin) Patey, St. John's; Sadie (Roderick) Clarke, Tilton; Eleanor Butt, Carbonear. He was predeceased by brother, Burt; sisters, Alberta, Freda and Clara. Visitation will be today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in H.M. Huskilson's Funeral Home, Shelburne. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. from H.M. Huskilson's Funeral Chapel, Shelburne with Rev. Carole Nixon officiating. Interment in Mizpah Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association. On-line condolences may be sent to: or you may sign the guest book at:

VACHERESSE (Tucker), Geraldine Madonna 69
formerly of St. John's, N.L.
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, September 8, 2009

passed away September 3, 2009, in the Halifax Infirmary QEII. She was a daughter of the late Frank and Olive (Vinnicombe) Tucker. She is survived by husband, Edward Franklin Vacheresse; daughters, Madonna (Frederick Hatcher) Whitten, Corina (Mike O'Donnell) Whitten and Jackie (Mike) Walsh, all of St. John's, N.L.; sons, Wayne (Laurie), St. John's, N.L.; Dermot (Sandra), Calgary, Alta.; Walter (Tanya), Dennis (Tina), Norman (Kim), all of St. John's, N.L.; sisters, Marion, Lorraine and Sandra; 20 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by son, Francis Joseph Whitten; brothers, Walter and Frankie; sisters, June and Shirley. Memorial service and cremation have taken place. Special thanks to nurse Lynn and staff of Halifax Infirmary QEII. Arrangements are under the direction of T. K. Barnard Funeral, Halifax. Condolences may be made to:

VANIER(Keeping), Rita Selina
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, September 26, 2009

passed away Sept 24, 2009, in the QEII Health Sciences Centre. Born in Ramea, NL., she was a daughter of Agnus and Martin Keeping. She was a stay at home mom. In Saint John, N.B. and North Bay, Ontario, she loved to bowl and go for walks. When she was 73, she decided to get confirmed at St. Luke's Anglican Church in Saint John, N.B. Then she joined St. Luke's ACW group where she loved talking to the ladies and quilting. She moved to Halifax in 2006, where she was involved in her church there.

Rita is survived by sons, Edmond (Lorraine) Vanier, David (Frances) Vanier, and Robert (Heather) Vanier; daughters, Ruby (Darwin) Ryan, and Valerie (Andrew) Robertson; brothers, Randall (Violet) Keeping, Myril ( Joyce) Keeping, Gordon (Jeanne) Keeping; sisters, Florrie Quinn, Shirley Hatch- Bussard; grandchildren, Derek, Tommi-Jo, Jana, Denise, Tanya, Christopher, and Tracy; great-grandchildren, Sara, Connor, Emma, and Gavin; several nieces and nephews. Rita was predeceased by her husband, Edmond Albert; parents, sisters, Frances, Ruby, Annie, and brothers Norman, Louis and Chester. Visitation will be held Monday, September 28, from 8-9 p.m. in J. A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Dr., Halifax, where funeral service will take place on Tuesday, September 29, at 2 p.m. in the chapel, Rev. Randy Townsend officiating. Interment at a later date in St. John's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, Canadian Blood services, and St. John's Church. E-mail condolences may be sent to



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