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Newfoundland Obit Announcements
From Nova Scotia Newspapers

Halifax Herald
August 2010


BEAZLEY, George Ivany
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, August 22, 2010
Beazley, George Ivany
- Age 90, Melville Gardens, gently and peacefully went to be with the Lord on August 20, 2010. Born in Wansworth, NL, to Beatrice and William Beazley, he was the oldest of four children. His father passed away when he was a young boy leaving him to look after his mother and siblings. He followed his girlfriend, Helen Pritcher, to Halifax where they married in 1945. He worked the younger part of his life as a fisherman and later was employed by Brown & Ryan Stevedoring and Halterm Container Terminal until1985. He spent his retirement doing many volunteer jobs in the community. He was a long-time active member of Edgewood United Church and a member of Atlantic Lodge No. 103 serving twice as past Master, 32nd degree Scottish Rite, and Grand Lodge DD Grand Master. He was awarded the meritorious service medal for out-standing commitment. After retiring, he and Mom travelled, visiting Newfoundland, Georgia and Nashville. We will remember his stories about the hardships of growing up during the depression.

He was predeceased by his wife, Helen, in 2005; brother William; sisters, Drucie and Beatrice. He is survived by his daughter, Sharon (Ted Stevens), Lower Sackville; son, Leonard (Linda), Georgia; grandchildren, Shelly Banks, Derek Stevens and Jerry Rowe; great-grandchildren, Olivia and Aaron Banks, Emma and Grace Stevens. We would like to thank Nora Reid for her support, Fraser, Bill and Tom for their weekly card games, Doug Jarvis for providing transportation to the church on Sundays, and to the staff at Melville Gardens for their care and compassion. Memorial donations would be appreciated to IWK Health Centre Foundation or charity of your choice. Visitation will be held Monday, August 23, in Atlantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayers Rd., from 2-4 and 7-9pm. Funeral service to be held Tuesday, August 24, at 11am in United Memorial Church, 5375 Kaye St., Halifax, Rev. Catherine MacDonald officiating, assisted by Rev. John Roberts.

BUTT, Vivian Ruth
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, August 24, 2010
It is with deepest regret that the family of Mrs. Vivian R. Butt announce her passing on August 23, 2010, in Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. She succumbed to her illness in her 86th year. Mrs. Butt was born on September 17, 1924, in Robinson, NL. She moved to Nova Scotia in 1973 and settled in New Minas. Mrs. Butt leaves an extended family. She is survived by sons, Melvin (Gladys) Butt, New Minas; Vernon (Cherree) Butt, Kentville; Lloyd (Linda) Butt, Coldbrook; and Marvin (Sonya) Butt, Halifax; her daughters, Lorraine (Ray) Bowns, New Minas; Gladys Butt Manuel, Kentville; and Ruth (Perry) Bowns, Grand Falls, NL. Mrs. Butt will also be missed by her 17 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, John and Ethel Shears, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph and infant son, Gordon. Memorial services will take place Saturday, August 28, at 2:30 pm at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 825 Park St. Kentville. Memorial donation may be made to the Kingdom Hall Jehovah's Witnesses, Kentville; Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville; or Victorian Order od Nurses, Kentville Branch. The family lovingly thanks Dr. Crystal Todd, the management and staff of Wolfville Nursing Home, Evergreen Nursing Home and the Respite Home care staff of VON, Valley Branch.

The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, August 20, 2010
Linda Chaisson
, age 82, Greenfield, Hants County, passed away on Wednesday, August 18th, 2010, in the Hants Community Hospital, Windsor. Born on March 3rd, 1928, in Grand Bank, Newfoundland, she was the daughter of the late John and Julia (Handgrigan) Broydell. Linda was a loving mother and housewife. She will be greatly missed by her family and by all who knew her, also by her two dogs, Shorty and Heidi. Linda is survived by her children, Gordon (Deborah) Chaisson, Blairmore, Alberta; Barry (Mary) Chaisson, Calgary, Alberta; Dana (Sharie) Chaisson, Cambridge, Ontario; Kevin (Lorna) Chaisson, Mosherville, Hants County; Kim (Todd) Foley, Scotch Village, Hants County; Bill (Faith) Chaisson, Greenfield, Hants County; Sandra (Jennifer) McNail, Halifax; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, John and Julia (Handgrican) Broydell; Linda was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Wilbert Gordon Chaisson (2004); her only brother, Fred Broydell (1970); and by her half sister, Jessie Mayo. Cremation has taken place, and no visitation at her request. A memorial service will be held for family and friends, at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 24th, 2010, in Lindsay's Windsor Funeral Home Chapel, 194 King Street, Windsor, with the Rev. Debra Mosher officiating. Inurnment will be in the Dartmouth Memorial Gardens, Cole Harbour. Donations in memory of Linda, may be made to: The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or The Canadian Cancer Society

The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, August 29, 2010
Croucher, Doreen
- Of Lower Sackville, passed away August 26, 2010, after a 10-week battle with cancer. Her faith was strong to the end. "Doe" was born September 2, 1950, in Burnt Islands, NL. Mother to Tonya Broomer (Elms), Mandy Elms and Timothy Elms. Doreen was also the proud grandmother of Wesley Broomer, Jesika Broomer and Cedar Elms. Daughter to Freeman and Helen Croucher (Caines), she was predeceased by her brother, Sylvester Croucher and survived by her siblings, Martha Frances Holman (Croucher), Edgar Croucher, Freeman Croucher, Denise Butler(Croucher), Janet Jollymore(Croucher) and numerous extended family. Special Thanks goes out to her Palliative care nurses and caregivers, Judy Baril, Wendy Mountain and Mary Whelan (Croucher), who along with Doreen's family and congregation gave her extensive love, care and support. A memorial service will be held August 30, at 2pm in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 77 Beaverbank Rd., Halifax, NS.

CURRAN, Margaret H. (Whalen)
Born in: Colliers, Newfoundland, Canada
Born on: 01/09/1913
Passed away in: New Jersey, United States
Passed away on: 29/08/2010
The Cape Breton Post, September 10, 2010
Margaret H. (Whalen) Curran
, 96, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010, in New Jersey, at the home of her daughter, Eileen, with whom she was residing at the time. Margaret was born Sept. 1, 1913 in Colliers, Newfoundland. She was a former resident of Sydney, residing at Elmwood Avenue and lastly at Wesley Street with her son, William, before moving to New Jersey to be with her daughter. She is survived by her loving children, William Curran, Mary Pozar and Eileen (Frank) O'Grady. Margaret is also survived by her 12 cherished grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Patrick Curran; her daughter, Betty and her sons, Thomas and Patrick.

GAY, Doris Marie
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, September 13, 2010

Passed away peacefully on August 27, 2020 in Shiretown Nursing Home, Pictou, with family by her side. It is with no regrets that I leave this earth. I lived to be 92 years old and had a full life. I was born in St. John's NL, in 1917, to Elisabeth (Kennedy) and Bernard MacKellop. My family moved to Halifax, where I attended St. Joseph's Girls School. There I met Sister Mary Clara, who became a treasured memory in my Life. When my family moved to Dartmouth, it was there I met and married my husband in 1940. Besides raising a family, I was an Avon representative for a number of years and also worked in the Sally Shop in Halifax. In the years from 1954 and 1996, our family lived back and forth between Dartmouth and Upper Stewiacke. The Stewiacke Valley was a haven for us and a wonderful place to raise our family. I am thankful to all who were so kind and helpful to us when we lived there. My late husband and I spent many happy winters in Florida after his retirement. After my beloved husband, Barney, passed away in 1993, I later moved to Truro, where I spent my last years. I leave behind our children, Bernie (Sharon) Gay, Upper Stewiacke, Brenda Geddes, Brookfield; Deborah MacCormac, Florida. I have six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. I also leave behind my sister, Gwen Hemming, and have been predeceased by four sisters and two brothers. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodobit. Interment service will be at a lated date in Riverside Cemetery, Upper Stewiacke.

KETTLE, Ruth Bennett
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, August 25, 2010
Kettle, Ruth (nee Bennett)
passed away on August 23, 2010. She was the daughter of the late Wilson and Josephine (Dennis) Bennett. She was born September 22, 1919 in Channel NL. She is survived by her daughters, Beverly Dagley Yarmouth and Marilyn (Bob) King, Sydney, son in law Rev. Ron Walker. sisters Jean Bennett, Dartmouth, Edna Quenneville, Rawdon, Quebec. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Ruth was a faithful and hardworking member of Church of the Holy Spirit Dartmouth for over 50 years. She was a member of the ACW and Ladies Guild. She was predeceased by her husband Captain Walter Kettle in 1969, her daughter Geraldine Ruth Walker in 2005, and her brothers Vince, James and Gerald. Visitation will take place 7-9 pm today in A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home, 217 Portland St. Dartmouth. Funeral service will be held 1:30 pm Thursday August 26, 2010 in The church of the Holy Spirit, corner of Gaston Rd.and Regency Dr. Dartmouth. Interment in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. The family would like to thank the staff of Oceanview Manor and Parkland at the Lakes, Glasgow Hall for their excellent care over the last few years. Family flowers only donations to church of Holy Spirit or charity of choice. You may leave an on line condolence by visiting:

MELANSON, John Stanley
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, August 13, 2010
John Stanley Melanson
of Halifax, NS, formerly of Plaster Rock, NB, passed away at the QE II Health Sciences Center in Halifax on August 9, 2010. Born in Labrador on June 3, 1956, he was the son of the late Gerald Melanson and the late Ida Green. John leaves behind his brother Paul Melanson (Roberta) of Plaster Rock; sisters Linda Goodine of Weaver, Della Mae Biggar of Woodstock, Julie Melanson of Halifax. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 2 pm from the Tobique Chapel in Plaster Rock. Interment will follow in Linton Corner Cemetery. Family flowers only please. For those who wish, memorial donations to the Victoria County SPCA or to another animal shelter would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brunswick Funeral Home, Perth-Andover and Plaster Rock, NB.

PEET, Samuel Arthur, Chief Petty Officer (Ret'd Bos'un) - 92, Dartmouth
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, September 4, 2010

It is with great sadness that the family announces his passing while visiting family in St. John's, NL on August 28, 2010. Born in St. John's, he was the son of the late Harold John Peet and Winnifred Parsons. Sam joined the Royal Navy at the start of the Second World War. He was a veteran of many naval battles, including the Bismark, the Murmansk Run, and survived the sinking of the HMCS Valleyfield in the North Atlantic 400 miles off St. John's. Following Confederation when Canada joined Newfoundland, Sam was the first Newfoundlander to enlist in the Royal Canadian Navy. He subsequently served on several ships, including carriers, destroyers, frigates, tankers and naval auxiliarry. After retiring from RCN, Sam served as an officer and captain in the Merchant Marines.

In 1936, Sam met and later married Marjorie. They spent 68 wonderful years together. Sam was happiest spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sam will be lovingly remembered for his charming wit and storytelling. Dad had a passion for his writing and was a natural artist. Dad captured his wartime experiences in his novel "Of Other TImes", which he wrote for his family. Dad's leisure time was happily spent sailing, and travelling. Sam's favorite traditional naval toast was "Absent Friends".

Sam was recently predeceased by his loving wife, Marjorie. He was also predeceased by eight brothers and three sisters. Sam is lovingly rememberd by his children, daughters, Sandra Lambie (James), Dartmouth; Janet Pratt (Peter), Newmarket, Ont.; sons, Greg Peet (Carol), Ken Peet (Iris), and Stanleigh Peet (Janis), all of Dartmouth. He will also be fondly remembered by his grandchildren, Janet Bryson (Steve Myrer), Sean Bryson, Alan Pratt (Daryl) Michael Pratt (Misty), Dan Peet (Lori), Tami Peet, Erin Peet, Gregg Peet (Deidre), Mallory Peet and Taylor Peet. Sam had nine great-grandchildren, Ryan and Ben Myrer, Paige, Laiken, Nolan and Sophie Pratt, Owen and Oliver Pratt and Madeleine Peet. Sam is also survived by his sister-in-law, Barbara Peet, Holiday, Florida. Sam will also be missed by his nieces and nephews who gave him many wonderful moments. The family would like to thank the Peet and Butler families for their kindness and support during our private service held at "The Cabin" in Newfoundland. A special thanks to Ron and Pat Butler. Cremation has taken place. No visitation by request. Memorial service will be held at 10am, Wednesday, September 8 in the Chapel of Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth. Interment in Datmouth Memorial Gardens. A reception will follow. Donations may be made to The Heart and Stoke Foundation of Nova Scotia or The Salvation Army.

RAYMOND, Margaret Mary - 77
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, August 7, 2010

passed away peacefully on August 4 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Margaret was born in St. John's Newfoundland on March 27, 1933. Starting in St. John's Newfoundland Margaret started working as a secretary. As her family grew to twelve children Margret's main focus and passion was raising her family. The many friends of Margaret's children also became an extended family as she opened her home and heart to her children's many friends. As her children started their own families her many grandchildren became the light of her life. Margaret took great pride in being the special "Nanny" to all 21 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Margaret's other joys were music and spending time with her family. Margret was predeceased by her parents Martin and Mary Murphy and her beloved son Thomas Raymond. Margaret is survived by her sister Regina Murphy and her sons and daughters Paulette, Shelly (Brian), Denise (Frank), Mary (Jeff), Doris (Jeff), Eve (Kevin), Tracy, Larry (Karen), Marty (Mary), Gerard (Sheri) and Michael (Martha). Visitation will be held Monday at Snow's Funeral Home Monday August 9 during the times of 2–4 pm and 6-8pm at 339 Lacewood Drive. The funeral service will be held Tuesday August 10 at 10:00am at St. Mary's Basilica on Spring Garden Road. Rev. Father Toochukwu will be officiating. Cremation in Gates of Heaven cemetery in Lower Sackville following the reception. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Mission of St. Gerard and/or Canadian cancer Society. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit:

SKEHEN, William Gerald "Bill"
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, September 7, 2010

The family of William Gerald "Bill" Skehen wishes to report with sadness that he died peacefully at his home in Halifax on Sunday, August 29, 2010. Born in 1944 in North River, NL he was the son of the late John and Mary Skehen. He is survived by his wife, Margie MacKay, of Caribou River; and his son Lee Matthew Skehen, of Halifax. He is also survived by brothers, Bernard and Alphonse, Newfoundland; and sisters, Ann and Margaret, New Brunswick; sisters, Joan and Mary, Newfoundland; and sister Irene, Dartmouth. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was dearly loved and respected by his family and his loyal friends. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, John and Patrick, Newfoundland.

Bill moved to Nova Scotia in 1964 after teaching two years in Newfooundland. He taught one year in Kennetcook and then moved to Glencoe, Pictou Co., where he was a substitute teacher in various schools. He then became involved with work with the mentally handicapped and he continued to work in that field when he moved to Halifax. Bill had many interests which took him through other phases of his life. He worked for a while with Revenue Cnaada in Don Mills, Ont. and he often took on an extra job in restaurants as a waiter. One of his favorite employments as waiter was at Casa Grande in St. John's, NL. However, in 1990, he was involved in an accident when a taxi in which he was traveling went through a red kight and was struck by another vechicle. Although he spent most of the next 20 years in constant pain he was able to contribute to society through his involvement with the St. John Ambulance Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation in Halifax, Nova Scotia Tattoo Choir and the Literacy Guild. He shared his musical talents in visits to several nursing homes just to entertain anyone in the vicinity of the piano. Although his health was failing him in the last years he continued with a positive attitude and he kept his sense of humour. Cremation has talen place under the direction of Atlantic Funeral Home, Dartmouth and a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11am, Wednesday, September 8, in Stella Maris Church, Pictou. If one wishes, donations could be made to the Association for the Mentally Challenged.

SKINNER, Garfield
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, August 25, 2010
Skinner, Garfield
- Halifax, passed away August 23, 2010, peacefully in his sleep with his loving family at his side. He was born in Boxey, NL, on April 23, 1927, to Ambrose and Sarah (Baker) Skinner. He was married to Adelaide (Banfield) his loving wife for 61 years. Garfield worked at the Halifax School Board for 23 years. When retiring in 1992, he began volunteering at St. Mark's Church Food Bank until June of this year. He enjoyed the work at the food bank and the people he met and worked with on a daily basis. He was a long time parishoner of St. Marks Church. He is survived by his loving wife, Adelaide; loving children, Fred (Cathy) Skinner, North Bay, Ont.; Corinne (Ivan) Jacobs, Gary Skinner, Joy (Edward) Connors and Alf Skinner, all of Halifax and eight grandchildren(six boys and two girls); sisters, Lillian Keeping, Newfoundland; Velma Norman, Sydney; brothers, Samual, Clayton, Thomas and Ronald, all of Newfoundland. He was predeceased by his parents; five brothers and three sisters. The family will receive visitors 2-4 and 7-9 pm Thursday in Atlantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayers Rd., Halifax. A memorial service will be held 11 am Friday in St. Marks Anglican Church, Halifax, where a reception will follow in the parish hall. We would like to give special thanks to the nursing staff in the Palliative Care unit of the VG Site as well as the doctors. Special thanks also to Judy and Monica, to Dr. Stephen Gibbon and Dr. David King. Donations may be made to St. Marks Church Food Bank. Family flowers only.

Wrixon, Ernest Lester "Les" - Halifax.
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, August 11, 2010
Passed away in Veterans Memorial Building, QEII, Halifax, on Sunday August 8, 2010. Born in Epworth, NL, October 21, 1919, he was the son of the late Thomas and Daisy (Reid) Wrixon. Les looked after his parents at home until their passing. Les lived in Halifax most of his life. He was employed with Farmers Dairy for 45 years. In his younger years he liked to travel. Les was a member of Fairview United Church. He enjoyed bowling and had a big interest in cars. Surviving are his sister, Frances (George) Smeltzer; nieces, Darlene (Kevin) Sanford, Diane Smeltzer; grand-niece, Kaitlyn Sanford; and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his brother, Morley. Funeral Service will be held Thursday, August 12, at 2pm in Fairview United Church, Dutch Village Rd., Rev. Vincent Ihasz officiating. Reception to follow in Church hall, burial in Oakridge Memory Gardens. Donations may be made to Fairview United Church or a charity of your choice. Special thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff of the VE East, Veterans Memorial Building. On-line condolences may be sent by visiting



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