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Newfoundland Obit Announcements
From Nova Scotia Newspapers

Halifax Herald
May 2014


BEST, Thomas Allen Parsons
(Leading Seaman, Retired)
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, May 26, 2014
Thomas Allen Parsons Best
(Leading Seaman, Retired) - 49, Beaver Bank. Husband, father, soldier, sailor, brother, and son, Tom passed away peacefully after a short, unexpected Illness on Friday, May 23, 2014, at Halifax Infirmary, QEll, Halifax. Left to mourn are his wife of nearly 14 years, Sherry (MacLean); son, John (11); daughter, Anastasia (8); parents, Harvey and Mabel (Parsons) Best, Torbay, NL; sister, Gina Best-McGettigan (Dan), New Westminster, BC; sister, Susan Howell (Wayne), Clarenville, NL; brother, Jamie Best (Sharon), Miramichi, NB; parents-in-law, Shirley (McNair) and John MacLean, Beaver Bank; sister-in-law, Sonja MacLean, Toronto; nephews and niece, Austin, Tyson, Jonathan, and Emma. He was predeceased by a daughter from a previous marriage, Charlemain, in infancy.

Tom was raised in Middle Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador, and joined the Canadian Forces at age 18. His military career spanned 23 years, including reserve, regular force army, and regular force navy. During his career he held many posts, both domestic and international, before settling in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia. Tom was committed to his wife and children, family, friends, and community, and continued to pursue his interests into retirement. He enjoyed fishing, wood working, reading, writing, and spending time with family. Most of all, Tom loved the time he shared with Sherry, John, and Anna. Our hero will be sadly missed, and will remain forever in our hearts.

Tom's family will receive friends at Knox United Church, 567 Sackville Drive, Lower Sackville, from 2-4, 6-8 p.m., Wednesday May 28, 2014, from where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Thursday, May 29, 2014, Reverend Dr. Ross Bartlett officiating. Reception will follow the service at the Lion's Club, 101 Old Beaver Bank Rd. (across from Super Store). In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted in trust for his children's education. An account has been set up with TD Bank (Account # 5370-6416151) and can be made directly at any TD Bank or at the visitation or funeral. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall - Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Private messages of condolence may be sent to the family by viewing Tom's obituary on-line and Selecting "Send A Condolence" at:

BLOIS, Margaret
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, May 17, 2014

It is with extreme sadness that we announce the death of Margaret "Babs" Blois RN. She died in her sleep in the early hours of Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 at the age of 69. Babs was born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland on May 9th, 1945. She was the fourth Child of Captain Archie and Margaret Mackinnon. When Babs finished school in Corner Brook she completed her education at Edgehill in Windsor, Nova Scotia. Babs then attended the General Hospital of nursing in St. John's, Newfoundland. After graduating she worked as a nurse and taught at the Corner Brook Nursing School. Well known for her sense of humour and love of life there was always a good feeling in the air when Babs was around. Babs and Don Blois married in 1976 in St. John's, Newfoundland and later moved to Nova Scotia. She worked at the Abbie Lane Hospital involved in psychiatry in a position she loved. Unfortunately her life was affected with respiratory and health problems affecting the immune system having worked in A building known as the "bad building syndrome". Babs and Don loved boating and as Don had his pilot's licence Babs took flying lessons.

Babs was predeceased by her parents and her brother John. She leaves family and friends with with memories of a selfless, fun filled person who was always looking to help others before herself. She worked tirelessly for the St. Margaret's Bay and Area Association for the community Living to provide weekly programs and outings for the mentally challenged. On her mother's passing her sister "Tiny" Maureen Mackinnon came to live with Babs and Don. Tiny is mentally challenged with Turners Syndrome. Babs leaves to mourn her husband Don, beloved sister Tiny and sister Sheilah Mackinnon Drover; Sisters in law Betty Mackinnon and Rev. Janet Blois; nephews Michael (Susan) Drover, Jon (Laura Casey) Drover, Ian Mackinnon, Stephen Mackinnon and Davis Blois. Nieces Judith Drover Janes (Craig) Jill (Aaron) Collier; Sheilah (Mark) Mackinnon, Barbara Jean (Rev. Jim) McNaughton, Susan (Dana) Blois. Visitation will be on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm and memorial service 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 with reception to follow. All will take place in the Ronald A. Walker Funeral Home, 13549 Peggy's Cove Road, Upper Tantallon. Burial will take place in Corner Brook at a later date. In Lieu of flowers memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by the St. Margaret's bay & Area ACL, care of Linda Swim, 234 Hillside Drive, Boutilier's Point, N.S. B3Z 1W8. On line condolences can be made to

CHIPMAN, Percy Gilbert
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, May 19, 2014

In loving memory of Percy (93) who passed away on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Hospital. Born in Twillingate, NFLD, he was the son of the late George and Lily Chipman. He was predeceased by his first wife Doris (McLaughlin) Chipman and his second wife Lillian (DeCoste) Chipman, brother Reg Chipman and sister Verna Redmond. He was the last member of his immediate family and is survived by several nieces and nephews.Percy was a Flight Lieutenant and Flight Instructor in the RCAF and served during the Second World War. He was shot down and held prisoner until he was saved by the Russians. After Percy retired from the RCAF he had a lengthy career with the Federal Government, in the Income Tax Department. Percy was a life member of the Masonic Order with over 50 years membership and belonged to the Halifax Aircraft Assoc. #426 Squadron, Armed Forces. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Ronald A. Walker Funeral Homes, Hubbards. A Graveside Service will be held at 10 am. on Wednesday,May 21, 2014 at Robie Street Cemetery, Robie Street, Truro, NS. Rev. Vincent Ihasz officiating. Special thanks to the staff on 3 West Cedar Cresent, for the outstanding care and compassion shown to Percy during his time in Camp Hill Memorial Hospital. In lieu of flowers, please practice acts of kindness. Online condolences can be made to

DAWE, Shane Herbert
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, May 31, 2014
Shane Herbert Dawe
- 49, of Centreville, Kings County, passed away at home. Born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, he was a son of the late Herbert and Ruth (Barnes) Dawe. He had been employed as a salesman with Wood Wyant. He is survived by four sisters, Sandy (Murray) Bagnell, Prince Edward Island; Cheree (Vern) Butt, Coldbrook; Wendy (Jesse) Henry, Sackville; Lori (Jay) Rees, Centreville; two brothers, Darryl (Debbie), Newfoundland; Kim (Mary Grace), British Columbia; nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation, by request. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014 in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Centreville, Mr. Paul Crandall officiating. A reception will follow in the Centreville Community Centre. Donations in memory may be made to the Wolfville Animal Shelter. Arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.

GREGORY, Kenneth
(May 6, 1919 - May 13, 2014)
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, May 16, 2014
Kenneth Gregory
, of Halifax, passed away May 13, 2014. He was the 7th child of the late John Henry and Julia Ann (Butt) Gregory of Trinity Bay and Spaniards Bay, Newfoundland. He was born in Halifax in 1919 and his family moved to Meriden, Connecticut, in 1924, where he attended school, business school and then worked at General Motors until 1970. In 1997, at the age of 79, he was married for the first time to Clara Frederick Baker then they moved to her home in Halifax. Kenneth was an American veteran of the Second World War, a member of the 473 Regiment, 5th Army who spent time in North Africa as Anti-Air Craft Battalion and then transferred to Italy as infantry from Salerno to Geneva. He received several metals that included a heroic achievement metal. After the war he returned home to Connecticut. He was an avid golfer and bowler and he loved reliving those specific moments. Kenneth was predeceased by his wife Clara F. Gregory; sisters, Edna, Chelsey; brothers, Clarence, John William, Harold, and Robert. According to Kenneth's wishes, no flowers please. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice. Service Monday, May 19, at 11 am at St. Margaret's of Scotland, burial will be in Connecticut.

HOWSE, Perry Eugene
(September 2, 1964 - May 13, 2014)
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, May 16, 2014
Howse, Perry Eugene
, age 49 of Fall River. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Perry Howse on May 13, 2014. Born in Wesleyville, Newfoundland, he was the son of the late George and Mary (Kean) Howse. Perry enjoyed his career at Air Canada Jazz / Airnova where he made many lifelong friends and will be sadly missed. He is survived by his wife, Joyce (Gagnon); son, Trevor; sister, June (Roland) Sheppard, Sackville; brothers, Rick (Marjorie), Bedford, Ted (Marilyn), Sackville, George (Marion), Brandon, Rodger, Ottawa, Geoff (Cheryl), Calgary, Paul, Wesleyville, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and his 3 treasured cats, George, Buddy and Ruggles. Perry was a talented craftsman, always lending a helping hand to anyone who asked. Perry made his home in Nova Scotia but his heart was always in Newfoundland and he loved his trips back home. Visitation will be held at J. A Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Dr., Halifax (455-0531) on Sunday, May 18 from 1-4 pm and memorial service on Monday, May 19 at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any animal shelter of your choice.

MACKEY, Melinda
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, May 28, 2014
It is with great sadness that the family of the late Melinda Mackey, Salt Springs, Pictou County announce her sudden, peaceful passing on Tuesday May 27, 2014 at the Aberdeen Regional Hospital in New Glasgow, at the age of 72. Born in St. Paul's NL, she was a daughter of the late Rebecca & Freeman Bennett She leaves to mourn with fond and loving memories her best friend (spouse) Peter Mackey, her daughters: Corenia (Goronwy) Price, Maureen (Craig) Ford, Candi Mackey (Eddie Smith); her sons Larry (Evelyn), Peter (Robyn), Christopher (Heather); two sisters Vera Pittman, Marie (Kevin) Bennett; her brother Felix Bennett. Also left to mourn are 15 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and their dog Cuddles; as well as a large circle of nieces, nephews and other relatives. She was predeceased by her sisters: Daisy (Jobie) Payne, Maude (Maurice) Bennett, Rosetta Bennett; grand-daughter Sarah Mackey and brother-in-law Rendell Pittman.

Although she would say her greatest achievement in life would be raising her family, she received her high school diploma at the age of 62. Melinda loved giving her time to others and did so in many ways; some of which included volunteering at the Soup Kitchen, Food Bank, and Meals on Wheels. She thoroughly enjoyed spending time with elderly residents in the nursing home especially those that didn't have a family. The thing that bought the biggest smile to her face were visits with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Melinda is resting at Eagles Funeral Home, 1611 North Main Street, Westville with visiting on, Wednesday from 7-9 pm. Funeral service will take place 11 am , Thursday May 29th at the Church of the Holy Name, Westville, with father Everett MacDow officiating.   As expressions of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VON (Pictou County Branch) or the Nova Scotia Alzheimer's Society (

MOULTON, Cluda Bell
December 5, 1930 - May 15, 2014
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, May 21, 2014
Moulton, Cluda
, age 83 of Halifax passed away May 15, 2014 in the QEII Infirmary site. Born in Frenchman's Cove, Newfoundland, she was a daughter of Tryphena and Stephen Cluett. She loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved her balcony gardens. She was known for her wonderfully tasty baking. She is survived by daughter Catherine (Larry) Coolen, son Allan (Harriette) Moulton, sister (Sylvia) Ann Moulton, grandchildren Cynthia (John) Eggenhuizen, Dennis (Twyla) Coolen, Elizabeth (Blaine) Higgins and Alyssa (Colin) MacDonald, great grandchildren, Tanner, Joshua and Breah and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by husband Edgar, daughter Christina and sister Esther (Essie). Visitation will be held Sat. May 24, 2014 from 2-6pm in JA Snow Funeral Home 339 Lacewood Dr. Hfx. B3S 0E1 (455-0531) where a Memorial Service will be held Sun. May 25 at 2pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association (Nova Scotia Regional).

MYLES (Stokes), Barbara
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, May 10, 2014

Barbara passed away at the age of 71 in QEII Health Sciences Centre shortly after midnight, Tuesday, May 7th, 2014, surrounded by family. Born in Cape Freels South, N.L., she was a daughter of the late Hubert and Mae (Vincent) Stokes. Barbara moved to Nova Scotia in 1962 where she retired after a long career of bookkeeping at Dominion Stores and managerial duties in the food service industry. She was a dedicated member of the Daughters of the Nile and the Order of the Eastern Star. Barbara reigned as Queen of the Nile in 1993 as well as 2004.

Barbara is survived by her husband of over 50 years, George; three beautiful children, Davan, Jim (Kim), Cheryl (Steven) Berakos, and grandchildren, James Myles, John and Katie Berakos, all of Halifax, and Harrison Myles, Florida. She is also survived by sisters, Jean House-Babstock, Isabel Parsons, Margaret (Robert) Gillard and Vera (Cyril) O'Keefe, all of Newfoundland; sister-in-law, Minnie Anderson, Dartmouth; brothers, Harold (Myra) Stokes, Lorne (Sharon) Stokes of Newfoundland, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Shirley (John) Ford and brothers-in-law, Chesley House, Carl Babstock, Harvey Parsons and George Anderson.

Visitation will be held in J. A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Dr. on Sunday, May 11th from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. as well as Monday, May 12th from 10-12 p.m. There will be an Order of the Eastern Star Service followed by a Daughters of the Nile Service commencing at 1 p.m. with a traditional service to follow at 2 p.m. with Rev. Jeanne Manning Stright officiating. A burial will take place in Saint John's Cemetery after the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, Kidney Foundation of Canada, Shriners' Children's Hospital of Canada or a charity of your choice. To leave an on-line condolence, please visit:

PARMITER, Raymond Clarence
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, May 30, 2014

Halifax, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on May 28, 2014. Ray, the eldest child of William and Helena Parmiter was born in St. John's Newfoundland in 1931 He was a real fighter, in every sense of the word. He fought a spirited battle against several forms of cancer and in his fight, showed us the value of living for the moment, value of staying positive. As the first Newfoundlander to enlist in the Canadian Army just after Newfoundland joined confederation, Ray went on to proudly serve in the Canadian Armed Forces for 25 + years with stints in Korea, Germany, and most provinces in Canada leaving the military ranked as a Master Warrant Officer. In addition to his many postings, he was particularly proud that he was able to serve with the United Nations Peacekeeping Corp assigned to Cypress. A special thanks to the military guardian angel who watched over Ray during his military career.

After retiring from the Military, he first tried his hand at operating a small business in the form of television repair, although he loved to tinker, the business just wasn't challenging enough so he put his organizational and managerial skills to work as the manager of the Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club for five years. Retiring from the yacht club, he moved on to working for Statistics Canada as the Newfoundland Western Regional Manager off and on for the next ten years. At that same time Ray and Hughina's entrepreneurial spirit rose again and they owned and operated a large variety store in Hubbards where they lived until they finally retired for good in Halifax in 1998. Ray found a renewed passion for playing the guitar, tinkering, gardening, painting landscapes and supporting Hughina in her volunteer work at Veritas Catholic Books and many other charitable pursuits. Ray was a kind, gentle, and compassionate soul who cared deeply about his family and friends. On this day, the world is a little less gentle and a little less bright for all who loved Ray.

Left to mourn his passing is his beloved wife of 59 years, Hughina, their two daughters, Jennifer (Ron), Rhonda (Dave), their only son Raymond (Patty), and their grandchildren, Sandy, Andrea (Josh), Christine and Anthony. Also feeling the loss are Ray's brother Edward (Sally), sister, Marg and cousin Janet (Paul) and friends.

Arrangements are under the care of J. Albert Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd. (477-5601) 149 Herring Cove Rd., where visitation will be held on Friday, May 30th from 6-8 pm. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, May 31 10:30 am from St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church 26 Purcells Cove Rd. Interment to take place in St. John's Cemetery Halifax. By request, family flowers only, donations in memory of Ray may be made to Veritas Catholic Books. Thank you to everyone for your prayers, thoughts, and support. With special thanks to good friend, Lorraine MacDonald, for her loving kindness to Ray. We would also like to thank Marion Kennedy, Veterans Affairs Canada, Glenna Thornhill, Palliative Care, and the VON team, Dr. Patrick Somers for their expertise, compassion and understanding.

PARSONS, Catherine
Passed on: May 19th, 2014
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, May 21, 2014
Catherine Parsons
, 84, Popes Harbour passed away Suddenly Monday, May 19, 2014 in Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital, Sheet Harbour. Born July 7, 1929 in Rensontre East, NL, she was a daughter of the late Benjamin & Ivy (Kearley) James. In her earlier years Catherine worked as a nurses aid in Burgeo, N.L. She enjoyed reading, gardening, raising her children and had a great faith, a love for all the families and her grandchildren. Survived by her husband of 48 years Harry, Popes Harbour, sons Danny, Popes Harbour, James (Teri), Carbonear, NL, Ronald Tortorella, Alta, 10 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren; one sister, Paulette (Daniel) Burke, Grand La Piere, NL, two brothers, Edward (Mary) James, Grand La Piere, Murdock James, Paradise, N.L. Predeceased by sister Josephine Barter. No visitation, cremation has taken place. Memorial service will be held Friday, May 23rd at 2:00 P.M. in D.S. Crowell & Son Funeral Home, 22558 #7 Highway, Sheet Harbour, Rev. Melissa Frankland officiating. Burial at a later date in Newfoundland. Family flowers only, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Email condolences may be sent to

(November 19, 1938 - May 10, 2014)
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, May 14, 2014

Age 75, Lower Sackville. It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Elsie on May 10, 2014, at the Dartmouth General Hospital, with her family by her side. She was the daughter of the late Roland and Elise Sharpe (Newfoundland). Elsie met and married, Harry R. Pinsent, who became the love of her life 57 years ago. She was extremely proud of her two beloved sons, Harry Junior and Jason. Elsie enjoyed a 17 year banking career with CIBC., and after retiring focused heavily on her passions of cooking, baking, spending time with her family and two grandchildren who meant the world to her. During the hot summer nights she enjoyed sitting by the fire down at the water's edge with her husband watching the Blue Jay's baseball games. Elsie was a devout Christian and member of the StoneRidge Fellowship Baptist Church. She will be sadly missed by her husband, Harry R. Pinsent (Lr. Sackville), son, Harry Junior; son, Jason; daughter-in-law, Christine; and two grandchildren, Nicholas and Sophia. Also survived by her siblings, Katherine McCullough (ON); Rowena Yanish (AB); Margaret R. Sharpe (NS); Roland Sharpe (AB); Stephen Sharpe (ON). She was pre-deceased by: Thomas Sharpe (ON) and Betty Foulton (ON). Visitation will be held on Wed, May 14th at StoneRidge Fellowship Baptist Church, 85 Temple Terrace, Sackville, (6:00 -to 8:00 p.m.) The funeral will take place Thurs, May 15th (11:00 a.m.), at StoneRidge Fellowship Baptist Church, 85 Temple Terrace, Sackville, with Rev. Stephen Sharpe officiating. Flowers and/or donations may be delivered to the StoneRidge Fellowship Baptist Church, 85 Temple Terrace, Sackville, N.S., B4C 0B5.

ROBIA, Amos Joseph
(April 21, 1947 - May 20, 2014)
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, May 23, 2014
ROBIA, Amos Joseph
-67 of Timberlea, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on May 20, 2014 at the QEII Halifax Infirmary. Born in Cape St. George, NL, He was a son of the late William and Margaret Robia. He was a carpenter for 35 years. After he retired from the Halifax Shipyards, he worked alongside his son John installing elevator cabs. He was a family man with a generous heart who would do anything for his family. He enjoyed spending his time with his children and grandchildren. Amos is survived by his wife of 45 years, Liz (Thorne) who was always by his side; sons, John (Kelli), Amos Jr. (Amber); grandchildren, Mya and his baby doll Julian; too many siblings to name including some who have gone before, and Many nieces and nephews, all of whom he loved dearly. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation by request. The family will be having a private Newfoundland kitchen party to honour Amos' memory. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Canadian Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made by visiting: Dartmouth Chapel

SKANES, Gordon "Gordie" Lemoine
(October 23, 1931 - May 15, 2014)
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, May 19, 2014
SKANES, Gordon Lemoine "Gordie" CWO Ret'd
- 82 of Kingston, NS passed away suddenly, with Millie by his bedside, Thursday, May 15, 2014 in Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Born in Bell Island, NL he was a son of the late Randall and Irene (Clemens) Skanes. Gordie retired after 36 years of service (1951-1986) as Chief Warrant Officer in the RCAF. He was an active member of the Parish of Wilmot and was a founding member of All Saints Anglican Church, Kingston and was currently serving as Church Warden. He is survived by his wife the former Mildred Inglis; sons Robin (Cynthia), Petawawa, ON, Paul (Karen), Cardinal, ON and Mark (Dana), Australia; sisters Lillian Peach, Bay de Verde, NL, Marjorie Norman, Midland, ON and Mabel Musgrave, Newmarket , ON; grandchildren Robert, Aaron, Sheldon, Brenton, Nicholas, Connell, Savanna, Sheridan; great grandchildren Logan and Carter as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers Frederick, Freeman, Melvin, Bill, Edward, Donald, Louis and Revelyn. At Gordie's request, cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held from 7-9 p.m. Monday, May 19, 2014 in the Middleton Funeral Home, 398 Main St., (902) 825-3448. A memorial service will be held 2:00PM, Tuesday, May 20th in All Saints Anglican Church, Kingston, Reverend Matthew Sponagle and Rev. Michael McKeage officiating. A reception will follow the service. Interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Middleton. By request, family flowers only. Donations in memory may be made to All Saints Anglican Church. Online guestbook may be signed by visiting:

The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, May 10, 2014

Age 91. It is with sadness that we announce the passing of David Strickland of Isle aux Morts, N.L., on May 8, 2014, in the Palliative Care unit 7A of the VG Site, QEII, with family by his side. He was born in Burgeo, N.L. and was a son of the late John Strickland and Elizabeth Jane (Anderson). He is survived by his daughter, Alice (Bill); grandsons, David (Paula), Robert (Kim); great-grandchildren, Cadin, Callie and Ashley; great great-grandchild, Caleb, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Alice Jane; brother, Lewis Strickland; step- brother, George Robert Knott. David loved the outdoors; he was a fisherman for many years. He worked for Connors Brothers for 26 years until he retired in 1989. David loved going to music jams on Wednesday and Friday nights with his friends Gordie and Earl. He dearly loved Acadian music. Funeral services and burial will take place in Newfoundland on Wednesday, May 14, at 2 p.m. in Holy Spirit Church, Isle aux Morts. Arrangements have been entrusted to East Haven Funeral Home, Port aux Basque, N.L. A Celebration of Life service will be held on May 24, at 2 p.m. in Salvation Army Corp, Lower Sackville. Reception will be held in the LP Hall. The family would like to thank Dr. Terry Higgins and the doctors and nurses of the Palliative Care Unit 7A, many thanks to the VON for the wonderful care they gave my dad. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army Corp, 51 Metropolitan Ave., Lower Sackville.

TILLMAN, Viola Belle
(March 1, 1924 - May 25, 2014)
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, May 28, 2014
Tillman (Legge), Viola Belle
, Age 90 of Halifax. It is with saddened hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved mother and grandmother on May 25, 2014. Viola was born in Robinsons, Newfoundland, and was a daughter of the late Leona and Isaac Legge. Viola was from a loving religious family of ten children. She has always held great admiration and high regard for all her siblings and their families. Viola is survived by sons, Gary Paul (Heather), Lower Sackville; Kevin Rodney (Laura), Quispamsis; brothers, Garland and Austin, Newfoundland; sister, Neatha Masey, Halifax; grandchildren, Christopher Rodney Tillman, AB.; Shauna Yvonne Tillman, Halifax; Peder Andrew Tillman, Quispamsis, N.B.; Melanie Richelle Tillman, Lower Sackville, N.S. She was predeceased by her husband, Harold Floyd Tillman (January 2001); son, Wayne David, (January 2010); brothers, Robert, Vernon, Wesley, Godden; sisters, Olive Hendrican and Mildred Hayden.

After having worked as a proud waitress in her hometown, Viola moved to Halifax in 1952 where she raised her family of three sons with her beloved husband, Harold Floyd Tillman. Over the years she enjoyed bowling with the girls, family picnics with her children, as well as many family reunions. Since January 2010, she had been a resident of Northwood Manor in Halifax where she was dearly loved by new friends and the nursing staff who thought she was a very kind-hearted lady who was very stylish. Over the years she was a member of St. John's Anglican Church. Her Bible was always kept within reach. Viola was an excellent cook; she had a flair for making homemade soups and main courses, and homemade breads. A big thank you to the nursing staff at Northwood Manor who always gave Viola the best hugs and smiles during her stay with them and for also providing great comfort to the family by doing so. Our appreciation goes beyond words to each of Mom's caregivers. Visitation will be held in Cruikshank's Halifax Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor Street, on Thursday, May 29, from 6 - 9 p.m., where a funeral service will be held on Friday, May 30, at 1 p.m. Interment in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Sackville Dr., Lower Sackville. In lieu of flowers donations in Viola's memory may be made to a charity of your choice. To send messages of condolence to the family, please visit:

VATCHER, Claude Robert
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, May 13, 2014

It is with great sadness the family of Claude Vatcher, age 87, of Kingston, formerly of Halifax, announces his passing on May 11, 2014, in the Veterans Wing of Soldiers Memorial Hospital, Middleton. Born in Burgeo, N.L., he was a son of the late Joseph and Fanny (Foote) Vatcher. In 1942, at age 16, he first sailed to North Sydney and as a landed immigrant of Canada, he took the train to Halifax to join the Merchant Marines. He sailed on the ships Cyrus Field and Lord Kelvin as a deck hand repairing underwater communication cables. After the war, he stayed at sea, sailing out of Halifax to as far as the Caribbean. In Halifax, he met his future wife Doris (Munro) at a wrestling match at the Halifax Forum and they were married November 4, 1950. He left the sea life in 1966 and worked in the rigging shop at HMC Dockyard for 30 years and retired at age 69. He loved hunting and fishing (especially back in Newfoundland) and enjoyed most Saturday afternoons "relaxing" at the Greco Club with the boys. When he moved to Kingston, he joined the Legion, Branch 98, where he looked forward to the Thursday night crib games.

He was predeceased by his wife, Doris; brothers, Lou and Onslow and son, David. He is survived by his son, Robert (Carol) of Moncton, N.B.; and daughter, Carole (Neil) of Kingston; grandsons, Shawn and Jonathan; granddaughters, Melissa and Amanda; great-granddaughters, Jyana and Ema and great-grandson, Spencer. Special thanks to the nursing staff at the Veteran's Wing for their excellent care of Claude. Cremation has taken place and a visitation for Claude will be held on Wednesday, May 14, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with a memorial service on Thursday, May 15th at 11 a.m., both will be from Atlantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayers Rd., Halifax. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Veteran's Wing of Soldiers Memorial Hospital. For on-line condolences, please visit: (Halifax)

WELLS, Freeman
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, May 10, 2014
Freeman Wells
, age 89, of Duke Street, Trenton, passed away Friday, May 9, 2014 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in Red Island, Newfoundland, he was a son of the late Morgan and Lillian (Cosser) Wells. He joined the Merchant Navy at age 16 and served from 1940 - 1945. He was retired from Boiler Makers Local 73. He is survived by his wife, Marlene (Black); daughters: Ida Rundle, Westville; Jacqulynn (Alex) Watson, New Glasgow; sons: James, New Glasgow; James W., Toronto; Herman, Toronto; Terry (Leola), Toronto; grandchildren: Trudy Duggan; Heather (Aaron) Miller; Tracey Rundle (Ron); John, William and Greg Wells; Carrie and Jason Watson; Daiseyjane, Crystal and Christopher Wells; Phillip and Tyler Wells; numerous great grandchildren; sisters: Melissa Chaulk, Nfld.; Lillian Keeping, Nfld.; brother, Monford, Nfld. He was predeceased by his first wife, Daisy Belle Gerrior; sons: Fred and Doug; son-in-law, John Rundle; several brothers and sisters. Visitation from 1-3 pm Saturday in the R.H. Porter Funeral Home, Trenton, from where funeral service will take place at 3 pm Saturday with Mr. Fergie MacKay officiating. Family flowers only please. Donations in his memory may be made to the S.P.C.A. or a charity of choice. Condolences may be sent by visiting:



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