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Newfoundland Obit Announcements
From Nova Scotia Newspapers

Halifax Herald
March 2015


ANDERSON, Dr. Hugh Douglas "Doug"
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, March 28, 2015
(January 9, 1944 - March 25, 2015)

Age 71, Doug passed away at home March 25, 2015 surrounded by family. Born in St. John's, NL to the late Joseph and Helen (Grady) Anderson, Doug is survived by his loving wife of 44 years Pamela (Young), daughters Heather (Aaron Schmidt, Ottawa) and Colleen (Rémi Brisson, Gaspé), grandchildren Estelle and Tabatha Schmidt, and Maeva and Jonah Brisson, and aunts Dorothy Grady and Florence (Finnerty) Grady. He was brother-in-law to Gail (Young) and Dick Thompson, and uncle to George (Molly) and Richard (Michelle) Thompson (Toronto).

Growing up in St. John's, Doug attended St. Bonaventure College and was a member of Bally Haly Golf Club. He moved to Halifax with his parents in 1961 and attended St. Francis Xavier University. Pam and Doug met in the VGH Emergency where he worked summers as an ambulance driver while a dental student. Doug graduated in 1970 from the Faculty of Dentistry, Dalhousie University, where he belonged to Phi Kappa Pi fraternity. Doug was deeply committed to his many dental patients, practicing for 16 years on the Bedford Hwy and 24 years at the Clayton Professional Centre. He was active in Continuing Dental Education through Dalhousie University and the Atlantic Provinces Academy of General Dentistry. Doug held various roles on the AGD Board, was a life member of the Nova Scotia Dental Association, and a member of the Halifax County Dental Society, the NS Dental Board Peer Review Committee, and the Professional Support Program, a joint project of the NSDA, Doctors Nova Scotia, and Nova Scotia Veterinarian Medical Association. He belonged to Oakfield Golf and Country Club, and previously to Ashburn Golf Club. Doug retired in 2010, allowing more enjoyment of family, golf, travel, yard work, listening to CBC Radio, reading and keeping up with current events, and cooking. His kindness, generosity, easy-going nature, advice, conversation, sense of humour, and playfulness with his grandchildren will be dearly missed.

Sincere appreciation to his QEII Oncology and Integrative Palliative Care Service teams, VON, and Nurse Next Door. Visitation Sunday March 29th, 1:00 - 5:00, JA Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax; Funeral Mass, Thursday April 2nd, 11:00, St. Benedict's Parish, 45 Radcliffe Dr, with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Feed Nova Scotia or the Canadian Cancer Society.

AULENBACK, Shirley (Green)
The Cape Breton Post, March 9, 2015

It is with broken hearts that we the family of Shirley Aulenback (nee Green) regret to announce her peaceful passing on March 7, 2015, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. Born in Isle Aux Morts, N.L., in 1942 she was the daughter of the late Aveline and Freeman Green. She settled in Sydney in 1971. Family and friends remember her for being kind hearted and very caring to everyone. Since moving to Sydney, Shirley was a dedicated member of Christ Church. With friends she welcomed their weekly 'club' meetings. With her unique sense of humour she never shied away from a good laugh as she was known to be a prankster.

She was predeceased by her husband of 42 years Benjamin Aulenback, with whom she cherished life with their precious dog Lucky, now they reunite. Shirley is survived by her children, Dawn Foeller, Chris Collishaw (Natalie), Shawn Collishaw, Linda Deleskie (Donnie), Elizabeth Dickie (Jimi), Benjamin Aulenback Jr. (Lisa) and Brenda O'Dea (Eddy); siblings, Vera Seymour (Wilfred), Hilda Hutchings (Neil), Linda Secor (Fred), Wilson (Marilyn) and Larry Green. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Mark, Ryan, Michael, Gillian, Bryden, Natesha, Shelby, Dakota, Christopher, Nicholas, Amanda, Katelynn, Ivan, Glenn, and Katie, also many great-grandchildren. Besides her husband Benny, she was predeceased by her first husband, Blanchard Collishaw, her parents, sister Melida Gagnon, and brother Bradley Green.

Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m at the S.W. Chant & Son Funeral Home, 564 Alexandra St. Sydney. With a celebration of life to be held on Wednesday, March 11 at 11a.m. in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Sheldon Chant officiating. Interment in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens to take place at a later date. The family would like to thank the staff of 4D at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, for the wonderful care that they gave to mom. In lieu of flowers, donations in Shirley's memory can be made to a charity of ones choice.Online condolences may be sent to our web page at

BILLARD, Joan Stella
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, March 18, 2015
(January 28, 1931 - March 17, 2015)
BILLARD, Joan Stella
-age 84, of Halifax passed away on March 17, 2015 in the QEII Abbie J Lane. Born in Halifax, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Eva Aylward. Joan is survived by her daughters, Susan, Halifax, Diane (Paul) Burke, Bridgetown; sons, Gary (Vicki), Halifax, Mark (Corina), Blind Bay; grandchildren, Michael (Cynthia) Billard, David and Geoffrey Burke. She was predeceased by her husband Willis "Bill", her daughter Joan-Marie "Jonie"; siblings, Clyde, and Alice. According to Mom's wishes, there will be no visitation. The funeral service will be held on Friday March 20 at 11am in Atlantic Funeral Home, Halifax Chapel, 6552 Bayers Road, Rev. Josh Tremblay officiating. Burial in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association. The family would like to express thanks to the staff of 9th floor, Abbie J Lane Geriatrics Unit. Online condolences may be made by visiting the Halifax Chapel at

BYRNE, Warrant Officer John Maurice
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, March 4, 2015

Age 86, Halifax, passed away peacefully on February 24, 2015 at Parkstone Enhanced Care. Born in St. John's, Newfoundland, he was a son of the late Gerald and Agnes (Pilot) Byrne. He had lived in Halifax for the past 60 years. He had served with the Canadian Armed Forces for 30 years until his retirement then, with Securitas Security as a guard for 30 years until retirement. He was a man who gave all he could and could find only good in all people, he gave to all charities and could never say no. He will be sadly missed by each and everyone of us and was dearly loved. He was strong in his faith, never wanting to miss a Mass, may he rest in eternal peace. A quiet and peaceful life he lived and oh how he loved his scratch tickets.

John leaves to morn his nieces and nephews; Gerald and Maurice Rideout, Robert Reedy, Stephen, Guy and Tim Quinn, Lorna Pelley, Barb Schmidt, Barbara Wheeler, Pam and Amy Quinn and their families, Christina Wilson and her family, Colleen (Kenneth) Boutilier, Suelynn Elbittar and Dennis Butler, Erich and Thomas Banfield and so many friends. He was predeceased by brother Gerald; sisters, Barbara Reedy, Elizabeth Quinn and Agnes Rideout.

Cremation has taken place under the care of J. Albert Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd., in keeping with his wishes, there will be no visitation or service. We would like to say a special thank you to RJF Health Care Workers for the kindness and respect that they gave Mr. Byrne while they helped to care for him at home, they were a great comfort to John and our family, and to Parkstone Enhanced Care.

GINN, Thomas
The Chronicle Herald, halifax, March 23, 2015
(October 17, 1918 - March 18, 2015)
Ginn, Thomas Rowsell
- age 96 of Dartmouth passed peacefully to the other side on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 in Dartmouth General Hospital. Born October 17, 1918 in Grand Falls, Newfoundland to parents the late Peter and Lucy (Rowsell) Ginn. Thomas was a World War II Veteran (RN, Fleet Air Arm), employed at Fairey Aviation and DND until he retired in 1982. He is survived by sons, John (Laura Lee) of Lawrencetown and Roger of Markham; daughters, Peggy (Gordon) Pelly of Logy Bay, NL, Jennette Scott of Prince George, BC, Betty Ann (Ross) Hartlen of Dartmouth and Patsy Loughran (John Burnes) of Dartmouth; daughter-in-law, Gail of Dartmouth; sister-in-law, Doris Grant of Truro and Mary Ginn of Lewisporte, NL; 13 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren as well as many nieces, nephews, long time family friends and kind neighbours. Thomas was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Margaret Grant, RN, daughter, Helen and sons, Harold, Roy and David. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 Tuesday, March 24 with a funeral service 2pm, Wednesday, March 25 followed by a reception all in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main Street Dartmouth. Private family burial in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lower Sackville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one's choice. Online condolences may be sent by visiting (Dartmouth Chapel)

KING, Randell Joseph
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, April 3, 2015
(August 16, 1957 - March 31, 2015)
KING, Randell Joseph
age 57 years of Dartmouth passed away March 31, 2015 at the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax. Born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland he is a son of George & Doris (Barnes) King, both Corner Brook. Randell was a member of the Royal Canadian Navy. He was a loving son, brother and uncle. Besides his parents he is survived by brothers Mike, Alberta, his twin brother Raymond, Moncton, George, Corner Brook, David, Corner Brook and Clayton, Toronto, sisters Margaret (Roy Hillier), Fredericton NB, Michelle (Stephen Otis), Sussex N.B., Doris King "Dee Dee" (James Boland ), Corner Brook. He will also be remembered by his nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother Anthony "Tony" and a sister Doreen. Private family service will be held at a later date. Online condolences by visiting

MATTHEWS, Basil Clifford
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, April 16, 2015
MATTHEWS, Basil Clifford
, 69, of Halifax, passed away March 23, 2015 in Iten, Kenya. Born in Burgeo, NL he was the son of Violet Siminowski, Cambridge ON. Basil was well known in the antique business and was also a coach in long distance running for many years. He will be sadly missed by his family and many friends. He is survived by his mother, Violet; sister, Peggy and brother, Paul all of Ontario. Basil is also survived by his Aunt Myrtle, Uncle Don and Aunt June of Halifax; and several cousins. A graveside service will be held in Fairview Lawn Cemetery at 1:30pm on Friday, April 17, 2015. Rev. David Dellapinna officiating. Memorial service will be held at a later date.To view or send an online condolence please visit:

MULLINS, Beatrice Thelma
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, March 28, 2015
(November 13, 1932 - March 25, 2015)
Mullins, Beatrice Thelma
- 82 of Dartmouth, passed away Wednesday March 25, 2015 in the Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in St. Jones Within, NL, she was the daughter of the late Reuben and Alice (Holloway) Toope. Beatrice was always overjoyed by visits from her great grandchildren, Camden and Sarah. In earlier years she was a talented seamstress, enjoyed gardening and was a terrific cook. She was also very devoted to her faith. She is survived by son Wayne (Candice) Mullins; daughter Doreen (Ronald) Mullins Petrie; granddaughter Lisa (Jim) Johnson; grandson Jared Coffin (Julie Dubkowski) great grandson Camden, great granddaughter Sarah; brother John (Elsie) Toope; sister Anne Campbell; brother Clarence (Annie) Toope sister Linda (Rodney) Wilson; brother Douglas (Mena) Toope; sister Gladys (Mark) Finley; sister Daphne (Doug) Bennett; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her loving husband Raymond Mullins; sisters Joan, Hilda; great grandson Aubrey Johnson. Visitation will take place on Monday, March 30, 2015 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm with a funeral service on Tuesday at 11 am both in A. L. Mattatall Funeral Home, 217 Portland Street, local Elder Michael Kelly officiating. Burial will take place in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. Family flowers only donations may be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association of Nova Scotia or the Canadian Diabetes Association. Online condolences may be viewed or sent to:

SKINNER, Ruby Louise (Simms)
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, March 7, 2015
Date of Birth: Saturday, June 1st, 1935
Date of Death: Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
Place of Death: Truro, NS
Skinner, Ruby
, 79, of Great Village, NS passed away on March 4, 2015 at Colchester East Hants Health Center. She was born in Hermitage, Newfoundland. Ruby was the daughter of the late William and Bertha (Francis) Simms. Ruby lived in Great Village with her daughter Trudy for the past seven years. She loved to play Bingo and to have a game of cards. She was a member of the St. Saviours Anglican Church and LOBA in Hermitage; a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 72 Great Village and Ladies Fire Auxiliary in Great Village. Ruby is survived by her sons, Hughie, and Todd (Edna), both of Hermitage; Cliff, Grovedale, Alberta; Victor (Melissa) Grand Prairie, Alberta; daughters, Gloria (Edgar) Morris, Hermitage, Trudy (Glen) MacNeil, Great Village; grandchildren, Lindo Simms, Jonathon and Kayla Skinner, Richard and Andrew MacNeil, Shavana Simms, and Dylan Skinner; sisters Ethel Dealhoy, Huntsville, Ontario, Phyllis Rose, Whitby, Ontario, and Blanche Millar, Bedford, Nova Scotia; numerous nieces and nephews along with her best friend Betty MacNeil. She was predeceased by her husband, Clarence Skinner; brothers, Edgar, Max, Gerald, Ernest, Clifford, and Lindo; sisters, Eva and Greta. A celebration of Ruby's life will be held at the Great Village Royal Canadian Legion Branch 72 in Great Village on March 8, 2015 from 2-4 with a Legion Tribute Service at 2 pm. Her funeral will be at St Saviours Anglican church in Hermitage, Newfoundland at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 72 or to St. Saviours Anglican Church Hermitage. On-line condolences are available at:

WITHERALL, Clarence Maxwell "Max "
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, March 18, 2015
Date of Death: Monday, March 16th, 2015

It is with great sadness that the family of Clarence Maxwell "Max" Witherall, 80 of Lunenburg, announces his passing, on Monday, March 16, 2015 at the Fishermen's Memorial Hospital, Lunenburg. Born in Grand Bank, NF., he was the son of the late Frank and Edith (Hickman) Witherall. Max started his working career as an Engineer on fishing boats and with Irving Oil on Tug boats out of Halifax. He then went to work with National Sea Products in the Fishplants in Halifax and Lunenburg and later retiring after driving Taxi in Lunenburg. He enjoyed being a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 23 and a member of the Lunenburg County Amateur Radio Club and many will remember Max as the Strawberry guy, who always greeted everyone with a smile.He enjoyed the simple pleasures of life and treasured the gift of his family.

Max is survived by his wife the former, Doris Dauphinee, daughters, Linda (Fred) Oickle, Liverpool and Marilyn (Glen) Hebb, Hebbville; grandchildren, Colin, Heidi (Kevin) Matthew, Mackenzie (Carol-Ann); Kaylah (Ashton); great grandchildren, Jordan, Owen, Isaac and Kallie, sister, Rose (Bill) Blagdon, Kentville; brothers, Fred (Mabel), Deep Cove, Maurice (Beatrice), Bedford, Gord (Emily), Fortune, NF; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his infant daughter, Evangeline in infancy.

Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Dana L. Sweeny Funeral Home, 11213 Hwy #. 3, Lunenburg, with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 23, Lunenburg holding a legion tribute on Friday at 6:45 p.m. followed by visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service to celebrate Max's life will be held Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Faith Baptist Chapel, Centre, Rev. Steven Hiltz, officiating. Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Lunenburg. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Faith Baptist Chapel, SHAID Tree Animal Shelter or to a charity of your choice.
Bill's note: Joan's parents were Joseph Aylward and Eva Fenton. Joseph was born in St. John's.



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