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BRIDGER, Anna "Marie"
HARDING, Kenneth "George"
Visitation will be held on Monday October 26 from 12-2pm in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main Street, Dartmouth. The funeral service will take place immediately following visitation at 2pm in the funeral home chapel, Rev. Josh Trombley officiating. Burial in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. Special thanks to the staff of "C" unit at Oakwood Terrace for the excellent care given to our Dad. Online condolence may be made by visiting the Dartmouth Chapel at www.atlanticfuneralhomes.com
This obituary may be of interest to anyone researching the Johnson family
from Northern Bay, Newfoundland.
He married Anne Wilson in 1967 and the newly assembled family moved to Nova Scotia, where the family thrived. Although he and Anne eventually travelled separate paths he was grateful that their union kept the McKenzie family together. Anne and her husband Bob Valiquette are loved dearly and stay active in the lives of their children and grandchildren.
Jim worked in and loved the insurance business. He grew from Hamilton Branch Manager with the Continental Insurance Company, to Atlantic Branch Manager with Continental, and Atlantic Branch Manager with Mutual of Omaha. He retired as a General Insurance Agent in his own company, James R McKenzie Insurance Ltd. As he eased into retirement, he worked with the Dartmouth Chamber of Commerce and immensely enjoyed working to grow MediaPro, his son's first independent business. Jim was an avid reader, often reading three books a week, and a committed soccer fan. He loved his daily jaunts to see his friends at the Buffalo Club and the Somme Branch Legion #31. He also loved poetry and would often break out into recitations of the works of Robert Burns. He had a wonderful singing voice and a great sense of humor. His rendition of 'Danny Boy' was a favorite and became a command performance at family gatherings.
His humour never failed - still telling jokes from his deathbed. He loved music, and danced beautifully right into his eighties. Jim also loved the English language and did not like to hear it misused. He wouldn't hesitate to correct improper grammar no matter the situation or the speaker. His children were regularly quizzed on the dictionary for word origin, pronunciation and proper meaning. In 2014 his immigration to Canada was honoured with the installation of a plaque at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. He took pride in the accomplishments of his children, his "beautiful, talented, perfect" grandchildren, and their wide circle of friends. He is lovingly remembered by Nicole (John Pozeg), Philip and Danielle d'Entremont; Evan, Jenna and Connor Furey; and Brooke and Blaire McKenzie. He wanted them to know he will always watch over them. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and extended family connected not only by blood lines but love lines especially Marcel and Julien d'Entremont and their families. Jim left this world confident in what awaited him. He was looking forward to a Johnson family kitchen party complete with a Newfie Jiggs dinner, card games and good scotch. Most anticipated was his long awaited time to see Genevieve again. He wanted the world to know that "God was good to him when He gave him Genny Johnson". Dad, it gives us great comfort that you are together again.
Cremation is taking place under the direction of Dartmouth Funeral Home. A
funeral mass will take place on Monday, November 2nd at 11:00 a.m. at St.
Peters Parish in Dartmouth. At his request, a celebration will be held on
Sunday, November 1st at the Mic Mac AAC starting at 7 p.m. All are welcome.
The family want to send their heartfelt thanks to the doctors, nurses, nurse
practitioners and staff of Cardiac ICU and Unit 7.1 If angels walk the
earth, we have met them at the Halifax Infirmary. In lieu of flowers, gifts
can be made to World Vision. Jim annually donated to global relief efforts
in honour of his beloved grandchildren. We will continue this tradition.
Online condolences by visiting www.dartmouthfuneralhome.ca
VERRAN, Harry James
With his good friend and fellow runner, Bobby Lockett, he was a common sight on the highways and byways of the Annapolis Valley roads. It was during this time he became involved in youth sport and was instrumental in the building of the Bridgetown Arena as well as coaching and organizing minor hockey, minor lacrosse and youth track and field (with good friend Dick Campbell). During the 1970's Harry also established and helped coach a senior hockey team, the Bridgetown Hawks, of the Nova Scotia Senior Hockey League. In 2013 Harry was proud to be inducted into the Bridgetown Sports Hall of Fame with a Life Time Achievement award for his many years of service as an athlete, a coach and a builder.
In the early1970's he began his political career by accepting a position as Executive Assistant to the provincial Minister of Finance (Peter Nicholson). He then became a field worker and organizer for the Nova Scotia Liberal Party. In 1993 Harry successfully ran a campaign to become the Member of Parliament for Southwest Nova. He worked tirelessly for the people of western Nova Scotia until 1997. Upon officially leaving political life, he continued to enjoy meeting and talking to people about current issues and spent precious time with his family which includes seven married children, twenty-seven grandchildren and twenty-nine great grandchildren. Over the last few years he and Connie have been a regular fixture at the Windsor Arena for all junior "B" games, to watch their star player and grandson Colin Gillis perform.
Family was always the most important thing in Harry's life and he was most happy and proud when he was in the company of his "little ones" who affectionately called him Poppy. He was predeceased by his infant brother Leo; infant grandson Bruce Harry (John and Debbie) and son-in-law Mark MacFarlane (Margie). He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Connie. Three sisters Alicia of Phoenix Az.; Kay of Madison Wis.; Mary of Placentia Nfld. Seven children: Cathy (Paul) McGuire of Kingston; John (Debbie) Verran of Meadowvale; Joanne (Bronson) Rafuse of Bridgetown; Jim (Tammy) Verran of Bridgetown; Margie MacFarlane of Wilmot; Gerry (Patti) Verran of Yarmouth; Alice (Greg) Gillis of Middleton twenty-seven grandchildren; Colleen McGuire (Brian Conrod) of Wilmot; Patrick McGuire (Marijo Aguilera) of Minneapolis Minn.; Daniel McGuire (Victoria) of Kentville; Connor McGuire (Bronwen) of Wilmot; Mark McGuire (Sarah) of Stephenville Nfld.; Kevin McGuire (Mariel Bent) Waterville Ma.; Kyna (Ryan) Andrews of Auburn; J.J. (Sarah) Verran of North Bay Ont.; Adam (Elizabeth) Verran of Tremont; Kirk (Jenise) Verran of Dartmouth; Luke (Lindsay) Verran of Greenwood; Kaitlyn (Sean) Simms of Meadowvale; Melissa (Ian) Lockhart of Kentville; Alycia Reynolds of Bridgetown; Petra Rafuse of Halifax; Gareth Rafuse of Bridgetown; Josh (Rhiannon) Verran of Dartmouth; Jason Verran (Corinne Gervais ) of Virden Man.; Megan (Barrett) Wenckowski of Melvern Square; Andrew Verran of Bridgetown; David MacFarlane of Halifax; Katrina (Matt) Hand of Berwick; Jenna Gillis (Thomas MacDougall) of Hinton Alt.; Carly Gillis of Halifax; Colin Gillis of Middleton; Bradley Verran of Yarmouth; Brenna Verran of Yarmouth.
In keeping with Harry's wishes, cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held 6:00PM-8:00PM both Thursday, October 22 and Friday, October 23 in the Middleton Funeral Home, 398 Main Street, (902) 825-3448. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 2:00PM, Saturday, October 24, 2015 in St. Monica's Roman Catholic Church, 41 Connaught Avenue, Middleton with Father Jose Thomas officiating assisted by Rev. Deacon Donald Boudreau. A reception for family and friends will follow the service. Interment will follow the reception in the St. Alphonsus Cemetery, Bridgetown. Donations in Harry's memory may be made to Camp Brigadoon. On-line guest book may be signed by visiting: www.middletonfuneralhome.com
WELSH, Robert Llewellyn "Robbie"
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