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Newfoundland Obit Announcements
From Nova Scotia Newspapers

Halifax Herald
February 2016


BENSON, Ann Denise
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, February 8, 2015
(1968 - 2016)
BENSON, Ann Denise
- age 47 of Enfield, It is with profound sadness, that her family announces her passing on February 3, 2016. Born in Labrador City, Newfoundland, she was dearly loved and cherished by her parents Don and Shirley (Yetman) Benson. Ann was a Registered Nurse at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax for 24 years. Her biggest joys in life were her husband and three children who were the light of her life. She loved to read, paint and travel with her family. She will be sadly missed by her loving husband John Penney; sons, Adam and Noah; daughter, Sarah; brother, Darren Benson (Corinne de Re'land), sisters, Karen Benson (Barry Hillier), Lesa Benson (Darryl O'Keefe), many nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Ettinger Funeral Home, Shubenacadie. No visitation by request. Funeral service will be held 1 pm Monday, February 8, 2016 at Riverview United Church, Elmsdale. Rev. Catherine MacDonald officiating. Donations may be made to the IWK Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit. Condolences, words of comfort and memories of Ann may be shared with the family at

BUTT, Ena Madeleine
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, February 12, 2016
(November 7, 1925 - February 7, 2016)
BUTT, Ena Madeleine (Rideout)
passed peacefully away in Bridgetown, N.S. on February 7, 2016 at the age of 90. Daughter of the late Edward and Florence Rideout, formerly of Badger, NL, Ena moved to St. John's in her late teens to complete her education and then on to work. She married Alex Butt in 1949, whom she met in the choir at Gower Street United Church. Together they went on to raise three children who blessed them with eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Having reared her family she decided to further her formal education.

Ena completed a BA degree (honours) and received the Sister Francis d'Assisi Prize in history from Mount Saint Vincent University at age 60. She was an active member of her local church and spent many hours in local volunteer services. Ena was a talented artist who particularly enjoyed oil, pastel and water colour painting. Her musical talents on the piano always made for a great time at social gatherings and her beautiful soprano voice was put to good use with many church choirs, most recently with Fairview United.

Ena was much loved and will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends. She leaves to mourn her children, Kenneth (Karen) St. John's, NL, Jim (Colleen) Middleton, N.S and Barbara Schmidt, White Rock, B.C., grandchildren: Jennifer (Aaron) Higdon, Jonathan (Rachelle), Jayme Lynn (Noah), Julianne, Jesse (Julia), Suzanne Schmidt (Andrew), Madeleine Schmidt (Adam), Levon Schmidt and great-grandchildren: Xavier Butt, Arianna and Kiarra Higdon, Zoey Sturgess and Alex Butt along with many beloved nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Alex, by infant son Edward and son-in-law David Schmidt.

Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service is being planned for Friday, April 1, 2016 at the Fairview United Church in Halifax, NS. Further details will be made available through the Middleton Funeral Home, 398 Main St. (902-825-3448). Donations may be made in Memory of Ena Butt to the Mountain Lea Lodge, 170 Church Street, Bridgetown, NS, B0S 1C0 (902-665-4489) for use by the Recreation Department to enhance their Music Therapy Program or to a charity of your choice. An on-line guest book may be signed by visiting:

CHILDS, Charles Eugene "Gene"
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, March 2, 2016
Charles Eugene "Gene" Childs
- 62, Debert. It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of a beloved husband, father, brother and poppy, Charles Eugene "Gene" Childs on Thursday, February 18, 2016, in Holguin, Cuba. Born in Lark Harbour, Newfoundland, he was a son of the late William and Hazel (Darrigan) Childs. Gene is survived by his loving wife, Theresa (MacPherson); son, Jason (Suzanne); daughter, April; granddaughter, Mallory; sister, Frances (Paul); brother, Douglas (Melissa); many nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws. He will be forever remembered as an avid musician who played the accordion, fiddle, guitar, mandolin and more.

Gene left home at the age of 19 to join the RCMP until he retired in 1999. Since his retirement he has loved sailing his boat, "The Mallory Dawn", traveling to Cuba, gardening and reading. He enjoyed spending time with his coffee buddies and bringing treats for their dogs. He lived life to the fullest, from building furniture with his son, Jason, to playing Sudoko with his daughter, April. He touched the lives of many and will be greatly missed.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall - Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where Gene's family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, March 2, 2016, and Celebration of Life service 2 p.m., Thursday, March 3, 2016, The Reverend Lori Ramsey officiating. Reception will follow. Interment will be held at a later date in Newfoundland. In lieu of flowers, donations in Gene's memory to Prostate Cancer Canada are welcomed. Private messages of condolence may be sent to the family by viewing Gene's obituary on-line and selecting "Send A Condolence" at:

COLE, Anne Elizabeth "Nancy"
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, February 22, 2016
(December 5, 1938 - February 20, 2016)
Cole, Anne Elizabeth "Nancy"
- age 77 of Dartmouth passed away on February 20, 2016 due to lung cancer. Nancy was born December 5, 1938 in Norris Point, NL to the late Muriel and Gordon Caines. Nancy is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Brian; also her daughter, Diane (Blair) Porter, Kingston, ON and her son, John (Irene) Cole, Ottawa; her grandchildren, Ryan, Erin and Carly Porter and Nicolas, Chanel and Jacqueline Cole (Patrick Mason) and her great granddaughter, Addison. Nancy is also survived by sisters, Marina (Don) Snow, Lower Sackville, Mary (Hedley) Ledrew, Ottawa, Jacqueline (Ping) Wong, Dutch Settlement; her brothers, Arthur Caines, Moncton and Gordon Caines, Norris Point, NL. She was predeceased by her oldest sister, Isabel. Nancy was a breast cancer survivor since 1998. As per Nancy's wishes there will be no visitation or service. Private interment will be held in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens at a later date. Online condolences may be sent by visiting (Dartmouth Chapel)

MITCHELL, Earl Kitchener
The Chronicle Herald, February 24, 2016

Age 93 Spryfield , passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 18th, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Port au Bras, Newfoundland. He was a son of the late Fred and Violet (Piercey) Mitchell. Earl will lovingly be remembered and never forgotten by his son, Kenneth (Janet); grandchildren Jonathan, Jana, Shawn (Denine), Glen (Lenore), Jodie (Chris); great grandchildren Kevin, Marlee, Katelyn, Noah, Madison. He was predeceased by wife Mary; son Bert; brothers, Matt, Amos and Leonard. Special thanks to Doctors and Staff of QEII, 8.2 for there kindness and care. Also the staff of Walkers funeral home for their kindness and support. Arrangements are in care of J Albert Walker Funeral Home (2005 )Ltd. 149 Herring Cove Road Spryfield. Visitation will be held on Friday February 26th 3-5 and 7-9pm. Funeral service will be held on Monday February 29th at 2pm in Emmanuel Anglican Church followed by a reception in the church hall. Interment will take place at a later date in the spring. Donations in Earl's memory may be made to the Alzheimer Association.

O'CONNELL, Rita Olive
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, February 20, 2016

Age 93, of Halifax, passed away peacefully at Northwood Ivany Place on February 17, 2016. Born in Fortune Bay, Newfoundland, Little Bay East on September 27, 1922, Rita was a daughter of the late John and Abigail Myles. Rita loved to knit, read, travel, gardening, animals and especially spending time with her friends and family, who will miss her dearly. She is survived by daughters Doris (Gary) Iverson, BC; Donna (Wayne) Flynn, Halifax; sons David Nurse (Linda), Alberta; Barry (Judy) Nurse, Lower Sackville; Keith Nurse, Halifax; grandchildren Debbie, Annette, Paul, Steven, Robert and Laura; seven great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren and daughter in law Mary, Dartmouth. Rita was predeceased by her Husband Bernard; daughter Sandra Nurse; brothers Herb and Fred Myles as well as special friend Dudley Mingo. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude towards the staff and Dr. L Whynot at Ivany Place, Mayflower Point, for their exceptional care and compassion in looking after Rita during her stay. Arrangements are under the care of J. Albert Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd, 149 Herring Cove Road, Halifax, where a visitation will be held on Monday February 22 from 2-8pm. Private family interment to take place on Tuesday February 23 at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Lower Sackville. Donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Words of comfort can be left at



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