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Halifax Herald
January 2016


CALLAHAN, Sheila Mae
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, February 2, 2016
(December 15, 1956 - January 31, 2016)
CALLAHAN, Sheila Mae
-Eastern Passage. On the early morning of January 31st, 2016 an Angel went to heaven. Sheila Mae Callahan was born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland on December 15 1956. She later moved to Nova Scotia after high school to pursue a career in Administration. Sheila soon realized that her passion was for kids. Sheila was a stay at home mom blessed with two beautiful children early in her life. She knew how important those first 18 years were when raising them. She came from a family of ten siblings and was given great strength and love. She lost her son Justin (Jay) at the tender age of 15 to Muscular Dystrophy but she felt compelled to continue being a 'Mom' after her daughter Amanda left home for university. She decided to become an Early Childhood Educator. She was employed at The Growing Place daycare in Dartmouth for 16 years and she worked hard to be a "Mom" to all the children whose moms and dads had to be at work. She did her job and cared for those children as if they were her own. They gave her strength every day to teach them, to care for them and to love them as she knew that children love unconditionally. She was known as Sheela Beela and her favorite pastime would be to dress up for the kids. Her favorite time was Christmas (playing Santa) but she valued every special occasion to get a chance to dress up for the children. She became very distraught when she could no longer work as they were so very dear to her. We know that there are so many that will miss her smile her humour and her kindness and love at the daycare.

Special thanks from Sheila's family are extended to Jane, and Senait, who spent many days by her side. During her illness Sheila showed immeasurable strength, dignity and grace to the end. She fought hard to stay on this earth but realized that her son Justin "Jay Jay" was calling her home. It was with broken hearts that we helplessly watched her journey to heaven. Sheila was the beloved daughter of Shirley Callahan (Stephenville, NL), Partner of Wayne McDonald (Eastern Passage) and cherished mother of Amanda Roach (Dartmouth). Sheila was a loving sister to Paul (Sibina) Callahan, Elaine (Kenny) White, Gary (Rita) Callahan, Keith (Cheryl) Callahan, Sandra (Paul Barrington), Danny (Carolyn) Callahan, Gloria (Gladstone) Callahan, Joy (Danny) Shatford and Brad (Amanda) Callahan. Sheila has left a huge impression on her many nieces and nephews, Nicole and Renee, Brandy, Mitchell, Andrew and Daniel, Kasey and Danielle, Jonathon, Nadine, Kevin and Keith, Jeremy, Shane and Kyle, Scott, Danny, Bradley, Brenda, Crystal, Robin and Robert, Michael, Peter and Adam, Matthew, Kyle, Jacob and all of their immediate families. Her large extended family which include Joseph Roach, and Marie Therese Poirier many Aunts and Uncles and cousins who were all an important part of her life as she was of theirs. Sheila was pre deceased by her Father Kevin Callahan, her Son Justin "Jay", her paternal Grandparents James and Anne Callahan and maternal Grandparents Francis and Dorman Porter. She well be deeply missed by Angel and Mandy her two precious puppies. The family wishes to personally thank Dr. Richardson who has been with her through every ache and pain since the birth of her children right up to her death. The amazing doctors and nurses at the Dartmouth General who took wonderful care of her. Special thanks to all who supported Sheila, Wayne Amanda, and her family through love, flowers, cards, notes, financial aid, gifts, well wishes, care and prayers.

Visitation will be on Wednesday Feb 3rd from 7-9 pm, Thursday Feb 4th from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at Eastern Passage Community Funeral Home, 5 Cow Bay Road, Eastern Passage. Cremation will then take place where her ashes will then be buried with her son Justin "Jay". A celebration of Sheila's Life will be held Friday Feb 5th at 11 am at the Lions Club in Eastern Passage, Hornes Road, Eastern Passage. Please wear any shade of blue or pink as these were her favourite colors. Donations may be made to The Growing Place towards the Sheila Callahan Online condolences by visiting

COLEMAN, S. Millicent
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, January 11, 2016
(October 14, 1926 - January 9, 2016)
Millicent Sarah (King) Coleman, RN
. Millicent passed away peacefully on January 9, 2016, at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Center with her loving husband of 63 years, David, and her large, cherished family at her side. Millicent was born October 14, 1926, in Fortune, a small Newfoundland outport, to Sarah (Lake) and Captain John William King. As a young child, Millicent loved the outdoors, especially time spent with family and friends in Kings. In 1950 she graduated from St. Joseph's Nursing School in Toronto. After graduation, she returned to Newfoundland where she fell in love with her future husband, RCMP officer, David. The next few years were busy, having 5 children in five different communities. Millicent enjoyed golf, curling, fishing, playing bridge and summers spent at Two Islands. She was a lifetime member of the UCW. Over the years she was an active community volunteer, and sponsored a number of underprivileged children in other countries. However her main focus was always her family.

She will be lovingly remembered by husband David, children Dale (Brian) Jones, David (Ann), Dawn (Al MacIssac), John (Janice), Scott (Nancy), 15 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, siblings Daisy Seymour, Clyde King and Kaye Lord and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and siblings Dove, Geo, Grace, Beth, Jack and Charlie.

Visitation will be at Campbell's Funeral Home on Monday, January 11 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. with funeral service on Tuesday, January 12, at 4:00 p.m. at Trinity St. Stephen's United Church, Amherst. Interment will take place in the spring, in the Amherst Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice. Condolences and sharing of memories may be made to the family by leaving a message in the Guestbook or Life Stories, links above.

CROSS, Bernice
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, January 19, 2016
Cross, G. Bernice
, 76 of the Glen Haven Manor, New Glasgow formerly of Willow Avenue passed away January 16, 2016 at the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in NL she was a daughter of the late James and Elizabeth (Janes) Downton. Bernice was a resident of New Glasgow since 1974 where she was a member of St. George's Anglican Church. Bernice enjoyed volunteering, serving as a Sunday School Teacher, active with various ladies church groups, also with the Y-Minettes for many years as well as she worked at various musical festivals and other charitable organizations. She will be fondly remembered by the "Coffee Girls" from MacDonald's. A special thanks to Sister Mary MacDonald for all her comfort towards Bernice. She is survived by her Husband Bill, New Glasgow; sons Bill Jr., his children Alex and Emily, Stephen (Rhona), their children Brendon and Haley, a daughter Nancy (Dr. Kevin) MacLeod; a sister Louise Coffin, special friend for over 60 years Jeanette (Murphy) MacDonald, Truro. She was predeceased by brothers Ray and Chesley, a sister Audrey, a brother-in-law Rev. Owen Coffin. Cremation to take place. There will be no visitation by request of the family. A memorial service will be held on a day and time to be announced. Donations in memory of Bernice may be made to a charity of one's choice.

MacDONALD, Mary Louise
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, February 2, 2016
(February 2, 1934 - January 31, 2016)

It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, of Dartmouth/Fall River at age 82, Mary passed away peacefully on January 31, 2016, in the Dartmouth General Hospital. She was born in Burgeo, NL. She was the daughter of the late Capt Arch Matthews and Dinah (Stuart) Cossar. Mary is survived by her daughter Ruby (Jack) Brenton, Coldbrook; sons, Gerry (Susan) MacDonald, Dartmouth; Danny (Karan) MacDonald, Eastern Passage; daughter-in-law Maureen MacDonald, Middle Sackville; also eight Grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She also leaves to grieve, her sisters; Cora (Edgar) Lilly and Joan Moore, both of Newfoundland. Mary was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Daniel J. MacDonald; and their youngest son Ian MacDonald; sisters; Melida Haley and Ruby Drake; brother Lewis; and brother-in-law Jim Moore.

Mary was a devoted Mother to her children and loved to laugh, play cards and spend time with family and friends. She enjoyed travelling, gardening and family gatherings. She was employed for awhile at 3M photo and was a member of St Rose of Lima Church, Fall River. She was also a member of the Fall River Seniors group and Waverley Legion 45`s card group. She had a special place in her heart for her good neighbours George and Coline. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held at St. Rose of Lima Church, 9 Jamieson Drive, Fall River on Feb 4th , from 2 - 4 and 7- 9pm. Father Dariusz (Darek) Misiolek will officiate mass at St Rose of Lima Church, Fall River on Friday, Feb 5th at 11 am with a reception to follow. Family flowers only, donations may be made to St Rose of Lima or the Canadian Cancer Society. A special thanks to Drs. Vantol, Moeller and nurses on 4th floor Dartmouth General Hospital. Online condolences may be made by visiting the Dartmouth Chapel at

MacNEILL, Frances Joanne
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, January 15, 2016
(October 9, 1923 - January 13, 2016)
Frances MacNeill
, the loving wife of the late Robert Verge (Bob) MacNeill and mother of Robert Francis (Bob) and Joanne, passed away peacefully at the Halifax Infirmary on Wednesday evening, January 13, 2016. Born and raised in St. John's NL, Fran was the daughter of the late William and Catherine (Boland) Dunphy. Fran graduated from the Presentation Convent in St. John's and worked as Secretary to the late Senator Eric Cooke, QC. She met, fell in love with and married her "Canadian Soldier" Bob and after the war moved with her husband to Nova Scotia where he continued with his banking career. Fran became active in the various communities where they live, and she was a past President of both the Fredericton and St John's Kinette Club. A life member of the Mayflower Curling Club, a charter member of Saint Lawrence CWL and a faithful member of Saint Benedict Parish. She and Bob were always welcoming and entertaining many friends and family in their home, and sitting down to a good game of bridge, and spending time in her kitchen.

Fran was a devoted wife and mother and will be missed dearly by her son, Bob (Therese); daughter, Joanne (John) Kennedy; grandchildren, Heather, Rob (Michelle) Julie (Jon) Gourley, Jeffrey and Josh; special great grandchildren, Robert and Naleah. Also favourite nephew, Andrew (Christina) MacNeill and family.

Visitation to take place on Sunday, January 17 from 2-5 pm in J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive. Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Benedict Church at 10:30 am on Monday, January 18 with reception to follow. Fran will be cremated and placed beside her Bob in their niche at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Special thanks to Father Owen Connolly and Dr. Jacques Desrosier and the staff of floor 8.4 at the QEII Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Saint Benedict Refugee Fund or Heart & Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.
Forever Loved

MATTINSON, Rhetta Sarah
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, January 9, 2016
(July 18, 1920 - January 8, 2016)
Rhetta Sarah Mattinson, (nee Avery)
, 95, died on January 8, 2016 in the Halifax Infirmary surrounded by her large and loving family. Born in Grate's Cove, Newfoundland, on July 18, 1920, she was daughter of the late William and Elsa Avery. Age may conquer many people's spirit, but not so with Rhetta, who was never caught without her lipstick, jewellery and quick wit. At the tender age of 17 she left home to attend Business College in St. John's. During a blackout she met a handsome and determined young man named Donald Mattinson. Disregarding her father's advice not to date a sailor she subsequently married him resulting in a legendary loving partnership, producing 6 children, 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. In addition Rhetta's big heart opened her home to many chosen children.

Family wasn't Rhetta's only passion. She loved music and was an accomplished member of Dartmouth Choral Society. She actively volunteered in her community including charter member of Sackville Lioness Club, working on the Chamber of Commerce, Home and School, Housing Commission. Politics was another passion- A tireless supporter of the Liberal Party, she was the first female president of the local Liberal Association and an organizer of the Young Liberals. As a card carrying member of both Provincial and Federal parties, she personally met all the recent Liberal prime ministers and even babysat Justin Trudeau and his brothers when his father was visiting Halifax.

Rhetta will be remembered for many things, her support of people in need, her ability to bring laughter to almost every interaction, her flair for style, her sense of "timing", and her philosophy that there is always room for one more. Quoting one of her grandchildren, she was the glue that held the family together. Rhetta was dearly loved by her extended family and those who knew her felt fortunate. She was predeceased by her husband Donald, daughter Kathryn Beauchamp, son-in-law Greg Dill, daughter-in-law Beth Hamilton, grandson Michael, sisters Phyllis Strong and Sylvia Avery, brothers Ralph, Roy and Benjamin. Left to mourn are sons Avery and Harry (Debbie), daughters Donna Dill, Gillean, Lauren (Wendell) Williams, sister-in-law Betty (Ralph) Avery, son-in-law Donald Beauchamp; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 6-8 on Monday January 11, 1-2 on Tuesday January 12, followed by funeral service at 2, at Atlantic Funeral Home, 125 Sackville Drive. Burial in Oakridge Memory Gardens. Reception in the Sackville Lion's Hall, 101 Old Beaverbank Road. Donations in Rhetta's memory may be made to the Arthritis Society, or a charity of one's choice. Online condolences may be made by visiting the website and selecting the Sackville Chapel. Heartfelt thank-yous to the staff of Bedford Berkeley where she lived for 3 years and also to the staff of 8.2 at Halifax Infirmary and the Closing the Gap Home Care team. At Rhetta's request, please wear bright colours.

PIKE, Clifford James
November 2, 1941 - January 9, 2016

Passed peacefully away on January 9, 2016 at the Halifax Infirmary, Halifax, NS, Clifford James Pike of Middle Sackville (formerly of St. John's, NL), at the age of 74 yrs. Predeceased by his parents Cecil & Lillian Pike, brothers, Clarence and Gordon; sisters, Dorothy Hilliker and Margaret Pineo. Left with loving memories, his wife of 37 years, Paula (nee O'Keefe); daughter Shirrell Pike (from previous marriage). Also mourning are his sisters: Pauline Lenner, June Glynn (Gordon deceased), Shirley McNeil (Don), brother, Stephen Pike (Maureen); sister-in-law Mary Pike. Also remembering Cliff are his brothers-in-law, Edward O'Keefe (Lucille), John O'Keefe (Sue); sisters-in-law, Bernadette Boland (Mike), Lillian McOuat (Alan), Carmel Richardson, Dorothy O'Keefe (Rudolph, deceased), Catherine Brown (Noel, deceased). Large extended family of nieces; nephews; neighbors and friends. At Cliff's request there will be no visitation, cremation has taken place. There will be a private inurnment in NL at a later date. Online condolences may be made by visiting the website and selecting the Sackville chapel

SAMSON, Margaret "Peggy" Mary
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, January 22, 2016
(June 16, 1941 - January 19, 2016)
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of a beloved wife, mother and nana. At the age of 74, Peggy passed away peacefully on Jan.19, 2016, at the Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in St. John's Newfoundland, she was the daughter of the late Margaret (Channing) and John (Jack) Kane. In 1954, she graduated from grade 9 at Fairview High School with the silver cup, for high academic achievement, then attended St. Patrick's High School, "Head Girl". She received a scholarship to attend Mt. St. Vincent where she obtained a Nursing Science degree. She practiced nursing for several years at the Halifax Infirmary, mostly in the operating room. Following the birth of her children, she worked part- time at local hospitals, nursing homes, and private residences for approx. 20 years. She is survived by her husband, Garvie. They have been married for over 52 years. She leaves behind a son, John (Vaughan, ON), daughter, Susan (Adrian) Scott (Oakville, ON), sister Paula (Pat Milligan), sister-in-law Marguerite (Hubert) Fougere, along with many nieces and nephews and her Uncle Bill in Torbay, NFLD. She is also survived by her cherished grandchildren, Jack and Amy Scott. They were her pride and joy, they energized her and she gave them her widest smile. They loved her dearly, she was their greatest hockey fan.

Peggy was known for her kindness, generosity, gentleness, unselfishness, interest in others and her ability to put people at ease. One of her most distinguishing characteristics was her amazing recall for details and events. Garvie was her soulmate. Her life was all about family. A constant companion to Garvie, she looked forward to joining him at many of his volunteering endeavors. Both of them enjoyed watching football (she was a strong Tom Brady fan) and Coronation Street. She looked forward to events with her nursing alumni associates of whom she was very fond. In addition to her parents she was pre-deceased by her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Casilda and Fabian Richard, nephew David, her in-laws, Theresa and James Sampson and several aunts and uncles. Visitation Friday, Jan. 22nd 6:00pm - 9:00pm in Dartmouth Funeral Home, 29 Queen Street, Dartmouth. Funeral mass will be celebrated Saturday January 23rd 10:00am, St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, 10 Maple St, Dartmouth, Father Jim Richards, celebrant, reception to follow in the church hall. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or charity of your choice. Condolences can be directed to:

TIBBO, Gladys
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, January 25, 2016
(October 19, 1928 - January 20, 2016)
Gladys Tibbo (nee Coish)
, age 87 of Halifax, passed away January 20, 2016. Born in Burgoyne's Cove, Trinity Bay, Newfoundland, she was the daughter of William and Selina Coish. She went to Memorial University and became a school teacher, after which she met her future husband, Merrill, and they married in 1948 in Newfoundland. Together, they moved to Nova Scotia a year later and Gladys became a homemaker for her nine children. She loved all her children and had a special love reserved for her grandchildren. Gladys treated everyone equally. She was a quiet lady with a great sense of humor, who loved family get-togethers, especially at Christmas time. She is survived by her daughters Shirley (Bill Phillips), Sandra (Chris O'Neil), and Gladys (Clayton Witt) and her sons Ralph (Sylvia), Barry (Martine), Clarence (Lynn), Dennis, and Merrill (Margaret). She is also survived by her 17 grandchildren, 6 step-grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Gladys is predeceased by her husband, Merrill, and son, Fred. Gladys was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to JA Snow Funeral Home. Cremation has taken place. A private family burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Gladys' name may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.



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