OBITUARIES

DEWOLFE, Walter Leonard “Damian” “Bum” (36) Canso, Guysborough Co. It is with saddened hearts that we announce the passing of our son, brother and nephew on Sunday, February 11, 2018, in Eastern Memorial Hospital, Canso, surrounded by his family who loved him dearly. Damian was born in Antigonish on January 6, 1982; he was a son of Wallace “Wally” and Thelma (Hanlon) DeWolfe. He was loved dearly by so many relatives and friends and will be greatly missed. Bum enjoyed spending time with his friends and family. He was fun-loving, caring and an easygoing person who loved to make everyone around him laugh. He loved playing video games and talking to his friends on the computer. Damian is survived by his parents Wallace and Thelma, Canso; sister Jane (Junior) LeBlanc, Dartmouth; brother David (Sarah), Dartmouth. He was predeceased by his grandparents Walter and Hattie Hanlon and Leonard and Cecilia DeWolfe and many aunts and uncles. Cremation has taken place. Funeral mass will be 11 a.m. Saturday, February 24 from Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church, Canso, with Father Jonathan Nnajiofor officiating. Burial will take place at a later date. Family flowers only please. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at www.haverstocks.com.

 

HADLEY-SINCLAIR, Bernadette Elizabeth (Murphy) “Benny” (95) of Truro and formerly of Guysborough, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 11, 2018, in Milford Haven Home for Special Care, Guysborough. Benny, as her friends knew her, was born on April 2, 1922, to George and Liza (Ryan) Murphy of Fox Island. She enjoyed an active life golfing, curling, cross country skiing, and swimming until the age of 92. She also loved to play cribbage, bridge, 45’s and Scrabble, and do puzzles. Benny’s family meant everything to her. She was a very proud mother, grandmother, and great- grandmother. Surviving are her daughter Carolyne Hadley, Port Stanley, ON; sons, Shawn (Diane) Hadley, Guysborough; Gerry Hadley, Truro; Bevin (AnnaLee) Hadley, Toronto, ON; William (Barbara) Hadley, Guysborough; son-in-law Jim Gray, Blenheim, ON; stepson Ian (Janice) Sinclair, Truro; stepdaughters, Wendy MacKenzie and Zoe Lindsay; grandchildren, Kimberly (Vincent) Neary, Karen Hadley, Philip (Sherry) Hadley, Jeffery (Keri) Hadley, Adam (Sarah) Hadley, Lauren Sinclair, and Rachel Sinclair; great-grandchildren, Noah, Jacob, Harvey, Benjamin and many nieces and nephews. Benny was predeceased by her parents, George and Liza Murphy; first husband, Harvey Hadley; second husband, Frank Sinclair; son Theadore Hadley, daughter Donna Gray; brothers, Reginald, Patrick, Hughie, Wilfred and Emmett Murphy; sisters, Irene Gillis, Anna Septon, and Eva Richards. The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Ranjini for her wonderful care and the friendly, wonderful, caring staff at Milford Haven Home for Special Care for their great care and friendship. Memorial Service took place Monday, February 19 in Saint Ann’s Roman Catholic Church, Guysborough, with Father Callistus Abazie officiating. Memorial donations in Benny’s memory may be made to Milford Haven Home for Special Care, Guysborough. Funeral arrangements under the care and direction of Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Guysborough. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at www.haverstocks.com.

 

HANIFEN, Patricia Ann “Pat” (94) of Maple Drive, Antigonish, and formerly of Cloverville, passed away on February 16, 2018, in the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home, Antigonish. Born in Erinville, Guysborough County, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Margaret (Kenny) McDonald. From the time she was only 10 months old, she was lovingly raised by her aunt and uncle Wil and Minnie (McKinnon) McDonald and cousin Raymond. Pat always had a kind and gentle nature in everything she did in life. For over 60 years she was a member of the CWL. She created many beautiful pieces of art with her needlework, many of which hang proudly in her home. Her freezer was always full of delicious baked goodies to go with the bottomless pot of tea. Pat loved a good game of cards with so many great friends who have gone before her and the “Saturday night games” with Paul and Gerald. In 1945 she married the love her life, Jim, and they spent 72 years together. She is also survived by her daughter Colleen Hanifen, Antigonish; Martha Durant, Pomquet; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her only sister Marie Hanifen, special brother Raymond, sisters-in-law, Jeannette MacDonald, Marguerite Fell, and Florence Barry-Morell; brothers-in-law, Anselm Hanifen, Bill MacDonald, Tom Fell, Lawrence Barry, and Everett Morell and nephews, Robert and Terry Hanifen. Special thanks to the wonderful Newfoundland Ladies, especially Catherine, Ida, Marie and Marilyn; Dr. Brian Steeves, and the staff at Tanglewood in the R.K. Funeral Mass was held Monday in St. Ninian Cathedral at 2 p.m. with Reverend Andrew Boyd presiding. Burial in the parish cemetery in the spring. In Memoriam, donations to the charity of your choice appreciated. Online condolences: www.clcurry.com.

 

MacDOUGALL, Shirley (80) beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died peacefully in St. Martha’s Regional Hospital on February 15, 2018, surrounded by her loving family and following a courageous effort to live with the effects of a stroke she had on January 7. Shirley was born in Little Dover, Guysborough County on October 20, 1937, to Captain Douglas Boudreau and Nora (Casey) Boudreau. Although most of her adult life was lived in Antigonish, her love for the sea and her extended family in the Little Dover and Canso area remained a cherished part of her life. She met and married Dougald MacDougall when working as a telephone operator for Maritime Tel & Tel in Antigonish. Later, with her children in school, she worked in Government Documents at the Angus L MacDonald Library, St. Francis Xavier University, from where she retired in 2002. Shirley gave tirelessly and generously of her time and energy to her family, church and community. A woman of deep and abiding faith, she served as a lector and eucharistic minister at St. Ninian’s Cathedral and as an active member of St. Ninian’s CWL. She served as president of the local, diocesan, and provincial CWL councils and on numerous provincial and national committees. Her work on behalf of CWL was recognized with a National Life Membership Award in 2003. She was one of the original organizers of Clan MacDougall in Antigonish and she remained a loyal and active supporter of clan activities. As well, she maintained contact with Clan MacDougall members and activities beyond the local area. She received the Somerled Award in recognition of outstanding service to the Clan MacDougall Society of North America. She had a keen interest in politics and was a knowledgeable and dependable volunteer within the Liberal Party at local, provincial and federal levels. She served as president of Antigonish Liberal Association. Through the years, Shirley canvassed for numerous charities, served as chair of the Antigonish Housing Authority and as president of the local Kidney Foundation. Time spent with her craft group friends, whether working on projects, enjoying social outings or travelling, enriched her life as did her interests in sailing, fiddling, and reading. Her enthusiasm to organize and host gatherings for family and friends flowed out of her ever-welcoming hospitality. Shirley was predeceased by her parents Doug and Nina; her husband, Dougald (2003); her brothers Lloyd and Ronnie and sister-in-law Winnie. Left with loving memories are her children: Sandra, Halifax; Dougald (Joan), Paul, and Robert (Cheryl), all of Antigonish; grandchildren: Michael, Matthew, Mason, Holly, Melissa, Jessica, Shandra, Aaron, Stewart and Allison; great-grandchildren: Jonathan, Lauren, Andrew, Roman, Bentley, Braxton and friend Landon; siblings: Betsy (Reg) Feltmate, Lower Sackville, and Gary (Pat) Halifax; and her Aunt Ruby (Ambrose) Horne, Antigonish. Funeral was Monday, February 19, in St. Ninian’s Cathedral, Rev Andrew Boyd presiding. Burial will be at a later date in St. Ninian’s Cemetery. Donations in memory may be made to Heart & Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or a charity of choice.

 

REEVES, Lena “Martha” (94), South Lochaber, Guysborough County, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 16, 2018, in Glen Haven Manor, New Glasgow. Born in Jordanville, Guysborough Co., she was a daughter of the late Wallace and Sarah (Bennett) Jordan. Martha was an adherent of Bethel Community Church, South Lochaber. She was a retired domestic worker and was a devoted housewife and mother. She is survived by daughters, Carol Helin, South Lochaber; Donna Helin, Aspen; Janet (William) Smith, Eight Island Lake; Lee Day (Harvey Duff), Trenton; sons Kendall (Judy), Sackville; James (Judy), Newtown; Douglas, Pictou Landing; Henry (Mabel); Hopewell; half-sister Margaret Fraser, East River St. Mary’s; countless grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Martha was predeceased by her husband Clarence, daughter Kathleen, son Wayne, sons-in-law Michael Helin and Raymond Helin, three grandchildren, brother Elmore, half-brother Wallace, sister Adessa MacDonald, half-sister Myra Hingley. Funeral service was held Tuesday in Bethel Community Church, South Lochaber, with Rev. Freda Steeves officiating. Interment in Birchhill Cemetery, South Lochaber. Memorial donations may be made to Martha’s family. Funeral arrangements under the dignified and compassionate care of the G.W. Giffin Funeral Home, Country Harbour. Online condolences may be made at www.gwgiffin.com.

 

vander PUTTEN, Marcel (54) died at home on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. He is survived by his mother Minke vander Putten, his five siblings of which he was the youngest, his daughter Niomi and his dog Monk. Marcel was a tall man with curly golden locks and sparkly blue eyes. Coming into Marcel’s home it was apparent that he had been in interesting places and that he had an eye for the unique. His greatest passion was sailing. He loved the water and he loved the feeling of freedom that came from sailing with the winds of nature. Movement of mind and movement of body were important to him. He appreciated new ideas and innovative thinking and he enjoyed exploring new environments and meeting new opportunities and challenges. He had a green thumb and he loved the alchemy of bringing plants to their full potential. Marcel worked hard and played hard. We will miss him but are thankful that he is free from the suffering of his illness. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements under the care of Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Guysborough. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at www.haverstocks.com.