OBITUARIES

BARRY, Gloria Bridget “Dude” (84), passed away peacefully on January 2, 2018, in the the palliative care unit of the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow. She was born in Little Dover, the daughter of the late Donald and Evelyn (Bouchie) Myatt. Gloria was known for many things but all who knew her were aware of her strong love for her family and all those she kept dear in her heart. All who visited Gloria would be sure to leave having experienced her beautiful smile, kindness and a taste of her delicious cooking. Her love for music and dancing was often shown on Friday nights at the Royal Canadian Legion in Stellarton where she will be missed by many. Gloria is survived by her three daughters, Doreen (Bill) Barry-Burns, Airdrie, AB; Rhonda (Lee) Barry, Summerside, PEI and Patricia Barry, Stellarton, NS; siblings Harvey (Shirley), Bill, Vera (Arthur), Bernard (Faye), Beatrice (Winslow), Sylvia (Harold), David (Wanda) and Bernadette (Ray); grandchildren Christopher (Amy), Larissa (Kendell) and Kristy-Lynn (Dave). She is also survived by her seven great-grandchildren: Janaya, Alyssa, Nevaeh, Liam, Kayde, Braeden and Lily, who will always have treasured memories of their beloved “Nanny Dude”. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her beloved husband James Barry "Jimmy" and siblings Donald, Bert, Fred and sister-in-law Janesta. Funeral service was held on Saturday, January 6, at St. Agnes Parish in Little Dover with Father Charles Cameron presiding. Donations in her memory may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #28 or the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Society.

 

CHISHOLM, Sister Jean (90), formerly Sister Mary Ian, a Sister of St. Martha of Antigonish, died at Bethany, the Motherhouse, on January 1, 2018, in the 67th year of her religious life. Born in Antigonish, she was the daughter of the late John Alexander (Jack) and Sarah Catherine (MacEachern) Chisholm. Sister Jean entered the Sisters of St. Martha on February 15, 1950, pronounced her first vows on August 15, 1951 and made her perpetual commitment on August 15, 1954. She served in various positions in the Congregation as well as in the field of social work. Prior to entering the Congregation, she received a BA from St. Francis Xavier, and in 1954, she obtained a Master of Social Work Degree from St. Francis Xavier University, and won an award from the Maritime School of Social Work for achieving the highest standing that year. She served in this ministry in both Sydney Mines and North Sydney, as well as at the Little Flower Institute in Sydney, and in Boston at St. Martha’s Catholic Centre. She served as a family counsellor for 29 years, and served as Local Superior in many of the religious convents in which she lived. She was elected to the General Council of the Congregation, and served on various committees within the Congregation, including as Apostolic Director, Director of Retirement and as General Secretary of the Congregation. In 1993 Sister Jean became part of St. Agnes Community in Little Dover, N.S., and was a pastoral presence in the area until 2003, when she retired to Bethany. A gentle, kind, and generous woman, she was quick to assist anyone who came to her for aid; her presence alone provided comfort and calm. She delighted in her family and they in her. Sister Jean was the third oldest in a family of 13. She is survived by sisters Sister Isabel, CND, Sydney; Mora LePage (Bruce), Lewiston, ME; Frances McCarthy (Dr. Frank) Lynnfield, MA; Ann, Antigonish; Sister Mary, CSM, Bethany; and by brothers, Leo (Kathleen), Antigonish; and Andrew (Pam) Ladysmith, BC. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by sisters Ruth of the Grail Movement, Elizabeth Claire who died at the age of two, and by brothers John, Lauchie, and Joey. Liturgy of Christian Burial took place on Thursday, January 4, in Bethany Chapel. Arrangements under the direction of MacIsaac Funeral Home, Antigonish.

 

ELMS, Marion Lahiah “Mamie” (86) Monastery, Antigonish Co., passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, in the Guysborough Memorial Hospital. Born in Upper Big Tracadie she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Lena Mae (Gero) Ashe. Marion was a member of Tracadie United Baptist Church as well as a member of the Ladies Auxiliary. She was honoured by Eastern Light Masonic Lodge No. 72 with a widow’s pin. She was also honoured by The Congress of Black Women of Canada, Antigonish/Guysborough Chapter in 1999. She was known for her sense of humour and gentle heart. She welcomed all into her home and was loved by all. She enjoyed cooking, baking and gardening. She was famous for her maple bud cookies. Surviving are her daughter Marilyn Medley, Eastern Passage; sons, Arley, Dartmouth; Randy, at home; grandchildren, Sterling Medley, Halifax; Jason Ashe (Beth), Brantford, ON; Mya Ashe, Brantford, ON; brother-in-law, Russell (Angela) Elms, Upper Big Tracadie; sisters-in-law, Helen Elms, Halifax; Laura Daye, Halifax; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Norman, son Thomas Ashe, biological mother Melinda Daye, brothers Delmore William “Buddy” Daye; Percy Daye and Bobby. The funeral service took place at 2 p.m. on Saturday in Tracadie United Baptist Church with Rev. David Wheeler officiating assisted by Deacon Alonzo Reddick. Burial in Sunnyview Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Tracadie United Baptist Church or to the Ladies Auxiliary. 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.

 

GIFFIN, Oland Maynard (86) of Goldboro, Guysborough County, we are sad to announce Oland died on Sunday, January 7, 2018, after a long struggle with dementia. Oley passed away peacefully at the home of his loving niece Deborah MacKenzie. Born in Goldboro, he was a son of the late Parker and Lillian (MacArthur) Giffin. He was a good natured man who was loved by many, a devoted husband to Nina for over 62 years. He worked for 32.5 years, and retired as a district chief, from the Scarborough Fire Department in Ontario before retiring to his beloved Goldboro in 1992. O.G. as he became known enjoyed a long, happy retirement which was shared with his family on numerous vacations. His grandsons were lucky to have made great memories on these trips which took them all over Europe, Caribbean, Magdalen Islands, etc. He was extremely loving and proud of his children and grandsons. In retirement he remained involved in his beloved Goldboro. He joined many community groups and could always be counted on to help anyone in any way. He enjoyed working in the yard with his steady companion, Simon his Border Collie, always at his side. Oley is survived by his loving wife Nina (White), daughter Jeanne (Mike), son Colin, grandsons Taylor (Alexandria) and Conor (Sareena), extended family, former daughter-in-law Judy (Gary) and her family, David Laskey, siblings, Irene (Ed), Aubrey (Faye), Wayne (Vivian), Donalda (Ernie); sister-in-law Laureen, Nina’s siblings and their spouses, many loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sisters, Dorothy (Ralph) Whittier, Rita, and brother, Robert. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held in Goldboro at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Special thanks to Dr. Laurie Mallery, QEII Health Sciences Centre and the nurses of the Victorian Order of Nurses in Halifax. Arrangements are under the dignified and compassionate care of G.W. Giffin Funeral Home Ltd., 17545 Highway 316, Country Harbour. Online condolences may be made at www.gwgiffin.com.

 

GILLIE, Walter (92), of Antigonish, formerly of Pine Tree, Pictou Co., died on Jan 1, 2018, in St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish. Born in New Harbour, Guysborough Co., Walter worked mainly as a fisherman and as a labourer at McGregor Bedding and Micheline Tire. He was a veteran of WWII. In his free time he was a sport fisherman. Walter is the last surviving member of his immediate family. He is survived by his wife Clara (Webber). Predeceased by sister Verta (Elmer) Munroe and brother Harold. Cremation has taken place. A private graveside service to be held at a later date.Memorial donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation or the Canadian Diabetes Association. Online condolences: www.clcurry.com.

 

OSBORNE, Dorothy Lorraine (81), Goldenville, Guysborough County, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 1, 2018, in High-Crest Sherbrooke Home for Special Care. Born in Goldenville, she was a daughter of the late James and Catherine (MacEachern) Leslie. She is survived by sons, Timothy, Goldenville; Michael, Hilton Beach, ON; sisters, Ruth Strople, Goldenville; Phyllis Kaiser, Head of Chezzetcook; grandson, Michael Kennedy, Calgary, AB; sister-in-law, Catherine Leslie, Goldenville; many nieces and nephews. Dorothy was predeceased by her husband, Joseph; brothers, James, Donald and Ralph Leslie; brothers-in-law, Bill Strople and Glynn Kaiser. A graveside service will take place at a later date in Riverside Cemetery, Sherbrooke. Memorial donations made be made to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia. Funeral arrangements are under the dignified and compassionate care of the G.W. Giffin Funeral Home, 34 Main St. Sherbrooke. Online condolences may be made at www.gwgiffin.com.