OBITUARIES

ASH, Theressa Elizabeth (72) of Monastery, Antigonish County, passed away on October 1, 2017, at home. Born in Lincolnville, Guysborough County, on August 21, 1945, she was the eldest child of Annie Mae (Morris) and the late George Joseph Ash. Theressa was devoted to her family. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, both at home and away. She loved playing Bingo, listening to country music, and having tea with her friends at her kitchen table. She was a member of the Tracadie Seniors Club. Theressa is survived by her daughters, Margaret (Danny) of Halifax, and Darlene (Raymond) of Oakville, ON; sons, Lenny (Lynn), Wayne (Marsha), George (Lillian), all of Halifax; grandchildren, Gregory, Duan, Asha, Sequain, Danaysia, Samara, Zion, Danika, Dominique, Noah; sisters, Sophie (Fred) Lawrence, Mary Ash, Rhoda (James) Jordan, Valerie (Clair) Ash, Hilda Usher; brothers, George (Cathy), Robert (Lorraine), Doug (Kathy), Philip (Carol Ann), Steve Morris (Tilley), Timmy (Gloria), James (Doreen). Predeceased by husband Leonard and son Paul. Funeral Mass was held Saturday in St. Peter’s Church, Tracadie, with Reverend John Barry presiding. Burial in the parish cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Online condolences: www.clcurry.com.

 

DeCOSTE, Helen (83) passed away peacefully at St. Martha’s Hospital in Antigonish, on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 in her 83rd year. Born on February 14, 1934, in Mulgrave, she was daughter of the late James and Hattie (LeBlanc) Purcell and wife of the late Curtis DeCoste. A remarkable wife, mother and homemaker, Helen spent a number of years as an office administrator at the Coady International Institute and at StFX Extension Department before moving with her family to Riverview, New Brunswick. She was an avid gardener, talented dressmaker and an accomplished crafts person. She was an inspiration to those around her for her open-mindedness and inclusive attitude toward others. Her love of reading resulted in a life-long passion for arts and culture. One of Helen’s many accomplishments was graduating from StFX University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1995. Helen was a leader in the Girl Guides of Canada, taught catechism and volunteered for numerous community fundraising organizations. Later in life, along with her late husband Curtis, she dedicated herself to senior’s issues, both locally and nationally. Most recently, she was on the board of Eastern Mainland Housing Authority. Her remarkable legacy will live on in those who loved her. She is survived by her children, Michelle (Michael) Chisholm, Ohio; Celeste, Antigonish; Curtis (Sharon), St. Albert, AB; Jeannine (Fred) Munro, Guysborough Intervale; Suzette (Pierre) Morell, Pomquet; Stephen (Dawn), Riverview, NB; Gerard (Judie), Fredericton, NB; Mark (Jean), Montreal, QC; Patrick (Jamie), Toronto, ON; Cari (Stuart), Riverview, NB; Krista (Randy) Lauff, Fairmount; Tim (Tonya), Rivière Qui Barre, AB; 34 grandchildren, 38-great grandchildren, many nephews and nieces, siblings Jean Morrow, Leo Purcell, Eileen Power, of Antigonish and Colin Purcell, Port Hawkesbury. Helen was predeceased by husband Curtis DeCoste, sister Genevieve O’Connell and brothers Mel, Jimmy and Gerald. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of St. Martha’s Hospital for their care and compassion. Funeral mass was celebrated on Monday, October 9 at St. Ninian’s Cathedral, Antigonish, with Reverend Donald MacGillivray presiding. A private burial will be arranged at a later date. Donations may be made to St. Martha’s The Time Is Now! Endowment Campaign. Online condolences: www.clcurry.com.

 

SMITH, Barbara Elizabeth (Rodgers) (77) of Boylston, Guysborough Co., passed peacefully and spiritually at Guysborough Memorial Hospital, Guysborough, on Sunday, October 1, 2017 in the presence of her loving husband and several family members, after a long and complicated illness. Barbara was predeceased by her parents Pauline (MacDonald) Rodgers and Martin Rodgers, as well as her sister-in-law, Beverley Rodgers and her brother-in-law Padre Juan Roberto Smith. She is survived by her husband Eugene, her sons, Andrew (Joanne) from Kelowna, BC; Paul (Mary), San Francisco, CA; Edward (Shauna), Atlanta, GA and ten beautiful grandchildren: Kierra and Emmet; Zachary, Danny, Maddie, Emmie and Buddy; and Josh, Nicholas and Katie -- many of whom brought her so much comfort and joy in the last months of her life as her internet friends. She is also survived by her brothers, Gerard, Angus (Sheila), Edward (Kathleen), George, Danny (Mary Theresa), Allen (Gwynn) and her sisters, Marilyn Rodgers, Phyllis Hart (Donald), and Audrey Romita (Frank). Barbara was educated in Guysborough Intervale followed by high school at Mabou Convent. In 1957 she enrolled in the nursing program at St. Martha’s to begin her dream of becoming a nurse. She graduated from St. Martha’s in 1960 and began her career at Moncton General Hospital. In 1962 she began working at the Civic Hospital in Ottawa. In June of 1962 Barbara married Eugene Smith and continued to work in Ottawa until 1964. In the spring of ‘64 Barb and Gene moved to California where Barb continued her career at the Bell Medical Center. It was a difficult time to live in California as Barb experienced firsthand at work the ravishes of the Watts Riots. An opportunity arose and Barb and her husband decided to return to Canada, where she began to work at the Pointe Claire Medical Centre in Pointe Claire, QC. They remained in Montreal until 1982. During her time in Montreal, Barb was very active in church activities, especially with youth. She was particularly proud of the development of the youth group which grew to 175 members. In 1982 Barb and her husband and their three boys moved to Toronto, ON, where they remained until 1986, at which time they moved to Athens, GA. Barb resumed her career at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens and retired in 2003. It was during this time that the AIDS epidemic was coming to the forefront in patient care and Barbara took a strong stand in pushing for a loving approach for AIDS patients. She always said her patients were ALL to be treated the St. Martha’s way. In 2006 Barb and her husband decided to return to Nova Scotia. With a large family back in Guysborough she felt it was time to come home. Within a few days of arriving, she received a phone call and back to work she went to Guysborough Memorial Hospital for what she called the eight most wonderful years of her nursing career! Funeral Mass was held Friday, October 6, at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Guysborough Intervale, with Father Charles Cameron officiating. Burial in St. Patrick’s Cemetery. Donations in memory of Barbara may be made to the Guysborough Memorial Hospital Auxiliary or to a charity of your choice. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at: www.haverstocks.com.

 

SMITH, Catherine Ann (81), a resident of Antigonish, died peacefully on October 4, 2017 at the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home. Catherine was born on March 29, 1936, in St Andrews to Gregory and Matilda (Burns) MacEachern. In 1968, she was married to Ronald Alexander Smith. Catherine was a simple woman who grew up on a small farm in Guysborough. Her life was in no way easy, but she still managed to give the gift of unconditional love and that is what made her special. She is survived by her husband Ronald and her daughter Judy Smith (David Petrillo) of New York. She is also survived by sisters Theresa (David) of Pennsylvania, Sarah Kelly of Antigonish, Mary MacEachern of Linwood, Margaret MacEachern of Stellerton, brothers George of Antigonish, Carmen (Ivy) of Dartmouth, Norman of Cheverie, Donald and John of New Glasgow. She is also survived by many in-laws, nieces, and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, a daughter Mary in infancy, brothers Morris and Jerome, and two brothers in infancy. The family would like to thank the staff of the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home for their caring and compassion. A service will be held on Friday, October 13, at 2 p.m. at the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home Chapel. A private burial will be arranged at a later date. Online condolences: www.clcurry.com.