OBITUARIES

HANLON, Terence (1948-2017), 69, died suddenly at home on Sunday, April 16. Beloved husband of Jeanne Fay for 41 years, Terence was pre-deceased by his father and mother, James E. and Catherine (MacIssac) Hanlon; his brothers Gerard, Paul, and Kevin, and his son, Philip James (PJ). He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Fay, step-daughter Krissa Fay, and grandchildren Michael and Maura-Jane O’Donnell. Terence was born in Sydney and brought up in Canso, Nova Scotia. As a young man he became noteworthy in Canso for being probably the first and last library patron to order in the Communist Manifesto. Terence worked at the fish plant (Acadia Fisheries) with his mentor and life-long friend, Jack Meade, during the Canso Fisherman’s strike (1970-71). Terence and Jack were fired by Acadia Fisheries for refusing to turn fire hoses on the draggermen as they landed at the wharf to sign union cards. In another act of solidarity with local fishermen, Terence quit his job in 1976, as manager of a small fish-buying station owned by National Sea Products, when he was ordered, in spite of dismal catches, to take from the fishermen’s settlement the percentage they owed the company store. Jeanne and Krissa Fay arrived in Canso in 1974, and Terence and Jeanne were married in 1976. PJ was born in 1977. Between 1977 and 1984, Terence worked in community economic development at the Topshee Institute, St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, creating a community-controlled fund for economic development in the Mulgrave, Guysborough, Canso area. He was instrumental in getting a new hospital built in Canso, and in making Parks Canada aware of the importance of Grassy Island as a historic site. He continued in the same vein with the Digby and Lunenburg Development Commissions between 1984 and 1990. Terence was a brilliant strategist, often taking aback government bureaucrats who wrote him off as a rube from a fishing village. Then he took the boat building course at NSCC in Bridgewater and worked as a shipwright for Cecil Heisler for 20+ years, until bad hips prevented him from climbing the ladder to the wharf. Terence had a lot of grief in his life: his mother died suddenly when he was 16, his father shot himself in 1975, and his beloved son, PJ died in a car accident in 2003. He also had a lot of joy. He had a wicked sense of humour and a twinkle in his eye when he delivered witty, ironic remarks. He was a strong, quiet presence that Jeanne, especially, has relied on since the day they met. Terence loved small children from the time they could sit up until the time they could talk back. He preferred solitude and spent many hours walking the shore with his dogs, on the water in the many boats he owned over the years, and reading, always reading, sometimes both a book and a magazine while watching sports on TV. In a crowd you would often find him with the little children or sitting quietly in a corner. In his solitude, Terence always had time for his family, including sisters-in-law Barbara Pinkham, Mary Lou Archibald, and Karen Hanlon. He spent many hours driving PJ and his friends to hockey and baseball practice; and Krissa to her friends. He was renowned for his decadent chocolate cake among friends and family, and the squash soup he made for community lunches at Second Story Women’s Centre. Krissa and grandchildren Michael and Maura-Jane became a mainstay for him and Jeanne after PJ died. In these last couple of years he has waited on Jeanne hand and foot, and spent hours with Lucy dog, his constant companion. Terence was a man of few words; it was his actions that spoke loudly of his love of justice, the rural people he grew up with, and his circle of friends and family. A gathering to Remember Terence Hanlon will be held on Sunday, April 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Mahone Bay Centre on School Street in Mahone Bay. Donations can be made in his name to Fisherman’s Memorial Hospital, Lunenburg; Second Story Women’s Centre, Lunenburg; or Mahone Bay Centre, Mahone Bay.

 

JOHNSON, Ralph Nelson (76) Hazel Hill, Guysborough Co. We sadly announce the sudden passing of our beloved father and husband on Monday, April 17, 2017. He leaves behind his best friend and loving wife of 57 years, Yvonne (Kelsie) Johnson. Born in Canso, on April 24, 1940, he was a son of the late Leigh and Hattie (Bennett) Johnson. He was predeceased by his daughter Audrey Keefe and brother Howard Bennett. Survived by his precious children, Doreen, Hazel Hill; Carolyn, Dartmouth; Brenda Joy (John), Kentville; Marla (Wilmot), Stouffville, Ontario; Ralph Jr. (Marcia), Timberlea;  son-in-law, Kenny Keefe (Sherry). He was loved dearly by his grandchildren, Jeffrey, Barrett, Amy, Warren, Rodney, Keri, Nigel, Jarrett, Jaycus, Jada; great-grandchildren, Madeline, Teagan and Aavah. He is also survived by his brother Russell Johnson and his mother-in-law, Ellen (Kelsie) Johnson and many nieces and nephews. Ralph was well-known for his career over the years as a Red Seal cook on the lake boats of the Great Lakes in Ontario and the local fishing trawlers in Canso as well as road construction and installing the water pipelines in Windsor and Canso. He was also a sanitation foreman at National Sea Products Ltd. where he retired at the age of 53 and could be found in his garage doing what he liked best; having a snit and BBQ and feeding the birds out of his hands. Ralph was a member of the Marine Riders Motorcycle Club, Canso, and loved to travel extensively with his wife and friends, camping along the way. He will be missed by many for his kind words and ability to always leave you with a smile on your face. Funeral service was held Sunday, April 23, in the United Baptist Church, Canso with Rev. David Wheeler officiating. Burial in Fourth Hill Cemetery, Canso. Memorial donations may be made to War Amps Canada or IWK Children’s Hospital, charities which Ralph supported regularly. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at www.haverstocks.com.

 

MacINNIS, Rev. B. Gerard “Gerry” (82), Antigonish, died Sunday, April 9, 2017, in St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish, surrounded by his sister Mabel and sisters from the Congregation of St. Martha’s. Born on June 5, 1934, in Antigonish, he was a son of the late Archibald Donald and Jennie Mae (MacDonald) MacInnis. Father MacInnis lived in Mulgrave until 1938 when his father, who was employed with the CNR, was transferred to Stellarton. He resided in Stellarton until the death of his father in 1975. Father MacInnis attended St. Bridgets School and Our Lady of Lourdes School, Stellarton, graduating from St. John’s Academy, New Glasgow. In 1951, he enrolled in St.F.X. University for one year and then transferred to St. Josephs Seminary, Edmonton, and studied for the Archdiocese of Edmonton. Father MacInnis was ordained on May 23, 1959, by Bishop John R. MacDonald in Antigonish. On returning to Alberta, he was assigned to Camrose, Red Deer, Wetaskiwin and St. Pius X, Edmonton. In 1965, he was appointed parish priest of Consort, AB, at which time his sister Mabel moved west to be his domestic engineer. She was a stalwart servant in the work of Christ. In 1968, Father was assigned to Stoney Plains, AB and in 1974 to Fort Saskatchewan as chaplain of the Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Institute and as parish priest. In 1983, he was appointed parish priest of Wainwright, AB and in 1990 was appointed back to Wetaskiwin. In 1994, Father returned to Nova Scotia and spent five years at Notre Dame parish in Yarmouth. Retirement came in 1999 and he and his sister moved to Arisaig. In 2008, they moved to Antigonish. Following the death of Father Neil MacKenna, he volunteered to become the chaplain for the Sisters of St. Martha at Bethany. He enjoyed serving the Sisters, the medical community, social work, education and domestic services. Father deeply appreciated the Sisters for their hospitality and goodness. Throughout “retirement” he remained active doing church work and assisting throughout northern Nova Scotia until August 2016 when ill health forced him to retire fully. Surviving are his sister Mabel MacInnis, Antigonish; sister-in-law Helen MacInnis, Stellarton; niece Ronda and nephew Ted. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by sister Mary MacNeil, brothers, Ronald and Donald; nephews, Donald Jr., Gregory and Roderick. Mass of Christian Burial was held at Sisters of St. Martha Bethany Chapel, Antigonish, with Bishop Brian Dunn presiding assisted by Father Leo Cordeau, Father Donald Boudreau and the priests of the diocese. Private interment in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Stellarton. Donations may be made in Father MacInnis’ memory to St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation “The Time is NOW!” Campaign.

 

MOORING, Lorraine “Rainy” (69) of Little Dover, Guysborough County, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 15, 2017, in the palliative care unit of the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow. Born on June 3, 1947, in Canso, she was a daughter of the late John Levi and Rose Alima (Horne) Haines of Little Dover. She is survived, and will be forever missed, by her two daughters, Kelly (Shawn) Rhynold of Little Dover and Karla (Chris) Chisholm of Harbour Centre, as well as her pride and joy, her precious grandchildren, Chase, Brooklyn, Kai and Danny Jack Chisholm. Also surviving are her brothers and sisters, Harold (Genesta) Haines, Little Dover; Georgina (Gordon) Hughes, Riverton; Mary Jean (Frank) Rochon, Westville; Lois Richard (Christian), Alfred Haines, Sally Haines (David), all of Riverton; Cindy (Tom) Keefe, Williams Point; Danny Haines (Debbie), Little Dover; Kay Haines, Lower South River; Kim (Allan) Baillee, Greenwood, and many nieces and nephews whom she loved and cherished as her own. Lorraine was predeceased by her husband Carl in September 2015, brother Carm and sister-in-law Karen. “Rainy” fought a long and courageous battle against cancer, never losing her faith. She was known for her kindness and beautiful heart, always putting other’s ahead of herself, even to the very end. She loved her community, a good game of Bingo, and spending time with her family. Funeral mass was Friday, April 21, from St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, Little Dover, with Father Dan MacDonald officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. Memorial Donations may be made to St. Agnes Parish, Little Dover. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at www.haverstocks.com.

 

RILEY, Murray Owen (84), New Glasgow, and formerly of Indian Harbour Lake, Guysborough Co. It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our father, grandfather, and great-grandfather on April 13, 2017, in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in Indian Harbour Lake, he was a son of the late Nina Grace Riley. He was raised by his Aunt Minnie (Riley) Jordan after the passing of his mother from T.B. in 1940. Murray was a dedicated husband and father. As a young man he fished with his Uncle Wallace and drove a truck, hauling produce from Nova Scotia to Maine. He took a job with Stanley Reid Construction where he became a certified blaster, crane operator and heavy duty machine operator. He worked for the company until its closing in the late 80s; he then ran his own woods operation for a few years until he had heart surgery. In the years that followed, he worked for Carl McGrath doing blasting and heavy machine operation. He was a tinker and jack-of-all-trades, and had a quick wit. He loved his family, hunting with his boys, working on machinery, building things and later in life, taking long nature walks with his furry friends. Murray is survived by sons Richard (Patty), Indian Harbour Lake; daughters Terri-Lynn (Greg Fennell), New Glasgow; Brenda (Wilf Allen), Indian Harbour Lake; grandchildren, Whitney, Nicole, Breah, Owen, Danielle, Olivia; great-grandchildren, Charlotte, Damien; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Margaret “Tiny”, sons, Melvin, Jimmy, Steven; sisters Kathleen Laybolt-Poirier and Adeline Jordan. Funeral service took place Saturday in St. Thomas Anglican Church, Indian Harbour Lake with Rev. Sue Channen officiating. Interment in Sunset Rest Cemetery, Indian Harbour Lake. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. Funeral arrangements under the dignified and compassionate care of the G.W. Giffin Funeral Home, St. Mary’s Chapel, Sherbrooke. Online condolences may be made at www.gwgiffin.com.

 

WILSON, James S. H., slipped peacefully away surrounded by his loving family on April 19, 2017. The twelfth child of 14, he moved from his family homestead in Wilson’s Cove, Guysborough County, to New Glasgow in 1952 where he lived the rest of his life. Dad worked his entire career with J.J. Grant Limited. He was an active member of the New Glasgow Fire Department for over 40 years, half of which were spent as deputy chief. Dad attended, and was past master of, Euclid Lodge, now Albion Lodge. He was especially proud of having built his own house, and the family that he and our mother raised within its caring walls. Jim is survived by his wife Edna, children Brenda (Martin) Bates, Darlene (Michael) McDowell, Darryl (Connie) Wilson, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. His dying wish was that everyone be glad, not sad, for he lived a long and happy life. Funeral service was held on Monday, April 24, in St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Liscomb. Burial in St. Luke’s Anglican Church Cemetery. Donations in Jim’s memory may be made to St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Liscomb; St. Georges Anglican Church, New Glasgow or Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Unit. Online condolances: www.angusfuneralhomes.com.

 

WILSON, Keith Grant (67) of Liscomb, passed away suddenly on Monday, April 17, 2017, in Antigonish. Keith was born on March 6, 1950, in Sherbrooke and was the son of the late Augustus and Clare (Spanks) Wilson. He worked in the forest industry for over 40 years, with his brother Sherm. He enjoyed nature and recording the many species of birds, plants, and animals. He loved going fishing and taking long drives. He enjoyed watching boxing and hockey. He could be found playing crib, reading, or doing something outside. He was an award-winning table tennis player, who shared his joy of the game with others. Keith is survived by his brother Sherman Wilson, Sherbrooke; sister Doreen (Peg) Rudolph, Dartmouth; son Jason (Shannon) Wilson, Liscomb; daughters, Tanya (Reid) Doucette, Saskatchewan and Tracy Wilson, Ottawa, as well as his eight grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Keith was preceded in death by his parents, his companion Barbara MacDonald, brothers, Ron and Wayne Wilson, brother-in-law Sterling Rudolph and sister-in-law Pat Wilson. A Celebration of Keith’s Life was held in G.W. Giffin Funeral Home, St. Mary’s Chapel, Sherbrooke, on Sunday, April 23. Memorial donations may be made to Nova Scotia Nature Trust. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to GW Giffin Funeral Home, family, and friends. Condolences may be left in Keith’s online guestbook at gwgiffin.com.