OBITUARIES

KELLY, James “Jim” Patrick (84) of the R.K MacDonald Nursing home, formerly of Glencoe, Guysborough County, passed away Monday, February 13, 2017, at the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home in Antigonish, surrounded by family. Raised as a devout Catholic Christian and son of late Clara Kelly of Glencoe, Jim was a hardworking man who began farming as a child to help provide for his family. As an adult he left Glencoe and moved to Antigonish where he worked. He then married Sarah (MacEachern) Kelly in June 1960 and moved back to his home in Glencoe and with her had 15 children, but sadly lost one in infancy. Jim worked in forestry, with the Department of Transportation, Christmas trees and at the Belmont Resort, as well as working steady with farming at home to keep his family fed, planting potatoes, milking cattle and raising livestock to provide for his ever-growing family; always putting in long days of back breaking labour and keeping his worries mostly to himself and doing the best he could to be the best he could with all the responsibilities of being a father to so many. Besides his mother, Jim was predeceased by his sons John, Gregory and Eddie, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter. Jim is survived by his wife Sarah (MacEachern) Kelly, his children: Donalda, Francis (Pearl), George (Kim), Mary (Lee), Irene (James), Clara (Gordon), Billy (Karen), Michael, Douglas, Bridget, Sarah (Shawn) and Clarence (Jennifer); his brother John “Bud” Kelly, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jim was well-known for his infectious sense of humour and contagious smile. He loved great conversation and always stopped to speak with everyone he knew. He will forever leave a void in the hearts he has touched. Funeral Mass was Monday, February 20, in St. Ninian’s Cathedral, Rev. Joe MacKenzie presiding. Burial at a later date in St. Thomas Cemetery, Salmon River, Guysborough County.

 

PHINNEY, Helen Edith Smith (1917 - 2017). Helen Edith Smith Phinney passed away in The Woodlands, Texas, on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at the age of 99. She was the daughter of Alexander Fraser Smith of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and Catherine Marcella Smith (nee Farrell) of Guysborough, Nova Scotia. Helen was born on December 17, 1917, at 1 Ashburton Place in Boston and had a very happy childhood on Beacon Hill with her parents, brothers and sister. A favourite memory was the lamplighter walking along the street lighting the oil lamps which meant it was time to go home. Her father was the Chef at The Commonwealth Hotel Restaurant and Helen would order thinly sliced roast beef, mashed potatoes with pan gravy for lunch and dinner every single day. In 1933 in the midst of the Depression her father died. Helen’s older brother, Lewis, broke off his wedding engagement to devote himself to to taking care of the family. As a young woman, Helen attended the Boston Clerical School before working at John Hancock Insurance. In 1939 she married Robert “Bob” Phinney. On their engagement, Bob asked Helen if she would rather have an engagement ring or a sofa. Always selfless, Helen chose the sofa. After six months of marriage, Helen had to resign the job she loved at The Hancock due to company policy that a woman could not work and be married. Helen and Bob adopted an envelope budget system and sorted their money at the start of each month. Helen was a fan of “No Ration Coupon Tuna Casserole” and even devised an 11 cent dinner when times were especially tight. In 1943 they had saved enough money to buy a house and moved out of Boston and raised their children in Wellesley. Helen was a gentle, wise, and strong woman with a great sense of humour. Little children and animals gravitated to her. In the 50s, the bread man would come to the back door and she would let her children order whatever they wanted - molasses cookies, donuts, and cupcakes. When the children were older Helen worked for many years at Weston High School. She was a favourite of the Principal who called her “Miss Lillian” after President Carter’s mother. Helen and Bob were members of the Unitarian Church and Friends of the Library. An excellent card player, Helen somehow never managed to win one card game against her grandchildren or great-grandchildren. She was always there for them, roasting a turkey, ready to go shopping, and as a rock solid sounding board. Her grandchildren thought of her as their second mother. An owner of an original red Volkswagen Beetle in the 60s, Helen dreamed of a new “Bug” in the 90s. In 1998 at the age of 81 she answered the door and a new blue “Bug” was waiting for her with a giant ribbon and a poster reading, “To Helen, Gram, Gigi - Merry Christmas!” She said, “Happiness is a New Bug!” Helen is survived by her sister, Elfriede Morales, of Miami, Florida; her daughter, Deborah Jealous, of The Woodlands, Texas; her son-in-law, Bradford “Bart” Jealous, Jr.; her son, Robert Phinney Jr., of Boston, Massachusetts; her son, Curtis Phinney, of Columbia, Maryland; her granddaughter, Abigail Abouchar, of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada; her grandson-in-law, Andrew Abouchar; her grandson, Bradford Jealous, III, of New York, New York; and her great-granddaughters, Sally Abouchar, Caroline Abouchar and Charlotte Jealous. To us, Helen was a star of the “Greatest Generation” and a peach. She made the world a much better place. Helen always said she wanted her ashes strewn on the Boston Common on a windy day. A private family service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tolles-Parsons Center for Seniors in Wellesley, Massachusetts. “Them as what has gets.” - Helen E.S. Phinney

 

SANGSTER, Jean Lillian (90), Glen Haven Manor, New Glasgow, formerly of Stellarton, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, in the manor. Born in New Harbour, she was a daughter of the late George Tupper and Katherine Margaret (Lowe) Luddington. Following graduation from business school, Jean was employed as a secretary with the First Aid Office at the former Eastern Car Company, Trenton; Sobey’s Head Office and the former Steel Furnishing Company. In later years, she was employed as a private homecare provider. Jean taught Sunday school for over 30 years, had been secretary/treasurer of the Women’s Ministries and member of the Fifty Plus club with the former Calvary Temple Church, New Glasgow, and a faithful supporter of the former Life Centre, New Glasgow. She was a member of The Gideons Pictou County Camp Ladies Auxiliary for many years. Jean was a lady who possessed an unwavering faith in her Lord. Surviving are her husband of 68 years, H. Watson Sangster, New Glasgow; daughter, Sonya Sangster, Stellarton; sisters, Evelyn Willett, Truro; Ina Burke, Dartmouth; brothers-in-law, Alex Sangster and Douglas MacKay, New Glasgow; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by sisters, Irma Sangster and Eileen Wilson; brother, Roland Luddington; sisters-in-law, Frances Luddington, Genesta Uloth, Dorothy Sangster, Gertie Sangster and June MacKay; brothers-in-law, Larry Willett, Harold Wilson, Wally Burke, Roscoe Uloth, Elliott Sangster and Stewart Sangster. Funeral service was held Saturday, February 18, in P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home, New Glasgow, with Rev. Keith Hazzard officiating. Spring interment will be in Brookside Cemetery, New Glasgow. The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff of Whispering Tide, for their loving care of Jean during her time at Glen Haven Manor. Donations may be made in Jean’s memory to The Gideons International in Canada or Pictou County SPCA.