OBITUARIES

DERABBIE, John Francis (04 July 1932 – 22 July 2018) – John passed away peacefully in Belleville General Hospital, Belleville, Ontario following a short battle with cancer, on Sunday, July 22, 2018. Born in Hazel Hill, he was predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Annie (Casey) DeRabbie and his brother, Billy. John is survived by his loving wife, Hazel (Horton) of Bancroft, Ont. and previously of Canso, his sisters, Mary (Les) Ritter, Antigonish; Cynthia, Hazel Hill; Elizabeth, Truro; brother, Donnie (Lorri), Waterloo, Ont. along with many nieces and nephews both in Ontario and Nova Scotia. He will be sadly missed by his best friend, Francis Lyons, who was like a brother. John moved to Toronto in 1955 to be with the love of his life and where he and Hazel married in 1956. He worked as an auto mechanic for the City of Toronto and spent much of their spare time at their cottage and hunting camp with his family and friends. John was a true “Jack of all Trades” and could build and refurbish almost anything. He was always in high demand when something went wrong or needed repair. When they retired, John and Hazel moved to Gilmour, Ontario where they transformed their cottage into a year round home and threw themselves into community life and where John remained active until very recently. John enjoyed playing (and winning) cards and golfing with his community friends. He will be missed by all who knew him. Cremation has taken place and his remains will be laid to rest in Bayview Cemetery, Half Island Cove at a later date. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at www.haverstocks.com. "Gone but not forgotten."


 

HENDSBEE, Phyllis Ada (Haynes), 78, of Half Island Cove, Guysborough County, and Bedford, passed away on August 9, 2018, in St. Martha's Regional Hospital, Antigonish. Born in Canso, she was a daughter of the late James and Ella (Morehouse) Haynes. Phyllis taught school and worked for Canada Post and Revenue Canada. In her younger years, she enjoyed fishing, boating, and hosting parties. During many trips to Florida, she loved to attend the markets to find new treasures. She took great pride in having an immaculate home and providing home cooked meals, baked goods, and preserves to all who visited. In later years, she enjoyed her view of Chedabucto Bay and all the sights and sounds of nature. She is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Bruce. Adoring mother of Pam (Norman) Smith, Bedford, and Gavin (Ruth), Middle Sackville; proud and loving Nana of Jared (Mandy) Smith and Andrea (Adam) Ward; sisters, Nancy Reynolds, Halifax; Joyce Williams, Havre Boucher; Betty (Louis) Talbot, Port Hawkesbury; brother, Dewey Haynes (Joelle), North Bay, ON; sisters-in-law, Eileen Haynes, and Geneve Richard-Haynes; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by son Craig and two children in infancy; brothers James, Fred, and Thornton; sister-in-law, Marlene Haynes; brothers-in-law, Arnold Reynolds and Reginald Williams. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Online condolences: www.clcurry.com.


 

MELANSON, Claude – It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Claude Melanson. Born January 27, 1967 in Antigonish, NS, Claude died August 8, 2018 in Niagara Falls, ON at the age of 51. Survived by parents Joseph and Marie (DeYoung) Melanson, Pomquet, NS; brother Kenneth and Lori (MacDonald), Truro, NS; sister Michelle Melanson; Niagara Falls, ON; nephews Luke and Matthew, Truro. Claude graduated from Antigonish Regional High School, went on to study graphic design and art. He worked as a graphic designer for several years with Central Supplies Limited, and The Guysborough Journal in Antigonish, before moving to Fort McMurray, AB in 1998. He would work for Keyano College, and Printing Unlimited during his 19 years in Alberta. He was a passionate hockey fan, loved his Edmonton Oilers, and most of all Wayne Gretzky. He was a Star Wars fan, an avid reader, loved listening to and sharing his favourite music, loved all animals, but was especially fond of golden Labrador retrievers. He was kind, generous and easy going. He was a very good artist and photographer. He was also an excellent cook, and enjoyed preparing meals for family and friends. He came home to Nova Scotia as often as possible, enjoying his visits with friends, siblings, nephews and most especially his mom and dad. As per his wishes there will be no service. Donations can be made to a charity of choice.


 

RUDOLPH, Ernest Lloyd (87) Sherbrooke, passed away Monday, August 6, 2018, in Highcrest Nursing Home, Sherbrooke. Born December 15, 1930, in Little Liscomb, he was a son of the late Scott and Laurie (Mailman) Rudolph. During his working life he built boats, fished and spent many years on the water teaching his sons the fishing industry. In his off-time he was a devoted member of St. John’s United Church, Liscomb. He served 13 years on the Sherbrooke Village Community Association. Ernest was a member of the PC Party of Nova Scotia; he was actively involved in political rallies and functions. He was very well known on the Eastern Shore and helped a lot of people build boats. Ernest was a caring husband and father and will be sadly missed. He was a member of St. Mary’s Gun Club where he won many awards for his shooting accuracy. Survived by his wife of 65 years, Catherine, Sherbrooke, five sons; Vern (Debbie), Alberta; Gerald (Brenda), Ecum Secum; Larry (Nancy), Liscomb; Scott (Natalie) and Corey (Nicole), both of Shelburne; daughters; Sandra (Dennis), Sherbrooke; Leah (Juergen), Alberta; Jessie (Blaine), Ontario; Rachel (Wayne), Liscomb; daughter-in-law Heather, 26 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren; brothers Ralph (Lorraine), Antigonish; Scott, Goshen; sisters, Ethel Jeffers, Mahone Bay; Connie Jack, Port Bickerton; Marion (Calvin) Carol, Truro; Phylis James, Alberta. Predeceased by son Kevin and infant daughter June, sister Edith, infant brother Percy. Funeral Service was held Friday, August 10, in St. Johns United Church, Sherbrooke with Rev. Derek Elsworth officiating.  Burial in St. Johns Cemetery, Liscomb. Donations in Ernest’s memory may be made to the Activity Program at Highcrest Nursing Home or St. Johns United Church Cemetery, Liscomb. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Highcrest Nursing Home for the wonderful care and compassion they showed their father while he was a resident there.