DORT, Ruby E.L. (84) of Stellarton passed away peacefully May 8, 2017, at the Aberdeen Hospital. Born in Half Way Cove, she was a daughter of the late Howard and Sarah (Bond). She had an amazing sense of humour, a contagious laugh, and was happiest with a house full of people, especially if they were willing to have a game of cards! Her door was always open, and she helped many during their time of need. Ruby will be sadly missed by her husband John Basker, daughter Ellen, son Wayne (Tanya), grandchildren, Michael (Tammy), Dara (Shawn), Sarah, Jessica and Dalton; great-grandchildren, Gavin, Abby, Khloe, Michael and Nick; two great-great grandchildren. She was especially close to her brother-in-law Sonny Eaton; cousins, Francis, Barb (Charlie) and their grandson Tristan, who affectionately knew Ruby as “Honey Bun”; stepson, “Uncle Paul”; nieces, Carol and Margie; nephew, Russell; friends, Minerva Chisholm, Peter Anderson and Doreen Collie. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her sisters, Edith, Emma, Nettie, Beulah, Estella, Florence and Mae; brother Lawrence. Special thank yous are extended to Dr. T. Park and his receptionist Cathy; Kevin MacKay and the staff at Medical Hall Pharmacy; the VON and nurses on 4N at the Aberdeen. By Ruby’s request, there will be no visitation or funeral service. Cremation has taken place and internment will be in July at the St. James the Martyr Cemetery in Half Way Cove. Family only. Donations may be made in Ruby’s memory to the family. Arrangements are under the direction of the R.H. Porter Funeral Home, New Glasgow. We will remember your laughter forever for “Laughter is the sound of the soul dancing.”


FITZGERALD, James Austin (86), Lower Sackville/Canso passed away peacefully on Monday, April 24, 2017, in the Sagewood Long Term Care Facility, Lower Sackville. Born in Canso, he was a son of the late Howard and Rebecca (O’Hearn) Fitzgerald. James was a seaman and worked on the lake boats for many years. He was a former member of Star of the Sea Parish, Canso. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Surviving are numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sisters Marion Swaine and Mary Grandy and brother George. The family would like to thank the staff of Sagewood for their wonderful and exceptional care of James while he was a resident. Funeral mass was Monday from Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church, Canso, with Father Dan MacDonald officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Star of the Sea Parish Cemetery Fund, Canso. Arrangements under the care and direction of Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Canso. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at


GEORGE, Paul Harold (80) of Queensport, Guys. Co., and formerly of Lead Cove, NL and Toronto, ON, passed away at home on Thursday, May 11, 2017. Born in Upper Whitehead, Guysborough Co., he was a son of the late Abraham “Abe” and Margaret Ann (Grover) George. Paul grew up and attended school in a one-room schoolhouse in Upper Whitehead, moving to Toronto at the early age of 19 (1955) to accept employment with the City of Toronto where he was employed until 1975. In the summer of 1975 Paul moved back to Upper Whitehead, built a new home and began his new career as a fisherman. In 1979 Paul and Trixie moved to Newfoundland where they lived for a number of years, moving back to Queensport and back to fishing in the Whitehead area. He loved fishing, especially lobster, from his camp along with his faithful companion, his Labrador dog. He loved dogs and always had one in his life wherever he lived. He was a life-long hunter and sports fisherman, spending many hours on the rivers and lakes with his fishing buddy, Art Martin. Paul is survived by his partner, Linda Munroe, who was with him till the end and he was blessed with her care and compassion for him throughout his long-term illness of COPD, in addition Linda’s children, Marlene( Rob), Troy (Judy), Nathan (Darlene) and grandchildren, Tyler, Gerene, Zackary, Kayla and Haley. Paul is also survived by his sister Adeline Desroches, Truro; brother Phillip George, Antigonish; many nieces and nephews and eight god-children. Paul was predeceased by his wife, Typhena “Trixie” (Button); brothers, Edward, Harvey, Percy, Ira and Abe; sisters, Winnie, Thelma, Jeanette and Juanita; half-brothers, Allan George, (Port Felix) and Seymour Meads (Queensport). Special thanks to all doctors, nurses, Homecare and any other people that helped in any way during Paul’s illness the past few years. May God bless each of you. The funeral service took place on Tuesday, May 16, in Christ Anglican Church, Queensport, with Rev. Susan Slater officiating. Burial in the church cemetery. Donations in Paul’s memory may be made to Christ Anglican Church, Queensport, or a charity of one’s choice. Funeral arrangements under the care and direction of Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Guysborough. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at


RICHARD, Diane Mary (74) of Charlos Cove, Guysborough County passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, on Monday, May 8, 2017, in Guysborough Memorial Hospital. Born and raised in Lundy, she was a daughter of the late George and Clara (Avery) Gerrior. She married her husband Francis and moved to Charlos Cove where they raised their family. Momma-bear loved her Bingos and card plays with all of her dear friends; she especially loved Sunday dinners surrounded by her family. We will truly miss her sharp wit which she shared with us to the end. She is survived by sons, Hughie (Annette), Cook’s Cove; Donald (Darlene), Ottawa; daughters, Geneve, Charlos Cove; Brenda (Dennis), Charlos Cove; Hazel (George), Larry’s River; grandchildren whom she loved dearly, Jennifer (James), Aaron (Karla), Tyler (Natalie), Travis (Tara), Tristan (Erin), Tynneil (her dog Sadie), Matlock (Alana), Michael (Susan), Marcie (Theston), Margaret (Bruce); 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, Leona (Billy), Jean (Kenneth), Linda (Ian) and Helen with whom she shared daily phone chats; brothers, Irving (Elaine), Henry (Nancy) and Michael; many nieces, nephews and special friend Lucy. Diane was predeceased by her husband Francis, son Junior, son-in-law Thornton. Funeral service was held Saturday, May 13, in St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Charlos Cove, with Father Danny MacLennan officiating. Committal in the St. Joseph’s Parish Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Guysborough Memorial Hospital. Special thanks to Dr. Bell, Dr. Ali, and all the staff of Guysborough Memorial Hospital for their care and kindness. Funeral arrangements under the dignified and compassionate care of G.W. Giffin Funeral Home Ltd., Country Harbour. Online condolences may be made at