Saturday, February 24, 2024



Wallace Eugene Driol Sr., 83, passed away on Dec. 21, 2023, in Calgary, with his family at his side following a short battle with brain cancer. He was the last surviving member of his family.

Wally was born in Torrington, AB to the late Martha Timmins and the late John Driol on Nov. 25, 1940. He went to school in Torrington, Olds and Calgary. Wally joined the navy in 1959 in Calgary and was sent to Halifax, where he met his wife, Sheila. They were married for 61 years.

Wally spent eight years in the navy before he transferred to the air force for two years and three months, leaving in 1970. He moved his family to Fort Smith, NWT to become an electrical inspector for the NWT government. After five years, they relocated to Red Deer, AB in 1975 to work for the Alberta government and then to Calgary in 1980 to become chief electrical inspector, where he stayed for 20 years. Wally was a journeyman, master electrician, an electrical engineer and a member of the Electrical Inspectors’ Association of Alberta. After leaving the Alberta government, he worked for Alberta Permit Pro Inc. for four years, before retiring at the age of 59 years.

Wally was a 40-year member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Forest Lawn Branch #275. He was a member of St. Barnabas Anglican Church and St. George’s Anglican Church in Calgary, and a member of All Saints Canso while in Nova Scotia.

Wally enjoyed camping, travelling by car, seeing the world on cruise ships, going to Vancouver Island to visit family and helping out his friends when he could. He was also a fan of curling and golf.

Wally is survived by his wife, Sheila; two sons, Wally Jr. and Lawrence (Kelly), all of Calgary; his half-sister, Joanne Slugoski (Ron), Sherwood Park, AB; two grandsons, Travis Driol, Edmonton; and Russell Starchuk (Christine), Calgary; two great-grandchildren, Oliva Driol, Edmonton; and Mavrick Starchuk, Calgary. He is also survived by nieces: Janet, Sheila, Shannon, Patti, Erin Lee, Betsy, Anna Lee, Sharlene and Rondalyn; nephews: Douglas, Kelly, Brent, Michael, Steven, Freddy, Clifford and Joel; and his sisters-in-law: Inez Dykens, Canso; Marie Newell (Greig), Cedar, BC; and Irene Daley, Canso.

Wally was predeceased by his daughter, Noella Driol; mother, Martha Timmins; father, John Driol; sister, Joyce and Elmer Erickson; sister, Doreen and George Sharples; brother, Larry and Elsie Driol; brothers-in-law, Winston Newell, Allison Newell, Roy Briggs; sister-in-law, Brenda Briggs; parents-in-law, Blanche and Coleman Newell; nieces, Sandra and Della.

The family thanks the staff at Foothills Hospital, units 111 and 112, for the wonderful care Wally received while there. Also, thank you to the staff at Southwood Hospice for the compassion and support provided to him. Special thanks to Reverend Kersi Bird and friends for being there for the family.

A celebration of Wally’s life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Forest Lawn Branch #275 (755 40 Street SE, Calgary) on Saturday, Mar. 23, 2024, beginning at 11 a.m.

A graveside service will be held in Canso at All Saints Church on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2024.

 

 

HENDERSON, Carmen Embree “The Roadrunner”, 66, Giants Lake, and formerly of Goshen, Guysborough County, passed away at home on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024. Carmen was a foster son of Isabell (Fraser) and the late Wallace Cameron; son of Lillian (Langley) and the late Ronald Henderson. Carmen was a welder who worked for Nova Scotia Power for a short period of time. He later worked with Stora Forest Industries in the silviculture division. The loves of his life were his precious granddaughters, Hannah and Ella. He loved his special fur baby, Harley, who went everywhere with him. Carmen was a true Montréal Canadiens fan. He loved playing sports in his earlier years, four wheeling, playing cards and darts with his friends. Carmen is survived by his wife, Angie (Hines); daughter, Christina, Westville; son, Steve (Rihanna), Trenton; granddaughters, Hannah, Ella and her mother, Andrea; brother, Bayne (Dixie), Alberta; sisters, Brenda Henderson, Antigonish; Cindy (James) Walsh, Cross Roads Country Harbour; AnneMarie MacDonald, Antigonish; father and mother-in-law, Gordie (Helen) Hines, Country Harbour; many nieces, nephews and their families. He was predeceased by his brother, Ronnie. A visitation and celebration of Carmen’s life was held on Feb. 17 in the Goshen Community Centre. Memorial donations may be made to the Guysborough and Area Food Bank, PO Box 284, Guysborough, NS, B0H 1N0 or St. Mary’s District Food Bank, PO Box 102, Sherbrooke, NS, B0J 3C0. A special thank you to Dr. Eckhart for his kindness and compassion. Online condolences may be made at www.gwgiffin.com.

 

 

Carol Barbara (Hendsbee) Murphy, 76, of Half Island Cove, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, after her battle with cancer.

She was born on November 21, 1947. She is survived by her brother, Wendell (Martina); her three children, Dwayne (Patricia), David (Jackie) and Heidi; grandchildren, Raven, Shawn, Devon, Jeffrey, Courtney, Robin, Haleigh and Marissa; great-grandchildren, Jeremy, Ava, Jaxon, Liam, Aliyah, Kinsley and Harper.

Predeceased by her husband, Arnold; youngest son, Shawn; and her brother, Mert.

Carol was well known first as Mom, always having an open door for anyone who came along and always had a yard full of kids playing. Then came along Nanny or Nanny Carol from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved spending time with her family and was often baking sweets with her grandchildren.

Upon Carol’s request there will be no services at this time. Donations can be made to the Bayview Cemetery. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at www.haverstocks.com.

 

 

NIELSEN, Carla Margaret, 47, of Port Bickerton, Guysborough County, passed away peacefully with her loving family at her bedside on Feb. 13, 2024, in St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish. Born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, on Dec. 23, 1976, to Bent Nielson and Ruthie Dick. From a young age, Carla was raised by her mom and dad, Nan and Rodney Kaiser of Port Bickerton. Growing up in Port Bickerton, Carla was the baby of six. In her younger years, Carla enjoyed hunting and fishing, which set precedence for her post-secondary education to study her first seaman’s course after she graduated from St. Mary’s Rural High School in 1995. Carla’s greatest joy and proudest moment was when she became a mom to her son, Ethan, on Sept. 16, 2005. He was her whole world, she was so proud he was going to graduate this coming June. Carla is survived by her beloved son, Ethan Nielsen; brothers, Rodney (Shelley) Kaiser; Troy (Fern) Kaiser; Trent (Mamie) Kaiser; sisters, Rhonda Jack; Nancy Lynn (Brian) Humphries; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and their families. She was predeceased by her birth mother, Ruthie Dick; her dad, Rodney Kaiser; infant nephew, Nicholas Kaiser; and brother-in-law, Bruce Jack. A special heartfelt thank you to the staff at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital for their compassionate care given over the past four years. A special acknowledgment to the nurses on ALC unit for their loving care, befriending Carla and brightening her days. Words will never express the gratitude we have for you. Visitation was held Feb. 16 in St. James Presbyterian Church, Historic Sherbrooke Village, from where funeral service was held Feb. 17, with Pastor Wayne Bray officiating. Committal service followed in Hillside Cemetery, Port Bickerton. Memorial donations may be made to the Huntington Society of Canada, 20 Erb Street West, Suite 801, Waterloo, ON, N2L 1T2, Email, info@huntingtonsociety.ca. Online condolences may be made at www.gwgiffin.com.

 

 

It is with deep sadness that our family announces the passing of Mom.

Cecile Mary Sampson, 76, of Little Dover passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, at VG Hospital site QEII, Halifax. Mom was the daughter of the late Elizabeth (Boudreau) and Godfrey David, Petit-de-Grat, Cape Breton.

Mom is survived by daughters Angela (John Dobson), Half Island Cove; grandsons, Michael (Jillian), Rock Elm, Grand Mira North; Shane (Claire) Antigonish; and Ryan (Hannah) Antigonish; Sherry (Darrin Jackson) Antigonish; grandson Joshua, Alberta; and granddaughter, Abbigail, Antigonish; son, Jason (Nicole Wournell), Antigonish; sister, Marie (Harold Samson) Petit-de-Grat; many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly and special great-nephew, Jordan Harris, Petit-de-Grat. Besides her parents, Mom was pre-deceased by her husband of 49 years, Bernard (2013); sister, Mary Rose Pardy (2005) and nephew, Gordon Pardy Jr. (1975), as well as many in-laws whom she loved dearly.

Family was everything to Mom. Her belief was “life is short,” keep in touch with your brothers, sisters, kids, grandkids and friends. Mom believed in helping others. If someone was ill or going through a rough patch, she would call, make a pot of soup or a loaf of homemade bread and have it delivered to them. When the grandkids visited, they would go home with a belly full of spaghetti, French toast, a few extra dollars and a car load of goodies for a later date. Let’s face it, regardless of the occasion (or a casual drop in), you were offered a meal and you left with more food. Stretchy pants was a must for a planned visit.

In the early years, Mom worked at National Sea Products and Canso Seafoods in Canso. Mom and Dad enjoyed camping in Lake Ainsley, going to the “Hut” for a weekend away or taking us kids on a Sunday drive and a picnic. They especially loved the Little Dover Day Use Park and the Boardwalk, where many picnics were held with their grandchildren.

Mom was a devoted Catholic, “Believing in God and saying a prayer never hurt anyone.” She paid service to her community by the many volunteer hours in the St. Agnes Parish teaching religion, volunteering with bingo and annual parish picnic, service at many weddings and funerals. She was a past member of the St. Anne’s Society, Dover Bay Seniors Club and the Local Craft Club.

Mom was an avid knitter which became part of her daily routine. Over the years, if you helped her out in any way, you either went home with a few extra bucks or a new pair of socks. In the last few years, Mom donated yarn and would knit hats, scarves, mittens and socks for those who were homeless, which were given out by other charities. She also knit bags of hats for newborns, which were donated to St. Martha’s Hospital and the IWK. Mom enjoyed quilting, painting ceramics and a few good games of cribbage. Card games of Auction 45 certainly raised the roof on many occasions in the earlier years with Dad and friends gathered.

Our family sincerely thanks the staff of Eastern Memorial Hospital, Canso; St. Martha’s Hospital, Antigonish; QEII Halifax Infirmary and VG for their compassionate care shown to Mom during her stays. Special thanks to nephew Paul Munroe for always being on “stand-by” and helping her out when needed; and to Jimmy and Pearl Rhynold, Peggy Haines, Rhoda and Duffield Haines, Rita Colp and Margaret Perro for always calling and checking in. We can never thank you enough.

Visitation will be Friday, February 23, 2024, from 11-12 p.m. for immediate family, 12-7 p.m. for the public in Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Canso. Funeral Mass will be held from St. Agnes Parish Hall, Saturday, February 24, 2024, at 11 a.m., with Fr. Jonathan Nnajiofor officiating. Burial at a later date in St. Agnes Parish Cemetery. A reception will follow at the St. Agnes Parish Hall.

Memorial donations in Mom’s memory may be made to the Eastern Memorial Hospital Foundation or a charity of one’s choice.

Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at www.haverstocks.com.