OBITUARIES

ARSENAULT, Joe – Joseph has left the building. On October 9th, 2019 Joe was reunited with the love of his life, Mabel Arsenault (Grant), who predeceased him in 2005. The family of Wilfred Joseph “Joe” Arsenault are deeply saddened to announce the passing of their father, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend after he was able to ignore and defy cancer three times previously. Born May 2, 1947 in Antigonish, Joe was the son of the late Wilfred Francis Arsenault and Jean (Carberry) Arsenault. He is survived by his 5 siblings, Phil (Mary Margaret), Joan (late Wayne), Evangeline (late Maurice), Yvonne (Charlie) and Dianne (Benny) (late Charlie) and sister in law Theresa. He is predeceased by his sister, Rose Marie and brother Edward. Joe is survived by his two sons, Brent (Sonja) Kamloops BC and Duane (Tara) Airdrie AB as well as his beloved grandchildren Mckenna, Jake, Carter Joe and Grayson. He will be remembered by his special niece, Lisa Tramble, whose help was invaluable during his fight with cancer. He leaves behind for his family a legacy of music, art and quiet generosity. Joe spent his life building the family business, Arsenault Monuments, into a strong staple in the Antigonish community. Joe’s creativity and love of art lead him to pursue his passion for carving; starting Stone Carvations, where he showcased his ability to carve any design, face or idea out of stone. His sculptures can be found in gardens all over North America and abroad. Joe will be remembered for two main ideals: music and generosity. He loved sharing his love of music with family and friends. He could often be found entertaining at gatherings; singing and playing guitar, usually with a glass of rum and a cigarillo held precariously at the end of his guitar. Joe supported so many causes in Antigonish with a carving or donation without a second thought. Whether it was the St. Martha’s Hospital Auxiliary, local charity events or even buying a bike for a kid at Christmas, he never wanted acknowledgement. The family would like to thank his nephew Dr. Steve Gallant, Dr. Harry Henteleff and Dr. Morzycki, the staff at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital (palliative care team), the Fabulous Five, Mom’s extended Grant family, and the many family and friends who stopped by for a visit and provided meals, rides and company during his illness. A reception was held on Sunday, October 13th at St. Ninian’s Place. A Celebration of Life and burial will be held at later date. Online condolences: www.MacIsaacs.ca. Joe lived his life by his own rules and mastered the art of not being bound by worrying what others thought of him. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation via email transfer to the Mabel Arsenault bursary fund at mabelsbursary@hotmail.com. In the words of Papa Joe, “the dog barks, but the caravan moves on.”

 

BEATON, Michael David of South Side Harbour, Antigonish passed away on October 11, 2019. Born in Antigonish he was the son of the late Charles and Dorothy (Shelley) Beaton and big brother to Cyril. In his youth he was an avid hockey fan and goal tender for many local hockey teams. He also had a passion for skiing that took him throughout Canada, the USA and Europe. As a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University he obtained his BA (1971) and B.Ed (1976), he taught for almost 20 years in the former Guysborough High School, followed by St. Mary’s High School and Antigonish Regional High School. His popularity as a teacher was evidenced by the fact that many of his students stayed in touch after graduation. His obsession with air cooled engines, starting with VW, Porsches, and Harley Davidson motorcycles, led to having friends around the continent. Travelling in his motorhome with his wife and best friend, Lorraine, further fulfilled his love of travel and camaraderie. He was a founding member of the GMC Eastern States Motorhome Club, a member of GMC International and the Nor’Easter Motorhome Club and a Master Mason at Masonic Sunrise Lodge 116. Following his retirement in 2004, he was able to spend lengthy periods at his New Mexico Ranchette. More recently he was lovingly known as Grandpa (G-Pa) to his five grandchildren Logan, Abby, Emma, Lucas and Sam. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife Lorraine, children Christina (Sheldon) Chisholm, Jonathan (Karen) Jadot, Sarah (Joe McKenna) Jadot; brother Cyril (Maureen); many nephews and nieces. Predeceased by his father, mother and nephew Mike Beaton. Visitation will be at MacIsaac Funeral Home, Antigonish on Thursday 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM. Funeral mass 11 AM, Friday in St Ninian's Cathedral, Antigonish, Father Rev. Donald MacGillivray presiding. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Sunrise Masonic Lodge #116 Antigonish. Online condolences: www.MacIsaacs.ca.

 

CLYKE, Donna Louise (Borden) – Sunnyville, Guysborough Co. Age 87. Passed away on Friday, October 11, 2019 in Guysborough Memorial Hospital with family by her side. Born in New Glasgow, she was a daughter of the late Edward Marshall and Bernice Viola (Williams) Borden. Donna was an active member of Sunnyville United Baptist Church and the Ladies Auxiliary. She worked at the fish plant in Canso for many years from there she went to work at Guysborough Pharmacy until she retired. Donna is survived by her children, Robert (Rose), Bernice (Harry) all of Sunnyville; Kenneth, Montreal; Marion, Halifax; William, Sunnyville; Laurie (Harold),Truro; sisters, Marion "Beth", Montreal; Theresa, Ottawa; brothers, Charles (Evie), Truro; George, Montreal; 23 grand-children and several great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth Roy "Duke" Clyke; her daughters, Patricia and Jean; son, Timothy; grandchildren, Harry, LeRoy and Kenny; great-granddaughter, Jasmine; sisters, Joyce, Freda, and Laura; brother, James. Visitation will take place on Tuesday, October 15 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in Sunnyville United Baptist Church and from where the funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, October 16, with Rev. David Wheeler officiating, assisted by Pastor Clara Jordan. Burial in Evergreen Cemetery, Guysborough. A reception willfollow in Sunnyville Hall. Memorial donations may be made in memory of Donna to Canadian Cancer Society. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Guysborough. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at www.haverstocks.com.

 

PINKHAM, Marilyn Anne, age 62, of New Harbour, Guysborough Co., passed away on Thursday, October 10, 2019. Born in Guysborough, she was a daughter of Elsie (Gammon) and the late Charles Sangster. Marilyn was always ready to lend a helping hand and loved to play darts. She cherished and adored her family and her grandsons Dylan and Spencer. Marilyn worked at Sherbrooke Village Museum. She is survived by her husband, Steven; son, Jason, Guysborough; grandsons, Dylan & Spencer, brothers, Eugene (Yvonne), New Harbour; Craig (Angie), Seal Harbour; sisters, Debbie (Carroll) Pettipas, Lantz; Peggy (Charlie Dahlgren), Kingston; Helena (Michael) Luddington, New Harbour; Holly (Kenny) Nickerson, New Harbour; Nicole (Frank Crosby), Back Bay, N.B.; mother-in-law, Jessie Pinkham, Port Bickerton; several nieces, nephews and their families. She was predeceased by her brother, Gary; father-in-law, Bedford Pinkham; paternal grandparents, Lester and Cora Sangster, maternal grandparents, Angus and Margaret Gammon. Visitation will be held, Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. in Harbourview Community Centre, New Harbour from where funeral service will be held Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. with Lewis MacIntosh officiating. Interment will take place in Riverside Cemetery, New Harbour. Family flowers only please. Memorial donations may be made to Riverside Cemetery Improvement Association. Funeral arrangements are under the dignified and compassionate care of G.W.Giffin Funeral Home, 17545 Highway 316, Country Harbour. Online condolences may be made at www.gwgiffin.com.

 

ROBAR, Eugene Ernest "Faud", age 74, formerly of Country Harbour passed away on Saturday, October 12, 2019 in the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home, Antigonish. Born in Country Harbour, he was a son of the late Sterling and Gloria (Hallett) Robar. In his earlier years, he worked in the woods a pulp cutter, enjoyed Bingo, playing cards and visiting. He is survived by brothers, Johnnie, Antigonish; Ronald "Barry" (Marilyn), Dartmouth; David, Country Harbour; sisters, Paulette (Fraser), New Glasgow; Darlene (Dale), Eight Island Lake; Dana (Ken), New Glasgow; several nieces, nephews and their families. He was predeceased by his brother, Kevin. Visitation will be held Thursday, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in GW Giffin Funeral Home, Country Harbour. A family interment will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in Stormont Cemetery with Rev. Sue Channen officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Faud’s family to help with funeral expenses. Funeral arrangements are under the dignified and compassionate care of G.W. Giffin Funeral Home, 17545 Highway 316, Country Harbour. Online condolences may be made at www.gwgiffin.com.

 

SCATTOLON, Geno Victor (1928-2019) – It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Geno Scattolon of Antigonish in High-Crest Home for Special Care in Sherbrooke on October 11, 2019 at the age of 91. Born on September 4, 1928 in Dominion, Cape Breton, he was the youngest son of the late Romano and Assunta (Braganollo) Scattolon. Geno graduated from St. Ann’s High School in Glace Bay and received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from St. Francis Xavier University in 1951. He continued his education at Springfield College, Massachusetts, earning a master’s degree and returned to St. F.X. to complete a Bachelor of Education which led to a career as a physical education teacher. He thoroughly enjoyed his professional career, including 35 years at St. Andrew Rural/Junior High. Geno was a teacher who had a wonderful, compassionate way with students and a rare sense of humour that drew them to him. He coached hockey, basketball, soccer, volleyball, and track and field, and fostered a healthy love for sport among his students. He contributed to his community in many ways. He was a dedicated minor hockey coach, hockey referee, Clerk of the Course at the Antigonish Highland Games, and a starter for Special Olympics. He was honoured for his dedication to the Royal Canadian Legion Summer Leadership Camp for 35 years at Acadia University. Geno was a passionate and skilled athlete throughout his life. As a university student, he was an exceptional varsity hockey, rugby, and football player and was captain for both Hockey and Rugby. Geno was Captain of the 1951 Maritime Intercollegiate Championship Hockey Team, a team which came close to being selected to attend the Winter Olympics. In the summers, he played on four baseball teams and two softball teams. He played senior hockey on a variety of Eastern Nova Scotia teams. Geno was inducted into the St. F.X. Hall of Fame as both an individual and team member, as well as the Pictou and Nova Scotia Sports Halls of Fame. He was a daily jogger ("the Geno Shuffle") for 40 years, and in his later years was a regular at the university gym. He continued to cheer on the X-Men with his good friend, Murray. Most importantly, Geno will be remembered for the relationships he forged with others. His original personality and great sportsmanship have made him a host of friends. Geno is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Yvonne (MacDonald), his son David (Sharon), daughters Gina (Chris Reynolds) and Yvette (Louis Brill). He was the cherished grandfather of Vincent, Anthony, and Marco Scattolon, Georgia Reynolds, and Chris and Arianna Brill. Predeceased by his brothers, Londo and Duvilio, and his stepmother, Anna. Special thank you to the staff at High Crest Nursing Home in Sherbrooke, NS. for their compassionate and loving care.

 

WILLIAMS, Alexander Duncan – The family of Alexander Duncan Williams is deeply saddened by his passing. He passed away on Sunday, October 13, 2019, in the QEII Hospital, Infirmary Site, Halifax at the age of 81, after a lengthy battle with many reoccurring illnesses. His courage and perseverance will never go unnoticed. He was surrounded by loved ones from near and far. He was born on March 30, 1938 in Orangedale, Inverness Co., and was the son of the late Albert and Elma (Taylor) Williams. He was raised in Mulgrave, and later met and married the love of his life, the late Gladys (Deveau) Williams. Alexander leaves behind 4 children, Wayne (Cindy) Williams, Frankville; John Williams, Red Deer AB; Donald (Randi) Williams, Millet AB; and April (Michael) Pettipas, Linwood. He will be deeply missed by his 9 grandchildren, Courtney (Tom), Candace (Marc), Leah (Al), Mitchell (Katie), Shawn (Kim), Brennan, Will (Rhea), Alexander and Erika; four great-grandchildren, Peyton, Hazel, Jaxon & Baby Williams 2020. He was also survived by twin brother, Arthur , East Havre Boucher; and sister, Anne-Marie (Gerald) Tibbo, Squamish, BC; several nieces and nephews. Alexander was a caring, compassionate, true gentleman. He was a town cop in Mulgrave many years ago and eventually moved on to spend many years working for CNR where he later retired. He was a life time member of the Kinsmen club of Canada, an honour he was proud of, and thought of as his second family. His hobbies and interests included baseball, helping others, road trips with his grandchildren and Cape Breton music. His door was always opened to many who referred to him as Grampie. Alexander was predeceased by brothers, Donald, Roy, Taylor, and Don; sisters-in-law, Kathleen and Vivian. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 2-9p.m. in St Paul’s Center, Havre Boucher. Funeral service will be held from St. Lawrence Church, Mulgrave on Friday at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Donna Lovelace officiating. Burial in Trinity United Church Cemetery, Mulgrave. The family would like to thank the staff at St. Martha’s Hospital and the staff at 5.2 at QE2 for their kindness and compassion during Dads many battles. In memoriam, donations may be made to Trinity United Church of Mulgrave. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at www.haverstocks.com.