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Harold George Searle

JULY 10, 1918 – MAY 16, 2021
Obituary of Harold George Searle

July 10, 1918 to May 16,2021 (102 yrs. & 10 months) Regimental # 14011, Oldest RCMP member in Atlantic Canada and believed second oldest in Canada

Born in a farmhouse on the outskirts of the Town of Mortlack, Saskatchewan (35 miles west of Moose Jaw) a few months before the end of World War I.

Harold spent his childhood and young adult life on a working farm attending to horses, playing hockey on the ponds, hunting ducks, searching for native artifacts exposed by the 1930’s dust bowl winds, and generating electricity from his hand carved propeller and a car generator attached to the house roof.

He attended school riding his pony Mark at a young age. Mark would wait patiently hitched to a rail for Harold to get out of School.

In later years during harvest season Harold drove grain wagons with teams of up to six horses, but usually four to the Mortlack Grain elevators. Once a car honked just as he was entering the team into the elevator and a horse jumped harness part way in. This left him a memory of why would anyone do that, and a terrible tangle of harnessed horses to sort out. Luckily, he was able to back them out to un-tangle them.

Harold was driving the family Model A at the age of 11 or 12.


RCMP Harold thought his father should have progressed faster in the transition from horses to tractors. Losing patience and at the urging of Uncle Joseph Healy, a Mountie in Moose Jaw, he joined the RCMP in Regina in on Feb 2nd, 1941 at the age of 22.

He graduated from Depot October 1941. He started just after the RCMP fully transitioned from horses to automobiles and for several years prior to the musical ride start-up, he and other recruits avoided mucking out the stables, a chore of which he already had his fill.

Harold was posted to Halifax, NS upon graduation and arrived in Dec 1941. His memory of the single male accommodation haunted him every time he travelled to Halifax. Apparently drafty old decrepit buildings were all the senior management was willing to provide. He was highly suspicious the commander was constructing a home beyond his means and perhaps the accommodation money was being redirected.

Harold was transferred to Windsor as a Constable Jan 3, 1942. He was put in charge Oct 1, 1947 due to the passing of Corporal McIsaac Oct 1, 1947. It was supposed to be temporary but lasted to 1948 with no change in rank or promotion.

On April 1st, 1948, the policing of the Town of Windsor was turned over to the RCMP. In 1949 he was transferred to Chester and promoted to the rank of Corporal. It was later learned the transfer was a result of a death threat by the wife of a spouse in a domestic dispute he had quelled. In 1951 he was transferred to Antigonish. He has great memories of this town and the people, as he does of the Windsor folk.

He was transferred to H Division Headquarters, Halifax in September in 1959. He was promoted to Sargent May 1, 1960.

In 1962 he transferred back to Windsor, NS. Here he contracted the building of a home where his family was raised, a home he dearly loved and stayed in until age 97.

In 1966 after 25 years of RCMP service he took retirement and received discharge in Dec 1966. With a young family and a wife caring for an elderly mother and a looming transfer out of province it seemed the wise thing to do, besides, he had another job lined up the Monday following his discharge on the previous Friday.


Harold joined N. S. Senior Probation Service in January 1967 and was in charge of Kentville Office Supervising Hants and Kings Counties and on occasion Yarmouth County, pretty much the same RCMP area, except for Yarmouth. Harold said, “The clientele was familiar”.

Retired 1973 at the then mandatory retirement age of 65.


Joined August 1966 with rank of Pilot Officer later changed to Lieutenant.

Entered 106 Windsor Air Cadet Squadron as Adjutant.

Promoted to Captain in 1972 upon taking the commanding Officer of Squadron.

Discharged 1983 at age 66 after 18 yrs.

Established liaison wit the 106 Air cadets in Gray’s England (Near London)

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS (Historical Events)

Aug 9, 1943 – Guarded Winston Churchill who was in route to Quebec Conference. He arrived at Pier 21 and RCMP and Air Force formed two lines and he walked from pier to a special train. Harold said the whole thing was supposed to be top secret, but even the town of Windsor knew, and the stevedores knew who would be get off at pier 21. Churchill gave the stevedores the V sign. Churchill attended Citadel Quebec City Conference Aug 11,1943 but Harold could not go on the train as he was needed in Windsor. He would have loved to have had the opportunity to speak with him, which could only happen if Churchill first spoke to him.

April 1, 1948 The RCMP took over the policing of the Town of Windsor, NS.

Aug 13, 1955 – At official opening of Canso Causeway. “Damn hot day!”

1958 – Guarded President Eisenhower in plain clothes in Ottawa Train Station. He flashed his famous smile.

1959 – Guarded Queen Elisabeth and Prince Phillip in New Glasgow on a Canada visit.

Sept 10, 1960 – Official Opening of Halifax International Airport (now Stanfield) “Rained damn cold!”

2007- Shook hands with Prince Phillip at Vimy, 90th Anniversary and celebration of the memorial re-build in France.

MEDALS and DECORATIONS (and other asunder)

C. D Volunteer Service Medal (Volunteered to serve in police work in Europe after World War II. However, Canada did not follow through with this planned mission.)

Long Service and Star RCMP

RCMP Veterans Association 50-Year Service Award

Many, many congratulations from friends, acquaintances, organizations, dignitaries, up to and including the Prime Minister and Queen on attaining his 100th birthday.

He was known and addressed as Sargent Searle in the Town of Windsor until he left for Parkland independent living in 2016. He stopped driving after he turned 100 in Sept 2018.

Stories of his policing experiences are many, having delt with all manner of human nature. Suffice to say he could have written a book, everything from solving milk bottle money theft with dye to murder investigations.

Harold was proud to have never had to draw his pistol. Harold had the negotiation skills to talk any situation down, even when one fellow was trying to take his head off with a shovel. However, a complaint was laid, and Harold was told he may have used to much force! Apparently, the commanding officer was unaware that many a soldier in the trenches would rather use a shovel than a bayonet for defense.

Over the years his former staff commented on how much they learned from him and his administrative/ human resource skill. In fact, many of his former staff have repeatedly told us he was the best commander they ever had.

Former probation clients were often amazed to see him still about the valley area and would thank him for having changed their lives. Some proudly introducing him to their families or searching their pockets to give him a pocket knife or something as an appreciation gift. He obviously made an impact on helping make the Valley communities a safe respectful area to live, work and play.


During his first time stationed in Windsor, he met a lovely young lady by the name of Edna (Deanie) Flemming in Reid Sweets Photography shop. Edna was puzzled as to why he was coming in so often. Mr. Sweet informed her photography was not the only thing he was interested in. They were married July 19th, 1947.

They raised their family between Windsor and Antigonish.

Dad retired from the RCMP December 31st, 1966 and on the following Monday, started a career as a Probation Officer with the Provincial Government.

He held that position for seventeen years.

Dad was also a civilian member of the RCAF, and was very involved with Air Cadets, 106 Squadron for many years. Dad really enjoyed working with the Air Cadets, in which his sons were members.

During Dad’s working years he enjoyed spending time with his family, he took us camping, first it was a tent, then moved to a small trailer, then a larger trailer. Dad loved to go fishing with his kids, for trout, and smelts. Up early to get out and give the blackflies a good feed.

In the late 70’s Mom and Dad bought a piece of land in Martin’s River on an ocean inlet and built a lovely cottage that was the centre of many family and friends’ gatherings. His two older grandchildren Shawn and Erin have fond memories of the four-seater swing set that Grandpa built, complete with a foot floor. Also, of fishing for flounder and mackerel in the cove.

After his full retirement Dad and Mom enjoyed many winters as “snowbirds” in Florida. They made many treasured friends.

Our Mom passed away in Nov. 2003. Dad made the decision that he needed to be more involved with the community of Windsor. He delivered Meals on Wheels until he was 95, noting that most of his clients were younger. He belonged to three bowling leagues also until he was 95.

Dad loved taking pictures and made sure that all his children got copies. There are now thousands of pictures to go through, literally.

Dad loved wood working, and spent many hours carving out propellers, building end tables and clocks. He was fascinated with the working of clocks. Dad will be fondly remembered by many friends and members of the RCMP through the province of Nova Scotia for his clock gifts and donations.

He reluctantly made the move in 1997 from his home in Windsor to Parkland in Clayton Park, to be closer to Helen and Dan, necessarily, for his safety and Helen’s peace of mind.

Dad and Mom travelled a lot in retirement and enjoyed their travels.

After Mom passed, Dad continued to travel and met some great people. Several have been his pen pals till present.

He is survived by his Dear Companion Dorothy Honsberger who made him smile everyday for the last five years. They both immensely enjoyed loudly routing for their favourite sport teams, often late into the evenings at Parkland.

Dad recently remarked that “I have had a long full life”.

Dad was predeceased by his wife Deanie and two daughters in infancy, Linda Jean (1950) and Naomi Ruth, (1965), and Grandson Gabrielle, (1999). His brother Allan, 1999 (Joan), Mortlack, Sask. his sister Marie, 2018, Toronto Ont.

Dad is survived by sons John (Kathy), of Edmonton Alberta, Greg (Betsy) of Victoria BC, and daughter Helen (Dan Eidt) of Halifax NS.

He is survived by six Grandchildren, Shawn (Kim), Edmonton, Erin (Jode), Vancouver Julia, Kevin, Victoria Anna (Ben), Peterborough Ont, Tom (Dijana), Blockhouse NS and three Great Grandchildren. Maeve, Edmonton, Max, Vancouver and Lou, Peterborough, Ont. He is also survived by nieces Donna, Joan and Susan in Ontario and nephews Kim and Joe, on the farms in Mortlack.

A Huge Thank You to Palliative Care Nurse Megan, and to Hospice Halifax for the outstanding care he received in his final days.

Once we can gather post Covid 19 a celebration of life will be held.

There are so many people to Thank for the kindness shown to Dad over this past year and in his support over the years.

Ever faithful friend Tommy Lowe who took Dad on countless outings and got him to Helen’s for many Sunday Suppers which were the highlight of Dad’s week.

Danny Mallett and Jack Maclean were faithful visitors when allowed to visit.

They and others visited as their time permitted and transported him to Veterans Association meetings and other events up until covid 19.

Harold attended most all AGM Veteran Association Meetings across Canada for many years. To Dr. Carman Giacomantonio, Margo and Marsha, Thank You for taking such good care of Dad. To Megan Summerfield, The Palliative Care RN, who took wonderful care and got Dad in to spend his final days at Hospice Halifax. The Palliative Care Team were amazing to our Dad.

To the team at Hospice Halifax, A Huge Thank You. You made Dad’s final days so comfortable and made it so I could just sit and be with Dad.

To Dad’s RCMP VETS Family Thank You for the love and support shown to dad over the years. He loved this family.

Memorial donations in memory of Dad can be made to:

RCMP VETs Association, NS Division, Mailstop H-025, 80 Garland Ave, Dartmouth , NS. B3B 0J8. Hospice Halifax.

The Windsor Senior Citizen’s Bus Society Box 425, Windsor NS, B0N 2T0.

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McMULLIN, William Joseph “Pops” “Mac” “Bill”, Cpl. (Ret’d), Reg. # 18915, age 86, passed away at home on June 1, 2020. Bill was predeceased by his wife, Mona Abbott McMullin in July 2015. Bill was the son of the late John and Cora (Hannon) McMullin.

He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Michael McMullin and Kathi Dodds McMullin, New Maryland, NB; and Stephen McMullin and Tracey (Weaver) McMullin, West Porters Lake, NS. He’ll be missed by his beloved granddaughters, Amanda and Madison McMullin, NS and Dr. Sarah McMullin (Dr. Resh Dhillon), NY. He is also survived by special nieces, Jane Pike and Barb Clay Thorson; sisters-in-law, Joan (Abbott) Kent and Louise McMullin and brother-in-law, Ron Abbott, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Harold and Dale McMullin; sisters, Anna Clay, Jean McMullin, Jacqueline Pike, Joan McCormick and Marie Bernaiche.

Pops was born in Woodstock, NB, attended St. Thomas University in Miramichi, served in the RCMP 25 years and had a second career with the N.S. Government Employees Union. As a young man he excelled in sports, playing baseball, hockey and football. His Woodstock baseball team was inducted into the New Brunswick Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2017, Pops was inducted into the STU Sports Wall of Fame as a star hockey player and football player for the Tommies in the 1950’s.

A Memorial Service to celebrate his life will be held at a later date. Donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia. Online condolences may be sent by visiting (Dartmouth Chapel).


LONG, Kathleen Avis (Kathy), Cst. (Ret’d.), Reg. # 34017 – Aged 67, of Halifax and Kentville died at Shannex, Orchard Court, Kentville, Nova Scotia on Saturday, May 16th, 2020. Born in Wolfville, she was the daughter of the late Garnet and Madge (Long) McPhail. She is survived by brothers, Zane (Gladys) Long, Sunken Lake; Keith (Karen) McPhail, Melanson; sisters, Audrey (Peter) Milne, New Minas and Zelda (Peter) Stevenson, Aylesford as well as many nieces and nephews.

Kathy earned a BSc from Acadia University in 1974, completed the Correctional Worker Program at Sheridan College in 1976 before joining the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in June 1977. She was assigned to “J” Division, New Brunswick where her tenure of duty included Minto, St. George, Richibucto, Oromocto, Woodstock Customs and Excise and Fredericton, from where she retired in 2003. In 1992, Kathy was the first Atlantic Women in Law Enforcement President and laid the groundwork for what it has become today; an organization of female police officers founded on the desire to work together equally and inclusively to achieve excellence in the profession for all members. Kathy was an intelligent woman, fiercely independent, a dedicated police officer. Always an advocate for the protection of women and children from violence and abuse. She enjoyed the company of her family and friends and would arrive for a visit unannounced after a long absence as if no time had passed. She was always supportive of and generous with her many nieces and nephews and followed their lives with keen interest. Kathy was active in athletics at Horton District High School.

She lived an active life. Preferring warm weather, Kathy enjoyed a game of golf, kayaking on Shediac Bay, long beach walks, a cold beer on a restaurant patio and the simple pleasure of the first Annapolis Valley apple of the season. Her travels throughout her life took her around the world including sunny destinations in the winter, hiking in Iceland, England and Scandinavia, walking the Great Wall of China, being just a few. Kathy had a long bucket list of places to visit; she ran out of time too soon.

For those who wish to do so, donations in Kathy’s memory may be made to Chrysalis House Association, P.O. 356, Kentville NS B4N 3X1; a transition house providing safe shelter and support to women and children, escaping family/intimate partner violence. Cremation has taken place with burial to follow at a later date in Black River Cemetery, Black River, Nova Scotia. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. On-line condolences and inquires may be directed to:


STEVENSON, Heidi, Cst. Reg. # 45161. It is with immeasurable sadness that we announce the sudden and tragic loss of our cherished mom, wife and daughter, Heidi Stevenson (nee Burkholder). Heidi died in the line of duty as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) on April 19, 2020.

Born on July 11, 1971, Heidi grew up in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Known to be a smart, independent girl who always stood up for herself, Heidi was an active member of the local 4-H club and an avid reader and baker in her youth. Her parents, Avon Brophy and David Burkholder, taught her from a very young age to embrace her creativity, be open-minded and to always be herself. She carried these traits with her through life and because of them was always up for a challenge or to try something new.

Heidi graduated from Acadia University with a Bachelor of Science in 1993. Her time at Acadia was the start of many lifelong friendships and the beginning of a new interest in rugby (a sport she would later coach as part of her dedication to inspiring young girls and giving back to her community). It was also during her time at Acadia that she started a part time job with Campus Safety and Security and her passion for policing was born.

Heidi loved her chosen career. There was no doubt in her mind when she graduated from Acadia that her next step was going to be the RCMP. Reaching that goal wasn’t always easy but her incredibly strong work ethic, driven personality and resilient nature got her to exactly where she wanted to be. She held many different roles throughout her 23 years as an active member – most notably her time spent representing the RCMP across the continent as part of the Musical Ride (a job she took without even knowing how to ride a horse). She loved her time working at headquarters as a Drug Recognition expert and was especially proud of her expertise in that area and the respect the judges had for her professionalism in court. Whether it was general duty, community policing, communications or training, Heidi dedicated herself to her role, turned her colleagues into friends and was a role model for many in the communities she served.

It was “the most beautiful smile I’d ever seen” that first attracted Dean to Heidi when she worked as a High School Liaison Officer at Cole Harbour District High in 1997. Their connection was strong from the start and eventually led them to pause their careers and take a one-year leave of absence to focus on each other and teach English in Japan. Their life together has truly been filled with love, laughter and adventure. Heidi and Dean cherished their family ski trips, beach walks in Stanhope, PEI and one-hour kid-free interludes for a glass of red wine. The feel of her hand holding his, the way she called him “Hon” and the gentle pecks on the cheek she’d give as she snuck off to work in the morning will be held in Dean’s heart forever.

Even with her extensive list of accomplishments in both career and life, Heidi found her one true calling when she became a Mom. She cherished Connor and Ava and they cherished her. From birthday parties to special occasions to holidays, Heidi had a way of making everything special and fun (even if it meant cooking and decorating in the middle of the night). When she spoke of Connor and Ava her eyes lit up. When she stood next to them, she had her arms around them. When she cheered them on at hockey games, she cheered the loudest. And when she tucked them into bed at night, she always took the time to cuddle and review their day. One thing Connor and Ava always knew was just how much their mom loved them. Heidi’s grit and determination live on in Connor and her beautiful smile in Ava. Heidi was the neighbour who waved at everyone. She was the busy parent who volunteered at the school. She was the friend who delivered cinnamon buns and homemade bread. She was the second mom to many kids who came over to play. She was the gentle smile when you needed it most. Heidi made an impact on this world and words can’t begin to express how much she will be missed.

In addition to Dean, Connor, Ava and her parents, Heidi leaves behind her father’s partner Merle Bryant, parents-in-law Doug and Margaret Stevenson, aunts Mary (Ken) Willsie, Waterloo ON, Ruth (Tom) Witte, Liberty Center, Ohio, and cousins Jeffrey, Susan, Lara and Marissa and a large extended family. She was predeceased by her stepfather Joe Brophy, her grandparents Clayton and Helen Burkholder and Owen and Margaret Bechtel.

A private family service will be held in the days to come. A proper celebration of Heidi’s life will be planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Foundation. If you would like to leave a special memory of Heidi or a condolence message to her family please do so by visiting (Dartmouth Chapel).


BELLOWS, Kenneth Silas, Cpl. (Ret’d.) Reg. # 25304. It is with deep sorrow that the family of the late Kenneth Silas Bellows of Sydney River, announce his passing at Harbourstone Enhanced Care Wentworth Court with his son Scott at his side on Tuesday April 7, 2020 at the age of 74.

Born in Frenchman’s Cove, Bay of Islands NL. Ken was the son of the late Wilfred and Annie Bellows from Mt. Moriah, NL. Ken graduated from the RCMP training academy, Alberta in 1968. His first posting was New Glasgow, NS. Other postings followed in Newfoundland and Labrador. His last posting was in Sydney where he retired in 1988.

Ken was always known for his infectious smile, generous heart and quick witted humour. His likes included daily trips to the former Days Inn Gym and enjoyed being anywhere on the water. Family was everything to Ken being a loving father and proud grandfather. Over his lifetime he has had to overcome life threatening health issues and injuries. To say that he beat the odds with such injuries sustained would be an understatement and that is why Ken’s strength and determination in life will always be admired. Many people have referred to him as the cat with 9 lives. Ken volunteered with the Law Enforcement Torch Relay along with the Special Olympics Swimming Program and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Cape Breton County.

He is survived by his three children: Lisa Bellows, Sydney, Lynn (Kramer) Levatte, Sydney River, Scott(Karen) Bellows, East Bay and grandchildren: Mary, Elizabeth, Charles and Daniel Levatte, Braxton Jessome, Silas and Zeph Bellows. Brothers: Don (Geraldine), Harley (Carol), Harvey, Dave (Paulette), Wayne (Olga), Dexter (Mary), Glen (Bernadette), Byron(Hilda), Raymond (Donna). Sisters: Linda, Jean (Alfred), Luella (Ignatius), Hazel (Ken), Debbie, Sharon (David).Sister in law Helen Bellows, special cousin Luella Sheehan and special friend Martha MacIsaac. Ken is also survived by his many loving in-laws; Jimmy (Allish), Kevin, Jane (Dick), Rita (Blair), Mar-Lynn (Peter), Karen (Patrick).Also many nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends.

Ken was predeceased by his wife Marjorie Bellows (2001); brother Ben Bellows, brother-in-law Cecil O’dell, Richard Montague and nephew Mark Bellows; also brother-in-law Russel Jr. (Bubby) Kennedy, sister-in-law Anna Mae Kennedy in infancy, mother-in-law Violet Kennedy and father-in-law Russel Kennedy.

The Bellows family would like to extend a special thank you to Harbourstone Enhanced Care especially the nurses and staff of Wentworth Court. Also special thanks to Dr. Steven MacDougall and staff at the QEII Heart Transplant Unit who had provided exceptional care during his time there. Ken will be deeply missed by his loving family and many wonderful friends. God may have you in Heaven but we will always have you in our hearts.

A Private memorial service will take place at Sydney Memorial Chapel funeral home in Sydney, NS with interment to follow at a later date. Due to the current worldwide pandemic a celebration of Ken’s life and memorial service will be announced at a later date. As expressions of sympathy donations are kindly accepted of the following charities or a charity of one’s choice: Memorials may be made to the Cardiac Transplant Unit, Halifax Infirmary or The Alzheimer’s Society.


PARSONS, Valerie Marie (Jessome) of Duncans Cove passed away peacefully on March 17th, 2020 surrounded by family after a two-year battle with ovarian cancer. Val was born in Sydney Mines to Ambrose (aka Brozie) and Theresa (Leblanc) of Florence, NS. She led a happy, healthy life. Her family was her number one priority and friends were not far behind. Always making sure everyone felt included, leave no one out! Val often said, “Life is Good.” On her list of fun things to do was exploring Nova Scotia with Mike, kayaking, cycling and spending time at the beach.

Val is survived by Mike, her husband of 39 years; stepson Robert (Karen), Portuguese Cove, NS; son Steven (Cindy German, grandson Michael Ambrose), Kingston, NS; daughter Veronica (Michael Burt, grandchild due in May), Halifax, NS; Parsons clan: Ann Parsons (mother-in-law); Kenneth (Mary Lou); Donald (Sandy, deceased) ; Mark (Shelley); Karin (Steve); Christopher (Karen) Petursson; Randy (Kathy) Saulinier; Bernard Harvey; Virginia Tessitore (Ron); Pam Parsons; Jessome clan: Gladys (Clifford) Davis; Judith (Jakey) Buffett; Stephanie (Fred) Cuffe; Ambrose Jessome; Gregory (Lisa) Jessome. Val was predeceased by her parents; sister Marjorie; a brother in infancy; brother-in-law Peter; nephew Michael Davis; mother-in-law Colette Parsons; father-in-law Bruce R.P. Parsons. Donations in Val’s name may be made to the N.S. Nature Trust, Rogues Roost Project, 902-425-5263 or [email protected]. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life to be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to T.J. Tracey Cremation and Burial Specialists, Halifax.


LAFRAMBOISE, J.A. Jean- Guy, Reg. # 37587. Passed on February 27, 2020 while a resident of Hammond Plains, N.S. No details respecting a Celebration of Life are available at this time.


MacMILLAN, John Arthur, S/Sgt. (Ret’d.) Reg. # 21649 of Windsor Junction/ Hammonds Plains. It is with heavy hearts and loving memories that we announce the passing of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. John passed away on February 15, 2020, in White Hills Long Term Care Centre, Hammonds Plains, at the age of 87, after a lengthy struggle with vascular dementia. He will be remembered for being a quiet, kind and gentle man, who loved his family. Born on May 21, 1932, in Isaac’s Harbour, Guysborough Co., he was the eldest child of the late John and Dora (Smith) MacMillan.

Upon retirement, John had many interests. He studied naval architecture and designed and built many boats. He enjoyed restoring vintage motorcycles and riding his 1953 Indian Chief. He also had fun flying his airplane. He had a lifelong passion for music and, in later years, designed and built acoustic guitars for family and friends. He had a keen interest in genealogy and loved tracing his roots.

John is survived by his wife of nearly 62 years, the former Pauline Whiting; daughters, Sheila MacMillan and Sandra Webster; grandchildren, Ben (partner Kerri Sands) Webster and Carly (Paul) Power; sister, Betty Merrithew, Brampton, Ont. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, Ernie and Floyd. Many thanks to the staff at White Hills for their wonderful care. In keeping with John’s wishes, a graveside service will take place in Ste. Croix Cemetery today, Tuesday, February 18th at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a donation to a charity of choice. To have a donation card placed, please call Lindsay’s (902-798-2232). Online condolences may be sent to “Guestbook” at


ROACH, Brian Joseph, Sgt. (Ret’d.) Reg. #27538. Brian passed away on Thursday, February 13th, 2020 at age 69. He was the son of the late John (Rory) Roach and the late Isabel (Mackie) Roach of Reserve Mines, NS.

Upon completion of high school, he joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and proudly served 35 years with postings in Ottawa, Manitoba, and NS (Baddeck, Ingonish Beach, Pictou, Yarmouth, Sheet Harbour, Halifax, and New Minas). He is survived by his wife Nancey of 42 years; his sons Christopher (Julie Hathaway and granddaughter Madeline), Bradley, and Anthony, all of Vancouver, BC, and Andrew of Wolfville, NS. Surviving siblings: Donna (Eric) Cadegan of Glace Bay, NS, and Douglas (Charlotte) Roach of Gardiner Mines, NS. He was a devoted and loving father, husband, and brother.

His presence and sense of humour will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. Heartfelt gratitude to the countless medical professionals who took care of Brian over the last twenty years, and to his brother Doug, who made that time possible with his selfless organ donation. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation or the Acadia S.M.I.L.E. Program at Acadia University. Remains are resting at Patten Funeral Home Glace Bay on Tuesday February 18 from 7-9 pm. Funeral Mass at St. Joseph’s Church Reserve at 11am Wednesday February 19.


CURRIE, John Robert, Cpl. (Ret’d). Reg. # 38214. Age 59 of Bible Hill, passed away surrounded by his loving family in the QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax on Sunday January 26, 2020. Born in Pembroke, Ontario on April 23, 1960, he was a son of the late John and Jean (Fleury) Currie of Westville, NS.

When you met John there was always a hug and his eyes delivered a kindness and warmth that would put you immediately at ease. His smile lit up whatever room he was in. He was the life of the party and often was the last to leave.

John was a 32 year member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police having served in Ottawa (“O” Division), Quesnel, BC (“E” Division) and was selected to join the RCMP Musical Ride in Ottawa before settling in Nova Scotia (“H” Division) in various postings such as Bible Hill, Customs and Excise in Halifax and then was promoted to Corporal serving in Pictou County. John was a Tactical Troop NCO Commander in charge during his service in “H” Division and was instrumental in establishing the RCMP Auxiliary Program as well as the RCMP Bison Charity Hockey Team.

John loved his immediate and extended family dearly. To him, family was the most important aspect in his life. John was a loving husband and father and to many he was someone who had a lot of time for you to listen, to offer advice or to share a laugh as he did with his many friends and teammates (both through coaching and playing sports). John was a prankster and jokester at heart, often going back and forth with anyone he could. He had a passion for music, playing whatever, whenever and wherever possible, including with band Smugglers Run. John loved to travel with his wife, whether it be day trips in their convertible, ATV runs or to warm sunny places.

John is survived by his loving wife, soulmate, and best friend of 35 years, Sheila (Dorie); daughter, Shayna Currie; sons, Ian Currie and Brayden Currie; brother, Steve Currie (Karen Davies) as well as many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and cousins. John was recently predeceased by his sister, Debbie Blennerhassett (Currie).

Cremation has taken place and John is resting in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro with visiting from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, January 30th. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 31st in the Immaculate Conception Church, 669 Prince St., Truro with Fr. Dariusz Miskowicz officiating. Reception to follow in Truro Fire Hall, 165 Victoria St., Truro. Private Burial in Bible Hill Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.


KEEPING, Max Leroy, Reg. # 18672. Age 83, of Halifax, passed away peacefully on January 24th 2020, at the V.G. Site, QEII. Born in Halifax, he was the son of the late Frederick and Gertrude (Daniels) Keeping. After a 26 year career in the RCMP, he continued to work in a variety of careers finishing off with the Corps of Commissionaires at the age of 81. Max is survived by loving partner, Brenda Dorton; son, Christopher (Patricia); daughters, Janice Martell (Blair), Pamela Snow (Robert); sisters, Janet Lutz, Mary Marson; grandchildren, Cam Keeping, Patrick, Sarah and Vicky Snow, Kyle Martell; great grandchildren, Ayden Elgee and Parker Grant and by his 1st wife, Gillian (Martin). Arrangements are under the care of J. Albert Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd. 149 Herring Cove Rd. where a Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday January 29th at 12 pm. Reception to follow. Interment to take place in Fairview Lawn Cemetery Halifax.


PRYDE, Lawrence Edward (Sonny), Cpl. (Ret’d). Reg. #25519, Age 83 of Bridgetown passed away in Mountain Lea Lodge on January 16, 2020 with his family by his side. Born in Bridgewater, NS he was the only child of the late Walter James and Elise (Keizer) Pryde.

Sonny lived his whole life in Nova Scotia. He had fond memories of working at CKBW radio station in Bridgewater. Sonny was drafted out of high school hockey to the Boston Bruins farm team, while there he was recruited to the RCMP and decided that was the career he wanted to pursue. Sonny worked as an engineer in the marine division, was posted to the RCMP Department in Bridgewater and then posted to the Cole Harbour Department, he went on to the Migratory Bird division at headquarters in Halifax before finally being posted to the detachment in Digby where he retired after 30 years. Sonny moved back to Bridgewater to work for National Sea but his fondness for Digby had him return.

Sonny’s love of hockey never stopped, he loved passing his skills to the young men he coached over the years. He was known for his skill of barbecuing in any weather. Sonny had a witty sense of humor, quick with a comeback. You knew Sonny liked you if he teased you; he was born to tease and kept his sense of humor to the very end. Of all Sonny’s accomplishments, the most important thing in his life was his wife and family.

Sonny is survived by the love of his life Marilyn Ruth (Dennis) Pryde; daughter, Tina Marie Pryde (Tony Hall); son, Darren Edward (Cheryl) Pryde; nieces, Beverly (Owen) Heisler, Diane (Bryan) MacDonald, Sandra (Trevor) Williams; nephews, Brian (Lea), Joel (Lanna), Walter (Jean) Doue, David (Patricia) Pryde (Doue); grandson, Caleb James (Lacey) Pryde and their children, Nevaeh, Bryonna, Daevon, Taylor, Sieana and Chayce; Bobi-Jo Marie LeBlanc (Brett Silver) and their children, Gabryle and Abygail; brothers in law, Mervyn (Irene) Dennis and their children Murray, Mike and Cathy; Mark (Annette) Dennis and their children, Alyre, Alex and Amber; sisters in law, Maxine (Keith) Hipson and their children, Jeffrey, Jason, Jonathan and Jana; Marjorie Dennis and her children, Michelle and Kristyn.

Besides his parents, Sonny was predeceased by his sister, Helen Doue; nephews, John, Barry; grandson, Chayce Raymond Craig Pryde; mother in law and father in law, who meant a great deal to him, Marie and Maynard Dennis. A special thank you to the staff of Mountain Lea Lodge for the care and support they provided to the family. Sonny was an exceptional man.

Cremation has taken place under the care of Jayne’s Funeral Home. There will be no services at Sonny’s request. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice.


SMITH, Gordon Arthur, Reg. # 32655. Age 75 of Kentville, passed away on Monday, January 6, 2020 in Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Born in Digby, he was the son of the late Charles Wynn and Violet (Cosman) Smith. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Joan Eleanor Payne. Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation, at Gordon’s request. A private family graveside service will take place at a later date. Donations in memory may be made to a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.




TREMAINE, Donald Graham, Reg. # [not yet known], passed away on Sunday, December 15. A longtime television and radio personality with CBC in Nova Scotia, he died several days after suffering a stroke, CBC reported. He was 91. Tremaine was the first television newsreader for CBC Nova Scotia when the station went on the air in 1954. He had joined CBC in 1951 in Sydney, where he worked for a year before transferring to Halifax. He was with the corporation for 36 years, retiring in 1987. In television, he was best known for his time on the news interview show Gazette and as the first announcer on Don Messer’s Jubilee. Tremaine was co-host of CBC Radio’s Information morning from 1971 until his retirement. He was a member of the Order of Canada and also received an honorary doctorate from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. According to a biography from SMU, Donald Graham Tremaine was born in Boston to Canadian parents and moved to Halifax as a youngster in 1931. He attended Queen Elizabeth High School, where he gained experience as a radio announcer. Leaving school after Grade 11, he joined the RCMP’s marine division, where he served for 18 months. He then worked as a radio announcer with CHNS in Halifax for three years before joining CBC. Throughout his life, Tremaine devoted countless hours to charities in the Halifax area, including the Canadian Cancer Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, the Grace Maternity Hospital and the IWK Children’s Hospital. He also served on the board of the restoration committee for St. Paul’s Cemetery, helping raise $850,000, and was an announcer at the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo. He is survived by his wife Jean, and two sons, Dr. Robert and Scott, and one daughter, Janet. CBC reported that there will not be a funeral.


CLARKE, Kevin Patrick, Reg. # 27438. Age 77 years of Trenholm Lake Road, Brookfield, NS passed away peacefully on December 11, 2019 at the QEII Hospital, Halifax Nova Scotia, surrounded by the love of his family. Kevin was born on September 9th, 1942 in Little Saint Lawrence, NL to the late Archibald and Dorothy (Turpin) Clarke. Kevin worked all across Canada, but he always yearned for the Maritimes. Kevin enjoyed a 33-year career as a member of the RCMP, with postings in Ontario, British Columbia, and Nova Scotia from which he retired. He counted many of his previous colleagues among his closet friends. Kevin was a fun-loving, gifted storyteller with a constant smile. Hockey, running, and fishing were among his favourite activities. Kevin was also a graceful ball room dancer and he and Rosalynd danced often. Travel became a fundamental part of their retirement life. Camping locally became a Nova Scotia passion as well.

Kevin will be forever loved by his wife Rosalynd and children, Shawn (Sue); Shannon-Lee (Mike); Melody (Richard), Sherwyn, and Darren (Charlene). Kevin will be missed by his grandchildren, Paisley, Cole, Ceilidh, Nicole, Cherise, Derryk, Hannah and Zara. He will also be remembered fondly by his godchild, Nora, and her brother Isaac. Left to cherish his memory are his sisters; Margaret Aylward and Donna Kendell; brothers, Peter, Alphonsus (Theresa), Adrian (Gloria) and Brendan (Lise). In addition to his parents, Kevin was predeceased by his first wife Carol and his sisters Laura and Delores.

A funeral mass will take place at the Immaculate Conception Church at 669 Prince St. in Truro on Tuesday December 17, 2019, at 11am. Father Darius Miskowicz will officiate with a reception to follow in Campbell Hall. All are welcome to attend. Interment will be held at a later date. Family flowers only. If you so wish, memorial donations in Kevin’s name may be made to World Vision Canada, or a charity of your choice.

Private messages of condolence may be sent to the family by viewing Kevin’s obituary on-line and selecting “Send A Condolence” at:


BIRD, Thomas Edward – With love and heartache we are saying “good bye” to our extraordinary husband, Dad and Papa. Tom was born in North Sydney, May 14, 1943, to Henry and Josephine (Richard) Bird. Despite hardships, their home was filled with love, sacrifices and support for their four children. Tom’s possession of an orange crate turned cupboard reminded him of his early roots, and he cherished these memories. By 1972, Tom had earned a B.A., B.Ed., and an M.Ed. from Acadia University. His professional life reflected diversity and leadership. Tom served as Principal at Central Kings Rural High, Knob Lake Protestant School in Quebec, where he also was the Educational Consultant to the Iron Ore Company of Canada, New Germany Rural High, Centre Consolidated School and Bridgewater Elementary. He was President of the Nova Scotia School Administrators Association, President of the Phi Delta Kappa Acadia University Chapter, and Life Member of Phi Kappa International.

Tom’s community of Bridgewater benefited from his vision serving as Bridgewater’s Mayor, President of the Bridgewater Chamber of Commerce, member of the South Shore Regional Hospital Board and Foundation. He also proudly served as an Auxiliary RCMP member and Executive Assistant to the MLA, for Lunenburg West. Among his humanitarian endeavours, Tom served as President of the Bridgewater Kinsmen and K40, drove the Senior Wheels bus, co-chaired the first Relay for Life and chaired the NS Provincial Health Council. He loved his church and proudly served as Chairman of the Board of Stewards and of the new governance model of the Church Council.

While studying at Truro’s Nova Scotia Teachers’ College, Tom met the love of his life, Joy, and in spite of driving a ’59 VW Bug with no radio, no heat, and not enough power to climb King Street hill, their romance blossomed and their wonderful adventure together began in 1965. They felt truly blessed to become parents of Natalie and Stephanie and were thrilled with the birth of their grandsons, Alex and Max. Papa and his boys built a tree house, travelled to the Grand Canyon, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and spent many Spring Breaks in Florida. He was their biggest fan, always cheering them on in their sports, activities and studies. Michael and Shaun’s families were warmly welcomed to the “Bird Nest,” and many great times were shared. Tom enjoyed music, biking, dancing, skating, skiing, wine making, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. He enjoyed planning “Pub” events and house parties for their many happy gatherings. Together with Joy, they travelled extensively and spent their winters in Florida, acknowledging always that they had received more than their full share of happiness and were grateful for all of God’s gifts. Tom’s intelligence, energy, generous love and wise guidance will be remembered and so missed.

Tom is survived by “his beautiful Valley girl” Joy; daughters, Natalie (Michael), Fall River; Stephanie (Shaun), Halifax; grandsons, Alex and Max; brother, Rick (Liam), Halifax; sister, Lee Peterborough, Ont.; sisters-in-law, Anne Earle and Beth Barteaux both of Halifax, Janice Wagner Berwick and a very special cousin, Jean, Kitchener, Ont. He was predeceased by his parents and brother Henry. Tom’s family would like to thank the health care teams at the Victoria General Hospital Hematology floor, South Shore Regional Hospital and the VON for their exceptional care and compassion. “You had the hand I loved to hold, the smile that warmed my heart, the kiss that made me melt. You have all my love and always will”. Joy

Please join us to celebrate Tom’s life on Friday, December 20, 2019 at 2 p.m. in Bridgewater United Church, 87 Hillcrest Street, Bridgewater with a reception following. Angela Clifton and Rev. Jeff Chant officiating. A private family interment will take place in Brookside Cemetery, Bridgewater. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater United Church or charity of choice. Arrangements entrusted to Sweeny’s Funeral Home, 35 York Street, Bridgewater where on-line condolences and messages may be made by visiting


ANDREWS (Ball), Beverly Ann, Reg. # 37161, Hillside Boularderie, Cape Breton. It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our dear daughter, sister, aunt and friend, Beverly “Ann” (Ball) Andrews, age 59, on Monday, December 2, 2019, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital after a brief battle with cancer. Born in North Sydney on June 3, 1960, she was the daughter of Jane (MacDonald) Ball and the late Harry Ball.

Ann was a proud member of the RCMP having served across the country in Merrit, Prince George, Whitehorse, Carmacks, Eskasoni, Baddeck, Highway Patrol and Customs and Excise in Sydney retiring as a corporal in 2014 after 33 years of service. She very much took her duties to serve and protect to heart and especially enjoyed her time and the people in the small communities in which she served, as they appreciated her for her kindness, understanding and generosity. Her spirit of compassion and her wise guidance truly changed the lives of many of those with whom she worked.

Ann was always a great adventurer, from her time piloting and later instructing glider flying to her hiking and skiing trips in the Yukon wilderness. She was an animal lover, and especially loved her dogs; she was also a dedicated volunteer with palliative care, aiding in fundraising for children at Christmastime.

Besides her mother Jane, she is survived by her two brothers, Robert Ball (Carolin Crewe), Leitches Creek and James (Sherry) Ball, Ball’s Creek; nephews, David Ball, Ball’s Creek, Scott Ball, Thompson, Manitoba; her niece Katelyn Ball of Vancouver and many close friends in addition to her beloved hounds, Pepper and Bella. She was predeceased by her dear husband David Andrews in 2006 and her partner Ian MacDonald in July 2019 Ann was a very modest person and had no idea of the extent which she was loved and admired.

She died as she lived, with great courage and compassion for those she left behind. She will be hugely missed and will inspire those of us lucky enough to have known her.
The family would like to take this opportunity to thank staff of 5A of the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax and Palliative Care at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital in Sydney, for the care and compassion shown to Ann and her family during her illness. At Ann’s request, there will be no visitation. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, North Sydney, with Rev. Reg MacDonald officiating. Burial will follow in Lakeside Cemetery, North Sydney.

Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant Street, North Sydney. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the SPCA, Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton or a charity of choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at


EDMONDS, William (Bill), Reg. # 21617. A man of few words and many deeds, William (Bill) Edmonds passed away quietly at the age of 88 on the 30th of November. Born on St. Patrick’s Day, 1931, in Halifax, Bill was the first of 8 children born to Marjorie and William Edmonds. His early desire to be a farmer was reinforced every day after school, as he and his brother Tiny worked peddling vegetables by horse and wagon (and, later, by truck) with his grandfather and father. However, as was not uncommon in those days, Bill’s early schooling was foreshortened by a need to earn and financially assist the family so, after completion of Grade 8, he was hired at the shipyard as an Iron Plate Fitter’s helper. Bill enjoyed the work and demonstrated a keen work ethic but, while he never desired to be a scholar, stopping school at Grade 8 would necessitate a return to the classroom when an application to the RCMP required additional educational qualifications. It was at this time that Bill discovered that not liking school didn’t mean he was not quick of mind and good with numbers, as his later success in life would surely prove.

A Mountie, in the Marine Division, Bill served primarily along the coasts of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador but there were a few stops back home to Halifax and it was there he met the love of his life, Joan Zinck. They were married in 1956, moved to Kingston ON and the following year a daughter, Eva, was born. The choice was then to stay in the Force, initially in remote “outport” towns, or to opt for stability by putting down roots with a young family in one place. He and Joan opted for the latter and Bill retired from the RCMP and returned to Halifax. Their son, Mike, arrived and the family was complete with the building of a new home in Bedford surrounded by the family he loved. Regular seasonal trips to “the camp” for fishing and hunting with his brothers and friends were highlights of his early years when a busy work schedule was put on hold for a few short days.

It became the norm for Bill to work two or three jobs—a main one in the shipyard and, when laid off, as an Irving Oil delivery truck helper, with additional night and weekend jobs plowing snow or selling Christmas trees or, along with his brothers, building houses. Even when hired by Coca Cola in the bottling department with shift work and increasing responsibilities, he still kept on with the extra jobs. Later in his career as Production Manager for the Atlantic Region, Bill remained busy but now the extra work in woodworking and on a fairly serious scale—from home renovations and kitchen cupboards to wood carving, building a spiral staircase, and laying oh-so-many hardwood floors.

Bill loved wood and, when the time came to “retire”, he opened his own business: Nova Hardwood Flooring Specialties Ltd. It started with part-lots of wood filling up the end of a trailer coming from Quebec through Moncton and sold out of his garage, and grew into a thriving business with many members of the family, and some very good friends, working beside him each day.

It wasn’t until he was almost 80 that he decided to fully retire and to split the year between home in Bedford, a place in Florida and a cottage up by Tatamagouche on Brule Point. “The warmest waters north of the Carolinas” he would always say, even though it took an uncommonly hot day for him to wade into the strait for one quick sidestroke circle swim. The love of wood working was constant however, but in retirement and into his 80s it was with smaller pieces of exotic wood that he would turn into bowls, pepper grinders and pens. There was a lathe at each home: Bedford, Florida and Brule and they were all kept busy in their season working on his own or teaching friends the art of carving. It was only in the last year, when his hands became too shaky to properly apply the chisel that he reluctantly gave up turning wood.

Bill and Joan were married for almost 63 years and their love for one another was strong. In August 2019, they moved from their Bedford condo to Parkland At The Lakes in Dartmouth to enjoy a life of more comfort and ease. They got to enjoy that for only a few months before Bill passed away quietly in his sleep late last month. He will be sorely missed by one and all.

Bill is survived by his wife, Joan (Zinck) and his children Eva (Dean) and Mike. He will be fondly remembered by his six siblings, Arthur “Tiny” (Stella), Albert, Jim, Aileen (Lyle), Ray (Shelagh), Ron (Linda); many nieces and nephews; six grandchildren, Patrick, Dan, Mike, Kelsey, Jeffrey and Jordan; and, 5 great grandchildren, thus far — Crystal Dawn, Hailey, Noah, Ayla and Karin. Bill was predeceased by his brother Ken (Blanche). A funeral service will be held at St. Ignatius Church in Bedford on Saturday, December 7th at 1 pm, followed by a reception in the Church Hall. Interment with immediate family will take place at the Brookside Community Cemetery on Wardour St., Bedford after the reception. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations as you wish to the Canadian Mental Health Association, Nova Scotia Division.

Sincere thanks are extended by the family to all of the staff at Parkland At The Lakes, who took such great care of Bill and Joan at Kinross Hall. In addition, a special heartfelt thank you is extended to the doctors, especially Dr. Vantol, and all of the nursing staff of 3 West at Dartmouth General Hospital, who provided expert care and comfort to all of us at such a sad and difficult time.


MEATING, Blair Robert, Reg. # 22927. It is with deep sadness and broken hearts that we the family announce the passing of Blair, age 79, on November 19, 2019 at his home in North Sydney. Born in St. George, New Brunswick, November 15, 1940, Blair was the son of the late Donald Norton and Jennie Louise (Clinch) Meating.

Blair graduated from the R.C.M.P. in 1963, during his career he was stationed in many different cities throughout Canada finishing his career teaching identification in Ottawa, Ontario. Blair retired and moved to Cape Breton with his beautiful wife Carol in 1996. Blair was a hard-working and dedicated husband, father, grandfather and man who was adored by everyone. He adored his wife Carol of 54 years who passed away just a few weeks before him. Finally, they are together again in peace enjoying everlasting life. Blair was a member of St. Joseph Church, North Sydney.

Blair is survived by his daughters Sheri (Dale) Trefry, Yarmouth, Lori Ann Meating, North Sydney, Carole Lynn (Stephen) Elgin, Ottawa, his son Stephen (Jessica) Meating, Ottawa, his ten grandchildren whom he treasured with all his heart, Michael, Joshua, Andrea, Matthew, Jenny,

Sydney, Jacob and Connor, Laura and Kristen Trefry, three great grandchildren Autumn, Evelyn and Rowan. Also surviving is his sister Nancy (Meating) Johnson and brother-in-law Frank Johnson, St. George, NB, by his sisters-in-law Maureen Serroul, Bras d’Or, Linda Mizzi, Sault Ste Marie, Paula Naddaf, Montreal, Nancy Naddaf, Toronto, brothers-in-law Kevin Naddaf (Hugh Wakeham), Palm Springs, Gerard Naddaf, Alliston, Ont., also by a number of nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Blair was predeceased by his loving wife Carol Ann Meating in October of this year.

A very special thank you to mom and dad’s best friends Brenda and Tommy Jeffries, for their love and support during this very difficult time and for their friendship and love over the past 23 years.

Visitation for Blair will be held 7-9 p.m. Saturday December 7, 2019 in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant Street, North Sydney. A prayer service will be held during the visitation. No funeral service will be held. Memorial donations may be made to the North Sydney Food Bank. Online condolences may be sent to the family at


McMASTER, Douglas Edwin, Reg. # 22275, passed on November 17th, 2019 at Truro, Nova Scotia. In accordance with his wishes, no service shall be held. Cremation shall take place and his remains will be placed in a columbarium in Terrace Hill Cemetery (Truro). If you wish to honour Doug’s memory with a charitable gift, donations may be made to any charity of your choice or to the “Stone Soup” program sponsored by St. John’s Anglican Church (23 Church St, Truro, NS B2N 3Z5). Mattatall-Varner Funeral Home of Truro is assisting the family.


GILLIS, Anne Christine. It is with heavy hearts, and appreciation for a lifetime of memories, that the family of Anne Christine (MacDonald) Gillis announces her peaceful passing on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre. Anne was born in Halifax and raised in Howie Center, Cape Breton by the late Donald (Dan) and Jessie MacDonald. Anne is survived by her loving husband Allison Gillis, her daughters Kerry Turner (Peter Turner) of Halifax and Leigh Gillis (Paton Francis) of Bedford, her nieces, who were more like daughters, Vicki Gillis of Halifax, Sue Brown (Jason Brown) of Angevine Lake, and Jennifer Blier (Rob Blier) of Ottawa, nephew Lee Gillis (Barb March) of Tatamagouche, her grandchildren Brennan, Allie, and Jenna Turner, Ewan Francis, great niece Ally Blier, her rent-a-kids Leslie, Brent and Dwaine Urquhart, and many Cape Breton cousins. Anne was predeceased by her parents and brother Hugh MacDonald.

Anne was proud of her Cape Breton roots! She graduated from Riverview High School and would drive long distances for fiddle music and square dancing. The Cabot Trail was a driving route that never failed to bring her joy and she returned to her beloved island as often as life permitted. Anne was a strong and independent woman. She worked for 20 years as a legal secretary for Block, Prossin, and MacLean in Lower Sackville, NS and then as a proud public servant, working the balance of her career (over 20 years) with the RCMP Bible Hill detachment.

In her later years Anne became a world traveller; finding women of like mind to play bridge and tour the world’s best and lesser known locations. She loved to cruise the ocean as much as she loved long distance drives with her husband and caring friends, Peter and Melinda Tatty. But no matter the distance travelled, Anne always returned to the place she loved the most, her Village of Pugwash. Anne’s greatest joys were summer moments and sunsets with family, watching her grandchildren play, and winter days in the county socializing with her many friends, gaining the most that every day had to give.

Anne continuously thought of others and gave of herself always. She had a keen mind and would never miss the opportunity to deliver a good joke. When you were with Anne you would feel her kindness and be guaranteed of a laugh. Simply put, she was spirited, loving, generous, and funny as hell. Her living light will be missed by all who knew her, but in death the love of her soul will be shared by all.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Mundle’s Funeral Home, 204 Water St., Pugwash, NS, (902) 243-2506. Visitation will be held on Oct. 30th (6-9pm) at Mundle’s Funeral Home. Her life will be celebrated with a service at Wesley St. Matthew’s United Church at 11:30am on Thursday, October 31st, 2019, followed by a reception for all in attendance in the church hall. Family will join the reception following a private interment of ashes, which will take place immediately following the funeral service at Palmerston Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Heart & Stroke Foundation, Parkinson’s Foundation, or a charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting the funeral home website at


FRANCIS, David “Aaron”, Reg, # 46739, Age 46 of Kingston, N.S., passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 24, 2019 in Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital, Middleton with his family by his side. Born in Grimsby, Ont., he was a son of David Patrick Francis and the late Mary “Catherine” Mansfield. Aaron graduated from Middleton Regional High School and then joined the RCMP serving as a constable for 20 years. He loved camping, especially at Kejimkujik National Park. Aaron loved his wife and boys dearly and will be deeply missed. Surviving are his wife, Denise (Boates); twin sons, Parker Aaron and Aiden Ronald, Kingston; father, David Francis, Hantsport; stepfather, Larry MacLellan, Wilmot; sisters, Cherie Francis (Richard Watton), Coldbrook; Cindy (Jeff) Veinot, Brooklyn; Geraldine Chute (Brian Crane), Nictaux; brothers, Mark Francis, Brickton; Troy Lewis, Hantsport; sister-in-law, Tina Hatchard, Annapolis Royal; and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his mother, Catherine, Aaron was predeceased by his brother, Darren Hatchard. In keeping with Aaron’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, October 27th in Middleton Funeral Home, 398 Main St. 902-825-3448 with Rev. Danny Smith officiating. A reception for family and friends will follow the service. Aaron loved dressing comfortably and casually whenever possible and he requested that everyone attending his celebration of life to please do the same. By request, family flowers only please. Donations in memory may be made to the Huntington Society of Canada.


HAINES, William Roy “Bill”, Reg. # 17166, Aged 88, of Kentville, passed away on Thursday, October 24, 2019 in Evergreen Home for Special Care, Kentville. Born in Coopers Cove, Newfoundland, he was a son of the late Frank and Elizabeth (Brown) Haines. Bill was a 30 year veteran of the RCMP having served in various detachments across the country. Following his retirement he had a 15 year career in sales of law enforcement merchandise.

Bill was a member of the Kentville Masonic Lodge No. 58. He was an avid curler and loved to golf. He is survived by a daughter, Janet (Todd) Campbell, Nackawic, NB; two sons, Robert (Rose), Windsor, ON and Donald (Judy Kavanagh), Ottawa, ON; a granddaughter, Sarah Carrier, Nackawic, NB; a great grandson, Riley Heppell, at home; a brother, Samuel “Max” (Judy), Ottawa. He was predeceased by his wife, Elsie “Joy” (Weaver); a brother, Frank “Bert”. Cremation has taken place.

There will be no visitation, by request. A Masonic Lodge service, followed by a reception, will take place at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 30, 2019 in the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville. Donations in memory may be made to St. John’s Anglican Church, Port Williams. The family would like to express their appreciation to Paula Morine for the care, kindness and compassion given to Bill. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.


DOYLE, John Francis (Jack), Reg. # 27335 – (Ret’d), #27335m Age 72, of North Alton, Kings Co. passed away Wednesday, October 23, 2019, in the Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Born in Newcastle, N.B., he was the son of the late Wilbert and Kathleen (Matchett) Doyle. Jack served with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, retiring with 38 years of service. He was an excellent police officer, but a better person, father, and husband. A seasoned raconteur, he had a quick wit and a way of drawing you in. Life was a little more fun with Jack Doyle around. He enjoyed his family time, wood working, and some travelling; but preferred to be at his little slice of paradise on Ward Mountain with his best friend and love of his life, Sandra. If you were his friend, he left an indelible mark. If he loved you, it was with his whole heart. It’s impossible to fill the hole left by Jack, but the memories of him will last forever.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Sandra (Waite); his children, Robert (Ashley) Doyle, Port Williams; Kathleen (Clark) Aitken, Ottawa, Ont.; Timothy Doyle, North Alton; John (Heidi) Stengel, Denver, Colo.; Karla (Michael) Harding, Florida; grandchildren, Oscar Aitken, Hawksley Doyle, Lochlan Doyle, Nick Stengel, Megan Stengel, Ashley Stengel, Keshayla Harding, Keaton Harding and Kalon (Leanne) Harding; a great granddaughter, Kenley. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Saturday, October 26th, in White Family Funeral Home, Kentville. A celebration of life will start at 2 p.m. in King’s Arms Pub, Kentville, on Sunday, October 27th, with a social to follow. A graveside service will be held next week in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Nelson, N.B. at a date and time to be announced. Donations in memory may be made to the Valley Regional Hospital Foundation, Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation, or the Valley Hospice Foundation. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.


Hill, John James Ritchie “Jim”, Reg. # 28948 – Age 70 of Fletchers Lake, passed away October 21, 2019 in Hospice Halifax. Born in Campbellton, N.B., he was a son of the late Leola (Ritchie) Sealy. Jim was a kind and gentle man who loved his family very much. He was a 26-year member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Surviving are wife, Debbie (Walsh) Hill, Fletchers Lake; brother, Dave Hill; stepfather, Keith Sealy, god daughter, Paula Hill, all of London, Ont.; son, Steven and his family, Fall River; stepson, Shayne Covey and his family, Lantz. He was predeceased by sister, Bonnie Hill; maternal grandparents, Lloyd and Freda Ritchie.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit. In keeping with Jim’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Halifax.


ANTHONY, David John, Reg. # 28326, Aged 70, of West Quoddy, on October 12, 2019. David passed away pain-free and on his own terms in Palliative Care Unit of Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow. Our heartfelt thanks go out to all the caring staff who made it so.

David was born on September 29, 1949 in Sydney, Cape Breton, Gerald and Mary (Jackson) Anthony’s first-born, who by all accounts was a night owl from the get-go. In his youth David was a Scout then an Army Cadet and basketball was his sport of choice. He worked at several jobs while still in high school including, what else, the Steel Plant.

He joined the RCMP in August 1970 and graduated from the Depot in Regina in February 1971. His first posting was to Ottawa where he met and charmed Georgette, his wife of over 46 years. During his career many lifelong friends were made in Port Elgin and Sackville, N.B., Alberton, P.E.I., and Sheet Harbour. He performed his policing duties with fairness and compassion with large doses of common sense. In 1991 he retired from the Force due to bone cancer. He conquered the big “C” at that time and moved on to enjoy over 30 years filled with travel and hobbies (antique cars, firearms, boating, fishing and hunting to name a few). He played and coached hockey, was a Kinsman and a long-standing member of the Royal Canadian Legion. He loved life, driving and adventure; so many marvelous experiences over five continents with family and friends. He also owned four motorcycles over the years and great trips were enjoyed on those as well. He and brother Robert modified his last Aspencade so he could have a few more runs. His life was well-lived and filled with rich experiences. He was a doer, never a procrastinator; would tell it like it he saw it and a great “people person”. We will miss his wit, charm, sarcasm, loyalty, friendship and love.

Left behind are Georgette, his wife, best buddy, and according to him, the best part of many of his journeys; brother, Robert (Jill); brother-in-law, Roy (Carole) Cadieux; special nieces, Amberlee (Jason Gibson) Anthony, Stephanie (Francois) Patenaude; nephew, Joel (Nahama) Cadieux; uncle Cecil Jackson; aunt, Doris Cooper; and many dear “surrogate” kids and wonderful friends. He was predeceased by his father and mother, Gerald and Mary Anthony; his in-laws, Georges and Lily Cadieux; many aunts, uncles and friends. My David was not afraid of death and was ready to let go. He wanted us to remember him with a smile and laughter. To that end there will be a gathering of family and friends at the Royal Canadian Legion Courcelette Branch 58, Watt Section, on October 26th at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.


MacNAUGHTON, Sidney Gordon, Reg. # 17550 / O.1018, (Insp. Ret.) It is with heavy hearts that the family of Sidney Gordon MacNaughton, 87, announce his sudden passing on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at his home in Hebron, NS. Beloved husband of Doris Mary (Walker) MacNaughton. Cherished and dearly loved by his sister Bonnie (Tom) and his children, Miriam (Al), Dan (Vicki), Chris (Sue) and Lisa (Pierre). Sid adored his grandchildren, Tryna (Mark), Kevin (Shelley), Nicole (Ryan), Jennifer (Jamie), Keal, Keira, Andrew, Jamie, Natalie (Brad) and Curtis. He is also survived by his great grandchildren, who made him smile when no one else could: Rachel, Lauren, Alexander, Aiden, Aynsley, Islay, Claire, Liam and Asher. He was was predeceased by his dear sister, Mabel MacNaughton. Sid was born in Dalhousie, NB to the late Gordon Jubal MacNaughton and Marion Rae (Steeves) MacNaughton. After graduation from Dalhousie High School, in 1952, Sid joined the RCMP. His career led him to many communities throughout the Maritimes and Ottawa. He lived a distinguished career of which he was passionately proud throughout his 35-year service. Retiring in Yarmouth 39 years ago, Sid entrenched himself into the fabric of Yarmouth County.

With his passion for life and people, he was heavily involved with numerous community service groups which included the Masons, RCMP Veterans Association. Yarmouth Rotary Club and the Hebron Baptist Church. Sid loved to work in his workshop on a daily basis and enjoyed friends who would visit him frequently. He created beautiful furniture for his wife and children. With his company, Killick Woodkraft, he made lawn furniture for many years and most recently loved turning wooden bowls and constructing bird houses with his dearest friend, Don. Many of his woodcrafts were donated in support of local charities for fundraising events. Sid and Doris were strong supporters of local SPCA’s. They were passionate about dogs and cats, and, to the end, Sid was never without a dog by his side.

Through actions and living, Sid taught his children that there is no greater love than the love of family, that fairness is a necessity in life and that all people are equal. Each day through life, Sid walked proudly with his head held high, his shoulders back and lived his life to the fullest, adoring his family, his friends, and his dogs. Following cremation, the family will receive friends at Sweeny’s Funeral Home , 567 Main Street, Yarmouth, from 5-9 pm. on Thursday, September 12, 2019. The funeral will be held at 1 pm Friday September 13, 2019 at the Hebron Baptist Church in Hebron, with a reception to follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to the Yarmouth SPCA or charity of the donor’s choice. On-line condolences may be sent to: [email protected] or you may sign the guestbook on-line at:


MacCORMICK, Melanie “Dawn” Gail, Reg. # C03607, Aged 57, Debert, passed away unexpectedly on September 8, 2019 in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Kentville, she was a daughter of the late Eugene and Gail (Warren) Brooks. Dawn enjoyed playing guitar, camping, horseback riding, hunting and going on ATV trips with the Dirt Hill Gang. She served in Telecommunications with the RCMP for over thirty years, both in Toronto and later in Nova Scotia. She was a wonderful mother and was very proud of her four grandchildren who loved camping and having “sleep-overs” with Grammie. She is survived by her children, Shawn, Ashley (Nathan Harb), Michael (Petra); grandchildren, Faith, Claire, Kason and Eva; sister, Tracey Brooks and brother, Mark (Kristen) Brooks; several nieces and nephews. She will be sadly missed by her dog, Brandi. Dawn was predeceased by her brother, Bradley. A Celebration of Life afternoon will be held on Friday, September 13th from 3 – 6 p.m. in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. Donations in her memory may be made to the Canadian Red Cross and the Colchester S.P.C.A. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting


CURRAN, Harold Milton, Reg. # S09645 – age 96, of Kentville, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Saturday, September 7, 2019 in the Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Born in Halifax and grew up on McNab’s Island, he was the son of the late Walter and Etta Maria (Lynch) Curran.

Harold was a veteran of the Second World War, serving as a Radio Operator with the Merchant Navy in the North Atlantic and Caribbean and was a member of the RAF, stationed in Gander, Newfoundland. Following the war, he worked with the Marine Division of the RCMP and later moved to Ottawa and Montreal where he worked with the Department of Transportation and held various other government positions. He returned to Halifax and worked with the CBC Television in their audio division for over 20 years, from where he retired. He was a member of the Royal Astronomical Society and enjoyed photography. He loved music, especially Lawrence Welk and Don Messer. In most recent years, he enjoyed bird watching and all nature brought to the window.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret (McClair); four daughters, Anne Curran, Halifax; Elizabeth (Kevin) McCann, Kentville; Mary Curran, Vancouver; Avril (David) Bird, Canaan; two sons, Andrew (Christine), Halifax; Alexander (Maureen), White Rock, British Columbia; seven grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Keighan, Kate, Ryan, Liam, Jayla, Jordyn. There will be no visitation, by request. The funeral service and reception will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 12, 2019 in the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville. Burial will take place at 3:30 p.m. in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lower Sackville. Donations in memory may be made to the SPCA – Kings County. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.


CALNEN, Bruce Thomas ‘RAT’, Reg. # 29971 Aged, 67, passed away Monday 2 September 2019 in the Palliative Care Unit of the Victoria General Hospital holding hands with Dale and Keegan. Born in Halifax 13 January 1952, Bruce was the son of the late Charles and Catherine (Connors) Calnen and brother of the late Sandra (Sandy) Morgan.

Bruce was a retired member of the RCMP and while his career was cut short after 15 years because of serious health issues, the times he spent on the Force were some of the most interesting of his life including his time spent working as an undercover officer. During that period, he made many lifelong friends working with other RCMP and police officers from various forces who, in some cases, were tasked to keep him safe. He learned quickly who to trust in life and, once he placed his trust in you, it remained that way until his death. How many times have we been regaled by the stories only Bruce could tell in his very special way. His memory was flawless and family and friends were often left speechless at his recall of events whether recent or from years ago, and should anyone get even the smallest detail wrong, he was always quick to remind them of how it actually happened. When asked, the advice he often gave to potential or new recruits was “never disgrace the uniform”.

He enjoyed travel and would often visit significant historical and religious sites of the countries he visited remarking that he read about it and wanted to see it. He liked to read, particularly anything having to do with crime, John Grisham novels, history books and anything about Oak Island, following the mystery from his childhood to the most recent television series and frequently offering his opinion on the subject. Then again, Bruce offered his opinion on almost everything in life, whether we were prepared for it or not.

Family and friends were very important to Bruce and he often spoke fondly of growing up with his buddies from childhood through to high school and the mischief they caused, as well as camping with Pete, travelling to Florida with Dan, golfing with Ross and the boys, watching Keegan grow into the husband and father he has become, keeping Cathy and Kim on their toes because they never knew what Uncle Bruce might do or say, a good party and quiet times with Dale. He lived life his way, never apologizing for anything, offering his advice whether it was asked for or not. He protected his family fiercely, would go out of his way to help if he thought you deserved it, took family and friends to task if he disagreed with what we were doing, and constantly reminded us that we were loved. His last few weeks were filled with the love, laughter and fond memories of a life lived to the fullest.

Bruce leaves to mourn the love of his life Dale Lawrence, son Keegan Dawson (Natalie) and adored grandchildren, Abigail, Zachary and Cassandra; his very tolerant brother in law, Dan Morgan, especially on those long drives to and from Florida; and his much loved nieces Cathy (Brian McKinnon) Middle Sackville; and Kim (Glen Baker) Fall River; great nieces and great nephew, Aaren, Andrea, Damon, Stephanie and their families. Bruce was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Catherine Calnen, and his sister, Sandra (Sandy) as well as numerous Aunts and Uncles. It can never be said that Bruce did not live life to its fullest!

Family flowers only. Donations tthe Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) Halifax who were instrumental in his care and comfort through the last five years of his life or a charity of choice. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will take place on Monday September 9th from 1-4 pm at J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax. Memorial service followed by a reception will be held at J.A. Snow Funeral Home, Tuesday, September 10th beginning at 11 am.


PERKS, Gordon Frederick, Cst. (Ret.), Reg. # 15753, age 88 of Halifax, passed away July 23, 2019. Gordon started his career in 1951 with the RCMP Marine Division for two and a half years, and then joined the Fire Department in December of 1959.  Gordon retired in 1990 from DND as Deputy Fire Chief.  He is survived by his son, Ronald Perks; daughter, Brenda Lee Perks; grandchildren, Gregory Perks, David Perks, Christopher Perks, Steven Verbeek and Shawn Verbeek. Arrangements are under the care of J. Albert Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd.  In keeping with Gordon’s wishes there will be no visitation or funeral service. Words of comfort and condolences can be sent to the family by visiting:


BEANGE, Robert “Bob” Lewis, S/Sgt, (Ret.) Reg. # 14677 age 95 years young, passed away on July 19, 2019 at QE II Hospital, Halifax NS.  Born on May 18, 1924 in Ice Lake, Manitoulin Island, ON to the late Robert and Ethel (Spry) Beange. After growing up and attending school in Gore Bay, Manitoulin Island, ON, he moved to Sudbury, ON and was employed in the Copper Refinery for INCO for a few months before joining the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), training as a Wireless Operator Air Gunner.  After the war he joined the RCMP, of which he was a member for 25 years, serving in Regina, SK, Ottawa, ON, Halifax, NS, and Fredericton, NB.  Upon retirement, he and his wife Irene returned to Halifax, where he was employed with the Bank of Canada Security for 18 years.  Following retirement, Robert lived at The Berkeley Gladstone, Halifax NS, until his passing.

Robert is survived by sister Marion Helm (Doug); brothers Murray (Luba) and Elwood (Edith); sisters-in-law Betty (Cliff), Sylvia (Laird); as well as cousins; nieces and nephews; and many friends. He is predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Irene (DeMont); sisters Murdean (late Ken Bessey), Donelda (late Gib Gilchrist); brothers Clifford, Laird and Private Keith (WW II in 1945). Robert was a member of Hope United Church, Halifax NS; the RCMP Veterans Association, and Ashburn Golf Club, Halifax NS, for many years.

At Robert’s request there will be no visitation. Cremation and private burial will take place at Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax NS. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of one’s choice. To leave an online condolence please visit


SMITH, William John (Bill), S/Sgt. (Ret’d), Reg, # #20818, Age 83 passed away on July 14th, 2019 at Baddeck.   Born October 29, 1935 in Saint John, New Brunswick, he was the son of the late Manning and Mary Smith.

Predeceased by his wife of 40 years, Lois (Owen) Smith.  He is survived by his wife, Mary Elizabeth (Beth) Duff; his children Jennifer (Richard) Patterson of Moncton, NB; Manning (Paula Geddes) Smith of Fall River, NS; Saskia (Steve) MacMillan of Durham, ON; his step children Natalie (Scott) Rennie of Campbell River, BC and John (Elsie) Duff of Selkirk, MB;  grandchildren Robyn (Ken) Campbell, Nicole and Emma MacMillan; David, Clara, Annie, Sadie and Robert Patterson; Mackenzie and Maryn Smith; Brendon and Cole Rennie; Megan and Daniel Duff; and great grandson, William Campbell.

Bill served as a dedicated member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for 28 years, followed by a successful career with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice as Director of Sheriffs.

For the last 16 years he has lived in beautiful Big Baddeck with Beth.  He loved being an active member of the community including the Baddeck Lions Club, the Baddeck Curling Club and other community organizations.  Recently he was recognized by the International Association of Lions Clubs with a Life Membership for Outstanding Service.

“Chief” was extremely proud of his grandchildren and their accomplishments and found great joy in his great grandson, Will.   Well known for his loud, infectious laugh, he will be remembered for his welcoming smile, ability to make everyone feel good and his “rules”.

Cremation has taken place, under the care and direction of MacAskill Funeral Home Baddeck, NS.  Celebration of a happy life will take place on July 18, 2019 at 2:00pm at the Baddeck Curling Club.   Interment will be at a later date at Hillside Cemetery, Albert County, NB.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Society of Victoria County, or the Baddeck Lions Club.

Bill lived his life believing we should all – Live simply.  Love generously.  Care deeply.  Speak kindly.

He will be so dearly missed.


CLARKSON, James Cyril, Reg. # 19710, age 82, of Sydney Mines, NS passed away July 2nd at the Dartmouth General Hospital with his wife, both daughters and granddaughter by his side.

Born in Sydney Mines, NS, he was the son of the late James Bernard Clarkson and Anne Frances Clarkson (Tobin).

Jim started working in the Princess Mines at his father’s side when he was 15 years of age.  He stayed there until he joined the RCMP in 1957 where most of his career was spent in Windsor, Ontario.  After 26 years in the force he retired and relocated his family to Dartmouth, NS where he became an early Tim Horton’s franchisee.  Tim’s was a family business that he loved dearly. After about 31 years, Jim passed the business on to his daughter Jayme who continues to operate it today.  “Mr. C” as he was known to the hundreds of employees and thousands of customers was a fixture in the store, and could always be counted on for a smile and a friendly hello.

Jim also had a great love for animals and would always have his pockets filled with treats for his beloved malamutes.  He was extremely handy and hard-working and always put the needs of his family above all else.  Stained glass was a hobby he had for over 40 years.  He created many beautiful items that family and friends will continue to cherish.

Survived by wife Margaret (Maggie) Elizabeth Clarkson (Anderson); daughters: Natalie Jane Clarkson and Jayme Elizabeth Clarkson-O’Neil (husband Keith); Paul MacFarlane, a dear friend and like a son to him; sister: Mary Cullen; brothers: Sheldon Clarkson and Gerald (Denise) Clarkson of Sydney Mines;  grandchildren: James Charles Drake, Bronwyn Elizabeth Manuel (Katie), Brianne Jane Perrier and Graham McKenzie Perrier; many nieces and nephews and not to forget his fur kid Chow.   Predeceased by his parents and sister Barbara Anne Boutilier.

There will be a Celebration of Life on Thursday August 8, 2019 from 1:00-4:00 pm at the Cole Harbour Fire Hall, 1150 Cole Harbour Road.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation, Hope for Wildlife or the Alzheimer Society.   On-line condolences may be made at:


ERNST, Earle Donald, Reg. # 18551, Age, 87, passed away on June 28th, 2019, at Glasgow Hall, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.  When Earle’s spirit peacefully left this earth, he was surrounded by his loving family.  He was pre-deceased by his parents Percy Roy Ernst and Lenora Frances (Turner) Ernst, sisters Pauline (Norwood), Juene (More), and brother Ralph.  He is survived and will be missed by his brother Allison and numerous nephews and nieces.

He will be sadly missed by his wife Ann, children – Jonathan (Dorothy), Cynthia Ernst, Janice Ross (Andrew), Patti Conrad (Ronald), Julie Ernst-Cox (Mark), grandchildren Mary, Nathan, Jennifer, Kristen, Zachary, Brittany, Amanda, Daniel, David, and chosen granddaughter Stephanie Dell, great-grandchildren Ava, Ayla, Jada, Jordynn, Chase and Parker.

Earle grew up on the family farm in Westphal, and attended St. Peter’s School and Dartmouth High School, where he was a member of the Glee Club.  As a young man, he enjoyed fishing, playing softball, hockey and boxing.  Earle attended Acadia University and then joined the RCMP where he trained for the Musical Ride.  He was subsequently stationed in Toronto.  Earle wasn’t fond of the city life so he returned to Nova Scotia to modernize the family farming and lumber business.

He loved to experiment with various types of transplants in his greenhouses.  The family established one of the first farm markets in the area on the family farm at Lake Major, which they ran for 18 years.  In 1987, Earle and Ann and his brothers turned their attention to developing their farmland into Grandview Golf and Country Club.  He was also a volunteer Fire Ranger along with his male family members.  They fought many local forest fires and assisted at the 1945 Bedford Magazine explosion fires

Earle had a great love for bluegrass and country music, and enjoyed impromptu jam sessions with many friends through the years.  He played the guitar, mandolin and harmonica from an early age.  He was a member at Dartmouth Curling Club, enjoying the game and the camaraderie.  He was also a lifetime member of the RCMP Veterans Association.

Earle had a wide range of interests and read extensively, on subjects ranging from agriculture to world religions.  Always surrounded by family, he had a great sense of humour and enjoyed telling corny jokes, much to the delight of his grandkids!

We would like to express our gratitude to the caring and kind caregivers and staff on the second floor at Glasgow Hall.  A Celebration of Life will be Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 1:00 pm at The Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, 255 Portland Street, Dartmouth, NS. Donations in Earle’s memory may be made to Hope for Wildlife or a charity of your choice.  Family flowers only.


 LARSEN, Melvin Harrison “Mel”, Reg. # M107,  Age 79, of Halifax, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family in the Abbie J. Lane Memorial Building, QEII, Halifax, on Thursday, June 27, 2019.

Mel was born in New Waterford, Cape Breton, N.S., in 1939.  He was a son of the late Archy Munroe and Hazel Winnifred (Harrison) Larsen.  With much pride, Mel belonged to the R.C.M.P. Marine Division for eight years.  Then he put his people skills to work and became a salesman.  Mel stated, “his career began when Sia Canada hired him”.  From that time until he passed his passion was sand paper and keeping things smooth.

Mel served on the Access-A-Bus Board and was a member of the Canadian Tire Coupon Collectors Club.  He had a great love and interest for life and people, especially his family and friends.  Mel saw the need for a bus shelter and cross walk on Larry Uteck Blvd.  He worked with his alderman and the city of Halifax to achieve this goal.

Mel is survived by his son, Darryl (Melanie) Larsen, North West Territories; sister, Lynette Dillon, Mira; grandchildren, Eric Walker and Brooke Walker, both of Sarnia, Ont.; Trynity Larsen, North West Territories; nephews, Brad (Nadine) Dillon, Halifax; Curt (Lorri) Dillon, Mira; cousin, Reid (Marilyn) Harrison, Halifax.  Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, the former Althea Jean Timmins; daughters, Karen Larsen and Patti Walker; brother-in-law, Earl Dillon.

Graveside service will take place at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 3, in Berwick Cemetery, Main Street, Berwick, Kings Co., with Rev. Dr. David Watt officiating.  A time in celebration of Mel’s life will follow from 2-4 p.m., the same day in Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No. 95, 1772 Bedford Highway, Bedford. Donations in Mel’s memory may be made to Waterville Baptist Church, 1243 Mill St., P.O. Box 39, Waterville, N.S., B0P 1V0, or to your local S.P.C.A.  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Middleton Funeral Home, 398 Main Street, toll free 1-855-825-3448. Online guest book may be signed by visiting:


HOGAN, William “Bill”, Reg. # A4988, Age 73, of Bedford, passed away peacefully at the Halifax Infirmary, QEII on June 20, 2019. Born in Halifax, he was a son of the late Loulou and James Hogan. Bill enjoyed golf, playing the guitar, and playing hockey. He was a member of the AOPA for many years, as well as the Auxillary RCMP. Bill is survived by his sons, Scott Hogan, Jimmy (Jen Smith) Hogan; sister, Verna Hines; grandchildren, Sherrylynn (Tom) Smith, Jayden MacNamara; great-grandchild, Nathan Smith; and many nieces and nephews. Besides both parents, Bill was predeceased by his girlfriend, Brenda McNab; sisters, Sylvia Hogan, Carol Repassi, Anne Scallion; and granddaughter, Holly MacNamara. Cremation has taken place under the care of Atlantic Funeral Homes. A Celebration of Life will be held in the Common Room at 336 Amesbury Gate, Larry Uteck on Tuesday, June 25th starting at 12 noon. Interment will take place in Oakridge Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. Online condolences may be made at: Sackville Chapel

LORD, Donald Peter, Reg # 22855, Aged 83, of Halifax, passed away on May 27, 2019 in Camp Hill, Veteran’s Memorial Building, Halifax. He was a son of the late Homer and Marguerite (Newman) Lord.
Don retired from The Royal Canadian Mounted Police serving in the Marine Division in many locations across Canada. He was an avid sportsman, enjoyed spending time with family, and travelling throughout the World.
He is survived by his loving Wife and best friend Bobbi (MacLean) Lord, Daughter Cynthia Lord (Robert de Bellefeuille ), Son David Lord (Leah LeDrew), as well as many nieces & nephews.
Don was predeceased by brothers, Homer and Kenneth, and sisters Helen Gillis, Phyllis Butt and Lorraine Murphy.
Visitation will be held on Friday, May 31st, from 12:00 -1:00 pm, immediately followed by a Memorial Service at 1:00 pm, all in Atlantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayers Road, Halifax. Flowers graciously accepted. Memorial Donations may be sent to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Society. The Family would like to thank the Staff at Cedarcrest, Veteran’s Memorial Hospital for their superlative care.

BIRD, Dawne “Donald” Maxwell, Reg # not yet known . It is with heavy hearts that the family of Dawne “Donald” Maxwell Bird age 84 of Amherst announce his sudden passing on Sunday, May 26, 2019. Born in Amherst, he was a son of the late Stanley and Kathleen (Sproul) Bird.

Dawne was with the Marine Division of the RCMP for 13 years. Dawne and Audrey were foster parents for 20 years for over 30 children. He was a member of the Cumberland Dart League, and enjoyed hockey, Golf, Baseball and Gardening. You could often see him down at the local baseball field watching slow pitch.

Dawne will be missed by his daughter Sonita (Stephan Pouliot); grandson Alexander Thomas (Hannah); great grandson Axle Thomas and grandson Chad Lowther. Besides his parents, Dawne was predeceased by his wife Audrey (Gould); son Donnie; sisters Erma, Faye and Beatrice; brothers Lester and Herbert.

Following Dawne’s wishes cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation or service. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dawne’s memory to the Canadian Cancer Society, Heart & Stroke Foundation or to the charity of your choice.

GREENE-KELLY, Agnes “Sylvia”, Reg. # C03146. It’s with great sadness that we announce the death of Sylvia Greene-Kelly, age 68. Born June 15, 1950, and passed away suddenly in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia on May 3, 2019. Sylvia was born in Long Harbour, N.L. to the late Joseph and Elsie (Flynn) Greene.
She is survived by her loving son, Josh Kelly (Katie); her siblings, Loretta Collins (William), Marion Griffiths (Tom), Frank Greene and Pius Greene (Yvonne); sister-in-law, Mary Greene; brother-in-law, Arthur O’Keefe; her long-time friend, Linda Diczku and many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends. She was predeceased by the love of her life, Constable Paul Kelly; and siblings, Cecil Greene, Joseph Greene (Gladys), Elsie O’Keefe, Mary Rose Norman (Bill), and Rita Crowell (Bob).
Sylvia worked as a RCMP dispatcher for many years at detachments in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. She enjoyed spending time with her beloved cat “Colby Kelly”, as well as dancing, reading and making friends with anyone she sat next to. A proud Newfoundlander, Auntie Dearest loved family more than anything and spent countless hours on the phone keeping in touch with relatives across the country. Nothing made her prouder than her son, Josh. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 9th, at 1 p.m. in Dartmouth Funeral Home, 29 Queen St.; reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation of blood to your local blood drive. Josh and Katie would like to thank everyone for their well-wishes and support.

DENSMORE, Everett Rodger, Reg. # 32984, Ret’d Sgt., Age 69 of Enfield, formerly of East Noel, peacefully passed away surrounded by his family on March 28, 2019 in The Magnolia, Enfield.
Born in East Noel, he was the son of the late Wilmont and Katherine (Fenton) Densmore, Everett had many different jobs before he graduated from the RCMP in May of 1976. He was stationed in Ottawa, Bedford, Sheet Harbour, Bridgetown, Liverpool, Sackville, Marystown, NL; Ingonish, H.Q. Halifax and then to Barrie, ON for the emergency planning for the G8 and G20 Summits before retiring in 2010 with 35 years of service. He was a member of the Noel Royal Canadian Legion and Lions Club of Canada. He was instrumental in initiating the Crime Prevention/Crime Stoppers group in Liverpool. He was at one time the provincial coordinator for ground search and rescue for the province of NS and spent many hours at the Swiss Air recovery in 1998.
He will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Marilyn and his pride and joy, son, Mark (Jeanie); granddaughters, Kayleigh (Travis) and Keara; great grandchildren, Summer, Serenity and Sloan. He is also survived by brothers, Brian (Shelley) and Deryck (Paula); sisters, Ora (Ed), Valerie (Bob), Dianna (Stephen) and Darlene (Gerry); many nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held 1pm until time of service at 2pm Monday, April 1 at Ettinger Funeral Home, 2812 Highway 2, Shubenacadie, Rev. Canon David Fletcher officiating. Reception to follow in the funeral home hospitality area.
Thank you to the staff of Queen’s manor and the Magnolia for their loving care during Everett’s stay. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia.
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BARRIE, Arnel Clayton, Reg. # 19354, Age 82, of North Sydney. It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Arnel Clayton Barrie on March 13, 2019 at the New Waterford Hospital. He was born on December 19, 1936 to his late parents, William and Pearl (Vickers) Barrie of Sydney Mines.
He is survived by his dear companion, Darlene Cameron of North Sydney; daughter, Patti Barrie of Alberton, P.E.I.; son, Dr. Michael (Marie Annik) Barrie of Port Hope, Ontario; their mother, Gwyneth (Bird) Barrie of Alberton, P.E.I.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brother, Blaine (Evelyn) Barrie of Bedford, N.S.; sister, Willa Anne MacNeil of Halifax, N.S.; sister-in-law, Geraldine Barrie of St. John, New Brunswick as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
In April, 1956, Arnel joined the RCMP. After serving at various detachments in Newfoundland, Labrador and Manitoba, he retired in April, 1989. Following retirement, the family moved to P.E.I. where they owned and operated The Lady Slipper Cottages for 13 years.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by brother, Murray and brother-in-law, Wayne MacNeil. By personal request, there will be no visitation or funeral service. Cremation has taken place under the care and direction of V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 380 Smith Street, New Waterford. Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at:

PETERS, Donald Allan, Reg. # 24924, Age 73 of Wilmot, NS, passed away Friday, March 1st, 2019 in Valley Regional Hospital. Born in Halifax, he was the son of William and Mary (Brett) Peters. Don will be dearly missed by his wife of 50 years, Verna (MacLean); son, Glenn (Penny) Peters, Ottawa, ON; daughter, Erin (Anders) Stjärne, Waterloo, ON; cherished grandchildren, Maggie, Sarah, Klara, Johannes; sisters, Janet (Robert) Smith, Waverley, Marion Mason, Tantallon, Carol (Byron) Moser, Glen Margaret, NS. Don was predeceased by his parents; his brother, William “Bill” Peters; and sister, Patricia “Patsy” Clarke.

In his youth, Don loved to go flying and sailing. While his children were growing up, he coached hockey and was a favourite “neighbourhood dad.” Don retired in 1998 after serving 33 years with the RCMP as a corporal, having worked in Ontario, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. After his retirement, he became a volunteer Fire Fighter with the Newcombville Fire Department and enjoyed volunteering for Duck’s Unlimited Canada. Don was an avid golfer and long-time member of Paragon Golf Club. Don appreciated his many friendships within the local music community, and had lots of fun working the soundboard, recording videos and being Verna’s roadie. Don will be missed and remembered by many. Donations in Don’s memory may be made to a charity of choice. By Don’s request, there will be no visitation or service. Arrangements have been entrusted to Middleton Funeral Home. An on-line guestbook may be signed by visiting:

SWAN, Paul Allister, Reg. # 20118, Age 81, formerly of Folly Lake, passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at Moncton City Hospital, New Brunswick. Born in Debert, he was the son of the late James Albert and Letitia Swan.
Paul began his career with the RCMP and then continued with Correctional Services of Canada for 28 years. Following his retirement, he opened Swan’s Greenhouse in Debert with his late wife, Janet (MacKay). Following this, they enjoyed summers on Folly Lake and winters in Clearwater, Florida. He enjoyed flying his plane and was member of Debert Flying Club and also enjoyed playing his mandolin with his jamming buddies.
He was the last remaining member of his immediate family, having been predeceased by his wife, Janet (2012); brothers, Calvin, Basil, Ian; sister, Enid. He is survived by sons, Robin Swan (Denise), Shane Langille; daughters, Debby Colwell (Michael), Cindy Golding (Sel), Sherry Iaboni (Silvano); grandchildren, Travis, Joni, Jeremy, Jacob, Ashlea, Aled, Doug, Michael, Kyle; great grandchildren, Averie, Maizee, and Bryn.
Paul’s family would like to thank all his caregivers both at Folly Lake, Moncton Residence and Moncton Hospital Palliative Care Unit for their care and compassion.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where the funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 6, 2019, Reverend Connie Stewart officiating. Reception will follow. Spring interment in Middle Road Cemetery, Middle Road, Debert. Flowers by family only. If so desired, donations in Paul’s memory to Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia or Canadian Cancer Society are welcomed. Private messages of condolences may be sent to the family by viewing Paul’s obituary on-line and selecting “Send A Condolence” at:

DOLE, Cecil “Cec”, S/Sgt. (Rtd.), Reg. # 20141. It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of RCMP S/Sgt. Cecil “Cec” Dole of Cole Harbour, N.S. on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at the age of 82 surrounded by his loving family in the Halifax Infirmary. Born in Moncton, N.B., he was predeceased by father, Ora, a veteran of World War II and long-serving Moncton police officer and mother, Vivian. He is survived by his loving wife of over 55 years, Rose; their sons Brian of Ottawa, ON and Blair of Cole Harbour, N.S.; grandson Connor and granddaughter Myla; siblings Jean Branscombe, Barbara McGill, June Jones, and Harold Dole all of Moncton, N.B. and Shirley (Bob) Goodwin of Quispamsis, N.B.; sisters-in-law Betty (Robert) Langdon of St. John’s, NL, Joan Stockley of St. John’s NL and Loretta Evans of Wellesley, ON; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Following in his father’s footsteps to serve the community as a police officer, he joined the RCMP in 1957. After training in Ottawa, he was posted in various communities throughout “B” Division (Newfoundland) where he met his wife Rose. After 8 years there, he was posted to “H” Division (Nova Scotia) where he served the remainder of his 39 ½ years in the Force. He was the recipient of the RCMP Long Service Medal for a long career of exemplary service and good conduct. He was also awarded the Nova Scotia Police Long Service Medal. He was highly respected amongst his peers in the way he conducted himself in the performance of his duties and he always upheld the values and morals attached to policing and community service.

At various points throughout his life, Cec was active in the Lions Club, curling, and playing and coaching hockey. He was also a member of the RCMP Veterans’ Association. Not one to venture too far from home, he kept busy working around the house and yard. This is how he chose to enjoy his retirement years. In hockey season, you could be sure to find him watching whatever NHL game was being broadcast – probably more than one per night. Cec provided for his family with care, compassion and a level of morality and ethics that provided a role model for us all to follow. He was always available to lend a helping hand to anyone, offer advice or just be there for support. With his loving wife, Rose, they raised their two boys of which he was very proud. He was also immensely proud of his two grandchildren. He watched Connor grow into a fine, young teenager who is wise beyond his years. They enjoyed many breakfasts together and sharing stories. Gramp loved giving him advice on hockey skills and always stressed upon him the importance of a good education. Myla is young but growing so fast and she loved her Gramp and the special little games that only they could play together. Fist bumps from both of them were always something he looked forward to receiving. He will forever be in our hearts and memories.

Visitation will take place on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 from 2 – 4 p.m. and 6 – 8 p.m. at A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home, 217 Portland St., Dartmouth. As per his wishes, cremation has already taken place. A private family service of remembrance will be held at a later date. Special thanks to the staff of the QEII Health Sciences Centre (Halifax Infirmary) for their excellent care and compassion under difficult circumstances. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, RCMP Foundation or charity of your choice.

GRANT, Elwyn Guilford “Gil”, Supt. (Rtd.), Reg. # 17936, O. 1000 – age 84, of Brookside, formerly of Coldbrook, passed away on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at home. Born in Canterbury, New Brunswick, he was a son of the late Audbur and Bernice (Messer) Grant. Gil was a Superintendent for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, retiring in 1994 with 42 years of service. Superintendent Grant served in Halifax, Windsor and Meteghan, Nova Scotia; Ottawa, Ontario; Vancouver, British Columbia; Hong Kong; Toronto, Ontario; Halifax, Nova Scotia and St. John’s, Newfoundland before retiring in Lakeville, Nova Scotia.

During his retirement years he held many offices within the Kentville Masonic Lodge No. 58 AF&AM, the Evangeline Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, the Philae Temple Shriners and the Kentville Gyro Club. He was also a member and Past President of the Kentville, and NS RCMP Veteran’s Association. He is survived by a son, RCMP Inspector (retired) Stephen (Faye) Grant, Brookside; a daughter, Judith (Tim Young) Grant, Welland, Ontario; grandchildren, Matthew, Brandon, Chris, Sean, Joshua and Nora; great-grandchildren, Annabelle, Walker and Teddy; sisters, Sylvia Sinclair, Lois Flynn, Carol Ford; many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Marjorie “Elaine”; sister, Gail and brother, Wayne. Cremation has taken place.
There will be no visitation, by request. A combined Masonic, Order of the Eastern Star and funeral service, followed by a reception, will take place at 12:30 p.m. Monday, March 11, 2019 in the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville, Reverend Doctor John Roddam officiating. Burial will take place in the Garden of Rest Cemetery, Parish of St. James, Kentville. Donations in memory may be made to the IWK – Health Centre Foundation. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.

COLE, Rowlena A. (Assoc. Member) Our hearts are heavy as we say goodbye to our mother, grandmother and wife, Rowlena Anne Cole, 77, of Pictou who passed away suddenly on Feb. 21, 2019 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow with her loving family by her side. Born in Sackville, New Brunswick on Nov. 30, 1941, Rowlena was a daughter of the late Wallace Ward and Dulcie Ward Wheaton. In 1964, she married her first love Eugene Cole and together they raised their family in Liverpool, Chester, Glace Bay and Pictou County while he worked with the Royal Canadian Mount Police. Throughout her lifetime, Rowlena was employed with the Tribune Press in Sackville, New Brunswick, the National Research Centre in Ottawa, Bowater Mercy, Canadian Tire and King Freight Lines, but she was always proud to call herself a homemaker, mother and wife who looked over her family with a watchful eye and loving heart. Her children and grandchildren were her priority as she celebrated their accomplishments and supported them in times of need by keeping in touch through regular visits and phone calls, providing a listening ear and cooking meals that would leave their hearts and bellies full. Some visits also included a card game that allowed the younger generation to learn a thing or two from Nanny Ro about a winning hand. One of her favourite pastimes was gardening which was evident to anyone who drove by their former home on Three Brooks Road that had manicured lawns and colourful flower beds scattered throughout the property. Rowlena also showed tremendous compassion for her community by volunteering with youth as a CGIT and Explorer Leader, as well as serving others in need at the Pictou Food Bank and The Opportunity Shop. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Pictou and its AMS Group where she fostered her strong sense of faith that helped her through her most difficult days. She is survived by husband, Eugene; two daughters, Jennifer Murphy (Donald) and Angela MacDonald (David); as well as her six grandchildren, Douglas Murphy, Jeremy Murphy, Brady Murphy, Danielle Fraser (Nelson), Keirstan Romick (Jay) and Austin MacDonald. She was predeceased by her sister, Patricia Beaule´ and brothers, Roland Ward and Austin Ward. Visitation will be Monday, Feb. 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. at McLaren Funeral Home in Pictou and the funeral service will take place Tuesday, Feb. 26th at 2 p.m. from First Presbyterian Church, Pictou under the direction of Rev. Shelly Chandler. Family flowers only. Donations in her memory may be made to a charity of your choice. Interment of her ashes will take place in Sackville, New Brunswick at a later date.

MacDOUGALL, Hugh Fraser, Reg. # S/1517, Age 83. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a wonderful husband, father, son, and brother: Hugh Fraser MacDougall. Hugh passed on January 31st, 2019, at the Halifax Infirmary. He was born on September 20th, 1935 to Hugh and Josie MacDougall in Glace Bay, NS. At the time of death, Hugh resided in Halifax with his wife and daughter. Hugh was a loving husband, devoted father, and exceptional son and brother. He was, above all else, a family man.

Hugh proudly served his country with integrity and joy for 22 years as an airman in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Upon his retirement from the Air Force, he joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and served another 13 years, thus, he proudly and successfully served his country for 35 years.
Hugh is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Susan Kristine, and by his cherished daughter, Sarah Elizabeth. He is also survived by his sisters Dorothy and Mary Lou MacDougall and by a niece, nephews and by many cousins.
Besides his parents, Hugh was predeceased by his brother Allan in infancy, and by his brother Douglas Michael.
As per Hugh’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no funeral services. Arrangements took place under the compassionate care and direction of T.J. Tracey Cremation and Burial Specialists, Bedford

DaSILVA, Durward (Dag), Sgt. (Rtd.), Reg. #20075. It is with sadness that we advise of the passing of Dag DaSilva. He passed away on February 8, 2019 as a result of heart failure. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation or memorial service at this time. Dag served from 10 Jul 1957 to 01 Jun 1987 in “B” and “H” Divisions and was an active member of the Nova Scotia RCMP Veterans’ Association at the time of his passing.

REID, George Erwin, Reg. # 15551, Age 89 of Halifax, died peacefully at his home on January 30, 2019. He was born in 1929 in Westville, to the late George and Annie (Hayman) Reid. He joined the RCMP at Charlottetown in 1948 where he had been employed with the Bank of Nova Scotia. Following recruit training in Regina, Sask., and Rockcliffe, Ont., he was transferred to Cape Breton where he served in Sydney, Inverness and Glace Bay until 1956 and then transferred to Ottawa until 1960. He returned to Nova Scotia where he served in Bridgetown and Halifax until 1967, transferred to Victoria, B.C., until 1971. He returned to Nova Scotia for the third time and was stationed in Halifax until 1975 and was transferred to Fredericton, N.B., and served there until he retired from the RCMP in 1983 completing 35 years of service. At that time, he was the officer in charge of the criminal investigation branch for the Province of New Brunswick. For the next ten years he was employed with the Province of New Brunswick Justice Department and Department of Solicitor General. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Patricia (Morrison) Reid; daughters, Katherine (Doyle), Ottawa, Ont.; and Mary-Ann, Stratford, Ont.; son, retired S/Sgt. George Lawrence, RCMP New Glasgow. He was predeceased by sisters, Florence and Catherine; and brothers, James and Gerald. He was past president of the United Services Institute, Fredericton, past treasurer of the Halifax Stroke Club, a member of the Federal Superannuates and RCMP Veterans Association. Cremation has taken place under the direction of J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Dr., Halifax. Funeral Service will be held in St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, February 9th at 10:30 a.m. Family flowers only. Donations in memory may be made to Halifax Stroke Club, 6225 Summit St., Halifax, or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at:

FAIRN, David R., Cpl. (Rtd.), Reg. #27973. It is with sadness that we advise of the passing of David R. FAIRN on February 2, 2019 in Dartmouth, NS. David joined the RCMP in 1964 and retired in 1989. He served in Marine Division and “E” Division. He was a member of the NS RCMP Veterans’ Association.

KARNES, George Darrell, Reg. # 23663 (Sgt. Ret.) Age73 of George “Darrell” Karnes – 73 of Bridgetown N.S. passed away peacefully on the 1st of February 2019, in the comfort of his home with family by his side.
Born and raised in Bridgetown, he was the son of the late Charles Merwyn and Mercy Ann Karnes. Darrell was a proud member of the RCMP for over 35 years, dedicating the majority of his career to the Equitation Branch and the RCMP Musical Ride in Ottawa. Retirement brought him back home to Bridgetown.
Darrell was married for 48 years to the love of his life and best friend Karen (Taylor). He was a devoted father to his two daughters who he affectionately called “his girls”. Nothing made him happier than spending time, creating memories and enjoying adventures with his six grandchildren.
This charismatic, loving, caring and wonderful man has left a permanent mark etched on our hearts and will be greatly missed by his wife Karen, his daughters, Dana (John) and Shauna (Brian), his grandchildren William, Owen, Dominic, Eva, Daniel and Emery. Darrell is also survived by his only sister Donna Marie Smith and her children (Bradley, Kara) of Burlington ON. His loss will be felt by all his extended family and close friends.
A funeral service will be held 2pm Thursday February 7, 2019, from the Kaulbach Family Funeral Home, Bridgetown, with Marilyn Kaulbach officiating. Burial will take place at a later date.
A special thank you to his oncology team, Dr. Davis, Dr. Morzycki and Kara Bursey (RN). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Canadian Cancer Society, Mid Valley Palliative Care, VON or charity of choice.

BERNARD, Noel Michael, Reg. # 42876, Age 61 of Waqmatcook First Nation passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, January 24, 2019. He was born in Inverness on September 18, 1957, a son of the late Pte. Andrew and Mary Noella (Googoo) Bernard.

Noel was a role model and mentor for many, an inspiration for the youth. He had compassion, words of encouragements and trust. Noel Mike enjoyed playing horseshoes, ice fishing, and darts. He had a passion for sports. He took part in baseball and was a hockey goalie in his younger years. He also had variety of job occupations in his lifetime: Noel worked for Parks Canada in Cheticamp, a former RCMP officer for Baddeck RCMP Detachment [Noel originally joined the RCMP as a Special Constable, but converted to Regular Member in 1990], Lobster Fisherman, was a proud owner of the previous Kwikway Store and served his community as a Wagmatcook Band Councillor for a number of years. He will be forever missed by many that loved him.

He is survived by the mother of his children, Mary Louise Bernard, Wagmatcook; his daughters, Ashley and Michelle (Kenneth) Bernard both from Wagmatcook; his grandchildren, Karmalyn, Braven, and River; his sisters, Elizabeth Toney, We’koqma’q, Sarah “Sally” Cope, Truro, Annabelle (Bellin) Nicholas, Harriet Nicholas, Mary Josephine (John) Googoo, and Lucille Bernard all of We’koqma’q; brothers, Harvey (Brenda) Bernard, We’koqma’q, Alexander Bernard, and a number of his Godchildren. He was predeceased by his son, Jonathan Bernard; his brothers, Matthew, Jeffrey Bernard; sisters, Mary Helen Googoo, Alice Bernard and Bernice at infancy.

Visitation will take place at the Wagmatcook Elder’s Centre, 57 Fishery Rd., Wagmatcook, NS starting Monday, January 28, 2019 at 4 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Church, Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 11 a.m. with Fr. Eugene Morris officiating. A dinner and Salite to follow at Wagmatcook Cultural Centre. Burial to take place at the Queen of the World Cemetery.

PETTIT, Edwin John “Ted”, Reg. # 20915, Age 78, of Bridgetown, Annapolis County, passed away peacefully on January 14, 2019, in the Annapolis Community Health Centre, Annapolis Royal. Born in Toronto, Ontario, he was the son of the late Charles and Lettie Pettit. Ted was a proud member of the RCMP from 1958 to 1992; spending his last three years as Inspector in Inuvik, North West Territories, until his retirement. At that time, he and Nancy returned to their beloved Bridgetown.
The family spent many wonderful summers at the cottage at Amherst Shore. At the Shore Ted was always surrounded by family and great friends. He enjoyed swimming, walking the beach looking for beach glass and playing beach volleyball.
A dedicated member of the Koffee Klub for 40 years, Ted compiled a history of the Koffee Klub which captured the many great memories he and many others shared there. In retirement Ted was elected Mayor of Bridgetown for two consecutive terms from 1994-2000. Ted loved hockey both as a player and as a coach. Ted loved the outdoors and enjoyed nothing better than traveling the woods.
Ted was married for 56 years to his best friend Nancy (Hennigar), and Ted was very proud of his sons, Stephen (Kim) of Golden BC; James (Linda) of Calgary, AB and Tim (Cheryl) of Windsor, ON; granddaughter, Sidney; sister, Lynn (Jim) Neal of Toronto. Predeceased by sisters Marion Hills and Joan Gleed. Following Ted’s wishes cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held 2-4 pm Monday January 21 in Kaulbach Family Funeral Home, Bridgetown. A funeral service will be held 2:00 pm Tuesday, January 22, 2019, in St. James Anglican Church, Bridgetown, with Ross Hammond officiating.
The family respectfully declines flowers and requests, if people so wish, donations may be made to a charity of their choice, or to the Bridgetown Salvation Army or the Bridgetown and Area Food Bank Association. On line condolences may be made by visiting


CARTER, David Robert, Reg. # 27914, age 77. It is with deep sadness and broken hearts that we announce the sudden passing of David Carter of Halifax, on December 26, 2018. Born in Halifax on March 18, 1941, he was the son of the late Borden and Ena (Sharp) Carter. At an early age, David joined the Canadian Army. After leaving the Army, he became a member of the RCMP, where he spent the next 28 years. After retiring from the RCMP, he became employed by the Province of Nova Scotia. He was an active member of the RCMP Veteran’s Association and a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. For 19 years he was a volunteer at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. David is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Jean (O’Leary), daughter Colleen (Glen) Scheuer, and beloved granddaughter Emma, who gave him so much joy. Also surviving are brother Ronald (Cheryl), Dartmouth, sister Elizabeth (Wayne) Fraser, Halifax, and several nieces and nephews. A celebration of David’s life will take place at 10 o’clock a.m. on Monday, December 31, 2018 at St. Agnes Church, Mumford Road, Halifax. Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Robert Brown, Dr. Laura Reardon, Dr. Joseph Lawen, Dr. Daniel French, and Dr. Stephanie Snow for the excellent care given to David. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Nova Scotia Branch, or the St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. Agnes Parish.

JOHNSON, Charles Henry, Reg. # 14753, Age 93, Truro. With heavy hearts that we regretfully announce the passing of Charles “Chuck” Johnson on December 22, 2018 in his home at Fergus Hall, Parkland Estates, Truro.

Chuck was born at Northview Farm near the community of Melaval, Saskatchewan on July 29, 1925. He was the son of the late Charles William and Lucy May (Gibbs) Johnson who had both immigrated to Canada from England years earlier as pioneer farmers.

Chuck attended local schools all the while helping his parents and siblings with various chores at home. Following high school in 1944, he joined the Regina Rifle Regiment and served overseas in England and Holland until the end of the Second World War. After receiving his discharge from the Army in 1946, Chuck decided he wanted to continue serving his country in uniform, and soon thereafter joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Following the completion of basic training, he was posted to various communities in Nova Scotia including the New Glasgow Detachment where in 1951 he met and fell in love with a young nursing student, Irene Lavenia MacQuarrie. Chuck and Irene spent the next 59 years together, raising a family of seven children, and living the bulk of those years in Truro where Chuck took his retirement from the RCMP in 1971. He began a second career as the Office Manager of the Patterson, Smith, Matthews, and Grant law firm (today known as Patterson Law), working there until taking his full retirement in 1989. Given his farming background, he continued to work part-time at Truro Raceway for many more years in the horse drug testing program.
Chuck was a devoted husband and father but gave much to his community as well. As a young man, he joined the Masonic Lodge and Kinsmen Club (later K-40) and for many years was actively involved with both organizations. He loved music and played clarinet and bass drum with the Truro Concert Band, performing and marching throughout the Province. He also played piano and loved to play for family and friends right up to his final days. He attended First United Church and strongly supported the Boy Scouts as a leader and Group Committee Chair. He had a gift for public speaking and was often times called upon to give speeches at weddings, dinners, and other public events.

Chuck’s children gratefully remember the two vacation trips he made to Saskatchewan with his large family in tow to meet and connect with his western relatives, first in 1964 by car and trailer, and a few years later by train. What patience he had with all those kids! He was fiercely proud of his Saskatchewan heritage and early in his RCMP career, requested a transfer back west, but was turned down. However, once he met Irene, he was content to remain and make Nova Scotia his home for the remainder of his life.

As Chuck’s working career wound down, he and Irene had more time to travel and travel they did, taking in numerous trips to the southern USA, across the British Isles and Europe and throughout Canada to visit their children and other relatives. His last trip away from home was back to Saskatchewan in 2015 where he reunited with his brothers Herb and Les for a final visit to the farm country where he grew up so many years ago.

In 2009, Chuck made the difficult decision to move himself and Irene to Parkland Estates and sell the family home on Queen Street. Unfortunately, on April 1, 2011, a tragic motor vehicle accident claimed the lives of Irene and daughter Susan, which also left him a broken man, physically and mentally. But after several months in hospital he recovered sufficiently enough to return to Parkland where he lived in a comfortable apartment in Fergus Hall for the past 7 years. He received the best of care and attention from his medical team led by Dr. Stephen Ellis, the staff at Fergus, his dear friend and neighbour, George Robinson, and all of his children.

Chuck is survived by his children: David, Halifax; Philip (Chris Lavers), Tatamagouche; Leslie (Robert) Thomas, Caribou River; Mark (Brenda), Regina, SK.; Michael (Heather), Brantford, ON; and Andrew (Patricia Budicky), Antigonish; 13 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, his brothers, Herbert and Leslie (Helen) Johnson, Moose Jaw; sister Joyce Amos, Ottawa; son-in-law Ernie Glinz, Forest Glen; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Irene and daughter, Susan Glinz; sisters, Ethyl, Marjorie, Kathleen Seebach; brothers-in-law, Harold Seebach, Keith Amos, William Hicks, William MacQuarrie; sisters-in-law, Lorraine (Patterson) Johnson, Agnes (MacQuarrie) Hicks, Lorrayne (McKay) MacQuarrie.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro. To honour Chuck’s amazing life, a memorial service will be held in First United Church, 711 Prince St, Truro on Friday, December 28 at 11a.m., Rev. Valerie Kingsbury officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Susan Glinz & Irene Johnson Endowment Fund, c/o Colchester East Hants Health Centre, or First United Church.

CAUGHEY, John Robert (Bob), Reg. # 41570, age 70 of Lakevale, N.S., died at home on Saturday, December 15, 2018. Born in Pembroke Ontario, Bob was the eldest child of the late Cecelia and John Christopher Caughey. A rebel from an early age, he “quit” school at recess the first day of grade 1, went home and demanded to go to the French School. He must have known his future as his bilingual education prepared him for a combined 45 year career as an MP in the Canadian Forces and later as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Retiring 5 years ago, Bob was free to explore the world by train, plane and boat and he did – travelling to Germany, Austria, Scotland, England, Barbados, The Rhine, The Danube, the Caribbean, Alaska and many places in-between with his most recent travels to the Norwegian Fjords and his beloved ancestral home of Ireland. An avid hunter and fisherman, Bob only travelled in non-sporting seasons. He was not happy until a buck was tagged and his sea bass sizzling in the frying pan. As a father to Daniel and Lori, Bob saw the inside of many hockey arenas, baseball fields and 4H barns. Not content to simply observe, Bob became their lifelong coach – coaching Daniel through hockey and ball and Lori with her goats, lambs and puppy classes.

He is survived by his soul mate and wife Terry Penny, her children Lindsey (Kris Gardham), Mac Gillivray, Toronto, and David (Kristina) MacGillivray, Lakevale, His daughter Victoria (Darcy) Blanchard, NFLD, their son Tommy and his two children, his son Daniel (Megan Ryan) Caughey, Stittsville, ON and his daughter Lori (Rev Andrew) MacDonald, Whycocomagh) and their beautiful daughters Natalie and Bridget, his sister Jane (Harrison) Farrell, and brother David (Karen) Caughey, both of Pembroke, ON, his sister-in-law Diane Caughey, Pembroke, nieces and nephews Kevin, Ian, Christopher and Mandy. He is also survived by his adopted Penny family his father-in-law Gordon Penny, Antigonish, sisters-in law Patricia, Susan and Anne Marie Penny and brothers-in-law Michael and Mark Penny. He was predeceased by his brother Sammy.
The wake will be held on Wednesday, December 19 from 5-8pm at MacIsaac Funeral Home, 61 Pleasant St, Antigonish with Funeral Mass on Thursday, December 20 at 10am at St Columba Church, Lakevale. Fr Andrew Boyd presiding.

BARR, Laurie Elmer, Reg. # 29639, age 65, passed away suddenly at his home in Belnan on December 10th, 2018. Born in Halifax, he was the son of the late Bessie and Elmer Barr.
Laurie was a larger than life man with a quick and bold laugh. He loved nothing more than playing host to his family and friends, and the more the merrier. He was as loving and kind as he was bold and tough. Those who knew him well can tell of many stories, told to them by the people he quietly helped over the years. Laurie began his career as a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, serving for 12 years, most of it spent working undercover doing drug and homicide investigations in Hamilton and Toronto, often working underground for months at a time. After retiring from the RCMP, he returned to Nova Scotia, where he spent the next 35 years running several successful businesses, including, most recently, Whistlers Pub in Stewiacke.
Laurie is survived by his son, Laurie Brown (Michelle) and granddaughter, Maya of Hamilton, Ontario, the two greatest surprises and pleasures of his life. He is also survived by his two sisters, Eileen Barr (Mel Green) and Reta Taylor (Bill). The closest of siblings they were never far from each other, even if separated by distance their bond kept them close. Laurie was also loved dearly by his niece and nephew, and his great nieces and nephews. He will also be well and truly missed by his loyal Labrador Tacara.
Cremation has taken place under the care of Ettinger Funeral Home, Shubenacadie from where visitation will be held Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 7 pm to 9 pm.
A graveside service will be held 1 pm on Sunday, December 16, 2018 in Brookside Cemetery, Shubenacadie, Reverend Martin Reid officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in Laurie’s memory may be made to Third Place Transition House, Truro.

CHRISTEN, Douglas Fredrick (“Doug”), Reg. # 15729 (O.0710) passed away on December 10th, 2018 in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the age of 89. Doug was born in Owen Sound, Ontario, on February 28th, 1929. He was the only child of Olaf and Charlotte Christen and the beloved nephew of Lilyan Christen.
At age, 19 Doug joined the RCMP and left Owen Sound to train in Regina and Ottawa. Doug was eventually posted to Fredericton, N.B. where he met his future wife Jacqueline Calhoun (Jackie). They were married over 60 years ago on June 21st, 1958, and had three children: Bruce, Brenda and Brett.
Doug rose quickly through the ranks of the RCMP, establishing a reputation as tough, honest and fair minded. In 1976, Doug was transferred to Halifax. Doug and Jackie quickly settled in to the city, making lifelong friends through the RCMP, Ashburn Golf Club, and later the Royal Bank, their various Bridge Clubs, and the Sunset Bowling League.
Doug retired from the RCMP in 1983 ending his police career as the Officer in Charge of Criminal Operations for the Province of Nova Scotia. Before retiring, he oversaw the investigation which led to the quashing of the wrongful conviction of Donald Marshall. After leaving the Force Doug became the Director of Security for the Atlantic Provinces at the Royal Bank, a position he held for ten years.
Doug and Jackie spent the 25 years following their retirement travelling the world. They spent winters in Florida where they were often joined by friends, family, children and grandchildren. They made frequent trips to Toronto to visit their children and grandchildren, and catch their annual Canada Day Blue Jays game.
Doug enjoyed both his career and family life. When Jackie took up golf after her retirement they frequently played together in what was, at times, a true testament to their mutual perseverance and tolerance as a couple. Doug was always quick with a joke (in later years usually about his declining golf or bowling skills). Doug had a knack for making people feel comfortable. He could talk to anyone. He loved being the life of the party where he was always the first on the dance floor.
Doug repeatedly acknowledged his incredible good fortune in life, particularly for his beautiful wife Jackie, his children and their families: Bruce and Deborah, Brenda and Joe, and Brett and Angela.
Doug was exceptionally proud of his grandchildren, Ryan and Brandon in Halifax; and granddaughters, Teadora, Lilliana, and Annika in Toronto. Doug was grateful for all of the blessings he received. He and Jackie gave their children the invaluable gifts of humour, integrity and gratitude. Taking care of his family was always his first priority. Doug will be greatly missed and always remembered.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a charity that has meaning for you and your family.

SIEBER, Mervyn William Stanley “Merv”, Reg. # 19246, Age. 85. Passed away with his family by his side at VON Sakura House on Monday, December 3, 2018, of Norwich, formerly of Fonthill, Ontario. Loving husband of Nancy Sieber (nee McLellan). Loving father of Sandra Bowles of Halifax; Michael Sieber (Sue) of Dartmouth; and Carol Dean (James) of Norwich. Merv will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Danielle and Joshua Dean, Jennifer and Jason Sieber, and Jonathan Bowles. Fondly remembered by his step sisters Pat Morris of Hanover and Pauline Morris of Weymouth, Nova Scotia. Also survived my many nieces, nephews, and extended family. Predeceased by his parents Roy and Viola (nee Spears) Sieber, and sister Deanne.

A celebration of life will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, 59 Riddell St. Woodstock on December 15, 2018 at 11 am. The family asks that donations in memory of Merv, be made to Knox Presbyterian Church, VON Sakura House, or the Alzheimer Society of Oxford. Arrangements have been entrusted to the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME , 69 Wellington St. North, Woodstock, ON

CLARK, Hugh John, (S/Sgt. Ret.) Reg. # 18481, age 89 of Pugwash Point, Nova Scotia passed away October 28, 2018. Pre-deceased by his devoted wife Dorothy of 57 years. Survived by son, Darren (Shirley) and daughter, Colleen (Sina); grandchildren, Symon, Matt, Alex and Pascale; and great grandson, Camron.

Hugh was born on March 20, 1929 to the late Hugh Elmer and Mary Cleo (MacAleese) Clarke at the family farm home in Pugwash Point. The youngest of four children Hugh was
predeceased by siblings Jewell, Emma and Elmer: the last of his generation. No funeral, visitation or flowers by request of Hugh. Family committal service at a later date.

MCLEOD, Dale Arthur (S/Sgt. (Ret.) Reg. # 29375, Age 66. East Stewiacke, passed away peacefully Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at home with his loving family by his side.

Born in Sussex, N.B., he was a son of the late George and Pearl (Smith) McLeod. Dale was passionate about the outdoors and as a young man he enjoyed scouting and received his Queen Scout Award. He later led Scout Troops in the many places in which he lived and worked. Dale enjoyed his 36-year career with the RCMP and much of his work was spent with the First Nations Communities. His career began in Ottawa and later in Manitoba, NWT and then finally in 1979 he came to Nova Scotia where he had numerous postings around the province until he took a position in Nunavut in 2004 to finish off his career.

Above all, Dale was a family man. He and his wife, Janet were best friends and in later years they enjoyed traveling which took them to many destinations including; Hawaii, Arizona, Florida, Myrtle Beach and the Caribbean. He enjoyed being a father and grandfather and spending time with his children and grandchildren brought him joy. He shared his love of the great outdoors with them and often enjoyed taking them out on the four-wheeler and in the canoe.

Dale touched many lives both professionally and personally. Most of all, he was there for his family. He was our rock and will be deeply missed by all.

He is survived by his loving wife, Janet (Lanctin); son, Shane (Lori) McLeod; daughters, Tania (Jesse) Godard, Stephanie (Travis) Powers; grandchildren, Cameron McLeod, Cole McLeod, Joseph McLeod, Aiden Godard, Elizabeth Godard and Declan Powers; brothers, Wayne (Minnie) McLeod, Richard (Shirley) McLeod; sisters, Donna (Edwin) Murray, Katherine (Andy Dawson) Heustis. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by sister, Marilyn (Allen) Parlee.

A Memorial Service celebrating Dale’s life will be held Tuesday, November 6 at 2pm in Wittenburg Baptist Church, 777 Wittenburg Rd., Wittenburg, with Pastor Robert MacCormack officiating. Reception will follow. If so desired, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society or to Muscular Dystrophy Canada. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro where online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting:

MURRAY, Brian Harris – Reg. # 28309, age 68. It is with very heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Brian Harris Murray on September 29, 2018 at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. He was our anchor; he filled our lives with steadfast and unconditional love and compassion. Brian was a remarkably gentle, loving man, who touched the lives of the many people he encountered, always treating everyone with generosity and respect. He showed us how to put others’ needs first.
Brian, a highly respected member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for almost 38 years, was recognized with numerous awards over a distinguished career. Following training at the RCMP academy, he served at various detachments in Manitoba before being transferred to Antigonish. In his years with the force, he was proud of his many accomplishments, especially those achieved during crucial times when working with the Underwater Recovery Team, whom he considered his second family. He was a valued member of this close brotherhood for over 17 years. Brian also served as a Community Policing Officer and as a representative of the Member Employee Assistance Program.
After his retirement from the force, Brian was elected to the Strait Regional School Board where he proudly served for two terms during difficult times of transition, for which he was also recognized with an award for outstanding service. His colleagues considered him a leader in their work on the board.
Brian was a patient man who provided us a foundation to live our lives upon. He believed in and lived truth and integrity in his work and in his family life, offering many words of wisdom with a smile. This honesty was summed up in a phrase we often heard: “What you see is what you get, and that is not going to change.”
He was passionate about motorcycles, especially when Rita was along for the ride. He took delight in sailing and he dreamed of his grandchildren becoming his crew. He leaves behind his childhood sweetheart, best friend and devoted wife of 46 years, Rita (MacLean). Together they shared love for their three cherished children; daughter Kerri-Lyn (Jason Brown), and sons Jonathon (Michelle), and Jeffery, all of whom reside in Antigonish. He is survived by his most precious grandchildren who were the apple of his eye; Marley, Ben, Andy, Sam and Eli; he is also survived by his brother John (Pauline) (Sydney, NS), his dear mother-in-law Frances MacDonald (Antigonish); sisters-in-law, Yvonne (Michael), Miriam (Duane); brothers-in-law Danny (Debra), Bobby (Cindy), Brian (Angela), and many beloved nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his loving parents, Harris and Phyllis Murray, and father-in-law Garfield MacLean.
We are forever indebted to the medical professionals who served Brian well. The family extends sincere gratitude to Dr. Steven Gallant, Brian’s long-time physician. We wish also to acknowledge Dr. Michelle Murphy.
Family flowers only, please. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to Antigonish Challenger Baseball or to a charity of your choice. On line condolences:
THOMAS, Kevin R. – Reg. # 47530, age 65 of Wolfville, passed away in Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville, on August 15, 2018, due to complications with diabetes and lungs. Born in Halifax, he was a son of the late Stanley and Mary (Dickie) Thomas.
Surviving are his sons, Peter, C.J. (Danielle), Jeff (Nicholle); daughter, Didi (Jason); grandchildren, Dylan, Owen, Benjamin, Theodore, Gabriel and Eleanor; brother, Verne (Sharon), sister, Bonnie (Dave). He was predeceased by brother, Laurie; sister, Heather Cook.
Kevin became well known when he first joined the Wolfville Police Department in 1977, and later when he joined the RCMP, retiring from there in 2007. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman throughout the Musquodoboit Valley. He will be greatly missed by colleagues, family and good friends.
Cremation has taken place. Funeral service will be Sunday at 3 p.m. in St. James United Church, 4217 Hwy. 357, Meaghers Grant, Rev. Dr. Linda Yates officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Diabetes Canada. Kevin and his family would like to thank the staff of Valley Regional Hospital ICU for all of the caring and compassion they showed him. Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit.

O’MEARA, Brian Timothy – Reg. # 30629, age 70, died suddenly on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at his home by the lake in Saulnierville, N.S. Husband of 41 years to Christine (Tufts), as well as fathering the many four legged companions that shared their lives. Brian was a member of the R.C.M.P. with postings in Quebec, Nova Scotia, and Ontario. A lover of the outdoors, passionate about fishing, boating, and birds, especially owls. Predeceased by father Michael, mother Anne (Evoy); brother, Michael and sister, Gail. Survived by his loving sister, Carole, whom he called his second mother and his brother Pat. Favourite uncle to many nieces and nephews. He will be sadly missed by his extended family. A celebration of life will be held on September 2, 2018 at the Richelieu Club , Meteghan River , N.S. at 7 P.M. He will be laid to rest at a graveside service in his hometown of Chatham, Ont., at a later date.

EAGAN, Joseph “Phil” Philip , Reg. # 26158, age 72. Phil passed away peacefully surrounded by love at Dartmouth General Hospital July 31st, 2018.

Phil was born May 15th, 1946 in St. Stephen’s New Brunswick to Sylvester and Kathleen Eagan. He was the youngest of six children. Phil served with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police September 28th, 1967 – April 12, 2006. His first posting was in Tatamagouche, N.S. and he finished his career in Dartmouth, N.S. In his 38 years with the Force, he was proud of his many accomplishments and experiences, especially those while working in the Drug Section.

Phil’s passion was sailing and nothing brought more happiness to him than having his friends and family on board the S/V Excuse. He loved woodworking and hunting, and was at peace on the ocean and in the woods. Phil had a thirst for knowledge that never waned and he obtained a Diploma in Business Administration. He was well versed in military and maritime history. If you needed a knot tied, he was the one to do it for you. Phil loved travelling and exploring new places taking the path less travelled. He used his command of the English language to teach others who were learning English as a second language. Phil will be remembered for his dry sense of humour, sharp wit and his animated story telling. His love for his daughters Chatele and Kristeen was beyond measure, and he made it no secret how proud he was of his girls. He found a new level of joy in his granddaughter, Fiona, and was excited for the arrival of her sibling expected in October. He had many words of wisdom but his most important and most simple advice was to “Be Happy”.

Phil is predeceased by his parents, Kathleen and Sylvester Eagan; his sisters, Elaine Fitzgerald and Patricia Eagan; his brother, Jerome Eagan, and his sister in law, Jacqueline Eagan brother in law, Herb Fitzgerald. He will be missed by his daughters, Cpl. Chatele Eagan (Stephen) and Kristeen Eagan (Chris); his grandchild, Fiona, his brother, David (Sharon) Eagan; his sister, Ruth Eagan and many nieces and nephews with cherished memories. We would like to thank the staff of Dartmouth General and are grateful for the compassion and dedication of the VON (Courtney and Misty), EHS, and his caretakers, especially Glenda and Tim. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 7-9pm Friday August 3rd with a funeral service 10am Saturday August 4th both in Atlantic Funeral Home 771 Main Street Dartmouth. Reception to follow in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Victorian Order of Nurses.

GILLIS, Gordon Vincent – With broken hearts we announce the passing of Gordon Gillis on Friday, July 20,2018, at the QEII Halifax Infirmary. Gordon was born in Halifax to the late Hughie and Gertrude (Langley) Gillis. Gordon loved his family and friends dearly and lived life to the fullest. He is survived by his loving wife of fifty years, Dorothy (Swan) Gillis and by his loving children, Scott, Tana (Paul) McKenna, Melody, Kyla (Edward) and Thane. ten grandchildren; Lindsay (Patrick), Trista (Michael), T’Keyah, Tiyana, Lariah, Lataya, Lavanna, Lavante, Kyle and Kaneesha. Along with five great-grandchildren, Cullen, Cooper, Ni’yairah, Naliyah and Chance. He is also survived by his brothers, Alfred (Lorraine), Thomas (Theresa) and sister, Bernice Garant; plus the extended family of the Hollet’s. He was predeceased by his sister, Beverly Marriott.
Gordon began working at an early age but his first real fulltime job was with the RCMP as the chef at the Thornvale Barracks in Halifax, after leaving this position Gordon went to work at Camp Hill Memorial Hospital where he assumed the responsibility of head chef for the hospital for the next 15 years. Although he enjoyed his work at the hospital he was offered a position to become the head chef for the Lt. Governor where he remained for the next 20 years. Upon his retirement he was once again called back into service as the chef for the officers and crew of the Voyage of Discovery expedition with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Above all he did during his working career his passion was always to cook meals for his family and friends which he did on a regular basis. In addition to his love of cooking Gordon loved music, dancing, a respectable drink of Scotch and having a good laugh. Known for his laugh, his wicked sense of humor, gentle demeanor and many stories, Gordon was very well loved, respected by his family, friends and anyone who knew him. During the last few years of Gordon’s life he found spiritual peace and comfort by saying the rosary every night before he went to bed. Gordon’s family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to both Gordon’s brother Alfred along with the staff at the Halifax Infirmary for their supportive care.
Arrangements are under the care of J. Albert Walker Funeral Home (2005) Ltd., 149 Herring Cove Road, Spryfield, where visitation will be held on Thursday, July 26 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. A celebration of Gordon’s life will be held at St Michael’s Church on Friday, July 27 at 10:30 AM, with a reception to follow in the church hall. Interment will be held in St. John’s Cemetery.

OSBORNE, Lloyd W.J., Reg. # 27900, age 69. We are broken hearted to announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband, and father Lloyd W.J. Osborne on July 7, 2018. Lloyd was born in Harrington Harbour, Que., and mover to Souris P.E.I. as a young boy. Following school, after graduation he joined the RCMP and later served with Ports Canada Police. Lloyd’s love of the ocean and lighthouses were shared with his loving family. He leaves behind his wife and best friend Brenda Nee (Hubley), and beloved sons, Cody, Tim and Steve Osborne. Son of Donald and Meva Osborne, he will be forever missed. Funeral services will be held in Anglican Church of St. Andrew, 2 Circassion Dr., Cole Harbour, on July 14th at 11 a.m. Reception to follow

DIGNAN, Donald “Donnie”, Reg. # 36280, Cpl. (Ret.), age 58. It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Donald ‘Donnie’ Philip Scott Dignan of Brooklyn, Hants County on July 6, 2018 at the Hants Community Hospital in Windsor surrounded by his family. Donnie was the loving husband of 37 years to Karen (Parker), proud father of daughter, Kimberly (Ryan) of Cheverie; son, Adam of Summerville; and the loving & doting Papa to their very special grandchildren: Liam, Landon, and his ‘kitchen monkey’ Madeline. He is also survived by his brother David (Debbie) of Westville; sister, Jane (Mike) Bonang of Halifax; nieces and nephews: Victoria, Alexander, Cameron, Emily, Quinn and Eilish; and extended family.

Born in New Glasgow, NS on August 23, 1959 to Scott and Betty (MacDonald) Dignan, Donnie grew up in Halifax and graduated from Saint Mary’s University before enlisting in the RCMP in September 1980. After serving 35 years in communities in Newfoundland & Labrador, Prince Edward Island, the Yukon, and Nova Scotia, he retired from the RCMP as a Corporal to begin a new chapter as the REMO coordinator for Windsor/West Hants. Donnie was an active and involved community member who wore many hats and could always be counted on for a helping hand and a laugh. His love for children led him to begin volunteering at the IWK during university. He spent many years involved with his daughter’s skating club, as president, playing music, and driving a van load of teenage girls from Charlottetown to Slemon Park every week. More recently he served as a member of the Brooklyn Fire Department, as a board member of the West Hants Uniacke Community Health Board and the Hants Community Hospital Emergency Planning committee. Donnie never missed a Tim Horton’s Camp day, which spoke to his love of children and his ever present mug of black coffee. He was a true role model, loved and respected by all who had the chance to know him. He had a quiet strength, a kind and gentle nature and a sense of humour that made everyone smile. He will forever be in our hearts; no words can express how much we will miss him.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 10, 2018 from 6-8 pm in the Lindsay Windsor Funeral Home, 194 King Street, P.O. Box 2218, Windsor, NS B0N 2T0. A Celebration of Life service will be held Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 2 pm in the Brooklyn Civic Centre, 995 Hwy 215, Brooklyn, Hants County, NS. Rev. Garnet Parker will officiate. Interment will be held at a later date.
Donations in Donnie’s memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Society of Nova Scotia. To have a donation card place, please call Lindsay’s (902-798-2232).

DUGGAN, William Buckwell, Reg. # 29717, age 66, of Musquodoboit Harbour, passed away suddenly on June 29, 2018. Born in Goldboro, on September 18, 1951, he was the son of the late Francis and Nat Duggan. He spent much of his youth in Newfoundland/ Labrador where his father was a Fisheries Officer. After completing high school at Sir Robert Leckie High, he enrolled at Acadia University to study Engineering, Graphics and Surveying. In 1972, he joined the RCMP and served for 29 years in Nova Scotia detachments in Kingston, Dartmouth, Inverness, Amherst, Musquodoboit Harbour and Enfield. He was involved for several years with Ducks Unlimited and as a music lover he played in bands in Labrador and following his retirement in 2001 in Musquodoboit Harbour with ‘One Night Stand’ and ‘Live Wire Express’. During his retirement years, besides music he searched for gold at Lake Catcha (West Petpeswick), chronicled his family history and paid tribute to his father’s wartime service. He also started a list of stories he wanted to write about and he submitted a story in 2017 and 2018 to The Canadian Farmer’s Almanac. He won 3rd prize and an Honourable Mention for these submissions. He also submitted a poem to 2018’s CBC Literary Poetry Contest.
Bill is survived by his former wife, Deborah Duggan, mother of their children, Karen Elizabeth and Eric William. He is also survived by his partner and wife of the past 18 years, Janice; stepdaughter, Grace Anne; cherished granddaughter, Jorja; and extended family in the New Glasgow area. He also leaves behind his namesake Lab, Buck. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Rowlings Funeral Home, Musquodoboit Harbour. A celebration of Bill’s life will be held in The Petpeswick Yacht Club, 434 East Petpeswick Rd., Musquodoboit Harbour, on July 28th beginning at 2 p.m. Donations in Bill’s memory may be made to those charities that reflect his interests or of your choice.

BALKWILL, Kenneth Gordon, Reg # 16854, age 86, passed away June 28, 2018 at the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow.
Born July 15, 1931 in McLean, Saskatchewan, he was a son of the late Walter and Priscilla (Walkaden) Balkwill.
Ken was the eldest of four siblings. Ken joined the RCMP in 1951. He served in “E” Division until his discharge in 1953. He participated in their famous musical ride. Later he left the Mounties and joined the Metro-Toronto Police Force where he ran the Accident Car, which meant he was always first on scene to save lives until ambulances arrived. Later on he found a preference in solving white collar crime as opposed to homicides, leaving the force to work for the Oshawa Group chain of food and tower stores, to eliminate Embezzelment and Theft at the retail level.
In 1975 he joined Sobeys Inc. in Nova Scotia where he headed up the Risk Management Department, travelling all of Nova Scotia as well as NB, NFLD, Quebec and Ontario until his retirement in 1997.
Ken is survived by his wife Mary, his step-daughter Gina and her husband Trent MacDougall, their 2 sons Daniel and Aaron and 2 daughters Jennifer and Rebecca. Ken is also survived by his son Scott Balkwill, daughters Karen and Janice and their children; a sister Beth Rowe in Calgary, Alberta. He was predeceased by his brothers Donald and Wayne. Cremation has taken place. There will be no services by request of the family.

SEARLE, Peter – Reg. # 19993, Sgt. (Ret.) It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Peter Searle, age 79 of New Glasgow on June 25, 2018 at home.

He is survived by his wife and best friend, Sandra Lee Searle his son Brent (Lori) Searle and daughter Tami (Brent) MacEachern; his grandchildren: Ryan Searle, Jeanalee Searle and Jaden MacEachern, brothers: Robert Searle, Bill Searle and sister Ann Preston. He was pre-deceased by his grandson Dylan MacEachern, his parents and brother Leigh Searle. He was a retired member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Peter had a great love for hunting and fishing, gardening and spending time with his family. Papa cherished his grandchildren and was very much a part of their everyday life. He enjoyed visiting his buddies when he was still able to do so, and he had a deep affection for his babies Jake and Sammie.

Cremation has taken place. It was his wish that we gather together in a casual setting to remember him and support each other. There will be a “Celebration of Life” to be held on Friday June 29, 2018 from 2-4pm at the H.W. Angus Funeral Home, New Glasgow.
Instead of flowers, a donation in memory of Peter can be made to The Children’s Wish – New Glasgow’s Annual Wish Walk or The Pictou County S.P.C.A. “He will be welcomed in his angel’s arms as they watch us from above, we will see the light from the brightest star, and we will feel his love”.

MacKAY, A. Ross, age 60. It is with sadness that the family of A. Ross MacKay, of Bedford, announce his peaceful passing at home on June 4, 2018. Born in Sydney, Cape Breton, and raised in Grand River, he was a son of the late George W. and Frances K. (MacKay) MacKay. He is survived by his wife, Jemma (Arab); their son, Kemp of Bedford, and a brother in Cape Breton. Ross moved to Halifax at a young age and has resided in Bedford since 1981. Above all things, Ross was a proud papa and devoted husband.
Ross was a kind and gentle person who enjoyed the world of genealogy for over 40 years. He mapped out many charts and journeys for those looking for long lost families. This study led Ross to the RCMP Graves Recovery Project. An honorary membership was bestowed in recognition of his extensive research and technology assistance in locating obituaries of RCMP members. Ross was a member of the Halifax Optimist Club and a great volunteer in many projects to support our communities. Those who wish may offer their condolences on Sunday, June 10th, between 1-5 p.m. at 28 Robert Allen Dr., Halifax. At Ross’ request, there will be no service, and a private committal will be held at a later date. Cremation has taken place under the care of T.J. Tracey Cremation and Burial Specialists, Bedford (902) 835-4212. In memory of Ross, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

MARSHALL, Ernest Alan (Al), Supt. (Ret’d), Reg. # 15421 & O.0726 Ernest Alan (Al), age 88, of Granville Centre, passed away June 4, 2018 in Soldiers Memorial Hospital, Middleton. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, on December 24, 1929, he was the son of the late Ernest and Jessie Marshall of Hamilton, Ontario.
Ernest graduated from Westdale High School in Hamilton and at the age of 18 years, joined the RCMP, in which he had a distinguished career with for 35 years. He served in many posts; the one he achieved his greatest adventure was his 3 years in the Eastern Arctic, from 1952-1955. He retired and settled on Marshall’s Landing in Granville Centre. Al was survived by his wife, the former Isabelle Riley; son, Brian; daughter, Susan (Peter) Dingle. He was an uncle to David (Marcia) Covill and children; Cousins Sandy Ryan, Barry Ryan and Donald Campbell. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his beloved daughter, Brenda Marshall; sister, Jean Covill. The family would like to express their thanks to the VON, as well as the nurses and staff of the 3rd floor transitional care unit at Soldiers Memorial Hospital, for all of their compassionate care, it was greatly appreciated.
Cremation has taken place under the care and direction of the Kaulbach Family Funeral Home, Annapolis Royal. A graveside service will take place at a later date in the Wadeville Cemetery, Granville Centre. Donation in Al’s memory may be sent to the NS RCMP Veterans Association. Online condolences may be made at

MOTT, Eric, Reg. # 28903 – age 67 of Lower Sackville passed away on June 2, 2018 at home. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia he was the son of late Ralph (Jigger) and Ulua Mott. A Dartmouth High School graduate, Eric began his policing career as an RCMP Officer before joining the Ports Canada Police Department in 1975, serving there until 1998. After leaving public service Eric started two businesses, Sagittarius Security and Alpha Safety which operated in the Halifax Region for nearly 20 years.
Eric was an athlete involved in many sports; hockey, football, baseball, golf, canoeing and archery. He was an active member of Senobe Aquatic Club, Kinap Athletic Club and Scotian Bowmen Archery Club. It was at the Senobe Aquatic Club where Eric met Heather Young who he later married. Eric and Heather had been married for nearly 45 years when she passed away in November of 2017. Over the last few years they had become increasingly involved in the Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club who supports numerous charities including the IWK Foundation. Eric is survived by his daughters Laura and Hayley, son Eric, granddaughters Sloan and Eva and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 10th from 2:00 – 4:00pm and 7:00 – 9:00pm in Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main Street Dartmouth. A celebration of life will be held in Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 2096 Windsor Street, Halifax on Monday, June 11th at 2:00pm with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the IWK Health Centre Foundation, [email protected]. Online condolences may be sent by visiting

BEAMAN, John “Jack” Wellington, Reg # 14799, age 92, of Wellington/Dartmouth, passed away in Camp Hill Veterans’ Memorial Building, QEII on May 18, 2018 in the presence of his wife and his daughter Lynn. Born in Saint John, N.B., December 25, 1925 to the late John F. Beaman and Ceclia (Sands). Survived by his loving wife Phyllis, of 66 years; son, John H. Beaman (Jan), the United States; daughters, Lynn Howes (Christopher), Dartmouth; Janice Lindsay (James), Whitehorse, Yukon; grandchildren, Shelley Howes, Stephanie Cyr, Jay and Kelsey Beaman, Alison and Kailey Lindsay; great-grandchildren, Rylan Howes, Samuel and Annabelle Cyr; sister-in-law, Dorthy Beaman plus numerous nephews and nieces. Predeceased by his parents; sisters, Kay (Gordon) Francis, Doris (Murray) Goss and Ruth (Stuart) Dobbin; brother, Donald Beaman.
At an early age Jack joined the RCAF, 1943-1945. When the war ended he left the military to join the RCMP. He trained in Regina, Sask. His first posting was Halifax. In 1952 he married Phyllis K. Greenlaw, a nurse he met before he joined the RCMP. All his postings were in Nova Scotia: Cheticamp, Ingonish Beach, Amherst, Sydney and back to Headquarters in Halifax. He retired in 1969 with the rank of Staff/Sergeant. He joined the Ports Canada Police, Halifax, as the Second in Command where he served 17 years, the last five years as Superintendent-in-Charge. He and his wife loved to travel, vacationing for two weeks every winter on islands in the Caribbean, Hawaii or in Mexico. When he retired they enjoyed touring the States and Canada in their little trailer. They also enjoyed taking bus tours, travelling through Canada, the States and Europe. His summer hobbies were golfing, camping and gardening. He curled in the winter. He was a member of Woodlawn United Church, Dartmouth, the Kiwanis Club and he was a life member of the RCMP Veteran Association.

HUMPHREYS, Gordon “Gary”, Reg. # 29491, 1951-2018 “Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.” As a Buddhist, those words always had a special resonance for Gary, particularly so in his later years. A lover of life and all its simple joys, playing sports was one of the things Gary loved best. He was a tough competitor on the basketball court (no matter how much younger the opponent) and he had fond memories of his years spent as assistant coach of the St. F. X. women’s basketball team. He also loved a good game of chess, good conversation, good music and a good laugh.

Born in Trenton, he was the son of Gordon and Helen (née Bezanson). Gary is survived by wife Dayle (née Whidden), son Ben, daughter Lindsay, brother Wally and sister-in-law Nelda (née Balfour), and brother Jimmy and sister-in-law Mary Anne (née Earle). Big-hearted and kind to everyone he met, he made genuine connections everywhere his life took him and was dearly loved by many.

Knowing what was to come, Gary spent his last weeks at home in quiet contemplation, appreciating the bliss he found in life’s daily moments. He was surrounded by the loving care of close friends and family, including Sunny Gupta, who was like a son to him. Gary passed away peacefully on May 3, at the age of 67, just hours after a beautiful trip to Peggy’s Cove.

Cremation has taken place, and family and friends will be invited to gather for a celebration of Gary’s life. Stories, memories and photos of him would be greatly appreciated by the family and can be sent to [email protected]. In memory, donations can be made to Hope Cottage’s meals for
the homeless program or to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research. The family wishes to express their gratitude for the outpouring of love and support, with special thanks to Dr. John Chiasson.

BECK, Hazen Donald, Reg. # 27379, – Age 69, of Pine Grove, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on April 30th, 2018 in the South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater. Born on February 25th, 1949, Hazen was the oldest son of the late Donald and Beatrice (Zwicker) Beck. He grew up in Newcombville and shared many childhood adventures and (possibly a few) misdeeds with his brothers, Paul and Gerald, and his close friends. He attended Saint Mary’s University for three years before joining the RCMP and graduating with his BA from the Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1973. While serving in the RCMP, Hazen studied part-time and then received his CGA designation in 1989. His 29-year service with the RCMP brought Hazen and his family to St. John’s, Bishop’s Falls, Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax, but he always dreamed of returning to his beloved Lunenburg County.

After retiring from the RCMP, that dream came true, and Hazen and his wife Sue moved to Pine Grove where Hazen failed at retiring and started his own accounting firm instead. Hazen was a quiet and gentle man who loved his family, his dogs, being outside in the woods, country music, his plaid shirts and time at the camp. Hazen is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Suzanne (Curran) Beck, Pine Grove; daughters, Tracy (Darren) Adamson, Fall River; Charmaine (Richard) Dymond, Halifax; grandchildren, Tyler, Julie, Eric, Alex, and Sammy; brothers, Paul (Crystal Madill) Beck, Auburndale; Gerald (Madonna Scott) Beck, Bridgewater.

Donations in Hazen’s memory may be made to ElderDog Canada (, 1-855-336-4226) or to the South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater. His family would like to thank the local ElderDog volunteers for their dedication to taking care of Charlie while Hazen was not able to, and to thank the staff at the hospital for their support and compassion. Online condolences may be made by visiting

SEARLE, Llewellyn Robert, Sgt. (ret.) Reg. # 16936 – Passed away on April 26th, 2018 in Halfax, NS. Born August 27th, 1931, Bell Island NL. He was the son of Benjamin and Susanna (Hunt) Searle. After graduation from the C of E Academy, Bell Island he joined the RCMP and trained in Regina, Sask. After training, he was posted to Halifax, Sydney and then to Eskasoni Detachment as officer in charge. In 1963 he was posted to Ingonish Beach Detachment as Cpl. where he served for four years. In 1967 he was transferred to Grand Bank, NL where he served for three years. In 1970 he was promoted to rank of Sgt. and transferred to Holyrood, NL and served there until his retirement to Halifax in 1975.

In 1976 he joined the RCMP Veteran’s Assoc. (NS Division) where he volunteered many years of his time on the Executive in various positions including President, Secretary and Treasurer.
Upon retirement Lew was hired by the Govt. of NS where he spent sixteen years with the Dept. of Transportation serving in various positions, Driver Education, Driver Improvement and Supervisor of Driver Qualifications until his retirement in 1991.

Lew is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Helen (Cooper) Searle, two daughters Debra (Glen) McIntyre, Ottawa, ON.; Beth (Gary) Edwards, Caledonia, NS and son David (Sue), Halifax, NS. Also survived by two loving grandchildren, Taylor Searle, Halifax, NS and Heather McIntyre, Ottawa, ON. Survived by sisters, Stella Gosse and Betty (Harold) Skanes, Cambridge, ON. Judy (Freeman) Noseworthy, Bell Island, NL. Brother James (Joan) Brampton, ON. Sister-in-law, Betty (Al) Kingsbury and Doris (Jackson) Cooper. Besides his parents he was predeceased by brothers, Ben (Lizzie), Ned (Mary), Jack (Emily) and sisters Beatrice (Cyril) Jackman, Elsie (George) Peddle, Daphne (Jim) Byrne, brothers-in-law, Edwin Cooper and Johnny Gosse. Survived by many special nieces and nephews.
“The Boy From Bell Island – A Life Well Lived!”

HILL, David Russell, Cpl. (Ret.) Reg. #27874 – Age 75, of Truro, passed away Thursday, April 19, 2018 in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. David served with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for 25 years. He was an avid outdoorsman, hunter and fisherman.
He is survived by his daughters, Crystal, Rebecca and their families; also his sisters and a brother.

JOHNSTON, Ralph Harvey, Sgt. (Ret.) Reg. # 18028 – Age 86, of Bedford, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 3, 2018 in the QEII Health Sciences Center. Born in Moncton on September 16, 1931, he was the son of the late John and Elizabeth Johnston.

Ralph began his 32 year career with the RCMP in Dartmouth in 1953. After 5 years he was transferred to Kentville where he met his wife Joan. He was also stationed in Halifax, Sydney, Baddeck, Halifax Airport and retired in 1985 at the Lower Sackville Detachment. Ralph was a recipient of the Long Service Medal and the 2012 Century of Service Veteran’s Honorary Medallion. He was a proud member of the RCMP Veterans Association where he volunteered for many years.

Ralph was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Royal Arch Masonic Lodge. He was also a member of the Lions Club and Bedford Leisure Club. He loved music and enjoyed his time singing with the Bedford Choral Club and Bedford United Church Choir.

Ralph’s greatest passion was his family. He especially loved spending time with his granddaughters and being involved in their achievements. He enjoyed spending time at their summer home in Martin’s River.

He is survived by his wife and best friend of 57 years Joan (Woodworth) Johnston, Bedford; daughter Jennifer (Paul) O’Connor, Halifax; son, John David (Christine) Johnston, Bedford; sisters, Lois (Ralph) MacDonald, Delma Johnston, Moncton; grandchildren, Chelsea Johnston, Jillian O’Connor, Catherine O’Connor and Caileigh Johnston. Predeceased by his parents; and his biological mother Eva Catherine Teed.

WRIGHT, Douglas J., Assistant Commissioner (Ret’d), Reg. # 15422 / O.576 age 87 of, Halifax, formerly of Bedford, passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at Parkland, Clayton Park.
Born on March 18, 1930 in Simcoe, Ont., he was a son of the late George and Elizabeth Wright. Joining the RCMP in 1948 as a Special Constable, for those under age 21 at that time, he served with distinction until retiring in 1982 as Assistant Commissioner in Ottawa. At retirement, he was the RCMP Director of Organization and Human Resources for the nation. He served as Commanding Officer of Nova Scotia and held senior positions in Newfoundland and Saskatchewan, as well as one posting in the Eastern Arctic. His early postings were all in Nova Scotia, having served in Eskasoni, Glace Bay, New Waterford, Ingonish, Sydney and Halifax. Until his passing, Cape Breton held a special place in his heart. He was a recipient of the RCMP Long Service Medal and Bars, Canadian Centennial Medal, Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal, 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal and Officer of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. A/Comm. Wright was a proud member of the RCMP Veteran’s Association. While family always came first, his service and retirement from the Force were always foremost on his mind. Doug very much enjoyed gardening and outdoor activities, especially hunting and fishing. He was a member of Bedford United Church, Bedford. His grandchildren, Keegan and Kelti were very special to him. He encouraged and mentored them as they grew and matured throughout the years. For Doug “life has changed; not ended!”

Surviving are his loving wife of 64 years, Beryl (MacQueen) Wright, Halifax; daughters, Sheryl (Garry) Simons, Regina, Sask.; Wenda Wright, Halifax; sister, Joan (Keith) Johnstone, Simcoe, Ont.; son-in-law, Rev. Dr. Glen Matheson, New Glasgow; grandchildren, Keegan Matheson, Toronto, Ont.; Kelti Matheson, New Glasgow; many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by brother, Donald Wright.

BRUMWELL, Keith Jonathan, Reg. # 32581 – May 31, 1948 – March 12, 2018. After a brief illness, Keith died at home with family by his side. Keith was born in Montreal and was a teenager when he moved with his family to Simcoe, Ontario. It was there that he first expressed his love of a uniform working as an usher at the Strand Cinema. He joined the navy as a young man, drawn to Nova Scotia where his older brother was living. It was in the navy, where he trained as a photographer and diver, that Keith was given the foundation that allowed him to become the wonderful person he was. After the navy, Keith changed careers and became a member of the Halifax Police Department so he could better use his people skills and desire to help others. After marrying Lois, the love of his life, and the birth of his two sons, Gregory and Ryan, Keith became the first married man from NS to join the RCMP. With the unwavering support of Lois, who had two very young children to look after, Keith had to leave his young family for months of training in Regina and the start of a 32 year career in the RCMP. Keith served in many communities throughout Nova Scotia and taught at Depot, the RCMP Training Academy in Regina, SK, supported by Lois throughout the many moves. During his career in law enforcement, Keith expressed great empathy for those he served so diligently. Keith loved being an RCMP officer and he exemplified the very best of his profession. Keith had many talents, not the least of which was a beautiful singing voice that he shared with his church and various choirs. In his private life, Keith continued to give back to his community serving as a volunteer in over 30 organizations where he not only further showed his work ethic but also his love of life and a good laugh. Keith is survived by his beloved wife of 47 years, Lois; his cherished sons Gregory (Christelle and granddaughter Joanna) and Ryan; brothers Gary (Sue), John (Joan), Trevor (Janet) and sister Cynthia and various nieces and nephews. Keith was predeceased by his brother, Derek, his parents James and Georgina and brother-in-law Mark Isber.

BOROVSKY, Anthony Alexander, Reg. # 39757 – age 57 of Mount Uniacke. It is with extreme sadness that we announce the sudden passing on February 24, 2018 (due to a fatal vehicle accident while on duty) of an incredible father, husband, friend, brother, son, and respected retired member of the RCMP. Born on January 21, 1961 in Oshawa, Ontario Tony was an avid hockey player and skier in the winter and spent his summers fishing on Lake Kashwakamac with his dad, Alex Borovsky, and spending time in Renforth, N.B. with family.
Tony graduated from Lakehead University Outdoor Recreation Program in 1986. After working with Canoe Canada for several years he chose to join the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and was very proud to be a member. Tony retired after 28 years of service, but knew that it was too soon to sit and relax so he joined the Provincial Government in the Fuel and Tobacco Division. Although he was only with this team for a shorter period of time than he had expected, Tony very much enjoyed this experience.
Tony leaves behind the love of his life, Suzanne and his three wonderful sons, Nicholas, Benjamin and Zachary. Tony’s family meant the world to him and together they felt most at home on the water fishing or kayaking and enjoying a scotch while telling stories by the campfire. Tony spent his precious spare time on the ice coaching Nicholas and Benjamin and many of their friends through the TASA Hockey Association. As well he spent many memorable days golfing with Zachary. They will forever cherish these great memories and his boys will honour the skills he taught them including how to cast a line, clean a fish, paddle a canoe, and how to love.
Tony will also be very sadly missed by his mom Sally Borovsky; sister, Susan (Chris) Robinson, Anne (Brad) Greentree; brother-in-law, Jim (Julia) Horner; Mother-in-law, Marilyn Wright; Father-in-law/dear friend, Rod Arnold; sister-in-law, Sheri (Todd) Bartlett, and many nieces and nephews. Tony was pre-deceased by his father, Alex Borovsky, and sister, Colleen Horner
GALLUP, Robert “Bob” Gordon James, Reg. # 28082 – With heavy hearts Bob’s family announces his passing at the Saint John Regional Hospital on February 21, 2018. He was surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Campbellton, NB on August 14, 1949. He was the son of the late Joseph and Zelda (Warman) Gallup.
Bob was a retired member of the RCMP. He proudly served for 39 years to the day. Bob was posted to several detachments across Canada including Toronto, Grand Prairie, Airdrie, Petitcodiac, Riverview, Hampton, and did three tours at Depot Division Regina as a drill instructor. He retired as Sergeant Major for the Atlantic Region. He was a member of the RCMP Veterans Association, and a member of the Masonic Lodge. Bob participated in many sports over the years. He was an avid reader. He and Sharon enjoyed travelling, and he enjoyed spending time with his family. Bob was known to sit around the poker table with the Poker Boys in Hampton from time to time. He was a wealth of knowledge when dealing with the history of the Force.
Bob is survived by his loving wife, Sharon Gallup (Smith) of 31 years; his daughters Leanne Gallup and Kelly Till (Christopher); his much loved grandchildren Alexander Gallup and Iyah Till; his sisters Gwen Cantelope (Clyde) and Barb Martel (Roger); and his nieces Kim DeSilva (Ron) and Krista Hinton (Glynn). In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased by his sister Joanne Gallup, his infant brother Joseph Scott Gallup, and his nephew Scott Martel.

KEELER, Gordon Markland, Reg. # 15646 – age 87 of Dartmouth. Passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 in Glasgow Hall. Born in Kingston, Ont. he was the son of the late Gordon W. and Margaret (Miles) Keeler. Gordon graduated from the RCMP “Depot” Division, “T” Squad in 1949. After serving 23 years with the RCMP in “H” Division he retired with the rank of Staff Sergeant. Following his retirement from the RCMP he was employed with the Nova Scotia Dept. of Labour as a conciliator retiring in 1991. He was a long serving member of the RCMP Veterans Association. Gordon is survived by wife, Joan (Bruhm); sons, Gregory (Cheryl), Hammonds Plains, Gordon (Nancy), Dartmouth; grandchildren, Curtis (Jennifer), Gregory T., Sarah. He was predeceased by son, Michael; brothers, James, Donald, William “Arlie” and sister, Ruby.

DAVIES, Herbert Leonard, Reg. # 23573 – It is with heavy hearts that we the family announce the passing of Herbert Leonard Davies who passed away January 20, 2018 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney with loving family at his side. Born on February 28, 1944, he was the son of the late Herbert and Alice Davies of Glace Bay, N.S. Herb served 30 years in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He started his career in Montreal, QC, before moving to Newfoundland – stationed at Corner Brook, Bonne Bay, Nain, Stephenville and Burgeo until moving to Nova Scotia – serving in Arichat, Sydney, St. Peters and Antigonish before retiring as Detachment Commander in charge of Sydney Detachment. He is survived by his wife, Ann (Allen); son, Todd (Lisa) Miramichi, NB; daughter, Joanne; cherished granddaughters, Danielle & Alicia Davies and Nicole Scott; grandson and best buddy, Michael Scott; sister, Joan Sandy of Calgary AB; brothers-in-law, Bud (Gertie) Allen, Floyd (Valda) Allen, Eric (Joyce) Allen and sisters-in-law, Pat Allen, Lorena (Don) Monette, Eva Allen; and many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his parents; sisters, Laura (Herman Shauger), Mary (Ed Sheppard), Clara (Eric Butts); brothers-in-law, George Sandy and Fraser Allen.