In Memory-1970's

Louis Gyori



His life came into focus at a young age: he would become the owner of a summer camp, and teach kids how to water ski

Louis Gyori was born on April 28, 1952, in Toronto. His parents, Louis Sr. and Emmilia, were immigrants from Hungary who established a lucrative sod farm in Keswick, Ont., called Royal Sod. Their only child helped out with the family business in the summers, and by the time he was 12, his parents sent him off to camp. Those early years outdoors made a great impression on the boy, and shaped the course of his life.

At De La Salle Camp on the shores of Lake Simcoe at Jackson’s Point, Ont., Louis was promoted to waterfront staff within a few summers. The round-faced kid—charismatic and always laughing—loved sports, and excelled at them. In particular, Louis enjoyed water-skiing, and co-founded the camp’s water-ski program with another camper. Together, they’d pull more than 100 skiers a day, and called their 16-foot boat “Ski-Lou.”

In 1973, when Louis graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, his dream for his future was cemented: all he wanted in life was to own his own camp with a lake at the centre where he could teach water-skiing. To make that a reality, for about six years he sold educational books door-to-door. “His objective with that job was to raise the equity to start a children’s camp,” says Craig Dickson, a lifelong friend. Louis became a leading salesman at the company, living frugally and saving money.

His heart, however, held him back a bit. He had a problem with high cholesterol, and at the age of 29 suffered his first massive heart attack—even though he was a champion water-skier in peak physical condition. To circumvent these troubles, Louis made lifestyle adjustments, and changed to a low-fat diet with lots of vegetables. But his cholesterol remained high.

By 1979, Louis had enough money to purchase a camp near Bancroft, Ont. There, he lived year-round in one of the cabins to save money while he set up his business. In 1981, he opened Camp Can-Ski, with eight campers. First, Louis focused on water-skiing, but eventually, with hundreds of boys and girls heading to the Haliburton Highlands to spend their summers, Louis broadened the scope of his operation, renaming it Camp Can-Aqua and adding sailing and canoeing, among other activities. Instilling “soft” skills—how to win gracefully and show respect—was just as important to Louis as athletic excellence. One long-time camper turned counsellor, Ben Liston, says, “The majority of staff training was about how to talk to the kids, and foster confidence in them.”

As his friends say, the camp was his life’s opus. The original three buildings on his 200 acres of land (with a lake in the middle, of course) turned into 30, all built by Louis. Campers came from all over the world, and one secret that emerged recently was that, each summer, Louis sponsored about five kids from underprivileged local families.

Despite his success, Louis enjoyed a simple lifestyle, living on the camp in a log cabin. Al King, a camp counsellor and facilities manager at Can-Aqua for the last 12 years, says, “In his home, he had antiques and things we had built together.” One surprising exception to his rustic lifestyle was a colourful collection of muscle cars. “The more brightly coloured the car was, the better,” says Al.

Since 1991, Louis also ran a maple syrup business. It evolved from a traditional operation of 30 tap buckets to more than 3,000 taps on a pipeline. “He was always looking for ways to improve the camp, expand his maple bush, or concoct an elaborate prank on a friend or a staff member,” says Ben. Louis would often say “Shoot the puck”—get it done. In fact, his current partner, Patricia De Villiers (he had married twice previously), says he never left anything unfinished.

Over the years, though, his health problems had persisted. By 2004, he had his second open-heart surgery. After that, there were multiple angioplasties. But he didn’t let a bad heart stop him: Louis would even bike the 100 km to his cardiologist in Peterborough.

On Sept. 5, days after camp had shut down for the summer, Louis was demonstrating his barefoot water-skiing abilities, instructing friends in his favourite sport. It was a cool, breezy day, so the group retreated to the sauna. When Louis stood up to leave, he collapsed. The staff, trained in first-aid response, could not resuscitate him. He was 58. His camp will continue to operate.


Sister Marilyn Curry

Born at Glace Bay , Nova Scotia , Canada

Sister Marilyn Curry, formerly Sister Mary Euphrasia, 84, a Sister of St. Martha of Antigonish, died at Bethany, the motherhouse, on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010 in the 49th year of her religious life.
Born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, she was the daughter of the late Charles Leo and Margaret (MacDonald) Curry and step-daughter of the late Mary Elizabeth (McLaughlin) Curry.
Sr. Marilyn entered the Sisters of St. Martha on February 15, 1959, and pronounced her first vows on February 15, 1961, and her perpetual vows on August 15, 1966. Before entering the congregation, she graduated from the O’Sullivan Business College of Montreal with a diploma in secretarial studies, and had several years experience in business and executive positions in Montreal, QC, Boston, MA, and Sudbury, ON. During her religious life, Sister Marilyn graduated with her B.A. from St. Francis Xavier University in 1975, and in 1979, she received a diploma in Interior Design from the New York School of Interior Design.
Sister Marilyn served in various secretarial and office management positions during her years in ministry. In Eastern Canada, Sister served at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Glace Bay, St. Rita Hospital in Sydney, St. Martha’s Hospital and Bethany in Antigonish, and as secretary to the late Bishop William E. Power, Bishop of Antigonish. She also did volunteer service at St. Francis Xavier University Library. In Ontario, Sister Marilyn served at St. Augustine’s Seminary in Scarborough, and in Western Canada at St. Michael’s Hospital in Lethbridge, Alta.
Sr. Marilyn was the youngest child of three from her father’s first marriage, and had 11 half-brothers and sisters. She is survived by half-sisters, Charmayne, Eileen, Rosemary and Florence Ann and by half-brothers, John Michael, Joseph McLaughlin, Arthur Leo, Francis Xavier, Charles Leonard (Chuck), and Ernest Joseph.
She was predeceased by brothers, Charles William and Francis Gerard, and by half-sister, Theresa Murphy.
Sister’s remains will be resting at Bethany, beginning on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, at 1:15 p.m., where a Celebration of Vigil will be held on the same evening at 7:30 p.m. Liturgy of Christian Burial will take place on Monday, Jan. 25, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. in Bethany Chapel.
Arrangements are under the direction of C. L. Curry’s Funeral Services, Antigonish.
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Mary Lou MacGregor

Mary Lou MacGregor, passed away peacefully in the presence of her loving family at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital in Fredericton on Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 at the age of 61. Born in Chatham, New Brunswick to Hazen Brennan and Lourdes Brennan (Walsh), she attended public school there, and was a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University and Dominican College, Houston, Texas. She enjoyed three separate careers, as a hospital administrator in Ottawa, Ontario; a mother and chauffeur of her children and various sports teams in Riverview, New Brunswick, and a devoted public servant in Fredericton. She was a wonderful wife, mother and friend and well-liked and respected by her fellow workers. She treated everyone as a friend and thought the best of all she met. Mary Lou took on the task of caring for her husband's parents in her own home with joy and tenderness in the latter years of their life. A devout Catholic, she found great comfort in her faith which helped her come to accept her illness, knowing she was soon to be safe in the arms of Jesus and in the company of departed family and friends. She is survived by her husband Scott, her children Allyson, Scott and Catherine, two brothers, her twin William of Edmonton, Alberta and Joseph of Miramichi, New Brunswick along with a large number of cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements are in the care of Maher's Funeral Home in Miramichi, with visitation there from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm on Thursday, February 11th, 2010. The Funeral service was held at St. Michael's Basilica, 10 Howard Street, Miramichi on Friday, February 12th, 2010 at 11 am with Fr John Fraser Celebrant, Con-Celebrant Fr. John Keoughan Readers were Margie Valin, Jane Wood and Maureen McKinnon, Hymns were Gentle Woman, Precious Lord and Amazing Grace. Active Pallbearers were Dewey MacDonald, John Walsh, Joe Walsh, Bob McCallum, Paul Brennan and Fred Brennan. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital Foundation or the Oncology Unit at the Saint John Regional Hospital would be greatly appreciated. Funeral arrangements were under the care of Maher's Funeral Home Miramichi serving the Miramichi and surrounding areas for 100 years. Telephone 773-4321.


Father Raymond King


Born in: Evanston, Nova Scotia, Canada
Born on: 25/02/1930

Passed away in: Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed away on: 16/03/2010

Father Raymond Alexander Leo King, Priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Antigonish died in Harbourstone Enhanced Care Facility in Sydney on Tuesday, March 16, 2010. He was 80 years of age.
Born in Evanston, Richmond County, Cape Breton on Feb. 25, 1930, he was a son of the late Henry and Marie (Hureau) King. Ray received his BA from St. Francis Xavier University in 1955 and a Masters of Theology from St. Paul’s Seminary, Ottawa in 1959. He also received a Bachelor of Education in 1971from St. Francis Xavier University.
Ray was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop John R. MacDonald on May 23, 1959 at St. Ninian’s Cathedral, Antigonish. He began his priestly ministry in June 1959 as assistant pastor in St. Anthony’s Parish, Glace Bay and continued at Holy Redeemer Parish, Sydney in 1961. Ray was appointed to the staff of St. Pius X Prepatory Seminary, Ottawa in September 1965. During the summers he served at St. Agnes, New Waterford, St. Mary’s, East Bay, Sacred Heart Parish, Sydney and St. Anthony Daniel Parish, Sydney. In 1968 he became parish priest of St. Margaret’s parish, St. Margaret’s Village, N.S. In 1971, he was parish priest at Immaculate Conception, Bridgeport. In 1978, he served as parish priest at St. Joseph’s North Sydney. In 1988, he continued his service as parish priest at St. Agnes, New Waterford. In 1995, he was parish priest at St. John the Baptist, River Bourgeois. He retired from his active priestly duties in 1997 because of ill health.
Fr. Ray is survived by sister, Helen Coakley, Florence, C.B.; brothers, Fred (Cathie), Belleville, Ont., Walter (Betty), Evanston, C.B. and Elmer, Bedford, N.S. He is also survived by nephews, Paul, Douglas, Bruce and Robert King, Paul Coakley, and nieces, Brenda, Raylene, Jane, Lisa, Tracey, Kathy, and Krista King and Debbie, Doreen and Vanda Coakley.
He was predeceased by brother, Paul Henry (Silvia), Belleville, Ont. He was also predeceased by sisters-in-law, Roberta (Elmer King), Bedford, N.S., Elsie (Paul Henry) and brother-in-law, Art Coakley (Helen), Florence, C.B. Fr. Ray enjoyed playing golf, skiing, fishing and playing cards especially bridge.
Visitation will be held at the Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury, on Friday, March 19, from 2-5 p.m. Reception of the body and vigil at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 19 in St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, Lower River Inhabitants. Everyone is welcome to vigil. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, Lower River Inhabitants 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Fr. Angus MacDougall V.G. and the priest of the diocese officiating. Burial in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Whiteside.
Special thanks to the caregivers at Harbourstone Enhanced Care Facility, and to all staff members who so faithfully looked after all Fr. Ray’s needs.

Maurice Francis (Moe) Gouthro

Glace Bay. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Maurice Francis Gouthro in the An Cala Unit of Cape Breton Regional Hospital on April 7, 2010, with his family by his side after a six-year courageous battle with cancer.

A native of Reserve Mines, he was a son of the late Maurice and Marjorie (McNabb) Gouthro. A graduate of St. Francis Xavier University, Moe began his teaching career in 1974, serving as a teacher and administrator in various schools under the jurisdiction of the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board. He retired in June, 2009, after a fulfilling 35-year career, from Glace Bay Elementary, where he served as Principal for five years. The friendships and bonds with his students gave "Mr. G" his inspiration for teaching.

He served on the executive of the Cape Breton District Nova Scotia Teachers' Union in various capacities, and also as the representative for the Cape Breton region on the NSTU provincial executive for eight years. Maurice was also a member of the Board of Directors of Seaview Manor. An avid golfer, Maurice served on the Board of Directors for Lingan Golf and Country Club including the position of president for four years. Many valuable friendships were formed in all Moe's life endeavours.

Maurice is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Gail (Mercer); daughters, Amy (Rob) Mahoney, Ottawa, Ont.; Annette (Jody DeCoste), Cole Harbour; Adele (Joel MacDonald), Halifax; brothers, Servine (Dora), Ottawa; Gerald "Jeckie" (Patsy), Coxheath; sisters, Merle (Berkley) Cameron, Antigonish; Lynn (Kevin) Kyte, Cole Harbour; Maureen (William) McLean, Reserve Mines;sister-in-law, Paula (Hinchey) Gouthro, Cole Harbour. Also surviving are brothers-in-law, Johnny (Barb) Mercer, Kenny Mercer and sister-in-law, Roberta (Steve) Melnick. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews, all whose relationships he cherished.


Allan Roland Meuse

26 May 1951 – 11 April 2010

With deep sadness we would like to announce the passing of our beloved Allan in Toronto, Ontario. After fighting a courageous battle with cancer with grace and endurance, Allan passed away early Sunday morning April 11 surrounded by his family at Toronto General Hospital. To the end he was graceful, determined, measured, thoughtful, brave beyond imagining and even showed his trademark cheeky sense of humour. He will be sorely missed by the many that loved him, worked with him, respected him, admired him, enjoyed him and imagined his quiet presence would be with us always.

Allan was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia on May 26, 1951. A graduate of Saint Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia. In the 1970s he settled in Toronto to pursue a career in the theater, later moving into film as a carpenter and special effects supervisor.

He is survived by his partner Sophia Hall, his mother Trudy, his children, Aleks, Elizabeth and their mother Skai Leja, brothers Peter (Joyce), Ken (Kathy), Michael (Katherine), and is predeceased by his father Roland.

The family would like to thank the staff at Toronto General Hospital for their excellent care in the last days of his life and the oncology team at Princess Margaret Hospital, especially Dr. Anthony Joshua.



Christina (Anne) Cummings

1951-2010 - The death of Christina "Anne" Cummings of Johnville occurred peacefully on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at her home surrounded by her loving husband and family. Born April 25, 1951 in Bath, she was the daughter of Alice (McCullough) Higgins and the late William Higgins. Anne was an avid gardener. She was an extraordinary sister who acted as a mother to the younger ones, mentor, counselor, peacemaker, and confidante. Anne was a great collector and reader of books and road maps. There hasn't been a Sudoko challenge invented that stumped her. Anne is survived by her loving husband of 36 years, Cecil; her mother, Alice Higgins; five sisters, Noreen Rosa (Rick), Marion Higgins, Rosemary Brown (Leslie), Theresa Tompkins (Timmy) and Jackie Higgins; three brothers, Danny Higgins, Mike Higgins (Denise) and Joe Higgins; special niece, Kami and many other nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be held from L.R. Giberson Funeral Directors, 207 Burnham Rd. Florenceville - Bristol on Thursday, September 30, 2010 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, October 1, 2010 at 11:00 am from St. John the Evangelist Church, Johnville. Rev. David Fulton as celebrant & Rev. John Beaumaster concelebrant. Interment will be in the Johnville Cemetery. By request donations may be made to the Martin Kilfoil Fund or the Canadian Cancer Society. (506) 392-1115

Mary Doreen Hughes

With sadness, the family of Doreen Hughes, age 55 years, formerly of Souris, announces her peaceful passing at the Souris Hospital on Wednesday, August 24, 2011.
She leaves to mourn, her mother Sadie Labchuk and stepfather Steve; her father James Hughes and stepmother Trudy; her sister Darlene White (Raymond), nephew Kurtis; her brother Wade Hughes (Denise) and niece Ellen Marie. She is also survived by stepsisters and brothers, Blake, Kevin, Derek and Sharon Labchuk, Colleen Woodside, Gail Doyle and Jonathon Corbett, and their families. She was predeceased by her grandparents, James and Olive MacCormack; and Wade and Ellen Hughes. She also leaves to mourn many aunts and uncles, cousins and countless friends.
Doreen was a graduate of St. F.X. University in 1977 with a B.Sc. and in 1978 with a B.Ed. She also graduated from the University of Alberta School of Nursing in 1992 with a Diploma in Nursing. She has worked as an RN in many hospitals across the U.S. and Canada. Doreen’s journey through life was guided by her love for the Lord. She was a person of honesty, integrity and compassion. Doreen was an inspirational soul and quietly went about her life impacting the lives of so many. She was blessed with a wonderful sense of humor and met the challenges of her illness with grace and dignity. Doreen also found time to extend her commitment to the Lord through missionary work in Malawi and Guatemala. In recent weeks, despite her battle with cancer, she provided all those around her with her usual smile, joy, and zest for life. She was at peace upon passing.
Resting at the Belvedere Funeral Home, Charlottetown, with visitation on Saturday, August 27, 7-9 p.m.; and at Dingwell’s Funeral Home, Souris, with visitation on Sunday, August 28, 7-9 p.m. The funeral will be held at St. Alexis Roman Catholic Church, Rollo Bay, Monday, August 29, 2011, at 2 p.m. with burial to follow in the church cemetery.
Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to Doctors Without Borders, The Gideon Bible Society or any charitable organization of your choice.

Pauline Sarah Emery

After a brief illness, surrounded by family, Pauline Emery died peacefully at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital in Fredericton on Thursday, August 12th., 2010. She was the daughter of Helen (MacDonald) and the late Andrew Emery, wife of John Doucet, mother of Paul, Adrien and Margot Doucet, sister of Mary Lou Johnson and John Emery, aunt of 17 loving nieces and nephews, and friend of the community. There will be no visitation by family
request. A memorial service will be held at St. Theresa's Roman Catholic Church in St. John's, NL on Friday, August 27th, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. Fr. Leo English will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made to the SPCA or the charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences in Pauline's memory may be made at

Catherine Elizabeth McNeil

Born in: Reserve Mines, Nova Scotia, Canada
Born on: 11/11/1948

Passed away in: Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed away on: 22/02/2011

Born Nov. 11, 1948, in Reserve Mines, a resident of the Cove Guest Home for the past five years, passed away at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Feb. 22, 2011.
She was the daughter of the late Dan J. and Mary (Campbell) McNeil.
She was a former member of St. Joseph’s parish, and was a choir member for many years. Catherine was a graduate of Reserve District High, Nova Scotia Teachers College and
later obtained her BA from St. Francis Xavier University. She taught school at Tompkins Memorial for many years. She resided in Halifax for a time and was a member of St. Lawrence parish, where she was a choir member.
She is survived by brothers, Eric, Mississauga, Ont., Donald, Guleph, Ont., Wendell, Barrie, Ont., and Sam, Dartmouth, N.S.; as well as several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held in the spring.
Memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Agnes Susan ‘Aggie Sue’ Brown Lowe

David Arthur Sorel

David Arthur Sorel, 65, Alpine, California, died May 30, 2011.
He is survived by daughter, Theresa, Ottawa; son, Evan, Halifax; wife, Linda, Antigonish.
Born in Mount Clemens, Michigan, he was a son of the late Arthur and Mary Sorel.

Robert Duncan Chisholm

Robert Duncan Chisholm of Bridgewater / Antigonish born July 6, 1949 in Antigonish to parents, Donald and Anne (Cousineau) Chisholm, died suddenly at home Saturday, June 18, 2011. Bob grew up in Antigonish and graduated from Saint Francis Xavier University with a B.A. and B.Ed. He taught for 36 years in schools in both Nova Scotia and British Columbia; the last 30 at North Queens Rural High School in Caledonia, NS. Mc. C. as he was known to many, retired in June 2010. Bob had a big personality; a big laugh and a big heart. He was always helping others whether family, friends, his students or his community. He was involved in various activities at school as well as his community including involvement at the Olde Town Golf and Country Club, Habitat for Humanity and coaching baseball for more than 20 years. He was a long time member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 24, Bridgewater. Bob loved sports, good music, and celebrating with friends and family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Bob is survived by his wife, Beverley (Oakford); daughter, Christy Chisholm (Mike MacNeil); step-daughter, Jodi Tanner (Steven); step-son, Jack Headley (Melanie); grandchildren, Justin and Matthew Tanner, Owen and Colin Headley, mother, Anne Chisholm; brothers, Bill Chisholm (Linda), Marc Chisholm (Debbie); sister, Annette Chisholm; nephews, Joey Chisholm (Melissa), Duncan Chisholm; niece, Aimee Chisholm; great-niece, Amelia Chisholm and Uncle Bill Cousineau (Lyne). He was predeceased by father, Donald Chisholm and Aunt and Uncle, Janet and Peter Landry. Visitation 2-4 and 7-9pm Wednesday in R. A. Corkum Funeral Home, Wileville. Funeral Mass 11:00am Thursday in St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Bridgewater. Father J.B. Christensen officiating. Interment will be held 1:00pm Saturday in St. Ninians Cemetery, Antigonish. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity. On-line condolences may be made by visiting Due to a family allergy, we request a scent free environment.

Rev. Glen MacDonald

Rev. Glenn Sidney MacDonald, BA, BTh, MDiv, MTS, 59, of Pictou, formerly of Thorburn, NS, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax, NS, on August 9, 2011.
Born in Whycocomagh on December 9, 1951 to the late Peter and Edna (Macdonald) MacDonald.
He attended school in Whycocomagh, Saint Francis Xavier University, McGill University, The Presbyterian College, Montreal, and lately the Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax.
Glenn was ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament of the Presbyterian Church in Canada in his home church of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Whycocomagh on May 17, 1977. He faithfully served the charges of Sherbrooke, Glenelg, Moser River (1977-1981), North River, North Shore, Englishtown (1981-1990) and Thorburn, Sutherland’s River (1990-2005) at which time he reluctantly retired from active ministry due to his health. He was a diligent and proud servant of the church, acting on committees of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, the Synod of the Atlantic Provinces and Presbyteries of Cape Breton and Pictou, both of which he was Moderator. He served as a chaplain in the militia to the 1st and 2nd Nova Scotia Highlanders. Glenn was a member of the Masonic Lodge and a life member of the Atlantic Mission Society.
He was a passionate student and teacher of the Gaelic language, and an enthusiastic storyteller who often quoted his father: “Truth has little bearing on a good story”. His greatest strengths in his ministry were his sense of humour, his enthusiasm in working with youth and the pleasure he took in sharing a pastoral visit or a casual conversation. Glenn always believed that religion was foremost about community; he saw himself as a part of the communities he served, not apart from them.
He is survived by his wife, cornerstone and foundation of 36 years, Christina (Cameron); sons: Rev. Peter (Carol), Big Bras d’Or; Robert, Halifax; Stephen, CFB Gagetown; granddaughter, Phoebe; cherished aunt, Glennie MacMillan, Sydney; beloved mother-in-law, Roberta Cameron, Strathlorne, NS and a large and loving extended family.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his infant sister Patricia.
Visitation will be held at the Angus Funeral Home, New Glasgow, Friday, August 12 from 7-9 p.m., Saturday, August 13 from 2-4 and 7-9. His remains will then be transferred to St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Whycocomagh for visitation from 2-4 and 7-9 Sunday from where the funeral will be held Monday, August 15 at 11 a.m. in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Whycocomagh, with Rev. Andrew MacDonald presiding followed by committal at Stewartdale Cemetery, Whycocomagh. A memorial service will be held Monday, August 15 at 7 p.m. in Union Presbyterian Church, Thorburn, NS.
In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to the church or charity of one’s choice.
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“What does the Lord require of you? To seek justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God.”

John Melanson

John passed away peacefully in hospital on Tuesday, August 9, 2011, surrounded by family and friends.
John's funeral mass will be held at St. Bernard's Roman Catholic Church, 43 Botsford Street, Moncton, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 13. The family will receive condolences at 10 a.m., prior to the mass. At John's request there will be a celebration of his life at the Aberdeen Cultural Centre, 140 Botsford Street, at 1:30 p.m., hosted by his children Simon, Zach, Sam and Hannah. Family and friends are invited to share their stories, music and memories of John.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of John may be made to Community Forests International,, an organization to which John was deeply committed.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Fair Haven Funeral Home, 1177 Salisbury Road, Moncton, E1E 3V9, (506) 852-3530.
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Thomas ‘Spruce’ MacDougall

Born In: North Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
Born: December 17th, 1950

Passed in: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed on: October 19th, 2011

It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing of Thomas Joseph (Spruce) MacDougall on Oct. 19, 2011. After a courageous battle with cancer, he passed away in the QEII hospital in the loving arms of his family.
Tom was born in North Sydney, Cape Breton, during a raging snow storm on Dec. 17, 1950. He was raised in Sydney Mines, where his early education and love of learning began. He was a graduate of St. Mary’s University where he obtained a B.Sc. in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Education. He also completed graduate studies in Mathematics Education at St. Francis Xavier, St. Mary’s and Mount St. Vincent Universities. 
Tom was a proud teacher who taught at Riverview High in Coxheath, Cape Breton, after he graduated and then accepted a position with the Dartmouth School Board (later HRSB). He taught at Prince Andrew High School, St. Peter’s Jr. High, John Martin Jr. High, Prince Arthur Jr. High and finally Dartmouth High School from which he retired as Mathematics Department Head. For the first 20 years of his career, he also taught adults with Dartmouth Continuing Education and students of all ages with the Dartmouth Summer School Program. In the later years of his career, Tom was involved as a contributor, editor and marker for the provincial Mathematics Examination. After his retirement, he was a Mathematics Evaluation Consultant with the N.S. Department of Education.
Besides his remarkable intellect, he had a great sense of humour and an unmatched quick wit. He had a true gift for storytelling and enjoyed nothing more than making his friends, family and students laugh. Tom was truly generous, from freely giving his help to anyone in need, to offering to share his last tasty bite of food. He proudly passed on to his family his joy of music, love of the outdoors and passion for photography. He loved all things Cape Breton, in particular his Scottish heritage. He returned to the island often where he visited friends and relatives and spent many summers doing what he truly loved-camping with his family.
He is predeceased by his parents, Donald and Margaret (Capstick) Mac Dougall.
He is survived by his brothers, Donald (Cathy), Garson (Sharon) and David (Elaine) and his lifelong friend, his cousin, Lawrence (Audrey). He is also survived by his devoted wife, Celeste and his four loving children, Meghan, Graeme, Dan and Laura. He will be deeply missed by many friends and extended family. 
Special thanks to Dr. Alwin Jeyakumar; nurse, Darlene and the many nurses and volunteers on the 11th floor at the QEII, VG site. Thank you also to Dr. Nabeel Samad and the nurses and staff on 8A, in particular, nurse Meghan. Your dedication, compassion and care are truly appreciated.
Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation. Burial will take place at a later time. The funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dartmouth Funeral Home, 29 Queen St., Dartmouth.
A funeral mass to celebrate Tom’s life will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 1 Kuhn Dr., Dartmouth, at the corner of Caledonia Road and Main Street, with Rev. Fr. Randall Doucette officiating, followed by a reception in the church hall. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. 
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Reception to follow at PCYC with interment at a later date in Port Dover.

Brenda Elaine White

White, Brenda Elaine, 56, Monastery, Antigonish County passed away suddenly at home on July18, 2011. Born in Antigonish, she was a daughter of Jessie (Delorey) and the late Frankie Benoit.

Brenda was awesome! She was an awesome wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, Godmother, teacher, coach and friend. She was the best grandmother Leah could ever ask for. She was actively involved in her church, community and school as a fundraiser, coach and all round supporter. She was a member of St. Peter's Parish CWL , a Eucharistic Minister, and Lector. Brenda was a math teacher at Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional High School. She was a member of the NSTU and President of the Math Teachers Association of Nova Scotia. She had a great sense of humor, quick wit, kind heart, and loved math. She will be greatly missed on and off the court, field and rink.

She is survived by her husband and best buddy, Daniel; her favorite daughters: Alison, New Glasgow; Deborah, Halifax; Danielle, Cole Harbour; Michelle, Halifax; Rebecca, Calgary; favorite grandaughter, Leah; special brother-in-law, Joseph White, Antigonish; brothers: Gerard (Linda), Lower Sackville; Joey (Carmel), Port Hawkebury; Jamey (Glenda), Tracadie; Tommy, Edmonton, Alta; sisters: Patricia (Bill) Ripley, Shelburne; Lorraine (Frank) McKeough, Linwood; Diane (John) Burrill, Fall River; Teri (George) White, Tracadie; Janice DeCoste, Auld's Cove; Valerie (Deverne) Rushton, Londonderry; Barbara (Kevin) MacAskill, Auld's Cove; Michelle (Jonathan) Forrest, Enfield; Joanne (David) Lindsay, Maple Ridge, B.C.; and many much loved nieces, nephews and Godchildren.

She was predeceaseby her father, Frankie Benoit and nephew, Justin MacAskill.

Visitation will be in C.L. Curry Funeral Home, 135 College Street, Antigonish on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am until 12 noon. Funeral mass will be held on Saturday at 1:00 pm in St. Peter's Church, Tracadie with Reverend John Barry presiding. Burial in the parish cemetery.

Family flowers only please. Memorial donations may be made to the IWK Health Centre Foundation, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or charity of choice. On line condolences:


Thirza Marie (MacCormichk) Juby


Thirza Marie Juby (MacCormick), 57, passed away on Friday, December 30, 2011, in the Intensive Care Unit at the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax, N.S. Born in Antigonish, N.S., she was the daughter of the late Dr. John and Thirza MacCormick. Thirza received her R.N. from Yarmouth Regional Hospital in 1976, her B.Sc. in Nursing from St. Francis Xavier University in 1978, and her Masters in Nursing Education from the University of British Columbia in 2011. She worked at various hospitals over the years in Nova Scotia and British Columbia, mainly in childrens’ hospitals including, the IWK Children’s Hospital in Halifax and the BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. She also worked in Public Community Health in North Vancouver, was a seasonal lecturer at the University of British Columbia and worked at the George Pearson Centre for the severely disabled. She was a strong advocate for the disadvantaged and vulnerable and was particularly gifted in working with children. Thirza and her family relocated from Burnaby, B.C. to the east coast in 2010 where she assumed the position of Professional Development Coordinator at the IWK Hospital. Thirza had a variety of interests over the years including figure skating, writing a column for the Antigonish Casket when she was young, canoeing, sightseeing and flowers. She was also an avid reader. Thirza was a kind and loving wife and mother. Andrea and Ian, her two children, were her greatest source of happiness and she recalled with great pleasure her memories of them as children. After returning to Nova Scotia, Thirza was very happy to again be close to her family and all of her nieces and nephews. She will be missed by her husband of 34 years, Philip, her two children, six siblings, John (Sheila), Katherine, Michael (Brenda Ryan), Graham (Connie), Patrick, and Keith (Joanne Corkum) and extended family. The family wishes to thank the Doctors and Nursing Staff of Ward 8A, the ICU and the Medical Day Unit and all the specialists who supported her. The funeral will be held at St. Ninian’s Cathedral in Antigonish, NS on Tuesday, January 3rd at 2 p.m. with reception to follow at St. Ninian’s Place. Family flowers only. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of the donor’s choice

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