JOHN (JACK) LEROY WILSON
John (Jack) Leroy Wilson, age 74, 210 Teviot Place, Truro, passed away peacefully on April 5, 2006 in Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro after a short and courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Stewiacke, he was a son of the late Roy and Eileen (Taylor) Wilson. He was employed with Stanfields Ltd., Truro, for over 40 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities.
He is survived by his wife, Anne (Jennings); sons, Larry (Michele), Kensi ngton, P.E.I.; Jack (Anita), North River; grandchildren, Sara, Matthew and Katlyn Wilson; sisters, Norah (Ken) Dickie, Lower Truro; Rhoda (Steve) Davidson, Onslow; step-daughters, Pat (Don) Peppard, Karen (Rick) Archibald, all of Truro; step-son, Rev. Gary (Lana) Jennings, Brandon, Man.; step-grandchildren, Greg, Lisa, Jonathan, Gary Jr., Matthew, Vanessa, Renee, and Brandon.
He was predeceased by his first wife, J. Irene (Tomlinson); brother, Clayton; sister, June.
Jack’s love for God, family and friends was evident in the way he lived. He had a great sense of humour and enjoyed fellowship with all. Jack is now singing with a new choir in a better place.
Visitation will be held on Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro; funeral service on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Immanuel Baptist Church, 295 Young St., Truro with Rev. Peter Reid and Rev. Michael Campbell officiating. Interment in Bible Hill Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Immanuel Baptist Church or Cornerstone Assembly Church.
JOHN A. 'JACK' GROOMBRIDGE
John A. “Jack” Groombridge of Truro passed away peacefully April 5, 2006 in Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro after a brief illness with his family by his side.
Born in Edmonton, Alta., he was a son of the late John and Ann (Lumsden) Groombridge. He was a graduate of the University of Alberta with a B.Sc. degree in agrology. He was employed by MacMillan Bloedel Lumber for 25 years. Jack was an active member of UCT, the Kinsmen Club, K-40 and the Truro Curling Club. He was a beloved husband and father.
He is survived by his wife, Josephine; daughters, Brenda MacNeil, Carol Groombridge, both of Halifax; sister, Edith Pritchard, B.C.; several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by sisters, Margaret Billingham, Patricia Colbert, Winnifred Armstrong, Lillian Reid.
His gentle nature touched all those he knew and he will be sadly missed and fondly remembered.
Visitation will be held on Monday from 7 to 9 p.m., memorial service on Tuesday at 2 p.m., both in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro with Rev. Carson J. Baxter officiating.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or the Canadian diabetes Association.
Anne Gertrude (McCulloch) Dilts 101, Truro, passed away peacefully March 29, 2006, in Willow Lodge Home for Special Care, Tatamagouche, after a short illness.
Born in Truro, September 6, 1904, Anne was a daughter of the late Christena (MacKay) and Stanley W. McCulloch. She married Rev. William Henry "Bill" Dilts (of Pennsylvania), on S eptember 5, 1929. She was predeceased by her husband and her brother, Harry McCulloch (Truro).
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Joan Christine (Dilts) and Harry J. Neumiller Jr., Galesburg, Ill.; grandchildren, Catherine Anne Neumiller (Paul Schneidereit), Musquodoboit Harbour; Christine MacKay Neumiller, Lacey, Wash.; Caroline Neumiller Pfeffer (Jeff), Deerfield, Illinois; John H. J. Neumiller (Joan), Mahtomedi, Minn.; great-grandchildren, Thomas, Benjamin, David and Grace; and step-great-grandchildren, Rebecca and Erika.
She lived for the past 35 years in the historic Hugh Peter MacKay House, built by her grandfather and uncle in 1910.
She was born prematurely and put in the oven to warm, not expected to survive. She grew up in an historic Victorian house, Deep Lawn on Prince Street. Her ancestry dates back to Pictou County and the Hector, and her family were original founders of the town of Truro and St. James Presbyterian Church, of which she was an original member, first to be marr ied there. Anne was educated in Truro and recalled the Willow Street School shaking during the Halifax Explosion (1917).
She attended Mount Allison Ladies College and Margaret Eaton School in Toronto.
She assisted immigrants arriving at Pier 21, received lifesaving awards from the Canadian Red Cross, was a girls' basketball, swimming and dancing coach, and a camp counsellor (Hubbards) for the YWCA. She was also a Nova Scotia provinci al golf and swimming champion.
After marrying, Anne moved to the States, where she worked fulltime as a volunteer in communities where her husband served (New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York) -- from Girl Scout s to PTA's, with the mentally ill and the elderly, and with countless church activities.
During the 1930s she trave led through Europe and the Middle East, and attended New College, Edinburgh with Rev. Dilts. She recalled the fear she and others felt seeing Hitler speak to a crowd in Germany.
She became an honorary member of the Board of Christian Education, United Presbyterian Church, USA, in recognition of her 40 years of service in Sunday schools, Women's Associations and the Church.
She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She retired in 1970 in Truro where she served on the Council of Women, was a 20-year volunteer at the Colchester County Historical Museum, and wrote and published books and stories.
She was an active member of the Colchester County Historical Society, Fundy Hearing Aid Group and Genealogical Society. She instilled in family and visiting friends a great love for Nova Scotia, over many summers at the family cottage in Toney River.
The family would like to thank Anne's longtime friends, Enid MacLeod, Francis La ngille, Marjorie Bulmer, Glenda Davidson, Patsy Jacobs, Elaine Curry and Doris Ogilvie and caregivers, Margaret Parks, Sylvia Watson, Marion Rankin, Ann O'Donnell, Emily Lane, Nancy Hatfield and Sarah Rankin, and well as Roy Jamieson and David Belben, and the nurses and staff of Willow Lodge for their kind assistance.
Visitation 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 7, in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro.
Funeral service 11 a.m. Saturday, April 8, in St. James Presbyterian Church, 725 Prince St., Truro, Rev. Dr. Brian Ross and Rev. David MacNaughton officiating. Interment at a later date in Robie Street Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. James Presbyterian Church, or a charity of choice.
Marion (Macphail) Delbridge
A loving mother, grandmother, aunt and gracious friend, Marion passed away peacefully in Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville, early Saturday, April 1, 2006.
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, July 1, 1916, she was the daughter of William Matheson and Ethel (Penrose) Macphail. From 1920-1933 the family resided in Portland, Oregon.
She sailed to Europe at the age of sixteen to attend to her ailing father who was working as a civil engineer in Poland.
The family returned to Winnipeg and Marion graduated from the University of Manitoba 1938 with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics. From 1938-39 she served a dietetic internship at Vancouver General Hospital following which she worked in Portland, Oregon for one year. She married Lawrence Maitland Delbridge in September 1942. They lived in Kingston, Ont., 1942-46 while Larry was with the Signal Corps of the Canadian Army.
In 1947 they moved to Truro where she resided until moving to Kentville in 2001, then Wolfville Elms and Wolfville Nursing Home. Marion began serving as church secretary of St. John’s Anglican Church, Truro, in 1959 and held that position for many years. She also assisted Larry in his work with the Nova Sco tia Highway Safety Council. She was a member of the St. John’s Evening Branch of the ACW for many years.
Marion was very proud of her Macphail heritage and enjoyed her visits to the Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead in Orwell, P.E.I., where she had spent summers as a child. In addition to her parents and husband, Marion was predeceased by her sister, Catherine Elizabeth and husband, Vincent Jackson in a motor vehicle accident in 1965.
Surviving are sons, Lawrence (Shannon), Halifax and his children, Gregory (Shannon), Toronto, Catherine, Halifax, and their mother, Tanya (Norbert) Gagnon, Dartmouth; Richard (Shelly), Kentville and their children, Christine, Halifax, David, Kentville; niece, Joyce (Jackson) Medina, Guadalajara, Mexico; nephew, Allan Jackson, Florida. Visitation will be held 7-9pm Wednesday, at White Family Funeral Home, Kentville. Memorial service will be held 2pm Thursday, in St. John's Anglican Church, Truro, Beverley DeVouge officiating, with a reception to follow in the church hall. Burial to be held at a later date in the Terrace Hill Cemetery, Truro.
Donations in memory to Sir Andrew Macphail Foundation, Vernon, PEI, C0A 2E0 or to St. John’s Anglican Church, Truro.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mattatall Funeral Home, Truro.
NORMAN “DALE” LANDRY
Dale Landry, 45, of Toronto, Ont., formally of North River.
Born in Truro, Nova Scotia, he was the son of the late Pat Landry and Carol MacPhee.
He is survived by his wife Carol, Toronto, Ont.; brother David (Kathy), Toronto; sister Cindy, Truro. Grandmother Betty Rankoussy, Onslow. Nieces Trina, Christina and Nicole Blair, Allision and nephew Nathan, Toronto; one great niece Tykeira, several aunts and uncles.
A private family graveside service will be at a later date.
ADA MARIAN MINGO
Ada Marian Mingo, 70. Ada slipped away peacefully on Friday, March 31, 2006 at home in Wolfville, N.S.
Ada was born in Upper Stewiacke in 1935, the only daughter of Wilfred and Catherine Pearson, sister to Alan.
After marrying Bob in 1957, she lived in Truro until her most recent illness. Ada was the proud and dedicated proprietor of The Book Nook in Truro since 1982.
She will be well-remembered for her genuine, warm interest in all who visited her shop, and for providing friendly service with a personal touch.
Ada is survived by her daughter, Nancy (Larry Jennings), and their children, Jeff and Evan, Great Village; her daughter, Jan (Don Coates), and their children, Liam and Shannon, Wolfville; and her son, David (Brenda), an d their daughter, Georgia, Truro. Nan’s grandchildren will miss her ever-smiling presence in their lives. Ada is also survived by her brother, Alan (Cora), and family, Martensville, Saskatchewan; first cousin, Florence Yuill, and her family; and sister-in-law, Ann Mingo, Truro.
She was predeceased by her husband of 46 years, Bob, in 2003; her parents, Wilfred and Catherine Pearson; her parents-in-law, Don and Dorothy Mingo; and an infant daughter, Carol Beth.
Ada’s family would like to thank Dr. Roger Hamilton for his constant care and support during Mum’s time in Wolfville.
Thanks to Sheila MacAulay for her steadfast friendship and taking care of The Book Nook in Mum’s absence.
Visitation will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, April 2, and funeral service 2 p.m. Monday, April 3, all in the Mattatall Funeral Home, 55 Young St., Truro, Rev. Gordon MacLean officiating, with a reception to follow in the funeral home. Burial will take place at a later date in the Riverside Cemetery, Upper Stewiacke.
In Ada’s memory a book can be donated to your local or school library. Memorial book plates will be available at Mattatall Funeral Home and The Book Nook.
Donations to the VON would also be most welcome.
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, And remember what peace there may be in silence.
VICTOR HENRY LANGILLE
Victor Henry Langille, 75, Truro, passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2006 at home.
Born in Kemptown, he was a son of the late Henry and Ma rgaret (Archibald) Langille. He is survived by daughter, Sherry Stuart, Truro; grandsons, Michael and Kyle; son, Shane, Debert; sisters, Doris Knight (Ross), Phyllis Putnam (Grant), Caroline Simpson (Bill Reynders), all of Truro.
He was predeceased by brothers, Jackie and Burpee. Visitation will be held on Monday, April 3 at 1 p.m. with the funeral service following at 2 p.m. in Colchester Community F uneral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro with Rev. David MacNaughton officiating.
Interment in Kemptown United Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or a charity of your personal choice.
LAWRENCE H. NEWCOMBE
Lawrence H. Newcombe, 81, of Debert, Colchester County and formerly of Parrsboro passed away Friday, March 31, 2006 at Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro.
Born in Parrsboro, he was a son of the late Capt. Harry and Charlotte (Blenkhorn) Newcombe. He was a veteran of the Second World War, serving with the Royal Canadian Navy. He was employed with Alma/Atmus Heavy Equipment for many years.
He is survived by his wife, the former Georgina Skipper; daughters, Charlotte Roberts (Kenneth), Moose River; Sandra McCully (Ronald), Truro; sons, Gary (Dorothy), Yarmouth; Mark, Michael, both of Truro; a sister, Irene Gilbert, Parrsboro; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by brothers, Dean, Victor and William.
Visitation 2 to 4, 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Funeral service 2 p.m. Monday in St. George’s Anglican Church, Parrsboro, Rev. Mark Pretty officiating. Burial in the church cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.
WALTER GORDON “JACK” CLYKE
Walter Gordon “Jack” Clyke, 76, 124 Ford Street, Truro, passed away, Wednesday, March 29, 2006 in Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro in the presence of his loving family.
Born in Truro, he was a son of the late Walter and Dorothy (Hamilton) Clyke.
Walter was a retired labourer for various well-known employers in the town of Truro.
He was a member of the Truro Horseman’s Club and the 102 Colchester Wing A.F.A.C. He enjoyed all sports and was known to be one of Truro’s great hockey players. He played for the Truro Bearcats Mainland Champion Team in 1945-1946.
He is survived by his daughters, Charlene Jacklyn, Vickie (Elkinney), Laurie, Geneva, all of Truro; sons, Brian (Allison), Larry (Holly), both of Truro; George and John (Joyce), both of Winnipeg; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Grace (Charles) Gero, Shilo, Manitoba; Evelyn (Charles) Borden, Vivian (Ron) Mingo, Kathleen (Rodney) Morse, Shirley (Howard) Mahar, Geraldine, Margaret, all of Truro; Marion (Wayne) Scott, Barbara, both of Toronto; brothers, Richard, Darrell (Anne), John (Pat), George (Lynn), all of Truro; Tom (Eilleen), Halifax; Benjamin (Viola), Ottawa; Frederick, Robert (Cora), Joseph, all of Toronto. He was predeceased by his wife, Jennie (Morton); son, Daniel (Flossie). No visitation by request.
A Celebration of Life Service will take place on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St. with Rev. Brian Johnston officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Zion United Baptist Church Renovation Fund, Truro or a charity of your personal choice.
AILEEN FRANCES HARRIS
Aileen Frances Harris, 76, of Fairview Drive, Truro, died Wednesday, March 29, 2006 at home.
Born in Wentworth, she was a daughter of the late Roy and Katherine (Blair) Cooper. She was a member of Truro Head Start for 33 years where she was presently president. She was an honorary member of the Truro Curling Club where she was very active and also a member of the First United Church, Truro.
She is survived by her son, Paul (Lori), Greenfield; brother, Harold Cooper, Brantford, Ont.; sister, Betty Simpson, P.E.I.; grandchildren, Alexandra and Jordan; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by brothers, Drysdale, Donald; sister, Mable. Visitation will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, and funeral service 2 p.m. Sunday, all in the Mattatall Funeral Home, Truro.
A reception will follow in the funeral home. A private family interment to be held in the Cooper Vault, Wentworth with Rev. Peter MacRae officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Truro Head Start or to the Canadian Cancer Society.
MARGARET PAULINE “POLLY” TAYLOR
Margaret Pauline “Polly” Taylor, 96, of Little Bass River, died Wednesday, March 29, 2006 in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow.
Born in Little Bass River, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Alice May (Fulton) Starritt. She was an adherent of the Riverside United Church, Bass River.
She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She is survived by her daughter, Betty Fulton (Reg), Little Bass River; gra ndchildren, Martha Brown (Steve), June Margiewicz (Vincent), Annette Jennings (Dave), Patrick Fulton (Jeanette); great-grandchildren, Becky, Taylor, Samantha, Lindsay, Kyler, Jacob, Jaclyn. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard LeRoy “Roy”; daughter, Alice; sister, Jessie. Cremation has taken place under the direction of the Mattatall Funeral Home, Truro.
A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, in the Riverside United Church, Bass River, Rev. Florence Antle-Brison officiating, with a reception to follow in the church hall. Burial will be held at a later date in the Riverside United Church Cemetery, Bass River. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
DOREEN MARILYN HOLGATE
Doreen Marilyn Holgate, 64, went to be with the Lord on March 22, 2006 in South Lake Regional Hospital Center, New Market, Ont.
Born in Truro, she was the daughter of the late John and Verna Sutherland.
She is survived by husband Bob, son David (Shannie), daughters Tammy, Laura, Trina (Pete) and Brenda, all of Ontario. 13 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren. Brothers Charles (Irma), Ronald (Linda). Sister Sylvia (Sterling).
Predeceased by brother Robert (Bobby).
Graveside service to be held at a later date.