It is with much sadness that the family of Brian Stuart Ward of Sussex, N.B. announces his passing on March 21, 2019 at the age of 69 years after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Brian was born in Sackville, N.B. on April 26, 1949 to the late Donald Patrick Secord and Kathleen (White) Ward. Joining the reserves in high school, he continued on his military career, taking basic training in Cornwallis, N.S. then serving with the Regular Forces from ’71-’87 and with the Reserves after retirement. He served with the Armoured Corps (LDSH and RCD) and Construction Engineering Corps (Air Force) with posting in Lahr, Germany, Calgary, and Ottawa as well as peacekeeping in Cyprus. After his military career, he moved back to Amherst, N.S. and took over his father’s business, Ward’s Shoe Repair, which he operated until 2003, when he went to work with the Corp of Commissionaires at the Cobequid Pass. Brian was a natural born “Mr. Fix It” – if he didn’t know how to fix it, he would figure it out. He was a wonderful son to both his parents and looked after them all their lives. He was a devoted father and spent many hours over many years coaching his boys’ baseball and hockey teams and teaching them many life lessons. His two boys have many fond memories of their dad and all the things he made and did with them, which they will cherish forever. He loved being a grandfather and it was nothing to see him play harder than the kids. He was a wonderful and giving husband who deeply loved his wife, Cheryl, and had felt so lucky to have found her eleven years ago. He loved going on adventures, so life was always fun with him. He truly loved his Sussex family and friends and was so glad to be a part of all their lives. Brian leaves behind his devoted wife, Cheryl Gail Ward (nee Sparks); his two loving sons, Logan Stuart (Aynsley) Ward and Nathan Patrick (Jody) Ward; step son, David Michael (Patricia) Easton; grandchildren, Isaiah, Silas, Lachlan, and Aila, as well as Justin (Sarah) Margeson, Jonathan and Maggie Easton and special family member, Tania Margeson. He also leaves his niece, Cheryl Lynn Ward; nephew, Paul Stephen Ward; his aunt, Irma White and many cousins. Besides his parents, Brian was predeceased by his brother Stephen Donald Ward. At Brian’s request, there will be no funeral service. A committal service will take place later in the spring in Westcock Cemetery, Sackville, N.B. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro, N.S. Donations in Brian’s memory may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Canada Foundation, Colchester East Hants Hospice Society or a charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com
Fisher (Riddell), Mary Thomson – 95, Truro/Middle Stewiacke. Mary passed away peacefully at the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow at the age of 95. She was the daughter of the late John and Isabell Riddell of Brechin, Scotland, and immigrated to Nova Scotia as a war bride in 1946. Mary arrived in Halifax on the Queen Mary with her infant daughter, Freda, and resided in Middle Stewiacke with her husband, Rupert, for the next 60 years. At the time of her death, Mary was a resident of Edinburgh Hall in Truro. As a young girl in Scotland, Mary played field hockey and competitive tennis. In Canada, she continued her love of sports enjoying bowling, curling and golf well into her 80’s. Prior to his passing, Rupert and Mary travelled to Scotland and Europe as well as many parts of Canada. They especially enjoyed spending summers on PEI in their travel trailer creating great memories for their granddaughters. Mary was a long-time member of Middle Stewiacke United Church, Middle Stewiacke Friendship Club, Overseas Girls’ Club and IODE. Mary is survived by her daughter, Freda Fisher (Nancy MacTier), St. Catherine’s, ON, and son, Terry (Joan), Cole Harbour, NS; granddaughters, Meaghan (Greg) Williams, Hong Kong, Jenanne (AJ) MacLean, Toronto, ON, and great granddaughters, Lily and Alexa Williams and soon-to-be great grandson, Baby MacLean. She was predeceased by her parents; brother, John, and husband, Rupert. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, March 23 at 2pm in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. A Reception will follow in the funeral home. Interment at a later date in Middle Stewiacke Cemetery. Donations in Mary’s memory may be made to the Middle Stewiacke United Church, the Brookfield Sportsplex or a charity of your choice. Live Webcasting of the service will begin at 1:58pm (Atlantic Time) and is available with online messages of condolence at: www.ColchesterCommunity.com
Brown, Marion Anne – 57, Central Onslow, passed away suddenly March 19, 2019. Daughter of the late William and Isabelle (Lunn) Brown. Marion is survived by her sister, Carolyn Brown, brother, Bill Brown and family, Carolyn Harvie, Brian Harvie, Betty and Art Burge and Betty Brown. Marion enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, lexicon, gardening, knitting and loved her two cats. Cremation has taken place under the care of Colchester Community Funeral Home, Truro. Online messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting: www.ColchesterCommunity.com
Burgess, Patricia Vee (Armsworthy) – 76, it is with great sadness to announce the passing of Patricia (Armsworthy) Burgess of Truro, on March 15, 2019. She is survived by her husband, Leon, children, Cindy (Bill Gilbert), Kim (Dan Creelman), Rick (Cindy MacRae), 7 beloved grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and sisters, Myrtle, Jean, Marion and Carol. As per request, there will be no visitation or service. Cremation has taken place under the care of Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.ColchesterCommunity.com
Whittle, Nancy (MacKeigan) - 70, Carrolls Corner. Died peacefully in her sleep on March 14, 2019 in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre. Born in Florence, Cape Breton, the 7th of 10 children for the late John Purves and Jean Gilchrist (Maxwell) MacKeigan. Nancy was full of life and ready for any adventure, whether accidentally pushing her sister, Sheilagh, off the barn swing or wandering through the pasture collecting wild roses while a bull was in residence. She loved to garden, travel, and cuddle with the family dog, Maggie. Every animal loved her and no person could forget her youthful appearance, unique perspective, and turn of phrase. Nancy traveled across the United States and spent several winters in Florida and Virginia with her daughter, perusing the stores. Every dollar store, craft shop, and all-you-can-eat buffet between Nova Scotia and Florida were examined by Nancy - often in the company of her sister (and partner in crime), Sheilagh. Nancy loved the joy and celebration of Christmas!! Family and friends well remember her many snowmen and Christmas decorations on every available house surface from November to January. No Christmas shop had better! A Christian for many years, Nancy now resides in Heaven with her Lord and Saviour. She feels no more pain and this is our family's comfort. One day we will see her again. Besides her parents, Nancy is predeceased by her sisters, Maxine and Sheilagh and brothers, 'Sonny' and Dougie. Nancy is survived by her husband of almost 50 years, Art; her daughter, Belinda Jean and her brothers, Gordon, Raymond, Andy, Henry, and David. Cremation has taken place under the care of Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. By request, there will be no visitation or funeral service. A brief committal service will be held at the Lakeside Cemetery, near North Sydney, in May. Donations in Nancy’s memory may be made to Diabetes Canada. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.ColchesterCommunity.com.