Frances Sears

Frances Sears

June 20, 1929 - February 27, 2020

Jun 20, 1929 - Feb 27, 2020

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Mark Winchester

Mark Winchester

February 24, 2020

Feb 24, 2020

Winchester, Mark Ernest, age 42, Truro. The family of Mark Ernest Winchester is saddened to announce his sudden passing on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 in the Dominican Republic at the age of 42 years. Mark was born on August 18, 1977 in Saint John, NB to Joseph and Brenda (McCaustlin) Winchester. He started his career in the conveyor belt industry in 1998 working both locally and internationally. Eventually, he worked his way up to a supervisory position at his final place of employment, IAMGOLD in Africa. Despite a huge language barrier, Mark managed to develop many friendships with the locals as well as other expatriates like himself. If he couldn't learn French, he would just teach the mine English. On November 12, 2011, he married Penny Ann Cole and they raised four children together. Mark was an avid sports fan, loved to entertain and barbecue, spend time at the lake with friends and adored his beloved dog, Cookie. Always upbeat (unless his team was losing), he brightened people's days with his contagious laugh and big heart. Travel was one of his passions, whether it was for work or pleasure and recently completed a European adventure with dear friends. He made friends wherever he went because that is the type of person he was. Mark was predeceased his father, Joseph and his mother, Brenda. He is survived by his "beautiful wife," Penny; son, Mark Winchester Jr; stepchildren, Grady, Maddie, and Charli Lepper; sister, Cathy Brideau (Tom); brother, Donnie Winchester; father-in-law, Art Cole; mother-in-law, Linda Cole; sisters-in-law, Karen Cole (Brent) and Amanda Cole (Ben); brother-in-law, David Cole (Mya) and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. A visitation will be held on Saturday, February 29th beginning at 1 p.m. until time of memorial service at 3p.m., both in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro with Rev. Carolyn Wilson-Wynne officiating. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Colchester SPCA or charity of choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

Elizabeth May Coupar

Elizabeth May "Bette" Coupar

December 17, 1926 - February 24, 2020

Dec 17, 1926 - Feb 24, 2020

Coupar, Elizabeth (Bette), Halifax, formerly of Truro. In celebration of a life well-lived, the family of Bette Coupar announce her passing on Monday, February 24, 2020 in Northwood in Halifax. The daughter of the late Viola Hare, Bette was born in Halifax on December 17th and passed the age of 29 a few times! She was predeceased by her loving husband of 52 years, John; her eldest daughter, Jeanne (Mike) Lipton, son-in-law, Andrew Forbes (Sandra); her sisters, Eva and Tracy and her brother, Bev. Bette is survived by her daughter, Sandra Forbes, Alberta; son, Jack (Brenda) Coupar, Dartmouth; eight grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren. Bette lived most of her life in Bible Hill - she loved her community and everyone there. She began her working life at Stanfield’s then completed a secretarial program and was employed at DND Debert. Bette was very outgoing and loved to dance. She participated in the Tuxedo Dancers tap dancing group and performed at many of the exhibitions throughout Nova Scotia and PEI. She then met and married John Coupar upon his return from WWII and by his side, they built a very successful landscape and nursery business - Coupar’s Nursery Ltd. in Bible Hill, which lasted for 75 years. During that time, she also nursed at Weir’s Nursing Home, was a Real Estate agent and co-owned a dress shop. She also managed a number of apartment buildings that she owned for many years. She was never still and had several hobbies including jewellery making, stained cut glass, knitting and curling. Bette loved music most of all and believed that everyone should have music in their lives. She could play several instruments and was also involved in the Melodies singing group in Truro until she moved to Dartmouth to be near her son in 2011. Later in life, she played in a band and even attended any local Blue Grass festival, sometimes staying in a tent or sleeping in the back of her girlfriend's van! A firm believer in continuing education, Bette attended Dalhousie University later in life, graduating at the age of 55 with a Bachelor of Science degree, of which she was very proud. Bette and John were avid travellers and would travel each year in the off season. She travelled through Canada, the US, Europe, India, China, Japan, Egypt and many Caribbean countries, but her favourites were Hawaii and the Bahamas, where they visited many times. The only country left that she wanted to see was Australia and she kept saying she was headed there next year! Bette was an avid volunteer and was one of the founding members of St. George’s Anglican Church in Bible Hill where she was the treasurer for many years. She was also a member of the Ladies Hospital Auxiliary, a ‘Rotarian Ann’ and a member of the Red Hatters Society. Bette loved her cottage in Marshville and hosted many “Brule Bridge” card games on Saturday nights with upwards of 20 people playing every week. She always had a smile on her face, loved people and had a great time wherever she was, and so did others around her. After moving to Dartmouth, Bette was lucky to find a great companion in Patrick Slaney. They attended many fundraising dinners, concerts, galas and dances together and Patrick visited her every evening at Northwood. She thought very highly of Patrick and we’re so glad she had someone to laugh with every day. Bette’s eternal optimism was infectious and she was always looking for her next great adventure. We’re sure she is tap dancing and playing her fiddle in heaven today. She will be greatly missed. A visitation will be held on Sunday, March 1st beginning at 1p.m. until time of service at 2p.m., both in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow Street, Truro with Rev. Dr. Peter Reid officiating. Reception to follow. Spring burial will take place in Terrace Hill Cemetery, Truro. The family would like to thank the fabulous staff at Northwood who were so good to her and provided her with great care. Donations may be made to the Colchester Hospital Auxiliary https://www.colchesterhospitalauxiliary.ca/ or Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation, https://dmrf.ca/ways-to-give/. Live webcasting of the service will begin at 1:58pm (Atlantic Time) and is available along with online condolences by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com

Paul Aker

Paul Aker

April 17, 1941 - February 23, 2020

Apr 17, 1941 - Feb 23, 2020

Aker, Paul Lewis, age 78, passed away peacefully on February 23, 2020 in Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville, surrounded by his loving family – wife, Edna; children, Kenny Ramsay, Wendy (Verdell) Longstaff; grandsons, Chaz and Liam Roode. Born in Kentville, April 17, 1941 he was the fifth child of the late Evangeline Spencer Aker. Paul and Edna were married for 41 years. He helped raise a ready-made family of five. Paul was loved by many and adored his grandsons. He enjoyed musical gatherings with friends, old cars and long drives with his family. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him. He was predeceased by daughters, Susan and Cindy Ramsay. Special thanks to the Palliative Care, VON and special thanks to the Emergency staff, nurses and Dr. Michael Keough of Valley Regional Hospital. Cremation has taken place. No visitation or service by request. Interment at a later date. On-line condolences available at www.ColchesterCommunity.com

David Drummond

David Drummond

September 02, 1940 - February 19, 2020

Sep 02, 1940 - Feb 19, 2020

Drummond, David Carl, age 79, Shortt’s Lake. It is with great sadness that our family announces the passing of a great man due to complications of pulmonary fibrosis. David Drummond was born on September 2, 1940 in Halifax, NS to Linda (Clory) and Alexander Drummond. After graduating from the Halifax Dockyard as a Machinist, he went on to work for Rothesay Paper in New Brunswick and Scott Paper in New Glasgow as a Millwright before moving to PEI to teach Mechanical Drafting at Holland College – a time that he remembered fondly throughout his years. After a short stint as a draftsman at the Oxford Foundry, he finally settled in Truro, NS and, with business partner, Jim Croft, established Fundy Grinding Ltd which became a mainstay of the business community in town for 35 years. All of Dave’s accomplishments would not have been possible without the love and support of his wife, Andrea (Leblanc). Together they raised two children, Jim and Sandra, of whom he was immensely proud. Dave also loved his motorcycle trips with Andrea, family camping, fishing and snowmobile trips on Mt. Thom with the Crofts. Throughout his life, Dave had a natural, mechanical aptitude with multiple patented inventions. He and his son, Jim loved making many pilgrimages to Carlisle, Pennsylvania for the annual car shows where there would be vintage cars as far as the eye could see. Later in life, his greatest joy came from spending family time with his four grandchildren; Cooper, Hailey, Grace and Gavin. Whether it was in a rink, at the lake or on one of the many awesome family vacations down south, Dave loved spending his time with family and friends. As his illness progressed and his mobility declined, it didn’t dampen his spirit or love of life and family. He never complained on the bad days and loved a great conversation. A very special thank you to Glen Thompson for always stopping over to visit, chatting about current events and reminiscing about the past. Andrea would also like to thank Cheryl King for her support and help with care in the last few years. Dave was predeceased by his parents, Alexander and Linda (Clory) Drummond; brothers, Irvin and Dennis Drummond and nephew, Dennis Drummond. Dave is survived by his wife of 55 years, Andrea (Leblanc) Drummond; brother, Gordon Drummond; son, James Drummond (Joanne), Shortt’s Lake; daughter, Sandra (Pat) Flemming, Halifax; grandchildren, Cooper, Hailey, Grace, and Gavin; sister-in-law, Anita (Irvin) Drummond and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will take place on Sunday, February 23rd from 6 – 8pm with a Celebration of Life on Monday, February 24th at 11 am., both in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. Reception to follow. Burial at a later date in Robie Street Cemetery, Truro. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ColchesterCommunity.com