July 23, 2017 - W Bro. Ronald Everett Webb - Wimburn Lodge #75
1927 - 2017
W Bro. Ronald Everett Webb - In his 90th year, of Little River, Cumberland County, passed away peacefully in Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre on Sunday, July 23rd, 2017. Ronald was born in Little River on September 18th, 1927 the son of the late Wilfred and Alda Webb. He was a devoted member of the Little River United Baptist Church, where he served as Deacon for 48 years, and Church Clerk for 45 years.
He was a member of the Oxford Masonic Lodge (Wimburn Lodge #75) the Oxford Pioneer Club, a former member of the Knights of Pythias in Oxford, and was a founding member of the Oxford Men’s Club Choir.
Ronald grew up and worked on the family farm in Little River, before joining the signal crew of the CNR. He worked at Gordon’s Greenhouses in Oxford for a number or years, and later rejoined the CNR as an electrician at the Hump Yard in Moncton, NB until his retirement in 1990.
Ronald was an accomplished self taught musician who played the banjo, mandolin, and guitar. However his favourite instrument was the fiddle, and he enjoyed many evenings playing old time music with family and friends. He
was a devoted family man and was extremely proud of all of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Dorothy May (Cook). He will be dearly missed by his daughters, Patricia (Peter) Shelton, Bedford; Lynn
(Brian) Gomes, Fall River; son, Alan (Wendy), Waterloo, ON; grandchildren, Lisa, Steven, Janet, Joanne (Joey), Michael, Riley,and Tanner; step-grandchildren, Blair (Erin), and Craig (Naomi); great-grandson, Theodore; step-great-grandchildren, Matthew, Claire and Anna. He is also survived by his brother, Kenneth Webb, Sussex, NB. He was predeceased by his sisters, Jean Fahey, and Marion Webb. Arrangements are under the care and guidance of MacDiarmid’s Funeral Home, 5075 Main Street, Oxford (902-447-2930), where visitation will be held Wednesday, July 26th from 6-8 p.m. Funeral service will be held Thursday, July 27th in the Little River United Baptist Church at 2 p.m. with reception to follow in the Church Vestry
J. E. Carlyle "Bud" Boran, 93, Springhill, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre after a brief illness. Born in Springhill, Bud was a son of the Late Elbridge and Catherine (McManaman) Boran.
Bud attended Springhill Schools and Acadia University. During his working career, he worked in the Springhill mines for 14 years as a hoist driver; two years at the Nova Scotia Hospital as shift engineer and 29 years with the Penitentary Service retiring as Engineering Supervisor. He looked forward to spending summers at the family cottage at Pugwash Point. He was a member of Springhill Baptist Church, served on Springhill Town Council in 1966, was Chairman of Cumberland District Planning Commission for 18 years and a member of Laurie Lodge #70 AF & AM where he was raised on 1961-10-16.
Bud enjoyed sports, and was a die-hard Maple Leafs and Blue Jays fan. He played hockey for High School, Baptist Church League and Miners hockey; skating, cycling, woodworking, walking and very much enjoyed his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He will be sadly missed by his wife of 71 years, Gertrude (Nicholson); son, Tom (Deb) Boran of Halifax; daughter, Ruth (Bill) Spence of Port Howe; grandchildren, Bill, Michael and Jamie Spence, Andrew, Nicholas and Patrick Boran, great grandchildren, Kyle, Abigail, Elle, Levi, Hudson, Graydon, Katie, Sara, Quinn, Ashley, and Cody; a sister, Minerva Boran and a brother, Lowell (Colleen) Boran, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Bud was predeceased by a sister, Muriel Nelson.
Arrangements have been entrusted to A. H. Brown Funeral Home, 5 McFarlane St., Springhill, (902 597 2361) where visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 12 pm until the time of the funeral at 2 pm. Interment to follow in the Hillside Cemetery, Springhill.
Nov. 17, 2017 - Bro. Laurence Lockwood Harrison - Acacia Lodge #8
1924 - 2017
We are saddened to announce the passing of Laurence Lockwood Harrison, 93 of Amherst. Laurence passed away Friday, November 17, 2017 at Gables Lodge, Amherst NS, He was the son of the late Gilbert and Ruby (King) Harrison.
He is survived by his wife Alice (Blenkhorn) Harrison and his daughter Victoria Harrison, Amherst, as well as his step children Josephine (Roy) Fromm, West Amherst and Allen Thibideau, Ontario, nine step grandchildren and many great grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Ethel Thibideau, stepson Charles Thibideau, and sisters Blair Weatherdon, Denise Earle and Florence Mandy.
Laurence grew up on the family farm where he farmed for many years before being employed as a technician, at the Experimental Farm in Nappan for over 33 years.
He was a member of the Trinity St. Stephen's United Church, the Acacia Masonic Lodge #8, the Amherst Curling Club, the Cumberland Twirlers Square Dance Club, the Blue Nose RV Squares and the Round Dance Club. He and Alice travelled across Canada in their motor home attending square dance conventions. Laurence and Alice were very actively involved in the Bridge Workshop and served on the Board of Directors for many years.
Laurence was keen on gadgets and always wanted to try the latest technology. He enjoyed gardening and was always willing to help his neighbours. He will be sadly missed by all.
Arrangements are under the care and guidance of Furlong-Jones Funeral Home, 70 Church Street, Amherst (902-667-8777). A Masonic Service will be held at 1:40pm with a memorial service following from the funeral home at 2 pm on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 with a reception to follow. Interment will take place in the Amherst Cemetery. Ruth Gamble DLM presiding.
Donations in memory of Laurence may be made to Bridge Adult Service Centre or a charity of the donor's choice.
Nov. 24, 2017 - Bro. Arnold C Noiles - Acacia Lodge #8
1927 - 2017
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Arnold Charles Noiles, age 90, of Amherst N.S, on Friday, November 24, 2017, at Northumberland Hall, Amherst.
Born in Amherst, he was the son of the late Fred and Mary-Ann (Coster) Noiles.
Arnold proudly served with the Special Forces in Germany during the Second World War. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 10, in Amherst, the North Nova Scotia Highlanders. Bro. Noiles was a thirty plus years member of Acacia Lodge # 8. Arnold enjoyed sports, travel, and golf.
Arnold will be lovingly remembered by his step daughters Sandy McAloney and Carole Roberts, sisters Gwen of Amherst, Audrey Phillips of Campbell River, B.C, and Betty Stone, of London, Ont.; brothers Delbert (Betty) of Oshawa Ont; sister in law, and Jeannie Martin of Niagara Falls Ont; grandsons Christopher Newman and Brent Ives, as well as granddaughters Holly Newman and Kaitlin McAloney.
Besides his parents, Arnold was predeceased by his wife Georgia Eleanor (Foster), brothers Bernard and Roderick, and brother in law Edward Stone.
There will be a masonic service, to be held at Campbell’s Funeral Home at 1:30 , just prior to the memorial service at 2 pm on Tues , Nov 28.
A funeral service for Arnold will be held Tuesday, November 28th, 2:00 PM, at Campbell’s Funeral Home, 98 Church Street, Amherst, 902-667-9906.
April 22, 2018 - RW Bro. Frederick "Fred" Charles Newman - Laurie Lodge #70
1941 - 2018
Newman, Fred – 77, of Amherst, passed away peacefully with family ever present on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Amherst.
Born to Jesse and Glad, Fred grew up with his brother, David, in Springhill. His classmate, Diane Thompson, was also his soulmate – they would soon celebrate 60 years of marriage. Together, they raised four children: Daniel, Douglas, Patricia and Richard. The couple’s eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren have been a source of great joy.
As a proud member of the Canadian Armed Forces, Fred traveled the world, participated in search and rescue missions, taught the intricacies of aircraft mechanics, and mentored countless careers. Through years of dedication to his country and his career, Fred rose from a young cadet to the highest enlisted rank of Chief Warrant Officer.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Fred was a Mason, recently receiving a letter of accomplishment from the Masonic Temple for 50 years of dedicated service. He served on many posts, particularly enjoying his scripted role in third degrees. He was a member of Laurie Lodge #70.
While the family’s address changed along with postings to various airforce bases, Heather Beach was, since birth, heart and home to Fred. Summers embraced family and friends, guitar and song on the porch, and lobster fishing in the Northumberland Strait.
Visitation (Saturday, April 28 from 2-4 p.m.) and a masonic tribute and funeral service (Sunday, April 29 at 3 p.m.) will be held at MacDiarmid’s Funeral Home and Crematorium, 5075 Main St. Oxford (902-447-2930). Donations in Fred’s memory may be made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation, Nova Scotia or The Kidney Foundation, Nova Scotia.
Friends and family are encouraged to share stories, anecdotes, photos and condolences online at FredNewman.ca.
May 31, 2018 - W Bro. Emerson Symes - King Edward Lodge #86
1949 - 2018
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Emerson Parkinson Symes, 68, of Amherst and formerly of River Hebert, NS on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at Gables Lodge. Born in River Hebert, Emerson was a son of the late John and Edith (Mawdsley) Symes. Emerson was a member of the Masonic King Edward Lodge, #86, River Hebert.
He will be sadly missed by his sister, Sandra Dickson, River Hebert; niece, Lynn (John) Pace, Halifax; great nephew and niece, Tyler and Chelsea; nephew Roger Dickson, River Hebert, as well as many close family and friends.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his niece Sharon Anne Dickson.
Arrangements are under the care and supervision of Furlong~Jones Funeral Home, Main Street, River Hebert, NS (902-251-2877) where visitation will be held from 6-8 pm on Monday, June 4, 2018. There will be a Masonic Service at 7:00 P.M. on Monday. Brothers are asked to arrive at 6:45 P.M. The Funeral Service will be at 3:00 P.M. ,William Drysdale DLM officiating, on Tuesday June 05, reception to follow at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 14 in River Hebert.
Burial to follow in the Hillside Cemetery, River Hebert.
Family flowers only please. Donations in memory of Emerson may be made to a charity of the
Above photo was taken on April 8, 2017 when W Bro. Sykes received his honorary past master's certificate.
L to R: Sandra Dickson (sister), W Bro. Emerson Symes & RW Bro. John Cody, DGM
July 10, 2018 - Rev. Bro. John (Jack) Touchie - Wallace Lodge #76
1927 - 2018
The Rev. John W. Touchie, Amherst, N.S. passed away July 10, 2018 at age 91.
Born in Quarryville, New Brunswick, he was the son of Herman H. and Ruby (Jardine) Touchie. He was the grandson of Wheelock and Rose (Gerrish) Jardine, Quarryville, New Brunswick and John A. and Margaret
(Jardine) Touchie, Renous, New Brunswick.
John attended St. Mark's United Church, Quarryville, N.B. In 1943 he moved from Newcastle, N.B. with his parents to 144 Highfield Street, Moncton, N.B. where he attended Wesley Memorial United Church. He
was recommended by the Session of the Church to the Moncton Presbytery as a candidate for the Ministry to the Maritime Conference of the United Church of Canada and was accepted by the Conference.
He attended Mount Allison University in the Arts and Theology Programs prior to attending Pine Hill Divinity Hall in Halifax, N.S. He graduated from Pine Hill on May 7, 1958 and was ordained by the Maritime Conference in Sackville United Church on June 15, 1958. He and his wife Ruth were settled in the Wallace, Fox Harbour and Middleboro Churches by the Settlement Committee of Maritime Conference on July 1, 1958. The Malagash Pastoral Charge, along with St. John's in
Wallace, formed the present Pastoral Charge, which is now known as Three Harbours United Church
John attended a Mission Field in Middlewood, Italy Cross and Danesville Churches where a new Church was built in Danesville, Queens County, after having bought the unoccupied Baptist Church in Pleasantville from Acadia University to be torn down and rebuilt in Danesville. It was 85% completed on the exterior and interior during the summer of 1957. John was the special speaker at the Church for their 35th Anniversary. The Church was fully occupied for the occasion. It is now
part of the Petite Riviere Pastoral Charge, along with Middlewood and St. Andrew's United Church. John served as Minister for St. John's United in Wallace, Malagash United and St. Andrew's United in Fox Harbour. He accepted a call to St. Andrew's United in Springhill, N.S. in November 1961 and became President of the Springhill and area Ministerial Association. He was also President of the Amateur Minor Hockey Association for Springhill and area from 1961 to 1963. St. Andrew's and Wesley United amalgamated as one Pastoral Charge and still remains as such
In September 1959 he joined the Masonic Lodge in Wallace, #76 AM-CM. In 2012 he received a gold medal in honor of 50 years, and was just recently presented with his 55 year Bar.
John accepted a call to be Minister of Woodside Imperial United Church in Woodside, N.S. in 1964. In 1966 he advised Halifax Presbytery that he was making an application for a job in the Federal Government of Indian Affairs and Northern Development for the Maritime Provinces. He was successful and became the Welfare Officer for Saint John River Agency in Woodstock, N.B. He subsequently became the Assistant Superintendent for the Province of Nova Scotia (Indian Affairs Officer II). He went to Ottawa to compete for the position of District Manager for the Province of New Brunswick. He was successful and two years later he competed in Ottawa to occupy the position of Assistant Regional Director for Community Affairs in the Regional Office for the Maritime Provinces in Amherst, N.S. He was successful and held the position until he retired, due to his age
of 65 years, as determined by the Federal Government. He served as Superintendent on Prince Edward Island for 13 months at which time he urged andsupported the concept of closing the Indian Affairs Office on P.E.I. and have the Indian people
provide leadership with the assistance of several senior staff members in education, economic development, administration and community affairs in the Amherst Regional Office, providing any services that were required. He strongly recommended the amount of $1,000,000 in the Capital Fiscal Year Budget to build a Bridge from the Main Island to Lennox Island for safety reasons. This project was approved by the Indian Affairs Headquarters in Ottawa, along with the Regional Office
Headquarters in Amherst and the Bridge was completed and dedicated in the summer of 1973.
The Indian Affairs Office in Summerside was closed in September 1971 and has remained closed to the present day. The Indian leadership and its people have supported the concept of thearrangements made in 1971 very successfully.
John is survived by his loving wife of 63 years Ruth (Dewar), daughter Diane (Dennis Graves), Fredericton, sons John (Lisa Deyarmond), Truro and Andrew (Wanda Keirstead) Amherst, 4 grandchildren(Sara, Adam, Logan, Luke) and 3 great-grandchildren (Aidan, Cohen, Ewan). He is also survived by sisters Margaret Moore (Robert), Riverview, Doris Atkinson, Moncton, Ruth Johnston, Riverside, California, and Mable Goguen, Moncton .. He was predeceased by sister
Bernice Steeves and brothers Marshall (Buster) and Wilson, brothers-in-law, Rev. Bruce Atkinson, Lloyd Johnston, Fred Goguen, Hollis Steeves, sister-in-law Shirley Touchie.
John was a very kind, patient and understanding husband, father, grandfather and greatgrandfather.
He was a testament to hard work, loyalty, and commitment, both serving as a Minister and doing his work with Indian Affairs, both of which he enjoyed thoroughly. He would never turn away a friend, family member or stranger in need. John also had a great sense of humour.
Arrangements have been entrusted into the care and direction of Furlong~Jones Funeral Home, 70 Church St, Amherst, NS (902-667-8777), where visiting hours will be held on Friday, July 13, 2018 from 6 to 8 pm. Rev. Touchie's funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 11 am from Trinity St. Stephen United Church, Amherst, NS. Burial will take place in the Crossroads Cemetery, Valley, NS
Those wishing to make a donation in Rev. Touchie's memory may do so to the charity of your choice.