May it be his portion to hear from Him
Who sits as the Judge Supreme
"Well Done, thou Good and Faithful Servant"
This page is dedicated to the memory of the brothers of the Cumberland District Masonic Lodges who have passed on to the Grand Lodge Above.
January 16, 2012 - RW Bro. Douglas R. Slack - Widow's Son Lodge #48
March 10, 2012 - Bro. Robert G. Black - Wimburn Lodge #75
March 27, 2012 - Bro. Aubrey Greeno - Acacia Lodge #8
Bro. Aubrey Greeno of Truemanville died as the result of an accident at his home on March 27, 2012. He was born in Lower Shinimicas. Joining the Royal Canadian Army in 1939, he served with the Winnipeg Rifles until 1945. Soon after returning to Canada, he married his childhood sweetheart Jean Smith. Aubrey was a 24 year veteran of the RCMP serving in Halifax and St. John's N.L.. He was a Mason ( a member of Acacia Lodge #8 in Amherst ) and a Shriner and he attended the Sunrise Trinity United Church, Amherst Head.
May 24, 2012 - Bro. Walter Goodwin - Acacia Lodge #8
Bro. Walter Taplin Goodwin Jr, a life long resident of Amherst, passed away on May 25, 2012 at the age of 88. He served with the North Novies in the R.C.N.V.R during the war. Following the war, he worked in the family business "Goodwin's Super Market" for 37 years, later working in Sackville with Atlantic Wholesalers for another 14 years. Walter was very active in his community. He was a member of Trinity St. Stephen United Church where he was on the Church Council and Men's Club for 40 years.
He also served with and belonged to the Amherst Jr. Board of Trade, the Amherst Y's Men's Club, Amherst Town Council for 3 years, Acacia Lodge #8 for over 50 years, Amherst Retail Merchants, the Royal Canadian Legion and past chairman of the Amherst Christmas Parade. He served with the Amherst Red Cross for over 40 years, volunteered for the Cancer Society and the V.O.N.
June 18, 2012 - RW Bro. Edward (Ed) M. Maltby - Alexandra Lodge #87
Born in Amherst in 1930 he went to work in Ontario for the St. Catherine's School Board, then entered into construction until an accident rendered him a paraplegic for the rest of his life. Following his accident he returned to Amherst.
He was a long time fan of Amherst Little League, where he enjoyed many hours watching the games. He was a member of several lodges including Alexandra Lodge #87 where he was Past Master. He held the office of Grand Chaplain and Past President of the Amherst Masonic Society. He was a Past Patron from 1996-2000 in the Order of the Eastern Star, a Member of the Grand Orange Lodge where he was Past Master Lemon 102 and Past County Master (Westmorland). He also held his 50 year Lions Service Jewel.
July 18, 2012 - Bro. Robert H. Garland - Acadia Lodge #13
September 3, 2012 - Bro. Daniel Boyd Ferguson - Wallace Lodge #76
A native son of Oxford, NS he was born on February 9, 1946 and passed away in Middleboro on Sept. 3, 2012. He was an active member of St. John’s United Church, Wallace, North Nova Woodlot Owner's Association, Farmer’s with Disabilities and the Cumberland Regional Health Authority. He was a former member of the Nova Scotia Trucker's Association, a former choir member of St. John’s United Church, the Tatamagouche Area Singers as well as several other groups.
He was a member of the Wallace Lodge #76 and the Cedar Chapter #3, OES.
October 23, 2012 - Bro. Darold William Kaluza - Acadia Lodge #13
Bro. Darold Kaluza was born in 1926. He spent his early years in Oxford, River Hebert and Springhill where he worked both in the coal mine and as a mechanic. He settled in West Pugwash in 1954 with his wife Reta (Oickle) where they built a service station which they ran side by side until 1989 some 35 years.
Darold was strongly involved with the Masonic Lodge, Order of the Eastern Star and the Shriners for many years, where he focused his energies in support of raising funds for sick children.
November 20, 2012 - Bro. Ratchford L. Merriam - Minas Lodge #67
Bro. Ratchford Merriam was born in Spencer's Island in 1937. Ratchford started his professional life with Swift Canadian. In 1960, he started his first business as a hearing aid audiologist on Quinpool Road in Halifax. In 1964, he joined Mutual Life of Canada where he remained until his retirement in 1999, at which time he returned to Spencer’s Island. In 2000, he put his name forward as a municipal councilor, and had just recently entered his fourth term serving the constituents of Cumberland County, District 10. Hepassed away Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at Bayview Memorial Health Care Centre, Advocate Harbour.
He was a member of Monas Lodge #67 in Parrsboro.
December 19, 2012 - Bro. John M. Charman - Wallace Lodge #76
Bro. John Millard Charman, 96, of Wallace and Delray Beach, Florida was born on May 11, 1916. During his working years he operated what is now known as Charman’s Home Hardware Store in Wallace. He served three times on the Cumberland County Council and when first elected was the youngest county councilor to have been elected in Canada. He was a member of the Wallace Masonic Lodge #76 and had received his 50 year jewel. He was a 32 nd degree and life member of the Scottish Rite, a long time member of the Shrine, a charter member of the Pugwash Lions Club, a member and last original survivor of the first Wallace Fire Department, a charter and life member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Seaside Branch # 104, a charter member of the Wallace Home and School, one of four founding members who built the Northumberland Golf and Country Club golf course and an honorary life member of the same, a member and past director of the Maritime Senior Golf Association and an active member and lifetime supporter of St. John’s United Church, Wallace. For many years he was a Commissioner in and for the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. During the Second World War he had served overseas in the Canadian Air Force attached to the R.A.F.
April 20, 2013 - Bro. Donald Tibbetts - Minas Lodge #67
Bro. Donald Tibbetts, 89, of Ward's Brook, Cumberland County, was a veteran of World War II having served with the Royal Canadian Navy. He graduated from Dalhousie University and the Nova Scotia Technical College. He worked as an engineer with the National Research Council in Halifax and retired in 1986. He was a member of the Minas Lodge #67 in Parrsboro, NS.
May 9, 2013 - VW Bro. Kim Greer - King Edward Lodge #86
VW Bro. Kimberly Mark Greer, 58, was born in 1954 in Moncton. He worked for many years with the Department of Highways. Kim loved his community of River Hebert and Joggins. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion of Joggins, a member of the Cumberland Development Association and a proud member of the King Edward Lodge #86 in River Hebert. He was a great community volunteer who always helped out when he could where help was needed.
May, 2013 - Bro. Karl Foster Wentzell - Acacia Lodge #8
August 3, 2013 - Bro. Roy Colin Hattie - Alexandra Lodge #87
Bro. Roy Hattie was born in Mulgrave, NS. He served overseas in Belgium, Holland and France where he was wounded and held as a prisoner of war. After the war, he graduated from Mount Allison University and began a long career as a civil engineer, working in Windsor, Lunenburg, and Amherst. For the past number of years he lived in Pictou, NS.
He was raised as a Master Mason on May 16, 1957 in Welsford Lodge #26 in Windsor and joined Alexandra Lodge #87 in Amherst on April 11, 1968. In 2010 Alexandra Lodge presented him with his 50 Year Jewel.
October 10, 2013 - W Bro. George Cyril Mosher - Laurie Lodge #70
Born on October 27, 1927, W Bro. George Mosher was 85 when he died after a long period of failing health on Oct. 10, 2013. He served in the West Nova Scotia Regiment Reserves for nine years. Much of his career was with Steadmans managing stores throughout the Maritime Provinces. In 1974 he founded his family business, GJDE Enterprises Ltd. in Oxford. He was a very involved man in his community including being a life member of the Oxford and Area Lions Club and a loyal brother of Laurie Lodge #70. He was very proud of the 60 Year Jewel he received in 2012.
November 5, 2013 - Bro. Benjamin Ripley - Minas Lodge #67
Bro. Benjamin C. Ripley of Five Islands was born in Southampton in 1926. He served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 23 years, retiring in 1973. Bro. Ripley was a member of Minas Lodge #67 in Parrsboro.
January 25, 2014 - Bro. Vernon M. Mitchell - Wimburn Lodge #75
Bro. Vernon Mitchell was born on Nov. 13, 1924 in Springhill. He was a very active member of the community and a well respected Mason in Wimburn #75. He was recently award a 50 Year Jewel by his lodge. Bro. Vernon was a veteran of the Second World War and was among the brave soldiers that landed at Juno Beach on June 6, 1944.
February 2, 2014 - VW Bro. George M (Marsh) Fox - Acacia Lodge #8
Born on May 20, 1933 in Fosterville, NB, VW Bro. Fox was actively involved in his community serving on many committees. He was a long time member of Acacia Lodge #8 in Amherst.
September 6, 2014 - Bro. Haley J. Harrington - Minas Lodge #67
Bro. Haley Jollimore Harrington was born in Parrsboro on January 21, 1924. After completion of a lengthy career as a mariner, he retired in the Parrsboro area where he resided until his recent passing.
He joined the Masons and was raised on September 19, 1955. He has been a life member of Minas Lodge # 67 since 2009. A strong supporter of the lodge, he never held an office due to being at sea most of his adult life: however, often made significant financial contributions to lodge operations.
October 2, 2014 - Bro. Vernon Parrett - Acacia Lodge #8
Bro. Vernon (Vern) Parrett, 90, passed away at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre. Born in Stellarton, NS he served as an Air Gunner in the Royal Air Force. He lived and worked in the Amherst area since the early 1950's. Over the years he was on numerous boards and was very active in many organizations including being a member of Acacia Lodge #8.
October 21, 2014 - Bro. Ansel E. Smith - Acacia Lodge #8
Bro. Ansel (Hammer) E. Smith was born in Shinimicas Bridge on October 23, 1928. He was 85 years old. A member of Acacia Lodge #8 he received his 50 Year Jewel a number of years ago. In his younger years he drove the town bus and later worked for the Atlantic Wholesalers, retiring after 35 years of service.
November 16, 2014 - Bro. Lloyd Pettigrew - Laurie Lodge #70
Bro. Lloyd Donald Pettigrew (Doo-doo to his grandchildren) was born on August 29, 1929 in Springhill. He worked with the Maritime Tel & Tel Company for 35 years, retiring in 1984. After Springhill he lived briefly in Waltham, Massachusetts and then in Halifax, NS for the rest of his life. He was a member of Laurie Lodge #70 in Springhill and was a 32nd Degree Mason.
November 20, 2014 - Bro. Ross C. Rushton - Widow's Son Lodge #48
A 30 year plus member of Widow's Son Lodge #48 in River Philip, Bro. Ross Carman Rushton, was born at Westchester Station on November 9, 1943. He grew up in Oxford where he attended school and later attended Success Business College in Truro. He went to work in industrial sales with Richards-Wilcox Company, 3M Company and Wajax Ltd. In 1980 he started his own business consisting of a Paint Company, Car Dealership and Machine Wholesale Company. He retired in 1998 to spend more time with his beloved wild blueberry fields. Loving husband, father and grandfather, Ross had an out-going, humorous personality. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and was always part of any conversation.
December 1, 2014 - W Bro. Paul G. Landry - Alexandra Lodge #87
This active masonic brother was born on August 1, 1950 in Sackville, NB. He passed away suddenly at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre in Nappan on December 1, 2014. W Bro. Paul Gregory Landry moved to Amherst in his younger years and worked at Goodwin's Supermarket and later at Robb Engineering until he became a co-ower of Albion Auto from which he retired in 2013.
W Bro. Paul Landry was a Past Master of Alexandra Lodge #87. He was also an active Philae Shriner and Secretary of the Cumberland Shrine Club. He was president-elect for 2015. He was a proud member of the Philae Shrine Clown Unit and was a first year graduate of the Northeast Clown Institute. W Bro. Paul was the President of the Amherst Masonic Society, Member of Cumberland Chapter #13 Royal Arch Masons and held an office. He served as Chairman and member of various committees at the Masonic Lodge and the Cumberland Shrine Club. He was a dedicated supporter of the Shriners' Hospital for Children.
January 3, 2015 - W Bro. Edward Burden Boyd - Acadia Lodge #13
Born August 1, 1929 in Fredericton, NB, W Bro. Ed Boyd was an avid outdoorsman who was loved by his family and his many friends. He will be greatly missed in the communities of Pugwash, Northport and Tidnish, by his church and the masons, of which he was a longtime member. He was raised on July 26, 1965 in Markland Lodge #99 in Kingston, NS and later on June 3, 1996 affiliated with Acadia Lodge #13. He was a member of the Scottish Rite and a Shriner for many years.
January 29, 2015 - W Bro. Earl George Sheppard - Acacia Lodge #8
W Bro. Sheppard was born in Toronto, Ontario on July 29, 1951. Earl attended Mount Allison University, graduating in 1996 with a degree in Canadian Geography and later went on to work at various jobs, currently working for Moneris Solutions in Sackville. He was an active Mason and member of Acacia Lodge #8 in Amherst, N.S. and a member of the Cumberland Shrine Club. Earl was a people person and passionate about sports, auto racing and loved the time he could spend on his motorcycle and listening to rock music. He was a great husband and father, was devoted to his family and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
February 24, 2015 - Bro. George King - Widow's Son Lodge #48
Bro. George Lawrence Russell King was born on Dec.24, 1928. He was born in River Philip. He obtained an engineering degree in Ottawa and worked for many years at the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa. He was a long time member of Widow's Son Lodge #48 and received his 65 year jewel from them. A Masonic Service will be held Friday Feb. 27/15 at 07:00pm at MacDiarmid's Funeral Home in Oxford. Funeral Service will be held Saturday Feb. 28/15 at 02:00PM at Collingwood United Church.
March 15, 2015 - W Bro. Gordon "Bud" Crowe - Widow's Son Lodge #48
August 15, 1927 - March 15, 2015
W Bro. Bud Crowe, a long time member of Widow's Son Lodge, died March 15th at the North Cumberland Memorial Hospital in Pugwash at the age of 87. He retired from the Canadian Army at a rank of sergeant after almost 20 years of service. He later was a the mail delivery driver for the River Philip - Collingwood area for many years. Bud was active in the Collingwood United Church where enjoyed singing in the church choir. He also sang with the Oxford and Area Men’s Club. He enjoyed golf and was one the original members of the Springhill Golf Club.
A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Collingwood Wyvern Cemetery.
April 4, 2015 - W Bro. George Arthur Sterling - Widow's Son Lodge #48
1931 - 2015
W Bro. George Sterling was a member of the Widow's Son Lodge #48, River Philip. Very active in the lodge, he was a Past Master and a Past Chaplain. He loved hunting and fishing. For many years he owned and operated Cumberland Firearms and was an excellent Gunsmith. He especially loved his wife Hazel of over 50 years, and time with their family.
He passed away at the All Saints Hospital, Springhill on Saturday, April 4, 2015.
Arrangements have been entrusted to A H Brown Funeral Service, Cremation has taken place. In keeping with George's wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral service. A graveside service will take place at a later date.
April 4, 2015 - MW Bro. Harris Alden Pipes - Acacia Lodge #8
1928 - 2015
With heavy hearts, the family of Harris Alden Pipes, age 87, of Upper Nappan, NS announce his peaceful passing at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre on Saturday, April 4, 2015, following a brief illness. Born in Upper Nappan, he was a son of the Late Roy and Mabel (Lawrence) Pipes.
Harris was self employed as a long time farmer, antique dealer and landlord. He attended Amherst Schools and Mt Allison University.
An active Mason for over 50 years, he was Past Master of Acacia Lodge #8, Amherst, rising to become Nova Scotia Grand Master in 1988- 1989, a Shriner, he became Potentate of Philae Shriners in 1984, and was Grand High Priest from 1999 - 2000 with Grand Chapter of NS and PEI. He was as well a member of many Masonic Concordant bodies. He was an Emeritus Member of the Montreal Shriners Hospital for Sick Children. A member of the Trinity St. Stephen's United Church, the Masonic Society and a 15 year volunteer with the Amherst Food Bank. He was well known for his "Red Hat" and generosity.
Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to the Furlong Jones Funeral Home, where visiting hours will take place on Friday, April 24, 2015 from 7 to 9 pm and Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. A Celebration of Life will be held from the funeral home on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 2 pm. Burial will take place in the Amherst Cemetery in the spring.
March 20, 2015 - VW Bro. William "Bill" J. Connors - Minas Lodge #67
1933 - 2015
VW Bro. William J. “Bill” Connors – 82, of Parrsboro passed away Friday, March 20, 2015 at Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Upper Nappan. Born in Parrsboro, he was a son of the late Bernard and Kathleen (Warren) Connors. Bill was a self-employed contractor, specializing in carpet and cushion floor installation, as well as interior painting. Upon his retirement to the Parrsboro area, he was a most active volunteer sharing his expertise and hard work to numerous organizations. Bill was recognized with the Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Medal for his volunteerism in the community. He was a long serving member of the Knights of Columbus, Minas Masonic Lodge No. 67, Parrsboro and was Past President of Legion Branch No. 45, Parrsboro. VW Bro. Bill was a great asset to Minas Lodge, serving as Master on three different occasions. There is to be a Masonic Service for VW Bro. Bill on Friday evening, May 8th at 1900 Hrs in Smith's Funeral Home, Main Street, Parrsboro. Funeral services will be held in St. Brigid's Catholic Church at a later date.
May 25, 2015 - W Bro. Hector Alden Stone - Wimburn Lodge # 75
1926 - 2015
W Bro. Hector Alden Stone, 1926-2015, passed away peacefully at the Northumberland Veterans Unit on May 25th, 2015.
Hector was born in 1926 in Athol, NS to the late Percy and Gertrude (Brenton) Stone. Hector enlisted in the R.C.N and served until 1945. He was employed by Cobequid Lumber Company, Oxford Junction owned by G.W. McLelan and C.C. Bragg and eventually became general manager of the company.
Hector was a dedicated employee and later became a director/President of the Maritime Lumber Bureau. During the 33 years he was employed by the mill, Hector was also an active member of the Masonic Lodge, Royal Canadian Legion, Kiwanis Club and served on the Oxford School board. In 1977 he moved to New Glasgow and assisted his sons in opening their own businesses, Stone’s Superior Homes/RV and Target Mazda.
While living in the Oxford area he was a member of Wimburn Lodge #75. He joined the lodge in 1957 and was their worshipful master in 1963. He was a recipient of a 50 Year Jewel.
Visitation 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday in the R.H. Porter Funeral Home, New Glasgow, from where funeral servicewill be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with Mr. Michael Simmons officiating. Burial will be in Eagle Hill Cemetery, Westchester. Royal Canadian Legion Branch 34 and the Admiral Murray Naval Association will meet at the funeral home at 6:30 p.m. to conduct their service.
Donations in his memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society or The Northumberland Veterans Unit.
August 5, 2015 - W Bro. Craig Leonard Desjardins - King Edward Lodge #86
1974 - 2015
It is with profound sadness that the family of Craig Leonard Desjardins born January 30, 1974 announce his passing on August 5, 2015. A born educator and respected leader Craig was an integral member of Emergency Health Services Operations Leadership as Regional Support Supervisor in the Northern Region. He was an Advanced Care Paramedic, a member of the Collaborative Emergency Center team and previously Provincial Clinical Development Paramedic. As well as a Clinical Coordinator with New Brunswick EMS from 2007-2009.
Craig was member and Master of King Edward Lodge #86, Past President of Cumberland Minor Football Wolfpack, prior involvement with scouts, Saint John Ambulance Brigade in Ontario receiving the Grand Prior Award.
Craig's passions were not limited to helping others, photography, cooking, music and camping (presently holding the title of co-chair of the safety meetings). Craig touched the lives of everyone he met. All of his family and friends will miss him terribly. We remember the person he was - someone who inspired us to become better human beings, simply by knowing him.
After a lifetime of saving lives and helping others, Craig's final wish was to save another by being an organ donor.
There will be a celebration of life and a Masonic Service on Tuesday August 11, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. First Baptist Church, Amherst. Brothers are asked to arrive at the Church not later than 1:40 P.M and will gather in the Church basement prior to the service. Brothers are requested to please bring your WHITE Aprons.
Immediately following the service there will be a luncheon in the Church basement.
October 28, 2015 - VW Bro. Alan MacIntosh Roblee - Widow's Son Lodge #48
1915 - 2015
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Alan MacIntosh Roblee of Collingwood, at the age of 100. Allan passed away peacefully at the High Crest Nursing Home, Springhill on Wednesday, October 28, 2015.
Born in Streets Ridge, NS, he was a son of the late Frank and Sadie (Morris) Roblee.
Allan was a member of the Masonic Lodge Widow's Son # 48 Lodge, River Philip. In 2001 he received his 50 year Jewel, one of the highest honors bestowed upon a Mason. He was a Shriner, and member of the Collingwood United Church. He worked in the woods and at construction work during his life.
Arrangements have been entrusted to W. Allen Funeral Home, 60 Water St., Oxford, NS (902-447-2167) where visiting hours will take place on Sunday, November 1, 2015 from 2 to 4 pm. The funeral service will be held at the Collingwood United Church on Monday, November 2, 2015 at 2 pm. Burial will take place in the Wyvern Cemetery, followed by a reception at the Collingwood United Church provided by the UCW.
Those wishing to make a donation in Allan's memory may do so to the charity of your choice.
January 22, 2016 - Bro. John David Swan - Wimburn Lodge # 75
Bro. John David Swan - 54, Oxford, passed away suddenly Friday, January 22, 2016. He was a son of the late David G. and A. Leone (Trites) Swan.
John is survived by his wife Christine (nee Porter); daughter, Courtney (David) Wood; son Mitchell (Amanda Campbell); grandchildren, Hayden Wood, Ariahna and Emmett Swan; sisters, Lee (Kurt) Fischer, Oxford; Susan Swan (Bob Nagyobb), Halifax; Peg (Dave) Proctor, Germany; Barb (Wes) Pringle, Oxford; brother, Peter (Tracy), Oxford; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sister, Beth Grams.
After a brief period of school and working in Ontario, John joined the family business of Davis and SwanIGA in Oxford. Later he became owner and operator of Knol Farms Limited. John was a devoted family man, loyal friend, and hard worker. He will be greatly and forever missed by his family and friends.
He was a member of Wimburn Lodge #75. He joined the lodge in 2002. He served as secretary in 2003, 2004 and 2005.
John’s family will receive visitors from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, January 28, in MacDiarmid’s Funeral Home, 5075 Main St., Oxford (902-447-2930). Funeral service will be heldFriday, January 29 at 2 p.m. in Trinity United Church, Oxford.
February 1, 2016 - Bro. David Murray Sterling - Widow's Son Lodge #48
On Monday, February 1st, Bro. David M. Sterling died of a heart attack. He was a member of Widow's Son Lodge #48 as was his father, W Bro. George Sterling. His brother, VW Bro. Gary Sterling is also a member of this lodge.
There will be a Masonic Burial Service for Bro. David Sterling and his father later in the Spring.
Feb. 3, 2016 - Rt.W. Bro. Ellis Raymond Goodwin - Acacia Lodge #8
On Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, Rt.W. Bro. Ellis Goodwin passed to the Grand Lodge above. He died in Delaware, Ontario where he had lived for a number of years. He was raised in Acacia Lodge #8 back in July of 1945 making him a member of Acacia Lodge for over 70 years! He was 96 years old.
His remains have been cremated with an interment service at a future date.
March 18, 2016 - Bro. Donald Ward Boutilier - Laurie Lodge #70
It is with sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Bro. Donald
Ward Boutilier, age 77, of East Mapleton, NS. Donald passed away
at his home on Friday, March 18, 2016.
He was in the plumbing and heating business in excess of 50 years.
He had a true love of his trade, and had won numerous awards,
including Recognition of 50 years with CIPH. He was an active Mason
and Shriner for many years. When living in Halifax and Bridgewater,
he was very active in the Scouting movement. He and his wife
Maurita moved to East Mapleton 26 years ago, where they continued
to enjoy a loving home.
Arrangements have been entrusted to A H Brown Funeral Home, 5 McFarlane St., (902-597-2361).
In keeping with Donald's wishes, cremation has taken place and a family graveside service will take place at a later date.
The will be no Masonic Service.
Those wishing to make a donation in Donald's memory may do so to the Shriners Hospital for Sick Kids, or charity of your choice.
June 6, 2016 - VW Bro. Kenneth Snowdon - Minas Lodge #67
VW Bro. Ken Snowdon, aged 87 of Parrsboro passed away on Monday, June 6, 2016 at home. Born at Montreal, he was a son of the late Norman Snowdon and Mary (Callaghan) Snowdon-Simpson. Ken joined the Canadian Army after two years in the Government Civil Service. Enlisting in the RCOC and after basic training in Montreal, he was posted to Montreal RCOC Depot, then to Ottawa RCOC Depot. In 1949 Ken volunteered for SAS (Special Air Service), where he received his first experience of parachuting. Ken formally received his wings in 1949. SAS subsequently was disbanded, when he was posted to RCOC parachute depot in Shilo, Manitoba. He soon qualified as a parachute rigger and served as a rigger with R22R in Valcartier, Quebec from 1950 to 1952. He decided to re-badge to the Van Doo’s in order to see action in Korea, where he served for 14 months. Upon his return from Korea, he served with the Queen’s Own Rifles in Calgary, Germany, Victoria and Cypress. Following additional tours in Germany and Winnipeg with the 2nd PPCLI, he was posted to Canadian Forces Recruit School in Cornwallis, from where he retired in 1976 as Master Warrant Officer. Among the many awards Ken received, the accolades he was most proud were Parachute Wings (1949), Special Service Medal, NATO Special Service Medal, UN Service Medal, Peacekeeping Medal, Korea Service Medal (1952), UN Cyprus, Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal and Canadian Forces Decoration and Clasp. Following his retirement and after a short time living in Cornwallis, Ken and his beloved Nellie settled in Parrsboro in 1984. For many years, Ken and Nellie spent their winters in Zephyrhills, Florida, where Ken served as President of the Valleydale Retirement Community from 1997 to 2007. He served on the Board of Directors of the Parrsboro Shore Historical Society, was a member of the Parrsboro Golf Club and Parrsboro Legion Branch No. 45.
He was also a member of Minas Lodge No.67, Parrsboro, Philae Temple (Shriner) and Preceptory Mount Zion No 73. VW Bro. Snowdon was a master of the lodge on two occasions. He was a 50 year jewel holder and held many offices in the lodge over the years.
Ken was an active member of his community and was a volunteer ‘Mr. Fixit’ to so many local organizations, such as St. George’s Anglican Church and the Ottawa House in Parrsboro. He was deservedly awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and a Provincial Volunteer of the Year Award for his many contributions to his community. Ken will be greatly missed by his family, many friends and the entire community. He is survived by a sister, June Rose, Barrie, Ont.; a brother, David Simpson (Valerie), Montreal; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Nellie in 2011; sisters, Vera, Ella, Mae; brothers, Donald, Norman.
Visitation 6 - 8 pm on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Funeral service will be held 11am on Monday [June 13, 2016] at St. George’s Anglican Church, Parrsboro, the Rev. Dr. Brian Spence officiating. Burial in the church cemetery. Reception to follow in St. George’s Anglican Church Hall, Parrsboro.
There will be a Masonic Funeral Service for him at 7pm on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at the funeral home.
It is with deep sorrow that the family of James Kenneth "Jim" Murray, age 65, of Amherst, announce his sudden passing on Tuesday, June 28, 2016.
Born in Moncton, NB, he was a son of the late Kenneth and Marion (Howell) Murray.
Jim was a lifetime learner, problem solver and lived life to the fullest... with an interest in so many things there weren't enough hours in a day.
He received his BSc from UNB, his BEd from Acadia and continued on throughout his career to attain his CLU in the life insurance industry.
He was Worshipful Master of the Acacia Lodge # 8 in Amherst, as well as President of the Cumberland Shriners.
Jim was a founding member of the Cumberland Car Club as well as a member of the NBACC, the Maritime Pre War Club as well as British car clubs: BATONS of N.S and GMBTA of N.B.
Jim began his career in the insurance industry working for Metropolitan Life, both in sales and management and later became an insurance broker with his own company, Jim Murray & Associates. His passion for cars led him to Bordertown and later Tantramar Chev in Amherst where he worked first in finance and then sales for over 30 years.
Jim loved his family unconditionally and they were his joy. He was a patient teacher... guiding gently as you independently found your way.
His home gave him immense pleasure... tending to his flower beds and property, gardening or tinkering in his garage on one of his many projects. A perfect day for Jim included a drive in his MG along a country road with a picnic at the end of the journey with Darcy.
His family, friends and coworkers will miss his bear hugs, infectious grin and the loving twinkle in his eye.
'Your gentle smile and generous heart will live with us forever.'
Jim will be dearly missed by the love of his life of 42 years, Darcy (Darlene) Murray; his sons William of Amherst (presently teaching in China) and Edward (Caitlyn Wood) of Halifax, as well as by the many members of his family and his friends.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Furlong~Jones Funeral Home, 70 Church St., Amherst, NS (902-667-8777) where visiting hours will take place on Wednesday from 6 to 8 pm.
A Masonic Service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday evening, July 6, at 6:30pm. A celebration of Jim's life will be held at Furlong~Jones Funeral Home, Amherst, NS, on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 2 pm, Rev. Byron Corkum officiating.
By request, family flowers only. Donations in memory of Jim may be made to the Heart and Stroke
Foundation, the Shriner's Children Hospital, or the charity of your choice.
1925 - 2017
The death of Frederick Earl Spencer in his 92nd year of River Philip occurred at the Cumberland Regional Hospital on May 12, 2017. A lifelong and very proud resident of River Philip, Fred was the son of the late Trueman and Gertrude(Patriquin) Spencer. Fred is survived by his wife of 61 years Bonnie (Keiver), son Brent (Helen) of Riverview NB, daughter Laurel (Gil) Giles of Moncton NB, two granddaughters Jana and Courtney Giles of Moncton, a sister, Doris (late Vaughn) Smith of Dartmouth, a sister-in-law, Marie Spencer of Shelburne and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents Fred was predeceased by brothers Edwin and Layton and sisters Jean and Ella.
Fred first with his father and then with Bonnie owned and operated Spencer’s General Store in River Philip for over 50 years. The store for many years served as the focal point of the community and Fred enjoyed the company of thousands of people he met over the years while serving the public. He also served as postmaster in River Philip for many years, retiring from both positions in 1990. Fred served in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War Two aboard the minesweeper HMCS Blairmore.
Active in the Community, Fred was a member of the Masonic lodge in River Philip, Widow’s Son Lodge #48, and had recently been awarded his 70 year membership pin. Fred was also a former officer of the Masonic Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia. Fred served for many years as an elder, steward and treasurer for the River Philip United Church and was a long time member of Branch #36 Royal Canadian Legion in Oxford.
Arrangements have been entrusted to W. Allen Funeral Home of Oxford Nova Scotia. There will be no visitation or public service. Burial will be in the River Philip United Church Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the River Philip United Church cemetery fund or to the charity of one’s choice.
September 18, 2017 - RW Bro. Richard (Dick) Allen Cameron - Widow's Son Lodge #48