Obituary – Reverend Robert Donald Cross

Reverend Robert Donald Cross 1933-2020

Reverend Robert Donald Cross of New Minas, NS, passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 20, 2020 at Soldiers Memorial Hospital, Middleton, NS. Robert was born on Big Tancook Island, NS on August 29, 1933 to the late Ernest and Hazel (Mason) Cross. He was raised and schooled on the Island, which remained his favourite place on earth. Fishing, playing hockey, singing, and later, playing golf were cherished activities.

As a young man, Robert felt God calling him to the ministry. He attended Eastern Pentecostal Bible College and graduated in 1955. He began his ministry in Dalhousie, NB that same year. Throughout his ministry, Robert pastored in all three Maritime Provinces; he occasionally ventured off to Newfoundland, where he loved to preach. Throughout his entire lifetime, and even until his last days, Robert spoke to people he encountered aboutthe Good News of the Gospel.

Robert is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ella (Ward) Cross, whom he married just before beginning his pastoral ministry. He is also survived by his four children: Donald (Doreen); Susan (Doug) Norton; Stephen (Lori); Nancy (Willis) Langford, as well as ten grandchildren and seven great- grandchildren. Robert’s surviving siblings are: John (Elaine); Lillian Dyer; Grace Henneberry; Faith (Bernard) Blinn and Colleen (Philip) Levy. As well, Robert is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Robert was predeceased by his brother, Elmer Stuart Cross, and his sister, Doreen Edith Baker.

Funeral and burial arrangements will be determined at a later date. Ella and her children wish to thank the manypeople who visited, prayed for and supported Robert during hisphysical decline, as well as the VON caregivers, and many doctors,nurses and hospital staff of the Valley Regional Hospital and SoldiersMemorial Hospital for their kindness, compassion and professional care for Robert.

Donations in memory may be made to: Teen Challenge Atlantic, 1187 Principal St. Memramcook, NB

Important Notice – Change to MFR Status

Notice to Residents:

Please be aware that EHS has moved all MFR agencies to Level 5 response model.

This means that we will only attend:
Motor Vehicle Collisions
Difficult extrication.

Despite making a case for our isolated location and circumstances, the decision by the Province stands.

BTIERA will not be attending any 911 medical call outs unless they fall into the above two categories.

If there is a 911 medical call out, Paramedics will attend from the mainland by either ferry or Lifeflight. BTIERA will provide transport locally for the paramedics.

Please if you have a medical emergency call 911, do not contact our MFR’s privately and put pressure on them to see you off the books. This could have serious consequences for BTIERA and the individual MFR.

Peter Stephens
MFR Coordinator.

Obituary – Burnel Kenneth Hutt

Burnel Kenneth Hutt

Published: March 04, 2020 – The Chronicle Herald

Born March 25, 1946 on Tancook Island, passed away peacefully on February 27, 2020 in Fisherman’s Memorial Hospital, at the age of 73.

Burnel was raised on Tancook Island and worked as a fisherman for most of his years and enjoyed working on vehicles. Burnel moved to Chester Grant with his family in the 70’s, and was always a very kind gentle man, who was well-loved by his family and friends. Burnel is survived by his mother, Madeline Stevens (John); his wife, JoAnn (Slaunwhite) Hutt; sons, Corey, Chester; and Adam, Chester Grant; and grandson, Cameron, Toronto; brothers, Jack (Eldred) (Diana), Shelburne; Glen (Kenneth) (Lois), Chester Basin; and Elvis, Chester Basin.

Burnel was predeceased by his father, George; brother, Leslie; sister, Jane; and granddaughter, Hallee Jo. Burnel wished to donate his remains to science at Dalhousie University. Celebration of Life to be determined at a later date. Donations can be made to his wife JoAnn Hutt to assist her at this difficult time or a charity of your choice.

Tancook Wishing Stones

Never stop wishing  ~ wishes are free!

At birthdays, we often make a wish when we blow out the candles on our cake. Some people wish on the first star they see at night. Wishbones, dandelions, wishing wells…there are times when we just need to believe in a little bit of magic.

If you are reading this, you may have found one of our Tancook Wishing Stones.  Your wishing stone has been collected from the shores of Big Tancook Island. It is our hope that this wishing stone will bring you joy.

A wishing stone is a magical stone or pebble that is found on the seashore and has a white quartz ring on it somewhere. The ring must be complete with no breaks or pauses in the circle it forms. The ring can be crossed by other rings, but must have no beginning and no end in order for the magic to work. 

When you find a wishing stone, stand by the seashore, hold it in your hand, close your eyes and make a silent wish. Once you’ve made a wish, throw the stone as far into the sea as you can.

We hope to spread a little magic by leaving Tancook Wishing Stones in places where people may need a bit of cheer. We will leave baskets of Wishing Stones in hospital waiting rooms and in other randomly selected places.  Each stone will be packaged in a small fabric bag with a card explaining the idea behind a Wishing Stone and encouraging people to leave a comment on our website describing their Wishing Stone experience.

Please share your wishing stone story with us in the comment section below.

TIR Meeting re Ferry Service

This is a meeting concerning the current and future ferry service – not the condition of the roads.  The TIR staff who will be meeting with us are from the ferry service – not road works.
To help TIR staff prepare for the meeting,  we would like to send them questions in advance.  (Deadline for questions is Dec 13.)

If you wish to submit a question(s) in advance, you have two options:
1. You can leave question(s) in the comments below, or
2. You can leave (question)s anonymously at the Post Office.