Obituary – Sharon Anne Sleigh (Crooks)

Sharon Anne Sleigh (Crooks)

Age 76, Lower Sackville, passed away peacefully with husband, Chuck, by her side on October 9, 2020 in the Palliative Care Unit, the VG Site, QEII. Born July 4, 1944 in East Chester, she was a daughter of the late Mabel (Baker) and Willis Crooks (Tancook Island and Halifax). She is survived by her devoted husband of 53 years, Charles “Chuck” Sleigh; her loving sons, Todd (Suzanne) Sleigh and Troy (Ann) Sleigh, both of Kanata, Ont.; and her precious grandchildren, Sarah, Emma and Charlotte Sleigh, Jillian, Matthew and Meghan Sleigh.
Also mourning her loss are her siblings, Gerald  (Joan) Crooks, Mississauga; Delphine Boscoe, Colby Village; Carroll (Ellen) Crooks, Dartmouth; Rodney (Carol) Crooks, Mississauga; and Diane Crooks, Halifax; many beloved
nieces and nephews and dear friends. Besides her parents, she was also predeceased by brother-in-law, Earl (Delphine) Boscoe; niece, Susan Crooks; and nephew-in-law,William “Bill” Almolky (Sherry Friis). Sharon was an  employee of Scotia Flour and Feed, Halifax and the Kmart and Kent stores of Lower Sackville, the latter from which  she retired in 2014.
Sharon was well-known for her sense of humour and her gift for making people laugh with joy and abandonment. She was an avid bowler in her day and excelled at gardening, maintaining a colourful and beautiful backyard garden which was enjoyed by all. Sharon looked forward to the family reunions on Tancook Island; and Halifax on Christmas Eve following the service in Mulgrave Park United Baptist Church.
However, the most precious things in her life and the dearest to her heart
were her six wonderful grandchildren whom she loved dearly. She was proud of all their accomplishments and would eagerly share the latest news about each of them.
The family would like to thank the many caring health care professionals who guided Sharon and Chuck through the difficult journey over the last 18 months since she was first diagnosed with serious illnesses. Sharon and Chuck much appreciated the kind and gentle manner with which they were treated by everyone. Thank you to Amanda and the paramedics who assisted in her care the evening before she was admitted to the Palliative Care Unit so that she could remain at home as long as possible. Thank you to the Palliative Care teams at Cobequid Community Health Centre and the Victoria Building for their kindnesses and gentle care of Sharon, Chuck, Todd, and Troy. All are much appreciated.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Atlantic
Funeral Home, Sackville Chapel. Cremation has taken place. As per Sharon’s request, there will be no visitation or funeral service. Take a walk and enjoy the sunshine. For those wishing to do so, donations may be made in Sharon’s memory to Canadian Cancer  Society (, the Heart and Stroke Foundation ( or other charity of your choice. Online condolences can be made by visiting: (Sackville Chapel).

Obituary – Henry Charles Clothier

Obituary – Henry Charles Clothier

Age 78 from Windsor Road community of Chester, passed away peacefully August 28, 2020, with his loving wife Germaine by his side in South Shore Regional Hospital. Henry (Dad) was born April 7, 1942, the eldest child of the late George and Greta Clothier. Henry (Dad) has taken many different avenues to support his family. At a very young age he joined the Militia with the Halifax Rifles. He then pursued his journey with the Naval Auxiliary he operated on board of the Quest the Saint Charles, after which he decided to take another avenue to be home more with his family. He then chose to try the taxi service in which he owned and operated his own taxi for many years serving the Halifax Area. His last avenue in which he retired from was employment at the Halifax Housing Authority. He survived by his wife Germaine (Hudson ), 55 years of marriage; his daughters, Susan (Ken) Ontario; Tracey (Barry), Marriotts Cove; Cheri (Curtis),Chester; and his grandchildren, Blair, Kyle, Stefan, Amy, Ronda, Dillion and Kierra; six great- grandchildren; sister, Joan (Ed), Ontario; and brother, Bill (Patsy), Wolfville; lastly his little dog Millie, she was his little girl that he dearly loved. Predeased by son, Ron Clothier; and grandson, Blaine Clothier. Henry (Dad) was a man that always wanted the very best for his family, always there to give advice. He loved family suppers and making his famous Fish and Chips to feed the whole crew. He left us all with a lot of his strong will and touched each and everyone of his family and friends in many ways. He was a man like no other and we all loved him for that. Extra special thanks goes out to Dr. Chiasson, 3rd floor nursing staff Shelby and Morgan for all your care and support, you truly were our angels during such a difficult time. To fulfil Henry’s (Dads) wishes, there will be no funeral. Donations in his memory can be made to the IWK Health Centre Foundation or charity of your choice. Arrangements are under direction of Davis Funeral Home, Chester.

Obituary – David Edward Jollymore

David Edward Jollymore – Age 76 of Blandford, son of the late Herbert and Margaret Jollymore. It is with great sadness that the family announces David’s passing in Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital, Lunenburg, after a battle with cancer. David went home to be with the Lord on May 31, 2020. Born on Little Tancook Island, it was there that he met and married his wife, Barbara. David operated six fishing boats over his 60-plus year fishing career. Some of his fondest memories were of his days at sea, fishing with his father-in-law Ernest (Levy), but none were fonder to David than the 30 years he spent fishing next to his son, Trevor. If you were lucky enough to know David, you would know that he was a kind and generous man who touched many hearts during his time here. He was a man of unwavering faith and he attended church every Sunday. At random he would break out in song, singing a favourite hymn. David always put his family first, and he took great joy in having family gatherings surrounded by his grandchildren. David continued to lobster fish with his son and crew until early January, until his body could no longer allow it. Only hours after his son and crew landed the lobster traps safely on the wharf for the 2020 season, David passed. It only seems fitting that he finished out his final lobster season. “Poppy” will be deeply missed. David is survived by his wife of 47 years, Barbara (Levy); sons, Trevor (Kate), and Taylor (Alexandra); daughter, Dawn; and nine grandchildren, all of Blandford. The family would like to thank Dr. John Jenkins and the Palliative Care nursing staff at Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital. A private family funeral will be held but due to restrictions it will be live-streamed on Saturday, June 6th, at 2 p.m. in Faith Baptist Chapel: Donations in David’s memory can be made to A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.~ (John 3:16)

Obituary – Rudolph Victor Stevens

Rudolph Victor Stevens – Age 81.

It is with great sadness that the family of Rudolph Stevens shares the news of his passing on May 28, 2020. He passed peacefully in the QEII Health Sciences Centre knowing he was surrounded by love. Rudolph lived his entire life on Big Tancook Island and was proud to call the Island home. He was a proud member of the Tancook Island Ferry crew for 25 years, acting as Captain on the William G. Ernst for much of those years. He loved everything about the great outdoors and spent most of his leisure time hunting, fishing, and gardening. He never missed a deer hunting season, an opportunity to be out in a boat or a harvest season where he always had enough bounty from his garden to share with every-one he knew. The only thing better than all of the incredible meals he enjoyed as a result of his efforts were the stories he had to tell about the adventures involved in each excursion. No one could tell a story like Rudolph. Every person included had a nickname and every detail was vividly described. Even if you’d heard the story before, it was still worth a listen because you knew you’d be laughing by the end.

In his own words, Rudolph said at the end “I lived a good, long life and have nothing to complain about” and if you’ve heard his stories, you know this to be true but we’re all still heartbroken to let him go. Rudolph leaves behind his beloved wife, Teresa; son, Dana; daughter, Renee; cherished grandson, Myles; brother, Theodore (Sharon); and niece and nephews, Shelley Banks (Stewart), Derek Stevens (Diana), Ron Archibald (Vicki). He was predeceased by his parents, Vincent and Elsie Stevens; and his first wife, Nancy Stevens. We would like to thank the dedicated nurses and doctors at QEII Health Sciences Centre and his family physician Dr. Dobek for all of their care over the years, as well as the first responders on Tancook Island. Donations in Rudolph’s memory can be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Cremation has taken place and funeral arrangements entrusted to Davis Funeral Home in Chester. Online condolences may be made to: A burial and celebration of life will be planned for a later date when restrictions on public gatherings are loosened.

Obituary – Gordon Sterling Baker

Obituary – Gordon Sterling Baker

We are sad to announce that Gordon, age 91, of Dartmouth, passed away peacefully in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII, watched over by caring nurses and doctors during this difficult time. He was born in Tancook Island, Lunenburg Co., the eldest son of the late Perley Baker and Elmira (Langille) Baker/Roast. Gordon started his work life in the city as a young man and worked at several different jobs. He then settled into a career at the VG Hospital as a Stores Supervisor until his retirement at age 60. He is survived by his niece, Veronica Baker; and nephews, Gary (Anne) Baker and James Baker (Cheryl). He was predeceased by his stepfather, Raymond Roast; infant sister, Helen; brothers, Clyde and Clarence; and sister-in-law, Doreen. In honouring Gordon’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private interment will take place in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens at a later date. On Gordon’s behalf, we would like to thank family physicians, Dr. Stroud and Dr. Creighton for their excellent care and guidance given to him, especially in his later years. We would also like to thank the caring pharmacists and staff at the Braemar Superstore Pharmacy. A special thank you to Donna and Larry, whose friendship and assistance enabled Gordon to remain in his long-time North End Dartmouth apartment, until shortly before his passing. Online condolences may be made by visiting: Dartmouth Chapel.

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

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.

Obituary – Sherman Hirtle “Little Buddy”

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of local country music legend Sherman (Little Buddy) Hirtle on July 8, 2019 at SSRH. Buddy is survived by his wife Paulette, Shoreham Nursing Home, sons Elvis (Marion), Terry, Dale (Sarah), daughter,Sherry, grandsons Richard (Kim), Chad, Mathew, great grandsons Damien and Avery, and sister Melanie. Buddy was predeceased by his parents Herbert and Pearl Hirtle (Levy) and his sister Norma. Buddy was born on Big Tancook on February 4, 1933 and always had a love of the water. He started playing music at a young age and met so many of the great musician over the years. Buddy has been cremated and a celebration of life will take place at the Mahone Bay Firehall on August 6, 2019 at 3:00pm. Funeral arrangements and donations are in the care of Davis Funeral Home in Chester, NS.

Obituary – Shirely Agnes Rhodenizer

Friday, December 5th, 1930 – Wednesday, July 10th, 2019 Rhodenizer, Shirley Agnes, 88, of Harbour View Haven, Home for Special Care formerly of Dean’s Corner, passed away on Wednesday July 10, 2019 at Harbour View Haven. Born on Tancook Island, on December 5, 1930, she was a daughter of the late Ena (Baker) and Lawrence Wilson. Shirley spent the majority of her professional life working for R.B. Stevens and Sons Sailmakers and later at The Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. Shirley was a faithful member of the Northwest United Baptist Church and was actively involved in the choir for more than 40 years. After retirement, Shirley enjoyed gardening, playing cards and doing jigsaw puzzles. Her grandchildren will always remember picnics on the lawn, skating at the rink, making gingerbread houses and sparkly pine cones for the fireplace. And, oh the food, pancakes on Sunday morning, pizza for lunch and chocolate pie from scratch for birthday celebrations.

Shirley is survived by her children, Debbie (Dartmouth), Wendy (Bridgewater), Kevin (Heather) (Martin’s Brook), grandchildren, Darrell (Joanna), Ken (Holly), Melissa (Matt), Jeff (Amy), Elizabeth, great grandchildren, Jacob, Ella, Jack, Chelsea, Alexa, Kara, Emma, Anna, Zoey and Everlee. She was predeceased by her husband, Douglas, brothers, Ivan and Harley and sisters, Millie and Velma.
A service of celebration and memory of Shirley will be held Monday at 1:00 p.m. in the Northwest United Baptist Church, Reverend Doctor Randy Crozsman, officiating. Arrangements entrusted to the Dana L. Sweeny Funeral Home, 11213 Hwy #3 Lunenburg.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Northwest United Baptist Church, Harbour View Haven or the Second Peninsula Cemetery. The family would like to thank the staff of Harbour View Haven for their care of our mother over the past five years. Thanks also to Sweeny’s Funeral Home for their care of our mother.

Obituary – Elmer Leon Jollymore

ELMER LEON JOLLYMORE, 61 years old of Little Tancook Island passed away suddenly on Tuesday May 21, 2019 at his home. He leaves behind the love of his life and partner of 46 years Carol A. Green. Elmer will be sadly missed by his step-daughters: Kendra (Roger) Rafuse of Little Tancook Island. Kelly (Michael “Mike”) Conrad of Little Tancook Island. Step-son: Clarence Jr. “Junior” (Sharon) Green of Martin’s Point. Grandchildren: Shannon Rafuse. Kayla Conrad (Stephen Legge) of Bridgewater. Jenna Conrad-Cross (Brandon Cross) of Bedford. Morgan Green (Tiffany Jollymore) of Mahone Bay and great grand-daughter Sophie. Devon Green. He was pre-deceased by both his parents Herbert & Margaret Jollymore. Brother Lawrence and infant brother Earl. Grandmother Carmen Jollymore. He is survived by his brothers: David (Barbara), Clark (Helen), Clarence (Linda), and Lester (Debbie). His sisters: Pauline, Marie (George) & Shelia (Phat). As well as many nieces and nephews. The funeral service is to be held on Saturday June 1, 2019 @ 10:30am in the Davis Funeral Home, where the cremation has already taken place. Ashes will be put to rest at the Western Shore Cemetary following the service at the funeral home in Chester. Family flowers only and donations can be made in his honour to The Hope For Wildlife Foundation. Those who knew Elmer knew he enjoyed a few great things in life, whether it was being the Captain of his all family crew upon the Shajenka for the lobstering/fishing seasons, his love of animals whether it was his kitties at home or the wild birds that he kept well fed on the Island or at his cottage in New Burne and his love of hunting, whether it was during the open season or on television. Just like fishing, he also enjoyed hunting with a partner, someone to help drag or to listen to an amazing story he had at the ready to share. He also loved and cherished his family, he always kept in contact and always had there well being on his mind, he liked to stay in contact over the phone or in person when he had the chance for a visit. “Life is something precious to be treasured everyday, but like a candle in the wind its light can fade away.”