Obituary – Michael Lawrence Westhaver

It is with great sadness that the family announces the peaceful passing of Michael Lawrence Westhaver, age 64, of Sims Settlement on October 18, 2021 surrounded by his loving wife and family. Mike was a son of Carman Westhaver, Caledonia and Phyllis Westhaver, Fox Point. He leaves behind his loving wife of 47 years, Suzette (Cross); his sons, Michael Jr. (Colleen), Sims Settlement and Jamie (Sarah), Cyprus, Tex.; his wonderful grandchildren, Caillin, Caleb, Logan, Cameron and Hudson; sisters, Debbie McArthur (Edd), Brandon, Man. and Paula Barclay (Richard), Mahone Bay; brothers, Spencer (Mona) and Kevin (Cathy), both of Fox Point; sister-in-law, Kathy Pate (Gordon), Austin, Tex. and brother-in-law, Randy Cross, Dartmouth; “Daddy”, Floyd Jollimore, Fox Point; and lots of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brother, Kenny (Sherwood Park, Alta.) and nephew, baby Adam Coolen. At the age of 16, Mike started his lifelong career in the fishing industry which included scalloping, long lining, gill netting and lobster fishing. This chosen path and love of the water enabled Mike to build strong friendships attributed to his kindness and easy going personality. One, in particular, was the special bond he shared with Hazen (Danny) Boutilier. Mike had a true passion for cards whether he was playing crib, 45’s, Texas holdem, poker or blackjack. He was well respected and known as a true gentleman to the game. The family would like to thank the staff at the Cancer and Radiation Units of the VG Site, QEII for their outstanding care and compassion. Also, special recognition to Lunenburg County Palliative Care (Melanie Spence and Dr. Caldeira), as well as, Lunenburg County VON. In keeping with Mike’s wishes, there will be no visitation. A family service and burial will be held at a later date. In memory of Mike, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Lunenburg County Palliative Care Program (Health Services Foundation of the South Shore, PO Box 492, Bridgewater, NS B4V 2X6 or online at, click “Ways to give”, Designated to Palliative Care Department). We will forever cherish our memories of Mike. We will miss his quick wit and dry sense of humor. We will remember this gentle giant’s loving nature and the grace and courage he showed during his cancer journey. Online condolences can be made to:

Obituary – Earl Baker

Earl BAKER — Big Tancook Island
Published: October 05, 2021

Earl Baker – Age 84, of Big Tancook Island, passed away on September 25, 2021 in South Shore Regional Hospital with Vincent and Shelly by his side. Born on Big Tancook Island, Earl was a son of the late Russell and Bertha Baker. He was a lobster fisherman for many years and didn’t fully retire from fishing until he was 79.

In his earlier days, he worked at the Island boat shop building boats. As well, he helped to build many of the houses on the Island. He was a wealth of knowledge and was often sought out for information regarding Island history. Others frequently turned to Earl for gardening tips. He was well-known for his gardening skills and very generously shared produce with many Island residents, as well as staff at businesses on the mainland that he frequented, especially the ladies.

He was quite a charmer. He loved to attend dances and would go every chance he could. As long as the music was to his taste, he was tearing up the dance floor. Earl will be remembered as a feisty man who was very firm in his beliefs.

All who knew him were aware that it was almost impossible to win an argument with him, but he was loved just the same.

Earl is survived by his son, Vincent and partner Shelly; his grandchildren, Joleigh and Owen; and his brother, Carroll. He was predeceased by his son, Justin; his wife, Debbie; his brother, Vincent; his sister, Merle; and his brother, Lloyd.

The memorial service will be held on Friday, October 8th at 12 p.m. in Tancook Baptist Cemetery, Tancook Island. Ferry will leave Chester at 10:20 returning at 1:30. In lieu of sending flowers, donations may be made to Tancook Baptist Cemetery Fund or BTIERA.

Obituary – Kenneth Wayne Rodenhiser

Kenneth Wayne Rodenhiser — Big Tancook Island

Age 76 of Big Tancook Island, passed away on July 29, 2021.
He was the son of the late Harvey and Sadie (Cross) Rodenhiser.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Audrey (Cross) Rodenhiser;
his son, Travis (Karry-Lynn Tarbox), Big Tancook Island and his
sister, Avis Baker, Big Tancook Island. A private burial will be
held at a later date.
Arrangements under the direction of Davis Funeral Home, Chester.


Obituary – Hilda Wilson

Hilda Wilson, 92, from Ellenton, Florida passed away after a brief illness on March 4, 2021 to be with her Lord and Savior and all those who passed before her. Born on Big Tancook Island, Nova Scotia, Canada on August 25, 1928, she was the youngest daughter of David, Jr. and Armenia (Cross) Baker. She was predeceased by her six siblings, Howard & wife Dora, Clifford & wife Hazel, Ralph, Vernie & husband Ernest, Theresa & husband Stanley, and Pearl (Dolly) & husband Webster; by her husband of 47 years, Lloyd, her daughter Linda Wilson Igoe, and infant daughter Reanne Verline. She is survived by her daughter Greta Wilson Cook and husband Kenneth of Dunbarton, NH; son-in-law John K. Igoe of Billingham, Mass; and by a special nephew, Lester Baker, who she always considered as the son she never had, and wife Susan and family from Ontario, Canada. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, and by dear friends and neighbors. Hilda was raised and married on Big Tancook Island, moved to Newmarket, NH in 1952 and resided there for 46 years before moving to Ellenton, Florida in 1998. While in Newmarket, she was an active member of the Newmarket Community Church as a deaconate for 19 years and co-chaired many church suppers and Christmas fairs. In Ellenton, she attended New Hope Baptist Church and was a member of the “Sunshine Club” visiting shut-ins. Hilda was the egg packer at the Wilson Poultry Farm in Newmarket for several years, and also worked at the former Kingston & Warren plant in Newfields after raising her two daughters. One of her greatest joys was to return to her beloved Tancook Island and homestead each summer. As the Baker matriarch, she hosted an annual family reunion each August for many years. Hilda was quite the seamstress, making both her daughters’ wedding gowns. She loved to cook and make homemade pies. Her home, often referred to as her “Do Drop Inn”, was always open to visitors in Newmarket and Ellenton. She will be dearly missed, but always remembered for her perseverance no matter what life gave her, for her sharp mind and story-telling, for her compassion to help others, for the love that always remained in her heart for her Tancook family, and for her gift to all who knew her – her Hilda hugs. She was eternally grateful to her family and friends who visited or called often and to her caregivers in her later years. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to one of the following organizations: Big Tancook Island Emergency Response Association (B.T.I.E.R.A.) – P.O. Box 73, Big Tancook Island, Nova Scotia, Canada B0J3G0 Newmarket Community Church, 137 Main Street, Newmarket, NH, 03857. New Hope Baptist Church, 9422 Old Tampa Road, Parrish, Florida 34219. NH Food Bank, 700 E Industrial Park Dr., Manchester, NH 03109 A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Kent & Pelzar Funeral Home in Newmarket, NH.


Obituary – Beverley Sterling Pearl

Beverley Sterling Pearl

Age 80, of Big Tancook Island, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 24, 2020 in Ryan Hall – Senior Living, Bridgewater, with his family by his side.
Born in East River, he was a son of the late Warren and Olive (Mason) Pearl. Bev worked 30 plus years as a diesel mechanic for Cummins Diesel, and upon retiring moved back to Big Tancook Island. He enjoyed tinkering in the garage, spending time with his Jazzy girl and everything marine.
Bev was a kind and gentle soul who will be missed by all that knew him. Predeceased by his parents; brother, Carroll, and wife, Barbara (Aucoin). Survived by children, Patrick, Dartmouth; Peter, Dartmouth; Lisa (Joseph) Fougere, Dartmouth and grand children, Jasmine, Cheryl, Mellisa, Joseph Fougere.
Arrangements for cremation have been entrusted to Davis Funeral Home, Chester. The family will have a private interment with a Celebration of Life in the spring when all the family can attend.
If so desired, donations in Bev’s memory can be made to Big Tancook Island Emergency Response Association (BTIERA).

Obituary – Gretta Irene Wilneff (Baker)

Gretta Irene Wilneff (Baker)

Age 95 of Dartmouth, passed away peacefully December 5, 2020 in The Admiral Long Term Care Centre in Dartmouth.

Gretta was born and raised on Big Tancook Island. She was the daughter of Stanley and Theresa Baker. Gretta lived for her family and spent many years traveling to Scotland, Mexico and the United States to create special memories with them.

She was proceeded in death by her husband, Obed Wilneff; her sons, Billy Reid and Blair Gerald Wilneff; her second husband, Stanley Langille; and her brother, Gerald Baker. She is survived by her beloved son, Roger Wilneff and his wife, Donna Quinlan Wilneff. Also survived by her dearest granddaughters, Laura Wilneff Covington her husband, Troy Covington and their daughter, Emerson Covington; and Jacquelyn Wilneff Damico her husband, Matthew Damico and their children, Vincent and Ellis Damico.

Gretta adored and is survived by her niece, Christine Baker Stevens her husband, Gary Stevens and great niece, Lynette Stevens. She is also survived by her niece, Corrine and Grant Mason; her loving nephew, Darrin Baker and his wife Angie, as well as her great niece and nephew, Erica and Blair Baker.

A graveside service will be held on Big Tancook Island after the arrival of the 10:20 a.m. ferry from Chester on Thursday, December 10th. Due to COVID-19 there will be no reception after the service. The ferry returns to Chester at 1:30 p.m. Use of masks and observance of socially distancing protocol is requested for those wishing to attend the service.

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)