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.”

Obituary – Elmer Stuart Cross

Age 88, passed away in South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater on April 11, 2019. Elmer was a son of the late Ernest and Hazel Cross (of Big Tancook Island). He is survived by his daughters, Kathy (Gordon) Pate, George Town, Tex.; Suzette (Michael) Westhaver, Sims Settlement; son, Randy Cross, Dartmouth; grandsons, Michael (Colleen) Westhaver, Sims Settlement, Jamie (Sarah) Westhaver, Houston, Tex.; great-grandchildren, Caillin and Caleb Westhaver, Sims Settlement; Logan Cameron and Hudson Westhaver, Houston, Tex.; brothers, Robert (Ella) Cross, New Minas; John (Elaine) Cross, Martins River; Lillian Dyer, Sackville; sisters, Grace Henneberry, Spryfield; Faith (Bernard) Blinn, Halifax; Colleen (Philip) Levy, Sims Settlement and sister-in-law, Doris Levy, Little Tancook. He was predeceased by his wife, Geraldine (Levy) Cross and sister, Doreen Baker. Elmer (Dad) lived 85 years on his beloved Tancook Island prior to moving to Sims Settlement where he owned and operated a general store. In later years, he was employed by the province as a deckhand on the William G. Ernest ferry service from Chester to Tancook. Dad was a kind and giving man, great supporter of political parties and a true hockey player to the core. Elmer’s passion for the ice saw him don the skates until the good old age of 87, meeting along the way many firends from both the Tancook Island team as well as the Chester Oldtimers. Dad’s joy in life was reflecting the play by play of each game with his hockey playing friend, Jack Clothier, not only for the old timer’s league but the NHL games as well. We, the family, would like to take this time to thank Dr. Alisa Visram and nurse Heather at the VG Hematology Clinic, South Shore Palliative Care Unit, Caitlin Garland and South Shore Regional Hospital as well as the EHS Services of Nova Scotia for the outstanding care and kindness provided to our father; you are true professionals. In memory of Elmer, please help a friend in need, donate to a food bank or reach out to a local Minor Hockey Association so children can share the love of the game as Dad did. Visitation will be 2-4, and 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 17th in Davis Funeral Home, Chester. A family burial will be held at a later date.


Obituary – Norman George Bourque

Norman George Bourque, a resident of Big Tancook Island, Canada and San Diego, Vagabond and Raconteur, lost the good fight Sept. 20, 2018 at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. He was 82. He was a proud U.S. Navy retiree, successful entrepreneur and Patriots fan.

Many great memories remain for his wife, Sally, children Karen (Win), Marie (George), Ellen (Terry), Theresa (Gordon) and Michael. His legacy lives on especially with his five grandchildren: Heather, Julie, Alex, Elizabeth, and Jesse and his great-grandchildren: Mackenzie, Bella, and Wayne.

Norm was born March 11, 1936 in Boston, Massachusetts to George and Jean Bourque. The oldest of five children, he is predeceased by his sister, Janet and his brother, Butch. He was especially close to his sister Connie and will be remembered by his brother, Richard.

He graduated from Mission High School in Boston and went on to earn Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Maryland. Following his U.S. Navy career, he worked in industry and was a professor for the University of Maryland at its overseas campuses in England, China, Germany, Japan and Korea.

His amazing life journey will be celebrated by his friends and family in Jacksonville, San Diego and Canada. Arrangements are under the direction of HARDAGE- GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME, 1701 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL.