Obituary – Delphine Angilla Melissa Boscoe

Delphine Angilla Melissa Boscoe

It is with much sadness and a great sense of loss that Delphine’s girls announce her flight to Heaven on May 15, 2022 at 2:14 P.M. in Dartmouth General Hospital after a decline in health and mobility over the last year.

Born on Big Tancook Island to Mabel (Baker) and Willis Crooks, she was a Taurus and as stubborn as they come.

After spending the first nine years of her life on Tancook, she and her family moved to Halifax to fight the war. A big change for her mom, dad and her three brothers! Summers were spent on Tancook staying with her maternal grandparents Melissa (Levy) and Hibbert Baker, but often visiting with her Aunt Ena (Baker) and Uncle Lawrence over in Southeast Cove with her Wilson cousins.

Delphine left home at the age of 19 in 1952 to join the R.C.A.F. Hitch hiking everywhere in uniform with her Air Force buddies, she enjoyed her years of adventure. Then Del met Earl Boscoe, who was also in the R.C.A.F. and the romance was on! They married in 1955 after 6 months of a whirlwind courtship and Del traded in her uniform to begin her new life long career as wife to Earl and eventually mother to their three spectacular daughters.

Moving every year and a half to a new posting, Del became an expert packer and unpacker of the entire Boscoe household, making each new PMQ or apartment “somewhere” a home in short order. Earl often said he was glad he married Delphine, a true Nova Scotia girl at heart because he always had somewhere to go on vacations. Finally, in 1973 the family’s last posting saw them settled in Dartmouth and Del sheltered in place until her illness forced her into hospital just days after her 89th birthday party.

To Delphine, family was everything. She liked being the family’s matriarch. She loved each one of us, no matter how much we annoyed her. No matter where she lived, Nova Scotia was always home. She enjoyed the family vacations spent at the old David Crooks homestead on Tancook and in later years reveled in renting Harley’s house with its amenities like running water and electricity. She was looking forward to this year’s Tancook vacation in July and especially wanted to visit the church of her childhood, the Tancook Island United Baptist Church.

Delphine was predeceased by her parents Mabel (1996) and Willis (1985) Crooks; her beloved husband, Earl Boscoe (2013); “baby” sister and best friend, Sharon, (Charles Sleigh) (2020); son-in-law, William Al-Molky (Sherry) (2012).

Left to mourn Delphine’s passing are daughters: Sherry Friis, Dartmouth, Shelly Boscoe, Woodville, and Sharon Summers, Wenatchee, WA, USA; much loved granddaughter, Amanda Friis, ( Nicholas Phair), Dartmouth who was at her bedside when she passed; precious and joyous great granddaughter, Melissa Phair, of whom she was so proud and loved dearly; brothers: Gerald (Joan), Mississauga, Carroll (Ellen), Dartmouth; Rodney (Carol), Mississauga; “little” sister, Diane Crooks who is another stubborn Taurus, Halifax; brother-in-law Charles Sleigh, Lower Sackville: and many nieces, nephews and cousins whom Delphine considered beloved family members, each and every one of them.

Delphine’s girls would like to thank all the ambulance attendants who were so kind, gentle and patient with their mother, all the Doctors and nurses at the Cobequid Medical Center and at Dartmouth General Hospital who cared for their mother so well over the last few months. An extra special thanks to Dr. Kimmel who cared for Delphine and her family so kindly and with such compassion during her last days.

It was Delphine’s directive that there be no funeral service. Cremation has taken place.

If so desired, charitable donations can be made to honour Delphine’s memory to Tancook Island United Baptist Church, Box 40, Big Tancook Island, Nova Scotia. B0J 3G0, or any charity of your choice.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Cole Harbour Funeral Home, 1234 Cole Harbour Road. On-line condolences may be sent by visiting

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Obituary – Beryle Keith Levy

Beryle Keith Levy

Age 70, of Simms Settlement, passed away on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 in South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater. Born on Little Tancook, he was the son of the late Scott and Marjorie Levy. Survived by his wife, Diane (Dorey); son, Scott (Amber Mason), Halifax; stepson, Larry (Nikki) Harnish, Mahone Bay; granddaughter, Trinity; sister, Marlene (John) Davies, Halifax and her sons, Jonathan and Christopher. Beryle took great care of his wife and son and was always so proud. He worked many years with his father sword-fishing and then moved on his own fishing in St. Margaret’s Bay. He enjoyed spending time hunting, fishing, golf and cards with his many friends. Beryle was also a proud supporter of the Montreal Canadiens. The family will receive visitors 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, May 10th in Ronald A. Walker Funeral Home, Hubbards. Please no fragrances while attending the visitation. The family would like to thank the Fire Department, paramedics, VON, Lunenburg County Home Support, Dr. Darya (David) Kryzskaya and the staff at South Shore Regional Hospital. To make an online condolence and to share memories and photos of Beryle please visit:

Obituary – Evelyn Mae Langille

At the age of 94 Evelyn peacefully travelled to her heavenly home on Sunday, January 16, 2022 in the Truro hospital.
Born on Big Tancook Island August 19,1927 she was the last child of Harvey and Hilda (Mason) Cross. She captured and married Percy Langille in 1946.
In 2005 she moved to her new home next door to her daughter in Welsford, Pictou Co. In 2017 she moved to Karlaine Place, an assisted living facility in Truro.
She enjoyed the freedom and beauty and all Big Tancook had to offer. Upon her move in 2005 she readily became part of a new community, quickly made new friends, and never missed a social event.
She was a devoted church member, loved gardening, sewing, knitting, cooking, baking, entertaining, travelling and especially shopping. She lived a full, vibrant life.
Predeceased by her parents; brothers, Walter and Douglas; sisters, Sadie and Hazel; her husband and many cherished feline companions. She is survived by her son, Jerry (Nancy); daughter, Donna (Bill); grandson, Robyn (Nalaine); their children, Blake, Parker, and Roucke; granddaughter, Chrystal (Scott) and their children, Sarah, Noah and Josiah and grandcats, Caleb, Junipurr and Smoky.

Graveside service on Big Tancook lsland January 27th. The ferry leaves Chester at 10:20 and returns at 1:30. All COVID-19 restrictions in place. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Remains entrusted to Davis Funeral Home, Chester.

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.