Antigonish NS Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Allan J. MacEachen, Canadian politician behind landmark social programs, dead at 96 - CBC.caThursday, September 14, 2017
Liberal caucus to take Trudeau back as leader. Allan J. MacEachen, a long-serving Liberal MP and senator from Cape Breton, has died at St. Martha's Hospital in Antigonish, N.S., on Monday night. (Mike Dembeck/Canadian Press)Backbencher was a term MacEachen hated because it minimized the importance of persuading members of his own party, Murray said."He got it done, and he got it done by quiet diplomacy, and sometimes not so quiet diplomacy," the fellow Cape Bretoner told Information Morning after the passing of his friend. Allan J. was a true friend of my father & a great son of Cape Breton. Canada is better for each of his 96 years. May he rest in peace.—
@JustinTrudeauHe could turn ideals into laws and his "fierce, moral commitment to improving people's lives was what he was all about," said Kenzie MacKinnon, who worked for him from 1979 to 1984.MacEachen — who was also Canada's first deputy prime minister — was appointed to the Senate in 1984, where he remained until 1996, when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 75. As Liberal leader in the Senate, he spearheaded battles over free trade and the goods and services tax (GST).Former senator and cabinet minister MacEachen is invested as Officer of the Order of Canada as by then Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean during a ceremony in Ottawa in 2009. (Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press)He was educated at St. Francis Xavier University and entered politics at 32.Speaking to CBC in 2009 in a rare interview after his retirement, he said he went into politics to share his knowledge, but quickly learned he had to focus on people's needs. MacEachen described himself as a "disciple" of St. FX professor Moses Coady, the Catholic priest from Cape Breton who was devoted to adult education and championed co-operative community organizations in the 1920s and '30s in northern Nova Scotia. From Coady, MacEachen said he "got the notion that the people could run themselves if they're given the chance. They could do anything if given the chance."MacEachen also once said he thought maintaining trust with the electorate was the "very basis of politics."If the "voter loses respect or identity with the elected person, then it's bad. I would rather regard that as an important test of whether I was a good pol...
Shanna Desmond remembered as hopeful, resolute as 2nd funeral is held in NS - Globalnews.caTuesday, April 04, 2017
Desmond studied to be a hairdresser, but she wasn’t content with that. Eventually, she would enrol in a four-year nursing program at St. Francis Xavier University, a 30-minute drive away in Antigonish.READ MORE: Funerals for Lionel Desmond, family members to be held this weekShe graduated in May of 2016, and landed a job as a registered nurse at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, also in Antigonish.“That’s what she wanted to do,” her aunt, 66-year-old Catherine Hartling, said in an interview from her home in Upper Big Tracadie. “She went after it … She was always determined.”A spokeswoman for Nova Scotia’s Health Department said no one at the hospital was willing to speak about their colleague, but spokeswoman Kristen Lipscombe later released a brief statement from the Nova Scotia Health Authority.“This is a sad day for staff at the Nova Scotia Health Authority and particularly at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital,” the statement said. “The staff have asked that media respect their privacy as they continue to grieve and cope with the loss of a dear friend and colleague.”Staff at the nursing school at St. F.X. also declined a request for an interview.READ MORE: Nova Scotia community holds candlelight vigil to mourn murder-suicide victimsLionel Desmond, 33, was a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, where he served two tours over two years. Relatives and fellow infantrymen say the mental trauma he suffered there left him with post-traumatic stress disorder. A military source says he received treatment at the Joint Support Unit at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown in central New Brunswick.However, relatives have insisted that Lionel Desmond did not get the help he needed after he was released from the military in July 2015, prompting a national discussion over the treatment of war veterans and the role domestic violence may have played in the deaths.Lionel and Brenda Desmond’s funeral was held Wednesday at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Tracadie, N.S., where 300 people packed the old church to overflowing. The private funeral for Shanna and Aaliyah Desmond was to be held across the street at the local hall.Before that service at the hall began, Har...
No explanation for Desmond murder-suicide, priest tells Nova Scotia funeral - Nanaimo News NOW Friday, February 17, 2017
The couple first met when they were in high school. Shanna Borden trained to be a hairdresser, but she later worked as a nurse at St. Martha's Regional Hospital in nearby Antigonish, N.S.The bodies of all four family members were found in the Desmond home in nearby Upper Big Tracadie, N.S.Desmond, a former member of the Second Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after a tour in Afghanistan in 2007, and a military source later confirmed he had received treatment before he left the military and returned to Nova Scotia in July of 2015.Family members say the retired corporal also spent time at a medical clinic in Montreal last year, but they say he continued to struggle when he returned home.On his Facebook page, in which he called himself "Lionel Demon," he made it clear he was aware of his mental illness and was committed to dealing with his PTSD, and a head injury that left him with "post-concussion disorder."In one post, he said his mental-health challenges helped explain "my jealousy towards my wife and being over-controlling and (my) vulgar tongue towards my family."Family members say Desmond appeared to be coping well in recent weeks, but they say he would sometimes let loose with fits of rage and swearing, symptoms common to those suffering from PTSD.Still, relatives said Shanna Desmond and her husband were working together to deal with the illness, and they even took part in counselling over the phone. On New Year's Eve, the family gathered with relatives for a lobster dinner, during which Desmonds seemed to be at ease and enjoying themselves.But at least two relatives later said Lionel Desmond was not getting the help he needed, saying the Canadian Armed Forces did nothing for him once he left military.A day after the slain family was discovered, a relative said she couldn't understand why Lionel Desmond was recently refused treatment at the mental health unit at St. Martha's — an allegation flatly denied this week by a hospital official.Last Thursday, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil said an investigation will look into how the province's health-care system dealt with Lionel Desmond.Michael MacDonald, The Canadian PressLet's block ads! (Why?)...
Shanna Desmond remembered as hopeful, resolute as second funeral is held - Cape Breton PostFriday, February 17, 2017
ANTIGONISH, N.S. — What most people remember about Shanna Desmond was her ever-present, winning smile and the optimism it reflected.But behind that smile was a steely sense of determination that made the 31-year-old woman an admired figure in Upper Big Tracadie, N.S., the village where she lived with her husband Lionel and their 10-year-old daughter Aaliyah before a horrific murder-suicide.Shanna and Aaliyah Desmond were to be laid to rest at a private funeral Thursday in nearby Tracadie, a day after a funeral for her mother-in-law Brenda Desmond as well as Lionel, who police say killed them all and then himself.Shanna Ralene Desmond was born in Ontario, but her family moved back to their ancestral homeland in northeastern Nova Scotia when she was in high school. Soon afterwards, she met Lionel Desmond, the young man who would later join the Canadian army and become her husband.Along the way, Desmond studied to be a hairdresser, but she wasn't content with that. Eventually, she would e...
Geraldine ColbourneWednesday, February 08, 2017
Central Newfoundland Regional Healthcare Centre in Grand Falls-Windsor, NL on January 22nd, 2017 at the age of 87. Geraldine Colbourne was a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, NS. Gerry was a charter member of the University Women’s Club, first female appointed to the Board of Regents of Memorial University, Guide Captain 6th Company for several years, Board of Directors Mary March Museum, Exploits Swimming Pool Association, The Arthritis Society, various committees in the Immaculate Conception Parish, volunteer worker for the CNIB, Red Cross, Red Shield, The Trefoil Guild, CWL, Director of the Corduroy Brook Enhancement Society and founding member of the Life Long Learners. Gerry was an avid reader and gardener.
Predeceased by her parents Arthur Frederick and Teresa Colbourne. Left with fond and loving memories are sister Katharine Budd, her seven children Anne (Doug), John, Michael (Kathy), Maureen (Kevin), Patricia, Peggy and Kathy, eleven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, her niece, great nieces, nephews and several cousins. Also leaving to mourn are Colleen (Murphy) Crawley, Anne-Lorraine Molloy, Robert (Bob) Molloy, and cherished friend Bernadette Wicks. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jim Maidment of Central Funeral Homes.
Joan Elnora Mahovlic - Alberni Valley NewsWednesday, March 27, 2019
Calvin and Eugene and her half-brothers Whiley and Richard.
She is survived by loving husband Mike Mahovlic, daughters Pearl (Colin) Drolet and Jory Smith; son Larry (Stephanie) Morse, all from Nova Scotia; and sons Shawn Coffill, Nanoose Bay, B.C., and Mark Coffill, Port Alberni, B.C.; step-daughter Trish (Rick) McCrate, Coquitlam; step-son Jim (Lori) Mahovlic, Calgary, Alberta; step-daughter Meg (John) Belanger, Campbell River, B.C.; step-son Paul Mahovlic, New Westminster, B.C. and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is also survived by brother Gerald (Janet) Salsman, Coldbrook, N.S.; brother Ronald (Jeanette) Salsman, Port Alberni, B.C.; sister Madelyn Wiles, Morristown, N.S.; brother Leo (Adele) Salsman, Trail, B.C.; sister Marilyn (Allan) Teal, Trenton, Ontario; and sister Freda Salsman, Waterville, N.S. as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank all the caring staff at Echo Village for everything, also to Pastor Platz for his spiritual support.
There will be a funeral service for Joan at Grace Lutheran Church, 4408 Redford Street, Port Alberni, B.C. on Monday, March 25, 2019, at 1:30 pm with a tea to follow.
Flowers are gratefully declined but if you wish to do so, donations to Grace Lutheran Church Memorial Fund would be greatly appreciated.
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Police investigate Sydney funeral home for possible fraud - CBC.caWednesday, March 27, 2019
Cape Breton Regional Police are investigating a complaint of alleged fraud against S.W. Chant and Son Funeral Home in Sydney.The complaint came from Service Nova Scotia, which regulates the funeral industry in Nova Scotia.News of the police investigation comes just weeks after a suspicious fire at the funeral home, which is closed indefinitely.The department first launched an investigation into the home's financial records after a family complained about a funeral service in December of 2017.Officials found that the family had a contract with the funeral home for a prepaid service, but their money had not been placed in trust."There was a general concern that we had at the time which is why we decided to put a notice out to the public in the spring of 2018," said Rodger Gregg, registrar of cemetery and funeral services for Service Nova Scotia.'This is unusual for us to see'Service Nova Scotia suspended Chant's licence to sell prepaid funerals. And in the following months, 49 other people came forward with contracts amounting to about $170,000, said Gregg. The department worked with the funeral home to have that money re...
No applicants yet for public seats on Nova Scotia funeral board - Cape Breton PostWednesday, March 27, 2019
SYDNEY, N.S. -
Anyone upset over what's happening in the funeral industry in Nova Scotia now has an opportunity to pull up a chair and do something about it.
For the first time, the Nova Scotia Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors is offering two board seats to public advocates not connected to the funeral industry, measures taken following a bizarre and emotional mix up at a Nova Scotia funeral home last year.
"That way the public can get involved in enforcement actions when they need to be taken by the board as we'd have the consumer advocate perspective as well," said Rodger Gregg, registrar of cemetery and funeral services in Nova Scotia.
However, Gregg said, his concern is that no one has applied for the positions and the positions start in June.
"Right now, we haven't received any applicants for these positions," he said.
"For us it's a great opportunity for there now to be consumer representation on the board to represent the consumer's interest."
The board previously consisted of just the registrar and five othe...