Halifax NS Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Halifax man dies in single-vehicle crash - Brattleboro ReformerThursday, April 12, 2018
By Reformer StaffHALIFAX — A 47-year-old Halifax man is dead after the vehicle he was driving struck a tree on the side of Route 112.According to the Vermont State Police, witnesses told troopers that John M. Platek Jr., 47, was traveling north at about 7 p.m. on Sunday when his vehicle left the road and struck the tree with the passenger-side, front-wheel area of the car. According to the Vermont State Police, Platek was not wearing a seatbelt, though the passenger side airbags were deployed.Platek was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:21 p.m., according to the State Police.Troopers were assisted at the scene by Deerfield Valley Rescue, the Halifax Fire Department, A's Towing, the Halifax Town Highway Department, Covey and Allen Funeral Home and the Vermont Medical Examiner's Office. DATE/TIME: 04-08-18 @ 1902 Hrs.STREET: VT RTE 112TOWN: HalifaxLANDMARK: Hubbard Hill Rd.WEATHER: Clear ROAD CONDITIONS: DryVEHICLE #1...
Aleta Williams, trailblazing journalist with deep church connection, dies at age 94 - TheChronicleHerald.caThursday, April 12, 2018
Aleta Williams, 94, was known to many in Pictou County for her kindness and strong sense of community. At a young age, she graduated from Maritime Business College and from there went to work in the Halifax dockyards. Marriage brought her to New Glasgow where she and her husband Murray raised their seven children, Murleta, Marty, Norma, Charla, Renny, Kerry and Julia.
She volunteered her time with the Canadian Girls in Training and was choir director of the Baptist Youth Fellowship at Second United Baptist Church in New Glasgow. She has a 70-year history of playing the organ in churches of many denominations. Believing music is as important as academics, she had all seven of her children in piano lessons at the same time and she was a passionate supporter of Pictou County’s Kiwanis Music Festival. It was also she who handled the results of the weeks-long festival year after year.
“She was always a happy and jovial person,” said Rev. Morley Shaw of New Glasgow. “I really noticed that every time I looked down from the pulpit. She would always smile.”
Shaw said Williams was “a good mother” who served her family and community well and always with a good sense of fashion. “She was well known for her hats. She was a lovely, lovely person.”
Active from an early age in the Halifax YWCA, Aleta, as a young mother, was one of the ...
Wanda Jeffress, funeral home co-owner and civic leader, dies at 60 - YourGV.comThursday, April 12, 2018
Jeffress Funeral Home co-owner and vice president Wanda Marie Bostick Jeffress of Halifax died Monday at the age of 60.She was an associate broker/agent with Realty Resource, Inc. and very active in the community as a civic leader serving on numerous boards and organizations.Prior to joining her husband, Stanley, in the family business, Jeffress served as director of human resources at Halifax Regional Health System for several years.“She was a great employee and great friend, too,” said Chris Lumsden, president and administrator for Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital.“Wanda was unbelievably conscientious. She cared about this community and the hospital, and she did a great job for us in a leadership position.”Jeffress was one of the finest people Lumsden said he’s ever worked with, and “a great friend.“After she left, she maintained a great working relationship with her friends at the hospital,” said Lumsden.“She served on the (Halifax County) Industrial Development Authority. We overlapped on that board, and we served on other boards together, such as the Halifax E...
Cape Breton politician known for his ties to Strait area - Cape Breton PostThursday, December 14, 2017
SYDNEY, N.S. — Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg MLA Alfie MacLeod has fond memories of visiting Gerry Doucet recently at a Halifax retirement home.“I always found it interesting to go and see him,” MacLeod recalled on Friday after learning of the former provincial cabinet minister’s death. “His health was failing and he would have challenges but his mind was as clear as the day. He’d always made a habit of watching legislative television when the house was sitting and keeping abreast of current affairs. It was always very helpful but it was always educational to go and visit him.“When he left elected office he certainly didn’t leave politics behind, that’s for sure.”Doucet, 80, died Thursday in Halifax. Born in Grand Étang in 1937, he graduated from St. Francis Xavier University and went on to earn a law degree from Dalhousie University in 1961. He was first elected as the member for Richmond to the Nova Scotia Legislature when he was 26 years old and he became a cabinet minister nine months later. He was the first Acadian cabinet minister in the province’s history. He served as the minister of education,...
'In heaven smiling down at us': Mi'kmaq Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy remembered - CBC.caThursday, December 14, 2017
Mi'kmaq rights as well as reconciliation for survivors of the residential school system, Battiste said.Queen Elizabeth, accompanied by Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy, attends a Mi'kmaq cultural event in Halifax on June 28, 2010. (Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press)?"One of the things that stuck out to me about the grand chief was just his humbleness, his respect, his love and his kindness for everyone," Battiste said. "He wasn't a flashy person. Despite the fact that he was the grand chief, he was our head of state, he never acted like it. He never tried to say he had more power than any other individual."Battiste called Sylliboy "a man of faith" who enjoyed the community's church and atmosphere.Jaime Battiste, the province's treaty education lead, said Sylliboy's humbleness was one of his outstanding characteristics. (Norma Jean MacPhee/CBC)"Out of all the places where he could have had his funeral — much bigger places — but this is where he would have wanted it because this is the place that he loved."'Gentle humour'Eleanor Bernard of Eskasoni said Sylliboy was instrumental in the development of Mawitam'k, a not-for-profit organization that operates homes for Mi'kmaq people with developmental disabilities or mental health concerns.That's just one example of Sylliboy's consistent desire to help others."He always helped anyone in need," Bernard said. "It didn't matter whether you were Mi'kmaq, it didn't matter where you were from, he would help you out."Eleanor Bernard of Eskasoni said Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy was always willing to help anyone in need. (Norma Jean MacPhee/CBC)Sylliboy will also be remembered for his "gentle humour," she said."He would laugh at life's situations. He would laugh at himself.… There was times where he'd have difficulty moving around. His mobility was not as good. But he would laugh at that, he would make jokes about that. And he'd make jokes along with you, about you and for you and against you. He had a lot of humour," Bernard said, laughing.Googoo said despite Sylliboy's ill health in his later years, he always made an effort to attend events, ceremonies, meetings and high school graduations.Residential school survivorBorn in Waycobah on March 2, 1941, Sylliboy was sent to the Indian Residential School in Shubenacadie, N.S., when he was just six.He later contracted tuberculosis and spent four years in and out of hospitals.A poster of Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy at his funeral service. (Norma Jean MacPhee/CBC)In 1970, Sylliboy was elected as an Indian Act band councillor in Waycobah and served in that role&n...
Aleta Williams, trailblazing journalist with deep church connection, dies at age 94 - TheChronicleHerald.caThursday, April 12, 2018
She was also a member of the board of the United Way of Pictou County, the African United Baptist Association, AUBA Women’s Institute, Black United Front of Nova Scotia, Pictou County Council of Churches, Pictou County Seniors Festival and Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care. Her volunteerism did not go unnoticed as she was the recipient of awards from the Black Cultural Centre, United Way, Pictou County Music Festival as well as a cultural heritage award from the Town of New Glasgow to name a few.
“I have been here (in Pictou County) since 1989 and what always amazed me was her quiet gentleness and anything you asked her do, it was done excellently,” said Rev. Dr. Glen Matheson of New Glasgow.
Aleta Williams: The first African Nova Scotian to work in the province’s mainstream media. She worked for The Evening News in New Glasgow for 20 years and continued to write for the newspaper well into her 80s. #newglasgow#aletawilliams#violadesmondpic.twitter.com/PKj0oaH9C4 — Michael de Adder (@deAdder) April 12, 2018
Many people will remember Williams for her career accomplishment as the first African Nova Scotian to work in the province’s mainstream media.
But this wasn’t the job that Williams was looking for when she sat down for an interview with Harry Sutherland, owner of The Evening News, now known as The News. She had applied for a position in business administration but Sutherland was so impressed with her, he asked her to work in his editorial department. She accepted and within a few months was named women’s editor.
“Aleta is a true pillar in her community and has been a trailblazer her entire life, without even realizing it,” said Jackie Jardine, editor of the Pictou Advocate and former community editor at The News. “She went to work at a time when most women were just entering the workforce and continued to work long after retirement. In fact, she was still writing newspaper columns when she was well into her 80s.”
For 20 years, she worked as family and community editor for The Evening News and was known for putting people at ease. Widowed at a young age and while most of her children were still at home, she never missed their school, music or sports events. Nor did she cut back on her commitments to her church or her community involvement.
“As a journalist, she knew her community,” said Dave Glenen, regional editor for Nova Scotia for Saltwire Network. “As we chased the fires, the mayors, the crime, she sought out the ordinary and drew out their stories. While most hoped not to be a target of some of our stories, all celebrated being in one of Aleta’s. It was common to hear on the weekends, people talking about the latest Aleta feature.”
Throughout her career she believed passionately that everyone has a story to tell and immediately put people at ease in the telling while she ...
Cornwall and Area Death Notices - Cornwall Seaway NewsThursday, April 12, 2018
Your ability to make a career of your passion (flying), your role at the core of a happy family and your deep love of jazz continue to shape all of our lives. Bruce Burgess was born in Amherst Nova Scotia in 1932, son of Clifford Burgess and Eva Trueman. He volunteered, at the age of 18, to join the Royal Canadian Air Force at the start of the cold war, serving from 1951 to 1987, as a jetfighter pilot. During flight training he was the recipient of the JD Siddley trophy for best performance, receiving his commission as a Pilot Officer in the RCAF in 1952. He served two tours in Germany, initially flying CF-86 sabres with 434 Squadron in Zweibrucken from 1953-54 and then returning to command 441 and 439 Squadrons flying CF-104 starfighters in Lahr and Baden-Sollingen from 1969-72. After his first tour overseas he married his high-school sweetheart and lifelong love, Faith Marie Mill, in December 1954. Returning to Canada from Europe in 1954 he served in the Overseas Ferry Unit, flying small single-engined fighters across the Atlantic to Europe from Longeueil, Quebec. Postings through the late 50s and early 60s saw him training the RCAF’s (and NATO’s) growing cadre of pilots in Portage la Prairie, Saskatoon and Gimli. His experience with accident investigation within the Flight Safety Directorate in Ottawa from 1965-68 helped initiate safety procedures that dramatically brought down the accident rate amongst new jet pilots. After a year’s study in Staff College in Kingston and operational training in Chatham and Cold Lake, Bruce Burgess returned to Europe, commanding 441 and 439 reconnaissance squadrons flying CF-104s in Germany and studying with the Royal Air Force Warfare College at RAF Manby in 1...
CP Explains: How bodies are identified by the authorities - Salmon Arm ObserverThursday, April 12, 2018
That’s often the easiest and quickest way to identify a body,” said Dr. Matt Bowes, chief medical examiner for Nova Scotia.Another option is using genetic matching. The problem is that it can take time to get the DNA comparisons done.“You want to give information to families quickly and you want to figure things out as quickly as you can, so it’s always at the moment thinking what is the best approach to take,” Huyer said.Related: Dyed hair a factor in Humboldt bus crash victim mix-upWhat difficulties did the Saskatchewan coroner face in the bus crash?The situation in Saskatchewan was complex for several reasons. One of them was the large number of victims who had suffered terrible injuries that rendered them less recognizable. Further compounding the problem was that the teammates had dyed their hair blond for the playoffs, were of similar age and similar build.“In addition to that, the coroner is probably under a tremendous amount of pressure to clear the scene for obvious reasons of compassion,” Bowes said. “Nobody likes to stand in the way of reuniting of the family and the loved one. This is certainly the kind of thing where an error could occur.”Given the frailties inherent in any identification process, errors can and do occur, Bowes said.“They’re famous in our community,” he said. “They’re one of the things we’re very mindful of.”In one case, a man in Toronto was hit by a commuter train in 2004 and a visual identification by his sister was done. The family was at the funeral, when the man himself arrived at the sister’s house to say he wasn’t dead. “That would be one of the most extraordinary examples in Canadian history,” Bouwer said.What should be done when ID mistakes do happen.The important thing is to be very upfront and honest about what happened, Bowes said. He gave authorities in Saskatchewan credit for doing just that.“We all have to remember these things do happen,” Bowes said. “Most people are tremendously forgiving when you’re humble and forthcoming with your error.”Bowes also suggested a staff meeting to re-examine standard operating procedures to see what might have been done differently to prevent a recurrence of the mix-up. Even the best written procedures can be rewritten, he said.Fortunately, the situation in Saskatchewan is an extraordinarily rare circumstance in Canada, Bowes said.“A mass-fatality event with 15 dead is almost unknown in Canada. You can practically count them on the fingers of your hands. They are rare.”Colin Perkel, The Can...