New Waterford NS Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Looking back on Jewish community’s impact on life in Cape Breton - Cape Breton PostWednesday, March 27, 2019
Yazer, Allen, Shore, Simon, Gold, Rosenblum, David, Ein, Chernin, Moraff, Spinner and Mendelson were once commonplace on storefronts and shops in the downtowns of Sydney, Whitney Pier, Glace Bay and New Waterford. But names familiar to older generations are now unknown to many young people.
So, what happened to these once vibrant Jewish communities?
A Matter of Survival
To understand why Jewish immigrants came to Cape Breton, one needs only to look at world history and specifically that of the Jewish people whose existence has always been punctuated with persecution. It dates back long before the Holocaust in which more than 6,000,000 Jews were killed by the Nazis during the Second World War.
Indeed, some 200 years before Christ, the Greek-controlled Seleucid Empire (that included the Holy Land) made it a capital offense to be in the possession of Jewish scriptures. By the Middle Ages, many Christians came to hold the Jewish people collectively responsible for the killing of Jesus. Jews were massacred during the Crusades, blamed for the plagues that devastated Europe, and discriminated against almost everywhere they settled.
Rabbi David Ellis
The Jewish people who arrived in Cape Breton in the late 1800s and early 1900s were also on the run. Most escaped Russian-governed Eastern European territories, including present-day Belarus and Ukraine, where rampant anti-Semitism targeted Jews in organized, violent and wide-scale government-condoned attacks known as "pogroms" in Russia.
Halifax-based Rabbi David Ellis said that while they fled across the globe, those who came to Cape Breton were quick to recognize the opportunities afforded by the area's burgeoning coal and steel industries.
"Given what was happening in the ...
Family remembers decorated WWII veteran - Brantford ExpositorWednesday, March 27, 2019
Born in Hungary in 1922, Mr. Miklos was four when his family came to Canada. They lived in New Waterford, Nova Scotia before moving to Brantford. A tool and die maker, Mr. Miklos volunteered for service overseas when the Second World War broke out in Europe.He served with the First Canadian Battalion, an elite airborne infantry battalion formed in 1942."When they found out that I was Hungarian they wanted me to become a spy," Mr. Miklos told an Expositor reporter during an interview a couple of years ago. "I said ‘no thanks, that's far too dangerous.'"Then they asked me how I felt about jumping out of a plane.'"The battalion came to prominence on D-Day, the start of the invasion of occupied Europe by the Allied forces.Members of the Canadian battalion, fought with the British 6th Airborne Division, dropped behind enemy lines in France. Their goal was to disrupt German forces by securing bridges needed for the invasion and to engage the enemy in firefights to prevent them from reinforcing German positions on the coast of France.Mr. Miklos was dropped in France in mid-June, after the initial attack and was with the campaign to liberate Nazi-occupied Europe for several months. He fought in France, Holland, Belgium and Germany.A tool and die maker by trade, Mr. Miklos worked at a couple of different factories in Brantford, including the old Chicago Rawhide plant. He also worked at American Can in Simcoe prior to retirement.An active member of St. Pius X Church, Mr. Miklos was a professional photographer who enjoyed woodworking and golfing."He was always pretty active and I think he was in his late 50s or early 60s when he decided to take up downhill skiing," Miklos said adding that he skied hills at Mont Tremblant and Vermont to n...
New Waterford Strands star Leo Fahey dies at 93 - Cape Breton PostSaturday, March 02, 2019
SYDNEY, N.S. - A local hockey player who helped guide the New Waterford Strands to a Cape Breton Senior Hockey League championship title in the mid-1940s has died.
Leo Fahey, originally from New Waterford, died on Wednesday at the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow. He was 93.
During his hockey career, Fahey was a star forward with the Strands. He scored the game-winning goal in the league championship in 1946 against the Sydney Millionaires, leading the New Waterford squad to victory in a contest that featured 96 minutes of overtime. He also played with the Stellarton Royals.
"When he played for the New Waterford senior team, he was a junior-age player," said Lowell Cormier, a member of the New Waterford and District Sports Hall of Fame.
"He played on the famous kid line for the Strands, which included Melvin Gadd and Doug Petrie. The team called them up and that line was the leading scorers in the playoffs."
Fahey, whose contributions to sport in both New Waterford and Pictou County are near-legendary, moved to Stellarton...
Body of missing Glace Bay man found - Cape Breton PostSaturday, March 02, 2019
NEW WATERFORD, N.S. - Cape Breton Regional Police confirmed Monday night the body of David Gerard Simmons was found alongside a walking track off Plummer Avenue.
Police investigators and forensic identification officers responded to the scene at about 2 p.m. on Monday after receiving reports of a deceased man. The body will be sent for an autopsy to confirm the cause of death, but police do not suspect foul play.
Police were contacted by Simmons' family on Nov. 19, after they had not seen or heard from the 64-year-old Glace Bay native since Nov. 13 and were concerned for his health and well-being.
Last week, police said Simmons was last seen in the early afternoon of Nov. 15, walking on Plummer Avenue in the direction of Hinchey Avenue towards the ocean. They believe Simmons was at the New Waterford emergency room earlier that day and spent a few minutes speaking to two people in the entrance area.
A search was conducted by Cape Breton Search and Rescue in New Waterford on Nov. 27.
Joseph Kepiro - LancasterOnlineThursday, April 12, 2018
Ephrata, PA, passed away on Monday, February 19, 2018 at the Lancaster General Hospital.He was the beloved husband of Harriet Steffy Kepiro with whom he shared 61 years of marriage. Born in New Waterford, Nova Scotia, he was the son of the late Stephen and Mary Bihary Kepiro.Joe was owner and operator of Keystone Kennels of Parkesburg and later he was the owner and operator of Lincoln Lodge Motel of Lancaster. Always the inventor, he held many patents throughout his lifetime.He is survived, in addition to his wife, by three children: Suzanne K. Yoder and husband Leslie, of Gap, Joseph L. Kepiro and wife Connie, of Lititz, and James M. Kepiro and wife Deborah, of Strasburg; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and three brothers, Stephen Kepiro of Coatesville, Alex Kepiro of Lancaster and Tebor Kepiro of Parkesburg.He was predeceased by his sister, Pearl Verses.Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 11 AM from the Parkesburg Mennonite Church, 6 E. 2nd Ave, Parkesburg, PA 19365 followed by interment at the Millwood Mennonite Cemetery, Gap, PA. Family and friends are also invited to attend the viewing on Thursday evening from 6 to 8:00 PM at the Wilde Fune...
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...
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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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...