Following Military Service in the R.C.A.F. WWII, Sam attended Acadia University and graduated with a Master of Divinity. He was ordained in 1953 and served as Associate Pastor of First Baptist Church Moncton and as Senior Pastor of First Amherst Baptist Church. For over 50 years he served Baptist and Presbyterian churches in Moncton, NB, Amherst, NS, and Ottawa, ON and Hull, QC At the end of his career he had the great joy of officiating at hundreds of marriages in the Ottawa area.
Sam was an avid gardener, music and art lover. In 2015, Sam moved to Nanaimo, with his Norwich Terriers, Freddie and Rufus where the three spent many enjoyable hours playing in his garden.
Reverend John Charles Boddy – 67 of Coldbrook, Kings County, passed away peacefully on February 13, 2018 in the Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville.
Born on April 26, 1950 in Middleton, he was a son of the late Gordon “Fred” and Cora (Redden) Boddy. John taught school for 13 years, mostly in Avonport. He graduated from Acadia Divinity College in 1985, and served the areas of Deer Island, Plaster Rock and Waterville, Caledonia and Kempt.
John is survived by his wife, Janine (Carey); one daughter, Katrina (Robert Leslie), Deer Island, NB; two sons, Adam (Theressa), Second Falls, NB; Nathan (Joanne), Greenwood; ten grandchildren, Abbygail, Kenton, Brielle, Jenna, Jody, Liam, Kaley, William, Patrick and Caleb; four great-grandchildren, Xzavier, Bailey, Christopher and Jake; one sister, Jean (Russell) Zwicker, North Alton; one brother, Brian (Nancy), Kingston; mother-in-law, Dorothy “Doreen” Carey, Mount Denson; brothers-in-law, George (Susan) Carey, Bluff Road; Garnet (Tracey) Carey, Red Deer, AB; sisters-in-law, Diane (Dennis) Brown; Adriana (Chris) Musgrave, both of Mount Denson; numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Duane.
Visitation will be held from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Thursday, February 15, 2018 in the Coldbrook Baptist Church, where the funeral service, followed by a reception, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 16, 2018, Reverend Wayne Merrill officiating. Burial will take place in the Mount Denson Cemetery. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Flowers are welcome but due to scent sensitivity, please no lilies. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.
Obituary can be viewed here: http://www.whitefamilyfuneralhome.com/obituaries/123103
It is with great sadness we say goodbye to God’s faithful servant Karl Gunnar Uhrstrom, who passed away on February 6, 2018. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by his precious wife of 33 years, Miriam Uhrstrom of Belleville, his two brothers, Bengt Uhrstrom and Bosse Uhrstrom and their families of Stockholm Sweden, and his Canadian family, Miriam’s brother and sisters and their families.
He will always be remembered and cherished by the indigenous peoples of Bolivia in Vacas region of the Andes mountains for the visionary and sacrificial love he showed them by establishing the Bolivian Water Project, bringing clean water wells to every single family of 13 villages high in the Andes mountains, saving countless lives and giving them hope for their children to survive. Karl was a man of faith, courage, vision and determination with an amazing sense of adventure, justice and compassion for everyone, especially those who needed a fresh start in life and hope for their future.
He was generous and kind, with an inner strength and amazing resiliency. He lived many years with the debilitating muscle disease, IBM (Inclusion Body Myosyitis) which in the end put him in bed and took away his freedom of movement. But he was never defeated. Karl has made a great impact on many peoples’ lives as a friend, pastor, missionary, neighbour, husband, brother and brother-in-law. He is now safe in the arms of Jesus, rejoicing in the many blessings that God bestowed on him and the amazing love that God showed in giving Karl all of his hearts desires.
Karl was ordained by the United Baptist Convention of the Atlantic Provinces (Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada) in 1987. He and Miriam served CBAC churches including Barss Corner and Parkdale Maplewood Baptist Churches in the 1990s.
Friends are invited to call at the Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel, 30 Moira Street West (613-968-2273) on Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at Victoria Avenue Baptist Church, 34 Victoria Avenue on Saturday, February 10th, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. with visitation at the Church from 12:30 until 1:30. Cremation to follow. If desired, Memorial Donations to Victoria Avenue Baptist Church for the Bolivia Water Project or to Hospice Quinte would be appreciated.
Obituary can be viewed here: http://steelefuneralhome.ca/currentservicess43.php?command=viewArticle&ID=737¤tFeed=1&t=Uhrstrom%2C-Karl-Gunnar.
Rev. Dr. M. Allen Gibson (1919-2018)
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of a truly good man. Allen Gibson, formerly of Chester, passed away on January 19, 2018 at Oakwood Terrace in Dartmouth at the age of 98. He was pleased to have lived in each year of the last 100 years. He began his journey in life on December 18, 1919. Born in Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia, to the late Alexander and Addie (Levy) Gibson, he always considered himself a Cape Bretoner even though he moved from the Island to the Mainland at the young age of 3 months.
He grew up in Wolfville, Nova Scotia graduating from Wolfville High School in 1937 and from Acadia University in 1941 with a B.A. majoring in Greek. He was ordained into the Baptist Ministry in August 1941and had pastorates in Moses River, Port Lorne-Hampton and Isaac’s Harbour, Goldboro, New Harbour and Seal Harbour. He travelled to the “Boston States” where he studied at, and graduated from, the Newton Theological Institution with a Bachelor of Divinity in 1945.
During his time at Newton he worked the night shift as an orderly at Newton Wellesley Hospital to put himself through school. It was there, in 1944, that he met his future wife Ruth who was a nurse at the hospital. They were married on January 7th, 1948 and Ruth moved to Chester, Nova Scotia.
Allen was the minister of Chester United Baptist Church from September 1947 until April 1984 but served the people of Chester, in many capacities, for over 60 years. He worked on many denominational and community boards and committees.
He was instrumental in helping to establish Bonny Lea Farm and in bringing Shoreham Village to Chester. He was an honorary life member of the Royal Canadian Legion and a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and the Nova Scotia Volunteer Award. Allen was a true protector of his fellow man. It was not a duty, he felt it was a honour to serve. Anyone in need of a helping hand, no matter what their faith, knew that Allen would be there for them. He took great delight in taking on the “government” and helped many people cut through red tape to get what they needed.
During his life he married over 600 couples and was always proud to report that most were successful. In recognition of his work in his church and community he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Divinity by Acadia University in 1966. Allen was also a prolific writer. He wrote for the Chronicle-Herald for over 40 years, retiring at age 82, and during that time contributed over 1,560 “Churches by the Sea” columns, several years of “Interlude” columns in the Novascotian and more than 25,000 editorials in the daily paper. He also published 15 books, the most well known, Train Time, about his favourite hobby. Allen loved trains, especially steam engines, and spent as much time as he could studying and travelling on trains. No trip was complete unless it included a ride on a line on which he hadn’t previously travelled. He loved to travel and visited over 95 countries and all provinces and states. It was not so much the destination as the journey that he loved. Travelling also provided him with the opportunity to track down postage stamps. From the age of 12 until well into his nineties, Allen took great pleasure in saving every stamp that came his way. His collections are extensive and include comprehensive sets of stamps from several countries. Allen’s quick wit and love of puns amused everyone and his gentle nature was a comfort to all who knew him.
He loved celebrations and particularly enjoyed it when his Chester Baptist family remembered him on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of his ordination in 2011. He requested a party for his 95th birthday in 2014 and enjoyed every minute of it! His Chester church family honoured him with a 97th birthday celebration on December 18, 2016 which made him very happy.
Allen was predeceased on August 13, 2017 by his wife of 69 years, Ruth. He is survived by his daughters Anne MacKinnon and Peigi (Ward) Duncan. He was extremely proud of his four grandchildren: Beth MacKinnon (Rob Newman), James MacKinnon (Maeghan Pardy), Alexander Duncan (Ashleigh VanHouten) and Christina Duncan (Brett McClean). His great-granddaughter Anna Duncan-McClean brought him much pleasure. He is also survived by sisters-in-laws Anna Gibson and Margaret (Earle) Efinger and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents and wife, Allen was predeceased by his brothers Lloyd (d. 2002) and Merritt (d. 2010). Allen enjoyed his time in Oakwood Terrace and his family would like to thank the staff there for their amazing care and concern for Allen.
The funeral for Allen will be held at Chester United Baptist Church on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 2pm. His dear friend Rev. Daniel Green will officiate. There will be a fellowship time in the church vestry after the service. A private burial will take place in the Old Baptist Cemetery, Chester. Memorial donations may be made to Chester Baptist Church or Bonny Lea Farm.
Rev. Denis Roy Kerwood (1926-2018)
KERWOOD, Rev. Denis Roy – age 91 of Brooklyn Yarmouth Co., N.S on January 8, 2018 entered with rejoicing into the presence of his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, after a life spent in His service. Born in South Hampton , England on March 31, 1926 he was a son of the late William and Annie (Smith) Kerwood. He ministered for more than 70 years in churches in England, Yarmouth County, and PEI.
He survived by his second wife, Shirley (Hyman) Kerwood; daughters, Margaret Sewell, Darby England; Ann Kerwood, Darby England; and Elizabeth Folkins, Hampton, N.B ; son, David of Toronto; sister, Marjorie Backer, South Hampton, England; 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Besides his parents Denis was predeceased by his first wife Janet Gray; son, Dennis and brother, Kenneth.
Rev. David William Roy (1937-2017)
Reverend David William Roy – 80, formerly of Truro, passed away Sunday, December 31, 2017 in Dykeland Lodge, Windsor. Born in Inverness, he was a son of the late Allan and Florence (Forbes) Roy. David graduated from the Atlantic Baptist College, Moncton, in 1977 and became ordained in Westport, Brier Island in 1978. David was honoured with the title of Pastor Emeritus from the Truro Heights Baptist Church. He enjoyed watching the news and loved mysteries, especially “The Rockford Files”.
He is survived by a daughter, Kathy (Reg) Schofield, Wolfville; a son, Kevin, Wolfville; a sister, Helen Cox, Valley; two grandsons, Jacob and Jordan Schofield; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Shirley (Sutherland); a daughter, Kathy, in infancy; a son, Errol, in infancy; a child, in infancy; a sister, Diana Kleins; a brother-in-law, Joel Cox; a niece, Jennifer Kohfield (Cox).
Obituary and online condolences viewed here: http://www.whitefamilyfuneralhome.com/obituaries/121996
Marshall Pastor E. Doris (1934-2017)
Age 83, entered into the joy of the Lord on December 24, 2017 in Harbourview Haven, Lunenburg, responding to the call for higher service. Born in Saint John, N.B. in 1934, she was a daughter of the late Ralph Arnold and Elsie Mildred (Day) McBeath and spent her early years being educated, coming under the influence of Mildred Law who later became a Baptist Missionary to India.
Doris studied for the Christian Ministry at the Salvation Army William Booth Memorial Seminary, Toronto, ON. Upon Ordination in 1953 at the age of 19, she held parishes in Nova Scotia and Ontario. She furthered her education at Acadia Divinity College, Wolfville, NS and received her Ministerial Convention license in 1977 from the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches.
Doris loved the Lord and his word with ardent desire and taught faithfully with such zeal in Bible study groups and in team ministry with her husband throughout New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Doris was a prayer warrior and gifted in counselling, extending a listening ear and providing encouragement and prayerful support to family and friends within various congregations. She was a Dominion Life Member of the Baptist Women’s Missionary Society and a member of Bridgewater Baptist Church. She was an avid reader and enjoyed sewing and crafts.
She is survived by her beloved husband Albert, of 59 years; daughter, Janice (Robert) Miller, Chester son, Andrew (Donna), Chester Basin; grandchildren, Matthew (Julia) Miller, Annapolis
Royal; Jennifer (Michael) Bennett, Havre Boucher; Micahla, Colton and Kate Marshall, Chester Basin; great-grandchildren, Sage, Sophie, Shepherd and Simon Bennett, Lucas and Brayden Miller; sister-in-law, Jean, Burlington, ON; nieces and nephew. Doris was the last surviving
member of her family. Predeceased by sisters, Shirley Ann and Marjorie Donna; brother, Robert who served with the Canadian Armed Forces and is buried in Germany; sister-in-law,
Arrangements have been entrusted to Davis Funeral Home, Chester – http://davisfuneralhome.ca/pastorelsiedorismarshall.
Rev. Donald Richard Krause (1948-2017)
In the morning of December 22, 2017 our father, brother and friend went home. Donald Richard Krause passed peacefully from this world from complications of a recent surgery. He was a man who lived his life for Christ and who now reaps the rewards of a life well lived. Wherever Don went laughter, kindness and wisdom followed. He was quick of wit, wise in words and good of heart. What he lacked for in height he made up for, tenfold, in greatest of spirit. He was a kind and good father to his sons: Nathan, Benjamin, Jonathan and Adam. A faithful and loving husband to his wife Laurie, a patient and good brother to his family; Audrey, Janet, Gloria and Ron and he was a humble and true man of God to everyone who met him; a real rarity nowadays. He always had a kind word on his lips, a hand extended to help and a soft heart for those that needed it. His life is a celebration and today this world has lost a little of what it truly needs today; light. And though he is greatly missed he is also greatly envied for he now knows what true happiness, joy and peace is as he is welcomed home by his master, friend and the real joy of life; Jesus Christ. Well done good and faithful servant.
In recent years, Don pastored Hillcrest Baptist Church (Saint John, NB) and Summerside Baptist Church (Summerside, PE).
Obituary and online condolences viewed here: http://blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com/obituaries/donald-krause/
Rev. Frederick Roy Smith (1932-2017)
Rev. Frederick Roy Smith passed away at his home in Waterville on Friday, December 1, 2017. He was born January 20, 1932 and was the son of the late Roy and Marion (Page) Smith. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Margaret (Cohoon) Smith in 2015, and two brothers-in-law, Don Reeve and Stephen Haywood.
Fred is survived by his children; Kevin (Deborah) Smith of Fredericton, NB, Karen (Allen) Prosser of Fort Kent, ME, David (Angela) Smith of Rock Hill, SC, Debbie (Roger) Kierstead of Fredericton, NB, Daniel (Heather) Smith of Holden, ME; 21 grandchildren, Joshua (Kari-Leigh) Smith, Chrissy (Dave) Vance, Jesse Smith, Jacob (Katrina) Smith, Alysa Smith, Nicole Smith, Anna (Caleb) McGuire, Sarah Kierstead, Rachel Kierstead, Abigail Kierstead, Rebekah Kierstead, Esther Kierstead, Danielle Kierstead, Caleb Smith, Grace Smith, Miriam Smith, Naomi Smith, Priscilla Smith, Isaac Smith, Sophia Smith, Samuel Smith; 7 great-grandchildren, Parker Smith, Beckett Smith, Jesse Vance, Janna Vance, Robyn Vance, Asher Vance, Grace McGuire; special children, Tim Smith, April Orser, Siew Lan Mulligan, Sandy Macumber, Tong Chen, Franklyn Chen, Ruth Goutal; sisters, Shirley Reeve-Haywood, Connie (Chris) Lyons; brothers, Donald Smith, Murray (Donna) Smith; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Fred served as Senior Pastor of Brunswick Street Baptist Church (Fredericton, NB) for many years. As well, Fred served as CBAC President in 1993-94.
Obituary and online condolences viewed here: http://www.brittonfh.ca/obituaries/121147
Pastor Iona Grace Crawley (1937-2017)
Age 80 in Halifax, Pastor Iona Grace Crawley passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in East Preston and raised in Windsor, N.S. and was the daughter of the late George and Elizabeth (Gray) Crawley. Pastor Iona was a member of Cobequid Road United Baptist Church, where she was President of Women In Christ, Chair and Co-ordinator of the Senior & Outreach Ministries and a founding member of the Seniors In Motion Program.
Pastor Iona accepted Jesus as her Lord and Saviour in 1964 and was baptized at Mulgrave Park United Baptist Church. In 1988 she transferred to Beechville United Baptist, where she was called into Christian Ministry. Iona served in both churches as President of the Ladies Auxiliary; CGIT, Mulgrave Park Mission Band, Women’s Missionary Society. She was also both a life member of the Dominion of Canada & Atlantic Baptist Women (UBWMU). She was once the President of the AUBA Women’s Institute and Executive member of the African United Baptist Association of Nova Scotia. A past member of the Council of the Atlantic Baptist Churches & Atlantic Baptist Mission Board; former Pastor of Acaciaville United Baptist and Interim Pastor of Lucasville United Baptist. She has served on the Executive of the AUBA, the Council of the Atlantic Baptist Convention and Vice-Chair of the Atlantic Baptist Mission Board for two terms.
She has accreditation in Nursing, Early Childhood Education, Business Administration, a Diploma in Lay Pastor and was a recognized Lay Pastor under the Convention. She was the founding Director of Wee Care Developmental Centre, and C.E.O. of Crawley’s Management and Training Business Academy. In 1990 she traveled to Zambia, to train women in business and early childhood education for six weeks. She has over thirty years of nursing experience, ending her career as the Nurse Recruiter for African Nova Scotian students at Dalhousie University School of Nursing.
She has served on several boards including, the first African Nova Scotian on the Halifax City School Board, serving as Vice Chairperson; St. Mary’s University Board of Governors, she was once President of her local Home and School Association, a past member of Black Educators Association of Nova Scotia, President of National Breast Cancer Network and YWCA of Canada Board of Directors. Pastor Iona was a breast cancer survivor and founder of Sisters to Sisters, a support group for Black women with breast cancer.
She was the co-founder of the Preston Area Learning Society (PALS) and she received several awards of recognition over the years, including Nurses Union Service Award, Nova Scotia’s Black Woman of the Year in 1975 during International Year for Women, YWCA Women Of Excellence Awards (twice), Dr. W.P Oliver Wall of Honour and was named one of the top fifty women in Canada by Chatelaine magazine in 1975. She also started the first Literacy Program in Halifax County and was specially honoured by Nova Scotia, on International Literacy Day.
In addition Pastor Iona served on several committees and boards for the handicapped, including Nova Scotia and Atlantic Division Multiple Sclerosis, Dartmouth Cerebral Palsy Association and the Council for Exceptional Children.
She is survived by her daughters Lorna – Halifax, Wanda (Alvin) – Dartmouth, Cheryl – Halifax; son Mark (Tessa) – Dartmouth; sister Shirley (Rodney) Windsor, N.S.; grandchildren Jonathan, Joel, Matthew, Adam, Kyla, Miranda; three great-grandchildren; Godsister Marian Cane – Indiana; Goddaughter Heidi Price-Musolino – Halifax and special daughter Iona (John) Stoddard -Timberlea
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Reverend Edgar Rhodes Patriquin age 91 of Amherst, NS, on Friday, September 29, 2017 at the East Cumberland Lodge in Pugwash, NS.
Born in North River, NS, he was the son of the late William and Theresa (McGill) Patriquin, Wentworth, NS. Edgar had a very fulfilling career as a United Baptist Minister in many pastorates throughout the Maritimes for 58 years.
Edgar will be lovingly remembered by his wife Joyce (Nickerson) Patriquin, sons Harold (Ruthie), Oxford NS; Douglas (Audrey), Amherst NS; and James (Doris), Burlington Ont. Beloved grandchildren, Ashley, Amy, Josh and great grandson Remington, as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family.
Edgar was the last surviving member of his immediate family and was predeceased by his first wife, the former Helen K. Ralston, and brother Basil H. Patriquin.
A time of visitation was held Monday, October 2nd, and the funeral service was celebrated on Tuesday October, 3rd at 1 pm at First Baptist Church, Amherst, NS, with Rev. Byron Corkum, assisted by Rev. Don Miller. Interment took place in the Wentworth United Baptist Cemetery.
Age 76, of Lower Sackville, formerly of South Rawdon, Rev. Clarence Bungay passed away peacefully, into the hands of his Saviour, on Friday, September 15, 2017 in the QEII Health Sciences Centre, Infirmary Site. Born on November 5, 1940 in Halifax, he was a son of the late Carl and Agnes (Howard) Bungay.
Clarence was happily married 55 years to his childhood sweetheart, Karen. Early in his life he worked as a sheet metal worker until 1979 when he gave his life to God and felt called into full time ministry. He went on to Bible College and served in many churches throughout Nova Scotia. He was presently serving as Pastor at Sackville United Baptist Church. During these years God used him to touch the lives of many. The impact of his life will be everlasting to his family and all who knew him. Clarence was a devoted and loving husband to Karen and an incredible Dad and Papa to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Clarence is survived by his wife, the former Karen Boutilier; sons, Carl (Jenny), Allan and Troy (Amy); daughter, Janine (David) Horton; grandchildren, Mysti, Melissa, Justin, Amanda, Lyndsay and Joel; great-grandchildren, Landyn, Tanner and Cooper; brothers, James “Jimmy” (Dale) Bungay, John Howardson, and George and Joe Bungay; sisters, Carol (David) Nicholas and Ruth (Doug) Blakney.
He prepared for ministry at Acadia University and following graduation was called to First Baptist Church, Halifax, to serve as Assistant Minister.
As a student he was the summer Pastor of Upper Pointe de Bute Field in 1950. The following year he served the Shediac and Calhoun Baptist Churches.
After twelve years as pastor of Hebron Baptist Church in Nova Scotia, Bill was called to serve the Home Mission Board at the denominational office in 1967. He then succeeded Dr. R.E. Whitney as Superintendent of Home Missions in 1968. In 1974, he assumed new responsibilities as Administrator-Treasurer.
Bill was proud of his time spent serving in the RCAF during WWII. He received an Honourary Doctorate of Divinity from Acadia University and retired from Ministry in 1989.
Bill is survived by his nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was also predeceased by sister, Pearl O’Grady; half-brother, Douglas MacAulay (Joyce) and half-sister, Gloria Wambolt (Douglas).
Bill’s family would like to express their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Pat Dunwoody for the exceptional care and friendship she provided to him over the years.
Donald was a graduate of Acadia University in Wolfville, NS and Gordon Divinity College in Massachusetts. He served in pastorates of the Atlantic Baptist Convention including: East Point, PEI; Centreville, Digby County, NS; Newcastle (Miramichi), NB; Havelock, NB; Lockeport, NS; North River, PEI; and Falmouth, NS. After retirement he and Pearl lived in Windsor and Wolfville, NS. Music was always an important part of his life and he sang in numerous quartets, family groups and choirs. He enjoyed gardening. Most recently he kept busy writing reminiscences of the McClare family and updating the family genealogy. Last year one of his stories was published in “Our Canada”. He exhibited his passion for Christian service and witness into the final days of his earthly life and is now at peace with Christ.
Donald is survived by his wife, D. Pearl (Dimock) McClare, sons, John Arthur (Kathy),
Stephen, Timothy (Heidi), daughter, Rosanne (Stephen MacNeil); grandchildren, Michelle McClare and David MacNeil; sisters, Pauline Goldsmith, Dartmouth; Edith (Budd) Paul, Dartmouth; brother, Layton (Doreen) McClare, Fredericton; sister-in-law, Edith (Fletcher) McClare and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Donald was predeceased by brothers, Walter and Edwin McClare, brother-in-law, Ted Goldsmith, sister-in-law, Helen (Dunbar) McClare, and two brothers in infancy.
Catherine was a Community Health Nurse having studied in Montreal, Halifax and Liverpool, England with Theological Studies at Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. She worked as a VON (Victorian Order Nurse) in Moncton, a county nurse in Carleton County, NB and as a missionary nurse in Bolivia, South America with Canadian Baptist Ministries for 38 years. Following her retirement she returned to her family home in Shepody and volunteered for over 10 years locally with Meals on Wheels, the Local Food Bank, Forest Dale Home and MAGMA (the Multicultural Association of Greater Moncton).
Catherine lived life very simply; travelling the world visiting her many friends, spending time with her family, gardening and keeping the home. Since her youth she has always been a faithful member of her local church involved in teaching and working with women. She will be sadly missed in her community as a faithful friend and generous neighbour.
She leaves to mourn 3 sisters: Alberta Rickard (Dartmouth, NS), Jean Geldart (Lincoln, NB), and Naomi McGorman (Forest Dale Home, Albert Co); as well as special nieces and nephew: Patricia Davey (Eric) of Calgary, AB, Nancy Rickard (David) of Ottawa, ON, Debra Rickard of Dartmouth, NS, Judy Moore of Rothesay, NB, John (Maria) Geldart of Fredericton, NB, and Kathy (Cliff) Steeves of Riverview, NB plus many grand nieces and nephews, special friends and her wonderful church family.
Jim came to Canada in 1957 with his young family. He started as a bivocational pastor / school principal and later became a full time pastor in 1975. He pastored at various churches in Carleton and Victoria Counties, including, Woodstock Baptist Church, Forest Hills Baptist Church in Saint John, and concluded his ministry at Lakeville Corner Baptist Church. He served as President of the United Baptist Convention of the Atlantic Provinces (Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada) in 1982. He was also President of the Atlantic Baptist College (Crandall University) from 1982-1985.
Jim was a professionally trained musician but after moving to Canada his instrument of choice was the saw. Although Jim’s health declined in recent years, he was able to attend the unveiling of the Webber Courtyard at Crandall University in 2015. Retirement allowed Jim to spend quality time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren of whom he was very proud of.
James is survived by his children; Marion (Dan Jamer), Ruth (Kevin Culberson), Fred (Dawn), Rob (Patti), and Laura; his grandchildren; Katie Jewett (Michael), Ed Jamer (Helen), Diana Seymour (Adam), Ben Jamer-Siordia (Isabel), Andrew Culberson (Katy), Sarah Hoyt (Nathan), Rebekah Logan (Anthony), Jon Webber (Sarah), Blaire Webber, Mitchell Webber and Miranda Webber; great-grandchildren, Peter, Isaac and Matthew Jewett, Shiloh and Simon Jamer, Annaclare, Miles and Malakai Culberson, Caleb and Cassidy Hoyt; sister, Betty King (Ross); brothers, Arthur (Teena) and William Webber; several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by two grandchildren; Elizabeth and Emily Culberson; sister, Janet; and brother, Leroy.
He is survived by his sons, David Switzer, Hebron; Daniel Switzer, Bangor Maine; sisters, Marjorie (Dave) Cheney, California; Dorothy (Art) Lake, London ON; and grandchildren, Theron, Beth, Melanie, Jenna, Kevin, Michelle and 5 great grandchildren. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife, Violet; son, Doug, and brother George.
He was a veteran of the Second World War and served in India with the Royal Air Force.
Married to Fran (Ryder) in 1950, in Dublin, Ireland, they immigrated to Canada in 1952, to rural New Brunswick. He served over 60 years of Ministry with his last church being First Baptist Halifax from 1964-1988. He loved to spend his free time at his cottage at Toney River which he built, and countless hours doing Volunteer work with Canadian Forces Chaplaincy. He was a proud member of the Masons and the Scottish Rite.
Carey dearly loved his family who will miss him greatly. He is survived by his daughters, Deirdre, Sheila (Alexis) Fortier, Rosemary (Blair) Carter, Marion (Robert) Strange; grandchildren, Simon, Patrick, Selina Fortier; Victoria, Nicole, Caroline Carter; Ben, Luke, Jack, Ryder Strange.
He is predeceased by his wife, Frances.
George will be sadly missed by his loving wife Sandra May (Morris) Mollins; daughters Pamela (Kevin) MacLeod of Truro, Susan (Gerry) Hamilton of Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Sandy Murray of Middleton; sons Peter Mollins of North Williamston, Paul Mollins of Truro, Tim (Julie) Mollins of Granville Ferry and sister Helen Lawson of New Glasgow; 11 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Besides his parents George was predeceased by sisters Winnie and Mary.
Don is survived by his loving and devoted wife Sandra (Shillington) of nine years; daughter Jennifer Covington (Les Foldi) of Saint John, Beth Tirrell (Randy) of Denver, Colorado; sisters Helen Douthwright of Saint John, Sue Mesheau (George) of Quispamsis; grandchildren Brandon, Natassia, Graeme, Sheena, and Spencer; 3 great grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews, and friends. Besides his parents’ Don was predeceased by his sister Joyce Wade, and first wife Shirley (Waugh) Hersey, mother of his two children.
Born into a Christian home he was nurtured in Charlotte Baptist Chapel, Edinburgh where he led the youth ministry for some years. He received his MA and BD degrees from Edinburgh University and also graduated from the Baptist Theological College of Scotland in Glasgow. During his time in Canada, Andrew earned his PhD from Saint Andrews University in 1984. He also received a Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) from the Campbellsville University, Kentucky, in 1979 and a Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) from Acadia in 2004.
Ordained in 1957 Andrew led an urban ministry in the industrial community of Larbert, moving in 1960 to an inner city ministry at Ward Road, Dundee. In 1966 Andrew was appointed General Secretary and Superintendent of the Baptist Union of Scotland, providing Denominational leadership and pastoral care to pastors and churches.
Andrew was an accomplished scholar, pastor and teacher. He served extensively in Europe and the Soviet Bloc, working with the Baptist World Alliance and also preaching, teaching and leading conferences in more than 50 countries on every continent. He served as President of the European Baptist Federation, Chairman of the Committee on Evangelism and Education for Europe, and also of the Commission on Christian Teaching and Training in the Baptist World Alliance. His leadership led to the introduction of the Evangelism and Education Division of the Baptist World Alliance. He also served as Chairman of the Theological Assistance Group, which assisted in the formation and faculty development of new Seminaries in Eastern Europe. From 1973-80 he also served as Chairman of the Committee on Mission, Development and Unity of the Scottish Churches Council.
Andrew was also a broadcaster and religious advisor, first to BBC Scotland and then for 12 years to Scottish Television. He has written many articles and several books.
The MacRaes moved to Canada in 1980 when Andrew began his service at Acadia Divinity College, establishing the first Chair of Evangelism and Mission in Canada and in 1983 he became the first occupant of the Sheldon and Marjorie Fountain Chair of Evangelism and Mission. In 1985 he added the tasks of Principal of the College and Acadia University Dean of Theology. After retiring from those positions in 1998, he continued to serve as Professor–Emeritus of Evangelism and Mission, directed the Doctor of Ministry program (a program he introduced in the 1980s) and, until 2014, served as Senior Consultant to the Doctor of Ministry Program, as a Life and Ministry Coach, and as Liaison to Hong Kong Ministries.
Following retirement Andrew and Jean were involved in pastoral ministry at Grace Chapel, Halifax from 1999-2003.
In honour of his valuable leadership and lifelong commitment to evangelism and mission, The Andrew D. MacRae Centre for Christian Faith and Culture was established at the Acadia Divinity College in February 2016.
Despite his many accomplishments Andrew will be remembered as a deeply caring and humble Christian man with a great sense of humor who touched many lives positively, and as a kind, loving and encouraging brother, uncle, husband, father and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jean (Findlay); a son, Findlay (Julie), Coldbrook; a daughter, Fiona (Greg) Webb, Pasadena, NL; a brother, Hamish, Milnathort, Scotland; six grandchildren, Andrew, Calum, and Jane MacRae, Bruce, Jana and Joy Webb; many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Jack and Ian; four sisters-in-law, Gwen, Frances, Margot and Cath MacRae; a niece, Catriona MacRae, and a nephew, Roderick MacRae.
On July 19th, 2016 with family members gathered by his side at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital, Rev. Gerald Matthews was received up into the presence of his Savior. Born on September 2nd, 1932 at Matthews Settlement, NB. He was the son of the late Cecil and Josephine (Dunnett) Matthews and the husband of the late Lucille (Hopper) Matthews.
Rev. Matthews shared a life full of love and service to his Lord. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend to all who had the pleasure of meeting him, his ready smile and grace made you want to stop and chat awhile with him. Rev. Matthews was very compassionate about teaching and spreading the word of God in his everyday life, as well as in the churches he served in Cherryfield, Bradford Maine, Jay, Maine, Plaster Rock, Rusagonis, Nasonworth, Geary and Hillsborough. Well done thou good and faithful servant.
Survived by his sons, Pastor Larry Matthews (Cheryl) of New Maryland and Rev. Andrew Matthews (Sue) of Parksley, Virginia; five grandchildren, Josiah, Jared, Seth, Katie and Amy; three great granddaughters, Hannah, Emily and Lucy; his siblings, Wilbur (Leona) of Matthews Settlement and John Matthews of Matthews Settlement.
He was predeceased by his parents; wife, Lucille; one sister, Nita; sister in law, Carolyn.
Rev. Darrell Chase was born in Marysville on May 26, 1930. He was the son of the late J. Miles and Lulu Chase. Their house was a typical country home of that era with no electricity and no indoor plumbing. Instead, they had kerosene lamps and a small 2-hole facility behind the house. Miles worked at what jobs he could get and felt fortunate if he could bring home twenty dollars a week. They got most of their eggs, milk and meat from the next-door neighbor. The other grocery needs were delivered to the door by Manzer’s delivery wagon in the summer and sleigh in the winter months. Darrell earned a little extra money by picking strawberries at 5 cents a box, fiddleheads at 25-30 cents a peck and peddled vegetables to the homes in Marysville.
As a boy, Darrell’s job was to keep the wood box full and to carry the drinking water from a spring. They also peddled fresh vegetables by horse and wagon and made a bit of spending money. Most Sunday mornings they walked nearly four miles to and from church and Sunday school without complaint. Darrell’s schooling began in a one room school house. He continued his education in Fredericton and decided to work for a year at the Cotton Mill in Marysville before going to college. Darrell bought a small used James motorcycle and drove it to and from work. In the fall, he sold it and applied to Gordon College in Boston.
In September, he started his new life away from home living in a college dorm. Darrell had his first part time position in his home church in Marysville during summer holidays. He took morning and evening services at Marysville and afternoon services at Nashwaak and Penniac. In his second year, Darrell became involved with the Canadian Club and Foreign Missions Fellowship. In 1951, Darrell met Betty Crossman and they were wed in Central Baptist Church, Saint John, on December 31, 1952. After Graduating from Gordon College, Darrell began his pastorate career in Advocate Harbour, NS and attended Acadia Divinity College for the post-grad program, in Digby Neck, NS.
Later he accepted an appointment with the Canadian Baptist Mission Board to serve in India where the family moved to Srikakulam and remained for 5 and a half years. After returning to Canada and doing deputation, a position opened up in Temperance Vale, NB and plans were made to move back to Canada. Over the next several years the Chase family moved to North River, PEI, Forest City, Codys, Zealand-Springfield, Staples Settlement, NB, Woods Harbour- Shag Harbour NS.
As his retirement was drawing near, the Chases bought a house in Shelburne, NS where Darrell retired in June, 1995, but became interim pastor. In 1999, the Chases moved to White’s Mountain, NB and decided to make Corn Hill Baptist Church their home church. In 2002, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Betty passed away August 25, 2007.
In 2008, Darrell married Aida (Candelas) Decker and over the next years they traveled to Cape Coral, Florida, Puerto Rico, New York State and took several tours with Nancy’s Tours. Aida and Darrell moved to Sussex and Faith Bible Baptist Church welcomed them with open arms.
He is survived by his wife Aida, two daughters: Diane and her husband Aubrey Trail and Charis and her husband Jeff Boone; two sons: Mark and his wife Karen Chase and Philip and his wife Daniela Chase; two step-sons: Ivan Decker and Daniel Decker and their families; three sisters: Viola Blair, Lola Donovan and Jeanette Miller; 12 grandchildren: Andrew and his wife Krista, Stephen and his wife Catherine, Heather and her husband Michael, Noel, Nathan and his wife Sandra, Joel, Krista, Sacha and Nathaniel, Tanya and her husband Clemens, Jonathan and his wife Serena, Hilary and Isaac; 17 great grandchildren: Annika, Kalli, Benjamin, Megan, Dean, Samuel, Stephen, Joshua, Caleb, Sophie, Wynter, Elizabeth, Hannah, Eleana, Rebekka and Ezra; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Rev. Darrell Frederick Chase of Sussex passed away at the Sussex Health Centre on July 10, 2016 at the age of 86. He is predeceased by his first wife Elizabeth (Crossman) and by his sister, Althea Peterson.
Rev. Downie had once served in the British Army and recently celebrated over 50 years as a Baptist Minister. Having been relocated several times, he was active in churches in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. He truly loved people and enjoyed talking to whomever he met and lately Rev. Downie was often found enjoying the fellowship at Tim Hortons in the mall. In his quiet time, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Surviving are his wife Mary; son, Dave (Rosemary); daughters, Susan (Ron Cooper), Judy (Bob Parent); seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Jean Taylor. He was predeceased by his first wife and mother of his children, the late Anne Brittain; brother, Donald.
Roland studied at Gordon College, Boston, Toronto Bible College, Acadia and Dalhousie Universities, earning his BA, BD, BEd and MEd. Roland served for more than 20 years as a Baptist church pastor in Country Harbour, NS, Grand Falls, NB, Arcadia, Billtown and Barrington Passage, NS, followed by 20 years as a teacher and guidance counselor. He was a member of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union executive for six years, during which time he fought tirelessly for the economic and employment rights of teachers. He also served as president of the Shelburne County Local.
Forced into retirement by ill health—he was profoundly deaf from the age of 11—he applied himself to historical research, serving as a member of the Atlantic Baptist Convention historical committee and the Barrington Historical Society. He published several learned papers and a seminal history of Baptists in Atlantic Canada. He also served as a regional vice-president for the Canadian Red Cross.
He was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Laura Burpee; also predeceased by his parents Ross and Pearl; his half sister, Marion Dunn, sister Evelyn and brother Arthur. He is survived by his brother Howard (Jean) and his children, Paul (Linda), Halifax; Rev. Marilyn, Fredericton, NB; Patricia, Mulgrave; and Peter (Patricia), Antigonish. He also deeply influenced the lives of his grandchildren, Paige Hoveling (Dan), Kelsey, Bob, Sam and Tim. His family wishes to thank Nancy Quinlan, his caregiver for more than a decade, for the selfless devotion and companionship she provided.
Rollie would be thrilled at any memorial donations his many friends might choose to make to Temple United Baptist Church in Barrington Passage, a community within a community that he loved and supported for almost six decades. He’d be even happier if you took an hour one Sunday and attended a service. Final care has been entrusted to Huskilson’s Funeral Home, Barrington. Obituary available here.
He was a veteran of the Second World War, having served with the 48th Highlanders. He was a Chaplain and life-member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Habitant Branch No. 73, Canning.
Reverend Cochran taught at the former United Baptist Bible Training School (now Crandall University, Moncton) and recently celebrated the 60th anniversary of his ordination into Ministry, having served in many Baptist churches throughout the Maritime Provinces.
He is survived by three daughters, Ann (Robert) Taylor, Halifax; Reverend Barbara Cochran, Kentville; Janet Cochran (Richard Abbott), Lunenburg; two sons, Bruce (Laura), Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario; Karl (Rose), Halifax; eight grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, the former Clara “Ruth” Layton; two sisters, Dorothy Montgomery and Geraldine “Deannie” King; a brother, Frank.
Gregory, son of Clayton Denton Sr. & Susan (Manzer) Denton went to his eternal peace to be with his Lord and Saviour on August 7, 2015.
After graduating from High School in Digby, Gregory was employed with Imperial Oil Ltd., in Halifax. When the company moved its office to Ontario, Gregory moved back to his home in Little River, Digby Co., where he joined the family fishing business.
In 1976 Gregory left the fishing business and enrolled in Acadia Divinity College where he obtained three degrees. He served churches at Falmouth, Yarmouth, Barss Corner, Liverpool, N.S. He also served at First Baptist, Campbellton, N.B.
Gregory served on many Baptist Association Boards and committees. He was a member of the Mission Board of the Convention of the Atlantic Baptist Churches as well as being an active member and later President of the Nova Scotia District of the Canadian Bible Society.
Gregory is survived by his wife, Lynda Jean (Churchill) Denton, son Christian (Kelly Anne) and daughter Jeanne Denton-Cosman (Stephen), Granddaughters Kathryn Cosman and Rachel Denton. Brothers Elwood, Stanley and Richard.
Gregory was predeceased by his parents, daughter Jill, and brothers, Clayton Denton Jr., Frederick Denton and sisters, Elsie Gidney and Marjorie Sherman.
A private family committal service was held in Little River where Gregory was laid to rest beside daughter, Jill.
Gregory has left us a legacy of love, kindness, compassion, honesty, gentleness, determination and a strong enduring faith in God. We will cherish this legacy.
Born in Meriden, CT, in 1921, he was the son of the late Arthur and Carrie Gay. In addition to his wife Brenda he is survived by his son Christian (Robyn) of Utopia and daughter Doreen Rainville (Ray) of Palm Coast,Fl. Grandchildren Nick and Rachael Gay, Ryan (Theresa) and Renee Rainville (Adam Gill),Randy, Rusty, Brian and Adam, several great grandchildren, nieces and lifelong friend Mary Olmstead. He was predeceased by his parents, one daughter, Carol Dillon, brother Ray and sister Marguerite Dubord.
Fred lived his early life in Meriden CT in 1921, during the Great Depression.
Those difficult days shaped much of his character. Following in his father’s footsteps, he worked at International Silver Company of Wallingford Connecticut where he had the honour of once working on the Stanley Cup. At the age of 21 he was drafted into the US Air Force and was trained as a radio operator and ball-turret gunner on the B-17 “Flying Fortress”. During his 30 mission tour he lost both of his parents back home in the US. Following his tour of duty, Fred returned to the US and married Martha, and began teaching radio operations for the military. Two daughters were born to them, Carol and Doreen. The family returned to Meriden and Fred resumed his career with International Silver.
Fred’s love of music began at an early age and continued throughout his life. As with all,he was greatly influenced by the popular music of his younger years, namely Big Band & Swing music of the 30’s & 40’s. The love of this musical style has been passed on to his children and grandchildren.
Fred’s singing ministry began early on as he sang in choirs and quartets at the Wallingford Advent Christian Church.
In 1964 after meeting and marrying Brenda, his second wife, Fred moved to Canada (the birthplace of his father Arthur) and took up training for full time ministry within the Baptist Churches. After his first year of training at UBBTS in 1966, with a new baby (Christian) at home and while still attending school full time, Fred started his pastoral ministry on a five church field in Dawson Settlement just outside Moncton. Graduation and ordination followed in 1967. Fred continued at Dawson Settlement until 1968.
Fred’s ministry then lead him to Hazelbrook in PEI from 1968-1971. This was followed by service in Waterville, NB from 1971-1975 and finally to Pennfield NB from 1975-1986 where he “retired”. After retirement he and Brenda continued in music and interim pastoral ministry at many churches including, Grand Manan NB,Deer Island NB, Second Falls NB, Andersonville NB, Fairfield NB, Sunnyville NS and Calais Advent Christian ME.
Partnering with Brenda in her camping ministry Fred was affectionately known as “Uncle Fred” to countless campers and staff at camps all over NB & PEI. And then there was the music. Fred was never so proud as he was to be singing with his wife, and doing what he loved best, sharing the gospel. The Lighthouse was without a doubt their most recognized song and fittingly Fred’s life served as a beacon of light and hope to a world in need.
Fred’s compassion for people and his deep desire to help the lost find Christ were his greatest personal traits and hallmark of his pastoral ministry. Fred’s favourite verse was Ephesians 4:32 “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” This verse guided every aspect of Fred’s life, he was a living testimony that exemplified the tenderhearted compassionate love God offers to all.
At Fred’s request there will be no visitation. Following cremation Fred will be laid to rest in Presque Isle, Me at a private committal. A celebration of his home-going will be held at Pennfield Baptist Church Saturday July 18 at 2PM with reception to follow. Please take the time to leave your messages of condolences to the family here on the funeral home’s website (http://www.humphreysfh.com/Obituaries/99272/)or by mailing cards to Christian Gay, 300 Route 780, Utopia NB E5C 2E9.
Terry is survived by his wife of 60 years, Lois, Bayside; son Paul, daughter Vicki Lee (Ron Brown) White’s Lake; and grandchildren Jessica, Dylan (Stephanie), David and Isaac. Brothers Richard, Wilmot, and Darrell (Susan) Chester, and Ruth, Comox BC.
Terry earned his BA and BD (MDiv) degrees at Acadia University and Acadia Divinity College, and his B.Ed. through the NS Department of Education. He was ordained with the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches in 1958.
Terry was “Minister Emeritus” of the Bayside Baptist Church and a member of the “Canadian Association for Baptist Freedoms.” He was principal of the Atlantic Memorial Consolidated School in Shad Bay, Graham Creighton High School, and C.P. Allan High School. Following a Sabbatical leave, Terry became drug education and EAP Consultant in 1983 out of Cole Harbour High School retiring in 1994.
Terry had an abiding love of the natural world, and would regularly feed the wild animals outside his home in Bayside and summer camp in Margaree Valley CB.
Bill is survived by his wife Patricia (Patty) nee Taylor; his son Herb (Michelle Richard); his daughter Melissa (Andrew Earle); his brothers Manford, Calvin, and Robert; and his nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Bill was predeceased by his eldest brother Norman, and his sister Jacqueline.
In his younger years he was an avid woodsman and respected hunting guide. After a brief time in the welding trade at the Saint John dry dock he served a term as a Shantymen missionary in Newfoundland. He then continued his education at the Atlantic Baptist College while at the same time serving as a fulltime pastor and being a husband and the father of two children. In 1972 he graduated and was ordained by the Atlantic Baptist Convention. Throughout the remainder of his ministry he served varyingly as a fulltime pastor, an interim pastor, and founder of the Bill Thompson Evangelistic Association until his retirement in 2012.
In 1956, “Mac” felt the calling for the ministry and the family moved to Wolfville, NS, so that “Mac” could attend the Acadia School of Divinity. As a student of the Divinity College, “Mac” was sent to minister the congregation of Forest Hill Church and Black River Church. Upon graduation, he chose to be the minister of the Windsor Plains Baptist Church. “Mac” was a quiet man and he had a loving appreciation towards rural life. He and his wife Cynthia moved from Wolfville to their new house on the Gasperau Mountain in the 1970’s. This is where they remained for the rest of their lives. He greatly missed his wife Cynthia, after she passed away.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Serenity Lindsay Annapolis Valley Funeral Home (Wolfville Funeral Chapel) 568 Main Street, (902) 542-4656. View obituary here: http://www.serenitylindsayfuneralhome.ca/memsol.cgi?user_id=1533065.
Rob is survived by his wife, Jocelyn (Pond) Guptill; his son, Jonathon and his finance Sarah; his daughters, Jacqueline, Rachel, and Ashley; granddaughters, Avery, Kathryn, and Rebekah Jolee; brother, Rev. Tim Guptill and his wife, Gayla, and their children, Hope and Autumn; sister, Andrea (Guptill) Brownlee and her husband, Randy, and their children, Mathew and Jacob, and his loving mum, Judy (Avery) Guptill. Rob was predeceased by his father and friend, Captain Clinton Guptill and his grandparents. As well, Rob is survived by his loving in-laws, Buddy and Wilda Pond, as well as numerous sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and a loving, generous church family at Lakeville Corner Baptist Church where he was privileged to serve as Pastor for the last five years.
He was a proud member and enthusiastic supporter of the Douglas Harbour Volunteer Fire Department. Rob was also a former officer with the Toronto Metro Police Service and the Fredericton City Police.
Rob’s family and friends will remember him for his well-tuned wit, his encyclopedia-like knowledge of useless information, and his drive for knowledge and learning of all kind especially anything to do with the Bible.
Gordon was born on October 23, 1940 in Sherbrooke, Québec to the late Mabel Kathleen (Baxter) and the late Merril Gordon Simons. Gordon grew up in LaTouque, Québec. At the age of 29 he joined the American Army and fought in the Vietnam War. He retired, as a Lieutenant Colonel, 9th. Infantry Division, US Army. He then attended McGill University and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Theology. He then became an Ordained United Church Minister and preached for many years of his life in Québec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. He later became a Baptist Minister in his 60’s and finished his career preaching in New Brunswick (Smithtown Baptist Church, now known as Hammond Valley Community Church) and Nova Scotia (First Ragged Islands and First Sable River United Baptist Churches).
One of dad’s many hobbies was collecting and dealing in stamps, coins, postcards/postal history and paper money. Dad was the proprietor of his own company, Keltic Canada, and also helped to begin the Sou’Wester Coin Club. Dad was past president of both the Sou’Wester Coin Club and the Saint John Coin Club, whereas dad is a life-long member of both. Dad’s greatest accomplishments were spreading God’s word to all who wanted to learn of God’s love. Also, dad had a great love of animals and his pride and joy was his calico cat “Rosie”. Dad has had cats all his life and they were known always as his “furry” children. During the past two years he extremely enjoyed being a grampie to his precious granddaughter, Amelia. Just mentioning her name or seeing her face brought such a smile to dad’s face and filled his heart with joy, pride and love. I will keep dad’s memory alive in “Milly” each and every day.
Gordon is survived by his daughter, Anne Shirley Townsend, Clyde River; son-in-law, Raymond Butler, Sandy Point; granddaughter, Amelia Butler, Clyde River; ex-wife, Anne Simons, Fredericton, NB; son, Terry (Lynn Connors) Fredericton, NB; grandson, Ritchie; special “adopted” daughter, Loretta Morely (Kevin Billings), Woodstock, NB; his precious furry daughter, Rosie, Clyde River. He was predeceased by grandparents, George and Amelia Baxter; mother and step-father, Mabel and Paul Lindsay; father, Merril Simons; ex-wife, Rev. Vera M. Sampson; first born daughter, Joy Simons.
There will be a Celebration of Life Ceremony on Saturday, May 23 at 2 p.m. in H. M. Huskilson’s Funeral Home, Barrington. A reception will follow. Donations may be made to Pet Projects, Sandy Point, IWK or a local church of your choice. On-line condolences may be sent to: email@example.com or you may sign the guest book at www.huskilson.net
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Norman is survived by his daughter Ruth (Neil) Bell; Winona’s children, Marion (Gerald) Roussie, David (Suzanne) Giberson, Joyce Bell; grandchildren, Rankin (Sonya) Lemckert, Michelle (Scott) McIsaac, James (Emily) Roussie, Kevin Giberson, Darren (Shannon) Bell, Lesley (Steve) Marshall; 10 great grandchildren; one great great grandson.
Norman faithfully served in several churches across Atlantic Canada including Wickham Baptist Pastorate (NB), Calvary Baptist Church (North Sydney, NS) and Grand Falls Baptist Church (NB). In the late 1950s into the 1960s, he served as a military chaplain at Camp Picton, ON.