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It is with great sadness, but not as those without hope, that the family of Pastor Robert Ralph Guptill announces his passing on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at the age of 51.

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.


On Wednesday, February 11, Rev. Gordon Charles Simons passed away peacefully in the loving arms of his daughter Anne Shirley at his home in Roseway Manor, Shelburne.

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: or you may sign the guest book at

A memorial page has been set up on Facebook:


Rev. Norman Wallace MacKenzie of Bath passed away on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at the age of 102. He was born in Nerepis and was the son of the late David and Amelia MacKenzie. He was predeceased by his two wives, Vivian and Winona; a sister, Pauline Bell; two brothers, Ralph and Harold; stepson-in-law, Richard Bell.

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.

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