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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.