Reverend William (Bill) Clifford Thompson went home to his Lord and Saviour on March 27th, 2015. He passed away at Bobby’s Hospice, Saint John, NB, while surrounded by his family. Bill was born in Saint John in 1935, son of the late Robert and Alice (Toner) Thompson.
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.
Rev. McPherson Eaton passed away February 26, 2015 at the Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Born on August 11, 1925. He was the youngest child of the late Cyrus and Margaret Eaton, Ohio. “Mac” is survived by son Peter (Sheri) New Minas, NS; daughter Mary Eaton, Echo Bay, ON; grandchildren: Richard, Joshua, Angus, and Benjamin; great grandchildren Kaitlyn, Chelsie, Nicholas and Geneva. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Predeceased by wife of 65 years (Cynthia) Langille; son James; brother Cyrus Jr.; sisters Lee, Mary, Betty, Anna and Farley. Reverend Macpherson Eaton was a kind and gentle soul. He was born in the United States and spent many summers in Blandford, Nova Scotia. He came to love Nova Scotia, and chose to settle here. He met the love of his life, Cynthia, while staying with friends in Blandford. He would often say that the day he married Cynthia, was the best day of his life. They were married in the spring of 1949 and settled in East River, NS. Mary, Peter and James were born while the family lived in East River. One of his most special achievements was that he was the first rural mail-delivery postman for the Aspotogan Peninsula. He bought and ran a gas station business in Chester for a few years. “Mac” always loved cars and this vocation had an interest for him. He eventually sold the business.
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.
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: email@example.com or you may sign the guest book at www.huskilson.net
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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.