14 Sep 2020
We sadly announce the sudden, but peaceful, passing of Evelyn Forster on September 14, 2020 at the Saint John Regional Hospital. Evelyn passed after...
14 Sep 2020
We sadly announce the sudden, but peaceful, passing of Evelyn Forster on September 14, 2020 at the Saint John Regional Hospital. Evelyn passed after a short battle with cancer.
She will be greatly missed by her husband of 48 years, Richard Forster; daughter, Jennifer Doncaster (Chuck); son, Craig Forster (Heather); and her two granddaughters, Emma and Abby Doncaster, to whom she was deeply devoted. Evelyn is also survived by her mother, Eva Hunter; six brothers, one sister and their spouses.
Arrangements are under the care of Fundy Funeral Home, 230 Westmorland Road (646–2424). At Evelyn’s request, there will be no visitation and a private ceremony for the immediate family will take place at a later date.
24 Jul 2020
A committal service for Ralph Ernest Crawford, 75, originally of Sheffield and, more recently Perdue, Sask., and Medicine Hat, Alta., will be held on Saturday, ...
24 Jul 2020
A committal service for Ralph Ernest Crawford, 75, originally of Sheffield and, more recently Perdue, Sask., and Medicine Hat, Alta., will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 at the Sheffield United Church Cemetery, starting at 1 p.m.
Ralph died on July 24, 2020 at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital after a battle with cancer.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, Aug. 22 at Perdue United Church, with Mr. Ken Davidson officiating and music by Rev. Archie and Erna Janzen. The service was live–streamed via Facebook.
Ralph was born on June 9, 1945 in Fredericton, N.B., to Walter and Sheila (née Burpee) Crawford, a couple who had first met while skating on the beautiful Saint John River in front of her home in nearby Sheffield. He would grow up in that home on the family farm and was their only child.
Ralph was also born blind, but subsequent cornea transplants enabled him to see well enough to read but not have a driver's licence. He underwent a total of 13 eye operations during his life, but, as one eye doctor told him, his limited vision was made up for by his intelligence.
His recollections of his home and family proved invaluable to the editor of the Sheffield Memories history book in filling in gaps of knowledge of many people, she said.
Ralph grew up in a Christian home and at an early age trusted Jesus Christ as his lord and saviour. Ralph didn't go through a time of drifting away or rebellion. Instead, he kept his child–like trust in and obedience to the Lord throughout his life. When in New Brunswick, Ralph served as a deacon and a trustee and even preached a few times. "He would have made a wonderful minister," said a former neighbour. In later years, Ralph served on the Perdue Housing Authority board.
He began working for a produce vendor and, subsequently, set up his own vegetable stand and, still on the family farm, a grocery store. A retiring minister gave Ralph his library, which started him on his lifelong enterprise of selling and buying used books. After a hospital stay, Ralph found his produce had rotted. The books were fine, which led to his concentrating on them. Through sales and donations, his inventory gradually grew. It was a trade he was suited for by his encyclopedic memory of authors, the weather and many other subjects, the roughly 300,000 books in his collection and customers who stopped in over the years. Tidiness, though, might not have been Ralph's strong suit. He knew which books were almost worthless and which were worth a lot. Ralph once bought a book for 50¢ and sold it for $500, said a former employee of his Sheffield store. Business varied by the season. It was buoyed in the summer by the travelling public who stopped in because the farm was situated beside the Trans–Canada Highway. Customers decreased to almost none in the winter and during flood season (for two weeks every spring). As a result, Ralph began taking an annual winter holiday to some other part of Canada. Places he went to included Vancouver and Chilliwack, B.C., Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal and, most recently, Medicine Hat. He would get cheap accommodation in old hotels and spend his time shopping for books, to be shipped home later.
As a non–driver, Ralph depended on the bus to get to those places. The people he met travelling were as interesting and enjoyable as his customers, although sometimes quite different. He met teenage runaway girls and was able to persuade at least three of them to return to their homes. When staying in hotels, he met many with problems, often addictions, and the way he lived, particularly in not drinking, was noticed. When others brought that up, he had a chance to witness and counsel. Even in his last days in the hospital, he was trying to help a fellow patient, said a visitor.
When the Trans–Canada Highway was rerouted away from Sheffield, warm–season business also dried up. Ralph looked elsewhere along the highway but found no suitable building for a store.
He and a friend, John Fawcett, who owned property in Harris, Sask., did a three–week search in that province. They found a two–story, brick, former bank building in Perdue. Over the next four years, Ralph bought the building and arranged the move of his business west. He secured three semi–trailers and a 1940 air force bus and packed them with books. In 2004, they went by rail to Saskatoon and, from there, were picked up by Clark's Hauling and brought to Perdue.
Selling used books is an increasingly rare occupation and, for that reason at least, Ralph and his store got noticed. The On The Road Again television show, Maclean's and Prairies North magazines, radio shows and other media featured his store over the years, most recently in 2019.
For that and many other things – the people he'd meet, the books he was able to acquire, even daily provisions like food – Ralph was thankful. He especially appreciated his upbringing and family heritage and where he grew up.
So, in accord with his wishes, Ralph's ashes return to that beloved home in Sheffield, to rest there with his parents until the resurrection.
13 Sep 2020
1957 – 2020
Middle River – John Lavigne, 63, of Middle River, passed away on Sunday, September 13, 2020 at the Chaleur Regional Hospital, Bathurst. Born in ...
13 Sep 2020
1957 – 2020
Middle River – John Lavigne, 63, of Middle River, passed away on Sunday, September 13, 2020 at the Chaleur Regional Hospital, Bathurst. Born in Bathurst, he was the son of the late Leonard and Alma (Chiasson) Lavigne.
Besides his spouse, Rosaline (Duguay) Doucet he is survived by a daughter, Kayla Lavigne of Montreal, QC. Two brothers: Leonard Jr. Lavigne (Carmeline) and Michael Lavigne both of Bathurst. One sister, Linda Noël (Jean) of Vancouver. Two stepchildren: Jacqueline Godin (Allain) of St–André, NB and Huguette Doucet (Mickael Chiasson) of Allardville. Three step–grandchildren: Jérémie, Annabelle and Alexandre. Several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by one brother, Bill Murphy.
Funeral mass was celebrated from Holy Family Church, Bathurst.
Donations in memory of John, may be made to the Canadian Liver Foundation or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements are in the care of Elhatton’s Funeral Home (www.elhatton.com), Bathurst.
15 Sep 2020
1954 – 2020
Sylvio Allain, 66, of Moncton and formerly of Saint–Edouard–de–Kent, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family at the UHC Dr. Georges...
15 Sep 2020
1954 – 2020
Sylvio Allain, 66, of Moncton and formerly of Saint–Edouard–de–Kent, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family at the UHC Dr. Georges–L. Dumont, Moncton on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Born in Saint–Edouard–de–Kent, he was the son of the late Aquila and the late Emerise (Allain) Allain.
Sylvio was a school teacher by profession. He was also known as an accomplished playwright and author. But mostly known for his Acadian folklore legend writing and telling. Goosebumps were had by many at Halloween. He loved the responses he got every year.
He will be sadly missed by his sister Cécile Allain of Moncton, his two brothers; Vincent of Bouctouche and Benoît (Lila) of Sainte–Anne–de–Kent as well as five nephews and nieces.
He was predeceased by one brother in infancy, Joseph Benoît.
Due to the pandemic a private visitation and private funeral service will be held at a later date at Maillet Funeral Home, Bouctouche with interment in the Sainte–Anne–de–Kent parish cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are in the professional care of Maillet Funeral Home, Bouctouche. www.mailletfuneralhome.ca
15 Sep 2020
Thomas Francis Shadbolt, 71, of Riverview passed away unexpectedly on September 15th, 2020 at the Moncton Hospital. He was born in Halifax, NS on February 11th,...
15 Sep 2020
Thomas Francis Shadbolt, 71, of Riverview passed away unexpectedly on September 15th, 2020 at the Moncton Hospital. He was born in Halifax, NS on February 11th, 1949 the son of the late George and Marjorie (Henneberry) Shadbolt.
Tom worked as a Pension Councillor in Supply and Services at the Shediac office until his retirement. He was an avid basketball fan and loved coaching and teaching the game. Never one to sit on the sidelines he was always ready to lend a hand when something needed done. This included starting Riverview Minor Basketball, working on many events for the town and organizing fundraisers for the Children's Wish Foundation in Shediac. He started coaching basketball in Riverview and followed that in Hillsborough at the Caledonia High School for 17 years. He really enjoyed the kids and they respected him. After retirement Tom found time to indulge his love of travel. He went on many trips with Sharon all over the world making many lasting memories that could not be replaced. They travelled to Scotland, Ireland, Norway, the Caribbean and did many cruises. Above all things Tom loved his family and would do anything for them, they were his world. His grandchildren made his life brighter and he treasured the times they shared, he loved them all so much. Tom always had a funny story or joke to tell and will be remembered as a man with a big heart and for his caring ways. "What we keep in memory is ours forever."
He will be deeply missed by his wife and best friend, Sharon (Brewster) Shadbolt; his daughter, Lisa MacKay (Ronald) of Langdon, AB and son, Jason Shadbolt (Noella) of Riverview; his precious grandchildren, Caileigh, Rachel, Sawyer and Andrew; brother, Chester Shadbolt (Arlene) of Calgary, AB. He will also be missed by several nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Besides his parents he was predeceased by brothers, George and Merrill; sister, Marjorie "Midge". There will be a time of visitation on Thursday, September 24th, 2020 from 2 to 4pm at the Albert County Funeral Home. For those wishing to attend, masks are required, social distancing will be followed and a limited number of people in the building at one time. Please be patient and kind. Interment will be in the Bayview Cemetery, Harvey, NB.
Donations to the Bayview Cemetery or charity of the donor's choice would be greatly appreciated.
Arrangements are in the care of the Albert County Funeral Home, 4130 Route 114, Hopewell Cape, NB, E4H–3K2 734–2780 www.albertcountyfh.com
17 Sep 2020
Bonnie Charlene (Estabrooks) Steeves, 70, of Hillsborough passed away peacefully on September 17th, 2020 at her home surrounded by her loving family...
17 Sep 2020
Bonnie Charlene (Estabrooks) Steeves, 70, of Hillsborough passed away peacefully on September 17th, 2020 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Sackville, NB on August 3rd, 1950 the daughter of the late Cecil and Eleanor (Maxwell) Estabrooks.
She cleaned several houses, worked at the Kmart and worked at the Co–op until her retirement. She was a member of the Salem Baptist Church and her faith was strong. Bonnie loved to travel and go camping. She enjoyed reminiscing with old friends and could talk for hours. She had a very special place in her heart for children and her door was always open. Her and Wayne stepped up and helped many families and were always ready to lend a hand. She will be remembered for her kind and generous ways. Her family meant the world to her and she has left them with the knowledge she was ready to take the next step to her eternal home and have peace that she will see them again. "See not the old life I have ended, but the new one I am beginning."
She will be deeply missed by her husband of 31 years, Wayne Steeves of Hillsborough; daughters, Jodi Wood–Cormier (Marc) of Moncton and Virginia "Ginny" Steeves of Kitchener, ON; her precious grandchildren, Chandler Cormier and Tiffany Rossiter; brothers, Clinton Estabrooks (Margaret) and Stuart Estabrooks (Cathy) both of Moncton; sister–in–law, Peggy Geldart (Calvin) of Weldon; brother–in–law, Dana Steeves (June) of Steeves Mountain. She will also be missed by several nieces, nephews and by all her church family and neighbours.
Besides her parents she was predeceased by her first husband, David Wood; her two precious grandsons, Gary and Jordan Cormier; her in–laws, Annie & Herbert Wood, Dorothy & Earl Steeves; sister–in–law, Margaret Estabrooks; brother–in–laws, Carl Steeves and Eddie Wood.
There will be a time of visitation on Sunday, September 20th, 2020 from 2 to 4pm at the Albert County Funeral Home. For those wishing to attend, masks are required, social distancing will be followed and a limited number of people in the building at one time. Please be patient and kind. A Private Funeral Service will be held at the Albert County Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Fair Haven Memorial Gardens, Moncton, NB.
For those who wish donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated.
The family would like to say a very special thank you to the Extra Mural Nurses, Dr. Stewart and to the Doctors that helped them in this difficult time and made Bonnie as comfortable as possible. It was very important for her to be at home and you all helped make this possible. The kindness, caring and support given will never be forgotten.
Arrangements are in the care of the Albert County Funeral Home, 4130 Route 114, Hopewell Cape, NB E4H–3K2 734–2780 www.albertcountyfh.com
15 Sep 2020
It is with heavy hearts that the family of Florent “Flo” Joseph Gray, loving husband of Noella (Bourque) Gray, announces his peaceful passing on Tuesday Sep...
15 Sep 2020
It is with heavy hearts that the family of Florent “Flo” Joseph Gray, loving husband of Noella (Bourque) Gray, announces his peaceful passing on Tuesday September 15, 2020 at Shannex, Tucker Hall. Born on July 19, 1947 in St. Louis-de-Kent, he was the son of the late Arthur and Amanda (Richard) Gray.
Florent was employed with the City of Saint John as a Heavy Equipment Operator for many years and was an avid fan of Nascar.
In addition to his loving wife of 48 years, Noella, he is survived by his daughter Stephanie (Michael) Kennedy of Saint John; sister Aldona Maillet off Sudbury, ON; grandchildren Anika, Jacob, Micah and Isabel; several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers Norman, Conrad, Yoland and Claude.
We would like to extend our gratitude towards the loving staff of Shannex, Tucker Hall.
Arrangements are under the direction of Fundy Funeral Home, 230 Westmorland Road (646-2424). A private family graveside will be held in Fernhill Cemetery at a later date.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Saint John Boys and Girls Club Hot Lunch Program. www.fundyfuneralhome.com
16 Sep 2020
1951 - 2020
Grande-Digue, Roberta Justine LeBlanc, 68, passed away peacefully at the Moncton City Hospital on Wednesday, September 16th, 2020. Born in Moncton, ...
16 Sep 2020
1951 - 2020
Grande-Digue, Roberta Justine LeBlanc, 68, passed away peacefully at the Moncton City Hospital on Wednesday, September 16th, 2020. Born in Moncton, NB, she was the daughter of the late Edgar and the late Yvonne Gauvin (born Bourgeois).
Roberta will be sadly missed by two sons, Stéphane LeBlanc (Joelle) of Ottawa and Serge LeBlanc (Matthew) of Toronto; three sisters, Hectorine Léger (Jean-Guy) of Grande-Digue, Josette Gionet (Bertrand) of Shediac and Joanne Gauvin of Grande-Digue; two precious grandchildren, Audrey and Bennett; also by several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, Roberta was predeceased by her husband, Donald LeBlanc; and her sister, Marguerite.
Visitations will be held at Passage Funeral Chapel in Shediac Bridge on Monday, September 28th, 2020 from 7pm until 9pm. The Funeral service will be held at la Visitation Roman Catholic Church in Grande-Digue on Tuesday, September 29th, 2020 at 11am. Note that there will be no visitation the day of the Funeral service.
The Funeral service can be watch live at: https://www.facebook.com/PassageFH
Everyone attending the visitation and the Funeral service will be mandated to wear a face mask.
Donation can be made to Tree of Hope or to a charity of your choice. The family invites you to sign an online book of condolences at: www.funerairepassagefuneral.ca.
Funeral arrangements under the professional care of Passage Funeral Co-operative and Cremation Centre 3754, Route 134, Shediac Bridge, NB, E4R 1T3 Tel: (506) 532-1050