22 Sep 2020
April 9th, 1923 –September 22nd, 2020
It is time to say goodbye. We really don’t want you to leave, but it has to be. We hope that you felt our energy from ...
22 Sep 2020
April 9th, 1923 –September 22nd, 2020
It is time to say goodbye. We really don’t want you to leave, but it has to be. We hope that you felt our energy from our tears, thoughts and prayers that rose with the smoke of our burning candles to guide you as you continue your spiritual journey to your ancestral home. You ascended as you slept (not of COVID-19) in the early morning hours of the Fall Equinox on September 22nd, 2020. Ironically in 1995, your older sister Regina Thompson Pollock died and was buried on the same dates as you.
Charlotte Lauretta Thompson, you were born 97 years ago on April 9th, 1923, the fourth child of your parents Edward and Lauretta (Firth) Thompson in Dawsonville, New Brunswick. The day was so blustery that your father had to hitch up the sleigh to fetch the doctor from Matapedia to assist with your birth. You had dark eyes and through out most of your life your hair was so black that it turned purple when the sun shone on it.
You were named for your mother and your paternal grandmother, Charlotte Tennier Thompson – Royers, your paternal great-grandmother Charlotte Chatterton-Mauger and your 4 X great-grandmother Charlotte Beebe- Chatterton.
You were the granddaughter of Augustus (Red Gus) and Charlotte (Tennier) Thompson and Thomas Firth (Senior) and his wife Eliza Mann.
You were baptized and confirmed Anglican at Saint Paul’s in Dawsonville. You grew up on your family farm in Dawsonville sharing in the farm chores with your parents and siblings. You were loved. You were happy. You were a naturally talented artist creating beautiful designs for your mother to hand hook into rugs. You were so intelligent in school that your teachers promoted you up a year. Did you possess your father’s photographic memory???
In September, 1937 the cow jumped over the fence and ate the strong clover. The milk was too rich for your baby sister Corrine to digest and she died a month after her birth. She was the first child your mother lost. The family was heartbroken.
When your mother, Lauretta awoke on December 2nd, 1938 she didn’t think that a freak accident would take her life. She was standing in your pantry when a 100 pound bag of flour shifted. She checked it with her hip which caused her to miscarry and she subsequently bled to death. We remember you telling us that you would just finish changing one of her blood soaked socks when you had to turn around and change the other. After their burial, you were not only your siblings’ sister, but also their mother taking on all the duties of the woman who loved you all so dearly. Your parents were so very lucky to have a daughter like you who took on the difficult responsibilities of motherhood at fifteen years of age and it was a role that you maintained and cherished for the rest of your life.
On July 15th, 1940 you lost your brother Stewart in a hunting accident.
During WWII, you participated in the war effort by working in an ammunitions factory in Brownsburg, Quebec making bullets for our soldiers overseas. While there you won accolades for being the pitcher of their local baseball team.
You eloped with dad at Tide Head United Church during the evening of Sept. 2nd , 1943 waking up your young cousin Tom Thompson to be a witness along with his sister Joyce.
While dad was fighting in WWII, you continued participating in the war effort by moving to Saint John, New Brunswick where you worked in a military factory sewing zippers in uniforms for our boys overseas.
After your wounded husband returned from the war, you started your home life in Flatlands, then moved to Campbellton, New Brunswick where you continued to nurture your siblings and raised your three children and lived the remainder of your life.
You were a devoted daughter of First United Church in Campbellton. You were an Explorer leader and Sunday School teacher influencing the young minds of the day. You were one of the Charter Members of the United Church Women at First United. You were the leader of the Goodwill Unit, the President of the General U.C.W. and held various positions within the U.C.W. Presbyterial. The coordinator of our church teas, Jean Miller relied on you to be the hostess of the tea room while she was in charge of the kitchen. At a time when only men were Elders, two women within First United achieved that distinction. You were one of them. You were a great advocate of the Mission and Service Fund. You were in charge of the Memorial Fund and a member of the Session. During each minister’s annual summer vacation, you gladly delivered the sermon for one of their Sundays away. For decades, you were in charge of the Chancel Committee, a position that you were dedicated to as after every Christmas Eve service you stayed alone for hours washing the tiny Communion glasses and vessels. You were a voting delegate to General Council at a conflicting time when gay rights were being decided. (Proud of you, Mom. You voted for gay rights.) 2001 was the Year of the Volunteer and First United presented you with that distinction. You held various positions at Presbytery. One minister described you thusly, “Charlotte, whenever I think of you, I picture you riding a black steed wielding the Sword of Justice high in the air.” That’s the way we see you too, seeking justice for friend and foe. (By the way, if our mother had words with you, then you deserved them.)
Your father had to have the fastest horse and you had to have the fastest skis. You cross country skied until you were 79 years old with your ski buddy, Joyce Crawford and in the off season the two of you walked around the Sugarloaf Mountain for years, even before it was a fad to do so. Over the years you wore out four stationary bikes during your home exercise.
Your sense of adventure continued as you travelled to most countries around the world twice, except for China and Japan.
And what a wise mother you were... When beggars came to our door, you fed them, teaching us to be charitable. You taught us the value of a penny and all of us are careful spenders. You taught us how to shoot a gun in case we had to hunt for food. You taught us NEVER to take away anybody’s hope, as in your eyes that was a mortal sin. Like your mother, you always read the Bible daily. You taught us YOUR way, saying that any other way was the wrong way. You were right. When we sought advice, your answer was for our betterment and never did you try to control or manipulate the situation for you or others to benefit. You loved to read and so do we. We all knew that we were going to university, before we even knew what a university was. You instructed us to think out the consequences, before we made our decisions. You drilled us to conquer the world by using CS (Common Sense). We do. By taking us in the woods, you taught us the value of silence and now we speak less and listen more. You taught us to control our emotions in public and now we react calmly in the eye of the storm. You were mild spoken, but a fierce warrior. So are we. You often said, “If you can’t do a perfect job, then don’t do any.“ We hold our children to the same standards. You believed that all life was precious. You once told a person, “You wouldn’t be so quick to cut down that healthy tree, if you didn’t have a chain saw.” We revere Mother Earth. Like your ancestors, you were always on the right side of history. So are we. You couldn’t swim, but you made sure that we could in case we got caught in the strong currents at the Rafting Grounds. You were a really good cook. We try. You were a talented seamstress. We can’t sew. You played the guitar. Not us!!!!! You always slept with a box of chocolates by your bed. Ha!! We gain weight just by looking at chocolates. You made us take piano lessons and all three of us hated it. We still hate it, but we can play, but please don’t ask us!!!!!!
Your Viking ancestors invaded and settled in France and Great Britain before sailing to the New World. Ancestors include Gabriel Giraud dit Saint – Jean who settled in Caraquet at 1710; Sieur Michel Ignace Parise who fought in the Battle of the Restigouche; Pierre Leon Roussy who was a noted shipowner, privateer and pirate of Bay of Chaleur; Richard Mauger who is a direct descendant of Rauf Mauger, uncle of William the Conqueror (Rollo); Loyalist Colonel Isaac Mann Sr. and Loyalist Mary Secord – Beebe- Pearson. Your people fought during the American Revolution and subsequently settled on the Gaspe, Quebec. During European Colonization, your family lost their Mi’kmaq identity when priests gave your indigenous ancestors new names during baptisms and marriages and subjected them to Christianity. The pain is still raw.
As you ascended, you were greeted with tears of joy from your parents and your siblings: Regina (Coleman) Pollock, Gerald (Louise MacArthur) Thompson, Stewart Thompson, Hardy Thompson (buried Beny sur Mer, France), Jarvis Thompson, Alvena (Don) Zvernia, Freda (Ken) Rogers, Virginia (Adrian) Knowles, and Corinne Thompson; your husband: Leonard MacCallum and his parents John and Sarah (Malcomber) MacCallum; your brothers-in-law: Peter (Don) Donahue, Karl Firth, and Erwin Mann. All of precious memory!!!! Tears of grief were shed by your children: Linda MacCallum (Rev. Dr. George LeDrew), Stanley MacCallum (Fairleigh MacLean), Sheila MacCallum (Mike Anderson). Your grandchildren: John LeDrew, Matthew LeDrew, Hiadee MacCallum (Mark Stevenson), Scott MacCallum ( Mary Jane Keefe), Charlotte Anderson, Sarah Anderson, D. Alexander Thompson Anderson. Your great grandchildren: Alexandra Stevenson, Ryan Stevenson, Luke Stevenson, Georgie MacCallum, Christian MacCallum, Henry MacCallum, and William MacCallum. Your siblings: Lucille Donahue, Doris Firth, Marion (George) Elias, Luella Mann, Alexander Boudreau and sister-in-law Josephine Michaud- Thompson.
Due to COVID-19, a graveside service was held at the Dawsonville Cemetery on Friday, September 25th, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Dr. George LeDrew officiating. Your nephew, Dr. David Elias was the Psalm Reader. Your grandson, Scott MacCallum shared poignant eulogy memories. Pallbearers were Scott MacCallum, Alexander Anderson, Alexandra Stevenson, Ryan Stevenson, Joe Elias and Dr. David Elias. Honourary Pallbearers in Absentia: Matthew LeDrew, John LeDrew, Charlotte Anderson, Sarah Anderson and Joyce Crawford. You were buried in Plot 6A surrounded by the people who knew and loved you the most.
For your descendants, who may be doing genealogy research in the future, an article about you was published in the Campbellton Tribune on April 4th, 2001.
Mom, we are very sorry that our beloved Christianity stabbed you in the back by indoctrinating its constituents NOT to vote in favour of extended amendments to Bill C-14 which denied you the choice of a medical assisted death and forced you to endure years of unnecessary suffering from Alzheimer’s.
Bye, Mom... Thank you for bringing us into your life and letting us be part of your fierce wolf pack. You were amazing. Love always...
Your three children,
Linda, Stanley and Sheila
Funeral arrangements were entrusted in the care of Maher’s Funeral Home, Campbellton. (506)789-1699 or toll free (855) 404-1699 email: firstname.lastname@example.org"
20 Oct 2020
Charles Spear passed away peacefully surrounded by love and family at Rocmaura Nursing Home on October 20, 2020. Born on May 25, 1934, he was the son of the lat...
20 Oct 2020
Charles Spear passed away peacefully surrounded by love and family at Rocmaura Nursing Home on October 20, 2020. Born on May 25, 1934, he was the son of the late Charles and Elva (Harvie) Spear.
Charlie was a kind and gentle soul with beautiful blue eyes, and a smile which would light up a room. Charlie, or Sonny as he was affectionately called in his childhood town of Seeley’s Cove loved his early years on the ocean. On the Bay of Fundy, he developed a love for family, the sea, and time on fishing boats with his 2 brothers, especially his father’s beloved wooden Schooner ship. His 6 children, their spouses and his 14 grandchildren brought him much joy. Charlie cherished time tinkering outside, detailing his cars, gardening, building model ships, reading Reader’s Digest from cover to cover and vacations to the White Mountains in New Hampshire, Europe, Florida, and Virginia. Charlie’s career in accounting and payroll included the CNR, Brookville Chemicals and The Dry Dock until his retirement in 1995. The family would like to extend a special thanks of appreciation to the staff at Rocmaura, and Dr. Kristofferson for their kindness and compassion to our “Grampy”.
Charlie is predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Ketchum. He will be remembered by their six children: daughters, Lori (Kevin) Clynick, Gina (Earle) Burrows, Carla (John) Olive, and Angie (Dana) Sprague, and sons, Gerald (Claudette) Spear, and Geoffrey (Heather) Spear, as well as grandchildren: Justine, Kirstie, Nicholas, Emily, Jason, Matthew, Ryan, Christopher, Harrison, Reid, Gregory, Elizabeth, Alicia, and Lauren and one great grandchild, Emile. Also left to cherish his memory are Francis, Edward, Terry, and Cindy Spear.
Besides his wife and parents, he was also predeceased by two brothers, Gerald and Edward Spear and a special cousin Lorena Heutis.
Resting at Brenan’s Bay View Funeral Home, 1461 Manawagonish Road, Saint John (634-7425) where a private family memorial will be held. Due to the restrictions imposed by the current pandemic, there will be no visitation.
For those who wish, remembrances can be made to the Stay Strong Oncology Exercise Program with the SJRH, Rocmaura Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Society. Online condolences may be placed at www.BrenansFH.com.
19 Oct 2020
The family is saddened to announce the passing of Nancy Joyce Allport (Duchesne) at Hospice House Fredericton on Monday, October 19, 2020. Born on August 17, 19...
19 Oct 2020
The family is saddened to announce the passing of Nancy Joyce Allport (Duchesne) at Hospice House Fredericton on Monday, October 19, 2020. Born on August 17, 1952, Nancy was the daughter of the late Joyce (Hebb) and George Duchesne.
Nancy will be deeply missed by her husband Richard Allport, her children Dwayne Turple (Kim), Myles Turple (Amy), Barrie Turple (Julie), Jennifer MacDonald (Paul), Kimberley Allport (Collin), Christopher Allport (Michelle); her grandchildren Ben, Megan, Mackenzie, Makayla, Brooklyn, Alexis, and George Turple, Matthew and Heather MacDonald, Alyssa, Nathan, Emma and Olivia Allport; her brothers Larry Duchesne and George Duchesne (Lynn), as well as many friends and extended family.
A visitation will take place on Friday, October 23, 2020 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Oromocto Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 1:00 pm at the Oromocto Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Perry Hanley presiding. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there is limited seating. Those who wish to attend the service are asked to send an RSVP to the funeral home at (506) 357-5100 or via email at Oromocto@mcadamsfh.com. For those unable to attend, please use the following link to watch a live stream on the day of the service: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLgRd7sNXdUaZ5WDaPpzYlA
In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice House Fredericton, https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/hospice-fredericton/, would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be left at www.oromoctofh.com.
18 Oct 2020
1929 - 2020
Marion L. Messenger of Riverview passed away at Monarch Hall, on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at the age of 90 years. Born in Durham, Quebec she was th...
18 Oct 2020
1929 - 2020
Marion L. Messenger of Riverview passed away at Monarch Hall, on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at the age of 90 years. Born in Durham, Quebec she was the daughter of the late Alfred T. and Doris (Hughes) Smith.
A loving mother to her son Bruce and her daughter-in-law Andrea of Ottawa, ON. Marion's warm, outgoing and friendly personality will be missed.
She enjoyed playing cards and particularly looked forward to playing bridge with friends. Marion was also an avid golfer and member of the Moncton Golf and Country Club until she was in her late 70's.
Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Ronald Messenger in 2012, Brothers Alan (1988), Albert (1993) and Evan (2011).
A private graveside service will be held at Elmwood Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Tuttle Brothers & Riverview Funeral Home, 214 Pine Glen Rd., Riverview, NB (506) 857-9544. Online condolences can be made at www.tuttlefuneralhome.ca
19 Oct 2020
It is with broken hearts that the family of Michael Nickerson announces his unexpected passing on October 19, 2020. Born in Saint John on April 25, 1954, he was...
19 Oct 2020
It is with broken hearts that the family of Michael Nickerson announces his unexpected passing on October 19, 2020. Born in Saint John on April 25, 1954, he was a son of the late Walter and Winnifred (Gaudet) Nickerson.
Mike will be lovingly remembered and missed by his wife Margot; children: Delaney (Laurie) Haynes, Peter Nickerson, Kim Hamilton, and Rob (Jill Lanteigne) Hamilton; brothers: John (Ellie) Nickerson, and Brian (Faye) Nickerson; sisters: Judy (Bill) Wallace, Cathy (David) Jagoe, and Kim Nickerson; several nieces and nephews; and his faithful companion and best friend, Tucker the dog.
He was predeceased by his parents.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Brenan’s Funeral Home, 111 Paradise Row, Saint John, NB (634-7424) where visitation will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 2 to 4 PM and 6 to 8 PM. Guests are asked to enter through the courtyard where staff will greet them and assist them with COVID-19 protocols. Masks will be mandatory. For those that may be uncomfortable attending visitation, you are encouraged to leave a condolence for the family on the website. Due to the restrictions of the current pandemic, a funeral service will be held only for family. A livestream for those who cannot attend will be available on the website on Sunday, October 25, 2020 beginning at 11 AM. Donations can be made to the Saint John SPCA or Bobby’s Hospice. www.BrenansFH.com
19 Oct 2020
It is with sadness that the family of Frances Edna (Kelly) Horgan announces her passing on Monday, October 19, 2020. Born in Saint John, NB on September 24, 19...
19 Oct 2020
It is with sadness that the family of Frances Edna (Kelly) Horgan announces her passing on Monday, October 19, 2020. Born in Saint John, NB on September 24, 1928, Frances was the eldest daughter of the late S. Roy Kelly, Q.C. and Gertrude (Cullinan) Kelly.
Frances was a cherished wife, mother and grandmother and will be dearly missed by all who had the good fortune to know her. As a long-time member of Holy Trinity Parish, Frances contributed many hours to the CWL and to the community Head Start program. When her children were older, Frances worked for a number of years at Commercial Union Insurance, which she very much enjoyed and where she made many lasting friendships and memories.
Frances will be lovingly remembered by her children, Elizabeth, Susanne (Don), Stephen (Christianne), Mary-Therese (Rick) and Kevin (Christine); adored grandchildren, Alexandra (Justin), Emily, Katie, Meagan and Ben; her dear sisters, Joanne Connolly, Colleen Hoyt, Susan Malone (Thomas) and Patricia Coughlan (Richard); sister-in-law, Janice Bryan (Gerald) and brother-in-law, Gerald Horgan (Roberta) and several nieces and nephews.
Frances was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Gregory Horgan and her daughter, Catherine Mary Ellen who passed away at the age of six in 1958.
Frances’ family would like to extend their thanks to Joan’s Home Care, Brenda Lavigne and Chris Thompson. Your support and kindness over the last number of years is greatly appreciated.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a family graveside service will take place in St. Joseph’s Cemetery and a celebration of Frances’ life will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Brenan’s Funeral Home, 111 Paradise Row, Saint John (634-7424).
In lieu of flowers and for those who wish, donations may be made to Romero House, Bobby’s Hospice or a charity of the donor’s choice. www.BrenansFH.com
16 Oct 2020
E. Christina “Chrissie” Best, 60, of Melanson, Nova Scotia, passed away peacefully in her home on Friday, October 16, 2020. Born and raised in Upper Caverhi...
16 Oct 2020
E. Christina “Chrissie” Best, 60, of Melanson, Nova Scotia, passed away peacefully in her home on Friday, October 16, 2020. Born and raised in Upper Caverhill, New Brunswick, she was the beloved daughter of Ruby Hiltz and the late E. Frank Hiltz.
After moving to Nova Scotia upon her marriage to Willis, her husband of 43 years, Chrissie raised her family in Melanson, working for Hostess Frito–lay until her retirement in 2015. Chrissie loved people, spending time with them and learning their stories. She was like sunshine in the lives of those who knew her, lighting up the world for everyone around her. She always found the bright side and was ever willing to believe the best of others. She will be remembered for her warmth, kindness, selflessness, and her sweet gentle manner. Even in her final days, Chrissie only wished she could do more for others. Above all, she loved and cherished her family.
Chrissie will be dearly missed by her mother Ruby Hiltz and her loving husband Willis; her children, Bonnie (Jason) Halverson and Tim (Sheena York); her grandchildren, Kael, Emma and Cyndel; five sisters, Margaret (Don Clark) Springer; Stella “Sandy” (Bill) Rickard; Eldena (Albert) Landry; Elva (Dave) Kay; and Mary (Stuart Doucette) Hiltz–Doucette; two brothers, John Hiltz and Daniel (Kelly) Hiltz; five brothers–in–law, James (Elizabeth) Rogers; Tony Zimmer; George Springer; Bill (Marie) Best; and Hal (Debbie) Best; and two sisters–in–law, Louise (Wendell) Pineo and Sharon (Brian) Barkhouse. Chrissie will also be forever remembered by the rest of her New Brunswick and Nova Scotia families: her many loving nieces, nephews, and extended family; her unofficial “other” family; her best friend Debbie Stevenson, and countless other dear friends.
In addition to her father Frank Hiltz, Chrissie was predeceased by her two sisters, Jean Rogers and Ruth Zimmer; two brothers–in–law, Gordon Best and Wendell Pineo; and parents–in–law Arthur and Mabel Best.
Heartfelt thanks to Chrissie's Palliative Care Team led by Paulette, attending paramedics Donna and Isaac, and all the wonderful people who provided such compassionate care during a difficult time.
In keeping with Chrissie’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation or funeral service. A private gathering for celebration of Chrissie's life will be held by invitation only due to Covid restrictions. Arrangements have been entrusted to White Family Funeral Home in Kentville, NS. Interment will be in Upper Caverhill Cemetery, NB. Albert Clark will lead the service.
For those who wish to make a donation in memory of Chrissie, donations may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Canada at www.cysticfibrosis.ca by clicking on “Give In Honour”. Online condolences for the family may be shared at www.whitefamilyfuneralhome.com
20 Oct 2020
The death of Geraldine Myrna (Sherrard) Fitzpatrick RN wife of the late William “Bill” Fitzpatrick of Losier Hall and formerly of Sunny Corner, NB, occurred...
20 Oct 2020
The death of Geraldine Myrna (Sherrard) Fitzpatrick RN wife of the late William “Bill” Fitzpatrick of Losier Hall and formerly of Sunny Corner, NB, occurred on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at the age of 88. Born in Whitney, NB, she was the daughter of the late John Thomas “Jack” and Bernetta (Whitney) Sherrard.
Geraldine was a Registered Nurse who was employed with Metropolitan Hospital in Ontario from 1954-1981. After moving back to New Brunswick, Geraldine volunteered at the Miramichi Hospital and also was the President of the Hospital Auxiliary. She also was involved with many other groups and organizations including: Nurses Alumnae, Retired Nurses, Sunny Corner Lionettes, St. Philip’s U.C.W., President of General U.C.W., Hospital Foundation Board, Whitney Willing Workers and looked after the Hospital Gift Shop Volunteering and staffing.
Geraldine is survived by: two daughters: Heather Liffiton (Patrick) of Sunny Corner, NB; Ruth Ann Fitzpatrick (William Watton) of Calgary, AB; two sons: Stephen (Dianne) of Sunny Corner, NB; William (Suzanne) of Thunder Bay, ON; two sisters: Lorna Connell of Sillikers, NB; Yvonne Trites of Losier Hall; one brother: Vernon Sherrard of Boom Road, NB; 10 grandchildren: David, Jacqueline, John, Steve, Jason, Thomas, Jeryd, Justin, Jordan and Kelsey; 17 great-grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents and husband: Bill, Geraldine is predeceased by: daughter: Karen Fitzpatrick Miller; brothers: Russell Sherrard (Reen) and Wilson Sherrard and sister: Minerva Murray (Aubrey).
Due to Covid-19 there will be no visitation and a memorial service to celebrate Geraldine’s life will be held at a later date. Burial will take place in the St. Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic Cemetery.
In Geraldine’s memory, donations may be made to St. Philip’s United Church Cemetery or St. Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic Cemetery. Messages of condolences can be sent through our website: www.bellsmeadows.com
Funeral arrangements are under the care of Bell’s Funeral Home, 651 King George Highway, Miramichi, NB. Telephone: 506-622-3600.
A special thank you to the Kelly Court staff at Losier Hall. They cared for Geraldine with love, respect and tenderness.
A tradition of service to the families of Miramichi and surrounding communities since 1922.