Friday, March 1, 2024

Bond, Ronald Charles, Canso: It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Ronald, at home, on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024, at the age of 87. Born in Port Felix, he was the son of the late Alonzo and Elizabeth (DeCoste) Bond.

Ronald was a school bus driver for 37 years until his retirement in 2001. He was an avid carpenter and craftsman and shared many of his creations with others. He was a jack-of-all trades. He had a great fondness for the homecare workers who came to his home.

Ronald is survived by his wife of 60 years, Shirley (Richardson); sisters, Louise (Pat) Casey, Betty (Wayne) Ehler and Kay Samson; sisters-in-law, Julie (Don) Bond and Marie Richardson; many nieces and nephews; special friend, Paul Munroe.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his in-laws, Edith and Lloyd Richardson; sister-in-law, Beatrice Nickerson; brothers-in-law, Dave and Lloydie Richarson, and Doug Samson; nephew, Carmen Casey.

In keeping with Ronald’s wishes, there will be no wake or funeral. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made in Ronald’s memory to Canso Seaside Manor.

On behalf of the family, we express our sincere gratitude to the fire department, paramedics, RCMP and Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home.

Memorial donations may be made in memory of Ronald to Canso Seaside Manor.

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PORTER, Leonetta Winnifred, 88, of Country Harbour, Guysborough County. It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and sister on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024, with family by her side, in High-Crest Sherbrooke Home for Special Care. Born in Isaac’s Harbour, she was a daughter of the late Percy and Erna (Davidson) Langille. When Mom was a young girl, her mother passed away and she helped to raise her siblings. One of the things she did at the age of 13 was make bread while standing on a stool to knead the dough. Mom loved her family, always making sure they had good meals, clothes and special holidays. She was a wonderful baker and cook and was a very social person who loved people coming to have tea and something to eat. Mom worked at Bickerton Industries for 20 years and then at High-Crest Sherbrooke Home for Special Care. Leonetta is survived by her sons, Ricky (Darla) Porter, Port Bickerton; Donnie (Phoebe) Porter, Country Harbour; daughters, Debra (Wendall) Hudson, Country Harbour; Coreen (Brian) Kaiser, Port Bickerton; Wanda Doyle (Bob), Guysborough; step-daughter, Sherlyn (Bev) Porter, Cumberland, ON; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Richard (Colleen) Langille, Country Harbour; Darrell (Barbara) Langille, Isaac’s Harbour; sister, Catherine “Kitty” (Donald) Dixon, Sackville; sister-in-law, Donna Langille, Isaac’s Harbour; son-in-law, Frank Manthorne; many nieces, nephews and their families. She was predeceased by her husband, Howard; son, Kenny; daughter, Brenda Manthorne; brother, Cecil Langille; sister, Eileen Beavis. A visitation and funeral service will be held in the spring. Interment will be held in the spring in Holy Trinity Anglican Cemetery, Country Harbour. Family flowers only please. Memorial donations may be made to the Country Harbour Gun Club, 16740 Hwy 316, Country Harbour, NS, B0H 1J0, or Holy Trinity Anglican Cemetery Fund, C/O Marie Veinotte, 552 Hwy 316 Westside Road, Country Harbour, NS, B0H 1J0. The family thanks all the staff of High-Crest Sherbrooke Home for Special Care for all the support and help during this very difficult time. Online condolences may be made at



It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father and grandfather, Clayton Arnold Sangster, of New Harbour, Guysborough County, on Feb. 14, 2024.

Born in Guysborough to the late Elva (Wright) and Floyd Sangster, Clayton married his best friend and his “forever valentine,” Grail (Barss). Together, Clayton and Grail were blessed with three daughters, and later three sons, at heart; Annika Sangster (Bobby Pace), Mindy (Mike) Kelly, Jolene (John Allan) Canning. Clayton and Grail were delighted to become grandparents to seven joy-filled grandchildren, Curtis, Ashlynn, Barrett, Arianna, Brooke Lynn, Kaden and Zain. Clayton was a source of fun and joy. He will be remembered for his love of spontaneous adventures and large family gatherings with siblings, the late Bernice (Vic) Nelson, the late Melvin (Hazel) Sangster, Miles (Viola) Sangster; mother-in-law, Christena (the late Grant) Barss; in-laws, Darrell (Nancy) Barss, Shawn Barss (Dorothy Chafe) and Kim Barss. He was “Uncle Clayton” to many nieces and nephews.

Clayton was nicknamed “best bus driver” by some of his students, who also held an appreciation of rural life, during his 30-year career with the Strait Regional School Board. Always up for a drive (regardless of the vehicle type), Clayton made many friends across Nova Scotia while working in the forestry industry and with the school board. His favourite pastime adventures included finding the best fish holes, back woods roads and MacGyver-inspired mechanics. Clayton’s humorous spirit will live on in the memories of those who shared a laugh with him.

The family sincerely thanks Clayton’s team of healthcare professionals in Guysborough, Antigonish and Halifax for their compassion and resourcefulness.

A celebration of life was held in Harbourview Community Center, New Harbour, on Feb. 19.

Memorial donations may be made to the New Harbour River Association or Harbourview Community Center.