OBITUARIES

CASHIN, Gregory James (1987-2020), age 32 of New Glasgow. With saddened hearts, we regret to announce the sudden passing of Greg, at home, on June 21, 2020. Originally from Port Felix, he was the son of Colleen Greencorn and James Cashin. Greg worked as a heavy equipment operator with Alva Construction. His weekends were spent with his little sidekick Rhylin fishing, hunting, and camping. Greg was a true outdoorsman and enjoyed immensely teaching his little "Beanie" everything about camping life and the great outdoors. He is survived by his daughter Rhylin Cashin (her mother Kim Novak); his mother, Colleen Greencorn; father, James Cashin; brother, Robert Cashin; uncle, Gary Cashin (Susan); grandmother, Brenda Oakley; aunt, Tamitha Oakley; aunt, Lisa Oakley; cousin, Zach Bond; and great uncle, Enos (Cecilia) Greencorn. He was predeceased by grandparents Neil and Jean Cashin. Greg "Bubby" will forever be in the hearts of his family and friends. Cremation has taken place. Respecting Greg's wishes, there will not be a funeral service. A private celebration of life will be held by his family. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of C.L. Curry Funeral Home, Antigonish. Online condolences: www.clcurry.com.

 

COLE, James Martin "Toby" (1945-2020), Canso, Guysborough Co. Age 75 years. Passed away on Thursday, June 18, 2020 in Guysborough Memorial Hospital. Born in Canso, he was a son of the late Martin and Wardie (Fitzgerald) Cole. Toby was a fisherman all his life. Surviving are his daughters, Virginia (Robert) Locas, Clementsport; Melinda Cole, Canso; son, Patrick, Stirling, Ont.; sisters, Mary Vargo, Rose Feltmate, and Margaret Armsworthy; brother, Gerald; grandchildren, Logan and Kairo Locas, Damien and Destiny Hammons, and Harrison Cole; and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Howard, Austin; sister, Hazel Keith. Toby spent a lot of time at sea during the 80s and 90s catching groundfish off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland to provide for his family. Then switched to inshore lobstering with his brother at home here in Canso. Toby was always very humble. He loved watching baseball and hockey. He loved the Blue Jays and Ottawa Senators as he gave up on those Maple Leafs a long time ago. Toby loved to cook, sailing around the Canso Islands in his boat, fishing, and country music. He loved spending time with his family and loved living here in Canso next to the sea. In keeping with Toby’s wishes there will be no visitation or funeral service. Memorial donations in memory of James may be made a charity of choice. Arrangements are under the care of Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Canso. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at www.haverstocks.com.

 

KENNEDY, Joseph Basil "Joe" (1931-2020) – Age 88, of Halifax, passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2020 in the QE II Health Sciences Centre. Born in Guysborough, he was the son of the late Arthur and Mary (Shea) Kennedy. Joe was employed with the Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia, retiring in 1991 after 27 years of service. Upon retirement, he then served multiple terms as a Director of the Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation. Sports were a large part of Joe’s life. He could recount, with great detail, many of the softball, baseball and hockey games he played in, or witnessed, growing up. He loved to talk of the many athletes and games that he followed, from the 1940’s to present, especially the local players, who he was always so proud of. He was an avid supporter of softball in N.S., taking pride in traveling with the Guysborough Wonder Store Midgets to Nationals in Napanee, Ontario in 1982. He was a huge fan of local hockey, from the Vees, to the Mooseheads and all in between. Beyond his family, harness racing would be his greatest passion. Starting with his father and brothers racing horses on the ice in Guysborough and Antigonish and the small tracks in Port Hood and Inverness, to eventually owning horses that raced at tracks all over the Maritimes. He was a long time industry leader and volunteer, a member of Standardbred Canada, and served as President of the Harness Horse Owners Association of Halifax, President of the Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association, Director of the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Commission and various industry committees. His greatest moment in harness racing would be breeding and co-owning Maritime Champion colt Firms Phantom, who tied the world record for consecutive wins. While Joe enjoyed each of those wins immensely, he cherished the people that followed them even more. While there were many horses over his lifetime, he had a special place in his heart for his "little mare" Firm Footing, who provided him so many proud moments. He was a long-time member of St. Rose of Lima Church, Fall River and current member of St. Theresa’s Church, Halifax. To Joe it was all about the people, he loved to meet new people and hear their story, and made so many lifetime friends through work, church, sports and horse racing. He is survived by his brother, Arthur, Sydney; sisters, Audrey (Gordon) Harmer and Rita, and sister-in-law, Frieda, all of Guysborough; his very close nephew, Art Kennedy, New Glasgow and very close niece, Alison (Bryden) MacKinnon, Bedford; nephew, Jim and nieces, Kelly, Christine, Karen and Darlene. He predeceased by brothers, Arnold "Arnie" and William "Billy". The family would like to extend heartfelt appreciation to all the close friends who assisted Joe over the past few years as well as during his recent hospital stays. A graveside service will be held in the St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, Guysborough on Friday, July 3rd at 1:30 p.m. with Father Callistus Abazie officiating, arrangement under the direction of the Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Guysborough. A memorial mass will be held at a later date. Memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, St. Ann’s Church or a charity of your choice. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at www.haverstocks.com.

 

LAWRENCE, Samuel (1944-2020) – Age 75, Canso. It is with an aching but loving heart that we let our darling Sam return to his heavenly home. Sam was born in Harbour Breton, Nfld., grew up in St. Jacques and made his way to Canso as a young man to work with his father, Simeon Lawrence. Sam battled with cancer for three and a half years. He passed peacefully with his family on the evening of June 13, 2020. Sam is fondly remembered in the community. He was friendly, had a bright smile, and would have a good chat with everyone in town. Sam was a red seal as a machinist and millwright. He owned his own machine shop in Canso for many years. In his 50s, Sam went back to school and became a 2nd class marine engineer. His career as a marine engineer allowed him to travel and do what he loved, running and fixing heavy machinery. His passions were tinkering with mechanics, cars and spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife of over fifty years, Sheila (MacKinnon); sons, Christopher, Whitehead and Brent, Queensport. He adored and was so very proud of his grandchildren, Sarah Lumsden, Rayden Lawrence. Also survived by sister, Jane Lawrence, brother, Merrill and Lilly. Sam was a loving husband and father. Predeceased by his father, Simeon of Baie Du Loui Island, Nfld. and his mother, Gladys (Strowbridge) of Red Cove, Nfld. and brother, Lloyd. Sam has been cremated and his ashes will be interred at a later date. Donations in Sam’s memory may be made to All Saint’s Anglican Church, c/o Susan O’Handley P.O B0X 355, Canso N.S. B0H 1HO. Arrangements are under the care of Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Canso. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at www.haverstocks.com.

 

RICHARD-GAGNON, Sheila Ann (1969-2020) – It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Sheila Ann Richard-Gagnon on Tuesday June 16th at the QEII Health Sciences Centre. She was the eldest daughter of the late Thomas and Carol-Ann (Surette) Richard of Charlos Cove. After having bravely enduring many years of compromised health due to heart failure, at the age of 50, Sheila earned her wings. She will be forever remembered by her daughters, Patricia (Jack) and Emily; grandchildren, Lariah and Bryson all of Halifax. She also leaves behind her partner, Richard Gosselin, Halifax; sister, Wanda (Armel), Hammonds Plains and brother, Jason (Amanda), Charlos Cove; the father of her children, Stephen Gagnon, Port Bickerton and several cousins whom she loved dearly. Sheila was a Registered Nurse, having trained at St. Martha’s School of Nursing in Antigonish. She worked for many years on Pediatric Medical Unit at the IWK until her health no longer allowed. She loved nursing and cared deeply for her patients, earning the highest respect of her colleagues. Sheila had a zest for life and in her healthier years was always up for any adventure, however spontaneous! She loved everyone she met and had a large circle of friends, many whom she considered family. Her happiest moments were when she was surrounded by those she loved. She gave freely and loved deeply, her heart bigger than life itself. Special thanks to her Aunt Theresa for being a pillar of strength and support for Sheila and her girls and also to the staff of 6.1 for their compassionate care in her final days. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Pediatric Medical Unit of the IWK Health Centre. Funeral arrangements are under the dignified and compassionate care of G.W. Giffin Funeral Home Ltd., Country Harbour. Online condolences may be made at www.gwgiffin.com.

 

SPONAGLE, Wilfred Densmore (1946-2020), Age 73, of Country Harbour, Guysborough Co., passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2020 in St. Mary’s Memorial Hospital, Sherbrooke. Born in Goldboro, he was a son of the late Vernon and Mable (Kaiser) Sponagle. Wilfred spent many years behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler and enjoyed every minute of it. He also had a strong love for Fords! He was a one-of-a-kind man that would do anything for anyone, with no questions asked. He enjoyed playing pranks on family and friends for a good laugh. His favorite pastime was spending the summer days in his boat out in the harbour with his family. Wilfred would be forever grateful for all the special friendships he made throughout his life. He will be forever remembered and missed. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jennie (MacLennan); their three boys, Allie (Tammy), Codroy Valley, Newfoundland; John-Paul (Dustin), Stellarton; Rodney (Leeta), Stellarton; four grandchildren, Jeremy (Destiny), Emma, Mya and Sophie; one great-grandchild, Lochlainn; brothers, Harvey, Goldboro and Purvis, Isaac’s Harbour; sister, Juanita Shaw, Truro; several nieces, nephews and their families. He was predeceased by his sister, Marion MacLennan. A private family service will be held in Bayview Cemetery, Goldboro. Memorial donations may be made to Bayview Cemetery, Diabetes Canada or to a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements are under the dignified and compassionate care of G.W.Giffin Funeral Home, 17545 Highway 316, Country Harbour. Online condolences may be made at www.gwgiffin.com.