It is with a heavy heart that I start my news notes.
The passing of everyone's friend, Terry Smith, at Moncton City Hospital, on Dec. 26 has saddened and shocked so many people, including myself.
Thankfully, after he was diagnosed with cancer, a few short weeks ago, the good Lord saw fit to call him home. Imagine the reunion with his parents, his beloved Charlie Cat, his best friend, Johnnie Nelson and all other friends who have passed before him.
We know where he is and is now free of pain forever. A packed church for his funeral on Dec. 31, showed the high esteem in which Terry was held. Rev. Meggin King delivered a beautiful sermon, and Judith Gass read a very meaningful eulogy.
Two former students, Angela Trenholm and Dana LeBlanc, sang two pieces, Amazing Grace and Four Strong Winds, accompanied by Angela on guitar.
Rest in peace, my friend!
Guess I do not have to talk about the weather. Wow, it's been cold. I try and get out every day and do my little walk-about at our Co-Op, but these past few days have kept me inside.
Sure feel sorry for our little fine-feathered friends in this frigid weather. I have not noticed one purple finch back at my feeder since I put it out again. Lots of yellow finches, chickadees, blue jays, the odd woodpecker, and of course pigeons, crows and seagulls.
With the holidays, I missed some birthdays, those being grandson Patrick Darragh, and Scott Acker, Truro; Tanya Brown, Crystal Chase, Karen Halverson, and Paul DeVries, Pugwash; Brooklynn Polley, Pugwash Junction, Dylan MacKay, Amherst; John Elliott, Wallace Bridge; Gladys Doak, Etobicoke, Ont., and last but not least, little Lily Mountain, Calgary.
I understand grandparents Lily and Dave DeYoung, Linacy, are visiting with Lily and family, and enjoyed spending Christmas with them.
Upcoming greetings this week go out to Shirley McGrath, Bible Hill; Carolyn Spencer, Wentworth; Chris Mills, P.E.I.; Irene Acker, Pugwash; Kathy MacKay Rushton, Wentworth; and Janet Patterson Westington, Fraserville, Ont.
Winner of the Firemen's 50/50 draw on Dec. 20 was Clarence White; the two $100 prize winners were Jean Halverson and Terry Casey. There was not a winner on Dec. 27. Kevin Huston was the winner of the Co-Op Toonie draw on Dec. 24. Congratulations to all. Neither the Fire Department nor the Co-Op had winners on Dec. 31.
In my last news notes, I was completely off base when I named the newly elected officers for the Royal Canadian Legion, Peace Branch 60. A senior's moment, I believe. Kenny Cameron is the new President; Alex Dotten is first vice-president; Jan Saunders is second vice-president; Rod Benjamin is secretary and Patti Vardi is treasurer. Other officers remained the same. Sorry about that folks. Thank you to the one who corrected me.
Sympathy goes out to family and friends of Valerie Rushton, Pugwash/Oxford, who passed away on Dec. 31; same to Robert, Cassie and Tyler Ripley, Edward Duggan, and all family members of Brenda Ripley, Pugwash/Kentville, who recently passed away; thinking of all family members of Margaret MacIntosh, Little River, who passed away in All Saint's Hospital, Springhill, on Dec. 20; and to all friends of Joe Reagan, West Roxbury, Mass., who passed away on Dec. 28. Joe and his late wife, June, were summer residents of Port Howe for 40 some years. Thinking of you all at these sad times.
I was blessed to have most of my family and a few friends in for Christmas Dinner on Dec. 24. The same on New Year's Eve day. Following the large funeral of our friend, Terry Smith, my family all came for supper and to spend New Year's evening with me.
Kim, Tony and Salina Rinaldo, Halifax, and Keeghan McLeod, Fredericton, spent a couple days over Christmas with father/grandfather and great grandfather, Ron Trenholm, Rockley.
Sorry to hear that Irene Latta had the misfortune of falling and breaking a hip over the holidays. Prayers for all our sick and shut-in friends and neighbours, especially Mary Doyle who has been in Lillian Fraser Hospital for two weeks. Several friends and relatives continue to visit her in hospital. Five of us visited her on Christmas Eve and enjoyed lots of stories and laughs.
Lots of company these past two weeks. Along with all my regular visitors, had Burt McWade, Earl Chase, Angela and Jody Trenholm, Katie Polley, Cheryl Mattinson, Kim, Tony and Salina Rinaldo, Keeghan McLeod, and all my family. Thankful for all the phone calls I received over the holidays, including Florida, Vancouver, Edmonton, Mississauga, Burlington, the Maritimes, and so many emails.
All the best to the editor and staff at the newspaper and all readers for a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year!
Thought for the week: “There are two ways to spread happiness; either be the light who shines it, or be the mirror who reflects it.” - Edith Wharton
Mary Patterson is the Pugwash and area columnist for the Citizen-Record. If you have information for her, please call 902-243-2708.