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Clare Her­bert Dur­land,

LLB, QC (Ret’d) age

79, died Sun­day, May 27, 2018 at Or­chard Court in Kentville, sur­rounded by his fam­ily, fol­low­ing a coura­geous bat­tle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Clare was born in Bear River, Nova Sco­tia, son of the late Percy H. Dur­land and Jenny F. Dur­land. He at­tended Deep Brook Ele­men­tary School and Hantsport High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts de­gree from Aca­dia Univer­sity in 1959 and an LLB de­gree from Dal­housie Law School in 1962. Clare was ad­mit­ted to the Bar in Nova Sco­tia in 1962 and prac­ticed law in Mid­dle­ton, Nova Sco­tia from 1962 un­til 1997. He served as a mem­ber of the Bar­ris­ter Counsel of Nova Sco­tia from 1971 – 1974 and was the Pres­i­dent of the Western Coun­ties Bar­ris­ter So­ci­ety from 1973 to 1975. He was ap­pointed to the Queen’s Counsel in 1978. Clare mar­ried Joan Ann Web­ber in 1962. They resided in Mid­dle­ton where they cher­ished time with their fam­ily and many won­der­ful friends. Clare and Joan were pas­sion­ate and en­gaged par­ents to their three chil­dren, John Hart­ford Dur­land (Lynne Legere) of Mis­sis­sauga, James Michael Dur­land (Cather­ine) of Toronto and Joanne El­iz­a­beth Bechard (Todd) of Wind­sor Junc­tion. Fam­ily time re­volved around their many sport­ing and com­mu­nity in­ter­ests, fre­quent de­bates, and quiet time at their cot­tage in Ma­hone Bay. Clare was a very proud and in­spi­ra­tional grand­par­ent of seven grand­chil­dren: Jus­tice John­ston (Rory), John Dur­land (Ali), Adam Bechard, Lau­ren Dur­land, Sarah Dur­land, Alex Bechard and An­nalise Bechard. Joan passed away in 1996. Clare mar­ried Blanche Patterson in 1998 and con­tin­ued to re­side in Mid­dle­ton. He was proud of his step chil­dren Pa­tri­cia Lovett-pleau (Paul) of Up­per Burling­ton, Kathryn Hart of Dart­mouth and Judith Hatt (Gary) of Noble­ton and step grand­chil­dren Kather­ine Lovett, Erica Lovett, Laura Hart and Lin­sey Hatt. Clare is sur­vived by his wife Blanche, sis­ter, Eve­lyn Blanche Dur­land and brother, Ken­neth Eu­gene Dur­land (Ruth). Clare was very proud of his faith and he be­lieved deeply in the im­por­tance of giv­ing back to his com­mu­nity. He was a Past Chair­man of the Board of Sol­diers Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal, Mid­dle­ton Board of Trade, Mid­dle­ton De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, Nova Sco­tia As­so­ci­a­tion of Health Or­ga­ni­za­tions and the Can­cer Treat­ment and Re­search Foun­da­tion. He was a War­den, Lay Reader and Eucharis­tic Min­is­ter of the Angli­can Parish of Wil­mot as well as a Del­e­gate to the Dioce­san, Pro­vin­cial and Na­tional Syn­ods of the Angli­can Church.

Clare loved sport and was ac­tive ath­let­i­cally for his en­tire life. He was a mem­ber of the Hantsport Sham­rocks Base­ball Club in the 1950s and an ac­tive mem­ber and past Pres­i­dent of Eden Golf and Coun­try Club. He was an ex­cep­tion­ally ac­com­plished hockey coach, in­spir­ing the lives of many young lo­cal ath­letes. He won two pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships with the Mid­dle­ton Mus­tangs Hockey Club and coached for a sea­son with the Val­ley Midget Wild­cats AAA Hockey Club. He is a mem­ber of the Mid­dle­ton Sports Heritage Wall of Fame. The fam­ily would like to ac­knowl­edge all of Clare’s won­der­ful friends who pro­vided so much love and sup­port dur­ing his bat­tle with Alzheimer’s and to es­pe­cially thank his care givers at Or­chard Court in Kentville for their ex­tra­or­di­nary ef­forts which helped to make Clare’s fi­nal year com­fort­able and dig­ni­fied. A me­mo­rial ser­vice to cel­e­brate Clare’s life will be held at 11 am on June 21st at Old Holy Trin­ity Angli­can Church in Mid­dle­ton. Do­na­tions in mem­ory may be made to the Dal­housie Med­i­cal Re­search Foun­da­tion to sup­port Alzheimer’s Re­search, 5743 Univer­sity Av­enue, Suite 98, PO Box 15000, Hal­i­fax, Nova Sco­tia, B3H 4R2 or Holy Trin­ity Angli­can Church. Ar­range­ments have been en­trusted to Mid­dle­ton Funeral Home 398

Main St. toll free 1-855-825-3448. On­line guest­book may be signed by vis­it­ing: www.mid­dle­ton­fu­ner­al­home.com “To those who have come be­fore us, may their faith and courage in­spire

all who fol­low”

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