The Casket - - OBITUARIES -

Fu­neral ser­vice for the late John Lauchie ‘John L.’ Ha­ley, 102, Antigo­nish, was held Septem­ber 1 in St. Ninian Cathe­dral with Fa­ther Don­ald Macgillivray of­fi­ci­at­ing. Burial was in the parish ceme­tery.

Mr. Ha­ley died Au­gust 26, 2018, in St. Martha’s Re­gional Hos­pi­tal, Antigo­nish.

Read­ers at the fu­neral Mass were Mar­garet Zinck, Mar­i­lyn Webb and Phil Mil­ner. Daniel Ha­ley, Catherine Ha­ley, Emily Ha­ley and Jenna Macdon­ald pre­sented the of­fer­tory gifts. Eucharis­tic min­is­ters were Greg and Jan­ice Fraser. Mu­sic was pro­vided by Tyrus Wal­lace.

Pall­bear­ers were Doug Macdon­ald, Ray­mond Ha­ley, Don­nie Zinck, Joe Breen, Ralph Mat­tie and Roy Cameron.

Born May 2, 1916, in Mer­land, he was the son of the late Wil­liam and Eva (Mac­neil) Ha­ley. He main­tained close ties to the Mer­land com­mu­nity. In his early life, he worked in the woods, sawmills, and on farms in Antigo­nish County. Later, he was a sheet metal worker in the Hal­i­fax Ship­yards, where they built naval ves­sels dur­ing the war years. He re­turned to Antigo­nish and worked for two plumb­ing and heat­ing com­pa­nies. He later opened his own busi­ness, J L Ha­ley Plumb­ing and Heat­ing Ltd., which con­tin­ues to op­er­ate to­day as a fam­ily busi­ness. He was one of the first May­tag deal­ers in Nova Sco­tia. He went on to be­come main­te­nance su­per­vi­sor at the Antigo­nish County School Board un­til his re­tire­ment at age 66. He had many in­ter­ests, in­clud­ing rais­ing farm an­i­mals, fishing, camp­ing, and pho­tog­ra­phy. He took up cross coun­try ski­ing in the 1980s and later started curl­ing. In re­tire­ment, he taught him­self wood­work­ing; his first pro­ject was a wall clock. Over the next 34 years, he made many grand­fa­ther clocks, wall clocks, desks, bed­room sets, and ta­bles. He won many prizes for his work at the East­ern Nova Sco­tia Ex­hi­bi­tion and reg­u­larly do­nated clocks to fundrais­ing events. He was a sto­ry­teller with a good sense of hu­mor. He was gen­er­ous to oth­ers, both through his com­mu­nity in­volve­ment and on an in­di­vid­ual ba­sis.

He is sur­vived by two daugh­ters, Judy, Hal­i­fax; Joan (Doug Macdon­ald), St. An­drews; son, David (Yvonne), Antigo­nish; four grand­chil­dren, Daniel, Catherine and Emily Ha­ley, Jenna Macdon­ald; sis­ter, Rita Bakk, White­horse, Yukon; sev­eral nieces and neph­ews.

He was pre­de­ceased by his wife, Mar­garet (Gil­lis); brother, Jim; two sis­ters, Kaye, Loretta.

Me­mo­rial dona­tions may be made to Heather­ton Group Home So­ci­ety, PO Box 37 Heather­ton, Nova Sco­tia B0H 1R0 or CACL Antigo­nish, 75 St. Ninian Street, Antigo­nish, Nova Sco­tia, B2G 1Y9.

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