Williamsdale mourns the pass­ing of Gor­don Stevens

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - COMMUNITY - Mar­garet Reid Mar­garet Reid writes a col­umn for the Williamsdale-Colling­wood area. She can be reached at 902-686-3259.

Good morn­ing, ev­ery­one, and I just re­al­ized that our sum­mer is at least half­way over. It has been so dry. We could cer­tainly use a good rain. All the crops are dry­ing out.

The small com­mu­nity of Williamsdale was shocked and sad­dened to learn of the pass­ing of our friend and neigh­bour, Gor­don Stevens.

Gor­don had not been en­joy­ing very good health for some time, but he al­ways kept his best foot for­ward and con­tin­ued with his mu­sic. One of the main plea­sures Gor­don had was play­ing his guitar and singing and he loved to en­ter­tain. He very much en­joyed tak­ing part in the Mu­sic Night which is held at the Capi­tol The­atre in Ox­ford every other Fri­day evening and he also loved to yo­del.

A grave­side ser­vice is be­ing held on Mon­day af­ter­noon and Wendy Reid has been asked to be the soloist. Wendy was re­ally good friends with Gor­don’s grand­daugh­ters when they were school girls and she al­ways called Gor­don “Grampie.”

A re­cep­tion is be­ing held, fol­low­ing the ser­vice, at the Mil­l­vale Com­mu­nity Hall.

Margo Pa­triquin, Lo­gan and Lexie Pa­triquin and Kya Mil­ton en­joyed a day in Hal­i­fax on the Har­bour Hop­per and a tour of the har­bour and the city.

They also toured the Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre and Lo­gan es­pe­cially liked this be­cause of the big di­nosaur.

Wen­dell and Mar­garet Reid spent part of the week at their cot­tage at Pipes Beach in North­port. Wen­dell has been hav­ing a lot of trou­ble with his eyes so we came back home. Wen­dell was to the doc­tor in Pug­wash twice and fi­nally went to the op­tometrist in Amherst. Thank­fully, he is do­ing much bet­ter now.

Jeanne Knol and chil­dren Quinn, Makenna, Holly and Grif­fen went to Tata­m­agouche to see the train mu­seum.

They also went on an­other day to see the rock mu­seum in Parrs­boro.

Sin­cere sym­pa­thy to the wife, fam­ily and friends of the Late Ron­ald Webb of Lit­tle River. Ron­ald was a dea­con and a mem­ber of the Lit­tle River United Bap­tist Church for many years. Ron­nie’s mother, the late Alda Webb, was or­gan­ist and choir di­rec­tor at the Lit­tle River United Bap­tist Church, for many years. I was a mem­ber of the Lit­tle River choir from the time I was 13, un­til I mar­ried and moved to Williamsdale to make my home.

The Lit­tle River choir used to get in­vi­ta­tions from many other churches to sing and they also sang at many funer­als.

Mary Es­ther Smith ac­com­pa­nied Margo Pa­triquin Lo­gan and Lexie to Amherst one day re­cently.

The meet­ing for the Mil­l­vale United Bap­tist Ceme­tery was held at the home of Wen­dell and Mar­garet Reid on Thurs­day evening. Sev­eral items of busi­ness were dis­cussed. The meet­ing was ad­journed and then ev­ery­one sat around the din­ing room table for a light lunch.

Re­cently, Margo Pa­triquin, Lo­gan and Lexie, and Kya Mil­ton ac­com­pa­nied by Jeanne Knol, Quinn, Makenna, Holly, and Grif­fen, went to Truro and en­joyed spend­ing some time at the Clay Café and they also had a pic­nic at Vic­to­ria Park.

Jeanne Knol and chil­dren of Ox­ford were sup­per vis­i­tors on Satur­day evening with Mervyn and Mary Es­ther Smith. They all en­joyed pick­ing their first blue­ber­ries of the sea­son.

Quote: “You wouldn’t have to count the days, if you made each day count.”

“Gor­don had not been en­joy­ing very good health for some time, but he al­ways kept his best foot for­ward and con­tin­ued with his mu­sic.”

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