Rev­erend John W. Touchie and Ruth J. Touchie, RN

The Amherst News - - OBITS / CUMBERLAND COUNTY -

It is with deep sad­ness that we an­nounce the peace­ful pass­ing of Rev. John W. Touchie, age 91 on July 10, 2018, and his wife Ruth J. Touchie, RN, age 85, on Septem­ber 2, 2018, both of Amherst, N.S.

Born in Quar­ryville, NB, John was the son of Her­man H. and Ruby (Jar­dine) Touchie. He at­tended Mount Al­li­son Univer­sity and grad­u­ated from Pine Hill Divin­ity Hall, and was or­dained by the Mar­itime Con­fer­ence in Sackville United Church on June 15, 1958. Af­ter min­is­ter­ing in sev­eral Pas­toral Charges in the Mar­itimes, he be­gan work­ing with the De­part­ment of In­dian and North­ern Af­fairs in 1966, work­ing in Wood­stock, N.B, end­ing up in Amherst, NS, serv­ing as as­sis­tant re­gional di­rec­tor for Com­mu­nity Af­fairs Mar­itime re­gion un­til his re­tire­ment. John was a very kind, pa­tient and un­der­stand­ing hus­band, fa­ther, grand­fa­ther and great-grand­fa­ther. He was a tes­ta­ment to hard work, loy­alty, and com­mit­ment, both serv­ing as a min­is­ter and do­ing his work with In­dian Af­fairs, both of which he en­joyed thor­oughly. He would never turn away a friend, fam­ily mem­ber or stranger in need. John also had a great sense of hu­mour.

Born in North River, N.S., Ruth was the daugh­ter of the late Harry J and Elsie Jean (McNutt) De­war. She was an amaz­ing and gen­er­ous wife, mother, mother-in-law, grand­mother, great- grand­mother, aunt and friend. She grad­u­ated from the School of Nurs­ing in Monc­ton, N.B. and spent many years work­ing as a beloved RN nurse and a gen­er­ous com­mu­nity vol­un­teer.

They are sur­vived by daugh­ter Diane (Den­nis Graves), Fred­er­ic­ton, N.B.; sons John (Lisa De­yarmond), Truro, N.S., and An­drew (Wanda Kier­stead), Amherst, N.S.; four grand­chil­dren, Sara (Craig) Bar­nett, Adam, Lo­gan and Luke; three great-grand­chil­dren, Aidan, Co­hen, and Ewan.

Ar­range­ments were en­trusted into the care and di­rec­tion of Fur­long~Jones Fu­neral Home, 70 Church St., Amherst, N.S. (902-6678777), there fu­neral ser­vices have taken place. They are buried side by side in the Cross­roads Ceme­tery, Val­ley, NS.

Those wish­ing to make a do­na­tion in mem­ory of the Touchie’s may do so to the Alzheimer So­ci­ety, or the char­ity of your choice.

Shar­ing of mem­o­ries and con­do­lences may be sent to the fam­ily by vis­it­ing John and Ruth’s on­line memo­ri­als at www.fur­ or through the Fur­long~Jones Fu­neral Home Face­book Page.

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