LORETTA MARIE COMEAU COLBERT
April 23, 1926 – April 1, 2019
Loretta was born on April 23, 1926 in Meteghan, the youngest of 12 children born to Edmund and Beatrice Comeau. Mom was proud of her roots and loved her great big Acadian family. Her childhood memories were very happy, growing up beside E. M. Comeau & Sons, her Father’s box factory that was a cornerstone of their tight knit community. Mom’s independent nature bloomed early, when she left home to complete high school in Annapolis Royal so she could learn English. Then at age 18, she headed to Halifax to pursue her dreams. Amid the excitement and challenges of WW2 wartime, she recalled fond memories of dancing at the Lord Nelson, sunny afternoons at the Dingle and cottage parties in Waverley. She worked in Maritime Tel & Tel’s stock transfer department, the Halifax Shipyards and Atlantic Trust before becoming our mother, when she of course opted to stay at home to care for us.
A loving mom, she taught us to cook and bake, sew, play crib, and of course pray. Mom’s Catholic faith was deep and she was very active at St. Thomas More where she was a parishioner for 63 years. In addition to being President of the CWL for 2 years, Mom was a Eucharistic Minister and served on many committees including the first Parish Council and the Diocesan Family Committee. After we were grown, she chose to return to the working world and she loved her final job as the Executive Assistant to the Head Teachers at NSCC’s Akerley campus.
Our mother was intelligent with a deep curiosity and a willingness to try new things. She was a respected bridge player, a gifted silver jewelry maker, a talented painter, and a competitive lawn bowler. She was a master scrabble player (even in her ‘90’s she was hard to beat). In her ‘50’s, Mom decided to take violin lessons and she proudly learned how to swim. After retiring, Mom treated herself to a bus tour through Europe, igniting a passion for travel that took her across Canada and the USA, Bermuda, Scandinavia, the Balkans, Iceland and Russia. But she was always grateful to return to Meteghan, especially for the annual Comeau family picnics surrounded by the many nieces and nephews who she adored.
Mom lived the last 12 years at Parkland at the Lakes in Dartmouth, only a mile from the two Woodlawn homes where she spent most of her adult life. There, she reacquainted with many old friends and enjoyed bridge, scrabble, brain games, lunch bunch, cane dancing, drums, and so much more. Her last 6 months were in Jamieson Hall (assisted living) and we are so grateful for their kindness and care.
Here to carry on with love and gratitude are her 4 children: Larry (Sandra Gilby), Louise (Cyril Randall), Gail (Peter Freeman) and Jane (John Roy). Grand-mère of Tim, Kathryn, Victoria; Matthew, Lauren, Leah; Daniel, Mark; Craig, Jenny. Great Grand-mère of Chesney, Allie, Sadie, Gary, Scarlett and Randall.
Predeceased by sisters Catherine (1st ), Zoe, Elizabeth, Catherine (2nd), Celine, and brothers Désiré, Albert, Denis, Alphonse, Leo, Adolphe. Loretta was the last of her generation. She will be missed.
We are celebrating her life on what would have been her 93rd birthday – April 23rd , 2pm at St. Thomas More Church in Dartmouth. Reception to follow. If you would like to make a donation in her name, her favorite charity was Catapult Leadership Society (www.CatapultCamp.com/donate).
When Mom gave us a birthday card she always added a deeply thoughtful message. Even in her will, she reminded us to treat each other with love, patience, fairness and unselfishness. She was a mother to the very end.
We hope they are serving rappie pie in heaven … Bon soir Mom!
Bernard Philip Briand
Bernard Philip Briand age 90 years passed away peacefully with confidence and trust in the Lord on February 23, 2019 at the Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in Halifax he was the son of the late Frank Daniel and Elizabeth Jane (Sampson) Briand. Bernard was predeceased by his wife, June, the love of his life in 2002. He was also predeceased by brothers, Curley (Francis), Patrick and sisters Pauline (May) and Bernadette. Bernard is survived by his beloved sister Margaret Arnold, Ottawa and several special nieces and nephews. He spent his working career in the medical supply field starting with J.F. Hartz Company Ltd in 1948 and years later retiring from Ingraham & Bell in 1994. During his working career, Bernard had the opportunity to witness many wonderful advancements in the medical supply industry. Gifted as a handyman and gardener, Bernard shared those talents freely with anyone who needed a helping hand. Bernard was faith filled and charismatically shared his devotion with others through his involvement with various prayer groups in Halifax and Dartmouth, most recently, the Padre Pio Prayer Group at Saint Clement Parish. He truly treasured the many years that he spent with his dear friends at Indian Brook. Bernard was a longtime parishioner of Saint Thomas More Catholic Church where he devoted many of his retirement years to faithfully fulfilling his commitment to many parish ministries. Bernard was awarded the Archdiocesan Medal of Merit by Archbishop Terence Prendergast in 2006 for his meritorious service to his parish and faith community. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Dartmouth Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Saint Thomas More Parish, 15 Caledonia Rd on Saturday, March 9 at 10:00 a.m. followed by a reception in the parish hall. A private burial will take place at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hope for Wildlife, Seaforth, Nova Scotia. Condolences and remembrances may be made by visiting www.dartmouthfuneral.ca.