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Where Are They 54 Years Later?


Digby Regional High School – Grade 11 – June, 1959



Thumbnail Snapshots of the Past 54 Years:

Front Row

            Sheila VanTassel             Nurse, married, lived Truro area, retired, summers near Pugwash, NS


            Sharon Richard              Married, divorced or widowed, living Toronto area 2010(Needs more research/input)  


            Nancy Cook                      Stenographer, married in NS, navy/police family moved Carleton Place/Georgetown/Milton ON, widowed,  deceased Kentville, NS, 2013, interred Milton, ON


            Edith Jarvis                   Married, lived Montreal(Needs more research/input)


            Karen Nickerson              Teacher/principal in Ontario, retired, married Gary Gesner 2010, living Waterdown, ON


            Patricia Dukeshire           To St. Pats; moved with Judy Marshall to Halifax 1960, real estate management, married, divorced, remarried first husband; deceased Windsor, NS, Nov 2022


            Viola Pierce                      Homemaker, married, retired, living Bridgewater area, NS


            June Hawkins                   Nurse to retail business (craft shop) owner in Digby to nursing, married, divorced, retired, living Digby, NS


2nd Row Girls

            Linda Brinton                    Secretary, married, retired, living New Minas, NS, 2006


            Sheila Robbins                 Secretary/receptionist in Digby to two generations of “Dr. Black”, married, retired, living Hill Grove, NS


            Leila Clayton                    Married Ron Denton, to BC 1969, florist, early childhood educator, deceased Vernon, BC, 2013


            Nancy Gillespie                Practical nurse, married Allen Nichols, divorced, remarried, retired, living Cole Harbour, NS


            Judy Marshall                   To St Pats; moved with Patricia Dukeshire to Halifax 1960, spent a career with Sears Canada, married, retired, living Halifax, NS


            Pat Surette                        To NB, nurse, married, retired, widowed, living Saint John, NB, deceased 2022


            Linda Morehouse             Teacher? married, living Lower Sackville late 90s-early 00s, apparently living Boutlier’s Point, NS, 2013


            Faye Marshall                   Nurse, married, retired, separated, living in South Range on Mallette Lake, Digby Co, NS


            Joan Balser                       Office clerical? married, widowed, remarried, divorced, remarried, living Lansdowne, NS


            Margaret Woolaver         To St Pats? stenographer, to Owen Sound, ON, by 1965, appears living Kitchener, ON, 2013, under “T   Woolaver” representing nickname “Tangie”


            Nancy Parker                    Nurse, married, lived Denmark several years, family returned to Canada, retired, living Calgary, AB


            Irma Lewis                        Book-keeper at Digby Co-Op, married, divorced, retired, living Kingston, NS


            Audrey Lewis                May be a retired nurse living in Plympton, NS – (Needs more research/input)


            Dianne Trask                    More recently partner in fish farming business, married, long time organizer in Valley Senior Games/activities, living Tiverton, NS  


            Linda Doucette                 Secretary, married, retired, living Barton, NS 


            Evelyn Shortliffe              Early to Halifax, clerical work, married a printer, to Saskatoon, SK in the ‘70s, returned to NS with now Minister-husband, believed to be living Merigomish, NS, 2013


            Luella Hicks                      Teacher, married Bob Marshall, retired, family researcher, has published a number of family genealogies and indices to Digby Courier, living Porter’s Lake, Digby Co, NS, deceased 2017


            Ruth Atkinson                   Attended theological college in MA, married a minister, spent some time in Fredericton, NB, retired, living Halifax, NS


            Sylvia Johnson                  Teacher, married, retired, living Hackett’s Cove, NS


3rd Row Boys

            Fulton Logan                    Pharmacist, worked/lived Digby/Halifax, married, Federal Liberal candidate South Western Nova 1972, divorced, tragically deceased 1977


            John Murley                      Educator, worked NS Dept. of Education, married, divorced, retired, living Halifax, NS


            Lionel McCormick            Worked Canada Post, major leadership in NS Lions Club, married, retired, living Lake Echo, NS, deceased 2018


            Richard Porter                  Married, deceased, Brampton, ON, 1970, buried Hill Grove, NS


            Greg Eldridge                   X-Ray Tech, to Ontario c 1970, married, retired, living Stratford, ON 


            Charles Balser                  Retail Sales - Watkins Independent Associate, retired, living Georges River, North Sydney, NS


            Robert Gosson                  Worked Michelin Tire, Bridgewater, early married, divorced, retired, deceased Plympton, NS 2009               


            Reid Andrews                   Accounting/systems management in global chemical industry, retired, married, living Stouffville, ON, summers Brighton, NS


            Lloyd Paul                        Engineer/entrepreneur, migrated to NB, owns construction firm, married, living Saint John, NB


            Joe Potter                          Lawyer, corporate secretary for Algoma Steel in ON, returned to NS mid-1980s, on Board of Halifax financial institution, married, deceased Halifax 1991


            Walter Murphy                 Operated land survey business in St. Stephen, NB, married, tragically deceased in a moose-vehicle accident in southern NB in 1990


            Ray Riley                          Geologist/civil servant/consultant, married, semiretired, living Thunder Bay, ON


            Gerald Parker                Biologist for CWS, among others studied caribou in NWT and lynx in CBI, married, widowed, remarried, writing and living Sackville, NB


            Winston Gidney               Married, worked ‘Clairtone’, New Glasgow, NS, in the 1960s; living Terrace, BC, 2009  


            Winston Handspiker        Canadian Forces-RCAF radar tech, nicknamed “Red”, posted to Cape Breton, married, retired, living Sydney, NS 2002 


            Wayne Adams                  Entrepreneur/service station operator, Granville Ferry, married, retired, living Annapolis Royal, NS


            Richard Lewis                No info – (Needs more research/input)


            Alan [Allen] Denton         A fish buyer early, later RCMP, worked NS Region, married, retired, subsequently worked in Digby Neck fishing industry, living Little River, NS


            Raymond Brinton            Owner auto body business, Joggin Bridge, NS; married Dianne Darres, retired, living Smiths Cove, NS


            Howard Leonard              Married Betty Walker, initially a teacher, then a career Federal-government personnel officer, retired, lived Cole Harbour, NS , deceased 2020 


Back Row

            Rennie Turnbull                RCMP, married Pat Roberge, deceased in-service in Ottawa, ON, 1994


            Greg Denton                     Fisherman early, Baptist minister by ‘84, married, parishes included Yarmouth/Liverpool, NS, retired, lived Halifax 2013, deceased 2015


            Roy Brinton                       Owner auto salvage-Marshalltown, married, deceased Marshalltown, NS, 2003


            Barry MacDormand        Principal in Dartmouth-based businesses involved in the construction of industrial buildings and property management, married, living Cole Harbour, NS


            Gary Gesner                      Canadian Forces-MP, one tour Syria, married, divorced, married Karen Nickerson 2010, retired, living Waterdown, ON


            Kenneth Irving                 Deceased in 1965 at 23 years, interred Sandy Cove, NS


            David Pugh                       Canadian Forces-RCAF, retired, married, village commissioner and living Westport, NS, 2012


            Donald Darres                  Sales; initially worked Halifax area, lived Annapolis c 2005, more recently Lower Sackville, married, retired


            Barry Kaye                        Teacher, married Heather Adams, retired, living Porters Lake, Halifax Co, NS, 2011, deceased 2019  


Data compilation by Ray Riley, fall 2013, with contributions from former DRHS students Reid Andrews, Michael Bailey, Gary Gesner, Faye (Marshall) Grant, Judy (Marshall) Josey, Luella (Hicks) Marshall, Lionel McCormick, Dianne (Graham) Nice, Ray Riley, Garry Wamboldt