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J. Brian Bethune


J. Brian  Bethune


J. Brian Bethune – 74, of Berwick, Kings County, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Born in Berwick, he was a son of the late Roderick Owen "Roddie" and Margaret Christine "Marnie" (Hiltz) Bethune. Together with his father, he owned and operated John Brian Bethune Insurance in Berwick. Upon retirement, he sold his insurance business to the Russell Insurance Group where his name is still prominently displayed. He was an active supporter of the Berwick community and had a keen interest in The Kings Mutual Century Centre and the Berwick Lions Club.  Brian was a member of the Berwick and District Community Association, serving as chair for two years. Also a board member of Grandview Manor Seniors Foundation. Brian was an avid golfer and curling enthusiast and had been inducted into the Berwick Sports Hall of Fame for prominence in both softball and curling. Brian also was awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal for his countless hours of volunteerism in the community by the Governor General of Canada. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou (Nixon); three sons, Craig (Heather), Halifax; Peter (Shannon), Beaver Bank and Jason (Tracy), St. Croix; a step-daughter, Andrea (Drew) Smyth, North Vancouver; a step-son, Phillip (Amy) Redden; grandchildren, Matthew, Lauren, Jessica, Brock, Alex, Brianna, Isaac and Ivy, Eleanor, Gabrielle and Archibald. The Family would like to acknowledge the special friendship Brian had with George (Jeanette) Moody, his best friend and coffee partner. He was predeceased by two brothers, Paul and Donald.  Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation, by request. A celebration of Brian’s life will be held on June 14 from 1-3pm in the Berwick Lions Hall. The memorial service will begin at 1:00 p.m. with an informal reception to follow. Donations in memory may be made to The Kings Mutual Century Centre P.O. Box 567, 250 Veterans Drive Berwick NS B0P 1E0. Arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.  On-line inquiries and condolences may be directed to

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Service Date
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Service Time
1:00 p.m.
Service Location
Berwick Lions Hall, Berwick, NS

Requested Charity
Kings Mutual Century Centre