St. Elmo Gordon Tupper
St. Elmo Gordon Tupper – 98, of Kentville, passed away Wednesday, December 19, 2018 in the Veteran’s Unit of the Soldier’s Memorial Hospital, Middleton. Born in Head of St. Margaret’s Bay, Halifax County, he was a son of the late Charles and Flossie (Fader) Tupper. Our wonderful father, with his warm smile and twinkling blue eyes, had the most giving spirit and was always asking what he could do for you when you visited him even right up to the very end. He was a Veteran of the Second World war, having enlisted in the Royal Canadian Army, serving in the Dental Corps from 1940-1946, and was stationed in Yarmouth, Halifax, Cornwallis, Aldershot and Stadacona, where he was in charge of the clinic on North Street. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Kings Branch No. 6, Kentville as well as the last surviving charter member of the Kentville Lions Club (chartered in 1949). Elmo was community minded and was involved with Cubs and Scouts, volunteered for the CNIB and the Canadian Diabetes Association, delivered Meals-on-Wheels and donated 50 pints of blood. He retired after many years as a shoe salesman with Bata Shoes and Discount Shoe Land. After losing his wife, Marion, 41 years ago, Elmo devoted his life to church, his family, friends, extended family and all of our fur babies. He was loved and respected by all who knew him and was blessed with many wonderful friends, including his hunting and fishing buddies. He always enjoyed playing 45’s and was able to do that right up to the end. He would always accompany those who visited him to the door to say goodbye and would then look out the window and wave as you drove away. He had incredible strength, was a hard worker and provider who taught his family the true meaning of love and provided guidance and assistance when needed. He was a gentle and sweet man and a hero to us all. He is survived by two daughters, Judith (Bill) Young, Wolfville; Donna (Doug) Mailman, Kentville; a son, Kevin (Beverley), Quispamsis, NB; a sister-in-law, Carol Smith, Ontario; two brothers-in-law, Albert Smith, Ontario and Arnold Lemmon, Centreville; seven grandchildren, Audra (Ray) Kwong, Toronto, ON; Buddy Young, Kentville; Christopher (Kathy) Mailman, AB; Kari (Curtis) Gibson, Enfield; Tony (Connie) Mailman, Kentville; Jennifer (Craig) Silliphant, Quispamsis, NB; Adam Tupper, Toronto, ON; eight great grandchildren, Rebecca and Hayley Mailman, Kentville; Jaden and Ashton Mailman, AB; Lincoln Gibson, Enfield; Ryan Kwong, Toronto, ON and Briar and Rhys Silliphant, Quispamsis, NB. He was predeceased by his wife, Marion (Quinn); an infant son, David; a sister, Jean Norman; three brothers, Kenneth, Charles "Jock" and Reginald. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation, by request. The funeral service, followed by a reception, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at St. James Anglican Church, Kentville, Reverend Doctor John Roddam and Reverend Lynn Uzans officiating. Burial will take place in St. George’s Anglican Church Cemetery, Head of St. Margaret’s Bay. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the staff and volunteers at Soldier’s Memorial Hospital – Veteran’s Unit, Middleton for their care, kindness and compassion. Donations in memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, CNIB Foundation or the Veterans Wing, Soldier’s Memorial Hospital, Middleton. Arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.