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Rudolph John "Rudy" Burghardt


Rudolph John "Rudy" Burghardt

A humble country farmer has peacefully passed away. Born at home in Canaan, Kings County, he was a son of Edward and Maria (Schilling) Burghardt. Rudy was a hard worker, proud of his German-Swiss heritage and his farm and home in Canaan. He had a wonderful sense of humour which put everyone at ease within moments of meeting him. He was charming, kind, and loved his family (quietly, but deeply). He was a man of great faith, generous, and served in his church and community. He was always open to learning new things, a graduate of the little one room school house in Canaan, he had an abundance of knowledge within him and he was thankful for everyday that God gave him. A dedicated dairy farmer for over 50 years, Rudy was passionate about his Holsteins and a shareholder of Cornwallis Dairy Limited. He was a member of the Nova Scotia Milk Producers Association, Baxter’s Milk Producers Association, and Dairy Farmers of Nova Scotia. He started a small trucking company in 1973 picking up milk for local farmers, which still operates today as Rudy Burghardt & Sons. He also transported water, juice, and various aggregates and was a long-time member of the Kings County Truckers Association. He loved Massey Ferguson tractors and was the co-founder of Kings Equipment. He enjoyed his friends, his community, and his family. He was a devoted husband and a loving Dad and a cherished Opa. Rudy is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marilyn (Bennett); sons, Adrian, Canaan, his children, Savannah and Cody; Darren (Corrine), Victoria, BC, their children, Kyle, Cohen, and Bennett; Hans (Threna), Canaan, their children Kohl and Broc; daughter, Erika (Tyler) Bowley, Calgary, AB, their children, Ella and Shaya; sisters, Cecilia Hass, Winnipeg, MB, her children and Terry (Peter) Kirkham, Kingston, ON; many cherished cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Edward and Maria; brother, William, sister-in-law, Anne Marie Snow, Chateauguay, QC; brother-in-law, Sandy Hass, Winnipeg, MB and his granddaughter, baby Emma, much loved daughter of Darren and Corrine. Visitation will be held from 6–8 p.m., Friday, October 11, 2019 in White Family Funeral Home, Kentville. The funeral mass, followed by reception, will take place at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 12, 2019 in St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Kentville, Father John MacPherson officiating. A private family burial will take place at the Holy Cross Cemetery, Kentville. Family flowers only, by request. Donations in memory may be made to the Valley Hospice Foundation, Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. Please visit for on-line condolences and inquiries. 



We will miss you dearly and think of you daily
as we continue on our earthly journey.
Rest in peace Dad.

It was not any large thing, but a million little things that you did.
Much love … Marilyn
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Service Date
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Service Time
2:00 p.m.
Service Location
St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Kentville, NS

Friday, October 11, 2019
Visitation Time
6-8 p.m.
Visitation Location
White Family Funeral Home, Kentville, NS

Burial Location
A private family burial will take place at the Holy Cross Cemetery, Kentville.

Requested Charity
Valley Hospice Foundation