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Stanley A. "Sam" Milne


Stanley A. "Sam" Milne

It is with broken hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our father, Stanley Alvin "Sam" Milne, age 91, on April 5, 2020, with his son and daughter-in-law embracing him and surrounded by the love and devotion of his family. Born in Kentville, NS, on May 9, 1928, he was the 4th of 10 children born to the late L.S. "Laurie" and Ruth (Green) Milne. He is survived by his beloved children, Judith "Judy", at home; Marilyn "Mimi" (Marty) Dodge, New Minas and their three children, Megan (Rob) Puttock, Milton, ON and son Harry; Matthew "Matt" Dodge, New Minas and daughter, Taylor; and Melissa "Missy" Dodge, New Minas; Faye (Terry) Swanburg, Cambridge, ON, and their two sons, Anthony" Tony" (Danielle Sorbara), Cambridge, ON and Andrew "Andy" (Kathryn Armstrong), Burlington, ON and his children, Carter and Mya; Doug (Sharon Ewing) Milne, Canada Creek and their son, Reilly, Moncton, NB.  Sam is also survived by step-mother, Pauline (Desborough) Milne, Wolfville;  sisters, Ina (late Norman) Palmer, Berwick; Dorothy "Dottie" (late Kenneth) Barron, Wolfville; Carol Ann (late Doug) Anthony, New Minas; brother Donald "Donnie" (Jean) Milne, Granville Centre;  brother-in-law, Jim (Dot) Hancock, Wolfville; and special friend, Audrey Ginley, Berwick; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family members. Sam was predeceased by the love of his life, wife Ruby (Hancock);  in-laws, Robert and Evelyn (Leary) Hancock; brothers, Ronald; Calvin "Cal" (Dot); Lawrence "Lonnie" (Ann); Gerald "Gerry" (Phyllis, Pauline); sister, Shirley (Lorne) Fraser; sister-in-law, Doris (Hancock) Holland (Ed Allain, Shelburne, ON); nieces, Tanya Milne, Mary (Grimm) Butler, Leslie Ann (Barron) Conrad; nephews, Brian Milne and Wayne Milne. Sam lived a full life with his family foremost in his heart and dedication to friends and community. In the 1950’s he managed Milne’s Garage in Annapolis Royal. He was a founding member of the Lions Club, was a member of the fire department for 8 years and enjoyed participating in Natal Day festivities especially the water sports.  The family returned to New Minas in 1959.  Sam worked in the family business, Milne’s Garage, until he retired in 2000 after 62 years when the business sold. He wore many hats including Sales Manager, General Manager, Vice President, Dealer Principal and became President when his father passed. This time also included being an Insurance Agent for the New Minas Insurance Agency. He was humbled to receive the TIME Magazine Quality Dealer Award, for Nova Scotia, as did his father before him. He enjoyed the association with FORD MOTOR COMPANY. He was an original member the New Minas Volunteer Fire Department, was a Deputy Chief, Captain of the Rescue Unit and a member of the Auxiliary.  He was in the fire service for over 55 years until his time of passing. A former member of the United Church of St. Paul & St. Stephen, a scout master of 4th Kentville B Troop for 16 years and earned the Gilwell Scout Wood Badge. He volunteered with the Apple Blossom Festival Committee for over 30 years, mainly with Transportation.  He was deeply honoured to receive a Paul Harris Fellowship from the New Minas Rotary Club in recognition of his community service. Sam and Ruby helped establish the High Tide Drifters camping club and became Provincial Field Directors for 22 years with NCHA, now Family Campers and RVers. The family wishes to thank Jim, Brenda and Mark Redmond for their friendship with Dad.  A celebration of Sam’s life will be held at a later date when it is safe to engage in his favourite activity…HUGS!  Donations in memory can be made to New Minas Volunteer Fire Department, Chrysalis House or charity of choice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. On-line condolences and inquiries may be directed to 

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Service Location
The funeral service will be held at a later date.

Burial Location
Elm Grove Cemetery, Steam Mill, NS

Requested Charity
New Minas Volunteer Fire Department, Chrysalis House or charity of choice