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Florence Mae and Samuel Alfred Pinch

Florence Mae (Sanford) and Samuel Alfred Pinch

Florence Mae (Sanford) Pinch – 79, of New Minas, passed away suddenly at home on Monday, April 26, 2021. Born in Summerville, Hants Co., she was a daughter of the late Medford and Stella (Harvey) Sanford.

Florence worked for many years at Sunnyside and the Big Stop as a baker and waitress, as well as in the kitchen at Kings Edgehill. Florence especially enjoyed time spent bowling. She was a lover of all animals. She enjoyed volunteering, especially selling poppies for the Royal Canadian Legion, selling fruit cakes for Multiple Sclerosis and carnations for Mother’s Day.

Florence is survived by her daughter, Karen; stepchildren, Melvin, Marilyn and David; siblings, David and Janet.  In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her son, Phillip; and brother, Paul.


Samuel Alfred Pinch – age 85, of Greenwich, formerly of New Minas, passed away on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 in the Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Born in Wallbrook, he was a son of the late Alfred M. and Janet E. (Kennedy) Pinch.

Sam was a truck driver for roughly 40 years, driving for Stirlings, Jodrey & Pulsifer, Midland and retiring from Merks. He was a past member of the New Minas Fire Department. He enjoyed playing softball as well as hockey and tug-o-war in his younger days.

Sam is survived by his sons, Melvin (Doris), New Minas; David, St. Catharines, ON; daughter, Marilyn (George) Misner, Kentville; sisters, Joyce (Vernon) Pinch, Wallbrook; Shirley (Wayne) Duggan, Murphy Lake; grandsons, Jeff, Matthew, Greg, Mitchell and Ty; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Florence (Sanford) in April 2021; brother, Paul and sister, Janice White.


A funeral service followed by reception for both Florence and Samuel will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 3, 2022 in the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville. Reverend Ellen Hunt officiating. Interment will take place in West Brooklyn Cemetery. Donations in memory may be made to the Kings County SPCA or the MS Society of Nova Scotia. Arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. 

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Service Date
Friday, June 3, 2022
Service Time
1:00 p.m.
Service Location
White Family Funeral Home, Kentville, Nova Scotia

Burial Location
West Brooklyn Cemetery, West Brooklyn, Nova Scotia

Requested Charity
Kings County SPCA or MS Society of Nova Scotia