Barbara Suzanne Hemsley

16 May , 19302 December , 2018

With broken hearts we announce the passing of Barbara Suzanne Hemsley on December 2, 2018 at home surrounded by family.

She was born in Rowayton, Connecticut on May 16th 1930 to the late Dorothy Raymond and Jerry Di Girolamo. She is survived by her special friend, Jim Langley, sister, Paula Saccente, sister in law, Betty Raymond, son in law, Doug Carpenter, grandchildren, Jessica Potter, Justice Potter, Nicole Davis (Ryan Weir), Daniel Carpenter, and Ben Carpenter, great grandchildren, Jordan, Hayden, Mason, and Alexander. She was predeceased by her brother, Armando (Sonny) Raymond, sister, Dorothea (Dolly) Rose, husband, Benjamin Davis, husband, George Hemsley, companion, Tom Wallace, and her daughter, Suzanne Davis.

She had many joys in life including decorating, travelling, the ocean, walking the brook, swimming, her camp, music, singing, volunteering in her community, and her precious doggie, Penny. She grew up immersed in American culture and theatre, while also vacationing in Nova Scotia with her family each summer as a child. As a youth, she attended Zarephath School in New Jersey. She lived in Virginia and worked as a saleswoman at Woodward & Lothrop Furniture during her marriage to Benjamin. After her marriage to George, they retired and moved to Bear River in 1972, where they spent many very happy years vacationing in Florida and enjoying their cottage (camp) with friends and family.

We would like to thank our Palliative care team, our wonderful VON nurses, and our dedicated home care workers, especially Drew, for the exceptional support, love, comfort, and care during this journey.

Visitation at Jayne’s Funeral Home on Thursday December 6, from 11am-1pm with service to follow at Grace United Church at 2pm with Rev. Alex Constable presiding. Interment in Mount Hope Cemetery. Reception to follow at the Bear River Firehall 4pm to 6pm. Leave condolences at


  • Visitation Thursday, 6 December , 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, 6 December , 2018

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Teresa Henshaw

5 December 2018

I had the pleasure of being her hairdresser during her years in Bear River. She trained me well to carry the torch as Bear River Canada day Coordinator when she retired. Barb was good at whatever she took on. My condolences to her family. I'm sure she's singing and dancing 'til her hearts content.
God bless you all❤️

Patricia Shaw

5 December 2018

Grammy Barbara was a kind loving soul. She always made me feel very welcome. thoughts and
Prayers to the family.

Diane Axent

3 December 2018

Barbara enriched my life by the very thought of her smiling spirit as it embraced all that life presented her with - remembering the many places we gathered as a community, at all the fun times shared in my home with her and endless events we participated in over the years. As a beautiful model wearing my silk creations in countless fashion shows and especially every occasion she dressed to kill - we had fun and loved life together - thank you Barb! My condolences to her family as they gather to honor their beloved - know this grand gal will never be forgotten and that her life was our blessing. Prayers and love to you all. We will miss her but thank God for giving this Angel her wings. Love Diane Axent

Don Blinn

3 December 2018

My mother Millie Blinn lived next door to Barbara in Digby on West St. They became great friends and she became part of our family. She was a very special lady. Mother and Barbara are neighbors once again.

Thea Rotramel

3 December 2018

Dear Aunt Barbara,
Although your passing is deeply saddening it brings great comfort knowing you are home at last with your love ones. You will be missed. See you on the other side💜
Love Thea


3 December 2018

Barb and George were our neighbors on Chute Road for many years. My condolences to the family.

Hannah and Barry Chaulk

3 December 2018

So sorry jess and family. I was hoping to see her again when we came to visit Xmas. Barbara was a feisty lady and we will never forget her. ❤️

Nettie Surette

3 December 2018

I have known Barb for many years. She was such a beautiful lady. I enjoyed our chats. She was a sweetheart. My deepest sympathies to her family. Fly with the angels darlin. You will be missed.❤💕 Nettie