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Hugh Brian Vincent

5 January, 193127 March, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Hugh Brian Vincent on March the 27th, 2021.

He was born on January 5th, 1931 in Saint John, NB. Moving to Halifax to Cambridge St. when he was eight and then to Bloomingdale Terrence when he was sixteen or seventeen. His life was enriched by so many great people over the years he called friends and neighbours who feel this loss as well as his family.

He was an choir boy at the All Saints Cathedral and attended Sir Charles Tupper school and Queen Elizabeth High school. He studied Psychology at Dalhousie University, receiving an MA in Psychology, where he met his wife Margaret ( Marnie ) Stevenson. After graduation he practiced at the Nova Scotia Hospital transferring to the Victoria General Hospital and then Camp Hill Hospital where he dealt with armed forces personnel, government employees and the RCMP. Considered a pioneer in his field he was instrumental in the organization of the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia in 1965. His own Certificate had to come from Ontario as it pre-dated the provincial association. While at Camp Hill he was approached by the Royal Canadian Navy, offered and accepted a position with them as the only psychologist in the navy. He was very happy in the Navy developing a real love for sailing and stayed for 10 years. He was offered the position of consulting psychologist with Deloitte Touché working from Montreal. He was transferred back to Nova Scotia where he was quite content and he left the firm when they wanted him to transfer yet again to Toronto.

It was at this time he made the daunting decision to start his own Human Resources consulting firm in Halifax. It was a great decision as his business flourished with the help of his eventual business partner Miriam Englehart. His expertise was requested all across Canada and I do remember some trips into the United States as well.

Hugh’s love of sailing took him many places including the Marblehead Race, St Pierre Miquelon, Newfoundland, Ireland and others. He was a long time and respected member and past Vice Commodore of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron. Hugh’s interests were varied becoming a member of the Theatre Arts Guild helping in any capacity, financially or just a hammer in hand. He was a member of the Board of directors of the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts a passion he shared with his parents and was given a lifetime membership in recognition of his efforts and support.

He leaves behind his grandson Jonathan Mailman, daughter-in-law Jane Vincent, his sister Carol Sinclair, niece Sarah Dorey and nephews Douglas Sinclair, Peter Sinclair and Andrew Sinclair and their families. Of course he will be most missed by Lucifur his cat. They kept each other company for 15 years. He was predeceased by his mother and father Audrie and Harold Vincent, his wife Margaret (Marnie), his daughter Monica (Nicki), his son Mark and his brother-in-law Alasdair Sinclair.

He is resting at JA Snow Funeral Home and there will be a celebration of his life at a later date.

His family would like to express their sincere thanks to the QE 2 Infirmary particularly the wonderful people working on the 7.2 Ward and the ICU 5.2 Ward. Their kindness and care was above and beyond. Also Dr. Barry Clarke who was always just a phone call away, he has been more than a doctor but a friend as well.

Donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Services

8 May

Visitation

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Saraguay Club

2308 Purcell's Cove
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Please RSVP by calling Makela 902-477-5653<br>Restrictions are in place and masks are required.
8 May

Visitation

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Saraguay Club

2308 Purcell's Cove
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Please RSVP by calling Makela 902-477-5653<br>Restrictions are in place and masks are required.

Memories

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Judith Reade

19 April 2021

Lieber Graf von Vincent -

I enjoyed our occasional correspondence from the mythical Princess to the mythical Count!

Remembering with gratitude your years of unwavering support to the Theatre Arts Guild. Your presence is missed.

From your true friend - Anastasia, Kronprinzessin von Ruritania, a.k.a. Judy Reade, TAG's Archivist.

Darlene Killen

13 April 2021

My sincere condolences to Hugh's family. Hugh was a family friend and business partner of my mother, Miriam Englehart. As I and my siblings grew up Hugh was always providing a helping hand. He even taught me how to drive.

I will miss him and his joyful nature,

Darlene Killen

Barry Clarke

8 April 2021

Kelly and I are very sorry for the loss of Hugh. It’s difficult to put into words what he meant to us and how sad we are about his passing. Everyone who knew Hugh knew what a charismatic, kind, helpful and humorous gentleman he was. A person could never be bored in his presence. I always looked forward to seeing him (and Nick) at the squadron where we’d share stories over beverages. I just don’t know if the stories were interesting because of the details or because of the beverages! He and Kelly hit it off immediately when she told him she didn’t put up with B.S. and he told her he had a cat named Lucifur. He certainly was more of a friend to me than a patient and I will miss him dearly. Our deepest condolences to you Jane and all of Hugh’s family and friends.
Barry Clarke (the ol’ Croc’s Doc) & Kelly McDonald

George Klass

7 April 2021

I first met Hugh in 1992. He was the most helpful person I had ever met. Although I had never previously met him he immediately offered me the use of his office and car as I had flown in to halifax from overseas. We met through a mutual friend. Hugh and Marnie became friends and we often visited each other. Sadly I lost touch after he moved from his home. Hugh was very hard working and knew so many people.

Hugh was always jovial and had many stories to tell. His love of life was an example to follow.

A great loss to us all. My very sincere condolences to his family and friends.

George Klass

Peggy Dunbar

7 April 2021

To Hugh’s Family

What can I say that has not already been said.
It truly is the end of an era, and we miss him dearly.

We have known Hugh as a neighbour for over 30 years. In more recent years we came to truly value each other’s friendship and the times we would spend together —hanging out at the Vincent Bistro (front patio), admiring the gardens, playing crib (and squirrelling away our winnings for that special meal out), sharing cooking tips and special foods (the best croissants, chowder, roast beef [only at the Squadron], lamb shanks), discussing the merits (and sampling) of local wines, gin and food purveyors, and our endless conversations about the comedy channel (CNN), and that baffoon of an ex-president (not to be named). I’ll never forget the crib game where Lucifur actually joined us by lying across the board, and batting at the pegs as we tried unsuccessfully to carry on. He was the centre of his universe (and it worked both ways).

While there are lots of grand memories, they can never replace his essence and “just being” in the moment. He was there in the good times and bad. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have had him in our lives.

How different things will be in his old neighbourhood!

Our heartfelt condolences,
The Dunbars, Peggy, Glenn, Jamie, and Matt

Cynthia Pilichos

6 April 2021

To the family of Hugh Vincent, please know that there are many who extend heartfelt prayers and kind thoughts to you. It is obvious that Hugh will be greatly missed by family and friends, but it is equally clear that there is no lack of great memories! Given Hugh's wide range of interests, he touched the lives of many and leaves a lasting legacy. In sympathy, Cynthia Pilichos

Donald lang

6 April 2021

Betty and I first met Hugh in Cornwallis, 1961. We had great Navy parties from Cornwallis to Halifax, mixed in with golf, pool, squash--and of course bridge. Never did beat him in chess. Blah. He was like a go-for-help brother coming to retrieve us in Berwick during a nasty snow storm when wiper blades failed. He taught me breathing exercises in learning how to swim in his backyard lake. Just a few years ago we stayed with him, totally disrupting his kitchen, which didn't seem to bother him the slightest, something a lot of us would be ready to invite us to leave. Overall, I'm well aware of the countless individuals he helped immeasurably straighten out lives destined for deep troubles.

A toast to you Hugh: single malt scotch.
Don, Betty Lang

Ken Dacey

6 April 2021

I had the privilege to serve on Hugh's committee at the RNSYS. As Vice Commodore of Member Services (1994-'95?) Hugh was keenly interested in food services and intent on improving the menu selection. This included taste-testing the proposed recipes and Hugh frequently invited me to join him at dinner to provide a second opinion. We shared many wonderful meals together. Some dishes became menu favorites.

Hugh was a true and sincere friend. He will be greatly missed.

John Flaim

6 April 2021

To the family of Hugh Vincent, I pass along my condolences. Hugh was a great man and I enjoyed my time with him. He was an intellect with a sharp sense of humor.

He will be missed. My thoughts are with you!

John Flaim

Rob McIntyre

5 April 2021

My condolences go out to the family and friends of Hugh Vincent . I met Hugh through Theatre Arts Guild , whether it was as a producer , construction , theater enthusiast, adviser or to have a drink with after a show , he told you the way it is , good or bad , lots of discussions and then top it off with another beveridge . You'll never be forgotten ol' croc , thanks for the terrific memories !!🐊💔

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