OBITUARY

Robert Britton

18 December , 194529 March , 2019

Bob Britton, much loved husband, father, grandfather, and brother, aged 73, of Halifax, died March 29, 2019 in the palliative care unit at the VG hospital . Born in Montreal, QC, he was the son of John and Estelle (Linahen) Britton.

Bob was the last director of social services for the old city of Halifax. In 1989, Bob was ordained a Deacon and served several parishes in the city. In 1999, he was appointed Chancellor of the Diocese until the time of his death.

Survived by his wife of 51 years, Paulette (Curran); four daughters, Colleen, Sarah (Tim) Purdy, Joanne (Bill) Shaw, and Peggy; two sons, Robert (Chrissy Lynch), and Matt; two brothers, John (Mary) and Peter (Vicky); two sisters, Estelle Lefurgey and Rita Britton; two granddaughters, Emma Purdy and Brenna Shaw. Predeceased by his parents, John and Estelle Britton, in-laws, Ralph and Gertrude Curran, brothers, Jim, Lawrence, Gerald, and Frank.

Visitation will be held Monday, April 1, 2019 at 2-4 pm at Cruikshank's Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor St, Halifax and 7-9 pm at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica, 5221 Spring Garden Road, Halifax. Liturgy of the Word will be held Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at 10am at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica, Most Reverend Archbishop Anthony Mancini officiating. Interment in Mount Olivet cemetery.

Family flowers only. Bob’s family is very grateful for the exceptional care he received from the doctors, and staff of the cancer care centre and the caring staff of palliative care.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, 1 April , 2019
  • Visitation Monday, 1 April , 2019
  • Liturgy of the Word Tuesday, 2 April , 2019
REMEMBERING

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Lawrence Don-Elysyn

12 April 2019

I was Bob's roommate at St. Dunstan's (now UPEI) in our senior year (1965-66). I had known him previously as the brother of my best High School buddy, Lawrence Britton (now deceased). Lawrence was the intellectual and Bob was the rather quiet, unassuming little brother. The Britton household was my favorite hangout. The Brittons were like an uncle and aunt to me and I took sister Estelle to my senior Prom. Being a pianist, Mr. Britton wouldn't let me go until I had played "Danny Boy" and "English Country Garden" for him on their living room piano on Dollard Street in Outremont (Quebec). The Brittons took off for B.C. and I took off for Texas c.1070 but they left me with some of my happiest memories. By the way, Bob was a good roommate, quiet and considerate. He is a man that evidently succeeded in life because he had a heart. I will always remember him fondly.

Diana Berrigan

10 April 2019

Dear Paulette & Family,
So very sorry to hear of Bob's passing. You were truly blessed to have had him in your life for 51 years. Prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
Sincerely, Diana

Valentine Nkengbeza

5 April 2019

This morning has been a very tough one for me, as I grapple with the sad news about Deacon Bob's passing.

I remember first meeting Deacon Bob, just over 5 years ago in the foyer at Saint Mary's Cathedral Basilica in Halifax. He treated us to a great conversation and I recall being so impressed by his incredible wealth of knowledge on many diverse topics. I was later honoured to spend time with him on the Pastoral Council as we worked on multiple projects. Deacon Bob was always humble and cordial even when he disagreed on something. Very friendly and thoughtful in his endeavours. His passing is such a huge loss to our Parish and I can only imagine how hard it must be for his beloved family.

For me, just reading about his obituary today has been such a painful experience and I want to extend my deep condolences to her beloved family.

Indeed, dear Deacon Bob, as many of us were attuned to your signature style in closing the Mass, I'm so saddened to say it like you would... Go in peace Deacon Bob, Go in peace.

May your beautiful and peaceful soul rest in the bossom of our Lord Jesus Christ, we'll miss you dearly.

Valentine Nkengbeza

5 April 2019

This morning has been a very tough one for me, as I grapple with the sad news about Deacon Bob's passing.

I remember first meeting Deacon Bob, just over 5 years ago in the foyer at Saint Mary's Cathedral Basilica in Halifax. He treated us to a great conversation and I recall being so impressed by his incredible wealth of knowledge on many diverse topics. I was later honoured to spend time with him on the Pastoral Council as we worked on multiple projects. Deacon Bob was always humble and cordial even when he disagreed on something. Very friendly and thoughtful in his endeavours. His passing is such a huge loss to our Parish and I can only imagine how hard it must be for his beloved family.

For me, just reading about his obituary today was a painful experience and I want to extend my deep condolences to her beloved family.

Indeed, dear Deacon Bob, as many of us were attuned to your signature style in closing the Mass, I'm so saddened to say it like you would... Go in peace Deacon Bob, Go in peace.

May your beautiful and peaceful soul rest in the bossom of our Lord Jesus Christ, we'll miss you dearly.

Simone Comeau

4 April 2019

My deepest sympathies to you the family of Bob. I met Bob through our meetings of the Vicaria acadien in Yarmouth. He was a very knowledgeable and humble man. He will be deeply missed by many people. You are all in our prayers.
Simone Comeau

Lloyd Lawrence

2 April 2019

I am thankful for the sound advice Reverend Deacon Bob shared with me. Donald.

Lorinda Matthews

2 April 2019

I first met Bob when we began attending Mass at St.Marys. He became a friend when my husband began attending RCIA last year. He was a wonderful man. Full of stories, laughter and honest truths. I have nothing but fond memories. God Bless you Bob. Lorinda

The Reverend Margaret Sagar

1 April 2019

My condolences to the family. My path of ministry crossed with Bob's on a number of occasions over the years. May he rest in peace and rise in glory. May you be consoled and know the love of God surrounds you.

Marian Hingston

1 April 2019

I worked with Bob during our careers with the Halifax Social Assistance program on University Ave. He was a great man ,friend and co-worker and I want to offer my condolences to Paulette and family .

Howard Gotell

1 April 2019

My condolences for your loss. Bob was a brother deacon and friend. My prayer will have Bob and family in mind in the coming days. Blessings to Paulette and family.

Howard and Susan Gotell
Amherst, NS

FROM THE FAMILY