Cruikshank’s Halifax Funeral Home

2666 Windsor Street, Halifax, NS


Mary Teresa Hernon

November 6, 1928October 2, 2019

Mary Teresa "Tess" Hernon,90, of Halifax N.S. passed away October 2,2019 following a long battle with cancer. Tess Hernon, daughter of Caritha McInnis and John Forbes Kennedy. Loving wife of James Joseph Hernon. Predeceased by her husband, James J. Hernon, grandson Cory J. Lawlor and brother Jake Kennedy.

Tess is survived by her 11 children, Joanne (Bob) Lawlor, Susan Cooley, Michael (Lisa) Hernon, Brian Hernon, Carol-Jane (Jose) Lopez, Theresa (John) Zafiris, Christina Logan, Kathleen (Greg) Flinn, Barbara-Jean (Eddie) Moxsom, Tim Hernon and Maureen (John Sinclair) Hernon.

Grandchildren, Kerris Lawlor, James (Nicole) Cooley, Lindsay Cooley, Christian Hernon, Sarah Hernon, James Hernon, Melissa Lopez, Marina Lopez, Conni (Nick Chaffey) Zafiris, Costa Zafiris, Alex Zafiris, Brad Logan, Scott Logan, Brittany Flinn, Matthew Flinn, Victoria Moxsom, Julia Moxsom, JP Hernon, Haley Hernon and great grandchildren, Sienna and Lucia Cooley. Brothers Forbes and Jamie Kennedy and sister Debbie Matheson. As well as many nieces and nephews here and in PEI.

Tess was born in Charletown PEI and moved to Nova Scotia to live with her great aunt Louise (DeeDee). She attended Mount St. Vincent boarding school.

Tess wore many hats but the one hat that stood out was her love for her family and friends. She never refused a guest for dinner. She was always there with a helping hand in times of need. She was the tireless chauffeur for all the kid's activities. Cottage life was Mom and Dad's true love and that would always involve two or three additional kids friends. Many happy years were spent at Chester Grant watching their children grow.

She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority for over 67 years and always looked forward to her outings with the sorority gals. Tess volunteered at the Nova Scotia Rehab Centre for many years as well as being a tireless worker for many local charities.

She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Visitation will be held at Cruikshank's Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor Street, Halifax Monday October 7 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 1725 Oxford Street in Halifax, Tuesday October 8th at 10:00 a.m. with a reception to follow in the church hall.

Burial at Gates of Heaven cemetery for family only.

Donations to Palliative Care unit at the QEII, or charity of your choice.

A very heartfelt thank you to the staff, Unit 7.2 at the QEII for their care and compassion.


  • Visitation Monday, October 7, 2019
  • Visitation Monday, October 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, October 8, 2019
  • Reception Tuesday, October 8, 2019
  • Burial Tuesday, October 8, 2019


Mary Teresa Hernon

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Teresa Walsh

October 9, 2019

Mike, Lisa and family,

So very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Teresa, Charlie and family

Laureate Iota Chapter Beta Sigma Phi

October 9, 2019

Heartfelt condolences are being sent toTess's family from her sisters of Laureate Iota Chapter, Beta Sigma Phi.

Leo MacKenzie

October 8, 2019

Dear Family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Although it has been many years since I have seen her, I have many great memories of your mom’s kindness and her love of others. I am grateful to have spent so much time in your home and at your cottage and I wish your whole family well.
Sincerely, Leo

Susan Bolton

October 8, 2019

The members of Alpha Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will always remember Tess and her quick smile and laugh and all the work and fun we enjoyed for so many years.
May the Lord watch between me and thee while we are away one from another.
Sue Bolton, Jean Milsom, Bubbles Godwin, Mary Quigley and Norma McCulloch

Raechal Smith

October 7, 2019

May knowing that others share in your sorrow help to comfort you at this difficult time.
Tess was a valued member of our organization.

with Sympathy,
Halifax-Dartmouth Beta Sigma Phi City Council

Jim Walsh

October 7, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Jim and Helen Walsh

Elaine Pellerin

October 7, 2019

Michael - So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Mother’s are special and I know you will miss her plenty. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Stay strong.

Jeff Miller

October 7, 2019

Maureen and family,
So sorry for your loss. I think of our time as neighbours often and how nice it was living next door to wonderful people like you and your mother. And Lucy never would have discovered her love of toast if it weren't for Tess.
You are in my thoughts,


Heather-Anne Pentz

October 7, 2019

Dear Kathleen Flinn & Family:

I am thinking of you today as you prepare for the visitations and funeral tomorrow. So sorry for your loss.


Judy Davis Oliver

October 5, 2019

What a full life. So many beautiful adults and grandchildren. Wow
So many fond memories of
her and Mary D over your kitchen table.
Love to all
Judy Jack and Lauraine