A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home

217 Portland Street, Dartmouth, NS


Ernest Garfield Foston

August 27, 1953March 4, 2020
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FOSTON, Ernest Garfield “Gary” It is with heavy hearts we the family of Ernest Garfield (Gary) Foston announce the sudden passing of our beloved son, brother, uncle, nephew and friend on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia on August 27, 1953, Gary was the son of Elizabeth (Betty MacKenzie) and the late Ernest Foston. Gary is survived by his loving mother Betty Foston, brother Bruce (Vanessa Carter) Foston, nephew Matthew (Sarah Pyke) Foston, niece Jillian (Garth) Martin, great-nephews Leeland and Archer Martin, mother of Matthew and Jillian, Christine (Bob Kelly) Penney, aunt Madelyn (John) Ross, cousins Debbie Ross, Heather Ross, Bob (Lynn) MacKenzie and Tom (Sandy) MacKenzie. He will also be greatly missed by many of his dear friends. Gary is pre-deceased by grandparents Reginald and Mildred MacKenzie, Anastasia and James De Young, uncle Ronald and aunt Maureen MacKenzie. A talented plumber with incredible work ethic, Gary graduated from Dartmouth High School and then from NSCC where he received his Journeyman Plumbing and a dual certificate in Steamfitting/G7 Gasfitting. Gary was a member of The Plumbers Union-56 and worked on significant jobs such as Imperial Oil, oil rigs, Black & MacDonald, Tin Mines, Yarmouth hospital as well as many new and old residential properties, to name a few. Gary worked in these trades for over 42 years until he retired in 2015 to become his Mom’s primary caregiver, helping Betty cope with every need following her accident. Gary thoroughly enjoyed hunting, fishing and anything to do with the outdoors and wilderness. Gary also very much appreciated and valued time spent with his family, especially with his niece and nephew as well as his great-nephews. Both the visitation 7-9pm, Friday, March 13th and service in celebration of Gary’s life 1pm, Saturday, March 14th with Rev. Edwin Ebsary officiating, will be held in A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home, 217 Portland St., Dartmouth. There will be a reception following the service. No flowers by request; donations in Gary’s memory can be made to the Church of the Holy Spirit Memorial Fund. . Expressions of sympathy can be sent to the family at www.mattatallfuneralhome.com


  • Visitation Friday, March 13, 2020
  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 14, 2020


Ernest Garfield Foston

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Rocky & Doreen Cordeiro

March 14, 2020

To Betty, Bruce and family.......Rocky and I were very sad to hear of Gary's passing. As you all know, we go back a long way.....so many memories of Gary and the Foston family. Lots of good times and lots of laughs. Hold on to those memories and Gary will always be with you. We will see you all at the service on Saturday. Love to you all.....Rocky & Doreen

Robb Macdonald

March 14, 2020

Deepest condolences to the family. We were very sorry to hear of Garys passing. Our hearts go out to Betty and Bruce and family. We enjoyed all of the pictures on display here they are wonderful memories to have. Don’t hesitate to call if you need anything.
Kala and Robb Macdonald

Neil Naugle

March 13, 2020

So sorry to hear of Gary's passing. My condolences to you and your family Bruce.

Leo Thibodeau

March 13, 2020

Betty, Bruce and family,
So sorry to hear about Gary's passing.
Thoughts and prayers are with you.
God Bless.
Leo and Cathy Thibodeau

Pat and Roy Sherwood

March 13, 2020

Dearest Betty:
We were so very sorry to learn of Gary’s passing. You are in our thought so often.
We are heartbroken to be in North Carolina and not able to attend Gary’s services. Sending our love and deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Pat and Roy

Bill Sanderson

March 12, 2020

Sorry for the loss of your son and and brother. May he rest in peace. Always remember the good times and laughs that you shared. Thinking of you.

Bill and Lori

Lynn Day

March 11, 2020

Bruce and Family,
I was saddened to hear of Gary's passing. May you find some comfort in the wonderful memories he left behind.
With deepest sympathy,

Linda White

March 11, 2020

Sorry to hear your brother has passed Bruce. First time I met Gary was in school. He used to set behind me and play with my hair. Sending prayers and hugs for you and your family. Linda White

Michelle Negus

March 10, 2020

Bruce and Family
So very sorry to read of Gary’s passing.
Iam Thinking of you during this difficult time and loss.
Take care of each other, God Bless
Michelle N.

Linda (Taylor) Chartrand

March 10, 2020

Very sad to hear of Gary's passing, I have not seen Gary since I was a young girl probably 45 years ago. I remember his big bright smile and the sparkle in his eyes. Always a gentleman and very pleasant and kind. My condolences to Bruce and the rest of the family. May he be resting peacefully.