A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home

217 Portland Street, Dartmouth, NS


Florence "Fonnie" Brierley Bagnell

January 2, 1933March 8, 2020

BAGNELL, Florence Brierley - age 87, of Dartmouth. With sadness, we announce the death of Florence Bagnell Smith Lenihan, “Fonnie” died March 8, 2020 in the Dartmouth General Hospital and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She was born in Sydney on January 2, 1933 and grew up in Gabarus, the daughter of Dora (MacDonald) Bagnell and James Valentine Bagnell. She was a graduate of Maritime Business College. Fonnie loved to travel and met many delightful people on her travels who became good friends. She loved to play cards at the Findley Centre and Holtwood Court. Fonnie is survived by her sons Alfred and Jim (Nancy) Smith, daughter-in-law Heather Smith, grandchildren Chelsea (Robert) MacKendrick, Connelly Smith, Colby Smith, Leona Smith and James Smith and great-grandson Lachlan MacKendrick. She is also survived by her sister Joyce Proulx and brother Ralph Bagnell. She was pre-deceased by her partner William Lenihan, her son MacDonald “Oz” Smith, sisters and brothers-in-law Theo and Alan Robar and Audrey and George Palmer and brother Don. A special thanks is given to the staff at the Dartmouth General Hospital for their care of Fonnie during her stay there. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, March 21st at the Mic Mac Amateur Aquatic Club on Prince Albert Road in Dartmouth from 2-4PM. Expressions of sympathy can be sent to the family at www.mattatallfuneralhome.com.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, March 21, 2020


Florence "Fonnie" Brierley Bagnell

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Verna Taylor

March 19, 2020

My deepest condolences to all the family. She was a lovely lady and a good friend of mine.

Tena Harris

March 13, 2020

My deepest sympathy to the family. I met Florence as I was gardening at Holtwood Court and she would share her love of flowers with me. Attending functions together I learned of her adventures travelling. I will miss her as I garden. Tena

Linda Murray

March 13, 2020

Jim & Alfred:
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and all your family on the loss of your Mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. Our memories will last forever.
Reg & Linda

Jack Mackenzie

March 12, 2020

Hello Alfred and Jim. Just want to say how sad i was to hear of your Mother's passing. Your Mother was a very Special person. She always saw the good side of people. I have many beautiful memories and will recall them often . I have no doubt you both have many memories your selves. Any time you want to talk with her , just close your eyes and she will be there. Stay strong boys. Wish i could be there for you both at this time, but unfortunately i cant. Please know this is not the end, when she's finished catching up with all her family and friends on the other side she will come to you in youre dreams to let you know she is ok. Old friend, Jack Mackenzie

Sandra Weaver

March 12, 2020

Kevin and I extend our sincere sympathy. We were surprised to read that Fonnie has passed away! I have many happy memories of her visits to Gabarus when we were children...and her visit to our home in New Germany where she had water pistols in the trailer and had a huge water fight with Andrea and Janet...oh how we laughed!
Our thoughts are with you at this sad time...treasure you special memories...
Sandra (MacGillivray) and Kevin

Karen Clarke

March 11, 2020

"Fonnie was a beautiful kind caring neighbor. She was always dressed up and had a kind word and warm smile for everyone. My granddaughters Kaylee and Kendra loved to go over and visit her and look at her many ornaments. She will be missed by all that had the fortune to become acquainted with her. Rest in Peace Florence!
Karen, George, Kaylee and Kendra.