Frances Irene (Herd) Hastings

March 25, 1924February 11, 2021

Of Dartmouth, passed away suddenly at the age of 96 in the VG site, QEII on Thursday, February 11, 2021. She was born on March 25, 1924 in Saint John, N.B. She was the oldest daughter of Ronald Herd and Theresa Gallagher. At age 9, after the untimely death of her mother she was raised by her grandparents. She had a lovely soprano voice singing in numerous choirs including musical concerts during WWII. She met her husband Howard Hastings while working at the SMT bus terminal and they married in 1948. Ruth was born in Saint John before they were transferred by SMT to Newcastle. David, James and Ann were born in quick succession; with raising her children, singing in her church choir at the Newcastle Baptist Church being busy time for her young family. In 1961 the family was transferred to Moncton. She joined West Lane United Baptist Church and was actively involved in singing, teaching, WMS and other church activities. She worked for Hofert Christmas tree exporters for many years. Following Howard’s retirement they spent 13 winters in Lakeland Florida enjoying many social activities. They also travelled to all US states and all Canadian provinces but Nfld. in their Westfalia camper van. Howard passed away in 2004, she moved to Halifax to be closer to her sons, joined the Dartmouth First Baptist Church singing in the choir, WMS (she is a lifetime member) and many social activities. Her Christian faith continued to sustain her through life‘s journey. She is survived by daughter, Ruth Smith of Red Deer; sons, David (Patricia) Hastings, Fall River and James Hastings, Whites Lake. Also brother, Bart (Marlene) Herd and sister, Colleen Justason; grandchildren, Mitchell (Dora) Hastings, Heather Hastings, Christopher (Isabelle) Hastings, Stephen (Sandra) Hastings; great-grandchildren, Marie, Elizabeth, Nelly, Tristan, Gwladys. She was predeceased by her husband, Howard Hastings; daughter, Ann Hastings; grandson, Jeffrey Smith and brother, Ronald Herd. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home. Due to COVID-19 restrictions a celebration of life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to Dartmouth First Baptist Church, Meals on Wheels or charity of your choice. “Those we love don’t go away, They walk beside us everyday”


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Joan Cranmer

February 22, 2021

To the family:
I met Frances in the Wexford on Baker Drive, when she lived here with her sister Colleen. She was a lovely, warm woman. She was always friendly, and attended all the functions. She cared for her sister Colleen, and we were sorry when she moved. She certainly lived a full life, and will be sadly missed by her family. My condolences.

Donna Babineau

February 19, 2021

Dear Ruth, David, & Jim,
I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom, Frances. Of course, our loss is Heaven's gain. Never more a truth than in her case. She was truly a wonderful and loving person. I'll never forget her cheerful way. Always so kind. Paul & I remember her beautiful voice as she sang at our wedding.
I pray God's blessing on all of you and your families at this sad and difficult time.
Donna Babineau (nee Wilson)

Bob Forbes

February 18, 2021

For Jim, David, Ruth and your extended families: I was saddened to hear of your mother's passing and reflected back on many fond memories of my contact with her and your family. Probably first was sitting in your living room on Reade St. playing the stereo that sat in the front window, with various friends and family coming and going. That came about from my baseball and football days with Jim and David. Your mom and dad were so welcoming and supportive of all we were doing at the time. I really lucked out to find accommodations through David when I moved to Halifax for university. Then I was honored to reconnect with your mom and Dad when I returned home to work. Your mother has to be one of the most gentle, kind and thoughtful people I have known. She positively influenced me and I expect everyone else that knew her. She was an example for us all and she will be missed.


February 17, 2021

My sincere condolences to you all on the passing of Frances. I remember fondly all our family visits when we came home to NB on our summer holidays.
Thinking of you all at this time
Auntie Ruth

Judy Harvey

February 17, 2021

To Frances' family,
Frances was a treasure, a true witness for her Lord and a faithful servant. We will miss her presence at First Baptist but we know she is singing joyfully in heaven where she has truly earned her reward.

May you feel surrounded by God's love, comfort and peace as you mourn the loss of your mother/grandmother.

John & Judy Harvey

ken & Leslie George

February 16, 2021

For the family of Frances Hastings - we want to send our deepest sympathy and condolences. How can we not believe that Frances is now wearing her wings, humming her favourite hymns and sharing the twinkle in her eye with the heavenly hosts. What a beautiful person in all ways - and what a witness to her faith in all circumstances. She was a 'cheerleader' and an optimistic, happy soul who will never be forgotten. We pray that God will bring comfort, uplift your spirits and carry you through this time of sadness to a place of peace.

Brian&Brenda[Lutes] Bowden

February 16, 2021

Hello Family, We were saddened to see Frances' passing. We had last seen her @ her church in Dart. while attending a funeral. We were so happy to be privileged to have a great conversation with her before and after the Service. My family and I[Brenda[ nee] Lutes] had the great joy to be a part of the church choir @ West Lane in Moncton under the Directorship of Mr. Corey Smith. We all have great memories of the great times during practices ,the laughs and fellowship plus all the other functions @ Church that we enjoyed. Blessings to all, we know Frances is @ rest with our Heavenly Father. We'll see you in the great here - after, Frances. Love and Prayers to You ,the Family as you walk though the days ahead.Brian & Brenda

William Barton

February 16, 2021

At this difficult time, as you mourn the loss of your remarkable mother, I wish to convey my sincere condolences and deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Bill Barton

Martin Zwicker

February 16, 2021

I want to extend condolences and sympathy to the family at the passing of dear Frances. I only got to know Frances after she moved to Dartmouth and from the perspective of a Pastor, she was a delightful new addition to the Church! She loved to tell me stories about her church involvement over the years and various pastors - some of whom I knew. Frances was always very encouraging - taking the time to share what she appreciated and what was meaningful for her. She was loved by all, but especially the choir members. Her faithfulness and her spiritual life made her an inspiration to many and an example of someone with the kind of qualities many of us desire and seek to nurture in our lives. May that faithfulness continue as we seek to honour her memory and her legacy.
Sincere condolences,
Rev. Martin Zwicker

Tink Swetnam

February 15, 2021

A wonderful lady loved by all. She sang at my wedding many years ago. Sincere condolences to her family.

Tink Swetnam