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A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home

217 Portland Street, Dartmouth, NS

OBITUARY

Gladys Adelaide Forsyth

September 26, 1930July 28, 2020
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On July 28, 2020 Gladys Forsyth passed away at age 89, two months short of her 90th birthday. Gladys was born in Little Dover, Guysborough Co. to Wilfred and Elizabeth (Horne) Bouchie. She is survived by children, Barry (Joette), Kitchener, Ont.; Donna (Peter) Dartmouth; Brian (Janet) Diamondhead, Miss., U.S.A.; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; sister Marie George, Little Dover. She was predeceased by her husband Lenley; brothers Clarence, Gerald and sisters Viola, Alvina, Sadie, and Beatrice. On July 18, 1953 she married Lenley Borden Forsythe. She lived in Nova Scotia most of her life except for 3 years in British Columbia. She provided a loving home for her family and as a young mother she looked after her children while her husband was away at sea. She loved socializing with family and friends. She loved playing Auction 45s and enjoyed playing against her husband. Both felt they were the better player. A private funeral service will be held Saint Clements Catholic Church at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences may be left at: www.mattatallfuneralhome.com

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Donna Mack

August 4, 2020

By Brian Forsyth

Mom died, July 28,2020 , from complications caused by cancer. I will miss her, but I know she is happy now and at peace in paradise. One thing I loved about mom, she always laughed at my jokes and in return her laugh made me smile. She always gave me advice and often made me uncomfortable when I knew she was right. She was not always right but most of the time she was. She protected me when I needed protection, and I like to think I did the same when I got older. She raised me to be Catholic and I am still Catholic today. I feel she is a big part of who I am. If you are reading this mom, I love you always. In this life and the next

Donna Mack

August 4, 2020

By Donna Mack

My mother came from Little Dover, Guysborough County, Nova Scotia a fishing village not far from Port Felix. She had 7 siblings. She loved to visit family in this beautiful area of our province in addition to Annapolis Valley where her husband was from.
She left home in her teens to find work and moved to Dartmouth where her older sisters settled.
My father served 30 years in the Canadian Navy. When her children were young, she had to look after them herself while he was at sea. She was dependent on family and friends to help her out because she never had a driver’s license.
She was fiercely proud that her children all graduated from university when neither she or her husband had finished their high school. My father did achieve a grade 12 diploma at a later date.
Her home meant a great deal to her and she was constantly washing the walls and vacuuming even when it wasn’t needed.
Her presence made the party and she loved having a fire with family and friends in the backyard. The fire department was called once because the fire my Dad made was so large!
Loved to discuss politics and often started heated debates because of her comments.
She was married for 55 years and had 3 children, 2 sons and a daughter.
She was s widowed for over 11 years and missed her husband every day.
She loved playing Auction 45’s against her husband and they kept track of every game to determine who was the champion.
My mother was a deeply religious women and when she was older, she said the rosary at least 3 times a day.
She often told me that when she died, I was not to worry about it because she was in a better place.

Donna Mack

August 4, 2020

By Andrew Mack

Grandma Forsyth was someone who set us an example of traditional values for us to learn from. We always enjoyed staying at her house and her cooking of stews for dinner and bacon at breakfast. It always felt like being at home to stay with her and was special all our time to visit in Ontario and NS. We love and will miss our grandma.

Donna Mack

August 4, 2020

By: Brenda Cabot
Grandma, to me, meant love.  I was always so excited to see her and as soon as we were together, I felt comforted, safe, and at home.  All my troubles were left at the door when I was with her and I felt stronger and protected.  She had high expectations of
people in a positive way, encouraging you to be your best self and having a strong sense of what was right and wrong.  Grandma was passionate and would have loved to have been in politics.  She cared about people and the world.  Above all, Grandma was a kindred spirit.  We had, and still have, a strong bond.  I always felt that we shared the same sense of humour.  She was youthful and whenever we were together, I felt that we were the same age: two women sharing thoughts.  We would stay up late talking.  She was a confidant and someone who would inspire and engage you in conversation.  She believed in God and the teachings of the Catholic church.  Her faith
guided and supported us in growing our own.  Grandma had bright eyes and a quick laugh.  She could laugh about anything, and she danced.  She set a table.  Whenever I visited, she would have a roast, with wine, a tablecloth, all the fixings, and when we
were all together every meal would have some of Grandpa’s ‘chow’ – homemade pickled veggies.  She would turn the thermostat up every night to keep the house
warm.  Grandma was always present in our lives and will continue to be.

Donna Mack

August 4, 2020

By Karen Hamilton ( Granddaughter)
My Grandma was an important part of my life from the day I was born. We never lived in the same cities but we were lucky enough to get to spend lots of time together. My grandparents would come and visit us in Ontario, and we would go to Halifax regularly. They would watch us while my parents went away or were working. We got to spend different holidays together over
the years. Grandma even made a trip out to Calgary to see my new home after I moved here. Grandma loved to play cards and so do I. Playing a good card game together was one of my favourite things to do.  Grandma was always interested about the things going on in my life. I was always happy to talk with her about my plans for the future and she was never afraid to offer her advice. When I met Lucas (my husband) it was important to me that he got to know my grandparents and get to visit Halifax. We were able to have more than one trip.

Donna Mack

August 4, 2020

By Barry Forsyth:
On July 27 I went for a walk in the evening and it started to rain. The angels were crying. Now I know why. My mom,Gladys Forsyth was preparing to leave earth for heaven. The angels knew those left behind would miss her very much.
My mother was a good person. Three words that describe mom are feisty, loyal and religious.
She used to say her rosary asking god to help others. For some reason she thought her kids needed a lot of help. The rosary was one of her ways to communicate with god.
Saint Anthony was mom’s favourite saint. Mom used to say if you lost something, pray to Saint Anthony,then you will find it. As a child I can remember mom praying for help to locate something she had lost. I asked her why do you say that prayer? She told me Saint Anthony was the saint of lost causes, and he helps you find stuff. That memory has always stayed with me.
The grand kids and great grand kids always held a special place in mom’s heart. They always made her smile when she watched them playing.
My mother was a strong willed individual and set in her ways. There was a right way and a wrong way
to do things. What ever mom wanted done was the right way. To follow any other path could lead to arguments.
After my father died, my family always spent our vacations split between my mother’s and my wife’s parents. My mom always made sure we had a good time. She even saved up odd jobs for me to do around the house and yard while we were visiting. Some years we would have bon fires in the back yard. Every night we would play cards with her, with the kids or friends she invited over. Mom really enjoyed the card games. She had a way of talking and laughing so that those around her smiled.
My family will miss mom in a big way. It’s nice to know that she will be joining Dad in heaven where they can pair up with my Uncle Bernie and Aunt Beatie to play Auction Forty-Fives; my mother’s favourite card game! No talking across the table unless it's mom. We miss you mom!

Donna Mack

August 4, 2020

My mother's funeral will be lived streamed on Wednesday, August 5,2020 at 11 am. Covid-19 has prevented many from attending. The link is:


https://vimeo.com/444249929/cc5a2546af

Donna Mack

August 2, 2020

Mom was friends with Wendy Simmonds for almost 50 years!

Norma Cashin-Keefe

July 30, 2020

So very sorry to hear about Gladys . Enjoyed seeing her when she came down to Marie’s in Little Dover. Played a few games of cards with her through the years. Thinking of you all.

Wendy & Jim Simmonds

July 30, 2020

Dear Donna, Peter, and all the family,
We have so many wonderful, happy memories of times spent with your Mum, Dad and family. Card games, laughter, music, and fun times around the fire in your back yard. We're sorry for the loss of your Mum and will never forget her.

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