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Edward Patrick Rice

May 25, 1930November 24, 2020

Rice, Edward Patrick Passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2020 in Tideview Terrace, Digby. Born in Weymouth in 1930, he was the only child of Dixon and Lennie (Melanson) Rice.

Ed is survived by his wife of 59 years, Elizabeth (Betty Tanner), daughter, Beth Gouthro (Charlie), Enfield, son, Dixon (Pittsfield, MA) as well as special daughter-in-law, Janet (Pittsfield, MA). He is also survived by his grandchildren, Emily and Patrick Rice (both of Boston) and Adam Gouthro of Enfield.

As a young man, Ed spent 3 years in the army (Manitoba) where he developed a love for land surveying. When he came home to Nova Scotia, he entered the Nova Scotia Land Surveying Institute (now NSCC - Centre of Geographic Sciences). He was a life member of the Nova Scotia Land Surveyors and held many offices over the years, including President. Ed spent six years working with the Canadian Housing Corporation before beginning a 25 year career with Bell Aliant.

Before retirement in 1990, Ed worked as an Engineering Supervisor for Maritime Tel & Tel in New Glasgow. He was an active member of the Telephone Pioneers, first with Heather Council in New Glasgow, and then Digby Scallop Club. Since August 1990, Ed and Betty had been living in his family home in Weymouth. Ed was an active member of his Roman Catholic Church community. He was a life member of the Knights of Columbus (Sigogne Council in Clare) and was always active in his church, including being a Eucharist Minister, Sunday School teacher and Parish Council member.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of Jayne’s Funeral Home. No visitation or service due to travel restrictions related to COVID-19. Funeral Mass and interment will take place at a later date when family can be present. If desired, donations in Edward’s name may be made to St. Joseph’s Cemetery Fund, Box 94, Weymouth, NS B0W 3T0. Share a memory or leave a condolence at


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George/Pauline Henaut

January 12, 2021

Betty & Family
Thinking of you are you remember, mourn and celebrate Ed's life among you. Lifting you in prayer!
Pauline & George

Bill Andrecyk

December 1, 2020

Dear Betty, Beth, and Dixon
My deepest condolences on the passing of Ed, I have fond memories of that sense of humour from my childhood. Thoughts and prayers from his godson,

Brian & Connie wolfe

November 30, 2020

Sorry to hear of Ed’s passing, He was a great friend and I always enjoyed our
Talks especially when we met atAssociation meetings?
He will be deeply missed by you Beth and Dixon.
Our love and deepest sympathy is with you.

Lynne Pope

November 30, 2020

Dear Betty @ Family ~ I was saddened to hear of Ed’s passing. May all your warm memories, of such a wonderful man , help bring peace to your broken hearts. Betty, I will always remember the fun you, Ed, John and I had, at many Survey Conventions back in the day! Sending love and healing hugs your way. Lynne

Barbara LeBlond

November 28, 2020

Prayers and thoughts are with you during this time.
Fond memories, sincere sympathy.

Barb LeBlond and Family, Abercrombie, NS

Philip Milo

November 28, 2020

We always enjoyed seeing Ed and Betty at the AGM’s of the Association of NS Land Surveyors. Ed was very supportive of the Profession and a valued friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Betty and your Family.
Phil and Liz Milo

Lenore Sweeney (Jones)

November 28, 2020

Dear Betty, Beth and Dixon,
When I was a little girl living across the road and we all played together I always thought that you had the best Dad. He was always so kind and funny and I loved that he had twinkly eyes. I am sure the love and guidance he has given you over the years and the obvious love he had for your Mum has shaped who you turned out to be and so he will live on forever. I am certain he and Mum and Gram will keep each other company until we meet again. I carry you in my heart.
Love and Prayers,

Natalie Campbell-Bouvette

November 27, 2020

Our deepest sympathy Beth to you and your family. In the 25th years that we have known one another, you always had wonderful stories/memories to share about your dad and his family. I know that you will always cherish your moments together and his spirit will live on in your heart.

Fred Hutchinson

November 27, 2020

Love to Betty and family. Ed shared a devotion to his fellow surveyors and to the Association. He never lost sight of the past and the progress in the survey profession. I am honoured to have known him and work with him on Association affairs over the last 50 years. Forever in my heart.

Ann Robichaud

November 27, 2020

Dear Betty and Family,
Our deepest condolences on the passing of Ed. He lived a wonderful, long life. We will certainly miss seeing him working outdoors around the house, doing what he loved to do.

Thinking of you during these difficult days. Ed can now rest in peace in his heavenly garden.

Ann and Yvon Robichaud