Cruikshank’s Halifax Funeral Home

2666 Windsor Street, Halifax, NS


Donna Belle Foulkes

September 18, 1944September 8, 2020

We are saddened to announce the passing of our amazing mother Donna Belle Foulkes on September 8, 2020 ten days shy of her 76th birthday. Mum was born September 18, 1944 in Halifax to Donald and Patricia Renton. She spent her formative years in the community of Spryfield where her parents owned several businesses.

Donna is survived by her son David Foulkes (Heather) and daughter Susan Foulkes (Jason). She is also survived by her brother Thomas Renton (Jeanette), Her grandchildren Spencer and Quinn Foulkes, nephews Neil and Eric Renton and first husband Edward Foulkes (Cecilia) and stepdaughters Jennifer, Lynn and Elizabeth.

After a near 20 year career in the Anatomy Department at Dalhousie University mum returned to the classroom, where she completed a Law degree and a Masters of Public Administration at Dalhousie. She then embarked on her second career in the Justice system. Upon her retirement she was the Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Judiciary at the Supreme Court in Halifax. Mum’s will and determination was unmatched, while raising two children she became a certified scuba diver, an aerobics and yoga instructor and even published her own community newspaper “The Forest Hills News“.

Mum enjoyed travel and toured Japan and Europe both with friends and on her own. She even flew her then 90-year-old father over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter touching down for a quick lunch and a glass of champagne. She took great pleasure in sailing on the Lahave River where her family homestead was located.

Mum sat on numerous boards and commissions in Nova Scotia including the Halifax-Dartmouth Bridge Commission and the Board of Directors of the Bide Awhile Animal Shelter. She adopted several animals over the years who became her beloved companions.

In accordance with Mum’s wishes, her ashes will be spread both beneath the grand sugar maples her father planted in Middle Lahave, and upon the gentle waves of the Lahave River. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Bide Awhile Animal Shelter would be greatly appreciated. There will be a small service for family and close friends at a later date.

We would like to express our deep appreciation to Dr. Darrell White for his ongoing care and support over the past 8 years. To the staff and nurses of 8.1 at the Halifax Infirmary site for their kindness and compassion with a special thank you to nurses Elizabeth, Kass, and Jeremy.

Peace be with you Donna Belle as you explore the infinite secrets of the universe.

Love David and Susan


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Donna Belle Foulkes

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susan sutherland

September 16, 2020

So many memories but one that is telling, I think: I got a call from Donna, not long after I moved to her old house at about 1:00 in the morning. She had something to tell me about the furnace . I can't remember what exactly, but at the time I was really, really grateful. She always wanted to make a contribution in any way she could.

Charlene Morton

September 16, 2020

I am very sad to learn that Donna is gone. My deepest sympathy to her family. She was a new friend to me as soon as I moved to Middle LaHave. She impressed me immediately in that she asked me for help ("taxi" service) as she couldn't drive yet after her treatments. So many will not ask for or even accept help, which can be so frustrating for everyone. It wasn't long before she was driving again and what an excellent driver--another rare skill here in NS! These are just small memories compared to her much bigger life. She had amazing determination, acted as a true citizen, and shared so much.
Goodbye, Donna.

Gloria McLeod

September 13, 2020

Much love and condolences as we recall good memories on the corner of Queen and Empire Streets, parenting the children back and forth from school. Once again so sorry to hear about the loss of your dear Mother. Looking forward to the time when all families will be reunited John 5:28,29.

Lise Boylan

September 13, 2020

Dear David, Susan and Family,
I worked with Donna in Anatomy back in the '78. I was saddened to hear the news that she had passed away. There are really no words to take away sadness when you lose someone you love. I wish to extend my deep and heartfelt sympathy to all of you.
"Never say in grief you are sorry she's gone. Rather, say in thankfulness you are grateful she was here."
Lise Boylan

sean layden

September 12, 2020

Dear David and family.

Very sorry to read about your recent loss.I always enjoyed Donna's company.

Please accept my sympathies.

Sincerely, Sean Layden

Linda Moreash

September 12, 2020

My sincere condolences to Donna’s Family. Donna and I served together on the Halifax-Dartmouth Bridge Commission . I have fond memories of that time.

Sally Gerhardt

September 12, 2020

Our sympathy to Donna's family - we enjoyed her presence at church and wider community events and for sure we missed her when she moved to the city. The Gerhardts (Bayport NS).

Dan Ray

September 12, 2020

Dave and family please accept the condolences of my family. I worked in the Law Courts for many years as a deputy sheriff and had the pleasure of working alongside your mom throughout much of that time. Take comfort in knowing your mom will remain with you forever.


Nancy Bateman

September 12, 2020

As a member of the judiciary I had the privilege of working with Donna and her team. She was smart, talented, creative and a hard worker. The Executive Office under Donna's leadership became a model for other jurisdictions in Canada.

Condolences to the Foulkes family.

Nancy Bateman

David Gorsline

September 11, 2020

Our very deepest sympathies. A great friend, will truly be missed.
Jiang Tao & David


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