Kenneth Francis Eisan

February 28, 1929October 8, 2017
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Long-time Hydrostone Resident Passes Away

It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather. Kenneth Francis 88, passed away quietly on October 8, 2017 after a difficult eighteen-month battle with Lewy Body Dementia. Born in Halifax on February 28, 1929 he was the son of the late Earl and Helen (Conway) Eisan.

After retiring from the Base Audit Section of CFB Stadacona in 1984, Dad spent his retirement tending to his bookkeeping business, his beautiful lakefront property at Lake Charlotte, honing his golf skills at Ashburn Golf Club and making numerous trips to Bangor, ME with Gracie. In retirement, he also served on the Province of Nova Scotia’s Pay Equity Commission and was the Returning Officer for Halifax Needham from 1996 until 2013. He performed this function with diligence and professionalism, always mindful of the important role it played in the electoral process. ‘Chief Petty Officer’ Eisan was also a very proud member of HMCS Scotian for many years as a Naval Reservist and always enjoyed having his colleagues to the cottage throughout the summer months to share stories and the occasional cold beverage.

As a long-time resident on the corner of ‘Columbus and Isleville’ in the Hydrostone district in the north-end of Halifax, Kenn often boasted that his magnificent Magnolia tree was only one of six in Halifax; no one ever dared to question him on this, so we accepted it as fact. He loved his community and volunteered many hours of his time to the parishes of St. Josephs and to Saint Mother Teresa of Kolkata and was widely respected by his peers for his many contributions.

As a devoted Catholic, he never missed Mass and often told his children that spending an hour of their time with the “Good Lord” was not much of a sacrifice to make. He strengthened his connection to his faith in recent years by becoming very active in the Knights of Columbus, rising to the positions of Grand Knight of Halifax Council 1097 and Faithful Navigator of Archbishop McCarthy Assembly 799.

Kenn was a self-taught man and he was proud to be a life-long learner. He would approach new tasks around the house with meticulous care, always paying close attention to the fine details. Often times however, he would not get them finished quick enough for Gracie’s liking! Being an avid reader always provided Dad the edge in any discussion of sports, politics or current affairs with family and friends. He was a great story teller, but would sometimes embellish his tales to give his audience the benefit of his quick wit. Most of all he was a person who listened to the concerns of all and would dispense advice with respect and fairness. His children will remember him fondly as a good man who worked hard, who always put their interests and needs first and never made judgements about anyone. Dad fought his illness with strength and quiet dignity and without a doubt his passing will leave a huge void in the lives he shared with family and friends.

He is survived by daughters Deborah Louise (Edmonton, AB) and Susan Frances (Ronald) Bone (Lower Sackville), sons Timothy Paul (Patricia Wright) and Darryl Christopher (Jennifer Hann) both of Halifax, sisters Sybil (Robert) Spriggs (Bedford), Carole (Norman) Rodgers (East Jeddore) and his brother Leroy (Joan) Eisan (Clementsport), sister-in-laws Moira Eisan (Courtenay, BC) and Helen Eisan (Halifax) and brother-in-law Gary Smith (Hampton, ON). Seven grandchildren: Chadwick Thomas (Halifax), Sara Louise (Lower Sackville), Jillian Lea (Halifax), Jessie Ann Marie (Halifax), Kathryn Lea Frances (Lower Sackville) and Aidan Harrison (Halifax). One great granddaughter Jazelle Lily (Halifax) and many nieces and nephews.

Kenn was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Grace Muriel (Rhodenizer) and her passing in 2010 was a life changing event for him. He was also predeceased by Sisters Juanita Smith, Sheila Pompeo and Mary Leblanc and Brothers Earl, Melvyn and infant brother Carl.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at J. A. Snow Funeral Home (339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax) from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 10 am at Saint Mother Teresa of Kolkata Parish, 6032 Normandy Drive (corner of Robie and Normandy Drive, Halifax), Father Andrew Rembarczyk celebrant. Burial to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery (Lower Sackville). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of choice.


  • Visitation Wednesday, October 11, 2017
  • Visitation Wednesday, October 11, 2017
  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 12, 2017
  • Burial Thursday, October 12, 2017
  • Reception Thursday, October 12, 2017

Kenneth Francis Eisan

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Christine Flynn (Hogg)

October 16, 2017

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

October 13, 2017

The Eisan family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

The Clancey Family
Columbus Place

Fred McGlone

October 12, 2017

Sending Sympathy and prayers to the Eisan family.Ken and I were old friends from the Navy Reserves and would see each other from time to time over the years.He will be missed.Fred(Buddy)McGlone and family

Roger Surette

October 12, 2017

May all your happy memories stay with you always and comfort you. Thinking of you and sending prayers.
Mary and Roger Surette

Barb Hill

October 12, 2017

My condolences to the Eisan family. I had the pleasure of working with Ken during several elections. He was invariably kind, good humoured and always a true gentleman.

Ann and Gord Rowe

October 11, 2017

To the Eisan family - our heartfelt condolences on Kenn's passing. He was a true gentleman and will surely be missed.

Ann and Gord Rowe (KofC Council 1097)

Maureen MacDonald

October 11, 2017

My deepest condolences to the entire Eisan family. Ken was someone I admired greatly for his professionalism, humour and kindness during the five elections when I was a candidate as he oversaw the administration of the local electoral process with the care and diligence required. Over the past few months I took note his home seemed to be without his presence and I am very sad to loose him as a hydrostone neighbour. I am very grateful our paths crossed ever so briefly. Again deepest sympathies for your loss.

October 11, 2017

Susan, Tim, Darryl,

Today and always, may loving memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.

Heather & Ron Peters

Mike Foran

October 11, 2017

Darryl & Jennifer and family, I'm sorry for your loss, please accept my sincerest condolences.

Owen Newell

October 11, 2017

My condolences to the family in the loss of a father and grandfather. As a university student at Dalhousie in the 70's, I was a member of HMCS SCOTIAN and remember Chief Eisan as a very kind man offering advice when he felt it necessary. He was a very sensible man and someone who always saw the good in others. May He Rest in Peace.