JA Snow Funeral Home


Lillian Evelyn Backman

February 4, 1968April 24, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lillian (Evelyn) Backman, age 53, of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Lillian courageously ended her battle with cancer at the Victoria General Hospital in the Palliative Care Unit on April 24, 2021.

Predeceased by her parents Victor Backman and Katherine Canning. Survived by her devoted partner, Paul; children Mitchel MacLatchie (Becky), Joshua MacLatchie, Katherine MacLatchie (Craig); sister Vicky Pringle, brothers George (Rowena), Robert (Shannon), Bruce (Betsy) and Timothy (Kelly); former spouse Ian MacLatchie (Krista); and many aunts, nieces and nephews which she adored.

Lillian was born in Halifax, N.S., 1968. She graduated from Sacred Heart School of Halifax. At a young age she competed in Canada and the USA as a multi-time champion in majorettes. This led her to her next achievement as a Prima Ballerina, dancing for the Halifax Ballet Theatre. She studied ballet at the Royal Winnipeg and in New York. At age 11 she was given a Revue for her performance at the Atlantic Summer Festival of Music…. 'The ‘Coppelia’ gave the evening its undoubted star. Young Lillian Backman, a svelte and pretty redhead, achieving a positively precocious stage presence with a performance that was remarkable for its natural grace, sensitivity and guts. Miss Backman is an uncommonly talented and perfectly natural young dancer…'.

Lillian was a caregiver by nature. She worked with children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities throughout her life. Lillian loved her job as an EPA for the Halifax Regional School board and a caregiver for many other families and children. She volunteered at the March of Dimes camp where she met her former spouse.

Her love for all people and animals, especially horses, was one of her greatest gifts. She found solace throughout her life at the Bengal Lancers and FLAR Equine Therapy.

No matter where she went she made new friends, many when waiting in hospitals for cancer treatments. Lillian had an incredible sense for finding that one person in the room who needed some light, hope, and words of encouragement, she would go to them and give them her support and comfort even when she was struggling herself with her own cancer illness.

Lillian was first diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2018 when she was caring for her elderly mother. Lillian’s cancer progressed and metastasized. Through her many surgeries, treatments, clinic visits and hospitalizations her spirit never broke. Her biggest concern about dying was not fear of death but the pain it would cause those who she loved so much.

There will be a service announced later when COVID restrictions ease up. Please feel free to donate to Metastatic Breast Cancer research through the Canadian Cancer Society or FLAR Equine Therapy 3693 St Margarets Bay Rd, Hubley, NS by calling (902) 240-8527 or at Lillian would also suggest passing on an act of kindness. To place an online condolence please visit:


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Jane Abbott

May 12, 2021

So very sad to learn of Lillian’s passing. I danced ballet with Lillian for many years between the ages of 10- 16. Not only was Lillian talented and musical, she was a loyal and upbeat friend. She was always caring, thoughtful and modest. And fun as well.
While I have not seen her in many years it truly broke my heart to hear she had been ill with cancer.
I send heartfelt condolences to the family for this loss. She was a lovely, lovely human.

Best wishes,
Jane Abbott

Angela Gibson-Vincent

May 10, 2021

My deepest sympathy to the Blackman family. Our hearts are filled with sadness hearing the passing of Lillian.
I am blessed to have known her and have fond memories going over to her house. Rest In Peace my beautiful friend! Sending you light and love.

Angela Gibson-Vincent

Ann Fitzpatrick (Canning)

May 5, 2021

I wish to express my condolences at this very sad time. Lillian will be remembered for her many gifts, her vibrant spirit, passion for life, and her devotion and love of family and friends. Lillian was a loving , joyful, caregiver to her mother Kathryn. Lillian brought so much joy to her parents and family. With much love , Aunt Ann Fitzpatrick (Canning), and family.

Marian Issekutz

May 5, 2021

We remember Lillian when she was a Grade 12 student at SHS. She was so gentle and lovely. She took our small son Stephen over to the YMCA after school . She was so kind . Her mother was also a wonderful mother.Our deepest sympathy at this very difficult time for you all.
Marian and Andrew Issekutz

Carolyn Sinyerd

May 5, 2021

💔 A Beautiful, Wonderful, Caring Person inside and out! A very Unique Woman! RIP my dear friend!

❤️ Carolyn ❤️

Anne Nestman

May 5, 2021

Larry and I were saddened to hear of Lillian's death. Our earliest remembrances of Lillian are when our girls took dance lessons with Lillian at Halifax Dance, then for me when Lillian was a student at Sacred Heart, and when she was a babysitter in our neighbourhood. All of our encounters with Lillian were so wonderful. She was a sweet, spirited, fun, girl, beautiful inside and out, warm, friendly, just so lovely. Our more recent encounters with Lillian were at the Bedford Market where we shared a coffee and heard about her family, the loss she felt when her mother died, and then her own health challenge. Lillian showed compassion and love for others while being resilient and strong for herself. Lillian was a delight to know and her legacy lives on in her family and friends. We keep her memory in our hearts.

Leean (Farmer) Amirault

May 4, 2021

I was so sad to hear of Lillian’s passing. We graduated from Sacred Heart together in the class of ‘86. She had so many wonderful qualities but most of all I remember her being a warm and caring friend to everyone. My deepest sympathy to both the Backman and MacLatchie families.

Lorey Brown

May 4, 2021

Sending our condolences to all the family and friends of Lillian. She was such a special person in my life, she is one of these amazing people that you meet and just fall in love with, because her light was so bright, someone you become very close to, a real true friend. I loved Lillian's spirit, her laugh, how wonderful she was with everyone she met. I am so sad and I'm going to miss her so much. Lillian was such a bright beacon and I can see why so many would be attracted to her light. I'm going to miss you so very much my friend and I love you very much. Thinking of all the people that Lillian has touched in her life time, she will be missed.

Phil & Debbi Adams

May 3, 2021

Bob & Family: We were so very sorry to hear of Lillian's passing. Our deepest sympathies to you and the entire family. May good memories help you all through this most difficult time.

Maureen Hayward

May 3, 2021

Lillian was one of the kindest people I have had the pleasure of getting to know. We met in grade 9 as new students at the Sacred Heart School of Halifax. Her warmth and friendliness helped make the transition to a new school easier. We were classmates throughout the next five years and she was always kind and graceful. While we have not seen each other in many years, I remember her fondly. The news of her death was a shock. But reading about her life warmed my heart as I learned about how loved and appreciated she was for her warmth and kindness. My sympathy to her family and friends on her passing. May your memories bring you comfort in the days and years to come. The world was better for her presence and her legacy will survive in the hearts of those she touched.