JA Snow Funeral Home

339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax, NS


Noel Arab

July 16, 1937November 30, 2019
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister, Noel (Habib) Arab, 82, who passed away peacefully Saturday, November 30th surrounded by her loving family.

Noel was born in Diman, Lebanon in 1937. She left her home at 19 years of age, with her father, to carve a better life for her and her family in Canada. In a place where she did not speak the language and with no money to her name, she worked tirelessly day in and day out to help bring the rest of her family to Canada. This hard work and resilience is what ultimately taught her daughters to be the strong independent women they are today.

Noel’s faith in God was deep, pure and unwavering. This faith is what carried her through the loss of her first two sons. She prayed daily and lived her life as a devout Christian, setting an example that inspires her family to this day. When God finally blessed her with her son Robert, a void was filled in her life and she cherished this gift until her final day.

Nothing meant more to Noel than her family. From filling her children’s freezers with homecooked meals, to extended trips to Montreal and Toronto to care for her grandchildren, she was always there for her family, never asking anything in return. While always generous with her possessions, her greatest gift was the lessons she taught, particularly to always forgive and make peace.

Despite the countless hours she spent working at The Cove, the store that became their family home, she always found time for her family and friends. Noel loved to cook and shared the fruits of her labour with all those around her. Her apple pies will be particularly missed. She also enjoyed spending time knitting, tending to her house plants and watching her “stories”.

Noel was predeceased by her parents, Anastasia and Boutros. She is survived by her husband, Fouad Arab, her 5 children: Dianne (Joseph) Salah, Roseanne (Anthony) Salah, Denise Arab, Sonia (Michael) Douglas and Robert (Penny) Arab; her 2 siblings: Assaf (Leona) and Marie Habib; her 14 grandchildren: Melissa, Christopher (Stephanie), Ashley, Michelle (Elias), Andrew, Patrick, Matthew, Noelle, Joseph, Noah, Sofia, Talia, Alice and Freddie; her 3 great-grandchildren: Anthony, Nicholas and Ethan; nieces and nephews.

Our family would like to extend our sincere thanks QEII Heart Function Clinic who oversaw her care for the past two years, and to the amazing staff and volunteers at Hospice Halifax who made her final weeks peaceful and comfortable.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at JA Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax. Funeral will be held on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 10:30 am at Saint Benedict Church, 45 Radcliffe Drive, Halifax. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice Halifax (hospicehalifax.ca).



  • Visitation Tuesday, December 3, 2019
  • Visitation Tuesday, December 3, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, December 4, 2019


  • Reception to follow


Noel Arab

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Gaile Merritt-Murrell

December 3, 2019

My sincere & deepest condolences go out to you and your family.
We are praying for the repose of your mother’s soul, and for comfort and strength for all of you.
God has called her home with open arms, free from pain & at peace.
Sending you all much love.
Know that I am always here for you. ❤️

Andrea Easton

December 2, 2019


I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. Thinking of you and all of your family.

Andrea (Schnare)

Kiki Petrakos

December 2, 2019

Deepest condolences to Mr. Arab, Denise, Dianne, Roseanne, Sonia, Robert and families. My heart is heavy thinking of your loss. Mrs. Arab always made me feel like a part of your family, all those years ago at Dalhousie University, when I was far from mine. Sunday lunches were amazing, and dieting was for Monday. Her smile and hugs were warm and sincere, back then, through the years, and the last time I saw her in Montreal. May her memory be eternal.
Kiki and Serge

Georges Karam

December 2, 2019

Will miss you tante Nawal. you are the example of a generous and kind human been. you always put everyone before you and sacrificed for all of us.
I remember, i used to tell you that you feel guilty enjoying something for yourself and joked with you and told you should go for a confession because you are accepting some kind of service from us.
You showed me love and affection until the last moment.
your values and memories will always stay with me. xx