Cruikshank’s Halifax Funeral Home

2666 Windsor Street, Halifax, NS


Teresa May Orman

June 21, 1936December 22, 2019

Teresa May Orman died suddenly on December 22, 2019, in the presence of family. She was born on June 21, 1936 in Halifax to John and Jeanette Orman. A fiercely independent and sociable woman, Teresa had a long and accomplished career as a licensed adjuster in the insurance industry. She was a past president and longtime member of the Nova Scotia Insurance Womens Association, where she had many cherished friends, notably her dear, lifelong friend Colleen. Teresa took great joy in giving back to her community and touched many lives through her work with the VG Hospital’s Medical Day Unit, Keshen Goodman Library’s Literacy Program, St. Paul’s United Church’s “Soup’s On” program and more recently, Veritas. She was a devout and active member of St. Theresa’s Parish in north end Halifax. She is survived by her brother, Frank (aka General Jim) and sister in law, Jeanette of Moncton, NB and nieces and nephews: Suzanne, Sharon, Shelly, Jim, Brian, and Michael; and Marian, Mary Anne, Ian, Tom, and Angus; and numerous grand and great-grand nieces and nephews. She is now with her sister Margaret and brother Tom (Mary). Her family will greatly miss their Matriarch, her generosity, and her chocolate chip cookies.

Funeral will take place at St. Theresa’s Church, 6351 North St, Halifax on January 4 at 11:00 am with a reception to follow. Donations may be made in her memory to St. Theresa’s Church, Halifax or St. Paul’s United Church, Spryfield.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 4, 2020
  • Reception Saturday, January 4, 2020


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Marian Amey

January 9, 2020

Recitation of Divine Mercy was the way Teresa began her day and just ask her how she was, "I'm excellent" was her typical reply.
I wonder how many people have benefited from St Anthony's collaboration with Teresa in finding a 'lost' item. Her faith and commitment to St. Anthony was unshakable, some of their finds were truly epic.
She was interested in everyone she met and formed friendships as eagerly as a child, she felt to completely grow up was very overrated.
She was always learning and questioning, her interests as varied as her abilities. She was an artist, a writer, a seamstress and a baker of championship chocolate chip cookies.
Professionally, she was exacting and dedicated, with an attention to detail that was truly amazing and found its way into all areas of her life.
She would lend her hand to anyone and if you ever mentioned that you needed something it was quite likely that she would have it for you.
The church was the centre of her life, the friends she had there and faith were here anchors. She mentioned to Father Lloyd O'Neill that she was worried that St Theresa's would close to which he replied "as long as she was here the church would be here for her.....and it was.

A tapestry is made up of many stitches. All members of society have their own stitch. Be they rich or poor, powerful or powerless, educated or uneducated, sick or healthy, young or old.
If, for any reason one of these stitches becomes missing from this tapestry of life, it is incomplete.
Let us strive to keep our tapestry of humanity intact, with respect and caring for one another. Many have said we only pass this way once, so let our personal lights shine with dignity and caring for the human race. Teresa Orman

Marlene Brow

January 4, 2020

Dear Marian & Family:
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family in the passing of Teresa. We were unable to attend her service this morning, but you were all in our prayers & thoughts. We have many fond & happy memories with Teresa. She was what we missed the most after leaving Prestwick Close. Her joyful attitude and her wonderful sense of humour will always be with us. It was our honoured to have had her touch our lives.
Marlene & Marie

Brenda Kelly

January 4, 2020

Sorry to hear of Teresa’s passing. Always a nice, kind and very hard working lady. I hope her family and friends take comfort in the fact that she lived a long and full life. She was held in very high esteem by everyone who had the pleasure of working with her. RIP Teresa.

Mary Leslie

January 4, 2020

I first met Teresa through St. Theresa's Church many many years ago. Teresa's steadfast faith and caring ways always lifted me up. And through that faith and care, Teresa always prayed for her family and for many people; and I feel very humbled, grateful, and thankful for the prayers she always told me she prayed every day for me and my family; and I am very thankful for the prayer cards for my family as well. I am sorry I am not able to attend the service, but I send my sincere condolences; and my thoughts and prayers are with you. I am sure Teresa will be watching over you and praying for you, and praying for everyone. Thank you Teresa; you will always be in my heart.

Peter and Barb Richardson

January 3, 2020

We were very sorry to learn of Teresa's passing. Teresa was a very good relative/ friend of the Richardson family and was always there for us in time of need. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved her. At this time I'm unable to drive and can't make a trip to Halifax for the funeral. Our sincerest condolences to the family.

Berni Duda

January 3, 2020

Dear Family and Friends of Teresa,

We are so sorry for your loss. Teresa volunteered on the medical day unit at the VG site for many years and before going to the unit, she dropped by the Volunteer Services office first and shared her warmth, kindness and good humour with all of us. We enjoyed her company very much and admired her weekly commitment to supporting patients. May your memories of Teresa comfort you during this difficult time.

Volunteer Services Team, QEII Health Sciences Centre

Anne Sweeney

January 2, 2020

Marion, I am so very sorry to hear about Teresa. I know your time
spent with her was greatly valued. Teresa's smile and laughter made things seem better to those around her.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


January 2, 2020

I met Teresa through the NSIWA. She was such a sweet lady and so kind - I will miss her greatly. I will think of you often.

Jim Matheson

January 2, 2020

The news of Teresa's passing came as a shock to those of us who worked with her here at Marsh Adjustment Limited prior to her retirement. She was an incredibly dedicated employee of strong faith and her work for various charities as well as the Nova Scotia Insurance Women's Association was inspiring. She will be greatly missed and we send our sincere condolences to her family and many friends at this difficult time.

Shirley McCuaig

December 31, 2019

Maxine and Angus, I am so sorry for your family's loss. I always enjoyed speaking with Teresa whenever we met. I looked forward to the NSIWA Wine and Cheese each year as I knew she would be behind the reception table with a smile and a few words. She will be missed. Cherish the memories and take strength for family and friends at this sad time.