February 25, 1933 – March 26, 2011
Arrangements under the direction of Inverness Funeral Home, Inverness, NS.
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August 29, 2011
What wonderful tributes are written here about you Ricky--and how true they all are!
John and I first met you and Bob after your article on sheep dogs appeared in the Oran. We quickly learned that you were fellow transplants. Immediately we felt a lasting kinship. To us you were Cape Breton, the farm, and academia-- a true treasure trove in the wilderness! We knew immediately that a lasting friendship was inevitable.
After Bob and John's departure we both shared what you dubbed "telephone visits--- since weather and distance often precluded on site get-togethers. Always you were informative and inspirationaol! Your absence now is warmed by your spirit which is everlasting and immortal.
Until we meet again in the Kingdom Erika
--your forever friend---
August 6, 2011
Erika DuBois(Ricky):) Just would like to fondly, remember, the most beautiful, intelligent, lady, that God has ever given breath to!I am not from Mabou, but I have lived here, long enough to have known, such a true soul, and a kind friend to me!I shall not forget Ricky, she was very soft spoken! She always had the right words, that you wanted to hear! Ricky, visited me while I had very sick, one time! She went home, came back with pure VitaminC, Cranberry Juice, told me just how much to mix, she said, drink it all, bet you will be good as new tomorrow! Well , guess what, the very next day, I was as good as new, if not better!...I never ever will forget all the cookie utensils, the cherished cookbooks,flowers from her beautiful garden! I shall forever remember all of these precious things, that my good friend, and my neighbor, had done for me! I always think of you, Ricky, but I now know, that you are with peace, as this is, what God finally granted you! May you live and reign in the house, of the dear Lord, Forever! Michelle Gillis@
Kay Spencer (nee Levine)
May 28, 2011
I am so sorry to hear this sad news. I heard it via a working English Shepherd board I don't read too often -- I just chanced on it. Ricky was a staunch advocate of working farm dogs.
I spent a summer on her farm in 1976; we met through a young cousin of hers who was a friend of mine. She and her family had already been working that farm for many years. They were "back to the landers" long long before it became the hippie thing to do.
They had dairy and beef cattle, wool sheep, poultry, bees, and pigs at that time, as well a vegetable garden they cultivated with a horse, and a big apple orchard. They bought in whole wheat flour, sugar, salt, and molasses (in 50 gallon barrels), and just about all the rest of their food they grew. I churned their year's supply of butter that summer, 200 pounds or so. We butchered pigs and sheep, harvested honey, washed the wool clip in the creek, fished, picked wild blueberries and cranberries . . . so many things, most of them new to me. I was 17.
One of the most memorable meals of my life was eaten there: baby green cattails and lobster, served with literally pails of melted butter. Plus watercress salad and homemade bread. It was all from their farm (except the lobster, we went out in their dory and pulled up the traps for those).
Ricky was an unusually wonderful person. She was at that time in her early forties, had five children, and was still one of the most beautiful women I've met. She was so vibrant, warm, witty, intelligent . . . and passionate about farming 'the old way'.
Despite our age difference, we kept up our friendship in letters for over thirty-five years.
That summer lit a light in me that never died, and my little farm and my working farm dogs today are a direct result of her kindness, generosity, and her lived conviction of what life really can be.
The past few years her letters got fewer and fewer and I worried about her, as I knew she was having a harder and harder time with the farm; she'd been widowed many years, and her children had all emigrated to the States.
I wish I had gotten back to see her one last time, as I always meant to -- but California is long way off, and I never saw her again.
Jane (Fox) Neighbors
April 10, 2011
My lifelong friend, and such a good one. My sympathy to her family. Is there any memorial to which I can donate?
April 3, 2011
You have my sympathies at the loss of your mother. Ann Ryan Dartmouth
April 2, 2011
I shall miss my friend of many years, but her passing is society's loss. Her kind brilliant mind made the world a better place. My sincere condolences.
April 2, 2011
Let the wealthy and great
Live in splendor and state,
I envy them not, I declare it!
I have my own lamb, my own chicken and ham,
I shear my own fleece and I wear it.
I have fruit; I have flowers
I have lawns; I have bowers.
The cock is my daily alarmer,
So jolly boys now, Here's God Speed the Plough!
Good luck and success to the farmer.
- by Erika DuBois 10/23/10
Wishing you peace and joy with the memories of your wonderful mother.
Carole & Bruce Skinner, Annapolis Valley
Malkie and Christine Campbell
April 1, 2011
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.