Terence William Boone

August 27, 1931September 26, 2020
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‘It is always better to laugh than cry’ and boy, could he make us laugh!

We, the family of Terence ‘Terry’ William Boone of Northside East Bay, N.S. are saddened to share the news of his peaceful passing September 26, 2020 at home with family. He was born August 27, 1931 in Clarkes Beach, Newfoundland, the youngest of five children to the late Azariah and Mary Ellen Boone. He married the love of his life, Helen ‘Nellie’ Theresa Whelan, September 7, 1953. No doubt they are dancing together again.

Though humble by nature, he was gifted with a sharp mind and instilled with a strong work ethic from an early age. He accomplished much in his life, earning degrees from Nova Scotia Agricultural College, McGill University and an MSc (Agricultural Economics) from Cornell University. Ever the public servant, garnering respect wherever he lived and worked, whether in agricultural extension, as a teacher and principal, or defending the rights of First Nations as Superintendent of Indian Affairs in the 1950s. Often generous to a fault - giving more than taking, helping those less fortunate, guiding those looking for a sense of direction, inspiration or hope - all without judgement. What endeared him to so many was his subtle ability to let you know that you had value and you mattered. He shared this beyond the family, particularly his students. He truly cared for each and every one.

He tried to instill these values in his children - usually by planting endless rows of vegetables and building pasture fences over and over – and over - again. He could recite poetry and song lyrics to no end. A natural entertainer, music of any genre was a passion - listening or performing. It was always his pleasure to play, whether at home, for an evening with friends, or answering the call to community events. Every year without fail, lamenting the end of Christmas season. Many nights we were lulled to sleep by tinkling of the ivories and many mornings awakened with the accordion. In essence, he treasured the beauty of the simple things, the company of friends, up the mountain at ‘the cabin’, sunrises, sunsets, and all nature had to offer, creatures great and small – and a fine Jig’s dinner with a glass of Port, and maybe a hot toddy on occasion.

Still telling Dad stories are his children: Keith (Darlene - deceased), Terence, Susan, Kevin, Brian, Daniel, Robert (Joanne), Karen (Darren), Gerilyn (Blair), Celia, and Mary Ellen. Also missing his kind spirit are his 14 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He is reuniting with his wife of 67 years, Helen, and son Gordon, parents Mary Ellen and Azariah; his grandchildren, Michelle and Nathan; sisters Frances Durdle, Jean Ollerhead, Kathleen Kelly and brother, Howard Boone.

Visitation will be at the TW Curry Parkview Chapel, 755 George Street, Sydney on Wednesday September 30th from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Church in East Bay on Thursday Oct 1st at 10:00 AM with Fr. Anthony O’Connor officiating. Interment will take place in the Parish cemetery following the ceremony. For those unable to attend the service will be livestreamed via TW Curry’s facebook page.

Terry Boone has touched the lives of so many. Please feel free to celebrate his life by visiting and sharing your memories with the Boone family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the CBRH Palliative Care Centre


  • Helen ‘Nellie’ Theresa Whelan, Wife (deceased)
  • Keith, Son
  • Terence, Son
  • Susan, Daughter
  • Kevin, Son
  • Brian, Son
  • Daniel, Son
  • Robert (Joanne), Son
  • Karen (Darren), Daughter
  • Gerilyn (Blair), Daughter
  • Celia, Daughter
  • Mary Ellen, Daughter
  • Gordon, Son (deceased)
  • Mary Ellen, Mother (deceased)
  • Azariah, Father (deceased)
  • Michelle, Grandchild (deceased)
  • Nathan, Grandchild (deceased)
  • Frances Durdle, Sister (deceased)
  • Jean Ollerhead, Sister (deceased)
  • Kathleen Kelly, Sister (deceased)
  • Howard Boone, Brother (deceased)
  • Darlene, Daughter-in-law (deceased)
  • Also missing his kind spirit are his 14 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 30, 2020

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 30, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Thursday, October 1, 2020


Terence William Boone

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mike phillipo

October 8, 2020

To: Gerilyn and Family
Very sorry to hear of your Dad's passing, he will be missed by all that knew him. It sounds from his write up that he had quite a full and rewarding life, along with a great personality.
Yours Sincerely,
Mike Phillipo

Tricia Donovan

October 3, 2020

Sending my sincere condolences to the family of Terry Boone. I had the pleasure of having him as a teacher in Grade 9 in East Bay Junior High School. I have been thinking fondly of how he "smoked chalk" and sang "Tiny Bubbles" as he taught... all my life, I've associated Mr. Boone with this song and a smile. Hoping you have heard and collected many stories of his wonderous joy as one of the kindest teachers that ever was. Sending heartfelt hugs and positive thoughts your way, Tricia Donovan, Big Pond

John MacIntyre

October 1, 2020

Condolences to the Boone family on the loss of your father. He was a much loved person and teacher. God Bless.

Shauna Hennick

October 1, 2020

Scott and I would like to send our condolences on the passing of your father. The write up for your father is a beautiful tribute to a life well lived. Your dad sounds like a wonderful man rich in love, compassion and respect for his family and everyone else that entered his life. We hope you find comfort with your family and friends as you share wonderful memories about you dad. Take care Terry and Gerilyn we are thinking of you and your family.

Shauna and Scott Hennick

June Close

October 1, 2020

My condolences to all the Boone family. Your father was such a great person, he will be missed that’s for sure. Many fond memories we had growing up nearby. Rest In Peace

frank gillis

October 1, 2020

the family he left speaks volumes about the type of person your father was. since my brothe and i played with keith anf gordon in the brook every contact we (Gillis Family) ever had has been positive and looking back a real pleasure.
This is perhaps best illustrated by a conversation I had with the keeper of the cabin back in the woods. i remarked on a walk we took back to the cabin, stressing we did not go in respecting privacy. He was upset not by our visit but by the fact i did not let the group see the inside. This is reflective of the positive attitude i always associate with your dad and your family

Chrissy (Currie) Abbass

October 1, 2020

My condolences to Robert and all of the Boone family on the loss of your dad. His obituary was such a beautiful tribute. He always taught with compassion and a quick wit, a true pleasure having him as a teacher. He left a beautiful legacy.

Chrissy (Currie) Abbass

John Burt

October 1, 2020

My condolences to the Boone family for their loss.

I knew Terry through my father, Don Burt, and I still have fond memories of visiting Terry as a child, tramping through the fields around the house (and those wonderful rolls that Helen made!), and much later when, as an adult, I visited 'the cabin' with dad and enjoyed great conversation and that phenomenal view of the bay.

He was a legend, and he will be missed.

John Burt
(formerly of Coxheath, now of Abu Dhabi, UAE)

Glenda Cabot

September 30, 2020

I have so many memories of Uncle Terry. We loved when he and Aunt Helen and the family visited us each summer when we were growing up.

I think I remember his humour and his kindness most of all. He was generous to a fault. One time Mom and Dad visited them in East Bay and when they took Aunt Helen out, Uncle Terry gave their last $75 to two students who came to the door selling Bibles.

In Colliers, my mom, Mollie, ran the local general store. One customer in particular loved Uncle Terry because he’d always give her money, mainly to attend church bingo. One summer when the Boone family came to our home, this woman came to the store and was so excited to see Uncle Terry. She kept thanking him for what he had given her on his last visit. He seemed really humbled by her gratitude. When she left the store, he looked at my mom and said, “ Mollie, I have no idea what I gave her”, to which my mom promptly replied, “Probably the shirt off your back!”

He was a gentleman. An intellectual and a musician. A family man. An educator. An advocate. He loved my aunt dearly and they both left many special memories. Rest well, Uncle. ❤️

Audrey Whelan

September 30, 2020

Heartfelt sympathy to the Boone family, relatives and friends in your time of loss and sorrow. I want to say that the obituary is beautifully written and very fitting. Also, the photo tribute is a valuable and priceless addition. A fitting tribute to a man who mattered in the lives of his family. His presence was indeed noticed and his absence felt. He touched many hearts and lives and we are all better for having known him. I have many happy memories of Terry from when he came to Colliers to visit. He always had a big smile and he loved to laugh. He laughed often and laughed much. He had a great sense of humour and always had a funny story to joke to share. A couple of memories that come to mind: I was cleaning greens to cook for dinner and in Terry walked. With a look of shock on his face, he asked what I was doing. He couldn’t believe I was breaking the stalks off. He said that was the best part. He got a pot and put the stalks in and boiled them and ate them with a big smile on his face. Another time I had fresh blueberries and he made Bubble and Squeak . He made a pastry and put on top and boiled in a dipper on the stove. I ate my portion with a smile on my face. It was delicious. I tried to make it after that but it was nowhere as good as Terry’s. He earned a peaceful rest and his wings. May his gentle soul Rest In Peace.. God bless!


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