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Giffin; Heather Sybil

Posted By Obits On October 4, 2020 @ 12:24 pm In Obituaries | 67 Comments

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Giffin – Heather Sybil, age 79, of Liverpool, Nova Scotia, passed away on Friday, October 2nd, 2020, at the Halifax Infirmary, Halifax.
Born in Halifax, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Helena (Stevens) Davidson.
Heather was a graduate of Miss Murphy’s Business College in Halifax. After graduation she accepted a job at the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax, where she worked for 15 years. During this time she met her husband Basil and eventually they relocated to Liverpool. She was later employed at Lane’s Privateer Inn at the front desk for many years before working at the Liverpool Subway before her retirement. Heather was very active in the community and was an avid gym member at the Queens Place Emera Centre Gym, she also enjoyed gardening and painting. Above all else, Heather’s greatest joy in life was her family and she greatly loved her grandchildren who were her life. She was a caring woman with a unique sense of humor.
She is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Basil; daughters, Dawn Cole (Allen Sperry) of Brooklyn, Susan (Michael) Baxter of Saint John, New Brunswick; grandchildren, Caitlyn Cole, Brett Baxter and Jack Baxter; sister, Helen (Marty) Raine of Halifax; brother in law, Jack (Florence) Armstrong of West Dover.
Heather was predeceased by a sister, Mona Armstrong.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers’ Funeral Home, Liverpool. The family will receive friends from 2-4 P.M., Thursday, October 8th, 2020, at Chandlers Funeral Home.  No flowers by request, donations may be made to the Queens General Hospital Foundation or to a charity of your choice. To share memories or condolences, please visit www.chandlersfuneral.com

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Condolence from Beatrice Delong on October 4th, 2020 1:19 pm

Basil & Family: So very sorry for your loss. Heather will be a big miss to you all and to all who knew her. Sincere Condolences ……..Take Care

Condolence from Marilyn Malone on October 4th, 2020 1:32 pm

Basil and Family:
Sorry to learn about Heather. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Rest in peace Heather.

Condolence from Dennis & Gail Lavender on October 4th, 2020 1:43 pm

We send our deepest condolence to Bazil and family we have you in our prays .

Condolence from Vanessa Whynot on October 4th, 2020 1:52 pm

To Dawn and family. So sorry to hear about your loss. Thinking of you at this sad time.

Condolence from Rika Bolivar on October 4th, 2020 2:32 pm

So sorry to hear this sad news. My thought are with you all at this time

Condolence from John LEEFE on October 4th, 2020 2:52 pm

Heather was a delightful always friendy person. She will be remembered with great fondness.

Condolence from Allan and Beth LaRocque on October 4th, 2020 2:55 pm

Basil and family,

Allan and I are very sorry to hear of Heather’s passing. Heather was a great lady, funny, kind, sweet and just a person you were happy to know. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Dawn I feel your pain.

Condolence from Belinda on October 4th, 2020 4:06 pm

Basil,dawn , Susan and families
So sorry for your loss, Heather was a very special person and will be missed by all who knew her.. I have so many fond memories
Belinda,melba ,and Troy

Condolence from Philip Giffin on October 4th, 2020 4:47 pm

My prayers go out to Uncle Basil, Dawn and Susan for your loss. I’d like to share a few of my thoughts about my Aunt; your wife and mother……

My fondest memories of Aunt Heather revolve around the years of my youth. I’ll always remember Louishead with her and my uncle Basil and my parents, grandparents, Dodee and Dot and Chester along with my two wonderful cousins; Dawn and Susan, and much later on when my little brother made his appearance and memories with many others as well. These timeless memories I have of Louishead that I have always held so dear will forever have a special place in my heart for many reasons and Aunt Heather is one of those reasons. “Thank you” Aunt Heather for helping to create some of the greatest memories of my life and may you always rest in peace. xo

Condolence from John and Donna Murray on October 4th, 2020 5:10 pm

Sad to hear of Heathers passing. Donna and I send you our sincere condolences and warm thoughts. Good wishes to family members….

Condolence from Shelly Ozon on October 4th, 2020 5:13 pm

Basil and family: So sorry for your loss. It was a privilege working with Heather at both Lanes and Subway. Shelly Ozon.

Condolence from Susan M MacLeod on October 4th, 2020 5:35 pm

Basil and family
I am so very sorry to hear about Heather. It was a surprise to me. I used to see her working out at the Fitness Centre many times. She was always a dedicated member. She surely will be missed. My sincere condolences.
Susan MacLeod

Condolence from Crystal Albert on October 4th, 2020 6:05 pm

Sue, So sorry to hear this about your mom. My thoughts are with you, Mike and the boys.

Condolence from Dollie Cole on October 4th, 2020 6:26 pm

So sorry to hear of your mother passing Dawn, that is a lovely picture of her, easy to see you have inherited her beautiful hair and wonderful qualities.

Condolence from Pamela Jones on October 4th, 2020 6:27 pm

Dawn and Sue, I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Maureen Giffin on October 4th, 2020 6:31 pm

Dawn and family

Still shocked to think I will not see Heather at the gym tomorrow!! My day will just not be the same without her laugher and wit. You will be missed sweet lady!!

Condolence from Sheri Roy on October 4th, 2020 6:36 pm

I’m so sorry to hear of Heather’s passing. I worked with her at Lane’s many years ago. She was great to work with, and we became good friends.

Condolence from Leslie Handspiker on October 4th, 2020 6:39 pm

Dawn , Basil ,Susan and family , we are so sad to hear of Heathers passing. She has been the best neighbour anyone could ask for. When I think of the 22 years since our crazy family moved next door how your parents probably thought to themselves “there goes the peace in the neighbourhood”. We felt welcome because of your parents. She will be dearly missed. May she be at peace. Sincerely Leslie and George

Condolence from Kathryn Killam on October 4th, 2020 6:45 pm

I am so very sorry to hear this news. My first encounters with Heather were through the Winds of Change, in the earlier years. She was always willing to do what she could for the productions and was a good sport… lots of fun. I enjoyed our chats and catch ups when she worked the desk over the years, at Lane’s. My heartfelt condolences to Basil, who I am sure will be lost without her and to their children, who have lost their mother way too soon.

Condolence from Elizabeth on October 4th, 2020 6:56 pm

Dawn so shocked to hear of Heather’s death. She was a wonderful lady and friend.
Please accept my condolences.

Liz Boland

Condolence from Jackie Mansfield on October 4th, 2020 7:21 pm

Basil so sorry for your loss will miss seeing her at sobeys where I work as a cashier

Condolence from Marie MacLeod on October 4th, 2020 7:29 pm

Sincere condolences to you, Basil, and your family. Heather was a very sweet lady. She will be missed.

Condolence from MAURICE/BETTY WHYNOTT on October 4th, 2020 7:59 pm

Basil and Family. So sorry to hear of Heather’s passing. She will missed. It was a pleasure to have worked with her all the years at Lanes. Thoughts and prayers are with you

Condolence from Julia Chevarie on October 4th, 2020 8:15 pm

Sue and family,

Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.

Dan, Julia, Lydia and Alex Chevarie

Condolence from Kanneth & valerie on October 4th, 2020 8:31 pm

So sorry to hear of Heather’s passing . Our prayers are with you and the family .

Condolence from Robert & Sally Fader on October 4th, 2020 8:34 pm

Basil, Dawn & Susan:
Robert and I are shocked to hear this news. Heather was a lovely person. I always enjoyed her waiting on me at Subway.
We are sending our sincere condolences at this very sad and difficult time.

Condolence from Paula and Blaine on October 4th, 2020 9:32 pm

Sue, Mike, Brett and Jack,

Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. We are so sorry for your tremendous loss. Sending lots of love your way.

Paula, Blaine, Emily and Max

Condolence from Dave and Kathy Trumble on October 4th, 2020 9:35 pm

So saddened to hear of your loss. Sincere condolences to family, friends and loved ones.

Condolence from Shirley (Godfrey) Neals on October 4th, 2020 9:35 pm

Dawn and Susan, so very sorry for your loss. God bless you both and your Dad at this time of sorrow.

Condolence from Paula & Al Doucet on October 4th, 2020 10:16 pm

Dear Basil & Family

We are extremely sorry for your loss.Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this painful time.
She was a faithful gym member . She will be missed. Please take care.

Condolence from Gordon and Jackie Eisnor on October 4th, 2020 10:40 pm

Basil and family:Our sincere condolences to you and your family.

Condolence from Clyde and David Whynot on October 4th, 2020 11:46 pm

Basil and family so very sorry to hear for your loss god bless to you and your family

Condolence from Bev and Malcolm on October 5th, 2020 12:20 am

Basil, Dawn, and Susan, Thinking of you with a heavy heart, as you deal with the unexpected loss of your wife and mom, Heather. Sharing memories of ordinary and special times together will eventually help to heal the sadness that weighs heavily on your hearts. So very sorry!

Condolence from Denise Covey on October 5th, 2020 6:34 am

Dawn and family I’m so sorry for the loss of Heather .Every morning she would enter the gym she would say good morning to all that were there and then with her positive energy she’d hop on the rower to begin her workout . . I would say every time I was around her “Heather I can’t believe your age, you are an inspiration to myself and everyone in the gym. I will think of her whenever I have my stability and ball class , she loved the challenge . I’m grateful to have known her and will miss having her in our presence.

Condolence from Christy Logan on October 5th, 2020 8:31 am

Susan & Family:

I’m so sorry for your loss. Heather sounds like she made a big impact on many people. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Condolence from Lisa Wilson on October 5th, 2020 8:58 am


I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you, Mike and the boys. May the wonderful and loving memories of your Mom bring you comfort during this difficult time.


Lisa Wilson

Condolence from Terri Longmire on October 5th, 2020 9:01 am


I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was a lovely lady. Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this very sad time.

Condolence from Judi Maillett on October 5th, 2020 9:10 am

Basil & family, so sorry to see Heather has passed away. We have been neighbours for many years, Always liked to have a chat with her. Keep the memories close. She is flying with the Angels now keeping watch over her family.

Condolence from George and Janet Fletcher on October 5th, 2020 9:22 am

Basil and Family. We were sorry to hear about Heather. Our thoughts and our prayers are with your family.

Condolence from Billand Anna Cox on October 5th, 2020 9:50 am

Basil and family

So sorry to read of Heathers passing, we send our deepest sympathy to you

Condolence from Val Lantz on October 5th, 2020 10:51 am

Basil and family
Sorry to learn the news about Heather. We often shared a laugh together at Winds of Change events or at Lanes .Thinking of you at this time.

Condolence from Judy Vey on October 5th, 2020 11:19 am

Basil, Dawn and Susan..Please accept my sincere condolences in the loss of your wife and Mother. Heather was a good neighbour and will be missed.

Condolence from Patty Wamboldt on October 5th, 2020 1:18 pm

Dear Dawn and family
So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I never had the pleasure of knowing your mom but from what I have read she was a wonderful lady. You are in my thoughts and prayers may your mom rest in peace. Take care. Hugs Patty

Condolence from David whynott of mersey point on October 5th, 2020 1:45 pm

Basil I am sorry to hear of your loss, bless you at this sad time.

Condolence from Carolyn Doswell on October 5th, 2020 2:42 pm

Dear Basil and family I am sorry to hear of Heather’s passing. I was so surprised when Walter called. Over the years we lost touch, but I have memories of us all gathering on your parents’ front lawn in Louis Head and swimming in the ocean at the beach.
The loss of a dear member of one’s family is hard to bare, but remember you have friends and family to comfort you all. You will certainly be in my thoughts and prayers.

Love, Carolyn.

Condolence from Jo-Anne Lenethen on October 5th, 2020 2:47 pm

Dawn, It is with deepest sympathy that I give my condolences to you and your family. Your mother was always such a happy person and always laughing. It was always a joy to see her at the gym and she will be greatly missed.
I will keep you in my prayers.

Condolence from Crystal and Calvin Brannen on October 5th, 2020 4:23 pm

Dear Dawn and Family-our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. So sorry about your Mom’s passing. May she Rest In Peace.

Condolence from Linda & Robert Trainor on October 5th, 2020 5:30 pm

Basil, & family, So sorry to hear of Heather’s passing. Our Prayers & Thoughts are with you all at this time of grief. Take Care & GOD Bless!
Linda & Robert

Condolence from Erna Corbeil on October 5th, 2020 6:27 pm

Basil & family – I first met Heather at the gym – she was always so friendly – she had such a quirky sense of humour – may all your fond memories help in the days to come.

Condolence from Zona Hatt on October 5th, 2020 11:09 pm


I’m so very sorry to hear you lost your Mom. I know you have many wonderful memories & I hope these will bring you some comfort in the coming weeks. My sincere condolences to you & all the family. Take care…

Big Hug

Condolence from Sandra Cardinell on October 6th, 2020 9:45 am

Basil, Dawn and Families, I offer my condolences on the loss of Heather. My heart is saddened.

Condolence from Byron G Whynacht on October 6th, 2020 11:18 am

The Giffin Family – What a shock to read this this morning. My sincere condolences to you Basil, Dawn, Susan and grandchildren. May your memories of the past give you some comfort in the weeks and months ahead.

Condolence from Dave Winaut on October 6th, 2020 1:11 pm

Basil and family, I am so sorry to hear about Heather’s passing. I will greatly miss my chats and laughter with Heather at the gym at Queens Place during our morning workouts. Take care !

Condolence from Deb Chuck Sponagle-taylor on October 6th, 2020 4:36 pm

Dearest Basil ,Dawn ,Susan and families,
I am wiping tears and am in shock hearing this news. Dear sweet heather, so much fun we had at the old gym and new and our chats at frenchys and her beautiful hugs she always had a smile and laugh. My heart aches for you all .
I had no idea she was 79 I would have sworn maybe in her mid 60 s because of her incredible spirit and jest for life.
Please find peace in time knowing how loved she was by so many people. Carry her with you spread her joy of life ,it’s your jobs now. Hold your dad close help him through this terrible time help him stay strong same with yourselves.
Our sincere condolences ,
Deb, Chuck

Condolence from Kim Mansfield on October 6th, 2020 6:51 pm

Basil and Family, I am very sadden to read of Heather’s passing. We had a lot of good laughs at the gym. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. RIP Heather

Condolence from Vicki Dyer on October 6th, 2020 8:38 pm

Basil and family, Most saddened to read in the paper of Heather’s passing. I have never forgotten the kindness and friendship she extended to my Mother. I wish you peace and comfort at this time.

Condolence from Jonathan Gee on October 7th, 2020 9:07 am

Basil and family, I am sad to hear of Heather’s passing. Please accept my condolences.

Condolence from Joanne MacLeod on October 7th, 2020 11:41 am

Dawn & Family,

So sorry to hear of your Moms passing. May the wonderful and loving memories of your Mom bring you comfort during this difficult time.


Condolence from Marcia Pierce Harding on October 7th, 2020 2:34 pm

Dear Basil,
I was shocked and saddened to hear of Heather’s passing. At the gym, Heather and I had great chats about folks in Louis Head: the Giffins being related to my beloved maternal grandmother, Charlotte Giffin Freeman. Decades ago I had the pleasure of teaching your beautiful, clever, talented daughters, Susan and Dawn, in Grade 3. Heather was so proud of her children and grandchildren and beamed with joy when she shared details of their many achievements. I will miss her friendly smile!
Sincere sympathy
Marcia Pierce Harding

Condolence from Charlene and Bruce on October 7th, 2020 8:10 pm

Dear Dawn (and all the Giffin family) So very sorry to hear of the loss of your dear mother. We are thinking of you and hope that your beautiful memories help you through this difficult time.

Condolence from Rebecca Hardy on October 7th, 2020 8:43 pm

Basil, Dawn, and Susan, so very sorry for your loss.

I have many fond summer memories of Heather and your entire family. She was such a wonderful, classy lady. I know she was a wonderful mother and a hard worker. I always admired her.

Much love to you all.

Rebecca Hardy

Condolence from Tina and Mike Quinn on October 8th, 2020 9:48 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time.

Condolence from RIKA Bolivar on October 10th, 2020 10:57 pm

So sorry for your loss. Heather was always Brian my Favourite person to greet us as we walked through the door at Lanes. Got to meet her grand daughter later and know she had a great influence in that direction. May she rest in peace and still influence her special qualities in those that are left behind

Condolence from Barbara Brooks on October 12th, 2020 8:20 am

I was very sadden to hear of Heather’s passing.
Please accept my condolences to her Family and Friends.
Barbara Brooks.

Condolence from Linda MacKinnon on October 13th, 2020 9:04 am

We were so saddened to hear of Heather’s passing. She was a lovely lady, always so pleasant and friendly, and greeted everyone with a smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Linda & Dennis MacKinnon

Condolence from Vicki Conrad on October 13th, 2020 10:25 am

Dear Basil and family,

I’m so sorry to be reading of Heather’s passing. I’m thinking of you and send my deepest sympathy.
Take good care.

Condolence from Victoria Fraser on November 4th, 2020 6:39 pm

Dawn, So sorry, just read about Heather’s death. We’ll miss her at the gym. I was fond of your Mother and so admiring of her commitment to exercise. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. Victoria Fraser

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