Alwin Myron Ripley
Alwin Myron "Clem" Ripley, 85 years of age, of Nappan, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, July 4, 2014. Born in Hamilton ON, he was a son of the late Morley & Lottie (Smith) Ripley.
Alwin moved with his family to Nova Scotia in 1932. Alwin was a truck driver and mechanic before becoming a Canada Post Rural Mail driver for 27 years and a school bus driver for 19 years. He always joked that he drove all his children to school. He volunteered at the Nappan United Church for over 70 years and was a Boy Scout Leader for over 10 years. Six of his scouts received the Queen Scout Award. Alwin & Ruth had a beef farm and were very active in 4H with their children. They enjoyed square dancing with the Cumberland Twirlers and the Bluenose RV Squares. They were members of the Cumberland Antique Car Club.
Alwin will be missed by his wife of 61 years, Ruth Irene (Pettigrew) Ripley; sons, Melvin (Rhonda Murphy) of Miramichi, NB, and Reg (Pam) of Hayter AB; daughters, Louise Jollota (Dennis Farnell) of Nappan, NS, Marlene Embree (Michael) of Nappan, NS and Sharon Weatherbee (Steven) of Hammonds Plains, NS, 13 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; brother, Leonard of Ottawa, ON.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by an infant brother, Garland; sisters, Reta Murphy, Joyce Brown, grandson Christopher Ripley, daughter in law Mary Ripley and son in law Eric Jollota.
Arrangements are under the direction of Furlong-Jones Funeral Home, 70 Church Amherst, NS where visiting hours will be held on Monday July 7, 2014 from 7-9 p.m. and July 8th from 1-3 p.m. with the funeral service to follow at 3 p.m. Burial will take place in the Fenwick Cemetery.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Nappan United Church, the V.O.N. of charity of choice.
The family would like to thank the V.O.N., and Dr. Gradstein, the Ambulance attendants and the staff at the CRHCC for their care and compassion for Alwin.