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R. Wendell Phinney

R. Wendell Phinney

Lieu de naissance : Wolfville, Nouvelle Ecosse, Canada

Lieu de décès : Chester, Nouvelle Ecosse, Canada
Date de décès : 20 octobre 2011

PHINNEY, R. Wendell - 85, of Kentville, passed away on Thursday, October 20, 2011 in Shoreham Village, Chester. Born in Wolfville, he was a son of the late Lewis and Lillian (Andrews) Phinney. He was a graduate of Kings County Academy, Kentville and received a diploma in Business Administration from Mount Allison Commercial College. He owned and operated the men’s clothing wear business R. W. Phinney Limited for 35 years. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1944 - 1945. He was a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Kings Branch No. 6, Kentville, where he had received the 50 year Long Service Award, curled with the branch team, both provincially and nationally and served with the Provincial Command. He served as Mayor of the town of Kentville from 1973 - 1988 having served on all committees. He was a Past President of the Union of Nova Scotia of Municipalities and served as a director for eight years. He served as a director of Federation of Canadian Municipalities for three years. In 1976 he served as Nova Scotia’s representative on Minister of State for external affairs inspection tour of NATO bases in Europe. He served on many Provincial task forces including the task force on Sunday shopping. He was active in the Boy Scouts of Canada joining as a member in 1934 and worked in various offices at the Provincial and National levels. He was Chief of the first Nova Scotia Jamboree, was instrumental in the development of the camp at Brown’s Lake and organized the first Gillwell Training Course at the new campsite. He was awarded the Medal of Merit for Outstanding Service to Scouting, the 35 year Medal for Long Service and the Silver Wolf for Exceptional Service to Scouting. During his time as National Growth Coordinator he headed the Canadian Task Force to examine the decline in Scouting and conducted many seminars across Canada which helped turn the trend around. He was a Charter Member and Past President of the Kentville Lions Club. He served three terms as President of the Kentville Board of Trade and was instrumental in erecting and the operation of the Tourist Bureau in Kentville and served as a director of the Maritime Chamber of Commerce for three years. He served s a director of the Apple Blossom Festival for 10 years and chaired many of the committees of this top Canadian attraction. He was a member, former director and Past President of the Glooscap Curling Club, Kentville. He was a Charter Member of the Dukes of Kent, the Kentville Chapter of SPEBSQSA, was the musical director for 25 years and had been an active Barbershopper throughout the province. He was instrumental in establishing a foundation for the building of the Valley Regional Hospital and worked in Public Relations for the hospital. He had been an active member of the United Church of St. Paul and St. Stephen, Kentville, where he served as choir director, youth leader, Board of Stewards and was a Trustee. He is survived by his wife, Maxine (Smith-Redden) Phinney; a son, Bruce (Gretchen), Halifax; a daughter, Joan, Windsor; step-children, Andrew (Julicia) Redden, Waterville; Susan (Deron) Moores, Kentville. Wendell was so happy when his grandchildren arrived. Evan, Ali and Ryan were the shining lights in his life in his later years. Cremation has taken place. Visitation was held from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, October 23, 2011 with a Royal Canadian Legion service held at 6:00 p.m. both in the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville. The funeral service followed by a reception was held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, October 24, 2011 in the United Church of St. Paul and St. Stephen, the Reverend Doctor Randy Crozsman officiating. Burial took place in the Elm Grove Cemetery, Steam Mill, Kings County. Family flowers only by request. Donations in memory may be made to the United Church of St. Paul and St. Stephen or the Windsor Elms Chaplaincy Fund. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. On-line inquiries and condolences may be directed to



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