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Walter Roy Quartermain 19422022

Walter “Roy” Quartermain
On Saturday, November 12, 2022, Walter (Roy) Quartermain left
his earthly home to be with God and those who passed before him,
especially his beloved daughter, Jennifer (November 22, 1997), his
pride and joy.
Loving wife of 56 years, Betty, along with “his
youngest” sister, Hazel, her husband, Michael, and our Saturday
volunteer, Cleo, were beside his bed at Valley Hospice, a
compassionate, caring environment for end-of-life days.
Roy was born in Lake Harbour, Baffin Island, Northwest
Territories where his dad, Reverend Henry Clifton Quartermain
(deceased 1971) was an Anglican priest and his mom, Helen Roy
(Hutcheson) (deceased 2007) was the Community Health nurse. At age
four, Roy bravely moved for medical reasons, and to start his
schooling in Hamilton, Ontario and live with his uncle Sam and aunt
May, leaving mom, dad and siblings in the North.
Roy was the eldest, followed by five sisters, Mabel Chapman,
Halifax, with daughters, Laura, St. John’s, Newfoundland,
and grandnieces, Jenna and Dawn (Mark Schmidt), Ottawa, Ontario, and
grandniece, Maddison and grandnephew, Nathan; Bernice Beer (Roger,
deceased), Cochrane, Alberta, with son, Bob (Anne Reneé)
and daughters, Abbi, Sarah and Gabrielle; Jean Wright (Barry,
deceased), London, Ontario, with son Brian (Dodie) with son, Zachary
(Ela) and children, Liam, Hayden, Grayson and Ayra, son Tyler (Allie),
daughter, Spenser, and daughter, Lisa (Jessee) and children, Taylor
and Owen; May Quartermain, deceased (Ron, deceased), Medicine Hat,
Alberta; Hazel Sherren (Michael), Truro, Nova Scotia, and children,
Benjamin (Elisabeth), Montreal, Quebec, with children, Henri and
Annette, Kris (Karen), Pemberton, British Columbia, with children,
Emily, Isaac and Natalie, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Although family was small in number and spread coast to
coast, they were very welcomed in our home and was always important to
go visit them.
The Quartermain family moved to Upper
Falmouth, Nova Scotia, and later to New Waterford, Cape Breton, where
Roy continued his education.
Roy graduated from Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Truro,
where he met his future wife, Betty (Wells), attending Nova Scotia
Teachers College. Those walks home from church to Betty’s
boarding house and back to A.C. must have been very chilly in
Pre graduation, Roy’s summer jobs included
experience on a mixed farm operated by Andrew and Betty Hannam in Big
Baddeck, and a landscaping company in Sydney.
Roy was well known and respected in the Annapolis Valley
agricultural community, as his work career included managing a mixed
farm that went into broiler chicken production for Dr. Henry Readon in
Allain’s Creek, near Annapolis Royal, work at the Berwick
and Port Williams Canada Packers Feed Mills, Chief Grand Grader at the
Nova Scotia Grain Centre in Steam Mill, and work in Crop Insurance at
the Nova Scotia Research Station. Roy was always dedicated to his job
and went the extra mile.
Roy was a man of quiet faith and a member of Christ Church,
Anglican, in Berwick, where he fulfilled many roles on Church
Councils, including Warden, attending Diocesan Synod, and serving as a
Lay Reader.
Perhaps it was the challenges and isolation of the Canadian
North or the selfless example of his giving parents, Roy was committed
to a life of purpose and never challenged, but faithfully supported,
the time Betty and Jennifer spent on their community pursuits as he
also was heavily and quietly involved in community volunteer
Under his chairmanship at the Cambridge Community Centre,
they ran a day care, hired recreation staff for summer programs, and
refurbished the sports field behind Central Kings Rural High School to
include a regulation track, soccer pitch and baseball diamond. Floats
were constructed for the Cambridge Princess entrant in Berwick Gala
Days and a little welcoming ceremony for the Royal Party on the
Community Tour.
Roy joined the Waterville and District Volunteer Fire
Department and found his calling in the Radio Room where he and Brenda
McCarrol spent fifteen years together doing the lengthy calls. Roy
chaired many committees and his office work included keeping the
computers maintained and upgraded, making the yearly schedules and
identification cards, keeping the membership statistics for the annual
report, tickets and posters, and designing and acquiring service
awards. Being humble by nature, he often didn’t make himself
a service award, but was proud and appreciative of the celebration the
fire department gave to mark his thirty plus years of service on
October 23, 2016. He was also proud of community support for the many
fundraising projects and Your Warm Welcome at your door for the Fall
canvass. And yes, he was on hand to assist the Ladies Auxiliary with
their caterings.
Roy was an elected Village Commissioner for Cornwallis Square
before the current Waterville and District Volunteer Fire Department
building was constructed until his ill health forced his resignation.
He was a former chairman and witnessed so much progress and growth
over the years, including the current fleet of fire trucks maintained
and replaced, to the current excellent compliment and the water
reservoir erected and the training tower planned. Roy was also a
Commissioner of Oaths.
Another community interest was health care. Roy was a past
Chairman of the Western Kings Community Health Board, serving several
terms. His belief in advocacy for greater community was demonstrated
on a daily basis, consulting community and putting ideas into action.
He enjoyed Provincial conferences where he learned from the other
Health Boards. He was pleased that grant money helped others to start
and maintain community projects and was proud of the useful medication
record cards our group designed and distributed throughout the local
Between family, work and volunteering, there was little time
for personal interests besides gardening, photography, musical
presentations and theatre productions, useful woodworking projects
including end tables, coffee tables, lamps, and a cedar chest – a gift
for Betty, and the toll scenes that decorated his property during Fall
and Christmas.
Travel was an important part of life. In early years, he was
proud to attend the Boy Scout Jamboree in Ontario and later became a
leader. Roy honeymooned in Niagara Falls and proudly introduced his
new bride to his grandparents and the Hamilton clan. For work, he
often attended the Atlantic Farm Mech Shows. He went to England for a
conference and later, while Jennifer was with the Central Kings Tour
to Eastern Europe, he and Betty explored the highlights of London,
England and attended theatre productions. Hamilton was an annual visit
as his mom returned to take care of her mom and dad. March breaks were
spent in Disney World, Florida. When Jennifer graduated, our family
flew to Calgary, visiting with sister, May, in Medicine Hat, and took
a land tour through the Rockies, ending up with a short stay with
sister, Bernice, in Victoria.
Roy was never happier than when family and friends visited
and shared our table. Roy could cook and help out the busy household
schedule but was a champion of Sunday dinner. To discourage snitchers
from getting in the way of his meat carving, he invented the snitch
plate, which was fair game. Whether he took you to the zoo, picked you
up at the airport, or passing Jonny’s, ice cream was a
necessary stop.
Trips to Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Cape Breton,
Percé, Ottawa and Tabusintac were favourite destinations to
catch up with family and friends and make memories. Cross-border
shopping in Maine was a must to keep peace in the
After retirement, travel in earnest began. Travel with
Dorothy O’Brien Tours and Collins Tours was like seeing the
world with a large family. We covered most of North America from the
Artic Circle, Yukon, Alaska, down the west coast to California to
Texas and most states. Saint Pierre was interesting. Not only did we
see the whales and polar bears in Churchill, but we stood in awe in
the very warehouse from which the family’s annual provisions
were sent North.
Some of our fellow travelers like Marge and Bert, and Edna
and Bruce, became lifelong friend and we created our own memories
travelling together.
Caribbean cruises offered stops in many hot spots as far as
the Panama Canal and three stops in South America. We were honored to
be included in destination weddings. Thanks Laura and Devin and Karen
and Kris.
We explored Eastern Europe with tours of Ireland, France,
Scotland, Switzerland, Germany, including Oberammergau Passion Play,
Italy, Denmark, etc. as far as Russia, and did several European
cruises. Fun to have friends around the world meet us in our hotel and
take time to show us their local attractions.
Roy’s health had been steadily declining the past
five years. Kindness and compassion shown to Roy and Betty was
appreciated and cherished. Heartfelt thanks to special friends,
including Stephen, Twila and Bob, Erma, Lynn, Patty, Betty K. Deb,
Brenda M. and Brenda F. for their many services and errands, and Hazel
and Mike for their true dedication and overwhelming
Calls to EHS and extended stays in Valley Regional Hospital
in Emergency, on Med A and Med B met many caring medical
professionals. Compassionate care from the Victorian Order of Nurses
and Senior Homecare by Angels, Berwick allowed Roy to be cared for at
home. Roy and Betty felt truly blessed to be among the angels of
compassionate care who staffed the Valley Hospice for his final month.
For each and everyone involved in his wonderful care, he was
“duly truly” appreciative and thankful.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family
Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville, where online
condolences and inquiries may be directed
( Cremation has taken place.
Tentatively, Roy’s funeral service is scheduled for Monday,
July 3, 2023 at Christ Church, Anglican, Berwick, Nova Scotia, with
burial following in the family plot in St. Mary’s Anglican
Cemetery, Auburn, Nova Scotia. Details will be published nearer to the
To remember Roy, a kind soul with a generous heart who
enjoyed time spent with family and friends, random acts of kindness
are appreciated, making the world a better place for all. Donations
are welcomed for the Waterville and District Volunteer Fire
Department, Christ Church, Berwick, the Valley Hospice Foundation, or
a charity of your choice.
Helen Keller said, “With every friend I love
who has been taken into the brown bosom of the earth a part of me has
been buried there; but their contribution to my being of happiness,
strength and understanding remains to sustain me in an altered
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