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Ruth Magill
Ruth Magill

Newfound Sound 1985 - 2015

Even if you didn't have an opportunity to know Ruth, you will enjoy and appreciate her love of singing, friendship, and the Harmony organization. She held many board positions over the years. She is probably most known for her role as newsletter editor, chorus photographer, and historian. She received the Area 1 Award for best chapter editor in 2006. She put countless time and exceptional creativity into making chorus scrapbooks and won numerous awards for those. They were donated to the MUN Archives in 2009. She dearly loved to be on contest stage for AC&C and IC&C. She never turned down a chance to play a character in any skit or on a concert. She even wrote a song for Newfound Sound and had it arranged in barbershop harmony for the chorus to sing. Ruth was surely the essence of our Harmony Creed...especially the part about Singing Keeps Us Young! That was certainly true for Ruth. May she rest in peace and take her place on the risers with her harmony sisters in heaven...front row, of course! All our love to you Ruth!
Ayesha Fiech
Ayesha Fiech

Newfound Sound 2019 - 2021

Although Ayesha was only a member of Newfound Sound chorus for a short time, she was an enthusiastic member and loved singing bass. Her beautiful voice will certainly be missed!
Joanne (Ryan) Stewart
Joanne (Ryan) Stewart

ScotianAires 2012-2017

Fast and lasting friendships were made the day Joanne joined the ScotianAires. She had a smile that would light up any room and loved to spend time with her Harmony sisters.

Joanne jumped into chorus life headfirst and quickly volunteered on committees such as Social and Strategic Planning, as well as becoming our Costume Chair. We all love the black and turquoise competition outfits and especially the beautiful turquoise accessory she skillfully designed and taught many of us to make. Her creativity was also evident at a many of our Area 1 fun nights where you would find her dressed as a Barbershop Pole, a Red-Hot Mamma and most recently Ursula from The Little Mermaid!

Joanne was diagnosed with ALS in November of 2017 and had to leave the chorus for health reasons. In the early stages she would often say, “I'm not dying of ALS, I'm living with ALS”. Her cup was always half full as she faced this monster head on. Joanne fought long and hard and never complained. Even after losing her mobility and the ability to speak, she was still a bright shining light, and an inspiration to everyone who knew her.

Chris Townsend
Chris Townsend

Codiac Chords - 1978-2020

Chris Townsend was a charter member of the Codiac Chords and was a very fine musician, she played piano, fiddle and also loved to sing. Chris had a very witty sense of humour, was quick to hug, always chipped in when needed and served on various committees in the chorus. She was a great lady of high integrity and always spoke honestly and fairly of everyone! She will be well remembered and very sadly missed! Chris would have been 99 years old this year!
Maureen Henley
Maureen Henley

ScotianAires - 1996-2020

Maureen officially joined the ScotianAires chorus singing lead in April 1996. Her love of music and the ScotianAires was evident in her beautiful smile and the joy that she radiated. No wonder that Maureen was a front row staple for the chorus because that joy was contagious! Her sparkling personality, appropriately accented by the “bling” she loved to wear when performing will always be remembered. But Maureen was also active behind the scenes. She was the first one to approach you and quietly give you a word of encouragement or praise, and she volunteered many hours off the risers including serving as one of our stellar chapter presidents from 2007 to 2008. Her closest friends describe her as kind, dependable, classy, stylish, and above all, fun! If you had the privilege of traveling with her to a rehearsal or a performance, or rooming with her at a competition then you are certain to have made some special memories and she was often the last to say goodnight at our “lounge parties” and chorus celebrations. Maureen has had a meaningful and lasting impact on our chorus and our members. As much as we miss her, it is impossible to think of her without smiling, just as Maureen would want it!
Carolyn Pettipas
Carolyn Pettipas

Bluenose Belles, Citadel Chimes, ScotianAires 1987 – 2020

Although some records had dated Carolyn with Harmony, Incorporated (HI) from the year 2000, we
know she was singing barbershop long before that date. Originally with the Bluenose Belles, which
began as a Sweet Adelines chorus, Carolyn spent some time with the ScotianAires before leaving the
area, and then joined the Citadel Chimes in the year 2000 when she returned. Eventually the
ScotianAires became the only HI chapter in the Halifax/Dartmouth area and Carolyn was a longtime
member of the bass section.

Whatever part of Nova Scotia she landed in for home and career, co-workers, friends in the church and
the community, and especially her family, all experienced Carolyn's love and positivity. Carolyn
cherished singing with the chorus and her beautiful smile was sure to improve your day when you joined

her at rehearsal. She had a great sense of fun and if you were lucky enough to travel with her to a
performance, or even better, room with her at a competition, there would be plenty of laughter!
A loyal friend, Carolyn always supported her chorus members in the many small ways that count so
much. She reached out, she welcomed, she provided a listening ear and she offered that encouraging
comment, praise or consolation exactly when you needed it!
Ann Connolly
Ann Connolly

Sea Belles, Inc. 2008-2020

Ann Carson Connolly gave her all to all of her passions. The Sea Belles were one of the fortunate ones to benefit from Ann's devotion to her causes. Her fullness of life and her drive were inspirations to us all.

Ann loved to sing in the Sea Belles and her Quartet - Just 4 Fun, She promoted the chorus as she advanced the art of Public Relations to a new level for us. She used her organizational skills to lead us in many fundraising activities and in our strategic planning.

We have learned much from her leadership and energy. Ann will be missed by all those who knew and loved her and especially by her very own Sea Belles. Her legacy will live on in all we do.
Darlene MacPherson
Darlene MacPherson

Elm City Echoes 1994 - 2014

Have you ever met someone who you just instantly liked and knew that they would be a trusted friend and have a very special impact on your life?

Darlene MacPherson joined Elm City Echoes in 1994. She sang bass in the chorus and in a quartet - Yours Truly - and an octet - The 8th Notes. She loved picnics, Christmas, regular practice on Monday nights followed by coffee at Tim's with friends. Darlene loved life and all it had to offer. Her faith was the rock on which she stood and the kindness that she showed to all made that faith evident to all her knew her. Darlene spoke often of her family and how important they were to her. Her presence in our lives will live on forever and we are eternally grateful for the blessing of sharing precious ties with her.
Elaine Sparkes
Elaine Sparkes

Newfound Sound 1994 - 2014

Elaine Sparkes joined Harmony, Inc. March 25, 1991 as a member of Newfound Sound, singing baritone and then moving to bass. She shared her love of singing and barbershop harmony with her twin sister, Bernice. And those two loved to shop too!! She had a fulfilling nursing career and loved spending time with her family and in her garden. She was kind hearted, a mentor, confidante, and had a real love of life and all its blessings and challenges. As she would often say "Onward and Upward"! Elaine passed away in March 2014 - we miss you dearly - Love and Harmony Hugs from Newfound Sound.
Pat Notman
Pat Notman

Abegweit Chimes (Island A Cappella) 2010 - 2013

Pat Notman joined the Abegweit Chimes in 2010 at the urging of her daughter who also sings with the Chimes, Pat had held off joining for a few years as she didn't want to "crash" Penny's party. This was typical of Pat. Her love for others, especially her children and grandchildren we more important than anything else. Once he did join the Chimes, she love it and was an excellent chorus member. She switched to bass after starting as a lead, then becoming a member of the Board, and also of the Area 1 Team, where she was the web mistress. She and Penny sand in a quartet, where they had lots of fun. Pat's background in business and entrepreneurial activities carried over to her 3 children, the Abegweit Chimes, and Area 1, and we all benefited from her many skills. At the end of her life, she said she had "no regrets". She was a strong hardworking, and creative woman who believed you could do anything you set out to do, if you wanted to badly enough. We will miss her friendship, her positive outlook and her many talents,
Joan Hall
Joan Hall

Valley Voices 2009 - 2013

Joan Hall, a dear member of Valley Voices, passed away April 17, 2013 following a battle with cancer. Joan joined Harmony, Inc. as a member of the bass section in the spring of 2009. Her dry sense of humour brought pleasure to everyone. She was a friend to many in the chorus for many years prior to joining as her husband, Fred, was a member of the Dukes of Kent and both choruses ae very supportive of each other. Joan taught school before her retirement, first in Yarmouth and then Bridgetown where she resided. She was a CGIT leader, church organist and choir director, member and past president of Baptist Women's Fellowship and Atlantic Baptist Women, and in her younger years was a camper and Leader at Y Camp.. It was Joan's wish that her chorus sing at her funeral, which was a wonderful tribute to her,
Pat Davis
Pat Davis

Sea Belles 1987 - 2011

Pat Davis exemplified the core values of Harmony, Inc. in so many areas of her life. She loved her family, her friends and her position as CEO of Saint John YMCA and Sea Belles. Pat also sang with the Pride of Niagara Chorus in Ontario before joining Sea Belles, as well as the Tune Twisters and Chaleur Echoes. We were blessed to know her as a compassionate woman who gladly took on roles of leadership and passionately shared her love of barbershop harmony singing. This passion to tell the world about Harmony, Inc. led her to serve on the International Board. Pat embodied the emotions of the music we sang and her performance any day was a joy to watch. Many of us can still hear her crystal tenor voice singing over us from the back risers, her deeper "Ladies!" voice when she was Sergeant at Arms and her determined tone when she refused to allow cancer to steel her voice. Her determination helped her to succeed in her final "hurrah" when she sang on the 2011 AC&C stage with her cherished chorus and quarte "In Touch" which won the novice award. Pat proved to us all that music can sustain you in the darkest of times and lift you into realms that border on the miraculous. Her example, her love, her joy and her strength will remain in our hearts forever

We miss you Pat!
Dawn Muzzerall
Dawn Muzzerall

Elm City Echoes 2004-2011

When Dawn joined the chorus, she was like a breath of fresh air. She wanted to sing and after a couple of tries in other parts she said "There's got to be a place in this chorus for me!" Then it clicked - bass was her home! She was a faithful hard working member in many areas of chorus life and always came to practice with a smile and ready to sing. Her life was busy with so many other endeavors as well. She took care of her mind and her body by swimming, biking, running marathons, and studying for and completing her law degree. Nothing was to overwhelming for Dawn. She came from a family of 8 and raised 3 of her own, mostly as a single parent. Despite many hardships, she maintained a positive attitude, boundless energy, a love of life, and a gentle spirit that always found the good in others. She was beautiful inside and out. We can all take a page from her book of life - look for the good and find a way to get things done instead of looking at the obstacles. Dawn had a life lived to the fullest but ended all to soon. She will be greatly missed by so many that she touched in her short life.

To you Dawn - with a song in our hearts ...xo
Lorna J Muzzerall
Lorna J Muzzerall

Abegweit Chimes (Island A Cappella) 2003-2010

"Because I can" ....This was the way "Muzzie" lived her life and how we will remember her........doing for others. Lorna became a member of Harmony, Inc. and the Abegweit Chimes in 2003 and was truly a "sister in harmony". She lived the Harmony Creed in all areas of her life, being a devoted daughter and sister, a caring nurse with Addiction Services, and a treasured friend to many. And what a friend she was! Lorna always made sure we were always treated to candy at rehearsals. She made and presented chorus members with beautiful pins signifying the number of years each of us had been singing barbershop harmony. That was just the way she was - she thought everyone should be recognized, no matter how long they had been with Harmony, Inc. While in palliative care just weeks before her death, she enlisted the help of her sister to decorate "Calendar Girls" visors for us, which were proudly sported at AC&C 2010. But, her greatest gift was the way she was truly present to others. She treated everyone with dignity and affection, and we will always remember her radiant smile. Lorna was a member of the Lead Section and served on the Chapter Board as Member at Large, Treasurer and Historian. She passed away on July 4th, 2010 after a courageous battle with cancer. As per her wishes, we were privileged to sing at her funeral. Lorna was dearly loved and is terribly missed by her sisters in the Abegweit Chimes..
Andrea (Andy) Boone
Andrea (Andy) Boone

Elm City Echoes 2001-2010

Andy's passing leaves a hold which only time will mend! Andy joined the Elm City Echoes in the Fall 0f 2001 with six other new members and soon developed a love of barbershopping. Andy loved a good time and had many good friends in the chorus. She also enjoyed helping out at her church where you would find her in soap suds up to her elbows in the kitchen, at the library where she volunteered for several years, and in the Red Hat group. Andy enjoyed 11 years of retirement, lived every day enjoying live to the fullest. She loved singing, reading and working with children. Andy worked tirelessly as the chair of the Costume Committee. The chorus will be a different place without Andy. She will be missed by all of us.

"Grieve for me ...then brush away the sorrow and the tears.
Life is not over, but begins anew....
Remember with a smile"

Life must go on - a Navaho writing.
Sharon Mills
Sharon Mills

Newfound Sound - 1989 - 2009

Sharon sang for many years with the quartet Avalon Blend and was a current member of the quartet Selkie. She was the chorus liaison, sunshine lady, and newsletter reporter. But she will be remembered for her bright face and beautiful voice. No one else could emote the feeling and colour of the song the way Sharon did. Her voice was a gift she so willingly shared. Sharon Mills will be the heart of Newfound Sound forever!
Ann Hope
Ann Hope

ScotianAires 1998-2008

Ann had a great zest for life. She would come to rehearsals despite her illness and would enjoy the music and company of her fellow singers. Se was known for her love of quilting as well as her talents as a wife, mother, grandmother, friend, cook, hostess, bridge player and bowler. She is here with us now somewhere enjoying the music with a huge smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye. We love you, Ann
Jo Anne Meadows
Jo Anne Meadows

Elm City Echoes 2001-2008

JoAnne was an avid reader, enjoyed cross-stitching, making crafts, and playing bridge. She sang bass with the Elm City Echoes as well as well as in a group called the "J" Birds. She loved getting to know all she met. She was a true people person and could make friends very easily. She is remembered for her kind,, compassionate, generous, funny and loving spirit.
Linda Harb
Linda Harb

The Mel-O-Dees 2000-2007

Linda loved singing bass with the chorus and took part in all chorus events. She particularly enjoyed taking part in "Fun Night" and the trip to Jacksonville, Florida. She belonged to the "Attic Painters" of Truro and was a gifted artist. She was a member of the Dragon Boat team and the Volkswagon Club,. We will remember her especially at the Relay for Life.
Bessie Selby
Bessie Selby

Sea Belles 1969-2005 - CHARTER MEMBER

Bessie was one of the original founding members of Sea Belles and member of Harmony, Inc. for 35 years. Everywhere she went she could be heard praising Sea Belles and the barbershop hobby. wherever Bessie was, there was singing, laughter and lots of love. Until we meet again and sing one more song.
Barb O'Brien
Barb O'Brien

Sea Belles 1996-2002

Barb always helped out at fundraiser the best she could and aside from her love of singing, she loved spending time with her grandchildren and playing bingo. She is sadly missed by all.