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!
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.
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.
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.
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,
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,
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!
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.