Geraldine Brenton

Obituary of Geraldine Brenton

Age 97 of Halifax passed away peacefully on March 21, 2021 as the longest living on either side of her family. Born on a farm in Shubenacadie on a stormy June 2nd to the late Genevieve (Roche) and Gerald Gass. Geraldine exhibited early signs of her stubborn, independent nature, when as an infant her cries could be quelled only while sleeping cozily outdoors in her perambulator even during the most severe weather. Mum loved good literature, was extremely well read, and made it her mission to ensure proper grammar and correct spelling was respected by all. Following graduation from The Halifax Co. Academy, Mum was hired by Jack and Co. and quickly recognized for her efficiency and quality work. Mum was a great conversationalist and never hesitated to share an opinion. Her countless friends and relatives admired and loved her clever wit, passion for decorating for holidays and especially receiving her newsy letters and cards inevitably filled with her signature sparkles and graffiti. Only the most interesting and beautiful postage stamps would suffice. Mum took interest in everything and expected no less than her best in all she pursued. She did not suffer fools lightly. She loved music, crossword puzzles, playing Scrabble and especially beating her kids at cribbage. Akela was her moniker as Cub Leader in the 50’s and 60’s at St. Lawrence and St. Pius X in Fairview. She served on many boards as Chair of the PTA, Chair of the original Rehab Wheelchair Auxiliary, organizer of the Joe Howe Fest, Volunteer of the Year for Halifax, Past Chair of City Council, and respected member of Beta Sigma Phi for over 60 years. Her travels included trips to London, Germany, California, and New England. Mum loved her bridge games with the girls, but the “Angels” seemed to have the most fun on those get-away-weekends. By far, Mum’s happiest place was the camp at Queensland with over 70 years of wonderful memories of gatherings with family and friends. Like Sinatra, Mum could honestly boast, “I Did it My Way”! Affectionately called “Susie” by the grandkids, she loved them unconditionally and was loved in return, and will be forever missed and held dear in all our hearts. Mum is survived by her children, Rod (Denise) Brenton, and Susan (Rick) Crooks; grandchildren, Jennifer, Melissa, and Matthew (Amanda), and Kenny (Katie); great grandchildren, Liam, Owen, Ava and Zahra; her niece, Donna; many nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. Gerry was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Donald Roderick Brenton Sr. (Don Brenton’s Fire Protection); brothers, Blanchard “Babe” (Teresa) Shad Bay, Robert, Toronto, and Gerald, died in infancy; and numerous uncles and aunts, of which her Aunt L. Clare Gass (Shubenacadie) she was most proud; and too many special friends to name. Special thanks to her “Sisters in Sorority” for their on-going love and support and to the staff at Sheldrake Lodge, especially Carolin, for their care and attention during these past six difficult months. Cremation has taken place. A small family celebration and burial at Brookside Cemetery, Bedford, will take place at a future date. Donations may be made to the Nova Scotia Paraplegic Association or charity of choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to T.J. Tracey Cremation and Burial Specialists, Halifax. Words of comfort and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting, “Be good, sweet maid, and let who will be clever. Do noble things, not dream them, all day long: And so, make life, death, and that vast for-ever One grand, sweet song.” Charles Kingsley
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