Chesley Hartson

HARTSON, Chesley E.
It is with broken hearts that the family of Chesley Elliott Hartson, age 83, of Pictou, announce his passing, on February 12, 2016, at Oceanview Continuing Care Centre in Eastern Passage, surrounded by his children and best friend, Sylvia Keith.
Born in Phillips Harbour, Ches was the son of the late George Hartson and Edith Cummings.
He is survived by his sister, Dolena Thorne; his children, Susan Simpson (Claude), Cindy Hartson (Wayne), Margie MacKinnon (Joe), Bill Hartson (Patricia); eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Ches was predeceased by his wife of 30 years, Winnie and his sister, Maisie Davidson.
Ches was a hardworking man and held various jobs throughout his life, retired from Michelin, Granton, in 1991 and as a School Bus Driver. He relayed many funny stories of his days at those companies. He was proud of his work ethic and had a strong commitment to providing for his family.
He was a very resilient man, shown more profoundly when ALS became more advanced and he continued on with each new adjustment, always finding ways to laugh and smile. He surprised many in the later few years of his life at his ability to use his iPad to communicate. Upon entering Oceanview, he loved helping other people and trying to make them smile.
Ches enjoyed hockey (playing in his younger years and an avid Pittsburg fan in later years), bowling (proud of his many trophies) and Newfie music. He and his wife, Winnie, were often found at the local dances showing their prowess around the dance floor. Ches was often found entertaining people with his jokes and loved playing tricks on fellow employees, friends and family.
We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Oceanview Continuing Care Centre for their care and assistance allowing our father to pass with dignity.
A graveside service will be held on March 12th, 2016 at 2pm in the St. James Cemetery, Division Road, Pictou, NS. Following this service a reception will be held at St. James Anglican Church Hall, Denoon St., Pictou.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the ALS Society of Nova Scotia or Oceanview Continuing Care Centre.

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