Issue: April 2024
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Next deadline: April 19


With broken hearts we announce the death of our beloved mother, sister, aunt, and friend, Susan Lynn (Johnson) Theriault, who passed away at Dartmouth General Hospital on February 9th, 2023, at the age of 70. Born in Halifax, she was the daughter of John Millage Johnson and Lillian Maude (Hobin) Johnson of East Uniacke. Susan met her husband Gary through a friend in 1969. They married in 1974 and were together until his death in December of 2020. After graduating from Hants West Rural High School, Susan worked for MT&T. After Jillian was born, she was a full-time Mom which was her most important and prized role in life. She was always on the go, taking Jillian to and from Brownies and Guides, for which she was also a leader for several years, dance lessons, band concerts, and many theatre classes. She loved children and was like another Mom to many of Jillian’s friends and other kids in the neighbourhood. She also loved crafting and knitting. In the late 1990s she worked for several years at the Sears Call Centre in Halifax. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi C.W.L. for many years, some of them as their president. Susan started her favourite job in 2001, when she became a Heritage Interpreter at Uniacke Estate Museum Park. She worked there for seventeen seasons, and made many lasting friendships, especially Della – her partner in crime. She loved her job and called Uniacke House her summer home. If you met Susan, you would immediately know she was the warmest, kindest, and most positive person in the world. Her smile immediately drew you to her and she was loved by many. In recent years, she took much joy from watching her great-grandnephews growing up. She loved animals and the family had many pets, which she doted on, especially her daughter’s cat Shala. As soon as he met her, her “favourite” (only!) son-in-law referred to her as “Your Majesty” and will never call anyone else by that title. Susan is survived by her daughter, Jillian and son-in-law, Essam Gad, her sisters Jane (Philip Shunamon) and Lillian Johnson, all of Mount Uniacke, her nephews Jim and John Shunamon and niece Debby (Tom Fougere), a grandnephew, a grandniece, and two great-grandnephews. She was predeceased by her parents and her husband, Gary Theriault. The family would like to thank the Uniacke & District Volunteer Fire Department, the EHS Paramedics, and the staff of Dartmouth General for their care during Susan’s final weeks. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any charity supporting animals, or to the Uniacke & District Volunteer Fire Department. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held from 6-8 pm Thursday, February 16th at Atlantic Funeral Home, 125 Sackville Drive. A memorial service will be held at 2 pm Friday, February 17th, with tea & coffee to follow at the same address. Interment will take place at a later date. Online condolences may be made at: Sackville Chapel