1929 – 2021

Evelyn Jean Ring of Dartmouth died on November 13, 2021 at the age of 92.

Born in Dartmouth on October 2, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Leo Burton Horne and Sarah Anne Horne (nee Warnell).

Jean was an independent, determined, and resourceful woman who loved her family, music, and travel. At the age of 18 years old she was named Miss Dartmouth Natal Day and not long after she and Don were married at Christ Church in 1948. She was a graduate of the Maritime Academy of Music and had perfect pitch. Jean taught private piano and voice lessons in her home for over 25 years, full time. There was hardly a time when she left her house that she wasn’t stopped by a previous student to remind her that she had given them lessons. In Jean’s spare time, while raising her eight children, she was the first President of the Jeunesses Musicales Dartmouth Branch, and later sat as the Provincial representative on theNational Board of Jeunesses Musicales. Jean was the founder and first President of the NS Registered Music Teachers Association and the first Provincial Representative and Secretary of the McGill Conservatory Music Centre in NS. She was Chair of the Halifax-Dartmouth United Way Campaign and a member of its Public Relations Committee. She served as a director on the Board of the NS Synchronized Swimming Association, Treasurer of the Crichton Park Horticultural Society, Vice-President of the Kappa Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi; and was a member of the committee to develop a plan for the Christ Church Bible Study. Jean was never one who stayed still for very long. She also helped her husband Don with starting his career and would promote his artwork and ideas. Jean stood up for what she believed in no matter what or who tried to dissuade her and taught her family to do the same. She loved puzzles, cards, reading, and knitting but could never tell a joke properly and used to laugh at how bad she was at it.

After the children left home, Jean could be found walking everywhere, going to church, enjoying book signings, and concerts. She especially enjoyed travelling and visiting far off places and seeing almost every continent except two. Jean visited China, Japan, Russia, and Hong Kong (her favourite) many times. She flew to the most northern destination Air Canada flew, Resolute Bay. She went to Thailand, Australia, and Hawaii to name but a few places. She enjoyed taking cruises on the Queen Elizabeth II and a very special one to the Caribbean with her daughters for her 60th birthday. She met a lot of interesting people and was able to have conversations with anyone she saw. On one trip to Japan, she met the Deputy Prime Minister whom she later became pen pals with. On another trip to LA, Jean met and started having coffee with a woman who owned the restaurant Jean visited every morning. The lady found out Jean was a music teacher and asked if she would like to attend a reception and meet the band that the restaurateur was hosting that evening. The band turned out to be Pink Floyd. She told her family later that they were very nice men. She loved attending concerts like seeing the world-renowned Arthur Rubenstein in NYC (whom she met personally), experiencing the opening of an opera in Italy; the symphony in London; and the art galleries in Paris. She went to China and saw the Great Wall; and to Russia before it opened to the world.

In her 70’s and early 80’s Jean would take the bus over to Halifax to attend a fitness class at the YMCA and head to the library to find a hidden treasure that was yet to be discovered. Jean finally slowed down in her late 80’s and early 90’s and eventually moved into Oakwood Terrace in Dartmouth where she became part of their exceptional and loving care.

She is survived by her eight children, Bob (Dianne nee Letcher) New Glasgow, Dennis (Donn Sabean), Janet (Peter Randall), Dawna (Doug Tupper), Bruce (Janice Glenn), Debbie, Mark (Anne nee Forbes), Barry (Kathleen Sorensen) all from Dartmouth/Halifax; eleven grandchildren, Kelli Janson (Oliver), Chad Randall, Natalie Price (Greg), Ryan Ring (Bonna), Harlow Ring (David), Laura Tupper-Ring (Adam), Rod Tupper-Ring (Kathleen), Jessica Ring, Andrew Ring, Liam Ring, and Evan Ring; and seven great grandchildren, Peter Janson, Nathan Janson, Kieran Price, Emma Randall, Bryten Ring, Cayden Ring, and Dylan Pohl.

She was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Donald W. Ring and her only brother Victor Kitchener Horne.

Jean was very proud of all her family, and she will be missed.

A visitation will be held Thursday, November 18, 2021 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at  A. L. Mattatall’s Funeral Home, Dartmouth. As per her request, there will be no funeral. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Christ Church of Dartmouth or Banook Canoe Club.


Marie June Smyth (Himmelman), formerly of Foxglove Lane, Halifax, passed away on August 3,2021 at the age of 93. Marie was born in Rose Bay, Lunenburg County.

She was a graduate of the Maritime Conservatory of Music in voice and piano and also graduated from St. Mary`s University and Dalhousie University.

Marie taught music throughout the Halifax school system playing an active role in many music festivals where she conducted school choirs.

She also taught theory, harmony, counterpoint and piano at the Maritime Conservatory of Music until she retired in 1991.

Marie was a loyal member of the Nova Scotia Registered Music Teachers Association and served on the executive for many years. We remember Marie’s generous dedication to her students and to her many commitments.



Marilyn Ann Harrison - 2021

Marilyn Ann Harrison (previously Maginley, nee Hill), born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, peacefully passed away at the Parkland Shannex in Antigonish surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, July 24, 2021.

She was predeceased by her brothers, Bill and Brian Hill; her first former husband and our father, Charles Douglas Maginley; and her second former husband, Robin Harrison. She is survived by her brother, Greg (Betty) Hill; five children, Rachel, Rob (Valerie), David (Erika), Christopher and Amanda Maginley; her five grandchildren, Suzanne, Ryan, Derek, Megan and Emma, as well as numerous extended family members.

She was a Piano Teacher, Producer, and had her ATCL (Trinity College of Music) 1969, and LTCL (Trinity) 1975. Raised in Nova Scotia, she traveled the world and lived in many places. She married the first time in 1957 and again in 1978. She taught piano privately for many years in Sydney, Halifax, Victoria and Saskatoon. There she produced and directed for the Saskatoon Opera Association, and was a founder and its general manager from 1978-94. She also adjudicated at music festivals across Canada and gave workshops.

The book Piano Pedagogy and Performance Principles, which she edited, was published in 1992. Retiring to Margaree, Cape Breton in 1994, Marilyn continued to teach privately and to adjudicate as well as run the Harrison Hill Bed and Breakfast. She founded a community based theatre group and also restarted the Margaree Area Development Association (MADA). She was a music and drama critic for the CBC and various newspapers, and a board member of Theatre Nova Scotia and the University College of Cape Breton. Marilyn received the Lescarbot Award for Cultural Contributions in Music and Drama, and the Saskatoon Rotary Award for Education in the Arts. Her contribution to the music and theater world is immeasurable.

Mom was a vibrant, adventurous, loving and engaging person. She was also an incredible mother, supporting her children's endeavours whatever they may be. We loved her dearly, as did many people across Canada. She loved to travel and knew all sorts of musical history. One was always welcomed in her home, and you were likely fed and told amazing stories that kept you entertained and laughing for hours. Her beautiful smile, sense of humour and sound of her laugh will remain in our memories. You are so much a part of who we are and we will do our best to serve others in the essence of love, kindness and humour to honour your legacy. Tiamo Momma! We miss and love you deeply. Enjoy the afterlife...word is there is a lot of music!

A heartfelt thank you to the Sisters and staff, particularly in Mary's Court, at the Parkland Shannex, Antigonish for their extraordinary care of Mom. She loved you too! Funeral arrangements by the Sunset Funeral home and service to be held at Calvin United Church TBA. Donations appreciated to L'arche Art House, Antigonish or to the Nova Scotia Music Teachers Association. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

Tietje Zonneveld  - 2020

Passed away on Tuesday May 26, 2020 in Hospice Halifax. She was born in The Hague, The Netherlands, she received her education there - her first teacher was Willem Hielkema who introduced School Concerts to the country, studied piano under Jan de Man receiving a Master's in Piano Performance and Music Education. She emigrated to Kitchener, Ont., in 1968 making her new life there for two years before moving to Halifax after a visit, falling in love with the sea. She taught piano privately and at the School for the Blind, then invited to teach at Dalhousie University in 1976. She became an active member of the Musical Society of Halifax. Teaching, performing, recording for the CBC and making a name as a Collaborative Pianist in public as well as at the University where she held the position of Associate Professor until her retirement in 2004. For several years she also taught Aural Perception, Theory and Piano Skill classes. She performed numerous Concerts for Nova Music, dedicated to Contemporary compositions. Her great interest and loves were teaching, playing chamber music with colleagues and vocal work; she displayed an extensive knowledge of repertoire and foreign languages. Meanwhile she was active as an Adjudicator for nearly all local Music Festivals throughout the Maritimes. After her retirement she was called back to the Dalhousie Piano class as a replacement for colleagues during sickness and Sabbaticals. She enjoyed the trust of her colleagues and students and was happy to be able to follow their progress. The reunions became happy ones. Her love of animals is well-known, especially of cats. She would very much appreciate any donations to the SPCA, Bide Awhile animal Shelter or any Organization dealing with animals in distress, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Hospice Halifax or the Scleroderma Society of Canada. She was predeceased by her parents, Jentje and Rinske (Wijga) Zonneveld; and brother, Joop. Survived in Holland by her sister-in-law, Marga; nephews, Arjen, Marcel, Peter and Wim; and her dearest friend, Ank Geul. A Memorial will be held at a later date when possible for all.

Patricia Quinn    1943-2018

From early childhood, music was a central part of life for Pat Quinn. Born in Yarmouth, she began piano lessons at an early age, often participating in the Yarmouth Music Festivals. She moved to Toronto where she worked as a secretary while doing further music studies at The Royal Conservatory of Music. This included Harmony lessons with William Andrews. She moved to the small community of Elora where she continued her studies and began to teach. She became good friends with Debra Wanless.

In 1995, the needs of aging parents brought her back to the Yarmouth area. She completed her ARCT Teachers Diploma and became a member of NSRMTA – holding the positions of corresponding secretary/correspondent from 2001-2009.  She was a faithful member of her local Pleasant Valley Baptist Church and served as pianist there until her death.

Pat's warm and caring personality soon attracted students both to her private studio and to the Music for Young Children program she taught in Yarmouth. In 1997, she gathered with other local teachers and hosted the first meeting to re-establish the Yarmouth Music Society. From that first meeting, she served as secretary for YMS until her death. The YMS now offers bursaries in Pat's name to students going on to further their musical studies.

In 1999, out of Pat's broadening vision for music in the community, came the idea to celebrate Canada Music Week in a public venue. From that time, that annual November recital has grown to be one of the most anticipated events of the students' year.

Pat's excellent teaching made her a gold-medal teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music. Her students have competed in the NSRMTA scholarship competitions with a student completing his ARCT Performance Diploma. She was a quiet, kind teacher who worked tirelessly for her students and community who honored  her with a surprise recital just before her death. She is greatly missed by many.