Margaret Hiltz1

F, #22262, b. 1937, d. 30 December 2017
Father*Edward Alexander Hiltz1 d. 22 Feb 1993
Mother*Sarah Jane Bezanson1 b. 24 May 1914, d. 7 May 2000


Lindsay Gates
Relationship5th great-granddaughter of Jean George Bezanson
Margaret Carol (Hiltz) Gates
     Margaret Hiltz was born in 1937.2 She married Lindsay Gates.1 Margaret Hiltz died on 30 December 2017.2

     Obituary, 3 January 2018:
Margaret Carol Gates – 80, of Timberlea, passed away December 30, 2017 in Halifax.

If one word could sum up a life, for Margaret Gates that word would be devotion. Born (1937) and raised in The Forties, Lunenburg County, Margaret was a daughter of the late Sarah Jane (Bezanson) and Edward Alexander Hiltz. There she met Lindsay Gates, the love of her life, with whom she enjoyed over six decades of happy marriage. Together they moved to Halifax to pursue their educations and start their family. Margaret was defined by her devotion to her husband and girls and articulated that devotion in countless everyday activities. Margaret was a constant supporter of “her man.”

In the early years Margaret worked in the accounting department of Maritime Tel & Tel and in retail with a number of companies. She was a long-time member of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church and was an active participant over the years in Ladies Guild enrichment. The people of Greenwood Heights would remember Margaret for her many years of dedication to fundraising for the Canadian Cancer Society and other neighbourhood activities. She was an active crafter, a skill handed down from her mother. Also a devotee of organized fitness activities long before such was commonly embraced. Margaret had a special skill of making everyone feel special. Her warm hugs will be sadly missed.

She leaves to grieve her husband, Lindsay Gates and daughters, their spouses and children: Carla Gates-Morris (Bill Morris), Dartmouth and son Cory Morris (Gisele), Halifax; Peggy Gates-Hammond (Roger Hammond), Dartmouth; Julie Gates (Lisa Kelly) and children Thomas and Amelia Eaton, Toronto; as well as one sister, Maxine MacDonald (John) and many nieces, nephews and special others.

Special thanks to the countless friends, neighbours and family members who have been so very attentive during Margaret’s illness. Particular thanks to the “exercise girls” and to the caring staff of the QEII Cancer Centre and Dr. Robert Scovill. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation by request. The funeral service, followed by a reception, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 5, 2018 in St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Timberlea, Reverend Mark Pretty officiating. A private interment will take place at a later date. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.2
Last Edited30 Jan 2018


  1. [S467] Lunenburg County GenWeb, "Lunenburg County Obituaries", 8 May 2000, HILTZ, S. Jane.
  2. [S680] Margaret Carol Gates Death Notice, White Family Funeral Home (Kentville, Nova Scotia), accessed 3 January 2018.

Eric Isaiah Eaton Bezanson1

M, #22268, b. 11 October 1924, d. 18 September 2019
Father*Alfred Herman Bezanson1 b. 13 Dec 1889, d. 14 Jul 1950
Mother*Mary Elizabeth Hiltz1 b. 8 Aug 1896, d. 28 Sep 1939


Alita L. Ogilvie b. 1932, d. 16 Sep 2014
Relationship4th great-grandson of Jean George Bezanson
Eric Isaiah Eaton Bezanson
     Eric Isaiah Eaton Bezanson was born on 11 October 1924.1,2 He married Alita L. Ogilvie on 3 September 1951. He was 26.1 Eric Isaiah Eaton Bezanson died on 18 September 2019 at Soldiers Memorial Hospital, Middleton, Nova Scotia, at age 94.3 He was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Auburn, Nova Scotia.2

Obituary of Eric Isaiah Eaton Bezanson

Eric Bezanson age 95 of Aylesford, passed away on September 18, 2019 in the Soldier’s Memorial Hospital. He was the son of the late Herman and Elizabeth (Hiltz) Bezanson of The Forties.

Eric served his country overseas in WWII. After marrying his beloved wife of 63 years, Alita L. (Ogilvie) Bezanson, they lived in Ontario, where he worked for Swift’s at least 30 years. Eric and his wife moved back to Nova Scotia where they enjoyed 40 years of retirement.

He is survived by his siblings Elizabeth “Betty” Anderson of Chester Basin; Idella Burgher of Berwick; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Eric was predeceased by his wife Alita in September 2014; siblings Sara Jane, Mary Gwendoline, Alfred Nelson, Henry Hallet, Helen Elsie, and Ernest Parker Bezanson.

A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 2:00 pm in the St. Mary’s Anglican Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Serenity Funeral Home,Coldbrook, NS.3

Census, Residence

Lived2000Eric Isaiah Eaton Bezanson lived in Aylesford, Nova Scotia, in May 2000.4
Last Edited24 Sep 2019


  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 162.
  2. [S351] Family History Committee, Cemetery Records of Kings County, St. Mary's Cemetery, Auburn, Section 1, Stone 377, "Eric I. Bezanson, 1924- , wife, Alita L., 1932-."
  3. [S680] Eric Isaiah Eaton Bezanson Death Notice, Serenity Funeral Home (Coldbrook, Nova Scotia), accessed 24 September 2019.
  4. [S467] Lunenburg County GenWeb, "Lunenburg County Obituaries", 8 May 2000, HILTZ, S. Jane.

Alita L. Ogilvie1

F, #22269, b. 1932, d. 16 September 2014
Father*Arthur Ogilvie1
Mother*Esther Lee1


Eric Isaiah Eaton Bezanson b. 11 Oct 1924, d. 18 Sep 2019
Alita (Oglivie) Bezanson
     Alita L. Ogilvie was born in 1932.2 She married Eric Isaiah Eaton Bezanson on 3 September 1951. He was 26.1 Alita L. Ogilvie died on 16 September 2014 at Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville, Nova Scotia.3 She was buried on 19 September 2014 in St. Mary's Cemetery, Auburn, Nova Scotia.2

     Obituary from Serenity Lindsay Funeral Homes & Crematorium:
BEZANSON, Alita L. (Ogilvie) – Age 81 of Aylesford, passed away peacefully at the Valley Regional Hospital on September 16, 2014.

Born in Harbourville; she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Esther Ogilvie. Left with fond and loving memories are her husband Eric, Aylesford; brother Tim, Toronto, Ontario; sisters Lilian (Cliff) Moore , Ottawa, Ont, and Beatrice Hindy, Winterton, Newfoundland.

She was predeceased by brothers LaMert (Madelin) and James (Lori) Ogilvie; sisters Florence (Goodwin) Mosher and Mildred (Harold) Baltzer, and brother-in-law Roy Hindy. Alita worked for 30 years in Ontario after which she moved back to Nova Scotia.

Visitation will be held in Serenity Lindsay Funeral Home (Berwick Chapel) on Thursday, September 18th from 2:00-4:00pm. Funeral service for Alita will be held in St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Auburn on Friday, September 19th at 11:00am with Rev. Ruby Carter officiating. Burial to follow at the St. Mary’s Anglican Church Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations may be made to St. Mary’s Anglican Church or a charity of your choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to Serenity Lindsay Annapolis Valley Funeral Home, Berwick Chapel.3
Last Edited22 Jan 2015


  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 162.
  2. [S351] Family History Committee, Cemetery Records of Kings County, St. Mary's Cemetery, Auburn, Section 1, Stone 377, "Eric I. Bezanson, 1924- , wife, Alita L., 1932-."
  3. [S680] Alita L. (Oglivie) Bezanson Death Notice, Serenity Lindsay Funeral Homes & Crematorium.

Donald Bezanson1

M, #22278, b. circa 1948, d. 11 February 2019
Father*Alfred Nelson Bezanson1 b. 28 Feb 1921, d. 10 Jun 1967
Mother*Elaine Grealey1
Relationship5th great-grandson of Jean George Bezanson
     Donald Bezanson was born circa 1948 at Berwick, Nova Scotia.2 He died on 11 February 2019 at Halifax, Nova Scotia.2

     Death Notice from The Chronicle-Herald (Halifax, Nova Scotia), 13 February 2019:
Age 71, passed away February 11, 2019 at home in Halifax. Born in Berwick, he was the partner of A. David Monbourquette for 51 years.

Survived by mother, Elaine Osburn, New Minas; brothers, Bob Bezanson (Bonnie) and Dave Bezanson, New Minas; sisters, Carolyn Beals, Greenwood; Marylin Baltser, Greenwood; Lynda Taylor (Bob), New Minas; as well as sisters-in-law, Denise Monbourquette, Dartmouth; Gloria Froust, Halifax; Leona Gilbert, Halifax; Sandra Morrison, British Columbia; many nephews and nieces; and fur babies April and Kent.

As per Don's request there will be no funeral or visitation. Cremation has taken place under the care and direction of Donald K. Walker Funeral Directors Ltd., Dartmouth.2

Census, Residence

LivedDonald Bezanson lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia.1
Last Edited13 Feb 2019


  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 229.
  2. [S2] Donald Alfred Bezanson Death Notice, The Chronicle-Herald (Halifax, Nova Scotia), 13 February 2019.