Kempton Merrill Hyson1,2

M, #24085, b. circa 1924, d. 16 October 2004
Father*Kempton Havelock Hyson2 b. 1900, d. 19 Aug 1988
Mother*Grace Alberta Bezanson2 b. 10 May 1899, d. 16 Jan 1982


Kathleen Johnson
Relationship5th great-grandson of Jean George Bezanson
     Kempton Merrill Hyson was born circa 1924.1 He married Kathleen Johnson.1 Kempton Merrill Hyson died on 16 October 2004 at Hants Community Hospital, Windsor, Nova Scotia.1

     Obituary from The Chronicle-Herald (Halifax, Nova Scotia), 19 October 2004:
HYSON, Kempton Merrill - 80, Hantsport, passed away peacefully, Saturday, October 16, 2004, in Hants Community Hospital, Windsor.

Born in Bridgetown, he was a son of the late Kempton H. and Grace A. (Bezanson) Hyson.

He was predeceased by brother, Ronald in Holland. Merrill was a plumbing instructor at Windsor Regional Vocational School for 19 years, and owned a plumbing business in Hantsport in his earlier years. A veteran of the Second World War, he served with the Provost Corps in the army, and later worked at DND at Greenwood Air Force Base. He was involved in many organizations, I.O.O.F., Adoniram Council No. 10, Rebekah, Royal Canadian Legion, Lucknow Branch No. 109, Hantsport, O.E.S. Fairfield Chapter 22, the Shriners, Poyntz Masonic Lodge, Perceptory, and Hiram Chapter, Rupert H. MacNeil Conclave No. 30, Grand Imperial Conclave of Canada. He will be remembered as "Mr. H." by the neighbourhood children and former students. Merrill was best-known for his singing ability and was requested to sing on numerous occasions. He sang at the Sherwood Baptist Church every summer for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen (Johnson); sons, Stewart, Graham, and Kempton (Jennifer); only daughter, Pam (Bob) Watson; grandchildren, Barry, Christopher, Erica, Ashley, Amy; brother, Terrance; sisters, Leila Johnson and Marion Banks. He will be fondly remembered as a kind and loving husband, father, and grandfather who would sing his children to sleep each night without fail, cradled in his arms, their fishing expeditions throughout the summer for brook trout, and how he loved to putter in his garden with his special yellow tomato plants.

Visitation was held Sunday evening 7-9 p.m. and again Monday afternoon from 2-4 p.m., with Order of the Eastern Star and Poyntz Masonic Lodge service held at 2 p.m., followed by visitation until 4 p.m. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held today at 2 p.m. in St. Andrew's Anglican Church, Hantsport, Rev. Michael Boyd officiating. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Lucknow Branch No. 109, Hantsport, will be in attendance. Interment at a later date.1

Census, Residence

LivedKempton Merrill Hyson lived in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia.2
Last Edited13 May 2014


  1. [S2] Kempton Merrill Hyson Death Notice, The Chronicle-Herald (Halifax, Nova Scotia), 19 October 2004.
  2. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 214.

Warren Bezanson1

M, #24087, b. circa August 1929, d. 9 October 2012
Father*Carl Augustus Bezanson1 b. 28 Oct 1900, d. 26 Jun 1985
Mother*Mary Heuser1 b. 20 Aug 1904, d. Feb 1980


Dorothy A. Miller
Relationship5th great-grandson of Jean George Bezanson
     Warren Bezanson was also known as Carl Warren Bezanson.2 He was born circa August 1929 at Massachusetts.3 He married Dorothy A. Miller.4 Warren Bezanson died on 9 October 2012.2

     Death Notice from The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), 14 October 2012:
Bezanson, Carl Warren, of Bridgewater, 83, of Boynton Beach, FL, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012, with many loving family members by his side.

Born in Needham, Carl served in the US Army from 1947-49. He worked as a carpenter with his father before taking a job with the town of Sharon as the Maintenance Supervisor for the School System. He built the family home in Sharon and raised four children.

After his retirement in 1987, he moved to Boynton Beach with his life partner of 28 years Tina Moreno. Carl and Tina were official “snow birds” spending winters in Florida and returning to her home in Dedham in the summer. His passions included his family and grandchildren, golf, fishing and cooking.

He is survived by his children: Michael Bezanson of Rhode Island, Dorothy Saunders of Whitman, Thomas Bezanson of Bridgewater, John Bezanson of Whitman and 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

A private family memorial will be held celebrating his life.2

Census Summary


Census, Residence

Census1930Warren Bezanson appeared on the census of 1930 in the household of Carl Augustus Bezanson and Mary Heuser at 14 Page Road, Needham, Massachusetts.3
Last Edited26 Feb 2019


  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 214.
  2. [S2] Carl Warren Bezanson Death Notice, The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), 14 October 2012.
  3. [S4] 1930 U.S. Federal Census; Needham, Norfolk, Massachusetts; FHL Film: 2340670; Roll: 935; Image: 552.0; ED: 0072; Page: 13B; Lines: 78-80.
  4. [S2] Robert W. Bezanson Death Notice, The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), 20 July 1958, p. 63.

Evelyn Pickett1

F, #24093, b. 9 May 1925, d. 6 December 2015
Father*(?) Pickett1
Mother*Bernice Louise Fox1 b. 1904, d. 14 Jan 1989


William Adelburt Gates b. 1923, d. 11 Mar 1988
     Evelyn Pickett was born on 9 May 1925 at Bridgetown, Nova Scotia.2 She was adopted by Leon E. Bezanson.3 Evelyn Pickett was known as Evelyn Bezanson after her adoption.3 She married William Adelburt Gates.1 Evelyn Pickett and William Adelburt Gates had six children.1 Evelyn Pickett died on 6 December 2015 at Heart of the Valley Care Centre, Middleton, Nova Scotia, at age 90.2 She was buried in Pine Grove Cemetery, Middleton, Nova Scotia.2

GATES, Evelyn Elizabeth - age 90 of Middleton, formerly of New Albany, passed away peacefully Sunday, December 6, 2015 in the Heart of the Valley Care Centre, Middleton, surrounded by her family. Born in Bridgetown, she was a daughter of the late Leon and Bernice (Fox) Bezanson.

Evelyn devoted her life to her family and especially loved spending time and caring for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was also a loving mother to many foster children. In her younger years, she was an excellent marksman, particularly when it came to small game. On occasion, she was employed at Brocklin Toys. Evelyn was a member of the New Albany Church. She loved her flower gardens, excursions with Rose Barnett and attending trade shows with Susan Gough and will be missed by all who knew her.

Evelyn is survived by sons, Wayne (Kathy) Gates, Oromocto, NB; Gary (Carolyn Ann) Gates, Nictaux; Brian Gates, New Albany; Tony (Debbie) Gates, New Albany and Larry (Shelly) Gates, Middleton; grandchildren, Rodney, Timmy, Julie Ann, Chris, Melody, Wayne Jr., Terri, Shannon, Kathy Michelle, Lisa, Tracy, Scott, Gavin, Ryan, Hayley and numerous loving great and great-great grandchildren; sisters, Rhoda, Ontario; Marion, New Brunswick; Grace, Ontario; Joan, Quebec; Carolyn, Lawrencetown and Isabell, Bridgetown and brothers, Frank, Ontario, Gordie, Inglisville and Carl, Halifax and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, William Adelbert, daughter, Bette (Arnold) Vidito; sisters, Dorothy and Eileen; brothers, Lemoine, Gordon, Bobby and Douglas in infancy.

In keeping with Evelyn’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 11:00AM, Friday, December 11, 2015 in the Middleton Funeral Home with Rev. Dr. Bill MacDougall officiating, assisted by Rev. Donald C. MacPherson. A reception for family and friends will follow the service. Interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, New Albany. The family extends a special thank you to the nurses and the entire staff of the Heart of the Valley for the loving care they provided.2

Census, Residence

LivedEvelyn Pickett lived in New Albany, Nova Scotia.1
Last Edited29 Feb 2016


  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 214.
  2. [S680] Evelyn Elizabeth Gates Death Notice, Middleton Funeral Home (Middleton, Nova Scotia).
  3. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 134, 214.