Earle Tubrett

Born: Tue., Nov. 9, 1943
Died: Sat., Aug. 24, 2019


3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Sep. 06, 2019
Location: Royal Canadian Legion, Ingonish

Funeral Mass

2:00 PM Sat., Sep. 07, 2019
Location: St. Peter's Church

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TUBRETT, Earle Oliver
Ingonish, NS

It is with profound sadness that we confirm the passing of Earle Tubrett on Saturday, August 24, 2019, at Buchanan Memorial Hospital in Neil’s Harbour, NS.  Although more sudden than expected, he died in his sleep due to complications from advanced esophageal cancer.
Born in Whitney Pier on November 9, 1943, Earle was the youngest child of the late Joseph and Gertrude (Oliver) Tubrett.  He was raised on Catherine Street until the age of ten when he went to live elsewhere in Sydney with his newly married sister Helen and her husband Gerald Aucoin.  Their love for him made him the man we all loved.
A great student of history, he was a graduate of Xavier Junior College, St. Francis Xavier University (B.A., Class of 1964), and the University of New Brunswick (M.A.).  During his Xavier years, he was enrolled in Canada’s first officer training program (COTC - Air Force) where he achieved the rank of Pilot Officer.  His enthusiasm for flight was enduring, surpassed only by his passion for public service.
Following his graduation, Earle taught history at Xavier College until, at the age of 28, he was elected Mayor of Sydney, the city’s youngest ever. Resoundingly re-elected in 1975, he served two terms in office from 1972-1978 during which time he oversaw the opening of the building he was most proud of, Whitney Pier Memorial Junior High School.  Along with the Civic Centre and the Seniors Highrise on the Esplanade, they remain the tangible evidence of his legacy, yet of greater importance to him was improving the lives of the citizens of Sydney.  
It was with a heavy heart then, when after a couple of unsuccessful runs for the provincial Liberal party, a further political loss at the municipal level, and work in the private sector, Earle left his beloved city in 1986 to join the Executive Staff of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union in Halifax.  He remained with the NSTU for twenty years, working without fail to help protect the interests of teachers across the province and to improve the quality of education for students.  Among other things in Member Services, he engaged skillfully in contract negotiations with the provincial government, worked with the Group Insurance Trustees to define member benefits, and established The Sheonoroil Foundation to support school anti-violence programs.  When he retired from the Union as its Assistant Executive Director in 2006, it was to return home to Cape Breton.
Always a lover of the outdoors, Earle enjoyed fishing and hunting with his family and close friends.  They had many adventures together in the Highlands, Stirling, and Malagawatch, some of which he immortalized in his stories but most of which will now be buried forever with him and with the siblings who predeceased him:  Ed, Gorman, Sonny, Bobby, and Peggy.
Always a sportsman, he was a great fan of baseball, golf, and hockey.  He enjoyed playing ball as a younger man and golfing at Highlands Links the rest of the time.  Come hockey season, he cheered for the Penguins like Sidney Crosby was his own son.  
Always a concerned citizen, he remained ardent about issues of local representation and access, especially with respect to medical care in rural Nova Scotia and the centralization of authority.  As a member of the Board of the Buchanan Memorial Hospital Charitable Foundation, he was committed to ensuring that those living north of Smokey receive quality health care without compromise, as he did as a patient there himself.
But what mattered most to Earle was having his family around him in Ingonish, especially his seven grandchildren: Liam, Luke, and Maura Kell; and Kalayna, Alexei, Nikolai, and Larissa Tubrett.  From his deck in every direction, he waited for them to arrive and hated to see them go.
He is further survived by his wife of 53 years, Margaret (Henderson); his children Helen (Brent Tucker, Calgary), Elizabeth (Robb Kell, Antigonish), and Brian (Josephine Gentry, Grand Forks, BC); his sister Helen (Gerry Aucoin, Dartmouth); his sisters-in-law Carmel (Sonny), Theresa (Gorman), Anne Kennedy (Ed), Mary Jane Henderson-MacDonald (Harris); his brother-in-law Allan Henderson (Pat); and his many nephews and nieces.  We will miss him beyond measure.
Cremation has taken place.  A wake will be held at Branch 105, Royal Canadian Legion, Ingonish, on Friday, September 6, from 3-7pm.  A funeral mass will take place at St. Peter’s Church, Ingonish Beach, on Saturday, September 7 at 2pm.  Burial to follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery.  
Family flowers only.  Memorial donations may be made to Buchanan Memorial Hospital Charitable Foundation, Neil’s Harbour, NS, or to St. Peter’s Parish Cemetery Fund, Ingonish Beach, NS.
Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to his family at www.jmjobesfuneralhome.com

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Carol Ann (Fraser) MacDonald
   Posted Fri August 30, 2019
It is with great sadness that I learned about Earle’s passing. I had the pleasure of knowing his sister in law Mary Jane. One of the memories that jumped to my mind was when he was mayor of Sydney. Mary Jane and I were in our teens and their was a hockey tournament in town. I remember Mary Jane sharing she was the mayor’s sister in-law and I saying I know him. People from away could not believe how young he was.

I later became involved in the NSTU as a teacher and he was so well respected in his role.

My heart goes out to his family. He will be greatly missed.

Carol Ann

Eileen MacKinnon-Lewis
   Posted Fri August 30, 2019
To the Tubrett Family and Earl's Friends:

I remember Earl's photo as well as reading about him being elected as the youngest Mayor ever in TIME MAGAZINE. Imagine a young man from Cape Breton featured in TIME MAGAZINE !!!. My deepest condolences to everyone as you walk this highway of extreme grief.

Andree (Morrison) Gracie
   Posted Sat August 31, 2019
So sorry Margie, thinking of you and your family today with deepest sympathy.

Andree (Morrison) Gracie and family

Anne MacRury MacIntyre
   Posted Sat August 31, 2019
Margie and family, my sincere condolences in the loss of your husband and father. He was a very well respected gentleman. I have many childhood memories of Earle when he and my Dad, the late Archie MacRury were in municipal politics together.
May your beautiful memories help you get through this most difficult time.

Sincerely Anne MacRury MacIntyre

Russell and Anne MacDonald
   Posted Sat August 31, 2019
So sorry to hear of Earl's passing. It was around this time last year that Anne and I pulled into your yard to talk to Earl who was getting ready to go play golf with his daughter. His family was so important to him. He was a strong beacon for me and the NSTU in very difficult times. Farewell my friend.

Peter Lewis
   Posted Sat August 31, 2019
To the Family of Earle Tubrett:

Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of Earle. I worked with Earle during his Nova Scotia Teachers Union days. I was the Executive member from Cumberland County for eight years in the 80s and 90s. I was on several committees and Earle was staff advisor to a number of these. His council was well thought out and wise. I appreciated his sense of humour. May your memories of him sustain you in the days ahead.


Peter Lewis

Vallie Corinne Scattolon
   Posted Sat August 31, 2019
So very sorry to hear of Earls passing. We send our deepest sympathy Margie to you and your family. sincerely Vallie and Corinne (Aucoin) Scattolon

Judith Miller
   Posted Sat August 31, 2019
Margie, Helen, Elizabeth & family,

With deepest sympathy.

May cherished memories of Earl bring comfort and peace in the days ahead.

Sharing your sorrow.

Judith Miller

Sara Durling
   Posted Sat August 31, 2019
Margie, Helen, Elizabeth, Brian, and family:

Want to express my sincerest condolences on behalf of my mom Claire, and sister Laura. When I think back, I have so many fond memories of growing up and being a part of events that would involve our families. Earle at the NSTU and my dad Cecil at Johnson Insurance. Their respect for each other extended far beyond their professional relationship and their passion for their work. They developed a strong friendship over the years. Their golf game on the other hand, another story. Earle was a PGA pro in my eyes. I can remember Dad hoofing it on the Highland Links, before the cart path, struggling to keep the ball out of the woods or hoping a fox would drop the ball back into play. Earle’s ball on the other hand was consistently centre of the fairway, or never far from the hole. As a young girl, I was left in awe at how easy he made the game look. At the end of the day, scores never mattered, it was the time spent socializing afterwards, drinks in hand, surrounded by family and colleagues that meant the most. It was the conversations around family, stories of Ingonish and travel that resonate with me. In this time of loss, cherish the memories and a legacy of an incredible man and an incredible life well lived.

Sara Durling

BIll and Marg Wiseman
   Posted Sat August 31, 2019
To Marg and Family
Marg and i were saddened to hear of Earls passing. We are not aware he was experiencing medical problems. We have nothing but fond memories of our association with you Earl and your children. He made impressive contributions to civic matters and educating students. Be assured that we we will remember you and your family in our prayers.
Sincerely Marg and Bill Wiseman

Ann & Herb Callahan
   Posted Sat August 31, 2019
Elizabeth and family - there are no words to express my sorry at the passing of your father. There is only one thing that has sustained over the years since the death of my father and subsequently my mother and it is the memories that I will always hold dear to my heart. The trips we enjoyed together as a child and the many eventful family gatherings. These are the things among others that will help you in your grieving. Elizabeth, I will see you when we get back from Israel. I will be thinking of you all. All my love and prayers - Ann & Herb

A.G. MacRae
   Posted Sat August 31, 2019
Very sad news. I met Earle in the 1980's as Elizabeth's date to several functions in high school. He always told me to look after his girl with a fatherly expression that I still remember. I hope you have the time to celebrate such a great man as you gather as a family this week. Take care.

Janet Gallivan
   Posted Sat August 31, 2019
Margie and family,
I was so saddened to read of Earle's passing. My earliest memory of him was when I was 14. Frank Ferguson asked me to volunteer to help out on his campaign. Some of my friends and I did work during that time. We were just kids but I remember going to his headquarters each evening to help out. When he won the mayoralty race, we were invited to the celebration. He presented us with flowers. We felt so honored. Please know how much his passing has affected so many people. Prayers for your family at this sad time. Rest in peace. Janet Gallivan

Dan and Donna MacRury
   Posted Sat August 31, 2019
Dear Margie and family
We were saddened to read your beloved Earle’s obituary today.
He was a man of great accomplishments as all who knew him can attest.
Thinking of you during this sad and difficult time.
Please accept our sincere condolences.
Dan and Donna MacRury

Karen Cartwright (Zinck)
   Posted Sat August 31, 2019
So very sad to hear of your loss. Earl was an outstanding member of the Sydney community. Cherish the memories, they keep our loved ones close.

Bernard LeVert
   Posted Sun September 01, 2019
Saddened by Earle's passing at a relatively young age because he was the type of person who could defy old age. However he has left us all to go to a better life to help prepare the way for the rest of us. His departure leaves a deep void, particularly in the immediate family. With fond memories of Earle in his younger days as a nighbour, I express sincere condolences to his sister Helen as well as his wife Margie and family.
Kindest regards,

Jean Cameron Proctor
   Posted Sun September 01, 2019
I remember Earle as the handsome young teacher who taught me history at Xavier College. He impressed me with his high energy, love of history, and his wealth of knowledge on so many topics. I remember thinking that someday, I hope I can have the same energy and excitement to bring to my teaching. He was a great model for great teaching.
Jean Cameron Proctor

Margaret Barron (Tubrett)
   Posted Sun September 01, 2019
Margie and family With deepest sympathy to you on the passing of Earle My thoughts and prayers are with you Rest in peace cousin

David Archibald
   Posted Sun September 01, 2019
I was very sad to have learned of Mr. Tubrett's passing. I remember well having been on a High School Trip to Europe with him and his wife. He was a very nice man.

Please accept this short note as an expression of thought and loss of a good and decent man.

David R. Archibald
Maple Ridge B.C.

Stephanie Baker (Crowe)
   Posted Mon September 02, 2019
My condolences to everyone on the loss of your husband and father. Mr. Tubrett was such a kind man. I remember prom night from Holy Angels, 1986 after the prom we were all at your house until the wee small hours hanging out and having fun. I remember your dad, popped into the kitchen and just nodded!
Sending you all my deepest sympathies and pray that God embraces you all in his comfort.

john shannon
   Posted Mon September 02, 2019
Our condolences to Earle's family and friends.

Galen & BettyDear
   Posted Mon September 02, 2019
Dear Marg & Family: We would like to extend our Deepest Sympathy to you and your Family at this most difficult time. It was a pleasure meeting you and Earl in Florida and getting to know you both. So sorry we never got to play that game of Golf with Earl at Ingonish. Betty & Galen

Dominique Henry & Helen Stewart
   Posted Tue September 03, 2019
Please accept our most sincere condolences on the passing of Earle. Another era passes! He is fondly remembered by both of us as a champion of teachers, students and education throughout Nova Scotia. His advocacy and kindness will be sorely missed by many in the NSTU community.
Very sincerely,
Dominique Henry, Past President NSTU (‘74-‘76
Helen Stewart, Teacher and Administrator HRSB

Galen and Betty Parent
   Posted Tue September 03, 2019
Marg & Family: We would like to extent our Deepest Sympathy. We enjoyed meeting the both of you in Florida and playing Golf with Earl. He will be greatly missed.

Vivian Ettinger ( Clare )
   Posted Tue September 03, 2019
Dear Marg.,
So many years have passed, yet reading Earle's obituary brought back fond thoughts of you both. I extend to you and to your family my heartfelt sympathy. May your beautiful memories bring you comfort and peace now and in the days to come.
Blessings, Vivian

Sally Messenger
   Posted Tue September 03, 2019
So sad to hear and to read of Earls passing, will be thinking of you all this week. Our thoughts and prayers are with you,

Ron & Karen MacPherson
   Posted Tue September 03, 2019
Dear Margie and Family,
We are saddened to learn of Earle's passing and send our sincere condolences.

Ron remembers Earle as a highly motivated and dedicated member of the NSTU staff. He carried out his responsibilities, in challenging times, with diligence and the utmost care.

Earle believed in a healthy balance between work and play and Ron fondly recalls a few enjoyable games on the links together.

Earle is also remembered as a very caring family man who held you, Margie, and your children in the highest regard.

May you find strength and peace in the many wonderful memories shared over the years.

RIP Earle.

Ron and Karen MacPherson

Dianne/David Nantes
   Posted Wed September 04, 2019
Our sincere condolences to the Tubrett and Aucoin families. We are sure Earle will be missed by everyone has has met and helped over his many years of public and family service.

Kindest Regards

Dianne/ David Nantes

Kathleen Provost
   Posted Wed September 04, 2019
To Elizabeth and her family,

Our sincere condolences in these difficult times.
We will keep you and your family in our prayers.
St. Ninian Catholic Women's League (CWL)

Bill Redden
   Posted Wed September 04, 2019
My sincerest condolences to all Earle's family. I know he loved you all very dearly.
Like many other teachers in Nova Scotia, I owe a great debt of gratitude to Earle for his tireless efforts to improve the life of educators and their families. During my time on the Executive staff of the NSTU, I had the distinct pleasure of working closely with him. Earle often acted as a mentor for me and I always received wise advice from him. Earle would challenged all of us to look at things from another angle, which was always helpful in finding solutions to complex problems.
He will be always fondly remembered.

Audrey Cuvilier
   Posted Wed September 04, 2019
Dear Margie and family,
I was saddened to hear of Earle's passing. I had the utmost respect for Earle during his years as an Executive Staff Member and Assistant Exec. Director. He was extremely passionate about the welfare of teachers and his dedication to the NSTU was always unwavering. He held the same dedication and passion about his family. I enjoyed stopping in to visit you in Ingonish several times. You could tell how he loved his life. My condolences to you all.

Albert Johnson
   Posted Wed September 04, 2019
To the Family of Earle Tubrett : It was my great pleasure as a member of the Kings Local of the NSTU to work with Earle on numerous occasions and I always appreciated his wise counsel , steadfast determination , knowledge , and understanding in every situation . I was fortunate to consider Earle a friend . I am sure your precious memories will provide you comfort in the difficult days ahead !

Anne Woodyer
   Posted Wed September 04, 2019
Dear Margie,

My caring thoughts are with you and your family. May the love of family and friends comfort you in the days ahead.

Lorne Moase
   Posted Thu September 05, 2019
Dear Margie,

Shirley and I wish to extend to you and family our sincere sympathy on the recent passing of Earle.

I first met Earle in Graduate School at UNB in 1964-65. We became great friends and participated in each other's wedding events in the years following. I note where it is 53 years since you and Earle were married and it was 50 years on August 30 since Shirley and I were married.

Unfortunately, we lost contact over the years when we were both busy with family and work.

We would love to hear from you sometime. If ever in PEI, please make contact.

Lorne Moase

Glenda Charlton
   Posted Thu September 05, 2019
Dear Margie, I was so sorry to learn of Earle's passing
I pray that all your happy memories will sustain you and your family during this trying time.

Go Well and Safely

Glenda Charlton

Maureen Smith
   Posted Thu September 05, 2019
Dear Margie,

My condolences to you and your family on Earle’s passing. If you were a friend of Earle’s you knew how proud he was of his family and how very much he loved you all. May your many memories comfort you and your family during this sad and difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Louise Boucher
   Posted Thu September 05, 2019

My heart is breaking for you. I'm praying for you and your family and hoping you'll find some comfort.

With love,

Louise and Liam

Ed and Karen MacMaster
   Posted Fri September 06, 2019
Margie: Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. Our sincere sympathy, prayers and thoughts are with you. We have strong and fond memories of times shared with you and Earle over the years from university to teaching at Xavier. Our friendship continued over the years.
Please know Earle will be remembered as a wonderful person who meant so much to so many.
Ed and Karen MacMaster

Ronald Morrison
   Posted Sat September 07, 2019
Pauline and I were saddened to hear of Earle's passing.
In politics and in his professional life with the Nova Scotia Teachers Union Earle was motivated by a deep sense of social justice.
As his long-time colleague I can say that Earle each day lived his devotion to his family; whether at a relaxed morning coffee or at the tired end of a long day Earle made that devotion clear.
His contribution to family, community and Province was great and we thank him for it.

Raylene (Cochrane) MacEachern
   Posted Sat September 07, 2019
To the entire Tubrett Family:
It is with sadness to read of Earle ‘s passing.

I had the pleasure of being a student of his at
Xavier. Earle was a wealth of knowledge, he taught with
passion .
Earle was a wonderful man and from reading his obituary was involved
in everything dear to his heart.

Sending since condolences to the entire family.

Raylene MacEachern

Richard Grosset
   Posted Wed September 11, 2019
My sincere condolances to the family for your loss. I too grew up on Catherine Street and played little league baseball for the Indians with Earl when I was 9 years old. My most vivid memory of that year was borrowing Earl's brand new baseball glove and playing shortstop in practice. Junior Penny hit a ball directly at me and I snagged it. It was hit so hard it left the imprint of the seams in Earl's glove. I have never forgotten that moment. I never saw Earl again after that year. Later like many Pier boys, I left for a career with the Federal Government. I did learn that Earl had become Mayor of Sydney and my mother eventually lived in the Senior's home on the Esplanade. I understand that was one of Earl's many accomplishments.RIP Earle and may you forever see the face of Jesus in heaven.

Richard Grosset
Victoria BC

Cathy Chisholm
   Posted Wed September 11, 2019
I would like to express my condolence to Elizabeth and Helen and their families on the loss of your father.
Cathy Chisholm

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