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Obituary for Gary Robert Brittain

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Gary Robert Brittain of Yarmouth on November 30, 2023. Born July 24, 1951, to Robert and Bernice (Brannen) Brittain. Growing up in a strong Baptist community and home, there is no doubt from the stories told raising him posed many challenges. He lived most of his life knowing every decision had a consequence, but that would be dealt with later.
He was accident-prone, breaking his nose several times, breaking bones, and stitches, cutting off his finger and burning down a barn as he crawled out of the grease pit. It truly is a miracle we had him for as many years as we did.

He loved the woods and the outdoors and could always be found in his barn. He loved animals, especially horses. For many years with his good friend, Bob Rogers, they travelled around the province with their draft horse teams. He made lifelong friendships and wonderful memories during his exhibition years. In 1995 along with his draft horse team, they travelled to Shelburne to star as extras in the movie The Scarlet Letter, his claim to fame.

He was a hard worker, up before the sun. He was a welder by trade, self-taught Carpenter, Mechanic, Plumber, and Ferrier. There was nothing he couldn’t do. If it needed to be done, he got it done.

Like most Brittain’s, he was a storyteller. He loved gatherings with cousins, talking about memories and stories from years gone by. Wonderful family time was spent on the Wilson Road and Clear Cut. Exploring, landscaping, and fishing. Every year there was always a competition to see who got in the water first when the swimming season started. Brett always won but Gramps always was a close second.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years Lola (LeBlanc) Brittain, daughters Tammy (Ronnie) Jacquard, Brooklyn; Amanda (Julie) Brittain, Pleasantfield; grandsons, Brett Jacquard, Brooklyn; Cole Jacquard, Halifax; and Gavyn Paris, Kenville; granddaughter, Jayden Paris, Yarmouth; sisters, Judy Brittain, Brooklyn, and Ruthann (Tony) Goodwin, Amherst; brother-in-law‘s, Tony Leblanc, New Glasgow; and Ronnie (Betty) Leblanc, Petawawa, Ontario; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his son, Robert Ashley; brothers, Paul Brittain, and Ricky (Shirley) Brittain; sister-in-law, Linda(Bernie) Doucette, and Mae Leblanc; brother-in-law, Douglas Leblanc; in-laws, Anthony, and Adele (Muise) Leblanc

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Sweeny’s Funeral Home and Crematorium, Yarmouth. A celebration of his life will be held at Brooklyn Bright Lights community hall on Tuesday, December 5 at 2 PM. Memorial donations may be made to Brooklyn cemetery or Brooklyn Bright Lights Community Hall.

Our heartfelt thanks to the staff of 3 South. and 4 North, Dr. Cain and Dr. Wong. Your kindness and compassion for Gary and family is greatly appreciated.