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Herbert "Herb" Larry Thibedeau

Monday, July 5th, 1948 - Monday, May 24th, 2021
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Thibedeau, Herbert "Herb" Larry – age 72, of Yarmouth, passed away May 24, 2021, in the Yarmouth Regional Hospital after a 10-year battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), a rare and debilitating neurological disease affecting only 5 people in 100,000.

Born in Yarmouth, he was son to the late Stephen and Helen (Trask) Thibedeau.

Herb’s younger years included family visits to Melbourne and Sanford. He loved to accompany his father to transport seafood to Maine via the MV Bluenose.

Herb was a proud Nova Scotian. He loved his hometown of Yarmouth where he was a retired schoolteacher from South Centennial School. A trivia buff, he always had a story to share about the province, his town, its history and its people.

Herb was well read and a collector of all things, including antiques and sports memorabilia, who never missed an auction or yard sale. He was also a creative guy who loved to take photos and draw.

He was a passionate fan of the Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Canadienes -“Go Habs Go!” Over the years, Herb also enjoyed playing many sports including golf, bowling, hockey, and softball. He liked all parlour games including cards, puzzles, and billiards.

Herb loved to laugh and had an awesome sense of humour, influenced by Monty Python, Saturday Night Live, SCTV, and much more. He considered rappie pie one of the 4 essential food groups, and always said every meal Deb cooked was the “best”.

Herb doted over his kids and grandchildren leaving them with many memories of a caring and fun-loving father and grandfather. He enjoyed travelling to Ottawa and Barbados to spend time with them and their extended families.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Deb (MacLeod); son Chris (Susan Savriga), Ottawa; daughter, Hannah (Trevor Alkins), Ottawa; grandchildren Stella Thibedeau and Jack Alkins; sister, Margaret Fearon, Yarmouth; brother, Gary (Karen), Truro, many nieces, nephews, and a great niece and nephew. Herb was predeceased by his parents and brother, Stephen.

Cremation has taken place under the care of Sweeny's Funeral Home and Crematorium, Yarmouth. Memorial donations may be made to Yarmouth Regional Hospital, or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be sent to sweenys@sweenysfuneralhome.net, or you may sign the guestbook online at www.sweenysfuneralhome.net

A celebration in honour of Herb’s life will take place when COVID restrictions are lifted.
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David Sollows

Posted at 07:33am
Dear Deb, Hannah and Chris,
Sincere condolences on Herb’s passing. He has indeed has a challenging journey in his final years. His passion for collecting was legendary. When I was the auctioneer, I knew that if Herb was there, I could always count on him to get the item on the floor. His interest in local history and connecting artefacts to the past always made for a great conversation.

Thinking of you all at this time.

Brian Hatfield

Posted at 08:22am
Deb and Family,
I am very sorry to hear of Herb‘s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Brian Hatfield

Billie Thurston

Posted at 05:37pm
I was very sad to hear of Herb's passing. Our paths seldom crossed since I moved away in 1975, but I often heard of his adventures and great sense of humour. Please accept my condolences and I hope your many good memories carry you forward. Billie Thurston

Jody Wood

Posted at 12:49pm
Thibedeaus - Very sorry to hear of Herb’s passing. Thinking of all of you at this difficult time. Please take care and cherish your fond memories.

Barb Smith

Posted at 12:07pm

So sorry to read of Herb's passing. He had such a fun life and did so many
interesting things. Condolences to the family and Margaret.

Pamela McGuire Posted at 09:47pm

Deb, family and Margaret , so sorry to hear of Herb's passing ..Thinking of you may each passing day ease your sorrow....Pam (Patten ) McGuire )

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