Obituary Ira J. Maillet
It is with heavy hearts that we, the family of Ira J. Maillet, aged 85, of Salmon River, announce his passing in Yarmouth Regional Hospital with his children at his side on March 31, 2023.
Born in Mavillette on May 24, 1937, he was the son of the late Zacharie Maillet and the late Charlotte LeBlanc.
He attended College Sainte Anne and at the age of 18 went to work in Goose Bay Labrador as a clerk typist and was later promoted to senior Human Resources Advisor.
He returned home after marrying his wife Irene and raised a family while working in the grocery business for most of his adult life. He started working at Church Point Produce in the warehouse and was promoted to salesman covering Yarmouth, Wedgeport, Pubnico and Digby Neck and the Islands. He then went to work as a manager with Halifax Wholesalers Cash and Carry. He continued his career as manager of the Dayton Red and White before buying part of Gustave Deveau Groceries in 1971. He owned and operated Salmon River General Store, better known as “la Shoppe à Ira” for 27 years.
After his retirement from the store he spent many years working in his woodpile. He was an avid berry picker and loved his time outdoors especially on his ATV. He was an active member in the Salmon River Volunteer Fire Department, the Knights of Columbus and the Southwest Nova ATV Association for many years and was often found working in the canteen during the rallies.
He leaves to mourn his children Michael Maillet (Simone) of Salmon River, Kenney Maillet (Tesa) of Yarmouth, Debra Theriault (Yvon) of Little Brook, Donna Maillet-Mullen (Sterling) of Salmon River and Gail Maillet (Kevin) of Salmon River, many grandchildren and great grandchildren and one sister Anne Higgins (Bob) of Massachusetts.
He was predeceased by his wife of 64 years Irene, brothers Norman, Clifford, Ambroise and Bradford; sisters Phyliss, Ambroisine, Arsène and twin sister Irene.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Sweeny’s Funeral Home. Cremation has taken place. A gravesite service will be held in St. Vincent de Paul cemetery on Monday April 3 at 11 am . Celebration of life to follow at the Salmon River Firehall. All are welcome to attend.
Donations may be made to the Saint Vincent de Paul Cemetery, Heart and Stroke Association or the charity of your choice.