Mendal Outhouse
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Mendal Outhouse

September 10, 2008

Mendal Outhouse

September 10, 2008


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Obituary for Mendal Outhouse

OUTHOUSE, Mendal Blake - 89, Veterans Place, formerly of Deerfield, passed away September 10, 2008, in Veterans Place, Yarmouth. He was born in Tiverton, Digby Co., on October 5, 1918, to Bernard Edison Outhouse and Sadie Blanche (Trask). He was one of nine children. The family moved from Tiverton to Port Maitland when Mendal was about three years old. This is where he spent most of his childhood. On July 3, 1943, he married Viola Mae Allen from the Woodstock Road. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in the 40s and was soon sent overseas to Ireland, up the English Channel, Holland, Gibraltar and Belfast. His daughter Ellen was born during this time. In the navy he served aboard different ships, the final one being the HMCS Charlottetown during the early 1940’s. Shortly after returning to Nova Scotia their second child, David Wayne, arrived and four years later there was a third child, Charles Mendal. During the early 1950s they moved to Ontario for a few years before returning to Yarmouth. Many people will remember Mendal from Sandford where he lived with his wife and children for many years before moving to South Ohio. At this time he was employed by CNR to work in the engine rooms aboard the MV Bluenose and the Marine Evangeline performing various engine room related duties ranging from oiler to Fourth Class Engineer. He retired in 1976 and moved with his wife to Deerfield where they lived until she passed away in 1997. Mendal remarried in 2001 to Evelyn Rodney of Sandford. They enjoyed seven years of visiting friends and traveling around until Mendal suffered a stroke in 2007. Mendal was a member of the Brazil Lake Wesleyan Church and thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship he found there. In later years he attended the Baptist and the Wesleyan churches in Sandford. Also he was a member of Port Maitland Legion where he enjoyed going for a good round of pool. After being admitted to the hospital in September of 2007, Mendal was transferred to the Veteran’s Wing in January of 2008 and remained there until his passing. He was a devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather as well as a committed Christian. He will be sadly missed, until we all meet again. Surviving are wife, Evelyn (Rodney) Outhouse; daughter, Ellen (Gerald) Robinson, Deerfield, Yarmouth Co.; sons, Wayne Outhouse, Short Beach; Charles “Chuck” (Barbara) Outhouse, Lake George; brother, Ronald (Elsie), Port Maitland; sisters, Virginia Ross, Yarmouth; Elnora Churchill, Cornwall, Ont.; sister-in-law, Jessie Outhouse, Port Maitland; brother-in-law, Victor Hurlbert, Kemptville; 10 grandchildren and 16 great- grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Viola; daughter in infancy, Linda Louise; grandson, Jimmie Robinson; great- grandson, Justin Goreham; sisters, Margaret O’Connell and Enid Hurlbert. Remains are resting in Sweeny’s Funeral Home, Yarmouth. Visiting hours will take place in Sweeny’s Funeral Home chapel today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with a Royal Canadian Legion Service at 7:30 p.m. Funeral service will be held Saturday, September 13, at 2 p.m. in Brazil Lake Wesleyan Church, Pastor Reg Thomas and Rev. Karl Gorman officiating. Interment will follow in Brazil Lake Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Veterans Place, Yarmouth, or to a charity of choice. On-line condolences may be sent to: or you may sign the guest book at:

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