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Daphne M. (Seaman) Cullen


Daphne M. (Seaman) Cullen

With heavy hearts, but also with gratitude for a life well lived, the family of Daphne Marie (Seaman) Cullen announce her passing on June 7th, 2020, at age 102, at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre in Amherst, NS.

Daphne was born on January 31st, 1918 in Baie Verte, NB to Minnie (Oulton) and Roland Gorveatt. She was pre-deceased by her parents, a brother, Herbert (Bud) Gorveatt, her husband, Paul Cullen and grandson, Andrew Phippen.

She is survived by her daughters, Barbara Phippen (Peter) and Christine Cullen, and her son, Michael Cullen (Vicky), all of Halifax, NS. She leaves four grandchildren: Gordon Phippen (Lynda), Oakville, ON and Halifax, NS; Elizabeth and William Cullen, Halifax, NS; and Hilary Cullen, Victoria, BC. She also leaves two great grandchildren, Grace and Jamie Phippen, both of Oakville, ON and Halifax, NS.

Daphne was a graduate of St. Charles Business School in Amherst and was employed until 1955 by Simpson Sears Ltd. She was an active, lifetime member of Trinity St. Stephen’s United Church in Amherst as well as a lifetime member and past president of the United Church Women at Trinity St. Stephen’s. She will be remembered for her love of family and friends, her ever-positive approach to life, even in the face of adversity, and her kind, caring and generous spirit. She was blessed with musical talent and could brighten any gathering with her ability to play the piano. In her youth, she and her brother, Bud, on the piano and violin, played for many family and community events. She was also a lifelong lover of choral singing and organ music.

Daphne was a caregiver to her ailing parents and her beloved husband during his years with Parkinson’s disease, and a devoted mother/grandmother to her children and grandchildren. All this she did willingly, and with love. She was also a superb cook and always happy to be preparing something special for her family and friends. Above all, Daphne was a woman of great faith who never waivered in this conviction.

The family extends sincere thanks to the entire staff at Centennial Villa in Amherst, where Daphne resided so comfortably for the past four years. Sincere thanks are also sent to the Palliative Care Team at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre and to Dr. Kris Bienkowski for his attentive care as Daphne’s physician of many years.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Jones Family Funeral Centre, 70 Church St., Amherst, NS (902-667-8777). Due to current Covid 19 restrictions, a family service will be held at a later date.

Those wishing to make memorial donations in Daphne’s memory are asked to consider the following; Trinity St. Stephen’s United Church, MS Society of Canada or Parkinson Canada (formerly Parkinson Society of Canada), Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre.

Sharing of memories and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Daphne's online memorial at or through the Jones Family Funeral Centre Facebook Page.

"All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother ". Abraham Lincoln

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