It is with sadness that the family of Henry “Hugh” Wilbraham Plant, 85, of Halifax and formerly of Lunenburg, announces his passing on Saturday, May 10th, 2014 in Halifax.
Born in Montreal he was the son of the late Harry and Barbara (Wilbraham) Plant. Hugh received his early education there before entering the Royal Canadian Navy via the naval college at Royal Roads, BC.
What followed was a whirlwind of activity and joyful participation in life. Twenty-five years in the navy were highlighted by service during the Korean War onboard HMCS Haida and command of HMCS Saguenay. This was followed by seven years in the Canadian Coast Guard as Commandant of the college, and then senior positions with H.B. Nickerson Ltd., the Ocean Industry Development Office (Sydney), the Ocean Industry Development Office (Halifax), the Department of Regional Industrial Expansion and Veteran’s Affairs (both Charlottetown). He retired in 1994 to Lunenburg.
Always giving back to the community with conviction, Hugh volunteered with many community organizations and events. He was President of the Canadian Canoe Association and a director of the Canada Games Society. He got great joy from coaching youth soccer and swimming in Lunenburg. His other contributions included Chair of the South Shore Regional School Board, director of the Windward Isle Sailing Ship Company, the Tall Ship Millennium for Youth and the Bluenose Atlantic Coastal Action programs.
Hugh is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Ann (Southerst), four children: Cynthia Plant-Hansen (Ken), Dartmouth, Roger Plant, Dartmouth, Jane Plant (George Cotaras), Halifax, Hilary Graham (Jonathan), Houston, Texas; eight grandchildren: Geoff, Thomas, Andrew, Peter, Alexander, Harry, James and Hugh; sister Cynthia Turpault, Spain and brother, Jamie (Di), Knowlton, PQ, several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Bryony and brother Patrick.
Friends are invited to share their memories of Hugh with his family at a gathering on Friday, May 23, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Dana L. Sweeny Funeral Home, 11213 Hwy. #3, Lunenburg.
Flowers from the immediate family only, memorial donations may be made to the Lunenburg County VON, (P.O. Box 147, Blockhouse, NS, B0J 1E0) or to a charity of your choice.