Earlin Willard Hanscomb, son of the late Willard and Ruby Hanscomb (Carlingford, NB), passed away peacefully at the Aberdeen hospital, New Glasgow, NS on Sunday, September 18, 2022.
He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Doris; daughters, Lisa (Peter), Lynn (Dougie), Janie (Phil) and Krista and stepson, Nelson; life-long friend and co-parent, Voni Doody (Clark) and hand-picked little sister, Shirley (Brian) Churchill. He was Papa to 14 grandchildren and Papa-Great to 12 great grandchildren (and 3 on the way). He was “Uncle Earl” to many nieces and nephews.
Earlin had the privilege of connecting with his birth family and was grateful for the love & kindness of the community of New Denmark, NB. He is survived by two sisters, Susan Watson and Debbie Albright and predeceased by brothers, Rory and Gregory McNally and birth parents, Emery Holt and Mabel Rasmussen.
Earlin grew up on a small farm in Carlingford, NB and spent much of his younger years in Fort Fairfield, ME. He called Michigan and Nova Scotia home as well and was a part of so many wonderful communities. He was a hardworking man; a talented sheet metal worker; long-haul truckdriver and addictions counselor. He loved being a truck driver which gave him the opportunity to travel across Canada and the US. His favorite pastime was to go for a drive and share stories about the cars he owned, the places he visited and the people he loved.
He was a friend of Bill W. for 33 years and was grateful to be a part of the recovery community. Friday night was always pizza night and weekends were all about cars. He loved working on cars, going to car shows, car races, or truck pulls. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and having other fun toys like dune-buggies. His all-time favorite car is the 1957 Chevy Bel Air.
Earlin was a loyal friend and confident to many. He was so proud of his family and could often be found in Tim Horton’s talking up his kids, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. He believed family was who you chose, not simply by blood. And he chose the best family ever.
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