Craig Chenell


Craig Chenell In Memoriam

Sorrow at the loss of an exceptional young man


The Board of Directors of Friends of Redtail Society wishes to express its deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Craig Adam Chenell. Craig died on June 24, 2009 near Stellarton, Nova Scotia at the age of 25 as a result of a tragic motor vehicle accident.

Billy MacDonald and Nova Poirier, both members of our Board, had a close relationship with Craig and express deep sadness at the loss of their young friend, whom they regarded as part of their family. Craig began to attend their nature education centre, Redtail Nature Awareness, nearly 14 years ago and established an enduring bond with Redtail and with the surrounding land.  He also established lifelong friendships with other Redtail participants with whom he shared the bond of understanding the sacredness of nature. “Craig was a true nature lover,” says Billy MacDonald. “He understood and felt the intrinsic value of the forest and experienced his most peaceful moments in it.” As a young man, Craig maintained his relationship with Redtail, returning again and again to visit, lend a hand at camp or share his passion for the place with a loved one. He was generous of heart, always trying to find a way to be helpful.

Craig’s love and knowledge of the land translated into support for Friends of Redtail Society. “It was important to him to find his way to contribute to saving the forest,” says Nova Poirier. A licensed pilot, he had planned to raise money for the Society’s ShelteringForestsCampaign by raffling tickets for an air tour of Pictou County. The tickets were to be sold at Society’s Summer Market and Fair, planned for June 27, 2009. He died days before this event was to take place.

Friends of Redtail Society is greatly honored that the family has chosen this cause as a way of memorializing Craig’s love of nature. Once the land has been successfully acquired, the Society hopes to find a fitting way to pay him tribute.  His connection will forever be felt on this land.


Craig Chenell In Memoriam Donors

Maternal/Child Unit, Aberdeen Hospital
OR, PACU & ODS Nursing Staff, Aberdeen Hospital
Marc Comeau & Staff, Anchor Motors New Glasgow
Ann & Gerald Adamson

Evan & Carol Baillie Linda & Eric Barker

Gerald & Phyllis Cameron
Dolly & Bruce Campbell
George, Linda, Tyler & Matt Campbell
Sandy Campbell
Janelle Canning
J.D. & Penny Chadwick
Audrey Chenell
Graham Chenell
Glenn & Elizabeth Chenell ~ In loving memory of our beloved Craig
Mary & James Chenell
Floyd & Cherie Cock
Jenna Cock
Wayne & Kathy Cock
Judith Cormier
John D. Coyle
John, Audrey & Paul Crosby
Mary & Lawrence Currie

Cathy & Michael Daye
Janice DeMont
André Doucet
Tim & Tanya Dunn

Eastern Air

Paul Boudreau & Staff of Fenwick Automotive Parts
Andrea Fanjoy
M. Jean Ferguson
Margaret-Jean Ferguson
Jean Fraser
Laura Fraser
Eric, Melissa & Claire Friel
William & Nancy Fukes

Helen & John Gould
Diana Graham
Sharon & Don Gunn

Highland Ford
Fred & Diane Hampton
Donna & Mike Hape
Deborah & Stephen Harder
Judy & Hank Haslam
Heather Hayward & Family
Robert Heighton
Gina, Charcey, Jake & Ryan Henderson
Laura Henderson
K. Hicks
Adele Hiltz
Michael & Nancy Hollis
Joyce Horne

Al & June Illsley
Michael Illsley

Keane Canada

Jim & Irene Langille
Marie & Eric LeBlanc
Chris Lesperance
Dorothy, Carl & Nancy Levo
Edwin Lockhart
Doris Logan
George & Dorothy Lochead

Carmen MacArthur
Kay MacArthur
Norma & Ian MacCara
David & Mary MacCara Reid
Linda MacCormack
Mary MacDermid
Forbes MacDonald
Kristen MacDonald
Lois MacDonald
Meghan MacDonald
Michael MacDonald & Lillian Tibbo-MacDonald
Winston & Trudy MacDonald
Robert & Barbara MacEachern
Judith & Barry MacIvor
Melissa MacKaracher
Ashley MacKay
Danny & Shirley MacKay
James & Jean MacKay
Jan MacKay
Robert MacKenzie
Michele MacKinnon
Donnie & MaryBelle MacLean
Jim, Shirley & Drew MacLeod
Byrchill MacQuarrie

Employees of Maritime Auto Supply
Harriet Marshall
Lois & Kelvin Miller
Wintford & Donnal Mitchell
Dove Mitton
Lindsay Mountain
Tom Mountain

Kevin & Ethel McIsaac
John & Barbara McLean

Alan & Betty Oates

Pictou Island Fire Dept Medical 1st Responders

Katherine Reed
Karen & Perry Ross

Saf-Way Auto Parts Ltd.
Scotsburn-Lyons Brook United Church Choirs
Scotsburn United Church Women
RCU/Vets, Sutherland Harris
Elaine Slaunwhite
Marie Slivocka
Dennis, Vivian, Dale, Craig & Shane Starkey
L. Fraser Stewart
Stephen Stockdale
Suzanne, Raymond & Peter Strickland
Kevin Stuart & Rob Scott

UniSelect Inc.

Linda Waller
Cathi Watson
Teri White

John Yerxa
Leigh & Vivian Yerxa