Carl William Lovett, (ret’d)

02 Jul 23


Age 87, of Kentville, passed away peacefully on July 2, 2023 after a prolonged struggle with dementia.


Born in Halifax, on September 22, 1935, he was the son of the late Charles Lovett and Thelma (Pike) MacArther. He was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Barbara (MacMellon) Lovett; and his son, Mitchell Lovett.


At the age of 17, Carl joined the Royal Canadian Air Force on St. Patrick’s Day 1953 and went on to proudly serve Canada for 32 years as a member of the Communications Branch. Carl’s long successful career included three international tours. The first was at the Canadian Joint Staff in Washington, DC, from 1958-62; his second was at 1 Wing Lahr, Germany, at the height of the Cold War from 1967-70; and his third was in 1975 as part of the Canadian contingent of the United Nations Emergency Force Middle East, that helped separate Israeli and Egyptian forces following the Yom Kippur War. His domestic postings included RCAF Station Saint Hubert in the 60’s and National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa in the 70’s. His last posting was at CFB Halifax, in 1981. He retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in 1985 and remained serving his country in Halifax, as a federal public servant until 1991.


A talented athlete, Carl participated in competitive sports throughout his adolescent and adult life. This included basketball, bowling, softball (his favourite), golf, running and curling. For much of his 40s and early 50s he participated in the Nova Scotia 10 km race series and ran one edition of the Halifax marathon. Upon retirement in the Kentville area, he became very active in both the golf and curling communities, including volunteering much of his time with the Ken-Wo Golf Club (including a term as president) and the Glooscap Curling Club. He particularly enjoyed his work as the Tournament Chairman of the 33rd Canadian Junior Golf Championships when it was hosted at Ken-Wo in 2001. He took great pride in his involvement with the Glooscap Junior curling program, enjoying the enthusiasm the kids brought to the ice. He also enjoyed volunteering time supporting Hearts on Ice and the Valley Cardiac and Rehab Society from 1997 to 2007.


The overall joy in his life was also the love of his life, his wife Barbara. They enjoyed raising their boys while being regularly posted internationally and across Canada. Although Barbara passed in 2017, he said he continued to speak to her every day until the day he died. They will both always be remembered and missed by their loving family.


A special thanks to all the medical professionals, care-givers and close friends in both Kentville, and Bedford, who gave such generous love and care to Carl in the last few years of his life.


His ashes will be interred next to Barbara’s at the National Military Cemetery of the Canadian Armed Forces in Ottawa at a date to be determined. Memories and condolences at: (Halifax).