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
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