Eugene Robert Veinotte

VEINOTTE, Eugene Robert - passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at home in West Northfield. Born in Bridgewater on February 24, 1947, he was the son of the late Lester Eugene and Pauline Vivian (Langille) Veinotte. He is survived by his wife, Lana Gail (Poole); son, Andy (Cheryl), West Northfield and twin daughters, Anne, Halifax and Angela (Nathan) Hirtle, Hubley; grandchildren, Dustin, Jacob and Emily; brother, Bruce (Heather) and sister, Catherine Robar. He was predeceased by brother-in-law, Foard Robar. He graduated from New Germany Rural High School, Acadia University (BSc, Applied Science Diploma, ’69) and NS Tech / Dal Tech (B.Eng. ’71). In 1971, he became a resident engineer for the Department of Transportation as well as a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia. In 1989, he received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Department of the Environment for Outstanding Service in the protection and preservation of the Nova Scotia Environment. A Certificate of Recognition of Volunteer Services was received in 2000 from the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg (MODL). He was an active (1973-2001) and honorary fireman of Northfield District Fire Department, as well as a member of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church. He was president of the West Northfield Community Centre for 30 years. He also served as a member of the Planning Advisory Committee for the MODL. Eugene received the Better Business Bureau of the Maritime Provinces Incorporated Community Achievement Award in 2003. Since 1973, he managed L.E. Veinotte & Sons Well Drilling and continued as owner/operator until 2017. He received the Driller of the Year Award in 1995 and the W.E. Brown Founders Award in 2004 for excellence and support in the water well drilling industry. He was involved with installations of geothermal heating systems since 2007. He was a member of the Goulds Professional Dealers Association since 1987. Eugene was well respected by everyone he knew and in particular, people he worked with throughout his career in the well drilling industry from Ontario to Newfoundland. Mustangs and happy faces helped him stay positive even while living with cancer for 17 years. Visitation will be held from 7-9 p.m., Friday, March 24 in Sweeny’s Funeral Home, Bridgewater. Funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, March 25 in St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, West Northfield, Rev. Mellanie Cohoon officiating with a private family interment in Maple Grove Cemetery, West Northfield. A reception will follow at the Northfield District Fire Hall. In lieu of flowers or donations, please help a friend in need. On-line condolences may be made by visiting