Apple grower Stirling loses battle with cancer

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The Valley fruit-growing community is mourning the loss of Tom Stirling. The active and well-known apple grower passed away July 22 at age 57 after a brief battle with an aggressive form of cancer.

A resident of Upper Canard, Tom was born into the prominent Stirling apple growing family of the Wolfville area and ended up devoting much of his life to a passion for apple growing.

Starting his career in the family business, Stirling Fruit Farms, Tom and his father and siblings soon branched off to form Stirling Apples, Limited.

In 2002, Tom and his wife Ruth-Anne formed Apple Valley Acres and were affiliated with Scotian Gold as a preferred grower. He was a member and a past director of the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers’ Association and a member of the Apple Farmers’ Association of Nova Scotia.

Tom was also a curler and an active member of the Port Williams Lions Club, of which he was a past president and served as treasurer and as a director.

Organizations: Apple, Nova Scotia Fruit Growers, Association of Nova Scotia Port Williams Lions Club

Geographic location: The Valley, Upper Canard, Wolfville

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