It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of Dennis (Leon) Desveaux (April 10th, 1940 – June 15th, 2017), age 77 years old, who passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family. Born at Friar’s Head, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, he was the son of the late Alec (à Phlip à Arsène) Desveaux and Rita (à Dedier à Simion) Delaney. He moved to the United States in the 1960s and established his own manufacturing company in Long Island, New York. His son Todd is now running the family business. Dennis so enjoyed his vacations to Cape Breton but for the past six years, his poor health kept him from travelling to his native home. He also loved music and was a very good musician as a guitar and mandolin player. His son Brian is an accomplished guitar player and has his own band “Nine Days” and lives in Nashville. Deeply saddened as we say good-bye, he leaves behind his pride and joy, sons Brian and Todd. Siblings; Alcide (Lise), Welland, Ontario, Estelle (John O’Hearn), Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, Bernice (Brian O’Grady), Waverley, Nova Scotia, and Lucille (Armand Maranda) in Nevada. Besides his parents, he was pre-deceased by his wife of 50 years, Shirley (Bourgeois) of Cheticamp who passed away in April. Cremation has taken place and visitation was held on June 19th at the Robertaccio Funeral Home, Inc, Patchogue, New York, and funeral service took place on June 20th at the St. Margaret of Scotland Church in Selden, New York. Condolences can be made on the Robertaccio Funeral Home Inc. web page.
Warren (1951-2017) will be missed. But we also rejoice that as of Monday, June 12, 2017, he is with Jesus in Heaven. “Oh death, where is your victory, oh death, where is your sting?”(1 Cor 15:55). Warren left a great family legacy. What a blessing! He was married to Jean for 44 faithful years. Warren was a father to Bonnie (Tyler) Jones, Carrie (Todd) Jones, Chad (Lynda), Rodney (Sarah), and proud grandpa to 15 grandchildren. The Lord has blessed the MacDonald family richly over the years. Warren was devoted to his family and worked hard to provide a caring, nurturing home. He was a faithful friend to many and his friendships went deep with true love and loyalty. As a hard worker he modeled his work ethic and integrity to all those around him. Warren retired from Michelin after 35 years of service. He lived life to the fullest with Jean - his high school sweetheart by his side. They had a marriage with a deep love and an unbreakable bond. It was truly a Christ-like marriage that honoured God. Born in Inverness and raised in the beautiful hills of the Margaree Valley, Cape Breton. There was no other place Warren wanted to be. Warren was raised along with his siblings, Rosalyn, Holly, Donna, and Gordon in a Christ-centred family by his father, Ross, mother Rachel. Warren loved to construct, tear down, cut, paint, fix, camp, travel, host, cook, and just sit and look at the view. Warren was 65 years old when he peacefully went to be with Jesus at the Cheticamp Hospital, where he was served by caring doctors and nurses. Many will gather to celebrate Warren’s life this week. While tears will be shed, mourning will be turned to joy (Jeremiah 31) in knowing that Warren loved Jesus Christ and put his hope and faith in Him. Visitation will take place on Wednesday, June 14, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Margaree Valley Baptist Church. The funeral will take place on Thursday, June 15th, at 2:00 p.m. at Margaree Valley Baptist Church. Family flowers only please. Warren’s wishes were for donations to be made to the “renovation fund” at the Margaree Valley Baptist Church. This was a project Warren had great pride, passion, and investment in over the years. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Sunset Funeral Co-operative. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.
Lorne Bruce MacKinnon died suddenly near Picton, Ontario, on Thursday, May 18th, in his 69th year. He leaves behind dear son Malcolm and wife Elaine of St.Catharines and brothers Don and Wayne. Eldest son of the late Hector and Rosa. Loving uncle to Breton, Keegan, and Ainsley. He was a fine musician who could play almost any instrument, especially his banjo, guitars, and mandolin and enjoyed hours of entertaining at different venues over the years. Lorne was a lover of parrots from an early age. In his later life he finished his degree at Queen's University after serving over 30 years with SLH Transport. He spent winter months in Key Largo on his boat with his Florida friends and summers in Eastern Ontario. Visitation was held on Sunday, May 21st – Napanee with Words of Remembrance said. Online condolences at www.wartmanfuneralhomes.com.
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Shirley Wolfe (nee MacDougall), of Charlottetown, age 85 years, peacefully with her family by her side at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Saturday June 3rd, 2017. Ma was survived by her eight loving children Diane Cotter, Debbie Garner, Stephen, Elaine (Andrew) Thompson, Calvin (LouAnne), Marleen, Scott, and Heather. Beloved Gram to her 18 grandchildren Matthew (Liz) Cotter, Kristen (Cris) Amanti, Brent Garner, Angela, Michael (Felicia), Jennie (Spencer) Thompson, Derek (Samantha) Thompson, John-Alec (Taylor) Thompson, Rebecca (Tyler) Gallant, Kurtis, Emily, Ryan (Kaylee) Hately, Alex Hately, Brittany, Kimberley, Shelly, Erica Frisk, and Nicole Frisk. Great Gram to Avery and Logan Cotter, Emery and Jack Amanti, Keeva Hately and Gabriel Thompson. Predeceased by her parents Mary Ann and Hughie G. MacDougall; sisters Jemima, Marcella and Jane; and brothers Jordan, Donnie and John. Resting at the Hennessey Cutcliffe Funeral Home, Charlottetown for visitation was held on Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 and Wednesday, June 7th, 2017. Funeral Mass was held at St. Pius X Parish, Charlottetown on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017. Memorial donations may be made to the QEH Respiratory Services. Online condolences may be made at http://www.islandowned.ca/
With heavy hearts and deep sadness, we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother and sister. Anne Christine (MacDonald) MacDonell, 64, peacefully passed away in the arms of her family on Wednesday May 31st, 2017. Anne was born in Inverness, Nova Scotia, on July 26th, 1952, to the late Allan Francis and Mary Anne MacDonald and spent her childhood on the family farm in Southwest Mabou with her nine siblings. After graduating from the Baden School “up the road”, she then attended Port Hood Consolidated School where she met and fell in love with her singing sweetheart, and lifelong best friend, Wayne MacDonell. Anne and Wayne were married on September 29th, 1972, and their marriage was filled with music, laughter, and love. Anne was preceded in death by her spouse, Wayne, in October 2010, her beloved sister Joan, and her sisters-in-law Marcey and Brenda. Anne spent 33 years in the Tax Office with the Municipality of the County of Inverness. She would always remember your name and give you a smile, making the experience of paying your taxes a little less painful. Many co-workers throughout the years became lifelong friends with Anne and provided her with many years of laughter and stories. The light of Anne’s life, and her greatest pride and passion, were her children and grandchildren. Her home was filled with the laughter and love of her grandchildren. Anne leaves behind her three loving children, Denise MacDonell-Cook (Jamie), Dean (Patricia), and Craig (Michelle) as well as her eight grandchildren Avery, Cadence, Barrett, Gus, Finlay, Alistair, Caleb, and Casey. Throughout her life, Anne relied on her faith to provide her solace and strength. Her experience of becoming a Cursillista was joyful and meaningful, and where she met friends that lasted a lifetime. Anne was also a faithful member of the Catholic Women’s League and a member of St. Peter’s Parish, Port Hood. Anne’s brothers and sisters will miss her straightforward opinions. They will be forever grateful for the time they had together, and will never forget her: Alanna (John), Alex (Marjorie), Betty, Angus, Margaret, Bernie (Janice), Stanley (Catherine), and Kevin (Margie). Her MacDonell brothers and sisters are also heartbroken to lose Anne, but are comforted by the fact that Bonnie and Clyde are now back together. Visitation was held at the Port Hood Resting Place on Sunday June 4th, 2017, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Funeral mass was held on Monday, June 5th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Peter's Church, Port Hood with Fr. Vincent Van Zutphen officiating. Burial to follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Port Hood Boardwalk, or to Palliative Care at the Strait Richmond Hospital. Online condolences may made through www.invernessfuneralhome.com. A mother’s (grandmother’s) arms are more comforting than anyone else’s. – Princess Diana
It is with deep sorrow and broken hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Kyle on May 30th, 2017. He was born on September 26th, 1975. He was a son, brother, father, uncle, and friend to many. Kyle was well known for his zest for life, sense of humour, crazy antics, Facebook postings, and love for his daughters. He was able to bring laughter to all, and he was willing to step up and help out those he felt needed a hand. He is survived by his most precious daughters, Ada Margaret and Kelty Jane, Edmonton, who were his pride and joy. His parents, Kate MacMillan, Little Judique Harbour; Wayne MacMillan, Havre Boucher; siblings, Lianna (Conrad) Gillis, Judique; Jamie, Port Hawkesbury; Sean, Fort McMurray; Andrea (Thomas) Hulford, Halifax; niece and nephew Maeve and Ethan Gillis, Judique; grandmother, Catherine MacMillan, Port Hawkesbury; former wife Kathryn MacMillan, Edmonton; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins with whom he had a special bond. He was predeceased by maternal grandparents Angus and Cassie MacInnis, Port Hawkesbury; paternal grandfather Colin MacMillan, Harbourview; and uncles Blaise and Brian MacInnis, Port Hawkesbury. Resting in Green’s Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury on Tuesday from 2:00-9:00 p.m. from where a vigil service will be held at 6:30 pm; Funeral Mass will be offered Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. from St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Port Hawkesbury, with Rev. Conrad Edwards presiding; burial will follow in the Parish cemetery. Family flowers only please. Memorial donations may be made to the Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta or a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Green’s Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury. Messages to the family may be conveyed at www.greensfuneralhome.ca.
William (Bill) Mouland (born April 30th, 1951) passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his family on May 31st, 2017. He is predeceased by his parents, Gerald and Beatrice (nee Fisher) Mouland of Bonavista, NL, and is survived by his wife, Diane Mouland (nee MacMillan); daughter, Jenny (Tim) Mouland Dahl; son, Gerald Mouland (Kyra Martin); brother, Albert (Dallas) Mouland of Ontario, and sister, Annie Mouland of Bonavista, NL. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Annie MacMillan; brothers-in- law Eddy (Simone) MacMillan and Francis MacMillan; nieces, Tracy (Ernie) MacMillan and Ann Margaret MacMillan; nephews, Michael Mouland, OJ (Elisabeth) MacMillan, Neil (Donna) MacMillan, Jesse and Dillon MacMillan; grand-nieces, Myranda, Madison, Allie, Leah, Rayna, Skylar, Jo-Lee, and grand-nephew, Riley. For the last decade Bill struggled with numerous health complications, culminating last year with admission to the ICU at Cape Breton Regional Hospital where he remained on life support for 15 days. He miraculously recovered and was discharged to Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital as a palliative patient in May 2016. Strong-willed and determined, he regained muscle control and learned to walk again. He walked his daughter down the aisle and danced with her at her wedding on July 23rd, 2016. He continued his battle with cancer and lived life to the fullest. He enjoyed fishing, going to the movies, the company of friends, a good card game, and music of all genres. He was an exemplary father and loved his children beyond words. He was equally proud of all his nieces and nephews. He loved to see his grandnieces and was looking forward to seeing his grandnephew, Riley play hockey in the fall. He was a plumber by trade, a fisherman, and a labourer. Bill went back to school at age 50 and became a student program assistant. He worked at Richmond Academy, Chedabucto Education Centre, Bayview Education Centre, Dalbrae, and Inverness Academy. He believed in the power of education and said that he learned more from the children he worked with than a lifetime of experience. As a young man, Bill played hockey and loved all sports. His physical strength and tenacity is what made him a good athlete and is what helped him during difficult times as his health deteriorated. Bill will be remembered as a kind and loving husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend. He was a man who made time for everyone. He spoke his mind, loved stories, and remained true to Newfoundland. Cremation has taken place under the direction of the Sunset Funeral Home. The visitation and funeral took place at the Port Hood Parish Hall on Saturday, June 3rd, from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Captain Corvin Vincent of The Salvation Army officiated. Burial to take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Inverness Hospital Palliative Care Unit.
Elizabeth Marcella Timmons, age 86, passed away peacefully with family by her side on May 28th, 2017, in the Inverary Manor, Inverness, Cape Breton. Born in Black Point, Victoria County, on November 21st, 1930, she was the daughter of the late John Alex and Annie MacKinnon. We say good bye to a special wife, mom, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She had a passion for knitting and she shared gifts of homemade socks, mittens, and quilts with family and friends throughout the community. Until her final days she was knitting socks and mittens to donate to the Children's Play Place in Antigonish. Elizabeth was a successful business owner and an inspiration to many, she operated her own bake shop in the 1970s and later co-owner of the Hyland restaurant both in Inverness. A strong lady, at the age of 56 she obtained her driver's license to become more independent. Elizabeth is known to many for her beautiful cooking and delicious baked goods, she loved plants and flowers in her home, enjoyed company and a good chat. Most of all she loved her family and especially the love the of her life, Archie. She is survived by her husband and best friend of 62 years Archibald Timmons; her children Lee (Sandra), St. Margaret's Village, Marie (A.D.) Inverness, Jean (Ivan), Inverness, Clearance (Tracey), Whitehorse, Timmy( Jackie), Sydney, Lester (Terry), Halifax, Celeste (Brian), Inverness, Jay Whitehorse; brothers Johnny (late Marcella), Paddy (Alice),and Wayne Mackenzie; sisters, Margaret, (late Leo MacKinnon), Althenia (late Simon Dan MacKinnon) and Deanna; sister-in-law Diane Timmons, and Carol (late Donald Alistair), 18 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by one son in infancy Alexander ,sister Katie (late Angus Fraser), brothers, Donald (Jessie), Angus(Kristy), Peter (May), Murdock (Susie), Sandy (Tina), Frankie (Rosie) and Donald Alistair. She loved us all, and we loved her, none of us will ever forget the impact she made on our lives. Cremation has taken place under the direction of the Inverness Funeral Home. Respecting Elizabeth's wishes there will be no visitation or funeral service. Memorial donations may be made to the Central Inverness Palliative Care Society or Inverary Manor Inverness. The family would like to thank the wonderful and dedicated staff at the Inverary Manor who took such good care of her, special thanks to Dr. Ritter and Palliative Care Nurse, Lori-Ann, your kindness will never be forgotten. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com. Our sorrow and sense of loss is great, but she is at peace.
It is with great regret and sad hearts that we announce the death of Luce Bernice Carroll, who passed in the Infirmary Hospital, QEll in Halifax on May 23rd, at the age of 58 after a long battle with myelofibrosis, a blood disease cancer that eventually led to a bone marrow transplant in June 2016. Born in Cheticamp, she completed her high school education and went on to Dartmouth Vocational College. She had an accomplished professional career working with Michelin Canada. She had been diagnosed in 2011 shortly after retiring proudly with 30 Years of Service. She is survived by her husband, Edward "Teddy" Carroll, Pictou; her daughter Melissa, Bedford; her son, Edward (Courtney), Halifax; brothers, Gerald (Lyse), Beresford, N.B;
AUCOIN, Isabelle, Chéticamp. It is with heavy hearts that we announce that our beautiful blue-eyed Isabelle lost her 9-year battle with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s. She left us all too soon, but Isabelle should not be remembered by her disease. She touched many lives before moving on, and as her loving husband Léo repeated so often, “La vie était belle”– she just made life more beautiful! Isabelle passed peacefully at the Inverary Manor in Inverness, NS, surrounded by her family on May 21st, 2017, at the age of 65. Predeceased by her mother and father, Thérèse and Jimmy Desveaux, and survived by two brothers, Harold (Mary) and Paul Angus (Joan); and five sisters, Imelda (Hugh), Lucille (Dave), Nora (Charles), Bernice (Victor) and ‘baby sister’ Dina. Isabelle was ‘Matante’ to 29 nieces and nephews and a growing list of great-nieces and great-nephews, and is also survived by a list of extended family too long to list, but too special to miss. Isabelle sadly leaves behind the love of her life, Léo, her adoring husband of almost 45 years. Their love story resulted in two beloved daughters, Nicole and Gisèle, their cherished son-in-law Jon, and Isabelle was such a proud Mémère to three grandsons, Logan, Ryan, and Declan. She loved spending time with family and friends, and enjoyed many travels with Léo and Gisèle over the years. This is what made life beautiful to her. Léo, Nicole, and Gisèle cannot even begin to express the gratitude they feel for the Inverary Manor, especially the Harbour Lakes family. The love, care, and support that Isabelle and her family received from each of these incredibly loving professionals, through this most difficult time, was truly above and beyond. There is a special place for each of them in the family’s hearts. Memorial service under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services was officiated by Deacon Gerald LeBlanc at l’Église Saint Pierre on Thursday, May 25th, followed by a reception at The Royal Canadian Legion. Isabelle’s brain has been donated to Alzheimer’s research; flowers are welcomed, although the family would appreciate donations to the Alzheimer Society of Canada. We hope that by contributing to research we can all help to ease the pain of future patients and families who must deal with this terrible disease.
Age 66 of Brookside, Achibald passed away on April 1st, 2017, at home in Brookside. Born in Inverness, he was a son of John Rankin MacIsaac and Theresa Madeline (Kennedy) MacIsaac. Archie worked for many years as sporting goods manager at Canadian Tire in Halifax and Yarmouth.He also worked at the Inverness Bowling Alley, post office, and Inverness flower shop. His favourite pastimes were bowling, poker ,and NASCAR. He was very excited about the success of the rejuvenated Toronto Maple Leafs. Archie spent the last 15 years lending his loving hands in the care of special needs adults. Leo and Linda will be forever grateful for your assistance. He will be sadly missed and never forgotten by all of your siblings and godchild, Byron. Surviving sisters, Jane Marie MacIsaac, Elizabeth MacInnis (Lorne), Karen Anne Gillis (Michael), Lake Ainslie; Catherine Darlene MacDougall (Hughie), all of Inverness; brothers, John (Ramona), Head of Jeddore; Hughie (Darlene), Angus, Ontario; Lawrence (Sandy), Wolfville; Leo (Linda), Brookside; Michael (Patricia), Inverness; many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by father, John Rankin MacIsaac; mother, Theresa Madeline (Kennedy) MacIsaac; brother, Alexander MacIsaac, niece, Dena and nephew, Louis. Cremation has taken place. Funeral mass will be held at Stella Maris Parish, Saturday, May 27th, at 11:00 a.m. Visitation from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Burial in parish cemetary. In lieu of flowers, donations to Palliative Care Society.
It’s with heavy hearts that the family announce the death of our dear mother, Jean MacCallum, on May 1st, 2017.The only daughter of Charles and Ethel (Gilpin) Hemlow. Born in Halifax, September 8th 1916, she was a survivor of the Halifax explosion. Mom received her early education in Windsor, Ontario. Returning to Halifax in 1932 she secured a position at The Halifax Herald and Mail where she met her husband Clayton in 1939. They moved to Sydney in 1947. She was a member of the Baptist Gift Guild, Vice-president of Sydney City Hospital Auxiliary, member of the Home and School Association, secretary of CARS for 16 years, secretary of the United Appeal. She enjoyed curling, golf, fishing and camping with family, oil painting and crafts, dancing and gardening. In 1963 the family moved to Margaree Valley where she continued in community affairs. An adherent of Wilson United Church and a life member of the UCW. She is survived by her sons Donald, Grand Etang, CB; Gordon (Cecilia) Rankin Inlet, NWT. Daughters Sharon (Bill) Jeans, Halifax;Elsie (William) Rodenhizer First Peninsula,Lunenburg. Grandsons Darren MacCallum, Montreal; Christopher (Wendy) Jeans, Halifax;Byron (Niki) Rodenhizer, Tantallon; Jeremiah MacCallum, Rankin Inlet; granddaughters Naomi MacCallum, Rankin Inlet; Wendy (Anthony) Page, Lunenburg. Twelve great grand children and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband of 65 years Clayton, brothers William, Edward, and Donald; daughter-in-law Camille MacCallum. Cremation has taken place. Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 3rd, 2017, in the Wilson United Church, Margaree Center. Reverend Alicia Cox officiating. Internment in the Congressional Cemetery. Reception following in the church hall. We are grateful to the staff at Ridgewood Assisted Living in Bridgewater for their kind and compassionate care. Donations may be made to Wilson United Church Margaree Center or to a charity of your choosing.
KEELING (Fee), Florence Catherine, age 79, Whycocomagh. It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Florence on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017, in the Guysborough Memorial Hospital. Born in East Lake Ainslie, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Nellie (MacLean) Fee. Florence was adherent of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Whycocomagh. Florence worked at the Village Inn, Texaco Restaurant In and Out, The Red Barn, Norma’s Diner, and the Auld’s Cove Big Stop for 11 years. Florence is survived by her daughter, Benita (Lawrence), Dartmouth; sons, Rick (Corinne), Edmonton, Alta; Michael (Jesslyn), Skye Glen; Mark (Tanya), Mulgrave; sister, Julia (Ronnie), Sudbury, Ont; brother, Colin (Helen), Whycocomagh; grandchildren, Amanda, John, Donald, Jordan, Riley, Clayton and Sandy; great-grandchildren, Elaina, Thomas and Jaelyn. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard Bennett; brother, Joey; niece, Colleen Fee. The family would like to give thanks for the great care and compassion of Dr. Bell and nurses and CCA’s of the Milford Haven Home for Special Care in Guysborough for the special care Florence received. Also special thanks to Sadie Fee and Colin Fee for their continued support and care over the years. Visitation was held on Friday, May 12th, in Dennis Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Whycocomagh. Funeral service was held on Saturday, May 13th from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Whycocomagh with Rev. Andrew MacDonald officiating. Burial followed in Stewartdale Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Mill Rd. Social Enterprises or a charity of choice. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at www.haverstocks.com
It is with heavy hearts we announce the death of Myles "Miney" Havelock Hinkley, age 83, of Inverness, on May 10th, 2017, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital, surrounded by family and friends. He is survived by daughter, Sally Hinkley, (Sydney); Danina MacDonnell (Port Hawkesbury); Mary MacNeil (Donald), Inverness; Irene Hinkley (Duncan) Port Hawkesbury; sons Ernie (Mary), Brian (Jessica), Archie, all of South West Margaree; Bernie (Corina), Inverness; Walter (Crystal), Port Hawkesbury; brother, Walter Hinkley (Halifax), many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother, father, wife (Mary Hinkley); sons, Johnny and Hector; sister, Mable Hinkley. He loved playing poker, scratch tickets, and was totally dedicated to the horse races. He loved playing bingo and spending time with family and friends. He loved going to the wharf, waiting for the boys to come in with their lobster traps, and his weekly card game of 'dealers choice'. He was well liked by all who knew him and will be greatly missed. Visitation was held in Stella Maris Church, Inverness on Monday, May 15th. The funeral Mass followed with Father Duncan MacIsaac officiating. Burial to follow in St. Margaret of Scotland Cemetery, Broad Cove. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society or a charity of choice. On-line condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com
Colin Joseph, 93, Port Hawkesbury, died May 12th, 2017, in Saint Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish. Born in Judique, he was a son of the late William and Mary (MacDonald) Chisholm. Colin served with the Merchants Marines on a North American Supply Ship during World War Two, following his service he worked on the lake boats of Ontario, he then moved on to be employed with Otis Elevators and finally worked as an apartment superintendent until his retirement, he later returned home to Cape Breton. The last surviving member of his immediate family, Colin will be missed by his many nieces and nephews; as well as his neighbors at Sunset Manor. He was predeceased by his brothers Dan Alex, Rannie, John Archie, John James, Allan, and a sister Mary Ellen. Resting in Green’s Funeral Home, 507 Bernard Street, Port Hawkesbury, with visitation on Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Funeral Mass will be offered Thursday at 3:00 p.m. from St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church, Judique, with Rev. Allan MacMillan presiding, burial will take place in the Parish Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Strait Richmond Hospital or St. Andrew’s Cemetery Fund. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Green’s Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury. Messages to the family may be conveyed at www.greensfuneralhome.ca.
Anne Simpkins passed away peacefully at her home in Little Narrows, Nova Scotia, on April 26th, 2017. Anne is survived by her long time partner in life, Ed McCarty, her children, Augusta Farley, Joan Gillispie and Anne(Schatzie) Farley, her sons-in-law, Mark Gillispie and Ed Moore, 4 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and her half sister Jinkie. Anne was preceded in death by her sister Natalie, a brother Rick, and a half sister Leslie. Anne was born on November 21st, 1922, in New York State. After raising a family in New York, Anne moved to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where she met the love of her life, Ed McCarty. Anne was adventurous, creative, and full of life. As a child, she loved to ride her horse, Fleur, around the countryside near her home in New York. In her twenties, she was a fashion photographer for Harper’s Bazaar and other magazines. As a young mother, she photographed her family and neighbors and created beautiful family portraits. When she moved to Cape Cod and then Cape Breton, she continued to photograph the world around her. Anne and Ed moved to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, in 1974. They bought a small piece of land and made it into their own slice of paradise. The house Anne built with Ed complimented their creative spirits. She loved to grow vegetables and beautiful flowers and to befriend the wildlife that shared her land. Anne cherished her family, friends, and the life she made with Ed, their cats, and their beloved Malinois, Allai. Anne will be missed by all who loved her and who had the opportunity to share her adventurous spirit. A special thank you to the respite aides, nurses, and palliative doctors of Home care. They all gave Anne wonderful care at home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Iona Volunteer Fire Department (4372 Highway 223 Iona, Nova Scotia Canada B2C1A2) with gratitude for the help given to Anne over the years.
Valerie Elizabeth (Aucoin), age 63, passed away on May 3rd, 2017, in Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, with her loving family by her side and soft, peaceful music playing in the background. Born in Kentville, she was a daughter of the late Wilburt Aucoin and Margaret (MacGillivray) Aucoin. Valerie graduated from Ecole NDA, Cheticamp, in 1971, and studied at Maritime Secretarial School, Halifax. She worked for 25 years at Cheticamp Building Supplies and for various fishing companies as an office administrator. Valerie was an artistic person, she shared her many beautiful creations of tole painting, quilting, and scrapbooking with her family and friends. She enjoyed a good book, coffee with friends at at the Frog Pond Café, camping, and to share a glass of wine with loved ones. She adored her family, putting everyone first. Her greatest joy was spending time with and following the various sports and activites of her beautiful grandchildren. The family wishes to express gratitude to the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre and the Palliative Care team for the comfort and care they provided Valerie in her last weeks. Surviving are her husband Aurel Muise; mother, Margaret (MacGillivray) Aucoin; son, Brad (Yvette) Muise, Bridgewater; daughter, Fawnda (Dennie) Haché, Cheticamp; brothers, Ron (Catherine) Aucoin, Wilburt (Stella) Aucoin, both of Cheticamp; Cecil Aucoin, Halifax; sisters: Karen (Bernie) Mattie, Port Hawkesbury; Sharlene (Alex John) Burns, Cheticamp; grandchildren, Keilidh, Victoria, BC; Colton, MaKenzie, Abigail of Cheticamp, A.J. and Jessica of Halifax, many loved nieces and nephews, brothers and sisters-in-laws, special friend, Colleen Burns, pre-deceased by her father, Wilburt AuCoin.
We the family of our aunt, Effie MacLellan, would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude for all the kind words, prayers, cards, and visits. To the funeral home and all who attended her funeral. Also for donations made to Inverary Manor and to Inverness Palliative Care in memory of Effie. To the pallbearers; Francis Poirier, Paddy Poirier, Gussie MacLellan, Angus Hubbard, Steven Odo, John Maclellan. Thank you all. For the beautiful music provided by Glen MacEachern, especially the fiddle tune which touched our hearts and would make Effie smile for she loved to hear the violin playing. Thanks to the alter servers, also to the readers, Karen Hirtle, and Effie’s niece Francene Bougeous, very nice. Thanks to the fire department auxillary for the beautiful lunch. To the Inverary Manor, a heartfelt thanks to all staff for their wonderful care of “little Effie” during her time which was her home for the last six and a half years. A special thanks to Father Duncan for his visit to the manor to give the last blessing and prayers to Effie. The funeral director, Kevin Deagle did above and beyond the call of duty. To help our family to plan and make Effie’s passing and make the funeral easier for us to take care of. Kevin, Thanks for all you did for us. Will not forget it. Well we will say good bye Effie for now only. Till we meet again.
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Donald Finley “Donnie” MacDonald of Inverness, NS, on April 29th, 2017, in the QEII Halifax Infirmary, surrounded by his loving family. Donnie was born in Inverness on Tuesday, November 21st, 1950, and was a son of the late James Alexander and Alexina (Campbell) MacDonald. He was a member of Stella Maris Parish in Inverness. He was known to many as “The Milk Man” and fondly remembered as a fellow horseman. He loved a good joke and great conversation with his many friends around the track and in the coffee shop. Donnie spent several years in Ontario working in the harness racing industry where he made many lifelong friends. The yellow line on the road had nothing on Donnie! He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Gloria (Chiasson) MacDonald, his son Scott (Karen) MacDonald of Halifax, daughter Mary MacDonald of Inverness and his pride and joy - his grandsons Donald James and Cameron; siblings Sandra (George) MacLean, Ontario; Wayne (Marie) MacDonald, Inverness; Cathy (Ewen) MacEachen, Mabou; Joan (late John) MacDonald, Port Hood; Hughie (Michelle) MacDonald, Inverness; Angie (Brian) Smith, Mabou; Michelle (Alex) Dixon, Inverness; several nieces and nephews; grand nieces and nephews. Visitation was held on Monday, May 1st in Inverness Funeral Home and Tuesday. Funeral Mass was held on Wednesday, May 3rd at 11:00 a.m. in Stella Maris Church, Inverness, with Father Duncan MacIsaac officiating. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the QEII Foundation Cardiac Care Unit. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.
It is with broken hearts we announce the passing of Chris John MacGregor of Scotsville. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by family at Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital, Sunday, April 30th, 2017. Chris was born August 2nd, 1924, to Duncan and Eliza (MacKay) MacGregor. Chris went to Sudbury as a young man and worked in the mines for many years. As his parents got older Chris came home to help his father run the farm. He worked for MacLean Builders after moving back to Scotsville, he was one of founders for the Lake Ainslie Fire Dept and in later years was an honourary fireman. Chris was also an Honourary Elder of Lake Ainslie Presbyterian Church. A young man at heart, he liked to be involved in the activities taking place in the community and enjoyed people whether young, middle age, or elderly. Chris was the last surviving member of his immediate family. He is survived by many nieces and nephews; first cousin, Myrtle MacDougall (who was like a sister). Besides his parents he was predeceased by sisters; Donna, Annie, and Aggie and brother, Neil. Visitation for Chris will be Friday, May 5th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Lake Ainslie Fire Hall. Funeral at Lake Ainslie Presbyterian Church at 11:00 a.m. , Saturday May 6th, with Rev. Louis Ihasz officiating. Burial to follow in church cemetery. Memorial donations in memory of the late Chris MacGregor may be made to Lake Ainslie Presbyterian Church, L.A. Cemetery Fund, Lake Ainslie Fire Dept, or a charity of choice. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley.
After a lengthy illness, Innis passed away at home with Alice, his wife of 58 years, at his side. Innis was predeceased by his parents, Rupert and Hannah (MacInnis) Freeman, as well as his only sibling, Frank (Babe) and Frank’s daughter Stacey (Freeman) Crowell. Innis is survived by his wife Alice, his children – Scott, Lesa, Loralie, Leslie and Allison, nine grandchildren, and a grand nephew, Stacey's son Isaac. In 1970, Innis took over his father’s drug store in Inverness and operated it for the next 40 years. He was a lifetime member of St. Matthews United Church, Inverness, and a fierce community person. He served on the board of the Inverness Cottage Workshop (now Mill Road Social Enterprises) for 35 years, was a charter member of the Kinsmen, a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and a supporter of the Inverness Raceway. He was a Mason and a Shriner, and worked tirelessly at fundraising for families receiving treatment at the Shriner hospital in Montreal. "No Man Stands So Tall As When He Stoops To Help A Child" - Shrine motto. For 25 years Innis was key to organizing fundraising in Inverness County for the Arthritis Society, and had the reward of seeing Inverness be the top county in the province in money raised. He was involved in fundraising for the Inverness Arena, the Inverness Hospital Foundation, Canadian Diabetes Association, the Inverness Development Association, and the Red Cross. It is a long list – Innis always had a ticket to sell you! As a member of the local Capers Snowmobile Club, Innis loved snowmobiling, especially going on ungroomed trails and sometimes getting himself into trouble! He was the consummate visitor who knew everyone, had a story to tell, and enjoyed the TEA and cookies. Meeting people once, he remembered them and called them by name. Innis leaves a large hole in our home and in our community. He will be missed. Cremation has taken place. Innis’ visitation will take place from 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. followed by a Celebration of Life that will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 29th, both in St.Matthew's United Church, Inverness with Pastor Maggie Plant officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: St. Matthew's Memorial Fund, Mill Road Social Enterprises, Central Inverness Palliative Care, or any charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at: www.haverstocks.com.
Elizabeth “Betty” Rankin Graham, age 80, passed away on Thursday, April 6th, 2017, in Halifax with her dedicated and loving daughter, Heather, by her side, following a four-year struggle with dementia. She was born in Inverness on May 2nd, 1936, and spent her early years in town and on the beloved ancestral farm in Broad Cove Banks. She was the youngest child and only daughter of Mary (MacDonald) Rankin and Roderick “Rory” Rankin, whom she affectionately referred to as Poppa.
Shortly after completing high school, she worked, lived and raised a family in the Boston area, until permanently relocating to Judique in 1969, and securing employment at Mary’s Hill Home (for disadvantaged adults), in Mabou for several years. She was predeceased by her parents Roderick "Rory" Rankin and Mary; brothers Angus Willie, John Angus "Mox", and John Dan; two siblings in infancy; husbands David Hoover Buckland (West Virginia), Duncan Roderick Graham (Judique), and son Daniel Roderick (Danny B.) Buckland. Mom leaves behind children David, Scott (Ellen), and Heather (Allan); grandchildren Amy (Devon), Bailey, Isaac, Rory, and Ethan; great-grandchildren Elliot and Sadie; two brothers-in-law; a sister-in-law; several cousins, nieces and nephews. Mom was a very generous soul who loved her family, friends, church, garden, a good game of cards, a saucy joke, and laugh and her kitchen. She was a renowned cook and baker in the surrounding communities, especially her go-to items such as date squares, biscuits, white/black puddings, bread, rolls, oatcakes, chocolate chip cookies, and blueberry muffins. Mom loved to welcome visitors with a hot cuppa tea and sweets, and loved to visit her numerous friends. Visitation was held in Judique at the Judique and District Volunteer Fire Department Hall on Monday, April 17th, 2017. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017, in St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church in Judique with Father Allan MacMillan officiating. Community tea to follow in the Judique Community Centre. Burial next to her Poppa will follow at a date to be determined by the family, in Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church Cemetery, Inverness. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Betty’s name to the Judique and District Volunteer Fire Department, Judique Community Centre or to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, 112-2719 Gladstone Street, Halifax, NS B3K 4W6. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.
John Angus Kennedy of Alliston, Ontario, left us peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family on April 9th, 2017. John was in his 88th year. Born in Inverness, Cape Breton, the home of his heart. He was the son of the late Angus Leo and Janet Isabel (Jessie) (nee Gillis-MacIsaac) Kennedy. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary (nee Beaton) and his eight children Mark Kennedy, Elaine (Phil) Goddard, Adele (Dan) La Fond, Lydia Kennedy, Carl Kennedy, Joyce (Bruce) Creighton, Diane (Ray) Bradshaw, Paul (Karen) Kennedy. He is survived by his sister Jessie (Bernie) Cameron. He is predeceased by his family members Leo, Margaret, Christina (John) MacLean, Donald (Pauline) Kennedy, Leona (John) Shaw, Belle (John Alex) Smith, Mary (Jack) MacIsaac, Neilena (Charles) MacArthur, John (Annie Belle) MacIsaac, and Daniel (D.M.) MacIsaac. He will be dearly missed by his 18 grandchildren Justin, Curtis, Devin, and Graham Goddard; Gregory, Brian, Christopher (Amy), and Taylor La Fond; Selena and Weston Doner; Olivia, Orrin, and Odin Creighton; Cameron and Gillian Bradshaw; Alexander, William, and John Kennedy; and great-grandson Fox La Fond; his many nieces and nephews; and family friend Neil Arsenault. In his youth, he was a member of the Inverness Pipe Band as a drummer. He joined the New Glasgow Police Department where he became county constable and later provincial constable. In 1959 he joined the RCAF as an Air Force Policeman. He remained a military policeman until he retired from the military in 1980. During his time in the service, he spent four years in Europe with the NATO Forces. In 1976/77 he served a tour with the UN forces in the Middle East. After leaving the military, John was employed with McDonnell Douglas Canada Ltd. as chief of security. He retired from the company in 1990. John was a Life Member of the Knights of Columbus and an active Life Member of the Royal Canadian Legion. He spent many years enjoying highland games as the Canadian Chieftain of The Kennedy Society of North America. He was proud of his Scottish roots and his Cape Breton heritage. John always loved a good fiddle tune and the skirl of the bagpipes. He was passionate about war history, genealogy, birds, wildlife, and the great outdoors. He loved a good ceilidh and was well known as a great dancer. He was a giving, generous man with a huge heart that always put his family first. In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted for Stella Maris Catholic Church of Inverness, Nova Scotia, entrusted with John Thomas Funeral Home, Alliston, Ontario.
Florence Agnes Fraser, Inverary Manor/East Lake Ainslie, passed away in the Inverary Manor, Inverness, on April 10th, 2017. Born September 15th, 1918, she was the daughter of Alexander and Robena (Fraser) MacKinnon. Florence attended Hamilton School, East Lake Ainslie, then took a bookkeeping course in Amherst, Nova Scotia. She worked for a fish co-op in Alder Point, Cape Breton, Angus MacKay’s store/post office in Scotsville, and as a house keeper for Hugh and Maggie MacMillan, Twin Rock Valley, and Dr. Frank MacLeod, Inverness. Florence married Robert Fraser, Inverness, where they had three sons. The family moved up to East Lake Ainslie in the early 1950s. Florence lived in the Inverary Manor for the past four years. Florence loved doing crossword puzzles and playing Scrabble, even up into her latter years. She was a fluent Gaelic speaker. Florence is survived by three sons: Alexander (Darlene), East Lake Ainslie; Barrie, East Lake Ainslie; and Reginald (Sharon), Dartmouth. Nancy Fraser, mother of Robb and Kevin. Seven grandchildren: Robb, Kevin, and Lynn Fraser, and Becky, Lennie, Debbie, and Christian Bodyk, and 11 great-grandchildren. Florence was predeceased by her parents, husband Robert, and foster brother, Donald MacKinnon. The funeral will take place in Alexander Grant Memorial United Church, East Lake Ainslie at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 13th, with Rev. Rachel Campbell officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening, April 12th in Inverness Funeral Home, Inverness. Interment will be in the East Lake Ainslie Cemetery. Lunch and time with family will take place in the Lake Ainslie Fire Department, Scotsville, following the service. Family flowers only please. Donations in Florence’s memory can be made to the Alexander Grant Memorial United Church or the Lake Ainslie Fire Department. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.
Myles Joseph Fraser, Bay St. Lawrence. Myles was born in Neil’s Harbour in 1954 to Frank and Hannah (MacKinnon) Fraser. Dad was one of a kind. He was a jack of all trades from mining, fishing, mechanics, and a champ tarbish player. He would say that he soon would be barred from the games as he won so often. He also enjoyed trips to camp during deer season, watching the boats from the top of the hill, milkshakes and onion rings on the hot summer days, and taking his bud, Calvin, for ice cream. For many years he was a volunteer with the Bay St. Lawrence Volunteer Fire Department. Dad will be remembered by many for dressing as Santa Claus, visiting the kids and the young at heart on Christmas Eve; while ringing the bell and passing out candy canes. I bet the real Santa doesn’t have as many photos taken as Dad did. Although he saw hard times, Dad always had the attitude that there was “no sense in worrying as it won’t change anything”; his positivity and independence was to be admired. He made lifelong friends wherever he went and made many memories with them. Left to keep it together are his mother Hannah and his children Clifton, Deidre (Robert), Monique, and Bradley (Julie). He leaves behind grandchildren Charles, Myles, Rowan, Raya, and Lila and two great-grandchildren also step-grandchildren Becky and Johnny and two step- great-grandchildren. Also survived by his siblings Frances, Yvonne, Wand, and Debbie. Myles was predeceased by his spouse Jean, his father, and sisters Bernadette, Carolyn, and Anita. There was no visitation but a gathering to share memories will be held at St. Margaret’s Parish Centre on Tuesday, April 4th. Burial will take place at a later date. Donations in memory of Myles may be made to St. Margaret’s Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley.
We regret to announce the death of Dennis Geoffry Snewing, East Margaree, which occurred suddenly at East Margaree on March 27th, 2017. Arrangements are incomplete and are under the care of Sunset Funeral Co-operartive, Margaree Valley.
Effie Isabel MacLellan, age 91. It is with deepest sympathy that we announce the passing of our dearest Aunt Effie in the Inverary Manor on Sunday, April 2nd, 2017, with family by her side. Effie was born on February 2nd, 1926, and was a daughter of the late John A. and Florence (MacLellan) MacLellan. She was the last surviving member of her family and was a member of Stella Maris Church, Inverness. Effie worked for 38 years at St. Mary’s and Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital as a supervisor. Effie enjoyed the simple pleasures of life such as gardening, bingo, ceilidhs, pets, music, walks, her favourite team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and visiting with family and friends. Effie will be sorely missed by all who came to know her. She was predeceased by her brother Alex MacLellan; sisters Annie May Bourgeois, Margaret Burke, Marjorie Odo, and Catherine Poirier. She is survived by her nieces Florence Burke, Marilyn MacLean, Sadie Rankin, Janice MacKay, Hazel MacLellan, Michelle Hubbard, Marlene Odo, and Francene Bourgeois; and nephews John Poirier, Al Poirier, Dougie Odo, and John Burke. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 6th, in Inverness Funeral Home from 2:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held on Friday at 11:00 a.m. in Stella Maris Church, Inverness with Fr. Duncan MacIsaac officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery at a later date. Family flowers only please. Memorial donations may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society or to Inverary Manor, Inverness. Online condolences may be made to www.invernessfuneralhome.com.
Frances Ann MacDougall, age 97, of Mabou/Washabuck, passed away peacefully on March 29th, 2017, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Born in Washabuck on December 15th, 1919, she was a daughter of the late Jim Alex and Sadie (Murphy) MacDougall. Frances taught in various schools on Cape Breton Island. She retired in 1978 from Mabou Consolidated School and was the last surviving member of her family. She is survived by several nieces and nephews. Frances was predeceased by sisters Martha (Dan Alex) MacKinnon, Muriel (John) Moore, and Mary Ellen MacDougall; brothers Walter (Helen), John, (Mary Agnes), Joe, Frankie, and Peter in infancy. She was a member of St. Mary's Parish Mabou. Visitation will be held on Easter Monday in St. Mary's Church, Mabou, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. with funeral Mass to follow at 11:00 a.m., Fr. Bernie MacDonald officiating. Burial at a later date in Holy Rosary Cemetery, Washabuck. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society or to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made to www.invernessfuneralhome.com.
In loving memory of Catherine (nee MacNeil) MacDonald, 86 years. Peacefully, Thursday, March 30th, 2017, at Extendicare Falconbridge, Sudbury, with loving family at her side. Beloved wife of Archie MacDonald predeceased 1995. Loving mother of Donnie MacDonald (Debby), Dougie MacDonald (Donna), Betty Ann O’Reilly (Mike), Darren MacDonald, and Karen Lielkalns predeceased (Leo). Cherished grandmother of Meghan (Brent), Daniel (Ashley), Kaylan, Ian, Tyson (Andrea), Darren (Brittany), Andrew, Kelly, Michael, Patrick, Max, Cameron (Kristin), Kaleigh (Kurtis), and Courtney (Troy), and great-grandchildren Carter, Callie, Hudson, Lily, Ellie, Shaylee, and Kylinn. Dear daughter of Danny Sandy and Jessie Agnes (Cameron) MacNeil both predeceased. Dear sister of the late Alex (Marianne), Annie Mae (Johnny Rankin), Edward, Neil, Rebecca, Belle (Findlay), Peggy (Jack Small), and Betty (Danny MacDonald) all predeceased and Joe predeceased (wife Florence), Eddie (Gertie predeceased), and Maude (Omer Campbell). Sadly missed by many nieces and nephews. Catherine was a proud Cape Bretoner who embodied the MacNeil Motto, which was “Conquer or die”. She was born and raised in Rankinville, Nova Scotia. She married Archie MacDonald in 1953 in Niagara Falls, moving to Sudbury in the early sixties. She worked at Carlton Cards for 11 years. An avid Toronto Maple Leafs fan, she was a keen crib player and euchre player. She was an accomplished baker having won awards for her baking. She was an excellent cook who enjoyed preparing and hosting family dinners. She was devoted to her family. The light of her life will be cherished by all who knew and loved her. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Extendicare Falconbridge Residents’ Council would be appreciated. Funeral Prayers were held in the R. J. Barnard Chapel, Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home in Sudbury, Monday, April 3rd, 2017. Cremation with interment in the family plot at the Civic Memorial Cemetery. To light a memorial candle or for donations and messages of condolence, visit www.lougheed.org.
Donald Stanislaus MacDonald, age78, Port Hood, NS, passed away at approximately 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital, Donald S. MacDonald (affectionately known as Donald Willie) departed from this world to join his parents Willie and Marie (MacIsaac) MacDonald and his older sister Rita MacDonnell. Donald’s battle with cancer was not a winning one despite the tremendous care given by the medical staff and the palliative care unit in Inverness. His suffering is over. Donald was born on Thursday, January 12th, 1939, in Inverness. He lived almost all of his 78 years on Company Road in Port Hood. He worked for numerous employers but mostly for the Department of Highways and in the fishing industry until ill health forced an early retirement. His love of card playing (cribbage, 63, and auction), watching the horse races, and listening to good music kept him competitive and entertained. Most recently he would be found at the jam sessions on Friday night at the Little White Church Hall (St. Stephen’s). From these events, he will be thoroughly missed. At home, the Blue Jays, the Dodgers, the Packers, and especially the Leafs kept him totally connected to the sports world. He longed for the day his beloved Leafs would once again hoist Lord Stanley’s trophy. Donald will leave behind heavy hearts that include his daughter Valerie Bowen and his beautiful grand-children Lauren, Brody, and Avery who now reside in Beaumont, Alberta. He is survived by his sisters Frances MacDonnell and Rosie Beaton, Mabou; Georgina MacNeil and Carmelita Gillis, Port Hood; Bernadette Montague, Dundas, Ontario; Anne Beaton, Windsor, Ontario; and Mary (Donnie) MacEachern, Hamilton, Ontario; also brothers Howard (Yvonne), Gerald (Judy), Cecil (Mary Janet), and Lloyd (Helen) all of Port Hood, along with brother-in-law Roddie MacDonnell of Niagara Falls, Ontario, as well as many beloved nieces and nephews. Donald was predeceased by his parents Willie and Marie; sister Rita; brothers-in-law Alex Duncan MacDonnell, Jerry Montague, John Francis Beaton, John Angus Gillis, Sandy Beaton, and Alex Dan MacNeil. Donald was a faithful Catholic and his death will leave a huge space in the back pew of St. Peter’s Church. He returned once again to his church, this time to the front where his funeral was celebrated by Father Vincent van Zutphen on Monday, April 3rd. Visitation took place in Port Hood Resting Place on Saturday, April 1st, and on Sunday, April 2nd. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society or to Port Hood Resting Place. Online condolences may be made to www.invernessfuneralhome.com.
Carol Joan “Jay” Hartman-Berrier, of South West Margaree, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, passed away Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. She is survived by her husband of 38 years Robert Lee Hartman-Berrier. Besides her husband, Jay leaves her three daughters Caitlin (Hazen) von Graf and husband Fred, Megan Hazen and husband Joshua Buergel, and Rebecca (Hartman-Berrier) Daddona and husband Mike; her grandchildren Elisabeth Lowman and husband Robert, Markus von Graf, Alex von Graf, Madeleine Buergel, William Buergel, and Marie Buergel; and her great-granddaughter Katya Lowman. She is also survived by her father Clifton Robert Hartman, by her brother Keith Hartman and sister Dale Bernardoni, and by a loving family of in-laws and nieces and nephews, as well as by a loving circle of friends. She was predeceased by her mother, Mary Shuey Hartman. Born in Summit, New Jersey, on August 13th, 1946, Jay led a full and varied life with many strong interests. She was a life-long third generation Girl Scout and Mariner Girl Scout, an interest she shared and passed along to her daughters and granddaughters as troop leader and supporter. She was a champion bike racer in New Haven, Connecticut, where she also developed strong ties to the growing folk music community. This led to her being the director of the Indian Neck Folk Festival for 51 years; she also acted as the director of the Pennsylvania Folk Festival and founded the Harrisburg Area Community College Folk Music series, which still runs today. Jay believed in the co-op movement and operated a food co-op in Connecticut for many years. She was married to Allen Patterson Hazen of New York City in 1970 and divorced in 1976, raising her two oldest daughters as a single mom and travelling musician before meeting the love of her life, Robert Berrier, in 1979. One of the happiest days in her life, and the fulfilment of her dream, was when she took the oath of citizenship and became a Canadian citizen at Fortress Louisbourg on August 15th, 2013. Jay was also a master weaver, a member of the Atlantic Spinners and Handweavers Guild in Halifax, NS, an avid hiker, kayaker, cross-country skier, and snowshoer who took full advantage of the beauty of her chosen home on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Jay's love of gardening was an illustration of how many of her endeavours came from a desire to make the world a better place, even if it just involved making her own surroundings more beautiful and productive. She was a member of the Central Inverness Community Health Board and recently served as its chair. In addition, she was the patient representative on several Cape Breton and Provincial Community Health initiatives. A memorial service to celebrate Jay Hartman-Berrier's life will be held concurrently with this year's Indian Neck Folk Festival on Sunday, May 14th, in Falls Village, Connecticut. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a local hospice or cancer care alliance near you.
Angus Alphonsus “Phonsie” Gerard Beaton, age 71, of Mabou Harbour, NS, passed away March 22nd, 2017, in the company of his loving family after a heroic battle with cancer. Born in Mabou, July 1st, 1945, he was the son of the late Alexander and Mary (Marsh) Beaton. After graduating from Saint Joseph’s High School in 1963 he moved to Waterloo, ON. It was there, in 1972, he met the love of his life, Catherine Campbell of Inverness. When an opportunity to become a lobster fisherman arose in 1974 back home, Phonsie and Cathy jumped on it. He was a successful lobster fisherman and then in1995 he branched out and became a passionate and successful bluefin tuna fisherman as well. Many will remember his “little green boat” that could. His belief was “You don’t need a Cadillac to run a paper route.” (regarding his little boat.) His greatest labour of love was restoring the Beaton home in Mabou Harbour. The house still had good bones and he had the imagination, memory, and creativity to make it beautiful. Phonsie enjoyed having Celtic music playing, whether it was live in his home, on a local stage, or on CJFX radio. He was a believer in his religion, hard work, and having a sense of accomplishment at the end of each and every day. Phonsie is survived by his wife Catherine; daughters Carey (Benjamin) Futral, St. Peterburg, Florida; Julie Beaton (Breton), Inverness, NS; and Jennifer Beaton (Kris), Port Hardy, BC; grandchildren, Brooke, Victoria, Carys, Hannah, and Daniel; all of whom he loved dearly. Also survived by his by his siblings Donald, Edward, Mary, Frances, Anne Marie, and Theresa. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his brother John. Visitation was held Sunday, March 26th, at St. Mary’s Church, Mabou. Funeral Mass was held Monday, March 27th, at St. Mary’s Church, with Father Bernie MacDonald officiating. Donations in memory of Phonsie may be made to Inverness Hospital Palliative Care or St. Mary’s Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Sunset Funeral Co-op, Margaree Valley.
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden and peaceful passing of John Angus “Gus” MacLennan, on Friday, March 17th, 2017, with family by his side at Trillium Health Centre, Mississauga. Gus was born on November 7th, 1928, on Victoria Road, Dunvegan, the youngest of Roderick “Rory Archie” and Katie (MacDougall) MacLennan. He will be sadly missed by his beloved daughter Michelle (Eric) of Nanaimo, BC; many nieces and nephews; and special friend Glenna Cooke and her family. Toronto became home to Gus after leaving Dunvegan where he was employed and retired from Good Year. Although Gus left Dunvegan at a young age he often reminisced about his years at home and made annual visits. He enjoyed the sound of the fiddle, singing Gaelic songs with family and friends and continued to speak the language when possible, especially when sharing a humorous incident. Gus was a quiet man of generosity and loved stories of his home in Inverness County. His home was opened to many nieces and nephews travelling to Toronto for employment. Angus was predeceased by his sisters Margaret Hopkins, Teresa Potter, Mary Jessie Gills, Florence MacLellan, Betty, and Lexina (in infancy); and brothers Hughie and Fr. Alex. Angus, his parents, and his sisters and brothers were all devoted to their faith and he maintained his faith throughout his life. A Service of Remembrance was held at Turner and Porter Funeral Home Peel Chapel, Mississauga on March 22nd with his nephew Fr. Daniel MacLennan presiding. Funeral Mass and burial will be held this summer in his beloved Broad Cove and where he will be laid to rest next to family and friends.
Ethel Cormier peacefully passed away at Georgian Bay Hospital on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017, in her 81st year. She was predeceased by her loving husband Henry Cormier and son Robert, and will be sadly missed by her caring husband Alex MacPhail and family. She will be forever loved and remembered by her children Daniel and Richard (Colleen); her dear grandchildren Mark Cormier (Liz), Sarah Hunt (Justin), and Thomas and Amanda Cormier, as well as her great-grandchildren Peyton and Ben Hunt, and goddaughter Debra Joy. Predeceased by brothers Joseph, Charlie, and James and sisters Marie Cecile and Lucy. She will be forever missed by her beloved sister Muriel (Philip) and brother Clifford (Anne). She will also be sadly missed by several nieces and nephews across the country. Her joy of life and talented piano playing will be fondly remembered. The family received friends at Lounsbury Funeral Home in Cambridge, ON, on Saturday, March 25th. Chapel service followed. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice. Condolences and donations may be made at www.lounsburyfuneralhome.com.
Alexander “Grace” MacNeil left us peacefully on March 21st, 2017, at the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital with his family by his side at the age of 84. Born to the late Daniel and Grace (Hawley) MacNeil on August 21st, 1932, in Rankinville, stepson to Duncan Rankin. Alex left Mabou as a young man and eventually settled into a career in hard rock mining working in Elliot Lake, Sudbury, and Timmins. Alex met his best friend, Catherine, in 1957; she ultimately became his wife in 1958. Married for 58 years, they made a home for their children in Sudbury, Ontario, before retiring “home” to his beloved Mabou. Alex cared for all of his friends and loved his family dearly; his door was always open, and Alex could always be relied upon for a helping hand or a good word. Throughout his career Alex made many lasting friendships and will be remembered as a genuinely happy person with a quick smile, infectious laugh, and a constant twinkle in his eye. Alex loved a good party, family gatherings, and photo shoot opportunities to collect the perfect “memories”. He enjoyed harness racing, fiddle music, a good hockey game, a night out playing cards, and catching up with Victor Newman and Judge Judy. A forth degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Alex held the title of Secretary and will be missed by his Brother Knights. Alex was an active member of St. Mary’s Parish and his faith was very important to him. He was the last surviving member of his family and is now reunited with his parents and siblings. Alex was predeceased by his sisters Catherine (Duncan) MacLeod, Elizabeth (Frank Lynch), and Nelly (Murray Hollaran). He is survived by his wife Catherine (MacDonald); their children Greg, Peterborough, ON; Danita, Toronto, ON; Brian, Sudbury, ON; Jackie, Sudbury, ON and Ian, Mabou; grandchildren Victoria, Danielle, Alison, Rebecca, Sandy, and Kendall; great-grandchildren Macie, Ethan, Sophia, Kelton, Ella, Emmett, Keegan, and Eiah and a large circle of extended family and friends with many lasting memories. Alex will be sorely missed, always loved, and never forgotten. Alex rested in the vestry of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Mabou, on Friday, March 24th. Funeral Mass was offered Saturday, March 25th, from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Mabou, with Rev. Bernie MacDonald presiding. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Knights of Columbus, St. Mary's Parish, or charity of choice. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Green’s Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury. Messages to the family may be conveyed at www.greensfuneralhome.ca. “Ha, ha, ha, who’s the prettiest now?!”