Obituaries

MacEACHERN
Angus Dan MacEachern, age 90, Inverness and formerly of Judique passed away on Sunday, March 12th, 2017, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Angus was the last surviving member of his family. He loved going to the horse races and he never missed Alice's weekly ceilidhs at the local fire hall. He also enjoyed daily visits to the coffee shop for many stories with his buddies and enjoyed playing bingo. Angus was predeceased by his wife Annie Mae (MacIsaac) MacEachern; parents  Allan and Katie (MacInnis) MacEachern; brothers Alec, John, and Allan; and sisters Katie and Catherine. Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 23rd, in Stella Maris Church from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. with funeral Mass to follow at 11 a.m. Father Duncan MacIsaac officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery at a later date. Donations may be made to Stella Maris Parish Cemetery or to a charity of your choice.

MacADAM
Theresa Ann (Resa), age 99, Halifax, passed away on Sunday, March 5th, 2017, in Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building. Born in the family home in Margaree Forks on November 6th, 1917, she was the 12th of 13 children of the late Patrick A. and Cassie (Chisholm) Gillis. For grade 12, Theresa moved to Antigonish to attend Mount St. Bernard Ladies College. She then joined several siblings in Boston, finding work as an upstairs maid for a Back Bay family that summered on Cape Cod. With her savings, she enrolled at St. Martha's School of Nursing, Antigonish, graduating in 1942. Immediately upon receiving her RN designation in March 1943, she joined four of her brothers in the Canadian Army, enlisting as a Nursing Sister. In June 1944 she sailed to Europe, serving with the 12th and 21st General Field Hospitals in England, and later during the Allied advance across France, Belgium, and The Netherlands. Discharged in January 1946, she did private duty nursing in Sydney and Boston, and later joined some of her war comrades at hospitals in Texas, Chicago, and Detroit. Between positions, she would always return home to help care for her aging parents. Amongst her favourite experiences was a week at the Kentucky Derby in 1956, as she loved horses.
Following her 1958 marriage to Chisholm MacAdam of Margaree Harbour, they settled in Halifax and raised their family. While she lived in many locations, her only "home" was the family homestead in Margaree, preferably reading or gardening with a dog at her side. She is survived by son Tony (Laurena), Halifax; daughter Cathy Watson (Sean), Abbotsford, B.C.; grandchildren Sìne, Colin, Eilidh, and Màiri MacAdam, Chris and David Watson; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. The last of her generation, she was predeceased by her husband, parents, all of her siblings: Jimmy, Alex, Annie, John F., Mary Cassie, Hugh John, Jean, Archie, Donald, Roddie, Colin, and Agnes, and all 26 of her in-laws.  Funeral Mass was held Friday, March 10th at St. Agnes Parish, Halifax. Interment at a later date in St. Michael's Cemetery, East Margaree. Please consider a memorial donation to Chalice, chalice.ca, the charity through which Theresa sponsored several children in Ukraine during the past 15 years. Funeral arrangements by www.jasnowfuneralhome.com.

DEVEAU
MWO (Ret.) Jackie Deveau, born in Halifax on July 4th, 1962, passed away at Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, on Sunday, March 12th, 2017, at the age of 54. Raised in Cheticamp by his adoring late grandparents Charlie (Eusebe) and Annie Rose Deveau, Jackie was a loving husband to Lorna (Savoy) Deveau; proud dad to sons Kyle MacWilliam Deveau, Victoria, BC; and Ryan Charles Deveau, Edmonton, AB, who followed in their father’s footsteps by joining the Canadian Armed Forces. A devoted brother to Ida LeLiévre, Cheticamp, and Jacqueline Bell, Burlington, ON; son to birth mother Sophie Taylor, and beloved nephew, uncle, and cousin to many. A loyal friend to everyone – he was deeply loved by all who knew him. Jackie truly loved life and lived it to the absolute fullest. He will be remembered for his infectious laugh, selfless heart, and incredible sense of humour. He enjoyed nature and never feared new adventures that life would offer. His passion for playing hockey and golf was more than apparent to anyone who played with him or competed against him. After serving his country coast-to-coast, up north, and overseas in the Royal Canadian Air Force, Jackie retired from a distinguished 34+ year career returning back home to Cheticamp to be with family and friends. Volunteering was a huge part of his life due to his giving nature. Many charities benefited from his hard work and dedication to the cause. His work with the 2483 PPCLI Cadet Corps in Victoria resulted in him receiving a Volunteer Service Medal for five years of exemplary service and dedication. He was very honoured to be a part of the Soldier On program and the good work they do for injured soldiers – this was very dear to his heart. Visitation was held at  Cheticamp Funeral Home. Funeral service was held on Saturday, March 18th, 2017, in Église St-Pierre in Cheticamp. Burial in the parish cemetery. Donations may be made to the Soldier On program: www.Facebook.com/SoldierOnSanslimites. Condolences may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MacLEAN
With heavy hearts we announce the passing of John Joseph MacLean, age 75. John passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, March 12th, 2017. He was born and raised in Mabou. To many in the area he was called "Crazy John" and he loved it. In the early years, he worked in Toronto but his roots were calling him back. He came home to Cape Breton to run the Irving garage in Whycocomagh. Later John went on to work for one of his closest friends, Carmen Campbell, as a truck driver for 42 years. John enjoyed taking in the horse races with his buddies and making trips to the Freshmart to see who he could pick on that day. He also enjoyed getting together most Sundays with his closest friends to play cards. John made his home in Kenloch with Bonnie and his three children. He returned to his hometown of Mabou, which would become his final resting place. John was a son to the late Angus Anthony and Libby (MacKenzie), West Mabou. He is survived by his sons Blair (Raylene), Inverness and Conrad (Shirley), Kenloch; daughters  Ellen (Steven), Amherst and Natalie, Ontario; grandchildren Rian, Brody, Ella Rae, Kate, Rory, and Emmie; siblings Roddie (Myrna), Gussie (Jessie), Wayne (Jocelyn), and Alice (Victor); many nieces and nephews; first wife Ann (Natalie); and second wife Bonnie Jean. He was predeceased by his siblings Marie (Donald B.) and Patsy (Blair); and nephew Keith. John "Poppy" will be deeply missed by all who knew him. May you rest in peace, Dad. Visitation took place in St. Mary's Church Vestry, Mabou on Sunday, March 19th. The funeral Mass was held on Monday, March 20th, with Fr. Bernie MacDonald officiating. Burial to follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of John to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society or to St. Mary's Parish Hall, Mabou. Online condolences may be made to www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

MacDERMID
It is with broken hearts that we, the family of Erving Lester MacDermid, age 87, of Margaree Centre announce his passing, which occurred on Friday, March 3rd, 2017, at Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Born on April 29th, 1929, in Margaree Centre, he was the son of the late Frank and Ethel (MacDonald) MacDermid. He leaves to mourn his wife of 55 years, Hilda MacDermid, as well as his sister Bernice Hart, Truro; sister-in-law Nellie Seymour, North Sydney; nieces MaryLynn MacIntyre, Susan Ingraham-Hosick, Beryl Heatley, Donna Chisholm, and Colleen McCallum; nephews Hilton Seymour, Lindsey Hart, Lorne Hart, Robert Ingraham, and a very special grandnephew Derek Hart . He is also survived by numerous other special grandnieces and grandnephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by two sisters Viola Hart and Ellamae Ingraham. His generosity won him many friends. He was always there for someone in need. He enjoyed spending time at the river fishing, walking old roads in the woods, and telling stories of old times. He was a member of Wilson United Church. He was a carpenter for many years, working at Midway Motors for 20 of those years. He also worked out in Elliot Lake in earlier years. Obeying his wishes, there was no public visitation but a family gathering was held at his home in Margaree Centre on Monday. A family committal service was held at the Congregational Cemetery. A memorial service was held at Wilson United Church on Tuesday, March 7th, with Rev. Alicia Cox officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Central Inverness Palliative Care or Wilson United Church. Funeral under the care and direction of MacAskill Funeral Home.

LeFORT
Edna LeFort, age 93, of Foyer Père Fiset Guest Home, Cheticamp, passed away on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 at the guest home. Edna was born in Waltham, MA, to the late Lazare Boudreau and Esther (Aucoin) Boudreau. She was a devoted wife and mother and a warm-hearted sister to her 12 siblings, always welcoming family and friends into her home. She was a stay-at-home mom for her five children. She assisted with the care and nurturing of neighbours’ elderly parents which evolved into a working career as a caregiver at Foyer Père Fiset, a place that she volunteered regularly upon retirement and eventually called her home. Edna was a devout catholic as a member of la Paroisse St.-Pierre, a member of les Dames de Ste.-Anne and le Club des Retraités. As a dedicated wife of the community fire chief, she volunteered as an emergency response call coordinator before the era of 911. Edna was a kind and generous soul with her co-residents at the Foyer, always showing empathy to one and all. She will be remembered fondly for her homemade beans, homemade buns, cake au rapage, and delicious desserts. Edna was predeceased by her husband Luc LeFort; brothers  Arthur, Emanuel, Paul Patrick, and Gaston; sisters Sr. Marie Adèle, Alice, Eveline, and Sr. Marguerite Alma. She is survived by her sons Réné (Marie), Ernest (Sandra) both of Cheticamp, David (Stephen), Ottawa; daughters Bernice (Roger) Romard, St. Joseph du Moine and Marthe LeFort (Linus Aucoin), Cheticamp; brothers Ernest Boudreau (Anna Smith) and Louis Levis (Réjeanne) Boudreau; sisters Marie-Lorraine Fougère (Gordon Poirier) and Marie-Hélène (André) Poirier; sister-in-law Lucille Boudreau; grandchildren Marc (Noella) LeFort and Erika LeFort; great-grandchildren, Steeve and Eryn; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation was held at Cheticamp Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was held Monday, March 6th, 2017, in St. Peter’s Church, Cheticamp. Burial in the parish cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Foyer Père Fiset or to Palliative Care Services of Sacred Heart Community Health Centre. Online condolences may be made to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

JACKSON
We regret to announce the peaceful passing of Jeanette Jackson of West Lake Ainslie at the Inverness Consolidated Hospital on March 9th, 2017. Jeanette was the daughter of the late James and Elizabeth Struthers, Glace Bay; wife of Douglas; sister to James (Jean), Halifax, Ruth Comer (Wayne) Glace Bay, and Pearl Quigg (late Jim), Ottawa; and sister-in-law to Irene Struthers (late George), Halifax. Jeanette, at an early age, went off to Ottawa and began working with the federal government where she met her husband Doug. After several years they moved to Ingonish where Jeanette worked at the Cape Breton National Highlands Park and Doug in the commercial fishery. Jeanette worked at the park until her retirement. Jeanette took great pride in the many years she volunteered with the Buchanan Memorial Hospital board. To know Jeanette is to know her big laugh. When Jeanette laughed everyone heard it. I remember one time we attended a Tis the Season Dinner Theatre at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre and during Maynard and Bette's show, Jeanette was laughing so loud Bette stopped the show to figure out who she was and even offered to pay for her to attend all their shows as her laugh was so contagious. In addition for her love of local shows she and Doug enjoyed attending the horse races in Inverness. They made many friends and shared many laughs while sitting in the stands and betting on the races. Your memory is our keepsake/With which we'll never part/God has you in his keeping/We have you in our hearts. Rest eternal grant unto her O Lord, and may light perpetual shine upon her.

MURPHY
Joan Alice Murphy, age 84, Judique, peacefully passed away on Friday, March 10th, 2017, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital, with her daughter Diane and son-in-law Robert by her side. She was born on Friday, April 8th, 1932, in Quincy, Massachusetts. Joan worked as an administrative assistant for Tedeschi Food Shops in Massachusetts before retiring to Cape Breton, where she was able to live by the ocean. She was known for her immense talent in gardening and crafting, having projects for both constantly on the go. Her plants, herbs, jams, and preserves were sought after by many. She is survived by her two daughters Janet (Bob), Cape Cod and Diane (Robert) of Judique; siblings Bill (Helen), Evie, and Mary (Jimmy); five grandchildren Chuck (Kim), Michael (Julie), Katie (Jeff), Robbie (Jillian), and Stacy; and six great-grandchildren Michael, Bobby, Olivia, Tobin, and Owen, and is special “Great Gran” to Matthew. Joan was predeceased by her parents, spouses, and siblings. No visitation is scheduled and the funeral Mass will be held at a later date. Donations can be made to the Judique Fire Department and the St. Andrews Parish in memory of Joan Alice Murphy. Online condolences may be made to www.invernessfuneralhome.com. “When somebody you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.”

MacKINNON
Mary Josephine (Clark) MacKinnon, age 85, of Margaree Harbour passed away peacefully at home on February 27th, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. Mary was the chosen daughter of Rannie and Jessie MacDougall, Margaree Forks. In keeping with the tradition of the MacDougall family, Mary worked for many years as a postmistress in a number of the post offices in the Margarees. Mom was a spiritual woman and her life was guided by her deep faith. She served her parish in many ways including being an active member of St. Michael's CWL for over 55 years and a founding member of the parish prayer group. Mom believed in working to build a better world and gave her time as a leader in both the 4H and Girl Guide movements. Mom was predeceased by her husband, John L. MacKinnon. Mary is survived by her children Elaine (Fred) MacLeod, North Sydney; Linda (Leo) MacDougall, Cole Harbour; Janice, Halifax; Lauchie (Noella); Gerard (Barbara); and Brendan (Lisa) all of Margaree Harbour; grandchildren Andrew, Jonathan, Matthew, Rebecca, Erin (Will), Ian (Katelyn), Kaela, John L., Nolan, Malcolm, Robert, Jessie, Ryder, Emma, Lynn and Breagh; great-grandchildren Georgia and Elijah. She was predeceased by her infant son James Bernard; grandchildren John Ronald and Joseph Anthony; and son-in-law Leo MacDougall. Mom always cherished her relationship with her MacKinnon in-laws and their families. Myles (Marge) MacKinnon, Carmella (Michael) LeBlanc, Chris (Roy) Cameron, Angus L. (Anne) MacKinnon, Marie (Jim) Guilford, and Sally MacKinnon and her many nieces and nephews. Visitation was held at St. Michaels Parish Hall East Margaree. Funeral Mass was held Friday, March 3rd at St. Michaels Church, East Margaree with Fr Macdonald Ibeh officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery at a later date. Donations may be made to Palliative Care or a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements were under the care of Cheticamp Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MacDONALD
John Donald D.D. MacDonald died peacefully with family at his side on Friday, March 3rd, 2017, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital at the age of 77 years. He is survived by his loving dedicated wife of 55 years, Sandra. He enjoyed his large family of seven children: Patricia (Toodie) MacPhee, John Donald (Jack) MacDonald, Leonard (Lennie) MacDonald (Barb Gillis), Richard (Butch) MacDonald (Charlene Marchand), Wendy MacDonald (Steve Mullendore), Nicole (Nikki) MacEachern (Daniel), and Natalie Larade (Alex). He was Grampa/Papa to Patricia Rankin, Brock MacPhee, Grant MacPhee, Whitney MacDonald, Danielle MacPhee, Lauren Gillis, Samantha MacEachern, Shelby MacEachern, Carter Larade, Nate Larade, and Lizzi MacEachern. Great-granddaughters Izzy MacPhee and Kalia MacDonald. D.D. was predeceased by his parents Dan Alfred and Agnes Jane MacDonald; brother John Francis MacDonald; and son-in-law Daniel MacPhee. He is survived by his three sisters, Anne Goodbrand-Brantford, ON, Sharon Pritchard-Oakville, ON, and Eileen Beaton (Hughie John), Port Hood. He will be dearly missed by all his nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, great grandnieces, and great-grandnephews. John Donald, otherwise known as "D.D.", was the first born son of Dan Alfred and Janie. At a young age he would go out to the beautiful Glencoe Mills to put the hay in with his grandfather, Johnny “Seoc”, it was then that his passion for horses was born. D.D.'s love of horses continued his whole life, and he could be found daily at the little track on the Irish road grooming and training horses. D.D's love of the horses took him to Montreal where he found work as a trainer but his beautiful home town of Port Hood was calling and he returned to marry the love of his life, Sandra, and raise his family of seven. D.D was employed with the SRSB as a bus driver for 24 years. No easy task; as quiet as he was every kid in the Hood knew to be quiet when D.D gave a warning. Although he didn't say much, he was heard. Soon after his retirement from the school board D.D.'s first love called him back and he headed to Campbellville, Ontario, where he worked seven years at the Garth Gordon Stables once more with his horses. A dream fulfilled. D.D returned home for the final time in 2002 and drove his last race at the Inverness track at the age of 71. Dad was a beautiful, quiet man, shy and  humble, but could crack a one liner like a typical Caper. He will be greatly missed by his faithful companion, wife of 55 years Sandra, his seven children, 11 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. His was a good life, he worked hard and was blessed to enjoy his family, his horses and his love of a good team. Go leafs Go! Visitation took place at Port Hood Resting Place, Monday, March 6th. Funeral Mass took place in St. Peters Church on Tuesday, March 7th, with Fr. Bernie MacDonald officiating. Burial will take place at Donald's Ancestral Acres in Glencoe Mills at a later date. 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.

LeFORT
Edna LeFort, age 93, of Foyer Père Fiset Guest Home, Cheticamp, passed away on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 at the guest home. Edna was born in Waltham, MA, to the late Lazare Boudreau and Esther (Aucoin) Boudreau. She was a devoted wife and mother and a warm-hearted sister to her 12 siblings, always welcoming family and friends into her home. She was a stay-at-home mom for her five children. She assisted with the care and nurturing of neighbours’ elderly parents which evolved into a working career as a caregiver at Foyer Père Fiset, a place that she volunteered regularly upon retirement and eventually called her home. Edna was a devout catholic as a member of la Paroisse St.-Pierre, a member of les Dames de Ste.-Anne and le Club des Retraités. As a dedicated wife of the community fire chief, she volunteered as an emergency response call coordinator before the era of 911. Edna was a kind and generous soul with her co-residents at the Foyer, always showing empathy to one and all. She will be remembered fondly for her homemade beans, homemade buns, cake au rapage, and delicious desserts. Edna was predeceased by her husband Luc LeFort; brothers  Arthur, Emanuel, Paul Patrick, and Gaston; sisters Sr. Marie Adèle, Alice, Eveline, and Sr. Marguerite Alma. She is survived by her sons Réné (Marie), Ernest (Sandra) both of Cheticamp, David (Stephen), Ottawa; daughters Bernice (Roger) Romard, St. Joseph du Moine and Marthe LeFort (Linus Aucoin), Cheticamp; brothers Ernest Boudreau (Anna Smith) and Louis Levis (Réjeanne) Boudreau; sisters Marie-Lorraine Fougère (Gordon Poirier) and Marie-Hélène (André) Poirier; sister-in-law Lucille Boudreau; grandchildren Marc (Noella) LeFort and Erika LeFort; great-grandchildren, Steeve and Eryn; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation was held at Cheticamp Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was held Monday, March 6th, 2017, in St. Peter’s Church, Cheticamp. Burial in the parish cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Foyer Père Fiset or to Palliative Care Services of Sacred Heart Community Health Centre. Online condolences may be made to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

LeBLANC
Annette Marie "Nettie" LeBlanc, age 85. Nettie died Saturday, February 25th, 2017. Born December 6th, 1931, in Cheticamp, Nettie was best known for her musical talent at the piano. In addition to playing, she taught piano lessons for over 50 years. Nettie was the daughter of Amedee and Marie Aucoin. She was predeceased by her brothers Johnnie, Georgie, Clarence, and Joseph and sister Pauline. At age 19, Nettie married John V. LeBlanc who died just last November after more than 65 years together. Nettie, a devoted mother, is survived by their children Gisele (Doug), Leonard (Katarina), Katherine (John), Ronnie  (Sandra), and Ian (Laura); her grandchildren Blaine, Terry, Annette, Carmen, Maxx, Brigitte, Michael, Patrick, Luke, Andre, Marianne, Dallas, Agnes, Dominic, and Andreas; and great-granddaughters Cosette and Dalilah. She will always be remembered for her lively and exuberant storytelling which never failed to entertain all who experienced it. Funeral Mass for Nettie was held on Wednesday, March 1st, at Eglise St. Pierre in Cheticamp. Burial in the parish cemetery at a later date. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

HAWLEY
Miller Francis Hawley, age 78, of Port Hood, died peacefully at home on February 27th, 2017. Born on January 14th, 1939 in Port Hood, he was the son of the late Rob and Marjorie (Leadbetter) Hawley. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Cathy (Lamey) and children Sharon Jesso, Dartmouth; Sheila (Phonsie MacNeil) Blackstone; Robert (Patricia MacIsaac), Port Hood; grandchildren Brooke and Myles Hawley and Brittany and Brandon Jesso; siblings Aubrey (Marelyn), Hopewell; Edwin, Adeline (Tommy MacDonald), Port Hood and Warren (Judy) Leadbetter, Toronto; nieces Melinda (Steve Lauchlan) Macau; Karla, Edmonton and Alaura, Halifax; and grandniece Lucy Lauchlan. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother Alexander and brother-in-law, Peter Lamey. Miller’s employment history included years at the Ford Motor Company, Oakville, Ontario, and AECL in Pont Tupper. He also worked as a plasterer, drywall taper, and finisher for several companies in Ontario and the Maritimes. Miller loved hunting, fishing, horseshoes, and spending time with family and friends. He cherished his grandchildren and encouraged them in all their endeavours. Miller’s favourite past-time was a good game of Sixty –Three or auction. He played to win and losing was never an option. He never missed the opportunity to watch his favourite teams the Toronto Blue Jays or the Pittsburgh Penguins on television. Funeral Mass was held on Friday, March 3rd, 2017, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Port Hood, with Father Vincent vanZutphen officiating. Burial will take place at a later date. Family flowers only please. Memorial Donations in memory of Miller can be made to the Inverness Hospital Palliative Care Unit. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Sunset Funeral Co-op.

CHIASSON
Ricky Joseph Chiasson, age 57, of Grand Etang, Inverness County, died February 26th, 2017, at home. Born in Sydney, he was a son of the late Joseph Pierre Chiasson and Lillian (Aucoin) Chiasson. Ricky loved spending time with his friends who knew him to be kind, honest, and non-judgemental. He enjoyed driving his all-terrain vehicle in the trails nearby. He had a loyal companion in his cat, Misty, of 17 years. Surviving are sister Joanne Chiasson, Cheticamp; aunt  Evelyn Aucoin; and also numerous cousins. He was predeceased by many aunts and uncles. The body was cremated. Funeral service was held on Friday, March 3rd, in Cheticamp Funeral Home. Burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery, St. Joseph du Moine at a later date. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

WILLIS
William Robert "Bob" Willis. Born in Bengough, SK, on December 25th,1926, to William George and Florence Alexina (Seymour) Willis Richmond. Bob grew up in Ogema, SK. He passed away in Inverary Manor, Inverness. Bob worked in Red Lake, ON, in the mines for a short time, he moved to Windsor, ON, to work at Champion Spark Plugs for six years. It was at The Nova Scotia Club of Windsor that he met Marie, his wife of 62 years. Later they moved to Detroit, MI, and worked for Monumental Life Insurance Co. for nine years, then he went on to work for Detroit Ball Bearing from which he retired after 24 years and moved to Harbourview, Cape Breton to retire. He joined the Knights of Columbus in 1969 and was very active until 1989. He was also active in the Nova Scotia Club of Detroit. He also coached the kids’ hockey. He was an excellent bowler and loved golf, playing cards, and dancing. He is survived by his wife Marie and sister Dr. Genie Willis. He was predeceased by his parents; sister Marguerite; twin brothers Frederick and Ferdinand in infancy; and stepfather Johnie Richmond. Visitation was held in Port Hood Resting Place on Wednesday, February 15th. Funeral Mass was held on Thursday, February 16th, in Saint Peters Church, Port Hood, with Father Charlie Cameron officiating. Burial to take place in the Parish Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society or to Saint Peters Parish Cemetery Fund, Port Hood. Online condolences may be made to  www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

SMALL
Margaret Ann (Peggy) Small of Mabou and Westmount passed away Thursday, February 23rd, 2017, in Parkstone Enhanced Care, Halifax. She was born June 29th, 1924, in Inverness County, daughter of the late Danny Sandy and Jessie Agnes (Cameron) MacNeil of Mabou. She is survived by daughters Carolyn Anne Pickering (Dale) and Estelle (Patrick Kilhenny); son Donald (Janice); grandchildren Jodi Ann (Clayton Moore), Tara Leigh, Neil (Leanne Jones), and Nikki (Chris Walton); special niece Anne (Small) and Rory MacNeil. She is also survived by her brother Eddie and sisters Maud (Omer) Campbell and Catherine MacDonald and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband John William (Jack) Small (54 years married); daughter Janie,  brothers Alex, Neil, Joseph (Joe), and Edward and sisters Annie Mae Rankin-MacDonald, Rebecca MacNeil, Betty MacDonald, and Belle Campbell. Peggy lived, with more fun and good laughs than heartaches, in Dartmouth, Iona, Westmount, and Mabou throughout her adult life. She cherished her grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends, and numerous family pets deeply. She loved tea and sweets and a good game of cards and was a proud member of the MacNeil Clan, doing her best to abide by the Clan motto Buaidh No Bas, or Conquer or Die. In her lifetime, she grew to be her own prototype, a unique character with a great attitude about life. She passed along to her children a love of quality cooking and the values of humour, caring for family, and had a deep sense of friendship, making new friends in her later years in Shannex in Halifax. Peggy rested in St. Mary’s Church, Mabou on Monday, February 27th, from where funeral Mass was offered at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Bernie MacDonald presided. Burial will take place at a later date in Holy Rosary Cemetery, Westmount. Memorial donations can be made to your local animal shelters (Peggy loved animals) or to L’Arche Cape Breton. Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of Green’s Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury. Messages to the family may be conveyed at www.greensfuneralhome.ca.

GILLIS
The death occurred after a brave and courageous battle with cancer, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital on February 25th, 2017, of Donald Bernard Gillis of Port Hood, aged 78 years. Donnie is now in Heaven with Marie, his beloved wife of 52 years. He was a caring father of Johnny, Rodney (Ellen), Lisa (Brian), Danny, and Mindy (Jeremy).  He was an adored Papa to Brett, Logan, Marli, Jake, Jamie, Bailee, Maria, Maddie, and Jack. Donnie was the son of the late John S. and Katie Eugene (MacIsaac) Gillis of Hawthorne. He is survived by siblings Mary (Detroit), Elaine (Bedford), Marge (Judique), Archie (Judique), and Helen (Toronto). He is predeceased by siblings Neil, John, Anne Marie, Archie, Catherine, Christina, John, and Genevieve. Many nieces and nephews will miss their uncle Bananahead. One of his first jobs was driving a truck where he would pop in to see the love of his life at Hart’s in Mabou. Donnie and Marie worked in Massachusetts where they were married in 1965 and also lived in Detroit, Michigan, where Donnie worked as a truck driver. They relocated to the homestead in Hawthorne in 1971 where he was hired at the then named Nova Scotia Forest Industries. He retired from the pulp mill after 25 years. Donnie was an avid horse lover whose enthusiasm for harness racing took him and Marie all over the Maritimes. Donnie put Hawthorne Road on the map by naming his horses after many family members and neighbours. He was a die-hard fan of hockey as he never missed any of his sons’ hockey games or Montreal games, but he could also be found wherever his sons were driving horses. Many boisterous card games were played over the years with and against Marie, and their many friends. Donnie rested at the Port Hood Funeral Home until Wednesday, March 1st, which would have been his 79th birthday and then on to St. Peter’s Parish Church for funeral Mass. Visiting hours were held on Tuesday, February 28th. Interment followed. Family flowers only.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Dad may be made to the Inverness Hospital Palliative Care Unit and St. Peter’s Parish Cemetery.  Online condolences may be made to www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

SMALL
Margaret Ann (Peggy) Small of Mabou and Westmount passed away Thursday, February 23rd, 2017, in Parkstone Enhanced Care, Halifax. She was born June 29th, 1924, in Inverness County, daughter of the late Danny Sandy and Jessie Agnes (Cameron) MacNeil of Mabou. She is survived by daughters Carolyn Anne Pickering (Dale) and Estelle (Patrick Kilhenny); son Donald (Janice); grandchildren Jodi Ann (Clayton Moore), Tara Leigh, Neil (Leanne Jones), and Nikki (Chris Walton); special niece Anne (Small) and Rory MacNeil. She is also survived by her brother Eddie and sisters Maud (Omer) Campbell and Catherine MacDonald and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband John William (Jack) Small (54 years married); daughter Janie,  brothers Alex, Neil, Joseph (Joe), and Edward and sisters Annie Mae Rankin-MacDonald, Rebecca MacNeil, Betty MacDonald, and Belle Campbell. Peggy lived, with more fun and good laughs than heartaches, in Dartmouth, Iona, Westmount, and Mabou throughout her adult life. She cherished her grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends, and numerous family pets deeply. She loved tea and sweets and a good game of cards and was a proud member of the MacNeil Clan, doing her best to abide by the Clan motto Buaidh No Bas, or Conquer or Die. In her lifetime, she grew to be her own prototype, a unique character with a great attitude about life. She passed along to her children a love of quality cooking and the values of humour, caring for family, and had a deep sense of friendship, making new friends in her later years in Shannex in Halifax. Peggy rested in St. Mary’s Church, Mabou on Monday, February 27th, from where funeral Mass was offered at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Bernie MacDonald presided. Burial will take place at a later date in Holy Rosary Cemetery, Westmount. Memorial donations can be made to your local animal shelters (Peggy loved animals) or to L’Arche Cape Breton. Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of Green’s Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury. Messages to the family may be conveyed at www.greensfuneralhome.ca.