Obituaries

MACLEOD
Donald Angus MacLeod, age 80, Cheticamp. Born on March 21st, 1937, died May 8th, 2017, at Foyer Pere Fiset. Donald was born in Quebec to James Francis MacLeod and Mary Jessie MacLeod. He served in the military. The love of Donald’s life was his beloved wife Margaret. He loved nothing more than spending time with her, and also family and friends. He was an avid Toronto Maple Leafs fan. He loved camping and fishing. He was a miner in the States, and also in Ontario. He loved going to the guitar club in Cheticamp to listen to country music. He is survived by his sons, John, Frederick, Burton, and Donald Lee MacLeod; sisters Marian Macdonald, Inverness and Peggy Purke, Toronto, and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Margaret Elizabeth, brothers Jackie, Toronto, and Josie, Inverness. There will be no service. Condolences may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MacCALLUM

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
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

HINKLEY
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

CHISHOLM

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.

SIMPKINS
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.

MUISE

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.
The body rested at Cheticamp Funeral Home. Funeral mass was held on Monday, May 8th, in Eglise Saint-Pierre de Cheticamp. Burial in the parish cemetery. Donations may be made to Eating Disorders Nova Scotia or Cape Breton Cancer Patient Fund. Condolences may be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MacLELLAN
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.

MacDONALD
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.

MacGREGOR
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.

POIRIER
Marie Jeanne “Jeannie”, age 80, of Foyer Pere Fiset Guest Home, Cheticamp, died April 22, 2017, in the Guest Home. Born in Cheticamp, she was a daughter of the late Edward and Laura (Bourgeois) Camus. After her schooling Jeannie worked as a cashier at the local fish plant. She then started her own business of creating  and selling hooked rugs. She was the owner of the successful Jean’s Gift & Craft Shop. She had done much in the preservation of the industry. Jeannie enjoyed greeting visitors to her shop for many years. Her friendliness was evident to all who met her. She is survived by brothers, John Joe Camus (Linda) and Philip Charles Camus (Laurette); sister, Viola LeBlanc (Eugene); nieces  and nephews. She was predeceased by husband, Joseph L. Poirier (November 28, 2016.) The body rested at Cheticamp Funeral Home. Funeral mass was held on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. in Église St. Pierre, Cheticamp, with Fr. Allan MacMillan officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. Condolences may be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

BELLIVEAU
Edouard Belliveau, age 85, of  Grand  Etang, Inverness County,  passed  away  on  April 19th, 2017, in Foyer Pere Fiset Guest Home, Cheticamp. Born in Digby, the son of the late Adolphe and Delphine  (LeBlanc) Belliveau. Ed had many interests and enjoyed various occupations over the years. They were diverse, from teaching, to working in economic development in Whycocomagh, and helping in recreational projects in St. Joseph du Moine with his friend, Sonny Gauthier. He owned a small pool hall and store in Grand Etang for a number of years. He was also a public notary. He had various recreational interests as well. His pastimes included training many dogs, enjoying his daily visits from his favourite cat Pepper, trout fishing, cooking, starting renovation projects at home (not so great at finishing them), piano playing, playing pool, hand-feeding grey jays, beating Jerry Aucoin at cribbage, talking politics with Sonny, Murphy, and the list goes on. While he was "from away" (Belliveau Cove on the other end of Nova Scotia), Ed appreciated and felt at home in St. Joseph du Moine and Grand Etang and made lifelong friendships in his adopted community. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. Survived by wife Eileen; sons Alfred (Christine) Belliveau, Yvon (Nancy) Belliveau, Marc (Lori) Belliveau, and Gilles Belliveau; daughter Annette (Marcel)  LeLievre; sister Maria (Bernard) Chiasson; grandchildren Melanie, Elise, Guy, Josee, Anne, Claire, Ian, Kendra, and April; great-grandchildren Stevie and Braxton. Predeceased by brothers, Clement and Nil. The body was cremated. Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, April 22nd, in St. Joseph's Church, St. Joseph  du  Moine  with Deacon Gerald LeBlanc officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. Donations to Foyer Pere Fiset Recreation Department. 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..

FREEMAN
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.

LeLIEVRE 
Louise Gladys Lelievre, age 87, of Foyer Pere Fiset Guest Home, Cheticamp, died April 17th, 2017, in the Guest Home. Born in Cheticamp, daughter of late Job Deveau and Florence (Shomphe) Deveau. Gladys did many jobs, including working at the lobster cannery and worked alongside her husband, Alfred, at their general store. She then moved on to work at the Green Door Society until her retirement. Gladys enjoyed knitting, crocheting, golfing, playing cards, and dancing. Gladys lived a healthy lifestyle by taking her daily walks with her friends and her sister, Geraldine, during her visits in the summer time. Gladys loved her children, grandchildren, and her great-grandchildren,  and little buddy, Diego. During the last two and a half years, Gladys was a resident at Foyer Pere Fiset.  She will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Surviving members of the family are son  Chester (Bessie) LeLievre of Cheticamp; daughters Yolande AuCoin and Monique LeLievre, both of Cheticamp; sister Geraldine (Robert) Deveau, Scarborough, ON,  grandchildren Velda Aucoin, Vernon Aucoin, Chesca LeLievre-Deveau, and Lynn LeLievre;. great-grandchildren Jacob Deveau, Caden AuCoin, Sadie Doucet, and Julie Deveau. Predeceased by husband Alfred LeLievre; son-in-law Wilfred AuCoin; brothers Wilbert Deveau and Freddy Deveau; and sister Eilleen LeBlanc.  Funeral Mass was held on Friday in Eglise Saint Pierre de Cheticamp with Father Allan MacMillan officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Foyer Pere Fiset or 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..

AuCOIN
Lucy Jane AuCoin, age 86, of Grand Etang. Born in Grand Etang, she was a daughter of the late Ernest and Helene Chiasson. Lucy Jane was the owner and operator, along with her husband, of Aucoin's Restaurant in Grand Etang for several years. She was well known  for making delicious Acadian meat pies and wedding cakes. A wonderful and loving mother (Mommy) to her seven children and mémère to her 12 grandchildren. She enjoyed playing cards, especially the game of 200. She was active in her community and volunteered many hours to her parish. She is survived by her husband Joseph Henri; sons Ronny (Lisette), Cheticamp; Aurel (Lisette), and Claudie (Lise), both of Grand Etang; daughters Marcella Doucet, St. Joseph Du Moine; Lise AuCoin, Halifax; and Celeste (Real), St. Joseph du Moine; brothers Joseph Ernest (Laurette) and Marcel (Lorette); sisters  Marguerite  Romard and Therese Roach; daughter-in-law Geraldine AuCoin; grandchildren Tanya, Keith, Craig, Kent, Aaron, Ryan, Dylan, Brittany, Kaylee, Shelby, Brady, and Jayden. Also special to her heart and raised as her own granddaughters Janelle and Angele LeVert. She was predeceased by her son Bobby; brothers Daniel and Felix; sisters Stella LeBlanc and Yvonne Aucoin. Funeral Mass was held on Wednesday, April 12th, 2017, with Father Daniel Doucet officiating. Interment in parish cemetery. Donations may be made to The Kidney Foundation of Canada or St. Joseph's  Parish Cemetery Fund. Funeral was 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..

GRAHAM
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.

KENNEDY
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.

MUISE
Ronald “Ronnie” Muise. It is with  deep sadness that we announce the passing of our dear brother, Ronnie, on Wednesday, April 12th, 2017, at the age of 57, in Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. Born in Cheticamp, he was a son of the late Ernest and Marie (Shomphe) Muise. Ronnie was a gentle soul who loved everyone he met and everything about life. He had a smile that could light up a room and a demeanor that made people feel welcomed and loved. He worked as a golf course labourer and took great pride in the golf course being well-groomed and in top shape. He loved four-wheeling, hunting, and wrestling. Ronnie will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Lorraine (Young) and his son, Joseph Ralf "JR" who was the joy of his life. He will also be sadly missed by his brothers Chester (Betty) and Perry (Carolyn) and his sisters Nicole (Wilfred), Claudette (Joe), Lucille (Lawrence), Dianne (Fred), Gisele (Paul), Lisette (Dave), Paulette (Kevin), and Pearlene (Gervais); his special sister-in-law Jessie (Douglas); brother-in-law Herbie (Tara); his numerous nephews and nieces, and his special friend Jeannine. Ronnie was predeceased by his brother Roger and sister Simone. Visitation was held at Cheticamp Funeral Home. Funeral service was held on Saturday, April 15th, in St. Andrew's United Church, Pleasant Bay with Rev. Anna Smith officiating. Burial in Pleasant Bay Cemetery. Online condolences to the family may be expressed at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. "Sometimes it's not the strength but gentleness that cracks the hardest shell." Richard Paul Evan, Lost December.

FRASER
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.


FRASER
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.

SNEWING  
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.

MacLELLAN
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.

MacDOUGALL
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.

MacDONALD
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.

MacDONALD
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.

LeBLANC
With heavy hearts we, the family of Zabine Rose Le Blanc (Doucet), announce her passing at the age of 82, which occurred on Thursday, March 30th, 2017, in Cape Breton Regional Hospital with her family at her side. Born on December 1st, 1934, in Grand Etang, she was the daughter of the late Simon and Mary Ann (Lelievre) Doucet. Moving to East Margaree at a young age to work as a housekeeper, Zabine met and married Simon Arsenault. Widowed at the age of 32, she was left to raise her five young children. Always a hard worker, Zabine continued as a housekeeper while also knitting mitts and socks to sell. Zabine leaves behind her children Alex (Rita) Arsenault, Margaree; Josephine (Armand) Cormier, Margaree; Yvonne (Hughie) Dorton, Margaree; Bernie (Wiffredine) Arsenauft, Margaree; and Louis (Debby) Arsenault, Belle Cote; grandchildren Russell, Brendan, Kathy: Chelsea, Jennifer, Cynthia, Bradley, Hughie, Vincent, Ronald, Robert, Jessica, and Amy. She also leaves behind numerous great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; sister Zena Brunce of Chase, B.C.; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husbands, Simon Arsenault and Lloyd LeBlanc; her sisters Annie Rose Cormier, Lucie Cormier, and Rita LeBlanc; and brothers Clarence Doucet, Jean Thomas Doucet, Johnny Doucet, Joseph Doucet, Charlie Doucet, Henry Doucet, and Wilfred Doucet. Zabine was an avid card player and jigsaw puzzle maker. Zabine loved to win and was not well known for her poker face. Because of her generous nature she always kept her family and friends warm with her countless hand-knit slippers, mitts, hats, and socks. Never one to have idle hands, she spent many hours sitting at her well-used quilting frame, where she made and donated many quilts throughout her lifetime. Zabine was not a person of many words but she showed her love by her deeds such as making the most amazing homemade bread and ensuring that the cookie jar was always full. She will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved her but we know that she will always be with us in our hearts. The body rested at St. Michael's Parish Hall in East Margaree. Funeral Mass was held in St. Michael's Church, East Margaree, on Monday, April 3rd, in St. Michael's Church, East Margaree, with Father Macdonald Ibeh officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. Donations can be made to St. Michael's Parish Hall or Canadian Cancer Society. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Online condolences may be made to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HARTMAN-BERRIER
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.

CAMUS
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lucie Anne Camus, age 92, of Foyer Pere Fiset, Cheticamp, on March 25th, 2017, in Foyer Pere Fiset. Born in Cheticamp, she was a daughter of the late Bennie and Mane (Poirier) Poirier. Surviving are sons Joseph Arthur (Jackie), Joseph Tommy, Joseph Roger (Stella), Hubert Daniel (Stella), and Joseph Gelas (Margaret Rose), as well as the children she raised: Darlene, Denise, Debbie, and Kevin; 16 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; brother Arthur; and sister, Rose Yvonne. Predeceased by husband Patrick; daughter Mary Therese; brothers Placide, Henry, August, Paul, and Wilfred; sisters Julie Anne and Elizabeth. The body rested at Cheticamp Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was held on Wednesday, March 29th, in Eglise Saint Pierre, Cheticamp. Burial in the parish cemetery. Donations may be made to Cancer Patient Care Fund. Condolences may be sent to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

BEATON
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.

MacLENNAN
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.

LeFORT 
Josephine Margaret (LeBlanc) LeFort of East Margaree, affectionately known to many as Memere, died Monday, March 20th, 2017, at the age of 74. Josephine was born at the family homestead in Fordview to the late Joe Patrick and Catherine (Arsenault) LeBlanc on December 2nd, 1942. She left home as a young woman to work in Halifax and Toronto where she married Claude LeFort, her husband of 52 years, on July 18th, 1964. In 1970, Claude and Josephine returned to their beloved Cape Breton where she lived the rest of her life. Josephine leaves behind her husband Claude; children Cyril (Terri), Toronto; Michelle Arsenault (Earl), Margaree;  and Leroy (Wanda), Margaree; grandchildren, who were the light of her life Kayla, Kegan, Bethany, Jillian, Hailee, and Darcie; sisters Roseanne Chiasson (Joe) and Cecile LeBlanc (Junior); brothers Patrick LeBlanc  (Claudette) and Leo LeBlanc (Denise); sisters-in-law Marie LeBlanc, Annie Mae LeBlanc, Stella Klingemann (Klaus), Therese LeFort, Ginette LeFort, Dora Maillet (Robert), and Yvonne Goosens (Peter); brother-in-law Paul LeFort (Emma), and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by brothers  Tommy and Freddie LeBlanc and brothers-in-law Armand, Russell, and Cyril LeFort. After settling in Margaree, Josephine spent most of her working life supporting St. Michael's Parish and many, many parish priests as the housekeeper, cook, bookkeeper, and jack-of-all-trades. Extremely devoted to her faith and her church, she also volunteered countless hours each week to numerous parish committees and community fundraisers. When not doting on her grandchildren or baking up a storm for her family, Josephine loved to play cards and bingo. She lived life to the fullest, making the most of every day whether that meant picking berries, daily phone calls or visits with her grandchildren, making a trip to Sydney with her sisters, or attending a community concert or ceilidh. Josephine loved her immediate and extended family completely.We will always remember her kind spirit, her love, her laugh, and her smile. Visitation was held on Friday, March 24th in St. Michael's Parish Hall in East Margaree. Funeral Mass was held in St. Michael's Church, East Margaree, on Saturday, March 25th, with Father Bedford Doucette and Father Martin MacDougall officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. Donations can be made  to St. Michael's Parish Hall, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, or Canadian Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Memere you left us beautiful memories; your love is still our guide, and though we cannot see you, you are always at our side.

CORMIER 
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.

AUCOIN 
Marie Bernice (Doucet) Aucoin of Cheticamp (Plateau). It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Marie Bernice (Doucet) Aucoin, aged 61, on March 20th, 2017, in the VG Site, QEII surrounded by her loving family. Born in Cheticamp, Bernice dedicated her life to her family, always guiding them with encouragement and love. She never failed to see the positive and was most happy when she was surrounded by nature. She loved going for walks (su les buttes), camping, and hunting deep in the woods with her husband Claude. She is survived by Claude, her beloved husband of 42 years; daughter and best friend Cindy; son-in-law Dale; adored grandson Tyler; sisters Ethel (Simon Pierre) Muise and Francine (Jean-Roland) Poirier; brothers Marcel (Raymonde) Doucet and Rheal (Charelle) Doucet; mother-in-law Jeannette Aucoin; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by parents Jean-Moise and Beatrice Doucet and brother Emmanuel Doucet. Funeral Mass was held Friday, March 24th, in Eglise Saint-Pierre, Cheticamp. Burial in the parish cemetery. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements are 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.

MacNEIL
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?!”