Cazilda Delaney, age 97, Grand Etang: It is with great sadness, but acceptance, that we come to terms with the passing of our mother, the “matriarch” of our family. Cazilda was a daughter of the late Patrick J.J. and the late Marie (Deveaux) Aucoin. She amazed us all, with her “keen mind” that was as sharp as “broken glass,” which she maintained until the very end of her long life. As a cook, she was second to none, as well as a gifted baker and known for her “infamous” cinnamon rolls and meat pies. She loved a good toe tapping tune and “dabbled” with a harmonica. Cazilda is survived by her sons, Donald Delaney (Anita), Drummondville, P.Q., and Jacky Delaney (Edwina), Grand Etang; daughters, Paulette Delaney-Smith (Ken), East Margaree, N.S., and Vivian Delaney, Bedford, N.S.; grandchildren, Shandel, Donya, Kenzi, Timmy, Brennan, and Justyce-Jean-Paul; and 12 great-grandchildren. Besides her husband, Arthur Delaney, she was predeceased by her brother, Joseph Placide Aucoin; and sister, Elizabeth Poirier. Visitation will be on Friday, March 1st, 2024, in the Cheticamp Funeral Home, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, March 2nd, 2024, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Church, St. Joseph du Moine with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.
Annie Laurie MacDonald passed away peacefully in Dunedin, Florida, on Tuesday, February 13th, 2024. Born on April 11th, 1934, in Judique, the fifth of six children, Annie Laurie learned her gentle manner, kindness, and hospitality from her mother, Mary Anne Gillis. She inherited her curiosity and love of people and books from her father, Hugh John MacLellan. Neighbours were like family to the MacLellans. Like her father before her, Annie could trace the genealogy of every household in Judique for several generations. She understood that you “step to the door” to say hello. If someone dies, you make food and drop it off. And if the dead is a neighbour’s relative who lived away, you put money in an envelope and deliver it. Like many young people in Cape Breton in the 1950s, Annie left home to find work in Boston. There, she met Sandy MacDonald at one of Bill Lamey’s dances. It was her cousin Cathy Campbell who encouraged her to accept the attentions of this dark-haired, shy young man from Cape Breton. Sandy had left his Mull River home at 17 and arrived in Boston in 1955 by way of the logging camps on Vancouver Island. Theirs was a union that was the defining act of their lives. They married on October 8th, 1960, in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Port Colborne, ON. They started their family in Boston, where Sandy became an electrician. They schooled their four girls in the ways of Cape Breton, and every summer Sandy drove her and the girls “Downeast” to spend it with her parents in Judique. Like her father, Annie loved politics, especially the personalities. She followed the travails of the Kennedys, sympathized with the Johnsons and appreciated the decency of the Carters. She was disappointed to lose her first vote in Canada when Pierre Elliott Trudeau lost (briefly) to Joe Clark in 1979. She read a daily newspaper and biographies – she didn’t have time for fiction. The Queen and the Queen Mother were personal heroes, and she was delighted to reach Buckingham Palace and the gates of Balmoral on her one and only overseas trip. She adored nice clothes and jewelry and made countless trips in town to Filene’s Basement with sister-in-law Catherine MacLellan. Her last words of advice to the daughter she thought too careful were “Buy something new.” In 1978, the family moved to Cape Breton and for the next 10 years Sandy operated a service station in Judique. Their new home was as welcoming as the one in which she grew up. In the summertime, a stream of visitors came through the blue door on River Denys Road daily. Her brother Duncan once quipped that sitting in their den was like taking a seat in Grand Central Station. More than their own grandchildren knew them as Nana and Papa, and they remained so long after the “adoptees” had children of their own. All grandchildren were taught the same lessons of faith, family, and neighbour first. But the gentle woman who gave you her full attention on the sofa was a boss lady behind the scenes. She was in the flour barrel early. She loved a full line of laundry – but never on a Sunday – a clean house and a stacked woodpile. Since Sandy’s retirement they have spent nearly every winter in Florida. In 2012, Annie was diagnosed with cancer. Her prognosis was grim. She underwent rigorous treatments, but her faith never wavered. Through a miracle, she was declared cancer free and surpassed the expectation of any doctor or specialist. This past January, little more than a week after arriving in Dunedin, Annie went into hospital. Nonetheless, she told the doctor her plan: celebrate her 90th birthday with family in Port Colborne and then home to Judique. She fought to make it happen. She and Sandy prayed for it to happen, while trusting in God’s will. Sometime before dawn, on February 13th, Annie died in her sleep. Sandy survives her as do their four girls: Sandra Graham, Dedham, Mass.; Louise (Jamie) MacIsaac, Judique, NS; Janice (Douglas) Campbell, Port Colborne, ON; and Jo-Anne MacDonald, Toronto, ON; son-in-law Stanley Graham predeceased her as did grandchild Meggie Jean MacIsaac. They have 10 surviving grandchildren: Jenny (Trevor) Curry, Timothy (Suzanne) MacIsaac, Elizabeth MacIsaac, Katherine (Stephen) Walker, Duncan (Jenelle) MacIsaac, Sarah (Dylan) MacIsaac, Andrew (Kelsey) Campbell, Emily (Don) Sawyer, Alexander (Emily) Campbell, and Madeline Campbell. She was adored by their 10 great-grandchildren: Malcolm, Meggie, Annie Kate, Jack, Hugh Sandy, Jax, Breton, Louis, Charlie, and Nora. Annie Laurie was predeceased by siblings Jean MacDonald, Margaret McEachern, Allan MacLellan, and Barbara MacDonald. Duncan MacLellan is the last surviving member of the family. Visitation will be held at the Judique Fire Hall from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1st. A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on March 2nd at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, where Annie was baptized and a faithful parishioner for the past 46 years. Fr. Allan MacMillan will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Andrew’s Parish cemetery fund, 5480 Rte. 19, Judique, N.S., B0E 1P0.
It is with sadness we announce the passing of Mary Alma MacMillan at the age of 95. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, Sunday, February 18th, 2024, at Inverary Manor. Mary was born October 21st, 1928, in Belle Cote, she was the daughter of the late Donald and Caroline (Phillips) Matheson. She was the last surviving sibling of her family. When Mary was a young girl, her family moved to Lake Ainslie where she would meet her husband William. They were married for 67 years before William's passing in June 2017. Mary began her 21 year career at the Inverary Manor in 1972. Her first position there was in Laundry and Housekeeping and gradually over the years moved up to become the director of Food Services. She was the first graduate in the Food Services Course from the Department of Community Services adult education program at the Nova Scotia Institute of Technology. Mary never shied away from hard work, she always did what needed to be done on the farm and for her family. She was the definition of “Grandma,” you never left her house hungry, cold, or without your sweet tooth satisfied. She is survived by her children William C, Allan (Kathleen), Marie; her daughter-in-law Beverly; grandchildren Nathan, Nadine, Nelson, Dawn Marie, Chad (Holly), Jessica (Ryan); and many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband William; her son Kevin; son-in-law Donnie MacLean and her siblings Bill (Mary), Murdock (Florence), Albert, Marion (Buck), Tina (Murdock) and Lillian (Wilson). To the staff at Inverary Manor we extend thank you from our hearts, your care and compassion for Mary and her family was truly amazing. Words cannot express how thankful and appreciative we are. Thank you for everything. Visitation will be from 12:45 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. prior to the funeral service, which will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 2nd, in the Lake Ainslie Presbyterian Church with Rev. Janice MacLean officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Memorial donations in memory of the late Mary MacMillan may be made to Inverary Manor or a charity of your choice.
Colena MacMillan (MacDonnell) passed away peacefully on Friday, February 16th, 2024, eight months shy of her 100th birthday. For the past number of years, she was a contented, mischievous resident of the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home in Antigonish. Born in Glengarry, Mabou, Colena was one of 17 children born to John Andrew and Mary Cassie (Cameron) MacDonnell. She married Neil Bernard MacMillan on September 9th, 1950. They spent their early days in Windsor, ON, before returning to Cape Breton to raise their family on the Shore Road in Judique. Colena was a devout Catholic and longtime parishioner of St. Andrew’s Church, Judique. She was a stay-at-home mom from 1950 to 1975 and a seamstress at Mary’s Hill Home in Mabou from 1975 until 1988. She loved the independence of her driver’s license and the fun of attending dances, concerts, parties, and ceilidh’s. In her own words, her most cherished and memorable moments were the adoption of her children and the birth of her grandchildren. Colena is survived by her children, David (Jane) MacMillan; Lynn (Rinus) Van de Ven; Kevin (Connie) MacMillan; grandchildren, Kelly, Shannon, Bradley, Renus, Kenzie, and Kevin; great-grandchildren, Koen, Annika, Peyton, Emersyn, Parker; brother, Lawrence; sister, Annie; sisters-in-law, Betty, Frances, Edriz, Charlotte; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Bernie; grandson, Blake; siblings, John A., Margie, Janet, Donald, Malkie, Rita, Cassie, Alexander, Angus A., John Francis, Alex Duncan, Gerome, Roddie and Collie. We sincerely wish to thank the staff of the R. K. MacDonald for their loving care of our mom. Funeral mass was held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 22nd, from St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church, Judique, Father Allan MacMillan officiated. Burial in the parish cemetery in the spring. Memorial donations may be made to the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home, Antigonish. Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at www.haverstocks.com.
Marie Anne Maillet, age 99, Foyer Père Fiset Guest Home, Cheticamp, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 20th, 2024, at the guest home. Marie Anne was a daughter of the late Amédeé and the late Anne (Doucet) Aucoin. Marie Anne is survived by her grandchildren, Lisa, Glen, and Steven; great-grandchildren, Janelle, Michael, Crosby, Caillin, and Hunter; great-great-grandchildren, Mason, Théo, Ivory, Opal, and Gohan. Besides her husband, Johnny Maillet, Marie Anne was predeceased by her sons, Jean Roland, Gérald, and Raymond; daughter, Lucille; granddaughter, Lynn; brothers, Léo, Johnny, and Joseph; and sisters, Louise, Yvonne, Maggie, and Adèle. Her remain rested at the Cheticamp Funeral Home on Friday, February 23rd, 2024. A funeral mass was celebrated on Saturday, February 24th, 2024, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Peter’s Church, Cheticamp with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery at a later date. Donations may be made in Marie Anne’s memory to the Foyer Père Fiset. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Teresa Marie (Osborne) Moran, 73 years old of River Centre, Nova Scotia, which occurred in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital on February 24th, 2024. Born on July 1st,1950, in Glace Bay, Mom was brought into the loving home of Sandy Jim and Lizzie MacDonald of Port Hood, where she was raised from an infant. Mom and Dad got married on July 14th, 1973, and started their family. While Dad worked, Mom stayed home as a full-time wife and mother. Mom had a fierce love of music. There was nothing she loved more than a good fiddle tune. She was extremely talented and she could literally play any instrument you put in front of her. Mom also loved to step dance and didn’t pass up a chance to show us her steps. She also loved photography and she took some amazing pictures over the last number of years. Some of her work is proudly displayed in her own home and her daughter’s home and amongst other family and friends. Mom was also an avid animal lover and had several of her own over the years. There wasn’t an animal that she didn’t love or want to take home. She was a big supporter of the local animal rescues and societies. There wasn’t anything Mom couldn’t do. She could tackle any job that needed to be done and she could drive Dad’s old GMC truck better than he could. In the summer, you’d hear her burning the tires off Dad’s old Dodge Coronet at the intersection by DFer’s Garage or making us kids follow her to the blueberry field to pick berries in the scorching sun before heading to the beach. Mom could speak some Gaelic, but she would mostly just teach us all the bad words. Mom also took good care of her mother-in-law, Katie, when she became ill with Alzheimer’s. She did that for several years before she passed. When us kids got older, Mom decided to work a bit outside of the home to pass the time and regain some independence. Mom had tremendous faith and she was a member of the CWL in Port Hood for many years. She also volunteered when she could. Teresa is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Blaise; daughter, Stephanie (Joey), Antigonish; son Del (Fushia), River Center; grandchildren, Meghan and Katelynn, Halifax, Emily, Antigonish; step grandchildren, Liam, Halifax and Nolan, Antigonish; brother, Archie (Crash) MacDonald, Port Hood; brothers-in-law, Richie (Maria) and Archie Moran, both of Port Hood; sister-in-law, Norma MacIntyre, Port Hood; and her nieces and nephews, Paul, Kerry Anne, Nadine, Lydia, Cedie, Kirk, Jason, and Dean and their families. She will also be missed by her dear friend, Mary Ellen Fraser, Port Hood, and all the Cabral family from Massachusetts and many other extended family members and friends that’s she’s made over the years. Besides her parents, Sandy Jim and Lizzie, she was predeceased by her brother, Terrance MacIntyre, Port Hood, sister-in-law, Theresa MacDonald, Port Hood, and parents-in-law, Richard and Katie (Campbell) Moran, Port Hood. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held in Port Hood and Area Resting Place on Friday, March 1st, 2024, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Her celebration of life will be held in St. Peter’s Church on Saturday, March 2nd, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. A lunch will be provided at the Port Hood Parish Hall after the service. Burial to be held at a later date. Donations in her memory can be made to any animal rescue or society.
“She made broken look beautiful
And strong look invincible.
She walked with the universe on her
Shoulders and made it look
Like a pair of wings”
– Ariana Daneu
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Marie Catherine Deveaux, on Friday, February 9th, 2024, at the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp at the age of 82. She was a daughter of the late Patrick (Paddy) and the late Jane (Arsenault) LeBlanc. Marie Catherine was always busy doing something. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, quilting, and rug hooking. She also loved to cook, bake, garden, and can her own vegetables. She rarely missed an opportunity to play cards with her sisters and close friends. She loved bingo just as much. Marie Catherine was well-liked by all who knew her. She always put her children first and often told us that she loved us and that she “really loved” her grandchildren and her two recent great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all of us. Marie Catherine is survived by her son, David Deveaux (Kim), Cheticamp; daughters, Irvinna Deveaux (Tony), Alberta, Wanda Chiasson (Gerry), Antigonish, and Celina Deveaux-Thomas (Jason), Alberta; brothers, Eugene (late Viola), Gerald (Lydia), Georgie (Elaine), Blair (Diane), and Clarence; sisters, Jeanette (late Patsy), Rose Ann (late Simon Pierre), and Veronica (Gilles); grandchildren, Darren, Jennina, Dillon, Scott, Lauren, Daniel, Jaden; great-grandchildren, Coen and Ophelia. Besides her parents, Marie Catherine was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Irvin Deveaux; brother, Mose LeBlanc; and sister, Patricia LeBlanc. A funeral mass was celebrated on Thursday, February 15th, 2024, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Peter’s Church, Cheticamp, with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery at a later date. The family would like to thank the staff at the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre for their care. Memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Diabetes Canada, or the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre. Condolences may be made to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.
Sarah Catherine MacKinnon, known affectionately as Sally, passed away peacefully at Inverary Manor, Inverness, on Sunday, February 11th, 2024, at the age of 83, surrounded by loving family. She was born on January 17th, 1941, in Margaree Harbour, NS. She is predeceased by her parents, John Lauchlin and Rebecca (Dunn) MacKinnon; along with her siblings, Myles, (Marge Dee), John (Mary Clark), Carmella (Michael Leblanc), and Christena (Roy Cameron). Sally is survived by her brother, Angus (Anne Chiasson); brother-in-law, Roy Cameron; twin sister, Marie (Jim Guilford); and a vast extended family of 28 nieces and nephews; over 50 great-nieces and nephews; and remarkably, a few great-great-nieces and nephews, who were all dear to her heart. She was a devoted daughter, sister, aunt, and friend, always putting the needs of others before her own. Her warm smile and compassionate nature brought comfort and joy to all who crossed her path. Sally cherished her childhood on the family farm in Margaree Harbour, where she and Marie divided and conquered the homestead chores. Sally happily avoided the dishpan and housework to join “Daddy” in the barn where she nurtured her love for animals and developed a strong work ethic mirroring that of her parents, brothers, and sisters. She learned the value of grit and determination from her parents and older siblings, who tirelessly worked to provide for their family and maintain their livelihood. Sally's upbringing on the family farm laid the foundation for the hard work and unwavering resolve that would define her later years. Her childhood experiences instilled in her a deep sense of gratitude for her Cape Breton Scottish roots and a deep love for her family and community. For Sally, there truly was no place like home. Sally was a woman of profound faith, finding solace and strength in her devotion to God and the Blessed Virgin Mary. She embarked on pilgrimages to Fatima, Medjugorje and Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre throughout her life, seeking to deepen her spiritual connection. With a heart overflowing with love and generosity, Sally extended a helping hand to those less fortunate, providing support and assistance to children and families in need. Through sponsorship programs, she ensured that children around the world had access to education, health care, and basic necessities, hoping to help for a brighter future. Sally's professional calling was as a laboratory technician, a vocation she embraced with pride, expertise, and dedication. She trained at Saint Martha's Hospital in Antigonish during the formative years of the field in Nova Scotia. Having watched her aunt, Sister Mary Carmel and her sister, Chris, become nurses at Saint Martha's, Sally humbly forged her own path in the lab tech program at the same institution. In the early years of her career, Sally played a pivotal role in establishing laboratory services at hospitals in Inverness and Cheticamp, allowing her to remain close to her beloved parents, community, and the farm. Her adventurous spirit led her to work at the hospital lab in Trail, British Columbia, before eventually returning home to Nova Scotia, where she found her permanent home at the IWK Children’s Hospital in Halifax. Following her retirement as lab manager from the IWK, Sally spent the spring to fall months in Margaree at the homestead and loved the freedom of having nothing pressing to drag her off the beach on summer days. The youngest in the clan knew that Sally always had a freezie waiting for them when they came by, which naturally included a beverage of choice for the parents. Whether her feet were planted in the sand on MacKinnon’s Beach or warming up on the door of the wood stove in the kitchen, gathering with family was all Sally needed. Sally will be remembered fondly for her humble and selfless spirit, unwavering faith, and profound love for her family and community. Her legacy of acts of service, generous nature, and compassion for the downtrodden will continue to inspire all who had the privilege of knowing her. Sally’s family would like to thank the hard working staff at The Birches in Musquodoboit Harbour and at the Inverary Manor, Inverness, for caring for Sally. A funeral mass to celebrate Sally's life was held at St. Michael’s Church, East Margaree on Saturday, February 17th, 2024. Visitation was held from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. Burial in the parish cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society or Canadian Cancer Society. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca. Rest in peace, dear Sally. You will be deeply missed and forever cherished in our hearts…And the cares of tomorrow can wait 'til this day is done.
Jody Lillian MacKinnon-Fraser
May 14th, 1977 – January 9th, 2024
It is with tremendous sorrow and broken hearts that the family of Jody Lillian Mackinnon announces her passing. Jody was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, cousin, and friend. People who met Jody and entered into her sphere felt a little more special and enriched afterwards from her honest, kind, and sincere energy. Those who were fortunate enough to have been loved by her were loved deeply and unconditionally. Jody was such a gentle soul and those who knew her were captivated by her smile and big blue eyes. Jody showed such grace and strength, never once complaining about the circumstance she found herself in. She always remained positive and optimistic when things weren't easy. She had such moxie and fought until her last breath. Her faith was so very strong and steadfast, saved by Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Jody took nothing for granted. She loved seeing each sunrise and each sunset. She loved full-moon nights and making moon water. She loved campfires and starry nights with her children sitting in her lap cuddling watching the flames flicker. Being out in nature was where Jody loved to be. She enjoyed feeding her pet crows daily. She loved hiking, camping, hunting, and fishing. She enjoyed splitting firewood and even did so during her pregnancies to the dismay of some which made her chuckle. Jody was a splendid mixture of beauty, grit, kindness, and determination and many see those same qualities in her children. The children are their mom through and through. She loved summer and when she wasn't working with Parks Canada she could be found in her garden or at the beach collecting beach glass with her children. Jody often said, “that her greatest accomplishment and gift was becoming a mother,” her children were her universe. Jody grew up in Valley Mills and Orangedale and spoke fondly of her childhood. She had so many great memories of her friends and of her grandparents whom she loved dearly, Gordon and Doris Cummings. Jody is survived by her soul mate and love of her life, her husband Jerome, her two beautiful children Wynter and Darra, father Duncan MacKinnon, mother and step-father Carmeline (Gerald) Jones, sister Crystal MacKinnon, sister-in-law Jennifer Fraser, and brother-in-law Colin Fraser, many aunts and uncles, she will be especially missed by her aunt Madeline, as well as numerous cousins and friends. Jody was predeceased by our son Timothy Duncan Fraser. Mommy, through all your trials and tribulations you are finally resting in peace. You have been such an inspiration and have inspired so many with your will and determination to continue moving forward no matter what life threw your way. You always kept hope alive and we thank you for that. We may have only had you in our life for a short period but we shared and expressed 1000 years worth of love for each other and as Wynter said, you were so great we had to share you with those in Heaven. You are free now and that brings us solace. You were one of a kind, a gem and special in a way words don't do justice. Our Lilly of the Valley, you are our guardian angel now. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Forest Haven Memorial Gardens. A service was planned for February 10th, 2024, at the Blues Mills Gospel Hall at 11:00 a.m. Donations can be made to Jody's Children's GoFundMe page https://www.gofundme.com/f/for-jodys-children.
Johnena Isabel (MacLennan) MacLean, November 13th, 1961 – February 13th, 2024: It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Johnena Isabel (MacLennan) MacLean, in the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer. Johnena was born in Inverness, on November 13th, 1961, to Agnes and Johnny MacLennan. She grew up in Blues Mills with her brothers, sister, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Over the years, Johnena has been a rock to many. She had a maternal instinct that was loved by all, an infectious laugh, and top of the line sarcasm. As many know, sometimes all it took was “the look” and it would send people laughing. All her life, she loved being surrounded by family and friends. At home, she always had fresh biscuits made, tea or coffee on, and ready for a visit by all. Johnena is survived by her loving husband, Murdoch Grant MacLean, and the light of her life, Michelle Katherine MacLean. She was also survived by her brother, Francis MacKinnon; nieces, Karen (Carl) Ferguson, Debbie (Brian) Matthews, Debora, and Doreen (Mark Mellon) MacAulay; nephews, Roddie (Denise), Kevin (Ethel) MacKinnon, John Neil, Curtis (Kelly), Jason (Crystal) MacLennan, and Kelsey MacKinnon; grandnieces and nephews, Shelby and Brodie MacLennan, Nick (Kira) and Jorden (Sam) Ferguson, Alex MacKinnon, Ella MacLennan, Emily Mellon, Marley MacKinnon; in-laws, Malcolm “Moxie” (Karen) MacLean, Allister (Eileen) MacLean, Sheila MacLean (John Davidson) and Tracey MacLean (Daniel Lupien); nieces and nephews, Jo-Anne, Jeanie, Jessica, Ronnie, Allan, Robert, Richard, Spencer, Barrett, Mary, Veronica, and Molly. She was predeceased by parents John and Agnes MacLennan; brother Richard; sister, Katherine Mae; nephew Taylor Richard; and in-laws Malcolm and Kathleen MacLean, Anne Bradley, Linda MacMillan, and Jimmy MacAulay. Johnena recently retired from the Inverary Manor after over 30 years of service. She always loved her “work family” and was thankful for the support she always received by them. Johnena was an active member of the Blues Mills and Whycocomagh communities where she always ensured there was something good to eat at the Ceilidh or a shoulder to lean on in a time of need. A big thank you to the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital staff, nurses, Dr. MacDougall, and Palliative Care team – Dr. Ritter, Paulette, and Oncology team, Dr. Saliba, Dr. Bennett, and her girls, Kelly, Melissa, Melinda, Caitlin, and Lisa. The visitation was 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sunday, February 18th, in the Dennis Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Whycocomagh. Funeral service was at 11:00 a.m. Monday from Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Whycocomagh, officiated by Rev. Andrew MacDonald. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Words of comfort may be forwarded to www.haverstocks.com.
Edward (Eddie) MacNeil, 89, passed away Friday, February 16th, at Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital surrounded by family. He was born in Rankinville on January 19th, 1935, to the late Danny Sandy and Jessie Agnes (Cameron). He and his late wife, Catherine Gertrude (Gertie), who passed away in 2009, made West Mabou their home for more than 50 years, raising a large family. Eddie was a school bus driver, janitor at Mabou Consolidated School and local community halls, and a house painter. A devout Catholic, he was a longtime member of the local Knights of Columbus and the West Mabou Sports Club, where he helped to start the square dances which have become so popular. For years, he and Gertie were a fixture at the dances, working the canteen. He was all about community, always ready to lend a hand wherever it was needed. His willingness to help others was reciprocated by his many nieces and nephews and friends of all ages, who would often drop by his place at the Mabou Senior Citizens complex for a cup of tea, prayer, or a game (or two) of crib. The crib board never left the kitchen table, and it was an acceptable reason to delay his kids’ bedtime or, in more recent years, spend time with the many people he called friends. Eddie is survived by his sister, Maude (Omer) Campbell, Port Hood; children Donnie (Sue), Whycocomagh, Dave (Kim Rhynold), Dartmouth, Wayne, Halifax, Neila (Bryce Hardage), Modesto, California, Scott (Jennifer), Oakfield, Sue (Georges El-Azzi), Hammonds Plains; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Besides Gertie, he was predeceased by sisters Annie Mae Rankin MacDonald, Peggy Small, Catherine MacDonald, Rebecca MacNeil, Betty MacDonald, and Belle Campbell; brothers Alex, Joe, Neil, and Edward; daughters Sissy and Joanne (in infancy); son-in-law Donald; and grandchild Eilidh (in infancy). The family would like to thank Doctors Ritter and Bennett, and the staff at the hospital, especially the palliative care team. Visitation will be held at St. Mary’s Parish Church, Mabou, on Wednesday, February 21st, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and again from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Funeral mass will also be at St. Mary’s on Thursday, February 22nd, at 11:00 a.m. with Father Andrew Gillies officiating. Donations in Eddie’s memory may be made to the St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery fund. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Funeral Co-operative.
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Catherine “Cathy” Campbell on February 3rd, 2024, at the Beth Israel Hospital in Brookline, MA. She was 97 years old. Predeceased by her parents James Campbell and Annie Laurie (Gillis) of Harbour View, NS. Her brothers, Jack (Louise) Campbell, Ancaster, ON and Erwin Campbell, Brookline. Survived by her sisters Marion (and the late Duncan T.) MacDonald, Harbour View, Rose (and the late Alexander) MacDonald, Niagara Falls; her brothers, Daniel Campbell and James Campbell of Brookline; and Omer (Maud) Campbell of Harbour View. Also by her nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, relatives, and friends. Cathy left Cape Breton by train for New York City in 1946. A few years later, she moved to Brookline where she worked as a hairdresser until her retirement. She was the matriarch of a close and loving family. Cathy spent a lifetime filled with selfless dedication to her parents, brothers, and sisters. She looked forward to and loved visiting her home in Cape Breton each summer. In Brookline, her door was always open to her nieces, nephews, and all their friends. Her extreme generosity and hospitality extended to them will never be forgotten. Cathy's cheerful, warm, and wonderful presence will remain cherished in our memories forever. Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 15th, 2024, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Port Hood and Area Resting Place. Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, February 16th, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Peter's Parish, Port Hood. Should you wish to make a donation to the Port Hood Resting Place or a charity of your choice it would be much appreciated.
Eugene Chiasson, 84, passed away on February 4th, 2024, at the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. He is survived by his wife Velda; children, Margaret Anne (John), Shawn (Tina), Dereck (Marli); grandchildren, MacKenzie, Breton, Logyn, Connor, Caela, and Jack; siblings, Elizabeth, Reggie (Brenda), Robert (Ellen), Gloria, Bernice (John); as well as numerous nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his parents Joe and Mary; sisters, Jeanette and Edith; and three siblings who died in their early childhood (Francis, Jeanette, Gabriel). He began his career as a shaper on golf courses and later as a trucker for many years, these two jobs had him working all over Canada and the United States. He was born, raised, and made his home at Margaree Forks. There he would enjoy the family’s many dogs and cats. He was an avid reader, always looking for a book, magazine, or paper to read. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorials donations may be made to Canadian Diabetic Association, or any charity of your choice. The family wishes to send a special thank you to staff at I.C.M. Hospital for their care and compassion.
Marsha Dorton had a big heart, she thought of everyone else first. The day she met Danny, they knew from that moment they would be together forever. Her life revolved around her family. She loved everyone with everything she had. She enjoyed her flowers, sitting on the step in the evenings, drinking a good cup of tea. Enjoying meals with family and sharing a good laugh. She is survived by husband, Daniel Dorton of 51 years; daughters, Colleen, Diane (Johnathan Kennedy), Port Hawkesbury, Crystal (Joshua Knocton), Dagger Woods, Antigonish; grandchildren, Sophia Dorton, Arabella Dorton, and Rielle Knocton, who was due to arrive this August. Marsha lived for her grandchildren so largely, she considered her daughters’ dogs her grandchildren also – Porky, Benji, Remi, Harley, Scotch, and Sasha. She is also survived by siblings, Glenda (Bobby) Clark, Margaree; Richard (Linda), Inverness; Johnny (Rose Mary) Timmons, Middle River; Brent (Bernice), Mulgrave; Jeffery, Port Hawkesbury; Dexter, Middle River; Cynthia Smith, Inverness; Wanda (Joey) Chaisson, Margaree; Kirt, Margaree; Crystal (Clifford) Hawley, Port Hood; siblings-in-law, John (Sharon); Donald (Faith); Paul (Jean); Donna; Yvonne; Diane (Malcolm); Estelle. She was predeceased by her mother, Colletta; father, Donald; brother-in-laws, Gordon; Jim; Hughie; best friend, Viola Fraser; mother-in-law, Pearl; and father-in-law, Dan R. Marsha loved going for drives with Danny while always tormenting him. She loved heading out on the weekends with Colleen and sharing the best gossip during their midnight chats. She was Diane’s go to for everything child related and had a great pride in being a grandmother and guide in life for Sophia and Arabella. She had the best advice. She was Crystal’s rock and was their best friend and saviour. From TikToks to having a midnight munch of KFC hot wings with her and Josh. Marsha not only had her own children but treated her kids’ friends as her own too. She loved Brittney Wallace, Tammy Smith, and Kayla Maclean with all her heart. Spoiling them just like her own. She loved all her nieces and nephews and always had the few she would torment (Ronald and Robert) and her niece Dakota; who was her hairstylist and one she spent many holidays and sleepovers with. Marsha and Danny were a force to be reckoned with in the kitchen. No bigger joy that they both had then to feed a familiar face. Memorial donations can be made to the family in the care of Colleen.
Muriel Frances MacDonald passed away peacefully in the evening of January 4th, 2024, at the age of 94. She was born in Inverness on August 4th, 1929. Muriel was the daughter of the late James “Jim” Angus and Mary Margaret (MacNeil) MacIsaac. She grew up on River Street, Inverness, the daughter of a coal miner and like so many others lived in a company house next door to her dearly loved cousins. Many stories she shared with us about the old days growing up with “Mama and Papa” and her siblings. The nick names and funny phrases are still used today within the family and extended family. In her days growing up, getting the chores or “work” done was a way of life; however, the days also included laughter. Song and dance, keeping family and friends close, always being happy spending time together, looking out and caring for each other. Muriel married John Hughie (Hughie Keppoch) MacDonald from Gillisdale, Margaree. They made their home on Central Avenue, Inverness and their home was always open to family and friends from near and far. Unfortunately she became a widow at a young age but she was devoted to raising her five children on her own for the next 52 years. Ma had a shy, quiet, easy going nature, never demanding or complaining. She was a very giving, honest, tolerant woman, strong in body and mind. Ma had a great sense of humour, she was our friend and her friendship was extended to our friends. She was content with a good cup of tea and sweets to go with it. She enjoyed family visits, shopping out of town, harness racing, hockey (Bruins # 63), country music, lobsters and hot dogs. She would also paint and refinish furniture. She owned many tools and knew how to use them. There weren't too many tasks she wouldn't handle! Her home was always neat and tidy which was something she took pride in. She was a very independent woman and was very particular about her hair. In the afternoon you would find her watching her soap The Young and the Restless. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her greatest joy. She attended their school concerts, helped with projects. watched them graduate, made them lunches and would remove her dentures to make her famous grins which they loved so much. Her beautiful blue eyes, her warm smile forever will be fondly remembered, loved and never forgotten. Rest peacefully “Ma,” “Grandma,” “Old Grandma”; you will be deeply missed. She is survived by her children; Mary (Roddie) MacDonald, Marguerite (late Angus) MacNeil, Johnny, Donna, Bernie MacDonald; grandchildren, Christopher (Lindsay) MacDonald, Lisa Hanscombe (Al), Shawn MacNeil; great-grandchildren, Ellie, Reid, Nate, Liam, Jaylin MacDonald and Emma and Lane Hanscombe; sisters, Rita (late Alex) Gillis, Mary Ellison Carmila (late Gerald) Tompkins; her brother James (Chris) MacIsaac. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces, and nephews. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband, John Hugh MacDonald; sisters, Josephine (late Paul) Doucett, Rosalia Beaton, Regina MacIsaac; her brother Francis (late Ann) MacIsaac; nephew Francis Doucett and son-in-law Angus Joseph MacNeil. Funeral mass and burial will be at a later date. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley.
Gordon Lauchie Timmons, May 10th, 1938 – February 9th, 2024: Loved his wife more than life itself. On the evening of February 9th, surrounded by his loving family, Gordon’s dream came true as he met his loving dance partner and they danced once again. Gordon was born May 10th, 1938, in Margaree Centre to Thomas Edward and Minnie Ella (Phillips) Timmons. Gordon was born and raised in Margaree Centre, however moved to Montreal with Beverly for work and started their family. They moved back to settle in Margaree to finish raising their family and continue to work. Gordon worked in many areas of the forestry industry including saw mills, cut wood, and operated machinery. Gordon loved working on anything with an engine. He especially loved spending time in the woods fishing and hunting with Shawn. He loved to dance with Beverly so much that in time he taught Debbie how to dance in the kitchen. Many people will remember Gordon as he always had such quick wit and had an answer for everything. Gordon was predeceased by his mother Minnie Ella (Phillips) Timmons and father Thomas Edward Timmons; his brother Harry Herbert Timmons; his sister Betty Lou Ryan; brother-in-law Thomas Ryan; brother-in-law and neighbour Thomas Murphy. Gordon was loved and will truly be missed by his son, Shawn (Ronata) Timmons, Margaree Valley; his daughter, Debbie (Cory) Gale, Margaree Centre; grandchildren, who he was so proud of everyday, Kyla and Carson Gale, Rori and Ryeleigh Timmons. He will also be missed by his brother Leo (Darlene) Timmons, his sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and friends. Cremation has taken place. Funeral mass and burial will be at a later date in spring. We would like to express our heartfelt thank you to the Sunrise Villa staff and the rest of the Inverary Manor staff for the care they provided. Special thanks to Jennifer for all the Facetiming and the humour given to dad to lift his spirits when he needed it. Thank you to Palliative Care Team for all the support. Visitation will be at Sunset Funeral Cooperative in Margaree Valley on Friday, February 16th, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. In honoring Gordon’s memory, please make a donation to your choice of charity. Arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley.
Louis Maurice (Moe) Doucet passed away Saturday evening, January 27th, of natural causes. He was surrounded by family and friends. Maurice was born on October 28th, 1945, to parents Joseph and Marie Antionette Doucet and raised in Grand Etang, NS. He married his high school sweetheart Marie and remained happily married for 57 years. Moe attended the Nova Scotia Institute of Technology and became president of the Nova Scotia Product Association. He was a respected member of the Kiwanis club in Dartmouth and an accomplished business owner in Canada and the US. Most significantly, Moe was a devoted family man who always put his family first. Fondly known as Papa to his grandkids, he especially loved travelling, golf, and playing cards with family and friends. He was a quiet giant who made a big impact on many. Moe is survived by his wife Marie, daughter Nadine, son Ken, daughter-in-law Tracy, grandchildren Gabrielle and Matthew, his bothers Fred and Phillip and many nieces and nephews. Services were held Friday, February 2nd, at 2:00 p.m. at Dartmouth Memorial Gardens & Atlantic Funeral Home located at 767 Main St. Westphal, NS. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Foyer Pere Fiset nursing home, PO Box 219, Cheticamp, NS, B0E 1H0.
In loving memory of Beverly Ann Timmons, July 20th, 1941 – January 26th, 2024, the love of Gordon’s life, our mother and grandmother: With heavy hearts we announce the peaceful passing of Beverly Ann Timmons, at the Inverary Manor on January 26th surrounded by her loving family. She was born July 20th, 1941, in the Mercy Hospital in Sydney, Nova Scotia; she was later adopted and loved by Rebecca and John I Murphy of North East Margaree. Beverly lived most of her life in North East Margaree with her best friend and husband of 58 years, along with their two children. In earlier years, Gordon and Beverly moved to Montreal where she worked for many years; however returned back to Margaree where they wanted to raise their family. Beverly worked as a caregiver over the years and had shown compassion and love to all she cared for. She welcomed all who entered the door with open arms and love. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Parish CWL, North East Margaree for 39 years. Besides her adoptive parents, John and Rebecca (MacDaniel) Murphy she was predeceased by her birth mother, Jessie Ann (MacNeil) Churney; mother-in-law, Minnie Ella Timmons; brothers, Thomas Joseph Murphy (whom she loved dearly), Terry Churney, Jack Churney; brother-in-law, Harry Timmons; and sister-in-law Betty Lou Ryan. Beverly will be missed immensely by her husband Gordon Timmons; son, Shawn (Ronata) Timmons, Margaree Valley; daughter, Debbie (Cory) Gale, Margaree Centre; her grandchildren whom she loved with her whole heart, Kyla and Carson Gale, Rori and Ryeleigh Timmons. She will be also missed by her sisters-in-law and brother-in-law as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. We would like to express our sincere thanks to Mountain View Villa staff, Sharlene, Edna, Erin, Gail, Rebecca, Miranda, Liz, and Marsha and so many more for the love they had given Mom from the very first day she arrived. You went above and beyond for her and us, and we will be forever grateful. Mom was lucky to have you all in her corner! She loved each and every one of you. Thank you to Dr. Rhea and the Palliative Care team as well, especially Dr. Ritter. Visitation will be held Saturday, February 3rd, at Cranton Community Centre, Margaree Centre from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Funeral mass and burial will be at a later date in spring. Cremation has taken place under the direction of the Sunset Funeral Cooperative in Margaree Valley. In honouring Beverly’s memory, we ask you to be kind and to “Pay it Forward.”
It is with much love and sadness that we mourn the passing of Yvette Marie AuCoin, age 89, on Monday, January 15th, 2024, at the Foyer Père Fiset in Cheticamp. She was a daughter of the late Elizabeth (Burns) LeFort and the late Joseph (à Baptiste) Lefort. Yvette is survived by her brother, John (Ruth) LeFort; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Eugene (late Simone) Chiasson, Clifford (late Anne) Aucoin, Muriel (Philip) Bell; nieces, Sharlene Chiasson-Bessey (Bruce), Sandra LeFort, and Paula (Scott) LeFort; as well as her great-nieces, Lauren and Karlie Bessey. Besides her parents, Yvette was predeceased by her loving husband of 28 years, James AuCoin; sister, Simone Chiasson; and other in-laws. Yvette was known to be a very dainty and classy lady. She was always well dressed, wearing the perfect pair of heels to match. She began working at a very young age at Roach’s Clothing Store in Cheticamp (Willie à Charles) and eventually made her way to Toronto, Halifax, and Montreal to work for the Robert Simpson Company. In 1976, she and her husband James finally made the move back home and because of her passion for the retail business, she decided to open her own ladies’ clothing store – AuCoin des Dames. For 33 years, she took pride in serving many customers who often became friends. Yvette also enjoyed travelling and seeing other parts of the world. She was quiet but loved to entertain, clean, and spend time with her family, especially her sister Simone who was her best friend. Although Yvette did not have any children of her own, she had a special bond with her niece Sharlene. Yvette will be greatly missed. The family wishes to send a special thank you to Dr. Amélie Maillet and Dr. Kassy Sonier as well the staff at the Foyer Père Fiset for their care of Yvette during the past five years. Cremation has taken place and a funeral mass will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Foyer Père Fiset. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.
Joseph Henry Bourgeois, age 75, Cheticamp: The family of Joseph Henry Bourgeois is sad to announce his passing on Saturday, January 13th, 2024, at the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp, with his family by his side. Born to the late Pierre C. and the late Marianne (LeFort) Bourgeois on June 18th, 1948, Henry was the sixth of a family of 13. He was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend. Henry eagerly began his trucking career at the early age of 17 and grew up to be a very skilled and well-respected trucker, hauling various goods throughout the Atlantic provinces as well as a few trips to Ontario and the United States. While off from work, Henry was happy sitting in his recliner watching his favourite T.V. shows, such as Matlock and Bonanza, while simultaneously taking a nap. He also loved his frequent visits to his brother’s, and later nephew’s garage next door or exercising his vocal chords while sometimes strumming his guitar. Henry fought hard through a slow acting disease for the past six years, but you rarely heard him complain. He knew that the best remedy was to keep working and spending time laughing with family and friends, not to mention, maintaining his healthy appetite. Henry leaves behind his wife of 52 years, Yvette (Chiasson); son, Glen and daughter, Cindy; brothers, Pierre Levi (Shirley), Vincent, and Roger (Laurette); sisters, Louise Anna, Zabeth (George), Stella (Wilbert), Marguerite (Michel), and Monique (Cam); sister-in-law, Velma; as well as many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Henry was predeceased by his infant son, Joseph; brothers, Emile, Ephrem, Alphonse, and infant brother, Robert; brothers-in-law, Victor, Sandy, and Edgar; and sister-in-law, Stella. Visitation was held on Thursday, January 18th, 2024, from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the Cheticamp Funeral Home. Funeral mass was celebrated on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Peter’s Church, Cheticamp with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial followed in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre Auxiliary or to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.
Helen Louise (Marple) Deagle of Inverness, born in Margaree Harbour, August 1st, 1931. She passed away peacefully in Inverary Manor, Inverness, surrounded by her family on January 18th, 2024, at the age of 92. Helen was a member of Stella Maris Church, Inverness. She will be missed by her children, Bill (Dawn), Linda (Brian), Barb (Will), Mary Ellen (Robert), Steven (Lori), Bruce (Karrie); sister, Mildred Johnson; brother, Winston (Jeannine) Marple; grandchildren, Mathieu, Melanie, Billy, McKenzie, Indiana, Evan, and John; numerous nieces and nephews. She was a devoted mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, and an Inverness icon. A friend to all; kind, loving, creative, helpful, and generous...a blessing to have in your life. Guaranteed anytime you walked into mom's “Ma’s” house there would be a pot of tea on, a crib board and cards on the table. She was always ready to have a game no matter if you were five years old or 99. She loved her bingo and cards. In the past, mom was very involved in the community through her volunteer work with the legion, fire department and Stella Maris Parish Church. Helen was predeceased by her husband, Lawrence; daughter, Brenda; and her husband Dwight; brothers, Ralph, Jackie, Richard; sister, Christena; and her parents, John and Chrissy Marple. Visitation was held in Inverness Funeral Home on Sunday, January 21st, 2024, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Funeral mass was held on Monday, January 22nd, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. in St. Margaret of Scotland Church, Broad Cove. Burial to be held at a later date in Stella Maris Parish Cemetery. Reception followed at the Inverness fire hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Helen may be made to Stella Maris Church Furnace Fund. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.
Joseph Frederic LeBrun, Cheticamp Island: It is with sadness we announce the passing of Joseph LeBrun on January 7th, 2024, in Sacred Heart Community Health Centre. He was born December 22nd, 1953, in Reserve Mines, NS; but moved to Cheticamp when very young. Joseph is survived by his wife Connie Atwell-LeBrun; his son Cory; daughters, Shawna LeBrun and Natasha Dowe; grandchildren, Breagh and Kenzie Dowe. Funeral service was held in the community church, Point Cross, on January 22nd at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Pierre Chiasson officiating. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.
In loving memory of Willard Joseph MacIsaac, who passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 18th, 2024, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Willard was born on July 21st, 1938, to the late Ernest (Ferris) MacIsaac and Mary Dorothy (White) MacIsaac. He was an honourable man, who loved to be surrounded by loved ones. He had a love and passion for work, especially his sawmill, in which he spent lots of time with best friends, Clifton Sangster and Jimmy MacIsaac. Willard's other passion was serving the community in which he did through opening the well-known restaurant, Jingles in Inverness. Jingles was known for the best pizza in town. He is survived by his life partner, Sylvia Poirier; three sons, who he loved dearly, Ernest, Jordan, and Shawn MacIsaac; nine step children, Joey (Neilena), Simon, Georgina (Sven) Novosel, Jimmy (Samantha), Steven (Mandy), Paddy (Lorraine), Charles (Dawn), Johnny (Candace), and Ryan; siblings, Melvin MacIsaac, Helen (Fred) MacKinnon, Beverly (John) Duquette, Stella MacIsaac, Erna (Fred) Fitzner, and Jane (Charlie) Smith. Willard was also blessed with 18 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews who he loved dearly. Besides his parents, Willard is predeceased by his brother, Malcolm MacKay, sister, Mary Beaton and his step daughter, Catherine Poirier. Funeral mass will be held in St. Margaret of Scotland Church, Broad Cove on Saturday, January 27th, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.
In loving memory of Honora (Nora) Florence Considine, 1927-2024: It is with a heavy heart that we announce the sudden, but peaceful, passing of Nora Considine, a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother, on January 4th, 2024. Born on January 17th, 1927, Nora lived a life filled with love, kindness, and an unwavering commitment to her family as the oldest of nine children of George Thomas Aucoin and Marie Honora (LeBlanc) Aucoin in Terre Noire, Cape Breton. She was a pillar of strength, offering wisdom and guidance to all who knew her. Her gentle spirit and warm smile touched the lives of everyone she encountered. Nora met Alexander Patrick (Pat) Considine on a train leaving Halifax for Ottawa in 1948. Pat was in the Navy and on his way home to Montreal. They lost touch for a while, and then a chance encounter with John Aucoin, Nora’s brother, created the opportunity to reunite. They enjoyed 53 years of marriage until Pat died in 2005. Together, they made a home in Eastern Passage that warmly welcomed family and friends, especially her brothers and sisters, their families and Pat’s brother’s family. Nora was predeceased by her husband Pat; her mother and father; brothers, George, John, Jerry, Wilfred, Arthur; sister Harriet; and brother-in-law John. She is survived by her sister, Sister Anne Aucoin (Sisters of St. Martha), Antigonish, youngest brother Theodore (Annette), St Joseph du Moine, and sister-in-law Donna Aucoin, Edmonton. A dedicated mother, Nora is also survived by her loving children Michael (Susan), Donald (Cleora), David (Margaret), and Maureen (Ernie]. Her grandchildren, Alex (Yvette), Tom (Stacey), Christina (Shawn), Erin (Braden), Alison (Ryan), Katie (Iain), Gabriel, Jeffrey, Nick (Una), Rebecca (Alexander), Simon, Kat (Geoff) and Alexandra, and great-grandchildren, Theda, Zora, Conor, Nathan, Kalee, Avery, Sadie and Ava were a constant source of pride and joy. She loved them dearly. Aunt Nora and Uncle Pat built deep bonds with their nieces and nephews, which are too many to name here, but held a special place in their hearts. During her 96 years, Nora was a teacher in Terre Noire, a civil servant in Ottawa, a licensed practical nurse at the Nova Scotia Hospital, the IWK Children’s Hospital, and with Public Health, where she made many lifelong friends. In her free time, she enjoyed gardening on her property in Eastern Passage. She was an active member of St. Andrew’s Church (“the beautiful church by the sea”), contributing her time and talents to various charitable causes as an active Catholic Women’s League member. Nora leaves a legacy of resilience, grace, and a deep appreciation for the simple joys of life. May her soul rest in eternal peace, and may her memory live on in the hearts of all who knew her.
Louie “Eugene” Cormier, age 79, Cheticamp, formerly of Grand Etang passed away on Monday, January 8th, 2024, at the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. Eugene was the son of the late Marcellin and the late Luce (Doucet) Cormier. Eugene worked for the Department of Highways for 30 years. When he wasn’t out in snowstorms for work, he was driving the boys to hockey. He was a great dad who brought us camping, having campfires, and taking us trout fishing. Dad enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, who made him smile. He loved going for drives, just to see what was going on. His pastimes were talking on the phone, chewing gum, and watching T.V. (when he could stay awake). He enjoyed when people would visit and especially when they brought him treats. He enjoyed family get-togethers and listening to the boys play guitars and sing. Eugene is survived by sons, Marcellin Cormier (Brittany), Joey Cormier (Amy), and Luke Cormier (Zhen); daughter, Sylvia Cormier (Robert); sisters, Juliette Poirier, Evangeline AuCoin, and Margaret (Ivan) Chiasson; grandchildren, Dakota, Capri, Rowdy, and Kendrick; and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Eugene was predeceased by his wife, Rita (Chiasson) Cormier; sisters, Marie Jeanne Cormier, Ethel Bourgeois, Emerise MacDonald, and Ella Cormier; brothers-in-law, Leo Poirier, Nectaire Bourgeois, Johnny MacDonald, and Leonard Pottie. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 20th, 2024, in St. Joseph’s Church, St. Joseph du Moine with visitation from 9:30 a.m. until time of funeral at 10:30 a.m. with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Lung Association or a Charity of Your Choice. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca. There will be a lunch following the funeral at the Mi-Carême Centre, Grand Etang.
It is with deep sorrow and much love that we, the family of Mary Catherine LaPierre “Mama Bear,” announce her passing on Sunday, January 7th, 2024, at the age of 75. Born November 8th, 1948, in Inverness, Mary was a daughter of the late Bernie and Lila Beaton, the youngest of six children. Mary’s greatest joy was spending time with family and friends, especially her girls. She was an avid lover of country music and was fortunate to have travelled to numerous cities such as Nashville, Toronto, and Montreal to attend music concerts. She looked forward to her getaways to Florida with her girls, where she relaxed in the backyard sipping on coffee while enjoying the peaceful scenery, and going for daily tours around the grounds in the golf cart. When she wasn’t out and about travelling and concert going, she spent most of her time in Port Hood with her sister, Annie; niece, Margie and her niece’s husband, Jack. This time spent with them were precious moments to her. Mary will always be remembered for her kind and generous heart, and for doing anything she could for those she loved. She was famous for giving away her homemade biscuits, peanut butter balls, apple pies, and pizza. Mary was known as “Mama Bear” to many who loved her and to whom she loved dearly. She will hold you all in her heart forever. Mary was predeceased by her husband, Bernie LaPierre; parents, Bernie and Lila Beaton; brothers, John and Louis Beaton; and sister, Tena MacDougall. Mary will be lovingly remembered by her daughters, Rose, Janice (Ken), Crystal (Scott); sons, Brian (Tressa); Claudie (Shelly); granddaughter, Megan; brother, Dan Joe Beaton; sister, Annie MacDonald; niece, Margie MacDonald (Jack); godsons, Blaise MacDonnell (Paula) and Brandon MacDonald. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews as well as countless other family members and friends. Visitation was held on Tuesday, January 16th, 2024, from 10:30 a.m. to12:30 p.m. in Inverness Funeral Home, with funeral mass to follow at 1:00 p.m. in St. Margaret of Scotland Church, Broad Cove. Memorial donations in Mary’s name may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.
God saw you getting tired,
And the cure was not to be;
So He put his arms around you,
And whispered, “Come to Me.”
With tearful eyes we watched you,
And saw you pass away;
And although we love you dearly,
We could not make you stay.
A Golden heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands at rest;
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
He only takes the best.
Anne “Claire” MacDonald, age 79, of Inverness, Nova Scotia suddenly passed away on Thursday, January 11th, 2024. She was born on March 2nd, 1944, to the late Willie A. Mac Isaac and Willehmina (Mina) Mac Isaac. Claire was raised in St. Ninian, but spent most of her years in Nevada Valley. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Charlie MacDonald; their two sons, Brian (Kim) MacDonald and Donald (Wendy) MacDonald; as well as three grandchildren, Brianna (David), Tamara (Ryan), Jessica (Logan); and great-grandchildren, Kayden and Lochlan. She is also survived by sisters, Edna Suitor, Catherine (Bill) Mac Gillivary, Grace (Mike) Tapics, Lillian (Cecil) Dunlap, Martha (Richard) Gillis, Monica (George) Goodall; brothers, Donald Mac Isaac, Willie (Louise) Mac Isaac, Allan (Mariss) Mac Isaac, Robert (Sadia) Mac Isaac; sisters-in-law, Carm Mac Isaac, Gerri Mac Isaac; brother-in-law, Finley Beaton; and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by sisters, Mary (Angus) Beaton, Theresa Gillis; brothers, Angus Mac Isaac, Byron Mac Isaac, Donald Francis in infancy; brothers-in-law, John Suitor, John (Mary) MacDonald, Allan MacDonald; sisters-in-law Anna (Jack) MacDonald, Josie Beaton. Also predeceased by nephews, Blaise Gillis, Henry (Carla) Snow, Blaise Mac Isaac, and Glen Mac Isaac. A visitation in the vestry of St. Mary's Church, Mabou, for Anne “Claire” will be held Wednesday, January 17th, 2024, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A funeral mass, St. Joseph's Church, Glencoe, will occur on Thursday, January 18th, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. Anne “Claire” will be laid to rest in St. Joseph's Parish Cemetery, Glencoe Mills. Contributions in Anne “Claire's” memory may be made to St. Joseph's Cemetery Fund, Glencoe Mills, Nova Scotia or to a charity of your choice.
Anne Marie (Gillis) MacDonald of Mabou, born February 14th, 1949, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on January 12th, 2024. In the year Anne was born, her family moved from Egypt down to the farm in Gillisdale. Here she grew up, the fifth child of 18, to parents Mary (MacLellan) and Alexander (Donald Finley) Gillis. Anne was a true example of selflessness and grace. She loved her parents greatly and had a profound respect for them. She learned the importance of family through the close-knit environment she grew up in; family is the richness and wealth in life, sharing and growing together. She learned life fundamentals early from her father: trapping, logging, Christmas tree harvesting, fishing and salting gaspereau, and farming. She learned about harnessing Colty and Harlow, household care, as well as strength, compassion, and forgiveness from her mother, a remarkable person. She learned of love and happiness in her mother’s kitchen; children dancing to fiddle tunes, and her parents waltzing. Anne had a fierce love for life and a great understanding of what was important. Anne moved to Boston for work after high school. Here she built on her caring nature and was successful in the nursing and physiotherapy field. She was a leader in the areas of respect and diversity. Anne met and married Hugh MacDonald while in Boston, and moved to Mabou to raise their family after the birth of their first child. Anne continued to work throughout the years while raising her family, including Inverness Manor, J.R. MacMillan’s Store, and elderly care. Anne’s focus was on supporting her family and children; a hockey and figure skating mom, instilling the importance of math and education, highlighting the importance of effort and kindness. Anne weaved this within the many visits to family. Anne was the finest; a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. With fond and cherished memories, she will be forever loved by her husband, Hugh MacDonald; children, Keith (Nadine Wambolt) MacDonald, Dennis (Georgia Skardasi) MacDonald, Sylvia MacDonald, and Bonny Jean (Dale Cameron) MacDonald; grandchildren, Eva MacQuarrie, Morgan MacQuarrie, John Finley Cameron, Hughie Cameron, Angelos MacDonald, Odysseas MacDonald; godchildren, Elliot MacDonald and Shannon Thomas; brothers Stewart (Mary) Gillis, Earl Gillis, John Gillis, Stephen (Mary) Gillis, and Archie (Ruth) Gillis; sisters, Josephine Gillis, Mary (Steve) Gillis, Minnie Gillis, Rhoda (Stan) Mills, Cassie (Suey) MacDougall, Susan Gillis, Hughena Parlee, Theresa Wilcox; and sisters-in-law, Anne Marie Thomas, Margaret Gillis, Annabelle Gillis, Kay Gillis; along with a large circle of extended family and friends. Anne was predeceased by her father, Alexander Gillis; mother, Mary (MacLellan) Gillis; sister, Olive Gillis, brothers, Alexander Gillis, Donald Gillis, Angus Gillis; nephews, Terry Swaysland and Ben Gillis; and brother-in-law, Dennis MacDonald. Anne lived the rule to treat others how you want to be treated yourself. Her first language was Gaelic, she loved stories, her family history, sports, competition, and reading. She loved a good card game; rarely losing, and enjoyed teaching her favourite games to family and friends. She entertained many friends and family with her stories and readings, and she could always see the good in our future. Anne was a proud wife and mother. Her marriage of 52 years was one of love, mutual respect, and support. She took great pride and joy in her grandchildren, their laughter and presence made her happy. Anne walked within the generations of her family and she connected us all. She had a strong faith, a gentle spirit, and will be lovingly remembered. Special thanks to Bernice MacNeil, Dr. Ritter and Lori Ann, Dr. Kathryn Binnersley and Continuing Care nurses, Sarah MacDougall, and the home care providers. Updated: Visitation will be held on Friday January 26th, 2024, in St. Mary's Church, Mabou, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Funeral mass will take place on Saturday, January 27th, 2024, in St. Mary's Church, Mabou, at 11:00 a.m. If desired, donations can be made in lieu of flowers to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society, PO Box 610, Inverness, Nova Scotia, B0E1N0. Online condolences may be made to: invernessfuneralhome.com.
With great sadness we announce the death of Mary “Alanna” (MacDonald) MacInnis of Port Hawkesbury, who passed away peacefully on January 8th, 2024, while surrounded by her family following a long and bravely-fought battle with cancer. Born March 31st, 1948, to the late Allan Francis MacDonald and Mary Ann (Beaton) MacDonald, she was the oldest of 10 children. She will be missed by her husband of 52 years, John James, and her children, Ashli, Allan (Heidi) and Matthew (Jason). She was also a proud grandmother to Ewan, Will, Lola, and Zadie. It’s difficult to overstate the impact Alanna had through her work as an educator. A graduate of both the Nova Scotia Teachers College and later St. F. X., she taught at SAERC before serving as its vice principal and then principal. She retired from Richmond Academy in 2002 and continued to tutor students privately for nearly two decades. We will never forget the image of Mom at the dinner table each evening, marking assignments or tutoring students who travelled for miles to see her. She made people feel valued. She saw their potential. She brought out their best. It was her gift. While sifting through her keepsakes, we found a letter from a former student: “Your encouragement and support to students, parents, and teachers is a most welcomed gift. For the results of it are lifted spirits, increased self-worth, and a hopeful future. Mrs. MacInnis, this is what you have imparted on all of us.” This was our Alanna. But it wasn’t all work. She baked a killer butterscotch pie. The fiddle brought her feet to life and filled her with contagious joy. (Shopping also seemed to have this effect!) She was a force to be reckoned with in tennis and in golf. She was dedicated to her family, organizing the annual ring-toss tournament that brought us together every summer. She loved her winters in Florida with friends, and adventures with John, her partner in life. She served as a lector, a Eucharistic minister, and a member of the Council at St. Joseph’s Parish. Her faith guided her through life until the end, with guidance from St. Anthony, who always helped her find her way. (And her keys.) She is survived by her brothers Alex, Angus, Bernie (Janice), Kevin (Margie) and Stanley (Catherine), her sisters Betty and Margie, and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Mom knew she would continue her journey in Heaven where she’d join her sisters Anne and Joan, along with her parents and siblings-in-law Brenda (Angus), Marjorie (Alex) and Wayne (Anne). There is a receiving line of fiddlers and angels welcoming her there. There are far too many people to thank for their friendship and support of Alanna, but we would like to acknowledge her Palliative Care Support team. We deeply appreciate the comfort you gave her. Visitation was held in Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, 724 Granville Street, Port Hawkesbury on Saturday, January 13th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and then again Sunday, January 14th from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Her funeral took place at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 15th, in St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Port Hawkesbury with Father Joby Augustin and Deacon Burkley Guthro officiating. In lieu of flowers, Alanna would be pleased to have your donations directed to St. Joseph’s Parish Cemetery Fund or Strait Richmond Palliative Care Society. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at: www.haverstocks.com.
It is with sadness we announce the passing of our mother, Ruth Viola (Cameron) MacKinnon on January 4th, 2024, in Inverness Consolidated Hospital. She was born in Inverness June 30th, 1954, the daughter of the late Roy and Elizabeth (Davis) Cameron. Ruth is survived by her partner of 30 years, Joe MacInnis; son Cameron (Joanne) MacKinnon, grandson Owen Cameron, Campbell River, BC; daughter Jennifer MacKinnon, Moncton, NB; brothers Wilson (Alexina), Craigmore, Norman (Anne Marie),Lower Sackville; sister Elva (Don) Fitzgerald, Yarmouth and sister-in-law Margie Cameron. Besides her parents, Ruth was predeceased by her brother George. Ruth was an employee of Stora for 37 years. She also spent seven years working in Fort MacMurray before returning to her home in West Lake Ainslie. She loved nature, camping, tending her flowers, and working in her garden and greenhouse. We want to extend our sincere thanks to Dr. Monique LaFrance, Dr. John Ritter, Dr. Wissam Saliba, the Oncology and Palliative Care teams, (a special thanks to Lori Ann) and the nursing staff at Inverness Consolidated Hospital for the love, care and compassion given to Ruth during her illness. Per Ruth's wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral service. Donations in her memory may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care or Inverness Hospital Foundation Fund. Arrangements are under the care of Sunset Funeral Co-operative.
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Marie Lucille Poirier, on January 11th, 2024, at the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp, at the age of 75 years. She was a daughter of the late Peter and the late Antoinette (Hâché) Larade. Mom is survived by her loving husband, Joseph Claude Poirier, who loves her whole heartedly, always took care of her, and advocated for her when she was unable to; her oldest son, Daren Poirier, Halifax, middle child Paul Poirier (Debbra Walsh-Poirier), Halifax, and youngest, Joleen McClennan (Lorne McClennan), Dartmouth; her pride and joy, her grandchildren, Samantha Jones, Rene Poirier, Simon Poirier, Lorna McClennan, Ashlynn Walsh-Poirier and Haylee McClennan; as well as her great-grandchildren, Ayden, Aria, Aubree, and Olivia; brothers, Bernie Larade, Hubert Larade, Jean-Albert Larade, Michel Larade, and Lubie Larade; sisters, Ethel Merry, Linda Larade, Anita AuCoin, and Stella Burns. Besides her parents, Mom was predeceased by her first husband, Simon Pierre Poirier, and her sister, Lorraine LeBlanc. In her earlier years Mom worked several different jobs. She was a waitress, and worked at AuCoin’s bakery, but she settled on babysitting her sister Anita's three children, Jennifer, Carol, and Matthew. That’s when she lovingly began being called, Tante Cille. After losing her first husband, Simon Pierre, she was left alone to raise three young children until she found her second and forever love, Joseph Claude. Together, they built a life in Cheticamp. Mom was a loving wife and mother, who was always there for us. She loved hard and unconditionally, and that love went on to foster deep connections and love with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. No matter what she was going through, seeing her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids would bring a smile to her face and fill her heart with pure love. Mom was a strong and courageous woman who battled and won her fight against cancer, not once, but twice, and never complained no matter how scared she was. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, January 18th, 2024, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Peter’s Church, Cheticamp with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Parish Cemetery, St. Joseph du Moine. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. We would like to send our sincere appreciation to the staff at the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre for the loving care you gave mom. A special thank you to all her home care nurses, but especially Stacey and Michelle. Mom truly trusted you and enjoyed your visits. You made her feel loved and special, and for that, we will always be grateful. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.
With deep sorrow, we announce the passing of Marie Donathilde Poirier, age 65, on Friday, December 29th, 2023, at the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. She was a daughter to the late Amédeé H. and the late Marie Cecile (Harris) Poirier. Donathilde was a talented artist and illustrator, a lover of animals (especially cats), a connoisseur of movies of all genres, and like her father before her, a natural-born storyteller, with a mischievous sense of humour – “une vrai Faiseuse de toures,” as everyone who knew her would say. Donathilde loved the winter season and was never happier than when she was outside, walking, on a cold winter’s day – unless she was inside, phone clasped to her ear, gabbing up a storm. Donathilde had no children of her own, although, all of her many nieces and nephews would lovingly call her “leur deuxième mère.” She was always ready to help and never more than a phone call away. Despite suffering from mental health issues most of her adult life, she never lost her caring spirit or the natural urge to help whoever was in need. Late in life, she co-founded, along with her sister Marjolaine, H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Equally) Mental Health Awareness Group in Chéticamp, and was a spirited advocate for those suffering in silence. We will always remember her playful, wry smile, her stubborn determination, her fighting spirit, when it came to her health issues and her pursuits, her stories over toast and tea (and cigarettes), and the difference she made in our lives. At this moment, we can almost hear her say, “Shu bien, j’vous aiment un gros pileau!” We will miss her dearly. Donathilde is survived by her sister, Marie Marjolaine (Claude P.) Poirier. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers, Joseph Melvin (late Mina Deveau) Poirier, Joseph Roger Poirier, and Henry Edward (Donalda Camus) Poirier; sisters, Marie Marguerite (Lionel) Poirier, Marie Eveline (late Henry Charles) Roach, Marie Beatrice (late Joseph Arthur) Deveau, and Marie Jessie Poirier. A funeral service will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be made to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.
Jennifer Sarah Cameron passed away peacefully at the age of 52 on December 22nd, 2023, in the Foyer Pere Fiset Nursing home in Cheticamp, NS. Jennifer lived in Port Hood most of her life and was willing to lend a hand whenever anyone needed help in her community. She loved to laugh and was always ready for a good joke even though she was never very good at telling them. She enjoyed rides in the truck and the beautiful scenery of the place she called home, where she lived most of her life until she could no longer be independent. Jennifer was diagnosed 37 years ago with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 15. She was a determined soul and fought the disease with a smile on her face. When she would fall she would get right back up again, always willing and wanting to try again until her body would no longer allow it. Our sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff and palliative care volunteers at the Foyer Pere Fiset Nursing Home in Cheticamp for the wonderful care and compassion she received while in their care. Jennifer was predeceased by her parents, Donald Joseph and Mary Georgina. She is survived by her sons, JJ and Alex Rankin (Mabou); brother, Ronnie, Port Hood; sisters, Mary (Milo) Negulic, Bedford and Denise (Todd) Buffett, Port Hawkesbury. She will also be missed by her nephews, Cameron, Luke, and Niko; as well as her niece, Anna; also, Sandy Harris, a special friend and companion at Pere Fiset, will miss her dearly as well. Cremation has taken place. Visitation was held in St. Peter's Church, Port Hood, from 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. on Friday, January 5th, with funeral mass following at 11:00 a.m. Donations in Jennifer’s memory may be made to the Foyer Pere Fiset Nursing Home, Cheticamp. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.
Katherine “Kaye”, 89, of Judique, Inverness County, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, December 31st, 2023. Born in Port Hood, Inverness County, she was the daughter of the late Alex S. and Annie Cassie (Cameron) MacDonald of Colindale. Kaye, like many Cape Bretoners, relocated to Halifax for work in the 1950s. Employed with the Maritime Telegraph & Telephone Company Limited, she loved Halifax and her large network of friends. It was in Halifax where she met her love, Ambrose. They married in 1960 and went on to enjoy over 63 years of marriage. They shared a deep love and friendship. After working and raising their family, they settled into a routine – in summer, you could find them in the morning at the community garden tending to their potatoes and string beans and, in the afternoon, at Baxter’s Beach enjoying the sun. In winter, they continued to walk, read, and attend weekly card games and music sessions. Mom loved to watch Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. Thomas and Dougald knew not to call her when her shows were on – when they forgot, she politely answered her phone, told them she was watching Jeopardy, and hung up on them. Kaye took great joy in raising her seven children. As a mom, she recognized very early the power of learning through books and reading, and the family book collection of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew garnered admiration from everyone in the neighbourhood. She had boundless energy – she fed a family of nine, baked, pickled and preserved anything in her reach. In the early lean years, she always found money for books, sleds, skates and put family needs above all else. When later she found herself an empty nester, with a lot of energy on her hands, she lovingly helped other families in Judique with raising their children. They too got the benefit of Mom’s unwavering patience, sense of humour, and love. Many of these children, now adults, were given coveted picture spots on her fridge as they graduated, got married and had their own children. Kaye’s life experiences included being a child of both the Great Depression and the 1940s Tuberculosis era in which her dad died – and it was through this lens that she developed a very pragmatic view of life with its realities and hardships. But, this also gave her an incredible sense of optimism regarding the joy and beauty that life offered. When the global pandemic hit, she soldiered on and knew inherently that this too, would pass. That didn’t stop calls from across the globe telling her not to go to Walmart. Our mission was to keep her safe, her mission was to “pick up a few things.” We learned a lot from her grounded view of the world. As someone said, she was one of a kind. Kaye was a devout member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Parish Church. She prayed to Saint Therese de Lisieux and practised the “little way” of Saint Theresa as the foundation for her own spirituality. Mom did small deeds every day that improved the lives of those around her. She was a member of the Kildonan Seniors’ Club and, for many years, was a mainstay at many fundraising events in support of the community of Judique. Kaye would want to give a special shout out to her “walking group” – Betty Ann Campbell, Marion Graham, Alice Campbell, Donna MacLellan, Margie King, Brenda MacDonald, Yvonne MacDonnell, Marion MacIsaac, Anita Gillis, and Virginia MacInnis. She was the captain of their group and the love, laughter, and friendship they offered to her on a daily basis will never be forgotten. A special thanks to Mary Donald R. for her love and support of Mom. We don’t think they went a day without a telephone call or a walk across the yard. Kaye was pre-deceased by her brothers, Johnny and Sandy; sisters, Margaret, Marie, and Alexina. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Helen MacDonald, Port Hood and several nieces and nephews who adored her. She will be sadly missed by her husband, Ambrose and her family: Kevin, Halifax; Carly (John Traves), Halifax; Arlene (late Wayne MacEachern), Judique; Louise (Adam Carroll), Brisbane, Australia; Allan, Halifax; Paula (Paul Rogers), Yellowknife; and Mark (Thea Gillis), Yellowknife. She will be especially missed by her grandchildren, Ross and Katharine Traves, Halifax; Thomas and Dougald MacEachern, Judique; Tess, Dane, and Sam Campbell-Carroll, Brisbane, Australia; Cassie, James and Isabel Rogers, Yellowknife; and Mairin Campbell, Yellowknife. Grandma loved each of them in her own special way and reveled in all their accomplishments. Mom was our North Star. We would have wanted more time with Mom, but we are content in the knowledge that God has called her home and she will be with family and friends that went before her. Funeral mass was held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 6th, 2024, in St. Andrew’s Catholic Parish Church, Judique. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at: www.haverstocks.com. “I will let fall from Heaven…Shower of Roses,” St. Therese.
Marie Isabelle Deveau, age 89, of Cheticamp: It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother and friend, Marie Isabelle Deveau, on Monday, January 1st, 2024, at Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. Isabelle was a daughter of the late Tommie and the late Marie Ann (Chiasson) Chiasson. Isabelle lived in Cheticamp all of her life. She took great pride in raising her five children and loved cooking, cleaning, and rug hooking. She loved life and especially her grandchildren. Isabelle spent the last eight months at the Foyer Père Fiset. She adored the staff and the food, and had nothing but positive things to share about life at the Foyer. Isabelle is survived by her daughters, Gloria (Leonard) LeFort, Marleen Aucoin, Linda (John) Beaton, and Shelley LeLievre (Bruno); grandchildren, Lynn, Sonja, Shandy, Joël, Timothy, and Ryan; great-grandchildren, Landon, Peyton, Raina, and Adrien. Besides her parents, Isabelle was predeceased by her son, Donnie Deveau; sons-in-law, Roland Aucoin and Alex John LeLievre; brothers, Lubie Chiasson and Wilfred Chiasson; and sister, Rita LeFort. Funeral mass was held on January 6th, 2024, at Église Saint Pierre, Cheticamp, with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial followed in the parish cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Foyer Père Fiset.
Christena (Tena) Marie Hawley, February 25th, 1950 – January 4th, 2024: Christena (Tena) Marie Hawley, 73, of Port Hood, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, January 4th, 2024, at the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Born in Inverness, Tena was the daughter of the late Lea and Catherine (Campbell) Hawley of Nevada Valley, NS. Dear sister of Stewart (Cheryl), Kitchener, ON; Anne MacDonald, Mabou; Daniel (Margaret), Kitchener, ON; Cathy (Norbert) MacLellan, Troy; Margaret (Donald Francis) Beaton, Port Hood; the late Raymond (Nancy) Hawley, St. Mary’s, ON; Pauline (Fernando) Correia, Cambridge, ON; Patricia (Tony) De Amorim, Kitchener, ON; Theresa (Alex) Fancsali, Kitchener, ON; and Mary (Fernando) Medeiros, Cambridge, ON. She will be missed dearly by her nieces and nephews, numerous relatives; and close friends. After completing high school, Tena graduated in 1969 from the Camp Hill School of Nursing Assistants in Halifax. She was always conscientious in serving her patients with dignity, respect, and true compassion for over 30 years. From Halifax, Tena travelled to Boston, Massachusetts, where she continued her devotion to being a steadfast caregiver. She eventually returned back to what she referred to as “my island” where she worked at the Port Hawkesbury Nursing Home. She has helped many people along her journey in life and will be missed by those lives she touched. Tena’s life was defined by her unwavering dedication to her family. She was always committed to them every step of the way, often putting care for her loved ones ahead of herself. Tena never backed down from a challenge and faced life with optimism, incredible strength and courage. Tena was known for her contagious smile and fun nature. She enjoyed cooking and was a master at making her Italian meatballs. Tena enjoyed hosting and being in the middle of the family fun; playing cards, catching up in conversations and enthusiastically sharing many adventurous stories about her life experiences. Tena enjoyed reading and music and would often be heard humming as she went about her day. Singing in the church choir brought her great happiness and joy. Tena also enjoyed travelling to Ontario to visit siblings and to embrace adventures as they came along. She was a loving aunt to numerous nieces and nephews and was honoured to be a godmother to several. Without a doubt, Tena’s loving, caring, and beautiful soul will never be forgotten. We are heartbroken to lose her, but take comfort in knowing she is in God’s hands now and one of His special angels. We believe that her kind and loving spirit will be looking over her family and friends. As Tena requested, cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 11th, 2024, from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the vestry of St. Mary’s Church, Mabou. Funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 12th, 2024, at St. John the Baptist Church, Brook Village with Fr. Andrew Gillies presiding. A private family burial to follow at the parish cemetery. Family and friends are invited to join us for a reception after the burial in the parish hall. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of the Inverness Funeral Home. The funeral mass will be recorded and be made available at a later date. The family is most grateful to the dialysis team at the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital as well as the medical staff who provided a caring space for Tena and her family during her final days. If desired, donations may be made the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital Charitable Foundation. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.
Mary MacDonald passed away peacefully at the age of 77 on January 6th, 2024, in the Inverary Manor in Inverness, NS. Mary was born on December 17th, 1946, to the late Archie Alex and Jessie Belle MacDonell. She spent her childhood years at the homestead in Glencoe Station where she developed a lifetime bond with her three sisters and two brothers. At the age of 19, she began working at the bank in Port Hood, where she was a loyal and devoted employee for the next 35 years. It was during this time she became affectionately known as Mary at the Royal. In 1976, she married Johnnie and settled in Little Judique. Through determination, sacrifices, and her faith, she raised her family as a loving mother and wife. Mom found joy spending time with family, playing bingo or cards, her daily walks with friends, maintaining her home and garden, or by pulling out her terrific impersonations. However, her greatest pleasure was when her grandchildren were born which led to many trips to Hamilton. For the last several years, Mom lived in the Highlands Villa at the Inverary Manor. It was here where she added a new family comprised of the tremendous staff who adopted Mom as one of their own. Anyone who had an encounter with Mom recognized her sincerity, kindness, and compassion. Our family is proud of the moral life she lived and have been blessed to have had her in our lives. Mary is survived by her son, Robert; daughter, Jana (Dane Rowsell), her grandchildren, Eli and Madelyn; sisters, Annie, Jessie Mae, and Jenny; as well her in-laws, Charlie and Clare MacDonald, Finley Beaton, and Geoffrine MacIntyre. She was predeceased by her husband, John; her brothers, Alex Duncan and Gerard; in-laws, John R. Gillis, Tommy Batherson, Anna MacDonald, and Josie Beaton. Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 14th, at the Port Hood and Area Resting Place from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Funeral mass will be held at St. Andrew’s Parish Church, Judique, on Monday, January 15th at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to LungNSPEI or charity of choice. Online condolences may be made at www.invernessfuneralhome.com.
Elizabeth Carmel MacGillivray, April 25th, 1950 – December 2nd, 2023: With her loving family by her side, Elizabeth (Betty) MacGillivray (nee MacMaster) was called home on Saturday, December 2nd, 2023, at the age of 73. Betty will be forever loved by her son Clayton (Shannon MacPherson) and their children Carter and Emmett; daughter Marlena (Shane Roberts) and their children Luc and Isaac; sisters, Marie MacDonald and Julie Davis; brothers, James Albert (Theresa), Gerard (Anne), Donald, and Earl; sister-in-law Marg; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband, Leonard; parents, John A and Mary Ann (MacDonald) MacMaster; son, Craig; sister, Sharon Wilson; brothers, Alexander, Angus, John Bernard, and George; and brothers-in-law Duncan MacDonald and Mike Davis. Betty was born in Inverness, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, and raised in Judique, NS. She worked briefly in Boston and in Toronto at the Toronto Star before returning home to marry and start a family. In 1982, she moved to Calgary where she trained in computer processing and did office work. Betty found her calling as a cook, gracing the kitchens of The Bay, Zellers Skillet restaurant, and the Colonel Belcher long-term care facility. She held her own with her down-home cooking style next to the professionally trained chefs. Since moving to Calgary, she was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Parish. When she could no longer attend in person due to the pandemic, she watched mass on TV until her passing. As a devout Catholic, she enjoyed when someone knocked on her door to respectfully discuss their religion. She’d invite them inside and the family joked that she saw it as her chance convert them. She had a passion for reading, especially biographies, often reading all through the night because she couldn’t put a book down once, she started it. As a lover of music, Betty always insisted that the 60's rock was the best genre. In later years, she received great joy from visiting and caring for her four grandsons. She always wanted to hear stories about the family cats and every text message she sent ended with hearts and paw prints. Betty valued the strong connections to family and friends that she maintained in person and through her many phone conversations. Betty’s enduring faith, strong work ethic and deep compassion sustained her family during challenging times. It is these qualities for which she will be remembered. Betty’s family would like to thank the staff at the Peter Lougheed and Foothills Medical Centres. Betty was honoured with a funeral mass celebrated at Corpus Christi Catholic Church (404 Northmount Place NW, Calgary) on Saturday, December 9th, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. A viewing took place one hour prior to the funeral mass. An internment will be held in Cape Breton at a later date. To view and share photos, condolences, and stories of Betty, please visit www.choicememorial.com. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Choice Memorial Cremation & Funeral Services 1-403-277-7343.
Marcel LeBlanc, age 82, Cheticamp, formerly of Grand Etang, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 21st, 2023 at the Foyer Père Fiset Guest Home, Cheticamp. Marcel was a son to the late Arthur and the late Eleonore (Cormier) LeBlanc. Marcel was a school teacher for many years. He also worked in Montreal for about 15 years. Marcel is survived by his sister, Hilda (Gussie) Chiasson, Grand Etang. Besides his parents, Marcel was predeceased by a brother, Ulric LeBlanc; and a sister, Veronique LeBlanc. A graveside service was held on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2024, in St. Joseph’s Parish Cemetery, St. Joseph du Moine with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Foyer Père Fiset. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be made to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.
We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Laird Francis Burton on December 19th, 2023, at Cheticamp Hospital. Laird began working at a very early age and his first job was as fire starter for Cranton Section School. He and his brother George worked for their Dad in the woods and at the family sawmill and shingle machine. As a teenager he went to Toronto, where he met the love of his life Margaret, and in 1978 they realized their dream of moving back to Cape Breton and made East Margaree their home. He worked for Levi LeBlanc Ltd. until its closure and then went to work for Cheticamp Co-op, where he could be found offering friendly advice behind the hardware desk. Laird retired at 65 and enjoyed getting his firewood and deer hunting at “Deer Trail Camp” in the Marsh Brook with his brothers George, Bert, his nephew J.J. and son-in-law Bob. They had a motto: “what happens in camp, stays in camp!” They truly enjoyed their annual “vacation” together. He was a member of the Wilson United Church and served on the board of managers. Laird is survived by his wife of 55 years Margaret (nee Gallen) and daughter Elaine (Bob) Brown. He also is survived by his brother Bert; sister Dale Crawford, sister Liz (Gord) Birch; and sister-in-law Sarah Burton. He is survived by many nieces and nephews, but his favourite was John Joseph a.k.a. J.J. He was predeceased by his son Michael; parents Stanley and Georgia Burton; brothers George Stanley, William James (stillborn), and sister Annapolis Valee. At Laird’s request there will be no visitation or reception. Celebration of Life service was held at Wilson United Church, Margaree Centre, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 23rd, 2023, with Rev. Alicia Cox officiating. Interment followed in the Congregational Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to Wilson United Church Cemetery Fund. Funeral is under the direction of Sunset Funeral Co-op, Margaree Valley.
Winfred “Win” MacDonald, age 85, Truro/Port Hood, died on December 11th, 2023. Born in 1938 to Donald Colin and Catherine (MacQuarrie) MacDonald of Port Hood, NS. Survived by brothers, Greg and Urban (Theresa), both of Windsor, ON, and many nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his parents; sister, Bernice; brother, Stanley; brother-in-law, Ken, and sisters-in-law, Lorraine and Elizabeth. Win was a proud alumnus of ST. F.X. (’60) and had several interesting careers through his life, including making explosives for Dupont, working as an auditor for CIP in Montreal, and various senior management jobs in the flooring industry including at Crossley in Truro, NS. Win was a sports enthusiast and loved to watch curling, golf, football, and tennis. He played shinny, squash, and tennis in his youth, and skated and skied through many decades. With little coaxing, he would reminisce at length about skiing with friends deep in the powder of Lake Louise, Aspen and Vail, or on the groomed runs of Snow Mass, Sainte Anne and Tremblant. Win was a very generous and gregarious host. He loved to cook, and he entertained often. He was well known among family and friends for his garlicky Caesar salads, BBQ’d steaks and slow roasted pork. Win was very clannish and was interested in genealogy and family relationships. He loved visiting with friends and family, and faithfully attended wakes and funerals. He was a loyal brother, uncle, and friend and was always willing to lend a hand, or at the very least an emphatically provided opinion. Win developed many rich and enduring friendships and had a network of very close and loyal friends with whom he maintained frequent contact throughout the decades. Win was well travelled and was particularly fond of time spent with friends exploring New Zealand, Australia, and Europe. He would enthusiastically tell stories of the places he had visited, the people he met, and the friendships made along the way. Win was a proud Cape Bretoner and a huge fan of fiddle music. More often than not, he would have a fiddle album playing while driving in the car, typically Buddy, Ashley, or one of Donald Angus Beaton’s descendants. Win enjoyed going to the dances at West Mabou and Glencoe and was always happy to let his nieces or nephews tag along for the ride. Donations in Win’s memory may be made to the St. Peter’s Cemetery fund, Port Hood, NS, or by an act of charity of your choosing. Church service and interment will take place in Port Hood in July 2024. Online condolences may be made at www.ColchesterCommunity.com. If you knew Win, put a steak on the BBQ, play “Tulloch Gorm” by Ashley MacIsaac, pour yourself a single malt and raise a toast. We love you and miss you, Win!
It is with great sadness we announce the death of Brian D. MacLeod of Antigonish, NS. Brian passed away on December 24th, 2023, in St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish, at 71 years of age. Brian was the founder and driving force behind MacLeod Group, the premiere nursing home provider in rural Nova Scotia. Born in Cleveland, Nova Scotia, he was the beloved son of William and Katherine MacLeod. Brian developed his entrepreneurial spirit watching his father cut pulp in the woodlots of Cape Breton. The value of a hard day’s work and the sacrifices needed for success became the guiding pillars of the life he built for his family. Brian was a builder of families, communities, and businesses. He was a fierce believer in the value of rural communities and spent his life building MacLeod Group in communities across the Maritimes. His business legacy includes MacLeod Cares, providing high-quality seniors care in 14 communities employing over 1,000 workers. Devoted husband to the late Irene (MacKay) and loving father to William, Brian Douglas (Catherine), Sheumais (Taylor), and Jermal (Myrie). Brother of William “Bill” (Joyce) and Alexander “Sandy” (Marilyn) MacLeod. Brian passionately believed that healthy places had vibrant cultures, so he contributed much time and resources to help communities celebrate their heritage. He supported many local causes in his home community of Antigonish and throughout the region by serving on numerous boards and causes including Mount Alison University, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation, Nova Scotia Community College, St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Festival Antigonish Theatre, and Antigonish Highland Society among many others. Brian was a passionate supporter of his Scottish heritage and his local St. James United Church. Together, with his life partner Irene, they provided much support to causes they loved and to families that needed discrete support. The MacLeod clan motto – Hold Fast – means that in times of trial you hold on, stoic in your pursuit, assured that time will provide the answers that the present may lack. Brian made his family proud. He held fast. We ask that you celebrate your love for Brian in your own special way. Visitation was held Thursday December 28th, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Friday, December 29th from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in C.L. Curry Funeral Home, 135 College Street, Antigonish. Funeral service was held Saturday at St. James United Church, Antigonish, at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Peter Smith presiding. Burial in Paddy’s Hollow Cemetery. In Memoriam, donations to the St. James Hot Meal Program or St. James Benevolent Fund appreciated. Online condolences: www.clcurry.com.
Isabel (MacNeil, O’Connell) Lewiskin, Halifax/Harbourview: Isabel Lewiskin died peacefully December 10th, 2023, in Melville Lodge, Halifax, at the age of 102. Isabel was born in Harbourview, Inverness County, on August 25th, 1921, to Christena (MacMillan) and John A. MacNeil. Like so many of her generation, Isabel left home as a young woman for work, initially to Toronto and then to New Jersey. It was in New Jersey where she met her first husband, Tom O’Connell. After Tom’s death in 1978, she married Maurice Lewiskin, who predeceased her in 2003. While living in the United States, Isabel returned home to Cape Breton every summer. Eventually she and Maurice moved from the U.S. to Halifax while wintering in Florida and enjoying visits to family in Newfoundland. Isabel lived the past six years in Melville Lodge where she received excellent care. She was an avid reader of various genres, especially biographies, and until well into her 90s she enjoyed watching curling and golf on TV. Until age made telephone conversations difficult, Isabel kept in regular touch with friends and relatives across Canada and the United States. In addition to her parents and husbands, Isabel was predeceased by her brothers, Angus, Donald, Frank, Alex, and Jerry; as well as her nephew, Bob MacNeil and niece Sandra MacDonald. She is survived by many nieces and nephews and special friend, Amy Kenney. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Inverness Funeral Home, with funeral and burial service to take place at St. Peter’s Parish Church, Port Hood, in spring 2024. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.
On December 10th, 2023, our loving mother, Ann Gloria Maillet (Gillis), 78, was received into the loving arms of our Saviour. Ann was born on April 1st, 1945, in Southwest Margaree in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, to Peter and Catherine (MacKinnon) Gillis. Ann left her beloved island at the age of 18 and emigrated to the United States, landing in Waltham, MA, and started work in various factories, including the Waltham Watch Factory. Ann quickly found her calling as a nurse’s aide for the majority of her life, immeasurably touching the lives of her many patients with her endless kindness and generosity. Ann also had great wit and a wicked sense of humour, as evidenced by the stories she would share about growing up in a small rural community in Canada, attending a one-room schoolhouse as a child. It is there that she so often found herself sent to the corner after instigating mischief. To know Ann was to love her and we hope that her spirit of kindness, love, and joy of life will inspire those she knew to find the beauty in the benign and to never be too shy to tell someone you love them. Ann is survived by her children, Karen Saisa, Shawn Maillet (Gina), Cheryl MacMillan (Craig), grandchildren Olivia (David), Ben, Athena, Natalie, Shania, Jack, and great-grandson Leo. Also survived by siblings, Lorraine Gillis Jones, Donald Gillis (Florence), Jimmy Gillis, and Margaret Maillet; as well as many cherished nieces and nephews. In eternal life she joins her loving parents; sisters, Mary, Caroline, and Sandra; brother-in-law Lawrence; nephews Stephen and Roger, and niece Corrina. A Celebration of Life for Ann took place on Saturday, December 16th, at the Canadian-American Club in Watertown, MA. A funeral mass and burial will take place in the summer of 2024 in her hometown of Southwest Margaree.
It is with profound sadness that I have to announce the passing of my dear beautiful wife Anna Margaret Morris, a woman full of love, courage, and kindness. Anna was born January 26th, 1961, and passed away all too suddenly peacefully at the Queensway Carleton Hospital in Ottawa on December 9th, 2023. Anna left a huge mark on everyone’s hearts of those she loved. Anna was born in Cape Breton, NS, and found her way to Ontario, but her heart was also beating for back home and the rest of her family that she grew up with. Anna is survived by her husband Manfred Wecke and three (four-legged) children. We all miss Anna very, very much, but we do know that Anna is an angel now and will look out and protect all that loved and cared for her. In addition to her academic and professional achievements, Anna’s passion all her life was also enjoying dog sports, training, rescuing, and looking out for animals. She always treasured family life and good friendships. Living with Anna was a lesson in love, empathy, and the will to share. May Anna live on through each of us. Anna’s favourite saying: “The little engine that could...” Predeceased by her parents Sandy and Catherine (Burke) Morris of Colindale, Anna is survived by sisters, Judy (John), Lower Sackville, Pat (Dennis), Napean, Ontario, Mary (Murray), Barry, Ontario, and brothers Gerard (Michelle), Wasage Beach, Ontario, JP (Connie), Colindale, and Francis (Carol), Colindale, along with nieces and nephews and extended family.
August 1940 – December 2023
Veronica “Bonnie” Brushett (MacLellan), 83, of Lake Ainslie, passed away Tuesday, December 5th, 2023, peacefully at home with her family by her side. Born in Inverness, she was the loving wife of late John Brushett and daughter of the late Archie MacLellan and Catherine (Smith) MacLellan of Inverness. She will be sadly missed by her three daughters, Deborah (Sheldon) MacKay, Denise Brushett (Joe Rossiter), Deanna Brushett (Colin May); sister-in-law and best friend Johnena MacLellan; brother Wayne MacLellan; and sister Anne Bergeron; her cherished grandchildren, Matthew MacKay (Jennifer MacLean), Amanda MacKay (Vi Tang), and Brandon MacKay, Clare and Brynn Woods, Cattleya Rossiter; and great-grandchildren, Logan and Ellajah Tang, Noah and Norah MacKay. Also surviving are her brothers-in-law Fabian and Danny Brushett and sisters-in-law Harriet Brushett, Theresa Brushett, Cassie Brushett, and Eileen Brushett; and her best friends Blanche Lalonde and Winnie Reid also many nieces and nephews. We would like to acknowledge and thank Donna MacLennan and Kathleen Richardson for their compassionate care, who became family to all of us during Mom’s illness. Besides her parents and her husband, she was predeceased by her granddaughter Sienna Rossiter, sisters Georgena and Mildred (in infancy), her brothers Johnnie, Archie, Murdock, Willard and Gary; sisters-in-law Shirley, Marg, and Chubby; brothers-in-law Colin and Charles. She worked alongside her husband John at Ainslie Village Campground for 18 years and then at Soldier’s Cove Gas and Variety Store for 13 years, where they made lifelong friends. After retiring, John and Bonnie returned to the Lake, their beloved spot. Mom enjoyed making apple pies and often would make eight or more at a time; but only if someone would peel all the apples! She was happiest cooking and baking for her family and friends and spending special times sitting around drinking tea and enjoying her sweets. Mom loved watching movies, soap operas, and game shows. We, the family, would like to thank the doctors, wonderful nurses, and staff at Inverness Consolidated Hospital and Victoria County Hospital who cared for Mom over the years. A special thank you to Dr. John Ritter, Lori Ann Gillis, the Palliative Care team, and Continuing Care nurses Jessica and Genevieve, who cared for Bonnie. Cremation has taken place. A family service will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Mom may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our father, Réal Cormier, age 61, on December 4th, 2023, at the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre in Chéticamp. Born July 21st, 1962, in Saint-Joseph-du-Moine, he was the son of the late Émile and the late Marie (née Poirier) Cormier. A fisherman most of his life, the sea was where he felt most like himself. Before he returned to the region to be a fisherman, he had discovered a passion for cooking. Graduate from l’Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec in Montréal, he spent many years working in restaurant kitchens, but also loved to cook for his family. We will no longer be able to play a game of crib or listen to loud music in a rocking chair (specifically a wooden one) without thinking of him. He will be greatly missed. We also hope that you will hold onto good memories of Réal. Réal leaves to mourn his two children, Pascale (William) and Louis; the mother of his children, Claire; as well as his siblings: Pauline (Gilles), Marie Jeannine (Claude), Roger (Mary), Daniel (Brenda), Bernadette (Alfred), Régina, and Denis (Charlene). Réal also leaves his numerous nieces and nephews, and their families: Geneviève, Jacinthe, Jacques, Maxime, Mélanie, Tara, Chantelle, Adam, Ghislaine, Sylvain, Marie Josée, François, Julien, Rachelle, Jonathan, Amélie, Michael, and Laura. He was predeceased by his parents Émile and Marie, his brother Maurice Cormier, and many friends, who we hope welcomed him with open arms. Our family would like to thank all the members of the medical teams who treated him during his cancer diagnosis over the past year and a half. The funeral will take place at Saint-Joseph's Church, Saint-Joseph-du-Moine, on Saturday, December 16th, at 10:30 a.m with Father Pierre Antoine St Cyr officiating. The family will receive condolences one hour prior to the service at the church (9:30 a.m.). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Réal's name to the Cape Breton Cancer Patient Fund or to an addiction treatment centre. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be made to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.
Catherine Margaret Gillis “Caddy” of Upper Margaree: Our family circle is forever broken as we announce the passing of our sister Caddy, on December 5th, 2023, in Inverary Manor, Inverness. She was born in Inverness on February 23rd, 1936, the eldest of six daughters of the late Angus Allan and Margaret (Gillis) Gillis. Caddy grew up and attended school in Upper Margaree. After the death of her parents, she lived in Halifax for a few years, then moved to Namara Complex in Inverness where she enjoyed the independence of having her own apartment. Due to declining health, Caddy moved to Inverary Manor in June 2015, where she received the best of care. She was a women of strong faith with a devotion to Saint Anne and made many pilgrimages to the shrine in Quebec. Caddy also enjoyed trips with her sisters to Ottawa, Edmonton, and the U.S. She truly loved Cape Breton fiddle music and attended many square dances and ceilidhs over the years. She was delighted when Cape Breton fiddler, Kinnon Beaton composed a tune and named it “The Catherine Gillis Reel.” Caddy is survived by her sisters, Marie (Leland) Grady, New Glascow, Helen and Alison Gillis, Upper Margaree, Hughena (Brian) Boydeu, Halifax, Allana (the late Ron) MacFarlane, Sydney; four nieces and two nephews; three grand nieces and three grand nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and brother-in-law Ron MacFarlane. The family would like to express sincere gratitude and heartfelt thanks to the staff of Inverary Manor for their care and kindness towards Caddy over the years. Also, to friends who visited her and most of all a huge thanks to Dr. Susan Egar. Visitation was held in Inverness Funeral Home on Monday, December 11th, 2023, from 9:00a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Funeral mass followed at 12:00 p.m. in St. Joseph’s Church, South West Margaree. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Inverary Manor, Inverness, or to St. Joseph's Cemetery Fund, South West Margaree. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.
September 16th, 1954 – December 3rd, 2023: It is with great sadness that the family of Adeline Juanita MacDonald of Port Hood announces her passing on December 3rd, 2023, at Inverness Consolidated Hospital. Adeline was born on September 16th, 1954, and lived in Port Hood most of her life. She is survived by Tom, her husband of 47 years; their two daughters, Melinda (Steve) Lauchlan and Karla (Brodie) MacIsaac; as well as the three grandchildren she adored, Lucy, Zoe, and Talitha. She is also survived by her brothers, Aubrey (Marelyn) Hawley, Edwin Hawley, and Warren (Judy) Leadbetter. She was predeceased by her parents Marjorie and Rob Hawley and her brothers Miller and Alexander Hawley. Adeline worked as a secretary for the Strait Regional School Board for many years, where she faithfully served staff and students around the region. She will be remembered for her generosity, love of card games with family and friends, and baking the best biscuits. The family would like to extend sincere appreciation to the staff at Inverness Consolidated Hospital for their care and compassion throughout the time of Adeline’s illness. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13th, at the Port Hood & Area Resting Place. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. at St. Stephen’s United Church on Thursday, December 14th. Burial will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Canadian Cancer Society in Adeline’s Memory. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Sunset Funeral Co-op. Online condolences may be sent to: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.
With deep sorrow, we, the loved ones and family of Martin “Babe” Edward Cameron, age 87, announce his passing on November 25th, 2023, after a very sudden decline in his health. He was born on June 17th, 1936, to Martin and Esther (Coady) Cameron and raised in Margaree Forks, Nova Scotia. He had a tough upbringing and would later often share his stories of struggle and perseverance with family and close friends – which served as a reminder to him of just how far he had come in his life. Indeed, those early years shaped him in a deep way. Survival required grit, strength, and determination. He moved forward from his youth with exactly those qualities and overcame various adversities. At a young age, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), becoming an aircraft mechanic. However, his heart was always close to home. He would send the bulk of his income to his family in Margaree in an effort to help support them. While stationed in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, he met Darlene (Turner). They married and built a family as he moved from post to post across Canada, from Saskatoon to Trenton, Ontario, and finally Greenwood, Nova Scotia. After a successful career in the RCAF, Martin returned to Cape Breton, moving to Baddeck. It was there where he and Darlene began pursuing multiple business ventures. Eventually, they resettled to his family’s homestead in Margaree Forks, where they continued to build an enterprise that included forestry, fishing, and farming operations, among other business activities. Martin took immense pride in all that he and Darlene were able to accomplish. They were constantly in motion; backed by a ferocious work ethic. He was never happier than when he was working the land that he loved or tinkering on one of his bulldozers, which was desperately in need of restoration. This was a constant source of ribbing from his family. Through the years, one could often find him riding along in a truck or tractor with one of his loyal German Shepherds by his side. After heartbreakingly losing his beloved Darlene to cancer in 2008, Martin carried on and was blessed to have Jean Chiasson come into his life. They married and, together, continued to fish, farm, and take care of the land that he loved. In addition to his parents and Darlene, Martin was predeceased by his two brothers, John and Thomas, and his daughter Lynne. In addition to his wife Jean, he is survived by his daughters: Laurie Cameron, Halifax; Leslie Pottier (John), Ottawa; Leanne Cameron, Berwick; and son, David Cameron (Maureen), Detroit. He also leaves behind adored grandchildren: Emily and Seamus Corkum; Amanda (Robert) Beauregard and great-grandson Gavin; Catherine and Mathew Pottier; Kieran MacGillivray; Joshua (Erica), Lara and Merrin Fraser; Liam and Isabel Little, and Dominique Cameron. Based upon Martin’s wishes, a grave site service will be held on December 9th, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, South West Margaree, with Father Silvichan Dominic officiating, followed by a reception in the Memorial Parish Centre. Donations in Martin’s name may be made to the St. Joseph’s Cemetery Fund or the Canadian Lung Association. Online condolences may be sent to www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca. Funeral directions are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd.
Margaret “Peggy” Ellen MacDougall passed away in Inverary Manor, Inverness, on Friday, December 1st, 2023, with family by her side. She was born on September 6th, 1932, in Glendale (Maple Brook), Nova Scotia, to Florence Agnes (MacPherson) Gillis and Neil C. Gillis. Her mother died at a very young age, so she became a maternal figure to her siblings which created a cherished bond that remains to this day. Peggy grew up in Glendale then moved to Lake Ainslie to work, where she met the love of her life, Ainslie. She moved to Boston briefly for employment but then she and Ainslie married and moved to East Lake Ainslie where they raised their family and contributed to their community. Peggy enjoyed a good game of cribbage. If you agreed to play for a “loonie” or a “penny a hole” she would definitely take your money! Over the years, she also played many games of bingo and liked to show off her skills in the bowling lane, being very proud of the plaque she received in recognition of the “sportswomanship” that she displayed. She also enjoyed making biscuits, rolls, cinnamon rolls, apple jelly, and loved to serve them to company with a cup of tea at her kitchen table. Most of all, right up until the end, she enjoyed the company of family and friends. If pets came with the visit, it was even better – especially if it was “Goose” or “Lucy.” Peggy is survived by her children, Donna (Ed), Valley, NS, Gwynne (Debra), East Lake Ainslie, Ian (Laura), East Lake Ainslie; grandchildren, Allan (Amanda), Fredericton NB, Brennan (Marika), Quispamsis NB, Maggie, Halifax, Alissa (Keegan), East Lake Ainslie, Ryan (Alexandria), East Lake Ainslie; sister, Marie MacDonald, Long Point; brother, Alexander (Glendale); great-grandchildren, John Ainslie, Lauchlan, Finlay. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Anna and Kathleen as well as many nieces and nephews on both her and Ainslie’s side of the family who loved her dearly. Peggy was predeceased by parents, Florence Agnes and Neil C Gillis; husband, Ainslie; brothers; David, Duncan, Donald; sister, Janette and brothers-in-law, Rannie and Bobby. Thanks to everyone who made Peggy’s life more comfortable over the past few years; the wonderful home support staff who enabled her to stay home a bit longer, the staff at the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital and the Port Hawkesbury Nursing Home. Finally, thanks so much to the staff of every department and discipline at the Inverary Manor who supported us like family in her last days and months. Mom/Grammie, you were so good to us all; we love you dearly and we will miss you so much. Hugs to Dad/Grampie. We know that you have joined him and are at rest. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Inverness Education Centre Academy Breakfast Program or The Diabetic Association of Nova Scotia. Visitation will be held in Inverness Funeral Home on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Funeral mass will be held in St. Joseph's Church, South West Margaree, on Friday at 11:00 a.m. Burial to follow in East Lake Ainslie Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.
James Gilbert MacLean, 1961-2023: It is with broken hearts we announce the passing of James MacLean at home with his wife Brenda, Arthur, and Dianna by his side, in Fort McMurray, Sunday, November 19th, 2023, after a brief illness. James grew up in Bridgeport and was involved in many activities in his youth (baseball, hockey, scouts, and altar boy). James attended Bridgeport School, St. Michael’s High School, and Cape Breton Vocational School. As he grew up he enjoyed hunting with his father and Robert. James and Robert would travel to Port Hood for their annual deer hunt for several years, always an adventure with great stories. James considered Robert a brother and they were fortunate to have such a relationship. James was a Millwright and very proud of his trade working at many locations across Canada until they decided to move to Fort McMurray over 25 years ago, making it their home. James and Brenda looked after many people that came out for work. Their kindness and compassion for others will always be remembered. James was born in Glace Bay to the late Pauline (Gilbert) MacLean and Jim MacLean (Port Hood) in 1961. James is survived by his loving wife, Brenda; son, Arthur (Dianna); fur babies, Louis and Ruby; father, Jim (Port Hood); sisters, Paula (Denny), Upper Sackville, Brenda (Robert), Glace Bay; mother-in-law, Betty (Sydney); sister-in-law, Paula (Paddy), New Waterford; nephews, Kevin and Steven; nieces, Lindsay, Denise, Michelle, and Elizabeth. He was predeceased by his mother, Pauline (1996); father-in-law, Art (2000); niece, Angela (1984). James and Brenda loved to travel home for visit. Their last visit was in April to celebrate his father’s 90th birthday. It was a beautiful afternoon and James got to see his family and friends. Lots of reminiscing. He was so glad he made it home and enjoyed his visit. James will be remembered for his kindness and eagerness to help others never saying a bad word about anyone. Cremation has taken place. Celebration of Life to be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Robert Anderson Funeral Services, Fort McMurray, AB.
It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the sudden and untimely passing of Accacia Nantau at the age of 35. Accacia came bouncing into the world on January 28th, 1988, to her loving parents, Colette Burke and Warren Yipp. Accacia grew up in Inverness, where she made her mark in the world, down the Red Rows. She was a force to be reckoned with even from a young age. She would always stand up for what was right, but did so in a way that made you feel you were learning a lesson. Accacia had friends from all walks of life. She never judged or cast stones at anyone. Accacia knew what it was like to overcome unimaginable things and do so with a smile on her face. When her little sister Leelyn came into the world, Accacia took her under her wing. She protected her at all costs. They had battles of their own, but no one could ever mess with Accacia’s little sister. After high school, Accacia wanted to branch off into the world to become a fashion designer, she moved to Montreal, where she expanded her friend group and touched the hearts of so many. Although her fashion designing career didn’t work out, she always was the best dressed. Even if her outfit only cost $6 from Value Village, she had style that made heads turn, if her infectious laugh didn’t do so already. She moved back to Halifax, where she was one of the most vibrant and welcoming waitresses to ever come to Jack Astors. People requested to sit in Accacia's section of the restaurant because they knew her positive attitude, charm, and quick wit would somehow brighten their day. When Accacia had Penny Lu, her world changed for the better. She loved fiercely and selflessly. She protected and cared for this little human like the superhero she was. Accacia did everything she could to instill values in Penny and create the old soul that Penny is. When we look at Penny, we will see little Accacia and be reminded to smile, treat people kindly, and never judge. Accacia moved to Kempt Shore and expanded her friend group once again. How is it possible to touch people from all around the world and make time for those people each and every day? Well she did that, whether that was through a text message, a poem, a pun, tagging them in a silly meme, sending them silly videos of herself, Penny or Nugget (their furry friend), she made it happen and there’s not too many people that could do that. She always had time for everyone. Accacia moved back to Inverness in 2022, which was unbeknownst, the last year of her life. Her old friendships were rekindled and picked up exactly where they left off without skipping a beat. Accacia graced more people with her presence, working at Whit’s Pub and Freeman’s Pharmacy and sharing her bright, shining light with all who crossed her path. She could single-handedly turn your day from sorrow to hope for tomorrow. She was a beacon of light that no one could dim. She radiated positivity. Accacia will want us to remember her when we hear music that we can’t help but dance to, when we put on our best red lipstick, when we hear that first crack of a good lightning storm, when we see that first sun kissed freckle, when we feel the sand between our toes or are mesmerized by the glowing sunset. Accacia is survived by her daughter, Penny Lu; grandparents, John and Lucy Burke; nanny, Patsy Gillis; mother, Colette Burke; father Warren Yipp; sister, Leelyn Yipp (Donald); niece, Summer and nephews, Levi and Meverick; her Aunt Melinda, Aunt Pam (Johnny), Uncle George, Uncle Jon Jon, and her many cousins. Accacia is predeceased by her grandfather, Jon Yipp and Uncle Lance Yipp. A Celebration of Life will take place on Monday, November 27th, 2023, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Whit's Public House, Inverness. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the peaceful passing of Jean Paul Gaudet, age 77, on November 15th, 2023, at Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp, after a courageous 15-month battle with ocular melanoma. He was born on February 1st, 1946, to the late Joseph and the late Marie Jeanette (Roche) Gaudet. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, René. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years Claudette (Muise) Gaudet; children Mona (Albert) Poirier, and Guy (Stuart Gray) Gaudet; and his most beloved grandson, Jocelyn Poirier; sisters, Adrienne Deveaux, Géraldine (Wilfred) Bourgeois, Bibianna Gaudet; and brother, Yvon (Pauline) Gaudet. He is also survived by many brothers- and sisters-in-law; and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews; godchildren, Keith Muise and Shelda Campbell. He began his life as a businessman in 1969, by taking the helm with his brother of Gaudet Building Contractors. He was the co-founder of Chéticamp Boatbuilders and Acadian Communications. Jean Paul’s kindness and gentle spirit touched the lives of all who were fortunate enough to know him. A man of few words, he spoke volumes through his actions and influence on others, leaving an indelible mark on those he encountered. A creative genius in various realms, he wore many hats as an entrepreneur, community builder/volunteer, contractor, painter, woodworker, and “musician.” His passion for life was evident in his continuous pursuit of new projects and self-improvement, a trait that inspired everyone around him. Above all, he cherished his role as a dedicated family man, finding his greatest joy in being a loving father and grandfather. A paragon of virtue, he served as an exceptional role model for all who crossed his path, seeing the good in everyone. He leaves behind a legacy of warmth, creativity, and unwavering love. In the hearts of his wife, two children, and one special grandchild, his spirit will forever live. Visitation was held on Monday, November 20th, 2023, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., at Chéticamp Funeral Home. A funeral mass was celebrated on Tuesday, November 21st, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. at l’Église St-Pierre, Cheticamp. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, la Paroisse St.-Pierre, or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made by visiting: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.
In loving memory of Cheryl Diane MacDonald: Mom passed away peacefully and surrounded by love on November 11th, 2023, at the Inverary Manor in Inverness, at the age of 74. Born on September 16th, 1949, Cheryl was the daughter of the late Bill and Lorraine Phillips of Margaree Center, Nova Scotia. Mommy was a woman of strong faith, and always a positive outlook no matter what life sent her, including battling MS for 38 years without a complaint; but always grateful for the blessings she had. She adored her family and grandchildren dearly, but nothing compared to the love she had for her husband Lorne. She is survived by her daughters, Melanie (Christopher) Graten of Maine; Christina (Alex) Green of North Sydney, and Jillan MacDonald of Westmount; grandchildren, Mackenzie, Sasha, Leela, Eleanor, and Seth; her aunts, uncles and cousins. Besides her parents, Cheryl was predeceased by her loving husband of 54 years Lorne MacDonald. Cheryl and Lorne had a bond that could not be broken even through death. In January 2020, Mommy moved into Inverness Manor where her family expanded to include the Manor staff and residence. We would like to extend our deepest gratitude and appreciation to “Aunt’’ Valerie and Wendel Shepherd for their undying devotion to mommy and daddy’s well-being and care. The support they gave us the past six months will never be forgotten. To the staff of the Inverness Manor that became family and loved mommy as much as she loved all of them, especially Ashton Brown, the care and love shown was beautiful. And to Palliative Care, our thanks for the way you comforted mommy in her final days will never be forgotten. Cremation has taken place. A service will take place in the spring. In Lieu of flowers, and out of gratitude, a donation in memory of Cheryl may be made to the Highland Villa Care Unit at the Inverary Manor, 72 Maple Street, Inverness, Nova Scotia B0E 1NO. Arrangements are under the care of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Online condolences may be left at: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.
Myrtle Anna MacDougall: October 16th, 1922 – November 12th, 2023.
Myrtle Anna MacDougall was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on October 16th, 1922, and passed away peacefully with her family by her side on November 12th, 2023, at the age of 101. She was the beloved wife of the late John James Dunbar MacDougall and loving mother to Miriam McCutcheon (Bill) and James MacDougall (Barb). Known as “Nana” to family and friends, she was loved by grandchildren Valerie Paris (Marc), Natalie Paternoster (Daniel), Philip McCutcheon (Chelsea), John Alex MacDougall (Shannon), Brendan MacDougall (Beatriz) and great-grandchildren Alexa, Logan, Cally, MacKenzie, William, and Cameron. Myrtle was predeceased by parents James Alexander and Mary Jesse MacDougall as well as her brother, Donald. She will be fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Myrtle was a registered nurse for 45 years, working in Nova Scotia, Massachusetts, and Ontario, and would often go out of her way to help others in need. She was happiest when surrounded by family. Nana loved her summers at East Lake Ainslie, Cape Breton, and enjoyed fiddle music with an occasional scotch. She was an active member of Holy Trinity United Church in Elliot Lake, Ontario. The family would like to thank all the amazing staff at Wilson Memorial General Hospital in Marathon, Ontario, for Nana’s care over the last five and a half years. Our family is grateful to know Nana is finally at peace. Cremation has taken place and Celebration of Life will occur at a later date at East Lake Ainslie, Cape Breton. Condolences may be made through www.nwfainc.com.
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Eugene Leonard McNamara, 66, of Port Hood, Nova Scotia. Eugene was born February 23rd, 1957, and grew up in Port Hood. He attended school in Port Hood and Mabou and dedicated over 30 years of his working life to the Chrysler assembly plant in Windsor, Ontario. He is predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Lucy McNamara of Port Hood; siblings Freddy McNamara and Karen (Angus) Waye; and nephew Mark Waye. Eugene is survived by brothers, Danny (Lois), Michael (Bernice), Warren (Ruth); sisters Mary Rose (Larry) MacIsaac, Elizabeth (Gerard) MacDonald, and Lucille (Allan) MacIsaac. He will be fondly remembered by his many nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends. Eugene was proud of his Port Hood roots and often came home from Ontario to visit friends and family, especially during Chestico Days. He enjoyed spending time outdoors, fishing, and gathering in good company for the breakwater breakdown. Always up for a story and a laugh, Eugene’s sense of humour and mischievous nature was endeared by many and will be greatly missed. The family would like to thank Lori Ann MacDonald, Dr. John Ritter, and the Inverness Palliative Care team for the compassionate care and attention they provided. Eugene wished to be remembered in celebration with family and friends instead of through a traditional service. To honour this wish, Eugene’s family have arranged a gathering at the Admiral Lounge (148 Main Street Port Hood) on Saturday, November 25th, between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. All who knew Eugene are welcome to drop in, pay respects, or stay a while and share a story in remembrance of our brother and friend. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Central Inverness Palliative Care Society.
In loving memory of Daniel Joseph Moran, April 12th, 1946 – November 3rd, 2023: It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Daniel Moran, age 77, of Judique, on November 3rd, 2023. He is survived by Rhonda (Beaton) Moran; his son Wes (Paula); granddaughters, Abigail, Rowan, and Monserrat. He leaves behind siblings Samuel (Susan), Mary Mueller, Teresa Gillis (Mikey), Edna Bisson (Kevin), Sandra Burke (Joe), and Irene Moran (Greg). He is also survived by brother-in-law Joseph MacSween; aunts, Kay Brady and Theresa MacDonnell; as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Daniel was predeceased by his son Angus; parents Edward and Margaret (Beaton) Moran; brother Alex; sister Margaret Ann MacSween and in infancy, siblings Colin, Joseph, and Willena; also brother-in-law Gary Mueller and nephew Cody Burke. Daniel was born in River Centre, Inverness County, and moved to New Waterford as a young child; he lived most of his life in New Waterford where he married and raised his family. The last 10 years he returned to his beloved “country life” where he enjoyed a simple life in his cabin and spending time with his brothers Sam and Alex. He often drove the back roads of St. Ninian and Hawthorne; where he was known as the “Backroad King,” as he helped many of his neighbours, in and around the whole of Glencoe area. In New Waterford he had a lengthy career working for Devco in various positions from draegerman to supervisor. He worked in 12 Colliery, Lingan, and Phelan Mines. His stories were endless about his days underground with his fellow miners, who he respected and cherished, always regaling his family with stories of the miner’s life. Danny was honoured to be interviewed and featured in the book, In the Blood Cape Breton Conversations on Culture, by Burt Feintuch, which chronicled his career as a miner. In his earlier years he played softball and hockey. He was active in the community and with the Parish of St. Michaels. He taught instructional courses for bow hunting, and was a bow hunting enthusiast, eventually giving it up to return to rifle hunting. Daniel often said it was the companionship he enjoyed most about deer hunting. He spent the last 10 years hunting with friends from Sydney and Little Judique, and his favourite hunting grounds were around Hawthorne Road, close to his cabin. Another of his beloved hobbies was motorcycles and he rode his Harley every chance he could, until his health didn't allow it. One of his fondest memories was biking with a group to Laconia, and many stories came from these adventures. He had a great love for animals and had many pets throughout the years. Most recently, his cat Chrissy provided companionship after the loss of his two Pomeranians. He may have had a reputation as a tough miner, and certainly was quite a stoic man, but the birth of his first granddaughter, Abigail, showed another side of him. He was so proud of all three granddaughters and adored spending time with them. He enjoyed watching Rowan play hockey and hearing about her latest game on the phone. His bond with Monsey was strong as they shared a love of cats; and he liked to tease her. Daniel will be remembered for his kindness and missed by so many. Our memories will last forever. Arrangements entrusted to Sunset Funeral Home. Visitation was held at the Glencoe Mills Hall, with funeral and burial at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Glencoe. Leave a note of remembrance at: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.
In loving memory of Charlotte Marion Woodhouse, May 15th,1937 – October 26th, 2023: It's with unmeasurable sadness that we share with you that Charlotte, dearest mom, sister, grandma, and great-grandma has passed away on October 26th, 2023, she was 86 years old. Gracious as ever, she quietly slipped away surrounded by those who loved her dearly, both family and caregivers. Born in Sydney to her late parents George and Fran (LeDrew) Weaver. Charlotte was predeceased by her late husband, William “Bill” Woodhouse in 2015. She is survived by her sister, Wendy (Phillip) currently in Arkansas and their two daughters Talia, UK, and Isabow, Alaska. Also survived by her daughter Jodi Green, Lake Ainslie; her grandson TJ Lovell, Calgary, and her great-grandson Colin, Edmonton; her step son, William “Bill” Woodhouse Jr. of Bucklaw and his grandchildren, Nevaeah, Shylah, Miah, Bryden, and Joel. Charlotte graduated high school at Sydney Academy. From there she went on to model for Eaton’s Catalog where she found a love of fashion. Furthering her education she began her professional career at Sydney Auto Parts, which she enjoyed for many years. She loved to read and in particular mysteries written by Lee Child, Tom Clancy, and others. She loved flowers and you'd often find her at home, on her knees beside a flower bed, up to her elbows in soil. Her love of reading and gardening was matched by her love of travel and music. She and Bill travelled to Germany on more than one occasion to visit friends and see a bit of surrounding countries. A lover of the sun, she and Bill also travelled south to many snow bird-loving hot spots. Charlotte loved Cape Breton and especially Lake Ainslie. She spent many mornings sitting outside with her coffee just watching the lake. She shared a special friendship with Kay and Murdock MacKinnon also living at the lake. She and Kay put on many miles travelling to concerts around the Island. She had many fond memories of their years of friendship. Kind, open minded, and caring; she was a gracious, giving, and poised lady. She will be missed and remembered by many. To all those who knew Charlotte, we sincerely extend our deepest appreciation for your sharing in mom’s life. She was a special lady who embraced life and enjoyed being with people she cared about. So, from our hearts, thank you for being a part of mom's life! We would like to take this opportunity to extend special appreciation to Charlotte's caregivers while in hospital in Inverness. To the Emergency Department doctors and nurses, Dr. Rhea, Dr. John Ritter, and Lori Ann, director, Palliative Care, the nurses on the 2nd floor, along with other care givers and general hospital staff, who treated and cared for Charlotte as though she was one of their own family members with all the dignity and respect one could hope. May God bless each of you! A celebration of Charlotte's life will be held hopefully in the spring of 2024 when family members both in Canada and out of country can travel to NS. Share a memory or words of sympathy at: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.
It is with great sadness that we, the family, after 95 years announce the passing of Jessie Katherine MacKenzie on Saturday, October 14th, 2023, in River Denys. Born May 13th, 1928, in Inverness, she was a daughter of the late Peter D. and Christena Sarah (MacPhail) MacPhail. Jessie was a schoolteacher and she closed many little red schoolhouses around Inverness County ending her career at Whycocomagh Consolidated High School in 1984. She had a great passion for art and took art courses at Dalhousie University. An avid quilter, Jessie gave/sold numerous quilts over the years, which were loved by many all-over North America. She took great pleasure in her paintings and took pride in having family and friends display her works. A member of the River Denys Presbyterian Church and the Eastern Star. She loved to share the news with friends and family, prankster, looked forward to visits and seeing people in River Denys. She enjoyed gardening and being outdoors, lover of animals, historian, and helped many with their genealogy. Jessie is survived by her son, Peter (Isabel Elliot) MacKenzie, Glendale, NS; sister, Patsy MacKinnon, North Sydney, NS; grandchildren, Melanie MacKenzie, Dartmouth, NS, and Brent MacKenzie, Dartmouth, NS. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, William B.; brother, Malcolm John “Buddy” MacPhail; and sisters, Margie Reid and Gladys Wyre; and in-laws, Neil Reid, Colin MacKinnon, and Jean MacPhail. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 18th, at Margaret Taylor Cemetery in River Denys. A reception will follow in Blues Mills Fire Hall, 7548 Hwy 105, Blues Mills. Memorial donations can be made to River Denys Cemetery Company (Margaret Taylor Cemetery), SPCA, or a charity of your choice. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at www.haverstocks.com.
It is with profound sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of our beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend, Earl Francis MacNeil. Earl, aged 60, of Rankinville was called home to our Saviour on October 16th, 2023. Earl is survived by his wife of 29 years, Arlene MacNeil; children, Josh, Dartmouth; Teegan (Hannah) Antigonish, and Kaylin, Halifax; siblings, Rebecca (the late Joe John A) MacDonald, Sandy (Rosie) MacNeil, Janette MacNeil, Donald MacNeil, Mary (the late Don) Hoopy, Marion (the late Big John) MacLean, Lawrence (Judy) MacNeil, Archie (Margie) MacNeil, Ramona (Barry) Miller, Neil (Louise) MacNeil, David (Darlene) MacNeil, and Vince (Audra) MacNeil. Earl was greeted at the gate by his parents, Alex and Mary Anne MacNeil; his brother, Angus MacNeil; brother-in-law, Big John MacLean; and nephew, Bradley MacNeil. Earl was born in Inverness on August 26th, 1963, and spent the first five years of his life in Southwest Mabou, where he met his first friend, Lloyd Campbell. In March 1968, the family moved to Rankinville, where Earl spent the remainder of his childhood and early adolescent years on the farm with his family, raising and working on cattle. In August 1981, when Earl turned 18, he left the homestead and began his mining career. In 1994, Earl married Arlene and “the baby” returned back to Rankinville, where he and Arlene raised their family. For 42 years Earl provided for his family by travelling to several different countries, provinces, cities, and towns, chasing his mining career. Earl thrived in the mining industry, helping establish and yield many successful miners and men – including his son Teegan – and was always being trusted by his company of 29 years, Manroc Developments, to pave the way. Earl was a humble, loyal, and hardworking man who enjoyed the simple things in life. He was his happiest self when he was with the loves of his life, his wife and his three kids. If you saw him talking on the phone, it was likely with his son and best friend Teegan, who was asking to borrow one of his million tools and looking for his never-ending advice. In the spring, he could be found fishing lobster with his daughter Kaylin, on his nephew Trevor’s boat. He loved being on the water and passed on his love for fishing onto his three children when he encouraged his oldest son Josh to fish when he was 16 years old. No matter what time of year, Earl could be found on his four-wheeler with his friends and would volunteer to help maintain the upkeep of the tracks. He loved spending his time at the “trough” with his friends, spending his days in the “garage” boiling lobsters and enjoying Bud Lights, and constantly working on vehicles and automobiles in the company of his father-in-law, Pat MacDonald. It is safe to say that whatever Earl put his mind to, he was all in. He was best known for his time spent on the trails on his four-wheeler, his strong faith and friendly smile, and always providing a hand for those who needed it, it was never a surprise for Earl to drop everything to do something for someone else. We would like to thank the staff at the Inverness Memorial Hospital Emergency Department and EHS ambulatory care staff for the care he received while with them. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, Mabou, or a charity of your choice. Visitation took place Sunday, October 22nd from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Saint Mary’s Church, Mabou. Funeral mass to celebrate Earl’s life took place Monday, October 23rd, at 11:00 a.m. in the Saint Mary’s Church, Mabou, with Father Danny MacLennan officiating, burial followed in the parish cemetery. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.InvernessFuneralHome.com for the MacNeil family.
June 12th, 1964 – October 30th, 2023
With deep sadness we announce our sister Jackie passed away peacefully after an extremely courageous battle with cancer on October 30th, 2023, at the age of 59. Jackie is predeceased by her parents Alex and Catherine MacNeil. Survived by her sibling Danita, Brian, and Ian. She was a loving aunt to Victoria, Danielle, Alison, Rebecca, Sandy, and Kendall and great-aunt to Ethan, Ella, Emmett, Eiah, Eliyah, Macie, Kelton, Keegan, and Sophia. Jackie lived everyday of her life to the fullest. Her laugh was infectious and her sense of humour was full of fun and high spirited. She was passionate about astrology and enjoyed analyzing family and friends birth charts. The kitchen was a happy place for Jackie. She took great pride in whipping up a little scoff and sharing a meal and a glass of wine with family and friends. She found comfort sitting on the beach listening to the waves as she watched the sunset. Jackie lived her life in Sudbury, Ontario. She was the owner of a successful medical cleaning company. Jackie closed her business to fulfill her mother's desire of returning home to Mabou. Jackie dedicated the last seven years caring for our beloved mother. With courage, strength, and determination, she continued this care during the past year; all while she battled her own illness with cancer. She never lost hope. Heartfelt thanks to Arlene MacNeil for the light and laughter she brought into Jackie’s life; the support and love of the Halloran’s; and to Donna Doiron for her guidance, kindness, and loyalty. Special thank you to the Dr. Binnersley and Inverness hospital nursing staff, Dr. Ritter, and Lori Ann MacDonald for their compassionate and exceptional care of Jackie throughout her journey. Visitation was held in St. Mary's Church, Mabou, on Saturday, November 4th, from 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. with funeral mass following at 11:00 a.m. Fr. Andrew Gillies officiated. Burial followed in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society or to St. Mary's Parish Cemetery Fund. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.InvernessFuneralHome.com for the MacNeil family.
It is with great sadness we share that Ivan Cameron Morrison was called home to be with Jesus on Monday, October 30, 2023. He passed peacefully with loved ones by his side at St. Martha's Regional Hospital, Antigonish, NS. Ivan was born in Inverness, November 11th, 1963, a son of the late, Shirley (MacInnis) and Jackie Morrison. Ivan was also predeceased by: his parents-in-law John Finley and Eileen (Boucher) Mac Donald; maternal and paternal grandparents; as well as aunts, Margaret (Neil) Campbell, Mae (Neil) Mac Kay, Dolena (Hector) Mac Kinnon, Phyllis (DJ) Ferguson, Laura Mac Innis; and uncles; Murdock (June) Mac Innis, Morrison (Laura Bell) Mac Innis, Stewart Mac Innis. Ivan was a welder by trade, and worked many years at Little Narrows Gypson Plant. He will be fondly remembered as the gentle giant. He was a big man with an even bigger heart. His love of family and friends was so apparent. He was also known for his other loves: car racing, visiting, vacations to P.E.I. and Florida, his Monte Carlo SS cars, four-wheeling trips with his uncle Joe, pizzas, B.K. whoppers, and of course his duckies. Ivan will be dearly missed by his loving wife and soul mate, Joyce (Mac Donald); his pride and joy, daughter Emily (Lu Lu); god-daughter Gabriella Mehra; brother Stewart (Carolyn); sister Jill (Selwyn); numerous in-laws; nephews Dylan and Devon; niece Jade; aunts: Jessie (late Lauchie) Mac Kinnon, Edna (late Gordon) Mac Lennan, Janet (late Angus) Scott, Willena (Peter) Parker, Neila (Joe) Gerrior; and uncle Jackie (Marie) Mac Innis. Funeral service was held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 4th, at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Port Hood, burial was in St Peter’s Catholic Church Cemetery officiated by Father Sunny. The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to all the doctors, nurses, and all staff at ICMH and SMRH for the excellent care given to him, especially over the past month. In lieu of flowers donations, in his memory may be made to the Cancer Society, SPCA, or a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Funeral Home Cooperative, Margaree Valley. Share a memory: Please join us in remembering Ivan Cameron Morrison by visiting our Memorial at www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com. Through this site, we invite you to share your thoughts and fond memories with our family.
It is with deep sorrow that we share the passing of a beautiful soul, Mary Margaret (MacLellan) Martin, who died peacefully in Ottawa, aged 100, on October 26th, 2023. Predeceased by her husband Bill in 2021, Mary is survived by her children: son, John (Joy) of Calgary; daughter, Paula of Vancouver; grandchildren, Dianna (Nick), Kimberly (Craig); and great-grandchildren Halen and Emberlily. Dear daughter of the late John and Marcella MacLellan of Broad Cove Chapel, Cape Breton, NS. Mary was predeceased by: brother, Hugh MacLellan and his wife Margaret; their son John; as well as four siblings who died in infancy. She will be sadly missed by many relatives in both the MacLellan and Martin families. Mary was born and raised in a Scottish Gaelic speaking family in Broad Cove Chapel on a hilltop farm, part of a tightly knit community. She reminisced about seeing the Souris East Lighthouse across the waters on Prince Edward Island as a child and wondered if she’d ever travel that far. Upon meeting Bill, she moved to Toronto to marry and eventually to Ottawa and to Mönchengladbach, Germany, with Bill’s posting in the Canadian Armed Forces. The family camped all over Europe and Mom’s tidy nature meant we always had the neatest campsite. A loving and gentle woman, she was an inveterate community volunteer in Ottawa, recognized for her contributions to a variety of organizations. An avid sports fan, sharp-eyed card player, enthusiastic crafter (famous for her knitted teddy bears), and country cook, Mary’s generous nature and wit attracted many friends, including those she made when she went back to work in retail as her children grew. Our special thanks to Art Carswell and Darlene Dudar for their care and friendship over the years and our deepest gratitude to the staff of Riverpath Retirement Community who provided such wonderful care to Mary over the past 18 months. Mary was deeply loved by many. Bidh sinn gad ionndrainn gu bràth. (We will miss you forever.) Funeral mass was held at 11:00 a.m. on November 1st at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, 400 St. Laurent Blvd, in Ottawa, Interment will be held Beechwood Cemetery on November 3rd at 2:45 p.m. The funeral mass will also be streamed online at: https://view.oneroomstreaming.com/index.php?data=MTY5ODUzNDg0NzI3ODUxMiZvbmVyb29tLWFkbWluJmNvcHlfbGluaw==. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a charity that supports those less fortunate in our community. Condolences/Tributes: Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, www.hpmcgarry.ca, 613-748-1200.
Catherine Ann MacIsaac Murphy, of Fall River, Nova Scotia, passed away on October 16th, 2023, at the age of 75, after a long battle with Lewy Body dementia. Cathy was born on August 20th, 1948, to parents Mary (Smiler) and Duncan Alex MacIsaac in Inverness, Nova Scotia. After graduating from NSCAD with a B-Ed, Cathy spent many years teaching Art across the Halifax area. She later earned her Masters in Education with a focus on Reading Recovery. She is predeceased by her parents and her siblings (Leona, Isabel, Teresa, David/Buddy, Lewis). She was the youngest and last surviving sibling. Cathy was married to Thomas Gerald Murphy from 1971 to 1988. She is survived by her four children and their partners (Dennis/ Antje, Kelly/Rob, Stephen, Caralee/Karl) and three grandchildren (Kira, Alice, Jack). Cathy was a woman of faith, active with the CWL, and a devout Saint Rose of Lima Parish member. She loved to sing and paint and dance. She was the life of every party, and made everyone she met feel like the most important person in the world. Her family emails were always signed with the monikers each of her children used: “Mum, Mother, Ma, Mom.” Her joy, awe, and sparkle will remain in our hearts forever. Memorial mass and burial at Stella Maris Catholic Church in Inverness at a later date in July TBH.
Marie Patricia (Pat) MacLeod (McManus), September 6th, 1937 – October 10th, 2023: Mum was born in Glasgow, Scotland, the eldest child in a large, loving family led by Peter and Bridget. Late in life, Mum’s face would light up with joy as she reminisced about all the fun she had aboard Revlis, the beloved family boat that took the McManus clan on many great adventures. Mum made a career of caring, first becoming a registered nurse in the 1950s, and then bravely returning to school over 20 years later to become a Public Health nurse in Halifax. Even in retirement, she continued to care for others as a devoted grandmother and aunt. In 1968, Mum made the bravest move of all by waving goodbye to her close knit Scottish family from the deck of the Empress of Canada, as she and her own young family immigrated to Nova Scotia. We will forever be grateful to our parents for the life they gave us in Canada. But we know and understand our mother never truly left the fold of the family she dearly missed back home in Scotland. Thank you Mum, for everything you gave us. Love from: your children, Fiona (Murdock) and Iain (Trena); your grandchildren Megan and Lauchlin, Lucy, Julia, and Lila; and your sisters, Dolores and Pam. Mum outlived her parents and brothers (Peter and Roy) plus numerous aunts and uncles – but they remained alive in her head and heart in the numerous recollections of life and laughter aboard Revlis. A graveside ceremony took place at St. Margaret’s of Scotland Church, 178 Broad Cove Marsh Road on Monday, October 16th, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers and in appreciation of the kindness and care extended to our mother by the residents and staff at the Highland Villa, a donation can be made to the: Highland Villa, care of the Inverary Manor, 72 Maple Street, Inverness, Nova Scotia, B0E 1N0.
Marie “Cecile” AuCoin, age 80, St. Joseph du Moine, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 12th, 2023, in the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. She was a daughter to the late Jimmy and the late Judith (Roach) Bourgeois. Cecile cherished her family and friends. She was a sacristan for many years at the St. Joseph du Moine Parish and was very devoted to her faith. She also enjoyed the church choir. She loved BINGO!, and was always ready to play a game of cards. Cecile is survived by her sons, André (Simonne), Cheticamp, Robert, Lower Sackville, and Real (Jacqueline), St. Joseph du Moine; daughters, Yvette (Wayne), N.E. Margaree, and Jeannine (Bob), Newfoundland; brothers, Joseph (Chris), Emmanuel (Marlene), and Charlie (Georgina); sisters, Luce Yvonne MacDonnell and Marie Eveline Maillet; grandchildren, Ryan (Madina) and Kyle (Alicia); great grandchildren, Silas and Nora. Besides her husband, Edmond AuCoin, she was predeceased by her brothers, Yvon, Wilfred, and Clovie; sisters, Marguerite Alma AuCoin and Marie Jeannette Harris; grand niece, Karen LeBlanc; and niece, Lynn Maillet. There will be a visitation from 9:30 a.m. till time of funeral mass at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 21st, 2023, in St. Joseph’s Church, St. Joseph du Moine with Father Peter LeBlanc officiating. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Parish Church, or a donation of your choice. Please respect a “Scent Free” environment. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.
Anthony Deblois LeBlanc, age 67, Foyer Père Fiset Guest Home, Cheticamp, formerly Margaree Forks, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 11, 2023. He was a son to the late Alex and the late Bernadette (Deveau) LeBlanc. Anthony is survived by a brother, Simon LeBlanc; sisters, Isabelle Mugford, Rita Beaudoin, Rose Ann Randell, Anita Anthony, and Patricia Costigan; nieces and nephews, Andy Vasek, Cody Vasek, Chantel Vasek, Amber Laforce, Jasmin Laforce, Willow Laforce, Autumn Laforce, Tyler Dean, and Kaitlyn Dean. Besides his parents, Anthony was predeceased by his brothers, Thomas, J.J., and Jerome. A visitation was held on October 18, 2023, in St. Michael’s Church, Margaree from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., followed by funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. with Father Silvichan Dominic officiating. Burial followed in St. Michael’s Parish Cemetery, Margaree. Memorial donations may be made in Anthony’s name to the Foyer Père Fiset. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be made to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our dad, Joseph Lionel LeBlanc, who passed away peacefully at Foyer Pere Fiset home, in Cheticamp, on October 4th, 2023. Born in Cheticamp, Lionel was the son of the late Lubin and Matilda LeBlanc of St. Joseph du Moine. Lionel was predeceased by his wife Eleanor and son Warren; siblings Joseph and his wife Georgina, Marie Sophie and her husband Pierre, Linus; brother-in-law Doug MacCallum. Lionel will be missed by daughters Noreen (Darren) MacLean, Strathlorne, Bonnie LeBlanc, Lower Sackville, Paula (Doug) Dupe, Stratford, ON, and daughter-in-law Marylyn (Warren) LeBlanc, Edmonton; siblings Michael (Barbara), Glace Bay, Marie Marguerite, Toronto; Bernice (Doug), Toronto, and their families; grandchildren Leon Poirier, Cheticamp, Jason (Caroline) Poirier, North Sydney, Lionel (Angela) Power, Lower Sackville, Calvin LeBlanc (Skye), Dartmouth, Brandon LeBlanc (Jeela), Edmonton, Courty LeBlanc (Matt), Edmonton, Damion LeBlanc, Edmonton, Sky Dupe (Dustin), Stratford, ON; great-grandchildren Mac, Sam, Theo Poirier, Riley, Dominic Power, Rayne, Atlas Marcovitch, and Meeka LeBlanc; many nieces and nephews and cousins and special Godchildren. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Sunset Funeral Co-op. A funeral mass will be held at a later date. We would like to thank the staff at the Foyer Pere Fiset for the care they gave Dad and the compassion they gave us during his last few days. Thank you to Sunset Funeral Home for your compassion and care for our father for his last journey. Donations may be made to Foyer Pere Fiset or St. Joseph du Moine cemetery fund. Our world will not be the same without you. XO.
In loving memory of John Andrew “Andy” MacDonald, August 11th, 1945 – October 4th, 2023. Last night Sally had a dream: Andy walked across the floor, extended his hand and said “Sally, lets dance.” With a gleam in his eye, a smile on his face, and his arm around her waist, they walked out onto the floor. They started to dance. He said “Sally, there’s no fog in my head, I can breathe, my back – my back does not hurt. It’s amazing my feet – my feet are not sore anymore.” His laughter filled the air and Sally’s feet left the floor as they swung in the third figure. He said “Sally, I’ll come, I’ll come every night and we’ll dance to the bow.” As dawn broke on October 4th, 2023, at 6:00 a.m., Andy (John A) Mac Donald, surrounded by his deeply loving and broken-hearted family, said goodbye as his time here on earth was over. Left to mourn his cherished and dearly loved wife Sarah (Sally), his son Allan (Kathleen) Fall River, his daughter Amanda (Patrick) Fall River, and grandchildren Lauchlin, Calum, Frankie and Lizzie; siblings: Jim Dan (Evelyn) Port Hood, Mary MacPhail (Callum) Lower Sackville, Patrick (Carol) Broad Cove, and Collie (Sandy) Calgary; sisters-in-law Elizabeth MacDonald, Antigonish and Angie MacDonald, Saskatchewan; brothers-and sisters-in-law Peter and Mary Carroll, (Thompson, MB), Andy Carroll (New West Minister, BC), Delores and JD MacIsaac (Windsor, ON), Mary and Frank Adamo (Toronto, ON), Ann Auger (Montreal, QC), Alex and Yvette (Halifax, NS), Margie and Archie MacNeil (Mabou, NS) Billy, Angie, and Ruth Carroll (Margaree, NS). And many, many beloved nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents: John A. and Mary Sarah (MacArthur); brothers: Alex, George and Archie; nephew Brennon; brothers-in-law: John, Leo, Teddy, Danny, and Andy Carroll, Sim Dumas, and John Auger; sisters-in-law: Helen Dumas, Betty Couroux, Rose, and Bernice Carroll. Andy always loved learning and technology. Whether it was a light system for the church or an event, a home project, or a suspiciously advanced electronic contribution to one of the kids’ school projects, you could never satisfy Andy’s curiosity. This was key in his passion for his career at MTT and Bell Aliant. Always on the forefront of any new technology, Andy helped digitally connect Cape Breton to the rest of the world. He never hesitated to go out during a blizzard, or in the middle of the night, to ensure that communities could always safely and reliably communicate, and all of this was done with a smile on this face. The only thing Andy loved more about his work than the technology was the people. He would often tell stories of the many “characters” with whom he shared adventures during his many years of work. Many nights he would return home, excited to re-tell that day’s funniest joke or most exciting story – originally told at one of the countless coffee shops that they enjoyed all over Cape Breton. These friendships lasted a lifetime with many friendly phone calls, visits and, of course, coffees, well past Andy’s retirement. Andy was incredibly devoted to his community and his church. Every aspect of community life bears his touch in some way. He was a lector, Eucharistic minister, and choir singer, and took great pride in leading the congregation in the Gaelic Our Father. The Broad Cove Concert, of which up until the last few years he never missed a concert since its inception, you likely sat on a bench he helped place or noticed him welcoming performers at the talent gate. With his love of music, he made it his personal mission to make sure all the talent felt appreciated and respected. To all the young musicians who graced that stage – he was so very proud of you and watched your growing careers with great interest. Andy’s guitar and beautiful low voice were a highlight of any family gathering, and he never turned down an opportunity to support his community with music. Birthday parties and celebrations at The Inverary Manor were very important to him and if he was unable to make it to sing for a resident he always made sure to recruit someone who could. Andy found great purpose in helping and supporting others. If you were sick in the hospital, you were sure to get a visit. He would often go early to meetings or practices at the church, making sure the heat was on so no one would be cold. Every Sunday, for years, he would bring communion to neighbours who couldn’t make it to mass. Around Christmas time, most trips into town included a detour to make sure the lights he put up in the church windows were all still burning bright. Andy’s face lit up with every opportunity to speak Gaelic. He treasured his time singing with Còisir an Eilein and loved to recount the evenings of great conversation he spent with the various Gaelic groups over the years. He was always one to appreciate a great story, witty joke and most of all a beautiful song. It was clear though his good humour, even up to the end, that he felt blessed in life. His spirit of gratitude expressed so sweetly in a line from one of his favourite songs, “We have friends and song no wealth can buy.” We would like to thank the health care professionals that provided heartfelt care at the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital, Inverness Palliative Care, and Inverness Home Care for their dedication and care to Andy. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Operation Smile Canada. Visitation was held at St. Margaret’s Church, Broad Cove, Nova Scotia from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 10th, 2023. Funeral proceeding was held at St. Margaret’s Church, Broad Cove, Nova Scotia at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 11th, 2023. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.
Dougald Hughie MacLellan passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer at the age of 66 years. Dougald passed away with his family by his side on Sunday, October 1st, 2023, at Lady Dunn Health Centre. He was the beloved husband of Ann for 43 years; the cherished father of Douglas, Amy Restoule (Wayne), and Melany (Nick Clarke); and the proud grandpa of Abigail, Noah, and Sawyer. He was a loving son of Johnena (nee MacDonnell) and the late John Alex MacLellan; a dear brother of Andrea Cameron (Hugh Allen), Anne MacLean (Brian), John MacLellan (Hazel), Mary Jessie Gillis (Neil), Rannie MacLellan (Sue), Frances Drodge (David), and predeceased by his infant brother Joseph. Dougald will be remembered by his nieces, nephews, and his sister-in-law Irene. Dougald will be remembered as a hard and dedicated worker for Alamos Gold Mine. He was a dedicated fan of the Boston Bruins, Boston Red Sox, and the Toronto Blue Jays. Cremation took place at River’s Edge Cremation Centre, Sault Ste. Marie. A visitation was held at St. Joseph’s Parish, South West Margaree, Nova Scotia, on Monday, October 9th, 2023, from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. and then a memorial mass followed at 11:00 a.m. Interment followed at the MacDougall Cemetery. A luncheon was held following the interment at the South West Hall, South West Margaree. Memorial donations made to Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated by the family. (Arrangements entrusted to Kerry Funeral Home, Wawa, ON, 1-800-439-4937). www.kerryfuneralhome.ca.)
Gilbert Philippe Robichaud, age 73, Cheticamp, passed away peacefully at Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Chéticamp. He was born August 11th, 1950, in Shippagan, New Brunswick. He was the son of the late Philippe and the Délia (Mallet) Robichaud. He is survived by his daughters, Mélanie Basque (Jean- François), Tracadie, NB, and Jennifer Bourgeois (Marc), Chéticamp; grandchildren, Arianne Basque, Antôine Basque, and Abigail Bourgeois. He is also survived by a brother, Louis Robichaud (Murielle); sisters, Lorette Robichaud (Roger Bulger), Rolande Roussel (Vénance), Jeanne-Mance Theriault (late Jean-Guy), Maria Godin (Astiride), Cécile Mercier (Yvon), goddaughter, Linda Paulin; and godson, André Robichaud; and many nieces and nephews, who he loved dearly. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Gertrude Paulin; brothers, Jean-Pierre, and Bruno Robichaud. Visitation was held on Monday, October 16th, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Cheticamp Funeral Home, followed by a memorial service at 3:00 p.m. in the funeral home. Donations can be made in memory of Gilbert to C.A.R.E.S. Condolences may be made to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.
Wayne Merry Timmons, age 76, Pleasant Bay, passed away on Wednesday, October 4th, 2023, at home. Wayne was a son to the late Ernest Kenneth and the late Elizabeth (MacIntosh) Timmons. Wayne was born in Cheticamp, just days before the big Pleasant Bay fire. Wayne was a fisherman for the majority of his working life. He was a founding member of the Pleasant Bay Volunteer Fire Department, and proudly served his community. He loved hunting, playing crib, plowing snow, and music. He loved his family and friends, his pets, and especially his children and grandchildren. Wayne is survived by his partner, Sylvia M. Aucoin; son, Dwayne Russell Timmons (Nicole Jackson); daughter, Pamela Gail (Kevin) O’Toole; sisters, Jean Rose Moore and Loretta O’Brien; grandchildren, Turner O’Toole, Avery O’Toole, and Arthur Jackson-Timmons. Besides his parents, Wayne was predeceased by his wife, Sandra Gail Brown; his son, David Brown; brothers, Elmer Timmons, Stewart Timmons, Russell Timmons, Wendall Timmons, Francis Timmons, and Arnold Timmons; sister, Georgina Roberts. A funeral service was celebrated on Saturday, October 14th, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Andrew’s United Church, Pleasant Bay with Rev. Peter Rioux officiating. Burial followed in the Pleasant Bay Cemetery, Pleasant Bay. Donations may be made to St. Andrew’s United Church, Pleasant Bay or the Pleasant Bay Volunteer Fire Department. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.
It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of John Dan MacIsaac of Broad Cove, NS, on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2023, at the age of 88 years. Born July 7th, 1935, in Dunvegan, NS. John Dan was the son of the late Alex John and Mary Catherine (MacDonald) MacIsaac and was one of six children. John Dan graduated from Holy Family High in Inverness in 1952 and shortly thereafter, guided by his faith, joined the priesthood. Although his time in the priesthood was brief, his devotion to the church community remained strong. Anyone who knew John Dan knows one of his proudest accomplishments was being a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University. He never missed an opportunity to cheer X on, no matter the event and wore his X ring with immense pride. Upon finishing his degree, he attended the NS Teachers College earning his education certification. He began his career as an educator in Dartmouth in 1962, later moving on to Margaree Forks District High School, both as a teacher as well as principal. He would remain here for the duration of his 32 year career. John Dan’s former co-workers and students remembered him as being a compassionate leader who always looked for the positive in everything and everyone. He was described as fair and witty and always encouraged his students to realize their potential. John Dan was a great supporter of school activities and coached the hockey team for many years. He also coached minor hockey and baseball and gave generously of his time to his community and to the church. He served on the Broad Cove concert committee for years and was instrumental in promoting the Scottish heritage the concert represents. He was also a huge fan of harness racing and could be found nearly every Sunday afternoon and Wednesday evening cheering on the harness drivers at the Inverness Raceway; a tradition he has certainly passed onto his family! He was a huge fan of traditional Cape Breton fiddle music and there was no one who knew more about fiddle tunes, their composition or the fiddle players than John Dan. His library of music was extensive. He was always encouraging any new young players to “Keep going! Sounds terrific!” It is probably fair to say that you would be hard-pressed to find a bigger Toronto Maple Leafs fan than John Dan. When the game was on, the blue jersey was hanging in the window! But even more than the Leafs, he loved and adored his family. You could see the pride in his face when he talked about Sandra, his loving wife of 57 years, his children, Ian, Scott and Karen, and his grandchildren, Kathryn, Meagan, Joseph, Will and Callum. They meant the world to him and he never missed an opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments! John Dan is survived by his loving wife, Sandra (MacLellan); sons, Ian (Cheryl) and Scott (Jennifer) and daughter, Karen (Tim); his grandchildren, Kathryn, Meagan, Joseph, Will and Callum; siblings, Effie (Jimmy-deceased), Archie (Joan), Anne (Albert), and Francis (Lois). He is predeceased by his parents; brothers, Donald (Christine), Alexander, and James (in infancy); as well as his son, Malcolm. The family would like to extend a huge thank you to John Dan’s medical team, in particular, Dr. Susie Egar, Dr. John Ritter, and his palliative team as well as the incredible staff at the Inverary Manor. The care, kindness, compassion, and dignity given to our father will never be forgotten. Funeral was held on Friday, October 6th, 2023, at St. Margaret’s of Scotland Church, Broad Cove, NS. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Inverary Manor or a charity of your choice. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.
Gordon Roderick Quigley, of Inverness, passed away peacefully in the Inverary Manor on October 4th, 2023. “Quig,” as Gordon was affectionately known, was born in Inverness on December 13th, 1927, to the late James and Adelaide (Moret) Quigley. Gordon began his working career at the NSPC, Inverside Site, at age 16 after the mining accident of 1943 claimed the life of his father. Later, Gordon earned certification in electricity and mechanics and worked as a stationary engineer of the RCAF, Sydney, NS (1953). After a brief stay in Windsor, Ontario, Gordon returned to Inverness to work at and later own/operate the FINA Station on Central Avenue. In 1972, Gordon built and operated the Strathlorne Service Station where he continued to serve his many loyal patrons and friends until his retirement in 1989. Retirement had a different meaning for Gordon. An avid outdoorsman, Gordon began his walking, gardening, fishing, and hunting in earnest. Despite these activities, he had more time with his best friend and travelling buddy, the late Gordon MacDonald of Midway Motors, Middle River. In addition to selling cars, they travelled extensively: to Hawaii, Japan, Montreal Expo, Florida, and elsewhere. Gordon also spent time with his beloved uncle and friend, the late Anthony Moret. “Moret” and Gordon fished the Margaree River, hunted their favourite woodlands, and tended their beautiful flower and vegetable gardens. Many hours sharing stories and teasing characterized those adventures. Gordon loved discussing antique cars with his friend Daniel Poirier and he rarely missed a show, including the last one held at the Inverary Manor in July. Early Sunday morning coffee visits with Cary MacLean and breakfasts at the Coal Miner’s Café with Darryl Poirier were absolute highlights in his week. In 1961, Gordon married the love of his life, the late Mary Eleanor MacKinnon. Sadly, Eleanor predeceased him in 1970 after a lengthy illness. Also predeceasing Gordon were his parents, his sister in infancy, Anna Josephine, twin brother Harold (the late Joan), brother Jimmy (the late Margaret), brother-in-law Harold Doherty, and nephew, Steven Doherty. Gordon is survived by his much-loved sister, Patsy Doherty (Ontario), several nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless friends. Gordon will be fondly remembered by the MacDonald families of Middle River and Baddeck, and the MacFarlane family of Glenville. At this time, Nicole would like to say a sincere thank you to those who provided such devoted care to Gordon: Dr. Susie Egar, Home Care staff (especially Clorice, Janet, and Teresa), nursing staff at Foyer Pere Fiset and the Inverary Manor. Gordon so appreciated your loving care and acts of kindness. Cremation has taken place. Gordon requested that there be no visitation or funeral service. Burial at a later date in St John’s Cemetery, where Gordon will rest beside his loving wife, Eleanor. Thank you to Kevin and Tonya of the Inverness Funeral Home for their professional service. Donations in Gordon’s memory may be made to the Inverary Manor, or a charity of one’s choice. To each of his many friends, Gordon’s farewell expression would undoubtedly be “See you later, kid!”
Lionel Aucoin, age 62, Cheticamp, passed away on Sunday, September 24th, 2023, in Margaree. Lionel was a son to the late Gerard and the late Julia (Aucoin) Aucoin. After reconnecting with the love of his life, Linda, Lionel moved back to Cheticamp, where he touched many lives working as a custodian at the NDA School. When it wasn’t hunting season, you were sure to see him on his Harley with his close friends enjoying the beautiful Cape Breton view. He would always say to anyone he met “Hello my Friend.” Lionel leaves behind his partner, Linda; daughters, Nicole and Taylor; son, James; stepson, Harvey; brothers, Roger, Paul, and Yvon; sisters, Lucy, Sylvia, Priscille, and Theresa; grandchildren, Sophia, Ella, Lucas, and Charlotte; and many nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life for Lionel will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the NDA School Breakfast Program. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be made to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.
Donald Scott Campbell, October 14th, 1961 – September 19th, 2023: Born October 14th, 1961, to Barbara Ann (MacPhail) and Donald (Buck) Matheson Campbell. Scott is survived by his mother, Barb; his wife, Theresa Reneanne (Poirier) Campbell; daughters, Coralee (Jason) Spears, Amanda (Derek Campbell) Killam, and Jenna Campbell (Shandy Aucoin). Also survived by his brother, Richard (Lisa Downs) Campbell, and sister Jean Campbell; grandsons Jansen, Ethan, Liam, and Jaxon; brothers- and sisters-in-law: Cubby Poirier, Bernie (Heather) Poirier, Louise (Robert) Miller, Terry (Marlene) Poirier, Francis (Lori) Poirier, Darryl (Karen) Poirier, Paddy (Cathy) Poirier, and Sarah Poirier; as well as many many nieces and nephews who adored him. Scott was pre-deceased by his father, Donald (Buck) Matheson Campbell, his grandparents Marion and Donald Campbell, and Mima and Archie MacPhail; as well as his mother-in-law Patricia (LeBlanc) Poirier; his father-in-law Hubert Poirier; and his sister-in-law, Vange (Cubby) Poirier. In 1979, he started driving ambulance with “Angus The Barber” for the Inverness Ambulance Service at the age of 17! Scott went on to spend 44 years working in, and servicing, his community. He was with the Inverness Ambulance Service until its end in 1997, then transferring to the EMC, where he worked diligently and joyful until his very last day. In the very same year, he joined the ambulance service; he also joined the East Lake Ainslie Volunteer Fire Department. Over time, he also joined the Inverness Volunteer Fire Department, even taking on the role of Chief for five years from 2005 – 2010. In 1983, Scott found the other love of his life, Reneanne. Scott had nothing but stars in his eyes from the day they met. One year later, on October 20th, 1984, he married his one and only. But the man that he was, he not only found a wife, he also became a father to two little girls, Coralee and Mandy. Scott was more than a bonus dad, as he loved the girls like his own, and treated them just that way. Scott was later blessed with Jenna, the apple of his eye, and his family was complete, for now. Scott rode his motorcycles, his four wheelers, and his trucks, enjoying many rides and rallies with the guys over the years. This was one of his favourite things to do. He made everyone laugh. Scott was always ready with a joke, a hug, a shoulder to cry on. Nurses loved seeing his face when the ambulance bay doors opened. Scott was SOP at the EMC; was a mentor to many young men and women coming up in the industry, and a valued colleague to paramedics across the province. He was awarded the Long Time Service Award and the Exemplary Service Medal. Scott leaves behind a legacy, not only with his wife, Reneanne, and his children and grandchildren, but also with his brothers and sisters in service. Scott passed on September 19th, 2023. A giant hole has been left in our hearts, our town and our community, but Scott will live on forever in our memories. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one's choice. Visitation was held in St. Matthew's United Church, Inverness, on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2023, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. with funeral service following at 2:00 p.m. Burial followed in East Lake Ainslie Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to:www.invernessfuneralhome.com.
It is with very heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear mother, Mary Irene Campbell, on September 26th, 2023, in Inverary Manor, Inverness. Irene is finally at rest after suffering declined health in recent years. Irene was born in New Waterford, on October 17th, 1943, to the late Annie Mae MacIsaac of Blackstone and Alex Gillis of Margaree. She leaves behind one sister, Pearline (Roger) of Orange, MA, along with their children, Pamela, Roger, Brian, and Angela and their grandchildren; daughter, Jo-Ann Campbell-Cameron and husband, Rick of Avon, MA; son, Alexander J. “Sandy” along with former wife, Keri Romano of Medfield, MA; son, Alexander A. “Al” and his wife, Krista of Blackstone and Alberta; grandchildren, Anthony, Russell, and Grenne. Irene was predeceased by her former husband, Alex J. Campbell of Glenora Falls and by her son, Donald “Dan” J. of Watertown, MA. Irene married Alex in Boston, MA, and raised their children in Watertown. Irene worked for many years in the health care industry taking care of the elderly and was loved dearly by her charges. She was a member of the Canadian-American Club and enjoyed attending their dances. Irene could not do enough for you if you landed on her doorstep. She was selfless, with a heart of gold and was kind to everyone she knew. Besides her grieving children, Irene leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins, and the dearest friends and neighbours for whom one could wish. To Mary Beaton, Joyce Gillis, Linda Maloney, Flossie Vanden Hoogen, Janet Hendsbee, Annabelle Gillis, and Willena Campbell, who were there with Irene in her final days and moments, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude to you. Words cannot express what a tremendous blessing you were when we were so far away. Not only did you bring great comfort to our mom but you also brought her children great comfort to know she was not alone. “Friendship is a sheltering tree.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Special thanks to the staff and nurses of the Inverary Manor, especially Highland Villa. Thank you Dr. Ritter and the Palliative Care Team. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Central Inverness Palliative Care Society, Highland Villa at the Inverary Manor, Inverness or the Canadian Diabetes Association. Visitation will be held in Immaculate Conception Church, West Lake Ainslie, from 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, October 5th, 2023, with funeral mass and reception to follow at 11:00 a.m.
Marion Isabel Campbell, 65, of Blues Mills passed away peacefully Tuesday, September 26th, 2023, in St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish, surrounded by her loving family and is now at home with her Lord and Saviour. Marion was born on October 28th, 1957, in Inverness to the late Thomas R. and Katherine (Gillis) MacPhail. She married her soulmate, Bobby, on October 20th, 1979. Together they raised four cherished and precious sons, Matthew (Siobhan), Bradley (Kassie), Michael (Chantalle), and Brent (Chelsea). Marion’s absolute pride and joy were her six grandchildren, Lachlan and Lilah, Isaac and Owen, and Cohen and Cooper. Marion is survived by her sister and best friend Becky Austen; brothers-in-law Raymond Chandler, David Smith and Lawrence Campbell; sister-in-law Elizabeth MacPhail; nephews Scott (Darlene) Austen, Wayne (Wanda) Chandler, Jamie (Colleen) Smith, Adam Campbell and Ian (Wanda) MacLean; nieces Stephanie (Mark) MacEachern, Patricia (Chris) MacDonnell, Carol Smith, Angie (Ray) MacKenzie, and Beth MacLeod; grandnieces Savanna MacEachern, Bryanna Smith, Chloe and Samantha MacKenzie and Mya MacLean; grandnephews Sean Austen, Cael Austen, Neil MacEachern, Kyle and Kirk MacDonnell, Ethan and Evan Chandler, Joshua Smith, and Mitchell and Mason MacLean and great-grandnephew, Khalid MacDonnell as well as many cousins and friends. Along with being pre-deceased by her parents, gone before her were brothers, Darrell and Robert; sisters Anne Chandler and Neilena Smith; sister Margaret Anne in infancy; nephew Roger Chandler; grandnephew Noah MacEachern; as well as father- and mother-in-law, Robert and Christine Campbell and sister-in-law Marilyn MacLean. Marion graduated from Mabou Consolidated from the Stenography program in 1974 and went directly to work at Stora Forest Industries. There, she formed many long-lasting friendships and enjoyed her work. She left work to raise her sons in 1990 and was the ultimate stay at home mom attending every practice, game, concert, and event that her boys were involved in. In 2005, she began working at L’Arche Cape Breton where she found true happiness with her work family and the core members until her retirement in 2020. Marion valued her family and church family more than anything. She hosted many family gatherings and dinners in her home along with planning and providing for many church events. Marion was known for her steady faith, work ethic, compassion, selflessness, kindness, and caring nature, as well as leadership in her family. The pivotal role she played in the lives of family and friends is irreplaceable. Marion will be dearly missed. The family would like to thank Drs. MacLachlin, Saliba, Wasserman, and DeBoers as well as the oncology nurses at Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital, Melinda MacDonnell, Melissa Beaton, and Kelly Cummings for the devoted care and attention Marion received over the past four years. The family also thanks the medical team at St. Martha’s for the compassionate care received over the past weeks. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Dennis Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Whycocomagh. Visitation was held on Friday, September 29th, in Dennis Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Whycocomagh. Funeral service was held in the Blues Mills Gospel Hall on Saturday, September 30th, officiated by Pastor Wayne MacLeod. Burial took place in Upper River Denys Cemetery. Donations in memory of Marion can be made to Sovereign Grace Presbyterian Church Community Outreach c/o Mary Anne MacDonald or to L’Arche Cape Breton – 3 L’Arche Lane, Iron Mills, NS, B0E 2K0. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at www.haverstocks.com.
We are sad to announce the passing of Archie Duncan (John S.) Gillis at Strait Richmond Hospital on September 26TH, 2023, after a lengthy illness. Archie was the son of John S. and Katie Eugene (MacIsaac) Gillis both of Hawthorne, NS. He is survived by his wife Edith (MacLellan); sisters, Mary (the late Tom) Campbell, Michigan; Elaine (the late Sam) Mombourquette, Bedford, NS; Marjorie (the late Leslie) Graham, Judique; also many nieces and nephews which he was very proud of; sisters- and brothers in-law and their families. Besides his parents he was predeceased by siblings, Neil (Helen), Donald Bernard (Marie), Helen (Gillis) Graham, John, Ann Marie, Archie, Catherine Christina and Genevieve. Archie loved old cars “especially his 1988 Cadillac,” horse racing, and restoring antique furniture. We would like to express our sincere thanks for the compassionate and exceptional care Archie received from Dr. Deoche, the nurses, all the staff and the palliative Care Team at Strait Richmond Hospital and also Courtney MacKinnon, occupational therapist. Cremation has taken place. Funeral mass was held Monday, October 2nd, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. with Father Allan MacMillan officiating. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery. Online condolence: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.
It is with heavy hearts that we, the family, announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, aunt, and sister Reta MacKinnon on Wednesday, September 27th, 2023, at the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp, surrounded by her loving family, at the young age of 71. Reta was born in Neil’s Harbour. She was a daughter of the late Sandy and the late Tina MacKinnon. Nanny lived for those Tuesday and Thursday nights. Reta was always ready to help anyone in need, whether it was for a meal, someone to talk to, or a couch to sleep on. Reta leaves behind, her sons, Roland (Joclyn), and Ronnie (Amanda); stepson, Robbie (Janet); grandchildren, Jessica (Dale), Navindra (Soraya), Rolena (Justin), Shania, Tyrone (Annette), Evander, Savanah, CJ, Robert, Carolyn, Joanna, Destiny, Shaniece, and Cannon; 12 great-grandchildren; brothers, Henry David (Jackie), and Duglas (Jessie); sisters, Sadie, Alice, and Alantia; 33 nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her son, Randy; stepson, John Thomas; brothers, John Dan, Leslie, and Audie; sisters, Carol and Belinda. Visitation was held on Monday, October 2nd, 2023, in the Cheticamp Funeral Home from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. A graveside service will be held today, October 4th, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. in Asby Bay Cemetery, Asby Bay, with Rev. Peter Rioux officiating. Condolences may be made to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.
We are saddened to announce the passing of Bernard “Bernie” William Arsenault, 75, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital on Wednesday, September 13th. Born in Margaree, Bernie was the son of the late Lubin and Florence Arsenault. Bernie enjoyed bowling, darts, fishing, dancing, shaking his “booty,” and camping. He was known in the Labourers Union as a “Super Labourer.” He is survived by his partner of 14 years, Ann Ley; son, Trevor Arsenault; daughter, Leasa Julien; grandchildren, Kennan Arsenault, 4, and Tyler Julien, 11. He will also be missed by his special bear claw buddy, Lena. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Joseph and wife, Barbara. Cremation has taken place under the care and direction of T.J. Tracey Cremation and Burial Specialists, 6 Churchill Drive, Sydney, 902-539-7175. Visitation was held on Monday, September 18th, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the funeral home with a memorial service in the chapel following with Fr. Connar Edwards officiating. A reception followed. Memorial donations may be made to the Children’s Wish Foundation. Online condolences may be sent ot the family by visiting www.tjtracey.com.
Donald Scott Campbell, October 14th, 1961 – September 19th, 2023: In 1979, he started driving ambulance with “Angus The Barber” for the Inverness Ambulance Service at the age of 17! Scott went on to spend 44 years working in, and servicing, his community. He was with the Inverness Ambulance Service until its end in 1997, then transferring to the EMC, where he worked diligently and joyful until his very last day. In the very same year he joined the Ambulance Service, he also joined the East Lake Ainslie Volunteer Fire Department. Over time he also joined the Inverness Volunteer Fire Department, even taking on the role of chief for five years from 2005 - 2010. In 1983, Scott found the other love of his life, Reneanne. Scott had nothing but stars in his eyes from the day they met. One year later, on October 20th, 1984, he married his one and only. But the man that he was, he not only found a wife, he also became a father to two little girls, Coralee and Mandy. Scott was more than a bonus dad, as he loved the girls like his own, and treated them just that way. Scott was later blessed with Jenna, the apple of his eye, and his family was complete, for now. Scott rode his motorcycles, his four wheelers, and his trucks, enjoying many rides and rallies with the guys over the years. This was one of his favourite things to do. He made everyone laugh. Scott was always ready with a joke, a hug, a shoulder to cry on. Nurses loved seeing his face when the ambulance bay doors opened. Scott was SOP at the EMC; was a mentor to many young men and women coming up in the industry, and a valued colleague to paramedics across the province. He was awarded the Long time Service Award and the Exemplary Service Medal. Scott leaves behind a legacy, not only with his wife, Reneanne and his children and grandchildren, but also with his brothers and sisters in service. Scott passed on September 19th, 2023. A giant hole has been left in our hearts, our town, and our community; but Scott will live on forever in our memories. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one's choice. Visitation will be held in St. Matthew's United Church, Inverness, on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2023, from 12:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. with Funeral Service to follow at 2:00 p.m. Burial to follow in East Lake Ainslie Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.
Mary Florence Hubbard, age 76: It is with deep sadness and regret that we announce the passing of our Mary, suddenly, on September 20th, 2023, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. She is survived by brothers and sisters, Albert (Linda), Worcester, Massachusetts; John (Jean), Blues Mills; Peggy, Sydney; Alex, Vancouver; Christine, Inverness; Malcolm, Inverness; Anne, Toronto; Ronald, Inverness; Theresa, Inverness; Angus (Michelle), Inverness; Elizabeth (Bradley), Inverness; and many nieces and nephews. Our Mary loved children, people, and pets. She was an enthusiastic bingo player and had a love of music. She was a proud member of Stella Maris Parish Church, Inverness. Mary was predeceased by her parents, Robert and Ella; brothers, Donald Angus and Angus Donald; as well as numerous uncles, aunts, and nephews. Visitation will be held in Inverness Funeral Home on Friday, September 29th from 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Funeral mass will take place in Stella Maris Church, Inverness, on Saturday, September 30th, at 11:00 a.m. with burial to follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, West Lake Ainslie. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital Ladies Auxiliary. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.
It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved brother, Fr. Bernard R. MacDonald on September 22nd, 2023, after declining health. He is at peace now and with our Heavenly Father. Fr. Bernie was born in Boston, MA, on August 16th, 1942, to the late Donald C. and Mary (Rory) MacDonald, formerly of Antigonish and West Mabou, Nova Scotia. He was the eldest of seven children and is survived by his sisters, Dorothy, Barbara, and Marjorie; brothers, Kenneth and Edwin. He was predeceased by his brother, Christopher. He also leaves his beloved in-laws, nieces, and nephews, as well as cherished cousins, dear friends, and parishioners. Fr. Bernie began his vocation as a Maryknoll Missionary and was ordained in 1968 in Ossining, NY. He was educated at Maryknoll Seminary and the University of New York and earned his BA in Divinity and Masters in History. He taught both English and History at St. Joseph's in San Francisco, CA, before he began his missionary work in Hong Kong and in Tanzania, Africa. His mission work led him to become fluent in Swahili, French, and Cantonese. He was also fluent in Latin and Gaelic. Languages came naturally for him. Fr. Bernie visited family in Nova Scotia all through his life and loved his Scottish heritage. He returned to do his novitiate work at Talbot House, Frenchvale, under the guidance of Fr. Webb, a great mentor. His heart and home was always Cape Breton. He returned permanently and served in the Diocese of Antigonish first as Assistant at St. Anthony Daniel Church in Sydney in 1973, in 1974 as Chaplain at St. Rita's Hospital in Sydney, in 1975 as Assistant at Holy Redeemer in Whitney Pier, in 1976 as Administrator at St. Mary's in Frenchvale, in 1982 as Director of Talbot House in Frenchvale, in 1999 as Pastor at St. John the Baptist in Brookvillage, which included St. Joseph's Church in Glencoe, Immaculate Conception in West Lake Ainslie and Holy Trinity in Whycocomagh. In 2016, he served as Pastor at St. Mary's Church, Mabou, as well as the Mission Church of Brookvillage, Glencoe, and West Lake Ainslie. While he resigned from St. Mary's in 2019, he remained Pastor of the other churches to this day. Fr. Bernie will be waked from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 27th, in St. Mary's Church, Mabou with a vigil from 6:30-7:00 p.m. Funeral mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in St. Mary's Church on Thursday, September 28th, at 11:00 a.m. Fr. Bernie lived his faith through his endless acts of kindness. All were welcome with no judgement, only love and understanding of the human experience. We hope you choose to do an act of kindness for someone in remembrance of Fr. Bernie. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our dear and loving aunt Catherine Ann “Kaye” MacDonald of Judique Intervale. Born on April 18th, 1921, to her parents Archie and Christy Bell MacDonald, Judique Intervale. Kaye was a strong-willed lady up until the very end; she was a very generous and loving soul. She loved family and friends coming to visit for tea and sometimes for a little “gillic” of wine. Kaye was very strong in her faith. She could often be found praying the rosary. Kaye loved outings with family; she was a great admirer of the royal family especially the late Queen. She could often be found watching her favourite TV channel CNN waiting for the news report from her “boyfriend” Anderson Cooper. On September 19th, 2023, the gates of heaven swung open and Kaye was welcomed into our lord's waiting arms into his kingdom. Kaye was the last surviving member of her family. She leaves behind many nieces and nephews to mourn her passing. She will be forever missed by her dear and closest friends Edie and Jessica. Kaye was predeceased by her parents, Archie and Christy Bell; siblings, Margaret Sara, John Rory, Sara Mae, Rachel, James Allan, Mary Bell, Neil Joseph (Josie), Roderick Malcolm (Roddie), and Mary Ann. Kaye left her native Cape Breton in 1947 to pursue work in Boston where she worked as a live-in home support worker. She was responsible for all kitchen duties as a cook. She remained working there until 1986 when she returned to the family home to look after her brother John Rory. After his passing in 1999, she continued to live a very independent lifestyle on the family homestead until she entered the Inverary Manor in February 2022, where she resided until her passing. Visitation was on Tuesday, September 26th from 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in Judique Fire Hall. Funeral mass is 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 27th, in St. Andrews Church, Judique, with Fr. Allan MacMillan officiating. Burial to follow in the Judique cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Inverary Manor or St Andrews Parish Judique. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfneralhome.com.
It’s with absolutely broken hearts our family announces the passing of our beloved dad, grampie, brother, and friend, Lauchie MacNeil. Lauchie was born in Inverness, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. His early childhood was spent in Mabou and then Port Hawkesbury. At a young age he left Cape Breton for Sudbury, Ontario, where he started a long career in the mining industry. Lauchie married his beloved wife Mary and together they moved many times due to work, making many lifelong friendships along the way. While both true Cape Bretoners at hearts, the family ended up settling in Sussex, NB, in 1979, where Lauchie started a mining job with Cementation. Sussex would be their forever home where Lauchie has resided ever since. Lauchie loved working as a miner and was very passionate about the trade; he loved to tell stories about working underground and would often reminisce with old mining friends. The joke in our family is that he “retired” several times because he kept going back for “one more job.” It was a career he later loved talking about with his grandson, Kyle, who followed in his footsteps. Lauchie was known for his sense of humour, kind heart, his love for people and willingness to go on any adventure. In his 74th year he knocked Scotland off the bucket list with his daughter, Valerie, where they made some lifelong memories. Two years later, he and Valerie were packing their bags again to explore Italy and Switzerland. He was always up for any adventure; friends would often stop in at the house to pick him up for road trips leaving the rest of us wondering where he was at. Lauchie lived a very full life, never slowing down to his age. Lauchie was so loved and was many people’s “go to” person when they needed an extra hand or a friendly visit. Of all the titles Lauchie held, “Grampie Lauchie” was his favourite. He would let everyone know at any time how proud he was of Natalie and Kyle. He loved to tell stores from when they were little; it brought him and us the utmost joy. Despite hating the cold, he was at every hockey game cheering them on. Grampie’s presence was continual and devoted throughout our entire lives, if we were taking an exam, we knew Grampie was praying for us; if it was snowing, we knew he was hoping we were off the roads; if we needed a drive home from the mule (yes even at 79 years old) he was on deck to drive us (and all our friends) home. His presence in our life was noticed and felt by all so much that many of our childhood best friends, university roommates, and cousins always referred to him as “Grampie Lauchie” too. Grampie was our best friend and our biggest cheerleader; we will miss him more than he will ever know. Lauchie was predeceased by his wife, Mary (M.C.) Moran; his brother, Alexander MacNeil; his parents Margaret (McMaster) and John Dougald MacNeil. Left to grieve is his daughter, Valerie, and her husband, Stephen Sharp; his grandchildren, Natalie (Garrett Lambke) and Kyle Sharp; his sisters, Mary Annette Greencorn and Marge Cluett; his nephews, Ian Cluett, Wade MacNeil; and nieces, Nancy Greencorn and Kim Cluett. Also left to grieve is the entire extended Sharp family who took Lauchie in as their own for every holiday, birthday, and any celebrations. Lauchie was part of many different circles, touching so many people from far and wide with his friendship, all who will miss him dearly. We believe heaven is a beautiful place and that he is reunited with his best friend, Mary. God gained, as Grampie would say, the “very best” angel with a golden heart and huge wings. We will end this with a smile because that is how Lauchie always left all of us. We hope heaven has the biggest piece of chocolate cake and an ice-cold glass of Pepsi waiting for you. Arrangements have been entrusted to Wallace Funeral Home, 34 Sunnyside Drive, Sussex, NB (506-433-1176) from where visitation was held on Wednesday, September 13th, 2023, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A mass of Christian burial was held from St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church on Thursday, September 14th, at 11:00 a.m. Lauchie was laid to rest next to his wife in Wards Creek Cemetery immediately following the service. In memory of Lauchie, people can make a donation to donor’s choice or please do a random act of kindness or share a smile with Lauchie in your heart.
Jon Melvin Yipp Sr., better know to all as “Papa Jon,” age 86, departed his earthly life on September 21st, 2023, in Inverary Manor, Inverness, surrounded by his loving family. Jon grew up in Inverness and attended university in his early years, then went on to have many occupations throughout his life. Jon spent a lot of his working life in Sydney, where he retired as an addictions counsellor and further continued to help many in our community overcome challenges, and experience a more fulfilling life. Jon was a member of many committees and boards that advocated for the betterment of the community of Inverness. Jon was a practicing Catholic and enjoyed sharing his personal spiritual experiences, and faith in God with everyone who crossed his path. Jon is honoured for his wisdom, honesty, intelligence, and genuine faith in humanity. Jon was always sure to bring out the best in everyone. His vibrant laugh was infectious to all! Jon has left a special place in everyone’s heart. Jon was the centre of the Yipp family and always so proud of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Jon is survived by the mother of his children, Patricia Gillis. Jon was predeceased by his wife, Marie Yipp. Jon was the loving father of the late Lance Yipp, Inverness and stepson Booker Wall, Sydney. Jon is survived by his loving children, Pam Hartford (John Hartford), Inverness, George Yipp, Inverness, Warren Yipp, Inverness, Jon Yipp, Inverness, stepson, Michael Wall, Halifax and daughter-in-law, Ann Yipp, Inverness. Jon is survived by his grandchildren, Colyn, Nya, Hailey, Coady, Accacia, Leelyn, Mitchell, Wendel, John, and Taryn. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Vada, Reid, Carter, Freddie, Lennox, Scarlett, Will, Mac, Callum, Ryland, Penny, Summer, Levi, Maverick, Isaac, and Alex. Jon is also survived by his sister, Dolores (Dollie) O’Connor, Victoria. Jon is further survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Jon was predeceased by his late parents, George and Ida Yipp, brothers Roy and Lance Yipp and his son Lance Yipp. Special thanks to the staff and nurses of the Inverary Manor, especially Oceanview Villa. Thank you to Dr. Lok, Dr. Ritter, and the Palliative Care Team. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society or the Oceanview Villa at the Inverary Manor, Inverness. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 4th from 10:00 a.m - 10:45 a.m. with funeral mass following at 11:00 a.m. in Stella Maris Church, Inverness. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Frank Edward Chandler of Whycocomagh, who passed away on Monday, September 11th, 2023, in the Inverary Manor, Inverness. Frank spent 57 years married to his loving wife Shirley Chandler, who passed just over a month before he did. He enjoyed spending time outdoors with his family, hunting, fishing, or working in the woodpile. Frank spent many years working for the Department of Transportation. He loved visits from his family and spending quality time with his great-grandchildren. He also treasured his trips out west to see his children and grandchildren, where he went on hunting and quadding trips. Left to mourn are his children: Brenda (Sandy MacInnis), Troy; Carl (Rachel Mac Donald,) Dawson Creek; Kevin (Michelle Matthews), Dawson Creek; Connie (Daniel MacLean), Dawson Creek; grandchildren, Elisha (Michael Black), Chelcea (Dave Driscoll), Courtney MacInnis (James MacDonald), Ashton (Kelsey), Nathan (Hayley), Kaden Chandler, Landon (Fusha) and Sophie Chandler, Josie MacLean (Blain Crocker) and Bailey MacLean; great-grandchildren, Ainslee and Lauchie Black, Lexi and Darci Driscoll, Norah MacInnis, Isla and Frankie MacQuarrie, Connlley and Ronnie Crocker; siblings, Raymond (Anne), Harold, Melvin (Suzanne), Joey (Cheryl), Richard (Elizabeth), Gary (Nerissa); sisters, Glenna Chandler and Elsie Munro (Jerry); and his many nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife Shirley, he is predeceased by his mother and father, Ruth and Raymond Chandler; brother, Ernie Chandler; sisters, Margaret Alice and Annie Mae who died in infancy; nephews, Roger and Joel Chandler; sisters-in-law, Anne Chandler, Elaine Campbell, and Patsy MacDonald, and brother-in-law, Timmie Pearo. The family would like to send their gratitude to the staff at the Inverary Manor and Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital for their loving care over the last few years. Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 20th, from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Dennis Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Whycocomagh. Funeral service will take place Thursday, September 21st, at 11:00 a.m., from Stewart United Church, Whycocomagh, with Rev. John Tapscott officiating. Burial to follow in the Stewartdale Cemetery. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at: www.haverstocks.com.
Emma Cecile Chiasson, age 83, Foyer Père Fiset Guest Home, Cheticamp, formerly from Belle Cote, passed away peacefully with her family by her side. Emma Cecile was a daughter of the late Daniel William and the late Margaret (Arsenault) Chiasson. Emma Cecile is survived by her brother, Marcellin (Yvette) Chiasson; sister, Isabel (John) MacLellan; and several nieces and nephews, Denise Olson, Marcel (Joann) Olson, Gregory Torres (godson), William “Bill” Torres, Donald A. MacLellan, Gary D. MacLellan, Linda M. MacLellan, Lynn (Harold) AuCoin, and Denise Chiasson. Besides her parents, Emma Cecile was predeceased by her sisters, Evangeline Torres, and Yvonne Olson; and nephew, Francis Torres. Visitation was held on Friday, September 15th, 2023, in St. Michael’s Church, Margaree, from 9:30 a.m. until time of funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. with Father Silvichan Dominic officiating. Burial followed in the parish cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Sacred Heart Hospital Palliative Care, St. Michael’s Church, or a Charity of One’s Choice. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be made to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.
David J. LeBlanc, age 75, Foyer Père Fiset Guest Home, Cheticamp passed away peacefully on Monday, September 11th, 2023, at the Guest Home. David was a son of the late Placide and Dora (Aucoin) LeBlanc. David worked for the Boilermakers Local 73 for over 35 years. He loved camping and travelling and followed the bluegrass festivals. He liked cross country skiing, and hiking and in his spare time he liked doing jigsaw puzzles, and, of course, he loved the Montreal Canadians! David is survived by his wife, Isabelle (Doucet) LeBlanc; sons, Jason (Melissa) LeBlanc, and Shawne (Robin) LeBlanc; daughter, Tammy (Dale) Freeman; brothers, Donat LeBlanc, Rene LeBlanc, and Bert LeBlanc; sisters, Annette MacDonald, and Dorella Poirier; grandchildren, Logan and Declan Freeman, Marcus LeBlanc, and Sidney and Lucas Parise. Besides his parents, David was predeceased by his brother, Ernest LeBlanc; and sisters, Émilia LeBlanc, and Merina LeBlanc. A private graveside service was held, for family only, in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Cheticamp. Donations may be made in David’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Society of Nova Scotia or Foyer Père Fiset. Many thanks to the staff of the Foyer Père Fiset, as well as the doctors and volunteers for the care provided to David during his battle with Alzheimer’s. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.
Abby Lane MacDonald was a caring and kind wife, mother, grandmother, sister, cousin and friend. She left this world on September 15th, 2023. Abby was a daughter of the late Janet and Malcolm MacQuarrie, born on January 22nd,1960, where she grew up at the Kenloch homestead. After graduating high school, she chased her dreams and attended St. Francis Xavier University where she received her BA and then onto her Bachelor of Education. She certainly studied hard, often modestly comparing her high marks with her brother Cameron. Abby then taught various grade levels casually throughout her teaching career, sharing her passion for learning with many children over the years. On July 3rd, 1982, Abby married Ned MacDonald, and went on to have two daughters, Janna and Breanna who were their pride and joy. They resided in Glenville and worked hard to make the old “ski lodge” a home where they hosted many gatherings over the years. During Abby's early years into adulthood, she was known for her love of music and enjoying time with her band “The 5 Bee’s,” as a drummer. She would often eavesdrop on her brothers practising in the shed in Kenloch, picking up on melodies by ear. Abby was a beautiful artist and still has many of her sketches at the Inverness Miners Museum upstairs. Abby also practised karate and completed her black belt alongside her brothers. Abby and Neddy enjoyed many outings including tennis, golf, and skiing. Once Abby and Neddy started a family, their daughters’ friends were welcomed into their home as their own, creating many special memories growing up. Abby was predeceased by her husband, Ned; mother, Janet; father, Malcolm MacQuarrie; mother-in-law, Betty; father-in-law, Dan Joe MacDonald and brother, Stanley MacQuarrie. Abby is survived by her daughters, Janna (Reid) Saffarek, Breanna (Liam) MacDonnell and grandchildren, Raine Saffarek, Noah MacDonnell and Brooke MacDonnell who were the light of her life the most recent years. Abby is also survived by siblings, Angus (Mabel) MacQuarrie, Floanna (Al) Chisholm, Danena (Malcolm) (deceased) Mackinnon, Lauchie (Millie) MacQuarrie, Alex “Trapper” (Wilena) MacQuarrie, Cecil (Mary Anderson) MacQuarrie, and Cameron (Clare) MacQuarrie. Abby had many close cousins that she grew up with, especially Elizabeth (Wally) Forrest and Donna (Dale) Gatenby who stood beside her on their wedding day. Abby also loved spending time with her in-laws, who welcomed her with open arms. Abby was also survived by many nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and nephews. Her love for children always showed with these relationships. If you knew Abby, you knew she was caring, compassionate, and always had a positive spin on any situation. There is a saying that “they would give the shirt off of their back for you:” this was more than true for Abby as she once gave the shoes off of her feet to her sister, who only complimented them. Abby was never one to complain, this became true as Abby was faced with an unfair health battle over a long number of years. Abby kept on living as best she could with dignity and grace. Our family would like to thank the Inverary Manor staff who provided her with wonderful care over the last year. We would also like to thank Dr. Lowry, the palliative care team, and home support who all played a vital role at some point during her battle. Visitation will take place on Wednesday, September 20th, 2023, in the East Lake Ainslie Presbyterian Church from 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. with funeral service to follow at 2:00 p.m. Burial to follow in Stella Maris Parish Cemetery, Inverness. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Inverary Manor, Inverness, Central Inverness Palliative Care Society, or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.
It is with broken hearts we announce the sudden passing of our beloved mother and wife, Frances Letita Ross, on August 29th, 2023, in the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. She was born in Margaree on November 11th, 1944, where she lived her entire life. During her working years, Frances worked in the tourism industry; mostly gift shops in the local area, such as Marguerite's Gift Shop, The Red Barn Gift Shop, and Paul Picks Gift Shop. She also tried her hand at waitressing, working at Gisele's, Baddeck, The Normaway, Margaree; but her favourite was the Tea Room at the Bell Museum, where she enjoyed the beautiful view of the Bras d'Or Lake with the many boats sailing on a sunny day. In her spare time, she enjoyed quilting and blessed her family and friends with gifts she made with love that we will cherish. Left to mourn her passing is her husband of almost 60 years, Blaine; her son Blake, Halifax; daughter Wanita (Blair), Baddeck; her half-siblings Dave, Billy, and Ann all of Sydney. She was pre-deceased by her parents Dan and (Dorothy Carmichael) Stewart; birth-mother, Isabel; her brother Clarence Stewart and her sister Christine Munro. Funeral service will be held Saturday, September 23rd at 1 p.m. in the Kingdom Hall, Baddeck. There will be a gathering at the family home in Margaree following the funeral. A private family burial will be held at a later date. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.
It is with heavy heart and immense sadness that we announce the passing of Luce Elizabeth (Zabeth) LeBlanc, who died suddenly but peacefully on September 4th, 2023, at the age of 94. She is survived by her children, Réjeanne, Marthe and Zoël; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and other family members. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Joseph; and her eldest daughter, Alcida. Visitation will be held at the Chéticamp Funeral Home on Friday, September 15th, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Funeral mass will be held on Saturday, September 16th, at 10:30 a.m. in l’Église St. Pierre, Chéticamp. Donations may be made in Elizabeth’s memory to the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre Auxiliaries, P.O. Box 506, Chéticamp, N.S. B0E 1H0. To view full obituary and leave words of condolences for the family, please visit: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.
It is with great sadness we announce the death of Stephen MacIsaac, Mabou, at the age of 85. Stephen passed away peacefully, after a courageous battle with cancer, at the home of his daughter in Mabou Coal Mines. Stephen spent his last hours surrounded by the love of his wife, children, and grandchildren. He was born in New Waterford on June 28th, 1938, to the late William Joseph and Sara Ann (Rankin “Duncan Joe”) MacIsaac. Stephen went to Ontario to work as a young man; where he met Marjorie Ryder. They fell in love and after several years they moved back to Cape Breton and settled in Mabou; where Stephen worked at St. Joseph's Convent for 25 years. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Marjorie Joyce (Ryder) MacIsaac; his loving daughters, Annette (Stephen) MacLellan, Dartmouth, NS; Bernadette (Bernie) Beaton, Mabou Coal Mines; his loving son Stephen (Angelyn), Mount Forest, Ontario; grandchildren, Charles (Erica) Beaton, Mary Frances, Christopher, Ryan, Andrew, and Katie Beaton; great-grandchildren Jaxtyn and Harley Jean; also his brother Michael (Joan) Rankin, Cottam, Ontario. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sisters, Margaret MacIsaac, Barbara Ann (Wally) MacDonald; brothers, Andrew MacIsaac, Gerald MacIsaac, John Willie Rankin, Allan Joseph Rankin; and great-grandchild Jackson. Stephen was a quiet, kind, and loving man. He always enjoyed people stopping in for a chat and maybe a few stories. He and his wife Marjorie made you feel right at home. Stephen was very proud of his children and grandchildren and always looked forward to their visits. He always had time to have some fun with his grandchildren. We, the family, would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Mark Bennett, Dr. John Ritter, Lori Ann MacDonald, Sarah MacDougall, and all the Continuing Care nurses for the kind, compassionate care you provided over the past couple of months. Cremation has taken place. Funeral mass was held in St. Mary's Church, Mabou, Monday, September 11th, with Father Andrew Gillies officiating. Burial was in church cemetery. Donations in memory of Stephen may be made to The Royal Canadian Legion Dominion Command, Poppy Trust Fund (supports veterans and their families) or a charity of your choice. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Donald Peter MacLean of Strathlorne, Nova Scotia. He passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 9th, 2023, in Inverary Manor, Inverness. Donald was born on July 28th, 1942, in Inverness. He was a son of the late William MacLean and Jane (Roberts) MacLean. He will be greatly missed by his loving and devoted wife of 54 years, Kaye (MacDonald) MacLean; children, Cheryl MacIsaac (Ian), and Mark MacLean (Laura); his three grandchildren, William MacIsaac, Madelyn and Claire MacLean; and his brother, Bill MacLean (Vera Nearing). Donald was an electrician by trade and began working as an independent contractor. He spent the final 20 years of his career at the Strathlorne Forest Nursery. An avid outdoorsman, Donald could often be found golfing, fishing, and hunting. He loved to garden and spent many hours in his greenhouse and large vegetable garden. Donald was well known for his years of singing and entertaining, both solo and with his brother, Billy. Their gigs were a popular attraction at the Inverness Legion. His family was a source of pride and joy to him. He was particularly proud of his grandchildren and was always delighted to visit with them. The family sincerely thanks the staff at the Inverary Manor for the wonderful care he received and the many laughs he shared with them. Our gratitude is also extended to Dr. Egar and the nursing staff at the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital for their care. Visitation will take place on Saturday, September 16th, in St. Matthews United Church, Inverness from 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. with a funeral service to follow at 2:00 p.m. A reception will follow at the Inverness Fire Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Donald’s memory to Parkinson Canada or the Inverary Manor, Inverness. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.
It’s with absolutely broken hearts our family announces the passing of our beloved Dad, Gram-pie, Brother and Friend, Lauchie MacNeil. Lauchie was predeceased by his wife, Mary (Moran); his brother, Alexander; his parents: John and Margaret (McMaster) MacNeil. Left to grieve are his daughter, Valerie (Stephen) Sharp; his grandchildren: Natalie (Garrett Lambke) and Kyle Sharp; his sisters: Mary Annette Greencorn and Marge Cluett; his nephews: Ian Cluett, Wade MacNeil; and nieces: Nancy Greencorn and Kim Cluett; as well as the entire extended Sharp family. Arrangements have been entrusted to Wallace Funeral Home, 34 Sunnyside Drive, Sussex, NB, (506-433-1176) from where visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 13th, 2023 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. A mass of Christian burial will be held from St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church on Thursday, September 14th, at 11:00 a.m. In memory of Lauchie, people can make a donation to donor's choice or please do a random act of kindness or share a smile with Lauchie in your heart.
Francis George Phillips, of Margaree Centre, passed away peacefully in Inverary Manor, Inverness, with his family by his side on Monday, September 4th, 2023. Born on September 20th, 1939, he was a son of the late Barkes and Ethel (Crowdis) Phillips and was a member of Wilson United Church, Margaree Centre. Francis was a wonderful, kind, and caring man. His love of family was beyond measure, but when the grandchildren came, his pride was eight-fold. He was always up for fun and music; he had a passion for animals, especially racehorses and his dogs. Francis always had a great love for his church. As a child, he was in Tyro, Sicmac, and Youth Group. He was a janitor for many years. He also served on the Board of Managers and was a Sunday school teacher. Francis worked in the woods as a harvester operator, he loved modern square dancing and was a great sport, always teasing the girls at the manor. He even made a good attempt to dance five days before his passing, always making the best of every event. Francis also loved gardening. Francis is survived by his wife of 57 years, Barbara; children, Lorna (James), Leroy (Kathy), Francie (Robert), Judy (Bradley); grandchildren, Emily Ann, Jamie Marie, Rebecca Lynn, Elon Mariner James, Breton Christopher Russell, Erica Susan, Mason Bradley Fraser, Avery Margaret Ann; mother-in-law, Margaret; sister-in-law, Marjorie; nephews, Jabez, Kelly; nieces, Priscilla and Nancy; and all his great-grandnieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he is predeceased by his brother, Charlie; sister, Sadie; father-in-law, Neil; step father-in-law, Micheal; and brother-in-law, Harry. Visitation took place in Wilson United Church Hall, Margaree Centre on Sunday, September 10th, from 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Funeral service was held in Wilson United Church on Monday, September 11th, at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Alicia Cox celebrating. Memorial donations may be made to Wilson United Church, Wilson United Cemetery Fund or to a charity of choice. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.
John Francis “Frank” Sutherland: Frank was born in Colindale, Inverness County, NS, on November 3rd, 1925, to Mary A. (MacDonald) and William J. Sutherland. He was the last surviving member of his family, being predeceased by brothers, Alex, Johnny, and Collie; as well as sisters, Helen and Kay; and infant son, William. He leaves behind his wife, Edna (MacDonald); sons, Bryan, Randy, and Derek; daughter-in-law, Judi; grandchildren, Kristen and Keenan; great-grandchildren, Elsie and Colin; and many nieces and nephews in Port Hood and beyond. Frank was employed by Dominion Bridge as a steel worker on the Angus L. MacDonald bridge in Halifax when he met a young Inverness Lass at an Old Time Dance. They would marry a few years later and then enjoy the next 65 years together. Frank would take his skill set and move on to become a dedicated employee with CNR for 30 years before enjoying 34 years of retirement. Frank was a kind and gentle soul who enjoyed nothing better than an Inverness square set, a good game of crib (legendary player), a drive to Port Hood to visit his brother, Alex, or a trip to a ball field or rink anywhere around the province to proudly watch his boys. Visitation took place on Tuesday, September 12th, 2023, in Inverness Funeral Home from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Funeral mass was held on Wednesday, September 13th, 2023, in Stella Maris Church, Inverness, with burial to follow in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Stella Maris Parish Building Fund, Inverness. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.
Mary Florence “Tudy” Burke (73), was a loving mother, daughter, sister, and friend to many. She passed away suddenly in her home surrounded by close friends on August 18th, 2023. Florence was born to Margaret and Emmit Burke in Inverness on September 21st, 1949. She was one of six children. Florence is survived by her loving son, David Burke; her brother, John Burke (Lucy); and many other nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Margaret and Emmit Burke; and her brothers Lawrence Burke (Muriel), Daniel Burke, Vincent Burke and Ronnie Burke. Florence was a kind-hearted friend, a supportive sister, and a loving daughter to her mother, Margaret; but her most important role of all, was being a devoted mother to her son, David. She took pride in all of David's accomplishments and he was her beacon of strength while overcoming multiple battles with cancer throughout her life. Florence found happiness in spending time with David. She was always willing to have a nice conversation with anyone she ran into. With her keen sense of humour, she was known to leave a smile on the face of everyone she met. Florence will be missed by everyone who knew her. A private burial has taken place and a service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Palliative Care Unit at the Inverness Memorial Hospital. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Florence's family doctor, Dr. Egar. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.
Mary Josephine MacLellan, 77, of Inverness died Tuesday, August 22nd, 2023, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital with family by her side. Born in Inverness on April 10th, 1946, she was a daughter of the late Malcolm Dan and Annie (Gillis) MacLellan. She was a member of Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church, Inverness. A very private and gentle person, she tried to live by the adage “if you can’t say anything good about someone, don’t say anything at all.” Mary was a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University. Mary spent most of her teaching career in St Peter’s. Upon retirement, she returned to her hometown of Inverness. Mary enjoyed travelling and visiting local restaurants with her friends. She was an avid and discerning reader. She loved to both bake and cook and happily shared the products from her kitchen with family and friends. Mary loved animals especially her beloved dog, Juno. Mary is the last surviving child of Malcolm Dan and Annie. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by siblings, Marjorie, Freddie, Mary Josephine (in infancy), Johnnie, Elizabeth, Jerome, Alexander, Malcolm, Gregory, Eugene, Harold, Leonard, and very dear friend, Jim Jackson. She is survived by sisters-in-law, Marlene and Joan and brother-in-law, Roland; her 13 nieces and nephews, Anne Marie, Donnie, Bradley, Joan, Robyn, Rhonda, Jeffrey, Eric, Cheryl, Tanya, Mark, Jennifer, Lenny; and several grand nieces and nephews as well as great grand nieces and nephews. Funeral mass for the late Mary MacLellan was held on Friday, August 25th at 11:00 a.m. in Stella Maris Church, Inverness with Rev. Bernie MacDonald and Rev. Daniel Tshimbalanga officiating. Visitation took place in the church from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. Donations may be made to a local charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Dorothy Sarah (MacKinnon) Oliver of New Waterford, NS, and formerly from St. Rose, NS, on August 29th, 2023, at the age of 96, after a long battle with Alzheimer's. At a very young age she became a teacher. She spent the first nine years in various schools throughout Inverness County before moving to New Waterford, where she later married and taught another 27 years before retiring. This was her greatest love where she inspired many young children to be successful and reach for their dreams through education. Dorothy was a long-time member of the Nova Scotia Teachers Association. A devout Catholic, she was a member of St. Agnes CWL for over 50 years and was very actively involved with many of the church functions. Dorothy was a member of St. Vincent DePaul and devoted most of her life to helping those in need and less fortunate. She was a member of the New Waterford Gaelic Society, where she savoured her Scottish roots. She was a wealth of knowledge for our family genealogy and always held a strong bond with St. Rose and the families of the community. Surviving is her daughter Maria (Gordon) Quigley. Gordon and Dorothy were very close, he helped care for her and was her partner in crime. She is also survived by her sister, Mary J. MacKinnon, St. Rose; foster son, Ernest MacLeod; grandchildren, Justin (Katie) Burke and Sherri (Tyson) Syrja; great-grandchildren, Rylan, Braydon, Noah, and baby David; nieces, Bonita, Kathey, Kelly, and Carol; nephews, Kevin, Michael, Ronnie, and Phil. Dorothy was predeceased by her husband, John Angus Oliver; her son John (Jackie) Oliver; her parents, John Angus and Theresa (Coady) MacKinnon; nephew Michael and niece Ann. A special thank you to the nurses, doctors, and staff at the Foyer Pere Fiset Nursing Home in Cheticamp. The kind, compassionate care she received was amazing. Also, thank you to the nurses and doctor from Cheticamp ER who cared for her during her last hours. Your kindness will never be forgotten. Special thanks to Miranda Morrison, who helped our family through this difficult day. Visitation was held at Sunset Funeral Home, Margaree Valley, Sunday, September 3rd, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Funeral will be held in St. Margaret's Catholic Church, Broad Cove, on Monday, September 4th at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, New Waterford, September 5th. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to your charity of choice. Funeral directions are under the direction of Sunset Funeral Home, Margaree Valley. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.
We, the family of the late Frank Jeptha Ross, of North East Margaree, regretfully announce his passing on Friday, September 1st, 2023, surrounded by his family in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Frank was born in Inverness on October 7th, 1946; he was the son of the late John Herb and Pauline (Tingley) Ross. In his early years, he was a mechanic at Midway Motors and a truck driver for Hart’s Trucking. After leaving Hart's Trucking, he went to work for Mac-Ing Construction as a mechanic/truck driver and machine operator until his retirement. He is survived by his wife Annette (Hutchison) Ross; daughters, Kathleen, Ontario, Gail (Dan) Ryan, Howie Centre, Donna (Alexander) Ross, Bucklaw; grandchildren, Tonya (Andrew), Bryce (Bekki), Ontario, Brooklyn, Sheridee, Halifax, Neva Etheridge, Howie Centre, Daphne LeBlanc (Patrick), Sydney; great-grand children, Amelia, Cassidy, Paisley and Thomas all of Ontario. Also survived by his only brother Brian (Marguerite) Ross, N.E. Margaree and their two sons, Trevor (Janice) and Steven (Treasure) and their children; two step-grandsons, Kyle and Tyler Ryan, Howie Centre. Cremation has taken place, at Dad's request there will be no visitation or service. We would like to send our heartfelt thanks to all of the doctors, nurses, EHS, local first responders, staff, and doctors at the Cancer Centre at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital and especially the care given by the emergency department at the Inverness Consolidated Hospital and the second floor staff, who went beyond to help Frank in his final days. Donations in memory of Frank may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care, Nova Scotia Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.
Darlene Mary Ernst, Port Hood formerly of Port Hawkesbury: It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, Darlene Ernst, surrounded by family, on Saturday, August 26th, 2023, at Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Darlene entered the world on September 26th, 1944, to the late William and Anita (Murry) Reynolds in Port Hastings with siblings, Sylvia and her late brother, Elwood. Darlene lived two wonderful lives. In 1965, she married her first love, the late Elias MacIsaac and they welcomed their beloved daughter, Leigh in 1966. Darlene and Elias shared 24 incredible years together in Port Hawkesbury, from snowmobiling to camping and simply spending time with their best friends and family, especially with her sister, Sylvia and husband, Donald Roddie and brother, Elwood. Sadly, in 1989, Darlene lost her first love, Elias. In 1990, her next life began when she crossed paths with Greg Ernst, her devoted husband of 30 years. They settled in Port Hood and the memories they share together will live on forever. Darlene was willing to take on anything, from getting her tractor-trailer and motorcycle license to travelling North America with Greg in their motor home. She was an entrepreneur with many talents. Throughout recent years you could find her cruising down Route 19 in her little red car, mowing the lawn or capturing the perfect sunset from her backyard. No matter what, there was always food on the table (delicious even though she would tell you it was ruined if you were a minute late). And don’t you dare say “no” when she asks if you want more because she was already giving you another scoop of potatoes before you could answer. Those who knew her best knew that her pride and joy was her daughter Leigh and her three granddaughters, Jaymee, Jasmyn, and Celia. There was so much unconditional love between her and her girls. She loved them more than life itself. Darlene was a positive influence and inspiration to everyone who had the privilege of knowing her. She left a lasting impression on everyone who crossed her path. She was everyone’s Nannie. It's clear that Darlene's positivity, warmth, and generosity made a significant impact on the lives of those around her. Her memory will continue to live on through the stories, memories, and moments shared by her loved ones. In times of grief, it's important to hold onto the joy and love she brought into the world. Darlene is survived by her husband, Greg Ernst; daughter and son-in-law, Leigh and Darryl MacDonald; and her prized possessions and granddaughters, Jaymee (Cody) Marchand, Jasmyn and Celia; her sister Sylvia (Donald) MacDonald; many nephews and nieces and their families, Dean (Holly) MacDonald, Darren (Tammy) MacDonald, Dale (Gerard) Ryan, Joel Reynolds, Ben (Whitney) Reynolds, and Erica Reynolds. She is also survived by her honourary Allan Ian family, whom she loved and cherished so much. She was predeceased by her parents, William and Anita Reynolds, her husband, Elias MacIsaac, and her brother, Elwood (Therese) Reynolds. We cannot thank Nannie’s health care team enough, with special appreciation to Dr. Bhreagh MacDougall, Dr. Kate MacInnes, Dr. Susie Egar, and the most compassionate and caring nurses in Oncology, Ambulatory Care, Emergency, Palliative Care and Active Care departments at the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Thursday, August 31st, 2023, in St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Port Hawkesbury, and from where the funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. with Father Duncan MacIsaac officiating. Following the mass, the burial will take place in St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, and a reception will follow in St. Joseph Parish Hall, Port Hawkesbury. Memorial donations may be made in memory of Darlene to the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital Ambulatory Care, Oncology and Active Care Departments or to the charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at: www.haverstocks.com.
It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Arthur (Art) Richardson on Thursday, August 24th, 2023, at Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Chéticamp, at the age of 74. Born in South Bar, Cape Breton, Art was the son of the late Delbert Richardson and the late Clara Delaney. Known as Arkie to his family and friends in South Bar, Art left for Toronto at a young age and found his passion in the printing business for over 15 years before returning to Nova Scotia and settling in Chéticamp. He proudly owned and operated Richardson Printing Ltd. for over 40 years and, along with his wife Lise, owned Nancy’s Flower Shop until the fall of 2022. Throughout the years, Art was always happy to support the community in a variety of ways. Before his health deteriorated, Art was an avid sports fan and enjoyed playing golf, softball, darts, and bowling. He loved a good game of golf with his buddies Raymond, Alfred Arthur, and Linus. Art was proud of his continued support to the development and growth of the LePortage Golf. He was also a long standing member of the Cheticamp Knights of Columbus. Through Richardson Printing, he was also especially proud of sponsoring a softball team for over 10 years. Art especially enjoyed the years he played alongside his son, Jimmy. He was always up for a house party for some guitar playing and singing his old country favourites. We know that he is in a better place playing a George Jones tune with his guitar buddy Linus. Art is survived by his wife Lise Aucoin; his daughter, Joanne (Michael), Kentville; his son, Jimmy (Jenn), Halifax; grandchildren, Christopher, Nicholas, Charlotte, Paige; brothers, Robert (Bob) (Eileen), Bernard Francis (Frank); sisters, Judy, Lorraine (Helen); many nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, Art was predeceased by brothers, Delbert (Junior), Wayne and Kevin; sister-in-law Denise, brothers-in-law Jerry, Joseph Arsène, and Linus. The family would like to thank the Chéticamp Volunteer Fire Department First responders, Dr. Amélie Maillet and staff at Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, and Cape Breton Regional Hospital who provided such wonderful care and compassion to Art and the entire family. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. Burial to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Sacred Heart Charitable Foundation or a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are entrusted to Sunset Funeral Co-operative Ltd. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.
JW Edmond AuCoin, age 88: It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Edmond AuCoin of Cheticamp on August 11th, 2023. Born in Cheticamp, Edmond was the son of the late Alexandre (Sandé à Lazarre) and the late Louise (AuCoin) AuCoin. Edmond was a man of few words, but of great integrity. He dedicated his working life to the Co-op Movement, spending 25 years as manager of the Cheticamp Credit Union. He was a founding member of Le Conseil Coopératif Acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse and sat on multiple community boards and committees throughout his life. Edmond wrapped up his career with Citizenship and Immigration Canada in Sydney for a period of 12 years. In 1996, he retired and they returned to their home in Cheticamp where he took up the sport of golf spending numerous mornings at Le Portage golf course with his golfing partners. Later in life, his interests shifted from golf to morning coffee with the “guys” at the Seniors’ hall. Edmond is survived by: sons, Adalbert (Claudia) and Omer (Angèle); grandchildren, Janelle (Patrick) and Christien (Megan); and his sister Lorraine. Besides his parents, Edmond was also predeceased by his wife Alberthe; brother Clifford; and sister Edna. Visitation for the late Edmond AuCoin was held on Thursday, August 17th, at 10:00 a.m. at Église Saint-Pierre, Cheticamp, followed by a funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. with Father Silvichan Dominic officiating. Interment in the parish cemetery. Memorial donations in memory of Edmond may be made to Foyer Père Fiset and/or to Paroisse St. Pierre. A sincere thank you to friends, the staff of Le Foyer Père Fiset, the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, and Cheticamp Funeral Services. Your kindness and thoughtfulness will never be forgotten. Condolences may be made to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.
Patricia A. (MacDonald) Gillan entered eternal life on August 18th, 2023, surrounded by her loving family. Patricia was born and raised in Judique, on beautiful Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. She came to Massachusetts at the age of 19, and met her late husband Philip Gillan (Prince Edward Island, Canada) at a Canadian American Dance at the Rose Croix Hall in Roxbury, Massachusetts. They married and raised their four children in Weymouth, where Patricia has lived for the past 58 years. Devoted and loving mother of “The Girls,” Darlene Gillan of Weymouth, Gail Giles and her husband Michael of Weymouth, Cheryl Coveney and her husband John of Weymouth, Linda West and her husband Bob of Weymouth. Sister of the late Mary (Tine) White, formerly of Weymouth, late Elizabeth Ayres, formerly of Quincy, late Gregory MacDonald, formerly of Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia, Canada, and the late Cyril MacDonald, formerly of Judique, Nova Scotia, Canada. Loving “Nanny” of Shannon, Shaun, Colleen, Philip, Robbie, Kaliegh, and the late Gregory. Much loved “Aunt Tishie” of many nieces and nephews. Visiting hours at the Clancy-Lucid Funeral Home, 100 Washington Street, Weymouth on Friday, August 25th, from 8:00 am. until 9:45 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in the Sacred Heart Church Weymouth at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Burial in Mount Hope Cemetery, Weymouth. If desired, donations can be made in Patricia’s name to the Weymouth Food Pantry at weymouthfoodpantry.org.
John Lester MacDonell, 89, died peacefully on August 15th, 2023, at Inverary Manor, Inverness, following a brief illness. The son of Archibald S. MacDonell and Mary Fitzgerald, he was born October 30th, 1933, and raised on the family farm at Judique Intervale in Inverness County, Nova Scotia. The last living member of his immediate family, he was predeceased by his sister, Sister Ellen MacDonell, OSF, and his brothers Bernard, Leo A., and Laughlin. He is survived by his sister-in-law, Yvonne (Bourgeois) MacDonell, and numerous nieces and nephews. John earned his Engineering Certificate from St. Francis Xavier University in 1956. He played varsity football at St. F.X., winning an Athletic “X” in 1956. He also played interclass hockey and basketball, and was a member of the Engineering Society. He went on to graduate from Nova Scotia Technical College where he studied electrical engineering. He enjoyed a long career with Nova Scotia Power, where he worked from 1963 until he retired in 1991. His early career included stints in Quebec around Sept-Îles, before returning to Nova Scotia to take over ownership of the farm at Judique Intervale in 1960, which by then had been in the family a hundred years. He lived on the farm alone following the deaths of his parents in the mid-1970s. At various times, he raised sheep and lambs and purebred beef cattle, and exhibited many prize-winning animals in agricultural fairs. He raised prizewinning harness racing horses and was a regular at the Inverness Raceway for many years. He was a member of the original organizing committee and a longstanding member of the Judique Volunteer Fire Department, formed in 1968. John L. could be a hardheaded man with a penchant for diagnosing stupidity in others, according to his interpretation, but he also had a sense of humour, however wry, and in private moments could sometimes surprise you with the best and most tender qualities of a human being. His remains have been cremated, in accordance with his wishes. Visitation was held from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Monday, in the Community Room of the Judique Fire Hall. Funeral mass was held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday in St. Andrew’s Parish Church, Judique, Rev. Allan MacMillan officiated; reception followed. To protect the health of family members with chemical sensitivities, attendees avoided wearing scents. Artificial flowers only, or in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre, https://www.celticmusiccentre.com, the Judique Volunteer Fire Department, or a cause of your choice. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at www.haverstocks.com.
Shirley Marcella Chandler, Whycocomagh, Inverness County: Surrounded by her loving family, Shirley peacefully passed away on Tuesday, August 8th, 2023, at the Inverary Manor in Inverness, Cape Breton. Born in Truro on January 25th, 1949, she was the oldest daughter of the late Margaret “Peggy” (Nock) and Samuel Pearo. She is survived and will be sadly missed by her loving husband of 57 years, Frank Chandler. Shirley was raised in Kewstoke, Cape Breton, with her large and loving family. Shirley spent her life taking care of friends and family and serving people at Vi’s and will be remembered as a sweet, kind, strong, and independent woman. She loved music and valued her family greatly. Those who speak of her now comment on her big heart, sweet demeanour, and beautiful smile. Shirley adored her children: Brenda (Sandy MacInnis), Troy, Carl (Rachel Mac Donald,) Dawson Creek, Kevin (Michelle Matthews), Dawson Creek, Connie (Daniel MacLean), Dawson Creek. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of her life: Elisha (Michael Black), Chelcea (Dave Driscoll), Courtney MacInnis (James MacDonald), Ashton (Kelsey), Nathan (Hayley), Kaden Chandler, Landon (Fusha) and Sophie Chandler, Josie MacLean (Blain Crocker) and Bailey MacLean. Her great-grandchildren adored and cherished her so very much: Ainslee and Lauchie Black, Lexi and Darci Driscoll, Norah MacInnis, Isla and Frankie MacQuarrie, Connlley and Ronnie Crocker. Left to mourn are her siblings Diane Rouse, Wilma Matheson, Margie Ellis, John Robert (Sylvia) Pearo, Sheldon Pearo, Melody (Kenny) Ferguson; and brother-in-law Donald MacDonald. In addition to her parents, Shirley was predeceased by her sisters, Elaine Campbell and Patsy MacDonald; her brother, Timmie Pearo; and brothers-in-law, Gary Ellis, Gordon Rouse, and Ross Matheson; sister-in-law, Sharon Pearo. Shirley was very involved in the UCWL, and regularly volunteered at numerous organizations. A very special thank you to her home care support workers, the staff at the Inverary Manor and her palliative care team for their loving care of Mom. You will never be forgotten. Visitation was held on Tuesday, August 15th, in Dennis Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Whycocomagh. Funeral service will be held today, Wednesday, August 16th, at 11:00 a.m., in Stewart United Church, Whycocomagh, with Rev. John Tapscott officiating. Burial to take place at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Inverary Manor. Family flowers only, please. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at: www.haverstocks.com.
Josephine Gillis, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI: Mary Josephine “Jo” Gillis, 99, of Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, died peacefully on January 31st, 2023, with her daughters and granddaughters by her side. She was born in Hay’s River on the Isle of Cape Breton in Nova Scotia, Canada, July 31st, 1923, the last of nine children born to Hugh Rankin Beaton and Florence (nee MacInnis) Beaton. Jo received her early education in a one-room schoolhouse, where her older siblings were her most demanding teachers. She attended residential high school at St. Joseph Convent in Mabou, Nova Scotia. After completing a certificate program at the provincial normal college, she returned home to teach in the same schoolhouse where she had once been a student. Her first class held 20 pupils in grades one through 10. She later earned her R.N. at the Halifax Infirmary, where she was elected class president and won the Gold Medal for Academic Excellence. She taught nursing arts at hospitals in Halifax and North Sydney before emigrating to the United States. She retired after a lengthy career as a registered nurse in the Grosse Pointe area. Jo met her husband, Angus “Gus” Gillis of Port Hood, Nova Scotia, at a country dance in 1939. He courted her from afar through the war and his move to Detroit. They married in 1956; 17 years after their first dance, and eventually settled in Harper Woods, MI. They enjoyed 55 happy years as husband and wife before his death in 2012. She is survived by her daughters Anne (Thomas) Furlong and Margaret (Vittorio) Bruni. She leaves three cherished grandchildren, Alexander Furlong and Josephine and Meredith Bruni. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gus, daughter Elizabeth in 2015, two infant sons, her parents, and all her siblings, John Clarence, Angus, Donald, Florence, Lawrence, Charles, Catherine Marie, Margaret “Peggy,” and foster brother, Jack Johnson. Jo was a devoted wife and mother who successfully balanced family and career before it was common practice. She encouraged and supported her children’s education and ensured they had many opportunities to explore and develop their interests. She read extensively and knit sweaters and sewed quilts for family and friends. She found great joy and fulfillment in her Catholic faith and served for many years as a church lector and consolation minister. She and Gus were also long-time volunteers at the Missionaries of Charity Soup Kitchen and Women’s Shelter of Detroit, where Gus was chief handyman, Jo was a cleaning lady, and they both were a friendly face and helping hand to anyone who needed it. When age began to limit her activities, she joined a prayer group and offered prayers for people in need. Jo loved people and drew energy from being around others. She was an easy and interesting conversationalist whose grace and warmth brought her many friends. Despite her advanced age, she easily transitioned from letter-writing, to email, to Facebook because each made it easier for her to connect with people. She had an uncanny gift for finding a personal connection with others: a distant relative in the theater seat next to her, or the friend of a friend across the counter in the department store. Meeting her made the world a smaller and more pleasant place. A mass of Christian burial was celebrated on February 11th at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI. Jo is laid to rest next to her husband and daughter on the Isle of Cape Breton in the Church of the Immaculate Conception/St. Mary’s Cemetery, West Lake Ainslie, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Roderick Vincent “Roddie” MacIntyre: Surrounded by the love and company of his family, Roddie made the journey to eternal rest on August 12th, 2023, in Inverary Manor, Inverness, at the age of 92. On April 23rd, 1931, Archibald and Catherine (MacDonnell) welcomed Dad into the world on MacIntyre Road, in Queensville. He was proud to share his birthday with his sister Marcella, her 10th birthday gift! His childhood was spent on the farm learning the importance of hard work and supporting family and friends when needed. Those values carried onto his adulthood, whether it be plowing driveways or making the trek down Route 19 with his backhoe. Dad married our mother, Mary Jane “Jean” MacMaster in the summer of 1954. Together they laid their roots in Judique where they welcomed five children. His life careers included working at his family’s sawmill, CNR for 15 years, building and operating the Texaco garage, his business “MacIntyre Construction,” a 25-year career with the DOT, and a collector of many things!! He was a member of the Judique Fire Department, a first responder and a Sir Knight 4th Degree, KOC member. Beyond his work titles, he was lovingly addressed by his family as “Dad,” “Grampy,” or against his own will, “Grumpy.” He shared his life with many pets, with his greatest love being the horses. They shared a gentle and trusting bond. On Sundays, you could find him enjoying his love for Celtic music at the CMIC or in Inverness at the horse races. Evenings were spent indulging in episodes of Judge Judy with his licorice all-sorts in hand. Dad lived independently at home into his 91st year until ill health relocated him to the Manor. Dad is survived by his children, Angela (Richard) MacDonald, Inverside, Donna (Robert) MacLellan, Brian (Maryanne), both of Judique Sheila (Brent) MacDonald, Sackville, and Glenn (Carol), Burlington, ON; and sister-in-law, Do MacIntyre, ON. Grumpy’s dry sense of humour and quick wit will be missed by his grandchildren, Corey, Krista, Joel, Brian, Tim, Emily, Dominic, Mitchell, Braedon, Cassie, Nikki, Chelsea, and Mickaela; along with 14 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Being the last surviving member of his immediate family, he can now reunite with his siblings, Annie, Sarah, Marcella, Liz, Margaret; brothers, Danny, Johnny, and Francis and infant brother. Welcoming him to paradise is his wife Jean, grandsons Ryan, Morgan and Logan MacIntyre, and his loving parents all of whom he missed immensely. We’re certain that he and Logan are diligently working together on a long overdue project. We would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staff at the Inverary Manor for their amazing care and for giving him a home away from home. We would also like to thank Dr. Ritter and Palliative nursing team, Dr. Lok and the active care team of the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital for their excellent care. Visitation will be on Wednesday, August 16th, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the Judique Fire Hall. Funeral mass will be on Thursday, August 17th, at 11:00 a.m. in St. Andrew’s Parish Church, Judique, with Father Allan MacMillan officiating. Internment in the parish cemetery under the direction of the Inverness Funeral Home. Donations may be made to the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre, Judique, the Inverary Manor, Inverness, or a charity of choice. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com. Till we meet at “The River Bend!”
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Margaret, born December 20th, 1943, to the late Kathleen Conway, NFLD, and Charles Jackman, St. Pierre - Miquelon. Marg was a graduate of the Nova Scotia Teachers' College, Mount St. Vincent University. She taught in Halifax, Calgary, Montreal, and Toronto. Marg is survived by husband, Jim Ryan; sister, Pat Youden; brother, Charles Jackman; sisters-in-law, Beth Ryan; Caroline Ryan; Joanne Jackman; brothers-in-law, Tom Youden, Tom Ryan, and Doug Ryan; nephews, Tom, Liam, Calum, James, David, Tim, and Michael Ryan, Keith Youden, Chad Jackman; niece, Karen Youden; and cousins, Ryan, Doucet, and Youden. Margaret and Jim married in Montreal in 1971, moved to Toronto in 1992 and retired to Inverness in 1999. Marg was active in the community as secretary of the IDA when Cabot Links came to Inverness; originator of the Inverness Crab fest, co-founder of the Inverness Garden Club; volunteer with the Hospital Palliative Unit; and instrumental in establishing the Cabot Links’ Monday golf program. Although Marg was not a native Invernesser, she quickly adjusted to her new home, made many friends over the years, and thoroughly enjoyed every day in her new surroundings. Spending 25 summers at Beach Village prepared Marg for her residence in Inverness in 1999 and allowed Marg to endear herself to the Ryan family and the many friends she made. In our early retirement days in Inverness, Marg and her cohorts would organize winter parties which became known as the “Patsy Cline Days.” The song of the day was Crazy and Marg did a mean rendition. Those days, and parties, will be remembered by participants for a long time. A few of you are laughing at this very moment as you recall Patsy and friends. As members of The Garden Club, President Betty Anne Cameron and Marg came up with a fundraising plan that had a big impact on the community – “The Mistletoe Gala.” For a good number of years the Garden Club members would busy themselves in November getting the Art Centre ready for a dinner and dance for 100 guests. It turned out to be a great fundraising success and also gave the ladies an opportunity to model their latest finery and gave the men the opportunity to show their culinary talents. The Garden Club continues to beautify the “town” each year with its lavish bouquets on our Main Street. Marg always looked forward to winter months in Lakeland Florida, where a large contingent of friends from Inverness County, greater Nova Scotia, Ontario, and the northern USA congregated to escape the winter doldrums. These many friends enjoyed golfing, restaurants, travel, snowbird extravaganzas, concerts, and the odd party to ease the burden of retirement. A highlight of each year was Marg’s Academy Awards Party when the gals would dress as movie stars and arrive in front of 275 Country Club Road in rented limousines. Wine was poured and trophies were awarded. For many of us, those were “The Glory Days.” Marg has also left behind many friends in Montreal and Toronto. She bonded with her counterparts and made an impact on her students. At a reunion of students and teachers at Verdun Catholic High, one of her male students said to her, “You were the best teacher I ever had, but I wouldn’t want to have you for another year.” That was indeed, a great compliment. The student, and Shakespeare, would probably agree. Marg fought cancer for 25 years. In her fight against cancer, Marg began a running, then walking regimen of two hours daily. Her diagnosis of a two- to five-year survival term by her Toronto doctor in 1998 extended to 2023. She held cancer at bay for 25 years. Cancer patients can take solace from Margaret’s determination to live on. Marg was a special lady. Adieu, Margaret. You will be missed. Margaret’s family would like to thank the Palliative Care unit and the staff of the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital for the very kindly and professional manner in which they cared for Margaret. A Celebration of the Life of Margaret will be held in late September or early October.
It is with broken hearts we announce the passing of our beloved Trevor Thomas Evans, who died peacefully July 23rd, 2023, at the age of 45 surrounded by his family. Trevor is survived by his beautiful son, Isyc Evans; father Gary (Stacia) Evans, Inverness; mother, Karen (Billy) Azbell, Tennessee; brothers, Vaughan (Donna) Evans Inverness, William Evans (Adam) Tennessee. Also grieving are his two nephews, Lucas Evans and Logan Evans, whom Trevor loved very much. Numerous “buddies” who he spent great times with and special friend Sarah. Trevor was an animal lover never without a cat or a dog, he loved fishing with his brother Vaughan during the lobster season before his illness. However, Trevor's pride and joy was his son Isyc, who he loved to take fishing and biking and watch playing hockey. He had a huge heart and will be missed dearly by his family and close friends. Trevor fought a long brave battle with cancer and he held hope to the very end. Cremation has taken place. A small private memorial will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to the Central Inverness Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton and/or Canadian Cancer Society of Nova Scotia in Trevor’s name. Special thanks to the team of doctors and nurses at Cape Breton Regional and Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospitals, who provided excellent service throughout his battle. Special thank you to Dr. Mark Bennett and Palliative Care Director Lori Ann, as well as RN Ashley MacLennan. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.
John Alphonse “Phonse” Ryan, November 29th, 1940 – July 31st, 2023: It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our dad, which happened at home in Port Hood on July 31st, 2023. Phonse leaves behind his loving wife of 62 years, Heather Irene (Warner) Ryan; sons Albert (Karen), David (Jean), and Philip (Kim); grandchildren, Ashley (Sean), Jennifer (Caleb), Matthew (Bhreagh), Bradley (Judith), Dustin (Erica), Katelyn (Ivan), and Lucas (Kendra); as well as two great grandchildren, Zhaiden and Zhavia. Also left to grieve are his brothers, Charlie, Hubert, Lonnie (Alines), Ken (Helen), Mike (Shelma), Edward (Peggy); sisters Mae, Rita, Adeline, Jean (George), Diane (Jack), Marie (Johnny); brother-in-law Jerry Bennett, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents James and Georgina Ryan, brothers, Melvin and Michael, sisters Betty and Edwina, brother-in-law Junior Snair, sisters-in-law Jeanette Ryan and Rhoda Ryan and parents-in-law Albert and Muriel Warner. Dad dabbled in many things, mechanics, carpentry, guitar, fiddle, and accordion. He was always ready to lend a hand no matter the task. He loved cars, road trips on his motorcycle with Mom, and the Caribbean cruises they took together. His early years were spent around garages doing mechanic work and driving an oil truck. He was town cop in both Mulgrave and Port Hawkesbury and later went to work in the recreation department with the Town of Port Hawkesbury until retirement. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation as per Dad’s request. A service was held at Green’s Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury on Monday, August 7th, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. Donations can be made to Shaid Animal Shelter or any other no kill animal shelter, or a charity of one’s choice.
It is with deep sadness we announce the sudden passing of Joseph Harvey Shaw, husband, big brother, uncle, and friend. Harvey passed away on Monday, July 31st, 2023 in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Born in Inverness on March 24th,1954, he was a son of the late John R. Shaw and Leona (Kennedy). Harvey is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Linda (Delaney) Lou as he so lovingly called her; siblings, Brenda (Weston) Mackinnon, Johnny (Melody) ,Jesslyn (Wilson) Timmons, all of West Lake Ainslie; Jake (Diane), Upper Tantallon, Nicholas, Orleans, Ontario; in-laws, Joe (Elaine) Delaney, Kevin (Norma) Delaney, Marlene Delaney, Jeannie (Mark) Delaney Wertheim, and Allison Delaney, who all reside in the Boston area along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Besides his parents, Harvey was predeceased by his brother, Donnie; as well as his mother and father-in-law, Joseph and Mary Delaney. Harvey lived on Shaw's Mountain until the age of 10 before they moved to West Lake Ainslie. From the tender age of eight he worked at the sawmill, on the mountain, alongside his father and uncle where his first savings were used to buy work boots...and that was where his feet were most comfortable. He left home at a young age to travel and work in Toronto and Boston, but eventually moved back home to work as a woodsman, then in the salvage yard, and has been self employed ever since. Harvey enjoyed old cars and the simple things in life. He stayed close to home and many great friendships were formed with the many visitors to the “Bus.” He enjoyed visiting friends and family in the neighbourhood and his unique sense of humour always left you with a laugh and a smile. We will miss him terribly. May he rest in peace. Thank you to Dr. Egar and the cardiac team at Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital who worked so hard to keep him with us. Visitation was held in Inverness Funeral Home on Sunday, August 6th, from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Funeral mass took place in Immaculate Conception Church, West Lake Ainslie on Monday at 11:00 a.m. with Father Bernie MacDonald officiating. Burial followed in the parish cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.
Sylvia Boudreau, age 69, of Grand Étang passed away on Tuesday, July 18th, 2023, in the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. Sylvia was a daughter of the late Emile and the late Bernadette (LeLievre) Doucet. Sylvia moved to Massachusetts, USA, with her parents at six years old. When her dad died in 1980, Sylvia came back home to help her mom. Sylvia worked at T.R. Deveau, the post office, and NSLC, where she retired from. Sylvia is survived by her husband, Yvon Boudreau; son, Jeffrey Boudreau; daughter, Stephanie Boudreau; sisters, Amélia (Al) Toy, and Linda (Jimmy) LeBlanc; nieces, Brenda, Debbie, and Angela; nephews, Jimmy and Réné. Beside her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Arthur. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.
The death of Jannette Marie Gillis of Upper Margaree, occurred peacefully in Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, July 5th, 2023. Jannette was born on July 16th, 1946, in Keppoch, Inverness County, to the late Mary Florence Gillis (Stewart) and Ronald Hugh Gillis. Jannette graduated from Margaree Forks High School and went on to become an employee of Maritime Tel & Tel (Bell Aliant). She worked in Halifax, Sydney, and New Glasgow. She retired back to Upper Margaree on the family homestead. Jannette became involved in the community organizations and also St. Joseph's Parish. She was a good friend to many and will be dearly missed by all. Jannette enjoyed a good game of cards, bingo, breakfast, and lunch at the Dancing Goat with her many friends, or a few hours at a casino. She especially enjoyed spending special time with Eden, her cat. Jannette was predeceased by her parents and is survived by her siblings, Katherine Ann Cannon (Ron), Neil William, Donald Angus (Ann), Mary Charlene King (Robert), and Allan Daniel (Carolyn). She is also survived by her nieces, Melissa and Lindsay; nephews, Andrew, and Cullen; and grand nieces, Brianne and Addison. Visitation will take place on Wednesday, August 2nd, from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in Inverness Funeral Home. Funeral mass to be held on Thursday, August 3rd, in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, South West Margaree, at 11:00 a.m. Burial to follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Lunch will follow in the parish hall. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Family flowers only please. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.
Wendy Patricia Macomber BFA, B.Ed., age 70, Upper River Denys: With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Wendy Macomber on Saturday, July 8th, 2023, surrounded by her loving family. Wendy was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and grew up in Noel Shore, Nova Scotia, the daughter of David Pratt Macomber and Margaret Faith Macomber (Main). Wendy started school at a one-room schoolhouse in Noel Shore and completed high school at Hants North Rural High in Kennetcook. Wendy went on to the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, earning bachelors’ degrees in Fine Arts and Education. Most of Wendy’s ‘official’ career was spent in teaching Adult Education. A talented artist, Wendy did beautiful weaving, beadwork, and jewelry design. Quick and talented in crochet, we cherish the Christmas socks she left us in every colour and size. A keen learner and avid reader, Wendy immersed herself in any and all topics. Complementary / natural medical knowledge was a particular interest and those around her benefited tremendously. As a natural extension of this Wendy grew medicinal plants and developed delicious recipes that will live on long after her. Her baked oatmeal is legendary – sugar free of course. While very unpretentious, Wendy had a great interest in public policy. Some of her last words were a request to advocate for fairness and equality. Leading by example, Wendy was giving and kind to all who knew her. Wendy was a bit of a free spirit and spent many years travelling the globe. During one of these trips, she taught English as A Second Language in the Czech Republic and toured the nearby European countries. During a winter in Mexico, she studied painting with an emphasis on watercolour. In the 90s, Wendy spent months backpacking around Australia, New Zealand, and Tahiti. Wendy will be sadly missed by her loving husband of 45 years, Dougald MacNeil; daughter, Melanie MacNeil (James Ringwald), grandchildren Jayne, Olivia and Owen; Mother, Margaret Macomber (Main); sister, Carol Macomber; niece, Michelle Kelly (Louis) and grandniece, Kara Kelly. Wendy was predeceased by her father, David Macomber; numerous aunts and uncles; her brother-in-law, Douglas Lynch (Carol); and dear friends, Debbie Hepburn and Judy Grant. We are grateful to the nurses and doctors at the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital for all of the caring attention given to Wendy. We’d also thank Wendy’s good friends Johanna, Rachel, and Allison. Wendy considered you more family than friends. A celebration of life for Wendy was held in the Blues Mills Fire Hall, 7548 Hwy 105, Blues Mills, on Tuesday, July 25th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Donations in memory of Wendy may be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the care of Dennis Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Whycocomagh. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at: www.haverstocks.com.
John Malcolm Rankin, formerly from Northeast Mabou, Nova Scotia, passed away October 17th, 2022, at his home in Brampton, Ontario. Born September 14th, 1944, John was the eldest son of the late John Dan and Janie (MacArthur) Rankin. He spent many years as a truck driver. Although John suffered from MS for many years, he never allowed his disease to break his spirit. He had the best laugh and will be fondly remembered for sharing his singing and guitar playing for many a family gathering. John is survived by his stepdaughter, Charlene Bartlett and her children in Ontario, as well as numerous cousins in both Canada and the United States. John is predeceased by his brothers, William and Alexander. A funeral mass will be held on Friday, July 28th, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Mabou, with Fr. Dan MacDonald officiating. Donations may be made to the St. Mary’s Parish Building Fund, Cemetery Fund, or a charity of your choice.
Donald Leo Rankin, June 29th, 1944 – July 12th, 2023: With sadness, we announce the unexpected passing of Donald Leo Rankin, on July 12th, 2023, following a beautiful evening at a ceilidh with his beloved wife, Rosalind (MacIntrye). Born in 1944 at Inverness, Cape Breton, Donald was the eldest child of Archie and Mary Rankin. Donald was a seeker, and he carried a childlike curiosity until the very end. He was forever a keen observer. His long daily walks nourished his love of nature and offered the possibility of an impassioned conversation with a stranger. He held a Bachelor of Science from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and McGill University; education degrees from St. Francis Xavier University; and a law degree from Dalhousie University. He practiced law at Port Aux Choix, NL. He remained engaged in civic life and instilled that duty in his children. Donald’s passion for the arts never waned. He loved books and poetry, with Carl Sandburg and T.S. Eliot being among his favourites. He had an eclectic taste in music, spanning from Bob Seger, to Bach, to Buddy MacMaster. So moved at times, he would have to stop the car when such beauty came over the radio. Donald and Rosalind raised their family in northern Newfoundland. After returning to Inverness County, he fondly recalled the wide open, untamed landscapes of his former home and the resourcefulness of its people. In Cape Breton, he reconnected with many of the simple joys of his youth including the thrill of live fiddle music and horse racing at the Inverness Raceway. His greatest love was his wife Rosalind. Spontaneity and fidelity, he agreed, were the twin elements of a life well lived. Along with his wife Rosalind, Donald is survived by his children, Heather Rankin (Robert), Melissa Rankin, Andrew Rankin (Sara), Christian Rankin (Jessie), and Meriah Rankin, and his granddaughter Ruby, all of Halifax. He is also survived by his sisters, Louise Marie (Ray) MacArthur, Judique, Jessica (Daniel) MacLellan, Judique, Cathleen (Paul) Seamone, Dartmouth, Joan (Ed) Lake, Dartmouth, Carmel (Andy) Raymond, Halifax, Kimberley (John) MacInnis, Mabou, and brothers Reginald (Chris), Timberlea, John Archie (Anne Marie), Dartmouth, Randall (Jeanette), Judique, Xavier (Sarah), Ottawa, Michael (Heidi), Mabou. Donald was predeceased by his son Liam and his sister Maureen (Ronald) MacKenzie, Mabou Coal Mines. Visitation was held on Thursday, July 20th, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Green’s Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury. Funeral mass was held on Friday, July 21st, at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Joseph’s Parish, with Rev. Joby Augustin officiating. Interment will take place in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Nova Scotia Nature Trust. Words of comfort may be sent to the family at www.greensfuneralhome.ca.
It is with much sadness and broken hearts that we announce the passing of our loving mother, Mary Agnes Tracey, of Little Judique on Tuesday July 18th, 2023, at the age of 86 years. Mary Tracey (Beaton) was born to Joseph and Annie Beaton on July 1st, 1937, in Little Judique, Nova Scotia. Mary is survived by her six children, Ellen (Rod); Karen (Willie); Charlene (Burt); Brian (Karen); Allison (Bob); and Darryl (Dawn). She was fondly known as Nana to her 13 grandchildren: Seela, Morgan, Ryan, Dylan, Mitchell, Kaylan, James, Bailey, Darci, Kade, Cassie Jo, Callee Jean, and Alexander. Mom will be dearly missed by her sisters, Sally Johnson and Florence Connors; many nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Mary Jane Tracey; brothers-in-law, Harold Tracey, Jerome Tracey (Betty). She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Annie (MacIsaac) Beaton; husband, Hugh Tracey; brother Murdoch Beaton; and infant brother, Neil Beaton; daughter-in-law, Bonnie Jean Tracey; sisters-in-law, Helen Jean (Tracey) MacDonald; Catherine MacRae and Judy Beaton; brothers-in-law, John Francis Tracey, James Tracey, Phil Johnson and Bill Connors; dear friend Pauline MacMillan. Mom was a dedicated mother first and foremost. She treasured her children and especially loved her role as Nana. A person of deep faith, committed to her church, and daily prayers. Mom loved bingo and playing cards with friends, watching her grandchildren succeed at their chosen sports and activities. Most importantly, she was always cheering on the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Blue Jays, and the Port Hawkesbury Strait Pirates. She leaves behind memories of the special lady she was and will continue to be in our hearts. Mom, we find comfort in knowing that Dad, the love of your life, will be waiting for you with open arms. We loved you every day and now we will miss you every day. We would like to extend a special thank you to the doctors and staff at the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home for their care and compassion during Mom’s brief stay, as well as the doctors and staff at the Inverness Hospital. Visitation took place on Sunday, July 23rd, 2023, at Port Hood and Area Resting Place from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Funeral mass was celebrated on Monday, July 24th, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. from St. Peter’s Parish, Port Hood, with Rev. Bernie MacDonald officiating. Interment to follow in the Parish Cemetery. A livestream service will be available from St. Peter’s Parish Facebook Page: (https://www.facebook.com/st.peters.Parish.PortHood/). Memorial donations may be made to St. Peter’s Cemetery, Port Hood.
It is with much sadness we announce the passing of Mary Bulmer (Chisholm) in Toronto on July 3rd, 2023. Mary was born in Port Hood, Nova Scotia, on March 18th, 1934, to John and Marcella Chisholm. She spent her youth in Port Hood and after graduating high school attended St. Martha’s Nursing School in Antigonish in 1954 receiving a degree in nursing (registered nurse). Her life took her and her family to France and Germany for many years before returning to Canada and settling in Ottawa, Ontario. There she worked for the National Defense Medical Centre in the position of head nurse until her retirement. Mary was a dedicated, caring person with a quick wit, she carried these traits in all aspects of her life, both personal and professional. She was a loving and caring mother, friend, and wife who enjoyed many lasting friendships during her life. In her later years, she spent her time on sewing and quilting, she made lasting works of art with her quilts that are treasured by anyone who was lucky enough to receive one. She will be remembered for her generous nature, her sense of humour and, of course, her lemon squares. She will be greatly missed by her children; Mom, we love you. Mary is preceded in death by her siblings: Alec, John, Duncan, and Coline. Mary is survived by her siblings: Bernard and Anne; her children, Lisa, David, and Robert; her grandchildren, Bruce, Gregory, Siobhan, Justin, and Kendra; and her great-grandchildren, Kaiden, Addison, and Dakota. Even though it is a time of sorrow, we need to remember that she lived a full and well-travelled life. Please say a prayer for Mary, a remarkable woman.
Gordon S. MacIsaac passed away unexpectedly at The Moncton Hospital, NB, on July 3rd, 2023; 15 hours after suffering a cardiac event, with his son Glenn, grandson David, and his cousin Linda by his side. Born in 1946 at Harbour View, Inverness County, he was the third child of nine children born to David MacIsaac (son of Daniel J. MacIsaac and Catherine Graham) Harbour View and Mary Florence McMillan (daughter of Hugh McMillan and Catherine Gillis) of Seaside. Gordon is survived by his sons Glenn (Sarah) and grandchildren Alexa and David of Stewartville, New Jersey; and Gordon of Toronto and grandson Nick (Kala), great-grandchildren Blake and Anna Leis of Shubenacadie, NS; and the mother of his children Anna Sheppard MacIsaac, Dartmouth; siblings Sheila Catherine, Gregory Allan, Helen Louise, Norma Joan, Paul Joseph, Graham Francis, and Monica Ann. He will be greatly missed by his Digou, MacIsaac, and MacMillan cousins, who were very close. After graduating from St. F.X., Gord worked in Labour Relations with the Canadian Government until his retirement. During his retirement Gord worked short term contracts with Suncor in Fort McMurray until 2012. Gord belonged to the Army and Navy of New Waterford, where he enjoyed meeting friends and sharing in the group activities. His favourite pastime was watching the Montreal Canadians hockey games; and in the summer Gord played golf. Gordon was predeceased by his parents David and Mary Florence, his oldest brother John David and his wife Mary Aileen Landry MacIsaac, his partner Rose Miriam Burton (daughter of Bernie Burton and Stella McKinnon); sibling Anna Roberts (Allister), Maureen McNeil (deceased Edward), Stella (John Doucet) and Bernie Burton (Michael Noonan). Gordon and Rose had many enjoyable years together, spending winters in Florida where they had many close friends. Rose’s children Kevin, Colin, and Merika appreciated the care Gordon took of Rose during the 10 years of her illness. Rose’s siblings will miss Gordon greatly. There is no visitation or service. Interment of the cremains will take place at a later date. Rest in peace, Rose and Gordon.
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