Obituaries

AUCOIN
Harold Patrick Aucoin, July 22nd, 1955 - November 16th, 2021: Harold Patrick Aucoin was a loving husband, father, brother, and friend who passed away November 16th, 2021, from an unexpected heart attack. Even though a failing heart took him from us too soon, his heart and love is felt by all who knew him. Harold was one of the hardest workers around. He was well known in the community as an accountant. He wore many hats and has helped countless families with their financial affairs. He had a fiery spark and wasn't afraid to tell it how it is. Harold was a classical music composer, piano player, scuba diver, and an avid history buff. There wasn't a topic under the sun that he couldn't chat about, and you could spend late nights with him talking about everything from modern politics to Roman history. His retirement dream was to write a book on Cheticamp soldiers in the Second World War, and visit Canmore again. He is survived by his wife, Theresa Aucoin; daughters, Megan and Lacey Aucoin; son-in-law, David Erlandson; brothers and sisters, Eli Aucoin, Lucille Aucoin, Yvonne Aucoin, and Albert Chiasson; mother-in-law, Marie Smith; and sisters-in-law, Trish Doiron, Betty Pound, Donna Doiron, Della Green, and Carol Peters. He was predeceased by parents, Margaret and Nectaire Aucoin. His father-in-law, Tony Smith followed soon behind him. A small, private Celebration of Life will be held for family members on Friday, November 26th, 2021. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Words of comfort can be sent to the family at www.sydneymemorialchapel.ca or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MacDONALD
Carol MacDonald, 1936-2021, West Branch, NB: Carol MacDonald, 84, of West Branch passed away peacefully at the Rexton Lions Nursing Home in Rexton, NB on Tuesday, November 16th, 2021. Born in West Branch, she was the daughter of the late Townsand Wilson and late Eleanor (Morton) Wilson Graham. She attended school in West Branch and then went on to Teacher’s College in Fredericton, later teaching in South Branch until her marriage to Lee MacDonald. A few years after she and Lee married they moved to Margaree Valley where they built their home and raised their children. They settled into the community life of Margaree where they stayed for the next 50 years. The only reason she would ever want to leave would be to visit her family or to see the sun after three or four weeks of everyday flurries. Dad once took her to Antigonish just to see the sun when there was a particularly long stretch of flurries in Margaree. She loved being a mother and later a grandmother. She sewed clothes for us kids when we were little; taking apart her skirts and dresses to make matching ones for us girls. She enjoyed quilting and arts and crafts. She could turn her hand to anything. She also enjoyed painting landscapes. She and her mother would plan painting projects when she visited. I remember the day the two of them escaped to go paint the Cap Lumiere Lighthouse. After they moved back to West Branch we found both of their paintings. She loved gardening, having outdoor projects, and being in the sunshine. Mom died peacefully in the final stage of dementia. About ten years ago she began having difficulty being as organized as she usually was, ordinary tasks became harder. Dealing with the early stages of dementia was such a hard time for her and Dad. Words on a page cannot capture how isolating and confusing those early days are. As it progressed, travel between Margaree and New Brunswick was becoming more challenging for Mom so the hard decision was made to move back to West Branch. We are thankful for the great love and support they had from their friends in the Valley. Back in West Branch, Mom and Dad enjoyed reconnecting with family and friends. They often played cards while visiting in the evening, and Mom still retained her skill at cards; what was trump had always been secondary to conversation anyway. She loved sitting on the driveway in the sun, with her legs stretched in front of her, ankles crossed, enjoying her tea watching the birds. We are so grateful to their family and friends in Kent County. We hoped that Mom and Dad’s life might be easier for a few more years among family and in the familiar places of Mom’s childhood. We thought it might make a difference for a couple of years, and we got much more than that. Thank you to all their family and friends who loved and supported them. Also thanks so much to their home care workers Kathy Roberts, Teri Glendenning and Pauline Robichaud. Pauline especially went above and beyond the call of duty barbequing when the power was off through the ice storm. For the past few years Rexton Lions Nursing Home has been her home. We could not have asked for any better care, not only nursing care but every member of the staff talks to the residents. We are very thankful that she lived in a place where she was so content and well looked after. Thank you everyone at Rexton Lion’s Nursing Home for all the small things that you did that made her feel that way. She was predeceased by her husband, Lee MacDonald; her parents; her sister, Betty; and brother, Trueman and his wife, Betty. Carol will be sadly missed by her two daughters, Betty Bennett (Mark) of Inverness, NS; Susan MacDonald (Arthur) of Bedford, NS; four sons, John MacDonald (Nannette) of Sydney, NS, Gordon MacDonald (Shari) of Milton, PEI, Colin MacDonald (Marisol) of West Branch, NB, and David MacDonald (Nicole) of Hammonds Plains, NS; and twelve grandchildren, Rachel, Luke, Leah, Adam; Emily, Jack; Zoe, Cameron; Ryan, Lillian, Jane and Grace. She is also survived by one brother, Fred Wilson (Winnie) of West Branch; sisters-in-law, Audrey Archibald (Leland) of Oromocto, Georgina Daigle (Tom) of Kouchibouguac; three brothers-in-law, Ken MacDonald (Dolly) of McKees Mills, Ivan MacDonald (Marion) of Sackville, NS, and Harry McIlroy (late Doris) of Ottawa, Ontario; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation was held at Thompson’s Funeral Home in Richibucto on Friday, November 19th, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. (only). A funeral service was celebrated on Saturday, November 20th, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Zion Presbyterian Church in West Branch. Arrangements are in the care of Thompson’s Funeral Home in Richibucto.

MacINNIS
It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Shirley Ann MacInnis, 76, of Toronto, ON, on Sunday, October 31st, 2021. Born in Kingston, ON, on November 7th, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Walter Neil and Mabel (Keat) Gillis of Skye Glen. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Vernon (Scotsville); her son, Curtis (Fawn); her grandchild, Erin; her daughter, Shelley (Dave), all of Toronto. Shirley is predeceased by her sister, Sandra; and her brothers, Gerald, Richard, and Michael (1944) of Timmins, ON. She is predeceased by her parents-in-law, Dolena and Ronald of East Lake Ainslie; and brothers-in-law, Thomas and Parker (Toronto). She is survived by her sister-in-law, Myrtle (Donald) MacLeod of New Hampshire. A funeral service was held in Toronto on November 6th, 2021 at the Lynette Funeral Home in Toronto. A graveside burial will be held in Cape Breton at the East Lake Ainslie Cemetery in July 2022. We will forever hold you in our hearts and will miss you beyond words.

MacLEOD
E. Rose MacLeod, 1927-2021: Rose MacLeod, formerly of Buckingham Place and Lindsay Street in Riverview, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 20th, 2021. Born in Cheticamp, NS, she was the daughter of the late Alcide and Mary (Bourgeois) Poirier.  Rose was an active member of St. Paul’s United Church, the UCW, and the quilting group, as well as the Riverview Seniors group. She will be dearly missed by her daughter, Allison Wilson; son, Albert (Nipper) Steele; daughter-in-law, Bev Steele; grandchildren, Caroline Rose Sedore (Chris), Charlene Robinson (KC), and Albert Jr. Steele (Renee); great-grandchildren, Carol-Ann Rose (Jay), Shamus, Patrick, Christopher, Kayli and Blake (Teshanda); great-great-grandchildren, Zach, Alexis, Mason and Charlie and Blake Jr.; nieces and nephews, Daniel, Barbara, Rose Marie, Marilyn, Joanne, Gerry, Mary Mae, Beatrice, Annette, Paul, Clifford, Angie, Mike, Donald Allister and Jim; as well as many great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by the love of her life, her husband Allister MacLeod in 2006; brothers, Charlie and Johnny; her eldest son, Wally Steele who inherited her love of cooking and that family look that could stop you in your tracks. She was also predeceased by her son-in-law, Gordon Wilson; daughter-in-law, Robin Murray; nephews, Johnny and Joey; and niece, Dinah Rose. Rose’s family received friends and relatives on Tuesday, November 23rd, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Cobb’s Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 330 Whitepine Road, Riverview (869-2007).  A service to celebrate her life will be held on Wednesday, November 24th, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. from St. Paul’s United Church, Riverview, with Rev. Steve Berube presiding. The interment will be at the Alderwood Cemetery. For those unable to attend the service, it will be recorded and uploaded to the website later in the day. Proof of vaccination and photo ID will be required. Donations made to St. Paul’s United Church or Habitat for Humanity would be appreciated by her family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.cobbsfuneralhome.ca.

CAMUS
Joseph Alphonse Camus, age 67, Plateau, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 6th, 2021, in the Victoria General Hospital, Halifax. Alphonse was a son of the late Levis and the late Elizabeth (Poirier) Camus. Besides working in the woods and the fish plant, Alphonse worked at Le Portage Golf Course for the last 20 years. He had a passion for fishing and hunting. He was a homebody and loved T.V. Alphonse was a great husband, father, and grandfather. He did everything he could for his family and friends. Alphonse is survived by his wife, Thelma Roach; son, Jason Roach (Adele); daughter, Nancy Roach; brothers, Lomay Camus, Richard (Lucie) Camus, Cyril Camus, and Pierre Paul Camus; sisters, Marie Victoire Camus (Angus), Muriel Camus, Donalda Poirier, Diane Camus (Lloyd), and Betty Ann Camus; grandson, Austin Wadden. He was predeceased by brothers, Joseph Daniel Camus, Alex Camus, and André Camus. There will be no visitation. A graveside service (for family only) was held on Saturday, November 13th, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Cheticamp, with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Due to COVID-19 restrictions masks are required. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

MacISAAC
It is with profound sadness we announce the sudden passing in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital, of our dearly loved husband, dad, papa, brother, uncle, and friend, Donald Joseph “Donnie” MacIsaac on November 14th, 2021. He now joins his beloved son, Sandy, who passed away on May 5th, 1986. Born in Inverness, Donnie was a son of the late Alex John and Mary Catherine (MacDonald) MacIsaac. He was a member of St. Margaret of Scotland Roman Catholic Church, Broad Cove. Donnie worked at Evan's Coal Mine for 20-plus years as a stationary engineer who made sure the miners were transported underground and returned to the surface safely. A soft spoken man but always the one others relied on for a story and local history. Donnie was a long-time Nova Scotia-based horseman, who raced primarily in Inverness but did race horses throughout the Maritimes with his favourite horse being All Star Rollon. Dad attended every race he could, only missing a few this past season. Dad thoroughly enjoyed the fine art of Scottish music and was a dedicated listener to David Gillis' Sunday evening fiddle music show on the radio. Dad always had time to enjoy a good cup of tea even if was just half a cup. Donnie is survived by his loving family, wife of 58 years, Christine “Tootsie”; children, Donna (Pat), Campbell, Ann Marie (Lyle), Myrna (Paul), Carolyn (Herb); grandchildren, Nicholas, Brianna, Ben, Angus, Bridget, Sean, Callum, and Liam; siblings, Effie (Jimmy, deceased), John Dan (Sandra), Archie (Joan), Anne (Albert), and Francis (Lois). He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Besides his parents and son, Sandy, Donnie was predeceased by his brothers, Alexander and James Malcolm in infancy. Visitation will be held in Inverness Funeral Home on Friday, November 19th from 1:30 p.m. –  6:30 p.m. Funeral mass will be held in St. Margaret of Scotland Church, Broad Cove, on Saturday, November 20th, at 11:00 a.m. with Father Daniel Tshimbalanga officiating. Burial at a later date. Please note in keeping with COVID-19 Public Health Act requirements, all attending the visitation and funeral mass will be required to wear a mask and show photo ID and proof of vaccination before entering. Memorial donations may be made to Inverary Manor, Inverness. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

MacKENZIE
With broken hearts we announce the passing of Donald William MacKenzie (Bampoo), in his 85th year Monday, November 1st, 2021, at the North Shore Health Network, Blind River, Ontario. He was the beloved husband of Annie Muriel MacKenzie (Austin) for 61 years and the loving father of Scott MacKenzie (Kim) of Azilda, Ontario. He was also the cherished grandfather of Adam MacKenzie of Slave Lake, Alberta, and Nicholas MacKenzie of North Bay, Ontario; the loving son of John and Clara MacKenzie, both predeceased; a dear brother of Doris Hannigan (Mike Hannigan, predeceased) Elliot Lake, Ontario, and George MacKenzie (predeceased); special uncle to Michael and Lennie Hannigan; and dear brother-in-law to Mary Matheson, Sydney, Nova Scotia, and Ingrid  Gillis (John), Amherst, Nova Scotia. Don was a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather. He was born in Orangedale, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia on June 15th, 1936. He moved to Elliot Lake in 1957 to begin a 39-year career at Rio Algoma Mines, retiring in 1996. During that time, in 1965, he and his family became residents of the Algoma Mills area. He enjoyed yearly visits to Cape Breton Island. He loved listening to Celtic fiddle music while there and at home. No matter what his son or grandchildren were doing he was always there to support them. As per Don’s request, there will be no visitation or service at this time. Cremation has taken place and he will be returned to Cape Breton Island at a later date. The family would like to thank their special neighbours Sally and Doug Folz for all their concern and kindness during his illness as well as our friends and neighbours past and present. The family would also like to thank Dr. Jeeves and staff at the emergency department, North Shore Health Network (NSHN), Blind River, Ontario, for their care and compassion. If so desired donations to the NSHN in Blind River would be greatly appreciated.

AUCOIN
Marie Cecile AuCoin, age 98, Chéticamp, passed away on Monday, November 1st, 2021, at the Foyer Père Fiset Guest Home, Chéticamp. Marie Cecile was a daughter to the late Joseph Boudreau and the late Lina (Deveau) AuCoin. Marie Cecile was a stay-at-home mom who always had time for her children and grandchildren. For many years she loved volunteering at “Le P’tit Woolco” and the Foyer Père Fiset (Recreation Department). Her love was extra special for her great-grandson, Conner, who called her G.G. Marie Cecile is survived by a son, Paul Joe (Aldora) AuCoin; daughters, Lucie May (Edmond) Landry and Lina (Gerard) Larade; grandchildren, Yves, Kevin, Eric (Chantal), Joey (Carolyn), and Michael (Amanda); great-grandchildren, Learose, Nelly, Maude, Addison, and Conner; and extra special friend, Annie Rose Chiasson. Besides her husband, John Joe, Marie Cecile was predeceased by her sons, Tommy and Albert; brother, Joseph Athanase Boudreau; sisters, Oliva AuCoin, Domithilde, and Gelina AuCoin. A funeral service (for family and friends only) was held at the Chéticamp Funeral Home on Friday, November 5th, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. with Deacon Gerald LeBlanc officiating. Burial followed in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Chéticamp. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, masks are required to attend the service. Donations may be made to Foyer Père Fiset - Recreation Department. Condolences may be sent to www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

BEATON
With great sadness we announce the passing of our mother and greatest ally, Mary Florence Beaton in Milton, Ontario, on Monday, October 25th, 2021, at the age of 85. Predeceased by her loving husband of 52 years, John (2019), her parents Hector and Mary MacDonald and two brothers in infancy. Mary Florence was born in Port Hood, Nova Scotia, on July 19th, 1936. She started teaching at the age of 17, teaching for one year in Dunmore before attending Nova Scotia Normal College, where she received her teaching certificate in 1956. She taught for two years in Oshawa, Ontario, before she felt the calling to join the convent. She spent two years with the Sisters of St Martha at Bethany Motherhouse but left before taking her final vows. After a brief stint in Cape Breton, she returned to Ontario to teach. In 1966, she married John Beaton (Alpine Ridge). She will be greatly missed by her children, Alane (Mike), Karen (Scott) and Michael (Carrie) and her grandchildren, Matthew, Olivia, Eric, and Krista. Survived by siblings Billie (Mary Ellen) Port Hood, NS, Anne (late Walter) Toronto, ON, Jeanette (Tom), Halifax, NS, her chosen sister Donelda (Gene), many friends and cousins. Mary Florence was devoted to her family, always there to support, listen, encourage, and love us. Family and faith were the foundations of her life. Living independently was very important to her and she achieved that goal to the end. Her quiet determination, gentle nature, and grateful heart will be sorely missed. Mary Florence took pleasure in the simple things: a cup of tea with friends, a freshly baked pie, a phone call, a hello from a neighbour. She is now reunited with the love of her life, John. Visitation will be held at the Port Hood Funeral Home from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, November 12th, 2021. A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 13th, 2021, at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, Port Hood. Please note in keeping with COVID-19 guidelines, all those attending the visitation and funeral mass will be required to show proof of vaccination as well as photo ID before entering.

CRUICKSHANK
Mary Isabel Cruickshank, of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, passed away peacefully on May 15th, 2021, at Melville Lodge in Halifax, Nova Scotia, at the age of 88. Born August 21st, 1932, in South West Margaree, she was the daughter of the late Hugh and Margaret (Coady) Gillis. Isabel was a long-time member of St. John XXIII, as well as various military parishes across Canada, and lifetime member of the Catholic Women's League, a Eucharistic minister, and a catechist, who maintained lifelong friendships with the clergy. Isabel was good at everything she did, but was an outstanding substitute teacher, a selfless volunteer, and a world-class cook, providing many meals for family, friends, and those in need. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She also had a special way with and a great love of animals. Isabel is survived her sons, Laurie (Heather), Dartmouth, Shawn, Calgary; daughter Natalie, Winnipeg; grandchildren, Justin, Dartmouth, and Madison (Thomas), Winnipeg; and numerous nieces and nephews whom she adored. Isabel was predeceased by Lawrence, her husband of 47 years, and her siblings: Johnny, Loyola, Annie Mae (in infancy), Pete, Annie, Mose, Gertie, Frank, Alex, Bernie, and Alice. The family would like to recognize the years of caring and devotion provided to Isabel by Melville Lodge. Internment at Dartmouth Memorial Gardens will take place after the funeral mass.  Memorial donations may be made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation, or a charity of your choice. Funeral service took place on Monday, October 18th, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. at Saint John XXIII Church in Cole Harbour.

GILLIS
It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Ronald Angus Gillis, 64, of Inverness. He was a son of the late Teresa (MacDonald) and Angus Gillis. He is survived by his wife, Joan (Burton); daughters, Gloria Gillis and Natalie (Adam) Gillis, all of Inverness; the lights of his life, his grandchildren, Mia, Ronnie, and Kyle MacDougall. Ronnie is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Wayne, Inverness; Judy (Lawrence) MacNeil, Sudbury, ON; Glen, Garson, ON: Darlene (David) MacNeil, Mabou; Ellen (Brent) White, Kennetcook; Evangeline Gillis and Elizabeth (Wendall) Rorison, both of Inverness; and many nieces and nephews. Ronnie was predeceased by his sister, Anne (Billy) MacPherson; nephew, Bradley MacNeil; sister-in-law, Florence Burton, and parents-in-law, Rose and Arthur Burton. He will leave a huge hole in all our hearts, including the many friends, old and new, that he met along the way. Visitation was held on Tuesday, November 9th, in Inverness Funeral Home, Inverness, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Funeral mass was held on Wednesday, November 10th, in Stella Maris Church, Inverness at 11:00 a.m. with Father Joby Moonjely officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery at a later date. All COVID-19 restrictions will be followed to the letter. Proof of full vaccination and ID will be required before entry. Memorial donations may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

LARADE
Marie Dorine Larade, age 83, Cheticamp: A loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Thursday, November 4th, 2021, in Foyer Père Fiset Guest Home, Cheticamp. Dorine was a daughter of the late Maggie (Camus) Muise. She is survived by sons, Stanley (Geraldine), Leo (Susan), Roger (Brenda), Robert (Yvette), and Hayden (Barb); daughters, Marie Stella (Sam), Linda (Allister), Nancy, and Madeleine (Peter); daughter-in-law, Dauphine Camus; brother, Lionel Muise; sister, Blondine Muise; 19 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Besides her husband, Pierre Louis Larade, she was predeceased by her son, Michael; daughters, Elizabeth and Odette; brothers, Amedee John Muise and Arthur Muise; sister, Corrine LeBrun; sons-in-law, Mickey Miller, and George MacLeod; grandson, Allan Peter Burton. Visitation was held on Monday, November 8th, 2021, in the Cheticamp Funeral Home, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Due to COVID-19 rstrictions, masks and proof of vaccination are required. A graveside funeral service will be held on Tuesday, November 9th, 2021, in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Cheticamp. Memorial donations may be made to Sacred Heart Hospital Palliative Care. Condolences may be made to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

LAURENCE
Walter Stewart Laurence, September 5th, 1932 – November 3rd, 2021 (aged 89): It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Walter “Stewart” Laurence, formally of Margaree Harbour on November 3rd, 2021, at Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville, NS. Stewart was the eldest son of Hastings and Violet (Cassidy) Laurence. After graduating from King’s College (now known as King's-Edgehill) in Windsor, NS, Stew attended the Land Survey Institute in Lawrencetown, NS. Shortly after, he joined the military and assisted in building the expansion of CFB Wainwright. After a stint in the military, Stewart returned to Nova Scotia and got a job as a land surveyor for the NS Department of Transportation. While living in Windsor, he met his true love, Joan MacLean, married, and settled in Windsor, where they raised their two children Paul and Patricia. After 30 years with the Department of Transportation, he and Joan moved to Margaree where he retired shortly thereafter. Stewart was an active member of the community and loved being around people. He sat as a Boy Scout leader in Windsor for 20-plus years, sat on numerous committees for the Calvin United Church in Margaree, was a member of the Cape Breton Housing Authority, and spent a number of years as the harbour master in Belle Cote. Stewart loved driving and could be seen “running the roads” between “the Forks” and “the Harbour” every day. He knew every back road in Nova Scotia and every short cut (and long way around!), having built a number of the roads that he travelled on. He was known for having quite a lead foot but was the first person to tell you that he had never received a speeding ticket. He was a loving and devoted grandfather to Lucinda, James, and Ashley, and great-grandfather to Alina and Alexander. Stewart will be remembered for his sense of humour, his stories (some tall tales too!), and dedication to his family and friends. Stewart is predeceased by his wife Joan, daughter Patricia, parents Hastings and Violet, brother Clifford, and an infant sister. He leaves behind son Paul (Linda), grandchildren Lucinda (Michael), James, and Ashley (Bradley), great-grandchildren Alina and Alexander, brothers Fletcher (Sandra) and Gordon (Beverley), several nieces and nephews, and countless friends. Memorial service for Stewart and his daughter Patricia who passed away September 21st, 2021, will be held at Calvin United Church in Margaree Harbour at 11:00 a.m. on November 10th, 2021. Burial to take place shortly after at Whale Cove Cemetery. Memorial service will be open to the public with capacity limits in place. Proof of vaccination and ID are required and masks are mandatory. Memorial donations in memory of Stewart can be made to Calvin United Church. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Online Condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

MUISE
Georgie Muise, age 87, of Chéticamp, NS, passed away peacefully on October 28th, 2021, at Sacred Heart Community Health Centre. He was the son of the late Simon Muise and the late Mathilde Aucoin. Georgie worked at Ford Motor Company for almost 30 years. He lived in Brantford, ON, until 2013 when they decided to return home to their hometown of Chéticamp. Georgie loved to pick wild berries, go out for coffee, play cards, and go for drives in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park where he was born. He enjoyed the view from his home overlooking Chéticamp harbour and watch all the fishing boats. Georgie was predeceased by his first wife Marie Thérèse Doucet and his second wife Lorraine Poirier. He was also predeceased by four brothers, Denis, Wilfred, Arthur, and Joseph Leo; three sisters, Yvonne, Isabelle, and Jeannette. He leaves to mourn, Dave (Kelley) Muise and Dan (Ruth) Muise, Maurice Deveau, Roger (Dana) Deveau, Lise (Bruno) Gaudet, Michelle (Jules) Chiasson; grandchildren, Paige (Randall), Amber, Tanner, Brody, Hannah, Hailey, Jeannot (Lindsay), Mario (Kaitlyn); great-grandchildren, Trent, Rachel, and Eva. A funeral mass was celebrated on Thursday, November 4th, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. in Église Saint-Pierre, Chéticamp with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Cancer Patient Fund or Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Chéticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

MacKINNON
Francis Kevin MacKinnon, age 62, passed away on Thursday, October 28th, 2021. Francis was born October 10th, 1959. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear (Best Favorite) brother, Francis Kevin MacKinnon on October 28th, 2021, in Inverness Inverary Manor, just eight days after his 62nd birthday. Although Francis was diagnosed with Downs Syndrome, it was through the determination of our parents that he remained in our family home in Inverside, and not in an institution. This determination saw him first educated at home, then attending special ed classes in Inverness. Later he worked at the Inverness Cottage Workshop for 37 years. After his work experience at the Cottage Workshop, he took residence at Chemoi Group Home in Chéticamp and was employed at the Green Door woodworking shop for two years before moving to the Inverary Manor in the Sea Breeze Villa. In retirement, he continued his involvement in music. He was busy playing the spoons and finding new joy in other instruments as well as making so many new friends and acquaintances. Next to his love of family, or sometimes in competition with family, his passion for Celtic music took the lead in his life. He was devoted to many Cape Breton artists such as Ashley MacIsaac, The Rankin Family, John Allan Cameron, and many others. He played along to their music. It was uplifting to our ears and brought us as much joy as it did to him. That devotion and passion carried on over 35 years with his playing at the Broad Cove Scottish Concert, thanks to Father Stanley MacDonald. For those of us who know and love Francis, or for those who had the pleasure of meeting him, know of his strength of character, his happiness for all those around him, and most of all his love of music. It soothed his soul. Now we will have to listen for him playing from heaven. So, when you hear the sound of thunder, listen, that’s Francis playing the spoons so you don’t forget him. Francis is survived by his sisters, Margaret MacKinnon, Helen (Colin) McKinnon; brothers, John (Betty) MacKinnon, Anthony (Irena Schon) MacKinnon, Gerald (Martha) MacKinnon, Chisholm (Laura Cormier) MacKinnon, and Angus MacKinnon. Also honorary family members Bob and Jill MacKenzie and good friend Larry MacDonald and Father Stan MacDonald; nieces and nephews, Greg, Mark, Keith, Kristen, Kevin, Kyle, Chisholm, Meaghan, Natalee, Cameron, Iain, Bryce, Meryl, Colin, Brendan; his aunt Patricia O'Neill and uncle Malcolm MacPhee and aunt Kay Stubbert. Francis is predeceased by his parents, Alexander (Sandy) and Agatha MacKinnon, as well as his sister Sarah Helen MacKinnon. His paternal grandparents Angus and Sarah MacKinnon and maternal grandparents John Archie and Margaret Bell MacPhee. Also his aunt Francis McDaniel, aunt Mary Margaret Jones, uncle John Neil MacPhee, uncle Thomas MacPhee, aunt Mary Campbell, aunt Florence Kennedy. A visitation at the Inverness funeral home for Francis will be held Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021, from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. A funeral Mass at St. Margaret of Scotland Church, Broad Cove will occur Thursday, November 4th, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. Francis will be laid to rest in St. Margaret of Scotland Cemetery, Broad Cove, Nova Scotia, B0E IN0. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated towards Inverary Manor, Mill Road Social Enterprises, Chemoi Group Home Chéticamp, or the charity of your choice. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.Invernessfuneralhome.com for the MacKinnon family.

MacLENNAN
Monica MacLennan, Blues Mills, NS, age 71: It is with great sadness, we announce the peaceful passing of our wife, mother, and sister, Monica, on October 28th, 2021, which occurred at the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital (ICMH), Inverness County. Born and raised in Inverness, at “the Corner,” Monica was the eighth out of 11 children born to the late Jesse (Beaton) and Owen Dan Gillis. Monica moved to Whycocomagh after her education was completed, to start her teaching career and made Blues Mills her family home.  Monica leaves behind her husband, John Hugh and their two children, Shawn and Shauna, both in Halifax, along with Shauna’s common-law partner, Blair MacKinnon and their fur baby, Macy (cat), whom Mom always asked about and loved to see when they would make the frequent trips home to Cape Breton. Monica was a loving and devoted wife and mother, always worried about her children, no matter where they were. She was a hardworking and dedicated schoolteacher for just over 30 years. She was also dedicated to volunteering in school functions and within her community. She was always there to lend a hand. Her shortbread cookies, blueberry or chocolate chip muffins were always popular at family and community functions. She was a kind, caring, loving soul, who put everyone else first, even to the end. She also leaves behind her sisters, Marie (Joe) MacRae, Michigan; Joyce (David) Gillis, Scotsville; Gwen, Inverness; Joan (Hughie) Cameron, Scotsville; Jane, West Mabou; Brenda (Sandy) Gillis, Inverness, and brothers, Lorne, Inverness; Ernest (Pauline), West Mabou; sister-in-laws, Alice Gillis, Inverness and Carol Gillis, Mabou; along with a long list of nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews that she always loved to visit and hear stories about. Monica is predeceased by her mother and father; brothers, Frankie and Sandy; sister-in-law, Marguerite; along with John’s parents, Sally and Hughie MacLennan, his brothers, Gussie and Alexander; sister, Margaret; nephew, Brendan and niece, Katie.  Also, their first family pet, Fluffy (cat), who gave much joy to her home in Blues Mills. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Dennis Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Whycocomagh.  As per Monica’s request, there will be no visitation. Funeral will take place on Saturday, November 20th, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. from Stella Maris Parish, Inverness, with brother-in-law, Fr. Danny MacLennan officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the ICMH - Palliative Care. A sincere thank you to all doctors, nurses, paramedics, and all staff at ICMH that helped Mom during her battle with cancer and visits at the hospital. Mom could never stop talking about exceptional care she received from everyone.

BATHERSON
Helen Margaret Batherson, Port Hood: It is with deep sadness that the family of Helen announce her passing on October 21st, 2021, at the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital with her husband by side. Helen was born in Cadillac, Quebec, on October 5th, 1944, and later, with her parents, moved to Port Hood. She is survived by her loving husband, Ian, of 53 years; sons Gerald (Tracy) of Sackville, Jason (partner Kim) of Port Hood, and Gillis (Lise) of Upper Tantallon; her four grandchildren, Brianne, Lila, Shea-Leigh, and Mason; her siblings Dolly (Ken), Les (Carolyn) of Bellville, Ontario, and Kevin (Ann Marie) of Port Hood. Helen was predeceased by her parents Gerald and Florence (Gillis) MacDonald and brother Frank (Sheila), Oakville. Helen was employed at RBC in Port Hood for over 30 years, after leaving the bank she moved on and began caring for numerous children throughout Port Hood and then began a career as a caterer for various weddings and functions in the area. The family would like to thank the staff at the ICMH, with special thanks to the amazing nursing staff, Dr Lok, Dr Ritter, and Lori Ann of Palliative Care. The family would also like to give special thanks to neighbour and family friend Marie Moran. Visitations took place from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday October 26th, 2021, at the Port Hood and Area Resting Place. Service followed on Wednesday, October 27th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Peter’s Parish in Port Hood. For all of those who could not attend in person, they were able watch the service on Wednesday via the following online locations: https://m.facebook.com/st.peters.Parish.PortHood/ or https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCod_u0Gbapx5o9B0zTd-qHg. In lieu of flowers, the family would ask for donations to be made to the Diabetes Society or Central Inverness Palliative Care Society. Directions are under the care of Sunset Funeral Home of Margaree. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com. “We must take life one day at a time and one moment at a time.”

BROOKES
Peter Arthur Brookes born January 26th, 1951, in Cheltenham, England, died on October 17th, 2021, at the QEII Halifax Infirmary in Nova Scotia, Canada. Peter passed peacefully after a lengthy battle with heart complications. Peter is survived by his two loving sons Thomas Francis Brookes and Matthew Martin Brookes with wife Laura and their children Madelyn, Mya, Mackenzie, and Henry. Peter was the youngest of two sons to Beatrice Alma Pymer and Kenneth James Brookes from England. His older brother, Kenneth James Alexander Brookes (deceased 2011) brought Peter to Canada in 1967. Following a period in Western Canada, Peter and his then wife Lynnie Mae Paulsen moved to Glencoe, Cape Breton, where they raised their two sons. Peter built his own business, Port Hood Woodworkers, through which he established a reputation for high-quality craftsmanship. His wisdom, tolerance, acceptance, questioning, worldly thinking, fun and laughter, humbleness, and love will be greatly missed by his family and many friends both in Canada and abroad. The family sends heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all the caregivers on the 6th floor of the QEII Infirmary who were marvellous in both their quality of service and personal attention to Peter. It was Peter’s request that there will not be a funeral or service. He will be cremated. A celebratory gathering will be held at a later date. If you would like to consider donations, the family recommend sending them to the IWK Heart & Stroke Foundation.

GETTO
Hermine Getto (1924-2021): Hermine passed away peacefully on October 19th, 2021, at Maple Hill Manor in New Waterford. Family members stayed close to her bedside, holding her hand and expressing their love, in her final days. Born in Inverness, Nova Scotia, in 1924, Hermine was the child of Matilda Gillis (Margaree) and Joseph Getto (Hungary). She grew up on Forest Street and always maintained an enthusiastic connection to Inverness. As a young adult, Hermine and her siblings moved to New Waterford with their mother, where she worked as a bank teller for RBC. In the footsteps of her sister Matilda, Hermine later moved to Montreal and worked as a bookkeeper at the Stagecoach Inn Restaurant. Her youngest sister, Sylvia, followed suit for a brief time, and together they experienced the city night life together as single women. Hermine was a loyal friend and family member, maintaining letter and phone correspondence with loved ones across decades. Her simple pleasures were watching baseball and curling, playing cards and darts, and observing the peculiarities of her canary, Sweetie, and moody cat, Pew. Hermine was known as a good-humoured, independent woman throughout her long life. She would keep a small bottle of gin in her purse on festive occasions and could turn celebrations up an octave with a fun party toy or silly birthday hat. Her superpower was an ability to form special bonds with people. Young grandnieces and nephews gravitated to Hermine, because of her playful personality and open heart. She made everyone feel loved and accepted – if you felt different, or like an outsider, she would cherish you all the more. Hermine returned to New Waterford in her retirement and enriched the lives of her family nearby. Her home was a safe space where holiday scavenger hunts and sleep-overs on her pull-out couch were memorable activities. She kept an archive of photos, drawings, and media clippings for each grandniece and nephew and presented it to them at high school graduation. She was the glue that kept the far reaches of the Getto family bonded. Everyone returned to the beach village in Inverness during Gathering week each summer, convening around her and her siblings. Always keen to go in the ocean, Hermine could be seen splashing in the waves with the kids wearing her swim cap. Attending the Broad Cove Concert and horse races with family was an annual highlight. We would like to extend gratitude to the health care professionals at Acadia House and the Maple Hill Manor for their respectful and compassionate care to Hermine, and for providing solace to us all during her journey towards death. Hermine is survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews and their children, all of whom adored her. She was predeceased by her immediate family, which includes her parents and siblings Rosie Habicht, Leonie Hadley, Margaret Thurbide, Georgina MacDonald, Catherine Marchesin, Matilda Blouin, Sylvia Medjuck, Carl Getto, and Sarah Wellner. As per her wishes, there will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place under the care and guidance of V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, New Waterford. A family graveside service will be held at a later date in Mt. Carmel Cemetery with Father Peter McLeod officiating. Donations in her memory may be made to the Maple Hill Manor Society.

HODSON
Ann Hodson was born September 10th, 1946, in East Wirral in the County of Chestershire, England, and passed away October 22nd, 2021, in Baddeck, Nova Scotia. She was predeceased by her parents Ethel Hodson (Mellichamp) and Edward William Green Hodson. She moved with her family to Canada in her early years and became a Canadian citizen on May 23rd, 1968. Of keen intellect with a curious and inquiring mind, Ann lived a full and exciting life following her own destiny. A strong and independent woman, she lived for a time in over 30 places including Ottawa, Ontario; London, England; Cornwall, Ontario; Boulder, Colorado; Halifax, Nova Scotia, and too many more to mention. Finally finding home in Cape Breton, she settled into her favourite place amid friends who feel so fortunate to have shared time with her. She was an avid reader and enjoyed being part of the Women of Words Book Club. Her laughter was a gift for all. Attending Mount Saint Vincent University and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, she worked throughout her life at many endeavors. She particularly enjoyed her work as a florist and was an exceptionally gifted seamstress. She had a fondness for dogs providing loving alternate care when the opportunity arose. Ann had a great friend in Myles Kehoe known affectionately as “Myles from Nowhere.” She was adept at making and keeping friends close to her heart even with her wondering spirit. An engaging conversationalist, she could touch on just about any subject with anyone. Her best friends, Beverly Webster and Yvonne LeBlanc Reid were a great part of her life. Ann’s favourite place on earth was the beach. She maintained a “sandal tan” to the end. She would like to have thanked the medical team at Victoria County Memorial Hospital for the exceptional care and many kindnesses shown to her at the end of her earthly journey. A private service will take place at a future date.

MacDONALD
Helen Mildred Christine MacDonald, RN, our mother and grandmother, passed away in her home in the presence of loving family members and pets on October 18th, 2021. She was 92 years old. Born at home in Middle River on December 28th, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Angus J. and Frances (MacRae) MacDonald. She was a lifelong member of Middle River United Church. Helen was a graduate of the Glace Bay General Hospital School of Nursing (Class of 1950) and was first employed at the old Inverness Memorial Hospital and later the Victoria County Memorial Hospital in Baddeck. She spoke very fondly of her nursing days in both hospitals and especially the fun and good times she would have with patients and colleagues. Helen is survived by her children, Nancy and Bruce (Darlene); four grandchildren: Ashley (Jena), Brock, Luke, and Leanne; sister-in-law, Jacqueline MacDonald; many nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces/grand-nephews. Also, special lifelong friend Florence Fitzgerald, first cousin Anna Nicholson (Alex), neighbour, Sadie MacKenzie, and extended family members in Massachusetts (Richard and Dot Crowell) and Connecticut (John and Sandee Brown). Besides her parents, Helen was predeceased by her husband, John MacDonald (Johnny Tommie); her siblings Frank (Margaret), Donald, Doris (Roddie), Fraser, Archie (Ann Marie/Tilly),  several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. The family would like to thank the Victoria County Home Support Service team for all of the wonderful care they provided to Helen over the past three years. She, and we, appreciated all of your support in helping Helen remain in her home. As well, we would like to thank the Palliative Care team of Dr. Ritter and Paulette Levin and the Continuing Care nurses for their contributions. Cremation has taken place. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 30th, 2021, in Farquharson Memorial Presbyterian Church, Middle River, at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow the service in Middle River Cemetery. A gathering will be held in the Middle River Community Hall after the committal. Donations in Helen’s memory may be made to Victoria County Memorial Hospital Charitable Foundation, the Hospice Society of Victoria County or a charity of one’s choice. COVID restrictions will be in place and masks must be worn. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

McDANIEL
Charles Wilfred McDaniel, 81, of Margaree Forks, passed peacefully on October 19th, 2021, surrounded by family. Charles, the youngest son of the late Alexander J. McDaniel and Mary H. MacLeod, was predeceased by his sons, Scott and Sean, brother Alexander, infant sister Laura, nephew Ian, and brother-in-law Claude. Charles will be dearly missed by his loving wife, Hilda (Shaw); sons, Wilfred (Melinda), Inverness, Kelly, Margaree Forks, Derek (Wendi), Fall River; daughters Laverne (Andy), Dartmouth and Laura (Brodie), Dartmouth. Charles will also be fondly remembered by his sister, Shirley Butler, Dartmouth; brother, Jim (Pamela), Elora, Ontario; as well as many nieces and nephews. Charles was especially proud of his 10 grandchildren and great-grandson, Sean. Prior to starting his family, Charles served as an elected municipal councillor. This interest in politics and community endured for the remainder of his life. Charles never failed at keeping informed of current events and enjoyed visits with neighbours and friends greatly. Charles also enjoyed playing hockey in his younger days and carried this interest throughout his life. Charles worked in various jobs during his life, but will be best remembered for raising his large family and managing his farm. Charles will truly be remembered for his strength and extremely hard-working nature. He lived a life spent outdoors working in the woods, fishing gaspereau in the spring on the Margaree River, tending to his large garden and making hay in the summer, among many other things. Charles thoroughly enjoyed nature and animals. His unique and varied knowledge of raising animals, running a farm, agriculture, and the general history of the Margarees will truly be missed. Funeral service for Charles will be held at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, Eastern Passage on November 4th at 2:00 p.m. with Father Gerald David officiating. Burial to take place at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, North East Margaree at a later date. Many thanks to the numerous health care professionals who assisted Charles and his family. Donations in memory of Charles may be made to Charles’ home parish of St. Michael’s, East Margaree, via https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/st-michaels-parish/ or MFOCC 1181 East Margaree Road, East Margaree, Nova Scotia B0E 1Y0. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.coleharbourfuneral.com.

BEATON
Mary Agnes Beaton, born March 7th, 1937, was called back to the Lord on Tuesday, October 5th, 2021, surrounded by her loved ones in Inverary Manor in Inverness. The daughter of the late Ernest Walter MacIsaac and Mary Dorothy (White) MacIsaac, Mary was a dedicated and loving mom, grammie, and great-grammie. Mom joins her first husband, John O’Brien, and second husband, Albert Beaton, as well as her three sons: James, Willard, and John and brother Malcolm (Janice) and her twin sisters Lucy and Margaret in Heaven. She is survived by her sons: Francis of Halifax, Melvin (Annabell) of Inverness, Jamie (Jeannie) of Inverness; daughters Mary Theresa (Bruce) of Orangedale, Beverly (Beau) of Baddeck, Patricia (Jimmy) of Inverness, Barbara (Charlie) of Inverness; as well as her brother, Willard (Sylvia), Melvin (the late Rita);sisters, Helen (Fred), Beverly (the late John), Stella (Bob), Jane Ann (Charles) and Erna (the late Fred); grandchildren: Megan, Lindsey, Amy, Anthony, Garnet, Ann Frances, Brittany, Angela, Melvin, Mary Nicole, Justin, Craig, John Patrick, Jamie Lee, Krystal, Alexander, Joe and Russell; and great-grandchildren: Landon, Ethan, Aiden, Lexi, Garret, Chloe, Cayden, Angus Jack, Reece, Dominic, Zoey, Ember, Hadley, Ava, Rylee, John, Isaac, and Amelia and godchild, Ernest Duncan MacKinnon and many nieces and nephews. Mary devoted many years of service both Mary’s Hill Home in Mabou and the Inverary Manor in Inverness. Upon retirement and throughout her lifetime Mary was a faithful and loving mother taking pride in her home and role as a homemaker baking pies, fudge, and bread and sharing all her goodies with her loved ones. Throughout her entire life, she held an unwavering faith in God, which she shared with those who loved her, likely over her beloved cup of tea. Her memory will continue to live on in the abundance of quilts she created with love and in the smell and feel of crisp linens fresh off the clothesline. She filled her home with warmth and kindness through her love for Christmas, her particular (and thorough!) cleaning techniques and skillful ability to always get the best deals. The combination of her selflessness and fearless ability to speak her truth truly made her unique and irreplaceable. We will miss her greatly. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital and/or Inverary Manor. There was a funeral at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 9th, 2021, at Stella Maris Parish as well as visitation from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Friday, October 8th, 2021, in Inverness Funeral Home. All current COVID-19 precautions were followed. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com. Mom, may the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sunshine warm upon your face, may the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may the Lord hold you in the palm of his hand. We love you more.

GOOGOO
On Friday, October 15th, 2021, our beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Raymond Googoo, began his journey into the spirit world at the age of 82. Ray was born at home on May 6th, 1939, in We’koqma’q First Nation to Charles and Mary Ann Googoo. Born in We’koqma’q, Ray’s family moved to Eskasoni during the later years of Centralization, where he spent much of his younger years there. His family then moved back to We’koqma’q, and on November 29th, 1970, Raymond married Annie Isabel Bernard.  Together, they raised five daughters, Bernadette, Charlene, Claudine, Susan Raye, Dana; and two sons, Christopher and Justin. If you could describe Ray in one word, “weljaqe’kaq” would be it.  Embracing the richness of “life” could only be fitting; rich in life, experience, love, laughter, words, friendships, time, compassion, and community.  Ray grew up in simpler times, spending hours in the forest swinging the axe and running the saw with his brothers, doing odd jobs to feed family and friends. As a young man, he experienced the life of a traveller, hitchhiking throughout the United States and “paying his way” with over 60 different jobs: from furniture making, warehouse work, blueberry and potato picking, janitorial duties, furnace installations, plumbing, to a circus hand.  Raymond’s adventures led to near-death experiences in the mountains of Colorado to embracing humanity in the generosity of strangers in South Dakota.  Raymond’s passion for travel continued in his older years, travelling to Rome, many trips to Ellsworth, Maine, Boston Red Sox games, Peggy’s Cove, and summers in Prince Edward Island.  He had a passion for sports, where you would have found him playing hockey and softball for Potlotek against his own communities of Eskasoni and We’koqma’q. He carried his commitment to community, volunteering for the Terry Fox Run and as a coach in hockey and for the young We’koqma’q Warriors Softball team. Raymond also served his community as a former councillor for the We’koqma’q Band Council. He loved canoeing, often competing during the Mi’kmaq Summer Games, and taking part in the epic 33-day journey of canoeing from Potlotek, Cape Breton, to Montreal for Expo 67. With the new responsibilities of family, Ray continued to support his community as a coach in the sports he loved. At the age of 43, he would’ve put any young athlete to shame with the many medals and trophies he would win during the Mi’kmaq Summer Games.  It was during these years Raymond participated in Uechi-ryu karate, where he reached the level of brown belt under the legendary Jim Maloney. For many years, Raymond worked as a bus driver and engaged the youth with his many stories and continued to be involved in school activities. For years, Raymond was the community choir director, directing his five daughters and niece with their angelic voices. As an entrepreneur, Ray would take over his father’s basket shop, “Googoo’s Baskets.”  Adding a small diner and pool hall, where he would let the local kids lock the store up for him, allowing them a safe space to socialize and have fun. Many years later, he would open a cleaning business, “Raymond & Sons” and eventually become the owner of “Googoo’s Gas Bar.” Unbeknownst to many, the leasing of Raymond’s land to We’koqma’q Fishery seeded the community’s success in the fishery operations. Raymond was a dedicated husband, loving father, and proud grandfather. He left a legacy strong in Mi’kmaq oral tradition. Ray was known for his stories. The many adventures he experienced in life as a young Mi’kmaw traveller, a hardworking and proud Mi’kmaw man, were shared in his tales of life, family, friendship. Regardless of the limitations of his health, Raymond always made time for reflecting in his quiet cabin in Mala, spending time with his grandchildren, he enjoyed playing with his grandkids, listening to music, and sharing life’s lessons with words of humour and love. Ray was preceded in death by his father, Charles Googoo, his mother, Mary Ann Googoo, his brothers Edward Googoo, Simon Googoo, James Googoo, his twin brother Ryan C. Googoo, and godson Paul Brennan Googoo.  He is survived by his wife, Annie Isabel (Bernard); his sons, Christopher Googoo (Melody), Millbrook, Justin Googoo (Danielle), We’koqma’q; his daughters, Bernadette Googoo, We’koqma’q, Charlene Googoo (Ryan Jr.), We’koqma’q, Claudine Googoo, We’koqma’q, Susan Raye Googoo, We’koqma’q and Dana Pierro (Hubert), We’koqma’q; sister, Anna Michael (Andrew Joe), We’koqma’q; He also leaves behind his loving grandchildren: Justice, Katerina, Konnor, and Lucky Basque; Dalen, Michael, and Shaylene Googoo; Jakob, Konrad, and Kylee Phillips; Brennan, Madi, and Brady Googoo; Sam and Noah Prosper, Autumn, Sage, Maya, and Aiden Gould; Dante, Huey, and Lorelei Joe-Pierro and Juelz and Demi Sylliboy; loving great-grandchildren, Sophia Googoo-Paul, Chevéyo Googoo, Liluyé and Léia Millier, Artemi Pierro, Brody, Aeris and Garren ji’j Denny and Azia Francis; Godchild Kyle Julian and his loyal little friend Lyla Gould and many nieces, great nieces, nephews, and great nephews. Raymond’s family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. LaFrance, Dr. Ritter, Dr. Thananmayooran, the staff at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital and Inverness Consolidated Hospital, and special thanks to the dialysis ward, the nurses of the We’koqma’q Health Centre, your support is greatly appreciated, Wela’liek. Visitation took place at the We’koqma’q Community Centre, 15 Reservation Road, We’koqma’q, NS, commencing Tuesday, October 19th, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, October 21st, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at the Blessed St. Kateri Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church with Father Conrad Edwards officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. Flowers may be sent to the Centre and memorial donations can be made in Raymond’s name to The Ulnooweg Indigenous Communities Foundation. Memories and condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting www.haverstocks.com.

LeBLANC
Marie “Véronique” LeBlanc, age 63, Grand Étang/Cheticamp, passed away peacefully at home in Cheticamp on Friday, October 8th, 2021. Born in Cheticamp on May 12th, 1958, to the late Eleonore (Cormier) and Arthur LeBlanc, Veronique is survived by her husband, Bruno Bourgeois, stepdaughter, Sonja (Jamie) Williams, stepson Kyle Bourgeois, sister, Hilda (Gussie) Chiasson, and brother, Marcel LeBlanc. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Ulric. Known for cooking and baking the most amazing meals and desserts, she showcased her talent for the patients and residents of l'Hôpital Sacré-Coeur and Le Foyer Père Fiset during a 20-year career as director of Dietary Services. Family and friends were regulars at her kitchen table and for years, she was sought after for catering weddings and special events. After her retirement in 2017, she spent her time gardening, doing jigsaw puzzles and in her favourite spot, her kitchen, where she was happiest. An avid traveller, her bags were always packed and ready for the next trip, whether it be to Spain or Nashville or Florida with friends or family. Veronique will be remembered by countless close friends and family members for her loyalty, wittiness, and generous nature. The family is so appreciative of the support and kindness shown to them during the past several months of her cancer journey. Donations in Véronique's memory may be made to the Cape Breton Cancer Patient Fund. Funeral mass was held on Thursday, October 14th, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at l’Église Saint-Joseph in St. Joseph-du-Moine. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

MacKINNON
With very heavy hearts we announce the sudden death of David Lauchlin MacKinnon, who passed away in Inverness Consolidated Hospital on Monday October 14th, 2021, at the age of 57. David was born in Inverness, NS, on August 4th, 1964. He lived his life in East Lake Ainslie on the family farm. David was a devoted husband, father, and son. His family was everything to him. His children were his pride and joy, and he was so proud of their accomplishments. He had a varied career over the years as a farmer, woodsman, labourer, and trucker, of which he enjoyed all and those he worked with. David experienced various health issues over the last number of years. He faced this with strength and courage, and he had the steadfast support of his family in these times. David leaves his wife Carol Anne (Poirier) and children Zelena and Lake; stepchildren Brenna (Brandon) and Andrew (Briagha); step grandchildren Lucinda, Ryder, and Kate; and his sister, Linda (Daniel) Beaton, Mabou. He was predeceased by his parents, Lauchie and Joan (MacPhail) MacKinnon, grandparents Dave and Annie MacKinnon, and daughter Mara (1993). There will be a graveside service in East Lake Ainslie Cemetery (Presbyterian) with time and date to be announced at a later date under the direction of Inverness Funeral Home. Memorial donations in memory of David may be made to SPCA or to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

MACLEOD
It is with sadness we announce the death of George Joseph Colin MacLeod, of Cheticamp/Broad Cove, on Friday, October 15th, 2021, in Sacred Heart Community Health Centre. George was born in St. Rose on September 21st, 1938, to parents John R. and Elizabeth “Bessie” (Rhymer) MacLeod. George was an experienced miner, iron worker, and finished his working days as a crab and lobster fisherman. He loved the outdoors, walking through the woods, and enjoying all the different scenes and wildlife big and small. He was an avid hunter and needless to say he also loved being on the water. George is survived by his wife Nancy (Larade) MacLeod, mother-in-law Dorine, Cheticamp; his children, Charmaine (Robert) Bazinet, Sandra, Allan, Kevin, David, Colleen, and Cheryl (Tom) Puukila; grandchildren, Johnathon, Paulina, Garth, Clyde, Julian, Chelsea and Candice (Dale) Horch; great-grandchildren, Amber, Lincoln, Hunter, Rylan, Caleb and Zara. He is also survived by his siblings, Lauchena (Marvin) (MacLeod), Marie (Martin) Foster, Allan (Macey), Ernest, “Vangie” (Kevin) Beaton, and Sylvia (John) MacIsaac; sisters-in-law, Cathy MacLeod, Stella (Sam) MacKinnon, Madeleine (Peter) Burton, and Linda (Allister) Courtney; brothers-in-law, Wayne Houle, Stanley (Geraldine) Larade, Leo (Susan) Larade, Roger(Brenda) Larade, Robert (Yvette)Larade, and Hayden (Barb) Larade; Dauphine Camus, Albert Deveaux, and numerous nieces and nephews and we must not forget his special friend, Sophie. Besides his parents, George was predeceased by his first wife, Joan (Houle) MacLeod; siblings, Virginia (Bert) Journeau, Edith, John and Alice; two children, Heather and Yvonne; sisters-in-law, Elizabeth and Mickey Miller, Odette Larade; and brother-in-law, Michael Larade. Visitation was held on Tuesday, October 19th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Proof of COVID vaccination and masks were absolutely required. Funeral service was at St. Margaret's Church, Broad Cove on Wednesday, October 20th at 11:00 a.m. and again COVID restrictions were the same as for the visitation. Memorial donations in memory of the late George MacLeod may be made to Cheticamp Palliative Care Society or a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

SMITH
Thurlow MacIntosh Smith, born August 7th, 1924, died October 12th, 2021, in the Inverary Manor, Inverness. Thurlow was a son of the late Perley Watts Smith and Mary Margaret (MacIntosh) Smith of Port Hood. He is survived by his sister, Marie Nicholson of Middle River; brother-in-law, Norman Smith of St. Catharines; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Catherine (Beaton d.2008); sister, Shirley Smith; brother, Jimmie Smith; sister-in-law, Cecilia Smith; and brother-in-law, Donald Nicholson. Thurlow attended Port Hood Academy and Acadia University. He served in the Royal Canadian Air Force 1943-1946 and was a veteran of the Second World War. He graduated from the Provincial Land Surveyors School and worked for the Department of Highways until his retirement. The family thanks the staff of Inverary Manor for their compassionate care over the last four years. Cremation has taken place. Per Thurlow’s wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral service. A graveside service for family and friends of Thurlow's was held on Saturday, October 16th, at 3:30 p.m. in St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery, Mabou, with Pastor Maggie Plant celebrating. All COVID-19 guidelines were followed. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

CAMPBELL
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Jason Blair Campbell, age 45 of Centreville, Inverness County. Jason was a son of John Murdock and Tena (Bennett) Campbell. Jason was a miner his whole life, something  which he was very proud of. Jason is survived by his sister, Jo-Ann (Brian); his brother, John Bradley (Diane); nieces and nephews, Colten, Matthew, Tyler James, Haylee Dawn, Nathan Kole, Keaven, and Ava; several aunts, uncles, grandaunts, granduncles, numerous cousins and his goddaughter Kaylee. Jason was predeceased by his infant son, Brodie James; sisters, Jesslyn, Jennifer, and Suzanne; grandparents, Neil Dan and Margaret Campbell and Lewis and Pearl Bennett. A visitation was held on Friday, October 8th in Dennis Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Whycocomagh.  Funeral service was held on Saturday, October 9th, from Stewart United Church with Jennifer Billiard officiating. Burial followed in Skye Glen Cemetery. Donations may be made in memory of Jason to Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia, Skye Glen Cemetery, or a charity of one's choice. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at www.haverstocks.com.

NELSON
Isabel Mildred Nelson (née MacAulay) died peacefully at the F.J. Davey Home in Sault Ste. Marie, with her daughters by her side. Beloved wife of the late Bud Nelson. Loving mother of Lori Nelson and Joni Nelson (Tony DeAgazio). Proud Nannie of Ellen and Benjamin, Josh and Nicole. Devoted daughter of the late Murray and Nellie MacAulay. Dear sister of Douglas MacAulay (Chris Ljungkull) and Lynn MacAulay (Gord Pearce). Isabel will be sadly missed by Shelleen Nelson (Peter Cumming) and by many other dear cousins, nieces, nephews, and cherished life-long friends. Isabel was born Inverness, Nova Scotia, and moved to Northern Ontario at a young age. She grew up in Virginiatown and attended Kirkland Lake Collegiate and Vocational School. Mom’s one and only love was the boy next door and they were married in 1955. Isabel arrived by train to join Bud in Wawa and began to build their life together. She worked at Algoma Ore in the lab before welcoming daughters Lori and Joni. Isabel later worked at White River Air Services, the Wawa Credit Union, then at the Ministry of Northern Affairs (Northern Development and Mines) for many years, retiring at the age of 55. Mom was an active volunteer throughout her life, for Wawa United Church, Canadian Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation, and the Red Cross Meals on Wheels. Isabel was thrilled with the arrival of her grandchildren and spent many hours on the road travelling to Thunder Bay to spend quality time with them. They will miss her beyond measure. Isabel led an active lifestyle and she loved the outdoors; camping, fishing, cross country skiing, curling, and her daily walk to work no matter the weather. The shenanigans of the Wawa Ladies Curling Bonspiel were always a highlight of mom’s winter. As kids we were lucky to enjoy trips across Canada (riding in the truck camper) from Vancouver to Nova Scotia, instilling in us an appreciation for this beautiful country. Isabel loved to travel, including trips to the Mediterranean, Barbados, Bermuda, Hawaii, and many winter trips to Florida to visit her parents. She enjoyed shopping trips to Michigan and Minnesota, depending on which daughter she was visiting. Mom lived in Ontario but her heart was in Nova Scotia, at the family farm (Clayton Farm) in Cape Breton where she remained connected to cousins Isaac, Annabel, and Elwin. She was happy to share her love of the island with her girls, enjoying one last trip with her sister, daughter, and grandchildren just as her illness began to advance. Alzheimer’s disease steals your loved one long before they leave the physical world and is devastating for families. We are grateful for the support we have received from so many over the last few years of mom’s life. Appreciation to the many angels at the Davy who provided exceptional care to mom and support to us. Heartfelt thanks to those in mom’s circle who stepped in as surrogate moms when we needed it, xo. A celebration of Mom's life will take place at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 429 (maximum 75 people social distancing and vaccine passports required) on Saturday, October 16th, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial contributions (payable by cheque) to the Sault Ste. Marie Humane Society would be appreciated by the family. Interment Woodland Cemetery in Wawa. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Arthur Funeral Home – Barton & Kiteley Chapel (492 Wellington Street E. 705-759-2522). Please visit www.arthurfuneralhome.com to leave a message of condolence as a keepsake for the family.

HASLAM
It is with profound sadness that the family of Judith Haslam announce her passing into the arms of her maker. At 75 years young, Judith passed on Friday, September 10th, 2021. She was born June 12th, 1946, in Mabou, Cape Breton Island, to John Dan and Catherine MacPhee. Beloved wife of Robert Haslam. Beautiful mom to David and Lori Haslam and Robbis-Lynn and Dean Schreindler. Cherished grandmother to Mitchell, Matthew, and wife Dayna, Meghan, and Marissa Haslam. Darling Ahma to Madalene and Athena Schreindler. Precious GG to Jameson Haslam. Treasured sister to Kaye Holmes, Jean, and Leonard Parent, Margaret Gillis, Helen and Ron Gillis. Loving sister-in-law to Maureen Kowalski, Mike, and Denise Haslam, Tom and Cindy Haslam, Rick and Rachel Haslam. Predeceased by her siblings, Angus, Duncan, Joe and Dorothy MacPhee, Sarah and Collie MacDonald, Teresa and Allan MacDonald, Catherine and Dan MacPhee, Rhodena Gillis, Richard Holmes, Jimmy Gillis, Ed Kowalski, and Joanne Smillie.

AUCOIN
Ron Aucoin, March 25th, 1942 – September 19th, 2021: It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ron Aucoin, age 79, Cheticamp, Nova Scotia. Ron was a loving and caring husband, father, and grandfather. He was the proud owner of the Acadian Motel and Doryman Beverage Room, which he ran for over 50 years alongside his brother Wilburt. He had the utmost respect for both his employees and the community of Cheticamp. Ron was always looking for ways to give back and support the area. This was shown in his dedicated attendance to local sporting events. He spent countless hours watching generations of community children develop into fine young adults through the gift of sport. His sense of adventure and love of travel guided him down many roads with some of his best memories being his trips to visit family in PEI. Ron was a loving husband to Catherine (McAuliffe) Aucoin; father of four and grandfather of 11; Suzanne (Barry) Duggan, children, Emily, Dominique and Elyse; Ronnie (Juleigh) Aucoin, children, Andrew and April; Janice Aucoin Devereux, children, Brennan, Austin, and Donovan; Steven (Monette) Aucoin, children, Emma and Annik. Ron is also survived by his sisters, Sharlene (Alex-John) Burns, Karen (Bernie) Mattie; brother, Wilburt Aucoin (Stella Neary), and a large extended family of in-laws, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Wilburt and Margaret (MacGillvray) Aucoin; sister, Valerie Muise; brother, Cecil Aucoin; son-in-law, Brent Devereux, and grandson Luc Duggan. Special thanks to Dr. Chiasson and the staff at the Foyer Père Fiset for their incredible kindness and outstanding care. In memory of Ron Aucoin, our family would ask that you support local businesses and give back to the community. A private family service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

DUNN
Hugh (Hughie) Dunn, 85, of Margaree Forks, NS, passed away surrounded by his loving family on September 25th, 2021, after his battle with dementia. Hughie was born on February 28th, 1936, to David and Mary Dunn of North East Margaree. After graduating from Margaree Forks High School, he pursued his love of woodworking and became a carpenter where he continued to work in this field until his late 70s. He was a member of the Carpenter’s Union Local 1588, a member of the Knights of Columbus, and a very involved parishioner at St. Michael’s Church. Hughie was an avid outdoors man who loved to hunt, farm, and spend time in solitude on his homestead in Big Brook. One could often find him in his garage building something or thinking about his next project.  He was a dedicated family man who put his family’s needs above his own. Hughie was a strong, kind, loving, and supportive husband, father, and grandfather.  His knowledge and guidance was the foundation of his family. Hughie is survived by his wife, Effie; his twin daughters, Darlene and Maureen, his daughter, Carolyn, his son, Darrell; and grandchildren, Dylan and Julia. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations in his memory be made to Corinthian House, L’Arche in Iron Mines, NS, where his little girl, Carolyn currently resides. Funeral service will be held at St. Michael’s Church, East Margaree on Wednesday, September 29th at 2:00 p.m.; visitation will be from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Funeral Co-op. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

MacDOUGALL
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Christena “Tena” MacDougall. Surrounded by loved ones, Tena passed away on September 19th in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Tena was born in St. Rose, Nova Scotia, on January 29th, 1939, and lived most of her life in Inverness. Her love for her family, relatives, and friends goes beyond measures. Tina was a devoted member of Stella Maris Church, Inverness. She adored her grandchildren and always had time for a walk with her sisters, a good cup of tea, and a bingo game. Tena’s kindness, sense of humour and gentle nature will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Tena is survived by her children, Al MacDonnell (Inverness), Ron MacDonnell (St. Thomas, Ontario), Blaise (Paula) MacDonnell (St. Andrews); grandchildren, Cortney and Liam MacDonnell; brother, DanJoe (Sally) Beaton; sisters, Annie MacDonald and Mary LaPierre. Tena also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Blaise MacDonnell; her second husband Francis “Chalk” MacDougall; sons, Archie and Kevin MacDonnell; and brothers John and Louis Beaton. At this time we wish to extend special thanks to the Oncology Department and the caring staff at the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital.
Funeral Mass took place on Friday, September 24th at 11:00 a.m. in Stella Maris Church, Inverness, with Father Joby Moonjely officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

MacNEIL
It is with sadness we announce the death of Raymond MacNeil in Sacred Heart Community Health Centre on Saturday, September 18th, 2021. He passed peacefully with his family by his side. Raymond was born February 17th, 1933, in New Waterford to parents Alex and Sarah (MacNeil) MacNeil. Raymond was a plumber by trade and worked in Toronto for many years. It was in Toronto he met his wife Dorothy (Deveaux) MacNeil. They were married in Toronto on August 8th, 1953. Raymond and Dolly moved home to Cape Breton and made their home in Cheticamp where Raymond continued working for many years. There are a few people who thank Raymond for teaching them everything they know about plumbing. Raymond is survived by his wife of 68 years, Dorothy, several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. Raymond was the last surviving member of a large family. Besides his parents and his siblings, he was predeceased by their son, Brian. Memorial donations in memory of Raymond may be made to Sacred Heart Palliative Care or a charity of your choice. Cremation has taken place and burial will be at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

REID
James Thomas Reid passed away on September 12th, 2021, at Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford, MS, where he had resided since April 1st, 2021. He was born May 25th, 1929, in New Albany, MS, to parents Thomas Emmett Reid and Lena Mae Spears Reid. The family moved to DeSoto County by 1940. He spent his youth in Eudora, MS, and graduated from Eudora High School in 1948. The story is that his lively portrayal of a character named Pete in a school play gave him the nickname Pete that endured throughout his life. After high school he worked one year for American Telephone and Telegraph Company, then entered the United States Navy on May 31st, 1949, serving until August, 1955, on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Midway as an Aviation Boatswain’s Mate and also as a Combat Aviation Crew member during the Korea War. He travelled the world while in the navy. Afterwards, he was a life member of both The American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. After military service, he worked in the ready-mix concrete industry in Memphis before starting his own company, America Scale Company, which serviced, repaired, and calibrated large scales. His wife Inez Grove Reid, whom he married in 1962, served as bookkeeper. He retired in 2006, the year after her death, selling the company that still exists today in Forrest City, Arkansas. His many interests throughout a long life included fishing and hunting. He also owned sports cars and participated in rally racing in the ‘60s and ‘70s. In the ‘70s and ‘80s he was an EMT who volunteered during events in the mid-South. He also was an active member of the Tia Piah Native American Society, loving American Indian history. After marrying his present wife Dolena MacDonald, he enjoyed singing as she played the piano. Their home in Nova Scotia, Canada, was a gathering place for a ceilidh, a social fellowship with Scottish folk music and dancing. Friends from the United States visited and enjoyed the warm welcome in their Canadian home where they lived six months of the year, returning to Snow Lake Shores in Mississippi for the other six months. He also enjoyed travel, especially with special friends from Ashland, MS, including Debbie Breedlove and Carlie and Rudolph Wilson. He is survived by his wife Dolena MacDonald Reid and her children Darlene (Donnie) MacLellan, Ronald (Jeanette) Roach, Billy (Leona) Roach, and Brian (Pat) Roach of Canada; his brother Charles (Bonnie) Reid of Nesbit, MS; step-daughter Carolyn (Billy) Davis of California and her children Dirk (Natalie) Davis, Angela (Ray) Putulowski, Joey(Rachael) Davis, and Molly Davis; nephew Martin (Beth) Gable of Gadsden, AL; nieces Lanita (Don) Helms, Mary (Rickey) Pickens, Teresa (Mack) Wilcox, Cynthia (Floyd) Fiveash, Amy (Donny) Bishop, Jennifer (David) Jones, and numerous great-nephews and great-nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Mary Frances Reid Gable; his brother John Wallace Reid; and his former wife Inez Grove Reid. Services were held on Friday, September 17th, 2021, at Coleman Funeral Home in Southaven (626 Star Landing Rd. East, Southaven, MS 38672). Visitation was from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with a Celebration of Life immediately following at 11:00 a.m. The service was live-streamed for family and friends who wished to view from their homes. Burial was at Forest Hill Memorial Park – Midtown (1661 Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, TN 38106). Coleman Funeral Home of Southaven is in charge of arrangements. In honour of Mr. James Thomas Reid’s service to our country, the flag of the United States Navy will be flown at Coleman Funeral Home of Southaven the day of the services. Online condolences may be left on his Tribute Wall at www.colemanfuneralhome.com. This is also where you will find the link to the webcasting of his service.

AUCOIN
It is with deep sadness that the family of Casilda AuCoin, age 81, announce her peaceful passing on September 12th, 2021, at the Foyer Père Fiset Guest Home, Chéticamp. Born in Chéticamp, she was the daughter of the late Philip and the late Katie May (Haché) Doucet. Casilda is survived by her four children, Cleophas AuCoin, Helena Burke (Louis), Dorina AuCoin (Roger), and Nicole AuCoin (Pat); grandchildren, Adam (Angie), Makayla, and Bryann; great-grandchildren, Evella and Declan, who were all her pride and joy; brothers, Roland (Germaine), and Willie Dave (Rose Mary); sisters, Marie Emma and Goretti (Alphonse). Besides her husband Ervin AuCoin, she was predeceased by her sister, Eileen Cusack. Casilda was the proud owner of the Restaurant Evangeline for 44 years, where she enjoyed working tirelessly with her numerous staff members and serving her community in ways no one will ever know. We, the family, would like to extend a special recognition and thank you to a very special lady, Zabeth Deveaux, who cherished our mom. The unconditional love and friendship that Zabeth had for our mom will never be forgotten. Zabeth …un gros merci! We would also like to extend a special thank you to the staff of the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre and the staff at the Foyer Père Fiset for the exceptional care of our beloved mom. Also, to Father Bedford Doucet, first cousin to our mom, for doing the funeral mass, that was extra special. A funeral mass will be held in l’Église St. Pierre, on October 2nd, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. with Father Bedford Doucet officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to The Foyer Père Fiset or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

FORBES
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Louise Marie Forbes, on Monday September 13th, 2021. She was born in Willow Bunch, Saskatchewan, to the late Marie Laforest and Lucien Couture. She was 89. Mom met her husband, James Victor Forbes in Moose Jaw, and they were married July 7th, 1956, for 38 years, until his passing. Mom said after years of waiting for Dad to come home from umpiring ball; if you can’t beat them join them, and started following any games he was involved in either as an umpire or coach. Mom worked for several years at a bank in Moose Jaw, and when Dad took a transfer to Nova Scotia with Gulf Oil, she worked at Sears in Port Hawkesbury, then, when they moved to Alberta, she worked at Sears in Edmonton. Mom enjoyed playing any board game, cards, and, her favourite game, Skip-bo. She always let on that she was playing by the rules, but always seemed to win! She enjoyed music by the Seven Tenors, Johnny Reid, Celine Dion, and more. She loved spending time in her flower garden, reading, and really enjoyed doing Circle-A-Word puzzles. Mom is survived by her sisters, Yolande Couture, Kingston, Ontario; Marcelle Pedersen, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; her son, Jim Forbes; her daughters, Inez Forbes and Ina Forbes; two grandchildren, Katie Ste. Marie (Jeremy) and Brad MacNeil; four great-grandchildren, Carter Ste. Marie, Jase Ste. Marie, Harlow MacNeil, and Knox MacNeil. Mom was predeceased by her husband, James Forbes; her sisters, Marie Therese Laberge, Odile LeRuyet, and Jeanette Couture; her great-granddaughter, Blake Gillis MacNeil; and her very best friend, Betty Malinowski. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to www.babysbreathcanada.ca, www.cysticfibrosis.ca/atlantic-canada, or www.heartandstroke.ca. There was a viewing on Tuesday, September 21st, 2021, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. followed by a small family gravesite funeral in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. The family understands that there are many COVID restrictions and concerns to consider. Please stay safe. To leave a message for the family please visit www.parkmemorial.com.

KENNEDY
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ronald (Rannie) Clement Kennedy, age 85, in Inverary Manor, Inverness, on September 16th, 2021, surrounded by family. Rannie was born in South West Margaree on October 3rd, 1935, to the late Katie Florence (MacIsaac) and Archie Kennedy of Dunvegan. Rannie is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ann Penelope (Penny) MacDonnell Kennedy, Broad Cove; children, Sister Florence Kennedy, Donna (Colin) MacDonald, Bruce (Laura), Brian, Patrick (Susan), Brendon (Cynthia), Kyle (Lori), Jenny (Michael) Murdock; sisters, Hughena MacNeil (David, deceased) Fredericton, Christine Kendziora (Lloyd, deceased) Azilda, ON. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, Colin, Kyle, Keith, Matt, Brooklyn, Grace, Skylar, Rowan, Jacklyn, Caragh, and Danaan; three great-grandchildren, Lily, Rory, and Kate; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and brother, best friend, John Archie Kennedy. Rannie’s early education took place in a one-room school in Brook Section, Broad Cove and Holy Family Convent, Inverness. Sandy Boyd, piper, taught Rannie piping when he was a teenager. Rannie was known for his impeccable timing, winning competitions at the Gaelic Mod, St. Ann's College, CB, and the Highland Games, Antigonish, NS. He was a member of the Inverness Pipe Band and was among the 100 pipers at the Causeway opening, the 25th and 50th anniversaries of the Causeway. For seven years he was piper at the Tourist Bureau, Port Hastings, and had the privilege of playing for the Queen Mother who was on a royal visit. He also mentored his daughter, Jenny, grandson, Keith MacDonald, and grandnephew, Kevin Dugas. In his early life, Rannie took heavy duty mechanic courses in Toronto and later at UCCB. He always had a desire to keep learning in his trade as well as music, reading, and yoga. He was a member of the Operating Engineers. He worked in local garages, the Department of Highways, Wreck Cove Generating Station, Heavy Water Plant, and Stora Enso Woodlands Division, Point Tupper. Rannie enjoyed regaling people with stories of life growing up in Dunvegan, exploits with his brother John Archie and his cousins, the Ellisons. He also told stories of visiting his grandparents, the MacIsaacs in Southwest Margaree and the Kennedys in Broad Cove. Rannie had a real interest in people, including hitch-hikers, asking who they were and where they came from, etc. He enjoyed talking about machines and jobs he was on with John Archie and interested listeners, he had a keen interest in the Gaelic language and culture, he liked gardening, playing cards with relatives, being outdoors, making trails on his property for himself and his dogs. In keeping with the Kennedy tradition, Rannie was a humble man, quiet, caring, a loyal husband and father. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, funeral liturgy was for family members and invited guests only and took place on Tuesday, September 21st, at 2:00 p.m. in St. Margaret of Scotland Church, Broad Cove. Father Dan MacDonald officiated. Burial in the parish cemetery. Donations may be made to St. Margaret of Scotland Church or to Inverary Manor, Inverness. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.
Fois shiorraidh dha anam. (May he rest in eternal peace.)

ROACH
Joseph Milton Roach, 73, of Chéticamp, Nova Scotia, passed away peacefully at the Foyer Père Fiset on Friday, September 10th, 2021, surrounded by his family. He was born on April 12th, 1948, in Chéticamp to the late Lévis and the late Annie Rose (Poirier) Roach. Milton, along with his brother, Ambrose Roach, moved in the 1960s in search of adventure and work to Montreal, Quebec, where he met his future wife Maryse (Pepin) Roach. Milton and Maryse’s first date at Expo 67 World Fair ended with them running through a field in the darkness of the night only to trip and fall in laughter. It was love at first tumble. He married Maryse on August 24th, 1968. They recently celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary. After the birth of their son, Karl Roach, Milton and Maryse moved back to Chéticamp. Milton was well-known in the community as produce manager of the Chéticamp Co-op, grocery manager of IGA and also worked at Your Dollar Store With More. He then eased his way into retirement by working outdoors as Commissionaire at Cape Breton Highlands National Park and groundskeeper at Plage Saint-Pierre and Le Portage Golf Club. Milton served 15 years as a proud fire team member with the Chéticamp Volunteer Fire Department where he held the presidency for many years. Milton and Maryse celebrated their 25th and 40th wedding anniversary at the fire hall surrounded by family, friends, and volunteer fire fighters. His favourite hockey team was the Toronto Maple Leafs. Many game nights were spent “roughing” with family traitors who supported the Montreal Canadiens. He also coached the girls’ high school hockey league for which his daughter, Yannick Timmons, was a goalkeeper. Milton will be remembered for his humour and laughter. He was a great fan of blue grass music and string instruments which went hand in hand with his passion for playing the guitar, mandolin, and banjo at local fundraisers and talent shows. Along with his wife Maryse, Milton is survived by son Karl Roach, daughter Yannick Timmons, grandchildren Kaycee, Caleb, and Reese Timmons; one sister, Betty Anne Roach. He was predeceased by brother, Ambrose Roach. Cemetery service was held on Wednesday, September 15th, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. for family only. Donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia.

AUCOIN
It is with heavy hearts and sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved father Gerard Joseph Aucoin, age 83, at Le Foyer Père Fiset in Chéticamp on September 9th, 2021. Born in Saint-Joseph-du-Moine on March 29th, 1938, he was the son of the late Patrick (à Joe) and Marie-Belle/Minnie (Deveau) Aucoin. Brought up on a generational farm with his large family, the youngest of 11 siblings, Dad surrounded by a loving entourage, was taught to always be kind, have good work ethics, discipline, and love for the land. Dad had such a big spirit. There was never a dull moment with his passionate personality, full of character, joie-de-vivre, and his incredible sense of humour. Mom and Dad’s undying devotion to each other for 61 years was such an inspiration to our family. Dad married the love of his life, Therese (à Willie and Helen Rose) Doucet on December 26th, 1959. They lived through many trials and tribulations over the years, but nothing was stronger than their cherished bond of love. Dad was often working away from home and when the weekend arrived, it was such a joy to see them reunited. They worked very hard, but never missed out on going dancing every Saturday night. They had many great memories from their time spent at the old homestead in Saint-Joseph-du-Moine overlooking “le lac à Dosite” and during their retirement years, in their country haven in Grand-Étang. We can still picture them sitting at the kitchen table, enjoying just being together. Over the years, our dad, who was a jack-of-all-trades, worked at numerous jobs and was a very good provider. He was known as a hard worker and his family always came first. Dad was always ready to lend a helping hand. We will always remember him labouring in large gardens and proud of the produce that he could share with family and friends. He loved the changing seasons, especially the spring when he could bring us bunches of pussy willows, lilacs, and buttercups. He was known as a master berry-picker and loved to bring home berries for Mom to make her delicious preserves. He loved to bring berries to those who could no longer pick for themselves. After a short stay at La Résidence Acadienne, in 2019, Mom and Dad became residents of Le Foyer Père Fiset in Chéticamp. Although Dad missed his soul mate Therese, who passed away in 2020, he was relieved that she was gone to a better place and finally pain free. Dad was a life-time member of Les Nouveaux Horizons (Saint-Joseph-du-Moine), LeMoine Development Association, and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Union – Local 1588. When COVID-19 restrictions were implemented in Le Foyer, Dad so missed going to the “le café” with the gang at La Salle des Retraités. He loved playing cards and a good game of crib. He followed the Canadian Almanac, predicted weather patterns and was rarely wrong. We trusted his judgement. When his health permitted, Dad took good care of the garden at Le Foyer and was quite proud to contribute to this task. Dad suffered from several painful ailments, including battling throat cancer that left him unable to swallow. At times that many would have given up, he always maintained a positive outlook and grateful attitude. He always had a joke for his caregivers and even played funny pranks on the staff at Le Foyer Père Fiset whom he grew to love and considered them to be his new family. As a faithful Catholic, he believed that this was God’s will and often said, “It could always be worse.” This great man will be dearly missed by his three children: Rosie (Armand) Chéticamp, NS, Robert (Judy) Saulnierville, NS, and Louise (Emile) Belle-Côte, N.S. Their grandchildren: Cory, Christine (Jacques), Camille (Amy Lou), Philip (Leah), Francine (Brian) and David. Their great-grandchildren: Damien, Emma, Dominic, Amy; and step-great grandchild, Gracen Boudreau. He leaves behind his sister Catherine Aucoin (Foyer Père Fiset – Chéticamp) and brother Philias Aucoin (Laura) of Chertsey, Quebec. Brother-in-law, Marcel Doucet (Brampton) Ontario, brother-in-law Théobert Chiasson (Foyer Père Fiset- Chéticamp) and brother-in-law Ronald Brown (Middleton) Nova Scotia. He will also be sadly missed by his numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his late wife Therese, and by siblings: Freddie, Elizabeth, Lucy May, Léo, Therese, Hermine, Celina, and Stella and many other members of our extended family. The family would like to thank those who were always ready to help Dad. The acts of kindness were much appreciated. We would also like to extend a huge thank you to the staff of Le Foyer Père Fiset for the devoted and loving care given to Dad. The compassion and kind gestures towards him and the family during his final journey among us, go beyond the call of duty and will never be forgotten.  Dad was treated with such dignity to his final breath. As well, special thanks to the doctors and nurses of the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre for their care and compassion especially in the last few weeks. We have no doubt that this gentle soul is now an angel watching over us and was welcomed to heaven with open arms, reunited with Mom and other loved ones into the eternal peace of God’s kingdom where he is finally free of pain and suffering. Dad, you were a very special father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who will forever be in our hearts. A branch from our family tree is gone, but never forgotten. Your legend lives on in all of us. Cremation has taken place. A funeral mass will be celebrated in St. Joseph’s Church, Saint-Joseph-du-Moine on Thursday, September 16th, at 3:00 p.m. There will be visitation for one hour before the ceremony. Everyone is welcome to join us as pandemic restrictions have eased. Burial in St. Joseph’s parish cemetery. Funeral is under the direction of Sunset Funeral Co-operative Ltd. Condolences can be sent to: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com. Memorial donations can be made to Le Foyer Père Fiset, St. Joseph’s Parish (Cemetery Fund) or the Cape Breton Cancer Patient Fund.

DREDGE
It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of a great man, Lorenzo Gerald Dredge, of South West Margaree, on September 7th, 2021. Lorenzo's early death is an unbelievable tragedy. Born June 4th, 1972, Lorenzo was a son of the late Gerald and Yvonne Dredge. Lorenzo was proud of his family, his students, and his Newfoundland roots. He gave so much to many during his life and had so much more to contribute. His legacy will continue through his children. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Correne; children, Oran, Piran, Jaico, Mary, Maryann, and Nalli; sister, Bev (Floyd) Cole; nieces and nephews. Funeral mass will be held in Stella Maris Church, Inverness on Thursday, September 16th, at 11:00 a.m. with Father Silvichan Dominic and Father Dan MacDonald officiating. Burial to follow in St. Joseph's Parish Cemetery, South West Margaree. Those in attendance are invited to wear jeans or casual attire, if possible, in honour of Lorenzo's laid back approach to life. Memorial donations may be made to: The Breakfast Program, c/o Whycocomagh Education Centre, 50 Norman MacLeod Road, PO Box 160, Whycocomagh, Nova Scotia, B0E 3M9. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

MUNRO
Robert Wilson “Bobby” Munro, Whycocomagh – born June 5th, 1934, and died September 12th, 2021: It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved father, grandfather, Bobby Munro on Sunday, September 12th, 2021, in the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Born in Whycocomagh, he was the youngest son of the late Jack and Jessie (MacSween) Munro. Bobby is survived by his daughter, Connie; grandchildren, Robbie, Heidi (Matthew), Marissa (Abhishek), Erin (Mike); great-granddaughter, Hannah; brother, Stewart. Bobby was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Norma; son, Gregory; brothers, Alcorn, Donnie, and George; sisters, Lorraine, Jean, and Ruth. In his younger years, Bobby would travel door to door selling for A.A. Munro Insurance, where he would become known for his sense of humour and kindness. He and his wife Norma proudly opened their restaurant “Norma’s Diner” in the early 1980s and became famous for the Sunday buffets and Bobby’s biscuits. Bobby was a dedicated member of Stewart United Church and loved to plant a garden and in his later years spent his time tending to his plants, mowing his lawn, and taking care of his son and wife. Bobby had a huge heart and always thought of others before himself. He loved a good hot cup of tea, fiddle music, watching his game shows, and the news. He had an unwavering love for his family and taking over the father role to three of his grandchildren when they were a young age. Special thanks to Dr. Ritter, Dr. Egar, Laurie Ann, and Lindsay and special friends, Jerry and Elise for all their care and concern over the past three months. Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 16th, from 3:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m. in Dennis Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Whycocomagh. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, September 17th, in Stewartdale Cemetery, with Jennifer Billard officiating. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at: www.haverstocks.com.
“The love and respect we hold for our father and grandfather we will so dearly miss. He was “the best of the best!”

BASTARACHE
Raoul Joseph Bastarache, (March 10th, 1942 – August 25th, 2021) 79, of Cheticamp, NS, formerly Bouctouche, NB, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and friends, at the Foyer Père Fiset, Cheticamp, on August 25th, 2021. He was married to the late Marie Sophie (Shomphe) Bastarache. Born in Sainte-Anne de Kent, he was the son of the late Arsène and the late Émilienne (Cormier) Bastarache. Raoul was well known by friends and family while working most of his career and living in Waltham MA, USA, before retiring and returning home to Cheticamp with his late wife Marie Sophie.  He was a member of the AA Group since 1977.  He was passionate about his success in the program and was always willing to help others get through.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 3850, and was the deputy grand knight before his illness. When coming to his hometown in NB, Raoul would always make sure to visit his beloved brothers and sisters as well as many nephews and nieces. Raoul was predeceased by his wife, Marie Sophie (2015). He leaves to mourn two sisters, Rita LeBlanc (late Alban) of Shediac, NB, and Andréa Robichaud (late Alfred) of Bouctouche, NB, (formerly of Saint-Antoine); his three brothers, Laurier (late Stella) of Bellington, MA, Ulysse (Sue) of Saint-Maurice, NB, and Régis (Irène) of Dieppe, NB; two sisters-in-law, Nélida Savoie  and Andréa Bastarache, both from Bouctouche, NB; as well as several nephews and nieces.  He also leaves behind, his special niece Pearlene Cormier, and his special friend Elizabeth Aucoin and her son Roy Aucoin. He was predeceased by seven brothers, Gérard, Noël, Prémélite, Marc, Aldéi, Lorenzo and Sylvio; as well as five sisters, Elmire, Laudia, Simonne, Marie and Clarisse. A funeral mass was celebrated on Thursday, September 2nd, 2021, at 10:30 A.M. in St. Joseph’s Church, St. Joseph du Moine with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Parish, St. Joseph du Moine. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

LEBLANC
It is with sadness we announce the passing of Mary Julia “Marie” LeBlanc, of East Margaree, on Monday, August 23rd, 2021,in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her family, after a brief stay in Palliative Care. Marie was born November 12th, 1938, the eldest of eight siblings, to Arthur and Margaret (LeBlanc) Doucet of Arsenault Hill. She was predeceased by her loving and devoted husband of 54 years, Freddie Joe Patrick, her brother Raymond (Marie Stella) and her parents. Memere began her working career at the Cheticamp Fish Plant, before working as a housekeeper and nanny after raising her five children. In her younger years she enjoyed camping, fishing, and attending the Broad Cove summer concerts with her husband, tole painting, “Taco” and card game nights with family and friends. In her later years she enjoyed watching “Blue Bloods” and her soaps on TV, doing her search-a-words and reading, especially her Inverness Oran. No matter her age, she loved spending time with her family, listening to local musical talent, tending to her flower beds, chatting on the phone and visiting with friends. Marie was a faithful and devoted member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, East Margaree and a long-time member of St. Michael's Hall Committee, where she volunteered at many community fundraisers. She was known for her cinnamon rolls and her biscuits. She is survived by her children, Bernice (Gerard) Miller, Freda (Gerard) Boudreau, Antoine (Audrey), Francis (Marie Therese) and Leonard (Laurie Ann); her nine grandchildren, Dana, Alison, Christa (Logan), Janelle, Hilary, Jesse (Chloe), Kathleen, Kenneth and Daphne; three great-grandchildren, Landyn, Esmay and Leo; siblings, Isidore (Delina), Dora AuCoin (Edgar), Dennis (Bertha), Daniel (Marcella), Rosella Chiasson (Steve), Stella McDaniel (Blair); also many nieces, nephews, and friends. A funeral mass took place at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, East Margaree, Saturday, August 28th, 2021, at 11 am. Due to COVID-19, the funeral was for immediate family and invited family and friends only. Visitation was open to the public and took place in St. Michael's Church, prior to the funeral, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Masks were required. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Michael's Church, East Margaree, St. Michael's Parish Hall or Central Inverness Palliative Care. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

BURNS
Rose Raymonde Burns, Margaree, April 24th, 1945 – August 26th, 2021: It is with great sadness and immense pride, in the two-year battle she fought against cancer with such openness, courage, and humour, the family announces that Rose passed away peacefully at the Inverness Consolidated Hospital in her 76th year. Left behind with memories of a life well lived together during 59 years of marriage is her husband Fred and their children, Martin (Anne), Heather (Jamie), and Rob and their granddaughter Krystin and step-grandson Andrew. Born in Tracadie/Sheila, New Brunswick, difficult life circumstances turned into a blessing for Rose, as she was embraced and loved by a foster family in her teen years. This resulted in her now leaving to mourn siblings Rachelle, Marie-Mai, Roger, Rosanna (Delphus), Brenda (Richard), Lynda (Douglas), Gerry, Angella, Jack (Kim), and Jacynthe (Wayne). Rose was predeceased by her parents Marguerite and Jean-Baptiste Robichaud, foster mother Ida Arsenault and siblings, Arthur, Denise, and Verna. Although not directly related, she leaves behind a family of many friends who looked to her as a second mom, sister, and best friend. Once her children were older, Rose started a 10-year career as a home care support worker for the County of Inverness. In this role she thrived in supporting seniors in being able to maintain their independence and remain in their own homes. While they started off as clients, many soon became close friends that she cherished and cared for as family. Rose loved bingo! Of course, she was thrilled when she won, but just as important to her was the socializing with all her bingo buddies over the years, including Myrna, Margaret, and Dianne. People knew not to call the Burns house between 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Friday evenings, as that time was reserved for radio bingo. She took her radio bingo very seriously, and diligently kept record of who won each game every week. Those friends lucky enough to play along with her always enjoyed when she would yell “Neil, shake your balls” at the radio. This two-year journey has been one that Rose and the family could not have gotten through without the love and support of so many people. Each and every kind gesture, phone call, and card were such an important part in helping us all along the way. The care and treatment Rose received from the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Cape Breton Cancer Center was so amazingly personal, compassionate, and professional, it surpassed any care one could receive in a larger center anywhere in the country. Mere words can not express the gratitude we feel for the home care team (Jeanne and Marguerite) and the Palliative Care team (Dr. Ritter, Lori-Ann, Lyndsey, and Paulette) that provided the support and care which allowed Rose to remain at home for such an extended time. The care Rose received from the nurses at the Inverness hospital during her final weeks provided the family with the reassurance that she was in the best place for the care she required. The overwhelming support from the community and the parishioners of St. Michael’s have made a very difficult time much more manageable. A special thank you must also go out to great neighbours and friends Pat and Annie for all they have done, and continue to do to support the family, as well as to Kelly for being such a close friend and confidant to Rose for so many years. Visitation at St. Michael’s Parish, Margaree, will be on Friday, September 3rd, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. with funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. A family graveside service will follow the funeral mass. COVID-19 protocols require that masks be worn in the church. Family and friends wishing to attend the service are requested to notify the family via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or phone (902) 235-2061. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rose’s memory to Palliative Care Services, Inverness Consolidated Hospital, Inverness, NS. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Chéticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Words of comfort and condolence can be left for the family at www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca. “We all have to go sometime.” – Rose Burns

MacNEIL
Hector Daniel MacNeil passed away peacefully at the ICMH on Saturday, August 28th, 2021, with his niece Jeannie Grandy and Joe Morrison by his side. Born in Iona, Hector was a son of Rory Angus and Effie (Euphemia Gillis) MacNeil. Hector lived in Western Canada for many years. He returned to Cape Breton and lived in Sydney, Orangedale, and Port Hood, where he made many friends and will be missed dearly. Hector had a great sense of humour, was quick with a witty comeback and was always as sharp as a tack! Fiercely independent, Hector lived his life on his own terms with no regrets.  Besides his parents, Hector was predeceased by his sister Christena, brothers Johnny and Malcolm, nephews Frankie Grandy and Will Fraser. Hector is survived by sisters, Theresa (John) MacDonald, Mary MacNeil, Jenny Grandy, Cecilia (Tom) Baker, Libby (Neil) MacNeil; and brothers Neil, Archie, Alex (Mary), Norman (Theresa); many nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog Bella. Arrangements entrusted to the Sunset Funeral Cooperative. Cremation has taken place.

PEMBERTON
It is with sadness and broken hearts we announce the passing of William Henry Pemberton of Southwest Margaree on Friday, August 20th, in Inverness Consolidated Hospital after a fierce battle with cancer. William is survived by his wife, Mary (O'Brien) Pemberton; children, William, Hugh, Matthias, Raphael, Hermione, and Eleanor; his mother, Maryanne Pemberton; his father, William Pemberton; sister, Miki (Bryan) Simmons; brothers, Christian (Mariana Lima), and Jonathon (Nikki Kiaverstyn); also many nieces, nephews, adoring students, and loving friends. He will be sorely missed. Visitation was at St. Joseph's Church, SW Margaree, Thursday, August 26th.   Due to COVID, a private family funeral was on August 27th. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

MARPLE
Richard (Dick) Marple, October 6th, 1932 – August 11th, 2021: The dear son of the late Jack and Chrissie Marple, of Margaree Harbour, NS, passed away at home lovingly supported by his wife Joy, sons Mark, Brad, and Chris (Liz). He was also survived by his daughter Cindy (David); stepsons Gary (Jane), Geoff; brothers Jack and Winston (Jeannine); sisters Helen and Mildred; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Dick will also be remembered by many nieces and nephews whom he held close. He will be missed. Online memories and condolences may be made at www.peacefultransition.ca.

MacFARLANE
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of James Harold “Jim” MacFarlane, 56, at Upper Margaree on August 9th, 2021, surrounded by the love and support of his family. This past year he bravely fought a battle with cancer. Jim was born December 7th, 1964, to Harold and Margaret Ann MacFarlane of Upper Margaree. He worked as a heavy-duty mechanic for over 30 years. He was very well respected for his vast knowledge of the trade. He started at Atlantic Cat in Halifax, married and lived in Enfield, then moved to Fort McMurray in 2005. There, he worked at many locations and started his own company, MacFarlane Mechanical. He met many colleagues over the years who became lifelong friends. In 2014, he returned to his beloved family farm. He continued to work and finished his career at Zutphen Contractors. He was a hard-working, strong, common sense kind of man. A loving husband, father, brother, and uncle. A true handyman, who was always willing to help his family, friends, and neighbours. If you had a problem, you called Jim. He was a proud MacFarlane who loved his home on the “Hill,” which he so lovingly cared for. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Susan (MacNeil) and his son, Colin; brother, Frank (Leann- deceased); sisters, Alice (Farlane) Gillis, Sara (Rick), Maureen (Alfred) MacIver, Sharon (Patrick); brothers-in-law, Michael A MacNeil, Bill MacNeil; sister-in-law, Mabel (Johnie) MacFarlane; and many loved nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is also survived by his uncle Jim (Shirley) MacFarlane and aunt Sr. Mary MacFarlane. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Mark and sister, Patricia. We would like to extend special thanks to the oncology nurses at the Inverness hospital, Dr. Saliba, and the amazing palliative care team led by Dr. Ritter. We are truly thankful to the wonderful care provided by the MacFarlane family, especially his niece Heather; sisters, Sharon and Maureen; and sister-in-law, Mabel. Cremation has taken place. A wake was held on Sunday, August 15th, in Lake Ainslie Fire Hall, Scotsville, from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral mass was for family and invited guests only (due to COVID restrictions). It took place in St. Joseph’s Church, Southwest Margaree, on Monday, August 16th, at 11:00 a.m. with Father Silvichan Dominic officiating. Burial followed in the parish cemetery. Masks were mandatory. Donations may be made to the Oncology Department of the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital, 39 James St. Inverness, NS, B0E 1N0. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com. “Please raise a glass in Jim’s honour, Loch Sloy! We will love and miss you always.”

ALLEN
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our dear husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, and great-grandfather Lawrence Eugene Allen, on Friday, August 6th, 2021. Born in Sydney, NS, to the late Charles and Hazel (Huestis) Allen, he grew up in Wallace, NS. He graduated from Tatamagouche High School, Teachers College in Truro, and then Dalhousie University becoming a pharmacist in 1962. His career spanned from Springhill to Whycocomagh and Inverness, NS. Lawrence served as president of the Nova Scotia Pharmaceutical Society. He was also past grand night of the Knights of Columbus Council 4302 from 1969 to 1971. Lawrence was an avid self-taught fiddler, a fan of Celtic music and loved woodworking in his spare time. Lawrence is predeceased by one brother, three sisters, one half brother, and three half sisters. He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years Garrity (MacLeod); children: Susan, Stephen (Linda), Don (Kim), Russell (Chantal); nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one brother; one sister; two half brothers; and one half sister. There will be no visitation. A private graveside service took place on Sunday, August 8th, in Inverness, NS.

GILLIS
On August 3rd, 2021, Jessie Gillis passed away peacefully in the home where she was born almost 100 years ago, surrounded by her loving family. Jessie was born on October 22nd, 1923, in Judique, Cape Breton, to parents Angus and Mary MacEachern. Jessie's sense of humour and modern, progressive outlook provided an ideal recipe for living a full life. For all of her 97 years, she was ahead of her time. Jessie spent some time working in Montreal at Dominion Textiles but her heart was in Judique and she returned to her family farm to marry her sweetheart Jerome (Romie) Gillis. Jessie and Romie were a popular couple with countless wonderful friends and neighbours. They raised 12 children together during lean and plentiful times and Jessie kept the same upbeat attitude no matter the circumstances. What a bustling home! Lunch for 20 was an average day and there was always room for few more at the table. Fudge, molasses cookies, biscuits, and ice cream in a fancy dish were household staples. She loved all of her children so much, and their well-being was always her greatest concern. She also worked outside the home looking after other families, because there was no end to her love, she always had more to give. Jessie's incredible memory provided ample material for unlimited funny stories over tea and cards. She was also a practical joker extraordinaire. And how she enjoyed Halloween! Jessie loved to disguise herself and trick her friends and neighbours well into her 90s. Filling the house at Christmas was another joy. Every week she looked forward to waffle Saturday at Catherine's with all the family. She cherished her trips to town with Holly or a ride to the ice cream barn for an orange pineapple cone. Bingo was another passion, she loved to try her luck with her daughter Mary and all her bingo partners. In her later years, she continued living at home with the love and care of her sons Bernie and Danny and the help of all her family, friends, neighbours and her much-appreciated home care workers. She was blind for the last several decades of her life, but never let that or anything else stand in her way.  She was sharp as a tack til the end...an independent thinker who raised independent thinkers. Jessie was our beloved matriarch for so many reasons. She was unshockable and found the good in every situation. She believed in being kind and caring and encouraged people to “be who you are.” She was part of the Greatest Generation and a true character. Her positive influence will continue to be felt by her family, friends, and neighbours for years to come. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband Romie Gillis; her siblings: Annie Sullivan, Katie MacEachern, Mabel MacEachern, Hugh Mac Eachern, Mary Blouin; two sons-in-law; as well as brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. She is survived by all 12 of her children: Mary (Donald R.) Gillis, Muriel (Tony (deceased)) Gillis, Cecilia (Joe) MacEachen, John (Aurea) Gillis, Bernie Gillis, Robert (Diane) Gillis, Marjorie (Donald (deceased)) Gillis, Danny (Kelly) Gillis, Sandy Gillis, Gord (Will) Gillis, Catherine Gillis, Stephen (Deanna) Gillis. She also leaves her 21 grandchildren: Wendy (Adrian), Holly (Dean), Sheldon (Beth), Sheridan (Leigha), Breon (Erin), Louise, Jerry, Mark (Ramona), Diedre, Chris (Gen), Shawn (Deb), Katie (Jeff), Robbie (Jillian), Stacy (Matt), Christian (Liz), Luke (Angela), Jillian, Crystal (Stephen), Emma, Daniel, and Mack. She also leaves 22 great-grandchildren: Charles, Jack, Drew, Aiden, Ella, Rory, Matthew, Ewan, Alistair, Leo, Conrad, Jessie, Mary, Calum, River, Alexander. Liam, Rylan, Colton, Mia, Ian, Gordon; three great-great-grandchildren: Ariel, Holden, Malcolm, and one on the way. Also her grand-nieces and nephews, as well as dear cousins, especially Donald. Visitation was Sunday, August 8th, in the Judique Fire Hall from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Funeral was held Monday, August 9th, at St. Andrew's Church in Judique at 11:00a.m. Due to COVID restrictions, the funeral was family only. In honour of Jessie's generous spirit, donations can be made to the CNIB, the Judique Fire Department, or buy yourself a lottery ticket and try your luck. Online condolences may be shared to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

BOURGEOIS
It is with great sadness that the family of Simon Joe Bourgeois announce his passing on Sunday July 25th, 2021, at the age of 90 years, at Sacred Heart Community Hospital in Cheticamp. Simon Joe, son of late Simon D. and Rose (Chiasson) Bourgeois was predeceased by their only son, Bernie (Susan), and will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 68 years Jeanne, and their two remaining children Bernice (Gilles), and Mona (Shane); his six grandchildren: Marc, Debbie (Shawn), Celine (Remi), Nadia (Mike), Caithlin (Walter), and Cassey; his11 great-grandchildren: Zackary, Micheal, Meaghan, Leighlan, Nicholas, Nick, Maiya, Sebastien, Layla, Mike Jr., and Leighna; plus one great-great-grandchild Aleania. Simon Joe will also be deeply missed by his sisters: Luce-Colombe (Wilfred), Ethel (Marcellin), Leona (Andrew), Yvonne (Livain); brother, Yvon (Denise); as well as many close nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by his sisters, Rose Anna (Earnest), Marie-Eva (Henry), Sadie-Mae (Joseph); brothers Leo (Dora), and Charlie (Gemma). Simon Joe was a dedicated member of the Knights of Columbus as a 4th Degree Grand Knight, member of the of the Legion Br. 32, past president of the Senior Citizen Club, and long-standing advocate with the Cheticamp Fishermens Co-op. Simon’s love of the ocean was well understood by all who knew him as he was a fisherman for most of his life, after leaving the life of a miner in New Waterford behind to begin his journey back to Cheticamp where he was born and raised. He loved his trout fishing excursions with friends and family, working in the woods, lending a helping hand with his wood-working abilities, and last but definitely not least always working his hardest to have the winning hand playing cards and cribbage. A funeral in memory of Simon Joe was held on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. at St.Peter’s Church in Cheticamp. COVID restriction protocols were followed. Father Pierre-Antoine St-Cyr officiating. Interment followed in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Simon Joe may be made to the Sacred Heart Community Hospital. We, the family, would like to extend a very special thank you to the devoted staff of the hospital and home care workers for their compassionate care and help in easing his suffering and bringing him peace in his time of need. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Sunset Funeral Co-op, Margaree Valley. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

HARRISON
Marilyn Ann Harrison (previously Maginley, nee Hill), born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, peacefully passed away at the Parkland Shannex in Antigonish surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, July 24th, 2021. She was predeceased by her brothers, Bill and Brian Hill; her first former husband and our father, Charles Douglas Maginley, and her second former husband Robin Harrison. She is survived by her brother Greg (Betty) Hill; five children: Rachel, Rob (Valerie), David (Erika), Christopher, and Amanda Maginley; her five grandchildren: Suzanne, Ryan, Derek, Megan, and Emma; as well as numerous extended family members. She was a piano teacher, producer, and had her ATCL (Trinity College of Music) 1969, and LTCL (Trinity) 1975. Raised in Nova Scotia, she travelled the world and lived in many places. She married the first time in 1957 and again in 1978. She taught piano privately for many years in Sydney, Halifax, Victoria, and Saskatoon. There she produced and directed for the Saskatoon Opera Association, and was a founder and its general manager from 1978-94. She also adjudicated at music festivals across Canada and gave workshops. The book Piano Pedagogy and Performance Principles, which she edited, was published in 1992. Retiring to Margaree, Cape Breton, in 1994, Marilyn continued to teach privately and to adjudicate as well as run the Harrison Hill Bed and Breakfast. She founded a community based theatre group and also restarted the Margaree Area Development Association (MADA). She was a music and drama critic for the CBC and various newspapers, and a board member of Theatre Nova Scotia and the University College of Cape Breton. Marilyn received the Lescarbot Award for Cultural Contributions in Music and Drama, and the Saskatoon Rotary Award for Education in the Arts. Her contribution to the music and theater world is immeasurable. Mom was a vibrant, adventurous, loving, and engaging person. She was also an incredible mother, supporting her children's endeavours whatever they may be.We loved her dearly, as did many people across Canada. She loved to travel and knew all sorts of musical history. One was always welcomed in her home, and you were likely fed and told amazing stories that kept you entertained and laughing for hours. Her beautiful smile, sense of humour, and sound of her laugh will remain in our memories. You are so much a part of who we are and we will do our best to serve others in the essence of love, kindness, and humour to honour your legacy. Tiamo Momma! We miss and love you deeply. Enjoy the afterlife...word is there is a lot of music! A heartfelt thank you to the sisters and staff, particularly in Mary's Court, at the Parkland Shannex, Antigonish, for their extraordinary care of Mom. She loved you too! Funeral arrangements by the Sunset Funeral home and service to be held at Calvin United Church TBA. Donations appreciated to L'arche Art House, Antigonish, or to the Nova Scotia Music Teachers Association. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

MacNEIL
Kenzie Bernard MacNeil (September 2nd, 1952 - July 24th, 2021): We lost our Kenzie so unexpectedly Saturday night but as he would have wished, with family, song, a full moon, and as little fuss as possible. While best known for his song “The Island,” which was declared the official Cape Breton anthem in 1985, Kenzie had a career in songwriting, acting, producing, directing, and writing for films, television, and radio for over 40 years. Kenzie inherited his love for family, music, and community from his parents John Angus and Anastasia (Borden) MacNeil. As the youngest of seven, Kenzie learned the art of storytelling and the beauty of the Gaelic culture from his father’s knee. John Angus, a Gael from Gillis Point, was an educator, field worker for Moses Coady, and a leading member of the Antigonish Movement.  Kenzie proudly grew up in Whitney Pier and studied at the University of Lesotho while accompanying his parents on field work with CIDA in Africa for three years. At Little X, he was greatly influenced by his professors, who became friends and colleagues, especially Charlie W. MacDonald, Donnie F. Campbell, and Harry and Liz Boardmore. Centred around the College Pub, a close group of the Island’s greatest talents came together and formed the heart of the cultural renaissance of Cape Breton in the 1970s: poetry readings, plays, revues, skits, open mics, festivals - all of which laid the path for the Boardmore Playhouse and put Cape Breton story and song on the national stage. Many people across the country grew to recognize Kenzie’s distinctive voice through his contributions to Peter Gzowski’s This Country in the Morning and Morningside on CBC Radio, and on some of the most popular television shows of the time: Singalong Jubilee, Ceilidh, Tommy Hunter, Ryan’s Fancy, Ian Tyson, and many others. Kenzie had an active theatrical career performing in productions like Tom Gallant’s Step/Dance and with Gordon Pinsent in John and the Missus, and was nominated for an ACTRA award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Last Night in Town. He was integral to the production of the National Film Board’s Empty Harbours, Empty Dreams, 12,000 Men, Scoggie, among others. He served as the artistic director/producer of the Rise and Follies of Cape Breton Island and the Cape Breton Music and Theatre Company, director of the UCCB Press, and editor/publisher of The Cape Bretoner magazine. He was immensely proud of his work as chair of the Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation and the creation of soundstages across the mainland and on the Island, and in particular, bringing Pit Pony and New Waterford Girl to Cape Breton. He loved the collaborative process of filmmaking. The songs that Kenzie wrote were deeply rooted in his feelings about family, spirit in the face of decline, and the importance of storytelling and laughter to the Island’s culture. On his beautiful 12-string Guild guitar, he composed songs such as “Johnstown Boogie,” “The Bungalow,” “Stubborn Spruce,” and “The Barbarian.” His soaring voice could fill a theatre just as it would captivate an audience around a bonfire on the Bras d’Or. His duet with Raylene Rankin of Stanley Collins’s “Oh Do You Remember” will endure in the hearts of many Cape Bretoners. His booming laugh was unrivaled, so infectious you couldn’t help but laugh yourself. Kenzie’s girls always knew where to find him in a crowded room or outdoor concert by following his laugh. Kenzie had some incredible adventures to points far and away, but he always came home to An Innis Àigh, for which he had a deep and unwavering love, full of stories and lessons and having shared his love for the Island wherever he was found. Beyond all, his greatest pride was being a father to his four girls and grandfather to his 11 grandchildren. He was the “sun in splendour” to his wife of 44 years, Lauren; the adored father of daughters Caitriana (Juan Tun), Christie (Devon Morrison), Mary (Elias Rassi) of Ottawa, Anna (Gary Hatcher); and “Papa Kenz” to his best friends Marcos Alejandro, Javier Santiago, Litza, Elsie, Elena, Samuel, Sadie, Sandy, John, and twin boys coming in August. We are gratefully supported by his devoted sister, Mary B. Hureau and her son, Tom; brothers John and Angus, nieces and nephews, and his dearest friend, Father Ora MacManus. He enjoyed a wide circle of friends who shared his great love of Cape Breton, and who fought for its autonomy and its future. He loved his Margaree home and his friends and neighbours who made life there special.
“Bear me upon your wing and fly me to the Highlands, where heaven’s birds sing.
There’s a song there upon the wind, where the ocean meets the sky,
Sounding like my father’s violin as he gently played a lullaby.”
He was loved for his character, humour, good will, optimism, and generous spirit. While left with a tremendous grief, we will be forever grateful to our Dad for the gifts of song and stories for the generations to come and the extraordinary life he gave us all. We will host a gathering in the fall to celebrate together. In his memory, please donate to the Highland Arts Theatre, share a book with a loved one, sing one of his songs, watch the film Empty Harbours, Empty Dreams. There are no words to describe how much he will be missed.
“And if I should ever lose you, or if death comes upon our door,
And our lives have been lived well, I could not ask for more.”
“Caitriana” by Kenzie MacNeil

BUSHOR

Rita Marie Bushor, age 85, Belle Cote: It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our loving mother and grandmother, sister and friend, Marie Bushor on July 23rd, 2021, in the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. She was a daughter to the late Mose and the late Antoinette (LeBlanc) LeBlanc. Known affectionately to her relatives as Rita Marie, she was a kind and gentle soul who always had a positive outlook in life, despite facing many difficulties beginning at a young age. Her mother died in childbirth when she was only seven years old. She was lovingly welcomed into her aunt Lorette’s home where her cousins became her honorary brothers and sisters, and with whom she shared a close and lifelong bond. Her only brother lived with their paternal grandparents and she loved being able to see him on school holidays. She was an extremely hard worker and learned to cook, clean, and do laundry (using a washboard no less) to help her aging grandparents and uncles on the farm. At 13 years old, her father remarried and she moved to Sydney Mines, where she would meet her future husband, Joe Bushor. Being a military wife, she followed him across Canada and to Germany, where they raised three daughters. Marie was industrious and very talented. She designed and sewed many of the clothes for the girls, which she continued through their lives. She taught, and also won awards for her original needlepoint designs. She worked many years in the cash office of the K-mart in Dartmouth and then returned to her roots in East Margaree, where she finished her career at the credit union. Although she spent many years away, she never forgot her Acadian heritage and was very proud to be a p’tit sceau (little bucket). She was passionate and devoted to her family. A wonderful cook, she loved making delicious meals and baked treats. Marie enjoyed the simple pleasures of life, family, friends, laughter, and a good game of cards. Patient and easy going, she was also known for her sharp wit and wonderful sense of humour. Marie always had a strong faith and fervently prayed the rosary for family and friends. She leaves behind a legacy of love and kindness and will be deeply missed by all her knew her. Marie is survived by daughter, Debby (Louis) Arsenault; sisters, Shirley (Douglas) LeBlanc and Judy Harron; grandchildren, Curtis Hadley, Ti Hadley, Teryl McKay, and Tyler McKay. Besides her husband, Joe Bushor, she was predeceased by a son, Sean Bushor (in infancy); daughters, Monique Bushor, and Darlene Arsenault; brother, Marcellin LeBlanc; and sister, Isabel Fyfe. Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 29th, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. followed by a funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. in St. Michael’s Church, East Margaree, with Father MacDonald Ibeh officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. Donations may be made in Marie’s memory to Palliative Care Services, Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

MacDONALD
Colin “Collie” Gerard MacDonald, age 82, of Mabou Harbour, Nova Scotia, passed away on Friday, July 23rd, 2021, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital surrounded by family. Collie was born July 27th, 1938, in Mabou to the late John Finley and Mary Sarah MacDonald. He was a life-long member of St. Mary's Church, Mabou. In Collie's early years he began his fishing career with his father and he continued to do so all his adult life. Collie was an avid card player and in the past also enjoyed attending bingo games throughout the communities. He was a well-respected neighbour and lent a hand to anyone in need. Collie was a man of few words; however, when he spoke, all listened. Collie enjoyed the love of his life Catherine to whom he was married for over 40 years. He is survived by his children, Colleen (Kevin) Ingraham, Cheticamp; Gerard (Chy), Windsor, Ontario; grandchildren Colin and Kyle Ingraham; Colin, Samantha, and Sydney MacDonald; great-granddaughters, Mila, Tia and Elana Ingraham; step-grandchildren Nolan and Megan MacIntyre; sisters  Ann MacMaster (Gerard); and Mary MacDonald; brother John Francis MacDonald; sisters-in-law Donna Anne and Isabel MacDonald. Besides his parents, Collie was predeceased by his step-son John MacIntyre; siblings Mary Catherine, Alexander, D.A., Catherine Florence, I.D, Kenneth Joseph, Rita, Theresa, Sarah Anne, Dan Archie, and William Francis. Visitation took place on Tuesday, July 27th, in St. Mary's Church, Mabou, from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. with funeral mass to be held Wednesday, July 28th, in St. Mary's Church, Mabou at 11:00 a.m. with father Danny MacLennan and Father Bernie MacDonald officiating. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society or to the Lung Association of Nova Scotia. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

MacDONALD
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, Eileen Mary MacDonald of Port Hood who passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 22nd, 2021, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Born in Bristol, England, to the late Ernest and Lillian Hill, Eileen cherished every moment spent in her homeland. She is survived by her eight children, Jacqueline, Ontario, Rodney (Noella), Ontario, Pamela (Jackie), Mabou, Patricia, Port Hood, Edward (Geoffrine), Port Hood, John Angus (Sherri), Port Hood, Francis (Sandy), at the homestead in Glengarry, and Joyce (Ivan), Mabou; grandchildren, Darren, Eileen, Tammy, Michelle, Christine, Mark, Mandy, Bryce, Nathan, Jessica, Marina, Taylor, Chloe, and Emily. She is also survived by her two sisters, Joyce, Sacramento, California, Sheila (Mike), Swindon, England, and one brother, Leslie, Swindon, England; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great-great-great grandchildren, and treasured friends Florence and Glenna Ingraham and Eileen’s next door neighbours, the Campbells. Besides her mum and dad, she was predeceased by her husbands, John Angus MacIntyre and John Finlay MacDonald; sisters, Wyn, Iris, Christine; brothers, Edward, Dennis; as well as grandson, Todd, and great-granddaughter, Margaret Anne. A long-time member of the Port Hood Catholic Women’s League, Eileen had a devote belief in the Catholic church, in particular a love for St. Anne. She spent her life giving herself to others, whether it was crossing the Atlantic Ocean as a war bride to leave her homeland for the unexpected experiences of a new land, her selfless ability to raise her children through the loss of two husbands, caring for two foster children, her volunteer time spent with teaching figure skating and years of dedication to the Girl Guides of Canada. Eileen spent her life inviting others into her home for many “kitchen chats” and of course, a splendid cup tea. She also immensely enjoyed her Tuesday evening card games and afternoon sewing circles. Eileen’s family wish to express sincere gratitude to all who remembered us during this difficult time. Special thanks to Dr. Lok, the thoughtful nurses of the ICMH, as well as Melody MacMillan. To all our thoughtful friends and neighbours, your many acts of kindness were much appreciated and will always be remembered. Visitation took place in Port Hood and Area Resting Place, Port Hood, on Monday, July 26th, from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with funeral mass on Tuesday, July 27th, at 11:00 a.m. in St. Peter's Church, Port Hood with Father Vincent vanZutphen, Father Joe MacKenzie, and Father Eugene Morris officiating. Burial followed in the parish cemetery. Family flowers only please. Memorial donations may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society or to St. Peter's Cemetery Fund, Port Hood. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.
“If we pray, we will believe. If we believe, we will love. If we love, we will serve.” – Mother Theresa

COTTON
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course.” Timothy 4:7
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the death of our husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, John Clayton Cotton, age 72, of Little Judique. Johnny to most, Dad and Grandpa to the rest, passed bravely on Tuesday, July 13th, 2021, surrounded by the love of his family. Raised as a proud Judiquer with deep Inverness roots, he was a graduate of both St. F.X. and Mount Saint Vincent Universities. Though he spent his professional life working tirelessly for his county as the director of Recreation, Tourism, and Adult Education, he was splendidly tickled to take a well-earned but early retirement to focus on his enduring obsession, golf. Loving nothing more than lively debate or moneyed wagers, Johnny was a fierce competitor regardless of the endeavour be it sport, religion, or politics. Weaned at the Inverness Raceway, he was also a lifelong, passionate fan of harness racing. Acutely community minded, he was always ready to lend a helping hand to his vast community of esteemed family and friends. Johnny is survived by his beloved best friend and wife of 45 years, Cathy; his doting children: Chris (Candra, Halifax), Jonathan (Cassandra, PEI), Leigha (Sheridan, Halifax), David (Amanda, Halifax), and Kalyn (Mike, Kingston, ON); his cherished grandchildren Ewan, Liam, William, Alistair, Elizabeth, Kate, Tess, Hattie, Isla, Andi, Leo, and his namesake, Jack; his treasured aunt, Anna; and, his valued siblings Frank (Diane), Ethel and Danny. He was predeceased by his parents, Richard and Tess, his parents-in-law, Colin and Betty Livingstone, his sister-in-law, Debbie, his godson and nephew, Jeffery, his nephew, John Colin and his grand-nephew, Liam. Visitation was held on Sunday, July 18th, 2021, in Port Hood and Area Resting Place. His funeral mass was held at his home parish of St. Peter’s at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 19th, 2021, followed by internment in the St. Peter’s Parish cemetery with Father Duncan MacIsaac officiating. The funeral mass was live streamed via St. Peter’s Parish Facebook Page. Arrangements are under the direction of Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury. We are overwhelmingly humbled by the outpouring of kind support and prayers. Online condolences may be shared at www.haverstocks.com. The family extends its deep, sincere thanks to the staff of the Strait Richmond Hospital for their kindness to us and, more importantly, to our father. Though Johnny’s generous and compassionate nature developed a litany of worthy causes, memorial donations may be made to the Strait Richmond Hospital Palliative Care Society (www.srpalliativecaresociety.ca), the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society (www.osas.ca) or a charity of your choice. Dad, may your drives be forever straight and your putts forever short. You will be profoundly missed.

MacDONALD
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Judith Hannah MacDonald of Port Hood in her 66th year. After many years of illness, Hannah passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 13th, 2021, Inverary Manor, Inverness, with her devoted husband, Sam, by her side. Born on October 28th, 1954, in Sydney, Nova Scotia, she was the youngest of nine children – a daughter of the late Joseph and Caroline (Keough) DeLeskie. Hannah was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend. She will be fiercely remembered for her kindness and humour, as well as for the uniqueness of her character and the freedom of her spirit. From her time as a social worker, Hannah was a committed mental health advocate. She made significant efforts to reduce stigma and support the recovery of those suffering from alcoholism and addiction. In her day-to-day life, she had a passion for interior design, writing, reading, and music. She also loved her animals and could often be found with a cat on her lap. Hannah is survived by her loving husband, Sam; children, Kelly, Matthew (Kristin), and Carrie; siblings, Ron (Mary) and Rachelle (Bruce); and grandchildren, Lauren, Lucy, and John. She will be sorely missed by all her DeLeskie and MacDonald families, as well as her many friends and neighbours in the community. The family is especially grateful for Hannah’s close friends, Mary Buchanan and Rita Campbell for all their love, generosity, and support over the years. Besides her parents, Hannah was predeceased by her siblings, Carl, Gerard, Mary Marcella, Jean, Celeste, and Paul. Donations in Hannah’s memory may be made to the Inverary Manor, Inverness, where much care was taken by staff to ensure the highest quality of life during her final weeks. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 22nd, from 10:00-10:45 a.m. in St. Peter's Church, Port Hood, with funeral mass to follow at 11:00 a.m. with Father Vincent Vanzutphen officiating. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

SMITH
Catherine Ann (MacEachern) Smith, 101, of Deepdale, Inverness County, formerly from Little Judique, passed away peacefully on Thursday July 15th, 2021 with family by her side in Inverary Manor, Inverness. Born in Judique on June 2nd, 1920, Catherine was the daughter of the late Donald MacEachern and Anne Margaret MacEachern. Catherine in her younger years worked at the Lobster Factory in Judique. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who was one of the best in preparing meals and baking for her family. In her younger years, she would spin the wool to knit homemade sweaters, socks, and mittens for her children. She always enjoyed a good cup of tea with friends and family. She was a devoted church-goer. Catherine is survived by her children, Donnie MacDonald, Kingston, ON; Colonel (Gloria) Smith, Inverness; Rachael (Bob) McConnell, Liverpool; Gordon (Cindy), Inverside; Bernie, Inverness; and Joe, Inverness; grandchildren, Laurie Parish, Whitby, ON; Mark Krahl, Ajax, ON;  Robert Smith, Liverpool; Cathy Smith, Fredericksburg, VA, Adam Smith, (Kenzie) St.Catherines, ON; John Smith (Heidi), Sherbrooke; great-grandchildren, Caden and Logan Nichols, Fredericskburg, VA; Luke and James Parish, Whitby, ON; great-granddaughter, Kayleigh Smith, Sherbrooke. She was predeceased by her husband, John Angus Smith and her daughter, Pauline Krahl. Family would like to thank the Inverary Manor staff for all the special care and compassion that they provided to Mom during her stay at the manor. Visitation will take place on Sunday from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Inverness Funeral Home, Inverness. A graveside service will take place on Monday at 11:00 a.m. in St. Margaret of Scotland Parish Cemetery, Broad Cove with Father Dan MacDonald officiating. Memorial donations may be made to: Inverary Manor, Inverness.  No flowers by request. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

THOMAS
A great light faded with the gentle passing of Clara Theresa (Carroll) Thomas on July 14th in Halifax, N.S. Born in 1930 in Margaree Forks to Leo D. Carroll and Sally (Tompkins) Carroll, Clara loved family, friends, and entertaining. She was known for her generosity and wit, keeping her humour to the end, entertaining visitors with stories, and telling fortunes. Clara was an avid reader and enjoyed politics and current affairs. As a young woman, she wrote for Cape Breton newspapers. Although Clara completed vocational training in bookkeeping, she stayed home providing support to her family. She was a member of Ladies Auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion (Centennial) and served as president for one term. She also volunteered with women organizations during her many years living in Dartmouth. Clara was married to William (Bill) Thomas in 1953 until his death in January 2000. She is survived by her daughter Sadie Ann (Thomas) Frye, son-in-law Jay M. Frye, both of Stillwater Lake, N.S. and granddaughter Bridgett Frye-Houghton (Alex), Columbia, S.C. She is also survived by her sister, Marie Rizzo of Waltham, MA, and several nieces and nephews. Along with her parents and husband, she is predeceased by her siblings: Edward, Ruth, Bessie, Dave, Helen, Gervase, and Mary. She is also predeceased by several nephews and nieces. In lieu of flowers, donations in Clara’s memory may be made to Halifax Hospice, who provided wonderful care during her last weeks and to the SPCA. Her family would like to thank palliative care for their assistance and her many relatives and friends who provided support with visits, calls, and cards. A memorial mass will be held Friday, July 30th at 6:00p.m. at St. Patrick’s, North East Margaree. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Sunset Funeral Cooperative, Margaree Valley. Online condolences to: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

COLLET
Mary “Rita” Collet, age 90, Cheticamp: It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of our loving mother and Nanny, Rita, on Wednesday, July 7th, 2021, in the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. Rita was a daughter of the late Ernest and the late Alma (Fougère) Covin. She was born and raised in West Arichat until she married the love of her life Frank, whom with, she had 47 wonderful years. They moved to Cheticamp to be near their children and grandchildren, where she remained until her passing. Mom (Nanny) will always be remembered for her sense of humour, her loving heart, her love of shiny things, and perfume. You could always find her knitting, playing cards, or praying. Rita is survived by her sons, Donald (Lucie-Anne) Collet, and Pat (Carolin) Collet; daughters, Marie (Kenny) O’Toole, and Kathy (Lloyd) Sampson; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Besides her husband, Joseph Frank Collet, Rita was predeceased by son, Francis (Chickie) Collet; granddaughter, Mary Sampson; great-granddaughter, Shelby Skylar O’Toole; great-grandson, Christopher Carson Bishop; five brothers and three sisters. A funeral service was held on Monday, July 12th, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Peter’s Church, Cheticamp, with Deacon Gerald LeBlanc officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. Donations may be made to St. Peter’s Church, Cheticamp. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca. We will love you Forever and a Day! Until We Meet Again.

 

KRAHL
Pauline Anne Krahl (Smith), 71, of Inverness Nova Scotia, passed away suddenly on Friday, July 2nd, 2021, with family by her side in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Born in Inverness on May 20th, 1950, Pauline was a daughter of the late John Angus Smith and Catherine Ann Smith (MacEachern). After graduating high school in Inverness, Pauline moved to Toronto, Ontario, where she married Gunther Krahl in 1973 and relocated to Ajax, Ontario. She built her career in the market research industry and became the general manager of a market research firm. In later years, Pauline returned to Inverness to spend time with her mother who currently resides in Inverary Manor, Inverness. She enjoyed BINGO!, sewing, and knitting. Pauline's true passion was her family and spending time with them, especially her grandchildren. Pauline is survived by her spouse, Gunther; children, Mark and Laurie; grandchildren, Luke and James; mother, Catherine Ann; siblings, Donald, Colonel (Gloria), Rachael (Bob), Gordon (Cindy), Bernie, and Joe; nieces and nephews, Robert, Cathy, Adam, and John. She will also be missed by her many cousins and friends. She was predeceased by her father, John Angus Smith. A private grave-side service took place on Thursday, July 8th, 11:00 a.m. in St. Margaret of Scotland Parish Cemetery, Broad Cove, with Father Dan MacDonald officiating. No flowers by request. Memorial donations may be made to: Central Inverness Palliative Care Society. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

LeBLANC
John D. LeBlanc, Jr., 86, a longtime resident of North Chelmsford, passed away at his home on Thursday, June 24th, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Ursula (Brake) LeBlanc with whom he enjoyed 60 years of marriage. He was born in Waltham, MA, on August 13th, 1934, and was raised in Margaree, Nova Scotia, Canada. John was the son of the late John and Victoria (Aucoin) LeBlanc. He attended schools in Canada. Upon returning to the U.S after graduation, John was employed for several years at Raytheon in Waltham. He then enlisted in the United States Air Force, proudly serving his country while stationed at Loring Air Force Base in Maine. John was a Regulatory Engineer for the Sanborn Company in Waltham, which later became Hewlett Packard in Andover for almost 40 years. He was a member of the North Chelmsford American Legion post #313 and the Tyngsboro Sportsman Club. John enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, golfing, and time spent with his family and friends. In addition to his loving wife, Ursula, John is survived by his children: Daniel LeBlanc of Chelmsford, David LeBlanc of Chelmsford, and Lisa Hopkins and her husband Gregg of Coventry, CT; his grandchildren: Emily Robinson, Chelsea Robinson, and Sara Robinson; his step grandchildren: Erica Hopkins and Paige Hopkins; his siblings: Robert LeBlanc, of FL, Edna Brin of Nova Scotia, Pauline Berry of Nova Scotia, and Laura Dixon of MA. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and cousins. John was sadly predeceased by his brother Norman LeBlanc. A mass of Christian burial was held at St. Mary Parish, 25 North Road, Chelmsford.

FRASER
John Joseph Fraser, Centerville, Inverness County, November 11th, 1926, – June 12th,2021: We are saddened to announce the passing on June 12th of our uncle and friend, John Joseph Fraser, age 94, at Palliative Care Unit of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital in Sydney. John was born at home in Centerville, Inverness County, NS, to Angus and Margaret (MacDonald) Fraser on November 11th, 1926, and was the last surviving member of his immediate family. John was a modest and humble gentleman who loved his nieces and nephews, and valued his friends and neighbours. John’s first language was Gaelic and in recent years enjoyed reviving the old language with friend John Phillip Rankin of Mabou. The family would also like to thank all of John’s Centerville neighbours, especially John Murdock and Christina Campbell, for the friendship and support given to the Fraser family over many years. John left the farm at an early age to work at various industrial jobs in Ontario, and spent many years in Toronto, before returning to the family farm in 1986. He sold the farm in 2017 and lived for a short time in Inverness, then came to live in Sydney with his niece Shirley and her husband Gerald Farrell in 2018. Besides his parents, John was predeceased by an uncle George Fraser, who was like a father to him; brothers Ronald, Allan, Kenneth, Donald, sisters Margaret, Loretta and Catherine Fraser, and Mary (Albert) Livingston; and special friend Florella MacKinnon. He was also predeceased by nephews, John K. (Cathy), Donald, and Angus Livingston, Angus and Douglas Fraser; nieces Mary Anne Ellue, and Beverly Fraser. He is survived by nieces Rochella Sutherland Sydney, Geraldine Fraser Mississauga, ON, Shirley (Gerald) Farrell Sydney, Nora (Frank) Martin, Sydney, Cavell (John J) MacLean, Antigonish, Lorraine Doyle, Antigonish; nephews Gerard (Heather) Livingston, Bedford, and David (Sandra) Livingston, Halifax. A funeral mass for John will be held at St. John the Baptist Church in Brook Village, Inverness County NS, on Saturday July 24th at 11:00 a.m. Prevailing COVID gathering protocols will apply. Donations in John’s memory may be made to local food banks, or a charity of your choice.
Fois shìorraidh dha anam.

GILLIS
Donelda Margaret (MacIsaac) Gillis May 6th, 1947 – June 25th, 2021. It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of our beloved Donelda Gillis, 74, of Gillisdale, South West Margaree. Donelda peacefully passed away in St. Martha’s Regional Hospital in Antigonish on June 25th, 2021, with her daughter Mary Elizabeth, grandson Zachary, and granddaughter Cassie by her side. She was born in Inverness and raised in the Red Rows by her maternal grandparents. It would be wrong to say that Donelda lost the battle with her health because she never stopped fighting no matter how sick she was. She was always determined to get back on her feet to her daily life at home with family. This battle may have broken others but not Donelda, she stayed strong right to the end. It was through our Ma we learned what resilience and perseverance truly looked like. There was no quitting for the Gillis duo (Ma and Da). In fact, we do not think the word was in her vocabulary. It was something she never let her husband, children, or grandchildren do. Just because she is no longer here does not mean she quit her fight. Even though Ma’s health was failing for years, few people knew the extent to which she struggled. Her joy for her children, grandchildren, and family with indomitable spirit kept her pushing through the pain. Donelda’s love for all her family was deep. She was a compassionate wife, mother, godmother, aunt, and Nanny whose passion was caring for others. Ma and Da (Richard Gillis) were married on July 29th, 1967, and lived in Margaree for their entire marriage. They were blessed to live across the road from Richie’s parents and Donelda’s favourite travel partner, her mother-in-law, Lizzie Agnes. The pair could be found travelling all over Inverness County hosting Tupperware and Mary-Kay parties making many memories along the way. They were quite the inseparable pair and had lots of laughter and fun in each other’s company. Halloween was this pair's favourite occasion because they immensely enjoyed dressing up and going house to house pranking their Gillisdale neighbours. Donelda was always close to her in-laws, so close that the family says Donelda was not just a sister-in-law she became another cherished sister. Donelda embraced this role and became a proud and cherished member of the Gillis clan. Throughout her married life, Donelda always made sure to keep a strong connection with her Inverness roots. She would go the extra mile for all her family. Donelda was blessed with three beautiful sisters whom she adored. She was a big part of her sisters' families and spent part of her adolescent life living with her older sisters and assisting with the care of their children. This connection was carried into her adult life where she always put in the extra effort to make her nieces and nephews feel more like her own children. No matter the occasion, Donelda was there to celebrate their baptisms, birthdays, graduations, weddings, etc. Her strong family connections did not stop with her sisters. She remained close with her cousins as well, who to Donelda, were more like brothers and sisters. Over the years we heard many a tale of nostalgic times had with her cousins running around the Red Rows, picking blueberries to sell to attend a theatre show, playing on the coal dust and train turntable, and swimming in the harbour of Inverness. It was in Inverness that she met her lifetime best friend, Joanie MacEachern. Donelda and Joanie spent much time at the Inverness Racetrack caring and walking the racehorses. The two had countless adventures in and around Cape Breton throughout their lifelong friendship, too many to name them all. Donelda was a beloved member of the South West Margaree community and church. Donelda was one of three powerhouse women along with Annie Jane Gillis and Mary ‘Vincent’ MacKinnon, who were the force behind community dinners, weddings, funerals, and functions at the parish hall. Donelda would immediately be into the flour bag as news spread of a death in the community ensuring the grieving family would be fed and comforted with her famous rolls and biscuits. Donelda was a hard-working fisherwoman and homemaker. She both manned the gaspereau traps and the oven to feed the hoards of people that frequently stopped in to visit and help her and Richie. For Donelda, her family was her pride and joy; she devoted her life to caring for her beloved husband Richie and their four children. Anyone who stepped into Donelda’s kitchen became family and was treated to a hot cup of tea, homemade baking, and great conversation. Donelda is survived by her four cherished children, Mary Elizabeth (Brian) Cameron, Shawn (Melanie), Nelson (Crystal), Allan (LeeAnn); and her adored grandchildren, Chelsea, Shane, Zachary, Cassie, Hannah, Bryce, Lynda, Hillary; and great-grandchildren, Annika, Quinn, Liam, and Isabella. She is also survived by her only living sister, Elizabeth (Lizzie) MacDonnell, and her numerous nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband of 51 years, Richard Gillis; brother, John ‘Bun’ (Winnie) MacIsaac; sisters, Mary (Alex) MacPhee, Georgina (H) MacDonald; brother-in-law, Ronald MacDonnell, John Gillis, Willie Dan MacDougall, Anthony Gillis, Johnnie MacLellan; sister-in-law, Jessie MacDougall; and always her special great-grandson, Callum James Cameron. Visitation took  place in Inverness Funeral Home on July 4th from 3:00 -7:00 p.m. Funeral mass was held on July 5th at 11:00 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Church, South West Margaree with Father MacDonald Ibeh officiating. Burial followed in MacDougall Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Ronald MacDonald House, Halifax. Online condolences can be made to www.invernessfuneralhome.com. We will always remember you Ma, that special smile, the caring and warm embrace you always gave us. We will always remember your love for Da and how you were always by his side. We will always remember you Ma because you were one of a kind, our mother and friend. You’ll always be in our hearts.

GILLIS
It is with absolute heartbreak and disbelief that we announce the sudden passing of John Archibald “Johnny” Gillis, June 18th, 2021. Born May 12th, 1966, to the late John Archie and Mona (Harper) Gillis, Johnny leaves behind his wife of almost 15 years, Colleen, and son, Johnathan Alexander. He also leaves behind his brothers, Roy (Kimmy) and Danny; nieces, Keisha, Abby, and Helena; nephews, Quarrie (Abbey), Luke, and Layk; mother- and father-in-law, Anita and Norman Patterson; sister-in-law, Vicki (Mike); brother-in-law, Frank; along with two special people very close to his heart, Alisha and Josh (Shelly). Johnny was employed at the Tree Nursery in Strathlorne where he spent many days side by side with his wonderful past and present co-workers. Each evening and days off were spent with the horseman and horsewomen at Inverness Raceway. Johnny had a passion for horses and has owned and raced many over the years. He leaves behind his favourite horses, Iona Katie and Tequila n Paradise. Also his barn mates, Joey, Madison, Erland, Damian, and Andrew. As soon as race season was over, Johnny would spend his time cheering on from the stands at any arena his favourite hockey player for the Inverness Ravens and from his spot on the couch, his beloved Montreal Canadiens hockey team. Special thank you from the family to Constable McGean, Don and Corrine, Sean, Frankie, Bruce and Marilyn for being there when we were delivered this tragic news. Visitation took place on Saturday, June 26th in Inverness Funeral Home, Inverness from 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to: Inverness Raceway, Inverness. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

DEVEAUX
Bertha Deveaux, age 87, passed away peacefully at her home in “Mountain View Villa” at the Inverary Manor, Inverness, on Sunday, June 20th, 2021. She was born in Inverness July 29th, 1933, the oldest child of the late Victor and Chlory (Fasquel) Lanceleve. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband, Simon Deveaux; special friend, Mike Gillis; siblings, Morris (Gloria), Angus (Rhoda), Jules (Gayle), Victoria (Bill); nephew, Jimmy Lanceleve. She is survived by her brother, Louis (Wendy); sister, Chlory (Gordon) MacLean; and many nieces and nephews. Bertha worked hard all her life, proving that her strength was one of her greatest attributes until the very end. She worked for many years at the convent in Inverness and also did housecleaning for many families in Inverness. She took great pride in her work and lived by the motto “anything worth doing, is worth doing well.” She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, going for drives in the country. Bertha loved the “Old Country Songs” and could listen to them for hours often singing along to the familiar songs. Another one of her passions was cooking and baking. She enjoyed a good hot cup of tea with family and friends and always had a delicious treat to serve with it. The last chapter of Bertha's life was spent at the Inverary Manor, Inverness. She was welcomed there by everyone with open arms. A heartfelt thank you to the staff who always went above and beyond to meet her every need until the very end. The love and compassion freely given to Bertha was second to none and was appreciated beyond measure. Special thank you to Dr. Raymond Lok for many years of wonderful care given to Bertha. To Dr. Ritter and the palliative care team, your kindness and support will never be forgotten. Cremation has taken place and a “Celebration of Life” service will be held at a later date. Donations in Bertha's memory may be made to Mountain View Villa, Inverary Manor or Central Inverness Palliative Care. Arrangements for the late Bertha Deveaux are under the care of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.
When we lose someone we love,
We must learn not to live without them;
But to live with the love they left behind.
Forever in our hearts.


MacEACHERN
The world sadly lost a shining star when our Lizzi Jane MacEachern gained her wings on June 22nd, 2021. In her short life, Lizzi was able to make a profound impact on those lucky enough to have been in her presence. She was known for her compassion, kindness, and was wise beyond her years. Lizzi Jane was the ray of sunshine everyone wanted in their life. Our loss is immeasurable, but so is the legacy and love she left behind. Lizzi came into this world to the delight of her family on August 6th, 2009, and made her family complete. Lizzi Lou leaves behind so many heartbroken loved ones: her parents, Daniel and Nicole (Nikki); sisters, Samantha (Jake Wright) and Shelby (Keegan Freimanis); grandmothers, Sandra MacDonald and Donelda MacEachern; aunts and uncles, Patricia (Toodie) (late Daniel) MacPhee, Jack MacDonald, Richard (Butch) (Charlene Marchand), Lennie, Wendy, Natalie (Alex) Larade, Jason (Kara) MacEachern, Cathy, Kelly (Jason Chiasson) MacLean; as well as cousins, Brock (Amy), Grant, Danielle (Cassidy), Patricia (Tish) (Dave), Lauren (Danny), Whitney (Craig), Nate, Carter, Ethan, Brock, Hallie, Meah, Lauchie, Izzy, and special cousin, Kalia; numerous grand aunts and uncles, extended family and friends, special mention to Jordan (Melanie) Amelia and Laina. Lizzi is predeceased by grandfathers, Lauchie MacEachern and Donald (DD) MacDonald. For her young age, Lizzi was a natural athlete. Her greatest passion was riding and caring for her horse, Summer, at Reaching Strides Equestrian Centre. She enjoyed playing softball, hockey, and showing off her amazing overhand serve in volleyball. Lizzi was often outdoors as you could find her riding the four wheeler, and doing anything associated with the water. Riding her paddle board and going out on a boat with her Captain Melvin on the New Moon were some of her favourite pastimes. She also spent many hours playing cards, board games, and entertaining us with her TikToks. Lizzi was very creative as she was always making crafts and created many special drawings for those she cared deeply about. She had a fierce love of animals, especially her dog Lacy. To her father’s dismay, she also had a great love of the Boston Bruins, especially Brad Marchand. Lizzi was one of a kind, she had beautiful blonde curls, a giggle that was infectious, and a smile that would light up any room. We must believe and have faith that with her heart of gold, she was meant for so much more. While never far from her mother’s side, she was also a fierce protector of her father. Lizzi adored her two big sisters Samantha and Shelby. She jumped at any opportunity to spend time with them, as Sam would take her anywhere she wanted to go, while Shelby would help star in her TikToks. A best friend to so many, but especially to Mary Ellen. She also had a very special connection with Ryan (everywhere) who was like a brother to her. We want to give special thanks to the first responders, to the staff on the life flight, to the doctors and nurses at the IWK who made every effort to save our little girl. We would also like to thank Chelsea Watts, Brandon MacNeil, Kim van den Hoogan, and Jacqueline MacLean for everything they did. Our family will never forget the outpouring of support we have been given from our communities. We know this is a testament to the beautiful girl that we were lucky to hold and love as long as we did. Carry the light and the spirit of her with you always. May the twinkle in her eyes be reflected in yours not only when you think about her but in everything you do and you will find that her soul will live on inside you and carry you through the darkest days ahead and rejoice in your greatest moments. Lizzi, you were taken too soon, but we loved you enough for a lifetime. Goodbye hurts so much because your story was not finished. We will be watching for you as you ride through the sunsets and see you in the shooting stars. Visitation took place at 563 Marble Hill Road on Saturday, June 26th from 6:00-9:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 27th from 3:00-8:00 p.m. Due to COVID, a private funeral service was held in St. Peter’s Parish Church, on Monday, June 28th at 11:00 a.m. with Father Andrew Gillies and Father Vincent vanZutphen officiating and was livestreamed for those who could not attend, at http://www.facebook.com/st.peters.Parish.PortHood/ or http://youtube.com/channel/UCod_u0Gbapx5o9B0zTd-qHg. Donations may be made to Lizzi’s Go Fund Me: https://gofund.me/03047de8. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.


MacMILLAN
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our mother, Annie Helena Marie MacMillan, who passed away peacefully Wednesday morning at Inverness hospital; her children at her bedside. Annie was the daughter of the late Alex and Sadie (MacDougall) Arbuckle. She was predeceased by her brothers Danny, Jackie, and Angus Neil Arbuckle, and Pat Williams; her husband, John MacMillan of Hawthorne; her son-in-law, Bill Mouland; her parents Ronald and Maude (Gillis) Williams of Ingonish; and her companion, Wilfred Cameron. She is survived by her sister, Mary (Joe) Beaton; her children, Eddy (Simone) MacMillan, Francis MacMillan, and Diane Mouland; her grandchildren, Tracy (Ernie) MacMillan, O.J. (Elisabeth) MacMillan, Neil (Donna) MacMillan, Ann Margaret (Gideon) MacMillan, Curtis (Shana) Lamorie, Jillian Lamorie, Jenny (Tim) Mouland Dahl, Gerald (Kyra) Mouland, Jessie and Dillon MacMillan; her great grandchildren, Myranda, Leah, Riley, Madison, Allie, Rayna, Everley, Skylar, Jo-Lee, and George; nieces, nephews, and extended family. She had great respect for life and all that it had to offer. She appreciated the outdoors and loved her home in Hawthorne, where she woke up to the sound of birds. She fed the rabbits, tended to her flowers and enjoyed the fresh air on her little deck listening to the sound of running water in the brook. She swam in the sea, literally danced in the rain to celebrate her 80th birthday and found peace in knowing that all was well in her world. Mom genuinely loved people. She was compassionate, understanding, and had a great sense of humour. She appreciated every kind gesture and made lifelong friends in her travels. Annie had strong faith and was a member of the Catholic Women’s League for over 50 years. She prayed for the sick, the lonely, and the troubled at heart. She worked at Mary’s Hill Home in Mabou and was an excellent caregiver, friend, and neighbour. She was also a member of the Glencoe Station Hall. She supported her community, attended all local events, and loved a good game of cards, country music, Celtic music, dancing, and telling stories. She especially enjoyed visiting relatives in her birthplace of Ingonish. We would like to thank Dr. Susie Egar for her excellent care and compassion, the nursing staff at Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital, and the Critical Care Unit at Cape Breton Regional Hospital. Special thanks to her friends and neighbours at Reynold Street in Port Hood, where she resided for the past two years. Your kindness and support are greatly appreciated. Cremation has taken place. A graveside service will be held at St. Peter's Parish Cemetery in Port Hood on Friday, July 2nd at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Vincent VanZutphen and Fr. Eugene Morris officiating. This service will be for close friends and family members only due to COVID restrictions. If inclement weather, the service will be moved to the church. Donations can be made to: The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Palliative Care I.M.C.H., or a charity of your choice. Funeral services are under the direction of the Dignity Funeral Home, Inverness.


SMOLENAARS
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, sister, and aunt, Melita Marie Smolenaars, on June 18th, 2021, in the Victoria County Memorial Hospital, Baddeck, NS. Born on February 11th, 1937, in Baddeck she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Catherine (Aucoin) Cheverie. After meeting the love of her life, John, they moved to Burlington, Ontario, where they raised their two children, Perry and Tamara. Anyone who had the privilege of knowing Melita would quickly learn of her keen sense of fashion and love of colour. She would put these attributes to use as a successful seamstress and model. Her unique and diverse personality also embraced regular Tai Chi practices. Melita and John returned to Baddeck to enjoy their retirement on beautiful Hunters Mountain, where Melita's talent as a photographer would blossom. Over the years, many of her friends and family have been the fortunate recipients of her distinctive cards. Following John's passing in 2014, Melita would take up residence at MacLeod House in Baddeck where she was treated and cared for as family. Over the duration of her stay there, she was blessed to have made many wonderful friends, with residents and staff alike. Melita was a member of Farquharson Memorial Presbyterian Church, Middle River. She also regularly attended Knox Presbyterian Church, Baddeck, and was active in the AMS. In addition to her contributions to the church she was a fun and tireless volunteer at Alderwood Rest Home. Melita is survived by her daughter, Tamara (John) Snow of Burlington, Ontario; and her sisters, Corinne Foster, Vancouver, BC, and Claudette MacNeil, Mississauga, Ontario; grandson, Zackery Johnson also many nieces and nephews. Melita was predeceased by her husband, John; son, Perry; brothers, Eugene, Theo, George, and Raymond; and sisters, Marie, Olivia, and Viola. As per Melita's wishes, cremation has taken place and funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Funeral Co-operative. A service is to be held at a later date, respecting all COVID-19 restrictions. In capturing Melita's true essence, attendees  are asked to please wear bright, happy colours! With respect to Melita's wishes there will be no flowers; however, donations may be made to Alderwood Rest Home, Baddeck Hospital Palliative Care, Cape Breton Regional Hospital Cancer Clinic, Sydney. Online condolences can be sent to: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com. A funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m on July 31st, 2021 at Knox Presbyterian Church, Baddeck with Rev. Brian MacLeod officiating. The family wishes to thank the staff of MacLeod House, and the doctors, nurses and staff of Victoria County Memorial Hospital, Baddeck. You are exceptional!
Melita you were your own fiercely
strong, classy, independent lady         
and you will be greatly missed as you
and John are once again together.

KENNEDY
Alexander “Al” Kennedy of Amesbury, formerly of Watertown and Cape Breton, June 6th, 2021. Born on January 7th, 1937, Al was the beloved husband of 61 years of Florence “Flo.” Loving and devoted father of John of San Francisco, James of Exeter, Alan, and his wife Mardi of Limerick, Robert of Amesbury and Steven and his wife Eva of Las Vegas. Grandfather of Emily St. Pierre, Nicole, Justin, Evan and Grace Kennedy, Mathew Lopez. Great-grandfather of Reagan and Jack St. Pierre. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Dear brother of Alana Landry and Leona MacInnis, both of Waltham, Jack Kennedy of Amesbury, Isabel Duddy of Belmont, Joanne Sullivan of Lynnfield, Donald Kennedy of Dedham, Sarah Roux of Stoughton and Margaret Murphy of Bangor and the late Patricia Chisholm, Mary Tardif, and Shirley Sheehan. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a celebration of Al’s life of Wednesday, June 23rd, from the Brasco and Sons Memorial Funeral Home, brascofuneralhome.com, 773 Moody Street, Waltham. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Al’s name may be made to the Inverness Food Bank, c/o Mary MacNeil, Railway Street, Inverness, NS, Canada, B0E 1N0.


MacDONALD
Colin Lewis MacDonald, Port Hood: It is with love and confidence in God that we announce the peaceful passing of Colin Lewis MacDonald on June 10th, 2021, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Dad passed peacefully with his family by his side. Colin was born in Judique, September 26th, 1930, to parents James Francis and Mary Christina (MacDonald) MacDonald. He was a rigor for the mining industry, an accomplishment he was very proud of, at that time there were very few rigors in Canada. With so many “Colin MacDonald's” in Port Hood he became known to many as “Colie Twin.” Dad was an active part of his community, was very interested in history and genealogy and was a faithful member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Port Hood. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife, Jessie (Smith); son, Lewis in infancy; siblings, Florence MacMillan, Laura, Helen, Angus MacDonell, Alan, Stanley, John Oswin; brother-in-law, Alex Gillies; sisters-in-law, Jean MacDonald and Dawn MacDonell. He is survived by daughters, Joanne (Wayne Lamb), Colleen MacDonald, Mary MacDonald; sisters, Mary Gillies, Phyllis (Butch) MacDonald; brother, Angus MacDonald; Dad's buddy granddaughter, Francis; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; also many nieces and nephews. We are very grateful to family and friends for all their prayers and blessings over the past number of months. A special thank you to Dad's wonderful neighbours, the MacLean’s. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Father Vincent VanZutphen, Father Eugene Morris; Lori Ann, your steadfast and compassionate care and support during Dad's illness will never be forgotten. We also want to thank Melissa, Brooklyn Kennedy, Geneveive, Marie, home care nurses, Dr. Egar, Dr. Ritter, and all the support staff at Inverness Hospital your kindness made this difficult time a little easier. Rest in peace Dad. Due to COVID restrictions a private family funeral mass will be held on June 18th, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. in St. Peter's Church in Port Hood, burial will follow in the St. Andrew's Cemetery, Judique. Arrangements are under the care of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.
From the lone shieling of the misty island.
Mountains divide us, and the waste of seas.
Yet still the blood is strong, the heart is Highland
And we in dreams behold the Hebrides.


MacNEIL
Jude T. MacNeil, age 82, a resident of Lowell, passed away suddenly at his home on Saturday, June 12th, 2021. Born in Inverness, Nova Scotia, on June 1st, 1939, he was a son of the late John Angus and Catherine A. (MacDougall) MacNeil. Jude was educated in the Inverness school system and was a graduate of the Holy Family High School. He then attended St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, and later went on to earn a Master’s degree in Education. Jude taught in Nelson, British Columbia, and Indiana before moving permanently to the United States in the late 1960s. He lived in Tewksbury with his former wife, Clare (MacMullin) MacNeil, before settling down in Lowell in the late 1970s. He was employed at Ste. Jeanne d’Arc School for many years before his retirement. After retiring, he volunteered for over 15 years at Community Teamwork. Jude enjoyed reading, listening to Red Sox games on the radio, talking on the phone with family and friends and travelling, especially back home to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, every summer. He would walk several miles every day around downtown Lowell and attended the daily Mass at St. Joseph the Worker Shrine. He was also an avid fan of the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens. Jude had a special place in his heart for his furry grandchild, “Mr. Jackson,” whom he loved to visit and talk about. Jude was a very proud father and grandfather. He is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Shannon M. Demos and her husband Jay of Tewksbury and Catherine A. MacNeil and her fiancé Lou LaMattina of Peabody; two granddaughters, Emma and Abby Demos; two sisters, Marie Welsh of Ottawa, Ontario, and May MacNeil of Inverness, Nova Scotia. Jude was predeceased by three sisters and two brothers: Myrna Owen, Rita Green, Ferdinand MacNeil, Sadie Shetterley, and William MacNeil. Jude is also survived by several nieces and nephews, including Glen Owen, David Welsh, Teresa Marques, and Robert MacNeil, whom he frequently spoke to. In accordance with his wishes, there will be no visitations. His funeral mass was celebrated on Friday, June 18th, at 10:00 a.m. in St. William’s Catholic Church, 1351 Main St., Tewksbury. Burial will take place at a later date in Nova Scotia. For online condolences or directions to the church, please visit www.tyngsboroughfuneralhome.net.


ROSS
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our Mom, Mary Elizabeth Ross “Betty” as she was known to us all, passed peacefully from lung disease on June 12th, 2021, in Baddeck surrounded with love. Betty was born February 18th, 1952, to the late Loretta and Donald Ross. Betty is survived by her daughter, Leigh Anne (David Buchanan) Baddeck; sons, Darcy Shaw (Florence) Edmonton; Owen Shaw (Nastasha) Edmonton; her beloved grandchildren, Carson and Sam Buchanan, Ashlyn, Dayna and Jack Shaw, and Emily Shaw; sister, Joanne Ayre (Alex) Sydney; brothers, Alex (Margaret) Allen (Barbara) Leonard (Martine) all of Margaree, Trevor (Kimberley) Elmsdale; and many loving nieces and nephews. Betty’s greatest joy in life was her children. She was a constant support and loving mom. Always there where and when she was needed! Betty loved her grandchildren and enjoyed watching them perform, whether it was theatre, dance, or hockey she never missed an opportunity to cheer them on. She especially enjoyed her visits to Alberta to spend time with her family. In the earlier years Betty was involved in the NE Margaree Home and School Association and actively involved with starting the Margaree Valley Nursery School. Betty met many acquaintances and friends during her time working at the Margaree Co-op. After moving to Baddeck she enjoyed her time volunteering with the residence of the Alderwood Nursing Home. She also became an active member of the Baddeck Legion Branch #53. Betty always had a project of knitting or cross stitch on the go, but one of her favourite pastimes was playing cards with her friends and grandchildren. She enjoyed summer days at the beach and winter evenings playing darts at the legion. You were lucky if you were on her Christmas list for her famous peanut butter balls. Betty enjoyed her years living at the Baddeck Seniors Residence. “The Ladies” were some of the most important people to her. The friendship and support of her “buddy” Joyce Ingraham was some thing very dear to Betty and to us, her family. The family would like to thank Dr. Genge, palliative care team, Dr. Ritter and nurse Paulette, continuing care nursing and the home support staff of Victoria County . A special thank you to care provider Jennifer Dominey, we can’t thank you enough for your compassion and friendship towards Mom and our family. A funeral mass will take place at a later date. Memorial Donations can be made to the Hospice Society of Victoria County or Royal Canadian Legion Baddeck Branch #53. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.


WHITE
Beatrice Mary White passed away peacefully on June 15th, 2021, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital in her 78th year. Born February 2nd, 1943, to parents, Louis and Denise (Lasage) Smith. She put up a brave fight the last 10 years with health issues. Beatrice will be remembered for her kindness, sense of humour, and making people feel welcome, especially in her home. She made sure everyone had a cup of tea and a bite to eat. In her earlier years, she was employed at St. Mary's Hospital, Inverness, as a kitchen worker until its closing. She then moved on to Holy Family Convent as housekeeper and cook. In later years, she was a caregiver. She leaves to mourn: her sisters, Mary MacQuarrie, Inverness; Jeanette (Gary) Lean, Ontario; brothers, David (Vickie) Smith, Ontario; and Phonse (Agnes) Martell, New Waterford. She also leaves behind her nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews and great-grandnieces and nephews and her many good friends who helped her throughout the years. God bless you all for taking her to appointments, to the store, church, running errands, and whatever she needed. Besides her parents, she is predeceased by her husband, Joseph White; sister, Bertha; and brother, Ernest. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no visitation. A private family funeral mass will be held on Saturday, June 19th, in Stella Maris Church, Inverness, with Father Dan MacDonald officiating. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society or to a charity of one's choice. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.


AUCOIN
It is with sadness that we announce the death of Marie Louise Aucoin, 75, from Cheticamp, which occurred Friday, June 4th, 2021, at the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. Born in Cheticamp on April 28th,1946, she was the daughter of the late Willie A. Boudreau and Mathilda (Poirier) Boudreau. Marie Louise was a hard worker, working at the Robin Jones grocery and department store for over 25 years. When the store closed, she then worked at Cheticamp Packers processing plant followed by Le Centre de Mi-Careme until her retirement. Co-workers will say she worked hard but made them laugh and made work go so much faster. Marie Louise was a very special person, making friends wherever she went. She loved to have visitors in her home and she and her husband Paul Emile made them feel welcomed and their door was always open for a cup of tea, a good chat, or a place to lay your head. She was always the life of the party and made us laugh with stories and jokes in her own particular way. For over 45 years, they welcomed the mi-careme in their home. Their house was known to be a place to get some good laughs, fun time, and the food offered was over and above what was expected by the ones who were running mi-careme from house to house, and those trying to guess them. She so much looked forward to it. It was her favourite time of year. She loved going out to listen to music, concerts, and performances. Many a time she would be seen at the Doryman, on Saturday afternoons listening to fiddle music, and other evening performances. She loved to see young musicians and performers and tried to support them in their endeavours. She enjoyed a good game of cards, and a nice evening of bingo. Marie Louise was a true compassionate person. You just needed to let her know, and she was there helping in any capacity she could. She did palliative care, took care of the sick and the elders, cooked or baked for events, always ready to help family and friends. Many deeds went unnoticed as she never wanted to be in the spotlight. The last few years proved hard on her body as her failing health made doing what she loved the most, a bit harder or not as inviting. She spent the last months in and out of hospital but was always cheerful and always thanked all who helped her, especially the ones who travelled to make sure she wasn't alone when she was away to get her health care. Special thanks to the doctors, nurses, and all health care people who helped her during her illness. She was blessed to have such caring people to take care of her. She is survived by her brother Clarence (Albertine) Boudreau, Cheticamp; brothers-in-law, David Aucoin, Joseph Henri (Gloria) Aucoin, Roger (Betty) Aucoin; sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Aucoin, Lena (Gerald) LeBlanc, Bonnie Boudreau. She is also survived by her special niece and godchild, Erica Boudreau, and godson, Roy Aucoin; special friends, Lina Poirier and Marie Alice (Roger) Lefort; and many more special cousins and close friends. She was predeceased by her father, Willie (1983); mother, Mathilda (2001); husband, Paul Emile (2016); brother, Alphonse (2004); brother-in-law Pierre Aucoin (1997). As per her wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral mass. A family graveside service will be held once COVID restrictions will allow us to gather. Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr will officiate. Donations may be made to the Sacred Heart Hospital Charitable Foundation 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.

CHIASSON
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Marcelle Chiasson at the age of 81 years. Marcelle was surrounded by her family and passed peacefully at home in Dartmouth on June 9th, 2021. Marcelle is survived by Lawrence, her husband of 56 years as well as their two daughters, Michèle and Ann (Randy Brushett). Her five grandchildren will miss their “grandmaman” deeply: Cynthia, Mia, Anita Brushett, Isaac, and Gabrielle McNeil (Scott McNeil). Marcelle was the eldest of 14 siblings and had a close relationship with her brothers and sisters, despite the distance that separated them. She is survived by sisters, Pauline (Alain), Francine, Marguerite (Germain), Brigitte (Nicol), Christiane (Guy), Marielle (Marcel)  and Jacynthe as well as brothers, Fernand (Madeleine) and Camil (Francine). She was predeceased by her parents Jeanette and Gaudias Tardif; as well as siblings Carmen, Simone, Félix, and Jacques. Marcelle was an exceptional aunt to her many nieces and nephews and will be greatly missed by them. The Chiasson family adored Marcelle. She is survived by her sisters-in-law Pauline (Joe McKinnon), Denise Gilot , and Margaret Anderson as well as brother-in-law Bernard Levert. She was predeceased by many sisters- and brothers-in-law with whom she enjoyed spending time with on “La butte à Mosie” in Margaree Forks. Marcelle was a matriarch of the Chiasson family, always welcoming her many nieces and nephews and other family members from near and far for a homemade meal and great conversation. Marcelle was a risk taker, as evidenced by her willingness to date (and eventually marry) an English-speaking Acadian from Cape Breton and travel there from the town of Chibougamau in Quebec to meet his family! The language and cultural differences would have been major obstacles to most, but not for Marcelle! She embraced this adventure and built close, loving relationships with her Chiasson in-laws. Marcelle spent many summers on La butte à Mosie preparing meals for the farmers and random visitors, always doing so with a happy heart and without a word of complaint. To say that she was adaptable and easy-going would be a huge understatement. Marcelle was calm, cool, and collected. She was a high school French teacher for most of her teaching career and was gifted at getting even the rowdiest, uninterested teenagers engaged in their learning. She was always the voice of wisdom, though she never got in your face about it. Marcelle let her family and friends make their mistakes and was always there to help them pick up the pieces after the fact. She was a devoted and loving wife to Lawrence, sharing a love of reading, travel, skiing, snow-mobiling, hunting, and fishing. She was a patient encourager, always ready to proof-read Lawrence’s writing and help him meet his professional and personal goals. She was selfless, always putting the needs of others before her own. She was an excellent cook and excelled at hosting friends and family while providing an extraordinary culinary experience each time! Her graciousness, elegance, and intelligence were unmatched; Marcelle succeeded in working full time, taking university courses, raising her daughters, running a household, and maintaining friendships and family relationships without missing a beat. Marcelle was a wonderful mother to Michèle and Ann, always going out of her way to provide awesome experiences and meet every need. She was always there for her girls and travelled time and time again to visit them before the family was reunited in Nova Scotia nine years ago. She was a warm and loving mother-in-law to Randy and Scott. Marcelle found her niche when she became a grandma. There was nothing she wouldn’t do for her five grandchildren: walks to the park, shopping trips, playing pretend, cooking their favourite things, lending her car, greeting them after school, taking them to the camp at Lac Beauséjour...the list is endless. Marcelle loved deeply and was deeply loved, leaving all who knew her with many beautiful memories. A celebration of Marcelle’s life will be held in Margaree Forks in late July or August, COVID restrictions permitting. In lieu of flowers, donations to Operation Smile would be most appreciated. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

CHIASSON
It is with sadness that the family of Joseph (Joe) Chiasson, of St. Joseph du Moine, announce his passing on May 25th, 2021, at the Sacré-Coeur Community Health Centre, Cheticamp, at the age of 88. Joe was born in St. Joseph-du-Moine to Simeon and Sabine (Doucet) Chiasson on February 10th, 1933. He is survived by his son Maurice Chiasson; brothers, Wilfred (Olive) and Richard (Eva); sister, Eleanor (Ellie), who was married to the late Alec Buckles. Also survived by special niece Angela Poirier, her husband Alexi and their son Axel. He was predeceased by his wife Marie-Luce in 2003; sister, Germaine (Clarence Aucoin); and brothers, Hector, Hilaire, and Arthur. Joe was a professional lumberjack and spent many years plying his trade in the highlands of Cape Breton near his home. He was an avid outdoorsman and spent many hours fishing, or riding snowmobiles, and trapping in the same mountains where he earned his living. He moved from St. Joseph-du-Moine to Halifax 18 years ago where he lived with Maurice. He enjoyed watching the Montreal Canadiens, and would not admit it, but also would never miss his favourite soaps on TV. He was also one of the only people on the globe who actually enjoyed shovelling snow. The family would like to thank the caring staff at the QE II and Sacré-Coeur Community Health Centre in Cheticamp. A special thanks, as well, to Eileen Gillespie and Gilles Deveau for their support and kindness. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. A funeral mass, celebrating Joe’s life will be held at St. Joseph’s Church, St. Joseph-du-Moine, at a later date. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

SLATON
With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Pauline Lucy Slaton, age 88, of Cheticamp, on Thursday, June 3rd, 2021, at the Foyer Père Fiset Guest Home, Cheticamp. Pauline was born in New Waterford, Nova Scotia, to the late Duncan George Fraser and the late Marie Bella (Chiasson) Bourgeois. At a very young age she moved to Cheticamp, her ancestral home. As a youth, Pauline could be seen participating in sports like baseball, swimming, and skating. She remained a lifelong sports fan and watching sports was one of her favourite pastimes. After graduating from St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in 1956, she practised her profession in several cities in the USA. After retiring, she returned to Cheticamp. For many years, Pauline could be found camping for the summer at the campground on Cheticamp Island. Pauline is survived by her daughter, Cassandra (Clarence) Slaton-Deveau; sons, David (Marlene) Slaton, Robert (Susan) Slaton, and William (Jayne) Slaton; half-sister, Bernice MacGregor; half-brothers, George Fraser and David Fraser; grandchildren, Olivia (Tim) Deveau, Sebastian Deveau, Geoffrey (Mina) Slaton, Jennifer (Justin) Slaton, Christina Slaton; great-grandchildren, Brigham Boyd and Leena Boyd; many cousins, relatives, and friends; (mentioning, Pauline AuCoin and Donna Timmons). Besides her parents and step-father, Willie à Arsene Bourgeois, Pauline was predeceased by step-brothers, Neil Bourgeois, Joseph Bourgeois, and Raymond Bourgeois; half-brothers, Robert Bourgeois, John Alexander Fraser, John Roderick Fraser, Truesdale Fraser; and beloved aunt Lucy AuCoin. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no funeral service. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

TIMMONS
Harry Herbert Timmons, Margaree Centre, November 22nd, 1940, to May 27th, 2021: It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of a dear husband, father, and grandfather on May 27th, 2021. Harry was born in North East Margaree on November 22nd, 1940, to parents Thomas Edward and Minnie Ella (Phillips) Timmons. He is survived by his wife, Annie; children, Elaine (Bernard), Saskatchewan, Lauchie (April), Norma, Patrick (Nicole); grandchildren, Makaylay, Bryann, Ava, Isabelle, Caleb; brothers, Gordon (Beverly), Leo (Darlene); sister, Betty Lou (Tom: deceased); and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents Harry was predeceased by a son Thomas Neil. To some he was Dad, Poppy, Harry, or Uncle Harry; but to most he was Harry - Ed. In his early years Harry worked in the woods for various contractors, Hiram Shaw, Carmen Jordon, Ethridge and Carmichael, BA Fraser and Claude MacRae to name a few. He was worked as a mechanic at Midway Motors for a number of years. Dad (Harry) would often tell stories about his time working in the woods with Charlie Shaw when the logging was done with a horse, sometimes the best stories were told while sitting in his garage having a bottle of beer. “The good old days” as he would say. Harry often spoke about growing up in Margaree Centre (Ganzee Town) with the “old timers” (now we are beginning to be the old timers) with friends Joe, Dot, Tom, Alfred, Jim, Herb, Angus, John, Tommy, William and Eddy Phillips, George Burton and Lawrence Timmons, many more stories about the way things were in their youth. We will miss the old stories and the local history that was a part of those stories. In recent years, retired and relaxing in Marsh Brook he would often take a drive to the local garages to have a chat; but mostly he would be found on his end of the chesterfield you would hear his laugh while watching his “old” shows, Matlock, or The Golden Girls. When someone drove by the house you would always see him give them a wave. Norma shares a memory: “I and Dad went for a drive and he started to get tired so he decided it was a great time for me to learn how to drive. So he pulled over and told me to drive. We ended up visiting his brother, Gordon, and sharing lots of laughs. I will always remember that as one of the special times spent with Dad.” Elaine remembers: “I remember playing outside and picked up a rock and threw it at some crows. The rock ended up hitting the windshield of Dad's car and going no where near the crows. Man he was upset! I also remember being elbows deep in grease trying to help Dad fix whatever he was working on.” Dad we miss you and love you. God bless you. Cremation has taken place and further arrangements will be at a later date. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.


GRAHAM

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our loving mother Helen Josepha (Giills) Graham of Hawthorne in her 78th year. Helen passed away peacefully in her home in Toronto, Ontario, with family at her side, on May 24th, 2021. Born on November 7th, 1943, in Inverness County, Nova Scotia, she was the daughter of the late John S. and Katie Eugene (MacIssac) Gillis, whom she adored. She took great pride and care of her father who passed away in 1962 in the family home in Hawthorne. Helen was predeceased by her devoted husband, Alexander “Gillis” Graham of Judique, NS. They were married for 48 years and lived together in Toronto. Helen is survived by her loving sons, Roger (Monette), Burlington, ON, and Mark (Nadia), Barrie, ON, both of whom she was very proud of. Helen immensely loved her beautiful grandchildren Brett, Natalie, Mya, and Lauren. She is also survived by her sisters Mary (Tom) Campbell of Detroit, Elaine (Sammy) Mombourquette of Halifax, Marge (Leslie) Graham of Judique, and her brother Archie (Edith) Gillis of Judique. Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her brothers Neil (Helen) Gillis and Donald (Marie) Gillis, infant siblings John and Marie; half-sisters Christine MacGilivary, Jean Hannah, and Catherine Gillis; half-brother Archie Gillis; sisters-in-law Claudia Graham and Mary (Jerry) Cross; brothers-in-law Leslie Graham and Gerald Graham; niece Suzette Mombourquette and nephew Johnny Gillis. Helen treated her many nieces and nephews as her own children. They will miss her dearly along with many cousins, neighbours, and friends. Helen welcomed everyone into her home and treated them to an abundance of food and drinks. Anyone that met her felt her love and reciprocated it. Helen's passion was her grandchildren. She was their biggest fan, rarely missing a hockey game, baseball game, football game, or gymnastics competitions. Fellow parents and kids from those sports clubs welcomed her with open arms and she was a friend to all. Helen volunteered with the Special Olympics when it was hosted in Toronto. She loved to watch hockey, baseball, and golf. Helen started and coordinated a community-based fitness program with some of her closest friends (Lillian Paiano, Anne Maclean, and Marie Zanin), and she worked out twice a day, four days a week, for the last 25 years, befriending all of those involved. Helen graduated from the Mabou Convent. In Toronto, she worked at Marsh Mclennan, corporate insurance, as an assistant vice president for her whole career. Helen was dedicated and hardworking, starting work three hours before her start time every day. She loved nothing more than showing off her kids to her coworkers within her office, followed by a lunch downtown. On behalf of her family, we would like to thank and acknowledge the Cancer Clinic at Humber River Hospital for treating mom with care and compassion. Thank you to the doctors, nurses, and personal support workers from St. Elizabeth Home Care for taking such great care of mom. A special mention to Lynn Penton (nurse practitioner), Jessica Dang, and Lindsay Baerg (home care palliative nurses). We would like to extend our thanks and appreciation for the tremendous support from our family and friends that helped us through this journey. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, we kindly ask for donations to the Canadian Angelman Syndrome Foundation, an organization she always supported. Link: angelmancanada.org.

KENNEDY
It is with saddened hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of John Ernest Kennedy of Inverness/Dunvegan in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital on May 20th, 2021, with the love of his life, Donalda by his side. He was born June 26th, 1932, to the late Daniel and Elizabeth Rose (Bennett) Kennedy into a family of 14 children. He is survived by his loving wife, Donalda and their dog Daisy; sisters, Josephine, Jacqueline (John), Irene, Dianne; brothers, Donnie (Diana), Angus, and numerous nieces and nephews. Ernest had a quiet, gentle, loving nature and loved his family dearly. He will be deeply missed by his family and all who knew him. In his early years he worked in the mines and then worked in the woods, until he could no longer work. He liked to fish and loved a good visit or a good game of cards with family and neighbours. Besides his parents he was predeceased by sisters, Mary, Marquerite and Patsy; brothers, Alex Neil, Gregory, Johnnie, and Hector. Special thanks to Dr. Mark Bennett and all the other health care professionals who cared for Ernest during his illness. Your kindness will not be forgotten. As well, many thanks to family and friends for your love and support. Cremation has taken place. Due to COVID, further arrangements will be at a later date. Memorial donations in memory of Ernest may be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the care of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Online condolences may be made to: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

LeBLANC
Marie “Rachelle” LeBlanc, age 67, Cheticamp/Halifax, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 21st, 2021, in the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. She was born in Cheticamp on November 11th, 1953, to Luce Colombe (Bourgeois) and the late Wilfred LeBlanc. Rachelle was a loving and special daughter, aunt, and friend. Having been diagnosed with ALS in July 2020, she fought the battle with courage and bravery. Rachelle was a graduate of the Victoria General Hospital school of nursing, and worked at the V.G. from 1975-2010. In 1989, she enrolled at Dalhousie University and while still working full time, she obtained her BSc in nursing in 1992. In 1995, she became transplant co-ordinator and kept this position until her retirement in 2010. Rachelle had many hobbies and kept herself busy. She had a passion for travelling and was always planning a trip. She looked forward to her trips with the ladies of her golf group. She also took up curling and bridge. Knitting, needlework, and reading were also high on her list of hobbies. Besides her mother, Rachelle is survived by her sister, Annette (Armand) Fiset; nephew, Donald (Mireille) Fiset; nieces, Nadine Whalen and Jenny (Nic) LeMieux. “Menaine” will also be missed by Sebastien and Melanie, who thought the world of her. Besides her father, Wilfred (1993), she was predeceased by her brother Gerald (2016). Special thanks to her Halifax friends, Arlene, Helena, Lucie, and especially Sheilagh. Without their help, she could not have stayed in Halifax from time of diagnosis until Christmas. Thank you to all her Cape Breton friends for their many visits and support. Many thanks to the home care staff for all their help while she was at home. Special thanks to Moira, Dr. Ritter, hospital personal, and Dr. Amelie Maillet for their compassionate care while she was in the hospital. Before leaving on her journey, Rachelle made sure to thank her Mom for her love and support, and her sister Annette for taking such good care of her, and for being the great sister that she was. We will always remember Rachelle’s motto… “It is what it is.” Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a funeral mass will be celebrated at a later date. Donations in Rachelle’s memory may be made to the ALS Society of Nova Scotia or Palliative Care Services of Sacred Heart Community Health Centre. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

McDANIEL
Joan McDaniel, age 84, formerly of Margaree Forks, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 23rd, 2021, at the Inverary Manor, Inverness, with family and loving staff at her side. Born in Sydney on October 1st, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Frances (Armstrong) and the late William Andrews. At the age of 18, she moved to Margaree, where she met Austin (Papa) next door, with whom she shared 55 years of marriage, until his passing in 2011. Married at the age of 19, they raised six children together. For many years, Joan worked as a waitress at the Margaree Lodge, followed by many years as a receptionist at the Margaree Forks Tourist Bureau. Joan left a mark on so many people’s lives. She was a woman of strong Christian faith and a longtime member of St. Patrick’s CWL. Grammie, also known as Nanny, loved the beach, enjoyed a trip to the casino, had a deep passion for flower gardening, and enjoyed bird-watching, as her knowledge of birds was like no other. Her family was her world and many stories were shared with her grandchildren about Nora’s pancakes, Washington pie, her move to Margaree, making bread every day, and so much more. She is survived by her sons George (Danette), Halifax, and Blair (Stella), Margaree Forks; her son-in-law Bernie (Rose Anne) MacIsaac, Stewiacke, and her daughter-in-law, Donna, East Margaree. Grammie’s pride and joy were her grandchildren Emma (Edward), Rebecca, Matthew (Amber), Jason (Sarah), Christopher (Mariah), Bianca, Jill (Justin) and Jeffrey (Katie), and her great-grandchildren Austin, Alexandra, Myles, Ty, Wyatt, Ainsley, Layla, Isaac, Alexander, and Addison Joan. Joan will also be greatly missed by her sister and best friend, Shirley (Claude), her baby sister, Debbie (late Walter Clarke), and her baby brother, David (Diane), along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Besides her husband and parents, Joan was predeceased by her sons, Billy, Frankie, and Herbie, and daughter, Sherri-Lee. The family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to Joan’s former home care workers, the caring staff of the Inverary Manor where she resided for the past eight months, as well as to Dr. LaFrance, Dr. Ritter, Lori Ann MacDonald, and Lyndsey Drozdowski for the care and sincere compassion showed to her. Cremation has taken place. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a funeral mass and burial to be held at a later date. Donations in Joan’s memory may be made to St. Patrick’s Cemetery Fund or Inverness Palliative Care. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

POIRIER
Marie Sophie Poirier, age 81, Foyer Père Fiset, Cheticamp, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 21st, 2021, in the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. Sophie was a daughter to the late Henri T. and the late Marie Jessie (Poirier) Harris. Sophie was a warm, loving wife, mother, and Godmother. She did everything with much love, at home and at work. She worked at the fish plant for most of her life. She was known as an amazing cook, loved lobster, bingo, and playing cards. She even hooked rugs as a hobby. When she was younger, she enjoyed ski-dooing to the camp with family and friends and a bucket of Lick-A-Chick on the table was enjoyed by all. Sophie was a friend and mother to many. Blessed, we all are, to have her in our hearts. We love you. Sophie is survived by her son Joey Poirier; brothers, Louis Pat and Charlie Joe; sisters, Lina, Marie Adele, and Geraldine. Besides her husband, Jean Maurice, she was predeceased by brothers, Henri and Thomas; sisters, Nanette, Juliette, Marguerite, Doris, and Elizabeth. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a funeral mass will be celebrated at a later date. Donations in Sophie’s memory may be made to Foyer Père Fiset. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

TIMMONS
Devon Robert Roy Timmons, August 29th, 1997, to May 24th, 2021: With heavy hearts we regret to announce the sudden passing of our beloved son, brother, uncle, nephew, and friend, Devon Robert Roy Timmons, at the young age of 23. Devon was born and raised in Inverness County. He was predeceased by paternal grandparents Murdoch and Roberta Timmons, and uncles Jeffrey and David. Devon is survived by his father Patrick Dale Timmons; mother Marcella Ann Timmons (MacKinnon); step-father Jason; siblings Cody, Dylan, Morgan, and Margaret; nephew Walker, and nieces Brooklyn and Kaylee (Jessica). Maternal grandparents, Patrick and Alice MacKinnon; aunts/ uncles: Eldon (Debbie), Brian (Elizabeth), Richard (Helen), Bennett (Kim), Wilson (Audrey), Jan (Rachel), Stella (Darcy), Archibald (Angel), Stanley (Pauline), Audrey (Rocky), Helen, Deanna; and many, many cousins and friends. Devon, aka “Seven” was an old-soul and would always express himself through his vintage style and his taste in music. He lived by his favourite life motto, “Life is what you make it.” He got the most joy out of the simple things in life and material possessions were obsolete to him as his only want was to see the joy, unity, and togetherness of his family and friends. He would never ask for anything and always offered anything he had to anyone in need. With an infectious smile and distinct dimples that would light up every room, he would never walk past someone without a thumbs up followed by “Hey, Homies!” and would be the first person to offer his embrace through a warm hug. With a distinct laugh that could be heard for miles, it was his life mission to make anyone and everyone smile. Being a lover of all things outdoors, his favourite places to be were on the water, on the golf course with his brothers, or being with his loved ones at his favourite mountain top look-off, on his father's property. Unfortunatly, due to restrictions there will be no service or visitations held at this time. A small celebration of life will be held and a memorial site will be erected on the family's property at a later date. Donations can be made in memory of Devon Robert Roy Timmons to his family or the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP). Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca. “Audentes Fortuna Juvat.” (Fortune favours the bold, brave, and strong.)

BEATON
With heavy hearts, the family of Monica Isabel Beaton announces her passing on May 22nd, 2021, at age 81. Monica was born January 6th, 1940, in Glenora Falls, Inverness County, Cape Breton Island. She was a daughter of the late Archie and Mary Ann (Boyle) Beaton. She had eight brothers and four sisters. In her youth, she went off to Boston for domestic work, like so many others at the time. But the call of the Island brought her back home. She married John Dan Beaton in 1967, and soon began raising her family. By the mid-‘80s, she worked for several years as a custodian at Mabou Consolidated School. But health issues ultimately forced her to retire. Mom enjoyed Celtic music, and had been a member of the Mabou Step Dancers for several years, performing at the Mabou Ceilidh on parade floats and on stage. She enjoyed “spirited” card games with neighbours and friends, and would also enjoy the numerous kitchen parties that were known to pop up when family members visited home from away. She was a talented artist and very creative, enjoyed nature and being outdoors. The family is forever grateful to so many people for their efforts and concern. To family, friends, and neighbours for their assistance and visits, to the staff at the Inverary Manor, to Dr. LaFrance and staff at the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital and Palliative Care Program, to the staff at Heritage House in Port Hood, and to Inverness Funeral Home for their guidance through our most difficult time. Monica is survived by two children, Evan (Tammy) Beaton in Bible Hill, Laureen (Darrell) Nicholson in Elmsdale; grandchildren, Jordan, Erin, and Dustin; as well as brother, Stanley (Micheline) Beaton of Bathurst, New Brunswick. She was predeceased by husband, John Dan Beaton; and siblings, Sally, Finley, John, Archie, Peter, Don, Mary, John Francis, Bernie, Dorothy, and Patricia. At the time of her passing, she was in the company of her family. As per her wishes there will be no visitation, and cremation has already taken place. Funeral and interment will take place at a later time. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Always thinking of others; her compassion, creative spirit, and sense of humour will be missed by all who knew her. Memorial donations can be made to the Central Inverness Palliative Care Society or St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery fund in Mabou. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

DOUCET
Francis Gordon Doucet – May15th, 1952, to May 2nd, 2021: It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our brother,  Francis Gordon Doucet, age 68, who died suddenly at home of natural causes on May 2nd, 2021. Francis was born in Inverness on May 15th, 1952. He was predeceased by his father, Paul Angus Doucet and mother Josephine Doucet (MacIsaac). He is survived by his siblings, Paula Marie and Darryl Thomas (Nicolette) Doucet, and nephews Dylan Thomas, Aaron Paul Cornelis, and niece Madeleine Josee Maria Doucet as well as aunts, Rita Gillis, Muriel MacDonald, Mary Ellison, Carmella Tompkins, and uncles James (Chris) MacIsaac and Gordon (Selma) Doucet. To this list are many Doucet and MacIsaac relatives throughout Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, PEI, New Brunswick, Ontario, western Canada, and the States. Francis left Inverness, after training in Port Hawkesbury as a hair stylist, to work in Sydney, then Halifax at the illustrious Lord Nelson. After many accomplishments there he took the leap to the Mecca of style in Montreal in the old section of St. Denis where he worked for over 30 years. It was often said, “He was one of the best in his field.” While his father spoke Acadian French, Francis did not, and within a few years in Old Montreal he was fully bilingual in the Quebec style (as noted by his Acadian relatives). His time in Montreal created many lifelong friendships that ‘til the end maintained contact with him. He dabbled in the local arts community and theatre of Montreal and travelled to New York (Studio 54) among other disco era hot beds. Upon retirement, Francis returned home to Inverness in 2009 to look after his mother until her passing in 2019.He was a happy upbeat fellow with a great sense of humour who loved to laugh and was happiest in the kitchen cooking and baking to old disco music. He also had a flair for decorating, which he did for all occasions and seasons. Francis was very spiritual, finding peace in his daily meditations. He was a gentleman to all who knew him. He embraced life fully, having many adventures beyond his Inverness roots. Cremation has taken place and burial arrangements will be made at a later date.

LeVERT
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Doris (née AuCoin) LeVert on May 18th, 2021.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Doris was born in St. Joseph du Moine, NS, on April 29th, 1926, daughter of the late Marianne (Chiasson) and Joseph à John à Thomas AuCoin. She was predeceased by her brother Edmond. Survived by her husband Patrice, her loving partner of 68 years, and her five children, Bobby (Lucie), Nicole, Yolande, Marcel (Paulette), and Jacqueline (Bruce).  She is fondly remembered by her 10 grandchildren, Clayton (Kim), Joel, Serge (Jessica), Isabelle (Ank), Janelle (her favourite caregiver), Angèle (Adam), Jacques (Samantha), Pierre (Sunyata), Gabriel (Kelsey), and François; and six great-grandchildren, Violet, Victoria, Benjamin, Vivienne, Avi, and Arya. Doris had a long life that was well-lived, marrying “the boy next door’’ and along the way, joining Patrice in making “LeVert’s Meat Market’’ a successful endeavor of more than 30 years. Doris was a hard-working and kind woman of many talents and was especially known as a gifted seamstress who could sew men’s suits, ballgowns, christening clothes, and everything in between. She will be fondly remembered for her delicious bread “the best in the three parishes,’’ meat pies, ginger crinkles, and much more.  She was a wonderful volunteer and involved in her church and community through organizations like Les Femmes acadiennes et le Club des Aînes. She was an avid reader, subscribing to three newspapers up to the time of her death.  Books were her best friends while she resided at the Foyer. The LeVert family wants to give special thanks to Dr. Paul Sonier, the staff of Foyer Père Fiset and the Palliative Care Unit of Sacred Heart Hospital for the compassionate care given to her in her time of need. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, a celebration of life and burial will be held at a later date when it is possible for family and friends to congregate. We invite donations to Foyer Père Fiset in memory of Doris. We also invite our friends in the community to send condolence cards to: Patrice LeVert, Foyer Père Fiset, PO Box 219, Cheticamp, NS, B0E 1H0. Arrangements are under the care of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com. “God sent a lot of heaven to earth through Doris.”

St. CLAIR
Jim St. Clair of MacFarlane Farm, Mull River, Mabou, passed away on May 11th at the age of 90 in Inverness Hospital, with family by his side and surrounded by love of distant family members. His wisdom, humour, and storytelling enriched the lives of many, from friends and family to students, colleagues, and community members across Cape Breton. He will be sorely missed. Born in Lynn, Massachusetts, November 21st, 1930, James Otis St. Clair was the son of Byron W. and Louise (Marsh) St. Clair. His mother, Louise was the daughter of Susan MacFarlane of Mull River and Clarence Otis Marsh of Massachusetts. Both sides of the family were Scottish in origin; the St. Clairs had come to Massachusetts in the 1750s, the MacFarlanes to Cape Breton some 70 years later. Jim was the last descendant of several immigrant families from the Isle of Mull to reside in Mull River. A graduate of Harvard College and Graduate School, he taught and inspired generations of students, from New Canaan, Connecticut, to Mabou Consolidated and University College of Cape Breton – from which he received an Honorary Doctorate Degree. His love of history, culture, and stories led him to become a community historian in his later years. For more than three decades, he provided a weekly radio program on CBC Sydney highlighting historical events and people of Cape Breton. He wrote newspaper columns for The Inverness Oran, The Victoria Standard, and the Inverness County Participaper for many years. He researched and provided the genealogical history of 50 pioneer families of Mabou area in Mabou Pioneers, Book Two. He authored and co-authored four books published by Cape Breton University Press concerning Cape Breton people and culture, including a children’s book on the immigration experience in collaboration with the Nova Scotia Highland Village. He was active in the community throughout his life, with a particular focus on preserving and celebrating the rich history of Cape Breton. He served as chair of the board of the Nova Scotia Museum Association, was a long-time board member and chair of the Highland Village, and a founding member of the Mabou Gaelic Historical Society, Orangedale Station Association, Cape Breton Museum Connection and the Inverness County Council of the Arts. For a number of years, he was a board member of the Regional Development Agency of the area and recording secretary for Mabou Communications Ltd. (post office). Active for many years in the United Church of Canada, he was an official advisor/supervisor for several candidates studying for the ministry. He was also an avid naturalist who loved exploring forests, rivers, and ocean beaches – a passion he passed along to generations of family members and many of his students. Through his initiative, a 300-acre old-growth forest that was part of his family inheritance became The MacFarlane Woods, a Provincial Protected Area. Jim St. Clair is survived by nieces Susan Hansen (Douglass West), Louise Mack, Gloria Mack, and Kristin Schafer (Jim Mack); nephews Thomas Mack and Jim Mack (Kristin); as well as brother-in-law George Mack and several grandnephews and nieces who adore him. His survivors also include many cousins including the Smiths of Inverness, the Rankins of Mull River and Mabou, the “Kelly” MacDonalds of Stewartdale, Peter (Francesca) Webber and David St. Clair. He was predeceased by nephews James St. Clair and David Mack; brother Byron St. Clair; sisters Julie St. Clair and Elizabeth (St. Clair) Mack; and his longtime feline companion Max. Many close friends were very important in his life, including A.J. and Juanita Campbell of Mabou Ridge, the Wrights and Franks of Mull River, Angie Smith, Rev. Donna Tourneur and Rev. Nancy Price, Carole Chisholm, Kendra MacKenzie, the Harding family, Donald Dunbar, Pauline MacLean, Rodney Chaisson, members of the staffs of CBC, Inverness Oran, Highland Village, and many others. The boundless curiosity, commitment, thoughtfulness, and joy he brought to so many for so long will be forever treasured. Jim asked that in his memory contributions be made to the Mission and Service Fund of the United Church, the Nova Scotia Highland Village or Mabou An Drochaid Museum. Family and friends will organize a celebration of his life in the future when gathering is possible. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at www.haverstocks.com.

O’TOOLE
We, the family, regret to announce the passing of our beloved mother Paula Jeanette (MacDougall) O’Toole, on May 15th, 2021. Mom passed away suddenly at home, with her loving daughter by her side. Mom was born October 6th, 1946, in Inverness, Cape Breton, to John Duncan and Mary Ellen (MacNeil) MacDougall. She grew up in Port Hastings where she met her best friend and soul mate Danny O’Toole. Together they raised a family in Evanston, Richmond County. During her younger years she devoted her life to her three children and spent many happy sunny days teaching us to swim, build campfires on the beach, play baseball, and to laugh. She was our greatest support and strength. She was a loving and affectionate person by nature. Warm and welcoming and generous with her smile – sharing it readily with friends and strangers alike. It is what endeared her to so many. She enjoyed the simple things in life such as preparing meals for her family, the company of family and friends, music, dancing, reading, her great love of nature, and a long drive on a nice day. Mom taught us the value of hard work, family, and how to treat everyone with dignity and respect. Mom was a friend to many and will be missed more than words can say. She was predeceased by her husband Danny in 2014. It is a comfort to know they are together forever. She was a member of St. Francis De Sales Parish, Lower River Inhabitants. She is survived by her sons Eddie (Rachael), Grande Prairie, Jamie (Debbie), Marble Mountain; daughter, Leigh Anne, (at home in Evanston); brothers, Donald MacDougall (Debbie), Port Hood, John MacDougall, Port Hood; sisters, Betty Watts, Port Hood, Barbara Gillis (John Joe), Glencoe Station, Mary Louise Burns (Raymond), Cheticamp; sister-in-law Cindy MacDougall; brother-in-law Raymond O’Toole, Port Hastings; sisters-in-law Helen O’Toole, Port Hawkesbury; Millie DeCoste (Clifford), Havre Boucher; and many dearly loved nieces and nephews and their families. She is predeceased by her husband Danny; his parents Joe and Marguerite O’Toole; her parents John and Mary MacDougall; her brothers Brian and Lester MacDougall; brothers-in-law Francis, Lawrence, Leonard, and Ronald O’Toole; and sister-in-law Hilda Kinney. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury. Due to COVID-19 restrictions there will be no visitation at this time. Visitation and funeral service will be held at a later date. Donations in memory of Paula may be made to St. Patrick’s Cemetery Fund, Whiteside, or a charity of choice. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at: www.haverstocks.com.

NEYNENS
Petrus Harry Neynens, 1927-2021: The death of Harry Neynens occurred in the Inverness Manor on May 12th, 2021, at the age of 94. Born in Tungelroy, Netherlands, Febuary 21st, 1927, Harry grew up in a family with eight siblings. He served in the Dutch Army from 1948-1950 as a medic in Indonesia. He returned from Indonesia to marry his wife Emelie. They immigrated to Canada in 1952 through Pier 21. They settled in Lake Ainslie where they raised their 10 children. Harry worked at the Pulp Mill in Port Hawkesbury for many years as a millwright. Harry had a passion and zest for life that was unmatched. He was determined, hard working and always willing to help. Whether it was farming, gardening, wood working, or playing cards he always had a project on the go. He was a member of the Inverness Legion and he was very involved in his local church and community. Harry is predeceased by his wife Emelie and son Johnny. He is survived by his daughters, Maria (Peter) McKenna, Catherine (Peter) Nissen, Emilie (David) MacDonnell, Harriet (Geza Szenes) Neynens, Barbara (Ken) Bryden; sons Martin, Jimmy (Sandra McMaster), Harry (Colleen Rankin), and George. There was a special place in his heart for his 20 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Thank you to Father Bernie, close friends, and neighbours who were such a wonderful support to Harry and Emelie. Thank you also to Dr. Susie and the staff of the Inverness Manor. You made Harry feel very much at home and took exceptional care of him. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Dennis Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Whycocomagh. Due to COVID-19 restrictions a service will be held at a later date. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at: www.haverstocks.com.

LeBLANC
Marie Lorraine LeBlanc, age 84, of Margaree Forks, NS: It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend who passed away suddenly at home, on May 7th, 2021. Lorraine had a generous heart and was respected by those who knew her. She was a lady of great Christian faith, as evident by her volunteer work at various churches throughout her life. She was an active member in her community and a lifetime member of St. Michael’s CWL. As the eldest child of 11 children, she was expected to contribute to the household income so had to reluctantly quit school at an early age. She eventually got a job as a nursing assistant at Sacred Heart Hospital in Cheticamp prior to having children and then later worked as a nursing assistant at the Inverary Manor until she retired. Mostly self-taught, Lorraine could turn her hand to anything – as a seamstress, gardener, and quilter. She also demonstrated her creativity through the many crafts she enjoyed doing and sharing with others. There was no chore too big. Lorraine led by example, and even in her later years put the needs of others before her own, continuing her role as caregiver. She was devoted to her family – a mom to everyone and a friend to all. To know her was to love her. She also took great pride in her appearance and would never leave home without a little blush and lipstick. Lorraine was known for her compassion, being soft spoken, her meat pies and fruit cakes, and being an avid Toronto Maple Leafs fan. She was there to greet you at the door and stood at the window, waving goodbye – asking her children to call when they reached their destination. Like her husband, Christmas was her favourite time of the year for family gatherings when she went all out decorating for the season inside the home, and proudly watched as family decorated outside so that the house would be brightly lit at night for everyone to enjoy. Family was everything to her. She is survived by her children: Christina, Denise (Isadore) Murphy, Cyril (Arlene), Bernice (Frank) Aucoin, Elaine, and Tammy, daughter-in-law.  Nannie’s/Grandma’s skin was as soft as her nurturing heart and will be missed by her grandchildren: Jamie (Katie), Melanie (Howard) Burns, Patrick (Racheal), Shamus (Noelle), Shannon (Michael) Lawson, Savannah (Evan) Murray, Dawson, and Jaielyne great-granddaughter.  Siblings: Bernie (Louise), Ethel (Franklin), Hubert (Juliette), Michel (Linda), Jean-Albert (Patricia), Lucy (Joe), Lubie, Linda (Roland), Anita (Andre), and Stella (Kenny); many nieces and nephews, and large extended family. She was predeceased by her parents, Peter and Antoinette; her husband Leonard; and her son Victor. Due to COVID restrictions, a funeral mass will take place at a later date. Donations can be made to charity of choice. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

DANSON DANUSHEVSKY
Andrew Danson Danushevsky, Canadian photographer, of Port Hood, Cape Breton, and Change Islands, Nfld., was a whirlwind of creative energy. A seer, a seeker, a writer, musician, and artist. An educator, author, curator. A man who lived life to the fullest and forged his own unique path. Born in Bournemouth, England, on January 12th, 1945, Andrew was the son of Bert Danson and Dot Markowitz who met in England where Bert was in the Royal Canadian Air Force and Dot was in the British Women’s Auxiliary during WWII. Andrew’s voyage across the Atlantic at eight months of age was the beginning of a life of travel and adventure. Growing up in Toronto, Andrew’s formative experiences were at his parents’ summer camp, Camp Winnebagoe, in Muskoka. There his siblings and cousins spent idyllic summers together with 300 other campers, exploring nature, canoeing, swimming, water skiing, sailing, singing songs, gathering. It was there also that Andrew came into contact with the nearby local farmers. This was the beginning of Andrew’s curiosity about people from other backgrounds, particularly people planted on the earth. These early discoveries greatly influenced the direction his photographic explorations would lead him in later life. These explorations began when Andrew was still in his 20s. Starting in his home town of Toronto, Andrew created a body of work called Toronto Portraits. Often just meeting interesting and diverse people on the street, Andrew would be invited into their homes to photograph them. Such was his charisma, such was the time. His relentless energy to explore this world, its people, its landscapes, its inner workings,  led him eventually back to Europe, to Africa, China, Cuba, Jamaica, creating bodies of work in each of these locations. Actively exhibiting since 1973, Andrew has been featured in over 50 exhibitions. His photographs are collected by museums and art galleries in Canada, the U.S., France, Germany, Belgium, and Scotland. He is the recipient of awards from the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Secretary of State, the Canada Council and the Government of Nova Scotia. He has taught in the photography programs of Humber College, The Centre for Creative Communications (Toronto), and at NSCAD University (Halifax). He has lectured at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Ryerson University, University of Toronto, Hart House, Emily Carr College of Art and Design (Vancouver), Vilnius fine Arts Academy (Lithuania) Memorial University (Newfoundland) and at the Galerie Vaclav Spala, Prague, Czech Republic. On the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, Andrew mounted a major installation at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax. Published works: Unofficial Portraits (Doubleday 1987), a Canadian bestseller, consisting of politicians photographing themselves in their offices; Face Kao, Portraits of Japanese Canadians interned by the Government of Canada during WWII. Andrew was a man of passion and focus, an environmentalist, activist, friend. Having bought property in Newfoundland in the 1970s, Andrew developed a deep love of the island and its people. Eventually settling on Change Islands (CI) in the early 2000s, Andrew quickly became a popular neighbour and friend of many of the Islanders. Out of these relationships came a yet to be published book of portraits called Time Sure Not Be Long Gone. While summering on CI, which became his spiritual home, Andrew was a member of the Fisherman’s Committee, was instrumental in organizing islanders to have a new wharf built, rallied to have a full-time nurse on the island and participated in a multi-year effort of the Manolis L. Committee to successfully have hazardous oil removed from the derelict sunken ship off shore of Change Islands. Being a lifelong teacher he also offered classes in yoga and qigong with his partner, Johanna Padelt. He was man of wisdom and spirituality who lived deeply grounded and breathed optimism. “Life is beautiful and I’ve been blessed with energy from the earth and the cosmos and that can never change. It was always about being there.” Having lived on Cape Breton Island since 2016, Andrew died in the palliative care unit of the Inverness County Regional Hospital. He chose medical assistance in dying after two recent unsuccessful cancer surgeries. He wished people to know that he was glad to live in a country which made this possible and be in the care of wonderful doctors whose compassion created a peaceful end to his life. Andrew Danson leaves behind his loving partner, Johanna Padelt; his son, Akira, and daughter-in-law Stephanie Danson; grandsons Nathaniel and Elliot, of Toronto; his sister Wendy and brother-in-law David; brother Rob and sister-in-law Janice; sister Sue-Ellen and brother-in-law Barry. He was predeceased by his parents Bert and Dot Danson. He will be missed by his niece and nephews, and all the Danson and Farber cousins. Memorial donations may be made to Central Inverness County Palliative Care Society, Cape Breton Island.

BOYLE
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Margaret Anne (Kennedy) Boyle of Mulgrave, Nova Scotia, on Tuesday, May 11th, 2021. Margaret Anne was born in Inverness on April 21st, 1943, and was the daughter of the late John A. and Florrie Kennedy of Glenville. She is survived by her son Frank of Amherst; her brothers, Bernie (Peggy), Ron (Sharon); and sisters, Hazel and Frankie (Melvin). She was predeceased by her husband D.J. Boyle; her son Joe; and her brothers Chris, Alex, John, Joe, Peter, David, and Glen; and sisters Sally, Barbara, and Mary. Margaret Anne took great pride in her home in Mulgrave and enjoyed doing renovations to it for her and her cats. She was known for her kindness and generosity to others and her dry sense of humour. She enjoyed Bingo and card playing with her neighbours and friends. Memorial donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke foundation or a charity of your choice. A funeral service and celebration of life will be held at a later date. Online condolences and words of comfort may be made at www.haverstocks.com.

BEATON
It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden death of Albert Beaton at home in Little Judique, on May 9th, 2021. Albert was born in Halifax on June 8th, 1946, to the late Johnny and Marcella Beaton. He is survived by his sisters Anne (Jack) MacLellan, of Azilda, Ontario, Florence (James) Powers, of Long Point; his brother Joe (Diane) of Enfield; his sister-in-law, Linda (late Bernie), Little Judique; and nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. Albert was a member of the United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters and Welders, having worked in construction as a pipefitter/welder. Albert was a caring, generous, social person, always ready to help his family and many friends. He enjoyed life, having had many adventures along the way but always found his way back to the family home in Little Judique. It is fitting that he passed away peacefully in his favourite chair. Albert had a special love for his nieces and nephews and their children. Uncle Albert, you will be missed. Due to COVID restriction, the funeral will be held at a later date in Saint Peter’s Church, Port Hood. In his memory, donations may be made to St. Peter’s Cemetery Fund, or to a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Green’s Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.greensfuneralhome.ca.

AUCOIN
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Wilf AuCoin of Edmonton, Alberta, on April 29th, 2021, at the age of 84 years. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Donna of 62 years, daughter Debbie (Dan), son Blaine (Trudy), son-in-law Jim, grandchildren Stephan (Niki), Samantha (Wyatt), Curtis (Bara), Matthea, and Zachary. Also left to mourn his loss are his siblings Nora, Sister Anne, Arthur, and Theodore (Annette) of Nova Scotia; his cousin Peter of Edmonton; and many nieces, nephews, friends, and colleagues. Wilf was predeceased by his parents (George and Marie), his siblings John, George, Harriett, Jerry all of Nova Scotia; and his beautiful daughter Lorie. Wilf was a gentleman. He was known for the kindness and compassion that he showed towards others. He was always there to provide guidance and support. Wilf worked for R Angus (later Finning Caterpillar) for 40 years. He started in the wash bay and finished his career as a regional service manager. He was a skilled mechanic and problem solver who could fix anything. He was especially proud of the 1932 Chevrolet Coupe that he restored. Wilf loved his family and made us feel special with his amazing smile and hugs. He will be missed but will be forever in our hearts. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in the name of Wilf AuCoin to the charity of your choice. A funeral service and celebration of life will held at a later date.

CRANTON
Gordon Ralph Cranton, age 90, of Margaree Centre, Nova Scotia, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 3rd, 2021, at Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Born July 23rd, 1930, in Margaree Centre, he was the son of the late Chandler and Frances (Hart) Cranton. Gordon was loved, and is survived by his wife of 63 years, Betty (MacLeod); his three sons, Laurie (MaryAnn), Kevin (Kimberly), and Aubrey (Shauna); and his eight grandchildren, Megan (Jared), Morgan (Travis), Trevor (Breagh), Justin, Frances (Kyle), Macayla (Eric), Casey, and Matthew. He adored his six great-grandchildren, Jayden, Ewan, Sadie, Hudson, Lauchlan, and Karson. Gordon is also survived by his two sisters, Eva (the late Robert) Colpitts and Katherine (the late Rev. Fraser) MacDonald, and many nieces and nephews. Following high school, Gordon graduated from Truro Normal College, and then Mount Allison University in 1955, majoring in geology. He enjoyed his years as a teacher, being rewarded with continuous friendships of his students and fellow teachers. His greatest passions were working as a geologist, prospecting in the Cape Breton Highlands, learning how to fly an airplane, as well as founding and operating Cranton Cottages along the Margaree River. Gordon loved the Margaree River. His pastime was studying the river’s physical features from its beginning in the Cape Breton Highlands to its emptying into the Atlantic in Margaree Harbour. The Margaree river was more to Gordon than its physical characteristics, being part of his spiritual life, always giving tranquility and peace. Gordon gives thanks to his doctor, Dr. Lok, for his years of care. To his renal family at Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital, the Dialysis Unit, nurses and staff, as well as his Renal doctor, Dr. S.Thanamayooranm, a sincere thanks and God bless. Donations in Gordon’s memory may be made to Wilson United Church, where he was a member. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be announced at a later date, when restrictions are lifted and we can gather to enjoy a cup of tea, tell a few stories, and have a laugh remembering days gone by. As Gordon would say “live each day to the fullest and enjoy.” Online condolences may be made at: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

LITTLE
Tricia Marie Little (November 27th,1970 to April 18th, 2021 ): Tricia Marie Little, 50, of Port Hawkesbury passed away Sunday, April 18th, 2021, in Strait Richmond Hospital. Born in Inverness, she was the daughter of Mike Little (Marg) of Port Hood and Linda (MacKie) Little of Port Hawkesbury. She was the granddaughter of Irvine “Tiger” and Elsie MacKie of Port Hawkesbury. Tricia was a graduate of SAERC High School (basketball and soccer) and graduate of UPEI (basketball  and soccer). She was a sports equine massage therapist. She is survived by her husband, Tom Nixa; daughter, Kelsie Nixa (15); sons, James Nixa (12), William Nixa (10), and Linden Nixa (8), all at home; brothers, Richard Little (Tammy), Charlottetown, PEI; George Little (Anne), Whycocomagh; and Keith Little, Prince George, BC. Cremation has taken place. A private, family graveside service took place on Saturday, April 24th, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. with  COVID-19 restrictions respected. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Go Fund Me Page, “In Memory of Tricia Little, for the kids” https://ca.gofundme.com/f/in-memory-of-tricia-little-for-thekids?qid=54111ef3f09560f87e 2da89b67b7c583 or a charity of one's choice. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Green's Funeral Home, 507 Bernard Street, Port Hawkesbury.

MacAULAY
James Earl MacAulay, Saint John, NB, formerly of Whycocomagh, NS: It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of James Earl MacAulay on Tuesday, May 4th, 2021, in Saint John Regional Hospital, Saint John, NB, at the age of 71. Born in Baddeck, on April 24th, 1950, to the late John Edward MacAulay and Mary Sara MacAulay (McLean). Survived by his second wife, Brenda (Storey); daughters, Debora and Doreen (Mark); his stepchildren, Ken, Mandi, Tonya, and Angel; his beloved granddaughter, Emily; brother, Duart (Connie); and sister, Leanne (Neil) MacKinnon; uncle, Sandy (Nancy) McLean; sister-in-law, Johnena MacLean; and brother-in-law, Francis MacKinnon; and many cherished nieces, nephews, and friends. Predeceased by parents; loving wife, Katherine Mae (MacLennan) and her parents. Also predeceased by brother-in-law and friend, Richard “Gilligan” MacLennan and many beloved family members. Jim proudly served as a reservist in the Canadian Armed Forces from 1968 to 1989. A proud steward of Celtic culture, he impacted the lives of many during his tenure as executive director at the Gaelic College in St. Ann’s, Cape Breton. MacAulay took pride in his work as a project manager and planner working on the Canadarm Project, the Confederation Bridge, and before retirement, working at Point LePreau Nuclear Generating Station. The consummate storyteller, Jim always knew how to entertain. Whether regaling you with stories of hunting bologna or helping to pass on the stories and traditions from his beloved Hogoma, he was always happiest when he could make you smile. He was his daughters’ biggest fan, always quick with words of advice, dad jokes, and a big hug. A loving and supportive husband, father, and friend, his connections to those he cared for ran deep. Memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association. Cremation has taken place. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, memorial arrangements will be made later, under the care of Dennis Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Whycocomagh. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at: www.haverstocks.com.

MITCHELL
Emily Marie Mitchell (nee Poirier), July 26th, 1957 – May 3rd, 2021: It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Emily Mitchell, at the age of 63. She passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loved ones. Emily was born on July 26th, 1957, in Margaree Valley, the daughter of the late Mary (Mamie) and Sylvester Poirier. She is survived by her spouse George Mitchell; children Lisa (Derek) Sinclair, Lynn (Shawn) Ash, Lee, Brandon, and Mara (Nolan) Brown. She has five beautiful grandchildren, Addison, Sophia, Lilah, Harper, and Palmer who love Grandma not only for her unconditional love but the unlimited supply of ice cream, Lucky Charms, craft supplies, and always saying yes even when their parents say no. To say that Emily’s grandchildren were her pride and joy is an understatement. In addition to her parents, Emily was predeceased by her former spouse, Raymond Poirier, siblings John Fortune and Mary Doyle. Emily is also survived by her six brothers and sisters as well as her many nieces and nephews. Emily grew up in Margaree Valley where she could be found outside planting her flowers or inside doing some knitting or crocheting. Emily loved playing darts at the Margaree Firehall and be sure if you popped in for a visit she would feed you enough to fill your belly for a full day. Would tell you the way it was and wouldn’t take no for an answer. Emily’s friendships were life long – regardless of what she had she would always offer to give you more. She will be remembered for her kind heart, her quick wit, and her love of playing a prank just to make someone laugh. Cremation has taken place. Due to Covid restrictions the funeral service will be held at a later date. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

RANKIN
It is with great sadness we announce the sudden loss of a husband, a father, and a papa, Finlay Gerard Rankin, of Scotsville, on Saturday, May 1st, 2021. Finlay died doing what he loved. He was born on February 11th, 1952, one of 11 children to the late John Alex and Mary (Parker) Rankin. Finlay is survived by his loving wife of 45 years Sadie (Poirier), sons Perry (Joanne), Antigonish; Curtis (Marion), Scotsville; grandchildren, Finlay and Ronald; siblings Elaine (Gerry), Sackville; Sandy (Heather), Mabou; Cecila (Ed), Sackville; Cathy, Port Hawkesbury; Annette, Halifax; John Francis (Brenda), Mabou; Elizabeth (Lauchie), Troy; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family. Finlay grew up on the family farm in Rankinville, Mabou, where he and his siblings helped out on the farm and got the incredible work ethic he had throughout his life. He then pursued a career in the underground mines in Sudbury, Ontario. Mining wasn’t his calling, so he moved home to Cape Breton, where he found the love of his life Sadie, they moved to Scotville where they raised their family. He then worked for local forestry contractors, where he made many hard-working friends like himself with lots of great stories that he cherished and shared in his many shop talks. With such a passionate love for the forest and a woodsman at heart, he started his own forestry company FPC Contracting Ltd. For just over 10 years. Finlay was a hard man to walk away from once he got talking! He loved his family, friends, grandchildren, pets, ATV rides, coffee, and shop talks! If he wasn’t at home splitting wood in the woodpile, he was out lending a helping hand to others. Finlay was predeceased by his parents, Mary and John Alex Rankin; brothers, Allan and Willy; sisters, Mary Margrett and a sister in infancy; granddaughter Ella Rose; in-laws, Willy and Catherine Poirier, and extended family member, Malcolm MacKay. Due to COVID-19 funeral arrangements are incomplete. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

REID
It is with great sadness that we, the family of Catherine (Kay) Reid, announce her peaceful passing on May 5th, 2021. Kay was born in Inverness on January 28th, 1934; the daughter of the late George and Elizabeth (Lizzie Russell) Copley. Growing up in Inverness, mom came from a very athletic family and eventually gravitated to playing baseball; a joy she carried throughout her life. Mom was also an extremely loyal Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Blue Jays fan and was always willing and ready to banter with the best of them. Mom was a proud member of the CWL. Over the past five years, mom called the Maple Hill Manor home. She received outstanding love and care from all of the staff, she often said they treated her “just like family.” Mom thrived at the Manor she enjoyed painting, bowling with fellow residents...to hear it from her, she was the “Ace” still competitive to the very end. As the matriarch of our family, mom was happiest when surrounded by her family and friends. She always recognized the positive in everyone. On June 25th, 2007, our dad, her husband and best friend, William (Bill) Reid passed. Kay is survived by her children Bill (Cheryl) Reid, Saint John NB, Betty Lou (George) Bisson, New Waterford, Patsy (Jim) Evans, Halifax, Mary Ann (Bobby) Donohue, Victoria Mines, Russell (Tanya) Reid, Sackville, and daughter-in-law, Dawn Hollohan, Sydney. She was Nanny Reid to her grandchildren (Nicole, George, Erin, Jamie, Conner, Brianne, Brydon, Brett, Alexis, Josie, Morgan, Brandon, and Liam) great-grandchildren (Emily, Aidan, Bella, Laila, Grace, Isiah, Deryck, Jude, Will, Ada and James) great-great-grandchildren (Nate and Theo). Kay is also survived by sister, Genevieve (Gen) MacMillan; brothers, Eddie (Marie) Copley, Junior Copley, Russell (Trudy) Copley, and Jimmy (Ann) Copley; all from Inverness. As well as many nieces and nephews. Kay was predeceased by her son Timmy Sutherland of Sydney and sisters Georgina Copley, Jean Walker, and Caroline Walker of Inverness. Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation due to COVID-19 restrictions. A private family service in celebration of Kay’s life will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of V.J. McGillivray’s Funeral Home in New Waterford. To send online condolences, go to: www.vjmcgillivray.ca.

ROSS
It is with great sadness that we announced the death of Hampton Gurney Ross. “Hamp,” as he was known by his friends and family, passed away peacefully from lung cancer on May 7th, 2021, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. He was born on January 10th, 1946, to Gurney and Grethel Ross. He lived the majority of his life in Margaree Valley where he was employed from 1969 to 2003 by Stora Enso. Hamp had a passion for sports especially hockey, he loved watching and coaching it. He also coached and played broomball and baseball. He enjoyed playing golf, cards, and horseshoes as well as game shows and country music. He found pleasure in visiting and supporting the elderly in hospitals and nursing homes. Hampton was a dedicated father, always a constant source of support and encouragement. No matter what was asked or needed he did his best to provide and never disappointed. Hamp was very social and had many great friends. They could always depend on his helpfulness, quick wit, and sarcastic remarks. But his greatest joy in life was his grandsons. Grandpa never missed a concert, track and field meet, or hockey game and as many of you know he was a very vocal fan. Always keeping the hockey moms entertained with his play by play commentary. He welcomed all their hugs and attention while only being known to them as “Grandpa.” He taught the boys many life skills they will always remember. “Grandpa” was the best. Hampton is survived by his daughter, Shawna (Lawrence Bennett), Baddeck; son, Tyson (Cindy), Saskatoon; his four grandsons, Zachary and Josh Bennett and Cody and Luke Ross; brothers, Bill and Blain (Frances), of Margaree Valley; sisters, Gloria Morrison and Vivian Ross, Baddeck, Linda (John Maloney), Dartmouth; and many close friends including Diane Boudreau. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his brother Wilfred; sisters, Margaret Ingraham (Sis) and Retta Ingraham (Ret); brothers-in-law, James Ingraham, Ruben Ingraham, and Murdock Morrison; sister-in-law, Kathleen, nephews Cecil and Clair Ross and niece Alice Cameron. The family would like to thank Dr. Ritter, the palliative care staff, as well as Dr. LaFrance and the nursing staff at Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital for the compassionate care Hampton received. Donations in memory of Hampton may be made to the Victoria Highland Civic Centre. Cremation has taken place. Due to COVID, visitation and burial will be at a later date. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

STEPANIAK
The death of Ernest Joseph Stepaniak of North East Margaree, occurred at Sacred Heart Community Health Centre in Cheticamp on Sunday, May 2nd, 2021. Ernest was the eldest of four siblings born to the late Edward Stepaniak and Mary Joseph (Muir) Stepaniak. Ernie’s wife, Mary Hamilton (Mancini) Stepaniak predeceased him in 2016. He is survived by sons Joseph (Melissa), Cole Harbour, Mark (Angela), Margaree Valley, Andrew (Elizabeth), Bedford, daughter Maria (Ron) Robinson, Fall River, and daughter, Victoria Anne (Vicki) who predeceased him in 2017. He is also survived by a brother Blair, New Waterford and a sister Betty MacLean of New Waterford. There was a very special place in his heart for his grandchildren, Jacob, Luke, Autumn, Mia, Isaac, Emma, and Alexander Nicolas. Nor can we forget his many treasured friends, always held securely in his compassionate heart. Ernie was born in New Waterford and was a graduate Saint Agnes High. He then pursued a Bachelor of Arts Degree at St. Francis Xavier University and taught for one year at Baddeck Rural High School before returning to St. F.X. for a degree in Education; since he knew that teaching was his heart’s desire. For three years he taught in Goose Bay, Labrador, and then in Guysborough and Thunder Bay, ON, before returning to Nova Scotia to teach with his devoted wife, Mary Hamilton at Margaree Forks District High School. Desiring further education, Ernie proceeded to obtain a Masters Degree in English and studied in Administration. He was the first supervisor of curriculum in Inverness County and remained in that position for four years but his heart was back in the classroom so he returned to teach at Margaree Forks for the balance of his career. He received the Curriculum Reward for valuable contributions to teaching and Curriculum Development from the University College of Cape Breton. Ernie was lovingly involved in the Movement for Canadian Catholic Cursillos and travelled throughout Canada with the “Officers Group.” His motto was simple, “Always be ready for death and the call to teach.” The greatest gift you can ever give or receive is the gift of love. It is a gift that empowers, endures, and humbles all in one. Memorial donations in memory of the late Ernest Stepaniak may be made to: Palliative Care Services Sacred Heart Community Health Center or charity of your choice. Cremation has taken place. Due to Covid restrictions, funeral service will be at a later date. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

GILLIS
Gone too soon, our dear big brother John (Johnny) Stephen Gillis of Port Hood, passed away at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital on April 28th, 2021, at the age of 56 years. John Gillis, the son of the late Donald Bernard Gillis and Marie (MacLean) Gillis, born in Waltham, Massachusetts, the light of a fun-loving, energetic, social, family-oriented spirit was taken from our lives. Our Johnny is now in heaven with Mom and Dad. He was a caring brother and brother-in-law of Rodney (Ellen), Lisa (Brian), Danny, and Mindy (Jeremy). He was an adored uncle to Brett, Logan, Marli, Jake, Jamie, Bailee, Maria, Maddie, and Jack. He was loved dearly by many aunts (aunties as he called them), uncles, cousins, friends, neighbours, and liked by everyone from Port Hood to Las Vegas. Johnny’s career in telecommunications took him across Canada and parts of the United States, where he made many friends along the way. Johnny was employed by MT &T in Cape Breton for many years working alongside his buddies, Ronnie and Neil. He then moved to the United States to help set up the fiber-optic network. Then he moved to Toronto and switched to wireless communications. Eventually, he moved back to Nova Scotia where he worked as project manager with Eastlink overseeing the construction of wireless towers. One of his last jobs was with ATCO Electric, before moving back home to Cape Breton. Johnny had great pride and love for our Hawthorne homestead. One of Johnny’s first loves was playing hockey. He got to play with his brothers and great friends. He, like Dad, was a big fan of the Montreal Canadians. Hawthorne would vibrate with their yelps of “score!” His love for another sport soon overcame the importance of hockey in his life. The New England Patriots was Johnny’s pride and joy. He was Tom Brady’s number one fan and lived vicariously through his team. We are all Patriot fans because of his unwavering devotion. His pride and love for his family was like no other. He was truly the “fun uncle” always interacting with his nieces and nephews. He taught a few of them how to drive and gave lots of hockey advice. Johnny had Mom and Dad’s enthusiasm for harness racing. He enjoyed watching the Hawthorne horses as well as being the sideline supporter during his brothers’ horse races at various venues across the Maritimes. On behalf of Johnny, we would like to say a humbling, and heartfelt thank you to the many hardworking and compassionate staff at the Inverness Hospital and Cape Breton Regional Hospital. Thank you to our Uncle Blair Joseph, for being there for Johnny and for us in Sydney, these last few weeks. Thanks to all family and friends near and far for all of the efforts, support, messages, and phone calls. The kindness and extra efforts from so many people is humbling and so appreciated. We take comfort knowing he is with Mom and Dad, cousin Keith, cousin Suzette, aunt and uncles. Please remember the kind and fun-loving Johnny and know he is struggling no more. Hawthorne Johnny, JG, will be sorely missed. We love you John! As Johnny would say: “Anddd what else?!” In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Johnny can be made to Talbot House or Inverness Palliative Care. Due to COVID restrictions, the funeral service and celebration of Johnny’s life will be at a later date.

McDANIEL
John Colin McDaniel, July 30th, 1946 – April 29th, 2021: Colin’s years of struggle ended April 29th, 2021, when his daily prayer of three Hail Marys in honour of the Blessed Mother for a happy death was answered. His legacy of strong trust in God and acceptance of trials he had faced is something his children Trevor, Tammy (Darren), Callum (Katie), and Mark (Carolyn) will hold close to their hearts while emulating this to his grandchildren Dylan, Matthew, Georgia, Rowen, Carly, Hannah, Finley, and great grandchild, Vennah. Port Hood is where Colin and Hughena raised their family while Colin always held a special place in his heart for his childhood home in Brook Village. A dedicated husband, father, and provider, the sacrifice of being gone months at a time working in the mining industry across Canada exemplified the love he had for his family. Hughena’s passing three years ago was difficult for Colin, but faith reassures us they are reunited along with his infant daughter Mary; parents Bill and Marie; and siblings Matt, Clarence, Sam, and Ronnie. Colin had a positive impact on many especially his sisters Mary Claire (Charlie) and Elizabeth (Wayne), brothers Gerry (Cheryl) and Francis (Anne Marie) who will feel a void not seeing their older brother make his frequent drop-ins. He was able to fight as hard as he did because of the support and care from the special staff at the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Being in the presence of God is the reward Colin always longed for. Love to our new Guardian Angel ~ What Will Be, Will Be. Cremation has taken place. Due to COVID restrictions, a funeral will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Central Inverness Palliative Care Society, St. Peter’s Parish Cemetery Fund Port Hood or to a charity of your choice.

SKINNER
Sadly, we have lost a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and cherished friend. Rachael (Rae) Skinner (nee Smith) passed away peacefully on April 21st, 2021, at Ivey’s Guest Home in Trenton, Nova Scotia. Rae was born on March 14th, 1925, to Hortance (Tencey) and Fred Smith. It is believed that she was the first baby born at the Memorial Hospital in Inverness. Before moving to New Glasgow in 1988, Rae lived and worked the majority of her life in Inverness. She was a community worker and a faithful member of St. Matthew’s United Church. Her door was always opened and many a “tea and toast” night lunch was served for her nieces and nephews and a large glass of milk for Joe 90. Besides her parents, Rae was predeceased by her husband Al, (1972) and her siblings, Ethlyn, Anna, Cameron, Jessie, Edeline, and Lorne. Rae is survived by her son Mel, and grandchildren, Amanda and Philip, Lacombe, Alberta, as well as many nieces and nephews and good friends. A special thank you to the staff at Ivey’s Guest Home in Trenton for their love and amazing care. Cremation has taken place and burial at a later date. Donations in Rae’s memory can be made to St. Matthew’s United Church, Inverness or charity of your choice.

AUCOIN
Charles Aucoin, age 79, Cheticamp, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 18th, 2021, in the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. Charles was a son of the late Richard M. and the late Lucie Anne (AuCoin) AuCoin. Charles was a loving husband, devoted father, loved to cheat at cards, was a family man, and he loved his Montreal Canadians. He is survived by sons, Wayne and Brian AuCoin; daughter-in-law, Liane AuCoin; grandchild, Skylar AuCoin; brother, Edmond (Claudette) AuCoin; sisters, Marie Theresa AuCoin, Marie Gemma Larade, Dora Deveau, Denise Johnston, Esther (Ernest) Cormier, and Lucy Noel; sister-in-law, Vicky AuCoin. Besides his wife, Geraldine AuCoin, he was predeceased by brother, Wilfred AuCoin; brothers-in-law, André Larade, Leonard Deveau, Carmen Casey, and Pierre Noel. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. Funeral and burial 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.

LANCELEVE
Angus George Lanceleve, Sr. of West Lake Ainslie passed away peacefully on April 8th, 2021, from a 4.5 years battle with cancer. Born on July 13th, 1943, to Victor and Chlory (Fasquel) Lanceleve in Minto, New Brunswick. The family moved to Mount Young on Cape Breton Island. Angus had three brothers: Morris, Jule, Louie and three sisters: Victoria, Bertha, and Chlory. In 1963, they moved to Strathlorne. In 1964, Angus married Hannah Royal of West Lake Ainslie, they built a house on Kenloch hill and raised their children: Judy, Angus Jr, Danny, Jimmy, Lee, and Robin. Angus and Hannah went their separate ways; but remained best friends until the day he passed. Hannah had a son after they separated, Coady MacLean, Angus loved him and treated him like his own son. In 1993, Angus met his saviour Rhoda Spencer of Toronto, Ontario. After dating for a year they fell in love and married on August 7th, 1994. Rhoda had a cottage at West Lake Ainslie and this was where they made their home. Angus and Rhoda built the West Lake Ainslie Chapel. The Chapel was built by their hands, heart, and money. For the years that followed their marriage they poured their hearts into the Chapel, holding services Saturday morning, transporting people to the services, doctor’s appointments, donating food to those in need, always offering these things from their heart. They also held day camps for children in the community and also donated used clothing to people in need. Angus and Rhoda were also big supporters of Sunset Funeral Co-operative and Angus was an active member of the board of directors for many years. In 2013, Rhoda started showing signs of dementia, as her illness progressed Angus became her full time caregiver. Angus lovingly took care of Rhoda until he was diagnosed with cancer in 2017 at which time he needed help. Angus truly loved Rhoda and we, his family are thankful they found each other and had the wonderful years and the things they accomplished together. Angus was a very accomplished man. He was a great welder, mechanic, and could operate any machine whether it was big or small. He worked at the Pulp Mill in Point Tupper in his younger days then worked at the Strathlorne Tree Nursery where he planned and built many genius creations. One of his biggest accomplishments was his family. He will be missed by his kids and grandkids. Angus will be greeted in Heaven by his son, James Lanceleve; his loving wife, Rhoda; his brothers, Morris and Jule; his sister, Victoria; his parents Victor and Chlory and many others gone before him. To his children he was Da and a Giant. John 11: 25 – 26 says: “I am the resurrection and the life. The one that believes in Me will live even though they die, and whoever lives believing in Me will never die.” Arrangements are under the care of sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Cremation has taken place and there will be no funeral. A family gathering will be held at a later date. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.
    
LeBLANC
Heather Anne LeBlanc, RN, age 72, Cheticamp: It is with great sorrow that we, the family, announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother, mémère, sister, aunt, and friend Heather Anne LeBlanc. She passed away peacefully on April 12th, 2021, at the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp, surrounded by her loving family after a short but courageous battle with cancer. Born on July 28th, 1948, in Sydney, NS, she was the daughter of the late Alex and Cecilia (Gillis) MacIsaac. Heather is survived by her husband, John LeBlanc and daughter Sandra Webster, Stratford PEI. Her proudest achievement in life was her family, and in particular her pride and joy her grandson, Samuel. She also leaves behind, her sister, Mary Eisenhauer (Colin Robart), Nictaux, NS, and brother, Roger (Karen) MacIsaac, Amherst, NS; sisters-in-law, Helen Chiasson, Mary (Norman) Doucet, and Rita LeBlanc all of Waltham, Massachusetts,  and many nephews, nieces, and cousins who will all miss her dearly. She was predeceased by her son-in-law, Steve Webster; brothers-in-law, Lloyd Eisenhauer, Clarence LeBlanc, Billy LeBlanc, Alex LeBlanc, and Patrick LeBlanc; sisters-in-law, Anna Mae Aucoin and Margaret Richard. Heather graduated from St. Rita’s School of Nursing, Sydney, in 1969, and devoted the next 50 years to her nursing profession. She moved to Chéticamp in 1970, where she met the love of her life, John. She was his nurse while he was healing from a recent car accident. Here they built their life together and raised their daughter Sandra. Heather was a devoted nurse and always went above and beyond to help those in need. Sincere thanks to the nurses and staff at Sacred Heart Community Health Centre who looked after Heather these past few weeks. Special thanks to Dr. Amélie Maillet and Johanne Doucet. We would also like to thank our circle of friends and family who provided support and comfort these past few weeks. Visitation was held on Friday, April 16th, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Chéticamp Funeral Home. Masks and social distancing were required. A funeral mass, by invitation only, was celebrated on Saturday, April 17th, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. at Église St. Pierre, Chéticamp, with Father MacDonald Ibeh officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Sacred Heart Hospital Charitable Foundation. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

MacKENZIE
The family is heartbroken to announce the sudden passing of their sister, Heather Marie MacKenzie, of Bernard Place, Port Hawkesbury, Cape Breton. Heather passed away at home on Monday, March 8th, 2021. Born in Sydney at St. Rita’s Hospital on May 22nd, 1951, Heather Marie was the second daughter of the late Peter R. MacKenzie of Christmas Island and Mary Ann “Marion” MacNeil of Piper’s Cove, Cape Breton. Heather was predeceased by her maternal grandparents Rory Joseph MacNeil of Piper’s Cove and Annie MacNeil of Barra Glen, and her paternal grandparents John N MacKenzie of Christmas Island and Theresa Ann MacKinnon of Benacadie Glen. Heather loved to spend the summers at Piper’s Cove with our grandfather, Rory Joe MacNeil. Heather and her sister, Valerie Ann, would take turns going down to be with their Papie, Rory Joe. Heather graduated from the Canso Regional Vocation School in June of 1970 from the secretarial program. Heather graduated from St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia in 1977 with a BA majoring in Celtic Studies followed by her B.Ed. in 1978. Heather worked in Fort McMurray, Alberta, and then came back home to Port Hawkesbury. You can take the girl off the island but you can’t take the island out of the girl! Heather worked at the Port Hawkesbury Nursing Home and retired May 31st, 2016, after 26 years of service. Heather enjoyed reading, listening to music, doing cross-word puzzles, and teaching Colleen how to pronounce the Gaelic. Heather enjoyed talking Gaelic to her great-nephew, Thoreau! Heather was the keeper of a vast number of family stories which she loved sharing with a smile, a chuckle, and the nod of her head. Heather was a member of Father John Angus Rankin’s Gaelic group performing in Gaelic gatherings around Cape Breton. Heather loved her Boston Bruins and her Red Socks. Heather and Colleen loved going for long drives and especially going down to Piper’s Cove and Christmas Island. Heather is survived by her devoted sister, Colleen Theresa. They were so close that everybody thought that they were twins! Heather is also survived by her sister, Valerie Ann MacKenzie, Port Hawkesbury, her brother, Peter MacKenzie and his wife Janet Ann [MacConnell of Durham], Port Hood, and her brother Daniel Patrick MacNeil of Antigonish, her niece, Dr. Erin MacKenzie ND, her husband Seth Fraser, and their son Thoreau MacKenzie-Fraser of North Lake Ainslie, Cape Breton, her niece Lauren MacKenzie, her husband Robin Izzard and their son Aubrey Douglas of Lower Sackville. Heather was waked at Green’s Funeral Home, 507 Bernard Street, Port Hawkesbury, on Friday, March 12th, 2021, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, seating was limited and social distancing measures were in place at both the funeral home and at the church. Funeral mass was held from St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 138 Granville Street, Port Hawkesbury on Saturday, March 13th, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. with Father Conrad Edwards officiating, assisted by Deacon Berkley Guthro. Burial will follow at St. Barra’s cemetery in Christmas Island, Cape Breton. Seating is limited and social distancing measures will be in place at the church and face masks are required at all times. Family flowers only please and donations to your choice of charity in Heather’s memory. The family expresses sincere thanks to Curtis Doucet for all his assistance, Father Conrad Edwards, Deacon Berkley Guthro, Father Andrew M Boyd, Msgr. Everett MacNeil and to Green’s Funeral Home. “Thig crìoch air an t-saoghal, ach mairidh gaol is ceòl” / The world will end, but love and music will endure.

MacKINNON
It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of Lydia Ann “Leeann” MacKinnon on April 15th. Leeann was born on June 20th,1969, and grew up in Inverness. Leeann will be dearly missed by her long-time partner, Frank MacFarlane; her children, Maynard (Monika) and their children, Mara, Julian, and John Marek; Kenzie (Adam Smith) and Riley. She will lovingly be remembered by her devoted parents, John and Edith MacLellan; brother, John Kyle; as well as many other family members and friends. Leeann was predeceased by her husband, John Lauchie MacKinnon; maternal grandparents, Hector and Dorthea MacDonnell. Leeann loved going to the beach, taking back road tours, cars, and snowmobiling. She worked at various restaurants in Inverness. She was a great cook and was always coming up with new recipe ideas. She particularly enjoyed cooking for the children when she worked at the school cafeteria. Leeann rarely missed an opportunity to attend sporting events where she avidly cheered for the home team. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private visitation and funeral will take place. Memorial donations may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

MURPHY
Angus John Murphy, May 13th, 1932 – April 1st, 2021: Angus John Murphy passed away peacefully at the age of 88 at the Oakville Trafalgar Hospital on April 1st, 2021. Born in Margaree, Cape Breton. Angus was the son of Michael and Willena Murphy. Besides his parents, Angus was predeceased by his wife Catherine, sons Neil and Colin, sisters Bell and Rebecca, and brother Archie. Survived by his son Harry; siblings: Michael, Harry, Linda; grandchildren: Katelyn, David, James, Steele, Summer, Cole; and many nieces and nephews. Angus will be missed by family and friends for his unconditional love for everyone. He has been cremated and will be buried with his wife on Saturday May 1st, 2021.

STEDMAN
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear mother and grandmother, Catherine Ann “Kay” (MacDonald) Stedman of SW Margaree, NS. Born on May 21st, 1932, in Gillisdale, Kay was the daughter of the late Alexander J. and Catherine Ann (MacLellan) MacDonald and the last surviving member of her immediate family. After working in Sydney as a young woman, Kay moved to New York where she met her husband John J. (Jack) Stedman. Kay was extremely proud of the life they built together in New York and Maine where she tirelessly volunteered with many associations and committees to make her community better for everyone. Kay was happy to return to SW Margaree where she lived with her daughter and son-in-law and their family. Kay is survived by her son John Stedman, Houlton, ME, her daughter Mary and son-in-law Alex MacNeil, SW Margaree, and their children Catherine and Lee Mercereau, Grande Cache, AB; Christine MacNeil, Bedford; John Dan MacNeil, Grande Cache, AB; Kelsey MacNeil, Aberdeen, Scotland; Allison MacNeil and her fiancé Thomas Spagnuolo, Bedford; and her “special” granddaughter Amanda Baker, Fletcher’s Lake. She was Gigi to her precious great-granddaughters Maren and Sloane Mercereau and she loved them dearly. Left to mourn her loss are her brother-in-law Leo Mombourquette and her sister-in-law Muriel MacDonald, along with her favourite nieces and nephews and their families. Kay was predeceased by her husband Jack; brothers Duncan, Hughie, Dougald, Michael, Finlay, Alex Francis, John R., and Alexander James (in infancy) and her sisters Mary Clarke, Jessie Walker, Elizabeth Boutilier, Margaret Mombourquette, and Mary MacKinnon and several nieces and nephews. Kay was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Parish, SW Margaree, and ever faithful to the rosary and her devotion to St. Anne de Beaupre. Kay loved fiercely, she enjoyed a good game of cards and bingo, and was always ready to hit the road for a new adventure. She was Grandma to many, especially the close friends of her grandchildren, who are so saddened by her passing. She always had a smile, hug, or encouraging word for everyone – no one was a stranger, and everyone was her friend. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 23rd, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Lake Ainslie Fire Department, Scotsville. An invitation only Funeral mass will be held on Saturday, April 24th, at 1:00 p.m. at St Joseph’s Parish, S. W. Margaree with Father Ibeh presiding. Burial at a later date. COVID restrictions apply. Donations in Kay’s memory may be made to the St. Joseph’s Parish Cemetery Fund, St. Joseph’s Parish, The Lake Ainslie Fire Department, or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made to www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

HENDSBEE
Margarita Alice (Smith) Hendsbee: Our family is very sad to announce the death of our mother, Alice Hendsbee, who passed away at home, April 10th, 2021, surrounded and lovingly cared for by her family. Mom was 102 years of age when she passed away in Smithville where she was born on July 26th, 1918. Born at her family home to Edward B. (Eddie Dave) Smith and Jane (Jennie) Johnston Smith, Mom and her husband Lloyd A. Hendsbee built a home on the Smith family farm they retired to when Dad left the Armed Forces. She is survived by her sister Rachel Bernard, Toronto, ON; sisters-in-law Mavis Smith, Vancouver, BC, and Madeleine Smith, New Liskeard, ON; children stepson Charles (Sandra), Hantsport, Ellison (Jeslyn), Halifax, Janet Goodwin, Smithville, Lloyd (Nanette), Igloolik, NU, and Paul (Gladys), Fort McMurray, AB; grandchildren John, Donelda, Anna Marie, Garth, Clayton, Alexis, Logan, and Jenna; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband; parents; brothers, Max, Harvey, Harold, Joseph, and Richard; sisters-in-law Vi, Lila, Kathy, Bert Smith, Isabel Smith, and Carroll Smith; brothers-in-law, Arnold Fanning and Alan Bernard; and son-in-law Gary Goodwin. Upon leaving home at a young age, she went to work at Maritime Tel and Tel in Halifax and during WWII she met and married our dad. During their 50 years together, she followed him to various military postings in Calgary, Dartmouth, Wasaga Beach, Camp Borden, Soest, West Germany, and Camp Valcartier. Besides their many travels through Europe, British Isles, Scandinavia, and throughout Canada during the postings, when they retired from farming their travels continued to Canary Islands, Morocco, Cuba, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. We know Mom to be kind, hardworking, enjoyed her years babysitting, and greatly cared for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Everyone stopping by would be treated to a cup of tea and something to eat, but she was most happy if they stayed for a meal. She kept many friends throughout her lifetime and kept a very busy home to family, friends, and neighbours when she could no longer travel. To keep in touch with the younger generation, she was in her 80s when she started to use the computer and used email as another communication aid along with her ‘lifeline’ the telephone. An avid bird watcher from the verandah and her living room windows until her sight declined, she began to listen to audio books. She walked almost every day up until September of 2020. Our home was filled with laughter and Mom playing the piano when she had time. A drive and an ice cream were her greatest treats and she rarely missed the evening news or a good political discussion. Family get togethers were frequent and her birthdays became a huge event when she turned 90. We have heard many friends say what an amazing woman she was. We certainly think so. We would like to thank the many people who cared for Mom: Dr. Egar, Lori Ann, Melody, Paulette, Dr. Ritter, and the many other health care staff who attended to her. Our mom will be cared for by Sunset Funeral Cooperative, Margaree Valley, with burial and memorial service to take place at a future date due to current circumstances. No flowers please. Donations may be made to The Salvation Army, Palliative Care in Inverness or a charity of your choice. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

LeBLANC
Marie Elizabeth LeBlanc, age 92, Cheticamp, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 26th, 2021, in the Foyer Père Fiset Guest Home, Cheticamp. She was a daughter to the late Charlie B. and the late Marguerite (Deveau) Deveau. Elizabeth loved playing cards and bingo. She is survived by her son, Joseph Gerard LeBlanc (Katherine); daughters, Marie Bernadette MacLellan (Joe) and Jeannine Gisèle MacDougall (Paul); sister, Therese Poirier (Elie); grandchildren, Patricia Webber, Connie MacLellan, Bonnie MacLellan, and Alicia LeBlanc; great-grandchildren, T.J., Kayla, Hunter, and Eva. Besides her husband, Leo D. LeBlanc, she was predeceased by son, Joseph Roger; brothers, Freddie, Joe, and Francis; sisters, Maria Alma, Lucie, and Catherine. There was no visitation. A funeral mass was celebrated on Wednesday, April 7th, 2021, in Église St. Pierre, Cheticamp, with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

MacKAY
It is with great sadness and heartbreak that the family of Carman Robert MacKay announces his sudden death on April 5th, 2021, at his home. Carman attended school in Inverness, Woodstock, New Brunswick, and graduated from Yukon College in 1998. In his youth, Carman was well known for his hockey skill. As a young adult he worked with his friend Johnny in forestry. Carman worked in Yukon Continuing Care as a nursing home assistant. Carman was known to his co-workers and residents as a humorous and kind person. He loved his Yukon garden. He was always ready to lend a hand to his friends, especially Clarence or Brian. Carman cheered for the New York Rangers, long before they won the Stanley Cup in 1994. He loved harness racing, always going after a big payday. He owned several horses over the years. He enjoyed spending time with the family dogs, Junior and Blackout. Carman was born March 10th, 1964, in Inverness, to Mavis (Cummings) and the late Alex MacKay. He is lovingly remembered by his daughters, Rhyann (Jeancarlos), Dominican Republic, and Darcey (Levi), Whitehorse; and, their mother, Tammy, Whitehorse; and grandchildren Jace and Emersyn. Carman is also remembered by his siblings Keith, Lois, Lori, and Kelly; nieces and nephews Erica, Kyle, Dean, Lisa, Maria, Carl, and Johnny; grand-nephew Jack; grand-niece Ellen; special cousin Ruth; many friends in Whitehorse and Cape Breton. He was predeceased by his brother Kevin and grandmother Ruth Higgins MacKay. The family wish to acknowledge the support given to Carman over the years by his Whitehorse friends, Tracy and Clarence Timmons, Cynthia and Brian Fraser; Cape Breton friends Alex Hartford and Fabian Walker; and his neighbour and friend Lester Morgan of Port Hawkesbury. A private family interment will occur at a later date. Donations in Carman's memory can be made to the Inverness Raceway or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

MacKEIGAN
Ian Robinson MacKeigan
1940-2021
“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.” (Maya Angelou)

We are heartbroken but thankful for the journey as we say goodbye to Ian, after a lengthy illness, on Friday, April 2nd, 2021. Making a life complete and full for himself and his family, he shared his enthusiasm for life and patience, when change was slow in coming, with everyone he met. Born in Whycocomagh, the only son to John Lewis and Margaret (Robinson) MacKeigan, Ian was also adored by his sisters, Dorothy “Dodo,” (d. 2014); Kate (d. 2021); Flora, Whycocomagh; and Sheila, Whycocomagh. Ian and his bride, Shirley Anne Maher, RN, met in Halifax at Mrs. MacAloney’s in 1964. It was the hottest day of the year when they married in 1967 in Stewart United Church, Whycocomagh. A mixed marriage (Catholic/ Protestant union), it was born of enduring love and mutual respect, lasting 53 years. In 1977, with his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Dalhousie University, they left Halifax to open MacKeigan’s Pharmacy in downtown Whycocomagh. Barry Austin, BSc. Ph.C., (d.1988) managed the Port Hawkesbury location when it opened in 1985. Ian enjoyed every conversation and relationship that was cultivated in his stores. He and Shirley are grateful for the loyalty and dedication of their staff, creating the “family” in their family businesses. Ian’s children are forever in awe of his dedication to them and the communities in which he lived and served. MaryAnne (Darren Cameron); Christena (Jason Rouse) and John Lewis (Tanya MacDonald) all live in Inverness County, thankful for the opportunities which allowed them to all to grow together on our beloved Island. Grandchildren, Megan MacLean (Nick Smith) and Jessica MacKeigan are extolling the traits of professionalism, kindness, and honesty Ian so easily displayed. Callista Rouse, Ewen Cameron, Jansen Rouse, and Catherine Cameron have grown up witnessing the determination, faith, and gratitude we so admired. He became a great-grandfather, his most cherished role, when Nathan John Robinson MacKeigan arrived in 2013. His family are thrilled when they notice any of them, “doing something Poppa would do.” His interests were many and included L’Arche Cape Breton and International, Whycocomagh Fire Department, Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 123, S.S. Marion Sailing Society and then Waterfront Centre, and Canadian and NS Pharmacy Associations. Ian believed in the power of working together for the greater good. To that end, his home and work life encouraged making connections with our sister community of We’koqma’q, allowing the values of cultures, perspectives, hopes, and dreams create a mutual respect we all deserve. Honoured by every act of recognition, Ian humbly accepted the peer-nominated, Wyeth-Ayerst, “Bowl of Hygeia” in 1990, in Philadelphia, PA. This award recognized his commitment to the advancement of the Pharmacy profession with a special emphasis on exceptional community service. Known for his easy, hearty laugh, Ian most enjoyed a wee dram (wink wink) and good game of crib with his brothers-in-law, Dougald McLean (d. 2021); Archie MacKay (d. 2008); and Kenzie Turbill (d. 1995). He and Shirley enjoyed many visits to her homeland in St. John’s, NL, and the cabin on the “pond” in beautiful Upper Gullies with Jim Maher (d. 2014) and Elsa, St. John's. Although it has been many years, Ian always enjoyed showing off his Cape Breton to Madeleine Mueller (d. 2014), and Charlie Maher and Josephine (Massachusetts). Thankfully, time serves to make all these moments even sweeter. A fair person, Ian adhered to one political party more tightly than others, but always left a debate with a smile and a handshake. Politics and religion did not define how you were treated. Ian’s presence was big and impact significant. To honour all of those who considered him a friend, and to those who continued to care and support him and his family, especially these last years, please know your friendship will always be in our hearts, too. “A man is known by the company he keeps.” (Aesop) Loved and supported by nieces and nephews in Cape Breton, Newfoundland and Labrador, England and the US, friends all over Canada and Internationally, we are hopeful as the asparagus and blueberries are growing again in his garden as spring breaks through a challenging winter. We will lean on His faith as we celebrate Easter 2021. Utmost gratitude and admiration to the staff of our local pharmacies, home support services, Home Care NS, VCMH, Inverary Manor, and Palliative Care of Inverness and Baddeck. A most wonderful team in a most chaotic time. A celebration of Ian’s life will take place in July, with the support of Dennis Haverstock Funeral Chapel and Stewart United Church, Whycocomagh. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at: www.haverstocks.com. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

SABEAN
Marie Pauline Sabean, September 17th, 1936 – April 8th, 2021: It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our oldest sister, Pauline (nee: Larade), Sabean on April 8th, 2021, at the age of 84 in the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital with two of her sisters, Hattie of Inverness and Sylvia Larade of Halifax. Born in Cheticamp on September 17th, 1936, to the late Amedee and Annie (Aucoin) Larade. She is survived by her three sisters, Hattie (Larade), of Inverness; Dora (Larade) of Inverness, Inverary Manor; and Sylvia Larade, Halifax. Nieces and nephews, Pauline (Donald), Rene (Paula), Amedee (Deborah), Angele (Omer), Maurice, Cheticamp, Marc (Lyne); grand-nieces, Brooke, Mackenzie grand-niece, Cheticamp,  Renita, Halifax, grand-nephews, Marcus, Cheticamp, Glen, Daniel, Halifax, Dillon (Samantha), Fredericton, NB. Pauline,  as sick as she was for most of her life with Crohn’s Disease, lived it to the fullest. She had a great sense of humour, was witty, loved music and dancing and a good joke. She was very “feisty” in character and knew how to speak her mind. She was a nun for 18 years with the order of Filles de Jesus. She went to the Karana College in QC and became a top-notch tailor. Upon returning to Halifax, she was employed by Tip Top Tailor for two years, which led her to opening her own tailor shop in Porter Lake Mall . She was very busy and needed a helper so hired Donna Macdonald and they became best friends. She was very fond of Donna’s husband, Vince, as well. In 1985, she bought a house in Porter’s Lake. One night she went dancing in Halifax with some friends and met the love of her life, Irvin Amos Sabean, a retired post employee for the Armed Forces who would become her husband on November 4th, 2000. Unfortunately, Pauline’s health declined over the years and they divorced and she moved to a senior apartment in Dartmouth. From here, she was in and out of the hospital and eventually her health worsened so she moved to Inverness and stayed with sister Hattie for four months where one day while on her daily walk, she fell and broke her hip. She then was accepted at the Inverary Manor in Inverness where she spent the rest of her years (six years) in Oceanview Villa. She loved it at the manor and was proud to call it home. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends and extended family from Oceanview Villa. Her family wants to extend their forever gratitude to all staff of the Inverary Manor, especially Oceanview Villa which took such good care of her daily. Also we, her family want to thank especially the two paramedics who picked her up on that sad day and transported her to the Emergency Department at the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Also, we want to extend our gratitude to Kelly and Aurelie for your compassion and gentleness to us and our dear sister. Thank you. Also to Father Dan for promptly coming to the ER to administer the last rights, thank you Father Dan. Visitation will be held in Inverness Funeral Home on Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday in Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church, Inverness, with Fr. Dan MacDonald officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Pauline’s memory may be made to Inverary Manor.

KENDZIORA
Catherine (Kaye) (nee MacKinnon) Kendziora: In her 90th year, Kaye passed away peacefully in Inverary Manor, Inverness, Nova Scotia, March 31st, 2021. She was born in Inverness May 4th, 1931. Daughter of Angus and Maud (Timmons) MacKinnon, Inverness, NS, Kaye is survived by her loving son Angus Lorenz Kendziora of Bedford, NS. She was predeceased by her husband Victor Kendziora (2003); brothers-in-law Joseph (Grace) and Lawrence (Genevieve) Kendziora; brother, Patrick MacKinnon (Audrey); and sisters Grace Kendziora (Joe), Florence Michaud (Doug), and Marjorie Lichterman (Al). A unique situation, Kaye and sister Grace were married to brothers Vic and Joe. Her photo pictured here was taken at god-daughter Veronica McPhee Hadrian’s wedding. She leaves behind many nieces and nephews who counted on Aunt Kaye because she was always the instigator of fun events. Aunt Kaye was absolutely a champion for kids. She grew up in Inverness, NS, but moved to Windsor, ON, in 1954 until she relocated to Bedford, NS, (2004) and then back to Inverness (The Manor: 2018). She had good friends in Windsor / Detroit, Bedford, and Inverness, many of whom have gone on before her. The Kendziora family would like to thank the wonderful staff of Inverary Manor, Harbour Lights, for their kind support and care of Kaye and for the fun they had together laughing. Kaye’s life will be celebrated when possible (post-COVID) in Inverness, NS. Internment at St. John's Cemetery, Strathlorne, NS. Memorial donations may be made to the Inverness Foodbank, c/o Lorette Yipp, PO Box 219, Inverness, NS, B0E 1N0.Online condolences may be made to www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

LAVALLEE
On January 7th, 1997, the world was blessed with Isaac George Lavallee.  Fittingly, his name means laughter. He loved life from minute one, and he accomplished more than many in his 24 years. He was loved and cherished by his parents, Geraldine (MacNeil) and his dad, Garry; his grandparents Johnny and Theresa Lavallee and Martha and Archie A. MacNeil. Isaac loved his family and never missed an opportunity to spend time with his aunts, uncles, and cousins. He loved his girl Rylee, his many, many friends and his dog Thunder (17 years). He loved country music, Ketchup, and Nutella. Isaac had perfect timing with a joke or comeback, stood up for the underdog, and loved his friends unconditionally. He was a gifted student, and never wavered in his beliefs. From an early age, a few things were apparent: He liked to build things, small and large, and he loved sports. Both would serve him well in his short life. While he loved and played many sports, what he loved more was the brotherhood of his teammates from the Cornwall Bulldogs Lacrosse, the Holy Trinity Falcons, the Eastern Ontario Wild, the Charlan Rebels, and the Casselman Vikings, just to name a few. In his last years, he was so proud to be a member of The University of Ottawa Gee Gees Field Lacrosse Team. Isaac graduated from the University of Ottawa as a Civil Engineer and was looking forward to starting his career. Unfortunately, God had other plans for Isaac. In November, 2019, he was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. After exhaustive surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation, the cancer proved to be too much for his strong and beautiful heart. It is a testament to his character that even when going through his worst days, he didn’t complain, he worried about others, and always took the time to say thank you. For those who loved him, time will be measured as life with Isaac and life after Isaac. His last wish was to go home to Creignish where he said, “I can be with Mom, Dad, and watch over them from the Hill” at the Creignish Church. Under the direction of the M. John Sullivan Funeral Home, a drive past memorial service will be held at St. Peter’s Parish, 2900 Second Street East, Cornwall, Ontario, on Thursday April 8th, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private family service will be held. Isaac will be brought home to Creignish at a later date. If you played on a team with Isaac please wear your jersey if you plan to attend. Contributions to the Ottawa Hospital General Campus Cancer Centre or to the University of Ottawa Field Lacrosse Program in Isaac’s name would be greatly appreciated. Further information re: Donations, Live Stream, and Thank you will be available  on the website. In his words, we will take his loss “one day at a time.” We ask God for the strength and courage to live up to his example.

MacEACHEN
The family of Angus Sylvester MacEachen of Mississauga, Ontario, sadly announce his passing on Friday, March 26th, at his home while surrounded by family members. Angus, the oldest son of Duncan and Annie Mae (MacIsaac) of Port Hood was born in Hawthorne, but left his Nova Scotia home while in his teens to find work in Ontario. He worked in the transportation industry for over 50 years and was a long-time member of the Ontario Teamsters Union. In 1959 with his new bride, Caroline, he settled in Mississauga and became a faithful member of St. Dominic’s Catholic Parish where he served as a member of the the St. Vincent de Paul Society and often did minor repairs at the church. Angus is survived by his wife of 62 years, Caroline Scala, from Glace Bay; his son, Barry (Rose Stillie), Mississauga; daughters, Shauna (Dave) McKenna, Cole Harbour, Michelle (Pat Burke), Hillsborough, Ontario, Valerie (George Esper), Georgetown, Ontario. He also leaves behind six brokenhearted grandchildren. Gus is also survived by sisters Mary Pellerin (Eldon, deceased), Spryfield, Anne Beaton (Gerard), Port Hood; and brothers Donald A. (Catherine), and Malcolm (Barbara), both of Port Hood, Joseph (Cecilia), Kitchener, Ontario, and Isaac (Jacqueline), Spryfield. Besides his parents, Gus was predeceased by siblings John (Annie Mae, deceased), Kay MacDonald (Angus, deceased,) Roberta King (Elmer), Theresa Oehman (Russell), and Duncan Vincent (in infancy). As the oldest, Angus was the true patriarch of the MacEachen family. He loved his family so much and enjoyed any opportunity to have a good time together. His true joys were: waltzing with Caroline to the old-time music at the Moose; returning to C.B. in the summertime to share good times with family; tinkering around (and telling lies) with his buddies in his backyard garage; hanging out with his Ontario brothers, John and Joe; repairing his daughters’ cars, furniture, and whatever; demonstrating to Barry the value of recycling; and, in later years, cruising down for a McDonald’s coffee in his 1989 Chrysler Sedan. A funeral service will be held for Angus in St. Dominic’s Church, Mississauga, at a later date.

MacNEIL
We, the sons of Mary Alice MacNeil, regret to announce the passing of our mother at the Inverary Manor, Inverness, on March 28th, 2021. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Burton) MacNeil. Born in Inverness, she was raised by her paternal grandparents – the late Jerome and Alice (Keating) MacNeil in Canso, Guysborough County. Mary Alice was a graduate of Canso High School. From there, she graduated from the Nova Scotia Teacher’s College (Class of ‘59). She taught at Canso High School for many years. While she was in Canso, she was a faithful member of Star of the Sea church and the CWL. In 1978, she and her young sons moved to Margaree Valley where she was employed by the Inverness School Board. She is survived by her loving and devoted sons, Jerome (Elsie), Winnipeg; Dennis (Roxanne), Margaree; Malcolm (Jean), Sydney; and Steven (Courtney), Halifax; and her loving sister, Patricia (James) Shaw, Margaree, and brother Dennis (Christine) MacNeil, Ontario. She is also survived by her grandchildren Miranda, Daniel, and Megan (and their mother, Adele); Cassandra (and her mother, Rachel); Jacob and Joshua (and their mother, Kerry); Ella and Shane (and their mother, Leslie); and her beautiful grandchildren, Leah, Ava, and Delilah, and grandson Ryan (and his mom, Maureen); and many nieces and nephews and cousins. She is also survived by her faithful friend since childhood, Phyllis Hart Kupsch of Alberta and her family. Besides her parents and grandparents, she was predeceased by her good friend and partner, John I. Murphy of 15 years; her sister, Ann and brother-in-law Winston Boone of Halifax. Cremation has taken place. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date. Donations may be made to L’Arche Cape Breton or Inverary Manor, Inverness.

MacQUARRIE
Callum Ian “Cal” MacQuarrie (April 14th, 1973-March 31st, 2021) – A friend, athlete, leader, confidante, and quadfather: Cal bounced into this world on April 14th, 1973, to parents Eileen and Cecil. He was an energetic, risk-taking young boy who accepted all challenges and searched for more. Cal played all sports and excelled in many. He loved the outdoors with hunting, fishing, and swimming taking up much of his younger days. Cal completed his high school education in Inverness and then trained as an electrician at NSCC Halifax with a certification in scuba diving to combine both. In 1993, Cal moved to western Canada to join up with family and friends, however the lure of family and the ocean breeze brought him back to Inverness in the summer of 1995. On July 10th, 1995, Cal suffered a C4-5 spinal cord injury diving off the Inverness Beach breakwater, his childhood playground. In the months ahead, Cal displayed courage and determination while learning to live in a disabled world much different from the able-bodied world to which he was accustomed. He embraced his new life living with quadriplegia. Cal fulfilled his lifelong dream of skydiving in 2000. He became a member of Sail Able Nova Scotia and enjoyed sailing the Halifax-Dartmouth waters with sip and puff technology. Duct tape was commonly used for his adventures that included him being taped to friends while 4-wheeling, ski-dooing, sea-dooing, kayaking, and motorcycling in Inverness County. Following rehabilitation, Cal returned to Inverness for several years. However, due to his accessibility needs, he decided to move to the city of Dartmouth. Cal lived there for 12 years and became involved in community politics, gaining respect for his advocacy pertaining to accessibility and inclusiveness. He was awarded the Canadian Paraplegic Association (CPA) 65 Star Award, Peer Volunteer Recognition Award and recognition for his volunteer work in the Halifax Regional Municipality. In 2011, Cal returned to Inverness with his goal of making Inverness County more accessible and inclusive. He joined the Inverness Development Association, which led to the formation of the Inverness County Accessible Committee. In 2018, Cal was instrumental in helping to create the accessible Inverness Beach, crowned the first fully-accessible beach in all of the Atlantic Provinces. He received three awards: the Nova Scotia Human Rights Award, the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Citation Award, and the National Rick Hansen Make a Difference Award. Later, Cal was recognized for his achievements by the Honorable Arthur J. LeBlanc Speech from the Throne (2018) described him as a driving force for change in Nova Scotia. Cal shared his life’s experiences/lessons learned to help others who suffered spinal cord injures and/or other debilitating conditions such as ALS, depression, or addictions. He was a mentor to many and a friend to all! Cal leaves to mourn his immediate family: loving mom, Eileen Beaton; dedicated father Cecil MacQuarrie; best friend and sister, Cindy MacQuarrie; committed step-mom, Mary Anderson; loyal step-brother, Jonathan Anderson (Amy); loving nephew, Brock Morrison; special friend and brother -in-law, Ken Muise and his children, Matthieu and Chantal. Cal is also survived by a large extended Beaton and MacQuarrie clan along with numerous lifelong friends and many private caregivers whom Cal be-friended. He had a special place in the hearts of his uncles and aunts, namely: Ronsie (deceased) and Carol, Gerard (Joanne), Stephen (deceased) and Peggy, Jerome (Andrea), Bruce (Vina), Gary (Susanne), Angus (Mabel), Stanley (deceased), Floanna (Al), Danenna (Malcolm, deceased), Lauchie (Millie), Alex (Willena), Cameron (Clare), Abby (Ned, deceased). Cal treasured the friendship that he shared with all of his Beaton and MacQuarrrie cousins. He was also predeceased by maternal grandparents, John Ronnie and Millie Beaton and paternal grandparents, Malcolm and Janet MacQuarrie. Cal’s legacy will live on…he helped many understand that people are not defined by their circumstances but, instead, by how they conquer them. Cal’s mission was to ensure that everyone is given equal opportunity to live his/her life to the fullest, just as he did...Carpe Diem! The family expresses sincere appreciation to all health team members from Halifax and Inverness County, especially the continuing care assistants who worked privately, or through home care. Special thanks to Dr. Bennett, Dr. Ritter, and the palliative care nurses, Lori Ann MacDonald and Paulette Levin. Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 7th, from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in Inverness Funeral Home. Funeral will be held Thursday, April 8th, at 11:00 a.m. in Stella Maris Church in Inverness with Father Dan MacDonald officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Inverness Funeral Home where online condolences and tributes may be made by visiting www.invernessfuneralhome.com. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery at a later date. Due to COVID restrictions, infection control precautions, wearing of facemasks and six feet social distancing is required. Seating restrictions will be in place for the funeral mass (100 people). Stella Maris Parish is reserved for family, friends, and caregivers. Additional seating is available at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 132 (60 people) where the service will be live-streamed. Also, the funeral will be live-streamed at Stella Maris Parish Facebook page. Donations: We will be hosting a crowd-funding campaign via Facebook for the Inverness County Accessibility Committee. It will be launched on Cal’s 48th birthday, April 14th, 2021. The purpose of the campaign is to ensure that the Inverness County Accessibility Playground will come to fruition – an all-inclusive playground for children with various levels of ability.

SMITH
It is with broken hearts we announce the sudden passing of Terrence William (Terry) Smith at his home in Margaree on Saturday, March 20th, 2021. Terry was born in Sydney on June 13th, 1942, to the late William and Frances (Lewis) Smith. In 1962, he joined the Canadian Armed Forces and served for over 20 years. He was stationed in Edmonton, Victoria, Calgary, and also served in Germany and Cyprus. He served with 1st and 2nd BN of the PPCLI  and was a very proud member of the Canadian Airborne Regiment. Terry was an instructor at the Canadian Airborne Centre where he taught parachuting, rappelling, and student instructors. Upon leaving the army he made his way home to Cape Breton where he was employed as a fishery officer for 16 years. Terry was a member of the Legion for 42 years. Terry is survived by his wonderful partner, Cheryl Milburn; son, Stephen (Shelly), Victoria, BC; daughter, Nancy, Calgary; granddaughters, Breanne (Scott), Vancouver; Holly (Chris), Amherst; great-granddaughter, Hazel, Amherst; brothers, Brian (Brooke), Winslow, PEI; Leigh (Linda), Margaree; and Kevin (Anne), Point Edward. Besides his parents, William and Frances, he was predeceased by his sister Nancy in infancy. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be left at: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

KENNEDY
It is with great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Gregory Joseph Kennedy of Dunvegan/Inverness  in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital on March 23rd, 2021, with his family by his side. Gregory was born January 18th, 1939; one of 14 children, to the late Danny and Elizabeth Rose (Bennett) Kennedy. He is survived by his daughter, Catherine, Sackville; sons, Greg, Inverness; Chris (Jessica), East Margaree; Matthew (Sheila), Kenloch; his partner, Irene, Inverness; nine grandchildren, Connor, Carter, Cooper, Ashton, Riley, Lilly, Leland, Parker, Bryden; sisters, Josephine, Jacqueline (John), Irene, Diane; brothers, Ernest (Danelda), Donnie (Diana), Angus; numerous nieces and nephews and last but not least his very special buddy “Whitey.” Gregory loved his family dearly and will be greatly missed by them. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing and four-wheeling. Greg loved a shot of whiskey, telling stories, jokes, and a good game of cards. He was an avid sports fan and a devoted fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Besides his parents he was predeceased by sisters Mary, Marguerite, Patsy; brothers Alex Neil, Hector and Johnnie. Gregory will be dearly missed by all who knew him. We, his family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the staff at Inverness Hospital with special thanks to the Palliative Care Team and all other Health Care Professionals who cared for Gregory during his illness. Your kindness and support will never be forgotten. Cremation has taken place and funeral was held on Saturday, March 27th, in Stella Maris Church, Inverness at 11:00 a.m. with Father MacDonald officiating. Burial followed in St. Margaret’s Cemetery, Broad Cove. Please note all COVID-19 restrictions will be in place, masks are absolutely necessary. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

DEVEAUX
Lévis Paul Deveaux, age 92, Cheticamp, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 15th, 2021, in the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. He was a son to the late Joseph and the late Louise (AuCoin) Deveaux. As a young man, Lévis enjoyed fishing with his father. He later worked in construction and he also worked in Waltham, Massachusetts  in the 1950s. For more than 20 years, Lévis worked for General Motors in Oshawa, Ontario. He moved back to Nova Scotia and retired in Cheticamp after working at the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Lévis was a warden of the Knights of Columbus, Cheticamp Council #3850. He was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Br. # 32. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, making puzzles, and loved to play cards with his friends. Besides his wife Marie Blanche (Surette) Deveaux, he is survived by sons André Deveaux and Francois Deveaux; daughter, Yvonne (Lausch) Deveaux; step-son, Phillip Muise; step-daughters, Theresa Muise, Sandra Castoldi, and Anne Spargo; brothers, Clarence Deveaux and Daniel Deveaux; step-grandchildren, Peter Castoldi, Meghan Spargo, Evan Spargo, Heather Muise, and a step-great granddaughter. He was predeceased by brothers, Wilfred, Lionel, Yvon, Arthur, Alphonse, and Hector; sisters, Yvonne Chiasson, Laurette Chiasson, Rita Murphy and Marianne Deveaux (in infancy). Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. Due to COVID 19, a funeral mass will be celebrated at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

LeBLANC
Linus Joseph LeBlanc, Sydney, passed away peacefully at the age of 68 at the QEII Hospital in Halifax during the early morning hours on Saturday, March 20th, 2021. Born in St. Joseph Du Moine, Linus was the son of the late Lubin and Matilda LeBlanc and spent most of his life in Sydney. Besides his parents, Linus was predeceased by siblings, Joseph (Georgina) and Marie Sophie (Pierre). Joseph Linus LeBlanc is survived by siblings, Lionel (Eleanor), Michael (Barbara), Marie Marguerite, and Bernice (Doug), and their families. Linus will be missed by his many nieces, nephews, and his life-long friends, Sandy and Agnes. You will greatly missed by everyone.  As per Linus’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Celebration of the life of Linus LeBlanc will be announced at a later date. Donations in memory of Linus may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.pierfuneralhome.com.

MacLEAN
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of John Dougald McLean, of Whycocomagh, on Wednesday, March 10th, 2021, in Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, at the age of 93. Born in Inverness, on January 13th, 1928, to the late Dan C. and Margaret McLean. Survived by sons, Ted (Debbie), Halifax; Karl (Rachel), Ottawa; granddaughter, Melanie, Ottawa; step-grandson, Daniel (Jen) and their children, Niagara Falls; brother, Sandy (Nancy), Port Hawkesbury. Also survived by former daughters-in-law, Roxanne Doran and Cathy Rowe, Ottawa, sister-in-law, Florence MacKeigan; brother-in-law, Ian MacKeigan (Shirley); sister-in-law, Sheila MacKay (Archie), all from Whycocomagh, and many cherished nieces, nephews, and friends. Predeceased by parents, loving wife, Dorothy (MacKeigan); brother, Donald and wife Muriel; sister, Mary (MacAulay) and husband John E. Also predeceased by sister-in-law Kate Turbill (MacKeigan) and husband Kenzie; brother-in-law  Archie MacKay (Sheila); several nieces and nephews; former spouses Glena Trépanier, Annie Mae Gillis; and many members of their families. Also known by many other names: Mac, Chug, Uncle Dougie, Grandpa, Dad, and of course, O.M. Proudly served in the Canadian Armed Forces from 1955 to 1972. Stationed at several bases across Canada, including three six-month tours in Alert, Nunavut. Also served in the U.N. Emergency Force in Egypt and the Congo. Worked for many years as sergeant with the House of Commons protective staff in Ottawa, where he raised his family. Despite his interest in travelling the world, he always wanted to settle back in Whycocomagh. He was active in the community as a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 123, Whycocomagh; a proud member of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Whycocomagh; a member of the Sircom Lodge #66 for over 67 years, and a staunch supporter of the Waterfront, attending as many events as he could, especially the Thursday night jam sessions with his brother Sandy after their weekly visit with their sister Mary. Never missing an opportunity to play cribbage (except on Sundays), he enjoyed many years playing with his brothers-in-law Ian and Archie. Archie’s son Ivan became his new rival, and many a game ensued, while keeping an eye on their beloved Toronto Maple Leafs. Many thanks to all the wonderful family and friends that looked out for him over the years. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00  p.m. on Friday, April 9th, in Dennis Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Whycocomagh. Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 10th, from St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Whycocomagh with Margie MacIntyre officiating. In keeping with COVID-19 guidelines, you will be required to sign in with your name and phone number at both the funeral home and the church. Face coverings must be worn at all times and social distancing measures will be in effect. Burial will be in Stewartdale Cemetery at a later date. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at: www.haverstocks.com.

BURTON
It is with heavy hearts we announce the peaceful passing of our mom, Rose Marie Burton, 78, in Inverary Manor, Inverness, on March 1st, 2021, with family by her side. Rose was the last member of her immediate family. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. Her kindness shone through in her job as a nurse’s aid at Mary's Hill Home, Mabou, and later at ICMH. She loved bingo, cards and socializing. Her friendly smile and warmth made everyone a friend. Mom loved going for scenic drives with Eva and Jean, and being with her family and friends. She loved spiritual and country music. She is survived by her daughters: Joan (Ronnie) Gillis, Eva (Alex) MacInnis, and son, Robert (Florentina) Burton. Her grandchildren: Gloria and Natalie Gillis, Garrett, Arthur, and Rebecca MacInnis, Faith Burton and their partners. Great-grandchildren: Mia, Ronnie, and Kyle MacDougall, Kaylynn and Keegan MacInnis, and soon-to-be baby boy MacInnis. She is also survived by several step grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, the late Mary Florence (White) and Louis Varrence; brothers: Joseph, Louis, Victor Varrence; sister, Jean Cameron; infant daughter, Gloria Ann and daughter, Mary Florence; grandson, Keegan MacDonald and former husband, Arthur Burton. Funeral service will be held in St. Matthews United Church, Inverness on Thursday, March 18th, with visitation from 1:00-1:45 p.m. and funeral service to follow at 2:00 p.m., Pastor Maggie Plant celebrating. Burial will take place at a later date in St. Matthews Cemetery. Memorial donations in her memory may be made to Inverary Manor, Inverness, or to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

FIELD
Brenda Lee (nee Deagle )Field: A beloved daughter, sister, mom, and friend. Brenda and her husband Dwight left this world in a tragic accident on February 23rd, 2021. Born in Inverness, Nova Scotia, on December 2nd,1965, to Lawrence and Helen (Marple ) Deagle. Brenda had the most beautiful smile and laugh that could light up your soul. Brenda loved the great outdoors. She and her husband were enjoying their retirement to the fullest. Brenda made friends wherever she went. They will be greatly missed by all.

MacEACHERN
It is with sorrow that we announce the sudden death of Mark Allen MacEachern. Born in Inverness on January 22nd,1960, he was a son of Allan and the late Jeanette (Moret) MacEachern. Mark spent the majority of his working life in British Columbia before returning home to Inverness. He was an avid golfer, drummer, and was last employed with Cabot Links. Mark was a firm believer in the fellowship and strength provided by AA. He is survived by his son, Carl (Joanne); grandchildren, Jake, Emma Sara; brother, Glenn (Vikki); sister, Claire (Peter); uncle, Joe Moret; aunts, Paula MacKinnon, Hazel Deon, Winnie White; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Cremation has taken place and there will be a committal service at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society or Inverness Food Bank. Online condolences may be made to: invernessfuneralhome.com. “May he find shelter from life’s storms.”

MacISAAC
Francis (Frank) Delphin MacIsaac, 1952-2021: It is with saddened hearts that we announce Francis (Frank) Delphin MacIsaac, 68, of Greenwal Manor, Antigonish, passed away peacefully February 25th, 2021, at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish. Born in Antigonish, June 1st, 1952, he was the son of the late Louis MacIsaac and the late Cecile (Cormier) MacIsaac. In 1956, the family moved to Cheticamp and upon graduation from NDA school in 1970 he moved to Halifax, then settled in Annapolis Valley working in the building supplies industry as a sales representative. Frank is survived by special companion Marlene Maas; brothers, Peter MacIsaac, Joey MacIsaac; sisters, Evelyn (Joe) Knocton, Louise MacIsaac, Margaret (Mike) Carnell, Laurette (Dennis Shreenan) MacIsaac, Brenda MacIsaac, and numerous nephews, nieces, and extended family. Special thanks to Dr. Margot Sadler and all the staff at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital for their ongoing care. Donations in Frank’s memory may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Kidney Foundation of Canada. Visitation will be held in the Cheticamp Funeral Home on Saturday, April 24th, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Burial in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Cheticamp. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

SMITH
Theresa Helen “Twee” (Poirier) Smith, daughter of the late Sandy and Maggie (Cormier) Poirier, passed peacefully with her family by her side on February 25th, 2021, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. A member of the Stella Maris Parish, Inverness. She is predeceased by Neil, her beloved husband of 54 years. A caring and loving mother to Lillian, Neil, Donna (Danny) MacDonnell, Patricia (Michael) MacIsaac, and Sheldon. The center of her universe was her family. Especially her seven grandchildren: Daniel, Jonathan, Richard, Michael (Kim), Bradley (Lori), Morgann, and Avery. Faithful sister to Phyllis (Benny) MacKinnon and predeceased by sisters: Yvonne (Laurie) Lunn, Molly (Buddy) Timmons, Lillian (in infancy) and brothers, Simon (Sylvia), Ernest (Shirley), and Charles (Colette). Everyone who met Twee was immediately welcomed and befriended. She looked forward to spending time with family, going to Chase the Ace, and enjoying everyone’s company. Her infectious laugh filled every room she entered, and her underestimated sense of wit added a spark to every conversation. She was a perfect example of how you do not need to have a lot to be able to spread joy and love to others. Her extended family, friends, in-laws, as well as the members of the Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and all her nieces and nephews will all have their own fond memories to be treasured and stories to tell. She was particularly dedicated to the Ladies Auxiliary, and took great satisfaction in making sure that everyone at a fire hall event was cared for and enjoyed themselves. A very special thank you to Sister Leona Smith, CND for all her love and prayers. T also had a special place in her heart for Brandon and Logan. A special thank you to the doctors, nurses, and staff of ICMH. A simple thank you is not enough. We also want to thank Kevin and Tonya for their thoughtful and compassionate care of our beloved Twee. Visitation and interment will be held at a later date. Memorial donations can be made to the Central Inverness Palliative Care. Online condolences may be made to:www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

PEETERS
Johanna “Josie” Henrica (van den Heuvel) Peeters, age 73, of Brook Village: Mercifully, the angels of God came before dawn and carried Josie up to Heaven, forever freed from all earthly trials, on Saturday, February 27th, 2021, at home in Brook Village. Josie was born in Holland on February 8th, 1948, the eldest of eight siblings of the late William and Ardina (Selten) van den Heuvel. Josie is survived by her husband of 55 years, Joseph “Joe” Peeters; daughters, Willena (David) van Zutphen, Port Hood; Cathy (Duane) MacNeil, Ottawa; Joanie (Angus) MacDonell, Judique; Christa (Glen) Mooney, Antigonish; grandchildren, Marissa (Anthony), Nicole, Lauren (Mitchell), Luke, Alexander, Hanna Rose, Calli, Sarah, Anthony, Joseph, Alena and Grace; great-grandchildren, Violet and Grayson. Josie is also survived by her siblings, Denny (Mary), Johnny (Hilde), Corry, Cathy (Colin) Campbell, Nelly Munro, and Garry (Janie). Josie was predeceased by her sister, Catherina van den Heuvel in infancy; brother-in-law, Graham Munro and sister-in-law, Shirlene van den Heuvel. In 1966, Joe then returned to Holland, where he married his sweetheart Josie on February 19th. One week later, they returned to Nevada Valley, Canada, to start their farm life together. Throughout the years of milking cows, raising three daughters, and tending to the care of Joe's mother, Maria Peeters, Josie carried out her passion for sewing  and gardening where neighbours would often be the recipients of her bountiful gardens and creative bedspreads. Josie loved to sing and dance. She enjoyed listening to the radio and partaking in family sing-alongs. In 1980, Josie was diagnosed with M.S. At this time, Joe and Josie sold the farm and welcomed their fourth daughter. Josie was strong in her sickness yet gentle and true. Her strength of character was admired by all. The way Josie exemplified faith and appreciation for the good things in life lightened the burden of M.S. as she always remained positive and continued to see the blessings in life and everyone around her. The way her illness was handled brought new perspective of compassion to the community. Josie's compliments were genuine and sincere, always touching the hearts of many. With an exemplary outlook on life, Josie had a beautiful way of seeing the good in people providing heart-warming welcomes, quick wit and an abundance of gratitude, which shaped her most distinct characteristic – she was the best listener. Josie's generous heart brought her numerous friends. The love and care of Mom's brothers and sisters, and the kindness of our neighbours and community, has helped her tremendously; giving her the strength, courage, and support she needed. Home care had a special place in her heart, and we are grateful to have shared this journey with such capable and humble people. She was so thankful that she could see her family grow. A special thank you to Dr. Bernie, Dr. Egar, and all the nursing staff of Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital for all their compassion and care. Joe has stood by her side, as he promised 55 years ago, showing pure and devoted love towards Josie, making her journey, and her life, complete. A private family mass will be held in St. John The Baptist Church, Brook Village, on Thursday, March 4th at 11:00 a.m. with Father Bernie MacDonald officiating. Burial to follow in Brook Village Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Brook Village Cemetery Fund, Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital or to the M.S. Society, Atlantic Division. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

MAILLET
Louis-Joseph Maillet, 1926-1921: It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of Louis-Joseph Maillet of Cheticamp. Louis-Joseph passed away at the Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Hospital on February 12th, 2021, at the age of 94.  He was the son of the late Lubin Maillet and the late Catherine (Chiasson) Maillet, and the husband of 61 years to late Marie-Helen Aucoin. He is survived by his children: James (Agathe), Florence (Emile Roach), Cyril (Suzana Moniz), and Dominique (Paula); by eight grandchildren: Alysha, Véronique, Shawn, Jean-Louis, Emilie, Luke, Jack, Benjamin; and six great-grandchildren: (Sidonie, Ava, Kieran, Ethan, Max, Sadie). He is also survived by his sister Rita (Forrest). He was predeceased by brothers: Vincent, Jean-Felix, and Simon-Pierre; and sisters: Marguerite-Marie, Mary-Jane, and Elizabeth. Louis-Joseph served in the merchant navy during WWII, and was later involved in the lobby to have the merchant sailors recognized as official war veterans. He was a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Legion Branch 32 in Cheticamp, and the last surviving WWII veteran in Cheticamp. After the war, he started a well-drilling business in which he proudly dedicated his efforts until he retired in the early 1990s. He was affectionately known by the people of the greater part of Cape Breton Island as “The Well Driller from Cheticamp” (“Creuseux de puits”). He also sat on the board of the Well Drillers Associations of Nova Scotia and Canada. He was actively involved in his community both during his working and retirement years. He was president of the local arena and golf club, served a four-year term as municipal councillor from Cheticamp in Inverness County, sponsored minor hockey and was the leader of the local boy scouts troop. In his later years, he was chairman of the residents’ committee of the Residence Acadienne. He even had a shot at acting in the short film Tapis de Grand-Pré in which he played the leading role. In his younger years he would play the guitar and sing during family gatherings and parties. The rumour goes that he was an inspiration for some younger members of the family and other friends to study music and take up guitar playing. During his retirement years, he indulged in jigsaw and word puzzles (cryptograms), not to mention eating “fish and chips,” drinking tea, and of course dark rum. He will be missed by his friends and those close to him for his “joie-de-vivre” and his love of people. His positive, laid-back, and down to earth approach to life transpired in his many memorable quotes such as: “ça pourrait aller mieux mais ça coûterait plus cher” (“Could be better but would cost more”). One could say that his philosophy in his later years was: “A little more laughter, a little less worry, a little more kindness and a little less hurry.”  The family wishes to thank the staff of the Camp Hill Veterans Hospital for their dedication and kindness during the time our dad was a resident and patient at the facility. A funeral mass and burial will be held in Cheticamp at a later date. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

MacKINNON
Mary Catherine MacKinnon of Kiltarlity Road, Gillisdale, passed away at home on February 16th, 2021, surrounded by her loving family. Mary was born October 22nd, 1935, to Alex J. and Cassie (MacLellan) MacDonald. Mary wed Vincent MacKinnon and together they raised six children. Mary was blessed with the gift of hospitality, which she generously shared with all who landed on the hill, Nanny made sure that no one left empty handed whether it be with cookies, dishcloths, or biscuits. Mary was a native Gaelic speaker who enjoyed sharing her knowledge of the language with speakers of all levels. Nanny and Poppy delighted in their family and led by example: be kind, giving, and always look after each other. Survived by children: Joey (Marilyn), Kevin (Diane), Maureen (Alan Gillis), Elizabeth, Monica (Charles Ross); daughter-in-law Maureen (Damien Beaton). Survived by sister Kay Stedman, sister-in-law Muriel MacDonald and brother-in-law Leo Mombouquette. Adoring Nanny to her 18 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by husband Vincent; son John Vincent; grandsons Daniel and Jeffery; great-granddaughter Ella Rose; brothers Duncan, Hughie, Dougald, Michael, Alex Francis, Finlay, John R., and Alexander James, in infancy; sisters Mary Clarke, Jessie Walker, Elizabeth Boutilier, and Margaret Mombourquette. Visitation was held at the Lake Ainslie Fire Hall on Thursday, February 18th. A private family funeral service was held on Friday, February 19th in St. Joseph’s Church, South West Margaree. Burial followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Memorial donations in memory of Mary may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care, St. Joseph’s Cemetery Fund, or the Lake Ainslie Hall. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Funeral Co-operative. Online Condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

UMLAH
Earl Archibald Umlah, Jr., of Halifax, formally of East Lake Ainslie, Nova Scotia and Holliston, Massachusetts, age 71, died peacefully on February 8th. Earl was the husband of the late Charlotte Ann (MacKenzie) Umlah. He is survived by his children, Breton of Dartmouth, NS, and Ainslee and her wife Joanna of Dartmouth, NS. He was a loving brother of Donald and wife Lynne of Mesa, AZ; Richard and wife Marie of Inverness, NS, and Andover, MA; Ronald and wife Linda of Mesa, AZ and East Lake Ainslie, NS; and the late John Umlah. Earl was a big man with a big heart. He was a devoted son, husband, and father, and deeply dedicated to his family. He loved Cape Breton music and culture, and was a regular fixture at the dances all over Inverness County. Earl could take just about anything apart and put it back together again, from cars to radio transmitters to watches. Although illness marked his recent years, his determination and zeal for life and his wry sense of humour were with him until the very end. A grin from Earl would light up the whole room. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to East Lake Ainslie Presbyterian Church, Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital, or St. Vincent's Nursing Home of Halifax.

GALLANT
It is with heavy hearts that the family announce the passing of Lucie “Jeanette” Gallant at her home in East Margaree the morning of Thursday, February 4th, 2021. Jeanette was the loving wife of Leo Paul Gallant for over 51 years and loving mother to her two boys, Darrell (Natalia), Sydney Forks and Shawn, St. John’s, NL. Nanny Gallant was known for her devotion and love to her four grandchildren: Bradley, Devon, Sarah, and Noah. She always enjoyed their visits and phone calls. Jeanette came form a very large family of 11 children and is survived by her sisters: Louise (Bernie) Larade, Bertha (Dennis) Doucet, Anna (Norman) MacDonald, Shirley LeBlanc, Laura (Bobby) Fortune; brothers: Myles (Myrtle), Thomas (Judy), Billy (Bonnie), Ernie (Juanita), and Robbie (Doreen); also sister-in-law, Agnes (Roy) Skinner; and many nieces and nephews. Jeanette was predeceased by her parents, Joseph D. and Mary (LeBlanc) LeBlanc, mother and father-in-law, Edmund and Mary E. Gallant; brother-in-law, Caliste Gallant; and brother and sister-in-law, Gerald (Bessie) Maillet and brother and sister-in-law, Alex (Wilfredine) Gallant. Jeanette graduated in June 2002 from College de L’Acadie with her CCA designation and worked for several years at the Alderwood Guest Home in Baddeck. She was on the Margaree Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary for many years and enjoyed doing whatever she could to support her community. She will be sadly missed by her close friends, Theodore and Melinda LeBlanc. They enjoyed their visits and the frequent card games. Jeanette enjoyed baking and watching the wildlife that surrounded their beautiful home in Margaree. You would often see Jeanette sitting by the window looking outside with a beautiful smile on her face. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Jeanette may be made to a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements are under the care and directions of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

COX
With profound sadness we announce the passing of Leonardus (Leo) Jacob Cox. Leo passed away on February 14th, 2021, at the age of 83 surrounded by loving family following complications from surgery. Leo was born on December 20th, 1937, in Meijel, Holland, the eldest son of 10 siblings of the late William and Marie (Snickers) Cox. Leo is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 57 years, Annie (Heukshorst) Cox; sons: Fred (Denise), Dartmouth, Jack (Stephanie), Scotsburn, William (Dianne), Mabou, and Rene (Barbara), Fall River; and his grandchildren: Savannah, Autumn, Leo, Gillis, Glen, Amanda Lowe, Becky (Ben) Strehler, Hayley, Nathan, Lydia, Anneka, Olivia, and great-grandson Kade. Leo is also survived by his brother, Peter (Debbie); and sisters: Joanne (Frank) McKenna, Mia (Bob) MacDonald, Lenie (Roger) MacAulay, Gasha (Lee) Connolly, Rietje Nicholson, and Melisha (Joey) Davis; and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his brother, Jackie (Mabel) and sister and brother-in-law Mientje and George Campbell, brother-in-law Lee (Gasha) Connolly. Leo’s parents and children immigrated to Canada in 1952 settling in Baddeck, NS. In 1963, Leo married his sweetheart (also a Dutch immigrant) Annie Heukshorst. He then began his 30-year career in agriculture extension in Truro and later as an agricultural representative for Inverness and Victoria counties. In 1972, Leo and Annie purchased a farm on Mabou Ridge where they farmed sheep and beef cattle with their four sons. Throughout his career, Leo's leadership was well recognized in the agriculture community, demonstrated by his induction into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2014. Leo always encouraged youth involvement in agriculture and was a great ambassador of the 4-H program. This was not to be overshadowed by his involvement and leadership on numerous community boards and associations for the enhancement of his community. A seasoned public speaker, Leo often spoke at school and legion events surrounding Remembrance Day ceremonies about his family’s experience in Holland surviving World War II. He was forever grateful to Canadian veterans and their sacrifices in liberating his homeland. Strong Catholic faith influenced Leo's life. Church, family, and community were the foundations of his world. His true passion and greatest accomplishment were family and his wife Annie, who stood by him in everything he did as a constant support and companion. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Inverness Hospital Foundation 902-258-2236, St. Mary's Church Building Fund, Mabou, B0E 1X0, www.larchecapebreton.org, or charity of choice. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Funeral Co-operative. For complete obituary and online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

BOOMGAARS
Leonardus “Leo” Boomgaars, March 4th, 1949 – February 18th, 2021, passed away at the age of 71 in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital with family by his side. Leo was the oldest son of John Boomgaars and Aleida (Visser) Boomgaars, both of Holland. Leo came to Canada at an early age and was to spend the rest of his life living in Mabou Ridge. He had a great love for anything that had a motor in it; which led him to first work on the family farm and later driving trucks of every kind for Van Zutphen Construction and later for John Cameron Trucking. Working 16-plus hours a day was nothing new for Leo. His dedicated work ethic led him to meet many people all over this province as well as make many friends at truck stops, especially Vi's in Whycocomagh and his ever favourite, The Big Stop in Auld’s Cove. A heart attack, diabetes, and leg amputation forced him to give up the job he so loved. In December of 2020, the heart-breaking news of lung cancer led him to spend the rest of his days in hospital. Leo was predeceased by his parents; nephew, Jeff Boomgaars; and a brother-in-law, Bill Lewis. He is survived by his sisters, Wilhelmina Lewis, Lower Sackville; Pauline (Dougie) MacDonald, Port Hood; Agnes Van Buuren, Troy; brothers, Johnny (Liz), Kentville; Joe (Karen) Dartmouth and Stephen (Jocelyn) NL. He also leaves to mourn, a niece, Natasha (Rob) Ingram and nephews, David Lewis; Mark MacDonald; Trevor (Kelly) MacDonald; Scott MacDonald; Curtis (Cindy) Boomgaars; and Chad (Kim) Van Buuren. Visitation was held in St. Mary's Church, Mabou, on Tuesday, February 23rd, funeral mass followed at 11:00 a.m. with Father Danny MacLennan and Father Bernie MacDonald officiating. Burial at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society or to St. Mary's Church Restoration Fund, Mabou. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com. “It’s not the last 20 days that matter but the last 20 years.” Rest in peace Leo.

MacKINNON
Donald Roderick “D.R.” MacKinnon, aged 83, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday, February 9th, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. A wonderful and loving husband and father, he was born in Inverness on January 12th, 1938, to Neil and Jessie (Fraser) MacKinnon. He was the second oldest of their six children. D.R. was a veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy, having served as a cook on the HMCS Algonquin. He was a long-time member and past president of the Inverness Legion branch 132. He was involved in many activities throughout the community including serving as poppy chairman and working as an elections officer, as well as being a long-time member of the Namara club. He loved to get out every day and could often be seen walking or in his later years riding his scooter down the street. He enjoyed telling a great story, almost as much as he liked a good card game.  He was a hard worker and always did his best to provide for his family. D.R. is survived by his wife, of 47 years, Catherine Anne “Kayanna” (MacDonald), seven children, Cindy (Tom) of Bailey, Mississippi, Holly Lynn of Keane, Ontario, Roderick of Orangeville, John Paul of Camrose, Alberta, Nigel and Thomas both in Dartmouth. He is also survived by his sisters, Margaret Anne (Bruce) in Malagash and Jean (Winston) in Inverness. He was predeceased in death by his parents, Neil and Jessie; siblings, Sonny, Lauchie (Rose), Lorraine (Robert) and Jackie (Gloria). Funeral service will take place on February 20th in St. John's United Church, Strathlorne at 2:00 p.m. There will be short visitation in the hour preceding the service. Donations may be made to Saint John United Church or to the Central Inverness Palliative Care Society. The family would like to extend its gratitude to the palliative care team and to the Inverness hospital for their compassionate care during these difficult times. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

LeBLANC
It is with heavy hearts and much love that we mourn the sudden passing of Joseph Douglas LeBlanc, age 56, of Long Point, on Sunday, February 7th, 2021, at home. Joseph was the beloved son of the late Numan and Florence (Wills) LeBlanc. Beloved brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend to many. Joseph was a red seal carpenter and was always willing to lend a helping hand whenever he could. He was a gentle and caring soul who loved his family, especially his many nieces and nephews and his little dog Roxy. With a light-hearted nature and a quick wit, he endeared himself to many. Left to mourn his loss are his sisters, Sandra Sutherland (Peter), Patsy Gillis (Joey), Darlene MacDonald, Nancy LeBlanc, Michele MacMillan (Andrew), Mary LeBlanc (Mason MacLean), Lisa LeBlanc (Robert Thorne), Charlene Warren (Mike); sister-in-law, Heather Drysdale; brothers, Christopher LeBlanc, Lawrence LeBlanc; chosen brother and best friend Jim MacDonald. Besides his parents, Joseph was predeceased by his brother, Raymond LeBlanc; brother-in-law, Brian MacDonald. If desired memorial donations may be made to Kidney Foundation of Nova Scotia, The Lodge that Gives, Halifax, or the SPCA. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at: www.haverstocks.com.

DEAGLE
February 9th, 1953 – February 4th, 2021; Raymond Alexander Deagle, aged 67, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 4th, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Raymond “Ray” Alexander Deagle was a wonderful person that was loved, will be missed, and will never be forgotten. Ray lived a large full life, born in Inverness on February 9th, 1953; the second oldest child to Peggy and Johnny Deagle. While he was one of 11 children, he was also one of a kind. Ray would go on to spend his childhood growing up in Inverness and was considered part of the fabric of Cape Breton Island. If there was a laugh to be had or a kind gesture to be made, you could count on Ray to be behind it all. He had a smile that would light up a room and the personality to fill it. Over the course of Ray’s working life, he travelled all over the world to places such as Indonesia, Africa, and Guatemala making many friends abroad and always returned home where his heart is, as nothing was more important than was his family and friends. Those who knew Ray, knew that a cup of tea and a sandwich would set the scene for a great visit and some good laughs. There are many memorable qualities that come to mind when remembering Ray, and above all, Ray loved his family with all his heart. He was kind and generous and would do anything for the ones he loved. He would often say, “If you can’t ask family, who can you ask?” Ray held a devotion like none other to his brothers and sisters regardless of where they lived, he practiced what he spoke of, and held the bond of family close to his heart at all times. Ray took extreme pride in his three girls (Monica, Audrey, and Katie) and supported them to be strong-minded and as independent as he was. Ray’s grandchildren meant the world to him and kept him young at heart. This love extended to all of his nieces and nephews, he loved them like his own and was genuinely interested in what was happening for them and their successes in life. Raymond also loved horses (almost as much his family), with countless hours spent at the Inverness Raceway; his love for racing and cheering on all his buddies will be sorely missed by all. Ray lived his values of knowing what mattered most in this life and was true to himself. Ray would say exactly what was on his mind and if you thought differently, well then that was ok; but it would not change his mind. He taught us a lot about love, laughter, and loss; however, nothing could prepare us for the loss we now feel with his passing. Raymond is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Patricia Alice Deagle (MacNeil); along with three children Monica Gretchen (Ian) of Regina, SK; Audrey Deagle (Chris) of Antigonish, NS; and Katie Benedict Deagle of Inverness, NS; grandchildren Steele and Yari Gretchen, Ayden Deagle-Larkin, Skyler and Carter Benedict Deagle and great-grandchild Everly Gretchen. Ray is survived by his 10 siblings: Lawrence (Patricia), Guysborough; Clare Gracewood (Mike), Halifax; Kevin (Angela), Inverness; Tina Larson (Karl), Kentville; Campbell (Monique), Edmonton; Cathy Deagle Gammon (Percy), Fall River; Walter (Gina), Inverness; Janice AuCoin (Paul) and James (Annette), Halifax; and Sandra Cripps (Doug), Regina. He was predeceased in death by his parents, Peggy and Johnny Deagle and his dear friend Christine. Funeral mass was held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, February 8th, in Stella Maris Church Inverness with Fr. Dan MacDonald officiating, burial in the parish cemetery at a later date. Family flowers only, memorial donations can be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society, PO Box 610, Inverness Nova Scotia. Online condolences can be made at www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

KENNEDY
Kevin William Kennedy passed away due to natural causes on Friday, January 30th, 2021, in his home in Inverness. Born in New Waterford on August 28th, 1954, to Dougald Kennedy and Rose (MacArthur) both of Inverness, Kevin shared his laughter and love of family and home with everyone. Predeceased by both parents and infant brother Stephen (1947) as well as his favourite lady, Dyney Gillis. Kevin is survived by his siblings and their families, and his cat; Dougald (Marijke) and his children Stephanie, Rebecca, and Peter (Erin) (and their mother Monica); Corrine (Mike Donnelly) and their children Chrissy (Ale) and Sean; Gordie and Jan and his children Gordon (Kerry), Ellen (John), Megan (Brett), and Steven (and their mother Johnena); Norma and her daughter, Verna; and his beloved cat Guinness. A graduate of Inverness High School, Kevin attended St Mary’s University, Nova Scotia Community College, and numerous other education and learning institutes as his life and work experiences took him and his stories through many different twists and turns. His fine eye for detail probably provided as many stories for his co-workers over the years as it did for creating all the detailed stories that he would tell of them, no matter how long it took to get to the point of the story. As a great enthusiast of cars, bikes, food, books, bad cowboy movies, and anyone’s pet that was within reach, Kevin was always able to make those around him feel like their interests were his interests. He appreciated the community found in the KOC Inverness Council 2298, the Ceilidh Trail CB Club, and in the many old friends and relatives that were there for him when he returned to the Island. Special thank you goes out to his many good friends: the McMasters, Campbells, Feehans, and the MacDougalls, as well as many cousins especially Marilyn and Jane. The folks at the Inverness Hospital and the Dialysis Clinic, the diabetic staff and his doctors with a special thank you for Dr. Jean M. MacLachlan. Any funeral service or memorial in Inverness is being held off until we can all be together and folks will be notified with enough time to get there. But in the meantime, we are gathering pictures and stories with intent to share them. In Kevin’s memory donations may be made to one of three charities that were close to his heart: Mill Road Social Enterprises, Central Inverness Palliative Care Society, or the Inverness area group Citizens Caring for Animals. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

GILLIS
Theresa (nee MacDonald) Gillis born on September 10th, 1933, in West Mabou, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and passed away peacefully on February 6th, 2021, in Leamington, Ontario, at Erie Shores Hospice at the age of 87 surrounded by her loving family. Predeceased by her husband Angus Lawrence (2006). Loving and devoted mother of Daniel (1971), Richard, Jessie, Mark and his wife Eleanor, and Scott (2000). Beloved grandmother of Ryan, Jason, Daniel, William, Matthew, and Catherine. Dear sister of Magdalen MacDonell (the late Vesty) of Michigan. Predeceased by her siblings: Annie Laurie Gillis (Jerome), Neil Charlie MacDonald (Jean), Alex Hughie MacDonald (Mary), Katie Mae Nicholson (the late Jimmy), Margie Hooker (the late Elgin) and Christy Rankin (the late Finley Archie). Theresa will be dearly missed by many nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends. Born in West Mabou, Nova Scotia, she moved to the Detroit /Windsor area to work as a nurse's assistant. Eventually she met the love of her life Angus in the 1950s and were married in Detroit on August 4th, 1956. Together they raised five wonderful children and created a beautiful life together until his passing in 2006. Her door was always open to visitors with a warm smile and a hearty laugh and many teas and dileags were shared amongst many of her dear friends. She was a proud member of the Cape Breton Club of Windsor and Detroit where she strongly encouraged everyone to keep the Cape Breton culture alive. She could often be found listening to fiddle music and steppin’ her off around the home and at any Cape Breton function in Mabou and throughout Inverness County. During her retirement, Theresa continued her devotion of service to others by caring for them in their home, taking them for errands or appointments or just being a friendly ear. A heartfelt thank you to all the doctors and nurses for your exceptional care, support and compassion as well as to those who kept Theresa in their thoughts and prayers throughout her illness. We are forever grateful and blessed that you were a part of her life. Visiting at Windsor Chapel (Central Chapel) 1700 Tecumseh Road East, 519-253-7234 on Wednesday, February 10th, 2021, and Thursday, February 11th, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Masks must be worn while in the funeral home. Reservations are required to attend the visitation. Please call the funeral home between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to reserve your spot. A private family service will be held in the chapel on Friday, February 12th, 2021, with interment to follow at Heavenly Rest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations made to Erie Shores Hospice, Muscular Dystrophy, or Parkinson’s Society would be greatly appreciated. Online condolences and cherished memories may be shared with the family at www.windsorchapel.com If you choose to attend the live stream, please follow the link posted on the funeral home website.

WHITE
Joseph Arthur “Art” White, age 89, of Port Hawkesbury: It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, and great-grandfather in Strait Richmond Hospital, Evanston, on Tuesday, January 26th, 2021. Art was born in Inverness, on July 14th, 1931, a son of the late Simon and Josephine (Basker) White. He moved to New Waterford to work in the coal mines and there he met his wife and his children were born. Over 50 years ago, they moved to Port Hawkesbury where Art worked at Gulf Oil until closure and then all over the Maritimes as a welder with local 73 of the Boilermakers, of which he was a proud member for 50 years. Art loved the sun and every winter he and Deanie would travel south for a few weeks of beaches and relaxation. He had a long and happy retirement, often working in his beloved garage, chopping wood, gardening, and chatting with the neighbours. Although in his last years he suffered from dementia he still enjoyed going shopping, concerts, and spending quality time with his family. Art is survived by his wife of 65 years Geraldine “Deanie” (Fleming) White, his beloved children, Marilyn (Michael) Richard, Whiteside; Judy (Richard) Beaton, Port Hastings; Sandra (Wayne) MacDonald, Port Hawkesbury and Ross (Joanne) Moncton, NB; his brother, Gerald, Whiteside; his nine grandchildren, Evan (Nicole), Michelle (Winston), Lisa (John), Jillian, Alan (Kelly), Leah (Garrett), Cyndal (Matt), Danica (Yannick) and Brandon. He is also survived by 15 great-grandchildren. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his step father, Donald Smith; brothers, Robert, Roland, Colin, Melvin; and sisters, Christina, Rhodena, Cyrilla, Margaret, Dorothy, and Rhinda. At Art’s request, there will be no wake or funeral. A private family burial will take place at a later date. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at: www.haverstocks.com.

WARNER
Mary “Stella” Warner, age 92, Port Hawkesbury: It is with sadness that we announce the death of our beloved wife, mother, and nanny.  Stella passed away peacefully with family by her side on Tuesday, January 26th, 2021, at home.  Born in Margaree, on August 23rd, 1928, she was a daughter of the late John Delphus and Mary Florence (Muise) Burns. Stella was a loving wife, skilled home maker, a proud mother and nanny, a gracious neighbour, and friend to many.  She married her beloved husband Bob, on her birthday in 1951 and was blessed with 69 years of marriage, 10 children, 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  Mom had a special touch with children and especially glowed in her roles as “Nanny Warner” to all her grandchildren and “Mrs. Warner” to her students in seven different schools and many classrooms over her wonderful career as a teacher.  Mom was a graduate of Normal College and found her calling during her years as a special education teacher. Mom had many talents and interests: homemaker, quilter, knitting, her yard, garden, and love of birds, her cozy cottage in Margaree Harbour, canning and preserving for the family, a good card game, fiddle music, a good cup of tea and a visit with anyone who came by.  Mom certainly was our matriarch and made sure to keep our family connected no matter the time, space, or distance between any of us. Stella is survived by her devoted husband of 69 years, Charles Robert “Bob” Warner, Port Hawkesbury; sons, Gary (Wanda), Havre Boucher; Kevin (Janice), Calgary, Alberta;  Alvin (Valarie), Nolalu, Ontario; Steve, Vancouver, BC; daughters, Roberta Warner, Port Hawkesbury; Darlene (Corey) Cameron, Lucasville; Debbie (Joe) Gillis, Sydney River; Sheila (John) Serfas, Hammonds Plains; and Monica (Dwayne Line) Warner, Winnipeg; grandchildren, Anthony, Austin, Jason, April, Marty, Shea, Ashley, Annie-Jane, Jacob, Melissa, and Ryan James; great-grandchildren, Avery, Riley, Madelyn, Cohen, and Cole along with several step-grandchildren, brothers, Wilfred Burns and Freddy (Rose) Burns of Margaree; Leo (Debbie) Burns, New Brunswick and sister, Theresa (Melvin) Waters, Whycocomagh; numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by son, George (Wanda); sister, Annie-Jane and brothers, Tommy, Martin, Clarence and Rannie. Our family would like to thank the many doctors, nurses, and palliative care team that provided great care for our mother over many years, and especially during this last year.  Thank you is scarcely enough to our sister Roberta, who as mom’s primary caregiver tirelessly cared for mom with great compassion, which allowed mom to live these last years with us in the comfort of her own home, as was mom’s wish. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Stella’s memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, Diabetes Canada-Nova Scotia Chapter, Special Olympics Nova Scotia, and the Port Hawkesbury Regional Occupation Center Society, all charities which were near to mom and her heart of giving. A funeral mass was held on Saturday, January 30th, 2021, in St Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Port Hawkesbury with Father Conrad Edwards officiating. 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.

MacKAY
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Anna Alexina MacKay in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Alexina was born January 26th, 1931, to Angus and Mary MacKay, Harbour View. She was the last surviving member of her family. Alexina led a simple, quiet life. She enjoyed cards, crochet, and going for walks. She was an extremely strong person and battled many health issues over the years. She will be sadly missed by her MacDonald Hall family. She was a beautiful person and respected by staff and residents. Many thanks to Dr. Egar and ICMH staff for their care over the years. Cremation has taken place and funeral mass will be held in Port Hood at a later date. Memorial donations in Alexina's memory may be to MacDonald Hall, Inverness. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

LeLIÈVRE
Alex John LeLièvre, age 73, Grand Etang, passed away on Friday, January 22nd, 2021, at the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. Alex John was a son to the late Conrad and the late Rose Anne (Poirier) LeLièvre. Alex John loved sports, namely golf, football, hockey and playing, coaching, and refereeing hockey. He was known for his crooked smile and his squinty, weepy eyes. Alex John loved the outdoors. He was a long-standing employee with Alva Construction Ltd for 55 years. He was dedicated to his family and had enormous love for his children and grandchildren. He loved teaching his granddaughter and grandsons how to golf. He enjoyed his weekly cruises; had two baseball caps of every colour; enjoyed playing golf and the trips to Florida with his friends. He always said that every new pair of boots were going to be his last pair before retiring…10 years later. Alex John loved tools, the Canadian Tire flyer, and his garage. He would buy every Christmas ornament that sang or moved. Alex John had a not-so-amazing sense of direction, loved his craft beer and toothpicks, and loved nice flower beds. He was a man of great strength, had a big heart, and a love for life. Besides his wife Shelley, he is survived by his son Aurel (Pauline) LeLièvre; daughters, Céleste (Joel) Chiasson, and Jennifer (Rhonda) LeLièvre; brothers, Clifford (Lucille) LeLièvre, and Marcel (Annette) LeLièvre; sisters, Patricia AuCoin, Doris Broussard, Annie Belle (Bob) Simpson, and Geraldine LeLièvre; grandchildren, Avery LeLièvre, Eli Chiasson, and Noé Chiasson. He was predeceased by his wife Jeanne LeLièvre (1999); brothers, Willie Joe LeLièvre (1971), and Denis LeLièvre (1990); grandson, Benjamin LeLièvre (2005). There was no visitation. Funeral mass was celebrated on Thursday, January 28th, 2021, in l’Église St. Joseph, St. Joseph du Moine, (by invitation only) with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery at a later date. Funeral is under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

DESVEAUX
Harold Deveaux, December 25th, 1947, to January 21st, 2021, passed away peacefully on January 21st, 2021, at the Gimli Community Health Centre after a heroic battle with cancer. He is remembered and missed by his beloved wife, Mary Desveaux; his children, Danny (Alex), Kim (KC), Christine (Mark), Victor, and Darryl (Sarah); and his grandchildren, Clare, Grace, Mackenzie, Ruth, Regan, Tess, Camryn, Solomon, and Liam. He also leaves behind his siblings, Imelda (Hugh), Paul (Joan), Lucille (Dave), Bernice (Victor), Nora (Charles), and Dina (Pete). He was also close with his brothers and sisters-in-law Jennie Lowther, Tony Michaluk (Delores), Michael Michaluk (Shirley), and Leo Aucoin; and all nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by parents Jimmy and Therese Desveaux, father-in-law and mother-in-law Michael and Mary Michaluk, sister Isabelle Aucoin, and brothers-in-law Emmanuel Doucet and Ken Lowther. He will be forever missed by his family and his friends. He was our rock with a heart of gold who loved a good story, and a laugh. He was most at home in the bush, on a boat, or in the sky. He had many talents as a hunter, pilot, fisherman, avionics specialist, and archer, but his greatest gift was being the best husband, dad, and friend you could imagine. We will always love you, and hold your memories in our hearts. Thank you to his health care team and the Gimli Community Health Centre for the thoughtful care he received throughout his illness, and in his final days. His remains were cremated at his request, and a celebration of life will take place later this year. In lieu of flowers, please donate to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3E 0R8. Plant a tree in memory of Harold.

MacEACHERN
Mary Camillus “Millie” MacEachern (Beaton, Kennedy), age 89, of Inverness, passed away peacefully on January 22nd, 2021, in the Inverary Manor, Inverness, NS. Born July 16th, 1931, she was a daughter of the late John Alex and Mary Jane (MacDonald) Kennedy. Spending quality time with her family was always a great joy for Millie. She was happiest spending hot summer days at the beach with her seven active children, along with many friends and their families. She loved to cook, bake, and entertain family and friends. Her Christmas waffles were amazing! A wonderful recipe and tradition that has now spanned generations. Once Millie had raised her family, she pursued her hidden talent of painting, producing beautiful works of art that her family cherish. Millie was a faithful volunteer at the Inverness Tuck Shop for many years. Millie was a woman of great faith, and a lifelong member of Stella Maris Parish. Millie is survived by daughter, Eileen Beaton, Inverness; sons Gerard (Joanne) Beaton, Halifax; Jerome (Andrea) Beaton, Hammonds Plains; Bruce (Vina) Beaton, Cole Harbour; Gary (Susanne) Beaton, Milton, ON. Daughters-in-law Carol Beaton, Inverness, and Peggy Beaton Quispamsis, NB. She was a very loving, proud Grammie to 20 grandchildren, and three beautiful great grandchildren. She is survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by husband John Ronald Beaton, second husband Dan MacEachern, and sons Ronsie Beaton and Steven Beaton. Millie was the last surviving member of her immediate family, predeceased by four brothers: Neil, Josie, Dougall, Jack, and five sisters Katie Anne, Dolly, Mendy, Sarah, and Madeline. A private mass of Christian Burial will be held in Stella Maris Church, Inverness, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 30th, Father Danny MacLennan officiating. The current COVID-19 regulations in Nova Scotia will be in place for the mass. Live stream of the mass will be made available on the Stella Maris and St. Margaret Parish, Inverness, Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Millie can be made to Inverary Manor, Palliative Care, or a charity of your choice. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to all the wonderful, compassionate staff at Inverness Inverary Manor, Sunrise Villa, Dr. Rhea and staff at Inverness Memorial Hospital, and the Palliative Care Team, Dr. Ritter, Lori Anne Gillis, and Paulette Levin. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

ROACH
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Marie Edna Roach, age 96, of Cheticamp. She passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 13th, 2021, at the Foyer Père Fiset Guest Home, Cheticamp. She was a daughter to the late Joseph and the late Marie (Poirier) Roach. Marie Edna was an active member of St. Peter’s Church and was a dedicated member of the choir. This kind lady was always so giving in her daily life, having cared for, for a long time, her parents and an elderly aunt. One was always made to feel so welcome at her home. Marie Edna’s passion in life was excellent rug hooking and that was a big part of her life up to the age of 93. Marie Edna leaves behind her brother, Louis Léo Roach, Toronto; as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by brothers, Jimmie Roach, Arsene Roach, Willie Roach, Charlie Roach, Paulo Roach, and half brother Alex LeBlanc; sisters, Elizabeth Chiasson, Marie Cézaire Arsenault, Marie Louise Cormier, and Marie Cecile Roach; brother and sister in infancy. We would like to extend our gratitude to Dr. Paul Sonier and all staff of the Foyer Père Fiset for their kindness and care given to aunt Edna. There will be no visitation. Funeral mass was celebrated on Monday, January 18th, 2021, in St. Peter’s Church, Cheticamp, with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr and Deacon Gerald LeBlanc officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. Donations may be made to Foyer Père Fiset or a charity of your Choice. Funeral is under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be made to www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

LEBLANC
Mary Anna LeBlanc, age 101, Arsenault Hill, Margaree, passed away on Thursday, January 7th, 2021, in the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. She was a daughter to the late Jean Dumauresq and the late Philomene (Légère) Dumauresq. Born in St. Isidore, NB, Mary Anna was the 13th of 17 children and the last surviving member of her family. Mary Anna is survived by a son, Charles A. LeBlanc (Dianne); daughter A. Sylvia LeBlanc; grandchildren, Phyllis, Marion, Clifford, Wayne, Rovena, Harvey, and John; great-grandchildren, Gabrielle, Breanna, Dominic, Giselle, Melissa, Haley, Curtis, Anna Marie, Alex, and Travist; brother-in-law Malcolm. Besides her husband, Albert, she was predeceased by a son, Charles (age two); daughters, Martina and Helen; four brothers and 12 sisters; son-in-law, Mose. There will be no visitation. A funeral mass was celebrated (by invitation only) on Friday, January 15th, 2021, in St. Michael’s Church, Margaree, with Father Peter LeBlanc officiating with burial in the parish cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. Michael’s Parish. Funeral is under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

FRASER
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband, dad, and granddad, Alexander Kenneth Fraser, age 62, of Cheticamp, on Sunday, January 10th, 2021, at his home. Born in Chéticamp, he was the son of the late Pauline (Poirier) and Kenneth Sr. Fraser. Kenneth worked as a boilermaker out west as well as locally. Alongside his father, he also worked at Fraser and Chiasson’s Building Supplies where they served the community with various construction projects. Later on, he became owner and operator of Fraser’s Motel. He is survived by his loving wife, Priscille (Romard); and his son Keith (Alyssa). He will be especially missed by his precious granddaughter, Mia Cecile. He is also survived by his three sisters, Norma (Gerry), Paula, and Gisele (Barry). He will be missed by his nieces and nephews as well. There will be no visitation. A private funeral service (for family only) was held on Saturday, January 16th, 2021, at the Cheticamp Funeral Home with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Cheticamp. Memorial donations can be made to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

DORTON
James “Jimmy” Richard Dorton, 59, of Port Hawkesbury passed away Tuesday, January 12th, 2021, at St. Martha's Regional Hospital. Born in Antigonish, he was a son of the late Dan R. and Pearl Dorton. He was a member of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church. He is survived by his beloved cougar, Donna Dorton (Richard); his son, Nathan (Molly) of Frankville; his daughters, Carrie, Natalie (Greg) of Port Hawkesbury; Nicole (Scott) of Halifax; Victoria (Sam) of Monastery; and Jada of Port Hawkesbury; his grandchildren, Lucas, Ethan, Kalan, Serenity, Hope, Zander, and Declan; his sisters, Diane (Sissy), Estelle; brothers, Danny, Hughie, Donald, John and Paul; and furry friend, Maggie. He was predeceased by his paternal and maternal grandparents and brother-in-law, David Richard. Jim was a big man, with an even bigger heart. Jim worked for the Town of Port Hawkesbury for 34 years. He loved what he did and the community he served; and was the type of person who would help anyone with anything. When he wasn't working, he could be found with his family down at their camper, feeding the seagulls at the shop, or at yard sales near and far. More than anything, Jim was most happy when he was cooking meals for his family and playing a game of crib. He will be missed dearly by his family, friends, co-workers, and the community. Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation. A service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to ROC Society, Port Hawkesbury. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Green's Funeral Home, 507 Bernard Street, Port Hawkesbury. Expressions of sympathy may be made by visiting www.greensfuneralhome.ca.

MacKENZIE
It is with sadness we announce the passing of our beloved Mary Teresa “Nannie Teresa” MacKenzie, South West Margaree, on January 4th, 2021, in Inverary Manor, Inverness. She was born in Inverness, September 1st, 1929, to parents, James and Penelope (MacLellan) Doyle. She was very proud of her Spider Town roots. She leaves behind her children and step-children: Cindy, Truro; John Hughie, South West Margaree; Rick and Tess, Toronto; Angus and Jessie, Halifax; Eleanor and David, Truro; Jean and Sam, New Waterford; Allen, Halifax; Johnena, Annapolis Valley; and her sister, Anne Mullock. Nannie Teresa will be missed by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren with whom she had a very loving relationship. She helped shape how they see the world with humor and love. Teresa was a devoted and active member of her church, she was a former member of the CWL, a member of the choir, a Lector and a Eucharistic Minister. She also leaves to mourn, her family friend, Marie MacNeil, who was a great support over the years. She was predeceased by the love of her life, her husband, John MacKenzie; children and stepchildren: Flora, Glen Cathy, Margaret, and John; also, several brothers and sisters. Funeral service was Friday, January 8th, in St. Joseph’s Church, SW Margaree, with Father Peter LeBlanc officiating. COVID-19 restrictions were in place. Burial followed in MacDougall Cemetery, SW Margaree. A Celebration of Life will take place when COVID restrictions are lifted. Donations in memory can be made to MacDougall Cemetery Fund or a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Funeral Co-operative. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

LeBLANC
Alice Mae LeBlanc, May 18th, 1932 – December 7th, 2020: It is with profound sadness that the family announces the passing of mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, godmother, and friend on Monday, December 7th, 2020, at the age of 88 in Cape Breton Regional Hospital in Sydney, NS.  Born in Cap Le Moine, May 18th, 1932, Alice Mae was the daughter of the late Joe á Mic Burns and Félicité Doucet.  Alice Mae lived in St. Joseph du Moine with her husband, Henri LeBlanc and remained there until January 14th, 2020, when she moved to the Foyer Pere Fiset Nursing Home in Cheticamp. At 14 years old, Alice Mae started to work as a live-in nanny in surrounding communities. Those families have respected her and visited Alice Mae her whole life. Alice Mae took pride in taking care of her in-laws and family she was a stay-at-home mom and a very hard worker.  She loved planting her garden every year and would enjoy cooking and preserving what she cultivated from her garden.  Always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.  Alice Mae was one that would put everyone first before herself.  She also enjoyed dancing in her younger years and camping. Alice Mae is survived by her daughter, Geraldine, granddaughter Melissa (Ray), grandson Keith (Anna), granddaughter Cheryl (Jaysun), grandson Craig (Nicole), grandson Kent (Brittany,) and step great-grandkids, Daniel and Mia. She will be dearly missed by family, friends, neighbours, nephews, nieces, and godchildren, Jeannette Deveaux, Rosalie MacDougall, and Rhéal LeBlanc, daughters-in-law Susan O’Connell and Cathy Comeau.

CUSACK
Mary H. (Eileen) Cusack, age 82, Fall River, NS: It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our loving mother, Nani, great-Nani, sister, aunt, and friend on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020, in the QEII Halifax Infirmary. Born in Point Cross, she was the eldest daughter of the late Philip and Katie Mae (Hache) Doucet. Eileen left Point Cross at the age of 17 to begin work with the Royal Bank in Sydney. She worked in several branches spending many years at the Whitney Pier Branch. She retired from the Royal Bank. Through school, moving to Sydney and the Bank, she made many lifelong friends. Over the years, Eileen had many health issues but she was grateful for the love and support of her children and cherished the years she spent with her daughter and grandsons, Daniel and David, after moving from Sydney to Fall River in 1996 when Daniel was born. She was a wealth of information for her family, always remembering names and dates for birthdays, anniversaries, and any occasion. She was an avid online Scrabble player and enjoyed the FB posts of family and her daughter’s friends. Eileen is survived by son, Michael G. (Margaret Vatcher), Sydney; daughter, Francine (Phil MacKenzie), Fall River. She loved her five grandchildren, Daniel and David (Julia Leslie) MacKenzie, Fall River, Michael A, Cusack, Sydney, Allison (Desmond) Johnson, Eskasoni, and Natasha (Evan) MacLeod, Alberta, along with her five great-grandchildren, Michael, Dallas, Maverick, Dathen, and Darwin. Eileen was close to her siblings, brothers, Willie Dave (Rose Mary) Doucet, Sydney, and Roland (Germaine) Doucet, Point Cross, along with sisters, Casilda AuCoin, Cheticamp, Marie Emma Arsenault, Waltham, Massachusetts, and Goretti (Alphonse) Bourgeois, Point Cross. Eileen is also survived by sisters-in-law Beverley (Charlie) MacLean, Cambridge, Ontario, and Julie Cusack, Fall River, along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins who she spent wonderful times with over the years. She was predeceased by her husband, John H. Cusack; nephew, Donnie Doucet; brothers-in-law, Ervin AuCoin, David Arsenault, Bill and Darrell Cusack; sister-in-law, Elaine. The family would like to thank the team of health care workers in the ER and 3 IMCU of the Halifax Infirmary, especially Pam, who provided her cellphone to play Mom’s favourite song, “Why Me Lord” by Kris Kristofferson, a memory her daughter will cherish. Special thanks to Dr. David MacNeil for his care and kindness through the years and thank you to the workers of Northwood Homecare, initially from the Musquodoboit region and then from Bedford/Sackville. Prior to the pandemic, Eileen enjoyed chatting with the drivers who delivered Meals on Wheels to her door. She was a member of St. Andre Bessette Parish (St. Rose of Lima) in Fall River. Donations may be made to the Mental Health Foundation of N.S. or a charity of your choice. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held in Cheticamp at a later date. Burial with her parents in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca. 

CORMIER
Trina Marie Cormier, age 39, La Residence Cap Rouge, Cheticamp, passed away on Sunday, December 27th, 2020, in the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. Trina was the daughter of Bernard Francois Cormier and Marie Dorine (Poirier) Camus. Trina lived at La Residence Cap Rouge for seven years. She has touched the hearts of everyone who has cared for her. Trina loved music and karaoke, as well as her friends and family. Trina was a true believer in God, and truly a gentle human being. She had an infectious smile and brightened up everyone’s day. Trina was predeceased by her sister, Angela Marie Cormier; maternal grandparents, Auguste and Dora May Poirier, and paternal grandparents, Joseph Fabien and Annie Mai Cormier. There was no visitation. A funeral mass was celebrated on Monday, January 11th, 2021, in St. Peter’s Church, Cheticamp, with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. COVID-19 restrictions were applied. Memorial donations may be made to Muscular Dystrophy Canada or C.A.R.E.S. (Cheticamp Association Residential Educational Society). Funeral was under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

AUCOIN
Joseph “Marcel” AuCoin, age 70, Cheticamp, passed away on Monday, January 4th, 2021, in the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. He was a son to the late Marcellin G. and the late Elizabeth (Poirier) AuCoin. Marcel will be remembered for his love of music, singing, and both playing and building guitars. Besides his loving wife, Linda (Shomphe) AuCoin, he is survived by son, Michel (Kelly); daughter, Christine (Ken); brother, Albert (Marie-Jeanette); sisters, Claudette (Edmond), Georgina, and Jeanne (Pierre); and he will be especially missed by his two granddaughters, Ainsley and Eva, who adored spending time with, and teasing their beloved pépére. He was predeceased by a brother, Eugène. There was visitation. A private funeral service (for family only) was held on Friday, January 8th, 2021, in the Cheticamp Funeral Home. Burial in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Cheticamp. Memorial donations may be made to the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre or the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

TIMMONS
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Brenda Hart-Timmons, age 57, of North East Margaree. Beloved wife, mother, grandmother (BB), daughter, sister, aunt, friend, and school bus driver on Monday, December 28th, 2020. Born in Inverness, Nova Scotia, on March 27th, 1963, Brenda was the daughter of the late Marjorie and Gerald Hart. Mom wore many hats throughout her working years including working in the woods with the horses, gift/pizza shop owner and operator, maintenance worker, and many more; however, mom’s most rewarding job was being a school bus driver for Strait Regional School Board conveying children across Inverness County. She spoke often of the lasting friendships she had with the children she transported as well as with her longtime ride along partner, Donna. She was blessed with personal gifts from “her kids” over the years and was always known to have a special treat waiting for them on special occasions and holidays. Brenda is survived by her husband, Jabez; daughter, Cora (George Gale); son, Jerrold (Amanda Seeton); granddaughters, Liliana and Ruby; sister, Beverly MacMillan; special nephew and niece, Chad and Jessica; and her loving fur babies, Webster and Jess; as well as many other family members and friends. As per her wishes there will be no visitation, cremation has taken place. A private family burial will be held at a later date.

SWORDS
Gerald Alexander Swords, age 85, Cheticamp, formerly of Welland, Ontario, passed away on Tuesday, December 29th, 2020, in Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. He was a son to the late Frank Sr. and the late Adella (Pilkey). Gerald was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and uncle. Dad was a people person. He loved social gatherings and being around family. He also enjoyed fishing, baseball (he never missed a Blue Jays game), and driving (any excuse to go out driving). Besides his loving wife, Alice (Ingraham) Swords, he is survived by daughters, Geraldine (John Mans), Cheticamp, NS, and Dianna (Robert Chalmers), Welland, ON; grandchildren, Jennifer (Ron), Hamilton, ON, Bradley (Heather), Nicole (Ken), Christopher (Nancy), all of Welland, ON; great-grandchildren, Travis, Hunter, Hailey, and Hudson. Gerald was predeceased by brothers, John, Frank, Paul, and Raymond; sisters, Helen, Rita, and Mary; great-granddaughter, Hope. The family would like to thank Dr. Saliba and the oncology nurses at the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital, Cheticamp Palliative Care, Dr. Ritter, and Moira Chiasson and RN Jean from the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, and all the home care workers for the kindness and care they showed our dad and our family. Cremation has taken place. Due to COVID-19, a celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Cheticamp Palliative Care, PO Box 129, Cheticamp, NS, B0E1H0. Funeral is under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

INGRAHAM
It is with a very heavy heart that the family of Ronald “Ron” Bruce Ingraham announce his unexpected passing on December 29th, 2020, in Kentville, Nova Scotia. Born in Margaree Centre, Cape Breton, on September 26th, 1956, he was the eldest son of the late Roland and Christine (Ryan) Ingraham. Ron is survived by sisters Beth, Carol (Pierre), and his brothers Buck and Jack (Christine). Predeceased by his parents, his brother Ted, and his sister Raylene (Nick), Ron leaves behind many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and friends. A beloved brother, uncle, nephew, son, and friend; anyone who met Ron in his 64 years on Earth can attest to his warm heart, sharp wit, and his infallible sense of humour. He will be missed by many! Cremation has taken place, and due to COVID restrictions a celebration of Ron’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, as Ron was a lifelong animal lover, the family asks that any donations be made to your local cat-rescue or animal shelter in Ron’s name.

AUCOIN
Yvon Joseph Aucoin, age 71, Bellevue Complex, Grand Étang, passed away in the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, on Sunday, December 27th, 2020. Yvon was a son to the late Noel and the late Yvonne (Chiasson) Aucoin. He is survived by special friend, Donalda; son, Kenneth (Stephanie); daughter, Myra (Glen); brothers, Clifford (Frances), Gelasse (Wilfredine), Laurent, Wayne, and Emile (Jennifer); sisters, Linda (Michel), Annie Blanche (Vince), Odile (Jerry), and Della (Dave); grandchildren, Luc, Benson, and Beckett. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by brother, Robert; sister, Noella; nieces, Doreen and Joanne; nephew, Kenneth. There will be no visitation. A funeral mass was celebrated today, Wednesday, January 6th, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Church, St. Joseph du Moine with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, St. Joseph du Moine.  Donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Parish or LeMoine Volunteer Fire Dept. Funeral is under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

CARROLL
It is with great sadness that our family announce the passing of Edward “Teddy” Leo Carroll on December 15, 2020. He was born on August 17, 1952 in Southwest Margaree and was a proud Cape Bretoner. He is predeceased by his wife of 40 years, Bernice (Aucoin) Carroll, his parents Edward Leo and Catherine (Stewart)Carroll; brothers, Andre, Daniel, Leo, John, and his sister Elizabeth(Betty).  He is survived by his daughter, Melissa (David) and his son Edward (Courtney). His brothers; Peter (Mary) Thompson, Manitoba; Billy, Southwest Margaree; Alex (Yvette) Brookside, NS; Andy, New Westminster, BC; sisters Helen (the late Simeon Dumas) Lower Sackville, NS;Anne Chateauguay, Quebec; Mary(Frank Adamo) Toronto, Ontario; Angie, Margaree Forks; Delores (John D MacIsaac), Windsor, Ontario; Sally (Andy MacDonald) Broad Cove; Margie (Archie MacNeil), Mabou; Ruth, Falls Lake, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends. Settling in Pictou County, where he raised his family, he worked steadily as a welder for most of his career, while having experience in surveying and driving trucks all over the Maritimes. His real passions were rebuilding any motor or project he was working on and getting out on any motorcycle he could drive. He always had a story to tell and loved telling them, happy to ‘shoot the shit’ with anyone and had a laugh that would always give him away! He retired back to Southwest Margaree, a goal of his for many years and loved being home. He cared deeply for his entire family and always focused on maintaining those bonds, values that he instilled in his children, who now have their love and support. Cremation has taken place. A service will be set at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice Halifax. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Sunset Funeral Co-operative. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com

DEVEAU
Joseph “Linus” Deveau, 83, Cheticamp, passed away peacefully on December 15th, 2020, at the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp, after a two-year battle with cancer. He was the son of the late Joe and Cecile (Doucet) Deveau. Linus served for the Canadian Armed Forces for six years in the Anti-Aircraft Division. He was in construction in Ontario and later as a pipefitter with the Boilermakers Union Local 73 after moving back to Cheticamp. He was most likely known as the owner/ operator, with his wife Thelma, of the Mr. Chicken from 1980 until his retirement in 2001. He was also an integral part of the Harbour Restaurant & Baywind Suites with his son Dave for 17 years. He enjoyed snowmobiling, fishing, and hunting in his middle years and followed baseball religiously. His true passion was music. He played guitar and sang on the radio and with live bands in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s in Toronto. He made many friends in bluegrass circles over the years travelling to festivals and concerts all over Atlantic Canada and the Eastern U.S., travelling with his wife in their RV. A loving brother, husband, father, and grandfather who always ensured the welfare for his family. Linus is survived by his wife Thelma (Leblanc); sons Mark and Dave (Jennifer); grandchildren, Lauren and Ethan; sister, Jeanne; brothers, Arthur, Robert, Eugene, and Leonard. Linus was predeceased by sisters, Agnes, Yvonne, and Marie Catherine; brothers, Gaston, Willie, Daniel, Alfred, and Gerard. We would like to thank the doctors and nurses for palliative care giving at Sacred Heart Community Health Centre. Due to COVID-19, service for family and friends was held on Monday, December 21st, 2020, in the Cheticamp Funeral Home. Burial in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Cheticamp. Memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

MURRANT
It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Nelson “Nessie” Murrant, Port Morien, age 78, on December 7th, 2020, after a short but courageous battle with ALS.  He passed away at the CBRH, Sydney, in the palliative care unit surrounded by his family. Born in 1942 in Glace Bay, Nelson was the son of the late William and Blanche (Brann) Murrant. Nelson is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Sandra (Beaton); his son and best friend, Parker (Debbie); his granddaughters, Bethany (Colin) and Laura (Jenna) and his brother, Eddie (Blanche). He is also survived by many brother- and sister-in-laws and many nieces and nephews. Special mention to his niece and nephew, Allison and Christopher who had a special place in his heart. He was also very excited to meet his first great-grandson in just a few short weeks. Nelson was predeceased by his brothers, Jimmy and Stanley and his sisters, Joyce Hooper and Ella Stoddard. Nelson was a well-respected carpenter by trade, a member of the Carpenters Union (Local 1588) and employed with NS Power until retirement. He was a life-long Detroit Red Wings fan and a proud member of the Cape Breton Sledge Hammers Hockey Team. He was a long-standing member of the Masonic Lodge (No.36) and a proud member of the Shriners. He enjoyed spending his summers at the family bungalow in the Mabou Coal Mines and his winters in Treasure Island, FL, with his Satellite family. He was the most happy when he was spending time with family and friends. Nelson was a true gentleman, he welcomed everyone with a smile and did not have a mean thing to say about anyone. He was admired by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him and will be truly missed by all. A special thank you to Dr. Melanie Adams and the staff at the ICU and Palliative Care unit at the CBRH. Cremation has taken place under the care of V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Glace Bay. There will be a memorial service held at a later date. Memorial donations can be made to the ALS Society of NS or a charity of one's choice. Online condolences to the family can be expressed at: www.vjmcgillivray.ca.

MacINNIS
It is with broken hearts that we announce the sudden loss of Murdock Sheldon and Catherine Deborah MacInnis, husband and wife, loving and devoted parents, grandparents, children, siblings, and friends, together on Wednesday, December 9th, 2020, in Baddeck. Together they are survived by the centre of their world, their four beloved children: Jeffrey, Justina (Adam), Joleen (Marie), Jesse (Hannah), and newly welcomed to the world grandson Broghan Murdock. Sheldon was born on June 29th, 1960, to the late John Angus “Jackie” and Christine “Tina” MacInnis. He was gifted with many cherished years with his late brother, Trent MacInnis, and is survived by his admirable brother Terry MacInnis, his wife Shirley, and their children Mitchell, Brett (Amanda), and Kristen (Greg). Cathy was the first-born child to parents Nelson and Mae Poole on May 1st, 1963. She is survived by her beautiful siblings Keith Poole (Lynn), Brian Poole (Angela), and Kelly MacLennan (Curtis), and their children: Wade, Shelby, and Brody, and Sophie and Lucas. Cathy and Sheldon are also survived by aunts Anna MacKinnon (late Billy) and Margie Ann MacDonald (Rannie), as well as many cousins and dear friends. They were predeceased by their grandparents and numerous aunts and uncles. Sheldon “Shek” was a man of many hats, both literally and figuratively. He was the purest blend of warmth and grit. A dedicated family member, friend, and worker. From the home he was both raised in and raised his own family in, to the many broader communities he held a hand in, he had a special way with people and a magical ability to form lasting relationships. He left his mark on his workplaces across the country as a proud miner and driller – some of his proudest years were those spent at Little Narrows Gypsum. He spent endless hours and shook many hands in hockey rinks over the course of his life. He thrived in the hockey world, a sport and community that brought him and his family pure joy – even as he navigated his on and off relationship with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He spent many evenings contributing his time as a dedicated Lion’s Club member and Sircom Lodge 66 member, and was practically a personal mechanic for his kids, not letting them leave the driveway without a full and last-minute inspection. Cathy was the heartbeat and foundation for so many. She devoted her life to her family and friends. Between nightly check-ins with her kids and daily visits with her mom and dad, Cathy always made time for the people she loved. She was compassionate and had a gentle presence that nurtured and supported everyone she encountered. She was the glue that held people together. She was a dedicated employee of the Royal Bank of Canada, and a friend to all during her many years as owner of Ralph’s Dairy. Above all, Cathy was the proudest wife and mother. Together, they created a beautiful life that sprinkled positivity into the lives of those around them. They taught us how to love and be loved. They taught us the value of people and the importance of family and community. They loved each other with every ounce of their being and left this world the only way they knew how – together. They will forever be in our hearts, our community, and welcoming us home. Visitation was held on Monday, December 14th, 2020, in Dennis Haverstock Funeral Chapel Whycocomagh. The funeral was held on Tuesday, December 15th, 2020, from Stewart United Church (the church that they were members of and married in). In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada or a charity of your choice. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at www.haverstocks.com.

KENNEDY
It is with great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of John Daniel Kennedy in Sacred Heart Hospital, Cheticamp, November 24th, 2020, with his family by his side. Johnnie was a son of the late Danny and Elizabeth (Bennett) Kennedy. Born on October 22nd, 1950, he was one of 14 children. He is survived by his five children: Donald (Nya), Frenchvale; Joey (Julie), Mabou Harbour; Ashley (Phil), Cheticamp; Randy (Cassandra), St. Joseph's D'Moine; and Bradley (Montana), Langley, BC. He is also survived by his wife, Ethel, Inverness; 16 grandchildren, Emma, Katie, Vada, Reid, Ashton, Chantal, Layla, Callie, Joey, Skye, Allie, Waylon, Kaleb, Ciara, Randy, and Kaitlyn; sisters, Josephine, Jacqueline (John), Irene and Dianne; brothers, Ernest (Donelda), Donnie (Diana), Greg (Irene) and Angus and numerous nieces and nephews and last but not least his buddy “Duke.” Johnnie dearly loved his family and the light of his life was his grandchildren. He loved the outdoors. he worked in the woods and with local fisherman until he was no longer able to. He enjoyed a good cup of tea, hunting, fishing, a game of cards, the races and his iPad. He was an avid sports fan and the Montreal Canadians were his favourite team. Besides his parents, Johnnie was predeceased by sisters: Mary, Marguerite, and Patsy; brothers, Alex Neil and Hector. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. We would like to express our thanks to the staff of Sacred Heart Hospital. Special thanks family doctor, Dr. Paul Sonier, social worker, Vicky Chaisson, and to all other health care professionals who cared for Johnnie during his illness, your kindness will never be forgotten. Cremation has taken place. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to St. Margaret of Scotland Parish Cemetery Fund, Broad Cove, Talbot House, Frenchvale or to a charity of one's choice. Online condolences may be made to: www.invermessfuneralhome.com.

FRASER
It’s with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of John D. Fraser on November 18th, 2020. John, beloved husband, father, son, grandpa, uncle, and friend. John was a generous, caring, loving man who never spoke a bad word about anyone. He had many passions in his life. He loved his sports, firefighting, and in the last few years he loved cooking. John had a wonderful sense of humour that always brought big smiles and much laughter. He was so quick with the wit, you always seemed to walk right into it. He was well loved and will forever be missed. John will be lovingly remembered by his wife Heather, his children: Drew and Lyndsay (Tony Fraser), his stepchildren Callum, Evan, Eric, and Jacqueline (Brandon Serroul), and his pride and joy, his grandchildren, Jayda and Karson; his beloved cat Pickle; his siblings: Bertha (Angus), Gordie (Stacey), Catherine (James), and all his nieces and nephews, and many friends. John was predeceased by his parents Gary and Geraldine. The family would like to thank Dr. Yam and all the palliative care staff, special thank you to his home care nurses, especially Sonia Gosse. We would also like to thank all the doctors and nursing staff at Northern Light Hospital, who always went above and beyond care for the last three years. Special thank you also to his niece Chrissy Beaton and friend Jackie Sceviour, who both held numerous benefits for him over the last three years. He did appreciate it so much. He desired memorial donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society-www.cancer.ca. Cremation has taken place. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a celebration of John's life will be held at a later date. “Some people search their whole lives to find what I found in you. Our souls, yours and mine, are forever one. I love you always and forever, till we meet again my love may you rest in peace.”

MacDONNELL
It is with great sadness that we, the family of Ronald “Buppy” MacDonnell, announce his death at home on December 1st, 2020; after a brief battle with cancer at the age of 86. Ronald was born on November 24th, 1934, in Inverness, Nova Scotia. He was a son of the late Archie and Margaret (MacKinnon) MacDonnell. Ronald is survived by his loving wife, Elizabeth (Lizzy) and sons: Angus (Bertha), Frankie (Theresa), Gerald (Melinda), John (Darlene), Donald (Shay), Bradley (Michele); Daughter, Margaret (Stephen). Ronald is also survived by his brothers: Lauchie, Alexander, William; and sisters: Florence, Margaret, Shirley, Kathleen, Josephine, and Susan. He will be dearly missed by his 18 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter, Mary Catherine and grand-daughter Sherri-Lynn. Ronald is also predeceased by siblings, Anne Marie, R.D., Donnie, Norma, Nelda, and Alfred. Buppy worked many years at Robin Jones store and then worked for the Municipality of Inverness County for years until he retired in 1991. He was an active member of Stella Maris Parish, Inverness, NS. Buppy enjoyed his early morning visits to the Coal Miners Café; where he met his coffee buddies to discuss the daily news of the town. He always loved talking to his friends and family and entertaining them with his stories and jokes. Buppy could be found almost daily at Ivan's Store to get his stash of scratch tickets which gave him great pleasure. Special thanks to Dr. Belen and Dr. Lok who cared for Buppy for many years. Also, thanks to the Inverness Palliative Care for their assistance in his time of need. Grandpa called his granddaughter Leah his “special Angel” for her ongoing love and dedication to his health and well-being. She held a special place in his heart. There will be no visitation and a private family funeral mass will take place on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in Stella Maris Church, Inverness with Father Dan MacDonald officiating. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery. Donations in Buppy's memory may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society. Online condolences may be made to www.invernessfuneralhome.com. Da/Grandpa/Buppy always looked forward to his family visiting and would always say to anyone leaving the house “never say goodbye; say see ya later or so long” – so until we meet again...so long.

GILLIS
Daniel Laughlin Gillis (September 29th, 1960 – December 4th, 2020) Hillsdale Rd. Judique, NS.
It is with great sadness that the family announces his passing with his family by his side at the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Danny was the son of the late Robert and Mary Flora Gillis, of Judique, NS. Danny is survived by his wife of 32 years Anita (Beaton), his loving daughters Erica (Trevor) Bourgeois and Kimberly both of Yellowknife, NWT, his step daughter Tanya Smith (Nick), Calgary, AB. His granddaughter and best buddy Blake Bourgeois, who he was so proud of and always had a Blake story for anyone that would listen. Danny is survived by his sisters: Roberta (Finlay) Sutherland, Kanata, ON; Eileen (Bill Matson) MacKay, Lisle, ON; and Kate (Ed) Storm, Bedford, NS; his brothers: Frank and John (Maureen) both of Judique, NS; and his niece and nephews Colin, Devon, Kyle, Mikylah, and Keenan, and his extended Beaton family. Besides his parents, Danny was predeceased by his infant brother Daniel and his in-laws Angus and Mary Florence Beaton, Port Hood, NS. Danny was a proud member of the International Operators Engineers Union, Local 721, for 30 years, where he was a well-known heavy equipment operator in the construction industry, working mostly for Zutphen Contractors. This enabled him to enjoy his many “toys,” especially his 87 Monte Carlo SS, which he was so proud of. Danny enjoyed the outdoors especially hunting and snowmobiling and of course the NASCAR races every Sunday. The family would like to thank the dedicated Oncology and Palliative Care Teams of Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital for their compassionate care for the last four years. Visitation was held in the Community Room of the Judique Fire Hall on Monday December 7th, 2020. Funeral service was held on Tuesday December 8th, 2020, St. Andrew's Parish, Judique, NS. Masks were required and all COVID-19 rules were in place. Burial will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations may be made to the Inverness Palliative Care Unit or St. Andrew's Church Judique, NS. Arrangements are entrusted to Green's Funeral Home, 507 Bernard St., Port Hawkesbury.

GILLIS MacNEIL
A huge piece of our families’ hearts flew to heaven December 3rd, 2020. Blake Everleigh Gillis MacNeil was born August 28th, 2020. She passed away peacefully in her sleep at home December 3rd, 2020. Blake loved to be cuddled and tell stories. She loved her sisters Harlow and Raina as well as her brother Knox and they sure loved her. She was our rainbow of light, full of joy and love, and she came to us just when we needed a rainbow the most. Blake is survived by her mother Kara Gillis and her father Bradley MacNeil. She’s survived by her siblings Harlow, Raina and Knox as well as her grandparents Inez Forbes, Carl MacNeil, Pauline Gillis, James Gillis, great-grandparents Beatrice Gillis and James Gillis, as well as Louise Forbes. She is survived by her loving aunts Katie Ste. Marie (Jeremy), Justine Gillis Pettipas (Andre), uncle Dixon Gillis, and many cousins, great-uncles, great-aunts, and friends. Although we wish we could have had more time with our sweet princess we were blessed that God gifted us with three unbelievably happy months. She left foot prints on our hearts that will be there forever. A private family service to be announced at a later date. Donations can be made to the IWK or the Baby’s Breath Canada (SIDS).

CUNNINGHAM
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of James Cunningham, with family by his side, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital on November 26th, 2020. Jim was the son of the late Archibald and Ina (McCulloch) Cunningham. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, on March 19th, 1941, Jim moved to Cornwall, Ontario, in his early 20s. Jim met his first wife Jenny (nee Williams) in Ontario. They returned to her home in England to be married and eventually moved to Sydney, where they raised their sons. He met and married his second wife, Bea in 2011 and moved to Lake Ainslie where he lived, loved, and enjoyed the last years of his life. Jim held numerous jobs throughout his life. He worked for the County of Cape Breton and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. He was also the chief financial officer for the Cape Breton Regional Hospital until he retired to the private sector. Jim was a devout Catholic and an active parish member of the Stella Maris in Inverness, Our Lady of Fatima, Sydney River, and Sacred Heart, George Street, Sydney, throughout his life.  He volunteered extensively with Bereaved Families of Cape Breton. He was always willing to help someone when they needed it. His intelligence, wisdom, and guidance, and great sense of humour were always welcomed. Through his struggle with alcohol addiction and his involvement in Alcoholics Anonymous he was helped by many people and had the opportunity to help many others who struggled with addiction through the years. Jim took great pride in his work with Alcoholics Anonymous, was a firm believer in the program, and treasured the lifelong friendships he made through AA. Jim is survived by his wife Bea, sons Owen (Janice), Sydney; Blair (Paula), Wisconsin; and stepdaughter Kimberly (Glen), Margaree. He was an amazing grandad to Jacqueline, Katie, Nathan, Jessica, Michael, Jason, Briana, Ryan, Lydia, and Tom and beloved uncle to many nieces and nephews who thought the world of him. He was predeceased by his first wife Jenny, brothers Teddy and Archie, and stepdaughter Susan. We wish to thank all the doctors and nurses and home care support workers who provided compassionate care to Jim during his last days. Visitation took place at T W Curry Parkview Chapel, 755 George Street, Sydney on Tuesday, December 1st, 2020. Funeral mass took place at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Sydney River, on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020, with Fr. Patrick O’Neill officiating. Those wishing may attend the service virtually by watching the livestream on TW Curry’s Facebook page. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.twcurry.com. Interment to follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Throughout his life Jim gave generously to many favourite charities. Memorial donations to a charity of your choice are welcome.

CAMUS
Marina Camus, age 69, Foyer Père Fiset Guest Home, Cheticamp, passed away on Saturday, November 21st, 2020, at the guest home. Marina was the daughter of the late Joseph and the late Marguerite (Maggie) (Larade) Camus. Marina loved to listen to music, and this was her favourite activity at the foyer, along with going on bus rides with her brother Patrice. We would like to thank the staff of the Foyer Père Fiset for the care that they gave Marina. Marina is survived by brothers, Patrice Camus and Napoleon Camus. She was predeceased by sisters, Germaine Cormier, Bella Camus, and Bernice Chiasson. Cremation has taken place. A graveside service was held on Thursday, November 26th, 2020, in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Cheticamp, with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. Donations may be made to Foyer Père Fiset or a charity of one’s choice. Funeral is under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

PHILLIPS
It is with sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Lorraine Blanch Phillips; at the wonderful age of 93, Margaree Centre on November 18th, 2020 in Inverary Manor, Inverness. Lorraine was born in Margaree on June 23rd, 1927, the eldest daughter of David and Jessie (Shaw) Phillips. She is a long-time member of Wilson United Church, Margaree Centre. She is survived by her daughter Cheryl (Lorne) MacDonald, Margaree Centre; brothers: Truman (Evelyn); Ian Bud (Verna); Chandler (Dorothy); Lee (Brenda - deceased); sisters: Betty (Carmon Jordon - deceased) all of Margaree Centre; Harriet (Robert) MacDonald, Scotchtown; Carol (Llewelyn) Shaw, Whycocomagh; sister-in-law, Irene Phillips, Inverness. Also survived by grandchildren: Melanie (Chris) Graten, Maine; Christena (Alex) Green, North Sydney; Jillian MacDonald, Sydney; great-grandchildren: MacKenzie, Jamie, Leela, Eleanor, and Seth. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband, William; and her brothers: Joseph (Isabel), Russel and Clifford. Special “thanks” to the staff at Inverary Manor. You all were her “friends” during the last six years. Donations in memory of Lorraine Phillips may be made to Wilson United Church or a charity of choice. Due to COVID-19 there will be no visitation or funeral. A private family graveside service with Rev. Alicia Cox will be held at Wilson United Church Congregational Cemetery, Margaree Centre. Arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Funeral Co-operative.

MacDONALD
It is with sadness we announce the death of our brother, Angus Alexander MacDonald, age 73, of Mabou, and most recently as resident of Inverary Manor, Inverness, who passed away peacefully in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital on Monday, November 16th, 2020. Born on January 5th, 1947, he was the third of 12 children of Dannie and Tena (MacLean) MacDonald of Mabou Mines.  Angus was a very kind and compassionate man who always looked out for his friends and family. He was proud and forever loyal to his birthplace. He worked for many years on construction projects in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland. As a member of the Labourers’ International Union, he travelled to Calgary, Alberta, and worked on many job sites as the oil and gas industry grew and thrived. Angus loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting, and playing cards. He had a passion for fiddle music, Gaelic songs, sports, and horses. He was an avid fan of the horse races at Inverness Raceway. He is survived by his siblings, Billy, Inverary Manor; Anne Chisholm (Donald), Antigonish; Kate Beaton, Little Judique; Donalda Beaton (Francis), South West Mabou; Josephine Beaton (David), Brook Village; Roddie (Mary), South West Margaree; Sally, Inverness; Michael and Stephen, Mabou, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, brothers, Gerard and Angus Donald, his brother-in-law, Burke, and his nephew, Aaron. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. Funeral mass will be held in St. Mary’s Church, Mabou on Thursday, November 26th, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery.  Donations may be made to St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery Fund, Inverary Manor, or a charity of your choice. A most sincere thank you to all health professionals, especially Dr. Susie Egar; Dr. Bernie MacLean, staff at ICMH, and caregivers at Oceanview Villa at Inverary Manor for care and support to Angus over the past number of years. COVID-19 protocol is to be followed. Masks and social distancing is required. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

SHORTT
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Robert (Bob) Earle, our dear father at home in Bedford in his 80th year. Son of the late Lawrence and Marjorie Shortt (nee Redmond) of Dartmouth, NS. Bob was predeceased by his beloved wife of 48 years Alice (nee Murray) of New Waterford, CB, and siblings Joan (Fred) Devan and Ronald Shortt. Bob is survived by three daughters, Annette (Randy Reinert, Janetville, ON), Susanne (Tom Sullivan, Whitby, ON), Elaine (John Patterson, Bedford, NS) and grandsons Jack, Duncan, and Dylan Patterson all of Bedford. Bob had a close bond with his Murray brothers and sisters-in-law, Lowell (Colleen), Elaine (Joseph) MacDonell, Sharron (Charles) Dolan, Daniel, Justin (Catherine), Jeanine (David) McKinnon, Judith Murray, Debra Murray, Carloyn (Leo) Farrell, Evelyn (David) Eaton. Bob was a proud uncle to his many nieces and nephews in the Devan and Murray families. Bob grew up freely in Dartmouth. As a teenager he and his friends began hunting partridge and shooting trap and skeet at the Dartmouth Gun Club. Bob would go on to build a career around his passion for the outdoors, shooting sports and fishing. Thankful for the mentoring he received early on, Bob was always supportive of the ambitions of young people in his life. Alice and Bob married in 1961. He was a devoted husband and father who welcomed opportunity and change with courage and optimism. Bob moved his family to BC in 1968 to begin as a salesman with Winchester Corporation. He won his first Canadian Trap Championship (Industry) in Vancouver in 1971. Later, as national sales manager, Bob travelled coast to coast from Cobourg, ON, cultivating the shooting sports and hunting business. He was involved with the Canadian Amateur Trap Assoc. and instrumental in growing the sport of trapshooting in Canada. After Winchester closed Canadian operations, Bob established two successful sports sales agencies with partners who became lifelong friends. Bob was fortunate to have hunted and fished from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland, Central America to northern Quebec. His sense of adventure also took him to Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Alice and Bob had three cherished grandsons who illuminated their lives. Grandad Bob was so proud of his boys, watching them on the hockey rink and football field. He was their most devoted fan. Bob’s final business partnership was with Alice as proprietors of the Salmon Pool Inn on the beautiful Margaree River which had captivated them in their youth. Gregarious and welcoming, Bob thoroughly enjoyed meeting new people and sharing his considerable knowledge of fish and wildlife gained through his life of work, reading, travel, and conversation. Following the profound loss of Alice, Bob continued to reside at the Salmon Pool, buoyed by the warmth and care of the Margaree community. He never lost his spirit or vision for what could be his next project. Restoration of Atlantic Salmon stocks became Bob’s most fervent cause; he founded Wild Salmon Unlimited with this purpose in 2013. Gathering no moss, Bob travelled many kilometers with his constant companion, yellow-lab, Tom, riding shotgun. This summer Bob landed his last salmon on the Lower Humber River, NL, with his grandson Jack and nephew Colin by his side. Bob was known for his zest for life. Principled and authentic, he was drawn to good and interesting people his whole life. He was deeply loved and will be so missed by his family and fondly remembered by his many friends. Funeral mass will be on Friday, November 20th, 2020, at 1:00 pm St. Peters Roman Catholic Church Dartmouth, 10 Maple Street, Dartmouth, Fr. Jim Richards, celebrant. COVID-19 protocols will be in place. Arrangements have been entrusted to www.dartmouthfuneralhome.ca. If desired, memorial donations may be made to wildsalmonunlimited.com.

MacKAY
Malcolm MacKay, aged 65: We are deeply saddened by the passing of my husband, father, brother, uncle, and grand uncle that was involved in a car accident on November 2nd, in South Haven. Malcolm was born on Cape Mabou on February 9th, 1955, to the late John Dan MacKay and Mary Dorothy (MacIsaac) MacKay. He was a member of Stella Maris Church, Inverness. Malcolm was raised on Cape Mabou and then moved to Broad Cove Banks, where he attended Holy Family Convent until he moved to Ontario where he worked for Ingles and as a long-haul truck driver from Canada to the USA for many years. He then moved home to reside on the old homestead in 1990. Malcolm worked for many years with the Department of Transportation in Strathlorne, up until his passing. Malcolm loved to be active in his own garage, work at home, helping anyone who asked. He loved to plow neighbours driveways in the winter or lending a hand to help someone to get back on the road remaining modest and never looked for thanks. Malcolm will be known as a great husband and is survived by his wife Janice (Poirier) of 40 years, Inverness; son, Jonathan, Calgary; also by sister, Mary Beaton; brother, Willard (Sylvia), Inverness; Melvin, Lindsay, ON; Helen MacKinnon (Fred Barkhouse), Antigonish; Beverly (late John Duquette), Cambridge, ON; Stella (Bob Langs), Mary's Hill, ON; Erna (late Fred Fitzner), Cole Harbour; Jane Ann (Charles) Smith, Eastern Passage. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, and godchild, Chelsea. Malcolm was predeceased by numerous aunts, uncles, and a niece. Malcolm will be missed by many and may he rest in peace. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, November 21st at 11:00 a.m. in Stella Maris Church, Inverness with Fr. Dan MacDonald officiating. Burial to follow in St. John's United Cemetery, Strathlorne. Memorial donations in memory of Malcolm may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society. Online condolences may be made to www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

MacARTHUR
Michelle Lee MacArthur, 49, was born in Inverness March 10th, 1971. With her devoted mother by her side, she passed away peacefully at the Inverary Manor on Saturday, November 14th, 2020. Michelle, born with down syndrome, was loved and cared for daily by her mother Estelle and together, with her father Herbie (deceased), they always had her best interest at heart. Michelle will be missed dearly by her siblings Jimmy (Angela), Bernice (Wayne), Gregory (Diane), Lloyd, and Estelle (Brent); her loving nieces Ashley, Laura, Jackie, and Chloe; and nephews Dwayne, Kyle, Derek, Brad, and Riley. She was predeceased by her sister Angela. Michelle’s larger than life personality could fill a room with her laugh and smile, choice words, and her strong will to live her best life. In her younger years, Michelle attended Inverness Consolidated and, at 18, she went to work at MacDonald’s Hall with some of her lifelong friends. Michelle enjoyed the simple comforts of a house full of family and friends, listening to music, long drives with a pop and a bag of chips, shopping, movies, and a hot meal. She was blessed to grow up in a neighbourhood of friends and family who always welcomed her big hugs and unannounced visits. Throughout her life, Michelle’s care extended into the warm hearts and helpful hands at the Inverness hospital and recently, the Manor. Michelle’s wake will be held in Inverness on Wednesday, November 18th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Her life will be celebrated at Stella Maris Parish Thursday, November 19th, at 11:00 a.m., followed by burial at the parish cemetery. In memory of Michelle, donations can be made to the Inverary Manor or the ICMH Palliative Care fund. Michelle will always be a reminder that life is a beautiful gift and with love, compassion, and acceptance that “sometimes the things that we can’t change end up changing us (for the better) instead!” – unknown.

HARRIS
Tony Harris, age 47, Cheticamp, passed away on Wednesday, November 4th, 2020, in the Victoria General Hospital, Halifax. Tony was a son to Charlie Joe and Lucie Adèle (Deveau) Harris. It is with heavy hearts that we say good bye to Tony after his short, but tough battle with lung cancer, after having been cancer free for over 12 years. Tony was born in Cheticamp, where he lived all his life and met the love of his life with whom he spent the rest of his life. He and his wife married October 10, 2020. Knowing what laid ahead, he still wanted to live life to the fullest. Tony was most comfortable in the woods and in the mountains, which surrounded his family homestead. One of his favourite things to do was to spend time with his favourite dogs, Levis and Bella. His pets (cats and dogs) were his babies. As he didn’t have children of his own, he greatly loved his nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Tony had great love for his family and friends. Beloved son, husband, brother, cousin, uncle, and friend to many, he will be forever loved and missed…. but never forgotten. “Til we meet again Tony…” xox. Besides his parents, Tony is survived by his wife Candice (Glazer) Harris; brothers, Ricky Harris, and Brian (Mary Lee) Harris; sisters, Debbie (Clyde Elliott) Harris, and Ida Deveau. Visitation was held on Tuesday, November 10th, 2020, at the Cheticamp Funeral Home. Masks and social distancing required. Funeral service was held on Wednesday, November 11th, 2020, in the Cheticamp Funeral Home (family and invited guests only). Burial in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Cheticamp. Donations may be made to Cancer Patient Center, Sydney, Cape Breton, Cancer Patient Fund, or charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.  

BLACK
Marie “Catherine” Black, age 83, Foyer Père Fiset, Cheticamp, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 4th, 2020, at the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. Catherine was a daughter to the late Willie and the late Yvonne (Camus) Muise. She was a fish plant worker and loved to hook rugs. In 2018, Catherine moved to Highland Manor in Neil’s Harbour, and in 2019 she was transferred to the Foyer Père Fiset, Cheticamp. Catherine is survived by a son Michael Jr.; and daughter, Bonnie (late Alphonse) Boudreau; special friends, Bertha Mae and Harvey Camus, and Darrell Deveau. She was predeceased by her husband, Michael Black; twin daughters, Debbie and Kelly (in infancy); brother, Vince. Special thanks to Dr. Paul Sonier and staff of the Foyer Père Fiset and most recently the staff of the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, for their unending devotion and care. Cremation has taken place. A graveside service will be held in Jehovah’s Witness Cemetery, at a later date. Donations may be made to Foyer Père Fiset, the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre. Funeral is under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

SIMPSON
Jenny Bell Simpson (MacKinnon), age 77, Blues Mills, Inverness County, passed away on Thursday, November 5th, 2020, in the Victoria County Memorial Hospital, Baddeck. Born in Rosedale, Inverness County, she was the daughter of the late Malcolm Murdock and Eva Penny (MacKinnon) MacKinnon. Jenny loved to travel, gardening, her grandchildren, and Facetiming and seeing baby Alexander. She enjoyed watching CNN to see what the “Dumpster” was doing. She enjoyed her trips to NB every year and always enjoyed going to the jam sessions. Surviving are her daughters, Rhonda Simpson (Pat O’Brien), Dartmouth; Juanita (Ivan) MacInnis, Skye Glen; daughter-in-law, Sheri MacDonald-Simpson, Blues Mills; sister, Elaine MacKinnon, North Bay, ON; brother, Donald (Anne Marie), Ashfield; grandchildren, Samantha (Alex) Dixon, Cassie MacInnis, Kira Simpson, Conor O’Brien, Reilly O’Brien, Zach Simpson; great-grandson, Alexander Dixon. She was predeceased by her husband, Douglas; son, Keith; sisters, Hughena Skelhorne and Freda Waters. We, the family, would like to thank the palliative care team, Dr. Ritter, Cathy MacMullin, and all the nurses at Victoria County Memorial Hospital; as well as the wonderful continuing care nurses that came to the house every morning. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation by request. A graveside service will be held at a later date in Stewartdale Cemetery when family is able to travel and attend. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at: www.haverstocks.com.

ROACH
Marie Sophique Roach, age 97, Cheticamp, passed away peacefully with her daughter, Marie Jeanne by her side, on Sunday, November 1st, 2020, at the Foyer Père Fiset Guest Home, Cheticamp. Marie Sophique was a daughter of the late Joseph Placide and the late Judique (Muise) Larade. Married at a young age, Sophie lost her young son at the age of 21 months and then three months later, her young husband, Pierre. She was four weeks pregnant with her daughter, Marie Jeanne. Sophie moved with her Mom and Dad and after losing her Mom of 46 years of age, she had to take care of her younger siblings. She stayed with them until they were old enough to be on their own. Sophie worked at the Sacred Heart Hospital as a kitchen helper for 17 years. She then married her second husband, Josie Roach. Sophie loved playing La Dame de Pique with her daughter, almost every day, even in the past years with her eyesight getting worse. She loved getting visitors. She was always happy to see anyone and would recognize them by their voices. To her siblings, she was like a mother, and her daughter Marie Jeanne was a big part of the family (a niece, but like a sister). She is now resting in peace with her loved ones, no walker, no pain, no more darkness, as she is able to see everyone (as she would often say...it is so dark in here. Toi, La Belle Femme au Monde, nous t’aimons tante Marie Sophie. Marie Sophie is survived by her daughter, Marie Jeanne Doucet (Delaney); brothers, Leo Larade (Lucienne), Halifax and Marcel Larade (Sylvia), Cheticamp; sisters, Marie Cecile Malone, Cheticamp, Marie Stella Michaud (Yvon), Cheticamp, and Marie Thérese Creaser (Walter), Halifax; sisters-in-law, Clara Larade, Halifax, Marie Gemma Larade, Cheticamp, and Cecile Corkum Larade, Pictou; grandchildren, Debbie Logher (Paul) and Wayne Doucet (Julie), both of London, ON; great-grandchildren, Brent and Mark Doucet, and Erica Logher, all of London, ON, Marie Sophie was predeceased by first husband, Pierre S. Larade, and second husband, Josie Roach; son, Simon Joe Larade; sons-in-law, Raymond Doucet and Roger Delaney; brothers, Pierre Théodore Larade, Alphonse Larade, Patsy Larade, Cyril Larade, and André Larade; sisters, Margaret Ann LeFort, and Beatrice Peters; brothers-in-law, Willie LeFort, George Peters, and Sid Malone; sister-in-law, Germaine Doucet. The family would like to thank the staff of the Foyer Père Fiset, doctors, and Gerald LeBlanc for his visits, stories, and prayers. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. Funeral mass will be held in L’Église St. Pierre, Cheticamp, on Friday, November 13th, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. (invited guests only), with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Masks are required. Burial in parish cemetery at a later date. Donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Funeral is under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca. Mom, rest in peace, from your loving daughter, Marie Jeanne, your grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

POIRIER
It is with deep sorrow we say goodbye to our beloved mother and grandmother. Sarah Isabel (Sadie) Poirier (nee Skinner) passed away peacefully at Glen Haven Manor in New Glasgow the evening of November 5th, 2020. Sadie was the eldest daughter born (Inverness, NS) to Murdock and Eva (Price) Skinner on September 19th, 1921. Besides her parents, Sadie was predeceased by her husband, Clifford in 1995. She was also predeceased by her brothers, Basil, Errol, Robert (Bobby), Everett, Eldred (Al), Ernest (Ernie) and her youngest brother (at birth). Sadie is survived by her loving children, Valerie (Murray Reid), Hugh (Shawn) and Ellen; her beloved grandsons, Aaron (Jessica) Poirier, Blake MacPhee, and Trevor Poirier; her sisters, Anita Cousins and Phyllis Williston; sisters-in-law, Jessie Skinner, Rae Skinner, and Norma Skinner. Aunt Sadie will also be fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews. After leaving Inverness, with stops in Moncton and New York, Sadie moved to Fredericton, NB, which she and Clifford called home for more than 30 years before returning to Nova Scotia in 1983. Sadie had a love for working with numbers. Her working life included positions at Eaton’s Catalogue office in Inverness and in Moncton, as well as HS Gill in Fredericton and Harris Furniture store in New Glasgow. Sadie’s passion was her family. She was a kind, sweet, loving mother, and was our bright light and foundation. We will be forever grateful for the years we had with her, and the memories she left us with. She will live on in our hearts. The family is deeply indebted to the staff at Glen Haven Manor for the excellent care they provided; a special thank you to Audie, Cathy, Rebecca, and Wendy (and all others) who helped us through this difficult time. Sadie’s final wish was to follow her husband’s path by donating her remains to Dalhousie University’s Medical Science Program. By the grace of God, the day that she died was the first day the program was able to accept donations since the beginning of this pandemic. The family takes great solace in the fact that her wish was granted. Celebration of Sadie’s life will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to the Summer Street Industries Aberdeen Health Foundation or Inverness Development Association in her honour.

MURPHY
Ranold B. Murphy, July 20th, 1950, to November 1st, 2020, born in Cheticamp, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia: It is with heartfelt sadness that the family announces the passing of Ranold B. Murphy on November 1st, 2020, at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital, Vernon, BC. Murphy was predeceased by his father Martin M. Murphy and mother Alice (Doyle) Murphy of North East Margaree, Cape Breton. Murphy is survived by brothers Kevin Murphy (Joan) New Glasgow, NS; Hugh Murphy (Mary), Margaree, NS, Eugene Murphy (Julie), Margaree, NS; sisters Lilian Landsburg (Allan), Sydney, NS, Carmel Timmons (David), Margaree Forks, NS, Ursula Butler (Patrick), Kingston, ON, and Grace McNab (Frank), Ladysmith, BC. Predeceased by sisters, Catherine Murphy, Bernadette Murphy, Bridget McKeough, Alice Cormier, and brothers, Patrick H. Murphy, Denis Murphy, and Martin W.A. Murphy. Coming from a large family of many siblings, nieces, and nephews his heart was always down East. Murphy was always proud of where he came from, Lake “O” Law, Cape Breton Island.  He loved to get on the road to his next adventure in life, never knowing where he would end up.  He was an extremely knowledgeable man who travelled the globe and lived the latter part of his life in Lumby, BC, he had a variety of friends and loved to talk endless talks and is still chatting up a storm at the Pearly Gates. Murphy enlisted in the Army with the U.S. Military on September 9th, 1971, and did his training at Ft. Lewis WA, he served in Vietnam from February until November 1973. During his service he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, 1st award Republic of Vietnam Campaign RibbonW/Devie (1960) Expert Badge with PistolBar, Sharpshooter /Badge with / Rifle Bar and Marksman Badge with Grenade Bar with Machine Gun Bar. We cannot give enough thanks to Jeannie Watier, Kelowna, BC, and her brother Armand Watier from Lumby, BC, who were always there for Ranold known as Murphy to them, we are forever grateful for your kindness. Many thanks to Saddle Mountain Place, Lumby, BC, and to the medical and nursing staff at Vernon Hospital and Gateby Place, Vernon, BC, for their care and kindness. Rest in Peace “Fergie”, Our Brother, your endless stories will be missed. Interment will take place in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, N.E. Margaree, Cape Breton, NS, with a mass to celebrate his life, date to be determined. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Sunset Funeral Co-op, Margaree Valley, NS.

MUELLER
It is with sadness that the family of Betty Lee Mueller announces the death of their mother on November 2nd, 2020, at the age of 95. Betty had a rich and varied life. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, majoring in voice.  After spending years with her husband, the late Reverend Robert Mueller, undertaking community development work in India; serving churches in Ohio, Wisconsin, and Illinois; and supporting the civil-rights movement in Chicago, she again studied voice under leading professionals in Chicago, and subsequently performed in the Lyric Opera of Chicago and at select dinner venues which featured operatic offerings. She also found her calling serving as activities director at a large retirement community in Chicago and later at the Alderwood Residential Facility in Baddeck, Cape Breton. Operating under her new motto “Bloom Where You Are Planted,” Betty left the city behind with Robert and settled in their beloved Orangedale, where Robert served as minister of the River and Lakeside Pastoral Charge of the United Church of Canada. In Cape Breton she enjoyed many additional pleasures of her life: gardening, baking, crafting, and more. Betty is survived by three of her children, Christine, Eric, and Patricia; sister Marjorie and brother William; three grandchildren; and other beloved family members. She is predeceased by her husband Robert, son Gary, and brothers Donald and James. Betty’s body has been cremated. Because of current COVID-19 restrictions, visitation, funeral, and internment services will be scheduled at a later date when the family is able to gather in Cape Breton. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at www.haverstocks.com.

CHIASSON
Barry Chiasson, age 69, Cheticamp passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 29th, 2020, in the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. Barry was the son of the late Dr. Russell and the late Yvonne (Cormier) Chiasson. Barry worked as a truck driver for over 40 years, his career giving him the opportunity to travel all across Canada and the United States. Cars and trucks were a major passion in his life, as he found great joy in driving and taking care of his vehicles. He loved bluegrass and fiddle music. Even though his job took him away from home for periods of time, he was a loving husband and father, caring deeply for his wife and two daughters. Barry is survived by his wife Muriel (Larade) Chiasson; daughters, Majella, Cheticamp, and Stéphanie (Ottawa); sister, Patricia (Loubie) Roach; brothers-in-law, Gerard (Marie) Larade, Joseph Larade, Fernand (Paulette) Larade, Robert Doucet, Clarence LeLièvre; sister-in-law, Sylvie AuCoin; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. He was predeceased by sisters-in-law, Marie Claire Doucet and Magella LeLièvre; brother-in-law, Rheal AuCoin. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Barry’s healthcare team, Dr. Amélie Maillet and the rest of the staff at the Sacred Heart Hospital, as well as the palliative care team of Dr. Alexander Ritter and nurse Moira Chiasson, who all took such good care of Barry. We are eternally grateful to all of them. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. A graveside service will be held in St. Peter’s Cemetery on Saturday, November 14th, 2020, (for family only) with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Sacred Heart Hospital Charitable Foundation, Alzheimer’s Society of Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Palliative Care Foundation or The Cape Breton Cancer Patient Fund. Funeral is under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

PAYNE
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of John Francis Payne; peacefully with his family by his side on Tuesday, October 27th, at the young age of 69, in Sacred Heart Community Health Center. John was born in Kingston, Ontario, to John (Jack) and Marie (McCann) Payne. After travelling in his younger years, John ended up in Cape Breton working with M. Sullivan and Sons, and eventually Municipal Ready Mix. John took a lot of pride in his work as superintendent and was able to form many lifelong friendships. He was a great storyteller and jokester, honing these crafts on the neighbourhood parties, his children’s activities, and camping trips with the Boy Scouts. In 2001, shortly after John and his family moved out west, he suffered a major industrial accident. Surviving a serious brain injury, he credited his faith, positive attitude, and supportive family and friends for his recovery. John volunteered with numerous non-profit organizations, including teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) to others, in turn taking the time to learn his students’ languages as well. It is no surprise that John returned to Cape Breton to spend his retirement days near Chéticamp. John was content in living a simple life and couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. He often referred to it as “God’s Country.” Some of his favourite pastimes included playing cards with his close friends, fixing up his property in La Prairie, or walking his dog on the beach. John Payne had a genuine smile that was infectious to all he met, and his kindness was felt by all that knew him. He loved to meet new people and share stories and hear theirs and would always leave having made another friend. He was a loving father, a general handyman who could fix anything with a roll of “duct tape,” and was known for his generosity and big heart. He would give anything that was asked of him and all he would ask in return was to pass on that same kindness. John is survived by his children, Matthew (Josee Jean) Calgary, Alberta; Celena (Jonathan Bjorklund) Morinville, Alberta; and Lisa (Chuck Reimer) Bradford, Ontario; and, his beloved four-legged loyal companion, Hogan. He was the proud Papa to grandsons Benjamin Bjorklund, Noah Bjorklund and Theo Reimer and newly-born granddaughter Lucy Reimer, whose meeting brought joy to John in his final days. John will be dearly missed by brothers Dennis (Susan Stewart), David (late Gail Gibson), Michael (late Dianne Warren), Peter (Darlene Demarsh), and sisters Theresa Payne and Susan (John Masswohl). Also left to mourn John’s passing is his former spouse, Albertine Payne (LeFort) and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. John greatly enjoyed staying in touch with his extended family, forging firm and lasting friendships with his Gourdier, Halligan, Hogan, Jackson, Lefort, Lemieux, McCann, McNamee, and Payne aunts, uncles, and cousins from far and wide. He was grateful for the awesome friendship and support of his lifelong buddies Frank Murphy and Francis Corrigan, along with Eugene McGillivary, Ralph Timmons, Louis Burke, and their families. John also appreciated the friendly neighbours in La Prairie. Besides his parents, John was proceeded by his younger brother Charles at infancy and a very dear sister-in-law Dianne (Michael). His other former canine side-kick, Mac, has also been patiently waiting for him in paradise. At John’s request, cremation has taken place with his ashes to rest in a family plot at the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Kingston, Ontario. A celebration of life will be planned for St. Michael’s Church in East Margaree for the summer of 2021. Announcement to follow at that time. The family would like to thank all of the staff at Sacred Heart Hospital in Chéticamp including Dr. Paul Sonier, Dr. Ritter, Moira Chiasson, Noella LeFort, Vicky Chiasson, and all the nurses and staff who became his friends along the way. John always believed in being kind to one another, and we can carry on his legacy with this simple act. In lieu of donations, John’s family asks that you do something wonderful for your community, a friend, a family member, or simply a stranger. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com. “The Payne is gone!”

DEVEAU
Marie Sophie Deveau, age 77, Foyer Père Fiset, Cheticamp, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 24th, 2020, in the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. She was a daughter to the late Lubin and the late Mathilda (Ramard) LeBlanc. Formerly of St. Joseph du Moine, she was a resident of the Foyer Père Fiset since 2004. She was known for working countless hours on her knitting, rug hookings, and homemade buns (des p’tit pains). She made it a point of taking care of her family and was so proud of her grandkids. Marie Sophie is survived by sons, Cyril (Tammy) Deveau, Real (Celeste) Deveau, Michel (Diane) Deveau, and Joel (Lynn) Deveau; daughter, Paulette (Christopher) Deveau; brothers, Lionel LeBlanc, Michel LeBlanc, and Linus LeBlanc; sisters, Marie Marguerite LeBlanc and Bernice MacCallum; grandchildren, Justin Deveau, Brittany (Evan) Deveau, Kaylee (Hannah) Deveau, Shelby Deveau, Carson Deveau, Pierre Deveau, and Matthieu Deveau. Marie Sophie was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Pierre Deveau; and brother Joseph Fidel LeBlanc. Visitation was held at the Cheticamp Funeral Home on Thursday, October 29th, 2020. A funeral mass was celebrated (for family and invited guests) on Friday, October 30, 2020, at 10:30 AM in l’ Église St. Joseph, St. Joseph du Moine with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. Donations may be made to the Foyer Père Fiset. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

McDANIEL
Catherine Elizabeth McDaniel, North East Margaree, October 26th, 1918 – October 23rd, 2020: The family of Catherine McDaniel is saddened to announce her death in the RK MacDonald Guest Home, Antigonish, on Friday, September 23rd, 2020, just three days before her 102nd birthday. She was the daughter of the late Frank and Catherine “Cassie” (Campbell) McDaniel. A native of N.E. Margaree, Catherine was active in her community. For many years she was the post mistress at the Emerald Post Office, NE Margaree. Her strong Catholic faith kept her deeply involved in the CWL, with events, fundraising, and helping in any way she could. Catherine excelled in handicrafts, particularly quilting and weaving; her work is proudly displayed in the homes of family and friends. We will all miss her keen wit. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her sisters: Margaret (George) Porter, Eunice (Archie) Parker, and Mary McDaniel. Catherine is survived by her nieces: Virginia (Bill) Turner, Dartmouth; Jane Hominick, Moncton; nephew, David (Josie) Porter, Lower Sackville; as well several grand-nieces and nephews. Visitation was held Monday, October 26th, in MacIsaac’s Funeral Home, Antigonish, and at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall, N. E. Margaree on Tuesday, October 27th. Funeral Mass will be in St. Patrick’s Church, NE Margaree, Wednesday, October 28th at 11:00 a.m. with Father Macdonald Ibeh officiating. Burial to follow in church cemetery. Catherine’s family would like to express our heartfelt thanks and our sincere gratitude to the staff at the RK MacDonald Guest Home who consistently went above and beyond our expectations in their care for Catherine. Donations in her memory may be made to St. Patrick’s CWL, St. Patrick’s Church, Margaree, The RK MacDonald Guest Home or a charity of choice. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com. NS Health Guidelines due to COVID-19 must be respected.

MacPHERSON
Donald Angus MacPherson, 72, died unexpectedly on October 23rd, 2020, in Cape Breton Regional Hospital.  He was born November 17th, 1947, in Inverness. A son of the late Donald Joseph and Flora Jane (MacLellan) MacPherson, Blackstone. Donald moved to the United States in 1968 where he met his wife, Mary Diane (Tomkins) MacPherson, from South West Margaree, Cape Breton. They celebrated their 50th anniversary this past July. In addition to his wife, he is also survived by his daughter, Mary Christine (Stuart Murray) MacPherson and son, Donald Joseph (Marlo) MacPherson II, kids, Matthew and Megan, both from Londonderry N.H. Donald was known to all as a kind, generous, hard-working man, always eager to lend a hand. His family and love of animals were a constant source of joy. When not helping friends and family, he could be found listening to fiddle tunes with his sidekick, Smokey. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Allen, Hughie (Audrey), and Andrew (Myrtle); sister-in-law, Sharon (Edwin) Tompkins; and his granddaughter, Diane (DiDi). Surviving, in addition to his wife and children, are sisters, Annabelle (DD) Gillis and Mary Catherine (Stewart) Gillis; along with many nieces and nephews. Mass will take place in Lady of Immaculate Conception Church, West Lake Ainslie, Wednesday, October 28th, at 11:00 a.m. with Father Bernie MacDonald officiating. Interment to follow at Saint Mary's Cemetery, West Lake Ainslie. Rather than flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to the Saint Mary's Cemetery Fund. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

MacLEOD
It is with deep sadness to announce the loss of Bernice Kaye MacLeod, aged 68. Bernice was surrounded by loved ones and passed peacefully in Truro on October 21st, 2020. She lived her life giving to others and caring for those she loved as a sister, friend, wife, mother, dietician, and grandmother. Her laughter, love, and support will be missed by all. She was born and raised in Scotsville, Inverness County, to Donald Grant “Grantie” and Marjorie Bernice MacDougall. She was the oldest of three sisters, (Anne MacMaster, Carol Beaton, and Paula Rhyno) and two brothers, (Charlie MacDougall and Darrell MacDougall). After graduating from Inverness Consolidated High School, she attended St. F.X. and received a bachelor’s degree in home economics and dietetics. She worked as a dietician for 35 years while raising a family in the town of Truro. She was a beautiful and strong woman who cherished her friends and family. She loved teaching others, cooking and baking, exploring nature, and going to the beach. Bernice is survived by her husband, Robert MacLeod; sons and their partners, Sean MacLeod and Lindsey Daye, Grant and Nicole MacLeod; and her two granddaughters, Lydia and Mirren MacLeod. There will be a visitation in Inverness Funeral Home on Friday, October 30th from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Her service will be held in Lake Ainslie Presbyterian Church, East Lake Ainslie on Saturday, October 31st, at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Louis Ihasz celebrating. Burial to follow in East Lake Ainslie Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital Oncology Department or the QEII Foundation for the Multiple Myeloma Patient Support Fund. The address for the QEII is: 5657 Spring Garden Rd, Suite 3005, Halifax, NS, B3J 3R4. The address for the Inverness Oncology Department is: 39 James St., PO Box 610, Inverness, NS, B0E 1N0. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

LANCELEVE
Gayle Evangeline Lanceleve, July 23rd, 1943 – September 21st, 2020: With broken hearts and sadness we announce the passing of Gayle Evangeline Lanceleve on Saturday, September 21st, 2020, in the Foyer Pere Fiset Nursing Home, Cheticamp, NS. Gayle was loved and will be missed by many friends besides her family. She is survived by three devoted children: Margaret Leola Lanceleve Daye, Ontario; Chlory Angelina Loreen (Byron) Chaisson, Orangedale; William Victor (Theresa) Lanceleve, Centerville; beloved grandchildren: David, Stephanie, Dennis, Ashley, Lyle Anthony Daye; Steven Christopher, Dillon, Jessie Cullen; Roger, Brittany Neuveu; Brianna Chaisson; Amelia, Tori, A. J. Lanceleve; cherished great-grandchildren: Chase, Rhylan,  Alexis Daye, Sebastian, Kaiden, Shyanne, Kailey, Khloe Daye; Josh, Sarah Cullen; Isabel, Caly, Makayla, and Piper Neveu. Also survived by her dearly loved brother, Lyle (Vicki) Manchester, Trenton, Ontario. Gayle was predeceased by her parents, Percival Abraham and Lorna Annie May (Buckland) Manchester in Ottawa, Ontario; her first husband, Alphonse Lanceleve and her second husband, Jules Lanceleve, and her son-in-law, Francis Peter Daye. Gayle embraced the challenges in her life with confidence, enthusiasm, and cheer. She enjoyed playing the piano, the organ, and singing in the church choir. She always made time for her family, friends, and new acquaintances. Gayle worked for the CPR for many years, when she retired, she moved to Cape Breton. She was a valued member of the choir at Hillsborough United Church, and loved being part of the jam sessions in the hall. After retiring she also received her doctorate in Alternate Care. Memorial donations in memory of the late Gayle Lanceleve may be made to Experimental Farm Agriculture and Agrifood Canada at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SAMSON
Mary Catherine Samson, April 30th, 1939, to October 2nd, 2020, of West Bay Road and formerly of Port Hawkesbury passed away Friday, October 2nd, 2020, at St. Martha’s Hospital. Born in Inverness, she was a daughter of the late Duncan and Margaret (MacIntyre) Beaton. Mary is survived by her husband Gregory; son, Duncan (Angela) Samson, Mabou, NS; daughter, Corinne (Marcel) Chisholm, Port Hood, NS; grandchildren, Emily, Connor, Ryan, and Callum Chisholm; sisters, Sally MacLean, La Salle, ON; and Ann Gale, Port Hawkesbury, NS. She was predeceased by her sister, Margie Trenholm. Cremation has taken place. As per Mary’s wishes, there will be no visitation. A private, invitation-only burial took place on Saturday, October 10th, at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Port Hawkesbury; Father Conrad Edwards officiated. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Green’s Funeral Home, 507 Port Hawkesbury.

McKINNON
On Friday, October 9th, Alex Joseph McKinnon passed away peacefully at home at the age of 90, spending his last days as he lived his life - surrounded by family, friends, love, and music. Alex’s life was guided by faith, integrity, and generosity. He loved music, story-telling, and was a voracious reader with a keen interest in military history, politics, and the Bible. He had a life-long passion for politics and he was the unofficial president of the Angus L. MacDonald fan club. Above all, Alex loved his family, and throughout his life they were his number one priority. He adored his wife Geraldine, who was his best friend and the love of his life, and who patiently cared for him during his decline due to Alzheimer’s. Alex spent his early years on the shores of Melville Cove and enjoyed his summers with the extended McKinnon and Jamieson clans in Inverness. A gifted story teller, Alex regaled family and friends with his youthful exploits during World War II working as a bellhop at the Carleton Hotel and his many adventures in war-time Halifax. Alex launched his career with Red Rose Tea, introducing the tea bag to Cape Breton. He later became vice president of sales and marketing with MacCulloch Building Products.  In 1978, he fulfilled his dream to open his own business and moved the family from Halifax to Port Hawkesbury, where he successfully built McKinnon Home Hardware with his wife Geraldine working by his side. Community service was a guiding force in Alex’s life. He dedicated countless hours to many boards and volunteer activities. An advocate for music education, Alex worked to ensure opportunities for his own children as well as the broader Nova Scotia community through his involvement with the Halifax School Board in the 1970s and the Board of the Gaelic College in Cape Breton in the 1980s. In retirement, Alex was an active and beloved member of two communities: Fleming Heights, Halifax and Broad Cove, Cape Breton. He and Geraldine enjoyed walking the trails of the Dingle and Frog Pond, the Inverness Boardwalk, and the Broad Cove Road, often stopping to strike up conversations with friends and strangers alike. Summer evenings were spent side by side watching the spectacular sunset from their cottage deck in beautiful Broad Cove. Alex’s love for his family is his lasting legacy. He is survived by his best friend and wife of 60 years Geraldine (Nellis); children Margaret (John Gray), Ian (Catherine Craig), MaryAnne (Andre Levesque), Christine (Paul MacDonald), Catherine (Alex Rhinelander), as well as his adored grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Alex is also survived by his brother Murray McKinnon. He was predeceased by his parents MaryAnn (Jamieson) and Murdoch McKinnon, his brothers Hugh, Rupert, and Neil; his sister Christina Martin and brother Francis who died in infancy. Halifax visitation took place Tuesday, October 20th, at Snow’s Funeral Home. Inverness visitation will take place Friday, October 23rd, 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Inverness Funeral Home. Funeral and burial will take place Saturday, October 24th, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Margaret of Scotland Church in Broad Cove. Due to COVID, restrictions the funeral is for family and close friends only. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society or Chalice. To leave an online condolence please visit www.jasnowfuneralhome.com. To join the service via livestream: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCod_u0Gbapx5o9B0zTd-qHg/live?fbclid=IwAR1NLx6zXU7OF98yEHJdzYOtuUO6DWU_gJoGG_vty6hZDgHAnj5AHnL2p9A.

MacNEIL
Catherine Viberta Marie MacNeil, July 25th, 1931 –  August 27th, 2020. With family by her side, Catherine Viberta Marie MacNeil passed away peacefully at her home, “Brae Mhor,” outside Brighton, MI, USA.  Viberta MacNeil was born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, to Mary Agnes (MacIntyre) and William Vibert MacLean of Port Hawkesbury, NS.  At the age of 16, she attended Saint Francis Xavier University (B.Sc. ‘52) where, at that time, she was one of the few women enrolled in the science program. While at St. F.X., she met her husband, fellow B.Sc. student, John Angus MacNeil of New Waterford, NS.  They enjoyed 63 years of marriage and raised four children while residing in Oakville, ON, Holden, MA, and Brighton, MI. Viberta is survived by her four children: William (Pamela) of Byron Bay, NSW, Australia; John (Diana Larratt) of Toronto and Lake Temagami, ON; Mary Patricia Harding (Blair) of Brighton, MI; and Peter of Brighton, MI; and by seven grandchildren: Michael (Berkeley, CA), James   (Sydney, NSW, Australia), Laura (Toronto, ON); Catherine and Carolyn Harding (Brighton); and Riley and James (Brighton). She is also survived by her brothers, Dr. Charles Bernard (Jean) MacLean (Inverness, NS) and former mayor and MLA, William Joseph (Glenda) MacLean (Port Hawkesbury, NS); her brother-in-law, The Hon. George Yates (Ancaster, ON); and by her many MacLean, MacIntyre, Harris, MacNeil, Laffin, and Birmingham nephews, nieces, and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband, John Angus; her brother, Dr. Norman James MacLean and sister-in-law, Dorothy (“Toby”) Tobin MacLean; her sister, Eileen MacLean Yates, QC; her niece, Barbara MacLean; her great-nephew, Paul Levy, and great-niece Susan MacLean; and her cousin, Hariett (“Jean”) MacIntyre Harris. Though a patriotic (naturalized) American, Viberta was always proud of her Highland Scottish heritage, her Canadian Maritime roots and, above all, her Cape Breton kith and kin, long prominent in the social, economic, and political life of the Island. With her husband John Angus, Viberta co-founded and served as chair of the Board of Directors of Vortech Pharmaceuticals Limited of Dearborn, MI, a company that enjoyed great success. A devout parishioner of St Patrick Catholic Church, a longtime member of Oak Pointe Country Club, a staunch supporter of her alma mater, St. F.X., and an absolute devotee of The New York Times crossword, “Bert” was happiest when entertaining friends and family with John Angus at “Brae Mhor.”  As a couple, they were well-known figures in Ontario and Michigan horse racing circles, raising many successful standard-bred racing horses, including Rob Ron Sonny, Amherst Lou, and Savour the Memory.  Celebrated for her keen mind, quick wit, and boundless generosity, Viberta MacNeil will be greatly missed by her family, classmates, neighbours, Vortech employees, business colleagues, fellow horse enthusiasts, and many, many friends, particularly Ronda Golip (Brighton, MI), Agnes Lawson (Halifax, NS), Patricia Woodford (Baddeck, NS), Joan Tracey (Birmingham, MI), Grant Cregan (Montreal, QC), Jeannette Strathy (Toronto, ON), and Donald Rankin (Windsor, ON).  A funeral mass and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

MacDONALD
Carmel Christine MacDonald, age 88 of Broad Cove, Inverness: A proud Cape Bretoner, Carmel passed away on October 18th, 2020, in Halifax. Carmel worked in health care at the Fairview Villa Care Facility and Abbie J. Lane Hospital. She was also a cook for the nuns in New Victoria, Nova Scotia. Carmel was the family “go to” for information and genealogy. She was much loved by her family and friends, whom she would call daily. She is survived by daughter, Elizabeth Mills; sons, Frank Mills (Jane), and Richard MacDonald (Charlotte); grandchildren, Ashley, Jake, Cody, Richard Riley, and Iain; great-grandchildren, Tamsin, Cameron, and Harvey; brothers, Donnie (Margaret), and Hughie (Connie); sister, Sari (Tom); and sister-in-law, Gina. Carmel was a daughter to the late Lauchie MacEachen, and Bridgett (Mackinnon). She was pre-deceased by her husband, Sonny MacDonald; twin sister, Christine; brother, Frank; sister, Anne; children, Robert (Mills), Valerie (Mills), Iris Jean (Mills). Carmel was also predeceased by her partner of many years, Michael Lane. Special thanks to Stanley MacEachen, Vicki Lane, and Heather McArthur for their love and support. Visitation will take place Wednesday, October 21st, 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Inverness Funeral Home. Funeral mass will take place Thursday, October 22nd, at 11:00 a.m. in St. Margaret’s of Scotland Church in Broad Cove with Father Danny MacDonald officiating. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

RICHARD
Life, love, faith, family, friendship... Anyone that got to know Margaret “Maggie” Richard could quickly realize that those were the five anchors that sustained her 86-year life. She was warm, kind, and inviting to friends and strangers alike and she always put others before herself. Margaret LeBlanc was born in Margaree, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, on May 30th, 1934, to the late Pierre and Annie (Muise) LeBlanc. Raised in Point Cross in Cape Breton, she made her journey to the United States at the age of 17, ultimately settling in Waltham. It was there where she met Korean War Navy veteran George Richard while working at the Waltham Paper Bag. They were an instant match; in 1956 one of their happiest days came when they married in Saint Joseph's Church on Main Street. They spent 60 wonderful years together until George's death on March 22nd, 2016. Reunited with her beloved George, Mrs. Margaret J. (LeBlanc) Richard, of Waltham, died peacefully in her home on Saturday, October 3rd, 2020. Margaret and George loved being active in their adopted community. They were frequents at the Canadian-American Club in Watertown as well as the French-American Victory Club in Waltham. It was there they spent many laugh-filled nights waltzing and square-dancing to the familiar tune of Cape Breton fiddle music. They truly were the perfect pair. Margaret was also active in the Saint Joseph Ladies Guild and the French-American Victory Club's Ladies Auxiliary where she made many life-long friends. Margaret was a natural caregiver. She loved to cook and always made sure anyone close to her was well fed! Those who came to visit were never known to leave with an empty stomach; among her many culinary specialties was her famous coffee cake, a treat loved and requested by all, friends and neighbors alike. Another favourite was her delicious meat pie, a treat reserved for holidays and special occasions. She was exceptional in the kitchen and had a caring heart to match. She was known for constantly asking about others and never complained. Margaret was truly one of those special people who always put the needs of others before her own. She stayed at home while her children were young and worked as a domestic in private homes where many local families got to know and love her wonderful personality. In their free time, she and George always looked forward to visiting Cheticamp in Nova Scotia and loved spending time at "the camp" – their beloved cottage in Ashby, Massachusetts. Countless memories were made there by many generations of Richards, relatives, and friends. They especially cherished time there with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was also a faithful parishioner of Saint Joseph's Church and later Sacred Heart Church on River Street in Waltham. In addition to her husband, George, Margaret was predeceased by her brothers and sisters, the late Billy, Clarence, Alex, and Patrick LeBlanc, and Anna Mae Aucoin. She leaves her children: Anne Marie Ingersoll and her husband, Peter, of Hudson; James P. Richard and his wife, Deborah, of Arlington; Gerald J. Richard, Stephen T. Richard and his wife, Jean; David R. Richard and his wife, Ann; and Michael G. Richard and his wife, Kara, all of Waltham; her grandchildren: David and James Ingersoll, Jenna Johnson, Henry, Jason, Nicholas, Thomas, Matthew, Meghan and Morgan Richard; her great-grandchildren: Adam, Austin, Zachary, Jack, and Tess Ingersoll, Elijah and Noah Johnson, and Cole and Cade Richard; her sisters and brothers: Helen Chiasson of Waltham, Mary Doucet of Waltham, Rita LeBlanc of Waltham, and John LeBlanc of Cheticamp, Nova Scotia; and many nieces, nephews, and their families. Family and friends honoured and remembered Margaret's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Friday, October 9th, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Her funeral mass was celebrated on Saturday, October 10th, in Sacred Heart Church, 311 River Street, Waltham at 10:00 a.m. Burial followed in Mount Feake Cemetery, Waltham.

SCOTT
Judith (née Chiasson) Scott, age 75, Chéticamp /Halifax, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, October 8th, 2020, with her family at her bedside. Born in Chéticamp on April 29th, 1945, she was the beloved daughter of the late Thaddéo and Marie (Chiasson) Chiasson, Petit Étang. Judy was a member of Paroisse Saint-Pierre, Chéticamp, and St. Agnes Parish, Halifax. Judy was a woman of deep faith. She courageously faced her terminal lung cancer diagnosis with a sense of peace and contentment knowing she would one day be reunited with her husband, Scotty. Having spent most of her adult life in Halifax and Mill Village, Judy returned to Chéticamp in July to spend her final months surrounded by family and friends. It was a beautiful summer filled with love, laughter, good food, books, puzzles, and lots of music (including her favourite, Hal Bruce). So many wonderful memories were made at her little “dollhouse cottage” on the Chéticamp river. Left to mourn Judy’s passing are her sons, Dr. Michel (Moira) Chiasson, Chéticamp; and Duncan (Romy) Butler, Lower Sackville; and her cherished grandchildren: Catherine, Allan, and Molly Chiasson; Max and Ben Butler. She will also be remembered fondly by her siblings, Laurette (Georgie) Larade, Éthel MacKinnon (André Poirier), Marie-Colombe (Camille) Robichaud, Cyril Chiasson, Nettie Chiasson (Donnie Poirier), Germaine (Germain) Bourgeois, Martine (Pierre-Joseph) Camus, Stella Chiasson (Nancy Eisenhauer), Gaston (Lorraine) Chiasson; goddaughter Lucille Deveaux; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. She was predeceased by her husband, James Scott; three brothers in infancy; sister, Micheline; brother, Charlie. As per Judy’s wishes, there will be no visitation. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, October 15th, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. in Église Saint-Pierre, Chéticamp, with Rev. Pierre Antoine St-Cyr officiating. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Due to COVID-19 contact tracing requirements, guests wishing to attend are asked to please contact Judy’s brother, Gaston Chiasson, to register. A mass in celebration of Judy’s life will also be celebrated on Friday, October 23rd, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Agnes Parish, Halifax. In accordance with COVID-19 requirements, those who wish to attend the mass at St. Agnes are asked to please phone Tracy at the St Agnes Parish Office in order to register. In lieu of flowers, donations in Judy’s memory may be made to the Palliative Care Society, North Inverness County (PO Box 129, Chéticamp, NS, B0E 1H0 or e-transfer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Chéticamp Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

GILLIS
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of our husband, father and brother, James Francis (Frank) Gillis, on Saturday, October 3rd, 2020, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital in Inverness. Frank was born July 19th, 1940, in Inverness to the late Owen Dan Gillis and Jessie (Beaton) Gillis. Upon graduation from Holy Family High School, Frank was employed in Inverness by Eastern Dairies of Antigonish. He was then employed by the Municipality of Inverness County as director of Community Services for 36 years. Frank is survived by his wife of 55 years, Alice (Doyle) Gillis, Inverness; his daughter Alison (Robert Anderson), Yellowknife, NT; son, James, Inverness. Frank is also survived by siblings, Marie (Joe) MacRae, Michigan; Lorne, Inverness/Florida; Joyce (David) Gillis, Scotsville; Gwen, Inverness; Joan (Hugh) Cameron, Scotsville; Monica (John) MacLennan, Blues Mills; Jane, Mabou; Ernest (Pauline), Mabou; Brenda (Sandy) Gillis, Inverness; and sister-in-Law, Carol, Mabou. Besides his parents, Frank was predeceased by his brother, Sandy (2016) and his sister-in-law, Marguerite Gillis (2019). He leaves behind many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews who brought him much joy. Frank volunteered his time helping at many of the Inverary Manor Auxiliary parties, Alice Freeman’s Ceilidhs, The Arthritis Society, and was a lector in church. He was also a former board member of the Inverness Arena Commission, the ICMH Board of Directors, and most recently, he served on the Board of Directors of Inverness County Home Care Agency. Frank enjoyed travelling with his family to Massachusetts, Connecticut, Michigan, and Florida over the years visiting relatives and friends. Upon retirement he and Alice would spend occasional winters in Florida, enjoying their time there with family and friends. Frank also enjoyed watching the horse races, playing cards, watching baseball, hockey, and curling on TV with Alice. He always enjoyed chatting with old friends, locally and from away about old times growing up in Inverness. He enjoyed good food and special treats such as fudge and butterscotch pie. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be in Inverness Funeral Home on Friday, October 9th, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Funeral mass will be held on Saturday, October 10th, at 11:00 a.m. in Stella Marris Roman Catholic Church, Inverness with Father Dan MacDonald officiating. Burial will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Frank may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society or Inverary Manor Auxiliary, Inverness. A special thank you to all the health care staff for the excellent, compassionate, and respectful care given to Frank during his illness. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

CORMIER
It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Alice Julia Cormier (Murphy Doyle) at the age of 95, in her family home in Margaree Forks on September 16th, 2020, with her sister Carmel by her side. Alice was a very strong, independent, kind, and caring person who enjoyed life. She was known for her red hair, colorful vocabulary, her baked goods and going to bingo. Being raised on a farm as an only child, she did it all from hauling water, to twitching logs, to looking after the farm. There was nothing that she couldn't turn her hand to. There was always a way to get things done. In 1954, she married the love of her life, Mose Arthur Cormier, and raised a family of five. For many years she worked at the Margaree Lodge in the laundry department. Alice lived a life of deep faith and love of God. She prayed the rosary daily and always had a novena on the go. She was a member of St. Patrick's parish, North East Margaree, and a member of St. Patrick's CWL. She is survived by her children, Michael (Christina) Cormier, Maureen (James) Chiasson, Barbara (Leonard) Wyrwas, Patricia Cormier, Karen Cormier-MacIsaac; grandchildren, Lauren Cormier (Paul), Jillian Cormier, Brock Cormier (Jenny), Felicia Chiasson, Travis (Morgan) Chiasson, Addison Chiasson (Rachael), Nathan (Cassie) Wyrwas, Devin Wyrwas (Dana), Randy Wyrwas (Kortney), Patrick Lemal (Aimee), Shannon Lemal, Ronan MacIsaac; great-grandchildren, Hudson Chiasson, Leif Smith, Larkin Wyrwas; sister-in-law, Helen Murphy; siblings, Dennis (Mary Catherine) Murphy, Lillian Landsburg, Carmel (Davy) Timmons, Kevin (Joan) Murphy, Hughie (Mary) Murphy, Ranold Murphy, Ursula (Patrick) Butler, Grace (Frank) McNab, Eugene (Julie) Murphy; first cousins, Jessie (Maurice) Kowal, Margaret Kulchyckz. Besides her parents, Martin and Alice (Doyle) Murphy and Michael and Julia (Miller) Doyle, Alice was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Mose Arthur Cormier; her brother, Patrick Murphy, Catherine and James Murphy in infancy, all from the first family, Martin Murphy, Bridget McKeough, Bernadette and Catherine Murphy from the second family, in-laws, Allen Landsburg, Bill McKeough. Alice was the last surviving member of the first family. Special thanks to Mary Chiasson, Carmel Timmons, Mary Burton, and the home care nurses for all their care and compassion over the last couple of years. A funeral mass by invitation only due to COVID-19 restrictions was celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 22nd, at St. Michael's Parish Church in East Margaree with Fr. MacDonald Ibeh officiating. Burial followed at St. Patrick's Parish Cemetery, North East Margaree. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of choice. Online condolences may be made to www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

MacDONALD
Ranald Montrose MacDonald, July 29th, 1943 - September 20th, 2020. Ranald was first diagnosed with melanoma in 2016. In spite of dealing with cancer and the many associated treatments, he continued to live a full life characterized by generosity and hard work. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis (MacEachen) Port Hood; children, Rosalie (Terry Haigh), New Westminster, BC,  Donia (Ken Payne), St. John’s, NL, Nathan (Raquel), Toronto, Nicholas, Halifax, and Christopher, Dubai; grandchildren, Rafael and Matthew; siblings, Flora McLaughlin, Medford, MA, Margie (Cliff) Holder, Truro, Morag Graham, Judique, Lewis, Halifax, Graeme (Lynn), Port Hood, Donald Andrew (Imelda), Halifax; and his exceptional nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Dan Lewis and Annabelle MacDonald and his brother Allan. In his teenage years, Ranald worked as a fisherman in Port Hood. He moved to Prince George, BC, where he worked as a CNR brakeman. He returned to Port Hood and in 1971 began working as a papermaker at the pulp mill in Point Tupper. After retiring in 1998, he bought a green John Deere tractor. From then on, many a sunny day saw him mowing, tilling, bush hogging, and helping with community projects. He was always meticulous about his work, and took great pride in a job well done. An unexpected bonus was acquiring many new friends from both the US and Canada. Ranald loved sports, as player, coach, and fan. He and Father Eugene Morris worked together to organize the Port Hood Miners’ softball team. He played first base for the Miners, the Royals, and Landon Construction softball teams. The highlight of Ranald’s ball career occurred on a Sunday when, playing with the Miners against Arisaig, this left-handed batter drove the ball over the right field fence – three times – for three solid home runs! He was an assistant coach for his daughters’ softball high school and summer teams, and was an involved, active parent with all of his children's sports and interests. After retirement, he spent many happy hours on the golf course. Even as his strength dwindled, he always found enough energy to carry him through those alluring 18 holes. “Look out! I’m on steroids!” Ranald was an entrepreneur. With the help of Joe Morris, he established MacDonald’s Ice Cream Barn, which grew to be a favourite social spot for young and old. We will remember him – for his love of music and unique versions of Toora Loora Loora and Bonnie Dundee; for “Papa, tractor ride please;” for his beautiful display of Christmas lights, “it looks like fairyland!;” for his wit “You know Phyllis, if you hit the nail on the head it would take a lot less time and be a lot less painful:” and for the joy and pride he felt for his children and grandchildren, his “greatest achievements.” Thank you to Lori Ann, Paulette, Mary Jessie, and Dr. Ritter.  Thank you to the nurses, cooks, and cleaning staff who treated us with such kindness, respect, and compassion. This ordeal with Ranald’s illness has emphasized how special our community is. We have been showered with kindness and prayers. We are filled with gratitude. There are no words to express how much it meant to Ranald to be part of the Coffee Club, to have the support and friendship of the kind and generous men (and understanding wives) in this group. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 6th from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in St. Peter's Church, Port Hood, with funeral mass to follow at 12:00 p.m. with Father Vincent vanZutphen and Father Eugene Morris officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. Donations can be made to the Al MacInnis Sports Centre, Port Hood and area Resting Place, or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

McKENNA
Mary Catherine McKenna (Née MacIsaac), October 3rd, 1924, to August 5th, 2020: After a long and productive life that began in Port Hood, Kaye passed away peacefully at the age of 95, in Toronto. Beloved wife of James Andrew McKenna who died in 2014. Much loved by her children: Kathleen (Richard Blackwell) of Toronto, Colin (deceased 2009), James of Calgary, Shelagh (Paul Smith) of Bowmanville, Paul (deceased 2007), and Christine (Jason Boyer) of Toronto. Scrabble-playing Grandma to Alex, Liam, and Julia Blackwell, Jillian MacLaurin (Peter), Jennifer Dolan (Kris), Katie McKenna and Kelsie Hammond (Josh Brown). Great-grandma to Colin MacLaurin, and Eve and Trevor Dolan; and doggy-grandma to Rumba. Mary Catherine MacIsaac was born in Port Hood on October 3rd, 1924, to Mary Theresa (Campbell) and Colin Francis MacIsaac – one of nine children. Her father died in 1956 and her mother in 1985. She was also pre-deceased by her older brothers Duncan in 1944, Joseph in 2000, and younger sister Agnes in 2015. Five other siblings died in infancy or early childhood. After graduating from high school at age 16, Kaye moved to Halifax to work and help support her family during WWII. Her career there included important supporting roles in the telegraph office and the Eastern Air Command/Air Force Treasury. She also worked temporarily in Moncton, but preferred life in Halifax. After the war she moved to Ontario, where she met and married Jim, a handsome young Irishman. Together they raised six children in Galt (now Cambridge) and were active in St. Patrick's parish, where Kaye served on the CWL executive, including as president. She was a talented bookkeeper, gardener, avid reader of history and proud Maritimer. She also knitted countless sweaters and socks as gifts, and will be missed by everyone who received them. Special thanks to her caregivers at Kensington Gardens in Toronto where she lived for her last two years. A funeral mass was held on Wednesday, August 12th at St. Patrick’s Church in Cambridge with interment at Mount View Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Chestico Museum and Historical Society or St. Peter’s Parish Cemetery Fund, Port Hood.

MUNRO
Cinderella “Cindy” Helen Jean (MacKinnon) Munro, Whycocomagh, age 89, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 29th, 2020, at Alderwood Rest Home, Baddeck, after a life well lived. Born July 24th, 1931, in East Lake Ainsle, she was the daughter of David and Annie (Butterworth) MacKinnon. Cindy spent her childhood on the hills of her beloved farm with her siblings, Agnes, Irene, Mary, Lena, Lauchie, Edgar, and Sheila; then moved to Sydney to further her education finishing grade 11 at Sydney Academy. After this accomplishment, Cindy spent five years in Halifax where she was a telephone supervisor at MT&T. Back in Cape Breton, while attending a shivaree, Cindy met her future husband, Stewart Munro. They were the first couple to be married at Grant United Church on June 10th, 1954. While living in Whycocomagh they raised their three children, Anne, John, and Rodney. Cindy was a wonderful homemaker and one was always welcomed into her home to enjoy good conversation, many laughs, and a cup of tea. After her children were grown, Cindy enjoyed her work at the Fair Isle Motel. She loved to travel to visit family that lived away or would often have family stay with her on their visits to Cape Breton. Mostly, she cherished the time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and always had a cookie waiting for them in the cupboard. Cindy will be lovingly remembered and is survived by her husband, Stewart; her children and their families: Anne and Ken Dorey and grandsons, Andrew and Neal, Bedford; John and Carole Munro and grandchildren, Lindsey (Jamie), Jonathan (Barb), Matthew, Blake, and Callie, Whycocomagh; Rodney and Joanie Munro and granddaughters, Emma and Grace, Whycocomagh; her great-grandchildren, Rhylyn, Anthony, Zander, and Quinn; her sister, Mary (Bill) Egan; and her many nieces and nephews. Cindy was predeceased by her parents, four sisters, two brothers and her great-granddaughter, Alaina. During Cindy’s last few years, she was blessed to receive wonderful care by local Home Care support and while living at Foyer Pere Fiset and in Loch Bhreagh at Alderwood Rest Home. In keeping with COVID-19 guidelines, all attendees will be asked to provide their names and telephone number upon arrival at the funeral home. Social distancing protocols are to be followed and masks are mandatory. Visitation was held on Wednesday, September 2nd, in Dennis Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Whycocomagh. A family graveside service followed the visitation in Stewartdale Cemetery with Rev. Alicia Cox officiating. Family flowers only please. Memorial donations may be made to Stewartdale Cemetery. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at: www.haverstocks.com.

MacDONALD
Allan Charles MacDonald, age 65, of East Lake Ainslie, passed away on Thursday, August 27th, 2020, in the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. Charles struggled greatly with his health and he is now at peace. Born on June 23rd, 1955, he was the son of the late Charlie and Jessie (MacLean) MacDonald. In his best years, Charles was witty and loved to joke. He was always cheerful, friendly to all, and was quick to lend a hand. He always found humor even in the toughest of times. We will fondly remember him this way. Along with his parents, Charles is also predeceased by his sister, Gwenn. He is survived by his son, Bobby and daughter, Jessica; uncle, DJ (Cathy) MacLean and aunt, Catherine (John) Campbell. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. Service will be held at a later date. In honour of his late sister Gwenn, donations can be made to Mill Road Enterprises. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

GILLIS
Catherine May (Dennis) Gillis passed peacefully in the Inverary Manor, Inverness, on Thursday, September 10th, 2020, with her family by her side. Her life journey was shared for over 50 years by her loving husband, Allan. They married on June 13th, 1970, making their home in Skye Glen and more recently Inverness. She is already sorely missed by her grateful daughters. Born on December 17th, 1944, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Agnes (MacDonald) of South Lake Ainslie and James (Jim) Dennis of O’Leary, Prince Edward Island, Catherine spent her early years in Sommerville, Massachusetts. In 1949, the family moved home to Headlake (South Lake Ainslie). Her early education was at South Lake Ainslie School, then in the village, with a final year at the newly-built Whycocomagh Consolidated School. She completed grade 11 and later obtained the equivalent of grade 12 through General Educational Development. With pride, she became a Canadian citizen in 1973. Catherine worked in Whycocomagh as a cashier at the Co-op and a waitress at the Texaco Restaurant. She was a teller at Scotiabank, Port Hawkesbury, a bookkeeper in the business office at Canadian Tire, Port Hastings, and then a receptionist at Canada Manpower Centre. In 1977, Allan and Catherine took over ownership and operated the family’s general store, Skye Glen Grocery, until 1996. Catherine then worked in reception at Auberge Gisele’s Inn until retirement in 2013. Family was Catherine’s first priority. She and Allan always supported their children, ensuring they had ample access to education and extracurricular activities. They continued this and enjoyed many adventures with their grandchildren, Mikaela and Nathan. Catherine spent much time volunteering for church and community, instilling these values in her children. Her kindness and thoughtfulness were appreciated by family and friends. Crosswords and sudoku were a favourite pastime. Most evenings she could be found at a local card game. She is also remembered for her love of lemon pie. Catherine was a dedicated member of Stewart United Church, Whycocomagh, and a past member of East Lake Ainslie Presbyterian Church. She is a life member of United Church Women. Catherine enjoyed singing at home and in church, as well as a number of years with Inverness County Singers.  Catherine May is survived by her husband Allan Gillis, (Skye Glen) Inverness; daughters, Angela (Wayne) Gillis, Dartmouth; Stephanie (Michael) Sievers, Montreal; Gail Gillis, Halifax; and Patricia Gillis, Halifax; grandchildren, Mikaela and Nathan Sievers, Montreal. She is also survived by her sister, Gloria (Duncan) MacFadyen, Aberdeen; brother-in-law, Bill (Diane) Gillis, Halifax; sisters-in-law, Louise Gillis and Pauline Gillis, Sydney; several special nephews and nieces; many cousins and friends. She was predeceased by her parents, Agnes and Jim Dennis. The family would especially like to thank Dr. Susie Egar, doctors, nurses, and support staff at Inverness Memorial Consolidated Hospital, for their expertise and compassion during this difficult time. We would also like to thank all the folks at Inverary Manor who made it feel like home, for their dedication and ongoing support. Many became so special to Mom. Thanks to Arlene, Brittany, Deborah, and Donna for providing the care we all needed before Mom and Dad moved to Inverness. Visitation is on Friday, September 18th, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., in Dennis Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Whycocomagh. Funeral will be held in Stewart United Church, Whycocomagh, on Saturday, September 19th, at 2:00 p.m., with Jennifer Billard officiating. In keeping with COVID-19 guidelines, all attendees will be asked to provide their names and telephone number upon arrival at the funeral home and the church.  Social distancing protocols are to be followed and masks are mandatory. Audio will be available for folks who prefer to remain outdoors during the funeral. Burial will take place at Skye Glen Cemetery following the service. All are welcome. Unfortunately, due to COVID, there will be no reception. Family flowers only, please. Memorial donations may be made to Skye Glen Cemetery, Stewart United Church, or a charity of choice. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at: www.haverstocks.com.

WISWELL-GARDNER
There are no easy words to describe the loss of our dear mother, sister, and friend, Tracey-lee Wiswell-Gardner, 49. Born in Inverness to Walter and Florence (nee Hennebury) Wiswell, on May 6th, 1971. She was a force of nature, who possessed a quick wit, warm smile and a very big heart. She never backed away from a fight or from someone who needed her help. Left to mourn her passing are her children, Eric Gordon Fraser, Skylar Macbride Gardner, and Thomas Gardner; her ex-husband, James Gardner, all of Sydney Mines; sister Rosalynd (Murdoch) Cameron and brother Trevor Wiswell of Ryley and Camrose, Alberta. As well as many nieces and nephews. Tracey will be dearly missed by her godfather Stanley MacEachen, who loved and looked after her like a second father, as well as many aunts and uncles in Inverness and Newfoundland! She is predeceased by her parents Walter and Florence; grandparents Robert and Agnes Wiswell, Richard and Margret Hennebury (Lord’s Cove, Newfoundland); uncle Gordon Wiswell and cousin Tammy Jean Wiswell; as well as her cherished godmother Veronica Deagle (Inverness). The huge hole that her loss leaves in our lives will never heal. There will never be anyone like her, good and bad. She was her own person and worst enemy. Although I’m not sure she always knew how much she was loved, she was, dearly and deeply! She will always be missed! Visitation, funeral service and burial will be held at a later date. Donations in Tracey's memory may be made to Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital or to St. Matthews Cemetery Fund. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

MacLELLAN
On Wednesday, July 29th, 2020, Donald Francis “Neil P.” MacLellan passed away peacefully in his 95th year at home surrounded by his family. Dad will be forever remembered by his wife of 67 years Helen (nee Coady), and their children, Frances, Lois (William), Margaret (Dan), Iain (Kathy), Catherine, Neil (Sherry), Donald, Barbara, Helen (Larry) and Allan; their grandchildren, Annie, Cassie, Brett, Caleb, Addison, Nathaniel, Louis, Iain James, Coady, Tess; and great-grandchildren, Abby and Oliver. Survived by his sister Anne Gunning (Peter) of Scarborough, his many nieces and nephews, and lifelong friends from Cape Breton and Ottawa. Dad was predeceased by his parents the late Neil P. and Margaret (Gillis) MacLellan, his sisters baby Sarah, Catherine MacCormack, Lillian MacLeod, and Josephine MacKinnon, and brothers Alex and John MacLellan (Christena). Dad grew up in Deepdale, Inverness County, Nova Scotia, a place held dear to him his entire life. He graduated from Saint Francis Xavier University followed by law school at Dalhousie University. Once called to the bar, he returned to Inverness to practice law. In 1964, the family relocated to Ottawa and made Sandy Hill home. Dad retired from the National Capital Commission in 1983. Dad was known as a voracious reader from a young age. Our house was always filled with newspapers and books. Family meals were full of lively discussions about current events where ideas and opinions were shared and debated. Dad was a compassionate and generous man. He encouraged us to be good, to be kind, work hard, and be happy. Dad led by example. Dad loved sports and walking with his beloved dog companions. A favourite pastime was to troubleshoot and repair cars. He cherished his family, friends, and welcomed many visits from the neighbourhood kids. The house was never too full for him, there was always a meal and a place to stay. Our family would like to thank Dr. Batowa Stephane Dadjo-Guewa and the home care nurses for their compassionate care. A mass and celebration of his life will be held at a later date in Cape Breton. Without hesitation, Daddy always helped those in need. Donations in his memory may be made to the Ottawa and Inverness food banks.

McEWAN
It is with saddened hearts that we announce the passing of our dear sister Judith Kathleen (Judy) McEwan, who died September 2nd, 2020, surrounded by her loving adoptive family at the L’Arche community in Orangedale. Judy was born in Glace Bay on June 20th,1958, to the late Thomas and Kathleen McEwan. Judy cherished the many years she lived with family and friends in her hometown. In the early years, Judy attended workshops for the intellectually challenged in Glace Bay at a time when support for persons with a developmental handicap was in its infancy. After her parents' passing, Judy moved to the L’Arche community in Orangedale in 2002, where she became a very active and loved member of the L'Arche family. It was here Judy worked, played, travelled, and bonded in this caring and supportive setting. It was Judy’s sense of humor that made her stand out with all the many persons she came into contact with over the past 60 years. Besides her parents, Judy was predeceased by brother, Robert; sister, Doris; sister-in-law, Frances McEwan. Judy is survived by siblings, James (Deanna), Raymond (Carolyn), Nelson, Elaine Heath, Sheldon (Linda), Marilyn (Keith) MacDonald; sister-in-law Effie McEwan; and many nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Inverness Funeral Home and a private celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations in memory of Judy can be made to L’Arche Cape Breton, 3 L'Arche Lane, Iron Mines, NS B0E 2K0. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

CHIASSON
Amelia Elizabeth Chiasson, age 105, Foyer Père Fiset, Cheticamp, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 30th, 2020, in the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. She was a daughter to the late Leon and the late Hélène (Cormier) Deveau. Amelia was a stay-at-home mom who always had a full cookie jar. She was very involved in her community. An avid card player, she never turned down an opportunity for a good game. Special thank you goes out to the staff of Foyer Père Fiset and Sacred Heart Community Health Centre for the care and compassion rendered to our mom over the years and these past few days. Amelia is survived by her sons, Napoleon (Marie Hélène), Cheticamp, Eric (Karen), Alabama, Tommy (Yvette), Cheticamp, and Roger (Mary Lou), Cheticamp; grandchildren, Jacques Chiasson, Cheticamp, Joel (Celeste) Chiasson, Sydney, Jocelyne (Kirk) MacDougall, Hammonds Plains, Brian Chiasson, Ottawa, Kevin Chiasson, Cheticamp, Paul Chiasson, Cheticamp, Réjean Chiasson, Cheticamp, and Ronelle Chiasson, Port Hood; great-grandchildren, Ian Chiasson, Cheticamp, Eli Chiasson, Sydney, and Noé Chiasson, Sydney; sister-in-law, Kay Deveau, Oxford, NS. She was predeceased by her husband Alphonse Chiasson; brothers, Auguste (Augus), Simon, Tim, and Paul; sisters, Louise Murray, Mary Ellen Hefferman, and Catherine Cowan. Visitation was held on Wednesday, September 2nd, in Cheticamp Funeral Home, with an open wake. Funeral mass was celebrated on Thursday, September 3rd, (family only) in Église St. Pierre, Cheticamp, with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. Donations may be made to Foyer Père Fiset Activity Department. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

ROLLO
Susan Joan Rollo (MacLean), 49, of Inverness passed away peacefully on August 21st, 2020, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital with loved ones by her side. She was born July 28th, 1971, in Boston Massachusetts to Jim MacLean and Lois MacMillan. Susan graduated from Inverness Consolidated High School in 1990 and received her RN Nursing Degree from Halifax Infirmary School of Nursing in 1994. Susan spent her working years as a nurse in Florida, Windsor, Ontario, and most recently Inverness, where she touched many lives along the way. She also taught gymnastics to the youth and volunteered in any way she could to help out her community including at the Inverary Manor, Inverness. Susan was also a member of the local prayer group, which always brought her spiritual comfort. She was loved by all who knew her and will always be remembered for her laughter, her kindness, and her wonderful spirit. Susan is survived by her loving son, Cole MacLean; parents, Jim MacLean and Lois MacMillan; sister, Barbara (Jody) Sawyer; nieces and nephew, Emily, Ashley and Noah Sawyer and along with many aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was predeceased by her grandparents, Dr. Jim and Dorothy (Toby) MacLean; Archie “Doc” and Hannah MacMillan; aunt, Barbara Jean MacLean; uncle, Brian MacMillan and cousin, Paul Levy. Visitation will be held on Friday September 4th, in Inverness Funeral Home from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, September 5th, in Stella Maris Church at 11:00 a.m. with Father Dan MacDonald officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

POWER
It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our brother, James Maurice Power, on August 21st, 2020, in Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp, NS.  James was born October 2nd, 1959, in Cheticamp. He was the son of the late Gordon and Alice (Bourgeois) Power. He is survived by his sisters: Nancy Aucoin (Antigonish) and Jessie Bond (Craigmore); brothers: Stephen (Dartmouth), Gordon (Dartmouth), John Alfred (Toronto), Walter (Dartmouth); as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Besides his parents, James was predeceased by his sister, Cynthia at birth. A boilermaker by trade, James recently celebrated his 40th year as a member of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers. Arrangements have been entrusted to Sunset Funeral Co-op, Margaree Valley. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be at Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. with burial to follow in St Pierre Cemetery at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 5th, 2020. Nova Scotia Health Authority Guidelines will be in place and everyone is asked to follow those guidelines. Memorial donations in memory of James may be made to a charity of choice. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

TIMMONS
It is with heavy hearts and fond memories that the family of James “Buddy” Timmons  announce his passing in Inverary Manor, Inverness on August 21st, 2020. Born to Henry and Elizabeth Timmons on August 20th, 1930. He was the eldest of 15 children, Betty Tonelli, Hank (deceased), Andrew (deceased), Albert (deceased), Wilson, Wilma Cameron (deceased) , Alfred, Edgar (deceased), Harvey, Joyce MacPhee, Donald Murray (deceased infant), Donalda MacEachern, Douglas, Doreen Scott, Jackie (deceased). On December 20th,1956, he married Molly ( Poirier ) (deceased), and was the proud father of eight children, James (Kay) Inverness; Charlotte (Ken Dalton) Edmonton; Darlene (deceased) (Angus Campbell) Inverness; Marlene (deceased) (Paul Holmes) Moncton; Murray (Bonnie) Edmonton; Edy (Rick Hesse) Geary; Sandy (Cathy) New Glasgow; Wilma (Gerard Cummings) Inverness. He was a Grampy to Kelly, DJ, Lisa, Kevin, Keith, Lisa, Kenneth, Andrea, Keegan, Shay-lynn, Brayden, Sarina, Taylor, Kenzie, Kendall, Kalen, and James and a SUPER Grampy to David, Tyler, Jack, Channing, Kayla, Hayley, Meyah and Nate. He was a family man, and community meant family to him, so the community along with his family will feel this loss. He showed his dedication in many ways. Through sports, he held every title a person could have in an arena, player, coach, referee, ice maker, skate sharpener (tooted throughout the county as the best), arena committee member, and then honorary member. On a baseball field, he was a player, coach, and an umpire. And with each hat he wore he gained the respect of many due to his fairness and love of the sports. He was a member of the Kinsmen Club, and worked hard behind the scenes with the arena and community bingos, and at the Inverness Raceway with the para-mutual betting machines. Some even reminiscing that they just didn’t go as smoothly without him there.While working at Quincy Market during the day and going to school at night, he gained his electrical ticket, garnering a position at the Evans Coal Mine working his way up to above ground supervisor before his retirement from there. We can truly say that he lit up the lives of many of the residents of Inverness, due in the fact of his work as an electrician. He was highly sought after for his skills, and had many a partners and apprentices that will say how proud they were to learn from him. Viewing/visitation will took place on Tuesday, August 25th, in Inverness Funeral Home. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, funeral service and burial will be announced at a later date to permit safe travel of family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

CHIASSON
James “Jimmy” Chiasson, age 91, Foyer Père Fiset Guest Home, of Cheticamp, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 17th, 2020, in the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. Jimmy was the son of the late Daniel and the late Anita (LeBlanc) Chiasson. He lived in Toronto most of his life, and returned to Cheticamp to retire. Jimmy enjoyed working on his property. He is survived by nieces, Geoffrine (Daryl), Joan (Gord), and Lucie (Marc); nephews, Daniel (Diana), Cyril (Monique), and Albert (Lynnette); sister-in-law, Jeanette.He was predeceased by brothers, Placide, Joseph, and Patsy; sisters, Sister Lucie and Mathilde; and sister-in-law, Margaret. A graveside service was held on Monday, August 24th, 2020, in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Cheticamp, with Deacon Gérald LeBlanc officiating. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of N.S. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

CHIASSON
Diane Chiasson, age 72, of Grand Etang, Inverness County, passed away peacefully at the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre in Cheticamp, NS, on August 14th, 2020, surrounded by her loved ones. She fought a hard battle with cancer. Diane was the daughter of the late Severin Leblanc and the late Marie Therese (Lelievre) Leblanc, both of Cheticamp. She leaves behind her husband of 47 years, Clovis; her children:  Nicole, Halifax; Marc (Lucie), Langdon Alberta, Suzanne (Cory Aucoin), St. Joseph du Moine, brothers Albert (Marcelle), Quebec, Donat (Laurette), Cheticamp. Also, her three granddaughters: Ranelle, Emma, and Sophie; as well as many nieces and nephews. Diane was predeceased by her younger siblings: Nicole, Jules, and Angele. She worked as a registered nurse for 20 years and for Public Health for 30 years. In her retirement, Diane took up quilting with which she showed her beautiful talent and perfectionism with much passion. She made long time friends in two quilting groups: the Celtic Guild and Les Piqueuses du Moine. Diane was also a very good seamstress, hemming pants and replacing zippers for her family and community friends. Diane was a loving wife, a wonderful mom and a devoted grandmother to her beautiful granddaughters. She was a beautiful friend, always ready to lend a hand or a shoulder to lean on. She will be fondly remembered for the many lives she touched with her kind heart and her selflessness.  She will be missed by many. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Paroisse Saint-Joseph, St. Joseph du Moine. Visitation was held on Tuesday, August 18th, 2020, at the Cheticamp Funeral Home, with an open wake. Funeral mass was held on Wednesday, August 19th, 2020, in Église St. Pierre, Cheticamp, with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, St. Joseph du Moine. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

AUCOIN
With deep sadness the family announces that Henrietta (Harriet) Marie AuCoin (86), Foyer Père Fiset Guest Home, Cheticamp, formerly of Belle Cote, Inverness County, passed away peacefully on August 17th, 2020. Born on December 26th, 1933, in Margaree Harbour, and raised in Terre Noire, she was the daughter of the late George and Marie (Leblanc) AuCoin.  She was a long-serving member of St. Michael’s Church, East Margaree, and most recently of L’Église St-Pierre, Cheticamp. She is survived by her six children: Allan (Elizabeth Dean), Gibsons, BC; Richard (Denise Murrin), Lethbridge, AB; Gordon (Kim Sutton), Ottawa, ON; Priscilla (John Martin), Stoney Creek, ON; Maurice (Chantal Pitre) Westmount, QC; and Harold (Lynn Chiasson) Timberlea, NS; 16 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren; sisters Honora (Nora) Considine, Dartmouth, NS; Sister Anne, Antigonish, NS; and brothers: Arthur, East Margaree, NS; Wilfred, Edmonton, AB, and Theodore, St. Joseph de Moine, NS. She was predeceased by her soul mate and most beloved husband of 44 years Joseph AuCoin (1999); brothers George, John, and Jerome (Jerry); and son-in-law John Martin. Well known for her very social and engaging personality, Harriet loved hosting visitors. The tea pot was always on, and at meal time there was always room for more at the table. She was gifted with an amazing ability to make everyone feel at ease and at home. A deeply devoted wife and nurturing mother, above all else, Harriet dearly loved her family, and always placed their needs above her own. Her infectious laugh, her quick wit, and generous heart will be missed dearly by all who were blessed to have known her. The family would like to extend their sincerest heartfelt thanks to the doctors, nurses, and staff of the Foyer Père Fiset and the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre for their unwavering care, kindness, and compassion. During these challenging times of COVID-19 when we could not be with her in person, your communication, support, and companionship were well above and beyond what could be expected. Cremation will take place, with burial in St. Michael Parish Cemetery at a later date. A Celebration of Life will be held after COVID-19 travel and gathering restrictions are lifted. Memorial donations may be made to Foyer Père Fiset Guest Home 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.

TIMMONS
Arnold Murray Timmons, age 71, joined his family and friends in heaven on August 2nd, 2020. He will be sadly missed by his best friends, and partners, Linda Gallant and Oreo, as well as his daughters, Elizabeth Ann, Dianna Lynn, Nellina, and chosen daughter Tanya and stepson Daniel. He will also be missed by his 16 grandchildren, his great-grandchildren, previous wife and friend Nellie. Arnold is survived by brothers Stewart and Wayne, and special sisters Jean and Loretta. He was predeceased by his parents, Ernest and Elizabeth; brothers, Elmer, Russell, Wendall, and Francis; and sister Georgina. Arnold was a hardworking, never-give-up kind of man, with many years of loyalty to his employer Wayne Gillis. Very well known for his love of a good game of cribbage, but more so for his love of winning the game as more than a few can attest to his enthusiasm of being the best and he was that in many ways. There will be no visitation. Funeral service will be held on August 21st at 2:00 p.m. in St. Matthews United Church, Inverness, with Pastor Maggie Plant celebrating. Burial will take place at a later date in Pleasant Bay. Memorial donations in Arnold’s name may be made to The Canadian Cancer Society of Nova Scotia or to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

FONTAINE
It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we, the family, announce the peaceful passing of our mother, our nanny, our grand nanny, and our great-grand nanny, Marybelle Fontaine, 95, on August 11th,2020. Marybelle was surrounded by her loving family and the loving caring staff of Harbour Lights Villa in Inverary Manor, where she has resided since November 2019. Marybelle was born in Mull River, Inverness County, on September 18th,1924, to Margaret (Nee Gillis) and Ronald Allen (the Baron) Mac Donald. Marybelle is survived by her daughter, Margie (Brian); son, John R. (Wilma); grandchildren, Bradley Layes (Carla), Todd Moffatt (Carol), Melanie Robinson (John), Jamie Fontaine, and Jonathan Anderson, who she considered as a grandson; great-grandchildren, Scott and Rebecca Layes, Jessica and Brinna Moffatt, Avery and Savannah Robinson; great-great-grandchildren, Sydney and Donnie; sister, Helena; brother, Archie; special friends, Mary Anderson, Cecil Mac Quarrie, Catherine White, and Isabel Mac Donald. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, James Bernard (Johnny) Fontaine (1970); infant daughter, Bernadette; sisters, Margaret and Elizabeth; brothers, John Allen, Joe, Alexander, and John. Mom had a deep devotion to her faith, the holy mass, and the rosary. One of the highlights in her life was her trip to St. Anne de beaupre shrine with her brother Alex and sister Elizabeth. Mom had a great love for music. She grew up listening to her father playing the fiddle and carried the love of the fiddle with her through out her life. She was also a faithful listener to Scottish strings on CJFX over the years. She had a deep love for listening and singing country music even more. She never gave up an opportunity to sing a song when asked. Mom was very welcoming to friends dropping by for a visit and always enjoyed the company. No one ever left without a good cup of tea, and samples of her delicious pies, biscuits, squares, etc. Over the years, mom became known for her cooking skills. She worked as a cook for the Brothers of our Lady of Sorrows in Mabou and from there she was the cook at the drive-in restaurant in Mabou, where she became known for her tasty hamburgers. People will still mention to us the “good” burgers she made. When the drive-in closed, she managed the Strathlorne Lodge and when it was sold, she went to work as a cook at the Inverness Lodge for many years. Later in her life she became a nanny to several young children. She loved every minute with the children and they all held a special place in her heart. Funeral services are under the direction of the Inverness Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will take place at a later date. Those wishing to donate in mom’s memory can do so to the Inverary Manor, or the Stella Maris Cemetery Fund. At this time, we would like to thank the staff of Inverary Manor, with special thanks to Harbour Lights Villa, who made mom’s days so enjoyable. She enjoyed her time with you all. Thank you also to the Inverness County Home Support. She looked forward to seeing you each and every week and spoke fondly of you all. We would also like to thank Mary Anderson, NP, for her friendship and excellent care she provided for Mom over the years, and to Dr. Susie Eager and Dr. Michelle O’Neil for the comforting and compassionate care provided to Mom. Mom will be forever loved. RIP Mom until we meet again. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

ROMARD
Wilfred Joseph Romard, age 71, Cheticamp, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 31st, 2020, in the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. Wilfred was the son of the late Joseph Charles and the late Marguerite Helda (LeBlanc) Romard. He is survived by his wife, Eileen (Harris) Romard; daughters, Theresa, Tammy, and Monica; brothers, Emmanuel and Timothée; sisters, Marie, Julie Helen, and Marie Luce. He was predeceased by a brother, Joseph Arthur. Cremation has taken place. A graveside service will be held at a later date. Funeral is under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

WHITE
Anne Marie “Deedee” White, age 71, passed away peacefully June 24th, 2020, at home with husband Michael by her side. Born in Inverness, Cape Breton, she spent most of her life in Cole Harbour, and was the daughter of Wilena (Billie) McLellan and John Leo MacIsaac and absolutely the best mom to Kara Lee (Gordon) and Jeremy (Natalie). Deedee loved being a grandmother to Connor, Owen, and Hailey and they were blessed with her unconditional love. She was a big part of their lives and her kindness, compassion, and their love for her will live on. Mrs. White spent her whole life educating and inspiring young people both in and out of a classroom. To a casual observer her teaching style may not have seemed much different than that of other teachers, but it didn't take long for families to realize how special a teacher she was. Her devotion to find the best in every child was not due to her classes being filled with perfectly well-behaved children, it was rooted in her ability to create an exceptionally caring classroom with her love for every child she taught. Years after retirement family and friends would often hear “Mrs. White, was my absolute favourite teacher.” Her resilience knew no bounds and her wisdom and incredible hugs inspired everyone she reached as a mother, deedee, wife, sister, aunt, teacher, friend, and proud member of the community. This loss is immeasurable, but her impact will be everlasting. A gathering (drop-in) was held in Cole Harbour Funeral Home by Arbor Memorial Saturday, June 27th. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Victorian Order of Nurses Canada or the Kidney Foundation of Canada. Online condolences may be made at www.coleharbourfuneral.com.

MacAULAY
It is with much sadness, we announce the peaceful passing of Mary Sara (McLean) MacAulay, age 87, on July 16th, 2020, at Alderwood Rest Home, Baddeck. Born in Inverness on August 8th, 1932, to the late Dan C. and Margaret McLean. Mom was a strong, fiercely independent woman. She was intelligent, a historian, and witty. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and aunt. She was a devoted member of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, where she served as a trustee and central treasurer for many years. She was a cancer survivor, a diagnosis she handled with grace. She loved animals and enjoyed her time spent volunteering with L’Arche Cape Breton. She was hard working, and wise beyond her years, starting her career at the age of 15 with Royal Bank. She continued on to work for AA. Munro Insurance, and Canada Post, retiring in 1997. She married John. E. in 1949, spending 52 loving years together. They enjoyed the simple things in life such as a good meal, Sunday drives, and visits from their many friends. Aside from their children, their proudest achievement was the house they built together on MacInnis Road in Whycocomagh. “Grammie” enjoyed travelling, reading, card games, and crossword puzzles. She seldomly missed the evening episodes of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. But above all, the thing she enjoyed most in life was having company. Her house was a place of gathering for many over the years. Whether it was the neighbourhood children, family from away, new and old friends, or simply her grandchildren for a sleep over, she always made sure you were well fed, and comfortable. She was a wonderful baker, and always went out of her way to ensure she made her guest’s favourite dessert. She had very close relationships with all her nieces and nephews. She especially looked forward to seeing Ted and Debbie every holiday weekend and Donna’s trips to Cape Breton. She shared a very special bond with her brothers Dougald and Sandy. Their Thursday visit was the highlight of her week. She will be remembered as a loving, outgoing, respected, kind, brilliant person whose smile and energy would light up a room. She will be missed by not only her family and friends, but the community of Whycocomagh and the congregation of St. Andrew’s. She is survived by her children: Jimmy (Brenda), Saint John; Duart (Connie), Aberdeen; Leanne (Neil) MacKinnon, Aberdeen. Her grandchildren Debora, Ottawa; Doreen (Mark), Illinois; Breagh (Stephanie), Edmonton; Brooke, Halifax; Hilary, Aberdeen; and Liam, Aberdeen; great-grandchild Emily, Illinois. Her brothers: Dougald, Whycocomagh, and Sandy (Nancy) McLean, Port Hawkesbury. Numerous dearly loved nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, John. E. MacAulay (2002); brother Donald McLean and his wife Muriel; sister-in-law, Dorothy McLean; daughter-in-law, Katherine MacAulay; and niece, Judy McLean. The family would like to express sincere appreciation to the staff of Alderwood Rest Home for their care over the last two years. Thank you to Dr. Genge and Dr. Ritter as well. Cremation has taken place. In respect to the current COVID-19 restrictions, a public grave side service was held on Tuesday, July 21st, at Stewartdale Cemetery with Margie MacIntyre -LLWL officiating. Memorial donations can be made to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at www.haverstocks.com.

GAUDET
Our dear husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, Réné Joseph Gaudet, passed away peacefully at the age of 80, in the presence of his family, at the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp, on Sunday, July 12th, 2020. He was the son of the late Joseph and the late Marie Jeanette (Roche) Gaudet. Réné worked as a carpenter for more than 60 years. He loved gardening, fishing, hunting, trapping, and most of all, he loved driving all around Cheticamp two to three times a day with his lovely wife of 60 years, Marie. Besides his wife Marie, he is survived by sons, Bruno (Lise), and William; brothers, Jean-Paul and Yvon; sisters, Adrienne, Geraldine, and Bibianna; grandchildren, Jason and April; great-grandchildren, Braydon, Liam, Hunter, Jake, and Fynn. He was predeceased by his daughter, Lynn Basker; son-in-law, Wesley Basker; granddaughter and her husband, Megan and Jaymie MacMullin. Cremation has taken place. A graveside service was held on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020, in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Cheticamp, with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Funeral is under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

ROACH
André Roach, age 82, Cheticamp, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 3rd, 2020, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. He was the son of the late John W. and the late Elizabeth (Bourgeois) Roach. André was a graduate from St. F.X. University. He spent his entire teaching profession teaching English at various schools and junior colleges in Quebec. After 30-plus years in his teaching profession, André retired to his native Cheticamp, where he enjoyed fishing at Cheticamp Lake, in local ponds and streams, and toying around with his Cape Island boat. Due to failing health in his later years, André took an interest in the stock market, and enjoyed his gains (not so much his losses), on a daily basis. It was a hobby he took pleasure in. He also enjoyed day trips to Sydney with his partner Marie Eveline, with stops in Baddeck for coffee at Tim’s. André was a devout Catholic and a proud member of the Knights of Columbus Council 3850, Cheticamp, of which he served on the executive committee for a number of years. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at the Sacred Heart Hospital, Cheticamp, for their care during his failing health. Also, heartfelt thanks to Dr. Lamey and the nursing staff at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. André is survived by his partner, Marie Eveline Maillet; brother, Lionel (Jeannette), Cheticamp; sister, Gemma Bourgeois, Sydney; six nieces and three nephews, of whom he enjoyed their visits and was proud of their accomplishments. He was predeceased by a brother, Gerard and a sister, Marie Therese. A funeral mass will be celebrated at a later date. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Funeral is under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

RANKIN
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Joan Ann Rankin, 73, of South West Margaree on July 11th, 2020. Born in Rotterdam, Holland, to Constance and Harry Schroder, she emigrated to Canada in 1957 and settled in Ottawa, Ontario. She moved to Cape Breton in 1974 with her husband and three children, where she remained in her beloved Margaree until her death. In her early years she studied ballet, learned many crafts including sewing, knitting, crochet, and all types of needlework. In her later years, she was a talented miniaturist and was acknowledged by the International Guild of Miniature Artisans for her baskets. She excelled at her many other interests including gardening, scrap booking, genealogy, and the study of the Neolithic Bronze Age. She was a private, fiercely independent, no nonsense feisty spirit and will be greatly missed by her family. She is survived by her daughters Liann Rankin Gillis (Robert), Dione Rankin, grandchildren Bryanna, Kiara, Julia, Anthony, great-grandson Cameron, dear friend Robert Tompkins, and son David. There will be a private family burial. Special thanks to the incredible Palliative Care Team, her home care nurse Jean and all the wonderful nurses during her final illness. Donations may be made to the Central Inverness County Palliative Care Society. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

MORAN
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Neil Moran, age 76, who died peacefully at the Toronto Western Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, on July 13th, 2020. Neil was born in Port Hood, NS, and moved to Toronto many years ago where he met and married his wife Margaret and together, they raised two sons, Andy and Bruce. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Turner and Porter Funeral Home, Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON. Donations in Neil’s memory can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Ontario SPCA and Humane Society.

FRASER
It is with sad and heavy hearts that we, the family of Robert Archibald (Archie) Alexander Fraser, announce his peaceful passing on July 9th, 2020, at the age of 84. Born in Black Point, losing his mother at a young age was a sadness he carried with him, but the love from his grandparents Margaret and Simon Mackinnon, stepfather Angus (Big Johnny) Fraser, loving uncles John and Sandy (Simon) Mackinnon and Simon P. Fraser, helped to shape him into the strong, successful, loving man that he was, and his faith in Almighty God never wavered. Predeceased by his loving and supportive grandparents Margaret and Simon MacKinnon, his beautiful mother Mary MacKinnon, and loving stepfather Angus (Big Johnny) Fraser, his brothers Gordon Fraser, Percy Fraser, and his cherished little sister Marie Turner, his extended family, D.A. MacKinnon, Charlie Fraser, and Ralph Fraser, as well as his infant son Stewart Archibald Fraser. Archie was married to the love of his life, and closest thing to heaven, Lorraine (MacLellan) Fraser for 57 wonderful years. Archie will lovingly be remembered by his four children Derrick, Brenda (Steve), Heather (Juanita), and Rachel (Charlie). Three beloved grandchildren, Cassidy (Zoel), Riley, and Braeden and two adored great-grandchildren, Ember and Mari. He is survived by his siblings, Johnny (Leona) Fraser, Mary (Butcher) Mackinnon, Alan Fraser and extended siblings, Dodie, Danena, Thelma, Catherine, David, and Dennis. Archie spent his career in law enforcement as a special constable and security officer in Ontario. His retirement was enjoyed in Cheticamp with his family doing the things he loved: coin collecting, scrapbooking family history, playing his Martin guitar while singing an old song, and listening to music by all his old time favourites, Jimmy Rodgers, The Carter Family, Hank Williams, Wilf Carter, and Hank Snow. Playing music at L’AMAC with his special Cheticamp friends put a smile on his face as he always looked forward to his Tuesday night song circle. As per Archie’s wishes there will be no funeral, a private family ceremony will take place. If you listen closely you might hear him sing, “His earthly race is over and the curtains round him fall, we’ll carry him home to Dixie on the Wabash Cannonball."

CHANDLER
It is with great sadness that we, the family of Ruth (Wheaton, MacLeod) Chandler, announce her passing on Saturday, July 11th, 2020, at the age of 97. She passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family. Mom will be lovingly remembered by her children: Raymond (late Anne), Frank (Shirley), Ernie, Glenna, Elsie (Jerry), Harold (Linda), Melvin (Suzanne), Richard (Elizabeth), Calvin (Cheryl), and Gary (Miracle). She had 12 children, 31 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Arthur Wheaton; special sisters, Pauline, Mary Katie; special nieces, Cheryl, Joan, and Faye. Ruth was predeceased by her husband of 51 years, Raymond, grandchildren Roger and Joel; daughters Margaret Alice and Annie Mae in infancy. We would like to take this time to thank Dr. Ritter and his staff for their support and also to Dr. Monique LaFrance for her care and compassion over the years, and also to the home support staff for their kindness and compassion towards our mother. There will be no visitation and a private service for family only will take place at a later date with Rev. Wayne MacLeod officiating. Burial will be in Stewartdale Cemetery. Donation’s in Ruth’s memory may be made to Palliative Care or to Stewart United Church. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Dennis Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Whycocomagh. Words of comfort maybe forwarded to the family at www.haverstocks.com.

TIMMONS
It is with heavy hearts that we, the family, announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, and grandfather Kenneth Edward Timmons, 82, of Pleasant Bay. He passed peacefully with family by his side July 7th, 2020, at Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. Born in Red River on October 31st, 1937, he was the son of the late Bertha and John Edward Timmons. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 60 years, Wilma Timmons; sons, Robert (Carolyn), James (Christina); daughter, Doris (Eddie); son-in-law, Murray Pattingale; brothers, Winston (Gladys) Lawrence (Laura Lee); sisters, Dorothy and Eileen. He will be forever missed by his loving grandchildren Amy, Andrea, Crystal, Carlynn, William, Kenny, Lucaus, Michael, Thomas, Carlie, Nicholas, Meghan, Faith, Chester, Logan and James; 30 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Kenneth was best known for his love and devotion to his family. While he had many hobbies and interests, he could be found on the water or in the woods teaching his grandsons how to trap, as he was known for his many prized pelts, and working on perfecting that woodpile. Even after retirement from the fishing industry, he enjoyed going out with his son Robert, and was always the one in charge. He loved his home in Pleasant Bay, and would rather not be anywhere else. He spent his time with his sons and many grandchildren, who he loved and adored, teaching them the ropes. He and Wilma often enjoyed day trips to the lake in search of the big one.  While Kenneth enjoyed many holidays with his family, Christmas was his favourite when the house was always full, especially when his daughter Doris and her family made it home, and he would never miss getting his bag of candy from Santa on the fire truck. Mother gives Jimmy many thanks for all his love and care to his dad, whether it was working in the woods or the early morning drives to Inverness for his dialysis. Our family is at peace in knowing he is with his loving Father in Heaven. He was predeceased by daughters, Rosalie Elizabeth, Margaret Marlene; brothers, William Ned, Murdock, Donald (Donnie); sisters Florence, Margaret (Peggy); grandchildren, Alicia Rose Timmons, Rose Arlene Atwell, and John Kenneth Timmons. The family would like to send sincere thanks to the Inverness Dialysis Unit for all their kindness and compassion they have shown us over the years. As well as the nurses at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Cheticamp, your kindness will not go unnoticed. Visitation was held at St. Andrew’s United Church, Pleasant Bay, on Saturday, July 11th, 2020. Funeral service was held on Sunday, July 12th, 2020, in St. Andrew’s United Church, Pleasant Bay with Rev. Pierre Chiasson officiating. Burial in Pleasant Bay Cemetery. Family flowers only. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Inverness Dialysis Unit. Funeral is under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

MacEACHERN
With heavy hearts, we announce the death of John Leo MacEachern, 63, of Judique which occurred suddenly at home on July 7th, 2020.  During his lifetime, John worked as a carpenter in Windsor and Toronto, Ontario, and in Fort McMurray, Alberta. In later years, he was employed by Judique Jobbers. John loved his cat Maggie, his old Camaro, country music, coffee, the Toronto Maple Leafs, driving the “loop” around Judique, and pulling pranks on his friends. For many years, John suffered from COPD. Today, he is happy and breathing easy! John will be forever missed by his brother, Dan. They were lifelong companions and were always together through thick and thin. He is survived by his siblings: Marion MacLeod (Malcolm), Dan Hughie (Arlene Cameron), Ann Marie MacDonald (Harold), Mary Elizabeth Boutilier, Evelyn, Bob (Brenda); many nieces, nephews, and their children. John was predeceased by his parents, John MacEachern, Annie (MacDonald) (MacEachern) Cameron; step-father Jim Alex Cameron, and sister, Sally. Cremation has taken place. There was a graveside service at St. Andrew’s Cemetery, Judique on July 12th, 2020. Donations may be made to The Lung Association of Nova Scotia. Funeral arrangements are under the compassionate care of Green’s Funeral Home, 507 Bernard St., Port Hawkesbury. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.greensfuneralhome.ca.

MacDONALD
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Theresa Margaret MacDonald, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital, on Tuesday, July 7th, 2020. Born in Judique, on March 7th, 1929, she was a daughter of the late Rory Angus and Christena Belle (Beaton) MacDonald. Theresa was a member of St. Andrews Church, Judique, and was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She is survived by five nieces and four nephews. Theresa was predeceased by brothers, Angus John, Ronald (Late Kaye), Donald Francis, Joseph Andrew (Kaye), sisters, Anne Rousell (late Leonard), Jennie MacIsaac (late Allan) and by niece, Darlene Reynolds. Theresa worked as a house keeper, in Boston for over 30 years; always returning home to Cape Breton for the summer. We will so deeply miss our Aunt Theresa, her fierce independents, her generosity and concern for others, her strong Catholic faith, her remarkable memory, and her keen interest in genealogy. Aunt Theresa had a great love of Cape Breton fiddle music, Gaelic songs, homemade cheese and biscuits, little dogs, and a good game of Auction. We want to thank the owners and staff of The Heritage House in Port Hood, for taking such good care of Aunt Theresa during her stay with them.  A graveside service was held on Tuesday, July 14th, at 11:00 a.m. in St. Andrews Parish Cemetery, Judique, with Fr. Allan MacMillan officiating. In lieu of flowers, if you wish, donations may be made to St. Andrews Church, Building Fund, Judique, or to a charity of choice. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

DOUCET
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Raymond Wilfred Doucet, 76, of Chéticamp, NS. He passed peacefully on Saturday, July 4th, 2020, at Sacred Heart Community Health Centre in Chéticamp after a year of kidney dialysis and a recent battle with cancer. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Marie Stella (Deveau), son Kevin (Jeannette), daughter Darlene, granddaughter Annette; sisters, Marie (late Freddie), Dora (Edgar), Rosella (Steve), Stella (Blair); brothers, Isadore (Delina), Dennis (Bertha) and Daniel (Marcella); as well as 22 nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law Lorraine Deveau and Diane (late Marcel) Cormier. He was predeceased by son Wendell, parents Arthur and Margaret (LeBlanc) Doucet, in-laws Joseph and Marie (Chiasson) Deveau, brothers-in-law Freddie LeBlanc (Marie) and Irvin Deveau (Marie-Catherine). Raymond was first and foremost a family man and a community man. Many family members from Margaree were thankful they could seek refuge at Raymond’s home while working in Chéticamp. Kids gravitated to him, whether it was the nieces and nephews or the kids that visited the Co-op with their parents. He was the candy man to them. Raymond understood early in his career that community and co-operation worked hand in hand. He was manager of the Cheticamp Co-op for 40 years and was responsible for growing a small grocery store into a multi-million-dollar grocery, hardware, and building supply co-operative with a funeral home. He knew the value of a community owning and controlling its economy. He devoted his time to countless community organizations over his life. He was proud of his work with dozens of community groups but especially his work with le Conseil Coopératif Acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse and sub-committees of the Conseil Paroissial de la Paroisse Saint-Pierre. He was a wise man of few words, but when he did speak, he had something to say that was worth hearing. He was a kind and gentle man although an imposing figure in his time. He grew up on Arsenault Hill in Margaree and borrowed money from his father to court a girl from Chéticamp. He and Marie Stella were married 55 years. He was a visionary. His Co-op family was immense across Atlantic Canada. He even went to Spain to learn about co-operatives around the world. He was a great father and cherished his granddaughter. He was known as “Uncle Raymond” to generations of Doucet kids and as “Raymond from the Co-op.” He touched many lives. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Raymond can be made to “Paroisse Saint-Pierre – Sauvons notre Église” fund, the Sacred Heart Hospital Charitable Foundation, or a charity of your choice. Family viewing took place on Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 followed by funeral mass at 3:00 p.m. at Église Saint-Pierre in Chéticamp with Father Pierre Antoine St-Cyr officiating. Burial in parish cemetery. Due to COVID-19, family and invited guests only.

BURTON
Earl Joseph Burton of Halifax/ Margaree Valley, NS, was born February 23rd, 1947, to the late Charlie and Kay Burton. Earl will always be lovingly known as a kind and gentle soul, who was remembered by all who knew him, whether it was for 30 years or 30 minutes. Despite contracting polio at the age of six, his determination to overcome the odds and experience life to the fullest was immediately evident.  Never left behind, his siblings ensured that Earl was always part of their adventures – even if they had to carry him.  From being goalie on the ice pond, to driving the hay truck in the fields, even moving to Toronto with Lauchie and Martha. Earl took pride in everything he did; be it working as the first male operator for Bell for 20 years; woodworking making sleighs with John, door harps and owning E.B. All Wood; his dedication while working and volunteering with the Canadian Paraplegic Association (NS); and most recently a friendly smile greeting people at Walmart. He would challenge anyone to a game of checkers or a good old arm wrestle, but the jewel in his crown was always his daughters and grandkids. If you ever needed a ride…you called Earl. He was Margaree’s own self-run, free taxi service. He was a huge HABS fan who loved a good laugh, hanging out with the “cabin crew,” whistling a tune, or just simply enjoying 10:00 a.m. tea with the family. Since marrying Wanda, they shared a love for travel, jet setting, and cruising to various destinations. With a deep-rooted Christian faith, Earl suddenly went home to be with the Lord on July 5th. Predeceased by his loving parents, Charles and Kathryn (Ross)  Burton; his brother Wesley (Gloria); nephew Michael, and his granddaughter Vanessa, he leaves a legacy of love through his brothers, Lauchie (Cindy), John (Brenda), Bruce (Arlene), Conrad (Karen) and sister Martha (Elmer), many nieces and nephews; his wife, Wanda (Feltmate); his daughters Corinna (Derek), Robyn Blaquière, Jennifer (Joe), Amanda (Stephen), and Melanie (Shane) as well as his grandchildren, Rachel, Jessica, Tyler, Douglas, Emily, Aubrey, Gregory, Olivia, and Charles. Under the care of Sunset Funeral Cooperative, cremation has taken place.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Earl’s memory may be made to the Canadian Paraplegic Association of NS. Given current restrictions to maintain physical distancing, an outdoor funeral service was held Friday, July 10th at 5533 Cabot Trail Road, NE Margaree. Online Condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

MacDONALD
Sandra Anne (MacNeil) MacDonald of Troy, Inverness County, finished her life’s marathon of 62 years on Sunday, June 28th, 2020, at home with her family. She was a daughter of the late Alex and Mary (MacDonald) MacNeil. Sandra’s dedication to family began at an early age. After the passing of her mother, Sandra and her sister formed a team with their father to care for their three younger brothers. Sandra treasured her close relationships with all four siblings throughout her life. Sandra graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Economics. From there, she sailed to Southern Harbour, Newfoundland, to begin her teaching career. Two years later, she returned home and taught in Judique, Whycocomagh, and Port Hawkesbury schools. In 2008, Sandra completed her Master of Education (Diverse Learners) Degree. She retired from Tamarac Education Centre in 2017. On August 18th,1984, Sandra married Joe MacDonald of New Waterford, in Creignish’s Stella Maris Church. Sandra and Joe's home expanded to a family of five with the birth of their three children, Michael, Iain, and Catherine Mae.  Sandra and Joe welcomed their first grandchild, William, this past May, who was able to get some quality time with his Grandma before her passing. We will always remember Sandra’s elegance, glamour, kindness, and warmth. She had a caring energy that radiated from her and an ability to tell funny stories (with perfect diction) that would capture a room, all while styling in the latest fashion trends. Sandra’s presence made anyone around her feel taken care of. She was engaged in school, community, and her children’s activities all of her life. From organizing and assisting with track teams, Terry Fox runs, and parish events, to the hockey rinks and baseball fields, Sandra was always there. She was an avid quilter with the Tea Thyme Quilters, became the local Nova’s #1 fan, and joined the Port Hawkesbury Running Group at the spry age of 50. Sandra successfully completed 10K, a half marathon and the training for a full marathon, only to be sidelined by cancer treatment. Sandra’s hospitable, considerate and caring nature will live on in her family and friends. She will be dearly missed by her loving husband of 35-plus years, Joe; sons, Michael (Diana), Iain (Alex); daughter, Catherine Mae (Liam); grandson, William; sister, Callista Burridge; brothers, Johnny MacNeil, Gerard (Angela) MacNeil, John (Julia) Steele; sisters-in-law, Jeanette Beaton, Annie Mae (Duncan) Gillis, Carol Anne (Gerard) Graham;  brother-in-law, Dan (Bev) MacDonald; as well as special aunts, uncle, nieces, nephews, cousins, and a large circle of friends and neighbours. Sandra was predeceased by brothers-in-law, A.J. Beaton, Dana Burridge; parents-in-law, Danena, Michael, Kaye MacDonald. Sandra's family would like to express sincere thanks to the following for their care and support, Dr. Cooper, Dr. Murphy, Dr. Rayson, doctors and nurses of the Palliative Care Unit at St. Martha’s, Palliative/Continuing Care nurses and home caregivers, nurse/cousin Louise MacNeil, Michael Hatt and staff at the Medicine Shoppe and the countless neighbours and friends who visited, provided meals and treats, said prayers, offered support, and helped with services. Joe and family would especially like to thank Callista for her loving care on this journey. Visitation took place in Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury, on Saturday, July 4th and Sunday, July 5th. A private family funeral service took place on Monday, July 6th, with Father Duncan MacIsaac and Father Allan MacMillan con-celebrating followed by burial in Stella Maris Cemetery, Creignish. In lieu of flowers, donations in Sandra's memory to any of the following charities would be graciously appreciated: Strait Richmond Palliative Care, Stella Maris Church/Cemetery (Creignish), Tamarac Education Centre Breakfast Program. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at: www.haverstocks.com.
    “And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count.  It's the life in your years.” ...but, oh, how we will miss you!

MacDONALD
It is with great sadness that the family of Florence M. (Waters) MacDonald announce her passing in Saint John, New Brunswick, on Friday, June 26th, 2020. Born in Whycocomagh, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, on August 13th, 1940, she was a daughter of the late Lillian Catherine (Johnson) Waters and John Allan Waters. She spent her school years in Whycocomagh and she graduated from Secretarial School in Mabou, Cape Breton. After graduation, Florence worked at the Nova Scotia Credit Union League in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. She later moved to Toronto, Ontario, where she worked at General Foods. Florence met the love of her life, Frank MacDonald, and they were married in Toronto, Ontario, on January 9th, 1965. She remained a loving and devoted wife to Frank for 55 years and one was rarely seen without the other. Florence and Frank were virtually inseparable even after nearly 60 years of love, respect, and admiration for each other. Frank was employed with Scotiabank, which necessitated frequent relocations within the Maritimes. Florence decided to step away from work to raise their three children and ensure she provided a loving and stable home for them no matter where they resided. She was truly an amazing mother and an exceptional human being. After a move to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Florence worked as a volunteer secretary at the Cobequid Medical Centre in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia, and was later employed with Sears Canada. She also attended St. Ignatius Church in Bedford, Nova Scotia, and she was an active member of the church choir. Later the family moved to New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, where Florence volunteered at the Elementary Brown School Library, the Aberdeen Hospital Auxiliary, and the Aberdeen Hospital Gift Shop. Moving to Saint John, New Brunswick in 1988, Florence continued her volunteer work by canvassing for the Heart and Stroke Foundation for many years, by working as a member of the Saint John Regional Hospital Auxiliary, and by volunteering at the hospital gift shop. Florence was always so proud of her three children, as well as her four beloved grandsons. Her family was her greatest joy, and she loved spending time with her family, especially during special occasions such as Christmas and birthdays. She always took pride in her role as a kind and nurturing wife, mother, and grandmother who always put the needs of her family ahead of her own. She was loyal and kind-hearted and a special friend to many. Florence remained loyal to her Cape Breton roots as she enjoyed holidays with family and friends at the family cottage in Whycocomagh over many years. She enjoyed participating in local activities and gatherings, but one of her favourite pastimes was spending time with her twin sister, Janet, working on paintings, many of which hang in the homes of family and friends today. Florence also enjoyed annual trips to Florida with her beloved husband for more than 20 years. There she enjoyed warm temperatures, swimming, shopping, and perhaps, most importantly, the delicious meals in the numerous restaurants they visited. Florence had an appreciation for good food and she loved a hot cup of tea no matter what time of day. In addition to her husband, Frank, Florence is survived by one son, Geoffrey H. MacDonald (Leigh Ann) of Quispamsis, New Brunswick; as well as two daughters, Gail Ann (Peter) Coleman of Saint John, New Brunswick, and Jennifer L. (Eric) Gardner of Quispamsis, New Brunswick. Florence is also survived by a twin sister, Janet Gillis, and a brother, Melvin (Theresa) Waters, all of Whycocomagh, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia; as well as four grandsons, Nathan Coleman, Jacob MacDonald, Daniel Gardner, and William Gardner. Florence is also survived by a step-grandson, Ryan Gardner of Fredericton, New Brunswick; along with many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Ethel Elizabeth Ann Waters. On behalf of our family we would like to express our deepest gratitude to all those individuals involved in providing Florence with the best heath care available, especially during the last few months of her illness. We extend special thanks to the physicians and nurses at the Saint John Regional Hospital, with special mention of Dr. Samantha Gray and Dr. Sean J. Keyes. We also want to thank the nurses working with the New Brunswick Extra Mural Program in Saint John. Their kindness and compassion made it possible for Florence to be managed well at home to delay her eventual admission to the Saint John Regional Hospital and Bobby’s Hospice. To the palliative care physicians and nurses at Bobby’s Hospice, words will never adequately express the depth of gratitude we feel for the care Florence and her family received in the final days of her life. You provide valuable palliative care to patients and grief support to families, and for these we will be forever thankful. We would also like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all those whose prayers, concern, compassion, and condolences have helped our family during this especially difficult time. A mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Holy Redeemer Parish in Saint John, New Brunswick. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Brenan’s Funeral Home, 111 Paradise Row, Saint John, New Brunswick (506-634-7424). Donations may be made to Bobby’s Hospice, the SPCA, or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences to the family can be made by visiting www.BrenansFH.com.

SPENCER-LANCELEVE
It is with sadness we announce the death of Rhoda Spencer Lanceleve, which occurred in Inverary Manor, Inverness, on Friday, June 19th. Rhoda was born in Moncton, New Brunswick, on August 31st, 1927, to parents Melvin and Sadie (Thomas) Spencer. Rhoda was a very young girl when her mother passed away. She was a hard and dedicated worker. Rhoda was a registered nurse and after working in New Brunswick for several years she went to Boston to work in a hospital there and then came back to Canada and worked in Toronto until she retired. Rhoda vacationed in Cape Breton during her working years and when she retired it was to Cape Breton and made her home at West Lake Ainslie. After she retired and moved “home,” Rhoda met Angus Lanceleve and in 1994 they were married. She was a lady that had a very strong faith and belief in God. One of her dreams was to build a chapel and she fulfilled her dream; the chapel is on Cameron Road, West Lake Ainslie. Rhoda is survived by her husband Angus and a sister in New Brunswick. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her half-brother Melvin and her very dear friends Jessie and Donald MacLeod, Westmount. Cremation has taken place and further arrangements will be at a later date.

PARKER
Robert Daniel “Bob” Parker of Plymouth, formerly of Weymouth, died June 25th, 2020, surrounded by his wife and daughters in his home after a long battle of Alzheimer's. Bob was born in Quincy, grew up in Weymouth, and lived in Plymouth. He was a kind man who loved telling stories, laughing, and spending summers in Cape Breton. Bobby was a proud Union Brother of the Boston Gas Local 12003 United Steel Workers. He was a safety advocate, always looking out for the best for others. Bobby's main passion in life was his family and spending time with those he loved. He will be sadly missed by all those who had the pleasure of knowing him. Beloved husband of 38 years to Jane Parker of Plymouth. Loving father of Megan Parker of Plymouth and Alison Valsky and her husband Eugene of Charlestown. Cherished Papa of Emily, Thomas, and Jenny. Devoted son of the late William and Christena Parker. Caring brother of Debbie Currie and her husband Daniel of Canada, Billy Parker of Weymouth, Ann Chisholm and her husband Alex of Canada, Danny Parker and his wife Julie of Weymouth, Jimmy Parker of Weymouth and John Parker of Weymouth. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, dear friends, and extended family both in the States and in Nova Scotia, Canada. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Wednesday 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the McDonald Keohane Funeral Home, South Weymouth at 809 Main Street (Rte 18 opp. So. Shore Hospital). Cremation will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Bob may be made to Alzheimers Association, MA Chapter, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452. See www.keohane.com or call 781-335-0045 for directions or online condolences.

MARPLE
Margaret Marple dies at 100: With sadness, the family announce the death of Margaret Anna Marple on June 24th, 2020. She was a resident of the Inverary Manor, Inverness, NS, and formerly of Margaree Valley, NS. Born on November 9th, 1919, Margaret was the eldest daughter of Frank and Hazel (Ross) Crowdis. Margaret is survived by her son Norman (Joan Coady) of Margaree Valley and New Glasgow, NS; her granddaughter, Rev. Meredith Marple (Rev. Peter Smith) and their daughter, Hope Margaret, Antigonish, NS; foster son, Allan (Peggy), Port Hood, NS; her grandchildren, Josh (Charlotte), Adam (Cassie), Chelsey, Shantel, and their families who reside in Alberta; devoted sister, Alice Marple, North East Margaree, NS; sister-in-law, Sadie Crowdis, South West Margaree, NS; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Margaret was predeceased by her parents; husband, Kitchener; sons, Edward and Foster; daughter, Joyce; brother, John Edward; sister, Elizabeth Rose “Rosie” Tompkins; brothers-in-law, Richard Marple, Wilfred Ross, Patrick Tompkins; first cousin and next door neighbour, Laura Jean (Crowdis) Fraser. Margaret was a member of Wilson United Church, Margaree Centre, and a life member of the United Church Women. Her spirituality found expression through her openness, integrity, respectfulness, acceptance, love, and hope. Each challenge in her life was met with a remarkable strength.  Home was a special place for Margaret where for 70 years she enjoyed extending hospitality to all who came. She was a devoted spouse and mother, a loving grandmother, a tasty cook, a recycler, as well as one who took great pride in her house plants with their beautiful blooms. Like so many of her female peers she engaged herself in the art forms of sewing, knitting, crocheting, rug hooking, and quilting. Among her many responsibilities, she was first and foremost a devoted caregiver of her developmentally challenged son, Foster for 40 years. Blessed with a remarkable memory, Margaret was greatly interested in tracing the genealogical connections of those who were part of her family as well as the residents of Margaree. As she advanced in years, she enjoyed sharing her knowledge which came out of her life experiences. Margaret’s family extend gratitude to the staff of Inverary Manor for their tender loving care. The services of Dr. Monique La France and the palliative care team, Dr. Ritter and Lori Ann MacDonald, have been very much appreciated. Cremation has taken place. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private funeral service and committal will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Wilson United Church (General or Cemetery Fund), Activity Centre at the Inverary Manor, or the charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the care of the Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Online condolences may be sent to www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.
 “I know it may sound greedy to want more days with a person who lived so long; the fact that Margaret lived beyond her 100th birthday does not diminish it; it only magnifies the enormity of the room whose door has now quietly shut.”  – words adapted from Stephen Colbert.
“As long as I have the love of each of you, I can live my life in the hearts of all of you.” – Joey Beighley

MacKAY
It is with sadness that we announce the death of Kevin Alexander MacKay at his home in Port Hawkesbury on June 23rd, 2020. Kevin was born on December 19th, 1961, in Inverness and lived there until his graduation from high school. He was the son of Mavis (Cummings) MacKay and the late Alex MacKay. Kevin was a bricklayer and farrier by trade, but his true passion was working with horses. He spent many years in the US travelling with his beloved animals. Kevin also worked the last number of years in Fort McMurray and fished with great friends when in Inverness. Besides his mother, Kevin is survived by siblings: Keith (Marla) Otterbrook, NS; Carman, Port Hawkesbury; Lois (Bobby), Inverness; Lori and Kelly, Toronto. He is also survived by beloved nieces and nephews: Carl and Johnny (Keith); Rhyann and Darcey (Carman); Erica, Kyle, Dean, Lisa and Maria (Lois); and grandnephew Jack Alexander. Kevin had a heart as big as the world itself and shared his love and kindness. Kevin lived his life to the beat of his own drum and through his all too short journey, made many true and loyal friends. We thank you all. Plans for interment will be announced at a later date. Donations in Kevin’s memory can be made to Inverness Raceway or a charity of your choice.

SUTHERLAND
It is with heavy hearts that after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s, William James “Jimmie” Sutherland, 76, passed peacefully on this beloved East Street Farms, Port Hood, on June 16th, 2020. Born in Pictou, in 1943, Jimmie was the fifth oldest of 12, to the late Alexander (Alex) Robert Sutherland and the late Elizabeth (MacDonald) Sutherland. A consummate leader for over 50 years, nothing was a hobby as he worked as an ironworker and boilermaker (Local 73 – until his retirement in 2002) throughout eastern Canada before returning to Port Hood in 1969, where he created East Street Farms and purchased his first lobster boat. Jimmie married Brenda Langley (Brenton and Nan Langley) in 1966. Together they raised a family of four dynamic children who continue to pass on his legacy of hard work. A supportive and loving husband Jimmie was blessed with a wit that most were jealous of. A country gentleman, to Jimmie nothing beat a good chat with family and friends, seeing his family succeed, Hockey Night in Canada, and Coaches Corner with fudge after Tommy Hunter. A man of strong personal beliefs in family, friends, God, and community Jimmie always gave more than he took. If conversations with friends began with work, fishing, horses, or farming his family knew where he was going to be for some time. If you could not find him on the farm, Jimmie could be found working and chatting at Murphy’s Pond (retired from fishing in 2010). Once an avid horseman, Jimmie loved the track and his friends around the Inverness and Port Hood Raceways. One of his favourite places to watch, help, share a story and a smile. He was always there to lend a helping hand to whoever needed him, but without being in the spotlight. Jimmie was proud that his grandchildren could accept, on his behalf, Nova Scotia’s first Lifetime Achievement Award in Agriculture, and was recently awarded the 50-year Membership Service pin from the Canadian Hereford Association (their highest honour). Jimmie is survived by his wife of 54 years, Brenda; children, Jeff (Susan), Etobicoke ON, Beverley (Ian) MacDonald, Port Hood, Todd (Bea), Port Hood, and Bobby, Ottawa, ON. Jimmie also shaped the lives of seven amazing grandchildren, Brenton and Monica (Todd and Bea), Dawson (Bobby and Donna), Ryan and Meagan (Jeff and Susan), and James and Rori (Beverley and Ian). Jimmie leaves behind his “personal nurse” and daughter-in-law, Donna Raike, Halifax. Jimmie also leaves behind his adopted son, Pathma Kanthasamy (Charlie B.) his wife, Yoga, and their kids, Aran and Sagaana, Toronto, ON. Jimmie is also survived by 11 brothers and sisters, Charlie (Merebeth), Bowmanville, ON, Sandra MacDonald, Port Hood, Barry (Mary), Port Hawkesbury, Ludy (Selina), St. Mary’s ON, Alex, Port Hood, Duncan (Bonnie) Port Hood, Francis (Charlene), Bedford, Betty Anne (Doug) Cameron, Inverness, Johnny, Peter (Sandra), and Eldon (Darlene) all of Port Hood. He is also survived by his uncle, Frank Sutherland, Inverness, and his aunt, Kay Cresman, BC. Jimmie also leaves numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Jimmie was predeceased by sister-in-law, Mary (Alex) and brother-in-law, Donald (Sandra). He was able to be at home where he wanted to be and was well loved and cared for. Jimmie and the family would like to thank the doctors and nurses from the Inverness Consolidated Memorial and Cape Breton Regional Hospitals. A special and personal thanks to the nurses of Nova Scotia Home Care, who supported Jimmie during this long battle. Jimmie was waked at East Street Farms, 146 East Street, Port Hood, on Friday, June 19th. Social distancing rules were respected and enforced. A private family burial occurred on Saturday, June 20th, with Father Eugene Morris and Father Vincent vanZutphen officiating. A virtual mass was also held in Jimmie's memory on Saturday, June 20th, at 5:00 p.m.; please go to http://www.saintpetersporthood.com. Donations in Jimmie’s memory may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society. Family flowers only. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

MUNRO
It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved mother/wife and grandmother Nellie Normena “Norma” Munro on June 16th, 2020. Born in Margaree Harbour on March 19th, 1934, she was a daughter of the late Leonard and Etta (MacNeil) MacLennan. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Bobby; her daughter, Connie; grandchildren; Robbie, Marissa, Heidi (Matthew), and Erin (Michael); and her great-granddaughter, Hannah. She is also survived by her sister, Anne Horton, along with her many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Norma is predeceased by her son, Gregory; brother, Tom; and sister, Mary. Norma was a lover of music and was always found with her radio on in her bedroom; she enjoyed listening to anything from rock to church hymns. She belonged to the Inverness County Singers for years and treasured every minute of it. She loved babies, children, and all the visitors that would walk through the door. Norma could be found sitting at the kitchen table, phone in hand or reading the papers. She especially enjoyed Halloween night when she would get to see all the kids of Whycocomagh who stopped in for their treats. Norma was a very thoughtful and kind woman, and thought so much of her grandchildren and treated them as they were her own. Norma was best known for her cooking; she cooked at Vi’s Restaurant for 35 years before her and her husband Bobby opened Norma’s Diner, which was known widely for their Sunday buffets. She was so loved and will be missed so dearly. In keeping with the COVID-19 restrictions, a private graveside service will take place at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Dennis Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Whycocomagh. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at: www.haverstocks.com.

MEAGHER
It is with the greatest of sorrow that we announce the death of Brenda Jane Marie Meagher (MacKinnon), wife of Allie Meagher, Brook Village and mother of Maria Meagher. Brenda passed away on Monday, June 22nd, 2020, at Inverary Manor, where she had lived for the last two years under the loving, excellent care of Manor nurses and staff. Born in Inverness on June 9th, 1962, Brenda was the daughter of the late Alex R. (Mim) and Rose Mary (MacIsaac) MacKinnon of Strathlorne, NS. In 2001, she married Allie Meagher and together they welcomed the joy of their lives, Maria Danielle, on January 15th, 2004. Brenda spent the majority of her life doing what she loved best, taking care of others. As an LPN she was held in the highest regard by both fellow staff and patients alike. She began her career at PGU Aitecuram (the former Manor), where she worked for a short time before moving on to Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital, where she worked tirelessly for the rest of her nursing career. She loved her co-workers enjoying many hilarious moments with them and had a special place in her memory and heart for all of her patients, whether present or former. Brenda's infectious laughter, friendliness, and willingness to help endeared her to all who were fortunate enough to know her. Her love of family and friends shone through as she so looked forward to welcoming them dropping in and coming “home from away” to visit. She was passionate about Cape Breton Island, its music, and country music. Eyes lit up when the music began. We'll miss her so much as an integral part of our family. Brenda is survived by her husband of 19 years, Allie Meagher and her daughter, Maria; three brothers: Lauchie (Lynn) - Fort McMurray, Billy - Strathlorne and Ambrose - Strathlorne; four sisters: Margie Beaton (Sandy) - Antigonish/West Lake, Mary Lois - Smithville, Paula - Fort McMurray, and Rita Larade (Ricky) - Scotsville; eight nieces and six nephews. Besides her parents, Brenda was predeceased by her brothers David and Ronnie and her niece, Emma. Words fail to express the depth of gratitude that we feel toward the wonderful, caring staff at Inverary Manor, Brenda's nurses, support staff, family, and friends who have been there for us. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, services will be held at a later date. We would appreciate donations be made to Inverary Manor or a charity of one's choice. Arrangements rest with Inverness Funeral Home – www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

MacDONALD
It is with great sadness that we, the family of Joseph MacDonald, born September 29th, 1928, of Bramalea, ON, formerly from Port Hood, Nova Scotia, announce the sudden passing on June 13th, 2020. He was predeceased by his wife Rita, his parents John Alex and Beatrice, and also his siblings Wency, Cecilia, Kenny, Reynelda, and Donald. He is survived by his sisters Bobbie (Jim), Port Hood, Nova Scotia and Joanie (Barrie, ON); his children, Joey (Sandy), Darlene (Steve); grandchildren, Jimmy and Melanie; and several nieces and nephews. He had a strong faith and was a member of St. John Fisher parish. He left Port Hood when he was 16. He had many jobs. The shipyards in Halifax, operating heavy equipment in Fort Francis, ON; Kamloops, BC; on the St. Lawrence Seaway, ON; a section of the 401 from Brockville to Prescott. He sailed for a while on the upper lakes hauling iron ore from Thunder Bay to Duluth, Minnesota. He also worked in the tunnels at Niagara Falls. He married Rita in 1960. He worked up to his retirement at Memorex. He loved harness racing, baseball, hockey, WWF, and the many trips back to Cape Breton. He also enjoyed a good game of cribbage or auction. He enjoyed chatting on the phone with friends and relatives. He was a true gentleman. He treated everyone with utmost respect. Never had an angry word to say about anybody. He never lost his cool, took everything in stride. He was always willing to lend a helping hand. If you needed a place to stay, the door was always open. He had a great sense of humour and always loved a good laugh. His memory was amazing and always had a great story to tell. He sure is going to be missed. Due to the COVID-19, mass and celebration of life to follow.

NEAR
It is with great sadness that the family of Randall (Randy) Alfred Near announces his passing on June 9th, 2020. Randy was born September 19th, 1949, and passed while in the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Randy will be lovingly remembered by his mother, Lucille Near, of Margaree Centre, Cape Breton; brother Ron (Peggy) Near of Meridian Beach, Alberta; and sister Cindy (Jeff) Hart of Margaree Center, Cape Breton; nieces and nephews, Lindsey (Jan), Logan (Melissa), Mandy, Mark (Laura), Wade (Eve), Brandi (Mike); great-nephews Ares, Avry, Oliver and Daniel; great-nieces Ainslea, Lucy, Rylea, Alexis, Harlow, Kylie, and Claire. Randy was predeceased by his infant sister, Cynthia Marie Near, partners Theodore (Teddy) Tobin and Michael J. Brown, and his father Ronald George Near. Growing up in Shearwater, NS, Randy was very active in all sports.  He was an elite member of the Shearwater Bluefins swim club specializing in the breaststroke and twice representing the club at the Canadian National Swim Trials. Randy attended Graham Creighton High School, where he was twice named the “Athlete of the Year.”  Upon graduation, he briefly attended Dalhousie University before beginning a long career in the hospitality industry working primarily in Halifax, NS, New York City, and more recently in Cape Breton. He spent many years volunteering for AIDS organizations and was active on the board of directors of the AIDS Coalition of Cape Breton. He was a passionate Toronto Maple Leaf fan, antique collector, and news junkie. Randy will be greatly missed by his family, many friends, and colleagues. Donations in memory may be made to the AIDS Coalition of Cape Breton or the charity of your choice.

FRASER
We are saddened to announce the passing of our mother, Marie “Pauline” Fraser, age 87, which occurred on Sunday, June 7th, 2020, at the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. She was the daughter of the late Paul and the late Clothilde (Deveau) Poirier. Pauline was born on August 31st, 1932. In her early years, Pauline was a teacher and also worked at the Royal Bank in Cheticamp. Throughout her life, she was dedicated to her family and home. She enjoyed baking, cooking, and hosting large family gatherings. No matter when you dropped by Pauline’s, you were sure to be offered a hot cup of tea. Pauline enjoyed knitting and her sons-in-law always looked forward to receiving her beautiful hand-knit socks. Pauline had a strong faith and always put others ahead of herself. She was happiest when surrounded by her family and always looked forward to visits with her children and grandchildren. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends. The family would like to thank the Foyer Père Fiset and the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre for their excellent care and kindness. Pauline is survived by her son, Kenneth Fraser Jr. (Priscille), Cheticamp; daughters, Norma Travis (Jerry), Sydney, Paula Fraser, Halifax, and Gisèle Fraser (Barry), Halifax; brothers, Gordon Poirier, Cheticamp, and André Poirier (Marie-Hélène), Cheticamp; grandchildren, Stephen Travis (Shikara), Paul Travis (Julianne), Keith Fraser (Alyssa), Olivia Babineau, and Rachel Babineau; great grandchildren, Sienna and Scarlett Travis, and Mia Fraser. Besides her husband of 53 years, Kenneth Fraser, Pauline was predeceased by her brothers, Joseph Poirier, George Poirier, and Milton AuCoin; sisters, Evelyn Daniels, Dorothy Whalen, Mary Fasulo, Jean Barton, Evelyn McInnis, Katie Mae AuCoin, and Marguerite Marie MacLean. A memorial mass will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to Foyer Père Fiset, Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

CHIASSON
Marie Helen Chiasson, age 84, Cheticamp, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 9th, 2020, at the Foyer Père Fiset Guest Home, Cheticamp. Born in the former village of Cap-Rouge, now part of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Marie Helen was the daughter of the late Christophe and the late Emma (Roach) AuCoin. Married, when she was only 18, she followed her husband to Debert, where he was stationed, then to Gagetown before moving to Toronto, where she worked at Garlock Canada. In 1996, they retired to her hometown of Cheticamp. She was a great mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a good cook and always very joyful and had a good sense of humour. Her favourite pastime was playing cards and bingo. She was always welcoming with a cup of tea and sweets. Marie Helen is survived by her husband, Raymond Chiasson; sons, Ronnie (Barbara), Raymond Jr., both of Ontario, and Kevin, Calgary; daughters, Wilfredine (Reginald) Bennett, Bernadine (Mark) Chiasson, Gail (Francis) Aubee, all in Ontario, and Joyce Chiasson, Cheticamp; brother, Marcellin (Ethel) AuCoin; sister, Laurette (Eugene) MacGillivary, Cheticamp; 12 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Albert Nugent, New Waterford, Joe Berininger, Oshawa, ON, and Bill McGue, Hamilton, ON; sister-in-law, Claudette, Shediac, NB; a special person, Sophie, who was like a daughter to her. She was predeceased by brothers, Wilfred and Albert; sisters, Elizabeth, Rita, and Therese; and sister-in-law, Geneva. Cremation has taken place. A funeral mass will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to Foyer Père Fiset.

BURTON
It is with great sadness and broken hearts we announce the loss of Donald Nelson (Don Nelson) Burton, 1960 – 2020, our beloved husband, father, grandfather. Don Nelson, age 59, of Margaree Valley passed away suddenly Saturday, May 30th, 2020. He was born in Chéticamp, but lived his 59 years in beautiful Margaree Valley. Don Nelson (as he was known to his friends) loved the forest and his work, which was done with pride. He enjoyed everything about life from the tiniest flower to the highest peak of the highlands. He loved teaching and sharing his skills with friends and family. He was honoured that his children chose to carry out his tradition in farming. He was especially proud of the beautiful home he built with his best friends and his wife Bernie. He is survived by his wife of 40 years Bernadine (MacPherson) Burton; daughters, Holly Burton, St. Albert, Krissy (Dennis) Long, Margaree Valley; son, Donald (Michelle), Middle River; grandchildren, Brett, Autumn, and Ryker. Cremation has taken place. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Funeral Co-operative. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

SPEE
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our sister, Hannah Jean Spee, age 63, on Wednesday, May 27th, 2020, at the Inverary Manor, Inverness. Jean was a daughter of the late Donald and Rose (MacKay) MacIver. Jean is survived by her siblings: Alfred (Maureen), Linda, Mary (Kevin), and Murdock. Besides her parents, Jean was predeceased by her sister, Anne. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all staff at the Manor, and especially those on Highlands Villa, for the exceptional care given to Jean over the past three years.  We will be forever grateful. We are very appreciative to the palliative care team of Dr. John Ritter, Lori Ann MacDonald, and Paulette Levin for the care and compassion shown to Jean during her illness. Cremation has taken place.  A family burial will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home. Online condolences can be forwarded to the family at www.pierfuneralhome.com.

OWEN
The death of Myrna (MacNeil) Owen, aged 85 years, occurred on May 27th, 2020, in Louisville, Kentucky, surrounded by her family and friends who were so good to her during her illness. Myrna was the daughter of the late John Angus and Cassie MacNeil and was born in Inverness, Nova Scotia, but spent most of her life in Okalana, Kentucky, serving in the nursing profession for 40 years at St. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Calvin, and two half brothers and sisters. She is survived by her son Glen, and his wife Donna, and grandson Cameron; brother Jude; and sisters Marie and May; several nieces and nephews; and faithful friend Joyce Huber. Myrna was a devoted member of St. Athanasius Church and served in different ministries. Funeral mass was held there on June 1st, 2020. Burial will be at Mount Washington Cemetery, where her husband is buried. “Thou wilt show me the way of life, the fulness of joy in Thy presence, bliss at Thy right hand forever.” Psalm 15.

GRAHAM
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of Catherine (Kaddie) Ann Graham of Judique, on May 30th, 2020. Born on July 20th, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Cecilia (MacDougall) Gillis. The late Elizabeth and Allan MacDonald raised her. Kaddie rose above the loss of both her parents and guardians to become a strong and spirited woman. She always had a smile and a story to tell to help others through their day. Her quick wit and love of life helped her appreciate and enjoy all that would come her way. Her Sunday dinners and homemade biscuits were in high demand. Kaddie had a considerable love for children; her great squeezes were often sought out. If you wanted a candy, you knew who to visit. Known for her natural luck, she enjoyed her games of chance. There wasn't a bingo game, lotto, pull-ticket, or draw of cards that she would give up. Kaddie had a love of harness racing and was looking forward to seeing the horse named after her, Kaddie Mae, race in 2020. Rest assured, there would be a bet on “Trapper.” When she entered the Inverary Manor four years ago, she (we) had no idea the wonderful extended family she would find there. Everyone at the Manor treated her so well. She spoke highly of the CCAs, residents, nurses, janitorial, maintenance, and cafeteria staff; they made her feel at home. Her favourite saying was, “They treat me, grand.” Kaddie is survived by her seven children: Tommy (Debby), Allan (Vi), David (Donna), Nancy (Sam), all of Judique, Norma, Port Hood, Nora, Calgary, and Kenny (Shauna), Ottawa. She will be dearly missed by her 15 grandchildren: Garret (Meghan), Hillary (Stephen), Kelsey (Chris), Ricky (Beth), Beth (Craig), Molly (John Joe), Jesse, Keaton, Andy (Tonia), Vince, Kezi ( Taylor), Sidnie (Jeff), Colin (Amy), Anna, and Noah; great-grandchildren: Jack, Ryan, Andrew, Harrison, Emery, Graham, Jacob, Macie, Alli, Ben, Matthew, and Grace; brother and sisters-in-law, Duncan Graham, Mary Jane Mac Donald, and Jessie Gillis; and many nieces and nephews who were very fond of her. Kaddie was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Vincent Graham; infant son, Colin Roderick; brothers Johnny, Jerome (Romie), and Robert Gillis; sisters Louise Cameron and Mary MacIsaac. Her family would like to thank Dr. Egar and all the incredible staff at Inverary Manor, Inverness. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Green's Funeral Home, 507 Bernard St., Port Hawkesbury. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, arrangements will be made at a later date. Online condolences may be made to www.greensfuneralhome.ca. Memorial donations may be made to Inverary Manor, Inverness; St Andrews' Parish, Judique; or charity of choice. “Your wings were ready, but our hearts were not.”

CAMPBELL
It is with great sadness that the family of Beatrice Elizabeth (MacDonell) Campbell announce her passing on May 13th, 2020, at St. Patrick’s Manor, Framingham, MA at the age of 80. “Bea” was born to the late Angus J. and Mary Ann (Gillis) MacDonell on July 2nd, 1939, in Port Hood, Nova Scotia, Canada. She was the beloved wife of the late John A. Campbell, whom she married on August 28th, 1962. They emigrated to Watertown, MA, where they became rooted members of the community and raised their five children. Bea was the loving mother of Sharon (Joe) Quinn of Wildwood, MO, Carleen (Tim) Connors of Ashland, MA, John of Hudson, MA, Brendon (Jessie) of Framingham, MA, and Pamela (Brad) Gould of Dover, NH. She cherished her role as “Nana Bea” and leaves behind 12 grandchildren whom she loved dearly: Connor (Emily) Quinn of St. Louis, MO, Caroline Quinn of St. Louis, MO, Corey Quinn of Chicago, IL, Hannah and Tim Connors of Ashland, MA, John and Lindsey Campbell of Maynard, MA, Natalie, Luke and Delaney Campbell of Framingham, MA, James and Sadie Gould of Dover, NH. Bea is survived by her brothers, Blaise (Mary Lou) MacDonell and John (Jeanette) MacDonell of Ontario, Canada; sisters-in-law Magdeline (Vesty) MacDonell of Michigan, Margaret Campbell, Mary Campbell; and brother-in-law Angus Campbell of Glenora Falls, Nova Scotia, Canada. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews whom she always held close to her heart. Bea was predeceased by brothers, Donald Alex (Catherine) MacDonell, Vesty (Magdeline) MacDonell, and sisters: Mae (Angus Bernard) MacDonald, Margaret MacDonell, and Theresa MacDonell. She was a dedicated home health care provider for many years in the greater Boston area. Bea and her late husband John, were long-standing members of the Canadian American Club in Watertown, MA. She loved attending their events, gathering with friends, listening to John’s Cape Breton violin music and dancing a square set or two. Bea had a great sense of humour, loved to laugh, and inherited that great MacDonell wit! She thoroughly enjoyed her summers with family and friends at her summer home in Port Hood, Nova Scotia, which was so dear to her heart. She had a true gift of making everyone feel welcomed. Her home was your home. The door was always open, a bed for those who were sleepy, a meal for those who were hungry, and the teapot was always on! Arrangements were entrusted to the care of MacDonald Rockwell Funeral Home in Watertown, MA. Burial took place at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Watertown. Due to the current public health concerns and limitations established for large gatherings, the funeral service and interment were private. A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date when all can gather safely to celebrate this wonderful woman. Donations may be made in Bea’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org.

WILLIAMS
Katherine “Gayle” (Cameron) Williams died Sunday, May 17th, 2020, in Trenton, Ontario. One of eight children, Gayle was born on December 6th, 1940, in Timmins, Ontario, where her father was working in the mines to provide for his family. She grew up in Mabou, Cape Breton, NS, and a part of her heart never left the island. Gayle was the daughter of John Angus “Jack” and Katherine Cameron (nee Downes), both predeceased. From her mother, Gayle learned three lessons that live on in her family: the fine art of giving “Nana kisses,” which are endless streams of rapid-fire kisses on the cheek; the universal truth that there is always room for one more child on your lap; and the ability to bake impossibly delicious bread, even when the pantry seems to be missing some key ingredients. She is predeceased by older brother, Donald “Don” Cameron (Lorna), and is survived by six loving brothers and sisters and their beautiful children and grandchildren: Walter Cameron (Eva), Jackie Cameron, Bruce Cameron (Caddy), Barbara MacEachen (Malcolm), Celia Cummings (Edmund), and Theresa MacDonald (Johnny). Gayle left Mabou in the 1960s to work in Ottawa as a secretary at CBC. One of her first responsibilities was to hire an electrical engineering college student for a summer internship. She picked the handsomest man who applied, and reader, she married him. Her 27 years of marriage to Michael Williams, who later became an RCAF pilot, took her from coast to coast, and while the marriage ended, she considered motherhood to be her life’s greatest joy and achievement. She leaves behind three children and six grandchildren: Terri (Leo) Vicari, and their children Kai, Tien, and Alia; Kelly (Kevin) Towers, and their children Camryn and Max; and Rob (Erin) Williams, and their daughter, Clara. She was a devoted mother and grandmother, who took great pride in her children’s accomplishments. In turn, her children were in awe of their mother’s sensitive heart, her immeasurable kindness, her laugh, and her sense of humour. As dementia stole Gayle’s memories, we were grateful that she always knew that she was surrounded by people she loved, and who loved her back – even if she didn’t always remember their names. We want to believe she now knows exactly who we are, and has just remembered the words to all of the songs she sang so beautifully throughout her life. Gayle’s children would like to thank the incredible staff and medical team at Crown Ridge in Trenton for their care and kindness. Alzheimer’s disease took Gayle from us slowly, and then all of a sudden. The last two months of quarantine prevented in-person visits from family. It is entirely fitting that Gayle’s last act on earth was to give a thank you hug to the care giver who had just taken her in to lunch. Minutes later, she experienced a peaceful death after a long life well lived. Like many families, we regret that the COVID pandemic prevents us from holding the mass and memorial service that a soul as kind, generous, loving, and full of faith as Gayle surely deserves. Consistent with her wishes, she will be cremated in Ontario, but her ashes will be interred in her beloved Cape Breton. Details to follow. If your heart is telling you to send flowers, Gayle would love you to buy flowers for yourself or someone you love. Yellow roses were her favourite. If your heart is telling you to make a charitable donation in her memory, Gayle would say, “Now, you put your money away,” and tell you to treat yourself to an ice cream cone or a chocolate bar instead. Please know this: Nothing would please her more than knowing that your thinking of her today inspired you to reach out to someone you love.

PHILLIPS
It is with extreme sorrow that we announce the peaceful passing of our father and loving husband, John James Phillips (October 28th, 1946 - May 12th, 2020). John was called to his “log cabin in the sky” on Tuesday evening, May 12th, 2020, at approximately 11:50 p.m. He was residing at the Inverary Manor in Inverness, Cape Breton. His loving wife, Rita, of 42 years and his sister Marlene were right by his side to the very end. Born October 28th, 1946, John's home was in Margaree Centre, Cape Breton. John loved the people in the Margaree community. He was the first-born son and pre-deceased by the lovely Allena Mary (MacNeil) Phillips and John Joseph Phillips. John's closest friend was always his dearest mother, Allena. There was nothing he wouldn't do for his dear mother. She gave him life, and in return, he gave her his heart forever. His final words to her would always be, “I love you, Mother.” John was blessed to have four loving sisters, Jessie Murphy (Thomas, deceased), N.E. Margaree; Iris (Drake) Phillips (Walter), Halifax; Marlene Fortune (John, deceased), N.E. Margaree; Arlene (Timmons) Dunn (William and Andy, deceased), Margaree Forks, as well as his one and only ever-loving brother Franklin Angus Phillips (Mary), Truro. John was also very blessed to have 27 nieces and nephews. They were all loved by “Uncle John,” just as if they were his very own children. He was pre-deceased by six of his nephews, their names are listed with their corresponding family members below. Anne-Marie and Donnie - John Paul - Wade, Fabian and Benjiman - Isadore, Leland (deceased), Tommy, Bruce, Barry, and one of John's godchildren; Dougie (deceased) – another godchild Frankie Angus (deceased), Joey (deceased), Elvis, Corrina, Rocky, Billy Jack and Ern; Frankie John (deceased) and Charlene – Scott and Raylena; Tracy (deceased), Marilyn, Andrea and John. John also had one more godchild, Duke Timmons (Patricia). May he watch over all of you and your children, forever and ever; amen. Following in his father’s footsteps, John also chose to make his home in Margaree with his darling wife Rita (Arsenault) Phillips, who was formerly from East Margaree, Cape Breton. Daughter of the late Annie Rose (Arsenault) Cormier and the late William Arsenault. He also had the pleasure of being loved by Rita's siblings Helena Bonnar (Dave), Leo Arsenault (deceased) and Loretta (Timmons) Boutlier (deceased). In his early years John was so full of energy, he cut pulp with his dad and he raised and sold horses and ponies across the Island.  He always shared fond memories of his first job working at the old Margaree Valley Fiberglass Shop. The late Donnie McDermid really treated John well while he worked there. John Joe (as his friends loved to call him) and Rita were blessed with a large, beautiful family of 15 children. John is survived by: The first one to steal his heart and call him Dad - Jason (Cora); Rachel (Billy); Terry (Carrie); Jody (Leah); Jolene; Jessica (Rodney); Belinda (John); Christina (Devin); Douglas; Bruce (Theresa-Ann); Mary (Andrew); Courtney; Katrina Isabel (Bobby); Lawrence (Becky); and his baby Kendra (Axel). They were his heart, his everything! John always had a special place in his heart for Axel and the Dorton boys. John and his wife were pretty much inseparable all their lives. After marrying Rita, they enjoyed spending time together in St. Ann's cutting wood. He always said, “more hands, makes light work.” Living on his parents’ homestead, they managed to keep a beautiful farm for many years. Along with caring for all their children, they also raised horses, milk cows, chickens, pigs, and sheep. It was a lot of work, but John did it... and he loved doing it; until he couldn't do it anymore. John had vegetable gardens, flower gardens, and weed gardens. It was all beautiful to him. He kept his whole family laughing with his dry humor and well thought out pranks. John loved dancing at their family gatherings, the “Party on the Hill.” He would make Rita laugh so much sometimes; her belly would jiggle. Then they would laugh even more. He would pick his children up from friends’ houses at 1:00 a.m. and be up to deliver the newspapers for 5:00 a.m. He shovelled snow from his mother's doorstep by 7:30 a.m. and had his children to school for 9:00 a.m. He must have been running on empty, even though his heart was always full. John, really was a kind soul with a heart of gold. Later in life, he loved taking his kids to early morning hockey practice and afternoon soccer games. Even if it was not always his children getting the goals...he was cheering just as loud for everyone. His pep talks were priceless... “If you’re going to do something, make sure you do it right the first time,” and “You can do anything those boys can do, probably even better... now get out there and play your butt off.” He had lots of cheers to go around; and he needed them for his 23 beautiful grandchildren. Marissa, Jordan and Amelia (Jason); Isaac and Nash (Rachel); Noah, Willow, and Eliza (Terry); Ella, Jake, Wyatt, and Ira (Jody); Dean, (Jolene); Chloe, Ava, Dustin, and Chase (Jessica); Mia (Belinda); Arya (Christina); Abbigail, Avery and Luca (Bruce) and Seth (Mary). He loved them all dearly. They could jump on him, stand on his head and crawl all over him. As long as he could speak, he would say “Oh, that's alright, let the little darlings be!” John loved everyone and helped anyone, day or night. There were no boundaries he wouldn't cross to help someone in need; even in times when he barely had enough to help himself. He was not a perfect man, sure he slipped sometimes; but he certainly gave it his all. John had so many friends, aunts, uncles, and cousins; there are too many to name...but you all know who you are. Thank you for accepting John for the wild young man he once was, and loving him for the distinguished gentleman he became. We, the family, extend a very special thank you to all the health care providers who cared so deeply for John. Thank you to Father MacLennan for the beautiful reading of the last rights and prayers for John. To all the home care and Inverary Manor staff, he knew you loved him right to the end; you will never be forgotten. Cremation has taken place under the care of the Forest Haven Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations can be made directly to the Inverary Manor, Inverness; Nova Scotia or their Palliative Care Department. A “Celebration of Life” and funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date, when the ongoing State of Emergency restrictions are lifted. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Sunset Funeral Co-operative. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com. You can rest your weary eyes now, Daddy; we'll take it from here. You taught us well! May you always smile down on us from Heaven. Our hearts are with you, until we meet again! We love you Dad and to quote you “Take care dear!” – Love forever your Phillips family.

MacNEIL
In the early morning hours of May 15th, 2020, William Mac Neil of Inverness, unexpectedly, but peacefully, passed away with his loving partner Diana by his side. Born in Sydney, NS, on December 29th, 1964, he was the son of the late Dan and Mary (Henderson) MacNeil. While a teenager, William began working summer jobs at The Department of Transportation in Strathlorne. Eventually, this became a full-time career that totalled about 30 years. He worked as a division crewman and baseman and also served as secretary/treasurer with his local CUPE for 10 years. He enjoyed meeting people with his ready smile and eager, friendly conversation and usually a big hug. He was always interested in their background and how they may be related. Sitting in a coffee shop where he'd meet and chat with people was a simple pleasure he enjoyed. He was always ready to lend a helping hand whenever it was needed. He was a proud member of The Royal Canadian Legion and had just recently received his 30-year pin. William leaves to mourn his partner Diana Timmons; his brothers Allan (Judith), PEI; John (Julie), ON; Donald (Randi), ON; James (Cathy), Belle Cote. His sisters Anne Kennedy (Stephen), Inverness; Mary Jane (Bob) Blinkhorn, (Sydney); Margaret Hinkley (Joseph), Middle River; Cathy Stocks (Steven), ON. He is also survived by his many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and nephews. Some of these he babysat in his younger years and they loved him dearly. Cremation has taken place and the funeral will be announced at a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital Fund.  Online condolences may be made to: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com. “Lay your hands gently upon him.”

MacDONALD
It is with great sadness and broken hearts that we, the family, announce the sudden passing of our brother Donald Alexander (Donnie) MacDonald, age 76. Born June 23rd, 1943, in Mabou, Cape Breton, he was the son of the late Dan Angus and Florence Margaret (Rankin) MacDonald. In 1967, Donnie moved to Windsor, Ontario, to take a job working for Ford Motor Company. He remained there until his retirement. Donnie was a very caring and charitable person and a friend to everyone he knew. He was a member of Our Lady of Assumption Roman Catholic Church, Windsor, Ontario. Donnie had a great devotion to his faith and a great passion for our Lord, Jesus Christ. He will be greatly missed by his three sisters, Mary (John) Deagle, Truro, NS, Christine (Jerome) MacDonald, Harbourview, Cape Breton, and Catherine MacDonald, Windsor, Ontario; seven brothers, Hughie (Agnes) MacDonald, Little Judique, Cape Breton, Angus (Emily), Andrew, Allan, and Albert MacDonald, all of Windsor, Ontario, and John and Billy MacDonald, Toronto, Ontario; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and one great- great niece and one great-great nephew. Visitation was held Monday May 25th, 2020, at Janisse Funeral Home, 1139 Ouellette Ave, Windsor, Ontario, and the burial will take place Friday, May 29th, 2020, at Heavenly Rest Cemetery, Windsor, Ontario. A graveside service will take place at a later date. In memory of Donnie, donations came be made to Hospice, Palliative Care, 197 Talbot Street West, Suite 701, Leamington, Ontario, N8H 1N8.

LeBLANC
We are deeply saddened by the loss of our mother, sister, and grandmother, J. Helen LeBlanc, age 80, East Margaree, who passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 14th, 2020, at the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. She was the daughter of Mary Anna (Dumaresq) LeBlanc, Margaree, and the late Albert J. LeBlanc. Those who met Mom and got to know her will likely never forget her. Mom had a joy for life. She enjoyed playing cards, playing bingo, and making puzzles with her family and friends. She was active in supporting community groups by giving them her homemade mitts, quilts, pillows, pies, and jams. Many mittens were freely given to charitable organizations. Mom enjoyed going to community concerts to listen to the locals sing. Mom’s door was always open to everyone. Despite her numerous battles with cancer, her faith in God gave her great comfort. She will be lovingly remembered as a devoted Mom and caring grandmother. Besides her mother, Helen is survived by her sons, Wayne (Linda), Antigonish, Clifford (Marie), Ontario, and Harvey, East Margaree; daughters, Phyllis (Calvin) MacMillan, PEI, Marion, Saulnierville, and Rovena, Antigonish; brother, Charlie (Dianne); brother-in-law, Malcolm MacNeil; sister, Sylvia; grandchildren, Gabrielle, Bryanne, Dominic, Gisèle, Melissa, Hailley, Anna Marie, Alex, Curtis, and Travis. She was predeceased by her husband, Moise A. LeBlanc; brother Charlie; and sister, Martina MacNeil. A graveside service was held at St. Michael’s Cemetery, East Margaree. Donations may be made to the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre or the Canadian Cancer Society of Nova Scotia. Arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

CHIASSON
It is with deep sadness and regret that we announce the passing of our brother and uncle, Maurice Chiasson, RN, on May 23rd, 2020, in Whitehorse, Yukon, after a 15-month battle with cancer. Maurice was born in Antigonish, NS, on December 9th, 1954, the son of the late Leo P. and Florence (Aucoin) Chiasson. He received his early schooling in the Antigonish area and graduated from St. Martha's School of Nursing in 1980, having had previous work experience as a nursing orderly at St. Martha's Hospital and the Nova Scotia Hospital in Dartmouth. In 1980 he began a distinguished nursing career in Vancouver, working at St. Paul's Hospital, Shaughnessey Hospital, and Vancouver General. He subsequently completed a Certificate in Outpost Nursing and for many years worked in various outposts, both large and small, in the Yukon. His nursing and administrative skills led him to several years delivering critical care and advanced life support for the Medevac Air Ambulance service, as well as acting as manager for their emergency response network. He was selected to be team leader and organizer for the SARS testing services at Vancouver airport and spent the summers of 2007 and 2008 working at the hospitals in Cheticamp and Antigonish. Most recently, Maurice worked at Copper Ridge Place retirement home and in Emergency Services at Whitehorse General before his cancer diagnosis forced him to retire. Maurice was a skilled diagnostician, as well as a fountain of medical knowledge and common sense, in his dealings with patients in Indigenous and outpost communities. In addition, he played a key role as mentor for many young nurses, who were making their way in the profession. His passions in his free time involved cooking and baking, travelling to warm corners of the world, and spending time at the family cottage in Cheticamp. He is survived by his siblings: Leona (George Williams), Antigonish, NS; Clifford (Anne McGlynn), Moncton, NB; Denise (Don Beadle), Robert’s Creek, BC; Andre, Singapore; his nephew, Mark Williams, Kittimat, BC; his nieces: Denise Williams, Hamilton, ON; Marcia (Chiasson) Dumbreck , Guelph, ON; Jennifer Chiasson, Banff, Alberta; and Julie Beadle, Sydney, Australia; his aunt, Catherine Doucet, Quebec, QC; as well as many cousins, near and far. Cremation has taken place and any planned celebrations of life, whether in the Yukon or Nova Scotia, will occur when travel restrictions due to COVID are lifted.

AUCOIN
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved mother Therese Marie Aucoin, age 77, at the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre in Chéticamp on May 21st, 2020. Born in Point Cross on September 1st, 1942, she was the daughter of the late William (à Marcellin à Romuald Doucet and Olive Aucoin) and Helen Rose (à Thomas Doucette and Margaret Brewer). Mom and Dad’s undying devotion to each other has been such an inspiration to our family. They were married on December 26th, 1959, and lived through many trials and tribulations over the years, but nothing was stronger than their cherished bond of love. Dad was often working away from home and when the weekend arrived, it was such a joy to see them reunited. They worked very hard but never missed out on going dancing every Saturday night. They had many great memories, from their time spent at the old homestead in Saint-Joseph-du-Moine, where Mom took such pleasure looking out their kitchen window, watching the birds in the feeders, appreciating her flowers and seeing bald eagles soar over “le lac à Dosite.” She had such a love for nature, who enjoyed the farm and of course, over the years, her numerous fur babies. Our mother had an extraordinary gift of connecting easily with people and making them feel special. There was always tea on the stove, time for anyone who needed her and always room for one more at the table. She was such a passionate, kind, and selfless person, who was devoted to caring for her family and friends. Mom loved challenges as shown in her ability and driven passion to try something new. Her ambitious work ethics was a positive example to all who knew her. Anything was possible with her! She baked goods for stores, was a great cook (we will especially miss her delicious jams, fudge, bird nests cookies, and meat pies), she cut hair, she made wedding cakes, she was a seamstress, she had huge gardens, which she tended to and canned as much vegetables as possible, helped on the farm, and for a while she worked at Aucoin’s Restaurant in the kitchen. As an accomplished rug-hooker, she worked at La Co-opérative Artisanale, a job she really enjoyed. Rug-hooking, which she learned from her mother, was a huge part of her life, especially the decades that she was a home-maker with a family to raise and taking care of three elders at home for 27 years. She was so gifted, designing her own patterns, dying her wool, etc. She had orders to work on full floor length rugs for people from New York, numerous special commissions, and of course, sold her many pieces locally, where she could not keep up with the demand. She was well known for her rugs featuring birds and a special pattern passed down from past generations, “les tapis des carreaux.” She made beautiful rugs, which are scattered all over the world. It was heartbreaking when Mom had to give up this favourite hobby due to her failing health. Even when, through the years that Mom suffered from several painful ailments, at times that many would have given up, she always maintained a positive outlook and grateful attitude. As a faithful Catholic, she believed that this was God’s will and always said, “It could always be worse”. After a short stay at La Résidence Acadienne, in 2019, Mom and Dad became residents of Le Foyer Père Fiset in Chéticamp. Mom died as a result of a hip fracture and the surgery was just too hard on her frail heart and body. The night before surgery, her last words to us were, “I am so worried about Dad, he saw me fall. Please make sure he is ok. I will probably not survive this surgery, but I wanted to tell you that there is no measurement that can describe how much I love you all.” This is so Mom, even during the chaos of falling, she was thinking of us. She will be tenderly remembered by her beloved husband of 61 years, Gerard and their three children, Rosie (Armand) Chéticamp, Robert (Judy) Saulnierville, NS, and Louise (Emile) Fort McMurray, Alberta. Their grandchildren: Cory, Christine (Jacques), Camille (Amy Lou), Philip (Leah), Francine (Brian) and David. Their great-grandchildren: Damien, Emma, Dominic, Amy; and step-great grandchild, Gracen Boudreau. She also leaves behind her brother, Marcel Doucet (Brampton) Ontario, sister-in-law Catherine Aucoin (Chéticamp), brother-in-law and his wife, Philias and Laura Aucoin (Chertsey) Québec, brother-in-law Théobert Chiasson (Chéticamp), and brother-in-law Ronald Brown (Middleton). She will also be sadly missed by her numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends. We cannot help but mention that Mom will be greatly missed by her 2nd cousin and dear friend, Dauphine Aucoin. Through their special bond of friendship, which started during their childhood, Dauphine was always so good to Mom, especially during these past few years when Mom’s health was deteriorating. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by siblings: Catherine Mame, Gordon, Russel, and many other members of our extended family. We have no doubt that this gentle soul is now an angel watching over us and was welcomed to heaven with open arms, reunited with loved ones into the eternal peace of God’s kingdom where she is finally free of pain and suffering. The family would like to thank the caring staff at Le Foyer Père Fiset, who made Mom’s final months in long-term care as comfortable as possible during her rapid decline. As well, a very big thank you to the many compassionate doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals involved in her exceptional care. The compassion and kind gestures towards Mom and the family during her final journey among us, go beyond the call of duty and will never be forgotten. Our mother was a very giving person. We ask that in her memory, you extend an act of kindness to someone who is alone or less fortunate during these unprecedented times. Her legacy of kindness and selflessness will continue to inspire those who were lucky enough to know her and be loved by her. Mom, your love tied the heartstrings of our entire family. Your devotion and care was the tie that bound us as one. We love you and will carry you in our hearts forever. Tu ne seras jamais oublié Maman. Toujours dans nos coeurs. Cremation has taken place. A funeral mass will be celebrated in St. Joseph’s Church, Saint-Joseph-du-Moine, and will be announced at a later date due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funeral is under the direction of Chéticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences can be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca. Memorial donations can be made to Le Foyer Père Fiset or St. Joseph’s Church.

CHISHOLM
Mary Ethel Frances Chisholm, 68, of Port Hood, Nova Scotia, lost her courageous struggle with cancer on May 12th, 2020. She was born to parents, Robbie MacKinnon and Bessie (MacMullin), on December 3rd, 1951, in Antigonish. She graduated from Judique-Creignish Consolidated School in 1969. She went on to study for a Bachelor of Arts and Education at St. Francis Xavier University and graduated in 1972. Ethel devoted 35 years to teaching children from Mabou to Creignish, first in Judique then in Port Hood. She retired from the Strait Regional School Board in 2008. She took great pleasure in her family, making many trips to various parts of the world, where her children would be living. She also enjoyed their visits at Christmas and in the summer. She took great pride in serving her parish, her community as a volunteer and as a director of the East Coast Credit Union. She treasured time with friends, Celtic Music, travel, and card playing. In 2017, she was honored with a volunteer of the year award for her work as religious education coordinator. Ethel married Rod Chisholm in July 1975 in Judique. Together they raised five children. Besides her husband, she is survived by her children, Cohen, Corrine, Stephanie (Declan), Jamieson (Marion), and Genevieve (Mike), cherished grandchildren, Valentina, Alex, Finn, Frank, Mitchel, Nathan, and Reed; sisters, Peggy (Sandy MacNeil), Malena (Drew MacSween), Karen (Paul Carrier); and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by Robbie and Bessie (parents) and Collena and Francis Campbell (sister and brother-in-law). Funeral mass will be at a later date and arrangements are under the care of the Inverness Funeral Home, which has shown great compassion in our time of sorrow. Donations can made in memory of Mom to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

MacLEAN
Shaun Haverstock MacLean, age 47, of Margaree Harbour passed away suddenly on April 27th, 2020. Born in Inverness, he was the son of the late John E. and Cheryl (Fraser) MacLean. Shaun enjoyed the open highway from a young age, trucking across our country from the east coast to the west coast. He then worked and acquired John E. MacLean Enterprises. However, Shaun’s love for the ocean saw him give up the trucks and pursue what became a great livelihood for Shaun, fishing lobster and snow crab along side his brother, Basil, and his many friends. Shaun had many talents. He enjoyed cooking and entertaining, playing guitar, and telling stories. He enjoyed reading, traveling, snowmobiling, motorcycles, and he enjoyed his summers at his travel trailer on Cheticamp Island, where many wonderful memories were made. Shaun is survived by his brothers, Basil (Sylvette), Cheticamp, Ian(Donnetta), Fort McMurray, and his sister, Priscilla LeBlanc, Belle Cote; nieces, Elyse MacLean, Tanya (Albert), Heather, Kelly (Joel) LeBlanc; nephews, Craig (Selena), and Trevor (Sarah) MacLean; grand nieces, Danielle and Malorie LeBlanc, Madison, Leigha, and Adelynn MacLean, and grand nephew, Oliver MacLean. Shaun is also survived by his estranged wife, Belinda Logan and her daughter, Erica; his aunts, Ruby (Arthur) MacKay and Marlene (Ernie) Bond; cousins, Helen (John Donald), John David and Catherine Greenough, Cheryl Fraser, Derrick Bond, Mark, and Roger Matheson, as well as many other cousins. Shaun had many wonderful friends who thought of him as a brother and watched out for him. Besides his parents Shaun was predeceased by his niece, Faith MacLean, and his brother-in-law, Jackie LeBlanc, and his grandparents. Cremation has taken place. A service will take place at a later date in Margaree Harbour. Arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

MacLEAN
It is with great sadness we the family of Nancy Mae (Lunn) MacLean, announce her passing at home, May 6th, 2020, after a long battle with cancer. She died peacefully surrounded by her loving family and friends. Born October 29th, 1949, in Windsor, NS, Nancy was no stranger to adversity. She graduated from Victoria General Hospital School of Nursing in 1971, and then dedicated her life to her nursing career, working most of those years at the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. She moved to Scotsville in 1972 and made a home for herself and her boys that she was very proud of. Nancy is admired for living life to the fullest, and always “saying it as it is.” She loved gardening, painting, animals, and was always good for a laugh. Her talents were endless.  She enjoyed many vacations with her friends that were like family. She forever had her door and heart open to everyone, whether it was a child, person in need, or an animal, and she never expected anything in return. She never judged and her memory will live on in her family. Nancy's life revolved around her loving family and friends. She is survived by her husband Hugh Don; sons Alan, Scotsville, Eric (Heather), Scotsville; four grandchildren, Evan, Aurora, Aliceon, and Erica; embraced son David, Waverly, NS; and her longtime friend Barbara. Foster sister, Frances Boutilier, foster brother Kenneth Sheward; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Thurston and Ella (Flynn) Lunn, and foster parents Rev. Francis and Elizabeth Sheward; siblings Thurston, Curt, Judy, Lois, Debbie, Golda, and foster brother Donald. Cremation will occur with a service at a later date. All donations can be made to the Inverness Palliative Care Society or the charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Sunset Funeral Co-operative. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.
“When the golden sun is sinking,
And your mind from care is free,
When of others you are thinking,
Will you sometimes think of me?”

MacEACHERN
Sandra Isabel MacEachern, age 69, passed away peacefully, reunited with her infant son, Stephen, May 6th, 2020. She was born March 22nd,1951, in Inverness, Cape Breton. She was a daughter of the late Peter and Catherine (MacKinnon) Gillis of South West Margaree. Sandra married her lifelong love, Angus Alexander MacEachern, July 15th,1972, and raised the family that was her pride and joy for the following 48 years of marriage together. She was a loving devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Sandra had a heart of gold matched only by her beautiful smile and quick wit. She enjoyed gatherings no matter the number or age. Sandra loved music and dancing, was full of spirit and laughter and was a true pleasure to be around. For many years Sandra worked in the kitchen at the Inverness hospital, putting her heart and soul into every meal she made, meals that are still spoken of today. No stranger to obstacles and sorrow, Sandra’s faith and perseverance allowed her to rise above these things with grace and humility. Caring for others was a gift that came so naturally to her. Sandra is survived by her husband, Angus; son, Conway (Darlene);  daughters, Tenely (Joel), and  Caroline (Chad); siblings, Donald (Florence) and  Jimmy; sisters, Lorraine, Ann, and Margaret; grandchildren, Lauren, Ava, Blake, Noah, and Carmin, as well as many cherished nieces, nephews, and cousins. Besides her parents, Sandra was predeceased by sisters, Mary, Caroline, and infant son, Stephen, as well as her nephew, Roger and niece, Corrina. Memorial donations may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society or to Stella Maris Parish Cemetery Fund. A funeral mass and celebration of Sandra's life will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

BOURGEOIS
Nectaire Bourgeois, age 83, Cheticamp, passed away on Sunday, April 26th, 2020, at the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. Nectaire was the son of the late Joseph and the late Marie Anne (Larade) Bourgeois. He is survived by a son, Roger (Mireille) Bourgeois; brothers, Joseph, Simon Joe, Émile, Gerry, Paul, Simon Peter, Fred, and Lévi; sisters, Bernadette, Anna, Marie, Hélène, and Theresa; grandson, Michel Bourgeois. He was predeceased by his wife, Ethel (Cormier) Bourgeois, and a brother, Alphonse. Cremation has taken place. A funeral mass will be celebrated at a later date. Funeral is under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

RANKIN
It is with great sadness, yet great joy for a life well lived (93 years), that the family of Christina “Christy” Belle (MacDonald) Rankin announces her passing on April 27th, 2020. Mom passed away peacefully at her home in Mabou Harbour with her family by her side. Born in Hillsdale, Judique, she was a daughter of John A. “Neil the Island” and Christina (MacEachern) MacDonald. Growing up in Glengarry, Mom was surrounded by fiddle music, Gaelic songs, and dancing. Mom was a great step dancer and came from a long line of quality step dancers and she carried on the tradition in her own beautiful style. Mom’s strong catholic faith was always a comfort to her. She was a beautiful and supportive wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, and neighbour. She cared deeply for each and every one of us and always extended a helping hand to anyone in need. She loved to laugh and her door was always open to visitors who never left without a cup of tea, delicious homemade bread, apple pie, or a little dileag. Mom worked at Mary’s Hill Home, Mabou, and was blessed with life-long friends whom she held dear. One of Mom’s most treasured times was when her sisters came home from “away” for summer vacation. The laughs and enjoyment of being together was precious to her. She is survived by her sons, Wayne (Karen), Jackie (Darlene), Andy (Siby), and Joe; daughters, Marian (Angus MacEachern), Cathy Campbell, Margaret Ann (Paul Matheson); sisters, Theresa Gillis, Magdalen MacDonell, sister-friend, Theresa (Glencoe) MacNeil, and brother-in-law, Jerome Gillis, sisters-in-law, Jean MacDonald and Mary MacDonald; grandchildren, Jackie, Jody, Jeannie, Jillian, Jordan, Amanda, Mark, Sheena, Janna, Ryan, Melissa, Daniel, Megan, Jessica, Matthew, Molly, Logan, Lisa, Andrew, Nick, Krista, Katie, Brian, Finlay, and 19 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews who held a special place in her heart, as well as her four-legged companion, Rory. Mom was predeceased by her husband, Finlay Archie; daughter, Pauline Ann; son-in-law, Conrad; sisters, Annie Laurie, Katie Mae, Margie; brothers, Neil “Charles” (infant), Neil Charlie, and Alex Hughie. A celebration of Mom’s life will be announced at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society or your local food bank. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com. “A Mom’s love is blessed by God.”

MUNTZ
It is with great sadness that the family of Alfred (Philip) Muntz, aged 91, announce his death. Philip passed away peacefully at the Foyer Pere Fiset in Chéticamp, Nova Scotia, on April 21st, 2020. He was a kind, caring man, who will be deeply missed by his friends and family. Born in Green Pond, New Jersey, he completed his under graduate studies at Rutgers University. Philip went on to obtain graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin, where he met and married the love of his life, Clarice Sharpee. A recognized geographer/cartographer (former Head of the Cartographic Archive Division at the National Archives in Washington, DC), he chose mid-life, to pursue his dream of going “back to the land.” In 1972, he and his family, moved to a small farm near Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. For more than 20 years he worked the land and woods at Lake La Rose. Philip was a man of many talents and interests. He was a voracious reader, a talented gardener, and a keen naturalist, who was a staunch advocate for the environment. Ever a community supporter, he presided on numerous volunteer boards and participated in several local development projects. His avid appreciation for both local and national art and culture was prevalent throughout his life as well. Philip was also known for his quick wit, and love of meaningful discussions. His family will remember with fondness, the many hikes where wonderful conversations were shared. He was, however, at his happiest, when he was in his gardens, with his beloved wife Clarice by his side. Philip was the son of the late Rheinhold Constantine and Wanda (Pyde) Muntz. He is preceded by his wife Clarice, and his four brothers, John (MaryAnna), Henry (Sophie), Frederick (June), and Alexander (Anne). He is survived by his daughter Kristin, his son Erich, his grandchildren Alex and Laura, and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Adopt a Stream Program Nova Scotia), or to The David Suzuki Foundation. A celebration of Philip's life will be held at a later date. Online Condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

MacNEIL
It is with sadness we announce the passing of Ainslie Joseph MacNeil, our dear Uncle Ainslie, on April 26th, 2020, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. He was born May 22nd, 1941, to parents, John Colin and Janet (MacDonald) MacNeil. He was the last surviving member of his family. Ainslie enjoyed the simple things in life, he loved to read and going on drives with his niece Coline and nephew Donnie. In the summer months you would often find him sitting on a bench downtown Inverness with his good friend Kevin Campbell. Ainslie will be sadly missed by his niece, Coline (Melvin) Finn; nephew, Donnie Doucette; also survived by his niece, Janet Larade. Besides his parents he was predeceased by siblings: Mary Catherine, Mary Bridget, Gerald, Donald, Frank, Ferdinand, Rita, Lorraine, and Douglas (Mort). Cremation has taken place and funeral will be at a later date. Memorial donations in memory of Ainslie may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care. Arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

MacISAAC
“Say not, in grief, that she has gone, but give thanks that she was yours.” It is with profound sadness, yet hearts filled with so much love and many cherished memories, that we announce the death of our beloved mother, matriarch, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, aunt, and friend – Catherine Margaret MacIsaac on Tuesday, April 28th, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital at the age of 94. Kaye was the last surviving member of her family. Born and raised in Mabou to the late Angus and Mary Ann (MacInnis) MacIsaac in 1926, she later moved to Inverness where she made the Red Rows her home. Kaye was the epitome of a mother, loved and respected by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. In truth, Grandma Kaye was everyone’s grandma and she wore the title with the utmost grace and pride. She welcomed everyone into her home with open arms and was famous for her homemade bread, biscuits, and dressing – you would never leave Kaye’s hungry. Kaye was a truly kind, hardworking, and humble woman with a deep faith in God and a love for her family and friends that was immeasurable. She was a proud member of the Stella Maris Parish and enjoyed attending mass, visiting the chapel, playing bingo, and volunteering at the Inverary Manor – which she did up until the very end. Kaye had a wonderful smile that could light up a room and a hug that always made you feel at ease. She always enjoyed a good visit and a great cup of tea – she liked hers half milk, half tea. Kaye will be missed most by her children, Margie (George) Cameron, Angie (Cathy) MacIsaac, Josephine (Billy) MacDonnell, Deborah Beaton, and James (Jennifer) MacIsaac. She will be greatly missed by her 12 grandchildren: Cathy, Roy, George, Tracey, Billy-Joe, James, Candace, Mary-Jo, Karen, Donovan, Alexandra, and Catherine as well as her great-grandchildren, who have all grown up knowing the special love of Grandma Kaye. She is predeceased by her parents Angus and Mary Ann (MacInnis) MacIsaac, brother Jim MacIsaac, John “Horn” MacIsaac, sisters Mary Lizzie MacDonnell, Annie Mae MacEachern, and identical twin sister Annie Margaret MacLellan; special nephew Rannie MacLellan; son-in-law George Cameron; daughter-in-law Cathy MacIsaac; great-grand daughter Carlie Brianna MacDonnell; and special nieces and nephews. Due to the current circumstances we are unable to hold a funeral. The family requests all donations be made, in her name, to the Inverary Manor, Inverness. A funeral mass and celebration of Kaye’s life will be held at a future date. In this difficult time, let us take comfort together in the knowledge that God has embraced Kaye with open arms for a life well lived. She truly leaves behind a legacy of kindness, love, and family. “Honour her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.” Proverbs 31:31. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

GRAHAM
William Alexander “Bill” Graham, 97, passed away peacefully at Richmond Villa in St. Peter’s, Cape Breton, on the evening of April 30th, 2020. Born on November 8th, 1922, in Judique, NS, he was part of the John Graham Scottish lineage. He and his wife, Mary Christine “Tena” MacInnis were married for 61 years. They carried on the Gaelic tradition, speaking the language and enjoying Celtic music. After attending St. F.X. University, he worked at the Co-op, but mainly worked as CAO for Inverness County. He helped bring water and sewage facilities, as well as modern schools to the county. He helped launch the local army cadets chapter, the volunteer fire department, and he was a 78-year member of the Knights of Columbus. Bill was loyal to his faith, his family, and land he was from. He served on the parish council for St. Andrew’s Catholic Church. He was an avid gardener on his own land, the Tartan Gardens, and at Kintyre Farm. He walked every morning to the sea and enjoyed ceilidhs at the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre. He is survived by his children, Larry (Margaret Hodgson) of Dartmouth, Sandy (Mary Lynk) of Halifax, and Jeanne (Peter Barr) of Australia; seven adoring grandchildren, Ted, Laura, Ian, Kate, Matt, Nick, and Laila; and five great-grandchildren, Andrew, Emma, Lochlan, Charlie, and Cassia. All will miss his famous hugs. Also survived by his sister, Mary MacDonald (St. Peter’s) and brother Duncan (Moncton). He was predeceased by his first child, Margaret; his brothers John, Vincent, and Francis; and sisters Catherine Oliver, Anne Gillis; and parents, Angus John and Euphemia (Chisholm) Graham. He will be buried next to Tena in the St. Andrew’s Parish cemetery in Judique. Sadly, there will be no funeral. The burial was held Tuesday, May 5th at 2:00 p.m. for immediate family members only. A celebration of Bill’s life will be scheduled at a later date. The family welcomes messages to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and can receive donations on behalf of the Tartan Gardens of Judique, also via cheque to Box 33, Judique, NS, B0E 1P0.

MacLEOD
Rev. Angus J. (Gussie) MacLeod died on April 23rd, 2020, in Harbourstone Care Home, Sydney. Born in Dunvegan, Inverness County, in 1924, Father Gus, the youngest of a family of 12, was a son of the late Donald Joe and Mary Isobel (Collins) MacLeod of Dunvegan, Inverness County. He is survived by his beloved sister, Margaret MacLellan, New Waterford; many nieces and nephews; sister-in-law Christine MacLeod, Dunvegan. He was ordained to the holy priesthood on June 7th, 1952, by His Excellency, Most Rev. John R. MacDonald at St. Ninian’s Church, Antigonish. He was the 25th member of St. Margaret’s Parish, Broad Cove, to be ordained, and he celebrated his first solemn high mass at St. Margaret’s on June 8th, 1952. He served as assistant on July 2nd, 1952, at Immaculate Conception, Sydney Mines; on February 14th, 1956, appointed diocesan chancellor, chaplain, St. Martha’s Hospital, November 1st, replaced as chaplain, full-time chancellor, August 27th, 1958, assistant, St. Ninian’s Cathedral, July 22nd, 1963, Family Life Bureau, Nazareth House, Sydney, diocesan director, June 29th, 1966, St. Mary’s Parish, Big Pond; administrator, August 1st, 1968, St. James Parish, Gardiner Mines, parish priest, director of the Retreat Center, Gardener Mines; June 1st, 1969, St. Joseph’s Hospital Board, president, August, 1970, St. Anthony Daniel Parish, Sydney; pastor, 1971, survey (trip) re Rel. Ed. programs, October, 1977, appointed dean of Sydney Deanery – three-year term, summer, 1978, six-weeks retreat: Guelph, Ontario; July 25th, 1979, appointed rector of St. Ninian’s Cathedral, Antigonish; October 1981, appointed dean, Antigonish Deanery, for three-year term, June 29th, 1983, granted a year’s sabbatical, June 13th, 1984, St. Anthony’s Parish, Glace Bay; parish priest, January 1986, appointed to Council of Priests, four-year term, July, 1987, St. Gregory’s Parish, New Glasgow, parish priest, retired June 29th, 1994, went to Toronto and worked in hospital chaplaincy. He was predeceased by siblings Aurelia MacLeod, Donald, Collins, JD (Mary), Kay Grant (Jack), Finlay, Sister Anne MacLeod, CND, Rev. Colonel MacLeod, Alex (Pearl), and Roderick (Christine). Funeral mass will be held at a later date in St. Margaret of Scotland Church, Broad Cove. Memorial donations in memory of Rev. MacLeod may be made to St. Margaret of Scotland Cemetery Fund, Broad Cove. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

MacEACHERN
Robert Gregory (Greg) MacEachern passed away suddenly on Friday, April 10th, in Kettering, Ohio, after a short illness. Born December 27th, 1949, Greg was the oldest of eight sons born to the late Elizabeth and Duncan MacEachern. Growing up in Grosse Pointe, he attended Grosse Pointe St. Paul grade and high schools, graduating in 1968. In his younger years, Greg was an expert Enduro motorcycle racer. He entered and won contests throughout the Midwest, and made many friends along the way. Never without a job or a smile on his face, Greg continued his life and made it better when he met his future wife, Sue MacDonnell,  whom he married in 1983. Sue and Greg shared their love for “everything Cape Breton,” as the history and culture of both their parents’ former homes in Nova Scotia became part of their social fabric and life. Greg served for years on the board of the Nova Scotian Club of Detroit and helped organize and enjoy many of the social events put on by the club. Greg was extremely proud of his Scottish heritage and enjoyed staying in touch with his many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Making their home in the Kettering, Ohio, area, Greg was a very active member in the southern Ohio sports community, where he refereed soccer for 15 years, and more recently began to referee lacrosse games for local clubs and high schools. Greg worked for many years with Heartland Payment Systems, and more recently with Get Beyond, providing both HR and payment systems solutions throughout Ohio. Prior to that career, Greg worked with Bombardier of Canada in their personal watercraft division. Greg is survived by his wife Sue, son Alec Angus (Stephanie) MacEachern, twin daughters Margaret (Maggie) MacEachern and Dana MacEachern, and his four beloved grandchildren, Gaia, Madeline, Wilkins,  and Hunter.  Greg is also survived by his seven brothers, Doug (Kim), Leonard (Theresa), John (Nicole), Ken (Judy), Michael, Duncan (Peggy), and Lloyd (Mary Pearson). A memorial for Greg will be scheduled at a later date. 

MacDOUGALL
Jessie Catherine (née Gillis) MacDougall, age 83, of Long Point, Inverness County, passed away with family by her side Thursday, April 24th, 2020. Born in South West Margaree, Cape Breton, on June 23rd, 1936, she was a daughter of the late Duncan and Elizabeth Agnes Gillis. Jessie was a faithful Roman Catholic, along with Willie Dan, they were long-time parishioners of Stella Maris Parish, Creignish, and active members in the parish community, they called home. She was a member of the Stella Maris Parish Ladies Auxiliary. Whenever a helping hand was needed, she was always just a call away. Her love of her family, friends, and community was deep rooted. Her natural gift to help others, led her in her profession as a nurse at Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital, where she could lend a comforting smile and supportive voice when it was most needed. A trip down Route 19 was never complete without a stop at Jessie's for a cup of tea and fresh homemade biscuits. Mom will be lovingly remembered as a devoted mother, doting grandmother, faithful sister, caring aunt, selfless friend, and compassionate nurse. She leaves behind and will be greatly missed by her daughters, Brenda (Robert), Oxford, NS; Mary (Roy), Niagara Falls, ON; Judy (Tony), Oakville, ON; sons, Bill (Holly), Port Hood, NS; Ian (Sue), Mechanicsville, VA, USA; grandchildren, Bradley, Callen, Regan, Ruari, Nolan, Jeremy, Dexter, Matthew, Sarah; brother, Michael (Mary), South West Margaree, NS; sisters, Anne Marie (James), Boston, MA, USA; Peggy (George), St. Mary’s, GA, USA; Veronica, Mattapoisett, MA, USA; Rita (Johnny, deceased) Halifax, NS; sisters-in-law, Thelma, Vermont, USA; Donelda, South West Margaree, NS; Muriel, Judique, NS; many nieces and nephews, and many treasured in-laws. Besides her parents, Jessie was predeceased by husband, William Daniel “Willie Dan;” precious grandson, Liam John; brothers, Anthony, John, and Richard “Richie.” Arrangements are in care of W. Allen Funeral Home, 60 Water St., Oxford, NS (902-447-2167). There will be no funeral mass at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but services will be held at a later date. Mom will rest beside Dad at Stella Maris Parish, Creignish. Sympathy may be expressed in lieu of flowers through a donation to the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital Foundation. Sharing of memories and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Jessie's online memorial at www.allenfuneralhome.ca or through the W. Allen Funeral Home Facebook Page. “In life we loved you dearly, in death we love you still; in our hearts you hold a place, no one else will ever fill.”

POIRIER
Roméo (Meo) Poirier, age 59, Cheticamp, passed away on Monday, April 6th, 2020 at home. Meo was the son of the late Joseph Octave and the late Marie Anne (Larade) Poirier. Meo spent most of his life working in the fishing industry. He started as a fisherman, and then went on to start his own business as a fish buyer. He could be found either driving around on the wharfs or in his shed doing numerous phone calls. He will be remembered for how much he loved his family and a few special neighbors (Nolan, Rylan, and Caden). Meo is survived by his wife Michelle Poirier; sons Alexandre (Amelie) and Chris (Terri); brothers Jean Phillip (Yvonne), Calixte (Sylvia), Ferdinand (Claudette), and Ronnie (Wilfredine); sisters Lorraine, Marie Nanon Hall, and Sylvia; grandchildren Carley LeBlanc, Audrey Poirier, and Lévi Poirier; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother Lionel. Cremation has taken place. There will be no funeral service. Donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

PARKER
David Joseph Parker, 86, of Riverview, FL (formerly of Bradenton, FL), passed away on April 16th, 2020. David was born in Brook Village. He held a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Bachelors degree in Engineering from St. Francis Xavier University and a Hydroelectric Engineering Certification from Nova Scotia Technical University. David was renowned in the field of hydroelectric engineering. David initially worked for Canadian General Electric in Peterborough, Ontario. He married Barbara (Dillon) and they started their family. In 1980, David was recruited by Siemens and moved his family to Wauwatosa, WI, and subsequently Bradenton, FL, in 1984. While working for Siemens, he was the chief engineer and head designer for the hydroelectric generator at the Grand Coulee Dam. At the age of 55, David founded his own business, General Power Engineering Associates and, among his many accomplishments, invented a hydroelectric generator powered by harnessing the tide’s power. David is survived by the love of his life, wife, Barbara; his son, John and daughter-in-law, Christine, grandchildren Madison, Emery and Liam; his son, Michael, grandson, Mikey; his daughter, Suzanne and son-in-law, Chris Wacker, grandsons, Sean and Colin; his son, Steven and daughter-in-law, Rachel, grandchildren, Ella, David, Ben, and Catherine; his son Andrew and daughter-in law, Caitlin, grandson, Luke.  David is also survived by his brothers, Alex and sister-in-law, Margaret; Peter and sister-in-law, Willena; Donald and sister-in-law, Sandy; his sisters, Sister Theresa, csm; Sally and brother-in-law, Stanley MacDonell; his sister, Ann and brother-in-law, Larry Dillon; his brother-in-law, James Campbell; and sister-in law, Rose Deagle. He was predeceased by his parents, Mary Ann and Dan Parker, brother Malcolm, and sister Jessie Campbell. David will be missed by all who knew him. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a funeral service will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 3100 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL, at a future date. In lieu of flowers, gifts in David Parker’s name can be made to the Michael J. Fox’s Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at https://tribute.michaeljfox.org/tribute-page.php?id=1470. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

CHIASSON
It is with deep sadness and love that we announce the peaceful passing of Stella Éléonore Chiasson, age 88, at Le Foyer Père Fiset in Chéticamp on April 12th, 2020. Born in Saint-Joseph-du-Moine on July 10th, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Patrick (à Joe) and Marie-Belle/Minnie (Deveau) Aucoin. Stella was a school teacher for 35 years in Saint-Joseph-du-Moine. She was also school principal for a few years before retiring. Her joie de vivre and love of her community were certainly demonstrated in the many concerts and fundraisers that she organized while she inspired others to share their many talents. Coming from a family who loved to sing, she never missed an opportunity to gather in song. As well, Stella used her special gift by participating in the church choir for decades. Her beautiful and strong voice could be heard above the others. Stella was a natural born leader and a pillar of strength in her community. When something needed to be done, one could always count on her. She will forever be remembered for her kindness to others, faith in God and as a devoted Catholic. How appropriate that this lady of deep faith was carried to heaven on Easter Sunday. She greatly contributed to the community and many organizations. She dedicated much of her life to St. Joseph’s parish as a volunteer, and was well known for being of huge assistance to the priest who depended on her for various tasks. She made sure that everything was ready for when the priest arrived in church to celebrate mass or for other religious functions. She volunteered as a lector, sacristan, choir member, parish council member, liturgy committee member and more. For years, she was the person to call for church bulletin announcements and would visit with families who lost a loved one to help them choose the readings for the church service and go over the details of the funeral. On those occasions when mass was cancelled, she would receive a phone call asking her to notify other parishioners. For many years, she was a volunteer with St. Vincent de Paul Society and the St. Joseph parish hall committee. She was a founding member of the Sacred Heart Hospital Auxiliary of which she became an honorary member. She was presented with a lifetime membership for 25 years of service. She often spent time with patients in the hospital giving respite to families. A very proud moment was the year Stella represented the Inverness County volunteers at the provincial ceremony in Halifax. She was also a member of Les Dames de Ste. Anne and two organizations for senior citizens – Les Nouveaux Horizons (Saint-Joseph-du-Moine) and Le Club des Retraités (Chéticamp). She was also involved with the Girl Guides and les Étincelles for a period of time. She was known as well for her willingness and ability to cater for large groups on a volunteer basis for special occasions, spending many hours preparing at the parish hall. On New Year’s Eve, 1989, Stella watched with a broken heart, as a raging fire consumed the 100-year-old St. Joseph’s Church. One week later, Stella joined forces with other parishioners who were instrumental in organizing a building and fundraising committee towards the construction of a new church. This cause was very dear to her heart and became a reality with the first mass celebrated in the new structure on December 24th, 1991. Stella lived life to the fullest and voiced her common saying, "Ça pourrait être pire” (it could be worse). She was an avid reader, always looked forward to the weekly lexicon in The Chronicle Herald, loved walking, colouring, cooking for others and picking berries. In December 2015, Stella and Théobert became residents of Le Foyer Père Fiset in Chéticamp. They were the first couple to move to the RCF – Jeunesse d’Hier portion of this long-term care facility. Stella and her sister Catherine, also a resident, participated in many recreational activities. Just this past February, they got dressed up in costumes for Hawaiian day. These sisters loved laughter and bringing smiles to other residents and staff. She will be dearly missed by her beloved husband of 62 years, Théobert, her son Linus (Linda), granddaughter Katrina (Eric Ouellette) and her two great-grandsons who she adored, Logan and Chase, all of Gatineau, Québec. She leaves behind her sister Catherine Aucoin of Chéticamp, brothers Philias Aucoin (Laura) of Chertsey, Quebec and Gérard Aucoin (Therese) of Chéticamp. She will also be sadly missed by her many nieces and nephews. We cannot help but mention Stella’s special friendship with her long-time neighbours, Semi and Jeannine Larade and their family. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her sisters Elizabeth, Hermine, Celina, Therese and Lucy May, as well as brothers Freddie and Léo, and many other loved ones. Cremation has taken place. A funeral mass will be celebrated in St. Joseph’s Church, Saint-Joseph-du-Moine and will be announced at a later date due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funeral is under the direction of Chéticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences can be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca. Memorial donations can be made to Le Foyer Père Fiset or the Sacred Heart Hospital Auxiliary.

CARROLL
It is with great sadness that the family of John (Wayne) Carroll announce his sudden passing following a heart attack in Calgary on April 15th, 2020 at the age of 71 years. Wayne, the son of the late Dave and Doreen Carroll, was born in Inverness, Cape Breton, on April 8th, 1949. Wayne was a talented student and was the class valedictorian when he graduated from Margaree Forks District High School in 1966. In his early years, he worked in Vancouver and Halifax but was always drawn back to Margaree where he was a school bus driver and worked at the Margaree Salmon Musuem, the Margaree Golf Course and the Margaree Forks Post Office. A big fan of the Chicago Black Hawks (and especially his hero Glenn Hall), he was also a well-respected local hockey coach. While he lived in Calgary for the past twenty years, his heart belonged to the Margarees where he had many loyal friends and family ties. Wayne is survived by his sisters Diane (Allana) of Ottawa, and Joanne (John) of North Sydney; his brothers David (Kathy) of Calgary, Nicholas (the late Raylene) of Margaree Forks, and Patrick (Gisele) of Eastern Passage. He is also survived by his aunts Marie Rizzo of Waltham and Clara Thomas of Halifax, and his special cousin Sadie Ann Frye of Halifax. Wayne also leaves behind numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, and many friends in Calgary, Cape Breton, and beyond. Wayne was well-loved by all who knew him and, while stubborn at times, he was known as a kind, caring person. He will be missed. A celebration of Wayne’s life will be held in Margaree as soon as circumstances allow. In Wayne’s memory, donations can be made to the Calgary Food Bank, https://www.calgaryfoodbank.com/donate/, or one of the Cape Breton food banks. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Wayne’s obituary at www.McInnisandHolloway.com. In living memory of Wayne Carroll, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis and Holloway Funeral Homes, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, telephone: 403-243-8200.

POIRIER
December 20, 1919 - April 1, 2020
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth (Aucoin) Poirier, of Waltham, died on April 1st, 2020 in Meadow Green Nursing Home. She was 100 years old. Mary Elizabeth was born in Saint-Joseph-du-Moine, Nova Scotia, on December 20th, 1919, the daughter of the late Patrick and Marie Belle “Minnie” (Deveau) Aucoin. In 1963 she moved to Waltham with her husband and children and has been a resident ever since. She was a long time parishioner of St. Joseph's Church and later at St. Charles Borromeo. She was a member of the French American Victory Club where she enjoyed socializing and dancing. She also enjoyed playing cards with her family and friends and looked forward to her trips back “home” to Cape Breton. She was the beloved wife of the late Alex Dave Poirier and is survived by her daughter Margaret M. Young (Richard) of Waltham; her grandsons David Poirier of California and Mark Poirier (Shannon) of Dracut; her great-grandchildren Madison, Lilly and Jackson Poirier; her daughter-in-law Leona Poirier of Waltham; her siblings Stella Chiasson (Théobert), Catherine Aucoin, Gerard Aucoin (Therese) and Philias Aucoin (Laura) all of Canada; and also leaves many nieces, nephews and their families. She was also the mother of the late Gerald and Russell Poirier and sister of the late Therese Weirbiski, Hermine Chiasson and Freddie, Leo, Lucy and Celina Aucoin. The family would like to thank the staff at Meadow Green Nursing Home in Waltham for their devoted and loving care given to Mary Elizabeth. As a result of the ongoing health crisis in the world and with genuine concern for the people whom they love, funeral services were private with a memorial to be announced at a later date. Donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

CORMIER
Moise Cleophas (Cleo) Cormier, age 86, St. Joseph du Moine, died peacefully at Sacred Heart Community Health Centre on March 31st, 2020. Our uncle was a brave and courageous man who faced many health challenges over the last 12 years. His favorite words of wisdom were, “Always be ready to adjust your sails,” and he practiced that each and every day as he slowly dealt with his limited mobility due to stroke. He was born and raised by Helen and Moise in Grand Etang and Le Plakva. Our uncle left the community in 1952 to pursue his education at St FX University, received his business degree and later graduated with his masters in economics in Toronto, Ontario. In order to achieve his goals, he joined the ROTC and worked during the summer months before he graduated from StFX University. Cleo was a very determined, goal-oriented type of person who lived a very full but modest life. He worked as an economist and Branch Director of Fisheries and Oceans for 35 years and retired from the federal government at the age of 55. Cleo spent his retirement days outdoors, fishing and hiking with his dog Tico. He acquired a sailboat, taught sailing and spent a fair amount of time on the water. He was a man of great faith, and dedicated much of his time as a member of St. Clements Church in Dartmouth, NS, where he resided with his wife, Marie Jeanne. His passion and love of Le “Plakva” eventually drew him back to his native home. Feeling a great loss are his closest family members who helped ease the days of his journey home in loving ways: nieces and nephews, Shirley MacEachern, Rose Marie Chiasson, Arthur, Marie Delia, Priscilla, Leon (Kathy MacArthur), Richard and Sheila. Mourning the passing of their uncle are also many other siblings residing outside this province. He was predeceased by his wife Marie Jeanne; and sisters and brothers  Mary Cecile (Joseph,) Ernestine (Joseph), Joseph Albert (Yvonne), Denis Patrice (Marie Margaret), Elie George (Rosella), Gaston, Lionel, and Edmond Bernard (Mary). “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” A funeral mass will be celebrated in St. Joseph’s Church, St. Joseph du Moine and will be announced at a later date.  Donations may be made to Diabetes Canada or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to:  www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

MacKINNON
It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of John Donald MacKinnon, formerly of Port Hood, NS, who resided in Watertown, Massachusetts on March 22nd, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on December 15th, 1934, in River Center, Cape Breton, to the late Dougald and Margaret (MacLean) MacKinnon. He is survived by his wife, Elaine Marie (Boudreau); sons, John D. Jr. (Renee) and David. He was a cherished grandfather of Jeremy, Kaitlin, Alyssa, and Hannah MacKinnon and great-grandfather of Jaxson Silvestri. He is also survived by sisters, Mary MacFarlane, Catherine (PA) Smith, Jessie, and Jeanette (Jackie) Campbell; and brothers Neil (Sandra), Jimmy, Sandy (Jane), and Dannie MacKinnon; and sister-in-law Carrie MacKinnon. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by brothers John Duncan and D.A. and brother-in-law Malcolm MacFarlane. John worked in the Sterling Mines before moving to Boston, Massachusetts. There he had several jobs, but spent most of his time working for Waltham Lime and Cement and he drove taxi for many years, where he made many good friends. He was an avid card player, and he loved to watch all the sports on TV. His favourite hockey team was the Toronto Maple Leafs. He enjoyed his trips home to Cape Breton and spending time with his family and friends. He will be sadly missed by all his nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. A funeral mass will be held at a time and place to be announced. Donations in his memory may be made to Sacred Heart Parish, 770 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown, Massachusetts, or a charity of your choice.

MacDONALD
John Murdock MacDonald “The Hammer” 74, died at home in Port Hood, March 29th, 2020. He was born in England to the late Donald (Johnny Murdock) and Alma (Hodges). He survived by his wife of 51 years, Ann (Mac Master); his six children, Sheila (Chris, deceased), Innisfil  ON; Angus, Halifax; Brenda, Glencoe Station; John Wayne, Glencoe Station; Donna (Sheldon) Port Hood; Helena (Mike), Fort McMurray AB; grandchildren, Kaitlin, Brittany, Drew, Morgan, Caitlyn, Brooklyn, Logan, Samantha, Teasha, Sarah, Kyle, Bella, Daniel, and Paige (who he thought of as his grandchild); great-grandchildren, Mason and Eilidh; siblings, Elizabeth (Pete), Gloria (Willie), Norman (Carol), Catherine Ann (deceased) Burke, Gerard (Laura), Veronica (Vlad deceased), Donnie (Nellie), Frances (Clarey), Bernard, (deceased), and Janice (Hugh). Though Dad was a mechanic, he had the brain of an engineer. Saying he could fix anything is no exaggeration. He retired from the Strait Regional School Board after 27 years. Prior to that he worked at the Texaco in Judique for 16 years. This is where he got the handle, “The Hammer.” Those of you who knew him, know how much he struggled with COPD and how tough he was, he'd seldom complain. He loved his animals as much as he loved his family, friends, and peppermints. Funeral mass will be at a later date by the Inverness Funeral Home, who has shown great compassion in our time of sorrow. Donations can made in memory of Dad to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society. Breathe easy, Dad!

JELIC
June 23rd, 1933, to March 3rd, 2020.
On Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020, Mrs. Rena Catherine Jelic of Oliver passed away at the South Okanagan General Hospital after a long battle with cancer at the age of 86 years. She was predeceased by her husband, Peter Jelic; son, Sherman Vance; brothers, Harry Etheridge and Tom Etheridge; sisters, Josephine Miller, Sally Williams, Rosmond Wilson, Anne Baxter, and Yvonne Lyons; and grandson Ericson Vance. Rena will be fondly remembered by her loving family including sons, Robert Vance and Eric Vance; daughter, Dawn Suttie; sisters, Abigail Ingraham and Lila MacPhee; sister-in-law, Evelyn Etheridge; 14 grandchildren as well as many extended family and friends. Rena worked more than 40 years in the health care industry as a dental assistant and care aide in Port Coquitlam, BC. Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com.

DOYLE
It is with great sadness and the heaviest hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our dear son, brother, and father James Breton Doyle on March 29th, 2020.  He was born on June 11th, 1978, to Bernard (Brown) and Linda Doyle, in Inverness where he lived all of his life and was a member of Stella Maris Parish, Inverness, NS. Breton is survived by his loving parents, Linda and Brown; brother, Bobby Lee; daughter, Brianne; nephew, Finley. He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents Archie and Trixie Sofan, Inverness, and paternal grandparents Catherine and Charles Doyle, Inverness. Breton will also be missed by his many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends with whom he had some very special relationships, especially Bernie with whom he spent many evenings on his deck watching the sun set. Breton graduated from Inverness Academy in June of 1996, where he proudly wore his Rebels jersey during his high school years. He went on to study Power Engineering at NSCC Strait Campus and remained in Inverness after graduation, accepting employment at the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Breton also spent many days aboard Island Echos, where he fished lobster with his father and enjoyed many evening rides. He loved to take friends and strangers to share in the beauty of the western coastline and tell stories of his fishing experiences. Breton’s accidental and untimely death has left a void in the hearts of all that knew him. The sharing of memories of the one that got away and the good times are endless. Breton loved the outdoors and could be found in his camo and fishing gear through all seasons as he loved to hunt and fish. Breton’s love for the outdoors and animals was shared with his significant other Allyson, where they spent much of their time enjoying the natural beauty that life has to offer. Family and friends meant the world to Breton and he always enjoyed gatherings where he could usually be found closest to the guitar. He loved music, his Habs, but most of all he loved his daughter Brianne. He was so proud of her and cherished all of their time together. Online condolences may be made at: www.invernessfuneralhome.com. Donations in memory of Breton can be made to the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Funeral arrangements will be at a later date. “Our lives are not measured in years, but are measured in the lives of people we touch around us.” – Peeta Mellark

CHAPMAN
We are saddened to announce the passing of Warren Howard Chapman at the age of 79 in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital, Cape Breton, NS. Warren passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 28th, 2020, with his daughter Patty by his side. Warren was originally from Amherst, NS, but spent his last few years in beautiful Margaree Valley, Cape Breton. He was born in Amherst on April 27th, 1940, to Wyman and Pearl (Seaman) Chapman. Warren leaves behind his four heartbroken children, Randy, Pam, Patty (late husband Scott), Susan (Clint); daughter-in-law, Marilyn; grandchildren, Krystal, Shawn, Jake, Bailley, Savannah, Devon, Issac, Scott, Charlene; great-grandchildren, James, Aleah, Liliy, Damien, Aiden and Mikayla; great-great-grandson, Kayden who will miss the pleasure of getting to know his great-great-grandfather. He will also be sadly missed by his step-father and good friend Don (Marilyn) McKinnon. As a kind and loyal big brother he will be missed with sadness and a deep loss by his siblings, Cheryl (Jack) Canning, Gail (late husband Larry) Laliberiti, Jenny (Rick) Maas, Byron (Kim) Chapman; also his dear friends and in-laws, Donna and David Corney, who were so kind to him when he needed it most. “Uncle Warren” will be forever remembered for his music and humor by his many nieces and nephews.  Warren was a wonderful husband for 35 years to his first wife the late Emma Francis and his second wife for 17 years the late Brenda (nee Corney); he was also predeceased by his parents. He will always be remembered for bringing joy to a room. Warren loved to entertain with his music, poetry, song writing and humor. He enjoyed some years of professional entertaining in Toronto, which was a dream come true. In his later years, he was a musical director in his church. Warren found great comfort in his faith. Warren was a brave, loyal, fearless man who followed his bliss. Cremation has taken place and burial will be in Lornville in the summer. Arrangements are under the care of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

POIRIER
It is with deep sorrow and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Joseph “James” Poirier, 68, of Inverness. James passed away peacefully on Friday, March 20th, 2020, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital with his loving family by his side. Born on September 8th, 1951, he was the son of the late John James and Julia (LeBlanc) Poirier, and stepson of late Margaret (MacDonald) Poirier. A hard worker all his life, he went to work at a young age after the death of his father (1966) and was employed at J&H Diner, working in the restaurant and later the dry cleaning plant, while attending Inverness Consolidated School, graduating from Mabou Consolidated School and graduating Canso Vocational School with carpentry. As a carpenter and handy man, he was employed in the building of the Inverness Arena, refurbishing many local homes, and always willing to share his talents with others if anything needed fixing. After the sale of the J&H Diner, he began his employment with Shean Co-op for the next 32 years, starting as delivery driver and working his way up to department manager of produce. He was an avid hunter and fisherman teaching his children the skills and appreciation of both sports. He was a founding member of Inverness CB Club (“Coffeemaker”), a past member of Inverness Ground Search & Rescue, Eucharistic minister, and hospitality minister with Stella Maris Church and a proud and dedicated member of Inverness Volunteer Fire Department where he served for 38 years holding numerous offices over the years including several positions as captain, hall and welfare chair, bingo chair (firemen’s Saturday night bingo), secretary, vice president, president, assistant deputy chief and always willing to take on any role to do what was needed of him. James liked to dance and in better days would be the first on the floor and the last to leave. He enjoyed a good game of crib, 45s, or a competitive game of auction. But it was bingo that he enjoyed the most and many times filled in as caller. Being able to play bingo at home during his disability gave him something to look forward to. He was a true Toronto Maple Leaf fan and sadly didn't get to fulfill his wish to attend a game. Holidays and special events were always celebrated and family, friends, and co-workers always welcomed to socialize. Many a party just happened! On March 1st, 2011, life changed and he was forced to give up his employment and involvement in community activities when he became disabled with Parkinson’s Disease. He fought a courageous battle for the past nine years before the disease and other health complications ended his fight this past week. He is now at peace and pain free. James is survived by his loving wife of 40 years (February 8th, 2020), Kathleen (MacIntyre) Poirier; son, Ian (Belinda); daughter, Jessica, both of Inverness; son, Andrew, Glace Bay; sisters, Ann Poirier and Mary Camus, Inverness; Joan (David) Warren, Edmonton, AB; brother, Joey (Patricia), Inverness; sister-in-law, Mary Ann MacLellan, Fort McMurray, AB; nieces, nephews, grandnieces, nephews, cousins, and his brother and sister fire fighters. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by an infant daughter; an infant sister; adopted brother, Gerald MacDonald; aunts, Margaret Webb and Mary H. Chiasson; step uncles and cousins. Donations in James’ memory can be made to Inverness Volunteer Fire Department, Stella Maris Building Fund, or Parkinson’s Association. Due to present circumstances, visitation and funeral will be scheduled at a later date to be announced. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at www.haverstocks.com. Walk freely with the angels! Kisses good night, XO.

MacKINNON
Jessie Anna MacKinnon – Little Narrows/Baddeck. With broken hearts we, the family, announce the passing of Jessie MacKinnon, age 84, a wonderful mother, grammie, gram, great-grammie, gg, and mother-in-law on Friday, March 20th, 2020, in Victoria County Memorial Hospital, Baddeck. Born in South Cove she was the daughter of the late Neil Peter and Norena (Matheson) MacInnis. Mom lived most of her adult life in Little Narrows moving to Baddeck in 2018. She is survived by son, Lawrence (Janet Gillis); daughter, Noreen Rudderham (Miles); grandchildren, Lawren MacKinnon (Jennifer Stapleton), Shamus MacKinnon (Kate Peddle) and Stephanie Seaboyer; great-grandchildren, Jacob, Hannah, Keiler and Ellis. Mom is survived also by sisters, Carman MacKinnon (Jack), Evelyn Hebb (Wilson), Marilyn Matheson (Wayne), Judith Nelson (Dennis); brother, Calvin MacInnis; as well as many nieces and nephews. Mom was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Charles; brother, Dan MacInnis; sister-in-law, Edna MacInnis; brother-in-law, Howard Matheson. Mom loved to knit and enjoyed her time with friends at knitting club at the Little Narrows Community Center. Many friends and family received gifts of knitted socks, hats, mitts, baby afghans, and panda bears and kittens over the years. In 2018, Mom moved to the seniors apartment complex in Baddeck where she made many new friends. She thoroughly enjoyed her time there. While in hospital, Mom looked forward to her many visitors and phone calls from family and friends. We will all miss our chats with Mom. As per Mom’s wishes, cremation has taken place under the care of Dennis Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Whycocomagh. A graveside service will take place at a later date. Memorial donations in Mom’s memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at www.haverstocks.com.

MacDONALD
Jessie Allene MacDonald, age 92, of East Lake Ainslie, passed away on Monday March 23rd in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Born in East Lake Ainslie on October 15th,1927. She was a daughter of Allan Jack and Loretta (Mutch) MacLean. Jessie lived a full life at East Lake Ainslie, growing up on her family farm where she worked hard and then making her own home with her beloved husband, Charlie and her dear children, Charles and Gwen. Jessie was a proud craftswoman. Anything she put her hand to, from weaving to baking to quilting, was perfect. She loved to knit and donated many bonnets, blankets, and teddy bears over the years to local hospitals. She kept all of us warm with her hats, mitts, and socks. She was a proud and dedicated life member of the Lake Ainslie Historical Society and the East Lake Ainslie Presbyterian Church. Jessie was a strong, selfless woman. We will miss her quick wit and her kind heart. She will be sadly missed by her son, Allan Charles MacDonald, East Lake Ainslie; grandson, Bobby MacDonald, Halifax; granddaughter, Jessica MacDonald, Inverness; brother, DJ (Cathy) MacLean, East Lake Ainslie; sister, Catherine (John) Campbell, Lower Sackville; and her dearest friend, Annette MacDougall, Lake Ainslie. Jessie was predeceased by her husband, Charlie, daughter, Gwen, brother, Donnie and a baby brother who died in infancy. There will be no visitation as per her wishes. Funeral service will be determined at a later date. Donations can be made to the Lake Ainslie Historical Society and East Lake Ainslie Presbyterian Church. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

CAMPBELL
It is with great sorrow and love that we announce the peaceful passing of our mom, Neilena Mary “Nin” Campbell on Saturday, March 21st, 2020. Neilena “Nin” was surrounded by her loving family, and her earth angel family, the loving, caring, compassionate staff of Oceanview Villa in Inverary Manor, where she resided. Nin was born in Inverness on May 25th, 1923, the youngest child of Catherine Sarah (Nee MacKinnon) and James J. MacDonnell. Nin is survived by her daughters, Wilma Fontaine, (John R.) and Geraldine Campbell; sons, Bert (Margaret), Wayne (Bernice), Titus (Carol Ann) and Jeffrey; grandchildren, Melanie Robinson (John), Jamie Fontaine, George Campbell (Carrie) Mary Anne Foerster (Grant), Erin MacLean (Mark), Leslie Cormier (Phil), Kyle Campbell, Dwayne Campbell (Cheryl), Brittany Ring (Matt), Vanessa MacKinnon, Jema Campbell, Tiffany Campbell; step-grandchildren, Heather MacLeod, Ian MacIsaac and her adopted granddaughter, Sylviann Poulin; great-grandchildren, Avery and Savannah Robinson, Cheyenne and Keltin Campbell, Maren and Ethan Foerster, Drew and Levi MacLean, Tyler, Zoie and Kennedy Cormier. She is also survived by her Earth angels, Johnena MacLean, Catherine Anne MacLean, Lori Aylward, Celeste Timmons, Ashley Timmons, Angela Beaton, Jayne Beaton, Charlene Gillis, Leah Stewart, Amy Smith, Susan Miller, Colyn MacLellan, Joan MacDonald, Hazel MacLellan, Susanna Mac Isaac, Penny Gillis, Glenn Brown, Rachael Beaton, Bernice MacNeil, Theresa Smith, Norma MacKinnon, and Lara Hawley. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, John William (Willie) 1995, and infant daughter, Mary; sisters, Florence, Annie Mae; brothers, Neil, Archie, Joe, John Angus, Hector and Hughie Angus, and many nieces and nephews. Mom had a great love for the Scottish Music, bag pipes, and dance. She was well known for saying “It's a waste of good music if you’re not dancing” and how she loved to dance. Mom was very much a social butterfly. At her time at the manor, she enjoyed playing bingo, cards, and find the ace, as well as enjoying the numerous social events throughout the years. She loved having friends and family in her home where she enjoyed very spirited card games and especially loved it when she and our aunts would beat Dad and his brothers. She always made sure there was always a good hot cup of tea with a tasty lunch where you could always find her delicious biscuits, rice krispie balls, chocolate balls, and award-winning apple pie. Her motto was always, “don't ask them if they want a cup of tea, just make it.” Mom carried a deep devotion to her faith and the Holy Mass, which was always very comforting to her. Mom's funeral and burial will take place at a later date. Funeral services are under the direction of the Inverness Funeral Home. Those wishing to donate in Mom's memory can do so to the Inverary Manor, Stella Maris Building or Cemetery Fund or Central Inverness Palliative Care Society. Mom was the rock and matriarch of our family and we cannot imagine life without her. She will be forever loved. RIP Mom, until we meet again. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

ARSENAULT
Bob (Robert David) Arsenault. Born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, on January 15th, 1947, died on March 25th, 2020, at 73 years of age. He passed peacefully, succumbing to heart disease. He was a son of the late Alex and Helene (LeBlanc) Arsenault of Sydney, Nova Scotia.  He came to Toronto from Sydney in 1964 with his brother Ray to find new lives and careers. He spent most of his adult life working in the Ministry of Housing, specifically the last 13 years as manager – Major Issues and Media Relations, Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing. He loved his job and often worked seven days a week making sure that office ran smoothly – finally retiring in 2006. Outside of work, he loved to sit outside at a Toronto café with his coffee and newspaper and watch the world go by, taking in every nuance of the many people who shared the city with him. His personal life included a great love of mystery novels and mystery TV/movies (from Jessica Fletcher to Agatha Christie to Peter Robinson – whose writing courses he completed, along with his own novel entitled Murder at Queen's Park). He loved classical music and was also a big fan of Celtic music; he loved to attend Rita MacNeil concerts when she was touring in the area. Bob had a wonderful laugh and enjoyed humour where ever he could find it in life, especially enjoying the Golden Girls and MASH on TV. He had a love of tea, and a rum and coke or wine in the evening – he always said there were three things all Nova Scotians had in common: gathering around the kitchen table, unions, and rum and coke. He loved animals, owning both rescue cats and Bernese Mountain dogs. He always had a love of his home city Sydney, Nova Scotia, and had always planned to retire there. But sadly, after sharing his niece Madonna /nephew Marvin's home in Scotsville, NS, for three years, life brought him back to Toronto to the city he loved, then on to Brampton and finally, albeit briefly, to Cambridge with his brother Ray and niece Lesley and her daughter. He will be very sadly missed by his surviving siblings Ray (late Pat) (Cambridge, Ontario) and Isabel Tell (Fred) (Sydney, Nova Scotia), and many nieces, nephews, and cousins, both down home in Nova Scotia and up here in Ontario. He was previously deceased by sisters, Mary-Jane Delaney, Lake Ainslie, and Julia, Sydney, Nova Scotia; brothers, Emile, Clifford, Linus, Joseph, Sydney, Nova Scotia. As well he leaves behind many good friends from the Toronto area (Will Carmichael, now of Brighton, Ontario), from the Municipality of Housing as well as others he met socially over many years in Toronto. This poem, written to accompany the introduction of the Inverness Tartan, NS, in 2003, best sums up his love of Nova Scotia.
Inverness County Tartan Colours Poem:
Blue for honour, ocean, rivers and lakes,
Yellow for friendship and golden oat-cakes,
Black for the coal, Cabot Trail, and slow trains,
White for “forerunners”, peace and snowy lanes,
Green for the splendour of farm fields and hills, 
Red for courage, crimson skies and strong wills.
Written by: Verna MacMillan
Any donations in memory of Bob can be made to: Canadian Heart and Stroke Society or Toronto Animal Services.

TAYLOR
Pearl Isabel Taylor, RN, age 96, passed away peacefully in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital surrounded by family on March 19th, 2020. Born on November 4th, 1923, in Boston, and raised by her grandparents and aunt and uncle in Belle Cote, Inverness County. Pearl was the daughter of Ida Phillips, and raised by grandparents Isabelle and Kenneth Phillips and aunt and uncle Irene and Henry Phillips. Pearl was educated in Belle Cote and taught school prior to entering nursing school. Pearl worked as a registered nurse at the old Inverness Memorial Hospital in 1945, then moved to Montreal to pursue further nursing opportunities. She returned to Cape Breton after one year and was employed at St Mary’s Hospital and then in 1977 she moved to the new Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital and worked in the Emergency Department until her retirement in 1989. Pearl is predeceased by her mother, grandparents, aunt and uncle. She is survived by her husband and soul mate Earl Taylor, sisters-in-law Audrey Timmons (Henry, deceased), Inverness, Shirley MacLellan (John) Arizona, and Trudy Mac Ewan (Fred Taylor, deceased), New Glasgow. You could not find Pearl without Earl and their beloved, now deceased, cat Tramp. Pearl is survived by many nieces and nephews, grandnieces and nephews, special cousins, and many friends, who were constant in her life. Earl and Pearl are thankful for their wonderful neighbours, especially Sandy MacLean. Pearl was a member of St. Matthews United Church and had a special affiliation to her Margaree Harbour Church (Calvin United), until her health declined, Pearl was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of St Matthews Church, Inverness, Ladies Auxiliary of Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital, and volunteered at Inverness Volunteer Fire Department and Inverness Food Bank. She also volunteered at the Inverary Manor, Inverness, Pearl loved to knit, cook, and was well known for her baking. Her friend and neighbour John Ferguson always returned to university with a special care package of food and goodies. Cremation has taken place with funeral at a later date in St Matthews United Church, Inverness. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St Matthews Church, Inverness Food Bank, ICMH ladies auxiliary, Inverness Fire Hall, Inverary Manor, or charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made to www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

SKINNER
Robert Eric Skinner, 68, Inverness, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 17th, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Born December 13th, 1951, he was the only son of the late Robert Daniel and Annie Mae Skinner, Inverness. He worked on many jobs across Canada for a big part of his life, but his heart was always in Cape Breton. He worked until 2008 when he first became sick. He loved fishing and hunting. He loved exploring the outdoors and tinkering in his garage.  He also loved going for drives in the country and telling stories. He had all the time in the world to talk to his friends and even strangers; he was never in a hurry. He had a great love for all animals, especially, his little Peggy Sue. He could be found sitting in his truck, with the windows down on a summer day, on the beach hill. He loved to watch the boats come in and out. He is survived by his loving wife, Marion, his son Danny, his grandson Cohen, and his sister Arlie. As per Eric’s wishes, cremation will take place and burial in the parish cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations can be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

POIRIER
It is with great sadness we must announce, that after a short illness at Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga, Ontario, our beloved dad, Arthur [à Pit] Poirier passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at 91 years young on Sunday, March 15th. Our dad Arthur, son of Pit and Hélène Poirier, was born in Chéticamp, Cape Breton, on August 23rd, 1928, and was from a family of 17 children. Dad worked as a lumberjack and later worked at the Dominion Coal Company for 19 years in New Waterford.  In 1965, Dad moved back to Chéticamp and worked at the Evan’s Coal Mine in St. Rose for three years. In 1968, Dad moved his family to Toronto to create a better life and worked at Ford Motor Company for 20 years. Upon their retirement, Mom and Dad returned to Chéticamp on July 1, 1988. Dad loved to jig cod, play euchre and 200. He was a frequent visitor of the Doryman Tavern, where he loved to catch up with the guys in the morning; and on Saturday afternoons, dad loved listening to live fiddle music. He loved watching any hockey game, but was always proudly loyal to his beloved Montreal Canadiens and their winning tradition, while taking friendly jabs at Toronto with a smile and an unmistakable laugh. He was predeceased by our mom Alice and our two brothers Cyril and Danny. Cherished by his two daughters, Brenda Zammit (Mike) and Maureen Aucoin (Daniel) and daughter-in-law Diane Poirier.  Loving grandchildren:  Eric Zammit (Barb), Ryan Zammit (Caitlin), Danielle Aucoin (Dan Tully), Sheila McCarthy, Walter Sampson and Marc Poirier (Traci).  As well as dear great-grandchildren: Aidan Zammit, Caleb Zammit, Luke Zammit, Teagan Zammit, and Alyssa McCarthy. Dad leaves behind his brother David Poirier (Hilda), sister Amélia Roach, sister-in-law Laurette Poirier and Charlie Desveaux. Dad was predeceased by his brothers and sisters: Hubert, Elizabeth, Marie Flora, Xavier, Annie Belle, Alex Joe, Hélène Rose, Marie Eunice, Anselme Alphonse, Wilfred, Olive, Marie Edna, Simi John, and Marie. He will be greatly missed by his many nieces, nephews, and friends. Our dad absolutely loved his family – well known as Dada, Pépère, Papa, and Mon Oncle Arthur – spending time with them made him incredibly happy. He was best at making chiard, fricot, and beef stew and thoroughly enjoyed sharing it with us all. Our Dad will be laid to rest in Chéticamp at a later date. For those who wish, donations in Dad’s memory can be made to Église Saint-Pierre and Sacred Heart Hospital in Chéticamp or charity of your choice. Lovingly: Brenda and Maureen.

POIRIER
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our loving mother, Laurette Poirier, 85, Cheticamp, in the Foyer Père Fiset Guest Home on March 21st, 2020. Born in Cheticamp, Laurette was the daughter of the late Charlie and the late Sabine (Chiasson) LeFort. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard Poirier; brothers, Patrice and Lionel; sister, Beatrice; daughter, Jeanne and son-in-law Wendell. Laurette is survived by her daughters, Paulette (late Wendell), Francine (Brian), and son, Jean Roland (Francine); grandchildren, Douglas (Ann), Ashley (Andrew), Shawn (Kristen), Kimberly (Craig), Michelle (Connor), and Emma (David); great-grandchild, DJ.  Laurette worked as a cook in local restaurants and made hooked rugs for local gift shops. The family will cherish some of these beautiful art pieces as souvenirs. We will always remember how she loved Christmas, family meals with her children and grandchildren, cats, and listening to music. A funeral mass will be celebrated in Église St. Pierre, Cheticamp 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. 

PATTINGALE 
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved mother Margaret “Margie” Marlene Pattingale, 55, of Pleasant Bay, peacefully with her family by her side, at the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp, on March 17th. Margie will be lovingly remembered by her surviving husband Murray of 32 years married.  She is survived by her children, Kenny (Jennifer), Thomas (Chelsey), Meghan (Christopher), Chester (Chelsea); grandchildren, Carter, Jace, Dawson, Kenleigh, Tanner, Easton, Faith, Nora, Joe, Jayden, and Alexis; parents, Kenneth and Wilma Timmons; brothers, Jimmy (Queenie) and Robert (Carol); sister, Doris (Eddie), and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by one sister Rosalie. Soaking up the sun during summer days was Margie’s most favourite way to spend her days.  Whether it was laying on her chair behind her house or laying on the church beach. Margie loved spending time with her grandchildren baking cookies and treats. One of her most peaceful hobbies to do was to sit in front of the wood stove reading a good book or working on one of her many puzzles. Margie enjoyed working at the Timmons’ store for over 30 years, she loved meeting and greeting the many faces every day. Funeral and memorial service will be held in St. Andrew’s United Church, Pleasant Bay, to be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cancer Patient Fund of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital (Tom MacNeil) or Palliative Care of the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. Funeral is under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampservices.ca.

MACKENZIE
Patricia "Patsy" Margaret Ann MacKenzie went to heaven on March 17th, 2020, at the age of 72. Patsy was born to Margaret Webb (Poirier) and Joe MacEachern, on December 4th, 1947, in Inverness, Nova Scotia. Patsy has spent most of her life dedicating her time to others. Patsy worked at the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital for many years before retiring. Out of retirement she continued to work at the Inverness Manor for several more, only to have her battle with cancer retire her for good from the Shean Co-op. Patsy loved people and it showed. Patsy had a certain way of always making you feel special. Bad day – you went to Patsy, good news, advice, or just a visit, you went to Patsy's because you knew the tea was always on. Predeceased are her parents, Margaret E. Webb and Joe MacEachern; infant son, Steven Alexander. Siblings predeceased are Marion (Cal), Benard (Kitty), and Charlie “Pookie” (Theresa). Also predeceased was her husband, Alexander (Alex) J. MacKenzie on December 10th, 2019, only 98 days before her. Alex passed suddenly from a heart attack.  Alex worked all his life on CN Railway, Scotia Railway, or in the woods. His biggest love was Patsy. Surviving are daughters, Patricia MacKenzie Bigger (Halifax) and Alison MacKenzie (Inverness); siblings, Deanna (David), Judy ( Ritchie ), and Michael (Lorainne); grandchildren, Kale, Kelsey, Shalyssa, Lexie, Melanie, Hunter, Ava, and Colbin; great-grandchildren, Reign, Lyla, Grayson, and Jaxson and C.J. Due to the fact that Patsy was battling cancer and going through chemo we couldn't hold services for her husband either. It is with the upmost honour to lay both parents to rest on August 8th, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. in Stella Maris Catholic Church, Inverness. Memorial donations can be made in honour of Patsy, Alex, or both to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society. Fifty years together and now they will return back home together. Online condolences may be made to www.invernessfuneral.com.   

DESVEAUX
It is with sadness we announce the passing of Thomas William Desveaux in Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp, on Thursday, March 19th, at the age of 91 years. He was born in Cheticamp on September 8th, 1928, to parents, William and Adelle (LeBrun) Desveaux. Tom is survived by his granddaughter, Diane Shirley (Rick) Wilson, Uxbridge, Ontario; sisters, Phyllis (Ephren) Aucoin, Estelle (Brent) Stevens, Patricia (Donnie) Clark, Rachelle (Gerald) Aucoin; also 34 nieces and nephews. Besides his parents he was predeceased by sisters, Josephine (Ossie) Para, Elizabeth (Martin) Sampson, Betty (Eddy) Aucoin; brothers, Georgie (Marie Helene), Willie Joe (Joan), Victor Paul (Beatrice), Jonathan (Anne), Milton and his eldest sibling, Joseph George, who died at 18 months of age. At a young age Tom moved to Ontario where he worked for many years for a cable TV company. When he retired, he moved back home to Petit Etang. He enjoyed planting and tending his garden, going to bingo games, and meeting with his friends for coffee at the local coffee shop in Cheticamp. Cremation has taken place and further arrangements will be at a later date. Online condolences may be forwarded to: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

COADY
James Thompson (Jim) Coady, age 91, passed away peacefully on March 17th, at Arborstone Enhanced Care Facility in Halifax. Born in Margaree Forks, Nova Scotia, Jim was the son of the late Patrick and Catherine (MacFarlane) Coady. He is survived by his wife of 58 years Phyllis; daughter Lynn (Robert); and three sons Jim (Catherine), Britt, and Clint, as well as his grandchildren, Christopher, Kevin, and Jack; and sisters Helen (Donald) MacLellan, Barbara (Blair) MacAleenan; and his brother Larry, in addition to many nieces and nephews. For further details and condolences see www.coleharbourfuneral.com.

MacARTHUR
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of John Gerard (Jerry) MacArthur to his eternal reward, fortified by the sacraments of the catholic church and the apostolic blessing on March 3rd, 2020, at the age of 92, in Westminster, California, from complications after surgery. He was born February 24th, 1928, at Alpine Ridge, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. He was the youngest child of Angus MacArthur and Catherine (Campbell) MacArthur. He was predeceased by his parents, brother Raymond, his sister, Mary MacArthur O’ Handley, and his sister-in-law Isabell (MacArthur) MacMaster. He was also predeceased by his brothers-in-law, Archie, Jack, Angus Joe, Danny, Father John Francis, and Tony Campbell; sisters-in-law Annie DeBaie, Sister Catherine Therese Campbell, Mary Theresa DeBaie, and Florence Kelly. Jerry is survived by his wife of 63 years Margaret (Campbell) MacArthur of North East Mabou, their five children John Gerard Junior (Donna), Karen Marie Curley (Michael), Anne Bernadette Graham (Geoff), Eric Angus (Cristin), and Jeffrey Raymond (Monica). The joy of his life was his 12 grandchildren: John Gerard III (Darcie), and Nick MacArthur; Katie, John, and Patrick Curley; Brian, Daniel, and Lauren Graham; Ian and Eddie MacArthur; and Sophia and Duncan MacArthur. He is also survived by his nephew, Raymond MacArthur (Louise) of Judique, and their children: Meghan, Jillian, Mark, Carolyn, and Sean, and his sister-in-law Sadie Campbell Butscher of Fountain Valley California. At the age of one, the family moved to Port Hood to benefit from the educational system. There he attended St. Peters Parish parochial school to sixth grade and into Port Hood Academy graduating from 12th grade. Under the guidance of Father Donald MacPherson, he attended and graduated from St. F.X. University in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science in Physics with a minor in math. This prepared him for a position as a physicist at the Naval Research Establishment in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. His research was in underwater acoustics – mainly in detection of enemy submarines. After in-depth study of numerical analysis at the University of Toronto, he was instrumental in setting up a computation center at the Naval Research Establishment. The opening of this center generated much excitement locally and in the news media – it being the first computation center east of Quebec City. Jerry was recruited in 1959 by TRW as a project engineer at their Beverly Hills facility where he was the first ever to automate a television station – CBS and designed the first digital clock to be used on satellites. During this time, he attended UCLA and studied the logical design of the digital computer. Beginning in 1964, Jerry spent three years as regional manager for Bunker Ramo/General Electric in Atlanta, where his office automated power plants at the Tennessee Valley Authority, pipelines, textile plants, etc. In 1967, Jerry relocated to California as director of Seismic for Scientific Data Systems (SDS), which was then acquired by Xerox Corporation. He founded his own company, Datmac, that provided computerized property management and software accounting packages. Finally, retiring in 2002 from Accucrete Company in Laguna Hills. He was a fourth-degree member of Knights of Columbus, a member of Knights Templar of Jerusalem, and the Knights of St. John. He had true authentic interest in his Scottish family heritage and was involved with Scottish traditions and clan MacArthur. One of his greatest joys was getting together with friends to play music. He enjoyed a good game of cards (bridge/auction), a keen interest in photography, a love of sailing and the sea, and his annual return to Cape Breton. Jerry was an intelligent, articulate, creative, talented, supportive, inspirational, and caring man, who was loved by many and can never be replaced. May his soul rest in peace. Fois Siorraidh dha anam! Viewing took place at Heritage/Dilday Mortuary 17911 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach, CA Monday March 9th. Mass of Christian Burial was on Tuesday March 10th, at Our Lady Help of Christians Chapel 9621 Bixby Avenue, Garden Grove, CA, 92841. Interment immediately following at Good Shepherd Catholic Cemetery. All are invited to a collation at Mile Square Park Golf Course. To send flowers to John's family, please visit our floral section.

POIRIER
Albert Poirier, age 72, Chéticamp, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 2nd, at the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Chéticamp. He was the son of the late Hubert and the late Cecile Anne (Doucet) Poirier. Albert was a boiler maker for 47 years, Local 73. He was a Montreal Canadiens fan, member of L’AMAC music group, guitar player for many years at talent night with friends Gerard Romard and Chester Delaney, and he enjoyed his morning coffee with his fellow coffee drinkers. Albert is survived by his wife Sylvia Poirier; daughter, Lisa Poirier (Robbie Myette), Edmonton, AB; brother, Marcel Poirier, Enfield; brothers-in-law, Alphonse, Mississauga, ON, Marcel, Severin, and Pierre-Paul, Chéticamp; sister-in-law, Yvette Chiasson, Chéticamp. He was predeceased by brother-in-law Roderick Chiasson; sisters, Germaine Chiasson and Lorraine Muise; and sister-in-law, Emily MacGregor. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. Funeral mass was celebrated on Saturday, March 7th, in Église Saint-Pierre, Chéticamp, with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to NIRCA. Funeral is under the direction of Chéticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

MACLEOD
Bernard Joseph MacLeod, 65, Judique, Inverness County, passed away February 26th, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Born June 29th, 1954, he was the oldest son of the late Dan Allan and Margaret MacLeod, Port Hood. He was a fisherman’s helper most of his life. He fished with his long-time employer and friend Ronald Joseph Mac Donald of Long Point, until he had to retire due to illness. He loved fishing. He also loved hunting, fishing, and four wheeling with his friend Dave Hunt. He loved the outdoors and Good Old Country Music, which you could always hear him sing along to. In his earlier years he was known for his great pitching arm, while enjoying a great game of ball with his neighbours and friends, John Angus MacIntyre and Frances MacDonald. He is survived by his wife, Rose, his pride and joy, children,  Chris (Lisa), Alberta; John (Heidi) Alberta; Amanda (Mike) St. Peters; Kevin (Christine) Alberta; Evie(Sam) Alberta; seven grandchildren, the loves of his life, Evan and Nic MacLeod, Alberta; Jaimee and Kameron McLean, Alberta; Emily, Cailin and Lucas Carter, St. Peters; eight siblings, Ruthie (Lewis), Mary (Wessie), Colleen(Graham), Allan(Lisa),Stanley(Angela), Linda, Nancy (Mike), Pauline (Stephen);  several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Anita; grandparents, Sophie and Edward Sr. Landry, Viola and Martin Sampson, many aunts and uncles.  As per Bernie’s wishes, cremation has taken place, funeral mass and scattering of his ashes will take place at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society of Nova Scotia, Central Inverness Palliative Care Society, or charity of choice. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

MacEACHERN
Hon. William (Bill) Malcolm MacEachern, ECNS, 89, of Halifax and Judique passed away March 1st, at the Halifax Infirmary. Born in Judique South, Inverness County, he was the son of Euphemia Malcolm and John MacEachern. Bill attended Lorne School in Judique, graduated summa cum laude from St. Francis Xavier University in 1951 and received his journalism diploma from the University of Western Ontario in 1954. During the summers he worked as a stevedore, hard-rock miner, jackhammer operator, waiter, and busboy (Wildwood Inn Massachusetts, then owned by his beloved great-aunt Florence and her husband Tom Killeen). His stint on a mink farm forever turned him against that industry. Bill was a respected journalist at the Toronto Star from 1955 to 1965. During this time, he wrote the series “Fourteen Days as an Old Age Pensioner,” which was later printed in book form. He was also a member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery in Ottawa. Bill was honoured to have worked for Prime Ministers Lester Pearson and Pierre Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Allan J.MacEachen. In 1974, he successfully ran to represent Inverness South in the Nova Scotia Legislature. He was appointed minister of Health and registrar general and later minister of Social Services and The Status of Women. In this role he spear-headed Nova Scotia’s Children’s Oral Health Program and the establishment of the Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre. He retired from public service as a member of the Canadian Aviation Safety Board in Ottawa where he was part of the team that investigated the Air India Flight 182 disaster of 1985. Bill worked in various capacities to improve the lives of persons with intellectual disabilities in both Ontario and Nova Scotia. In particular he proudly supported his son Andrew’s participation in Special Olympics and even travelled with him when he won a silver medal in swimming for Canada at the International Games in Louisiana in 1983. The ROC employment venture in Port Hawkesbury, especially its bread, was another project of which he was rightfully proud. His ability to multitask while driving was legendary and frightening for anyone brave enough to sit in the passenger seat. Bill was an honourary board member of The Celtic Music Interpretive Centre in Judique. He passed along his pride in his Scottish Gaelic heritage to all his children. Bill is survived by his children, Catriona, Donna (late John Legge), Ross (Diane), Andrew, and Rebecca (Donna Krailo); and his cherished grandchildren, Connor and Margaret MacEachern; sisters, Barbara Banks, Bernadette Gillis, Catherine Surette (late David) and Christine Walker (Dave Madsen); and brothers, Stanley (Barbara) Donald (Margie), John (Janice), and David (Kitty). Bill was also an uncle to many nieces and nephews in Australia, the United States, and Canada. Besides his parents, Bill was predeceased by his wife Alice (Lal) Margaret Morgan; siblings, T. Robert (Anna Mae Rankin), Monica Fallon (Tom), and Florence Lahey. Four siblings died in infancy: Gordon, Monica, Muriel, and Catherine M. Cremation has taken place. Visitation was on Thursday, March 5th, at J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax. Celebration of life to follow in the summer of 2020 in his beloved Judique, Nova Scotia. Donations to Alzheimers Society of Nova Scotia or the Halifax Special Olympics Swim Team (Halifax Whalers c/o R. Smith, 41 Edward Laurie Drive, Halifax, B3M 2C6).

FRASER
Sadie (MacLean) Fraser, age 87, passed away peacefully in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital on Friday, March 6th. Born in Inverness on May 23rd, 1932, to the late Lauchie Billy and Cassie (Fraser) MacLean. Sadie worked for years at Eatons Order Office in Inverness, where she made countless friends. Sadie was a crafts woman, who crocheted many items that have made it around the world. She is survived by her son, Trevor, and sister, Jessie Skinner (Inverness). Sadie was predeceased by her husband, Charlie, who passed away in 2017. There will be no visitation or funeral service as per Sadie's wishes. Internment will follow at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital or to St. Matthew's United Church Graveyard Fund. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

CAMPBELL
It is with a heavy heart that we, the family of Helen (nee Moran) Campbell, announce her peaceful passing on March 7th, 2020, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Born March 26th, 1950, Helen was the ninth child of the late Andrew and Marion Moran. Helen, or “Huddy” as she was known to her nieces and nephews, was born in Inverness, and grew up in Port Hood and later went to Mount Saint Vincent for social work. She served in this field in Halifax, New Brunswick, and Inverness County, until she met her future husband Bernie Campbell. They resided in Halifax for the first two years of their marriage, until moving to Port Hood where they made their permanent home. Helen had a great love for all of her nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews; she would take every opportunity she could to spend time with them. She loved to hear about each of them, and what new and exciting things were happening in their lives. She treasured all of the pictures she received of each of them. It was Helen's nature to want to help people, and often reached out to anyone who might need support that she felt she could offer. Helen is predeceased by her parents, Andrew and Marion; step-father, Alex Fraser; husband, Bernie; and brothers, John, Heckie, and Alexander Paul. She is survived by siblings, Pat (Marie), Andy (Faye), Neil (Margie), Danny (Margie), Betty (Edgar), Charlie (Loretta), Alice (Louie), Donald (Dena); sister-in-law, Marie (Barry) Irvine; nieces and nephews, Trisha, Kim (Todd), Andy, Bruce (Diane), Jennifer (Greg), Marion (Charlie); Mother Elizabeth (Lisa) Marie, Bev, Cheryl (John), Derek (Erika), Andrea (Roy), Paul (Caylanne), Robbie (Katherine), Nolan (Taryn), Jeremy, Brennan; and many grandnieces and grandnephews. Visitation will be Wednesday, March 11th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. Funeral mass will be held on Thursday, March 12th, at 11:00 a.m. in St. Peter's Church, Port Hood, officiated by Father Charles Cameron and Father Vincent vanZutphen; burial to take place at later date. Memorial donations may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society or Port Hood Cemetery Fund. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

AUCOIN
Rita Elizabeth AuCoin, age 95, Cheticamp, formerly of St. Joseph du Moine, passed away on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2020, in the Foyer Père Fiset Guest Home, Cheticamp. Rita was the daughter of the late Irene AuCoin. Rita lived the first part of her life in St. Joseph du Moine with her mother and uncle. For their income they took in seniors who could no longer care for themselves. Rita was extremely kind to them. In the late 1970s, she moved to the Belleview Complex Senior Apartments in Grand Étang. Rita died peacefully at the Foyer Père Fiset Guest Home where she resided for the past four and a half years. Rita was the last surviving member of her family. A funeral mass was celebrated on Wednesday, March 4th, in St. Joseph’s Church, St. Joseph du Moine with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery at a later date. Funeral is under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be made to www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

HARRIS
Thomas Harris, age 85, Plateau, Inverness County, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 27th, in the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. He was the son of the late Henri and the late Marie (Poirier) Harris. Dad was a lumberjack most of his life up to 1985 when he took ill and surgery rendered him disabled. A few years after his surgery he started delivering the paper for the Chronicle Herald. He did that for many years and was very well liked by his customers. One of his favourite hobbies was rabbit snaring with his brother Louis Pat. He was also a great pool player alongside his other brother Charlie Joe. Playing cards was his last hobby, which led to seeing his little red car parked at the Knights of Columbus, where he found many more friends that could almost be called family. He was also a member of KOC Council #3850 and volunteered his time at bingo selling cards. At night you would find him playing cards with his sisters and family friends. Thomas is survived by daughters, Rose Marie (Glen Samson), Brenda (Roger Larade), Christina (Roddie MacDougall), Lise (Greg Lettice), Nicole (Blaze Basker); brothers, Louis Pat Harris and Charlie Joe Harris; sisters, Marie Adele Evers, Lina Poirier, Sophie Poirier, and Geraldine Harris; grandchildren, Leonard Harris, Felicia Larade, Robin and Eric MacDougall, Dillon, Tylor, and Cameron Marple, Matthew Miller, Brook, Bradley, and Nicholas Basker; great-grandchildren, Andrew Skinner, Austin Harris, Jonathan Larade Simpson, Madison Webb, and Emmett O’Neill. He was predeceased by his wife Laurette (Roach) Harris; granddaughter, Tonya Marple; brother Henri; sisters, Nanette, Marguerite, Julitte, Doris, and Elizabeth. A funeral mass was celebrated on Tuesday, March 3rd, in Église St. Pierre, Cheticamp, with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Funeral is under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

NEYNENS
Anna Emelie (VanRoy) Neynens.
Born on May 26th, 1927, in Tungelroy, Netherlands, Emelie passed away peacefully with her family by her side on March 2nd, at the Inverness Memorial Hospital.  Emelie and her husband Harry immigrated to Canada in 1952 through Pier 21. They settled in Cape Breton where they raised their 10 children. Emelie’s passion was raising her children. She enjoyed knitting and gardening.  She is survived by her husband Harry; daughters Maria McKenna (Peter), Catherine Nissen (Peter), Emilie MacDonnell (David), Harriet Neynens (Geza Szenes), Barbara Bryden (Ken); and sons Martin, Jim (Sandra MacMaster), Harry (Colleen), and George; 20 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren.  Emelie is predecesed by her son Johnny. Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 5th, 11:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church in West Lake Ainslie, mass following at 2:00 p.m. with Reverand Bernie MacDonald and Reverand Danny MacLennan officiating. Burial at the parish cemetary at a later date. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Dennis Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Whycocomagh. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at: www.haverstocks.com.

MATHESON
Marion Elizabeth (Betty) Matheson.
Our family is heartbroken to announce Betty’s sudden passing on Thursday, February 27, 2020, in Toronto. Betty was born in Cheticamp, NS, on September 30th, 1958, to Donald and Anna Matheson.  She was predeceased by her father Donald; maternal grandparents Malcolm and Elizabeth MacLellan; paternal grandparents Willie and Mary Matheson; uncles Herbie, Eugene, and RJ MacLellan. Surviving to mourn her loss are her mother, Anna Matheson, Belle Cote; sister Debby (Harold) Gale, Edmonton; brother Ian (Joanne) Matheson, Perth; special friend Ivan Brijeski, Toronto; nephew Brett (Danusia) Gale; niece Erin (Albert); and her precious grandnephews, whom she adored, Matheson and Finn Gale, Tao and Keo So, all of Edmonton. She will be dearly missed by her loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Betty loved animals and leaves behind her dogs, Belle and Beau, and her cat Beanie. Betty moved to Toronto after graduating from St.F.X. with her BSC in Nursing in 1980. She spent the first 20 years working in community nursing before becoming a patient care manager at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, specializing in geriatrics. She retired January 31st, 2020, and was happily preparing to move to her home in Belle Cote in the coming months. Cremation has taken place. Funeral mass and burial will be held at St. Michael’s Parish, East Margaree, NS, at a later date.  Donations in her memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Condolences may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com. Arrangements under the direction of the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles – Newbigging Chapel, Toronto (1-800-616-3311).

MATHESON
Mary Edwina Matheson, age 91, of Aberdeen, Inverness County, passed peacefully away on Tuesday, February 11th, in the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Born on January 24th, 1929, in Tignish, PE, she was a daughter of the late Edmund Emmett and Mary Caroline (Kenny) Christopher. Mary Edwina was a stay-at-home mom. Mary is survived by her daughter, Jean (Calvin) Munro; sons, James (Cathy) and Donnie; sisters, Teresa (Tom), Connie (Louis), Helen (Leo); brothers, Michael (Alice), James; grandchildren, Jennifer (Yon), Heather (Ian), Kaitlyn (Tom), James (Andrew), and Blair; great-grandchildren, Cameron and Leila. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband, Cameron; sister, Freda; brothers, Wilbert, Robert, Walter, and Edward. A graveside service will take place in Little Narrows Presbyterian Cemetery at a later date in the spring of 2020. Memorial donations in memory of Mary Edwina may be made to Bosom Buddies of Nova Scotia (www.bosombuddies.ca). Funeral arrangements are under the care of Dennis Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Whycocomagh. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at: www.haverstocks.com. “Loved and missed by all.”

MacDONNELL
Roderick Bernard ‘Roddie' MacDonnell (May 3rd, 1932 – February 5th, 2020). Roddie passed away peacefully at the Greater Niagara General Hospital on Wednesday, February 5th, at the age of 87. Predeceased by his beloved wife of 57 years, Lillian ‘Rita’ (nee MacDonald) (2016). Loving father of Bernard (Sharon), Gary, and Kelly (Rob) Sutherland. Cherished grandfather of Joshua (Becca), Alex, Marshall (Becca), Sam, and Maggie. Dear brother of Colena MacMillan, Lawrence (Charlotte) MacDonell, and Annie MacLellan. Predeceased by his brothers, John A., Donald, Malkie, Alexander, Angus, John Francis, Alex Duncan (A.D.), Jerome, and Collie; and by his sisters, Margie MacDonald, Mary Janet MacMillan, Rita McClinchey, and Cassie Taylor. Rod was born in Inverness County, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, to John Andrew and Mary Cassie MacDonnell. He was the 14th of 17 children. He described fond memories of his youth in Mabou, working on the family farm, getting into trouble with his brothers and enjoying the many dances and house parties of the area, where he met the love of his life, Rita, for the first time. Jobs were not plentiful in Cape Breton and Rod left home in 1952 to find work. His travels took him to Quebec and Ontario, where he found a variety of jobs, including working as a deckhand on the steamships of the Great Lakes and steel rigger tunnelling in Niagara Falls, where he helped build one of the tunnels that moves water from the Niagara River to the Sir Adam Beck power plant. Rod eventually joined his brothers, A.D. and Alexander in Sudbury, where he worked in the mines of northern Ontario ‘shaft sinking.’ It was here that he and Rita crossed paths again when Rod’s brother, A.D., married Rita’s sister, Frances. Rod saw Rita at the wedding and it was “love all over again.” Rod and Rita were married in 1958 and settled in Temagami, where their two sons, Bernie and Gary, were born. They moved to Niagara Falls in 1965 when Rod was hired at General Motors. It was here that they bought their first house and their daughter, Kelly, was born. Niagara Falls remained Rod’s home until his passing. When not working at GM, Rod loved to spend his free time staying fully informed on current events, attending dances in Toronto with Rita, running to keep fit, and his favourite – driving. Rod had a real love of cars – fixing them, driving them, or telling people about them; he could answer almost any question you had about a vehicle, whether GM, Ford, or Chrysler. Rod retired from his job as a tow motor operator at GM in 1993. Always a great ‘handy-man,’ Rod busied himself in retirement collecting and recycling scrap metal. He always liked to have extra cash in his pocket, which he was eager to spend taking his friends and family out for dinner. Rod and Rita enjoyed travelling throughout Canada and the U.S. over the years, but going ‘home’ to Cape Breton was their favourite vacation plan, where Rod could reconnect with family and friends, enjoy lots of tea, biscuits, and country cheese, and demonstrate his prodigious step-dancing skills. Sadly, Rod lost his vision in 2005, but continued to live life to the fullest extent possible, enjoying visits with friends and family, especially his grandchildren, keeping fit on his treadmill and, of course, staying up-to-date on the daily CNN coverage. Rod was fortunate to be able to remain in his own home with the support of his son, Gary, until his admission to hospital three weeks and five days prior to his passing. A loving and supportive husband, father, brother, and friend, he will be dearly missed. A funeral mass was held for Roddie at St. Thomas More Church in Niagara Falls on February 8th, followed by the Rite of Committal at Fairview Cemetery and a reception at Patterson Funeral Home Ltd., where family and friends enjoyed sharing fond memories of Roddie. Online condolences at www.pattersonfuneralhome.com.  Memorial contributions may be made to The St. Vincent de Paul Society, in memory of Rod.

CORMIER
Marie Lorraine Cormier, age 86, Cheticamp, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Tuesday, February 11th, at the Foyer Père Fiset Guest Home, Cheticamp. She was the daughter of the late Pepin and the late Sophie (Arsenault) Ramard. Lorraine was a hardworking mom who gave her undivided love to each and every one of her children. She was an excellent cook and baker. She loved a good game of cards, knitting, reading, bingo, shopping, and travelling, in her best years. Since her arrival at the Foyer Père Fiset, she would appreciate the solitude of her room, but still loved to receive visitors to play “crazy eights” and chat. She was forever grateful for the good care she received at the Foyer. She loved you guys. She is survived by sons, Phillip (Winny), Shubenacadie, Samuel (Amelia), Edmonton, Alberta, Leonard (Claudia), Cheticamp, and Camille (Lucille), Cheticamp; daughters, Yvette (Gerard), Fredericton, NB, Lucille (Alfred), Cheticamp, Monique (Cyril), Cheticamp, Stella (Steven), St. Joseph du Moine, and stepdaughter Denise (David), Cheticamp; grandchildren, Christian, Aaron, Natalie (Robert), Shauna (Tyler), Byron (Jillian), Jennifer (Aneill), Joanne (Jason), Lindsey (Logan), Ellen, Gabe, Camren, Jakob, Keigan, Zachary; great-grandchildren, Elliott, Jacob, Julien, Allison, Ava, and Giana. She was predeceased by her husband of 35 years, Gabriel Cormier and long-time companion of 20 years, Leopold Chiasson; brothers, Moise, Alex, Joseph, Jean-Paul, Patrice, and Albert; sisters, Mathilda, and Lucy Mae. Funeral mass was Saturday, February 15th, in St. Joseph’s Church, St. Joseph du Moine, with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery at a later date. Funeral was under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

POIRIER
With great sadness we announce the passing of our father and friend, Paul Napoleon Poirier of Inverness, formerly Cheticamp, age 87, on February 6th.  Paul was predeceased by father, Mose Poirier, and mother, Catherine Poirier; son, Joseph and son, Raymond; as well as sisters, Margaret and Veronica. Paul is survived by sisters, Annie, Mary Ann (White), and brother, Eli.  He is also survived by daughters, Maria, Loretta, Margaret, Pauline, Bernadette, Rita; and sons, Gerald, John, and Thomas, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Paul adored his time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved fishing and spending time at Lake Ainslie with family. He will truly be missed. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Paul’s life will take place at a future date.

INGRAHAM
It is with great sadness we, the family, announce the passing of Ella Alfreda Ingraham of Margaree Valley. Ella passed away peacefully at home February 7th, 2020, surrounded by her loving family. She was born May 2nd, 1925, a daughter to the late Annie (Phillips) and Alfred Ingraham. She is survived by her children: Alfred (Joanne), Roly (Barb), Belle Cote, Annie (Harry), Bobby (Merry), Margaree Valley, Susie (Martin), Baddeck, Gloria, Nancy (Alex), Patricia (Allan), Inverness, Julia, Port Hood; daughters-in-law, Lucy, Matilda, and Janice; sisters: Margaret, Alice, and Della; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; also many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Ella was predeceased by her husband, Murdock Neil Ingraham; sons: David, George, Murdock (Pat), and Billy; daughter, Edith Bernice in infancy; brothers: Rueban, Bevis, Jim, Alex, and Fuller; sisters: Laura and Doris; son-in-law, Jackie MacKinnon; daughter-in-law, Kay Ingraham; also two grandsons and one granddaughter in infancy. As a young woman Ella worked at the Inverness Hospital. Ella and Murdock moved from Inverness to the farm in Belle Cote, where they raised their family. She was an avid knitter and quilter, her children and grandchildren were the recipients of her handmade creations of socks, mittens, and quilts. She was always on the move, enjoyed playing bingo, a good card game, fishing in the highlands, attending the jam sessions and taking drives all around Cape Breton. When she was still driving, most days she would go to Tim Horton’s in Cheticamp for coffee, often picking her sister up to go with her. Ella touched the hearts of everyone she met and will be missed deeply. Visitation was on Monday, February 10th, in Wilson United Church Hall, Margaree Center. Funeral service was in Wilson United Church, Margaree Center on Tuesday, February 11th, with Rev. Alicia Cox officiating. Family flowers only please. Memorial donations in memory of Ella may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care, NS Heart and Stroke, or a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

CHIASSON
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of John David Chiasson at the age of 84. He passed away peacefully with his loved ones by his side on January 21st, 2020, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Johnny was born at Margaree Forks to the late  Didace and Sarah (Miller) Chiasson on February 6th, 1935.He is survived by his loving wife Anne; children: Karen, Kenny, Kim (Jeff); stepchildren: Rodney (Sonja), Ramona (Shaun), Adele (Christa); 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers: Stephen(Rosella), Edgar ( Lorna), James (Maureen); sisters: Sr. Isabel, Lorraine, Anne (Angus), Mary, Theresa (Frank). Besides his parents, he was predeceased by sisters Mary Margaret, Anita, Eleanor; and brother Robert. Johnny's kind personality will be missed by all who knew and loved him, especially his fur babies Ben and Max. Visitation was held at St. Patrick's Hall, North East Margaree, on Monday, January 27th. Funeral mass was celebrated on Tuesday, January 28th, at St. Michael's Parish in East Margaree. Donations can be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care or Cape Breton Regional Hospital Palliative Care. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Sunset Funeral Cooperative. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

BEATON
Sr. Frances Beaton, CND, (Sr. St. Anita of Sion) died peacefully on February 3rd, 2020, at the CND Health Care Centre, Sydney, Nova Scotia. Born in Inverness, October 10th, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Finlay and Florence Elizabeth (MacLennan) Beaton. She entered the Congregation of Notre Dame in 1940 and made profession in 1942. Countless numbers of students in Sydney, Sydney Mines, New Victoria, and Antigonish benefited from her teaching expertise, which spanned 37 years. Upon retiring from teaching, Sister Frances volunteered at the Cape Breton Correctional Center where her teaching skills were much appreciated. She was local leader at Notre Dame Convent, Sydney Mines. Sister’s last years were spent at the CND Health Care Centre, where her ministry was one of prayer for the needs of our world. Sister Frances was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was predeceased by her siblings: Christina Beaton, Catherine (Taddy) Murphy, John Ronnie Beaton, Anita Beaton, Mary Frances (Francie) MacNeil, Paula Malenfant, and Pauline Beaton. She is also predeceased by two nephews, Ronsie and Stephen Beaton. She is survived by several nieces and nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews who loved her dearly. Visitation for Sister Frances was held Thursday February 6th, at TW Curry Parkview Chapel, Sydney, with a Bible Vigil following. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Friday, February 7th, at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys with Fr. Bill Burke officiating. Interment will be in Resurrection Cemetery. If desired, donations in her memory may be made to the ALS Society. Online condolences can be made by visiting www.twcurry.com.

O’NEILL
It is with great sadness that the family of the late Matilda “Tillie” O’Neill announce her passing at the Western Memorial Regional Hospital on Sunday, January 26th, 2020, at the age of 95 years. She will be sadly missed by her son Chip (Jackie) in Fort Saskatchewan; her four daughters, Elaine O’Neill in Kippens, Cora (Calvin) Watkins in Fort McMurray, Marie O’Neill in Fort McMurray, and Cindy O’Neill (Rankin) in Cape Breton. She also leaves to mourn her precious grandchildren, Marty, Wanda, Spencer, Josh, Dawn, Jenine, Sheryl, Neill, Beth, Davis, Tyson, Abby, Izzy, and Olivia; her precious great-grandchildren, Jude, Shea, Devon, Frasier, Daisy, Violet, Wynter, Jacob, Vayda, Chase, Nevaeh, Zoe, Quinn, Kane, Kallie, Kashton, and Gordi along with other relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her husband Remi; her parents Placid and Catherine LeBlanc; her siblings, Lucy, Bill, Jack, Mary, Hughie, Ida, Dot, and Tom. Tillie touched many lives. She truly saw the good and value in others, and she readily welcomed everyone into her home for a cup of tea, a lunch, a chat, and a laugh. She had the most incredible zest for life. She loved family, humour, food, playing cards, music, painting, and having a crowd in for a party. In the big kitchen in heaven, Tillie has already started on a new batch of meat pies. The family received friends at Russell’s Funeral Home in Stephenville on Monday January 27th and on Tuesday January 28th.  Funeral services took place on Wednesday, January 29th from St. Stephen’s Parish on West Street. Interment of ashes took place on Thursday, January 30th, in Hillside Interfaith Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice in Tillie’s memory.

GILLIS
Donald Daniel “DD” Gillis (D Bi), 74, of Blackstone, formally of Gillisdale. We regret to announce the passing of Donald Daniel "DD" Gillis on Friday, January 31st, at home surrounded by his loving family. “DD” was born June 3rd, 1945, in Inverness, Nova Scotia, to the late Alexander Joseph Gillis (d.1963) and Mary Josephine (MacLellan) Gillis (d.1991). We have lost a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend. Dad loved spending time with family, especially for the big family summer gatherings and birthdays, his coffee dates with Mom, fishing with his grandchildren, and working on old rigs with his sons and daughter while enjoying a cold beer on a hot day. He is survived by his wife, Annabelle (MacPherson) Gillis; his daughter, Carrie Ann (George) Campbell; his sons, Daniel Joseph, Hugh Jason (Lynn), and Glenn; grandchildren, Cheyenne, Keltin, Brittany, Alex, Jordon, Breanne, Isaiah, and Bryson; great-grandchildren, Noah, Hailey, Zachary, Michael, Emma, Aria, Amelia, Aubrey, Drew and Avery; brothers and sisters, Josephine, Mary Flora (Stephen), Anne (Hugh), Minnie, Stewart (Mary Catherine), Earl, Angus (Kaye), Rhoda (Stan), John, Cassie (Hugh), Susan, Stephen (Mary), Hughena, Theresa, and Archie (Ruth) and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Besides his parents, DD is predeceased by sister, Olive and brother, Alexander. Visitation was Tuesday, February 4th, in Inverness Funeral Home. Funeral mass was held Wednesday, February 5th at 11:00 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, West Lake Ainslie, with Father Bernie MacDonald officiating. Burial at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

POIRIER
Joseph “Arthur” Poirier, age 87, Cheticamp, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, January 27th, in the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. Arthur was the son of the late Bennie (Auguste) and Marie (Deveau) Poirier. Arthur worked in the logging industry as a lumberjack. He also worked at the local fish plant and did carpentry work for Cheticamp Boat Builders. Arthur is survived by his partner of 34 years, Marie Jeanne AuCoin; son, Paul Angus Poirier; daughters, Madelaine Poirier (Eddy Boudreau) and Denise Poirier; daughters-in-law, Diane Poirier and Laurette Poirier; sister, Rose Yvonne Bonnel; grandchildren, Fidel Poirier, Isabelle Poirier, Nathalie Poirier, and Marc Poirier; great grandchildren, Emilie Scholfield, Bennett Scholfield, Caileigh Poirier, Josslyn Poirier, and Eliana Chiasson Poirier. He was predeceased by his wife Bella (Roach) Poirier; sons, Gerard Poirier, Willie John Poirier, Victor Poirier; son-in-law, Gélas Poirier; brothers, Placide, Wilfred, Auguste, Henry, Paul; sisters, Lucy Anne, Julie Anne, and Zabeth. Cremation has taken place. There was no visitation. Funeral mass was celebrated on Friday, January 31st, 2020, at Église St. Pierre, Cheticamp with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery at a later date. Funeral was under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca. 

PHILLIPS
It is with great sadness that we, the family of Isabel Emma Phillips, announce her peaceful passing on January 15th, at the age of 84, in the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital with family by her side. Born in Margaree Valley on June 15th, 1935, to the late William and Victoria (MacKinnon) Greig. Isabel was the youngest of two children and lived her entire life in Margaree Valley. Isabel was a member of the Wilson United Church choir for many years and also served as a member of the Wilson Session. At the time of her death Isabel was the last remaining member of the Big Intervale UCW. Isabel spent her life raising her family and for several years worked at the Margaree Lodge. Besides her grandchildren, one of Isabel’s joys was her love of playing the piano for anyone who asked for a tune. She also enjoyed a good game of auction with family and friends. Isabel is survived by her sons: Anthony, Blair (Sherma), Steven (Roberta) and James (Lorna) all of Margaree Valley; grandchildren: Ryan, Jordan, Josh, Taylor, Emily, Jamie, Rebecca, and Elon; great-grandchildren: Corwyn, Morgana, Chloe, Cohen, Bethany, and Avery. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews. Isabel was predeceased by her husband Joe; her sister Mayme Tingley; and her brother-in-law Charles Tingley and also by several members of her extended family. Visitation for the late Isabel Emma Phillips took place on January 18th in the Wilson United Church Hall, Margaree Center. The funeral service took place on January 19th in the Wilson United Church with Rev. Alicia Cox officiating. Family flowers only. Donations in memory of Isabel Phillips can be made to the Wilson United Church. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Sunset Funeral Cooperative. Online condolences to: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

MUISE
Clifford Muise, native of Cheticamp, Nova Scotia, passed away on January 24th, in St-Jerome, Quebec, at the age of 71. He leaves behind his partner, Line Allard; daughters, Carol Muise Mason (Ray Mason), Tina Muise (Luc Plouffe); grandchildren, Simon and Claire; brother Eric Muise (Sandra); and many family and friends. Funeral will be on January 31st, at Église St. Paule de la paroisse Bon Pasteur (920 rue Labelle, St-Jerome, Quebec, J7Z 5M5). The family will be present at 12:30 p.m. Donations if you wish, can be made to a CISSS des Laurentides St-Jerome or Pallia Vie St- Jerome, Quebec, or a local cancer foundation of your choice.

MacKINNON
Annie “Josephine” MacKinnon slipped peacefully from this world January 20th, 2020, while residing in the Inverary Manor, Inverness, her home for the past six years.  She was born in Deepdale, NS, on August 16th, 1917, to Neil P. MacLellan and Margaret (Gillis). She trained as a teacher at the Nova Scotia Teacher's College. She taught school in mostly rural areas of Nova Scotia for 35 years.  She always enjoyed her profession. A strict but fair teacher, she tried to make sure all children left her classroom knowing the basics. In 1955, she married John Dan MacKinnon, also of Deepdale, and they moved into the family home with her parents. She had one daughter, Eileen MacKinnon (Brendan DeTracey) who lives in Halifax. Josephine was predeceased by her parents and husband. She was also predeceased by her sisters, Sarah MacLellan, Catherine McCormack and Lillian MacLeod; and her brothers Alex and John MacLellan. Her brother, Donald MacLellan (Helen) lives in Ottawa and her sister, Anne Gunning (Peter) in Scarborough. Josephine was very happy in Deepdale and would often comment how much she loved looking out the kitchen window, admiring her view of Gory's Mountain.  She loved meeting new people and catching up with old friends to get the "news."  She also took great pleasure in her garden and talking about her other roots, her ancestors. In her day, she was very good at reciting the winding river of connections that tied people to one another. Josephine also loved to bake, and when her nieces and nephews visited during the summer, she would try to have their favourite cookies or pies waiting for them. Cremation has taken place.  Her funeral service will be held this coming summer when many of her nieces and nephews will be around Inverness. Donations in Annie Josephine's memory may be made to Inverary Manor, Inverness. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

MacINTOSH
Ann Kerry MacIntosh, age 77, of Baddeck formerly of River Denys passed away on Sunday, January 19th, 2020 in the Alderwood Rest Home, Baddeck. Ann was born in Yarmouth; she was a daughter of the late John Murray and Bertha Clara (Dixon) MacIntosh. Ann was predeceased by her husband, James Byron “Jim” MacIntosh, on October 17th, 2018. Ann retired from teaching school after 35 years, having taught in Orangedale and Whycocomagh. Ann was a member of Forbes United Church, River Denys; Celtic Star Chapter # 19 O.E.S. and Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 123, Whycocomagh, where she was awarded the Meritorious Service Award in 2003. Ann is survived by her sister, Vivian Winsor, Truro; several nieces and nephews; stepchildren, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. Ann was predeceased by her husband, Duncan Gillis; sisters, Jenny, Doris, and Eileen; brothers, Charlie, Frank, and Eddie. Visitation was held on January 23rd in Dennis Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Whycocomagh. Funeral service was held on January 24th from Forbes United Church, River Denys, with Rev. R. Dale Crawford RDLM officiating. Burial at a later date in Fir Grove Cemetery, River Denys.  A reception provided by the community and the fire department auxiliary followed in the Blues Mills Fire Department. Memorial donations may be made to Forbes United Church or to a charity of one’s choice. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at: www.haverstocks.com. 

MacKENZIE
It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of our beloved Judith “Judy” Catherine MacKenzie, on Monday January 7th, 2020, in Wahnapitae, Ontario, in her 63rd year. She is predeceased by her husband Donald in 2012 and her father Duncan T. MacDonald in 2000. Judy is survived by her daughter Shannon (Andrew) Walmsley and her grandchildren, Thomas and Katherine of Toronto.  She is also survived by her mother, Marion (Ditta) of Harbour View, Nova Scotia; her siblings, Elaine (James) Loftus, Toronto, Carol (Bill) MacDonald, Judique, NS, Edward (Barbara) of Port Hood, NS, Leonard and Lyndon of Toronto; her aunts, uncles, and all her relatives, including nieces, nephews, and friends in Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Brookline, Massachusetts. A memorial mass was held on January 18th at Holy Redeemer Church in Sudbury, Ontario.  Funeral mass and burial will be celebrated at St. Peter's Parish, Port Hood, Nova Scotia, at a later date. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.


MacDONALD
Marjorie Joyce MacDonald - may her loving embrace be felt for eternity. Our world lost a beautiful glowing light in the passing of our mother, wife, daughter, sister, grandmother, and friend. Marjorie Joyce MacDonald made a peaceful departure on January 17th, 2020, from Saint Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish. Marjorie, or Marge as she was affectionately referred to, was known for her warmth, kindness, sense of style, her delicious cooking, and the love she had for her family. The nickname bestowed upon her by her grandchildren was “Grandma Glamour” (or GG for short), a most-fitting description for this beautiful woman.  GG was often in her favourite place: her kitchen. She could be found making meals for those in need, whipping up dinner for family and friends or baking for her grandchildren – no one makes biscuits like Grandma!  Her kind and gentle nature made her perfect for a career in personal work, where she spent many fulfilling years working with those in need at Mary’s Hill Home in Mabou and Small Options in Inverness. Marjorie was a truly rare, self-sacrificing soul. She spent her childhood years in Judique, and as a teen moved with her family to Boston, Massachusetts, in search of new opportunities.  She was hired at John Hancock Insurance and quickly established herself as a key member of their team. Although she enjoyed the work and the connections with other people, she took immense pleasure in the opportunity to dress and present herself in a professional manner.  After she met and married her best friend and true love Alex, she moved back to Cape Breton to raise their family. The thoughts and feelings of others were important to her, and she was blessed with the gift of wisdom at such a young age to truly understand what it means to live a rich and fulfilling live. Marjorie had the power to see the positive in everything and everyone. Whether it was dealing with her own health struggles (cancer), lending a helping hand in her community as a member of the CWL, supporting friends, or sharing the joys and challenges of her family, she could always be counted on to be a warm and supportive force. Marjorie is survived by her devoted husband and life partner of 47 years, Alexander MacDonald; loving children, Theresa (Mike Renton), Shelley, Derek, Kyle, Jessica (Mark MacIsaac); precious grandchildren, Drew, Cole, Mia, Jace, Callie Mae, Camden, Bradyn, Reegan Elle; as well as her mother, Theresa Cobb Avery; siblings, John (Anne-Marie), Jesslyn (Thomas Conway), Gary, Yvonne (Richard Conway), Patrick; and sister-in-law, Diane Cobb. She is predeceased by her brothers, Reginald, Bernard, Albert, and Tyrone. Visitation will take place in Port Hood and Area Resting Place on Wednesday, January 22nd, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 -9:00 p.m. Funeral mass will take place in St. Peter’s Parish Church, Port Hood, at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 23rd, with Father Eugene Morris officiating. Burial at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Saint Martha’s Palliative Care Unit, or the Port Hood and Area Resting Place. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com. “It is not length of life, but depth of life” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

 

MacDONALD
Earl Oswald MacDonald of Orangedale, Cape Breton. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Earl Oswald Mac Donald, age 87, on Thursday, January 16th, 2020, in the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Earl was born June 21st, 1932, in Sydney, CB; he was a son of the late John Angus and Sarah Jane Mac Donald (Mac Lean), Orangedale. He will be sadly missed by his wife of 35 years, Kathleen (Campbell) Mac Donald; son, Allan Earl Mac Donald (Rosalie), New Minas; son, Carl Sidney, at home; granddaughter, Melanie Christina (Paul McCulloch); and step great-grandson, Ian McCulloch, Toronto, Ontario. Earl is also survived by nieces, Nancy Mac Donald, Halifax; Janis Mac Donald, Inverness; and nephews, John Mac Donald, Halifax and Jackie Mac Donald, Orangedale; and special friends Janet and Jim, Toronto. In addition to many special friends and relatives, Earl is survived by special fur friend, Mitzi and grand fur puppies, Seasca and Diggity. Earl was predeceased by his first wife, Marjorie “Queenie” Richards; brothers and their wives, John Allan (Marjorie) and Sidney Grant (Carolyn) Mac Donald; and nephew, Randy Mac Donald. Earl spent 37 plus years with the CNR as a telegrapher in Inverness, Musquodoboit, and Orangedale and other places in NS. He was a life-long member and honorary elder of the Orangedale United Church until its closing and transferred his membership to Forbes United Church, River Denys. For many years he was treasurer of the Orangedale United Church. He was a founding member of the Orangedale Improvement Society, treasurer and member of the Orangedale Water Society, and member of the Orangedale Station Association. Earl loved fine fiddle music, visits with friends near and far, playing a prank, crosswords, and talking politics. He contributed to many charities. Visitation took place on Tuesday, January 21st, in Dennis Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Whycocomagh. Funeral service was held on Wednesday, January 22nd, in Forbes United Church, River Denys, with R. Dale Crawford, RDLM officiating. Internment at a later date in Orangedale-Gillis Cove Cemetery. Family flowers only, please. The family asks that contributions be made in his memory to Forbes United Church, River Denys, Nova Scotia, B0E 2Y0 or Feed Nova Scotia, 67 Wright Ave, Dartmouth NS B3B 1H2. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at: www.haverstocks.com. 
“He faded off into the sun,
But the whistle shrill still lingers on;
In the hearts of everyone,
Everyday from dusk to dawn.”

GIBBONS
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Albert Henry Gibbons (1944-2020). Beset by respiratory failure on a Panamanian cruise in mid December, Albert was not able to recover upon being transferred to the Broward Health Medical Center in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, on December 20th and, despite the high standard of care afforded, passed on there on January 10th, 2020, just after 9:00 a.m. EST, comforted by his wife Marilyn. Albert was the first born of Henry Herbert and Annie Jane Gibbons (MacKeigan) of Marion Bridge, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, on August 15th, 1944. His younger brother Phillip (Ann Marie) also of Marion Bridge. A polymath from when he was in short pants, Albert wooed his bride of 53 plus years, Marilyn Lenore Gibbons (Fraser) during a brief stint in banking in Halifax, Nova Scotia in his early 20s. It was his dancing that swept her off her feet, in the end (dashing looks aside). The couple had three children: Caleb (Kazuyo) Tokyo, Japan, Kimberlea Toronto, ON, and Curtis (Jenn) Fall River, NS; and four grandkids: Jacob, Cara, Carter, and Liam. Albert’s mid-August birthday was ideal for a birthday party as the away crowd was all back in Cape Breton. He especially loved having the kids around him during those celebrations. Albert was granted 75 revolutions of the sun that brought both abundance and grandeur to his beloved blueberry fields at the end of Gibbons Road, his family sanctuary since 1974. Born to farm, numeracy excellence brought Albert first to banking in his 20s, a self-taught carpenter in his 30s, and a self-taught tax accountant in his 40s. Albert toiled 30 years as the brains behind H&R Block, Baddeck, and he relished the challenges it offered. A substantial tax practice was built over decades, catering to both individual and corporate client segments with a speciality in relatively complex US tax returns. Many long-time clients will shudder at the thought of facing the CRA/IRS without his sage counsel. First Nations were valued clients and most in Wagmatcook and Whycocomagh knew Albert, either as tax clients or through his blueberry business. The 100 km-plus daily commute to Baddeck was taken in stride and largely without complaint, save the trade-in value of Ford F-150’s with 270-plus km on the odometer. Marilyn was co-pilot for many of those trips. Not all work and no play, Albert was an avid collector of stamps, art, and jewelry. The auction houses may see a dip in their revenue numbers going forward. Albert was always on the bid, never the offer. Albert loved to fish, brook trout especially. Thousands are owed him on penny a point crib and few tallies for Scrabble did not have him 1st or 2nd (Curtis ahead by a nose). Tarabish was a favourite card game when all kin were home and he especially liked to see the ferocious play of his grandkids, keen to show off their new-found skills. Albert was an avid reader, but spoke like each word cost him a quarter. His culinary acumen was without equal and many will miss the “standards” that he could repeat with Gordon Ramsay like precision. Curry meatballs, prepared in a cast iron pan as big as a hula hoop, might have been the number one fan fav. Prudence may dictate a suit for eventual internment, but Albert’s standard uniform was black Levi’s and a white t-shirt, with the shirt highly optional June through September. The list of “big ideas” were endless growing up with Albert at the reins. Farming with a growing season as short as Cape Breton is a perilous endeavor, requiring an open mind. Gibbons Farms will live on in some form, no doubt. A late stage cat nut, Albert loved Phantom and his love was not unrequited. Marilyn will need to more than double up on her affection to keep the feline whole. Public visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 23rd, at Sydney Memorial Chapel. Funeral service will be held Friday, January 24th, at 11:00 a.m., also at Sydney Memorial Chapel with reception to follow. Donations to the Canadian Lung Association in lieu of flowers; www.lung.ca. Family condolences/comments: www.sydneymemorialchapel.com.

MacDONALD
It is with heavy hearts we announce, after a brief and sudden illness, our dearly-loved brother, George Joseph MacDonald, passed into eternal rest on December 2nd, 2019; surrounded by his family, in Cape Breton Regional Hospital. George was a Christmas baby, born December 25th, 1934, to parents, John Angus and Mary Sarah (MacArthur) MacDonald. George lived a full and interesting life; after completing high school George completed one year in the seminary before deciding to enter a mining career. He then attended ST. F.X. University and graduated from Concordia University with his BA. For several years, George taught school in Riding Park, Manitoba. After teaching, he decided to go to Montreal; where he settled for 30 years working in the import/export business. George retired to Bedford, NS, for a few years before returning home to Inverness. He enjoyed socializing, meeting people, telling stories, and having good vigorous conversations about your relatives and where they came from (he was very knowledgeable when it came to family ancestors). One of his every day enjoyments was his morning coffee; with his brother Andy, at Robins to catch up on all the daily news around town. George is survived by his sister, Ann Marie “Mary” (Calum) MacPhail, Lower Sackville; his brothers, Jim Dan (Bobby), Port Hood; Patrick (Carol) Broad Cove; Andy (Sally), Broad Cove; Colin (Sandra) Calgary, Alberta; sisters-in-law, Elizabeth MacDonald, Antigonish; Angie Russell, Alberta; many dearly-loved nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews. Besides his parents, George was predeceased by brothers, Peter (in Infancy); Alexander Angus, Antigonish; Peter Archibald, BC, and nephew Brennon MacDonald, BC. George's unique and caring personality will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Visitation and funeral mass took place on December 6th, 2019, in St. Margaret of Scotland Church, Broad Cove. Memorial donations in memory of George may be made to a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Sunset Funeral Co-operative. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

TOMPKINS
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Elizabeth Rose (Rosie) Tompkins of Margaree Valley at the age of 90. She passed away peacefully on December 28th, 2019, in Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. Rosie was born in Margaree valley on October 5th, 1929, daughter to the late Frank and Hazel (Ross) Crowdis. She is survived by her sons, Gordon, Port Hawkesbury, Austin, Margaree Valley; granddaughters, Mysty, Darlene, Crystal, Courtney, and Nadia; many great-grandchildren; sisters, Margaret and Alice Marple; sister-in-law, Sadie and several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Rosie was predeceased by her first husband, Wilfred Ross; second husband, Patrick Tompkins; brother, John Edward and eldest son, Cecil. Rosie loved her grandchildren deeply, she loved spending time with children and over the years she babysat many children. She was an avid card and bingo player, enjoyed doing lexicon puzzles, and knit numerous pairs of socks and mittens. In keeping with Rosie’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation or funeral service. A graveside service will take place at a later date. Donations in memory of Rosie may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia or the Inverary Manor. Arrangements are under the care of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

MacKINNON
We regret to announce the passing of Vincent MacKinnon of Kiltarlity Road, Gillisdale, on January 8th at home. Vincent was born on October 30th, 1935, in Gillisdale to Mary F. Gillis and Archie MacKinnon. He married Mary MacDonald and together they raised six children. Vincent was employed as a pipefitter at Nova Scotia Forestry Industries from 1971 to April of 1994. So called retirement consisted of the things he loved to do: lumbering, hunting, fishing, four wheeling, and a good game of cards. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary; sons, Joey (Marilyn), Kevin (Diane); daughters, Maureen (Alan), Elizabeth, Monica (Charles); daughter-in-law, Maureen; adoring aunts Jessie and Agnes; brothers, Don, Grant, and Brent. An amazing Poppy to his 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by son John Vincent; grandsons Daniel and Jeffery; great-granddaughter Ella Rose; and brothers Lawrence (OSA), Al, and Callum. Visitation was held at the Lake Ainslie Fire Hall on Friday, January 10th. Funeral was held on January 11th at in St. Joseph’s Church, South West Margaree. Burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Donations in memory of Vincent may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care or St Joseph’s Cemetery Fund. Fois siorruidh dha anam.

MacDONELL
Annie Mae MacDonell, Port Hood. On January 9th, 2020, before unexpectedly passing to her home in Heaven, Annie Mae spent her final day living her life to the fullest surrounded by those who cared for her.  Born at home in Mabou on September 24th, 1931, Annie Mae was the third child of Malcolm (Finlay R) and Cassie (Sandy Finlay) MacDonald. Annie Mae is survived by her daughter, Donna, and son-in-law, Stephen Doiron; sisters, Catherine (Alex deceased), Christena (Chris), Jenny (Jack); brothers, Pat (Marie), Leo (Cassie), and Herbie (Gina); special step-grandchildren, Jillian (Roy), Meghan (Wilker), Jonathan, Danielle, and Caitlin (Alex); grandchildren “by heart” Garreth and Emily; her “children by heart” Debbie, Stella, and Gerard; and many nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved dearly and always kept close in her heart. Besides her parents, she is predeceased her husband, Donald Francis (2007); brothers, Finlay, Allister; sister, Betty, and her two angels in childbirth.  In her early life, Mom worked for the post offices in Mabou and Port Hood, the Registry of Deeds, and at the end of her career, with Royal Bank, in Port Hood, at which time she developed rheumatoid arthritis (RA) at age of 46.  Although RA did its best to define Mom’s life from that time forward – she never let it happen. Her motto was always “where there’s a will, there’s a way” and she lived by it every day of her life. Mom’s greatest love (second perhaps only to tea and a good plate of sweets) was her family, who were always in her thoughts and prayers. A truly social being, having friends and family, music and dance in her home was her joy and pleasure. Visitors were always greeted with a warm welcome and a smile on her face. Mom was a woman of great faith and devotion to the blessed Mother and the rosary. She was a woman of peace and always saw the good in people. Her bible and rosary beads were never out of her reach. Her faith sustained her to the end and carried her to be forever again with Dad and family members who have gone before her. Visitation took place in Port Hood and Area Resting Place on Tuesday, January 14th; funeral mass was in St Peter’s Parish Church at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 15th, with Fr. Eugene Morris officiating.  Burial to take place at a later time. Funeral services under the direction of Inverness Funeral Home. Those wishing to donate in Mom’s memory can do so to the Arthritis Society of NS, The Alzheimer’s Society NS, or Inverary Manor. My lifelong mentor, my inspiration, my rock, my best friend – my Mom.  Forever loved. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

COOPER
Mary Elizabeth (Beth/Betty) Cooper, Kempt Road, Richmond County, and Sydney, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Monday, January 6th. Beth was known for her belief in and support of youth, her warm hospitality, her love of country living, her beautiful handwriting and written correspondence, and her passion for dancing and live Celtic music. She was an avid Toronto Maple Leafs fan – a dedication that began when she was six years old, listening to Saturday night hockey games on the radio with her mother. She also enjoyed travelling to visit her children across Canada and internationally. Her two favourite places were her home of Cape Breton and her ancestral homeland of Newfoundland. For many years, Beth was an active member of the Canadian Association for Community Living, The Riverdale Credit Union, and the Port Hawkesbury Co-op. She was a long-time member of the parishes of St. Francis de Sales, St. Louis (CWL member and president), and St. Joseph, serving as a reader and Eucharistic minister and giving marriage courses. Educated in early life at Constantine School, Sydney Academy, and Holy Angels Convent, Sydney, St. Joseph's Convent, Mabou, and Normal College, Truro, Beth enjoyed playing school basketball and baseball, tennis and skating. She sang in St. Teresa's Church choirs, Sydney, and trained and performed with the Imperial Order of Daughters of the Empire, for radio broadcast, hospitals, and outdoor venues. Beth's early teaching years were in Millcreek, East Bay, and Blacketts Lake, substituting at West Mount, Sydney Forks, and Louisdale schools. Beth taught the first special education class established in Richmond County, teaching for 17 years in Arichat, West Arichat, and Evanston. Beth loved teaching children with special needs and thrived on helping her students enjoy a rich array of life experiences. She formed strong and lasting relationships with her students, their families, and communities, and always held a very special place in her heart for ‘her children,’ treasuring how much she learned from them. Beth was born in Sydney to the late Bernard and Anastasia (Somers) Mason. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Carl Mills Cooper (married in 1949); her son, Michael; siblings, Rose, Willie, Margaret (Peter), Ella (Marshal), and Cecil (Marge); and sister-in-law Marguerite (Frank Mason). She is survived by her daughters, Bethalee and Rachael (Danny Neil), and her sons, Mark (Debra), Jamie (Brenda), Carl (Catherine), Brian (Sharon), Donald, Leo (Dorothy), and Thomas; brothers, Frank (Lynne) and Fr. James Mason; by 13 grandchildren: Sam, Anna, Ben, Uriah, Oakley, Matthew, Daniel, Jessie, Clyde, Maria, Katrina, Jacob, and Emily; and by 13 great-grandchildren Riley, Avery, Brodie, Neela, Chase, Coen, Izzie, Kane, Dylan, Emma, Kaiya, Elijah, and Dominic, all of whom brought much joy to her life. Visitation was at Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury, on Thursday, January 9th. Beth’s funeral mass took place on Friday, January 10th, from St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, Lower River Inhabitants, with burial in the parish cemetery, and reception followed at Vincent McCarthy Hall, Lower River. Donations can be made to Covenant House, Toronto, or In-patient Palliative Care Unit, St. Martha's Hospital Foundation, Antigonish. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at www.haverstocks.com.

CHIASSON
Russell Joseph Chiasson, age 75, of Belle Cote (formerly of St. Joseph Du Moine) passed away peacefully in Inverary Manor, Inverness, on December 25th, 2019. Russell was born July 16th, 1944, to parents Eddie and Zena (Aucoin) Chiasson. Russell is survived by his wife, Annie; brothers, Victor (Bernice), Grand Etang; Edgar (Lucille), Cheticamp; his favourite sister, Yvette (Yves), Bridgewater. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his nephew, Rickey; his niece, Eileen. Cremation has taken place and burial will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

MacDONALD
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our father Howard Jerome MacDonald, age 92, of Westmount, on December 28th, 2019, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. He had a peaceful passing listening to his son Howie play The Farewell March. He was the son of the late Duncan Francis MacDonald and Mary (Mamie) MacDougall, both of Troy. He was born in Troy and upon marrying his wife Ann (Queensville) they moved to Westmount, where they raised their family. He worked for the Canadian National Railway for 43 years and recently expressed, “I loved going to work everyday and I loved going home everyday.” He was a very hard worker and spent his summer vacations in Troy, where he ran the Troy Canteen at the end of his mother’s lane. Upon retiring he enjoyed working in his garage, especially building dog houses with his grandchildren and having them marketed and sold by “top management,” Ann. He loved music, dancing, horse racing, reading, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and spending quality time with his family and friends. He was always the first to lend a helping hand for those in need and had a strong faith and belief in God. He had an exceptional memory and gift for storytelling, as well as an incredible sense of humour that will be greatly missed. He loved to keep busy and often volunteered for community events such as meals on wheels and serving dinners for the KOC. He never missed the opportunity to attend the horse races or watch his children or grandchildren entertain. He was a wonderful father to his children, Michael (late Debbie), Ontario; Howie, Westmount; Judy, China; Evelyn (Eugene) Cameron, Mabou; Marilyn (Peter) MacKinnon, Westmount; and Cheryl (Kyle) MacQuarrie, Mabou. He was a loving supportive grandfather to his 13 grandchildren, Brennan, Lee, Kristen, Jillian, Jordan, Terrilyn, Warren, Vincent, Daniel, Neil, Colin, Iain, Ann, and his great-granddaughter Bliss. He is survived by his sister Evelyn, California; his brother Wilfred, Troy, as well as Bernie (Kathryn), Dartmouth, and Bernie’s children Kara and Curtis. He was predeceased by his wife, Ann (MacDonald), sister Marie Beaton, and brothers Lawrence and Harold. Visitation will be held at TW Curry Parkview Chapel, Sydney on Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. Funeral mass will be held on Thursday morning at 11:00 a.m. in Holy Rosary Church Westmount, with Fr. Douglas Murphy officiating. Memories and condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting www.twcurry.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Operation Smile, The Red Cross, and the War Amps Association of Canada.

LeFORT
Joseph Claude LeFort, 76, of East Margaree, Nova Scotia, passed away suddenly on December 26th. Claude was born on August 18th, 1943, at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Cheticamp, Nova Scotia, to Paul and Antoinette (Aucoin) LeFort. As the eldest in his family, he went to work at an early age to help his mother and father provide for the family. Claude was married to Josephine (LeBlanc) on July 18th,1964. They were living in Toronto at this time and Claude worked at the Goodyear Tire factory. Cyril and Michelle were born during Claude and Josephine’s time in Toronto. However, Cape Breton Island called them home and they returned in 1970. They returned first to Cheticamp, where Leroy was born and then finally settled in East Margaree. Claude and Josephine were married 53 years until Josephine’s sudden death on March 20th, 2017. After relocating to Cape Breton, Claude worked in the forestry industry cutting pulp, running machinery and driving a truck for Joseph A. LeBlanc Ltd. and John E. MacLean Enterprises. In the late 90s, he worked for a short time in Northern Alberta. Claude was an avid card player and loved attending local card plays. He also loved to fish and was known by all the fly fisherman on the Margaree River. He was a lifetime honourary kinsmen, being one of the founding members of the Margaree Kinsmen Club. Most of all he was very proud of his family, especially his grandchildren. They will all miss his phone calls, card games, and trips to the restaurant for fish and chips. Claude is survived by his three children, Cyril (Terri), Michelle Arsenault (Earl), Leroy (Wanda); grandchildren Kayla (Mike Kofahl), Bethany Chiasson (Justin), Kegan Arsenault (Kelsey), Jillian Arsenault, Hailee (Ward MacDonald), and Darcie; great-grandchild Camryn (Kegan and Kelsey); brother Paul (Emma); sisters Stella Klingemann (Klaus), Dora Maillet (Robert), Ginette (Doris), Therese, Yvonne LeFort-Goosens (Peter), and other extended family and friends. Claude is preceded in death by his wife Josephine and brothers Russell, Armand and Cyrille. Visitation was held on Monday, December 30th, at St. Michael’s Parish Hall. Funeral mass was held on Tuesday, December 31st, at St. Michael’s Church, East Margaree, Nova Scotia, with Fr. Bedford Doucette officiating along with Fr. Macdonald Ibeh. Interment of ashes in St. Michael’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice. Pepere, we will carry you with us till we see you again.

LARADE
Michael Larade, age 63, Kinsmen Heights, Cheticamp, passed away on Sunday, December 22nd, in the Victoria County Memorial Hospital, Baddeck. Michael was the son of Dorine (Camus) and the late Pierre Louis Larade. Besides his mother, Michael is survived by his wife Dauphine Camus and son Jeremy Larade (Elise). He is also survived by brothers, Stanley (Geraldine), Leo (Susan), Roger (Brenda), Robert (Yvette), and Hayden (Barb); sisters, Marie Stella (Sam), Linda (Alister), Nancy (George), and Madeline (Peter). Michael was predeceased by two sisters Isabelle and Odette. A celebration of life was held on Friday, December 27th, at the Senior Citizen’s Hall, Cheticamp. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. Funeral is under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.  

CAMPBELL
Joseph Alexander Campbell, age 88, of Port Hood and formerly of Glenora Falls, passed away on Friday, December 27th, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Born in Glenora falls on June 9th, 1931, he was a son of the late Dan J and Mary Magdalene (MacLellan) Campbell. Alex is survived by his daughter, Jo-Ann (Rick) Cameron and sons, Alexander (Krista) Campbell, Sandy (Keri); sisters, Mary and Margaret Campbell; and brother, Angus Campbell. He is predeceased by his son, Dan Campbell. Cremation has taken place. Visitation and funeral mass to be announced at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Inverness Funeral Home.

CAMERON
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, and friend, Catherine “Cat” Marie Cameron nee Rankin on December 29th, 2019, in Inverary Manor. She was the devoted wife of the late Martin Angus Cameron for 53 years; loving mother to Lawrence (Jeanette), Corinne (Peter), Lisa (Vern), and Michael (Linda); adoring grandmother to Douglas, Cassie, Rose, Patrick, Finley, and Colin; and a proud aunt to many nieces and nephews. Cat is survived by her sisters, Margaret R. Lauzon (Rudy), Donna Anne MacDonald (Hank), Mary Lorette Beaton (Donald), Judy MacDonald (Gerald), and Janet MacDonald (Hughie Francis); brothers Angus Finley Rankin (Anne), Daniel Rankin (Effie), Harold Roderick Rankin (Paula), and Francis Terrence Rankin (Ella); and her special in-laws, especially Bill Cameron (Wilma). She was predeceased by loving husband, Martin Angus Cameron; her parents, John and Sally Rankin; her sister, Bessie MacDonald; and brothers, John Gerard Rankin, John Cameron Rankin, and Alexander J. Rankin. Catherine was born on July 4th, 1938, in Mabou, Cape Breton. She married Martin in 1962 and moved to Margaree Forks where they lived for 52 years. Cat was an active member of Margaree’s community, as a pianist she accompanied Archie Neil Chisholm at many dances and concerts for over 25 years, she was a member of the Cape Breton Fiddlers Association, and of The CWL of North East Margaree. Catherine worked many different jobs during her life, including as a cashier at the Margaree Coop, as a receptionist at the Margaree Lodge, and as the post mistress for Canada Post in Margaree Forks. Cat will be forever remembered for her love of music – whether it be playing the piano herself or listening to her family sing and play; her delicious cooking and baking, enjoyed by all – especially biscuits and shortbread; and her dry sense of humour. Our family will miss her dearly, cherish the memories we have and are thankful for the moments shared. Until we meet again, we love you. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Inverness Funeral Home, Inverness. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. in St. Michael's Church, East Margaree with Father MacDonald Ibeh officiating. Burial to follow in St. Joseph's Parish Cemetery, South West Margaree. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to the Inverary Manor or the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

BOURGEOIS
Ethel Bourgeois, age 83, Cheticamp, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 24th, at the Foyer Père Fiset Guest Home, Cheticamp. Ethel was the daughter of the late Marcellin and the late Luce (Doucet) Cormier. Ethel is survived by her husband Nectaire Arsène Bourgeois and son Roger Nectaire (Mireille) Bourgeois. She is also survived by brother, Eugène Cormier; sisters, Évangeline AuCoin, Juliette Poirier, Marguerite Chiasson, and Émerise MacDonald; grandson, Michel Bourgeois. She was predeceased by sisters, Marie-Jeanne Cormier and Marie Cormier. Visitation was held on Sunday, December 29th,  at St. Joseph’s Church, St. Joseph du Moine. Funeral mass was celebrated on Monday, December 30th, in St. Joseph’s Church, St. Joseph du Moine, with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. Donations may be made to Foyer Père Fiset. Funeral is under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

BOURGEOIS
Ephrem Bourgeois, age 80, of Cheticamp, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 12th, in Gables Lodge, Amherst, NS. He was the son of the late Pierre and the late Marie Anne (LeFort) Bourgeois. Ephrem was a well-known fiddle player, when it came to weddings and parties among his friends and family. He also played in different bands including the original “Silver Five.” Ephrem is survived by brothers, Pierre Levis (Shirley), Sackville, NS; Vincent, Montreal; Henrie (Yvette), Cheticamp; and Roger (Laurette), Cheticamp; sisters, Louise Anna, Cheticamp; Zabeth (George), Cheticamp; Stella (Wilburt), Cheticamp; Marguerite (Michel), Cheticamp; and Monique (Hugh), Edmonton. He was predeceased by brothers, Robert, Emile, and Alphonse. Cremation has taken place. A funeral mass will be held at a later date. Funeral is under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

CAMERON
We regret to announce the sudden passing of Hugh Morris Cameron of Inverness, (1935-2019) on December 20TH in the QE11 Health Sciences Centre, Halifax. Hugh is survived by his daughter, Susan Cameron Kennedy (Pat); granddaughter Skylar Kennedy; sister, Elizabeth; and many cousins. Hugh is predeceased by his wife, Janet (Nichol); infant son, Craig; parents, Will and Eleanor (MacLean) Cameron; and sister, Joan. Hugh worked for Evans Coal Mines Ltd, but for most of his life he was self employed, lumbering and farming on the same farm his father and grandfather operated. His work ethic, respect for animals, and willingness to help others was well known. His keen memory and terrific sense of humour contributed to his masterful storytelling, a gift he loved to share with the many visitors that were welcomed into the home. Hugh will be greatly missed, but especially by his daughter and granddaughter who were the joy of his life. Hugh has been cremated and according to his wishes, there will be no wake or funeral. Burial will take place at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to St. John's United Cemetery Fund and The Inverness Food Bank. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

MacKENZIE
It is with sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Alexander “Alex” Joseph MacKenzie at home on the 10th of December, at the age of 72. He was born in Inverness on June 20th, 1947. He was a son of the late Johnny and Catherine (MacDonald) MacKenzie. Alex loved to play bingo; and his pride and joy, besides his family, was to feed the birds. He also had a passion for the Inverness Raceway and the horses. He also prided in the way he taught all of his family members to stack and put away the winter wood. Alex had a story to tell to everyone he met and will be missed to all who came to know him. He is survived by his wife, Patsy MacKenzie, for the last 50 years, along with their two daughters, Patricia, Halifax; Alison, Inverness; grandchildren, Kale, Kelsey, Shalyssa, Lexie, Melanie, Hunter, Ava, and Colbin; great- grandchildren, Reign, Lyla, Grayson, Jaxson, and CJ. He is also survived by his sisters, Mary and Theresa; brothers, Hugie and John Alex; several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Charlie, Donnie, AJ, Neil; sisters, Jessie Ann, Margaret, an infant son, Steven Alexander. Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 11th, in Stella Maris Church, Inverness from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. with funeral Mass to follow at 11:00 a.m., Father Dan MacDonald officiating, burial to follow at a later date in the parish cemetery. Memorial Donations in Alex's memory may be made to Inverness Raceway. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com. Forever in our hearts. “Hicka chetti.”

MacDONALD
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our brother, uncle, and friend, Donald G. MacDonald of Westmount, Montreal. Donald was born on December 6th, 1926, the second of Beatrice and John Alex’s eight children (predeceased by Wency, Cecilia, Kenny, and Reynelda; survived by Joseph (Rita d.) Bramalea, ON, Bobbie (Jim) Port Hood, NS, and Joanie, Barrie, ON). He grew up in Port Hood and forever cherished memories of his childhood home, family, and friends. He was a member of Saint Peter’s Parish, where he often sang the Latin Mass with his siblings and was educated at St. Peter’s Convent and Port Hood Academy. Donald had a deep bond with his mother, Bea, and his maternal grandmother, ‘Ma Chaisemaker’, and together with brother Joe, spent some of his formative years living with and providing support and companionship to Ma, from whom he gathered many valuable life lessons. One of his duties included that of scribe, writing dictated letters for Ma and her neighbours, most of whom were Gaelic speakers and anxious to maintain connections with family and friends ‘living away.’ It was likely this task that ignited Donald’s love of the written word, something he carried through every stage of his life. In later years one of Donald’s preferred pastimes was poring over the Montreal Gazette, The Inverness Oran, and The Chestico Newsletter. In the early 1950s Donald left home for Boston, where his parents had been married in 1923. He joined brother Wency and other relatives and neighbours who had put down roots there, particularly in the Woburn area. Donald later moved to Montreal with sister Bobbie, and in 1956 began working for The Bell Telephone Company of Canada. Donald thoroughly enjoyed his 32-year career at ‘The Bell’ and built a good life in Montreal, where he established friendships that endured to the very end. Throughout his 63 years in Montreal, Donald regularly travelled home to Port Hood to enjoy visits with family and friends, time at the beach, and playing piano in Bea’s sunporch. His last visit was in 2013, to attend the funeral of his sister, Nelda. Donald was fond of history, travel, music, and the arts generally, but his chief commitment was to writing poetry, composing and occasionally publishing many touching and powerful works. A month before his passing Donald could still recite lengthy and heartfelt passages of his poems, a favourite being one of a young soldier in the Iraq War. The words wrought from this solitary pursuit symbolized a man who was strong-willed, sensitive, fiercely independent, and passionately committed to those who were close to him. In Donald’s later years, he often remarked that with the comfort and enjoyment his memories provided, he never felt lonely. Visitation will take place on Friday, December 13th, in St. Peter’s Church, Port Hood, at 10:00 a.m. with funeral Mass to follow at 11:00 a.m. Interment at a later date. Bon Voyage, Donald!

POIRIER
It is with sadness we announce the passing of Peter Poirier, November 21st, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. He passed away peacefully at the age of 79, after a brave battle with cancer. His daughter, Cecile (Brian Bourgeois); his son, Richard (Shelley), and his half-brother, Kempton sat beside him as he peacefully passed away. Peter was born October 7th, 1940, to parents Patrick Poirier, Cheticamp, and Mary Julia (Arsenault), Margaree. He worked for Maritime Form, Halifax, for many years and was well known in the construction industry. He loved to go hunting with his friend Roger in Bridgewater every fall and would visit his wife’s grave site. He is survived by his children:  Richard (Shelly), Halifax; Cecile (Brian Bourgeois), Enfield; grandchildren, Deven and Hailey: two half-brothers, Joe and Kempton, Margaree. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife, Marguerite and his brother Robert Collie; grandchildren, Drew and Maya. Cremation has taken place. Final arrangements will be made at a later date. Memorial donations in memory of the late, Peter Edward Poirier may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care or Inverness Hospital. Arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

LARADE
Napoleon Joseph Larade passed away peacefully Monday, November 25th, in Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp, with his family by his side. Over the past number of years his health was declining and he bravely fought many illnesses with the loving support and help from his wife Judith. He was born in Chéticamp on June 7th, 1944, to parents, Frederick and Eulelie (Poirier) Larade. Napoleon was a fisherman and owned his own boat. He is survived by his wife of 47 years (on Sunday, November 24th) Marie Judith (Camus) Larade; children, Natalie (Chris) Martin, Pennsylvania; Natasha (Matt) Renfro, Pheonix, Arizona; Morel (Ellen), East Margaree; Mark, Cheticamp; grandchildren, Jacob, Caleb, Noah; step-grandson, Nicholas; sisters, Annette Cessford, Madeleine Aucoin, and Yvette Larade; brothers, Jules and Ronnie. Besides his parents he was predeceased by sisters, Lorraine LeBrun, Marguerite Marie Deveau, Marie Ediana “Dianne” Larade-Poirier, and Marie Adele Muise; brothers, Robert, Pierre Louis, and Roger. Cremation has taken place and following Napoleon’s wishes there will be no visitation or funeral. Arrangements were under the care of Sunset Funeral Co-operative. Online condolences:  www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

ROACH
Paul Henri Roach, age 91, of Cheticamp, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 16th, at the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp, with his family by his side. Paul was the son of the late Patrick (Padé) and the late Marianne (LeFort) Roach. He was a devoted husband, a great dad to our family, and he enjoyed chatting and especially teasing his grandson, Glen. He enjoyed outdoor adventures such as snowmobiling, four-wheeler excursions, fishing, and hunting. Picking blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries was also a pastime for him. There was always a full house, whether it was playing cards, having a cup of tea, sharing a drink, or a kitchen party. His feet tapped to music till the very end. Other nights, he was out dancing with his loving wife of 64 years, Amelia, and those daily trips to the restaurant with his youngest daughter Della for coffee or to have a good lunch, will not be forgotten. He was a very patient man and had a positive attitude. Only a few words describe Paul…  he loved life! Paul worked at Fraser & Chiasson Building Supplies as a carpenter for many years and later was employed by Cheticamp Boatbuilders as a master boatbuilder till he retired. He is survived by his wife Amelia Roach; daughters, Corinne Doucette (Eric), Paula Larade (Rene), and Della Roach, all of Cheticamp; sister, Maria Dodge (John), Cheticamp; grandson, Glen Larade, Halifax. He was predeceased by a brother Alphonse Roach; sisters, Helene AuCoin and Marie Adele Poirier. Cremation has taken place. There was no visitation. Funeral Mass was celebrated at Église St. Pierre, Cheticamp, with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or charity of one’s choice. Funeral was under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

MAILLET
The family of Marie “Carmelle” Maillet, aged 71, of Moncton, NB, are saddened to announce her passing on November 15th, in Moncton City Hospital exactly one month after a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Born in Cheticamp, NS, on August 24th, 1948, she was the eldest child of the late Henri and Marie Eva (Bourgeois) Maillet of Petit Etang, Inverness County. She is survived by brothers Rene Maillet, Inverness; Daniel Maillet (Nora Henderson), Bedford; sister Diane McNeil, Halifax; nephew Jonathan McNeil; nieces Lisa McNeil and Hannah Maillet. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by twin sisters at birth. Carmelle lived a life of service and generosity. She worked as an RN in Cheticamp and Moncton and ended her career as a pioneer with the Extra-Mural Program providing home and community-based health care services in New Brunswick. After retirement, she did volunteer work for hospice care. She led a happy, healthy, and active lifestyle. She will be lovingly remembered for her ability in gathering people and building lasting friendships. She had a way of bringing out the best in people and making them believe in themselves. Carmelle was devoted to caring for her family and friends all her life.  She truly believed that laughing is good for the soul.  Her legacy of kindness and selflessness will continue to inspire those who were lucky enough to know her and be loved by her.  She made a difference. Cremation has taken place. There was no visitation by Carmelle’s request. Funeral Mass was held at Église Saint-Pierre, Cheticamp, with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Interment in the parish cemetery. Donations in Carmelle’s memory may be kindly directed to Hospice Southwest New Brunswick, 640 Mountain Road, Moncton, NB E1C 2P3, in support of residential hospice care. Funeral was under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

DEVEAU
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our dad on November 14th, in Belle Cote. Raymond H. Deveau, age 71, of Cheticamp was born on October 16th, 1948, in Cheticamp, to the late Henri Deveau and Marie Therese Cormier. He was a husband, a dedicated father, pépère, and a business visionary, who truly leaves a legacy behind. His determination, tenacity, and work ethic were simply unparalleled, to be honest, he defined hard working. He started his business career as an owner and welder at Industrial Welding Ltd in Cheticamp and throughout his entrepreneurial life formed multiple successful businesses that, in time, created a diverse and admirable portfolio. He could be found most early mornings enjoying coffee with the guys at his Cheticamp Marina before working 12-hour days. He had a very strong sense of community for his hometown, he made a profound impact on helping his small community thrive and was pivotal at turning ideas into reality. He loved the outdoors, four wheeling, snowmobiling, hunting, and spent much time in Newfoundland each year chasing moose (he never came back empty handed). He loved nothing more than telling jokes, a good card game or party at his camp, where he could sing country and bluegrass for hours. His beloved little band “Ray and friends” played many community fundraisers throughout the year. He loved his kids more than life itself and for them, the sky was the limit. He also loved spending time with his only grandchild Mila, and sharing popsicles and all things ice cream with her. He had a huge presence and an even bigger personality.  He was one of a kind and he will truly be missed. Raymond is survived by his loving wife Beatrice, his children Randy (Tanya) of Cheticamp, NS; Lorna (Guy) of Bedford, NS; and granddaughter Mila Ray, Cheticamp, NS. His sisters, Patricia (late Henry), Jean (Art), and Diane of Mississauga, ON; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his brother Roger and son Darrell, who passed in infancy. Cremation has taken place. There was no visitation by Raymond’s request. The funeral took place at Église Saint-Pierre, Cheticamp, NS, with Deacon Greg Murphy officiating. Funeral was under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.  

KELLEY
Mary Tremaine Kelley died in hospital on November 12th, at the age of 90. She was the loving and devoted wife of Danford Kelley for 68 years. She leaves behind daughters Shelagh (David Egar), Sharon (Tim Driscoll) and Mary Sean (Mark Burgham). She was the proud grandmother of Susie (Jade Meunier), Danford (Lora Bidner), and Jeanne Egar, and of Clare (Jim Hamilton) and Laura Burgham. Mary was the daughter of the late Sterling and Blanche (Cameron) Burchill and is survived by her brother George. Mary was born in Nelson Miramichi, New Brunswick, on February 22nd, 1929. She graduated from Harkens High School, Newcastle, NB, and from the University of King’s College, Halifax, NS, where she met Danford. She trained as a nurse at Victoria General Hospital in Halifax until she married. Mary will be remembered by family and friends as kind, generous, and fun loving. Family always came first for her and she made a home that was warm and secure. She was the consummate hostess, and friends and neighbours spent many glorious evenings in her living room. Mary always cared about others and was generous with her time as a volunteer for the Canadian Cancer Society in Ottawa, serving as chair of the Service to Patients Unit and later as a member of the provincial board.  While residing happily in Ottawa for most of the year, Mary was a Maritimer at heart and looked forward to summers in Cape Breton, NS, and especially at Whale Cove, where she became a beloved member of the community. At the age of 50, Mary was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and, although she struggled as life became increasingly difficult with the progression of the disease, she never lost her sense of humour nor her interest in the well being of others. She will be missed by all who knew her. The family would like to thank Dr. Pierre Juery, her family physician, who provided excellent care and, for many years, went out of his way to accommodate her disability. They would also like to thank the many people who cared for and supported Mary during her long illness. If desired, memorial donations would be appreciated to a charity of your choice or to The Mary and Danford Kelley Fund of The Ottawa Community Foundation, 301-75 Albert Street, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5E7 (https://www.ocf-fco.ca/funds/en-mary-and-danford-kelley-fund/).  Each year a donation from this fund is made to The Ottawa Rotary Home and the Ottawa Mission. At Mary’s request, there will be a Memorial Choral Evensong at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 28th, at Trinity Anglican Church, 1230 Bank Street, Ottawa. Her ashes will be interred at Whale Cove Cemetery, Cape Breton, at a later date. www.hpmcgarry.ca.

AUCOIN
Loretta Marie Aucoin, 87, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, November 16th. Loretta was born in Cap Le Moine, Inverness County, NS, the 2nd daughter of the late Johnny Burns and Annie (Doucet) Burns. She was predeceased by siblings Lucy Dora (Clovy) Aucoin, Thomas (Antoinette), Lionel (Marie Stella), and Bernadette (Art) Leblanc. She is survived by siblings Velma (Paul) Leblanc, Alec John (Mary Louise), and Roger (Mary). Married to the late Joseph Edmond (Joe) Aucoin in 1952, they raised seven children in Toronto: Alan (Adrienne), Joanne Patience (Paul) Strome, Norman (Karin), Brian (Teresa), David (Shelley), Kevin (Lynda), and Steven (Sandi). Her ambitious work ethic was a positive example to her family, as was her love of winter sports - whether tobogganing, skating, or skiing - she was always willing and able to join in the fun with her children. She was a big fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs. She was always present in the kitchen ensuring healthy meals and snacks were prepared and healthy lunches were packed. She was an avid story teller and for almost two decades read her children stories before bedtime. She became an accomplished seamstress and knitter, and took great delight in baking and cooking for family and friends, hosting showers and other parties, especially during the holidays. Every summer, Loretta and Joe drove to Cape Breton for their vacation and their children soon shared their attachment to the island’s culture, the rugged environment, their extended family, and the music. Taking early retirement, Joe and Loretta moved to Point Cross in 1982, where she began a life-long love of walking an hour each day. Five years later, they returned to Toronto when Joe’s health deteriorated, and he passed away within two years. She remained in Mississauga, where she was an active grandmother to her many young grandchildren, until they had all grown up. It was also during this time that she began attending live theatrical performances, which she enjoyed tremendously. Twenty years later, at 75 years of age, she retired once more to Cheticamp. Besides her children, in-laws, and many nieces and nephews, she also leaves 16 grandchildren: Lauren (Patience) Agirovski, Alicia (Patience) Stein, Monique (Aucoin) Mikulec, Isabel, Joey, Justin, Robert, Chris, Mike, Elyse, Diana, Daniel, Ryan, Mitchell, Jeremy and Adam Aucoin; and three great-grandchildren: Evan Stein, Rose, and Aurelia Mikulec. Visitation will be held at Cheticamp Funeral Home on Friday, November 22nd from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held at St Peter’s Church in Cheticamp on Saturday November 23rd, at 10:30 a.m., and family and friends are invited for refreshments, following the Mass, at the Cheticamp Senior’s Hall.   

LeBLANC
It is with sadness we announce the passing of Marie Helene LeBlanc on November 9th,  in the Foyer Pere Fiset, Cheticamp, with loved ones at her side. Marie Helene was born in East Margaree on April 22nd, 1926, a daughter to the late Michael B. and Marie Malthilde (Mattie Aucoin) LeBlanc. As a young woman, she moved to Montreal and was employed with the Royal Bank of Canada for 30 years. She retired and moved back home to East Margaree. Marie Helene was a member of the New Horizons Seniors Club, she enjoyed doing crafts, knitting, crocheting,  and was also a self-taught seamstress. She made most of her own clothes. She is survived by her nephew, George LeBlanc (Mary Beth); her niece, Pat Almon (late Lauchie Almon); sister-in-law, Matilda; as well as grandnieces and nephews. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her brother, John J and nephew, Michael. Family flowers please. Visitation and funeral Mass were on Saturday, November 16th,  in St. Michael’s Church, East Margaree, with Father Macdonald Ibeh officiating. Memorial donations in her memory may be made to St. Michael’s Parish Hall or St. Michael’s Cemetery Fund. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

LeBLANC
It is with sadness we announce the passing of Steve LeBlanc, East Margaree on Tuesday, November, 12th, in Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp, with his family by his side. Steve was born on August 6th, 1948, to parents, John Simon and Rosalina (LeBlanc) LeBlanc. Steve was a dedicated member of St. Michael’s Church, East Margaree, who was a carpenter by trade, hardworking, a lover of nature and being outdoors. He loved watching the birds and whatever wildlife nature placed in front of him. Some of his favourite pastimes were walking on the beach (never missed an evening, weather permitting), sitting around a bonfire roasting wieners, stoking the fire, and watching the waves and sunsets. Steve also loved his country music, dancing, playing cards, and doing puzzles. Spending time with family was very important to Steve, he was especially proud of his children and grandchildren and the special times that he spent with them. Steve leaves behind his wife, Karen; his daughters, Shirley and Valerie (Terry); stepsons, John (Janelle), Scott (Melissa); grandchildren, Joshua, Kristian, Kaylin, Marley and Isla; sisters, Lucy (Sandy) MacIntyre, Evelyn (Marcie) MacNeil; brothers, Simon (Claire), Joe (Rita), Arthur (Patricia); sisters-in-law Lucille LeBlanc, and Gene MacIntyre (Gene was one of Steve’s best friends and he loved her like a true sister); he will be missed by many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sister Mary and her husband Eddie LeBlanc; brothers, William and Leo Paul. Visitation in St. Michael’s Parish Hall, East Margaree on Sunday, November 17th and the funeral Mass was in St. Michael’s Church, Monday, November 18th, with Father Macdonald Ibeh officiating. Memorial donations in memory of Steve may be made to NS Heart and Stroke or the Alzheimer's Society. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Sunset Funeral Cooperative.

MacDONALD
It is with sadness we announce the passing of Theresa MacDonald on November 8th in Inverary Manor, Inverness, with her family by her side. Theresa was born in Mabou Harbour on September 23rd, 1942, to the late, John Finley and Mary Sarah MacDonald. Theresa worked at Hiram Walker’s Distillery in Windsor, Ontario; when she moved to Port Hood she worked as a telephone operator. Theresa was the loving wife of Archie for 53 years. She loved Scotch music; especially the lively tunes, which she would always happily give a step or two. On a Saturday night, you would usually see her at the square dances in West Mabou where she enjoyed dancing many sets. Theresa enjoyed many things in life; such as playing the guitar, baking, and camping at Lake Ainslie. She was quick with a smile and always made a person feel relaxed and comfortable. This was the way she treated everyone whether they were a friend or stranger. If they were under her roof they never departed without a “cup of tea and some home made goodies.” When leaving Theresa’s home, people knew they had been in the presence of a “Good Lady.” Theresa is survived by her husband Archie; daughter, Karen Anne (Dan Sexton), Melrose, Massachusetts; son, Paul (Kathleen) Lantz, Nova Scotia; granddaughters, Molly and Breanna; her beloved dog, Sandy; brothers, Collie (Catherine) and John Francis (Donna); sisters, Anne (Gerard) and Mary. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her granddaughter Clara; sisters, Mary Catherine, Sarah Anne, Catherine Florence and Rita; brothers, Alexander, DA (Donald Alexander), ID (Issac Daniel), Kenneth Joseph, Dan Archie, and Alexander Francis. Funeral Mass was held Tuesday, November 12th, at  in Saint Joseph’s Church, Glencoe, with Father Bernie MacDonald and Father Eugene Morris officiating. Burial will be at a later date in St. Peter’s Parish Cemetery, Port Hood. Memorial donations in memory of Theresa may be made to St. Peter’s Parish Cemetery Fund, Port Hood, or the SPCA. Funeral arrangements were under the care of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

MacDONALD
It is with sorrowful hearts that we announce the passing of Arthur "Hawk" MacDonald on November 14th, at home in Inverness. Arthur was born on November 9th, 1945, to his parents Alex Joe and Elizabeth "Shibby" LeBlanc MacDonald. He is survived by his brother, Walter (Elaine) MacDonald; his many nieces and nephews; and long-time friends. Besides his parents, Arthur Hawk was predeceased by his long-time partner, Charlotte Jung; his brother Gerry; and sisters Anita, Isabel, and Marguerite. Cremation has taken place. Visitation was held on Wednesday November 20th, in Stella Maris Church, Inverness, from 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. with funeral Mass following at 11:00 a.m., Fr. Dan MacDonald officiated. Burial followed in St. Matthew’s Corner Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of one's choice. Arthur Hawk will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

MacLEAN
John Hugh Maclean, aged 88, of Margaree Forks, passed away peacefully on Thursday November 7th, at the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital with his family by his side. Born on May 26th,1931, in Halifax, he was the son of the late John H and Florence (Kavanaugh) Maclean. Dad was well known in the construction industry as he was a reinforcing steel contractor for many years and worked all over the Maritimes. He loved watching the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Blue Jays, and growing vegetables. He met a beautiful woman from Cape Breton, married her, and made Margaree his forever home. He is survived by his three children, Shaun (Cecilia) Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Sheldon, Margaree Forks, and Therese, Port Hawkesbury; nine grandchildren (Cole, Nakiya, Brecken, Connell, Aaron, Kayden, Curran, Alexander, Kyleigh); and several nieces and nephews. Dad was predeceased by his loving wife of 48 years, Christina Rebecca, and brothers Finlay and Joseph. He was the last of his immediate family. Dad had an excellent memory, he never forgot a name, a face, or a phone number. He could still rhyme off his two brothers service numbers like they were the next door neighbours phone numbers. He also cherished the visits from his friends like Johnny Albert Coady. Cremation has taken place. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Thursday, November 14th, at St. Joseph’s Church, S.W. Margaree, with Father Macdonald Ibeh officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Inverness Hospital, St. Joseph’s Parish, or a charity of your choice. Funeral was under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

MacPHAIL
Donald John MacPhail, age 70 years, of Blues Mills, Inverness County, passed away suddenly at home on Sunday, November 10th. Born in Inverness, he was a son of the late Allan and Ada MacPhail. Donald was a member of River Denys Presbyterian Church. A loving father, grandfather, brother, and uncle, who will be forever remembered. He was a member, for many years, of the Construction and General Workers Union, Local 92 and Labourer’s International Union, Local 1115, working in Eastern and Western Canada. He is survived by his daughter, Ada (Shawn), Halifax; son, Aaron, Edmonton; his former wife and friend, Margaret McCarthy; sisters, Alda (Lynn) Woods, Lower Sackville; Frances (Earle) MacPherson, Charlottetown; brother, Hugh (Natalie) MacPhail, Glenora; sister-in-law, Rena MacPhail, Upper River Denys; grandchildren, Chelsea and Cole MacPhail-McGee, Leelee Boucher; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Arnold and Gordon. Visitation was held on Friday, November 15th, in Dennis Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Whycocomagh. Funeral Service was held Saturday, November 16th, in River Denys Presbyterian Church with Rev. Brian MacLeod officiating. Burial followed in Upper River Denys Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Memorial donations in memory of Donald John may be made to Upper River Denys Cemetery Fund or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at: www.haverstocks.com.

MITCHELL
It is with sadness we announce the passing of David Mitchell on November 7th, in the Foyer Pere Fiset, Cheticamp. David was born on June 14th, 1945, to parents John B and Doris Margaret (Wright) Mitchell. He is survived by his brother George (Emily), sister-in-law Harriet Mitchell, many nieces and nephews, stepdaughter Susie Jollymore (Timmy), special grandson Lucas, long time friend Betty, step-son Roger, and granddaughter Maddison. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by sisters, Doris Cotton, Lorraine Lang, Patricia E. Blinkhorn, and Barbara in infancy; brothers Herbert B, James W, and Bruce T. Cremation has taken place as per Dave’s request there will be no service and burial will take place at a later date. Memorial donations in memory of Dave may be made to Foyer Pere Fiset, Cheticamp. Arrangements are under the care of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

CAMPBELL
It is with sadness we announce the passing of our dear son and brother, Hal Campbell, after a brief battle with cancer. Hal passed away peacefully November 6th, in VCMH with his family at his side. He was born July 4th, 1962 to parents Harold and Mary (MacLeod) Campbell. Besides his mother, he is survived by his sisters, Brenda (Bill); Colleen (Pete); Valerie; Melanie (Francis); a number of nieces and nephews; brother-in-law, Mark MacKenzie and many other close relatives and friends. Besides his father, he was predeceased by his grandparents Daniel and Hannah Campbell; Annie (MacLennan) and Dan MacLeod; his aunt Ruby and many other aunts and uncles. Funeral was held Saturday November 9th, in Greenwood United Church, Baddeck, with Rev. Mary Jo Harrison officiating. Burial followed in the South Haven Cemetery. Donations in memory of Hal may be made to VCMH. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

GILLIS
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Alexander Daniel “Lawley” Gillis (April 16th,1948 – November 2nd, 2019). He died peacefully at the Inverary Manor with loved ones by his side. Born in New Waterford, Cape Breton, he was the son of Donald Archibald (D.A.) Gillis formerly from South West Margaree, and Sadie (MacNeil) Gillis from Inverness. Lawley spent his life in many places and had settled in Halifax for the last 20 years. He is survived by his former wife and good friend Susan (MacDonell) Gillis, Inverness; children Billy Frank (Kristen), Inverness, Jenny May Gillis, Ottawa, and Robert Gillis, Edmonton; his cherished grandchildren Anaya, Isla, Jonah, and Lana; and his sisters Florence van den Hoogen (Joe), Mabou, and Donna Gillis (Louis Cyr), Halifax. He was dearly loved by nieces and nephews, cousins, and by the many friends he made throughout his life. He is predeceased by his father D.A., mother Sadie, and brother Angus Gillis, as well as an infant brother. Lawley was good hearted and had a special gift for helping others, that transferred to his work and personal life. He was known for his sense of humour and sharp wit. No encounter with Lawley was without a laugh. He had a passion for horse racing, it was fitting that he spent the last seven months of his life in view of the Inverness Raceway. Visitation will be held in Stella Maris Church, Inverness, on Wednesday, November 6th, from 10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m. with funeral Mass to follow at 11:00 a.m., Father Dan MacDonald officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Inverary Manor, Inverness. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

DEAGLE
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our brother, Vincent Patrick Deagle Jr., age 70 (known to most as "Booga Booga") on Tuesday, October 29th, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Born in Inverness on March 4th, 1949, he was a son of the late Vincent Patrick and Veronica “Sippy” (Basker) Deagle. Vincent is survived by his beloved brothers, Angus and Joseph; sisters, Darlene (Gerard) Beaton, Rose (Michael), June (Larry) Lapointe, and Audrey. Loving uncle of Aaron (Melanie), Alicia, and Kayla (Chris); great uncle, to Brody, William, and Marley. Also beloved brother-in-law of Kathleen Timmons. Predeceased by his grandparents, Margaret Basker, and Jim “Pat” and Christina (MacPherson) Deagle. Vincy was a loving son, brother, uncle and friend to all. We will miss him so much. Visitation was held on Monday, November 4th, in Stella Maris Church, Inverness, with funeral Mass following, with Fr. Dan MacDonald officiating. Burial followed in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society, Canadian Cancer Society, or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

CHISHOLM
Sister Elizabeth Coline Chisholm, CND passed away on Monday, October 28th, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. Born in Port Hood, Nova Scotia, she was the daughter of the late John A. and Marcella (McDonald) Chisholm. She was educated in Port Hood and Mabou and entered the Congregation of Notre Dame, Montreal, in 1954. She made her first profession in 1956. After profession and until 1993, Sister Coline taught in Montreal and Alma, Quebec, and in Pictou, Truro, Port Felix, and New Glasgow in Nova Scotia. Her field of teaching included elementary and junior high school. Upon retirement from teaching, she served as local bursar in Sydney, Holy Redeemer Convent, and subsequently, in St. Joseph Convent, Mabou.  After the closure of St. Joseph Convent, she retired to Parkland Cape Breton in Sydney. Sister Coline is survived by her brother Bernard, Port Hood, and sisters Mary Phil Bulmer, Ottawa, and Anne (Dave) Peralta, Mineville, NS. She is also survived by her many nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and nephews who all have special memories of time spent with Aunt Coline. She was predeceased by her brothers, Duncan, Alex, and John. Sister Coline had a great love for nature and nature’s bounty as indicated by the countless preserves and jams, which she so generously distributed to friends and acquaintances. Cremation has taken place. There was a celebration of Sister Coline’s life on Friday, November 1st, at Parkland Cape Breton. Visitation took place at Saint Mary’s Church, Mabou, on Saturday, November 2nd, followed by the funeral Mass with celebrant Father Bernie MacDonald.  A reception will be held at the Mabou Parish Hall.  Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Port Hood.

BEATON
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of John Joseph Beaton of Milton, Ontario, on October 18th in his 92nd year. Born on July 23rd, 1928, John was the son of the late Angus and Mary Beaton of Alpine Ridge, Mabou. At the age of 25, John moved to British Columbia, where he worked in logging camps as a heavy equipment operator. He returned to his family in Mabou in 1961 and in 1965 he moved to Toronto. In 1966, he married Mary Florence (MacDonald) of Port Hood. He was the dear father of Alane (Mike), Karen (Scott), and Michael (Carrie), and a devoted grandfather to Matthew, Olivia, Eric, and Krista. Predeceased by his siblings Catherine, Mary Janet, Alexander, Donald, Roddie, Finley, and a sister in infancy. Survived by his brother Francis (Toronto), sister Tena (Antigonish), and many nieces and nephews. John was a man of great faith and a true Beaton - stubborn, proud, and tough. Family came first and his devotion to his family was unending. His face lit up when he had his children and grandchildren around him. His dry wit and sense of humour will be sorely missed by all who knew him well. Visitation will be held at St Peter’s Church, Port Hood, on Saturday, November 9th, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. with a funeral Mass to follow at 11:00 a.m. Burial in the parish cemetery immediately afterwards. Donations in John’s memory may be made to the Port Hood Cemetery Fund. Thank you for being such a wonderful husband and father. We will miss you forever.

MacPHERSON
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Isabel MacPherson, age 69, of Halifax. Isabel passed away peacefully Monday, September 9th, in the QEII Health Sciences Centre after a long battle with cancer. Isabel was born in Inverness; she was the daughter of the late Angus Dan MacPherson and Mary Margaret (Peggy) MacLellan. Isabel is survived by her sons, John (Nanayo) Minucci and David (Bridget) Minucci of Massachusetts; grandchildren, Tyler, Evan, and Theodore; sister, Florence of Port Hawkesbury and brother, Paul of Halifax. She was predeceased by sisters, Alexina, Sarah, Marie; brothers, Donald and Donnie. Isabel was a kind, generous, and fun-loving person. She enjoyed Scottish music, a good laugh with her siblings, cousins, and family. She had a great love for animals, especially her dogs. She grew up in Blackstone with her parents, four sisters, and three brothers. Later on in life she moved to Ashland, Massachusetts, where she married and raised her two sons John and David. She went on to further her education to become a nurse, where she found joy in the patients she had the privilege of caring for. She enjoyed travelling to Cape Breton in the summers, shopping, reading, watching her favorite TV shows, walking her dog, and spending time with her beautiful family and grandchildren. She will be deeply missed. Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, November 9th, at 11:00 a.m. with visitation from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church West Lake Ainslie with Father Bernie MacDonald officiating. Burial to follow in St. Mary's Parish Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of The Inverness Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Canadian Cancer Society or The SPCA of your choice.

MacLEAN
It is with great sadness that we, the family, of Mona Margaret MacLean, age 83 years, of Cleveland, Inverness County, announce her passing on Saturday, October 19th, 2019, in the Halifax Infirmary QEII. Mona was born in Point Tupper, Richmond County, on October 11th, 1936. She was a daughter of the late John David and Lida (LeBlanc) MacNeil. Mona was a homemaker, but for a short time she was a cook at the Pulp Mill in Point Tupper, also a cleaner at ACL, she worked at Sobeys and Frenchy's in Auld's Cove. She was a member of St. Joseph's Parish, Port Hawkesbury. She loved baking and passed on many secret recipes. She loved to play 45s and crib, and enjoyed a good conservation with family and friends. She spent the last 10 months living with daughter Linda and husband John Moloney. Mona is survived by her children, Linda (John) Moloney, Blackstone Rd; Marilyn (Stephen) Hinkley, Halifax; Melody MacLean (Richie Chiasson), Port Hawkesbury; Thomas (Joan), Arichat; Gary, New Glasgow; Brian (Kathy) Mississauga, Ont.; and John (Helen), Port Hawkesbury; sisters, Martina (Francis) Lamey, Port Hawkesbury; Joan (Gary) MacRae, Lexington; Yvonne MacNeil (Don), Port Hawkesbury; Katie (Guy) Boutlier, Wallaceburg, ON; Stella and Beatrice both of Port Hawkesbury; and brother Russell (Jean), Lexington; 16 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Mona was predeceased by her husband, Thomas (1988); great-grandson Sebastian; sisters, Claire, Marie, one sister in infancy; brothers, Johnny, Malcolm, Artie, and four brothers in infancy. Visitation was on Wednesday, October 23rd, in Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury. Funeral Mass was on Thursday, October 24th, from St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Port Hawkesbury, with Father Conrad Edwards officiating. Burial followed in St. Joseph Parish Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one's choice. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at: www.haverstocks.com.

MacKINNON
On a beautiful, sunny October 21st afternoon, our mother, Joan MacKinnon, quietly slipped away in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Born February 3rd, 1938, in Roxbury, Massachusetts, she was a daughter of the late Murdock and Ann Lorraine (Geddes) MacPhail. At the young age of 21 years, she married our father, the late Lauchie MacKinnon on September 11th, 1959. Leaving the big city behind, she settled into farming life in East Lake Ainslie, and never looked back. Through the years, she supported Dad on the farm, cared for our grandfather at home until he passed at the age of 99 years, raised her children, and opened her home to family and friends, far and wide many times over the years. She was a 17-year employee of Inverary Manor, Inverness, where she worked as a dietary aid, and carried fond memories of her time spent there with her always. Mom savoured the simple things in life. A hot cup of tea, a good book, crossword puzzles, shopping trips, watching Jeopardy and classic movies. Although quiet by nature, no one enjoyed a good conversation more than she. She is survived by her daughter, Linda (Daniel) Beaton, Mabou Ridge; son, David (Carol) MacKinnon, East Lake Ainslie; grandchildren, Zelena and Lake MacKinnon; sister, Grace Tompkins, Hudson Mass; numerous nieces and nephews here in Canada and the United States. She was predeceased by her husband, Lauchie "Davie" MacKinnon; brothers, Charlie and Russell MacPhail; sisters, Elizabeth (Betty) MacAulay and Lorraine MacMillan; and grandchild, Maira MacKinnon. Visitation was held in Alexander Grant United Church, East lake Ainslie on Saturday, October 26th, with funeral service following with Reverend Alicia Cox celebrating. Burial in East Lake Ainslie Cemetery. Family flowers only. Memorial donations may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society or to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com. Although we will miss her greatly, we find solace in the fact that she and Dad will now be able to sit on the veranda, over looking beautiful Lake Ainslie, together for eternity.

GRANT
Gerald Gregory Grant, 85, passed away on Monday, October 21st, in Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, after many years of a courageous and dignified battle with cancer. Born in Inverness, he was a son of the late Alice Donahue and Allan Grant. He was a graduate of Holy Family School, Inverness; St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish; and the Nova Scotia Technical University, (Dalhousie University), Halifax. In 1995, he retired from his career as vice principal of The Nova Scotia Institute of Technology, where he enjoyed the reputation of a highly-respected teacher, educator, and administrator. With a committed interest in horse racing, Gerald was a very active member of the Inverness harness racing community and participant in the rebuilding and success of the Inverness Raceway. He also served for many years on the board of The Nova Scotia Racing Commission. Besides his parents, Gerald was predeceased by his sisters, Teresa Grant and Elaine Grant. He is survived by his brother, Dr. Cyril Grant (Bernice), Antigonish; sister, Dr. Mary Grant, Halifax; sister, Anne Flinn (late Bill), Halifax; nephews, Bruce Flinn (Teresa), Scott Flinn (Karen); and niece, Carla Grant. He had cherished relationships with Denise and Elena Corra. He also had many special friends throughout the province including the Deganis family. From childhood to the present, Gerald was a member and supporter of Stella Maris Church, Inverness, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, November 2nd, at 11:00 a.m. with visitation from 10.00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Burial to follow in the family plot in the parish cemetery. A reception will follow at the Inverness Fire Hall on Central Avenue. Family flowers only. Donations in Gerald's name may be made to a charity of one's choice. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

PURCELL
Paula Josephine Purcell, age 71, Truro, NS, passed away Wednesday evening, October 9th. Born in West Lake Ainslie, she was a daughter of the late Donald and Mary (MacDougall) MacDonald. Paula is survived by her husband of 44 years, David Purcell; daughters, Jacqueline Purcell (Stephen), Ashley Purcell (Andrew), Halifax; sisters, Joan Butt, Kirkland Lake, Ontario; Elizabeth (Keith) MacPhee, West Lake Ainslie; Allyson MacDonald, Halifax; brother, Kenneth (Diane) MacDonald, West Lake Ainslie; brother-in-law, Roy Taggart, Conception Bay South, Newfoundland; several nieces and nephews. Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Sandra Taggart. Private family interment will be held in Bible Hill Cemetery, Warren Drive, Bible Hill. If so desired, donations in Paula’s memory to Heart and Stroke Foundation are welcomed. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, NS. Private messages of condolence may be sent to the family by viewing Paula’s obituary online and selecting "Send A Condolence" at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com.

SMITH
The passing of our dear father, grandfather, uncle, brother, and husband Archibald Francis Smith, age 75, of Inverside, occurred in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital, Saturday, October 12th. Frankie was born May 3rd, 1944, to Alexander and Rita (Gillis) Smith, both predeceased. Frankie worked as a lithographer in Toronto prior to returning to his roots in Cape Breton. Frankie owned and operated a small family grocery store at Southwest Margaree for some years. He moved on to sales and management for Electrolux, before joining Scotsburn Dairy for 25 years until retirement. The final cap he wore was for Canada Post, where he strived to fill the big shoes left by ‘Joe the Mailman.' Frankie's hobbies included work, work, and work some more. Frankie leaves to mourn his wife, Kathleen (MacDonnell); sons Charles (Laurie), Sandy (Wendy), Robbie, and Frankie's special companion, his dog Jack; brother, Allen (Eileen); sisters, Marie (Pat), Aggie (James); his dear grandchildren Taylor and Devin; nieces, Trish Moran, Kim (Todd) DeMarco, Meghan (Brett) Hershey, Laura (Michael) Illsley. Besides his parents he is predeceased his brother AC, and his nephew Andrew Moran. Visitation was held on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m. in St. Margaret of Scotland Church, Broad Cove. Funeral Mass followed at 11:00 a.m. with Father Dan MacDonald officiating. Burial followed in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

MUISE
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Marie Adèle Muise of Cheticamp, Nova Scotia. She lost the battle against cancer on October 6th at Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. Marie Adèle was born to parents Frederick and Eulalie (Poirier) Larade on January 14th, 1953. She lived in Cheticamp most of her life, where she was married and had a daughter. She was a very hard worker and was known to put others ahead of her own needs. She was a wonderful example of a beautiful, caring mother and loving mémére. Her ministry was her life as she was a devoted Jehovah's Witness. She leaves behind her daughter, Serena Muise, New Glasgow, NS; grandchild, Benjamin MacMillan; sisters, Marie Louise Camus, Annette Cessford, Madeleine Aucoin, and Yvette Larade; brothers, Napoleon, Jules, and Ronnie Larade. Besides her parents, she is predeceased by her husband, Arthur Muise; sisters, Lorraine Lebrun, Marguerite Marie Deveau and Marie Ediana Larade Poirier; brothers, Robert, Pierre Louis, and Roger. Fidèle jusqu'a la fin. Funeral service was held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses on Saturday, October 12th, with Brother Benny Isenor officiating. In lieu of flowers, Tropical Green plants may be accepted or memorial donations may be made to the New Glasgow Palliative Care Unit, New Glasgow. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

MacLENNAN
It is with deep sadness that we, her siblings, announce the peaceful death of our sister Margaret Elizabeth MacLennan of Calgary/Deepdale on October 9th with her family by her side. Born on the 29th of September, 1960, Margaret was the daughter of the late Sally (MacKinnon) and Hugh MacLennan. Margaret is survived by her sister, Sandra (Paul), Bedford, and her brothers, Roddie (Marian), Bedford, Steve (Margie), Margaree, John (Monica), Blues Mills, Jerry (Colleen), Quispamsis, NB, Fr. Danny, parish priest in Mabou, and Bruce (Laura), Oakville. Margaret was also truly proud of her nieces and nephews, Shawn, Shauna, Aaron, Sarah, Andrea, Katie, Angus, Margaret, Michael, Ellen, Kathleen, Cheryl, Brian, and Brenda; and great-nieces, Kenzie and Claire, great-nephews, David and Johann. Margaret was lovingly included as a family member in Calgary by cousin Joy (MacIsaac) and Diego Romero and their children and families. In addition to her parents, Margaret was predeceased by her brothers, Alexander (1990) and Gus (1993), and her nephew, Brendan (2002). Margaret was educated in Dunvegan School, Inverness Consolidated and Mabou Consolidated. From there she left to work briefly in Toronto, Whitehorse, and lastly, made her home in Calgary, where she was a valued employee for 29 years with Wastewater Treatment & Water Services Department for the City of Calgary. No work was too much for Margaret whether mowing the fields on a hot summer’s day on Pipers Lane, shovelling snow for her Calgary relations and the elderly in her neighbourhood – she loved to help others. Margaret made many good friends along the way. Margaret enjoyed the outdoors. She loved walking and biking and every trail in Calgary was familiar to her. There was nothing she loved more than spending vacation days in Deepdale, walking Inverness beach, picking blueberries, and attending Sunday Mass in Broad Cove - simple things, which caused her such great joy. She spent some time travelling and her best trips were to visit her brother, Fr. Danny, during his time in Dublin. Sadly, Margaret’s gentle lifestyle came to a halt when she was diagnosed with gastric cancer. Margaret was determined to live and religiously followed the advice of her doctor in Calgary and also the team in Halifax. The cancer, however, did not heed this advice and as a result our proud sister succumbed to the disease. It was Margaret’s request to be cremated and that has occurred. Visitation was held Sunday October 13th, at the Inverness Funeral Home, Inverness, Nova Scotia. Funeral Mass was celebrated at St Margaret of Scotland Church, Broad Cove, on October 14th, with her brother, Fr. Danny MacLennan officiating with parish priest, Fr. Dan MacDonald. Margaret was laid to rest in Broad Cove, where her beloved family and friends are interred. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the palliative care of your choice or the Broad Cove Cemetery Fund. Please also, take the time to enjoy a walk in your community in memory of our dear Margaret. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to www. Invernessfuneralhome.com.

MacEACHERN
Jane M. MacEachern (MacMullin), age 83, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on September 28th. Jane was born on May 21st, 1936, in Brighton, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Allan and Alberta MacMullin. Jane was raised in a close-knit family in Wilmington; in her early years she attended Wilmington Schools and was a graduate of St. Charles High School in Woburn. Jane was very close to her siblings and made many life-long friends while growing up in Wilmington. On September 5th, 1959, Jane married her “sweetheart” Norman MacEachern; together they raised a wonderful family of five children and just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Jane was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother, her family was her world. Jane was always there to cheer on her children and later her grandchildren at quite a few school and sporting events and dance recitals; she never missed a chance to celebrate their accomplishments. Jane had an "open door" policy and enjoyed her house being full with family, friends, and kids; she loved to entertain and she always made everyone feel welcomed and loved in her home and if you were lucky enough you may have had the chance to hear her play a few tunes on the piano. Jane looked forward to family vacations; especially when they all went to Cape Breton in Canada to visit family and re-trace their roots. Prior to retiring, Jane, worked as a secretary for the Suburban News for many years, where she made lots of life-long friends. Jane will be fondly remembered as a “caregiver” to anyone in need; she was very compassionate towards her family, friends, and those that were less fortunate. She was kind and generous of her time and talents to help anyone; Jane never held a grudge; she was always very forgiving and willing to put others needs ahead of her own. She was funny, she was faithful and she was feisty, just the right mix of sweet and sassy. She was truly an “angel on earth.” Jane's unconditional love and devotion to her family and friends was evident in everything she did and she always did everything with a warm smile and a friendly manner. Jane was truly a remarkable lady who will forever be in the hearts of those she touched. Jane was the beloved wife of 60 years to Norman D. MacEachern, devoted mother of Karen Strem and her partner Frank Moss of North Andover, Patty Fay and her husband Mike of Wilmington, Janice Hanlon and her husband Billy of Billerica, Nancy Acquaviva and her husband Dave of Haverhill and Joe MacEachern and his wife Annie of Londonderry, NH. Loving “Nana” of Justin, Matthew and his wife Michelle, Brendan, Mikey and his wife Kristen, Sean, Corey and his wife Dana, Brett, Tyler, Emily, Kyle, Shane, Ava and great-granddaughter Delaney Mae. Cherished daughter of the late Allan and Alberta (MacInnis) MacMullin, dear sister of Allan MacMullin and his wife Mary of Billerica, Clare MacNeil of Tewksbury, Margaret Keefe and her husband Joe of Lowell, Mary Toombs and her husband Lenny of Tewksbury, the late Alberta "Snooks" MacEachern, Paul, James, and Eileen MacMullin. Jane is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends. Family and friends gathered at the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, on Wednesday, October 2nd, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, Wilmington. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jane's memory may be made to Trigeminal Neuralgia/Facial Pain Association, 22 SE Fifth Ave., Suite D., Gainesville, FL 32601, fpa-support.org.

MacDONALD
In the early morning hours of Monday, September 30th, Donnie “Red” MacDonald from the Red Rows in Inverness shuffled off his mortal coil. He passed peacefully at the age of 84, following a life filled with friends, good times, and his loving extended family. Donald Aubrey was born to Mary Florence and John F. MacDonald, was educated at Holy Family High in Inverness, St. F.X., and Dalhousie University, where he received his degree in law. He practised law in Alberta for 30 years and then took up a new direction, one he treasured above all else, working for the Drop In Centre in Calgary, where he would outfit and find jobs for those down on their luck. He did this well into his 70s. He believed strongly in social justice and that everyone is deserving of being treated fairly, equally, and with dignity. A proud man, he openly admitted that one of the greatest achievements of his life was overcoming his alcoholism. He spent some time at a facility in Saskatchewan in order to help put his addiction to rest. With his intelligence, wit, and humour, it was always special to have him in your circle and this will be sadly missed in a world in need of a good laugh and a clear view. Don loved his family most of all, as well as chocolate, ice cream, sports, and all things pertaining to the great outdoors. He is survived by his beloved children: Allison (Bryan), Calgary; John (Judy), Red Deer; grandchildren, Nick, Blair, Olivia, and Ray: his brother Rankin (Cindy); special nieces and nephews, Kelly, Matthew, and April; and wife, Lori. “Mention Coolie (Francis MacNeil) in my obit,” he always joked, “he was always my best friend.” He was predeceased by his mom, dad, and brother “Red” Jack (John Francis) MacDonald (Cathy). After spending 60 years in Alberta, he still called Inverness home and will return next summer with his family to rest in the place that gave him strength and heart. A private family service has taken place in Alberta.

GILLIS
Mary Anne Gillis, 89, of Inverness, formerly of Gillisdale, passed peacefully away October 2nd in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Born in South West Margaree, she was the eldest daughter of Archy B. and Mary Margaret (MacLellan) MacLellan. In 1952 she married Angus Jim Gillis of Gillisdale, where they spent their married life. She is survived by her daughter, Charlene (David) Clarke, Inverness; sons: Jim (Patricia), Pine Tree; Alex (Jeanita) Lyons Brook; Ron (Sukhee) Kentville; daughter-in-law, Jeannette Gillis, Cambridge; sister, Jessie Green, Toronto; cousin, Vincent (Mary) Gillis, Truro, who she regarded as a brother. Also, survived by her grandchildren: Christy (Jeremy), Eric, Wilfred (Alicia) Craig (Crystal), Amie, Maggie (Adam), and great-grandchildren, Alex, Chris, and Evie. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband, Angus Jim, daughter-in-law, Jo Anne Gillis, and sister Catherine Isabel. Mary Anne rested in Inverness Funeral Home on Friday, October 4th. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, October 5th, in St. Joseph's Church, SW Margaree, with Father MacDonald Ibeh officiating. Burial followed in St. Mary's Parish Cemetery, SW Margaree. Memorial donations may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society or to Inverary Manor, Inverness. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

COHOON
On Tuesday, September 3rd, Cassie Deveaux Cohoon, Montreal, died at the age of 84 years. Born in Cheticamp, Cape Breton, she moved to Montreal after completing high school. She worked as a stenographer and quickly progressed to responsible secretarial positions that saw her live and work in New York City and Paris, before continuing her career in Montreal. She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the Thomas More Institute in Montreal and remained associated with the Institute as a class leader. She was also an active member of the C.J. Jung Society of Montreal. She followed her passion for writing as a freelance journalist. After researching her Acadian roots, she published her first book “Severine” in 2007, followed by “Jeanne Dugas of Acadia” in 2013 and its French translation in 2019. Cassie was the daughter of the late Auguste (á Charles) Deveaux and Louise (á Kenneth) Bourgeois and the beloved wife of the late Douglas Haig Cohoon. She is survived by: her son, Tim Deveaux; her sister, Jeannine (Pedro) Simon; her brothers Elbert and Marcel (Sylvia) Deveaux; her aunt Jeannette Aucoin; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.  A grave side service will be held at St. Peter’s Cemetery (old), Cheticamp on Saturday, October 12th, at 1:00 p.m. with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

CHIASSON
Bernice Chiasson, age 69, Cheticamp, passed away on Friday, September 27th, at home. Bernice was the daughter of the late Joseph and the late Marguerite “Maggie” (Larade) Camus. Bernice lived in Ontario until her husband’s death in 1991, where she worked at Carlton Cards, a job she was very proud of. She returned home to care for her mom and two sisters. She loved children and loved to talk about the past. She had a very kind heart. Bernice is survived by brothers, Patrice Camus, and Napoleon Camus; sister, Marina Camus. She was predeceased by her husband Joseph Charles Chiasson; sisters, Germaine Cormier and Bella Camus; a brother and sister in infancy and brother-in-law, Bernard Cormier. A funeral Mass was held on Wednesday, October 2nd, in l’Église St. Pierre (Vestry) with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Funeral was under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

ROSS
The family announces, with sorrow, the passing of John James “Jim” Ross on Friday, May 24th, 2019, at the age of 99 years. Dear son of the late Harry and Annie May (nee McNeil) Ross. Beloved husband of the late Matilda “Tillie” Ross (nee McIntyre); beloved father of David, Sudbury; beloved grandfather of Fay (Steve); beloved great-grandfather of Julian and Aiden. He was born in a farm house on the Banks Road in Inverness, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, the second youngest in a family of six. A Celebration of Life will be held at a memorial Mass in St. Andrew’s Church, Boisdale, on Saturday, October 12th, at 12:00 noon, with Rev. Varghese Purhuparampil officiating. Interment in the parish cemetery, followed by a reception at the Boisdale Fire Hall. Words of comfort can be sent to the family at www.sydneymemorialchapel.ca or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

McDANIEL
It is with great sadness we, the family, announce the sudden passing of Frances Walburga McDaniel after a brief illness. She passed away in the Cape Breton Regional Hospital on September 24th. “Francie” square danced her way onto the “Red Rows” on August 27th, 1935, a daughter to Margaret Belle (Cameron), Margaree, and John Archie MacPhee, Mabou Coal Mines. After school, in Inverness, Frances followed her sister Patricia to Boston where she worked for six years. In 1962, she married Frank and lived on military bases in Summerside, PEI, Germany, and Greenwood before settling in Margaree Forks in 1976. Frances had a very generous heart and remembered everyone's birthday. She gave many years of care to her sister Agatha and nephew Francis MacKinnon, whom she loved very much. Frances was fiercely proud of her Cape Breton roots, loved Celtic music and culture. She adored her sons, grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and extended family across Canada, Massachusetts, and Virginia. Francie loved to attend ceilidhs, concerts, and summers spent in Point Cross with her sister, Pat. Every year she went to Boston to celebrate the American Thanksgiving. One of her passions was travelling and in recent years she visited Toronto, Las Vegas, and went to NYC for her 80th birthday. She was always able to find an “Irish Pub” where ever she travelled. Staunchly independent, Frances lived life on her own terms and had a very active social life. She will be missed by many friends, relatives, and neighbours and “the birthday group” with whom she had many dinners and good times. She was a member of the St. Michael’s Parish, the church choir, and the Catholic Women's League of Canada. Frances is survived by her sons: Andy (Laverne), Dartmouth; Mathew (Melanie), Edmonton; grand children: Claire and Christopher, Edmonton; her sister Patricia O’Neil, Massachusetts; Mack MacPhee, Margaree; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Francis McDaniel; sisters: Mary and Agatha; brothers: Tommy and John Neil. Cremation has taken place, visitation was at St. Michael’s Parish Hall, East Margaree on Friday, September 27th.  Funeral Mass was in St. Michael’s Catholic Church on Saturday, September 28th, with Father Macdonald Ibeh officiating.  Burial was in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, NE Margaree, following the reception. Family flowers only please. Donations in memory of Francie may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. The funeral Mass was under the direction of St. Michael’s Bereavement Committee. Funeral arrangements were under the care and direction of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

MacDONALD
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Jean Frances MacDonald on September 29th, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital with family by her side. Jean was born on May 3rd, 1934, daughter of the late Alex and Flora (Gillis) Batherson of Port Hood, NS. Jean was a devoted wife and mother, who always put others first; looking after everyone with her cooking and baking. She enjoyed playing cards, a good fiddle tune, crossword puzzles, her home in Colindale, and drives with the love of her life. Jean is survived by her husband of 64 years, Angus L.; her children: James A. (Linda) Port Hood; Joey (Donna) Port Hawkesbury; Teddy (Kathi) Port Hood; John P., Inverness; Darlene (Dennis) Mabou Harbour; Angela (Allan) Port Hood; Bernie (Amanda) Inverness; Lewis (Ruth) Port Hood; David, Port Hood; Sheldon (Kenneth) Marion Bridge; Lisa (Darryl) Ft. McMurray; daughter- in-law Joanne; sisters: Delores, Bernice, and Gloria; and brother Bernard. She is also survived by 25 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was predeceased by daughter Rosalie (Lane); son in infancy; grandson Keegan; brother Earl; and sister Dianne. Family flowers only. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Central Inverness County Palliative Society. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Visitation from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 2nd, at Port Hood and Area Resting Place. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. in St. Peters Church, Port Hood, Thursday, October 3rd, with Father Eugene Morris officiating. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

BEATON
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of our mom, Mary Jessie Beaton, age 98, of St. Ninian, Nova Scotia, on September 24th at Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. Born on December 24th, 1920, at River Center, she was the daughter of the late Malcolm and Flora (MacIsaac) Campbell. She was the last surviving member of her family. As the youngest of nine siblings. Mom lost her own mother at the tender age of 16 months. At an early age she learned the meaning of family, love, compassion, faith, strength, and resilience. Throughout her life she carried these values and instilled these qualities in her children and grandchildren. She had incredible faith, and in her later years when she could no longer attend Mass, she never missed Mass for Shut Ins. Throughout the years, if you had the opportunity to visit with Mom, she wouldn’t let you leave without a good cup of tea, some homemade bread, and a plate of sweets. She also had a knack for making her visitors feel as though they were part of her own family. One of the biggest enjoyments in her life was her card games, and if a game was not happening, she would be busy on the phone organizing one to be played at her house. Her card playing friends, both young and old, came from all the surrounding communities to St. Ninian, as they enjoyed her company as much as she enjoyed theirs. Mom celebrated life and thoroughly enjoyed entertaining in her home (the more the merrier) as she loved listening to their stories as well as sharing some of her own. She especially loved guitar music and her happy place was in a room full of family and a good sing-along while tapping her toes. As the family historian, she had a wonderful memory, especially for dates and relationships. When she wasn’t busy entertaining or socializing, she could be found reading, knitting, watching Jeopardy, the Blue Jays, or making puzzles all of which kept her mind sharp. On more than one occasion she dressed up for Halloween and joined in on the local parades. Mom, also known as Gramma and GG to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren loved giving affection as well as receiving it. No family member ever left a visit without a big hug, a kiss, and “I love you.” She is survived by her children: Florence, Judique; Danena, St Ninian; Gerard (Claire), Mabou; Theresa (Arthur) Mabou; Colin (Joan), Boston; Virginia (Gordie) Judique; Lauchie (Liz) Troy; Charlie (Diane) Port Hood; and Jackie Campbell (Thunder Bay), whom she loved and raised as her own. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren: Brennan (Sandra), Meghan, Andrew (Lindsay), John, Ryan (Amey), Kyle (Krista), Erin (Trevor), Krissy (Jeremy), David (Danette), Patricia (Cohen), and Stacy (Kevin); and by 14 great-grandchildren: Denver, Ally, Jack, Jessie, Paige, Charli, Nolan, Emerson, Ivy, Eamonn, Levi, Olan, Peyton, and Quinn. She is also survived by sisters-in-law: Theresa MacDonell, Judique Intervale; Kaye Brady, Dartmouth; Elizabeth Beaton, Mabou; and Emma Beaton, Halifax; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Alexander, her sons Malcolm (Sandy), Donald Angus, and Joseph; brothers: Dan (Jean), John Hector (Bessie), John Angus (Christie), Roddie (Mary Ann), Collie; and sisters: Catherine Cannon (Ernest), Margaret MacDonald (John Alex), and a sister in infancy. Visitation was held on Sunday, September 29th, at the Judique Fire Hall. Funeral Mass was held on Monday in St. Andrews Church in Judique, with Rev. Allan MacMillan officiating, burial followed in parish cemetery. Family flowers only. Memorial donations may be made to St. Andrews Cemetery Fund, Inverness Palliative Care Society, or a charity of choice. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Green’s Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury. Expressions of sympathy may be conveyed at www.greensfuneralhome.ca. “Love you Mom.”

POIRIER
Dora May Poirier, age 87, Cheticamp, passed away on Monday, September 9th, at the Foyer Père Fiset Guest Home in Cheticamp, surrounded by her family. She was the daughter of the late John M. and Clothilde (Ivy) Harris. Dora May is survived by: son Daniel (Cecile) Poirier; daughters, Sylvia Roach, Hilda Poirier, Dorinne (Napolean) Camus, Marie Jeanne (John) Burton, Stella (Barry) Reid, Ginette Poirier (Clarence Timmons); brother, Willie (Annette) Harris; sister, Marie Louise (Henri Edouard) Deveau; and sister-in-law Therese Harris. She is also survived by 21 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Dora May was predeceased by her husband Auguste Poirier; daughter, Claudette McLean; sons-in-law, Louis Joseph Roach and Clifford Poirier; brothers, Patrick Harris, Tommy Harris, Joseph Harris; sisters, Agnes Blanchard, Germaine Ludyka, Marie Cecile Vienneau, Lucie Anne Chiasson, Marie Louise Harris, and Marie Eveline Harris. Cremation has taken place. Funeral Mass was celebrated in Èglise St. Pierre, Cheticamp with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Foyer Père Fiset Guest Home. Funeral is under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

MACLEAN
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Daniel Hugh MacLean, on Sunday, September 8th, at the Toronto Grace Hospital at the age of 76. Loving husband of Blanche, cherished father of Jerry (Angel) and Jim (Lesli), and proud grandfather of Joey, Matthew, David, and Brandon. Dear brother of John and Mary. Predeceased by his parents Daniel and Hughena and brother Neil. Daniel was born in Inverness, Nova Scotia, and he moved to Toronto where he met Blanche and was married for 53 years. Daniel had a long career with Unilever and in his retirement, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Daniel will be greatly missed by his nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, and friends. In keeping with Daniel’s wishes, a private family service was held. If desired, donations in memory of Daniel can be made to the Sunnybrook Foundation or the Toronto Grace Hospital.

BURNS
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Emélie Burns, age 94, of Chéticamp, on September 11th at the Foyer Pére Fiset. Born in Kénogami, Québec, on November 30th, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Alex and Philomène (Deveau) Beaudry. Through the years, Emélie enjoyed travelling with her husband and friends, having travelled to Europe, Hawaii, Florida, and to different islands in the south. While home, she enjoyed bowling (having been the captain of her team for years). She particularly enjoyed receiving her family for Sunday suppers. Before moving to the Foyer Père Fiset, she could always be seen sitting by her window in her rocking chair watching and waving to people passing by. At the Foyer, Emélie participated in all activities almost to the end, especially exercises and jigsaws puzzles. She will be sadly missed by her two sons, Louis Paul (Patricia), Chéticamp, André (Estelle), Shédiac, NB; her daughter, Noella Chiasson, Chéticamp; her grandchildren, Wanda, Shelly, Lisa, Bruce, and Tanya; seven great-grandchildren, Shannon, Dylan, Bryanna, Korall, MacKenzie, Alex, and Patrick; three sisters, Lucienne (Léo), Halifax, Georgette and Marie Louise, also of Halifax; and also nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her first husband Henri Aucoin (1965); her second husband, Edmond Burns (2009); her eldest son, Joseph Hubert(2018); daughter-in-law, Carmella AuCoin (2015); and three grandsons, Gregory AuCoin (1972), Roger Aucoin(1992), and Ricky Chiasson (2017); sisters, Floranda Pluscollette and Emilienne Beaudry; brothers, George Beaudry, Charles Emile Beaudry, and Rénee Beaudry. At the request of the family, there was no viewing. Funeral Mass was held at l’Église St. Pierre in Chéticamp with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. Donations can be made to the Foyer Père Fiset of Chéticamp, funeral was under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

BEATON
John Regis Beaton, age 73, of Pugwash, NS, formerly of Mabou, passed away peacefully September 18th, in Cape Breton Regional Hospital. Born in Sydney on January 4th, 1946, he was a son of the late Angus D. and Flora Beaton. He was a very kind and compassionate man who loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting and trapping. He had a passion for music (especially John Allan Cameron) and loved strumming his guitar. John Regis is survived by: brothers, Don, Sydney; Damien (Maureen), Mabou; Larry (Linda), Mabou; Fabian (Rosemary) Hamilton, ON; Harold, Fall River; sisters, Marian (Roddie) MacLennan, Halifax; Willanna (Bill) MacDonald, Mabou; many nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law, Marguerite Beaton, Pictou. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his sister Angela Herzog (2007), brothers Clarence (2016) and Hugh R. (2018). Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. There will be a private family burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Mabou. A celebration of life will be held at Mabou Fire Hall ,11287 HWY 19, Wednesday September 25th, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Memorial donations can be made to the Nova Scotia Schizophrenia Society, St. Mary's Cemetery, Mabou, Sunset Adult Residential Centre, or a charity of choice. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

LARADE-POIRIER
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Marie Ediana “Dianne” Larade-Poirier, after a very courageous battle with cancer. She passed away at the Victoria General Hospital, Halifax, on Wednesday, September 11th. Dianne was born in Cheticamp on February 10th, 1952, to parents, Frederick and Eulalie (Poirier) Larade. Throughout her life she was a very hard worker and had her own cleaning service business in Halifax. She always met any challenge with strength and courage ready to conquer whatever was thrown at her. Dianne was very happy to be able to make a trip to Ontario to celebrate her sons 25th wedding anniversary just the week before her passing, this time with family meant the world to her. She leaves behind her husband, James Paul Poirier; her son, Robert (Tracy) Sine, Brockville, Ontario; her daughter, Freda Larade-vanFeggelen, Kentville, Nova Scotia; grandchildren, Alexander, Samuel, Nicholas, Christian, Anneka, and Luc; sisters, Marie Louise Camus, Annette Cessford, Marie Adele Muise, Madeleine Aucoin, and Yvette Larade; brothers, Napoleon, Jules, and Ronnie. Besides her parents she was predeceased by sisters, Lorraine Lebrun and Marguerite Marie Deveau; brothers, Robert, Pierre Louis, and Roger. You are forever in our hearts, until we meet again. Visitation was held at the Cheticamp Community Church with the funeral service following with Pastor Pierre Chaisson officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to QEII Palliative Care, Halifax. Funeral arrangements were under the care of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

FRANK
Robert Frank, age 94, of Mabou Coal Mines, formally of New York, passed away on September 9th in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Robert was born in Zurich, Switzerland, on November 9th, 1924, to the late Henri and Rosy Frank. He was a world-renowned photographer/filmmaker and was the recipient of many awards for all of his achievements. Robert is survived by his wife, June Leaf, and cousin, Ellen Kaufmann. Besides his parents, Robert was predeceased by his daughter, Andrea; son, Pablo, and brother, Freddy. Respecting Roberts wishes, a private gathering of friends will take place at a later date. Memorial donations in Robert’s memory may be made to Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

DOYLE
Thomas Francis Doyle of East Margaree passed away peacefully (after a lengthy battle with cancer) on September 9th in the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital; surrounded by family and friends. Tommy was born in New Waterford, Nova Scotia, on December 23rd, 1943, to parents, Thomas Patrick and Mary Ellen (Hannigan) Doyle. He is survived by his daughter, Heather Irene Doyle; son Christopher Anthony Doyle, both of Toronto; sister, Charlene (Wally) Ivany; brothers, Raymond (May), Jerry and Francis; also, many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents he was predeceased by sisters, Josephine, Margaret, Lillian, Helen, Agnes, and Ann Marie; brothers, William, Daniel, Michael, and Patrick. Funeral was on Saturday, September 14th, in St. Patrick’s Church with Father MacDonald Ibeh officiating. Memorial donations in memory of the late Tom Doyle may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

DOUCET
Lomer Denis Doucet, March 5, 1925 – August 23, 2019. It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Mr. Lomer Denis Doucet (formerly of Waltham, Cheticamp, and Grand Etang) on Friday, August 23rd, 2019, at Hanover District Hospital in Hanover, Ontario, with family at his side after a five-year struggle with Alzheimers. He was 94. Lomer was born on March 5th, 1925, in Grand Etang, Nova Scotia, where he worked as the local blacksmith. In 1962, he moved his family to Waltham, Massachusetts, where he made his living as a carpenter until his retirement. He retired to Cheticamp where he continued his woodworking craft by making models of houses, churches, and other structures that were of importance to him. One of which was the beautiful model of Cheticamp’s St. Peter’s church, which he donated to and is now displayed in the back of that church. He leaves to mourn his wife, Marie Domithilde; sons, Daniel (Mary) and Arthur (Karen); grandchildren, Kyle, Nicole (Brendan), Renee (Damian), Kasey, Michael; great-grandchildren, Mikaela, Liam, Olivia, Aubrey, Mason; and brother-in-law Francis Aucoin. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Lomer was predeceased by his parents, the late John J. Doucet and Louise (Cormier) Doucet; his brothers, Joseph, George, Willie James, Hector, and Leonard; as well as his sisters, Catherine, Rose, Marie Sophie, and Viola. Family and friends will honour and remember Lomer's life by gathering for a memorial at St. Joseph’s Church, St. Joseph du Moine, on September 21st, at 10:00 a.m. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. with burial to follow in the St. Joseph Parish Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of the late Lomer Denis Doucet may be made to the Canadian Alzheimer’s Society. Funeral arrangements are under the care of the Sunset Funeral Co-operative. Online condolences at: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

CUMMINGS
With tremendous sadness, we would like to announce the death of Duncan Cummings on Saturday, September 14th. He was surrounded by his loving and adoring family. Duncan was the son of the late William and Elizabeth (MacEachen) Cummings of Mabou Harbour. He is survived by his wife Josephine (Gillis), his sister Juanita (Brampton), his brothers, Dan Archie (Jane), Edmund (Celia), Jimmy (Barbara), all of Mabou, and Jerome of Inverness; his five children, Cindy Negus (Michael) Ottawa, David (Melissa) Halifax, Lisa Rodney (Vance) Yarmouth, Darren (Tracey) Port Hawkesbury, and Dwayne (Jennifer) Oshawa; his 15 grandchildren, Caitlin, Kylie of Ottawa, Kennedy, Logan of Halifax, Lucas, Grace of Yarmouth, Georgia, Lainey, Myca, Callie of Port Hawkesbury, and Jake, Brett, Thomas John (T.J.), Cooper, and Max of Oshawa; sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Duncan was predeceased by his brothers John Robert and Roddie, and his sisters, Martha and Anna. After attending school, Duncan made his way to Elliot Lake, and then Connecticut, where his bride joined him. After a short time there, they moved to Boston where they had their first two children, and then moved back to Nova Scotia where they had three more. Upon settling in Creignish, Duncan established Cummings Construction Limited and then later opened two Subway franchises. Duncan’s proudest accomplishments were his children who looked up to him as the most honest, hard working, respectful, moral, and wise person they could have known. While being a man of few words, he led by example and worked hard to instil strong values and honourable character in his children, who promise to carry his legacy forward. Visitation took place at Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury on Monday September 16th. Funeral Mass was held Tuesday at Stella Maris Catholic Church, Creignish, with Father Eugene Morris officiating. A reception followed at the Creignish Recreation Centre. Words of condolences may be shared with the family at www.haverstock.com. Donations in Duncan’s memory may be made to Nova Scotia Health Authority–Palliative Care. Thank you for being a wonderful husband and father.  We love you and will forever miss you.

SARGENT
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Peter Craig Sargent, aged 71 years. Peter passed away suddenly on September 1st, in West Mabou, Nova Scotia. Born in Quincy, Massachusetts on October 7, 1947, Peter was the son of the late Donald and Doris Sargent. He graduated from Quincy High School, then went on to Agricultural College at the University of Massachusetts and immigrated to Nova Scotia in 1974 with his loving wife and best friend Jeanne (Burke Sargent). He was a jack of all trades, working as a welder, herdsman, and pulp cutter and was very involved in the Cursillio movement in previous years as well as an associate member of the CNDs (Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame), and is a former member of the Inverness County singers. Other than his wife, Peter leaves to mourn his five beloved children (of whom he was so proud): Andrew Sargent (Erinn Roy, West Mabou NS), Timothy Sargent (Amanda Campbell, AB), Evan Sargent (Sandy Race, Syracuse NY), Nora Jeanne Sargent, and Neil Sargent. His pride and joy was being a grandpa to Grace, Alex, Natalie, Hannah, and Cameron, all of whom will miss him dearly. He is also survived by one brother, James Douglas Sargent (Maureen Heinz) of Hanover, Massachusetts and a sister, Heather Sargent, of Quincy, Massachusetts, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Peter was a kind, gentle, happy soul, who found pleasure from the simple things in life and saw humour where few would understand the joke. A master storyteller, Peter loved nothing more than sitting down for a chat and to exchange a few yarns. He particularly enjoyed the odd stop into the Ceilidh Fishermen’s Co-op to shoot the breeze with staff and local fishermen, as well as get in a few digs when the Boston Bruins or the Red Sox had beaten Toronto. He loved his Cape Breton home, but was equally proud of his Celtic and American roots and, up until the last months of his life, went on morning walks along West Mabou Beach where, as a devoted follower of Jesus, he would say his prayers of gratitude and connect with his saviour through nature. He was a hard-working woodsman and cut many a cord of pulpwood in his day. Peter Sargent was a man of incredible physical and mental strength, profound intellect and insight, a lover of Irish literature and poetry, and took care to ensure that his children valued people and relationships over material things. In the weeks leading to his passing, Peter was blessed with a family reunion of all his children and grandchildren, and for him, there was no greater happiness than being surrounded by his loved ones. As per Peter’s request, cremation has taken place. Arrangements were entrusted to the compassionate care of Inverness Funeral Home. Visitation took place Thursday, September 5th, at Port Hood and Area Resting Place. Funeral Mass took place on Friday September 6th, in St Peter’s Church, Port Hood, officiated by Father Vincent vanZutphen, followed by burial in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cape Breton Cancer Centre and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

MARPLE
Christena Margaret Marple, age 81, of Inverness Inverary Manor, and formerly from Margaree Harbour, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 22nd, in Inverary Manor. Christena was born September 4, 1937, in Margaree Harbour and was a daughter of the late John Lewis Marple and Mary Christena (MacDonnell) Marple. She is survived by her sisters, Helen Deagle, Inverness, and Mildred Johnson in East Margaree; brothers, Richard (Joy) Ontario, Jackie, British Columbia, and Winston (Jeannine) Margaree Harbour; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her brother Ralph, infant brother, sister, and brothers-in-law Lawrence Deagle and Charles Johnson. Christena worked at various jobs and many in the local area remember her as the gatekeeper at St. Anne’s. She also worked for Alexander Graham Bell’s grandson as a nanny for his children both in Cape Breton and USA. Christena loved to play jokes, cards, games, bingo, darts, and fishing. This past summer, Christena had the opportunity to go fishing twice with the Manor and she loved it. She always was smiling and loved when you stopped in for a visit. Christena will be greatly missed by all those who loved her. At Christena’s request, there is no visitation or funeral Mass. A grave side burial will take place at a later date. Donations in memory of Christena may be made to the Inverary Manor, Inverness, where Christena lived the past few years and where she met many people who cared for her as she cared for them. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Inverness Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

CANNON
Paul Gerard Cannon, aged 60 years, of Port Hood, passed away on Sunday, September 1st. Born in Inverness, Nova Scotia, on April 9th, 1959, he was the son of the late Michael Ernest and Catherine Anne (Campbell) Cannon. Paul had deep faith and treasured family above all things. He was a caring and loving father and grandfather. Paul (aka Boomer) played and coached hockey, spending hours at arenas watching his children and grandchildren take to the sport that he loved so much. Paul also enjoyed harness racing, playing cards (particularly a lively game of SCAT), watching his beloved New York Islanders, hunting and travelling the back roads of Inverness County. Paul and Sheila welcomed many of all ages to their home. He thoroughly enjoyed those times, in this place that was affectionately coined “Cannon Country.” Paul worked at the Department of Transportation for 30 years, where he made many life-long and cherished friends. With his quick wit, generous heart and warm hugs; Paul made each one of us feel like we were his favourite. Paul’s cheerful ‘hi buddy’ meant that he was there, not only to talk, but to listen. A true friend to all, he will be greatly missed. Paul was a devoted husband to the love of his life and wife of 38 years, Sheila (Dobbin) Cannon; dedicated father to their children Katie (Callum) McDaniel, Julie (Colin Allen), Daniel (Keisha), and Kevin. Paul was beloved Grampie to Rowen, Carly, Hannah, and Finley McDaniel; Kieran Allen; Eli and Carson Cannon. Also left to grieve their dear brother, are Jackie Campbell (late Patricia) of Rossport, Ontario, Florence McGary (Tom) of Framingham, MA, Shirley Campbell (Sam) of Milford, MA, Ernest Cannon (Pauline) of Holiston, MA, Lorraine MacDonald (Brian), and Barbara Cannon MacDonald (Edward) of Port Hood, NS. Paul was also dearly loved by his mother-in-law, Mary Dobbin; extended family Coleen and Lauchie MacIsaac, Greg and Elizabeth Dobbin, Blaise and Michelle Dobbin, and Patrick and Susan Dobbin. Paul was also a much-loved uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend. Besides his parents, Paul was predeceased by his father-in-law Charles (Chuck) Dobbin.Visitation was held in Port Hood and Area Resting Place on Monday, September 9th. Funeral Mass was held in St. Peter’s Parish Church on Tuesday, September 10th, with Father Bernie MacDonald and Father Vincent vanZutphen presiding. Family flowers only please. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society, St. Peter’s Parish Cemetery Fund, or the Port Hood and Area Resting Place. Online condolences may be made to www.invernessfuneralhome.com. “And the Greatest of these is Love.”

GILLIS
John Gregory Gillis, age 77, Antigonish, NS, passed away on August 10th at St Martha's Hospital, Antigonish, NS. He was the son of Daniel and Cassie (Kennedy) Gillis. He is survived by sisters, Helen (his twin), Claire, and Joan. He was predeceased by his parents, sister Sandra, and brothers, Allen and Gerard. After graduating from high school, he attended the Seminary in Ottawa, Ontario, The Nova Scotia Institute of Technology and St. F.X. University, Antigonish, NS. He worked at St. F.X. University as a chef for many years before retiring to pursue his many other interests. He was an avid historian who enjoyed sharing his interests and knowledge with family, friends, and all those who cared to listen and participate. The sinking of the ship "The Princess Sophia" off the Alaskan Coast was of special interest, having recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. His grandaunt and her two children were on the passenger list. He read many historical books, enjoyed restoring antiques and collected many photos of interest during his lifetime. He did considerable travelling throughout Europe and North America in earlier years. Gregory was a choir member around Antigonish area and sang gleefully in both English and Gaelic. He also volunteered in many area organizations. He was a member of the KOC. He spent many long hours working in his gardens around his home to the delight of visitors and others who passed by just to look at his work. Joey and Tiffy were frequent travellers throughout these gardens. There will be no visitation. Funeral will be held at St. Ninian’s Cathedral, 121 St. Ninian Street, Antigonish, NS, on Friday, September 6th, at 11:00 a.m. Officiant will be Rev. Donald MacGillivary. Reception will follow. Memorial donations may be made to St. Martha’s Hospital Foundation (Palliative Care Unit), St. Ninian’s Cemetery Fund, Stella Maris Cemetery Fund. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Green’s Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury. Messages to the family may be sent at www.greensfuneralhome.ca.

DRAKE
With sad hearts, the family announces the sudden passing of Kelvin Drake on August 26th at age 80. He grew up in North East Margaree, the youngest of seven children of the late John and Florence (Austin) Drake.  Kelvin is survived by his daughters, Cindy Krawczyk, Florida; Stacy Drake and fiancé Steve Hickman, Indiana; and Lottie Long, Florida; his sister Isabel Taylor, Halifax; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was predeceased by his daughter Sherry Drake, sisters Elizabeth, Isobella (in infancy), and Anne; and brothers James and Murdoch. After many years in the USA (Illinois), Kelvin returned to Canada making Margaree, Grand Etang, and finally Whycocomagh his home, where he became very active in the community. Kelvin was an avid reader and always open to discuss any topic at great length. His wide circle of friends will always remember his extraordinarily kind nature. Cremation has taken place. Celebration of Life and interment will be at a later date. Donations in Kelvin’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice.

CHIASSON
Joanne Chiasson, age 57, Grand Étang, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 28th, at the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. She was the daughter of the late Joseph à Pierre and Lillian (AuCoin) Chiasson. She was predeceased by her brother, Ricky Chiasson. Joanne worked at the Cape Breton Highlands National Park for many years as a park attendant. She has many great coworkers and friends. Gisele Doucet, who has been by Joanne’s side for the past 10 years, was like a sister to Joanne. Joanne’s favorite past time was going overnight on a shopping trip to Sydney. Joanne was admitted to the Foyer Père Fiset on July 25th, 2008. She will be remembered by all the residents, staff, and friends for the loving and caring person she was. A memorial service was held at the Père Fiset Guest Home. Burial in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, St. Joseph du Moine. Funeral is under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

CAMERON
Mary (Beaton) Cameron. Mom was born in Glenora Falls, Cape Breton, on September 21st, 1929.  She had 12 siblings (eight brothers and four sisters). She is survived by her brother Stanley (Michelin) Beaton and her sister Monica (John Dan) Beaton. Mom and Dad had nine children, Alex (Ann), Anita (David), Donald (deceased), Patricia (Terry), Francis (Abelina), Ray (Cathy), Stanley (Charlotte), Gary, and Dennis. She dearly loved and was loved by her 21 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. While caring for her five younger siblings due to her mom passing away at age 47, Mom completed her Nova Scotia teaching license and became a member of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union. She taught at the Glenora school before marrying her beloved husband, Donald D. Cameron of Riverville. Mom worked tirelessly all her life taking care of family. She was an excellent cook, every table was filled with the best of homemade food from the farm including cheese and curds, butter, pickles, beets, biscuits, bread, farmed beef, chicken, and pork. We can't remember a meal without homemade cheese and biscuits, a beautiful dessert made from jars of preserves, and cookies and squares. Mom looked forward, every summer, to her much-loved Ontario and New Brunswick families arriving home to enjoy Cape Breton music and fresh seafood and homemade cheese and fiddle and piano music played by family and friends. Mom loved to bowl in earlier years and play cards at home and at the Mabou hall. Mom and Dennis were always a team at the card games. In later years, Mom was employed by the Strathlorne Tree Nursery for about 11 years. The family are forever grateful to our youngest brother Dennis for his constant love and devotion and patience with mom, especially in the last years of her life. His never-ending kindness and caring ways meant everything to Mom and to the family.  As mom said in her last days when she spoke about Dennis “we were buddies.” These were special moments that we will never forget. Mom, from age 17 when your mother passed away and you were left to care for your five younger siblings and later through the years caring for Dad’s elderly parents and your nine children, your life was a life of love and service to family. We will surely miss having you in our lives. Visitation was held on Tuesday, September 3rd, in the vestry of St. Mary's Church, Mabou. Funeral Mass was held on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, Mabou, with Fr. Danny MacLennan officiating. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada or the Central Inverness Palliative Care Society. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

BOUDREAU
Joseph Gérard Bourdreau, age 90, of Chéticamp, Inverness County, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 28th, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, surrounded by his family. Born in Chéticamp, he was the son of the late Anselme and Zoé (Deveau) Boudreau. Gérard loved working outdoors at his cabin on Chéticamp Island, playing crib, listening to fiddle music and French Acadian songs, and spending time with family and friends. He was a devout Catholic and parishioner of Église St. Pierre, Chéticamp. He was a community leader all his life, as a local business owner (Chéticamp Welding and Machine Shop) since 1958, member and later chief of the Chéticamp Volunteer Fire Department, and a member of the 4th degree Knights of Columbus. Gérard loved his home community of Chéticamp and spent his entire life contributing to its development and ensuring that people always remembered and understood its history. Chéticamp would not have been the same without him. Among his many accomplishments, both big and small, were the installation of interpretive signs on the Quai Mathieu to explain the history of the local Gypsum Mine; the publication of the history of the Chéticamp Volunteer Fire Department, and his father's memoirs (from which he contributed the profits to the installation of the cross at the new community cemetery). But to us, his children and grandchildren, he was simply our beloved Pape and Pépère: a good and kind man. We will miss him. Gérard is survived by his wife of 52 years, Dorothy; his children Denise (Lawrence), Géraldine (Joe), Geoffrine (Mark), and Harold (Kristen); his grandchildren Alex, Sam, Ben, Gabby, Henry, Thérèse, Moira, Connor, and Kathryn; great-grandchildren Ben and Isabela; brother Edmond; and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brothers Wilfred, Arthur, Tassien, Simon Pierre, Laurent; and sisters, Marie Yvonne, Bernadette, and Beatrice. Visitation was held at the Chéticamp Funeral Home on Sunday. Funeral Mass was celebrated at Église St Pierre, Chéticamp, on Monday, with Reverend Bill Burke officiating. Interment at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

AUCOIN
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Marie Anne Aucoin, of Chéticamp, at the age of 74, at Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Chéticamp, on Thursday, August 22nd. Born in New Waterford, she was the daughter of the late Wilfred Aucoin and the late Marie Emma (Poirier) Aucoin. Marie Anne married Gilles Aucoin at the age of 22 and lived in Chéticamp, where they raised two daughters, Ginette and Joanne. Over the years, she worked at Sacred Heart Hospital, Chéticamp Credit Union, and Acadian Motel, but dedicated most of her life to caring for her family, children, and nine grandchildren. Always thinking about others, Marie Anne served the community by reading in church, serving at lunches and by being a reliable friend and offering support in times of need. We will always remember Marie Anne for her love of quilting, fashion, gardening, spending time with friends, and her witty sense of humour. Even during her illness, Marie Anne showed remarkable courage and continued to enjoy the company of friends and family. Marie Anne is survived by her husband, Gilles Aucoin; daughters, Ginette (Marcel) Aucoin and Joanne (Kirk) Foran; brothers, Chester (Ethel) Aucoin, Russell Aucoin, and Roger Aucoin; sister, Marie Thérèse (René) Aucoin; grandchildren, Julien, Justin, Andrée, Sophie, Nicolas, Louise, Caroline, Jacob, Isabelle. Visitation was held on Monday, August 26th, at Chéticamp Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was held on Tuesday, August 27th, in Église Saint-Pierre, Chéticamp, with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to ALS Society of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia or Sacred Heart Community Health Centre. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

GILLIS
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Catherine Isabel “CB” Gillis, on August 19th, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. She was born in Glencoe on August 30th, 1933, a daughter to the late Duncan and Flora (Campbell) MacMaster. CB was a member of St. Peter’s Parish, Port Hood, and was an active member of the CWL and the Glencoe Station Auxiliary. She was always willing to lend a helping hand to everyone and generously gave her time, cooking for church suppers or other community fundraisers. Possibly her favorite pastime was getting together with family and friends to have a good game of cards. She will be greatly missed by John, her husband of 58 years; son, Gordon (Doreen); grandchildren, Venessa (Blaze) Clarkin, Little Judique; Colten (Keisha), Cleveland; Dawson, Riley, and Sierra, Hawthorne; great-grandchildren, Jerzee, Jazmyn, Jaylah, and Tiana; sister, Ann (John) MacDonald, Port hood; sister-in-law, Mamie MacMaster, Oakville, Ontario, also many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her brothers, John Duncan and Angus, and her nephew, Wayne. Visitation was held in Port Hood and Area Resting Place, Sunday, August 25th. Funeral Mass was at St. Peter’s Church, Port Hood, Monday, August 26th, with Father Vincent VanZutphen officiating. Memorial donations in memory of the late Catherine Isabel “CB” Gillis may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care. Online condolences at: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

HAWLEY
We are sad to announce the passing of Eileen May Hawley (nee Wootton) on Thursday, August 22nd, as a result of complications from her diabetes. She passed while surrounded by the love of her family and friends. She was born October 31st, 1936, in Middlesex, England, to Lesley and Dorothy Wootton (nee Skingle). She loved to play bingo and was always up for a game of cards. After moving to Port Hood with her late husband Alex, they loved to entertain neighbours and friends and enjoyed socializing with them at the Guitar Club as well as local parades and events throughout the year. She was an active member of the legion and St. Peter's Parish. She is survived by her sons, Stephen (Barb) Kinsella and Edward Kinsella, and daughter Marilyn (Dave) Stevenson. She is also survived by her stepson John (Carmen) Hawley and stepdaughter Christine (Gary) Ashthrop. Also left behind to mourn are: her sister, Wendy Houghton of Bicester, England, and brother, Ted Wootton of Ruislip England, as well as her eight grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. She has gone to join her late husbands, Alex Hawley and Edward Kinsella. She is also predeceased by: her daughters Debbie Kinsella, Sandra (Kevin) Hogan: grandson, Edward Kinsella: and her siblings Jean, John, Patricia, Valerie, and Lesley. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association of Nova Scotia or Inverary Manor, Inverness. Visitation was held on Tuesday at Port Hood and Area Resting Place. Funeral Mass was held on Wednesday in St. Peter’s Church, Port Hood, with Father Vincent vanZutphen officiating. Burial followed in the parish cemetery.

MacDONELL
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Mary Cassie (MacDonald) MacDonell, aged 82. Cassie passed away peacefully at home on Monday, August 19th, with her loving family by her side. Born in Glencoe Mills on October 17th, 1936, Cassie was the daughter of Katie Ann (Campbell) and Alex Angus MacDonald. Cassie was a kind and generous woman with a warm smile and beautiful heart. In her early years, Cassie did live-in child care and cooking for many families from the Brook Village, Glendale, Port Hawkesbury, and Mabou areas. Cassie then worked at Saint Theresa’s Convent in Sydney, where she cooked and baked many feasts for the sisters at the residence. Cassie’s life was devoted to serving others; throughout her life Cassie cared selflessly for many family members including her ailing father and mother-in-law, mother, sister Mary Ann, and in his final years, her husband Collie. Cassie was well known for her delicious baking, and those who came to the house never went hungry when she made “tea” for them. There were always delectable sweets of all kinds, and her rolls were second to none. Cassie lived for card games and regularly played auction in Port Hood and Judique. She hosted card games at home and would play until the wee hours of the morning with her close friends and family, who will miss her laughter, smile and “lunches.” She loved to play a good joke on her family, friends, and grandchildren; her sense of humour, love of life, family, and friends will be sorely missed by all who knew her. On their frequent trips to the shopping mall, while Collie sat on the bench, Cassie passed the time both shopping and window shopping, and there was always a stop at KFC or the A&W. A woman of extremely deep faith and religious beliefs, Cassie was a member of St. Peter’s Parish CWL. In addition, she faithfully served the church and carried out sanctuary duties by caring for the altar linens in her quiet, unassuming manner. Cassie prayed the Rosary numerous times throughout the day and taught her family and grandchildren to value this beautiful prayer, which she continued to say regularly right up until her final days. Cassie was predeceased by her husband Colin A. MacDonell “Little Collie;” her brothers Donald, John Dan, and Francis; sister Mary Ann; special cousin Isabelle Campbell; and nephews Dwayne Beaton and Glen MacDonald. Cassie leaves behind a family who deeply loved and cherished her. She is survived by her daughters, Colleen O’Connor (Glen) of Port Hood, and Lisa Taylor (Shawn) of Lower Sackville; sisters Annie Mae MacDonald (Donnie) of Port Hood, Jessie Beaton (late Angus) of Mabou; sisters-in-law Marion MacLeod (Malcolm) of Mabou Ridge, Annie Mae MacDonell of Port Hood; grandchildren, whom she loved dearly, Christina, Andrew, Mitchell, and Donell of Port Hood, and Jacob and Lily, Lower Sackville; several nieces and nephews; as well as many dear friends. Visitation was held in Port Hood and Area Resting Place on Thursday, August 22nd. Funeral Mass was held on Friday, August 23rd, in St. Peter’s Parish Church, Port Hood with Fr. Vincent vanZutphen officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Cassie’s memory to the St. Peter’s Parish Cemetery Fund, Port Hood, or Central Inverness Palliative Care Society. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

HUBBARD
With deepest sorrow, we regret to announce the passing of Matthew Stephen Hubbard (age 34), a beloved son, father, family member, and friend. Matthew passed away suddenly on Wednesday, August 7th, at home in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Those who knew Matthew, even a little, lost a shining light in their lives. Matthew was the son of Theresa Hubbard, Inverness, and the late Donnie MacLellan. He was survived by his two daughters, Ella (11) and Sophie (9), both of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; uncles, Albert, John, Alex, Malcolm, Ron, and Angus; aunts, Cathy, Mary, Peggy, Chris, Anne, and Lizzie. Matthew is also survived by many cousins, extended family, and friends. He is loved on earth as well as in Heaven. Besides his dad, Matthew was predeceased by his grandparents, Robbie and Ella Hubbard and John and Rebecca MacLellan. Visitation will be held in Stella Maris Church, Inverness, on Saturday, August 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. with funeral Mass to follow at 11:00 a.m. with Father Dan MacDonald officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Canadian Diabetes Association or the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

GALLANT
Lawrence Gallant, age 71, of East Margaree, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 9th, 2019, in Foyer Père Fiset, Cheticamp. Lawrence was the son of the late Marcellin and Josephine (Daigle) Gallant. He was predeceased by his loving wife Lucille (Muise) Gallant. He is survived by: his sons, Brian (Pam) Gallant, Kirby (Stephanie) Gallant, Corey Gallant and daughter Rhonda (Aaron) Gallant. He is also survived by three grandchildren: Ann, Xavier, and Sophie. Cremation has taken place under the direction of the Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

ROMARD
Marie Blanche Romard (Leblanc), 81, from Cheticamp, passed away peacefully on March 23rd, 2019, in Le Foyer Pere Fiset. She was the daughter of the late Phylias and Emma Leblanc, East Margaree. Marie Blanche is survived by her husband, Emmanuel; daughter, Lola; sons, Cyril (Jeanine), Didace (Nicole), Adrien, and Serge; grandchildren, Melinda, Tyler, Evan, Jenna, and Silvio (Wallace); brothers, Simon (Ann), Greg (Therese) and her sister, Yvonne Leblanc. Besides her parents she was predeceased by sisters, Cecile and Therese; brother, Emile.  Funeral Mass will be in St. Michael’s Church, East Margaree, August 24th, at 10:30 a.m., prior to the funeral there will a one-hour visitation starting at 9:30 a.m. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Donations in memory of the late, Marie Blanche may be made to Le Foyer Pere Fiset. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley.

PHILLIPS
It is with great sadness that we, the family of Joseph Seth Phillips, announce his peaceful passing on July 30th at the age of 90, in the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital with family by his side. Born in Margaree Center on June 4th, 1929, to the late David and Jessie (Shaw) Phillips, Joe was the second of 11 children. He moved to Margaree Valley after marrying his wife Isabel Greig. He spent most of his working years in the woods cutting pulp. Joe was a member of the Wilson United Church. Joe was also known to take in a horse race or two, on any given Sunday afternoon, travelling, with his father Dave, and sometimes his boys, to either Inverness or Sydney. Joe is survived by: his wife of 66 years Isabel (Greig); sons, Anthony, Blair (Sherma), Steven (Roberta), and James (Lorna) all of Margaree Valley; grandchildren, Ryan, Jordan, Josh, Taylor, Emily, Jamie, Rebecca, and Elon; great-grandchildren, Corwyn, Morgana, Chloe, Cohen, Bethany, and Avery. He is also survived by brothers Trumen, Ian (Bud), Lee, and Chandler; sisters, Lorraine, Harriet, Betty, and Carol; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by:  brothers, Russell and Clifford; sisters-in-law Brenda and Pearl; brothers-in-law Bill and Carmon; nieces Lisa and Renita; and nephew Grant. Visitation for the late Joseph Seth Phillips took place on Saturday, August 3rd, the Wilson United Church Hall, Margaree Center. The funeral service took place on Sunday, August 4th, in the Wilson United Church with Rev. Alicia Cox officiating. Family flowers only. Donations in memory of Joe Phillips can be made to the Wilson United Church. Funeral arrangements were under the care and direction of Sunset Funeral Cooperative. Online condolences to: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

HILL
It is with hearts both heavy with sadness and filled with gratitude for his life that we announce the loss of Peter Graham Hill, who passed away Sunday, July 28th, at Victoria County Memorial Hospital. Peter was born in Swindon, England, on January 5th, 1945. He spent most of his youth in London before attending university in Yorkshire. In 1966 he immigrated to Canada, settling first in Hamilton, Ontario, and then moving to take up a position at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta. It was there he met Linda Hill (née Hudson), the woman who was soon to become his lifelong companion, love, and wife. 1973 saw the arrival of their first child, Timothy David, followed in 1975 by their daughter, Emily Robin, to both of whom he was a generous and devoted father. In the years that followed Peter was to traverse most of the breadth of his adopted country, living and working variously in Ontario and Saskatchewan before finally settling in Edmonton, Alberta, where his endless curiosity found a natural outlet in a role with the Department of Advanced Education. In 2001, he and Linda retired to Cape Breton. Though it was Linda who was the native ‘Caper,’ all who knew Peter will remember how much he cared for both the people and landscape of the island. Peter always had a friendly word and time for a chat with people on his daily rounds in Baddeck, which almost always included the library to satisfy his voracious appetite for books; and, when he wasn’t there he could often be found fishing the waters he loved the most: the Margaree, Baddeck, and Middle Rivers. Through his involvement with Wild Salmon Unlimited and the Margaree Salmon Association, he worked tirelessly for the protection of these waterways, ensuring, with his patience and commitment, that the waters he cherished so much would be preserved for future generations to enjoy. Those close to Peter will remember him as a great talker - someone with a huge interest in the world and broad horizons, filled with an erudition and a curiosity he was always willing to share. But those closest to him remember him even more as a listener: as someone who was always interested in what other people had to say, how they lived their lives, and what they valued in them. Peter was always ready not just to learn from others, but also to understand and support them - a quality that made him a wonderful husband, a compassionate father, a caring uncle, a warm and welcoming in-law, a loving grandfather, and a treasured friend. Memorial donations may be made to the Cape Breton Regional Library in Baddeck or a charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

ETHERIDGE
Dorothy Etheridge (MacDonald) of Margaree Forks passed away peacefully on July 28th, 2019 at The Heritage House in Port Hood, NS. Born in Glace Bay on August 3rd, 1932, Dorothy was the daughter of the late Hezekiah (Kye) and Maude (Anderson) MacDonald. Dorothy lived in Margaree until the fall of 2018 when she moved to Port Hood. Dorothy operated the MT&T telephone switchboard in her house at Margaree Forks for many years, after which she worked at the Margaree Lodge until her retirement. She greatly enjoyed her time at the Margaree Lodge and made many close and lasting friendships there. Dorothy was always a very kind, helpful and caring person who loved the outdoors and truly enjoyed living in Margaree. Summertime was always an especially active and enjoyable time for her. She loved the beach and the Margaree River for relaxation and cooling off in the summer heat. Summer evenings she could usually be found picking in-season berries, tending to her many thriving flowers and plants, or just walking around enjoying the outdoors. She also loved spending time sitting on the veranda talking with family and friends, reading, or just relaxing and enjoying her time. Dorothy especially loved spending time with others, and summer barbecues with family and friends around were certainly among her favourite times of all. Dorothy was well known for having a special gift for growing healthy thriving plants, especially houseplants, and could miraculously bring almost any unhealthy plant back to thriving life. She always kept many flourishing houseplants and well-decorated flower gardens around her house and yard and found great enjoyment in this relaxing hobby. Dorothy is survived by: her brothers, Nelson (Mary) and Jim (Theresa, deceased); sister, Eva (Kenny, deceased); daughter, Linda (Allan Andrews); son, Rick (Gail); grandchildren, Amanda and Krista (Andrews) and Brooklyn, Sheridee, and Neva (Etheridge).  Besides her parents she was predeceased by: her husband, Wilfred (June); brothers, Robert and Albert. Visitation for Dorothy took place Saturday, August 3rd, at Sunset Funeral Home in Margaree Valley. Funeral service followed visitation at Wilson United Church, Margaree Center, with Rev. Alicia Cox officiating. Burial followed at the Methodist Cemetery, North East Margaree. Donations in Dorothy’s memory may be made to the Wilson United Church or a charity of choice.  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care and direction of the Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

EDWARDS
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our mom, Jean Marie Edwards, on July 26th, at Cape Breton Regional Hospital. Jeannie was born in Lake Ainslie, March 18th, 1943, a daughter to Charles Neil and Vera Ellen (Stanley) MacLean. She is survived by: her daughter, Lynda Edwards (Sheldon) MacKinnon, McAdams Lake; her son, Blake (Charlene), Calgary; her three granddaughters, Paige, Charlie, and Riley, Calgary; her brother, Donnie E. (Pauline); and nieces, April and Kimberly. Besides her parents she was predeceased by: Charles Hugh MacLean. Jean attended school at the Hamilton School House, Lake Ainslie and St. Mary’s School, Mabou. She lived in Sydney for many years, but moved back to Lake Ainslie with her father; although he was very active into his 90s. The last couple of years, Jeannie worked at the MacDonald House Museum, Lake Ainslie, where she met many people from far and near. Visitation and service will be in Lake Ainslie Fire Hall, August 24th, from 2:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Committal will be in Lake Ainslie Cemetery, Sunday, August 25th, at 2:00 p.m. Donations in memory of the late Jean Marie Edwards may be made to NS Heart and Stroke Foundation. Arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

DOYLE
It is with absolute sadness that we announce the passing of Christine Ann Doyle (Smith) of Whiteside, Richmond Co. Christine died peacefully at the age of 76 on Sunday, July 28th, 2019, surrounded by her loving family in the Strait Richmond Hospital, Evanston. Born in Deep Dale on April 17th, 1943, she was a daughter of the late John and Mary (MacEachen) Smith. Christine was predeceased by: her husband of 56 years, Joseph Doyle on May 5th, 2019; and grandson, James Ryan. Christine is survived by: her children, Edna Jane Doyle (Michael Marryatt), Port Hawkesbury, Joan Doyle (Tammy Doucette), Charlottetown, Joseph Doyle (Dr. Sophie Hubert), Halifax, Natasha Senuk (Lance Senuk), Port Hawkesbury, Carmie Doyle (Cyril Roach), Evanston; granddaughter, Sonya Jesso (Charles Jesso), Port Hawkesbury; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, Juston Ryan (Cortni Engler) (father John Ryan), Fort McMurray; Garett (Kristine Landry), Fort McMurray; Adam (Dakota Conrad), Keighan and Carissa (father Kevin Dorton), Port Hawkesbury; Euan, Aiden, Alex and Jeanne (Joseph Doyle – Dr. Sophie Hubert), Halifax; Brittany France; Campbell Young and Caden Jesso, Port Hawkesbury; James, Alex, Caitlyn (Papa’s girl) Landry (father Scott Landry), Evanston; Baby Roach (father Cyril Roach), Evanston; Xavier Doyle, Fort McMurray; Aubree Doyle, Port Hawkesbury; Londyn Ryan, Fort McMurray; siblings, Angus Smith (Pauline), Collie Smith, Donald James Smith, and Karen Gillies; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Peggy Leonard, Gloria McNamara (Paul), Hughie John MacDonald (Levine), Tina Marinich (Richard), as well as many nieces and nephews. Christine’s love of family, life, hard work, and laughter was displayed daily through her complete dedication to her husband, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and other friends and family. Christine has been employed as a teacher and then as a professional cook until retiring in 2010. She also dedicated much time to fundraising for the Heart and Stroke Foundation and was awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award by Premier John Savage. She loved to paint, which she first started in 1977 while taking art classes. In keeping with Christine’s wishes, there was visitation on Friday, August 2nd, in Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home and from where a memorial service was held at on Saturday with Father Duncan MacIsaac officiating. Funeral Mass and burial from St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Whiteside will follow at a later date. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at: www.haverstocks.com. “We thank our mother for her love and all the sacrifices she has made for us throughout her life. You shall never be forgotten mother – You are loved forever!”

MURPHY
Colin James Murphy was born July 25th, 1960, In Toronto. He passed away suddenly at home in Mississauga on June 9th, 2019, at the age of 58 years. Colin was predeceased: by his mother, Catherine; brother, Neil and survived by his father Angus; children, James, Steel, Summer, Cole; and brother Harry.  Colin will be remembered for his quick sense of humour, love of fast cars and motorcycles, his dedication to working at the same company for 41 years. He was cremated June 13th, 2019. A private interment will take place at a later date. He will be missed by his many relatives and friends.

POIRIER
Joseph “Clifford” Poirier, age 78, of Cheticamp, passed away peacefully, with his family by his side on July 18th, 2019, in Foyer Père Fiset Guest Home, Cheticamp. Clifford was the son of the late Johnny Henry and Henriette Beatrice (Roach) Poirier. He is survived by his wife, Hilda Poirier; sons, Kevin Poirier (Melissa Larade), Adam Poirier (Beth Muise), and Réné Poirier; daughters, Christine Poirier (Dwayne Poirier), Angie Poirier, Amanda Poirier (Danny MacQuarrie), and Vicky Poirier; brother, Claude Poirier; and brother-in-law, Sandy Harris; sisters, Claudette Powers, Jeannine Marple (Winston); and sisters-in-law, Denise Poirier and Marie Poirier; five grandchildren, Maya Lynn C. AuCoin, Byron Poirier, Tyson MacQuarrie, Brooke MacQuarrie, and Skylar Poirier. He was predeceased by daughter Rina Poirier; brothers Gelas, Paul Emile, Wilfred, and brother-in-law, Johnnie Power; sisters, Marie Hilda, Marie Adèle, and sister-in-law, Marie Elizabeth Poirier. Visitation was held Monday, July 22nd, at Cheticamp Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, July 23rd, in Église St. Pierre with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. Donations may be made to Foyer Pére Fiset. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

POIRIER
Phillip Poirier was born on December 1st, 1953, and raised in Chéticamp. He died peacefully on July 12th, 2019, at Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Chéticamp, after a short battle with cancer. He was the son of the late Felix and the late Marie (Roach) Poirier. He was predeceased by one brother Leo and sister Marie. Phillip was known by many from all over Cape Breton and beyond. He was an avid sports fan and was the number one Minor Hockey pool seller for over 30 years. Many children were able to play hockey because of Phillip’s fundraising efforts for Trail Minor hockey. Phillip leaves no immediate family, but does have a whole community left to mourn. He was special to everyone. He leaves to mourn special friends and family, Billy, Brenda Lee, Corey, Ashley and family, the entire staff at Le Gabriel Restaurant/Bar, Laurette, Donat, and family, special friend, Laurent Aucoin; staff and management at Doryman Pub & Grill, Mr. Chicken, Restaurant Évangeline, Le P’tit Chady, Le Club Kinsmen de Chéticamp and his “marraine” Adrienne Desveau. He will be greatly missed by Marc, Lyne, Brooke, MacKenzie, and Marcus Larade. He will be welcomed with open arms by family and special friend, Yvon. Phillip you have left a mark on our hearts and you will never be forgotten. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Thursday, July 25th, in Église St. Pierre, Chéticamp, with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. Donations may be made to Trail Minor Hockey or Palliative Care, Sacred Heart Community Health Centre. Funeral is under the direction of Chéticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca. Go Toronto Maple Leafs Go!

MacISAAC
Lucy Yvonne  MacIsaac, 77, Dartmouth, formally of Inverness, died July 25th, 2019, in Victoria General Hospital, Halifax. Born in Inverness, Yvonne was a daughter of the late Joseph "Joe Pat" and Mary Romard. Yvonne was a loving wife to her late husband, John Angus ‘Smokey’ MacIsaac. She is survived by: her daughter, Elizabeth; son-in-law, Rodney Fitzner; and two darling grandchildren, Courtney Elizabeth Fitzner and John Graeme Nelson Fitzner. Our ‘Gramm’ was kind, generous, and loved us unconditionally. She loved to spend time with family and friends, and our three dogs (Maria, Oliver, and Toby). She loved to play cards and bingo. If Yvonne ever invited you for a meal, put a pot of tea on for you, made waffles or baked drizzle cake for you, you know you were special to her! Yvonne is the sister of Clifford (wife, Roberta) Romard, Edmond (wife, Kay) Romard, Jeanette (late husband, Buddy Cameron), Anita Allen, the late Nellie (late husband, Lollie Chisholm), and the late Marius (late husband, Tommy MacDonald). Yvonne is the sister-in-law to the late Hughie D. MacIsaac and the late Mary Basker. Yvonne had numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends, all of whom she cherished. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Inverness Funeral Home. Visitation will take place on Saturday, August 3rd, from 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. in Stella Maris Church, Inverness. Funeral Mass to follow at 11:00 a.m., Father Dan MacDonald officiating. Donations can be made to Stella Maris Parish Cemetery Fund or the Canadian Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com. ‘Gone from our touch but, never from our hearts.’

GOODWIN
Mary Teresa Doyle Goodwin was born February 22, 1932, in Inverness and raised in Mabou, Nova Scotia. She is survived by her three children Jonathan, Micah, and Rachel and son-in-law John. Beloved grandmother to Cullen, Caleigh, and Cameron. Predeceased by her father Joseph Edward Doyle, mother Catherine Isobel Boyle (Katie Belle), brother Jerome Angus Doyle. Mary Teresa graduated from  St. Francis Xavier University in 1952 and earned a Master’s degree from the University of Toronto in 1953, where she studied public health and nutrition. She joined the Christian women’s community Grailville in Ohio for two years that inspired her path to dedicate her professional life to nutrition and public health. Mary Teresa married Leonard Goodwin and settled in Maryland, where she raised her family and worked as a public health nutritionist for more than two decades. She published two books and numerous articles in the field of childhood nutrition. She testified at the US Congress and United Nations to ensure funding for various nutrition programs.  In addition to her professional accomplishments, Mary Teresa had many interests, to include gardening, cooking, hiking, family history, yoga, spirituality, and social and environmental causes. She took great pride in her beautiful home. She had many friends with which she shared enjoyable adventures and entertaining conversations. Upon her retirement, she returned to Mabou and developed the children's garden. She always loved a good party and social gathering. She will be remembered for her dynamic personality and creative ideas. Visitation was held on Tuesday in the Vestry of St. Mary's Church, Mabou. Funeral Mass was held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, Mabou, with Father Bernie MacDonald officiating. Memorial donations may be made to 2019 Mabou Blooms Campaign (Mabou Development) or to L'Arche Cape Breton. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

CASEY
Dolores (Harrietha) Casey, 81, of Glendale, Cape Breton, passed away Friday, July 19th, at St. Vincent’s Nursing Home in Halifax. Born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, she was the daughter of Niel and Josephine (MacNeil) Harrietha. Throughout her life, she continually demonstrated her dedication to helping others. After being raised for most of her childhood in the community of Glendale, NS, she began her life of dedication by devoting herself to the Roman Catholic Church as a nun with the Sisters Of Service, where she was stationed across the country to help others, including at Pier 21 in Halifax to greet new Canadians. She then recognized a call within herself to raise a family. She left the order and married Francis Casey of Edmonton, Alberta. He was a perfect match for her as they shared a common love of a life surrounded by kids. They moved to Sarnia, Ontario, as school teachers and began a lifelong dedication to children. While adopting seven children and giving birth to two, she continued a full career as a beloved elementary teacher across the city and the strong and loving matriarch of the Sarnia Casey Clan. Once retired, and her children grown and moved to start families of their own, she returned to Glendale to bring that dedication full circle. She spent her retirement years with a commitment to helping the community that raised her, through the involvement and spear heading of countless projects, including craft, quilting, weaving, and gardening clubs for community members aged two – 100. Also, throughout all her life, her love of Gaelic, the Cape Breton fiddle, square dancing, and songs of Cape Breton had always connected her to the island and her love of a good ceilidh, so her return was inevitable. She is survived by: her sisters Cecilia Kelly, Alma Murphy, and Sarah Cameron, and her children James (Linda) Love, Bruce (Jan) Casey, Doug Casey, Charlene Casey, Mary (John) Meadows, April (Henry) Demooy, Beverley-Jean (Trevor) Lafont, Aylene (Brian) Gracie, and Andrew (Beverly) Casey. She was predeceased by: her husband Frank Casey, brothers Aloysius “Wish” Harrietha, and Ronald Harrietha, and sisters Mary “Carmelita” MacDonald and Reynelda Young. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren included Christine, Andrew, Jamie, Shelby Dawnn, Kember, Holly Anne, Kevin, Ian, Eric, Meaghan, Erin, Rachel, Cameron, Keely, Ashley, Alexander, Laura, Daniel, Nathan, Ana, Madison, Mackenzie, Lily, Koda, Kash, Kayden, Noah, Genevieve, Brookelynn, Bowden, Payge, and Peityn. Her remains rested at Green’s Funeral Home in Port Hawkesbury on Sunday, July 28th. The funeral was held on Monday, July 29th, at St. Mary of the Angels in Glendale with internment at the parish cemetery with Rev. Duncan officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Father John Angus Rankin Cultural Centre/ Taigh an t-Sagair or through the purchasing of a Mass card with your local parish.

KENDZIORA
Kinnon “Victor” Kendziora, passed away June 3rd, 2018, in Windsor, Ontario. Victor was born in Inverness, Nova Scotia, to Joseph and Grace MacKinnon Kendziora on February 15th, 1951.  A grave side service is being held, with Victor’s ashes being interred at St. John’s cemetery in Strathlorne on Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

AUCOIN
Evelyn Azilda AuCoin, age 88, of Cheticamp, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, July 12th. Born in St. Joseph Du Moine on November 8th, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Patrick and Rose (Chiasson) AuCoin. She worked as a nursing aid at Sacred Heart Hospital for many years. She also did some nursing in Perth Andover and Fredericton and came back to St. Joseph du Moine to care for her parents. Evelyn learned to play the violin and the guitar at a very young age and kept playing throughout her life for her own enjoyment. She was a very good cook, a gift she kept from her mother. Evelyn was also a good card player and enjoyed going to Bingo for a social evening with her friends. The visit of her friends really made her days more interesting. Evelyn had a pleasant personality and enjoyed being with her friends and family. She is survived by her special friend Rita Saulnier; many nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by family and friends. She was predeceased by: her brothers Wilfred, Luc, Gerard, Joseph, Willie Dave, and Bernie; sisters, Beatrice, Ida, Lillian, and Yvonne. Visitation was held on Friday, July 19th, at Cheticamp Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, July 20th, in Église St. Pierre with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, St. Joseph du Moine. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or St. Joseph’s Parish. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

CHANDLER
It is with broken hearts and great sadness that we announce the passing of Roger Alexander Chandler, of Grand Anse. He passed away suddenly on Saturday, July 20th, in the ICU unit in the Halifax QEII Infirmary Site Hospital. Born in Inverness on March 4th , 1962, he was the oldest son of Ray and the late Anne (MacPhail) Chandler. Roger grew up in River Denys, and attended Whycocomagh Consolidated School. He went on to further his education at the Port Hawkesbury Vocational School, where he completed Carpentry.  He continued on to grow a very successful carpentry business working out west and eventually moving back to Cape Breton, where he met his wife Tanya and they fell in love. They got married on July 2nd, 2011, and built their dream home in Grand Anse. Roger was well known for his reputation as an excellent carpenter. He was very fond of kids and animals and loved keeping in touch with all the wonderful friends he met over the years. He also checked in on Mom and Dad on a daily basis and had a great love for Scottish music and his guitars and mandolin. He greatly enjoyed snowmobiling and getting out on his new side by side. He will mostly be remembered as being a very kind, loving person who was always thinking of others. He is survived by and will be sadly missed by his loving wife of nine years, Tanya Matthews-Chandler; his step-children, Joel (Madison) Gionet, Matthew Marchand, Garrett Marchand; step-grandchild, Corbin Gionet; father, Raymond Chandler; sister, Patricia (Chris) MacDonnell, brother, Wayne (Wanda) Chandler; nephews, Kyle and Kirk MacDonnell and Ethan and Evan Chandler; grandmother, Ruth Chandler; mother and father- in-law, Debbie and Jimmy Phillips; brothers-in-law, Draper, Sheldon, and Gerard (Melissa) Matthews; also left to mourn are many special aunts, uncles, and cousins. Roger was predeceased by his mother, Anne (MacPhail) Chandler; maternal grandparents, Thomas and Katherine (Gillis) MacPhail; paternal grandfather, Raymond Chandler; father-in-law, Charlie Matthews. Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24th, in Dennis Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Whycocomagh. Funeral service will be held from River Denys Presbyterian Church at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday July 25th with Rev. Wayne MacLeod officiating. Burial will follow in Upper River Denys Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Upper River Denys Cemetery or to a charity of your choice. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at: www.haverstocks.com.

CHIASSON
Our mom, Bernadette Chiasson, of Cheticamp, passed away very peacefully at the ripe young age of 97, on July 9th in Oddfellows Nursing Home, Pictou, with loving family by her side. She was the daughter of the late John à Stanislaus and Josephine (Boudreau) LeFort. Born in Cheticamp, she lived most of her married life in Point Cross and then moved to the Cheticamp Senior Apartments until February 2018 when she moved to Pictou. Our mom was a life-time member of Les Dames de Ste. Anne, Cheticamp. During her long life, mom had a special passion for berry picking. She could spend hours in the fields losing all track of time. She was also a wonderful cook and baker of French Acadian dishes like fricots and meatpies. She also hooked Cheticamp Acadian rugs for many years. In her recent years, she loved her rocking chair to pray and sing old Acadian French songs. She also had a great faith in St. Anthony and good St. Anne. She cherished the three pilgrimages that she took to Ste. Anne De Beaupres, the last one being during her 90th birthday. She is survived by: daughters, Jeannette Beaver, Sydney, and Sylvia (Francis) Bonaparte, Pictou; sons, Ephraim Chiasson, Grand Etang, and Maurice (Lily) Chiasson, Charlottetown; grandchildren, Robert (Barb) AuCoin, Charles (Robin) Beaver, Harold (Pam) Beaver, Nicolle Chiasson, Bradley (Marie) Bonaparte, Colin Bonaparte, Amanda Bonaparte (Wil Gamble), Laura (Kate) Collinet, Kathie Chiasson, and Paul Chiasson; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Ethel Deveaux, Cheticamp, and special friends, Edith and Victorine. She was predeceased by her husband Placide; son and daughter-in-law Leonard and Yvonne (Arsenault) Chiasson; daughter, Josephine and son-in-law Clifford AuCoin, daughter-in-law Michelle (Tweedie) Chiasson; brothers, Amedee, Arthur, Joseph, Edmond, Stanley, Leo, and Johnnie; sisters, Marie Helene, Sadie, Lucie Mae, Cecile, Marie Isabelle, Marie Louise, and Annie Mae. Visitation was held on Tuesday, July 16th, at Cheticamp Funeral Home, Cheticamp. Funeral Mass was held Wednesday, July 17th, in Église St. Pierre, Cheticamp, with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. Family flowers only, please. Donations may be made to St. Peter’s Church, Cheticamp. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.  

COFFIN
We announce the passing of Josephine Coffin, age 85, on Wednesday, July 10th, in Inverary Manor, Inverness. Born in Chéticamp, she was the daughter of the late George Deveau and the late Sophie Boudreau. As a young adult she entered religious life with Les Filles de Jésus. She found much joy and was very proud of her profession as a teacher at NDA School in Chéticamp, in Arichat, and also in Halifax for another 20 years. She was married to Earle Coffin for 35 years and lived in Halifax during this time. She was a wonderful painter and it brought her much comfort. Family and friends were very important and dear to her heart. She died in the Inverary Manor in Inverness, where she was very well taken care of. Josephine is survived by one brother, Paul Antoine (Patricia) Deveau, Chéticamp; one sister, Germaine Chiasson; and several nieces and nephews. Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Earle Coffin; brother Vincent Deveau; sisters, Luce Marie Boudreau, and Lucienne Deveau. Funeral Mass was held on Tuesday, July 16th, in Église St. Pierre, Chéticamp, with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial in parish cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

MacNEIL
Elaine Maria Goretti “Gora” MacNeil, age 59, of Inverness, Nova Scotia, passed away peacefully with her family by her side, on July 16th,  2019, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Before her passing, she explained to her very dedicated, compassionate, and caring team of medical professionals that “Miracles do happen, and I already received my miracle.” She felt that her illness, although not curable, was a miracle that brought her family closer together. She enjoyed spending every moment she had left surrounded by her loved ones. Gora was born in Inverness, Nova Scotia, and was a daughter of the late Dan. C MacNeil and Catherine Isabel (Walker) MacNeil. With very strong faith and love for God, she was a member of Stella Maris Parish and Choir, Inverness Prayer Group, and spent many years volunteering to sit with the elderly in Inverness hospital and Inverary Manor. Gora's favourite things to do were to spend time with her children and grandchildren, who she loved more than anything in this world. She was well known for providing ice cream and pop to her nieces, nephews, and children in her neighbourhood. Gora loved music, both singing and playing guitar. She enjoyed swimming and spending time at the beach. She often spoke of her prayer group family and involvement with the church. Her incredible faith, love, and support from family and friends made her end of life journey more acceptable. All of the people that knew her would describe her as loving, caring, witty, kind, and a good friend to all who were a part of her life. Surviving are: her daughter, Melissa (Daniel) MacLennan, Inverness; son, Phoenix Harper, Sydney; partner and best friend, John Roy (Jack) Wiswell and his son, Jackson Matthews; sisters, Augusta (late Steve) Parker, Alberta; Rose (Frank) MacDonald, Inverness; Lorraine (Michael) Webb, Inverness; Shay (Donnie) MacDonnell, Inverness; brothers, John Dan (Isabel) MacNeil, Creignish; Campbell (Jeanie) MacNeil, Inverness; Blaise (Bernadine Reeb) MacNeil, Ontario; Damian MacNeil–Walsh, Alberta; grandchildren, Lucas, Isabella, Tanner, and Charlie Shay and many nieces and nephews, who she loved very much. Along with her parents she was predeceased by: sisters, Catherine Ann MacNeil and Donna Marie MacNeil-Walsh. Visitation was held on Friday, July 19th, Inverness Funeral Home, Inverness. Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, July 20th in Stella Maris Church, Inverness, with Father Dan MacDonald officiating. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery. Donations in memory of Gora can be made to Stella Maris Parish, Inverness or Central Inverness Palliative Care Society. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

MacNEIL
With family by his side, John Angus MacNeil (June 26th, 1929 - July 6th, 2019) passed away peacefully in South Lyon, Mich. John Angus was born in New Waterford to Anna Mae and John Alexander MacNeil. He attended Saint Francis Xavier University (B.Sc. '53), where he was a standout athlete, including captain of the X-Men rugby team '51-52. While at St. F.X., he met his wife, fellow B.Sc. student, Viberta Marie MacLean, from Port Hawkesbury. They enjoyed 63 years of marriage and raised four children while residing in Oakville, ON, Holden, Mass., and Brighton, Mich. He is survived by Viberta and their children: William (Pamela) of Byron Bay, Australia; John (Diana) of Toronto, ON; Mary Patricia Harding (Blair) of Brighton, Mich.; and Peter (Kerry) of Brighton, Mich.; grandchildren, John Michael, Berkeley, Calif.; James Angus, Sydney, Australia; Laura, Toronto, ON; Catherine and Carolyn Harding, Brighton, Mich.; and Riley and James, Brighton, Mich.; his sister, Theresa of Halifax; brother, Robert of Barrie, ON; sister, Agnes of Alliston, ON; brother, Michael of Burlington, ON; and by many MacNeil, Laffin, Birmingham, and MacLean nephews and nieces. His sisters, Anne and Bernadette, and his brother, Charles predeceased him. Though a patriotic (naturalized) American, John Angus was always proud of his Cape Breton roots and Scottish heritage. After working his way through university in the coal mines of New Waterford, John Angus entered the pharmaceutical industry and enjoyed great success throughout his career and, finally, as president of Vortech Pharmaceuticals Limited of Dearborn, Mich., a company he co-founded with Viberta. A devout parishioner of St. Patrick Catholic Church, a long-time member of Oak Pointe Country Club, and a staunch supporter of the Republican Party, John Angus was happiest when entertaining friends and family with his wife, "Bert", at their home, "Braigh Mohr", outside Brighton, Mich. He will be greatly missed by his family, Vortech employees, classmates, neighbours, business colleagues, and many friends. A funeral Mass and a memorial service will be held at a later date. John Angus was a brother-in-law to Dr. Jim.

ROACH
Albert Joseph Roach, age 81, of Plateau, passed away peacefully on July 7th, at the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. He was the son of the late Louis and Rose (Chiasson) Roach. Albert is survived by: his son Kevin; daughter, Yvette (Claudie) LeBlanc: and their mother, Yvonne LeBlanc. Albert was from a large family. He is survived by: sisters, Cecile (Clarence) Felix, Emilia (Louis Pat) Harris, Helen Rose (Bernie Doucet), Elizabeth AuCoin, and Therese Harris; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by: brothers, Gracien and Jean Nazaire; sisters, Yvonne Gallant, Zelina Roach, Louise Anne Chiasson, Bella Poirier, Laurette Harris, and Marie Annie Roach. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Friday in Église St. Pierre, Cheticamp, with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. Funeral is under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

MacMILLAN
It is with heavy hearts we, the family, sadly announce the passing of a great husband and father Greg MacMillan, 65. This happened suddenly on Monday, July 8th, in Cape Breton, which he always described as “The Best Place in the World.” Greg was such a hard working man, loving husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend. Greg lived in Ajax, Ontario, for the last 35 years, but always remained a proud Cape Bretoner. He always put others before himself. He had a very positive impact on those who were lucky enough to have the chance to know or meet him. He would put a smile on your face on your darkest days and his laugh is one that is unforgettable. His love and support for his family was his life. Greg was our light and joy. Our grief is immense as was our love for him. Greg’s joy for the Toronto Maple Leafs was unsurpassed. He always enjoyed golfing with his family and hosting and participating in family get-togethers. Greg’s work ethic was second to none and he was “tough as nails.” Greg was a general contractor and jack of all trades, there was nothing he couldn’t fix. He ran a successful business “Mac’s Bricklaying” in Ajax, Ontario. Even though on vacation in Cape Breton, he always enjoyed helping others with their construction projects, he never turned down a chance to get the hammer out. Greg was born and raised on Hawthorne Road, Port Hood. Greg was the son of the late Donald and Janet (MacDonell) MacMillan. He is survived by his wife, Sharon (MacDonald) MacMillan of 35 years and his four children, Sean, Michael, Brenden, and Kerry, Ajax;. He is also survived by sisters, Arlene Cameron (Dan Hughie MacEachern), Judique; Judy Lewis (Michael), Beaumont, Alberta; and brother, Brian (Linda), Port Hood;. Greg is also survived by his two sisters-in-law Clara MacMillan, Scarborough, Ontario, and Barbara Mockford, Edmonton, Alberta, and his many nieces and nephews who loved him dearly. Greg is also survived by his wife’s family: Peter MacDonald (Terry), Connecticut, NY, John MacDonald (Kiki), Connecticut, NY, Jimmy MacDonald, South Carolina. He was predeceased by his two brothers, John and Gerard, Port Hood. Also, his father- and mother-in-law Allen and Mary Jessie MacDonald and brother-in-law Allen MacDonald, New York. He will be sadly missed by his three friends (dogs) Buddy, Buster, and Kobe. Greg rested in Port Hood and area Resting Home on Sunday, July 14th. Funeral Mass was held Monday, July 15th, in St. Peters Catholic Church, Port Hood,  with Father Vincent VanZutphen officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Peter's Parish Cemetery Fund, Port Hood. A celebration of life will be held in Ajax, Ontario. TBA. This was Greg’s last remarks about his beloved Cape Breton “Honest to God, can it get any better than this!” Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com Gabh a furasda! (Take it easy, bye).

CHIASSON
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Germaine “Laurette” Chiasson, age 71, Cheticamp,  on Friday, July 5th, at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax. We will remember Laurette for always having her door open with a warm, loving heart and sweets on the table, and her great love for her family. She was always ready for a good game of cards. We will always remember her for her strong faith. Laurette is survived by her husband, of 49 years, Daniel Joseph Chiasson; daughters, Donna Chiasson (Jules Camus),and Gisele Chiasson (Trevor MacNeil); brothers, Clarence (Linda), Arthur (Sylvia), Daniel (Cassie), Levis (Blanche);sister, Rita Murphy; grandchildren, Shannon, Samantha (Keenan), Morgan, Becka, and Ciara; great-grandchildren, Ella and Carly. She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Louise (AuCoin) Deveau; brothers, Wilfred, Alphonse, Yvon, Lionel, and Hector; sisters, Marie Anne (in infancy), and Yvonne. Visitation was held on Thursday in Cheticamp Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was held on Friday in Église St. Pierre, Cheticamp, with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Charity of One’s Choice. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

MacMILLAN
Robert “Robbie” Borden MacMillan, 73, of Inverness, NS, succumbed to Lewy Body Dementia at the Inverary Manor surrounded by his family on Wednesday, July 10th. Robbie is survived by: his wife, Ruby Spears of 54 years; son Eddie (Cindy); daughters, Jeannie and Lisa; grandchildren, Vanessa (Blaze), Colton (Keisha), Lakyon (Evan John), Axyle (Brooklyn), Harley, Dakota, and Saylor; great-grandchildren, Jerzee, Jazmyn, Jaylah, and Tiana. Robbie was predeceased by his father, Eddie (Doc), mother, Jessie, and brothers Charlie and John. Robbie was a loving father, husband, grandfather, and friend to all. Robbie worked in his early years in the mines in Ontario until he returned to his roots in Cape Breton where he belonged. Robbie worked for MacInnis Irving for over 40 years until his illness forced him to retire. Robbie always enjoyed a good Scottish tune by his favourites such as Ashley MacIssac and the late Buddy MacMaster. Robbie will be fondly remembered by his family and friends for his jokes, stories, and classic one-liners. There were many a car and a boat in town that Robbie maintained, also known for his undercoating and fine work on carburetors and radiators. Robbie always had a soft spot for his grandchildren. They could always count on a sweet treat that he always had tucked away in a secret hiding spot in the shed. Visitation was held in Inverness Funeral Home on Monday July 15th. Funeral service was held in St. Matthews United Church, Inverness, NS, on Tuesday July 16th,  with Pastor Maggie Plant celebrating. Burial followed in St John’s United Cemetery, Strathlorne. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to Central Palliative Care Society or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

MacISAAC-VACON
Archibald Lévis MacIsaac-Vacon, Saint Lazare, Quebec / Inverness, Nova Scotia, May 12th, 2000 - June 29th, 2019. It is with profound sadness that the family of Archie MacIsaac-Vacon announces his sudden passing on June 29th at the age of 19 years. Archie was a recent graduate of John Abbott College in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue and previously of Westwood High School in Hudson, Quebec. He was a caddy at Cabot Cliffs and Cabot Links in Inverness, Nova Scotia, for the past four summers, and was employed at StyroChem in Baie D'Urfé, Quebec, for the current summer. Archie was a voracious reader, an adventurous spirit, and a good friend to many. Archie is survived by his parents, Robert MacIsaac and Charlene Vacon, and his brother, Angus MacIsaac-Vacon, all of Saint Lazare, Quebec; by his grandparents John “Butch” and Margie MacIsaac of Inverness, Nova Scotia, Larry Vacon of Middle East Pubnico and Lorraine Vacon of Shelbourne, Nova Scotia, formerly of Yarmouth; by his aunt, Joanne Dussault of Nominingue, Quebec, his uncles James (Debbie) Dussault of Riverview, New Brunswick and Jules Dussault of Quinan, Nova Scotia, and by many, many cousins and friends. There was a celebration of Archie’s life at the Saint Lazare Community Centre, Saint-Lazare, Quebec, on Friday, July 5th, with a reception following at the home of his friend Lucas Petropoulos in Les Cèdres, Quebec. Archie’s wake will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Thursday, July 18th at the Inverness Funeral Home, 45 MacIsaac St, Inverness, Nova Scotia. Archie’s funeral will be held at St. Margaret’s Parish in Broad Cove, near Inverness, Nova Scotia, on Friday, July 19th at 11:00 a.m. with interment in the parish cemetery. A reception will follow in the St. Margaret’s Parish Community Centre, 60 Shore Road, Dunvegan, Nova Scotia. Archie was a bright and shining light, insatiably curious about the world, who inspired and challenged all who met him. He is sorely missed. Donations in his memory can be made to the Archie MacIsaac-Vacon Scholarship Fund: https://www.gofundme.com/f/archie-macisaacvacon-scholarship-fund.

TAGGART
Alexandra Anne ‘Sandra’ Taggart (Macdonald) died suddenly on February 2nd at home in Kelligrews, NL. Born August 5, 1942, Sandra was a daughter of the late Donald K. and Mary (MacDougall) MacDonald (of West Lake Ainslie, Cape Breton). She is survived by her loving husband, Roy; their daughters, Kimberley (Aiden) Craig, Kara (Stephen) Laing, Kelly (Jordy) Kirkland, and Kristen (Paul Kelly) Taggart; grandchildren, Kyle (Sara), Emily, Riley (Megan), Ainsley, George, Alex, and Samy; siblings, Joan Butt, Chaput Hughes, ON; Elizabeth (Keith) MacPhee, Kenneth (Diane) MacDonald, West Lake Ainslie; Allison MacDonald, Halifax; and Paula (Dave) Purcell of Truro; sisters-in-law, Judy (Tom), Ontario; Joan and Lorraine, Truro; brother-in-law, Kenny (Carol), Truro; 17 nieces and nephews; and 17 grandnieces and nephews. She was predeceased by brothers-in-law, Ted, Jack, and Norman; parents-in-law, Lola Ogden and Roy Taggart and stepmother, Margaret MacDonald. Sandra grew up in an extended family and is also survived by cousins in California, Massassachusetts, British Columbia, Ontario, and Nova Scotia. Sandra attended St. Joseph’s Convent boarding school in Mabou, graduating with a secretarial diploma. Her first job was with the Royal Bank in Inverness, then Truro and Halifax. The family lived for a number of years in Churchill Falls, then Montreal and finally settled in Kelligrews where she worked for the Pike Group in St. John's. Sandra was an avid gardener, accomplished seamstress, and an excellent cook, sharing the fruits of her labour with family, friends, and neighbours. She was an exceptional mother who mentored many young people in addition to her girls. A funeral Mass celebrating her life was held in St. Edwards Church in Kelligrews. Her cremated remains will be laid to rest in her beloved home community of West Lake Ainslie on July 27th following Mass at 4:00 p.m. in Immaculate Conception Church. Donations in her memory may be made to Saint Mary's Cemetery Fund - West Lake Ainslie, P.O. Box 762, Inverness, NS, B0E 1N0.

SMITH
With much sadness, we announce the passing of our mother, Carroll Maria Smith, on June 19th, 2019. She left us peacefully in her sleep at Tall Pines Long Term Care in Brampton, Ontario. Mom was born in Inverness, Nova Scotia, on October 24th, 1928, the 4th child of Bert Tremain Smith and Ada Myrtle Watts. She was raised at the family home on Port Hood Island and educated at Margaret Ann Memorial School before moving to Halifax, where in 1950 she married the love of her life, Joseph Edward Smith. Shortly after they moved to Toronto and raised their three children: Susan (Anthony Apa) - Caledon, Harold (Gillian Wood) - Brampton, and Robert – Toronto. Cherished grandmother of Catherine (Calgary), Graeme (Brampton), and Chiara and (Toronto). Mom was a dedicated mother and grandmother. “Do what is right, do what is good. Be kind, honest, and help others.” Most of all she loved her family, instilling strong values in her children and grandchildren. She was predeceased by: her husband Joseph Edward Smith in 2009; brothers Woodrow (2006), Harold (1942 WW2), Bertie (2002); and sister Pearl (2013). A Celebration of Life will be held at the Scott’s Funeral Home – Brampton Chapel (289 Main Street North) at 10:00am on July 18, 2019. Interment at Boston Mills Cemetery at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Chestico Museum and  Historical Society, 8095 Route 19 Harbourview, Port Hood, Nova Scotia, B0E 2W0, would be appreciated. “She left this world, knowing she was loved.”

PHILLIPS   
It is with great sorrow that we announce the peaceful passing of Allena Mary (MacNeil) Phillips, age 100, from Margaree Centre, on Saturday, July 6th, at the QEII Halifax Infirmary, with her loving family by her side. Born December 15, 1918, in Dunvegan, Cape Breton, Allena was the daughter of John Alexander MacNeil, St. Rose, and Jessie Anne (MacDonald), Glencoe. Allena was a long-time resident of Margaree Centre, where she and her husband, the late John Joseph Phillips, made the most out of living off the land and started a family; one that continues to grow. Allena was one in a million. She was selfless, modest, relaxed, and unassuming. She loved life, no matter how hard it got. She saw the beauty in life and embraced its many challenges. She shared many stories and memories of days gone by and offered words of wisdom to all. Her home was always a place of warmth and welcome and her hospitality will be long remembered. Allena was a long-time member, and CWL member of St. Patrick’s Church, North East Margaree. She was a true believer in prayer, welcoming many pastoral visits over the years. Her love of reading paired with the most amazing memory, Allena developed a keen interest in genealogy. She was truly devoted to find the roots of her family and will be greatly missed by many. Allena is survived by her six children: Jessie (late Tommy) Murphy, Margaree, twins Marlene (late John) Fortune, Margaree, Arlene (late Andrew) Dunn, Margaree Forks, John (Rita), Margaree, twins Iris (Walter), Halifax, and Angus (Mary), Truro; sisters Christina (Frank) Skerry, Halifax, and Anna (Tom) Young, Halifax; Godchild Gussie MacLellan, Inverness; her 43 grandchildren, 60 great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and extended family. She is also survived by sister-in-law Florence MacNeil, Whitby ON. Besides her husband and her parents, Allena was predeceased by her stepmother Mary Sarah (Gillis) MacNeil, siblings: James (Jimmy) MacNeil, Mary Sarah, Jim Angus, John Archie, Alex Dan, Elizabeth Ann, Maggie Flora in infancy and Lewis (Marion) MacLellan; sister-in-law Theresa MacLellan, many brothers- and sisters-in-law on the Phillips side; and grandchildren: Dougie Murphy, Frankie Drake, Joey Phillips, Frankie Phillips, and Tracy Timmons.  Cremation has taken place under the care of the J. Albert Walker Funeral Home, Halifax. Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on Friday, July 12th, in St. Patrick’s Parish Hall, NE Margaree. The funeral Mass will be held in St. Patrick's Church, on Saturday, July 13th, at 11:00 a.m., with Father MacDonald Ibeh officiating. Internment will take place in the Congregational Cemetery, Margaree Centre. Reception to follow in St. Patrick's Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Palliative Care Unit at the QEII, or charity of choice. Funeral arrangements and internment are under the direction of Sunset Funeral Cooperative, Margaree Valley. A very special thank you to all of the health care professionals who provided care for Allena and to the many visitors who brought her comfort and care over the years. We are proud of her amazing strength and courage and forever grateful for so many years of memories, for which we have been blessed.                             

MacDONALD
An uncontainable life. John Duart Macdonald (November 22, 1948 – July 1, 2019) made a very large man-sized impact on the world. He had a powerful influence on the people around him, on the ideas that intrigued him, on the events that concerned him. Originally from Inverness, NS, his house in Toronto for roughly 50 years became a home to many. To friends, to family, to those in need, to an extended community who became family. Thoughtful, observant, articulate, and insightful, JD brought a fierce passion and a ferocious appetite to the examined life. Not a person to whom life happened, or to whom religion, societal norms or social decorum applied: John was the prime mover in his universe, and he created a constellation that orbited his life, and gave it fullness and meaning. His daughters Lena and Caitlin, his step children Renee and Stephen, the tight-knit group of beautiful souls who adopted him as much as he did them; all continue to shine a light that carries John’s spirit. He was a moral actor, not a follower of dogma. His life personified his beliefs: accountability and morality with roots in action, rather than faith. Act for your family; protect your friends, your neighbours, their children, your community. Fear no one, and fight when necessary. Defend what is right, and perhaps lessons will be learned by those in the wrong, as often they were. John’s work ran an eclectic mix, from film to poetry to nightclubs, often all at the same time. His brilliance with language, and with ideas, will be a source of joy and a treasure trove for all of his extended family, for years to come. John Duart leaves behind his beloved daughters Lena Elizabeth Macdonald (Stephen Dollimore) and Caitlin Cormier, and his step children Renee Odo and Stephen Johnston along with the larger Johnston family. He is pre-deceased by his parents Sadie and John Andrew Macdonald, as well as his brother Roderick Daniel (Rick) Macdonald. Surviving John are eight of his siblings: Lena Anne, Eleanor Mae, Andrew Gordon, Murdock Ranald, Mary Heather, Calum MacLean, Kathleen Joy, and Ian Robert. In lieu of flowers, please plant an idea to help your community, or nurture a friend in need. Celebration of Life was hosted in Toronto this past Saturday, July 6th, at Jet Fuel, 519 Parliament Street. At a later date, a memorial service will be held in Cape Breton Nova Scotia. Details TBA.

INGRAHAM
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Chandler Baxter Ingraham, 90, of Margaree Valley, on Thursday, July 4th, 2019. Baxter was born on November 28th, 1928, in Margaree Valley, the son of the late Osprey and Mabel (Cranton) Ingraham. He will be lovingly missed by his wife of 64 years, Evelyn Mae (Hart) and daughter Kendra, Margaree Valley; brother Walter (Kay) Ingraham, Coxheath; sister Kaye Fraser, Annapolis Valley; sister-in-law Kaye Isenor, Port Hastings; and brother-in-law Edsel (Carol) Hart, Margaree Centre. He is also survived by nieces Susan (Jim), Amelia, Jackie (Bill), Jocelyne (Daren), Isabella and Callum, Heather (Christian), Jillian (Glen), Adam, Tracy, Kennedy and Katie, and nephews Robert, Erland (Mary), Reid, Jared (Candice), Scott (Susie), Dustin, and Cameron. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by step-father Clinton Ingraham, twin brother Layton (Etlie), brothers-in-law Arthur Fraser and Gord Isenor, and niece Nancy. Baxter was a farmer, carpenter, mill operator, and worked as a pulp scaler for Etheridge and Carmichael for a number of years. He owned and operated Ingraham Bros. Store Museum and was passionate about genealogy. Baxter loved the land and forests. He saw the potential in every tree to become a dish, cane, or a beautiful piece of furniture. He was a member of Wilson United Church and contributed to the heritage of the church as a young man, keeping the fires on for services, cutting. transporting (first with horse and sleigh then with tractor), and storing ice to make ice cream for the many salmon supper/picnics. He attended Sunday school, Young Peoples’ Group; Men’s Club and served as an elder and church treasurer. He held offices in the Credit Union and volunteer fire dept. He supported with interest the formation of the Sunset Funeral Co-op. He displayed a great sense of humour with family and friends, and was always willing to lend a hand to anyone. He had a special ability to turn a serious situation into an adventure. Two of Baxter’s greatest regrets were that he could not dance or sing. He was a dedicated gardener and flowers from your summer garden would be appreciated. In 1983, he walked on a royal red carpet to board the H.M Yacht Britannia at Halifax as we attended a reception, guests of the Prince and Princess of Wales, Prince Charles and Lady Diana. A proud day for Baxter. Visitation will be held in Wilson United Church Hall, Margaree Centre, Saturday, July 13th, from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Funeral service will be on Sunday, July 14th, at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Alicia Cox Officiating. Donations in Baxter's memory may be made to Wilson United Church or the Sunset Funeral Co-op. Funeral arrangements under the direction for Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. “The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.” In God We Trust.

LEBLANC
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved sister, Jeannine Marie LeBlanc, 57, Cheticamp, which occurred on June 23rd, 2019, at the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. Born in Cheticamp, she was the daughter of the late Thérèse and Dave LeBlanc. Jeannine worked at many different jobs. She loved to be surrounded by people as she worked as a waitress and a bartender. At Paturel Seafood, she loved to help the fishermen. She also was most content when she worked outdoors, whether it was fishing or scrubbing cars at the carwash. She also volunteered her time doing yard work and shoveling the sidewalks on the Cheticamp main road. She was very proud when she received recognition for her hard work. Jeannine had many hobbies including reading, making puzzles, and working on her Paint by Numbers. She was very competitive while playing hockey and cards, whether it be crib or “La dame de pique.” She was best known for her adventurous  personality and for telling it like it is. She is survived by her sister, Paulette Fraser (Ricky) and her five brothers: Réné (Linda), Lionel (Stella), Chester (Mona), Kevin, and Ronnie (Lisa). She will also be missed by her eight nieces and nephews as well as her 10 great-nieces and great-nephews. Visitation was held on Wednesday, at Cheticamp Funeral Home. Funeral service took place at L’Église St. Pierre, Cheticamp, with Deacon Gerald LeBlanc officiating. Donations in her memory can be made to the Cape Breton Cancer Patient Fund. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

MATHESON
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Anne Alexandra (MacMillan) Matheson, age 91, of Aberdeen, on Friday, June 7th, 2019 in the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Born on February 16th, 1928 in East Lake Ainslie she was the daughter of the late Allan and Albin (MacLean) MacMillan. After completing high school, Anne graduated from Provincial Normal College in Truro. She returned to teach in numerous small one-room schools in Inverness County. She met the love of her life in 1949 and they were married in a small ceremony at the MacMillan Farm in East Lake Ainslie. Anne devoted her life to raising her family. Anne was well known for her knitting, sewing and cooking ability. Anne is survived by her loving husband, Frank, married for almost 70 years (September 1st, 1949); her son, Allan (Phyllis), Aberdeen; daughters, Karen (Malcolm) MacKinnon, Cole Harbour; Judy (Milford) Austen, Antigonish; Connie (Duart) MacAulay, Aberdeen; Denise (Jeff) Beaton, Mabou Harbour; and close family friend, Bruce and Dorothy MacLellan; grandchildren: Allison (Melvin) Nichols, Shane (Carleen) Matheson, Jody (Josh) Arenburg, Isaac (Lindsay) Matheson, Wade (Breann) Matheson; Lana (Chandler Haliburton) MacKinnon, Kyla (Taylor MacGillivary) MacKinnon; Devin (Zoë Fielding) Austen, Cory (Lindi Coyle) Austen, Bradley (Jill MacLaren) Austen; Breagh (Stephanie) Ouellet, Hilary MacAulay; Sawyer Beaton, Albin Beaton, Mason Beaton and Maeve Beaton; great-grandchildren: Ainsley, Laird and Mairead Nichols; Mya Matheson; David, Murray, Anne Margaret and Mabel Arenburg; Randy and Shay Haliburton; Layla, Manton, Cora and James Austen; Piper and Ellie Austen, Violetta Austen; sisters-in-law, Verna MacMillan, Lake Ainslie; and Mary Asaph, Baddeck; family friend, Joseph Boudreau. Besides her parents Anne, was predeceased by her son, James; brother, Peter; in-laws, MayBelle Matheson, Chris and Norma Cameron, Jon and Douglas MacLeod, Harriet and Andrew Morrison, Jamie and Don Ross, Leonard Matheson and Wilfred Asaph. Visitation was held on Tuesday, June 11th, in Dennis Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Whycocomagh. Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, June 12th, in Little Narrows Presbyterian Church, Little Narrows with Rev. Lydia MacKinnon officiating. A private family burial will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at: www.haverstocks.com.

SMITH
Ray Smith (1941-2019) died on June 20th. He was the eldest son of Fred and Jean Smith. His mother was born a MacMillan and his grandfather opened the MacMillan General Store, which is now home to the Red Shoe Pub. Although he was from Mabou, Ray spent the majority of his life in Montreal, where he taught English Literature at Dawson College. However, first and foremost, Ray was a writer, who enjoyed a successful career as a novelist. His first published work, Cape Breton is the Thought-Control Centre of Canada put him on the literary map. As with his life, Ray’s writing began with his beloved Mabou but stretched his imagination to many places. Novels like A Night at the Opera and The Flush of Victory: Jack Bottomly Among the Virgins took him to Europe, while Century brought him to all corners of the world. Of course, his life and writing overlapped and influenced each other. His writing earned him a position as the Writer in Residence at the University of Alberta in Edmonton in 1986/87 and the S.A.C. Scottish/Canadian Fellowship in 1987/88 allowed him to live in Edinburgh and give talks throughout the country. Other works were closer to home. Lord Nelson Tavern documented his local watering hole and his time in Halifax, while The Man who Loved Jane Austen dealt with issues of love, loss, and family in his home of Montreal. He earned a Bachelor of Arts at Dalhousie and a Master in English from Concordia University. He was a founder and lifetime member of The Writers’ Union of Canada and a member of Montreal Storyteller. His novels won awards, including the QSPELL. In the end, Ray moved back to the family home in Mabou. Although he never wrote a second novel based in Cape Breton and his writing did not come full-circle, his life did. Mabou was his home and he loved every moment there. Those who knew him in town might remember his signature visor and Tilley hat, and glasses that he wore while sitting out on the veranda. He loved to watch the traffic and people by day and the stars by night, always with a book by his side. He also loved to cook and entertained for many in Montreal and Cape Breton. While his death was a long time coming – Ray also had his vices – its immediacy was too sudden. There was so much more to learn from him. He is survived by his brothers Gerry and Dave and his two sons Nicholas and Alexander. We are devastated and loved him dearly.

AuCOIN
Judy AuCoin, age 94, of Cheticamp, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 11th, 2019, in Foyer Père Fiset, Cheticamp. Born in Cheticamp, she was the daughter of the late Patrick and Josephine (Roach) Boudreau. Judy was loved by many. She was most content when surrounded by family and friends. In her early years, Judy loved to cook and garden. She was an outstanding mama and mémère. She had a great sense of humour. In her final years, you would find Judy chatting with her many friends, however, was the happiest when her daughter Linda came for one of her many long visits. Judy is survived by her sons: Lionel and Rheal AuCoin; daughter, Linda (Ken) Gillis; sisters: Teresa, Marie May, Elizabeth (Leonard), Marie-Rose (Yvon), and Marie-Alice (Roger); brother, Eddie (Madelaine); her 11 grandchildren: Jeff (Bridget), Richard (Stella), Marc, Kevin (Lovey), Cheryl (Michael), Shawn (Kirsten), Kimberly (Craig),Michelle (Conner), Trevor, Tricia, and Stephen; 13 great-grandchildren: Brittany-Lynn, Jacob, Ryan, Adam, Ben, Heidi, David, Maya, Shawnee, Kendra, Justin, Michael, and May. Judy was predeceased by her husband Léo Henry AuCoin: son; Arthur AuCoin; brothers, Léo, Charles, Henrie-Joe, Wilfred, Paulite, and Joseph-Levis; sisters, Marie-Louise and Lucienne. Visitation was held on Friday, in Cheticamp Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, in St. Joseph’s Church, St. Joseph du Moine, with Father Peter LeBlanc officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Foyer Père Fiset Guest Home. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

MacISAAC 
Sarah “Sally” Marie (O’Brien) MacIsaac passed away peacefully at home in Creignish on Thursday, June 13th, 2019, at the age of 80, surrounded by her family. Sarah was predeceased by her husband, Alexander, and is survived by her eight children: John (Barb), Craigmyle, AB; Michael, Calgary, AB; Mary MacDonnell (Simon), Brooklyn; Johanna (Wayne) Johnson, Troy; Richard (Tracy), Creignish; Jessie (Kyle) McNamara, Creignish Rear; Virginia (Paul) Gossett, Florida; and Duncan (Vimy), Onslow Mtn. Sarah will be fondly remembered by her 15 grandchildren: Nolan, Sarah, Gracie, Rosie; Jeffrey, Justin; Hayle, Brian, Jack; Megan, Alexander, Michael, Luke; Jason and Jared. John and Zoe enjoyed their trips from Alberta to visit great-grandma Sally. Raised in Creignish Rear, she was the eldest child of Daniel and Johanna O’Brien. Sarah’s siblings are: Joseph, Grace England, Catherine MacColl, Donald, Sandy, Pat, and she was predeceased by Hughie. Sarah was a calm, spiritual, soft-spoken woman, who was happiest surrounded by her family. There were many family events where Sarah could be seen sitting, watching her loved ones with sparkling eyes and pure contentment on her face. Sarah dedicated her life to raising her children. She enjoyed quilting, baking, reading, gardening, and woodworking. Sarah was very active in her community and her parish of Stella Maris. How many of us enjoyed Sally’s rolls at countless community functions? Visitation was on Sunday in Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury. Funeral Mass was held on Monday, from Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church, Creignish, with Father Allan MacMillan officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Stella Maris Cemetery Fund, Creignish or Strait Richmond Palliative Care. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at: www.haverstocks.com.

SMITH
John Harold Smith, 75, of Glendale, Inverness County, died in the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, on Friday, June 14th, 2019, with his family by his side. Dad lost his fight to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Born in Broad Cove on March 3rd, 1944, Cape Breton, NS, Dad was one of 16 children of the late John A. and Catherine (MacDonnell) Smith. A self-taught carpenter, Dad was a hard worker, who was very kind and giving of his time to help anyone. He worked in Boston and Halifax before coming home with his family and settling in Glendale, Cape Breton. The old adage holds true in saying that the last house a carpenter works on is his own. However, in saying that, he was a great provider and a true friend to many over the years. Dad loved to spend time with family at the old homestead in Broad Cove and enjoyed fiddle music, the Toronto Blue Jays, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and a good hot cup of tea with his sweets. As hard as it is to refuse, we know Sr. Marie is welcoming you with open arms and playing the bird dance. He is survived by his wife, Josephine (Smeenk), and children: Michael (Patti) Smith, Lunenburg; Heather (Jim) Chisholm, Dartmouth; and stepdaughter, Sonya Smeenk, Red Water, AB; two grandchildren, Jason and Niamh; step grandkids: Colton, Chelsey, and Clinton; sisters: Donna (Wesley) MacLean, Scotsville, Mary Campbell, Waltham, MA, and Mae Ann Beaton, Port Hood; brother, Peter Smith, Natick, MA. Besides his parents, Harold was predeceased by his son, Jason Smith; sisters: Theresa Ann, Hughena, Margaret, Sister Marie Smith, and Kay Sexton; and by brothers: James Hugh, Donald Angus, Charlie Angus, Alexander; and two children at childbirth. Donations can be made to the St. Mary’s of the Angel’s Building Fund, 17 Church St. Lower River Inhabitants, B0E-1J0. Arrangements are under the direction of Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at www.haverstocks.com.

SUAREZ
Mary Faith Elson Suarez, 1946 to 2019, daughter of the late Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Edward L. R. Elson and wife of Rafael Jose (Joe) Suarez, died peacefully in her Martinsburg, W V, home, her husband at her side, on May 31st. A 1964 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, DC, Mary Faith held a college degree in accounting. Among other jobs, she worked as a legal secretary at Dunaway McCarthy & Dye and at Wilmer Cutler Pickering. She was also a writer of fiction and church history and an enthusiast and occasional performer (in youth with her guitar) of folk songs, hymns, and more. Her resilience allowed her to negotiate the difficulties of life with grace, and her gregarious nature won friends not only in Washington, Baltimore, and Martinsburg, but also in Cape Breton (Canada), where she met her first husband, Duncan MacRae. She is survived by her husband, Joe, who helped her greatly in her last years; by daughter Melanie MacRae Downie (Chris); siblings: Eleanor Heginbotham, Beverly Elson, and David Elson; and grandsons: Gordon Bishop and Ian Downie. Her life will be celebrated at a memorial service at Trinity Episcopal Church in Shepherdstown, WV, 25443 at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 27th. In lieu of flowers, gifts in honour of Mary Faith may be sent to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital (https://wwwstjude.org).

URQUHART
Ardis Amelia (Watts) Urquhart, 66, passed away June 10th, 2019, at home through the compassion of MAID (medical assistance in dying), which saved her suffering from the terminal disease CJD that attacks one in a million people. Ardis was born January 20th, 1953, in her loved Cape Breton; daughter of Ralph and Jane (Macleod) Watts. She is survived by her loving husband, Gary and son Scott of Rossland, BC; sisters: Barbara Goodman of Saint John, N.B., and Ruthie Watts of Inverness, N.S. Ardis loved Rossland and enjoyed hiking and skiing with her dog and good friends, she loved camping, kayaking, bridge, and most of all talking to people, “Who’s your father boy.” She listened and knew all about you after a short talk. Ardis graduated from Mount Allison University, had a successful real estate career, and was president of Kootenay Real Estate Board, president of Rossland Chamber of Commerce, and many other accomplishments. Ardis loved unconditionally and invites you to share in that love at her Celebration of Life held at Red Mountain, Thursday, June 20th, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. For those who would like to donate in Ardis’ name please donate to “Friends of Rossland Range,” www.rosslandrange.org/FORR/donate.html, who maintain the cabins she loved to ski to for her grilled cheese sandwich.

CAMERON
Neil Bernard “Bernie” Cameron - In memory of our dad, Bernie Cameron, who passed away Saturday, June 8th, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Bernie was a loving father to Donna MacIssac (Danny), Sudbury, Daniel (Candy) of Capreol, Leo (Jessie) of Hanmer, Debbie Dempsey (Al) of Hanmer, Frankie (Helene) of Hanmer and Farrel (Tracey) of Capreol and grandfather to 15grandchildren and great-grandfather to 20 great-grandchildren. At a very young boy, he started working in the forge with his father; over a short period of time he became a skilled blacksmith. Bernie eventually moved away from his home in Mabou. He was a hard-working and respected miner who travelled the world; but his heart was always in Mabou. No matter where he was working in the world, he never missed taking the entire family “home” to Mabou every summer. As a father, it was important