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CORMIER
Wallace Albert Cormier, age 37, Grand Etang: It is with profound sadness that we, the family, announce the sudden passing of our beloved son, brother, and uncle, Wally, on Tuesday, June 21st, 2022, at home. Those who knew Wally, loved him dearly. His wild spirited, contagious smile, along with his comical ways, could brighten anyone’s day. Wally loved random art, paintings, and giving his expertise in “weeding,” but his love for his family and friends will be forever cherished. When he loved something, he loved with all he had. Left to mourn, with broken hearts, are his parents, Arthur and Carolyn Cormier; brothers Dale (Jessica), Henry (Victoria), and Derrick (Robbie); nephews, Alex, Ben, Malcolm, Devin; godchildren, Piper, Jaxon, and Deacon (who will miss his daily visits, and the way he made them laugh); stepfather, Kenny Richardson; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Wally was predeceased by grandparents, Joseph Albert and Yvonne Cormier, and Wallace and Mary Malcolm; uncles, Bernard, Norman, Alex, Gerard, and Freddie; aunts, Anna, and Jeannine. Cremation has taken place. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 29th, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Church, St. Joseph du Moine with Deacon Gerald LeBlanc officiating. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be made to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

GOUTHRO
Lawrence Edward Marshall (Stretch) Gouthro, age 87, Cheticamp, passed away at home on Thursday, June 23rd, 2022. Born in New Waterford on February 28th, 1935, he was the son of the late Marshall and the late Rose Anne (LeBlanc) Gouthro. He was the eldest of four children. On October 5th, 1957, he married his soul mate and love of his life, Marjorie Jean Guyaux. He served many years in the Royal Canadian Navy, leaving there to work in the insurance industry. He then became the manager of the Whale Beverage Room in Bedford, NS, until his retirement. Ed was an avid golfer and bowler. He enjoyed camping with his family and entertaining. He and Marje became snowbirds until she fell ill. Besides his parents, Ed was predeceased by his loving wife, Marjorie Jean; his beloved son, Bradford Lance; mother- and father-in-law, Annie Mae (Laidlaw) and Henry Guyaux; and brothers-in-law, Thomas AuCoin, and Alphonse Larade. Ed is survived by his devoted daughter, Leslie (Raymond) Rolfe; brother, Garfield (Sharon) Gouthro; sisters, Della AuCoin and Adele Larade; grandchildren, Raylene, Dillon, Marley, Morgan, Taylor, and Lawrence; great-grandchildren, Landon, Noah, Phoebe, and Kingston; and many nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. As per Ed’s request, there will be no visitation or funeral service. A private burial will take place at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

MacDONALD
It was with deep sorrow that the family announced the passing of Helen MacDonald (nee Meagher), on November 13th, 2021, at the age of 96 years. Cherished wife of the late Alexander MacDonald. Devoted mother of Gerard (Susanne) and Brian (Antoinetta). Beloved grandmother to Neal (Sarah), Jenna (Tom), Melanie (Marc), and Mathew (Candice), as well as her great-grandchildren Easton, Everleigh, and Oliver. She was predeceased by eight brothers and one sister. She will be deeply missed by countless nieces and nephews, as well as many friends. Helen is survived by one sister-in-law, Irene Meagher of Manitouwadge, ON. Though Helen spent her final years in Tiverton, Ontario, her heart was forever in Brook Village, Cape Breton, here she was an active member of the church and community, known to some as the “Little General.” Anyone who stopped to visit her was always met with a cup of tea and a “scoff.” Helen and her siblings all had a deep love for Irish music, she was an accomplished pianist and step dancer, she may have stopped playing the piano in her later years, but Helen’s feet never stopped doing a jig. Memorial mass will be held at the St. John the Baptist Church, Brook Village, NS, on July 9th, at 11:00 a.m., with a reception to follow at the community hall.

MOORE
Elizabeth (Betty) Ann Moore, 76, Bedford, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on June 10th, 2022, in the QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax. Born in North Sydney, she was the daughter of the late Water Judson and Katherine (Cassie) Belle (Burton) Tingley. She worked and volunteered at various businesses within the community of Pleasant Bay, including Black Whale Restaurant, the Highland Fling Gift Shop, the Whale Interpretive Centre as well as family-owned businesses, Pleasant Bay Fish Company Ltd. and MidTrail Motel & Inn. She loved her family and friends, gardening, animals, her rescue cats Tux & Cedo, road trips, music, and her sense of humour brought lots of laughter to all. She will be sadly missed by her son Matthew; brothers, Duval (Linda), Lester (Jenny); sister, Evelyna Hussey; brothers-in-law, Lester Fraser, Edward (Patricia) Fraser; numerous nieces and nephews. Betty was predeceased by her beloved husband of 39 years Claude Moore; brother Walter Joseph Tingley; sisters-in-law Anna Katherine “Nan” (MacLeod) Tingley, Sandra (Moore) Fraser, Helen (Urquhart) MacLean; brothers-in-law John (Jack) Hussey, John Urquhart, Lauchie Urquhart. A Celebration of Life will be held in Pleasant Bay, Cape Breton, at a later time. Donations in memory of Betty may be made to the St. Andrew’s United Church in Pleasant Bay, Cape Breton via e-Transfer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The church requests that donors provide their name and address for donation receipt purposes: The NSPCA (Donate - Nova Scotia SPCA) or a charity of your choice. Condolences, words of comfort and memories of Betty may be shared with the family at www.cruikshankshalifaxfuneralhome.com.

LEBLANC
Bertha LeBlanc “Memere Cookie,” age 92, of Cap Lemoine, NS, passed away on Monday, June 6th, 2022, at the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. Bertha was a prime example of determination, perseverance, and honesty. She was a very kind and gentle person. Bertha devoted her life caring for others. She lost her husband Willie at the age of 28 due to a drowning accident. Her oldest daughter Marina was born with cerebral palsy and her second daughter, Marie Cecile died of jaundice at an early age. She took care of her parents for many years. Bertha took everything in stride and never complained about her misfortunes. Bertha accepted the life she was given. Her saying was, “That’s the way life goes. C’est la vie.” Her pride and joy were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Bertha loved a good game of 200, picking blueberries, and eating homemade pie. She leaves behind her daughter, Marie Sophie; son-in-law, Gaston; her grandchildren, Marc (Laura), Halifax, Natalie (Craig), Cheticamp; great-grandchildren, Owen, Amber, Kylie, and Alana. She was predeceased by her husband, Willie; daughters, Marina, Cecile; her parents, Wilfred and Sophie Deveaux. The family would like to thank the staff of Foyer Père Fiset and Sacred Heart Hospital for their care, kindness, and professionalism. It is greatly appreciated! Visitation was held on Saturday, June 25th, from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the St. Joseph’s du Moine Church, St. Joseph du Moine. Funeral service followed at 3:00 p.m. in St. Joseph’s Church with Deacon Gerald LeBlanc officiating. Burial in parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Foyer Père Fiset or the Sacred Heart Hospital Charitable Foundation. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be made to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

MacDONALD
William Daniel (Billy) MacDonald, Inverary Manor, Inverness (Mabou): It is with sadness we announce the death of our brother, William Daniel “Billy” MacDonald, age 77, resident of Inverary Manor, Inverness, and previously of Mabou, who passed away peacefully in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital on Thursday, June 16th, 2022. Born on October 25th, 1944, he was the first of 12 children born to Dannie and Tena (MacLean) MacDonald of Mabou Mines. Billy was very proud of his Scottish roots and spoke with pride and sincerity of its culture and traditions. He was proud and forever loyal to his birthplace. In his early years, he worked closely with his father and spent many happy days farming and lumbering in MacDonald’s Glen. As an adult, he worked in trucking, mining, fishing out of Finlay’s Point, to the Boston States with his cousin Malkie; and onto many construction sites in Point Tupper, Halifax, and Western Canada. He had a passion for fiddle music, Gaelic songs, and storytelling. The Gaelic language was a large part of his life and he understood it well and respected each and every word that was spoken. His stories of the people and the communities where they lived were accurate and real. He listened well and respected what the folks of previous generations had shared. Billy is survived by his siblings, 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; his brothers, Angus, Gerard, and Angus Donald; his brother-in-law, Burke; and his nephew Aaron. He will be dearly missed by his friends and neighbours.  Cremation has taken place.  Visitation was held in St. Mary’s Parish Vestry, Mabou on Monday, June 20th, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral mass was celebrated in St. Mary’s Church, Mabou, on Tuesday, June 21st, 2022 at 11:00 a.m., with Fr. Dan MacDonald officiating. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery. Donations may be made to St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery Fund, St. Mary’s Parish Building Fund, Inverary Manor, or a charity of your choice. A most sincere thank you to all health professionals, especially Dr. McLachlan and caregivers at ICMH and Inverary Manor for care to Billy over the past number of years. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

POIRIER
Armand Joseph Poirier, December 12th, 1957 – June 18th, 2022: It is with deep sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Armand Joseph Poirier, age 64, at Foyer Père Fiset in Chéticamp on June 18th, 2022. Born in Chéticamp on December 12th, 1957, he was the son of the late Napoléon (à Nazaire) and Bernadette (Doucet) Poirier of Chéticamp. It is very difficult to part with Armand, but it was even harder to see him struggle for years, deteriorating as a result of a very rare disease called “Cerebral Cavernoma.” We want to thank the staff of the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre and that of the Highland Manor in Neil’s Harbour for the special care during his short stay before he became part of the family of Foyer Père Fiset in Chéticamp in November 2021. We are forever grateful for the exceptional care provided by the management and staff of Le Foyer, who went above and beyond to assure his safety and well-being. 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. Armand was treated with much dignity to his dying breath. Armand graduated in June 1977 from Canso Regional Vocational School in Port Hawkesbury, certified as a welder. He began his career of 44 years, which started at Gerry’s Welding & Machine Shop, for Gerard Boudreau. Eventually the business became Chéticamp Welding & Machine Shop. Armand loved his work and was very dedicated to the job and the numerous projects that came his way. He was a very reputable “welder” in the community and surrounding areas. He was known as a hard worker and was always ready to lend a helping hand. As much as Armand loved his work, he had many other passions. In 1986, he acquired a diploma from the K&D School of Taxidermy. He was known for his patience and working relentlessly to get it done just right. Armand was an avid outdoor sportsman. He spent many hours driving his 4-wheeler travelling in the mountains and spending time at a camp built by him, his father, and siblings – la campe des Nazaires. He loved fishing, hunting, hiking, snowshoeing, and the list goes on. He was also a great blueberry picker and loved arriving home with full containers. Even though Armand was a bit of a loner and quiet, he was content to be surrounded by family and his close buddies. He was kind and of gentle nature. Although he had no children of his own, he considered Cory as his son. He was an amazing Dad and later in life, a proud Pépére to Damien and Dominic. They were his pride and joy. Like his father, Napoléon, kids were drawn to Armand, and he could entertain them for hours. It brought him so much joy to bring smiles on their faces. There was nothing Armand would not do for his family and friends. Armand was a dedicated member of Recherche et Sauvetage Chéticamp Search & Rescue for 35 years. He took his role quite seriously, participated in many courses and searches, oversaw the annual ticket drive for many years and took deep pride in maintaining the hall. He made many life-long friends with this association. This fine man will be dearly missed by his partner in life Rosie Grace, his stepson Cory, step-grandchildren, Damien and Dominic, along with their mother Kayla Blackwood. He also leaves to mourn, his siblings: sister Geraldine (Stanley) Larade; brothers: Cyril (Charlene), Yvon (Tammie) of Chéticamp and Gilles (Bonnie) who resides in Camrose Alberta; sister-in-law, Louise (Emile) Paturel of Belle-Côte; and brother-in-law; Robert (Judy) Aucoin who reside in Digby, NS. His special Oncle Lionel Poirier whom he loved like a father (Chéticamp) and his Uncle Patsy Poirier (Niagara Falls, ON). His aunts: Marie-Edna Aucoin, Leona Aucoin, Marie-Hélène LeBrun, Rita Deveau of Chéticamp, and Josephine Fraser (Northeast Margaree). He will also be sadly missed by his numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, as well as many friends. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his in-laws, Gerard and Therese Aucoin. As well, several other extended family members. 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 he is finally free from suffering. Armand was a man of few words and seemed quite content with his life of simplicity. His often took solace in Nature and its serenity. We would like to believe that he is simply “gone fishing” while watching a beautiful sunset with perhaps a glimpse of a moose wading in the water, as Maggie lays by his side. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. Everyone is welcome to join us for a “Celebration of Life” on Sunday, June 26th, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at La Salles des Retraités -Senior Hall in Chéticamp. A private graveside service will take place at the St. Peter’s Parish Cemetery officiated by Father Pierre Antoine Cyr. Condolences can be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Foyer Père Fiset, Recherche et Sauvetage Chéticamp Search and Rescue or your choice of charity.

SARTO
Elizabeth Marie “Betty” Sarto (MacLean), Dartmouth: It is with deep, heartfelt sorrow we announce Betty passed peacefully on June 2nd, 2022, surrounded by the love of her family. Born in Port Hood, she was a daughter of the late Alex MacLean and Florence (Murphy) MacDonald. She will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by her devoted husband of 60 years, Condo Sarto; daughters, Anna Marie (Ken MacKay), Sandy and grandson, Anthony Sarto Morrison. She is survived by her sisters, Sally, Port Hood; Dorothy (Mono Baggio), Truro; brother, Jim MacLean, Port Hood; brother-in-law, Nobile Sarto, Glace Bay; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by sister, Catherine Bonn-Himmelman; stepfather, Allan MacDonald; stepbrother, John MacDonald; stepsister, Hazel MacDonald, and sister-in-law, Bruna Gillis. Betty attended Teacher’s College and taught for a year in the one-room schoolhouse in Judique. She then began working for the Royal Bank of Canada; her career commenced in Port Hood, moving to Glace Bay, then to the Halifax branch on Morris and Barrington Streets. Betty continued working for a number of years part time at the Tacoma branch in Dartmouth. Betty was an active member in the community and particularly in politics as she played an incredibly supportive role to Condo who was a member of Dartmouth and Halifax Municipal Councils from 1979-2004. She genuinely enjoyed politics with a keen interest and care for all people. She was a regular member of the weekly Dartmouth Council meetings as an observer and joined Condo in many events and functions representing both the City of Dartmouth and Halifax Regional Municipality. Over the span of several years, she was also an active volunteer for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society, and March of Dimes; she always extended a helping hand to any one in need. Betty’s strong Catholic faith was always a great comfort to her. Through her life in Port Hood, she participated in St. Peter’s Parish singing in the choir and supporting parish activities. Betty was a founding committee member and current member of Saint John XXIII Parish, Cole Harbour. She served many years on the Parish Council; supported various committees and sang in the church choir. Throughout her well-lived life, Betty was a tremendously personable, kind-hearted, thoughtful, and caring individual who deeply loved her friends and family unconditionally. We lost a beautiful person in our family, and she will live forever in the hearts and cherished memories of her husband, children, Anthony – the light of her life and her faithful companion Finnegan. We would like to extend gratitude and thanks to Dr. Adeniji (Domi), NS Continuing Care, Northwood Home Care, and VON for their tremendous support and care over the past few years. As well, special thanks and appreciation to Oceanview Manor (Shoreside) staff for their kindness, compassion, and supportive care for the past number of months. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, a charity of your choice or please consider participating in an unknown act of kindness to remember her. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Dartmouth Funeral Home, Dartmouth. There will be no visitation and a mass will be planned at a later date. Online condolences by visiting: www.dartmouthfuneralhome.ca.

SMITH
Peter A. Smith of Natick, passed away on Wednesday, May 18th, 2022, at age 86. Born in Broad Cove Chapel, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, he was a son of the late Catherine A. (MacDonnell) and John A. Smith. Peter was the beloved husband of Catherine A. (MacKinnon) Smith of Natick, and the devoted father of Kevin Smith and his wife Patricia of Bartlett, IL, Michelle Holbrook and her husband Jay of Cary, NC, Linda Higgins and her husband Michael of Medway, and the late Wendy Smith. He was the brother of Mae Anna Beaton, Donna MacLean, and the late Margaret Smith, Kay Sexton, Donald Smith, Mary Campbell, Alexander, Theresa Ann, Hughena, James, Sister Marie, Charlie, and Harold Smith. Peter was the proud grandfather of Alexis, Caitlin, Ian, MacLean, Camden, Catherine, Ceilidh, Catherine; great-grandfather of Jack; and is survived by many nieces and nephews. Peter, also known as P.A., grew up on a farm, surrounded by a mountain, river, and the Atlantic Ocean. When he was 22 years old he knew coal mining was not the life he wanted. He immigrated to Boston in 1957. He worked and put himself through trade school to become a machinist. Soon enough, he was enjoying his life in Boston. He met his wife Catherine at a square dance. P.A.’s roommate (John MacKinnon) introduced him to Catherine. John was also Catherine’s brother. They married in 1961, had four children and settled in the suburbs of Boston. They were married 61 years. P.A.’s second family was his work family at the ARK-LES switch – Watertown and Stoughton. He was a stellar employee for 45 years and never called in sick. He truly loved the people he worked with and his profession. His family and friends were his life. Spending two weeks in Cape Breton every summer was the highlight of the year. Surrounded by family, Celtic music, square dances, and beautiful coastal views. He was a true friend and neighbour; always available with a helping hand. His tool box would be in the car before you could hang up the phone. Some of his kind gestures were: refinishing hardwood floors, snow plowing driveways, he would be on a ladder power washing the side of the house and cleaning gutters. During his retirement years, he took great pride in refurbishing antique steamer trunks. His craftsmanship was second to none, he would gift each trunk to someone special in his life (over 50 steamer trunks). P.A. enjoyed going to his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events over the years. He had many outings with the grandchildren that included: the duck pond, Casey’s Diner, Park Street ice cream, games, and cards. He was very proud of his family. P.A. will be missed dearly and the memories will be cherished.

AUCOIN
Patrick Dave Aucoin, 71, known as Davy to everyone that knew him, died peacefully surrounded by family at the Foyer Père Fiset Guest Home, Cheticamp. Born in Cheticamp to Marie Emma (Leblanc) and Joseph AuCoin, he was the youngest of eight children. He was predeceased by both his parents along with his two sisters, Marie-Julie and Carmella; three brothers, Yvon, Gordon, and Georgie. He leaves behind his wife of 45 years Catherine Mae (Haché) Aucoin; his two sons, Shawn (Mélanie) Aucoin and Jeff (Erin) Aucoin; his five grandchildren, Parker, Hunter, Damien, Julie, and Émilie. He also leaves behind his two brothers, Eddie Joe (Thérèse) Aucoin and Laurent Edmond (Gelina) Aucoin along with numerous nieces and nephews. Davy grew up in La Prairie. He moved to Toronto at the young age of 16 and found work through several different means. He and some of his friends would make frequent weekend trips to Cheticamp throughout the summers. It was during one of these trips he would meet his future wife, Catherine Mae. Davy and Catherine Mae eventually settled down in New Glasgow, where they both started working at Michelin Tire. They were married in Cheticamp on July 23rd, 1976. They welcomed their first son Shawn in October 1978. In the early ’80s, Davy and Catherine Mae moved back to their hometown of Cheticamp where they welcomed their second son Jeff in January 1983. He started working alongside family members in carpentry, electrical, and home heating before eventually working as a heavy equipment operator with Chiasson Brothers. He had a passion for heavy equipment which he operated for a few different companies until a knee injury forced him into early retirement. He also opened his small engine repair business where he could fix anything. He always went out of his way to help anyone. Davy loved the outdoors. He spent many hours 4-wheeling in the mountains with his brothers and close friends. He was a member of the Search and Rescue and Highland ATV clubs. His other past times included NASCAR, playing card games such as Euchre and crib, and playing pool. He and Catherine Mae would regularly take relaxing drives in the park with pit stops for ice cream. Very rarely would there be a week in the summer when snow crab or lobster wasn’t being cooked in the barn, his second home. His greatest love was for his family, especially his wife, sons, and five grandchildren. Kids were drawn to him, and it brought him great joy to make them laugh. He found great joy following his two sons through the arenas during the hockey years. The family would like to thank the staff the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre in Cheticamp and the Highland Manor in Neil’s Harbour for the care received during this time. Visitation was held on Friday, June 10th, 2022, at the Cheticamp Funeral Home from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Funeral mass was celebrated on Saturday, June 11th, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. in l’Église St-Pierre, Chéticamp, with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association of Canada or the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Chéticamp. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

CORMIER
It is with sadness that we, the family, announce the passing of Gérald Maurice Cormier on May 31st, 2022, at the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. Born in St. Joseph du Moine on July 14th, 1959, he was the son of the late Emile Cormier and the late Marie Poirier. A fisherman by trade, Maurice started lobster fishing with his father Emile. Later, he acquired his own boat and continued fishing lobster and crab until his retirement. This was a labour of love for Maurice. Maurice is survived by his four sisters and four brothers, Pauline (Gilles), Memramcook, NB, Marie Jeannine (Claude), St-Louis-de-Kent, NB,  Roger (the late Valerie Nicholson), Johnstown, NS,  Daniel (Brenda), Mont Carmel, PE,  Bernadette (Alfred), D’Ecousse, NS,  Régina, Edmonton, AB,  Réal, St Joseph du Moine, NS and Denis (Charlene), Margaree Valley, NS. Maurice is also survived by his nieces and nephews, whom he loved very much, Geneviève, Jacinthe, Jacques, Maxime, Mélanie, Adam, Tara, Chantelle, Ghislaine, Sylvain, Marie Josée, François, Julien, Rachelle, Jonathan, Amélie, Pascale, Louis, Michael, and Laura. Our family wishes to thank everyone on the medical team of the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre for the excellent care Maurice received on numerous occasions. We are also very grateful for the taxi services provided by L’Acabie. A visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. till time of funeral mass at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday June 18th, 2022, in St. Joseph’s Church, St. Joseph du Moine with Father Pierre Antoine St Cyr officiating. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery. Masks are recommended. Donations in Maurice’s memory may be made to L’Acabie by cheque to La Coopérative de transport de Chéticamp or by e-transfer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be made to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

FRASER
Farron Dean Fraser, age 64, was born in Sydney, NS. He passed away peacefully January 2nd, 2022, in his home in Margaree Harbour. Farron was employed by the Department of Transportation. Farron is survived by his sisters: Freda (Dieter) Thelen, Joan (Ralph) Ross, Deborah (Bill) Stewart, and Sonja (Mark) Vincent. He is also survived by his brothers: Lloyd (Patsy), Garnett (Brenda), and Errol (Adrianne). Farron is preceded in death by his wife, Denise; his sister, Roma Roache; his brother, Calder; and his parents, Frederick and Mary Fraser. Share your stories of remembrance on Saturday, June 25th, 2022. The family will receive condolences the hour prior to the 11:00 a.m. service in the Calvin United Church, Margaree Harbour, NS. Service to be officiated by Reverend, Alicia Cox. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery. Calvin United Church requires wearing a mask as a precaution against COVID-19. Donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice.

MacLEAN
It is with profound sadness that we, the family, of Malcolm A. MacLean, announce his passing on June 2nd, 2022, at the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Malcolm was born on June 26th, 1935, in Ebor, Manitoba. He was the son of the late John Murdock MacLean and Marion (Sproule) MacLean. He married Mary Margaret (MacKinnon) in 1956 and they were married for 48 years; she passed away in 2004. Left to mourn the loss of their kind and devoted father are daughters, Heather MacKinnon, Sydney; Marilyn (Leo) Murphy, Lower Sackville; Anne Marie (Frankie) Goswell, Whycocomagh; Jaye (Cecil) Morrison, Blue’s Mills and sons Ian (Betty), Ainslie Glen; Timmy (Pam), Dartmouth and daughter-in-law Michelle MacLean, Cole Harbour. Grandchildren, Logan and Morgan Morrison, Stacey (Evan) Goswell, Jessica (Terrence) MacDougall, Drew MacLean, Kyle MacLean, and great-grandchild, Elaina MacLean, sisters, Johnena MacLellan, Lake Ainslie; Florence Spears, Moncton, NB; Ruth (Nute) MacPhail, Lake Ainslie; Donna Mae (John) Beaton, Halifax, and Julia MacLean, Port Hawkesbury; sisters-in-law, Jessie MacKinnon, Ainslie Glen; Libby MacLean, Aberdeen; and many nieces and nephews.  Besides his parents and wife, he was predeceased by son, Allan; special friend, Shirley Morrison; brother Daniel; sister, Olive Hawley; and brothers-in-law Lauchie MacKinnon, D.H. MacKinnon, Neil D. MacKinnon, Jack Hawley, Willard MacLellan, Donnie MacLean, Donald Spears; and sisters-in-law, Archena MacKinnon and Murdena MacKinnon. Malcolm was a school bus driver for 38 years; a job he took great pride in. Malcolm enjoyed his card games (especially winning) and loved to visit and have visitors. He was a friend to all who knew him and was there with his heart and hand to help. We all love you and your love will be in our hearts forever.  Visitation will be at Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Whycocomagh, Sunday, June 5th, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and funeral service will be held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Whycocomagh, on Monday, June 6th, at 2:00 p.m. Donations in memory of Malcolm can be made to St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church or Stewartdale Cemetery Fund. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at www.haverstocks.com. The family would like to thank the nurses and doctors at the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital for the special care that Dad received.

MacLELLAN
Archie Dan MacLellan, Campbellton Road: It is with sadness we announce the death of Archie Dan MacLellan, Tuesday, June 7th, 2022, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. He was born May 15th, 1931, at Keppoch (Inverness County), a son to the late Dan H. and Katie Jess (Gillis) MacLellan. He is survived by his brother John MacLellan. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his brother, Simon (Pauline) and his sister, Margaret (Alex) MacDonald and his sister-in-law, Edith. Archie Dan was well known in Inverness for fixing televisions; but many probably don't know how that all began. He began to study to be an electrician at an early age, this was difficult, at that time there was no electricity on Campbellton Road. After the first couple of years, things became a little easier and more successful. He was involved in many projects including building an “oscilloscope.” In 1933, Archie Dan and John Walker were invited to Sydney to see the construction of the first TV transmitter in Cape Breton and after that day he knew he would be involved with television. When CJCB TV started in 1954, they placed transmitters throughout Inverness and Richmond counties. In 1959, they set up a transmitter on Cape Mabou and Archie Dan maintained that service until he retired. Not long after his retirement, the transmitter became a thing of the past as it was difficult to keep the service up. There will be visitation from 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. followed by the funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. in St. Margaret's Church, Broad Cove, on Saturday, June 11th, 2022. Burial to follow in Stella Maris Cemetery, Inverness. Memorial donations in memory of the late Archie Dan MacLellan may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care or a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Funeral Co-operative. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

SMITH
Gordon Smith, 69, of Inverness, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 11th, 2022, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital with his loving family by his side. Born in Deepdale, Inverness County, on June 12th, 1952, Gordon was a son of the late John Angus Smith, Inverness, and Catherine Ann (MacEachern) Smith, Judique. Gordon, in his younger years, loved fishing with his father and working around older cars. In his later years, he enjoyed unloading crab boats with his son John at the Inverness Wharf. Gordon and John's last project was working on an antique car, a 1966 Caprice. His favourite pastime in the last couple of months was spending time with John at his old homestead in Deepdale. Gordon loved working around his property, especially working around the gardens with his wife, Cindy. Gordon was a beloved husband and father. His pride and joys were his two grandchildren, Kayleigh and Christopher. Gordon was very dedicated and a hard worker. He enjoyed wood splitting his whole life. He had great admiration for his boss Graham Garland (Asplundh Tree Services) for the last 20 years. He also enjoyed playing a practical joke whenever he could. Gordon had a great sense of humour. He had a special attachment to his little dog Tucker, who he lost a couple of years ago. Gordon is survived by his wife of 37 years, Cindy; his only son, John (Heidi MacIsaac), Inverness; siblings, Donnie, Kingston, ON; Colonel (Gloria), Inverness; Rachael (Bob), Liverpool; Bernie and Joe, Inverness. Gordon has many nieces and nephews whom he adored. Besides his parents, Gordon was predeceased by his older sister, Pauline Krohl. The family would like to give special thanks to the Central Inverness Palliative Care team, (Dr. Ritter and Dr. McCormick, Sydney), Lori Ann Gillis and Lyndsay Drozdowski, palliative care nurses. We would also like to thank the Cancer Care Unit staff in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital for the special care they provided. Many thanks to all family, friends, and neighbours for the phone calls, drop ins, cards, and donations. A graveside service for family and friends will take place on Friday, June 17th, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. in St. Margaret of Scotland Cemetery, Broad Cove, with Father Dan MacDonald officiating. There will be refreshments after the service at the home of Cindy and Gordon. Donations may be made to Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital or to The Nova Scotia Cancer Foundation. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

AUCOIN
Joseph Roger AuCoin, age 67, Petit Etang, passed away on Thursday, May 26th, 2022, in the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp, after a year long battle with cancer. He was a son of the late Wilfred and the late Marie Emma (Poirier) AuCoin. Roger came home from out west in 1979, and worked at different jobs, but mostly carpentry. His last job was with Camille Chiasson Construction, where he worked for the last 20-plus years. He was diagnosed with cancer shortly after retiring. Roger rarely complained. He had many friends. He liked his alone time and was not one to gossip or cause trouble. He was an avid Montreal fan, and loved to watch all kinds of sports. Roger is survived by his brothers, Chester AuCoin (Ethel), and Russell AuCoin; sister, Marie Thérèse AuCoin (Réné); nephew, Wayne AuCoin; nieces, Denise LeBlanc (God-daughter) (Phil), Ginette AuCoin (Marcel), Joanne Foran (Kirk), and Angela AuCoin-Fust (Attila); great-nephews, Noah, Rowan, Eli, Justin, Nicolas, Jacob, and Julien; great-nieces, Emily, Lauryn, Alexa, Sophie, Caroline, Isabelle, Andrée, and Louise. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Marie Anne AuCoin. Visitation was held on Saturday, June 4th, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., followed by funeral service at 2:30 p.m. at the Cheticamp Funeral Home. Burial in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Cheticamp. A lunch will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Cheticamp. Donations may be made to Cape Breton Cancer Patient Fund or Palliative Care Services of Sacred Heart Community Health Centre. Condolences may be made to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

HINKLEY
Walter Alexander Hinkley, May 10th, 1925 – June 1st, 2022: We regret to announce the passing of our beloved father, Walter Hinkley on June 1st, 2022, in Dartmouth General Hospital at the age of 97 years young. Walter was born on May 10th, 1925, to the late Joseph and Sadie (Burton) Hinkley of Pleasant Bay. He is survived by his children, Geraldine, Port Hawkesbury; Sadie (Peter), Dartmouth; Joseph (Margaret), Middle River; and Juanita, Inverness; his 24 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren, and 18 great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Walter was predeceased by his wife, Marion; daughters, Shirley Phillips and Doreen Gale; four grandchildren, Joyce, Walter, Daryl Scott and Karen Lynn; brother, Myles; sister Mable; and his partner of 22 years, Kaye Timmons. In the late 1930s at the young age of 13, he worked his first job as a water boy for construction workers building roads over the mountains of the Cabot Trail. He then worked with his father fishing lobster for $3 per 100lbs. In 1942, Walter moved to the Margarees, where he met and married the love of his life, Marion (Phillips). Together they raised six children. He continued to work in the forestry industry and saw mills for many years. Walter was a proud member of the Margaree AA Serenity 12 Step Group for over 50 years. In 2020, he obtained 40 years of continued sobriety, always living one day at a time. Walter remained living in Margaree until the age of 91 before moving to Dartmouth in 2016 with his daughter Sadie and Peter, who provided him with the best loving care and happiness in his final years.  During this time, he continued to enjoy playing cards, doing puzzles and mostly, his trips home to Pleasant Bay, where his heart always remained. We will forever miss his wonderful stories, his challenging riddles, his funny jokes, and especially his humorous little tunes that he loved to sing. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Inverness Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 9th from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in Wilson United Church Hall, Margaree Center. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, June 10th, at 2:00 p.m. in Wilson United Church, Margaree Center, with Reverend Alisha Cox celebrating. Burial to follow in the congregational cemetery. Donations can be made to the Wilson United Church Hall or to a charity of your choice. Masks are mandatory at the viewing and church service. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

LARADE
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Joseph Alphonse Larade, age 69, of Cheticamp, on Friday, May 20th, 2022, in the Saint John Regional Hospital with his loving family by his side. Alphonse served 26 years in the Canadian Armed Forces and was extremely proud of his career. Although he originally joined the Royal 22nd Regiment (Vandoos), his passion was clearly serving with the Canadian Airborne Regiment where he served most of his career and where he logged over 300 jumps. Throughout his successful career, he deployed on countless missions spanning all world continents and was stationed and served in locations in all parts of Canada. While in the military, his second passion was playing hockey although he spent an inordinate amount of ice time in the penalty box. While not deployed or on exercises, he enjoyed coaching minor hockey and ball. While home during the winter months, he could be seen building a back yard rink for the neighbourhood kids to skate, play hockey, or just hang out. Upon his retirement, he focussed on living life to the fullest. Enjoying his winters in Florida with his wife of 48 years, they also engaged in their retirement passion and focus, cruising. Florida also permitted them the opportunity to enjoy their winter friends and golf. His summers in Cheticamp were spent with friends, mainly on the golf course. He particularly loved the comradery that was part of the Golf Club’s Men’s Night. Alphonse always saw the best in people and believed that everyone needed a chance to do better. His kindness and compassion touched everyone and he will be fondly remembered by all who ever met him. His love of family was evident in all that he did and, their well-being was clearly his priority. In addition to loving his wife Adele of 48 years, he was also extremely proud of his children, Tim (Shawna) and Melanie, as well as his five beautiful grandchildren, Lulu, Hannah, Khloe, Isabella and Leila, whom he loved to the moon and back. It was clear that he loved his life and focussed his attention and energy on ensuring that his high school sweetheart, Adele was always happy. He is survived by his wife Adele; his children Tim and Melanie; his siblings Therese, Yvonne, Isabelle, Marie-Helene, and Georgette, Gordon, Claude, and Gerard. He was predeceased by his mother, Beatrice (Poirier) and his father (Leo T. Larade); and his siblings, Marie-Cecile, Eveline, Robert, and Joseph. Alphonse was a loving and dedicated husband, father, and soldier. He was a good man who will be missed by many in Cheticamp and throughout the Airborne Regiment and the military. Visitation will be at the Cheticamp Funeral Home from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 7th with funeral mass at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 8th, in St. Peter’s Church, Cheticamp, followed by a reception at the Cheticamp Legion. Memorial donations can be made to Papa Noel at the Cheticamp Acadian Credit Union or via e-transfer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

MacDONALD
Mary Anne MacDonald, age 90, of Shore Road, Judique, passed away peacefully on May 29th, 2022, at the Inverary Manor, Inverness. Born in Pig Cove, Judique, on May 27th, 1932, Mary Anne was the eldest daughter of William Dowse and Catherine Bell MacEachern. She was predeceased by her husband, Joe L. MacDonald; son, Kevin MacDonald; siblings, John Donald, Annie Mae, James, Robert, Alexander, George, and Mary Agnes. Mary Anne is survived by her sons, Alexander (Leanne), Robert (Liz), and her loving daughter, Marie. She is also survived by her siblings, Angus Willie and Catherine; her grandchildren, Kyle, Nolan, Adam, Nicholas, James, and Mary Anne, and her great-grandchildren. Mary Anne spent her life in Judique. She enjoyed talking to her close circle of friends, and took pleasure in a good cup of tea and a nice visit. She loved children, and never missed an opportunity to shop for a newborn in the community. Mary Anne was a hard working, independent woman who was a jack of all trades, and was never afraid to tell you how she felt. She was strong, fierce, and determined until the end. Her quick wit and ability to always have an answer for everything will never be forgotten. Funeral arrangements under the care of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Visitation took place on Sunday, June 5th, 2022, from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Judique Fire Hall. Funeral mass took place at St. Andrew’s Parish Church, Judique, at 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 6th, 2022. Memorial denotations may be made to the St. Andrew’s Cemetery Fund or a charity of your choice. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

SMITH
Neilena Florence Smith, 74, of Upper River Denys, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 21st, 2022, in St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish, surrounded by her loving family and is now at home with her Lord and Saviour. Neilena was born on November 20th, 1947, in Inverness, to the late Thomas R. and Katherine (Gillis) MacPhail. She married her soul mate, David, on August 9th, 1969.  Together they raised cherished son, Jamie (Colleen) and daughter and best friend, Carol. Neilena’s pride and joy were her grandchildren Bryanna and Joshua Smith. Neilena is also survived by sisters and best friends, Becky (Brent) Austen and Marion (Bobby) Campbell, brothers-in-law, Raymond Chandler and Ernie Smith; sisters-in-law, Elizabeth MacPhail, Anna Smith, and Grace Smith; nephews, Scott (Darlene) Austen, Matthew (Siobhan), Bradley (Kassie), Michael (Chantalle) and Brent (Chelsea) Campbell and Wayne (Wanda) Chandler and nieces, Stephanie (Mark) MacEachern and Patricia (Chris) MacDonnell along with grandniece, Savanna MacEachern and grandnephews, Sean Austen, Neil MacEachern, Cael Austen, Isaac, Owen, Lachlan and Cohen Campbell, Ethan and Evan Chandler and Kyle and Kirk MacDonnell, great-grandnephew, Khalid MacDonnell as well as many  cousins and friends. Along with being predeceased by her parents, gone before her were brothers, Darrell and Robert and sister, Anne Chandler, sister, Margaret Anne in infancy; nephew, Roger Chandler and grandnephew, Noah MacEachern. Neilena worked at Georgia Pacific for 42 years in the office and made many lasting friends through the years. She was a very active member of Sovereign Grace Presbyterian Church in Blues Mills and had a particular heart for community outreach. She was a vital member of the Blues Mills and Area Volunteer Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary for many years and had lots of fun times catering to their many events. Neilena was the most generous, kindest, and compassionate person, always putting the wants and needs of others ahead of her own. She loved her family dearly and deeply and was happiest when surrounded by them and their love. Our family will never be the same having lost our core. The family would like to thank Dr. MacEachen, Dr. Pereira, Dr. Cooper, and the ICU nurses at St. Martha’s for their compassionate care. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Dennis Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Whycocomagh.  Visitation was held on Friday, June 3rd, from 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in Dennis Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Whycocomagh. Funeral service was held in the Blues Mills Gospel Hall at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 4th, officiated by Pastor Wayne MacLeod. Burial took place in Upper River Denys Cemetery. Donations in memory of Neilena can be made to Sovereign Grace Presbyterian Church Community Outreach c/o Mary Anne MacDonald or to the Blues Mills and Area Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at www.haverstocks.com.

SCHUURMANS
It is with profound sadness that we announce that our beloved mother, sister, aunt, and wife passed away at the age of 79 years. Anne and her twin Marie were born in West Mabou, Nova Scotia, to parents Finley and Mary Anne (MacDonell) Beaton. Anne was predeceased by her parents; brothers Angus, John, and Mack; sister Jenny; brother-in-law Stanley; and sisters-in-law Josepha and Doreen. Anne is lovingly remembered by Rudy, her husband of 46 years; children, Anke (Robert) Banks of Calgary and Angus (Jennifer Babuik) Schuurmans of Edmonton; grandchildren Oliver and Joshua Banks; brother Roddie Beaton of Halifax; twin Marie (Owen) Cameron of West Mabou and many loving nieces and nephews. Growing up, Anne and her twin were inseparable, going to the beach and local square dances. In her 20s, Anne left Cape Breton to complete her nursing training in Halifax and shortly thereafter met Rudy. They married and moved to Hay Lakes, AB, where they had their children. They returned to Nova Scotia for seven years before moving back to Edmonton where they spent the rest of their lives. Anne was a warm, kind, caring woman with a love of East Coast music and a good game of cards. She was never too busy for a chat and touched all who met her with her friendly, thoughtful spirit. She loved being a nurse, especially her work in long-term care. Although her memory ultimately failed her, Anne's gentle manner remained. The family would like to sincerely thank AgeCare South Terrace for their care of Anne over the past three years. A funeral service was held on Tuesday, May 31st, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Thomas More Parish, Edmonton. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta.

CHIASSON
Raymond Henry Chiasson, age 88, Cheticamp, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 18th, 2022, at the Foyer Père Fiset Guest Home, Cheticamp. Born in New Waterford, Raymond was the son of the late Ben Luc and the late Sadie Jane (Poirier) Chiasson. He married Marie Helen (AuCoin), and they moved to Debert, where he was stationed, and then to Gagetown before moving to Toronto, ON. He retired from Loblaws, and they moved back to Cheticamp. Raymond was a loving Dad, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was a Korean vet, and a member of the Legion, Branch 32, Cheticamp. He loved to play the guitar and singing with his brothers. He also loved to travel. Raymond is survived by his sons, Ronnie (Barb), and Raymond Jr., both from Ontario, and Kevin, Calgary, Alberta; daughters, Wilfredine (Reg) Bennett, Bernadine (Mark) Chiasson, and Gail (Francis) Aubee, all of Ontario, and Joyce Chiasson, Cheticamp; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; and someone special to the family, Sophie, who was like a daughter to him; brothers, Peter Paul (Claudette), New Brunswick, and Melvin (Paula), Ontario; sisters-in-law, Evelyn, Calgary, Alberta, and Dorothy, Sydney. Besides his wife Marie Helen (AuCoin) Chiasson, Raymond was predeceased by his brothers, Daniel and Angus. Cremation has taken place. A funeral service will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to Foyer Père Fiset Guest Home, Cheticamp. Arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

LeBLANC
Joseph Roger LeBlanc, age 75, Cheticamp, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 13th, 2022, in the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. Roger was a son of the late Louis Edmond and the late Marie Therese (LeFort) LeBlanc. Roger was a retired fisherman. He loved golfing, trout fishing, spending time with his family and going for ice cream treats. He especially enjoyed spoiling his special companion, Sandy. Roger is survived by his wife, Mary (Muise) LeBlanc; sons, Tony LeBlanc (Cynthia), and Robert LeBlanc (Sylvia); daughter, Kelly LeBlanc (Mike); sisters, Marguerite Deveau (Daniel), Thelma Boudreau, and Doris Poirier (Albert); grandchildren, Shaina Dawn LeBlanc (Scott), Nicholas LeBlanc, and Brandon LeBlanc; brother-in-law, John Muise (Sharon); sister-in-law, Margaret LeBlanc. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Joseph Edgar LeBlanc; father- and mother-in-law, Sandy (Alexander) Muise and Winnifred (Winnie) Burke; brothers-in-law, Eddie Deveau, Willie John Boudreau, Donald Muise, James Muise, Paul Albert Muise, and Charlie Muise. There will be no funeral services. Donations in Roger’s memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society, or Cape Breton Cancer Patient Fund. Arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be made to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

MacDONALD
Mary Florence “Pearline” (Beaton) MacDonald – Little Judique: It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of our beloved mother and grandmother, Mary Florence (Pearline) MacDonald, age 74, on Sunday, May 22nd, 2022, in the comfort of her home in Little Judique. The daughter of the late Catherine (Kate) Beaton, Pearline was born May 9th, 1948, in Halifax and raised in Port Credit, Ontario. In the early 1980s Pearline’s uncle Joe Beaton invited her to come to Beaton territory in Little Judique, Cape Breton. Pearline moved home and built a house in Little Judique. She hired Duncan (John Archie Jim Sandy) MacDonald to paint her cupboards and they soon fell in love, got married, and had a family of three boys. Pearline was a proud mother and grandmother. She looked forward to Sunday dinners with her sons and grandchildren and get-togethers with her dear friends. She enjoyed handcrafts and took pride in making beautiful quilts for family, friends, and neighbours. She enjoyed a good game of cards or bingo with friends, “The Golden Girls.” She studied at George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario, and worked at the Inverness Manor as a registered nurse for many years until her retirement. Pearline leaves behind her three sons, Robert (Emily), Ainslie Glen, Michael (Gwen), Lower Sackville, and Gavin, Little Judique; grandchildren, Archie Duncan and Rosie (Ainslie Glen) and Jack (Lower Sackville); brothers-in-law, Archie, Donald, and Dougall (Pat); and sister-in-law Catherine (Caddy) MacDonald (Bruce). She was predeceased by her husband Duncan and granddaughter Natalie Pearl. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday, May 26th, at 11:00 a.m. in St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Port Hood, with Father Bernie MacDonald officiating. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery. Donations in memory of the late Pearline MacDonald may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

MacISAAC
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Wilfred Charles MacIsaac, 66, of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, on May 15th, 2022. Wilfred was born on August 18th, 1955, to Dr. Wilfred and Theresa MacIsaac of Margaree Forks, Cape Breton. After graduating with a Bachelor of Political Science from St. Francis Xavier University in 1978, he went on to become a drilling fluids engineer, working on oil rigs while travelling the world to provide for his beloved family, his endless source of pride and inspiration. Wilfred married Debbie, the love of his life, on May 21st, 1983. Ben and Cameron soon followed and it became evident to all who knew him that Wilf had truly found his life’s purpose as his every thought and action thereafter clearly revolved around loving, nurturing, and sustaining this family. Wilf loved to play crib, especially against his father-in-law, Bill. He was an avid golfer, equally at ease at St. Andrew’s, Pebble Beach, or on his home course in Antigonish, where he landed his fist hole in one last summer. He was also a passionate Chicago Black Hawks fan, always prepared and ready to engage in lighthearted banter with anybody who felt lucky enough to exchange humorous blows, especially if you were a Leafs fan. Long before Google searches, Wilfred was an endless source of wisdom and knowledge about virtually any subject area that involved history, politics, religion, world geography, sports, travel, or even the NY Times crossword puzzle. He sponsored and helped engineer countless family excursions by virtue of his generosity and healthy Air Miles program. He was a truth teller, prepared to challenge the status quo, but always engaging in a patient, kind, and respectful manner. Beyond his endless love for family, Wilf will be remembered by all who knew him for his quick wit and sense of humour, his willingness to listen to everyone’s story, and his ability to make friends. Indeed, Wilf made everyone feel as though they were his best friend. He was the central, stabilizing force in any family gathering and was always ready, with dish towel over shoulder, to help prepare a meal, or to be the first to clean up afterward. Wilf was predeceased by his father, Dr. Wilfred MacIsaac, his mother, Theresa, mother-in-law, Wilma, and his brother-in-law, Joe Rankin. He is survived by his wife, Debbie (Cameron), his sons, Ben (Geneva) and Cameron (Joanna), his grandsons, Lauchlin and Sonny, and granddaughter, Parker, with a grandson on the way in August. He also leaves behind his brothers Bill (Irene), Paul (Eloise), Ronald (Jane) his sister, Anne (Joe-deceased), father-in-law, Bill (Wilma-deceased), Thea, the billet/niece who never left, as well as many nieces, nephews, his four godchildren, and extended family members and close friends who will miss him dearly. The family would like to thank Drs. Emma Chiasson and Ron McCormick, the V.O.N., as well as the nursing staff and other doctors at the Antigonish Regional Hospital in the Oncology and Palliative Care Units for their ongoing care, selflessness, and compassion during this past year. Wilfred was very grateful to have emerged with his dignity in tact, largely due to their tireless efforts. There will be no visitation. Funeral services took place at St. Ninian Cathedral, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 21st. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Martha’s Foundation, Oncology or Palliative Units, or the V.O.N. Online condolences: www.clcurry.com.

MacDONALD
It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Donald “Donnie” MacDonald of Port Hood, aged 85, on Monday, May 9th, 2022. Donnie passed away peacefully in Inverness Memorial Consolidated Hospital with his loving wife and daughter by his side. Born on February 22nd, 1937, Donnie was a son of the late Isabel (MacIsaac) and Angus Willie MacDonald. Donnie attended St. F.X. University in 1953 at the young age of 16, after finishing grade 11 at Port Hood Academy. He spent some time working in Niagara Falls as well as working at his father’s store, which he eventually managed, before becoming a millwright at Stora Forest Industries in Port Hawkesbury. After more than two decades of shift work, he wanted to try a new challenge and took on the role of vibrations analyst, where he remained until his retirement after approximately 35 years with the company. A deeply devoted Catholic, Donnie took great comfort in prayer, particularly the Rosary, which he prayed daily almost to the very end, even as dementia ravaged his brain and took away his ability to remember most everything else. His commitment to both the church and his beloved community of Port Hood led him to take on a very active role with the Knights of Columbus. He served as grand knight on more than one occasion, most notably as charter grand knight of St. Peter’s Council 8275. Donnie was instrumental in establishing this council in Port Hood. The official charter for St. Peter’s was bestowed in 2003, and Donnie was later named grand night of the year for Nova Scotia at the State Convention in recognition of his accomplishments. Family meant the world to Donnie. He loved to share recollections of his family growing up and had a strong bond with his parents and siblings. His wife and two children were the centre of his world and a source of great pride. He loved a good game of auction, with many games played with friends and family lasting into the wee hours. Much to the chagrin of some of his family who played a different style after moving away from home, Donnie would only play auction the “Cape Breton way!” Puzzles were a favourite pastime for Donnie, who could be found every morning sitting in his recliner with his glasses on and pen in hand, solving the daily crossword and Sudoku. Whenever his daughter Melanie was home, he would save that day’s crossword so they could solve it together. Donnie enjoyed watching many sports, but hockey was definitely his greatest love. He had a few favourite teams over the years, but the common denominator was always his staunch desire to root against the Montreal Canadiens, which happened to be his son Glen’s favourite team. This led to some entertaining banter during Habs games over the years. We’d hazard a guess Donnie is ribbing Glen pretty hard wherever they are right now after seeing this season’s final ranking. Donnie leaves behind his treasured and devoted wife of 50 years, Annie Mae MacDonald, and his cherished daughter, Melanie MacDonald, both of Port Hood. They will miss him terribly. He is also survived by his sisters, M.C. (late Russell) Pellerin of Antigonish; Gerry (late Harold) Avery of Dartmouth; brother, John Dalton (Linda) MacDonald of Lawrencetown; many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews; as well as dear friends, cousins, and neighbours. Donnie was predeceased by his son and best friend, Glen MacDonald; brother, Sandy (Rose) MacDonald of Niagara Falls; and sister Virgie (late Don) Avery of Halifax. Donnie’s family would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Dr. Susie Egar for always providing exceptional care to Donnie, as well as the much-appreciated compassion and support provided to Annie Mae and Melanie. We are also grateful for the care and dedication of the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital nurses and staff, particularly in Donnie’s final days. A special thank you goes out to our Fraser Street neighbours who have been so supportive during this difficult time. Visitation was held in Port Hood and Area Resting Place on Friday, May 13th, with the funeral mass held on Saturday, May 14th, in St. Peter’s Church, Port Hood (and livestreamed on the Saint Peter’s Parish Facebook and Youtube accounts) with Fr. Joby Augustin officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Donnie’s memory to Diabetes Canada, St. Peter’s Parish Cemetery Fund (Port Hood), or to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

MacKinnon
It is with heavy hearts we announce the peaceful passing of Sterling MacKinnon on May 8th, 2022, at his former workplace, Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Born 17 September 1937, Sterling was the last of 13 children of the late Donald Archie & Margaret MacKinnon (nee MacQuarrie). Sterling worked for over 2 decades in the maintenance department at Inverness Consolidated memorial Hospital. We take comfort he spent his last weeks surrounded by colleagues & friends in a familiar setting. Sterling is survived by his daughters, Alice & Joanne, many nieces, nephews, grandnieces & grandnephews, and "the apple of his eye" Ms. Susan Gillis. Sterling found "the love of his life" (his words) in his twilight years and for that, we are comforted & in awe of their love. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. We would like to thank all the staff at Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital, most notably the east wing staff and the palliative care & oncology departments. Special thank you to Kevin Deagle & Tonya Feetham-Beaton for their guidance, Bruce MacArthur for assisting in all aspects of estate planning & so much more. Our friends whom reached out and stood by us throughout this time & above all to Susan for bringing joy & care to our Dad. You will always be family to us. Donations may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society or to The Inverness Raceway where Sterling spent many a Sunday afternoon. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com. "No one said life is to be easy, only it is to be lived." Alistair MacLeod

MacINNIS
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Annie Mae (MacRury) MacInnis, 77, on Thursday, January 6th, in Halifax Infirmary surrounded by her loving family. Cremation has taken place. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 21st, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. in Stewart United Church, Whycocomagh, with Rev. Rachel Campbell officiating.  Burial to follow in Stewartdale Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Annie Mae to the Stewart United church or the Stewartdale Cemetery.

MURPHY   
A funeral mass for the late Hugh Murphy, Margaree Valley, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 21st, 2022, in St. Patrick's Church, N. E. Margaree. A visitation will be held on Friday, May 20th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in St. Patrick's Parish Hall.

BEATON
Alexander Hugh “Al” – Little Judique: It is with deep sadness we announce the death of Al (Alexander Hugh) Beaton, which occurred in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, December 15th, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. Al was born in Little Judique on December 24th, 1939, to Hugh and Sarah Anne (MacDougall) and following secondary education, he and his brother John joined his father in the very successful and respected business of Hugh Beaton and Sons located at Little Judique. He is survived by his beloved wife, Maneight, his life partner and supporter with whom they shared so much love and devotion. Surviving also are his daughter, Lois (Danny) Beaton McNamara, Halifax; grandson, Hugh Alexander Beaton McNamara (Lauren Vassallo) Toronto; sister, Marie MacMaster; nieces, Carolyn MacDonald, Elaine (MacDonald) Collins, Sheila MacDonald, Mary Elizabeth (MacMaster) MacInnis; nephews, Melvin MacDonald, and Allan MacMaster. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, John Beaton; sister, Pauline and her husband Angus B. (Buddy) MacDonald; and her son, Mark MacDonald; brother-in-law, Buddy MacMaster. He was a very proud grandfather to his grandson, Hugh Alexander. He always was happy to share a story about his grandson’s hard work, accomplishments, and experiences in Toronto. He worked hard all his life, alongside his brother John in the family business for 54 years. He was always willing to help everyone. He didn’t just fix your vehicle, he cared about you and always made sure everything was perfect before you went back on the road. Always smiling, soft spoken, and caring, Al will be remembered for his kindness and generosity toward others. Al always enjoyed the horse races with his dear friends, John Donald (MacDonald), Kenny (Gillis), Duncan Francis (MacDonald), Lester Treholm, and the Campbell boys. In recent years he enjoyed sitting with Maneight and listening to Cape Breton tunes and the Black Watch Pipe Band. He was very dedicated and proud of his Scottish heritage and enjoyed a cup of tea with his caring neighbours in Little Judique. We are forever grateful to Dad’s many friends and family who supported him, with a special thank you to Rose Marie and Grant Walsh, Belle and Stu DeCoste, Caddy MacDonald, Murial and Jerry Gillis, Kate Beaton, Billy and Carol MacDonald, Mary Anne MacDonald, Donald Mac Donald, Dougal MacDonald, Sid Mac Eachern, and Angus Willie Smith. The family wish to thank the staff at Inverary Manor, Freeman's Pharmacy, and Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held in Port Hood and Area Resting Place on Thursday, May 19th, from 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. with funeral mass to be held on Friday, May 20th  at 11:00 a.m. with Father Bernie MacDonald officiating. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery. As per the families wishes, masks will be mandatory. Donations in memory can be made to Inverary Manor, Inverness. Online condolences at: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

LeFORT
Simon Pierre LeFort, Margaree: It saddens us to announce the passing of Simon Pierre LeFort on May 2nd, 2022, in the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp, at the age of 86. He was born in Cheticamp on April 10th, 1936. Simon Pierre was involved in many community organizations. Two that were dear to him were the Co-operative Movement and the Knights of Columbus. Simon Pierre was a son of the late Geoffrey and the late Flavie (AuCoin) LeFort. Simon Pierre is survived by his children, Alphonse (Rosie), Annette, Francine (Gaëtan), Angèle, and Andréa (Dale); grandchildren, Natalie (Alain), André (Melanie), Jocelyne, Tabitha (Nile), and Arthur (Megan); great-grandchildren, Zavier, Audrey, Julien, Sébastien, Hunter, and Lachlan; brothers, Ludger (Pauline), and Armand (Margarita); sister-in-law, Marie-Julie; step-brother, Clarence AuCoin; and step-sisters, Anita Dixon, Pauline LeFort, and Eva Burke. He will be missed by many nieces and nephews. Besides his wife, Lucie Mae (LeBlanc) LeFort, he was predeceased by a son, André Pierre; brothers, Méderic, Louis-Joseph, Albert, and Alphonse; step-sister, Margaret; and sister-in-law, Germaine. Visitation was held on Friday, May 6th, 2022, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 7th, 2022, from 9:30 p.m. – 10:30 a.m. in St. Michael’s Parish Hall, Margaree. Funeral mass followed at 11:00 a.m. in St. Michael’s Church, Margaree with Father Silvichan Dominic officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. Masks were requested by family. Family flowers only please. Donations in Simon Pierre’s memory may be made to St. Michael’s Parish Hall Fund, Margaree. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

MacLEOD
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of our mother, Mary Catherine “Kaye” MacLeod of S.W. Margaree. Kaye passed away at her home on Mother's Day, May 8th, 2022, where she was surrounded by her family. Born in Sydney on June 29th, 1935, Kaye was the daughter of John Neil and Mary Belle (MacDonald) MacNeil of S.W. Margaree. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Donald Patrick MacLeod; their sons Patrick and Richard in infancy; grandson, Myles Donald Hinkley; sister, Florence MacEachern; and brothers Johnny MacNeil, Alex, Gussie, and Frank Doucette. Kaye is survived by her children: Marie, S.W. Margaree; Neil (Libby), Grande Cache, AB; Leonard (Terri), S.W. Margaree; Donnie, S.W. Margaree; Johnena, Inverness; Mary (Ernie), S.W. Margaree; Bobby (Brenda), S.W. Margaree; Hughie (Colleen), Louisdale; Joan (Milton), S.W. Margaree; Billy (Pam), Margaree Forks; sisters-in-law Katie Maggie MacLeod and Shirley Coady. Kaye is also survived by her cherished grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Kaye was a life-long member of St. Joseph’s Parish, S.W. Margaree, where she dedicated her time serving as sacristan for many years. She was a member of the choir and the CWL, as well as the S.W. Margaree Senior’s Club. Kaye enjoyed planting flowers, a good game of cards, word puzzles, collecting spoons, knitting, and baking. She was generous and kind. Many neighbours and friends were treated to her pies and biscuits, including all the past and present parish priests who were also kept warm with her handmade mittens, socks, caps, and sweaters. Along with a generous nature, Kaye was blessed with a grateful spirit, always appreciative of any act of kindness shown to her. She was happiest when her children and grandchildren were gathered in her kitchen to share a home-cooked meal together. Kaye was a woman of great faith. She was devoted to the holy rosary and attending mass. She made 25 pilgrimages by bus and three by car to the St. Anne de Beaupre Shrine in Quebec, offering prayers for her family, friends, and neighbours. Visitation will be held at the family home, 31 MacLeod’s Lane, S.W. Margaree on Wednesday, May 11th, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Parish, S.W. Margaree, on Thursday, May 12th at 11:00 a.m.  At the request of the family, masks are required at the visitation and the funeral. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery. Donations may be made to the St Joseph’s Parish Cemetery Fund or a charity of your choice. Arrangements are entrusted to the Sunset Funeral Cooperative, Margaree Valley. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com. “Good Saint Anne, Pray for Us.”

McEVOY
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Eileen McEvoy, our mother, grandmother, and friend. Heaven has gained another angel and we’re sure Nanny has been reunited with her loved ones that were there waiting for her. Eileen was an avid walker when she had her health and her best friend Scampy by her side. She also loved gardening and feeding the birds as she loved the outdoors. Eileen is survived by her daughter, Mary Capstick and daughter-in-law, Gail McEvoy; grandchildren, Hazel (Patrick) Camus, Roy (Sharon) McEvoy, Quentin McEvoy, Justin McEvoy; great-grandchildren, Cale, Spence, and Jayme. She is predeceased by Bennett McEvoy and son, John McEvoy. Graveside service was held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 6th, 2022, in Pleasant Bay Cemetery officiated by Pastor Maggie Plant. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Eileen's memory may be made to a charity of one's choice. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

PHILLIPS
Alfred Martin Wendell Phillips, Fort McMurray, February 27th, 1971 – April 29th, 2022: It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Alfred Martin Wendell Phillips, age 51, on April 29th, 2022, in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Wendell was born on February 27th, 1971, to Allister and Marg Phillips. He was raised in the village of Whycocomagh, Cape Breton, and then moved on to live in Baddeck for a short time before moving to Fort McMurray in 2008. Over the years, Wendell made many friends, and was in turn, a kind, generous friend. He always wanted everyone around him to feel joy and helped you to remember not to sweat the small stuff and to remember that everything was the small stuff! All of Wendell’s jobs were physical labour and he earned the respect of the people around him as a hard worker. In the last decade, after a serious health scare with diverticulitis and nine operations to save his life, Wendell still did physical labour. He suffered with this severe disability and did his work with barely a complaint to anyone. To say he was the toughest among us, is an understatement of great proportions. Wendell will be dearly missed by his parents, Allister and Marg Phillips; his brothers, Byron Phillips (Jane Prentice) and Ralph Phillips (Anne Pichora, Evan Pichora, Bennett Milanes Pichora); his niece Hannah Phillips; nephews Tommy Prentice and Keegan Munk-Phillips, nibling and namesake, Carson Wendell Munk-Phillips; his close friend, Donna Chubb, her son and Brady Gale; and his many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He will also be dearly missed by the many friends he has made throughout the years. He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Sadie and Louis Carey and his paternal grandparents Laura and Byron Phillips, his aunts Phyllis Fraser and Catherine Rudderham, and his uncles Thomas Carey, Raymond Carey, John Carey and Donald Carey. A small, private graveside service will be held at a later date. Wendell loved animals, so in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Wendell’s name to any animal shelter of your choice.

AUCOIN
Francois AuCoin, age 83, Cheticamp passed away on Thursday, April 21st, 2022, in the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp, as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident on February 16th, 2022. Francois was the son of the late Dan à William and the late Annie (Poirier) AuCoin. He is survived by a sister, Marie Domithilde Doucet; one niece and four nephews. Besides his parents, Francois was predeceased by brothers, Willie André AuCoin and Joseph W. AuCoin. The family would like to thank the staff at the Halifax Infirmary, and especially the staff of the Sacred Heart Hospital in Cheticamp for their professional care. A graveside service and burial was held on Friday, April 29th, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Cheticamp with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be made to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

MacLEOD
Mary Helen MacLeod, age 83, of Inverness Nova Scotia, passed away on Sunday, April 24th, 2022 in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Mary was born August 9th, 1938, in Inverness. She was a daughter of the late Joseph and Annie Isabel (Desveaux) Poirier. Mary is survived by her son, Michael, and granddaughter, Michaela; and her daughter, Valerie, all from the Corner, Inverness. She was predeceased by her husband of 45 years, Joseph (Joe) MacLeod, and all of her siblings, William, Hubert, Celena and Peter. Mary was a member of Stella Maris Parish, Inverness, and had great faith. She was a fantastic cook and baker and grew a lot of her own vegetables through the years. She was a talented crafter, quilter, and knitter. She could sew with an antique sewing machine or a modern one, and she was an artist with crochet cotton. Mary was a loving, kind, and gentle woman greatly loved by her children, grandchild, and all that knew her. She will be missed dearly. Funeral mass will take place in Stella Maris Church, Inverness, at a later date, followed by burial in the parish cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.InvernessFuneralHome.com for the MacLeod family.

POND
Esther Annabelle (MacPhail) Pond – “The Dee Daw,” aged 99 years, of Port Hood passed away surrounded by her family at Inverary Manor, Inverness. Esther went to her final reward in heaven in the early hours of April 22nd, 2022. Born in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, to the late Sarah (Harris) and Norman Mac Phail, she was the middle child of five. Esther lived in Pictou County for the majority of her life until she moved to live in Port Hood in 1945 with her husband, John T. Pond. She was one of the last surviving members of Dr. John Harris lineage, who was one of the first settlers and the first doctor in Pictou, who arrived from Philadelphia as part of the Philadelphia Company, on the ship Hope Betsy. She was also a descendent of Lady Esther Elizabeth St. Clair of Caithness, Scotland, daughter of the Earl of Caithness. At the age of 19, she joined the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Services (W.R.C.N.S) and trained in Galt, Ontario. Upon completion of her training, she was stationed in Conestoga, Ontario, where she was a Steward Class lll and in Halifax, Nova Scotia, at H.M.C.S. Stadacona where she served at the dockyards as a general clerk, messenger, and sail maker. She was an active member of the Royal Canadian, Branch #132 up until the time of her death. She was the last surviving WW ll Veteran from Branch #132. Esther was also a member of St. Stephen’s United Church Women’s group. She worked as a waitress for nearly 30 years. She was predeceased by her husband, John T. Pond; son, Jackie; and great-grandsons, Joel and Jacob. Esther was also predeceased by her siblings, Harris, Elizabeth (John) Campbell, Hilton (Marion) and Parker (Aggie). Esther is survived by her children, Patricia; George (Bev); Norma (late Terrance) Mac Intyre; Harold (Caddy); Clifford, all of Port Hood and Kent, Brackley, PEI. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Esther is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Throughout her life, Esther was an avid gardener and loved to see the first tiny snowdrops appear in the springtime. She also enjoyed quilting, was a wonderful cook and was a voracious reader, especially historical novels. We would like to express a heartfelt thank-you to all the staff of the Inverary Manor for all their support and love they showed our mom. There will be no visiting hours as per request. Funeral will take place at a later date. Burial will follow in the Union Protestant Cemetery, Port Hood. Funeral is under the direction of the Inverness Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com. Donations may be made to the Angus L. Macdonald Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #132, Inverness or to the Alzheimer’s Association of Nova Scotia.
“Die when I may, I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.”  – Abraham Lincoln

DESVEAUX
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Marie Hélène Desveaux, at the age of 86, on Tuesday, April 19th, 2022 in the Foyer Père Fiset Guest Home, Cheticamp. Marie Hélène was predeceased by her husband, George W. Desveaux and parents, Joseph and Elizabeth (Poirier) Desveaux. She is survived by her children, Nancy (Milton) Larade, Shanna (Charles) Balogh, Paul (Jeanne) Desveaux, Marcel (Debbie) Desveaux, Georgette Haché, and Roger (Betty) Desveaux; grandchildren, Amanda (Mike) Desveaux, Roxane (Daniel) Haché, Dustin (Erin) Larade, Jordan (Megan) Desveaux, Courteney Desveaux, and Clinton Desveaux; great-grandchildren, Maélie and Brielle, Emma and Gwen, Mackenzie and Riley. She is also survived by her sisters, Dorothy (Gordon) Mount, Rita (Phillip) Lohnes, and Julie May (David) Choban. She was predeceased by her sister, Marie Jeanette Smith, and brother, Johnny Desveaux. Marie Hélène, lovingly referred to as “la p’tite Mommy” by her children was well known for her love of family, religious devotion, and ability to see the goodness in others. She will be greatly missed by all those her knew her. The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Michel Chiasson and all attending doctors. A heartfelt thank you to the staff of the Foyer Père Fiset, who provided her with such great care. Due to COVID-19, a private service was held for family only. Burial took place in the Jehovah Witness Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be made to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

DEVEAU
Mark Deveau, age 48, Cheticamp, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 17th, 2022, at his home. He was the son of Linus (predeceased) and Thelma Deveau. A welder by trade, he was the service advisor for Larade's Tire Shop the last 15 years. He was knowledgeable in tire sales and bookkeeping and loved interacting with customers, suppliers, and his co-workers. Mark suffered a spinal cord injury in a motorcycle accident while working in Alberta in 2000 and had been confined to a wheelchair ever since. He rarely complained and wanted to live an independent life as much as possible. Those close to him knew how mentally and physically strong he truly was. Despite his disability, he did not shy away from outdoor activities such as four-wheeling, boating, deer hunting, or trout fishing. Mark had a very solid network of friends and family and was always grateful for their support. Mark is survived by his brother Dave (Jennifer); niece, Lauren; and nephew, Ethan. We would like to thank the staff at the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre in Cheticamp for their care and service for Mark over the years. Visitation was held from 9:30 a.m. until time of funeral mass at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday April 23rd, 2022, in l'Église St. Pierre, Cheticamp with Father Silvichan Dominic officiating. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Parapalegic Association. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

McDONALD
Ian Ramsay McDonald passed away peacefully in Sunnybrook Hospital, in the presence of family and surrounded by love on April 18th, 2022. Son of the late Robert and Minnie McDonald and brother of the late Bruce (Marie) and Alistair (Joan), he was born in 1931 at the Toronto East General Hospital. After 77 wonderful years of marriage, Ian will be greatly missed by his loving wife and best friend Violet (Moores), as well as the clan they created – children Karen Heinonen (Peter), Grant (Jennifer), Colin (Jane), and Scott (Ann); grandchildren, Lindsey (Dave), Duncan, Derek, Kirsten, Shane (Taylor), Addison (Billy), Curtis, Tanner (Kaitlin), and Lauren (Jesse); great-grandchildren, Bronwyn, Quinn, Ayla, and Finley. He will also be missed by his brother-in-law Bill Moores (Jan), his large extended family, as well as his many friends across Canada and around the world. Ian was loved by family and friends alike for his joie de vivre, warmth, wisdom, generosity, and gentle caring nature. Over the course of his lifetime he touched and enhanced the lives of many. Family was always of utmost importance to him, and he treasured time spent together. He took great pride in his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, supporting their endeavours, sharing their experiences, and being there for them at all times.  Growing up in East York, he attended William Burgess Elementary, East York Collegiate, and the University of Toronto. At UofT, he studied forestry and spent his summers timber cruising in northern Ontario. Seventy years later, there wasn’t a tree that he couldn’t identify! He continued his studies at UofT graduating with Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Commerce degrees and was accredited as a Professional Engineer of Ontario in Industrial & Mechanical. During his studies he met the love of his life – Violet. She quickly became smitten with this handsome curly dark haired fellow. They danced nights away at the Balmy Beach Club. Ian knew Vi was “the one” and they wed in 1955. Their love affair continued and grew stronger throughout the years. His career started in engineering and operations in the health care industry at the Kendall Company where he achieved much success, before taking on new challenges in the cosmetics industry at Chesebrough-Pond's (Unilever). After several years of continued achievements and having had numerous offers to relocate, he decided to remain in Toronto and give back by teaching engineering at Ryerson Polytechnic Institute. Very quickly they realized that, not only was Ian a superb teacher, he was an exceptional leader.  For more than 13 years he was chair and vice-chair of the Mechanical, Industrial, Metallurgy and Aerospace Engineering Departments. During his tenure he played a significant role in Ryerson’s evolution into a university and the establishment of engineering programs renowned for their excellence and quality graduates. Even though the demands of the office of Chair for multiple departments were great, he still managed to find time to continue his passion for teaching. Retirement was full and active. Mornings were spent in the gym. His fitness levels were envied by many who were a third of his age. Summers were spent in Cape Breton at the Gaelic College learning his ancestral language and culture. As part of the cultural experience, there were more than a few kitchen cèilidhs (parties) where nights were spent step-dancing, singing, and enjoying the odd adult beverage. Many wonderful friendships were made with kindred spirits from across Canada, the U.S., and around the world. Winters were spent skiing in the beautiful Charlevoix region of Quebec at Le Massif. In fact, Ian was on the hills when things shut down for the pandemic in March 2020. Travel was unique and varied. There were dog-sledding adventures and living on the land in Nunavut. In warmer climates there was a Danube River cruise with stops along the way, including the opera in Prague. Skiing in Switzerland and heli-skiing in B.C. were memorable trips. There was wonderful travel throughout his ancestral lands of Scotland and Ireland, with visits to unique places like the Orkney and Western Islands. The most recent trip included the Yukon Quest 1,000 mile international dog-sled race from Fairbanks, Alaska to Whitehorse in the Yukon with views of the wonderful sights in this part of the world, including the northern lights. This trip fulfilled a lifelong dream of mushing a sled and dog team across ‘Lake Labarge’ while recalling one of his favourite childhood poems “The Cremation of Sam McGee.” From the days of the big bands to the early days of the coffee houses in Yorkville where he listened to young talented artists like Gordon Lightfoot, one of his true passions was enjoying live music. He regularly attended the Mariposa Folk Festival listening to the likes of Joan Baez, as well as attending countless shows over the years from Ontario to Cape Breton. If he had one unfulfilled wish, it might be to see his favourite hockey player Mitch Marner lead the Leafs to the Stanley Cup. Ian was always open-minded and progressive in his thinking. He had the rare ability to be adept and comfortable in the worlds of the arts, sciences, and business. Over the course of his lifetime, in his quiet unassuming way, Ian helped make this world a better place for countless people. We would like to thank the many incredible caregivers at Sunnybrook Hospital Emergency, M2, B5, and C5 and express our appreciation for your patience and flexibility in the context of a two year pandemic. Special thanks to Dr. Damon Scales for his care, support, guidance, and outstanding humanity. Aquamation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will occur at a later date. For those who wish, donations in Ian's memory may be made to the charity of your choice. “Take care of yourself buddy…”

POIRIER
Joseph “Marcel” Poirier, age 68 years old: It is with great sadness that that we announce the passing of Marcel Poirier at the Halifax Infirmary early on Easter Saturday morning, April 16th, 2022. Following complications with diabetes, Marcel passed in his sleep. Marcel was known as a cheerful, dedicated, hard-working man who adored his family and his beloved Cape Breton. He was a devoted husband, present father, and a doting grandfather to Harper and Marley. He was a career military man, serving his country for 25 years. His time in the military allowed him to travel extensively throughout Canada and the world; he relished his two tours as a peacekeeper, and his two tours in Germany, where both his sons were born.  He loved his time in the service and often spoke fondly of his experiences and the life-long friendships he forged. Marcel was a lover of fiddle music and was a skilled guitar player and singer; he loved playing for anyone and everyone! He especially enjoyed the “jamming group” he joined later in his life, where he met Ann, someone who shared his passion for music and who also made him very happy for several years.  For many years after his retirement from the military, he proudly served with the Corps of Commissioners, Nova Scotia, finishing there only when his health began to decline. Marcel is predeceased by his parents Cecile Anne (Doucet) and Hubert Poirier, both of Grand Etang. He is also predeceased by his brother Albert, sisters Lorraine and Germaine, all of Cheticamp. He is survived by his first wife, Lisa Poirier; two sons, Andre (Grace) Poirier, Ian Poirier; and two granddaughters, Harper and Marley; as well as nieces, Lise (Bruno), Michelle (Jules), Lisa (Robbie); and nephews, Maurice (Georgina) and Roger (Dana); as well as countless other family members and friends. Cremation has taken place with a celebration of life to happen at a later date as well as the spreading of his ashes in Cape Breton, also at a later date. We would like to thank the caring staff at the Halifax Infirmary for their thoughtful, gentle, and comforting support of Marcel during his last days. We’d also like to thank the kindness, patience, and understanding shown by the staff at the Cole Harbour Funeral home; it made this painful process a little easier for us all. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

CHIASSON
Gerard Chiasson, Cheticamp, passed away peacefully at the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp on April 8th, 2022, at the age of 75. He fought a courageous battle with cancer for over five years never complaining and always having a positive attitude. He was dealt a difficult hand being diagnosed after just five years of retirement, even starting radiation treatment on his 70th birthday. His drive and determination in the face of adversity will be lessons that will live on with all those who loved him. Gerard was born at the Cheticamp hospital and grew up in Grand Étang. He is predeceased by his parents Lévis à Isidore Chiasson and Marie-Henriette (Poirier) Chiasson. He is survived by his wife Geraldine (Caissie) Chiasson; and his two sons David (Tessa) Chiasson and Steven (Monique) Chiasson as well as his three siblings Edna (Jimmy) Poirier, Sylvia (Adrien) Boudreau and Robert (Elaine) Chiasson. Gerard was happiest when he was surrounded by his grandchildren whom he loved greatly, Colton, Kayla, Brylenne, Ashlyn, and Joélie. Gerard moved to Toronto as a teenager where he met Geraldine, his beloved wife of 53 years and lifelong companion. Toronto is where they started their family when their first son David was born. They later returned to Grand Étang in 1973 where their son Steven was born shortly after. He worked years managing Margaree Windows until he became the manager of the Cheticamp Coop Building Supplies. He passionately invested a lot of time and energy into his personal business, Chiasson Woodworking, where he manufactured wood windows and doors and later transitioned it into a successful equipment and tool rental business. Upon retirement he found his true passion when he fulfilled his lifelong dream of building a camp in the mountains and started perfecting his craft of making maple syrup. Every year he would find new trees to tap to ensure he had more than enough syrup to share with friends and family. He was in his happy place when he could venture up the mountains on his ATV and visit his camp even if it was to light a fire in his old wood stove and watch it burn. He was an active member of his community volunteering his time early in life with his involvement with Minor Hockey. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and sat on many committees and boards in Grand Étang. He was even known to put on a lobster costume to lead the odd bus tour through The Mi-Carême Interpretative Centre. He loved to act and sing in local concerts to raise money for various causes. He looked forward to his many social groups such as his morning coffee club and his weekly pool leagues. Not long ago he was still volunteering to deliver Meals on Wheels to the sick and elderly. If you ask any family member, they would probably say that his true calling in life was to make people laugh along with his gift of brightening any room. He was a gentle man, humble beyond his years, lived life to the fullest and was always willing to lend a helping hand to those around him. Whether it was defending his favourite hockey team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, talking politics or discussing current events, he never backed down from friendly arguments with those who were willing to participate. He loved to spend quality time with friends, which was even better time spent if it was over a round of golf or a game of pool. The family would like to thank his entire medical team, especially Dr. Kian Khodadad, Dr. John Ritter, and Dr. Amelie Maillet, Jean, Moira, Melissa, Lori Ann, Eleanor, and Rhonda, as well as the fantastic staff at the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, for the wonderful, compassionate care he received. Visitation was held at the Cheticamp Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 19th, 2022, from 7:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m. Funeral mass was celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 20th, 2022, at St. Joseph’s Church, St. Joseph du Moine with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can kindly be made to the Cape Breton Cancer Patient Care Fund (www.cbrhfoundation.ca) or to the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

FRASER
Florence Mable Fraser, born July 5th, 1950 – July 2nd, 2020: Florence was the loving partner to Rick MacEachern for 23 years. She was the daughter of Charles Edward and Jessie Phillips Fraser. Florence grew up in Inverness, Cape Breton, where she attended school, sang in the St. Matthews Choir, and worked for many years at Robyn Jones before her and Rick moved to Fort McMurray. Florence took great pride in her job working in a hospital in Fort McMurray until she retired. She was a very hard and dedicated worker all her life. Florence and Rick loved music, dance, and travel. In April 2020, after returning from vacation in Arizona, Florence suffered from a severe brain bleed and never fully recovered. She passed in July 2020 with Ricky by her side. Florence has and always will be deeply missed by Rick, family, and friends that loved her dearly. Florence is survived by her partner Ricky and her brother Frankie (Lorraine) and predeceased by her father Charles Edward, mother Jessie Phillips Fraser, and brother Charlie. Due to COVID, the journey to bring Florence home to her resting place in Cape Breton is finally to take place. There will be a funeral service at St. Matthews on April 23rd, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.

GALLANT
It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Anthony “Tony, Antoine, Dad, Pappy” Gallant at the Foyer Père Fiset on April 9th, 2022, just shy of his 89th birthday. Survived by his loving wife Ethel (Chiasson); children: Lucille (Earl) Nason, Calgary; Paul, Belle Côte; Denise (James) Tompkins, Truro; Bernice (Arnold) Doucet, Halifax; Giselle (Mike) Ferns, Fort McMurray; Carol (Barry) MacNeil, Hammonds Plains; grandchildren: Alicia, Adam, and Michael Tompkins, Heidi, Hilary, and Jillian Doucet, Hunter Gallant, Jenna and Jamie Ferns, Grace MacNeil, Michael Nason; great-grandchild: Brooks; step-grandchildren: Woodrow, Krishna, Sam, and Hannah; siblings: Germaine, Yvonne, Louis, Joseph Henry, Beatrice, Eleanor, Tommy, and Roger. Predeceased by his parents Charles and Lucy-Anne; siblings: Marie Louise, Aurora, Daniel, Eugenie, and Helen. Our dad was devoted to his wife Ethel of 63 years. They were never far apart. Family meant the world to him and he loved to tell detailed stories of his past, often with a twinkle in his eye. He always maintained a strong work ethic and volunteered with pride within his community. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, berry picking, gardening, reading, making puzzles, fiddle music, and, of course, card playing. Funeral mass took place at St. Michael’s Parish, Margaree on April 18th, 2022. “How lucky are we to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

GILLIS
Bernadette Anne Gillis (MacEachern): Bernadette Gillis, 87, of Sydney, passed away peacefully in the presence of her loving family on April 7th, 2022, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. Born on February 20th, 1935, she was one of the twin daughters of the late John and Euphemia (Malcolm) MacEachern of Centennial Road in Judique, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She grew up on the family farm along with six brothers and five sisters. Following the lead of some of her siblings, she left home in her youth to work in Massachusetts, USA. Married to James Gillis, she was the mother of four children. She was employed for many years as a much-loved nanny. In her 70s, she moved back permanently to Cape Breton where she spent her final years enjoying the company of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to whom she was a cherished Grandma/Nanny. Throughout her life she valued spending time with her extended family and friends in Judique. One of her favourite outings was enjoying a seafood chowder while listening to stirring fiddle music at the Celtic Music Interpretative Centre in Judique. When possible, she was the first one on the dance floor. She leaves behind her children Marlene (Bryan Boothe), Danny, Donna, and Mark (Stacey), grandchildren Andrea (Ernie), Amanda, Michael (Kathryn), Rory, Leah (Iain), Katelyn, Andrew, Hilary, Cameron, and Riley, and great-grandchildren Aryn, Margaret, Hailey, Kaelen, and Doreen. She also leaves her twin sister, Barbara Banks; her brothers, Stanley (Barbara), Donald (Margie), John (Janice), and David (Kitty); and sisters, Catherine Surette (late David) and Christine Walker (David Madsen). She is also remembered by many nieces and nephews who fondly recall their fun-loving Aunt Bernadette. She was predeceased by her brothers Bobby (Anna Mae) and Billy (Alice), and sisters Monica Fallon (Tom) and Florence Lahey. Four siblings died in infancy: Gordon, Monica, Muriel, and Catherine M. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life is planned for the summer of 2022 in Judique. If desired, donations in Bernadette’s honour may be made to the Palliative Care Program of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital.

MAILLET
Joseph “Réné” Maillet, age 70, Cheticamp: The family of Réné Maillet are saddened to announce his passing on April 10th, 2022, in Inverary Manor, Inverness, after many years of declining health. Born in Cheticamp on August 3rd, 1951, he was a son of the late Henri and the late Marie Eva (Bourgeois) Maillet of Petit Etang, Inverness County. He is survived by his sister, Diane McNeil, Halifax; brother, Daniel Maillet (Nora Henderson), Dartmouth; a nephew and two nieces. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by sister, Carmelle Maillet, and twin sisters at birth. Réné loved a good laugh and sharing time with his family and friends. He was a proud lifetime member of the Cheticamp Kinsmen. Although he had many life struggles, Réné has an incredibly positive attitude and formable strength and determination; he fought the good fight and can now rest in peace. He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed. Cremation has taken place. There will be a memorial service held at a later date. The family is indebted to the staff at the Inverary Manor for their care of Réné since 2019. Donations in Réné’s memory may be kindly directed to Inverary Manor Auxiliary (P.O.Box 460, Inverness, NS, B0E 1N0) or via their website. Arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

BEATON
Angus Gerard (Jerry) Beaton, aged 79, of Mabou, passed away peacefully at home on April 4th, 2022, surrounded by his loving family. Jerry was the son of the late Angus and Rebecca (MacDonald) Beaton. Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Sarah (MacPherson), along with his four children, Blaine (Melissa), Kerry, Lindsay (Chris), and Jenna (Tyler). His children will forever value the morals, respect, and faith he taught them. He was known as “Papa” to his 11 grandchildren: Carly, Drew, Laura, Konstantin, Ellie, Reid, Nate, Liam, Jaylin, Arlo, and Vaeda. He was proud of them and freely gave each of them the gift of his time, wisdom, and love. Jerry also leaves to mourn, his cherished siblings: sisters, Matilda (Gus) Cameron, Anne Beaton, Elizabeth (Jim) Campbell; brothers, Neil (Marion), Gus (Mary Frances); as well as many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his brother Donald, brother-in-law Angus Jerome Beaton and niece Becky Beaton. Jerry worked as a hard rock miner in his early years and later for Ceilidh Fisherman’s Co-op. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and a faithful parishioner of St. Mary’s Church in Mabou. Jerry was a true gentleman. He made everyone around him feel comfortable in his quiet, gentle way. He enjoyed the simple pleasures of life and spending time with family and friends around the Beaton farm which gave him a sense of pride and purpose. Jerry was a true innovator, he could find a hundred uses for a piece of baler twine, nothing was ever thrown away and his solutions for solving problems were uniquely his own. A special thank you to the wonderful Palliative Care team, in particular Lori Ann Gillis, who was so generous with her time and whose kind manner was invaluable to Jerry as well as to his family. Thank you also to Dr. Mark Bennett, Dr. John Ritter, Dr. Kate MacInnis, and Dr. Ron MacCormick who helped Jerry so much over the years. He felt blessed by the exceptional medical care he received. A heartfelt thank you to Melissa, who was devoted to Jerry and who lovingly cared for him throughout his illness. Jerry and Melissa had a special relationship and the family are very grateful for all her love and support these past years. Funeral mass was on Friday, April 8th, in St. Mary's Church, Mabou, with Father Danny MacLennan officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. Donations in memory of Jerry may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care. Family flowers only. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Funeral Home. “Take care of your family, be good to your friends, and tell a good story.”

CYR
In loving memory of Rose Ellen Margaret Cyr, who passed away unexpectedly at the Pembroke Regional Hospital on Friday, March 22nd, 2022, at the age of 43. Rose Cyr was a loving and caring mother to Lily Larose Edward Cyr, age eight. She was predeceased by her parents, Roland Joseph Elzear Cyr and Albertina Margaret Leblanc. She is survived and deeply missed by her siblings: Jackie Cyr, NS, Roland Jr. Cyr (Crystal), NS, Jean-Claude Cyr (Bobbi), NS, Phillippe Cyr, NS, and Michael Cyr (Natasha), Brighton, ON; and by step-siblings: Gerard, Hugette, Lise, Odette, Marielle, as well as step-mother Simone Cyr. She was the cherished aunt of Daniel and Hayley MacKinnon, David, Jessi, and Camryn Cyr, and great-aunt of Myra MacKinnon. Also remembered by her loving aunt Rosella Leblanc, NS, and her uncle Martin Leblanc, Kanata. A private family visitation was held followed by cremation. Interment of ashes in the family plot in Nova Scotia. Arrangements entrusted to Malcolm, Deavitt and Binhammer Funeral Home, Pembroke. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Heart and Stoke Foundation are appreciated. Online donations and condolences are available at www.mdbfuneralhome.com.

LEBLANC
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Anne Viola LeBlanc, 81, of East Margaree, which occurred on Wednesday, April 6th, 2022, at the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre. Born September 29th, 1940, in Cheticamp. She was the daughter of the late Edward and Laura (Bourgeois) Camus. She leaves to mourn, her devoted husband Eugene LeBlanc of 58 years; four sons, Linus (Lisa Allen), Willie (Anne), Claude (Yvette), and Maurice (Searra); seven grandchildren, Joel, Laura, Ethan, J.J., Calleagh, Cassie, and Oakland. Viola was predeceased by her precious baby Marie (Our Angel); her sister Jeannie Poirier; brothers, John Joe Camus and Phillippe Camus. Mom was a wonderful mother to all her children, grandchildren, and many local kids that would hang out at our home. After raising her family, she started working for the best friend and dearest sister at Jean’s Gift Shop for 20+ years. She was one of many local talents known for the famous Cheticamp hookings. Viola also enjoyed square dancing, playing cards (once made a 29 in cribbage), swinging outside on the deck on a warm summer evening, watching TV on her favourite recliner, all done with her beloved husband by her side. Once a member of the CWL. She was a cancer survivor. We wish to express our thanks to the nurses, doctors, and home care providers that took care of her over the years. Donations in her memory can be made to the Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Funeral was held Saturday, April 9th, in St. Michael’s Parish Church in East Margaree. Fr. Silvichan Dominic CFIC officiated. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

MacDOUGALL
Diana Felice MacDougall, December 16th, 1941 – April 7th, 2022: It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Diana Felice MacDougall. Diana passed away peacefully at her home on April 7th, 2022, at the age of 80 with her loving husband and daughter by her side. Diana is survived by her loving husband Donald MacDougall as well as her daughter Dawn MacDougall, and son Jamie MacDougall (Christa MacDougall). Diana had five grandchildren that she cherished very much, and she will be dearly missed by all of them. Callum and Aiden Reynolds as well Abigayle, Emma, and Jake MacDougall. They all loved their Nanny very much, and she will be forever missed. Diana was the youngest of five children. She is predeceased by her parents Bernard and Vivian MacLennan, and her brother Frank MacLennan (Susan MacLennan). Diana is survived by her sister Donna Kennedy (Ernest Kennedy), sister Jean Carcone, and brother David MacLennan. Diana was born December 16th, 1941, in Inverness, Nova Scotia, a beautiful town on Cape Breton Island. Diana met the love of her life Donald MacDougall in Toronto in 1959, and they were married December 22nd, 1967, in Thompson, Manitoba. They had two beautiful children Dawn and Jamie. Diana and Donald would have been happily married for 55 years this coming anniversary. Diana loved family get-togethers, as well as family trips down home. Diana was a care giver to many and was the glue that held the family together for many years. Diana will be missed by many. May she Rest In Peace. There will be a visitation on Wednesday, April 13th, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m. followed by a memorial service on April 14th, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. Visitation and memorial will both held at Bay Gardens Funeral Home, 947 Rymal Rd. E. in Hamilton, Ontario (905-574-0405). Please go to www.baygardens.ca to sign the online book of condolences.

MacEACHERN
Gerard MacEachern, Port Hood, May 13th, 1951 – April 9th, 2022: Gerard passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side, after a courageous battle with cancer. He's now back in the loving arms of his Mom, Cassie (Campbell) and Dad, John James. His love of God; his wife, Tudi; his children, Ryan (Deb), Brent (Angie), Randy (Chelsy), Carol Ann (Ross), Kayla (Matt), Keith; his grandchildren, Liam, Luke, Carson, Maddison, Rory, and Tessa, they were the joy of his life with whom he cherished every moment. Also his sister, Ann (Harvey); his brothers, Phonsie (Frances), and James (Coline) were all special to him. He still dearly missed his brother, Lauchie (Donelda), who passed away suddenly years ago. Gerard loved being outside; whether it was his daily walks with his wife, cutting firewood, mowing the lawn, enjoying a day at the beach, boating with family, playing a round of golf, or caddying at the golf course; he appreciated every nice day that he could be outside. Sports were always a part of Gerard's life, which he loved to play and enjoyed watching. He also enjoyed watching his children play and then his grandchildren. Until the very end, he cheered on his beloved Bruins. Without the support of Dr. Egar, Dr. Saliba, Palliative Care (Lori Ann, Lindsey, and Dr. Ritter), Oncology (Melinda, Melissa, Sabrina, and Scott), and the nurses in in-patient care and ER, Gerard would not have been able to fight as long as he did. His last weeks at home were made possible by the support of the Inverness County Home Support staff and the nurses from Inverness County Continuing Care. The family truly appreciates their professionalism and kindness. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Sunset Funeral Co-op. Visitation was held at the Port Hood Resting Place on Tuesday, April 12th, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The funeral mass will be on Wednesday, April 13th, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Peter's Church, Port Hood, NS. Burial in the parish cemetery. Donations can be made in his memory to St. Peters Parish Cemetery Fund or Port Hood Resting Place. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

MARSHALL
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Edward Brenton Marshall, Port Hawkesbury, age 90, which occurred at The Inverary Manor, Inverness, NS, on Tuesday, April 5th, 2022. He passed peacefully with family members by his side. Our father was born in Sydney, NS, January 17th, 1932. He spent his younger years delivering newspapers and groceries, until his first job at the Sydney Steel Plant as a train brakeman, where his father and grandfather worked before him. He then transferred these railroad skills to the CNR, as a brakeman and a conductor for over 20 years. After a train injury he started his second career operating a taxi business in Port Hawkesbury, which he did up until he retired Ed’s Taxi at age 88, arguably retired as the oldest active cab driver around. His love for driving vehicles likely started in the military as a young man as a driving instructor. He and our loving mom also enjoyed many leisurely road trips around Nova Scotia and surrounding areas. Dad was a proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion for over 50 years, and also proud of his military career in the Reserves and Cape Breton Highlanders. He was also a proud member of AA where he mentored many people. But he was particularly proud of his Marshall roots and his railroad livelihood. He was known for his kindness to those in need, his charm, his sense of humour, and his love for his family, especially the children. He is survived by his children, Brent (Deanna), Halifax; Donna, Dartmouth; Kevin and Karen (Albert), both of Port Hawkesbury; brother, Robert (Mary), Sydney; his grandchildren, Jamie (Gary), Cora, Ashley (Sean), Shauna (David), Reginald, Ronald, Tylicia, Mataya, Shanta; step-grandchildren, Olivia and Adam, and 15 great-grandchildren. Lacy, Myles, Monte also knew him as Grampy.  He was an adored uncle to many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 58 years, Margaret; son Keith; father Ralph; mother, Grace; brothers, Jack, Ralph, Leaman, and George. At this time we wish to express our sincere thanks to the medical staff at Strait Richmond, and the wonderful and compassionate staff at the Inverary Manor, Inverness. Visitation took place 4:00-7:00 p.m. Saturday, April 9th, 2022, at Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury. Funeral service took place at St. Mark’s United Church, 504 Bernard St., at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, April 10th, 2022, with burial following in St. Joseph Parish Cemetery. Reception took place afterwards at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 43.Due to rising COVID cases, face masks were required at all these locations. Words of condolences may be forwarded to the family at www.haverstocks.com. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Port Hawkesbury Food Bank, or a charity of your choice.

MORRISON
It is with heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Donna Frances (Doncaster) Morrison on March 25th, 2022, at Victoria County Memorial Hospital, just two weeks after celebrating her 90th birthday. She was born March 10th, 1932, in Washington, DC, but was raised in Bronx, NY. After finishing school, she worked as a secretary at Maxson Corporation Engineering, New York. This career provided her the opportunity to meet people from all over the world, which she truly enjoyed, and often spoke of. Although she lived in New York, she looked forward to spending every summer at her Uncle Allan’s in Melford, Cape Breton. During one of these summer visits, she met her soul mate, Donald. On January 21st, 1955, they married in Tremont Presbyterian Church, Bronx, NY. Soon after, they moved to Iron Mines, Cape Breton. They lived there for several years and started a family, before building their family home in Whycocomagh in 1963 where they raised their four children. The door was always open for family and friends to create many special memories over the years. Until recent hospitalizations, she enjoyed the comforts of being in her own home, and we are so grateful she was able to spend her last Christmas at home. Mom endured a lot of hardship in her life, losing her husband and 16-year-old son, Brian, within two years, and continuing to raise their three children and run her husband’s business, D.A Morrison Welding Ltd. Despite the struggles she was faced with, she made the most of the cards she was dealt (being an avid Auction 45 player). She exhibited such strength and positivity; the pillar of her family. We will always remember her for her wisdom, knowledge, humour, vivid memory, kindness, support, and love for her family; all which she maintained until her last day. Despite the health complications Mom had in the last few months, she lived life to the fullest.  Nobody loved life more than Mom/Grammie. “Buy the expensive shoes! Get your hair done! Go out and have fun!” she would always tell us. She had many interests over the years, which included: playing Auction, Solitaire, shopping, keeping up on world events (especially US Politics), and watching hockey, Judge Judy, Dateline, and World News. Nothing interested her more than her family, especially her granddaughters, Breann and Jane, and great grandson, Lachlan. She had a special bond with each of them, beyond a typical grandmother relationship, which we are so blessed to have had. She loved hearing daily updates and watching Lachlan grow. Mom always put others first, and was always our biggest fan, celebrating our successes and providing encouragement and comfort during hard times. There was no better storyteller, and nobody that enjoyed a laugh, long visit, or a cup of tea with just a splash of milk. Her positivity, perseverance, and zest for life are things we will try to carry on for her. She was predeceased by her one true love, Donald Angus (May 3rd, 1976); son, Brian Angus (September 7th, 1978); parents, Mamie Lizzie (MacPhail) and Roy Leslie Doncaster; brothers, Burton and Richard (New York); and in-laws, Annie and Gordon Cann: Evelyn and Earle Williams, Miriam and Bill MacKenzie, Barbara and Norman MacRitchie, John and Annie Mae Morrison, Alec and Jean Morrison, and George Morrison. She is survived by children: Don, Elizabeth (Ian) MacLean, and Eileen (Dale) MacAulay, all of Whycocomagh; granddaughters Breann (Wade), and Jane (Brett); and her pride and joy, great-grandson, Lachlan William. She will be dearly missed by her family. A piece of Mom/Grammie will live on in us forever, which we will be forever grateful to her for. She would want us all to make the most of life. In keeping with Mom’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Visitation was held on Thursday, March 31st, from 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Whycocomagh. Funeral service was held Friday, April 1st, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Whycocomagh, with Margie MacIntyre LLWL officiating. Burial to follow at Stewartdale Cemetery. We would like to thank the staff at VCMH for the compassionate care they showed Mom over the past few months. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church or Stewartdale Cemetery Fund. Words of comfort may be forwarded to: www.haverstocks.com.

BEATON
It is with great sadness we announce the death of Ronald Gerard Beaton on Sunday, March 27th, 2022. He was born on February 16th, 1957, to Mary Anne and the late Donald H. Beaton of Mabou Coal Mines. After a courageous battle with serious health issues, he passed away peacefully in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital, with his wife, Darlene, by his side. Gerard (Ronnie) always enjoyed many a long walk and never passed up an opportunity to stop to tell a joke and have a conversation with friends he met along the way. He loved his music and enjoyed dancing at the legion with Darlene. He was Darlene's good luck charm when she played TV Bingo! Gerard had been a devoted member of St. Mary's Parish, Mabou, and continued at Stella Maris, Inverness. He is survived by his loving wife of almost 15 years, Darlene (Deagle) Beaton and his mother, Mary Anne Beaton; also survived by siblings, Sarah (Richard) MacDonald, Judique; Donald (Cathy) Beaton, Northeast Mabou; Ann (Brian) Eisener, Dartmouth; John Beaton, Lake Echo; Finlay (Brenda) Beaton, Edmonton; Linda (David) LeBlanc, Cole Harbour; Diane (Al) MacDonald, Cole Harbour; Wayne (Beverly) Beaton, Port Hood; Leslie (Susan) Beaton, Maccan; Karen Beaton-Tonet (Doug), Porters Lake; Sandy (Cathy) Beaton, Mabou Coal Mines; Michael Beaton, Ontario; Bernie (Bernadette) Beaton, Mabou Coal Mines; Marilyn Beaton, Dartmouth; sister-in-laws, June (Larry) Lapointe, Inverness; Rosie (Michael) Deagle, Inverness; Audrey (Ambrose) Deagle, Inverness; brother-in-laws, Angus Deagle, Inverness; Joseph Deagle, Inverness. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, aunts, and uncles. Gerard was predeceased by his father, Donald H. Beaton and brothers, Hughie John and Francis Beaton. In keeping with Gerard's wishes, cremation has taken place. Visitation was held in Inverness Funeral Home on Sunday, April 3rd from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and again on Monday from 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, Mabou. Funeral mass followed at 11:00 a.m. with Father Dan MacDonald officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital, Central Inverness Palliative Care Society or to a charity of your choice. Due to COVID-19, it was the families’ wish that masks be worn. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

MacDONALD
John Francis MacDonald, 77, of Mabou Harbour, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 29th, 2022, in the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. John was a quiet, humble man who will be remembered for many things including his wicked sense of humour and quick wit (no one could throw a one-liner like him), his musical talent (though he was often reluctant to share it, he had it in spades) and his love of a good scoff. John leaves behind to grieve his devoted partner, Donna; daughters, Diane, Judy (Rob), Patricia (Dean); grandchildren, Teagan, Ryan, Eilidh, Sarah, Gus, Finlay, and Alistair; sisters, Ann (Gerard) and Mary, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, John Finlay and Mary Sarah; infant son, Jeffrey Francis; brothers, Alexander, ID, DA, Collie, and Kenneth Joseph; sisters, Mary Catherine, Catherine Florence, Theresa, and Rita; and three siblings in infancy, Sara Anne, Dan Archie, and William Francis. Cremation has taken place. At John’s request, there will be no visitation or funeral service. A graveside ceremony for family and friends will be held in St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery, Mabou, where he will be laid to rest with his beloved mother. Memorial donations may be made to Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital or to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com. May he rest in peace.

ARSENAULT
Eugene Theodore Arsenault was born December 18th, 1944, at home on Arsenault Hill. He passed away April 16th, 2021, in Toronto. He was predeceased by his parents Raymond and Clara Arsenault; brother Gerald; sister Annie Rose. When Eugene was 12 and 13 years of age he was trapping muskrats along the banks of the gulch below the house to sell the pelts to Charles G. Whidden in Antigonish. At 14 he worked on the bread truck (Pan Dandy), and also worked in the woods cutting pulp. At 17, he left for Toronto to work. He married Peggy Robertson and they had two children. He worked at Pendall Boiler Makers for a time. He went to work at Aluminum Goods, where an awful accident left him with five degree acid burns on 45 per cent of his upper chest and arms. He had to get many skin grafts and suffered a lot from the burns. He worked for Trailmobile driving transport for many years until he semi-retired years after. Eugene worked hard all his life. He had many friends and knew a lot of people. He talked to everyone. He loved going to the race track and watching hockey and ball games on TV. Maggie Willie taught him how to play guitar, so he would play and sing for his grandchildren whom he loved very much. His favourite relaxing pastime was playing and singing Hank Williams songs. He knew all of them. He lived in Toronto for 59 years, but his heart was in Cape Breton. He was a big man with a soft heart. He is survived by his daughter Kimberly (Brent); son Shayne; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; four nieces and four nephews; sister Mathilda; and the love of his life Diane, who took excellent care of him. We love you and miss hearing your voice. Till we meet again, Eugene. May God take care of you.

CROUSE
Marie Josephine Crouse, February 21st, 1954 – March 20th, 2022: Marie J. Crouse, 68, of Halifax passed away on March 20th, 2022, at the QEII Hospital. Born in Inverness, she was the daughter of the late Alex Dan MacDonald and Annie Mae (MacQuarrie) MacDonald. She worked as a special constable with the Ontario Provincial Police many years ago. When she returned to NS, she worked as a liquor inspector for over 30 years with the Liquor Control Board/Alcohol Gaming Commission for the Province of NS. Her favourite hobby and pastime were doing paintings and looking after her animals. She is survived by her son, Ryan Crouse; sister, Margaret MacDonald; brothers John Archie MacDonald and Alex Angus MacDonald; and grandson Maddox Smeltzer-Crouse, along with various nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Catherine Ann MacDonald, Sandra Ann MacDonald, and brother John Dan MacDonald. Cremation will take place under the care of J.A. Snow Funeral home. In keeping with Marie’s wishes, there will be no visitation or service. Internment will take place at a later date in Cape Breton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nova Scotia SPCA.

DEVEAU
Marie Catherine Deveau, age 91, Cheticamp, passed away on Sunday, March 20th, 2022, in the Foyer Père Fiset Guest Home, Cheticamp. She was a daughter of the late Charlie à Hyppolite (Polite) and the late Luce (Cormier) Deveau. Marie Catherine worked for 26 years at the former Sacred Heart Hospital. She had a generous heart and was always willing to replace workers in the kitchen, laundromat, or on the patient floors. She had a very good memory and rarely forgot a name. Even at 90 years of age, she remembered the names of those she had cared for over the years. She had many friends because of her keen interest in everyone she encountered. Marie Catherine is survived by her sisters, Jeanne Deveau, Jules Verne, Québec, and Angéline (Deveau) Begin, St. Jacques, Québec. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers, Johnny Deveau and Emmanuel Deveau. A funeral mass was celebrated on Friday, March 25th, 2022, at 10:30 a.m., in l’Église St. Pierre, Cheticamp, with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial at a later date in the parish cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

MacLEAN
Dr. James Robert MacLean (Bob aka Dr. Bob) – (July 1st, 1925 - March 14th, 2022): In his 97th year, at home, Bob walked over to his favourite chair and passed on with dignity and in peace. Bob was predeceased by his dear first wife, Joan McKay MacLean, after 38 years of marriage and by his brother, Ian Colwell MacLean and wife Marjorie. Bob is survived by his second loving wife of 31 years, Grace Wooster Jukes MacLean. Bob is also survived by son Ian MacLean (Margaret); daughters Wendy MacLean Wood (Logan) and Patrice MacLean (Markus Dohmann); grandchildren Meghan MacLean (Justin Rolfe), Sean MacLean, Stuart Wood (Laura), Annemarie Wood Willcock (Shaun); great-grandchildren Scarlett and Koda Rolfe, Declan, and Teagan Wood, Bodhi Willcock; step-sons Andrew (Jill), Patrick (Simona), Christopher and Alexander Jukes; and step-grandchildren, Sam, Arlo, and Finn Jukes. Bob grew up in Toronto. After serving as able seaman in the Canadian Navy during WWll , he returned to Toronto to attend medical school. Bob graduated from University of Toronto Medical School in 1950. Internships in Montreal at Royal Victoria Hospital and Toronto Hospital for Sick Children, a residency in Vancouver and a Pathology Fellowship and Pediatric Residency at Babies Hospital in New York City followed. In 1955, Bob was certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He then joined friend and colleague, Jack Whitelaw, in practice in Vancouver. From 1955-1992, Bob worked in a busy Pediatric Consulting Practice which included a group of highly esteemed and excellent pediatricians. He was head of newborn care at the Grace Hospital and then BC Women's Hospital for over 30 years; where he had a reputation as a fair and effective administrator. Bob was a legendary teacher and clinician. He taught 4th year medical students at Grace Hospital, as well as a 3rd year lecture series in Office Pediatrics. His special interest in children with Cystic Fibrosis stemmed from his residency in New York City at babies Hospital. He served as director of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Medical Advisory Committee for six years and chairman for two years. For his work with the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, he was awarded the Breath of Life Award. When Bob retired from active pediatric practice, he continued in administrative roles as VP of Medicine and acting CEO at Grace Hospital, and VP of Medicine at BC Women's Hospital. Dr. Bob had a presence which you could not ignore. He was known for calling a “spade a spade” but always in a caring and supportive manner. He was a devoted husband and father, who loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. For many years Bob and all his family were avid skiers. In retirement, Bob and Grace enjoyed a good game of golf and cruising the world. A life exceptionally well lived. He will be greatly missed! A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Tuesday April 12th, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. at 3811 Point Grey Rd, Vancouver, BC.

BEATON
It is with broken hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Sally Beaton in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital on March 18th, 2022. Sally was born in Glencoe Station on May 18th, 1934. She was a daughter of the late Charles and Jessie Belle (Moran) MacNeil. Sally is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Dan Joe; daughter, Pamela and grandson, Owen; and brothers, Stanley (Glencoe Station), and Charlie (Carol) Whitby, Ontario. “Nina,” as she was affectionately known by her grandson, will be forever missed, and her loving nature will remain in her one and only Owen. After finishing high school, Sally moved to Toronto and worked for Bell telephone for 15 years. She then moved back to Glencoe Station where she met Dan Joe. They moved to Boston and Virginia where she and Dan Joe were married. They later moved back to Broad Cove Marsh where Sally was a teller for the Royal Bank of Canada for a few years and later became the secretary for Stella Maris and St. Margaret’s parishes and retired in June of 1999. She was predeceased by her brothers, Donnie, Hughie Bernard, Gerry, Alex Dan MacNeil; sisters, T.C. Campbell, Jennie Campbell, Peggy Slaughter, Catherine MacDonnell, Mary Ellen MacDougall. At this time, we would like to extend special thanks to the Renal Dialysis staff at the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital, home care nurses, Mary Anderson for all her support and kind words and Dr. Jean MacLauchlan. Visitation will be 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in Inverness Funeral Home, Inverness, on Thursday, March 24th, 2022, with funeral mass to take place on Friday, March 25th at 11:00 a.m. in St. Margaret of Scotland Church, Broad Cove with Fr. Danny MacLennan officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

BUCKLES
Martha Mary Buckles, Margaree Forks: It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our cherished wife, mom, grandmother, and sister Martha on Saturday, March 19th, 2022. Martha was born in Margaree Forks on May 24th,1944, to parents Albert and Mary Louise (Doucet) Chiasson. She was one of nine children. Mom was a lively soul, always full of energy and knowledgeable in many ways. She enjoyed being around people whether it was her friends, her children, her children’s friends, or later on grandchildren, she always beamed when they were around. She enjoyed watching and cheering on her children in whichever sports they played and could be found around the local arenas and high school gyms cheering them on…this also carried on to her grandchildren – as her voice was one to be reckoned with in the stands. She became an integral part of many of our friends who gathered around the kitchen table or the cabins and campground, she was always quick to reply on any topic with quick wit and addictive laughter. She enjoyed quilting, knitting, playing cards, bingo, the daily cryptoquote, and drives – in no particular order. But most of all she enjoyed the company of her loving and devoted husband, Gerald – many a night we would be entertained by their constant banter and amorous comments towards each other, the kitchen table will always be a place to remember mom and all the good times and conversations had there over the years. Her memory and energy will live on with her loving husband Gerald; children Nadine (Adam), Brian (Andrea) and Shawn; her grandchildren Luke, Seph, Rylan, and Ben; her loving sister Georgina, She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews and friends whom she adored. We wish to acknowledge and thank the helpful ladies of homecare and Micheline who treated our mom with compassion and support throughout her toughest moments. Also, we would like to thank Dr. Ritter, Lori Ann, and Lindsey, the palliative care team, we are forever grateful for the months we were blessed to share with her because of homecare and palliative care. Funeral will be held in St. Michael's Church, East Margaree, Friday, March 25th, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. prior to the funeral. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

GILLIS
It is with profound sadness that the family of Lloyd Allan Gillis, 79, announce the passing of our remarkable father, husband, and friend on Thursday, March 17th, 2022, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Lloyd will be deeply missed by his wife of 54 years, Judith (Ferguson); sons, Todd (Roberta) and Timmy (Donna); grandchildren, Ryan, Davide, Olivia, Nicholas, Gemma; and step-grandchildren, Ethan, Zachary (Maria) and Owen; his niece, Evelyn MacKay (Brian); and close family friends, Sandy and Deanna MacLean. Lloyd was predeceased by his father, John and mother, Christine (MacDonald) Gillis; brothers, John Neil and Alexander; sisters, Mary (Burke), Evelyn (Hutchison), and Betty (Judson). Born on April 27th, 1943, Lloyd was a proud, life-long resident of Inverness. An avid learner, Lloyd obtained his Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education, and Masters in Education from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish. He was a principal and biology teacher at Inverness Consolidated High School and finished his 32-year career at Inverness Education Centre/Academy. Lloyd’s love for Inverness led to his earlier involvements as a founding member of the Inverness Kinsmen Club where he served as charter president and as deputy governor for District #7, Zone #3, during which time he helped charter the Kinsmen Club of Margaree. Lloyd played a pivotal role in the planning and construction of the Inverness arena and he worked tirelessly, with all levels of government, in helping provide new affordable housing in the community. Lloyd was also a member of the original committee which got the ball rolling for the reclamation of the old Inverness coal mine properties to provide a canvas for a future links golf course which led to the eventual development of Cabot Links. He also served as a founding member of the Inverness Development Association. During his time as a two-term municipal councillor, and while working with the Inverness Development Association, Lloyd’s passion for the conservation and improvement of the Inverness Beach area led to the creation of new paved parking lots, better access to the beach, more shoreline protection and the creation of an extensive boardwalk. He also helped spearhead the Harbour Development Project which brought much needed new wharf infrastructure, storage buildings, and a larger, more accessible parking area adjacent to the wharf. Lloyd was a long-serving member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 132 in Inverness. He initiated the idea of creating a veteran’s memorial wall in the Inverness Education Centre/Academy and, with the help of students, and countless hours of research and communication with veterans and their families, was able to fill several beautifully-constructed showcases with photos, medals, and other memorabilia from our veterans and their families. Soon, the memorial started to attract donations from across Inverness County and beyond, with items being mailed to him from families with Inverness County connections from all across Canada and the U.S. Not satisfied with only a memorial wall to serve as a reminder to the youth of the sacrifices made by our veterans, Lloyd requested that the town’s Cenotaph be moved from the hospital to the front entrance of the school, while at the same time having the school’s street name changed to Veterans Memorial Court. Lloyd’s other passions in life, all of which he excelled at, included painting, photography, carpentry, and gardening. He had a voracious appetite for books. He was an avid hunter of birds and fisher of trout. Time on Lake Ainslie and in the woods were Heaven to him. Lloyd loved dogs. In our house it started with Drake, and there were the many Newfoundlands; his last was Jake, a golden lab, who now roams our home in search of his best friend. There was even a horse in the mix, too, a way to keep his sons from spending too much time at the racetrack. It didn’t work, but he was OK with that. Lloyd made sure our family history would be kept intact, from the day our family began, creating countless photo albums, all detailed and organized in a way we would only expect of him. He put his entire heart and soul into every project no matter how big or small. He loved music. He loved a good conversation, a strong debate, and even took part in the odd heated argument. He was an excellent public speaker. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. He was a best friend in every way to his sons. Lloyd had a strong faith in God, too. While Lloyd spent most of his life fighting and working for the betterment of Inverness, his biggest battle in the end was a courageous, 15-plus-year struggle with a blood disease, a fight that he could have given up on much sooner were it not for the desire to live for his family and to experience the love of his grandchildren for whom he cherished more than anything on this Earth. Being a good husband, father, grandfather, and friend meant everything to him. We cannot express in words how grateful we are for the care Lloyd received from the staff at Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital, especially from: Mary Anderson, Dr. McLaughlin, Dr. Kate MacInnis, Dr. Pillai, the oncology and palliative care staff, and the entire nursing staff. Lloyd came into this world a true Scot, the son of a coal miner. The day he left us, St. Patrick’s Day, was one he would have had his Jiggs dinner at the Coal Miner’s and he would have raised a few glasses at home while singing along to The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. Lloyd left the world an honorary Irishman on a day he loved. Almost like he planned it. Visitation took place in Inverness Funeral Home on Tuesday March 22nd, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral mass took place in Stella Maris Church, Inverness, on Wednesday March 23rd, at 11:00 a.m. with a gathering that followed at the Inverness fire hall. Memorial donations may be made to Inverary Manor, Inverness or to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.
Tip a glass in my honour
And perhaps pour a sip on my grave.
It’s not so much the whiskey
As your company I crave.
Sing me one of your favourite tunes
We used to join in at the pub.
Remember me fondly as you sing,
And I’ll remember you to God here above.
    – Kelly Roper

GRAHAM
On Sunday, March 6th, 2022, Kathryn Jean (Macdonald) Graham, 90, passed away peacefully in St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish.  Kathryn was born in Halifax on February 24th, 1932, to Harry Alford MacDonald from Gabarus, Cape Breton, and Jean (Fraser) MacDonald of Hant’s County, NS. Kathryn grew up in Halifax and at the family cottage in Hubbards with younger sister Gwendolyn “Gwen.” She graduated from Queen Elizabeth High School and Mount Allison University in Commercial Arts.  Her first job was at the Dalhousie Registrar’s Office and during that time she met Jim Mackenzie Graham of Hazel Hill, Guysborough County, Nova Scotia, the man she would eventually marry. Kathryn’s adventurous spirit took her on working periods in London, England, where she was employed with the Pearl and Dean Company for a year and then on to New York City for a few months.  However, Halifax and Jim beckoned and in 1957 she returned and reconnected with him, subsequently marrying at the family home in Halifax the following year. Shortly afterwards they moved to Utah, USA, where Jim had secured a position with Bestwall Gypsum, later to become Georgia Pacific Corp.  While in Utah, their only child, Jock, was born.  After several years abroad Jim accepted a position with Georgia Pacific, Cape Breton, and they made their home in Port Hawkesbury ever since. Kathryn and Jim made many lifelong friends in Port Hawkesbury and loved to entertain and host many dinners and social gatherings.  Kathryn was an active member of St. Mark’s United Church where she served as treasurer for many years.  She also volunteered as secretary and board member for a number of years with the local food bank. More recently she was a founding member of Grandmothers for Africa, helping to raise funds for Grandmothers in Africa who are raising their grandchildren because their parents have died from HIV/AIDS. Kathryn loved to play bridge and enjoyed weekly games. She was much appreciated by her friends who enjoyed her sense of humour, her kindness and thoughtfulness, never forgetting a friend’s birthday or a chance to donate to charitable causes. Kathryn was predeceased by her husband, Jim, in 2016 as well as her sister, Gwen (MacDonald) Slipp, in 2018. Kathryn is survived by her son Jock and his fiancé Minna Kemppainen, Dubai, her grandaughter Dana, whom she adored, and former daughter-in-law Amal Azmany, both of whom live in Italy, as well as three nephews, Greg (St. Louis, MO), Harry (Heather Marshall), and Stephen (Maria Medioli), both of Halifax, NS, and a niece, Heather (Robert Johnson), Ottawa, ON. Special thanks to Kathryn’s longtime friend, Annabel Butts, for her devoted friendship over many years, to Shirley Hartery who was always nearby providing companionship, to Jean Wilson for picking up her mail every week for several years, to Bob Meisner for helping with the property and to caregivers Evelyn MacEachern, Deidre Fougere, and Jeanette Kiley who made her final years at home so much easier. In the latter year of her life, Kathryn was a resident at the RK MacDonald Nursing Home in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, where she enjoyed the company and kindness of the wonderful staff and fellow residents. There will be no funeral service, but a celebration of life was held at the Hartery residence, Port Hawkesbury on Saturday, March 19th. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Marks United Church, 504 Bernard Street, Port Hawkesbury, NS, B9A 2V2 or the Feed Nova Scotia Food Bank, 514 Granville Street, Port Hawkesbury, NS, B9A 2M9. 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.

KULPA
In loving memory of Sylvia Mary Kulpa (Ramard): Originally born in Cap Le Moine, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, it is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Sylvia Kulpa on Wednesday, March 9th, 2022, at Hamilton General Hospital at the age of 68. Beloved wife of Stan Kulpa for 48 years. Daughter to pre-deceased Joseph Ramard and Mary (Theresa) Ramard (Burns) and daughter-in-law to Wlada Kulpa. Cherished sister to Jeannette (Eddy), Clifford (Rachel), and sister-in-law to Barb (Dave). Menene will be deeply missed by her nieces and nephews Denise (Tony), Ron (Monica), David (Deb), Daniel (Vanessa), Marc (Hayden), Ashley, Emily, Codi (Victoria), Brett (Kristen), Aria, Liam, Julianna, Gabriella, Layla, Mary, Michele, Aiden, and goddaughters Alexia, Andreina, as well as many cousins, and other extended family and friends. Many referred to Sylvia as Syl, Aunt Sylvia and most commonly Menene. She was called to heaven by God far too soon, however, we are blessed that she is no longer suffering, and will cherish our memories. She was a wonderful woman, who lived her life to the fullest. Her childhood was filled with lots of love and beautiful memories. Above all, Syl and Stan had an incredible bond of 48 years of marriage. The love for each other is admirable and worthy of fairy tales. She was and always will be his queen. Syl would be proud to see the family come together to honour her life. She was thoughtful and caring and family was always her top priority. She took her nieces and nephews as her own children. Kept aunts, uncles, and cousins close to her heart. She was a very strong and positive individual and had a way of always making everyone feel special and cheering us when needed. It will be difficult going forward without Sylvia in our lives. However, we also know that she would not want us to be overwhelmed with sadness. Let us cherish the time we spent with her. Her memory will live on in all of us for as long as we live.  Funeral service was held at the Glen Oaks “Crestview Chapel” on Monday, March 14th at 2:00 p.m. Burial took place at the Glen Oaks Cemetery. To view the service remotely via livestream, please go to www.glenoaks.tv any time after Monday, March 14th at 2:00 p.m. Please take a moment and sign the online guest book. If desired, donations in memory of Sylvia can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, or a charity of your choice. On behalf of Stan and the entire family, we are grateful to everyone that attended in person or watched virtually. We received countless phone calls, e-mails, texts, flowers, visits, thoughts, and prayers; which have been both comforting during this difficult time and have been a reminder of how Sylvia touched the hearts of all who knew her. Love from the Kulpa, Ramard, Deveaux, and Pimentel family, XOXOX.

POIRIER
We regret to announce the sudden passing of our brother, uncle, friend, and community builder, Paul Angus Poirier, 66, of Cheticamp, which occurred on Saturday, March 12th, 2022, at Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. Born on November 3rd, 1955, in Cheticamp, he was the son of the late Arthur and the late Bella (Roach) Poirier. Paul Angus was a 35-year employee of Le Foyer Père Fiset Guest Home and worked as a continuing care assistant. He was proud of his job, his coworkers, but especially, the people he cared for. He made them laugh and made their days a little brighter. Upon his semi-retirement at the age of 60, while still working part time at the Foyer, he started working part time as caretaker (bedeau) at l’Église Saint-Pierre as well as this past year, doing housekeeping duties for Bay Wind Suites. Paul Angus was a community-minded person who loved to help out in any way. He was on the board of directors of the Cheticamp Association Residential Educational Society (The Green Door), founding committee member of the Cape Breton Cancer Patient Fund, St. Vincent de Paul Society and Rainbow Rockstarz fundraising team. He was a long-time member of the liturgy committee for l’Église Saint-Pierre and did much of the decor throughout the year. His decorating skills were often requested for countless weddings, anniversaries, parties, events, etc. In the community, he was always ready and willing to take on the role of Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, and M. l’Escaouette, the mascot of the annual Acadian festival. He was involved in the Katimavik program and sat on the Centre Acadien board before it closed. He loved running the “Mi-Carême” and was known for his great disguises and costumes he would create to entertain Mi-Carême watchers from house to house. He was known for telling jokes, playing tricks on others, and making people laugh, either at work or with family and friends. Don’t let this fool you, when he was pushed in a corner, or felt strongly on a subject, he would show his colourful temper. But, at the end of the day, nothing was left on a bad note. Paul Angus was a member of the Cursillo movement and was often called to help with the retreats. He was a man of strong faith, which helped him through life’s joys and struggles. You knew you could count on him being there in your time of need. This also led him to be a strong supporter of new immigrants who came to work in the area. He supported and became friends with many Filipino immigrants which in turn made him part of their family, which he truly cherished. He leaves to mourn his sisters, Madelaine Poirier (Eddie Boudreau), Cheticamp, and Denise Poirier, Cheticamp; sisters-in-law, Diane Poirier and Laurette Poirier; nieces, Natalie Poirier (Goddaughter), and Isabelle Poirier; nephews, Marc Poirier, and Fidel Poirier; goddaughter, Nicole Harris; and his Filipino family, Jay Arr, Cherry Maye Guitierrez, and their children, whom he loved as his family. Besides his father, Arthur (2020) and his mother, Bella (1986), he was predeceased by his brothers, Gerard (2004), Willie John (2006), and Victor (2013); brother-in-law, Gelas Poirier (2012). Visitation was held at Cheticamp Funeral Home on Friday, March 18th, 2022. Funeral mass was celebrated on Saturday, March 19th, 2022, at 10:30 a.m., in Église Saint-Pierre, Cheticamp with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery at a later date. Donations may be made to l’Église St. Pierre or a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd.

SKINNER
It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of our beloved mother, Jessie Catherine Skinner. Mom died peacefully in her own bed at home at the age of 94, on March 17th, 2022. Mom was born in Truro on October 8th, 1927, to parents Cassie and Lauchie Billy MacLean. Mom married Everett Skinner on April 14th, 1949, in Inverness. Together they raised four children, Kathy, Jimmie, Debbie, and Scott. Mom worked many years at Eaton's and then as a counsellor at MacDonald Hall, Inverness, which next to playing cards and bingo, was one of her greatest joys. Mom truly understood the meaning of the word love and she showed us this everyday through her words and actions. She loved deeply and in turn was deeply loved. To mom, family was everything and she had many nieces and nephews that were dear to her heart, especially her only grandson, Guy. Mom made many friends, both young and old and always seemed to find something in common with them. At the mere mention of the word “shop” everything else was dropped and she was on the road again heading to Port Hawkesbury, Sydney, Antigonish, or New Glasgow with her sister or friends. Mom loved to laugh, listen to good fiddle music and enjoy a nice glass of wine, and if they happened in the presence of family and friends then she was at her happiest. Mom was predeceased by her husband, Everett; daughter, Kathy; son-in-law Rick; son, Jimmie and sister Sadie. Left to mourn are daughter, Debbie; son, Scott (Gerrard) and grandson Guy. As per moms wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral service. A private family burial will take place at a later date. Mom was an incredibly generous women and always thought of others before herself and the list of charities she contributed to are endless. If you so choose, donations in her memory may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society, St. Matthew's United Church Cemetery Fund, or the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.
Gone From My Sight
I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side,
spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a
speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to
mingle with each other.
Then, someone at my side says, “There, she is gone.”
Gone where?
Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in
mast, hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to
her destined port.
Her diminished size is in me – not in her.
And just at the moment when someone says “There, she
is gone,” there are other eyes watching her coming, and
other voices ready to take up the shout, “Here she comes!”

BURNS
It is with sadness and heavy hearts we announce the death of Wilfred (“Wilfey”) Harold Burns, Margaree Harbour, on Monday, March 7th, 2022. Wilfred passed away peacefully in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Wilfred was born June 25th, 1937, to parents John D. and Mary Florence (Muise) Burns. He is survived by his dear friend, Claudia MacNeil, whom he loved so much; daughters, Nancy T. Devries and Maryanne Marsden; brothers, Freddie and Leo; his sister Teresa (Melvin) Waters; and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by siblings, Annie Jane, Stella, Rannie, Tommy, Martin, and Clarence. Wilfred loved to work. He was a strong iron worker for 25 years. Wilfey was always ready to lend a hand, whether you needed a tool from his 60 year collection or your driveway plowed, he got the job done. He was a guy with a sweet tooth, had a twinkle in his eye, a song he could whistle, a step dance to a fiddle tune, which he loved. He was special to his community and was proud to call Margaree home. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the doctors, nurses, housekeepers, front desk workers, and all those who cared for him, he loved you all. There are too many favourites to list. Cremation has taken place, funeral mass was on Saturday, March 12th, at 11 am in St. Michael's Church, East Margaree. Burial will be at a later date. Donations in memory of Wilfred may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care, St. Michael's Cemetery Fund, or a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

CRANTON
It is with broken hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Laurie Chandler Cranton, on Thursday, March 10th, 2022, at home surrounded by his family. Born on June 7th, 1959, Laurie was the eldest son of Betty (MacLeod) Cranton and the late Gordon Cranton. Upon graduating from Margaree Forks District High School in 1977, Laurie attended the Maritime Forest Ranger School. In 1981,due to a workplace accident, he became a paraplegic. Laurie spent four months at the Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Center before he had his car brought to Halifax, attached the hand controls himself, and headed for home on his own. And thus began his drive to pursue his wildest dreams and live his best life. Laurie worked as a Rehabilitation Counselor for the Paraplegic Association in Halifax before returning home to Margaree in 1988, where he continued working for the Cape Breton office until 1992. He never once let his disability get in the way of the things he wanted to do. He loved to drive anything, especially snowmobiles and ATVs. He made hay with the farm tractor, groomed snowmobile trails, travelled by plane, hunted, fished, boated, and even sat on a horse. Laurie had many accomplishments throughout his life. The father of four children and six grandchildren, he loved his life in Margaree, surrounded by his family and friends. In earlier years, he played for the Nova Scotia Wheelchair Basketball team. He was a snowmobile enthusiast and spent countless hours in the Cape Breton Highlands. There was no such thing as ‘too much snow.’ He was a founding member of the Margaree Highlanders Snowmobile Club, volunteering with rallies, drag races, fundraisers, and enjoying his favourite sport while gaining lifelong friendships. His love of snowmobiles brought him to achieve many things, including being a member of the Snowmobile Association of Nova Scotia in which he acted as president for several years and vice chair of the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations. Furthermore, Laurie was chosen to travel in the ‘Powerstreak Rendez-Vous 1998, a snowmobile tour across Canada where he represented Nova Scotia with 14 other riders. This was the trip of a lifetime that he was so very proud of. Committed to anything that was asked of him and with a passion for his community, Laurie wore many hats throughout the years. He was a member of the Canadian Paraplegic Association, of which he was chosen for the CPA65 award in 2010 from the Lieutenant Governor. He was an advocate for accessibility, involved with the Nova Scotia Off Highway Vehicle Act where he played a major role in Trail Development and snowmobile tourism across the province over the years. The Margaree Area Development Association, the Provincial Accessibility Committee, the ATV Association of Nova Scotia, The Nova Scotia Equestrian Federation, owner/operator of Fox Rock Trail Rides, and was instrumental in achieving funding and grants for many causes such as the Cranton Crossroads Community Center and the River Valley Equestrian Center. Laurie’s most recent achievement was as municipal councillor, serving the Margarees and St. Joseph-du-Moine since 2016, as well as becoming the Warden for the Municipality of the County of Inverness in 2020. Even through his illness, while in the hospital, he proved his dedication to his colleagues and community and strived to help wherever he could. He and Mary-Ann loved to travel. Whether it was a vacation, a 20-hour drive to pick up a horse, or a quick trip to Sydney for supper, they were always headed somewhere together. Laurie was predeceased by his father, Gordon. He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Mary Ann (Ward); his mother, Betty; his children, Megan (Jared) Brown, Justin Taylor, Morgan (Travis) Chiasson, and Trevor (Breagh) Cranton; grandchildren, Jayden, Ewan, Sadie, Hudson, Lauchlan, and Karson; brothers, Kevin (Kim), Aubrey (Shauna); nieces, Frances, Macayla, Casey; and his nephew Matthew. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 19th at 11:30a.m. at Wilson United Church, burial to follow in the church cemetery. There will be more seating in the church hall. The family invites you to join them at the Cranton Crossroads Community Center following the service from 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. to share in a celebration of life. COVID-19 restrictions will be in place. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to Dr. MacDougall, Dr. Christie, ICMH nurses and staff, Home Care, Palliative Care, and most importantly, his favourite nurse, his daughter Morgan. Donations in memory of Laurie may be made to the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital Foundation in support of the ‘ICMH accessible washroom project.’ Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Sunset Funeral Cooperative. “Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body. But rather, to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘wow! What a ride!’”

FISET
Joseph Armand Fiset, age 68, Petit Etang, passed away on Tuesday, March 8th, 2022, in the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. Armand was a son of the late Pierre and the late Josephine (Doucet) Fiset. Armand was a fisherman most of his life, having started fishing with his father after high school. Later in life, he and his brother became the owners of the crab boat “Helene-Pierre,” from which he retired in 2004. After retiring, Armand loved to go trout fishing in the Bras D’or lakes and camping in Whycocomagh and Baddeck. This, however, became too much after he broke his hip in 2016.  Spending time with his grandkids was the highlight of his life. He also rarely said no to a good game of 200. Watching his beloved Montreal Canadiens became his Saturday night ritual. A man of few words, he was a very private person, and often said, “A man will never get in trouble for not saying enough!” Besides his wife, Annette (LeBlanc) Fiset, he is survived by his son, Donald (Mireille); daughter, Nadine; brothers, Wilfred (Freda), and Roderick (Patricia); grandchildren, Sebastien and Mélanie. He was predeceased by his brothers, Aurel and Jean Pierre. There will be no visitation. A funeral mass was celebrated on Monday, March 14th, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. in l’Église St. Pierre, Cheticamp, with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery at a later date. Donations may be made to Diabetes Association of Nova Scotia or a charity of one’s choice. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

RYAN
Alexander Edward Ryan, October 11th, 1951 – March 10th, 2022: It is with deep love and gratitude for all the days we’ve shared with Alex that we are announcing his passing. In the absence of an immediate service, Eleanor, Jen and Brian, Ed and Amber, Andrew and Desiree and Galen, together with granddaughters Andi and Alex, Lawrence and Rosemary, Rob and Joanne, Jackie and families would like to share a bit of his wonderful life. Dad and his parents, Josephine (Kennedy) and Eddie Ryan, lived on Hillcrest Street in the late coal mining era of Inverness. Hillcrest Street was part of the co-operative movement in Cape Breton. Dad learned from a very young age that great things happen when people come together, work hard, and care for each other. After losing his father, a veteran of WW2, Dad’s mother Josephine continued to nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital and raised her boys with such love, good humour, and pride. Dad’s first love was likely a toss up between cars, basketball, and boxing – all of which were family affairs. Together Dad, Rob, Lawrence, brothers and dear friends, along with their Ryan and MacDonald cousins shared many hours travelling to games and tournaments. In time these road trips transitioned to the ultimate sport – vehicle shopping for the people in their lives. These early loves, however, were soon overshadowed by a much greater one. In 1970, Dad was picked up when hitchhiking to a dance at the Strathlorne Legion Hall by Eleanor Cameron who was home from ST. F.X. for the semester. A partnership for the ages, they were married for 48 wonderful years. Mom and Dad’s love for each other was generous, warm, caring, and beautiful to watch. There was always such a lovely friendship between the Ryan and Cameron families. Dad deeply cherished this relationship and thought the absolute world of his mother-in-law, Robie, who loved him so much in return. In 1980, Mom and Dad decided they wanted to build their own home on a beautiful family property overlooking the ocean. Dad then purchased a few books, teaching himself to build the house that became such a loving and welcoming home. Dad had a very curious mind. These natural interests led him to a career in instrumentation that transitioned into oil and gas project management. It was a profession he was able to share with both sons, who were so proud to see how respected Dad was for the way he treated, mentored, and advised the people on his projects. His work took him across Canada, to the Netherlands and offshore. Dad always loved the places he saw, the lifelong friendships made and adventures that came with his line of work. Entrepreneurial by nature, Dad’s adult life has always involved some degree of business interests, investment, and ownership – the Inverness Beach Village, Cape Breton Fish Industries Ltd., The Gables Motel, A. Ryan Contracting, Tradewinds Realty, Quincy Street Market, Ryan Property Care, and, most recently, Mapleview Housing Development. This community building extended to supporting many community organizations. Dad also had a keen eye for recognizing opportunity, not just for himself but for so many others. He took such great pleasure in making the connections between people and the jobs, land, cars, houses that he thought were a good fit. He regularly acted as an experienced sounding board for friends and families in their business ventures. He encouraged people to lean into possibility, take a chance and apply for the “big job.” He refused to let people rule themselves out of exciting opportunities. Dad’s example, experience, and gentle guidance allowed us all to imagine new possibilities, invest in ourselves, and recognize the importance of community. This, perhaps, is Dad’s greatest legacy. Dad’s very favourite days were spent with a warm summer breeze, the house full of people, BBQ sizzling, the kitchen bustling, Eleanor’s Caesar Salad on the table, the driveway full of cars, the occasional water fight, music in the air, people laughing and talking on the decks with a colourful sun setting in the distance. There was quite simply nothing better than time spent at home with the people he loved. We know as long as we continue to gather in this spirit, Dad will always be with us. The arrival of granddaughters Alex and Andi brought Dad the greatest joy. His eyes twinkled in their presence. He always took the time to play, to sing, to read, and to rock them to sleep. Though Dad’s Parkinson’s diagnosis was a painful and challenging time, Andi and Alex found something interesting in the idea of having an extra special “Shaky Poppa.” There were songs, there were dances and there was laughter when we needed it most. There is so much more we wanted for Dad but we also know that all he ever really wanted was for us to be happy, to be safe, to feel secure, to feel loved, and because he moved mountains in this world for all of us, we are. This was a life so well lived and for that we are grateful. It is in the spirit of celebrating his wonderful life that friends and family, near and far, are invited to find a way to help someone out in a meaningful way, broker an exciting opportunity for someone who needs a break, invest in someone starting a small business, and always take the time to treat people with the kindness and respect they deserve. Going forward, we will care for each other, our loved ones and our community in the best way possible because that is what Dad’s beautiful way of being in this world has taught us. Donations in his memory can be made to Inverness Hospital Charitable Foundation in recognition of their truly outstanding care or to a community charity of your choosing. A celebration of our beloved husband, father, poppa, and brother, Alex Ryan, will take place on August 13th, 2022

BEATON
Mary Loretta Beaton “Mare,” aged 74, passed away Tuesday, March 1st, 2022, at Inverness Hospital. She was a loving wife to Donald Beaton, mother to John (Tracey), Ian (Cathy), Shari (Glen), Donna, and Hugh (Jackie). Adoring grandmother to Rachel, Nathan, Matthew, Kaela, Alysa, D.J., and Joey; and a favourite aunt to many nieces and nephews. Mare is survived by her sisters, Margaret R. Lauzon (Rudy), Donna Anne MacDonald (I.D.), Judy MacDonald (Gerald), and Janet MacDonald (Hughie Francis); brother, Angus Finley Rankin (Anne), Daniel Rankin (Effie), Harold Roderick Rankin (Paula), and Francis Terrence Rankin (Ella). She was predeceased by her parents, John and Sarah (Cameron) Rankin; her infant son Donald Scott, sisters, Catherine Marie Cameron (Martin) and Bessie MacDonald (Malcolm); and brothers, John Gerard Rankin, John Cameron Rankin (Gerri), and Alexander J. (Buddy) Rankin (Kathleen). Mare was born on April 6, 1947, in Inverness, Cape Breton, she later left home for work as so many have done to Boston and Windsor before moving back home to Mabou where she settled down with Donald in 1968 to start a family. Mare was an active member in the community of Mabou, she never missed an opportunity to share her talents in the kitchen no matter if it was to bring dinner to a neighbour or to feed hundreds at the hall in support of the parish, rink, high school, or the volunteer fire department just to name a few. Mare’s spirit was infectious, her ability to “just throw something together” as she would say was second to none, she exemplified hospitality. She put her heart and soul into everything she did from raising her kids to being a friend. Mare always put everyone else first. She loved bringing people together with her meals and made sure nobody ever left hungry. Her wit, humour, and language were sure to bring a smile to anyone who encountered her. Mare had the special ability to brighten everyone’s day – and that is how we will fondly remember her. She was one of a kind and to be loved by her was to be truly blessed. We’d like to send a sincere thank you to Dr. Bennett, Dr. Ritter, and all the staff at Inverness hospital. A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, March 8th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Parish Church, Mabou, with Father Dan MacDonald officiating. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to your local food bank or the Inverness County Palliative Care Program. Online condolences may be made to: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

CAMPBELL
Mary Margaret (Smith) Campbell, May 4th, 1930 – February 8th, 2022 (age 91): Mary Margaret (Smith) Campbell, age 91 of Belmont, formerly of Watertown and Broad Cove, Cape Breton Island, passed away on February 8th, 2022. She was a daughter of the late John A. Smith and Katie-Ann (MacDonnell) Smith. Mary Campbell was born and raised in Broad Cove, Cape Breton Island. Mary moved to West Roxbury in her early 20s and worked as a domestic companion. She met her husband Dougie through a family friend, John MacKinnon, and they were married in Watertown. They lived their lives in Watertown for many years. Mary was a woman of deep faith. She lived her faith every day in her life through compassion, kindness, generosity, and devotion to family and friends. She loved the beach, summers in Broad Cove, and family fun. Mary was also known as a fantastic cook! Her meals and desserts were always delicious and fan favourites. Mary was beloved wife of the late John Douglas Campbell, dear sister of Peter A. Smith and his wife Catherine of Natick, Massachusetts, Donna MacLean and her husband Wesley of Scotsville, Nova Scotia, Mae Ann Beaton of Port Hood, Nova Scotia, and the late John Harold Smith, Theresa Ann Smith, Hughena Smith, Margaret Smith, Sister Marie Smith, Kay Sexton, James Hugh Smith, Donald Angus Smith, Charlie Angus Smith, and Alexander Smith. Also survived by several nieces, nephews, and her extended family in Cape Breton and Massachusetts. A funeral mass was held in the Church of St. Mary, 133 School Street, Waltham on Wednesday, February 16th at 10:00 a.m.

ELLIS
Donald Bruce Ellis, 1947-2022, Whitehorse, Yukon, passed away February 20th, 2022, leaving his “True Love, Carol,” Whitehorse, with friends, relatives across Canada.

LARADE
Armand “Armie” Larade, age 76, Cheticamp, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 24th, 2022 in the Foyer Père Fiset Guest Home, Cheticamp. Armie was a son of the late Joseph and the late Luce Yvonne (AuCoin) Larade. Armie was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He loved sports. He worked at a picture frame company for over 45 years. He then retired and came back home to Cape Breton to be closer to his family and friends, where his heart always was. Armie is survived by his loving wife, Elizabeth (Camus) Larade; sons, Ronald (Angela), Glen (Joanna), and Shawn; daughter, Wanda (Neil) Moorby; daughter-in-law, Cathy; brothers, Edgar (Catherine), Semi (Jeannine), Patsy (Julie), Linus (Lucille), Gerard (Lina), and Albert (Lea); sisters, Laurette (Donat) LeBlanc, and Helena (André) AuCoin; grandchildren, Christopher, Amanda (Kenny), Michael (Alex), Daniel (Cassandra), Antonio, Nick, Olivia, Anthony, James, Emily, and Ashley; great-grandchildren, Lucas, Taryn, and Eastyn; sisters-in-law, Marie Agnes, and Annie Rose; brothers-in-law, Eddie Joe (Annie May), Johnny (Agnes), Daniel (Corinne), Lionel, Marcel, and Rick; and many nieces and nephews. Armie was predeceased by his sisters, Martine and Mina; parents-in-law, Joseph and Catherine Camus; brothers-in-law, Leopold, Joseph, Victor, Simon, Eddie, Robert, and Albert; sisters-in-law, Cecile Therese, Marie Jessie, Enid, Marion, and Buelah. A funeral mass will be celebrated at a later date in St. Peter’s Church, Cheticamp, followed by burial in the parish cemetery. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Alzheimer’s Society, Foyer Père Fiset, or a Charity of One’s Choice. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

MacDONALD
It is with sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Rebecca MacDonald, Margaree Forks, on Thursday, March 3rd, 2022, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Rebecca was born in Sacriston, England, on August 2nd, 1939, the daughter of the late Ted and Margaret (Johnson) Bebbington. She moved to Ontario with her family in the 1950s. She later met and married Robert (Bob) MacDonald. They moved to Cape Breton and made Margaree their home. Besides her parents she was also predeceased by her husband Bob. Rebecca is survived by her sister, Mavis (David) Miller, Ontario; niece, Barbara Mathews; nephew, David (Jody) Miller; four great nieces, three great nephews and two great-great nephews. Rebecca always spoke of and loved the neighborhood children as if they were her own. Any of those children will tell you today that Rebecca was the best babysitter ever! Anyone who knew Rebecca would tell you they had a friend for life. She was a member of the CWL. St. Michael's Parish, a member of the Senior's Club and was recognized for her volunteer work. We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Egar, Palliative Care, and the many staff at Inverness Hospital for their care to Rebecca while she was a patient there. Cremation has taken place. Funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 10th, 2022, at St. Michael's Church, East Margaree. Family flowers only please; donations in memory of Rebecca may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care or the Canadian Cancer Society. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

O’QUINN
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of Lynda Mae O’Quinn, 56, of Fort McMurray, Alberta, who passed away on Thursday, February 24th, 2022, at the Grey Nuns Hospital. She fought a tough battle with cancer after being diagnosed in 2020. Lynda was born in Dunnville, Ontario, on December 3rd, 1965. She is the beloved daughter of Jean MacLean (Winston Beaton), Inverness, Cape Breton, and Andrew Samuel O’Quinn, Codroy Valley, NFLD. Lynda grew up in Kenloch and went to school in Inverness until she graduated in 1983. She then continued her learning with obtaining her Licensed Practical Nursing Degree (LPN). Lynda was born to be an outstanding nurse and shined throughout her 32 years in her career. In 1990, Lynda and her boyfriend John Duncan Fraser (JD), moved to Camrose to pursue nursing. Lynda and JD were married and had two beautiful children, John Andrew Garret Fraser (Drew) on May 7th, 1991, and Lyndsay Jean Fraser on July 13th, 1993. After many wild adventures and life experiences, Lynda met her true soul mate, Brent Boutilier in 2020, and they made many incredible memories in such a short time. Lynda is survived by her loving children Drew and Lyndsay Fraser, her mother Jean Mac Jean (Winston), her favourite sister Debbie (Clint) MacPherson), nephews Jarod (Kashae), Owen and Keigan MacPherson, her special love, Brent Boutilier and their guard dog Caper. She will also be deeply missed by her family, friends, hospital coworkers and anyone who ever met Lynda. She was predeceased by her dad, Andy O’Quinn; maternal grandparents Neil and Jessie Mae MacKinnon; paternal grandparents Thomas and Mary O’Quinn; many aunts and uncles; and her cousin Grace. Lynda worked at St. Mary’s Hospital in Camrose for 20 years and the past 13 years at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre in Fort McMurray. She had a passion for travelling, sun worshiping, camping, boating, fishing, spending time with her family and enjoying a good glass of wine. Lynda had the most beautiful smile and laugh that could light up any room. We will always remember her caring personality and her positive outlook on life. Her presence in our lives will be deeply missed as she showed love and compassion to everyone she met. Lynda’s motto was “Inhale the Future, Exhale the Past.” A funeral service will be held at the Robert Anderson Funeral Services, on March 11th, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made in Lynda’s name to the “Lynda Mae O’Quinn Memorial LPN Bursary.”

RYAN
Mary Sarah Antoinette Ryan, 58, Brockville, Ontario: It is with great sadness and heavy hearts we announce the sudden and unexpected passing at home of our daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, teacher, and friend on February 20th, 2022. She was born February 18th, 1964, in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, to Alphonsus Liguori Ryan (deceased) and Mary Esther Patricia Ryan (nee Hickey). She loved living in Val Caron, Ontario, which still held a special place in her heart. She moved to Mabou, Nova Scotia, with her parents and brother and sister where she grew up. She got involved with community events, and church choir, singing soprano. She continued her involvement in choirs while attending Saint John Bosco Roman Catholic Church, Brockville, Ontario. She loved to drive, often taking day trips with any one of her many friends. She loved good neighbourhood scavenger hunts, yard sales, auctions, and antique car shows. She often gifted treasures she found to others. She loved her yearly trip down east to spend time with her mother visiting many friends and relatives while there. She loved having her after-Christmas January get together cooking up a storm of various dishes to be enjoyed by all who attended. She never failed to have that wine evening affair either. She got the teaching bug early always saying she would be one when she grew up. She was educated at Mabou Consolidated School, Mabou, Nova Scotia. She went on to St. F.X. University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1985. She worked in Port Hawkesbury and will be remembered serving coffee and donuts. She decided to go to the University of Maine, Presque Isle, US, to study teaching and received her Bachelor of Liberal Studies in 1999.  She taught in the Inverness District School Board substitute teaching before deciding to take a high school teaching position in northern British Columbia. She moved to Brockville, Ontario in 2001 to take a teaching position with the North Dundas District High School in Chesterville. She completed her Intermediate and Senior Divisions teaching qualifications in English and then in 2007 completed her Senior Division teaching qualifications in Individual and Society. In 2011, she moved to the Brockville Collegiate Institute where she taught English, Anthropology/Psychology/Sociology, and Understanding Contemporary First Nations, Metis and Inuit Voices. Mary provided support to many new to Canada and International students through her teaching of English as a Second Language. She was involved in iLeads (Indigenous Student Leadership Program) which provided leadership opportunities for Indigenous students. She had a very caring heart and was always present in the school halls helping students and greeting them to ensure that their day got off to a great start. Mary was an advocate for students and made sure that they had a voice.  She championed charities and raised awareness for individuals with disabilities. Mary worked tirelessly on a multi school musical, ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ supporting students and working backstage. She also supported the school musical Godspell. Mary had a beautiful singing voice, which in the past she donated her time to a choir and had just recently created a singing clip with her class at Christmas to raise awareness for CHEO. She was an integral part of her school’s annual Hall of Excellence and was the lead in organizing the Faculty Awards, which kept her in contact with former teachers and students. Mary not only contributed to but put forth a huge energy in wellness activities and spirit days always boosting the staff and student morale. Mary held her students to a high standard and students always rose to the occasion and kept her in high regard. She was predeceased by her father Alphonsus Liguori Ryan, brother Michael Ryan, grandparents Alphonsus William and Sarah Ellen (Sadie) Ryan and William and Antoinette Hickey, uncles Bernard Ryan, Jerome Ryan, Jim Hickey, Willie Hickey, Art Surette, and Harvey Bourgeois and aunt Noreen Ryan. She is survived by her mother Mary Esther Patricia Ryan, Mabou, Nova Scotia; brother Patrick Ryan (Charlene Serroul), Fort McMurray, Alberta; sister Ann Ryan, Fort McMurray, Alberta; nieces Brittany and Chelsea Ryan, both of Halifax, Nova Scotia; special friend Tony Guerra, Ottawa, Ontario; many aunts and uncles, cousins, and friends. We draw strength from our network of family and friends across Canada and the US at this difficult time. Services under the direction of the Barclay Funeral Home. Cremation has taken place. A memorial visitation was held at Barclay Funeral Home, 137 Pearl Street East, Brockville, Ontario, Friday, March 4th, 2022, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00p.m. – 8:00 p.m. From there her family brought Mary home to Nova Scotia.  A second visitation was held at St. Mary’s Church, Mabou, Nova Scotia, Monday, March 7th, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. with funeral following at 11:00 a.m. Burial to follow at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Tributes, words of comfort, and memories of Mary may be shared with the family at https://www.barclayfuneralhome.

CHIASSON
Joseph Théobert Chiasson   November 6th, 1927 – February 25th, 2022:  It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Joseph Théobert Chiasson, age 94, at Le Foyer Père Fiset in Chéticamp on February 25th,2022. Born in Saint-Joseph-du-Moine on November 6th, 1927, he was son of the late Amédée and Eugénie (LeLièvre) Chiasson. Théobert will always be remembered as a gentle, kind soul and quiet by nature who lived a simple life. However, Théobert was a great storyteller and had the most contagious laugh. He was blessed with an amazing memory and loved to share stories and jokes of days gone by. Many family members who reminisce will remember the family gatherings and all the laughs with Théobert. Théobert grew up on the family farm and acquired good work ethics early on in life. He was a hard working man. He was a lumberman for many years, worked at the Grand-Étang lobster factory and Cape Breton Highlands National Park. He also worked in various places such as Sudbury (Ontario), Montréal (Québec), and Newfoundland. He retired in 1990 after 32 years of service with LeMoyne Co-op. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Théobert’s grandchildren were the light of his life. Family meant everything to him, and he would have given the shirt off his back to help out. Some may have heard the story of when Théobert went on a fishing trip and if not for him and his brother Joseph’s heroic actions, two young boys may have drowned. Théobert loved to stay on top of current events. He had to have his daily Chronicle Herald newspaper. He enjoyed life to the fullest with interests in fishing, gardening, and hunting. He took pride in the upkeep of his meticulous yard and loved to cut firewood for the winter. He was a huge sports fan including baseball, hockey, and boxing. He will be remembered for his boisterous shouts to the television during wins and losses of his beloved teams, the Toronto Blue Jays and Montréal Canadians. He also enjoyed playing cards and a good game of cribbage. Involved as a volunteer in his community, Théobert was an active member of St. Joseph Parish and faithfully attended services at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Saint-Joseph-du-Moine. He served as a trustee, alms collector, and organ pumper. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Senior Citizens Club of Saint-Joseph-du-Moine and Chéticamp. Many years ago, when coaxed, he also participated in concerts with comical skits which served as fundraisers for the parish. 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. He loved attending mass every Friday, prayer hour every Monday, bingo on Wednesday evenings and enjoyed weekly entertainment by local musicians. Sadly, on April 12th, 2020, Théobert lost the love of his life Stella. He never quite got over the loss. He will be dearly missed by his son Linus (Linda), granddaughter Katrina and his two great-grandsons, Logan and Chase, all of Gatineau, Québec. He leaves behind his sister Eleonore Chiasson of Saint-Joseph-du-Moine, sister-in-law Catherine Aucoin of Chéticamp, brother-in-law Philias Aucoin (Laura) of Chertsey, Quebec. He will also be sadly missed by his many nieces, nephews, friends and other loved ones. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Stella and siblings Marie-Zabine Aucoin, Hélène Aucoin, Yvonne Mailhiot, Joseph Chiasson, and Siméon Chiasson. The family would like to thank the staff of Le Foyer Père Fiset for the devoted and loving care given to Théobert as well as their compassion during his final journey among us. Cremation has taken place. A funeral mass will be celebrated in St. Joseph’s Church, Saint-Joseph-du-Moine on Thursday March 3rd, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. 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, St. Joseph Parish or a charity of your choice.

FORHAN
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Paul Joseph Forhan on February 23rd, 2022, in Inverness Memorial Hospital in Inverness Cape Breton. Paul was born on March 25th, 1941, in Newmarket Ontario to Leo Forhan and Cecelia (Quinn) Forhan. He is predeceased by his sister (Mona) known to all as Sister Anthony Daniel. Paul grew up in the area and eventually attended De La Salle College in Toronto. When it came time to go to university he made, what he has described to everyone over the years, as the best decision of his life by choosing to attend St. Francis Xavier in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. While attending St. F.X. he met Mary Jacqueline Rankin and eventually they would marry on September 10th, 1962. After graduating with his teacher’s degree he and Jacquie moved to Cobourg, Ontario, to begin teaching high school at Cobourg District Collegiate West where he remained until retiring in 1994. He taught history and geography and could always be relied on to supply an endless supply of information on either topic. He was also an active member of the teacher’s union for many years. One of his most treasured memories from all his years of teaching was a trip he made in 1974 to China with a group of students. Throughout his life, Paul wore many hats. Not only was he a teacher, and active Legion member, and union advocate but also, in his younger years, he was actively involved in provincial politics most notably as a campaign manager for many years to the late Howard Sheppard. He was also a farmer and landowner and over the years at their home in Castleton, Ontario, Paul and Jacquie raised a variety of animals including horses, goats, pigs, chickens, and cattle. But the hat that he wore with the most pride was that of father and grandpa. His daughter Ellen, son-in-law John with their four children (Liam, Sophie, Anna, and Neve), and his son Sean, daughter-in-law Lindsay and their two children (Charlotte and Braeden) were a source of pride and he loved them all dearly. Many works of art dedicated to “Papa Paul” and pictures of all the children line the walls of his workshop. His workshop was built when Paul and Jacquie moved back to Inverness, Cape Breton, once Paul retired from teaching. It was where he discovered his love for woodworking, and like all the other hats he wore throughout his life, he threw himself into this art with all his energy. He became quite a craftsman and has left his family with many treasures to remember him by. In the final few months of his life Paul was cared for by his wife of 59 years and together they were supported by many friends in the community who provided help in ways that are too numerous to mention. Finally, the palliative care team at the Inverness Hospital assisted the entire family through a very difficult time with grace, respect and kindness, all of which has been appreciated and will never be forgotten. Funeral services for Paul will be held on July 22nd at 11:00 a.m. at Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church in Inverness, Cape Breton. There will be visitation at the church the hour prior to the funeral mass. In lieu of flowers it is the family’s request that donations be sent to the Central Inverness Palliative Care Society or the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital Foundation. Donations may be sent in care of either of these services via P.O. Box 610, Inverness, NS, B0E 1N0. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

FRASER
Kenneth Raymond Fraser, age 78, Cheticamp, formerly of Pleasant Bay passed away on Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022, at home. Kenneth was the son of the late Kenneth J. and the late Margaret (Maggie Fraser) Fraser. Kenneth is survived by son, Kevin Fraser, Cheticamp; daughter, Debbie Fraser (Bobby), Cheticamp; sisters, Hazel Silver and June Poole, both of Dartmouth; granddaughter, Cynthia Fraser. Besides his wife, Delores (Lamore) Fraser, he was predeceased by his brother David Fraser; brothers-in-law, Malcolm Silver and Harry Poole. A graveside service will be held at a later date in the Pleasant Bay Cemetery, Pleasant Bay. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

LeBLANC
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of John Alfred LeBlanc of Cape Coral, Florida. John died on February 12th, 2022, after a brief illness. The son of William LeBlanc (Willie a Monet) and Cecile Doucet, John was born in East Margaree, Nova Scotia, Canada, on November 26th, 1940, and resided there until 1957 when the family moved to Waltham, Massachusetts. While living in Waltham, John worked at various occupations and served with the US National Guards. And before moving to Cape Coral, he resided in Natick, Massachusetts, where he owned and operated a machine shop. John enjoyed everything about nature and the occasional opportunity to do some fishing. A good poker game with his wife and relatives was on his list of free time activities, as well as shooting pool with family and friends. He also enjoyed spending time at his cottage in Wareham, and at his old homestead in East Margaree. John is survived by his devoted wife Lee (Doucette) and his children, James and Steve, and Steve's wife Mari. He also is survived by his sister, Lucille Lituri, and his brother, Paul (wife Rosanne), as well as his sister-in-law Nancy Merullo and his brother-in-law Patrick Doucette (wife Susan) and their families. He was predeceased by brothers William and Joseph, and bothers-in-law Mario Lituri and Larry Merullo. Body is being cremated and burial will take place at a later date. The family is very appreciative and thankful for your thoughts and prayers.

LONG-HARPER
Tracey Lynn Long-Harper, Long Point, Inverness County: Well, darn it. If you are reading this, I guess I am on my journey to the other side. I was born on April 18th, 1970, in Antigonish, NS, and was the youngest child of the late Emerson and Norma Long. If you know my family, you know who my siblings are, but it would be hypocritical of me to list them as most were not a part of my life. Other than a few years, I spent my life in beautiful Cape Breton with my husband of 32 years, Roger Harper. I married him when I was 19 and he was the love of my life. Together we raised three amazing human beings who I adored more than anything and felt beyond privileged to be their mom. I leave behind my son, Daniel (my strong but gentle giant), his partner, Willow and their children, Emerson, Henley, and Amelia; my son, Wade (my own private jester), his partner, Kaitlyn and their children Delia and Haiden; and my daughter, Becca (my mini me and voice of reason) and her partner Evan. Also left to mourn is my brother, Steve and his wife Elizabeth; my sister, Debbie and her children, Kalen (Jeremy) and Cohen (Maddy) who I loved like my own children, and Taylor Williams-Ferguson (my grandson, Emerson’s mother). Steve, Elizabeth and Debbie, your devotion to me meant more than I can say. Kalen, you were my baby sister and another daughter to me (so many roles). The love you all shared with me kept me strong. I was very fortunate to have a wonderful relationship with my Harper family. My mother-in-law, Delia (my second mom) and Roger’s siblings, Mark (Elaine), Peter, Kurt (Carrie), and Charlene (Robert), and their children. I kept my circle of friends small, but I loved you and I hope you knew it. My grandchildren were my heart and soul and I know your parents will never let you forget me. My parents, my brother Gary, my nephew, James, and my father-in-law, Clemmie, will meet me at those pearly gates, as they made their way there before me. I graduated from SAERC high school in Port Hawkesbury and the Institute for Human Services Education in Truro. I worked part time jobs and ran my own sewing business over the years, but providing child care in my home was the most fulfilling “job” that I had. I was able to love so many children and be home with my own at the same time when they were little. I enjoyed it long past my intended timeline, continuing until my children were adults. I was diagnosed with limited systemic scleroderma in 2019, which led to many health issues. Even though there were low times, I chose to face it with a positive attitude and fought it fiercely. I had the best team of doctors, nurses, and others in the medical field caring for me and my story would not be complete without thanking them. Dr. Jackson, Dr. Hernandez, Dr. McParland and their nurse (and my sometimes counsellor), Onna White-MacInnis at the QEII Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic. My rheumatologist, Dr. Bakowsky, my family doctor, Dr. Marchand and her staff, and my gals at the lab at the Strait Richmond Hospital. There are too many to mention but every single one of you were so kind. So now, I am rambling, but thank you for reading my first publication (and I guess my only). If I have ever hurt you, I am sorry. If I made you happy, it was my pleasure. Shed a tear if you must but I would much rather bring a smile to your face than a tear to your eye. I do not want a wake or a sad funeral, so I’ve left instructions with Kalen to arrange a celebration of life at a later date and if you would like to donate to Scleroderma Atlantic, www.sclerodermaatlantic.ca , please do. Funeral service is by invitation only. 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. Catch you on the flipside folks. Much love, xo.

MacDONALD
It is with great sadness and heartache that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved brother John Joseph MacDonald at home in Leduc, Alberta, on January 28th, 2022, at the age of 67 years. John was born in West Mabou on May 22nd,1954, and was the son of the late Robert MacDonald and Catherine (Kay MacLeod) MacDonald. He was a member of St. Mary’s Parish Mabou. John was known as John Joe to many and worked various jobs over the past number of years, and could always be found tinkering with cars, trucks, or a backhoe at home in his yard but mostly he was known to many from his workshop “JJ Sales & Service” in West Mabou and later in South West Mabou which provided small engine repair and power saw sales and repair to all of Inverness County. He was employed with the Department of Highways and worked alongside good friends Danny MacDougall, Angus Moran, Glen Mac Donell, Donald Angus Beaton. John moved to Windsor, Ontario and was employed at Candido Heating & Cooling, and in Windsor is where he met the love of his life Brenda. In 1996, they were married but moved back to Red Deer Alberta for a brief period and eventually moved back home to Cape Breton. After a few years they moved back to Leduc and resided there until now with their children Liam and Deneah. John was employed with Cameron Canada Corporation as a well head service technician and trainer out of Fort St. John, BC, and Edmonton for 12 years and worked at Weir Oil & Gas for eight years out of Edmonton, trained many techs, was very skilled and knowledgeable and very well respected and liked by many in the industry. John eventually retired at the age of 65, but unexpectedly suffered the loss of his wife Brenda in 2019. John leaves to mourn his children Liam and Deneah both in Leduc, Alberta; brother, Charles (Colleen) MacDonald, Fort Nelson, BC; sisters Mary Elizabeth (Chris) Gignac, Windsor, Ontario; Ann Ellen (Angus) MacDonald, Port Hood; nieces, Melanie and Margaret Ann; nephews, Robert, Gregory, and Joseph; sisters-in-law, Tammy (Garth); Bonnie (late Ron); brother-in-law Brian; and numerous cousins. He was predeceased by his parents Robert and Catherine (Kaye); wife Brenda Lee; mother-in-law Anne; brother-in- law (Ron); and aunts and uncles. John was an amazing brother, father, husband, brother-in-law, uncle, Godfather, and friend. He was hardworking, generous, and was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need at any time. He enjoyed telling and listening to stories but his wealth of knowledge of history that he had was undeniable. Whenever John was down home, he would love to walk along the shore at West Mabou beach, which he always called “A Little Piece of Heaven.” He genuinely enjoyed life to the fullest and cherished every moment with his wife and children whom he loved so very much. Humble and kind was his nature and everyone who knew him truly benefitted from his presence. He will be deeply missed and forever in our hearts. Cremation has taken place, funeral arrangements at a later date.

SHAW
John Ruben Shaw, West Lake Ainslie: It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, grandfather, uncle, and friend in his 91st year, at Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital on February 25th, 2022. Born in Margaree Centre on August 3rd, 1930, he was the son of the late John Ruben and Elizabeth (Phillips) Shaw. Predeceased by his wife of 62 years Leona (Kennedy), his son Donnie, sisters; Iola, Jessie, Johnena, Danina,  Delina, Florence, Jean and Audrey; brothers, Russell, Fred, Donald, and Jake.  John was the last member of his immediate family. John is survived by his children, Harvey (Linda), Blackstone; Brenda (Weston) MacKinnon, West Lake; John A.(Melody), West Lake; Jesslyn (Wilson)Timmons, West Lake;  Jake (Diane), Upper Tantallon; and Nicholas, Ottawa; 11 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and many nieces and nephews. John worked in forestry his entire life. He fixed and maintained chainsaws throughout his career as well as collected, fixed, and sold lawnmowers.  He was a recycler long before it was in vogue, collecting scrap metal on the side, with a shed full of spare parts for a variety of things. He spent his time tinkering in the shed and kept everyone’s equipment running, a real “Jack of all Trades.” He enjoyed the simple things in life, watching nature, tracking the weather, scratch tickets, and morning drives with Harvey. He loved old westerns, the evening news, and rarely missed Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune. Since Leona’s passing, he enjoyed short visits and sharing meals with his family and friends in the neighborhood. He is contented now. Funeral will take Saturday, March 5th, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, West Lake Ainslie. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to the funeral. Cremation has taken place and burial will be at a later date. COVID restrictions to be followed. Masks, social distancing, proof of vaccination, and ID will be requested at the door. Family flowers only please. Donations in memory of the late John Shaw may be made to the Inverness Food Bank or charity of choice.

vanZUTPHEN
Rev. Vincent van Zutphen (Hermanus Maria van Zutphen) died peacefully at home in Colindale, on Monday, February 21st, 2022, surrounded by his family who were praying the Rosary. A son of the late John van Zutphen and Elizabeth (van den Hoogen) van Zutphen, he was born on September 9th, 1935, in Keldonk, and lived there and in Mariahout, North Brabant, in the Netherlands, before emigrating with his family to Canada in 1951. He continued his high school education in Blenheim, Ontario. He and his family moved to Nova Scotia in 1952 where he graduated from St. Joseph’s Convent high school in Mabou. Fr. Vincent joined the Order of St. Augustine and was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop William Power in 1963, at St. Augustine Monastery, Antigonish. After ordination, he worked in several parishes and taught in a number of universities and high schools both in Canada and the United States. In 1973, he received a Ph.D. in scripture studies from the University of Wurzburg, West Germany. He began his many years of teaching at St. Peter’s Seminary in London, Ontario, in 1973. He was incardinated into the Diocese of London. His last years of priestly ministry were spent in parishes in Lucan, Ontario; Margaree, Nova Scotia; and Port Hood. Over the years, Fr. Vincent’s love for the church grew more and more. He consecrated himself to Our Lady in his final years and came to a deep love of the Blessed Sacrament, encouraging others in their devotion through his priestly ministry. Fr. Vincent loved being a priest. Being generously gifted by God, he used his gifts very well to serve God’s people, unflinching in his determination to build up the church for the glory of God. Fr. Vincent is survived by five brothers, John (Teresa), Ted (Hermina), Ben (Sherry), Joseph (Carmen), Alphonse (Helen); and two sisters, Annie (A.J. Beaton) and Mary Buchanan. He was predeceased by brothers, Henry and Frank; and sisters, Ricky and Rika. Visitation took place Friday, February 25th, 2022, from 11:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, Port Hood. Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, February 26th, 2022, 11:00 a.m., in St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, Port Hood, officiated by the Most Rev. Wayne Joseph Kirkpatrick, Bishop of Antigonish, assisted by Archbishop Brian Dunn and visiting priests. Internment took place immediately following in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Fr. Vincent’s memory to Inverness County Palliative Care. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at: www.haverstocks.com.

GRAHAM
It is with heavy hearts we mourn the passing of Stanley Graham, 64, after a long illness. Stanley passed away peacefully at home with his loving family by his side. Born in Judique, Nova Scotia, Canada, his heart never really left there though he spent most of his adult life living and working in Dedham, MA. Born on July 4th, 1957, to parents Johnnie and Isabel Graham, he first learned from them life lessons that stood him well all his life. They taught him his deep and quiet faith, his love of family, how to be a good friend, work hard but also to take the time to laugh and have fun. He was witty, kind, and made friends easily. He counted children, old people, and dogs among his friends and they loved him back. Stanley worked for years as a skilled house painter and handy-man and his excellent work lives on in the homes of friends and relatives, religious statues at his church in Dedham and at his family church in Judique. He would work with his Cape Breton fiddle tunes playing in the background and loved all music, but especially Celtic music from home. He would journey to Cape Breton at least twice a year and during lobster season in the spring. He loved being on the water in his father’s fishing boat with his brothers and local fishermen. He loved spending those vacations in his parents’ home, laughing and joking with family and friends, playing cards, having a drink or two and enjoying his mom’s great cooking. He was a collector of things and people and they loved him back. Stanley loved a good yard sale and his basement collection is legendary. Sandra had only to ask and an antique trunk or table or toy for a new grandnephew was brought forth from that collection to the laughter and delight of whoever was around at the time. He loved entertaining and working in the yard. The doors to their house in Dedham were always open to visitors from home or local friends and family. Many a good gathering was held there and people never went away empty handed. Stanley is survived by his loving wife Sandra; his sister Jeanette (Robert); brothers Gerard (Carol Anne), Basil (Johanna), and Darren (Heather); brother-in-law Bernie; parents-in-law Sandy and Annie Laurie MacDonald; sisters-in-law Louise (Jamie), Janice (Douglas), and Jo-Anne; and uncles Joe and Ronald Graham. Though they weren’t blessed with children, he was beloved by his 17 nieces and nephews and 10 grand-nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Johnnie and Isabel Graham, his beloved sister Mary and nieces Meggie and Mary Theresa. He also leaves many heartbroken cousins, extended family and friends to mourn his great loss. Visiting hours were held at the George F. Doherty & Sons Wilson-Cannon Funeral Home, 456 High St., Dedham on Friday, February 18th. His funeral took place from the funeral home on Saturday, February 19th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a funeral mass in St. Mary’s Church, Dedham at 10:00 a.m. Relatives and friends kindly invited. Burial will take place at a later date in Nova Scotia. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Stanley’s memory to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. Mary’s Church, 25 Avery St., Dedham, MA 02026 or to St. Andrew’s Parish, 5480 Rt. 19, Judique, NS, CA B0E 1P0.

MacDONALD
It is with great sadness that the family of Alexander “Peter” MacDonald announce his passing on February 18th, 2022, at the QEII surrounded by family at the age of 56. He was the loving husband to Peggy (née Todd) MacDonald and proud dad to Megan, Genevieve, and Todd. He is survived by his parents, Ronnie and Josephine (née Campbell) MacDonald of Port Hood, NS; sisters Kelly Nicolson (Rob) of Yellowknife, Therese (Keith Young) of Calgary, Joan of Iron Mines; and brother Tom (Marilou) of Fort McMurray. Peter is also survived his in-laws David and Frances Todd of Halifax; brothers-in-law Richard Todd (Ginny) of New Glasgow and Jim Todd, of Halifax; nieces and nephews: Lena, Jesse, and Nora Young, Melyssa Todd, and Jesse (Morgan) Todd; and uncles, aunts and many cousins. Peter loved time with family whether it was on the deck in Dartmouth or in Cape Breton. He was always willing to man the BBQ for any occasion while listening to his favourite music and sharing a laugh with friends. He was passionate about sports. He played hockey and softball throughout his life. In his adult years he developed a passion for golf. He was a dedicated Toronto Maple Leaf’s fan awaiting their Stanley Cup win for a significant number of years. He coached his son’s hockey teams in the Dartmouth Whalers Minor Hockey Association and was the recipient of the Ross Drake Memorial Coach award. He was described by the players as more than a hockey coach, as a mentor as well. He was kind and generous. He was a lover of animals and loved by his canine companions. He lit up a room with his quick wit, stories, and warm personality. Peter loved to tease everyone, and his sister Joan always quickly retorted, “Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater.” He was an avid reader and loved trivia. He was proud of his Cape Breton roots and enthusiastically watched his daughters dance from the crowd, yelling “Route 19.” Peter was described by co-workers as a larger-than-life father figure, coaching them to their greatest potential. Visitation will be on Wednesday, February 23rd from 1:30p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home, 217 Portland Street, Dartmouth. Funeral mass will be held on Thursday, February 24th, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Halifax. Please note in keeping with COVID-19 Public Health Act requirements, all attending the visitation and funeral mass will be required to show photo ID and proof of vaccination before entering. Space at the funeral mass will be limited. The funeral mass will be streamed on the Good Shepherd Parish YouTube and Facebook. We would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and support staff in ICU at the QEII for their kindness and compassion towards Peter and family. Peter proudly spent the last 17 years with Canadian Blood Services. In lieu of flowers, please roll up your sleeves and make an appointment to donate blood in memory of him because “it is in you to give.” Appointments can be made under the Partners for Life Program, “Peter and Friends.” If you are not able to roll up your sleeve, the family ask you to make a donation in Peter’s memory to one of the following charities: Mary Beth Chaulk Fund with the Dartmouth Whalers or L’Arche Cape Breton, www.larchecapebreton.org. To leave a condolence please visit: www.mattatallfuneralhome.com.

McDANIEL
It is with great sadness that the family announces the sudden passing of Neil George McDaniel of Margaree Forks who died peacefully at his beloved home on Sunday, February 20th, 2022, at the age of 88. Neil was surrounded by lots of love from his children and wife at the time of his passing. Born April 12th,1933, son of the late Walter and Annie (MacKinnon) McDaniel. He will be missed by his loving wife of 52 years Eleanor (Ellison); his children, Leslie (Johnny Paul), Glenna (John), Kerry, Neil; and his two grandsons, Brennon and Kinnon. He is survived by his sister, Isabel, and his twin sister, Mae; along with his nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his parents; brother, Myles; and sisters, Doris and Josephine. He was a seaman, pipefitter, and labourer and travelled extensively. The family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to the caring staff at the Inverness Hospital: Dr. Rhea, Dr. Catherine, Dr. Bennett, and Dr. Lock; the nurses: Amanda, Lori Ann, Brea, Maria, and Linda; and Alex MacNeil for attending to his medical needs. A big thank you to Fr. Silvichen, who helped to support the family during this difficult time. Cremation has taken place and a funeral mass and burial will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be sent to:www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

DOUCETTE
Francis Joseph Doucette, November 2nd, 1958 – February 8th, 2022: It is with heavy hearts and sorrowfulness that we announce the sudden passing of Francis Joseph Doucette on February 8th, 2022, at the age of 63. Better known as Frankie, he was born on November 2nd, 1958, the son of the late Joseph and Mary Margaret (Burton) Doucette, of Ingonish, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. He was very proud of his Mi'kmaq heritage. As many family members can attest, the most special day of Frankie’s journey was the day he married the love of his life, Barbara Dobko in 1999, after a lengthy courtship of seven years. There was nothing more important to Frankie than the well-being and happiness of his wife, his soul mate. Frankie was most jovial when surrounded by family and his many friends. A friend to all, he loved to make people happy, and a smile was his reward. He was never one to stay idle and he thrived when working on challenging projects. A Jack-of-all-trades type of guy, there was no task he would not tackle, especially carpentry. If he did not know how to accomplish a certain aspect of the job, he would find resources and answers to help get it done. For Frankie, it had to be just right and he was very proud of his projects. He was known as a hard worker and always ready to lend a helping hand. Frankie loved the outdoors, hiking, fishing, golfing, and was a good nature photographer. He was very proud of Barbara’s incredible talent as an artist and supported her passion. They loved travelling together to countless art shows where they displayed art pieces and enjoyed the social aspect of these gatherings. This hard worker returned to school as a mature student and graduated with a heavy equipment operator certificate. He was quite proud of working as a seasonal labourer with Cape Breton Highlands National Park since 2014. He was honoured to be a member of the Ingonish Volunteer Fire Department. He will forever be remembered for the guy who was always on the go who could never say no! This great man will be dearly missed by his beloved wife Barbara; stepsons, William Fielder (Kelly) in Alberta and David Fielder (Ontario). Frankie leaves behind his siblings: brothers Fredrick (Lolit) Doucette and Edward (Charlene) Doucette; and sisters, Debbie MacKinnon and Mary (Lloyd) Snow. His aunt Judy Buffet, who he loved so much and enjoyed spending time with. As well, members of his extended family in Ontario; sister-in-law Gloria Mogavero; sister-in-law Theresa Dobko; brother-in-law John Dobko; and sister-in-law Joanne (John) Fahy. Frankie loved children and they easily became attached to him. He will be especially missed by his step-grandchildren of whom he was so proud to be called their grandpa; Madison and Marleigh Fielder. His many nieces and nephews that were so dear to him: Crystal Boudreau, Angie Doucette-McPherson (William), Mandy Doucette, Jordan Doucette, Mitchell Doucette, Rory Doucette, Theresa Melo, Anthony Mogavero (Shannon), Erin Fahy, Shannon Fahy, and Stephanie Vaz (Adam). Great-nephews and great-nieces, Addison Boudreau, Bryson Jack, Samantha and Dominic Mogavero. Frankie will so be missed by his neighbours and special friends, Lawson and Elaine Stockley. Daily coffee dates will never be the same. He will also be missed by his buddy Cecil Dunphy and of course many other friends from near and far. Besides his parents, Frankie was predeceased by two brothers in infancy, Franz and Albert; sisters, Rosemary Doucette, Darlene Doucette; and brother-in-laws, Bill Kelly and Bill Mogavero. Frankie was a the kindest of souls, who devoted his life to his family. Gone much too soon, but never to be forgotten. His memory lives on in all our hearts. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Fillmore & Whitman Dignity Memorial. Condolences can be sent to: www.FillmoreandWhitman.com. Memorial donations can be made to the Ingonish Volunteer Fire Department, The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, or a charity of your choice. “In a world, where you can be anything, be forever kind.”

GOULD
Noel Joseph Gould, 93 years of age, born December 18th, 1928: Survived by his son Terry (Rara) Gould of We’koqma’q; daughters, Betty Gould, Lori-Anne LeRoy, Norma Gould all of We’koqma’q and Kari (Audie) Patles of Eel Ground, New Brunswick; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; godchildren, Dennis Gould, Gloria Gould; nieces, nephews, friends, family, and of course his community of We’koqma’q. The last 10 years of Dad’s life have been challenging due to his age and the illness. He stayed to help Norma raise Chantel and Noel, they helped him get through the last few years. To Norma, Noel, and Chantel for this we thank you. He is now reunited with his wife, Mary Pauline (Paul); his daughters, Anna and Doris; son, Clarence (McGee); and his grandson, Athanasius “Shishy.” He was the last surviving member of his own family now reunited in heaven with his brothers, Roddie, Peter, John, and Andrew Gould; sisters, Nancy Paul, Bridget Basque, Mary Denny, Mary Jane Stevens; and godchildren, Howard Johnson and Donna Toney. Noel spent many years in We’koqma’q not only creating a home and a family, he also was creating a community. He was a former band councillor, firefighter, a Ke’ptin in grand council, a member of the church committee, MACS program, and recognized by the governor general for his service. He held certification as a carpenter, welder, pipe fitter, and crafts person. Noel was very well known and sought after as a carpenter and builder in Canada and the United States. Noel built many homes, our church, the We’koqma’q Family Healing Center, designed and made all items in the church (pews, alter, tabernacle, pulpit). Constructed to last with love. Together Noel and Pauline were able to conquer anything. Raising children during the Centralization era, moving to Boston to raise their family and work. His career took him various places including Sarnia, Boston, and New York, creating a network of dear friends no matter where he went, many called him Uncle, or Granddad. We would like to send a heartfelt thank you to the We’koqma’q Health Center caregivers, doctors, nurses, the staff of the Port Hawkesbury Nursing Home, Inverness and Strait Richmond Hospitals. We appreciate all family and friends that helped Norma over the years. Visitation will take place at the We’koqma’q Community Centre, 15 Reservation Rd, We’koqma’q, NS, on Tuesday, February 15th starting at 6:00 p.m. A limit of 60 people in the building, double vaccination and identification are required. Funeral mass will be held on Thursday, February 17th, at 11:00 a.m. in Blessed St. Kateri Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church with Father Conrad Edwards officiating. Due to COVID restrictions those attending the funeral have been contacted. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery. The funeral service will have a live stream and PA outside of the church for family, please be respectful. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at: www.haverstocks.com.

MacDONALD
James “Jim” MacDonald, age 70, of The Falls area of Tatamagouche, passed away peacefully on February 10th, 2022, at the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital, Tatamagouche. Born on March 25th, 1951, Jim grew up in Port Hood, NS. He was the son of the late Dan Charlie and the late Rachel (MacIsaac) MacDonald. Jim is survived by his soulmate, Kelly-Jo; and his siblings, Elizabeth Lawrence, Judique; Catherine (Danny), Judique; Rick (Mary), Parksville, BC; Jerome (Laurie), Dartmouth; Marie, Port Hood; Donald (Joan), Hatchet Lake; Margaret (Derek) Reid, Napanee, ON; Bernadette (Keith Christie), Creignish; Beverly (Wayne) Beaton, Port Hood, and by his aunt, Mary MacIsaac and uncle, Ben MacIsaac. Jim is also survived by 16 nieces and nephews, 17 grand nieces and nephews, and three great-grand nieces and nephews. Jim was predeceased by his parents, grandparents, and many aunts and uncles. As the oldest brother, Jim taught us many things…including how to play cribbage and chess, but most of all he taught us to laugh (what a laugh he had) and enjoy the moment. Jim was our family story keeper, and always had a story we had not heard before. Jim had fond memories working on Buddy MacDonald’s fishing boat when he was young, and loved being on the water. He worked at Westinghouse Electric Company in Hamilton, ON, in his early 20s before returning to Cape Breton and working at the Mill in Port Hawkesbury up until his accident in 1975. Jim moved to the Park Haven Extended Care on Purcell’s Cove Road, and then lived independently for 30 years in the Halifax area before moving to The Falls area in recent years. The family would like to thank Dr Dan MacDonald, palliative care nurse, Martha Ferguson, all the health care workers at Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital, VON support workers, and EHS personnel for your care and kindness. A thank you to all the health care workers and friends Jim met over the years during hospital stays at the Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre in Halifax. Cremation has taken place under the care of Coulter’s Funeral Home, Tatamagouche. A private memorial will be scheduled in the summer. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Paraplegic Association (Nova Scotia) or the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital Foundation. Messages to the family may be conveyed at: www.mmcfunerals.com.

MacDONALD
The death of Alexander John MacDonald, 71, of Inverness occurred on Sunday, February 6th, 2022, at the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Born in Glace Bay, Alex was a son of the late Alexander Duncan MacDonald and Mary (MacNeil) MacDonald. He is survived by his sister, Mary (Albert) Rennie, Kemptville, ON; his brother, Stan (Maggie) MacDonald of Bell Island, NL. He is also survived by his nieces, Tina and Michelle (Glen); his nephews Darrell (Heather) and Nicky; grandnieces, Tiffany, Hannah, and Charlotte; many cousins and friends. In addition to his parents, Alex was predeceased by his stepmother, Mary (Codner) MacDonald and his brother, Duncan. Funeral mass was held on Tuesday, February 8th, 2022, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, S. W. Margaree with Father Silvichen officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Sunset Funeral Cooperative, Margaree Valley, NS. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

MacDONELL
Joseph Daniel MacDonell (Lt. Col. – Retired), March 23rd, 1932 – February 11th, 2022: Passed away peacefully in Ottawa surrounded by his family. The son of the late Rose (Gillis) and John Hugh MacDonell, Joe was born and raised in Judique. He was predeceased by siblings Anne, Donald, and Father Jim and is survived by sister Marie (McPhee). Left to mourn are his wife of 61 years, Elaine (Murray); daughters Patricia, Teresa, Margo, and Claire; sons-in-law Bois, Paul, and Darryl; grandchildren Susanna, Devan, Catherine, David, Heather, Sarah, Alec, and Jack; his sisters- and brothers-in-law; and many nieces and nephews. Joe graduated from the Nova Scotia Teachers College, taught for a few years in Harbourview, then headed to St. FX University, which led to a 25-year finance and accounting career in the Canadian Armed Forces (RCAF), followed by more than a decade with the federal government. Joe’s service in the Canadian Forces meant the family moved many times across the Maritimes, Labrador, Quebec, and Ontario and overseas to Germany. He was renowned for planning ahead and being prepared no matter the task. It was these strengths, combined with his steadfast commitment to his family and his faith that allowed the family to enjoy community and parish life no matter where they lived. In retirement, Joe devoted his time to volunteering and, together with Elaine, enjoyed travel and welcoming friends and family for wonderful meals in their home. A proud Cape Bretoner, he delighted in sharing his love of tartans, fiddle music, and Gaelic expressions with his children and grandchildren. A funeral mass was held at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Ottawa, on Tuesday, February 15th, 2022.

De WITTE
The family of Adriaan Jan de Witte sorrowfully announce the death of their father, grandfather, and great-grandfather on January 19th, 2022. Born in Holland on January 16th, 1924, Adriaan grew up in Brabant and later DenHaag. He served as a medic in the British Army during WWII, returning to study in Bromingen and Leiden after the war, graduating with degrees in physics and mathematics. His marriage in 1948 to Maria Elisabeth Boom of Leiden was the beginning of 70 years of life together. Adriaan and Rie emigrated to the United States in 1951 where they raised their three children. While a professor at the University of Illinois teaching in the Department of Mining and Metallurgy Adriaan was actively involved in environmental issues, the civil rights movement, and promoting world peace. The de Wittes spent summers in Nova Scotia first at Lake Ainslie, Cape Breton, and later Malignant Cove, Antigonish County. The beautiful beaches, the unique culture, and the warm friendships they made drew them back each summer for 37 years. Adriaan was preceded in death by his wife Rie in 2018. He is survived by daughter Bette Leach (Bob), Illinois, son Maarten (Jill), Idaho, and daughter Beverly Fraser, Antigonish. As well he leaves behind grandsons Jesse Fraser (Lindsay MacDonald), East Lkae Ainlsie, Seth Fraser (Erin MacKenzie), North Lake Ainslie, Skylar Denny-de Witte, California, and great-grandsons Ewan and William MacDonald-Fraser, and Thoreau MacKenzie Fraser. Cremation has taken place with a memorial to follow this summer in Nova Scotia. The family requests donations be made to an environmental or children’s charity of one’s choice.

ROMARD
Edmond Roger Romard, June 13th, 1935 (Inverness, Nova Scotia) – January 29th, 2022 (Calgary, Alberta): Edmond “Ed” Romard passed away on Saturday, January 29th, at the age of 86 years. He is survived by his wife Kathleen “Kay”; his children Melanie (Richard), Roger (Tamara); his grandchildren Amy (Brandon), Madison, Sarah, Noah, Robert; his step-grandchildren Kristyna, Scott, Ryan; as well as his brother Clifford (Roberta); his sisters Jeanette and Anita. Predeceased by his parent’s Joseph and Mary; his sisters Nellie (Lawrence), Yvonne (John), and Marius (Tommy); and his brother-in-law James. Born in Inverness, Nova Scotia, on June 13, 1935; the day of his parents wedding anniversary. The second of seven children to Joseph and Mary Romard. He was raised on Cape Breton Island, and it was always home in his heart. As a child, his love of all sports grew. His summers were filled with baseball games he played with his fellow “Inverness Ravens” with which he won a championship in 1951. At the age of 19, Ed joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. His time in the RCAF allowed him the privilege of seeing many places across Canada. In late 1957 after being honorably discharged Ed made his way to family in Lethbridge, Alberta, before finally building a life in Calgary, the city he called home for approximately 60 years. This is where he met the love of his life, his wife of 58 years, Kay. Together they had two children, Melanie and Roger. Fatherhood was the great joy of his life; it gave him all the fulfillment he ever wanted or needed. Nothing ever challenged this until 1991, when he became a grandpa and later in life gained step-grandchildren. The warmth of his personality and smile made others at ease to be around him. He had a magnetism about him that would quite literally draw people in. It was a common occurrence for Ed to be seen at gatherings surrounded by friends and family. This is where he thrived, in the presence of his loved ones Ed was happiest. His retirement years from Canada Post were full of enjoying the little moments with his grandchildren, vacationing with Kay, participating in every social activity he could and, making the best out of every moment. We would like to thank all the staff at Carewest Royal Park for taking such good care of him over the last two years.  In lieu of flowers please make donations to the MS Society or any charity of your choice. Funeral services were held at St. James Catholic Church 5504-20th Street SW Calgary, Alberta, on Tuesday, February 8th at 1:00 pm. A livestream of the service is available for those unable to attend. Photos, memories, and condolences may be shared with Edmond’s family through www.evanjstrong.com.

GAUDET
Lina Yvonne Gaudet, age 92, Cheticamp, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 25th, 2022, in Foyer Père Fiset Guest Home, Cheticamp. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and the late Julitte (Delaney) Gaudet. Lina entered the teaching profession at a young age. She taught in two- or three-room schools in Margaree, Plateau, and Petit Étang. Her career ended abruptly when she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the tender age of 24. Lina and her sisters were wonderful hostesses who loved receiving friends, neighbours, and visitors, from away, at their home in St. Joseph du Moine. They especially enjoyed visits of children and babies. Many people have fond memories of visiting the Gaudet sisters when growing up, and always receiving a treat, often milk and cookies. They cherished the close friendship they had with the LeBlanc sisters, Julia, Eileen, Elizabeth, Marie Hilda, and Dianne, who lived across the road and were always ready to assist and support them. A special thanks to everyone who helped Lina and her sisters over the years. Merci! Lina was the longest living resident of Foyer Père Fiset. She was admitted on December 26th, 1994. Thanks to all past and present employees for the loving care Lina received during her 27 years as a resident. Lina was the last remaining member of her immediate family, so consequently, the Foyer employees became her family. She had a beautiful smile that lit up her surroundings when someone walked into her room. She was extremely grateful for the care and attention she received. She loved music and other Foyer activities and appreciated all the volunteers who brought joy into her life. She was a woman of great faith, who accepted her disability with calmness and dignity. Lina was predeceased by her brothers, Arthur, Denis, and Albert Gaudet; sisters, Jeannette Giroux, Marie Cecile Cormier, and Zabine Gaudet. A graveside service will be held in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, St. Joseph du Moine, at a later date. Donations 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.

HANNIGAN
Christena Florence Hannigan, November 20th, 1945 – January 28th, 2022: It is with great sadness and loss that we announce the passing of our precious mother Christena Florence (Timmons) Hannigan on January 28th, 2022, at the Inverary Manor. She was surrounded by her children and passed peacefully. Christena was born on November 20th, 1945, to the late William and Johnena (Shaw) Timmons. Christena is survived by her children, Shane (Mona) Hannigan of Belle Cote, NS; Lisa (Robert) MacFarlane of South West Margaree, NS; Russell (Angel) Hannigan of Saskatchewan; Richard (Melody Drake) Hannigan of Valley, NS; Francis (Gloria Ross) Hannigan, Belle Cote, NS; Mary (Denis) Doiron, Courtice, ON; her precious brother Earl (lovingly known as Uncle Earl); 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. Christena was predeceased by an infant daughter named Alice; precious grandson Davin Riley Hannigan; the father of her children Harry Francis Hannigan; brothers, Benny, Donald, William, Elva, Brian, David; sisters, Eileen and Hattie. We, the family of Christena Hannigan, would like to extend our sincerest thanks to the team at the Inverary Manor. The team went above and beyond to make sure our time with our mom was as peaceful and comfortable as possible. Your love and support was needed and certainly appreciated. We also want to thank Dr. Ritter and his palliative care team who answered our questions and checked in on mom on a regular basis. Due to COVID restrictions, we are unable to have a viewing or a gathering so a private family ceremony will be planned for a later date. Donations can be made directly to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society or to Inverary Manor, Inverness. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

MacDONALD
With gratitude for her life and love, we share the news of Fidelle MacDonald’s death at home on January 25th, 2022. Sarah Fidelis (Fidelle) was born April 24th, 1939, at her parents’ farmhouse in Creignish, Cape Breton.  She was the youngest of Hector Hugh and Mary Kate (MacEachern) MacDonald’s seven children. She graduated from Mount Saint Bernard College (St. Francis Xavier University) in 1959 with a diploma in Secretarial Studies. She worked at Stora Forest Industries in Point Tupper and Province House in Halifax.  After her children were in school, she became a real estate agent before returning to her secretarial career at NSLC head office until her retirement. She was a lifelong supporter of charitable causes, lending her compassion and organizational skills to food, clothing, and furniture collections, Sacred Heart Parish, St. Vincent de Paul Society, and the CNIB. To meet Fidelle was to be drawn in by her gentle charm and graceful style.  To know her was to learn of her humility, fortitude, and steadfast good nature through all of life’s challenges, qualities we will always recall and hold dear. She was predeceased by her parents Hector Hugh and Mary Kate (MacEachern) MacDonald of Creignish, and all of her siblings (Charlotte, Angus, Mary, Alexander, Marguerite, and Floyd); and by her dear friend Nola Mahon by only a few days. She is survived by her daughter Mary Elizabeth; son Rhett, daughter-in-law Tracy, grandchildren Sophia and Caden; sisters-in-law Gerri (Voerman) and Joanne (Rankin) MacDonald; former husband Dennis and his family (brother Lewis, sister-in-law Maureen, sons Jamie, Alex Joe, and Calum), who remember her with love and admiration. She will be deeply missed by her cherished nieces and nephews and their families – the Steeles, MacNeils, Mazzoccas, Martins, Burridges, and MacDonalds.  She held a special place in her heart for godchildren Lisa MacDonald, Julie, Anthony, and Patricia Nicholson, and her many dear friends. We deeply appreciate the compassionate care she received from her family physician Dr. Teliki, her oncologists Dr. Morzycki and Dr. Ddamba, and her palliative care team. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the CNIB or a charity of your choice.  Funeral will be held at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Halifax (of Stella Maris Parish) on Saturday January 29th, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. Due to COVID restrictions, the service will be by invitation only but will be livestreamed at service time at www.walkerfh.com.  Memorial will be held at a later date in Creignish.

MacISAAC
It is with broken hearts that we announce the sudden passing at Inverary Manor in Inverness, of our dearly loved mom, nana, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, and friend, Christine (Tootsie) Delrosa MacIsaac on January 31st, 2022. She now joins her love of her life husband, Donnie, who passed away just on November 14th, 2021, and beloved son, Sandy, who passed away on May 5th, 1986. Mom hasn't been quite the same since Dad passed away, so it is not a surprise that she couldn't live without him and they are once again back together. Born in Inverness, Tootsie was a daughter of the late Hugh Hector Campbell and Jessie Ann (Gillis) Campbell. She was a member of St. Margaret of Scotland Roman Catholic Church, Broad Cove. Tootsie grew up in Deepdale and when she met the love of her life, a new adventure began in Dunvegan which lasted 58 years with six kids! Mom was like a mother to many of our friends, cousins, and neighbours often giving a little bit of advice with open arms. She worked and enjoyed seasonal work at the Strathlorne Tree Nursery for many years, but the most important job she loved most was raising of her family. Never was there a hot meal missed or the hot cereal (Cream of Wheat) she made for each and every one of us every morning and before school making sure we had a full belly to start school of on the right foot. Mom was a long-time supporter of Dad's other love of his life – the love of horses and horse racing and every Sunday when Dad had the horses loaded in the trailer to head to Inverness, she then rushed us to get ready to go to the races as, “I need to get there to bet on the Daily Double” often picking her favourite number 45 and then the number 258 once the Triactor betting was available in hopes of striking it big! Tootsie enjoyed music, a game of cards, seeing people have a good time, hearing a good story, enjoying a good laugh, and especially a Sunday afternoon and Wednesday evening on the grandstand at the Inverness Raceway. She loved to read the paper, in particular The Oran, play solitaire, and complete crossword puzzles. The fall was always a busy time of year, as the vegetables she grew in her massive garden were then converted to delicious pickles to enjoy throughout the winter months and often enjoyed by others as she loved to share with family and friends. Despite cognitive decline and some decrease in mobility in the last two years, she lived every day of her life to the fullest with an infectious smile on her face followed by a contagious laugh and a quick come back/wise crack to anyone who was up for a challenge. For the past two years, mom enjoyed living at the Manor-Harbour Lights Villa thanks to the amazing care, love, and attention she received from all of the staff, none of you will ever be forgotten. We are extremely grateful for every day of her life and will miss her enormously. She made our world a better place and she will live forever in our hearts. To know Tootsie was to love her! We know she will be welcomed in heaven by a few special people that have gone before her and are waiting patiently for her arrival to start the music. Tootsie is survived by her loving family: children, Donna (Pat), Campbell, Ann Marie (Lyle), Myrna (Paul), Carolyn (Herb); grandchildren, Nicholas, Brianna, Ben, Angus, Bridget, Sean, Callum, and Liam; brother Leonard (Cathy), sister Cookie (Tommy); sisters-in-law, Effie (Jimmy-deceased), Anne (Albert), brothers-in-law John Dan (Sandra), Archie (Joan), Francis (Lois). She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces, and grand nephews. In addition to her parents, husband, and son, Tootsie was predeceased by siblings: Mary C. Jay (Joyce), Maurice (Doreen), Teresa, Jimmy (Joyce), Jeanette  (Ronald). Unfortunately, there will be no visitation at this time as a result of COVID restrictions. Private funeral mass for family and close friends/neighbors will be held in St. Margaret of Scotland Church, Broad Cove, Friday, February 4th, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. with Father Daniel Tshimbalanga officiating. Please note in keeping with COVID-19 Public Health Act requirements, all attending the funeral mass will be required to wear a mask and show photo ID and proof of vaccination before entering and respecting the limited number of attendees. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Inverary Manor, Harbour Lights Villa, Inverness. “You are my sunshine.”

MacNEIL
It is with great sadness we, the family, announce the passing of Joseph Arthur MacNeil, Mabou, on Wednesday, January 26th, 2022. Arthur was born in Inverness, January 14th, 1950, to the late Sandy and Gladys (Deyoung) MacNeil. Arthur is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Theresa (Beaton); son David Arthur (Danette MacNeil); daughters, Patricia (Cohen) Cameron, and Stacy MacNeil (Kevin McIntyre); and grandchildren, Denver and Paige MacNeil, and Emerson and Mary Catherine Cameron, who meant the world to him. He is also survived by his brothers John (Susan), Gregory (Hughene), and Neil (late Mary); his sisters, Marlene MacLean (late Malcolm) and Louise (Willie) MacIsaac; sister-in-law TC MacNeil; and the Beaton clan. He is also predeceased by his brothers Ronnie, and Gregory in infancy. Arthur’s career as a sheet metal worker took him many places across Canada. After years of working, Arthur retired enjoying his many hobbies. He had a green thumb! He was known for his beautiful garden and orchard. Arthur took pride in redoing his parents’ family home, where he raised his own family. He loved his “toy” saw mill, sawing lumber for many different projects around his property. He took joy in building oyster cages for his son. Arthur could be seen sitting on the deck doing his cryptogram, reading The Oran, or having a shot with good company. Many who drove by had a big wave for Art, a honk of the horn, or stopped in to chat. Arthur was known to live life in the present and take on each day like it was his last. He was known to be a humble, genuine, loving man. He didn't need the luxuries of life to be happy. He always appreciated the important things he had around him, especially his family. He set the standards high of what it was to be a husband, father, son, Poppa, brother, and friend. He could lighten up any situation happily with his witty humour and smirk that many will never forget. Arthur’s aunt once said “the world would be a better place if everyone was like Arthur.” During Arthur’s battle with cancer he taught us the power of positivity and determination. When the doctor gave Arthur his final report he replied with “what will be, will be.” This gave his family strength and acceptance during his finals days. Arthur may be gone, but has left a great impact with his family and friends as they continue on to share his memories. Due to COVID restrictions there will be no visitation.  A funeral will be held for immediate family only on February 3rd, 2022, at 11:00 a.m., St. Mary’s Parish Church, Mabou, with Father Dan MacDonald officiating. Donations can be made to the Cape Breton Cancer or Inverness County Palliative Care or a charity of your choice. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.invernessfuneralhome.com for the MacNeil family.

DOUCET
Catherine Angélique Doucet passed away January 13th, 2022, at the age of 96 at the St-François d’Assise Hospital in Quebec City, Quebec. She was born in Cheticamp, NS, daughter of Ephraim Chiasson and Bertha Chiasson (Lefort). Surviving are daughters, Bertha Marie, Odette (Pierre); grandchildren, Alyssa, Mélanie, and Christian; and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her husband, Philias Doucet; sisters, Odile Hanlon, Sr Beatrice Chiasson, Mary Kane, Bernadette Leblanc, Luce Agnes Chiasson, Sabine Lefort, Bernadette Leblanc, and Agnes (in infancy); brothers, Louis, Leo P., and Placide. She belonged to St. Peter’s Parish where she was a church choir member since her teenage years. She was also a member of Cheticamp Senior’s Club, of which she was treasurer for several years. She was a Fun & Fitness volunteer instructor for nine years, particularly at the Patrice Leblanc Seniors’ Residence. She also volunteered in the community for different causes, especially going from house to house for all kinds of collections. A special thank you to Paulette Roach, Lisette Aucoin-Bourgeois, and Marlene Larade, who sent her numerous letters and newspaper clippings of her beloved Cheticamp, over the last 12 years while she lived in Quebec City with her daughter, husband, and granddaughter. Cremation has taken place. Visitation, funeral service, and burial of ashes will be held in Cheticamp at a later date. Donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be made to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

MacDONALD
Neil MacDonald, of Canton, died peacefully on January 12th, 2022. He was 85 years old. Born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, he has lived in Canton for the past 51 years. He was the devoted husband of the late Edna MacDonald; loving father of Brian S. MacDonald of Canton, Allyson M. Podgurski and her husband James of Canton, and Wayne A. MacDonald CFD of Canton and his girlfriend Liz; proud grandfather of Morgan, Jimmy, and Katie; brother of Ronnie MacDonald and his wife Josephine; and sister Genevieve MacDonald, all of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. He is also survived by his in-laws, Sister Bernice Smith, Gerry Andrews and his wife Fran, and Lori Birt, all of Prince Edward Island and Phyllis McQuaid of Nova Scotia. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by siblings Isabel, Florence, Margaret, Buddy, and his wife Pauline, Frank, and Jean Taylor and her husband Frank. He was also predeceased by in-laws Bert Smith and his wife Eileen, Lucy Doyle and her husband Bernie, Mary Reilly and her husband Terry, Reg Smith, Anne Latimer, Marion Gilbert and her husband Jack, Emma Dalton and her husband Mel, Kay McKinnon and her husband Bud, and Pat Smith and his wife Marion. Neil enjoyed watching the Bruins, watching Morgan playing sports, attending Jimmy’s hockey games, and playing cards with Katie. He enjoyed being at MacDonald’s Auto Repair shop, working side by side with his sons. Visiting hours in the Pushard Family Funeral Home, 210 Sherman Street were on Friday, January 21st from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Relatives and friends were respectfully invited to attend. A funeral mass was celebrated at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 22nd at St. Oscar Romero Parish (formerly St. John the Evangelist) 700 Washington Street, Canton. In lieu of flowers donations in Neil’s name may be made to Canton EMS Assn., 99 Revere Street, Canton, MA, 02021, or L’Arche Cape Breton www.larchecapebreton.org.

MacMILLAN
Neil Archie MacMillan, 79, of Judique passed away suddenly on Saturday January 22nd, 2022, at Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Born in Judique, he was a son of the late Alex Dan and Mary Margaret (Gillis) MacMillan. Neil worked as a labourer through the union across the country. Neil had a passion for harness racing; which he did one time himself. He liked going for early morning drives for his coffee. Most of all, he loved spending time on the phone with all of his buddies and having them there playing cards. He will be deeply missed by his sisters, Sarah MacEachern and Mary Ann (Barry) MacMillan, both of Port Hawkesbury; sister-in-law, Mary MacMillan of Judique; as well as many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. He was predeceased by brothers, Dan Alex, Allen Joseph, Hughie John, James, Donald Archie, and Donald Angus; sister, Mary Flora, and Christine and Annie (in infancy). Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation; funeral at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Diabetes Canada. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Green’s Funeral Home, 507 Bernard St., Port Hawkesbury.

MURPHY
It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Wayne Murphy on Wednesday, January 12th, 2022, in Inverary Manor, Inverness. Born in Tracadie, New Brunswick, on December 20th, 1940, Wayne was a son of the late Stella Murphy (Saulnier) and the late Sydney Murphy. He is survived by his devoted wife, Sadie; sons, David and Charles; daughter, Michelle; sisters, Carmeline and Bernetta; brother, Armel; his three grandchildren, Stella, Siobhan, and Pearse; and many nieces and nephews. Wayne was predeceased by his brother, Wilson and his sister, Muriel (Legere). He graduated from Saint Anne's College in 1960 with a Bachelor of Arts in History, and subsequently, from St. Francis Xavier University with his Bachelor and Master of Education. He became principal of Port Hood Consolidated School in 1967 and completed his career as principal of Judique-Creignish Consolidated School in 1993. Wayne and Sadie opened Sara's Crafts and Gifts in 1988, which became The Clove Hitch Restaurant in 2010 under new owners. He was truly his happiest when helping others and volunteered his time throughout his community, from the Allan MacInnis Arena to St. Peter's Parish. Wayne was a devout Catholic and head of the local Presidium of the Legion of Mary. He touched the lives of many people and kept on giving through his entire life. He will be missed by all. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff of the Inverary Manor for their compassion and care during Wayne's stay. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Saint Peter's Parish Cemetery Fund, Port Hood Resting Place, or a charity of choice. Family burial will take place in the Spring. Online condolences may be made by visiting: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

AUCOIN
It is with the heaviest hearts that we sadly announce the passing of our beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, Jean “Albert” Aucoin, at the age of 78, on Sunday, January 2nd, 2022, in the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. Dad was predeceased by his parents, Marcellin (à George) Aucoin; Elizabeth (à Pit) Poirier; and brothers, Eugene and Marcel Aucoin. Albert leaves to mourn many who will miss him dearly. He leaves behind a very special friend and partner, Marie Jeanette LeFort. Together, Marie Jeanette and Dad had a beautiful life where they travelled and enjoyed the simplest things. He also leaves behind his son, Glenn (Lisa); daughters, Lynn (Curtis), and Lisa (Jean-Paul); grandchildren, Kelsey and Craig. Also surviving are sisters, Claudette (Edmond) Aucoin, Georgina Aucoin, Jeanne (Pierre) Paillé; sister-in-law, Linda Aucoin; many nieces and nephews. Albert was a hard worker and a very successful businessman. He co-founded and owned several family businesses including Aucoin's Electrical, Aucoin's Mobility, and the Seafood Stop Restaurant. His work introduced him to countless friends, colleagues, customers, and business partners. He always took pride in sharing his vast knowledge and experiences by mentoring those who were new to the trade industry. Even after his retirement, he maintained his daily routine of having morning coffee with his buddies at the “shop.” Dad had a great sense of humour and loved hearing or telling a good joke. As an individual, dad was the kindest, most gentle soul who gave with all of his heart. Regardless what was happening in his life, he met any challenge with the most enduring patience and courage as shown by his 38 years of sobriety. He was a humble man of few words who was modest about his own accomplishments, yet he always spoke with great pride of his beloved children and grandchildren. He embraced life with simplicity! A funeral mass was held at l'Église St. Pierre, Chéticamp, on Friday January 7th, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial followed in the parish cemetery. Due to COVID restrictions, family and invited guests only. Masks were mandatory and proof of vaccination was required. Donations can be made to the Sacred Heart Hospital Charitable Foundation. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

DINDOFF
We are saddened to announce the passing of Jean Marie Dindoff on December 29th, 2021, who died peacefully in Inverary Manor at the age of 81. She was born and raised in Inverness on January 30th, 1940. She was predeceased by her parents, Floremond, Sarah (Campbell); brother, Freddy; brother-in-law, Joseph MacFarlane. She is survived by her sisters, Catherine (MacFarlane), Betty (Morgan); brother, Alex(Kathleen); brother-in-law, Lester Morgan, many nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank the staff at the Inverary Manor for the wonderful care that Jean received in her later years. We’d also like to thank Dr. Egar and the staff at Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital for the care she received. Cremation has taken place. A private family service will take place at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Inverary Manor, Inverness or to a charity of your choice. On line condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

HINKLEY
Mary “Elizabeth” Hinkley, age 63, Cheticamp, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, January 2nd, 2022. Elizabeth was the daughter of the late Charlie Willie and the late Marie Luce (AuCoin) Haché. Elizabeth was employed by the Inverness County Home Support Society as a home care worker for 26 wonderful years. She always went over and above for each of her clients. You would often find her in the kitchen baking. She would be sure to never let you leave empty handed! Elizabeth is survived, by the love of her life, of 22 years, Walter “Wally” Hinkley; son, Clarence “Digger”(Christine), Petit Etang; daughters, Sharlene Timmons (Darren), Petit Etang, Alysha Hinkley, Sydney; step-daughters, Nicole Hinkley (Megan), Halifax, and Catherine Hinkley, Halifax; brother, Georgie Haché (Sylvia), Point Cross; sister, Jeanne LeBlanc (Clarence), St. Joseph du Moine; grandchildren, Dawson, Cole, Blair-Marie, Breanna, Paige, Conner, Calee, Sierra, Brady, Maddison, and MaKenna; great-grandchildren, Ariah, Ava, and Hazel. She was predeceased by brothers, Roger, Paul Joe, and Alfred; sisters, Mary Margaret, and Ethel. Funeral was celebrated on Thursday, January 6th, 2022, at 1:30 p.m. (for family and invited guests) in l’Église St. Pierre, Cheticamp, with Father Bedford Doucette officiating. Burial followed in Pleasant Bay Cemetery, Pleasant Bay. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, masks were mandatory and proof of vaccination was required. Donations in Elizabeth’s memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be made to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

MacCUSPIC
Norma Ann MacCuspic, December 25th, 1969 – December 30th, 2021: It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Norma Ann on December 30th at the regional hospital, Sydney, NS. Born on December 25th, 1969 at Baddeck she was the daughter of Donald R. MacCuspic and Marilyn Matheson MacCuspic. Norma chose to be an LPN – well suited with her caring personality. Norma was a friendly, loving person – a “bright light” in everyone’s life. Norma was predeceased by her father Donald R. MacCuspic, a favourite uncle Ross Matheson, and his son Dannie. Norma leaves to mourn her beloved son, Dudley Callum MacCuspic, her mother Marilyn MacCuspic, and many relatives and friends. There will be a private burial at Little Narrows Cemetery at a later date.

MacDONALD
Archibald “Cyril” MacDonald was born in Inverness, on August 15th,1943. Cyril grew up in Little Judique, lived many years in Judique Central, and peacefully passed on January 2nd, 2022 in Inverness, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. In 1963, Cyril met Barbara King at a down east dance held in the Rose Croix Hall in Boston. In 1965, they married and then moved back to Little Judique in 1967 to grow and raise their family. Survived by Barbara, his loving wife of 56 years; and by their children, Bonnie MacDonald (Bradley MacPhee),Dartmouth; Scott MacDonald (Mary),Toronto; Lori MacDonald (Kenny Melanson),Truro; Lisa MacDonald, Antigonish; Kerri MacDonald (Scott Wadden), Dartmouth; Lindsay MacDonald (Pat MacIntyre), Judique; Erick MacDonald (Rebecca), Ottawa; and grandchildren Spencer and Morgan MacDonald, Toronto; Luke and Matthew Melanson,Truro; Devin and Kurt MacLaughlin, Antigonish; Emma, Meagan, and Mackenzie Wadden, Dartmouth; and Nathaniel, Everly, and Vera MacDonald, Ottawa. He is also survived by his sister, Patricia Gillan-Weymouth, MA. Cyril was predeceased by his parents, James and Jessie (MacIsaac) MacDonald and siblings Elizabeth Ayres, Mary Christine White, and Gregory MacDonald. Cyril absolutely loved his community of Judique and, over the years, enjoyed volunteering with a variety of local groups and organizations. His children and grandchildren were a great source of pride. He especially enjoyed discussing genealogy, eating a great steak (and a butterscotch pie or two), talking politics, nice cars, money – yours not his, golf – lots of golf, listening to good music, a solid game of crib, taking long drives that included the Shore Road, ice cream, and a trip to McDonalds. Dad's special buddy, Jade (his rescue cat) misses him. Dad had a quick wit and liked nothing better than a good story told with a sharp and sarcastic tongue. The majority of his career was spent with the Municipality of Inverness and the Province of Nova Scotia, in the Community Services Department. He spoke highly of his clients and co-workers, and we have been told, “worked with a combination of compassion, professionalism, and humour.” He retired, after 36 years, in the position of municipal director of Community Services. Our family would like to thank all who have provided words of sympathy, after Cyril's passing, along with all acts of care and compassion. Our sincere appreciation to the residents of the SeaBreeze wing of the Inverary Manor, for being good friends, in Dad's final weeks and to the care team who showed professionalism, kindness, and respect. A special thank you to Dr. Bennett, Dr. Ritter, and their teams for their support and guidance. Mom, Lindsay, and Pat – we especially appreciate, as did Dad, the terrific care, fun, and comfort you provided for many, many years. As Dad would often say, especially over the last few years, “I love you all very, very much.” As per Dad's wishes, cremation has taken place, no wake will be held and a funeral will be scheduled during the summer of 2022. Online condolences at: www.invernessfuneralhome.com. In memory of Dad, we would appreciate any donations be made to The Judique and District Volunteer Fire Department, https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/judique-and-district-volunteer-fire-department/.

MacINNIS
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Annie Mae (MacRury) MacInnis, 77, on Thursday, January 6th, in Halifax Infirmary surrounded by her loving family. Annie Mae was born in Soapstone Mines, August 3rd, 1944, to the late Effie Hawley and Roddie MacDonald. She was a hard worker from an early age, having left home to work at The Village Inn in Whycocomagh and continue attending school at the age of 12. She married the love of her life, Peter MacInnis, in 1961 and moved to East Skye Glen to start their family. Annie Mae took care of everyone. The family home was a place to gather for those who were away, and Annie Mae welcomed them all and fed them. Together with Peter, they raised six children of their own and were a saving grace to many foster children throughout the years. Annie Mae was a cleaner for various people and businesses in the community and spent time in the kitchens of Vi’s Restaurant and The Farmer’s Daughter making lasting friendships at each place. Annie Mae was in her glory spending time with her 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and loved when they all got together, especially around a campfire or for a cup of tea. Annie Mae was a member of the Stewart United Church, UCW, and had a strong sense of faith. She was an amazing baker, best known for her biscuits and shortbread cookies that could be found at various socials, weddings, card games, and Ceilidhs in Inverness County. Left to mourn are daughters: Janice (Merryl) Bustin, Skye Glen, Kelly (Glen) Gillis, River Denys; sons: Kevin, Ivan (Juanita), Blair, and Bobby (Liza) all of Skye Glen. Grandchildren Matthew (Jessica), Falmouth, Coady (Carla), Medicine Hat, Chad, Halifax, Jillian (Michael), Halifax, Caitlin (Joey), Skye Glen, Jeffrey (Lindsay), Nevada Valley, Samantha (Alex), Shubenacadie, Cassandra (Connor), Dartmouth, Rory, Theanna, and Braelynn, River Denys; great-grandchildren: Kailey, Henry, Peter, Violet, Alexander and Archie. Brother Jimmy (Mary) MacRury, sisters Margaret Rose (Gerry) Ward, Barbie (Eric) Lefort, brother-in-law Donald Cecil MacInnis, sister-in-law Margie MacInnis, Anne MacInnis and many nieces and nephews near and far. She was predeceased by her husband Peter, grandson Jonathan MacInnis, and brother Lawrence Hawley. Cremation has taken place. Service to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Annie Mae to the Stewart United Church or the Stewartdale Cemetery. The family would like to thank the staff at the Halifax Infirmary, Unit 5.2 for the great care they provided for Nannie in her final week, and a special thanks to Dr. Susanne Egar and Dr. Rhea MacDonald at Inverness Memorial Hospital. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at www.haverstocks.com.

BEATON
Alexander Hugh “Al” – Little Judique: It is with deep sadness we announce the death of Al (Alexander Hugh) Beaton, which occurred in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, December 15th, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. Al was born in Little Judique on December 24th, 1939, to Hugh and Sarah Anne (MacDougall) and following secondary education, he and his brother John joined his father in the very successful and respected business of Hugh Beaton and Sons located at Little Judique. He is survived by his beloved wife, Maneight, his life partner and supporter with whom they shared so much love and devotion. Surviving also are his daughter, Lois (Danny) Beaton McNamara, Halifax; grandson, Hugh Alexander Beaton McNamara (Lauren Vassallo) Toronto; sister, Marie MacMaster; nieces, Carolyn MacDonald, Elaine (MacDonald) Collins, Sheila MacDonald, Mary Elizabeth (MacMaster) MacInnis; nephews, Melvin MacDonald, and Allan MacMaster. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, John Beaton; sister, Pauline and her husband Angus B. (Buddy) MacDonald; and her son, Mark MacDonald; brother-in-law, Buddy MacMaster. He was a very proud grandfather to his grandson, Hugh Alexander. He always was happy to share a story about his grandson’s hard work, accomplishments, and experiences in Toronto. He worked hard all his life, alongside his brother John in the family business for 54 years. He was always willing to help everyone. He didn’t just fix your vehicle, he cared about you and always made sure everything was perfect before you went back on the road. Always smiling, soft spoken and caring, Al will be remembered for his kindness and generosity toward others. Al always enjoyed the horse races with his dear friends, John Donald (MacDonald), Kenny (Gillis), Duncan Francis (MacDonald), Lester Trenholm, and the Campbell boys. In recent years he enjoyed sitting with Maneight and listening to Cape Breton tunes and the Black Watch Pipe Band. He was very dedicated and proud of his Scottish heritage and enjoyed a cup of tea with his caring neighbours in Little Judique. We are forever grateful to Dad’s many friends and family who supported him, with a special thank you to Rose Marie and Grant Walsh, Belle and Stu DeCoste, Caddy MacDonald, Murial and Jerry Gillis, Kate Beaton, Billy and Carol MacDonald, Mary Anne MacDonald, Donald Mac Donald, Dougal MacDonald, Sid MacEachern, and Angus Willie Smith. The family wish to thank the staff at Inverary Manor, Freeman’s Pharmacy and Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Cremation has taken place. The visitation, mass and burial will be announced at a later date. Donations in memory can be made to Inverary Manor. Online condolences at: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

CORMIER
Myrna Florence Cormier, age 102, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 28th, 2021, at the Inverary Manor in Inverness. Born in Clarence, NS, she was predeceased by parents, Tracey and Winnifred (Banks) Minard; husband, Raymond Cormier; brothers, Aubrey, Amasa, Harold and Lorne. Myrna is survived by her brother, Newton; and numerous nieces and nephews. Myrna lived her last few years with all the wonderful people at the Inverary Manor and the staff became her friends. She always loved to have a laugh and play her bingo. She proudly spoke of the parade she was in as the oldest resident of the manor and those that knew her, understood how her strength and love of life allowed her the 102 years. As per Myrna’s wishes, no public funeral or burial ceremony will be held.  She loved animals immensely so any donations can be made to a local SPCA in Myrna’s memory. Arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

LeBLANC
It is with deep hearts and loving memories that we announce the passing of Edward Francis LeBlanc of Belle Cote, on January 1st, 2022, at the Halifax Infirmary at the age of 71. Edward was born in Cheticamp on November 29th, 1950, to the late Francis and Adelaide LeBlanc of Belle Cote. He was the fourth oldest of 10 children: Anita, Elaine, Lionel, Noella, Richard, George, Paul, Laura, and Mark. Edward was pre-deceased by his wife Linda (Burns) and sister Noella. Edward is survived by his three children, Jason (Lisa), Westville, Jeffrey (Melinda), Grand Etang, and Donna Walsh (Jeremy), St. John’s, NL; special friend Ruth Watts; and was a loving Grampie to Brayden, Seth, Avery, Maren, Ian, and Emma. He was a hard working and respected commercial fisherman for close to 48 years, 41 of which he dedicated to serving the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary and in his retirement worked as harbour master. Edward was an extremely kind community leader in many capacities. He was a life member of the Margaree Kinsmen Club, president of the Belle Cote Community Centre, former chief of the Margaree Volunteer Fire Department, and graciously dedicated his time and skills to helping family, friends, and neighbours. Edward was committed to continuing the tradition of annual family get togethers with his siblings and extended families. His generosity, hospitality, and quick wit ensured everyone felt loved and welcomed. He enjoyed travelling, particularly to the Dominican Republic, hosting crib tournaments, snowmobiling, and entertaining family and friends. He had a unique talent for improvision, could find a fix for almost anything, and was known for award-winning meat pies. At Edward’s request there will be no service or visitation, however, a private celebration will be held at a later date. Donations in Edward’s name may be made to the Belle Cote Community Centre, 10615 Cabot Trail, NS B0E 1C0. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

SAMPSON
Mary Kathleen “Kathy” Sampson, age 64, Cheticamp: It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved sister and aunt, Kathy, on Friday, December 24th, 2021, in the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. She was a daughter of the late Frank and the late Rita (Covin) Collet. Kathy will always be remembered for her love of cats, cards, and bingo. There was never a dull moment when she was around. She always had a little joke or comment to make us laugh. Her love of music took her to many places over the years with her late husband, Lloyd. Kathy died peacefully surrounded by family after a very short battle with cancer. “We will love you forever!” Kathy is survived by brothers, Donald (Lucie Anne) Collet, and Pat (Caroline) Collet; sister, Marie (Kenny) O’Toole; and many nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, David Lloyd Sampson, she was predeceased by a daughter, Mary Sampson (infancy); and a brother, Chickie Collet. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a funeral service will be held at a later date. Donations in Kathy’s memory may be made to Palliative Care Services, Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp, or Cape Breton Cancer Patient Fund. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

MURPHY
In memory of Daniel Hugh Murphy, 1946 – 2021. With saddened hearts, we announce the peaceful passing of Daniel Hugh Murphy on Tuesday, December 21st, 2021. He passed at his home in Margaree Valley, holding the hands of his loved ones. Hugh was born on December 2nd, 1946, in North East Margaree, Cape Breton, NS. Son of Martin and Alice (Doyle) Murphy. Hugh was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Hugh worked in the forestry industry for over 30 years. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Church in NE Margaree, a member of The Knights of Columbus and former Search and Rescue member. He always had a love for the Margarees and you wouldn’t often find him too far from his home. In 1976 he built his pride and joy, “the cabin” where he started growing his young family. He enjoyed hunting, snowshoeing, just about anything in the woods; but most of all, enjoyed the company and friendship of “the cabin crew.” For more than 30 years, friends have gathered every Sunday at “the cabin” sharing stories, laughs, and the occasional brew. Nothing brought him more joy than being surrounded by his family and cabin crew in the place he loved the most.  Hugh is survived by loving wife of 44 years Mary (Borden); his son, Ryan (Annie) Fredericton, NB; and his daughters, Jennifer (Daniel Chisholm), Halifax, NS; and Melanie (Devon) Arnold, North Vancouver, BC. Pop will be missed by his grandchildren: Claire, Isla, Norah, and Summer; sisters: Lillian Landsburg, Westmount, NS; Carmel (Davy) Timmons, Margaree Forks, NS; Ursula (Pat) Butler, Kingston, ON; Grace (Frank) McNabb, Ladysmith, BC; sister-in-law, Mary Catherine, Rockfield, NS; his brothers: Kevin (Joan), New Glasgow, NS; Eugene (Julie), Margaree, NS; father-in-law, John A Borden; brother-in-law John M Borden; sister-in-law Joanne (Gerard) Coombs; and many beloved nieces and nephews.  Hugh was predeceased by his sisters, Catherine Murphy, Bernadette Murphy, Bridget McKeough, Alice Cormier; brothers, Patrick, Dennis, Martin, Ranold; and brothers-in-law William McKeough and Allen Landsburg. The Murphy family would like to extend a huge heartfelt thank you to all his home caregivers, along with the Palliative Care team that provided such wonderful care. Thank you to Dr. Ritter and nurses for accommodating his medical needs and providing him with comfort and dignity with at-home visits. A special thanks to Father Silvichan Dominic and Father Bernie MacDonald for their spiritual blessings. We would like to extend an immense thank you to Marguerite Miller and Brenda Burton, dear family friends. Words cannot express our heartfelt gratitude for the care they provided to Hugh as well as our entire family. Likewise to family and the cabin crew and the entire community of Margaree for offering immeasurable support during a difficult time. Hugh is resting at Sunset Funeral Co-operative in Margaree Valley, NS. Due to the high number of COVID cases, funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date. Hugh would dislike nothing more than people spending money on flowers, so please with his wishes in mind, in lieu of flowers, any donations in his memory can be made to the ALS Society or Cape Breton Christmas Daddies. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.  As a lover of the outdoors and all things numerical, we feel it’s no coincidence Hugh passed on the Winter Solstice. “The Winter Solstice is the time of ending and beginning, a powerful time – a time to contemplate your immortality. A time to forgive, to be forgiven, and to make a fresh start. A time to awaken.” – Frederick Lenz

BEATON
Alexander Hugh “Al” – Little Judique: It is with deep sadness we announce the death of Al (Alexander Hugh) Beaton, which occurred in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, December 15th, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. Al was born in Little Judique on December 24th, 1939, to Hugh and Sarah Anne (MacDougall) and following secondary education, he and his brother John joined his father in the very successful and respected business of Hugh Beaton and Sons located at Little Judique. He is survived by his beloved wife, Maneight, his life partner and supporter with whom they shared so much love and devotion. Surviving also are his daughter, Lois (Danny) Beaton McNamara, Halifax; grandson, Hugh Alexander Beaton McNamara (Lauren Vassallo) Toronto; sister, Marie MacMaster; nieces, Carolyn MacDonald, Elaine (MacDonald) Collins, Sheila MacDonald, Mary Elizabeth (MacMaster) MacInnis; nephews, Melvin MacDonald, and Allan MacMaster. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, John Beaton; sister, Pauline and her husband Angus B. (Buddy) MacDonald; and her son, Mark MacDonald; brother-in-law, Buddy MacMaster. He was a very proud grandfather to his grandson, Hugh Alexander. He always was happy to share a story about his grandson’s hard work, accomplishments, and experiences in Toronto. He worked hard all his life, alongside his brother John in the family business for 54 years. He was always willing to help everyone. He didn’t just fix your vehicle, he cared about you and always made sure everything was perfect before you went back on the road. Always smiling, soft spoken and caring, Al will be remembered for his kindness and generosity toward others. Al always enjoyed the horse races with his dear friends, John Donald (MacDonald), Kenny (Gillis), Duncan Francis (MacDonald), Lester Trenholm, and the Campbell boys. In recent years he enjoyed sitting with Maneight and listening to Cape Breton tunes and the Black Watch Pipe Band. He was very dedicated and proud of his Scottish heritage and enjoyed a cup of tea with his caring neighbours in Little Judique. We are forever grateful to Dad’s many friends and family who supported him, with a special thank you to Rose Marie and Grant Walsh, Belle and Stu DeCoste, Caddy MacDonald, Murial and Jerry Gillis, Kate Beaton, Billy and Carol MacDonald, Mary Anne MacDonald, Donald Mac Donald, Dougal MacDonald, Sid MacEachern, and Angus Willie Smith. The family wish to thank the staff at Inverary Manor, Freeman’s Pharmacy and Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Cremation has taken place. The visitation, mass and burial will be announced at a later date. Donations in memory can be made to Inverary Manor. Online condolences at: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

TIMMONS
Winston Lloyd Timmons, age 75, Pleasant Bay: It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Winston Timmons, with his family by his side, on Friday, December 17th, 2021, in the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Cheticamp. A loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Winston loved fishing, hunting, working with his hands, including wood carving, carpentry, knitting, playing his guitar and singing. He was an avid outdoorsman who worked as a fisherman and then with the Cape Breton National Park for 20 years before his retirement. Winston is survived by his wife of 58 years, Gladys; son, William (Darlene); daughters, Winnifred Mackinnon (Tony), Maureen Timmons (David), Lisa Timmons, and Pauline Timmons (Kevin); brother, Lawrence Timmons; sisters, Eileen McEvoy and Dorothy Mackinnon; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Winston was predeceased by his son, Martin Timmons; parents, John Edward and Bertha Jane (Burton) Timmons; brothers, Murdock, Kenneth, William Ned, Donald; and sisters, Florence and Lena (Peggy) MacPherson. Visitation (for family and invited guests only) was held at the St. Andrew’s United Church, Pleasant Bay on Tuesday, December 21st, 2021, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., followed by the funeral service at 2:00 p.m. in St. Andrew’s United Church, with Pastor Pierre Chiasson presiding. Burial followed in the Pleasant Bay Cemetery, Pleasant Bay. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, masks are mandatory and proof of vaccination is required. Donations may be made to: Pleasant Bay Cemetery 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.

MacLELLAN
Loved by family, friends, and kind caregivers, Christine (Chris) MacLellan died in peace at the Inverary Manor in Inverness at age 87, on November 27th, 2021, from complications of dementia. Born in Inverness, Christine was the daughter of the late Neil and Jessie Gillis, Deepdale. Chris is survived by her children Anne Marie, Donnie (Darlene), Bradley (Debbie), and Joan (David) MacDonell; her grandchildren Andrew (Lindsay), Vanessa (Mike), Brock, Makayla, Ryland, Caden, Abby, and Blaise; great grandchildren Allie, Austin, and Lauren; sisters Florence (Ed d.) Tompkins, Ann (Gordie) O’Connor, Margie (John) MacIsaac, Barbara (Angus d.) Gillis; brothers P.A. (Georgie) and Blaise; sisters-in-law Mary MacLellan and Brandi Gillis; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her parents, Christine was predeceased by her husband Johnny; brothers John and Alex; sisters-in-law Marjorie and Elizabeth; brothers-in-law Freddie, Jerome, Alexander, Malcolm, Gregory, Eugene, Harold, and Leonard. Chris grew up in Deepdale and lived all her adult life in Inverness. She and Johnny raised their four children in town. Chris was a dedicated community volunteer. She worked at many locations in Inverness but will be best remembered for her years at Freeman’s Pharmacy. Mom lived her life to the fullest and took much pleasure in visits and tea with family and friends and would never refuse a good game of cards. Nanny Chris made sure that you didn’t leave without one of her specialties: biscuits, waffles, her legendary chocolate chip cookies, or a piece of fudge.  Sunday and holiday dinners were always made with love and kindness and were generously served. Christine enjoyed music, dancing, a good story, and especially a Sunday afternoon on the grandstand at the Inverness Raceway. She loved to read the paper, do puzzles,  knit, and sew. The quilts that Mom/Nanny made for us will be a reminder of her warm hugs and her love for her family. Despite cognitive decline and some decrease in mobility in her later years, she lived every day of her life to the fullest with a smile on her face and a spring in her step. For the past seven years, Chris enjoyed living at the Manor thanks to the amazing care and attention she received from all of the staff. We are extremely grateful for every day of her life and will miss her enormously. She made our world a better place and she will live forever in our hearts. Visitation for Christine will be held on Friday, December 17th, 2021, from 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the Inverness Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be held at St. Margaret of Scotland Church, Broad Cove, on Saturday, December 18th, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. 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. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Christine's memory may be made to Inverary Manor, 72 Maple Street, Inverness, Nova Scotia or to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

MacNEIL
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our sister and aunt Ann Marie MacNeil, (73). Ann Marie was born on May 17th, 1948, in Mabou, NS, to parents Bernie and Josephine (McMaster) MacNeil. She is survived by her brothers Rory MacNeil and Sandy (Josephine) MacNeil both of Mabou. Meme, as she was affectionately known, is also survived by her niece Cecilia (Vincent) Campbell of Mabou and nephew Chris (Laura) MacNeil of Timberlea, NS. She is also survived by grand-nephew, Kaden Campbell and grand-niece, Poppy Margaret MacNeil. Ann Marie was predeceased by her parents, and her brothers, Archie and Josie Andrew. She will be deeply missed, but will be remembered for her quiet demeanor, strong work ethic, practical approach, and compassionate heart. Ann Marie wanted to express her appreciation for the care she received at the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital including the doctors, nursing staff, kitchen, cleaning, and laundry staff who were so kind to her throughout her illness.  Meme also wanted to say a special thank you to her niece, Cecilia Campbell, for all her help, friendship, and care throughout the years. Finally, she has asked to thank Fr. Bernie MacDonald and her palliative care team, Dr. Ritter, Lori Ann, and Lyndsey, for their support throughout the last few months. We, Ann Marie’s family, would like to also extend thanks to Fr. Dan MacDonald of St. Mary’s Parish, as well as the attentive nursing staff, the palliative care team and Fr. Bernie for helping support us and navigate such a difficult time. In lieu of flowers donations may be made the Inverness Palliative Care Society or to St. Mary’s Cemetery Fund. Visitation will take place Friday December 17th, 2021, 10:00 a.m.  to 10:45 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, Mabou, NS; Funeral mass to follow at 11:00 a.m. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Funeral Co-operative. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

PATTERSON
It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of our dear husband, father, grandfather “pop pops”  “grandma,” brother, uncle, and friend. Norman John Patterson of Scotsville, Cape Breton, was born December 31st, 1937, the eldest son of the late John and Ada (Bradley) Patterson. He passed away peacefully on December 6th, 2021, in the Halifax Infirmary. Norman leaves behind his devoted wife of 54 years, Anita (Gillis); son, Frank; daughters, Colleen (Johnny (d) June 2021), Vicki (Michael); grandchildren, Johnathan, Helena, and Layk; brother, Austin; sister, Sadie (d) John Edward); and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Norman was predeceased by his sister, Florence (Porter) and son-in-law, Johnny. Norman was proud of his heritage and often spoke fondly of his father reading and writing Gaelic, and his mother who came from England to Canada by boat. As a young man, Norman lived in Ontario but would return to Cape Breton with his wife Anita, where they owned and operated Patterson’s Store, a 46-year business still open to this day. Norman also ran his own contracting company, operating heavy equipment throughout Inverness County. His love of the open road kept Norman returning to long-haul truck driving, and he travelled extensively in Canada and throughout North America. After concluding his professional driving career with J.P. MacInnis Trucking in Whycocomagh, Norman still enjoyed travelling throughout the county to Scottish concerts, square dances, and sharing stories of his trips to Boston and Toronto, just to attend a dance. Norman loved music and enjoyed singing and playing his violin, guitar, and harmonica. He had a heart for animals, and over the years, he and Anita’s home was a place where stray cats become beloved pets. Norman loved his family and was very proud of all their accomplishments. Norman was an active member of the community and proudly sat on the board of directors for the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital, was a member of (TANS) Truckers Association of Nova Scotia, a driving instructor, and a member of A.D.A.M. Norman knew everyone, and everyone knew Norman. He was hardworking, generous, and always willing to lend a hand. He enjoyed spending time sitting at Vi’s table in the corner of the store where he would talk and tell stories to anyone up for a chat. In the summer, his favorite spot was on “Pop Pops Patio” where he enjoyed nature and watching the grass and his grandchildren grow. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. “It’s time to hit the airwaves...turn the music up.” Visitation was held on Friday, December 10th from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in Inverness Funeral Home. Funeral service was held Saturday, December 11th at 11:00 a.m. in East Lake Ainslie Presbyterian Church, East Lake Ainslie with Rev. Louis Ihasz celebrating. Burial followed in Lake Ainslie Cemetery. Please note in keeping with COVID-19 Public Health Act requirements, all attending  will be required to wear a mask and show photo ID and proof of vaccination before entering. Memorial donations may be made to Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital Foundation, Lake Ainslie Fire Department or to East Lake Ainslie Church Cemetery Fund. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

SMITH
Robert “Bobby” Earl Smith, October 15th, 1934 – December 6th, 2021: It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our sweet, beloved, husband, father, and grandfather, Robert “Bobby” E. Smith, who passed away peacefully at home on December 6th, after 87 years of a life well lived. Bobby was born and raised in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, to Hazel and Joseph Smith and was one of eight siblings. At a young age his wandering spirit led him to serve in Korea for The Canadian Armed Forces. After serving five years, he left the service and began working in Montreal where he would later meet the woman who would become his wife, Josephine MacDonnell (of Cape Breton). He and Josie then went on to have three children: Millard, Terry, and Josephine. Bob was a jack of all trades. He owned several businesses, worked for fisheries, helped build bridges, and even spent some time with a circus in Montreal, but he took the most pride in his time as a prospector in the Yukon for almost 35 years. It was his time as a sandhog that damaged his hearing resulting in his signature loud voice that boomed whenever he saw one of his many friends. Bob cherished time with his family, and was often found scratching tickets, or reading the newspaper at the local coffee shops. He spent many hours on the road, especially when they led him to the multiple casinos across North America, and was a known fixture at Diamond Tooth Gerties in Dawson City for many years. Bob had a love for nature and his desire to be in the wilderness and passion for geology took him across Northern Canada. One of his greatest accomplishments in life was helping raise his granddaughters, where he was known throughout the community to be the best “Soccer Grandpa” around. He took delight in being the go-to chauffeur for the kids throughout their school years. He was a friend to anyone he met, and he had countless that spanned all ages and walks of life from across the globe. Bob had a big heart and he never left the house without his “charisma.” Bob is survived by his wife Josie Smith of 57 years. His children: Millard (Janene), Terry, and Josephine; grandchildren: Jennifer, Kaitlyn, Alyssa, Stephanie, Kevin, Brandon, Karen, Rebeka (Brandon Macdonald), and Jessica. His 10 great-grandchildren, as well as his many nieces and nephews, and many more who considered him their “Grandpa Bob,” too. Bobby was a dreamer to his last day who exuded warmth and humour. He will be dearly missed. We love you, Grandpa. There is no celebration of life planned at this time but the family would be pleased to receive memories/messages at GrandpaBobbySmith @gmail.com. Contributions in Bob’s honour to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

AUCOIN   
It is with sad hearts the family announces the passing of Annie Blanche Aucoin on December 1st, 2021, at the age of 87 in the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Chéticamp. Annie Blanche was a loving wife, devoted mother, cherished mémère and a treasure to her extensive family. She is survived by daughters Stella Aucoin, Yvette LeLièvre (Roland), and daughter-in-law Pauline Aucoin. She was a beloved mémère to Justin (Jenny), Serge (Raven), Natalie (Jonathan), Angèle (Eric) and grand-mémère to Jessyln, Jorja, Ella Rose, and Janie AuCoin, Luke, Liam, and Cooper Peter. She was predeceased by parents Placide Poirier and Sophique Poirier; husband, Alex; son, Leonard; and siblings, Joseph, Louis Leo, Annie Rose, Marie Marguerite, Marie Domithilde, Marie Eveline, and twin sister, Wilfredine. She, along with her husband Alex, were the proud founders of Aucoin’s Bakery. She was especially honoured to have seen its success continue throughout the generations. Amongst her many passions, her hooking was one she was most proud of and well recognized for. The family of Annie Blanche wishes to express heartfelt thanks to the staff at Foyer Père Fiset and Dr. Paul Sonier for their excellent care and compassion during the last 10 years. The family would also like to thank Dr. Michel Chiasson and the staff of the Sacred Heart Hospital. Annie Blanche will be deeply missed by all and her legacy will live on in our hearts forever. A funeral service was held on Tuesday, December 7th, at 10:30 a.m. in the Chéticamp Funeral Home (for family only) with Ida Deveau presiding. Burial to follow in St. Peter’s Parish Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

DEVEAU
Prescille Olive Deveau, age 62, Chéticamp, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 30th, 2021 in Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Chéticamp. Prescille was a daughter to the late Willie H. and the late Marie Therese (Chiasson) Deveau. Prescille loved to play cribbage with Owen, (competing with quarters), doing puzzles, collecting rocks, travelling, painting, refurnishing old furniture, and she loved children. Prescille is survived by her husband Owen Dauphinee; son, George; brothers, Marcel, Gordon (Celeste), and Roy (Denise); sisters, Odette (Emile), Linda (Willie James), and Patricia. Besides her parents, Prescille was predeceased by a sister, Jacqueline. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, December 11th, 2021, at 10:30 a.m., in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Chéticamp with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Chéticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca.

HOGAN
It is with sadness that we announce the death of Theresa Hogan (Campbell), at the Trillium Hospital, Mississauga, on Saturday, November 20th, 2021. Born in Rocky Ridge (near Port Hood), Nova Scotia, Theresa was in her 88th year. She is survived by her son Michael (Toronto), her sisters Josephine (Ronnie), Tena (Pat), Betty, and her brother Anthony (Flo), as well as her sisters-in-law Mary and Helen Campbell. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Theresa was predeceased by her husband John of 54 years, also her parents John Martin and Mary Campbell, her siblings Florence, Marie, Stephen, Duncan, John Alex, Donald, John, and Sarah in infancy, as well as her sisters-in-law Ronalda and Josephine Campbell, and her brothers-in-law Fred MacLellan and Ray Fecteau. After moving from Cape Breton to Toronto, Theresa worked for Kimberley-Clark Paper until the birth of her son Michael. Theresa with her husband John, worked tirelessly as advocates for the mentally handicapped on behalf of their son Michael. Theresa loved reading, book clubs, music, and her vacations in Cape Breton. She had a great appreciation of family and dedication to the well-being of her son. On her husband's retirement, she moved from Scarborough to Amica in Mississauga. On behalf of Theresa, her family would like to thank Amica for the happy years she and John spent there, as well as the caregivers for their love and kindness to Theresa as her health deteriorated. We also want to thank Trillium Hospital for the wonderful care in these difficult COVID times. A funeral mass will be held at Saint Patrick's Church at 921 Flagship Dr., Mississauga, on Wednesday, December 8th, 2021. For those who wish, donations may be made to Community Living Toronto.

MacINNIS
Gary Murdo MacInnis, Inverness, 76, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on December 1st, 2021, in Cape Breton Regional Hospital. Gary was born in Inverness to J.D. (John Dan) and Nellie MacInnis on September 3rd, 1945.  Gary is survived by his partner, Elaine MacLean; daughter, Carrie Lee (Jason Griffiths); and his grandchildren, Gary, Catherine Dawn and Michael; his friend and mother of his girls, Marie MacInnis; brothers, Aldan (Janet) and Terry (Cecilia) and several nieces and nephews. Gary was predeceased by his daughter, Erin Dawn and his parents. Gary owned and operated MacInnis’ Service Centre in Inverness for 52 years, he was a kind, generous and trusted businessman, with a strong work ethic. Gary was a member of the Inverness Kinsman Club and the Inverness Volunteer Fire Department for more than 30 years. He loved serving the community, both local friends and strangers passing through, he loved to share a good story or a funny joke, whether it be at the garage, plowing snow, or hauling fishing boats all over Cape Breton Island, people meant a lot to him. He was someone you could count on, it didn’t matter if you locked your keys in your car, had a flat tire, ran out of gas, or were stuck in a ditch, he would be there to help, any time of day. Gary’s family meant the world to him, being a Grandpa to Gary, Catherine, and Michael is where he was at his best. He loved a good game of cribbage, and his favourite days of the year were when his grandchildren visited from Calgary and were able to beat him in crib (after he taught them how to win)! Gary and his family were forever changed by Erin Dawn’s death in 1995, the support of the community of Inverness was never lost on him. Dad and Erin are together again, which helps ease our sorrow. Gary showed us all kindness, humbleness, generosity, and support, we are so very lucky to have had him in our lives, and we will continue to love and miss him as we remember him every day. We are thankful for the care Gary received at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital from the ICU nursing staff and Dr's. Wong, Hebb and Maharaj.  We are also grateful for the care he received over the years at Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Visitation took place in Inverness Funeral Home Sunday, December 5th from 2:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. Funeral service was held in St. John’s United Church, Strathlorne, on Monday, December 6th at 11:00 a.m. with burial in East Lake Ainslie Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to East Lake Ainslie Cemetery Fund. Please note in keeping with COVID-19 Public Health Act requirements, all attending will be required to wear a mask and show photo ID and proof of vaccination before entering. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

MacLELLAN
Edith Joyce MacLellan, age 75, of Inverness, Nova Scotia, passed away on Saturday, November 27th, 2021. Edith was born in Inverness on September 7th, 1946, to the late Hector and Dorothy (MacIsaac) MacDonnell. She was a member of St. Margaret of Scotland Church, Broad Cove. Edith started her working life at the old Baltimore Restaurant and Ferguson's Drug Store both in Inverness. She then made her way to Boston and worked as a house keeper for several years before returning back home to Inverness where she continued her work at St. Mary's Hospital. She then met her husband John, and spent the next 40 years building a life for themselves in Cape Breton. Edith is survived by her husband, John; son, John Kyle; grandchildren, Maynard (Monika), Kenzie (Adam), and Riley; great-grandchildren, Mara and John Marek; sisters, Mary Catherine (Peter), Flo (Mack), Kathleen (Danny); brother, Daniel (Donna); son-in-law, Frankie; and many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her daughter, Leeann; sister, Marian; brother, George; mother-in-law, Catherine; father-in-law, Dan H; sister-in-law, Margaret; brother-in-law, Simon; and niece, Cathy (Angie MacIsaac). Visitation was held in Stella Maris Church, Inverness on Friday, December 3rd, from 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., with funeral mass following at 11:00 a.m. with Father Daniel Tshimbalange officiating. Burial followed in the parish cemetery. Please note in keeping with COVID-19 Public Health Act requirements, all attending were required to wear a mask and show photo ID and proof of vaccination before entering. Memorial donations may be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com.

BROWNE
Ruby Anna (Brown) Browne: On Sunday evening, October 10th, 2021, Ruby Anna Browne of Woburn, MA, passed away peacefully after a brief period of illness. She was surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild. She was born in Dorchester, MA, on March 17th, 1929, to Florence Jenkins and Horace Brown. She celebrated her marriage to Whitman S. Browne, Jr. (2008) every day for 57 years. Mom was a meticulous and astute business person, who facilitated all aspects of her husband’s HR company. She was active in the Wakefield-Lynnfield (MA) United Methodist Church, as a founding member, choir member, and volunteer for countless charity projects, most recently “Project Linus.”  She was accomplished in all forms of handwork, but her favourite, and the one in which she was the most prolific, was quilting.  She was member and former board member of the North Parish Quilters Guild, Reading, MA, and the New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA. She always looked forward to her bi-annual “Quilt-Away Weekends” with her friends. An accomplished musician herself, and the mother of three musicians, Ruby was always singing: standards, pop, classical, and occasionally, rock and roll. She loved the ocean, her friends, her home, and the NE Patriots. She would cut out of coffee hour early after church to get home in time for a Sunday, 1:00 p.m. kick-off. She was loving mother to Whitman III (Charlotte) of Holbrook, MA, Jeffrey (Barbara) of Braintree, MA, and Laurel of Mabou, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and beloved Nanna of Sophie (Michael) Jones of West Bridgewater; Emma (Matthew) Cibere of Sandwich, MA, and Great-Nanna Ruby to Monroe. As per Mom’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or services at this time. The family will hold a celebration life at a later date. Donations in Ruby’s name may be made to a charity of your choice.

CHRIST
Marie Yvonne (“Yvonne”) (Aucoin) Christ: Age 97 of Halifax, passed away peacefully on November 26th, 2021, at Parkstone Enhanced Care. Survived by her husband of 68 years, Fred; daughters, Katherine Haverty (Toby), Marie, and Andrea; grandchildren, Frederica Jacks and Evan Stuart, all of Halifax; sister-in-law Miriam Christ of Evanston, Illinois; many nieces and nephews. To read Yvonne’s full obituary or to share a memory with the family, please visit www.atlanticfuneralhomes.com Sackville Chapel.

DeVRIES
Georgina Violet “Georgi” deVries: Our beloved Georgi, wife and lover of Pieter for nearly 59 years, loving mother of Rachel and Peter and their spouses, Thomas and Kimberly, adoring Grandmama of Ainsleigh, left us all suddenly, but peacefully on Sunday morning, November 21st, 2021. Georgi was predeceased by her father, Lorne MacNab, in the Battle for Hong Kong, by her mother, Mary MacNab, her brother, Timothy, as well as by her little Kirsten – she and Pieter’s first daughter. In addition to the immediate family, she will be dearly missed by her brother-in-law, Jan de Vries and his wife, Joan, niece Maggie de Vries (Roland), nephews Peter de Vries (Jennifer) and Mark de Vries, as well as by Patricia de Vries, all in British Columbia. Her extended family includes many dear and cherished cousins in Newfoundland and beyond. Georgi was a true daughter of Newfoundland who, despite the early loss of her father and her daughter, as well as childhood health problems, lived her life fully and joyfully. She loved school and excelled in learning. At Memorial University of Newfoundland, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. As a teacher in Edmonton, St. John’s, Montserrat, and Montreal she was a naturally gifted and empathetic educator. She articularly enjoyed working with students who experienced learning difficulties. While in Edmonton, Charlottetown, and Montreal she enrolled in courses that ultimately led to a Master’s degree in Education from Concordia University with an emphasis on anthropology. Georgi loved to travel and so she and Pieter did – be it with an old van, a car, by plane, train or boat. They explored the riches of nature and culture around the world and were enriched by them, in turn. She and Pieter found their way to Cape Breton Island to work together on research in small communities. This led to publications of their work and conference presentations, especially in the Atlantic provinces. Georgi and Pieter originally came to Cape Breton for research, but the island quickly became home. They retired to East Lake Ainslie in 1995 and Georgi became the caregiver for her brother, Tim, until he passed away in 2002. During this time, Georgi was involved in numerous community organizations. She was often sought out for her leadership at both work and in the community. She was vice-principal at her school in Montreal, president of the regional sociology and anthropology association, and board member of the Inverness County Council for the Arts, to name a few. Music and painting with water colours became important aspects of her life here. Singing with the Inverness County Singers, especially, brought a joy she exuded when she sang – a joy magnified by the birth of her only grandchild and “Sweetest One,” Ainsleigh. Her palette was bright and reflected her empathy for others that shone a caring and loving light into their lives. With her radiant smile, she brightened the lives of those around her. Always giving and forgiving, but demanding little for herself, she made us all a bit happier. By request, there will not be a visitation, but a Celebration of Georgi’s Life will be held on Friday, December 3rd, 2021, 11:00 a.m. at Lake Ainslie Presbyterian Church. Immediately following the service, friends and family are invited to gather at the Lake Ainslie Fire Hall in Scotsville for a chance to reminisce and recharge our emotional batteries. The family will join the gathering after a private interment of Georgie’s remains at the East Lake Ainslie Cemetery. Donations in her memory for Alexander Grant Memorial United Church, or a charity of your choice, will be gratefully accepted. Family flowers only. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com. COVID restrictions will be followed; proof of double vaccination will be requested at the door and masks must be worn during the funeral.

ESLER
With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Clifford Meyers Esler the 3rd, who left us unexpectedly; yet peacefully, early in the morning on Saturday, November 13th. He is survived by sisters, Susan, Marion, and Ellen; children, Ames and Emmeline; granddaughters, Tilly and Estelle. Cliff was born on February 24th, 1945, in Washington, DC, during the Second World War. Being from a military family he moved many times during his youth. Cliff attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, and graduated in 1967. The very next year, he came to Canada to avoid taking part in the Vietnam War. He first lived in Toronto, then in 1970-71 he moved to Cherry Hill on the south shore of Nova Scotia. In 1974, he attained Canadian Citizenship and built an octagonal house in Broad Cove, tall enough so that he could climb upstairs to see if the surf was up. This was the first of three homes he would build for himself in Nova Scotia, and nine years ago Cliff moved to Cape Breton where he built his third and final home in Grand Etang; which he named Thornrose Cottage. Cliff was always ready to help out with community projects, supporting not only the building of houses; but businesses like the Nova Scotia Sea School, Car Share Atlantic, and developing numerous websites. He was the webmaster for Samadhi Ling, a Buddhist Wilderness Retreat outside of Baddeck. Cliff was a father, husband, writer, woodworker/carpenter, surfer, a lifelong sailor, and so much more. His relationship with his dear friend Sybil brought much joy to his last year. A Buddhist funeral service was held at his home on Monday, November 15th. It was blowing a gale the whole time except for the end of his service when the winds just stopped for a brief while. He had a wonderful heart and was appreciated by his many friends and family. He was a great community member here in Cape Breton, always helping out people whenever he could. We will miss him terribly but encourage him on his journey. Online condolences may be forwarded to: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

MacINTYRE
Hugh Alexander (“Sandy”) MacIntyre, Margaree Forks/Inverness/Ontario: Beloved husband, father, son, and brother, Sandy peacefully passed away in his sleep the early morning of Wednesday, November 24th, 2021, after a long period of living with Parkinson’s disease. Sandy is survived by his wife, Lucy (née LeBlanc); their two sons, Brian and Stephen; grandchildren, Alexander, Nicole, Mitchell, Michelle, Ryan, and Kyle; four great-grandchildren and brothers and sisters: Mary, Ronelda, Harold, Mary Jessie, and Georgie. Sandy is predeceased by parents, Ronald and Cassie; brothers and sisters, Frances, Donnie, Hughie, David, John, Dan Lockie, Catherine, and Virginia. Sandy was born in Inverness County, Cape Breton, April 17th, 1935, into a family of musicians. At the age of 16, Sandy learned to play the fiddle. This led him to move to Toronto, where he met Lucy whom he married in 1955, and eventually becoming a successful and well-known Cape Breton musician. Throughout Sandy’s life, he touched many through his Cape Breton-style music and fiddling; he will be sadly missed. Memorial service was held at St. Michael’s Church, East Margaree, Cape Breton, Saturday, November 27th, at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Sandy may be made to the Parkinson's Society. COVID restrictions will be in place, proof of double vaccination will be asked for and masks must be worn at the funeral. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

TIMMONS
It is with sadness we, the family, announce the peaceful passing of Earl Joseph Timmons, age 77, in the Victoria County Memorial Hospital, Baddeck, on November 6th, 2021. Earl was born in New Waterford, Cape Breton, October 17th, 1944, to the late John Murdock and Mary Adeline (Burke) Timmons. When Earl was 12 years old he and his family moved to Ontario. After he graduated he was employed at Mattel Toys and later at Cooper Weeks. Earl decided he wanted to return to Cape Breton. Earl was a man who met and succeeded in many endeavours, he was a well-respected entrepreneur in his business career spanning over 58 years, with his lifelong commitment, energy and service to the tourism industry of Nova Scotia as well as being an optimist and forward thinker. After returning to Cape Breton he owned and operated several businesses; Cape Breton Aluminum, Atlantic Publishing and Tartan Cottage Gift and Craft Shop. Earl, along with his partner Gary, published the first official, Cape Breton Travel Guide known as “What's Happening.” Earl was instrumental in creating the Campground Owners Association of Nova Scotia (COANS) and for a time was president of the association earning the respect of government dealing with policy issues affecting the growth of campgrounds. He was instrumental in the 2001 Camping Industry Study ; which was heralded around the country as the first in depth review of the potential of the camping sector. He also sat on numerous boards and committees including Baddeck Area Tourism Association (BABTA), The Highland Credit Union now known as East Coast Credit Union to name only a few. Earl was also a member and past president of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 53. His real passion came when he, his partner Gary, and three other investors purchased a dairy farm in 1976 on the famous Cabot Trail. With hard work and great business sense they turned it into a thriving business previously known as Cabot Land now it is a landmark known as “The Red Barn,” Gift Shop and Restaurant. Up until his sudden passing he was working tirelessly planning the 2022 season. Earl was a man of integrity who gave selflessly of himself and never expected anything in return. One of Earl's proudest moments was when he was presented with the 2019 “Alastair and Frances Campbell Tourism Achievement Award.” Earl will be sadly missed by his beloved partner, Gary Roberts of 58 years; brothers, George Bernard, Dartmouth; Les Jude (Evelyn), Halifax; Lance (Danielle), Grand Bay, Westfield, NB. Earl will also be missed by all his staff many of them having been with him for numerous years. He was a kind, generous, and patient man and we learned so much under his mentor ship. He was much more than our employer; he was a friend that touched all our lives and our hearts. Earl we will miss you. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by sisters Jenevieve and Grace Marie; brothers, John Ernest (Ernie), Michael “Garfield”, Raymond Malcolm (Malkie), and Daniel Anthony (Denny). The family would like to thank Dr. Genge, the staff at Victoria County Memorial Hospital and Continuing Care nurses for the compassionate and kind care given to Earl. Cremation has taken place. Funeral service was held November 12th at 2:00 p.m. in Farquharson Presbyterian Church, Middle River, with Deacon Walter Ivany officiating. Burial will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Earl may be made to, Canadian Cancer Society, Victoria County Memorial Palliative Care or charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Sunset Funeral Co-operative, Margaree Valley. Online condolences:  www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.

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 aski