John Frederick Coombs
Mr. John Frederick Coombs, 68, a resident of Breton Bay Nursing Home, Sydney, died Friday, Dec. 4, 1998, in the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.
Born in Sydney and a former resident of 24 Beech St., Sydney, he was the son of the late Herbert and Annie (Kelland) Coombs. Mr. Coombs was a member of Christ Anglican Church, Sydney. He was a former employee with Sydney Steel Corp. retiring in 1988. Mr. Coombs was an avid fisherman and hunter.
He is survived by his wife, the former Margaret Hinks; one daughter, Heather (Mrs. Michael Kauffman), Big Pond; one son, Richard (Rick) and his wife, Maggie, Truro, N.S.; two brothers, Clifford and Walter Coombs, both of Sydney; four sisters, Doris (Mrs. Donald Camus), Montreal, Mrs. Louise Porter, Mrs. Edna Burke and Ada (Mrs. Clarence Keller), all of Sydney, and three grandchildren, Christopher, Richelle and Richard.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Herbert, and two sisters, Mary Aucoin and Lillian Germon.
There will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held today (Monday) at Forest Haven Memorial Gardens. Funeral services have been entrusted to V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 16 Reserve St., Glace Bay.
Adam Joseph Crosby
79, Glace Bay
Adam Joseph Crosby, 79, of Alexander Street, Glace Bay, passed away Sunday, Dec. 6, 1998, in Cape Breton Regional Hospital.
Born in Dominion, he was a son of the late Andrew and Bridget (Graham) Crosby. He was a member of St. Anne's Church and Men's Club, Glace Bay. He worked 30 years with Dominion Coal Company as well as working with Devco until his retirement in 1984. He was a member of Knights of Columbus, Glace Bay. He also served overseas with the Canadian Armed Forces.
Surviving are daughters, Mary Jo (Andre) Chiasson, Lower Sackville; Jeanie, Ben Eoin, Cape Breton Co.; sons, Don (Eileen), Kenneth (Anne), both of Dartmouth, Robert, Sydney, Graham (Betty), Glace Bay, Andrew (Dianne), North Sydney; brothers, Graham, Dominion; John (Jocky), Glace Bay; sister, Annie Stephens, Dominion; 17 grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife, Ann (Currie) Crosby in 1995, brother, Bob, sisters, Katie MacLeod, Margie MacEachern, Eileen in infancy.
Visitation will be held Monday 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday 2-4, 7-9 p m. at the V.J. MacGillivray Funeral Home 16 Reserve St., Glace Bay. Funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Anne's Church with Rev. Doug Murphy officiating. Burial in parish cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Palliative Care or Canadian Cancer Society.
Members of Knights of Columbus will assemble at the funeral home 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Pauline M. Doucette
Pauline M. Doucette, 54, of 15 Gallagher St., Membertou, died Friday, Dec. 4, 1998, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.
Born in North Sydney, she was the daughter of Evelyn (MacMullin) Hunt, Baddeck, and the late Harold Hunt, Sydney. Pauline will be missed by the community of Membertou who appreciated her charm and wit for the past 34 years.
Surviving are her husband, John Joseph; two daughters, Anne Marie, at home, and Kathleen (John) MacDonald, Membertou; three sons, Matthew (Tammy) Sydney, Harold "Ricky" and Stephen at home; one brother, Richard, Sydney, and three grandchildren.
She was predeceased by a sister, Catherine (Hunt).
The late Mrs. Doucette will be resting at the family residence 15 Gallagher St., Membertou. Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Anthony Daniel Church with Rev. Leo Boone officiating. Interment will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks under the direction of T.W. Curry Ltd.
William Darren Leblanc
32, Alder Point Road
William Darren Leblanc, 32, of 486 Alder Point Road, passed away peacefully Saturday, Dec. 5, 1998, at the Northside General Hospital, North Sydney.
Born in Sydney Mines, he was the son of Lorraine (Roland) Leblanc and the late Maurice Leblanc. He was an active member of St. Joseph's Church, Bras d'Or. He was a member of and employed through Iron Workers Local 752. He loved the outdoors, camping, fishing and hunting.
Besides his mother, he is survived by three sisters, Theresa (Mrs. Roy Power), Florence, Catherine (Mrs. Luc Painchaud), George's River, Patricia Leblanc, Sydney; seven brothers, Maurice (Donna), Fort McMurray, Danny (Tena), Big Bras d'Or, Frankie (Ona), North Sydney, Donnie (Janet), Fort McMurray, Arthur (Charlene), Alder Point, Gary, Fort McMurray, Louis, Big Bras d'Or.
He was predeceased by his father, Maurice and sister, Tina MacLellan.
Darren was always smiling and had a special way to making everyone feel good. He will be forever loved, remembered and missed, by family and many friends, especially by his good friend Elias Jessome.
Visitation will be held this evening (Monday) 7-9 and Tuesday 2-4, 7-9 p.m. in G.R. Francis and Son Funeral Home, Sydney Mines. Funeral mass will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, St. Joseph's Church, Bras d'Or, with Father Joe Gillis officiating. Burial in parish cemetery.
Catherine Anne (Kaye) Phillips
Kaye Phillips, 85 years, wife of the late Kennie Phillips, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 6, 1998.
She was born on Feb. 6, 1913 at Sight Point, Inverness County, to the late John Alex and Mary Jane (MacDonald) Kennedy.
She was a former resident of 18 Kent St., of 199 Whitney Ave., Sydney, and was presently a resident of "My Cape Breton Home," Currie St.
Kaye was well known for her love of kilt making, having made kilts for hundreds of highland dancers as well as for the Canada Winter Games held in Sydney. In addition, one of her handmade cumberbunds was presented to Prince Andrew on his Royal Visit to Sydney. She was a founding member of the Stornaway Society of Highland Dancing.
She was a past president of the CWL of St. Anthony Daniel Parish. She was also a board member of the Board of Home Care For Seniors. She was also a past member for the Boy Scouts of Canada.
Surviving are three daughters, Frances (Don) MacKinnon, Halifax, Priscilla (Jim) Calvesbert, Dartmouth, and Marie (Ken) Matras, Edmonton; three sons, Ken (Jean) and Alex (Sharon), both of Sydney and Andy (Lana), London, Ont.; 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; sisters, Sarah MacIsaac, New Waterford, Dollie MacIsaac, New Victoria, Madeline MacIsaac and Millie (Beaton) MacEachern, both of Inverness and brothers, Dougal, Josie and John Angus Kennedy, all of Inverness and their families and many cousins.
She was predeceased by her brother, Neil S. Kennedy and a sister, Mendy MacIsaac of Inverness.
The late Mrs. Phillips will have visitation today (Monday, Dec. 7, 1998) at T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel from 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Funeral mass will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in St. Anthony Daniel Church with Rev. L. Boone officiating. Interment will be in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens.
M is for mother who was the best.
O is for the other people whose lives she has touched.
T is for the talent she displayed to all.
H is for the heredity passed onto us and our families.
E is for the everlasting patience and energy to do all she could even when tired.
R is for the rest she now deserves and we will miss her immensely the rest of our lives.
MOM WE LOVE YOU.
George E. Rowe
George E. Rowe, 68, of 135 George St., Sydney, passed away Saturday, Dec. 5, 1998, at his residence.
Born in Glace Bay, he was a son of the late James and Theresa (Stoodley) Rowe. He was a veteran of the Korean War. He was a retired coal miner, employed at Devco.
He is survived by two brothers, Fred, Sydney and Eric (Dick), Ontario; three nieces and three nephews.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Willis and Clarence.
Visitation will be held in Sydney Memorial Chapel Monday from 1-3 p.m. followed by funeral service 3 p.m. in the chapel with Rev. Jackie MacDonald officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Glace Bay.
Margaret Agnes (Cleary) Targett
Margaret Agnes (Cleary) Targett, 79, of Sydney, called by God, died quietly at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, Friday, Dec. 4, 1998.
She was a short time resident of Breton Bay Nursing Home, having lived for more than 40 years on Argosy St., Whitney Pier.
She was the daughter of the late Mike and Sadie (O'Dea) Cleary and stepdaughter of the late Nellie Cleary.
She is survived by her husband, William (Bill); sons, Bill (Kay), Unionville, Ont., Gary (Pauline), Richmond Hill, Ont. and Brian (Cathy), Sydney.
Her grandchildren, Michael, Richard, Gregory, Cassandra and Jason, loved and treasured her as their Nana and Grandma. She is also survived by one sister, Peggy Ryba, Sydney.
She was predeceased by two brothers, Dan and Terrance.
Her life was devoted to her family and that family will celebrate her life at a funeral mass 11 a.m. Wednesday in Holy Redeemer Church with Rev. Errol MacDonald officiating.
Those wishing to do so may make a donation in her name to the Parkinson Foundation of Canada, 390 Bay St., Toronto, M5H 2Y2.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sydney Memorial Chapel.
Edgar Alfred Burt
67, Windsor, Ont.
Edgar Alfred Burt, 67, died on Monday, Dec. 6, 1998, in Windsor, Ont.
Loving husband of the late Clara (nee Bates) (1986); dear son of the late Harry and Laura Burt.
Dearest brother of Howard Burt, Nova Scotia, William Burt, Toronto, Florence Anesty, Nova Scotia and the late Harry Burt. Dearest uncle of Audrey Ranni. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.
A cremation service was held.
Arrangements entrusted to Families First Funeral Home and Chapel (1-519-969-5841) 2670 Dougall Ave., Windsor, Ont.
Interment to be held at a later date in Toronto.
86, Glace Bay
Edward Coffin, 86, of 330 Douglas Ave., Glace Bay, passed away at the Glace Bay Health Care Complex, Monday, Dec. 7, 1998, after a lengthy illness.
Born in Glace Bay, he was the son of the late Edward and Elizabeth (Collier) Coffin. He was a former fisherman and also worked at P.J. Cadegan's Fish Plant and retired in 1976. He was a member of Holy Cross Parish, Glace Bay.
He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
He is survived by his wife, the former Frances Wilmot; sons, John, British Columbia, Patrick and William, both at home, Kevin and his wife, Karen, Port Morien and Blair, Glace Bay; daughters, Elizabeth (Cornelius) MacIsaac, Lynn (Michael) Keith, both of Sydney, Gladys (Lawrence) Anderson, B.C., Donna (Francis) Andrecyk and Darlene, Glace Bay; 18 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Gregory, a brother, William and sisters, Jessie, Alice and Gertrude.
Visitation will be held this evening (Tuesday) 7-9 and Wednesday 2-4, 7-9 p.m. in the V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 16 Reserve St., Glace Bay. Funeral mass will be held at Holy Cross Church 10 a.m. Thursday with Fr. John Graham officiating. Burial will be in St. Anne's Cemetery, Glace Bay.
Muriel Cecilia (Doyle) Smith
Muriel Cecilia (Doyle) Smith, 78, passed away Sunday, Dec. 6, 1998, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.
She was a former resident of 12 Smith St., Glace Bay, but had lived at Breton Bay Nursing Home since Feb. 14, 1996.
She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, James (Jimmy) Smith, who now resides with their only daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Glenn Allen, 33 Charlotte St., Sydney; sons, William Doyle (Judy), Glace Bay, Sam (Alanna) Smith, Mira and Darrell Smith, Sydney; grandchildren, Bradley, Jason and Ryan Doyle, Dylan Smith, Brian Boutilier, Tammy (Arthur) Merrill, Andrea (Darren Bartlett) MacMullin and Scott MacMullin, Winnipeg.
Nanny will also be sadly missed by her great-grandson, Tristan Bartlett, who was her special little angel.
Also surviving are brother-in-law, Archdeacon Weldon (Kay) Smith, Sydney and sister-in-law, Sarah (George) Warren, Toronto and two nieces.
Born in Ingonish, she was predeceased by her parents, Garrett and Elizabeth (Curtis) Doyle; her sister, Margaret (William) Seymour and her brother, Joseph Doyle.
She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
There will be no visitation, cremation has taken place. Funeral services will be held at St. Mary's Anglican Church, at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 9, with Rev. F. Arnold officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Glace Bay. An informal reception will take place in St. Mary's Parish Hall following the burial. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Patten's Funeral Home, Glace Bay.
Muriel will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by her family and friends. A sincere thank you is extended to the nursing staff of the North Unit of Breton Bay who cared for her so affectionately and who loved her as much as we did. God Bless you all.
As Muriel always believed in helping others, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to a community service dedicated to the needy.
A mother's love is like a circle, it has no beginning and no end. It keeps going around and around, ever expanding, touching everyone who comes in contact with it. Engulfing them like the mornings mist, warming them like the noontime sun and covering them like a blanket of evenings stars. Mom's circle has been broken on earth only to be mended when we meet again in heaven.
Donald Peter Wall
Donald Wall, 80, of Breton Bay Nursing Home, formerly of Grand Lake Road and Whitney Pier, died Sunday, Dec. 6, 1998, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.
Born at Whitney Pier, he was a son of the late John and Mary (MacIssac) Wall. He was employed with Sydney Steel Corp. in the Blast Furnace Department for 42 years, retiring in 1980. He was a member of the Whitney Pier Royal Canadian Legion Branch 128 and was also a charter member. He served with the RCAF during the Second World War.
He is survived by his wife, the former Dolena (Stella) Waye; one daughter, Patricia (Danny) Boyd, London, Ont.; one sister, Marguerite Gaudet, Sydney; one stepsister, Rose Kempt, Halifax; one stepbrother, Charles, Sydney; two grandchildren, Tammy (Ron) and Crystal (Dave), both of London; two great-grandchildren, Ronald and Candice, London, Ont.
He was predeceased by brothers, Roddie and Raymond, sister, Betty MacLellan, stepbrother, William and stepsister, Mable Green.
The late Mr. Wall will have visitation at T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel, Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. Funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Immaculate Heart Church, Mira Road with the Rev. W. MacPherson officiating. Interment in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks.
Donations may be made to a charity of choice.
William (Billie The Kid) Wade Ferguson
89, Glace Bay
William (Billie The Kid) Wade Ferguson, 89, of Victoria Haven Nursing Home and a former resident of Dolbin Street, Glace Bay, died at the Glace Bay Health Care Complex, Glace Bay, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 1998.
Born in Sheet Harbour, he came to Glace Bay in 1915 and was the adopted son of the late Alexander and Annie (MacKay) Ferguson. He worked in the coal mines at Caledonia and No. 20 collieries as an electrician. In his younger years he was an amateur boxer.
He is survived by his second wife, Victoria (MacLeod) Ferguson, Glace Bay; stepson, Bill MacLeod, Glace Bay, Fred MacLeod, Abbotsford, B.C. and a stepdaughter, Joan, Glace Bay. Predeceased by his first wife, Marion (Boone) Ferguson in 1981, brother, Gordon, stepbrother, Murdock. He is the last surviving member of his immediate family.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the Patten Funeral Home and Chapel, 71 Union St., Glace Bay. Funeral will be held Thursday, 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Ralph Johnston officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Glace Bay.
John Ernest (Jack) Sutcliffe
71, Port Hawkesbury
John Ernest (Jack) Sutcliffe, 71, of Tamarac Heights, Port Hawkesbury died Monday, Dec. 7, 1998, in St. Martha's Regional Hospital, Antigonish.
Born in Moose Jaw, Sask., he was the son of the late William Bolton and Hattie Ada (Hinchey) Sutcliffe. He was a retired supervisor at Gulf Oil Refinery, Point Tupper. A member of St. Mark's United Church, a former member of the Strait Area Curling Club and Port Hawkesbury Lions Club. He was associated with minor football and high school basketball.
He is survived by daughters, Donna (Mrs. Danny Griffith), Shediac, N.B., Sherrille (Mrs. Larry MacKeigan), Port Hawkesbury, Susan (Mrs. Gerald Fraser), Timberlea; sons, Russell and wife Joy, Kamloops, B.C., Gregory and wife Janet, Mineville, David, Port Hawkesbury, Rodney and wife Cathy, Dartmouth, Stuart, Hudson, Que.; sister, Marilyn (Mrs. Gordon Rathwell), Deer Lake, Alta.; 18 grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife, the former Rita Goodine, a brother, Robert.
Visitation will be today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury, where a funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday with Rev. Bill MacLennan officiating, assisted by Rev. Bill Burke. Cremation to follow with interment at a later date.
Family flowers only. Memorial donations to a charity of one's choice.
87, Balls Creek
Robina Trusz, 87, resident of 1404 Ball's Creek Road, died Monday, Dec. 7, 1998, at the Northside General Hospital, North Sydney.
Born in Scotland, she was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stewart. She was employed for a number of years as a chef for the Red Cross. She was a life member of the Eastern Star. A member of Sydney River United Protestant Church.
She is survived by her husband, William Trusz; two sons, Norman, Stewiacke, N.S., Byron, Lantz, N.S.; four nieces, Jean, Roberta, Diane and Ellen Jean, B.C.; two nephews, Robie and John, both of B.C.
She was predeceased by seven sisters, Mary, Jean, Grace, Janet, Ann, Mima and Elizabeth and one brother, John.
Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Allan MacIntosh officiating. Burial to follow in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens, Sydney.