Henry Francis Blackie
87, Sydney Mines
Henry Francis Blackie, 87, of 4 Yorke St., Sydney Mines, passed away Thursday, March 11, 1999, at the Northside General Hospital.
Born in Sydney Mines, he was the son of the late Jacob and Lena Blackie. He was a member of St. Pius X Parish, Sydney Mines. He was a coal miner for many years and upon his retirement he was an avid gardener.
He is survived by his wife, Hulda; sons, Henry (Bronwyn) and Raymond (Alice); daughters, Shirley (Joe) Campbell, Bev (Alex) LeBlanc and Marlene (Allan) Deal. Also surviving are his sister, Katie Rendell; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by brothers, Edward, Frank, Anthony, Thaddeus, Walter and Stephen and sisters, Sophie, Anne, Agnes, Helen and Willena.
There will be no visitation. Funeral mass will be held 2 p.m. Saturday in St. Pius X Church with Rev. Tony MacDonald officiating. After the funeral, cremation will take place under the direction of G.R. Francis and Son Funeral Home, Sydney Mines.
Alexander (Sandy) Campbell
Alexander (Sandy) Campbell, 57, of Edwardsville, Cape Breton, died Thursday, March 11, 1999, at home suddenly.
Born in Baddeck, he was the son of the late Alfred and Gladys (Shaw) Campbell. He was a member of Holy Rosary Parish, Westmount. Sandy retired in 1976 from the Northside-Victoria Amalgamated School Board where he operated the cafeteria for 20 years. Prior to that, he was employed as a cook at the Canadian Coast Guard College.
Surviving are his wife, the former Angie Currie; one daughter, Sandra Johnston, Prince George, B.C.; three sons, Lawrence, Edwardsville, Kenneth, Guelph, Ont. and Calvin (Tove), New Waterford; three sisters, Carole (Mrs. Wally Lee), St. Catharines, Ont., Edith (Mrs. Godfrey Hickman), Victoria, B.C., and Sharon (Mrs. Roy Jewer), Winnipeg, Man.; one brother, Bill, Winnipeg; four grandchildren, Kayla, Sandy Ray, Zachary and Damian.
The late Mr. Campbell will have no visitation. Funeral mass will be held 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Rosary Church with Rev. R. Currie officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery, Westmount, under the direction of T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel. Donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Society or charity of choice.
David Hudson Conway
76, North Sydney
David Hudson Conway, 76, a resident of 40 Cornwall St., North Sydney, died Thursday, March 11, 1999, at the Northside General Hospital, North Sydney.
Born at Plymouth, N.S., he was a son of the late James and Beatrice (Muir) Conway. He was employed as a section man with CN Railway for 42 years. He was a veteran of Second World War, serving with the Canadian Army. After landing on the beaches in Normandy, he fought in France, Holland and Belgium until the end of the war. He was a member of Branch No. 19, Royal Canadian Legion, North Sydney, he was a member of the Oddfellows Lodge in Stellarton.
Surviving are his wife, Muriel (March) Conway; two daughters, Diane (Mrs. Harry Healey), Sydney Mines, Jeanette Conway, Sydney; one son, Paul, Windsor, N.S.; one brother, James, Summerville, N.S.; two sisters, Christine (Mrs. John Rector), New Glasgow and Mary Foote, N.Y.; and seven grandchildren, Vicky Healey, Jennifer Healey, Amy Healey, Jessica Conway, Susan Conway, Jacqueline Conway and David Conway.
He was predeceased by one son, Roy Craig Conway, one sister, Isabel Schoefield and three brothers, Michael Conway, Edward Conway and Henry Conway.
Visitation will be held 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Friday in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. Mr. Conway’s remains will then be transferred to New Glasgow for visitation at 12 noon Saturday in the R.H. Porter Funeral Home where funeral services will take place 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Burial to follow at Heatherdale Memorial Gardens, Pictou County. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Canadian Diabetes Association.
Florence Ann MacNeil
Peacefully with her family at her bedside at St. Joseph’s Villa, Dundas, Ont., on Tuesday, March 9, 1999. Florence Ann MacNeil formerly of Sydney, N.S., in her 90th year.
Predeceased by her husband, Frank and her dear son, Harry Joseph.
Beloved mother of Gloria and her husband Gerald Whalen, Hamilton, Ont. and Steve MacNeil and his wife Toni, B.C. Much loved grandmother and great-grandmother. Florence will be dearly missed by all her many friends in Sydney and at St. Joseph’s Villa.
At our Mother’s request there will be no visitation at the funeral home, however, a memorial mass will take place on Monday, March 15, 1999 at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony Daniel Parish, Alexandra Street, Sydney. Internment at Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks.
John Dan McCuish
84, St. Peter's
John Dan McCuish, 84, of St. Peter’s, died Wednesday, March 10, 1999, at the Strait Richmond Hospital, Evanston.
Born in Hay Cove, he was the son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (MacKenzie) McCuish.
He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
He will be greatly missed by his wife, Cecilia (Sutherland); a son, George, St. Peter’s; daughters, Mary (Mrs. Michael Sutherland), Revelstoke, B.C., Elizabeth, Halifax; stepdaughter, Mary Ann (Mrs. Alfred Groom), Grand Greve; five grandchildren, Peter, Carol, Jeffrey, Heather and Lisa, two great-grandchildren, Andrew and Kegan.
He was predeceased by brothers, Dan, Michael, Jerry, Peter, William and Neil and sisters, Marion (Mrs. Clary Pope) and Theresa (Mrs. Leo Sutherland).
Visitation will be in the Alex A. Morrison Funeral Home, St. Peter’s, Saturday and Sunday from 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Funeral will be held St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 10 a.m. Monday with Rev. Francis Cameron officiating. Burial will take place in Sacred Heart Parish Cemetery, Johnstown. Donations may be made to any charity. Arrangements are under the direction of Alex A. Morrison Funeral Home, St. Peter’s.
Harold Thomas Bailey Sr.
60, Sydney Mines
Harold Thomas Bailey Sr., of 74 Shore Rd., Sydney Mines, passed away peacefully Friday, March 12, 1999, at home.
Born in Sydney Mines, he was the son of the late Stanley and Helen (Cousins) Bailey. He was employed by CN Marine as a stevedore until his retirement in 1975.
He is survived by his loving wife, Annie Mae (Gouthro) Bailey; two sons, Harold (Brenda) and Joseph (Rhonda), both of Sydney Mines; five daughters, Bernadette (Michael) Marsh, Dianna (Greg) White, both of Sydney Mines, Arlene (Eric) Snow, Sydney, Darlene (Hossein) Mousavi, Halifax and Charlene (David) Bungay, River Ryan. Harold is survived by 14 loving grandchildren and also two sisters, Margaret “Sis” (Archie) McKinnon, Phyllis (Adrian) O’Toole and three brothers, Raymond (Beatrice), Sheldon (Wendy), both of Sydney Mines, Vincent (Sharon) and also his special buddy and friend, Bobby Young.
Harold is predeceased by both his parents, two children, Jacquline and Michael, one brother, Stanley (Tuller) and one sister, Adeline.
Remains resting at Fillmore and Whitman Funeral Home, Clyde Avenue, Sydney Mines. Visitation will be held Sunday March 14 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held Monday, March 15, 1999, at 2 p.m. at Trinity Anglican Church, Queen Street, Sydney Mines with the Rev. Brenda Drake officiating. Burial will be held at Trinity grave site, Tobin Road, Sydney Mines.
Donations can be made to Trinity Anglican Church Roofing fund or charity of your choice.
Rest in peace, ‘til we meet again.’
Roy Garfield Barrett
Committal service for the late Roy Garfield Barrett, who died Tuesday, March 9, 1999, in Brantford, Ont., will be held Monday, March 22 at 1 p.m. in Greenwood Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Matthews officiating.
Thomas Doucette, 64, of 98 Shore Road, Florence, died Wednesday, March 10, 1999, at the Northside General Hospital.
Born in Florence, he was the son of the late Thomas M. and Victoria (Bessie) Reid Doucette. He was a member of St. Stephen’s Parish, Florence. He was an associate member of Branch 83, Royal Canadian Legion, Florence for 28 years, where he volunteered his time and energy and was well liked by all. He was a very good worker and a friend to many.
He is survived by his former wife, Linda MacRae, Sydney; his brother, Matthew (Anita) Doucette, St. Catharines, Ont.; sisters, Margaret Metcalf MacInnis, Sydney, Janie (Roderick) MacIntyre, Catalone and Patricia (John) Robinson, Big Bras d’Or, his great-aunt Ruth Reid, Gabarus and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by sisters, Nomie Imrie and Annie Bugden.
Visitation Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in G.R. Francis Funeral Home, Sydney Mines. Funeral Monday 10 a.m. in St. Stephen’s Church, Florence with the Rev. A.D. Campbell officiating. Burial in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Bras d’Or.
Mae W. MacDonald
Mae W. MacDonald, 88, of Rockdale Avenue, Sydney, passed away Thursday, March 11, 1999, at her residence.
Born in Sydney, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Louise (Wilcox) Libbey. She was a member of First United Church, an active member of the UCW and also a member of the Sydney Curling Club.
She is survived by two daughters, Ruth (Danny) MacFadyen, Sydney, Lois Louise (Adam) Lewis, Sydney; two sons, Ronnie (Mary Lou), Riverview, N.B. and Brent, Vancouver, B.C.; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; one sister, Grace (Alex) Galbraith, Sydney.
She was predeceased by her husband, Robert (A.N.) MacDonald in 1982, two sons, Howard and Brian, two grandchildren, Shauna MacFadyen and Kevin MacDonald, two sisters, Phyllis and Frances, one brother, Roy.
Visitation will be held in Sydney Memorial Chapel Saturday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with funeral service in the chapel, Sunday, 3 p.m. with the Rev. Doug Pilsworth officiating. Interment in Hardwood Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Church, Hardwood Hill Cemetery or a charity of choice.
John (Jack) Neil MacLean
84, Reserve Mines
John (Jack) Neil MacLean, 84, a former resident of Rear Main Street, Reserve Mines, N.S., died Friday, March 12, 1999, at the Glace Bay Healthcare Complex, South Street, Glace Bay, N.S.
Born in P.E.I., he was a son of the late Neil and Effie MacLean. He was a veteran of the Second World War, having served with the Canadian Army. He was a member of Dr. Cecil John Sparrow Royal Canadian Legion Branch 2, Reserve Mines, N.S. He was employed for many years as a carpenter with M.R. Chappels, Sydney, N.S.
He is survived by his wife, Alice (LeLeivre); two sons, Keith, Boularderie, Cape Breton, Kevin, Boisdale, N.S.; one daughter, Olive, Dartmouth, N.S.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Harvey.
There will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place. Burial of ashes will take place in St. Joseph’s Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to a favourite charity.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Curry’s Funeral Home, 775 Main St., Glace Bay.
Muriel Margaret McCready
84, Point Aconi
Muriel Margaret McCready, 84 of Point Aconi, died peacefully on her birthday, Friday, March 12, 1999, at the Northside General Hospital.
Born in Sheet Harbour on March 12, 1915, she was the daughter of the late John E. and Annie (Barkhouse) Coady. Muriel was a beloved school teacher, having taught for many years along the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia, Mill Creek and Point Aconi. She was an avid Knitter and crocheter, donating her crafts to St. Joseph’s Parish, Bras d’Or, where she was a life-long member.
She will be sadly missed by her family, Lloyd (Kathy), Lakeside, Ont., Ed (Judy), Halifax, her grandsons, Brandon and Fraser; her sister, Marie (Mrs. Alex MacNeil), Sydney and her brothers, Howard (Jessie), Sheet Harbor, George (Claudia), Westville and Lloyd (Kay), Truro.
She was predeceased by her husband, Vince in 1989, her sisters, Eileen and Hazel and a brother, Frank.
Visitation Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in G.R. Francis and Son Funeral Home, Sydney Mines. Funeral is Monday at 2 p.m. in St. Joseph’s Church, Bras d’Or with the Rev. Joe Gillis officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery.
Donations may be made to the New Parish Hall Fund, St. Joseph’s Parish.
Bernard Leo Parago
Bernard Leo Parago, 86, of 1345 Alexandra St., Sydney, died Friday, March 12, 1999, at his residence surrounded by his family members.
Born at Sydney, he was the son of the late James and Mary E. (MacNeil) Parago. He was a member of St. Anthony Daniel Parish, Sydney. Mr. Parago worked at the Sydney Steel rod and bar mill for 40 years. He served as program director for Club 55 for a number of years and also as an aid with St. Anne de Beaupre, Quebec for 32 years.
He is survived by his wife, the former Helen Marie Courage; daughters, Bernadette Irving, Brandon, Man., Gloria Hooper, Stella (Angus) MacLellan, Helen (James) Dixon, Elizabeth Chipman and Patricia (Joseph) Parago, all of Sydney; sons, Joseph (Patricia) Parago, Sydney, James (Sharon) Parago, Boston, Mass., Patrick (Marie) Parago and Dennis (Margaret) Parago, both of Thompson, Man., Russell (Eileen) Sampson, Sydney, John (Ruby) Sampson, Brantford, Ont.; three sisters, Catherine MacNeil and Gert MacIntyre, both of Sydney and May Deveaux (Jimmy), Point Aconi; two brothers, Donald (Casey) Parago, Sydney River and Leo (Florence) Parago, Sydney, also surviving are numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Bridget (Ryan) Parago, three sisters, Helen Hudson, Sydney, Florence O’Tool, Sydney, Elizabeth Baker, Quebec, one daughter, Martha Sampson.
The late Mr. Parago will have visitation Sunday 7-9 p.m. and Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in St. Anthony Daniel Church. Interment in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks.
Donations may be made to the Children’s Wish Foundation.
Dennis Bernard Penney
Dennis Bernard (Bernie) Penney died at his residence on Friday, March 12, 1999.
Bernard was the husband of Joan (Leonard) Penney. He is the dear father of Elizabeth and her husband Martin Portengen, Cobourg, Katherine and her husband Glenn McMurdo, Cobourg, Jane, Cobourg, Margaret Condie, Cobourg and her friend Ted Bevan, Hugh and his wife Michelle, Port Hope, Ian and his wife Tania, England, Mary Ellen and her husband Barry Henderson, New Zealand and father-in-law of Vincent Condie, Oshawa. Loving grandfather of Michael and Stephen Portengen, Aaron and Laura McMurdo, Sarah and David Condie, A.J. (Alan Joseph), Jessica, Christine and Joshua Penney, Daniel and Joshua Harding and Jake (Jacob) Penney and Megan Henderson. Brother of Mary McCourt, Cobourg.
He was predeceased by Joe, Eddie and Annie.
Mass of Christian Burial will be said Tuesday, March 16 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael’s Church, Cobourg. Interment in St. Michael’s Cemetery. Friends may call at the MacCoubrey Funeral Home, 30 King St. East, Cobourg, Sunday 2-4 p.m. and Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Parish prayers will be said at the funeral home, Sunday 3 p.m.
In memoriam, donations may be made to the Cobourg Hospital Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society.
Helen Josephine Taylor
85, Sydney River
Helen Josephine Taylor, 85, of 134 Sunrise Dr., Sydney River, died Friday, March 12, 1999, suddenly at her home.
Born at Sydney, she was the daughter of the late Jeremiah and Josephine (Tobin) Murray. She was a longtime resident of Sydney River who devoted her life to being a homemaker while answering the phone for the family business, Taylor’s Plumbing and Heating. Helen loved to participate in the seniors activities especially those taking place at the Spanish River Seniors Club.
She is survived by two daughters, Beryl (Mrs. George Sampson), Sydney River and Brenda Jefferson, Coxheath; one stepdaughter, Edna (Mrs. Stuart MacLeod), Sydney; two sons, Art, Sydney River and James (Ann), Northside East Bay; two stepsons, Everett (Theresa) and Edison (Jean), both of Sydney; three sisters, Mrs. Viola Redmond, Westmount, Mrs. Iris Murphy, Sydney and Della Denley, Ottawa, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur Gordon Taylor in 1971 and two stepdaughters Margaret and Muriel and by two brothers, Earl and Bobby.
The late Mrs. Taylor will have visitation at T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel, Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral mass will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in Our Lady of Fatima Church with the Rev. Norman MacPhee officiating. Interment in Pringle Cemetery, Blackett’s Lake Road.
Donations may be made to a charity of choice.
Ann Christine (MacKay) Way
On Saturday, March 6, 1999, a memorial service was held in The Old North Church in Boston, Mass., for Ann Christine MacKay Way, who passed away Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1999.
Born at South Side Boularderie, Cape Breton, N.S., Canada. Daughter of the late John and Jessie MacKay. She was a graduate of Sydney Academy and Empire Business College.
She is survived by her husband, Rev. Russell Way, Nashua, N.H. and two sons, Jack, Toronto and Glenn, Framingham, Mass.; three grandchildren; a brother D. Frank MacKay and sisters, Elsie MacRury, Glace Bay and Isabel Cooke, Ottawa.