Doston J. Boutilier
64, North Sydney
Doston James Boutilier, 64, a resident of 139 Mapleview Dr., North Sydney, died Saturday, Feb. 27, 1999 at his residence.
Born in North Sydney, he was a son of the late Thomas and Annie (Russell) Boutilier. He was employed as a sheet metal worker and welder at Angel Manufacturing, North Sydney, until his retirement. He was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Church.
Surviving are his wife, Jeanette (Young); two daughters, Corena (Mrs. Cyril Dicks), George’s River and Paula (Mrs. Wayne MacDonald), Kingston, Ont.; one son, Darren of Witaskiwin, Alta.; two brothers, Roy and Eric, both of North Sydney; one sister, Corena Haley, Sydney Mines; and four grandchildren, Jodie Lynn, Michelle, Brendan and Nicole.
He was predeceased by two sons, Wayne and David and six brothers, Edward, Ernest, Vince, Harold, John, and Russell.
No visitation by request. Cremation has taken place. A funeral mass will be held 2 p.m. Monday from St. Joseph’s Church, North Sydney, with Rev. Peter Piva officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Bikers Association of Nova Scotia or to the Oncology Dept. of Cape Breton Regional Hospital. Arrangements are under the direction of W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, North Sydney.
Helen Loretta Brann
Helen Loretta Brann, 71, of 15 West St., Donkin, died Sunday, Feb. 28, 1999 at the Glace Bay Health Care Complex.
Born in Donkin, she was the daughter of the late Eddie and Marjorie (Andrews) Brann. Loretta was a member of St. Luke’s United Church in Donkin. She was a well known resident of the area and was loved by many.
She is survived by one son, Dwight (Phyllis) Smith, Donkin; three brothers, William (Hobo) and Lucy, Conn., U.S.A., Wilfred (Buddy), at home and Lloyd and Karen, Donkin; three sisters, Mary McCann, Halifax, Edna (Sis), at home and Marjorie Billard, Halifax; a sister-in-law, Ruth Brann; two granddaughters, Jennifer and Kelli and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by one brother, Gordon.
There will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place under the direction of V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 16 Reserve St., Glace Bay. A memorial service will take place 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Luke’s United Church, Donkin with Rev. Jim Chisholm officiating. Burial will be in Black Brook Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to St. Luke’s United Church, Donkin.
Benson (Benny) Brown
Benson (Benny) Brown, 89, of 15 Benson Drive, Sydney, died Sunday, Feb. 28, 1999, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital.
Born in Sydney, he was the son of the late Neil and Agnes (Benson) Brown. He retired from the Heavy Mills Department at the Sydney Steel Plant in 1974.
He was a longtime member of St. Andrew’s United Church, the Lingan Golf and Country Club, the Gaelic Society, Club 55 and the Pensioners Club. Benny was an avid golfer and step-dancer.
He is survived by sons, Gerald (Jean) and Irvin (Beverly); granddaughters, Glenda (Michael) Rolfe, Lisa (Stirty) MacDonald and Kelly Brown; two great-grandchildren, Ashley Rolfe and Tyler MacDonald; two brothers, Lyman, Hull, Quebec, and William (Booty), Scotland; sister-in-law, Mae Brown; brother-in-law, Archie Morrison; longtime friend, Kay Boudreau and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Florence, six brothers, William, Lyman, Neil, Lloyd, Harry and Calvin and three sisters, Gladys, Olive and Gladys Hilda.
Visitation will be held Tuesday March 2, 1999 from 2-4, 7-9 p.m. in Sydney Memorial Chapel. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, at St. Andrew’s United Church with Rev. Dale and Sharon Irving officiating. Interment at Forest Haven Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.
Rev. Basil F. Butts
Rev. Basil F. Butts, 78, of Edmonton, Alberta, died Saturday, Feb. 27, 1999 at St. Joseph’s Auxiliary Hospital, Edmonton.
Born in Sydney Mines, he was the son of the late Frank and Amanda (Ling) Butts. After graduating from St. Francis Xavier University, he entered Holy Heart Seminary, Halifax, and was ordained to the Priesthood for the Archdiocese of Edmonton on December 17, 1949 by Archbishop John Hugh MacDonald. He celebrated his first Mass at the Christmas Eve Midnight Mass of 1949 in Immaculate Conception Church, Sydney Mines. He received his BEd from the University of Alberta in 1951 and later his MEd. from Fordham University, in New York. For almost 50 years he served many parishes in Alberta as Curate and Parish Priest and for several years was teaching principal at St. Mary’s High School for Boys.
Fr. Butts is survived by his brother, Adrian, Guelph, Ont., his sisters, Jeanette and her husband, Bernard Crane, Margaree Forks, formerly of Sydney Mines, Kathleen and her husband, William Stubbert and Gwen Bonifacio, Guelph. Also surviving are his sister-in-law Veronica Butts, Bras d’Or, and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brother, Bill, his sister-in-law, Hughena Butts and three sisters, and two brothers in infancy.
Funeral Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Basilica, Edmonton, Archbishop Joseph N. MacNeil officiating. Burial will take place in Guelph at a later date.
George Whitley Hull
George Whitley Hull, 86, Baddeck, died Saturday, Feb. 27, 1999, in Victoria County Memorial Hospital after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Big Baddeck, he was a son of the late Frank and Martha (MacKay) Hull. He was a member of Baddeck Volunteer Fire Department for 15 years. He was one of the last few surviving members of the original group formed in 1947.
Surviving are daughters, Mary Matheson, Toronto, Shirley Kennedy, Baddeck; grandchildren, Bret, Kurt, Ricky, Tamara; nine great-grandchildren; two nieces in Massachusetts.
He was predeceased on February 15, 1999, by his wife of 60 years, Margaret, son, Elwin, sister, Mrs. Catherine Yoemans, brothers, John and Murray.
The body is resting at MacAskill Funeral Home with visitation today from 2-5, 7-9 p.m. where funeral will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday with Rev. Donald MacLeod officiating. Burial in Big Baddeck Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to any charity.
Jane Elizabeth (Jennie) Keough
Jane Elizabeth (Jennie) Keough, 86, of Sydney, died Saturday, Feb. 27, 1999 surrounded by her family, at the home of her daughter Marie (Ray) Kennedy, with whom she resided.
Born in Sydney, she was a daughter of the late Patrick and Johanna (MacEachern) Keough. She lived most of her life in Whitney Pier and worked for many years at Crowells Ltd., Jacobsons and McCurdy’s Ltd.
Besides her daughter, she is survived by one son, Joseph (Mary) Keough, Westmount; two sisters, Margie Peters, Sydney Forks and Loretta Doyle, Sydney; eight grandchildren, Pat, Raymond and Vincent Kennedy, Brian, Billy and Tim Keough, Theresa Wells and Jane Kennedy; seven great-grandchildren, Sarah and Laura Wells, Alana and Claire Hayson, Christopher and Ryan Keough and Adam Mahar.
Also surviving are a number of nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
She was predeceased by one sister, Mary (Joseph) MacNeil and two brothers, Archie and Billy Keough.
There will be no visitation. A memorial mass will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Church, Sydney with Rev. Dan MacDonald officiating. Private family burial will take place at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Sydney Memorial Chapel.
Margaret M. Leblanc
67, Glace Bay
Margaret M. Leblanc, 67, of 12 Tom Kenn Dr., Glace Bay, died Saturday, Feb. 27, 1999 in the Glace Bay Health Care Complex.
Born in Reserve Mines, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Anastasia (Boudreau) Lever. Mrs. Leblanc was a member of Holy Family Church (McKay’s Corner). She was very active within the church and a choir member of Holy Family and St. Joseph’s Church and also a member of the ladies auxiliary of Holy Family.
Margaret was a very devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
She is survived by her husband, Edgar and son Marcel, Glace Bay; two grandsons, Marc, Halifax and Kevin, Point Edward; three sisters, Teasie Leblanc, Glace Bay, Mary Gillis, Sydney and Alice Flynn, New Jersey and two brothers, George, Sydney and Al, Scarborough, Ont.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by a daughter, Theresa (1961), six brothers, Joseph, Arthur, Andrew, John Joe, Alfred and Harry (Brother Liqouri) and two sisters, Annie May Brown and Isabel Jessome.
Visitation will be in the V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 16 Reserve St., Glace Bay, Monday from 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Funeral mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Wednesday in Holy Family Church with Fr. Ray Huntley officiating. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery.
Any memorials may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or charity of choice.
Mae (McKillop) MacKinnon
Mae (McKillop) MacKinnon, 93, of Toronto, formerly of Glace Bay, passed away peacefully in Toronto, Ont. where she resided for the past number of years with her daughter, Connie Gullison.
Born in New Aberdeen, she was the daughter of the late James and Mary (O’Connell) McKillop. Many will remember Mae as an avid card player who enjoyed weekly club games.
She is survived by four daughters, Audrey (Rannie MacDougall), Toronto, Mary (Jack Stevens), Glace Bay, Connie Gullison, Toronto, Elizabeth (Adam Waldner), Toronto; two sons, Reginald (Mildred), Glace Bay, John (Rita), Toronto.
She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, John MacKinnon and one daughter, Florence (Mrs. Colin MacDonald), Sydney Mines.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held Monday, March 1 in Toronto. At a later date a memorial service will take place in Glace Bay under the direction of V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 16 Reserve St., Glace Bay.
Wilfred V. MacKinnon
71, Glace Bay
Wilfred V. MacKinnon, 71, a former resident of Glace Bay, died Sunday, Feb. 28, 1999 at the Breton Bay Nursing Home, Sydney.
Born in New York, he was the son of the late Wilfred and Neila (Morrison) MacKinnon. Wilfred was a member of St. Anne’s Church in Glace Bay. Before moving to Breton Bay Nursing Home, he lived in New Waterford for two years.
He was a former employee of Devco, where he worked as a foreman at the Boiler Shop in Glace Bay. William was involved with the Cape Breton Militia and was also an executive board member with the Glace Bay Minor Hockey League.
He lived in Ben Eoin for several years where he enjoyed boating and fishing.
Surviving are his second wife, the former Fran Muise; one son, Wilfred Jr., Sydney; two brothers, Jim and Connie, Glace Bay, and Francis (Rick) and Janet, Sydney; three sisters, Lavina and Doug Musgrave, North Sydney, Zita and Gordie Graham, Sydney, Neila, Glace Bay; eight stepchildren and 15 step-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his first wife, the former Yvonne Pledge.
Visitation will take place Monday from 2-4, 7-9 p.m. at the V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 16 Reserve St., Glace Bay. Funeral mass will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anne’s Church, Glace Bay with Fr. Doug Murphy officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Nova Scotia Alzheimers Foundation or a charity of choice.
Loretta (Leon) MacLellan
56, Oakville, Ont.
Loretta (Leon) MacLellan, 56, of Oakville, Ont., died after a lengthy illness Thursday, Feb. 25, 1999 at Credit Valley Hospital, Ont.
Loretta was the daughter of the late Eugene (Leon) and Louise Forrest, Westmount.
She is survived by her husband, Al, sons, Jason and Jerrett, all of Ontario.
Also surviving are her sister, Mrs. Ida Campbell, Westmount and a brother, Henry Leon, Coxheath.
She was predeceased by a sister, Carol and brothers, Rannie, Johnnie and Eric Leon.
Cremation will take place Monday at St. Martin’s of Tours, Mississauga.
William John “Billy” MacPherson
80, Middle River, Victoria Co.
William John “Billy” MacPherson, 80, Middle River, Victoria Co., died Friday, Feb. 26, 1999, in the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital.
Born in Middle River, he was a son of the late Malcolm and Dolena (MacDonald) MacPherson. He was an auto mechanic and was a member of Middle River United Church.
Surviving are his wife, the former Edith MacFarlane; daughters, Ruth (Mrs. Tom MacLean), Middle River, Jean, Halifax; sisters, Bessie MacKay, Dartmouth, Vimy Comishen, Ottawa; grandchildren, Natalie, Susan, Monica, Lorna.
He was predeceased by a son and a daughter in infancy, a brother in infancy and a foster sister, Freda MacDougall.
No visitation by request. Cremation has taken place under the direction of MacAskill Funeral Home, Baddeck. Memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Monday in Farquarson Memorial Presbyterian Church, Rev. David Lutes and Rev. Ken Allen officiating. Burial at a later date. Donations to Canadian Cancer Society or any charity.
Yvonne M. Swann
47, Bras d’Or
Yvonne Marie Swann, 47, a resident of Villa Drive, Bras d’Or, died Saturday, Feb. 27, 1999 at home.
Born in North Sydney, she was a daughter of the late Emmanuel and Annie F. (Morrison) Swann. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, Bras d’Or.
Surviving are her companion, Donald Whynacht; one daughter, Lori Lee, Bras d’Or; one grandson, Dylan; one brother, Emmanuel (wife Joyce), Bras d’Or; four sisters, Stella Swann, Rita (Mrs. Charles Sampson) and Dolores (Mrs. Pierre Sampson), all of Bras d’Or and Linda (Mrs. Floyd Pattengale), Point Aconi; three stepsisters, Dellena (Mrs. Tony Franceour), New Brunswick, Judy (Mrs. Nick Escedi), Ontario, and Betty (Mrs. Barclay Crozier), Ontario, and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Monday March 1 in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. Funeral mass will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph’s Church, Bras d’Or with Rev. Joseph Gillis officiating. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or the Canadian Cancer Society.
William Lambert Thoms
William Lambert Thoms, 80, of the Braemore Home, Sydney River, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 1999 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.
Born in Westville, N.S., he was the son of the late George and Rowena Thoms. William was a former resident of Brodie Ave., Glace Bay. He enjoyed baseball and hockey. He was a member of St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Glace Bay.
William is survived by two sisters, Hazel Austen, Ontario and Ella Durant, Glace Bay.
He was predeceased by three sisters, Hilda O’Keefe, Florence Thoms and Melvine Thoms.
Visitation will take place Monday 2-4, 7-9 p.m. at the V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 16 Reserve St., Glace Bay. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Glace Bay with Rev. Fev Arnold officiating. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Nova Scotia Heart Foundation.