Maurice Francis Grezel
64, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
Word has been received of the death of Maurice Francis Grezel, 64, of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Tuesday, July 20, 1999.
Born in Sydney, he was the son of the late David and Isabel Grezel.
He is survived by his wife, Adele and five daughters, Maureen, Charlene, Dawn, Gale and Pam, all of Sault Ste. Marie. Also by two brothers, Paul, River Ryan and Fred, Moncton, N.B. and one sister, Irene Cormier, Sydney.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Margerite Mason.
A memorial mass will be held at St. Theresa’s Church, Sydney, Aug. 3 at 5:15 p.m.
John Edward McKay
47, New Waterford
John Edward McKay, 78, of 36 Avalon Dr., Sydney River died Thursday, July 22, 1999, at the Camp Hill Hospital, Halifax.
The late Mr. McKay will have visitation at T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel on Saturday, July 24, 1999 from 7-9 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Our Lady of Fatima Church with the Rev. Norman MacPhee officiating. Interment in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens.
Donations may be made to a charity of choice.
Edith Cavell Murphy
78, Sydney River
Edith Cavell Murphy, 80, of Sydney River, died peacefully on Friday, July 23, 1999, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.
Born in Pictou, N.S., she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Catherine (Matheson) Jollimore. She was an active member of Club 55 as treasurer and also a drummer with the Rhythm Band. She was an instructor with St. John Ambulance for many years. At one time was employed at General Instruments and later the Red and White Restaurant, Sydney River. She was a member of Sydney River United Protestant Church.
She is survived by three daughters, Bette (Dick) Jones, Ajax, Ont., Elaine Woods, Kenora, Ont. and Sheila Davis, Sydney River; one sister, Gladys Wagner, Hamilton, Ont.; 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Predeceased by first husband, Milton Gerald Davis, her second husband, Vernon C. Murphy, one son, Gerald Earl Davis, one brother, Earl Jollimore.
Visitation will be at Sydney Memorial Chapel, Sunday from 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Burial will take place at Pine Grove Cemetery, Stewiacke, N.S.
Memorials to St. John Ambulance or charity of choice.
Lucy MacNeil, 80, Arlington, Mass., formerly of Christmas Island, passed away Thursday, July 22, 1999, at the Mediplex Nursing Home in Lexington, Mass.
Born at Benacadie Pond, she was the daughter of the late Michael S. and Margaret (Farrell) MacNeil. She was a member of St. Barra’s Parish, Christmas Island.
Lucy worked for a number of years in the Boston area as a drugstore clerk. More recently until retiring in 1984, she worked at the Museum of Science in Boston.
She is survived by two sisters, E. Theresa MacNeil, Arlington, Mass. and Dolena M. MacKinnon, Christmas Island; two brothers, Angus, Arlington, Mass. and James (Peggy), Christmas Island; and by numerous nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Predeceased by four brothers, Daniel, Alexander, Daniel H. and Michael L., three sisters, Catherine A. Franco, Mary Margaret Doucet and Mary A.
The late Miss MacNeil will have visitation Monday, July 26, 1999, after 2 p.m. at St. Barra’s Church, Christmas Island. Funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Barra’s Church with Rev. J.A. MacNeil officiating. Interment in the parish cemetery under the direction of T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel.
Donations can be made to the parish cemetery fund.
Daniel Francis (Fox) McNeil
42, New Waterford
Daniel Francis (Fox) McNeil, 66, of 32 Station St., Reserve Mines, died Friday, July 23, 1999, at the Glace Bay Health Care Complex.
He was a longtime resident of Bridgeport, Glace Bay. He was born in Glace Bay and was the son of Mary Bell (MacDonald) McNeil and the late Neil Francis McNeil.
He had been employed as a breakman with the S&L Railway and was later employed with Sysco at the Coke Ovens from where he retired. He was very active in sports in his younger years and he played semi-pro hockey and was an outstanding baseball player on the local scene. More recently he belonged to the Sydney Pensioners Club and the Polar Bear Club.
Survived by his wife, the former Theresa Timmons; sons, Greg (Marie), Danny (Suzanne), both of Glace Bay, Robert (Sharon), Kitchener, Ont.; six daughters, Karen (Mrs. Lester Richard), P.E.I., Joanne (Mrs. John Landry), Neila, both of Ontario, Donna (Mrs. Clifford MacKinnon), Shirley (Mrs. John Nicholson), both of Glace Bay, Mary Lou (Mrs. Eugene Stonier), Victoria B.C.; three sisters, Mary Lou (Mrs. Vince Browner), Glace Bay, Gloria, Gardiner Mines, Anna Lee, Sydney River; four brothers, Archie (Martha), Dominion, Doug (Mary Jessie), Ontario, John (Butch), Ontario, Greg (Janet), Canadian Forces Base, Greenwood.
There will be no visitation. Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated in the Immaculate Conception Church, Bridgeport, Tuesday at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery with Rev. James Oliver officiating. Then a reception will be held in the church hall at which time the family will receive relatives and friends.
Cyril A. McGrath
42, New Waterford
Cyril A. McGrath, 74, of 26 MacAulay’s Lane, Sydney, passed away, Friday, July 23, 1999, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.
Born at Patrick’s Cove, Nfld., he was the son of the late Alexander and Clara McGrath of Newfoundland. He was a member of St. Theresa’s Parish, Sydney. Cyril was part owner of Cape Breton Glass for a number of years retiring in 1989. Prior to that he was employed with Pittsburg Paint Ltd., George Street, for 30 years.
Surviving are his wife, the former Margaret Cecilia Burke; two daughters, Margaret Anne (Tony) Gallant, Toronto, Colleen Marie MacIntyre, Sydney; son, Cyril Patrick, Sydney; two sisters, Mrs. Agnes Fagan, Newfoundland, Mrs. Mary Black, Victoria, B.C.; brother, Albert (Sheri), Newfoundland; four grandchildren, April McGrath, Rachelle McGrath, Stephen MacIntyre and Dwayne Gallant and one great-granddaughter, Jessica Gallant.
Predeceased by two sons, John Raymond and Michael Wayne, daughter, Sharon Elizabeth, two brothers, Harry and Raymond and a sister, Theresa.
The late Mr. McGrath will have visitation at T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel today (Saturday) from 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in St. Theresa’s Church with Rev. A. MacDougall officiating. Interment in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks.
Donations may be made to a charity of choice.
Wilfred Hayward Tilley
42, New Waterford
Peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospital on Thursday, July 8, 1999, at the age of 82 years.
Beloved husband of Rosanna and dear father of Janet and her husband Vince Chaisson, David and his wife Pam, Joan and her husband Louis Vecchioni, Carol Tilley, Elaine and her husband David Howie, Gail and her husband Rick Porter, and Greg Tilley, all of Hamilton. Sadly missed by grandchildren, Dustin, Rachelle, David, Charlene, Dana and Graham. Dear brother of Francis and his wife Lenny and Vivian and her husband Peter Harrison. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Tilley was an employee of Hamilton Hydro for 34 years and a veteran of the Second World War.
The family received friends at the Stoney Creek Funeral Home, 454 Highway 8, east of Millen Road, Saturday from 7-9 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service was held in the chapel Monday at 11 a.m. Interment in Eastlawn Cemetery.
As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or the Hamilton Association for Community Living would be appreciated by the family.
Sanford E. Young
42, New Waterford
Sanford E. Young, 77, of Breton Bay Nursing Home and former resident of 188 Reserve St., Glace Bay, passed away Wednesday, July 21, 1999, in Breton Bay Nursing Home.
Born in Glace Bay, he was the son of the late Walter and Rose (Kelly) Young. Mr. Young was self-employed in the construction industry and was a member of St. Anne’s Church, Glace Bay.
Sanford is survived by two brothers, Walter (Wally) (Florence), Glace Bay and Gerald (Bridget), Kitchener, Ont.; six sisters, Mary Sponagle, Glace Bay, Jane Burke, Josita Kavanagh, both of Kitchener, Ont., Connie (May) (Joseph) Fraser, Hamilton, Ont., Monica (Henry), Oshawa, Ont. and Betty (Donny) Chiasson, Caledon, Ont. Also surviving are three daughters, Georgina Hatcher, Diane Young McKay and Gloria Landru; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Aloysius (Wishie) and Dennis and three sisters, Pearl, Helen and Cassie.
Visitation will be in the V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 16 Reserve St., Glace Bay, Sunday, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be Monday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel with Fr. Doug Murphy officiating. Burial will follow in St. Anne’s Cemetery, Glace Bay.
Blanche Edith Annesty, 83, a long time resident of Sydney, died Friday, July 23, 1999, in Tantallon, N.S., at Shirley’s Guest Home for Seniors.
Born in Newfoundland, she was the daughter of the late Abram and Madeline (Bugden) Barrett.
Surviving are her daughter Joan (Annesty) Muise and son- in-law Fred of Bedford, N.S.; her step-sister Annie Anderson of Halifax, N.S., along with several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased 13 years ago by her husband Russell of 45 years, also brothers Joseph, Victor, Chesley Barrett; step-mother Sophie; step-brother Albert Anderson and step-sisters Nina Luther, Gladys Hollett and Beryl Horner.
Visitation will be Monday, July 26, 1999, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., in Sydney Memorial Chapel. Funeral service will be held Tuesday, July 27, 1999, in the chapel at 2 p.m. with the Rev. William Bryant and Gordon Hazelwood officiating. Interment will follow in Lakeside Cemetery, North Sydney.
Memorials may be made to the N.S. Heart and Stroke Foundation or to the Canadian Institute for the Blind.
Ralph Currie Sr.
Following a lengthy battle with Alzheimers, the death of Ralph Currie Sr., 76, of Breton Bay Nursing Home in Sydney occurred Saturday, July 24, 1999.
Born in Halifax, Ralph served in the Canadian Army during the Second World War which was followed by a life time career in the sales industry. Ralph’s love of music was second to none and along with enjoying the hobbies of fishing, hunting and golf, Ralph loved playing the Hawaiian steel guitar whenever he had the opportunity.
Ralph will be sadly missed by his two daughters, Judee Connolly and husband Robert, Fort Saskatchewan, Debra MacDougall, Sydney and son Ralph Jr. and wife Deborah, Fredericton. Ralph is also survived by two sisters, Marie Fox, Lunenburg, Marg Leverman and husband Gerry, Dartmouth, and brother George and wife Connie, Halifax. Seven grandchildren will miss their ‘PaPa’ along with six great-grandchildren.
Ralph was predeceased by his parents, Ralph Joseph and Agnes (Perrier) as well as his wife Ada (MacNeil).
Following cremation in Sydney, Funeral Mass will be at the Immaculate Conception Church, Prince St. in Truro at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 28, 1999. Mass will be officiated by Ralph’s first cousin, Monseignor Martin Currie. Interment will be at the Watson Cemetery in Truro following the mass. The cremated remains are being transferred from the T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel, Sydney, and arrangements will be under the direction of Mattatal Funeral Home, Truro.
Raymond M. Howie
65, Glace Bay
Raymond M. Howie, 65, of 4A Myrman Dr., Glace Bay, died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at the Glace Bay Health Care Complex.
Born in Donkin, he was the son of the late Fred and Edith (Caines) Howie. Raymond was a former resident of Ontario and while living there he worked for Rothman’s Cigarette Co. for more than 25 years as well as JKS Marketing Company. Raymond enjoyed fishing and playing bingo.
He is survived by his wife the former Mary Armstrong; one daughter, Wanda (Mrs. Neil Watson), Calgary; five brothers, Doug and Marg, Donkin, Edward (Teg) and Kay, Glace Bay, William (Bumps) and Mary, Boston, Bob and Isabelle, Allister and Berta, all of Ontario; one sister, Elsie (Mrs. Allie Neary), Glace Bay; two grandchildren, Heather and Hannah.
Raymond was predeceased by two brothers, Fred and Elroy (Barnie).
Visitation will take place today (Monday) from 2-4, 7-9 p.m. at the V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 16 Reserve St., Glace Bay. Funeral service will take place on Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Bill Matthews officiating. Cremation to follow.
As an expression of sympathy for Raymond, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of choice.
88, New Waterford
Elizabeth McIsaac, R.N., 88, of 3384 Wilson Avenue, New Waterford, died Sunday, July 25, 1999, in the New Waterford Consolidated Hospital.
Born in Glace Bay, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary Ann (MacSween) Gillis. Elizabeth was a member of Mount Carmel Church and a member of the New Waterford Pensioners Club. She graduated from the Saint Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing. At one time she worked as an R.N. for the Town of Glace Bay and also private duty in New York and New Waterford.
She is survived by one daughter Ann (Mrs. Denis Desbiens), Quebec and one grandson Daniel, Montreal.
She was predeceased her husband Daniel A. “Lacky” McIsaac; a son Andy; two brothers James (Jay) Gillis and Fred Gillis and one sister Margaret Ann Shaw.
At her request there will be no wake or visitation. Cremation will take place. There will be a memorial mass held Wednesday, July 28, 1999, in Mount Carmel Church at 10 a.m. with Father Donald MacGillivray officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the VON, Cape Breton Branch.
Arrangements under the direction of V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 380 Smith St., New Waterford.
Lavinia MacLeod, 93 Dartmouth, passed away July 22, 1999, in the New Halifax Infirmary, QEII.
Born in Sydney, she was a daughter of the late Lewis and Ellen (Sheppard) Ginn. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, and lived in the Whitney Pier area of Sydney for more than 85 years.
She was predeceased by her husband, Nicholson; sister, Mary Morgettie; brother, Stanley.
She is survived by her daughter, Frances (Mrs. Cecil Hawkins); grandson, Graham Hawkins and wife Vickie; granddaughter, Debbie Hawkins Veres; great-grandson, Nicholson Veres; several nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. Private interment of ashes in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens, Sydney, at a later date. Donations in her memory may be made to a charity of your choice.
71, Glace Bay
Albert Sheppard, 71, of 55 Minto Street and formerly of 49 Dragatis Street, Glace Bay, died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.
Born in Glace Bay he was the son of the late Melvin and Hilda (Currie) Sheppard. He worked in the coal mines at No. 4 and 20 and later as a bricklayer. He also serviced in the Canadian Army. He will be remembered fondly by his friends and family for his love of outdoors and animals, his active lifestyle and his unique sense of humour.
Survived by his wife Caresse (MacIntosh) Sheppard; four daughters, Sharon Sheppard, Coxheath, Jeri, Mrs. Ralph Millard, Calgary, Eileen, Dannie Currie, Glace Bay, Dawn, Mrs. Pat Donovan, Ingonish; six grandchildren and one great-grandson; two sisters, Dorothy, Mrs. Roy MacPhee, Toronto, Eileen, Dan MacCumber, Glace Bay.
Predeceased by a brother Melvin T.
There will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place. Funeral will be Tuesday, July 27, 1999, at 2 p.m. in Holy Cross Church with Fr. J. Graham officiating. Burial will be in Black Brook Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Cape Breton Regional Palliative Care.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Patten Funeral Home and Chapel, Glace Bay.
Bertha C. Wilkie
84, North Sydney
Bertha Catherine Wilkie, 84, a resident of the Northside Community Guest Home, North Sydney, died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at the Northside General Hospital, North Sydney.
Born in Glace Bay, she was the daughter of the late William (Billy) and Adeline (MacKenzie) Parsons. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, North Sydney. She was a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #19 Ladies Auxiliary as well as a volunteer with the Northside Community Guest Home. Bertha enjoyed playing darts as well as bowling.
Surviving are three daughters, Catherine Drake of North Sydney, Betty (Mrs. Bruce Anderson) of Milford Bay, Ont. and Marion Wilkie of Sydney; sons, Jimmy Wilkie of Calgary and Greg Wilkie of Brampton, Ont.; sisters, Marjorie Nicholson of North Sydney and Marion Gallop of Barrie, Ont.; 8 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; two great-greatgrandchildren.
Predeceased by husband, Richard; 2 brothers, Donnie and Kenneth Parsons.
Visitation will be held Monday 2-4, 7-9 p.m. the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday 10 a.m. from St. Joseph’s Church, North Sydney, with Rev. Tom MacNeil officiating. Burial to follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Sydney.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.