Sarah Ann Briggett
Sarah Ann Briggett, who passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1999, was also survived by a sister, Edena and a brother, Duncan, both of Sydney.
Constance Joyce DiFabio
Funeral mass for the late Constance Joyce DiFabio, who passed away Saturday, Aug. 28, 1999, will be held in St. Joseph’s Church, Sydney, Wednesday, 11 a.m. with the Rev. Dan MacDonald officiating. Interment will be in St. Theresa’s Cemetery, Sydney.
Joseph Daniel MacDougall
A funeral service will be held for Joseph Daniel MacDougall on Sept. 2, 1999, at 11 a.m. in St. Theresa’s Parish, Sydney. Burial to follow.
Murdock Allen Mulley
77, Georges River
Murdock Allen Mulley, 77, of 15 Staney Brae Drive, Georges River, formerly of Florence, passed away Monday, Aug. 30, 1999, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.
Born in Victoria Village, Nfld., he was the son of the late John William and Marion (Harnum) Mulley. He was a member of St. Andrew’s United Church, Little Bras d’Or. He was a decorated veteran of the Second World War and a member of Branch 19 Royal Canadian Legion, North Sydney. He was employed as a miner at both the Florence and Princess Collieries. He was an avid sportsman and especially enjoyed fly fishing in Middle River. He was involved as a manager with the Northside Minor Hockey Association. He was a former Elder, Sunday School Superintendent, a member of the Board of Stewards at Wilson United Church, Florence. He was an Elder and member of the church choir at St. Andrew’s United Church, Little Bras d’Or. He was a member of the Sydney Mines Pensioners Club, a member of the Retired Teachers Bowling League, and the Seniors Bowling League.
Surviving are his wife, the former Olive Mae Murrant; three daughters, Florence (Russell) Higgins, Amherst, N.S., Sandra (David) MacNeil, Alexandra, P.E.I., June (Brendon) MacNeil, Northville, Annapolis Valley; one son, David Allen Mulley, Calgary, Alta.; two sisters, Minnie MacLean, Sydney Mines, Mamie (Roy) Johnstone, Georges River; five brothers, William (Asneth), Mill Creek, Leonard (Ada), Greenwood, N.S., John R. (Jeanette), Kentucky, Wesley (Joyce), Sydney Mines, Wayne (Sheila), North Sydney; one sister-in-law, Beatrice Mulley, Sydney Mines; nine grandchildren, Danielle, Joshua, Courtney MacNeil, Ryan and Stephanie Higgins, Chadwick and Laura MacNeil, Christopher, Jennifer and their mother, Linda Mulley. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by three sisters, Ina Mae Erickson, Susan Parsons and Madeline Maxwell and one brother, Angus.
The late Mr. Mulley will have visitation from 7-9 p.m. today (Tuesday) and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday in the Fillmore and Whitman Funeral Home, Sydney Mines. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Wilson United Church, Florence with the Rev. Linda Scherzinger officiating.
Family flowers only. Donations may be made to the N.S. Heart and Stroke Foundation or to a charity of choice.
Phillip Allan Tutty
75, Lower Sackville
Philip Allan Tutty, 75, Lower Sackville passed away Thursday, Aug. 12, 1999, in the Halifax Infirmary of the QE 11.
Born in Louisbourg, he was a son of the late Louisa (Maxner) Tutty and Dave Tutty. He was a seafarer all his life serving in the Merchant Marine during the Second World War, he then served with the Canadian Coast Guard and ended his career on the gypsum ships out of Hantsport, N.S.
Surviving are one son, Philip, Lower Sackville; one grandchild and a step-sister, Mary MacVicar, Louisbourg and by several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by one sister, Hazel MacPherson, two brothers, Percy and Samuel in infancy; three brothers, Earl, John H, George Maxner and stepsister, Margaret Burke.
Funeral service took place 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17 at Barnard Funeral Home, Sackville, N.S.
Burial to take place at sea at a later date.
A committal service for George William (Bill) Braedley will take place at Brookside Cemetery on August 5, 1999, at 1 p.m., with the Reverend David McNaughton officiating. The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. at Carmen United Church, Sydney Mines.
Louis Luc Chiasson, Pere Fiset Guest Home, Cheticamp, passed away peacefully July 30, 1999, in the guest home.
Born in Cheticamp, he was a son of the late Luc Chiasson and Olive (Roach) Chiasson. He was a member of St. Peter’s Church, Cheticamp. He was a building constructor and funeral director in his younger years and was involved very much in the development of the community. He was one of the founding fathers of the Cheticamp Co-op Store and Cheticamp Credit Union. He was an active member of the KOC, the Cheticamp Board of Trade, the Cheticamp Senior Citizen Club and Society St. Preire.
He is survived by his wife, the former Julie Poirier; sons, Bernie (Bonnie), Roland (Sandra), both of Cheticamp, Jean Louis (Carole), Montreal, Camille (Amelia), North Sydney, Yvon (Marie Rose), Jules (Jacqueline), both of Mmncton, N.B.,; daughters, Jeannine (Mrs. Eddie Doucette), Gisele (Mrs. Alphonse Poirier), Petit Etang, Inverness Co.; brothers, Henri, Montreal, Albert, Joseph, both of Inverness; sisters, Agnes Cormier, Cheticamp, Therese Deveau, Belle Marche; step-sons, Daniel (Betty), Ont.; Emile (Suzette), Coxheath; step-daughters, Marie Jeannette LeFort, Ont.; Hilda (Mrs. David Poirier), Cheticamp, Madeleine LeFort, Moncton; 22 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 13 step-grandchildren and 12 step-great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his first wife Marie Josephine Poirier; daughters, Dora Cormier, Odette in infancy; brothers, Marcellin, Paul, Victor, Hyacinthe, Robert; sister, Sister Marie (Fille de Jesus.)
Funeral Mass was held on Monday, August 2, 1999, at 10 a.m. in St. Peter’s Church, Cheticamp. Burial in the parish cemetery.
Donations may be made to Pere Fiset Guest Home, Cheticamp or Sacred Heart Hospital Charitable Foundation. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd.
Visitation for the late Elizabeth Susanna MacDougall will be held today (Tuesday) from 2-4, 7-9, p.m. at the T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Anthony O’Connor officiating. Burial in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks.
Donations may be made to charity of choice.
John W. Mullins
John William Mullins, 90, of 246 St. Peter’s Road, Sydney, passed away on Monday, August 2, 1999, at the Breton Bay Nursing Home, Sydney.
Born at Bateston, he was the son of the late Benjamin and Elizabeth (Bates) Mullins. John was employed for 32 years with the Department of National Revenue (Canadian Customs) retiring in 1974.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Marie Kennedy of Louisbourg; by a daughter Elaine, Mrs. Walter Sawlor, Sydney; sons, John (Beverly Planetta), Sydney and Wayne (Valerie), Barrington, N.S. also by a sister Mrs. Mary MacInnis of New Glasgow and a brother Leo (Alice) of Bateston and by seven grandchildren, Christopher, Amanda, Mark, Sherrielynn, Michael, Jeremy and Sarah.
Predeceased by a brothers Peter and Bernard and sisters Sarah and Theresa.
The late Mr. Mullins will have visitation at T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel on Thursday, August 5, 1999, from 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday in St. Theresa’s Church with Rev. A. MacDougall officiating. Interment in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks.
Donations may be made to the Canadian Alzheimer’s Society or charity of choice.
Charles Herbert Stacey “Charlie”, 86, passed away July 31, 1999, at The Cove Guest Home in Sydney.
Born in Louisbourg, he was the son of the late A. Wylie and Dora G. (Lacey) Stacey.
A well-known businessman, he operated the Irving station in Louisbourg for over 30 years. A member of the First United Church, Louisbourg, and an Elder, an active Mason for over 60 years, he was a member of Mariners Lodge #80, AF, AM and of the Cape Breton Lodge of Perfection. He was a past district Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia and recently was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal of Masonic Order.
In the 1950s he served on the Louisbourg Town Council and as a member of the Louisbourg Development Company. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Annie K. MacIntyre; a daughter, Charlotte Ann (Mrs. Richard Sutherland), of Halifax; a son, John David, of Chatham, Ontario; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, and a brother, Frank, of Wilmington, Delaware, also a sister Dorothy (Mrs. C.J. Kelly) of Arlington, Mass. He is also mourned by nephews Duncan and Darryl Beaver who lived with Charlie and Annie fmr many years.
He was predeceased by a brother, George, and sisters Margaret ( Mrs. J.A. MacKay) and Eleanor (Mrs. F.J., Stevens).
Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 3 at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. Clayton Auston officiating under the direction of W.A. Chant Funeral Home, Louisbourg.
Donations may be made to the Memorial Fund of the First United church.
A memorial service for the late Mary Benoit of Reading, Mass., former resident of Stirling, will be held Saturday, August 7, at 2 p.m. at Framboise Presbyterian Church.
Melvin (Poppy) Fricker
76, Neil's Harbour
Melvin (Poppy) Fricker, 76, of Neil’s Harbour, Victoria Co., died Tuesday, August 3, 1999, at home.
Born in Neil’s Harbour, he was the son of the late Herbert and Charlotte (Ingraham) Fricker. Melvin was a member of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church and was a fisherman all of his life. Upon retiring Melvin loved to spend his time with his precious grandchildren.
He is survived by his loving family, wife, Millie (Fraser); daughter, Faye Fricker, Neil’s Harbour; sons, Glenn, Bert (Audrey), Blair (Kelly Ann), all in Neil’s Harbour, Jaudie (Colleen), Prince George, B.C.; grandchildren, Josh, Anna, Clare, Emily, Ben, Melissa and Mary Beth; sisters-in-law, Rose Fricker, Neil’s Harbour, Tina (Mrs. Donald Johnson), Sydney; brothers-in-law, Herbert (Marie) Fraser, Roger (Helen) Fraser, Dingwall, and nephew, Bobby Fricker, Ingonish.
He was predeceased by his brother, Robert.
Poppy will always be remembered and loved by his family, extended family and friends.
Visitation will be in All Souls Chapel, Neil’s Harbour, on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. in St. Andrew’s Anglican Church with Archdeacon Weldon Smith officiating. Burial under the direction of Fillmore and Whitman Funeral Home will be in the parish cemetery. Family flowers only.
Memorial donations may be made to any charity.
John James (J.J.) MacNeil
83, Whitney Pier
John James (J.J.) MacNeil, a lifelong resident of Whitney Pier, passed away at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital on Tuesday, August 3, 1999.
Born in Sydney, he was the son of the late John and Janie (McLean) McNeil. He was a member of Holy Redeemer Church, Whitney Pier, and a devout member of the Holy Name Society.
John attended schools in the Whitney Pier area and graduated from Sydney Academy, earning the Governor General’s medal. He went on to St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish where he graduated in 1938 with a B.A. degree, Magna Cum Laude.
As a public accountant, he worked his business out of his home (along with his wife) and audited credit unions in the local area. He was also an instructor with the Nova Scotia Dept. of Education, teaching auto mechanics, one of his greatest joys in life (along with his tools.) He was a Special Training Officer and Vice-Principal of Night Classes at the Adult Vocational Training Centre in Point Edward, N.S., retiring in 1977.
John is survived by his wife, Kay (Catherine MacDougall), of nearly 57 years. He is survived by seven children, Loretta (Dave McNeil), Burlington, Ont., Ron (Diane), Whitney Pier, John (J.R.) (Bonnie), Sydney Forks, Sandra Smith, Selkirk, Ont., David (Colleen), Sydney, Paul (Debbie), Whitney Pier, Cathy (Peter Urquhart), Blacketts Lake Rd. He is also survived by a brother, Harold, Whitney Pier, and a sister, Margie (Mrs. George Taylor), Sydney; 18 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
John was predeceased by a sister, Mary Loretta, and a brother, Bernie.
Visitation will be held at T. W. Curry Parkview Chapel, 755 George St., Sydney, on Wednesday, August 4, between 7-9 p.m., and Thursday, August 5, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral mass will be held Friday, August 6, at 11 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Church, Whitney Pier, with Fr. Errol MacDonald officiating. Interment to be held in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Redeemer Parish or Palliative Care.
“The finest man on Muggah St.!”
Kathleen and Paige (Currie) MacPherson
5 months, Sydney
< Paige Currie and Kathleen Currie MacPherson born and died July 31, 1999, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.
Twin daughters of Stewart and Cecilia (Currie) MacPherson, Sydney; sisters of Tammy, Glace Bay; granddaughters of Catherine and Donald MacPherson and Catherine and the late Joseph Currie.
Family burial was held August 2, 1999, in St. Margaret’s Parish, Grand Mira.
Two little sparrows who fell from their nest and went to heaven. In Mom and Dad’s loving arms forever.
74, New Waterford
Carmella Rockett, 74, of 3509 Warren Ave., New Waterford, passed away suddenly Monday, August 2, 1999, at home.
Born in New Waterford, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Suzannah (Colbert) Rice. Mrs. Rockett was a member of St. Agnes Church, New Waterford, and was a devoted foster mom. She will be sadly missed by her many bingo friends.
She is survived by five daughters, Sandra and Todds Young, New Waterford, Marguepite and Martin Gillis, Lynne and Stan Burke, Hilary and Dave Muzzin, all of Windsor, Ont., and Denise and Rick Robicheau, Yarmouth, N.S.; two sisters, Josephine and John MacDonald, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Marguerite Caldwell, Yorkton, Sask.; foster children, John Burke and Allan Groom; 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Fred Rockett; a brother, Richard, and a sister, Veronica MacDonald. Also predeceased by longtime friend, Harry Bennett.
Visitation will be in McLellan Brothers Funeral Home, 3183 Plummer Ave., New Waterford, Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral mass will be held 10 a.m. Friday from the St. Agnes Church with Fr. Robert Neville officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery.
Donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Assoc.
Josephine Burns and Ernest Polley
Former Sydney residents, Josephine Burns and her husband Ernest Polley of Ocala, Florida, died as a result of a car accident on June 12, 1999.
The are survived by their children, Brian, Ernice, Gail, Jan and Vic.
Josephine is survived by sisters, Jean McDonald, Beford, Irene MacIntyre, Sydney, Ada Grayson, New York, Martha Burns, Ontario, Risa Horelick, Connecticut; brothers, Ed Burns, Howie Center, Percy Burns, Gardiner Mines.
She was predeceased by her parents Elizabeth and Joseph Burns, Gardiner Mines; sister Ivy and brother Clarence.
Ernest is survived by sisters, June, Ruth, Kay and a brother Art.
He was predeceased by parents and a number of brothers and sisters.
Memorial and cremation has taken place and burial at Elm Lawn Cemetery in Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Ruth Evangeline Cooke
80, Gardnier Mines
Ruth Evangeline (MacLean) Cooke, (Vange), 80, of Gardiner Mines, who passed away on August 3, 1999, was also predeceased by her husband Alex Cooke.
Melissa Dawn (Moo-Moo) Fitzgerald
13, Bras d'Or
Melissa Dawn (Moo-Moo) Fitzgerald, 13, Bras d'Or, died as the result of an auto accident on August 4, 1999.
Born in Sydney, she was the daughter of the late Darlene Fitzgerald. She leaves to mourn her loss, her grandparents Alex and Joan (Payne) Fitzgerald of Sydney; sisters, Natasha and Dale, Sydney, Vanessa, at home; sister Rene; special mom, Iris Jessome and uncle Ron Fitzgerald; cousin Blair; step-father, Ernie Barron and many friends.
At the time of her death she was a Grade 8 student at Dr. T.L. Sullivan Jr. High School. She enjoyed a variety of sports and extra-curricular activities; loved children and animals (particularly cows). She has touched many people's lives with her kindness and sense of humor. She leaves behind these gifts.
Visitation will be at the G.R. Francis and Son Funeral Home on Friday from 7-9 p.m. and on Saturday from 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Funeral mass is Sunday on 2:30 p.m. in St. Joseph's Church, Bras d'Or with Fr. Joe Gillis officiating.
Regis (MacLean) Fuger
Regis (MacLean) Fuger passed away in Toronto on June 21, 1999, in her 78th year, after a short battle with cancer. A funeral mass was held at Holy Rosary Church in Toronto on June 26, 1999.
Regis is now coming home to Cape Breton. A memorial mass is being held for her on August 6, 1999, at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church in Sydney Mines, N.S.
Mother to Adrian (Jacqui) Fuger and Ursula (Carlos) Fugger; grandmother to Andrew, Donald, Ashley, Megan and Anton; sister to Mary (Smith), North Sydney, N.S.; daughter of the late Sadie MacKennin and Peter MacLean of Sydney Mines.
Regis is lovingly remembered by family, relatives and friends.
Marion Isabel (Beaton) Ley
66, Reserve Mines
Marion Isabel (Beaton) Ley, 66, of 52 Official Row, Reserve Mines, died suddenly Victoria General Hospital, Halifax August 5,1999.
Born in Reserve Mines, she was the daughter of the late Clarence M. (Nood) and Annie (Nicholson) Beaton. She was a member of Gordon United Church, Reserve Mines. She was a former employee of the Bank of Montreal, Glace Bay, and a longtime employee of her uncle, Dr. William Nicholson.
Survived by her husband Carl; sons Alan Ley, Dr. David Ley, and daughter Margo (Ley) Nicholson; grandchildren, Marissa Ley, Ryan Ley and Matthew Nicholson; uncle Dr. William Nicholson; aunts Margaret Nicholson, Abbie MacLellan and Pearl Muggah.
Visitation will be held Friday, August 6,1999 from 2-4, 7-9 p.m., and Saturday 2-4, 7-9 p.m. in the Patten Funeral Home and Chapel, 71 Union Street, Glace Bay. Funeral will be held Sunday, August 8,1999 at 2 p.m. in Gordon United Church Reserve Mines with the Rev. Eric Lynk officiating. Burial will be in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens, Sydney Road.
Donations may be made to Gordon United Church or charity of choice.
Claude Alexander MacRae
69, Middle River
Claude Alexander MacRae, 69, of Middle River, Victoria County, passed away Wednesday, August 4, 1999, at the Victoria County Memorial Hospital in Baddeck surrounded by his beloved family.
Born August 29, 1929, he was the son of the late Hector D. and Sadie C. (Campbell) MacRae. He was a life-long resident of Middle River, residing on the old homestead where he operated a dairy farm for almost thirty years before becoming the owner and operator of a lumbering business.
He was a member of Farquharson Presbyterian Church, Middle River and a member of the Middle River Cemetery board. In the past he served on the Board of Directors of Baddeck Valley Wood Producers Co-op and also a member of the Board of Directors of the Highland Credit Union.
He is survived by his wife, the former Marion Ross of Little Narrows; sons Hector David and Ross Alexander at home; a sister Estelle, Nyanza; brothers Donald M. of Middle River, Lamont J. (Monty), Nyanza; nephews Bruce and Dannie; nieces Betsy, Beatrice, Sadie and Cindy. Fondly remembering him also are his twelve grand-nieces and nephews; numerous extended family members and likewise a host of friends.
Besides his parents he was predeceased by his twin sister Elizabeth (Betty).
The Body is resting at MacAskill Funeral Home with visiting-hours 2-9 p.m., on Friday, August 6, 1999. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, at Farquharson Presbyterian Church, Middle River with Rev. Ken Allen officiating. Burial will be in Middle River Cemetery. Family Flowers only.
In lieu of flowers Memorial donations may be made to the Middle River Cemetery Fund. Arrangements under the direction of MacAskill Funeral Home, Baddeck, N.S.
Geraldine O'Connor (Mitchell), 59, Deep River, Ont., formerly of New Waterford and Port Hawkesbury, died Wednesday, August 4, 1999, at home.
Born in New Waterford, she was the daughter of the late Chris Mitchell.
She is survived by her husband Louie; her mother Margrettie; three daughters, Kim, Gayle and Marylou; six grandchildren. Also survived by two sisters and a brother, Debbie (Mrs. Michael MacKenzie) and Joan (Mrs. Bill Ensinger) and Ross, all of New Waterford.
Burial will take place at Valley Funeral Home, Deep River, Ontario at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Florence Annie Vickers
89, Sydney Mines
Florence Annie Vickers, 89, of 90 Pond Road, died Thursday, August 5, 1999, at the Northside General Hospital, North Sydney.
Born at England she was the daughter of the late John and Martha (Barlow) Hawkins. She was a member of Trinity Anglican Church and a member of the daughters of the British Isles. Florence was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
She is survived by daughters, Joyce and Ester, both of Kentville, Pauline, Dartmouth, Hilda, White Rock, B.C., Marilyn, Sydney Mines, Florence and Valerie, both of Prince Albert, Sask.; sons, Ernest, Kingston, Ont., Lloyd, Abbotsford, B.C., Bradford Jr., Janetville, Ont., Lorne, Port Hope, Ont. and Eldon, Halifax. Also survived by a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Predeceased by her husband Bradford Porter in 1986; daughter, Louise.
Visitation for the late Mrs. Vickers will take place today (Friday) from 2-4, 7-9 p.m. at the Fillmore and Whitman Funeral Home, Sydney Mines. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday in Trinity Anglican Church with the Rev. Brenda Drake officiating. Burial will be in Brookside Cemetery, Sydney Mines.