T.R. (Roddie) Ferguson
T.R. (Roddie) Ferguson, age 75, a resident of the Harbourview Hospital Veterans Wing, and formerly of Atlantic Ave., Sydney Mines, passed away at the Northside General Hospital on Sept. 18, 1999, after a lengthy illness.
Born in Sydney Mines, he was the son of the late William and Margaret Ferguson. He was a member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church and was employed with CN Railway and with Via Rail for 46 years until his retirement in 1986. He was a veteran of the Second World War, serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force in Iceland.
He is survived by one daughter, Peggy (Mrs. Jack Ginter), Sydney Mines, four sons: Roddie (Geri), Sydney Mines, Gary at home, Donnie (Angie), Sydney, Brian (Yolanda), Sydney Mines, five sisters: Mrs. Christine MacNeil, Ontario, Drew (Mrs. Bill Potter), Liverpool, Peggy (Mrs. Sandy MacLeod), June (Mrs. Jack Evans) and Anna (Mrs. Danny Lewis) all of North Sydney, four brothers: Billy (Betty), George (Alma), Bruce (Yvonne), all of North Sydney, Gordon (Betty), Sydney Mines. Also surviving are seven grandchildren: Roddie Jr., Carrie Lynn, Cindy, Brandy, Robert, Tonya, and Brittney.
He was predeceased by his wife Gladys (Reid), his son David Wayne in infancy and his brother Donnie.
Visitation will be in the Fillmore & Whitman Funeral Home today (Monday) from 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Ian MacLeod officiating. Burial will be in Brookside Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society or to the charity of choice.
Susan Marie (Keating) Matthews
Susan Marie (Keating) Matthews, 36, of Ashby Road, Sydney, formerly of Marion Bridge, passed away peacefully Friday, Sept. 17, 1999, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, surrounded by her family.
Born in Sydney, Susan is survived by her beloved husband, Lawrence Matthews; son, Ricky Mugridge; stepdaughters, Tracy Ley (Kenny), Tanya Matthews, all of Sydney; stepsons, Rikki Tortola (Michelle), Sydney, Michael Matthews (Tracy), North Sydney, Christopher Matthews, at home; parents, Frank and Phyllis (Ramsay) Keating, Marion Bridge; five brothers, Kevin (Donna), Dartmouth, Terry, Frank (Rita), both of Marion Bridge, Allan (Joan), Sydney River, Paul (Sylvia), Westmount; two sisters, Joyce MacDonald (Robert) and Monica Brewer (Robert), both of Howie Centre and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Susan was employed by the Breton Bay Nursing Home for many years. She just recently completed her Business Computers Application diploma with distinctions. She was an avid baseball player and loved tarabish.
Visitation will be held Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated Monday at 11 a.m. in Sacred Heart Mission Church, Trout Brook Road, Marion Bridge with Fr. Gerald Campbell officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetic Association.
Rosa Germaine Briand
Rosa Germaine Briand, 93, of Grand Lake Road, Sydney passed away Saturday, Sept. 18, 1999, at her home.
Born in St. Pierre et Miquelon, she was a daughter of the late Alexis and Rosa (Nouvel) Briand. She was a member of St. Augustine Parish.
She is survived by one daughter, Marie (Daniel) Petrie, New Waterford; one son, Louis, Sydney; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; one sister, Argentine (Joseph) Le Huenen, St. Pierre et Miquelon.
She was predeceased by her husband, Louis Joseph Briand in 1967; two brothers Alexis and Joseph; two sisters; Marie Rose and Augusta.
Visitation will be held in Sydney Memorial Chapel, Monday, 2-4, 7-9 p.m. with funeral mass in St. Augustine Church, Tuesday, 10 a.m., with Rev. James Attwood officiating. Interment in St. Theresa Cemetery.
Oswald G. Babin
Oswald Gerard Babin, 79 of Thomas Street, Sydney, formerly of Meteghan, N.S., passed away September 18, 1999.
Born February 18, 1920, Oswald is the son of the late Joseph Everette Babin and Eva Marie Fontaine.
Oswald will be remembered for his quick wit, dry sense of humour, his generosity and great physical strength. During the 50 years Oswald lived in Cape Breton he was a respected employee of Chaisson and MacDonald Ltd., Pyro-Minerals Ltd., Atlantic Springs Ltd., Yava Mines and H. W. Phillips and Sons Ltd.
He is survived by his wife Bessie (Saulnier); two sons, Leonard (Debbie McNamara), Montreal; James (Maureen MacNeil), Sydney; four daughters, Jeanette, Halifax; Joyce (Macdonald Gillis), Sydney, Elaine (Dave Fournier), Chicago, and Carol Ann, Sydney. Oswald is also survived by seven beloved grandchildren Renee and Marc, Montreal; David and Molly, Sydney; Graham, Katherine and Hannah, Chicago.
Oswald is also survived by three sisters Evelyn (Patnaude), New Hampshire; Ina (Bonneau), Massachusetts; Leonie (Litalian), New Hampshire, and three brothers Rosario, Meteghan; Bert, Meteghan; Donald, Saulnierville.
He was predeceased by two brothers Clarence and Albert; one sister Regina and four siblings in infancy.
A memorial mass will be held Thursday, Sept. 23, 11 a.m., at St. Anthony Daniel Church, 105 Alexandra St, Sydney.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. A blood donation may be made to the Canadian Blood Service.
Norma Kathleen MacLean
34, Bras d'Or
Norma Kathleen MacLean, 45, of 64 McNamara Dr., formerly of Beacon Street, Glace Bay, passed away suddenly Friday, Sept. 17, 1999, at home.
Born in Glace Bay, Norma was the daughter of the late Murdock and Flora Ann (Strickland) MacLean.
Norma graduated from high school in Woodstock, Ont., in 1972, Sydney City Hospital School of Nursing in 1975, then was employed with Sydney City Hospital, Sydney, Holy Cross and Sara Fraser Hospital in Los Angeles, U.S.A., returning to Glace Bay Community Hospital and to Glace Bay Pulmonary Unit. Norma was very active with Warden United Church Choir in New Aberdeen, Board of Stewards, UCW and chair of Ten Days Global Justice.
Norma is survived by her son, Murdock MacLean, at home; brothers, Donald Roy (Helen), Roddie (Irene) MacLean, both of Glace Bay; sister, Louise and Eldred her special dad Wareham of Glace Bay; nephew, Donald Wareham of Glace Bay; aunt, Ida Hanam, Baddeck.
Visitation for Norma was held Saturday, Sept. 18, and Sunday, Sept. 19, 1999, at V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 16 Reserve St., Glace Bay. Norma’s remains will be placed in Warden United Church, (today) Monday at 12 p.m. for the funeral service at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. Bill Mathews officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Glace Bay.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Warden United Church Fund.
Mary Margaret MacSween
Mary Margaret MacSween, 76, of 830 Main St., passed away Saturday, Sept. 18, 1999 in the Glace Bay Healthcare Complex.
Born in Glace Bay, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Flora (MacInnis) MacSween.
Margaret worked for many years as a stenographer in Brantford Ont., before returning to Glace Bay to care for her parents. She was employed locally as a bookkeeper with Maritime Safety, and enjoyed many summer months at the East Bay bungalow. She was a devout member of St. Anne’s Church.
She is survived by her brother Angus; and by a number of nieces and nephews in Ontario.
Besides her parents, she is predeceased by brothers Alex, Adrian, Edmond and John Joe; and by sisters, Josie and Theresa.
Visitation will be in Curry Funeral Home, 775 Main Street, Glace Bay, Monday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 a.m. in St. Anne’s Church, with Rev. Doug Murphy officiating. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery.
Donations in Margaret’s memory may be made to St. Anne’s Cemetery Fund, or to a charity of one’s choice.
45, Glace Bay
Kathleen Cameron, 52, of 75 Livingstone Road, River Ryan, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 1999, at her residence, surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Glace Bay, she was the daughter of the late Joseph P. and Elizabeth (Burt) MacLellan. Kathleen was a member Saint Michael’s Parish, River Ryan. She attended Mount Carmel High School and The Cape Breton Business College and was currently employed with Citizenship and Immigration, Sydney.
She is survived by her loving husband WalIace Raymond Cameron; one daughter Natalie Cameron, Burlington, Ont.; two sons Stephen Cameron (Charmaine), Hauvre Boucher, N.S., and Wally Cameron at home. Also surviving are two brothers Jim (Elsie), Glace Bay, Fred (Patricia ), New Waterford; three sisters Marlene Waechter (Don), Port Hawkesbury, Peggy Gagne (Gord), Comox, B.C., and Patricia MacNeil (Jim), New Victoria; two grandchildren Kayla and Colton and sister-in -law Hughena.
Besides her parents, Kathleen was predeceased by three brothers Danny, and by Johnny and Freddie in infancy and one sister Joan.
Visitation for the late Kathleen Cameron was held in the V.J. MacGillivray Funeral Home, 380 Smith Street, New Waterford, Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral mass will be held Monday at 10 a.m. in Saint Michael’s Church. Burial will be in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens.
Memorial donations may be made to Palliative Care.
Gavinna Agnes Chadwick
Mrs. Gavinna Agnes Chadwick, 81, of 74 Guy St., Sydney Mines, died peacefully, surrounded by her family, Sept. 19, 1999, at the Northside General Hospital, North Sydney.
Born in Florence, she was the daughter of the late Abel and Agnes (Mitchell) Stephenson.
She was a member of Carman United Church, Sydney Mines.
She is survived by her step-mother, Margaret Stephenson; five daughters, Jacky MacMullin, Sydney Mines, Gavinna (Mrs. James Anderson), Sydney Mines, Ruth (Mrs. Ernest Quirk), Ontario, Lillian Chadwick, Sydney, Cathy (Mrs. Andrew MacDonald), Big Bras d’Or; four sons, Eldon, at home, John Jr. (Brenda), Point Aconi, Gordon (Johena), Point Aconi, Billy, Calgary; her sister Mary (Mrs. Fred Imlay), Big Bras d’Or; 24 grandchildren (special grandson Percy) and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband John and brother Billy.
Visitation will be held Monday from 2-4, 7-9 p.m. in the Fillmore and Whitman Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in Carman United with Rev. Karen Ralph officiating. Burial will be in Black Rock Cemetery, Big Bras d’Or.
As memorials, donations may be made to the charity of choice.
Blanche MacSween, 90, of Richardson Ave., Sydney, died Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1999, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.
Born in Sydney, she was the daughter of the late Edward MacLean and Annie (Bearse). She was a member of First United Church, Sydney. She is the last member of her immediate family.
She is survived by three nephews, Robert (Bob) Marshall, Halifax, Edward (Ted) Marshall, Port Hawkesbury, and George Marshall, Enfield.
Predeceased by her first husband, John MacLeod and second husband, Malcolm MacSween, sister, Grace Marshall, brothers, Earl MacLean and Raymond MacLean, three nephews, Leaman (Butch) Marshall, Ralph Marshall Jr. and Jack Marshall.
There will be no visitation. A private family service will be held Friday in Sydney Memorial Chapel with Rev. Doug Pilsworth officiating. Interment in Hardwood Hill Cemetery.
Funeral services for the late Roddie Ferguson of Sydney Mines, will be held today (Tuesday) at 2 p.m. in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church and not in the funeral home chapel as previously announced. Burial will be in Brookside Cemetery, Sydney Mines.
Peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 18, 1999, at Penmarvian Retirement Home, Paris, Ont. Margaret Muriel MacLeod, in her 82nd year.
Beloved wife of the late Dan MacLeod; dearest mother of Marlie (Dan) MacLean, North Sydney, N.S.; Dan and his friend, Kaye, Woodstock, and John and his wife, Karen, of Paris. Also survived by her sister, Melvina, Sydney Mines, N.S. Mama will be missed by her seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and by many nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by her parents, John and Ellen; sisters, Irene and Ella; brother, Joe.
A private family service was held at the Wm. Kipp Funeral Home, Paris on Monday, Sept. 20.
Jerome Philip Bourgeois
Jerome Philip Bourgeois, 75, of Cartier Street, Sydney, passed away Monday, Sept. 20, 1999, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.
Born in Cheticamp, Jerome was the son of the late Calixte and Annie (Aucoin) Bourgeois.
Jerome left home at the age of 15 to begin a life largely spent at sea. As a teenager, he worked initially with his father on cargo ships, ferrying goods between Halifax and Cheticamp. During the Second World War, Jerome served his country proudly in the Merchant Marines. Following his war service, he worked as a stationery engineer at the Point Edward Naval Base.
Feeling the urge to return to sea, Jerome served on the HMCS Chebucto as Marine Engineer for 22 years from the day she was launched until Jerome’s retirement in 1986. Back home with his family in Sydney, he greatly enjoyed his retirement years, being able to spend time with his loving wife, Lucy, on a full time basis. Jerome especially enjoyed spending many hours with his two grandchildren whom he loved greatly. They were his pride and joy.
Outside of the home, he became very active in many volunteer organizations. Jerome was an active member of Branch 12 Royal Canadian Legion and the Knights of Columbus. He was very involved for many years with the Mass for Shut-Ins and active with several groups at St. Theresa’s Church.
He is survived by his wife, Lucy (Roach); three sons, Greg, Vancouver, B.C., John (Wendy), Sydney and Joseph, Halifax; brothers, Oscar and Ernest, both of Cheticamp and Dr. Didace, Quebec; grandchildren, Katelyn and Michael.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sydney Memorial Chapel. No visitation by request. Cremation has taken place. Jerome’s ashes will be scattered at sea at a later date. Funeral mass at St. Theresa’s Church, Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. with Fr. Angus MacDougall officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated.
Floyd Douglas Taylor
55, Scotch Lake
Floyd Douglas Taylor, 55, a resident of Scotch Lake and formerly of Dundalk, Ont., passed away Monday, Sept. 20, 1999, at the Northside General Hospital, North Sydney.
Born in Brampton, Ont., he was a son of the late Carson and Laura Taylor. Floyd was a plumber and carpenter by trade, working in the area since moving to Cape Breton in 1991.
He is survived by his wife the former, Joan (Rice) Taylor; two daughters, Pam Tuplin, Ohio, USA, Jeanette Hawton, Beaton, Ont.; one son, Carson, Dundalk, Ont.; one stepdaughter, Heather Dyson, Georgetown, Ont.; two brothers, Harry and Ronnie, both of Dundalk, Ont. Also survived by four grandchildren.
There will be no visitation by request. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will take place in Dundalk, Ont. at a later date. Burial of ashes in Lakeside Cemetery, North Sydney.
Memorial donations, can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Arrangements entrusted to W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, North Sydney.
Charles Hector Power
61, Point Aconi Road
Charles Hector Power, 61, of Point Aconi Road, passed away suddenly Sunday, Sept. 19, 1999, at Antigonish, N.S.
Born in Alder Point, he was the son of the late Peter and Sarah (Dugas) Power. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, Bras d’Or. Charles was self-employed for many years in the paving business and was recently employed with Bannister Pipe Line of Stellarton.
Charles is survived by his wife, the former Venita Jessome (Tobin), Mill Creek; daughters, Lisa Bona (Maurice Capstick), Lydia (Sidney) Herridge; two grandchildren, Elyse and Adam Bona, all of Mill Creek; a special nephew, Clifford (Patsy) Burton, Shelburne, N.S.; three sisters, Rhoda Morrison, Delvina (Abraham) Nisbet, and Jane (Robert) Cathcart, all of Guelph; brothers, James (Juanita), Bras d’Or, Wensley (Margaret), Florence, Murdock (Geraldine), Mill Creek, Peter (Florence), Alder Point, Donald, Alder Point, and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by one brother, Joseph, and four sisters, Delvina, Robina, Katherine and June.
Visitation will be held at G.R. Francis and Son Funeral Home, Sydney Mines, Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral mass will be held Thursday 10:30 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Church, Bras d’Or, with Fr. Joe Gillis officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or to a charity of one’s choice.
He will be sadly missed by his friends and family.
His memory forever will be engraved in our hearts, his warm spirit and goodness to his family and many friends will embrace us forever.
South River, Ontario
Alex passed away at his home in South River, Ont. on Sept. 1, 1999, after a brief illness.
He was formerly from Cartier St., Sydney. He was the son of the late Dan A. and Alma (Ryan) MacLean. Alex is survived by wife Rose Hill, formerly of Irish Vale; three sons, Ronald, Kevin and Calvin; six step-children and their families, along with twenty-three grandchildren who he dearly loved; three brothers, Wilfred (Sandra), Eddie (Mary) and Gordie (Rose) of Sydney and two sisters, Sarah (Jimmy) Stewart and Anne (Doug) Mullins of Gabarus and many nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by two brothers and one sister.
Funeral services were held on Sept. 4, 1999. Memorials may be made Cancer Society.