Benjamin "Ben" Bennett
86, Glace Bay
Benjamin (Ben) Bennett, 86, of 145 Dominion St., Glace Bay, passed away Friday, Oct. 23, 1998, at the Glace Bay Healthcare Complex.
Born in Bateston, he was the son of the late Thomas and Annie (O'Donald). He was a member of St. Anthony's Parish, Glace Bay. He was employed with the Cape Breton Development Corp., retiring from No. 26 Colliery. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Jane Penney; daughters, Thelma (Mrs. Neville King), Ann (Mrs. Charles Long), both of Sydney, Gloria (Mrs. George Currie), Glace Bay; sons, Benny (Sharon), Jerry (Alice), Mike (Marcella), all of Glace Bay, Garfield, Leo and Allan, at home, Billie, Toronto; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a sister, Rosella Whitewood, a brother, Thomas Bennett, a stepbrother, Allan MacLean.
Visitation will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday in the V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home and Chapel, 16 Reserve St., Glace Bay, where a funeral service will take place Monday at 11 a.m. with Rev. Jake Andrea officiating. Interment will follow in St. Anthony's Cemetery.
Blaise Ignatius Cathcart
Blaise Ignatius Cathcart, 64, of Dartmouth, formerly of New Waterford, passed away Friday, Oct. 23, 1998, at Dartmouth General Hospital.
Born in New Waterford, he was the son of the late Jack and Cletus (MacNeil) Cathcart. He spent most of his life in the army and after his retirement he worked with the reserve army in Halifax.
He is survived by his wife, the former Colleen Hurley, formerly of Glace Bay; one son, Blaise, Ottawa, Ont.; three sisters, Eileen George, Alaska, Mary (Dan Joe) MacLeod, Glace Bay, Bernadette (Gerry) Campbell, Halifax; one brother, John (Rhona), Halifax. He was predeceased by brothers, Lewellyn, Allan Joseph, Howard, Reggie, sisters, Susan, Joan, Virginia, two brothers in infancy.
There will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place. A funeral service will be held at St. Mary's Basilica, Halifax at a later date.
Marie (Vallas) Coleman
Marie (Vallas) Coleman, daughter of the late Nicholas and Marcia (Roussos) Vallas, passed away peacefully, Thursday afternoon, Oct. 22, 1998, at Breton Bay Nursing Home.
Marie (a Greek Speaker) and longtime member of Sacred Heart Parish, Sydney, will be remembered for her early days at the Diane Sweets Restaurant and for her many years of volunteer service with the CWL where she served as local president and as provincial vice president. She was honored for her donations of crafts to area hospitals (particularly finger puppets).
Marie is survived by her son, James and wife Maureen of Oakville, Ontario and four grandsons, Scott, Grant, Sean and Patrick. Also by seven great-grandchildren, James, Matthew, Julianna, Nicholas, Liam, Alyssa and Jake. Marie is also survived by her daughter Marcia Ullman and husband, Stephen, of Brock Port, New York and two grandsons, Daniel and Jeoffery.
Marie is also survived by sisters, Cleo McKay, Halifax, Sr. Angelina Vallas, CND, Sydney, Kay Chisholm, Sydney, Irene McPherson, New Waterford and Sr. Frances Vallas, CND, Summerside.
She was predeceased by her husband, James, her brother, Mike Vallas and sisters, Uwana Vallas and Pauline Wade.
Visitation for Mrs. Coleman will be in the T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral mass will be held Monday 9 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church with the Rev. A. O'Connor officiating. Burial in Resurrection Cemetery.
Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Augustine (Gussie) Connell
78, New Victoria
Augustine Anthony (Gussie) Connell, 78, of New Victoria, died Friday, Oct. 23, 1998, in the New Waterford Consolidated Hospital.
Born in New Victoria, he was the son of the late Hillary and May (Lamey) Connell. Gussie was a member of St. Joseph's Church, New Victoria. He was a veteran of the Second World War and was retired from Lingan Mine. He was an avid fisherman and hunter and at one time worked as an automobile mechanic.
He is survived by his wife, the former Elizabeth Mary Boudreau; one daughter, Evelyn (Mrs. David Muise), New Waterford; two sons, Ray "Sanko" (Joan), New Waterford, Gussie Jr. (Donna), Port Hastings; one brother, Joseph Lamey, Sydney; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his natural parents, William and Mary Lamey, a brother, William Jr. (Bill), a grandson, Ricky.
Visitation will be today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 380 Smith St., New Waterford. Funeral mass will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. in St. Joseph's Church, New Victoria with Rev. Everett MacDow officiating. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of one's choice.
45, Lindsay, Ont.
Leonard Deacon, 45, of Lindsay, Ont., died Thursday, Oct. 22, 1998, at home.
He is survived by his grandmother, Mrs. Susan Deacon, 19 Yendys St., Sydney and an uncle Murdock Deacon, Sydney.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Florence Rebecca (Tillie) Lund
79, Marion Bridge
Florence Rebecca (Tillie) Lund, 79, of Marion Bridge, passed away Friday, Oct. 23, 1998, at home.
Born in Coxheath, she was the daughter of the late John and Agnes MacAskill. She was a member of St. Columba Presbyterian Church, Marion Bridge.
She is survived by her husband, Edward; four daughters, Eileen (Allister) MacDonald, Dutch Brook, Bette (James) Gillis, Grand Mira, Louise (Wayne) Cann, Marion Bridge, Christina (John) Thompson, Sydney; four sons, John (Margie), Marion Bridge, Elmer (Mora), Englishtown, Gordon (Frances), Marion Bridge, Edward (Kaye), Dutch Brook; 20 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ella MacLeod, Prime Brook, Sally Morrison, Sydney; one brother, Sandy Matheson, St. Ann's.
She was predeceased by one daughter, Evelyn Petrie, one son, David, one sister, Kaye and three brothers, John Angus, Earl and Bernard.
Visitation will be held in Sydney Memorial Chapel, Saturday 7-9 p.m. and Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held in St. Columba Church, Monday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. David Stewart officiating. Interment in Oakfield Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Cape Breton Palliative Care Society.
Margaret Isabel Nearing
Margaret Isabel Nearing, 74, of 2092 Sydney Rd., Reserve Mines, passed on peacefully Friday, Oct. 23, 1998, after a long and courageous struggle with cancer at the Glace Bay Health Care Complex.
Born in Port Morien, she was the daughter of the late Augustin and Bertha (Phalen) McDonald.
Mrs. Nearing was a member of St. Joseph's Parish, Reserve Mines and a member of St. Joseph's CWL, Reserve Mines. She worked for several years as a housekeeper at Holy Cross Parish, Glace Bay.
She is survived by a daughter, Marion (Bill) Turner, Howie Centre; sons, David (Paula) Nearing, Reserve Mines and Gregory (Diane) Nearing, Yellowknife, N.W.T.; brothers, Garfield, Vancouver, Hugh, Port Morien and Kevin, Toronto; sisters, Frances O'Handley, Toronto and Mary Jelusich, Oakville. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Amanda, Megan, Brandon, David and Thomas.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Basil in 1967, brothers, Louis and David, sisters, Rita Ferguson and Teresa Wadden.
Visitation for the late Mrs. Nearing will be Sunday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 16 Reserve St., Glace Bay. Funeral mass will be held Monday at 2 p.m. in St. Joseph's Church, Reserve Mines with Fr. Ray Huntley officiating. Interment will follow in St. Gregory's Cemetery, Donkin.
Donations in Mrs. Nearing's memory to Hospice/Palliative Care Society are suggested as expressions of sympathy.
Mary Katherine Palmer
Jan. 16, 1962-Oct. 20, 1998
Sadly missed by common-law husband, Brian Steeves, Sydney; mother, Marion Fitzpatrick, Halifax; brother, David, Halifax; sisters, Rose, New Glasgow, Wanda, Halifax and Karen, Ontario; two sons, David and Michael and foster father, Eric Hanson.
Predeceased by sister Linda.
Mary will be deeply missed by everyone who knew her and were touched by her love, beauty and strength. She always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. Many lives were touched by Mary through her public speaking engagements, personal testimonials, advocacy and her genuine compassion for everyone. Because of Mary's courage, numerous lives were enriched and enhanced.
A memorial service will be held Monday, Oct. 26, 1998, at 11 a.m. at Sydney Memorial Chapel, 49 Welton St., Sydney.
Any donations may be made to the Aids Coalition of Cape Breton. The following poem, written by Mary, was how she viewed life. "Through my eyes like an eagle"
He thinks I'm shy
but I don't know why
because I can fly
"Through my eyes, like an eagle"
As a lion roars
the eagle soars
and I of course
"Through my eyes, like an eagle"
I see . . .
How life can be
so beautiful and free
High in the sky
Don't be shy
and pass it all by
"Through my eyes, like an eagle"
Come soar with me
and you can be free
then you will see
Two spirits . . .
"Through Our eyes, like eagles"
Mary Palmer 1994.
Kay (Peters) Pushie
Kay (Peters) Pushie, of Avalon Drive, Sydney River, who passed away Thursday, Oct. 22, 1998, was also predeceased by two brothers, Bernie and Albert.
A memorial service for the late Mrs. Pushie will be held Sunday in St. Andrew's United Church, 2 p.m.
Rose Reid (Dawson)
Rose Reid (Dawson), 68, passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1998. She was the beloved wife of Fred Reid. Dear mother of Marilyn Proude, Robert (Louise), Leonard, Lana and Dianna. She was also a loving grandmother to Ken and Adam. Dear sister of Alice (Hooper), Mary, Genevieve (Jenny) (O'Callaghan), Dora (Clarke) and brother, Bernie.
She was predeceased by brothers, Nicholas and John Dawson, Arthur, Peter, Charles, Raymond and a sister Dora Doucet.
Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 23 at the funeral home chapel. Interment in Highland Park Cemetery, Ottawa.
Neil Joseph (Scottie) Scott
69, Glace Bay
Neil Joseph (Scottie) Scott, 51 Falmouth St., Sydney and formerly of Glace Bay, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1998, at the Strait Richmond Hospital, Evanston.
Born in Glace Bay, he was the son of the late George and Mary (MacDonald) Scott. Scottie is survived by seven children, Barbara Ann Agaiby, Port Hawkesbury, Rita MacKenzie, New Waterford, Brian Scott, Toronto, Shirley MacDonnell, Port Hood, Lee Ann Peeples, Mulgrave, Robbie Scott MacEachern, Afton and Michael McInnis, Fall River; four brothers and two sisters, Danny MacDonald, New Waterford, Harry Scott, Dougie Scott, both of Toronto, and George, Glace Bay, Lena, Sydney and Florence, Glace Bay; 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife, the former Carmelita Doucette, sons, Joey, John Neil, daughters, Jacqueline and Mary Theresa, two brothers, Billy and Murray.
There will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place. A Christian Farewell service will be held in the Curry Funeral Home Chapel, 775 Main St., Glace Bay, Saturday at 11 a.m.
Donations in Scottie's memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the charity of your choice.
James Ernest Thompson
54, Irish Cove
James Ernest Thompson, 54, of Irish Cove, passed away Friday, Oct. 23, 1998, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.
Born in Sydney, he was the son of the late Clarence and Mary Thompson. Jim worked at Sydney Steel in the bar mill. He relocated to Western Canada where he worked with B.C. Railway and later in the pulp and paper industry as a heavy equipment operator. When he returned to Cape Breton, he served on the ice breaker Louis St. Laurent for some time. Jim was a founding member of the Seagull Skydivers Club and an avid naturalist, who truly enjoyed all that the beauty of Cape Breton offered. He especially loved his life at Irish Cove, on the Bras d'Or Lakes.
He was predeceased by a sister, Joan and a brother, Joseph Thompson.
He is survived by four sisters, Betty, Toronto, Helen, Marge (George Donovan), Sydney, Marilyn (Robert Graham), Truro; three brothers, Robert, London, Ont., Norman, Sydney, Dave, Toronto; several nieces and nephews.
He is also survived by his loving companion, Olive Paul.
Visitation will be at Sydney Memorial Chapel, today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral mass will take place Sunday at 2 p.m. in Sacred Heart Church, Johnstown with interment in the parish cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Richmond County 4-H Leaders Council, c/o Doug Landry, Camp Rankin, RR No. 2, St. Peter's, B0E 3B0.
Agnes (Aggie) Andrea
81, North Sydney
Agnes (Aggie) Regis Andrea age 81 resident of 114 Pierce Street , North Sydney died peacefully Sunday October 25, 1998 at the North Sydney General Hospital, North Sydney. She has been a resident of Miners Memorial Manor, Sydney Mines for the past year.
Born in North Sydney she was the daughter of the late Elias and Mary (Anthony) Andrea. She was a member of the St. Joseph's Church, North Sydney and involved with the Church choir for a number of years. She was also a member of the Liberal Association Of Nova Scotia.
She was the last surviving member of her immediate family
Surviving her are several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by five sisters Mary, Victoria, Margaret, Katherine, and Anne; eight brothers, Martin, Joseph, John, Francis, Peter, Michael, Paul and Elias.
Visitation 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant Street , North Sydney. Funeral Mass 10:00 a.m. Wednesday from St. Joseph's Church with Rev. Tom MacNeil officiating. Burial to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Sydney.
Infant Cameron John Littler
Cameron John Littler, the infant son of Angela Marie Littler, 312 Brookside Street, Glace Bay, died October 22, 1998 at the IWK Grace Health Centre in Halifax.
Cameron John was born in Sydney.
He is survived by maternal grandparents, Jack and Claudia Littler, Glace Bay, maternal great-grandparents John Littler, of Glace Bay, Marie MacDonald, of Toronto, Bill and Helen Penny, Port Morien.
A private family service will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in St. Mary's Anglican Church, Glace Bay, with Rev. Fev Arnold officiating. Burial will be in Forest Haven Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of V.J. MacGillivray Funeral Home, 16 Reserve Street, Glace Bay.
Angus Ronald MacDonald,
43, Glace Bay
Angus Ronald MacDonald beloved husband and best friend, loving and caring father of 252 Dominion St., Glace Bay, passed away Sunday, Oct. 25, 1998 at the Glace Bay Health Care Complex.
Born in Glace Bay, he was the son of Stella (Hampton) MacDonald, Reserve Mines and the late Archie MacDonald. Angus was presently employed as a security guard with Devco. He was previously employed as a supervisor at the rail centre and also worked as a mechanic at No. 26 colliery and for a time had been employed as an auto mechanic at Canadian Tire, Glace Bay and the Sydney Airport. Angus was a dedicated member and friend of the Men of the Deeps. He was past president of the group and was acting public relations officer. He was a member of the Thistle Lodge No. 36 A.F. and A.M., Port Morien. He was a member of Prince of Wales Chapter No. 10, Sydney, Cape Breton Preceptory No. 43, Sydney and the Philae Temple A.A.O.N.M.S., Halifax.
Angus is survived by his wife, Debbie (MacKenzie) MacDonald; three beautiful children, Sarah, Cassie and John Angus and his mother, Stella Hampton MacDonald, Reserve Mines; two brothers, Archie (Donna) MacDonald and family, John (Marilyn), both of Reserve Mines; several nieces and nephews. Angus was well loved by all who knew him.
Besides his father, he was predeceased by two brothers, Roy, Halifax and Ernest K., Glace Bay. Visitation will be in Curry Funeral Home today from 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, 2 p.m. in Chalmers United Church, Dominion, Rev. Ralph Johnson officiating
Donations in memory of Angus can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
A Masonic service 7:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
We all love you Angus and miss you.
Every time we think of you we'll hug you in our heart.
Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Edward Meyers MacDonald
52, Sydney Mines
Meyers MacDonald, 52, of 32A Queen Street, Sydney Mines passed away Saturday October 24, in the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Halifax.
Born in Sydney Mines he was the son of the late Dan and Hazel (Butts) MacDonald. He was a member of St. Pius X church, Sydney Mines. He was a retired employee of the Cape Breton Development Corporation and a member of the CBRT & CAW. He was an avid enthusiast of antique cars and was a member of the Northside Car Show Committee. Meyers was an active member of the Boy Scouts on the Northside for many years.
He is survived by his wife, the former Myra Forrest, two sons, Daniel (Tracy), Coronation, Alberta, Michael (Karen), Sydney Mines, two grandchildren, Megan and Robyn, sister Louise Legatto MacKinnon, Sydney Mines, grand nephews Michael and Joey. He was predeceased by brothers, Bernard and Harry.
Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m Tuesday Oct. 27 at G.R. Francis & Son Funeral Home, Sydney Mines. Funeral Mass Wednesday, 10 a.m. in St. Pius X Church, Sydney Mines with Father Tony MacDonald officiating, with burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Sydney Mines.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Diabetes Association.
Meyers was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by his loving family and friends.
Henry Alvin Hillman MacDonald
87, Richmond County
Henry Alvin Hillman MacDonald, 87, of Forchu, Richmond County, died Sunday October 25, 1998 at the Queen Elizabeth Health Science Centre in Halifax. He had been a resident of Fairview Villa, Halifax, for the past three years, suffering from Parkinson's disease.
A resident of Forchu most of his life, he was the son of the late William J. and Maud (Cann) MacDonald. He was an elder of the Forchu United Church for fifty years, and served the community as post master for more than forty years.
He is survived by his wife the former Mary Bagnell of Gabarus; son William (Pauline), Stillwater Lake; daughters Carol (Mrs. Harvey Freeman) Fairview, Hazel (Mrs. Ron Locke), Stillwater Lake, one brother Rev. Grant MacDonald, Dartmouth, seven grandchildren and three great-grand children.
Visitation will take place at the Forchu United Church Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m, under the direction of the Sydney Memorial Chapel. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 28, Forchu United Church, Rev. Herb Reid officiating. Burial to follow at Little Hill Cemetery, Forchu.
Chester E. MacKenzie
Chester Earl MacKenzie, 55, 2 Ellsworth Trailer Court, Dominion, formerly of Hill Street, Glace Bay, passed away Saturday, October 24, 1998 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.
Born in Glace Bay, he was the son of Rita Wilks, Scarborough, Ont. and the late Chester MacKenzie, the chosen son of Catherine Morrison, Hill Street, Glace Bay, and step-son of Annie MacKenzie, Glace Bay.
Chester is also survived by his loving wife Ann (Lonnie) MacKenzie; sons Darren (Laura), Dominion, and Chester (Tracy), Halifax; daughter, Catherine Ann, at home; grandsons Matthew and Adam MacKenzie, Dominion; brothers Ronnie (Billy), Ont., Terry (Alice), Glace Bay; sisters, Joan (Tommy) Atwood, Lois (Roy) Legere, Winnie (Lorne) Nicholson, all of Ontario, Joyce (Cliff) Morrison, Sydney River; uncles, Ambrose Deveaux, Glace Bay and Roy Deveaux, Margaree.
Chester was employed in early years with Sobeys and B&D Ready Mix. He recently retired from Nova Scotia Power Corporation. He was an avid bowler, card player, and was involved in such hobbies as ceramics and bingo. He and his wife, Lonnie, were well known for the operation of "Lonnie's Ceramics" in Glace Bay. Chester was a member of Warden United Church, Glace Bay.
Visitation will be at The Patten Funeral Home and Chapel, 71 Union Street, Glace Bay 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday. The funeral will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m, the Rev. Eric Lynk officiating. Family flowers only, please.
Donations to Cape Breton Palliative Care are suggested as memorials.
Chester will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his wife, children, family , and friends.
Ruth L. Spurr
Ruth L. Spurr, of Blythwood Ave., Riverview, N.B. passed away at the Moncton Hospital on Saturday, October 24, 1998.
Born in North Sydney, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Alice (Nixon) Taylor. She was a member of the United Church of Canada, and a former member of St. Paul's United Church in Sussex New Brunswick, a former member of the I.O.D.E. Sussex, N.B. and a loyal supporter of the Riverview Lions Club. Ruth was a friend to all, she will be fondly remembered by her family and many friends.
She was survived by one son, Charles Spurr (Maverene), Salisbury; two sisters, Hughena Forster (Ernest) Richmond B.C, and Evelyn M. Young of Bras d'Or, Cape Breton, and by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Ralph S. Spurr in February, 1995, and by three brothers, Charles Taylor, Gordon Taylor and Ronald Taylor.
Visitation is at Riverview Funeral Home, Riverview N.B. on Tuesday, October 27, from 6-9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Riverview Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, October 28, 1998 at 1:30 p.m with Rev. Diane MacVicar officiating. Interment will be held in Alderwood Cemetery, Riverview, N.B.
Those desiring, donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society or to memorial of the donor's choice.