In Memory - 1950s

Stephen Albert Berry

Peacefully on June 3, 2010 at the age of 75. Honeybunch to his wife Marge; darling Dad to Michael (Mare), Joanne (Greg), Tricia (Mario); and beloved Grandpa / Poppa to Teagan, Camryn, Stephen, Christopher, Sean and Alison. Steve was born in Montreal and educated at St. Francis Xavier and McGill, studying medicine but never practicing. Instead, he worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 25 years before finding his second career as a consultant, helping people in career transition. He truly loved helping others and called it the most satisfying part of his working life. Steve was a class act in every single way. He was a man of great faith and took tremendous pleasure in his family. He was a consummate gentleman and a man of many talents with a tremendous capacity to make people feel special. His grandchildren remember his big hugs and we all remember how he loved to tell stories over a glass of wine. Thank you to the wonderful staff at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and to his longtime physician Dr. Matthews for their excellent care. During the final days of his life, we were overwhelmed by the hundreds of messages of love and support we received for this amazing man. We will miss him tremendously, but we know he is at peace after a life very well lived.

Eugene Edward Gene Gillespie

Born on November 3, 1930 in Moncton, NB, son of the late Ernest Gillespie and Valentine McLaughlan, and passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family, in Victoria on June 20, 2009 after a short but courageous battle with cancer. Predeceased by sisters June and Patricia and brothers John and Ken. Survived and will be sadly missed by wife Helen, son Michael (Susanne), daughters Karen (Mark) and Colleen (Peter), grandchildren Ryan, Adam and Rory, and brother Neil. Gene had a varied career as a civil engineer in various locations across Canada. After an early retirement from Parks Canada, he worked for several years in real estate in Ontario, before retiring to Victoria in 1998 to enjoy good weather and year-round golfing. He will be missed by friends in Victoria and eastern Canada, the entire "Anderson clan " and his golfing buddies at the Metchosin Golf Course. Many thanks to Home and Community Care, especially Gail Fraser, Beacon Home Support, the "angels " of the Palliative Response Teams, Dr. Bruce Sanders and extra special thanks to Dr. Judith Jones. Memorial service to be held Tuesday, June 30, 2:00pm at First Memorial, 1155 Fort Street, Victoria, followed by reception. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Victoria Hospice or the Canadian Red Cross would be greatly appreciated. 

Joseph Edmund O’Keefe

Born in: Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada
Born on: 04/02/1932

Passed away in: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed away on: 11/03/2010

It is with heavy hearts and utmost sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our father, grandfather, brother and friend, Joseph Edmund O’Keefe on Thursday, March 11, 2010, at Melville Lodge Nursing Home, Halifax, surrounded by his adoring family.
Born in Glace Bay, Feb. 4 1932, Joe was the son of the late Patrick and Anne (Petrie) O’Keefe.
Joe attended St. Anne’s school in Glace Bay and after graduation took a year off to decide his profession. He decided that teaching was his goal so he attended St. FX Junior College in Sydney for two years. It was during this first year that Joe met and fell in love with Claire Purcell, the love of his life. He then went on to St. FX and graduated in 1955 with his BA and in 1956 received his B.Ed. He then taught in Sydney at Sacred Heart School and for many years taught math at Sherriff Jr. High. Joe had a passion for encouraging and supporting the students that he taught and decided he would like to pursue a career as a guidance counsellor. He attended summer school at the University of Maine for four years and received his qualifications for this career change in 1966. He then accepted a position as guidance counsellor at Sydney Academy and would later earn the title of director of guidance, a position he held until his retirement in 1991.
Joe was a valued hockey coach for Sherriff Jr. High boys and led them to many victories. Joe also worked diligently on the board of the Children’s Aid Society of Cape Breton for many years, serving as president of the board for a three-year term. One of his successful projects was re-establishing the boys’ group home in New Waterford.
Joe was a dedicated family man who adored his wife, daughters and grandchildren. He felt blessed to have his bungalow in Northside East Bay, where all of us spent many summers on one of his many boats, feeding on steak and lobster, hosting bonfires, dart tournaments and parties. Dad’s favourite day to celebrate was St. Paddy’s Day, as he was extremely proud of his Irish heritage.
Joe is survived by his four daughters, Margaret Anne Pickup, Colleen (Francis) Lynk, Sydney, Sharon (Michael) Boutilier and Alison (Dennis) Wadden, Cole Harbour. Also surviving are his precious grandchildren, of whom he couldn’t have been more proud, Jeanne Pickup (Mike MacDonald), Cole Harbour, Janet Pickup (Evan Nemeth), Halifax, Jamie Wadden (Grampie’s hockey protégé), Cole Harbour, and Tyler MacIntyre, Sydney.
Also surviving Joe are his brother and sister-in-law, James and Jessie O’Keefe, Glace Bay; sister-in-law, Sarah Belanger, New Britain, Conn.; brother-in-law and longtime best friend, Robert Purcell (Annette), Coxheath, the father of his granddaughters, William Pickup, Coxheath; special grandnephew, Joshua Lynk and dear friend Paul Sullivan, Halifax. Also, many nieces and nephews, each of whom held a special place in his heart.
Joe was predeceased by his wife, Claire (Dec. 17, 2009), sister, Moira, brother, Gregory in infancy, in-laws, Duncan and Anne Purcell, sisters-in-law, Margaret MacPherson and Margaret Purcell, brothers-in-law, Jack Purcell and Gilles Belanger, and by his special first grandson, Michael Joseph Boutilier.
Visitation for Joe will be held from 7-9 p.m. Monday, March 15 and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 16 in T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel, 755 George St., Sydney, 539-3002. Funeral mass Wednesday, March 17 in St. Theresa’s Church at 10 a.m. with Fr. Norman MacPhee officiating with burial in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be graciously accepted.
Dad, we know that we will forever feel your presence and love with us and we take great comfort in knowing that you and Mom are together again ... forever. We are proud to call you Dad.

Father Raymond King

Born in: Evanston, Nova Scotia, Canada
Born on: 25/02/1930

Passed away in: Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed away on: 16/03/2010

Father Raymond Alexander Leo King, Priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Antigonish died in Harbourstone Enhanced Care Facility in Sydney on Tuesday, March 16, 2010. He was 80 years of age.
Born in Evanston, Richmond County, Cape Breton on Feb. 25, 1930, he was a son of the late Henry and Marie (Hureau) King. Ray received his BA from St. Francis Xavier University in 1955 and a Masters of Theology from St. Paul’s Seminary, Ottawa in 1959. He also received a Bachelor of Education in 1971from St. Francis Xavier University.
Ray was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop John R. MacDonald on May 23, 1959 at St. Ninian’s Cathedral, Antigonish. He began his priestly ministry in June 1959 as assistant pastor in St. Anthony’s Parish, Glace Bay and continued at Holy Redeemer Parish, Sydney in 1961. Ray was appointed to the staff of St. Pius X Prepatory Seminary, Ottawa in September 1965. During the summers he served at St. Agnes, New Waterford, St. Mary’s, East Bay, Sacred Heart Parish, Sydney and St. Anthony Daniel Parish, Sydney. In 1968 he became parish priest of St. Margaret’s parish, St. Margaret’s Village, N.S. In 1971, he was parish priest at Immaculate Conception, Bridgeport. In 1978, he served as parish priest at St. Joseph’s North Sydney. In 1988, he continued his service as parish priest at St. Agnes, New Waterford. In 1995, he was parish priest at St. John the Baptist, River Bourgeois. He retired from his active priestly duties in 1997 because of ill health.
Fr. Ray is survived by sister, Helen Coakley, Florence, C.B.; brothers, Fred (Cathie), Belleville, Ont., Walter (Betty), Evanston, C.B. and Elmer, Bedford, N.S. He is also survived by nephews, Paul, Douglas, Bruce and Robert King, Paul Coakley, and nieces, Brenda, Raylene, Jane, Lisa, Tracey, Kathy, and Krista King and Debbie, Doreen and Vanda Coakley.
He was predeceased by brother, Paul Henry (Silvia), Belleville, Ont. He was also predeceased by sisters-in-law, Roberta (Elmer King), Bedford, N.S., Elsie (Paul Henry) and brother-in-law, Art Coakley (Helen), Florence, C.B. Fr. Ray enjoyed playing golf, skiing, fishing and playing cards especially bridge.
Visitation will be held at the Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury, on Friday, March 19, from 2-5 p.m. Reception of the body and vigil at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 19 in St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, Lower River Inhabitants. Everyone is welcome to vigil. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, Lower River Inhabitants 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Fr. Angus MacDougall V.G. and the priest of the diocese officiating. Burial in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Whiteside.
Special thanks to the caregivers at Harbourstone Enhanced Care Facility, and to all staff members who so faithfully looked after all Fr. Ray’s needs.


Thomas J. Morrisey

Thomas J. Morrisey, 73, of Dartmouth, passed away on April 28, 2011, at home surrounded by family. Tom was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Born in Saint John, New Brunswick, Tom was the son of the late Tom and Margaret (Johnson) Morrisey. He is survived by his wife, Nicole (Ferguson); son, Charles (Melissa Lee); daughters Traci (John Trainor), Sheri (Fred Kinney); a grandson, Sean; and a granddaughter, Regan; a brother, Daniel; and two sisters, Marjorie and Joanne. Thérèse and Keith Coughlan, Gaby and Pierre Gagné, Phil and Denise Ferguson, and Rose-Marie (late Camille) Curry, and their children, as well as precious friends, were a loving part of his extended family. A graduate of StFX, he completed a Masters Degree in Education at U of T, and obtained his doctorate from the University of Maine at Orono. He began his teaching career at St. Patrick's High School in Halifax, and then became vice principal at a school in Goose Bay, NL. The greater part of his career was spent as professor of Science Education and Environmental Studies at UNB in Fredericton. Tom was an avid reader and outdoor enthusiast who loved fishing, hunting, and working in the woods.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 7, 11:00 a.m. at Atlantic Funeral Homes, in Dartmouth. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Canadian Liver Foundation. Online condolences may be made by visiting the website


William ‘Bill’ MacGillivary

Born In: South Bar, Nova Scotia, Canada

Passed Away In: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed Away On: 16/05/2011

William Louis ‘Bill’ MacGillivary passed away peacefully on May 16, 2011 in the Dartmouth General Hospital due to pulmonary fibrosis.
Born at home in South Bar C.B., he was the son of the late Herbert and Ella (White) MacGillivary. He retired from the Provincial Government as Physical Plant Systems Coordinator, Dept. of Supply and Services.
He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Phyllis (McPhee); son, Vince, Dartmouth; daughter, Colleen, Victoria; grandson, Adam Storie; granddaughter, Melissa Storie and great-granddaughter, Noella Storie-Davis, Victoria; his sisters, Connie Boone (Greg), New Waterford, Cecilia Nearing, (Tom), Guelph; sisters-in-law, Isabel MacGillivary, South Bar, Geraldine Larocque, Ottawa; many cousins, nieces and nephews and grand nieces and grand nephews.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by brother, Herb; sisters, Jenny Kinsella, Rita Melnyk, Bernadette Bryden; two brothers and two sisters in childhood and sister-in-law, Iris Heney (Mike), Ottawa; brothers-in-law, Neil MacDonald, Bob Kinsella, Sander Melnyk and John Bryden.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Dartmouth with Fr. Paul MacGillivray officiating.
Donations to the Dartmouth General Hospital or Lung Association appreciated.
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Joseph Leland (Lee) Benedict Matchett

MATCHETT – Joseph Leland (Lee) Benedict

April 17, 1928 – May 29, 2011

Lee Matchett beloved husband of Marie Matchett and father to Bill, Wendy and Sean of Calgary, passed away after succumbing to Alzheimer’s disease on May 29, 2011 at the age of 83 years.

Lee donated his body to research in an endeavour to aid in a cure for this devastating disease.

Lee was born to Leland B Matchett, an RCMP officer and his new bride May A Dolan, on the banks of the Miramichi River in New Brunswick. A struggle to say the least, at less than three pounds at birth Lee survived with God’s care and the doting efforts of his parents. He grew up following his family from post to post throughout New Brunswick.

Lee graduated from the University of New Brunswick and St. Francis Xavier University with degrees in Engineering and Geology. As a team member he then worked in the Atlantic developing submarine detection sonar technology for the Department of Naval Research. From there he ventured West to seek employment within the oil and gas industry. After a stint with the Canadian Geological Survey he joined Husky Oil as a geologist and met his loving wife of 58 years. Subsequently Lee held  positions of V.P. of Exploration at Altana Exploration, V.P. of Champlin Oil Company (Canada), President of Maynard Exploration, President of WWS Resources, and CEO of Dorchester Energy Inc. before his retirement.

Lee was an active member of; The Calgary Chamber of Commerce, A lifetime member of APEGGA, The Calgary Petroleum Club, and President of the Calgary Flying Club. 

Lee’s greatest joy in life was his family. With his passion for the freedom of flight and his skills as a pilot, he exposed  his family and friends to a world of discovery. With an affinity to help those not as blessed, he lived his life as he was brought up. “We are our brother’s keepers.” He was a kind and generous man that treated all those around him with love and respect.

Lee is survived by his loving wife Marie V Matchett, sons William LB Matchett, (Sheri), and Sean R Matchett, daughter Wendy M Matchett, grandchildren Cara, Brendan, Tiffany, Keely, and Sam. June Matchett, Linda McCorquodale, (Brian), Luke, Liam, Hope, Tara, Rita Stein, (Rick Saunders), Kathy and Ted Cholod, Michael (Brenda) and Greg. Connie and Howard Kellough, Mary and Sarah. Agnes Bentley, Mary Margaret, Georgina, Colleen, Noel and Jasmine Bentley. Betty Stein, Barb, Patti, Matt, Sarah, Paul, Myra, Melisa Stein and Betsy Edwards. Lee was predeceased by his parents and younger brother Robert F Matchett.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church (5340 – 4th Street S.W.) on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 10:30 a.m.             Forward condolences through 

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that those who wish to may make a donation in Leland’s name to the Alzheimer Society of Canada Research Program. 10531 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton. Alberta. T5H 4K1. (866) 950 5465.

In living memory of Lee Matchett, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200.

Lionel Arthur Ayotte Jr

Lionel Arthur Ayotte, Jr. On March 6, 2011, Lionel Arthur Ayotte, Jr., beloved husband of Anita J. Ayotte, passed away. Loving father of Theresa Uman and husband, Howard, Gregory Ayotte and wife, Heather, David Ayotte and wife, Lori, Anne Delomba and husband, Scott. He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren; Amelia, Talissa, Mason and Owen and his sister, Constance Giarrusso. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 from 2-4 p.m. & 6-8 p.m., WITZKE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 5555 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia, MD. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, March 10th at 12 noon, St. John Catholic Church, Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia, Maryland. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to: ALS Association, 7507 Standish Place, Rockville, Maryland 20855. For condolences visit |

Waldon ‘Wally’ MacGillivray

Born In: Victoria Mines, Nova Scotia, Canada
Born On: 29/03/1934

Passed Away In: Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Passed Away On: 01/10/2009

The death occurred peacefully at the Summerset Manor, Summerside, P.E.I. on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009 of Waldon ‘Wally’ J. MacGillivray, FCA of Summerside and formerly of Cape Breton, NS, aged 75 years.
Wally was born on March 29, 1934 in Victoria Mines, NS, to his late parents Waldon and Laura (nee Ling) MacGillivray. Beloved husband of Joan (nee Gourley) MacGillivray and loving father of Murray (Dianne) of Oakville, ON, Laura MacGillivray of Halifax, NS, Jennifer (Richard) Schmalz of Halifax, NS and Maureen (Paul) of Summerside. Also lovingly remembered by his six grandchildren, David, Daniel, Nadene, Melanie, Rebecca and Katherine; along with many nieces and nephews. Survived by his brothers and sisters, Geraldine MacSween of Antigonish, NS, Mary MacNeil, Bernadette Dunphy, James and Muriel Harter, all of Cape Breton, NS and Blaze of Ontario.
Besides his parents, Wally was predeceased by his sisters, Lenore Parker, Laura Meritt and Genevieve Boudreau.
Resting at East Prince Funeral Home, 245 Pope Rd., Summerside until Monday, October 5, 2009, then to St. Paul’s Church, Summerside for funeral mass at 10:30 a.m.. Interment to take place later in Cape Breton, NS.
Memorial donations in Wally’s memory to the Alzheimer Society of PEI or a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.
Visiting hours on Sunday evening only, 6-9 p.m.
Online condolences can be sent to [email protected]
Arrangements entrusted to the East Prince Funeral Home, Summerside, P.E.I.

Jennie Richards

Passed Away On: 08/09/2008

91, South Bar Jennie Agnes Richards, 91, of South Bar, passed away Monday, Sept. 8, 2008, at the Cove Guest Home, Sydney. Born in South Bar, she was a daughter of the late Richard and Grace (McLennan) Richards. Jennie attended Mount Allison University, Nova Scotia Teachers College and she obtained a Master of Arts degree from St. FX University in 1956. Jennie’s career began as a social worker with Children’s Aid Society and travelled much of Cape Breton Island, serving the needs of the less fortunate. Later Jennie became a school teacher and began her teaching career in Whittenburg, N.S. From there she taught in various schools across Cape Breton Island but most of her teaching career was spent at Whitney School. She retired in 1975 as principal of Eastmount School, Sydney. Jennie was a faithful member of Trinity United Church in Whitney Pier and served on various committees throughout the years. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her sisters, Gladys Spears and Greta Bos and her brother, Morgan. Jennie was also predeceased by nephew, David Spears and niece, Marie Pothier. She is survived by nephews, Richard Spears, Robert Richards and Richard Bos and niece, Rosemary Lewis. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sydney Memorial Chapel. Visitation Friday, Sept. 12 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and funeral from Trinity United Church at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, with Rev. Jackie MacDonald officiating. Burial to follow at Eastmount Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Society. Condolences may be sent to the family at [email protected]

Rev. Alexander MacKinnon


It is with deepest sadness that we, the family, announce the passing of Father Alexander MacKinnon, 82, of Antigonish, who died Tuesday, August 9, at St Martha Hospital after a long battle with cancer.

Father Alex was born and raised in New Waterford and was the son of the late John J. MacKinnon and Isabel (Campbell) MacKinnon.

He graduated from Saint Francis Xavier University in 1951. He attended the Grand Seminary in Quebec City and Laval University, in 1955 was Ordained to the Priesthood for the Diocese of Antigonish. Father Alex served as assistant Pastor at St. Peter’s Parish Port Hood, St. John the Baptist Parish New Glasgow, and St Joseph’s Parish North Sydney. In 1961 he was appointed to the Antigonish Diocesan Latin American Apostolate where he spent the next 14 years serving the diocese in Central America. He spent the first 4 years in Costa Rica and was then assigned to Honduras where the needs were much greater. During his time in Honduras he was appointed Director of the Antigonish Diocesan Apostolate for Honduras lasting until 1975.  In 1975 Father Alex was appointed to the staff of the Coady International Institute of St.F.X. University as Co-ordinator of the Latin America Sector, responsible for all Coady activities relating to Latin America. He also served as Chaplain to Catholic students and was the Co-ordinator of Counselling Services at the Coady. In 1987 Father Alex became Registrar of the Coady International Institute.  In 1994 he retired from the Coady and did sabbatical studies in Ottawa and Rome. He then served as Parish Priest of St. Joseph’s, Antigonish County. From July 1996 until his second retirement in 2009 Father Alex served as Chaplain at St.Martha’s Hospital.

Father Alex is survived by his sisters Ann Genereux (Penticton, BC), Mary MacGillivary (Sydney, NS), Willena MacKinnon (Phoenix, AZ), Theresa (Pat) Lee (Studio City, CA), sisters-in-law Sadie (Francis) MacKinnon (Rochester, NH), Kay (Roddie) MacKinnon (New Waterford, NS), and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brothers Donald, Francis, and Roderick, sister-in-law Peggy MacKinnon, and brothers-in law Bill Genereux, and Edward MacGillivary.

Visitation will be held 7-9 pm Saturday, August 13 and 2-4 pm Sunday, August 14 in Morrison Hall, St.F.X. Campus. A Vigil Service will be held at 7pm Sunday, August 14 at St.F.X. Chapel. Funeral Mass will be held 11 am Monday, August 15 at St.F.X Chapel, Bishop Brian Dunn officiating. A reception following Mass will be held in Morrison Hall.

Burial will take place Tuesday August 16 at 11am in Mount Carmel Cemetery, New Waterford.

In keeping with Father Alex’s wishes family flowers only.

Father Alex recently created a legacy of support for future Coady participants, through the establishment of an endowed scholarship fund. His contribution will support students who are accepted into the Coady Institute educational programs. Gifts toward this scholarship can be made by contacting Erika Gunn at[email protected] or by phone 902.867.5264


Roy ‘Rosie’ MacMillian

Born In: Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
Born On: 13/01/1922

Passed Away In: Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed Away On: 11/08/2011

Roy ‘Rosie’ Pringle MacMillan passed away at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011, after a brief illness.
Born in Sydney on Jan. 13, 1922, Roy was the son of the late Duncan and Florence (MacLean) MacMillan. He lived most of his life at the family residence first occupied by his parents in 1908. Rosie was a Centurian baby, having been born in 1922; 100 years after the family immigrated from Scotland (aboard the Commerce).
He is survived by his son, Duncan. 
He was the last surviving member of his immediate family having been predeceased by brothers, Bruce, Charles, Art; sisters Catherine, Laura, Pearl, Grace, Eva and Muriel. 
Rosie was a well known sports figure in hockey, football, rugby, baseball and basketball. He had a stellar career with St. FX University, Dalhousie, The Sydney Millionaires and the Antigonish Bulldogs. He was an inductee into the Cape Breton Sports Hall of Fame for multi-sports in 2000. 
A graduate of St. FX University and attended Dalhousie University, Rosie spent his career in the insurance industry. He was the owner of Keltic Agency until his retirement. 
A true ‘man about town’, Rosie was a popular and well liked individual. He was a member of the Lingan Golf Club, Royal Canadian Yacht Club, Kiwanis, Branch 12 Legion, to name a few. He spent many a pleasant moment with his lifelong buddies at his summer residence in Malagawatch, Cape Breton. In his later years he gained many a friend as he made his daily Tim Horton rounds. 
Visitation for Mr. MacMillan will take place on Sunday, Aug. 14 at T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel at 12 noon followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m. officiated by Rev. Tom Whent. A reception will follow. 
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Randall F. Cormier

Cormier, Randall F., BSc., Ph D., died peacefully Monday October 24, 2011 in the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home, Antigonish. Randall was the son of the late Kathleen (MacDonald) and James Francis Cormier. Born in Truro, raised in Saint John, NB by his Aunt Jean and Uncle Eugene Donahue, after the death of his father in an automobile accident, when he was eight years old. He attended St. Francis Xavier University and M.I.T., where he received his doctorate in geology.. He won outstanding teaching award at X and Excellence in Teaching for the Maritime Provinces. Prior to his stroke in June 2011 he was confined to a wheelchair in his home for ten years, a challenge he bore gracefully. Before that, he was an avid runner and could be seen running along the Main Street or in the Johnny Miles Marathon. He is survived by his wife Marie, six sons; Michael, Colorado, Willie (Kathleen), Antigonish, James (Rose), Antigonish, Matthew, (Janace), Frasers’s Mills, Stephen (Lynn), Texas, John Randall (Donna), Ottawa; sister Eileen (Don), Calgary, sister-in-law Ann, Thunder Bay and many grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother Paul and granddaughter Heather. Visitation 2-4 and 7-9 pm Wednesday, October 26 in MacIsaac Funeral Home, 61 Pleasant St., Antigonish. Funeral Mass 11:00 am Thursday in the St. Francis Xavier University Chapel. Burial in St. Ninian’s Cemetery. Reception to follow at Morrison Hall, also on campus. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. The family would like to thank the staff at the R.K. for the care and compassion received the past months

Ranald Louis Hay

HAY, Ranald Louis, P. Eng - Peacefully at the Dorothy Ley Hospice on Monday, May 10, 2010 at age 85 years. Beloved husband for 27 years of Diane. Loving father of Ranald, Dominic, Cynthia, Genevieve, Marianne, Laurie, Larry and Mike. Dear grandfather of Kristen, Michelle, Amy, Ruth, Elisheva, Madalyn, Carrington, Kyle, Matthew and Mark. Funeral service will be held at the Turner & Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke (between Islington and Kipling Aves.), on Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 1 p.m. with visitation beginning at 12 noon. Interment Assumption Cemetery. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to Dorothy Ley Hospice.

Robert E. Murray

MURRAY, Robert E. - “To Everything there is a season“. The season of death returned ROBERT E. MURRAY to his heavenly father on December 1, 2011 at Bluewater Health. He died peacefully surrounded by his devoted wife and family. Robert, or Bob as he was commonly known, along with his twin sister Jean, were born in Jamaica Plain, Boston, 81 years ago. He was the youngest of 10 children born to Mary and John Murray. In 1949, Bob came to Canada with a lifelong friend to attend St. Frances Xavier University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts and Education degrees. It was there that he met his wife of 56 years Dolores Doyle. Bob began his teaching career in Sydney, N. S. He also taught in Alberta and finally in Sarnia where he retired from teaching to pursue other goals. He later worked in several government agencies ending up as a Supervisor with the Bluewater Bridge. Bob's commitment to his faith, family and friends was unparalled. He was a man of high integrity and possessed a keen sense of humour. He particularly enjoyed having coffee with his dear friends at John's Restaurant. Of course his annual visits to Cape Breton and Boston were highlights of his life. He is survived by his loving wife and their 5 sons and 2 daughters. Lowell with his wife Heather (Sarnia) have 6 children; Jennifer (Nick), Paul (Dania), Brian, Cherilyn, Kathryn, Brad. David with his wife Sandi (Toronto) who have 2 children Kiran and Hailey. Lianne Murray-Ross and her husband Paul (Sarnia) who have 2 boys Kevin and Conor. Bert and his wife Julie (London) who have 2 boys Darryl and Scott. Kelly Murray Bartel and her husband Rudi (Toronto) who have one son Adam. Ian and his wife Karen (Bright's Grove) who have 4 children, Courtney, Sean and twins Lauren and Erin. Stephen and his wife Judy (Fort Gratiot, Michigan) who have 2 boys Marcus and Marcel. Friends will be received at the D. J. ROBB FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION CENTRE (102 N. Victoria St. Sarnia) on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. where prayers will be offered at 8:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St. Michael's Church on Tuesday December 6th at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made through Mass cards or donations to the Alzheimer's Society or the Right to Life (cheques only please). The D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre 102 N. Victoria St. Sarnia, ON., N7T 5W9 Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through[email protected] 10850567

Sister Mary Roderick MacMullin

Born In: Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, Canada

Passed in: Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed on: December 25th, 2011

Sister Mary Roderick MacMullin, 87, a Sister of St. Martha of Antigonish, died at Bethany, the motherhouse on Dec. 25, 2011, in the 66th year of her religious life.
Born in Louisbourg, N.S., Sister Mary Roderick was the sixth in a family of 15 children, the daughter of the late John and Stella (Dixon) MacMullin.
Sister Roderick entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Martha on Aug. 15, 1944. She pronounced her first vows Aug. 15, 1946, and her perpetual profession of vows Aug. 15, 1949. Sister ministered in the field of education for 36 years. In 1949 she graduated from the Provincial Normal College in Truro with her teaching certificate. Sister attended St. Francis Xavier University and graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in 1951 and her Master of Arts degree in 1956. In 1968 she was certified as a reading specialist with the Department of Education in Nova Scotia and received her TC 8 Teaching Licence in 1971. Sister Roderick attended Temple University in Philadelphia, Penn., and graduated with her Masters of Education in 1971 and her Doctorate in Education in 1978.
Her ministry in education was with the Nova Scotia Department of Education, serving in Margaree, Main-a-Dieu and Dingwall as both teacher and principal. In 1964, Sister Roderick began teaching at St. Andrews Rural High School in Antigonish and remained there until 1975. After one year of full-time study at Temple University, Sister returned to Antigonish and taught at St. Andrew Junior High for two years. It was at that time, 1978-81, she took up the position of regional reading Consultant with the Municipality of Antigonish. From 1981-89, Sister taught in the Education Department of St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish.
After retiring from teaching, Sister Roderick was named archivist for the congregation and set up an excellent archival system and data base. Following her resignation from this position in 1998, Sister was asked to set up the archives for the Diocese of Antigonish. She completed this ministry in 2001, moving into full-time retirement at the motherhouse. Because of failing health, Sister moved into Bethany’s extended care in 2003, where she remained until her death.
Sister Roderick is survived by three sisters, Theresa MacKinnon, Betty Senvardarli and Patricia Lahey, and by three brothers, Gregory, Ralph and Michael.
She was predeceased by six brothers, Roderick, Daniel, George, John, Patrick and Peter, and by two sisters, Sadie Mrazek, Margaret Kehoe.
The remains will be resting at Bethany, beginning Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 1:15 p.m., where a Celebration of Vigil will be held on the same evening at 7:30 p.m. Liturgy of Christian Burial will take place Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 2 p.m. in Bethany Chapel.
Arrangements are under the direction of MacIsaac Funeral Home of Antigonish,

George P. Jabalee


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear father at The Moncton Hospital on Friday morning, January 6, 2012. Beloved husband of the late Evelyn Jabalee (December 28, 2010).

George was born in North Sydney, NS, son of the late Joseph and Bertha (Campbell) Jabalee. He enlisted in 1941 and served overseas in Italy, France, Belgium, Holland, England and Germany with the Army (RCEME) attached to the 5th Armour Brigade supported by the 1st Division. After returning home in 1946, he attended St. Francis Xavier University and Nova Scotia Tech where he received an Electrical Engineering degree. He joined Nova Scotia Power Commission in Liverpool, NS as Network Engineer for the Southwest Shore. He was active in the community with the Legion and was Charter President of the Lions Club. George joined Transport Canada in Moncton and retired in 1985 as Regional Superintendent of Electrical Installations (Construction Branch). He was an active member of the Catholic Church and an avid golfer. He enjoyed his later years at Camden Place and People’s Park Tower, especially jamming with his buddies on the harmonica. He made many friends there and the fellows at "Table 50" were special to him.

He lived every moment of his life for his family and will be greatly missed and cherished by many. George will be sadly missed by his daughters, Georgina (Bert), and Denyse (Cyril); sons, Phil (Bernie) and John (Guylaine); grandsons, Andrew (Rachel) and Joshua; granddaughters, Karen (Matthew) and Jennifer; great grandson, Cameron; special friend, Grace Gibbs and many nieces and nephews. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

In addition to his parents and his wife, Evelyn, he was predeceased by two infant grandsons.

The family extends a heartfelt thank you and appreciation to Dr. John Li, the doctors and nurses of The Moncton Hospital Palliative Care, particularly Dr. Pat Phelan and Dr. Lisa Searle. "You are all earth angels."

Visitation at Ferguson Knowles Funeral Home, 1657 Mountain Road, Moncton (858-1995) on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Funeral Mass at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church on Monday January 9, 2012, 11:00 am, Rev. Michael Toner officiating. Reception in the Parish Hall following the Mass. Interment, Holy Cross Cemetery, North Sydney, NS.

In George’s memory, donations to the Friends of The Moncton Hospital (Palliative Care), the Canadian Cancer Society or a memorial of the donor’s choice would be appreciated. Online condolences at


John R Topper


We received a letter from Mr. Topper’s children (Michael and Christa) saying that Mr. Topper had died on November 2, 2011


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