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From: "Carol MacLean via" <ns-cape-breton(a)rootsweb.com>
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Sent: Tuesday, December 29, 2015 9:31:27 AM
Subject: [NS-CB] Cape Breton Deaths December 29, 2015 Tuesday (part 2)
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Cape Breton Deaths December 29, 2015 Tuesday
There were 11 obituaries published today
Jean Hartling - 88 yrs
Albert Roderick Fraser - 87 yrs
John Alexander Francis MacNeil - 84 yrs
Stuart W. “Baker” Mulley - 56 yrs
Catherine Margaret “Kay” Tobin -
Martha L. (Verge) McLean - 80 yrs
Otto Lawrence Strong - 67 yrs
Barry D. Gillis -
Katherine Farmakoulas - 92 yrs
Shirley Carruthers - 84 yrs
James Dale Greer MacKinnon - 35 yrs
Otto Lawrence Strong
Born In: Glace Bay
Passed in: Glace Bay
Passed on: December 26th, 2015
Otto Strong, age 67 passed away on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015 at home.
Born in Glace Bay, he was the son of the late Gordon and Rita (Boone) Strong.
Otto was raised by his grandparents, Charlie and Hazel Strong.
Otto was an oil burner technician and operated his own business since 1977. He was a hard working, compassionate man who loved hunting, fishing and going out in his boat. In his earlier years, he was an avid dart player.
Otto is survived by his wife, Nancy (Green) Strong; three sons, Michael (Wanda), Kyle (Nicole), Aiden Buckland; three stepbrothers, Joey (Carrie), Vince (Anna), Steve (Marina) Simonetta; five grandchildren, Courtney, Nicole, Taylor, Regan, Connor and one great-granddaughter, Camrynn. He will be sadly missed by his hunting and fishing buddy, Jack Simms.
Besides his parents, Otto was predeceased by his son, Gordon, daughter, April and his sister, Charmaine.
Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 1 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 2 p.m., all in V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 16 Reserve St., Glace Bay. Salvation Army Lieutenants, Dennis and Mary Maybury officiating. Burial in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Otto’s memory may be made to palliative care, cancer society or the VON.
Online condolences to the family can be expressed at www.vjmcgillivray.ca <http://www.vjmcgillivray.ca/>.
Special thanks to Dr. Trevor Guy, Dr. Kodadad, Dr. Harness, Dr. Ritter, VON Nancy Kuta George and Otto’s niece, Belinda Andrea, R.N.
I AM FREE
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free
I’m following the path God laid for me,
I took His hand when I heard Him call
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day, to laugh
To love, to work or play,
Tasks undone must stay that way
I’ve found that peace at the close of the day.
If parting has left a void, then fill it
With remembered joy,
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
Ah, yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish for you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I savoured much
Good friends, good times,
A loved one’s touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all to brief
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief,
Lift up your hearts and share with me
God wants me now, He set me free.
Barry D. Gillis
Born In: Sydney
Passed on: December 27th, 2015
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear partner, son, brother uncle and friend, Barry Gillis, on Dec. 27, 2015 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, after a hard battle with a three-month illness.
Born in Sydney, Barry was the son of Alice (Cooper) and the late Duncan Gillis.
Barry attended Ashby School and graduated from Sydney Academy. He worked for many years in the restaurant business and at one time owned his own pizza shop. For the past 20 years he worked for the city as a crossing guard where he was well loved by the children. He also worked at the Family Resource Center. Barry was a kind and gentle man who had many friends and family who loved him.
Barry is survived by his partner of 26 years Robert Morrison, mother Alice (Cooper), brothers Rick and Terry, of Sydney, sister Debbie (Paul) Rudderham, niece and nephew, Hannah and Kyle Rudderham, all of Point Edward. He is also survived by his extended family Don Morrison, Marie and Blair Hill, Gary, Ken (Darlene) Morrison, Bev and Wally Steel, Ontario, Stan (Deloris) Morrison, New Brunswick, also many nieces and nephews, and his two wonderful friends, Marie Farr and Marina Ross.
Barry was predeceased by his father Duncan Gillis, grandparents, Frank and Mary Cooper, John R. and Annie Gillis, also Dave Morrison.
Barry will be missed by all who knew him and have many happy memories of him.
Visitation for Barry will be held on Thursday, Dec., 31, 2015 from 12-2 p.m. at the S.W. Chant & Son Funeral Home, 564 Alexandra St., Sydney, with a celebration of life to follow at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Sheldon Chant officiating.
In lieu of flowers donations an be made to the Palliative Care Unit of the CBRH.
Born In: Greece
Born: December 5th, 1923
Passed in: Dartmouth
Passed on: December 26th, 2015
It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing away of our mother, Katherine (Xidos) Farmakoulas, age 92, of Glace Bay, N.S. on Dec. 26, 2015 in Dartmouth, N.S.
Our mother was the matriarch of not only our family but also of the Cape Breton Greek Orthodox Community which she loved and served with all her heart. We will miss her dearly.
Katherine was born in Siros, Cyclades, Greece to Irene (Vihos) and John Xidos on Dec. 5, 1923. She grew up on her beloved island Milos and enjoyed her summers in Klima. She completed her high school education in Piraeus, Greece where she received high honours and academic recognition for her achievements. In 1940, Katherine left Greece and came to the booming coal mining town of Glace Bay. She continued to educate herself while working in the family business, Empire Shoe Rebuilders. She married John Farmakoulas and raised three children. Although she was not able to continue a formal education, she was a lifelong learner and a self-educated woman that continued to correct the grammar and mathematical errors of her educated children.
In 1961 a tragic accident took the lives of many important people in her life, including her husband and brother. Katherine and her sister-in-law Helen assumed the responsibility of running the family business, Koolex Kleaners. Later, she opened her own gift store, Gifts Galore, which became a meeting place for coffee and conversation. She took on a leadership role in the Cape Breton Greek Community and was the president for the past 50 years. Her selfless love and dedication to culture, tradition and religion was the anchor of the Greek Community.
Family and friends were the most important things in Katherine’s life. The kitchen at 134 South St. was always ready with hot coffee and Greek sweets for all who dropped in. Katherine’s specialty was cooking and baking. Leaving her home with an empty stomach was not an option. Her sense of humour kept our spirits high and her advice guided us to the very end. She had a Greek saying for every situation that began with, “There’s a Greek saying that says ...”
On this very special Christmas day, she continuously repeated how lucky she was to be surrounded by her family.
Katherine is survived by her three daughters, Irene (Louis) Angelopoulos, Eva Farmakoulas, Gloria Farmakoulas; sister Laodiki (Gerry) Lutwick; sisters-in-law, Helen Xidos and Irini Papaiouannou; brother-in-law James (Mary) Farmakoulas; grandchildren, Yanna (George) Theoharopoulos, Stefani (Konstantinos) Angelopoulos, John-Paul Angelopoulos, and her namesake, the love of her life, Katerina McInnis; great-grandchildren, Xenia, Irini and Kyrkos Theoharopoulos, Leonidas Manos; nieces and nephews Cleo (Sean) Xidos, John Xidos, Renee (Glenn) Lutwick, Emmanuel Lutwick, John (Evangeline) Lutwick, Michael (Mireille) Lutwick, John Farmakoulas, Andrew Farmakoulas, Christina (Randy) Walker, Xenia (John) Tsavos, Evi (Thomas) Papaiouannou and George (Uli) Papaiouannou; many other great nieces and nephews; and her 'adopted' son and soulmate Mike Dezagiacomo.
Katherine was predeceased by her husband, John Farmakoulas, brother Emmanuel Xidos, father John Xidos and mother Irene (Vihos) Xidos.
Funeral service will be held at St. Anargyree Greek Orthodox Church, Glace Bay on Dec. 31, 2015 at 1 p.m. with Rev. Theodore Efthimiadis officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Haven Memorial Garden, 1510 Grand Lake Rd., Sydney, N.S. Visitation will be held at Curry’s Funeral Home, 775 Main St., Glace Bay, on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 at 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Anargyree Greek Orthodox Church, 15 Marconi St., Glace Bay, N.S., B1A 2P2.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff of Dartmouth General Hospital and especially to the very special Dr. L. McAslan.
Condolences may expressed to the family at www.currysfuneralhome.com <http://www.currysfuneralhome.com/>.
Born In: Sydney Mines
Born: November 25th, 1931
Passed in: Sydney Mines
Passed on: December 27th, 2015
After a brief illness, Shirley Carruthers, surrounded by her children, passed away peacefully on Dec. 27, 2015 at the Northside Community Guest Home.
Born in Sydney Mines on Nov. 25, 1931, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Olive (MacKeigan) Pickles.
Shirley was predeceased by her loving and adoring husband of 44 years, Richard 'Dick' Dickson Carruthers.
Shirley was a loving and nurturing mother to her daughters Heather and Linda, and sons Wayne and Russell. She will be sadly missed by her family, her friends and the staff and residents at the guest home where she resided.
Shirley is survived by her daughter Heather (Hugh) Browning, Merigomish; sons, Wayne (John Weston), Prince Edward County, Ontario, and Russell (Pam) Carruthers, Lower Sackville. Shirley was a devoted Nanny to her granddaughters Erin Browning (Jason Visneskie), Ottawa, Sarah and Claire Carruthers, Lower Sackville.
She celebrated her 84th birthday with her family and a surprise visit from her first great-granddaughter, Callie Rose Visneskie.
Also survived by brother, James (Shirley) Pickles; sister, Anna (James) O’Handley; sister-in-law, Margaret Marks; several nieces and nephews, and best friend of 70 years, Anne Jenkins.
She was predeceased by daughter Linda Ellen, brothers, Eldon and Harvey and sister Emily Cornford.
The family would like to express a sincere thank you to Dr. Doug Kolhsmith, and the Northside Guest Home Staff for providing exceptional care to our mother.
In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Shirley may be made to the Sydney Mines Food Bank.
Friends may gather for visitation on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 at 12 p.m. at J.M. Jobes Funeral Home, 635 Main St., Sydney Mines; followed by a celebration of Shirley’s life at 1 p.m.
Words of comfort may be sent to www.jmjobesfuneralhome.com <http://www.jmjobesfuneralhome.com/>.
“Safe in the arms of Jesus, safe on His gentle breast; there by His love o’ershaded, sweetly my soul shall rest”
James Dale Greer MacKinnon
Born In: Glace Bay
Passed in: Mira Gut
Passed on: December 24th, 2015
It is with great sadness that we, the family, announce the passing of our dear handsome and talented son after a tragic accident that took place at the Mira Gut Beach on Christmas Eve. A place he very much loved and where he spent much of his childhood and also any opportunity to make it back for 'home' for vacations in Mira.
Born in Glace Bay, Dale moved to Ontario with his mother in 1986. There he formulated such long lasting strong friendships they regarded him as family. 'Brother.' These bonds can never be broken.
Dale was a graduate from Conestoga College, Kitchener, Ont. and became the Director of Talent for Bay Street Staffing, Toronto.
His positive personality, kind and sensitive nature, quit wit, joy of life and the overall man he became, was an asset to all who knew him.
His messages of those many grieving his loss are plenty and deeply heartfelt. He was well loved and highly respected.
Dale was an athlete, he enjoyed all sports, baseball, hockey, football, volleyball, etc. and was a member of many teams. He looked forward to the "juniors" at Christmas to watch with 'The Big Guy' his stepfather Gerry whom he loved and thought so highly of. Just hours before his tragic departure he purchased them both matching sweatshirts for this year's game. There was one year where we were not together at Christmas and so he volunteered at the Kitchener Soup Kitchen. Not unusual as he had often arranged different fundraisers for different charities. He enjoyed playing the guitar, spending times with friends, living downtown Toronto and his beloved pets.
Dale is the son of Diana (MacKinnon) and stepson of Gerry Furlong. He is survived by his step family; the children of Gerry Furlong namely Helene, Gerry Jr., Bradley, all in Ontario; his other 'brother', Dave, Newfoundland and their children. Dale is also survived by his paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Greer; aunt Carolyn (Bill) Snow; uncles, Jimmy, Billy (Bev), Sandy (Jerry); several cousins and his fur babies, Charlie and Hemingway.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015 from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. at the S.W. Chant & Son Funeral Home, 564 Alexandra St., Sydney. Funeral service will take place 3 p.m., Dec. 30, 2015 in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Sheldon Chant officiating. Reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters or Charity of your choice.
I loved him in big ways, I loved him in small ways, I love him this minute. I will love him always. Even through death a mothers bond to her son can never be broken.
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