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Cape Breton Deaths June 23, 2016 Thursday
There were 8 obituaries published today
Darlene Detienne - 60 yrs
Alice Mary (Murphy) MacDonald - 86 yrs
Margaret Mary Hamilton - 92 yrs
Max Randolph Barrett - 91 yrs
Theresa Mary Griffiths -
Fraser MacNeil - 73 yrs - Celebration of Life Service
Mary Coates - Visitation -
Frank “Skip” Dobranski - 76 yrs
It is with broken hearts that we regrettably announce the sudden passing of Darlene
Detienne, 60, on June 21, 2016, at her sister’s house, surrounded by her family. Born in
New Waterford and formerly of Ling Street, she was a daughter of the late Elsie (Wilcox)
Detienne and Damien ‘Dom’ Detienne. Besides her parents, Darlene was predeceased by her
sister, Diane Campbell, and her brothers, Damie, Leo and Willie. Darlene enjoyed playing
darts and having a beer with her twin sister. Left to mourn Darlene are her daughter,
Sasha (Jeff); twin sister, Delores (Lenny), with whom she lived; brothers, Jimmy (Kay) and
Jackie, all of New Waterford; one granddaughter, Alexis, who was her pride and joy; also
several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. There will be no visitation. Cremation has
taken place under the care and direction of V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 380 Smith St.,
New Waterford. A service will be held at a later date. As an expression of sympathy for
Darlene, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Online expressions of
sympathy may be sent to the family at www.vjmcgillivray.ca
. Special thanks to Darlene’s
palliative-care team and the VON nurses who helped with her care. Also, thanks to all of
Darlene’s doctors for their care, time and in-house visits and to Lenny Fraser for his
care and support with Darlene, as well as anyone who helped Darlene in any way while she
Alice (Murphy) MacDonald
Born In: Whitney Pier
Passed in: Grand Mira South Whitney Pier
Passed on: June 20th, 2016
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother, sister,
aunt and friend, Alice (Murphy) MacDonald, 86, on Monday, June 20, 2016 at Miners Memorial
Manor, Sydney Mines.
Born and raised in Whitney Pier, a community Alice was so proud of, she was the daughter
of the late Jim and Alice (Walsh) Murphy.
Alice worked for many years at the MacGillivray Guest Home in Sydney. After her
retirement, Alice continued to visit the residences of the home on a weekly basis. Alice
was an avid skater throughout her entire life. She had been known to wear out a few pair
of racer skates over the years.
In 1959, Alice married Allan V. MacDonald and together they raised their children in
There was never a day that would go by that mom did not have a fresh pan of biscuits on
the table with a pot of tea on the stove. This always led to a wonderful conversation.
Alice will be missed by all who knew her.
Alice is survived by her only daughter, Stella (Brad) Webber and seven sons, Paul
(Heather), Colin (Coreen), Jamie (Wendy), Sandy, Ronnie (Lori), Robert and Michael
(Suzanne). Grandma is also survived by 18 grandchildren, Alicia, Jared, Jessie, Michelle,
Candace, Joshua, Ashley, Evan, Cara, Lauren, Liam, Jeremy, Jessica, Jillian, Jenna, Reid,
Madeline and Ewan; two great-grandchildren, Brooklynn and Chloe; as well as several nieces
and nephews with whom she adored.
Besides her parents, Alice was predeceased by her husband, Allan V., siblings, John Pat,
Leo, Francis (Evelyn), Tommy (Joyce), Mary and by her special niece, Patricia MacDonald.
Visitation for the late Alice Mary MacDonald will be held at the Pier Community Funeral
Home, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church Street), on Friday, June 24, 2016 from 2-4 and
7-9 p.m. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 10 a.m. in Holy
Redeemer Church, Whitney Pier, with Alice’s nephew, Fr. Paul Murphy officiating. Following
the mass, light refreshments will be held in the funeral home reception area. Burial will
take place in St. Margaret’s Cemetery, Grand Mira.
The family would like to give a big thank you to the caregivers, VON and palliative care
staff for the love and care given to Alice during her time of need.
Donations in memory of Alice may be made to the Whitney Boys and Girls Club of Cape
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.pierfuneralhome.com
Margaret Mary Hamilton
Born In: Mill Creek
Passed in: Sydney
Passed on: June 21st, 2016
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Margaret Mary Hamilton, age 92,
loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend on Tuesday, June
21, 2016, at Harbourstone Enhanced Care in Sydney, surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Mill Creek, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret Jane (Jessome)
Margaret lost her husband Johnnie at a young age. She then devoted her life to raising
their four young children aged five years and under on her own. She was kept busy cooking,
cleaning and tending to the endless chores of running the family home she built after
Johnnie’s death. Mom loved to bake, sew, quilt and tend her flower gardens. She loved to
sing and dance with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also loved
watching her favourite soap opera shows and spending all her free time with those she
The family remembers camping trips to Ingonish, Broad Cove and Margaree spent with her
children and extended family members as well as trips to the beach or down to the shore in
Millcreek, on picnics, on Sunday drives for ice cream, Sunday family dinners and regular
visits with aunts, uncles and cousins.
Mom loved spending time with all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren making each one
feel they were special, unique and loved.
Mom had the unique desire and ability to love unconditionally; to meet and accept people
on their own terms.
Mom’s love and caring extended beyond her family and friends; to the community she lived
in and to St. Joseph parish in Bras d’Or where she was a devoted and lifetime member. She
shared her gifts and talents at many parish functions especially as a longtime member of
Mom was a gentle, quiet and friendly person with high moral values and qualities. Her
strength and love came from a heart nurtured by her strong faith in Jesus and her deep
devotion to our blessed Mother Mary. Her deep prayer life of rosaries and novenas,
fortified her for all the trial and struggles she would endure in daily life and also the
joy and laughter of a life well lived.
Margaret is survived by her daughters, Patricia Hamilton, Sydney Mines, Darlene (Alan)
Gale, Mill Creek; two sons, John Lloyd (Nadine), Sydney Mines, Darrell (Lynn), Mill Creek;
by her granddaughters, Alana (Matthew), Erika (Mike), Sara, Larissa, Natasha (Floyd),
Tracy, Jillian; grandsons, Jason (Ashley), Aaron (Emily), Jordan (Allyssa), Colin
(Jeanine), Austin (Morgan), Preston (Shelly); her great-granddaughters, Hannah, Chloe,
Aveyah, Bellah, Peyton, Madison, Haley, Jayda, Elianah, Reagan, Morgan, Emma, Kenzie; her
great-grandsons, Andrew, Ryan, Jax, Kalyx, Jace, Riley, Tristan; her two brothers, Melvin
Marsh, St. Catharines, Ont., LeBaron ‘Bonnie’ Marsh, Waverly, N.S. and her brother-in-law,
John Sandlock, Mill Creek, as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, John William Hamilton; her stepson, Lloyd; brothers,
Ivan, Ambrose, Walter; sisters, Thelma, Doris, Elvena, Vange, Sally and infant sisters,
Emily, Eileen, Cecilia; sisters-in-law, Alice, Jewel, Margaret, Mary, Mary Mercer and
brothers-in-law, Jack Gaskell and Dan Harrietha.
Special thanks to the staff of Harbourstone Enhanced Care where Margaret has resided for
the past four years and to Dr. John Archibald, the Palliative Care team and Ambulatory
Care staff at the CB Regional for the care and compassion shown to Margaret.
There will be no visitation by request. A funeral mass will be held 10:30 a.m. on
Saturday, June 25, 2016 at St. Joseph Church, Bras d’Or with Rev. Peter McLeod
officiating. Burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Sydney.
Memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson Foundation of Canada or the Alzheimer
Society of Nova Scotia.
Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of W.J. Dooley Funeral Home North
Online condolences may be sent to www.wjdooley.com
Max Randolph Barrett
Born In: Glace Bay
Passed in: Glace Bay
Passed on: June 22nd, 2016
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Max Barrett, age 91 on Wednesday,
June 22, 2016, at the Glace Bay Hospital.
Born in Glace Bay, he was the son of the late Ben and Frances (Curtis) Barrett.
Surviving are his loving wife of 71 years Elsie; his daughter Karen Pyke; son Richard
Barrett. Max is also survived by his grandchildren Jamie Pyke and Jeff Pyke (Ashleigh) and
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his son-in-law James Pyke.
There will be no visitation or funeral service at Max’s request. Cremation has taken place
under the care and guidance of Curry’s Funeral Home, 775 Main St., Glace Bay. In honouring
Max’s request, a private family gathering and burial will take place at St. Mary’s
Anglican Cemetery, at a later date.
At this time we would like to send a special thank you to Dr. Cadegan, Brenda, June, Dr.
Atiyah and staff, Palliative Care, his VON nurses and his nurses at the Glace Bay Hospital
for all the care and comfort provided to Da during his illness.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.currysfuneralhome.com
Theresa Mary Griffiths
Passed in: Sydney
It is with broken hearts that we the family announce the passing of Theresa Griffiths at
home on Saturday, June 18, 2016.
Born in Sydney, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Lillian (Spurvey) Griffiths.
Theresa is survived by her partner, Donald Cameron, Sydney; sons, Shawn, Edmonton, Darren,
Toronto, Donald ‘DJ’ Sydney; brothers, James, Joe (Maxine) Patrick; best friends, Joan
Burgess and Darlene LeBlanc as well as many nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her siblings, Harold, Lillian Michael and
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held 6 p.m. Friday, June 24, 2016 at
the S.W. Chant & Son Funeral Home, 564 Alexandra St., Sydney with Fr. Paul Murphy
Passed in: Dominion
Celebration of Life Service for Fraser MacNeil (1943-2016) will be held Saturday, June 25,
at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, Bridgeport. Rev. V. Boutilier officiating.
Burial following in parish cemetery.
A visitation for the late Mary Coates who passed away on Friday, May 6, 2016 at the Ty
Watson House, will be held Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 11 a.m-12 p.m. at the S.W. Chant
& Son Funeral Home, 564 Alexandra St., Sydney with a memorial service to follow at 12
p.m. with Rev. Sheldon Chant officiating.
Frank 'Skip' Dobranski
Born In: Glace Bay
Passed in: Ontario
Passed on: June 10th, 2016
Passed away peacefully at home, on Monday, June 20, 2016 at the age of 76.
Beloved husband of Bertha for 52 years. Loving father to Margaret Deal (Ross) and Paul.
Proud Papa to Aaron and Nicole. He will be lovingly remembered by his Aunt Babe and many
Skip was born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia and moved to Ontario in 1962. He retired in 2005
after more than 40 years of service at Babcock and Wilcox. Special thanks to the PSW’s
from Care Partners.
Visitation will be held at the T. Little Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 223 Main St.,
Cambridge (519-623-1290) on Wednesday, June 22 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The Mass of Christian
Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary of Visitation, 16 Cooper St., Cambridge on Thursday,
June 23, 2016 at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Memory Garden Cemetery, Breslau.
As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and
Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be made at