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Cape Breton Deaths July 27, 2016 Wednesday
There were 8 obituaries published today
James Aubrey McLean - 95 yrs
Patricia "Pat" Harrietha -
Ronald “Ronnie” MacDonald - 49 yrs
Wilma Strachan and Jean (Strachan) Hennessey - Joint Memorial Service
Allan Strachan - Memorial Service
Mary Florence Burke - 90 yrs
Sheila Lewis - 66 yrs
Wayne Parr -
James Aubrey McLean
James Aubrey McLean, Halifax, passed away Friday, July 22, 2016 in Camp Hill Veteran’s
Memorial Building, QEII. Aubrey was born Sept 4, 1920, in New Waterford, C.B., the son of
the late James Murdoch and Ethel (Dolly) (Crockett) McLean of 802 George St., Sydney. He
resided in Halifax since 1947. Aubrey graduated from Sydney Academy in 1938 and continued
his studies at Mount Allison University. While attending university, Aubrey was fortunate
to survive a serious fire which broke out in the Men’s Residence, resulting in several
students losing their lives, including three men from Sydney, and the building completely
destroyed. In 1942, Aubrey attended Brockville Officers Training Course, then went
overseas where he joined the 18th Field Engineers Company in France. While in Holland, one
month before the end of WWII, Aubrey was very seriously wounded when he stepped on a
German land mine resulting in the loss of his leg and other injuries. After returning home
from hospital in England, Aubrey attended Nova Scotia Tech in Halifax and received his
degree in Engineering. He was employed with Riley Engineer Sales and Nova Scotia
Construction Association until his retirement. Aubrey was a member of the War Amps of
Nova Scotia and an executive of War Amps of Canada and was actively involved in many
seminars, youth camps and conventions, assisting the “Champs” in adjusting to their new
prostheses (legs and arms). He was devoted to helping many of the youth get a better start
in life. Each year he made arrangements to have the War Amp float up and ready for
participation in parades including the Apple Blossom Festival in Kentville, Natal Day in
Halifax and Sydney’s Action Week as the “Champs” looked forward to riding on their float.
Along with his brother, Aubrey returned to France and Holland several times to celebrate
the Liberation Anniversaries of France and Holland and to visit wartime friends. Aubrey
was predeceased by his parents, J.M. and Ethel McLean; wife, Marion (Williams) and two
brothers, Earl and Floyd. Aubrey is survived by his sister, Pearl (late Lloyd) MacAulay;
brother, Doug; son, Billy (Jackie) and several grand and great-grandchildren. Aubrey was
an active member of St. Andrew’s United Church in Halifax. Our family would like to say
thank you for the special care given to Aubrey by J. Smith and the doctors, nurses and
staff at Camp Hill Veterans’ Memorial Hospital. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted
to Atlantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayers Rd. Cremation has taken place. No visitation.
Memorial service at 1 p.m., Thursday, July 28, 2016 in the funeral home chapel, Dr. Russ
Daye officiating, reception to follow. Family flowers only. Internment in Fairview Lawn
Cemetery. Donations in memory may be made to the War Amps of Canada.
Born In: LITTLE BRAS'DOR, Nova Scotia
Passed in: SYDNEY, Nova Scotia
Passed on: July 26th, 2016
It is with great sadness we announce the death of Pat Harrietha, of Little Bras d’Or. She
passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 at the Northside General Hospital
surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Little Bras d’Or, Cape Breton, N.S., she was the youngest daughter of the late
Edward Jessome and Katherine (Cassie) MacDougall. She was a member of St. Joseph Church,
Little Bras d’Or.
Patricia was the heart and soul of her family; she was a devoted homemaker to her late
husband, Bill and their children. She worked alongside Bill for many years with their
company, Harrietha Transfer.
Patricia is survived by her loving children, Carol (Jim) Bradsley, Halifax, Nancy (David)
King, Little Bras d’Or , Peter ( Colleen) Harrietha, Pond Road, David ( Susan) Harrietha,
Georges River; much loved grandchildren, Evan and Luke Bradsley, Michael (Jackie),
Matthew, Coady, Jennifer King, Cory ( Marie) Boudreau and Tammy ( Dave) Boudreau- Leask,
Christine and Paul Harrietha; along with her great grandchildren , Marlee and Adalyn
Boudreau, Matthew and Nathan Leask and Cheyenne and David King as well as siblings, Donald
(Shelia) Jessome, Halifax, Barry (Delores) Jessome, Bras d’Or , Cape Breton and numerous
nieces and nephews who thought the world of her.
Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband, William; son, Paul; brothers, Gus,
Sandy, Dan and Lawrence and sisters, Peggy Taylor, Lynn Hines, Josephine Merlin, Millie
Brown and Claire and Agnes Jessome.
A memorial mass to celebrate Patricia’s life will be held on Thursday July 28th, 2016 at
2p.m. in St. Joseph Church Bras d’Or , with Fr. Peter McLeod officiating. With Burial in
the parish cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the lupus Society, Organ Donation Foundation
or to a charity of one’s choice.
“May the God of hope give you the fullness of peace and may the Lord of Life be always
Born In: SYDNEY
Passed on: July 25th, 2016
On July 25, 2016 Ron “Ronnie” MacDonald was taken from this world suddenly, and too soon,
at the age of 49. Ron has left behind his love and wife of over 30 years, Estella
MacDonald (nee McPhee) and his pride and joy, daughter, Brittany (Matthew Latter)
MacDonald, all of Beaver Bank. Ron is also survived by his beautiful granddaughter, Sophie
Camille. Her recent birth brought new love into his life and the bond between her and her
Poppy will live on.
Born in Sydney, N.S, he is survived by his mother, Irene MacDonald still of Sydney.
Also surviving are brothers and sisters, Doug (Lorraine) MacDonald, Sydney, PJ (Jennifer)
MacDonald, Sydney, Peter (Patsy) MacDonald, Dartmouth, Jack MacDonald of Halifax, Belinda
(Bruce) McGibbon, Bedford, Trevor McPhee of Baddeck, Omer (Kelly) McPhee, Ontario, Judy
(Roy) MacDonald, Sydney and Bill (Jennifer) Dwyer, Sydney.
Also still on this earth are his in-laws, Leroy and Estella McPhee of Westmount and many
nieces and nephews.
Loved ones gone before Ron include his father, Douglas ‘Duke’ MacDonald; sister and close
friend, Camille MacDonald and family members, Nick Thomas and Utah McPhee.
Nothing surpassed Ron’s love for his family and friends but the happiness he found in his
garage came a close second. His ‘Garage Buddies’ are left to carry on his memory and
shared passion. Any other downtime Ron had, you could find him with a fishing rod in hand
or a day of hunting on the books.
A special thank you to the staff and nurses of 5.1 at the QEII Health Sciences Centre,
especially Dr. Christine Herman, Dr. Roger Baskett and Dr. Jeremy Wood.
Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation as per family request.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, July 29th at 11a.m. in St. John Vianney Church,
Lower Sackville. Interment at later date.
Family flowers only. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of
Nova Scotia in Ron’s memory are appreciated.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to T. J. Tracey Cremation & Burial
Specialist, (902) 835-4212.
Online condolences may be made by visiting: www.tjtracey.com
WILMA and JEAN STRACHAN
A joint memorial service will be held for sisters, Wilma Strachan, Boston and Jean
(Strachan) Hennessey, Sydney, on Sunday, July 31, 2016, 3 p.m. at St. Andrew’s
Presbyterian Church, Framboise. Rev. Corrie Stewart will be officiating. A tea will be
held at Framboise Community Hall following the service.
A memorial service will be held for Allan Strachan, Framboise/Sydney, on Tuesday, August
2, 2016, 11 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Framboise. Rev. Corrie Stewart will
be officiating. A tea will be held at Framboise Community Hall following the service.
MARY FLORENCE BURKE
Born In: SYDNEY
Passed on: July 25th, 2016
Mary Florence Burke, age 90 of MacGillivray Guest Home, formerly of 30 Mapleridge Drive,
passed away peacefully at the residence on Monday, July 25, 2016.
Born in Sydney, she was the daughter of the late Fabian and Florence (Coady) Burke.
Mary was a former member of St. Anthony Daniel parish and an active member of the parish
CWL. She also did volunteer work for 20 years for the MacGillivray Guest Home and also
Harbourstone and St. Vincent de Paul. She was employed at St. Rita’s Hospital for 30 years
in the laundry department.
She is survived by her family whom she helped to raise including nephew and nieces, John
(Joanne) Burke, North Bay, Ont.; Rebecca (Mike) Ackerman, Lindsay, Ont.; Rosemarie (Luc)
Mathieu, Oshawa, Ont.; sister, Bernadette LeBlanc, Sydney; niece, Florence Young, her
caregiver, Sydney and numerous extended family.
She was predeceased by numerous sisters and brothers and nephew, Ricky.
Visitation for the late Mary Burke will be held from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. on Sunday, July
31, 2016 at T.W.Curry Parkview Chapel.
Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church
with Rev. Bill Burke officiating.
Interment in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks.
Family would like to express a great thank you to MacGillivray Guest Home for their care
given to Mary.
Donations may be made to the MacGillivray Guest Home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.twcurry.com
Passed on: July 19th, 2016
Sheila Lewis, 66, passed away in a Vancouver hospital after a lengthy illness.
Originally from Sydney she has lived most of her life in Vancouver. She was an avid cook,
loved books and animals. She wrote a column for the former Highlander magazine.
She was predeceased by her parents, Stewart and Isabel Lewis; her nephews, Michael and
Richard Lewis and her partner, Al.
She is survived by her brother, Ron; sister, Diane and nephew, Paul.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, July 29, 2016, 11 a.m., at Marguerite Bourgeoys
Parish, 40 Cabot St., Sydney. There will be a tea after the service at the home of her
Donations can be made to a charity of choice. Rest in peace Sheila
Wayne’s son, James (Duke) Williams, was inadvertly left out of the Obituary which appeared
in the Cape Breton Post on July 26,2016.