Cape Breton Deaths January 29, 2008 Tuesday
John Allison (Al) Ferguson - We are sad to announce the passing of John Allison
(Al) Ferguson, 55, of Phelan, Calif., and Homeville, C.B., on Jan. 21,
2008, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife,
Vicki, Phelan, Calif.; parents, John and Mae Ferguson, Homeville and New
England;six children, Angus, Wyoming, Dan, Sheila and Pearl, Indiana, Jeff
and Nicole, California; and six grandchildren. A memorial service was held
Saturday, Jan. 26 in Phelan, Calif. Donations may be made in his memory to
the American Cancer Society or organization of choice.
Stella Warren Funeral Notice - The funeral service for the late Stella
Warren will be held Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008, at 11 a.m. in St. Mary's
Anglican Church, Rev. Vernon Reid officiating.
William Edmund Osler May 16, 1933-Jan. 26, 2008 - William Edmund Osler,
beloved husband of Heather Macdonald Osler, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008.
Mr. Osler was born in Winnipeg to William E. and Jessie (O'Donnell) Osler.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Kathleen Brown and
sister-in-law, Joan (Devlin) Osler, his in-laws, Kathleen and Art 'Swamp'
Macdonald and Miss A.J. Macdonald. He is survived by his wife, Heather;
brothers, Jock (Diana) Osler, Hugh (Tracye) Osler, Calgary, brotherin- law,
Lloyd Brown, Edmonton and their families. Following Mr. Osler's wishes,
there will be novisitation or service. Cremation has taken place.
Florence 'Showie' (Gushue) Smiley 67, Victoria, B.C./Sydney - It is with
great sadness that we announce the passing of Florence 'Showie' Smiley, on
Jan. 24, 2008, in Victoria, surrounded by her loving family and friends.
She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Dorothy Mae Gushue; sons, Michael
(Ruth), Timothy (Rachel); grandchildren, Dylan, Nick, Jamie and Katie;
sisters, Carol Lahey, Teresa (Joe) Gale, Janette Fletcher, Marlene (John)
Dixon, Kim (Albert) Harriet, Brenda (John) AuCoin, Dottie (Andrew) MacNeil;
brothers, Tommy (Addie), Raymond, Bruce, Terry and Robert; numerous nieces
and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, Thomas, brother, Patrick,
sisters, Linda Colbourne and Debbie Janes, brothers-in-law, Jack Fletcher
and James Lahey. Cremation has taken place in Victoria. A memorial service
will be held at McCall's Funeral Home, Victoria.
In lieu of flowers, a charitable donation may be made to Sooke Hospice
Society, PO Box 731, Sooke, B.C., V9Z 1H7. "She will be greatly missed by
all who knew her.
Veronica Finlayson Jan. 13, 1920-Jan. 27, 2008 Sydney Mines - It is with
deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Veronica Finlayson, 88, on Jan.
27, 2008, at the Northside General Hospital, with her loving family by her
side. Born in Sydney Mines, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and
Mary (White) Popovich.
She was a member of St. Pius X parish, Sydney Mines. Veronica was a very
loving and giving person who was known for her hospitality. She enjoyed her
flower garden and taking walks. She was also a master pie baker.She is
survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Ray Dillman; daughters, Wallina
(Daryl)Burton, Sydney Mines, Carol Brown, North Sydney; her brother,
Michael (Violet) Popovich, Sydney Mines; and her daughterin-law, Sarah Jane
(Mac- Donald) Finlayson, Sydney
Mines. Veronica is also survived by her grandchildren, Colleen, Walter, Paula,
Tania, Heather, Lisa and Christopher; great-grandchildren, Justine, Abbe,
Samuel, Desiree, Ashley and Mitchell and many nieces and nephews. Besides
her parents, Veronica was predeceased by her first husband, Walter
Finlayson, her son, Thomas in 2006, granddaughter, KimberlyYoung in 2007,
sister, Margaret and brothers, Danny, Peter and Johnny. Visitation will be
held in the J.M. Jobes
Funeral Home, 635 Main St., Sydney Mines, today (Tuesday), Jan. 29, 2008,
from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral mass will be celebratedWednesday at 10
a.m. in St. Pius X Church, Sydney Mines, with Fr. Hughie MacNeil
officiating.A reception will follow in the parish hall. The burial will
take place in St. Mary's cemetery in the spring.Online condolences may be
sent to the family at
"The pleasant companionship of all the blessed in heaven will be a
companionship replete with delight." - Saint Thomas Aquinas
Shelby Nicholson North Sydney - Shelby Nicholson, who died Sunday, Jan. 27,
2008, is survived by his brother, Gary Nicholson, Sydney Mines; and sister,
Margaret MacLean, of the Northside Community Guest Home.
Malcolm Jerrott 70, Glace Bay - It is with deep sadness that we, the family
of Malcolm Jerrott, announce his passing on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008. Born in
Glace Bay, Malcolm was the son of the late Thorold and Hughena
(MacPherson). He was employed with Devco from 1959 until his retirement in
1986. We will not forget his love of family and for his presence in our
lives we will be forever grateful. He will be remembered in our stories of
his love of the Toronto Maple Leafs, his dog Cindy, his sense of humour and
his love of the outdoors. He is survived by his loving wife of 47
years,Joan (Grant); his children, John (Patricia Fowler), Susan (Dennis
Burns), Derek (Kelly MacIntyre); his sister, Mildred (Reg Lethan),
Brampton, Ont. and his sister-in-law, Helen (Walter) Jerrott. He will be
fondly remembered as 'Poppy' by his adored grandchildren, Derek Allan, Ian,
Kyle, Emma, Aimee, Lennon, Mason and Sadie. He was predeceased by his
brothers, Walter (Helen), Alvin 'Sonny' and stillborn daughter. Visitation
will be held in Patten Funeral Home and Chapel, 71 Union St., Glace Bay,
849-7520, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008, from 7-9 p.m. A private family burial to
be held at a later date.
Bernard James Tompkins Dec. 20, 1919-Jan. 10, 2008 - Bernard James Tompkins
passed away peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008, at Peter Lougheed
Hospital in Calgary. Bernard was deeply loved and supported by his wife,
Gladys, their children, family and friends. He was born on Dec. 20, 1919,
at Margaree Forks, Cape Breton, N.S. Bernard worked in the coal mines for
10 years in New Waterford, N.S., where he also served in the Royal Canadian
Army for 10 years. He worked at the Ford Motor plant in Oakville, Ont., for
10 years, and Tompkins Brothers Cleaning Service for many years with his
brother, Chris. Bernard was an active member of the Knights of Columbus,
Fourth Degree, in Hamilton, Ont., for 40 years. He will be sadly missed by
all who were blessed to have had him in their lives. Besides his loving
wife of eight years, Bernard will be remembered as a very loving father by
his children, Thelma, Michael, Fabian, Miles, Virginia, Joanne, Maureen,
Colleen, Richard, Gerard, Carmel; stepchildren Jim, Don, Randy, Lori and
Greg; and loving brother of Chris and sister, Margaret Kulchyckyj. Bernard
was also grandfather of 21 grandchildren; great-grandfather of 20
grandchildren, loving uncle of many nieces, nephews and cousins, and a dear
friend to many. Bernard was predeceased by his wife of 55 years
(1919-1994), Johanna Monica Sullivan Tompkins, son, Sonny Francis
(1955-1991), brothers, Richard, Patrick and Laffin and his parents,
Virginia (Doyle) in 1962 and Michael Laffin in 1973, of Margaree Forks,
N.S. Funeral mass was celebrated at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Calgary,
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008. Bernard will lay to rest next to his late wife
Johanna at the Resurrection Catholic Cemetery on Rymal Road in Hamilton,
Ont. A second memorial service will take place Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008, at
11 a.m. at St. Eugene's Roman Catholic Church (232 Queenston Rd., Hamilton,
Ont., L8K 1G6). Donations in memory of Bernard may be made to the Canadian
Cancer Society, Nova Scotia Division at 1-800-639-0222, or at
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In living memory of Bernie Tompkins, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek
Provincial Park by McInnis and Holloway Funeral Homes, Eastside Memorial
Chapel, 5388 Memorial Dr., N.E. Telephone: (403) 248-8585.
Cape Breton Deaths courtesy of CBGHA http://www.cbgha.org