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Cape Breton Deaths May 23, 2015 Saturday
There were 13 obituaries published today
Alvin Leslie Duguid - 71 yrs
Michael Guy “Mikie” Stapleton - 69 yrs
Doris May Bresson -
Ronald Mark “Ronnie” MacDonald - 71 yrs
Mary Catherine Clannon - 89 yrs
Carl Douglas “Doug” Jardine - 66 yrs
Rita M. Shaheen - 90 yrs
Ralph Ainslie Shaw - 90 yrs
Carole “Louise” (Reid) MacNeil - 76 yrs
John Jellicoe “Johnie” Abram - 95 yrs
Gordon MacLeod - 92 yrs - Memorial Service
Mary Ellen “Mali” Hopkins - 86 yrs
Wallace Pyke - Celebration of Life
Born In: Sydney
Passed in: Sydney
Passed on: May 21st, 2015
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our aunt Rita Shaheen, age 90, on
Thursday, May 21, 2015, at the Cove Guest Home, Sydney.
Born in Sydney, she was the daughter of the late Salem and Sophie (Shaheen) Joseph.
Rita was a woman of strong faith and a member of the CWL at St. Anthony Daniel parish.
When she was well, she always enjoyed going on little excursions, combining that with a
meal in a nice restaurant with her friends. Rita worked as secretary in the mayor's
office for over 40 years.
Rita is survived by many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Ike; her sisters, Rosie and Alice and her brothers,
Mosie, Joe and Fred.
Her niece June would like to thank the dedicated staff at the Cove Guest Home for the most
wonderful care and compassion you could ever have.
Visitation for the late Mrs. Shaheen will be held from 6-9 p.m. Monday at T.W. Curry
Parkview Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday at St. Marguerite
Bourgeoys Church with Rev. Bill Burke officiating. Interment in Resurrection Cemetery,
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.twcurry.com
Ralph Ainslie Shaw
Born In: 1924/08/28
Passed in: Ottawa, Canada
Passed on: May 11th, 2015
Together now with our Lord, Ralph passed away at home in Ottawa, on Monday, May 11, 2015.
Born in Sydney, N.S. on Aug. 28, 1924, Ralph was a lifelong member of Bethel Presbyterian
Church in Sydney. In his youth, he attended Sydney Academy and worked at his father’s
In 1944, Ralph enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces and soon left for the war overseas.
He served in the Canadian Infantry and Army of Occupation for just over two years. Upon
repatriation, he attended Dalhousie University, where he completed a Bachelor of Commerce
degree in 1950.
He married Vivian Smith in 1958 and shortly thereafter accepted a job in Ottawa with the
Federal Government (Department of National Revenue). His work took the family to Europe in
the 1970s where he was Customs Attaché at the Canadian Embassy in Brussels, and High
Commission in London.
He retired from the civil service in 1984, and returned to Cape Breton to care for his
father and sister. During his retirement years, he served as an elder and choir member at
Bethel Church, and was a member of the Kiwanis Club – Cape Breton Golden K.
In 2004, he moved to Ottawa to be closer to his children and grandchildren, and attended
St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Vivian; his children, Aynslie (Peter Rawson,
Sarnia), Allison and William (Ottawa);, his grandchildren, John, Annabel, Mary-Kate and
Violet Rawson (Sarnia); his brother Donald (Marguerite) Shaw (Florida); his nephews,
Richard (Jennie, Boston) and Andrew Shaw (Bangkok); goddaughter Patricia Harriss
(Gabarus); grandnieces and nephew Danielle, Jocelyn and Jackson Shaw (Boston); many
MacKeigan, Newell and McDonald cousins.
He was predeceased by this parents Percy and Katherine Shaw, and his sister Leta Elaine.
A Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving was held at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church,
Ottawa, on May 18, 2015. Committal of ashes will occur at Hardwood Hill Cemetery, Sydney
at a later date.
For those who wish, contributions in Ralph’s memory may be directed to Bethel Presbyterian
Carole (Louise) Reid MacNeil
Born In: Sydney
Born: September 4th, 1938
Passed on: May 20th, 2015
It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our mom Carole Louise
MacNeil (Reid), age 76, on Wednesday, May 20, 2015.
Born in Sydney, Sept. 4, 1938, Carole was the daughter of the late William A. and Margaret
Carole was a graduate of Sydney Academy high school. Active in badminton and golf, she was
a proud member of SA’s first girls hockey team. Carole attended St. Frances Xavier Junior
College before continuing on to the Royal Victoria Hospital School of Nursing in Montreal,
Que. A graduate of the Class of 1959 she had a keen interest in psychiatric nursing
spending the majority of her career at the Cape Breton Hospital. Later in her career she
accomplished a lifelong dream of completing a post-graduate diploma in psychiatric nursing
from the Nova Scotia Hospital in 1979. She had a passion and a sincere fondness for her
patients and we often attended annual hospital Christmas concerts to support the patients.
She was ahead of her time in the importance of mental health education and we are better
for those early teachings.
She had a love of music and was an accomplished pianist playing any tune heard on the
radio within minutes. From Janis Joplin and Credence Clearwater Revival, to Bruce
Springsteen and the Rolling Stones. Our kitchen was often the scene of Mom dancing the
jive or letting loose to rock n’ roll. She loved travel with the joy of seeing new places
and of course, looking forward to “dinner”. She loved reading recipes and collected menus
from around the world.
She was a friend to all her children’s friends from Rigby Road to present day, always
interested in their progress and accomplishments. She was a talented conversationalist and
was loved and admired for her intelligent mind, sharp wit and will be remembered for her
enormous love of a good joke followed by screams of laughter.
Growing up she followed the Protestant faith, however converted to the Roman Catholic
faith in order to marry the love of her life Thomas Meighan MacNeil (2006).
She shared a special bond with her granddaughter, Brogan MacNeil (Lower Sackville), as
they were each other’s sun, moon and stars. She attended many of her baseball games and
shared holidays especially New Years Eve. Lighting sparklers and watching fireworks was a
special event shared together. She is also immensely proud of her grandsons Tyler and
Riley MacNeil (Bermuda).
She is survived by her daughters, Stacey (California), Lesley (Lower Sackville).
She was predeceased by her husband Thomas (Tom, 2006) and son Thomas (Tommy 2008), brother
William F. (Billy, 1999) and Kenneth (Kenny, 2007).
She also leaves behind her sister-in-law Barbara MacKinnon; daughter-in-law Gail MacNeil;
several nieces, nephews, cousins and cherished friends here in Sydney and from her Royal
Vic Class of ’59.
We would like to offer our deep appreciation to Dr. Greg Myatt for his enduring love and
care for our mother. Special thanks to Dr. A.F. DiIntio, nurses and staff at the Cape
Breton Regional Hospital and Linda Marchand for their care and support during this
Visitation will be held on Monday, May 25 from 12-2 p.m. followed with a memorial service
at 2:30 p.m. at S.W. Chant and Son Funeral Home, 564 Alexandra St. Sydney. A funeral mass
will be held Tuesday, May 26 at 11 a.m. at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys with a private
internment at Pipers Cove at a later date.
Mom loved flowers, however in lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Little Flower
of Hope, The War Amps or a charity of choice.
Online condolences may be made at: swchant(a)gmail.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Michael Guy 'Mikie' Stapleton
Born In: New Waterford
Born: September 1st, 1946
Passed in: Halifax, Canada
Passed on: May 16th, 2015
Michael Guy Stapleton passed away suddenly on May 16, 2015 at the QE II in Halifax. Mikie
was born in New Waterford to Thomas and Margaret (Cormier) Stapleton on Sept. 1, 1946.
Mikie attended St. Agnes School and worked in the construction industry most of his life.
He was a very proud councillor for the town of Black Falls, Alta.
Mikie is survived by his best friend and soul mate Lila Abraham; sons, Michael Halifax,
Jeff (Ronalda) New Waterford and Guy, Alberta. Also surviving are daughters, Meggie,
Alberta and Jessica, Vancouver. Mikie is survived by two grandchildren, Maggie and Michael
Stapleton as well as brothers, Tom, Ontario, Malcolm (Shirley), Alberta; sisters, Mary
(Bill MacLellan), Sydney, Margaret, New Waterford, Carmel (Alex MacIsaac), Timberlea,
Andrea, Halifax and Ada (Cam Beaton), Pictou.
There will no visitation by request. Cremation has taken place. A Mass of Christian Burial
will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Parish of St. Leonard, New
Waterford. Father Ray Huntley will be officiating.
John 'Johnie' Jellicoe Abram
Born In: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Born: November 15th, 1919
Passed in: Ontario
Passed on: May 12th, 2015
Passed away on May 12, 2015 in Waterloo, Ont. at the age of 95.
He was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Nov. 15, 1919 to the late Marie Abraham (Locke) and
John Annette. He was adopted at the age of 8 by Christy Ann Morrison in Lower St. Esprit,
Predeceased by his wives, Christene (MacLeod) and Annie (Rasmussen); two half-sisters,
Agnes and Ivy, who were lost in the Halifax Explosion of 1917; half-brother, Maurice
Abraham and stepbrothers, Dan Alex and John D. Morrison. Although Johnie had no children
of his own in his heart he adopted 10 stepchildren and was fondly known as Grampa Johnie
to their children. Johnie was ever marked by his experiences while serving his country as
a Trooper in the 8th Canadian Reconnaissance Regiment, 2nd Division, or 8th Recce, during
the Second World War. He proudly served in Europe from 1943 to 1946. With his return to
Canada he worked in Hamilton, Ont. until his retirement from the City of Hamilton in 1980.
Christene and Johnie retired to Stirling, Cape Breton, she passed in 2001. He moved to
Stellarton, N.S. in 2004 with his marriage to Annie who too quickly passed in 2006. He
lived independently until the fall of 2014 when he returned to Ontario. Johnie was a
lifelong student of Gaelic and loved to share in the language.
Cremation has taken place and his remains will be returned to his beloved Framboise, Cape
He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered.
Gus am bris an là.
Passed in: Bedford Nova Scotia
Passed on: March 31st, 2015
There will be a memorial service held for Gordon MacLeod Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 2 p.m.
The service will be held at the United Heritage Church; 500 Charlotte St; Sydney, N.S. Rev
Rosemary Godin and Rev Thomas Whent officiating.
Gordon passed away March 31st at the age of 92 in Bedford, N.S.
He is survived by his children, Moire, Airmont, NY; Ellen, Toronto, Ont. and Flora
(Stephen Dickson), Bedford, N.S.; as well as grandchildren, Ian, Rose, Neil Stiskin and
Callum Dickson. All are welcome.
There will be a reception held after the service in the church hall.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.
Mary Ellen 'Mali' Hopkins
Passed in: Taunton Mass.
Passed on: May 3rd, 2015
Mary Ellen Hopkins, age 86, passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at the residence in
Visitation will take place on Sunday, May 17th starting after 4 p.m. at the Gabriel
Center, Eskasoni. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family
Church, with Fr. Joe Gillis officiating. Interment in the parish cemetery, Eskasoni.
Special thanks to the doctors and nursing staff at the Golden Living Center, Taunton,
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.twcurry.com
A "get-together" to celebrate Wally's life will be held at Knox Hall, 1580
Coxheath Rd. (at the corner of Blackett's Lake Road) on Sunday, May 24th from 2-4 p.m.
We invite family, friends and neighbours to come and share stories and reminisce.