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Cape Breton Deaths May 25, 2015 Monday
There were 14 obituaries published today
Roy Phillip Lahey - 71 yrs
Peter Vincent O’Day - 79 yrs
Mary J. “Little Mary” MacDougall - 83 yrs
Hazel May MacPhee - 76 yrs
William “Billy” McKinnon - 44 yrs
Lionel Roderick MacDonald - 75 yrs
Helen Krewenki - 96 yrs
Mary Elizabeth Morrison - 65 yrs
Florence Lillian McIntosh - 70 yrs
Jeannette Madeline Prosper - 59 yrs
John Malcolm “Jack MacLeod - 90 yrs
Raylene Marie MacDonald - 45 yrs
John Urich - 84 yrs
Michael Guy “Mikie” Stapleton - 68 yrs
John 'Jack' Malcolm MacLeod
John 'Jack' Malcolm MacLeod, 90, of Sydney passed away Friday, May 22, 2015, at
the Cape Breton Regional Hospital.
Jack was born on a farm in Valleyfield, P.E.I., to Malcolm S. And Rachael (Ross) MacLeod,
both Gaelic speakers. He was the last of his immediate family.
In June 1943 he enlisted in the Canadian Army (LAA Artilery) and served in Canada and
overseas. He returned to Canada in July 1945.
After army service completed in September 1945, he enrolled at Acadia University and later
at Mount Allison, Pine Hill, and UNB where he completed BA, BED, MED and Certificate in
Guidance. He was ordained as a United Church minister and served three United Church
pastorates, Matapedic, Que., St. Peters, N.S., and Port Simpson, B.C. (at which time he
taught in the Indian Day School).
He then served as Principal at Hartley Bay, B.C., an isolated Indian Village reached only
by boat or chartered plane.
He taught at Bella Bella, B.C. for six years. He then worked as a travelling guidance
counsellor based in Vancouver, B.C. but working with a federal government high school
boarding program for children from coastal and northern communities. These students were
placed in schools (provincial high schools) in the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. He
retired from this job and the government service after 15 years. Then for 20 years he
worked with the Veteran’s Housing Society in Vancouver. This was a job he loved, providing
a home for Veterans who would be in some cases, homeless.
He leaves Elsie, his helpmate and wife of 60 years, he is also survived by his nephews,
John (Carol ) MacLeod, Dr. Rod MacLeod and Ian Robertson, his nieces, Catherine Robertson,
Wendy (Ted) Callahag and Marylin, and several great nieces and nephews.
The strong faith in the goodness of all and the belief that everyone is deserving of
respect and justice inspired him. His legacy is one of service and care for others.
Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in St. Peters United Church,
St. Peters, with Rev. Victor MacLeod officiating. Interment will take place in Lakeview
Words of comfort can be sent to the family at www.sydneymemorialchapel.ca
or e-mail sydneymemorialchapel(a)ns.sympatico.ca
Raylene Marie MacDonald
Passed in: Whitney Pier
Passed on: May 22nd, 2015
It is with saddened hearts that we the family announce the passing of Raylene Marie
MacDonald 45, of Whitney Pier.
On Friday, May 22, 2015, Raylene quietly ceased her suffering to join arms with her loving
mother and father in Heaven, the late Donald and Kathleen (Hawco) Morrison.
Raylene courageously battled cancer and was the bravest person we knew, to see her one
would never have known she was battling this dreadful disease. Raylene always had a smile
for everyone and continually put others needs ahead of her own. She truly had a heart of
gold! Those who knew her know how special she was and she will be missed by everyone that
had the pleasure of knowing her. Fortunately, her amazing qualities have been instilled in
her son Kyle; whom meant the world to her.
Raylene will be fondly remembered for her infectious smile and laughter. Raylene never
once stopped living and she dedicated herself to making the absolute most of her time with
Kyle. Her love for family helped her to maintain her positive attitude. Raylene offers the
following advice: “talk to your family, laugh, give hugs and say I love you as often as
you can. Keep life simple. You will always have bills and stress but really folks, life
is worth living. Live and Love it!”
She is survived by her loving husband Stewart MacDonald, and her beloved son Kyle, her
sister Donna (Gord) and brothers, Dennis (Lisa), Ian (Debbie) and Colin (Shawn). She is
also survived by her nieces, Nicole and Kayleigh and also her nephew Connar.
Visitation for Raylene will be held on Monday, May 25, 2015, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the
S.W. Chant & Son Funeral Home, 564 Alexandra St. Sydney. Funeral service will take
place on Tuesday, May 26, at 2 p.m., in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Sheldon Chant
Born In: Austria
Passed in: Louisbourg
Passed on: May 21st, 2015
The family of John Urich grieve the death of their father and grandfather on May 21,
John emigrated from Austria in 1954 having already secured a job in restoration of the
Basilica in St. John's. He was a master stone mason with an excellent work ethic. In
1962 he was hired to supervise the stonework at the Fortress of Louisbourg where he worked
for 29 years. Following retirement he continued to work doing restoration of the Post
Office in Baddeck, Bell's home Beinn Bhreagh, Cossit House and St. Patrick's
church museum in Sydney among several other sites. John loved his gardens, animals, his
property and his children.
He is survived by his children, Teresa, Louisbourg, John (Karen), Dartmouth, Jill (Allan),
Halifax, Nancy (Seth), West Pennant and their mother Marion Urich, Halifax; nine
grandchildren, Jack (Sorren), Alex, Ruby, Charles, Jenny, Madeleine, Will and Joey and
special new grandson Woodrow; brothers, Melchior, Fritz and Josef; sisters, Maria and
He was predeceased by son Tony, his parents, Melchoir and Theresia Urich and eight
brothers and sisters.
A celebration of John's life will take place on Tuesday, May 26 from 7-9 p.m. at T.W.
Curry Parkview Chapel, Sydney.
A special thank you to the CBRH Cancer centre, VON nurses, Palliative Care, Trevor,
Brenda, Derrick, Holly and his daughter Teresa.
Donations in John’s memory may be made to becauseyoucare.ca
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.twcurry.com
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.
Predeceased by sisters Rita Stapleton and Adeline Collins.
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.