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Cape Breton Deaths March 23, 2017 Thursday
There were 7 obituaries published today
Mary Frances MacNeil - 94 yrs
Harold Clifford Ramsey - 74 yrs
Stephen P. Nicholas - 68 yrs
Josephine Theresa (Lee) Borgal - 78 yrs
Harold Raymond Legge - 69 yrs
Richard Penney -
Dorothy Joyce (Harris) Wilcox - 88 yrs
MARY FRANCES MACNEIL
Born In: SYDNEY, Nova Scotia
Passed in: SYDNEY, Nova Scotia
Passed on: March 21st, 2017
Mary Frances MacNeil, 94, of St. Peters Road, Sydney, passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2017,
at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, with her beloved family at her side. Born in Sydney,
she was a daughter of the late Leo and Ann (Hines) Caufield. Frances was a veteran of
WWII, serving in the women’s division of the RCAF in Lachine, Quebec. She was an active
member of St. Theresa’s Church, Sydney, where she sang in the choir and was involved with
the CWL. Frances was the director the Unison Society of Cape Breton, and on the national
board of the Elizabeth Fry Society prior to her retirement. She was an avid golfer, well
known around Cape Breton Island for winning many club championships. A member of Lingan
Golf & Country Club, she served as past president. As well as golf, Frances had many
other passions including, music, painting, poetry, adult education and travelling and
skiing at Ski Ben Eion, and most of all her love of life in her beloved Cape Breton
Island. She is survived by two daughters, Heather (Peter) Higgins, Malibu, CA and Linda
(Stephen) Dempsey, Ketch Harbour, N.S.; four sons, Glen (Martha), Dartmouth, Erin
(Carmel), Sydney, Gary (Teresa), Ottawa, Ont. and Kirk, Sydney; nine grandchildren,
Laureen, Jonathan, Angela, Natalie, Jillian, Ian, Jason, Sarah and Cameron; six
great-grandchildren, Thomas, Grayson, Easton, Damian, Emma and Olivia; sister, Rosaline,
Frances was predeceased by her husband, Neil Vincent and her sister, Tessie. Sincere
thanks to Dr. Estelle Cameron, Dr. Susan Rawal, Dr. Venkata Puppala, Dr. Bill Snow, Dr.
Phillip Curry, Dr. Amin Buzaid, nursing staff and doctors in the renal clinic and
palliative care, as well as Cape Care, the VON and all the wonderful caregivers who
provided excellent care and compassion to our mother. Visitation will take place at Sydney
Memorial Chapel on Friday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m.
Funeral mass will be held in St. Theresa’s Church on Saturday 11 a.m., with Fr. Dennis
Lamey and Fr. Danny McLellan officiating. Interment in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens.
Words of comfort can be sent to the family at www.sydneymemorialchapel.ca
Harold Clifford Ramsey
Passed on: March 19th, 2017
Harold Clifford Ramsey, 74, beloved husband of Pearl Ramsey, passed away peacefully at
Harbourstone Enhanced Care on Sunday, March 19, 2017. Harold's tireless energy was
well known and felt by everyone who knew him. Harold and his family worked at Ramsey Signs
and Northend signs for 47 years. Many of his beautiful carved signs can be seen throughout
the island. If heaven didn't already have a sign, it will have one soon. Harold is
survived by Pearl, his wife of 53 years; sons, Stacey (Karen) and Shane; daughter, Shannon
(Andrew); grandchildren, Fawn, Kaitilynn, Tamara and Adam. He is also survived by his
sister, Marie and brothers, Eugene, Carl, Bill and Glenn. Harold is now reunited in heaven
with his loving mother, Harriet and brothers, Ronald and Hugh.
In lieu of flowers and visitation, memorials may be made to the Cape Breton Regional
Hospital Cancer Patient Fund.
Words of comfort can be sent to the family at www.sydneymemorialchapel.ca
Stephen P. Nicholas
Born In: Florence, Nova Scotia
Born: March 17th, 1948
Passed on: March 16th, 2017
It is with great sadness we, the family of Stephen Nicholas, announce his sudden passing
on March 16, 2017. Born in Florence on March 17, 1948, he was the son of the late Charles
and Florence ‘Toots’ Nicholas.
Stephen is survived by his wife, Bonnie; son, William (Tanya); daughter, Amanda;
grandchildren, Jadan, Zoe, Nicholas and Brandon; brother, Thomas (Joan); sisters, Clara
and Dolores; sisters-in-law, Janice and Ada as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Stephen will also be missed by his best friends, Freeman Spicer and George Best. Besides
his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, Jackie and Buddy and brothers-in-law, Leo
Pyke and Paul Harding. Keeping with Stephen’s wishes, there will be no service. Cremation
has taken place under the care of Fillmore & Whitman Funeral Home, 10 Clyde Ave.
Sydney Mines. A private family graveside service will take place at a later date. If
desired, donations in Stephen’s memory can be made to the S.P.C.A.
Online condolences may be forwarded to his family by visiting www.fillmoreandwhitman.com
Josephine Theresa Borgal
Passed on: March 20th, 2017
Josephine Theresa Borgal (Lee), 78, passed away peacefully on March 20th, 2017 with family
by her side. Josephine is survived by loving husband, Allan; sisters, Florence
'Tootsie' (Charlie MacLeod), Marcella (Tom Bosse - deceased), Sharon (Tommy
DeGiobbi) and children, Cheryl (Wayne MacNeil), Karen, Nadean (Larry Caulfield) and
Andrew; grandchildren, Adam, Daniel, Tamara, Jennifer, Kevin, Noah and great-grandson,
Archer. Josephine was predeceased by her parents, Joe and Veronica Lee; sister, Barbara
and brother, Roddy. A visitation for family and close friends will be held on Friday,
March 24, 2017 from 1-3 p.m. in V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 380 Smith Street, New
Waterford. Cremation will follow with a Funeral Mass of celebration to be held at the
Parish Church of St. Leonard, Mount Carmel Avenue, on Saturday, March 25, at 10 a.m. with
Father Ray Huntley officiating. A luncheon will follow at St. Leonard’s Parish Hall on
Convent Street, New Waterford.
Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at: www.vjmcgillivray.ca
Harold Raymond Legge
Born: February 7th, 1948
The family of Harold Raymond Legge sadly regret to announce his sudden passing at home
peacefully in Rosemary, Alberta. Born February 7, 1948 in Sydney, Cape Breton to the late
Albert and Florence (Curtis) Legge.
‘Perky’, as he was known, lived in western Canada for over 50 years. He was an avid dart
player, loved camping, fishing and had made many good friends in his travels. Harold is
survived by his half-sisters, Debi Rose and Susan Dewitt (Clif); step-mom, Gladys Legge;
step-sisters, Joyce Power (Gordon), Joan Sinclair (David) and Barbara Wallace. Aside from
his parents, Harold was predeceased by brother, Gerald Legge and his step-sister, Linda
Dixon. Also mourning are his sister-in-law, nephew, niece and many close special friends
in Rosemary and Lethbridge. He will be especially missed by his furry friends, Muffy and
Cremation has taken place. A private memorial will be held at a future date.
Richard Penney passed away peacefully at the Glace Bay General Hospital on March 17, 2017.
Richard worked at the machine shop, Cape Breton Development Corporation, for 44 years.
Richard is survived by his wife, Florence (Lolly) Stewart; son-in-law, Harry; grandson,
Richard (Mike) and great-grandson, Mikey; granddaughter, Lisa (Mike) and
great-grandchildren, Isaiah, Kayleigh and Jackson; grandsons, Donnie, Alex and Tyler;
granddaughter, Katie and great-granddaughter, Zoe. Richard is also survived by brothers,
Arthur (Ehtel) and Wesley; sister, Gloria (the late Jimmy); sister-in-law, Lorraine;
niece, Nancy who was always at his side and special family friend, Mike. Richard was
predeceased by his parents, Albert and Annie May (Brudge) Penney; his only son, Dougie and
his only daughter, Donna Leyte; sisters, Margaret (Donnie) MacDonald and Gladys and
brother, Albert. A private service will be held on Friday, March 24 for the immediate
family. Donations in Richard’s memory can be made to the CNIB. Online condolences can be
made to the family at www.PattenFuneral.com
Dorothy Joyce (Harris) Wilcox
Born: November 15th, 1928
Joyce was born in St. Catharines on November 15, 1928 but moved as a child with her family
to Louisbourg, Cape Breton. It was there, at a dance in 1946, that she met and soon
married the love of her life. They danced together for nearly 61 years until Tom passed
away in 2008. They returned to St. Catharines to raise their family in 1952. Although
Joyce worked in sales at J Michaels Ladies wear for several years, for her entire life she
was a caregiver at heart. She raised three strong children and had an undeniable impact on
the lives of her grandchildren. Joyce was at her best when she spent summers back in Cape
Breton with her friends and family. It was there that she let her hair down and had fun.
She was a proud and beautiful woman, stoic and she rarely complained.
She died peacefully at Bella Senior Care Home on March 16, 2017. Joyce was loved deeply
and will be missed. Predeceased by her husband, Tom and brother, Daniel Ewen Harris; Joyce
will be forever loved by daughters, Lynn Bessey and Suzanne Fletcher (John); son, Chris
Wilcox (Kelly); grandchildren, Debbie Bessey (Paul Matoff), Jodi Bessey (Tim Lipsitt),
Marc Fletcher, Katie Fletcher (Mike Reid), Hannah Woychenko and Orion Woychenko; sister,
Lois Latham in Gabarus, CB; sister-in-law, Diane Harris in Sydney CB; and several nieces
and nephews across Canada, too numerous to mention but not forgotten. Joyce had several
charities that she respected and requested donations to either The Power & the Glory
Powerlifting Team Niagara Special Olympics or Heart & Stroke Foundation in her honour.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to George Darte Funeral Home, 585 Carlton St., St.
Catharines. Visitation will be Saturday March 25 11 a.m.-1 p.m., with funeral service at 1
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