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Judith 'Judy' Faye Wilson
Born In: Glace Bay
Passed in: Glace Bay
Passed on: May 23rd, 2014
It is with heavy hearts and great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Judith Faye
Wilson on Friday, May 23, 2014, at her home in the arms of her loving husband, William
?Bill? and her family.
Born in Glace Bay, Judith grew up with six siblings, all of whom she loved dearly. She
was the daughter of the late Wilfred and Josie (Budge) Gilmet.
Judith was a very caring, loving person. In her early years, she loved baking, a trait
she passed on to her daughter, Jodie. Judith excelled in everything she set out to do. She
loved volunteering and enjoyed such hobbies as oil paints and crafts.
She was an avid reader and sports fan, always watching her favourite team the Pittsburgh
Penguins compete for the cup. Judith was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Her
favourite times were spent making memories with her two grandsons, Jack and Beau. She will
be greatly missed.
Judith attended the Cape Breton Business College and was employed at the Department of
Indian Affairs, Membertou until the arrival of her greatest accomplishment, her daughter.
Judith is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, William ?Bill? Wilson, her
daughter, Jodie Wilson (David Pitcher), Glace Bay, grandchildren, Jack Wilson Pitcher and
Beau Wilson Pitcher, whom she adored. Also surviving are Judith?s siblings, Valerie
Matheson, Halifax, Wanda Chisholm (Doug Campbell), Glace Bay, Randy Gilmet, Glace Bay,
Cynthia Barrett (Tony), Mira.
She had many nieces and nephews whom she cherished, Micki Murphy, Krista Vigneault, Josie
Barrett Watkins, Lauren Barrett, Victoria Barrett, Karla Danyluk, Jade Gillis, Tanya
Wilson and Sonya MacDonald. Judith is survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law, Jack
Wilson (Rita ?Muddy?), Sydney, Vina Lefevre (Howard), USA, Eric Wilson (Leana), Reserve
Mines, Jerry Wilson (Linda), Halifax, and Ruth Cameron, Reserve Mines.
There will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place under the direction of the V.J.
McGillivray Funeral Home, Glace Bay. The funeral service officiated by Rev. Myrna
MacMullin is Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. in St. Mary?s Anglican Church, Glace Bay, with
interment to follow in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens.
Memorial donations may be made to the SPCA.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.vjmcgillivray.ca
?Mothers hold their children?s hand for
a short while, but their hearts forever.?- Anonymous
Leroy Reuben Pyke
Born: May 20th, 1939
Passed in: Sydney Mines
Passed on: May 23rd, 2014
It is with broken hearts that we, the family, announce the passing of Leroy Reuben Pyke,
on Friday, May 23, 2014, at the Northside General Hopsital, surrounded by his loving
Born in Sydney Mines on May 20, 1939, he was the son of the late Reuben and Marjorie
He was a member of Carman United Church, Sydney Mines. Leroy was the last surviving
member of his immediate family. He was a retired coal miner, spending 32 years in the
mines, before his retirement. Leroy lived a joyful life surrounded by family and friends.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards, and watching his grandsons play hockey. Family
was of utmost importance to him.
Leroy leaves behind to mourn his loving wife of 57 years, Clara (Nicholas) Pyke; his five
children, Joan (Ernie) Bond, Brenda (Tommy) Foster, Kim (Alex) Forrest, Leroy (Nancy)
Pyke, and Tracy (Jody) Groves; his dear niece, Wendy (Kenny) Bradley; his brother-in-law,
Richard Jackson and family from PEI; his 10 grandchildren, Julia Ann Pyke, Laura Foster,
David Foster, Sandy Forest, Natasha Forrest, Kenneth Pyke, Kyle Pyke, Mason Groves, Logan
Groves and Kody Groves; and his 10 great-grandchildren.
Besides his parents, Leroy was predeceased by sisters Yvonne Pyke and Joan Jackson.
Leroy?s family will welcome friends at J.M. Jobes Funeral Home, 635 Main St., Sydney
Mines, today (Monday, May 26, 2014) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A celebration of his life will
take place on Tuesday, at 11 a.m. in Carman United Church, Clyde Avenue, Sydney Mines,
with Rev. Nick Phillips officiating. The burial will be in Brookside Cemetery, Sydney
Donations in Leroy?s memory may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, or to the
Expressions of sympathy may be
Passed in: Sydney
Passed on: May 1st, 2014
Sinclair was lost to his many family and friends on May 1, 2014. Known to many as Sinc or
Sinky, Sinclair was well-known around the local area as someone who would always greet
either a friend or stranger with a kind word or funny joke.
When Sinclair talked to you, you know he had only you in his interest at the moment. For
many years he was a familiar figure on Charlotte Street where he worked in his younger
days as a salesman at Yazer Brothers. In later years he worked in the motel industry at
Keddy's motel and later as the night auditor for the Cape Bretoner motel. In the past
number of years he worked during provincial elections for Elections Nova Scotia.
Upon retirement he donated his time and energy to numerous groups. He and friend Jacques
Cote built many of the cross country trails at Ski Ben Eoin, and he was delighted to name
a small bridge near the top after his beloved grandson, Samuel. Sinclair served on the
board at Ski Ben Eoin for a number of years and often could be seen skiing the trails or
snow shoeing up the mountain, something he was still doing this past January at both the
Open Hearth Park and Rotary Park.
Sinc was actively involved with the North Sydney Historical Society, serving as treasurer
and volunteering his time at various events, including the Cape Breton Farmers Exhibition.
He was also involved in other historical organizations throughout the island. During the
last few Christmases Sinclair could be seen on the Northside manning the kettle for the
Salvation Army, sometimes with his grandson. He was a member of Toastmasters for many
decades and served in administrative positions, including area governor. He was a member
of Velo Cape Breton, often volunteering to help out with numerous cycling and social
events and a life member of the Sydney Mines Seniors and Pensioners Club.
Sinclair's great loves were camping with his sons and grandson, whom he was able to
bring to almost every campground in Cape Breton before he was 13, hiking and exploring the
island, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, visiting his sons, painting inside and out for
people just to help them out, cigars, a good glass of wine, great food, and generally just
being around people. He was genuinely interested in what people were doing, and his often
used line with folks he met was, "how's the family." If anyone needed
Sinclair's help one just had to ask.
The son of the late Clarence and Sadie MacDougall, Sinclair is survived by his wife and
constant companion Marilyn Ritza; sons, Paul (Faye), David (Jennifer), Gloria MacDougall
(mother of Paul and David) and the DiCesare family of Newfoundland; grandson Samuel;
brother Harry and family; sister Ruby Barron; sister-in-law Audrey MacDougall, niece and
nephew Karen and Jamie MacDougall; special cousins Myrtle (Alan) Matheson, Wendy (Vince)
Blanchard, numerous other cousins and relatives, and his little dachshund Mitzi.
Sinclair was predeceased by brother John (Burb) and his wife Vivian, brother Melvin,
sister-in-law Rhea and brother-in-law Sylvester Barron.
A memorial service to celebrate Sinclair's life will be held at the S.W. Chant &
Son Funeral Home, Alexandra Street, Sydney on May 31 with Rev. Sheldon Chant officiating.
Visitation from 1-2 and service at 2 p.m. followed directly by a reception at Chants. All
Donations in memory of Sinclair can be made to Cape Breton Ground Search and Rescue and
Online condolences may be sent to our web page at www.chantfuneralhome.com
Born In: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Passed in: Canada
Passed on: May 23rd, 2014
Born in Toronto, Ont. and raised in Sydney. Died in Toronto on May 23, 2014, after a
brief illness at the age of 94.
Daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Alvinus Calder of Sydney, N.S.
Predeceased by her parents; sister, Dora, of Vancouver, B.C.; niece, Ann Louise Vinette,
Survived by her sister, Carol Ann of Toronto; nephew, Alan; nieces, Vicki, Carol Marie
and Michelle and their extended families in British Columbia.
Date: Mon, 26 May 2014 11:38:47 -0500
From: Jane Nicholson <jane(a)mrsnicholson.com>
Subject: [NS-CB] JANE Re: WADDEN Family roots
To: Douglas Wadden <djwad(a)uw.edu>
Cc: List <NS-CAPE-BRETON-L(a)rootsweb.com>
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Dear Professor Wadden?.
I am on the CB list as I do research into the Nicholson family, my husband's people.
We have a Thomas Wadden in the family tree, born 1895 in New Glasgow - died 1951 in Port
Morien, Cape Breton. He was married to Mayme Nicholson, born 1896, died 1976. They had
seven children?.Kenneth, Catherine, Eldon, Hugh, Robert, Crawford and Edith.
Unfortunately, I have no information about Thomas Wadden's family, but perhaps he was
a brother or cousin or your grandfather's.
Since my husband Peter Nicholson and I live in Annapolis Royal, we would be pleased to
meet you if you and your wife choose to visit our beautiful town, the oldest in our
country (and a hotbed of artistic design!) Just contact me off-list if this is something
you might like to do. ( I also had a quick look in the Annapolis Royal phone book;
unfortunately, there are no Waddens listed.)
Mrs. Nicholson Inc.
On 2014-05-23, at 2:22 PM, Douglas Wadden <djwad(a)uw.edu> wrote:
> I am beginning to research family roots and would be delighted to hear from anyone
with knowledge of or a relationship to my grandfather James Wadden, my father Campbell
Wadden (born 1906) or my aunts Martha and Doris Wadden who at various times lived in Cape
Breton, Westville/Pictou and Annapolis Royal.
> Also, my wife and I are visiting Nova Scotia from July 5th to the 21st, should the
opportunity to meet anyone in person be possible.
> With very best regards,
> Doug Wadden
> Professor of Visual Communication Design
> Marsha and Jay Glazer Endowed University Professor
> School of Art
> University of Washington
> Seattle, Washington 98195
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