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Cape Breton Deaths February 01, 2014 Saturday
There were 8 obituaries published today
Joan MacNeil - 78 yrs
Robert Albert “Bobby” Cadden - 74 yrs
John “Jackie” Robinson - 49 yrs
Frank Joseph Doucette - 68 yrs
Ryan Daniel McDonnell - 31 yrs
Rose Marie (Murphy, Wolodka) Gaffney - 62 yrs
Sarah Leah (Lillian) Glickman - 86 yrs
Elizabeth “Betty” “Doddy” MacPherson - 81 yrs
Born In: Whitney Pier
Passed in: Sydney
Passed on: January 31st, 2014
After a life of loving, caring for others, and being the kindest and the gentlest being,
God has called his most beautiful angel back to be with Him. It is with broken hearts that
we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother,
aunt, and friend Kathleen ‘Joan’ (O'Day) MacNeil on Friday, January 31, 2014, at the
Cape Breton Regional Hospital, surrounded by her loving family after a brief illness.
Joan was the youngest daughter of the late Thomas and Madge (Boland) O'Day. She was
the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Mom was born and lived her entire life in Whitney Pier. She was a life-long member of Holy
Redeemer Parish, where for years she was a member of the senior folk choir. After
graduating from Holy Redeemer Girls' School, Mom married Dad and raised her family.
She later worked at Zellers and finally went on to work as switchboard operator at Sydney
City Hospital/Cape Breton Regional Hospital until her retirement in 1997. Her quick wit,
dry sense of humor and warm personality drew people to her, as she was fun and made
everyone feel comfortable and welcome. Mom loved her work at the switchboard at the old
City Hospital and made many life-long friends there whom she cherished. Mom's true joy
in life was spending her summers at "the bungalow" at Johnston's Harbour.
This is where Mom was most happy with all her family around, sharing card games (which she
usually won), teaching her grandchildren the skills of rummy and scat, and where everyone
gathered for music and fun memories. How she loved to dance!
Mom was a book-worm in every sense of the word and enjoyed reading immensely, soaking up
books of every sort, and she passed this love of reading on to her children and
grandchildren. Mom was an incredible cook, famous for her awesome cabbage rolls, and
always made sure to have a "stash" of treats for the kids. She was a creative
person who loved sewing and art and encouraged this in her family. Nan loved new
technology and kept in touch with her grandchildren via MSN and Facebook. No one could set
up the satellite control and remote quite like her!
Mom was absolutely devoted to her family and making sure everyone's needs were met. No
matter the circumstances, Mom always had a smile and warm words of love. In her gentle
wisdom, Mom guided all of us through our difficult times, believed in us, and made
everyone feel special and loved. She always listened, encouraged, advised, and taught us
that you can be strong yet gentle. Mom strongly believed that children were a gift to be
loved and cherished. She was even considered a second "mum" by many of her
children's friends, and even to her grandchildren's friends. The most important
things to her were to treat others as you want to be treated, forgiveness, and respect.
She was a woman of strong faith and believed in the power of prayer and love. Mom's
hugs were the warmest; her kisses the gentlest; she was simply the best. We'll carry
the many wonderful memories of her with us, and her message to live life full of
"love, love, love".
Mom is survived by daughters, Joan (Murray) Dingwall, Sharon (Rick) Tubrett, Kathy (Marty)
Kolanko, Betty-Anne (Steve) MacPhee; son, John and grandchildren, Jenifer (Roy)
Dingwall-MacDonald, Emily Dingwall (Jen White), Gina (Chris) Tubrett Crawley, Richard
(Jana) Tubrett, Matthew Tubrett, Natasha Kolanko and Ellen, Andrew, and Joanna MacPhee.
She is also survived by four great-grandchildren, Madilynn Crawley, Jack Tubrett, Mason
and Jesse MacDonald; her sisters-in-law, Catherine Orychock, Visia MacNeil and Ann
MacNeil, and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Joseph (Dewey); her sisters, Margaret
(Reginald) Donovan, Letty (Les) Young; and her brother, Tom (Eileen) O'Day.
Visitation for the late Joan MacNeil will be held on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at the Pier
Community Funeral Home, Whitney Pier, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church Street), from
2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at 11 a.m. in
Holy Redeemer Church with Fr. Bill Burke officiating. Interment will take place in
Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks.
Donations in memory of Joan may be made to the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape
Breton County or charity of one's choice.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral
Online condolences may be forwarded to the family at www.pierfuneralhome.com
"I am sad to leave, but I have to go."
Robert 'Bobby' Cadden
Passed in: New Waterford
Passed on: January 30th, 2014
It is with sadness we announce the passing of Robert Albert ‘Bobby’ Cadden, 74, of Hudson
Street, New Waterford on January 30, 2014.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by V.J. McGillivray
Funeral Home, 380 Smith St., New Waterford.
Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at:www.vjmcgillivray.ca.
John 'Jackie' Robinson
Born In: North Sydney
Passed in: North Sydney
Passed on: January 29th, 2014
It is with sadness we announce the sudden passing of John 'Jackie' Timothy
Robinson, age 49, on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 in North Sydney.
Born in North Sydney, Jackie was the son of the late Fredell and Ethel (Hatcher) Robinson.
Jackie was a skilled woodworker for several years in Toronto at Sommerville Merchandising
Inc. He enjoyed fishing and hunting with his lifelong friend Jerry Apestiguy and loved his
two children dearly. Jackie was a member of St. Joseph Church, North Sydney.
He is survived by his two children Meaghan Bragg (Eric Vickers), North Sydney and Jarrett
Robinson, PEI; three grandsons and one granddaughter, his siblings Walter (Cathy),
Robinson, Alex Robinson, North Sydney, Ronnie Robinson, Sydney, Joe (Diana) Robinson,
Cleveland, Ohio, Bonnie Robinson (Victor), Sydney, Cora (Ron) Shaw, Bras d’Or, Naomi
(Lawrence) Boutilier, North Sydney, Janie Robinson (Roger Quirk), North Sydney; his
companion Patsy Penny; also by two special people in his life, Jordann and Spencer and
their mother, Dawn Ferguson as well as many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents Jackie was predeceased by a granddaughter; his brothers Fred, Leo,
Clayton and Danny and his niece Andrea Robinson.
Visitation for Jackie will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday in the W.J. Dooley
Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. on
Monday at St. Joseph Church with Rev. Patrick O’Neill officiating. Burial in Holy Cross
Cemetery, North Sydney.
Memorial donations may be made to the I.W.K. Children’s Hospital.
Online condolences may be sent to www.wjdooley.com
Passed in: Sydney
Passed on: January 30th, 2014
Frank Joseph Doucette, 68, Blacketts Lake, CB, son of the late Mary Doucette, Membertou,
and adopted son of the late Joe and Margaret MacIntyre of East Bay, died Thursday, January
30, 2014 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. He was a loving husband, father,
brother, and friend.
He is survived by his loving wife Theresa (Day); sons Ian (Halifax), Robert (Calgary), and
daughters Mary Beth and Ann Terese (Tyler MacPhee) of Sydney. Frank is also survived by
the brothers and sisters he grew up with Peggy MacDonald, Dougall MacIntyre, Mike
MacIntyre (Mass.) and Leona MacIntyre; as well as maternal brothers Joe B. Marshall
(Eskasoni), Carl Gould (Membertou), Bernie Francis (Membertou) and P.J. Doucette
He will be deeply missed by in-laws Ann Marie (Donnie) Steele, Gippy (Jim) Rankin (Ft. St.
John), Bill (Helen) Day (Halifax) and was a wonderful uncle to his many nieces and
He was predeceased by his sister Catherine Farrell (Ontario) and brother Donnie MacNeil
Frank taught social studies for 30 years at Sydney River Jr. High and later Malcom Monroe.
He was a member of Ski Ben Eoin for 30 years and a member of Lingan Golf Club, The Lakes
Golf Club, and The Sydney Curling Club for years. He was actively involved in both East
Bay Parish as a youth and was a Parish Council member and Eucharistic Minister of Our Lady
of Fatima Parish.
Frank was a very involved community member and avid volunteer. He was a board member of
the Canadian Cancer Society, and an original member of the "Relay for Life"
Committee. He was actively inolved in the Run for the Cure for over 10 years. He was a
valued Cape Breastoners support person and worked for the Cape Breton Dragon Boat Festival
since its beginning.
He will be deeply missed by his family and many wonderful friends.
Visitation for the late Mr. Doucette will be held on Sunday, February 2, 2014 from 2-4
& 7-9 p.m. at T.W.Curry Parkview Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday at
11 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Church with Rev. Duaine Devereaux officiating.
We would like to thank the wonderful medical staff of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital
for the excellent care devoted to his illness.
In his memory, blood donations can be made to the Canadian Blood Services or donations may
be made to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation or the Heart & Stroke
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.twcurry.com
Born In: Sydney
Passed in: Banff, Alberta, Canada
Passed on: January 28th, 2014
It is with heartfelt sadness and sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of our son
Ryan Daniel McDonnell on Jan 28, 2014 in Banff Alberta. He was born February 1982 and
raised in Sydney.
In his earlier years Ryan attended school at Sydney River Elementary, Malcolm Munroe Jr.
high and on to high school at Sydney Academy.
Ryan’s interest included Little League Baseball in which his baseball team won the Triple
Crown. Ryan excelled in Tae Kwon Do and enjoyed many sports but in particular playing
Later on Ryan’s (D.J. Glitch) interests included D.J. House music, his passion to produce,
create and mix sounds knew no boundaries. He continued on with his creativity and was a
graduate from the class of 2011, Marconi Campus (Sydney) in Culinary Arts and was
registered as an apprentice chef, a career he pursued with great gusto. Ryan’s talent and
passion for creating great food had him employed in several well known restaurants in
Sydney, Calgary and Banff. Ryan made many friends and held his friends in high regard. As
a friend he was always concerned about others, whether helping a friend move, celebrating
a birthday or being an excellent listener. Ryan’s recent plans included traveling to the
Philippines with the Bill Gates Foundation to assist in the recovery process of the many
victims who had lost so much. Ryan’s passion and creativity was continually flourishing,
and was loved for his big heart, hearty laugh and his caring loving nature. He will
forever be missed by his family and many friends.
Ryan was the only son of Denise Bishop-McDonnell (Paul Mackinnon), Sydney River and Daniel
McDonnell (Chantal Coulombe), Sydney. He also leaves behind grandparents, Frances
'Saucey' and John 'Grampy' Leblanc of Sydney; aunts, Jodi McDonnell-Scott
(Dave) of Coxheath, Linda Wingate (Gary) of St. Catherinnes, Marie Bishop-Semenoff (Ron);
uncles, Joey Bishop (Eileen), Liam Bishop (Perley-Ann Friedman); cousins, Michael
(Melinda)Bishop, P.E.I., Steven (Tracey) Bishop, P.E.I., Monica (Alan) Semenoff Garner
Calgary, Joseph Semenoff Calgary, Wayne (Don) Parrish, Vancouver, Nathan (Allison)
Parrish, Laura Catherine Bishop, P.E.I., Ashyln Bishop, P.E.I., Andrew Wingate of St.
Catherines, Scott Wingate (Victoria) of St. Catherines
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ryan’s memory to Nova Scotia Mental Health
Visitation for Ryan will be held on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 at 11 a.m. in the SW Chant &
Son Funeral Home, 564 Alexandra St., Sydney, with a celebration of life to follow at 2
p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Sheldon Chant officiating. Burial will take
place at a later date in Resurrection Cemetery.
Online condolences can be sent to our web page at www.chantfuneralhome.com
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of ...
Rose (Murphy, Wolodka) Gaffney
Rose Marie (Murphy, Wolodka) Gaffney, age 62 of Halifax, passed away Jan. 31, 2014.
Born in Sydney, N.S., on Sept. 10, 1951, she was a daughter of the late Arthur James and
Mary Agnes Murphy. Rose Marie was raised in Glace Bay with her adopted parents Arthur and
Mary. She spent 18 years with Tim Horton’s and five years with the commissionaires. She
enjoyed word and picture puzzles, and was a dedicated foster parent for over 10 years. She
often traveled back to Cape Breton for visits and to go the Miners Museum to connect with
her adopted father. Rose Marie used to surprise people with the number of languages she
was fluent in – English, Ukrainian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Cantonese –
and could understand numerous more. Rose Marie was a very loving wife and mother and will
be greatly missed.
She is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Philip Rodden Gaffney; daughter,
Wandalee Elaine Wiswell of Dartmouth; son, Rodden James Gaffney of Dartmouth; sister, Mary
Lyons (Charles) Murphy of Glace Bay; sisters-in-law, Patricia (Wayne) Brayton of
Brockville, Ont., Moyra (Douglas) Sinclair of Georgia; brothers, Joseph and James Murphy
of Alta.; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held in J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Dr., Halifax (455-0531) on
Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, from 6 – 9 p.m. with Liturgy of the Word on Monday, Feb. 3, at 10:30
a.m. in St. Benedict’s parish with reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Feed Nova Scotia.
To leave an online condolence, please visit www.jasnowfuneralhome.com
Sarah Leah (Lillian) Glickman
Born In: Glace Bay
Passed in: Florida
Mrs. Lily Glickman was born and educated in Glace Bay, N.S. She trained as a registered
nurse and practiced in Glace Bay, Montréal, Canada as well as at the Polyclinic Hospital
and the Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. Known for her wit and kindness, she
won first prize for best bedside nursing.
She married her high school sweetheart Dr. Maurice Glickman after he returned from North
Africa where he served in the RCAF. After her marriage, they moved from Canada to Newtown,
Conn., where Dr. Glickman, who passed away in 1998, worked as a psychiatrist and
physician. There, they raised their family.
She is survived by her three sons, Ian, who is a psychologist in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, Jay Chester, who is a massage therapist in Bradenton, Fla., and Martin
Ernest, who is a business executive in Marlboro, Mass.; three grandchildren, Jay, Ken and
Tim Glickman and two daughters-in-law, Charlene Glickman and Mel Glickman. Three sisters
and two brothers to whom she was very close also survive Mrs. Glickman.
They are Shirley Weingarten of Toronto, Ont., Marlene Neumann of Montreal, Que., Inez
Schwartz of Sydney, N.S., Raymond Goldman of Glace Bay, and Abe Goldman of Miami, Fla.
During her married life, Mrs. Glickman worked as a volunteer nurse and volunteered for a
variety of agencies such as Meals on Wheels, the Democratic Party and FISH. She was very
athletic and skied, skated, played tennis and golf. She was an exceptional bowler and won
many trophies both in Connecticut nd Florida.
She greatly enjoyed visits from her children and grandchildren. All her friends and
relatives will sorely miss her. A private memorial service was held at Palms-Robarts
Memorial Park in Sarasota, Fla., on Jan. 22.
Donations can be made to the Animal Preserve in Bradenton, Fla., or Hospice.
Elizabeth 'Betty' 'Doddy' MacPherson
Born In: Sydney
Born: June 8th, 1933
Passed in: St. Thomas, Canada
Passed on: January 27th, 2014
Elizabeth 'Betty' 'Doddy' MacPherson of St. Thomas passed away on Monday,
Jan. 27, 2014, at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital in her 81st year.
Beloved wife and best friend for over 60 years of Dan 'Turk' MacPherson. Loved
mother of Deborah Anne and her husband Harry Geerlinks of St. Thomas and loved sister of
Rita (Ken) McQueen of Truro, Nova Scotia, Jeanette (Phil) Bremner of Regina, Marie (John)
Rakoschi of Aylmer, Irene Boudreau of Moncton, New Brunswick, and Dennis (Brenda) Boudreau
of Halifax. Cherished grandmother of Craig, Nicole and Danielle Geerlinks.
She was predeceased by her sister, Evelyn McLeod and brother, Lawrence Boudreau.
Doddy was born June 8, 1933, in Sydney, Nova Scotia, the daughter of the late Dennis and
Mary (MacDonald) Boudreau. She formerly worked at the Bank of Montreal.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Lum and Dr. Carter as well as the staff of 5th floor at the
St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital for all their compassion and care as well as to Tanya
McCready for her special concerns.
A private service will take place at a later date, no public visitation. Cremation has
Donations may be made to the Cancer Society.
Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas entrusted with the arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to ghughson(a)execulink.com.