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Cape Breton Deaths September 25, 2014 Thursday
There were 8 obituaries published today
James E. “Jimmy” Cass - 72 yrs
Pearl Elizabeth Buffett - 97 yrs
Mary Margaret “Marg” Marshall - 88 yrs
Mary Charlene Nicholson - 69 yrs
Evelyn Eileen (Hilliard) Pye - 91 yrs
Kerrie Lynn (MacNeil) MacKenzie - 45 yrs
Alexander “Sandy” Munroe - 62 yrs
Wendell and Shirley MacDonald - Celebration of Life
James E. ‘Jimmy’ Cass
Peacefully, with his good friends at his side, on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Jame s of
Peterborough, in his 72nd year. Son of the late Hilda R. (Murphy) & John A. Cass.
Brother of Betty Cass, Rita Monica Cass and the late John M. Cass. Loving uncle of Larry,
Lloyd, Monica, Margaret and Susan. James will be remembered by his best friends, Wayne
& Imelda Kelly, Tommy & Pauline Taylor, Kevin & Cathy Cardwell, Stefannie
Large, Angie Weir and son Trevor and Chad Scriver. Retired from Outboard Marine. A
longtime officer with sea cadets, James also enjoyed acting and volunteering with the
Peterborough Theatre Guild. A Celebration of James’ life will be held in Cape Breton at a
later date. If desired, condolences to the family, or donations to a charity of your
choice, may be made at www.CommunityAlternative.ca
or by calling COMMUNITY ALTERNATIVE
FUNERAL HOME at 705-742-1875. “One day at a time…”
Pearl Elizabeth Buffett
Born In: Westville, Canada
Passed in: New Waterford, Canada
Passed on: September 24th, 2014
It is with sadness that we, the family, announce the passing of Pearl Elizabeth Buffett,
97, of Maple Hill Manor, New Waterford on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, at the manor.
Born in Westville, N.S., she was a daughter of the late Edward D. and Flora Ann
Pearl was a member of the former St. Agnes parish, currently the Parish Church of St.
Leonard, New Waterford. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend who
was always smiling with a positive, 'sunny' disposition. In earlier years, Pearl
worked at the Munitions Plant in Montreal. While there, she developed a love for fashion
and was always up on the latest trends. To many, she was considered a
'fashionista'. Pearl also enjoyed figure skating and walking. She was a caring and
generous person who will be missed by all.
Surviving are daughters, Doris (Joseph) McDonald, June Dejardins, both of Dartmouth,
Debbie (Mike) Cullen, Port Hawkesbury; sister, Edna Atkins, Barrie, Ont.; three
grandchildren, Bethany, Andrew and James; great-granddaughter, Ainsley; several nieces and
Besides her parents, Pearl was predeceased by her husband James Buffett, brothers John,
Bill, Rannie, Bernie, sisters Evelyn, Florence, Esther, and Evelyn in infancy.
Visitation will be held Friday, Sept. 26, from 7-9 p.m. at V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home,
380 Smith St., New Waterford. A funeral mass of celebration will take place Saturday,
Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. in the Parish Church of St. Leonard, Mount Carmel Avenue, with Fr. Ray
Huntley officiating. Burial will be in St. Agnes Cemetery with a luncheon to follow at St.
Leonard's Parish Hall, Convent Street, New Waterford.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Maple Hill Manor, New Waterford.
Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.vjmcgillivray.ca
Mary Margaret 'Marg' Marshall
Born In: Mabou
Born: January 31st, 1926
Passed in: Port Hawkesbury, Canada
Passed on: September 24th, 2014
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Mary Margaret Marshall in Strait
Richmond Hospital, Evanston, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014.
Born in Mabou, Jan. 31, 1926, she was a daughter of the late Ronald Allan and Margaret
She is survived by her loving husband, Edward 'Ted' of 58 years; sons, Brent
(Deanna), Halifax; twins, Kevin and Keith, both of Port Hawkesbury; daughters, Donna,
Dartmouth and Karen (Albert), Port Hawkesbury; nine grandchildren and nine great-
grandchildren; sisters, Mary Belle Fontaine, Inverness and Helena MacDonald, Mabou.
Besides her parents she was predeceased by brothers, Alex, John and John Allan, and
She will be forever remembered for her open house, her amazing cooking, her love of the
fiddle, and her selfless generosity and love.
A special thank you to the paramedics and the nurses at Strait Richmond Hospital for their
care and compassion.
Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 pm Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, in Dennis Haverstock
Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury, from where the funeral service will take place 10 a.m.,
Saturday Sept. 27, with Fr. Hughie D. MacDonald officiating. Burial in St. Joseph's
Donations can be made to the Strait Richmond Palliative Care unit or a charity of your
Words of condolences may be forwarded to the family at www.haverstock.com
Mary Charlene Nicholson
Born In: North Sydney
Born: March 26th, 1945
Passed in: Sydney Mines
Passed on: September 23rd, 2014
We regret to announce the passing of Charlene Nicholson, 69, of Sydney Mines, on Tuesday,
Sept. 23, 2014, at the Halifax Infirmary, surrounded by her loving family, after a brief
Born in North Sydney on March 26, 1945, she was the daughter of the late Patrick (PB) and
Annie (Gibbons) MacDonald.
She was a member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, and also a member of the AMS.
Charlene worked for many years at both Clearwater and Alder Point Fish Plants, and also
for the Northside Homemakers. Charlene enjoyed bowling, and especially loved dancing with
her husband Richard.
In her life, she cared for many people, showed love to everyone, and was always there for
whoever needed her. She will be sadly missed by everyone who knew her.
Charlene is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Richard, her son Richard Neil
(Alice), and her two grandsons, who she loved dearly, Luke and Jimmy. She also leaves
behind to mourn her brother Patrick ‘Buddy’ (Ann) MacDonald, B.C., and her sister Ann
Marie (Jimmy) Tucker, USA; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and several
brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Besides her parents, Charlene was predeceased by her aunts who raised her, Dixie Crawford
and Betty Whyte.
Her family would like to thank the staff of the Halifax Infirmary, floor 8-2, Louise and
Michel McKeough, and the Northside Homemakers.
Visitation for Charlene Nicholson will be held on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, from 2-4 and 7-9
p.m. in J.M. Jobes Funeral Home, 635 Main St., Sydney Mines. A celebration of her life
will take place Saturday, at 2 p.m. in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Sydney Mines,
with Rev. Marion Barclay MacKay officiating. The burial will be in Brookside Cemetery,
Family flowers only. Donations in Charlene’s memory may be made to St. Andrew’s Painting
Fund, or the Liver Foundation.
Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at www.jmjobesfuneralhome.com
Evelyn Eileen (Hilliard) Pye
Passed in: North Sydney
Passed on: September 23rd, 2014
Evelyn Eileen Pye, 91, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at the Northside
She was the daughter of the late Annie and George Hilliard of Florence.
Mom was devoted to her husband and children. In her youth, she was an accomplished
seamstress, designing her own patterns. She had a lovely singing voice. She loved baking
with her mother, our Granny Hilliard. She spent joyful hours knitting, crocheting, rug
hooking, quilting, gardening, and in later years, fishing with Dad. She was good at them
all, and then some. Her grandchildren adored her, and she was fondly known as Granny Pye
to them, and others.
She is survived by daughters, Hannah Thompson, Halifax; Evelyn (Blain) Barrie. Halifax;
Jacqueline Murphy, North Sydney; Doreen (Dave) Charman, Halifax and Lana (Vincent)
Pettipas, Dartmouth; sons, Herbert (Pam), Florence; Silby (Edith), Kingston; Victor
(Donna), Halifax; Robert (Heather), Sydney; Richard, Dartmouth and Spencer (Lorraine),
Toronto; 25 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. Also left to mourn are her sisters,
Georgina Decoste and Alice Dunphy; sisters-in-law, Annie Snow, Alleine Dove, Sarah Pye and
Jean Gillan and brother-in-law, Charles Pye.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, John William Pye in 1999; infant
children Johnny and Patricia; grandson, Herbie Pye; sisters, Willena, Edna and Jeanette
and brothers, Patrick, Raymond, Harry, Leslie, Silby and Daniel.
The family wishes to thank the Northside Guest Home for the many wonderful caregivers, and
all the great food Mum enjoyed there. Special thanks to our brother Herb, who was there
for Mum until his own health failed; Richard, who was in constant contact with her, Bobby
and Heather, and our sister Jackie, who was her help and close companion to the very end.
There will be no visitation. A celebration of her life will take place on Friday, Sept.
26, 2014, at 11 a.m. in Trinity Anglican Church, Queen Street, Sydney Mines, with Rev.
Brenda Drake officiating.
Donations in Evelyn’s memory may be made to the Northside Guest Home.
Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at www.jmjobesfuneralhome.com
Kerrie Lynn (MacNeil) Mackenzie
Born: August 11th, 1969
Passed on: September 22nd, 2014
It is with broken hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Kerrie Lynn (MacNeil)
MacKenzie, age 45 of Middle River, on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, as a result of a motor
Born August 11, 1969, Kerrie was the daughter of Jimmy Hector and Gerry (MacDonald)
MacNeil of Washabuck. She worked as a hair stylist at the Alderwood Rest Home in Baddeck
for the past 26 years.
Along with her parents, Kerrie is survived by her loving husband, Sandy and three
cherished children, Emma (Nolan) Fraser, Margaree; Carter and Kailyn, at home;
granddaughter “Nanny’s little puddin” Paityn; sister, Juanita (Kevin) MacNeil;
sister-in-law, Jean (Donnie) MacDougall; brothers-in-law, Carl (Julia), David (Annette);
nephews, Curtis (Allison), David, Ryan, Miguel, Rowan, Joe, Ryan; nieces, Jenna, Quinn;
great niece, Eilidh; great nephew, Finley and many special aunts, uncles, cousins and
Kerrie was predeceased by her father-in-law, Allister MacKenzie and two brothers, James
and Sheldon, both in infancy.
Devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister, nanny and a true friend to so many, Kerrie will be
greatly missed and lovingly remembered by all. Her smile could brighten any room. Kerrie’s
greatest pleasure came from spending time with her family and friends, laughing and
telling stories. She could often be found cheering on her children in rinks, soccer fields
and basketball courts.
Arrangements are under the direction of T.W.Curry Parkview Chapel. Visitation will be held
Friday, Sept. 26 from 2-9 p.m. in Farquharson Memorial Presbyterian Church, Middle River,
where we will also hold a celebration of Kerrie’s life on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 2 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Baddeck Academy Sports Council, P.O. Box
310, Baddeck, N.S., B0E 1B0.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.twcurry.com
Alexander 'Sandy' Munroe
Passed on: February 18th, 2014
With great sadness we regret to inform you our beloved Sandy passed away Feb. 18, 2014, at
the age of 62.
Cherished husband to Dee, the love of his life; beloved brother of Heather and Eoin; uncle
to Lisa (Mike Tullai) and Shelly Teves and Malcolm and Jack Munroe; brother-in-law to Ven
Teves and Janie Munroe; nephew to Adeline and Gerry; cousin to Cheryl (Munroe) MacDonald
and Jimmy (Linda) Munroe.
Preceded in death by his parents, John Lamond and Christene (MacLean) Munroe and sister,
Sandy lived every day of his life to the fullest and was grateful for the years he was
able to return home to the Mira spending time with his family and friends, the
MacPhersons, MacLeods, Husseys, MacSweens, Huntingtons and Woodills.
A celebration of Sandy’s life will be held at St. Columba Presbyterian Church, Marion
Bridge on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 11 a. m., with Rev. Lydia MacKinnon officiating. Interment
in Riverview Cemetery.
Words of comfort may be sent to the family at www.sydneymemorialchapel.ca
Wendell and Shirley MacDonald
We, the family, of the late Wendell (1929-2011) and Shirley MacDonald (1935-2013) of
Baddeck/Halifax will be celebrating their life with a memorial service on Friday, Sept.
26, 2014 at Baddeck Greenwood United Church at 3 p.m.
In keeping with Wendell and Shirley's request, they will be laid to rest, together,
following a small reception at the church, in the Harbourview Cemetery.