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Cape Breton Deaths October 29, 2013 Tuesday
There are 7 obituaries published today
James Gordon Buchanan - 69 yrs
Clarence Reid - 69 yrs
Stephen Joseph "Stevo'" Marshall - 64 yrs
Clare Leterte -
Tom "Topper' Jones - 61 yrs
Christina "Chris" Lovelace - 84 yrs
Kay (Kathleen V. Dillon) Mikkelsen - 92 yrs
Passed in: Dartmouth
Passed on: October 27th, 2013
James, died peacefully surrounded by his family,
after a brief illness, on Oct. 27, 2013.
Gordon considered himself the luckiest of men to
be Maureen's husband, father to the best
daughters, Jyl and Karey, father-in-law to
terrific sons-in-law, Chuck and Eric, and
grandfather to the most amazing grandchildren,
Justin, Alex, and Charlotte.
Gordon's glass was never less than three quarters
full, despite significant health challenges over
the past 20 years. Ever a larger-than-life
character, Gordon always lived in a world of
superlatives. His rib crushing hugs were
legendary, as was his smile and booming laugh. He
never feared telling his truth, most importantly,
that he loved you.
Gordon was a passionate man - about sailing,
dogs, politics, football, business, scotch, and
most of all, his family. The much loved son of
the late Sadie (MacLean) and James Buchanan of
New Waterford, Gordon attended St. Francis Xavier
University (BA 1967) and Dal (BEd 1970). Teaching
led to business where Gordon found and pursued
his professional passion in real estate
development for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Maureen (née Dillon);
daughters, Jyl Lienaux (Bedford) and Karey Robb
(Toronto); sons-in-law, Chuck Lienaux and Eric
Robb; and grandchildren, Justin and Alex Lienaux
and Charlotte Robb. His life was richer for his
great friendships with David Parsons, Peter
MacSween (deceased), Vincent (Topper) MacDonald;
and his brothers-in-law, Ed MacAulay, Doug Rose
and Barry Turner; sisters-in-law, Sheila
MacAulay, Ruth Dillon Rose and Lois Dillon;
nieces and nephews, Christy and Andrew MacAulay,
Rebecca and Catherine Rose and Matthew and Laura
Turner. Gordon truly valued his many friendships
including extended family among the Buchanans,
MacLeans, MacEacherns, Dillons and MacAulays.
Following Gordon's wishes, there will be a
funeral mass held at St. Leonard's Catholic
Church (formerly Mount Carmel Church) in New
Waterford on Friday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be made by visiting
., Dartmouth Chapel.
Buchanan Family Motto: "Clairor Hinc Honos" -
Henceforth forward the honour shall grow ever
"Oh the rhythm of my heart is beating like a drum
With the words I love you rolling off my tongue
No more will I roam for I know my place is home
Where the ocean meets the sky
I'll be sailing."
Rhythm of My Heart
John Jordan and John Cupek
Born: June 27th, 1944
Passed in: Sydney
Passed on: October 26th, 2013
Clarence Reid died peacefully on Saturday, Oct.
26, 2013, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital,
Born June 27, 1944, he was the son of the late
Daniel J. and Catherine (MacDougall) Reid.
Surviving is his son, Scott (Alana);
granddaughter, Stephanie Lynn; sister, Eileen
MacLean; mother of his children, Kathleen Reid;
common-law spouse, Anna Marie Warren.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Kathy Lynn,
brothers, William 'Bill', Howard 'Wing' and
sister, Rhea Daniels.
Cremation has taken place. Private family burial
will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in
Hardwood Hill Cemetery,Sydney.
Online condolences may be sent to our web page at www.chantfuneralhome.com
Stephen 'Stevo' Marshall
Born In: Sydney
Passed in: Potlotek
Passed on: October 27th, 2013
Stephen 'Stevo' passed away on October 27, 2013
in the St. Martha's Regional Hospital in
Antigonish after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Sydney, he was a son of the late Thomas
and Pauline (Battiste) Marshall.
Stevo was a member of Santé Mawio'mi. (The Mikmac
Grand Council) He was an oyster farmer for a
number of years and owned his own construction
business with his partner Mr. James Nevins; M&N
He is survived by sons, John Durward Marshall,
Stephen Gerald Marshall all of Potlotek, and
Winston Joseph Marshall, Halifax; grandchildren,
Josie Cremo, Torre MacNeil, Winston Bernard and
Justice Johnson; brothers, Russell (Carol),
Alexander (Margie), Clifford (Cindy), Maynard and
Lindsay (Florence); sisters, Nora (Peter)
Bernard, Eskasoni, Rosemary Marshall, Bernadette
and Sharon (Lester) Johnson all of Potlotek;
godchildren, Claude Bradley Johnson, Nancy
Johnson, Basil Johnson, Laurie Touesnard, Nancy
Ann Marshall, Cassidy Simon, Olivia Isaac and
He was predeceased by his wife, Greta, paternal
grandparents, Alexander and Rose (Googoo),
maternal grandparents, Stephen and Mary (Basque)
Battiste, sisters, Norbetta, Elizabeth, brothers,
James and Gary.
Visitation will take place in St. Kateri
Tekawitha Chapel in Potloltek on Tuesday from 5
p.m. till time of Mass of Christian Farewell that
will be held on Thursday morning at 11 a.m. in
the Immaculate Conception Church in Barra Head
with Rev. Lourdusamy Mariadoss. Burial will
follow in the Immaculate Conception Parish
Cemetery, Barra Head. A meal and Salité will
follow in the Potlotek Community Hall.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to C.H. Boudreau Funeral Home, Arichat.
To send words of comfort to the family or to
light a candle in memory of Stevo, please visit
Born In: Sydney
Passed in: Sydney
Passed on: October 27th, 2013
Sadness fills our hearts as we regretfully
announce the passing of our dear mother,
grandmother, great grandmother and friend, Clare
Leterte, on Sunday, October 27, 2013, at the Cape
Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, with her family
at her bedside.
Born in Sydney, she was the daughter of the late
John and Christina (Roberts) Murphy.
She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
A long drive along the back roads of Cape Breton
was an activity that Mom took great pleasure in.
From early days with Dad and friends, until as
recently as last
week, she got to watch the
beauty of the island and beyond pass by. In years
past, she worked at Simpsons and she was an avid
skater. That was where she met her future husband
Victor and together that love for skating was
passed on to her children. Family and friends
were very important to Mom and she seemed to be
at her best when the house on Harold Street was
full. The 'grand opening' at Christmas time was
an event to be remembered. The living room was
filled with presents, warm feelings and Mom's
laugh could be heard throughout the evening. Her
bright blue eyes would sparkle for family and
unexpected guests and always when Santa arrived.
Clare was a stay at home Mom and her concern was
that family was healthy, happy and well taken
She is survived by four children, Paul (Karen),
Mira; Vicki (Joe Orkish), Sydney; Dale (Gwen
Carey), East Bay and Christopher, at home. Also
surviving are her eight grandchildren, Jennifer
(Darryl Huett), Paul Marcus (Natasha Pitchuk),
Terry, Ryan (Ali), Meghan (Jason), Chelsea, Riley
and Kaylee; great grandchildren, Brandon,
Harrison, Ella, Chloe and Mason, nieces and
nephews and Minnie the cat.
She was predeceased by her husband Victor in
2000; sisters Ruth MacDonald, Lena Mitchell,
Winnie MacSween, Nora Biondi, Kay Murphy;
brothers, John, Gerald, Cyril, George and great
grandchild, Morgan Leigh MacKay.
There will be no visitation for Mrs. Leterte.
Funeral mass will be celebrated on Wednesday,
October 30, 2013 at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph' s
Church, Sydney with Rev. Bill Burke officiating.
Interment in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks.
Thanks to the VON Day Program and City Homemakers.
Donations may be made to MacGillivary Guest Home or C.B. Palliative Care.
Online condolences to www.twcurry.com
Tom 'Topper' Jones
Passed in: New Waterford
Passed on: October 22nd, 2013
Tom (Topper) Jones, a kind and loving man, left
his family and friends Tuesday, October 22nd,
2013. With him as he died were his sons, Kirk and
Adam and sisters Anne and Freda.
His parents, Marcella (MacDonald) and Tom (Mate)
Jones, taught their children to love and care for
each other. Through their acts of generosity to
others, their children learned to help those in
their community. Topper took these lessons to
heart, always being loyal to family and friends.
Topper loved his parents and looked after them in
their later years. He enjoyed hunting with his
father and taking long rides to enjoy the Cape
Breton scenery. As they drove along he would
point and say "I did that roof, that foundation
and that furnace." You can see how Topper left
his mark all over Cape Breton.
Those who will especially miss him are his sons
Kirk and Adam (Clare); sisters Freda (George)
Fraser, Ontario, Anne (David) Jack and brother
Billie, both of Victoria, BC. His nieces and
nephews will lovingly miss their Uncle Topper.
Joey MacDougall and Topper were blood brothers
and worked together since Joey was 16. He and his
family were like a second family to Topper.
Topper had a charismatic personality, lighting up
a room with this presence. He always showed a
special kindness towards the elderly. All his
friends said he would have been a millionaire if
he had been paid for all of the work he did for
others. He also had a special place in his heart
for animals. When you went to his house Beowulf
the dog would greet you wagging his tail. And
Topper and Mindy Bird, a pigeon brought home with
a broken wing, shared a mutual admiration for
His friends were loyal to him and he would like
to thank all, but there are so many it would be
impossible to mention every one. There are some,
however, that must be mentioned. Alec and Lois
Mills and Wayne and Mitchie Rich were Topper's
emergency response team. When something important
needed to be done he would say "Phone Alec" or
"Get Wayne." His cousin Hilda and her husband Ray
White were there to search for his favorite wool
socks and bring a blueberry pie. Everett Durdle
ploughed the drive-way, brought propane and his
wife's preserves. Roger Embree, Johnny MacMaster,
Duke Fraser, Gillian MacKenzie and Gussy Peckham
gave freely of their time and support. Countless
times there would be a knock on the door and
someone would be there to drop off food, fresh
fish and his favorite "pull apart bread." The
family greatly appreciates your many acts of
Topper was predeceased by his father, Tom Jones
(Joggins); mother Marcella MacDonald (Port Hood);
sisters, Rachel (Nellie) Heighton who is survived
by Thomas and Marilyn Heighton, Mary Fleet who is
survived by Tommy, BJ and Robbie, Halifax and two
brothers Thomas Robert and Donald Thomas, who
died in infancy.
The Jones family extend their thanks to every
staff member at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital
especially (not in any order, Topper loved them
equally); The members of the Palliative Care Unit
including Laurie Mortimer, RN, Michelle Murphy,
RN and Dr. John Ritter; Dr. Kian Kodagoda and the
caring staff of the Oncology unit. The
compassionate nurses of the VON who, through
their care, fulfilled his wish to die at home.
There will be no visitation. Cremation has taken
place under the care and direction of V.J.
McGillivray Funeral Home, New Waterford. The
family invites you to a graveside service at St.
Agnes Cemetery, New Waterford, Wednesday, October
30th at 10 a.m. with Rev. Duncan Roach
officiating. There will be a celebration of
Topper's life to follow at St. Leonard's Parish
Hall on Convent Street.
Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to the
family at: www.vjmcgillivray.ca
To enable them to continue their wonderful
service to all Cape Bretoners, the family would
appreciate any donations be made to the An Cala
Palliative Unit of the Cape Breton Regional
Hospital, 1482 George Street, Sydney, N.S.,
B1P-1P3 or your favorite charity.
Christina 'Chris' Lovelace
Passed in: Enfield
Passed on: October 23rd, 2013
Christina Lovelance, age 84, formerly of Sydney,
Cape Breton, was called home by the Lord
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at Magnolia Continuing
Care Community in Enfield.
Born in 1929 in Dominion, Cape Breton, she was
the daughter of the late Lochlin and Margaret
Chris had an immense love of life, family,
dancing, laughing and fine clothes. Throughout
the course of her life, she has touched many
lives and will be missed by all who knew her. She
now joins her parents, her husband Gordon, her
loving sisters Margaret, Mary, Catherine and
Josephine, and her brothers Thomas, Michael and
Chris was a treasured mother, grandmother,
great-grandmother, sister and aunt. She leaves
behind her sister, Elizabeth MacLeod (Raymond),
New Waterford; daughters, Shauna Banks (Brian),
Elmsdale, and Barbara Lovelace, Nelson, B.C.;
granddaughters, Stephanie Dagnall (Robin),
Dartmouth, Shelley Crooks (Norm) Toronto;
great-grandchildren, Chloe and Cole and many
nieces and nephews. Chris will also be fondly
remembered by her extended family, Cheryl and
Frank Berrigan, Krista, Margo, Jennifer, Kevin,
Brian, Heather and their children.
The family would like to send their deepest
appreciation to the staff at Magnolia Continuing
Care Community for taking such good care of Chris
and nurturing her love of dancing, laughing and
Visitation will be held at T. W. Curry Parkview
Chapel in Sydney, Cape Breton on Friday, Nov. 1,
7-9 p.m. followed by a funeral service on
Saturday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. at T.W. Curry Parkview
Chapel with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
Alzheimer Society of Canada in memory of Chris.
Online condolences to www.twcurry.com
Kathleen V. 'Kay' Dillon Mikkelson
Born In: Round Island
Passed in: Marion Bridge/Dartmouth
Passed on: October 25th, 2013
Kay (Kathleen V. Dillon) Mikkelson, 92,
Dartmouth, formerly of Marion Bridge, Cape
Breton, passed away peacefully at home on Oct.
She was the daughter of the late Arthur and Janie Dillon of Round Island.
She worked at the general office in the steel
plant before becoming a full time mother and
homemaker. Kay was a member of the St. Columba
Presbyterian Church, Marion Bridge, and was very
active in community groups such as the Home and
School Association, the Women's Institute, the
St. Columba Presbyterian Ladies Guild and choir,
the Mira Seniors & Pensioners Club, and the Mira
Stitch Makers. She also taught evening sewing
classes and canvassed for various charities. Her
hobbies included bowling, playing cards,
gardening, knitting, quilt making and baking.
She will be dearly missed by her daughter, Joan
Mikkelsen, Dartmouth; sons, Gary (Phyllis), Glace
Bay, Brian (Donna), Caribou Marsh, Ivan, Sudbury,
Ont., Howard (Sandy), Summerland, B.C., Blair
(Joan), Dartmouth, Sheldon (Elaine), Mira Gut; 14
grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and
sister Ethel Nicoll, Sydney/Glace Bay.
She was predeceased by her husband, Harold
Mikkelsen, sisters, Bertha Peach, Jean Jones and
Anna Lewis, and brothers Wilfred, Ira, Eldridge,
Louis, and Leslie Dillon.
A special thank you to Dr. Mark Stender, and to
the Northwood Home Care staff for their loving
and caring attentiveness to Mom.
Visitation will take place at Sydney Memorial,
Sydney, on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, from 2-4, and
7-9 and at St. Columba Presbyterian Church,
Marion Bridge, on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, from
10-11 a.m. followed by a funeral at 11 a.m.
Following the service, interment will take place
in Oakfield Cemetery, Hillside Road, Mira.
Family flowers only. Memorial donations may be
sent to the memorial fund of the St. Columba
Presbyterian Church or a charity of your choice.
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