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Cape Breton Deaths May 28, 2013 Tuesday
There are 8 obituaries published today
Miranda Michelle Musgrave - 19 yrs
Rudolphe Joseph Covin - 77 yrs
Muriel 'Sis' O'Connell - 66 yrs
Frances Anne MacDonald - 92 yrs
Evelyn Isobel 'Evie' (Moffatt) Pollett - 94 yrs
Duncan John "DJ' 'Rocky' MacDonald -
Alexander 'Cuzzer' McDonald - 97 yrs
Eugene Snow - 89 yrs
Miranda Michelle Musgrave
Born In: Sydney
Passed on: May 25th, 2013
It is with broken hearts we announce the sudden passing of our
daughter and sister, Miranda Musgrave on Saturday, May 25, 2013, due
to a motor vehicle accident.
Born in Sydney, she was the daughter of Kevin and Ann Marie (Benoit) Musgrave.
She had a heart of gold, a bubbly personality and would do anything
for anyone. She loved animals especially horses and her dog, Baker.
Miranda enjoyed being around kids. She was newly employed at Stream
Besides her parents, Kevin and Ann Marie, she is survived by her
sister, Melitta Musgrave; grandparents, Helen and Percy Benoit;
aunts, Sandra, Eileen, Jane and Gail; uncles, Murray, Billy, Eugene,
David and Lauchie and Ralph; godparents, Pam Fuller and David
Campbell; many cousins, as well as many close, dear friends.
Miranda was predeceased by her grandparents, William and Goldie
Musgrave and her uncle, Clarence.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m.,
Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at S.W. Chant & Son Funeral Home Chapel, 564
Alexandra St., Sydney, with Rev. Sheldon Chant officiating.
Online condolences may be sent to our web page at www.chantfuneralhome.com
Rudolphe Joseph Covin
Born In: West Arichat
Passed on: May 26th, 2013
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of
Rudolphe on May 26, 2013, at home in West Arichat, surrounded by his
Born in West Arichat, he was a son of the late Peter and Emily (Fougere) Covin.
Rudolphe was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle
and friend. He worked for the Department of Transportation for 30+
years. He also leaves behind his legacy of his contracting business,
which was his true passion.
He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 41 years, Mary (David)
Covin, West Arichat; daughter, Kathleen (Warren) Jeffrey, Louisdale;
sons, Peter (Rhonda), David (Paula), both of West Arichat;
grandchildren, Josh, Emma, Chantal, Hailey, Tyler, Emily, Cheyenne,
Tanner; sisters, Priscilla Covin, Montreal, Lottie Shaheen, Sydney,
Violet Pitts, West Arichat.
He was predeceased by twins in infancy, sisters, Laura, Evangeline
and Evelyn, brothers, Leo, Ernest, Amedee and Harold.
Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation by request.
Funeral Mass to celebrate the life of Rudolphe will be held on
Thursday morning, May 30 at 11 a.m., in the Immaculate Conception
Church, West Arichat, with Rev. Angus MacDougall officiating. Burial
to take place at a later date.
The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to EHS, First
Responders, Isle Madame Volunteer Fire Department, RCMP the Nurses
and staff of the Strait Richmond Hospital and the QEII Health Science
Memorial donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation (NS).
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the C.H. Boudreau Funeral Home
To send words of comfort to the family or to light a candle in memory
of Rudolph, please visit www.chboudreau.com
"A man's worth is measured by how he parents his children. What he
gives them, what he keeps away from them, the lessons he teaches and
the lessons he allows them to learn on their own."
Muriel 'Sis' O'Connell
Born In: New Waterford
Passed in: New Waterford
Passed on: May 26th, 2013
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved
mother, sister and grandmother, Muriel 'Sis' O'Connell on May 26,
2013, at the New Waterford Consolidated Hospital.
Born in New Waterford, she was the daughter of the late Charles and
Gertrude (McKenzie) Reid.
Sis enjoyed playing bingo with her family and friends.
She will be missed by her children, Dougald (Jill) Campbell, New
Waterford, Pat (Brenda) Campbell, Ontario, and Anita O'Connell, New
Waterford; sisters, Selena Reid, Ontario, Joanne (Wayne) Steiger, New
Waterford, Rosalind (Bobby) O'Neil, Glace Bay; brothers, Charles
(Michelle), Sydney, Tony (Lorretta) Reid, Able (Judy) Reid and James,
all of Ontario; grandchildren, Michael, Jordon, Riley, Danielle,
Devon, Santana, Lyndsay and great-grandchild, Zoe; and several nieces
Besides her parents, Sis was also predeceased by son, Leonard and
sister, Catherine Anita, both in infancy, brothers, Cecil, Angus,
Walter, Wayne and Butch.
Cremation has taken place and a funeral mass to celebrate Sis's life
will be held on May 30, 2013, at 10 a.m. in the Parish of Saint
Leonard, Mt. Carmel Avenue, with Fr. Ray Huntley officiating.
Interment in St. Agnes Cemetery followed by a luncheon at the KOC,
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of McLellan Brothers
Funeral Home, 3183 Plummer Ave., New Waterford, 862-7500.
Donations in memory of Sis can be made to palliative care, Cape
Breton Regional Hospital.
To send condolences to the family go to www.mclellanfuneralhome.com
Born In: Big Intervale
Born: April 1st, 1921
Passed on: May 26th, 2013
With broken hearts we announce the passing of Frances Anne MacDonald
on May 26, 2013 at home surrounded by family after a brief illness.
Born in Big Intervale, Cape Breton, on April 1, 1921, Frances was the
daughter of the late Roderick and Rachel (Ross) MacKay.
Most of Frances life was spent in Margaree except for a few years
when she and her husband, Donald, lived in Brooklyn, N.S., where he
worked at the fish hatchery. A loving, caring and generous person,
Frances was sustained by her Christian faith and was a long-time
member of the United Church and a life member of Big Intervale United
Church Women. For many years she was the organist at Big Intervale
Church. Her caring showed in the many people that boarded at their
home, whether for school or work. She was also a founding member of
N.E. Margaree Senior Citizens Group. She enjoyed immensely her bed
and breakfast for many years, as she was such a people person. Her
other passions were knitting, quilting, crocheting and travel. Her
weekly card games with her friends were a key part of her life.
Family and friends often delighted in her accounts of the history of
Margaree people and beyond.
Frances is survived by her son, Lorne (Cheryl), Margaree Center;
grandchildren, Melanie (Chris) Graten, Christena (Alex) Green and
Jillian (Tony) Bonang; great-grandchildren, MacKenzie, Jamie, Leela
and Seth; also, foster son, Donnie MacKinnon; grandchildren, Philip,
Joanna, Matthew, (Marlene) Alisha, and Karley (Delores). She is also
survived by sister-in-law, Jean MacDonald Burns, MA and several
nieces and nephews that were so fond of Frances.
Besides her parents, Frances was predeceased by her husband, Donald
in 1984; brother and sister-in-law, Neil and Mae MacKay; sister and
brother-in-law, Hughena and Wetmore Ingraham; in-laws, Gordon and
Susan (Ross) MacDonald, Peggy and Bill Dyson, Martha and Ross
MacKinnon, Bob Burns, Ross and Rachel MacDonald and nephews, Sheldon
and Graham MacKay.
Visitation for the late Frances Anne MacDonald will be held Tuesday,
May 28, 2013 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in Wilson United Church Hall,
Margaree Centre. Funeral service to celebrate the life of Frances
Anne MacDonald will be held on Wednesday, May 29 at 2 p.m. in Wilson
United Church with Norma Mills, DLM officiating. Burial will take
place in the Congregational Cemetery, Margaree Centre.
Donations in memory of Frances may be made to the Wilson United
Church Building Fund, North Inverness Palliative Care Society, Sacred
Heart Hospital or charity of choice.
Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Pier
Community Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be forward to the family at www.pierfuneralhome.com
Evelyn 'Evie' (Moffatt) Pollett
Passed in: Sydney
Passed on: May 25th, 2013
Evelyn Pollett died peacefully on May 25, 2013 at The Cove Guest Home
in Sydney, Cape Breton.
She was the daughter of the late Luther and Christie Moffatt.
Following graduation from Sydney Academy, she attended Mount Allison
University, where she studied piano and voice, and graduated with a
degree in Home Economics. She then took further training in voice at
the Royal Conservatory of Music, in Toronto.
On her return to Sydney, she married Arthur Pollett, a well-known
pharmacist and business man. Evelyn 'Evie' was active in the
community and in musical circles, participating in Rotary Shows and
the Caledonia Ladies Chorus. She was a long time member of Unit 4
Guild, St. Andrew's United Church and was an active member of several
women's groups. The social network she enjoyed for more than 70 years
deeply enriched her life.
She was predeceased by Arthur, her husband of 60 years and her
brothers, Arnold and Robert Moffatt. She will be deeply missed by her
three children, Jody Mackie of Edmonton, Alta., Graham (and wife
Elaine) of London, Ont. and Stuart of Point Edward, Cape Breton; her
grandchildren - Douglas, Lorna (Bodnar), Cheryl and Tanya Mackie; her
sister, Marjorie Hickey; her sisters-in-law, Jeannette Moffatt and
Doris Firth; her great-grandchildren, Carter and Ashley; and many
nieces and nephews.
Evie resided at Williston House from Dec. 2010 through Sept. 2012.
She moved to The Cove Guest Home in Oct. 2012. The family wishes to
thank her caregivers in both facilities for the excellent care and
support they provided to her.
Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation. A memorial
service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 31 the T. W. Curry
Parkview Chapel, 755 George St., Sydney, with Rev. Stephen Mills
officiating. A reception will follow. .
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Evie may be made to a
charity of your choice.
Online condolences to www.twcurry.com
DJ 'Rocky' MacDonald
Born: April 17th, 1921
Passed on: May 21st, 2013
DJ (Duncan John) 'Rocky' was the son of Murdock Angus and Mary
(Smith) MacDonald, Rocky Side.
He was predeceased by his wife, Annie Neillena (Matheson); sisters,
Christene (Angus) Montgomery, Annie Catherine 'Nan' MacDonald;
brother, Donald Aulay MacDonald and brother-in-law, Dan Alex Matheson.
He is survived by his son, Billy and daughter, Cathey (George) Grant;
sister-in-law, Jessie Ross; brother-in-law, Norman Matheson and very
special niece, Marilyn Montgomery. He was immensely proud of
grandchildren, Katrina, Jonathan, Nicholas, Matthew and Tim.
Speaking only Gaelic as a child, he went to the local school to learn
English and, as he described it, "a few other things" stopping when
he got to grade 10. At a very early age, he began fishing with his
father, an occupation that would remain constant throughout his
career. In 1942 he joined the Black Watch of the Canadian Army, 2nd
Division. He was on active duty in Europe and was wounded in Belgium.
He served until 1946 when he retired from the army. Returning home to
Cape Breton he continued fishing and in 1950 joined the Federal civil
service as a Fishery Officer. In 1986 he retired for the second time
and became a business owner, selling oysters, clams, mussels and
lobsters. Fish Haven employed seven local people and operated for 10
years, at which point DJ gave a third try at retiring.
DJ enjoyed life immensely, and filled each day to the brim. He loved
to be on the move and to be around people. He travelled with family
and friends whenever the opportunity arose and was an active and
highly visible member of the community. He belonged to several groups
for more than 50 years, including the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch
53, The Baddeck Lions Club, Ephriam Scott Presbyterian Church, the
Liberal Party of Canada, and the Gideons International. In later
years he was an active member of the Free Wheelers. He was a fixture
in the community at large, participating in meetings and events of
all sorts, frequently more than one a day. He leaves behind a wide
circle of acquaintances and friends. He was particularly fond of
spending time with Hilda Proctor.
DJ's family wish to extend our gratitude and thanks to: Emmeline
Campbell, Carol Williams and Crystal Williams. This team of special
people made it possible for him to live out his last years at home in
comfort and safety. DJ greatly appreciated their efforts and regarded
them with affection and respect.
In keeping with his long years of service to his community, DJ
donated his body to the Faculty of Medicine of Dalhousie University.
The family will host times for remembrance from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.,
Friday, May 31 at Ephriam Scott Presbyterian Church, South Haven. A
celebration of DJ's life and legion service will be held at 2 p.m. at
the church on June 1, with reception to follow at the South Haven
Community Hall. Interment will take place at Harbour View Cemetery at
a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Ephriam
Scott Memorial Fund or the Canadian Diabetes Association.
Alexander 'Cuzzer' McDonald
Born In: Glace Bay
Passed on: May 25th, 2013
Died peacefully on May 25, 2013, in his 98th year.
Alex was the beloved husband of Elsie (Green) and the son of
Alexander and May (Pittman) McDonald. His great-grandparents came
from Scotland and settled in the Whycogomagh area of Cape Breton
sometime in the mid-1800s. His grandfather, also named Alex, moved to
Cow Bay (now Morien) in the early 1870s and from there his sons went
to Glace Bay where Alex was born.
Except for his military career (Royal Canadian Signal Corp 1941-46),
Alex lived his entire life in Caledonia, Glace Bay. As a young boy
growing up during the First World War, he mispronounced the name of
the German 'Kaiser' (Wilhelm), resulting in his nickname 'Cuzzer' by
which he was known the remainder of his life.
Alex played forward with the Caledonia Rugby Football Team during the
1930s and is believed to have been the last surviving member of the
historic Caledonia teams that dominated Eastern Canadian rugby during
those years (Maritime Champions 1932-1940; Eastern Canadian Champions
(McTier Cup) 1929-1940).
Alex worked over 40 years as a coal miner, beginning at 18-years old
when he joined his father underground at Dominion # 4 (Caledonia)
mine. Alex learned how to lay rail tracks underground in Caledonia #4
and because of this skill he became known as 'Alex the Road Maker'.
After Caledonia mine closed in 1961, he moved to #26 Colliery, Glace
Bay, from which he retired in 1977. He had strong union roots and had
memberships in both the United Mineworkers of America (Local #26) and
the New Democratic Party.
Alex was kind, thoughtful, and respectful of others, no matter their
race or nationality. Alex met his beautiful wife Elsie Green, a
Donkin girl in front of Viho Sweets on Commercial Street, Glace Bay.
They were married in 1948 and later settled into family life on
School Street, Caledonia, where they lived for over 50 years.
Together they raised two sons, who are forever grateful for the
example they set and their guidance over the years.
Alex was predeceased by his parents, younger brother, Murdock (Kay),
Glace Bay, younger sisters, Hazel (Murray Hartling) Burlington, Ont.,
and Rachel and Catherine (Howard Stevens), Glace Bay.
He is survived and will be greatly missed by his beloved wife Elsie,
with whom he shared his life for almost 65 years; sons, Bruce (Lotta
Harasym), Ottawa, and Eric, Glace Bay; sisters-in-law, Ann Mackenzie,
Glace Bay, Doris Peach, Sydney, Kay McDonald, Baddeck; and many
nieces and nephews throughout Canada.
Cremation has taken place. A private service and internment will be
held at a later date. Those wishing to pay respects can visit the
Patten Funeral Home, 71 Union St., Glace Bay on Thursday, May 30 from
2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Cape Breton Miners Museum, P.O.
Box 310, Glace Bay, N.S., B1A 5T8 or to the Glace Bay Heritage Museum
Society, P.O. Box 580, Glace Bay, B1A 6G4 would be welcomed.
Words of condolences may be left at www.pattenfuneral.com
Born In: Victoria, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Born: July 1st, 1924
Passed in: Musquodoboit Harbour, Canada
It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Eugene Snow
in the arms of his family at Twin Oaks Memorial Hospital in
Musquodoboit Harbour. He was a wonderful husband, father,
grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle.
He was born in Victoria, N.L., on July 1, 1924, and was the son of
Jen and Job Snow.
Da was well known as the 'best carpenter in Glace Bay'. He was a
member and actually built the Pentecostal Tabernacle in Glace Bay.
Eugene was a hard working good kind gentle man of few words.
He is survived by the love of his life, Sadie (Lambert); and
daughters, Judy MacDonald, Diane Rogers (Bruce), Carol Snow (Rick),
Debbie Blunden; and sons, Eugene (Wanda Clements) and Dave (Karen
He was predeceased by daughter, Janet Lee (Robin) Bendell, brother,
Bill, sister, Hazel Evely, brothers-in-law, Harold Evely, Bob
Francis, Lionel Priddle and Jim Lambert.
He will be missed dearly by brother, Bob (Jackie); sisters, Nevie
Priddle, Dot Francis and Pat Morris; 12 grandchildren, 15
great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews loved Poppy and his playful
personality, always planning a little joke.
Visitation for Eugene will be held Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at
Patten Funeral Home, Union Street, Glace Bay. Funeral service will
take place Thursday, May 30, 2 p.m. at Bethel Family Church, Reserve
Street, Glace Bay.
Donations in lieu of flowers to the Glace Bay Bethel Family Church.