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From: "Ed McNeil" <>
Subject: June 2,2005 Deaths
Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2005 00:45:17 -0700


June 2,2005 Thurs.

Francis ‘Blair’ Bennett 61, GLACE BAY/DOMINION
Francis ‘Blair’ Bennett of Main Street, Glace Bay, formerly of
Neville Street, Dominion, lost his battle with leukemia, Tuesday,
May 31, 2005, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.
Blair passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of his
family. Born in Glace Bay, he was the eldest son of the late Elmore and
Annie Jane (Doyle) Bennett. He was a member of Immaculate
Conception Church, Bridgeport, and Branch No. 78
Royal Canadian Legion, Dominion. He was retired from Devco,
where he worked at the coal preparation plant and Prince
mine. Blair’s life was a road of discovery and exploration. After
graduation he joined the Armed Forces. While in the military he
served as a peacekeeper in Cyprus in 1974. As well, Blair
was stationed in Germany, where he travelled Europe, taking
in all the sights he found time to see, acquiring many treasured
memories and a love of foreign cuisine. Upon leaving the military,
Blair spent his summers on the Margaree River and in the Highlands
fishing alongside his old friend, Gerard MacKinnon. The
winters were spent reading, tying flies and using the remote
control — his three hobbies. Blair was a great man who
believed that the most important thing in life was his family. He
knew many people from Glace Bay to Margaree and had a host
of friends and was well respected by those who knew and loved
him. He had a very special relationship with his nieces and
nephews who loved him dearly. Blair is survived by his only
brother, Greg (Thelma) Bennett, Dominion, with whom he
shared many memories of growing up together; sisters,
Jeanie (Rick) Petrie, Glace Bay, Bernice (John) Gouthro, Gardiner
Mines, and Annette Bennett, with whom he resided. He
is also survived by nieces and nephews, Caro l , Brenda
(Mullins) and Lorena (Barrington) Bennett, Jason and
Amanda Petrie and Terri-Lynn and Mark Gouthro; grandnieces
and grandnephews, Travis, Trevor and Breanna
Mullins and Kennedy Barrington. Also surviving is his special
aunt, Jessie Kowal, Sydney. Besides his parents, Blair
was predeceased by a sister, Connie Bennett.
Visitation will be in the V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 16
Reserve St., Glace Bay, today from 7-9 p.m. and Friday, 2-4
and 7-9 p.m. Funeral mass will be celebrated Saturday at 10
a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, Bridgeport, with
Fr. Jim Oliver officiating. Burial will follow in the parish
cemetery. ‘We love you lucky bear.’

Mary Magdalen West 92, LEITCHES CREEK
Mary Magdalen West, age 92, a former resident of Balmor Drive,
Leitches Creek, passed away Friday,Jan. 14, 2005, in the Northwood
Centre, Halifax. She was born in Georges River,
Cape Breton, on Dec. 12, 1912. She was a daughter of the late
Daniel and Annie (Almon) McLennan. Surviving are her son, Tom
West Jr. (partner Cate Leger), Halifax; two granddaughters,
Jennifer West, Halifax, Patricia West, Dartmouth.
She was predeceased by her husband, Thomas W. West Sr.
and daughter-in-law, Colleen T. West. Visitation will be held 7-9 p.m.
Friday, June 3, 2005, in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant
St., North Sydney. Funeral services to be held 11 a.m. Saturday,
June 4, 2005, in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Ritchie
Robinson officiating. Burial of her ashes to follow
at Lakeside Cemetery, North Sydney.

Joseph ‘Joey’ MacDonald GLACE BAY
Joseph ‘Joey’ Maxwell MacDonald passed away peacefully
surrounded by his loving family, Tuesday, May 31, 2005,
at the Glace Bay Health Care Complex, after a long and
courageous battle with ALS. Born in Glace Bay, he was
the son of Roy ‘Max’ and Mary Anne (McKay) MacDonald.
Joey was a member of St. John’s Church , New Aberdeen.
He was formerly employed at Goldman’s Fish Market in
Glace Bay for five years, then went on to become an LPN
and worked in Charlotte County Hospital in St. Stephen, N.B.,
and Lincourt Manor. He also worked at Ridgewood Veterans Hospital
in Saint John, N.B., and most recently at the Cape Breton
Regional Hospital in Sydney, until his illness. Besides his parents,
Joey is survived by his loving wife,Janice (Roach); and children,
Renée, Ryan and Colin. Also surviving are sisters, Ronalda
(Richard) MacDonald, Carol (Bobby) Pike and a brother,
Jimmy MacDonald, all of Glace Bay. By request there will be no
visitation. Cremation has taken place. Funeral mass will be celebrated
11 a.m. Monday, June 6, at Mt. Carmel Church, New
Waterford, with Fr. Lester Marchand officiating. Burial
will follow in the parish cemetery. A reception will be held at
the Carmel Centre following graveside prayers.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to V.J.
McGillivray Funeral Home, 16 Reserve St., Glace Bay.
Memorial donations may be made to the ALS Society or
charity of choice.

Donald W. Amey 64, SYDNEY MINES
“For death begins with life’s first breath and life begins at touch of
death”
It is with great sadness we, the family of Donald Wayne
Amey, 64, announce that his courageous battle with cancer
has ended June 1, 2005. Born in North Sydney, May
5, he was the son of the late Arthur and Mildred (Dearing)
Amey. He was employed as a pipefitter by trade and was a member
of the Plumbers & Pipefitters, Local 682. He enjoyed being out on the
lake and spending time with family and friends. He was a member of St.
Matthew Wesley United Church. He is survived by one son,
Derrick (Wendy), Sydney Mines; five daughters, Denise
Walker, North Sydney, Kimberl y (Derek) Kempt, New
Brunswick, Carrie Lin (Brian) Baxter, Sydney Mines, Ashley
and Brittany, both of North Sydney; grandchildren, Mandy
(Sandy), Darren and Bryan Amey, Shaelyn Baxter, Stephen
and Makayla Kempt; and greatgranddaughter, Jillian; sister,
Yvonne (Bruce) Ferguson, North Sydney; three brothers,
Roy (Diane), Ontario, Roland (Jean Marie), Middle River,
Bernard, North Sydney. Besides his parents, he was
predeceased by sisters, Betty (Dennis Gale) and Arthena
‘Tean’ (Elmer Gale) and a brother,William. Visitation for
Donald will be held 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., Friday
in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North
Sydney. Funeral service Saturday at 2 p.m. at St. Matthew
Wesley United Church, North Sydney, with Rev. David Luker
officiating. Cremation to follow. Interment in Lakeside Cemetery
at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the
Palliative Care Society of Nova Scotia or VON. Online condolences may be
sent to .

Viola Harriet MacNeil 68, WESTMOUNT- It is with deep sadness and
regret that we, the family, announce the passing of Viola
MacNeil, which occurred Wednesday, June 1, 2005, at
home surrounded by her loving family. Born in Westmount, Viola
was the daughter of the late Charles ‘Dook’ and Dorothy
‘Dot’ (Hunt) Rudderham. Viola is survived by her loving
husband of 50 years, John Angus; sons, Brian (Sharon)
and Ralph; daughters, Valerie (Malcolm), Gail (Kenny), Carol
(Duane), Karen (Brian) and Darlene (Derrick); one brother,
Cecil (Carol), Toronto; 16 grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren.
Besides her parents, she waspredeceased by a son in infancy
(Michael Bradley), one sister, Florence Trayhurn, brothers,
Victor and Norman. Viola deeply loved her family,
friends and her animals, and will be sadly missed by all.
Visitation for the late Viola MacNeil will take place today
(Thursday, June 2) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the S.W. Chant and
Son Funeral Home, 564 Alexandra St., Sydney. Funeral service
will be held 11 a.m., Friday, June 3, at the S.W. Chant and Son Funeral
Home Chapel with Fr. Patrick O’Neill officiating. Burial to
follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks. In lieu of flowers, donations
may be made to the Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton or
the Nova Scotia Kidney Foundation. Online condolences may be
sent to our webpage at : www.chantfuneralhome.com.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of
S.W.Chant Funeral Home, Sydney.

Larry Grandy 72, LEITCHES CREEK- It is with deep sadness that we
announce the sudden passing of Larry Grandy, 72, a resident
of Leitches Creek, who died Tuesday, May 31, 2005, at home.
Born in Garnish Nfld., he was the son of the late Thomas
and Winnie (Day) Grandy. For most of his life, Larry
was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces serving as a
tank commander in Canada, Egypt and Germany. Following
his retirement, he moved home to Leitches Creek and became
a bus driver for the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School
Board. A quiet and gentle man, Larry was happiest on the water,
fishing the Bras d’Or Lakes. Larry was a member of St.
Matthew Wesley United Church, North Sydney, and a
member of Branch No. 19 Royal Canadian Legion.
He is survived by four sisters, Bernice (Bill) Steele,
Leitches Creek, Doris (Brian) Stanley, Hammonds Plains,
Jean (Garnet) Haley, Largo, Fla.,Winnie (Eric) Walton, Parry
Sound, Ont. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Matthew Wesley
United Church, 2 Peppett St., North Sydney, N.S., B2A 2M7.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to W.J. Dooley Funeral
Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. Online condolences
may be sent to .

Gertrude Elizabeth Walker BEDFORD/RESERVE MINES
Mrs. Gertrude ‘Gertie’ E.Walker, 87, of Roy Crescent, Bedford,
N.S., and formerly of Reserve Mines, passed away Tuesday,
May 31, 2005, at the QEII in Halifax. Born in New Waterford, she
was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Jane (Kelly)
Bates. Gertie was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, Reserve
Mines, and a member of the CWL of Canada.
She was a former employee with Dryden-Bates Inc. in
Glace Bay, under her brother Wilfred Bates and later Lonnie
Bates. Gertie is survived by a daughter, Kathleen, Bedford;
two sons, Larry and Hugh (Colina MacDonald); and special
granddaughter, Kathleen Marie Walker. Also surviving
are sisters, Sr. Loretta Bates, with Sisters of St. Martha,
Antigonish, and Sr. Irene Bates, with Sisters of Charity, Halifax.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband,
Bernard Walker, brothers, Martin, Wilfred, Lawrence and
Willis Bates, sisters, Geraldine, Patricia, Sr. Mary and Sr. Jane
Bates. Visitation for Mrs. Walker will be today (Thursday) from
2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 16
Reserve St., Glace Bay. Funeral service will be held Friday at 11
a.m. in the funeral home chapel with Fr. John Graham officiating.
Burial will be in St. Joseph's Parish Cemetery, McLeod’s Road,
Glace Bay. Memorial donations in Gertie’s memory may be
made to a charity of choice.


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