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From: (Carol MacLean)
Subject: Cape Breton Deaths October 12, 2005 Wednesday
Date: Wed, 12 Oct 2005 00:13:08 -0700


Cape Breton Deaths October 12, 2005 Wednesday

Margaret Anne 'Peggy' MacKinnon 84, NEW WATERFORD Peggy MacKinnon, 84, of
the Maple Hill Manor, and a former resident of 345 Ninth St., New
Waterford, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2005, at the manor. Born in
Washington County, Durham, England, she was the daughter of the late Peter
Thomas and Mary Anne (Durham) Campbell. Peggy was a member of Mount Carmel
parish in New Waterford. She was a veteran of the Second World War serving
with the British Royal Airforce. Peggy belonged to
the War Brides Association and the New Waterford Pensioners Club. She will
be remembered as a very gracious and quiet lady. Peggy is survived by one
daughter, Donelda, Halifax; four sons, Paul (Debbie), Peter (Carol), both
of New Waterford, John (Dale), at home,New Waterford, and Greg (Denise),
St. John's,Nfld. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Kim, Don, Shane,
Ashley and Sara; three great-grandchildren, Megan, Morgan, Peyton; three
nieces, Anne, Peggy, Marion; and one nephew, Joe. Peggy was predeceased by
her husband, Donald Robert in February of 1987, one brother, Tom, three
sisters, Anne, Jane and Gladys. Visitation will take place today
(Wednesday, Oct. 12) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the V.J. McGillivray Funeral
Home, 380 Smith St., New Waterford. Funeral mass is Thursday at 11 a.m. in
Mount Carmel Church with burial in the parish cemetery followed by a
reception at the Carmel Centre. As an expression of sympathy for Peggy,
donations can be made to the Maple Hill Manor in her memory. Online
condolences can be sent to the family through the funeral home at
.

William (Bill) Usher 86, SYDNEY William Usher of Cabot House passed away
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2005, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. Born
in South Bar, he was the son of the late Luke and Mary Anne (Martell)
Usher. He was a veteran of the
Second World War and a past member of the New Waterford Lions Club. He was
lifelong
member of the Worcester Lodge of Elks, Worcester, Mass. In his earlier
years, Bill
was employed by Frank King as a bus driver. He was noted for his kind
service on the Sydney/New Waterford route. Bill spent a great part of his
life in the U.S.A. He graduated from Cereto College and specialized in
metallurgy. He is survived by his wife, the former Jeannette Richard;
daughter, Mary (John) Bogdan; his grandchildren, Christopher, Kimberly,
Jennifer, Brian and Shawn, all of Paxton, Mass. He is also survived by his
sister, Margaret Higgenbotham, Surrey, B.C.; and brother, Joseph (Lena)
Usher, Hawkestone, Ont.; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by
brothers, Daniel, Alexander and George. Visitation will take place Friday,
Oct. 14, from 6-9 p.m. at the S.W. Chant and Son Funeral Home, 564
Alexandra St., Sydney. Funeral mass will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15,
at St. Alphonsus Church, South Bar, with Fr. Paul MacGillivray of
ficiating. Interment to take place at St. Alphonsus Cemetery. Reception to
follow at St. Alphonsus Hall.
Donations in Bill's memory may be made to St. Alphonsus Parish Building
Fund. Online condolences may be sent to our webpage at
www.chantfuneralhome.com.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of . . .

John Blaise Bissett 1950-2005 We regret to announce the passing of John
'Jack' Blaise Bissett which occurred Oct. 10, 2005, at home, surrounded by
his loving
family. He was the son of the Mrs. Marion (MacKinnon) Lumsden, Balls Creek,
and the late George Bissett. Jack was self-employed and was well known for
his autobody
work. He was also a tattoo artist who loved his family, music and the
Montreal Canadiens. He was called the 'toy man' by many who shopped at the
Sydney flea market. In his younger years, he was a star pitcher and played
hockey. He was a history buf f and enjoyed watching war and western movies.
He also played darts with the Point Edward Dart League. Besides his mother,
Jack is also survived by and will be sadly missed by his wife of 37 years,
the former Donna Davis; and loving daughters, Carrie Anne (Rob) and Melanie
(Kevin), both of Ontario; two brothers,
Geordie (Dorothy), North Sydney, Chuck (Marilyn), St. Catharines, Ont.; and
one sister, Patsy (Bob), Dartmouth; four granddaughters, Jacklynn,
Brittany, Morgan and Lauren; one grandson, Kaedin; and by nieces, nephews
and numerous close friends.
Besides his father, he was predeceased by his brother, Ernest and a
sister,Paula in infancy and by grandparents, John and Helen MacKinnon and
Clarence and Blanche Bissett. Visitation for the late Jack Bissett will
take place today (Wednesday, Oct. 12) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and Thursday,
Oct. 13, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the S.W. Chant and Son Funeral Home, 564
Alexandra St., Sydney. Funeral mass will be held 10 a.m.Friday, Oct. 14, at
St. Mary's Church, Frenchvale, with Fr. Paul Abbass officiating. Cremation
to follow. Donations may be made to the Cape Breton Palliative Care Society
or the Canadian Cancer Society. Online condolenses may be sent to our
webpage at:
www.chantfuneralhome.com.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of . . .

Michael A. ,(Mickey Hector) MacNeil 75, SYDNEY It is with great sadness that we
announce the death of Michael A. MacNeil (Mick) on Oct. 10, 2005, at the
Harbourstone Enhanced Care Facility. Born in New Waterford, he was a son of
Hector and Mary Ann (MacMullin) MacNeil. He was a loyal employee of
Maritime Tel & Tel for 41 years until his retirement in 1991. Many will
remember Mick as an avid and exceptional bowler. He participated in
numerous tournaments over the years and was the recipient of many trophies
as a member of bowling teams in both NewWaterford and Sydney. Mick loved to
do carpentry and woodworking in his spare time, working on many projects
with great enthusiasm. Mick also loved the times he spent in Iona and Grand
Mira, the birthplaces of his parents. He was extremely proud of his
Scottish heritage and spent many hours reading about and researching the
family history, eventually organizing a Mac- Neil Family Reunion in 1990.
His love of Scottish music extended into great pride in his children, all
of whom were members of pipe and drum bands. He spent many hours
volunteering at the Cape Breton Gaelic Society and with the Cape Breton
Gaelic SocietyPipe Band.Mick's home and his family meant everything to him
and he worked hard to make both happy and secure. He was a long standing
member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church. Mick leaves
to mourn his loving wife of 43 years, the former Louise Morrison; sons,
Glenn (Alison), Halifax, Gerard, Sydney, and Bruce (Tam), Richardson, Tex.;
and daughter, Jane Gilson, Halifax; grandchildren, Brett and Evan MacNeil,
Halifax, Elizabeth and Ryan MacNeil, Richardson, Tex., and Benjamin Gilson,
Halifax; brothers, Fikey (Finn), New Waterford, John (Jean), Canfield,
Ont.; sisters, Eileen (Paddy) O'Flaherty, River Ryan, Dolena (Jim)
MacKinnon, New Waterford, Sadie Leudy, New Waterford; brother-in-law, Sonny
(Joanne) Boudreau, Dunville, Ont.; also many nieces, nephews and relatives
from both the MacNeil and Morrison families. Besides his parents, Mick was
predeceased by his sister, Agnes Boudreau, son-in-law, Garfield Gilson and
brother-inlaw, Arnie Leudy. Visitation for Mick will be held Thursday, Oct.
13, 2005, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel, Sydney. Funeral
mass will be held Friday, Oct. 14, 2005, at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Heart
of Mary Roman Catholic Church, Mira Road, Fr. Jim Oliver officiating.
Interment will be at St. Mary's Parish Cemetery, East Bay. Family flowers
only by request. Donations in Mick's memory may be made to the Canadian
Cancer Society or a charity of choice. Online condolences may be sent to
the family at
.

Elizabeth Lefort 91, CHETICAMP It is with great sadness that l'Acadie as a
whole, and particularly the people of Chéticamp,St-Joseph du Moine and
Margaree learned of the passing of Madame Élizabeth Lefort, an Acadian
artist of worldly renown, deceased on Monday, Oct. 10, 2005 at Centre de
santé communautaire Sacré-Coeur, in Chéticamp, at the age of 91 years and
two months. Born on July 17, 1914, at Point Cross, in the parish of
Chéticamp,Ms. Lefort was the last in a family of 12 children born of the
marriage of the late Placide Lefort and the late Évangéline LeBlanc. World
renowned for her hooked rugs, she has her work hanging in the Vatican,
Buckingham Palace and the White House. In 1975, as a testimony to her
outstanding contribution in the field of Acadian culture, l'Université de
Moncton awarded Ms. Lefort an honorary doctorate degree. In 1987, the Gover
nment of Canada conferred upon her one of the nation's greatest honours. In
recognition of the excellence of her artwork, she was made a member ofthe
Order of Canada by thegovernor-general of the day, Her Excellency Madame
Jeanne Sauvé. As a human being, Élizabeth Lefort also stood out as an
exceptional person. In spite of the acclaim she had come to know because of
her art, she always remained a very warm and friendly person, with a
special attention to the ordinary folk. Always very much aware of her
roots, she had remained a very simple and humble lady. She was
always delighted to receive the visit of her neighbours, her relatives and
her numerous friends. A fervent and devout Catholic, she was a proud member
of St. Michel's parish of Margaree, and she never failed to support the
local chapter of the Catholic Women's League. She was also a member of the
Margaree Senior Citizens' Club. Ms. Lefort was the last surviving member of
her immediate family. She was predeceased by her husband of 22 years,
Walter Kenneth Hansford, by five brothers and six sisters and by one
stepson. She is survived by one stepdaughter, one stepdaughter-in-law,
several step-grandchildren, several nephews and nieces and by numerous
friends, in Margaree as in St- Joseph du Moine and Chéticamp. Ms. Lefort's
remains will be resting at the ChéticampFuneral Home from 2-4 and from 7-9
p.m.,Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2005. Requiem mass for Élizabeth Lefort will be
celebrated
at Église Saint-Pierre in Chéticamp, Thursday, Oct. 1, at 2 p.m., with Fr.
Jim Mac-
Donald, pastor of St. Michel's Parish of Margaree, officiating, assisted by
Fr. Daniel Doucet and Fr. John J. Mac- Donald, two longtime friends of
Élizabeth. Interment will follow in the cemetery of Paroisse Saint-Pierre
of Chéticamp.Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Chéticamp
Funeral Services.

George Edward Nicholson OCT. 26, 1920-OCT. 10, 2005 It is with great
sadness that we announce the passing of George Edward Nicholson, 84, a
resident of Bennett Street, Sydney. Born in Florence, he was the son of the
late George Edward and Mary (Nicholson) Nicholson. George worked 42 years
at Sydney Steel Corp. In his younger years, he worked on farms in Big Pond
and Point Aconi. He was also employed with the Dominion Steel and Coal
Company. He loved being with his friends and family and enjoyed music and
dancing. Stepdancing was his favourite. George was loving and kind to
everyone and had a positive personality. He was loved by all and will be
missed by many. He looked forward to visits from the members of the BBYG
and enjoyed the neighbourhood activities they arranged. George was a
veteran of the
Second World War, serving in the army and a member of St. Stephen's
Anglican Church. Surviving are his children, Reid (Evie), Murray (Nadine),
Ottawa, Chuck (Joyce), Keith (Debbie) and Elva (Walter) Cuddihy; 12
grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, Stan (Eva) Holloway and
Alley (Shirley) Holloway; sisters, Shirley MacIntyre and Viola (Stephen)
Fedorik. George was predeceased by his wife, Georgina Emma (Wadden)
Nicholson, infant son, Re ginald, brothers, Melvin, Wally, Rosco and Tommy,
sisters, Uta Mae and Margie. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service
will be held at Christ Church, Thursday, 11 a.m., followed by a reception
at 30 Bennett St., Sydney, where family and friends can gather to mourn the
loss of Dad and celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be
made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or a charity of
choice. Condolences may be sent to the family at
.

John Thomas 'Rocky' Rockett 65, RIVER RYAN It is with great sorrow that we
announce the death of John Thomas 'Rocky' Rockett of River Ryan, Cape
Breton. Rocky passed away a t home Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2005, surrounded by
his loving family. Born in New Waterford, he was the son of the late John
W. and Mary Agnes (Griffin) Rockett. Rocky was a member of St. Michael's
Church in River Ryan. He was employed for six years with Devco working in
No. 16 Colliery, then he went to work for Sysco for 30 years of which he
spent 20 years at the coke ovens. Rocky loved composing music and playing
all types of string instruments, he was especially fond of Irish music. He
was a member of the Cape Breton Musicians Union and the Nova Scotia Blue
Grass Association. Rocky will be remembered as an honest man with a great
sense of humour, who used his passion of music to express the great love he
had for his wife, children, grandchildren and family. He is survived by his
wife, the former Helen Meery; one son, Glen (Judy), Timberlea; two
daughters, Paula (Michael) Raby, Quebec, and Tracy (Michael) Corbett,
Porters Lake; three brothers, Alvin 'Mosey' (Colleen),Westmount, Thomas
(Bernice), East Bay, and Harry (Mary), Lingan; three sisters, Mary McCrea,
Dartmouth, Ann (Leo) Gillis, New Victoria, and Carmel (Stephen 'Moe')
Pasher, Lingan; six grandchildren, Mathew, Bryan and Erika Rockett, Justin,
Grace and Aaron Corbett; one sister-inl aw, Shirley and several nieces and
nephews. Rocky was predeceased by one brother, Valie and one sister, Judy
Rigby.
Visitation will be held Thursday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the V.J. McGillivray
Funeral Home, 380 Smith St., New Waterford. Funeral mass Friday, 11 a.m. in
St. Michael's Church, River Ryan, with cremation to follow and a private
burial in the parish cemetery at a later date. Following the mass all are
invited to join the family at the Gaul Centre for a reception. As an
expression of sympathy for Rocky, donations in his memory may be made to
St. Michael's Church, Palliative Care or a charity of one's choice. Online
condolences to the family can be sent through the funeral home at
.

Margaret 'Peggy' ,MacLellan Gagne MEMORIAL MASS A memorial mass will be
held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 at St. Anne's Church, Glace Bay, with Fr.
Leo Boone officiating. Interment to follow in the parish cemetery.

Robert Hunter 71, TOWER ROAD, GLACE BAY Robert Hunter, 71, of 2515 Tower
Road, passed away Monday, Oct. 10, 2005, at the Glace Bay Healthcare
Complex, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Glace Bay, he was
the second son of the late
William B. and Violet (Mills) Hunter. For many years, Robert was a coal
miner who was known by all to be a very hard worker. On retirement he took
up gardening and later repairing of lawn mowers for a hobby. He loved the
outdoors; and enjoyed watching sports, such as boxing and baseball; butmost
notable was his love for
hunting. Robert was greatly loved and respected by his many friends and
family. Surviving are sister, Madeliene Hunter, Edmonton, Alta.; brother,
Hugh Brian
(Darlene) Hunter, Frederict on, N.B.; sister-in-law, Frances (McKenzie)
Hunter, Donkin; and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was
predeceased by his longtime companion, Mary C. MacLean, brother, William S.
Hunter and sister, Mary Lou (James) Wells. Visitation will be Thursday, 2-4
and 7-9 p.m. in Curry's Funeral Home, 775 Main Street, Glace Bay. Cremation
will follow. Funeral service will be Saturday, 11 a.m. in the Curry Chapel,
followed by burial in St. Luke's United Church Cemetery, Donkin. Family
flowers only, donations, if desired may be made to the Canadian Cancer
Society or charity of choice.





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