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From: (Carol MacLean)
Subject: Cape Breton Deaths August 22, 2006 Tuesday
Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2006 21:34:13 -0700

Cape Breton Deaths August 22, 2006 Tuesday

Elsie MacKinnon 91, SYDNEY We, the family, regret to announce the passing
of Elsie MacKinnon on Monday August 21, 2006 at the Cape Breton Regional
Hospital, Sydney. Born in Codroy Valley, Nfld., she was the daughter of the
late Alexander and Katherine (MacKinnon) Bennett. She was the last
surviving member of her family. Elsie loved baking and cooking for her
family and friends, she enjoyed playing cards, watching baseball games and
golf. She is survived by three
daughters; twins, Dolores and Diane, Sydney, Barbara, Toronto; only
granddaughter, Elizabeth, Lock Port; five great-grandchildren, Elora,
Maeghan, Valerie, Gregory, and Derrick, Lock Port. She is also survived by
two adopted sons, Davey and Billy; special grandchildren, Nathelie,
Danielle and Mathieu Gauthier an many nieces and nephews, as well as her
cats, Tiger and the Pest.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, John MacKinnon in
1995, son, Greg, daughter-inlaw, Margaret Ann, grandson in infancy John
Cyril, sisters, Mary Bennett, Katie English, Margaret "Maggie" Cassivi,
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Elliot, two sisters in infancy, three brothers,
Corneilus "Con", Allan
and Laughie. Visitation will take place Wednesday August 23, 2006 from 2-4
and 7-9 p.m. at the S.W. Chant & Son Funeral Home, 564 Alexandra St.,
Sydney. Funeral mass will be held 10 a.m., Thursday, August 24 at Sacred
Heart Parish, Sydney. Interment will take place in Resurrection Cemetery,
Sydney Forks with a reception to follow at Chant's funeral home reception
area. Online condolences may be sent to our webpage at
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of...

Arthur Boutilier 80, 55 PECK STREET SYDNEY MINES It is with great sadness
that we, the family of Arthur Boutilier, announce the passing of our dear
father, at home on Monday, August 21, 2006. A life-long resident of Sydney
Mines, he was predeceased by his wife, Margaret (Young) in 1997 and is
survived by his daughters, Chris, Ava, Arthena and Annette; sons-in-law,
Doug Dempster, Randy
Davidson, Kevin McInnis and Brian Hillier and grandchildren, Alicia, Dana,
Wayne, Celeste, Cara, Michael, Lauren and Ryan. A veteran of the Second
World War, Dad was very proud to serve his country. He enlisted in May 1940
and served with the Cape Breton Highlanders and the Carleton and York
regiments. He served in England and North Africa, participated in the
invasion of Sicily, fought in the Italian campaign, where he was wounded in
the battle of Ortona, and took part in the liberation of Holland. Dad was
employed at Princess Colliery in Sydney Mines from 1951 until 1975 and also
drove taxi for the Veteran's Taxi Stand. He was a member of Immaculate
Conception parish, was a life-long member of the Royal Canadian Legion
Branch No. 8, Sydney Mines and a past member of the Knights of Columbus. He
could fix anything and loved woodworking and making things for family and
friends. Cremation has taken place. The family will receive visitors at the
J.M. Jobes Funeral Home, 635 Main St., Sydney Mines on Tuesday,August 22,
2006 from 7-9 p.m. There will be a funeral mass at Immaculate Conception
Church, Convent St., Sydney Mines on Wednesday, August 23 at 10 a.m. with
Fr. Hughie MacNeil officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mary's
Cemetery. Immediately afterward, friends and family are invited to a
reception to celebrate Dad's life at the Sydney Mines Legion. Online
condolences may be made to the family at
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice Palliative Care
Society of Cape Breton or the Canadian Cancer Society. A loving father and
husband and a loyal friend, Dad will be missed by his family and friends.

Cassie Krszwda 75, SYDNEY It is with great sadness that we announce the
passing of Cassie Krszwda, which occurred Monday, August 21, 2006 at the
Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. Born in Sydney, she was the daughter
of the late William and Euphemia (Campbell) Halleran. She enjoyed playing
bingo and spending time with her family. Cassie is survived by her loving
son, Wayne, Sydney; sister, Betty (Frank) House, Sydney; twin sister,
Margaret 'Twinnie' (John) Maule, Ontario; brother, Dan (Mary), Kingston,
Ont.; as well as many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was
predeceased by her husband, Michael, 'Mitch', sisters, Emily, Mary,
Dorothy, Sissy, brothers, John, Jackie and Raymond Halleran. There will be
no visitation by request. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Thursday,
August 24, 2006 at the S.W. Chant & Son Funeral Home Chapel, 564 Alexandra
St., Sydney with Fr. E MacDonald officiating. Burial to follow in Eastmount
Cemetery, Whitney Pier. Online condolences may be sent to our webpage at
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of.

Ronald A. MacFarlane 62, SYDNEY RIVER Ron MacFarlane, 62, of Green
Acres Dr., Sydney River, passed away Sunday, August 20, 2006 at the Cape
Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. Born in Sydney, Ron was the son of the
late Archie and Sarah (Gillis) MacFarlane. Ron was the owner operator of
MacFarlane Carpet and Drapery Ltd. for 25 years, retiring in 1996 due to
illness. He was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Sydney River.
Surviving are his wife, Allana (Gillis); son, Ian, Halifax and daughters,
Heather and Shannon, Halifax. He is also survived by two brothers, Joe
(Mary), London, Ont. and Raymond (Gwen), Lake Ainslie. He was predeceased
by his brother, Jimmy. Visitation for Ron will be held today
(Tuesday),August 22, 2006 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at T.W. Curry Parkview
Chapel, Sydney. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August
23 at Our Lady of Fatima church, Kings Road, Sydney River with Fr. Norman
MacPhee officiating. Burial in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks.
Donations in Ron's memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Society. Online
condolences may be
sent to
Sincere thanks to the staff of Harbourstone Enhanced Care Facility for the
wonderful care Ron received over the past six years.Thanks are also
to the doctors and nurses on 4A of the CBRH, particularly Dr. C. McCarville.

James Daniel (Donnie) Murphy 70, GLACE BAY It is with great sadness we
announce the loss of our much loved father Donnie Murphy who passed away Friday,
Aug. 18, 2006, in the Glace Bay Health Care Complex surrounded by his
loving family. Born in Glace Bay he wasthe son of the late Harry and Winnie
He is survived by daughters, Janet (Branch), Elizabeth (Keith),
Connie(Andrew); sons, Donnie and Shawn (Bernette); 14 grandchildrenand
three great grandchildren. He also leaves behind sisters, Connie, Carmie
(John), Ann (Brian); brothers, Harry (Monty), Wess ( Joan) and his best
friend Bev; sister-in-law, Carmaine; brother-in-law, Don Thompson. He was
predeceased by his
wife, Ralphina, and a son, David, a sister, Margie, and a brother-in-law, Naish.
Donnie had a love for sports especially fishing and hunting and throwing darts.
He will always be remembered for his love of country music and his 'smiling
blue eyes.' Cremation has taken place under the direction of Curry's
Funeral Home, 775 Main St., Glace Bay. A mass to celebrate Don's life will
be held Friday, Aug. 25, in St. Leo's Church, Glace Bay, at 6:15 p.m. with
Fr. John McIntyre officiating. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer
Society or charity of one's choice.

Henry Smith 91, ANTIGONISH Henry Francis Smith, 91, of Tigo Park,
Antigonish, formerly of Sydney, passed away Aug. 19, 2006, in St. Martha's
Regional Hospital, Antigonish. Born in Dominion, he was a son of the late
John James and
Mary (O'Neil) Smith. Henry was a steelworker, having worked for over 40
years in the car repair shop at Sydney Steel. Following his retirement, he
and his wife, Margaret, moved to Antigonish in late 1977. Henry was an avid
outdoors man who
enjoyed hunting and fishing, and while still in his mid 80s was ice skating
and cycling. Until recent months, Henry could be seen walking to and from
downtown Antigonish on a regular basis. He is survived by his wife, the
former Margaret Peck; daughter, Margo, Eastern Passage; sons, Frank (Mary
Elizabeth), Dartmouth, Ray (Dorothy), Sydney, Maurice (Jane), Antigonish;
sister, Mary Falconer, Springhill; eight grandchildren and 10
great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by sons, John Arthur and Joseph
Patrick (in infancy), brothers, Tom,Wilfred and James. Cremation has taken
place.No visitation. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Sept. 8, in
St. Ninian's Cathedral, Antigonish. Burial will follow in the parish
cemetery. Family flowers only please. Memorial donations may be
made to a charity of choice. Online condolences

Debbie Sabourin 1959-2006 Debbie Sabourin died Jan. 22, 2006, in London, Ont.
Sadly missed by her daughter, Angela Mercer, Sydney; son, Adam Mercer, London,
Ont.; sister, Darlean, London; brother, Roddie, New Waterford. Her remains
were laid to rest Aug. 17 at Union Grove Cemetery, Scotchtown.

John Lawrence Kelly FEB. 23, 1929-AUG. 20, 2006 SYDNEY MINES John Lawrence
'KO' Kelly, 77, of Sydney Mines, passed away Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006, at home
surrounded by his loving family.Born at Kentville, he was the son of the
late Walter and Harriet (Myles) Kelly. He was a member of St. Pius X
parish. Besides his loving wife, his children and grandchildren, who were
his pride and joy, John had a deep passion and commitment for community
service and helping others less fortunate. John was a former miner of 25
years retiring in 1971 because of injuries that occurred from being buried
alive in a rock fall. He then actively got involved in municipal politics
with his first election to council as councillor for Ward 1 in Sydney Mines
in 1975, going on to win five re-elections with the biggest margin of
victory in the town history in several of his re-elections. In 1985 he ran
unsuccessfully for mayor of Sydney Mines, after this he was reelected back
to council. He was one of the first councillors to have held the
chairmanship of every department at one time or another. He held the
following positions during his tenure as councillor, deputy mayor, chairman
of the finance committee, chairman of the Sydney Mines Police Commission,
chairman of social services committee, chairman of the street and property
committee, chairman of the water utility, chairman of Community Services,
chairman of Occupational Health and Safety, chairman of the Home Advisory
Committee, chairman of the board of health, chairman of the recreation
committee, chairman of the Main Street committee, chairman of the
Industrial Committee, chairman of Planning Advisory Committee, council
appointee to the Northside Victoria District School Board, vice chairman of
the Northside Victoria District School Board, chairman of the Fire Wards
Committee, president
and member of the Block Parent committee for Sydney Mines, council
alternate to the mayor - Cape Breton Joint Expenditure Board and member of
the Cape Breton Regional Library Board.While a councillor John was always
available to his constituents 24/7 and no matter what the problem, big or
small, he made sure that it was always taken care of and if there was a
problem that could not be fixed he would make sure that the person knew why
and then he would do what he could to try other ways to remedy the
citizen's problem. All during his tenure he yearly applied for and
received numerous grants and programs that gave a lot of the community's
youth employment and in alot of cases their first jobs. He yearly received
grants for seniors so that they could get help in staying in their own
homes and assistance with their general maintenance and cleaning. Seniors
and youth were always John's true passion. He would on many occasions in
the middle of the night in storms go to a constituent's home no matter what
the reason to make sure that whatever problem they had that it was acted on
quickly. John was a man that did not accept no easily - his constituent's
concerns were his driving force in getting and bringing about changes in
certain programs and how they were delivered. He was a strong defender and
protector of the less fortunate and the disabled. As councillor for Ward 1
he brought about many changes and enhancements not just for his ward but
also the town in general. And that in itself was amazing in that he didn't
only worry about his ward but he
would help anyone in any ward, not just his own. He was instrumental in the
filling in and reclamation of the old pit site on Shore Road making it a
green area. He was the driving force behind the protection and
installation of a barrier wall along Shore Road's shore line to help
prevent and slow down the erosion of the cliffs. He was the initiator and
driving force in the release of
the commemorative coins for the town's 100th incorporation birthday to name
a few. He was actively involved up to his retirement in provincial and
federal politics, having held the position of president of the Cape Breton
North PC Party, vice president of the Cape Breton the Sydney's PC Party and
many other positions behind the scenes. In all those years in politics, he
developed many good friends. Amongst them were prime ministers, premiers,
cabinet members, MLAs
and MPs, with his closest and dearest friend Senator Robert Muir of 55
years plus. They worked together on many occasions to help out citizens of
our community. While on that scene he was appointed to the Canada Pension
Review Appeals Board and Community Services Appeal Board. Also with
politics, he was able, naturally to work with all the different partiesto
the betterment of others. Now when it came to children, there was nothing
John wouldn't do for them. He coached and managed many teams in hockey and
baseball bringing home many championships. While president of the minor
hockey associations he made it a point that no child would be denied the
joy of playing hockey for financial reasons or because they had no
equipment. If the family was financially challenged then he made sure that
the child's registration was paid by the association and also that they had
a supply of equipment that was donated
and given to the kids that didn't have any. He was a strong believer that
if you let a child participate in an activity that they loved that it was a
strong basis for the productive and responsible adult. He was the founding
for the Northside and District Baseball Association, founding present of Sydney
Mines and District Baseball Association, founding president of Sydney Mines
and District Minor Hockey Association, wasthe first president of the
Northside and District Minor Hockey Association. He was appointed by Halifax
as zone chairman of Cape Breton Island for the Nova Scotia Minor Hockey
Association. He was the former umpire-in-chief for both baseball and
softball on the Northside. He was an executive member for Eastern Canada
for the World Boxing Association. John himself was a very accomplished
professional boxer in the late 1940s and into the 50s in the bantam weight
division rising to the ranking of number one in the country. His nickname
'KO' was well earned. John was also a former trainer and announcer for the
Northside Boxing Association. John was president of St. Joseph's Home and
School Association in Sydney Mines
and during the early to mid-70s actively assisted the VON with Maxi Mist
machines for asthmatic children whose families didn't have the ability to
attain these machines for their children. Where most of John's children
were asthmatics and he had several machines home, he would loan them to the
VON so they could help the children while keeping one home for his own
children. While John was not a man that looked for or wanted accolades, he
was a very humble man that would be more than happy with just a thank you,
but through his 45+ years of unending and dedicated community service he
attained many awards. The following being, Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal
2002, the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the
Confederation of Canada, nominee for the Order of Nova Scotia, nominee for
the Order of Canada, Hamilton's Builder's Bonnet for outstanding community
service, Sydney Mines and District Minor Hockey Award of Merit for
outstanding work on behalf of youth, Northside and District Minor Hockey
Award of Merit for outstanding service, Nova ScotiaMinor Hockey Association
Award of Merit for outstanding service, Canadian Minor Hockey Association
Award of Merit for outstanding contributions to minor hockey, Baseball
NovaScotia Award of Merit for many years of outstanding service, Northside
and District Baseball Association Award of Distinction for outstanding
service to the community's youth, Northside Victoria School Board Award of
Merit for dedicated service, International Turtle Club Membership
CertificateAward for Health and Safety, World Boxing Association Award of
Distinction for many years of dedicated service. John showed people that in
a24-hour day there was many ways you could be productive while at the same
time also getto do things that you personally enjoyed. This being said John
had some other passions and that being music. He played and managed several
bands duringthe 1950s and 60s,where he really enjoyed rock n' roll. He
enjoyed playing darts and cards,and in his younger years enjoyed very much
the camaraderie of his friends in playing sports, cards, darts and
horseshoes. John will be sadly missed byhis family and friends but his
memory will go on for all that he has done for his community and its
people, and there will always be in the community reminders of the things
he had accomplished. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend,
Gertrude (Scott); sons, Seymour, British Columbia, Carleton, North Sydney,
Shawn (Marjorie), New Brunswick, Michael (Esther), Sydney Mines, Blaize
(Danielle), Westmount, Terry (Nancy), Sydney Mines, Robbie (Cassie),
Sydney Mines; foster daughter, Debbie (Henry) Bond, North Sydney; sister,
Lillian (John) Madden, Kentville; grandchildren, Laurie Anne, Michelle,
Lisa, Abby, Brandon, Ty, Ben, Kyle and John. He was predeceased by
brothers, Clayton, Carl, Henry, Weldon, Earl and Kenneth and sisters, Ruth,
Barbara, Dorothy and Helen. By family request there will be no visitation
or funeral service. As memorials, donations
may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to a charity of choice.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Fillmore and Whitman Funeral
Home. Online condolences may be emailed to the family at


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