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Subject: [NS-CB] Cape Breton Deaths October 29, 2012 Monday
Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2012 22:35:29 -0700

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Cape Breton Deaths October 29, 2012 Monday

There are 9 obituaries posted for today

J. Arno Roston
Georgie Agnes MacLeod
Leroy Patrick 'Lee' Lever
Clifford W. Crompton
Ernest Lloyd Payne
Annie Louise MacDonald
Albert 'Al' Walzak, LCdr RCN (Ret'd)
Alfred George Roberts
John Lawrence 'Larry' Keigan

J. Arno Roston

Born In: Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
Born: December 12th, 1935

Passed in: Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed on: October 28th, 2012

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the
passing of our loving father on Saturday, Oct.
28, 2012, at the Palliative Care Unit of the Cape
Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.
Arno was born Dec. 12, 1935, to the late Peter and Viola (Auxworthy) Roston.
Dad worked for 44 years with Coca-Cola Bottling.
He devoted his life to his family, always having
a kind word and a smile for everyone. He was an
honorary member of the Grand Lake Road Fire
Department and for many years enjoyed being a
member of the Goodwill Mixed Dart League.
He especially enjoyed his summers in Beaver Cove and on the beach in Iona.
He is survived by his sons, Danny (Debbie), Arno
(Nicole), Neil (Anita); his daughters, Inez
(Jimmy) LeMoine and Marjorie (Jerry) Burke; his
grandchildren, Stewie, Jeannie, John Paul,
Danielle, Sarah, Robert, Jerry, Kelsey, Shawn,
Jonathan, and an expectant grandchild; his
great-grandchildren, Kayla, Kendel, Kara, Dylan
and Hannah; sisters, Alma Davidson and Betty
Dunphy; sister-in-law, Marguerite 'Snooks' (John)
Woodburn; brothers-in-law, Billy (Shirley)
MacKinnon, Alberta, and Johnny Mackinnon,
Ontario. He is also survived by many nieces,
nephews, extended family and friends who loved
him dearly.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his
wife, Margorie, brothers, Peter and Billy,
sisters, Mary Hawco, Jeannette MacNeil, Rosie
Chipman, Stella Johnson, Martina Young and Viola
Roston, and our angel, great-granddaughter, Kira
Visitation will be held Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012,
at the S.W. Chant & Son Funeral Home, 564
Alexandra St., Sydney, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Funeral mass will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct.
31, 2012, at St. Joseph's Church, with Fr. Conrad
Edwards officiating. Interment to follow in
Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks.
The family would like to thank the doctors,
nurses and staff of the Cape Breton Regional
Hospital and especially the An Cala Unit,
Palliative Care.
In lieu of flowers donations, may be made to the
Parkinson's Foundation and the Palliative Care
Unit, Cape Breton Regional Hospital.
Online condolences may be sent to our web page at www.chantfuneralhome.com

Georgie Agnes MacLeod

Born In: North Framboise, Nova Scotia, Canada
Born: September 11th, 1920

Passed in: Fourchu/Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed on: October 28th, 2012

It is with great sadness that we, the family
announce the passing of a dear and loving mother,
grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and
friend. Georgie Agnes MacLeod passed away
peacefully Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at Harbourstone
Enhanced Care.
Born in North Framboise, Sept. 11, 1920, she was
the daughter of the late William and Effie
(MacDonald) MacLeod.
She was a member of Fourchu United Church, the
Fourchu UCW, and an active member of the
community. Georgie will always be remembered for
her great sense of humour and loved to be in the
company of family and friends.
She is survived by her daughter, Faye Rafuse,
Sydney; sister, Archina MacNevin, Sydney;
grandchildren, Bradley (Launa) Rafuse, Brent
(Pam) Rafuse and Lorilee (Brent) Pezzareallo. She
was a special 'Nana' to her great-grandchildren,
Jensen, Keldan, Paige, Robyn, Joshua and Ryan.
Georgie was predeceased by her husband, Angus
Dan, brother, Neil Alex, sisters, Catherine, Mary
Ann, Margaret Ann, Annie, Dolly, Hannah, Norma,
Margaret Tina.
Visitation will take place Tuesday from 2-4 and
7-9 p.m. at Sydney Memorial Chapel. Funeral
Service will be held Wednesday, 2 p.m. in Fourchu
United Church, with Rev. Bob Hussey officiating.
Interment in St. Andrew's Cemetery, Framboise.
Memorials may be made to Fourchu United Church, or charity of choice.
Condolences may be sent to the family at
www.sydneymemorialchapel.ca or e-mail

Leroy Patrick 'Lee' Lever

Born In: Canada

Passed in: Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed on: October 27th, 2012

It is with deep sadness that we announce the
passing of Lee on Oct. 27, 2012. He was
peacefully at home among family.
He was the son of the late Daniel and Adelaide (Delaney) Lever.
He was predeceased by brothers, Bill, James Leo,
Cornelius and Theodore and sisters, Shirley Ann
and Helen (Wendell) Gouthro.
Lee is survived by brothers, Fred (Anita),
Milton, Ont., John, Toronto, Harold (late
Annette) Glace Bay, Sonny (MC), Ajax, Ont., and
Dennis (Helen), Glace Bay; and sisters, Stella
Campbell (late Murdock), Glace Bay, Theresa and
(Bob) Babcock, Wisconsin, Ethel (Wishie) O'Neill,
Glace Bay, Shirley (late Ken) Doucette, Sydney,
and Lorna Lever, Glace Bay. He is also survived
by numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
Lee was a proud member of St. Francis Xavier
University's class of 1957. He was ordained in
1961 at the Diocese of Antigonish and served
various parishes within the Diocese. His service
to the priesthood also included work in Honduras.
Lee later continued his career in Toronto working
for Employment and Immigration Canada. Following
a successful career, he returned to Cape Breton
to enjoy his retirement amongst family and
Lee lived a full and rewarding life. He enjoyed
good conversation and the company of family and
friends. Lee was an avid golfer and member of
Lingan Golf & Country Club. We were privileged to
spend many happy and memorable times with Lee at
his summer home in Iona. He wintered in Florida
at the 'Boulevard Club', enjoying his snowbird
friends, but always looked forward to returning
home to Cape Breton.
The family would like to thank Lee's numerous
friends that came to visit him at home and in the
hospital during his illness. We would also like
to acknowledge and thank all CBDHA health-care
providers who provided outstanding care and
support to Lee, including Dr. Jim MacKillop, the
Cape Breton Cancer Centre, Palliative Care,
Harbour View Rehab and the VON.
A very special thank you to Earl Demont for his
friendship, kindness and generosity over the
years. Also to his sister, Lorna, nephews Ken
O'Neill and Matthew Lever and Barb O'Neill for
their love, support and care during the time of
Cremation has been completed. There will be no
visitation in respect to Lee's wishes. A funeral
mass of celebration will be held at 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at St. Anthony's Parish
in Glace Bay with Rev. Norman MacPhee officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the
Cape Breton Cancer Centre would be greatly
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.jmcurryfuneralhome.com

Clifford Crompton

Born In: Nova Scotia, Canada

Passed in: Boularderie Centre, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed on: October 25th, 2012

It is with sadness that we announce the death of
our husband and father Clifford William Crompton
on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Quebec.
Dad was on his way home to Cape Breton after a
wonderful visit with his grandchildren as well as
friends and colleagues from Agriculture Canada.
During his stay he received his 50-year service
award from Doric Lodge Masonic Temple.
He will be sadly missed by his wife, Alina;
daughters, Karen (Bob) Rainboth and Valerie
(John) MacKinnon; stepdaughter, Lara Russell and
grandchildren, Owen, Emma, Madison and Paige.
A visitation for Clifford will be held 2-4 and
7-9 p.m. Tuesday in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home,
107 Pleasant St., North Sydney, N.S. A funeral
service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at Drummond
Memorial United Church, Ross Ferry, with Rev.
Louis Ihasz officiating. Burial to follow in the
Church Cemetery.

Ernest Lloyd Payne

Born In: Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada

Passed in: Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed on: October 25th, 2012

Ernest Lloyd Payne, 76, of Bedford and formerly
of Sydney River and Glace Bay, passed away
peacefully surrounded by his loving family on
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in the Halifax Infirmary.
Born in Glace Bay, he was the eldest son of the
late Arthur and Muriel (Turner).
Ernie spent his early years working for the Bank
of Commerce and in the CN telegraph office, then
as an accountant for Hyland Motors in Glace Bay.
He then moved on to work for the Town of Glace
Bay, and then the Cape Breton District School
Board as an accountant until his retirement in
1999. He was a member of the Tyrian Youth Lodge
#45, Glace Bay.
In 2000, Ernie and his wife moved to Halifax to
be closer to their family. In his spare time he
enjoyed square dancing, shopping for bargains,
travelling, and spending time with his family.
Ernie was a loving, kind, and generous man who
will be fondly remembered by all who had the
pleasure of knowing him.
He will be sadly missed by his wife of 55 years,
Beverly (Reid), Bedford; sons, Lloyd (Jayne),
Port Moody, B.C., Darryl (Angela), Lunenburg;
daughter, Lori (Gary) Walsh, Halifax;
grandchildren, Christopher, Douglas, Bradley,
Abigail, Alexandra; brothers, Arthur (Ursula),
Toronto, Ont., Gary, Mazatlan, Mexico;
sister-in-law, Linda Payne; brother-in-law,
Banford Reid; aunt, Mildred Kennedy; and nieces
and nephews, Jennifer, Jim, John, Lorie and Niall.
Besides his parents, Ernie was predeceased by his brother, James 'Jim'.
In keeping with his wishes there will be no
visitation. Cremation has taken place. A memorial
service will be held at a later date. Interment
will be in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens in
Family would like to thank Dr. Susan Haddad, Dr.
Susan Ripley, Dr. Christy Bussey, Dr. Sarah
MacSwain, the staff of 8.4 of the Halifax
Infirmary, Northwood Homecare, Rose Marie Wood of
Continuing Care, and Devon Hennigar of Palliative
Donations in Ernie's memory may be made to the
Canadian Cancer Society, Nova Scotia Division.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of
Serenity Lindsay Funeral Home, P.O. Box 355,
Kentville, N.S., B4N 3X1.
Donations or condolences may be sent to the above
address or by visiting

Annie Louise MacDonald

Born In: Port Hood, Nova Scotia, Canada

Passed in: New Waterford, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed on: October 25th, 2012

It is with great sadness the family announces the
passing of Annie Louise MacDonald on Oct. 25,
2012, at the Maple Hill Manor, surrounded by her
loving family.
Born in Port Hood, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary MacDonald.
In her earlier years she worked at the Cove Guest Home, Sydney.
She is survived by sisters, Catherine Nemis,
Cassie Pilon, Alma Rame, Cecelia Gottwald,
Maurina MacLean and brother, Jerome MacDonald, as
well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, she was also predeceased by
brothers, John, Angus, Archie, Frank, Colin,
sisters Rachel and Christina.
There will be no visitation, a funeral mass will
be held Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 10 a.m. in the Parish
of Saint Leonard with Fr. Ray Huntley
officiating. Burial in Mount Carmel Cemetery
followed by a reception in the parish hall,
Convent Street. Funeral arrangements are under
the direction of McLellan Brothers Funeral Home,
3183 Plummer Ave., New Waterford, 862-7500.
Donations can be made in Annie's memory to the Maple Hill Manor, New Waterford.
To send condolences to the family go to www.mclellanfuneralhome.com.

Albert 'Al', LCdr RCN (Ret'd) Walzak

Born In: New Waterford, Nova Scotia, Canada

Passed in: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed on: October 26th, 2012

Albert 'Al', Walzak, LCdr RCN (Ret'd) CD2, 80, of
Halifax, died peacefully on Friday, Oct. 26,
2012, at home surrounded by his family.
Al was born in New Waterford, N.S., the eldest
son of the late William and Gertrude (Stepaniak)
After graduation from St. FX University in 1955
with a bachelor of arts degree (major in
geology), Al joined the Royal Canadian Navy
Reserve as acting sub-lieutenant. He retired as a
lieutenant commander after serving 36 years.
During his career he sailed on various ships and
had shore postings on the east and west coasts
before retiring from the maritime command staff
in December 1987. He became involved in volunteer
work with refugees and immigrants which led him
to a second career working with immigration as a
settlement officer with the Metropolitan
Immigration Settlement Association. Al worked
with MISA for eight years helping refugees and
immigrants seeking settlements and shelter in
Canada, and this passion to help others continued
in his volunteer work until the very end.
Albert was a man of action and compassion, always
putting the needs of others before himself. In
recognition of his work with those in need, he
and his wife, Virginia, were awarded the
Elizabeth Ann Seton Award by the Sisters of
Charity in 2007. A man of faith, Albert was an
active member of Saint Lawrence parish and more
recently Saint Benedict parish in Halifax. In his
retirement years, Al especially enjoyed spending
time with his family and friends at their cottage
on Pigott Lake. The door was open to all and his
generous hospitality and kindness were felt by so
many. As a wonderful storyteller, he has richly
entertained many with his life experiences and
He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years,
Virginia (Bowes); children, Gina (Mark Young),
Kelly, Taya (Bob Shields) and Albert 'Buddy'
(Lisa Haydon); his grandchildren, Mitchell,
Meagan and Stephanie Young, Brian, Jeffrey and
Christina Meagher, Erin and Adrienne Shields, Amy
and Maryn Walzak, and great-grandchild, Owen
Meagher. Albert is also survived by his uncle,
Stanley Stepaniak; sisters-in-law, Theresa Walzak
(Bucky) and Phemie Walzak (Russell), all of New
Waterford; as well as a niece and several nephews.
Visitation will be held at J.A. Snow Funeral
Home, 339 Lacewood Dr., Halifax on Tuesday, Oct.
30 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A mass of Christian
Burial will be held at Saint Benedict Church, 45
Radcliffe Dr., Halifax, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct.
31, Fr. James Mallon officiating. Burial to
follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be
made to the Refugee Sponsorship Program,
Archdiocese of Halifax or Saint Vincent de Paul
Society, Saint Benedict Council.
Loving thanks are extended to a dear friend who
was constantly at his bedside. The family would
like to express heartfelt thanks to the
palliative care staff of the QE II Hospital and
to the Victorian Order of Nurses whose presence
and outstanding support enabled us to care for Al
at home.
Online condolences can be sent to www.jasnowfuneralhome.com
"Š it is in dying that we are born to eternal life."
St. Francis of Assisi

Alfred George Roberts

Passed in: Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed on: October 26th, 2012

Alfred George Roberts passed away on Oct. 26,
2012, at Victoria Haven Nursing Home. He was 94.
Alfred was the son of the late John C. and Jane Brigets Roberts.
For many years Alfred operated a convenience
store on Brookside Street, and later from his
home on Reserve street.
In his earlier years Alfred was on the board of Greenwood Cemetery.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by
brothers, Clark, Charles, John, Fred and Gordon,
sisters, Annie Mae, Mary, Isabelle and Janet.
He was the last surviving member of his family.
Visitation for the late Alfred Roberts will be
held in Patten Funeral Home, 71 Union St., Glace
Bay, on Monday, Oct. 29 from 7-9 p.m. Funeral
Service will be held in Patten Funeral Home on
Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 2 .p.m. with Rev. Michael
Goodfellow officiating. Burial in Greenwood
Donations to Victoria Haven Nursing Home, Glace Bay.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.pattenfuneralhome.com.

John 'Larry' Keigan

Born In: Sudbury , Ontario, Canada
Born: December 23rd, 1970

Passed in: St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Passed on: October 20th, 2012

With profound sadness and deepest regret, we
announce the sudden passing of our cherished son,
brother, and uncle, John Lawrence 'Larry' Keigan,
fondly known by so many as Lava. Larry passed
away Saturday, Oct. 20 at St. Catharines General
Hospital, St. Catharines, Ont., with his adoring
family by his side.
Born in Sudbury, Ont., Dec. 23, 1970, he was the
only son of Colin William (Bill) and Rachael
(Parks) Keigan of Sydney Mines.
Besides his parents, Larry is survived by his
sisters, Anne Marie Keigan of Cole Harbour and
Katherine Keigan-Labrie and brother-in-law
Michael Labrie of Kitchener. He is also survived
by his niece and nephew, Lillian and Ethan Adams
of Cole Harbour, and nephews, Ryan, Justin,
Brenden and Colin Labrie of Kitchener. He was an
extremely proud uncle and loved his niece and
nephews dearly.
Larry was predeceased by his paternal
grandparents, Ernest and Lillian (Pearcey) Keigan
and maternal grandparents, John and Bertha
(Deveaux) Parks. He was also predeceased by his
uncles, Dennis Keigan, Daniel Parks and Larry
Middleton and aunts, Marie (Keigan) Gerrow and
Dorothy (Keigan) Young.
Raised in Sydney Mines, Larry graduated from
Memorial High School in 1989 and worked as an
electrical apprentice shortly out of high school
but quickly chose a career path as a plumber and
later as a pipefitter/steamfitter. For the past
many years he travelled all over the country,
working primarily in the Alberta oilsands as a
pipefitter/steamfitter. An extremely hard worker,
he was very well liked and respected by his
fellow tradesman for his work ethic and
proficiency in the trade. He was a proud member
of local 56 United Association of Plumbers and
Pipefitters in Dartmouth, NS.
An avid sports and a lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs
fan, Larry could often be seen proudly sporting
his favourite Leafs ball cap. He absolutely loved
music and was an accomplished guitar player who
loved getting together with family and friends,
playing and singing until the sun came up; he was
truly the life of the party. He enjoyed fishing
and spending time and sharing laughs with his
family and many friends, too many to count. His
larger than life personality, keen sense of
humour, infectious smile, generosity and ability
to make those he held dear feel loved and special
will be his legacy. He will be missed dearly by
all those who loved him and will never be
A visitation was held at the Henry Walser Funeral
home in Kitchener, Ont., and cremation has taken
place. A funeral service will be held Friday,
Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church
on Archibald Avenue in North Sydney, to be
presided by Fr. Patrick O'Neil. A reception will
follow in the church. In addition, a celebration
of Larry's life, in true Cape Breton-fashion, as
he would have wanted it, will take place at the
Florence Fire hall on the same day from 9 p.m. to
1 a.m. Burial will take place at a later date at
Holy Cross Cemetery, North Sydney.
We would like to sincerely thank the medical
staff of the intensive care unit of St.
Catharines General Hospital for the exceptional
care provided to Larry and for the support
extended to our family. We would also like to
express our heartfelt gratitude to Mr. David
Ayers and the staff of the Henry Walser Funeral
Home in Kitchener for their compassion and
outstanding professionalism.
Online condolences may be made at
www.henrywalser.com and memorial donations may be
made in Larry's name to a charity of one's

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