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From: (Carol MacLean)
Subject: [NS-CB] Cape Breton Deaths September 25, 2007 Tuesday
Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2007 21:11:09 -0800

Cape Breton Deaths September 25, 2007 Tuesday

Harold (Harry) Raphael O'Handley 1934-2007 Sydney Mines It is with
heartfelt sadness the family announces the death of their beloved husband,
father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother, Harold O'Handley, 73, a
resident of Brown Street, Sydney Mines, Friday, Sept. 21, 2007, at the
Northside General Hospital, North Sydney. Born in Sydney Mines, he was the
son of the late Daniel and Marcella (MacLean) O'Handley. He was a dedicated
employee of Devco for 36 years, retiring in 1987. Harry was a member of the
Immaculate Conception parish, Sydney Mines, and a Third Degree member of
the Santa Maria Council of the Knights of Columbus, Sydney Mines. Harry
enjoyed spending time with friends and family, loved to have fun, and to
play practical jokes with those who respected and appreciated his sense of
humour. He was a member of Seaview Golf & County Club, North Sydney for
many years, playing golf was Harry's favourite pastime. Another passion of
Harry's was fishing and bowling with his wife. He is survived by his
wife, Marie (Boutilier); three sons, Harold (Rita), Ontario, Paul (Anne)
Frenchvale, Glen (Ontario); and one daughter, Michelle (Jim) MacDonald,
Sydney Mines; his seven grandchildren, April (Joe) Powers, Bryan, Roddy,
Brian, Liam, Graham and Harrison; three great-grandchildren, Blake, Sophie
and Matty; three brothers, Donnie (Isobel), Canso, Allan (Judy), Dartmouth,
John (Rose), Mississauga; four sisters, Francie MacDonald, Antigonish, Kay
(Wally) Magdy, Hay Cove, Louise Dickson, Ottawa, Margie Spiers,
Mississauga. Harold was loved and will be missed by his extended family,
mother-in-law, Elizabeth Boutilier; in-laws, Sydney (Cryrella), Eddie
(Lynda), Teddy (Lana), Arthur (Anne), Sharon Bouchard, Arlene (Brian)
Carey, Rosella (Bill) Yard. Besides his parents Harry was predeceased by
sisters, Maya and Reynelda. There will be no visitation. Cremation has
taken place. A memorial mass will be celebrated Thursday, Sept. 27, at 10
a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, Sydney Mines, with Fr. Vern Boutilier
officiating, assisted by Fr. Hughie MacNeil. Burial in St. Joseph's
Cemetery, Sydney Mines. Donations in Harry's memory may be made to a
charity of one's choice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to J. M.
Jobes Funeral Home, 635 Main St., Sydney Mines.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Jesse Fraser MacLennan 64, Millville With saddened hearts we, the family
of Jesse MacLennan announce his passing Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007, at the
Northside General Hospital. Jesse died peacefully after a lengthy,
courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by his loving family. Born in
North Sydney, he was the son of Jean (MacDonald) MacLennan and the late
Wallace MacLennan. Jesse was a devoted husband, father, grandfather,
great-grandfather, brother and friend. He was an elder and active member of
St. John United Church, Big Bras d'Or. He was a leader of Brigade Canada,
member of the board of managers, and treasurer of the memorial fund. Jesse
was the co-founder/owner of Timberlake Construction for 30 years. He was a
member of the Local 56 Sheet Metal Union for 37 years. Besides his mother
Jean, he is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Eileen (Nash-MacLeod)
of Millville; two sons Wally (Freda), and Jesse (Lois), both of Millville;
and three daughters, Jeannie (Benny) Niesten, Millville, Sue (Rick)
Stevens, London, Ont., and Ivy Dawn (Todd) MacKeigan, Georges River; 14
grandchildren, Crystal (Gary), Christopher and Rosalee Niesten, Bradley,
Jessica and Patrick Stevens, Fraser, Heather and Ryan MacLennan, Megan
(Adam) Mudridge, Ashley and Jesse III MacLennan, Jenna and Kyle MacKeigan,;
and one great-grandson, Colton Mudridge. He is also survived by brothers,
Wayne (Ann), William (Darlene), Danny (Darlene); sisters, Donna (Winston)
MacEachern, Debbie (John) Cann, all of Millville; many nieces and nephews;
as well as many members of his extended family. Jesse was predeceased by
his father Wallace, and brother Melvin (Eldene), co-owner of Timberlake.
Visitation will be in the J.M.Jobes Funeral Home, 635 Main St., Sydney
Mines, today (Tuesday), Sept. 25, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service
will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at St. John United Church, Big
Bras d'Or, with Rev. Sean Handcock officiating, assisted by Rev. Donald
McGuire, and Rev. Arthur Nash. Burial will take place at Black Rock
Cemetery, Big Bras d'Or. No flowers by request. Donations in Jesse's
memory may be made to St.John United Church, the Cancer Society, or a
charity of your choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Jesse will be greatly missed.

John Pittman Sydney With profound sorrow, the family of John Pittman
announces his passing Sept. 23, 2007, at home surrounded by his loved ones.
Since May 2005 he fought a courageous battle with leukemia. Born Jan. 15,
1945, at St. Brendan's, Bonavista Bay, N.L., he was the eldest son of
Kathleen (Furlong) and Jack Pittman. His happy childhood days were spent
in the wonderful Whitney Pier Community. After three years in the armed
forces, he returned to school in 1964 to further his education. Upon
graduating from St. Francis Xavier University in 1969, he began his
teaching career at South Bar School, transferring to Malcolm Munroe Junior
High when it opened, retiring in 1998. A truly gifted teacher, John was a
very kind and generous soul who was admired by all who knew him. He was
always a happy person with a great sense of humour who could keep you
entertained with his lively stories. Fishing was a great joy to him and he
was also a very talented woodworker. He was an active volunteer and his
willingness to give so freely of his time and talent will continue to
inspire those who knew and loved him. John is survived by his loving wife,
Marguerite (Farrell). He was the much loved dad to his children, Stephen
(Allison), North Carolina, Janet, Halifax, Brent (Jennifer), Toronto. He is
survived by his dear siblings, Art (Kay), Halifax, Gail (Nick) Bruvels,
Stewiacke, Helen Nash, Ontario, Tina (Wendell) Connors, Howie Centre,
Gordon, Ontario. John will be deeply missed by his mother-in-law, Eileen
Farrell (Lawrence, deceased) and his in-laws, Adrian (Janice), Bernie
(Margo), David (Margie), Lillian (Bruce) Andrews, Larry (Kim) and Maurice.
He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and also many good friends.
He was predeceased by his parents, Kay and Jack Pittman and his sister,
Margaret. Faith, family, friends --- this motto sustained John throughout
his lifetime. Fear not nor grieve at my departure, you whom I have loved
so much, for my roots and yours are forever intertwined. Visitation for
the late Mr. Pittman will be held today (Tuesday) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at
T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 11
a.m. in Holy Redeemer Church with Fr. Errol MacDonald officiating.
Interment in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks. Online condolences may
be sent to the family at

Mary Oliver 88, New Waterford It is with great sadness that we announce the
passing of Mary Oliver on Friday, Sept. 21, 2007, at her home, Maple Hill
Born in Newfoundland, Mary was the daughter of the late James and Agnes
(Doyle) Oliver. A kind and quiet lady, Mary was a homemaker with an easy
going and pleasant personality. She always enjoyed watching television,
glancing through catalogues and spending time with her family. Mary is
survived by one brother, Leo (Margaret) Oliver, Toronto; and
sisters-in-law, Dot Oliver and Marian Oliver, New Waterford. She is also
survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, Mary was predeceased by sisters, Jane (Frank) Marsh,
Annie Oliver and Sissy Oliver, brothers, Joe, Dennis, Austin and Rob. As
requested cremation has taken place. A funeral mass to celebrate Mary's
life will be held Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 11 a.m. in the Parish of St.
Leonard's/Mount Carmel Church. Interment will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery.
Arrangements have been entrusted to McLellan Brothers Funeral Home, 3183
Plummer Ave., New Waterford, N.S. Donations in Mary's memory may be made
to a charity of one's choice. To express online condolences to the family,
go to

Vaughan 'Boom' Sams 60, Ingonish It is with great sadness that we the
family announce the passing of Vaughan Ernest Wilson Sams, of Ingonish, on
Sept. 24, 2007, at Buchanan Memorial Hospital after a brief but very
courageous battle with cancer. He was a fisherman for 40 years. He loved
the water and as soon as the season ended he could be found getting his
gear and equipment ready for the next season. His greatest pleasures were
the time he spent with Judy, his wife, of 38 years, his daughters and their
families and his many relatives and friends. He loved sitting on his
veranda with family, friends and children dropping by to visit. He will be
remembered always for his kindness and generosity. He would do anything for
anyone and continued to do so into his last days. Vaughan is survived by
his loving wife, Judy; cherished daughters, Cheryl (Colin MacDonald),
Shauna (George Donovan); precious grandchildren, Megan, John Tristan, Cody,
Marley, Janson, T.J. and Ty, whom he loved so much. He was a special
brother to Ronnie (Rita) MacLean, Junior Taylor, both of Eastern Passage,
A.G. and very special sister-in-law, Linda Sams, Tommy (Vena) Sams, both of
Ingonish; sisters, Phyllis (John) Billingsly, Calgary, Freda (Jack) Goulet,
Agnes (Art) Baker, Dianne (Fred) Usher, Ontario; special uncle and dear
friend, Ewart Hardy; and many nieces and nephews who were all very special
to him. He is also survived by close sisters-in-law, Joan (Wilson) Donovan,
Lynn (Chris) Gorey, Lori (Tim) Doyle, Anita (Cory) Williams and their
He was predeceased by his mother, Blanche, fathers, Leonard and Arthur. He
was also predeceased by his sister, Sue Ann, a brother in infancy and
father and mother-in-law, George and Margaret Hardy. Visitation will be
held at Fillmore and Whitman Funeral Home, Ingonish, from 7-9 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 26, A memorial service at St. John's Anglican Church will
be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, with Rev. Elliot Siteman officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Buchanan Memorial Palliative
Care or the Canadian Cancer Society.
Online condolences may be sent to

George Walsh Port Hawkesbury George Walsh, Port Hawkesbury, passed away
peacefully at home at the age of 80 years after battling lung disease for
several months. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Born in
Glace Bay to parents, Edward and Mary (Sharpe), he was a veteran of the
Second World War serving with the Technical Training Corp. After the war,
he graduated from Normal College in Truro and spent several years teaching
at various schools throughout Cape Breton before going to work at Sydney
Steel as an electrician for 13 years. He then returned to the teaching
profession and spent the rest of his working career at the Cape Breton
Regional Vocational School and Canso Regional Vocational school as a
teacher and administrator. He was a former president of the Vocational
Teacher's Union, the Strait Area Minor Hockey Association and the Strait
Area Gentlemen's Hockey League. In his later years he became interested in
sailing and became commodore of the Strait of Canso Yacht Club. He built
several boats and on summer afternoons could often he found at the club
tinkering with the rigging to make them sail a bit closer to the wind.
He was an avid fisherman and took delight in landing brook trout on the dry
fly on many lakes in Cape Breton County. He also took up the hobby of wine
making and any visitor to his home could count on leaving with a bottle
equal to anything you could purchase at the government store. He is
survived by his wife, Jennie (Peinsznski); sons, Edward, Port Hawkesbury,
and Terry (Cathy) Castor, Alberta; daughters, Linda (Glenn) Dalwood,
Calgary, Alta., Joanne (Bruce) Kennedy, Peru, New York; grandchildren,
Jenny Kennedy, Driggs, Idaho, Casey Kennedy, Peru, New York;; brother,
Michael Walsh; sisters, Kay White, Beatrice Cote. Besides his parents , he
was predeceased by son, John, brother, Joe, and sisters, Sally Doucette,
Dorothy Gillis, Grace Tschirhart, Elizabeth Comeau and Harriet Everett.
Resting in Green's Funeral, Port Hawkesbury Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9
p.m., from where a Vigil Service will be held at 8:30 p.m. Funeral Mass
will be offered Thursday at 11 a.m. from St. Joseph's Church, Port
Hawkesbury, with Rev. Bill Crispo presiding, burial to follow in the parish
cemetery. Family Flowers only please, memorial donations may be made to a
charity of the donor's choice.

Lorraine Watson Vancouver Island/Sydney Mines Lorraine Watson passed away
peacefully Sept. 21, 2007, at her home in Cobble Hill, Vancouver Island,
She was the daughter of the late Roderick and Eliza (Vickers) MacDonald,
Sydney Mines. In her younger years she worked at the Sydney Mines Post
Office. She was a great gardener and she enjoyed her beautiful flowers. She
was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Tom Watson, son, Thomas Watson and
daughter, Emily. She is survived by daughter, Sally; son, Edward; and
sister, Muriel MacGregor, North Sydney. Remains are resting at the Sands
Funeral Home, Duncan, B.C. Burial from St. Peter's Anglican Church, Cobble
Hill. Reception to follow at Arbutus Ridge.

Linda Bates 52, Sydney Linda Diane Bates, 52, of Cameron Street, Sydney,
passed away Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital,
Sydney. Born in Sydney, she was the daughter of Cora (Travis) Sheppard and
the late Owen Sheppard. Linda was a member of St. Alban's Anglican Church
and employed with Carlton Cards. She enjoyed fishing and playing darts and
baseball and also, the short time spent with her pet dog 'Trouble'. Linda
was a dedicated volunteer with Sydney Minor Hockey, serving as past
president and was a permanent fixture in the timekeeper's box for the many
hockey games played throughout the season.
"Her compassion for kids in hockey will surely be missed." Besides her
mother, Linda is survived by her husband, John; son, John Brian, Sydney;
daughters, Jan Melanie and Jodie Ann, Sydney; grandchildren, Brently,
Jarrad and Jordan; sister, Evelyn and brother, Paul, both of Sydney. She
was predeceased by her daughter, Jaime Marie Elizabeth, brothers, Shaun and
Owen, grandmother, Ann Travis Bradbury and grandfather, Gideon Travis.
There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at St. Albans
Anglican Church on Thursday at 11 a.m. with Rev. Brenda Drake-MacDonald
officiating. Interment in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks. A special
thank you to Mag, Cathy and Roddie; Beth with Palliative Care and Laurie
with the VON. Memorials may be made to Palliative Care of the Cape Breton
Regional Hospital. Condolences may be sent to the family at
'Best hockey friend a son could have.'

Margaret MacFarlane Black 86, Sydney We regret to announce the peaceful
passing of Mrs. Margaret MacFarlane Black at home on Sunday Sept. 23,
2007. Born in Springburn, Glasgow, Scotland, she was the daughter of the
late William and Agnes (Ambrose) Budge. She was a war bride from
Springburn, Scotland, who came to Sydney 60 years ago and together with her
late husband Donald raised her family in their family home. Margaret is
survived by four daughters, Donalda (John), Elizabeth (David), Janice
(Steve), all of Boston, Mass., Marina (Albert), Maitland, N.S.; three sons,
Bill (Reina), Coxheath, Scott, at home, and Martin (Sherry), Debert, N.S.
She is also survived by five grandchildren, Daniel and David, Boston,
Mass., Megan and Ethan, Debert, N.S., and Danyelle (Graham), Sydney; three
great-grandchildren, Ryan, Rochelle and Nolan Smith, Sydney. Besides her
parents, she was predeceased by her beloved husband Donald, and a son,
Alex, in infancy. She was the last surviving member of her family.
Visitation will take place Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the S.W. Chant & Son
Funeral Home, 564 Alexandra St., Sydney from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral
service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the S.W. Chant & Son
Funeral Home Chapel with Fr. Donald MacGillivary officiating. Burial to
follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks. Donations may be sent to
VON, Cape Breton Palliative Care Society or charity of choice. Online
condolences may be sent to our webpage at

Mary Jean MacAulay 1928-2007 New Waterford It is with great sadness that
we announce the passing of our beloved mother, sister and grandmother, Mary
MacAulay, Monday, Sept. 24, 2007, at the New Waterford Consolidated
Born in Lingan, and a lifelong resident of St. Joseph's Street, New
Waterford, Mary was the daughter of the late John H. and Nellie (MacIntosh)
Laffin. She was a member of the parish of St. Leonard, Mount Carmel Church.
Mary raised her five children after the sudden death of her husband Dave in
1963. She is survived by three daughters, Patricia (Cyril) MacKinnon, New
Waterford, Laurel (Michael) McDonald, Lingan, Ruth (Craig) Perry, Howie
Centre; two sons, John (Joan), Alberta and Ivan (Mary Ann), New Waterford.
Also left to mourn her passing is her sister, Marguerite Collins, Sydney;
her brother, Howard Laffin, Lingan and 14 grandchildren. Mary was
predeceased by her husband, David Widden MacAulay in 1963 as well as two
brothers, Harold and Patrick Laffin. Visitation will be held Wednesday
evening from 7-9 p.m. in V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 380 Smith St., New
Waterford. The funeral mass is 11 a.m. Thursday morning in the parish of
St. Leonard, Mount Carmel Church followed by interment at the parish
cemetery. Fellowship will be held at the Carmel Center. Family flowers
only. Donations in memory of Mary may be made to the IWK Hospital, Halifax,
or a charity of one's choice. Online condolences to the family can be
expressed at

Shirley Gill 79, Sydney Shirley Eileen Gill, 400 Kings Rd., Sydney,
formerly of 119 Colby St., Sydney, passed away at the Glace Bay General
Hospital on Monday, Sept. 24, 2007. Born in Astoria, New York, she was the
daughter of the late William R. and Gladys (Trodd) Stephens. Prior to her
marriage, Shirley taught at Colby School. She was a member of the Sydney
Drama Guild and enjoyed working with the AYPA on their yearly play
festival. She is survived by her husband, George; daughter, Gladys
(Francis) MacKenzie, Bedford, N.S.; and her son, David, Edmonton, Alta.
Surviving also are six grandchildren, Theodore, Elizabeth, Allison and
Rachel MacKenzie and Sophia and Abbey Gill. Shirley is survived by two
sisters, Joan Dooley, Halifax, N.S., and Audrey Meisner, Dartmouth, N.S.;
and a number of nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother,
Victor. There will be no visitation as cremation has taken place. A funeral
service will be held at the Church of Christ the King, Trinity Ave.,
Sydney, at 11 a.m. Thursday with Rev. Fred and the Rev. Valeria Rhymes
officiating. A reception will follow in the parish hall. Committal will be
held at Hardwood Hill Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to


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