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    1. [NS-CB] Cape Breton Deaths FEBRUARY 07, 2019 FRIDAY
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    3. Cape Breton Deaths courtesy of CAPE BRETON GENEALOGY & HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION VISIT OUR WEBSITE - <> < <>> NEW MEMBERS WELCOME Cape Breton Deaths FEBRUARY 07, 2019 FRIDAY There were 6 obituaries published today SARAH JANETTE “SAL” (BURKE()BUSSEY - 73 YRS LORETTA MYRTLE (JENKINS) HIGDON - 100 YRS JUDE “BLAIR” LEGERE - 81 YRS WILLIAM THOMAS “TOMMY” OLESON - 67 YRS WILLIAM JAMES SMITH - 89 YRS ANDREW I. YOUNG - SARAH JANETTE “SAL” (BURKE) BUSSEY - 73 YRS BUSSEY, Sarah ‘Sal’ Janette Mira River It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of a wonderful wife mother and sister. Sal Bussey passed away peacefully February 4, 2020 surrounded by her loving family in the Palliative Care Unit at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. Born November 14, 1946 in Little Lorraine, she was the daughter of John William Burke and the late Mary Margaret (Campbell) Burke. Sally was an outstanding wife, mother, sister and inspiration to all. She will be deeply missed by the love of her life David and husband of over 50 years; her daughter and best friend, Barbara (James) MacDougall of Albert Bridge; devoted sons, David (Melinda) Bussey of Louisburg and Shaun (Susan) Bussey of Mira. Nana will be missed by her wonderful grandchildren, Tyler, Karen, Brett, Karley, Desarae, Kolby and Oceanna. Sal was a faithful member of St. Joseph Mission Parish Albert Bridge. Sal was predeceased by her mother, Mary Burke; her sister, Germaine Pink; nine siblings in infancy, and Tom and Ethel Bussey (parents-in-law). She will also be greatly missed by her siblings, Linda (Johnny) MacDonald, Louisburg, Donna Burke, Louisburg, Loretta Maloney, Bedford, John (Joan) Burke, Fredericton, NB, Adrian (Marlene) Burke, Sydney River, Jacqueline (Stephen) Rafuse, Cole Harbour, Chris Burke, Truro, and her many loved nieces, nephews and cherished aunts and uncles. Sal was known for her kind and gentle spirit but most of all her love and passion for her family. Sal led an active life, enjoying many activities such as swimming, cycling, walking, camp, kayaking, shopping and travel. She especially enjoyed the boat rides with family and friends on the Mira. Sal was employed by National Sea Products for several years and then Fleur De Lis Motel in Louisburg followed by a lobster fishing with loving husband Dave and son Shaun. The family would like to thank the staff and volunteers of the Palliative Care Unit at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital for their attentive compassionate care during this difficult time. Special thanks to Dr. Harless, Dr. Kian Khodadad, Amanda and Claudette at the Cape Breton Cancer Center. Visitation will be held on Saturday February 8 from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Parish, Main-a-Dieu. Reverend Evo Di Pierro will be officiating the funeral mass at 1 p.m. with a reception to follow. Interment will be at Brick Yard Road Cemetery at a future date. In keeping with Sal’s wishes, cremation has taken place under the care of TW Curry Parkview Chapel. Sal you were the most beautiful guiding light of our family circle. You played a big part in all our lives, and now that you are gone, our love for you will continue to go on and on. To leave online condolences please visit <> LORETTA MYRTLE (JENKINS) HIGDON - 100 YRS HIGDON, Loretta Myrtle North Sydney After 100 years of a life well lived, our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, Loretta Higdon passed away peacefully with family by her side on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. Born in Sydney Mines, on September 5, 1919, Loretta was the daughter of the late Mark and Priscilla (Anthony) Jenkins. She later moved to North Sydney with her husband Louis. They built their home on Brook Street where they raised their family and entertained their grandchildren and extended family and friends for many years. Loretta is survived by her sons, Brian (Linda), Robert (Michele); daughter-in-law, Muriel, and a special nephew, Fred Patterson (Eleanor) who she raised and thought of as her own. Loretta was lovingly known as “Nan” by her grandchildren Shawn, Tanya, Sheldon, Cindy, Kevin, Sarah and Philip. She was a great-grandmother to Brianna, Brett, Madelyn, Lauren, Emily, Charlie and Lottie, who was born on her 100th birthday. Loretta was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Louis; their son, Andrew; niece, Corrine Paterson as well as her siblings, Walter, Mark, Margie, Rosie and Garfield. Loretta was a social butterfly who had many great friends over the years. She was a member of the North Sydney Seniors and Pensioners Club and a 50 year member of both the L.O.B.A. and True Blues Lodges. She was a faithful member of St. Matthew Wesley United Church, North Sydney. Before recently moving to the Northside Community Guest Home, Loretta spent the last several years living at My Cape Breton Home in North Sydney where she enjoyed her time and made many friends with both residents and staff. She made the best of whatever came her way, she was remarkably adaptable and loved to have a laugh. One of her famous quotes which is used commonly in our family is “what odds!” We are grateful to the staff at both My Cape Breton Home and the Northside Community Guest Home for the wonderful care provided. We would also like to extend our appreciation to the staff on 3A at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital as well as those working in the Palliative Care Unit for their kindness and compassion during Loretta’s last days. Visitation for Loretta will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday, February 9th, in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant Street, North Sydney. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday at St. Matthew Wesley United Church with Rev. Stephen Mills officiating. Burial will take place in Lakeside Cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations in Loretta ’s memory may be made to St. Matthew Wesley United Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family at <> JUDE “BLAIR” LEGERE - 81 YRS LEGERE, Jude “Blair” Sydney Mines It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Jude “Blair” Legere on Wednesday February 5, 2020 at An Cala, Cape Breton Regional Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Sydney Mines on December 28, 1938, he was the son of the late Leslie & Christine “Nixie” (MacNeil) Legere. Blair met the love of his life and best friend Ruth in Sydney Mines where they lived a full and wonderful life together for 56 years. Blair was devoted to his family, and will always be remembered as a loving husband, Dad and Grandad and having a special bond with his sister and only sibling Mary. He will be remembered as a gentle soul and a generous and humble man who loved telling stories; a real homebody that treasured living in and exploring Cape Breton Island. After enjoying many years in his family home on Stafford Avenue, Blair spent his remaining years making great new friends in a retirement community and attending the Harborview Adult Day Program. Blair enjoyed family camping trips and fishing with his children and grandkids. Blair was known for his many artistic talents especially drawing, calligraphy, painting and making handcrafted toys for his children and grandchildren. Blair loved tending to his beautiful garden which was admired by many. Blair enjoyed dining out in search for the best liver n’ onions or fish cakes and beans. He was a real connoisseur of mincemeat pie & ginger chocolate and marmalade. Blair began his working career with CN railway and was later employed for 23 years at the Adult Vocational Training Center with media services/print shop department. He will be remembered by colleagues for his ability to fix anything with his Swiss army knife. Blair is survived by his wife, Ruth (Greenwell); children, Rob (Kim), Michael (Sharon) and Denise; grandchildren, Christina, Todd, Breana, MacKenzie, Maxwell & Mason; sister, Mary Holland (Bun); nephews Luc (Kelly) and John (Sonia) and sister-in-law, Elizabeth Jessome & family. Special thanks to all our family, friends and neighbors, Northside Homemakers, Dr. Ghenea, Dr. Kelly, Dr. D’Intino, Unit 3B & An Cala staff, and all the health care professionals that supported us through this journey. Blair will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts. In accordance with Blair’s wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. A funeral Mass will be held Saturday, February 8, 2020, at 11 a.m., in Holy Family Church, Sydney Mines, with Fr. Jim Oliver officiating. A reception will follow in the parish hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society, Hospice Cape Breton <>; An Cala Palliative Care Unit; Northside Homemakers Service Society or a charity of your choice. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to his family at <> WILLIAM THOMAS “TOMMY” OLESON - 67 YRS OLESON, William Thomas ‘Tommy’ William Thomas Oleson aka Tommy Oleson passed away February 4, 2020. He is now in heaven with his other loved ones and God the father. Born in Portland Maine, USA to two proud parents, John C. Oleson and Nannette (Annie) Oleson on November 13, 1952, the 3rd of 9 children. Tommy was an exceptional great brother, husband, father, grandfather, godfather and uncle. He worked a great number of jobs, from meat companies to clerks, day care, electronic assembler, and at Baddecks Alder Wood Senior home as an adult care worker. He preferred working the Alzheimer’s unit, he had a gentle caring way with patients that other workers recognized. He had a great personality and sense of humour, he laughingly once said, he aspired to be the Old Crazy Guy that people liked and kids found funny. He was naturally bright, intelligent and funny with a sharp Witt and quick comebacks. As a young boy, mischievous, as an adult, mischievous, and always a kid at heart. He was exceptionally generous loving and caring person. Faith: Catholic, and a super Patriots fan. Raised in South Boston, MA. He moved to Wagmatcook, NS in 1998 with his mother, and fiancé Susan whom he married in Wagmatcook in 1998 she became Susan Oleson. Later widowed, he met his other love Sophie Pierro. We miss you so much! As you always said, Godspeed, no farewells only (Nmu’ltes). He is survived by siblings, Joanne Dunn, John C. Oleson Jr., Julie Duling, Janie Oleson, Theresa Podolski and Joseph Oleson; children, Chris Afienko, Scott and Melissa Danforth; many nieces, nephews, and grandchildren. Predeceased by siblings, Wanda Oleson and Jeannie Oleson, and wife, Susan Danforth. Tommy was also loved by his step-grandchildren who called him ‘Papa’, Macy, Payton, Adrian Jij and Julius. He is also survived and will be missed by stepchildren on Sophie’s side, Angela (Blair), Freeman (Melissa), Stephanie (Steve) and Adrian (Michelle). Visitation will take place on Sunday, February 9, 2020 after 3 p.m., at the Elder Center in Wagmatcook. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 11 at 11 a.m. at Queen of the World Parish with Father Angus MacDougall officiating. Salite to follow at the Cultural Center. Online condolences can be left by visiting <> WILLIAM JAMES SMITH - 89 YRS SMITH, William James Glace Bay It is with regret that we announce the peaceful passing of William James Smith, 89, on February 3, 2020 at Victoria Haven Nursing Home. Willie was born on October 18, 1930 to Peter and Annie (MacDonald) Smith. He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy (Stevens) in December 2018. He was also predeceased by a sister, Shirley. Willie is survived by his only daughter, Janis, Florida; three sons, Brad (Kelly), Dominion, David (Melva), Reserve Mines and Kevin (late Hazel), Toronto. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Andrea, Jennifer, Shannon (Chris), Jessica, James, Greg, Mike, Ryan (Samantha); Connor (Mary); great-grandchildren, Kenzie, Noah, Kaden, Ryan, Logan, Peyton, Kohen and Holly; sister, Carol (late Alex) MacMillan. Cremation has taken place. A service and interment will take place for both William and Dorothy in July. (Announcement will be published). The family would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff of Victoria Haven for their excellent care over the years. We would also like to thank Dr. Gordon Spencer for his care and attentiveness to Willie over the years as well as Jeannie for always being so kind and patient. Thank you. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to <> ANDREW I. YOUNG - YOUNG, Andrew I. Ossining, NY Andrew I. Young, a long-term resident of Ossining, NY departed this life on February 3, 2020 surrounded by his family after battling a life-threatening illness. Andrew was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada and attended high school at Church Point Military Prep School in Digby, NS. Andrew worked and retired as a NYS Department of Transportation employee out of Millwood, NY. Andrew was proceeded by his parents, Andrew and Bertha (Boone) Young; sisters, Jeanette (Joe) MacDonald, Margaret (Les) Mabbott and Geraldine (Bill) Smith. He is survived by his wife, M. Shirley Young of 65 years and children, Karen (Peter) Corsello, Bertha (Norman) Weil and Andrew (Kelley) Young.; grandchildren, Brian Bechtold, Vincent Corsello, Racheal Shuldman, Erica Barber, Taylor Weil, and Andrew, Alexander, and Alayna Young, and Allison Rubbo; great-grandchildren, Sofia and McKenzie Bechtold, Victoria and Scarlett Barber, and Harper Shuldman; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins throughout Canada and the United States. Andrew was a 30-year Eucharistic Minister at St. Anne’s Parish, Ossining New York, a Moose Lodge Member, and enjoyed working at the St. Anne’s holiday festivals. As a young man, Andrew loved playing hockey and baseball, hunting with his brothers-in-law, fishing and spending time at his campsite with family and friends. His greatest pleasure was spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 7 at 10 a.m. at St Anne’s Church, 25 Eastern Ave., Ossining, NY 10562. The family would like to extend special gratitude to his caregivers Tanisha, Susan, and hospice staff.

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