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    1. [NS-CB] Cape Breton Deaths FEBRUARY 18, 2019 TUESDAY
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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 18, 2019 TUESDAY There were 12 obituaries published today BERNARD MARTIN “BERNIE” CURTIS - 83 YRS BERNARD JAMES “BERNIE B” GOOGOO - 80 YRS CARL REGINALD HEAD - 90 YRS JOSEPH MAXWELL “BUTCH” HOFFMAN - 72 YRS ALEXANDER KENNETH “ALEX” MACGREGOR - 76 YRS MARY EDWINA (CHRISTOPHER) MATHESON - 91 YRS GENEVIEVE (FLEMING) MCPHEE - 96 YRS WESLEY MULLEY - 84 YRS WILLIAM GEORGE ODO - 63 YRS PAUL HAROLD RICHARDSON - MAJOR ROBERT PEDDLE - 80 RYS WILBERT WILLIAMS - 69 YRS BERNARD MARTIN “BERNIE” CURTIS - 83 YRS CURTIS, Bernard Martin Balls Creek It is with sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Bernard ‘Bernie’ Curtis, age 83, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at the Northside General Hospital, with his family by his side. Born in North Sydney, he was the son of the late Gordon and Winifred Curtis, as well as his stepmother Eileen Curtis. Bernie joined the Canadian Armed Forces at age 17 and served as a member of the Black Watch. He also completed a tour in Egypt as part of the U.N. Peacekeeping mission. He later was employed with General Motors before moving back home to Cape Breton where he worked as a coal miner in the Prince Mine, retiring early due to illness. After retirement he developed a passion for working with wood and carving in particular. He spent many years carving various animals which can be found in homes all over the globe. Bernie is survived by his wife, Joan (O’Quinn) Curtis; his three children, Gus (Marion) Curtis, Cumberland, Maine, Emily (Todd) MacSween, Uxbridge, Mass., Bernadette (Bruce) Beaton, Leitches Creek. Also, by his six grandchildren, MacKenzie, Steven, Matthew, Alex, Grace, A.J.; his twin sister, Bernice (Simon) Fraser, North Sydney; sister, Linda (Donnie) Stewart, Merigomish, NS, and brother, Pat (Sylvia) Curtis of Moncton. He was predeceased by his sister, Shirley Cox and two brothers, Bruce and Blaise. The family would like to thank the staff of Harbourview Hospital, Veterans Unit and the Day Program staff as well as the nurses of 4 West unit at the Northside General Hospital. Visitation for Bernie will be held 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 19, at St. Joseph Church, North Sydney, with Rev. Leo Cordeau presiding. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Veterans Comfort Fund or charity of choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at <> BERNARD JAMES “BERNIE B” GOOGOO - 80 YRS GOOGOO, Bernard James ‘Bernie B’ We’koqma’q First Nations It is with tearful eyes and heavy hearts that we, the family of Bernard James Googoo, age 80, announce that his golden heart stopped beating and his hard-working hands at rest. On Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 11:33 a.m. at the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital, Bernard took his final journey to reunite with his parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters and lifelong friends in the spiritual realm; God proved us that he only takes the best. Bernie B, as he loved to be called, was born on July 19, 1939, to late Michael P. and Ellen (Sylliboy) Googoo in We’koqma’q First Nation, in the presence of his esteemed grandfather, Grand Chief Gabriel Sylliboy. Kji Saqamaw would then spend the coming months nurturing premature Bernie B until he was a healthy birth weight. Bernie was proud to be cared for by Kji Saqamaw. Bernie B was a great man who always had a smile on his face and a joke on his lip. He had the most caring personality, he loved hard and his family was the most precious love in the world to him. He was an extraordinary storyteller, whether it is legends or jokes, he always had the best comedic set up and timing. There was no doubt that you would leave him in awe from the amazing stories or still laughing from the jokes you heard, either way you left him better than you were when you arrived. Bernie B was the first We’koqma’q man to graduate from NSIT in Motor Vehicle Repair. In 1968, he received his 4-year apprenticeship. As such, he was huge a car enthusiast and collector of model cars. He was a jack of all trades, not only was he a mechanic, he also was a carpenter, plumber and could accomplish electrical work as well. If he didn’t know how to fix it, he could figure it out. He was so proud to also serve his community as a band councillor for many years. On his past time, he loved to enjoy nature. Whether it is bird watching on his back step, or out on the water fishing, he found beauty in the world. He loved boating and had owned the most unique boats in the past - including his prized possession - his very own “BERNIE B” boat. He was survived by his loving wife, Phyllis Jean, of 56 years, 1 month shy of 57 years; his precious gems, his daughter, Linda (Bobby); his sons, Dodd and Louie (Muriel); his grandchildren, Cassandra, Dakota, Avery, Dmitri, Storm, Lucinda, Robbi, Victoria, Lyndon, and Shane; his great-grandchildren whom he thought the world of; Sandreya, Elias, Zalie, Eden and Stannis; his loving sisters and bingo buddies, Anna (Francis) and Geraldine; adopted sisters, Barbara Matheson, Bridget Marshall, Matilda Koopman; godchildren, Herman Young, Harriet Nicholas, Sunshine Bernard, Michael Paul, Lillian Googoo, Vivian Googoo, Christopher Sealy, Roddie Paul, Mary Florence Bernard, Chuckie Peck, countless nieces and nephews; his best friend, Joe Mike. He was predeceased by his parents, Michael and Ellen; his siblings, William, Gabriel, Ryan J, Alex R, Stanley, Mary B, Germaine, Michael and Janet; his adopted brothers, Wayne, Henry, Donald; his highly esteemed godson and best friend, Sheldon Googoo Sr., and his best friend, Benjamin Bernard. Heartfelt thanks to Dr. LaFrance, Dr. Ritter, and all of the wonderful nursing staff at Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital - thank you for taking such good care of our dad and for your hospitality. Special thanks to Kji Saqamaw Norman Sylliboy for your spiritual guidance in our time of need. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. for family and 4 p.m. for public at the We’koqma’q Community Hall, 15 Reservation Rd., l on Tuesday, February 18. Funeral Mass will take place Thursday, February 20, at 11 a.m. from Blessed St. Katari Parish Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, We’Koqma’q First Nation officiated by Father Conrad Edwards. Cremation to follow with burial at a later date. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Dennis Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Whycocomagh. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family <> CARL REGINALD HEAD - 90 YRS HEAD, Carl Reginald Whitney Pier It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear Uncle Carl on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney at the age of 90 years. Born on August 15, 1929 in Whitney Pier, Carl was the son of the late Adam and Louisa (Rolfe) Head. Carl worked away in Boston and Ontario for almost twelve years before returning to Cape Breton and working at the Cove Guest Home until he retired. He attended the Presbyterian Church in Louisbourg and had a keen interest in reading and memorizing scripture. Carl is survived by his brother, Bill (Tina); sister-in-law, Yvonne; as well as many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Carl was predeceased by his siblings, Florence (Ches), Nancy (George), Mary (Edgar), Greta, Walter (Gladys), Rolf (Peggy), Earl (Louise), Melvin (Doris), Lillian (Billy), Clyde and four siblings in infancy, Nell, Adam, John and Cyril. Visitation for the late Carl Head will be held at the Pier Community Funeral Home, Whitney Pier, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church Street) on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A celebration of Carl’s life will be held in the funeral home in the All Faiths Chapel on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 1 p.m. with Pastor Kevin Richardson officiating. Following the service, a luncheon will be held in the funeral home reception area. Interment will take place in Eastmount Cemetery, Whitney Pier at a later date. Donations in Carl’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at <> JOSEPH MAXWELL “BUTCH” HOFFMAN - 72 YRS HOFFMAN, Joseph Maxwell ‘Butch’ Glace Bay It is with heavy hearts that we, the family, announce the passing of Joseph Maxwell ‘Butch’ Hoffman on February 16, 2020 at the age of 72, in the Cape Breton Regional Hospital with loving family at his side. He was the son of the late Max and Sis (Catherine) Hoffman. Born in Glace Bay he resided in this community for the rest of his life. He worked for the former town of Glace Bay for almost 30 years where he was highly respected by many of its employees. In his younger days he was active in hockey, baseball, broomball and soft ball. Later he became a Minor Hockey League Coach. He was inducted into The Cape Breton Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the 1968 Oland’s Bay Boys and the 1971 Glace Bay Jr. Miners Baseball team. He was also inducted into the Glace Bay Wall of Fame and the Maritime Hall of Fame as a member of the 1968 Oland’s Bay Boys. Later in life he took up golf and was a member of Lingan Golf and Country Club where he enjoyed the friendship of many other golfers. He was especially close to his older brother, Jimmy. Together they played sports, travelled on family vacations and to hockey and ball games in Montreal and New York. Butch was an avid Montreal Canadiens and New York Yankee fan and was fortunate to travel to these cities to attend their games. He was very involved in family. He was the go-to-guy whenever problems arose, always ready with a helping hand and sound advice. Most winters he could be found at the local rinks with his two grandsons cheering them on. He is survived by his wife, Jean (Bishop); daughter, Lori; son, Kyle; grandchildren, Mitchell, Keighan, Kylie, Mannix and Kingston. He is also survived by brothers, Jimmy (Loretta) and Ralph (Belinda); sisters, Betty Saccary and Marilyn Sarty; sister-in-law, Terry (Doug) Sheppard; many special nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly, also his special buddy, Blake. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his youngest brother, Kenneth and brother-in-law, Bruce Sarty. According to his wishes cremation has taken place under the care and direction of Patten Funeral Home, his ashes will be scattered by family in the spring. Special thanks to our families for all the love and support they have shown him during this time. He would have been so grateful to know how much they cared for him. Thank you also to the nurses, doctors of the ICU and Palliative Care. To Cori, and the paramedics who arrived on the scene our sincere Thanks. Thanks also to neighbours Mary Pat and Greg Gillis, Catherine and Bugs Seward, all those who visited, sent cards and food. Donations in his memory may be made to a charity of your choice. Online condolences can be sent to the family at <> HE IS GONE You can shed tears that he is gone, or you can smile because he lived. You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back, or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left. Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him, or you can be full of the love that you shared. You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday, or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday. You can remember him and only that he is gone, or you can cherish his memory and let it live on. You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back, or you can do what he would want: Smile, open your eyes, love and go on. David Harkins ALEXANDER KENNETH “ALEX” MACGREGOR - 76 YRS MacGREGOR, Alexander Kenneth ‘Alex’ Sydney It is with deep sorrow that we, the family, regret to announce the passing of Alexander ‘Alex’ MacGregor on Monday February 17, 2020 at the A Cala unit of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. Born in Pleasant Bay on March 20, 1943, he was the son of the late John and Georgetta (Moore) MacGregor. Alex started his career as a linesman with MT&T when he was just 17yrs old. After many years as a linesman he was promoted to Business Service Manager and continued with MT&T for a total of 34yrs retiring in 1994. Following his retirement he took on many volunteer roles such as President of the Telephone Pioneers, founder of the “Celebration of Light” in the United Protestant Church in Sydney River, he was actively involved with the United Protestant Church Brotherhood and also spent many hours volunteering for the Kettle campaign with The Salvation Army. In 2007, he embarked on a new journey which found him as a pulpit supply (lay minister) for the United Protestant Church. During his time as a pulpit supply, he spent many Sundays in Louisburg and Catalone where he met some wonderful people and made some very close friends. This was a responsibility he undertook with great pride and will always be remembered as a wonderful speaker. Alex is survived by his wife, Matilda (Royal); daughter, Cheryl Ann (Michael) Briggs; son, Sandy (Norma); sister, Mary Hope (Alex) Fraser; grandchildren, Isabel (Justin), Spencer (Kylie), Adam (Laura), Evan (Shelby), Andrew (Brittany); great-grandchildren, Mackenzie with whom he had a very special connection, Hudson and Violet. A special mention to Alex’s niece Brandy Legace whom he had a very special relationship with. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his brother Donald Arthur. Visitation will take place on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 from 4-7 p.m. Funeral Service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. in the United Protestant Church of Sydney River. Rev. Dana Feltmate officiating. Interment will take place later in Pleasant Bay. A special thanks to the staff and physicians in the A Cala unit for their kindness and compassion during his stay. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army. Family flowers only. Words of comfort may be sent to the family at <> or emailed [email protected] <http://[email protected]/> MARY EDWINA (CHRISTOPHER) MATHESON - 91 YRS MATHESON, Mary Edwina Mary Edwina Matheson, age 91 of Aberdeen, Inverness Co., passed peacefully away on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 in the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Born on January 24, 1929 in Tignish, PEI she was a daughter of the late Edmund Emmett and Mary Caroline (Kenny) Christopher. Mary Edwina was a stay at home Mom. Mary is survived by her daughter, Jean (Calvin) Munro; sons, James (Cathy) and Donnie; sisters, Teresa (Tom), Connie (Louis), Helen (Leo); brothers, Michael (Alice), James; grandchildren, Jennifer (Yon), Heather (Ian), Kaitlyn (Tom), James (Andrew) and Blair; great–grandchildren, Cameron and Leila. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband, Cameron; sister, Freda; brothers, Wilbert, Robert, Walter and Edward. A graveside service will take place in Little Narrows Presbyterian Cemetery at a later date in the Spring of 2020. Memorial donations in memory of Mary Edwina may be made to Bosom Buddies of Nova Scotia ( <>). Funeral arrangements are under the care of Dennis Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Whycocomagh. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at: <> "Loved and missed by all." GENEVIEVE (FLEMING) MCPHEE - 96 YRS McPHEE, Genevieve Dartmouth It is with deep sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our mother Genevieve McPhee on Friday, February 14, 2020 at the Halifax Infirmary at the age of 96. Born January 20, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Francis and Margaret (Somers) Fleming. She was the last surviving member of her family. Genevieve lived on MacLean Street, Sydney, NS for most of her life, moving to Dartmouth, NS in 1998. Genevieve is survived by her daughters, Margaret, SSND of Liverpool England, Carol (Lawrence Lewis) of Sydney, NS, Joan of Dartmouth, NS, Marcella of Edmonton, AB and Catherine (Peter Duggan) of Dartmouth, NS; sons, Ronald (Deborah) of Sydney, NS, Kenneth of Edmonton, AB, Gregory (Isabelle) of Sydney, NS, William (Sharon) of Dartmouth, NS, Stephen (Deborah) of Middle Sackville, NS, Robert (Elizabeth) of Dartmouth, NS, Wayne (Judy) of Calgary, AB, Glenn (Anita) of Dartmouth, NS and Peter (Sue) of Dartmouth, NS. Mom also had 25 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Mom was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Louis Johnston McPhee. She was also predeceased by her sisters, Margaret, Angela, May, Madge, Kathleen (Kay), Ellen and Peggy, and brothers, Phillip, James and Thomas. Mom loved to be with her family. The reason did not matter as long as she was in the middle of the action. She loved being together for holidays, especially Christmas, Saturday night card games, and family meals. She will also be missed by her many friends at 59 Baker Drive. Thank you for your many gestures of kindness especially shuffling cards for her that allowed her to continue to play – a pastime that brought her so much joy. You never tried to visit her Monday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings, as it interfered with 45s, Crib and Newfoundland Bingo games. No matter where a car was going, Mom liked to go along. She loved to saunter the aisles of Sobeys and Costco, cash in and purchase her scratch tickets and go to the casino. And, the day would not be complete without her daily crossword puzzle. Thanks to the nurses, doctors and staff of Unit 7.4 at the Halifax Infirmary for Mom’s care. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be at Christ the King Parish (St. Vincent de Paul Church) 320 Flying Cloud Dr., Dartmouth. NS on February 18 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Funeral service will be at Christ the King Parish (St. Vincent de Paul Church) on February 19 at 10 a.m., with Rev. Gordon MacLean officiating. Reception to follow in the church foyer. Interment will be held at a later date in Brookside Cemetery, Sydney Mines, NS. Family flowers only. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Northwood Manor, Soul’s Harbour Rescue Mission or to a charity of your choice. Words of comfort can be sent to the family by visiting <> WESLEY MULLEY - 84 YRS MULLEY, Wesley It is with profound sadness and heartbreak that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend, Wesley Mulley. Wes passed away peacefully with his family by his side at the An Cala Palliative Care Unit at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital on Friday, February 14, 2020. Wes was born in North Sydney on June 21, 1935, to the late J.W. and Marion (Harnem) Mulley. Early in life, Wes worked as an underground supervisor in our local coal mines for 38 years, eventually retiring from the Prince Mine. He was an active outdoorsman, fisherman and golfer. Loving the outdoors, he loved nothing more than spending a summer’s day at his favourite place in Ross Ferry, appropriately named “Mull’s Point”. Wes was a dedicated member of Wilson United Church in Florence until its closure in 2015, being the lone male choir member. He loved nothing more than going to church every Sunday morning to enjoy fellowship with his friends and to sing his favourite hymns. As a member of the Bras d’Or Seniors and Pensioners club, he enjoyed playing darts and bingo weekly with all of his friends, and most importantly, his special friend, Barbara Pyke. He was a talented self-taught musician, with the ability to play any instrument. He loved to play and sing along to his favourite tunes, and up until his passing, could be found watching old school Merle Haggard on “The YouTube” at any given time. Wes had an immense love for his children. Never one to want time alone, he was fortunate to have a close circle of family and friends always willing to provide support. He was a man of great compassion, kindness and generosity; he was full of love, life and laughter. He had the most infectious belly laugh and wanted everyone to laugh along with him. Dad was our rock, our confidant, and biggest supporter. He had an innate ability to detect when one of his loved ones was feeling low and would do his best to lift our spirits. He is survived by and will be immensely missed by his dear children, Cathy (Ian), Joanne, John (Janine), Sherry (Eddie) and Troy (Leanne); his grandchildren, who he always referred to as his “sweethearts”, Melissa (Rick), Griffin, Kiana (Kyle), Joy (Makyle) and Ty; great-grandchildren, Dean, Chanel and Atlas. Also, surviving Wes are his spouse, Joyce Mulley; sister, Marion ‘Mamie’ Johnstone; brothers, Wayne Mulley and John R. Mulley, and his long-time companion friend, Barbara Pyke. In addition to his parents, Wesley was predeceased by his siblings, Minnie, Murdock, Leonard, Angus, William, Ina May, Susan and Madeline, and his sweet grandson, Connor Wesley Mulley. Wes left this world the same way he lived, surrounded by everlasting love. Though he may have been a small man in stature, he had a presence that was larger than life. Wes could always be heard before he was seen, and we will miss hearing his stories. Our family would like to extend a sincere thank you to Northside Homemaker Service Society, the wonderful nursing staff of 4A and the Palliative Care Nurses at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital for taking such compassionate care of him. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Hospice Palliative Care Society at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital or a charity of your choice. A private service will be held at a later date. Memories and condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting <> “If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.” WILLIAM GEORGE ODO - 63 YRS ODO, William George New Waterford It is with sadness we, the family, announce the passing of William George Odo, 63, of New Waterford on February 16, 2020 at New Waterford Hospital. Born in New Waterford, he was a son of the late William and Mary Odo. William is survived by four nephews, James Arsenault, George Porquet, Rick Arsenault, and Harry Porquet. Besides his parents, William was predeceased by sisters, Mary Porquet and Rosina Arsenault. As per William's wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation or funeral service. A burial will be held in St. Michael's Cemetery, River Ryan, at a later date. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 380 Smith St., New Waterford. Donations in his memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at: <> PAUL HAROLD RICHARDSON - RICHARDSON, Paul Harold It is with great sadness that we, the family, announce the peaceful and sudden passing of Paul Harold Richardson on February 12, 2020 at his home in Bedford, Nova Scotia. He was the son of the late George and Winnie (Gordon) Richardson. Paul will be forever missed by his loving wife, Sandra (MacMillan); his daughter, Karen (Stephen) Johnson of Sydney; his ‘boys’, Dean of Strathmore, AB, Scott (Kelly) and Adam (Ashley), both of Halifax, and his grandchildren, Ashley and Tyler of Halifax, and Cassidy of Strathmore. Paul’s biggest love in life and greatest joy was his family, they were his world. Also surviving are his sisters, Bernice (Gordon), Irene (Michael) and Beverly (Dan Neil), all of Sydney; niece, Wendy, and nephews, John, Michael and Stephen. Paul is also survived by in-laws, Thelma, Danny (Margie), Karen (Stanley) and Elliott (Kim) and families, including Leta who loved him dearly and “little buddy” Alexandra. Besides his parents, Paul was predeceased by first wife, Heather (Hill). Paul worked for over 30 years for Cape Breton Development Corporation followed by Seaboard Industrial Supply. Paul was a very well-respected and admired worker in his field. Paul was never the loudest person in the room, but to his family he was always the strongest. He made people laugh with his quick wit and honest observations. When his children, family or anyone else needed advice, he was the first person to call and never turned down a chance to help. He didn’t need to meet someone to care about them. He didn’t want us to worry about him, no matter the circumstances. Dad says goodbye with his children knowing just how lucky they were to have a father who wished for nothing but their happiness. We were always put first, and we were always loved unconditionally. We’ll carry him with us every day until we see him again. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at Sydney Memorial Chapel on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 11 a.m., with Rev. Dana Feltmate officiating, immediately followed by a reception. Committal service will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the MacMillan Memorial United Church (Catalone) or charity of choice. Words of comfort may be sent to the family at <> or emailed to sydneymemorialchapel <> MAJOR ROBERT PEDDLE - 80 YRS PEDDLE, Robert, Major Sydney After 80 years of a life well lived, Bob passed away on the 16th of February, 2020. He spent 35 years of dedicated military service in the Royal Canadian Air Force. By his side were those who loved him the most, his wife of 60 years, Lorraine; his daughter, Marla, and beloved grandson, Matthew, who loved him as a father and grandfather. From a distance his much-loved nieces, Cindy, Lori and Shari, were also with him, along with many friends from afar. By request there will be no visitation or service. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation. Words of comfort may be sent to the family at <> or emailed to [email protected] <http://[email protected]/> WILBERT WILLIAMS - 69 YRS WILLIAMS, Wilbert Age 69, left this world in Neil’s Harbour, “the better rock”, on February 14, 2020. He was the son of the late Owen and Jean (Ingraham) Williams. His journey led him from his Cape Breton home to Saint Mary’s University (BComm ’74) to Revenue Canada. He, however, really embraced retirement back in Neil’s Harbour. His friends and colleagues found him to be loyal and trustworthy. His family knew him as a spirited and animated storyteller. His passion for politics often resulted in detailed and dynamic debate, where injustice was quickly recognized and called out. He was a sports fanatic, avid outdoorsman and a lover of music in its diverse forms. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Debbie (Ratcliffe); daughter, Erin Ellison (Jon); son, Patrick Williams (Marc); grandchildren, Petra, Catrina, Neo, Demitra, Lilly and Dylan; brothers, Fred (Jean) and Norman (Debbie); sisters, Donna (Murdock), Yvonne (Dave) and Beth (Andrew); as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. A celebration of his life will be held at St. Andrew’s Church Hall, Neil’s Harbour at 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 20. Memories and condolences can be forwarded to the family by visiting <> In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. The family would like to thank the many who have eased the shock of sudden death, especially neighbours and first responders. This fine father, brother, uncle, cousin, husband, son and friend prepared us to see that you could be the change. “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you just might find, you get what you need.” Go Huskies! Go Pack Go!

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