Cape Breton Deaths courtesy of CAPE BRETON GENEALOGY & HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION VISIT OUR WEBSITE - www.cbgen.org <http://www.cbgen.org/> <http://www.cbgen.org/ <http://www.cbgen.org/>> NEW MEMBERS WELCOME Cape Breton Deaths FEBRUARY 20, 2019 THURSDAY There were 5 obituaries published today GARY E. BROOKS - 59 YRS RENEE CARMELLA (FEIT) LANGER - 83 YRS MARY GEORGINA “DODIE” (MCGILLIVRAY) MACQUARRIE - 88 YRS MARY RITA (GAUDET) SAWLOR - 97 YRS BRIAN WHALEN - 73 YRS GARY E. BROOKS - 59 YRS BROOKS, Gary E. North Sydney It is with deep sadness and broken hearts that we, the family announce the sudden passing of our dear son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend to many, Gary Ellis Brooks, age 59, at home on Saturday, February 15, 2020. Born and raised in North Sydney, on April 24, 1960, he was the son of Joan (Fitzgerald) Brooks and the late Irvin Brooks. Gary spent his early childhood summers sailing at the Northern Yacht Club, where he went on to become an active member and served on the board there. He joined the Canadian Militia during high school, served as a driver in Germany and was a proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 19 in North Sydney. Gary was a dedicated worker who started his career with Nova Scotia Power in Halifax, then Point Tupper in Port Hawkesbury and finished working at the Point Aconi Power Plant, close to home. A gentle soul with a heart of gold, Gary enjoyed a game of crib, a good crossword puzzle and spending time grabbing a coffee with his good friend Glen Buis. Gary will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his mother, Joan Brooks; his sister, Lynn (Ronnie) Ivey; his brothers, Ward (Debbie) Brooks, Jason (Amy) Brooks; also adored nieces, Carly and Haley Ivey; beloved nephews, Jason, Brandon and Kayden Brooks; and great-grandniece, Abigail. He was predeceased by his loving father, Irvin Brooks; in 2006, as well as his much-loved sister-in-law, Maxine Young. There will be no visitation by request. Cremation has taken place under the care and direction of W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant Street, North Sydney. A funeral service for Gary will be held on Monday, February 24, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Matthew Wesley United Church, North Sydney with Rev. Stephen Mills officiating. Burial will take place at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.wjdooley.com <http://www.wjdooley.com/> RENEE CARMELLA (FEIT) LANGER - 83 YRS MARY GEORGINA “DODIE” (MCGILLIVRAY) MACQUARRIE - 88 YRS MacQUARRIE, Mary Georgina ‘Dodie’ New Waterford It is with sadness we announce the passing of our mother, Mary Georgina (McGillivray) MacQuarrie on Monday, February 17, 2020 at the New Waterford Hospital surrounded by love from her family and close friends. Dodie was the eldest of seven children born to George and Winnifred (Duffney) McGillivray on September 8, 1931 in New Waterford where she lived and raised her family. Dodie was a lifelong member of St. Leonard’s Parish, the St. Anne’s Society and the K.O.C. Ladies Auxiliary. Dodie leaves behind her children, Jackie (Colonel), Linda (Tim), Danny (Rachael), Michelle (Pat); daughter-in-law, Fonda; 12 grandchildren, eight great- grandchildren; sister, Tecie; brothers, Ray (Carol) and Donnie (Donna); sisters-in-law, Ag and Carol, Margaret (Jim), Kay, Willena and Sadie; brothers-in-law, Tom (Yvonne) and Gerry along with many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Dodie was predeceased by her husband, John; son, George; sister, Otie (Lorne); brothers, Ekie and Eddie (Ann); sisters-in-law, Mary (Cecil), Anna and Bernice (Russell); brothers-in-law, Neil, Greg (Mary), DJ and Eddie. Special thanks to VON, Home Care, the doctors and nursing staff at New Waterford Hospital and Diane Burke for their kind and compassionate care. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. A Celebration of Life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, February 22, 2020 at V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home Chapel, 380 Smith St., New Waterford, with Father Ray Huntley officiating. A luncheon will follow in St. Leonard's Parish Hall on Convent Street. Burial will be held in Mount Carmel Cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stoke Foundation of Nova Scotia, Diabetes Canada, Cerebral Palsy Organization or a charity of choice. Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at: www.vjmcgillivray.ca <http://www.vjmcgillivray.ca/> Rest in Peace Ma, your suffering is at an end. We will miss you but are happy you are at peace. MARY RITA (GAUDET) SAWLOR - 97 YRS SAWLOR, Rita It is with great sadness that we, the family of Rita Sawlor, announce her passing. The matriarch of our family passed away on February 18, 2020 surrounded by the love and prayers of her family. Born Mary Rita Gaudet on June 23, 1922 to her late parents, Lena Thibodeau and Patrick Gaudet. She was from a loving family of eight girls. She would often reminisce about life with her sisters, her neighbours and growing up on Inglis Street. As a child, Mom attended Constantine School. She went on to attend Holy Angels High School which, at the time, was in the attic of the convent. Being raised in a home where prayer was at the forefront, she walked to Sacred Heart Church every day to attend morning mass before her classes. She was a hardworking student, and went on to obtain her Business Certificate. She worked in her younger years on Charlotte Street for Hugh MacLeod. She loved to skate and dance both for social reasons and as a way to exercise. She loved to laugh and have fun. She spent a lot of years swimming at Polar Bear in South Bar where her family had a cottage. Swimming would continue to be a big part of her life as she swam each day at the Kiwanis pool well into her nineties. She met many friends here including Judy Butler, who always included mom at their after swim breakfasts. During the war years, she met and married our father, Bob Sawlor. Together they went on to have seven children. Dad built our family home on Sutherland Street where we would go on to have life long friends and neighbours. One of Mom’s many blessings was that she was able to stay in our family home all of her life. She enjoyed her garden, the swing on her veranda, and sitting on her back deck to read. Mom was a devout Catholic and enjoyed being able to walk to St. Theresa Church every day. She was always praying for her family and had a deep connection to both St. Theresa and St. Peo. Mom, along with Rita Wall and Tony MacKinnon founded the St. Theresa’s prayer group. She found comfort and friendship in this group, which still exists today. She was a lifelong active member of St. Theresa CWL. She was a beautiful sewer. She loved using her hands to be creative. She used her talents to make many crafts and homemade quilts over the years, and donated many of these items to the CWL Fall Fair. Mom was also active in her card club of fifty years with her good friend Ann Boutilier. We will miss our mother more than words can say. She was wise, practical and believed strongly in using common sense. She led by humble example and was a role model to all of us. Her motto in life was to try to eat right, exercise, laugh, say her prayers and enjoy her family. Mom was predeceased by her parents, Lena and Patrick Gaudet; her husband, Bob Sawlor; her children, Greg and Brenda; her grandchildren, Lindsay Sawlor, Jason Sawlor and Sara Joseph and her sisters, Marianne, Marguerite, Sister Francis, Ena, Patricia and Genevieve. She is survived by her children, Walter (Elaine), Rick (Paula); daughter-in-law Sharon, Brad (Rhona), Karen (Dave) and Donna (Craig); sister, Louise MacDonald; her 17 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. Visitation will take place on Friday at TW Curry Parkview Chapel from 2-4 and 7-9 with a Funeral Mass on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. at St. Theresa Church with Fr. Dennis Lamey officiating. Interment in Resurrection Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting www.twcurry.com <http://www.twcurry.com/>“Mom…Thank you for all the beautiful memories that you and dad gave to us. We will carry you with us every day. Your love and laughter will be our guide.” BRIAN WHALEN - 73 YRS WHALEN, Brian Feb. 10, 1947-Feb. 15, 2020 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Brian Whalen, age 73, beloved husband, father and brother on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 at the Halifax Infirmary. Brian was born in Halifax and moved to New Waterford in 1974 after marring his wife of 47 years, Eleanor Connors. They had one son whom he loved dearly and enjoyed fishing, golfing and hunting with. He was predeceased by his parents, Raymond and Betty (Henderson). Surviving are his brother, Jim (Jacqueline), White's Lake; sister, Susan, Halifax; bother-in-law, Jim Connors, Sydney; aunts, nieces, nephews and numerous cousins and his best friend, Fred Connors. Where ever Brian travelled he always enjoyed starting a conversation with everyone. He served in the army in the Blackwatch in Gagetown from 1964-1972. Brian worked as commissionaire at the New Waterford Hospital where he retired from in 2009. Cremation has taken place under the diretion of Dartmouth Funeral Home. As per Brian's wishes there will be no viewing. Funeral Arrangements are incomplete. Donations in Brian's memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.