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    1. [NS-CB] Cape Breton Deaths FEBRUARY 22, 2019 SATURDAY
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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 22, 2019 SATURDAY There were 11 obituaries published today ALFRED JOSEPH “FRED” ARSENAULT - 74 YRS AUBREY LEWIS BONNELL - 87 YRS JUDY (HANN) FIGUARY-MCNEIL - 65 YRS MICHAEL DENNIS FLEMMING - 88 YRS RONALD STEPHEN GILLIS - RONALD “ROLLIE GOSSE - 80 YRS GEORGINA SADIE (PATINGALE) LOVELL - 85 YRS PETER MACDONALD - 69 YRS CECILIA ANN (GIORNO) O’HANDLEY - IRENE (ELLIOTT) ROSSO - 71 YRS L. HARTLEY SLADE - 97 YRS ALFRED JOSEPH “FRED” ARSENAULT - 74 YRS ARSENAULT, Alfred Joseph ‘Fred’ We, the family of Alfred Joseph ‘Fred’ Arsenault regret to announce his passing on Thursday, February 13, 2020, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, after a lengthy hospital stay. Born January 31, 1946, in Summerside, PE, he was the son of the late Fred Leo D. and M. Eugenie (Gallant) Arsenault. Fred enjoyed a lengthy career as a Weather Technician with Environment Canada. He enjoyed a friendly, yet competitive game of bridge, and the company of friends in the garden club and wing nights at the tavern. Fred was a yard sale enthusiast, creative gardener, talented keyboard player and singer. He had a great sense of humor and actively shared it with others. Fred is survived by his sisters, Thelma (Charlie) Bauman, Mississauga, ON and Peggy Arsenault, Charlottetown, PE; brothers, Billy, Freetown, PE and Bobby ‘BJ’, Wolfville; sister-in-law, Anne Arsenault, Summerside, PE; several nieces, nephews and four great-nieces. Fred was predeceased by his brother, Melvyn and sister, Kerry (Bob) Fagel. A memorial service will take place at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation, Harbourview Hospital Foundation or to a charity of your choice. Words of comfort can be sent to the family at <> or e-mail [email protected] <http://[email protected]/> AUBREY LEWIS BONNELL - 87 YRS BONNELL, Aubrey Lewis Westmount It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Aubrey Lewis Bonnell, at his home in Westmount, on Thursday, February 20, 2020, at the age of 87. He was the son of the late Harvey and Agnes Bonnell. Aubrey was predeceased by his loving wife of 46 years, Edwina. He will be sadly missed by his children, Sharon (Roddie) McNamara, Ross Ferry, Wayne (Eileen), Coxheath, Heather (Rob) MacLean, Sydney River, Blair (Lana), Lingan and his daughter, Nancy, with whom he resided. Aubrey is also survived by his grandchildren, who were his pride and joy, Nicole, Geoff (Mallory), Carrie, Nathan, James and Kiona and great-grandchildren, Taylor, Dylan and Sara. Aubrey is also survived by his siblings, Owen (Anne) Bonnell, Anna MacGillivary, Roy (Fern) Bonnell and Donnie (Anne) Bonnell; sister-in-law, Rose Bonnell; and several nieces and nephews. Aubrey was also predeceased by his brother, Harvey Jr.; sister, Colleen (Harry) Baigent; sisters-in-law, Andrea (Dougie) Walker and Marion MacNeil; and brother-in-law, George MacGillivary. In 1989, Aubrey retired from the Sydney Steel Plant where he worked as a Rail Mill Operator. He was a member of Westmount United Church. Aubrey was also a member of the Harbourside Senior’s Club and enjoyed playing tarabish at the Pensioner’s Club. In his retirement years, he enjoyed the many friends he made from his morning visits to Tim Hortons. Aubrey spent many summers with his family and a great group of friends at their bungalow in Benacadie Pond. Those memories and great times will last forever for all of us. Aubrey loved Christmas time with his family. He spent many hours and days decorating his home for his family and others to enjoy. This spirit will live on in all of his children’s hearts. Special thanks and gratitude are extended to Dr. Greg Myatt and Janice Black for their excellent care throughout the years and to the County Homemakers for the past few months. Visitation will be held at Sydney Memorial Chapel on Sunday, February 23 from 3-7 p.m. Funeral service will be held at Westmount United Church on Monday, February 24 at 11 a.m., with Reverend Dr. Thomas Whent officiating. Cremation has taken place. Memorials may be made to the Westmount United Church Memorial Fund or a charity of choice. Words of comfort can be sent to the family at <> or e-mail [email protected] <http://[email protected]/> “It’s hard to forget someone who gave you so much to remember.” JUDY (HANN) FIGUARY-MCNEIL - 65 YRS FIGUARY- McNEIL, Judy GLACE BAY It is with deep sadness that we, the family of Judith Figuary-McNeil, regret to announce her passing on February 17, 2020 at the Glace Bay Hospital at the age of 65. Born in Glace Bay, she was the daughter of the late Augustus and Margaret (Chant) Hann. Growing up, Judy always had a passion for sewing, knitting, crocheting and baking and excelled at each. It was always a special treat to have Judy create something just for you, no matter if it was as intricate as a patchwork quilt or a wedding gown or as simple as a pair of socks. It has to be said, Judy made the best fudge. Judy worked many years with her talents at Gerd’s Tailor Shop and Vogue Cleaners as a Seamstress. Later in life, Judy found passion with computers and changed career paths working at Stream (Convergys) from the day it opened until illness forced her to retire in 2018. She will be fondly remembered by many friends she made at her places of work over the years. Judy is survived by her children, Wendy (Barry) Shewchuck, Millville, Dale (Cathy) Shewchuck, Shelburne, and Amanda (Crystal) Figuary, Glace Bay; grandchildren, Justin, Emily, Tristan, Tara, Matthew, Chaise, Abbey, Jacob, Cassie; great-grandchildren, Gavin and Hannah; sisters, Joyce Whyte, Sharon (Ron) MacKillop, both of Glace Bay; brothers, Calvin Hann, Winnipeg, Chesley (Rhonda) Hann, Glace Bay, as well as many special nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Judy was predeceased by husband, David McNeil; our dad, Robye Figuary; brother-in-law, Fred Whyte; niece, Brandi and granddaughter, Garilynn Stewart. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held Monday, February 24, 2020 from 12-2 p.m. with service to follow at 2 p.m. at T.J. Tracey Cremation and Burial Specialists, 370 Reserve St., Glace Bay, NS (902-849-4199). In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Kidney Foundation or charity of choice. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting <> MICHAEL DENNIS FLEMMING - 88 YRS FLEMMING, Michael Dennis It is with sad hearts that we announce that Michael Dennis Flemming passed away on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 at Cape Breton Regional Hospital. Born on Feb. 18, 1932 in Margaree, Michael was the last surviving of nine children born to Michael and Ellen (Dupres) Flemming. Michael spent his working life in the Canadian Armed Forces and served overseas in both Egypt and Cyprus. Following his retirement, he moved back to his beloved Cape Breton where he worked for the a time with the Corps of Commissionaires. He was an active and longtime member of the RCL Branch #12 and will be remembered by many for his handiwork in upholstering furniture. Michael is survived and will be missed by his children: Stephan (Ruth), Norman (Anne) and Leah (Derek) Flemming; grandchildren: Lauren, Sawyer and Haydn as well as numerous nieces, nephews and many friends. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Jean in 2019 and all of his siblings. A funeral service will be held in the spring. Time and date to be announced. Memories and condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting <> RONALD STEPHEN GILLIS - GILLIS, Ronald Stephen It is with profound sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Ronald ‘Ronnie’ Gillis on Feb 17, 2020 at home, after a long courageous battle with cancer. Ronnie loved fishing and a good BBQ. He was a lover of animals and had a passion for security working for Black Belt Security for 40 years. He was known for his big heart and his great sense of humour. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. Ronnie is survived by his wife, Diane Gillis; children, Selena (Troy) Wambolt, RJ (Christine) Gillis and Allan Gillis; grandchildren; Vincent, Makayla, Keagan, Cody, Breagh, Breanna, Dakoda and Dawson; siblings, his twin, Connie Welton, Allan ‘Gic’ Gillis (Murdith) Frankie (Pauline) Gillis. He was predeceased by his parents, Allan Vincent Gillis and Mary Lucy (Bowman) Gillis; 1 sister, Colleen Siller and his best friend Bear. The family would like to extend thanks to Dr. Ron MacCormick, Tom MacNeil and CB Cancer Centre, Palliative Care and the VON for all their care and compassion. Visitation for Ronald Gillis will be from 2-4p.m. and 7-9p.m. on Sunday February 23, 2020 at TW Curry Parkview Chapel, 755 George St. Funeral Mass will be held at 11a.m. on Monday at St. Theresa’s Church with Fr. Dennis Lamey officiating. Donations, if desired, can be made in his memory to the Cancer Centre at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. Online condolences or memories can be shared with family by visiting <> RONALD “ROLLIE GOSSE - 80 YRS GOSSE, Roland (Rollie) It is with deep sadness that I announce the passing of Roland Gosse on Friday, February 14, 2020 at the age of 80 years. He was the last surviving member of the Gosse Family. Rollie served in the Canadian Armed Forces as a Guardsman (Germany) from 1956-1962. He worked until the age of 78 with the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators, Local’s 110 and 116. Rollie is survived by his wife of 42 years Sharon Crocker; as well as many nieces, nephews and their families. He was known as a gentleman and hard worker, Rollie was respected by all co-workers of many Nationalities throughout N.S., Alberta, N.B., and Bermuda, as well as the people and family he grew up with. He loved his work and had great insight into people and the world around him. His favourite place was at the Glace Bay Wharf, looking out at the Ocean while enjoying his coffee and cigarette. Cremation has taken place at T.J. Tracey Cremation and Burial Specialists, 370 Reserve St., Glace Bay, N.S., (902) 849-4199. Upon Rollie’s request, there will be no Funeral Service. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting <> His Stories were many, his Life Full. Goodbye my Friend, My Husband. GEORGINA SADIE (PATINGALE) LOVELL - 85 YRS LOVELL, Georgina Sadie Florence We regret to announce the passing of Georgina Lovell, age 85, on Thursday, February 20, 2020, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. Born in Alder Point on November 13, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Jack and Sadie (Richards) Patingale. Georgina loved her family very much, and also a good game of Bingo. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Georgina is survived by her children, William (Yvonne), Bernadette (Bill), and Kenneth (Faith), Ft. McMurray. She also leaves behind her sister, Pearl (Murdock) MacPherson; 7 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews. A special acknowledgement to Mary, who she was very fond of, and thought of as her own daughter. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, George Lovell; and siblings, Evelyn (Neil), Doris (Aldon), Eileen (Cameron), William (Mary), Alfred (Sibby), Raymond, Gordon (Sue), Nelson and Alvin. A celebration of her life will take place Monday, February 24, 2020, at 10 am in Holy Family church, with Fr. Angus MacDougall officiating. A reception will be held in the parish hall, following the Mass. Words of comfort may be forwarded to her family at <> PETER MACDONALD - 69 YRS MacDONALD, Peter We, the family, regret to announce the sudden passing of our brother Hugh Peter MacDonald, age 69, at his home in London, ON, on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Peter was born Nov. 1, 1950, to Charlie ‘Beaver’ and Anne (Behune) MacDonald of Sydney, NS. After growing up on Castle Dr. and graduating from Sydney Academy, Peter moved to London, ON, where he began his career with Canada Post, working as a letter carrier most of those years, until retirement. Peter is survived by his siblings: sisters, Isabel (Greg) Floyd, Halifax, Beverley Jeddrey, Townsend, MA, Marge (Adrian) Richards, Sydney, Jane (Larry) Mercer, London, ON, Anne Ivanchenko (Ivor Peebles), London, ON and brother, Tommy (Sharon), Northside East Bay and Charlie ‘Chookie’ (June), Sydney; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Charlie in 1968 and his mother, Anne in 1995, with whom he was very close. Peter was a great friend to so many people and he will be sadly missed by all who knew him. As per his wishes, cremation has taken place. His remains will be returned home to Cape Breton at a later date. He will forever remain in our hearts. CECILIA ANN (GIORNO) O’HANDLEY - O’HANDLEY, Cecilia Ann Prime Brook It is with heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of Cecilia Ann (Roy) O'Handley. Cecilia passed away early morning Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Halifax surrounded by loved ones. Cecilia was born in Sydney, NS to the late Mary (Almon) and Frank Giorno. Cecilia devoted many years working at Malcolm Munroe Junior High in the cafeteria. Cecilia was well known for her volunteer work mostly at the MacGillivray Guest Home. Cecilia loved meeting and having lunch dates with her friends, she could often be found shopping at the Dollarama or various markets wherever she travelled. Cecilia was a fabulous cook and well known for her pasta sauce. She was a very kind hearted person and would do without to make sure everyone else had enough. In her pastime her favorite things to do were watching her soap opera's, detective/home shows, snuggling with her dogs, and most importantly spending time with her grandchildren who were her pride and joy. Cecilia was also a member of the Italian Association. Cecilia is survived by her loving husband, Roy O'Handley; daughters, Deanna MacNeil, Jennifer (Jeff) MacNeil, Arleen (Troy) Jensen, Michelle (Joey) Campbell; sons, Daniel MacNeil, Sean O'Handley; sister, Theresa Hawco; brother, Alfred (Cathy) Giorno; eleven grandchildren, Nick, Nathan, Jordan, Madison, Brody, Tyler, Connor, Chloe, Dawson, Bailey, Matthew; in-laws, Kathleen (John A) MacNeil, Leonard O'Handley, John O'Handley, Patricia (Rick) Jackson, Rose Snyder; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her parents she is predeceased by her first husband, Daniel J MacNeil; brother, Enrico; mothers-in-law, Mary MacNeil, Sara O'Handley; father-in-law, Alex MacNeil; in laws, Jake Hawco, Gerard O'Handley, Ann-Marie (Joe) Donovan; as well as many other family members whom she loved dearly. Visitations will be held at TW Curry Parkview Chapel, 755 George St., Sydney, on Monday, February 24, 2020 from 2-4 and 7-9. Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 11 a.m. at St. Marguerite Bourgoeys Church with Fr. Bill Burke officiating, reception to follow, place of interment is Resurrection Community Cemetery. Donations in Cecilia's memory made be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Online condolences or memories can be shared with her family by visiting <> IRENE (ELLIOTT) ROSSO - 71 YRS ROSSO, Irene (nee Elliott) It’s with great sadness we inform of the passing of Irene Rosso (nee Elliott). Irene passed peacefully on the morning of February 1, 2020. Born in Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia on June 3, 1948, to James and Mary Elliott, she was the last surviving member of her large family (Jack, Jimmy, Kay, Geraldine, Josephine and Jessica). Irene married the love of her life Dennis Rosso (1947-1993) and is survived by her two sons, Jason and Andrew Rosso, their spouses Lauren and Elyda, and her six grandchildren whom she loved dearly, Jaron, Lennon, Ace, Brody, Janae and Kai. Irene will be dearly missed by her loving partner, Vido Ivancic, and close family members, Megan Wiigs and Donovan Boswell. Irene was a vibrant and loving person. Always quick with a witty response or a loving shoulder, Irene lived her life to the fullest, enjoyed a great laugh, a great game of cards and an ice-cold beer. She was a role model to both of her sons and personified the meaning of hard work and dedication. Irene worked as a Real Estate Agent for over forty years in the Brampton area and took pride in the relationships she built over the years. The Rosso family will be honouring Irene’s wishes for cremation. L. HARTLEY SLADE - 97 YRS SLADE, L. Hartley - CD (RET) Glace Bay/Ontario Hartley Slade passed away peacefully on February 8, 2020 with family by his side at the age of 97 following a stroke. He was predeceased by his wife of 51 years, Dolores Marsh (1920-2000). Sadly missed by his children, Kathie (Sam), Anne Marie (Ron), Hartley (Karen), Joe (Nanci) and John (Tracy); grandchildren Jamie, Adam, Jan, Tannis, Michael, Nolan, Ashley, Steven and Logan; and great-grandchildren Dana, Reiley, Grace, Audrey and Jayden. At 17, while sitting on the front porch wondering what to do with his life, a couple of older boys passed by on their way to enlist and he decided to join them, so he lied about his age and was shipped out to fight in WWII. After four years’ deployment in England, he participated in the battle of Normandy and was involved in the liberation of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. After the war, Dad returned to Cape Breton where he worked for a year and a half in the coal mines. He joked that he had a greater chance of getting killed in the mine than the army, so he re-enlisted and spent 25 years as a proud member of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, where he achieved the rank of Warrant Officer and would also see active duty in the Korean War. It was a decision that would set the course for the rest of his life, bringing him and his family to many wonderful places in Canada and Europe. Despite witnessing the horrors of both wars, Dad always believed in the goodness of mankind. Dad grew up on Newton Street, “the biggest little street” in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. He was orphaned at the age of six and he and his late brother Harold (Duggie) were raised by loving grandparents. It was always his greatest wish to have a family of his own and his five children were an important part of his life, just as he was an integral part of our lives. Dad was a fine athlete, especially baseball, and his love of sports resulted in many wrestling matches on the living room floor and plenty of outdoor activities. Even the neighbourhood kids could count on Dad to organize a ball game or make an ice rink in the backyard for hockey. Dad was just one of the kids. Mom often commented that she raised five kids and one husband. Dad was probably at his finest, though, dispensing fatherly advice and words of wisdom with a quick acerbic wit, expressions we often repeat and laugh about to this day. We feel truly blessed to have had such a wonderful man as our father, always loved, never to be forgotten. Heartfelt thanks to the wonderful staff at Elgin Lodge in Port Elgin, Ontario, where Dad lived for the last seven years, and to the tremendous staff at Owen Sound Hospital for their compassion and care. A special thanks is due to Roy and Cathy Mugford, Dad’s longtime friends and neighbours in Glace Bay. Cremation has already taken place as per Dad’s wishes. Friends will be received at the V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 16 Reserve Street, Glace Bay, NS on Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 10 am until the time of the service at 12 pm. Interment to follow at St. Joseph’s Holy Family Cemetery, Glace Bay, NS. Memorial donations to the St. Joseph’s Holy Family Cemetery or the Glace Bay Food Bank would be appreciated by the family. Memorial online at <> and <>

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