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    1. [NS-CB] Cape Breton Deaths FEBRUARY 26, 2020 WEDNESDAY
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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 26, 2020 WEDNESDAY There were 8 obituaries published today RITA (MACLEOD) ASTEPHEN - 70 YRS GEORGE HENRY BRAGG - LIONEL CHARLES CAMPBELL, RCMP - 84 YRS DAVID HUBERT FORD - 65 YRS LEONARD JOHN MARSH - 68 YRS PAUL ROACH - CORA ANNE (MARSH) SHEBIB - 72 YRS KAREN FRANCES (SNOW) SULLIVAN - 57 YRS RITA (MACLEOD) ASTEPHEN - 70 YRS ASTEPHEN, Rita North Sydney It is with broken hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of our dear wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend Rita Astephen on February 23, 2020. Rita peacefully passed away with her loving husband Bernie by her side. Rita was born to the late Bart and Allina MacLeod of Sydney Mines on October 31, 1949. During her working career Rita worked for Nickerson Fish Plant and was a personal care worker for a number of special people where she made life-long friendships. Taking care of family was one of mom's most important careers. Rita also spent many years as a volunteer for the Northern Yacht Club as well as a cub leader and volunteered for St. John's Ambulance. Rita and Bernie loved camping and boating with their family and friends. When they were around you could be sure there would be a laugh or two. Rita is survived by her husband and love of her life, Bernie; children, Dwayne (Betty), Kim (Kevin) and Denise; as well as her step-sons, Norman (Theresa), Alan (Brandy) and Paul (Kelly); and the light of her life, her grandchildren, Gregory, Jordan, Hayley, Larissa, Kelsey, Drummer, Bella, Jersey, Sophia, Joselyn and Aurora. She is also survived by 6 sisters; 4 brothers; as well as her Astephen brothers and sisters-in-law. Besides her parents Rita was predeceased by her son, Robert Wayne (in infancy) and 2 brothers, her mother and father-in-law. The family would like to thank the Cape Breton Cancer Centre, Palliative Care staff, as well as the VON for the wonderful care that was provided. A special thank you to Louise and Michel McKeough for their years of dedication to mom's health. Visitation will be held from 7-9 p.m. Friday in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant Street, North Sydney. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday at St. Joseph's Church in North Sydney with Rev. Doug MacDonald officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Cape Breton Cancer Centre. Online condolences may be sent to the family at <> GEORGE HENRY BRAGG - BRAGG, George Henry Dalem Lake We, the family of George Henry Bragg, regret to announce his passing on Monday, February 24, 2020, at the Northside General Hospital, North Sydney. George is survived by his wife, Anne Elizabeth ‘Betty’ (Jessome); sons, George Henry, Dalem Lake, Roy Freeman (Kimberly Ann), Sydney Mines and Eric Thomas, Dalem Lake; grandsons, Tyler Jordan and Joshua Thomas. There will be no visitation or service. Interment will take place at a later date. Words of comfort can be sent to the family at <> or e-mail [email protected] <http://[email protected]/> The strongest and best man I know. Love ya dad. Always miss you. LIONEL CHARLES CAMPBELL, RCMP - 84 YRS CAMPBELL, Lionel Charles Born July 1, 1935 Died February 19, 2020 With great sadness, the family of Lionel Campbell announces his passing on February 19 at the age of 84 from pancreatic cancer, which he courageously battled with everything he had. He will be lovingly remembered as a devoted husband by Vivienne, his wife of 55 years; as a selfless father by sons, Barre, Darren (Erin) and Sean; and daughters, Danna (Paul) and Melanie (Kevin). He was a grandfather, to eleven loving children and was a cherished uncle to many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, Grant and Hilda (McPhee); sisters Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Nearing (the late Louis), Mary Morrison (Connie) and Maureen Anthony (the late Reg), and brother Kevin (Fran). A proud Cape Bretoner, born in New Waterford and a longtime resident of Plummer Avenue, Lionel worked in the mines and also studied at St. F. X. before training at RCMP Depot in Regina to become a Mountie in 1962. He was posted to Manitoba, before transfers to Fredericton and Ottawa, where he retired in 1994. Lionel was also a choir member at Divine Infant Parish in Ottawa, which included a trip in 1995 to the Vatican, where the choir sung in St. Peter’s Basilica. Visitation will take place in Ottawa on Friday, followed by a funeral Mass on Saturday, February 29 at St. Clement Parish. Interment will follow at the RCMP National Memorial Cemetery at Beechwood. Instead of flowers, please consider a donation to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank in New Waterford or to Pancreatic Cancer Canada. DAVID HUBERT FORD - 65 YRS FORD, David Hubert Glace Bay It is with deepest sorrow and broken hearts that we, the family, announce that David Hubert Ford, loving husband, father, and grandfather peacefully passed away at home at the age of 65 on Sunday, February 23, 2020. Born at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Glace Bay on December 22, 1954, he was the son and youngest/16th child of the late William “Bill” and Jessie (Whiting) Ford. In 1976, he married our mother, the love of his life, Sharon (O’Keefe) Ford. Growing up, Dad had a love for hockey and spent the majority of his winters at the Glace Bay Miner’s Forum as a “rink rat” while his summers were spent lobster fishing with his father. In his teens, he worked at the heavy water plant in Glace Bay before becoming a carpenter. Although he loved carpentry, the sea always called out to him so when the opportunity presented itself to take over his father’s fishing boat and licenses, he knew exactly what he had to do. His love for the sea remained with him until he drew his last breath. Dad fished the first Banshee, his father’s boat, out of Glace Bay before purchasing his second boat, Glider, followed by the Lisa J. He eventually moved the Lisa J. over to Wadden’s Cove where his sons continue to fish with his pride and joy, the second Banshee, which he built with his two brothers, cousins, and his eldest son, young David, who eventually took over as Captain when his illness prevented him from fishing any longer. Young David continues to fish alongside his brother, Anthony, and he articulated immense pride in their abilities as he taught them everything they know. For recreation, Dad enjoyed many years of playing baseball, hockey, and darts, as well as going bowling and scuba diving. He also absolutely loved to dance. In 1980, he joined the Glace Bay Volunteer Fire Department and he remained an active member until his illness forced him into retirement after 20+ years of service. During his years as a firefighter, he volunteered with working bingo, partaking in the Glace Bay Christmas parades, and for school and community events, etc. Dad spent a good amount of time moose hunting in Newfoundland and deer hunting with his brothers, cousins, sons, and best friends at the “hunting cabin” in Glencoe Mills. We can all recite the numerous hunting stories that he told us and this is where his boys developed their love of hunting. A lot of people might not know this, but Dad also loved to cook and bake. He prided himself on his bread baking skills which he learned from his mother and he never used a measuring cup, everything was measured by handfuls. He would often contact his sisters to obtain recipes and every Friday was “Fish Friday” as he would cook up a feed for the family. Most of all though, Dad’s favourite things to do were torment anyone who he could get a reaction from, especially our significant others whom he loved, and spoil his grandchildren in any way that he possibly could. Dad and Mom were married for 43 years and their unconditional love and devotion for each other shone bright. Mom never for a second wavered to care for him through his extensive medical issues and he would often say that if it weren’t for her, he wouldn’t have had the time that he did to spend with his family, especially his grandbabies. Together, they were an inspiration as husband and wife. Their love was playful and timeless and they never ceased to express how strong it was. Through even the hardest of times, they always found ways to come out on top, often by finding humour in whatever was happening. Laughter was always their greatest medicine. As a father, Dad was always very involved. He coached our hockey teams, attended our baseball games, drove us all over Nova Scotia for numerous sporting events, took us skating and fishing, gave great advice even when it wasn’t exactly what we wanted to hear, and somehow knew how to calm us when any of us were hurting. As he knew for many years that he was living on borrowed time, Dad made sure that we knew how important family was to him. He always said that the only thing he ever wanted for Christmas or his birthday was to have the whole family together. He made it very clear to anybody who knew him that he continued to fight his very long battle with Diabetes, and the abundant complications that stem from it, for his grandchildren. They were his everything. His final goal was to live long enough to know that his youngest granddaughters would be able to remember him, and although it saddens us to know that he didn’t quite reach his target, we all vow to ensure that they never forget him, or the love that he so deeply felt for them. We whole heartedly believe that he is right where he longed to be, holding his sweet baby Drake, together again at last. Dad, we all love you beyond words and you will be dearly missed by so many. David was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Jessie Ford; his sisters, Mary (Sid) Battiste, and Theresa (Bill) Gillis both of Glace Bay, Catherine Ford, and Margaret Bobbett both of Vancouver, Rita Ford, Anne Shirley (as a child), and Anne Jovita (in infancy) all of Glace Bay; his brothers, Paul Ford, and Jim (Sheila) Ford both of Glace Bay; and his most precious angel of all, his grandson, Drake William Ford-Burke of Glace Bay. David is survived by his wife, Sharon (O’Keefe) Ford; his five children, Erin (Chad) Hurley of Milton, David (Tasha Moore) Ford, and Sara (Michael) Burke both of Glace Bay, Paul (Lindsay) Ford of New Waterford, and Anthony (Jessica MacDonald) Ford of Glace Bay; his eight grandchildren, Tyson, Preston, Dominick, Colby, Hope, Braeden, Kieva, and Hunter; sisters, Helen (Thomas) MacDonald of Dartmouth, Lorraine (Dave) McKillop of Halifax, Ruth (Doug) Ford, Linda (Ernie) Billard, and Carol Ford all of Glace Bay; and brother, Billy Ford of Glace Bay along with numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. The family would like to thank all of our aunts, uncles, cousins, close friends and chosen family for never hesitating to show us your love and support over the years with Dad. There were times when we couldn’t have gotten through without you. We also wish to thank all of the medical staff who helped in any way during his journey, especially Dr. O’Brien of Glace Bay, his family physician of 39 years and personal friend, who has taken care of him and been there for him on every level, and Dr. Smith, his vascular surgeon, who made it his personal mission over the past three years both in Halifax and in Cape Breton to do anything that could possibly be done to provide our father with more time. To the doctors and nurses of the Renal Program/ Dialysis Clinic at the Cape Breton Region Hospital, we can’t thank you enough for your care, kindness, and friendships that kept our father going. To his friends at the dialysis clinic, thank you for keeping Dad company during your countless hours together. He appreciated you all. Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Friday, February 28th at V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Center, 16 Reserve St., Glace Bay. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 29th at St. Anne’s Church in Glace Bay, followed by a reception at the Glace Bay Fire Hall. Fr. Duaine Devereaux officiating. Interment will take place in St. Anne’s Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, we are asking that donations be made in Dad’s memory to the Pediatrics Unit at the IWK in Halifax or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. On line condolences to the family can be expressed at: <> LEONARD JOHN MARSH - 68 YRS MARSH, Leonard John Sydney Mines It is with great sadness that we, the family, announce the sudden passing of husband, father, brother, uncle, friend, Grampy and Grumpy, Leonard Marsh, age 68, on Monday, February 24, 2020, at home, where he enjoyed his life to the fullest. Nobody got past the door before the first words he said to them were, “Who’s you father or mother, and where you from?”. He had the best sense of humour. He loved enjoying time at his favourite place in the country with his wife Debbie. He will surely be missed by all who knew him. Leonard worked for Devco at the Prince Mine in Point Aconi, and also on the Great Lakes. He was a great storyteller of all his childhood friends and memories. Leonard leaves behind to mourn, his wife, Debbie (Campbell) Marsh; very special sister-in-law, Diane Campbell; son, John (Carly) Marsh, BC; daughters, Tracy Marsh (Henry) and Kim (Marsh) (Kelly) (Donald), BC, and stepson, Joey (Jennifer) Strickland, Sydney Mines. He also leaves behind his sister, Patsy (Clifford) Burton; brothers, Donnie (Michelle) Marsh and Richard (Isabel) Kelland; grandchildren, Ethan Marsh, Logan and Connor Marsh, Liam, Hanna, and Silas (Krieger), Aleah Strickland; mother-in-law, Pearl Parks, and many nieces and nephews. Leonard was predeceased by his parents, Leo and Asneth Marsh; stepfather, William Mulley, and a brother, Ronald in infancy. Visitation for Leonard Marsh will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2010, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in J. M. Jobes Funeral Home, Sydney Mines. A celebration of his life will take place Friday at 10 a.m. in Holy Family Church, Sydney Mines, with Fr. Angus MacDougall officiating. A reception will be held in the parish hall, following the service. Words of comfort may be forwarded to Leonard’s family at <> PAUL ROACH - ROACH, Paul It is with great sadness that we, the family, announce the passing of Paul Roach at the Glace Bay General Hospital on Friday, February 21, 2020. Born in Cheticamp, he was the son of Joseph and Marie Roach. Paul is survived by a sister, Mary Edna Roach, Cheticamp, and a brother, Louis, Toronto. He also leaves behind many nephews and nieces who adored him. He will also be deeply missed be his lifetime friends and “second family”, Archie and Lexie MacKinnon of Sydney. Besides his parents, Paul was predeceased by brothers, Alex, Jimmie, Arsene, Willie and Charlie, and by sisters, Elizabeth, Marie Cezaire, Marie Louise and Marie Cecile, as well as by a brother and sister in infancy. Paul attended Our Lady of Annunciation School and Empire Business College, after which he accepted a clerk position at City Hall in Sydney. This turned out to be his lifetime career, where he spent 42 years of dedicated service to the city, the last 20 years of which he held the position of City Clerk. Paul was a life member of the 4th degree Father William B. MacLeod Assembly. He was also a member of the District KOC Choir. He was a faithful member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, and in earlier years, St. Augustine Parish, where he was a Eucharistic Minister and a member of the choir. Paul will be forever remembered for his gentle soul and his sense of humour. We are sure that many of his coworkers could share memories of the many laughs which he initiated over the years. He loved to travel but, by far, his favourite destination was Cheticamp, where he loved spending time with family. As per Paul’s request, there will be no visitation. A Memorial Mass will be held in Cheticamp at a date to be announced. Donations to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation would be appreciated (P.O. Box 1280, Station K, Toronto, Ontario, M4P 9Z9), or to a charity of one’s choice. The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the staff of 4 North at the Glace Bay Hospital, where he resided for the last 6 months, for the wonderful care and attention they extended to Paul. As well, we would like to acknowledge the staff of the ER and 3E for their support and compassion in the last few days. Uncle Paul: You were our support and our rock for all our lives… now, it is time for you to put your feet up and enjoy that happy reunion with all your siblings in Heaven. We will always love you. CORA ANNE (MARSH) SHEBIB - 72 YRS SHEBIB, Cora Anne (Marsh) North Sydney It is with great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Cora on February 24, 2020 at the Northside General Hospital. A proud Mill Creeker, Cora was born on November 18, 1947 to the late Garnet and Alice (Shinners) Marsh. She faced her life challenges with grace, determination and optimism. Left to mourn her passing are her husband of 51 years, Lawrence; her son, Cavel (Joanna Sharron), Halifax; son, Colin (Tracy), Westmount, and daughter, Laureen (Richard) Genter, Sydney. She is also survived by her five treasures, her grandchildren, Brennan and Abby, Halifax, Joshua and Jeffrey, Sydney and Jacob, Westmount. Left to mourn are her brothers, Garnie, Sydney Mines, Jackie (Sandra), Basil (Claire) in Bras d’Or, Owen (Dorothy), Bras d’Or/Florida, Roy (Nancy), Dartmouth, Greg in Sydney, Austin (Westville); her sister, Darlene (Carey) O’Handley living in Hillside Boularderie, and sister-in-law, Marie (Michael) Penny. Cora was also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Cora also had the privilege of many special friendships...her <http://friendships...her/> friends will dearly miss her!! Besides her parents she was predeceased by her infant daughter, Mary Elizabeth in 1969; her brother, Ronnie Marsh, Ontario in 2003 and brother, Lorne Marsh, Ontario in 2019. Those who knew her are familiar with her many volunteer commitments, in her parish of St. Joseph, as well in the Diocese of Antigonish, and her community! A spiritual seeker, Cora was eager to connect with adult faith development groups and communities. This led her to become an Associate with the congregation of the Sisters of Charity/Halifax, then taking on a leadership role within Atlantic Canada as an ARCAN (Atlantic Religious Congregations and Associate Network). One of her proudest moments was the launching of Cape Breton’s first dragon boat. Cora had the pleasure of being a founding member of The Cape Breastoners Dragon Boat Team. She delighted in having the opportunity, along with her team mates, in introducing dragon boating to breast cancer survivors in Cape Breton. To give women hope, support and a sense of control after a breast cancer diagnosis. Another volunteer effort dear to Cora was her time spent with the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County. She was dedicated to bringing comfort and care to those in the palliative care service. She firmly believed no one should be alone at the end of life and spent many years volunteering at the Northside General Hospital. She also served on the Hospice Advisory Board for five years. At Cora’s request there will be no visitation. A funeral Mass for Cora will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday at St. Joseph Church with Rev. Doug MacDonald officiating. Burial will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Sydney at a later date. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant Street, North Sydney. If you so desire, donations can be made to the North Sydney Food Bank Society. Online condolences may be sent to the family at <> In remembering Cora, strive to be gentle and caring with each other, the environment and those who may live on the margins of society. “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever!”, Winnie the Pooh KAREN FRANCES (SNOW) SULLIVAN - 57 YRS SULLIVAN, Karen Sydney It is with deep sorrow and heavy hearts that we, the family of Karen Frances Sullivan, announce her passing at home on Saturday, February 22, 2020. Born in Sydney on June 19, 1962, she was the daughter of the late George and Pauline (Somers) Snow. Karen was the love of Dougie's life for 38 wonderful years. It was no secret the admiration, dedication and love she had for her children and grandchildren, they were the light of her life and she took great pride in spending time with each of them. Karen equally enjoyed being a part of her grandchildren’s lives and spending time with them. Road trips to Halifax was one of her favourite past times, as she not only loved to shop, but also got the chance to watch her granddaughter play ringette. Karen had a lot of love to give, not only for her family, but also for her friends, whether it be spending summers by the pool, time out with her bingo buddies or simply lending an extra hand and listening ear to her co-workers. She was a dedicated and a hard-working lady who loved her job and will be dearly missed by all who she considered her work family at C200. Karen is survived by her loving husband, Dougie; daughter, Shauna (Keith) Snow, Middle Sackville; sons, Stephen (Kayla) and Billy (Stephanie), both of Sydney; sisters, Joan Snow, Sydney, Judy (Brent) Law, Calgary, Darlene (Joe) Hareguy, Sydney, Jeannie (Glenn) MacNeil, Toronto and Margaret Ann (George) Snow, Gardiner; brother, George, Sydney; mother-in-law, Mary Sullivan, Sydney; grandchildren, Kyler, Gracie, Layah, Jackson, Aiden, Emily and Ryan; sisters-in-law, Debbie (Brian) Costigan, Sydney, Phyllis (Eddie) MacDonald, Sydney, Patricia Smits, Sydney and Carol (Shane) Doyle, Moncton, and brother-in-law, John (Dee Dee), Sydney. She will be sadly missed by Dougie, her children and grandchildren. Besides her parents, Karen was predeceased by her stepdaughter, Jennifer Marie and father-in-law, Kareem. A life so beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered. Please join us to mourn the passing and celebration of the life of a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Funeral service will be held Friday, February 28, 2020 at 2 p.m. in the main concourse at C200, with Rev. Stephen Mills officiating. Interment will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to a charity of choice. Words of comfort can be sent to the family at <> or emailed to sydneymemorialchapel <>

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