Inverness Oran Deaths courtesy of CAPE BRETON GENEALOGY & HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION VISIT OUR WEBSITE - <http://www.cbgen.org/ <http://www.cbgen.org/>>www.cbgen.org <http://www.cbgen.org/> NEW MEMBERS WELCOME Inverness Oran Deaths FEBRUARY 19, 2020 WEDNESDAY There were 3 new obituaries published today MACDONNELL, RODERICK BERNARD “RODDIE” - 86 YRS CORMIER (RAMARD), MARIE LORRAINE - 86 YRS POIRIER, PAUL NAPOLEON - 87 YRS MacDONNELL Roderick Bernard ‘Roddie' MacDonnell (May 3rd, 1932 – February 5th, 2020). Roddie passed away peacefully at the Greater Niagara General Hospital on Wednesday, February 5th, at the age of 87. Predeceased by his beloved wife of 57 years, Lillian ‘Rita’ (nee MacDonald) (2016). Loving father of Bernard (Sharon), Gary, and Kelly (Rob) Sutherland. Cherished grandfather of Joshua (Becca), Alex, Marshall (Becca), Sam, and Maggie. Dear brother of Colena MacMillan, Lawrence (Charlotte) MacDonell, and Annie MacLellan. Predeceased by his brothers, John A., Donald, Malkie, Alexander, Angus, John Francis, Alex Duncan (A.D.), Jerome, and Collie; and by his sisters, Margie MacDonald, Mary Janet MacMillan, Rita McClinchey, and Cassie Taylor. Rod was born in Inverness County, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, to John Andrew and Mary Cassie MacDonnell. He was the 14th of 17 children. He described fond memories of his youth in Mabou, working on the family farm, getting into trouble with his brothers and enjoying the many dances and house parties of the area, where he met the love of his life, Rita, for the first time. Jobs were not plentiful in Cape Breton and Rod left home in 1952 to find work. His travels took him to Quebec and Ontario, where he found a variety of jobs, including working as a deckhand on the steamships of the Great Lakes and steel rigger tunnelling in Niagara Falls, where he helped build one of the tunnels that moves water from the Niagara River to the Sir Adam Beck power plant. Rod eventually joined his brothers, A.D. and Alexander in Sudbury, where he worked in the mines of northern Ontario ‘shaft sinking.’ It was here that he and Rita crossed paths again when Rod’s brother, A.D., married Rita’s sister, Frances. Rod saw Rita at the wedding and it was “love all over again.” Rod and Rita were married in 1958 and settled in Temagami, where their two sons, Bernie and Gary, were born. They moved to Niagara Falls in 1965 when Rod was hired at General Motors. It was here that they bought their first house and their daughter, Kelly, was born. Niagara Falls remained Rod’s home until his passing. When not working at GM, Rod loved to spend his free time staying fully informed on current events, attending dances in Toronto with Rita, running to keep fit, and his favourite – driving. Rod had a real love of cars – fixing them, driving them, or telling people about them; he could answer almost any question you had about a vehicle, whether GM, Ford, or Chrysler. Rod retired from his job as a tow motor operator at GM in 1993. Always a great ‘handy-man,’ Rod busied himself in retirement collecting and recycling scrap metal. He always liked to have extra cash in his pocket, which he was eager to spend taking his friends and family out for dinner. Rod and Rita enjoyed travelling throughout Canada and the U.S. over the years, but going ‘home’ to Cape Breton was their favourite vacation plan, where Rod could reconnect with family and friends, enjoy lots of tea, biscuits, and country cheese, and demonstrate his prodigious step-dancing skills. Sadly, Rod lost his vision in 2005, but continued to live life to the fullest extent possible, enjoying visits with friends and family, especially his grandchildren, keeping fit on his treadmill and, of course, staying up-to-date on the daily CNN coverage. Rod was fortunate to be able to remain in his own home with the support of his son, Gary, until his admission to hospital three weeks and five days prior to his passing. A loving and supportive husband, father, brother, and friend, he will be dearly missed. A funeral mass was held for Roddie at St. Thomas More Church in Niagara Falls on February 8th, followed by the Rite of Committal at Fairview Cemetery and a reception at Patterson Funeral Home Ltd., where family and friends enjoyed sharing fond memories of Roddie. Online condolences at www.pattersonfuneralhome.com <http://www.pattersonfuneralhome.com/>. Memorial contributions may be made to The St. Vincent de Paul Society, in memory of Rod. CORMIER Marie Lorraine Cormier, age 86, Cheticamp, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Tuesday, February 11th, at the Foyer Père Fiset Guest Home, Cheticamp. She was the daughter of the late Pepin and the late Sophie (Arsenault) Ramard. Lorraine was a hardworking mom who gave her undivided love to each and every one of her children. She was an excellent cook and baker. She loved a good game of cards, knitting, reading, bingo, shopping, and travelling, in her best years. Since her arrival at the Foyer Père Fiset, she would appreciate the solitude of her room, but still loved to receive visitors to play “crazy eights” and chat. She was forever grateful for the good care she received at the Foyer. She loved you guys. She is survived by sons, Phillip (Winny), Shubenacadie, Samuel (Amelia), Edmonton, Alberta, Leonard (Claudia), Cheticamp, and Camille (Lucille), Cheticamp; daughters, Yvette (Gerard), Fredericton, NB, Lucille (Alfred), Cheticamp, Monique (Cyril), Cheticamp, Stella (Steven), St. Joseph du Moine, and stepdaughter Denise (David), Cheticamp; grandchildren, Christian, Aaron, Natalie (Robert), Shauna (Tyler), Byron (Jillian), Jennifer (Aneill), Joanne (Jason), Lindsey (Logan), Ellen, Gabe, Camren, Jakob, Keigan, Zachary; great-grandchildren, Elliott, Jacob, Julien, Allison, Ava, and Giana. She was predeceased by her husband of 35 years, Gabriel Cormier and long-time companion of 20 years, Leopold Chiasson; brothers, Moise, Alex, Joseph, Jean-Paul, Patrice, and Albert; sisters, Mathilda, and Lucy Mae. Funeral mass was Saturday, February 15th, in St. Joseph’s Church, St. Joseph du Moine, with Father Pierre Antoine St. Cyr officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery at a later date. Funeral was under the direction of Cheticamp Funeral Services Ltd. Condolences may be sent to: www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca <http://www.cheticampfuneralservices.ca/>. POIRIER With great sadness we announce the passing of our father and friend, Paul Napoleon Poirier of Inverness, formerly Cheticamp, age 87, on February 6th. Paul was predeceased by father, Mose Poirier, and mother, Catherine Poirier; son, Joseph and son, Raymond; as well as sisters, Margaret and Veronica. Paul is survived by sisters, Annie, Mary Ann (White), and brother, Eli. He is also survived by daughters, Maria, Loretta, Margaret, Pauline, Bernadette, Rita; and sons, Gerald, John, and Thomas, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Paul adored his time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved fishing and spending time at Lake Ainslie with family. He will truly be missed. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Paul’s life will take place at a future date.