DAVIS, Beryl Alexis (nee Fer­gus­son)

Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM -

Peace­fully on July 23, 2015, Beryl passed away shortly af­ter her 71st birth­day.

Born in Glace Bay, N.S. to Mar­guerite and the late Dr. Don­ald Fer­gus­son.

Beryl was a grad­u­ate of Mor­ri­son Glace Bay High School 1961. She re­ceived her un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree from Cape Bre­ton Univer­sity and MA in po­lit­i­cal science from Dal­housie Univer­sity. She was so proud to fo­cus on her Cape Bre­ton com­mu­nity through her the­sis, Restruc­tur­ing Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment in In­dus­trial Cape Bre­ton. Beryl spent 10 years as an in­ter­viewer for Sta­tis­tics Canada. She was a New Dawn eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment co-or­di­na­tor un­der Fr. Greg MacLeod. She was the di­rec­tor of CBU Art Gallery and was hon­oured to be the cus­to­dian of the Pi­casso hand­book. Beryl was pres­i­dent of the Cape Bre­ton Artists As­so­ci­a­tion and au­thor of the Cape Bre­ton Artists As­so­ci­a­tion Di­rec­tory, which pro­filed more than one hun­dred Cape Bre­ton artists, in­clud­ing a brief de­scrip­tion of each artist along with a vis­ual rep­re­sen­ta­tion of their works. She co-edited the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment book, Re­gions at the Cross­roads, with Dr. Mike Foster of Saint Mary’s Univer­sity. Beryl wrote the bi­og­ra­phy of Wil­liam Charles McKin­non, au­thor of Mid­night Mur­ders, which she also as­sisted with the re­search and re­pub­li­ca­tion of the novel with Gwen­dolyn Davies of Dal­housie Univer­sity.

She was priv­i­leged to have as­sisted in lec­tur­ing du­ties un­der Dr. James Guy of the po­lit­i­cal science depart­ment at CBU. She also lec­tured on the history of art in the fine arts depart­ment.

Beryl was a ca­pa­ble artist her­self and pre­sented her works through­out the com­mu­nity, her oil paint­ings of­ten por­tray­ing the fa­mil­iar Cape Bre­ton land­scape.

Be­sides her mother Mar­guerite, Beryl is sur­vived by her lov­ing hus­band of 52 years, Eddy; daugh­ters, Donna (Doug), Bar­bara Mus­grave (Ce­cil), Al­li­son (Salem); grand­sons, Matthew, Alex and Ibrahim; sis­ter Bar­bara Ma­cLean (Charles ‘Kip’); and many beloved nieces and neph­ews.

There will be a time of vis­i­ta­tion with the fam­ily on Tues­day, July 28, 2015, from 12-2 p.m. at Pat­ten Fu­neral Home, 71 Union St., Glace Bay, N.S. A ser­vice to celebrate Beryl’s life will be held at 2 p.m. in Pat­ten Chapel and a re­cep­tion to fol­low.

In lieu of flow­ers, me­mo­rial do­na­tions may be made to a char­ity of one’s choice.

Online con­do­lences to www.pat­ten­fu­neral.com.

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