Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM -


On Jan­uary 31, 2017 we lost a very spe­cial lady when Joan (MacInnis) MacNeil passed peace­fully at Har­bour­stone, (Spanish Bay) in Syd­ney.

Born Oc­to­ber 29, 1936, she was the daugh­ter of the late John M. and El­iz­a­beth (MacNeil) MacInnis.

Joan grad­u­ated from Holy An­gels and com­pleted a com­mer­cial pro­gram at Mount Saint Bernard. She worked at sev­eral busi­nesses in Syd­ney and Toronto. She was later em­ployed with Catholic Char­i­ties when she was in­volved with the place­ment of or­phaned ba­bies, this was a vo­ca­tion Joan truly loved. Even­tu­ally, Joan at­tended St. Fran­cis Xavier and spent the re­main­der of her work­ing ca­reer teach­ing busi­ness at Syd­ney Academy.

In 1982 Joan mar­ried Steve MacNeil; he brought Joan into a kind and car­ing fam­ily who loved her dearly. Joan and Steve spent many won­der­ful years to­gether and loved vis­it­ing Florida for a win­ter break. Joan was a pos­i­tive, cheer­ful per­son who en­joyed the sim­ple things in life such as play­ing mu­sic, danc­ing, skat­ing, play­ing bridge, sewing and bak­ing treats for fam­ily. Joan had a great love of an­i­mals and owned sev­eral furry pets over her life­time. She was an ac­tive mem­ber of Sa­cred Heart parish and a mem­ber of the CWL.

Joan will be dearly missed by her sis­ter, Kath­leen ‘Kay’ McIn­tosh and will be re­mem­bered and cher­ished by her six step-chil­dren, Ger­ard (Carol), Stephanie (Ed­win), Na­dine, Frank (Cathy), Elayne and Bren­dan (Lisa) as well as her grand­chil­dren, David, Michael, Christo­pher, Alex, An­drew, Beth, Scott, Stephanie, Chelsey, Paulina, David, Meghan and Mar­garet. Joan will also be missed by her nieces, Jane, El­iz­a­beth, Pa­tri­cia, Mary Ellen, Fran­cis, Sheila, Pa­tri­cia, Joan, Jackie and neph­ews, Michael, Bernard, John and David. She is also sur­vived by and will be fondly re­mem­bered by her sis­ter-in-law, Dorothy MacInnis.

She was pre­de­ceased by her hus­band, Stephen; her sis­ter, Anna; broth­ers, Don­nie ‘Farmer’ and An­gus ‘Porky’.

As per her wishes, there will be no vis­i­ta­tion. A funeral mass will be cel­e­brated at 11 a.m. on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 3, 2017 at St. Theresa’s church with Fr. Alex MacLel­lan of­fi­ci­at­ing. Inurn­ment at Res­ur­rec­tion Ceme­tery, Syd­ney Forks.

We would like to thank the staff at Park­land Cape Breton as well as Har­bour­stone (Spanish Bay) for their ex­cep­tional sup­port and kind­ness to­wards Joan. In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions may be made to a char­ity of your choice. On­line con­do­lences may be sent by vis­it­ing

Thank-you Joan for be­ing a very spe­cial part of our lives.

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