MACNEIL, Irene El­iz­a­beth


Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM -

It is with heavy hearts that we, the fam­ily, an­nounce the sud­den pass­ing of Irene El­iz­a­beth MacNeil, age 60, at her res­i­dence in Syd­ney, on Fe­bru­ary 12, 2017.

Irene was born in Syd­ney, Novem­ber 4, 1956 and was raised in Shenacadie. She was one of six chil­dren born to the late John Mur­dock and Mary Sarah (MacK­in­non) MacNeil.

As an adult, Irene con­tin­ued to live in the fam­ily home with her mother Mary and sis­ter Linda, who, to­gether raised her daugh­ter Jen­nifer and nephew Mark. Irene as­sisted in sup­port­ing her mother un­til she passed away in 2015; af­ter which, Irene moved to Syd­ney. Irene loved read­ing, swim­ming and go­ing for drives, she loved clothes and fre­quented Donna’s Con­sign­ment Shop and like most Cape Bre­ton­ers, she loved a good strong cup of tea. She will also be re­mem­bered for her creative tal­ents in­clud­ing draw­ing, paint­ing, cro­chet­ing and knit­ting; her last project, in honor of be­com­ing a grand­mother in Au­gust 2016, was a knit­ted baby blan­ket for her grand­son Owen.

Irene is sur­vived by her daugh­ter, Jen­nifer (Bill Hahn) MacNeil; grand­son, Owen; sis­ters, Linda MacNeil, Mau­reen (Everett) Sul­li­van, and Anita MacNeil; sis­ters-in-law, Kim MacNeil and Heather MacNeil. She is also sur­vived by sev­eral nieces and neph­ews; aunts, Theresa MacIn­tosh, Marie MacK­in­non and An­nie T. MacNeil.

She was pre­de­ceased by brothers, Jackie and Ger­ald.

Many fam­ily and friends may not know that Irene spent a lot of her life liv­ing with un­di­ag­nosed Schizophre­nia. Once di­ag­nosed, life be­came eas­ier and more hope­ful for Irene and her im­me­di­ate fam­ily. We would like to thank Agnes Camp­bell and the staff of Caird­eil Place, Irene’s case worker San­dra Mur­ray, the staff of Shimi Hous­ing and Dr. Lib­bus at the Cape Breton Re­gional Hospi­tal for all your ded­i­cated help and sup­port which helped Irene to be­come part of a car­ing and un­der­stand­ing com­mu­nity of friends for the past sev­eral years.

Vis­i­ta­tion will be held on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 18, 2017, from 9 - 10:45 a.m. at T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel, Syd­ney. The funeral mass will be cel­e­brated at 11 a.m. Satur­day at St. Theresa’s Church. A re­cep­tion with a light lunch will be served at St. Theresa’s Parish Cen­ter im­me­di­ately af­ter the funeral mass. Burial will be in St. Barra’s Parish Ceme­tery, Christ­mas Is­land at a later date.

Dona­tions can be made to Caird­eil Place, 288 Bentinck St., Syd­ney, B1P 1G9 or a char­ity of choice. On­line con­do­lences by vis­it­ing

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