MAC­NEIL, M. Jessie


Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM -

The fam­ily of Mary Jessie Mac­Neil sadly an­nounces her peace­ful pass­ing at Min­ers’ Me­mo­rial Manor on Fe­bru­ary 18, 2017.

Jessie was a for­mer res­i­dent of Syd­ney and al­ways proudly an­nounced that she was from the Ship­yard. She was a spe­cial lady and a dear friend to many peo­ple. Jessie tended to make a last­ing im­pres­sion on peo­ple and her dry wit was ap­pre­ci­ated by many.

Jessie was born on May 11, 1926 to John R. and Mary Jane (Ma­cLean) Mac­Neil. Sur­viv­ing are her daugh­ter, Janet (Rick) MacKin­non and their chil­dren, Ardell and Ian MacKin­non; her son, Blair (Linda MacDow) and their chil­dren, Johnathan, Zachary and Re­becca Mac­Neil. Be­sides her par­ents, Jessie was pre­de­ceased by her beloved hus­band, John J. Mac­Neil in 1954; broth­ers, Leo, Roy, Howard and Al­fred Mac­Neil; broth­ers-in-law, Benny and Dun­can Mac­Neil and sis­ters-in-law, El­iz­a­beth and Cather­ine Mac­Neil all of Big Pond. Sur­viv­ing are her sis­tersin-law, Margie (Howard), Margie (Leo) and Deanna (Al­fred) Mac­Neil. Also sur­viv­ing are many nieces and neph­ews.

Jessie was a woman of deep faith and was a for­mer mem­ber of Saint An­thony Daniel Parish. She served on the Parish Coun­cil and was a for­mer mem­ber of the CWL. Teach­ing was her cho­sen ca­reer and it was one she en­joyed for 35 years. Many stu­dents ben­e­fit­ted from her ded­i­ca­tion and her abil­ity to bring out the best in each stu­dent. Jessie has of­ten been de­scribed as ‘the best teacher I ever had’ by many for­mer stu­dents. She was an ac­tive mem­ber of the Syd­ney Lo­cal of the NSTU serv­ing on sev­eral com­mit­tees.

Min­ers’ Me­mo­rial Manor staff gave Jessie ex­cel­lent care dur­ing the two and on half years she lived there and it be­came like a sec­ond home to her. No words can truly ex­press our sin­cere ap­pre­ci­a­tion and thank­ful­ness for the care you pro­vided for her. Spe­cial thanks to Dr. Kohl­smith for his com­pe­tent and com­pas­sion­ate ser­vice to Jessie and her fam­ily.

There will be no vis­i­ta­tion for Mrs. Mac­Neil. A Fu­neral Mass will be cel­e­brated at 11 a.m. on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 24 at Our Lady of Fa­tima Church with Rev. Bill Burke of­fi­ci­at­ing.

Do­na­tions may be made to the Hospice Pal­lia­tive Care So­ci­ety of Cape Bre­ton or a char­ity of choice. On­line con­do­lences may be sent by vis­it­ing www.

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