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Cape Breton Post - - In Memoriam -

It is with bro­ken hearts that our fam­ily an­nounce the death of Stephen John Siller of Syd­ney, NS, lov­ing hus­band, father, grand­fa­ther, great grand­fa­ther, brother, un­cle and friend. Dad passed away peace­fully sur­rounded by his fam­ily on April 27, 2017 at Har­bourview Hos­pi­tal (HVH) Veterans Unit fol­low­ing a lengthy strug­gle with Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis (MS).

Born in Eger, Hun­gary on March 9, 1925, he was the son of the late Rose (Kele­men) and Stephen Siller and im­mi­grated to Canada with his fam­ily in 1929 through Pier 21 in Hal­i­fax. He resided in Syd­ney most of his life and was mar­ried to He­len (Pakai) his wife of 64 years. Dad was a de­vote mem­ber of Saint Theresa’s par­ish where he served as an usher for many years. Dad was a vet­eran of World War II and was a life mem­ber of Royal Cana­dian Le­gion, Br. 138 Ashby, vol­un­teer­ing with the Com­fort Fund and the Poppy Cam­paign. A grad­u­ate of McKay’s School of Watch Re­pair in Monc­ton, NB, Dad was a watch maker by trade. Be­sides be­ing em­ployed at lo­cal jew­elry stores, Dad also main­tained a watch re­pair shop at home. Later he was em­ployed with Syd­ney Steel from where he re­tired af­ter 33 years of ser­vice.

As a young man he was di­ag­nosed with MS which lim­ited his abil­i­ties yet al­ways main­tained a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude and had a very strong work ethic.

Dad was a quiet, gen­tle man who loved his home and fam­ily. He en­joyed large fam­ily gath­er­ings when ev­ery­one came to visit and en­joy Mom’s great cook­ing. He also had a love of mu­sic and en­joyed pro­vid­ing his own spe­cial style of pi­ano play­ing.

Dad en­joyed be­ing out­side – just walk­ing around the yard or hav­ing a cup of tea with Mom on the ve­randa. They were al­ways to­gether. She was the love of his life and the rock on which he leaned. While he was able, they loved to go danc­ing es­pe­cially on New Year’s Eve. Ev­ery sum­mer they trav­eled to visit fam­ily and friends in Canada and USA. Their fa­vorite spot was Las Ve­gas.

Be­sides his par­ents, Dad was pre-de­ceased by his brother, Joseph and sis­ters-in-law, Theresa and Joyce. Also pre­de­ceased by many mem­bers of Mom’s fam­ily [Briand and Pakai] who were his best friends.

Be­sides his wife, He­len, Dad is sur­vived by his five chil­dren, Leonard (Jean) Siller, Syd­ney, NS, Elaine (Ernie) Da­cho, Michi­gan, Donna (Ray­mond) De­leskie, Syd­ney, NS, Lisa Siller (Kerry), Hal­i­fax, NS, Jim (Michelle) Siller, Hal­i­fax, NS; grand­chil­dren, Aaron (Jess), ON, Nathan (Taryn), AB, Justin Siller, Syd­ney, NS, Crys­tal (Jesse) Ultz, MI, Natalie (Shaun) Ram­sey, MI, Ni­cole De­leskie (Tyler), Syd­ney, NS

Kait­lyn (Jeremy) Mesics, Syd­ney, NS, Ed­win Siller, Hal­i­fax, NS; great grand­chil­dren, Grace and Lil­lian Ultz, MI, Rowan Lother­ing­ton, AB; his sis­ter, Mary (Bill) Mol­nar, ON, and broth­ers, Dr. John Siller, MI and Les­lie (Barb) Siller, NB. Also sur­vived by many very spe­cial nieces and neph­ews who he loved very much.

The fam­ily wishes to ex­press a very sin­cere thank you to Dr A. Wawer, the nurses and staff of the HVH, Vet­eran’s Unit for the ex­cel­lent, com­pas­sion­ate care they pro­vided to Dad and the kind­ness they ex­tended to his fam­ily. You will never be for­got­ten.

Visi­ta­tion was on Sun­day, April 30 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel. Funeral Mass will be cel­e­brated on Mon­day (to­day), May 1 at 11 a.m. at St. Theresa’s Church, Whit­ney Av­enue, Syd­ney with Fr. Den­nis Lamey of­fi­ci­at­ing. In­ter­ment in Res­ur­rec­tion Ceme­tery, Syd­ney Forks.

In lieu of flow­ers do­na­tions in Stephen’s mem­ory may be made to the Har­bourview Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion, Vet­eran’s Unit, MS So­ci­ety or char­ity of choice. On­line con­do­lences may be sent by vis­it­ing www. twcurry.com.

Fam­ily: Where life be­gins and love never ends.

Rest in peace Dad, we love you.

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