MACLEL­LAN, Daniel Joseph

Cape Breton Post - - In Memoriam -

One hun­dred years is a long time, but, then again, not long enough as we mourn the pass­ing of our dad, grand­dad, great-grand­dad, fa­ther-in­law and un­cle, Daniel Joseph MacLel­lan.

Born on June 29, 1916, dad was the last sur­viv­ing mem­ber of his im­me­di­ate fam­ily.

He was pre­de­ceased by his par­ents, John J. and Mar­garet (MacDonald) MacLel­lan; his wife of fifty-five years, Joan; broth­ers, John, Michael, Alexan­der and three sis­ters, An­nie Cather­ine, Mary Mar­garet (Sr. John of the Cross), Mar­garet Florence (Sr. Carmelina) and Lexie, a spe­cial cousin raised as his sis­ter.

He is sur­vived by his de­voted chil­dren, daugh­ters, Hazel (Fran­cis) Doucet, Jo (Richard) Chiasson, Wil­lena (Dave) Black­wood, Carol (Tony) Stevens and one son, Ray. He is also sur­vived by his lov­ing grand­chil­dren, Louise and Matthew Doucet, Dian and Jenna (Martell) Chiasson, Phillp Black­wood, Alexan­der and Scott Stevens, along with eight great­grand­chil­dren Ewan, Natalie, Sa­van­nah, Evan, An­drew, Lu­cas, Brielle and Jor­dan.

Dad was a car­pen­ter by trade, a for­mer mem­ber of the early Car­pen­ters Union in New Water­ford and worked as a con­struc­tion fore­man through­out in­dus­trial Cape Bre­ton and Port Hawkes­bury. He was par­tic­u­larly proud of his work on the pro­vin­cial build­ings in Syd­ney and the Wa­ter Treat­ment Plant in Port Hawkes­bury. Dad has an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for all things re­lated to wood and although an ac­ci­dent at work forced him into early re­tire­ment, he never stopped work­ing with wood. He took great pride in the tools of his trade and could of­ten be found sharp­en­ing his saws, not only for him­self but for many oth­ers.

Our dad proudly served his coun­try in the Sec­ond World War and it was dur­ing his de­ploy­ment in Eng­land that he met our mom Joan, who after the war im­mi­grated to Canada and be­came his wife. Dad was a fam­ily man and par­tic­u­larly en­joyed our fam­ily gath­er­ings on his birth­day in June when we would cel­e­brate with our an­nual lob­ster boil. He was al­ways gen­er­ous with his time and ready to lend a help­ing hand to his neigh­bors, fam­ily and friends. Dad en­joyed hunt­ing, fish­ing and har­ness rac­ing. Once re­tired, he spent many hours till­ing to soil in prepa­ra­tion for his gar­dens. He was an avid reader and in­stilled in us the love of a good book. He es­pe­cially en­joyed bi­ogra­phies and his­tor­i­cal nov­els.

Dad was a life-long mem­ber of the Parish of Saint Leonard (formerly Mount Carmel Parish) and served on the Fi­nance Com­mit­tee of Mount Carmel Parish for many years.

Just ten shorts months ago, we cel­e­brated dad’s 100th birth­day with an open house at Carmel Cen­tre. Dad was over-whelmed with all the fam­ily and friends from near and far who took the time out of their busy sched­ules to stop by and share in his spe­cial day. It was a fit­ting trib­ute to a fine man and very much ap­pre­ci­ated.

We would like to thank the em­ploy­ees of the Depart­ment of Veteran Af­fairs, New Water­ford Home Care, New Dawn and Pal­lia­tive Care, who spent time with dad and treated him with such dig­nity and re­spect. Also, we ex­tend our sin­cere thanks to Dr. Bridgitte Lowry for her care and con­cern.

Fu­neral ar­range­ments are un­der the di­rec­tion of McLel­lan Broth­ers Fu­neral Home, 3183 Plum­mer Ave., New Water­ford, 902-862-7500.

Visi­ta­tion will take place on Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.

A fu­neral mass cel­e­brat­ing dad’s life will take place on Mon­day, May 8, 2017 at 10 a.m. in the Parish Church of Saint Leonard, Mount Carmel Av­enue with Fr. Ray Hunt­ley of­fi­ci­at­ing with burial fol­low­ing in Mount Carmel Ceme­tery.

A re­cep­tion will be held at the Knights of Colum­bus Hall im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing mass. Do­na­tions in dad’s mem­ory may be made to the Parish of Saint Leonard Me­mo­rial Fund or the Nora Hunt­ley Home for the Dis­abled.

On­line con­do­lence may be for­warded to the fam­ily at: www. mclel­lan­fu­ner­al­home.com.

“Fois dha d’anam athair.” Rest in Peace, Dad

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