WHYTE, Eric James

Cape Breton Post - - In Memoriam -

It is with pro­found thank­ful­ness for a life well lived that the fam­ily of Eric James Whyte shares the news that God called has called him home on May 5, 2017 at Groves Point. Eric’s life was de­fined by his faith in God and his love for Je­sus Christ.

Eric was born and raised in Syd­ney Mines, Oc­to­ber 12, 1925, the youngest child of Ge­orge and Mary Jane (MacLean) Whyte. He was the last sur­vivor of his broth­ers and sis­ters. He was pre­de­ceased by his old­est child, Ge­orge and his lovely grand­daugh­ter, Jessie, who are al­ready home – what a joy­ful re­union!

Eric was ed­u­cated in Syd­ney Mines, Mount Al­li­son Univer­sity, Dal­housie Den­tal School and Univer­sity of Mon­treal. He opened a den­tal of­fice in Syd­ney Mines in 1947 and in 1959 he set up prac­tice in Syd­ney as Cape Bre­ton’s only or­tho­don­tist. Over sev­eral decades he served his mostly young pa­tients with kind­ness and made many life­long friends in the com­mu­nity. He also served many years as an el­der in St. An­drews Pres­by­te­rian Church and later in Grace Fel­low­ship Church, Syd­ney Mines. He was an ac­tive mem­ber of the Gideons and en­joyed de­liv­er­ing bi­bles to peo­ple of all ages, but es­pe­cially young stu­dents. In his sun­set years he was healthy and ac­tive to the very end. He con­tin­ued to grow in his faith and was tremen­dously gen­er­ous with his gar­den pro­duce.

One of Eric’s great­est ad­ven­tures was while in his eight­ies, he trav­elled with his son Sandy and a den­tal team to the moun­tains of Nicaragua with Med­i­cal Am­bas­sadors to pro­vide den­tal treat­ment for chil­dren.

Eric will be deeply missed by his wife of 64 years, Mar­i­lyn; his sons, Rick (Jeanne Fer­gu­son) and Sandy (Vicki MacLeod); his daugh­ter, Bon­nie (Blair Pardy) and the mother of Ge­orge’s chil­dren, Rhonda. Eric en­joyed warm re­la­tion­ships with his 15 grand­chil­dren, Laura (An­drew), Eric (Mary), John Robert, Jamie (Melissa Jane), Han­nah, Mark, Kris­tian, An­drew, Grace, Gemma, Joe, Alex, Ben, Beth and Ge­or­gia. He lived to see the births of eight great grand­chil­dren, De­clan, Elsie, An­gus, Mar­i­lyn Claire, Ally, Merrick, Em­mett and MacGre­gor.

Eric loved his nieces and neph­ews, his close friends and church fam­i­lies. He leaves us with a won­der­ful heritage of a lov­ing, gen­tle and hon­or­able hus­band, fa­ther, grand­fa­ther, great grand­fa­ther and friend.

Vis­i­ta­tion will be held at the SW Chant & Son Funeral Home, 564 Alexan­dra Street, Syd­ney on Monday, May 8, 2017 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral ser­vice will be of­fi­ci­ated by Pas­tor Steve Fen­ton in the funeral home chapel, Tues­day, May 9 at 2 p.m.

Fam­ily flow­ers only. If you wish to make a do­na­tion, three of Eric’s favourite char­i­ties are Gideon’s In­ter­na­tional in Canada, Cape Bre­ton Bible Camp and Munro Academy. Ro­mans 8:28

”And we know that all things work to­gether for good to them that love God, to them who are called ac­cord­ing to his pur­pose.”

On­line con­do­lences may be sent to our web­page at www. chant­fu­ner­al­home.ca.

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