LYONS, Goldye


Cape Breton Post - - Obituaries -

Goldye Pa­tri­cia (nee Wil­liams) Lyons, 102 years young, of Pic­tou and for­merly of Truro, died May 20, 2017 in East Cum­ber­land Lodge, Pug­wash. Sur­rounded by mem­bers of her fam­ily, Goldye crossed the bar to set sail with her beloved hus­band of nearly 70 years. Her death was as peace­ful as a sloop slip­ping its moor­ings in the early dawn light.

Goldye was born in Florence, Cape Bre­ton, the daugh­ter of the late Martha (Stub­bert) and Robert Wil­liams. She was an avid high­land dancer and am­a­teur mu­si­cian, win­ning many medals for her danc­ing, and play­ing pi­ano in the early cine the­aters, and in mu­si­cal groups for coun­try dances. Goldye at­tended Nor­mal School in Truro where she met the love of her life, Robert W. Lyons. They were mar­ried 77 years ago on May 24, 1940. She said that be­cause their an­niver­sary was on the long week­end, her hus­band would never for­get it. Af­ter Nor­mal School, she moved to Hal­i­fax and An­napo­lis Royal. Her daugh­ter Ju­dith Er­lyn was born at this time. When the war ended, they moved to Truro. Dur­ing her 16 years in Truro she was ac­tive in bridge, the Kinettes, the Truro Curl­ing Club and busy rais­ing her grow­ing fam­ily. Her son Robert Llewellyn and daugh­ter Lee Ann were both born in Truro. In 1960 the fam­ily moved to Pic­tou where Goldye was very ac­tive in the com­mu­nity as a mem­ber of the an­nual Ro­tary stage pro­duc­tions, at the Pic­tou Golf Club and the Pic­tou Curl­ing Club, play­ing badminton, and bowl­ing, and in the bridge club; and most of all, sail­ing aboard Au­rum, S’Ca­per, and fi­nally Blue Mist, on cruises to Cape Bre­ton and the Bras d’Or Lakes in com­pany with other sailors from the Pic­tou Yacht Club. Goldye was also an avid bird watcher and spent hours en­joy­ing watch­ing their habits. She was a sports fa­natic, whether it was cheer­ing on her Blue Jays or curs­ing Fed­erer for beat­ing her idol Nadal, she had an opin­ion and the knowl­edge to back it up right to the very end. Her quick wit­ted replies to all were leg­endary. Goldye was an ac­tive sup­porter of the work of St. James Angli­can Church parish, as backup or­gan­ist and a mem­ber in the church choir.

She was the last sur­viv­ing mem­ber of her im­me­di­ate fam­ily.

She was pre­de­ceased by her hus­band, Robert W. Lyons; her fa­ther and mother; her broth­ers, Earl and Ch­ester; her sis­ters, Cavel, Ninette, Olive, Hazel and Dot, and grand­son, Al­lan Pat­ton.

She is sur­vived by the fol­low­ing fam­ily mem­bers: her daugh­ters, Ear­lyn ‘Lyn’ Lyons Te­treault and Lee Ann Lyons, of Pic­tou; her son, Robert (Maria de los An­ge­les Ugalde Cas­tro) of Pic­tou and San Isidro de El Gen­eral, Costa Rica; grand­chil­dren, Pa­tri­cia Te­treault (Alana Cas­sidy), Prince Al­bert, SK, Suzy Nadeau (Tony), Hal­i­fax, John Te­treault (Kim­berly Richard­son), Pic­tou, Terry McCully (Dinah Ortega), Cal­gary, AB, Ben­jamin McCully (Jen Ar­ruda), Colling­wood, ON, Dy­lan Lyons (Tara Heath), and daugh­ter-in­law, Elaine Nys­trom, Nanaimo, BC; her step-grand­chil­dren, Kim­berly, An­thony, David, Naomy and Gabriel Ugalde Cas­tro, Costa Rica; her great grand­chil­dren, Patrick, Kate­lyn and Rob­bie Te­treault, Emma Lyons and He­lena McCully, Patrick Nadeau and Re­becca Ouel­lette, and beloved nieces and neph­ews, Janet, Chuck, Earl, Judy, Linda, Robert, Donnie, Ag­gie June, Jan, Jody, Rose­marie and John.

The fam­ily wishes to ex­presses its ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the staff of East Cum­ber­land Lodge for their lov­ing heart- felt care given Goldye dur­ing her stay with them in her last year.

Fu­neral will be held 2 p.m. Fri­day, May 26 from St. James Angli­can Church, Pic­tou. A re­cep­tion will fol­low with in­ter­ment at a later date. By Goldye’s re­quest, there will be no visi­ta­tion.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions in her mem­ory may be made to St. James Angli­can Church, Pic­tou; East Cum­ber­land Lodge, Pug­wash, or to a char­ity of your choice. www.mclaren­fu­

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