OBITUARIES / ANNOUNCEMENTS
Aileen J. Mackillop
It is with great sadness we, the family of Aileen J. Mackillop, regret to announce her passing on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 surrounded by her loving family.
Born on December 8, 1937 at Baddeck Forks, she was the daughter of the late Duncan and Helen (Gillis) Buchanan.
She loved boating on the Bras d’or lakes, playing cards and travelling with her family and friends. In her younger years, after graduating from Leon Academy of Hair Design, she established her own business in Baddeck for several years. She worked at Alderwood Rest Home as a nurse’s aide before working at the Royal Bank in Baddeck, from which she retired in 1998. As an avid community worker, she volunteered for many organizations including, Knox Ladies Guild, Baddeck Volunteer Fire Department and Bras d’or Yacht Club. She was a longstanding member of Eastern Star and Knox Presbyterian Church, and was also a founding member of the Baddeck Curling Club. Aileen will always be remembered as a kind, warm lady with a soft voice and friendly smile who loved spending time with family and friends.
She is survived by her loving husband, Jack Mackillop; son, Darren Macaulay (Lauri); stepdaughters, Maureen Court, Bonnie Maurer (Martin); step grandchildren, Mitchell and Grace Court and Noah Maurer; brothers, Bob Buchanan (Sharon), Don Buchanan (Ellen); seven nieces and nephews; twelve grandnieces and nephews and numerous cousins.
She was predeceased by infant brother, Charles and daughter, Brenda Macaulay.
In honouring Aileen’s wishes, cremation has taken place under the direction of Macaskill’s Funeral Home, Baddeck.
A funeral service was held January 30, 2017, followed by a celebration of Aileen s life at the Bras d’or Yacht Club. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Society of Victoria County, Baddeck Volunteer Fire Department or a charity of one’s choice.
Anne Marie Fitzgerald
In the early morning of January 26th, 2017 our beloved Anne Marie gained her wings, leaving us with broken hearts and great sadness.
Anne Marie was born in Neil’s Harbour on April 22, 1950 , she was the daughter of the late Hattie (Wilkie) and Patrick Fitzgerald.
Anne Marie graduated from Cape Breton Business College with a certificate in Medical Secretary and spent forty plus years working at Highland’s Medical Clinic where she touched many lives. She will be greatly missed by Dr. Murray and Dr. Buffett and Highland’s Medical Clinic staff.
Nanny leaves behind her loving daughter, Kalen; son-in-law, James and her precious grandchildren, Rylan, Jerzi, Kali-jae and Xavier who were her whole world. She will be sadly missed by her sisters, Rita and Helen (Buddy); brothers, Kelly (Peggy), Lloyd, David (Ruby), Addie (Amy), Arlie (Brenda); chosen brothers, John, Paul and Neil Macdonald and best friend, Shaune.
Besides her parents Anne Marie was predeceased by, brother, Roy (Marcella); sister-in-laws, Audrey, Lise and Linda; brother-in-law, Marty; special cousin, John Neil Macdonald and nephew, Eddie.
Cremation has taken place. Burial took place in the parish cemetery.
Sadie Melissa Timmons
It is with heavy hearts that the family of Sadie Timmons announce her passing at Inverary Manor, Inverness, on Friday, January 27th, 2017.
Born in Inverness, NS, on September 12th, 1931, Sadie was the daughter of the late Barkes and Ethel (Crowdis) Phillips. Sadie cherished many friendships, enjoyed her card games and was actively involved at the Seniors Club, Wilson United Church, and UCW. Sadie enjoyed giving a helping hand at the ICMH Tea and other various community events.
She is survived by her daughter Priscilla (Timmons) Maclellan son Jay (Brenda), brothers Francis (Barbara) and sister in law Marjorie. sadie is also survived by grandchildren: Donald, Shawna (Jason), Christa (Joey), Damian, Jerrold, and Cora (George). Sadie is also survived by great grandchildren Lilly Mae, Spencer, Carson, John Joseph and Jacob. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and many cousins.
Besides her parents Sadie was predeceased by her husband, Harry B. Timmons, brother Charlie and son in law John Maclellan.
Donations in Sadie’s memory may be made to the Wilson United Church or charity of your choice.
Harold Holmes Briand
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a beloved father, husband, brother, grandfather and great-grandfather, Harold Holmes Briand, 84, who passed away on Tuesday, January 31st, 2017, at the Northside General Hospital.
Born in Smelt Brook on February 1, 1932, he was the son of the late William and Martha-ann (Dixon) Briand, also of Smelt Brook.
He moved to White Point shortly after his marriage. Harold worked most of his life as a fisherman in the Cape Breton area. His four sons followed in his footsteps. Harold often asked the crew to leave the everyday fishing gear on deck so that he could exercise his passion for sword fishi, if swordfish were seen in the area, he wanted to join in the hunt. He kept his harpoon skills up by regularly participating in harpoon throwing challenges at local events. After Dad’s retirement from fishing, he always kept busy at something, whether it was working around wood, making little wood carvings or helping his son Kenny around his boat and gear. He was always there to lend a hand when you needed him. He also thoroughly enjoyed his evening chats with neighbours and friends.
Harold is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Julia (Dunphy); his sons, Patrick (Audrey), South Harbour, Gerry (Marie), White Point, Charles (Frieda), Neil’s Harbour and Kenny (Linda), White Point. Also surviving are brothers, Douglas (Susie) and Manny; sister, Jenny; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Harold was predeceased by brothers, Chester, Willie Vincent, Harry, Ernest, James, Kelson, Jack, Wilfred and Henry; sisters, Mary, Alice and Mable, and infant grandchild, Patrick Noel.
Cremation has taken place. A service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations in Harold’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of NS.
Eliza Christina Dixon
It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we announce the passing of our Mom today. Eliza Christena (Fitzgerald) Dixon, 80, passed away peacefully in her home, with her loving family by her side on Sunday, February 5, 2017.
Born in White Point on February 16, 1936, she was a daughter of the late Emery and Mary (Macintosh) Fitzgerald.
At the age of 18 she was married. She became the mother of seven children who she devoted her life to. Eliza was a hardworking fisherman’s wife who ran the household. She took great care of her family.
Eliza lived her life devoted and centered towards her family. She was a strong hearted woman, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Known as Nanny to her grandkids, she always had cookies in her cupboard and chocolate milk in the fridge. Her love for them all will never be forgotten. She took pride in each of them. Eliza held a special bond with her son John, who was always by her side. Some of Eliza’s hobbies included playing cards and Bingo nights. She always enjoyed both. You could always rely on her for a good laugh and witty remarks. She spent many hours enjoying word searches and puzzle books. Eliza was also a member of CWL for 63 years.
Eliza will be missed deeply by her sons, Nelson (Lisa), John, Junior (Ann Marie), Todd (Angie); daughters, Amarlis ‘Muggins’, Marie (Jerry) Briand, Mary (Glenn) Fricker; 18 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; her sisters; Peggy Purdy, Cape North, Doris (Walt) Fraser, Pleasant Bay, Joyce (Scott) Brown, Dingwall; and five brothers; John, Timmy, Sydney, Hughie, Daryl (Pam) Dingwall.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, William Daniel; son, Daniel Francis; step-mother Mary (Barron) Fitzgerald; sisters, Marie Dixon and Joan Maceachern; brother, Angus Fitzgerald; a special sonin-law, Richard Macdonald, and great-grandson, Richard Gerald Macdonald.
Cremation has taken place. Donations in Eliza’s memory may be made to the Palliative Care Community Home Consultative Program.
Raymond ‘Corey’ Keigan
With heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of our son, brother, grandson, uncle and nephew, Cory Keigan on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.
Cory was born December 4, 1983, in North Sydney. He grew up in the country loving the outdoors. Cory was his happiest working in the woods and on the high seas. It was in his blood from a very young age. Cory was very capable at whatever he put his mind to and gave a helping hand to whoever was in need.
He is survived by his mother, Evelyn Macdermid (David Reeves), Sydney; father, Carl Keigan, Wreck Cove; girlfriend, Tara Mackinnon and his princess, Bella, Sydney; brothers, Aaron (Sarah Morrison), N.B. and Kayle (Melissa Bates), Sydney; nephew, Carter; stepbrother, Peter Reeves, B.C.; stepsister, Michele Reeves (Jesse Denton), Sydney; maternal grandmother, Sarah Macrae (Sandy), North River; maternal grandfather, Clarence Macdermid (Wanda), Sydney; paternal grandmother, Mae Keigan, Wreck Cove; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Cory was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, John Keigan; uncles, Kenneth, Allan, Claude Keigan and Dean Macdermid and aunt, Heather Keigan.
Interment will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Children’s Wish Foundation.