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Newfoundland Obituaries
From Nova Scotia Newspapers

Cape Breton Post
January 2002


KEEPING, W. Otto, 77
North Sydney
Cape Breton Post, Monday January 28, 2002
W. Otto Keeping
, 77, a resident of Cottage Street, North Sydney, passed away peacefully at the Northside General Hospital Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002, surrounded by his loving family. Born in English Harbour West, Nfld., he was a son of the late William and Hettie (Cox) Keeping.

Otto was employed as a stationary engineer with H.B. Nickerson & Son in North Sydney for 28 years, retiring in 1979 due to ill health. He was a veteran of the Second World War, serving with the Merchant Marine. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, North Sydney. Otto was an avid fisherman, hunter and most of all camper, spending his summers at Lake Ainslie.

Mr. Keeping is survived by his wife of 51 years, Janet (Mullins) Keeping; three daughters, Linda (Joey) Bona, Barrachois Road, Emily (Dave), North Sydney, Patsy (Kenny), Bras d'Or; two sons, George (Natalie), Bras d'Or, Billy (Bernadette), Frenchvale; two sisters, Freda (Mrs. Louis Skeard) and Violet (Mrs. Wilfred Muise), both of Sydney; six grandchildren, Kelly, Joey, Billy, Steven, Cory and Amy; two great-grandchildren, Tyler and Jaimie-Lee; and by several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by five brothers, Allan, William, Clyde, Cyril and Arthur; and grandson, Christopher Keeping. Visitation 2-4, 7-9 p.m. today in W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. Funeral service 2 p.m. Tuesday from St. John the Baptist Anglican Church with Rev. Stacey Renouf officiating. Burial in Lakeside Cemetery.

OLDFORD, William Albert "Bert", 88
Glace Bay
Cape Breton Post, January 29, 2002
William Albert "Bert" Oldford
of 214 Brookside St., Glace Bay, passed away Sunday, Jan. 27, 2002, at the Glace Bay Healthcare Complex. Born in Brookland, Nfld., he was the son of the late William Livingstone and Gertrude Moore Hart Oldford. Bert was employed by Devco as a machinist. He was a member of St. Mary's Anglican Church, Glace Bay. He was a member of the Grand Lodge International Association of Machinists and an aerospace worker. In 1986, he was awarded the Grand Lodge Gold Veterans Badge for his years of service. Bert was an avid gardener and took great pleasure in his flower garden.

He was a man of many talents and worked as a carpenter during the Second World War. Bert was an avid skater, hunter, bowler and fisherman. In his younger years Bert engaged in farming. In 1941 he began working with the S&L Railway and later with the Cumberland Railway as a section man in Louisbourg. He transferred to the S&L Roundhouse as an apprentice machinist in 1942 earning his first class statuette status in 1944. Upon his retirement in 1979 he was Roundhouse foreman.

Bert, a kind and loving husband and father leaves to mourn his loss, his wife Grace (MacLean) Oldford; sons, Richard (Mora), Ottawa, Barry (Donna), Gardiner Mines, Douglas (Mary), Bridgetown, N.S., Blair (Jane), Ottawa; daughters, Faye (George) Hoban, Marion Bridge, Annette (Tom) Boutilier, Glace Bay, Grace Marie (Gary) Cameron, Glace Bay; 25 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Also survived by brothers, Leslie, Alberta, Joe and Norman, both of Glace Bay; sisters, Edna MacPherson, Eileen MacPherson, Claudie (Joe) Almon, Annie (George) Matheson, all of Glace Bay, Muriel (Cecil), Duffett, Toronto, and Ada (George) Fudge, New Brunswick, and by a number of nieces and nephews. Predeceased by a daughter, Myra Filion and sister, Beulah Cavers.

Visitation for the late Bert Oldford will be held today (Tuesday) from 2-4, 7-9 p.m. in Patten Funeral Home and Chapel, 71 Union St., Glace Bay. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 11 a.m. in St. Mary Anglican Church, Glace Bay, with Canon Fev Arnold officiating. Interment in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens, Sydney/Glace Bay Highway. Donations in Bert's memory may be made to St. Mary Anglican Church or a charity of one's choice.

SIBLEY, James W., 78
North Sydney
Cape Breton Post, Saturday, January 26, 2002
James W. Sibley, 75
, a resident of Brook Street, North Sydney, passed away Friday, Jan. 25, 2002, at the Northside General Hospital. Born in Harbour Breton, Nfld., he was a son of the late William and Frances (Evans) Sibley. Jimmy worked most of his life on the sea as a cook on the Newfoundland Coast as well as factory boats and trawlers, and later with National Sea Products in North Sydney, until retiring due to ill health. He was a veteran of the Second World War, serving with the Merchant Marines. Jimmy was a quiet man who devoted his life to his wife, children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, the former Marjorie (Cox) Sibley; three daughters, Vangie (Richard) Morrison, Arthur, Ont., Donna (Stewart) Holloway, Wingham, Ont., Tammy (Chucky Marsh) Sibley, North Sydney; four sons, Jimmy, B.C., Gerald, Delbert (Wanda) and Pierre, all of North Sydney; one sister, Ann Pearce, Meadows, Nfld.; two brothers, Jack, North Sydney, and Elias, Corner Brook, Nfld.; 18 grandchildren. He was predeceased by one daughter, Linda in infancy, one sister, Emily, one brother, William and one great-granddaughter, Angelina. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday in W.J. Dooley funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. Funeral service will take place Monday, 2 p.m. from St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, North Sydney, with Archdeacon Reg MacDonald officiating. Burial in Lakeside Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. John the Baptist Anglican Church.



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