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Newfoundland Obituaries
From Nova Scotia Newspapers

Cape Breton Post
April 2015


BAUER, Loretta
The Cape Breton Post, April 4, 2015
Born In: Newfoundland
Passed in: Sydney on April 2nd, 2015

It is with great sadness that we the family announce the passing of Loretta Bauer at Harbourstone Enhanced Care Center, on April 2, 2015. Born in Newfoundland, she was the daughter of the late Isidore and Annie (MacInnis) Gale. Loretta was the last surviving member of her family. Loretta loved to bake, knit crochet and dance. She also enjoyed a good game of cards and having friends over for a cup of tea and sweets. She is survived by her children Marie, Lloyd and Murray William (Holly); grandchildren Alana, Loretta, Benjamin and Marina; 10 great grandchildren, and two great great-grandchildren. Besides her parents, she is predeceased by her husband Murray, Siblings, Matthew, Aiden, John Francis, Tom, Dodie, Michael, Gus, Joe, Mary, Rose, Arthur, Isidore, and Margaret in infancy. Loretta was also predeceased by five great grandchildren. Cremation has taken place, Memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at 3 p.m. in the SW Chant & Son Funeral Home Chapel 564 Alexandra St. Sydney, with President Jim Kaine officiating. Interment to take placate a later date in Oakfeild Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to our webpage at

DRAKE, Cornelius John 'Con'
The Cape Breton post, April 17, 2015
Born In: Marystown Newfoundland June 8th, 1934
Passed in: North Sydney on: April 15th, 2015

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend Cornelius 'Con' Drake, age 80, on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at his residence. Con was born June 8, 1934, in Marystown, Newfoundland, the son of the late Thomas and Mary (Drakes) Drake. Con was employed with CN Marine later Marine Atlantic as a steward aboard the vessels until his retirement. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing and hunting. He was a member of St. Joseph Church, North Sydney.

Con is survived by his daughters, Debbie (Terry) Jessome, Long Island, Lynn (Alex) Finlayson, Florence; three sons, Hughie (Cynthia) Drake, Brian (Bev) Drake, Rick (Pam) Nicholson, all of North Sydney; one sister Betty (Stuart) Tait, North Sydney; special sibling Jean Merritt; his furry friend 'Toby', also by 14 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; a special niece Georgina (Leroy) Musgrave and a number of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Catherine (Wilkie) Drake, two grandchildren Catherine Ann and Danielle Michelle Jessome, by his brothers, Bill and Patrick Drake, by his faithful companion and friend 'Brandy'.

Visitation for Cornelius will be held 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. A funeral mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Monday, April 20 at St. Joseph Church with Rev. Patrick O'Neill officiating. Burial will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Sydney at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent to

HICKMAN, Norman Wilson
The Cape Breton Post, April 28, 2015
Born In: Pt Au Gaul, Newfoundland
Passed in: Sydney on April 26th, 2015

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear husband and father, Norman Hickman, 87, on Sunday, April 26, 2015, at Harbourstone Enhanced Care, Sydney, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Pt Au Gaul, NL, Norman was the son of the late Edward and Annie (Hillier) Hickman. Norman worked for 36 years at Sydney Steel Corp. until his retirement in 1984. Norman enjoyed a good game of tarbish and going home to Newfoundland with his family. He will be remembered by family and friends for his whistling, laughter, and generous nature.

Norman is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Mary (Benteau) and his daughters, Shirley, Valerie (Joe), Charlotte (John) and Susan (Danny); grandchildren, Heather, Kym (Michael), Don (Kim), Erica (Brian), Clifton (Cheryl), Ryan (Erin), Brandon (Lisa) and great-grandchildren, William, Samantha, Sidney, Keegan, Nathan, Brody, Brandon and Callum. He is also survived by his sister, Mary (Burke); brother, George; as well as several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Norman was predeceased by his brothers, Rendall, Wallace, Herbert, Jabez, Curtis, James and sister, Hester.

Visitation for the late Norman Hickman will be held at the Pier Community Funeral Home, Whitney Pier, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church Street) on Thursday, April 30 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service to celebrate the life of Norman will be held on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 11 a.m. in the Pier Community Funeral Home, All Faith Chapel with Archdeacon Brenda Drake officiating. Following the service light refreshments will be held in the funeral home reception area. Interment will take place in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens, Sydney, at a later date.

The family would like to thank the caring staff at Harbourstone, Wentworth Court, for the compassionate care provided to Norman for the past five and a half years. Donations in memory of Norman may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia or Sst. Alban's Memorial Fund. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home. Online condolences may be forwarded to the family at

The Cape Breton Post, April 16, 2015
Born In: Harbor Main
Passed in: Sydney on: April 14th, 2015
Mary Catherine Lewis
, 92 of the Cove Guest Home, formerly of 48 Grandview Street, passed away on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at the residence with her family by her side. Born in Harbor Main, Nfld, she was the daughter of the late Stephen and Ann (Walsh) Wall. She was a member of St. Joseph parish, Sydney and the parish C.W.L. for over 50 years. Kay loved the company of her family and friends and particularly enjoyed comforting them with her home baking, her hospitality and love. Her grandchildren and her garden brought her much joy. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Kay is survived by her daughters Elizabeth (Graham) Dunlop, Donna (Donnie) MacDonald, both of Sydney; sons Steve (Marie) Lewis, Sydney, Anthony (Louise), Cole Harbour and her 7 grandchildren, Christopher, Kellie (Donald), Stephanie, Kenzie, Laura, Allyson, Nicholas, her 3 great grandchildren Emily, Shelby, Hayden, by her numerous nieces and nephews, sister-in-law Nell Wall, ON and by her closest friend of 63 years whom she considered her sister, Hazel MacDougall of Sydney. She was predeceased by her husband Harry Lewis in 1988, brothers Gus, Leo and Gordon.

Visitation for the late Mrs. Lewis will take place today (Thursday) from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. at T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church with Rev. Bill Burke officiating. Interment in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks. The family would like to especially thank the good people at Orchard unit of the Cove Guest Home for their exceptional care and friendship given to their mother. Donations may be made to the Cove Guest Home, 320 Alexandra St. Sydney, B1S 3A4 Online condolences may be sent by visiting

MacKAY, Vera
The Cape Breton Post, April 14, 2015
Born In Fox Harbour Newfoundland
Passed in Sydney on: April 12th, 2015
Vera MacKay
, 99, passed away peacefully at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney on Sunday, April 12, 2015. She was born and raised in Fox Cove, Newfoundland and was the daughter of the late Dennis and Mary (Hann) Long. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Vera came to Sydney to work in 1935, and lived in Whitney Pier for 25 years where she raised her family. She was employed at the City Hospital for a number of years. Attended Bethel Presbyterian Church and was a member Bethel Auxiliary of Whitney Pier. Knitting and crocheting and playing 45s gave her much pleasure and in later years she travelled and spent many winters in St. Pete's, Florida and summers in Indian Brook.

She is survived by her two daughters, Norma Lysecki and Carol MacKay and daughter-in-law Eleanor Mackay all of Sydney; grandchildren, Kent MacPherson, Halifax, Heather (Darrell) Sidney, Sydney, Marlene (Brian) O'Kane, Japan, and David Lysecki (Meghan MacInnes), Englishtown; great-grandchildren, David John Hanna and Britney Sidney, Madeline and twins, Michael and Thomas O'Kane. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by husband, Norman MacKay, father of her four children who passed away in 1945, a month before her fourth child was born. Her two sons, John Wayne MacKay and Norman Wendell MacKay, grandson, Norman MacPherson, sister, Margaret Day, half sisters, Alice, Emily and Mary, half brother, Dennis. In 1965 Vera married John MacKay who passed away in 2012.

Vera had a long, healthy life and lived in her own home until entering the hospital. She received excellent care the last four days of her life from Dr. Greg Myatt and all the staff. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, April 16, 2015, at the S.W. Chant & Son Funeral Home with Rev. Bob Lyle officiating. Reception to follow. Interment to take place at a later date in Hardwood Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Palliative Care Unit of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital or charity of your choice. Online condolences may be sent to our web page at

PARSONS, Ronald 'Ron'
The Cape Breton Post, April 22, 2015
Passed in Glace Bay on: April 16th, 2015
Ronald 'Ron' Edward
, 77 passed away on Thursday, April 16th, 2015 at the VG Hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Born in Rose Blanch, Newfoundland, Ron was the son of the late John Parsons and Anne (Strickland) Parsons. Ron was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking. He was happiest out on a lake with a rod in his hand. He was loved and will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Ron is survived by his children, Wanda (Kevin) Mombourquette, L'Ardoise, Ronald Parsons (Ontario), Gwen (Jim Brown) Bennett, Ontario, Tasha (Bruce) Brown, Halifax, Scott (Tracey McIsaac) Parsons; sisters, Suze, Melite, Anne-May, brothers, John, William and Austin. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Ron was predeceased by his wife, Betty, son, Gregory Parsons; brothers, Gordon, Wilfred and Clyde. Funeral services will be held at V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home in Glace Bay at a later date with the time to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the QEII Foundation Palliative Care Unit (902-473-7932) or the charity of your choice. On line condolences to the family can be expressed at:



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