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Newfoundland Obituaries
From Nova Scotia Newspapers

Cape Breton Post
June 2016


GILLIS, Alma Blanche
The Cape Breton Post, June 20, 2016
Born In: Burgeo Newfoundland
Passed in: Glace Bay

It is with sadness, that we the family, announce the passing of our loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, aunt and friend, Alma Blanche Gillis, age 95. Mom passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side, on Friday, June 17, 2016, at Seaview Manor, Glace Bay, where she resided for the past four years. Born in Burgeo, Newfoundland, Mom was the daughter of the late John and Melida (Anderson) Kendall and was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Alma was a longtime resident of River Ryan and during these years she was a devoted member of St. Michael's Church, and more recently St. Leonard's Church, New Waterford. Mom had a big heart and was a very generous person; she was also a great judge of character and had a great sense of both wonder and humour. She also enjoyed entertaining, especially cooking and baking for her family and friends; quoting our Dad, "She was the best cook and baker in the world", and the more people that were gathered together, the more she loved it. She was an excellent seamstress, making most of our clothes in our younger years. She also enjoyed quilting and knitting; she was rarely seen without her knitting needles, making endless amounts of hats, scarves, mittens and socks for her family and donating the same to several local groups to give to children in need. Mom was always very happy and content with her life; she will be forever remembered as "The best Mom in the world".

Alma will be sadly missed by her loving children, daughters, Judy Knox, Berwick, N.S.; Linda (Mel) McIsaac, Valley, N.S.; Colleen Gillis, River Ryan; sons, Raymond (Lorraine), Scotchtown; George (Miriam), Antigonish; son in-law Harvey Power, Dartmouth. She will also be sadly missed by her nine cherished grandchildren, Raylyn, Wendy, Danny, Dawn Marie, Melinda, Lori, Norman, Raymond, Patricia; 12 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends. Besides her parents, Mom was also predeceased by her loving husband of 71 years, Collin Bernard Gillis; daughter Sharon Power; son in-law Wayne Knox; brother, Rev. George (Lyla) Kendall; sisters, Hilda (Ray) Sellars, Myrtle (Sam) Harris, Ellen (Eugene) King, Grace (Gerald) Murphy, Mabel (Jacob) Anderson and May (Jim) Dalton.

There will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place under the care and direction of V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 380 Smith St,. New Waterford. The Funeral Mass, officiated by Fr. Ray Huntley will be celebrated 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2016, in St. Leonard's Church, Mt. Carmel Avenue, New Waterford. Interment will be in St. Michael's Cemetery, River Ryan. A luncheon will follow in St. Leonard's Parish Hall, Convent Street, New Waterford. Family flowers only. As an expression of sympathy for Alma, memorial donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Society, Seaview Manor or a charity of one's choice. Online condolences to the Gillis family are available through

MAGEE, Dorothy
The Cape Breton Post, June 30, 2016
Born in Coombs Cove Newfoundland on November 19th, 1939
Passed in Louisbourg, NS
Dorothy Magee
passed away in the Palliative Care Unit at the CBRH on June 28, 2016 surrounded by her family. Born in Coombs Cove, Newfoundland on Nov. 19, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Anne (Green) Blagdon.

Dorothy moved to Louisbourg in 1957 to work at National Sea Products. Dorothy married Beecher Magee in 1958 and was a stay-at-home mom until 1980. In 1980 she returned to work at National Sea Product, after leaving there, Dorothy worked at the Grubstake Restaurant from 1987 to 2003 where she worked as the baker creating many beautiful breads and desserts for 13 summers. Along with her love of baking, Mom and Dad created amazing flowers and vegetable gardens. Mom enjoyed crafts as well as knitting, crocheting and toll painting and painting all of the folk art projects Dad created along the way. In later years, Mom joined a special group of ladies in Louisbourg known as the Peacemakers, she thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this organization.

Dorothy is survived by her loving children, Sharon (Robert) Thomas, Dartmouth, Vernon, Alberta, Jeffrey, Derrick and Robert all of Louisbourg; her four precious grandsons, Jason, Steven, Spencer and Fletcher. She is also survived by her siblings, Mary (Calvin) Bowridge, Burgeo, N.L., Audrey Atkinson, Dartmouth, Bernice (Kevin) Breton, Jim, Aubrey (Lucy), Albert (Marilyn) and Howard (Doreen) all of Marystown, Newfoundland as well as several nieces and nephews Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Beecher Magee, son Aubrey Eugene, sister in infancy, brothers Donelly and Calvin, sisters-in-law, Clara and Grace, brother-in-law, Dale.

A special thanks to Belinda Hutt, Collette Hutt, Pearl Magee and to the staff of Palliative Care at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, for all your care and compassion given to our mom. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Palliative Care Unit at the CBRH. Cremation has taken place. No visitation as per her wishes. A memorial service will be held 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 2, 2016 at the S.W. Chant & Son Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Sheldon Chant officiating.

McINTYRE, Doley Rita
The Cape Breton Post, June 14, 2016
Born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, on September 25th, 1936
Passed in: Glace Bay, on June 11th, 2016

The family of Doley Rita McIntyre, regret to announce her passing on June 11, 2016 at the Victoria Nursing Home in Glace Bay with her family by her side. Born on Sept. 25, 1936, in Corner Brook, Nfld., she was the daughter of the late Michael Hannan and Stella Randall. She worked at the Glace Bay General Hospital in dietary for over 13 years. Our mother took pleasure in the simple things in life whether it was a card game with her children and grandchildren, bingo, some time at the casino or an outing with her loving husband. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were a delight to her. She is survived by seven children, William (Kelly), Kenneth (Shirley), Barbara (Ray) Hiscock, Donna (Joey), Sheary (Don) Littler, Nancy (William) Rogers, Darryl (Leslie); and stepsister, Deborah (John) Butler; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her loving husband, William; sister, Mabel; brother, Michael; grandchildren, Tanya McIntyre, Mark and Matthew McIntyre.

As per our mother's wishes, no visitation. Cremation and family service will be held under the direction of Forest Haven Memorial Gardens on June 16 at 3 p.m. with officer Lt. Dennis Maybury from the Salvation Army officiating. Donations in remembrance of our mother can be made to the Diabetes or Kidney Foundation. The family would like to thank the staff at the renal unit in Sydney and to the staff at the Victoria Haven Nursing Home for their kindness and care provided to our mother during her stay.
God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be
So He put his arms around you and whispered "Come with Me"
A golden heart stopped beating, hardworking hands now rest
God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.

The Cape Breton Post, June 18, 2016
Dartmouth/Holyrood, Conception Bay, NFLD
Kevin Francis Penney
, age 87 of Dartmouth, N.S. passed away at the Queen Elizabeth II, Halifax on Thursday, June 16, 2016 following a year struggle with cancer. It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was truly a great and authentic person. He was born in Holyrood, Conception Bay, Newfoundland on Feb. 22, 1929 and was the son of the late Margaret (Barron) and John Penney also of Holyrood, Nfld. He had an extensive career and had dedicated himself to his employer: Royal Bank of Canada. He retired in 1987 after 39 years of loyal service. He was promoted several times and this included a number of transfers throughout the Atlantic Provinces. While it all began in St. John's, Nfld., the Bank was quick to discover his talent and transferred him to places that benefitted from his expertise. He, together with his family, moved to Inverness then went on to Sydney, N.S. He had a short stay in Summerside, P.E.I. and he successfully concluded his career in the Atlantic Headquarters Mortgage Department, Halifax. Kevin was a faithful member of Saint Thomas More Parish, Dartmouth, where for more than 30 years he counted the collection and supplied the church with his financial competencies. Kevin gave of himself in so many ways to his church, his family and to his community. What a man! He could conjure up the solution to almost any problem or fix nearly anything with the use of a stick, duct tape or even a paper clip. His uniqueness in this way was not only clever but effective and efficient. This skill was also evident in his love for gardening. One of his greatest passions was his flower and vegetable gardens and for keeping his lawn well manicured.

Kevin is survived by the love of his life and devoted wife, Peggy (Kelly) Penney. His six children, Frank (Frances) Sydney, N.S.; Mary (Wayne Gentile), East Bay, N.S.; Annette, Dartmouth, N.S.; Margie (Kevin Dickson), Mira, N.S.; Tina (Lewis Villegas), Vancouver, B.C. and Kevin (Allison), Dartmouth. His 11 grandchildren, David Penney (Shannon); Laura Wrathall (Corey); Deanna Joseph Roussy (Shawn); Shane Joseph (Natasha); Tracey Dickson-MacDonald (Lewis); Robert Dickson (Marsha); Caroline and Matthew Villegas; Ryan and Garrett Lovett; and, Abby Penney. His seven great-grandchildren, Gabriella; Allie; Ben; Luke; Dylan; Penney and, Noah. His brothers and sisters, Cyril, Ray, and Hilda; and a special niece, Patricia, together with many other nieces and nephews and his very special feline friend "Tiny". Besides his parents, Kevin was predeceased by a brother, Edward, and sister, Eileen, and son-in-law, Allan Joseph, and brothers-in-law, Ed Moore, Mike Walsh, Mike Mulcahy, Robert Burns and Vince Wall.

Upon his request, there will be no visitation. Funeral service to be held at St. Thomas More Church, 15 Caledonia Rd., Dartmouth at 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 21, 2016 with a reception to follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, IWK Children's Hospital or a charity of ones choice. Online condolences to: A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home.

RYAN, James Joseph
The Cape Breton Post, June 17, 2016
Born in St. Brendans Newfoundland on November 7th, 1952
Passed in Valley Colchester County on June 15th, 2016

It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of James Ryan on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro after a lengthy illness. Born in St. Brendan's, Nfld. on Nov. 7, 1952, he was a son of the late Jack and Frances (Mackey) Ryan. He leaves behind his wife of 40 years, Judy (Walker); his two children, Janine Ryan, and Shaun (Jaimie) Ryan, both of Springhill; his two cherished grandchildren, Kael and Elliott, who will miss their "Poppy" very much. Jim is also survived by sisters, Joan (Len) McMurrer, Ottawa, Ont., Angela (George) Quirk, North Sydney; brothers, Leonard, Truro, Randy (Sandy), Springhill, John (Michael), Ottawa, Ont., Michael (Leanne), Halifax; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jim's family moved to North Sydney in 1965, where he enjoyed playing hockey, made many new friends and continued his education graduating from Thompson High School in 1971. He took an apprenticeship with CNR in Moncton, N.B. and then began his railway career in 1973 in Sydney while obtaining a business degree at CBU. He was a hard working very conscientious employee for over 30 years with CN, Via Rail and CBNS Railway until 2008 when illness finally prevented him from continuing on with a career he took great pride in; working his way up to management positions in various parts of Canada. His work ethic was simply that every job deserved to be well done. While living in Dartmouth and Ottawa, Ont., Jim found the time in his busy work schedule to become involved in assistant coaching of minor hockey where he believed how you played the game was more important than the outcome. Jim enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors whether he was working in the yard, out in a boat fishing or simply walking in the woods, never forgetting to respect the environment. He developed a special bond with family pets over the years, enjoying their company and always keeping their well-being in mind. Although he left Cape Breton in 1987, he and his family always found time in the summer to return for family gatherings and relaxation. Jim faced the daily challenges of his illness head on with courage and strength, while his faith allowed him to accept God's plan for him.

The family would like to acknowledge and thank Jim's many health care providers over the years: Dr. Lori Wood, Nova Scotia Cancer Center, Halifax for her tireless efforts since 2000 in the treatment and management of his disease, Dr. David Blair, longtime family physician, Dr. Donald Rowe for his daily monitoring of Jim while in hospital, Dr. Courtney Smith and the nursing staff of the Palliative Care Unit at CEHHC, for their compassionate care and support during his illness and final days. Dr. David Henderson and Sue Gibbons for their many home visits to treat Jim. He received excellent care from the nurses in the Medical Day Unit and the Chemotherapy Unit of CEHHC. We greatly appreciate the many volunteers of the Hospice Society who brightened Jim's Day. Many thanks also to the VON staff of Colchester for their dedication to Jim's day to day care while at home.

Visitation will held this evening, Friday, June 17 from 6-8 p.m. with prayers at 7:45 p.m. in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, June 18 at 11 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, 669 Prince St., Truro. Rev. Father Dariusz Miskowisz, officiating. Reception will follow in Campbell Hall. Interment will follow in Cape Breton at a later date. Donations in Jim's memory may be made to the SPCA, Palliative Care Unit of the Colchester East Hants Health Centre or charity of choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, Truro. Online messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting:



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