Sarah Martin Bell Tobin
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of our dear mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great great-grandmother, sister and friend, Sarah Martin Bell Tobin. Her family witnessed her peaceful passing from her earthly life to her heavenly home on Saturday, April 19, 2008, in the Northside General Hospital.
Born February 22, 1912, in Sterling Shire, Scotland, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Catherine (Bell) Robertson. Sarah emigrated to Canada at age 12, and settled in North Sydney; a small town in Cape Breton; where she would meet her husband, raise fourteen children, and a place that she would always be proud to call home.
Mom was our family’s storyteller. She had an extraordinary memory, especially for details. She loved to share memories of Scotland, history of North Sydney, and the people who lived there; as well as relating her personal history to everyone and anyone willing to listen.
One of our mother’s passions was music and playing the harmonica. She enjoyed Irish and Celtic music in particular, and playing a tune for family or strangers was her unique gift to them.
Mom had great faith in God. It was this strong faith that enabled her to overcome the struggles and hardships throughout her life, and to see the glory in a life well lived. She was a devoted member of Our Lady of Sorrows parish in North Sydney as well as the altar society.
Sarah is survived by her 4 sons, Adrian (Ann) of North Sydney, Lawrence (Tillie) of New Brunswick, Gary (Bernice) and Ronnie, both of Ontario; daughters, Catherine of North Sydney, Marilyn, Shirley and Yvonne (Phil) all of Ontario, and Lorraine of Dartmouth; 19 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren and 1 great great-grandchild; her sister Marion of North Sydney; her brother Reginald (Mary) of Calgary.
She was predeceased by her husband John T. Tobin, 2 sons, Elmer, and infant John Thomas; 3 daughters in infancy, Genevieve, Mary and Patricia; a grandson Jim, a grand daughter Rosemarie, brothers, James, John and Sam; sister Rina; and a son-in-law Lee.
Visitation 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. A funeral mass will be held Wednesday 10 a.m. from St. Joseph Church North Sydney, with Rev. Jake Andrea officiating. Cremation to follow. Burial in Holy Cross Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Our Lady of Sorrows Church.
Rev. James Attwood
Rev. Jim Attwood Oct 29, 2010
North Sydney – It is with deep sadness we acknowledge the passing of Rev. James Ignatius Attwood of St Joseph Catholic Parish, North Sydney, Nova Scotia. Fr Jim was born June 21, 1953, Glace Bay.
Fr. Jim was predeceased by his parents James Ignatius Attwood and Nora (nee Parsons)
Fr. Jim was the oldest of 7 children and had a zest for life, loved music, reading and travel. He dedicated his life to his ministries and friends and could always be called upon.
Jim is survived by 1 sister and 5 brothers Wilfred (Marilyn), Craig (Lucy), Cathy MacMillan (Rod), Peter (Joan), Brad, and Basil (Shannon). Jim is also survived by 14 nieces and nephews who were very fond of their Uncle Jim.
Jim was ordained on August 8, 1989 at Holy Cross in Glace Bay for the Diocese of Antigonish by the Most Rev. Colin Campbell. From 1989 to 1990, he served at St. Joseph in Bras d’or, St. Anne in Alder Point, St. Joachim in Boularderie (Associate); from 1990 to 1991 at Holy Redeemer in Sydney (Associate); from 1991 to 1993 at St. Peters in Larry’s River, St. Joseph in Charlos Cove, St. Joseph in Port Felix (Pastor); from 1996 to 2002 at St. Augustine in Sydney (Pastor); from 2002 to 2005 at St Agnes in New Waterford, St. Joseph in New Victoria, St. Alphonsus in Victoria Mines (Pastor); from 2005 to 2007 at Immaculate Conception in Bridgeport, St. Eugene in Dominion, St. James in Gardiner (Pastor and from 2007 to the present at St. Joseph and Our Lady of Sorrows in North Sydney (Pastor).
Fr. Jim was involved in other ministries, including Council of Priests, Diocesan Consultors, Chair Diocesan Business and Finance Committee, Vice-President of FSENS, Chaplin to Young Offenders, Sydney, Director of Pastoral Services (1996 to 2002), Vicar General (2000 to 2002), Judge, National Appeals Tribunal, Ottawa (2005 to present), Director of the Diaconate Program, for the Diocese of Antigonish.
Fr. Jim received special honours: Licentiate in Canon Law (JCL) in 1995, Doctorate in Canon Law (JCD), Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome in 1997.
Fr. Jim graduated from St. Michael Senior High in Glace Bay, 1971; graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 1983 with a BA major Philosophy; attended St. Augustine’s Seminary and St. Basil’s College, Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto from 1985 to 1989, MDiv, STB.
Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Monday, November 1, 2010, and 2-4 p.m. on Tuesday, at W.J. Dooley Funeral Home in North Sydney. Fr. Jim's remains will then be transferred Tuesday evening, to St. Joseph Church in North Sydney, with the Vigil commencing at 8 p.m. Funeral mass will be on Wednesday, at 2:00 at St. Joseph’s.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Diabetes Society, or a charity of your choice.
Jim leaves behind many friends and family members who will miss him dearly. May the peace of the lord be with you always Father, Brother, Friend.
Robin C. Oram, 55
It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of our son, brother and uncle, Robin Charles Oram, age 55, on Monday, October 18, 2010 at his residence.
Born in North Sydney, he was the son of Primrose (Sheffield) Oram, a resident of Taigh Solas, Northside General Hospital and the late Wilfred H. Oram. Robin was employed for a period of time in maintenance with the Northside Victoria School Board. He was an avid reader, enjoyed music and had a keen interest in sports. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, North Sydney.
Besides his mother Primrose, Robin is survived by his brother Brian (Colleen) Oram, Sydney and his two nieces Stella Rose Oram, Halifax and Sara Ann Oram, Toyko, Japan and also by a large extended family.
He was predeceased by his father Wilfred H. Oram.
There will be no visitation. A private funeral service and burial will be held for Robin under the direction of W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant Street, North Sydney. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Wilfred H. Oram Memorial Library.
Henry (Harry) Hunley
Henry (Harry) Hunley, passed away at the Northside General Hospital September 20, 2010, after a brief illness.
Born in Bras d’Or, he was the son of the late Alexander and Lillian Hunley.
Henry was a veteran of WWII serving with the Provost Corps. He was a member of St. Joseph Church, North Sydney and the Fr.William Kiely Council of the Knights of Columbus, North Sydney.
He is survived by daughters, Lillian (John) Lang, Victoria, B.C.; Marilyn (Ron) Armstrong, Ottawa, Ont.; son, Lloyd, Red Deer, Alta; six grandchildren, several great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Also survived by sisters, Elizabeth Boutilier, Brampton, Ont; Mildred Hunley, Bras d’Or, Rosella (Conrad) MacDonald, Sydney Mines; and sister-in-law, Laura Hunley, Thunder Bay, Ont.
He was predeceased by his wife Anne (MacLellan), four children in infancy; brothers Lloyd and Cecil and brother-in-law, Dean Boutilier.
There will be no visitation, cremation has taken place. Funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church, North Sydney, on Friday, September 24, 2010, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Jim Attwood officiating. Burial will take place in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bras d’Or.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to a charity of choice.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, North Sydney.
It is with heartfelt sadness we announce the passing after a lengthy illness of Donald Brendon Capstick, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, on, Sunday October 17, 2010, at his home with his family, whom he loved and cherished very much, by his side.
Born in North Sydney, he was the son of the late Maurice and Mary (Fraser) Capstick. He was a truck driver and mechanic all his life and worked in the family business, Capstick’s Trucking. Brendon was the kind of man who liked everyone and was always ready and willing to help anyone. Brendon loved to drive tractor trailers and to spend time with his family and friends, and his dog "Lady" . He was a member of St. Joseph Church, Bras d’Or.
Brendon is survived by his wife Mary (Strickland), his two sons Brendon Jr. and Billy, his mother-in-law Vera Strickland, who he loved and cared for very much. He is also survived by his brothers Tommy (Wendy) Capstick, Joey Capstick, Billy (Audrey) Capstick, Maurice Gerard (Lisa) Capstick, and his sisters Colleen Capstick and Rachelle (Lloyd) Brown, his two precious grandchildren Logan and Madison, who were his pride and joy. He is also survived by his aunt Sally Mansfield and uncle John Wille Fraser and his nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents he was predeceased by his father in law Ralph Strickland.
The family would like to express sincere thanks to Brendon’s caregivers, especially Dr. Eugene Ignacio, the V.O.N. and the doctors in Halifax.
A private visitation will be held. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant Street, North Sydney. A funeral mass will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Church, Bras d’Or with Rev. Peter MacLeod officiating. Burial to follow in the parish Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Marjorie Joan MacKinnon
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear mother, grandmother, sister and friend, Marjorie MacKinnon. Marjorie passed away Friday, October 15, 2010, at the Northside General Hospital, surrounded by her family.
Born in Sydney Mines, she was the daughter of the late John W. and Elsie (Keight) Hyde.
Marjorie enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, as well as a good game of cards and bingo. She was a member of Trinity Anglican Church in Sydney Mines.
She is survived by her five children, Kevin (Diane), Halifax; Wanda MacKinnon, Kelowna, BC; Jim (Laurie), Dartmouth; Marjorie (Francis), Ottawa; Robert (Daina), North Sydney; her two sisters, Estella Bartlett, Halifax; Dorothy Hyde, Sydney Mines and by her six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband James MacKinnon, her sister Rose and brothers, Danny, Sonny and Harold.
The family would like to take this opportunity to thank Debbie MacKinnon, Marjorie's close friend and caregiver, the staff of 4E and 4W of the Northside General Hospital, as well as the staff of Palliative Care for the care and kindness shown to our mother.
A celebration of Marjorie's life will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, at Trintiy Anglican Church, Sydney Mines, with Rev. Peter Rafuse, officiating. Burial will take place in Forest Haven Cemetery, Sydney.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Palliative Care of Cape Breton.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney.