Thomas (Buster) Connelly
Mr. Thomas Connelly passed away on Nov. 29, 2002, peacefully at Victoria Haven Nursing Home with his loved ones by his side.
Tom, known to most as "Buster" was a gentle, loving and kind man to all who knew him. His love for his family was immeasurable. A man of such character and compassion was a gift to all who crossed his path.
Buster was born in Glace Bay (Table Head) and left in his youth as he joined the army, then proceeded to become dedicated with the Merchant Navy Corp. Once his term had ended with serving the country he loved, he built his life as a dedicated husband and father with his family in Ontario. He worked the remainder of his life with Kingsway Trucking as a truck driver.
His love and passion for driving did not cease upon his retirement. With his return home to Cape Breton, Buster lived to drive daily. To all who knew him this became his life. We all can enjoy our memories of the pleasures he got from driving the many roads of this island he so loved.
Buster also cherished animals of all kinds. Daily he would prepare food for the flocks of birds which he loved to feed as they arrived in his yard. Visits by many pets and their owners to his home made him feel loved and happy. Kelly was his joy.
I know you're with Mama now Daddy.
The love of your life, the woman you so missed.
Kiss her on the cheek for me. I will miss you always,
I love you forever. My father, My friend.
Buster was a former resident of Wilheminia Street, Glace Bay.
He is survived by one son, David, Glace Bay; three sisters, Sarah Deveaux and family, Rose Stevenson and family and Shirley Aucoin and family, all of Glace Bay; two brothers, John and Tom (Butch) and family, both of Ontario; two grandchildren.
Most important of all, the best friend Daddy ever had, the daughter he never had, and they loved one another truly from the heart, was Debbie McNabb from Glace Bay.
Buster was predeceased by his parents, Patrick and Margaret (MacNeil) Connelly and his wife, the former Sheila MacLean
There will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place under the direction of V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 16 Reserve St., Glace Bay (849-4505).
A memorial service will take place on Wednesday, 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel, Rev. Eric Lynk officiating, Nancy Whitney, organist.
John A. "Jack" Sheppard
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our husband, father and grandfather, John (Jack) Sheppard of West Avenue, Glace Bay, Tuesday, March 4, 2003, at the Glace Bay Health Care Complex.
Born in Glace Bay, he was the son of the late Richard and Hazel (McDonald) Sheppard.
Jack served with the Armed Forces (RCRs) from 1957 to 1971 in London, Ontario, Cyprus and Germany.
Jack also operated and owned his own business, and was a carpenter by trade. He was a member of St. Mary's Anglican Church, Glace Bay.
He is survived by his wife, Linda (Gale), sons, Richard (Beth), David (Lisa) and Justin, one daughter, Sandra (Troy), all of Glace Bay; his pride and joy, his grandchildren, Megan, Samantha, Emily, Autuam, Mathew, Damin and Daniel. He is also survived by his brother, Carl (Charlotte), Fredericton, N.B.; sisters, Eva (Tommy) Holder, Glace Bay, Dorothy (Bernard) Griffin, Deanna (Bob) Campbell of St. Catharines, Ont., also a number of nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Bill.
Visitation will be in the V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 16 Reserve St., Glace Bay, Friday from 2:30-4 p.m. Funeral service will be Saturday at 2 p.m. in St. Mary's Anglican Church, Glace Bay, with Rev'd Kirby Walsh officiating. Burial will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Palliative Care Society.
Died at home, 40 Ocean Ave., Sunday, March 2, 2003, after a lengthy illness.
Born in Dominion, he was a son of the late Arthur and Celia Merrill, Dominion.
He was a member of Chalmers United Church. Lester worked for Devco as a dispatcher on the railroad and retired in 1994.
Lester was an honorary member of the Dominion Fire Department, chartered member of Dominion, Reserve, Gardiner Kinsmen Club. He was an original member of the board of directors of Dominion Rink, former member of Dominion Recreation Commission. Lester served as a member of Dominion town council during the 75th anniversary celebration 1981. He played a big part in coaching youths in minor baseball and juvenile hockey under the auspicious of Dominion Branch 78 Legion. He served on the board of directors of the Junior Miners of Glace Bay and Metro Bees of Sydney. Lester was the recipient of the Kinsmen of Year Award in 1978.
Lester is survived by his wife, the former Barbara Booth; two sons, Troy (Denita), Calgary, Adam, at home; sister, Diane (Dave) Fullerton, Sackville, N.B.; brothers, James (Georgina), Stewart (Donna), Dominion.
Predeceased by infant daughter.
Visitation will be held at V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 16 Reserve St., Glace Bay, Thursday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service at Chalmers United Church, Friday at 2 p.m. Burial in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens.
As an expression of sympathy for Lester, donations may be made to the Building Fund for Chalmers United Church, the Lupus Foundation or a charity of your choice.
It is with sadness we announce the death of Archie McNeil, 69, Feb. 28, 2003, at his home in Marion Bridge.
Archie was the son of the late Mary Catherine MacIssac and Alex McNeil.
A coal miner for 39 years, Archie worked in No. 12 and Lingan collieries until his retirement to Mira, where he spent many hours in his garage doing his favourite pastime woodworking.
Archie was a former resident of Ocean Avenue in New Waterford and a member of St. Agnes Church. He was a loving and compassionate father and grandfather who loved his family and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Archie was also an avid baker and cook.
Archie is survived by his wife of 50 years, Audrey (White) McNeil, Marion Bridge; sons, Blaise (Darlene), New Waterford, Sandy (Heather), Victoria Mines; daughters, Joyce (Carl) MacSween, Marion Bridge, Glenda (Robert) Milne, Rothesay, N.B., and Audrey (Cameron) McNeil, Marion Bridge. Poppy will be greatly missed by his nine grandchildren, Christa, Carleton, Lindsay, Robbie, Crystal, Megan, Blaise, Amanda and Victoria. Also surviving are brothers, Wilfred (Ulean) McNeil, New Waterford, and Rod (Mary) McNeil, Kingston, Ont.
He was predeceased by sisters, Theresa and Myrtle.
There will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Monday in St. Agnes Church, New Waterford. Fr. Piotr Golinski and Deacon Leo Penny officiating. Reception to follow in the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.
Arrangements are under the direction of V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, New Waterford, (862-6439).
Roderick Livingstone, 63, of 40 Concord St., Glace Bay, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003, at the Glace Bay Health Care Complex.
Born in Glace Bay, he was the son of the late Terrance and Catherine (MacDougall) Livingstone.
Roderick was a member of St. Anne's Church, and former member of the Men's Choir. He was a former member of the Army Navy and Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 3 Legion, Glace Bay. Roderick served overseas in Germany, Montreal and Gagetown.
He was employed with Sysco retiring after 32 years of service. Roderick was on the executive of the Steelworkers Union.
Roderick is survived by an aunt, Isabell 'Tootsie' Livingstone and numerous cousins.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by several uncles and aunts.
Visitation for Mr. Livingstone will be held Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 16 Reserve St., Glace Bay. Funeral mass will be celebrated Friday, 10 a.m. at St. Anne's Church, Glace Bay. Fr. Doug Murphy will be officiating. Cremation to follow. Interment will take place at a later date in the parish cemetery.