Florence ‘Flora’ Canning, formerly of St. Patrick’s Channel, Cape Breton, passed away on Feb. 14, 2011.
Born on June 10, 1925, Flora was the daughter of the late Elizabeth MacLeod, St. Patrick’s Channel, and Chester MacKay, Big Baddeck Cape Breton.
Flora was a member of the Farqerson Presbyterian Church, Middle River. For more than 40 years she volunteered at the Alderwood Rest Home, Baddeck, were she resided for the past three years.
Flora received the Nova Scotian Volunteer Award for outstanding service in volunteering. She was also a staunch supporter of the Liberal Party of Canada.
Flora was most proud of her roll as loving mother and friend. Her love of piano and traditional Cape Breton music inspired her to be an accomplished musician. At the age of 60 she learned to drive. She worked at the Notre Dame Convent, Baddeck, and cherished the friendships made there.
Flora will be remembered by her family and friends for her ability to lead through example with her music, cheer, humour and being the effervescent shining light in our lives. She gave us inspiration and encouragement so freely.
Flora will be forever missed and remembered for her supper-human strength in enduring the suffering of this world with notable faith, dignity and courage, with immeasurable charm and intelligent witt and we were in awe of her loving courageous example.
Flora is survived by little sister, Beth (Keith) Philips, Calgary, Alta.; sons, Donald G. (Beth Douglas) Canning, Toronto, and Darren J. (Cheryl) Canning, Middle River; daughters, Joan L. (John Knite) Canning, Toronto, Evelyn F. (Peter MacNeil) Canning, Toronto; grandchildren, Vincent T. Canning, Toronto, Grayson and Bruce Canning, Alta.; Daniel J. Canning-MacNeil, Toronto and Morgan C. Canning, Middle River, Cape Breton. She is also survived by aunt, Thelma, St. Patrick’s Channel and best friends, Pat Ryan and Mabel MacDonnell.
Flora was predeceased by loving husband, Everette T. Canning and son, Clayton.
Visitation for the late Florence ‘Flora’ Canning will be held at the Farqerson Presbyterian Church, Middle River on Friday, Feb. 18, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service to celebrate Flora’s life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011 at 2 p.m. at Farquharson Presbyterian Church with Rev. Louis Ihasz and Rev. Cameron Brett officiating. Reception will be held at the Middle River Community Hall. Burial will take place in the Middle River Cemetery, Middle River.
Family flowers only.
She was a member of the Sunset Co-op.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.