95, South Bar

With sadness, we the family regret to announce the passing of Emily MacIsaac on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital surrounded by her family.

Born July 5, 1916, in Sydney, Emily was the daughter of the late Jack and Mable (MacIntyre) Digou.

Emily was the oldest surviving member of the South Bar community. She was a member of St. Alponsus Parish, the CWL and a member of the ladies auxiliary of the South Bar Fire Department. She graduated from the Empire Business College of Cape Breton. She dedicated her services in child welfare for over 50 years. Emily will always be remembered by her family and friends as peaceful and loving.

Emily is survived by her children, Della Cameron, Donnie (Jeanette), Johnnie (Janet), Greg (Jenny), Ray (Cathy) and Faye (Alex) Hanna. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jody, Tara, J.J, Jason, Cheryl, Alana, Holly, Billy, Jody, Joey, Darren, Gregory, Shelly; 16 great-grandchildren and foster children, Clifford Sampson, Albert Sampson, Brenda O’Connor, Donna King, Ronnie Campbell, Robert MacNeil, Vince MacNeil, Shequinta Clyke and Gail Farmer — although they weren’t born from her womb they were certainly born from her heart. She is also survived by a brother, Jackie Digou; sister-in-law, Jessie MacArthur as well as many nephews and nieces.

Besides her parents, Emily was predeceased by her husband, John Joseph MacIsaac, brothers, Harry and Raymond, a sister, Lucy Gillis and a son-in-law, Bob Ross.

Visitation for the late Emily MacIsaac will be held at the Pier Community Funeral Home, Whitney Pier, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church Street) on Friday, Aug. 19, from 2-10 p.m. Funeral mass to celebrate Emily’s life will be held Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Church, Whitney Pier, with Fr. Paul Murphy officiating. Interment will take place in St. Alphonsus Cemetery, Victoria Mines. Light refreshments will be served at the Pier Community Funeral Home reception area.

Donations in memory of Emily may be made the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County or to the charity of your choice.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.

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