89, Margaree Forks

It is with sadness that we, the family, announce the peaceful passing of John Neil MacPhee on Sunday, May 13, 2012, at home surrounded by his family.

Born in Inverness, John was the son of the late John and Margaret (Cameron) MacPhee.

John was a veteran of the Second World War. After the war, John was employed in construction and mining in Cape Breton. He later worked in the hospital, maintenance department in Kamloops, B.C. until his retirement. He was a member of Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 32, Cheticamp. John loved Cape Breton and had a great passion for Celtic music. He was an avid fan of the Montreal Canadiens, but most of all, John was a great family man.

John is survived by wife, Pauline and stepsons, David and Sheldon Dunn; daughter, Jackie MacPhee and grandsons, Zachary and Zane Gardiner, Edmonton. He is survived by sisters, Pat O’Neil, Boston, Mass. and Frances McDaniel, Margaree Forks; brother, Malcom ‘Mack’ MacPhee, Margaree Forks and many loving nieces and nephews.

John was predeceased by son, Darryl MacPhee; grandson, Sebastian; sisters, Mary Jones and Agatha McKinnon; and a brother, Thomas MacPhee.

Visitation for the late John Neil MacPhee will be held today (Tuesday), May 15, 2012 in St. Patrick’s Church Hall, N.E. Margaree from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with Prayer Vigil at 8 p.m. Funeral mass to celebrate the life of John Neil MacPhee will be held Wednesday, May 16 at 11 a.m. in Stella Maris Church, Inverness with Fr. Douglas MacDonald officiating. Interment will take place in the Stella Maris Cemetery, Inverness.

Donations in memory of John may be made to the Central Inverness Palliative Care Society.

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

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Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Heaven gained another angel when John Neil arrived. He was a kind and friendly man who always had a pleasant greeting each time we met him. I know the Cape Breton Fiddlers and the Montreal Canadiens, in heaven, greeted him with great tunes and a hockey game to follow. Take care.
From:  Marie & Gus Pearson

I was very sad to hear about John Neil’s passing. He & my parents (John Neil & Jeanette(Burke) (MacLellan) went back a long way. We all enjoyed his visits to our home. May he Rest in Peace. Cathy (MacLellan) Berthier
From:  Cathy Berthier