82, Whitney Pier

It is with deep sadness that we, the family, announce the passing of Ronald William Gushue on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in the palliative care unit of Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.

Born in Sydney, Ronald was the son of the late George and Margaret (White) Gushue.

Our father started his working career as a member of the famous Black Watch Regiment, Canadian Armed Forces of which he was very proud. He was a longtime member of the Sydney Fire Department, retiring as Captain. Ronald was also a longtime member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 128, Whitney Pier. He was very fond of sports and was a die hard Toronto Maple Leafs hockey fan. Ronald will always be remembered by family and friends for being brave and set in his ways.

Ronald leaves to mourn his longtime companion, June Manzinne; her daughter, Trina; son, Johnny and their families. He also leaves to mourn his seven children, Michael (Margaret), Peggy (Roy), Rhonda (George), Maureen (John), his special daughter, Debbie, Wendy and Craig. Ronald leaves behind his last surviving sister, Anna (Leo) and brother, Jim (Ellen). He is also survived by grandsons, Michael, Bryan, Brad, Craig, Christopher, Brent and Tyler; granddaughters, Jennifer, Kristin, Tanya, Renee, Jenna and Kelsey; great-grandsons, Jaxon, Brady, Cooper, Riley, Zach and Bennett; and great-granddaughters, Abby and Emma.

Besides his parents, Ronald was predeceased by sisters, Tess, Madylyn and Bernice; and brothers, Cyril, Michael and Junior.

Visitation and memorial service to celebrate the life of Ronald William Gushue will be held at Pier Community Funeral Home, All Faith Chapel, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church Street) on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012. A gathering of family and friends will take place from 12-1 p.m. with service to follow at 1 p.m. with Fr. Paul Murphy officiating. Light refreshments will be served in the reception area following the service. Private family Interment will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ronald can be forwarded to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia.

The family would like to pass along a thank you to the staff of Taigh Na Mara and to the nurses of the ICMU and An Cala unit of Cape Breton Regional Hospital along with the staff of New Dawn for the kindness and care they showed in dealing with our father’s struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

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

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Condolences to you and your families on Ronnie’s passing. He was a good friend of my late husband,Harry. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
From:  Mary Phillips

Dear June, Trena & all family I was so sorry to hear about Ron. I will miss his opening the door to shout “welcome home” to me when visiting CB. God bless you at this sad time, may the love of Jesus comfort your heart, and the peace of knowing Ron has only moved…to Heaven.
Love & prayers; Linda (MacIsaac) McFarland

Peggy, Roy, Craig and the rest of the Gushue Family, Please accept my condolescences on Ron’ s passing. I worked with Ron at Moffatt Brothers Transfer when I was just out of high school. He always kept an eye out for the well being of the young guys working there for the summer. We always wanted to be working on his truck.
From:  Chuck Drohan

Our sincere condolences to the Gushue family on the loss of Ron.  May he rest in peace.
From:  Jay Duguid