90, Whitney Pier

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we, the family, announce the passing of our mother, and grandmother, Rita Annette Critch on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Sydney on Aug. 23, 1923, Rita was the beloved daughter of the late Michael and Lillian (Robbins) MacIntyre.

Rita was a member of The Salvation Army Church, Home League and Pensioner Club. Family was everything to Rita. She loved to entertain everyone with her cooking and baking. Rita will be remembered by her family and friends for being strong-willed and independent.

Rita is survived by her loving children, Kevin (Theresa Marie Chiasson) Critch, Judy (Henry) Jewer, Sharon Taylor, Jean (John) MacDonald, Bonnie (Raymond) Steeves, Sue (Leon Goulet) Smith, Glenda (John) White and Patsy (Todd) McVicar; as well as 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, Rita was predeceased by her husband, William Allan Critch, brothers, Michael at infancy and John, sisters, Edna MacIntyre, Ann ‘Cookie’ Cameron and Florence Campbell, and a son-in-law, Heber Taylor.

Visitation for the late Rita Critch will be held at Pier Community Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Rd, Sydney, on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, from 7-9 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 28 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service to celebrate the life of Rita Critch will be held on Friday, Nov. 29, at 12:30 p.m. in The Salvation Army Sydney Community Church, 55 Inglis St., Sydney, with Major Kent Hepditch officiating.

Memorial donations in memory of Rita may be made to The Salvation Army Church.

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

‘We take great comfort knowing that Rita is now in peace and walking with the Lord.’

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                        Online Condolences

We are saddened to hear about Rita.  We loved her dearly and enjoyed our visits with her.
From:  Donnie, Lillian, Phyllis and Travis

To JEAN and all her Family;
Sorry for your loss remember all the good times.  Your mom is now at peace and with her beloved husband, for they are both smiling down at all of you.  Sending love and prayers.
 From:  Michelle Branchflower, Edmonton, Alberta

We were so saddened to hear of Rita’s passing. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.
From:  Wayne Travers

Kevin, so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom…my condolences to you and your family.
From:  John Kozera

So sorry for your loss..My deepest sympathy..My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this hardtime.
From:  Lori Garnier

Thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Your Mother was a great neighbour and a wonderful friend to my Mother. Thinking of you.
From:  Jocelyn Keirstead

To all the family, very sorry to hear about your mum.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew her ,but now she can rest catch her breath and be with her other family members.  My thoughts are with you all.
From:  Gary Smith

Ira and I were saddened to hear of Rita’s passing. As I look back over the years I realize just what a tremendous influence she was on my life. Going to her place, during my trips back home was always a pleasure. Her chocolate cake with boiled icing was absolutely delicious. And what a rich sense of humor she had! If Rita did not make you laugh no one would. We always left her home with a smile on our face. Her honest no-nonsense approach to life’s important issues was most refreshing. As the Critch family, along with the extended family, face these days of sadness and lonliness be assured that Ira and I have you in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you all.
From:  Amy (Jewer) Barrow