Ann Marie McNabb (Drohan) beloved wife of Peter (Sandy) McNabb and daughter of Mary Bridget and the late Charles Drohan passed into eternity peacefully at home on March 31, 2014, with her loving husband by her side.

Ann Marie was a graduate of Sydney Academy and Dalhousie University. In her younger years she played basketball in high school and at the University of Kings College. She was employed at Citizenship and Immigration, retiring in 2000. Ann Marie was an outgoing and friendly person who enjoyed travelling and going to the beach, in particular her favourite beach, Kennington Cove. Since their retirement Ann Marie and Sandy enjoyed many good times together travelling and seeing new places. She was a devoted family person and to Ann Marie, her family was a very important part of her life. Ann Marie also had a great love for animals.

Besides her husband and mother, Ann Marie is survived by her much loved only daughter, Shannon Bridget; brothers, Ray, Chuck (Patsy), Gerry (Arlene), Donnie, Terry and her only sister, Patricia Miller (Donnie). She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Nancy Drohan, Shirley Ross (John), Judy MacDonald, Susan McNabb and brother-in-law, Kent McNabb (Cathy). Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins are left to mourn her passing, but in particular her beloved goddaughter, Jenna Pinhorn of Calgary, Alta. Ann Marie was like a second grandmother to Jenna’s two boys, Cole and Caden, whom she loved very much.

Besides her father, Ann Marie was predeceased by her brother, Alison; brothers-in-law, Robert McNabb and James MacDonald; uncles, Jack and Phil O’Rourke and niece, Sara Drohan.

There will be no visitation. A funeral service will be celebrated at Holy Redeemer Church on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 11 a.m. with Fr. Paul Murphy officiating. Following the service a reception will be held at the Pier Community Funeral Home. 

Donations to the Cape Breton S.P.C.A. in Ann Marie’s memory would be appreciated.

The family would like to thank the nurses in the An Cala unit and the nurses of the Victorian Order. Without the support of the An Cala unit and the VON, it would not have been possible for Ann Marie to go home and spend her last days in comfort with her husband. 

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

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                              Online Condolences

Thinking of both the Drohan and McNab families today, very sorry for your troubles. A great loss to all, my sincere condolences.
From:  Rob

Sandy and Shannon, it is with the heaviest of hearts I write this message. I first met Ann Marie while waiting to be interviewed for a position with Citizenship and Immigration. From the first moment we met I felt like I was talking to an old friend. I was very blessed to not only be successful in getting employment but also to work in the same unit with Ann Marie. I worked with her from 1983 to 1986. I have many fond memories of Ann Marie and feel so very blessed to have been able to reconnect with her upon my return to Cape Breton in 2008. She loved her family very much and adored her husband and daughter. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. GOD Bless you Ann Marie. Thanks for the memories, love Joanne (McLean) Trainor.

My sincere condolences to each of the Drohan and MacNabb families. Ann Marie will be remembered for her a wonderfully caring, sensitive and loving ways. My deepest sympathy, Judith Miller

Dear cousin Sandy, Cherie and I are so sorry and saddened to hear about Ann Marie's passing. Our love to you and your family.
From:  George MacNabb/Cherie Allen

I was very saddened to see Ann Marie's obituary in the paper today. What a lovely person. I know she will be greatly missed. My prayers and condolences go out to the family.
From:  Kathy MacGuire

Dear Sandy and Family Please accept our sincere condolences as you mourn Ann Marie's passing. We are thinking of you during this sad time.
From:  Dan and Donna Macrury

Our deepest sympathies to the whole family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
From:  Jean and Robert Proctorn Proctor

Sending our deepest sympathy at this time.
From:  Doddy & Bobby Keel (Hollohan)

Sandy,Shannon & the Drohan family; So very sorry for your loss.
From:  Michele McKinnon

My deepest condolences to the family…May the memories she created help you all thru this difficult time
From:  Rosanna Keeping

Dear Sandy and family, We were saddened to hear of Ann Marie's passing. There isn't much anyone can say at a time like this, but we know that you have many wonderful memories that will help you carry on. Our memories of Ann Marie will be of her infectious smile and her love of life. We will be unable to attend the service in person because we we're heading to Halifax as we have just received notice that our daughter-in-law is in labour, expecting the arrival of our first grandchild. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, as I'm sure are those of so many people who feel your grief. Our sincere condolences. Laurie and Lee Murchison

Knobby, the last time I saw her was in Calgary, fall 1974 but have always remembered her from King's and the fun in Halifax. Here's thinking of you.
From:  Kim McCallum, Upper Onslow

I extend my deepest sympathy to the Drohan and McNabb families on the loss of a very special lady and dear friend to those who had the privilege of knowing Ann Marie. I met Ann Marie through her mom Bridget. She was such a devoted daughter to her mom and it often warmed my heart see. My thoughts and prayers are with all of Ann Marie's family and may God strengthen each of you during this sad time in your lives.
From:  Donna-Lee Tynski

Sandy, Shannon and the McNabb & Drohan families: Words cannot describe how very sad we were to hear about Ann Marie. You have a heavy loss to deal with but wonderful memories to see you through. Ann Marie was a very real and loveable person and she will be greatly missed by all.
From:  Trishe, Jimmy & Ann Marion Willis

We are deeply saddened to hear of Ann Marie's passing. I have been close friends with her daughter for many years and we have always known her to be a very kind and generous person. Especially to my daughter, Zo?, whom she loved, as she had a great love for all children. She has endured a lot over the years and we believe that her strength in spirit will live on. We offer our deepest condolences to her family during this difficult time. Love & Peace ~Cheryl & Zo? xo

Dear Sandy and Shannon I just learned about Annie's passing and want to pass my sincere condolences to you and the rest of your family. I know you will miss her terribly and the void she leaves will be impossible to fill. She was so vibrant and full of life and fun. I know she has left you both with mamy wonderful memories which will help you heal in the difficult days ahead. Sending warm thoughts and love, Susan Trenholm

Ray so sorry to hear of your sister's passing. Please pass on my condolences to her husband,daughter,your mom and all your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless.
From:  Jane MacNeil

Clare and I send our deepest sympathies to both families.  Our thoughts are with you all.
From:  Bill and Clare Marshall

I was saddened to learn of Ann Marie's recent death. I do want to extend my sincere condolences to both families. may you find comfort in the knowledge that others are sharing your sorrow and thinking of you during this most difficult time.
From:  David Walker

So sorry we couldn't make it down home for the funeral. Thanks for the call under difficult circumstances and hope you'll feel so comfort in the positive and warm way she touched our lives. Those final trips abroad must seem soo special now. Call when your next in town…Sam Moon & Dana

Our sincere condolences to the Drohan and MacNabb families on the passing of Anne Marie.May God bless the families .May you cherish all the wonderful memories that you shared throughout her life.
From:  Jay and Debbi Duguid

We were very sorry to hear of the passing of Ann Marie. She truly led a remarkable life and seemed to have lived and loved it to the fullest; albeit much too short. Her pain is gone and she is in peace with the Lord. Our thoughts are now with her loved ones left behind. May you find comfort in this difficult time. Our prayers are with you. Michael, Colleen & Molly Drohan

To Gerry Drohan; Dear Gerry, please accept Terry's and my sincere condolences on the loss of your sister. We hope the arms of family and friends offer you comfort during this time. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Safe home, Ann Marie. Anne Nugent-Kelly

Sandy, Karen and I are both saddened by the news off Anne Marie's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Shannon at this time.
From:  Henry and Karen Johnston

My sincere condolences to the McNabb and Drohan families on their loss of Ann Marie.She fought the fight and now rests from her battles.God bless you all,time heals.
From;  Judy Martell

Patricia and Family; I was very sad to read of Ann Marie's passing. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family now and always. God Bless You All.
From:  Joan (Hiscock) Paul