96, Whitney Pier
It is with deep sadness we, the family, announce the passing of Peggy Rudderham on Nov. 18, 2014, at the Cove Guest Home, where she resided the past seven years. Peggy was formerly from West Street, Whitney Pier.

Born in Whitney Pier, Peggy was the daughter of the late Stephen A. and Jessie (Cash) Gillis. Peggy was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Besides her parents, Peggy was predeceased  by her husband, Gordon Rudderham; son, John Rudderham; brothers, Johnnie, Danny, Mickey, Paddy and Robert; sisters, Annie Frobese, Theresa Gillis, Mae Clarke and Kay Wall. 

Peggy is survived by family, daughters, Deanna (Alfie) MacNeil and Roberta (Max) Hickman; son, Keith (Margaret) Rudderham and daughter-in-law, Phyllis Rudderham. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Eileen Gillis and Tillie Gillis; cousin, Ronald Mullaly; grandchildren, Laureen, Gail, Verna, Troy, Matthew, Lindsay, Julia, Mark, Linda, Katie, Craig and Shauna; great-grandchildren, Sarah, Morgan, Sarah, Chelsea, Mark, Hayden, Avery, Owen, Jeremy, Margot, Lance, Olivia, Jack and Margo; great-great-grandchildren, Zander and Ava; also special people in her life, Marilyn MacIntyre, David Gillis, Terry Usher and Delores Campbell; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. 

Peggy lived a full rich life contributing to her community in many ways. She wrote for the Dishpan Parade Radio Show. She was a member of Holy Redeemer parish: St. Gerard’s Guild, church linens, vestments and parish council. Peggy was a charter member of Laubach Each One Teach One and T.S. McLanders Divisional Officer. She volunteered with palliative care, cancer and heart fund. Peggy was involved with St. John Ambulance, serving sister life member, for she was the first female First Aid instructor in Cape Breton and drove the ambulance. Peggy was part of the register of voters for Ward 5, City of Sydney, and managed the Pier Drugstore.

Peggy also took time for herself, for she enjoyed skating, line dancing, painting and writing humorous poems, for many were published in the Cape Breton Mirror. She loved flowers, birds, nature and her dog D.O.G. Peggy was an inspiration to all of us.

Funeral mass for the late Peggy Rudderham will be celebrated on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Church with Fr. Paul Murphy officiating. A reception following the mass will be held at the Pier Community Funeral Home. Interment will take place in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Glace Bay.

Donations in memory of Peggy may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Our heartfelt thank you goes to the staff at the Cove Guest Home and special friend, Alice Hynes, for the wonderful love and care given to our mother. We will be forever grateful.

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

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                              Online Condolences

Dear Keith,Deanna,Roberta and families, My condolences on the passing Of your Mom,anchor and our gracious Aunt Peggy. May your hearts be comforted by the love and friendship of family, friends and community. Aunt Peggy is a gentle gracious and humorous lady! Her gentle touch and outreach impacted many lives throughout the community.She is a "genuine"soul who will be remembered with great fondness. I will be with you in prayer and spirit as you celebrate aunt Peggy's life and legacy! Gammy loved you all. Rest gently Sweet Peggy! 

Love, Margie Gillis

Keith, Julia and family. Sorry to hear of Peggy's passing. Think of her often and speak of her with fond memories. She will always be with you.
From:  Tina Carroll

Dear Deanna, Keith and Roberta: My cousin Arlie just called me with the news of your Mother's Death. I have fond memories of my time spent in the Pier with your Mom and Dad and playing with my cousins. On reading the Obituary, I learned so much about her that I did not know. What a dynamic woman. As you celebrate her life, may you find peace that she is now reunited with your Dad and dear brother John and other loved ones. God Bless, I miss being out of touch with you. 

Love,Verna Long Losoya

To our Rudderham cousins and their families.We were so saddened to hear news of Aunt Peg's passing.A Gentle soul has left us with many fond memories of a wonderful lady who never failed to brighten our lives with warm genuine care and concern for all who crossed her path.This lady was filled with love.No matter how much time had passed between visits she always could remember the smallest of details from former visits or happenings in your life.Never judgemental,always encouraging and most always with a smile on her face.It always amazed us what a keen sense of detail she had.Her personality gave you comfort by just being in her presence.Mind you she didn't suffer fools lightly…wish we could join you in the Celebration of her Well lived Kind ,Compassionate Happy and joyful life despite many trials which she took much pain to overcome with her wonderful Humour.We will be joining with you in spirit as you fete a wonderful courageous human being who accomplished far more than most of us ever will just by being Peg.Thank you all for sharing this lady with all of us.Our loving Thoughts and Prayers are sent to all Of You XOXO "May you fly with the Angels Peg for you soared with the Eagles while here".

Love You Forever, Barb, Beck, Pat & Kelly XO

So sorry to hear about Peggy. She was a wonderful lady. I have many fond memories of her.
From:  Jessie (Morrison) O'Keefe

Sorry for your loss daugther-in-law. 
From:  Trudy MacDonell 

So Sorry for your loss of a BEAUTIFUL LADY!!! LOVED her, Loved her little ditties and jokes. We could always make the other laugh!! Going to MISS her. Rest In Peace mumma.
From:  Maureen Moore CCA

To the family of Peggy. We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
From:  Dan & Marnie Cash, Irish Cove

Shauna, My sincere condolence to you and your family. I never knew her but she sounds like a beautiful person. God bless you all. She now has wings to watch over you all.
From:  Reva Sweeney