It is with sadness we announce the peaceful passing of our dear mother, grandmother, sister and best friend, Clara Mae Gale, 86, on Thursday, July 23, 2015, at the Seaview Manor, Glace Bay.
Born in Whitney Pier, Clara was the daughter of the late Hilton and Julia (MacLeod) Phillips.
Family was everything to Clara. She was a wonderful grandmother and lived life to the fullest. Clara was a rural mail carrier for 25 years in the South Bar area. After her retirement, Clara was able to spend more time volunteering at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. Clara very much enjoyed skating, walking, bowling, and was a horse shoe champion. If Clara was not home, she could always be found socializing with her club member friends. Clara will be remembered by her family and friends for her outgoing nature and great sense of humour. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Clara is survived by her daughters, Sharon (Charlie) Walsh, Sandra Gale, Susan (Bruce) Young and Shauna (Bob Howard) Winters; sisters, Thelma McKay, Myrna Thomas and brother, Elmer Phillips. She is also survived by her eight loving grandchildren, David Petitpas, Chris Fougere, Robert Petitpas, Suzanne Lanceleve, Ben Young, John Glen Young, Scott Winters and Julia Winters; eight adorable great-grandchildren, Cameron and Callie Fourgere, Jordyn and CJ Lanceleve, and Alex, Evelyn, Clark and Whylie Young; as well as many nieces, nephews, close friends, and a special friend, Donald Ross.
Besides her parents, Clara was predeceased by her husband, John and siblings, Hugh, Wilbur, Melvin, Lloyd, Ella, Mildred, Evelyn and Olga.
Visitation for the late Clara Mae Gale will be held on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at the Pier Community Funeral Home, Whitney Pier, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church Street), from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service to celebrate the life of Clara will be held on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at 11 a.m. in Pier Community Funeral Home, All Faith Chapel with Rev. Gary Burrill officiating. Light refreshments will be served in the reception area following the service. Interment will take place in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens, Sydney.
Donations in memory of Clara may be made to Salvation Army, Heart and Stroke Foundation or charity of your choice.
A special thank you goes to all those who gave their love, support and care to our mother, Clara, during her time of need.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.
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Sorry to hear of Clara's passing. I have many fond memories of her.
From: Ken & Grace Gillis
Aunt Clara was a very special person. Her smiling face, wonderful sense of humour and outgoing personality will be missed by all who loved her. Condolences to her family.
From: Marilyn and Chris Fox
Condolences to Sharon, Sandra, Susan and Shauna and your families on the loss of your beautiful mom. Also to Elmer, Thelma and Myrna for the loss of a loving sister. I have a lifetime of memories of an aunt I so loved. May the love of family and friends help get you through this sad time. Memories–The Gift That Lasts Forever.
From: Mary, Blair and Mark Phillips and Florence Fraser and Family
To Clara Gale's family; It was with great sadness that we learned of Clara?s passing. Each one of us feels a special personal loss as Clara always entertained us with her wit and warming smile at our regular luncheon meetings. A true friend and a true Pier Girl. She leaves us with many happy memories. She will be greatly missed. Our sincere condolences go out to each of the Gale and Phillips familes at this difficult time.
Sincerely, Pier Girls '94 Luncheon Group
Aunt Clara is someone you would always want to strive to be like. Her presence would light up a room full of people. She would have you laughing till your sides split. She opened her home and her heart always. She would give the shirt off her back if needed. Her true love was her family. Aunt Clara you will always be in my heart forever. I love you.
From: Cori Smith
Dear Sharon, Charlie and family Sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. She was a lovely lady who always had a smile for everyone and will surely be missed. She enjoyed eating my corn chowder and I will think of her whenever I make it (smile). We will keep you and all your family in our prayers.
I was very saddened to hear of Aunt Clara's passing. My brother Kevin and I spent many happy summers in South Bar with Aunt Clara and Uncle Johnnie and our cousins. So much fun going fishing for mackeral, picking blueberries and just being with family. Nobody knew how to have as much fun as the Phillips' girls. We were lucky to have so many aunts, uncles and cousins around when we were growing up. Aunt Clara was a wonderful lady and a favourite aunt. Her great sense of humour and wonderful personality will be missed by all of us.
From: Lorne McDougall
To the family of , Clara Gale, on behalf of my mother, Jeanne McKillop many thanks to a family that treated my mother as if she were one of them. Clara had a special heart that always thought fondly of Mum. She will be missed and loved always. she was an amazing lady … May she RIP
From: Jamey Gagne
Clara was dear friend and a very special woman to all. She was a charmer. During this time of sorrow may your family receive comfort, strength, peace and love. Our deepest sympathy to the family of Clara Gale, bless you all.
The Levesque family with love. Rest in peace.
Dear Families, You don't need me to tell you what a wonderful woman your Mom was. Her ready smile, brilliant wit, and caring soul will live on in each of you. You were truly blessed.
From: Sandra Dunn
So sorry to hear of your Mom"s passing.Take comfort that she was loved by so many RIP
From: Georgina & Tony Bennett, Sydney
I want to send my condolences on behalf of the Burke family. Mom (Weinnie)always talked about Clara and she was always very helpful to me with my Phillips' family tree. I can see mom and Clara talking now in heaven. God Bless.
From: Albert Burke