Whitney Pier
It is with heavy hearts, we share with relatives and friends the peaceful passing of Thelma Isabel Nobrega on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, at Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Sydney, Thelma was the daughter of the late Alex and Daisy (Skeete) Parris.

Thelma loved life, for she was a tremendous woman who was largely involved in the community and volunteered for many organizations.  In her earlier years, Thelma joined military in 1954 worked at naval base and radar base. She later moved to Ontario where she met husband, Michael Nobrega. Thelma left Ontario to return home in Whitney Pier where she was employed in childcare industry and operated Bantam Daycare until her retirement. She was an active member of Whitney Pier Historical Society, Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 12 and St. Phillips Church, as acting warden-altar guild and vestry board, she was previously involved with Air Cadet Squadron 29 and Pierscape. Thelma received Thomas Miller Award as well as N.S. Community Service Award. She will be missed by all who knew her. 

Thelma is survived by her sons, Richard (Caroline) Nobrega and Michael (Pamela) Nobrega; grandchildren, Jordon Milley, Amber Nobrega, Dante Nobrega and Daniella Nobrega; siblings, Pam Parris, Eddy Parris and Beryl Braithwaite; as well as nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Thelma was predeceased by her sisters, Olive Parris, Ursil Braithwaite, Muriel Brown, Ruby Thompson and a brother, Cecil Parris.

Visitation for the late Thelma Isabel Nobrega will be held at the Pier Community Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church Street) on Sunday, Dec. 13, from 5-9 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 14, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015 at 10 a.m. in St. Phillips African Orthodox Church, Whitney Pier, with Archbishop Vincent Waterman officiating. Following the mass a reception will be held at the Menelik Hall, Whitney Pier. Private family interment will take place in Hardwood Hill, Sydney at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Thelma may be made to St. Phillips African Orthodox Church Altar Guild.

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

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My deepest sympathy.
From:  Susan Lenora Bryan

To the family of Thelma, I send my sincere condolence on the loss your loved family member. I knew her most of the time growing up in the Pier and over that time, we shared many great times together and had a lot of good laughs. She will be missed. May God take her in his tender loving arms, bless her and welcome her into Heaven as one of his newest angels.
From:  Vernal Tull

My condolences to the Parris/Nohrega Family; Thelma will be greatly missed.
From:  Raymond Ettienne

I offer my deepest heartfelt sympathy in the loss of Thelma. She was a beautiful person and moreover, if there ever was an angel to have dwelt this earth, it certainly would have been Thelma. She shall definitely rest in Peace. Faithfully, Kenn Crawford, Hfx

To the Family of Thelma Nobrega; This is with a saddened heart that I write this message. Thelma was a lovely lady and lived her life to the fullest. We worked together at the radar station there in Sydney and had some great times together. Whenever, I returned home for a vacation, Thelma made sure that I took in all the events that were going on. She is going to be missed and always in our thoughts. Love you and may God keep a protective hand over you all during this difficult time.
From:  Phyllis Joan (Gibson) Segura

Our condolences on the passing of your Mother and Sister. My thoughts and prayers are with during the loss of your loved one. God Bless you all and may she rest in peace.
From:  Chester & Laura Borden

My condolences to the family of the Late Thelma Nobrega. I will always remember her as a kind and wonderful person. Thelma will be missed and may she rest in peace.
From:  Mary Borden

It was with great sadness that I learned of Thelma's passing. Please accept my heartfelt condolences and I hope that in a small way they help through these trying times. May God be with you and our family.
From:  Chester Borden

Sincere condolences to the Nobrega/Parris family.
From:  Al Dorko

My heart is heavy after hearing about the passing of my Aunt Thelma. I hadn't seen her in a long time, but I'll forever remember her wit, class and grace.
From:  Patricia Johnston

To Beryl , Eddy and the Nobrega family Please accept our sincere condolences as you mourn the loss of a wonderful woman. Thelma was a person full of warmth and kindness and she will be missed by many. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
From:  Dan and Donna MacRury

Rick, Michael and family…my deepest sympathy to you all. Thelma was a wonderful person who taugh us many good lessons in life. I am always mindful of her contribution in my becoming the woman i am today. She will always be remembered.
From:  Annette Howell

To Thelma Nobrega's family (Beryl, Eddy, Pam, Mike, Ricky and extended family & friends) I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of Thelma. My heartfelt condolences and prayers are with you at this time.
From:  Ethel (Coward) Tomlinson

My thoughts and prayers are with the Nobrega / Parris family. Thelma will be missed, remember her for the wonderful person she was.
From:  Gary Cooper

Lord, thank You for the spring of eternal life and joy that You have placed in all of us. We thank you for giving a wonderful and meaningful Christian life for Thelma. We proudly celebrate Thelma's faith, trust, and loyalty in and to you. Thelma led a good life pleasing towards you and your kingdom. We thank you for giving Thelma that spring of eternal life and joy. Please be the strength and comfort for her family. In His precious name Jesus Christ we ask. Amen. Love, Tracey, Mike, Michele and Yusef from Oakville, Ontario

To the Nobrega/Parris family our thoughts and prayers go out to you in this very difficult time. Thelma was truly and inspirational person and showed it through her love of life, her love for her community and especially her love for her family. You will be missed by all Thelma. God Bless.
From:  Muriel Farmer and Charles Sheppard

My condolences to the Parris/Nohrega Family
From:  Lionel Ruck Jr.

Deepest Sympathy.
From:  Staff and Volunteers at The Lodge That Gives – Canadian Cancer Society