Whitney Pier
We, the family regret to announce the passing of our beloved mother, Idella Best, age 74, on Thursday, Mar. 16, 2017 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital after a brief illness, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Sydney, Idella was the daughter of the late Harold and Annabell (Gero) Kirton.

Idella was a mother to Kim, Whitfield, Robert and Missy. She is also survived by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings, Mary, Joyce, Julie, Lena, Allistar, Wanda and Annabell; father of her children, Whitfield Best; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Idella was predeceased by her sister, Charlotte and brothers, Alonzo and Eleazor.
Mom’s whole life was her family. She was an active member of St. Philips African Orthodox Church, Whitney Pier. She loved church bingo, darts and aerobic fitness classes. She enjoyed going for breakfast and day trips with her friends especially, Friday grocery shopping with her sister. Mommy’s biggest joy was spending time with family and friends.  She will be missed by all who knew her.

Visitation for the late Idella Best will be held at the Pier Community Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church Street) on Tuesday, Mar. 21, 2017 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.

Funeral mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2017 at 2 p.m. in St. Philips African Orthodox Church, Whitney Pier, with Patriarch Vincent Waterman officiating. Following the mass a reception will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Br. 128, Whitney Pier. Interment will take place in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens, Sydney, at a later date.

Special thanks to the doctors, nurses, hospital staff and friends who provided special care to our beloved mother during her time of need.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Idella 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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                              Online Condolences

My heartfelt condolences to the Best Family in the passing of their mother, Idella. She was such a nice and loving person and always smiling. Her beauty shone through her family .
From:  Victor Tomiczek

Words will never express what you and your family are feeling at difficult time like this, so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family
From:  Donna French

Many wonderful memories, growing up in Whitney Pier of Della & Family. Sending our deepest sympathy at this time.
A.F.F.A. Doddy & Bobby Keel (Truro) Hollohan Robert & Nick Keel ( Edmonton) "Whitney Pier"

Lena and Family, sorry to hear about Idella, Keeping you and yours in our Thoughts and Prayers. God Bless Wendy and James

My deepest condolences to the Best and the Kirton families on the loss of your Mom, sister, Grandmother and friend..RIP Della, RIP

From:  Carol Ann Marsman

Kim, Kendall and the Best family. Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your Mom and Grandmother. Take care; Debbie, Bryant, Jennifer and Kevin Cormier

On behalf of my wife, Sonja, family, the officers and members of Tracadie United Baptist Church, I send heart felt christian sympathy, to the family, friends and the many acquaintances, of the late Adella Best. We will hold all of you in our prayers, remember in your time of sorrow draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to all of you, may the love, grace and peace of GOD our heavenly Father, fill your sad hearts with his everlasting joy. Sincerely; Deacon Alonzo Reddick
Kim, Whitfiels and Families Sincere condolence on the passing of Idella. She will be missed greatly. She is at the Lord's side now.
From:  Raymond Ettienne

We celebrate with you on Idella's Homegoing. May The God of all Comfort be with you at this time.
From:  Valerie Crawford. Sons, Darrell & Kerry (Toronto)

Kim…Whitfield..Robert…and Missy…I am so sad to hear of your mom's passing…God has gained another angel….Your mom was so cheerful and time she stopped to talk …she greeted everyone with open arms and was loved by all in the younger years she was like a second mom to my brothers, Scott, Tracey, Brent and Trevor …her meals were always so good….Sorry i can't be there but know my heart is with all of you.
Love Wendy Burke and Family

Remembering her wonderful gentle soul that will remain in our hearts RIP. My most sincere condolences.
From:  Chester Borden Jr.

Kim, Whitfield and Family, We are saddened to hear of Della's passing. May she rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless. Hugs Gwen and Greg

My condolences to Mary,Kim, and all the Kirton family.I used to braid Idella hair when she was a little girl, and every Sunday after Sunday School Idella, Francis and Onie used to visit me when I lived in Sydney. Good bye my sweet girls, gone but not forgotten RIP.
From:  Milly Herbert

Deepest condolences to the Best family and to the community of St. Philip's African Orthodox Church. Very saddened by Idella's passing. God Bless.
In friendship, Tom Urbaniak

SO sorry for your lost from myself and family.
From:  Craig Farmer

I was so saddened to learn of the passing of your mom (sister). Please accept my heartfelt condolence. You are all in my thought and prayers at this most difficult time.
From:  Ethel (Coward) Tomlinson

My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time. I enjoyed my time will Della when doing my training at the day care. Wonderful and loving person!
From:  Ann Louise ( Muise) Saunders

Kim, Whit & Robert, My family and I extend our condolences to you all regarding the passing of your Mom. May God bless and comfort you all, and may he give you the strength to get through this difficult time.
From:  Carl Crawford

To The Best & Kirton Family "Time cannot steal the treasures that we carry in our hearts" May God grant you peace and comfort during this time of grief.
From:  Roy Ettienne & Eloise Stoddard

To the Best Family I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother may 'God Bless' you comfort you during this time for sorrow.
From:  Roslyn ,Erika & Carressa Alleyne 

To the Best & Kirton Family I was sorry to hear of the passing for your mother. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.
From:  Heather & Nathaniel Alleyne 

To Kim, Kendell & family Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during their time of sorrow.
From:  Sharon & Gary Alleyne Singh 

To The Best & Kirton Family; I was so sorry to hear of the sudden passing of your mother. She was always a kind and gentle woman and treated everyone she met with a smile and a kind word. She was always fun, so full of life a gentle and warm soul who love her church and people who went there. She was always there for the bingo and the Caribbean festival, cooking and dancing while she cook with that great smile on her face. Her great achievement were her children, Kim, Whitfield, Robert, Missy and her granddaughter, Kendall and her two great grand babies. know that she is looking down on you and know she is back in her father God's arm now suffering no more pain only joy to know you will always be there for each other. ? ? ? Reply ? Share ?
From:  Diana Alleyne & Family 

To my cousins, Kim, Whitfield, Robert, Missy, Kendall, and entire Best and Kirton Families, heartfelt condolences are sent, for the loss of a very beautiful woman that you called mother, grandmother, and to whom I had the honour of calling Aunt, and to Justin and Joshua, Nana Della. She will be greatly missed, for her loss to the our family, the church and community on whole, is immeasurable. I am sorry that circumstances kept me away for so long. May your memories, her smile and hearty laughter ease your pain through this very difficult time. Love Shella, Trevor, Justin and Justin

Idella always brightened the day wherever she went. Whether it be at the church, around town and particularly at the Cancer Centre, Idella had a big smile and a warm welcome for everyone. My condolences to the family on the passing of a fine lady.
From:  John Shaw

Kim, Whitfield & Robert my heartfelt condolences to you all on the passing of your Mother. I have great memories of her Idella was a wonderful kind person who I will always remember. Also Kim I am sending condolences from my parents Laura & Chester Borden and especially my granddaughter Camryn who got to know your Mom at church Bingo.
From:  Mary Borden Hurel

Our thoughts and prayers are with all our family for the loss of Idella. Richard, Deborah and Joseph Gero

From:  Richard Gero

Our prayers and thoughts are with the family in the loss of their loved on.
From:  Nick & June Usher

Kirton and Best Families; My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time
From:  Maxine (Hoyte) Calloway

Our sincere condolences to the Best and Kirton Families for your loss. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.
From:  Melvin & Evie Tull 

Our deepest condolence is sent to both the Kirton & Best Families. Idella was a special lady & will be greatly missed.
From:  Garvan & Ann Herbert

To the Best & Kirton Families; I was deeply saddened to hear about Idella's passing. My condolences are sent to both families & my thoughts & prayers are with you during this difficult time. She was a special lady & will be greatly missed.
From:  Trudy Sheppard

All sympathy on the loss of this lovely lady. Wishing you Peace.
From:  Vicki King

My condolences and love to the family. I will try to see the family before they travel. My prayers and love are with you. God Bless.
From:  Reverend Mother Phyllis Marsh

So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
From:  Wanda and Stella Huk

To Idella's family–she was a lifelong friend—shared many youthful memories with her—she will be missed by all who knew her.
From:  Al Gibson

We hope that our Lord brings the Best family the much needed comfort and peace during this sad time. CONDOLENCES to your family.
From:  Billie Toussaint

Our deepest sympathy on Della's passing. She was a lovely person who loved to laugh. Anytime we met her, even after a number of years, she would always stop for a chat. May God give you strength at this difficult time. God Bless
From:  Archie and Linda MacDonald

To the family of the late Idella Best, I wish to offer my sincere condolence to you all on the loss of your beloved family member. Della and I were very close friends and have shared many memorable times together from childhood to her last few moments. I will miss my friend from Muggah Street and will always remember her. I hope and pray that God will take her into his tender loving arms, bless her, forgive her transgressions, shine his light on her and welcome her into heaven as one of his newest Angels. May God bless you my friend and may you rest in peace. I shall never forget you…….
From:  Vernal Tull

So sorry to hear about your Mom she was a beautiful woman.I was hopping to get to the wake ,it would been nice to see you Kim again maybe we will talk someday Take care,
From:  Wayne Pinhorn