It is with broken hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Michelle Rich, age 48, on Sunday, January 28, 2018, at home, surrounded by her family, after a courageous battle with AML.
Born on December 27, 1969, in Sydney, Michelle was the daughter of the late Michael and Anna Johnston and grew up on Alexandra Street.
Michelle loved figure skating as a young girl. She took pleasure in watching her horse, Gracious Minnie, race at Northside Downs and enjoyed spending time with her grandkids who she adored. Going for drives and Tim Hortons were two of her favourite things. She will be missed by her dog, Opie. Most recently Michelle was employed at Citizenship where she enjoyed lunch with many of her friends.
Michelle is survived by her husband, Kenny; daughters, Brittney (Kenny), Leanne (Raymond), Stephanie (Terrence); grandchildren, Caden, Kaylee, Kiley, Hannah and Aaliyah; brothers, Kevin (Agnes) Johnston, Ray (Janet) Johnston, Michael (Shelly) Johnston and sister, Sharon (Sandy) Campbell. Michelle is also survived by her father-in-law, Mickey Rich; brother-in-law, Michael (Virginia) Rich; sister-in-law, Leah (Allie) Leadbeater; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, Michelle was predeceased by her mother-in-law, Faye and sister-in-law, Bev.
Visitation and memorial service to celebrate the life of Michelle Margaret Rich will be held in Pier Community Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church Street) on Thursday, February 1, 2018. A gathering of family and friends will take place from noon – 2 p.m. with service to follow at 2 p.m. in the All Faith Chapel with Fr. Paul Murphy officiating. Light refreshments will be served in the reception area following the memorial service.
Special thanks to the Staff of Unit 8A and 8B of the VG Hospital, Dr. Lisa Gammell, VON, Palliative Care, Barb Beaton and the Radiology Department of the Cape Breton Region Hospital for their special care given to Michelle during her time of need.
Donations in memory of Michelle may be made to Hospice Palliative Care of Cape Breton County or Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.
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Dear Kenny,Brittney,Stephane & Family,please accept my deepest and heartfelt sympathy for the loss of Michelle,my thoughts & prayers are with all of you at this most difficult time.
From: Verna Bisson
Miss our little chats Rest In piece BUDDY
From: Thomas Macdonald (Ted)
My condolences goes out to each and everyone of you on the loss of a great person..Heaven sure gained a special Angel..Mike and Anna took her hand..
From: Linda Covin
To Kenny and the whole family we send our sincere condolences in your great loss.
From: Domenic and Joan Camilli
Michelle my heart is broke . You were one of the sweetest kindest lady?s I knew I am happy our paths crossed at CIC .I will never forget you. God bless
From: Donna MacLeod
Kenny and famiily ,I am so sorry for the loss of your wife ,mom,and grandma.
From: Marlene Gallantur Name*: Donna MacLeod
My sincere condolences to Shelley's family and friends.my thoughts are with you at this sad time.She was one of a kind.
From: Nancy MacInnis
My deepest sympathies on the loss of Michelle,my heart goes out to the family.
From: Carol Lee Johnston-Arsenault
So sorry to hear of Michelle's passing.She was a wonderful lady…hugs to all of her family.
From: Bertha Baker
We will always love you Michelle. You will always be in our hearts. Love, Colleen April Justin & Christian
From: Colleen Elizabeth Barrie
To the Johnston and Rich Families: Please accept our deepest sympathies on the passing of Michelle. She was a sweet and caring lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families during this very difficult time.
From: Gerald and Theresa Miller
Sending our deepest sympathies on the passing of Michelle. The Johston and Rich families are in out thoughts and prayers.
From: Shauna and Todd MacKeigan
To the Johnston and Rich Families: Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Michelle. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. May she Rest in Peace.
From: Faith (Miller) Penny