Whitney Pier

On Friday, September 21, 2018 some angels came and welcomed a wife, a mother and a friend. Guiding her on her journey is her father, Ferman J. Aucoin; mother, Catherine ‘Katie’ (Bantish) Aucoin; sister, Marilyn (Steve) Nicholson; maternal grandparents, Mary Kardash and William Bantish and paternal grandparents, Thomas and Eunice Doucette Aucoin.

Left behind is her husband of 35 years, Kevin Charles MacNeil; daughter, Lindsay; brother, David; special international daughter, Nico (MacNeil) Huang; with many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great nephews and a group of wonderful friends.

Patsy was born and raised in Whitney Pier. She was proud to say, “I’m from the Pier, dear”. She attended Holy Redeemer Girls School and the Blue and White Sydney Academy. In her younger years, Patsy spent many hours at her family’s corner store on Townsend Street. She then ran Pat’s Fina (Petro Can on Victoria Road). For a few years she worked at Econo Camera. Finally, Patsy received her dream job at Canada Post where she has been employed for 31 years. She always made sure her customers were well taken care of.

When Patsy was diagnosed with cancer her heart was broken because she could no longer work. This was the hardest part of her illness. Coupled with her strong will to live, the love, support and encouragement from her family, friends and fur babies, Patsy found strength to battle her illness.

Patsy was an avid gardener who found peace and tranquility in her backyard garden. Patsy loved being involved in different projects. This was when she was the happiest. She loved to share stories about old Christmas traditions and faithfully celebrated the Ukrainian Christmas. She loved to cook, bake, and decorate for any special occasions.

We, the family of Patsy would like to express our thanks to her oncologist, Dr. Saliba, Dr. Megan Keating and all those who contributed to the care given to Pasty during her time of need.

Visitation for the late Patricia Denise Aucoin-MacNeil will be held at Pier Community Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church Street) on Tuesday, September 25 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Redeemer Church on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at 10 a.m. with Fr. Paul Murphy officiating. Following the Mass, a reception will be held at the Pier Community Funeral home. Interment will take place in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens, Sydney.

Donations in memory of Patsy may be made to Hospice Palliative Care, SPCA or Cape Breton Feral Cat Society.

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

“You can no longer see me but please know that I am there. I am the flowers in the garden, I am the wind beneath your hair.”

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                              Online Condolences

Sorry for the loss of your loved one. May your memories bring you comfort and the Father of tender mercies be with your family at this grievous time, (Acts 24:15).
From: R. Veinotte

Kevin and Lindsey please know we are thinking of you and sending love and prayers,my old friend I believe you are redecorating a piece of heaven,and are looking over everyone here,will miss your laugh and our arguments about who was born first,love and will miss you
From: Jenny Buckland

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Kevin and Lindsay. Patsy was a great lady and very kind. She will be sadly missed
From: The McSweens

Kevin, we are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that we are thinking of you and your family, and send our sincere condolences,
From: Graham and Betty

Kevin we are very sorry to hear of your loss of Patsy. We are thinking of you and your famly. Our sincear condolences. Bonnie and Jack
From: Jack MacKenzie

Kevin, we are so sorry to hear of your loss of Patsy. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Dave, Marlene and boys.
From: Marlene MacDonald

Kevin, I am so sorry to learn of Patsy's passing. I remember long nights visiting with both you & Patsy. She was a wonderful woman who would do anything for anyone. I hope you find strength in knowing she's no longer in pain, and will always be with you. Hugs
From: Courtney Debison (Clarke)

My deepest condolences to the MacNeil and Aucoin familes. Patsy was a nice lady with a kind heart. She will be missed by all.
From: AJ MacIsaac

Kevin, So sorry to hear of your loss. It has been along time since I last saw you and Pat. God bless and take care of you and your family.
From: Cindi Flood

Kevin, you and your family are in my thoughts & prayers. Patsy will be missed by everyone.
From: Debbie Gaetan

Our most sincere condolences on your loss. Patsy was an amazing person.,so selfless and caring A great mom,wife and friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. John and Linda Catoul
From: Linda Catoul

So sorry for your loss, I was a former post office employee and met Patsy a few times. She was always so cheerful..so young and loved. Sincere Sympathy Dianne Colford MacAskill
From: Dianne MacAskill

Kevin, sorry for your loss.
From: Joe MacLellan

Kevin and Lindsey, My deepest condolences. I am thinking of you both. So glad I had a chance meeting with Patsy not long ago where we had a few laughs. She will be missed.
From: Donald MacNeil-Orangeville, Ont.