Sydney, Cape Breton

With broken hearts we regret to announce the death of Joyce Margaret MacNeil, age 58, on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Sydney, Joyce was the daughter of the late John A. and Margaret (MacNeil) Raoul.

Joyce is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, Frankie MacNeil; three loving children, Ronald (Nicole), Baddeck, Holly (Thyyab), Halifax and Jeffrey (Kelsey), Ontario; siblings, Anne (Welsey), Sydney, Beverly, Ingonish, Pauline (Chum), Howie Centre, Bobby, Halifax, Blair, Halifax, Frankie (Robyn) Halifax, Allen (Christie) Ontario and Doug (Rhonda), BC.

‘Grandma Neil’ will be missed by, Ethan, Alivia, Lois and Jason; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Joyce was predeceased by her brother, Johnny and nephew, Joey LeFort.

Joyce worked in the health care profession as a PCW at Harbourstone Enhanced Care for 32 years. She loved life and loved to laugh. Her family and friends were very important to her as well as her fur baby and sidekick, Waffles. Joyce had many happy years spent at the bungalow and beach in Big Pond. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Visitation for the late Joyce Margaret MacNeil will be held on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 from 5-8 p.m. in the Pier Community Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church Street).
Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 28, 2019 in St. Theresa Church with Fr. Dennis Lamey officiating. Following the Mass, a reception will be held in St. Theresa’s Hall.

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

Online condolences may be forwarded to the family at

“On angel’s wings you were taken, but in our heart, you will stay.”

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Holly, Jeff and family, My condolences, hugs and prayers on the loss of such a fine lady.
From: David Piercy

Frankie and family, I am so sorry to hear of Joyce passing to Spirit. Please know we care and feel your pain with her being gone. Love and hugs. Rose and family
From: Rose Dean

So saddened to hear of Joyce’s passing. I have known her since Constantine school and she was always one of the nicest people I know. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
From: Darlene MacIntosh (nee Hutchings)

Anne & family
Anne sorry we can’t make it,but know that we are there with you all in thoughts and prayers.Heaven gained another Angel,hang on to the memories Hugs,From your LeFort Families in Cheticamp
From: The LeFort’s

Frankie & family…..we are so sorry to hear about Joyce’s untimely passing. We are all thinking of you during this difficult time. Love & Prayers,
From: William, Anne & Connie Daigle, Rexton, NB

Our sincere condolences. So sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing. We grew up together with the whole Raoul family. Joyce was a wonderful person.
From: Brenda and the Gushue family.

Frankie and family, i am so very sorry to hear about the passing of Joyce. She was definitely one of a kind her laugh like noone else i ever heard she was a beautiful person inside and out she will be sadly missed i am thinking about you in this very sad time take care xo
From: Shannon Dove

Holly and family,
I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Your mom was such a sweet lady and I am so glad I had a good chat with her in the last year. She gave me some advice while I was a nursing student. All my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
From: Natalie Forgeron