On Tuesday, July 2, 2019 our lives changed forever with the peaceful passing of Mary Gilyan at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, with her loving family by her side.
Born in Sydney on October 8, 1958, Mary was the daughter of Andrew and Mary Gilyan, who gave her unconditional love, strength and support.
Mary was always known for her hearty laugh and infectious smile that would light up a room. Her sense of humor was always the “Talk” as she loved to live life to the fullest.
Mary had two loves: first and foremost was her family. Besides her parents, Mary is survived by her spouse of 26 years, Roger Rochon; three sons, Paul and Christopher Theriault and Terrance Rochon; grandson, Christian Theriault; siblings, Andy, Ildiko (Paul) Ferguson and Robbie (Tammy); sister-in-law, Anne Rochon; brother-in-law Russell (Patti) Rochon; nieces and nephews, Andrew, Shari and Tyler Gilyan, Christina and Kelsie Ferguson, Kyle (Carlee) Rochon and Nathan Rochon; as well as closest and dearest friends, Sharon Bona and Elaine MacSween and fur child “Dooley”.
Mary was predeceased by her grandson, Mackenzie.
Her second love was her passion of gardening. Mary took great joy in having family and friends in her backyard and just enjoying the moment. Mary leaves behind a lifetime of fond memories, laughs and much love that will stay with us forever.
Mary lived with chronic pain for twelve years but today she is pain free and at peace. Special thanks to the medical staff at both the Halifax Infirmary and Cape Breton Regional Hospital 3B unit and Palliative Care. Your professionalism and compassion are second to none.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary’s memory can be made to the SPCA.
Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation and as requested, there will be a private family service at a later date.
Funeral arrangements are ent
rusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.
My sincere condolences to the Gilyan and Rocheron families. Mary was an angel on earth and now an angel in Heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this heartbreaking time.
From: Sherry Luther Scott
So sorry for your great loss.Deepest Sympathy to the family May she soar with all our Angels.
From: Barry & Starla Costello
Mary, Andrew and family so very sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. She will be forever remembered by all who knew her. Fly high Mary, you were one in a million.
From: Catherine Munroe (Hayes)
Roger; So sorry to hear of Mary’s passing, she was a ray of sunshine.
From: Graham Bardswich
Sincere condolences to the Gilyan family, Mary was a beautiful, kind person. She will be greatly missed by all and never forgotten. We were very lucky to have Mary as our neighbour for a few years and during that time we had the opportunity to meet her wonderful family which she loved dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gilyan family during this very difficult time. Rest in Peace my sweet friend.
From: Lee & John Dicks
My condolences. My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the peace that you seek. May my condolences bring you comfort and may my prayers ease the pain of this loss.
From: Debbie Ferris
My sincere condolences on the passing of my childhood friend. May precious memories give you comfort in the coming days.
From: Marilyn Richardson
Roger and Family, I was so upset to hear of Mary’s passing. I just found out today Aug. 10th and although I know it is late coming if there is anything I can do please let me know. Sharon and I are thinking of you and you and family are in our prayers. She was one of the good ones and will indeed be missed.
From: Ron and Sharon MacKillop
SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS TO MARY AND FAMILY SURE IS HARD BUT JUST THINK SHE IS NOT SUFFERING ANY MORE
Roger & Family our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time Soar High With The Angels Mary R.I.P
We are so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
With Our deepest sympathy
Mary, Andy, Roger, Andy, Ildiko, and family
We are so very sorry to hear about Mary’s passing. Mary was a beautiful person and was always full of smiles whenever we met up with her. She will be so missed by all who knew her. R.I.P Mary and God Bless
Roger and family, We were deeply saddened to hear of Mary’s passing.I met her through Ildi and Paul.I looked after Christina and Kelsie..Mary was a kind loving person and we always had a nice chat when she was at Ildi.We will be keeping all of you in our prayers.May all of your happy memories help you through the difficult days ahead.Love and Sympathy Edie,Corson Walters and family.
Mary,Andy,Andy,Ildiko,Robbie and families, so shocked and sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. Our thoughts and love coming your way.May she rest in peace.
Love Jackie,Bruce and Victoria Matthews.
Roger and family. I am so sorry to hear about Mary’s passing. Roger, my thoughts are with you during this difficult time and I am here for you if you need anything. You have been an amazing friend and co-worker to me who always finds the time to help the staff. We are thinking about you at this time.
Mary and family, no words can express how sorry I am to hear of Mary’s passing. Mary could light up any room she entered with her wonderful personality. May she Rest In Peace. Hugs to all.
With Our deepest sympathy, we are very sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
So sorry for your loss. Mary was the sweetest lady…thinking of you Ildi, Paul and girls and the rest of your family at this time?
Gilyan Family, so sorry to hear of the loss of your daughter/sister.
Murdock and Angie Cormier.
To Mary, Andy, Robbie and the whole family, we are sincerely sorry to hear of your great loss. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Our deepest sympathy, we are very sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Such a heartbreaking loss for Mary’s family and all who knew her. My thoughts and prayers are with you. My deepest sympathies. God Bless
So sorry for Your loss Mary was a wonderful Women She will be deeply missed
A beautiful soul!
Sending love and light to the entire family during this extremely difficult time?
I have very fond memories of Mary as she was one of the nicest and kindest people I ever met. She was one of the first people to make me feel welcomed when I moved here during my teen age years and always had a big smile anytime I ran into her. She made enough of an impact on me that I asked about her every time I saw Roger especially when I stopped seeing her places. My thoughts are with you all at this very sad time God Bless …
I am so sorry to hear about Mary’ passing. My thought and prayers are with her family.
Roger and family; So sorry to hear about Mary’s passing. Mary was a great co-worker. We often shared gardening tips and recipes. She is now truly an angel.
Anne Marie and Mike MacIsaac
Ildi, Paul & families: We are so sorry for your loss, please accept our deepest sympathy, you are all in our hearts & our prayers, hugs, Betty
My love and prayers for all the family Mary will be missed
so sorry for your loss
My deepest sympathy to you and to Mary’s sons and grandson. David just told me about Mary’s passing. My heart breaks for you.
I always remember how good Mary was to me when I first came to Schwartz. We had lots of laughs! And I remember when you two first got together. Two peas! Much love to you.