Beaver Nightingale, age 73, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 29, 2020 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, following a lengthy illness.
Born on March 12, 1947 in Glace Bay, Beaver was the son of the late Kit and Veronica Nightingale.
Beaver is survived by his wife, Becky (Campbell, MacDonald); daughter, Amy, Red Deer, AB; son, Michael (Kerry), Lethbridge, AB; step-sons, Chris (Peggy) Campbell, Coldbrook, Ed Campbell, Dartmouth and Kirk (Kim Buckle-Campbell), St. Margaret’s Bay; seven grandchildren, Noah, Chris, Logan, Ryan, Abbie, Connor and Kate; eight brothers, Angus, Judique, Bob, Halifax, Jim (Shelley), Beausejour, MN, Karl (Pat), River Bourgeois, Daniel (Carol), Grand Greve, John (Sherry), Red Deer, Ray, Sydney and Tom ‘Topper’ (Corinne), Glace Bay; three sisters, Claire Chipman, Dominion, Florence MacNeil, Sydney and Trish (Jim Cumminger), Victoria, BC; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Beaver was predeceased by brother, Bill.
Born and raised in Glace Bay, Beaver was a miner, soldier, salesman and bar manager and, like many Cape Bretoners, spent a good part of his working life in Manitoba and Alberta, only to return later to his roots in Cape Breton. Always quick with a story and a joke, Beaver was ready to lend a hand whenever needed, loved to gather with family and friends, and thought a good fire and a few friends was the best way to spend an evening. Beaver and Becky enjoyed traveling around the province and made several memorable trips to Newfoundland. He was actively involved with the Royal Canadian Legion, serving for many years as bartender at Branch 3, Glace Bay. Beaver was a big personality and will be missed by many.
Special thanks to the wonderful caring staff of the Palliative Care Unit, CBRH for their care of Beaver in his time of need.
Due to the current situation, a Celebration of Life will be held at a future date.
Memorial donations in memorial of Beaver may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada or to the Palliative Care Unit, CBRH.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.
Heartfelt thoughts for you Becky and your family may love surround you and your family god bless
From: Catherine Sorrey
Becky, so very sorry to hear of Beaver’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Sending condolences and prayers during this sad time . Stand the Gaff
From: Rosemary Mac Donald
To Becky and family; I am very sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. God bless!
From: Mary Jane and Casey MacDonald
Becky, so sorry to hear the news of Beaver’s passing, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this trying time.
My sincerest condolences to the family – Beaver was a sweet guy and I remember him growing up as a lively character. One of my favourite cousins – so glad to have spoken with him at Claire s party. May he rest in peace now that his battle is over. There will be many happy memories for his siblings. With love from my family. Roberta (Addicott) Olivieri
From: Roberta Olivieri
Karl, l am so sorry to hear about Beaver. He was a legend.
All our love and prayers at this time of need beaver was a special friend and cousin had lots of fires on beach
From: Diane Nightingale Mac Leod
Words will never express what you are feeling at a time like this, so sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you and all your families, may Beaver rest in peace.
From: Donna French
Sorry to hear about Beaver’s passing. Thoughts & prayers to his family & friends. RIP Beaver
From: Mary Snook
Sincere condolences to the Nightingale family and to Florence MacNeil and family on the loss of your brother and uncle. God Bless
From: Paula Mac
Sorry for your lost
From: Joe Mc Neil
So sorry for your loss, Beaver was such a sweet person, he will be missed.
From: Glennis Gordon
Becky, all sisters & brothers , children & grandchildren, we are sending our sincere
Condolences. Beaver will always be in your heart, & hopefully the memories you have will ease your pain. Thinking of you at this sad time.
From: Mary & Eldon Smith
To Becky and family;
I’m so sorry to hear of Beaver’s passing. We had many enjoyable conversations and laughs at Branch 3. So many of the ‘Old Guard’ have passed. May God Bless all of you during this difficult time. RIP!
From: Ron Boutilier
My deepest sympathy on your loss
From: Barbara (McDougall) MacLeod
Our condolences to The Nightingale Family. We have many great memories of Beaver.
Kevin & Anne
Thank you so much Kevin and Anne
Please accept my heartfelt condolences to you and your family on the passing of Beaver, my father Rod MacSween just let me know….Beaver was an awesome guy, my children loved being with him and Thumper when they came to Dads, or when we visited at 17 Hillside…. definitely fond memories, never to be forgoten….
Condolences to all the family. Met most of you that are local when I was out with Colleen a few years ago. Great bunch and thinking of you guys now, especially you Ray. Hang onto each other 💔
Thank you so much Cheri,he loved putting on those days for people glad we got to share that day.
Thank you Cheri. That was a great time
So sorry to hear of beaver passing , our thoughts and prayers are with you alll
Thank you Kenny and Paula
Stewart and I are so sorry for your loss. May he Rest In Peace
Thank you Barb and Stewart
Very sorry to hear this. Condolences from Janet and I.
Rest in peace Beaver.My condolences Becky and family
He was a great man.
Condolences to all the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Rip Beaver. You will certainly be missed. Condolences to Becky and Family and Topper and Corinne.
Becky, sorry to hear about your husband’s death.
Sincere sympathy to the families of Beaver Nightingale. Sorry for your loss Chris & Peggy & Kirk & Kim and Ed. God bless you all in ths hour. R.I.P. Beaver.
Condolences sent out to family and friends…So sorry for your loss…
I will miss you dearly, Thank You for the skates.
Our deepest condolences Becky to you and the rest of the family! Beaver will be greatly missed. He was a great man. Take care.
Sorry to hear this beck condolences to everyone xo
To the family and all of beavers brothers and sisters . Very sorry for your loss . Beaver will always be remembered as a great guy .
From hillside boy .
So very sorry for your loss Becky. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.
Our sincere condolences go out to you Becky and your family. Thinking of you at this very difficult time.
Jane and John
My sincere condolences to the family. He was such a nice person. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you, during this difficult time. RIP Beaver.
Karen (Ford) Hopkins (formerly Hillside Ave neighbor)
Thank you so much Karen,you are much more than a former neighbor to our family.
I was just thinking of beaver and looked him up and was sad to see he just passed. I traveled with beaver from Toronto in 1968 and stayed with his family for a month after which we returned to Toronto. My condolences to the family.
Dear Becky and all the Family: we offer our sincere sympathies on the passing of “Beaver”……..this is such a sad time for everyone and our need to be together and not being able to do that makes it that much harder.
Know that many are thinking of ALL of you today and will keep “Beaver” in our prayers……Dolena(Ford)and Keith AuCoin, Windsor NS.
Dear Becky and family,
We were so sorry to hear of Beaver’s passing. Our sincere sympathy to all.
Sandra and Frank Dunn
RIP Beaver..I will never forget your trips home in the 70s, they were like royal visits to our big family.. Your love of Burton Cummings and Roy Orbison will always be an influence to me and will always play regularly in the soundtrack of my youth…My sincerest condolences to Becky and all of Beaver’s family and friends….
My deepest Sympathy and heartfelt Condolences to Becky and all of Beaver’s Family. May he Rest in Peace. Take care of yourself Becky and if there is anything I can do for you, I am just a phone call away.
Sending our blessings and sincere condolences to David’s Family.
Kevin & Connie Ford
Prince Edward Island
So sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time, may he rest in peace.
Joan, Harold & Family
Sincere condolences to all the Nightengale family. Beaver was a very good friend to my husband Freddie. Saw him many’s times at Branch 3.
Becky you and all of your family have lost a fine man; I have lost a friend. He was so proud of his kids but especially of his grandchildren whose pictures he so proudly posted in the mess. Words cannot lessen your loss but maybe your grand kids, your memories and time may. So very sorry and deepest sympathy Kenny J
Becky, and family, I’m sending hugs and condolences from Newfoundland. I’m so sorry for your grief and deep loss. I hope time and your love for each other will help your healing process. Thinking of you across the miles.