With broken hearts we announce the passing of Peggy Ann McLaine on Monday, July 13, 2020 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.
Born on April 5, 1945 in Sydney, Peggy was raised in the Pier by the late Wilfred and Minnie Jackson.
Peggy lived a beautiful life touching the hearts of so many with her gift of music, her kindness, generous spirit and big heart. She lived her life with beauty, compassion, courage, dignity and grace. Peggy had an incredible bond with her family and made them the center of her life. She was a woman of great faith and her passion for her faith community and Whitney Pier community was exemplary. Peggy was the Senior Choir Director at Holy Redeemer Church for the past 45 years and she immensely prided herself in her position.
Peggy is survived by her husband, Donald ‘Duck’; daughter, Gwen (Val Cupido); granddaughter, Emily; grandson, Aaron and her special love, Jesse Allan along with nana’s girl, Bella.
A special thank you to Dr. Glenn Worth for his compassion, sincerity, and gentle manner over the years and to Dr. Clay Butler, Dr. Pahil and the staff at the Cancer Center for the excellent care given to Peggy in her time of need.
There will be no visitation for the late Peggy McLaine. Cremation has taken place and Liturgy of The Word will be held Saturday July 18, 2020 at 10 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Church with Father Paul Murphy officiating.
Donations in Peggy’s memory can be made to Holy Redeemer Building Fund or the Cape Breton Cancer Center.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.
“The world has lost a beautiful person, but Peggy left lasting footprints on the world. Her unique spirit is irreplaceable and will forever be missed.”
My condolence to Peggy’s family, may the love of the Lord always be with you, RIP Peggy
From: Marie MacIntyre
So sorry to hear of Peggy’s passing. Such a lovely soul, very talented and generous person. REST IN PEACE!
From: Joan C MacIntosh
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
From: Ralph and Mary Neville
Very sorry to read of Peggy’s passing. She was a kind and caring person. As well as a wonderful choir director. She will be missed. To Chuck and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Rest In Peace Peggy..
From: Avon Burdge Rizok
To Donald and family, So sorry to hear of Peggy’s passing. I went to school with Peggy up until grade 5. I remember her great smile and her happy attitude even as a child.
From: Judy Gillis ( Bassett) Florida
My heartfelt sympathy to you in your time of grief and need!
From: Frank K..
Condolences to Donald and all her family
Peggy was a lovely person and we spent many times together in our youth
Prayers and blessings to all
From: Lois Gallagher Chmiel
To Gwen and Donald, please accept my deepest sympathies of your great loss. Peggy was such a lovely lady, always so kind and a beautiful smile. Being backyard neighbours with my Grandparents, Cecil and Jane, I remember her Dad bragging about Peggy.
What a great loss for you both and to her friends and the community.
May she Rest In Peace. Love Deneyse
From: Deneyse and Terry Johnston
Sincere condolences to Donald MacLean and family on the recent loss of your beloved Peggy. Peggy has shared so much love, friendship and her gift of Music which she shared freely, her entire life. Her generosity in giving decades of service in the Music Ministry in Holy Redeemer parish has enriched lives of all who worshiped. Her presence and gifts will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. Rest gently Peggy. May songs of the angels welcome you and guide you along your way! Love from Margie Gillis and extended families (formerly of Church Street.)
From: Margie Gillis
Very sorry to hear about Aunt Peggy. My thoughts, prayers and love go out to Donald, Gwen and family. A lot of great memories in my childhood. I remember her in church in recent years, I knew she was in pain but she always had that smile that strength.
From: John McLaine
Sad to hear of Peggy passing. Our condolences to the family.
From: Len & Grace Neville
Donald, Gwen, Val, Aaron, and Emily:
I wanted to pass along our deepest sympathy on the passing of Peggy. She was truly a kind, compassionate, and beautiful person, and I have wonderful memories of times spent in her company in the Pier. I take great comfort in thoughts of her and Father Errol reunited and sharing many laughs together, again. May you each find comfort and peace in the many wonderful memories of her.
Lorelle, Kate and Andrew
From: Lorelle Sinclair
To Gwen and Duck and family: Oh, what a loss! Peggy was one in a million. She was like a mother to so many people. Her kindness and love to her family and friends and larger community was unsurpassed. And oh how she made us laugh. Peggy’s kitchen was open to anyone who needed a comforting word, a cup of tea, and a good laugh. When she became seriously ill, she faced it with grit and determination and her wonderful sense of humour. Her generosity with her musical talent certainly made our parish a wonderful place to worship our God. Our community of Whitney Pier will miss her terribly. Our prayers are with you as you navigate the difficult days ahead. Love, Regina and Colleen
From: Regina Gillis
My condolences to the family. She was a great girl who always welcomed me at Holy Redeemer. May she be singing with the angels!
From: Carol Ann MacDougall
I’m so sorry to see the passing of Peggy. She certainly had touched the hearts of many and all who crossed her path. I had some wonderful conversations while cutting her hair and developed a special bond with her. She is sadly missed! Heartfelt sympathy goes to her family! She is now at peace
From: Bev Cooke
Our condolences to Donald, Gwen and family!!! The Gillis’ were neighbors in the Pier for a number of years.. Peggy Ann was a beautiful and very special lady. God bless her soul and may she rest in peace with Wilfred, Minnie and the Angles!
Dear Donald, Gwen, Val, Aaron and Emily:
My sincere sympathy to you all on the loss of Peggy Ann, wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
I have known Peggy Ann my whole life and she was like an older sister to me.
May all the very wonderful memories that you all have, help you all in the difficult days ahead.
I’m going to be missing my telephone chats with Peggy Ann.
Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
God love and bless you all and keep you all always in His care.
Love, prayers & hugs
formerly from 1399 Victoria Road
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your Mother. She was a very special lady, a mother to us all in our formative years. The many laughs (and tears) she shared with us are some of my most treasured memories and some of the pearls of wisdom she imparted from her kitchen table I still rely on today as I mother my own children. I always envied the extraordinary mother-daughter bond you two shared, and I know you will miss her terribly every hour of every day. Please know you, your dad, Val, and the kids are very much in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this time of great sorrow and loss.
My deepest sympathy to Duck, Gwen and family. Peggy has been a very special person to me for many, many years. I’m sure Hootie is waiting to welcome his old friend home. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all.
I am so sorry to year of Peggy’s passing……she was such a beautiful warm giving lady….RIP
I was very sad to hear the news about Peggy . She was a very special person and brought such joy to people through her music. Thinking of your family with love and care
Dear Donald, Gwen, Val, Aaron and Emily:
So many lives that she touched, so many memories that brings a smile, so many stories that made a difference, so many hearts that are feeling sadness because Peggy a school friend of forty-five years will be missed forever.
My sympathy to you all on your loss of Peggy, wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
God love and bless you all and keep you all always in His care.
Your all in my thoughts and prayers.
Dear Donald, Gwen, Val, Emily and Aaron,
Peggy has climbed her last stairway, and this one is to her heavenly home. She was, and will continue to be, an example to all of us in the beautiful way she lived her daily life. You will miss her dearly. Remember the good times, there were so, so many.
Peggy was a special lady to all who knew her. I especially felt a close bond to her since we lived next door to one another for several years. I always treasured my little visits with her each year I went home as I loved her so much. Going home will never be the same for me. My children, especially David, with whom Peggy taught to sing, ” The Wild ColonialBoy” join me in expressing our deepest sympathy to Duck, Gwen, Emily and Aaron. God Bless All!
McLaine family, so very sorry to hear of Peggy’s passing, my prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
To Donald and Gwen, please accept my sincere condolences on Peggys
passing. Peggy and I went to school in Mabou and shared many
wonderful times in “St. Joseph’s dorm” knowing she is at rest and peace I hope will be a comfort to you both.
Dear Donald and Gwen I spoke to my uncle Xavier MacGillivary today. He shared with me the sad news of my half sisters passing. I am one of your mothers twin sisters
I am sad that I never got to meet her but reading everything that everyone wrote on here about her warmed my heart. I too am in a choir and play the bells here at St Christina church in Chicago. May Gods grace sustain you both through this great loss. She is in heaven with Sheila and can finally meet each other. God bless you and your families.
Gwen and family, we know how much you are missing your Mom and how loved she was. Keep all your wonderful memories of her close to your heart and hopefully that will give you some small comfort at this most difficult time. Prayers and thoughts to you all. Our deepest condolences, David and Lisa Tomko
To all the Mclaine family I am so sorry for your loss! Sincerely, Betty Lou White
Donald, Gwen, Val, Emily and Aaron,
My deepest sympathy and condolences on your loss. Peggy was an amazing and beautiful lady. Her infectious smile, laughter and wisdom on life will remain a constant in the many lives she touched. Peggy also had a wonderful talent of giving us all unique nick names. Each time I drive by the house, I smile and chuckle from the wonderful memories sitting at the kitchen table. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Donald and family
I was so sad to read about Peggy’s passing, just thought she would be around forever. We met in grammar school and remained friends through high school. We had many good times together. My sincere condolences. I know words can not take away the hurt.
Thoughts and prayers to all.
So sorry for your loss
Dear Gwen and family:
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family .
May the prayers and kindness of others ease the sadness you are all feeling with the passing of your mom.
Dave and Mary French and family
Dear Donald, Gwen, Val, Emily, and Aaron,
We were so sad to hear about Peggy’s passing. Peggy was truly a gift to those who knew her. She had an abundance of kindness, love, joy, enthusiasm that she was always so willing to share with others. Her gentle spirit and caring heart touched so many. Peggy will be truly missed. She loved her family dearly. Hold on to the many beautiful memories that you shared. We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers, Cathy, Dan, and Matthew
We would like to to pass on our thoughts and heartfelt condolences to you and your family, Gwen. I’m sure that she will be by missed by all. God Bless.
Judy and Neil MacMullen
Dear Donald, Gwen and family
So sorry to hear about the passing of Peggy, my childhood friend and neighbour. Always a lovely, kind person. Thoughts and prayers to all.
Dawn and Family: We are so sorry for your families loss. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this time.
Dear Donald, Gwen and family. So sorry to hear about the passing of Peggy. Always a kind lovely lady and neighbor. My deepest sympathy.
Sending my condolences to family and friends God bless them all l so wish l had a chance to.meet Her is with the lord now she was my sister Sharon s half sister sending love to all Donna Dakin 0x0x
Dear Donald and family,
God bless Peggy Ann. I spoke with her a couple of years ago and was moved by her story, She was a wonderful, talented person and Holy Redeemer and the Pier will miss her.
Sincerest condolences, Xavier McGillivary, Ottawa, ON Born Glace Bay 1936.
Dear Donald, Gwen and family: We are so sorry for your loss. Peggy was an amazing woman who brought her gift of music and generous spirit to so many throughout her life. We are keeping you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Donald, Gwen, Val, Aaron and Emily,
I wanted to pass along our sincerest sympathy on the passing of Peggy. She was truly a beautiful, kind- hearted, warm and compassionate person. I have many treasured memories of time spent in her company in the Pier. I take great comfort in the thought that she and Father Errol have been reunited and are sharing many laughs together, once again. I hope you find comfort and peace in your many wonderful memories of her. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Lorelle, Kate and Andrew
Dear Duck, Gwen, Val, Aaron and Emily
We were so very sorry for your loss. Peggy was such a sweet, kind person. We all loved her.
Our deepest sympathy. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Wayne & Janet Madinsky & Jane Mills