“A valiant woman, who can find her? She is far beyond the price of pearls. Many women have done admirable things. But you surpass them all” – Proverbs

It is with broken hearts that we, the family, announce the passing of Mary Irene Melski (nee Dezagiacomo) on October 19, 2020 after a brief, sudden illness. Mary passed away peacefully at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, surrounded by her children. She is now in the embrace of the Lord she prayed to every day of her devoted life of faith.

Born on October 8, 1942 in Glace Bay, Mary was the proud daughter of her dearest father, the late Michael and mother, Christine (MacDonald) Dezagiacomo.

Mary was a reverent Catholic and member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Sydney River. She received her education at the Nova Scotia Teachers College and was a much-loved elementary school teacher at many schools in and around Sydney. An incredibly kind and generous woman to all who met her, Mary was dedicated to her family and to her adoring husband, Bernie Melski, to whom she was happily married for 44 years until his passing in 2012.

With all her heart, Mary loved Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and His many Saints, especially Padre Pio. She spent much of her life in prayer and faithfully administered the Eucharist to the elderly and sick at R.C. MacGillivray Guest Home, and to palliative care patients, even braving snowstorms to share God’s love with those in direst need. She always chose to see the good in people, was well known for driving neighbours without vehicles to mass, for the many novenas she prayed for others, and for volunteering at Loaves and Fishes.

Mary loved reading and the outdoors, especially family reunions in Margaree and Ingonish, and was much admired for her hiking ability even into her later years. She loved the views along the Cabot Trail where she felt especially close to God’s majesty, and spent a spirited last birthday on Thanksgiving weekend in Margaree, surrounded by family, laughter, singing and music, with stunning autumn colors at their peak.

A woman of wisdom, dignity and grace, Mary was the most beautiful mom one could ask for. An angel on earth, she was beyond selfless and kind to her four children, who will grieve the loss of this most special lady for the rest of their days. She was the beating heart of the family and there is no doubt she went straight to heaven when she surrendered to her illness. She will be missed and remembered every day, but with the knowledge she is now in the divine light of her Lord and finally reunited with her beloved soulmate Bernie. She taught her children a simple prayer: “Jesus, I trust in you”. We now entrust our mother to her bounteous reward with Jesus.

Mary is survived by her children, Michael Melski, Halifax, Anne Marie Kerr (Scott), Big Ridge, Sandra Long (Tony), Florida, Christopher Melski (Karen), Singapore. She was a gentle and loving grandmother to Hannah Elizabeth and Anthony Joshua Long, and Kaia and Kinley Melski. Much loved friend to Susan Ongo and Karen Lewis, Malcolm and Ann Lewis, Senley and Mary Ann White, Harvey and Paula MacDonald, Bob and Karen Walker, and sisters-in-law, Frances Turnbull and Julie (John) MacLean. She is also survived by brothers, John (Colleen) and Michael Dezagiacomo; sister, Elizabeth Dezagiacomo MacIsaac (Angus) and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents and husband, Mary was predeceased by her sister, Carol.

The family would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to the medical staff of the hospital for their efforts and care of Mary in her time of need.

There will be no visitation for the late Mary Melski. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 2 p.m. in Holy Redeemer Church, Whitney Pier with Fr. Paul Murphy officiating. Full social distancing measures in effect and masks required. Interment to take place in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mary may be made to the Loaves and Fishes, Charlotte Street, Sydney, or any charity of your choice that offers care to the hungry, homeless or needy.

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

Online Condolences

Sorry for your loss of your sister Mary. To you and your family we send our sincerest condolences. Craig, Liz, Ryan and Tara
From:  Craig Vincent

Chris, you are one of the nicest guys I’ve ever had the opportunity to know and a big part of that was having a mother as awesome as Mary. I am so sorry to see this. She is one of the rare people everyone she knows wishes she’d just live forever. Wishing you and everyone she knew saw this under better circumstances. Tasty Treat forevah!
From:  Chad Bryden

Rest in the arms of your Lord and Savior whom you served so faithfully. A good woman gone to the Lord; Prayers for family and extended family. Rest in peace
From:  Dr. Sr. Mary Shaw

So sorry for your loss. Mary was such a wonderful, caring person. She will be missed.
From:  Danette (MacDonald) MacRae

May God grant you eternal rest Mary. Jesus I Trust in You. Amen +++
From:  Moira Anne Walsh

My sincere condolences on the loss of your beautiful Mother.  She is a lovely servant of God.
Eternal rest grant unto her O LORD , and let Perpetual light shine upon her. Amen.
From:  Mary Jaques

Michael, Ann Marie, Sandra, Chris
We were saddened to hear of the loss of your Mom…She was a beautiful lady and will be missed by all who knew her..
From:  Frank and Wanda Roach