It is with great sadness that the family of Jamie Keith, age 53, of Sydney, announce that Jamie died with the grace he was known for on the morning of Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital in Sydney.
Born on April 27, 1967 in Truro, Jamie was the son of Thornton Keith and the late Margaret (McLatchy) Keith.
An author, a poet, a hockey player and a friend to many, Jamie was an inspiration during his 25-year journey with MS. A graduate of CBU, he was a recipient of the Nova Scotia Book Award for Poetry, which was released in 2019, and he was also granted the MS Society of Canada’s SAFIRE Award for enhancing the work of the Society in his community (2009).
Besides his father, Jamie is survived by siblings, Bruce (Rosemary Godin), Sydney, Greg, Calgary, Cheryl Lothier-Keith, Sydney, and David (Nadine MacKinnon), Halifax. He was uncle to Derek (Leigha), Jonathan and Andrew Lothier, Kaden Keith and great-uncle to, Landon Lothier. Jamie also leaves many aunts, uncles and cousins in New Brunswick, Ontario and the United States.
Jamie spent the last 20 years living at the Cove Guest Home, where he loved and appreciated his “Heart Family” made up of the staff in Skylight. He treasured his relationships with all the staff, residents and volunteers at the Cove. Jamie was especially close with Resident Advocate, Liam McCormick.
The family offers special thanks to the staff at the Emergency and IMCU departments at CBRH for doing all they could for Jamie during his last week.
Memorial service for the late Jamie Keith, who passed away on January 20, 2021, will be held at Pier Community Funeral Home on Saturday, October 23, 2021, in the All Faith Chapel at 2 p.m. with Rev. Allan MacLellan officiating. Covid protocols will be practiced at the service and for those unable to attend, Live Streaming will be available on our website.
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Donations in memory of Jamie, may be sent to the Cove Guest Home Foundation, or the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.
It is very sad that Jamie has passed on. But he will be at peace and with Aunt Marg. I so sorry we are not able to come and see you guys during this difficult time. Love Pierre, Shelley and Shanelle. Thinking of you.
From: Shelley Duncan Leblanc
Ive just received news of Jamie’s passing. I call him Jamie because when I was a student RMT in 2012, I’ve had the privilege of working with Jamie at the cove. I was terrified (as a student), until I got to speak with him. Speaking wasnt easy when it came to communicating with him, and it was Jamie who taught me how to listen. He influence all of that. I learned of his upbringing in Sydney, his states of his condition for my own educational advances, and simply how to take a step back! Jamie is a true gentleman that I’ll NEVER forget!! My condolences to his friends and family. I would love nothing more than to speak with the family about my experience with him. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thorton and Keith families, I wish to express condolences on the passing of your dear James.
From: Thelma O’handley
Sincere condolences to Thornton, Bruce, Greg ,Cheryl and David on the passing of James. My thoughts and prayers are with them at this very sad time.
From: Darlene MacIntosh
Just wanted you to know our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. From: Weston & Marjorie MacQueen
My deepest condolences. I graduated with James. I didn’t know him well but he seemed like a nice guy.
So sorry to hear about Jamie’s passing RIP old friend
My deepest condolences to the Keith family. Jamie was a celebrated member of the MS community, and he will be greatly missed.
To the wonderful Keith Family (especially Dave): I am so sorry for your loss! I hope Jamie is at peace & in a better place now. Thinking of all of you & sending love & healing thoughts.
So very sorry to hear of Jamie’s passing. Deepest sympathies Dave, Thornton and family!! Take care
I remember the good times when my brother Al took Jamie out to the cottage. I used to play hockey with Jamie he was good hockey player. I don’t think I ever met such a nice guy and was a pleasure to be around as we grew up in Sydney. RIP Jamie you will always be in our thoughts.
Condolences to the family, on the passing of Jamie. May the memories you cherish get you through this difficult time.
I was deeply saddened today to hear about Jamie’s passing. I have fond memories of playing house league hockey in Sydney on teams with him. However, my most striking memory was just how nice Jamie was. Sending my deepest condolences to your family at this time of loss.
I’m so glad I had a chance to know Jamie. He was a special person who will be very missed. Thoughts and prayers to his family.
Uncle Thornton, Bruce,Greg, Cheryl,
Dave and families:
I was saddened to hear of Jamie’s passing. My heart aches to hear this news.
As you go through this difficult time, remember you all are loved.
Jamie will be missed by all.
Love to All
Marlene & Carl
Deepest sympathy to the Keith family. Jamie was such a pleasant, friendly young man.
Orr deepest sympathy to Jamie’s family. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him .
So sorry for your loss.I remember Jamie very well, as we coached together in atom hockey. Please accept our sincere condolences. Bob & Barb MacLean.
Thornton and family: I am so very very sorry to hear of Jamie’s passing. He was always such a pleasant young man despite the path his life had taken with MS. Thinking of you at this time –
Ross and Valerie Barrett.
Please accept our condolences on Jamie’s passing. Knew Jamie as a quiet and smart person in high school and a strong defenceman on the ice.
Sorry to read of Jamie’s passing. Condolences to he’s entire family.
Jamie was my first contact when I was diagnosed with MS. He helped me so much. I was scared and he helped me to come to terms with having MS. He was and will always be my hero. My sincerest sympathy to you Thornton and all the faamily. You will be kept in our prayers
Jamie will always be in my thoughts, from playing tennis with him at St Anthony Daniel, out on weekend adventures at the Crow / Daniels / Smoothies or at the Bungalow in Big Pond. So many fond memories of a great guy, that I was lucky to call my friend. He showed his true character in dealing with his illness and how he was able to help others. You will be sadly missed, my friend.
Very sorry to hear the news about Jamie. Jamie was a very kind and upbeat person and a lot of fun to play hockey with. My condolences to Thornton and the whole Keith family.