It is with heavy hearts that we, the family of Richard Gregory MacIsaac, announce his passing on Monday, June 20, 2022, surrounded by family at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.

Born on December 17, 1943, in Sydney, Richard was the second eldest son of the late Michael and Pauline (O’Rielley) MacIsaac.

Raised in the north end of Sydney, Richard was one of five siblings. He loved his family tremendously and above all else, was a family man. He was so proud of his children and loved spending time with them and they could always count on him for advice and support whenever they needed it.

Richard loved the outdoors, especially on the patio in Ben Eoin with his sisters or out for a sail on the Bras d’Or Lakes with his brother-in-law. Always one for a good story, Richard’s smile and laugh could light up a room. One of the proudest moments of his life was witnessing the birth of his two granddaughters, Ruby and Izzy.

Earlier in life, Richard enjoyed skiing, scuba diving, sailing, carpentry and archery while passing these loves onto his children who would often accompany him. Richard was employed at the Cape Breton Correctional Center for over 27 years as a guard and later as a member of the maintenance department before retiring in 2001.

Richard will be deeply missed by his wife of 54 years, Sandra (MacIsaac); sons, Robert (Ashley), Denis (Jennifer) and Ewen (Nicole); daughter, Shauna Roach (Peter); two precious granddaughters, Ruby, Izzy and his fur grandchildren, Bella and Cali. Richard was a loving brother and is survived by his sisters, Paula Hines (Gordie) and Donna Dinaut (Alfred); as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Besides his parents, Richard was predeceased by brothers, MJ, Claude and in-laws, Hector and Peggy MacIsaac.

Visitation and memorial service to celebrate the life of Richard MacIsaac will be held at Pier Community Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church St.), Whitney Pier on Thursday, June 23, 2022. A gathering of family and friends will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. with the memorial service to follow at 11 a.m. in the All Faith Chapel with Fr. Paul Murphy officiating. Interment will take place in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Richard may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada or The Parkinson’s Foundation of Canada.

The family would also like to thank the An Cala (Palliative Care Unit) staff for the great care that they provided for dad in his final days.

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

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So very sorry for your loss Sandra and family he will be missed

From:  Donna and Terry MacFarlane

Sandra and Family, Very sorry to read of Richard’s passing. Our sympathies and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. The MacIsaac’s were our neighbours in Big Pond. I remember Richard skiing at Ben Eoin and telling me —what a great day and the snow conditions were perfect! RIP Richard.

From:  Blair & Norma McDonald

I am so sorry to hear of Richard’s passing, God needed another angel for his choir, Shauna, my thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of your family. RIP Mr MacIsaac , God bless you all

From:  Barbara Wrathall

I am very sorry to hear of Ricard’s passing.

From:  Sandy Haley