It is with heavy hearts and sadness that we, the family of Mary MacLean, announce her sudden passing on Wednesday, July 27, 2022, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. Mary has entered into her everlasting life with the lover of her soul, Jesus.
Born on December 9, 1946, in Glace Bay, Mary was the daughter of the late Louis and Matilda Detcheverry.
Mary leaves behind her loving husband of 59 years, Eddie; two sons, Paul (Sandra) and Wil (Laura); grandchildren, whom she thought the world of, Amy, Samantha, Leigh, Wraelyn, Tara, Brittany and Victoria; great-grandchildren, Mason, Tanner, Easton, Oliver and Fallon; sisters, Del MacNeil, Annette White and Cecile Devison-Dutkoski, ON, Ida (Eddie) Donovan, Lucy (Shannon ) MacPherson, and Philomena (Jackie ) MacInnis; brothers, Clifford (Anna) Detcheverry, Glace Bay, and Francis (Heather) Detcheverry, NB, along with many nieces, nephews, friends and many international students, who she has befriended and affectionately called her their ‘Canadian Grandmother’.
Besides her parents, Mary was predeceased by brothers, Peter, Marcel, Wilfred and Louie Detcheverry; infant granddaughter, Deborah Lynn MacLean; niece, Nancy MacInnis and nephew, Kyte Detcheverry.
Mary was employed by the Sydney Day Care Centre for twenty years before retiring. She later worked as a private childcare worker for several more years. Mary then went on to teach several seniors exercise classes both at the YMCA and privately to this present day.
Mary had an amazing gift of helping, loving and ministering to people while sharing God’s love. She was a kind caring lady, who loved and was loved by all who knew her. Her loving others, all came from Mary knowing how much God loved her.
Mary was such a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. We say so long, this is not good bye, until we meet again.
Visitation for the late Mary MacLean will be held at the Pier Community Funeral Home, Whitney Pier, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church Street) on Monday, August 1, 2022, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. A celebration of Mary’s life will be held in Hineni Church (former St. Anthony Daniel Church), 105 Alexandra Street, Sydney on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, at 2 p.m. with Pastors Bill Legge and Kevin Mattatall officiating. Interment will take place in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens, Sydney. Following the service, all are invited for a reception in the lower level of the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mary may be made to the Hineni Building Fund by e-transfer: email@example.com
Many thanks from the family go to the doctors and nursing staff in the ER for their efforts and compassion given to Mary during her time of need.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.
1 Cor 13:12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face . Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
Eddie & Family
So sorry to hear of Mary sudden . She was a great Lady. Will keep Her & The Family in My Prayers. May God Bless You All
From: Ada Hagen
The world has definitely lost an Angel. My dear Auntie may you rest in eternal peace.
From: Angel Henderson ( nee Catherine White)
My thoughts and prayers are with Eddie and all the Family for the loss of my dear Sister Mary. She will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. Rest In Peace dear Sister.
From: Annette White ( nee Detcheverry)
We are going to miss Mary so much. She was always helping people.Mary always put others needs ahead of herself. She has touched many peoples lives. We are sorry to see her go but know she is happy in the presence of the lord.
From: Sue and Wally Monk
Eddie and family – sending deepest condolences for your loss. Mary had a profoundly positive impact on my brother and I while caring for us as young children. She was a fantastic role model and was very special to our family. I remember her as being such a bright light. Keeping you in my thoughts.
From: Lauren Johnston
So sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. A wonderful Lady always a smile and a hug. Helping others was Mary’s Passion. Ed and Mary Have a Large Family My Condolences to all. And to her Family @ CBCFC.Mary and Eddie were so devoted to their family there and to Jesus. A Li’l Miss Dynamite always in the Go with a smile and a Purposes rest in Peace Mary.
From: Arlene Usher
Very sorry for your loss . Was such a caring and giving person
From: Donna Boyer(Mac Innis)
I feel privledged to have known Mary by going to her exercise classes for a number of years most recently at the church. Rest in Peace Mary.
From: Joan Gessner.
Eddie & Family
So sorry to hear of Mary sudden passing She was a beautiful Lady .Will keep Her & the Family in My Prayers. May God Bless you all.
From: Ada JANE Hagen
Eddie , Paul , Wilfred and Family,
So saddened to learn of Mary’s passing . She was such a blessing to our family .The influence she had on Steven and Lauren in their young informative years is immeasurable. So fortunate to have had her in our lives .
Praying the love of family and friends give you comfort in the days and weeks ahead .
From: Pam Stevens Johnston
Eddy and family , sending sincere condolences to you all . May her memories live in your heart always, God Bless
From: Debby (Hearn) Cavicchi
Deepest condolences to Eddie and family on Mary’s passing- Mary will be missed by so many
From: Judy Hussey
So very sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. Prayers to the family
From: Alan &Sandra Mac Lean
Eddie & Family …….Trevor & I would like to pass along our deepest condolences. , we are thinking of you at this very difficult time, .. should you need anything at all please do not hesitate to reach out ,we will be here for you. Xo
April & Trevor
I was so honored to be counted among one of Mary’s many friends. I looked up to her with respect for her wisdom from God which she graciously shared in her sweet, honest, loving and gentle ways. God rest her sweet soul and comfort us all as we mourn so great a loss.
I am so sorry for your loss. Mary was a lively lady.
I am so sorry for your loss. Mary was a lovely lady.
A void is now among the Christian community. Mary was so loved and respected for her caring ways which depicted Jesus always. Our condolences now go to her husband Eddie, sons Paul and Wilfred and to all her family. Tears reign on this side of heaven but there were lots of cheers on heaven’s shore to welcome another child of God coming home. Our blessings to all during this sad time.
My sincere condolences to Mary’s family and my Detcheverry cousins 🙏 💞
ED and family am so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. You both were wonderful workers at the Sydney Pensioners Club . She will be loved and missed by many. Deepest sympathy to all. PAT JONES and Frank Kokocki.
My prayers are being offered for Mary’s family. Recently I have had the pleasure of attending Mary’s exercise classes for seniors. She was an amazing instructor, kind, caring, encouraging and always smiling!! Mary was a wonderful example of a life well lived!!
May she rest in the arms of the Lord.
Sincerely, Janice MacDougall
Ed and family :
So, so sorry to learn of Mary’s passing. Mary was an exceptional lady , so kind and always so happy. She will be missed by so many . It was always a pleasure attending her exercise classes . May all your happy memories help you through this difficult time .
Anne Marie MacAskill
Mary will be missed by all who took exercise classes with her. I had the privilage of spending many a Thursday driving to and from classes with her and had many happy conversations with her. My deepest sympathy to Eddie and the family. Sybil and Jim Ferrar.
Ed and family
I am so sorry for your lost. Mary was such a good friend. She was always there for me when I needed her. Ed and Mary welcomed me in their home many times. I am forever grateful to have known and loved such a great woman of God! Our lost, heaven’s gain.
So very sorry for your loss
May family and friends comfort your family during this sad time by
remembering what Mary gave to all of you.
With sincere sympathy.
Mary Elizabeth Mahoney
Our sincerest condolences to the family. Mary was such a kind soul who always greeted us with a smile.
Oh my goodness, I was sad to learn of Mary’s passing. But at the same time, it’s so very comforting to know, that she’s with the Lord. I met Mary through the Christian Fellowship Church many years ago, and couldn’t have met a sweeter, Godly woman. To Mary’s family: so very sorry for your loss 🙁
“We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.”
2 Corinthians 5:8 NIV
My sincere condolences to Mary’s family and the Detcheverry family . May Mary Rest In Peace ,she will be missed by so many people .
Mary Lou LeForte Roy
Dear Ed and family. We are still in shock after hearing the awful news of Mary’s sudden passing. The touching obituary reflects so well the Mary we all knew. The Christian community in Cape Breton will simply not be the same without her. Please accept our heart felt condolences and symapthy and know that you will all be in our thoughts and prayers in the weeks to come.
Dear Eddie and family, We were so saddened to hear of Mary’s sudden passing. I enjoyed so many years working with Mary at Sydney Day Care. Our hearts are with you all, may all your wonderful memories help you through this time.
Eddie, family and friends, we extend our heartfelt condolences to you all at this difficult time of your great loss. Mary was a beautiful, kind, caring lady with a beautiful smile, and sparkling brown eyes. She was good to everyone. You have wonderful memories to help you . God Bless! Sincerely, Ed and Doreen( Trites) Tynski. John extends his deepest condolences.
Dear Eddie & Family,
Members of Bethel Fitness & Friendship were blessed to have Mary as their instructor for many, many years. Her sudden passing has left a huge void in the exercise community in the Sydney area. We extend our sincere sympathy to you, her family. Mary will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered.
Members of Bethel Fitness & Friendship were blessed to have Mary as their instructor for many, many years. Mary’s sudden passing has left a huge void in the lives of the seniors in the area who enjoyed and benefitted from her classes. We extend our sincere sympathy to Eddie and family. Mary will be greatly missed and very fondly remembered!