Sydney River

Joseph Terrance Chiasson, 75, of Sydney River passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, November 23, 2022.

Terry’s love for the “olden days” had never ceased and his family would often tell him that he was “stuck in the 50s.” Growing up, Terry was an Ashby boy and spent his younger years driving around in his ‘65’ Chevy Impala convertible looking in the rear-view mirror making sure his hair was firmly in place. He loved to Rock n’ Roll and one night at the Sportsman’s Club, he met the love of his life, Carol.

Terry was a family man and the love for his children was very evident and he was very proud of each of them and their accomplishments. When they were younger, he spent endless hours at the rink cheering them on during their hockey games and speed skating meets. He’d then go home and spend the cold evenings flooding the rink he made for them in the backyard each year. As his children grew, he couldn’t wait to call and tell each of his siblings and friends about their every accomplishment. This continued when he became a Papa to his grandchildren.

Terry is survived by his wife, Carolyn; two sons, Carter (Nicole and son, Tommy), and Adam (Kaitlin); two daughters, Lindsay McNeil (Shannon) and Ashley Baker (Jeff); brothers, Dennis (Valerie), Gerard (Sherry) and Michael (Francy); sister, Madonna Kennedy (Michael) and twin sister, Mary Sawler. Terry ‘Papa’ will also be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren, Tori, Ryden, Everett, Oliver, Claire Louise and one grandson due early next year. Terry will also be missed by many other wonderful relatives and friends that he adored greatly.

Terry was predeceased by his parents, Wilfred and Florence (Bates) Chiasson. We know that he is happy to be reunited with them.

The family would like to thank the Cancer and Radiation Departments, as well as the Palliative Care Team at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital for their amazing support over the past 21 months. In lieu of flowers, the family would love it for you to do a random act of kindness for someone.

A Celebration of Life for the late Terry Chiasson will be held in the Royal Cape Breton Room on the top floor of the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, starting at 7 p.m.

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

“Ever smilin’ ever gentle on my mind”


Online Condolences

I would like to send my deepest condolences to Terry’s family. I can’t say that I ever saw him without that great smile. It is certainly a loss to anyone who knew him. He will be missed.
From:  Paul W. MacLeod, Sydney

Carol and family. We are so sorry to learn that Terry has passed away. Johnny has great memories of him from his Ashby days, when he was around with Neil. I remember that Terry always popped in to Neil’s to say hi whenever we were visiting. He was always so pleasant and friendly. His passing will leave a huge hole in your family circle but he will live on in the beautiful family you have created together.
Please accept our sincerest sympathy.
From:  Johnny and Gerry McPhee

Many happy memories of our “skating” family. So very sorry for your loss ,Carol and all your family. I never saw Terry without a smile on his face…..Judy and Rene Dixon and family
From:  judy dixon

So sorry for your loss Carol and family. He always had such a beautiful smile
From:  Brenda Morrison

Linda & I are very sadden to hear the passing of Terry. A cousin, dear friend & all around great guy. Will miss his contagious smile as he greeted you. Condolences to Carol & family on this very sad time in their life. 💔😢
From:  Kevin Costello

We are so sorry to hear about Terry.Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
From:  Greg&Judy Hynes

So sorry and shocked to see that Terry passed. He was a kind and happy person and my prayers and thoughts are with all of you.
From:  Lorraine Jaques

Sending our deepest condolences to Carol and all The Chiasson family. Growing up as teenagers back in the 60’s I have fond memories of Terry and Mary! Rest in Peace my friend🙏
From:  Jo Ann & Hook MacIsaac

We are truly sorry to hear of Terry’s passing.Our condolences to all the family!
From:  Joan Macintosh

So very sorry to hear of Terry’s passing . He was a kind and gentle soul who will be missed by all who knew him. May he Rest In Peace . God Bless.
From:  Paul and Donna Barrett

My condolences to the Chiasson family and especially his wife Carol, being a Ashby boy myself I knew Terry very well, I rented my first apartment from Terry& Carol in their house on elgin St and a few years later a property they own on Union St, will always be missed . R.I.P. my friend.
From:  Allan Falconer

Mary and family – Please accept my condolence on the loss of your brother, Terry. He will be missed.
From:  Beverly Doucette

ending our sincere condolences to the Chiasson family. Hugs to you all
From:  Lori & Neil Paterson

Hi from another Asby Boy living far away .
My condolence to Terry’s Wife and family.
From:  Terry Murphy

Carol and family, we were so sorry to hear about Terry’s passing. He was such a gentleman. Cherish your memories. Sending you our prayers and condolences.
From:  Danette and Kevin MacRae

Dear Carol and Family:
Thinking of you at this difficult time and sending our sincere condolences.
Sincerely, Anna and Dave Poirier

Dear Carol and family. Like many others, I was very saddened to learn of Terry’s passing. Terry was a pleasure to be around because of his positive outlook and his smiling face. He was a wonderful supporter of his own children as well as their many friends who were regular visitors to the family home. I know you have many happy memories to carry you through these difficult days. A true gentleman and a gentle man.
From:  Laurie Murchison

Very sorry to hear of your loss. Condolences, Mike, Francy , and family
From:  Lorna and Dan MacDonald

Carol, Sharon and I just heard of Terry’s passing and we send you and your family our sincere condolences ! Whenever I have thought of Terry it has brought a smile to my face. Speed skating would not have been as enjoyable if it had not been for you Terry and family. Sharon just told me that she still uses your cheese ball recipe for special occasions. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family at this difficult time.

From:  Lauchie and Sharon MacLean

Very sorry to hear of your loss. Condolences, Mike, Francy, and family
From:  Lorna and Dan MacDonald

My heartfelt condolences to you Carol and your family. Terry will be missed, may he Rest In Peace. Take care.
From:  Marie Chiasson