It is with heartfelt sadness that we, the family, announce the passing of Carol Yvonne ‘Bonnie’ (Drohan) MacDonald on Tuesday, February 28, 2023, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, with her loving husband by her side.
Born in Whitney Pier, Bonnie was the daughter of the late Peter and Mary (Connors) Drohan.
After graduating, Bonnie spent 35 years teaching at various schools in the Pier, which she enjoyed to the fullest.
Bonnie was a lover of the country and spent 19 years living in Big Pond Centre with Gordie. She spent many days enjoying the country air and swimming in the Bras d’Or Lakes.
Left to mourn her passing are her husband of 48 years, Gordie MacDonald; his daughter, Kelley Chiasson; granddaughters, Shanna MacDonald, and Shae-Lynn Chiasson (Braden); great-granddaughter, Lexi Gibson; as well as her numerous nieces and nephews, whom she loved dearly.
Besides her parents, Bonnie was predeceased by her brothers, Mickey, John, Charlie, Tommy, and Raymond; sisters, Irene, Mona, Lorsie, Betty, Annette, and by two brothers and a sister in infancy.
Visitation and memorial service to celebrate the life of Bonnie MacDonald will be held at Pier Community Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church St.), Whitney Pier on Saturday, March 4, 2023. A gathering of family and friends will take place from 11 a.m. to 12 noon with the memorial service to follow at 12 noon in the All Faith Chapel with Fr. Paul Murphy officiating. Interment will take place at a later date in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Big Pond.
For those unable to attend, Live Streaming will be available on our website.
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Donations in memory of Bonnie may be made to the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton or the Whitney Pier Boys and Girls Club.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.
Gordie and family, very sorry to read of Bonnie passing. She was a dear, sweet woman. Always had a smile when we met. Our prayers are with you both.
From: Joan and George Murphy
So sorry to hear of Bonnie’s passing. She was such a lovely lady. Thoughts and prayers going your way and all your memories help get you through this difficult time.
From: Marilyn & Mark Pasternak
Gordie and Family:
Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Bonnie. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. May She Rest in Peace
From: Jerry and Theresa Miller
Gordie .Sincere condolence.Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
From: Sandy and Agnes Scott
Gordie and family: So, sorry to hear of Bonnie’s passing. May we extend our deepest sympathy and may your fond memories of her help you through this difficult time.
From: Wally and Marg McLeod, St. Thomas, ON.
Gordie and family .so sorry to hear about Bonnie’s passing.Love and prayers. She was a great friend of mine!.due to illness I can’t attend funeral but thoughts and love going your way.😇🙏🏼
From: Dawn and Aubrey Lynk
To the Drohan families, and the MacDonald families, We are sorry for the loss of your loved one Bonnie. She always sounded like such a lovely lady, when spoken of. Our thoughts are with you now.
From: Joanne and Ron Evely
It is a very sad day with Bonnie’s passing. Sending love and supportive energy Gordie. She was a saint that exuded fun and enjoyment of life. All while being firmly down to earth. Time with her will be missed. There is no death between Bonnie and those who know her though. Her energy is always with us.
My deepest condolences Gordie and family…may Bonnie Rest in Peace
Bonnie will be missed for many years to come. She had such a zest for life, enjoying everything she was part of. She had a terrific love for family and friends and always made them feel special. She was indeed a very special person. Dennis and I send our sincere condolences to Gordie and family.
When I taught with Bonnie at Jamison School we took our teaching seriously while still having time to have fun together as a staff. Bonnie loved to travel and I enjoyed travelling to Barbados several times with her. I became reacquainted with her and Gordie in Florida and visited with them there. Bonnie always made her visitors feel welcome and enjoyed reminiscing about old times. My condolences go out to you Gordie and your family. Bonnie will be missed.
Awwww so sorry to hear this sad news, Bonnie was such a sweetheart. Always so happy and lived life to the fullest. My heart breaks for Gordie and her family. Rip Bonnie my thoughts and prayers to Gordie and her family.
Deepest sympathies. Bert and Maurina Lewis
Condolences to all of Bonnie’s Family. May she Rest In Peace.
Please accept my sincere condolences.As previously mentioned Bonnie had a true vest for life.Bonnie will be missed by many but mostly by you,Gordie.Due to a previous commitment I will not see you on Saturday but know you will be supported by family & friends.
Rose McDonald- Sydney Forks
It was with much sadness we learned of Bonnie’s illness and subsequent passing. We will remember her as always warm and welcoming whenever we were in her presence. Condolences to family and friends. Tom and Brenda Wylde
Gordie, Family and Bonnie’s Family We were so sad to hear of Bonnie’s passing .She was such a sweetheart and so full of life always a pleasure to be in her company. Joe and I send our sincere condolences to you Gordie and your family . Love and prayers .Rest in peace Bonnie.
My deepest sympathy to you Gordie and all who loved her. She had a smile and a zest for life that will be remembered by many. The last of a great family.
We only met Bonnie in the past year and my what a wonderful, gracious, and fun loving person. There was an instant like for Bonnie by myself and Wally. We will miss her very much. My sincere condolences go out to you Gordie and to all of her friends and family. You will have wonderful memories to fall back on. Bonnie and Gordie lived on the other side of myself and Wally and I must say she did a wonderful job of keeping him in his place, what are we going to do now???? She is in a much better place and I hope they serve a glass of wine at 4:00pm sharp, because she so enjoyed sharing that with Gordie and friends at that time.
Gordie and family, We are so sorry to hear of Bonnies passing and offer you our sincere condolences. Bonnie was a joy to be around and I know how much she will be missed . May all your wonderful memories bring you peace during these difficult times .RIP
Ann Frances ,Mike and Carolyn and Jim
Gordie, so sorry to read about Bonnie’s passing. You two were so close and a great couple. She will be missed . Please accept our sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you deal with your loss.God Bless and May She Rest in Peace. Roddie and Judy.
My condolences Gordie, so sorry for your loss. Coleen was keeping me informed the last few months. Always enjoyed our little get togethers in Florida.
So sorry to read of Bonnie ‘s passing, she was a sweetheart, RIP Bonnie 🙏
Sorry for your loss Gordie and family.
Always enjoyed our get togethers in Florida.
So glad we got to visit last summer.
So sorry to hear of Bonnie’s passing. She always had time for a little chat. Gordie, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Sorry for your loss, Our thoughts and prayers are with Gordie and family at this difficult time.
Gordie and family I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad and difficult time. RIP Bonnie
Dear Gordie, Words cannot express how sad we feel about Bonnie’s passing. Bonnie was so much fun to be with. We shared so many laughs and good times together. We know you will miss her a great deal but please know that all the friendships that you and Bonnie made over the years will help you through this difficult time. Sending love and hugs to you. Stay strong. Rest in peace dear Bonnie.
Gordie and family: I was so saddened to learn of Bonnie’s passing. May pleasant memories help to sustain you during this difficult time. Bonnie will be missed.
My sincere and heartfelt sympathy.
Gordie and family, It is with much sadness to learn of Bonnie’s passing. She was a gem, always smiling and full of fun. She was a devoted Pier gal. Please know you are in my thoughs and prayers.
Our sincere sympathy to you and family. She will be missed. Always enjoyed being in her company. Her smile was infectious.
Miss not seeing you both in Dunedin.
Stuart and Nonie
So sorry to learn of Bonnie’s passing.
Dennis & Carol MacDonald
Dear Gordie & Family,
We are so saddened to hear about Bonnie’s passing. We always enjoyed catching up with Bonnie on the patio, on sunny summer days. So full of positive energy, thoughtful and compassionate toward others. We will miss her dearly.
Sending you our deepest sympathies,
Denise, Shawn and Louie.
Dear Gordie and Family,
I was saddened to read of Bonnie’ s death. I had a very nice visit with her several weeks ago and was able to express my admiration and friendship. It was always great to visit with you and Bonnie in Big Pond. Always hospitable and able to share thoughts and experiences. It was so good to know her.
Be assured of my care and concern, friendship and prayer. May Bonnie be in the peace of God.
And peace to you as well.
I remember Bonnie as a leader at Holy Redeemer camp
Many years ago.She helped me to learn to dance & swim.Always so nice. I have always remembered her.
Condolences to Bonnie’s family.
Gordie & Family , Sorry For Your Loss ,
Greg & Pat Coleman & Family .
Gordie and family, we are very sorry to learn of Bonnie’s passing. Our sincere condolences to you all. Lloyd and Christie White, Big Pond.
I met Bonnie when I was a little girl at Holy Redeemer Camp. I left the Pier when I was 18 but saw her a lot over the years. Then we started with reunions, HR camp especially, we met up again. After that, I saw her in Florida, then when I was home, I would make special trips to Ben Eoin just to see her. What a special person she was. I was so lucky to be able to thank her for the wonderful impression she left on our lives. She will be truly missed. Carmella Fogarty Murphy
Gordie so sorry to hear of Bonnie,s passing. She was such a beautiful and lovely lady. My deepest sympathy . R.I.P. Bonnie.
Dear Gordie & Family.
Sincere condolences on your loss! We were so sad to hear of Bonnie’s passing. May she rest in peace!
Kenny Hutchins & Tish MacInnis
Gordie and family, we are so sad about Bonnie’s passing. I have such fond memories of you both, from your visits to Matilda St. to our visits with your home, first on Carleton Dr and then out in Big Pond. I’m glad I got to see Bonnie in hospital a couple of times, and I know it mean the world to my mom that you could both visit her there. Bonnie was such a caring person, always ready with a quick smile and a laugh. I’m sure the two of them are now having a good chat over a glass of wine up in heaven. Take care.
Gordie, John & I were very sorry to hear of Bonnie’s passing. Unfortunately, we cannot attend the service but please know our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Gordie and Family: our heart felt sympathies for your great loss. Although we cannot be with you today our thoughts and prayers will be with you.
Mary and Earl LeBlanc
Gordie it is with heartfelt sympathy that I send my thoughts and prayers to you over the passing of your lovely Bonnie. I have such fond memories of my time spent in Sydney when I was a child with Aunt Bonnie and all of the Drohan family. As I watched the funeral service today, so many memories rushed forward in my mind…most of all, Bonnie’s wonderful laugh and smile. She will be missed by so many. I hope that time and beautiful memories will heal your broken heart.
Gordie and Family: So sorry to hear of Bonnie’s passing. I belive she was the last of the wonderful Drohan family. I got to know her when I chummed with her brother John many years ago. May we extend sympathy and that your fond memories of her help you through this difficult time.
So sorry to hear of Bonnie’s passing. She was always such a pleasure to meet. When visiting Bonnie at Ben E’oin or in Florida we always had great chats. She will be missed.
Gordie and Family: So ,sorry to hear of Bonnie’s passing.. May we extend our deepests sympathies and may your fond memories help you through this difficult time. Rest in peace Bonnie. Wally and Marg Mcleod, St.Thomas On.
Gordie and Family , I am so saddened to hear of Bonnie’s passing .She was a true friend and whenever we got together we laughed about our early days of teaching together .
I would pick Bonnie up in our new 67 Mustang ,and all winter we would get stuck going up the hill to Jamieson School .She would get out and try to push ,but the wheels would only spin .We would continue walking and laughing the rest of the way .We still laughed about it at her last birthday !
She will be missed by so many ! R.I.P. Bonnie.
Helen and Bill Day
So very sorry to learn of Bonnie’s passing. Remembering our friendship growing up in the Pier…she never changed Geordie…
always cheerful and happy. Cherished memories will keep her close bringing comfort in the difficult days ahead.
May she Rest In Peace and perpetual light shine upon her. Martha and Bill Warren
My sincere condolences on Bonnie’s passing. She always had a beautiful smile whenever I saw her. She made you feel happy too. What a gift . May she rest in piece .
Gordie & Family:
My heartfelt and deepest condolences to you Gordie and your entire family….l am truly sorry for your loss.Bonnie was such a sweet fun loving person and l know she will be missed immensely. May the wonderful memories you have made together help you through this difficult time. Rest In Peace Bonnie…gone way too soon.