With profound sorrow we announce the passing of John Cathcart, 84, at Harbourstone Enhanced Care on Friday, March 10, 2023, with his loving wife by his side.

John was the son of the late Gordon and Kathleen (Dauphinee) Cathcart and grew up in Glace Bay where he was known as ‘Donnie’’ to family and friends. John had an unwavering faith in his traditional Catholic upbringing serving as an altar boy in his youth and later in life joining the Third Order Lay Carmelites. He was completely devoted to Our Blessed Mother and the Rosary.

John’s working career began in the military where he served many years in both the Canadian and American Armed Forces. It was in 1968 that he was assigned to Vietnam where he served with honor and courage during that conflict in the rank of Captain.

When he returned to Cape Breton, he became owner operator of Little Putt Miniature Golf Course in Sydney where many may remember him. He had a wonderful sense of humour, was an engaging story teller, kind and compassionate and always gave of himself to family, neighbors and anyone in need. He was a loving husband and father and leaves behind a void that can never be replaced.

John will be greatly missed by his very close and loving wife, ‘Billie’ (Wilma Burroughs) Cathcart; cherished daughter, Dawn Allyn (John) Fikis, Minnesota, USA; brother, Gerard, New York; many nieces and nephews who will remember him fondly; sisters-in-law, Jean MacDonald, Sydney and Glenda Wilneff, Glace Bay; brother-in-law, Ron Burroughs, Newfoundland; god-son, Kolbe Burns and special god-daughter, Tasia Boucher.

Besides his parents John was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Ellen and nephew, Billy Cathcart, USA; father and mother-in-law, Johnny and Florence Burroughs; sister-in-law, Patsy Burroughs Harland, and brothers-in-law, Jack Burroughs and Joe MacDonald.

A very heart felt thank you to all the nursing staff and care givers at MacDougall Court, Harbourstone who were there for John in his time of need. Your compassion and kindness will never be forgotten. Thanks also to Noelle DeCourcy and Mike Mischiek for your help.

By request there will be no visitation for the late John Cathcart. A private funeral Mass will be held at a later date. Interment will be in St. Anne’s Cemetery, Glace Bay.

Donations in memory of John may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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

Online Condolences

Sorry for your lost to his family .I was a neighbour when he ran the Minnie golf. A great man and lovely family.
From:  Edgar Chiasson

Hi Billie, Colin & Mary Waye here, sorry to hear of John’s passing. We really did appreciate John such a good neighbour, friendly, helpful, and interesting. Helped me on many occasions, I didn’t have a green thumb. John was very interested in the neighborhood and we all benefited from his presence.
From:  Colin Waye

I am so sorry for your loss
John was a great man
Condolences to you both Billie and Dawn Allyn
From:  Denise Coadic

Sending my sincere condolences. I remember John and Billy very well. They were so kind to all the kids of Rock cliff Cres. God bless you John.
From:  Heather Sparling

Sincere condolences to Billie and family on John’s passing. My thoughts are with you at this most difficult time
From:  Bob MacVay

Hello Wilma, I did not know your husband John, but he sure sounds like a great guy with a full life. I’m sorry for your bereavement and offer you and your family my deepest sympathy. Hugs & Blessings with lots of fond memories of our school days.
From:  Eymard (Mardy) LAMBERT

Billie, I just found out. My deepest condolences to you, Dawn Allyn, and all the rest of the family. John was a wonderful person, always pleasant. You lost your husband twice. Not an easy thing to go through. My husband passed almost seven months ago. If you need an ear, please reach out.
From:  Lori (Spear) Emmett