With broken hearts, we the family regret to announce the passing of Mary Jane O’Leary on Friday, March 15, 2024, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital surrounded by loved ones.

Mary Jane was a kind, caring and compassionate person who was always ready to lend a helping hand. She had a love for animals, music and was an excellent cook and baker and was handy at making crafts. She enjoyed feeding the wildlife, going to the boardwalk and also enjoyed long drives. Mary Jane was someone who would stand up for herself and others and was known to be “feisty”. Until her illness she enjoyed movie nights and running errands for her friends in the apartment building in which she lived.

Among other jobs in Ontario, she worked as a receptionist at Broadway Vet Clinic where she loved and cared for many animals. It was here she made many lifelong friends including Dianne Duncan and Linda Lubera. In her later years she returned to her Cape Breton roots where she worked various jobs including working at Riverside Cabins and the Royale Hotel.

Mary Jane was the daughter of the late Daniel and Mary (Wowk) O’Leary.

Besides her parents, Mary Jane was predeceased by her sisters, Josie, Donna and Kathy; brothers, Fred and Stevie, and sister-in-law, Lena; as well as many nephews, nieces and cousins, who she loved dearly.

Mary Jane is survived by her only son, Raymond; the mother of his children, Tracy Wile and granddaughters, Melissa and Megan. She is also survived by her sisters, Patsy (Don) and Valerie as well as brothers, Tom and Shawn (Peggy).

Memorial service to celebrate the life of Mary O’Leary will be held at Pier Community Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church St.), Whitney Pier on Thursday, March 21, 2024, at 12 noon with Fr. Paul Murphy officiating. Private Interment will take place at a later date. For those unable to attend, the service will be livestreamed.

The family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses and paramedics especially the doctors and nurses at the palliative care unit.

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

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