Alice MacDonald, Glace Bay

Obituary of Alice Jean MacDonald, Glace Bay

It is with both profound sadness and solace we announce the passing of our angel Alice at the age of 75 years on Thursday, October 31st, 2019 at her residence. In true and typical fashion, Ma has penned her obit which is the following:

“Today I end my journey on earth. What a wonderful journey I have had. The good Lord blessed me with the greatest parents and seven wonderful siblings. We had a beautiful upbringing with lots of love and laughter in the house all the time. Mind you Ma had to pull the reins in on us at times. We added to the amount of grey hair she had, but no matter what they stood by us.”

“Then I met my future husband, Nelson, with whom together we had the joy of our lives Jeffrey. In our 44 years together we had our ups and downs but we stuck by each other and had a good life together."

“Jeffrey proved to be my saviour, staying beside me through the good, the bad and the ugly. I am so proud of our son and wish him all the best life has to offer. To my grandsons - I love you to the moon and back forever. Be good to each other, love each other and make time for each other." 

To my siblings there is no end to the love I have for all of you. No matter the circumstance we always had each other.

To my friends and angels, Eva Cann and Emeline Strong - simply thank you. Without you I have no idea how I could have achieved all the things I did. To my sister, Linda and niece, Lorna thank you for putting your lives on hold to help me live out mine in peace and comfort.

I am survived by my son, Jeffrey and his darling wife Elizabeth, grandsons, Justin (Ericka) in Kingston and Devon, Ottawa, Callum (Carly) and Gregory, Ottawa, brother, Jackie, Glace Bay, sister, Linda (Myron), Miramichi, NB, brother, Robert (Florence), Stellarton, NS, brother in law, Jim Muck, Moncton, sisters-in-law, Heather (Brian), Fort St. John, BC, Kim (David), Halifax and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Predeceased by parents, Donnie and Lizzie (Turnbull) MacDonald, husband, Nelson, brothers, Donnie, Phillip, sisters, Lorraine and Betty, in laws, Russell and Tena (Gillis) MacDonald.


Our family wish to thank Dr. Melanie Adams and her primary care team for the compassion and professionalism in caring for her in her battle these past 3 years. Special thanks also to the staff, workers and care givers at VON and New Waterford Home Care. To the team of Palliative care Doctors and RNs, a resounding thank you for your end of life care for our revered matriarch.

Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held on Friday, November 8th from 6-8 p.m.  in V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre, 16 Reserve Street, Glace Bay.

After the visitation, a celebration of life will be held in the form of a dance at the Glace Bay Pensioners Hall, North Street, Glace Bay, Friday, Nov. 8 from 8-11 at which time mom has requested no tears but fun stories and lots of dancing.

The funeral service is Saturday, November 9th at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel followed by a procession to the final resting place at Forest Haven Memorial Gardens. Rev. Alison Etter officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice and Palliative Care Foundations of Cape Breton. On line condolences to the family can be expressed at: