Cecil VanTassel

November 11, 1921November 22, 2018

Cecil Ray Van Tassel - Age 97 Formerly of Lighthouse Road, Digby, Nova Scotia passed away on November 22, 2018 in Soldiers Memorial Veterans Unit, Middleton, Nova Scotia.

Born November 11, 1921 in Digby, he was a son of the late Leo and Beulah (Benton) Van Tassel. Cecil served overseas in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II and then worked as a brick mason. Cecil was a wonderful man and provided strength, guidance and inspiration to us all. We love, honour, admire and cherish him for the loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend that he was. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Cecil is survived by his daughters, Cheryl Jean Hughes of Ontario and Heather Ann Van Tassel of Jamaica; sister, Doris Wamboldt; brother, Clayton Van Tassel; grandchildren, Kimberley Stewart, Shawn Johnson, Karen Catenacci, Brenda Hughes and Randy Hughes; great-grandchildren, Alexandria Stewart, Cameron Stewart, Kirkland Johnson, Preston Catenacci, Brianna Catenacci. He was predeceased by his wife, Audrey Jean Van Tassel nee Handspiker; daughter, Gail Darlene Johnson and son, David Ray Van Tassel.

Visitation will be 7-9 pm, Friday, November 30 from Jayne's Funeral Home, 7 Birch Street, Digby, NS (902-245-2525) also where the service will be at 1pm on Saturday December 1st, 2018 with Burial in Fairview Cemetery, Digby. Donations in memory of Cecil may be made to Royal Canadian Legion. Leave condolences at


  • Visitation Friday, November 30, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 1, 2018

Cecil VanTassel

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Atlantic Chief and Petty Officers Association

November 29, 2018

Dear Cheryl, Heather and families,
Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. As he crosses the bar, we hope the wonderful memories that you and Cecil have made together will help you through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Lisa Sabean

November 29, 2018

It was an honour to care for Cecil, and I'm glad I had the pleasure of knowing him. His positive personality and determination were certainly admired.
Sincerest condolences to Cecil's family. He will be missed.

Deanna Videto

November 28, 2018

Sincere condolences to Cecil's family. It was such an honor to care for Cecil. Always loved his outlook on life and will never forget tapping our toes to his Saturday night maritime music which could be heard down the hall. He will be missed.

Jeanie Robar

November 28, 2018

I am so blessed to have had a chance to get to know Cecil during his time at the Veteran's unit. He was truly a kind man and will be missed greatly.