Susan Mary Sapp

14 July, 192415 April, 2021

With heavy hearts we have said good bye to our beloved Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother.

She is predeceased by her husband Melan ,her brothers,Francis,Peter ,Robert,and Ernest, two sisters, Muriel and Marian.

Susan is survived by her seven children, Andrea(Andrew), Melan(Theresa), Joel(Lynn), Jan(Carole), Carla (John), Paul(Victoria) and Alan(Rebecca); 15 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Private funeral for family members only in Centerville, NS.


Mum had a full life that spanned almost 100 years. She witnessed mammoth changes in the world, and she adapted and embraced them all- from horse and buggy to vehicles, from rock’n roll to ipad.

Her memory for names dates and places in her life was extraordinary. Her life was an adventure. I remember her telling me where she was when she heard that World War II had ended- she was returning from teaching her class.

Mum was born on this island, and though she left at a young age, her spirit and pride in her birth place and its way of life, its people, her relatives, never diminished.

Her own her mother died of scarlet fever when she was just three years old, and often she reminded us that she never had a mother. But she found something of a mother when she married Mel and moved to Liverpool and then to Halifax. Mel’s mother, Elizabeth “Liz” embraced her, and taught her how to make traditional Lebanese food; she found a new home.

She loved other cultures; the food and the people. She welcomed many young women from all over the world into her home over the years

She was always curious and a life-long learner.

There was a yin and yang in her relationship with her husband. But it was clear to everyone who wore the pants. If not, she would make it clear. She ran her life with determination and single mindedness.

After our father died in 1986, Mum reinvented herself. She travelled, she found a fun nightlife, singing songs with women friends at O’ Carrols- after a hard week’s work.

She enjoyed her travel adventures: seeing musicals and plays in New York city, and enjoying the warm sands of Florida, but certainly the highlight must have been going Europe with her two sisters, Muriel and Marion.

Though she was small in stature she was certainly big in spirit with boundless energy. Mum ran her own business for many decades (with the tireless help of her dedicated daughter Carla) while raising a large family of seven children. She always took great pride in all of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Mum’s ancestry on this island stretched back some 260 years. She was amused to learn that “Stephano” in Shakespeare’s play, “The Tempest”- about a shipwreck -may have been modelled after one of her New world ancestors.

Let me close here with a fitting passage from Shakespeare who might well have had Mum in mind when he wrote in a “Midsummer Nights Dream”:

“Oh, when she’s angry, she is keen and shrewd! She was a vixen when she went to school. And though she be but little, she is fierce.”

Mum came from the salt and sand of her beloved windswept island, and now she has returned to it.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Susan Mary Sapp

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Michelle Sapp

3 May 2021

Dear everyone,
I was saddened to hear of Aunt Sue's passing. It has been a long time since I last saw her - she and Carla came to our wedding which made me very happy. When I look back on it, growing up, we saw her (and one or more of you all) much more often, in fact, your family and your family home was a part of my growing up and those memories are special and I often share bits and pieces with my own children. She will be missed.
With love and sympathy,

Frank Chambers

1 May 2021

Hello and deepest sympathy to the entire Sapp family. I have fond memories of your parents and you all visiting with my family in the 1960's - 70's when my father and Mel worked at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Sapp was a very gracious lady and her adoration of her children was apparent. I can still hear her warm laughter and rich voice! God Bless you and give you comfort.

Frank Chambers

Michael Holland

27 April 2021

To all of you from across the street my condolences. Your mom was great and a wonderful lady. Prayers for you all. Your neighbor. Michael Holland

Joan Irving

26 April 2021

I'm so sorry and saddened by the passing of Mrs. Sapp, (more affectionately known as "Grammy" by young and old alike). My family and I have known her since the 1980's when our daughter was enrolled in her daycare. From that moment on, it definitely was a feeling of "Enter as Strangers; Leave as Friends". Mrs. Sapp was a part of our household conversation for many years and was always talked about with much fondness. Each day she would greet with smiles and kind words. She was considerate and concerned for others; she even arranged a parking spot so I wouldn't have to pay premium parking prices at the hospital where I worked. She was a "Grammy" in the true sense of the word to everyone who was blessed to know her. Through Mrs. Sapp and Carla, who shared daycare responsibilities, our daughter grew and blossomed into the fine woman she is today and the daily "backyard, over the fence" talks are one of the highlights of my memories! Rest peacefully, dear Lady, and know you are loved! Love and Friendship Always, Joan, Gary, Jason and Melissa (Missy) Irving ❤🙏

Kathy Schwartzentruber (Reid)

23 April 2021

When I saw the obituary for “Grammy Sapp” in the paper I was flooded with memories. Along with Carla, she represented love and stability for my children Ian MacDonald and Martha Reid. They both remember her well and pass along their condolences. Carla, it must be difficult to lose a mother and a business partner. We all wish you well and will continue to say a “hello” whenever we drive by the house on Edward St.


Helen Shea

23 April 2021

Dear Carla and family. Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your Mom. We had many good laughs together.
Helen Shea

Marie Wyatt

22 April 2021

Dear Carla, I’m thinking of you at this time and praying for peace and joy in the memories of your mom. I only got to meet her once but that’s all it took to realize she is one special lady! How fortunate you and your family were to have her in your lives for such a long time. Love from your old friend and nursing buddy.

Anna Robaczewski

21 April 2021

Melan & family ,
I have only faint memories of your Mom from my St. Francis school days, but I do recall how welcoming your house on Edward street was , very much because of her . May the good memories sustain you forever .
( Ann Roberts)

Peggy Walt

20 April 2021

Dear family - I'm afraid to leave anyone out by naming you all, but wanted to say that Shimon, Hannah, Josh and my Mum, Joan, are all sending you our love and sincere condolences. We wish we could be with you to say goodbye to dear Grammie Sapp. She was like another grandmother to Hannah, and was a good neighbour and friend to us for many years. We won't forget her getting Shimon to dress up as Santa, her great cooking, love for Jude, many stories about families on our street and pride in her own family. We love her and miss her - can't look at her porch swing without picturing her there. Please know how much we are thinking of all of you. Love from all the Walts.

Pat & David Whitman/Lemon

20 April 2021

We were so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. We recall, when we lived on Edward St., her on the verandah rocking away, enjoying the day. She always had time to say hello.

Pat & David

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