OBITUARY

Rose Marie MacKay

2 August , 193921 January , 2019
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It is with profound sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our mother, Rose Marie "Rosie" MacKay, age 79, of Whale Cove on January 21, 2019 in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Mom passed quietly surrounded by her family.

Rosie was a daughter of the late Gregory Tompkins and Florence Daigle, (Fordview). Rosie married the love of her life, Al, on November 28, 1959. Together they raised four children, Howard (Carolyn), Gordon (Charline), Byron (Marilyn) and Arlene (Cyril), teaching them life lessons through example. She was a woman of great faith who enjoyed the simple pleasures of life.

With her husband Al, Arthur and Ruby (brother and sister-in-law) she ran Whale Cove Summer Village for over 30 years where guests became family and returned year after year.

The light of her life was family and she created a very special bond with her grandchildren, Amanda (Jake), Brennan, David (Amy), Kyle (Victoria), Dylan, Shamus (Noelle), Shannon (Michael), Savannah (Evan); step grandchildren Justin (Jennifer) and Erica (Greg); great-grandchildren, Timmy, James and namesake “Baby Rosie” (whose recent visit brought tremendous joy to her and all the family during this difficult time); step great-grandchildren, Ian, Acelin, Jack and Cruz.

She was predeceased by her loving husband, Al; brother, Nicky; step-mother, Beatrice; brother-in-law, Gordon; sisters-in-law, Vera, Laura and Barbara; and guardians, Josephine and Marcellin. She is survived by siblings, Calist (Wilfredine), Barbara (Gerald), Paul, Gen (John); sister-in-law, Marie, and close friend, Marie Bushor. Survived by in-laws, Arthur (Ruby), Fred (Gloria), and Margie.

We would like to thank the staff at Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital for their exemplary care and compassion showed to Mom. We want to give special thanks to Dr. Suzie Egar, whom was both an incredibly dedicated physician and a family friend through the course of Mom’s illness.

In lieu of flowers, charitable donations can be made to Central Inverness Palliative Care Society or to the Calvin United Church Cemetery Fund, Whale Cove.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 24th from 2–4 and 7-9 p.m. in Belle Cote Community Center with Funeral Mass Friday, January 25th at 11a.m in St. Michael’s Catholic Church in East Margaree, Father Alex MacLellan officiating. Burial following Mass at Whale Cove Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com

  • FAMILY

  • Florence Daigle, Mother
  • Gregory Tompkins, Father
  • Al MacKay, Husband
  • She is survived by her children Howard (Carolyn), Gordon (Charline) Byron (Marilyn) and Arlene (Cyril), teaching them life lessons through example. She was a woman of great faith who enjoyed the simple pleasures of life.

    With her husband Al, Arthur and Ruby (brother and sister-in-law) she ran Whale Cove Summer Village for over 30 years where guests became family and returned year after year.

    The light of her life was family and she created a very special bond with her grandchildren, Amanda (Jake), Brennan, David (Amy), Kyle (Victoria), Dylan, Shamus (Noelle), Shannon (Michael), Savannah (Evan); step-grandchildren Justin (Jennifer) and Erica (Greg), great-grandchildren, Timmy, James and namesake “Baby Rosie” (whose recent visit brought tremendous joy to her and all the family during this difficult time); step great-grandchildren, Ian, Acelin, Jack and Cruz.

    She was predeceased by her loving husband, Al; brother, Nicky, step-mother, Beatrice; brother-in-law, Gordon, sister-in-laws Vera, Laura and Barbara, and guardians, Josephine and Marcellin. She is survived by siblings, Calist (Wilfredine), Barbara (Gerald), Paul, Gen (John); sister-in-law, Marie, and close friend, Marie Bushor. Survived by in-laws, Arthur (Ruby), Fred (Gloria), and Margie.
  • DONATIONS

  • Central Inverness Palliative Care Society
  • Calvin United Church Cemetery Fund

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, 24 January , 2019
  • Visitation Thursday, 24 January , 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, 25 January , 2019
REMEMBERING

Rose Marie MacKay

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Laura MacLeod

29 January 2019

Art, Ruby and family,

I am so sorry to hear of Rosie’s passing. My parents (Alton and Gerry MacLeod) brought us to Whale Cove every summer my entire childhood and some of my best memories were made there. Seeing Rosie at the canteen everyday for an ice cream or some candy was always extra special to me. I will remember her fondly and please know my thoughts are you with you all.

Laura MacLeod

jim macneil

27 January 2019

Margie and I would like to express our sincere condolences to all the family and friends of Rose. We have precious memories of Rose, Al , Arthur and Ruby during our seven years of camping trips to Whale Cove. These journeys for ourselves and our two children Alanna and Michael are embedded in our memories. Rose and the family were extremely warm, gracious and hospitable. We looked forward, along with our children, to the week or weeks we spent in their company.

Kerry Hanlon

25 January 2019

I just wanted to express my condolences to Aunt Rosie's family: Howie, Gordon, Byron and Arleen. Also Uncle Caliste, Paul and Aunt Barbara and Mom (Gen) for the loss of your loving sister. I have fond memories of Grampa Greg "sneaking" us kids into the car for a drive out the the cottages and the store where Aunt Rosie smiled and hugged us and let us have anything we wanted...usually a small toy, those visits were the best!
So sorry for everyone's loss, take time to remember her love for you everyday.
Kerry Hanlon

Deanna Shaw

24 January 2019

Al & Rosie and Ruby & Arthur were a huge part of our summers for many many years of us staying at Whale Cove Cottages. I couldn’t even tell you how many times we stayed there. We remember sitting in the back room shooting the breeze, the kids playing in the playground, Dave going for a ride through the orchard with Al and SOOOO many lobster dinners. Even after they sold, we still stopped in to say hi to Rosie (at the house for tea) and Arthur (in the garage). We have exchanged Christmas cards for over 30 years and we considered Rosie to be like an aunt to us and our kids. We did stop in this fall to say hi to Rosie at her house, but she wasn’t home, but I did get a Christmas card and she was sorry she missed us.
Your family is losing a huge part, but she’s with Al now and you have so many womderful memories. We will miss her too.

Josh Hanlon

24 January 2019

So sorry to hear of the passing of Aunt Rosie. She was a kind and loving person, and I remember her fondly. Deepest condolences to My Mom, Genevieve, and Uncle Caliste, Uncle Paul and Aunt Barbara and of course cousins Howie, Gordon, Byron and Arleen and all their families. Michelle and I offer our deepest sympathies from our home in Texas, and as our families continue to branch out into the widest of worlds, I hope we all remember the deep heartfelt connectedness and spirit of home that only the dearest family members can give us.

-Josh

Bonnie LeBlanc

23 January 2019

“Your mother Rosie was someone whose light shown on everyone around her. That light will be deeply missed. Take comfort in how much she, and your whole family, is loved in these difficult times.”
“Nothing can truly cut the ties of motherhood. She is with you all still in love, memory, and family.
You are All in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
A special hug to Byron as you were there for me in my difficult times .
Sending love to you all,
Bonnie LeBlanc

Jane MacAdam

23 January 2019

So sorry to hear about Rosie. I remember when she and Al got married and she moved to the Shore Road. I usually got a drive to first mass on Sunday morning with Rosie. She was such a fine person. My sympathy to her family.

Laird Margaret Burton

23 January 2019

We would like to send our sincere condolences to the family at this time. May she rest in peace.

Ann Mac Lennan

23 January 2019

So sorry to hear of Rosie's passing. My condolences to all her family and friends. Rosie was a kind and pleasant lady, and I never saw her without a smile. I am in Vancouver and won't be home for her funeral, but I will pray for her and you all. May she rest in peace. God bless, Ann

Fr Bedford Doucette

23 January 2019

Dear MacKay and Tompkins families
I read with sadness the news of Rosie’s death. I join your relatives and friends in expressing sympathies and condolences, care and concern, friendship and prayer for you and for Rosie. I remember her as a very pleasant woman with a beautiful
smile. I knew her from my days as pastor in Margaree and through the Tompkins (Nicky, Calist, Barbara and Paul ). God bless Rosie and god bless you all
Fr Bedford Doucette

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