Barbara Jane Denny

2 January, 195225 March, 2021

With heavy hearts, we regret to announce the death our mother, sister, aunt and friend: Barbara Jane (Paul) Denny of Eskasoni, NS on March 25, 2021, surrounded by her loving family at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. Barbara was born on January 2, 1952 in Sydney, NS to the late Nancy (Gould) Paul of Whycocomagh, NS and William (Sulian) Paul of Barra Head, NS. She graduated from the Nova Scotia Teachers’ College in 1979 and spent her entire teaching career inspiring her colleagues and the young minds of Eskasoni until early 2020. In her 40+ years of being an Educator, Barbara made a positive impact on the lives of many people in the community and to those who came into her life. Barbara enjoyed being with her family, especially her children and grandchildren. She loved going for drives, travelling in the summer, and her girl’s nights with the ladies in the family. She made her pilgrimages to Sainte-Anne-de Beaupre´ and to the Mniku in Potlotek. She always looked forward to spending her time at the Mniku with family and friends, and Good St. Anne. Barbara is survived by her sister, Monica Paul, Eskasoni; her children: Chrisma Denny (Oliver), Eskasoni; Michael R. (Koran), Eskasoni; Sulian (Trudy), Eskasoni; and Matthew Rivera, Holbrook, MA. Her grandchildren Auriel, Oliver, Jack, Christopher, and Averie all of Eskasoni; Cassidy and Alanna; Holbrook, MA: Aidan and Spencer of Paqtnkek, NS: and Julie and Jaina, of Eskasoni. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, god children, and especially by her loving niece Wanda Julian and Grand Niece God Daughter Audianna Julian and her other son, Cyril. She is also survived by her sons, the Stoney Bear Singers, Sister in-laws: Georgina Doucette, Jessie Denny, Ruby Poulin and Euphemia (Bea) Miller. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Roy ‘Jake’ Denny; her siblings Cyril Paul, Pauline Poulette, Gladys Googoo, Caroline Oakley, Annie Mae Paul, and Joseph ‘Vinny’ Paul. In infancy; Stephen Joseph, Helen, Joseph Vincent, Josephine, Joseph Henry and William Francis. Visitation for Barbara Denny will begin at 6pm on Sunday, March 28, 2021 at the Gabriel Centre, in Eskasoni. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30am on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at the Holy Family Parish Church in Eskasoni, with Fr. Antolin Asor officiating. To leave memories or condolences for the family please visit


  • Visitation

    Sunday, 28 March , 2021

  • Family Funeral Mass

    Tuesday, 30 March , 2021


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Elizabeth Marshall

29 March 2021

Dear Family of Barb,
My heartfelt condolences to Monica, Sulian, Michael R, her grandchildren, godchildren, & to my dear friends her nieces, I'm deeply sorry for your loss, I had the chance to know Barb since she was my daughter,'s kindergarten teacher in late 80s, being the thoughtful kind person she was, she saved a momentum from the kindergarten graduation class, then shared that momentum with her students when they graduated from Jr high.
Love & prayers to Barb's family, she was an amazing strong women..

SrCatherine MacFarlane

28 March 2021

My deepest sympathy to Monica, Charisma, Michael R & Koran, Sullian & Trudy, Barbara, your sister, your mother, what a loss for all of you, for us, and for the community; but for her a gain to live forever with her loving God, Niskam. She truly was a Christian woman, who was so loving to everyone. An associate of the Sisters of St. Martha she will be missed but her spirit will live on in every one of us.
Blessings, Sister Catherine

Gail King

27 March 2021

I will miss my dear friend Barb and I will never forget her. She was one of the first people I met at Eskasoni. She and her family became my family away from home. I will cherish the memories of visiting her, the thanksgiving meals, the van rides and of course Kareoke with Jake while she listened. Her welcoming and loving personality will never be forgotten. She may be physically gone, but her spirit will always be present. Love & condolences to the entire family.

Elizabeth Henderson

27 March 2021

Barb was a good friend to so many. I enjoyed working with her at Eskasoni School. A lovely person who always saw the good in everyone. My condolences to her family.

Mary Crane

27 March 2021

Sincere condolences to all Batb's loved ones. She was a lovely lady and a treasured friend for many years.

Jean Mac Donald

27 March 2021

Please accept my sincerest condolences on the loss of Barbara, a fine teacher, good friend, giving community member and wonderful Mom. I think her proudest accomplishment is the gift she gave to the world, her children. Celebrate her life and love she gave so generously. Barbara will be missed! Jean Mac Donald

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