Josephine 'Josie' Kyte

31 May , 19445 November , 2018
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Mary Josephine (Nash) Kyte Sydney

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Mary Josephine (Josie) Kyte. Josie passed away November 5, 2018 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. Born in Sydney on May 31, 1944, she was the daughter of the late John Rory and Jemina ‘Mina’ Nash of Iona and Washabuck. Although born in Sydney, she spent many formative years in Iona and St. Columba. Josie loved the country and its people and regularly recounted many happy times spent there during her youth and beyond. Her grandparents’ home in St. Columba now forms part of the MacIver-Nash house at the Highland Village in Iona. Josie was active in her community and was involved in many organizations through the years. She was a member and past president of the Catholic Women’s League (CWL) and served on Regional Parish Council. She also taught catechism for many years from which she derived great joy. Josie was a trustee of the former Lakevale School and worked with Parents for Quality Education to save the school. She canvassed for the Heart Fund yearly and was a custodian for Block Parents. Josie was also a Girl Guide Leader and member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Grand Lake Road Fire Department. She worked for Sydney Credit Union and Scotiabank for many years. She loved the simple pleasures of life, like spending time with her family, going for drives and having picnic lunches, working in her garden, and making tea biscuits for others. Her children brought her great joy and she always viewed them as the greatest gift. Josie loved music and frequently played guitar at home. When her children were young she often sang ‘you are my sunshine’ to them - a memory that will always be cherished. In the past number of years she took Gaelic lessons and became a proficient speaker. Learning to speak Gaelic was always an important goal and connected her with her past. Josie is survived by her loving husband of nearly 51 years, William (Bill) Kyte, daughter Darlene, and son Darrell (Sarah Drodge), sisters Jean Petrie and Rachel (Kenny) Bourget, sister-in-law Florence (Adrian) Dixon, brothers-in-law Harold (Colleen) Kyte and Kevin (Lynn) Kyte, Tony Petrie, and Clarence MacDonald. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews including Jean (Alan) Stanwick, Janice (Mike Lane) MacDonald, Laura (Dave) Currie, Christopher Petrie, Kelly Bourget, Shane (Kim) and Devon Dixon, Cherie and Shelly Kyte, Susan (Josh) Chan, and Andrew (Robyn) and Jeffery Kyte, as well as many grand nephews and nieces, whom she deeply adored. Besides her parents she is predeceased by her son John William, nephew Shaun Bourget, sister Sally MacDonald and special aunt who was like a sister, Agnes Nash (CND). Josie was truly a selfless person more concerned with the welfare of others than herself. She forged deep and meaningful relationships wherever she went and touched many people with her kindness and empathy; a beautiful spirit lost, she will be forever missed. Tha gaol agam ort, momma. Gum bi sibh daonnan beannaichte Le diòn bho 'n uile gaoth Fasgadh bho'n t-sileadh Cupa ti blath taobh an teine Gàire g'ur sòalsachadh Luchd-gaoil faisg oirbh Agus gach ni a dh'iarradh 'ur cridhe

Deep thanks to An Cala staff for taking special care of Josie. Cremation has taken place. Funeral mass will take place Friday November 9th at 11am at St. Theresa’s Church with Fathers Lamey and MacDow officiating. A reception to follow at the church hall.

Donations may be made to Hospice Cape Breton or charity of choice. Online condolences may be sent by visiting


  • William 'Bill' Kyte, Husband
  • Darlene Kyte, Daughter
  • Darrell (Sarah Drodge), Son
  • John William Kyte, Son
  • John Rory Nash, Father
  • Jemina 'Mina' (MacNeil) Nash, Mother
  • Jean Petrie, Sister
  • Rachel (Kenny) Bourget, Sister
  • Sally MacDonald, Sister
  • Florence (Adria) Dixon, Sister-in-law
  • Harold (Colleen) Kyte, Brother-in-law
  • Kevin (Lynn) Kyte, Brother-in-law
  • Tony Petrie, Brother-in-law
  • Clarence MacDonald, Brother-in-law
  • Jean (Alan) Stanwick, Niece
  • Janice (Mike Lane) MacDonald, Niece
  • Laura (Dave) Currie, Niece
  • Christopher Petrie, Nephew
  • Kelly Bourget, Niece
  • Shane (Kim) Dixon, Nephew
  • Devon Dixon, Nephew
  • Cherie Kyte, Niece
  • Shelly Kyte, Niece
  • Susan (Josh) Chan, Niece
  • Andrew (Robyn) Kyte, Nephew
  • Jeffery Kyte, Nephew
  • Shaun Bourget, Nephew
  • Agnes Nash CND, Special Aunt
  • Josie is also survived by many grand nephews and nieces.


  • Funeral Mass Friday, 9 November , 2018

Josephine 'Josie' Kyte

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Tanya MacLeod

23 November 2018

Dear Darrell,
I'm sorry to hear of your mother's passing. It sounds like you had a wonderful mother who will be missed by so many. Thinking of you and your family during this time.

Brenda Smith

20 November 2018

Our deepest condolences to you Willie, Darlene and Darrell. We are so sorry to hear of my dear Josie's passing. I have so many good and happy memories spent with her in our years at UNB. I will always remember her for the kind and generous person she was. Even though we were miles apart , we kept our friendship going especially around this time of year with my Christmas fruit cakes. It will never be the same when I make them knowing I won't get to give her one again.

Reid Moore

9 November 2018

Dear Bill and family, sorry for your loss, may you find God’s peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Jim Rice

9 November 2018

Darrell, sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. Your deep love for your mother is palpable whenever you speak of her, as was your distress over her suffering. May you find comfort now in family and friends. And may your mother rest in peace.

V Annette Currie

9 November 2018

Jean: My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you bear the loss of your sister, Josie. I'm sure that she will be forever missed, but forever remembered.

Theresa Small

8 November 2018

My heartfelt sympathy Darlene, on the loss of your Mother, Josie.
Theresa Small

Chad Gessner

8 November 2018

Darrell, Darlene, & Bill,
So sorry to hear of Josie's passing. Although it's quite a few years ago, I still have many fond childhood memories of spending time with your family. Thinking of you all.
Chad Gessner

Beth MacNeil

8 November 2018

Sincere condolences, I have fond memories of Josie at Gaelic classes, the Gaelic in her obit was a very nice tribute to her love of her language and culture. Fois shiorraidh thoir dhi, Eternal rest grant unto her.

Cheryl Krawchuk

8 November 2018

Dear Darlene and family,

I'm so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. My thoughts are with you and your family.

- Cheryl

Michele O’Neill

7 November 2018

Dear Darrell - I am saddened to learn of your mother’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family now and in the days ahead - Michele