Lance Arthur Oakley
13 September , 1964 – 2 June , 2019
OAKLEY, Lance Mira Road It is with broken hearts and immense sadness that we, the family, announce the passing of Lance Arthur Oakley, a wonderful and loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend on Sunday, June 2, 2019, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. Born September 13, 1964, in Sydney, he was the son of the late Howard and Florence (Wadden) Oakley. Lance is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 29 years, Carolyn (Milley) and his pride and joy, his son, Jason, for whom he fought long and hard to stay. He is also survived by his sisters, Maureen (Vince) Corsaro, Mira Road, Arlene, Sydney and Kimberly (Wally), Mira; brothers, Howard, Howie Centre, Carl, Mira Road, Leonard, his twin, (Susan), Sydney and Kenneth (Tracey), Sydney; in-laws, Jim and Joanne Milley, Brenda (Mark) Waidson, Debbie (Randy) Oakley, Jimmy (Donna) Milley and his special sister-in-law, Elaine Milley; many special nieces and nephews, as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins. Before his illness, Lance enjoyed fishing and playing ball. Spending quality time with family, especially while camping, was one of Lance’s favourite pastimes. He was a proud and dedicated member of the Mira Road Volunteer Fire Department, where he served for many years as Assistant Deputy Chief, until he retired due to illness. While bartending at the fire department during darts and special events, Lance made many lifelong friends. He had the ability to light up a room with his contagious laugh and lighthearted and loving nature, which will be missed, especially by his many nieces and nephews, whom he loved to torment and joke. We would like to extend a sincere thanks to Dr. Burns and Linda Murphy, as well the homecare staff who provided wonderful compassionate care to Lance over the past two years. Special thanks and appreciation to Lance’s own special nurse, Paula, who was always there at a moment’s notice. Visitation will take place at TW Curry Parkview Chapel on Thursday June 6th, 2019 from 2-4 & 7-9 pm Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys on Friday June 7th, 2019 at 11 am, with Fr. Bill Burke presiding. A Reception will follow at the Mira Rd Firehall. Memorials may be made to the Mira Road Volunteer Fire Department or a charity of your choice. Online condolences can be sent to www.twcurry.com “Lance, we will remember you always and you will forever be in our hearts. We love you.”
- Carolyn (Milley) Oakley, Wife
- Jason Oakley, Son
- Howard Oakley, Father
- Florence (Wadden) Oakley, Mother
- Maureen (Vince) Corsaro, Sister
- Arlene ., Sister
- Kimberly (Wally), Sister
- Howard Oakley, Brother
- Carl Oakley, Brother
- Leonard (Susan) Oakley, Twin Brother
- Kenneth (Tracey) Oakley, Brother
- Jim and Joanne Milley, In-Laws
- Brenda (Mark) Waidson, In-Laws
- Debbie (Randy) Oakley, In-Laws
- Jimmy (Donna) Milley, In-Laws
- Elaine Milley, Special Sister-In-Law
- Lance is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.
- Visitation Thursday, 6 June , 2019
- Funeral Mass Friday, 7 June , 2019
Lance Arthur Oakley
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4 June 2019
Leonard, Susie, & Family:
Our deepest sympathy Leonard to you and your family on the passing of your brother, but especially to you Lenny on the loss of your “twin” brother Lance. We cannot imagine the loss you must feel but please know that we are keeping you close in our thoughts and prayers. Although we never knew your brother, it appears you shared the same personality traits of love and kindness, and like someone said a “ big teddy bear” . May the good memories comfort you as you grieve his loss - our heartfelt condolences to his wife, son and your entire family and may your brother “ fly high” and watch over you.
Ellen & Donnie (Bacich)
4 June 2019
So sad to read of Lance's passing. We went to RHS together and got to know him better through the fire service and dart tournaments. He was a big teddy bear always ready with a joke or witty comeback . To his family I offer prayers and condolences. To his comrades in the fire service there is nothing more sad than a fellow firefighter who has answered the last alarm. We are better for knowing him and the community will never be the same with the void he has left. God Bless you Lance. May you rest easy now.
RHS Grad 1984
Former Assistant Deputy Chief, Albert Bridge
Staff of Regional Chiropractic
4 June 2019
Carolyn, Jason and Family: We are so sorry to hear of Lances passing. Lance was such a Great Guy with a sense of humor sure to give you a good laugh and always so positive.
May all the wonderful memories you have made together help you over the weeks and months ahead. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.