Rita 'Reet' Potter

6 June , 19278 May , 2019

Doris Rita Potter 6 June, 1927- 8 May, 2019

“Rita” Potter (MacPhee) - 91- passed away peacefully in the Palliative Care unit at Cape Breton Regional Hospital with family by her side.

Mom enjoyed her last 5 years at My Cape Breton Home in Westmount. Most of her married life she and Dad lived on Woodill Street then moved to Parkview Drive once the children left. She was the daughter of the late James and Annie (MacArthur) MacPhee. She is survived by her children: Gardiner (Jean); Frank (Marion); Linda Shaw (Ronnie); Colleen Robbins (Jon) Halifax; Rob (Lisa) Dartmouth; and grandchildren: Aaron & Garth; Danielle & Michelle; Breagh & Gillian; Liam (Melanie) and Jeff ; Cate & Rachel; Riley & Laura; great grandchildren: Jackson & Grace. Known as “Reet” by her siblings, she is survived by: Donnie (Annie); “Leenie” Kathleen Simpson (Elmer) North Augusta, ON; and Jim (Marg). She was predeceased by her loving husband, Frank, in 1998, and son, Jamie, in 2010; her siblings: “Nin” Mary O’Connell (Bill); “Jose” John (Ollie); Jean Butler (Bill); Tommy (Joan); Margie Heron (Pat); Ann Wyslowski (John).

Mom graduated from Sydney Academy with a stenographer diploma, which led to her employment at the Bank of Montreal until she was expecting her first child. She was naturally active, always skating, swimming, biking, walking, bowling and dancing. When she wasn’t cooking and baking for her family, she and dad were socializing and entertaining. The family spent 50 summers at Ben Eoin Beach Campground where many special friends and memories were made. Mom continued with the tradition on her own for years after Dad’s death. Travelling with the trailer brought them on adventures across Canada and throughout the US, first with the kids, and later with friends. She was an avid sports fan, passionate about golf, curling and hockey, being a lifelong Habs fan and a long time CB Oilers and Screaming Eagles season’s pass holder.

During Mom’s time at My CB Home she was an active participant in nightly card games, karaoke, daily exercise programs, musical entertainment, bingo, and was the reigning Wii bowling champ. She made close bonds with the residents and staff which meant so much to the family.

Mom’s gentle ways, competitive spirit, and resiliency will be sadly missed. We are happy she is at peace now and will be greeted by Dad and Jamie in heaven. She was a loving wife, sister, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to her former physician, Dr. Greg Myatt, and staff; Sherry and loving staff at My CB Home; Dr. Murdock Smith; CBRH emergency room staff; and the caring staff and volunteers at the Palliative Care Unit.

Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held Monday, May 13, at 11:00am with celebrant Andrew Chapman at TW Curry Parkview Chapel, 755 George Street, Sydney, with reception to follow. Burial at Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton. Online condolences can be made at

“We had a wonderful life.” - Rita Potter


  • Frank Potter, Husband
  • James MacPhee, Father
  • Annie (MacArthur) MacPhee, Mother
  • Gardiner (Jean) Potter, Son
  • Frank (Marion) Potter, Son
  • Linda Shaw (Ronnie), Daughter
  • Colleen Robbins (Jon), Daughter
  • Rob (Lisa) Potter, Son
  • Jamie Potter, Son
  • Aaron and Garth, Grandchildren
  • Danielle and Michelle, Grandchildren
  • Breagh and Gillian, Grandchildren
  • Liam (Melanie) and Jeff, Grandchildren
  • Cate and Rachel, Grandchildren
  • Riley and Laura, Grandchildren
  • Jackson and Grace, Great Grandchildren
  • Donnie (Annie) MacPhee, Brother
  • 'Leenie' Kathleen Simpson (Elmer), Sister
  • Jim (Marg) MacPhee, Brother
  • 'Nin' Mary O'Connell (Bill), Sister
  • 'Jose' John (Ollie) MacPhee, Brother
  • Jean Butler (Bill), Sister
  • Tommy (Joan) MacPhee, Brother
  • Margie Heron (Pat), Sister
  • Ann Wyslowski (John), Sister


  • Celebration of Life Monday, 13 May , 2019


Rita 'Reet' Potter

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Pam Heron

14 May 2019

My sincere condolences to all.
I will always remember fondly our trips to Sydney visiting everyone on Woodill street. Reet and Frank and family were so welcoming.
Sad how connections can be lost but we are always family in the end. I hope mom and Reet are having a great visit and reunion.
Lots of love❤️❤️

Bobby Heron

14 May 2019

To all my Potter cousins. So sorry to hear of the loss of your MOM. I have fond memories of your family stopping in Antigonish on your way through and return trips . It was a way for us to get to know each other better through the years. Reet was a wonderful Aunt ,mother ,grandmother and great grandmother. She will be sadly missed by all.

Bruce Moraff

13 May 2019

So sorry for the loss of your mother Linda. Heartfelt thoughts and sympathy for you and your family.

Rosemary Roberts

10 May 2019

Rob, Lisa, Laura and Riley,
Sorry to hear about your mom's/grandmother's/ mother-in-laws passing. Sounds like she had a life well lived. Such a beautiful obituary. Hugs to all as you celebrate her life.

Craig , Rosemary & Jessica Roberts

Robbie MacDougall

10 May 2019

Linda ( Ronnie) , Gardner and family,

So sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. Mom had told us Reet was not well and she was worried , but we were not certain how serious this was. Mom considered your mother one of her closest friends ( born 2 days apart), and many times over repeated the story of walking home from school with Reet, Helen and herself. Although their cognitive abilities may have been comprised in recent years, I have the feeling these 2 friends could feel in their hearts the closeness they felt as teenagers. Our sincere condolences and hope to see you when we get back home.

Robbie and Karen

Mary Jean

10 May 2019

Dear Robbie and Colleen,
I am very sorry for the loss of your Mom. What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful Mom and friend to so many.
Robbie I remember calling your house several different times in the early morning, to see if you were ready to be picked up to go to the college,and she always had a warmth and kindness about her -and yes at 8am!
Sending you strength, and may you hold your memories close, to help you through this difficult time.-Mary Jean