Roy Joseph Herney

18 September, 195328 March, 2021

“I am Mi’kmaq from the People of the Dawn in Unama’ki. I have walked this Earth for a short time, but I have been fortunate to travel and learned that love is most important in life. Be strong, work together, be patient and do not give up hope! I am Mi’kmaq, but we all are ONE people.” It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Roy Joseph Herney, age 67 of Eskasoni, on March 28, 2021. He passed away at home surrounded by his loving wife and family. Born at St. Rita’s Hospital, Sydney. He was a son of the late Margaret (Paul) and Matthew Herney. Roy was a member of the Holy Family Parish. He was a Table Game Dealer at Casino Nova Scotia for 21 years. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, godfather, brother, uncle, and a friend to anyone who needed him. In addition, Roy was honoured to be a Pipe Carrier. Roy was strong, patient, compassionate, he was a man of his word, a gentle loving spirit like no other, he smiled with wisdom which carried us through tough times. He loved people, nature and LIFE. Roy is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Angela Young-Herney; his children Margaret (Sidney Sr.), Beverly (Ross), and Matilda (Boyd); his grandchildren Levana (Tyler), Cassandra, Marcus, Charlotte, Attuwen, Sidney Jr., Kingston, Krystal, and Katelyn; great grandchildren Serenity, Amaya, Nate, Harvey, Scarlette and Marcie; godchildren Vanessa, Matthew and Stephen. Roy is also survived by his sisters Diana, Mary Agnes Rose Casey ‘Toots’, Debbie Paul and Anne Marie Michael; brothers John and William ‘Loppy’, and many nieces and nephews.He was predeceased by sisters Margaret and Matilda; brothers Louis and Peter; grandson Mark Anthony; grandchild infant baby Herney, godchild Catherine, adopted mother Mary Julia Michael. A special thanks to the Cancer Center and the Palliative Care team, also to all therapists, nurses, doctors, elders, colleagues, musicians, friends and family. We the family would also like to thank Chief Leroy Denny and Council for their support. The visitation will begin at 7pm on Tuesday April 6, at the Gabriel Center, Eskasoni and continue until Funeral Mass at 10:30 am on Thursday April 8, Holy Family Church in Eskasoni with Fr. An-tolin Asor officiating. Burial will be in the Parish cemetery at a later date. To leave memories and condolences for the family please visit


  • Angela Young-Herney, Wife
  • Margaret (Sidney Sr.), Daughter
  • Beverly (Ross), Daughter
  • Matilda (Boyd), Daughter
  • Levana (Tyler), Grandchild
  • Cassandra, Grandchild
  • Marcus, Grandchild
  • Charlotte, Grandchild
  • Attuwen, Grandchild
  • Sidney Jr., Grandchild
  • Kingston, Grandchild
  • Krystal, Grandchild
  • Serenity, Great Grandchild
  • Amaya, Great Grandchild
  • Nate, Great Grandchild
  • Harvey, Great Grandchild
  • Scarlette, Great Grandchild
  • Marcie, Great Grandchild
  • Vanessa, Godchild
  • Matthew, Godchild
  • Stephen, Godchild
  • Diana, Sister
  • Mary Agnes Rose Casey ‘Toots’, Sister
  • Debbie Paul, Sister
  • Anne Marie Michael, Sister
  • John, Brother
  • William ‘Loppy’, Brother
  • Margaret (Paul) & Matthew Herney., Parents (deceased)
  • Margaret, Sister (deceased)
  • Matilda, Sister (deceased)
  • Louis, Brother (deceased)
  • Peter, Brother (deceased)
  • Mark Anthony, Grandchild (deceased)
  • infant baby Herney, Grandchild (deceased)
  • Catherine, Godchild (deceased)
  • Mary Julia Michael, Adoptive Mother (deceased)
  • Harry and Yvonne Young, Parents-in-law
  • Roy is also survived by many nieces and nephews.


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, 6 April , 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Thursday, 8 April , 2021


Roy Joseph Herney

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Jeannie Rose

6 April 2021

We are so saddened to hear about Roy’s passing . He was such a kind , humble man . His actions and word were a reflection of what he truly was ! A man of Peace ! Our family will truly miss him !
Deepest condolences to Angela , Margaret, Beverly, Matilda , and their families !

Jeannie Rose

David Rose

6 April 2021

I met Roy many years ago at John and Mully Sylliboy's home during a regular visit for Jeannie and myself. Over the years he shared some of his experiences like the training and testing (for months without pay) to get the position at Casino Cape Breton. Later, when they were downsizing at the Casino, they tried to lay him off, he fought it and won. I was so proud of him to take this on and fight for the job as he was normally a quiet, non aggressive and peaceful man. He handled it well and was thankful for the support and help from his wife Angela. Roy was traveling in the US when he met Angela and considered himself fortunate and very happy to share holidays and travel with her in Europe and Scandinavian countries. I still hear your voice – very unique and kind. God bless you Roy and our condolences to Angela and the rest of your family.

David and Jeannie Rose

Stephanie Singler

4 April 2021

I worked with Roy for a very long time. He was always upbeat and always had a smile even the days we knew he was in pain. He was great, strong warrior who wasn’t just a co worker, he was family! He shared a lot of stories over the years and we shared a lot of Laughs!! He will be missed.. my sincerest condolences to Angela and his whole Family. God Bless ❤️

Brenda Durdle

2 April 2021

My sincere condolences to Angela, Roy’s children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, siblings and many nieces and nephews. May you be comforted by great memories and may he rest in the peace and love that he gave the world.

Lisa MacArthur

1 April 2021

I never knew Roy well but I met him through Angela. He was always so friendly every time I would see him and always had a big beautiful smile on his face. You could tell he was a good person just by the way he greeted you like he knew you forever! RIP will be greatly missed by many .

Heather Rent

1 April 2021

Being in Roy’s presence taught you that life is more than what it seems, Roy was able to teach patience, kindness without saying a word...... I hope your wisdom will be passed on to those you loved. Much love and respect- your past colleague in cards

Alvina Alvina

1 April 2021

Roy was one of my most favourite people in the world. He was always smiling and laughing and never had a bad word for anyone. He fought a hard battle but now he must rest. I had the privilege of working with him for his 21 years at the casino. I send my condolences to his wife and children and all his family. May he Rest In Peace

Elaine Cohen

1 April 2021

Dear Angela and Family, I am so very sorry to hear of Roys passing. He was such a nice man, he will be missed.

Lisa Tomko

1 April 2021

It was a pleasure and honor to work with Roy. He was such a sweet and kind soul who will be missed. Condolences to his family at this difficult time.

Emma and Robert Comeau

1 April 2021

We did not know Roy for a long time...we met him through my niece and my sister...last time we saw him was a few years ago walking on the indoor track at Membertou when we were down for a husband and he shared the joy of walking...he was a quiet man and a dear soul...our deepest condolences go out to Angela and family .Hugs and prayers to help you in this time of sorrow.

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