OBITUARY

William Francis Kyte

24 June , 19456 March , 2019
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William ‘Bill’ Kyte Sydney

It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of William (Bill) Francis Kyte. Bill passed away suddenly at home on March 6, 2019. Born in Sydney on June 24, 1945, he was the son of the late John and Peggy Kyte of Grand Lake Road. Bill was a teacher at Reserve District High School and then Riverview High School and loved teaching history. He particularly enjoyed showing movies such as The Great Escape to his class. Bill was an avid outdoorsman and loved Victoria County. He spoke lovingly of the North Asby River and fished its waters every year for half a century. He was also a life-long cross-country skier and kayaker. His favorite trail to ski was the Clyburn Valley in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. His favourite place to kayak was the Bras D’or Lakes. Bill loved kayaking with his son, Darrell, from Grass Cove to Maskill’s Harbour. They managed to finish the trip in the moonlight a few times. Bill was passionate about politics and community service, proudly serving as a councillor in the County of Cape Breton and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality from 1982 until 1997 with membership on many committees, including the Joint Expenditure Board, Public Works and the Water Commission. Bill was also a long-time member of the Grand Lake Road Volunteer Fire Department and served as president of St. Augustine’s Parish Council for many years. Bill’s true passion, however, was flying. He proudly obtained his private pilot’s license and was able to fly for many years. This was a lifelong dream come true. He would often walk around Sydney Airport just to see planes take off and land. He loved to walk every day. Bill and his daughter Darlene would ‘walk and talk crazy’ together every day they were able since their first daily walk in 1993. Bill had a deeply philosophical connection to spiritual understanding and was a regular practitioner of reiki and qigong. He was given a banjo for his sixtieth birthday and took lessons for years. Darlene loved when he played Blackberry Blossom for her. Recently, Bill took up guitar playing and Darlene would dance and Josie would laugh when he played. Bill was a voracious reader consuming many books each week. He instilled in his children a passion for reading and loved introducing others to his favourite books such as All the Kings Men and the Significance of the Frontier in American History. He was able to take Gaelic lessons with the love of his life; his late wife and ‘constant collaborator’, Josie Kyte. Together they learned to speak a language that was important to both of them. Bill lost Josie just four months ago and this loss was devastating for him. Bill is survived by daughter Darlene, and son Darrell (Sarah Drodge), sister Florence (Adrian) Dixon, brothers Harold (Colleen) Kyte and Kevin (Lynn) Kyte, sisters-in-law Jean Petrie and Rachel (Kenny) Bourget, brothers-in-law Tony Petrie and Clarence (Wilma) MacDonald. He 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. Besides his parents he is predeceased by his wife Josie Kyte, his son John William, nephew Shaun Bourget, sister-in-law Sally MacDonald and Agnes Nash (CND). Bill was taken too early and will be forever missed. Cremation has taken place. Funeral mass will take place Wednesday, March 13 at 2 pm at St. Theresa’s Church with Fathers Lamey and MacDow officiating. A reception to follow at the church hall. Donations may be made to charity of choice. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.twcurry.com

Services

  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, 13 March , 2019
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William Francis Kyte

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Rose Campbell

21 March 2019

Dear Darlene, I am very, very sorry to read about your father; it is so unbelievable, especially after losing your mother such a short time ago. My heart goes out to you, your brother Darrell, Sarah and your extended family.

It is obvious from reading about your father that he was an enthusiastic, energetic, interesting person with such a zest for adventure and learning new things (as was your mother). They were certainly “lifelong learners”.

Your father taught my husband (Ron MacMillan) many years ago at Reserve District High. Ron developed an interest in connecting the past to the present thanks to a young teacher, Mr. Kyte. I am sure that your father had an impact on many students throughout his teaching career.

I am so sad for you and your brother that you suffered such a huge loss in such a short time; it is unfathomable and unfair that this has happened to you both. My condolences to you and your family. You had a lot of fun together and enjoyed being with your parents. Hold on to these memories, as of course you will!! Take care now (they are together again)…thinking of you, I wish you all the best. I hope that these few words will bring some comfort, even if just for a moment.

Rose Campbell

David Donohue

10 March 2019

I had the pleasure of attending history and civics classes taught by Mr. Kyte at Riverview back in the 80s and he was a terrific teacher. I recall his sense of humour and easy-going manner, and I never forgot him. If only every teacher could have been more like him. Very sad to hear of his passing. My condolences to his family.

Neil Bulley

10 March 2019

In the mid-1980's to the mid-1990's I had the honor to supply teach at Riverview Rural High School and I felt elated when Bill Kyte asked me to Teach his History classes in his absence. All his lesson plans and material were prepared and his students were excellent. I looked forward to working in that environment.
Bill was always an aspirant in many Disciplines, especially in the area of Politics and he loved an animated discussion in all avenues of research. A great and True Teacher to the end; always remembered by those whose path he crossed and all who are cognizant of his abilities and successful profession.

Rhonda Boudreau

9 March 2019

So very sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing just a short while after losing your Mom. My deepest sympathy to you Darlene and all your family!

Lisa Macdonald

9 March 2019

Darlene and Darrell, I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. I remember our childhood and when I was playing at your house enjoyed reading the history books from your dads library! Please accept my condolences- love and prayers to you both as you heal on the loss of your mom and dad this year. Lisa ( Boudreau) MacDonald

Stephen Read

9 March 2019

Dear Darlene and family,
When I heard the news it was a shock to me and a stark reminder on just precious life is. Having lost my own Dad suddenly, I could write that I understood, but that would not be fair - the bonds between unique individuals cannot be compared to others. In this situation, one always try to do or say something that will help, but no matter the effort, nothing really eases the pain. Just know that people out here love you.
hugs,
Stephen Read

Ron Lehr

9 March 2019

I didn’t know Bill except through Darlene whom I’ve know for close to 20 years. My condolences to Darlene and her brother, Darrell, to relatives, and to all those who loved Bill. Darlene talked continually about her dad and her mom. She looked forward to her time in CB with her dad when she was not working in Wolfville. I am so sorry to hear of her loss and that of others who loved her dad.

Delroy Mullings

9 March 2019

So sorry to hear of your loss... may he rest in paradise.

Annie Pink

9 March 2019

So sad to wake up and read this in paper today ... Bill was my history at Riverview (98) and he was one of my favourite teachers and has stuck with me when telling my own children about teachers I have had he was one that I always talked about . So sorry for his loss and deepest sympathies to his family . Rest easy Mr Kyte xo

Christine Rideout(Gabriel)

8 March 2019

So sorry for your loss.

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