November 27, 1929 – June 20, 2019
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Samuel Vokey at the age of 89, he died peacefully at home on June 20th 2019, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Glace Bay, N.S. on November 27,1929 to the late Samuel and Annie May (Delaney) and step-mother Rowena (Roberts). Dad was a very hard worker who started working at an early age helping his dad in the family shoe shop business. He then worked for DEVCO Corporation as a miner in 26 Colliery, then in 1976 he worked as a Councillor for DEVCO until his retirement in 1988. He was also involved in his local UMW union. He was on the Board of Directors for the Glace Bay General Hospital dedicating his time to get the new hospital built. He was a very kind and loving man. He would often play guitar and sing at many parties. After his retirement he took up the hobby of woodworking making many things for friends and family. He always enjoyed gardening, spending many hours keeping his yard looking great. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years Olive (Caines), 5 daughters, Diane (Sheldon) Briggs, Ontario; Debbie (Gary) Scott; Paula (Blaine) McKinnon; Sandra (Jimmy) Devison; Pamela (Darrell) Gouthro of Glace Bay. He also leaves behind 9 Grandchildren; Troy, Craig, Darryl, Kenny, Nicole, Scott, Dale, Linsey, Steven and 12 Great Grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers David MacNaughton (Nancy), Truro; Dave (Johanne); Tom; and sister Eleanor, of PEI. Besides his parents he was pre-deceased by brothers John (Florence) Ontario; Bill, Ontario; sisters Jeanette (Jim), Manitoba; Evelyn (George), Ontario; Margie (Frank), New Brunswick. Also the loss of a son Jason at birth. A special thank you to Dr. Ley and his staff and Palliative care workers for their care and thoughtfulness. Cremation has taken place under the care and direction of Patten Funeral Home, there will be no visitation or service as per family wishes. Burial to take place at a later date. Online condolences can be sent to www.pattenfuneral.com Don’t think of me as gone away, My journey’s just begun, Life holds so many facets, This earth is but one.
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June 25, 2019
My condolences Olive, having been a long time neighbour and friend I know how deep your loss is, Sammy was a gentle man, a hard working, loving husband an father.
My love and prayers to you and the girls. God Bless.
Jane Eagles an family.
June 23, 2019
I always remember our family trips home to Glace Bay to visit Sam and Olive and our cousins. I remember the weekend parties and all of my Mom's (Shirley) brothers and wives and sister getting together and the guitar came out and all the songs. The one song that always stayed with me is How much is that doggy in the widow.
I also remember all the kids piling into the back of the station wagon and heading up to the beach I believe in maybe Dominion.
A great man who will be missed by all. Thinking of Olive and all Sam's daddies girls.
June 23, 2019
my condolences to all of the family so sad to hear of uncle sammies passing my greatest memory is when our mom and dad took us for summer visits to visit with sammie and olive we had such a great time also when my sister Darlene and I went for a visit around 2002 will miss him dearly
S. Dale Vokey
June 22, 2019
A lovely hard working man. A gentle, loving family man and my most favourite Uncle. I am so saddened you have left us but I am so very thankful you were a part of my life.
I remember such wonderful childhood summers at your home when Dad would drive us to Glace Bay. After he passed I made 2 more trips to see you (with different boyfriends in tow). As always you were welcoming ~ happy to visit & celebrate with a lobster dinner in the garage and your guitar close by!
I just loved that time in the 90's you took Walt to the ocean and put sand, water & a piece of coal in a jar for him to take home as a souvenir~just because he'd never seen to the ocean! Only you would do that!
I felt so blessed to be back again in 2016 & spend time with you, Aunt Olive & my cousins. I felt just like a little girl holding back tears of happiness, recalling these past visits, that adorable smile and that smooth soft voice while you played guitar, and how you'd have to stop cuz your fingers hurt. I have the lyrics of Sad Movies & Me and Bobby McGee embedded in my mind and your kindness and love for family embedded in my heart. You've lived such an awesome long life, creating, accomplishing & giving even when you didn't realize! Friends and family adored & appreciated your soul! The various kindnesses and the easy bonds you built along the way. The biggest bond of course, your family. Your dearest Olive and your lovely girls. Yours is one of the strongest family units I know of!! Thank you for showing us this. Reminding us all how easy it is to create with love, patience, and respect. Thank you for being you! And thank you for being such a wonderful Uncle to me! My love & memories of you will forever remain.
Farewell Uncle Sammie, We were blessed to have you.
Dale Vokey & Walt Payne
June 22, 2019
Thinking of Sam..I remember a night at my mother-in-laws (Mary Briggs). We were having a wonderful sing song with Sam playing the guitar . Great memories for all of you to cherish.💕
June 22, 2019
My condolences to the family. I moved to Glacé Bay as a young man in the 1970’s and initially lived on Smith Street. I never forgot Sam’s quiet pleasant demeanour and his friendliness towards me.
I recall him having a heart attack during those years and his positive attitude shortly there-after...he told me, ‘the doctor’ told him, he now had a built in alarm clock and his chances of survival with any future heart issues were increased because of the heart attack...many years have passed since I left Smith Street in the early eighties but Sam always came “back to mind” over the years. Some people stay in your memory a lifetime and you reflect on them with a pleasant calmness. Sam Vokey was obviously such a person.
Hughie Mac Donald, Marble Mountain CB
Eleanor F Vokey
June 22, 2019
My big brother Sammie was very special to me. I always looked up to him as a child. He was always there when us siblings needed him or not . As I grew older I loved to sing and learned every song I could. Years later after Sammie married Olive and they had their family, five beautiful girls, I would visit them, and he would play his guitar and sing! I would sing along with him. He gave me confidence I did not have, and we would sing together. I felt on top of the world! I miss those times! I love you Sammie and your wonderful family! Sister, Ellen
June 21, 2019
Well it’s been awhile since I have been home, but when I did go I went to see uncle Sammy and Aunt Olive it wasn’t a long visit but but it was a great visit, I will never forget how great he was he was good to us kids I will miss him even though we live so far away family is family I love and will miss you uncle ❤️❤️🦋🦋 you are with some great people up there give them all a hug from us ok 🌺🌺
Tanya Moulun ( Caines)
June 21, 2019
It’s been a very long time, but the heart never forgets ❤️. I remember on March 15, 1981 my Uncle Sammy came to pick me up at John and Brenda’s... he took me for a drive and had to share with me the devastating news that my father ( Les Caines) had passed away 😪. That must have been so hard on him, he was so kind and caring ❤️ . I spent the next week with him and my Aunt Olive and the girls ( my cousins). Everyone was so kind and it’s something that has stayed with me forever. Rest In Peace Uncle Sammy, give my Dad a big hug for me. Xo