JA Snow Funeral Home

339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax, NS


Annie Abbass

March 9, 1930January 2, 2020

On January 2, 2020, our mother, Annie ABBASS (nee Tomie) of Halifax, formerly of Sydney, passed from this life into eternal life after a lengthy illness. As she approached the gates of heaven, amidst the peal of church bells, her angel Tommy was waiting proudly to present her to the Lord before going on to meet her loved ones once again at the Father’s House.

Mom was predeceased by her husband and our beloved father, Joseph Jobe Abbass, her special son Tommy, her parents Neil and Lillian Tomie, her brother Fred and her sisters Dollie and Freda. Mom is survived by her brother George (Sydney) and her children: Fr. Jobe, Ottawa, Denise (David) McKeigan, Little Narrows, NS, Frances, Dartmouth, Michael (Joan), Beaumont, AB, Simone, Halifax, Lily Khattar (Larry) White, St. John’s, NL and Paul (Jessica), Hudson, QC. Mom also has twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild who will all miss their Sitty. It is impossible to say in a few words what our mother has meant to us over her almost 90 years. She was certainly a driving force behind her children’s successes and achievements. Her own discipline and pursuit of excellence were always an inspiration to us whether it was in the home, including her incomparable Lebanese cooking, or outside in achieving a Life Master in contract bridge in 1994. Mom was an avid, daily walker for most of her life and people she made friends with on the way have probably missed her over the last number of months. However, what is outstanding is that Mom was never far from the faith or her church. Known for her beautiful soprano voice, Mom began as a young girl to sing the Latin Mass daily at Holy Redeemer in Whitney Pier, she sang for countless weddings and our hearts would swell with pride when she would sing even in her later years. Mom also served in the church as lector and Eucharistic minister for many years. What will always remain with us is the example of Mom’s untiring love and sacrifice in raising and caring for us all even to the end. We pray that she will continue from heaven to show us the way.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of J. A. Snow Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 5th from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Cruikshank’s Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor Street, Halifax. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica, 5221 Spring Garden Road, Halifax on Monday, January 6th at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the V.O.N. of Greater Halifax, 7075 Bayers Road, Suite 100, Halifax or to a charity of one’s choice.


  • Visitation Sunday, January 5, 2020
  • Visitation Sunday, January 5, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, January 6, 2020


Annie Abbass

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Jack Gendron

January 21, 2020

Dear Jobe and family. So sorry to hear the loss of your wonderful mother. Have such fond memories of your parents and siblings sharing times in Troy N.Y with my mom, Helen of Troy. The dinners mom would provide n the laughter n love shown by your mom n family still warms my heart. Mrs.Abbass was a grand lady with such style,class and confidence. She had such love for all her children and pride in all her children's accomplishments. We are so glad to have know Mrs. Abbass. She will be in our prayers , thoughts and heart. May God embrace her as she enters His presence.. May she guide us all from a place of complete love. Jack Gendron and John Durand

Susan Crowe

January 9, 2020

Dear Simone,

With deep empathy, we send our condolences and deep regret that we could not be there to offer comfort. We learned of your mother’s death only Tuesday. We know from witnessing your devotion to her and the rest of your family that she indeed must have been a beacon to you all, shining light on the path of right and good. We’re certain her example, and that of your father’s, shaped you to realize all of your potential, to give of yourself so generously and to make this world a better place. Your care of your mother to the end of her well-lived life is testament to her gifts as a mother and to you as a daughter. Sending you love and a wish for comfort throughout this sad time. Susan and Dorianne

Bruna Caracristi

January 9, 2020

Dr Simone and extended Abbass family: Please accept our warmest condolences, we are deeply sorry for your loss.
Bruna & Paul Caracristi

Carolyn (Libbus) Johnston

January 7, 2020

To the Abbass Family,
So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I have many wonderful memories of your mom and dad and our Christmas visits, their kindness, and great humor. They always made us feel so welcome. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Sending love and hugs, Carolyn (Libbus) Johnston and Family

Hélène Leblanc

January 7, 2020

Dear Lily and family. My most sincere condolences for your loss. I pray that your Mother will continue to guide you and watch over her beautiful family from above.

Hugh Davison

January 7, 2020

We were so sorry to learn of Mrs Abbass's death. We enjoyed meeting her on walks on South Park Street and will miss talking with her at Salvatoris.
Please accept our condolences
Tish Manuge and Hugh Davison

David Abbass

January 6, 2020

Dear cousins,
We are thinking of you all now, and of our dear Aunt Annie. She will remain in our hearts, an inspiration, a model of strength and dignity.
Love from David, Mitzi, Nicholas, Thomas and Lucas

Jane Donovan

January 6, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about your mom, I just heard this moment. I know you will miss her dearly as you were very close. My thoughts are with you and your family at this most difficult time. It is so hard to say goodbye to those we love.

Shelagh Campbell-Palmer

January 6, 2020

On behalf of Ailene Campbell and family, we wish to offer sincerest sympathies for your loss. Your Mom lived a long and full life. We hope that the memories of her time with you be a source of comfort to you all.
With love and fond memories,
The Campbell family

Lorraine J. Campbell

January 6, 2020

to Simone,
I was so sorry to read of your mothers passing, losing a "mom" is hard.