JA Snow Funeral Home


Cecilia Margaret MacDonald

November 21, 1935January 6, 2021

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved mother and dearest Nanny, Cecilia MacDonald at the Victoria General Hospital on Wednesday January 6, 2021. Cecilia was born on November 21,1935. She was the daughter of the late William and Eva (McPhee) Richard (formerly of Hureauville).

Cecilia worked for most her career at the Steak Centre Restaurant on Quinpool Road but retired from the IGA store in 1998 after serving there for 12 years. She was a faithful Catholic and attended the St. Agnes Catholic Church on Mumford Road. Cecilia was always giving to others and, through her love and talent of knitting, many children wore the beautiful sweaters, mittens and socks she made. Seeing her wares being used always brought her so much joy. Cecilia loved life and could often be found dancing with friends at the legion and also loved sharing a pot of tea with her children.

Cecilia is survived by her daughter Darlene, son-in-law Paul (Vern), grandchildren Jordan & Jasmine; son Stephen, daughter-in-law Iris, grandchildren Joshua & Natasha; son Joseph, daughter-in-law Patricia, grandchildren Nathaniel & Alexa and great grandchildren, Nick & Mike; and son Allan (Donna, Jessica, Jeffrey).

Cecilia is also survived by brother Peter Richard and sisters Stella (John) MacCormack, Jean (Foster) Ryan, and Elizabeth (Kennelly) MacDonald, and beloved friend Mickey MacNeil of Iona, Cape Breton. She was predeceased by her husband John MacDonald, brothers Henry, Lewis and Raymond, and beloved sister Yvonne.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday January 13, 2021 in J. A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive. Due to COVID restrictions, a limited number of guests will be permitted.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Cecilia’s name will be gratefully accepted to the palliative care unit at the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax. To leave an on-line condolence, please visit: Interment to follow at a later date in Cape Breton.


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    Wednesday, January 13, 2021


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Margaret Jean MacNeil

January 17, 2021

I wish to express my sincere sympathy on behalf of Duncan and Jean Mac Neil. Cecilia often invited me to go to visit but I have to say I am sorry I never got there, Mikey was a very lucky man to have her cross his path. I always enjoyed meeting her in public and of course a little torment was always useful to get her laughing. I am sure she is smiling up there. Condolences to all the family members.
Jean and Duncan Mac Neil

John Sheehan

January 13, 2021

To the MacDonald-Steve and family,God bless you all,our hearts go out to you all! so sad for your loss.

Shirley (Noonan) Berry

January 13, 2021

So sorry to hear of Cecilia's passing. Your Mom was a lovely lady and so full of fun. Whenever we stopped to visit her and Mickey we were always greeted with a huge smile and a big hug. Know that she is at peace in heaven her Rosary was never far from her. She will always be near in your memories. Rest in peace Cecilia. 🙏

Ken and Shirley Berry (Mickey's niece)

Dawn Cottreau

January 13, 2021

Darlene, Vern, Jas & Jordan, we are thinking of you this week as you mourn your Mom and Nanny's passing. May you find comfort in memories, until you meet again. Hugs from the Cottreau's.

Christine Rodgers

January 12, 2021

To the Macdonald Family our deepest sympathies to all of you. Your mom was a wonderful lady and always had a smile for everyone.

May all of the memories you have of her sustain you during this difficult time. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her, may she rest in peace.

Christine Rodgers

Shamus Y. MacDonald

January 11, 2021

Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of your mother, grandmother, and sister. Over the last few years, Cecilia has been such a welcoming and cheerful presence in Jamesville. Our boys have also benefitted from her beautiful knitting. She will be missed. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

Shamus and Jeslyn MacDonald

Shay MacMullin

January 10, 2021

So very sorry to hear of dear Cecilia's passing. She was a gem. A spirit full of love and generosity. And what a laugh!! I can hear it yet. Much gratitude for many lovely visits and handmade sweaters.

I'll remember her well.

Fios shìorraidh dha h-anam. Eternal peace to her soul.

Carol meakin

January 9, 2021

Darlene Im so sorry to be reading this. Your mama was a lovely person. She will be missed by myself and some of the staff at Sobeys. May your mother rest peacefully.

Pam & Doug Rideout

January 9, 2021

Joe & family,
So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Our sincere condolences to you, Trish, and all of your family. We are thinking of you.
Doug & Pam

Margaret & Graham Windsor

January 9, 2021

To The MacDonald Family, our deepest sympathies to all of you. I'm sure you are going to miss her dearly. Your Mom was my first cousin, my maiden was MacPhee, she always visited in CB in the summer. May she rest in peace.