Mary Colleen Kiberd

June 28, 1956July 3, 2013

Mary Colleen Kiberd ended her battle against breast cancer July 3rd, 2013. Throughout this ordeal she remained ever faithful, inspirational, if not defiant. She was a ‘fighter’. She leaves behind her husband Bryce and children Mat, James, and Anne; daughter of Mary and Colin Craig and her siblings Pearl (Dale) Walker, Paula, Colin (Joann) and Michelle (Paul) MacCormac; and nieces and nephews Craig, Terri, Tanya, Alexis, Olivia, Bryce and Ellie. She was predeceased by her brother Duane. As a graduate of Halifax Infirmary Nursing School (RN) and Dalhousie University (BN) she was the quintessential nurse. She was always the first to jump to aid a fallen athlete or stricken child. She had extensive experience as a floor nurse, ICU nurse, Burn Unit nurse and nurse administrator. Everywhere she went (Halifax Infirmary, Victoria General Hospital, Kingston General Hospital, Wellesley Hospital, and Stanford University, USA) she was appreciated for her kindness and work ethic. Her greatest professional love and ambition was to be a nurse educator. She received her Masters of Education (Queen’s) and Masters of Nursing (Dalhousie) to pursue that career. She was adored by her students. At Dalhousie she won the Teacher Appreciation Award 12 times. She won the Reddick award at Queen’s University twice as well as national awards for education from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing and the Canadian Nursing Students’ Association. In 2011 the graduating class of Dalhousie School of Nursing created an award in her honor. When asked why she was so successful, she was overly modest and never responded. To all she was a role model and mentor but her secret was more fundamental. She loved her students, wanted them be successful and wanted them to open up their inner hearts and souls and be dedicated to caring. They in turn responded to that love. She was instrumental in establishing the Rho Rho chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing in 2002 and served as its president. She promoted the ultimate gift of organ donation to her students. Colleen was also active in her community devoting her time and energy to various local and Provincial sports teams (basketball, swimming and football) and The Halifax Grammar School, where she was member of the Board of Governors. Colleen’s greatest gift was her spirit, a gift that came from God. She shared her spirit with everyone and would hope that those that she has touched will respond by sharing that spirit with others. There are many friends that loved and supported Colleen and her family throughout her illness and we thank them all. Colleen’s sister Michelle deserves special mention for her incredible love and devotion. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Hemophilia Society of Canada or any charity of your choice. Visitation will be held on Monday, July 8th from 6-9 pm in J. A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax. A Memorial Mass will be held at Canadian Martyr’s on Tuesday, July 9th at 10 am.


  • Visitation Monday, July 8, 2013
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, July 9, 2013

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Melodie Cail

August 9, 2013

Dear Mary, Colin, Pearl, Paula, Colin and Michelle. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Although I did not know Colleen and her family, I am sure we must have crossed paths as we were both involved in the Halifax Grammar school. I cannot imagine outliving my two boys or one of my sisters--Darlene or Leanne. I wish you peace and lots of love during this incredibly difficult time.

Melodie Cail

Lisa and Gordy Craig

July 13, 2013

Heartfelt thoughts are with you.

Karen & Steve Sinclair

July 13, 2013

Dr. Kiberd, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family.

Pearl Walker

July 12, 2013

Thank you all for all your kind words and well wishes, you see our family chain is now broken, we are missing our greatest link, never to be repaired. Colleen will live on in our hearts forever and always. We pray for you and love you forever and always.R.I.P. our loved one.xoxo.

Erin McDiarmid

July 10, 2013

Colleen was the most amazing professor and such a caring, lovely person. I'm very honored to have gotten to be one of her students and so grateful for everything she did for us. I'm very sorry for your loss.

July 10, 2013

Colleen was always genuinely interested and cared about so many people. One of the numerous experiences we had, was when Cailin was putting her Master's application together and Colleen offered her email address and said 'send me your essay and I'll look at it and give you feedback'. With Colleen's busy schedule, this offer was so kind, very helpful and much appreciated. She will be dearly missed! God Bless you all during this time of sorrow. With Love from Rita, Wayne, Anna, Cailin & Ellen Crosby.

Cindy Craig

July 9, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

July 9, 2013

To Anne and family. Please accept sincere condolences on the passing of your mom/wife.
Trish Hassin, Antigonish

Sarah Macisaac

July 9, 2013

Dear Dr. Bryce Kiberd and family,

We cannot begin to imagine how difficult this time has been and will be as you go forward. Colleen was a dear and treasured friend to our mom and an inspirational female role model for both of us. My deepest sympathies for you and yours as you navigate these rocky times. Colleen is deeply loved and will be truly missed.

Sarah and Kaitlyn MacIsaac

Olwyn Johnston

July 9, 2013

Dear Bryce.
My sincere sympathies to you and your family on the loss of your wonderful wife and mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Yours sincerely,
Olwyn Johnston