OBITUARY

Daniel J MacDougall

April 27, 1948November 28, 2017
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Today God asked one of his angels to come home and what an angel he was. His smile, his warm laugh, and his kind heart will be rembered by all he touched. His strength of character, his compassion, and his energy will continue to be felt well into the future. He was truly a beacon of light in the darkness and a special song in the silence.

Daniel James MacDougall died peacefully on November 28, 2017 at his lifetime home in Little Judique, Nova Scotia, surrounded by his loving family. Danny was born on April 27, 1948 in Sydney Mines and was the son of the late Daniel Hugh and Marie (Steele) MacDougall. At the age of two he went to live with his father's cousin, Annie (MacDougall) and her husband, Alex James MacDonald of Little Judique where they raised Danny as one of their own. Danny and the Love of his life, Anne, brought up their five beautiful children in that same home overlooking his much loved Little Judique Harbour. This Harbour, along with the ocean, the beaches, the rivers, and the lakes, was a magical place for Danny, always bringing him a sense of joy and peace. He loved sharing all his special places with his beloved grandchildren and in his retirement he spent many happy hours teaching them to enjoy the simple things in life, from skipping stones at the beach, to fishing in the pond, to riding 4 wheelers on the Ceilidh Trail. The Harbour also instilled in Danny a strong work ethic. It was here that he fished for lobster as a boy and a young man. The natural world always played an important role in his life. He eventually had a long and rewarding career of thirty-two years with the Department of Highways and Transportation where he gained many friends and earned a reputation as a hard working and skillful employee, capable of handling every aspect of his job. Looking at Danny's life experiences, it is not difficult to understand where he gained his appreciation of family and friends, his love of nature, and his lifelong passion for boats, trucks, cars, and most of all, his precious yellow VW bug. Always a gentle, giving, and compassionate soul, Danny was deeply involved in his community of Port Hood, Cape Breton where he was loved by so many. As a proud member of the Knight's of Columbus, he worked at the local food bank; he was also a valued member of the Port Hood Fire Department. He is survived by his loving wife of forty-seven years, Anne (Gillis); by their children, Alex,(Lisa Sutherland - Daniel, Rachel, Brittney, Summer); Stephen (Meghan Butler Grantham - Riley, Logan, Dylan); Cythia Fitzner ( Cory- Liam, Emma); Paul (Marcelle Gaudet); and by his stepmother, Minnie MacDougall; his sisters, Thelma MacIntyre and Elaine Chisholm. Danny was predeceased by his eldest daughter, Shelley; his birth parents; his foster parents; brothers, Frankie, Jimmy, Roderick, Douglas, and Jimmy; and sister, Theresa. Visitation for Danny will be held in the Port Hood and Area Resting Place on Friday, December 1, from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held in Saint Peter's Church, Port Hood, on Saturday, December 2 at 11 a.m. with Father Vincent vanZutphen officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Central Inverness Palliative Care Society, the Port Hood Resting Place, or any non-profit pet rescue organization. On-line condolences may be made to: www.invernessfuneralhome.com

Services

  • Visitation Friday, December 1, 2017
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, December 2, 2017
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Brenda Dunphy

December 4, 2017

Anne and Family, what a wonderful obituary! I am sure you are celebrating him as you tell stories and share moments together. The quiet times coming will be sad, but you will know what you miss, and that in itself is an honour to him, and a visit with him. Take care of each other!

Mae Peters

December 4, 2017

To Anne and Family: Please accept my deepest sympathy on Danny's passing. He was such a kind and nice person. We used to see him when we would go up to Alex Graham's for the mail. That's a long time ago. May God be good to you all. Sincerely Mae (Chisholm) Peters. Wilmington Ma.

Steve Scarano

December 3, 2017

You will always live in our hearts and prayers.

Stephen Scarano

December 3, 2017

Dear Anne and Family, I grew up with Danny, He taught me how to drive in my early youth, He would smile even when i was doing it wrong. He gave 100% effortlessly. I spent many summers working with Danny & Uncle Alec & Aunt Annie on the Farm, Priceless memories, never to be forgotten, I was even able to win Joey over (Sometimes!, that was a 100% win in my book.). I remember riding with Danny several times when he went to pick you Anne on a date. Of course that ride for me was short, but still a very nice memory. His 1st 4 wheeler ride was with me on 1 of my 4 wheeler's. He took off and I had race to keep up. When he got back to the house all he said was I getting one of these and then said this was a first ride, my response was I created a monster then smiled.I could go on. I want you to know this, Danny my cousin is my Brother in my heart and he has shaped my morals and love in my heart for others early in life and from that he will be a part of me forever. God Bless you and your family, Love Cousin Stephen.

December 2, 2017

So sorry to hear of Danny's passing.Such a nice guy.My condolences to you Anne and your children and grandchildren.He leaves behind many happy memories. Love cousin Lillian and Cecil

December 2, 2017

Sorry to hear about Daniel. You are in my prayers-God Bless!!!
I worked with him very fine gentleman

Gerard Pettipas 902 232-3424

December 2, 2017

Dear Anne and family, our sincere sympathy to you all.we were so sorry to hear of Danny's passing.We saw him in port Hood back in Oct. God bless him his struggles are over. Rip. Buddy and Shirley MacKay.

December 2, 2017

Dear Anne and family,
Our sympathy to you at this time of grief. May the Lord wrap you in his arms to comfort you.
Grace and Mike Tapics,
London

Renee Gaudet Andrew White

December 1, 2017

We are so sorry for your loss, our thoughts are with you all during these hard times. Grief can be so hard, but know together you will cherish and celebrate a life well lived. Clearly full of love and joy, cherish the memories forever, and take comfort in them. Hugs from afar, Renee and Andrew

Tom Gunn

December 1, 2017

Dear Anne and family. The NSCC community was so sad to hear of the passing of Danny and we are so very sorry for your loss. Danny was a very special person and our hearts and prayers go out to you and all your family.