Kristina Brittney O'Connell

July 29, 1987August 5, 2020

It is with great sadness we the family announce the sudden passing of our beloved wife and mother of three, Kristina Brittney Rose O’Connell, who passed away on August 5, 2020 after a long battle with depression. She will be greatly missed by all who got the chance to know her. Born in Watson Lake, Yukon Territory, on July 29, 1987, she was raised in Good Hope Lake B.C. She was a member of the Dease River First Nation. Growing up Kristina had a lot of troubles as a child, she was raised by her mother, Irene Porter, aunt, Mary and her grandma, Betsy. Kristina met her husband, William O’Connell, in Watson Lake in 2006, when she was finishing her grade 12. Kristina married William in Whitehorst, YT, in 2007 and moved to Cape Breton a week later with their fur baby Cheeko. Kristina gave birth to their 3 children in Cape Breton. Even though she wasn’t born in Cape Breton, she often said that “this is and will always be my home”. Kristina was full of life and excitement. She had a passion for gardening, art, diving, travelling, painting, writing and studying spirituality. She worked many seasonal jobs and planned on going to NSCC in September to finish school to become an Underwater Photographer. Kristina is survived and will be missed by her husband, William O’Connell; her son, Jason; daughters, Keeta Mai, and Willow; mother, Irene Porter; aunts, Mary Porter, Nancy Porter; brothers, Jamie and Jason and her two fur babies Waggs and Pebbles. She will also be missed by numerous family and friends. Kristina was predeceased by her grandma Betsy; her aunt Jean, uncle Larry, and fur baby Cheeko. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Friday August 14, 2020 at Fillmore & Whitman Funeral Home, 8 Clyde Ave. Sydney Mines. Please call 902-736-9700 to reserve an app time. A private family service will be held. Service will be livestreamed on the Fillmore & Whitman Facebook page starting at exactly 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 17. Interment will take place in Trinity Anglican Cemetery. Online condolence and memories can be shared with family by visiting



  • Visitation - Call to reserve app time

    Friday, August 14, 2020


  • Private Family Service, Interment


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