T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel

755 George Street, Sydney, NS


Arlene 'Dozay' Christmas

October 31, 1954November 21, 2019

Arlene (Dozay) Christmas October 31, 1954 – November 21, 2019

Dozay was truly a one-of-a-kind person. She loved the Created World and all that belonged to it. She loved its trees, its plants, its medicines and its four legged ones, its winged ones (especially its eagles and its red tailed hawks) and the ones that lived in its waters. Dozay took so much joy in drawing and painting their likenesses.

Dozay loved all peoples especially her own people, the Wolastoqiyik (or the Maliseet) from Neqotkuk (or Tobique First Nation) in New Brunswick and her adopted people, the Mi’kmaq from Unama’ki (Cape Breton). She loved illustrating their stories in books, paintings and murals and her works can be seen in many, many places. She took special joy in telling the stories about Kluskap (or Glooscap) – a project that she continued until the time she left us.

More than anything, Dozay loved our family, especially our children, and her legacy of love will always stay with us. Her legacy will continue with her husband of 37 years, Dan; her dear children – Peter, Lacey and Gail; and her two precious grandchildren, Rawlin and Arya, whom she loved with all her heart; her brother, Gerald or Nanan Nicholas and her four sisters – Gloria or Floogie Nicholas, Annie Nicholas, Connie or Bodin Nicholas and Dawn Rose Bear and her numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and her special aunt, Henrietta Black. She was so proud that her nephew, Jean Michael Jacobson, joined her in her artistic projects during her last few years.

Dozay was always so grateful for the love and the support of her husband’s family in Membertou – Dan’s mother, Viola Christmas, Dan’s sisters - Delores Francis, Jane Bernard, Dorothy Daix and Donna Christmas and their many children and grandchildren as well as Dan’s aunt Mary Anne Gallahar.

Dozay was predeceased by her father and her mother, Peter and Jeanette Nicholas and her three brothers - Leonard, Terry and Charles or Diamond Nicholas.

Please join us in celebrating Dozay’s life and legacy. The wake will begin at 7:00 pm, Sunday (November 24) at her home and gallery at 71 Tupsi Drive, Membertou. The funeral mass will be held at 11:00 am, Tuesday (November 26) at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church, in Sydney. The salite and meal will follow after the funeral at the Membertou Trade and Convention Center. Burial will be held at another date. Online condolences can be made to family by visiting www.twcurry.com


  • Dan Christmas, Husband
  • Peter, Son
  • Lacey, Daughter
  • Gail, Daughter
  • Rawlin, Grandchild
  • Arya, Grandchild
  • Nanan Nicholas, Brother
  • Floogie Nicholas, Sister
  • Annie Nicholas, Sister
  • Bodin Nicholas, Sister
  • Dawn Rose Bear, Sister
  • Henrietta Black, Special Aunt
  • Peter Nicholas, Father (deceased)
  • Jeanette Nicholas, Mother (deceased)
  • Leonard Nicholas, Brother (deceased)
  • Terry Nicholas, Brother (deceased)
  • Diamond Nicholas, Brother (deceased)


  • Visitation Sunday, November 24, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, November 26, 2019


Arlene 'Dozay' Christmas

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Margaret Fraser

November 29, 2019

My sincerest condolences on your loss. She was a very special and talented woman.

Sharon Munroe

November 26, 2019

Dan and Family,

My condolences to you and your entire family. May the thoughts, stories and prayers of those near and far for Dozay and your loved ones bring you all comfort during these difficult times.

Barb Donovan

November 26, 2019

Dear Dan and family, please accept our sincere condolences for the passing of your beloved Dozey. Know that you are all in our hearts and thoughts during this sad and difficult time. We are so sorry for your loss.

Alfred Moore

November 25, 2019

Dan, my condolences to you and your family members.

marke slipp

November 25, 2019

My condolences to all of Dozay's family. I know she will be missed.

I had only begun to get to know Dozay — through her art — in the past few months. It is wonderful that her murals will be a part of the legacy she leaves behind. It is through her art that both the family & the public will remember her, for those things that are of this world will remain as the spirit moves on.

Msit no'kmaq

Don & Diane Julien

November 25, 2019

Dear Dan & Family
Our Prayers and Love are with you and your family during these days! We certainly enjoyed the friendship of your lovely wife Dozay and we share your loss of such a wonderful lady.
Love and Prayers
Don & Diane

Darlene Doucet

November 25, 2019

Dear Dan and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. She was such a special and talented soul. Cherish the memories you shared. Her work will keep her close.

Kim Pate

November 25, 2019

Dear Dan, as well as all members of your and Dozay’s families and communities,

Heartfelt condolences to all and warmest wishes for the comfort and peace of many lovely memories of happy times together.

With love from our family to all of you xoxo

albert boutilier

November 25, 2019

Dan and Family , We are very sorry for your loss. Albert Boutilier and family.

Joanne Sylliboy

November 25, 2019

My most sincere condolences Dan Christmas and family on the loss of your wife Dozay, so very sorry for your loss and also to the Nicholas (Bear) family my thoughts and prayers are with you all, may all the special memories you have shared over the years bring you comfort. From Joanne Sylliboy, Frank Cooke and Sylliboy family.