Brian 'Sandy' Alexander Dowie

November 23, 1958July 7, 2019
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DOWIE – Sandy Sydney

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Brian ‘Sandy’ Dowie, age 60, on July 7, 2019 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Palliative Care Unit, with his loving wife and sons by his side.

Born in Sydney on November 23, 1958, he was a well known businessman for the past 30 years. His love for sports included the Toronto Maple Leafs and was an owner of Standardbred horses for 35 years. Growing up he was a skilled hockey and baseball player which he continued into adulthood. He coached his sons and many of the area’s youth in hockey and baseball for several years, something he took great pride in. He was a generous man always giving and expecting nothing in return. He was blessed with many friends whom he looked forward to seeing each day, cherishing every minute. He leaves a void behind that can never be replaced. He will be greatly missed by all.

Sandy leaves behind his wife of 34 years, Paula, his 3 loving sons, Brian, Matthew (Leisha Crane) and his youngest, Gabriel; his mother Theresa; brother Danny (Thelma); sisters Janice Hollohan, Rita (Cyril) MacQueen, Annette (Michael) Erickson, Cathy Dowie (Carl); loving niece Aimee Crowe (Chris Conahan); brother-in-law Lowell Crowe; sisters-in-law Sylvia Burns, Linda Bryden, Carolyn Burns; special uncle Fr. Dan MacInnis and by several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was predeceased by his father Alex, his sister Marie Crowe, father-in-law Frank Burns, mother-in-law Sheila Burns and brother-in-law Jimmy Hollohan.

Special thank you to Units 4D, CCU and 3B and the Palliative Care Unit and Dr. Ryan Kelly who provided excellent care, compassion and respect for Sandy during this difficult time. To Dr. Kate MacInnis who gave him hope, Dr. Saneea Abboud who with kindness and compassion, helped him finish his journey in peace and comfort. To the nurses who treated him like family, we will never forget you, thank you. To Vending partner, Dave Lockerbie, who took a burden off his shoulders and Dr. Reggie Sebastian who was always there for him.

Visitation for Mr. Dowie will take place on Wednesday, July 10 from 2-4 &7 -9 pm at T.W.Curry Parkview Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, July 11 at 11 am at St. Theresa’s Church with Fr. Dennis Lamey officiating.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting


  • Paula (Burns) Dowie, Wife
  • Theresa Dowie, Mother
  • Alex Dowie, Father
  • Brian Dowie, Son
  • Matthew (Leisha Crane), Son
  • Gabriel Dowie, Son
  • Danny (Thelma) Dowie, Brother
  • Janice Hollohan, Sister
  • Rita (Cyril) MacQueen, Sister
  • Annette (Michael) Erickson, Sister
  • Cathy Dowie (Carl), Sister
  • Marie Crowe, Sister
  • Aimee Crowe (Chris Conohan), Niece
  • Lowell Crowe, Brother-in-law
  • Sylvia Burns, Sister-in-law
  • Linda Bryden, Sister-in-law
  • Carolyn Burns, Sister-in-law
  • Fr. Dan MacInnis, Uncle
  • Frank Burns, Father-in-law
  • Sheila Burns, Mother-in-law
  • Jimmy Hollohan, Brother-in-law
  • Sandy is also survived by several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

  • Brian Dowie, Pallbearer
  • Matthew Dowie, Pallbearer
  • Gabriel Dowie, Pallbearer
  • Danny Dowie, Pallbearer
  • Shane Marks, Pallbearer
  • Chris Conohan, Pallbearer
  • Lowell Crowe, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Cyril MacQueen, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Michael Erickson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Eddie Gillis, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation Wednesday, July 10, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, July 11, 2019


Brian 'Sandy' Alexander Dowie

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Robyn Leblanc RN

July 12, 2019

So devastated to hear of Sandy’s passing! Thoughts and prayers are with you all!

Susan Mc Guigan

July 11, 2019

Danny & Family.....So sorry for your loss, condolences to the family.
Lee & Debbie ( North Sydney )

Billy & Linda Graham

July 11, 2019

Dear Paula and Sons,
So very sorry to hear about Sandy, you are in our hearts and prayers, We are not able to attend Sandy's funeral because of Billy's health.. We are so very sorry. May God Bless and keep everyone strong during this very sad time.
Billy & Linda Graham

Wendy Richardson

July 11, 2019

Rita: Mom called me to tell me the sad news about your brother.....although I never knew him, I can only imagine what a wonderful human being he was.....because you are and I imagine it is a family trait. Mom asked that I send you a note (she is unable to be at the funeral today)....please know that we are thinking of you and all your family at this most difficult time. Sending you love and lots of hugs... Wendy, Aunt Ann and Dwight....

Cathy Cusack

July 11, 2019

Dear Rita, and all of Sandy's family, I am sorry to hear about the passing of your beloved Sandy. Please accept my deepest condolences - although I am not able to be there, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
God bless,
Cathy Cusack

mike ferrar

July 11, 2019

So sorry for the loss of a good man . Our thoughts and prayers are with you all .
Mike and Rachael Ferrar

Brenda LeBlanc

July 10, 2019

My deepest sympathies on your Dad's passing.....Brian thinking of you and your family at this difficult time......I will miss his smile and his hello as he walked through the call centre.....RIP Sandy

Paul and Donna Gardiner

July 10, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family . Paul thought the world of Sandy, he concidered him a good friend. God bless

Doug Rose

July 10, 2019

To all of the Dowie family, please accept my sincere condolences on Sandy's passing. I knew him only as a very young boy growing up on Cabot Street, the younger brother of my good friend Janice and her sisters Rita and Marie; but, after watching his video tribute online today, I see he led a very accomplished and wonderful family life of his own. Kindest regards to all at this very difficult time.


July 10, 2019

Dear Janice... so very sorry to hear of your brother’s passing.I didn’t know him but no doubt he was just as giving and loving as you. Your heart is broken because of his suffering and loss and you are suffering too. You are on my mind Janice and I hope the pain in your heart lessens and the happy, loving memories of time with your brother take over. Those memories will help you heal.
Beryl S