David Nelson Muise

September 22, 1949November 2, 2017
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David Muise Sydney

If you are reading this I guess I died. Believe me, it wasn’t my choice. Someone will fill in the date, (November 2, 2017 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital).

I battled cancer most of my life so I assume that’s what got me.

I am sorry to be leaving behind my beloved wife Deborah George who cared for me with love and kindness and never wavered. I was truly blessed to have her in my life. She will always be My Love.

I was blessed with 4 wonderful children, Alison (Ian) Trainor, Geoffrey (Ainsley Fraser), Cathy (Brent) Huntington, and Beth. Through good times and bad, my love for them never wavered. They gave me six grandchildren, Devon Rowe, Jonah Cameron, Hillary and Chloe Huntington, and Claire and Sarah Trainor whom I love dearly.

I grew up in Ashby, the son of Nelson and Nellie Muise. I had eight brothers and sisters, Brian (Maggie), Paula (Onni), Michael (Linda), Margaret (Roger), Helen (Stephen), Robert (Susan), Joseph (Mary) and Janine, who died too young.

I attended Mount Allison University and Dalhousie University Law School then set about practicing law for over 40 years. I served a term in the Nova Scotia Legislature as MLA for CB West after which I expected nothing form the Liberal Party and that’s exactly what I got. I served a tumultuous term as Mayor of CBRM, a job that gave me sleepless nights and grey hair but a lot of satisfaction as well. I trust history will treat me well. Because I was too nosy to retire, I ended up working with Sheldon Nathanson-I wish I had met him 40 years earlier.

I volunteered with the Cancer Society and worked for improved services for patients. My proudest achievement was working to secure a Cancer Center for Cape Breton, never thinking I would become a patient there.

I was a member of the Sydney Rotary Club and was the co-founder of the Sydney-Sunrise Club and served as District-Governor for the Maritimes in 2009-2010. I like to think that we debunked the misconception that Rotary is a bunch of rich old guys by leading the way in community service, a record for which I am truly proud.

I hated dogs and bullshit and did my best to avoid both. I like to think I made more friends than enemies, laughed more than I cried, loved more that I hated, prayed more than I swore and left the wood pile a little higher.

I don’t want a wake, it’s too hard on the family, but you are all invited to a party after Mass where there will be food, music and stories with a prize going the best story about me…and it doesn’t even have to be true.

Funeral mass will be celebrated Monday, November 6 at 2:00 pm at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church with Fr. Bill Burke officiating.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Patient Comfort Fund at the CB Cancer Centre or to The Rotary Foundation would be appreciated or you can just perform a random act of kindness for someone less fortunate.

As for my life, Jimmy Buffet summed it up in, He Went To Paris:

Jimmy, some of it’s magic, some of it’s tragic But I had a good life all the way.

I’m just sayin’…

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Kim and Gil Miner

November 9, 2017

Dear Debbie and family.
Our sincere condolences in the loss of your dear Dave. He was one of a kind...he provided us with lots of laughs when we lived as your neighbours for a few years ago on Lupin Lane. I remember having friends come visit from Ontario and we all had a little gathering at the mayors office after Fireworks...lots of laughs. I have just purchased Daves book, in his honour. May each day become a little easier for you. He was a bright light and will always be remembered! Thinking of you, Kim and Gil Miner and daughters Brogan, Savannah and Addison.

PS Just enjoyed looking at all the posted pictures...a life well lived, I see lots of love there!

Debbi and Jay Duguid

November 7, 2017

We are very sad to learn that Dave has passed away. We loved his columns and enjoyed his great sense of humor. He certainly will be missed and his legacy will live on for many years to come. God bless Dave and welcome him home.

David Hooley

November 7, 2017

I knew David as a Dalhousie Law School classmate who always had a smile and a pleasant thought to share. I followed his political career with some interest and also his work founding his sunrise Rotary Club and later as DG and PDG. I am a charter member of Charlottetown Royalty, also a breakfast club. Sounds like David left a wonderful legacy for his wife and family as well as he did in his more public life. His good natured acceptance of his untimely fate as evidenced by his self-written obituary is a fine tribute to the measure of the man. David Hooley, Charlottetown

Alison White

November 6, 2017

Oh Debbie. Wish we could have been there today. Hope there were lots of great stories. Thinking of you and your family.

Your Dunvegan neighbors - Daniel, Alison, Debbie, Becky, Michelle, Leah, Danielle, Chris, Charlie & Stella

P.S. I think Charlie was Dave's favourite neighbor ;)

Norma & Blair McDonald

November 6, 2017

Our thoughts & prayers are with the Muise family. David travelled many hills and valleys during his lifetime. Know you will treasure his many stories and comments and take comfort in them. He always had a smile and a kind word. Blair & Norma McDonald

Lloyd Muise

November 6, 2017

Dear Uncle Nelson and all my Cousins,
We are so very sorry for the loss of your son & wonderful brother. David was an inspiration to many Cape Bretoners and true spirited incredible Lawyer. Our family was blessed with David's help to have our first son Luke become a Muise! Thank you & God Bless, Lloyd, Hazel, Luke & Joel

Deby Johnston

November 6, 2017

Mike, Marg and families; I am so sorry to hear of the loss of David, we enjoyed his Monday column in the Cape Breton Post every week and purchased and enjoyed both of his books. He leaves an amazing legacy, what a wonderful man.

November 6, 2017

To the entire Muise family, we are so sorry for you loss, David will be missed by so many. I'm sure there will be so many true awesome stories about David and his life today, wish we could be there. Our thought and prayers are with you all... Love for the Dalziel family, Lantz NS

November 6, 2017

Debbie and family, David was my life-long friend. We played ball and street hockey together and built a cabin in my parents back yard. We started school together and graduated from Sydney Academy in 1968. After that we pretty much went our separate ways, but always kept in touch and often visited each other and our families. David "Moose" was a big influence in my life. I often called on his strong personality and sense of humour on my own life's journey. I was blessed to have had such friend. Love and sincere condolences. Michael MacKinnon

Rob George

November 6, 2017

Deborah, thinking of you and David's family during this sad time. Sincere condolences from your George cousins in Ontario.