T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel

755 George Street, Sydney, NS


Florence MacNeil

January 6, 1942July 25, 2020

Florence MacNeil, R.N., passed away suddenly on July 25, 2020, surrounded by her family. Born in Glace Bay on January 6, 1942, she was the daughter of Kit and Veronica Nightingale. She graduated from St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in 1962 and nursed at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Glace Bay. She married Donald “Red Dan” MacNeil of Big Pond in 1963. In the early 1970’s, they returned to Big Pond, where they met & spent many happy years raising their family. Florence shared her passion for nursing with her community. She and Donald willingly responded to calls any time of day or night. They took great pride in serving their community. Lovingly known as “Ma” to everyone, her door was always open to her children’s friends and they became a lasting part of our family. Ma loved to cook and bake for friends and family. You either left her home with your hands full or she sent it to you. Ma was adored by everyone, but most especially her grandchildren. She had a special relationship with each and every one of them, and loved spending time with them, sharing her life stories, taking them on outings, whether a walk to the store, picking berries or a drive up River Denys Mountain. She is survived by children, Anne (Bill Wright), Sydney, Donna (Darryl) Frizzell, Halifax, Jeanie (Darren) Andrews, Sydney, Janet (Shaun) MacDonald, Dutch Brook, Roddie (Denise), Glace Bay; grandchildren, Jeffrey, Jillian, Danielle, Brittany, Madison, Josh, Daniel, Max, Catherine, Francis, Cody, Connor and Hunter, and one great-grandchild, Mya; siblings, Claire Chipman, Angus, Jimmy (Shelley), Daniel (Carol), Johnny (Sherry), Karl (Pat), Raymond, Patricia (Jim) Cumminger, Topper (Corrine); sisters-in-law, Florence Forgeron, Merrilyn Jones and Becky Nightingale as well as many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Donald “Red Dan” MacNeil, brothers Billy, Beaver and Bobby and sister-in-law Catherine MacKay as well as Ralph Morey. A private family gathering will take place. Interment of her cremated remains in St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery in Big Pond will take place at a later date. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.twcurry.com Donation in Florence’s memory may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.


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Robert Chipman

August 8, 2020

Just read this so sorry to all of my family.
Florence was a wonderful Aunt who would always sit down and listen to whatever I had to say and offer me her advice.
Though it has been a few years since we last talked, she was always in my thoughts.
Our last visit together lasted over 2 hours sitting around my kitchen table with a few laughs and a few tears.
Over the years she had treated a few of my wounds the ones that could be seen and the ones that couldn't.
She will be missed.

Chris Dugal

August 2, 2020

Dear Karl and family, wonderful story of her life, condolences to you and family.

charlotte musial

July 31, 2020

I"m beyond sad at the loss of Floss...we were classmates in the 1962 class of St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing. Floss and I affiliated together at Pt. Edward Hospital all those years ago, and I cherish the memory of our friendship. She was a blithe spirit...I will SO miss the knowledge that she is just a phone call away. My heartfelt condolences to her family...and to our other 1962 'kindred spirits.'
Charlotte Musial.

Margie Delaney

July 31, 2020

To the MacNeil & Nightingale family, sorry to hear of Florence's passing and all the losses you have endured this year. We have our wonderful memories of her, especially of sharing and looking through old family photos. With love from Margie and Bill Delaney.

Penny Kaiser

July 30, 2020

Sincere condolences to all- I have many fond memories of Florence. Her open-heartedness and common sense were always present regardless of the drama going on around her. She was truly a good-natured woman

Diane and Norman Thompson

July 30, 2020

Anne, Donna ,Jeanie, Janet,Roddie and all the family- Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your Mom .Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad and difficult time .Sincerely Diane and Norman Thompson

Viola & Ivan Doncaster

July 29, 2020

To all of Florence’s beautiful family,
We are holding you in our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers as you journey though this huge loss. Gone to soon and not to be forgotten, your mom held a special place in our hearts and we are saddened by her passing. It seems though that Florence, like “The lady of the lamp” she was likely called after, will light the way of love for all whose lives she blessed throughout her lifetime. May we too, in memory of Florence, shine the light of love on all we meet on our life’s journeys.

May the love and prayers of family and friends bring you comfort in the weeks and months ahead. God bless you all! Rest In Peace Florence! Love, hugs & prayers, Viola & Ivan

Karen Ford

July 29, 2020

To the Family and Relatives: No words can describe how sorry I am for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you, during this most difficult time. Please accept my Deepest Sympathy!

Louise Nightingale

July 29, 2020

All my thoughts are with your family n friends.I was proud to have know you.may you fine peace n happiness with your family in Heaven May God keep you close Amen ...Beautiful lady inside out ....R.I.P.

Sharise McKeigan

July 29, 2020

To the MacNeil Family,
My condolences to you at this difficult time. Florence was a kind and generous woman. She will be missed by all.


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