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T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel

755 George Street, Sydney, NS

OBITUARY

Geraldine 'Gerry' Mary MacKinnon

January 2, 1927January 1, 2020
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It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our dear mother Geraldine Mary (Penny) MacKinnon,92 on January 1, 2020 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, surrounded by her loving family. Geraldine was the eldest daughter of the late Philip and Agnes (Tibbo) Penny. She was born in English Harbour West NF on January 2, 1927. At a young age she moved with her family to Whitney Pier, Sydney NS, where she lived happily all her life. Gerry attended Holy Redeemer School and was a very devoted member of Holy Redeemer Parish. She loved visitors and having long chats. Her memory was impeccable and she always had a beautiful or funny story about her young life in her precious English Harbour West NF. She told captivating stories about her teen years in Whitney Pier during World War II. She could tell a story as though she was writing a novel. Mom loved her “fashions” and enjoyed getting dressed up for family events and Saturday Mass.Mom was married to our kind and loving Dad, Bernie for 62 years before he passed away in 2009. She was a devoted, beautiful mother to all of her children and she will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed. Gerry is survived by her children; son Lorne (Linda), Sydney; daughter Brenda (Michael) MacDonald, Halifax; Barbara (Michael) Kennedy; Cheryl (Bill) Neville, all of Sydney; sisters Kathleen (Kay) Jamael, Sydney; Marina Newman, North Sydney; Shirley (Walter) Wojeck, Sydney and brother Phil (Deborah) Penny, Sydney; 10 beloved grandchildren; Lorne (Patricia), Krista (Lorne), Karen (Mike), Christina (Nick), Laura, Bhreagh (Carson), Deanna (Michael), Nicole (Justin), Andrew (Brianne) and Shaun, 11 great-grandchildren; Skye, Stirling, Scotia, Shianne, Alex, Amelia, Cate, Caroline, Sofie, Jax and Madelyn. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews and brothers-in-law Allie MacKinnon and Joe MacKinnon and sister-in-law Theresa Hiscock. She was predeceased by her loving husband Bernard MacKinnon and darling daughter Pauline Butts; also by her brother Tom Penny, brothers-in-law Tommy Jamael and Russell Newman. Special thank you to City Homemakers for their kind care over the years and to the wonderful doctors and nurses at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital for the kindness they showed to Mom. Visitation will be from 2-4p.m. and 7-9p.m. on Tues Jan 7, 2020 at TW Curry Parkview Chapel, 755 George St. Sydney. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10a.m on Wed Jan 8, 2020 at Holy Redeemer Church with Fr. Paul Murphy, Whitney Pier. Burial will take place in Resurrection Cemetery. If desired, donations made be made in memory to Palliative Care Unit of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. Online condolences and memories can be shared with the family by visiting www.twcurry.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Philip Penny, Father (deceased)
  • Agnes (Tibbo) Penny, Mother (deceased)
  • Bernie MacKinnon, Husband (deceased)
  • Lorne (Linda) MacKinnon, Son
  • Brenda (Michael) MacDonald, Daughter
  • Barbara (Michael) Kennedy, Daugher
  • Cheryl (Bill) Neville, Daughter
  • Kathleen (Kay) Jamael, Sister
  • Marina Newman, Sister
  • Shirley (Walter) Wojeck, Sister
  • Phil (Deborah) Penny, Brother
  • Pauline Butts, Daughter (deceased)
  • Tom Penny, Brother (deceased)
  • Survived by her 10 beloved grandchildren; Lorne (Patricia), Krista (Lorne), Karen (Mike), Christine (Nick), Laura, Bhreagh (Carson), Deanna (Michael), Nicole (Justin), Andrew (Brianne) and Shaun; 11 great-grandchildren; Skye, Stirling, Scotia, Shianne, Alex, Amelia, Cate, Caroline, Sofie, Jax, and Madelyn. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews as well as brothers-in-law Allie MacKinnon and Joe MacKinnon and sister-in-law Theresa Hiscock.


    Also predeceased by brothers-in-law Tommy Jamael and Russell Newman.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Tuesday, January 7, 2020
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, January 8, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial to follow reception

Memories

Geraldine 'Gerry' Mary MacKinnon

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Diane Durant

January 14, 2020

Dear Lorne, Brenda, Barbara & Cheryl,
I was very sad to hear of your Mom's passing. I would have been at the wake but did not know about it until after the fact. I am sorry. Gerry was a wonderful lady with a warm heart. She will be remembered fondly. Cherish your beautiful memories of her and your Dad. They were so sweet. Thinking of all of you at this time.
Sincerely,
Diane (Wright) & Eric Durant


Trishe & Jimmie Willis

January 9, 2020

Kay, please accept our sympathy on the passing of your sister Gerry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

Lisa MacSween (Penny)

January 7, 2020

I am deeply saddened to hear about Aunt Gerry’s passing. She had a wonderful and gentle soul and will be missed tremendously. Thinking of you all, wishing I could be there. Sending prayers, hugs, and lots of love.

Sandra & Armand (Ferguson) St-Pierre

January 7, 2020

Deepest sympathy to the Penny and MacKinnon families.
She was a lovely lady.

Julianna Marcoux

January 7, 2020

Our darling family friends, we are saddened to hear of Gerry’s passing and remember her warmth and sweetness with such fondness. Mum loved having her as a friend and Neighbour, and often talks about babysitting a few of you :). All of our love to you, what a beautiful soul has left this earth. Xo Julie, Tara, Joe, Jacob, and Laurenne- Ottawa

Brenda Teed

January 7, 2020

I was deeply saddened to hear of Gerry’s Passing. I will always remember
how much she loved her family. She was always so kind, loved to tell a good story, and loved to laugh! the joy she brought to everyone will not be forgotten. We would like to offer our deepest and most sincere condolences to the family. Unfortunately we can not be present due to the impending weather but may our friendship and prayers ease you through this most difficult time.
Rollie & Brenda Teed

Tanya Macneil

January 7, 2020

Gerry will never be forgotten.i loved seeing her come to get her hair done every week.she had such a great love for fashtion and her stories were amazing. I will miss her so much. She was sp proud of her children and grandkids.such an amazing women and a great loss for a wonderfull family.

Ashlee Nickel (and Family)

January 7, 2020

Dear Brenda and Family,

We extend our deepest condolences during this very difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Sincerely, the Nickel family

Tammy MacNeil

January 7, 2020

Gerry was a beautiful lady with such class, style and charm always. I remember visiting her home in the Pier when Bernard was living. I would visit then along with my mother in law Teresa (who was Gerry's sister in law) and they would look through photo albums and discuss Mira and the Pier over tea. It was a mark in time for me as I knew these people were the story tellers that I would look up to and someday, tell their stories to a new flock of family. Gerry would call Teresa and they would talk over the phone for hours. Gerry was a true lady with a kind heart and impeccable mind for detail. She will be so fondly remembered and very much missed always. Deepest sympathy to all the family. Love Tammy and Frank MacNeil & family

Gail Murphy

January 6, 2020

My sincere condolences to you all. My Mom and Gerry were not only cousins but very close friends. She was a beautiful lady, loved to chat and loved to laugh. She was special. Rest in Peace Gerry.

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