John Stephen Mortimer

October 12, 1962October 31, 2020

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our father, husband, brother and friend, John Stephen Mortimer, age 58 on Saturday, October 31, 2020 at the An Cala Palliative Care Unit, Cape Breton Regional Hospital, after a long and courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by his family. The angels in this unit were invaluable to his family and him during this difficult time.

John grew up in the Ashby area. He received his Bachelors of Community Studies degree from the University of Cape Breton, where he met the love of his life Brenda. John worked for the Department of Community Services for 30 years where he made many lifelong friendships. He was a volunteer for many years with Big Brothers Big Sisters and many other organizations too numerous to list. John and Brenda spent many years sharing their bungalow in Benacadie with the MacLennan family and friends.

His talents and passion for cooking were where he expressed his love and caring personality with everyone he met. To share a meal with John and his family was a blessing. He was a devoted Pittsburg Steelers fan and was blessed with the skills to be successful at whatever he attempted from carpentry to outdoor pizza ovens. John was a proud board member on the executive of NSGEU. He had a strong faith and attended mass daily until the Co-Vid pandemic. He received much support from his numerous friends in faith.

John was predeceased by his father Sidney Mortimer 2002 and his mother A. Cecilia (Hickey) Mortimer 2012.

He will be dearly missed by his beautiful wife Brenda (Briggs) Mortimer and his 3 children, Brian, David (Emily-Jane), Sarah (Brett) and his grand-dog, Penny. He is also survived by his 4 siblings George, Bruce (Charlotte), Shelia (Kevin) Cooke, Donna (Terry) Keough and by his sisters-in-law Charlene (Darren) MacEachern, Christina Briggs and his mother-in-law Mary Briggs as well as nieces, nephews and other relatives. He also will be missed by the young people that he opened his home to, he considered them a part of his family.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Tuesday, November 3 at St. Theresa’s Church with Fr. Dennis Lamey officiating. Interment in St. Barra’s Cemetery, Christmas Island. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by visiting For those unable to attend the service will be livestreamed via TW Curry’s facebook page. Livestream will start at 11am on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Palliative Care Unit at Cape Breton Regional Hospital.


  • Brenda (Briggs) Mortimer, Wife
  • Brian, Son
  • David (Emily-Jane), Son
  • Sarah (Brett), Daughter
  • Penny, Grand Dog
  • George, Brother
  • Bruce (Charlotte), Brother
  • Shelia Cooke (Kevin), Sister
  • Donna Keough (Terry), Sister
  • Charlene MacEachern (Darren), Sister-in-law
  • Christina Briggs, Sister-in-law
  • Mary Briggs, Mother-in-law
  • Sidney Mortimer, Father (deceased)
  • Cecilia (Hickey) Mortimer, Mother (deceased)
  • John is also survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives.

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Denise Cameron

November 25, 2020

John was one of the kindest people I have ever known, he was such a great friend during our teenage years. We shared a love of music and he had such a great sense of humor and infectious laugh. My heart hurts, he was taken far too soon. My sincerest condolences to his family.

Ada Hagen

November 23, 2020

to the family
so sorry to just read of John passing He is now with my husband Walter , Walter thought the world of John , my prayers are with you all

Martha Brown

November 6, 2020

My sincere condolences in the passing of my friend John Mortimer, I worked with him on the NSGEU’s Board of Directors as well as the Social and Recreation Committee. He was the “salt of the earth”. I can hear him saying “Shut Up” as we shared a good many laughs. He was such a positive person, always with a smile on his face. The last time I saw him was at NSGEU’s Convention in 2019. John you have earned your wings - Fly High with the Angels! I will always be thankful for the friendship we shared. May God be the source of comfort and peace to your family, God’s Blessings to all.

marlene Macneil (Dawson)

November 6, 2020

So sorry to hear of John's passing,sympathy to all the family.God bless,he is in heaven.

Louise & Tony Tierney

November 5, 2020

Donna &Family,
Our sincere condolence on the death of your brother John. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Sincerely, Louise & Tony

Mike MacInnis

November 4, 2020

So sorry to hear about John's passing and I extend my sincere condolences to his family and friends. It was always a pleasure working with and learning from John and I will always remember his kind and compassionate spirit. Getting to know him as he volunteered to help out our Judo Club when his beautiful family members were involved was an extra special time my family shared with such a great person. Thinking about the Mortimer family and the memories shared with my family. Thank you John for your kind and gentle way that serves as a reminder as to how we all should be.

Pat Smith

November 3, 2020

Dear George
So sorry to hear about your brother. Know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers. He sounds like he was a gentleman like you.
God bless
Pat 🙏🏻💕🕊📿

David Mortimer

November 3, 2020

Dear Brenda & Family,
So sad to hear about John. Our sincere sympathies to you all.
Hoping all the wonderful memories will help fill this void in your hearts. Sending our prayers of comfort.
David Mortimer & Family

Jenn Huntington

November 3, 2020

My heart goes out to John's family. He was such a wonderful person.

Mary Kennedy

November 3, 2020

Brenda & family

So sorry to hear about John, you were in my thoughts and prayers.
Please take care ((hugs))

Mary Kennedy


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