Lynn Baechler

August 14, 1950May 7, 2019
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Lynn died peacefully at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital on May 7, 2019 after a short illness. Her husband, children and sisters were by her bedside throughout her time in the hospital. While their lives will never be the same, they are grateful for a lifetime of love and joy. Born in Halifax on August 14, 1950, she was the beloved daughter of Betty Lois Kinley and Charles Archibald (Arch) Thomas. The oldest of four girls, Lynn looked to her sisters, her parents and their life in Halifax as the foundation upon which she built a life defined by family, faith and meaningful relationships. She continued the family tradition of graduating from Acadia University and went on to complete a Masters degree at the University of Waterloo where she met her husband, Fred. Together, they started their careers and their family in Cape Breton with the intent of staying for just two years. However, the Island and its people never relinquished their hold on them. For 44 years they shared their passion for science (notably hydrogeology), their love for their children and an innate joy for being out-of-doors. Her three children will remember her unconditional love, her tremendous generosity, the authenticity with which she lived her life and the millions of little things she did that resulted in a lifetime of happy memories. Lynn lived her life fully and, as such, the list of activities that brought her joy is long - tea with friends, playing with her grandchildren, family time at White Point, trips to Halifax to see her mother and sisters, yoga and crafts with the girls, making and delivering Christmas treats to friends and acquaintances, gardening at home, lunch at the Dancing Goat and any kind of road trip that took her to people she cared about. She dedicated herself to all manner of things that would allow Cape Breton to be enjoyed by others: conservation of the Bras d’Or Lake, preservation of the Acadian forest and the creation of new hiking trails around the Bras d’Or. She was also responsible for developing the water supplies of numerous homes and communities across the Island. However, perhaps the most lingering image of Lynn in her element is to picture her and Fred exploring all of Cape Breton’s natural wonders: discovering the forests in Johnstown, hiking Kelly’s Mountain on their anniversary, storm-chasing along the Atlantic coast, collecting water samples at the Big Barren at the top of the Cape Breton Highlands, long walks on Inverness Beach and examining any rock that looked interesting enough to merit stopping the car! As we struggle to navigate this new world without Lynn, we remain steadfast in knowing that we and the lands that she stewarded were blessed to have her in our lives. Lynn was predeceased by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Fred Baechler, their children; Jenny Baechler (Grant Wells), Halifax; Katie Baechler-Kilb (Brad Kilb), Calgary; and Thomas Baechler (Genevieve MacArthur), Vermillion; grandchildren, Tayah, Bradyn, Cela and Chase Kilb, and Jaxson and Averi Baechler; her loving sisters; Patsy Thomas, Peggy (Glenn) Dunbar and Joy (Gary) Morgan, several nieces and nephews: Scott, Andrew and Morgan MacKinnon and Jamie and Matthew Dunbar.

We would like to thank Dr. Andrew Giorno and Dr. Glenn Gracie and her entire medical team at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital for their devotion and care. A service to remember and celebrate Lynn’s life will be held at 1:30pm on Friday, May 17 at the United Heritage Church (500 Charlotte Street, Sydney) with Reverend Rusty Edwards officiating. A reception in the church hall will follow. Donations in memory may be made to: Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County. To leave online condolences please visit


  • Betty Lois Kinley, Mother
  • Charles Archibald (Arch) Thomas, Father
  • Fred Baechler, Husband
  • Jenny (Grant Wells) Baechler, Daughter
  • Katie (Brad Kilb) Baechler-Kilb, Daughter
  • Thomas (Genevieve MacArthur) Baechler, Son
  • Tayah Kilb, Granddaughter
  • Bradyn Kilb, Grandson
  • Cela Kilb, Granddaughter
  • Chase Kilb, Grandson
  • Jaxson Baechler, Grandson
  • Averi Baechler, Granddaughter
  • Patsy Thomas, Sister
  • Peggy (Glenn) Dunbar, Sister
  • Joy (Gary) Morgan, Sister
  • Nieces & Nephews; Scott, Andrew and Morgan MacKinnon & Jamie and Matthew Dunbar


  • Celebration of Life Friday, May 17, 2019


Lynn Baechler

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Louise (MacBeath) Barbour

May 24, 2019

Dear Fred, Jenny, Katie, Thomas, Patsy, Peggy, Joy, and Lynn's extended family,
My deepest condolences for the loss your family has experienced with Lynn's passing. I'm still finding it hard to believe, and I can't imagine what you must be feeling. I have known Lynn for over fifty years, and I will never forget the impact she has had on my life nor the remarkable person she was: lively, positive, authentic, vibrant, smart, loving, loyal, full of fun, passionate, with an infectious laugh. Please know that you remain in my heart and prayers.

Thank you for sharing so many wonderful photos of Lynn's life on this site. I feel such joy looking at them. The memorial video was lovely, but I really appreciate the photos because I can linger with each one. I know the loss of Lynn creates a huge hole in your lives and hearts, but I hope you find solace in treasured memories. Lynn was unique, irreplaceable. I will remember her always.

Louise (MacBeath) Barbour

Eileen Murphy

May 20, 2019

Dear Joy, Peggy and Patsy, Fred and family,
How deeply saddened I was to hear of Lynn’s passing; I hadn’t known she was ill. Susan (Mason) MacLeod shared with me the news of her illness. My memories of Lynn are of a beautiful young woman, married to handsome young scientist, who’d returned home for a visit to Fleming Drive with their first child – a baby girl. Such excitement in the Thomas family with her arrival! As Joy’s eldest sister, I didn’t know Lynn well, but I see from her obituary – hers was a life well lived, centered on the love of family and friends, and grounded in nature. I pray that you will be comforted by the many thoughts and prayers that are being offered for you during this very difficult time. I will remember Lynn, as I remember your Mom and Dad, each time I visit the memorial bench in Fleming Park.

In sympathy,
Eileen (Emerson) Murphy

Linda Penney

May 19, 2019

Was so shocked to hear of Lynn's sudden passing. She was always so full of life, it makes it difficult to believe. Last time I saw Lynn was on the walking trail in Marion bridge. My deepest condolence for your great loss to you Fred and all who loved her. May all your wonderful memories help you through this difficult time.

Terri Chafe

May 17, 2019

When I saw Lynn’s obituary in the paper, I pointed it out to the other teachers in our staff room and told them, “She’s an awesome, awesome person”.

It wasn’t exactly poetic, but it was true.

When asked about our connection, I didn’t know what to say. The relationships she had built with our family made her more than simply a neighbour who often worked alongside Dad when he was drilling wells (smart as a whip and tougher than most of the guys, so I’ve been told).

Truthfully, Lynn was a part of the McDonald family before I was born. She was there for the big things: first communions, weddings, babies, funerals; and the small stuff: dropping in for a quick visit just to stay in touch. It was one of these casual visits that ended up giving our Papa Bernie one last evening out on the town before he passed.

Fred, Jenny, Katie and Thomas, thank you for sharing Lynn with us. She will be missed terribly. She was an awesome, awesome person.

Wayne and Helen Chisholm

May 17, 2019

Fred and family

We were shocked and saddened to read that Lynn passed. Although, we have not seen you in recent years, we have good memories of you and Lynn in our well drilling days. She was always so positive and fun to be with. I see your family has grown and are now married with children of their own. I am sure she was a much loved grandmother as well as mother.
We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers . Our sincere condolences to you all and may memories of happier times help you in the days ahead.

Helen and Wayne

Paul Batson

May 17, 2019

We are so sorry for your loss of Lynn. Please accept our condolences. We hope you find solace with your loving family. Sorry we are unable to attend the service. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in spirit.

Our Best Wishes to You and Your Family,
Paul Batson & Joyclin Coates

Laraine and Don Poole

May 17, 2019

Dear Fred, Jenny, Katie, Thomas and family members
Don and I were so very shocked and sorry to hear of Lynn’s passing. Our condolences and warm hugs to you. We have such wonderful memories of playtime with the children, dinners with our Cape Breton friends and the wonderful, thoughtful, inquisitive conversations with amazing individual. God Bless. Laraine and Don Poole

Xo Laraine and Don Poole

Geoff Herod

May 16, 2019

My deepest condolences to Fred, Jenny, Katie, Thomas and the rest of the family. I had the honour and privilege to have Lynn as my godmother for the past 44 years, a role she filled with such love and commitment. Lynn and Fred were very close to my parents Pam and Barry and I have many happy memories of family visits to Sydney and of them to Fleming Drive to visit Lynn's parents and to drop in for a visit and a time to catch up.
Lynn never missed a childhood Birthday or Christmas (sending wonderful books and games) and I particularly enjoyed her annual letter filling us all in on all the great happenings in the Baechler household and the wonder and appreciation she and Fred shared for the nature that surrounded them.
Lynn, every Christmas I share the tradition with my family of hanging all of the beautiful pewter ornaments that you sent to me over the years. They are all marked with the year you sent them and are hung with a knowledge that you remained a constant in our lives no matter how many years past.
I cherish the memories of a wonderful Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter, Godmother and friend to so many and I send the whole family my deepest sympathy for a person I held in the highest regard.
While I regret that I cannot attend the funeral please know that you and your family will be in my thoughts Friday and in the future.
With love to you Lynn from Geoff, Cora and Elliott Herod

Darlene Morrison

May 16, 2019

To Fred and family's : I first met Lynn at the United Baptist church about 20 years ago. She was smiling and very friendly which made me feel at home. Although we never met often but when we did it was as if we had seen each other yesterday ! She was amazing and I felt that we were Friend s, I will always cherish that memory of lynn. I send my deepest sympathy to you Fred and your lovely family you were all gifted to have lynn as a wife and mother and especially a grandmother. God bless you all , darlene

Wayne and Tina Kelly

May 16, 2019

Dear Fred, Patsy, Peggy, Joy and all the family, we were so sorry to hear of Lynn's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. With our love and sincere condolences, Wayne and Tina Kelly