T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel

755 George Street, Sydney, NS


Zita Genevieve MacNeil

September 10, 1929May 12, 2020
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It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved mother, grandma, sister, and friend, Zita MacNeil, on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at the QE II Halifax Infirmary. She was 90. Mom was born in Bridgeport, Cape Breton. She was the daughter of the late Donald John MacPhee and Mary (Walsh) MacPhee. Mom had great faith and said many novenas for her loved ones during their time of need. She always enjoyed visitors and made a great cup of tea! She always had a delicious dessert baked. She had a wonderful memory and shared many enjoyable stories. Mom enjoyed life and always saw the good in people. She was so kind to her sisters and brothers. They always stayed in close contact and had great love for each other. Mom worked in downtown Glace Bay at a clothing store, then she went to Sydney to work at Maritime Tel & Tel as a phone operator, and then the Dominion Coal Company central switchboard, until she got married. She met many wonderful friends. Mom and dad lived in Ottawa, Dominion, and Christmas Island. Mom moved to Sydney in 2004. She had many friends in Christmas Island whom she really missed when she moved to Sydney. She will be deeply missed by her daughter, Cathy MacKenzie, son-in-law Shane, and her beautiful granddaughter Avery, whom she loved dearly. She is also survived by her sister Mildred (Lorne) MacNeil (Moose Jaw SK); her sisters-in-law Sr. Lucy MacNeil CSM (Inverness), Catherine Mazzocca (Guelph ON), Judy Morris (Glace Bay), as well as her little cat, Midnight, who adored mom, and her many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Besides her parents, mom was predeceased by her husband Roddie MacNeil and her son John Roderick in infancy; brothers Urban, Terrence, Blair; sisters Irene Goldie and Eunice Totter; brothers-in-law Rannie, Kenzie, Sandy; sisters-in-law Genny McIntyre, Mary MacAdam, and Theresa Price. We would like to extend a special thank you to our many relatives and friends, especially Danette and Kenneth MacAdam, Carol Ann MacNeil, Peggy Smith, Grant Bergman, Margaret Smith, Don Goldie, Lloyd MacKenzie and her friend Ruth Swayne, for the kindness you gave to my mom and our family. To the doctors and the TAVI team at the QE II, thank you for all you did for my mom and your compassion to us will always be remembered. A funeral mass to celebrate mom's life will be held at a later date due to the social gathering restrictions at this time. Fr. Bill Burke of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish, Sydney NS, will be officiating. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.twcurry.com. Donations, in Zita's memory, may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

"We have loved you dearly and will always remember you"


  • Donald John MacPhee, Father (deceased)
  • Mary (Walsh) MacPhee, Grandmother (deceased)
  • Roddie MacNeil, Husband (deceased)
  • John Roderick, Son (deceased)
  • Cathy MacKernzie, Daughter
  • Shane, Son-in-law
  • Avery, Granddaughter
  • Mildred MacNeil (Lorne), Sister
  • Sr. Lucy MacNeil, Sister-in-law
  • Catherine Mazzocca, Sister-in-law
  • Judy Morris, Sister-in-law
  • Urban, Brother (deceased)
  • Terrence, Brother (deceased)
  • Blair, Brother (deceased)
  • Irene Goldie, Sister (deceased)
  • Eunice Totter, Sister (deceased)
  • Rannie, Brother-in-law (deceased)
  • Kenzie, Brother-in-law (deceased)
  • Sandy, Brother-in-law (deceased)
  • Genny McIntyre, Sister-in-law (deceased)
  • Mary MacAdam, Sister-in-law
  • Theresa Price, Sister-in-law (deceased)

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Zita Genevieve MacNeil

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Anthony Dalton

May 20, 2020

Cathy, Shane and Avery
I was saddened to learn of Zita’s passing. I was unaware that she was in the hospital and Margie called me informing me of her passing. I was looking forward to seeing her at the Cove when visitations were permitted. I have been at the Cove quite often with different groups and Zita would be there visiting friends. I would stay behind and sit with them and I was always so impressed by how alert and active she was. She looked wonderful and always so pleased and proud of family. She will be missed; hold on to the wonderful memories.
Tony & Michelle Dalton

Mike MacNeil

May 18, 2020

Dear Cathy, Shane and Avery,

So sorry to hear of Aunt Zita's passing. She was a wonderful lady. I will always remember her smiling face. She was a very kind and loving mother, grandmother and wife to Roddie.

She will be fondly remembered by all.

God bless.

Mike and family, Lower Sackville

Karen Keon

May 18, 2020

Dear Cathy, Shane and Avery I am so sorry for your loss. It was always such a pleasure to visit Zita when I came to Sydney. Her smile and her laugh would light up the room. Zita was a wonderful friend to Mom as well. May your wonderful memories of her love give you peace. Sincerely Karen

Anne MacLeod

May 17, 2020

Dear Cathy:

Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. The loss of your mother is tremendous but so is the love she left behind. May she rest in peace.

Ken & Anne MacLeod
Glace Bay

Brenda MacLean

May 17, 2020

Dear Cathy and family
So sorry for your loss, Zita was a beautiful person always so upbeat and witty. She would come to Bridgeport to see my father or to one of the MacPhee clan meetings I always enjoyed seeing her at the farm I knew my parents loved to have your parents visit. This is such a great loss to you and your family my prayers are with you all.
Brenda MacPhee MacLean.

Shelly Redden

May 16, 2020

So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was such a lovely person with a wonderful sense of humor. She helped out so much at the firehall when she lived in Christmas Island and we all missed her so much when she moved. She was so proud of you Cathy and your daughter Avery. May she rest in peace.

Jean MacNeil

May 16, 2020

Dear Cathy and Family:

I am so sorry to read of your Dear Moms passing. I called her Thursday and last evening. I though she might have gone to be with you guys until the virus thing was over with. I almost shocked when I checked the obits before I went to bed. Oh well God love her. She was a sweet soul, so kind ,loving, funny and jolly. I have known her more than 30 years. So my sympathy to you Kathy , Shane , and Avery. Avery you were the light of her Eye. RIP Dear One. Jean and Duncan

Bernardine (MacNeil) Campbell

May 16, 2020

Dear Cathy, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. Zita was one of the nicest people I have ever known. Jim & I always made it a point to visit Zita & Roddie whenever we went to Ottawa. We were very fond of the both of them & Roddie was a close friend of my late father, Bernie. Zita will be remembered in my thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace.

Margie Raeh Borden-Carver

May 16, 2020

Dear Cathy Shane and Avery
Sorry for your time of heartache.
Lovely Zita will be missed by all .
She was such a dear person and had a special presence .
Kevin and I will Truly miss our visits.

James Mackenzie

May 16, 2020

Our deepest condolences Cathy, Zita was such a kind soul & always had a smile and a cheerful chat when ever you met up with her. Thinking of you & your family at this difficult time. James & Jackie 🙏🏻

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