Veronica Catherine (Norris) McInnis
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Veronica Catherine McInnis, age 84, on September 24, 2018. She passed away peacefully at her home in Georges River with her family by her side after a brief illness.
Vonnie was born on January 1, 1934, in Florence, NS. She was the wife of the late Elmer McInnis and the daughter of the late George and Catherine (Jessome) Norris.
She is survived by her children; Elmer (Karen) McInnis of Oromocto, NB; Cathy McInnis of Georges River, Dale (Mona) McInnis of Fort McMurray, AB; Linda (Curtis) Turner of Georges River; Patrick (Callista) McInnis of Georges River; Janet (Donald) LeBlanc of Sydney Mines and Michael McInnis of Lincoln, NB. She is also survived by her niece Beverly Robertson of Newmarket, ON and nephew Ronald (Edna) Norris of Ottawa, ON; both of whom she raised for many years and considered them as her own. She is also survived by her fifteen grandchildren; Christopher, Shane, James, Kyle, Karla, Heather, Daniel, Nicole, Melissia, Carlina, Tyler, Stephen, Brooke, Madison and Briana as well as eleven great grandchildren and her sister Betty (Harry) Blinkhorn of Waterloo, ON.
She was predeceased not only by her husband and parents, but also her son Stephen McInnis, her brother John Norris and sisters Lee Hamilton and Edith Rocheleau and daughter-in-law Carol Anne McInnis.
Mother was a woman of great strength and courage who always believed that life wasn’t about what you had, but rather what you had to share with others. She came from a meager upbringing and through the daily struggles of life, she developed a deep sense of taking some of what she had to give to others. Anyone who knew her can attest to this fact. Mother loved to bake and you could find her anytime baking away in her little kitchen, most often it was to give away and put a smile on someone’s face. Vonnie spent 32 years volunteering at the Georges River Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and was in fact, a founding member. She also spent over 27 years with St. Vincent de Paul helping bag and deliver grocery orders to the less fortunate as recently as a month ago. Mother will be missed by us all, but Anna MacDonald will miss her buddy more than any.
A very special thank you goes out to Dr. Ritter and the wonderful nurses at the CBRH Palliative Care Unit, the VON nurses, Dr. O’Grady and anyone else who had a hand in helping mother pass peacefully. We would also like to thank Ma’s nephew Francis McInnis for making her urn, its just as beautiful as he promised her, she would love it.
There will be no visitation at her request and ABSOLUTELY NO FLOWERS, anyone that knew mother knew how much she hated them! Instead of flowers, donations can be made to St. Vincent de Paul Bras d’Or, any charity of your choice or you can do what she did most often, provide a random act of kindness for someone less fortunate.
Funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, at St. Joseph Church in Bras d’Or, with Rev. Peter McLeod presiding. Interment will be held in the parish cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.wjdooley.com