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Armand Clarence Forest

May 12, 1935 ~ November 9, 2023 (age 88) 88 Years Old

Armand Forest Obituary

Armand Forest

North Sydney

We are deeply saddened to announce the sudden passing of Armand Clarence Forest, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend on Thursday, November 9, 2023 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital at the age of 88.

Born on the Magdalen Islands on May 12, 1935, he was the youngest of 17 children to the late Edgar and Louise (Hillaregay) Forrest. Armand enjoyed motorcycles, playing the guitar, working around the yard, and was always there to lend a helping hand to family or friends. He was a loyal and active parishioner of St. Joseph Church in North Sydney, serving regularly as a eucharistic minister, and teaching confirmation classes to new parishioners.

Armand was predeceased by the love of his life, Diane, and his oldest grandchild, Will. He was also predeceased by many in-laws for whose love and friendship he was very thankful, Billy (Rose) Penny, Cyril Reshore, and Barbie Penny.

He is survived by his children, Shawna (Bill) Skinner, Allana Haakman, Terry (Rita) and Brian; his grandchildren Christina, Kyle, Cody, Matthew, Shawntal, and Amber, along with 9 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He is further survived by his loving in-laws, Joan (Tommy) Nicholas, Becky Reshore, Brian (Gloria) Penny, Irwin (Bonnie) Penny, Alexander Penny, Chris (Angie) Penny, Timmy Penny (Paula Gouthro). Also left to mourn are his lifelong friends, Harold Adams and Dave McKay.

Armand was the most caring, compassionate, and loving father for whom any child could have ever asked. Family was the most important thing in Armand’s life and we are forever grateful for his love and dedication.

A special thank you to the Northside Homemakers and the VON for their care and compassion over the years.

A funeral mass for Armand will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at St. Joseph Church in North Sydney with Rev. Doug MacDonald officiating.  Arrangements are under the care and direction of W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant Street, North Sydney.  A reception at the Northside Pensioners Club will immediately follow the mass that all are welcomed to attend. Burial will take place at a later date. Donations in memory of Armand may be made to St. Joseph Church Improvement Fund. Online condolences can be left for the family by writing on the tribute wall of the obituary page at   

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Funeral Mass
November 15, 2023

2:00 AM
St. Joseph Church (North Sydney)


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