Elmer Alexander Capstick
It is with great sadness and broken hearts we announce the peaceful passing of our dear and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and great-grandfather, Elmer Alexander Capstick, age 75, on Thursday July 23, 2020 at his home, surrounded by his family.
Born in Florence on October 17, 1945, Elmer was the son of the late Cecil and Christina (MacKinnon) Capstick. Elmer was a man of strong faith, courage and great constitution. He was a member of St. Joseph Church, Bras d’Or. Elmer was a heart transplant recipient and had fifteen years of extended life thanks to his donor family. He was a member of Local #682, high pressure welders and pipefitters. He was a member of the Bras d’Or first nations, Past President of the Truckers Association and operated his own trucking business for several years until his health forced him to retire. He loved going for his Tim’s tea and long drives listening to his old country music with his best friend and love of his life, Elizabeth. He also loved spending time with his children and grandchildren telling lots of old stories.
Elmer is survived by his wife of 53 years Elizabeth (Young) Capstick, daughters Rosemary (Howie) Collins, Westmount, Cathy (Dwayne) MacDonald, Little Bras d’Or, grandchildren Holly Collins (Ezra), D.J. Collins (Shantel), Amy Collins (Alex), his newly born, first great-grandchild Levi Elmer Alexander; step-grandchildren Morgan (James) Chamberlain, Mason MacDonald. Also surviving are brothers Maurice (Marjorie), Sydney Mines, Bryce (Georgina), Mill Creek, Cecil (Linda), Florence, a sister Mary Cameron (Buddy MacLean), Florence, sister-in-law Debbie Capstick, many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents Cecil and Margaret, Elmer was predeceased by his brothers Maurice Charles, Leo, Blair and Gardiner Capstick, sisters-in-law Patsy, Debbie Capstick, Judy Renz, Rosemary Young, brothers-in-law Davey and Johnnie Young, nieces Tira Renz and Lisa Marie Capstick, nephew Blair Capstick Jr, also by his mother and father-in-law Alice and Louis Young.
The family would like to thank Kate Storm, nurse practitioner of the cardiac transplant unit in Halifax whom Elmer called “Aunt Kate”; all the doctors and nurses who cared for him during his many trips to Halifax and his family physician Dr. Paul Hickey; the staff at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital and the nurses on the 4th floor at the Northside General Hospital and anyone who had participated in his care over the years.
A special thank you to his great-grandniece Jessica Capstick RN, who helped his daughters Cathy and Rose give him exceptional care in his last days at home. Thank you to the VON and Palliative Care nurses who came to the house.
The family would like to thank his friends, family and neighbors who sent food, phone calls and said many prayers for Elmer, it was greatly appreciated.
There will be no visitation, a funeral mass for Elmer will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Monday at St. Joseph Church, Bras d’Or with Rev. Peter McLeod officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bras d’Or. Arrangements are under the care and direction of W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant Street, North Sydney. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that people fill out their donor cards in Elmer’s memory.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.wjdooley.com.
In Elmer’s own words to Elizabeth…
“I’ve loved you for 53 years from the bottom of my heart”
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