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Emma Catherine (Burchell) Merritt

November 10, 1934 ~ May 16, 2022 (age 87)


Emma Merritt

Sydney Mines

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Emma Catherine Merritt, aged 87, on Monday May 16, 2022, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital in Sydney.

Born in Sydney Mines, Emma was the daughter of the late Alexander and Ann (MacLean) Burchell. Emma worked for many years as a Certified Nursing Assistant with Nova Scotia Department of Health. She was a member of Holy Family Parish in Sydney Mines.

Emma is survived by her husband, William “Bill” Merritt; her sister, Joan (Eugene) Swartzack of Antigonish; her brother-in-law, Gerry MacLean; her sister-in-law Delores Tobin, Ontario, nephews: Joseph, Robin, and Andrew; nieces: Mary, Eunice, Kay, Holly, Leanne, Angela, and Tara, also by nephews; Jim and David, nieces; Marilyn, Juliette and Denise.

Besides her parents, Emma was predeceased by her sisters Elizabeth (Leonard) Arsenault and Ann  MacLean.

Cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be held at a later date at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Sydney Mines. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of W.J. Dooley Funeral Home at 107 Pleasant Street, North Sydney. Online condolences may be left for the family on the tribute wall of the obituary page for Emma at

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Family to do services at later date

St. Joseph Cemetery
Yorke Street
Sydney Mines, NS B1V 1A1

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