It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Joan Marguerite (Bennett) Guy, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, on Sunday, November 1, 2020, at Harbourstone Enhanced Care.
Born in Sydney Mines on December 10, 1936, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Margaret (Boyd) Bennett. In her 83 years, Joan’s passion was her family. She built a strong foundation of faith, love, joy and lots of laughter. A faithful and devout member of St. Joseph Church, North Sydney, Joan was a lector, a member of the funeral reception team, the funeral choir, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, a hospitality minister and an Associate of the Sisters of Charity.
Through the years, Joan loved to sew, play the piano and took pleasure in daily walks throughout North Sydney. Family gatherings were never complete without Joan dancing to her favourite fiddle tunes and Celtic music.
She was known as a great cook and a talented baker. For many occasions, family and friends were always rewarded with cakes that she lovingly made from scratch and beautifully decorated. Her shortbread cookies were sought after, especially at Christmastime. If you were lucky enough to be at her dinner table, Joan would whip up delicious homemade meals, often complete with “Mumma’s Mayonnaise,” and a heaping helping of love.
Joan is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Leonard “Sonny” Guy; her children, Ann Marie (Sandy) MacGillivary, North Sydney; Madonna (Lewis) Jackson, North Sydney; Nancy (David) Hoddinott, Halifax; Leonard Jr. “Lennie” (Darlene) Guy, Westmount; Colleen (Paul) Acker, Bedford; Gregory (Calvin Blades) Guy, Bedford; Stephen (Lori) Guy, Halifax; Carolyn (Brian) Aker, Sydney Mines; 12 grandchildren, Cheryl, Michael, Katie, Melissa, Kyle, Alicia, Jenna, Cory, Adam, Josh, Liam and Olivia, and two great-grandsons, Sebastian and Leonardo. She is also survived by her brother Alex (Mabel) Bennett, Sydney Mines and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her sisters Sadie Gillies, Hulda Blackie, Phylliss McMullin, and brothers, Wilfred Bennett, Floyd Bennett, Arthur Bennett Jr., Edgar Bennett, Russell Bennett and Roddie Bennett.
The family would like to thank Dr. Doug Kohlsmith and the nurses and staff at Soldier’s Cove at Harbourstone for their care and compassion given to Joan during her short time there.
Visitation for Joan will be held 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant Street, North Sydney. A funeral mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Church with Rev. Doug MacDonald officiating and Rev. Patrick O’Neill concelebrating. Masks are mandatory and social distancing must be followed when visiting the funeral home and attending the funeral mass, limited seating is available at the church. Burial will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Sydney.
Memorial donations may be made to the St. Joseph Church Improvement Fund, the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation or the North Sydney Community Food Bank. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.wjdooley.com.
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