Born In: Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed in: Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed on: September 5th, 2012
It is with saddened hearts that we the family, regret to announce the passing of our beautiful mom, Clara Alice O’Handley. Clara passed away Wednesday, September 5, 2012, at the Glace Bay General Hospital with her loving family by her side.
Clara was daughter of the late Thomas and Catherine (MacEachern) Bennett and was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was the first baby born in the new St. Joseph’s Hospital, Glace Bay; her 21 siblings were all born at home.
Mom was a devoted member of Immaculate Conception parish and a former member of their CWL. She was an avid dart player and a former member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #78, Dominion. One of her favorite pastimes was Swedish Weaving; an art she taught to many, who will now follow in her footsteps.
Clara will be sadly missed by her loving children; sons Henry ‘Hank’ (Carolyn), Oliver, BC.; Cal (Debbie), Airdrie, Alberta; daughters Bev (Neil) Matheson, Campbell River, BC.; Elaine (Mal) Campbell, Hanover, Mass.; Helen (Eddie) Perez, Glace Bay; Cathy (Ron) MacIntyre, Dominion; Rita (Lorne) MacPherson, Glace Bay; Clara (Keith) Wadman, Glace Bay. Clara will also be sadly missed by daughters-in-law, Yvonne and Lillian; son-in-law Roger; numerous grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, who all adored their ‘Nana’; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Besides her parents and siblings, Clara was also predeceased by her loving husband John Malcolm; sons Jack, Tommy, Allie and daughter Selena.
Visitation for Clara will be held Saturday, September 8, 2012 from 2-4 & 7- 9 p.m. and Sunday afternoon only from 2-4 p.m. in the V.J.McGillivray Funeral Home, 16 Reserve St., Glace Bay. The funeral mass, officiated by Fr. Leo Boone will be celebrated Monday morning at 11 a.m. at The Immaculate Conception Church, Glace Bay, with interment in the parish cemetery. A luncheon will follow in the church basement.
As an expression of sympathy for Clara, memorial donations in her memory may be made to the Palliative Care Unit at the Glace Bay Hospital, the Nova Scotia Lung Association or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
On line condolences to the family can be expressed at: www.vjmcgillivray.ca.
God saw you getting tired,
And a cure was not to be,
So he put his arms around you,
And whispered, "Come to Me"
A golden heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands at rest,
God Broke our hearts to prove to us,
He only takes the best. "We love you Mom, Nana, Great-Nana "