Daphne Patricia (Muldoon) (Bonaparte) Northen
Born In: Croydon, United Kingdom
Born: June 10th, 1926
Passed in: Baddeck, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed on: September 20th, 2012
We, the family of the late Daphne Patricia (Muldoon) (Bonaparte) Northen are extremely saddened to announce her passing Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, in the Victoria County Memorial Hospital, Baddeck, surrounded by her loving family, at the age of 86 years.
Born to the late Ellen Elizabeth Finn and James John Muldoon in Croydon, England, on June 10,1926, Daphne, a war bride, remained in England until she married and sailed aboard the Queen Mary with her son, Trevor, on her 20th birthday to start her new life in Canada.
She leaves this life to join her mother and father, sisters, Eileen, Olive, Gwen and Katheline, brothers, Jack, James and Tommy, as well as her first husband, Roderick Bonaparte, and second husband, Cosmas Northen. Also awaiting her with open arms are her daughter, Peggy, grandsons, Roderick Matthew and Stephen, great-grandson, Trevor, special niece, Christine, and daughter-in-law, Jean.
Mom leaves behind to mourn her loss but fondly remember her life, sons, Trevor (Lorraine) Bonaparte, St. Catharines, Ont., Richard (Josie) Bonaparte, lona, Stephen Bonaparte, Brantford, Ont., Phillip (Darlene) Bonaparte, Toronto, Ont., Roderick (Pat) Bonaparte, Chilliwack, B.C., Anthony Bonaparte (with whom she resided in MacKinnon’s Harbour), Daniel (Darlene) Bonaparte, Toronto, Ont., John (Lillian) Northen, Bras d’Or; daughters, Carol Williams, Sydney, Ellen (Gerald) Bonaparte, Sydney, Mary (George) MacRitchie, Ottawa Brook, Cathy (Dave) Gough, Lower Sackville, Jeannie (Stephen) Northen-Oickle, Sydney, Patti Northen (Dwight Rudderham), Sydney; stepdaughters, Anne (Roy MacDougall) Northen, Sydney, Joan Northen (Eric Maclnnis), Rocky Mountain House, Alta.; sister, Peggy Willsher, England; 32 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
As a young girl, Daphne loved ballet and music which led her to share her beautiful voice with the St. Columba Church Choir and the Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Royal Canadian Legion, lona, of which she was the past president of the Ladies Auxiliary. Daphne loved to read, do crosswords, play cards and attend as many bingo games as humanly possible with her ‘adopted’ son, Billy MacNeil. She was a second mother to many of her children's friends.
Mom loved to watch baseball, hockey, and the Olympics, especially figure skating. She also enjoyed knitting baby bonnets and shawls for her many grandchildren.
When she recounted a story that she had read, you felt like you were in that story. Her children will always remember her beautiful Christmas dinners and how special she made our Christmas. Nanny’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren will always have precious memories of how loved she made them feel. She was the sweetest lady who always had a big smile for everyone she met.
Cremation has taken place under the care and direction of MacAskill Funeral Home. Visitation will be Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 2-9 p.m. at the St. Columba Parish Hall. The funeral will take place Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 11 am at the St. Columba Church, lona, with Fr. Ajit Kerketta officiating.
Burial will be in the St. Columba graveyard, lona, following the ceremony, with a celebration of life to take place at a later date in MacKinnon’s Harbour.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Victoria County Memorial Hospital, Baddeck, St. Columba Parish, lona, or a charity of choice.
Online condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flowers are being arranged by MacKillops Flowers, Sydney.
Rest in Peace dearest Mom. We will love you forever. We will love you for always. Forever and ever our Mother you will be.