Josephine 'Josie' Forward
Born: August 17th, 1935
Passed in: Sydney
Passed on: January 15th, 2016
Josephine Marie Forward, 80, passed away Friday, Jan. 15, 2016 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.
Ma died peacefully surrounded by her loving children and grandchildren. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, wife, sister, aunt and friend.
Born Aug. 17, 1935, she was a daughter of the late Murdock and Mary (Hache) MacNeil.
Josie was an avid bingo player. In her younger years, she truly enjoyed taking care of her children and cooking and baking their favourite meals. Her true pride and passion were her flower gardens where she, her husband and daughter, Colleen spent countless hours.
Josie is survived by her seven children, Manzie (Chris) MacNeil, Larry (Linda), Kevin (Donna), Kenny (Peggy), Sharon (George) Spencer, Colleen, Gail (Ralph) DeGiobbi; daughter-in-law, Anna-Marie; 11 grandchildren, Stephen, Chris, Larry, Nicole, Leanne, Shauna, Kent, Kendra, Chelsea, Audrina and Courtney; nine great-grandchildren, Maddy, Nolan, Anna, Morgan, Matt, Ava, Hayden, Sydney, Weston; brothers, Cecil, Ont., Bernie, Cole Harbour; sister, Betty Emanuelle, Ottawa.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her loving husband Gussie; brothers, Georgie and Lawrence and special aunt, Liz McInnis.
Visitation will be held Sunday, Jan. 17, from 7-9 p.m. in V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 380 Smith St., New Waterford. A funeral mass of celebration will take place Monday, Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. in the Parish Church of St. Leonard, Mount Carmel Avenue. Cremation will follow with burial in Mount Carmel Cemetery at a later date. A luncheon will be held at St. Leonard's Parish hall on Convent Street immediately following the funeral mass.
Donations in her memory may be made to the An Cala Palliative Care Unit at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.
Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at: www.vjmcgillivray.ca.