It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of our husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and dear friend, Joseph ‘Joe’ Worrell, at the age of 76. Born in Sydney, Joe was the son of the late Helena Allyene and was raised by his God-Parents, Julian and Elfreda Worrell. Joe is survived by his wife of 53 years, Lucy (MacDonald); three sons, Michael (Sue), Ottawa, Blair (Lucy), Edmonton, John (Paula), Sydney and five daughters, Sandra (Cyril Hearn), Sydney, Linda (Blair Aucoin), Truro, Rose (Richard MacEwan), Sydney, Laurie (Jason Hutt) Sydney, and Joann (Corey Ash), Sydney. He is also survived by his two sisters, Rose Holland, Toronto, Diana Allyene, Sydney and a brother, John Worrell, Toronto. Joe will be forever loved and forever missed by his 16 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Joe was predeceased by his brother, Danny Allyene and his sisters, Elfreda MacDonald, Lillian Worrell, Julia Allyene, Gloria Allyene, Shirley Allyene and Marilyn Worrell. Joe was an avid sportsman who excelled at track and field, and his love for baseball and fastball was second to none. Highlights of Joe's outstanding career included time with the Sydney Steelkings, Glace Bay Alpines, Whitney Pier Aces and the Cape Breton Pepsi's. In 1969, Joe was selected as a member of the first Nova Scotia Canada Games men’s fastball team and he was regarded as one of the best sporting talents to be born in Cape Breton. Along with his passion for sports, Joe was extremely community minded, singing with the Inspirational Singers and serving as a member of the Whitney Pier Y's Men's Club. A selfless community leader, his love for the people of Whitney Pier was unparalleled, lending a helping hand whenever and wherever needed, and asking nothing in return. A true gentleman and mentor to many and loved by all. Visitation for the late Joseph ‘Joe’ Worrell will be held at the Pier Community Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church Street), on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service to celebrate the life of Joe will be held on Monday, Aug. 22, 2016 at 11 a.m. in Pier Community Funeral Home, All Faith Chapel with Rev. Rosemary Godin officiating. Following the service, everyone is invited to a reception at Melnick Hall, Whitney Pier. The immediate family will join you at the reception after a private interment at Forest Haven Memorial Gardens, Sydney.
Donations in memory of Joe may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Cape Breton – Whitney Pier.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of the Creative Care unit of the Cove Guest Home for treating and caring for our father as if he was their own. We would also like to extend a special thank you to Fabian Rolls for his special friendship and many visits over the years. Our family will take great comfort in the belief that our Dad and husband is once again reunited with his family members and his best friend, Carl ‘Campy’ Crawford. Knowing that they are once again running the bases and laughing is a comfort to all who knew and loved him dearly.
Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.pierfuneralhome.com.