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Gladys Rose Dawson


Gladys Rose Dawson

Gladys Rose Dawson 

It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of our mom, Gladys Rose (MacAulay) Dawson on Saturday, March 10th, 2018. Just short of her 90th birthday, she passed away peacefully at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.

Born in Sydney, but had resided in Marion Bridge the past couple of years, Gladys was the daughter of the late William and Christina (Kelly) MacAulay.

Mom was a retired school teacher. She loved her students, especially the grade Primarys and it showed in her classrooms. Between her multi coloured desks, the sandbox and her beautiful window paintings at Argyle School, her artistic talent really shone through. Mom spent many a summers at Ben Eoin Beach with her friends and family. She looked forward to it every year. She also loved her road trips with her good friend, Betty Webber and many Sunday afternoons were spent in the Pier visiting the Cipak’s and eating all Aunt Aggie’s delicious meals.

Mom was a beautiful person inside and out and loved her family. She is survived by her son, Thomas (Tara) Dawson of Sydney and  daughter, Kelly Rose (Billy) Webber of Marion Bridge; her five grandchildren, Brittney (Dennis), Nicole (Stephen), Spencer, Courtney (Mark) and Brett; her brother-in-law, Ronnie (Patsy) Dawson, Hamilton; sister-in-law, Sheilagh MacAulay, Halifax; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Mom was predeceased by the love of her life, Thomas (Chick) Dawson; sister, Mary (Kenny) MacDonald; brother, Billy MacAulay; sister-in-law, Agnes (Michael) Cipak; and brother-in-law, James (Jean) Dawson.

Visitation will be held at Sydney Memorial Chapel, Wednesday March 14th from 12-2 p.m., with funeral service to follow directly after, Rev. Thomas Whent officiating. A private family burial will take place at a later date.

The family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Mom’s caregivers, Debbie Barnes and Cindy Selvet. Your unwavering support and love for mom has touched us deeply. We would also like to thank the nurses, doctors and staff of the Palliative Care Unit for making mom comfortable throughout her journey.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Palliative Care unit. 

Online Condolences may be sent to the family or email

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Service Date
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Service Time
2 p.m.
Service Location
Sydney Memorial Chapel

Wednesday March 14, 2018
Visitation Time
12-2 p.m.
Visitation Location
Sydney Memorial Chapel

Burial Location
Forest Haven Memorial Gardens

Requested Charity
Cape Breton Regional Hospital Palliative Care Unit