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Lorna MacQuarrie


Lorna MacQuarrie

It is with broken hearts we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Lorna Mildred MacQuarrie, of Sydney, on Thursday, February 7, 2019, at home in the arms of her son, Scott.

Lorna was born January 2, 1929, to Gordon and Evelyn (Lewis) Lewis of Point Edward.

She graduated from Sydney Academy and later attended Business College in Montreal. In her early years, Lorna worked for the chartered accounting firm of Nightingale-Hayman, followed by a few years at CJCB radio, before moving on to spend over 30 years working for Dr. Bev Trask, who was joined over the years by Dr. Austin MacDonald, Dr. Bob Baily, and Dr. Freeman.

In 1951, Lorna married Gar MacQuarrie and they spent 66 wonderful years together in the north end of Sydney, until dad’s passing in 2017.

She was very active in the community and in her churches, which were St. John’s in Point Edward, St. Georges and Church of Christ the King in Sydney. Lorna was a lifelong member of the Louisbourg chapter of the I.O.D.E. and the ladies guilds of her churches. She collected for the Canadian Cancer Society and the Heart and Stroke Foundation and helped out with many other organizations. Lorna was the first female inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame at Sydney Academy, where she played basketball and later coached.

She spent many hours at rinks, ball fields and tennis courts when her son, Scott was growing up, but when her grandsons, Curt and Lee came along, she and Gar rarely missed an opportunity to watch Curt play rugby and Lee play basketball. They were both so proud.

Lorna is survived by her son, Scott (Cindy O’Handley and her children, Jessica and David Pike); grandsons, Curt, his wife, Alison and their daughter, Harper, Nuneaton, England and Lee, Sydney and their mother, Shelly Fedora. She is also survived by sisters, Eva Lampman, St. Catharines, ON and Gwennie MacDermid, Wreck Cove; brother, Kevin MacAskill and his wife, Gail, Nelson BC; sister-in-law, Eleanor Lewis, St. Catharines, ON; goddaughter, Debbie Rudderham, St. Catharines, ON, along with many nieces, nephews, great friends and neighbors.

Besides her parents, Lorna was predeceased by her husband, Gar; sister, Thelma Cunningham; brother, Billy Lewis; sister-in-law, Gerry MacQuarrie, Sydney; brothers-in-law, Jack Cunningham, Frank Reilly and Eugene Lampman, all of St. Catharines, ON and Ian MacDermid, Wreck Cove.

A special thanks to Dr. Greg Myatt and Janice for the many years of care, Dr. Khodadad and Eleanor for your care these last two years and recently for the excellent care given by all the VON who came to visit. You are all exceptional people. To Dr. D’Intino and the team at Palliative Care, it was short, but what you do is truly amazing. We would like to give a very special thank you to Cindy, Shelly, Arlene, Linda, Shirley, Jessie and Janette for their support over these past three weeks. It is so much appreciated. Also, to Scott’s employer, Saltwire for allowing him a leave to be able to spend this time to be with his mother. It meant the world to him.

Visitation will take place at Sydney Memorial Chapel on Sunday, February 10 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the Church of Christ the King, Trinity Ave., Sydney on Monday, February 11 at 2 p.m., with Rev. Peter Rafuse officiating. Interment in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Church of Christ the King, the Cancer Center at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or a charity of your choice.

Words of comfort can be sent to the family at or e-mail

Mom, your prayers were answered. The road home was short and not too bumpy and I know dad was getting lonely. You are home.

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Service Date
Monday, February 11, 2019
Service Time
2 p.m.
Service Location
Church of Christ the King, Trinity Avenue, Sydney

February 10, 2019
Visitation Time
2-4 & 7-9 p.m.
Visitation Location
Sydney Memorial Chapel

Burial Date
At a later date
Burial Location
Forest Haven Memorial Gardens

Requested Charity
Church of Christ the King, Cancer Center at the CBRH, Heart & Stroke Foundation, charity of choice