Judith Anne O’Connell
It is with great sadness that we announce the quiet passing of Judith Anne O’Connell.
Judy was a gracious lady who took great pride in her family. She was predeceased by her beloved parents Harold and Rhea O’Connell (nee Libbey) of Sydney.
Judy is survived by her sister Jean (Randy) Cleveland, Yarmouth; her two brothers, Harold (Val) O’Connell, Singapore; and Michael O’Connell, Halifax. Her nephews Ryan (Crystal) O’Connell, Calgary; Kieron Cleveland, Yarmouth; Patrick O’Connell, Halifax; and niece Tristyn (Patrick Faye) Cleveland, Nanaimo. There are many cousins, but special thoughts to Neil Libbey, Sydney; Rhea (Kirby) Coolen, Stellarton; as well as Louella (Gary) MacLeod, Sydney.
Judy cared for all; friends, family, and colleagues alike. She had a special love of animals, gardening and the soothing sounds of the Mira River. Judy enjoyed her community work, and a wide array of friends with whom she often enjoyed great meals. Following the lives of her niece and nephews was a passion for Judy. She enjoyed seeing life through the faces of these young adults.
Judy sacrificed much for her family at an early age. This commitment was extended to her RBC family, with over 40 years of professional banking service. Judy enjoyed travelling with the girls from the bank and moved around the Maritimes, ultimately returning to Cape Breton and the shores of the Mira River.
Judy, you have lived your life well - your gracious way, that gentle smile that warmed our hearts, will keep your spirit alive as you rest in peace.
Funeral direction is under the care of Sydney Memorial Chapel. There will be no visitation; however, an online book of condolences will be available. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Trout Brook Road on Saturday, July 13th at 6 pm. A reception will follow in Union Presbyterian Church Hall, Albert Bridge. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice. Internment will be at Resurrection Cemetery.
"Now I conclude with a wish you go well, sweet be your dreams and your happiness swell. I’ll leave you here, for my journey begins….." Allister MacGillivray