Service:

August 28, 2019

at

2 p.m.

Location:

Zion Presbyterian Church, Louisbourg

No service at this time.

Visitation:

August 27, 2019

from

6-8 p.m.

Location:

Zion Presbyterian Church, Louisbourg

Burial Information:

August 28, 2019

at

Burial will be scheduled at a later date.

Private Burial

Location:

Willow Grove Cemetery, Louisbourg

Requested Charity:

Louisbourg and Area Food Bank Zion or St. James Presbyterian Churches

or

Charity of your choice

Captain Claude Barclay O'Hara

July 18, 1926 - August 25, 2019

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Louisbourg

Capt. Claude Barclay O'Hara

Age 93 of Louisbourg, passed away peacefully, Sunday, August 25th, 2019, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Port Bickerton, Guysborough County, he was the son of the late Sherman and Mary (Currie) O'Hara.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Lillian (White); daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Allan MacKay, three children, one grandchild and his brother, Murray.

Claude is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Ruth, as well as his children, Claude (Judy), Wendy (Doug) MacPhee, Mary Lynn (Cecil) Crant, Shawn (Elaine), Murray (Laverne) Cadet, Rebeckah (Ian) Hassam, Tony (Alison) and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He is also survived by sisters, Loretta (White) and Minnie (MacDonald) and brother, Harry (Joanne).

Claude moved at a young age to Louisbourg, where his love for the sea drew him to the North Atlantic where, in his beloved M. V. Leaside, he plied the waters from Cape Hatteras to Greenland in pursuit of halibut and swordfish. As a master mariner, his expertise was widely sought after, not only nationally, but internationally. Claude took time away from his fishing career to serve his country in the Tank Corp during the Second World War. Claude's contribution to his community and country was honoured with the Senate of Canada’s Anniversary Medal. The years following the war found him serving as a welding foreman during the building of the Canso Causeway and other major construction projects before returning to fishing. In retirement, he dedicated his life to serving the Lord, which led him and Ruth to travel to the mission fields of Southeast Asia.

Claude was a kind and loving husband, father and grandfather, held in the highest esteem by all who knew him. He always took time to share his knowledge and experience with all. He was an avid berry picker and he seldom missed a Sunday church service where he took delight in singing along with the hymns. Claude was a meticulous man who took pride in all aspects of his life, but he was happiest and received the most joy when surrounded by family and friends.

The family would like to extend special thanks to all who showed their outstanding compassionate care and kindness to him during the later stages of his life including, City Home Makers, Veterans Affairs Canada, Dr. Patel and his staff, the nursing staff and doctors of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital and his church family.

The family will receive visitors at the Zion Presbyterian Church, Main Street Louisbourg on Tuesday, August 27 from 6-8 p.m. Funeral service celebrating Claude's life will be held Wednesday, August 28 at 2 p.m. at Zion Presbyterian Church, Louisbourg with Pastor Kevin Richardson officiating. Reception to follow at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 62, where Claude was a member. Interment will be held following the service at Willow Grove Cemetery.

Family flowers only please. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Louisbourg and Area food bank, Zion or St. James Presbyterian churches or a charity of one’s choice.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sydney Memorial Chapel.

Words of comfort can be sent to the family at www.sydneymemorialchapel.ca or e-mail sydneymemorialchapel@ns.sympatico.ca

Condolences:

Funeral & Service Details:

Service:

No service at this time.

August 28, 2019

at

2 p.m.

Zion Presbyterian Church, Louisbourg

Visitation:

August 27, 2019

from

6-8 p.m.

Zion Presbyterian Church, Louisbourg

Burial Information:

August 28, 2019

at

Burial will be scheduled at a later date.

Private Burial

Willow Grove Cemetery, Louisbourg

Requested Charity:

Louisbourg and Area Food Bank Zion or St. James Presbyterian Churches

or

Charity of your choice

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