Service:

July 26, 2019

at

10 a.m.

Location:

Holy Redeemer Church

No service at this time.

Visitation:

July 24, 2019

from

7-9 pm (24th) | 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm (25th)

Location:

Sydney Memorial Chapel

Burial Information:

July 26, 2019

at

10 a.m.

Burial will be scheduled at a later date.

Private Burial

Location:

Resurrection Cemetery

Requested Charity:

Arthritis Society - Head Office Toronto

or

Colin "Collie" Sparling

1942-2019

|

Sydney

Colin "Collie" Sparling, 76, of Sydney, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 22, 2019 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.  

Born in Sydney, he was the son of the late George and Gertrude (Wall) Sparling, and predeceased by his sister, Darlene.

Collie dedicated his professional career to harness racing.  His expert knowledge in this industry was far reaching.  He worked in many places in Canada and had a deep love for the harness racing industry.  He was a sports enthusiast, but a debilitating accident at age 15 left him as a spectator – he loved to watch all sports and was an amazing conversationalist about all sports history.  His love of hockey led him to coaching and managing many hockey teams.  One of his greatest achievements was winning the Nova Scotia Senior Provincial Championship in 1976 with the Glace Bay Colts.  His continued relationship with many of these players 40 years later is a tribute to his character.  Later in life he developed a passion for illustrating his historic harness racing knowledge through stories in book forum, and added "novelist’ to his repertoire.  Collie was so proud of his book and the horseman and the families he was able to elevate through his writings.  Before his passing he was in the final stages of his sequel to the book to "Back at the Track".  He loved his family immensely and was the foundation for all to go to at times of difficulty and was incredibly giving and resourceful whenever anyone needed a helping hand.  Collie was most proud of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Collie is survived by son, Gary (Colleen O’Brien), Glace Bay; daughters, Colleen (David) Shevsky, Charlotte, NC, Heather (William Jennex) Sparling, Fort Saskatchewan, AB; sisters, Joan (Ron) Donovan, Ont., Korena (Ken) Hanson, Albert Bridge, Dolores Fifield, Sydney, Carol Ann Sparling, Sydney; brothers, George, (Claire), Sydney, Roland (Joan), Ont., John (Mary), Ont., Greg (Shirley), Sydney; grandchildren, Ryan, Evan (Lori), Hannah, Thomas, Alexandra, Zachary, Colin (Shannon), Blaknee, Jenna; great-grandchildren, Sawyer, Vander, Nash, Landon, Stryder, Breton, Oaklynn, Thomas, and many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins in which he remained very active in their lives.

Visitation will take place Wednesday, July 24, 2019 from 7-9 p.m., Thursday, July 25, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in Sydney Memorial Chapel. Funeral Mass will be held Friday, July 26, in Holy Redeemer Church at 10 a.m. with Rev. Paul Murphy officiating. Interment in Resurrection Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Arthritis Society of Canada (arthritis.ca), 393 University Avenue, Suite 1700, Toronto, Ontario,  M5G 1E6

Condolences:

Funeral & Service Details:

Service:

No service at this time.

July 26, 2019

at

10 a.m.

Holy Redeemer Church

Visitation:

July 24, 2019

from

7-9 pm (24th) | 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm (25th)

Sydney Memorial Chapel

Burial Information:

July 26, 2019

at

10 a.m.

Burial will be scheduled at a later date.

Private Burial

Resurrection Cemetery

Requested Charity:

Arthritis Society - Head Office Toronto

or

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