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MacLEAN – Ann Marie (nee MacDonald)

August 23, 1940 – September 9, 2010

Ann Marie MacLean of Calgary passed away on Thursday, September 9, 2010 at the age of 70 years.

Ann Marie was born in North Sydney, NS to the late John A. and Mary (nee Astephen) MacDonald. After finishing schooling in North Sydney, Ann Marie graduated from the Maritime College of Pharmacy. Her career included the areas of pharmacy, beauty culture, insurance, and real estate in both Nova Scotia and Alberta.

She is survived by her husband Cecil Bernard; daughter Anna Maria (Patrick McMillan); grandchildren, Thomas and Claire McMillan all of Calgary; brother Donald (Eileen) MacDonald of New Glasgow, NS; sister Paula (Robert) Barwell of Cambridge, ON; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by infant daughters, Mary Beradette, Helen Ann, and Lisa Louise.

A Funeral Mass in celebration of her life will take place at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (1414 Shawnessy Boulevard S.W.) on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through

In living memory of Ann MacLean, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. I am really sorry to hear about your mom.I missed seeing you both this summer. She has been in my thoughts on a lot of occasions since she moved away as she was a very special friend to me.Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.We are sorry for your loss.
    George, Teri and family.

  2. angus and diane chisholm :

    We are really sorry to hear about Ann she was a special person and a great neighbour so sorry for your loss Angus and Diane

  3. Lorraine and Bob MacLean :

    Uncle Cecil, Anna Maria, Patrick, Thomas and Claire – we are shocked and very sorry to hear of the loss of Ann. We had a wonderful visit with all of you this summer, and have a lot of good memories of this as well as (although long ago) good memories of many visits in the past. She was a very much ‘alive’ person, and we will always envision her as an ‘in charge’ woman. We are sorry you will not have her with you physically, but we know she will always be in your hearts. We share your grief, but celebrate her life, she brightened a lot of hearts.

  4. James, Tanya, Lauren and Matthew MacLean :

    This news of Anne Marie’s passing has come as a real shock to me and my family. I will always remember Aunt Ann from all the wonderful family gatherings both in St. Andrews and at my parents place at the Cove. In my University days she always provided an ear and timeless advice which I still remember today. Mine and my family’s hearts go out to Uncle Cecil and cousin Anna through this tough time.

    Love and Prayers,

  5. Pat (Priscilla) Gates :

    I remember Ann Marie as a very sweet person. Although I did not know her very well, I know she was a lovely lady. My condolences to Cecil and family.


  7. Anne-Marie Hynes :

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. May the memories of happier times be with you and comfort you in the weeks and months ahead. My heartfelt condolences.

  8. Jennifer (MacLean) Deveau :

    Dear Uncle Cecil, Anna, Pat, Tom and Claire
    My heart goes out to you at this very sad difficult time.
    I know she cherished her family and so proud of her grandchildren. Aunt Ann was a beautiful, strong, adventurous woman that could make any situation into a funny story.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Love, Jennifer

  9. Doug and Helen Taylor :

    Cecil and family:
    Please accept our most sincere condolences on the passing of Ann Marie. We know that she is now in a better place even though she will be sorely missed by all who knew her and loved her. You are all in our prayers.
    Doug and Helen

  10. Claire & Alphonse Juurlink :

    We were deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of Ann Marie. Ann Marie and Cecil were wonderful neighbors. We always enjoyed their visits on return trips from Alberta, along with their family Anna, Pat, Thomas and Claire. Our
    most sincere sympathy to your family. Alphonse, Claire & family

  11. Karen(mac Lean) Williams :

    Dear Uncle Cecil, Anna, Pat, Tom & Claire
    Our hearts are broken for you during this difficult time. Anne Marie was the Best wife, Loving mom, Awesome grandmother. Aunt Ann was a spitfire and Im glad I had her in my life. Love & Prayers Karen

  12. Lorraine McKeough & Family :

    Our love and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I have many wonderful memories of Ann Marie which I will cherish forever. She was a very loving, caring person with a huge capacity to make you feel that “everything would be all right” if you trusted God and the “good sense he gave you”. I will always be eternally grateful for having her in my life. The time spent with her this summer is now so very precious to us.

  13. Jim & Angela Stewart :

    Cecil, Anna, Patrick, Thomas and Claire. We are so very, very sad to hear of Ann Marie’s passing and wish we were there to give you a big hug, but we can only be there in spirit. You are in our thoughts and prayers and we want you to know that we thought she was a very “special” woman, we will miss Ann Marie for a very long time. We so enjoyed our visits with you in August and will cherish forever the gifts Ann Marie gave us then. She loved you all very much and I am sure will be looking down on you from Heaven.
    Love Jim & Angela xo

  14. What a shock! What terribly sad news. Ann Marie was one of the most uncomplaining and positive people ever.
    I knew her first as a volunteer in my ESL class. She was so patient and understanding with the students. Then we heard her beautiful voice in choir. She truly had a lovely gift.
    She tried some Scottish dancing with us and we were looking forward to when she was going to be healthy again and come back to dancing. Now, we hope she’s singing and dancing Nova Scotia reels in heaven.
    Bless you Ann Marie. My husband and I are certainly going to miss you.

  15. Tom & Yvonne Barwell :

    Anna & family

    We are so very sad to hear of the passing of you mother. We had the fortunate of knowing her through Aunt Paula and Uncle Bob. The Barwell family spent some happy and fun times in her company. The one that comes first to mind was the suprise birthday for Aunt Paula which we all will remember. God Bless you all and help you through this very difficult time.

    The Barwell Family


    Tom and Claire we love you very much, but I suppose it is small compared to Gramma Anne’S love for you. Death is a mystery yet it is as normal as being born, except the fact that only God knows when we will be called to be with him. This time it was Gramma’S turn to be called home, but don’t you kid yourself she will be looking over you forever and the legacy of Gramma’S life be in your hearts

  17. Dear Anna,

    I was so very sorry to hear of Ann’s sudden passing this week. I, like everyone else, was shocked by the suddenness of it all.
    As I am sure you know I had known Ann since Paula and I were friends and that takes us back about 60+ years. She and my sister were 5 years older and I’ve been told we were a bit of a pain to them in those days. Ann was always very outgoing and certainly a beautiful girl / woman .
    It was great to reconnect with her over the past few years when she was here to see Paula. I remember meeting you one time,many years ago, at your Grandma MacDonalds in North Sydney.
    I know this is a most difficult time for you and your family as the loss of a dear one,especially a mother, is not easy. Ann was so proud of Thomas and Claire and it will be a void for them also.
    Keep those good memories near,
    With Sympathy,

    Janet Knight


    IT was with great sadness we learned of Anne Maries passing. We wish it was possible for us to be with you at this trying time. But with our faith in God I am sure she is looking on us. Just a few weeks ago we were cracking lobsters together, her life and memory will be in our hearts aways. Our prayers go out for you and Anne, we will have masses offered for the repose of her soul.

  19. Arlene MacDonald :

    Anne Marie, Donnie and Paula grew up only a few houses from my home on Archibald Avenue in North Sydney, and so we were all friends. I was saddened to learn of Anne Marie’s passing and my thoughts and prayers are extended to Cecil, Anna Maria and grandchildren. Donnie and Paula, I know this is a difficult time for you too, and my thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bless you all, and may Anne Marie rest in everlasting peace.

    Arlene MacDonald

  20. Gloria Boudreau :

    Dear Cecil,
    Anna, Pat, Tom and Claire,
    To offer “My Deepest heart felt condolence,” seems so small in comparison to the void that this wonderful, lovely,c ourageous and graceful lady has left behind. She loved you all so very much! Please know that she will always live in a special corner of my heart and that I’m a better person for having Known Ann Marie. We Will Miss her dearly but never, never, never forget her!!
    With much sympathy
    Gloria Boudreau
    (a Monday night friend)

  21. Camilla & Tony Sampson :

    Dear Cecil, Anna, Pat, Tom & Claire,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult times. It was such a shock to have heard of her sudden passing. It has been such a pleasure to have known Ann Marie but most of all we will cherish the memories made,”well by God” ….
    We were both so glad to have been able to visit with her this summer.
    My God Bless you in the days ahead and may you find comfort in friends and families.

    Tony & Camilla Sampson

  22. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time with the passing of Ann Marie, a mother and grandmother. She will be sorely missed by you and all who were lucky enough to have known her. She was a wonderful, faith-filled friend and lady who helped everyone see the silver-lining in the dark clouds. I am so glad that I got to spend some time with her this summer at Lorraine’s on her trip to N.S. Her stories and humor will be fondly remembered. she loved you all so very much and was so proud of her family. Remember the love she had for you and know that she will forever live in your hearts!God Bless You All!

  23. Joe Pasqualotto :

    Dear Cecil and family, I was very saddened to hear the news of the passing of Ann Marie. She was a wonderful lady and she will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure of meeting her. Both Ann Marie and Cecil were incredibly generous and kind to me when I was a student attending STFXU from 1995-2000. After leaving my immediate family in BC, they stepped in and provided me with the sense of loving parents, which usualy included one of Ann Marie’s tasty home cooked meals. I will never forget their kindness. It meant a lot to me. I will miss you, Ann Marie. Thank you for everything.

  24. To Cecil, your two children and your grandchildren. So sorry to hear about Anne Marie, she was an awesome lady. I met Anne Marie at MacDonald’s convenience in St. Andrews where I work. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  25. Donna & JD MacDonald :

    Dear Uncle Cecil, Anna, Pat, Tom & Clairs,
    Wanted to let you know you are in our thoughts and prayers and hope
    that all the memories and love shared by family and friends help comfort you. Ann Marie was a gracious lady. Will always remember her smiling eyes, her sense of humour and her love of life and family. May God bless you and keep you close during this difficult time.
    Love Donna ,JD, Hadley & Andrew

  26. Eileen (Dunn) and Peter Walsh :

    Both Peter and I were shocked and saddened to hear of Ann Marie’s sudden passing. We have such fond memories of the many visits Ann Marie made to my parents house Helen (Balah) & Kilmer Dunn)in North Sydney. My Mom was very close to a lot of her cousins growing up and it continued through out the years, with visits and cards and letters at Christmas and special occasions. Her pleasant smile and pleasing personality will be sadly missed. Our sincere sympathy to you Anna and your family, and to Paula and Donnie and families. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time and that we care deeply.
    With love Eileen and Peter Walsh, 107 Pleasant Street, North Sydney, N.S. B2A 1L9.

  27. Maureen(Dunn)and Lionel Serroul :

    Dear Anna, Pat and family,
    Please accept my heartfelt and deep sympathy for your loss. AnnMarie made many visits to our family home on Moulton Ave. and kept in touch with my parents Helen and Kilmer, over the years. I will remember her for the lovely person she was, always interested and caring of others, I always enjoyed being in her company. I know how deeply your family will miss her but you will cherish your memories. My husband and I send our sincerest sympathies. In friendship, Maureen and Lionel.

  28. Juanita MacLean :

    I feel so blessed to have had Aunt Anne in my life! She had such a fantastic spirit, sense of humour…and what a cook! I will miss her and my prayers are with you all!

  29. Uncle Cecil, Anna, Pat, Tom and Clair: I am shocked and saddened by Aunt Anne’s sudden and tragic passing. My family and I have fond memories of the year we spent in Nova Scotia – we could always count on her wit, compassion and grace to smooth the way. She had a great capacity for making one feel important and really paying attention – especially the children….Listening to Ceilidh practice the Sax – with a smile no less. And Arran always knew there would be fresh baking waiting for him. Mairi will always remember her as the ‘Candy Cane Lady’.
    She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Much love, Coleen, John, Ceilidh, Arran, and Mairi

  30. Allen & Loyola MacDonald :

    Heartfelt sympathy to you Cecil and Anna and family. Ann Marie was a great mom and wife, and a great community person while you lived in St. Andrews. She was very active with us on St. Andrews CWL and made many lasting friendships with lots of us in our community, and I treasure the visits back and she (and you too Anna) always found time to drop by the store to say hello!
    We will remember her very fondly in our prayers.
    Loyola & Allen MacDonald

  31. Albert ,Betty and Bert Pasqualotto :

    To Cecil, Anna, Pat and family
    Our prayers are with you at this sad time. We know what a kind and generous person Ann Marie was. She dearly loved her family and still had time to love our two boys when they were at school in the East. We have cherished our friendship with you both over the years in Calgary and in Antigonish. Ann Marie, may you rest in peace. Cecil, please keep in touch.

  32. I’m so very sorry to hear that Ann Marie passed away so suddenly. She was one of the most caring, thoughtful, and wonderful persons I have ever met. I will remember her most for her sense of justice, her sense of humor, and her complete love for her family and friends. I hope you can find some comfort in the knowledge that she will be watching over you all lovingly and we will hold her in our memories forever, Sincerely, Kathy

  33. My condolences go out to the family at this very sad time. She was a wonderful person a very unique person who had so many stories to tell and did they make you laugh. She will be sadly missed by many many people and I will keep you Anna and your Family and Cecil in my prayers .
    Helen king

  34. Mary ten Brinke, President St. Andrews CWL :

    Cecil and family:
    I was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of Ann Marie’s death. She was a good friend and a very cherished member of St. Andrews CWL. She never hesitated to lend a helping hand in whatever aspect she could. Lots of laughs were had as well as many prayerful times. St. Andrews CWL send our deepest condolences to Cecil and family. We will have a moment of silence for Ann Marie at our next CWL meeting.

  35. Carol MacEachern :

    Cecil, Pat, Anna, Tom and Claire,

    Thinking of you all at this time when God called home one of his dearest angels. There are so many things that can be said of this wonderful woman, Anne Marie. She was such a dear friend and had a heart of gold. I was another fortunate lady to have had time with her when she was home to NS a few weeks ago. I will certainly enjoy all the wonderful memories, chats and good times spent together. To all of her family, God Bless and Look After you!

    Love Carol
    (Monday Night Friend)

  36. We were so very sorry to hear about your
    loss our prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

    Love Anita, Rob, Elliott and Olivia

  37. Lois and Don Buchanan :

    To Cecil and Family:

    We would to express our deepest sympathy in your loss of Ann Marie. She was a wonderful person and I know you, Anna, Patrick, and your two grandchildren will miss her dearly.
    Treasure all the happy memories and times spent together in the past few years.

    Lois and Don Buchanan (Gateway Shawnessy)

  38. Dianne aand Jeff Williams :

    So sorry to hear about Ann’s death, although we did not know her well we thought she was a very special person and you two seemed to be a perfect match.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers
    Dianne and Jeff

  39. Howard MacDonald :

    I knew Ann since about a day after she met Cecil and grew to like her very much. My wife and I often socialized with Cecil and Ann both before they moved to Calgary and after they returned to NS in retirement. I know she will be sorely missed by all who knew her. I am so sorry Cecil because I know from sad experience that losing such a long time mate and buddy leaves a vacuum which never completely goes away. Howard

  40. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Ann Marie. She was one of the most thoughtful, kind, caring and considerate people that I have ever met. Whenever one spoke to her, she always gave that person her complete attention and sincerest interest. I will truly miss her smile and her presence. What a very sad time for her family and friends.

  41. Barb and Jack Mac Lean :

    Dear Cecil,Anna, Patrick and family,
    We were so shocked to hear of Ann’s passing. Our sincere condolences to all of you. I have such fond memories of dear Ann. She spent many a summer in Baddeck with us helping Mom out with all of us.She will be missed.
    Love from Barb( Astephen) and Jack Mac Lean

  42. Stephanie (Astephen) and Stan MacDonald :

    Dear Cecil, Anna, Patrick and family, Stan and I were very upset to hear about Ann’s death. Please accept our most sincere sympathy and condolences. So sorry we are so late with this email but we just heard through brother Peter . Anna, your mom was a special and very kind lady. Her frequent visits over the years to 97 Pierce St. will always be fondly remembered. Her annual Christmas cards to us as well. She will be missed. God bless all of you and remember you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love and prayers from Stephanie (Astephen) and Stan MacDonald

  43. Anne (Cogan) Clancey :

    Deepest sympathies to Cecil, Anna, Donald J. and families. A real Shocker!! It was only a few short weeks ago that Ann Marie and I spent a wonderful four hours, reminiscing and catching up on all the news, at the Halifax airport before she boarded the plane back to Calgary. — A memory now that I shall always cherish. Sincere regards Stephen and Anne (Cogan) Clancey

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