It is with great sadness in our hearts we announce the peaceful passing of our daughter, sister, aunt, caregiver and friend on March 9, 2018 at the An Cala unit of the CBRH surrounded by her loving family.
Olive “Ollie” was born in Sydney on January 23, 1939. She was one of 13 children born to the late Harry and Verlie (Inkpen) Pierre.
In her younger years, Ollie was a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force as a Fighter Control Operator until her Honourable Discharge in 1959. She later spent many years working in Montreal at St. Patrick’s Orphanage. To this day, she continued to hold special bonds with many of the girls she cared for. Known as “Miss Ollie”, she would spend not only her working hours, but all of her free time with the girls ensuring they were well cared for. She even introduced many of the girls to Cape Breton Island, where some would return regularly to visit and spend their adulthood exploring with “Miss” Ollie” She also worked as House Mother at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and for General Instruments in Sydney until it’s close.
Upon her return to Cape Breton, she was a loving caregiver to her parents as they became ill and passed. Some people say that heaven does not exist on Earth, pieces of it may be found all around us. Ollie knew these pieces could be found above our heads and under our feet. Her nieces, nephews, siblings and friends knew her as an adventurer, sharing her love of nature, the ocean, rivers and outdoors through the many excursions along the trails, coastlines and back roads of Cape Breton beachcombing for treasures like seaglass and sand dollars. These adventures with Ollie would give those the same love for nature, that along with the memories would be cherished forever. She will be remembered for her quick wit, sarcastic sense of humour, her tickles and her many hours spent at the kitchen table playing cards & board games with her friends and family. She loved all animals, especially cats, which she had her share of over the years. We will all remember Sunday dinners out Mira, where the house would be full of love, laughs and hospitality shared with any and all who entered her home.
She will be deeply missed by her lifelong friend and caregiver, Ann Young, as well as brothers Willard, Sydney and Gordon (Maureen), North Sydney; sisters Dorothy Burns, Sydney; Rose Marie (Frank) LeBlanc, Sydney Forks; as well as many nieces, nephews, and both grand and great grand nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by brothers Howard, Finlay, Donald; sisters Bella, Verlie and Martha. Also siblings Judy and Norman in infancy.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of S.W. Chant & Son Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at a later date. Donations in Ollie’s memory can be made to the C.B. Branch of the SPCA or the An Cala Unit at the C.B. Regional Hospital.
We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all those involved in keeping Ollie comfortable during her illness. A special thanks to Ann Young as well as all the doctors, nurses and care staff from home care, VON, Palliative Care and the An Cala Unit.