It is with broken hearts that we, the family announce the passing of Valerie MacNeil-Grant on March 15,
2018 at Victoria Haven, Glace Bay, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Sydney, March 7, 1955, she
was a daughter of the late John and Vidy (Rudderham) MacNeil. Valerie always said that God works in
mysterious ways & how true this is. She was a true angel on earth. She would routinely put everyone
else’s needs before her own. Valerie had a beautiful spirit. She lit up every room she entered as she
spread her joy to everyone in it. She never missed a special occasion, and made sure no-one else did
either. She was the glue that kept everyone together. Worldly possessions meant nothing to her. She
was wealthy beyond words and often claimed to have won the lottery with the love she received from
family and friends. Val’s education & training consisted of her achieving her BACS Degree in Psychology
& Human Services; Crisis Intervention; Suicide Intervention and Behavior Management. She loved her
18-year career at Harbourstone Enhanced Care as Recreation Programmer and adored her “work
family”. Val also enjoyed volunteering with Transition House, Helpline, Detox, Women’s Rights, Palliative
Care, New Dawn, Home Care, Every Woman’s Centre, Anne Terry Project, Elizabeth Fry Society, and the
list goes on.
Valerie is survived by her loving husband, Stephen; children, Kenneth (Ann Marie), Karen Renee (Mark),
Crystal (Hughie), April (Kelsey), Joey (Amber), Stephanie (Kyle); grandchildren, Austin, Amber, Ethan,
Michael, Kelly, Bryden, Francis, Patrick, Jeffrey, Makayla, Kiyah, Tyler, Jamie, Haley, Nathan, Hayden,
Aurora, Kyson; siblings, Carol (Wayne), Darlene (Derrick), Brian (Sharon), Gail (Kenny), Karen (Brian);
Loving aunts & uncles, Theresa (Johnny), Rayonelda, Daniel, Josephine; As well as numerous nieces and
nephews that she loved dearly.
Besides her parents, Val was predeceased by a grandson, Malekkai.
Visitation will be held from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday in the S.W. Chant & Son Funeral Home. A celebration of
her life will be at 6 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Sheldon Chant officiating. Donations to the
ALS Society of Nova Scotia, or any act of kindness, smiles, laughter to others would be appreciated by
the family. Online condolences can be made at chantfuneralhome.ca.