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Violet Lillian Bonaparte

July 1, 1939 ~ May 20, 2018 (age 78)

BONAPARTE, Violet Lillian

It is with great sadness that we, the family of Violet announce her peaceful passing at Northside General on May 20th, 2018.

She was a daughter of the late John and Lillian McRae (Grand Anse).

Mom was a longtime resident of Sydney Mines where she operated Jone’s Bottle Exchange with her longtime companion, Connie Jones. She was well known in the harness racing community. Mom had a great love of animals, especially her cats.

Mom is survived by her sons David (Donna) and Graham (Rose Marie); her daughters Kendra, Pamela, Audrey (Marc) and Sharon. She is also survived by grandchildren Ryan, Johnathon, Shelby and Lisa; her great-grandchildren Madison, Kennedy, Marley and Sadie. Also, her sister Mary and brother Graham of St. Peter’s.

Mom is predeceased by father of her children Bobo Bonaparte, her daughter Lisa, sisters Leona, Lena, Mildred and Hilda; brothers, Roy, Jack, Winnie, Stuart and Duncan.

Visitation for Violet will take place Friday, May 25th from 1:00-2:00pm at Chant’s Funeral Home, 564 Alexandra Street, Sydney. Celebration of Life will take place immediately following at 2pm in the funeral home Chapel with Rev. Sheldon Chant to officiate. Reception to follow. Donations in loving memory of Violet may be made to the SPCA.

Messages and memorials may be directed to the family at

Funeral arrangements are under the care of S.W. Chant and Son Funeral Home.


Donations may be made to:

401 E Broadway, Sydney NS B1N 3K1

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