Helen Bezanson1

F, #23001, b. 22 December 1923, d. 1 October 2015
FatherAlfred Bezanson1 b. 15 Sep 1886, d. 20 Apr 1965
MotherElizabeth Forrestal1 d. 5 Mar 1969

Family

Sylvester McKinnon b. 22 Oct 1918, d. 31 May 1991
Relationship4th great-granddaughter of Jean George Bezanson
Helen (Bezanson) McKinnon
Image credit: Colin McKinnon
     Helen Bezanson was also known as Catherine Helen Bezanson.2 She was born on 22 December 1923 at New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.2 She married Sylvester McKinnon.1 Helen Bezanson died on 1 October 2015 at Calgary, Alberta, at age 91.2

     Obituary from The Calgary Herald (Calgary, Alberta), 3 October 2015:
McKINNON, Catherine Helen
December 22, 1923 - October 1, 2015

Catherine Helen McKinnon, born in 1923 in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, passed away on October 1, 2015, Calgary, Alberta.

One of three children of Elizabeth and Alfred Bezanson, she was predeceased by her brother Bernard (Jan) and sister Mary. Her husband, Sylvester McKinnon, died in 1991.

She is survived by five children: Boyd, Jane, Colin (m. Helen), Shawn and Ann Marie (m. Peter). Helen was the proud grandmother to nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A fan of two Canadian institutions, The Bay and Birks, Helen was always impeccably dressed, and made sure her children were as well. Helen's mother Bessie was well known for her lemon pie and her sense of humour, and Helen carried on the tradition of baking and mirth. Everything she did she did well: Helen was a great cook, a sly bridge player, beautiful gardener and, to some irritation, one of best golfers in the family. When she took painting lessons, her first painting revealed that she excelled at that too. Helen loved Christmas. Her grandchildren will remember her for making toys in the basement, putting Christmas trees in every room, and Nana kisses. Her children will remember her for her love of a wee bit of Drambuie on Christmas Eve.

There will be a celebration of life for Helen at Earl Grey Golf Club on Friday, November 6, 2015 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.2
Last Edited2 Jun 2016

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 180.
  2. [S2] Catherine Helen McKinnon Death Notice, The Calgary Herald (Calgary, Alberta), 3 October 2015.

Sylvester McKinnon1,2

M, #23002, b. 22 October 1918, d. 31 May 1991

Family

Helen Bezanson b. 22 Dec 1923, d. 1 Oct 2015
Sylvester McKinnon
Image credit: Colin McKinnon
     Sylvester McKinnon was born on 22 October 1918 at Sydney, Nova Scotia. He married Helen Bezanson.2 Sylvester McKinnon died on 31 May 1991 at Holy Cross Hospital, Calgary, Alberta, at age 72.3,1

     Obituary:
McKINNON - Lt. Col. Sylvester McKinnon D.S.O. passed away at the Holy Cross Hospital on May 31, 1991 at the age of 72 years.

"Syl" is survived by his beloved wife Helen and their five children, Boyd, Jane, Colin (Helen), Shawn and Ann Marie and six grandchildren. He is also survived by three sisters and three brothers.

Born in Sydney, Cape Breton, and educated at Sydney Academy, Syl joined the Canadian Army in 1941 as an officer candidate. He went overseas in 1943 as a Lieutenant and was later signed to the Cape Breton Highlanders Regiment of the Fifth Armoured Division. He saw considerable action in Italy and later in North West Europe upon the formation of the First Canadian Army. Syl was promoted several times in the field; he was at war's end the Commanding Officer of the Cape Breton Highlanders and awarded the D.S.O. for gallantry.

Following the war, he entered Dalhousie Law School, Halifax, graduating in 1950 when he was admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar. He then moved to Calgary in 1951, working for Canadian Delhi, later joining the Mannix group of companies and was serving as Vice President, Corporate Affairs for Manalta Coal Ltd. at the time of his retirement in August 1990.

Mr. McKinnon was a former President of the R.A.U.S.I. and former Chairman for the Southern Alberta of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires. He was a long time member of the Canadian Petroleum Club and the Earl Grey Golf Club.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Name Catholic Church on Wednesday, June 5, 1991 at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Stanley A. Henke Celebrant. Interment to follow at St. Mary's Cemetery. Arrangements in care of McInnis & Holloway Funeral Home.3


     Obituary:
Sylvester MacKinnon, DSO 72, Alberta

Retired Lt. Col. Sylvester MacKinnon, 72, of Calgary, Alta., formerly of Sydney, died Saturday, June 1, 1991 in Alberta.

Born in Sydney, he was the son of the late John Ambrose and Agnes (Currie) MacKinnon. Mr. MacKinnon was the last commanding officer of the Cape Breton Highlanders during the Second World War. Prior to the war he worked for Canadian National Railway. He returned from overseas with the regiment after hostilities ended. Following his overseas service, he obtained a law degree from Dalhousie University and embarked on a long legal career in Alberta.

Mr. MacKinnon is survived by his wife, the former Helen Bezanson, three sons, Boyd, Toronto, Colin and Shawn, both of Calgary, two daughters, Jane and Ann Marie, both of Calgary, his sisters, Mary (Mrs. Charles Morley), East Bay, Catherine (Mrs. Fred MacDonald), Sydney River and Jessie, Sydney, his brothers, Father John MacKinnon, Bridgeport, Danny, and Bernard, both of Sydney and several grandchildren.

He was predeceased by brothers, John Alex, Alexander and one infant brother, James.

The funeral service will take place in Calgary, Alberta on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.4
Last Edited2 Jun 2016

Citations

  1. [S2] Catherine Helen McKinnon Death Notice, The Calgary Herald (Calgary, Alberta), 3 October 2015.
  2. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 180.
  3. [S2] Sylvester McKinnon Death Notice.
  4. [S2] Sylvester McKinnon Death Notice, alternate obituary with surname spelling variation (MacKinnon versus McKinnon) and incorrect death date.

Mary Evelyn Bezanson1

F, #23003, b. 14 September 1926, d. 21 December 2002
FatherAlfred Bezanson1 b. 15 Sep 1886, d. 20 Apr 1965
MotherElizabeth Forrestal1 d. 5 Mar 1969

Family

W.A. Brown
Relationship4th great-granddaughter of Jean George Bezanson
     Mary Evelyn Bezanson was also known as Tiny Bezanson.2 She was born on 14 September 1926.2 She married W.A. Brown.1,2 Mary Evelyn Bezanson died on 21 December 2002 at her home, Halifax, Nova Scotia, at age 76.2

     Obituary from The Halifax Herald (Halifax, Nova Scotia), 27 December 2002:
BROWN, Mary E. "Tiny" - 76, Halifax, passed away peacefully at her residence among friends December 21, 2002. Visitation will be held in J.A. Snow Funeral Home, Windsor Street, Halifax, Sunday, 2-4, 7-9 p.m.

Mary, "Tiny" to her family, was born September 14, 1926, the daughter of the late Alfred and Bessie Bezanson (New Glasgow). She was formerly married to Bill Brown of Sydney. Mary was a homemaker and later worked for the former Victoria General Hospital.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Bernie.

She is survived by her sister, Helen McKinnon, Calgary; her son, Neil Brown, Sackville; her daughter, Holly Francis, Arlington, Tex; grandchildren, Michael Francis and Jessica Francis.

Mary will be deeply missed by her family and many friends in Halifax.2

Census, Residence

LivedMary Evelyn Bezanson lived in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.1
Last Edited8 May 2015

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 180.
  2. [S662] Roberta Joudrey, "Nova Scotia Obituaries", citing Halifax Herald, 27 December 2002, Mary E. "Tiny" Brown.

William Bernard Bezanson1

M, #23005, b. 1921, d. 1978
FatherAlfred Bezanson1 b. 15 Sep 1886, d. 20 Apr 1965
MotherElizabeth Forrestal1 d. 5 Mar 1969
Relationship4th great-grandson of Jean George Bezanson
     William Bernard Bezanson was born in 1921.2 He married H. Jeannette MacWilliam.2 William Bernard Bezanson died in 1978.2

Census, Residence

LivedWilliam Bernard Bezanson lived in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.1
Last Edited23 Feb 2016

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 180.
  2. [S836] Various Contributors, "Find A Grave", William Bernard Bezanson, Heatherdale Memorial Gardens, Westville, Pictou County, Nova Scotia; Memorial Number: 144274456.

Jenny O'Handley1

F, #23006, b. circa 1910, d. 22 June 1999
FatherJohn O'Handley1
MotherRose Gardiner1

Family

Ralph Edwin Bezanson b. 7 Jun 1909, d. b 22 Jun 1999
Child
     Jenny O'Handley was born circa 1910 at New Waterford, Nova Scotia.2 She married Ralph Edwin Bezanson.2 Jenny O'Handley died on 22 June 1999 at 7 Crescent Drive, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia.2 She was buried on 25 June 1999 in Forerst Haven Memorial Gardens, Sydney, Nova Scotia.2

     Obituary:
Jennie Bezanson, 89, of 7 Crescent Dr., Glace Bay, passed away peacefully at her residence Tuesday, June 22, 1999.

Born in New Waterford, she was the daughter of the late John and Rose (Gardiner) O’Handley. Mrs. Bezanson was an adherent of the United Baptist Church, Glace Bay. She was also a member of the Jubilee Rebekah Lodge No. 14, Glace Bay, for over 50 years. Mrs. Bezanson was one of the original employees with the T. Eaton Co. in New Waterford and was later employed at the Cape Breton Hospital.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Shirley Campbell, with whom she resided, Norma (Mrs. Wilson “Mac” MacLean), Athens, Ont; one brother, Gussie, Ontario; a sister, Olive McCormick, River Ryan.

Also surviving are four grandchildren, Brenda, Craig, Ralph and Shirley; seven great-grandchildren; her sister-in-law, Georgie Robb, Sydney.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Ralph, three brothers, James, Aloysius and Russell, a sister, Annie Cummings.

Visitation will be in the V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 16 Reserve St., Glace Bay, Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held Friday, 2 p.m., from the funeral home chapel with Rev. John Hannem officiating. Burial will be in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens.

Members of the Rebekah Lodge are asked to meet Thursday, 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home for lodge services.3
Last Edited27 Feb 2015

Citations

  1. [S6] Jenny Bezanson Obituary, The Cape Breton Post (Sydney, Nova Scotia), 23 June 1999.
  2. [S2] Jennie Bezanson Death Notice, GenealogyBuff.com.
  3. [S2] Jennie Bezansone Bell Death Notice, GenealogyBuff.com.

William Edward Bezanson1

M, #23020
FatherWilliam Edward Bezanson1 b. 5 May 1895, d. 21 Dec 1979
MotherAnnie Thompson1 b. 11 Dec 1896
Relationship4th great-grandson of Jean George Bezanson
     William Edward Bezanson declared bankruptcy twice, in 1935 and 1955.2,3

Census, Residence

LivedWilliam Edward Bezanson lived in Timmins, Ontario.1
Last Edited18 Apr 2014

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 181.
  2. [S19] News article "Bankruptcy Act Notice", The Canada Gazette (Ottawa, Ontario), 7 September 1935.
  3. [S19] News article "Bankruptcy Act Notice", The Canada Gazette (Ottawa, Ontario), 5 February 1955.