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Dr. Anita Alice Foley

Dr. Anita Alice Foley
Dr. Anita Alice Foley

Dr. Anita Alice Foley passed away on Saturday, May 25, 2019, in St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, surrounded by her family. Dr. Foley grew up in Antigonish, Nova Scotia and obtained a B.Sc. from St. Francis Xavier University and M.Sc. in Nutrition from the University of Toronto. Dr. Foley then joined CUSO, teaching students in Tanzania, Africa, for two years. Upon returning to Canada, Dr. Foley taught nutrition as an Assistant Professor at the University of Windsor. She then enrolled in Medical School at Dalhousie University, graduating in 1975.

Dr. Foley began her medical practice in Guysborough, Nova Scotia, in 1976 and retired in 2018. She was a devoted physician to the communities of Guysborough County. In addition to her duties as Chief of Staff at Guysborough Memorial Hospital and as Coroner, Dr. Foley served as a member of the Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, and actively participated in the regional and district medical advisory committees. Dr. Foley was committed to maintaining high standards of care and spearheaded professional development and training programs for the hospital’s healthcare professionals.

Numerous awards recognized Dr. Foley’s dedication to her patients and to her community, including the Medical Society of Nova Scotia Physician of the Year Award and the Rural Service Award of the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada. In 2006, she was awarded an Honourary Doctorate of Philosophy by St. Francis Xavier University. In 2016, Guysborough Memorial Hospital erected a new wing named "Dr. Anita Foley Health Services Centre" in her honour.

Anita was a treasured daughter, sister, aunt, and friend who delighted in welcoming visitors into her home. She was a lover of lifelong learning who enjoyed travelling and playing bridge. Anita’s humility was equaled only by her generosity of spirit. She was known for her tremendous love and compassion for others, for her humour and for her directness. She will be forever loved and dearly missed. Anita is survived by her brother W. Terrence (Margaret) Foley, sisters Gerrie Bateman, Sheila McMullin, Shirley Foley (Robert McMullin), Eileen Foley Biggs, and Maureen Foley (Shannon Ryan). Anita will continue to inspire her nieces and nephews: Shane Thompson, Sean and Pamela Sullivan, Kerry and Laurie Foley, Jim, Irene, Heather and Neil McMullin, Luke and Colleen McMullin, Billy, Diana, Michael and Catherine Biggs, Alice, Laura, and Amy Walden. She is predeceased by her beloved sister, Dr. Mary Foley, father, Dr. William T. Foley, and mother, Mary Gertrude Foley (Cullen).

Visitations for Dr. Foley will be held in St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church in Guysborough, Nova Scotia on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 and Thursday, May 30, 2019 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Her funeral will be held at St. Ann’s Church on Friday, May 31, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., with Father Callistus Abazie officiating and will be live-streamed to Chedabucto Place Performance Centre where additional seating will be available.

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Here is the link to the livestream for the funeral service and will be available for viewing beginning shortly before 11 a.m. Friday morning. 

After the funeral, a eulogy followed by a reception will take place at the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex.

Special thanks to the community of Guysborough for the outpouring of support for Anita during her cancer illness and at the time of her death. Family flowers only please, donations can be made to Guysborough Memorial Hospital Foundation or the charity of your choice. Words of comfort may be fowarded to the family at 

Service Date
Friday, May 31, 2019
Service Time
11 a.m.
Service Location
St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church, Guysborough

Wednesday, May 29 & Thursday, May 30, 2019
Visitation Time
2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Wednesday & Thursday
Visitation Location
St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church, Guysborough

Requested Charity
Guysborough Memorial Hospital Foundation or a charity of one's choice