Johnena Marie MacFadyen
1967 - 2021
Johnena Marie MacFadyen
Visitation Information
Sunday, November 21, 2021
Visitation Time
2 - 9 p.m.
Visitation Location
Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury
Service Information
Service Date
Monday, November 22, 2021
Service Time
2 p.m.
Service Location
St. David's United Church, Port Hastings
Burial Information
Burial Date
Monday, November 22, 2021
Burial Time
Following funeral service
Burial Location
Clough Cemetery, Port Hastings
Requested Charity
Strait Richmond Palliative Care Society or L'Arche Cape Breton
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It is with broken hearts that we announce the loss of our wife, mother, sister, niece and friend, Johnena Marie (Gillis) MacFadyen, born in Mabou April 6th, 1967. Johnena slipped away peacefully at home with her family by her side on Tuesday, November 16th 2021. Johnena and James' working careers sent them to Thompson, Manitoba then to the Annapolis Valley, and finally, back home to their beloved Cape Breton. Johnena spent the last 20 years of her working career in the court system; a field which she surely loved. Always on the side of the underdog and the less fortunate, she was loved by all whom she encountered and the world is a better place because of her spirit. Johnena was a loving mother, fiercely supportive of her children and all of her family members. She was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. You did not leave her kitchen hungry, and no child left her door without a scarf and warm mittens on a cold day. She was the prettiest/loudest hockey Mom to ever grace the inside of a cold arena. Johnena could light up a room with her humble beauty, her hearty laugh and her love of a funny story, and she could tell a story! Johnena has left us far too early but she will live on forever in the souls of her children. Johnena leaves behind to celebrate her life, her soulmate and husband of 31 years, James, her beautiful children, Haley and Harrison, both at home. Sisters, Mary Annette (Paul), Roxanne (Ronnie), Danita (Aaron), and brother Kevin (Carolann). 

She was predeceased by mother Rita, and father John Dan Gillis, brothers Wade as well as Peter and Darcy in infancy. Memorial donations can be made to Strait Richmond Palliative Care Society or L'Arche Cape Breton. 

Visitation will be from 2-9pm on Sunday, November 21st at Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury. Funeral services will be Monday November 22nd at St. David's United Church at 2pm with Sandi Irving DLM and Father Denny MacLennan officiating.  Burial to follow in Clough Cemetery, Port Hastings.  Please note to attend visitation and funeral you will need proof of double vaccines and face masks are also required to attend both.

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Johnena Marie MacFadyen