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Sheila Ann (Purcell) Burke


Sheila Ann (Purcell) Burke

Sheila Ann (Purcell) Burke, 63, passed away peacefully with her husband Stephen by her side at home on October 2, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer. Sheila was born in Musquodoboit Harbour and grew up in West Chezzetcook. She is the daughter of Mary (Yeomans) and the late Robert Purcell. She graduated from Eastern Shore High School and attended Dartmouth Vocational School (NSCC) in the secretarial program. Sheila was employed with Harris & Roome (Graybar Canada) Electrical Supplies Ltd. for 28 years. After retiring she worked another five years at Guys Frenchy’s, Coldbrook. Sheila enjoyed going to River Bourgeois, Cape Breton with Stephen, visiting with her and Stephen’s family and friends, reading Lesley Crewe books, shopping at Frenchy’s and feeding the birds. She also enjoyed doing the weekly Lexicon in the Chronicle Herald. Sheila was a kind and generous person, always remembering birthdays and special events with cards and presents. She loved treating her nieces and friends with great Frenchy’s finds as well. Sheila participated in annual Cancer Walks raising funds for this very worthy cause. Sheila will be sadly missed by her husband Stephen; sisters, Joan (Doug) Forbes, Mary (Greg) Everest, Nancy (Roger) Pidgeon; brother, Jim Purcell; sisters and brothers-in-law, Annette (Glen) Sampson, Brian (Cheryll) Burke, Glenn (Brenda) Burke, Arleen (Dave) Green, Austin Burke, Wayne (Denise) Burke, Lee Burke, Barry (Jenny) Burke, Nicole (Scott) LeBlanc; mother-in-law, Annie (Cyril) Landry. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, cousins and close friends including Debbie, Ann Burke, Anne Landry, Pat, Ruth, Twila and Betty. Cremation has taken place. A Funeral mass will be held on Friday, October 9, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. in St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, 43 Belcher Street, Kentville. An on-line webcast of the service will be available at 8:00 p.m.  Laying of ashes to take place at a later date at St. John the Baptist Church Cemetery, River Bourgeois. Donations in memory may be made to Canadian Cancer Society or to Corpus Christi Parish. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. For on-line condolences and inquiries and to view the service please visit

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Service Date
Friday, October 9, 2020
Service Time
1:00 p.m.
Service Location
St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, 43 Belcher Street, Kentville

There will be no visitation, by request.

Burial Date
At a later date
Burial Location
St. John the Baptist Church Cemetery, River Bourgeois

Requested Charity
Canadian Cancer Society or to Corpus Christi Parish