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Hattie O'Rourke

Hattie O'Rourke

June 23, 1937 – May 25, 2024

It is with heavy hearts that the O’Rourke family share the loss of Hattie O’Rourke on Saturday, May 25, 2024, at the age of 86. She passed away peacefully in the Valley Hospice following a brief illness.

Hattie was born in L’Ardoise, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, later moving to Halifax where she grew up with her parents Ernest and Agnes (MacDonald) Pottie and her nine brothers and sisters.

Hattie married her husband, Harold O’Rourke, in June 1957, and they went on to raise four children together. Hattie was a proud military wife traveling to several locations across Canada before settling in Kentville, Nova Scotia where she lived for the last 48 years. Along with raising four children, Hattie had a 30-year career with Sears Canada. After attending a live game in Toronto in 1996, Hattie became an avid fan of the Toronto Blue Jays, never missing a game on television. During the baseball off-season, she spent her time watching curling. Hattie also held a big place in her heart for animals, having numerous pets over the years.

Hattie is predeceased by her parents; husband, Harold; eldest son, Kevin, as well as three sisters, Gertie, Martha, and Loretta and four brothers, Angus, Edward, Gerard, and Larry.

Hattie is survived by her children, Brian (Lori) O’Rourke of Ottawa, ON; Darren (Kathy) O’Rourke of Centreville, NS; Heather (Kevin) Crowell of Centre Village, NB; and daughter in-law, Kim O’Rourke of Petawawa, ON. She is also survived by grandchildren, Michael, Katelyn, Kelly, Erin, Patrick, Ryan, and Kelsey as well as five great-grandchildren and a sixth on the way. Hattie is also survived by her sister, Agnes Wainman; brother, Hector (Joan) Pottie and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Dr. Saber and Dr. Hergett as well as the Palliative Care team, all the doctors, nurses and volunteers at Valley Hospice, and Hector and Joan Pottie for their help and care over the past few months. We would also like to give a special thank you to one of Hattie’s dearest friends, Krista Campbell, for everything she has done over the years.

Cremation has taken place. A funeral service will be held at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Kentville on Saturday June 8, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. with a small reception to follow. Hattie will be laid to rest next to her husband in Holy Cross Cemetery, Kentville. Donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made to the Valley Hospice Foundation. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.

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Service Date
Saturday, June 8, 2024
Service Time
10:00 a.m.
Service Location
St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Kentville

There will be no visitation, by request.

Burial Location
Holy Cross Cemetery, Kentville

Requested Charity
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Valley Hospice Foundation.