Age 78, Dartmouth, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 16, 2021 at the Dartmouth General Hospital surrounded by his loving family.
Forever is a Place. A place made more radiant in a quiet morning moment when Cecil, his work here complete, was reunited with his beloved parents, Wilburt and Margaret, sister, Valerie, Stella, and nephew Joey. From this place, he lovingly gazes upon his remaining family members, Ron and Catherine, Karen and Bernie, Sharlene and Alex John, Wilburt and Stella, Patricia, and Aurel, and says “I AM FREE and you are too”.
The things that brought joy to Cecil were simple: a vibrant conversation, a meal shared, a country song, coffee with a friend, the wag of a happy dog’s tail and the entertaining antics of any, and all wise cats.
Made knowing by his own losses, Cecil understood the profound power of kindness and went about scattering compassion to all who crossed his path in his gentle, unassuming manner.
Cecil was one of those rare individuals to find true vocation in his lifetime…not once, but twice. A devoted teacher for 35 years, he blessed countless students with his unwavering commitment to showing up as guide, mentor, and advocate. As an uncle, his home became safe haven and right of passage to adulthood for his many nieces and nephews who invariably established residence with him. It is testament to his courage and character that the door to his home and heart were always open.
In remembrance of Cecil, remember who you are. Gifts of love and benevolent gestures are requested; to be bestowed generously everywhere and to everyone.
Forever is a Place in your Heart and he is waiting for you there.