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Lola Bernadette LeBlanc

Lola Bernadette LeBlanc

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bernadette LeBlanc, aged 70 of Belle Cote on March 29, 2019 at Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital.  Bernadette had the extraordinary gift of connecting easily with people and making everyone feel special.  Born the youngest of 8 children in Grand Étang to the late Johnny and Annie (Doucet) Burns, Bernadette moved to Toronto at the age of 16 and met her husband, Art LeBlanc of Belle Cote shortly thereafter.  Art and Bernadette had the pleasure of celebrating 50 years married this past December.  Bernadette was a warm, fun and nurturing mother and raised two daughters, Leanne (Jamie) Skinner and Kendra (Clarence) Pickett with so much love and joy.  Bernadette loved being a grandmother and she was so very proud of her five grandchildren:  Alex, Aidan and Kyle Skinner; Grace and Katie Pickett.  Art and Bernadette retired back to Belle Cote in 1998 and enjoyed a happy retirement, spending many wonderful winter months in Arizona.  Despite many health complications throughout her adult life, Bernadette always maintained a positive outlook and a grateful attitude.  Bernadette is predeceased by siblings Lucy Dora (Clovis) Aucoin, Lionel (Marie Stella) Burns, and Thomas (Antoinette) Burns.  She is survived by siblings Loretta (Joseph Edmond) Aucoin, Alex John (Mary Louise) Burns, Velma (Paul) LeBlanc and Roger (Mary) Burns.  She is beloved by her many nieces and nephews  as well as innumerable close friends throughout Cape Breton and across Canada and the United States.  Visitation will be held on Friday, April 5th from 9:30am to time of funeral mass at 11:00am St. Michael’s church in East Margaree with Father Macdonald Ibeh officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital, attention Oncology Cancer Care.  A very big thank you on behalf of Bernadette’s family to the many compassionate doctors, nurses and other health care professionals involved in her exceptional care.


  • Loretta April 6, 2019 9:17 pm

    Art and family, so sorry to hear of Bernadette’s passing. She was a courageous individual. It was a pleasure to know her.
    Donald and Loretta

  • John April 6, 2019 12:09 pm

    Art, Leanne and Kendra,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during these difficult times. Bernadette fought a courageous battle and was a great inspiration to us all! She will be missed. May she Rest In Peace.

    John/Anne Marie


  • Shellie April 5, 2019 3:15 pm

    She was a wonderful and warm person who will be greatly missed . Thinking of you all and sending hugs and prayers xoxox .

  • Karen Turner April 5, 2019 10:35 am

    Kendra, Clarence, Grace and Katie,

    This is a lovely tribute to your Mom and Grandma. How wonderful to have a loving marriage for 50 years. They have set an example for the younger generation who have watched them and are taking note of how to appreciate and care for your family, even in the darkest times. Thinking of Art and Bernadette and the stories you have told us of their unwavering support of each other warms my soul today. Our thoughts and love are with you and your family.

    Karen, Shaun and Madeleine

  • Danny Doucet April 5, 2019 1:18 am

    Dear Art, Leanne, Kendra, and the rest of the family. So very sorry to hear of Bernadette’s passing….she was a good friend and a lovely person who will surely be missed by anyone who knew her. She is now free from pain and May she rest in eternal peace…
    Sincere sympathies,

  • Simon E. AuCoin April 4, 2019 11:06 pm

    So sorry for your loss.

  • Karen Kolaras April 4, 2019 10:54 pm

    Dear Leanne, Kendra and Family,
    Our hearts go out to you during this difficult time and we are so sorry for your loss. May your Mom rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your Dad and whole family.
    Sending our Love,
    Karen, Frank and Mia

  • Graeme (Skinner) and Kim April 4, 2019 10:32 pm

    Art, Kendra, Leanne and families – our sincere condolences at this difficult times. She was a wonderful woman and we are all blessed for having her touched our lives. You are in our thoughts and hearts.

  • Pauline campbell April 4, 2019 10:03 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to all,the family. HEr friendliness and her big smile was always a pleasure to be around her .Dhe will be missed .Love. Pauline & Brendan

  • Kieran O’Hare April 4, 2019 4:35 pm

    Dear Art, Leanne, Kendra, and family, please accept all our sympathies on the death of dearest Bernadette. She was a friend of very long standing, and we share in the love and the loss that you must all feel. Her love of family, friends, music, cribbage, a well-made salad (she was the expert!), and a great laugh among friends and family was a joy to be near, and to have in our lives. We will miss Bernadette so much. Kieran & Liz

  • Roger and Gayle April 4, 2019 12:20 pm

    Art and family,
    Our deepest condolences on the passing of Bernadette who was such a kind , caring and courageous lady. She was an inspiration to all. May the love of family and friends bring comfort to you all and help you through these very trying times.

  • Gloria Aucoin April 4, 2019 11:39 am

    My deepest sympathies to Arthur, Leanne, Kendra, Loretta, Velma, Alex John, Roger and all their families. R.I.P., Bernadette.

  • Hermann and Ruth Schneeberger April 4, 2019 10:03 am

    Art, Leanne, Kendra and Family
    our sincerest condolences to you and your family. Bernadette was a wonderful woman and we always enjoyed seeing her at the lodge. She will be greatly missed. Our thoughts go out to you all

  • Glenda LeBlanc April 3, 2019 7:53 pm

    My deepest sympathy Art and family. She was a wonderful lady. Cherish the memories !!

  • Gail April 3, 2019 3:10 pm

    Sincere condolences to you and your Family Art, and extended family in the loss of this magnificent lady ….. ❤️❤️❤️

  • Johanne Delaney April 3, 2019 11:03 am

    Chers Art et famille, j’aimerais avoir les mots pour attendrir votre peine.
    Bernadette etait une femme extremement forte, genereuse et avait un sourire contagieux que je n’oublirai jamais.
    Je vous garde dans mon coeur et mes prieres.

  • Marcellin & Yvette Chiasson April 3, 2019 10:09 am

    Art, sincerest condolences to you and your family. She was such a fine lady. She is now at peace.

  • Gelas and Yvette Deveaux April 3, 2019 9:09 am

    Our sympathies to Arthur and Bernadette’s family. She was a great lady.

  • Val & Jamie Barry April 3, 2019 1:25 am

    Art, Leanne, Kendra and Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Bernadette’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.
    Val, Jamie, Emma & Abigail Barry

  • Marthe & Linus April 3, 2019 12:16 am

    Art, Leanne, Kendra& family
    Sorry for your loss, your mother was a very special person and friend. To my sister Bernice she was her other sister & closest friend. She will be missed!!

  • Wendy MacIsaac April 2, 2019 11:25 pm

    Art and family,
    I am only hearing this news just now. So very sorry for your loss of a beautiful soul. Bernadette was a lovely lady and I enjoyed seeing her at all the fiddle functions at home. She will be missed and my thoughts go out to you all.
    Take good care

  • Sheila McEvoy April 2, 2019 10:49 pm

    Dear Art, Kendra, Leanne and families, I was so saddened to hear about Bernadette’s passing. What a wonderful woman she was. She touched the lives of many and will be fondly remembered by everyone who knew her. She fought an incredible battle, and now she rests with God. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time, Love Sheila

  • Chesca LeLievre-Deveau April 2, 2019 10:16 pm

    Leanne and family,

    We send you our sincere condolences. We had the opportunity to meet your Mom during one of her visits to Waterdown. Her love for her family was so very evident and her smile was contagious. She will no doubt be missed. Please let us know if we can help.

  • Gert Chapman April 2, 2019 3:32 pm

    Sincere sympathy to Art and family. Bernadette was a lovely lady and will be missed . You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Stan and Gert Chapman

  • Patsy April 2, 2019 2:35 pm

    I am si sorry to hear of Bernadette’s passing I enjoyed the many poker games we played while she and Art were here in Lake Havasu.. my condolences to you, Art, and the family..

  • Nicolle Desveaux April 2, 2019 2:31 pm

    All my sympathies to Arthur and all of Bernadette’s family. She was a special lady, small but mighty.
    Regards, Nicolle

  • Michael Hall April 2, 2019 2:06 pm

    Art and family; I was saddened to learn of Bernadette’s passing. I’m sorry I won’t be able to attend the service but you all have been in my thoughts and prayer the past few days. Her compassion, smile and will to live was an inspiration to all who were graced by her presence.
    Your friend,
    Mike Hall

  • Wayne & Marielle LeBlanc April 2, 2019 1:50 pm

    Our deepest condolences to you, Arthur & all your family. We loved how Bernadette remained so positive despite everything she went through. Her smile would light up a room! Hope the love of friends & family help you to deal with the loss of your loved one.

  • Lynn McCulloch April 2, 2019 1:35 pm

    Art & family , Condolences from your Crazyhorse family in Lake Havasu City Arizona. Many of us still remember Bernadette fondly. We know that Sherry was waiting for her, playing cards in hand. All of our love, Jerry Kromschroeder, Gene & Dee Hagstrom, Dennis & Bev Hammer, Lavonne Cress, Tom Kwaitkowski, Ray Kowrach, Steve & Lynn McCulloch and many more

  • Marie Chisholm-Pearson April 2, 2019 1:27 pm

    Art and family, Gus and I send our love and condolence to you all. Bernadette was a sweet and gentle lady who certainly is an angel in heaven. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Marie & Gus Pearson

  • Michael Hilton April 2, 2019 12:45 pm

    Arthur & Family.

    My sincere condolences on the passing of your Beautiful Wife Bernadette,she was a lovely women.
    Everyone who knew Bernadette was privileged to have this wonderful person in their life,she was always up for a good game of crib ,loved to entertain her friends with her delicious meals accompanied by a carefully chosen wine.

    Sadly and dearly missed .Bernadette will live on in the Hearts of all who knew her.

  • Olivia Sawula April 2, 2019 12:34 pm

    Dear Leanne, Kendra & Family,
    We send our heartfelt sympathies to you both, the entire LeBlanc family and especially to your dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May eternal light shine upon your beloved mom and may she rest in peace.
    Love, Olive & Steve Sawula

  • Crisi boucher-MacLellan April 2, 2019 12:04 pm

    My deepest condolences…She was a very lovely lady and I much enjoyed every conversation I had with her…She fought a good battle…

  • Debbie April 2, 2019 9:51 am

    Our deepest condolences to Arthur and the entire family. We gave very fond memories of spending happy times with Bernadette at Lucille and Armands many house parties..a wonderful fun loving couple..she will be greatly missed💔
    Love From Fred Buckles, Debbie Buckles, Sandra & Peter Morrison and families

  • Gene Williams April 2, 2019 12:36 am

    I am Jennifer Williams dad. I am so thankful for the wonderful friendship Jenni shared with Bernadette. I heard so many good stories from Jenni about Art & Bernadette, and the kindness they showed my amazing daughter. When your child is so far away from you, it is comforting to know there are people who love her and care about her well being.
    Thank you.

  • Sue, Mike, Jess and Mikayla O’Brien April 1, 2019 11:01 pm

    Leanne, Kendra, Art and families

    Love from us in Waterdown. May you all find strength in the hugs and words of friends and family. We will miss Bernadette and her pancakes and great conversations. ❤️
    With all our love,
    Sue Mike Jess and Mikayla.

  • Art & Jean Williams (Mississauga) April 1, 2019 8:26 pm

    Art, Leanne, Kendra and Family

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time. May your memories bring you peace and comfort now and in the days to come.

  • Henry & Lexena LeBlanc Waltham,Ma April 1, 2019 5:53 pm

    Arthur and Family
    Arthur and Family
    We were very sorry to hear about your loss.
    Please accept our sincere condolences…Our thoughts and prayers are with you all


  • Hector&Josie MacNeil April 1, 2019 5:30 pm

    Our condolences to you Art and family on Bernadette’s passing

  • Rosine white April 1, 2019 5:11 pm

    My condolences to you and your family she was a very strong woman

  • Beatrice Leblanc April 1, 2019 3:44 pm

    So sorry for your loss.

  • Janice Raftis April 1, 2019 3:39 pm

    Kendra and family,
    My heart breaks for you all. Sending you love and strength at this most difficult time.
    Love, Janice

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