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Louis-Joseph Maillet

Louis-Joseph Maillet

It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of Louis-Joseph Maillet of Cheticamp.

Louis-Joseph passed away at the Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Hospital on February 12, 2021 at the age of 94.  He was the son of the late Lubin Maillet and the late Catherine (Chiasson) Maillet, and the husband of 61 years to late Marie-Helen Aucoin.

He is survived by his children, James (Agathe), Florence (Emile Roach), Cyril (Suzana Moniz) and Dominique (Paula); by 8 grandchildren, Alysha, Véronique, Shawn, Jean-Louis, Emilie, Luke, Jack, Benjamin; and 6 great-grandchildren, (Sidonie, Ava, Kieran, Ethan, Max, Sadie). He is also survived by his sister Rita (Forrest). He was predeceased by brothers, Vincent, Jean-Felix and Simon-Pierre, and sisters, Marguerite-Marie, Mary-Jane and Elizabeth.

Louis-Joseph served in the merchant navy during WWII, and was later involved in the lobbying to have the merchant sailors recognized as official war veterans. He was a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Legion Branch 32 in Cheticamp, and the last surviving WWII veteran in Cheticamp.

After the war, he started a well-drilling business in which he proudly dedicated his efforts until he retired in the early 1990’s. He was affectionately known by the people of the greater part of Cape Breton Island as “The Well Driller from Cheticamp” (“Creuseux de puits”). He also sat on the board of the Well Drillers Associations of Nova Scotia and Canada.

He was actively involved in his community both during his working and retirement years. He was president of the local Arena and Golf Club, served a 4 year term as municipal councillor from Cheticamp in Inverness County, sponsored minor hockey and was the leader of the local Boys Scout Troop. In his later years he was chairman of the residents’ committee of the Résidence Acadienne. He even had a shot at acting in the short film “Tapis de Grand-Pré” in which he played the leading role.

In his younger years he would play the guitar and sing during family gatherings and parties. The rumor goes that he was an inspiration for some younger members of the family and other friends to study music and take up guitar playing. During his retirement years, he indulged in jigsaw and word puzzles (cryptograms), not to mention eating “fish & chips”, drinking tea and of course dark rum.

He will be missed by his friends and those close to him for his ”joie-de-vivre” and his love of people. His positive, laidback, and down to earth approach to life transpired in his many memorable quotes such as: “ça pourrait aller mieux mais ça coûterait plus cher” (“Could be better but would cost more”).

One could say that his philosophy in his later years was: “A little more laughter, a little less worry, a little more kindness and a little less hurry.”

The family wishes to thank the staff of the Camp Hill Veterans Hospital for their dedication and kindness during the time our dad was a resident and patient at the facility.

A funeral mass and burial will be held in Cheticamp at a later date.


  • Joe Muise February 21, 2021 1:44 pm

    Condolences to the family from all the Senior Coffee drinkers of which Louis Joseph was a member. We will keep on sharing memories of the days he spent with us laughing a telling jokes

  • Carmel Lavigne February 21, 2021 10:59 am

    Sincères condoléances à toute la famille. On a partagé les nouvelles du décès de votre père avec la famille LeFort. Beaucoup ont souligné qu’il était une très bonne personne digne de respect. Nos enfants, François, Hélène et Catherine, et nous-mêmes sommes attristés. Catherine était particulièrement attachée à vos deux parents qui l’ont gardé quand elle était bébé. On vous embrasse virtuellement durant cette période difficile.

  • Patricia February 20, 2021 9:38 am

    C’est avec tristesse que nous avons appris le passage de Louis Joseph. SVP soyez rassurés de nos pensées les plus profondes. Sa ‘joie de vivre’ restera avec nous pour longtemps. Soyez réconfortés par vos bonnes mémoires ❤️

    Les résidents de la Résidence Acadienne

  • Marthe & Linus February 19, 2021 7:32 pm

    Toutes nos sympathies à la famille

  • Chester &Bessie LeLievre February 19, 2021 9:52 am

    Nos sinceres condolences a toute la famille Maillet…….We remember him doing our well when we built our house, at the arena and at Nov 11th celebrations. Very nice man .May your happy memories get you through these hard days

  • Jose Moniz February 18, 2021 9:45 am

    Nos plus sincères condoléances à Cyril, Suzanne et toute la famille Maillet. Nos pensées sont avec vous tous en c’est moment difficile. Reposez en paix Monsieur Maillet!
    José et Lucia

  • Marielle Bourgeois February 17, 2021 9:47 pm

    Sincere Condolences to the whole family. I always loved to talk to your father. I loved the stories he told of when he was in the Navy and when my father and him were young. His obituary describes him to a tee and his little sayings were always the same. I missed him when he move to Halifax. Hopefully they will all reunite in Heaven. Keep the good memories. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Doris Poirier February 17, 2021 6:34 pm

    Sympathies to all the family.

  • Linda Grant February 17, 2021 6:23 pm

    Dear Florence, Emile and family. We were so sorry to hear about your Dad. A long and full life. May you find comfort in knowing hugs and prayers are coming your way. May he Rest In Peace.
    Linda and Raymond

  • Sharon February 17, 2021 5:47 pm

    We are so sorry to hear about Joe, your father and Rita’s brother. As you all know, dad has been waiting to get into camp hill and looking forward to catching up with Joe – he is very sadden at his loss of a very old friend. Take care of each other and I am so glad that Joe got his fish and chips. We will keep in touch. Again, take care and our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Sharon and Gordon Roche

  • Evelyn Doyle February 17, 2021 2:16 pm

    Sincere condolences to the family. Your dad was a gem. I enjoyed knowing him throughout the years as a community icon. You have wonderful memories to cherish❤️.

  • Estelle OHearn February 17, 2021 1:56 pm

    Our sincere sympathies to the family of Louis Joseph. We met Louis Joseph when he was visiting Uncle Miles in Cap Le Moyne. Miles so looked forward to his visits. I have a wonderful picture of them in my mind of the two of them toasting us with a glass of rum with those beautiful smiles. God Bless Louis Joseph and may he rest in peace.
    John & Estelle O’Hearn

  • Mariette Chiasson February 17, 2021 1:43 pm

    Nos sincères condoléances à toute la grande famille. Jamais facile de perdre un si grand homme. Que toutes vos mémoires vous consolent pendant ces temps difficiles.

    Mariette et Jean-Gilles Poirier

  • Solange Mombourquette February 17, 2021 1:32 pm

    Je partage votre peine en ce moment de deuil. Mes sincères condoléances à la famille Maillet.

  • Charles Joseph le blanc February 17, 2021 1:20 pm

    Will surely be miss as he was always joyful

  • Ginette Chiasson February 17, 2021 12:56 pm

    Nos sincères condoléances à toute la famille. Louis-Paul et moi gardons de beaux souvenirs des nombreuses années pendant lesquelles Louis-Paul travaillait avec votre père à creuser des puits. Un grand honme qui inspirait le respect!

  • Denise MacIntosh February 17, 2021 12:48 pm

    My sincere sympathies to the family. He was a kind soul and always had a smile on his face when I saw him. I have fond memories of him .

  • Aurel Muise February 17, 2021 11:49 am

    J’ offre mes sinceres sympathies a Florence, Emile et toute la famille. J’aimais Louis Joseph, une personne tres aimable et paraissait toujours content. Qu’il repose en paix.

  • Denise Corkum February 17, 2021 11:49 am

    To the Maillet family:
    On behalf of my Dad and myself, we want to express our sorrow on the loss of your Dad. My Dad, Lorne Wood (Woody), is also a resident at Camp Hill and was two doors down from your father. My Dad so enjoyed his friendship and chats with your Dad and was teary when he told me his friend had passed.
    With sincere sympathy,
    Lorne Wood & Denise Corkum

  • Celeste Deveau February 17, 2021 11:09 am

    Sincere condolences to all the family… he was my neighbor for a short while. Enjoyed our chats. He was so young at heart…always a smile

  • GELAS February 17, 2021 9:23 am

    Nos sympathies a James, Florence, Cyril et Dominique. Louis Joseph etait un bon voisin. Il avait une attitude positive. Il aimait la musique, il avait une bonne voix, et il connaisait la plupart des chansons que nous faisions quand nous jouions a la residence. Qu’il repose en paix.

  • Paulette Larade February 17, 2021 7:38 am

    Nos sinceres sympathies..J’aimais toujours visiter ton pere pendant ses dernieres semaines a Cheticamp ou avant- ca quand j’le rencontrais a la mail ou a la Coop. Toujours de bonne humeur!! J’ai beaucoup de bons souvenirs des temps a l’arena avec vous parents.. Souvenez vous de toutes les bonnes memoires!!

  • Michel et Christine February 16, 2021 6:43 pm

    Mes sympathies à Cyril ,Suzana et la famille

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