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Marie Donathilde Poirier

Marie Donathilde Poirier

With deep sorrow, we announce the passing of Marie Donathilde Poirier, age 65, on Friday, December 29, 2023 at Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Chéticamp. She was a daughter to the late Amédeé H. and the late Marie Cecile (Harris) Poirier.

Donathilde was a talented artist and illustrator, a lover of animals (especially cats), a connoisseur of movies of all genres, and like her father before her, a natural-born storyteller, with a mischievous sense of humour – “une vrai faiseuse de tours,” as everyone who knew her would say.

Donathilde loved the winter season and was never happier than when she was outside, walking, on a cold winter’s day – unless she was inside, phone clasped to her ear, gabbing up a storm.

Donathilde had no children of her own, although, all of her many nieces and nephews would lovingly call her “leur deuxième mère.” She was always ready to help and never more than a phone call away. Despite suffering from mental health issues most of her adult life, she never lost her caring spirit or the natural urge to help whoever was in need. Late in life, she co-founded, along with her sister Marjolaine, H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Equally) Mental Health Awareness Group in Chéticamp, and was a spirited advocate for those suffering in silence.

We will always remember her playful, wry smile, her stubborn determination, her fighting spirit, when it came to her health issues and her pursuits, her stories over toast and tea (and cigarettes), and the difference she made in our lives. At this moment, we can almost hear her say, “Shu bien, j’vous aime un gros pileau!”  We will miss her dearly.

Donathilde is survived by her sister, Marie Marjolaine (Claude P.) Poirier.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers, Joseph Melvin (late Mina Deveau) Poirier, Joseph Roger Poirier, and Henry Edward (Donalda Camus) Poirier; sisters, Marie Marguerite (Lionel) Poirier, Marie Eveline (late Henry Charles) Roach, Marie Beatrice (late Joseph Arthur) Deveau, and Marie Jessie Poirier.

A funeral service will be held at a later date.


  • Yvette & Marcel January 20, 2024 5:17 am

    Our deepest condolences to Donathide’s family, especially to her sister Marjolaine and to all her nieces and nephews. Always enjoyed chatting with her. She was a very kind and warm person. May she rest in God’s loving arms.

  • Maureen Poirier January 11, 2024 4:10 pm

    Donathilde RIP. We didn’t get to see each other much in life, but you were always there for me in school. I never forgot.

  • Gaston Chiasson January 9, 2024 10:43 pm

    Repose en Paix ma chére amie. Je me souviendrer toujours de notre rencontre , de tous cela que nous avons partager sur cette terre qui est souvent malaiser a comprendre . Tu est en Paix maintenant.

  • Rosie Grace January 9, 2024 10:21 pm

    Sincerest Condolences to the entire family and other loved ones. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May Donathilde Rest in Eternal Peace – free from all earth’s burdens. xo xo

    “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”
    — Anonymous

  • Joey MacIsaac January 9, 2024 8:44 pm

    My condolences to all ..I remember you
    my neighbor and in school ,,always a nice smile ,, Joey MacIsaac

  • Vanessa Roach Scott January 9, 2024 8:43 pm

    Condolences to her family and friends. Thinking of all those who knew and loved her.

  • Margelaine January 9, 2024 7:14 pm beautiful sister the day you died you made me the last surviving sibling of my 3 brothers and 5 sisters. On that day you made me executor of all the precious memories and I will carry on with pride till the day that we are all together once again.

  • Brenda Poirier January 9, 2024 3:42 pm

    My sympathies to her family. R.I.P. my friend

  • Carole Frigault January 9, 2024 3:36 pm

    Mes sincères sympathies à tous ceux et celles qui ont eu la chance de partager un bout de chemin avec elle. ❤️💐🪽

  • Robert Harris January 9, 2024 3:09 pm

    Mrs plus sinceres sympathies a toute la famille et Amis

  • Brenda Roache January 9, 2024 2:14 pm

    Donathilde ,beautiful you.
    Mes sincères condolences à toute la famille et amis. Repose en paix 🌺

  • Pierrette Roach January 9, 2024 12:44 pm

    You will be dearly missed, was a coworker for years and yes she could be mischievous and make your day brighter with her Jokes & stories, RIP Beautiful friend & coworker may God embrasse you with your new wings,Fly high ❤️❤️❤️

  • Charles Emile January 9, 2024 9:28 am

    To a great aunt ❤ I will dearly miss, in heaven with love looking down on all of us smirking as she with my mom thinking of what kind of prank they can play on us!! Love you and will always be in my thoughts.

  • Shauna Roach January 9, 2024 9:26 am

    I remember visiting with Donathilde many days to sit with her when I knew she was having a tough time. She was a beautiful, kind and loving human being and a wonderful artist. She will be deeply missed and remembered with love and respect. May God cradle you in his arms. Much love to family and friends.

  • Sylvette Doucet January 8, 2024 10:15 pm

    Mes sincères sympathies à toute la famille. 🌼

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