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Rose Raymonde Burns

Rose Raymonde Burns

It is with great sadness and immense pride in the two year battle she fought against cancer, with such openness, courage and humour, the family announces that Rose passed away peacefully at the Inverness Consolidated Hospital in her 76th year.

Left behind with memories of a life well lived together during 59 years of marriage is her husband Fred and their children, Martin (Anne), Heather (Jamie) and Rob and their granddaughter Krystin and step-grandson Andrew.

Born in Tracadie/Sheila, New Brunswick, difficult life circumstances turned into a blessing for Rose, as she was embraced and loved by a foster family in her teen years.  This resulted in her now leaving to mourn siblings Rachelle, Marie-Mai, Roger, Rosanna (Delphus), Brenda (Richard), Lynda (Douglas), Gerry, Angella, Jack (Kim) and Jacynthe (Wayne).  Rose was predeceased by her parents Marguerite and Jean-Baptiste Robichaud, foster mother Ida Arsenault and siblings, Arthur, Denise and Verna.  Although not directly related, she leaves behind a family of many friends who looked to her as a second mom, sister and best friend.

Once her children were older, Rose started a ten-year career as a Home Care Support worker for the County of Inverness.  In this role she thrived in supporting seniors in being able to maintain their independence and remain in their own homes.  While they started off as clients, many soon became close friends that she cherished and cared for as family.

Rose loved playing games of any kind, whether they be card, dice or board games.  She had a very competitive streak, and was famous for saying “there is no such thing as family or friends in cards”.  At 3am you would often hear her request “just one more game”!  In recent years she always looked forward to the annual Boxing Day Monopoly game, and of course, the annual August long weekend washer toss tournament. This tournament was the highlight of her year.  She loved the “friendly” competition, but more important to her was getting to spend time with the friends that came from away for the weekend that loved her as dearly as she loved them.  Rose won MVP in the 2019 tournament and she proudly used her personalized MVP water tumbler throughout her illness.  Her “never give up” positive attitude and fierce competitive spirit shall live on in her kids.

Rose loved bingo!  Of course, she was thrilled when she won, but just as important to her was the socializing with all her Bingo Buddies over the years, including Myrna, Margaret and Dianne.  People knew not to call the Burns house between 7-8:30 on Friday evenings, as that time was reserved for radio bingo.  She took her radio bingo very seriously, and diligently kept record of who won each game every week.  Those friends lucky enough to play along with her always enjoyed when she would yell “Neil, shake your balls” at the radio.

This two-year journey has been one that Rose and the family could not have gotten through without the love and support of so many people.  Each and every kind gesture, phone call and card were such an important part in helping us all along the way.  The care and treatment Rose received from the doctors, nurses and staff at the Cape Breton Cancer Center was so amazingly personal, compassionate and professional, it surpassed any care one could receive in a larger center anywhere in the country.  Mere words cannot express the gratitude we feel for the Home Care Team (Jeanne and Marguerite) and the Palliative Care Team (Dr. Ritter, Lori-Ann, Lyndsey and Paulette) that provided the support and care which allowed Rose to remain at home for such an extended time.  The care Rose received from the nurses at the Inverness Hospital during her final weeks provided the family with the reassurance that she was in the best place for the care she required.

The overwhelming support from the community and the parishioners of St. Michael’s have made a very difficult time much more manageable.  A special thank you must also go out to great neighbors and friends Pat and Annie for all they have done, and continue to do to support the family, as well as to Kelly for being such a close friend and confidant to Rose for so many years.

Visitation at St. Michel’s Parish, Margaree will be on Friday, September 3rd, from 10:00 to 10:45am with funeral Mass at 11:00 am.  A family graveside service will follow the funeral mass.

COVID protocols require that masks be worn in the church. Family and friends wishing to attend the service are requested to notify the family via e-mail: [email protected], or phone (902) 235-2061.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in  Rose’s memory to Palliative Care Services, Inverness Consolidated Hospital, Inverness, N.S.

We All Have to Go Sometime”  – Rose Burns

(April 24th, 1945 – August 26th, 2021)


  • Cathy LeBlanc November 22, 2021 5:40 pm

    Rob, Heather, Martin & Freddie,
    I’m so sorry to learn of Rose’s passing. She was such a nice lady, always made me laugh. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Joe Stepaniak September 8, 2021 4:27 pm

    Burns family please accept sincere condolences on the loss of your Mom .
    Thoughts & prayers are offered to you all .

    Joe , Melissa & Isaac Stepaniak
    Cole Harbour, NS

  • Patty Isnor September 2, 2021 3:01 pm

    Rob and family,
    We were all sorry to hear the news and wanted to send our thoughts and best wishes. Rob, all of your friends at Blue Ocean are thinking about you, and we have donated to the Palliative Care services in her memory. Rose’s obituary made her so very real, and therefore her loss to you all so poignant. All the best to you, Rob, and your family.

    Patty Isnor and the Blue Ocean team

  • Margaret and Laird Burton September 2, 2021 2:06 pm

    Our sincere condolences to you Freddie and your family. May Rose rest in peace.

  • EVA ROBICHAUD September 2, 2021 11:16 am

    My sympathies to oncle Freddy and my cousin Martin .Heather .and Rob .
    My sympathies to my oncle Roger and aunt MarieMay and to all her families and friends. May you rest in peace now .You will be forever in my heart my little aunt that i adore ❤

  • Colleen(MacKenzie) September 1, 2021 10:44 pm

    My Sympathy, You Are All ,In My Thoughts and Prayers.

  • Bobby and Laura fortune September 1, 2021 10:23 pm

    Soo sorry to the family for your loss , she was a great lady.

  • Alfred and Marlene Gallant September 1, 2021 9:29 pm

    Freddy. Marlene and I are so sorry to hear of Rose’s passing. Our deepest condolences to you and your family.

  • Bob Burgess September 1, 2021 12:57 pm

    Sorry to hear of her passing. We were neighbors in Port Hawkesbury. Our condolences to your family.

    Bob, Eleanor,Blaine and Bonnie Burgess.

  • Margie MacLennan September 1, 2021 9:51 am

    Such a lovely lady, so sorry to hear of her passing. Our Sympathy to the Family. Margie and Steve MacLennan

  • Norman Marple September 1, 2021 8:30 am

    We will always remember the wonderful care Rose provided to our mothers, Ellen Coady and Margaret Marple. Both our mothers held her in high respect. We too had many conversations with Rose along the way and were inspired by her joyful spirit. A donation will be given to Palliative Care, Inverness in her memory. Joan and Norman Marple

  • Alvetta Losier August 31, 2021 1:45 pm

    Repose en paix ma belle cousine mes sympathies à toute la famille et amis

  • Rose Robichaud August 31, 2021 10:21 am

    Sympathies a la famille😇
    Repose en paix tante Rose❣
    Va jouer une bonne game de carte avec papa ( arthur) en haut mais astiner vous pas trop 💙
    Tes souffrance sont terminé tu peut maintenant te reposer
    Merci pour tout les beaux souvenirs d’enfance 😘
    Xox Rose

  • Harold & Lisa McLean . August 31, 2021 10:04 am

    Freddy ! Lisa & I extend our deepest sympathy to you & your family at this sad time ,ROSE WILL BE MISSED .

  • Amylie Landry August 31, 2021 7:42 am

    Mes plus sincères sympathies à toute la famille et ses nombreux amis! Rose restera à jamais dans nos coeurs, c’était une personne tellement spécial, gentille et aimante. Bon repos ma chère Rose tu vas pouvoir prendre une bonne game de carte avec Arthur!!! Love you always

  • Paulette Couture August 30, 2021 11:59 pm

    My dear cousin Rosemonde i will miss you dearly our phone calls, even though we lived so far away from one another it was such a pleasure specially when we could see each other during your visits in Tracadie while we were both on holiday at same time .You are finally free of pain .May you rest in Peace and watch over the lovely family you leave behind .Love you eternally xx Paulette Arseneau Couture . Our deepest sympathy to you Fred ,Martin ,Heather ,Robbie ,and your families she will be watching over you all as she loved you so much from Paulette and Billy Couture from Riverview NB

  • Cheryl Kane August 30, 2021 9:39 pm

    Dear Rob & family:

    i enjoyed reading about Rose and learning about her life – obviously, very well lived.
    I’m truly sorry for your loss;

  • Harley & Juanita Gray August 30, 2021 9:06 pm

    Our condolences to the family. You are in our thoughts.

  • Brandon arseneault August 30, 2021 3:18 pm

    We love you Tante Rose and Uncle Freddy. We will never forget the visits and we will always cherish the memories we have with you.

    Always remember the gum rule.

    Love , Brandon and Amanda Arseneault

  • Tanya and Dave Collins August 30, 2021 1:55 pm

    Dave and I are both so sorry for your loss. We are both so glad we had the opportunity to meet her snd see how sweet , warm and fun she was.
    She was so very proud of her family.
    Thinking of you all .

  • Polycarpe LeBlanc August 30, 2021 10:35 am

    Rose was quite the gal. We snuck many a cigarette outside although we had managed to both quit the dirty habit. She always made me laugh no matter what. Rose will be missed.

  • KELLY O’CONNOR August 30, 2021 9:00 am

    My wife Rose and I were stunned to hear of Rose’s passing. We had no idea of her illness. To Freddy, Martin and Heather we send our sincere condolences and utmost sympathy during the time that I lived in Margaree as well as vacation visits we always enjoyed seeing Rose, she was so full of fun and laughs.

  • Julie Forgeron August 30, 2021 8:52 am

    So very sorry,,,,Aunt Rose was a very special lady,,,

  • Leonard leblanc August 30, 2021 7:20 am

    My sympathies to you Freddie and all the family

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