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Sarah Catherine MacKinnon

Sarah Catherine MacKinnon

Sarah Catherine MacKinnon, known affectionately as Sally, passed away peacefully at Inverary Manor, Inverness on Sunday, February 11, 2024, at the age of 83, surrounded by loving family. She was born on January 17, 1941, in Margaree Harbour, NS. She is predeceased by her parents, John Lauchlin and Rebecca (Dunn) MacKinnon; along with her siblings, Myles, (Marge Dee), John (Mary Clark), Carmella (Michael Leblanc), and Christena (Roy Cameron).

Sally is survived by her brother, Angus (Anne Chiasson); brother-in-law, Roy Cameron; twin sister, Marie (Jim Guilford); and a vast extended family of 28 nieces and nephews; over 50 great-nieces and nephews; and remarkably, a few great-great-nieces and nephews, who were all dear to her heart. She was a devoted daughter, sister, aunt, and friend, always putting the needs of others before her own. Her warm smile and compassionate nature brought comfort and joy to all who crossed her path. Sally cherished her childhood on the family farm in Margaree Harbour, where she and Marie divided and conquered the homestead chores. Sally happily avoided the dishpan and housework to join “Daddy” in the barn where she nurtured her love for animals and developed a strong work ethic mirroring that of her parents, brothers, and sisters. She learned the value of grit and determination from her parents and older siblings, who tirelessly worked to provide for their family and maintain their livelihood. Sally’s upbringing on the family farm laid the foundation for the hard work and unwavering resolve that would define her later years. Her childhood experiences instilled in her a deep sense of gratitude for her Cape Breton Scottish roots and a deep love for her family and community. For Sally, there truly was no place like home.

Sally was a woman of profound faith, finding solace and strength in her devotion to God and the Blessed Virgin Mary. She embarked on pilgrimages to Fatima, Medjugorje and Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré throughout her life, seeking to deepen her spiritual connection.  With a heart overflowing with love and generosity, Sally extended a helping hand to those less fortunate, providing support and assistance to children and families in need. Through sponsorship programs, she ensured that children around the world had access to education, healthcare, and basic necessities, hoping to help for a brighter future.

Sally’s professional calling was as a laboratory technician, a vocation she embraced with pride, expertise, and dedication. She trained at Saint Martha’s Hospital in Antigonish during the formative years of the field in Nova Scotia. Having watched her aunt, Sister Mary Carmel and her sister Chris become nurses at Saint Martha’s, Sally humbly forged her own path in the lab tech program at the same institution. In the early years of her career, Sally played a pivotal role in establishing laboratory services at hospitals in Inverness and Cheticamp, allowing her to remain close to her beloved parents, community, and the farm. Her adventurous spirit led her to work at the hospital lab in Trail, British Columbia, before eventually returning home to Nova Scotia, where she found her permanent home at the IWK Children’s Hospital in Halifax. Following her retirement as lab manager from the IWK, Sally spent the spring to fall months in Margaree at the homestead and loved the freedom of having nothing pressing to drag her off the beach on summer days. The youngest in the clan knew that Sally always had a freezie waiting for them when they came by, which naturally included a beverage of choice for the parents. Whether her feet were planted in the sand on MacKinnon’s Beach or warming up on the door of the wood stove in the kitchen, gathering with family was all Sally needed.

Sally will be remembered fondly for her humble and selfless spirit, unwavering faith, and profound love for her family and community. Her legacy of acts of service, generous nature and compassion for the downtrodden will continue to inspire all who had the privilege of knowing her.

Sally’s family would like to thank the hard working staff at The Birches in Musquodoboit Harbour and at the Inverary Manor, Inverness for caring for Sally. A funeral mass to celebrate Sally’s life will be held at St Michael’s Church, East Margaree on Saturday, February 17, 2024. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until time of funeral mass at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society or Canadian Cancer Society.

Rest in peace, dear Sally. You will be deeply missed and forever cherished in our hearts…And the cares of tomorrow can wait ’til this day is done.



  • Ronelda Gillis March 3, 2024 1:55 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Sally’s passing.
    She was always such a pleasant, kind person .
    May she Rest in Peace.

  • Jackie Duggan February 19, 2024 1:32 pm

    Caring thoughts of sympathy to Sally’s family during this difficult time .
    So sad to hear this news but look back at many fond memories of Sally .Her kindness and positive words had such a strong impact on those of us who had the privilege of working with her at the IWK.

  • Margaret Coady February 18, 2024 7:56 pm

    Sincerest c condolences to all of the families.

  • Ann Duff MacDonald February 18, 2024 5:50 pm

    Remembering your warmth and hospitality when Colin and I along with Chris and Roy would drop in for a visit to the farm in Margaree, we were always greeted with a beautiful smile and a good cup of tea.
    May you rejoice forever in the house of the Father.

  • Melina Shade February 17, 2024 3:27 pm

    Our condolences for your loss. You are in our prayers🙏🌷

  • Barb Fulton February 17, 2024 2:13 pm

    My deepest sympathies . Sally was a wonderful caring person. It was a privilege to work at the IWK with such a remarkable boss and mentor who gave great guidance . She left me with so many fond memories. Her compassion to me during some personal losses will never be forgotten. Rest in peace Sally.

  • Ann-Marie Etheridge February 17, 2024 11:04 am

    My sincerest condolences on your loss. Sally was a dear friend to my late mother, Shirley. When we were children, Sally sent us a Christmas present every year, without fail – always something thoughtful and original. One year, it was a kit to make wooden clothespin dolls, which I thought was just terrific. I loved it so much that I could not bear to use it. I last spoke with Sally a few years ago. I was visiting with one of my aunts in Heatherton, and Sally called that evening. It was lovely to catch up with her. I know that she will be deeply missed by many.

  • AC MacAdam February 16, 2024 7:37 pm

    I echo my sister Jane’s note to all of the MacKinnons. Sally’s obituary portrays a wonderful person treasured by all who knew her thru her life. May all involved sense the peace that she shared with all.

  • Sandra Rutherford February 16, 2024 1:41 pm

    Sending deepest sympathy to all of Sally’s family. Sally was my supervisor in the Laboratory at the IWK for many years. She was one of the kindest ladies that I have ever met. She was such an encouragement to me as a young technologist always instilling in me that the patient always came first. We had lots of chats around us both having twin sisters. Her whole family was so important to her and she was very proud of them too.
    Rest easy dear Sally, you will never be forgotten.

  • Pauline King February 16, 2024 10:42 am

    To Sally’s family who she held so dear. May you be happy in knowing that she is now in the place of greatest joy. Her light continues to shine in the hearts of all she touched. Pauline King, former IWK tech.

  • Donna Ruggles February 16, 2024 10:12 am

    I am so sorry for the loss of Sally. Sally taught us all very well at the IWK, she was our manager and most of all our friend. We could go to Sally with anything and she would gently guide us in the right direction. Keeping you all in thought and prayer at this difficult time. Remembering Sally with love and grace. Donna Ruggles

  • Barbara Hall February 15, 2024 9:36 pm

    Sally was my mentor and colleague for many years at the IWK. She taught me grace under fire and to always take the upper road. She was greatly admired and respected throughout her career. Many happy memories of fun and laughter when she was our leader and friend too.

  • Ann Munro February 15, 2024 6:40 pm

    Deepest sympathy to all of Sally’s family on her passing . Sally may have been my boss but her gift of friendship is treasured beyond measure. Since we were both Cape Bretoner ‘s that was the immediate connection but when she discovered that I had started my career at St. Martha’s that was it. Her smile, her genuine caring for her employees and of course her love of her family, such a treasure was Sally. Gun robh fois sìorraidh aig a-h-anam ( May her soul rest in eternal peace.)

  • Anthony Mac Isaac February 15, 2024 5:50 pm

    Our prayers and condolences goes out for Sally’s family, her sister Marie and Jim and her brother Angus and Anne and her nieces and nephews.
    I remember Sally as a wonderful Lab Manager at the IWK.
    Theresa had some great visits with her at her home in Margaree Harbour. Sally will be missed by all of us.
    May she rest in peace . May the Lord Jesus Christ bless ,comfort and be with you all as you remember your dear Sally.
    Anthony and Theresa Mac Isaac, Cole Harbour

  • Ruth Peppard February 15, 2024 3:03 pm

    So saddened to learn of Sally’s death. My condolences to all the MacKinnon clan. Since meeting Sally in the sixties when we both went to B.C. to work, she has shared her friendship, family and living arrangements. So many memories of 805. I am sorry not to be with you on Saturday. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Ruth

  • Marie Chisholm-Pearson February 15, 2024 2:30 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with Sally’s family and friends.

  • Jo-Ann MacDougall February 15, 2024 10:17 am

    Dear MacKinnon’s
    I am sorry for your loss. I recall hearing Sally’s name often throughout the years with fondness. She looked like a great soul & a big loss to the community & family. May she rest in peace.

  • Mary Anne Eisener February 15, 2024 9:08 am

    Deepest sympathy is extended to Sally’s family on your loss. As my boss in the Biochemistry Department at the IWK, Sally was a remarkable leader whose guidance and wisdom will be forever etched in my heart. As we bid farewell, I remember not only her dedication but also the lasting impact she had on each of us in the laboratory. Her legacy will continue to inspire us to strive for greatness. As her obituary states, she had a humble and selfless spirit. Rest in peace, dear Sally.

  • Moira Myszak February 15, 2024 5:10 am

    Warm hugs to all the family. Sally will certainly be missed … such a positive energy she brought to gatherings.

  • Jane MacAdam February 14, 2024 9:58 pm

    Sincere sympathy Marie and Angus. Sally was a great friend when we were all young girls, someone I always looked up to. Great memories of those days, particularly the twins’ birthday party. I’ll always have warm thoughts of Sally.

  • Debbie MacDonald February 14, 2024 8:25 pm

    To Marie and Sally’s family. Please accept my sincere condolences on Sally’s passing, I worked for Sally for many years at the I.W.K. lab.She was a great boss and a very good friend.. Debbie MacDonald.

  • Johnena February 14, 2024 3:26 pm

    My sympathy to the family

  • Laura MacGillivray February 14, 2024 2:42 pm

    My condolences to Sally’s family. It was such a privilege to have known her and to have worked with her at St. Martha’s Lab.

  • Leonard leblanc February 14, 2024 12:34 pm

    My condolences to all the family,nieces and nephews

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