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Joseph Claude LeFort

Joseph Claude LeFort

76, of East Margaree, Nova Scotia, passed away suddenly on December 26, 2019.

Claude was born on August 18, 1943 at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Cheticamp, Nova Scotia to Paul and Antoinette (Aucoin) LeFort. As the eldest in his family, he went to work at an early age to help his mother and father provide for the family. Claude was married to Josephine (LeBlanc) on July 18,1964. They were living in Toronto at this time and Claude worked at the Goodyear Tire factory. Cyril and Michelle were born during Claude and Josephine’s time in Toronto. However, Cape Breton Island called them home and they returned in 1970. They returned first to Cheticamp, where Leroy was born and then finally settled in East Margaree. Claude and Josephine were married 53 years until Josephine’s sudden death on March 20, 2017.

After relocating to Cape Breton, Claude worked in the forestry industry cutting pulp, running machinery and driving a truck for Joseph A. LeBlanc Ltd. and John E. MacLean Enterprises. In the late 90’s he worked for a short time in Northern Alberta. Claude was an avid card player and loved attending local card plays. He also loved to fish and was known by all the fly fisherman on the Margaree River. He was a lifetime Honorary Kinsmen, being one of the founding members of the Margaree Kinsmen Club. Most of all he was very proud of his family especially his grandchildren. They will all miss his phone calls, card games and trips to the restaurant for fish and chips.

Claude is survived by his three children Cyril (Terri), Michelle Arsenault (Earl), Leroy (Wanda); grandchildren Kayla (Mike Kofahl), Bethany Chiasson (Justin), Kegan Arsenault (Kelsey), Jillian Arsenault, Hailee (Ward MacDonald) and Darcie; great grandchild Camryn (Kegan and Kelsey); brother Paul (Emma); sisters Stella Klingemann (Klaus), Dora Maillet (Robert), Ginette (Doris), Therese, Yvonne LeFort-Goosens (Peter) and other extended family and friends.

Claude is preceded in death by his wife Josephine and brothers Russell, Armand and Cyrille.

Visitation will be held on Monday, December 30th, 2019 from 7 to 9pm, at St. Michael’s Parish Hall. Funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 at 11:00 am, at St. Michael’s Church, East Margaree, Nova Scotia. Fr. Bedford Doucette will be officiating along with Fr. Macdonald Ibeh. Interment of ashes will follow the funeral at St. Michael’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.

Pepere, we will carry you with us till we see you again.



  • Donat Le Fort January 1, 2020 4:11 pm

    Though having lived most of my adult life away from home (Cheticamp) Claude was never forgotten. When I was younger his visits to our house in Plateau to visit my dad were always filled with good humour and laughter. His larger than life stature influenced me quite a bit growing up as I spent many Sundays at Point Cross with my cousin Cyril. We have lost a good friend.

  • Mike Deveaux December 31, 2019 3:12 pm

    So sory to hear of your loss Lee Roy and Wanda, Michelle and family our deepest condolences.

  • Robby & Doreen December 30, 2019 5:22 pm

    Our deepest sympathies to you all …. Claude will be missed by many .. fly high with the angels RIP Claude hugs to you all

  • Elaine Burton-Brown December 30, 2019 3:40 pm

    I would like to send my heartfelt condolences to Cyril, Michelle and LeRoy and family. May you find peace in your hearts and carry happy loving thoughts of Claude . May he be at peace.

  • Laird & Margaret Burton December 30, 2019 3:35 pm

    We would like send our deepest condolences to the family. May he rest in peace

  • Robert December 30, 2019 1:44 pm

    Leroy, Michelle & Cyril,

    So sad for your loss. Lots of great memories with your Dad stopping over to Emile’s to chat when we were down visiting…just recently this Summer, we had some good laughs.

    Always a an engaging fellow who enjoyed life to the fullest!

    Thinking of you during this difficult time.

    Rob & Lisa
    Moncton NB

  • Charlene & Darwin December 29, 2019 5:55 pm

    Our Condolences to all of Claude’s family and friends.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you
    at this sad time.

    Charlene & Darwin

  • Helena Aucoin December 29, 2019 5:32 pm

    Deepest condolences to all family and friends

    Helena & Andre (a Placide a William)


  • Jackie and Colonel Maclellan December 29, 2019 2:46 pm

    So very sorry for your loss your Dad was a character who will be missed

  • Robert Maillet December 29, 2019 10:41 am

    Les “Maillets” de Clare et Quebec pass on our sincere condolences….. Robert,Jeanne,Marc,Cindy,Jacob & Tina.

  • Wayne LeFort December 29, 2019 10:02 am

    So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you

  • Chester& Bessie LeLievre December 29, 2019 9:59 am

    Our sincere condolences to the LeFort family

  • Amédée Aucoin December 29, 2019 9:54 am

    Our sincere sympathies to Claude’s family and friends. Yes life can change on a dime.
    Courage for the coming year and God bless you all.
    A fellow former Point Cross resident.

  • Pat LeBlanc December 29, 2019 9:19 am

    My sincere sympathies to you all on your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  • Tierra December 29, 2019 5:30 am

    We are so deeply sorry for your loss. Claude was a wonderful man. I enjoyed our long conversations every time we happened to bump into eachother at the grocery store or the gas station. He always had something to chat about and a smile to share. I’m sending love to you all.

  • Alfred & Marleen Aucoin December 29, 2019 12:04 am

    So sorry for your loss. Our condolences to all of the family in this time if grieve. Hold on to the memories. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Liz and Mike Handy December 28, 2019 11:26 pm

    We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prospers are with you Sending big hugs xoxo

  • Chris Pickles December 28, 2019 11:02 pm

    Sorry for your loss .deepest condolences to all the family.
    Great man. He will be missed !!

  • Laura fortune December 28, 2019 10:32 pm

    Soo very sorry to all the family on Claude’s sudden passing, thinking of you all at this time. Sincerely, bobby and Laura fortune and family.

  • Carolyn MacKay December 28, 2019 10:29 pm

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

    Carolyn and Howard MacKay

  • Stacia and Gary Evans December 28, 2019 10:28 pm

    My deepest condolences to all of the family. May you find comfort and strength in one another to help you through this difficult time.

  • Donnetta December 28, 2019 10:15 pm

    Sincere sympathy to all of Claude’s family!
    Ian and Donnetta

  • Adeline marks December 28, 2019 10:07 pm

    So sorry for your loss,our condolences to the family,—keith and adeline marks

  • Candace Poirier December 28, 2019 9:07 pm

    My sympathies to the family. Claude was a very nice and friendly man. He was always good for a little chat when he would come into work. May he rest in peace.

  • Judy McIsaac December 28, 2019 8:04 pm

    Michelle, Leroy and family. I’m sorry to hear of your loss and I’m so sorry that I cannot be there with all of you at this time. Know that I am thinking of you and you are all in my prayers. Judy McIsaac

  • Marcella Mac Neil December 28, 2019 8:02 pm

    Very sorry for your loss.

  • Lisette Aucoin December 28, 2019 7:59 pm

    Rest in peace cousin…

  • Barb and Danny Smith December 28, 2019 7:52 pm

    Our sincere sympathies to all the Lefort family. Hugs to all.

  • Freda and Gerardrd December 28, 2019 7:49 pm

    Michelle,Cyril and LeRoy
    So very sorry for your loss off uncle Claude..he will be missed.You have great memories of him .Hugs ❤️

  • Bertha Doucet December 28, 2019 7:36 pm

    our deepest sympathy to all claude.s family and friends he will be grately missed

  • Brenda Roache December 28, 2019 6:58 pm

    To the family,
    So sorry for your loss.

  • Rosemary & Keith December 28, 2019 6:58 pm

    We are so sorry to hear about your sudden loss. It is hard to believe how quickly life can change. We are sorry we can not be there but you will be in lor thoughts and prayers. Hugs to you all.

  • Doris Poirier December 28, 2019 6:52 pm

    Sympathies to all his family. R.I.P. cousin.

  • Marie Chisholm-Pearson December 28, 2019 6:47 pm

    Condolence to all Claude’s Family and Friends. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Gus Pearson & Marie Chisholm-Pearson

  • Marie Chisholm-Pearson December 28, 2019 6:44 pm

    You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Gus Pearson & Marie Chisholm-Pearson

  • Jeanne and Kevin Messervey December 28, 2019 6:02 pm

    Michelle, Cyril, Leroy and families,

    There are no words to properly explain the sorrow we feel for your sudden loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

    Jeanne and Kevin

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