It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bernadette LeBlanc, aged 70 of Belle Cote on March 29, 2019 at Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Bernadette had the extraordinary gift of connecting easily with people and making everyone feel special. Born the youngest of 8 children in Grand Étang to the late Johnny and Annie (Doucet) Burns, Bernadette moved to Toronto at the age of 16 and met her husband, Art LeBlanc of Belle Cote shortly thereafter. Art and Bernadette had the pleasure of celebrating 50 years married this past December. Bernadette was a warm, fun and nurturing mother and raised two daughters, Leanne (Jamie) Skinner and Kendra (Clarence) Pickett with so much love and joy. Bernadette loved being a grandmother and she was so very proud of her five grandchildren: Alex, Aidan and Kyle Skinner; Grace and Katie Pickett. Art and Bernadette retired back to Belle Cote in 1998 and enjoyed a happy retirement, spending many wonderful winter months in Arizona. Despite many health complications throughout her adult life, Bernadette always maintained a positive outlook and a grateful attitude. Bernadette is predeceased by siblings Lucy Dora (Clovis) Aucoin, Lionel (Marie Stella) Burns, and Thomas (Antoinette) Burns. She is survived by siblings Loretta (Joseph Edmond) Aucoin, Alex John (Mary Louise) Burns, Velma (Paul) LeBlanc and Roger (Mary) Burns. She is beloved by her many nieces and nephews as well as innumerable close friends throughout Cape Breton and across Canada and the United States. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 5th from 9:30am to time of funeral mass at 11:00am St. Michael’s church in East Margaree with Father Macdonald Ibeh officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital, attention Oncology Cancer Care. A very big thank you on behalf of Bernadette’s family to the many compassionate doctors, nurses and other health care professionals involved in her exceptional care.