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Moise Cleophas (Cleo) Cormier

Moise Cleophas (Cleo) Cormier

Cleophas Cormier died peacefully, age 86, at Sacred Heart Community Health Centre on March 31, 2020.  Our Uncle was a brave and courageous man who faced many health challenges over the last 12 years. His favorite words of wisdom were, “Always be ready to adjust your sails”, and he practiced that each and every day as he slowly dealt with his limited mobility due to stroke.  He was born and raised by Helen and Moise in Grand Etang and Le Plakva.  Our Uncle left the community in 1952 to pursue his education at St FX University, received his Business Degree and later graduated with his Masters in Economics in Toronto, Ontario.  In order to achieve his goals, he joined the ROTC and worked during the summer months before he graduated from St FX University.  Cleo was a very determined, goal oriented type of person who lived a very full but modest life. He worked as an Economist and Branch Director of Fisheries and Oceans for 35 years and retired from the Federal Government at the age of 55.  Cleo spent his retirement days outdoors, fishing and hiking with his dog Tico.  He acquired a sailboat, taught sailing and spent a fair amount of time on the water.  He was a man of great faith, and dedicated much of his time as a member of St. Clements Church in Dartmouth, NS where he resided with his wife, Marie Jeanne.   His passion and love of Le “Plakva” eventually drew him back to his native home.

Feeling a great loss are his closest family members who helped ease the days of his journey home in loving ways:  nieces and nephews, Shirley MacEachern, Rose Marie Chiasson, Arthur, Marie Delia, Priscilla, Leon (Kathy MacArthur), Richard and Sheila.  Mourning the passing of their Uncle are also many other siblings  residing outside this province.  He was predeceased by his wife Marie Jeanne, and sisters and brothers:  Mary Cecile (Joseph,) Ernestine (Joseph), Joseph Albert (Yvonne), Denis Patrice (Marie Margaret), Elie George (Rosella), Gaston, Lionel, and Edmond Bernard (Mary).

The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to Cleo’s physician, Dr. Paul Sonier, and all other health care providers who looked after our Uncle during his short stay at Sacred Heart Community Health Centre.

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”

A funeral mass will be celebrated in St. Joseph’s Church, St. Joseph du Moine and will be announced at a later date.  Donations may be made to Diabetes Canada or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.

Condolences

  • Gérald April 28, 2020 11:40 am

    Toujours fidèle à la messe quotidienne, il aura droit au banquet éternel. Paix à la famille de Cleophas et ses amis. Sa canne devient un symbole de son pèlerinage bien réussi. Cette canne devrait être placée dans l’église st joseph du moine qu’il a servi avec tant de dévotion. Il me rappelait toujours qu’il ne s’agissait pas de la communauté du moine mais bien de Saint Joseph du Moine.

  • Vida Doucet April 14, 2020 7:18 pm

    My sincere sympathies My late husband Gerald Doucet and Cleo were great friends. Cleo was the inspiration for Gerry to go to university. Vida Doucet

  • Jim Jones April 8, 2020 8:57 pm

    My sincere condolences to Cleo’s family. I first met Cleo when I joined DFO as a young economist in St John’s NL. During the early part of my career, Cleo was someone who provided guidance and advice and always encouraging words. Cleo was a true gentleman and I had occasion to met meet be entertained by Cleo and his wife at their home in Dartmouth. Cleo was proud of his Cape Breton roots and Acadian heritage. He was a true influence on many and made significant contributions to fisheries policy in Canada. The most obvious is the on the fisheries licensing system. The idea that licenses should be available only to actual fishermen was a mantra of Cleo’s. Today, the idea of “owner operator” has now been entrenched into the Fisheries Act. Cleo was a proponent of this in the 1970’s. Be proud of your uncle. He made a real difference.

  • Rene Aucoin April 7, 2020 9:06 pm

    Condoléance à la famille de Cleophas. La conversation avec lui était toujours intéressante. D’un ami pêcheur et flycaster. Réné Aucoin

  • Fr. Owen Connolly April 7, 2020 12:47 pm

    I just want to pass along my prayers and thoughts to the family on the passing of their uncle Cleo. I knew Cleo very well thirty years ago, just after he retired from Oceans and Fisheries and wanted to donate his time and expertise to the Church. Archbishop Hayes set up a commission to study the subject of “Future Pastoral Planning” and I was the chair and Cleo was secretary. We became very good friends and he taught me a lot. I will keep Cleo and his family in prayer during these days of Holy Week.

  • Elaine Walker April 7, 2020 10:15 am

    So sorry for your loss. Cleo lived a rich and full life. I worked with Cleo when he was Economics Director at DFO. He had a keen sense of humor along with lots of fisheries history. My mom was a Chiasson and grew up in St Joseph du Moine. Hard to see a generation pass.

  • Mary Chiasson April 7, 2020 9:38 am

    We are sorry to learn of the passing of Cleo. We got to know him at St. Clements over several years before he returned to Cape Breton. God bless all of you. Cleo use to tease and say that were 5th cousins twice removed! Rest in Peace Cleo. J. Raymond and Mary Chiasson

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