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Obituary for Hal MacLellan

It is with great sadness that we, the family, announce the sudden passing of Hal MacLellan, 73, of Sydney, on Monday, January 8, 2024, at home.

Born July 2, 1950, in Sydney, he was a son of the late Nat and Rita MacLellan.

Hal is survived by his best friend and wife of 50 years, Heather MacLellan (Matthews); daughters, Tracy (MacAulay) and Jan (Jason) MacNeil, Sydney, son, Ryan, Kempt Head; his pride and joys, who he claimed kept him young and were his favorite fishing partners, grandchildren, Hayden, Lucas (MacNeil), Rorey, Ada and Aubrey (MacAulay); brother, Kerry (Mary), Glace Bay; sister, Monica (Wayne) Hameniuk, Sydney; brother-in-law, Harold Kyte; sister-in-law, Kim (David) MacKinnon, Sydney; brothers-in-law, Edward, Belle Cote and Bruce (Jackie) Matthews, Sydney. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Hal was predeceased by his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Dolly and Fraser Matthews; sister, Colleen Kyte; and sisters-in-law, Gloria Matthews and Francis MacLellan.

He was a member of St. Theresa's parish, Sydney.

Hal was a great storyteller and spent many days telling stories about his early years in Antigonish on the family farm and times in Codroy Valley. Those early years with cousins were something which he loved to share. One of his most proud accomplishments was building his home with his own hands with one hammer and a saw (that wasn't even electric). For over 30 years, he was employed with Sysco, retiring in 2000. He was quite proud of his trade. All who knew Hal, spoke of what a hard worker he was, which was something that never changed, even in retirement. He may have officially retired in 2000, but he never slowed down and was the go-to for many people for anything. No job was too big or too small. The best part of retirement was spent enjoying every day walks with Heather on local trails, time spent in Dunvegan walking, fishing on his wharf or on the beach, fires with Tom and Marilyn, watching the activities of all his grandchildren and celebrating their accomplishments, whether it be swimming, hockey, soccer, baseball or artwork, days spent in the woods with Ryan, offering words of wisdom to anyone who would listen, keeping his dance card full during the dances at the Pensioner’s Club with Heather and family dinners, which brought him so much joy. Every meal was "just beautiful" and every dinner ended with lots of noise, as he raced to get the dishes done to get to dessert (even though he didn't like sweets).

One of the lasting, most beautiful memories and lessons he left, was for us all to take time. Something he may have reluctantly did, was travel, but also was one of the best stories he told. Early in marriage, he and Heather always went on a trip to celebrate their anniversary, as the kids grew so did the trip. They recently celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary with a trip to Portugal.

A Celebration of Life for Hal will be held at Sydney Memorial Chapel on Friday, January 12th at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. Jackie Warren officiating. Interment will take place at a later date. Following the service, a reception will be held at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation or the An Cala, Palliative Care Unit at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.

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