Funeral service for the late Alexander ‘Alex’ [‘the priest’] MacDonald Chisholm, 75, was held September 10 in St. Ninian Cathedral, Antigonish, with Father Donald MacGillivray officiating, assisted by Father Elliott O’Neal and Father Bernard MacAdam.
Mr. Chisholm died September 5, 2019.
Readers at the funeral Mass were Kyle Fraser and Donna MacPhie. Music was provided by choir director and organist Emery Van de Wiel, St. Ninian Choir, soloist Margaret MacGregor MacDonald and violinist John Pellerin.
Active pallbearers were Shawn Chisholm, Sandy Stewart, Wes Anstey, Albie Falkenham, Marc MacMullin and Barry MacMaster.
Honorary pallbearers were Donnie MacEachern and Roy Cameron.
Born in North Sydney, he was a son of Marguerite and Raymond Hickey. He was adopted by Mary and Duncan ‘Big Colin’ Chisholm of Antigonish. Through his years of work at the Bergengren Credit Union in Antigonish, he helped countless people finance their lives. He was awarded the Representative Volunteer of the Year for Nova Scotia in 2008. An avid, self-taught carpenter, he built his own home and cottage and assisted friends and family on many projects. Music was a life-long passion, whether singing in the senior choir of St. Ninian Cathedral or immersing himself in traditional Celtic music.
He is survived by his wife, Marion Anne (née Anstey, MacPhie); two daughters, Mary Elizabeth (Kyle), Terri (Rick); son, Paul (Angela); three step-daughters, Patti (Rich), Donna and Dale (Marc); four grandchildren, Ridley Chisholm, Kieran and Brenna Nott, Isabella MacMullin; four siblings, Sheldon, John, Michael and Sharon Hickey.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Lillian Elizabeth ‘Betty’ (Bisson).
Memorial donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul or a charity of choice.
Online condolences: www.MacIsaacs.ca