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Joy Cassidy


Joy Cassidy

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Joy Cassidy. She died peacefully with her loving daughter, Lesley, by her side on May 7 at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre.

Born in Thornaby-On-Tees, Middlesbrough, UK on January 19, 1941, she was the only child of William and Edith Gordon.

She is survived by son Michael (Donna) Truro, NS; daughters Sharon, Fredericton, NB and Lesley Belyea, Amherst, NS; as well as four beloved grandchildren, Stephen Belyea (Adrienne), Halifax, NS, Ryanne Belyea, Amherst, NS, Michelle Cassidy, Dartmouth, NS and Kayla Cassidy, Truro, NS.

She was predeceased by her parents, by her loving husband of 59 years, John Cassidy and son-in-law Bruce Belyea of Amherst. Joy and her family came to Canada in 1967 when John joined the staff of the Technical University of Nova Scotia (now DalTech).

Joy was a happy homemaker. If her family was happy, she was happy. She loved to cook and make sure her family had three square meals a day. Her family always came first. Although she may not have enjoyed ironing, she would spend hours doing it. Even the towels and bed sheets got ironed! Joy loved children and children loved her. She always had children in the house to care for even when her own children were young.

Joy never missed an Episode of Coronation Street. It was her favourite show. She also loved Celtic music and Scottish humour. She loved watching John and his friends perform in their group named Ceilidh. She was a true groupie! Although she couldn’t hold a tune, she enjoyed singing along anyway!

Joy took great pride in watching Stephen play hockey and Ryanne basketball as well as both of them participating in track and field events. She was among their biggest fans. It always warmed her heart to share special occasions with them as well as Michelle and Kayla.

To know Joy was to love her. She had a kind, tender and loving soul. She was always smiling and
loved to laugh while living life to the fullest.

Although our hearts are broken we are thankful her suffering is over and that she gets to reunite with her soulmate.  "Cancer may have taken your body, and your mind, but your Spirit will live long with all the souls you touched while you were here with us." Joy will be deeply loved and missed forever and always by her family and friends.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Jones Family Funeral Centre, 70 Church St., Amherst, NS (902-667-8777). Due to COVID-19, Due to Covid-19, a celebration of remembrance will be held at a later date.

Those wishing to make a memorial donation in Joy's name may do so to the charity of your choice.

Sharing of memories and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Joy's online memorial at or through the Jones Family Funeral Centre Facebook Page.

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