Irene (Reid) MacLellan

Born: Sat., Nov. 9, 1935
Died: Wed., Oct. 2, 2019


6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Sat., Oct. 19, 2019
Location: J.M. Jobes Funeral Home

Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Sun., Oct. 20, 2019
Location: St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church

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Irene MacLellan
North Sydney/Sydney Mines

It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of our cherished wife, mother, sister, aunt, and friend, Irene MacLellan, 83, on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, at MacGillivray Guest Home.
Born in Sydney on November 9, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Harris and Doreen (Williams) Reid.  
Irene was a faithful member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Sydney Mines, where she was for many years a Sunday School teacher, leader of the Children of the Church group, and co-coordinator of Vacation Bible School.  She was a charter member of the Sydney Mines Kinette Club and with her husband, Lorne, a contributor to many community endeavours.  She loved music and dancing with Lorne.  Irene was a wonderful and devoted wife and mother who enjoyed her home and family.  She dedicated her life to her family and service to others.  She was constantly cleaning and kept an immaculate home.  She was a beautiful cook and provided her family and those who visited with delicious meals.  The smell of the weekly homemade bread was always a delight to Lorne, Nancy, and Clyde.  Irene enjoyed the simple things in life and was a kind and caring presence in her home and community.  She will forever be in our hearts.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Dr. D. Lorne MacLellan, son, Clyde (Marian McMahon), Ottawa, and daughter, Nancy (Rev. Ritchie Robinson), North Sydney.  She is also survived by sisters, Evelyn Carver, Sydney and Velma (Richard) Wace, Toronto; brothers, Neil (Margie) and Lloyd (Francie), brother-in-law Roger MacQueen and sister-in-law Helen Reid, all of Sydney, along with many nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers, Wilfred, Melvin and Cecil; sisters, Marjorie MacQueen, Mildred Reid and Lena Evans; brothers-in-law Albert (Bud) Carver and Lew Evans.
Special thanks to Dr. Beth MacCormick for her care over the years, Dr. Jeanne Ferguson for her guidance, all of Irene’s home care workers, and the staff of MacGillivray Guest Home for their care and compassion to Irene and the family.
Visitation for Irene will be held in J. M. Jobes Funeral Home, Sydney Mines, on Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 6 to 9 p.m.  A celebration of her life will take place Sunday, October 20, at 2 p.m. in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Sydney Mines with Rev. Dr. Marion Barclay MacKay and Rev. Ritchie Robinson officiating; burial to follow in Brookside Cemetery, Sydney Mines.  Memorial donations may be made to St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (3 Queen St., Sydney Mines, B1V 2L1), St. Giles Presbyterian Church (49 Campbell St., North Sydney, B2A 2C8), or charity of choice. Words of comfort may be sent to her family at

“Well done, good and faithful servant.”

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John and Kate Currie
   Posted Fri October 04, 2019
Deep sadness at Irene’s demise.knew her well over the years....great lady and devoted to family. I knew she suffered lately and is now at peace. Best to you Lorne and the kids.
John and Kate

Pat McMahon
   Posted Sat October 05, 2019
Our deepest condolences to Lorne, Clyde, Nancy and their families. Always difficult to see a loved one leave us but the memories will live on. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Pat, Tina and Stephanie McMahon

Jane Gillan
   Posted Sat October 05, 2019
So sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the many fond memories of the wonderful times spent together. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Debra Murray
   Posted Sat October 05, 2019
I’ve never met Irene but Lorne was one o.f few teachers I had in my life let alone high school who positively impacted me at Sydney Mines High. He is someone who really made a difference and who was an awesome superintendent of schools. I know for sure that he and Irene were,”A package deal.” My mom Catherine (Kaye)
knew them both... he guided me to my first teaching job without which I’m not sure where I’d be. Lorne... I thank, admire and respect you. Hold tight to your precious memories... I cannot imagine the impact of your loss.

Elizabeth MacNeil Brophy
   Posted Sun October 06, 2019
Sorry to hear of Irene’s passing. I worked with Irene at Sydney Wholesale. She was generous with her time to “show this rookie the ropes” and so admired for her kindness. Although I moved to the USA and lost touch, I always had so many fond memories of her. My condolences to Irene’s family and God speed Irene.
Love from Elizabeth MacNeil Brophy

Katherine and Lloyd Grant
   Posted Sun October 06, 2019
Sorry to hear about your Mother, our deepest condolences to you all. Katherine and Lloyd .

Cheryl Carver
   Posted Mon October 07, 2019
Our deepest condolences on Aunt Irene’s passing. She was an amazing lady and such a loving and caring person and will be missed by so many. Uncle Lorne, Clyde and Nancy, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your whole family at this difficult time. Love Cheryl, Annie and Liam.

Caroline Matheson
   Posted Tue October 08, 2019
To the Reid and MacLellan families, I am sorry to hear about Irene's passing. What a wonderful woman she was and now is at peace. I have many great memories of her and the times Velma and I made her laugh with our antics. I have always considered the Reid family my second family. My thoughts and prayers are with Lorne, Nancy and Clyde and Irene's siblings. Love to all of you, Caroline

Susan Morrison
   Posted Tue October 08, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you all at this very difficult time .
Sincerely ,
Susan Morrison (Selfridge)

Martha Ross
   Posted Tue October 08, 2019
My deepest sympathy to Lorne MacLellen and family on the passing of Irene. With thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. I was so happy to have met Irene and got to know this special lady. Rest In Peace dear Irene.

Martha Ross

Carla and Mel Nash
   Posted Tue October 08, 2019
Our deepest sympathies to the family. May your faith and memories sustain you at this difficult time.

Ben/Heather Young
   Posted Thu October 17, 2019
Our deepest condolences on the passing of Irene our thoughts and prayers are with you all and may she rest with the angels

Lauretta Balderston
   Posted Thu October 17, 2019
My sincere condolences to Lorne and the family! May God wrap His loving arms around each one of you and may memories warm your hearts!

Lauretta Balderston

Valerie Barclay
   Posted Fri October 18, 2019
Our deepest condolences on the passing of Aunt Irene, such a kind, loving caring person who will always be remembered. Uncle Lorne, Clyde and Nancy our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. Love Valerie, Bob, Geoff and Kat.

Tracy Dove
   Posted Fri October 18, 2019
So sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved Mother, my deepest condolences to you all.

Tracy Dove

Tom Gaskell
   Posted Fri October 18, 2019
Lorne and Family,
While we are unable to be there, please know that we were truly saddened at the news of Irene’s passing. We realize how close you were and how difficult it is to lose someone so significant to all of you. Our most sincere condolences.
Tom and Agnes Gaskell

Maureen Scott
   Posted Sat October 19, 2019
My sincere condolences to the MacLellan family. Thinking of you all.
Maureen Scott

David Murray
   Posted Sat October 19, 2019
Our sincere condolences to all the Family on your loss. We uplift you in prayer at this difficult time.
David & Patricia Murray

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