Daniel "Punch" Handley Sr.

Died: Wed., Jun. 10, 2020


Family to do services at later date


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Daniel “Punch” Handley Sr.
Bras d’Or

With deep sadness we announce the passing of our Dad on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, after a long battle with cancer.
Born in Sydney Mines, he was the son of the late William and Ellen Jane (O’Connell) Handley.
Danny was always there to help anyone who needed it. He was comforted by those he saw at Tim Horton’s (the office), and loved going to visit friends at the man cave every evening.
Most of his working days were spent on the railway in Sydney Mines, and after retirement he delivered for Sears. He loved to hunt, fish, camp, garden, play baseball, and run the road in his Ford truck.
Surviving are his children Nicole (Lawrence)Jardine, Billy (Michelle), and Daniel (Amy). He was so proud of his grandchildren Lyndon, Jillian, Rebecca, Terrah, Sarah, Dylan, Kevin and Jessie. He is also survived by sisters Josephine (Butch) Hall, Youlonda (Leonard) Knott, and brother Billy, all of Ontario.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife Audrey (King), brother Jimmy, sisters Marilyn, Becky and Noreen (the late Norm Welsh).
A private family burial will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Danny’s memory may be made to the Cape Breton Cancer Center Patient Care Fund. Words of comfort may be forwarded to his family at www.jmjobesfuneralhome.com

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Harry and Alaine Taylor
   Posted Thu June 11, 2020
Sincere sympathy to the Handley family. Punch was a friend for many years. He loved to play crib and he will be missed by the players at the Br. 19 RC Legion Crib Game on Thursday nights. He will be missed by his family and all his friends.

Michele and Todd Grigg
   Posted Thu June 11, 2020
Sharing in your sadness as all we remember Uncle Danny.

Such a kind and fun loving man.
We will never forget someone who gave us so much to remember.
Rest in peace Uncle Danny
Love Michele, Todd and Little Grace

Simon and linda larade
   Posted Thu June 11, 2020
We would like to send our deepest sympathies from our selves and the tuesday night cribbage game players from the north sydney fire hall. Punch was a sweetheart and a great card player, he will be missed by our players and by all who knew him. Thoughts and prayers send to his family

David and Diana(Livingstone)Timmons
   Posted Thu June 11, 2020
Dear Nicole and the Handley family Sincere Condolences on the loss of your dad he was a real gentleman and we enjoyed meeting him at the office and having great chats,may the fond memories you hold help ease the pain during this sad time

William Maxwell
   Posted Fri June 12, 2020
Danny was one of my childhood friends from Sydney Mines. He was a great person who would do anything for anybody. The last time I saw Danny was about a year ago and we shared a beer at the Hotel North with his brother Billy. I was truly saddened to hear that Danny had passed away. My deepest condolences to his family and friends, may he Rest in Peace.

Linda MacDonald Pye
   Posted Fri June 12, 2020
Punch will be greatly missed from all our lives !! I Hope him & your Mom are dancing up a storm in Heaven !! RIP dear friend we will all miss you xoxoxo <3

Cassie and Norman Brochu
   Posted Fri June 12, 2020
Nicole,Dannie,Billy,King and Handley families-Our deepest condolences on the loss of Punch.He was always the same where ever we met - from ball games to delivering from Sears-always smiling and pleasant.Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Paula Jessome & David
   Posted Fri June 12, 2020
Sincere condolences and prayers to all his family. I got to know him through the card games and he will be missed by the friends he met there. RIP

Wendy Cartwright
   Posted Fri June 12, 2020
Nicole, Lawrence, Billy, Michelle, Daniel, Amy, grandchildren and families;
Paul and I want to extend our sincere sympathy on the loss of a great man. Punch was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. Knowing he was across the road was always a comfort to all our family. He certainly will be missed, the world has lost a beautiful soul. Hugs
Paul, Wendy Cartwright and family ❤️

Joanne Matthews
   Posted Fri June 12, 2020
Sorry to hear of Punch’s passing. He was friends with my uncle , Austin Pyke. My uncle often spoke of him. When I was there in Sept after Aunt Sheila passed , Punch took my uncle out to pass the day. (Maybe go to the office too) I am passing condolences on behalf of myself and Austin. Rest easy , Punch. My uncle will miss you.

jackie n philip penny
   Posted Fri June 12, 2020
so sorry to HEAR of Dannys passing our sincere condolences to his family n friends . R.I.P. Danny

Wendy Eldridge
   Posted Fri June 12, 2020
So sorry to hear of Punch passing. He was well liked. Sure am going to miss him at Tim's. My condolences to the family.

Vernon Reid
   Posted Fri June 12, 2020
Rest in peace Punch gonna miss you buddy coffees and crib won't be the same

Christine MacCuish
   Posted Fri June 12, 2020
Sincere Sympathy to Danny,s family...he was a respected friend of my late husband Roddie.. 🙏

Brian/Colleen Harrietha
   Posted Fri June 12, 2020
So sorry to hear about Punch. Condolences to all the family.RIP Punch.

Francis Gillis
   Posted Fri June 12, 2020
Sorry to hear about Punch,he was always friendly and happy whenever we seen him at Hortons.

Ted & Moya Marsh
   Posted Fri June 12, 2020
Our sympathies going out to you all. Our friendship with Punch has seemed like forever ...a lifelong friendship. From playing baseball, chats at Tim’s and having Punch deliver to our home from Sears, we always loved our times together. He will be missed by so many friends. God Bless you all.

Bevan Brennick
   Posted Fri June 12, 2020
Sincere condolences to all the family
Punch will missed by so many people
He was always helping anyone who needed it.
Rest in peace my friend. Bevan Brennick.

Ralph and Ann Harrietha
   Posted Fri June 12, 2020
So very sorry to hear about Punch’s passing. A good friend for a lot of years and an awesome family man . Sincere condolences to the family and may Punch RIP

Heather and David MacKenzie
   Posted Fri June 12, 2020
Our condolences to your family,Punch was a lovely person🙁😢

Kathy Haggett
   Posted Sat June 13, 2020
So very sorry to hear about Punch. I have lots of fond memories of him around Grandma Steele's old homestead, so many laughs. Thinking of you all and sending love from Kathy, Cheyenne, and Matthew, xo's

Gerald (Gerry) Moore
   Posted Sat June 13, 2020
So sad to learn of the death of this fine man....enjoyed the many conversations I shared with Punch..
Still marvel at the speed he could run the bases !

Patricia Warren
   Posted Sat June 13, 2020
so sorry for your loss I knew Punch for many years and was always a kind and very thoughtful person He will certainly be missed by all

Pauline Macaulay
   Posted Sat June 13, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. Punch was amazing person and a great friend. Tim Horton's won't be the same with out him. My deepest condolences to all the family

DAVE MACLEAN
   Posted Sat June 13, 2020
R.I.P. Our condolence to the families my friend great times at the old ball field

Kent MacIntyre
   Posted Sat June 13, 2020
To the Handley Family, my sincere condolences.
Many years ago I worked with "Punch" on the railway. He was a hard working gent with a kind heart and a big smile. A pleasure to be around. The Cape Breton community has lost a wonderful soul.

Cory and Nancy Stubbert
   Posted Sat June 13, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Sending condolences and hugs to all of you!

Jeanie Maxwell
   Posted Sat June 13, 2020
I pray God will grant you courage and strength during this difficult time.
Punch was a Good Man ! Honest Friend.

Donna mc sween
   Posted Sat June 13, 2020
I am very sorry to here of his passing he was one of my best friends so sorry to all his family and his grand children..

Sharon MacDonald
   Posted Sat June 13, 2020
Billy, Michelle, Rebecca, Terrah and Sarah,
I am so sorry to hear of your Dad/Poppy's passing. I know he will be greatly missed by you all. Please except my deepest condolences and know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Sending hugs and love.
Sharon.

Danny Laffin
   Posted Sun June 14, 2020
Very sorry to hear this news, I remember Danny mostly for when he delivered for Sears. My Deepest Condolences to his family.

Tom and Agnes Gaskell
   Posted Sun June 14, 2020
To the Handley Family,
Our sincere condolences on the loss of your Dad. From ourselves, as well as our “ kids” ,Shannon Lea and TJ, our hope is that the good memories of someone who loved you so much will help heal the loss you feel at this time.

Joan Clarke and Andre Cantwell
   Posted Sun June 14, 2020
Andre and I are very sorry to hear about Punch. He was a fine man indeed and well liked by everyone. We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this very difficult time.

Terry MacNeil
   Posted Sun June 14, 2020
RIP Punch.You were a good teammate and a great guy.Our sincere condolences to Punch's family and friends.

Cathy Wadden
   Posted Sun June 14, 2020
Nicole and family.
So very hear of your father’s passing. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Cherish your memories. Pleas accept my sincere condolences.



William Fraser
   Posted Sun June 14, 2020
............... condolences ...............

Wayne & Marjorie Sawchuk
   Posted Sun June 14, 2020
Deepest sympathies to Punch's children, especially Danny Jr., who was one of Wayne's prize students at Memorial High. Like his Dad, Punch was a special guy who had a big heart and loved by so many. Rest in peace and God's Blessing to his family.

Cathy Wadden
   Posted Sun June 14, 2020
Nicole and family.
So very sorry for the loss of my father.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Cherish your memories.
Take care
🙏💕

Pat and Lorena Capstick
   Posted Mon June 15, 2020
Dear Nicole and family, we are sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. We will hold you in our prayers during this difficult time.

Wanda MacKinnon
   Posted Mon June 15, 2020
Nicole--so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Stasia Digou
   Posted Fri June 19, 2020
Nicole, I am so sorry to learn of your father's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. He put up a good fight. Cherish your memories of him.


Rhonda Jerrett
   Posted Fri June 19, 2020
Just hearing of your passing punch. Have to say you always brought a smile to my face. Even though we would always give each other our favorite finger. You were always kind hearted and will be missed.

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