Howard James Pettipas

Born: Fri., Dec. 31, 1920
Died: Wed., Jul. 22, 2020

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Howard James Pettipas
Little Bras d'Or

It is with deep Sadness that we announce the passing of our Father Howard James Pettipas, on July 22,2020 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.
Born on December 31,1920 in Poirierville, Isle Madame, Richmond County, Cape Breton N.S. He was the son of the late Angelina (DeRoach) and Cosent Pettipas.

Howard lived a long and adventurous life, from a young age he loved fishing and being around boats. In May 1940 at the age of 19 he started working with the Department of Transport (Nautical Division) Canadian Steam Merchant on the S.S. Zenda as a Deck Boy. From December, 1940 to April 1941 he sailed on the S.S Lord Strathcona as a O.S., hauling Coal from Louisburg N.S.  
In 1941 Canada was involved in WW2. On Aug 6, 1941 he joined the Canadian Armed Forces and in April 28, 1944 he received an Honorable Discharge, his army rank Gunner. As the War was still ongoing and many of his friends and cousins where still overseas, Howard joined the Merchant Marines.  This was the highlight of his Military Career. His time as a Merchant Marine gave him a lifetime of memories. He had the privilege of seeing the world, something that he could have only dreamt of.  He sailed the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, North, South and Pacific Ocean, Persian Gulf, and Mediterranean Sea. He visited numerous countries, and met people from all over the world. Those memories are the stories he loved to talk about with his family and friends.
When his career with the Merchant Marines ended, he settled in Halifax, it was there that he met Thelma Bragg from Cape Breton. They married moved back to Little Bras D’or and started a family.  Howard went back to work for the Department of Transport (Nautical Division) Canadian, Steam Merchant in 1949, and worked with them until 1968. He then worked for 2 years at the Sydney Steel Plant, by this time the plant was slowing down. He went back to working at sea for the remainder of his working years, he fished the Grand Banks until he retired at 65 in 1985. Howard experienced that most painful time in his life after the death of his wife Thelma 1989, he spent many days thinking and talking about how much she meant to him. How true it is that time heals everything. He later moved to a senior’s complex on George St, Sydney. He loved to go out and visit his family. He always had to stop at Tim Horton’s for his daily coffee and talk to his friends. Howard drove his car until his death, something that made him very proud.  He was member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Florence Branch 83.
Howard’s family was very important to him, he made sure to phone his children and grandchildren every day, just to see if everything was alright. We his family will miss him dearly and are so grateful that he gave us life.

Howard is survived by his daughters; Linda Pettipas, Terrance Bay, and
Audrey (David) Laffin, Florence. Sons; Casper (Marlin) Pettipas, Alberta, Kenneth Pettipas, Boularderie, Paul (Karen) Pettipas, Bras d’Or Michael Victor (Debbie) Pettipas, Sydney Mines. Along with 15 grandchildren and many great grandchildren.

Besides his parents, Howard was predeceased by his wife Thelma (Bragg) Pettipas, daughter Karen Dale (Pettipas) King.  Sons, Gerald and William.

Due to Covid 19 and the Safety of all Howard’s extended family and friends, there will be no visitation. A private family service will take place. Please be safe and Thank you all for your kind condolences. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at

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Ralph and Rodney king
   Posted Sun July 26, 2020
to the pettipas family. our sincere condolences for the loss of your dad, we knew him well.

Ralph and Rodney king

David T. Hillier
   Posted Sun July 26, 2020
My condolences to the Pettipas family.
Another generation is gone.
Mr. (Howard) Pettipas was always kind and friendly to
me and that is how I will remember him.
Good bye Mr. Pettipas.

David Hillier

Greg and Karen (King) Rowter
   Posted Sun July 26, 2020
Sending our deepest condolences to Howard’s family, Sending extra love and prayers during this difficult time ❤️

Kevin andAnne Young
   Posted Sun July 26, 2020
We are very sorry to hear of Howard’s passing. Casper, Marilyn and family sincere condolences.
Kevin and Anne

Doug mac leod mira
   Posted Mon July 27, 2020
I had the pleasure of selling Howard his Kia car about 15 years ago and enjoyed his visits at the dealership over the years.Out side of work we would meet and enjoy our chats.As a history buff I enjoyed his many stories.He was a quick thinker and a real story teller.He was a person who never failed to make me smile and I would like to think we were friends.He would always come over to ask how I was doing weather at Tims or the mall.He will be missed truley one of the good people in life.My sorry to his family.

Gary Kennedy
   Posted Mon July 27, 2020
To the family of Howard you have my deepest condolences. I new Howard we'll and had the privilege of sailing with Howard on the deep sea trawlers as well as the merchant ships. We had alot of fun and laughs not to mention the story's. Fair winds my friend. RIP.

dennis chipman
   Posted Mon July 27, 2020
I don't know your Dad. But reading his obituary put a lump in my throat. He served King and Country at such a young age. I just want to say Thank You Gunner Pettipa for your service to our great Country. It's men and women like him and my late Uncle Joe who served in the Merchant Marines that made us what we are today, ''FREE''

Carl Hillier & Family
   Posted Mon July 27, 2020
Our Condolences to the Pettipas Family during this trying time.
Rest in Peace Howard. Always remembered and never Forgotten.

   Posted Mon July 27, 2020
I am so, so sadden to hear of Howard's passing, he was a great man and I enjoyed his visits to the garage. I loved talking to him and listening to his stories about his life, he was an amazing and beautiful person, he will be missed. Denise, Jed, Valerie and the boys at Jed's Auto Repair.

Lori Petley
   Posted Mon July 27, 2020
Rest in peace Howard,❤.Thank you for always made me laugh. 🤗

Stacey axworthy
   Posted Mon July 27, 2020
I am very saddened to hear about Howard’s passing. I loved his war stories and heard many over the years. I could talk to him for hours. He was a great guy and will be missed. My condolences to all of his family. May he Rest In Peace 💕

Greta Nearing
   Posted Mon July 27, 2020
To The Family:
Please accept my sincere sympathy on your loss of Howard.
I met Howard a few years ago at Karaoke at Branch 12 Legion.
My friends and I danced with him and we became friends and had tea with him many times at Tim Horton's. He was a sweetheart.
He was a real gentleman. We enjoyed his company and stories and his great sense of humor. He will be missed.
Treasure your memories and God Bless.
Greta Nearing.

Richard And Karen Finney
   Posted Mon July 27, 2020
So Sorry To Hear of A Great Guy Howard Passing I will miss our few meetings at Tims In Sydney Loved his Stories Our Sincere Condolences To Everyone God Bless Hugsss

Linda Parks
   Posted Mon July 27, 2020
I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing..Loss is never easy,but I hope that the memories you share will help you through those sad times..My sincerest condolences to you all. Rest in Peace Mr Pettipas. God Bless.

Ron and Sharon
   Posted Mon July 27, 2020
Our condolences Victor Debbie and family . Our thoughts are with u and the family. Hugs to u all❤️❤️❤️

Victoria Bonin- MacKenzie
   Posted Mon July 27, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Howard’s passing. When I was growing up, Howard was the visitor who arrived in any weather including blinding blizzards or special occasions at anytime! Always happy, smiling, and full of stories. I loved hearing his memories about my Bonin grandparents and great- grandparents, other family we shared and of course life in Poirierville. He was very thoughtful to keep in touch and I will miss his calls. So sorry for your loss.

Darlene(Long) Bates
   Posted Mon July 27, 2020
I am so sorry to hear about your dad's passing. He was so friendly and willing to talk any time we crossed paths.The last time I saw him was a few years ago, he was driving on Villa Drive and stopped to chat while I was picking up mom's mail. We had a few laughs and talked about old times.He asked about my family and mentioned how much he missed living in Bras D'or. My condolences to all of you during this difficult time.

Maureen Linden
   Posted Mon July 27, 2020
My condolences to the Pettipas family. Howard was an amazing man! R.I.P.Howard .
Maureen Linden

Blair Mac isaac
   Posted Tue July 28, 2020
Sorry to hear about your father Paul

Joe and Marlene Meagher
   Posted Tue July 28, 2020
We were taking to Howard a short time ago. Our family were treated very well by Howard and Thelma and enjoyed the times we spent with them and their family. They are wonderful memories.

Rosemary Benoit
   Posted Thu July 30, 2020
My deepest sympathies to all the family. Remembering Howard from my younger days, always joking around. Rest In Peace.

Barry and Freda Swan
   Posted Mon August 03, 2020
t Tim Hortons in Sydney after he moved over there. He was one in a Million. I am sure God has a special place for him in heaven.

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