Geneva (Kaiser) McDermaid

Born: Tue., Apr. 2, 1940
Died: Mon., Sep. 21, 2020

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Wed., Oct. 07, 2020
Location: St. James Presbyterian Church

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Geneva Jessie McDermaid
North Sydney

With sadness, we announce the sudden passing of Geneva Jessie McDermaid, of North Sydney, at the Northside General Hospital in the early morning of September 21, 2020.
Geneva was born at home in Cape Breton on April 2, 1940 and was the third of five children. After growing up in Big Bras D’or, she graduated from the Glace Bay Nursing School and began a successful nursing career which spanned more than 30 years at several hospitals around New Brunswick. Her compassion toward others was the foundation of her role as a nurse. Geneva could often be found staying late after a shift or returning to the hospital on a day off to visit with a patient or their family member in need. This would be a common theme throughout her life as she was always willing to lend an ear or a helping hand to others who needed it.
While in New Brunswick, Geneva married, started a family, and raised two children who were the focus of her world. She was a loving mother to her son and daughter and ensured she created a nurturing, happy and comfortable home for them during their childhoods. When her children had grown, she retired from nursing in 1998, and enjoyed a few short periods living in the United States before returning to her roots in Cape Breton.
Music and literature were constant sources of enjoyment in Geneva’s life and something she enjoyed sharing with others, especially her son. From Willy Nelson and John Prine, to Elton John and the Three Tenors, Geneva’s tastes were far ranging. She had an open mind toward experiencing new talent and would often recommend her latest find of an outstanding piece of music or a good read that she had discovered. She had a passion for cooking and baking which she gifted to her daughter. This passion was obvious to any of those she prepared meals for and she was also fond of trying out and exchanging new recipes with others.  At any opportunity she could find, Geneva loved engaging in good conversation, dancing to a good tune, or sharing laughs with folks until her sides hurt.
She is survived by her son Lance (Calgary) and her daughter Leah (Moncton), her brothers Graham (St. John) and Emerson (Miramichi) and sisters Helen (Boularderie East) and Carolyn (Big Bras D’or), her grandchildren Isaac (Edmonton) and Adia (Moncton), her friend Jason (North Sydney) and many nieces and nephews. Geneva was predeceased by her parents Laurie and Hazel (Patterson) Kaiser.
Our family would like to thank all those who have been there for Geneva and particularly the caring medical staff who were present with her at the Northside General Hospital in her final hours.
Geneva was a special person who cared a great deal about people. She immensely loved her family and friends, and leaves behind many beautiful memories. Her gentleness, kindness, brilliant smile and fantastic laugh will be tremendously missed.
In lieu of flowers our family is requesting memorial donations be made to St. James Presbyterian in Big Bras D’or.
There will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place.
A funeral service will be held at St. James Presbyterian Church, Big Bras d’Or, on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, at 2 pm with Rev. Peter MacDonald officiating. The burial will be in the parish cemetery. Words of comfort may be forwarded to her family at

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Connie Barnes
   Posted Sat October 03, 2020
So sorry to hear of Geneva’s sudden passing. She will surely be missed around 500 Purves Street. My thoughts & prayers are with you at this sad time! Rest In Peace Geneva.

Val Kennedy
   Posted Mon October 05, 2020
Thoughts & prayers for Geneva's family & friends.I feel blessed that I had her in my life.As short as it was she touched my heart and I'll never forget her sweet smile and caring ways.A true angel you are now Geneva.Fly high and rest easy my will never be forgotten.Big ((( hugs ))) to you Jason.So very sorry for your great great loss 💔

   Posted Mon October 05, 2020
My deepest condolences to the family. I feel very fortunate to have known Geneva. I shall miss her. Love to all.

Ann and Peter Lavery
   Posted Mon October 05, 2020
We were so sorry to hear of Geneva’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God bless.

Kevin MacLeod, Ottawa
   Posted Mon October 05, 2020
I was so terribly saddened to learn of Geneva's recent passing. She was truly a bright light who brought a great deal of laughter and meaning to the many lives she touched in so many different ways. A star in the heavens shines just a bit brighter tonight because of her. And now, as she continues on her journey, may God continue to guide and watch over her. My deepest condolences to her entire family.

Nancy Vatcher Guy
   Posted Mon October 05, 2020
Emerson, Graham,Helen and Carolyn, I am sorry to read of Geneva’s passing I am sure she will be missed. I know it is hard to loose a sister, just hold on to the memories that you know and love about her time at home on Factory road and the Vatcher girls of which we are only I am sending sincere condolences. God Bless

Phillip Rody
   Posted Mon October 05, 2020
Emerson and family. I was so sorry to hear of Geneva's passing. As you well know she was a great friend to Nancy and me for a long time. Many a pleasant evening was spent over dinner or in a discussion about a wonderful book or some music. She was a kind and gentle person who made both Nancy and me happy to have known her and to have been able to spend time with her. I will cherish the memories. God Bless and keep you and your family during this time of sadness.

judi Morrison and Sandy Mac Leod Boston,Ma
   Posted Mon October 05, 2020
Our deepest condolences to the Kaiser and Mc Dermaid family on your loss .Rest in peace

Donna MacLeod Miller
   Posted Mon October 05, 2020
My sincere sympathy to Leah & Vance and the entire Kaiser clan. Geneva & that amazing smile will.surely be missed greatly.

Jack and Diane Campbell
   Posted Tue October 06, 2020
So sorry for the loss of you mother and sibling. To the family our most sincere condolences.
Jack and Diane Campbell

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