Allison (Edmunds) Viva

Born: Tue., Oct. 6, 1953
Died: Wed., Jan. 13, 2021


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Allison Jean Viva
Sydney Mines


With broken hearts, we announce the passing of our mom, Allison, at the age of 67. She passed on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, after a short but incredibly courageous battle with cancer.
Allison was born in North Sydney on October 6, 1953, to the late Gordon and Jean (Simpson) Edmunds. Allison attended Mount Saint Vincent University and studied political science. Upon finishing university, she worked for Scotiabank in Halifax and Sydney Mines before beginning her career at Marine Atlantic, where she worked for thirty years and made many of her treasured friendships. She was notorious for loving Pepsi and always having a stash of treats wherever she went. She loved to laugh and always made those around her laugh, often at her own expense. She cared deeply about others, and she would go out of her way to help anyone if she could. She enjoyed listening to classic rock music and following politics. Most of all she loved her family immensely.
She is survived by her soul mate and best friend of over forty years our dad, Paul. Our mom’s greatest accomplishment was being a mom to her children. She leaves behind Tony (Amanda), Paul David (Brenna), and Vanessa (Kurtis), as well as her precious grandchildren, who were the lights of her life, Sophia, Anthony, Ellie, and Jessie. She is also survived by her sister Betty (Logan), brother-in-law Davie (Jeanie), sister-in-law Goretti (Fred) as well as many nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her father-in-law and mother-in-law Anthony and Margaret and sisters-in-law Annette and Verlie.
Our most sincere gratitude goes out to Dr. Giorno, the staff of 4B, as well as the palliative care staff, whose care and compassion for our mom was unwavering.
Cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held at a later date. Words of comfort may be forwarded to her family at www.jmjobesfuneralhome.com

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Richard and Heather Collis
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
So very sorry to read of Allison,s passing.

Patricia (MacEachern) Estabrooks
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
Paul and Family:
Sending sincere condolences to each of you during this difficult time. Allison and I were part of a great group of friends that hug together through the school years.
Tight hug,
Patricia (formerly View Street, Sydney Mines now Amherst)

Glenda Mckeough
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
With deepest sympathy on the loss of your beautiful wife and mom. I have such very fond memories of our school years together growing up in Sydney Mines. My prayers and thoughts are with you and may wonderful memories help you in the months and years to come.

Claire and Gaston Aucoin
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021

We were sorry to hear of Allison's death. While teaching for over thirty years , we met up with many parents , none nicer than Allison; what a sweet lady. Deepest sympathies to her family and close friends. God Bless.

Linda & Danny Tobin
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
So very sorry to hear of Allison's passing. Cherish your memories & keep them close!

Carol Anne and Bill Lamond
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
Dear Paul and family, so deeply saddened to hear of Als passing. We were childhood friends almost inseparable as kids, we stood at each other’s wedding and my Jillian and Tony were born a day apart. And I remember Al as a teenager wearing 2 pairs of pants to make her look bigger after she Ate lays chips and Pepsi. I have beautiful memories and when Allison met Paul she met her soul mate. Love and prayers to you all!

Peter & Janet Stanford
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
Our deepest condolences to Paul and family.

Wilson and Deborah Carey
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
Rest In Peace Allison, our condolences to all the family.Deb and Wilsie

Donnie Osmond
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
So sorry to hear of Allison's passing, she was a wonderful person and I feel privileged to have known her. Condolences to Paul and family, thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Paula & Donnie Keeling
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
Dear Paul and family:
No words can take away your grief but know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless.

Susan (Burchell) Schurman
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
I have known Allison since we were four years old, going to Mrs. Mac Cormack’s tiny school on Shore Rd. While playing at my house on Brown Street, we decided it was a good idea to share a bottle of Jack and Jill cough medicine, because we both thought it was delicious. The first of many early childhood memories. I vividly remember those lovely eyes and the infectious giggle. The world won’t be the same without her. My sincere condolences, Susan

monique finney
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
So sorry for your loss to all of the family

Carol
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
Our sincere and deepest condolences to all the family for the loss of Allison. I grew up across the street from Allison and Betty, and have many fond memories of those times. May the love she gave to you all have comfort now and in the future.

Noreen Rudderham
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
Paul and family

Deepest Condolences to the Viva and Edmunds family. I was saddened to hear of Allison passing, it was truly a pleasure working with Allison at MAI. May all your happy memories help ease your pain.

Mary Louise and Paul Bowne
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
Paul and family,
Our deepest condolences on Allison’s passing. May her love for you all bring you comfort and peace at this most difficult time. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Joyce and Greg Cordy
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
Having gone to school with Allison we were so sorry to hear of her passing. Our condolences to her family!

Michelle (Devoe) Ferguson
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
Paul & family
So very sad to hear of Allison's passing. I have so many great memories of our school days and our sleepovers. You never forget a friend like her. My deepest condolences and prayers.

Michelle💔

Candace Fraser boudreau, Ozzie boudreau
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
Our deepest condolences to Betty and all the viva family.

Becky Cordy
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
Paul and family;
Sending our deepest condolences to you all. She was truly a wonderful lady.
Becky & Donald Cordy

Blowers and Mildred Stubbert
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
Our sincere condolences to you and your family Paul

Laura MacAulay
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
Tony and Amanda
I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and the rest of the family!

Judy Jobes
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
Deepest sympathy at this difficult time

Linda MacLeod
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
I'm heartbroken to say the least - grew up next door to her until her family moved a bit farther down the avenue . Such fond memories of Al - such a sweet person loved by many !

Melvin and Bernice pero
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
So sorry Paul and family

Suzanne ( Lamond) Strickland
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
To Paul & Family and Betty and Family:

So sorry to hear of Allison’s passing. We were friends in high school- she was a “Sweetheart” and good friend. I also worked with her Mom- Jean, in Dietary Department at Northside General and knew Gord as well.
Take Care of Yourselves as she would want you to do. Hoping for Peace and Time to comfort you through this difficult time.
Suzanne ( Lamond) Strickland

Judith Dolhanty
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
Our sincere condolences to you all at this difficult time. Your in our heart and thoughts at this time ❤️

albert macdougall
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
Very sorry to hear about Allison. A very nice ,friendly person ! We'll remember her with the greatest fondness ! A special lady !! Maureen + Albert Mac Dougall

Elizabeth Ronayne
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
Dear Paul and family, I’m so very sorry to hear about Allison. She was a beautiful person, inside and out! My thoughts and prayers are with you.💔💔💔

Nessie (Caffiers) Astephen
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
Paul and Family, I am so very sorry to here this news. We were all such great friends growing up, going to each others birthday parties, hanging around together, skating (our passion).I even stayed with Allison at the Mount on a couple of weekend trips to Halifax. My deepest condolences to your beautiful family at this time. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Nessie

Helen Wall
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
My sincere condolences to Paul and Family;
Heart felt prayer for all, Allison was a wonderful friend and co worker over the years and a pleasure to work with and many laughs shared.

Christina Brown
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
So very sorry to hear such sad news. I spoke with Allison at Walmart a few months back and we talked about our retirement and how happy she was. Allison was so well liked at Marine Atlantic and I’m glad I got the opportunity to work and know her so well. She loved her coworkers and families and friends so much.

Kimberly Gray King
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
There are no words...my condolences to Paul and family and everybody who loved her like I did. Much love and prayers...xxx

Sid Hardy
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
Paul and family, so sorry to learn of the passing of your beautiful Wife,Mother and Grandmother, my sincere condolences to you all, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Gary andJane McNeil
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
Paul and family, we cannot begin to tell you how truly sorry we are for your huge loss. Al was such a huge presence in your life and everyone elses. She surely will be missed. God Bless you all, huge hugs

Connie Romeo
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
Alison and I were friends in our younger years and we were room mates for a year at university. I was sadden to hear of her passing. I am so sorry for your loss.

Rob Pettipas
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021


The world lost a beautiful soul and I shall always treasure the memories I have of her. My heart breaks for everyone that knew her and her kindness.

Anne Walker
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
There are just no words to describe this heartbreaking loss . Allison was always surrounded with love , and will always remain in our hearts . A lifelong friend , gone too soon . Sending love to you all .

Peggy Butts
   Posted Sat January 16, 2021
SO sorry for your loss Paul and family,my deepest sympathy to all.

Ruth Bennett Brown
   Posted Sat January 16, 2021
So sorry for your loss. My prayers to you all at this difficult time.

David and Sharon (Higgins) Watts
   Posted Sat January 16, 2021
Paul and family.....our deepest sympathy to all on the passing of Allison.....

Davy Reashore
   Posted Sat January 16, 2021
I am so sad and shocked to hear of Allison's passing. We worked together at Marine Atlantic. Allison was a wonderful person and she will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this very sad time.

Terry and Wanda Romeo
   Posted Sat January 16, 2021
Paul and family
Sending our heartfelt condolences. She was a lovely lady who will be dearly missed.

Gerard A MacDonald
   Posted Sat January 16, 2021
Worked with Allison at Scotia bank sydney mines
Was a very pleasant person.
Enjoyed her spirit every day

Debra Murray
   Posted Sat January 16, 2021
Paul, Betty and loved ones of Allison,
Allison was a close friend in school especially elementary and jr. high. Many a day I walked home to Alexander Street from skating down in the woods behind her home on Fraser Avenue. Toes and fingertips frozen...feet feeling swollen and hunger pangs echoing...it was delightful regardless. I'll never forget those days.
She was a good listener, had a great sense of humor and well...just a good person overall.
Though I've not seen her in decades I remember her vividly because vivid she was. Bless your hearts with this loss.She'll be watching over you...I have zero doubt about that. God bless!

Heather Collis
   Posted Sat January 16, 2021
Paul, Tony, Paul David, Vanessa and to the extended family,
I was shocked and saddened to hear of Allison’s passing. She was a kind, and gentle friend of mine going back to elementary school days together, and I always enjoyed meeting her to have a good chat. She dearly loved her family and will be sorely missed. My heartfelt sympathy.

tony wassilaskus
   Posted Sat January 16, 2021
Paul and all the family are thoughts and prayers are with you all......God Bless tony @ Elaine Wassilaskus

Sharon Johnston
   Posted Sat January 16, 2021
Dear Paul and family. I am so sorry to read this sad news as I didn't know Allison was ill. I have so many great memories of our speed skating adventures when the kids were younger. Allison was very special, always friendly and kind, a great Mom and soulmate to you, Paul. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Deborah Walker
   Posted Sat January 16, 2021
Deepest condolences to Paul and the family. Deb and Pi Walker

Jeanette Green Russell
   Posted Sat January 16, 2021
My sincere condolences may God Bless you all during this difficult time

Melvin and Debbie LeBlanc
   Posted Sat January 16, 2021
So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace.

Bob and gail Muir
   Posted Sat January 16, 2021
Dear Paul and family: Our sincerest condolences to you all on Allison's passing. Let time and wonderful family memories heal the hurt. Hugs Bob and Gail

Sheila (Keeling) Kublek
   Posted Sat January 16, 2021
Paul, Toni, Amanda, Sophia and Anthony:
I am so sorry to hear of Allison’s passing. I know she will be greatly missed by all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you!

Thelma Rikley
   Posted Sat January 16, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss.
Your across the road neighbour, Thelma.

Karen McCarthy
   Posted Sat January 16, 2021
Wonderful lady and co worker, always a smile for everyone. Condolences to her family.

Kurt Edmunds
   Posted Sat January 16, 2021
Very sad news to hear of Allison’s passing. My sincere condolences to the family.

Donna Jardine Eveleigh
   Posted Sat January 16, 2021
Remember her well from our early school years. A kind and compassionate person.

Archie Ferguson
   Posted Sat January 16, 2021
Deepest Sympathy at this difficult time

Annette Collis
   Posted Sat January 16, 2021
My deepest condolences to the Viva family.

Krista O'Connell
   Posted Sat January 16, 2021
I was so shocked and sorry to read this. I spent a lot of time at Allison's house as a babysitter, and she was part of a carpool with my mom and another from the neighborhood. She was always so easygoing and kind, and you could tell she thought the world of her kids. My condolences to the entire family.

Martha OKeefe
   Posted Sat January 16, 2021
My sincere condolences on your loss...she was an amazing person who loved her family above all else. Her humor was infectious and she was just a joy to be around..the old saying “Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts.” is so true for Allison. Hugs to everyone..

Brian and Kathy Simpson
   Posted Sat January 16, 2021
Brian and I were deeply saddened to hear of Allison’s passing.We hope that the trail of beautiful memories you all have will bring you some semblance of peace and comfort in the difficult days ahead.Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Celeste and Carter Young
   Posted Sat January 16, 2021
Paul and family,
So sorry to hear about Allison

Cathy & Wayne Reashore
   Posted Sun January 17, 2021
Dear Paul & family, Wayne & I are so very saddened to learn of Allison’s passing. Although we didn’t travel in the same circle, I will always remember her smile, her friendliness & those beautiful eyes that greeted you when she worked at Scotia Bank in Sydney Mines. My dad Russell Serroul, thought very highly of her. He would always talk about Skii’s daughter. He loved to tease & crack a joke or two with the staff & Allison would always play long . Please know that you are in our thoughts & prayers during this stage difficult time.

Cathy & Wayne Reashore

Linda Mac Donald
   Posted Sun January 17, 2021
Dear Betty ,So sorry to hear about your sister Allison .

Ellen Scott
   Posted Sun January 17, 2021
Dear Paul and Family,
Iam so sorry you have to suffer a lost like this. But she loved her family very much.
I worked with Allison at Marine Atlantic after I left we would meet at the mall and
she would talk about her grandchildren she was so proud of them.She was a wonderful
wife mother grandmother sister and friend.My heart goes out to each and everyone of
you.To know her was to love her.

You are in my thoughts and prayers
Love
Ellen Scott

Anne MacEachern
   Posted Sun January 17, 2021
Paul and family...please know how saddened I am to hear about Allison. We were both in a rush at the grocery store one day but took a few minutes to talk. I was still amazed by her beauty. She hadn't changed since we went to school. Still had that ear to ear grin...God Bless you all as you struggle with grief...

Bob Higdon
   Posted Sun January 17, 2021
Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your wife.

Corinne MacDonald
   Posted Sun January 17, 2021
Deepest condolences to Betty and all the family.🙏

Camilla Dunn
   Posted Sun January 17, 2021
Dear Paul and family;
I’m so very sorry for your loss. Sincere condolences.
Camilla Dunn

Joan Clarke
   Posted Sun January 17, 2021
Paul and family, Sending sincere condolences and keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this very difficult time.

Carole and John Lovell boularder groves point
   Posted Mon January 18, 2021
paulAndFamily.
So sorry to hear about Allisons passing . May God bless her xo to all .

Jim Rita Eric and Charlie Martin
   Posted Mon January 18, 2021
Paul and Family
We were all very sad to hear of Allison's passing. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Greg Dugas
   Posted Mon January 18, 2021
Paul, sorry to hear about Allison. Thinking of you and your family.

Tom and Carol Anne Day
   Posted Mon January 18, 2021
Paul, Tony, Paul David and Vanessa, we would like to pass along our most sincere and heartfelt condolences on Allison’s passing. She was a very caring woman and always spoke with great pride about her family. She will be missed. Our family is heartbroken for our neighbours 💔

Fred Johnston
   Posted Mon January 18, 2021
Paul, Tony, Paul David and Vanessa, I am so saddened to hear about the passing of Allison. I have such fond memories of our Speed Skating trips. Allison was always a great help on the ice during practices and she will be fondly remembered. I feel I had a special connection with your family with an interest that we all shared. I know all our Speed Skating Family will share a loss with the passing of Allison and will always have great memories of her, as I do. God Bless you all.

Doug MacLeod
   Posted Mon January 18, 2021
Paul, I just learned of Allison's passing. I am so profoundly sad and sorry for your loss. She was such a lovely person and I know it was my pleasure to have known her. Please take care and my deepest condolences to you and the family.

Brenda Hickey
   Posted Tue January 19, 2021
Paul & family;
I was so shocked & saddened to hear of Allison's passing and I'm so very sorry for your great loss. We had some fun times working in the "booth" at MAI, and she was a great help when I first started. She'll be remembered with much fondness.

Cameron MacDonald
   Posted Tue January 19, 2021
Dear Paul and Family, So sorry to hear of Allison’s death. I know she was the “Love of your Life”. She really was a sweetheart, so full of life and personality. Everyone had a crush on her when we were in school and even years later. I know you will miss her greatly and it will be har to fill the hole in your heart. Take care and stay safe.

Barbara & Bill Vye
   Posted Tue January 19, 2021
Betty and family:
Our sincere condolences on your sister's passing.

Barb and Bill Vye

Wanda and Harry Harbin
   Posted Wed January 20, 2021
Paul and family words cannot express how sadden we were to hear of Allison's passing. It just seems like yesterday when Adam and Tony headed out to primary together and became such good friends. Not only was Allison a wonderful mom and wife she was a friend to many of her co-workers within the Marine Atlantic family. Allison will always be part of your beautiful family and will be near you all in sweet memories and spirit. Please extend of sincere condolences to you and your family and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Arlene Dugas and Gary Kilgar
   Posted Thu January 21, 2021
Condolences to all the Family <3

brian higgins
   Posted Sat January 23, 2021
all my condolences

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