Velvet (Swan) Cousins

Born: Wed., Sep. 12, 1962
Died: Mon., Feb. 22, 2021

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Fri., Feb. 26, 2021
Location: St. Joseph Church, Bras d'Or

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Velvet (Swan) Cousins
North Sydney

With her loving family by her side, Velvet (Swan) Cousins passed away peacefully on February 22nd, 2021 following a sudden and brief illness.
Velvet, the youngest of Mary (Roberts) and Stephen Swan’s five children, grew up on Park Road in Bras d’Or. At age 14, she met the love of her life, Wayne Cousins (deceased). Together they raised their three boys, Breton, Mackenzie (Mandy), and Carter. Their family enjoyed long Sunday afternoon drives around the Bras d’Or Lakes, summer trips to Inverness Beach, and the occasional game of Yahtzee.
Velvet was proud to be a breast cancer survivor. She devoted much of her time to supporting her fellow survivors and raising funds to find a cure. She was an active member of the Cape Breastoners Dragon Boat Team.
For 25 years, Velvet managed various Robin’s Donuts stores across Cape Breton. She loved getting up every morning to serve her loyal customers a cup of hot coffee with a big smile on the side. In recent years she filled her empty nest with her three cats, Molly, Maggie, and Tippy, whom she loved dearly.
In July, Velvet became a grandmother to Mackenzie and Mandy’s precious Rosalee. She cherished every moment they had together.
In addition to her three children and granddaughter, Velvet is survived by her brother Lawrence and three sisters, Marilyn (Fred), Nancy, and Diane (Billy); her 7 nephews and 4 nieces, several great nephews and great nieces, and many cousins.
Along with her parents and her beloved husband Wayne, Velvet was predeceased by her stillborn daughter, Cassandra, as well as her parents-in-law Adeline and Jim Cousins.
There will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 26, 2021, at 11 am in St. Joseph Church, Bras d’Or. Due to Covid restrictions, seating in the church is limited. Words of comfort may be forwarded to her family at

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Pierre Sampson
   Posted Tue February 23, 2021
Dolores and I pass on our deepest condolences to the family.

Jocelyn, Nancy & Michael
   Posted Tue February 23, 2021
Sending our love and Prayers. Rest in peace Velvet.

Mary Theresa Jessome
   Posted Tue February 23, 2021
My condolences to the family. Velvet will forever be in my heart.

Rose Romard
   Posted Tue February 23, 2021
So sorry and saddened by this news. Condolences to the family.

Cathy MacGillivray-McNaught
   Posted Tue February 23, 2021
I was so saddened to hear of Velvet’s passing. My heartfelt condolences and prayers are with all her family, rest in peace my friend.

Janine Ireland
   Posted Tue February 23, 2021
I am so saddened and my heart is breaking to hear this. I might Velvet a few years ago at Slay the Gsnder. I saw here last in New Glascow 2 summers ago for their dragonboat festival. She was always so happy and smiling.
My deepest sympathies to her families. You have a beautiful angel watching over you.

Larose maclean
   Posted Tue February 23, 2021
So very sorry for your loss.

Lola Treen
   Posted Tue February 23, 2021
Sending my love and prayers. Condolences to the family,rest easy my friend.

   Posted Tue February 23, 2021
One of the kindest and most beautiful souls I have ever met. Velvet always greeted me with her beautiful smile and a fresh cup of tea everyday, no matter how hard her day was going. She would make my day that much better. My deepest condolences to her beautiful family and her precious granddaughter that she adored and spoke of every chance she in peace my special angel. You are deeply missed.

Lois Schemm
   Posted Tue February 23, 2021
My deepest condolences to Velvet's family. I met Velvet through the The Cape Breastoners Dragon Boat Team, she was such a joy to know, always a beautiful smile, don't think I ever seen her she wasn't smiling. She will be so missed, fly with the Angels Velvet they will be waiting for you with arms opened wide.

   Posted Tue February 23, 2021
Our condolences to the family so very sorry for your loss she was a very nice person rest in peace Velvet❤️

Donnie Campbell
   Posted Tue February 23, 2021
I have known Velvet in her 25 years with Robin’s. During my work life with NSP I saw her on a daily basis. I retirement I continued to se her daily. In the past couple of years I would my son’s dog. She would greet her with hello baby girl and have a couple of Robin’s Eggs for her.
Hoping all the wonderful memories will help fill this void in your hearts.
Sending our prayers of comfort

Donnie & Agnes Campbell and Bailey

rita swann
   Posted Tue February 23, 2021
Sending Love Hugs And Prayers..R.I.P Velvet..

Ruth Roberts Reid
   Posted Tue February 23, 2021
My sincere condolences to the family. I loved being in her company she was so vibrant and caring. My love goes out to her children and their families. Also to her sisters and brother. She had an abundance of love for each and every one of you.

Lisa Jean
   Posted Tue February 23, 2021
Those we hold closest in our hearts never really truly leave us. The live on in kindness they shared and the love they brought into our lives. Rest in peace Velvet.

Joe&Jerry Gilbert
   Posted Tue February 23, 2021
So sorry to hear about Velvet Our sincere condolences

Debbie Coxon
   Posted Tue February 23, 2021
Deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to Velvet’s treasured family and friends during this time of loss and sorrow...
Velvet’s extraordinary presence; her smile and humour will be missed by many. I always looked forward to our fun times together at our annual BC retreats, and like so many others, will hold her memory close in my heart always...
May the comfort of loved ones and cherished memories help you through the days ahead...

Karl & Tanya Campbell
   Posted Tue February 23, 2021
We met Velvet at Robin’s in Sydney River, she always had a smile and she became the best part of our work day mornings. We shared many a laugh together in the morning. No matter how busy she was, she always had time for a smile and a laugh. When we first went to Robin’s she gifted us with painted lady bugs, which remain on my desk to this day. The world will be so much less without her in it. She will be remembered fondly by all that had the pleasure to know her. Our deepest sympathies to her family and friends. Rest In Peace sweet friend.

David Hampson
   Posted Tue February 23, 2021
I had the opportunity to work with Wayne and Velvet early on at the Mister Donuts in Halifax. They both were trusted and appreciated and worked and lived with great passion. I was at their wedding and knew their oldest boy as an infant. Wayne and Velvet made a lasting impression that I cherish to this day. Velvet spoke to me in December about her boys and her grandchild, she couldn’t have been prouder. Her family will be her legacy. She will be missed and remembered. My condolences to her family for their loss.

Carole MacLeod
   Posted Tue February 23, 2021
My sincere condolences to Velvet's family, friends and co-workers. I knew Velvet as a valued team mate on the Cape Breastoners Dragon Boat Team. She was a fierce competitor and always gave everything she had to help our team succeed. She was so kind, she would help anyone at anytime. She lit up a room when she entered and was always fun to be around! She was such a presence, she will be missed terribly! Paddles up, Velvet, and take it away!

Theresa Doucette
   Posted Tue February 23, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of Velvets passing. I am a member of the Capebreastoners and have known Velvet since she joined our group. She was a strong supporter and an enthusiastic member of our team always eager to take part.
Velvet never hesitated to offer help to anyone she encountered.
Prayers and hugs are being sent to her family.You are her treasures.

Theresa Doucette.

Eva Reid
   Posted Tue February 23, 2021
So very sorry to hear of Velvets passing. My sincere condolences to the family. My mom Sarah King also sends her deepest sympathies to you all. Velvet was a beautiful person she will be dearly missed by all who knew her.🤗🙏.
Sincerely Eva and Jake Reid and Sarah King

Carol Jefferies
   Posted Tue February 23, 2021
My heart is broken, Velvet and I had just found our common (Roberts) roots, our looks and Breast Cancer Survivorship. She was a hero to me raising money for Breast Cancer with her Dragon Boat Races. We had planned to meet up when this whole Covid19 was over. Now we will have to wait for Heaven. To her family, my deepest condolences.

John King
   Posted Wed February 24, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad time . Such a nice lady and a friend always . Rest in peace Velvet , we will miss you .

Tara Petrie
   Posted Wed February 24, 2021
I'm so saddened to hear of her passing. She made my work mornings so wonderful with her big smile and compliments when I'd come through the drive thru. Please know your in my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.

Sharon MacLeod MacDonald
   Posted Wed February 24, 2021
My deepest sympathies to you all. My fondest memories of Velvet are of her beautiful, compassionate personality, her smile always lit up a room, and if you hadn't seen her in years she made it seem that no time had passed at all. A truly special, beautiful soul.

Jennifer Georgeff
   Posted Wed February 24, 2021
I'm so sad to hear of Velvet's passing. She definitely was someone who had a personality that will not be forgotten. I met her through the Breast Cancer Survivor's retreat. I remember when I went to my first retreat, I knew no one, and was an emotional mess. She came right up and gave me a big hug and made me feel at home right away. Good rest Velvet.

Jackie Steele
   Posted Wed February 24, 2021
Every time I would see her she would call me 'Cuz' and she was always happy and smiling. So very sorry for your loss. She will be dearly missed by family and friends and all those who knew her.

Tammy Tighe MacNeil
   Posted Wed February 24, 2021
I am so saddened to hear about Velvet's passing. A number of years ago I worked at Robins Donuts in Sydney. Velvet was a great boss. She was proud of her work and did it well. She was fun loving and so hard working. Our store was spotless because she made sure it was kept that way. I often think of her and all the other staff I worked with there. I left Robins to take another job, and didn't like where I went. I actually walked out of the workplace and quit on the spot. It was immediately after that getting in the car that I realized, I can't just quit. My husband and I had two small i went to the Robins drive through to get a coffee and she was there. I told her what happened and she said "You wanna come back honey?" I said "yes please!" She said drop up in the morning and we'll have your uniform waiting for you" That's who she was. I will fondly remember her and I am sure her family and friends have wonderful memories of her larger than life personality. My deepest sympathy.

Carol Sheriff
   Posted Wed February 24, 2021
Sincere sympathy to Velvet’s Family. She will certainly be missed, always full of fun. Met her when I joined the Cape Breastoners’s Dragonboat Team.

Brenda Pardy
   Posted Wed February 24, 2021
Sending my sincere condolences to all the family.Velvet you were a wonderful person,may you Rest In Peace.

Ruth Jessome
   Posted Wed February 24, 2021
Deepest condolences to the family's on the of loss of their much loved VELVET SWAN-COUSINS.

~Goodbyes are not forever....Goodbyes are not the end...They simply mean I'll miss you until we meet again"~

Ruth Jessome

Mary Joe
   Posted Wed February 24, 2021
My sincere condolences to her family and friends ❤️ She greeted me with a smile and always so kind every morning on my tea run, she will be missed.

Joanne and Richard Chabassol
   Posted Wed February 24, 2021
Velvet always brightened our day when we drove through the Sydney River Robin’s. She will be missed. Thinking of you during this sad time.

   Posted Wed February 24, 2021

So sorry to hear about your Sister Velvet. Much too young. I remember her from a long time ago
When Marilyn became my Aunt. My heart goes out to you.

Joe Jellow
   Posted Thu February 25, 2021
My sincere and heartfelt condolences to Velvet's family and friends. The loss of a loved one is always so difficult to comprehend and overcome. She will be respectfully and affectionately remembered by me and my family.

Marilyn Mackenzie
   Posted Thu February 25, 2021
So Very Sorry to hear of Velvet's passing. She was a very strong person, who marched on no matter what life threw her way. Always a smile and a hug, or a friendly word, whenever we met. A truely beautiful soul. A huge void in our world without her. My deepest condolences to her family.

Marilyn MacKenzie

Gordie Burns
   Posted Thu February 25, 2021
So sorry to hear of Velvets passing, sending thoughts and prayers to all of her family and friends.

Tracey Myers
   Posted Fri February 26, 2021
you have made a huge impact on my life, you are beautiful funny and always the life of the party when we went on the retreat. You will be missed. Heaven gained another angel.

Arlene DuGas and Family
   Posted Sat February 27, 2021
So sorry to hear of Velvet's Passing. Sending Condolences and much love to all Family and Friends on behalf of the DuGas Family ❤

Janine MacAulay
   Posted Sat February 27, 2021
I am truly heartbroken by Velvet’s passing. She was the most lovely lady who greeted us every morning with a smile at Robin’s in Sydney River. My teenaged son received many free treats from her when we drove through. Her kindness and her beautiful smile could light up your entire day. My deepest condolences to the family.

Jim Rita Eric and Charlie Martin
   Posted Sat February 27, 2021
To Velvet's Boys,
So many great memories of Velvet and Wayne at the baseball field with Carter.
I hope all your wonderful memories will help even just for a little bit. Take care and thinking of you all. Rest in peace Velvet.

Joan Critchley Fiset
   Posted Sun February 28, 2021
My heart is broken to hear of Velvet’s passing. I met Velvet at Slay the Gander a number of years ago. From that moment we became instant friends. Velvet was the most beautiful, warm, comforting soul I have ever met and I am so glad to have met her. My sincere condolences to all her family and friends. May the beautiful memories of her give you comfort during this very difficult time and the fact that she touched so many lives in a very positive way comfort you as well. Rest in piece my beautiful friend.

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