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Lorna McKenzie

August 10, 1955 — June 28, 2021

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Lorna McKenzie (Houlihan) on June 28th, 2021. Lorna passed away at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital (CBRH) palliative care unit after 5 years of battling cancer. Born August 10th, 1955 she spent majority of her adult life in Sydney, CB whereby, Lorna devoted her passion for teaching to the youth and adults in the region.

She worked tirelessly to better the lives of others and ensure people from all walks of life had the opportunity to obtain their high school diplomas. She was an avid fan of sports - basketball in particular (The Raptors). Not only did Lorna excel in teaching math - she was an expert scrabble player with a large vocabulary. Lorna was known for always finding the best shopping deal, being kind, funny and light-hearted - she spoke highly of others and continuously supported those around her.

Lorna was the daughter of Fred and Lorraine (MacKeigan) Houlihan. She is survived by her husband Louis, sons Matthew (Brittanie), Chris (Shannon) and grandsons Nick and Thomas. Siblings, Ron (Rachel), Kathleen (Cemal), Shawn, Jim, Maureen and Bill (Merci). Nieces and nephews, Toni, Jill, Laura, Erin, Robin, Alanna, Adam, Dylan and Daniel. Additionally, she is survived by her in-law siblings, Clarke (Loretta), Lucene (Michael) and John (Marlene) and nieces and nephews, Claire, Michael, Jonathon and Jillian.

Our family would like to take this time to send a special thank you to the CBRH Cancer Centre with a specific thank you to Dr. Khodadad, Amanda, Nurse Practitioner and Tom MacNeil, Social Worker. We would like to thank Dr. D'Intino, Dr. Ritter and the nurses and staff on the palliative care team for their dedication, hard work and compassion. Additionally, we would like to thank the Sydney River Superstore Pharmacy and their amazing staff. Lastly, we would like to thank Lorna's surgeon, Dr. Butler as well as Sabrina and the VON nurses for their ongoing support over the last 5 years.

Please join us in celebrating Lorna's life for a service:

Wednesday, July 7th, 2021 at 11:00am
Located at Our Lady of Fatima
1452 Kings Road, Syndey, Nova Scotia

Funeral reception to follow:

Wednesday, July 7th, 2021 at 12:30pm
Located at the Sydney River volunteer Fire Hall
36 Lewis drive, Sydney, Nova Scotia

In lieu of flowers please send a monetary donation to the Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton at

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Lorna McKenzie, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Funeral Service

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Starts at 11:00 am

Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Parish

1452 Kings Rd, Sydney, NS B1S 1E4

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