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Roy Freeman Bragg

June 8, 1947 — October 1, 2022

Dalem Lake


It is with profound sadness and great sorrow that we, Natalie, Kyle and Lane regretfully announce the passing of Roy Freeman Bragg at the tender age of 75 (June 8, 1947).  Dad peacefully passed away on the morning of October 1st with Natalie by his side and we are heartbroken to have lost him. Kyle helped to enable Dad to stay home as long as he could by helping and assisting him and we are grateful for this fact.

He was the twelfth child of George and Mary (MacKeigan) Bragg and was born in Sydney Mines; Dad felt “those two are the ones who are responsible for both my work ethic and honesty.” These traits were carried on for generations as his “mini-me”, as many people affectionately refer to his grandson, Lane, who also exudes these characteristics.    

He is survived by his daughter, Natalie Bragg (Sherwood Park, Alberta), his son Kyle Bragg (Dalem Lake) and his grandson, Lane Wever (Sherwood Park, Alberta).  He loved, all three dearly.  He is also survived by his sisters: Mildred ‘Millie’ Sequin (Scarborough, Ontario), Ruby Pye (Sydney Mines) and Hilda Herve (Dartmouth). His brothers: Keith (Helen) Bragg (Dalem Lake), Wilfred (Shirley) Bragg (Bobcaygeon, Ontario), and Lawrence (Pauline) Bragg, (Dalem Lake).  He is also survived by his sister-in-law Betty Bragg (Dalem Lake), numerous nieces and nephews and his former spouse, Rosalie (Devoe) Bragg. Beside his parents, he was predeceased by an infant son, Rodney Conrad Bragg and by his sisters: Hazel Bragg, Willena (Bragg) Mulley and Christena (Bragg) Petillot. His brothers: John Bragg, George Bragg and his younger brother, Wayne, who was his best friend, until his untimely death at age 18 in 1967 and a nephew, Stuart Mulley. 

Roy was a teacher for over 40 years and, over that time, was fortunate to work with many young people who enriched his life, in his words it made “life much more interesting, much more rewarding, much more enjoyable, as well as, providing a purpose for my existence and for that I thank you – you were my little ones, my secondary treasures as my own two personal treasures, Natalie, and Kyle were at home.”  Later, before he retired, he received the most beautiful gift of all – a grandson, Lane; “my life was complete.”

He attended Nova Scotia Teachers College and almost all his teaching career was at the Junior High level in Sydney Mines, predominantly teaching science and mathematics. Dad wanted his students to know that “you were a great group of young adults to work with. Once again, I want to thank you; I enjoyed my time teaching and I hope you, my students, had some good times too.”

Over the years his personal interests included activities such as bowling.  Although his true love was with animals, showing and raising both Newfoundland dogs and Quarter Horses.  In more recent years, he was known for his daily Facebook post or as one kindly referred to it as “the Bragg report”. What many did not realize is, as Dad’s condition deteriorated, his ability to move about and to socialize became more limited, as such this was his form of communication and socialization.  A sincere Thank You to everyone who commented over the years; it meant the absolute world to Dad and to his family, as well.  

We, Natalie, Kyle and Lane, wish to extend a sincere heartfelt thank you to his brothers, Keith and Lawrence, who assisted by taking him to many medical appointments; his sister, Ruby and her family for their care, providing meals and visiting and to friends and family (Wilfred and Hilda), both near and far, who took food, visited and/or called.  It is immensely appreciated.

There will be no visitation as per Dad’s request. Cremation has taken place under the guidance of Forest Haven. 

In honor of Dad (Roy), please join us to pay tribute and to remember the outstanding individual that he was at his Celebration of Life on October 9, 2022 at 2:00 pm at the Cape Breton Exhibition Society Grounds at 105 Regent St., North Sydney Please bring any pictures, memento(s) or stories that reminds you of our Dad.  

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Roy Bragg Legacy Scholarship which is being established in honor of Dad. The scholarship will be a registered charity, additional details will follow or, alternatively, donations can be made to a charity of your choice.

Dad will always live within us, he was our rock, our world, our shining star and now he is our angel, our spirit in the sky. We love you, forever and always. 

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