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By Hannah MacDonald

A familiar friendly face on the North end of Charlotte Street left us last month. Roger Joseph Meaney, resident of 43 Charlotte Street, passed away suddenly on September 3rd. As a neighbour and conversational acquaintance, below is a modest remembrance as well as the formal obituary of our Northend friend.

Roger was a regular feature on the doorstep of his North Charlotte Street home. He was always interested in sharing a story with a neighbour or passerby. He had a wealth of topics to engage you in conversation – from stories of life on the CN railroad to advice on how to best appreciate a sunny day.

I recently chatted with a friend of Roger who remembered him as a “very decent, kind-hearted person.” Roger happily shared stories and photos of his adventures, including his work with the Coastguard in the Arctic. He also “gave with his heart.” This was something I experienced personally and hope that you may have too. Roger once gave me a candelabrum that now stands as a quiet reminder of the friendly figure enjoying the sun on his stoop on North Charlotte.

Obituary from the Cape Breton Post:

We regret to announce the sudden passing of Roger Meaney on Sept. 3, 2011, formerly of Grand Lake Road. He was the last surviving member of his family. Born in Sydney, he was the son of the late Joseph and Jeanette (Quedinet) Meaney. Roger was employed for many years with the Canadian National Railway, and was a member of the CN Pensioners Association. He is survived by a number of nieces and nephews some who reside in St-Pierre-Miquelon. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by one brother, George, three sisters, Eugina (Dan) Fraser, Theresa (Walter) Macphee and Rita (Jim) McGuigan.

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