• T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel
    Sydney, NS
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Rita MacNeil 1944 - 2013
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April 20, 2014
Locked Diary

When you loose a loved one
the Diary is neglected
You forgot what it contained
awhile ago
The Mystery is ,where is the key
perhaps in Spirts keeping
Shall we leave it there
put it all to rest
Will then our strength be whole?

Erma Siteman/Addison
April 19, 2014
You were one in a million, in so many ways, to so many people...a legend in your time here on Earth. Rest in peace Dear Rita. For you we will keep the candle burning 'til we all meet again on that beautiful shore.
October 3, 2013
Rita what a wonderful entertainer you were. You made your homeland of Cape Breton come alive to people far away like myself in Sydney Australia. Your music brought me joy, happiness and peace and I was so happy to actually see the Tea Rooms when we travelled through Canada. God bless you, peace always rest in peace - your music is a joy the words bring Cape Breton and Canada alive - there will never be anyone else like you - God rest in peace Julie Waller Sydney Australia
October 3, 2013
August 7, 2013
Rest in peace Rita i will always remember you from the letters i received
from you the lovely music and your gorgeous voice,just reading your
tributes as i was on your website looking for cd's and read about your death
i can't believe it. You will always be in my heart and i will always play your music.You will always be the best angel.
Rest in Peace Rita. Jennie Gore. Great Malvern. Worc's. UK
June 16, 2013
May has passed, I should have been wishing you a Happy Mother's Day, and yes, a big Happy Birthday. I should be looking forward to your shows, but that is only a thought now.

Today is two months, you are missed. This is for you, my dear friend.

"Her Way"

She set the stage
She wrote her thoughts
She sang a song

She made you laugh
She made you listen
She made you cry

She had the last word
She had the last laugh
She had the last invite

This was Classic Rita
This was Intimate Rita
This was Loved Rita

Cape Breton's Lady
A gifted Lady
A gracious Lady

"She Did it Her Way"

penned the day after Rita's funeral.....April 23, 2013 by Carol MacLean
May 26, 2013
your music will live on forever in our hearts and souls. The songs you made will be played and sung for all of time Rita dear. Rest In Peace sweet , sweet Rita darling, i will keep you in my heart until my dying day and will meet you on the other side. God Bless You...........John and Eileen King, Goderich ,Ontario, Cape Bretoners.
May 24, 2013
Rest in Peace Rita, your music will live forever in the hearts of many Canadians. Our condolences to the family. M&R Jefferson, Innisfail AB
May 20, 2013
God needed another angels voice for his choir and chose you Rita. Your beautiful voice will play on here on earth through all your wonderful songs.
May 17, 2013
Rest in Peace Rita. Your voice will enhance the Angel's Choir
May 15, 2013
TO RITA MACNEIL THE FIRST LADY OF CAPE BRETON. YOU WILL BE MISSED.CAPE BRETON IS SAD TODAY WITH LOVE CHARLIEBOSSELMAN MALDEN MASS
May 7, 2013
MAY GODBLESS THIS LOVELY LADY HER SONGS WILL LIVE ON FOREVER YOU WILL BE MISSED VERY MUCH MAY YOU REST IN PEACE RITA MACNIEL GODBLESS ANNA CAVANAGH PORTHAWKESBURY NOVA SCOTIA
May 7, 2013
May 6, 2013
MY CONDOLENCES TO YOUR FAMILY. YOU WILL BE SADLY MISSED.
April 29, 2013
I am considered Rita 's biggest fan , saw many of her concerts here in Ontario , the best being at Ontario Place .I even have a picture of her & I while she was signing her cd for me .Much of her life mirrored my own , raising children on my own , being from Cape Breton , only I was at Sears & she at Eatons. ! I have all her cd's & so many have such great meaning for me , God rest her soul , she brought so much happiness to so many .My deepest sympathy to her family & she will live on in her wonderful songs . Jean Ferguson
April 29, 2013
April 28, 2013
I enjoy very much listening to most of RITA MACNEILS songs she was such a beautiful singer she will be missed very much. She was such a beautiful lady may GODBLESS THIS BEAUTIFUL KIND ANGEL REST IN PEACE
April 27, 2013
My husband and I attended a concert of her and Frank Mills in Surrey two years ago. It was wonderful. She has cetainly been one of Canada's great singers and will be sadly missed by all. Lila Worms Delta BC
April 26, 2013
GODBLESS YOU RITA MACNEIL. ANNA CAVANAGH PORTHAWKESBURY NOVA SCOTIA
April 26, 2013
I am shocked and saddened to hear the passing of Rita. I never had the opportunity to see her in concert but did see her in person one year when I flew by Air Canada home to Cape Breton for the Xmas Holidays. Her music is always playing in our family homestead up til this day. There will never be another talented artist with such a beautiful voice and loved Cape Breton the way Rita have.
She will be sadly missed by her family, friends and the people of Cape Breton.

Laura, Wade and family my Heartfelt and Deepest Sympathy to you all during this difficult time.

God Bless,
Linda Pearson
April 25, 2013
Thank you so kindy for your beautiful songs . I cant stop singing Your Flying On Your Own. I wil never forget you Rita MacNeil you are such a beautiful kind lady. May Godbless You Rest In Peace Anna Cavanagh PortHawkesbury Nova Scotia
April 25, 2013
A true treasure and a beautiful soul indeed. I met Rita in 1984-85 when I worked at the Darily News in Hfx. She had come in for an interview with the entertainment editor. All the interview rooms were being used and he took Rita to the lunchroom to wait. I went on break and joined them at the lunchroom table. Being a chatter box I started a conversation and we talked about our children etc. and had a wonderful chat. I had no idea who she was and it never really mattered. I just was having a great visit with a warm gentle, timid lady and we both loved it.. Then the entertainment person told me she was there for an interview and because of our chat he had very little to ask her. We all chuckled about that. A "real" person and a true bluenoser. A beautiful gentle soul and a beautiful spirit. Penny Snell NS
April 25, 2013
Rita, you have touched so many hearts with your songs.
It was such a privilege to have seen you in Concert and to visit your Tea House. Your songs kept me strong during some tough times.
God be with you. The Best is Yet to come!
April 25, 2013
What a great lady she was. loved her and her beautiful singing voice. RIP lovely lady.
April 25, 2013
To all of Rita's family. The world has lost a very unique and wonderful voice. She loved what she did and gave to the world. She will be missed. Sympathies to you all.
April 25, 2013
Our family sends our heartfelt sympathy to all the family. We loved Rita's music and concerts we watched on TV. We were not so fortunate to have met her in person but know that she was wonderful in all she did and represented. We enjoyed visiting her Tea Room. She will be sadly missed but heaven gained an Angel. God be with you all.
April 25, 2013
I saw Rita and the Men of the Deeps at Expo 87 in Vancouver.
Even now, when I hear " Working Man" it brings tears to my eyes.
My father was a coal miner in Cape Breton ...and this song reminds me of him.
Thank you for that.
May you rest in peace, Rita, now and forever. Amen
April 24, 2013
I loved Rita. She's an amazing woman. R.I.P. Be free and fly with the angels. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. God Bless You. Rita, you will never be forgotten.
April 24, 2013
We extend our deepest thoughts and prayers .to all of Rita's family. She was our favourite singer. Canada has lost a great Lady.
Marguerite Burris St Marys Ontario
April 24, 2013
Rita was one of my favourite singers.will always treasure her
replay letter she sent to me.
my sympathy and prayers to all her family
Darlene
April 24, 2013
My heart goes out to Rita's dear daughter and family.
The only thing larger than Rita's talent was her generosity. We will continue to appreciate "The First Lady of Song". We had the pleasure of hearing her and the Men of the Deep in Hamilton ON.
Lucille Robertson, Niagara Falls ON
April 23, 2013
I extend my deepest sympathy to all of Rita's family during this sad time in their lives. It is never easy to lose someone we love so dearly. Rita was a very special lady and loved by so many including myself. My very first cd I ever received was a cd by Rita!! I cherish that cd and many other cds I have of her lovely music. Rita's songs made me proud to be a Cape Bretoner and I know she was proud of that fact as well. My mom and I always enjoyed Rita's music and were blessed to attend many of her concerts. She always put on a great show. She was just such a beautiful lady with a heart of gold and had such a gift for writing and singing so many lovely songs. Certainly she will live on in all her lovely music and in all of the special memories we all have of her. Rest in peace dear sweet Rita and may God hold you in the palm of His hand!!
April 23, 2013
My sincere condolences to the family.Such a angel.May she rest in peace.

Patricia Mahil
Toronto
April 23, 2013
may god hold you and let you sing all day and all night.
April 23, 2013
She was a beautiful lady,loved her singing and such a beautiful soul.I'm sure
she's at peace and singing with the angles.We will miss her.My sympaties to
all.God Bless You!
Emily Scott,Yarmouth N.S.
April 23, 2013
to Rita's friends,fans and family my sincere condolences.Thank you to her daughter for sharing Rita's words in the service.God bless you all.
April 23, 2013
Rita was one of the loveliest and unspoiled entertainers of all time. What a gem. Her voice was that of an angel.
April 23, 2013
My sincere sympathy to Rita's family. They have lost a very wonderful Mother, Grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend.

I loved Rita's music and I had enjoyed the concerts that I was able to get in Edmonton and Fort McMurray, Alberta.

In November 1992, she came to Fort McMurray to sing at the Keyano Foundation Gala. I was absolutely thrilled, after the concert, to have my picture taken with her.

Her song, "Working Man" is my absolute favourite, as it always reminded me of my dear Uncle Michael MacNeil, who had been a miner in #26 in Glace Bay.

May all the very wonderful memories that you all have, help you all in the difficult days ahead.

God love and bless you all and keep you all always in His care.

Many thanks for sharing your Mom, Rita, with us.

Sincerely,
Valerie Ann
April 22, 2013
Please accept our deepest condolences. Rita was truly an inspiration to many and will live on in our hearts forever. Her music was heartfelt and will live on. RIP Rita.
April 22, 2013
Rita made me proud to be a Nova Scotian. She inspired me to take what life has handed me and be the best that I can be. I wish I had had the chance to meet her and shake her hand. I will hold her in my heart and raise my cup of tea.
Abigail Smith
Edmonton, AB
April 22, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to Rita's family.

Being away from my home in NL,for the past 27 years, Rita you have gotten me through ALOT of homesickness. I can relate to you soo much.Christmas will never b the same.You will live on in my heart forever.Love you Rita & I will miss you dearly.
April 22, 2013
Thank you for the wonderful music from a beautiful lady. Condolences to her family. The world will miss you, Rita.
April 22, 2013
The voice of an angel, she will be missed. My condolences to the MacNeil family. God Bless
April 22, 2013
Deepest sympathy to Rita's children, grandchildren and all the family. I had the privilege of seeing Rita in concert four times (once at the Big Pond outdoor concert). I have been to the Tea Room twice and once had my picture taken with her - something I will treasure forever. Rita was one of a kind - humble, sensitive, kind and so very, very talented. She will live in my heart and my memory forever. RIP beautiful lady.
April 22, 2013
My deepest sympathy to the McNeil family and to all at the Tea Room. I was most fortunate to have met Rita, and I will cherish that memory for ever. She was a wonderful lady with the voice of an angel and she will be sadly missed.
April 22, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to the McNeil family and to all at the Tea Room.We've all lost a wonderfull lady. We'll always cherish our memories of our visits with Rita and everyone there.
April 22, 2013
i am so sorry to hear of Rita's passing. the world has lost a great singer and a great person. my husband and i went to every one of her concerts when she performed in toronto. she will truly be missed. my thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time. god bless.
April 22, 2013
Deepest condolences to Rita's family. Voice like an angel, in god's hands now. RIP-heavens gain and our loss. Blessings
April 22, 2013
What a sad day to hear of the passing of my very favorite singer and story teller. I have attended all her shows in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She was such a warm person and I enjoy listening to her tapes which I have many of. I am sure the family will miss her dearly, but memorise will keep you strong. R.I.P. dear Rita ... we will all miss you. Bless the family & close friends. Judy Swanson Red Rock, ON.
April 22, 2013
My deepest sympathy to Rita's family; Another Angel has been called home to sing in Heaven's choir, Rita's music and songs will be forever remembered in our hearts. R.I.P. Rita
April 22, 2013
My family was deeply saddened by the passing of Rita MacNeil. We remember about 25 or so years ago that she came and performed at our local high school. A true legend who will be missed. Our deepest sympathy to her family and friends.
Charles and Maureen Fraser
Sherbrooke,N.S.
April 22, 2013
Dear Rita MacNeil:
you were an angel a really big blessing to the music industry and my dad who was Philip mcneil gave me the pleasure of meeting you! :) its terrible to hear that u have passed away and my deepest condolences to your family!
Rachelle McNeil
April 22, 2013
I would like to send my codolences to Rita family. Through her beautiful music and interview on T.V. I got to know her as a warm and beautiful lady. I"m sure she is singing with the angels in Heven..
April 22, 2013
My Mother Hilda Currie. Cape Breton Born, has cherished Ritas music as it has touched us deeply ,and made her feel as though the ocean were in her heart right here in Ontario. My Mothers heart has never left Nova Scotia. treasures.Rita You Have Taught a multitude of people throughout the world what Strength Truly is. You are a Blessing and I for one along with our large family, will Miss you Greatly. "Home I'll Be" In Heaven! Well Done Rita!
April 22, 2013
Rita was a wonderful woman and a terrific person. Enjoyed her songs, her tea room and her wonderful spirit. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. She will be missed by everyone that has meet her along her journey her on earth.
April 22, 2013
My deepest condolences to Wade and the rest of Rita's family. Rita's music was the most influential music of my life growing up in Cape Breton, and it has always been a link for me to the home I love. She was a beautiful, gentle woman and she will be dearly missed by all. Rest in peace, Rita.
April 22, 2013
Rita was a great person and we will miss her beautiful singing, She had the voice of an angel and the heavenly choir has just become more beautiful because of her presence . We will always treasure the memories of our visit to her Tea House and the lovely souvenirs we brought home with us. Our sincere condolences to her family and friends. Rest in Peace Rita, we love you and will miss you.
Sincerely,
Leonard and Helen Pylypow
Box 305,
Glaslyn, Sk. S0M 0Y0 Canada.
April 22, 2013
She took my breath away that magical day at Expo 86. She has the voice of an angel. A true Canadian icon! We will miss her deeply.
April 22, 2013
A Beautiful Woman and A Beautiful Voice Now In Heaven Singing With The Angels.
“Those we love must someday pass beyond our present sight...must leave us and the world we know without their radiant light. But we know, that like a candle their lovely light will surely shine to brighten up another place more perfect...more divine. And in the realm of Heaven where they shine so warm and bright our beloved ones live forevermore in God's eternal light.“ J. Delore Mulvihill CN Rail Retired, Windsor, ON.,
April 22, 2013
To the family of Rita,on behalf of my family,I would like to send our condolences.We have lost an amazing singer,a spokesperson for Nova Scotia through her songs.
Carol Adshade & family. Bible Hill,Nova Scotia
April 22, 2013
On the docks of Lunenburg one morning, I helped Rita with her shoes, held them while she performed as they were too tight. I saw myself in the background of a news report as an onlooker in awe of her great talent. What a wonderful woman. I can tell you that at Christmastime, Rita will always be present with her sweet gifts of music. Love and Peace to all family.
Michael J. Miller, Halifax, Nova Scotia
April 22, 2013
To Rita's Family & Friends... On behalf of my wife, Danielle, my mom, Georgette (now deceased), I would like to offer our deepest condolences for your loss. My mom passed away on October 8, 2012, and I mention her because she knew Rita a very long time ago and occasionally kept in touch with her. Now, my Mom and Rita are making beautiful harmonies together in heaven. As with all the world, we too enjoyed Rita's beautiful voice and the wonderful stories that came across in her songs & music. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.
April 22, 2013
My Dearest Rita,
A gifted Angel you are, and a gifted Angel you will"Always" be. You have touched the lives of so many world wide making the imprint as "Footprints in the Sand." Know that the world and those in it have been gifted and blessed by your presence and voice. As was my life when you came into it back in the early 90's. Your inspiration courage and life will for always be cherrished and remembered. Not only by the existance of your human nature, works, spirit and kindness, but by the cherrished memories, words, legacies, family, fans and friends you have touched along your journey. You have not left us behind so I will not say Good Bye, but rather you have left us the gift of your life to carry on and to remember and keep you alive by.
My heart will be with you always, as my prayers of grace and serenity is with your family always and now even more in their time of loss. Peace be with you as you join the voice of the Heavenly Angels above.
April 22, 2013
Rita was one of a kind. I will cherish my photos of her and I together and her kind words of encouragement that she emailed me after reading a book of poetry I wrote and gave a copy of to her. Unfortunately I did not have a printer at the time so was unable to have a copy but I will remember her words forever. She was a lady who cared about her fans and their lives. She will be missed so very much by so many people. Heaven has a special angel now welcoming everyone with her angelic voice. What a legacy she has left for her family. RIP dear lady you will never be forgotten......Ollie Douma
April 22, 2013
Our deepest condolences are with Rita's family and friends. Her powerful voice will live in us forever, she will be truly missed, however, she will rein on in Heaven... among the Angels...
R.I.P. Rita
April 22, 2013
Although I never met Rita personally, I grew up watching her become the star that she is and always will be; a star whose light will NEVER fade. On a recent trip to Florida to spend time with my family, we heard the news that she had passed, and we immediately started searching for songs of hers to listen to on the internet. Her music was always a part of our family, and always will be. She is an inspiration to many musicians who come from our island, and we are so proud of her and all of her many accomplishments in her lifetime. I am close friends with some of her immediate family members, and they are a wonderful family! They have come to be some of my best friends. My prayers go out to them, and all those who knew her. May she forever soar over the Bras d'Or, crooning to the angels!
April 22, 2013
Our deepest sympathy is extended to Rita's family and special friends. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Diane (Morrison) & Mike Lachowiez
April 22, 2013
Rita...what a wonderful woman and a powerful inspiration for me...her music helped me get through the loss of my son Jimmy in 1991..thanks for being you.
Eva
April 22, 2013
Such a gracious lady blessed with a wonderful voice. She brought so much joy to people through her music. I no longer live in Nova Scotia but it will always be my "home" and as such was always happy to claim Rita as one of our own home-grown gems. People on the Prairies loved her and mourn her passing,as do I.
April 22, 2013
To all those family and friends of Rita McNeil I wish to express my sincere thoughts and prayers at our loss!
My Mother was born and raised in Nova Scotia.....however even though I live in Alberta I believe we have lost a true Canadian ICON!
Rita's music has given me such pleasure joy and strong emotion for ever so long!
I have enjoyed watching her in concert. My favourite has been her Christmas broadcasts.
Rita I will miss you and thank you for the music!
Beverly Bell, Birchcliff Alberta Canada
April 22, 2013
I would like to extend my condolences to Wade and Laura and the rest of Rita's family. I traveled many miles and had many laughs as her Tour Manager in the late 80's and early 90's. She was a special lady and we'll be missed by many. I'm sorry I want be able to attend the services but we'll be thinking of you guys.
Lee Stanley/Peggy Milsom
April 22, 2013
we truly lost amazing singer are lost is heaven gain,praying for Rita's family.God Blessings on you all,RIP Rita,
April 22, 2013
Our deepest condolences are with Rita's family & friends at this very sad time. Her powerful voice was that of an angel & she will be remembered forever through her wonderful stories in song. RIP Rita
April 22, 2013
April 22, 2013
To the family of Rita, We are saddened to hear of your loss, in 2011 we visited Rita's tea room and was planning on returning in 2015 to hopfully meet Rita in person. We will still return to say hello We really love her music she was such an inspiration to us. Love from Tony & Jon Adelaide South Australia.
April 22, 2013
Never to be forgotten,a woman of courage and a powerful presents,i especially loved her Christmas specials it was always part of mine,i remember seeing her once,AMAZING! Thank you for your Music,YOU will be missed.
God bless you and your family at this time.
April 22, 2013
may you rest in peace rita,your music was a great part off our family,from a former cape bretioner.
April 22, 2013
Over the years my husband and I spent some wonderful moments with Rita. She will always remain in our hearts. Her music plays on in our home. Our most sincere sympathies to Wade and Laura and all the MacNeil families. Wish we could have made been beside you all throughout this celebration of Rita's life. Our thoughts and prayers will remain with you! RIP Rita!
April 22, 2013
Voice of an angel, we love Rita's music and watched her TV program, thank-you Rita for your music and beautiful soul. Deepest sympathy and God Bless to Rita's family and friends, RIP Rita, sing with the angles...
April 22, 2013
My deepest sympath to Rita Macnei's family . Her legacies will live on. She had such a wonderful voice. Sincerly Mary morisrty
April 22, 2013
Rita Mac Neil - condolences to the family of Rita Mac Neil on her passing. I have great memories of her occasional visits to Mc Knights Music when I had the business years ago . She was so highly recognized far and wide.
April 22, 2013
an angel has flown up to heaven rest in peace rita
April 22, 2013
Our sincere sympathy to Rita's family and friends! I would like to share with her family a fond memory of Rita. When our youngest son was young he was very much aware of who Rita was since he heard his Mom playing her music all the time. We went to the grocery store one afternoon and who did we see -Rita. My son said there's Rita,I'm going to ask her for her autograph. He went up to Rita and asked her for her autograph.She didn't have a piece of paper so she tore a label off a can ,signed it and gave it to our son.He came back to me with a smile as big as the sun and said I got Rita'a autograph.I have never forgotten her kindness to our child and have thought to myself she is truly a kind mother and friend.Rest in peace Rita.Your music will live on in our hearts forever!!! Mary,Walter MacMillan&family(Sydney)
April 22, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to the MacNeil family on their loss. Rita was one of the sweetest souls we have ever met. We will miss her but she will live on in our hearts and in her songs. Our thought and prayers are with her family.
April 22, 2013
you were a role model to us women,will miss your singing.
April 22, 2013
Rest In Peace Rita. Joe&June Kowalski
April 22, 2013
I left Cape Breton for Halifax in 1994 to go to university and beyond my vacations and long weekends at home, I seldom go back. Like many, I didn't appreicate where I came from until I started seeing it in the rearview mirror. Rita's music and the music she inspired from other Cape Breton artists gave and continues to give many of us who have had to leave the Island, comfort and joy and pride. To this day, at 37 years old I still tear up at "Home I'll Be" and I suspect I will til I'm back home in Cape Breton. Rita not only made it ok to be proud of being a Cape Bretoner. She made it ok for those of us who struggled to be away and who longed for the day we could go back. Anyone who spent a summer in Cape Breton saw her there too and knew she loved and missed it as well. Thank you Rita for the comfort your music gave me. May the angels in Heaven's choir be able to keep up with you. :)
April 21, 2013
Where ever you at tomorrow , please take a minute to remember our first lady of Cape Breton Rita Mcneil ,RITA YOU WILL BE GREATLY MISSED, YOUR SONGS WILL ALWAYS BE ON OUR LIPS AND IN OUR HEART AND A TEAR IN OUR EYE, WHAT A WONDERFUL
AMBASSADOR TO CAPE BRETON
YOU ARE NOW SINGING IN THE HEAVENS
GOD BLESS
April 21, 2013
It is with great sadness to hear of Rita's passing. I and some of my sisters got to visit her tea room, but unfortunately Rita was not there at the time. But yet a few of the sisters had the pleasure of meeting your dear mom.we the Wadden family formally of Glacé Bay NS wish to sent our thoughts and prayers to you the family of a wonderful lady. She will be missed by all, yet her music will live on forever in our hearts.
Jean(Wadden)Ogley and many sisters.
April 21, 2013
RIP Rita Loved your beautiful voice and The Men Of The Deep. So many memories of A True Canadian. Peggy Dase (Pincher Creek AB)
April 21, 2013
Our deepest sympathy is extended to Rita's family. Canada has suffered the great loss of a very remarkable woman. Her powerful voice was that of an angel and she will be missed deeply. RIP Rita. You will be remembered forever through your wonderful stories in song!
April 21, 2013
God Bless you Rita. May your voice live with us forever. RIP
April 21, 2013
REST IN PEACE IT WAS A PLEASURE MEETING YOU
April 21, 2013
I've seen a lot of her perfomances and even visited her Tea Room at Big Pond
which I purchased a few of her tea cups, tea cosy and etc.
Loved her way of siging and will miss her a lot.
Cape Breton you have lost the an...Icon.
My condolences to the MacNeil Family to me she was my..Idol
Edna Hotte Benoit( SudburyOntario)
April 21, 2013
Rita was an angel and also an amazing singer. We loved her music and were honored to attend three of her concerts which we loved. She will be missed and remembered always. Our sympathy to her family.
April 21, 2013
Rita you will live forever in everbodys heart.We never met but I"am the Dry Cleaner who has drycleaned you clother for some years and if we had ever met I was going to tell you that I felt famous knowing that I played a small part in your life.God bless you Rita and your falimy.
April 21, 2013
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
April 21, 2013
Just a little story.Years ago my sister and her husband were visiting from Flin Flon,Man. in December.They are big Rita fans.The four of us went to Rita's tea room.My sister asked the waitress if Rita ever came in,she said sometimes but she didn't think today.All of a sudden my sister's head snapped,lord and behold there was Rita.I brought my camera.What a moment for them.Sorry to hear of your loss,our hearts are with you at this time.P.S.My sister has the picture of Rita and her on her wall.Brian,Helen Tobin,and Jim and Sharon Lengyl(Man.)
April 21, 2013
I have many fond memories of Rita singing in Newfoundland. The most memorable was her last concert with Frank Mills. You will be truly missed by your many followers. Condolences to the family. May she rest in peace.

Marilyn Farrell, Hr. Grace, Newfoundland.
April 21, 2013
I was truly shocked and sadden to hear of the passing of Rita. I have a fond memory of seeing her with my mother in Victoria BC. I also have a hand written letter ,from Rita,...filled with encouragement regarding my own music career.

Have a safe journey home Rita MacNeil
April 21, 2013
A wonderfully talented gracious lady with a beautiful voice we will all miss so much. I saw a number of her performances over the years. My condolences to her family.
April 21, 2013
RITA YOU WILL BE MISSED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR BEAUTIFUL MUSIC,THANK YOU FOR YOUR BEAUTIFUL SOUL.
April 21, 2013
Unbeknownst to Rita she spent every Christmas and New Years Day in my kitchen for many many years. Out came 'Joyful Sounds' cd, the volume would be turned way up and Rita and I would sing to our hearts content. No one could sing 'O Holy Night' like Rita MacNeil. She was an amazing lady and our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her family and friends. Rest in peace dear Rita.
April 21, 2013
My Deepest Sympathy to the MacNeil Family...GOD BLESS YOU ALL..
R.I.P...RITA..
You Will Always Be OUR CAPE BRETON ANGEL...You Will be forever in our Hearts and Never forgotton by everyone that knew you..
RITA...R.I.P...Until we meet you again...HUGS
April 21, 2013
"My sincere condolences to Cape Breton with the loss of such a wonderful lady. Her music was felt in all corners of the world and will be cherished forever in the hearts of all Cape Bretoners who felt Home Again listening to her songs. " She will be missed but her music and love of Nova Scotia will live on!
April 21, 2013
Our deepest condolences to Rita,s family, loved her music and also had the pleasure of visiting her tea room beautiful place.
April 21, 2013
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
April 21, 2013
God sent Rita to Big Pond, Cape Breton Island,
With songs of Love and Inspiration.
That they might touch our Hearts and Soul.
Grace and Hope rang glorious in her voice and music,
That brought Solace and Love to the young and old.
Then the angels beckoned our Rita, so dear,
That left the world with eyes that teared.
For every song she wrote and all the smiles she gave,
Raise your "Teacup" to Rita and toast to her with Love and Praise.
April 21, 2013
I met Rita about three years ago at Celtic Colours. It was a moment I will always cherish. I was having a difficult time controlling how I felt. I was in awe of her. And here I was holding her hand. I told her I was very proud of her and how special I thought she was. She looked into my eyes thanked me and said, " and I am proud of you." With that we embraced. Two "girls" from Cape Breton, one from Big Pond and the other from Whitney Pier.

Her legacy will live on forever. Thank you for sharing your gifts and talents with so many people.

To her family and friends my sincere condolences.

Rest in peace Rita.
April 21, 2013
Such a great lady, who showed all women that obstacles can be beaten. Rita, will continue to life on in the hearts of all Canadians through her music. God has gotten another angel! Kathy Downing
April 21, 2013
I first heard Rita sing when she was here in Toronto, working as a cleaning woman, meeting with groups of women and trying to collect money for her first 45 record; BORN A WOMAN. Rita was a wonderful woman, and great inspiration to us all. So nice to see her often on TV and live in concerts. She will be sadly missed.
April 21, 2013
"My Deepest Condolences To The Family.She was a Beautiful Person.She had the Voice of an Angel.Home She'll Be."

Bonnie Wilwand(Eastern Passage, N. S.)
April 21, 2013
I'd like to express my deepest sympathies to the MacNeil Family on the loss of Rita. I knew Rita for over 40 years and a sweeter lady never lived. I told her once about how much some of her songs meant to me. I've met most of the family over the years but Roseanne and Clem are the ones that I knew best. The first time that I experienced Rita's fantastic voice was when she came down from Ontario and played the Cape Co-op Pub on International Women's Day. I went to the Cape Co-op Bookstore the next day and got them to order her Born a Woman Album.
Because of my bad legs I couldn't go to Curry's and I know that there is no room in the church but I had to let you know that my heart is there with you. Rita is in Heaven with the angels writing a new tune. – Dave Ervin
April 21, 2013
So sorry to hear of Rita's passing. She was a wonderful and talented lady. She will be missed greatly.
April 21, 2013
My heart goes out to the family of such an amazing lady. Rita helped me get through so many homesick days when my husband I were posted away from NS. I would play her music so loud I know everyone else heard it as well. I saw her in concert in Regina and was so in awe of such a beautiful lady with such a powerful voice. Thank you for sharing her with the rest of us. RIP Reta and know you were loved by so many. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Ken & Jessie Ettinger
April 21, 2013
Had the privilege of chatting with Rita, following performances, on a number of occasions over the years. She was an ambassador for Cape Breton and Nova Scotia wherever she went. My deepest sympathy to her family and many friends.
April 21, 2013
The voice of an angel, now singing with the angels. Rita you are a true inspiration to many people and have touched hearts around the world with your amazing voice and beautiful, gentle soul. RIP Reta, we love you.
April 21, 2013
Dear MacNeil family,
All the O'Brien family from Beacon St. are saddened and sorry to hear of Rita's passing.We know of the strong bond and caring between you that will give comfort.Peace and Love Joan O'Brien Martell and David
April 21, 2013
Our sincere condolences on the passing of your loved one. Rita's beautiful voice will be forever remembered. May your memories sustain you as you carry on without her. God bless
April 21, 2013
What can I say to this dear family, I loved your Mom, she was like family to me and my Mom - we watched her for many years, she was just so humble and kind, her voice was that of an angel, her heart was of purest gold, I will always miss her, we went to see her performances in Saint John, it made my Christmas, keep tight the memories of her and what she stood for, God Bless you all!
April 21, 2013
My deepest and most sincere condolences to you all...she was an incredible lady and will live infinitely in her songs and our hearts.
April 21, 2013
A beautiful lady inside and out, with a voice that touched peoples hearts world wide ! She will be missed . Our condolences to everyone whose lives she touched..
April 21, 2013
I had the pleasure of meeting Rita for the first time last summer 2012 in Hamilton Ontario. Rita was visiting someone at the Queens Garden Nursing home, where my mother is living. I was so happy to have been able to shake Rita's hand. I remember Rita's beautiful shy smile when i said hi to her. Rita was a very gentle lady and I will always cherish that moment we met. She will be in my memory forever. Rick Macpherson Hamilton Ontario.
April 21, 2013
My most heartfelt condolences go to all of Rita's family and friends. I have wonderful memories of Rita. My husband and I have seen her in live performance twice in Charlottetown. She was the most gracious lady in every way and I treasure her autograph on my ticket for a Zonta Club dinner in Charlottetown in 1987 at which she was the special guest. In 1991 and 1993 we visited the Tea Room in Big Pond. Her passing is a tremendous loss for everyone who love her and her music. God bless you Rita for all the joy and comfort you brought to so many people. I will always treasure my memories of Rita. My most precious memory is of performing with a group called Abegweit Chimes on stage at Cabot Park as backup singers for Rita for a performance for Prince Edward. I wanted her autograph and she graciously invited me to her trailer, gave me her autograph and a hug.
April 21, 2013
My sincere sympathy to family and friends of Rita MacNeil around the world.
She added a lot to her Cape Breton and her province and her legacy will live on in
for all of us.
Selma
Halifax, Nova Scotia
April 21, 2013
It is with deepest respect that we express our condolences on the passing of this great Lady.

~ David & Ruby Young, Pictou
April 21, 2013
To the mcneil family sory for your loss of a great lady mother and grandmother R.I.P. rita
April 21, 2013
we will miss you rita you were a great lady with a wonderful voice may you R.I.P.
April 21, 2013
I offer my deepest sympathies to Laura and Wade and your family. It was a great experience to get to know you two, meet Rita and develop what will continue be a great place to celebrate her life. Perhaps one day we can finish the Cape Breton music Centre in Rita's name.

So sorry for your loss.

Raven
April 21, 2013
So very sorry to hear of Rita's passing. She is high above us now singing with the angels.
April 21, 2013
Heaven is now a better place with Rita's passing.
April 21, 2013
Sympathy to the Family. We have lost a great singer.
God Bless,
Bob Fralic
Porter's Lake
April 21, 2013
We were sorry to hear of your loss. Rita has touched the lives of so many people over the years; she will be sadly missed.
April 21, 2013
I saw her last show in st johns nl and im so happy i did i love her songs they all tell a story and i do sing alot of her songs at events rest in peace rita sing to the high heaven with the angels bridget lake swift current nl
April 21, 2013
You are in Heaven where you will continue to make Spirits smile
April 21, 2013
You are in Heven where you will continue to make Spirits smile
April 21, 2013
The Lady made people smile. Made us proud. Rest in peace MIss RIta
April 21, 2013
Sending my deepest sympathy to Rita,s Family. She was a very gracious lady and a wonderful performer, she will be sadly missed.

Betty Ann deWit, Brockville Ontario.
April 21, 2013
My Deepest Sympathy to the MacNeil family. My Mother was a true Rita fan. I would hear her playing Rita's music and singing along she was so excited when she was able to go to her concert. We visited Rita's tea room and we also went to her house. I just want you to know that your Mom brought so much joy to so many and helped in many a hard time with her sweet voice. Heaven has another angel. R.I.P. dear Rita and thank you.
Debbie and the late Lillian Flood
April 20, 2013
Our sincere condolences to the MacNeil family. Rita was an inspiration to us all - to carry through with your dream -
Her voice was full of heart - her songs carried the truth and sincerity of her words and touched our hearts.
She was unique. How lucky we all were to have had her with us.
Lydia Adams
Conductor/Artistic Director
Amadeus Choir of Toronto
Elmer Iseler Singers
April 20, 2013
To the family of Rita MacNeil: You have lost so much and I send my heartfelt condolences at this very sad time. I started listening to the powerful music of Rita in the late 80's at the time of her Juno win. I have seen her in concert many times and will miss her beautiful Christmas shows. I was so fortunate to have been there from the start and will continue to listen to that beautiful voice and powerful messages. The Working Man and Flying on your own are two of my favourites. May you find peace in knowing that she was loved by so many of us and her messages through song have helped so many of us and will continue to be our strength.
April 20, 2013
From across the miles I send my condolences to Rita's loved ones, The Legacy she left will always live.

Erma Siteman
Victoria BC
April 20, 2013
As long as there is a Cape Breton or a Nova Scotia the voice of Rita MacNeil will never be stilled. She gave us all so much and asked little in return. Thank you Rita.
April 20, 2013
We will all miss you Rita thanks for making a difference in so many ways. R.I.P.
April 20, 2013
WE ALL LOVED RITA SHE WILL BE SADLY MISSED BUT HER SONGS WIL GO ON FOREVER RIP RITA....
April 20, 2013
My heart goes out to Rita's family and friends! I grew up listening to Rita and I have so many fond memories from my childhood revolving around her music and her Christmas special. I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Rita two summers ago at her tearoom. It was the first time in my life that I was ever speechless. She was such a kind person and so beautiful inside and out! She truly has a voice of an angel! She's called Nova Scotia!! Thoughts and prayers are with you all! She will be dearly missed but her music will live on!
April 20, 2013
She was an angel in our midst.
April 20, 2013
Rita's Music has touched my heart in many ways and I will miss not seeing her at Chistmas time in concert. My thoughts and prayers are with the Family
April 20, 2013
Condolences to the family. God bless
April 20, 2013
So sorry we will miss her she was very speical to us. Love the rose song almost wore out the CD. Saw her 3 times in consort. God bless our prayers are with you.
April 20, 2013
our prayers are with you all ,,R.I.P RITA
April 20, 2013
Heart felt condolences to Rita's family The world & Canada in particular will miss this truly wonderful Canadian talent, and sweet lady. I last saw her a couple of years ago while on a tour through our city
Don Ross, Kitchener, Ontario.
April 20, 2013
It's difficult to imagine the world without Rita MacNeil. She is a beautiful lady with an angelic voice. We love her.
April 20, 2013
Thought & Prayers for Rita's family (I just finished watching a beautiful program on Rita tonight on CTV ) such a beautiful voice RIP Rita
April 20, 2013
To the MacNeil family - our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time of loss! For Canadians, we have lost a musical icon but you have lost a percious, loved member of your family! Rita was an inspiration to us and introduced me to Cape Breton - for that I will always be grateful! Rest in peace Rita.
April 20, 2013
I'm so sorry for the loss of Rita. She was a beautiful and talented lady.
April 20, 2013
Rita's melodic voice touched our hearts in sweet and in sorrowful times throughout our lives journey.
We were fortunate to meet her years ago at the Vancouver Folk Festival, and have sensational memories of her glorious voice commanding the air at Expo 86, accompanied by the superb home town MEN OF THE DEEPS. That truly was one of my favorite days of a lifetime.
There was a Caper connect definetly throughout the audience, and a solidarity connected by the unspoken feel of home and the comfort of
knowing a piece of the heart of Cape Breton represented us so well and proudly.
She really was loved, is loved and in many ways you cannot think of Cape Breton without thinking of Rita.
RIP Rita. Sympathies and strength to her loved ones.

With sympathy,
A and G Mowry
April 20, 2013
SO SAD TO HEAR OF RITAS PASSING,CONDOLENCES TO ALL HER FAMILY.SHE WAS ONE OF MY FAVOURITE SINGERS.LOVED HER.
April 20, 2013
Rita's melodic voice touched our hearts in sweet and in sorrowful times throughout our lives journey.
We were fortunate to meet her years ago at the Vancouver Folk Festival, and have sensational memories of her glorious voice commanding the air at Expo 86, accompanied by the superb home town MEN OF THE DEEPS. That truly was one of my favorite days of a lifetime.
There was a Caper connect definetly throughout the audience, and a solidarity connected by the unspoken feel of home and the comfort of
knowing a piece of the heart of Cape Breton represented us so well and proudly.
She really was loved, is loved and in many ways you cannot think of Cape Breton without thinking of Rita.
RIP Rita. Sympathies and strength to her loved ones.
April 20, 2013
Will be sadly miss. Paryers to the family.
April 20, 2013
ED. FRAN KITCHEN. GUELPH ONT
April 20, 2013
To the family of Rita, I loved her singing ,especially the" Working Man " and " Good Friends "Never had the chance to meet her and I would have loved to . RIP Rita
April 20, 2013
My heart breaks for Rita's children, family members and closest friends since you have lost such a unique, graceful and truly beautiful soul and must be in great pain. Thank you for sharing Rita with us. She was taken far too soon. We who have listened to her powerful lyrics and watched her gentle, joyful, graceful performances have all been changed for the better by her. She has made the world a kinder and more beautiful place to be and her lovely spirit and inspirational music will carry on.
April 20, 2013
Rita always made me proud to be a Cape Bretoner. My condolences to her family. Her music will live on.
April 20, 2013
Thoughts & Prayers go out to the MacNeil family at this very sad time. Remembering Rita, in St. Lawrence Newfoundland we celebrate Day of Mourning, for all working men who have died in the workplace, and the song that is played every year at the Church Service is always "Its a working Man". She will always be remembered by the People of St. Lawrence and the Burin Peninsula for this fabulous song, You will be sadly missed RIP Rita MacNeill

From Diane Norman & Family and Also the People of St. Lawrence Newfoundland and Burin Peninsula
April 20, 2013
Love Vivian and Dorian
April 20, 2013
Rita will be missed by all her many fans who loved her beautiful voice, she was a true Canadian who loved her roots, and her songs showed how much she cared for the "Working Man"
R.I.P. Rita Our loss is heavens gain she is now with the angels and her voice will be heard singing with them.
April 20, 2013
Prayers to the family. It is diffucult to loose a loved one.
April 20, 2013
We are very sorry to hear of Rita's passing. Please accept our sincere condolence at this difficult time. We had the pleasure of visiting Rita's Tea Room and we have plans to visit again. She was a true Canadian Icon who was loved cherished by many. Her music will live on....
April 20, 2013
To Wade, Lori, Anthony and Zoe: Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time. May wonderful memories help to get your through this and give you comfort in the coming days and months ahead. May your Mom rest in peace.
April 20, 2013
Rita well always be in my heart. She was one of my favorite singers ,as I traveled to Cape Breton on different occasions I would stop at her tea-room hoping I would finally get to meet her but that did not happen but I still loved her and her singing and well always listen to her music. God bless all her family as she was a treasure for sure. Condolences to all of you from Cynthia. C. Childs my email is cchilds@seasidehighspeed.com
April 20, 2013
to the family.of rita.
she will be gravely missed.
god bless all of you and may she rip.amen.
betty tapper.
st john,s newfoundland.
April 20, 2013
Iàm so sorry to hear about your loss my heart goes out to her family I love her songs esp. The working man
April 20, 2013
We send our sincere condolance.to all Rita's family.What a beautiful lady she was.Loved her singing.Seen her just last year in florida.,at the snow birds.Rest in pease dear Rita.Your friends Raymond and Anita MacNeil,
April 20, 2013
We will always miss your television specials, but your music will always live on and touch the souls of many people. We will always remember you when we have tea from your tea pot.
April 20, 2013
Another singer gone way too soon; but her music will live on. She had such an amazing voice. I never had the opportunity to see her live but I never missed one of her shows on TV. R.I.P. Rita......our deepest sympathies to her family from the Cornicks.
April 20, 2013
To her Family & Friends-Very sorry for you loss.
April 20, 2013
You were a totally Awesome person with a Awesome voice. You will be sadly missed by all who loved you, but never ever forgotton. May you rest in peace, until Jesus Christ returns to our world.

Deepest Sympathy,

Jeanette Finlay (Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario
April 20, 2013
I was blessed to see and hear her once, in person. Flying On Your Own helped to get me through a very bad time in my life. It feels like there is a hole in the world where she was. My heartfelt condolences to her family and her many friends all over the world. A beautiful, loving human being who is much loved and sorely missed.

Rest In Peace Dear Rita and thank you for all that you gave to us.
April 20, 2013
Thank you for your wonderful music.Rita you were truly an inspiration. May godbless this beautiful kind lady. Rest in Peace Anna Cavanagh PortHawkesbury Nova Scotia
April 20, 2013
Hi Laura and Wade i was sorry to her abut Your mother she was anice singer My sympathy You both Love Ellen
April 20, 2013
we have lost a great singerRita will be missed but her music will live on
April 20, 2013
If anyone deserves a state funeral, it is Rita. She was one of Canada's great ambassadors but remained faithful to her roots. Her compassion for the common person was so evident. A true Canadian who was taken from us much too soon. Joyce Timpson (Sioux Lookout, Ontario) and Theresa Ryan (Dryden, Ontario)
April 20, 2013
our deepest sympothy goes out to the macneil family.my mom says shes her cousin and she saw rita perform in toronto and she was on cloud # 9.rita will be sadly. missed.she's fling on .her own.love you rita.r.i.p
April 20, 2013
I was a big fan of Rita and saw her perform many times here in St. John's, Newfoundland. My condolences to her family. She will be greatly missed
May she rest in peace.
D. Rideout
St. John's, Newfoundland
April 20, 2013
We are so sorry to hear of the death of THE LADY OF SONG.She sang like an angle and was an icon of song and a great person who overcame what was cast her way. An inspirational person.God bless her. Mark A.Cote Pincourt qc
April 20, 2013
Rita will never be forgotten. The songs she wrote and sang will live on.What a wonderful, caring person she was. My thoughts and prayers are with all of her family at this time. Sandra Taylor
April 20, 2013
To Rita's family: Rita sang what was in our hearts - those hearfelt emotions which we could never fully express. She was our "voice" in a way that no other artist could be. What a loss! Thank God, we will always have her songs - songs that sprang fully formed - lyric and melody - straight from her gentle heart. My condolences on the loss of your loved one who indeed made Cape Breton proud!
April 20, 2013
the music world has lost another icon. RIP Rita. i will never forget the day my dad introduced me to you :)
April 20, 2013
Our condolences to the MacNeil family. My husband & I visited Rita's tea house back in 1996 and it is such a delightful place. Although we never had the opportunity of meeting Rita, we did see her in concert in Halifax in 1997. Such a beautiful voice and such lovely stories in each and every song. May she RIP.
Morley & Marjorie Nadeau, Amherstview, ON
April 20, 2013
My deepest sympathy to all of you. Such a great loss for the country and especially for Cape Breton.
April 20, 2013
God's gain is our loss,wonderful,gentle lady who never forgot her roots.
My prayers and thoughts are with Ms. MacNeil's family.
I truly enjoyed listening to her sing.
Faye Pellegrini
April 20, 2013
Rita Macneil Family...
Such a wonderful person and at such a young age to leave us but the memories of her oustanding performances will live on forever. We attended many of them. Sincerest sympathies.
Norm & Georgette Cyr, Legal,AB.
April 20, 2013
Rest in peace Rita .
April 20, 2013
I was very saddened to hear of Rita's passing. A great loss not only for Big Pond N.S. but for the whole world. Condolence's to her family. RIP RITA! Sharon W.
Mount Uniacke N.S.
April 20, 2013
There are no words to describe the loss I feel. I have loved her voice & songs, since I first heard them. My prayers are with you at this time, It s a great loss to the music world. God has a new angel in his choir.
April 20, 2013
I first experienced Rita at the Big Pond 25th Anniversary Reunion in 1989 and have loved her and her music ever since. I am so proud to have called her a fellow Nova Scotian who showed the entire world her love for her family and beautiful Cape Breton. Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss our your dear loved one. She will live on in our hearts forever.
April 20, 2013
I am so sorry for Rita's family, and I will miss her.
Rita was a wonderful lady, humble, sweet and very caring of other people...I will miss the sweetness and caring also the true words of music Rita sang of her life.
God bless the family always.
Rita, you can sing with the angels in heaven....God bless.
April 20, 2013
R.I.P Rita MacNeil

Cape Breton has lossed a great sister and a true ambassodor of the island and beyond, she will never be forgotten, my prayers and thoughts go out to all her family and friends. thank you rita for making cape breton a special place in your heart and ours too.

God Bless-- Don McKenzie ( Sydney, Nova Scotia)
April 20, 2013
We are very sorry for your loss.
May the playing of her music and your lasting memories always draw comfort for you. May you always find the peace and the strength you need .
And may she rest in peace, and live on in each of you.
Her beautiful and soul filled music always brought me home to CAPE BRETON , if just in my longing and in my mind.........
In sympathy, A Mac Kay
April 20, 2013
April 20, 2013
Our deepest heartfelt condolences go out to the Mac Neil Family and Friends..Another Angel gone to Our Loving Father..take care ..The Martell's
April 20, 2013
My condolences goes to Rita's family. Love listening to her music. She will be dearly missed. Julia Bond Canso
April 20, 2013
Rest in peace dear Rita,
April 20, 2013
Sing for the angles Rita MacNeil my will be in. Her. Glory home ill be
April 20, 2013
What a shock when we heard of Rita's passing. She was a gentle lady with a voice of an angel. Our thoughts and prayers are with Rita's family and friends at this very sad time. Butch & Lorrie Stewart PEI
April 20, 2013
Rita: An amazing woman who gently removed stereotypes by simply being. A genuine modern day heroine who inspired through song and her own quiet determination to surpass all challenges and embrace all the light and kindness she could find or create. I am saddened by her passing and the loss to her family and community.

Betty MacDonald
April 20, 2013
There has never been a greater ambassador for Cape Breton than Rita. Her heart shone in her music and in her voice. She will be sorely missed.
April 20, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. I never had the pleasure of meeting Rita in person but I loved her music and shows on TV. Her memories will bring you comfort in the days ahead. I was planning a trip to her tea room this year in hopes that I would meet her, I still may make the trip and see her beautiful tea room so many others have talked about. RIP Rita. You will be missed by many but your music lives on for me. The first year is the hardest. Hugs to all..
April 20, 2013
To all the MacNeill family, our thoughts & prayers are with you all, especially Malcom, Ruth & your family; also Anne as you say good-bye to Rita. Jim & I saw her in Wolfville NS many years ago as well as in Florida and we have the pleasure of all her CDs. We will not be with you in person, but will certainly be their in our hearts.
Irma & Jim MacDonald
April 20, 2013
We are so very sorry for the loss of such a wonderful singer, she touched so many hearts, our thoughts and prayers are with all her family and friends
April 20, 2013
RIP Rita
You were such an inspiration to everyone who had the pleasure to know you. Your genuine nature was something to behold. Every word in your music had a story which we will take with us always.
Sing lots in Heaven Rita!!!!!!
April 20, 2013
April 20, 2013
Laura,

Yeras ago we worked at PANS together one summer. I was sorry to hear of your mother's death. While she was an icon to many, as a rich part of the Canadian music landscape, she was your mother and I know that loss is huge.

Please accept my condolences.
April 20, 2013
we have all lost a lovely lady R.i.P.
April 20, 2013
My sympathy to all of Rita's family. May her memories and her great music sustain you at this time. Take care of each other.
April 20, 2013
The lighthouses are not shining quite so brightly since your death.
I feel as if I have lost a soulmate. Your words in music have provided a soft place to land in a world that can be a difficult place to make sense of when there are hard times to go thru and figure out.
Cheers Rita..."I know that you have reached the sky tonight"
April 20, 2013
I am sorry that I am the only one in our family that didn't meet Rita. The ones that did remember her as a kind, gentle woman. Condolences from the Lewis family to Laura, Wade and all of Rita's family. It is a sad day in Cape Breton, we have lost a real treasure.
April 20, 2013
Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to the MacNeil family. Rita was a wonderful person and gifted singer. Her music will live on forever. Rest in Peace Rita. Ruth McGrath and Rachel Moffatt, Dominion, NS
April 20, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you all today. She will always remain in the hearts of all Cape Bretoners, her legacy will live on for years to come. Rita will never be forgotten.
April 20, 2013
I will always remember Rita for the challenges she faced, the fortitude with which she addressed them, and the great successes she had as a result of very hard work and a positive attitude. She is a legacy and someone every Canadian, young or old, greatly admires. Thank you Rita for bringing us such pleasure in your music.
April 20, 2013
My thought and prayers are with the family. Cape Breton and World has lost someone very special. I had the privilege of meeting Rita a number of years ago when she was performing in Babcaygeon, Ont. A beautiful lady. God has something bigger and better for her. RIP Rita, you will be missed.
April 20, 2013
I had never met Rita, her music was just so sincere. A beautiful voice she sure had. My prayers go out to her family.
April 20, 2013
Your musical legacy will remain in our hearts forever. You will be greatly missed! Home...you are!
April 20, 2013
It can be so hard to face the first year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through.
April 20, 2013
" Our Thoughts And Prayers " Are With You At This Time . A Special Angel Is Watching Over You . Your Memories Will Bring You Comfort . We Will Miss "RITA" In The Great Hall In "Hamilton Place" Thank-You For Your Music... We Will Miss Rita. "RIP" Linda & Bob Shipley
April 20, 2013
RIP Rita you had the voice of an angel you will be greatly missed by everyone who knew you and may god bless your family and give them strength at this difficult time Ethel and George Stone River Bourgeois Cape Breton
April 20, 2013
To the Mac Neil family sorry to hear about Rita's passing, she was a beautiful lady. She was a big fan in my household growing up as my Dad just loved her, He also passed away a month ago.
April 20, 2013
Cape Breton's songbird will live in our hearts forever...
April 19, 2013
Rita MacNeil was a lovely, talented, and strong lady who brought so much inspiration to my family, and to countless others. She consistently represented Cape Breton with such pride and dignity, allowing all of us to catch a glimpse of this beautiful isle and its people. Her music and spirit was a gift to us all...she will be remembered by many...
April 19, 2013
Our sympathy to all the MacNeil Family! We were really saddened to hear we lost such a Cape Breton icon as Rita MacNeil. She was an inspiration to all!
April 19, 2013
My condolences to the family of Rita MacNeil. Thank you for your beautiful music. Your music will live on forever and Cape Breton is surely blessed to have you as its Lady of Song. Rita - RIP - you are now "Flying on Your Own".
Korey Millar, Charlottetown, PEI
April 19, 2013
Rita was such a talented lady, with a beautiful voice, too young to be taken from us, she will be in our hearts forever and she will never be forgotten, there was only one Rita, my condolences to the MacNeil family, she really does light candles.
April 19, 2013
To the family of Rita, please accept my deepest condolences. Although I never met Rita or seen her perform live, I know she was a good, loving woman. I also know she had a Faith in God.I will always cherish the signed photo she sent me a few years back. There's another angel from Cape Breton in Heaven. (born in Glace Bay)
April 19, 2013
We were blessed to have known Rita both personally and as the truly gifted and talented person that she was. Laura and Wade and your families, you are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. Her legacy will live on in her gift of music to everyone, and her family. She was truly an inspiration to all.
April 19, 2013
To the family of Rita, please accept my deepest condolences. Although I never met Rita or seen her perform live, I know she was a good, loving woman. I also know she had a Faith in God.I will always cherish the signed photo she sent me a few years back. There's another angel from Cape Breton in Heaven. (born in Glace Bay)
April 19, 2013
You were such a gracious lady................beautiful voice, saw you once, it seems only the most precious are taken from us way too early, you will live long in the hearts of many........RIP dear lady.
April 19, 2013
As Bruce Mac Kinnon said in his column,she is with the band! She is now singing in the heavenly choir.
April 19, 2013
RIP Beautiful, Talented, Lovely Rita MacNeil; thank you for your music...Magdalene Rose and Ray Miller, Isle Madame, Cape Breton
April 19, 2013
To the Mac Neil family sorry to hear about Rita's passing our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time the Melanson family. Her music will carry on forever.
April 19, 2013
I was so trilled to see her play in the little town of Welland On.(we had just moved from NS and missing home) It was just so wonderful to sit in that audience and hear her voice. The stars will now shine just that much brighter and we will carry your music in our hearts. Miss you already. Love to your family.
Karen Minkoff and Family (formerly from CB)
April 19, 2013
It was deep sadness to hear of the loss of your dear mother, and friend to so many. The voice of an angel is now singing with the rest of the angels. Your music will live on forever.may you rest in peace dear Rita. Love and prayers from another Cape Bretoner.
April 19, 2013
Her music will live on forever. We will miss you Rita. RIP
April 19, 2013
Thank you Rita, for giving us the gift of your great voice for us to listen to. I am glad I got the pleasure of meeting you twice. Love you Rita, always
April 19, 2013
Condolence to all the family. Every time Rita sang WORKING MAN she touched my very soul...My father was a C.B. Miner...RIP Rita. Dan Devoe Ottawa, Ont.
April 19, 2013
I never met Rita MacNeil and so wished I had..Her songs are so inspiring and I love listening to her sing..She will be much missed by a lot of people...R.I.P. to a Cape Breton sweetheart.
April 19, 2013
Rest in Paradise Ms. MacNeil. Your gentle spirit will forever be a part of our lives through your music. Blessings and comfort to family and friends during this time.
April 19, 2013
Rita Mac Neil was one of the finest human beings I ever met.Her talent was a great gift to the world. As her fame grew,she attracted a lot of positive feedback for the beauty of our island to the rest of the world.I cried all morning on Wed. when my son called me from Alberta to tell me news he knew would break my heart. God bless Rita and all those who loved her.
April 19, 2013
My name is Gladys Milley,Glace Bay.We sure have lost someone very dear.Rita will be missed by everyone.I went to many concerts and was taken to another level listening to her wonderful voice.She was a remarkable person.The angels will gain an exceptional person and voice for their choir.My heart goes out to u the family,God bless u Rita,we all love u.
April 19, 2013
As a fellow Cape Bretoner, Rita gave us hope that we can all strive for our dreams and they can come true. She was an inspiration and will forever be in our hearts. Your music will play on. God bless you Rita.
April 19, 2013
What a privilege to listen to Rita MacNeil in concert at CN Center Prince George BC. I will forever treasure that wonderful evening. Vivienne Tapanila
April 19, 2013
It's so sad to hear of another great voice and even more so, such a great person, leaving us. Our deepest sympathies to all of her family at this time. Our thoughts are with you.
Fergus O'Byrne and Family
April 19, 2013
Rose, Our thoughts are with you at this time of need and would love to express our sincere condolences. We will keep you in our prayers.
Mitch and Fran
April 19, 2013
Dear Laura, Wade and family. We were so sad to hear of the passing of Rita. I guess the good Lord needed another angel that could sing as sweet as your mother. My wife and I sit here remembering a meeting with your dear mother for the first time in the mall in Ajax. She was so kind to take the time to allow us to take pictures of her and us and to sign a copy of the CD we purchased (Porch Songs). When she realized that my family is from Sydney N.S. we discussed my Uncle Walter Burke's trailer park that was on the way to Mira and the accompanying store. She said she thought we might be related. I told her at the time that we had visited her tea house (the school house) on the 2nd day it was open and that we had taken pictures of her family. When she performed at Roy Thomson Hall she spent at least 2 hours on stage singing a variety of songs. When the concert was over the audience gave her 6 - 8 standing ovations. She was truly loved. The world will greatly miss your mother Laura and Wade. |She exuded such warmth, charm and personality. She made the world a better place. We send our love and condolences. Joseph and Valerie Burke, Pickering, Ontario.
April 19, 2013
I first met you Rita at Expo 86 in Vancouver BC , you were one of the singers on stage and I heard her you ask if there were any Cape Bretoners in the audience I yelled I was and you asked me to stand up and after I was given a mike you asked me to tell who I was and why I was there. I told you I was in the military with 1CER at CFB Chilliwack and from The County of Cape Breton, Mira Road; we talked for a few minutes. When we finished the whole audience started to clap and say Yah Go Cape Breton. My wife to be, Gwendolyn Rose was so embarrassed and told me to sit down when I first stood up though. “Rest in Peace Rita” For my Guardian Angel: Gwendolyn Rose will meet you at the gates and talk about Expo 86.
April 19, 2013
Malcolm, Ruth and the MacNeil family, we are so sorry to hear of Rita's passing, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time
April 19, 2013
Bruce, Trish and all of the MacNeil family - I am so sorry to hear of Rita's passing, my thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless
April 19, 2013
It was an honour to meet Rita when she came to Dawson Creek, BC. Her music always inspires me. And in particular, her "Flying on your own" has been a mantra in my life. Thank you, Rita, for such a gift you were to the music industry. You shared a God-given talent and it will have rippled effects down through time. My prayerful support and sympathy to your family. May they know God's comfort and love. May your gentle soul, Rita, rest in eternal peace in God's loving embrace.
Sister Connie Harkin, SSND
Dawson Creek, British Columbia
April 19, 2013
To the Family Of Nova Scotia's angel of song,Rita MacNeil ....My heartfelt sympathies and prayers be with you . In my <3 she will always be.
April 19, 2013
My Condolences go out to Rita's family- Such a loss to many, Rita had such a beautiful voice and I loved her music. May she rest in peace. Again my sympathy goes out to her family in there time of need.
April 19, 2013
I first saw Rita at the LBR in Halifax and have been a staunch fan ever since. I am truly sad that she is no longer with us. -Pam Stewart
April 19, 2013
Rita you will be missed. I met you when you were at the QE . I loved your singing. You were such a great song writer too. RIP.
April 19, 2013
The Lady, her smile and her music will never be forgotten. Dear Lord, we thank you for the blessing of this wonderful soul you lent us.
April 19, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to Laura and Wade and Family. I had the pleasure of working for Rita and will always treasure that time. She will be missed but her voice will live strong through her music.
April 19, 2013
to the MacNeil Family...I like to express my sympathy to you all...you are in my thoughts and prayers.She will always remain in the hearts of Cape Bretoners..through her music she will live on in each one of us.

Maggie Currie
Sydney,N.S.
April 19, 2013
May peace be with Rita's family during this sad time. The world has lost more than a beautiful voice - we've lost a beautiful woman with a heart as big as the island.
April 19, 2013
Such a shock to hear of Rita's death - may she rest in peace. She was an amazing lady and certainly will be missed by many. Sympathy to all her family.
April 19, 2013
To the Mac Neil family - We are so very sorry to hear of Rita's passing. Our Good & Gracious Lord needed another Angel, so he asked Rita to lead the choir. She will be missed so much - God Bless you all.
April 19, 2013
Our condolence to the Mac Neil family.
It was with great shock and sadness when
we heard of Rita's passing,She will be missed by all who know Rita or anyone who has heard her sing.
May she rest in peace
April 19, 2013
I've had the pleasure of seeing Rita in concert on a few occasions ~ her smile made us smile ~ her sincerity was honest and warm ~ her lovely voice is now for the angels enjoy ~ Rest in Peace Lovely Lady ... Your memory and music will live on. Judith Chaffey ~ (Dartmouth Nova Scotia)
April 19, 2013
I'd like to express my sympathy to Rita's family and friends.
I first met Rita in the 70s, when a music producer at CBC radio in Sydney. Joella Foulds said to me one day, "Brian, you have to hear this woman sing." She was speaking of Rita. Joella brought her in to audition and, to say the least, I was blown away! I fell in love with her voice, her songs and her. Things went on from there and the rest is history.
I am so thankful that Rita and I played a small part in each other's lives!

Brian Sutcliffe
April 19, 2013
It was with great sadness when we heard the news of Ritas passing.
Now Home She will be!
Gary & Debby Campbell
Hay Cove, NS
April 19, 2013
Sorry to hear of the passing of Rita, our thoughts and prayers to her family, I seen Rita perform at Expo 86 and a few years later at the Q.E. Theater in Vancouver, fabulous shows. R.I.P.
April 19, 2013
To the MacNeil Family..May God bless you in this time of sorrow. Thank you Rita for your beautiful music and the heavens above are going to sound so harmonious with the warmth of Cape Breton's heart and soul.
April 19, 2013
May you rest in peace. We will miss you forever but have your beautiful voice to comfort us in our loss. I never met you Rita but I feel like you were part of my immediate family. Farewell for now. Donna Marie Hayes
April 19, 2013
My heartfelt sympathy to the entire MacNeil family and freinds of Rita. Rita will truly live on through her gentle spirit and her precious music.

Colette Thomas(Haliburton, Ontario-formerly of Big Pond)
April 19, 2013
Rita, thank you for all the joy in your lovely voice! Rest in Peace. Blessings to your family and friends.
April 19, 2013
My husband and I saw Rita for the first time at an exibition in Windsor Nova Scotia in the 80`s We loved her then as we do now .Rest in peace Rita from Terry and Beverly White Gore Nova Scotia
April 19, 2013
It was Christmas 1989 and my parents gave me a new winter coat, though they couldn't afford to do so but they seen that I was in much need of one and they knew I didn't have the resources to get one at the time. I was feeling very humble and grateful. After the day, I was driving back home over Mt Tom by myself and reflecting of the days happening and Rita's Christmas song came on the radio. The wall of emotion resistance was torn away, I broke down in tears as I felt Rita's power of song reach my inter spirit. I believe God spilled the entire bucket of this gift upon Rita and we have to be grateful of her sharing it too us.
April 19, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
April 19, 2013
Thank you so much Rita for all of your beautiful singing and songwirting. You have a new place to sing now in the heavens above. God bless, RIP.
The MacDonald's (Dartmouth,N.S.)
April 19, 2013
Rita will always be remembered as Cape Bretons Lady of music and songs .A wonderful person. May she be at peace.
April 19, 2013
To all family members of Rita MacNeil. Our condolences on the passing of such a kind,gentle,compassionate,loving soul. Rita your memory will live on in our hearts forever. Your songs are all so beautiful,so Rita The Angels In Heaven will Accept The Rose Tonight. Sing loud and proud our beautiful Cape Breton Queen of music.
Rest In Peace Rita
Loved Forever & Always In Our Hearts,
John R & Isabel MacNeil & Family
East Bay,Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
April 19, 2013
The MacNeil Family ,
God bless you all at this time as Rita was not only the Song and heart of Cape Breaton Island she was part of Cape Breatons Masterpiece . Thoughts and prayers The Myrdens ( Queensland N.S. )
April 19, 2013
deepest sympathy going out to rita's family and friends-- always wore a gentle smile --remembered from ivor-brenda price &family frenchfort pei
April 19, 2013
My sincere condolences to the Family. God's Choir just got better.
April 19, 2013
I am very saddened to hear of Rita's passing and send sincere condolences to Rita's family. Rita, through her love, support and wonderful heartfelt music has touched my life deeply and this has helped me through many tough times in my life. I will keep her memory forever in my heart.
Phyllis, Nova Scotia
April 19, 2013
Rita will be so missed but not forgotten -- like a family member. I am so proud and happy that we go to take in almost all of Rita's performances. Rita's songs will live in us all. RIP Rita.
-Jean and Evelyn formerly from Donkin
April 19, 2013
So sad to hear of Rita's passing. A beautiful lady and amazing song writer. My thoughts and prayers are with Rita's family. Thankful that her songs will keep her in our hearts forever. RIP Rita
April 19, 2013
Rita will be sorely missed, but not forgotten - like a family member. Your songs will live on in us all. RIP Rita
----Jean and Evelyn formerly from Donkin
April 19, 2013
May you rest in the presence of Jesus,sweet Lady,you will be greatly missed and may your music live forever
April 19, 2013
Rest In Peace lovely lady
April 19, 2013
We're sorry to hear of Rita's passing. She was a wonerful lady, & she sang like an angel. Our thoughts & prayers are with your family.
Betty & Fred Barnes.
April 19, 2013
I've seldom listened to a Rita song that I didn't shed a tear. They always bring me home to my Nova Scotia.
So many have seen the caricatures online of Rita at heaven's gate... with The Band or the announcement of the concert in heaven. Many of my kinfolk and I felt a heart surge knowing that our specific loved ones were in the audience and 'havin' a time' with her.
April 19, 2013
My deepest sympathy goes out to the family.Very shock to hear this. A beautiful woman.May she rest in peace.
April 19, 2013
Sincere condolences to the family of a wonderful woman and a fantastic singer. Nova Scotia, Cape Breton in particular, Canada and the world will never forget her. Her music will go on both here and in Heaven. May you rest in peace, Rita.
April 19, 2013
So sorry this sadness has come so soon in Rita's life. She will always be in our hearts and prayers.
Our deepest sympathies to all the family.
Keith and Dolena AuCoin formally from CB.
April 19, 2013
Your amazing voice will fill our hearts for all times. Rest In Peace.
April 19, 2013
To Rita's Family My deepest sympathy. Rita gave us all many happy moments of pleasure.May she rest in peace.
April 19, 2013
Thank you to Rita's family for allowing us to share many years of her love and talent. I grew up to her music and forever hope she lives in us all. Rest In Peace Rita.

Billyacrocker@gmail.com
April 19, 2013
Wade and family,
So sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. She always had a kind word for Briana when she worked there at the Tea room and Briana always spoke highly of her and you her children. Know she was loved by many and will be missed. Be proud of your roots and hers they go deep.

Beannachd Leat!

Lisa & Maury McCrillis, Courtney McCrillis-Sigmund, Maury McCrillis IV, Cordelia McCrillis and Briana McCrillis-all part of the Sept of Clan MacNeill of Barra.
April 19, 2013
Cape Breton has loss another great singer....Rita your voice was amazing and I will miss your music I grew up in Cape Breton and I am very proud to listen to all our Cape Breton talent....you will be greatly missed RIP sweet angel for God only takes the best

Donna
April 19, 2013
So very sad to lose such a wonderful talent, such a gentle soul. So glad that we were able to see you last year at Centre 200, when you sang with The Men of the Deeps, at the closing ceremonies for the "Canada Games". Little did we know then, that it was the last time we'd see you. Thank you for the beautiful music.
Rest in peace Rita.
Respectfully,
Joan Therrien (nee: Landry)
(Fellow Caper of Charlotte Street, Sydney)
April 19, 2013
Rest in peace, dear, sweet Rita
April 19, 2013
to the family of rita .sorry to hear of her passing . she was a wonderfull lady .debbie macivor .
April 19, 2013
My heartfelt sympathy to her family.Such a great loss for Cape Breton and the world!
April 19, 2013
Sad to hear that Rita passed away. A very talented and gentle soul who will be missed by many. Enjoyed her music for many years. Rest in Peace.
April 19, 2013
ENJOYED HER SONGS AND T.V SHOWS ESPICALLY THE CHRISTMAS ONES. MAY SHE REST IN PEACE
April 19, 2013
we also share the sadness and loss of a great person, and performer, Rita macneil. she will be sorely missed, but not forgotten. like a family member.. rest in peace, Rita. our condolence's go out to the family.
April 19, 2013
You were a gentle soul who had an angelic voice, you blessed us all with that. you will be missed, RIP Rita. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends. Gob Bless.
April 19, 2013
To all the residents of Big Pond. We will miss Rita immensely. We attended her concerts in NL and in Toronto many times. Those were many good times that she gave us. May she rest in peace.
Never to be replaced.She was a beautiful decent person.
April 19, 2013
Rita McNeil was my husbands favorite canadian singer, He passed on 8 yrs ago.......
We se nd condolances to the family,on the loss of a much loved icon......Bless you Rita,asyou sing for godin the angel choir.. G. Bucci
April 19, 2013
I was saddened to hear of her death.She was a remarkable singer.I went to her concerts when she was in Orillia and Barrie Ontario.She will be sadly missed by many.
April 19, 2013
Malcolm , Anne and all the MacNeil family .... Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time , God Bless......
Terry & Richard Boutilier and Roy Myra
April 19, 2013
my heart aches...we lost a very loving and caring Maritimer...i picked her song "i'll accept the rose tonight" for my wedding dance...i loved her dearly and will miss her.our condolences to her family and God Bless.
the Mumfords of Minasville N.S.
April 19, 2013
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
April 19, 2013
As a Chronicle Herald entertainment reporter I had the pleasure of interviewing and watching Rita MacNeil many times. Such a lovely person. I admired her so much as a woman, a Nova Scotian and an artist. So sorry for your loss.
April 19, 2013
William(1957 -2009) and I attended a taping for her variety show Rita And Friends in Toronto, late 1990's. She was witty/humorous, doing all the takes to get the song "right' for CBC. Rita's warm, caring embrace of her audience, her love for C.B (Big Pond) and her music shall never die. Thanks Rita....Now she can lead the Heavenly Angel choir , as she was Cape Breton's first lady of song., Deepest Sympathy to her family and friends....Alan Murray ,St Catharines,On.(formerly from C.B.)
April 19, 2013
I met Rita & Frank when they played in Halifax on their 2010 Christmas tour,Fantastic Lady so sorry for your loss she will be missed greatly.
April 19, 2013
Deepest sympathy to Rita's family.She was truly Cape Breton's treasure & an inspiration to many. Rest in peace Rita, your songs will live in us all.
April 19, 2013
cheryl callaghan(varga)of cape breton was born there,now living in prince edward island,just wanna say i followed here music as long as i can remember my parents just loved her,we all did you can never get enough or here enough of here lovely music,,I LOVED THE SONG ILL ACCEPT THE ROSE,she is an angel RIP RITA, would like to send my condolences out to the family , god bless you all.
April 19, 2013
Rita, Rita, you will be sadly missed bu all. Your music will live on as will our wonderful memories of you. God Bless
April 19, 2013
Such a loss to Cape Breton.Rita was a gift to the world and she unshelfishly shared her beautiful voice with the people in it. From our family to yours, our most sincere condolences.
April 19, 2013
I am heart broken to hear of Rita passing away. God Bless Her. I loved her what a sweet dear lady with a heart of gold. I will miss her dearly. My heart goes out to you in your time of sorrow, all my love.....John King, Goderich, Ont. a Caper Too
April 19, 2013
To all Rita's Family Members & Friends,
My heart was saddened over the loss of a very talented & precious soul. We are certainly proud of all her accomplishments; she put our little community of Big Pond on the map. Her beautiful voice shall be always with us even though she isn't. The Heavens are surely welcoming her presence and enjoying her fun-loving company!!
Former Big Pond Resident,
Martha (MacPherson) Mills
April 19, 2013
To the family of Rita MacNeil, I send my condolences and prayers on the loss of such a beautiful person,she sang like a angel, touched the hearts of everyone she met she will be saddely missed by all,God Bless you all Debbie(Dartmouth,ns)
April 19, 2013
Your voice sweetened the homes of so many, including mine, especially at Christmastime with your TV specials and your music. My favorite of all, 'Now the Bells Ring". The bells of Heaven are ringing for you Rita, the angels await you, including my mom. Despite this, saying farewell is hard. When she died, I found such comfort in your presence because you always reminded me so much of her. Except when it came to singing (phhewwwwww on behalf of everyone!!). Until the day we meet again, we'll hold you in our Nova Scotian heart. xxxx
April 19, 2013
We will miss you up here in Upper Canada . Our thoughts are with the family . Your are now home.

Blake and Nora Jones , Cobourg, Ontario
April 19, 2013
Our condolence to Ritas family.she brought so much joy to all,through her music and kindness.She was a dear lady.We will always remember her.

Alex ,Ann,Heather,Darryl Macleod
Westmount
April 19, 2013
RIP Rita you will be so missed,God bless your family in such a hard time.I loved your music so much you were a great lady.I just wished we could have met and sang the working man together........
April 19, 2013
To The Macneil Family. Sorry to hear of Rita's passing. Our loss is Heaven's gain. Our prayers are with you. Richard King, Program Director, 620 VOCM (CKCM), Grand Falls-Windsor, NL
April 19, 2013
Rita, you will be sadly missed but thank you for your years of beautiful and heart warming music, as a result, you will always be alive and never forgotten. Our loss is Heaven's gain. God Bless - Barry Williams (Toronto)
April 19, 2013
R.I.P. dear lady. your songs will bring joy to many forever. Now you can sing among the Angels as your voice will blend in so nicely. Hilda Strickland Ontario (originally from Cape Breton)
April 19, 2013
So sorry to hear of Rita's passing. My sister introduced me to Rita's music over 30 years ago when I first left Cape Breton. My favourite song is "My Island Too" . RIP Rita , you will be missed.
April 19, 2013
Rest in peace Rita thoughts with family and friends very sad .
April 19, 2013
I would like to extend my deepest sympathy. Such a lovely lady and a beautiful person.
April 19, 2013
To the family: I'm very sorry that we all lost Rita. I can't add anything more to her well earned accolades and tributes, except that we need more like her. My sincere condolences.
April 19, 2013
With expressions of sympathy to the family.
She was a beautiful lady, and will be missed by all her
devoted fans.
J. & H. Vandenbogarde (Ontario, Cda).
April 19, 2013
i was shocked and saddened to hear of the passing ---rest in peace rita and you will be greatly missed--loved you and your music---now heaven has you to love---beverley ward, dartmouth
April 19, 2013
To Laura and Dana, Wade and Lori, Mary and John, Malcolm and Ruth and all of Rita's family, my sincere condolences on your great loss. She was a wonderful lady and her talents were unbelievable. She will be sorely missed but remembered always for her gifts to all of us. May she rest in peace
April 19, 2013
ENJOYED HER SONGS AND T.V SHOWS ESPICALLY THE CHRISTMAS ONES. MAY SHE REST IN PEACE
April 19, 2013
The first time I met and interviewed Rita was in the mid 1980's at a reception after a concert she performed on St. FX Campus in Antigonish, NS. She was so gracious and down to earth, easy to talk with and so humble. Cape Breton and Northeastern NS will miss her, however the angels in Heaven now have a new member of the band, and her voice will forever be heard through her many recordings.
April 19, 2013
To the family and friends of Rita MacNeil, You do not know me. However, Ms. MacNeil touched my life through her beautiful music, her courage of spirit, sense of humour, and a symbol of hope to all those who face overwhelming challenges in this world. Her voice will never be silenced because her music is timeless and will be shared and enjoyed within my family forever. I have many guardian angels in heaven who will be so happy that dear Rita has come to join their chorus. Please take comfort in knowing that your beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend is so cherished by so many. Peace and friendship to you all.
April 19, 2013
I have loved you always..Thank you so much for all your wonderful music. I will miss you.. Rest in Peace Rita ~~~ Shirl Naish ..Bedford Nova Scotia
April 19, 2013
Rita was a gentle soul with so much talent! Our sympathies go out to her family at this difficult time but also to all of Cape Breton who are mourning the loss of such a sweet lady! Had the pleasure of meeting Rita at the Tea Room a few years back and she was just the sweetest person! RIP Rita, you gave us all so much of yourself!
April 19, 2013
I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Rita's passing. While living in Winnipeg never missed a concert, gave me connection to my Maritime roots and after returning to NS in the past couple of years continued to attend her concerts, the last one being just prior to Xmas at the Decoste Centre in Pictou. She has left a wonderful book of memories for her family. God Bless
April 19, 2013
On behalf of my grandmother, Irene Bourque of Northwood Manor in Halifax, I send our deepest condolences on the passing of the beloved Rita MacNeil. Together with my grandparents, we spent many a night watching Rita's specials and television show on CBC. A gentle soul that touched the hearts of many. Thank you for entertaining us and for sharing your experiences with your fans from around the world. It's time to go to a "Higher Power". Rest in peace. Sincerely, Scott Burke, Halifax, N.S.
April 19, 2013
All of Canada mourns her passing. I had the opportunity to see her several times in Calgary. She will be missed.
April 19, 2013
Sincere and Heartfelt Sympathy to Laura, Dana, Wade, Lori and all of Rita's family. Our Island has suffered a great loss with Rita's passing, may she sing on in the choir above!
April 19, 2013
Rita was such a great singer and really put Nova Scotia especially Cape Breton on the map. She will live on forever through her music
April 19, 2013
Went to see Rita at a concert at Lawerencetown Exhibition a few years ago. Sat on a side hill above the stage watching an awesome Christain woman share her life struggles and faith in GOD- WITH AN ADORING CROWD. Not ashamed of her journey or the ONE who gave her the strength and gift to reach millions-she sang song after song which she had written-giving the credit to the ONE who gave her the gift for the good of humanity. MY hubby bought me her CD "Wings To FLY"-and it inspired me to continue my mission here on earth and journey too. "FLY ON LOVELY LADY-YOUR MISSION ON EARTH IS OVER.BUT THERE IS SOOO MUCH MORE IN STORE FOR YOU-WHERE ARE NOW. GOD BE WITH YOU+++
April 19, 2013
She was truly the first lady of music for many of us in Newfoundland as well. Thoughts and prayers go to her family and friends.
Darlene Myers
April 19, 2013
Please accept our sincere sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.RIP Rita you were one special lady.
April 19, 2013
RIP Rita. Condolences to your family and friends. Beautiful lady and always stayed true to your Cape Breton home.
April 19, 2013
How saddened we were to hear of Rita's passing. We as well as the rest of Canada loved her music. We met Rita outside her tearoom a few years back. We will treasure our photos; our memory and her wonderful music. Our sympathies to all her family.
Mary and Lawrence Cameron, Burlington, Ontario
April 19, 2013
To the family,

"We were so sorry and shocked hearing of your Mother's passing. Just recently losing our mother in March, we can deeply feel the sadness for your loss. Our mother loved your mother so very much, she always wanted to meet your Mother but never got to, but I do believe they are having tea and talking with each other in that beautiful place called Heaven.

We will always remember her and please accept our deepest sympathies. Sending prayers to you all and may her memories live on within each and every one of you. Take time to grieve but celebrate her life for she was a wonderful person with a beautiful Cape Breton voice that everyone loved.

God's Blessings
April 19, 2013
Although the sun will rise tomorrow...I suspect, with Rita's passing, it will never rise quite as high or shine nearly as bright. RIP.
April 19, 2013
Such a
s trong lady loved to hear her sing Ill accept the Rose to night she was a beautiful Rose Rest in peace Rita
April 19, 2013
So much respect for Rita, her music hit home...my heart aches for Cape Breton as they mourn a wonderful human being... thoughts & prayers going out to the families.
April 19, 2013
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
April 19, 2013
Wade, Lori & Anthony,
So Sorry to Hear about your Mom's passing & Grandmother Anthony. She was a very nice person although I never got to meet her. Oh and By the way. She helped Tony Boone get started!!.. May you Get the Strentgh to get through these trying days.
Jillian (Tony Boone's Cousin)
April 19, 2013
An Angel sings in Heaven now . Rest in Peace Rita MacNeil
from a fan in Mount Uniacke Nova Scotia
April 19, 2013
Sorry to hear of Rita's passing, enjoy listening to her music and thoroughly enjoyed watching her TV specials. She will be missed. My sympathy to her family and friends. Hazel Stephens, Sackville NB.
April 19, 2013
Cape Breton's first lady of song, rest in peace,
a trailblazer for young aspiring musicians in Cape Breton.
April 19, 2013
Such a great loss not only to family but to all of Canada a beautiful lady with a wonderful voice, smile and heart deepest sympathy to all her family rest in peace Rita
April 19, 2013
Rita, somewhere you are still singing from the heart. Cape Breton will miss you but your music lives on in all of its voices. My thanks and condolences to her family which shared her with us. Peace.
April 19, 2013
Condolences to Rita's family. Thank you for allowing us to share her wonderful voice and personality. She will live on through her songs and our collective memories. Blessings to all.
April 19, 2013
Ms. MacNeil singing voice was a gift from GOD which she freely shared with the world. She represented our province and especially Cape Breton as only a very few have ever done before. I know that I shall miss hearing her songs and feel she was truly Nova Scotia's "Queen of Hearts!" - d.grosvold
April 19, 2013
We have lost a great Lady.She had such a wonderful way with everyone she met.Her music was so beautiful,and will live on in our hearts forever.Our sincerous sympathy to her Family.Love and Prayers.
April 19, 2013
You truly were the BEST person who put Cape Breton on the map. We all will miss you tremendously. --Keep that Cape Breton Heavenly Band warmed up until we all meet again! Rest In Peace! :( Faith Dillon, Donkin, Cape Breton)
April 19, 2013
Thank you Rita for putting the heart and soul of our land to song.
April 19, 2013
I was shocked with the passing of Rita, as a Cape Bretoner she will always be in my heart. Rita helped put the spotlight on Cape Breton on the international stage. My heart goes out to the family and Cape Breton. May she rest in peace.
April 19, 2013
I meet rita at my school in mabou she was there to sing for us and told a few stories she help put cape Breton on the map we loss a kind soul and a beautiful singer I;m so sorry for her family over there lost of miss macneil rita you are flying on your own to heaven with all the other great singers raylene rankin 'john morris rankin stompin tom and many more thank you all for putting beautiful music into are hearts
April 19, 2013
A truly wonderful ambassador for Nova Scotia and Cape Breton especially has passed away. Rest in peace gentle lady.
April 19, 2013
This country and more particularly those that loved and adored Rita, lost what is now forever to be a timeless treasure in our hearts, minds and soul. The most gentle, kind and sincere songbird we will ever know in our lifetime. Rest In Peace lovely lady.
April 19, 2013
We mourn with the family. She was one of our own also. Fare thee well Rita. You will never be forgotten.
April 19, 2013
Canada has lost another amazing singer but her voice lives on, forever, in our hearts and in her music. RIP Rita.
April 19, 2013
I never met Rita, but about a year ago I was eating at the Steak & Stein Restaurant in Halifax and Rita and her sisters were there sitting directly across from me. I so wanted to go over and give her a hug! But I didn't because they were on their quiet family time. I am sorry now that I didn't. Loved your music! RIP Rita! You are one of God's ' special angles ' and your are ' Flying On Your Own ' You will be greatly missed, but we still have your beautiful music.
April 19, 2013
A toast to one of the finest....story..... I used to wear hats most of the time from about 1975-2000 and I was quite flattered when compared with Rita as I sported on of my hats.... How flattered I was!
She was far too young to leave us but there will always be her music as her legacy lives on in our hearts and listening to her musical treasures.... R.I.P. dear Rita. ---Mary Lee Millington (Halifax, NS)
April 18, 2013
To all her family and friends I send you my Condolences to all of you. she had a beautiful voice and will always remember her kindness. Please accept my Sinceres Condolences. Forever in our heats.

Eric Cormier(Moncton NB)
April 18, 2013
Sad day for cape Breton loved her music such a great lady sympathy to her family
April 18, 2013
RIP Rita! May you soar high above the Highlands as you enter the heavens! God bless and thank-you for all the great memories you gave us all! Much love!!! xo
April 18, 2013
From My Family to The Family of Rita MacNeil, We would like to express Our Heartfelt Condolences at Your Time of Loss. THANK YOU for sharing Your PRECIOUS Gift with ALL of Us. Not only was Your Beloved Mom a kind & gentle Woman, She had the voice of an Angel. Now She is one. May You find Solace and Comfort in the BEAUTIFUL Memories that She left behind, but Her LEGACY will Live on FOREVER.
REST in PEACE Rita. You DESERVE it.
April 18, 2013
really enjoy your music Rita...R.I.P.
April 18, 2013
To Wade and Laura, and the intire family I send my paryers and condolences at the loss of a mother ,sister,grandmother,and friend.Her love for song, and muisc will forever reminds us of where we come from and who we are.Rita's love for the island far exceeded any love for a place I have ever known,her love for family and life was simply sureal. I will hold tight my wonderful memories, and love for everthing that was Rita Macneil as she represented the best in herself and was kind to all.Rest in peace my sweet friend ,and give your family strength to bare this lost love.Forever love you.

Ray and Bill
April 18, 2013
So sorry to hear of Rita's passing. She brought so much joy to people through her music. My deepest condolences to her family and friends.
April 18, 2013
I was shocked and saddened by the news of Rita's death. My friend's father was a miner in Cape Breton and many years ago she asked me to listen to Working Man. I was then hooked on Rita's music and always will be. Her beautiful voice, her sense of humour and her humanity will be greatly missed.
April 18, 2013
I was very saddened indeed to hear of Rita's untimely passing . Condolences to all the family, she will be missed. She really is " Home I'll Be " forever now . Rest in Peace in the arms of God Rita.
April 18, 2013
Our sincere condolences to Rita's family. We loved her and her beautiful voice. Her musical legacy will live on and on. May her soul rest in peace. Frank and Agnes O'Flaherty, Newfoundland
April 18, 2013
The world has lost a great lady but heaven has gained a beautiful angel.I'm sure the family knows what a great treasure the have lost,I just wanted to let them know what a great comfort her songs where to me,many years ago when I was living in Ont far from family and friends and was feeling very alone I was sitting by myself in front of the TV when she appeared singing.i closed my eyes and I was back in C.B. with a full heart and I will be forever grateful for that voice and lyrics thank you Rita.
April 18, 2013
A great lady,she will be missed. Her spirit will be with us always. My condolences.
April 18, 2013
Our condolences to the family.
April 18, 2013
My heart cries along with the family in this sad time. Rita was a true gem of gems in the music industry. She will be sadly missed by me forever. Sail High Rita. Soar the Heavens in splendid glory. You are gone from us now. But you shall never be forgotten. William J. MacNeil
April 18, 2013
Shocked and saddened to hear of her passing.I remember in the late 60's when Rita sang at the Old Hall in Big Pond during intermission.What a voice.

I had the priviledge and pleasure of getting her autograph and photo while she was performing at the Big Pond Concert .Rita will always live in our hearts and her music will never be forgotten.RIP ,Rita.
Raylene(Cochrane)MacEachern
Sundre,Alberta
Formerly from Glace Bay
April 18, 2013
April 18, 2013
Condolences to the Mac Neil clan on Rita's sudden passing.May you know great comfort and kindness, in return for your presence in Rita's life and for her presence in all our lives! As I have traveled throughout Canada and Latin America, I have carried with me the wisdom and comfort of Rita's songs, 'She's called Nova Scotia' and 'Home I'll be'!
"For you've kept your heart wide open, Rita and for this we give you thanks! You have stolen away to the hills and vales of the great beyond. St. Augustine's saying "to sing is to pray twice, rings so true! And what prayers you sang to us and for us! May you be welcomed warmly with smiles and songs of the angels! Rest gently! Margie Gillis, Mississauga, Ontario
April 18, 2013
Thank you Rita for your beautiful music, We will remember you and keep your music going.
April 18, 2013
In sincere sympathy. Forever in the hearts of many, Rest in peace.
April 18, 2013
Rita, you brought a lot of happiness to a lot of people with your talent and just being you. You will be missed but not forgotten. God Bless....Rest In Peace.....
April 18, 2013
Such a great and charitable heart... The heavenly choir has a new alto soloist now. Thanks, Rita, for blessing us with your talent for as long as you could. I hope the next world treats you better than this one did.
April 18, 2013
April 18, 2013
We as Cape Bretoners have lost a big part of our musical Island. Ms. Mac Neil shared her gift freely & willingly with the world. Thank you. To her family and friends,sympathy,love & prayers.Thankfully we will listen to her voice for years upon years to come.
April 18, 2013
It was with great sadness that I heard of her passing....she was the type of person that others aspire to be...kind, loyal, true and talented...the essence of what it is to be a Cape Bretoner...as someone who lives far away, I will think of her often. She was so very good to so many people notwithstanding her huge talent and the people who loved the sound of her voice and her lyrics....Rest In Peace, dear friend.
April 18, 2013
I am so sorry to hear of Rita's passing. The first time I heard her music was on the "Rise and Follies of Cape Breton Island". The next time was April 16, 1983, at Gingers in Halifax - I remember going over to speak to her between sets. What an honour that was for me to actually meet her in person. My deepest sympathies to her family.
April 18, 2013
A Cape Breton legend :(
April 18, 2013
I first saw Rita perform at the old Sydney pub back in the 70's, and had the privilege of meeting her at the City Hospital in 1984, when I was a new graduate nurse. . she was lovely and put me at ease immediately. I followed her career as mine took me from my beloved Cape Breton to New Brunswick. I rocked my colicky first born to her songs..and took this same little girl to a Rita concert before she was 5. I last had the pleasure of seeing her live about 8 years ago with my new mother in law..one of her last tours with The Men of the Deeps..Fantastic! Her music was such a part of my adult life. To her family and close friends,,thank you for sharing her with all of us!
April 18, 2013
Going to miss you wonderful lady. Always went to see you when you were in Yarmouth and on all your TV appearance.
Condolences to all your family
April 18, 2013
We will miss you a lot Rita. Rest in peace
April 18, 2013
Rita you will surley be missed. God bless you and all the trials you have been threw. Heaven is a better place now knowing that you are there. God bless your family and your many friends. Rest in Peace Hazel Lewis Hart
April 18, 2013
R.I.P Rita
April 18, 2013
Sincerous sympathy to Rita's family, You were and will always be my hero, inspiration, Nova Scotia has lost a true friend, you will always be remember by your music.
April 18, 2013
Thoughts and Prayers to All the Mac Neil Family. "Thank You" for sharing all your beautiful songs and love of Cape Breton. R.I.P. Rita!
Kathleen Boudreau (St. Peter's, NS)
April 18, 2013
Thank you Rita for all your Beautiful lyrics and heartfelt words of the people and the land that make us who we are in our Cape Breton roots ..we will remain forever greatful for your gift to this amazing place we call Home!
April 18, 2013
rita now there is two angels in heaven you and my mom now from camilla murray maszkowski
April 18, 2013
I was a cynical teen when Rita came to sing at our school in Whycocomagh. Her songs were so pretty, she won me over. I've been watching and inwardly cheering her on since then. Her passing has left a hole in our Cape Breton family.
April 18, 2013
Our sincere condolences to Rita's family and friends as were heard of her passing while here in Ontario. Everyone is heartbroken over this sad news. Rita will always be Cape Breton's great ambassador and a songsress loved all over the world. We will miss her greatly and trust her music will live on in all of us! I can recall her coming into our family lumberyard office to pick up microphones from my brother Malcolm MacMillan whom she had doing her sound production on several occasions in the early '80's. She was always so quiet and shy and then when she was a household name, she was still so humble! May you rest in peace.
April 18, 2013
My deepest sympathy to family and friends ... Thanks for the wonderful memories you have left so many with along your way. You will never be forgotten.
April 18, 2013
Thank you RITA for your beautiful music you shared with us over the years. Beautiful women you were, your music will keep us happy for years to come. Goodbye RITA 'm
April 18, 2013
My sincere sympathy goes out to her family and friends. And thank you Rita for sharing your wonderful voice with us.
April 18, 2013
My deepest condolences to your children and grandchildren and your family and friends. Rest in Peace with our Lord and God.
April 18, 2013
It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we must say good bye to such a wonderful music icon. The multiple times Rita was here in my home town of Pictou Co. I never got the opportunity to see her in person however she was one of my favorite music artists. Rest in Peace, Rita. You may be gone but we will hold you close with your lovely music and song that shall live on forever. Thoughts an prayers to all Rita's family and loved ones. <3
April 18, 2013
May you rest in peace in the loving arms of Jesus. Will miss your beautiful music.
April 18, 2013
The outpouring of grief from across Canada and around the world that has been on media of all types over the past few days clearly shows the esteem in which Rita MacNeil was held by everyone. She was a kind and gentle soul, with a grit and determination that brought her through so much and a voice that melted every heart. She was one of a kind, a true star who never, ever forgot her roots or her friends. She may be gone but her beautiful music will live on!

To her family and her many musical friends, know that our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow.
April 18, 2013
My husband and I spent the evening tonight watching, singing, and enjoying YouTube videos of you with the Men of the Deeps. Hard to believe your beautiful voice has been silenced. Sincere condolences to the MacNeil family. Rest in Peace dear Rita. You have, and will continue to, touch the lives of so many with your music.
April 18, 2013
Cape Breton is a much better place because you were part of it.
April 18, 2013
You were one of a kind a gentle lovable lady with a heart of gold .My condolences to the family.
April 18, 2013
May Rita's soul forever rest in peace. I am sure she has a special place in the choir above. What a wonderful role model for us all.

Cory Lunn
Debert, Nova Scotia
April 18, 2013
Your music will live forever in Canadian hearts. Now you sing for all our love ones you have joined in heaven.
R MacGillivray, Sudbury, Ontario
April 18, 2013
to Rita,s family her son and daughter we are very shocked of her passing she was a true cape Breton gem with all the music love that she brought to so many many people all over this world she is home now may she rest in peace god bless you Rita .
April 18, 2013
I grew up listening to your beautiful music in Nova Scotia. You are a permanent part of Cape Breton and you always will be. I will never forget you.
Judy Smith (Rotterdam, NY)
April 18, 2013
Our condolences to the MacNeil family.
Bert and Maurina Lewis
Port Hawkesbury
April 18, 2013
~~~~Enjoyed your music...enjoyed seeing you in person in concert~~~~You touched sooo many lives!!!!!!!Your songs will live on?
April 18, 2013
Such a tremendous loss but what a beautiful life to celebrate. It was such an honor to have met you and certainly a thrill to sing with you. It meant so much to all of my family how kind and generous you always were to our brother Kim Dunn. Your songs meant so much to so many and will live on forever. God bless you Rita.
April 18, 2013
Heartfelt sympathy to Rita's family and friends. Thank you for sharing your music with the world. You had a voice of an angel and will be missed . Your music will live on for many years to come. Enjoyed seeing her in concert several times . God Bless you all.
April 18, 2013
I will miss your beautiful voice. Wish I could have met you in person.
April 18, 2013
May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand. Rest in peace Rita. Your voice will be missed. I played you many times on my show, Taree to Shamrock here in Australia. LEE PATTERSON/TAREE/AUSTRALIA
April 18, 2013
Deepest Sympathy, To Rita's Family.

Tonight, Rita Is Flying With The Angels, Across The Heavenly Skies. A Lady Of Great Talent, Who Will be, Dearly Missed.

Thank You Rita, For The Music & Song, You Have Left For Us, To Enjoy.

Visited, "Rita's Tea Room", Some Years Ago, While Vacationing, In Nova Scotia. Beautiful Spot.

May Rita, Rest In Peace.

Verna M Walsh

Placentia NL
April 18, 2013
Deepest, heartfelt sympathy to Rita's family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Rita, you will live forever in your music and in all of our hearts. Thankyou for sharing your gift of song.
April 18, 2013
So very sorry for this tremendous loss Laura, Wade and family.You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Micki Burton
April 18, 2013
Rita has inspired me! I love her true strength & beauty.Rita's songs brought inspiration and beautiful memories of those that I hold dearly. Rita is a beautiful treasure and singing her songs among the choir of Angels.Mussi!
April 18, 2013
An amazing woman in her own life and in music. You have given us so much Rita and seen us through many hardships and difficulties. Your gentle demeanor and smile was wonderful to see and the golden voice a joy to hear. I met you more than once and every time thought how gentle and wonderful you were. Thanks for your gift of music in my life. RIP and God bless..
Bev MacDonald
Grand Forks BC
April 18, 2013
You touched many lives, may your journey "home" be on the softest wings of angels.No doubt you will sing in the eternal choir. RIP Rita,till we meet again Fran
April 18, 2013
I was shocked and saddened to hear of Rita's passing. Such a dear soul who touched so many people with her beautiful songs and thoughtfullness. She will be dearly missed.
April 18, 2013
RIP.Rita.You will always be remember by your music..You Are singing with the Angles now..
April 18, 2013
Thanks Rita for sharing yourself with the rest of the world. It brought joy to the world and put a song in our hearts. Allen Raoul (formerly Sydney) and Christie Bone of Fort Frances, Ontario.
April 18, 2013

From the first time I heard Rita sing in a Hall in Big Pond in 1978 I knew we had an angel in our midst. For the following 35 years she held a special place in my heart and always will.Thank you Rita / Rest in peace.
Condolences to Rita's family and close friends.
Diane Kays,PEI. (formerly of Halifax)
April 18, 2013
Our Sincerous sympathy to the MacNeil family.Our Thoughts and Prayers are with all you during this great LOSS!She was an inspiration to all of us!
She will be greatly missed by all.Her music will live on forever in our hearts.
She will not be forgotton!A great loss to Cape Breton and all the World!Her
angelic voice is now in heaven!Rest in Peace Rita!We will certainly miss you!
Karl&Linda McNamara
Evanston
Cape Breton
Bert&Eileen Reinders
Lower Sackville NS
April 18, 2013
My sincere condolences to Rita's family. Rita has touched the lives of so many people. She had a heart of gold and the voice of an angel.
April 18, 2013
The Heavens have received a true angel. Rita's life, music and spirit live on her her music as a gift to all of us. For this, we are blessed. May you rest in eternal peace.
-Dawn O'Neill, Victoria, British Columbia
April 18, 2013
my condolance to the macneil family rita will be sadly missed especialy in the music world to her family theirs a new angle in heaven singing on her own god bless you rita for all you gave us over the years
April 18, 2013
I have always wanted to meet you Rita, but I never had the chance. I have always enjoyed your music and each of your television specials over the years and will continue to. you will truly be missed and may you rest in peace. God Bless!
April 18, 2013
Condolences to Ms. MacNeil's family. Her gentle demeanour and international renown for her talent will remain in the hearts of her fans. I love her songs and everything she stood for. RIP Rita.
Gerry Garden, PEI
April 18, 2013
May God bless your soul Rita.......your beautiful voice has joined the other choir members awaiting you are the pearly gates.....thanks for all the music and songs......my heartfelt sympathy to family and friends of Rita........she will be dearly missed.
April 18, 2013
For a Special Lady with a beautiful voice , she will live on by the music she left us . Thoughts and Prayers for her Family .
April 18, 2013
So very sorry to hear of Rita's passing. We met her a number of years ago on the Canada AM stage in Lunerburg NS, such a beautiful humble lady. What a joy to see her that day. She will be missed by us all... another beautiful singer in God's angel choir.
April 18, 2013
I was saddened to hear of Rita,s passing.I liked watching her concerts on T.V. especially her Christmas show.My condolences to the family at this difficult time.
April 18, 2013
Rita will be missed by all whom ever heard her voice. My sister who passed away ago loved Rita"s s I'll accept the rose tonight. My iloved working man, I"ll miss her dearly. I"ve seen her a couple of times once in Halifax and then again at Empire Theatre in Belleville, Ontario. My she rest in peace.
April 18, 2013
Thank you Rita, for the wonderful music. Loved your tea and brownies.
D.C.Peerla
April 18, 2013
Heartfelt sympathies to Ritas' family. "Rita, Thank you for sharing your music with us." Your songs will live on in the hearts of all Nova Scotians forever. God Bless.

Bud Mosher & Family, Antigonish
April 18, 2013
My sincere condolence to the MacNeil family. Rita was such a beautiful person, a heart as soft as gold, and a voice as beautiful as an angel. She will live on, in all our hearts thru her music and songs. May she rest in Peace.
R. Sweeney, New Victoria.
April 18, 2013
Bless you Miss Rita, may you spread your wings and fly safely home...May your voice left and join in the choir of angels and you be at peace.. You are a great singer and person. I will listen to your voice until I leave this earth. Please grant Ms. Rita save travels to your side. ahmen.
April 18, 2013
You touched the lives of so many people.I shall miss you.
April 18, 2013
she was a wonderful and beautiful woman inside and out ,she will be missed by so many ,may you rest in peace Rita
April 18, 2013
What a beautiful woman and such a wonderful representive of Cape Breton - may you rest in peace, Rita.
April 18, 2013
A great lady
April 18, 2013
My family and I were fortunate to see Rita everty time she came to Winnipeg for a concert. We travelled to Nova Scotia in 1991 and stopped by the original school house and Rita's tearoom in Big Pond. Our hearts go out to her family. She was a truly special lady who shared her gift with the world. She will be missed.
April 18, 2013
Never missed a show when she came to Kitchener. Deeply saddened by the loss of a Cape Breton icon. So gracious and humble..just like a typical Cape Bretoner...
April 18, 2013
I admired Reta .She seem to been such a lovely lady ! We will miss her ! My Deepest Sympathy to all the family !
April 18, 2013
We have lost a great lady . a lovely song writer,She really made you feel at home , Love all your songs Rita , RIP.My prayers are with your family .
April 18, 2013
Oh, Rita, I am so very sad. I first heard your heavenly voice when you sang at a "Carpet the Cohn" concert in Halifax in the early '80s. I think I have every song you ever recorded, but especially hold dear "Working Man" that I heard for the first time that night. RIP beautiful woman - you have enriched so many lives.
April 18, 2013
Rita Macneil will be deeply missed by all her fans. I really enjoyed her music. I was on vacation down east last year and had the oportunity to visit her tea room. Everyone there was very nice. I hope to visit it again.
April 18, 2013
a great loss to cape breton,my sincere condolences to Rita,-s family-genevieve petrie
April 18, 2013
Forever in myheart as a former Maritimer and Scottish decendant. You could melt the hardest heart. No one could take your place. You have earned your eternal peace.
April 18, 2013
I took a friend to one of Rita's concerts here in Peterborough a few years ago. During intermission, my friend was offered a front row seat by another friend of hers. Even though I bought her the ticket, she did move and I had a hard time finding her. When I did, I sat on the floor between her feet. Seconds later, Rita was walking on stage from the side already singing. She took one look at me, nodded, smiled and kept singing. Thought that was sweet. She will be missed.
April 18, 2013
Rita you are "Home I'll Be" forever. We will miss your sweet honest smile, and wonderful angelic voice . Condolences to your family .
April 18, 2013
Thoughts and Prayers to the family, Rita will always be in our hearts !!!
April 18, 2013
HER BEAUTIFUL VOICE WILL BE MISSED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. NOW SHE HAS BEEN SELECTED TO JOIN SO MANY GREAT SINGERS IN GODS CHOIR. MY SYMPATHY GOES OUT TO ALL HER FAMILY
April 18, 2013
I listened to this music over the years and bought tickets for my Mother in law to see her in Person. Rest in Peace Rita
April 18, 2013
Roses are red violets are blue Rita is sweet wé will all miss you.
April 18, 2013
R.I.P dear Rita God has chosen a beautiful angel
April 18, 2013
you are the reason I started to write songs and you are a person that will be miss for years to come my pray are with your family
April 18, 2013
Rita's song "Flying on your own" was released as I was going through a divorce & became my theme song. I picture her singing in God's choir.
April 17, 2013
April 17, 2013
I got the pleasure of seeing her live in concert. What a Lady, she filled the auditorium. Her Love to sing and have her audiance lifted came natural for Rita. I will miss this inspiration.
We began with God, we return to God.
May your Voice be raised with the Angels
April 17, 2013
My sincerest condolences to Rita's family, friends and fans. She was an amazing woman as well as an amazing singer, songwriter and entertainer. I just loved listening to her songs and have many of her CD's. Rita, thank you for entertaining me on some of my long drives. God Bless you and keep you. R.I.P.
April 17, 2013
My deepest condolences. What an amazing woman, amazing voice, amazing Canadian! She really touched my world with her music, ill never forget that when I wrote her that she took the time to answer my letter! You will be missed!
April 17, 2013
Canada lost a great great lady today. We will all be a little less now.
April 17, 2013
So sad to hear the news, a great loss for all Canadians and people around the world.
April 17, 2013
Rita You will be. Sadly. Missed by all who knew you personally. And your fans. You were such a beautifull lady. And to your family. My sincere condolences
April 17, 2013
your music will live on and your soul with it.....sing with the angels now
April 17, 2013
I have admired your music for many years and will miss seeing you in the lime light..however your music will live with me forever an ever.Rest in peace Rita
April 17, 2013
So sad her voice was beautiful, it truly is such a great loss for Cape Breton our shining star no longer.
April 17, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
April 17, 2013
April 17, 2013
Such a pure and angelic voice and a beautiful human being....she will live on forever in her touching and inspiring music.
April 17, 2013
So very sad to hear the passing of Rita here's a candle to you
April 17, 2013
I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Rita's sudden passing. I had the privilege of meeting her when she and The Men Of The Deeps entertained at Centennial Hall back in Nov/07. She'll be singing with the Angels now. You'll never be forgotten as your beautiful voice/music will go on forever! R.I.P. dear Rita.
April 17, 2013
Godspeed, Rita...your warmth, talent, angel's voice...a beautiful woman that gave so many of us so much joy for so many years. Your legacy will go on and you hold a "forever place" in many, many hearts. Condolences to your family and friends.
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