WYER – Vivian Marie (Burke) 77, of Greenfield, Queens County, passed away peacefully in Queens General Hospital, Liverpool on Friday, May 22, 2015 surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Englishtown, NS, she was a daughter of the late James J. and Mary Ann “Nan” (Urquhart) Morrison.
Vivian grew up in Baddeck, where she embraced her Scottish and Gaelic heritage. She started Highland dancing and bagpiping at an early age and became a well-decorated champion dancer and chartered member of the Sydney Girls’ Pipe Band which was created by the Gaelic College at St. Ann’s, where she spent time during many summers.
After graduating from Baddeck Rural High School in 1954, she was recruited to attend Flora MacDonald College in North Carolina on a scholarship. In accordance with the terms of the scholarship, in addition to her studies, she became the Highland dance instructor and represented the college throughout the region dancing, playing the pipes and singing in Gaelic at events. She was also instrumental in organizing the area’s first Highland Games. By the time she graduated with her B.S. in Business Education in 1958, she had held numerous offices in student organizations, including President of the Student Council. She appears in the “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges” 1957-58 Edition.
Some of Vivian’s favourite highlights of her piping and dancing career included piping on the White House Lawn during the 1953 Easter Egg Hunt, piping at the International Lion’s Convention and Parade in Chicago, piping at the opening of the Canso Causeway in 1955, and piping for U.S. Vice President Adlai Stevenson. Her picture also appeared in the June, 1964 Edition of National Geographic , where she is shown performing the Highland fling in full dress uniform at Beinn Breagh, the summer home of Alexander Graham Bell .
In March of 2008, Vivian traveled back to North Carolina to attend the National Scottish Heritage Symposium Awards Banquet. She was presented with the Flora MacDonald Award and Medallion for her efforts in promoting Scottish heritage. In recognition of this accomplishment, Vivian was presented with a certificate by the Region of Queens Municipality.
During Vivian’s teaching career she taught Business, Math, Consumer Education, and Law. She held teaching positions at Acadia University, the Halifax Community College, Baddeck Rural High School, Robert Leckie School in Goose Bay, Labrador, and Liverpool Regional High School. She retired from teaching in 1996, while part of the Math Department at LRHS. Her students and coworkers remember her dedication, strength of character and commitment to students.
While in Liverpool, Vivian was very involved in her school and community. She taught highland dancing, and was involved for many years with the Queens County Musical Festival. She was also involved with the VON, Liverpool Curling Club and Kinettes.
Surviving are her husband Keith, her daughters Annette Burke (Allan Steele) of Liverpool, Wendy (Piers) Hazeldine of Greenfield, her sons Sean (Cheryl) of Leitches Creek, NS, Ronald (Annette) of Greenfield, grandchildren Mitchell and Kelcie Burke, Brynn, Gareth and Callum Steele, Tia (Nigel) Crouse, Heidi (Alan) Broome, Dana Hazeldine (Cam), Ryan and Robyn Wyer., great granddaughter Aria Crouse. Brother Calvin (Mona) of Comox, BC
She was predeceased by her first husband Colin Joseph Burke and sister Annette Marie.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers’ Funeral Home, Liverpool. A Celebration of Vivian’s life will take place on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 2;00 p.m. in Greenfield United Baptist Church. Reverend Wade Harvey officiating. Family flowers only, donations may be made to the Queens General Hospital Foundation, the Greenfield Fire Department or to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made to www.chandlersfuneral.com. Thanks to Dr. Woodford and the nursing staff at Queens General Hospital for their exemplary and sensitive care.
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Byron & Betty Whynacht
Keith, Annette, Sean and extended families; I offer our condolence to each of you at this sad time. R.I.P. Viv your relatively short period of suffering has ended. May peace be with you.
Shelley Weagle (Broome)
I was so very saddened to hear of Mrs. B’s (as I know her as) passing. She was my home room teacher back in ’88, and also taught me math. She was one of the Best teachers I ever had. Not only was she a great teacher, but you could go to her about anything, and she would actually sit and listen, then try to help you the best she could. To all of her family, I offer my sincerest condolences to you all.
Curtis & Linda Leslie Maillett
We offer our sincere condolences on the passing of Vivian. She truly was a wonderful person, and put forth so much in every capacity which she was involved. She will be missed by so many students, friends ,& loved ones. RIP Vivian Sincerely Curtis & Linda
Thinking of you at this difficult time.
And thinking of all the good times we all had together when I lived in Liverpool.
Cathie and Kevin
Annette, Sean, Keith and family. Please accept our sincerest condolances.
Monica and Brian Shebib & fam.
Keith, Sean, Annette and families:
A truly great lady is no longer with us but will be forever in our hearts.
Memories of our time with her will never be forgotten.
Looking forward to celebrating her life with you on Saturday.
Blessings & Love
Monica & Brian & family
Thinking of you at this sad and difficult time. May you find comfort in precious memories.
What a dedicated, terrific educator and classy lady. God bless!
Viv Croft (Whynot)
Annette , Sean and family…….So sorry to hear of Mrs. Burke’s passing. I know she remarried but she will always be Mrs. Burke to me…….she taught me Consumer Ed in grade 9 at LRHS. Such a kind hearted lady she was. Thinking of you all at this hard time.
Rhonda Perry And Cathy MacEachern
Mine and moms deepest sympathies. May your faith help during this sad time
Annette, Keith, and Families,
Thinking of you all, as you find strength
in each other and comfort in your many
wonderful memories of Vivian.
Cathy & Rollie
Stephanie Miller Vincent
Thinking of you all.
Ruth and Chuck Ernst
Keith,Annette,Sean and extended families,
Please accept our condolences on Vivian’s passing.We’ll always cherish the many good times we enjoyed in her company.A good friend and a truly respected teacher.Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ruth and Chuck Ernst
Annette and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss! I didn’t know your Mom, but wish I had! She sounds like an amazing lady! May you find comfort in your cherished memories of her! Hugs!
Annette and Sean, I was deeply saddened by the news of your mother’s passing. My heart felt condolances to you and your families at this difficult time.
Dennis & Sherri Harrington
Annette and Family,
Please accept our most heartfelt condolences at this sad time. Just know that your friends care and are thinking of you.Your Mom was a very special lady and will be missed.<3
Love Sherri & Dennis Harrington
Annette, Keith, Sean and families,
I was so very very sorry to hear of Vivian’s passing, she was an absolutely dear Lady! It’s impossibly difficult to say goodbye to someone you love so dearly. Take comfort in knowing she has finally found her piece and as time passes hold on tight to all the wonderful memories you share together and the wonderful legacy Vivian has left. Take care of each other.
Dave, Natalie (McMaster) Keegan and Norah Oickle
Annette, Sean, and families,
So sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. She was a wonderful woman, and I was lucky to have her as both my homeroom and math teacher in my first year, in grade 9, at LRHS. I hope all your fond memories of your times together, help to make these difficult times a little bit easier. Take care.
Helen and David Whynacht
We are so sorry to hear of Vivians’ passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. …
Helen and David
So very sorry Keith and family for your loss
Jack &Elizabeth Penny
Dear Keith, Annette,Sean and families,
Our deepest condolences to all of you at this most difficult time. Vivian was an amazing woman and we feel very fortunate to have known her. Although there will be a void in your lives here on earth, know that she is looking down on you from a better place.
Jack & Elizabeth
Rosanne Conrad Williams
Mom, Dad and I want to express our sincere condolences to you, Keith and your family. God Bless.
Rosanne, Erlin and Billie
Marsha and Mike Ringer
Our deepest sympathies to the whole family. It is evident how much Vivian was loved, how many lives she was a huge part of and how much she will be missed.
I am so sorry to hear of Vivian’s passing. My heart is with the family at this time. God has another angel.
Sean and Annette sorry to hear of your moms passing. She was a great woman and a great teacher. Keep her memories alive and cherish every moment you had her. Take care guys and hang in there its never easy. Hugs for you both.
Janet and George Fletcher
We were sorry to hear about Vivian. I enjoyed my time working with Vivian and I learned allot from her. Our thoughts and our prayers are with your family.
Walter and Sherri Miller
Keith and all the family: We were so saddened to hear of Vivian’s passing,she was a great lady and loved by everyone who knew her,our condolences go out to you all at this very sad time.
Toby and Lori Colp
Annette and Sean so sorry for the loss of your mom. Thinking of you both at this difficult time. Loved your mom she was such a great teacher and could be funny in class as well. She will be sadly missed.
Jeff and Shelly West
Sean, Annette, Keith and families,
We are very saddened to hear of Vivian’s passing. Please know that our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
With sincere sympathy,
Jeff and Shelly
Annette….so so sorry for your loss….its so very tough losing a parent. Your mom must have been a special person..because from what ive heard and read. .you are very much like her. Let her spirit live through you always….hugs and more hugs….marci
Dan and Alison Williams & family
Wishing you comfort and peace as you remember Vivian’s full and rewarding life with all the people she touched. God bless.
Francis & Peggy Payzant
Dear Keith & Extended Families,
WE are so sorry to hear of Vivian’s passing. May it help to know that we are thinking of you all at this most difficult time in your Lives. Vivian certainly has earned her Golden Wings And well Deserved Wings They Are!!!! May god Bless you all and May Vivian now Rest in Peace.
Francis & Peggy Payzant
Betty Jean and Raymond Aucoin
What a beautiful video capturing the wonderful life and times of a very special lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Annette, Sean and all of Vivian’s family. She truly was an inspiration! God speed <3
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Jeff and Carmelle
Sean, Annette and Keith. So saddened to hear of Vivian’s passing. Such a beautiful and classy lady, she will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She is finally at peace after such a terrible illness. Remember the happy times, cherish your memories. Love to you all during this difficicult time.
Deb and Chuck Sponagle-Taylor
Annette, Keith and families, We are so sorry for your loss. See you soon Annette with a big heart felt hug!! xoxox
Terri (Huskins) Longmire
Vivian was my homeroom teacher in Grade 9 at LRHS. She also taught me Math. She made a lasting impression on me and I thought she was a wonderful lady. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. Please accept my condolences at this sad time.
To the families of Mrs. B, I am very sorry for your loss. Mrs. B was an excellent teacher and always had a smile for everyone she met, even though she wasn’t my teacher she was well respected and liked by all. She will be missed by everyone that knew her. Bless you all.
Ron, Annette and Family,
So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you now and always. God Bless
Kevin, Engelina, Trevor and Rachel Crouse
Todd J Hannam
Annette Sean and Families
I was heartbroken to hear the sad news
Vivian. ( Viv ) was a remarkable woman who made my High School years ones to remember
Sending Sincere Sympathy to you all during this most difficult time
Todd J Hannam
To all of Mrs. (Burke) Wyre’s family ,
She was a lovely woman and a great teacher. She taught me math in 1992 .
I am sending you all my prayers and hope that knowing that she was loved by so many will help you all
through this difficult time.
With deepest sympathy ,
Annette and family.So sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing.She was a great teacher and nice lady.Thinking of u all at this time.Sending my sympathies to all
I am very sad to hear of Mrs. Burke’s passing. I know she doesn’t go by that name but that is what I remember her by. She was my favorite teacher in high school. They sure don’t have teachers like her now days. Deepest condolences
my sympathies to the family. Mrs. Burke was one of my favourite teachers in high school. I loved seeing her at different event in our little community. She will be deeply missed.
Alton and Kay Hupman
Keith and Families, We offer our condolences at this sad time, may the peace of god be with you all.
My sincere condolences to the family. She taught me math and was a great neighbor for the time that I lived in Liverpool. My thoughts and prayers go to the family during this time
great teacher,great person…you will be missed.
One of the most kindest women I’ve ever known. . . . my deepest condolences to the family.
Robert and Marjorie MacGowan
Keith and family,we were very sorry to hear of Viviana passing.she was a great person,full of life, always an interesting person to,talk to and always friendly. She will be missed. Our sincere condolences
I have fond memories of her. Wonderful teacher!
Cahy de Rome
Keith, Annette and families,
Sending my sincere condolences on the passing of a lovely lady.
My deepest condolences on the loss of such a lovely lady, wife, mother, teacher….it’s hard to say goodbye; my thoughts are with you.
Darren Whynot / Lisa Tarr
To all the family we are sorry for your loss she was such a great lady R.I.P Vivian
Karen Wells Freeman
Mrs. Burke was my homeroom teacher in grade 9. I was extremely lucky to have had such a wonderful, intelligent and caring lady for a teacher. Please accept my condolences.
I count myself very lucky to have known Vivian. She was a very special lady who had great stories and life experiences that she loved to share. A true lady in every sense, she will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowin her. I am sending my thoughts and prayers to you all at this difficult time…hugs!
laurie and janet clattenburg
our deepest sympathies are with you and your family
So saddened to hear of your mom’s passing Annette. She was a great teacher and you are just like her. I remember having her in high school. She was one of my favorite teachers. Always took the time to help you if you didn’t understand something. She was a special part of my high school years. Thinking of you and your family at this sad time.
i am so sorry to read this. I remember in school she helped me so much. I really appreciated everything that was done for me. She has left a great memory for me. So sorry for your loss.
To the family
I was so saddened to hear of Vivian’s passing. I was very fortunate to have her for my home room teacher and math in grade 9. If it were not for her I wouldn’t have made it through my first year of High School. She was so very loved and a very special teacher (woman). It was a privilege to have her in my life. Remember all of those beautiful smiles and the love she gave everyone.
So sorry for your loss….Such a beautiful lady and a great teacher…. Prayers go out to your family…
Annette so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Hugs and prayers going out to you and your family.
Vivian is the one person that has been etched in my memories of High School. She taught me math and law. Vivian was not only a teacher, she was a shoulder to lean on in my times of need. She would always listen, never criticize and always offer a helpful solution. Her smile lit up the room and her personality was second to none. She shared countless stories of her children with me telling me how proud she was of them and how amazing they were. We remained friends well after I finished school and she was at the top of my list when I was married. I will always remember her kind words, her wonderful personality, her amazing skills in the classroom, her beautiful smile and her contagious laugh. She always went over and above for anyone that had the honour of knowing her. She lived life to the fullest and she will be deeply missed by me. My deepest sympathy to her family.
Annette and family – I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing and want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Shannon & Corey Hartlen
Annette, Al & Family,
Vivian touched the lives of SO many–what an amazing woman, indeed. Thinking of all of you and wishing you peace in the days to come. Big hugs… xoxo
So sorry to hear the sad news, she was a great lady and will be missed by all!
Susan,Ellen and Kelcey
Dear Annette and family,
Sorry for your loss ,she truly had a full filled life. Hugs
Susan ,Ellen And Kelcey Armstrong
My thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. Vivian was the loveliest of ladies and I will miss her very much.
Keith and families,
Please accept my sincere condolences on Vivian’s passing.
Sarah Leefe Ackerman
Dear Keith, Annette and Sean,
I’m so sorry to hear about Vivian. My first introduction to Vivian was through highland dancing. She was a great teacher and very patient with me which probably wasn’t easy considering my lack of natural ability. I loved watching her demonstrate the steps. She was so graceful and such a wonderful dancer. I was also lucky enough to have her as my homeroom and math teacher in grade 9. I always remember her having a great sense of humor and being very supportive and always willing to help her students. She was a very special lady. I hope you will find comfort in your memories and in your family and friends at this sad time. Thinking of you all.
Annette, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I am thinking back to high school, remembering Mrs. Burke, and recall she had a good sense of humour, a love of fun, and thought the world of you. Your mom had a lovely smile. I am really sorry for your loss, Annette, and am thinking of you and your family at this sad time.
Scott & Caryn Huntley
Our Condolences; Mrs. Burke was the nicest of teachers.
Annette and Vivian’s entire family,
So sorry to hear about your mother. She is at peace now. Take care and God Bless!
Sylvia & Mike
Brenda and Jeff Foley
Sean, Cheryl, Annette and family
We are so sorry to hear of your moms passing. I know from personal experience that she is now at peace. She was a gracious lady who once told me that spending time with her children was her number one priority in life and I never forgot that. You are all in our thoughts.
Brenda and Jeff
Alta Mason and Bertha Gerhardt
Keith, Annette, Sean and families.
My heart goes out to all of you. While Vivian’s suffering is over and she has found eternal peace, you have all lost a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and a wonderful friend. While walking this very rough road, keep all your brightest memories close in your hearts. May knowing that she is now well in the arms of Jesus, ease your heartaches. Many prayers coming your way from both of us.
Alta and Bertha
Gordon and Jackie Eisnor
Keith and Families:Very sorry to hear of Vivian’s passing Sincere condolences extended to all families.
Annette…. I’m so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing….. Thinking of you and your family. Take care
Annette your mom was a great woman and one of my favorite teachers. Thinking of you at this difficult time and sending prayers your way.
Michele and Darrell Richards
Annette, Sean and family…we are thinking of you all at this very difficult time. She was an amazing teacher/woman, and will forever be remembered with the utmost respect.
Deborah (DeChamp) McIntyre
I remember her as Mrs. Burke and she was my teacher in LRHS. Seems like eons ago. She is a teacher to be remembered. May she RIP and heartfelt condolences go out to her family and friends.
Sorry to hear of your moms passing Annette, she was a super lady and a great teacher. She will be missed but not forgotten. Carry her in you heart always and never forget all of the wonderful years you were together. Again my condolences to you and your family.
one of the best teachers I ever had and one awesome lady…very sad to here of her passing…condolences to her family…
so sorry read about your loss;’I lost Billy. so I know what an empty feeling is like;
So sorry to hear about Vivian, she was a wonderful lady. She was a great teacher, and a friend. She will be missed dearly. To the family, take care of one another. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you at this time. Hugs
Brenda and Jeff Foley
Sean, Cheryl, Annette and family
So sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. I know from experience what a tough battle she had. Our thoughts are with you at this time.
Brenda and Jeff
Brian & Pam Foley
Our condolences to Mrs. Burke’s family…Brian cared for her car for many years, and we both had her for a teacher in Grade 9, in 1978/79. She was an elegant, talented lady, well respected, always willing to give her time to help her students achieve their goals. She will be missed.
Richard and Annette Freeman
Keith and family so sorry too hear of Vivian’s passing, are thoughts are with you in this difficult time.
Annette, it has been nice to see the old family photos that you have posted.
David and Paula Kearney and family
We are so sad to hear of the loss of Vivian. She was a wonderful woman who was known for her kindness and generosity. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Robert & Sally Fader
Annette, Sean, Keith and family:
So sorry to hear of Vivian’s passing. She was a wonderful person, always with a smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time.
Ken and Agnes Huntley
Keith and family
So sorry for your loss. Vivian was a wonderful high school teacher for our children and a warm and friendly lady to everyone.Please accept our heartfelt condolences and prayers.
well mrs Burke your up there doing the big math problem in the sky. It was an honor to have you as a grade 10 and grade 11 mathteacher. My deepest condolences for the family. rest in peace Mrs, Burke.
Keith and family; Linda, Kenzie and I want to express our heartfelt condolences’ on the passing of Vivian. She was a great lady and will be missed by all that knew her. The Scout Camp road won’t be the same without meeting her on her walks.
Deepest sympathies to all the family. Fond memories of Vivvie from childhood to adulthood for me. She will be missed.
Merle and Debi Smiley
I didn’t know Mrs. Burke/Wyer personally , only through meeting her at Parents Day and from what I heard through my children. Reading through the many condolences from her former students tells a lot about the kind of person she was- much loved and respected. They will go forward with wonderful memories of a special teacher and person.
Shirley & Paul Shot
To Vivian’s beloved family: We are so sorry to hear of Vivian’s passing and will continue to uphold your family in our prayers. You have our heartfelt sympathy. May God grant you comfort and peace of heart through this difficult time.
Ulf and Barb Snarby
Our deepest condolences to Vivian’s family. It has been a difficult time for all of you and we understand how you must be feeling now that she has passed. She was an exceptional person and loved by all who knew her. I know that you have so many wonderful memories to share with each other that will help you through this time. Her spirit and love will always be with you.
Patty & Paul MacLeod
Annette & Family,
Mrs. Burke was such a kind, caring, and respectful lady, and because of this she was many students’ favourite, including ours. Having her smile and energy greet you when entering her classroom every day, and knowing you could always go to her, made a lasting impact.
Our deepest sympathies go out to you during this time.
Paul & Patty
Karen Crouse and Lloyd Skinner
To Vivian’s family we extend our deepest sympathy at this sad and difficult time. She was a wonderful lady and will be fondly and lovingly remembered by all who knew her. God Bless and guide you through this journey.
Barry & June blackman
Our thoughts are with you Keith, Shawn, Annette and Calvin and the rest of your family. Vivian was a life long friend and I did many of the things mentioned in her earlier years along with her. She was the most gracious person and had the personality to match.
Barry and June
Jan & Garnett Winchester
Keith and family,
Thinking of you and remembering that lovely, lovely lady.
Jan & Garnett
Karen Crouse and Lloyd Skinner
To Vivian’s family we extend our deepest sympathy at the sad and difficult time. She was a wonderful lady and will be fondly and lovingly missed by all who knew her.
I am sorry to here of Mrs Burke’s passing….she was a great person and great teacher…she was one of my favourite teacher…..thoughts and prayers go out to the family….
W. Michael Bagnell
Keith, Sean, Annette & families. Thank you for sharing the warm moments with Aunt Vivian and your families
in the picture memorial. It brought back the warmth and good feelings Aunt Viv always left with me, whenever we talked or when she gave me a hug to say, “So good to see You” or hug to “Say goodbye”.
In the same “Spirit” and “Love” Aunt Viv shared with us all”, may God bless us to remember her and what we learned from her, and to carry her torch throughout our daily lives for future generations.
Aunt Viv is with God now, in full Highland dress and her bagpipes, watching over us all!
Take care Sean and Annette, may God bless you both and your families.
With Love from your cousin, Mike Bagnell on behalf of Mom, Dad and all the Bagnell – Burke families.
Keith, Sean, Annette and family:
I was very sorry to hear of Vivian’s passing. She w as a fine person and she is sadly missed by everyone who knew her. I hope you can take comfort in the knowledge that her suffering is over, and that even though she is gone physically, she will always live on in your hearts and memories.
Sean, Annette & family,
I am very sorry to hear about the passing of your mother, she was a wonderful person. Thinking of you during this difficult time.
Mike, Kathy, Adam and Alex Hinchey
Annette, Sean and family,
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. She was such a kind, elegant and considerate lady. We have many great memories of Vivian and will hold them in our hearts. At a difficult time like this, please take some comfort in recalling some of the amazing memories you have of your Mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless.
Ronnie and Barbara Burns
Keith, and all the family,
Our deepest sympathy to all of you as you mourn the loss of this lovely lady. May your memories of happier times carry you through the difficult days ahead. God bless you and give you the strength to go on without her. May she rest in peace.
Dr. Homer Noble
I wish to express my most heart-felt condolences to all the family on the passing of my dear teacher colleague and friend. Vivian made my life at LRHS and in Liverpool much richer and brighter with her wonderful warmth and loving support. Her exemplary and achievement-filled life is an inspiration to all who knew and loved her.
So sorry to hear. Mrs Burke was one of my inspirational teachers. I told her I could NOT do high school math and she said “Yes you can, I’ll teach you” and so she did. She said it’s never the student who tries to learn, who doesn’t get it. It’s the teacher who didn’t try another way to teach, that has not met the student’s need….I have remembered that and apply it to many facets of my life. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Marilyn, George Buckley
To Vivian’s family and many good friends, our condolences. May she rest in peace.
Keith and family
Thinking of you in your time of loss.
Pamela Inness- Westhaver
Deepest sympathies to Mrs. Burkes family. She was one of the best teachers at LRHS. Even after I graduated she always took the time to stop and chat. Truly a wonderful lady.
Ron, Annette and Family
I was saddened to read about your mom’s passing. She certainly had an accomplished life and I’m sure she’ll be missed deeply.
Fred and Dot
Keith and families Please accept our sincere condolences on Vivian’s passing may she rest in peace hugs
My thoughts and prayers are with you all in your time of sorrow.
Annette and Family,
I was saddened to hear of your Mom”s passing. She was a lovely lady and a great teacher.
Please except my condolences.
Dear Keith, Sean, Annette and extended family:
Please accept my sincere sympathy at this difficult time and know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Vivian was a wonderful, thoughtful person who always had a smile and listening ear for everyone. She was a great teacher, dancer, mother and wife who loved her family above all else. I know how hard it is to say goodbye to a loved one, but try to remember the good times, it really does help.
I deeply regret that I will be unable to attend her memorial because I have a commitment in Halifax Friday and Saturday but rest assured you will be in my thoughts.
May God bless you all and may you find comfort in his love and in each other.
Leon and Norma Robertson
Our deepest sympathy to all the family. There are a lot of good memories for you to hold dear to your heart. Bless you all.RIP. Vivian.
Mary (Stewart) Perry
My sincerest condolences to you. Vivian has touched so many people. May her presence in so many lives be comfort as time passes.
Carolyn & George Parnell
Sending our sincere sympathy to the family; our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Enos and Carla Wentzell and Cassidee Kempton
Annette and family
Sorry for your loss.
Sending hugs to you at this difficult time.
Enos, Carla, and Cassidee
Dear Keith, Annette and Sean,
What a beautiful video tribute to your mom. She was an accomplished and talented performer, teacher and mother with always a smile on her face. So sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.
Heather (veinot) Stevens
I feel so blessed just to have known Vivian. She was an amazing woman and teacher who treated all of her students as if they were her own. She always had a smile on her face, a story to tell or an ear to listen. She will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by many. Please accept our sincere condolences and know that we are thinking of you all during this difficult time.
The Veinot and Stevens famlies
Sending hugs and prayers your way Wendy, Keith and family.
Annette, Sean, Keith and family
I was so sorry to hear of Vivian’s passing. I have many great memories.
Vivian was an amazing lady. I had her as a math teacher and home room teacher in grade 9.
I also had the privilege of being one of her highland dancing students. As well I will always remember
great times at the cottage. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
Sean,Annette, Keith and family
I am sorry to hear of Vivian’s passing.
She was an amazing teacher, and I am privileged to say I learned to highland dance
because of Vivian. I will cherish the memories we have from the cottage to the family trip
to Florida. prayers and love to you all and thinking of you at this difficult time
Annette, I am so sorry for your loss. My sincerest condolences to you and your family.
Ann Marie Morrison
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We have lots of fond memories of dear Aunt Viv, her caring heart and warm smile. She is missed and will be remembered always. Hugs to all. Love Mona, John Calvin, Ann Marie and Aaron and family.
Reid and Patti Emenau
We extend our sincerest sympathy to all of you. Vivian received and deserved a lot of respect from those who knew her throughout her active life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.
Reid and Patti Emenau
To Vivian’s family,
Please accept my deepest condolence on a sweet and dear lady. Vivian taught me math in the 9th grade and while in her class I inherited a trade mark of hers. I still today make my number 7 and my letter Z with the line across the middle. Whenever I seen her after graduating LRHS, she always spoke and always included my name in the greeting. A true dedicated educator indeed and a legend who left her mark in whatever she accomplished.
Vivian, you will be missed by many but you will live forever in our hearts !!!
Kirk and Donna Whynot
Vivian’s Family, so sorry for your loss, you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Jackie (Oram) MacDonald
To Keith, Sean, Annette, Vivian’s brother Calvin and extended family,
It is difficult to find words to express how I feel at learning of Vivian’s passing. I have considered Vivian a friend since 1951 when she became my first Highland Dance teacher. I subsequently spent several years in the Gaelic College Pipe Band with her. We have remained friends even though we lived in different provinces . Our families were friends all those years as well. She was my mentor and I always looked up to her with admiration.
I feel that I have lost a true friend although we had lost touch for several years now. God Bless.
Jackie (Oram) MacDonald
Dear Keith and Families
My heartfelt condolences to you and your families at this sad time . My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Nina & Doug
Keith and family, we were very sorry to hear of Vivian’s passing. Sincere sympathy to you and all of Vivian’s family.
Phaedra and Jamie Huskins
Annette and family,
Nothing we can say will ease your heartbreak, but know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time and beyond.
Jennifer and Matthew Butcher
Keith, Sean, Annette and families,
Our sincere condolences for the loss of a great Woman and special Aunt. With our deepest regret, we will not be there on Saturday. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
“What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us.” -Helen Keller
Jen and Matt
Natalie (Wong) Hutzulak
My heart goes out to all of you at this time.
I had the greatest respect and fondness for “Mrs. Burke” who was my home room grade 9 and Math teacher. I will always remember her dignity and the support she gave her students. May you focus on the lovely memories you have had with her as they will bring comfort in the times ahead.
Wendy Dowling - Roy
To the family, my deepest sympathy to you all. Truly my favorite homeroom and math teacher, EVER! Rest In Peace dear lady.
Annette and the Burke family
I am very sorry for your loss. I didn’t know your mom but I know her daughter and she is a great person and full life . my deepest sympathies with you and yours and this sad time
Faith, Tim, Matthew and Danielle Penny
To: Sean, Cheryl, Mitchell , Kelcie and Family,
Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your Mom and Grandmother. She sounded like a wonderful lady. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time. May she Rest In Peace.
Keith and families, so very sorry to hear of Vivs passing. We know she is in a happier place.She was a wonderful person ,and everyone will miss the person that she was.Love to all of you.
Sincerely. Lin Lucier
Brittany W. Verge
To the Wyers, Hazeldines, and Burkes,
I’m very sorry for your loss. Vivian was such a wonderful and unique person, who I know you all loved very much. You’re in our thoughts.
Brittany and Matthew
Manson and Nancy Whute
Keith & Family:
Our thoughts and Prayers are with you and yours during this difficult time.
Manson & Nancy
Annette, Keith and Families:
Sending my deepest sympathy at this most difficult and sad time. May God Bless.
Lorraine and Bob Quinn
Dear Keith: Bob and I wish to extend to you and your family our sincere condolences. It is indeed wonderful to see the esteem with which Vivian was held by her students, colleagues, and friends.
Keith, Annette, Sean and Family,
Our deepest condolences to all of you at this most difficult time. We are so very sorry to hear about Vivian. We will always cherish the times we spent growing up on the lake. I will also always remember what a supportive and dedicated friend she was to all of my parents along with being an innovator and inspiration as my teacher for one year at LRHS. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. xo
Lesli Chandler and Family
Janet (Fownes) Webster
My deepest sympathy to all of Vivian’s family. Vivy, as my mom,Vivian, used to call her, will certainly be missed. I have fond memories of her kindness and generosity.
Condolences from Oscar and I. Anything we can do please let us know.
Gerald Keddy, MP
To the family,
Please accept my deepest sympathy. May you have comfort in your hour of need.
Keith, Sean and Annette.
My deepest sympathies to all the family. She was a wonderful colleague and friend. She had such a joie de vivre. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Edith (Garland) Morrison
I was sorry to read in the Cape Breton Post this morning of Vivian’s passing, We were old school chums in Baddeck until the time came we all went our separate ways. I’ve often thought of her over the years, wondering how my dear old friend was. Our families were close at one time; Her mother even planned my wedding shower and I attended her first wedding. Vivian was all that was said and more, including a great friend. God Bless and may she be at peace with the Lord.
My sincerest condolences and sympathies to all her family,
Kevin and Debbie Page
Annette, Sean, Keith and family, our Thoughts and Prayers are with you.
Kevin and Debbie Page
Elise (Collings) Leung
My deepest condolences for your loss. I remember Mrs. Burke with deep affection and will never forget her kind and gentle manner. She was a wonderful teacher and person.
I am sadden to hear of Vivian’s passing. I will remember the fun we had in Goose Bay in our youth and the great get togethers we had with you both in our retirement years.
Special people leave behind love,memories and people who wish they hadn’t gone.
David & Judy Whynott of mersey point
To Keith and all the family, We are sorry to hear of your loss and send or regrets at this sad time.
Cindy MacPherson (Cunningham)
To Vivian ‘s family she was my math teacher back in high school, she was one of best. She was a wonderful lady, may she rest in peace. So sorry for your loss.
Annette,Keith and family,
Our thoughts are with you at this time. She was a wonderful lady who will be greatly missed.
Christine and Kyle
I was so saddened to learn of Vivian’s death. The collection of photos is lovely! So many memories captured there – in addition to all your others – what a great tribute to a woman who touched the lives of so many.
You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
I knew Vivian through the school system at the Math teacher who taught my girls (Mossman). Vivian was an amazing woman with many talents. She will be missed. Take Care of yourselves & GOD Bless. My thoughts prayers are with you all. Linda
Cameron and Carrie Winters
Annette, Sean, Keith and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Vivian was an incredible lady who will be remembered fondly by many as “Mrs. Burke” and will definitely be sorely missed by all who were privileged to have known her. Even in more recent years I’ll admit I personally found it a little difficult to just call her Vivian…to me it just didn’t feel quite right. We hope that you can take solace in knowing that her legacy will live on in all who knew her as “Mrs. Burke”, all who were shaped by her firm, fair, yet infinitely caring style and all who carry her memory with us everyday and are ever thankful for the wonderful influence she had on us.
Cam and Carrie Winters
Lin and Greg Conrad
Keith & Family
Our deepest sympathy at this sad time.
Lin & Greg Conrad
My deepest sympathy to all at this very sad and difficult time in your lives. May memories comfort you.
Jack and Aileen MacKillop
Keith,Sean,Annette, Calvin and famly.s. Please accept our condolences . Vivian was a very special person,and will be missed by all who knew her.
Duncan & Goretti Mac isaac
Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one. Liverpool is much richer for having been given the privilege of sharing in the life of this beautiful, determined, talented lady. You will be missed Vivian but never forgotten. The goodness and love of life that you instilled in your family and those lucky enough to be called your friend, will live on in the days to come.
Dunc and Goretti.
Darrell and Connie Hannam
Keith and family, we were saddened to hear of Vivian’s passing and
will keep your family in our prayers.
Pat & Doug Lohnes
Keith and Family
Please accept our sincere sympathy at this sad time.
Pat & Doug Lohnes
Paul & Madeline Harvey
Keith and family
So sorry for your loss. Viv was that person who, for so many,” just fit” into their lives. She will be remembered with love by all
I would like to extend my sincere sympathy to the family of Vivian Wyer. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
With sincerest condolences,
Sterling Belliveau, MLA
Keith, Sean, Annette and families, and Calvin and family,
We are thinking of you folks, and send sincere condolences to you all.
Sean, Annette & Keith,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. We have fond memories of Aunt Viv and enjoyed her zest for life, humour and and contagious smile! May she rest in peace.
Colin Muise and family.
To the family of Mrs. Burke, I am so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful lady, wonderful math teacher and a great friend. She will me sadly missed. I remember how her students, including me, meant a lot to her. She gave me extra help when I needed it, never complained. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Take care of each other.
To the Family,
Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one. May you find comfort in the many memories that she has left with you.
Kim and Adam Masland
Lorne and Helen Ferguson
We are very sorry to learn of your loss. With deepest sympathy.
Annette, Sean, Keith and Families
So very sorry for your loss. Vivian was a great lady who by all her accomplishments lived a full life. Take comfort now in knowing that she is at peace. Cherish all the great memories as they are yours to keep. Thinking of you all with Sincere Sympathy.
Allister & Angie MacLeod
Sean, Annette, Keith, Calvin & family
We were sorry to learn about Vivian’s passing. Our thoughts are with you all during this difficult time. She was a great lady!
and Family, My sincere sympathy at this time. My thoughts. and prayers are with you at this time. Vivian was a great lady. Bernice [Goose Bay,1960-1962]
Roger and Valerie Wilcox
Keith and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of sorrow. Please accept our sincere sympathy.
Merv Bernadette Hartlen
Keith and Family so sorry to hear of Vivians passing, she was a very special
lady strong in her beliefs and devoted to her family. Our prayers are with you all
remember all the good times and take joy in all the memories.
Sean, Annette and Families:
Our deepest sympathy and blessings to you on the passing of your Mom and Aunt Viv!
Hughie and Family
Mereda & Ken Leek
We are saddened to hear of Vivian’s passing. Our memories go back over 50 years. First meeting as teachers
at Goose Bay, NL, travelling the Cabot Trail with them on our honeymoon, many pleasant visits at the lakes, Goose Bay reunions. Lisa / Mike’s wedding in Edmonton.
To all the family our sincere sympathy. Mereda & Ken, Saskatoon
Gale and Art Deveau
Keith and Family: Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Vivian. Thinking of you all at this sad time.
so sorry for your loss Keith..
Ray & Sandra McMahon
Our sincere condolences to Keith and his family.
Karen & Greg Pineo
Dear uncle Keith, the children and all of Vivian’s and family and friends.
We are sending you all much love and prayers this very sad day of losing your precious loved one. May you find peace and comfort in all the many loving memories that you shared over the years, god bless and love you all. Greg, Karen, Adriana, Erika and Olyvia xxoo
Annette, Sean, Keith and families,
So sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful lady, and an amazing teacher who will be fondly remembered by all who knew her.
Dear Keith and family. Oh my, I am embarrassed to say how little I knew of Vivian’s youth, it is so impressive.
The Wyer’s from Sault Ste Marie send our thoughts to you and Vivian’s family and wish in times like this we were closer to home.
Kevin, Lisa, Eric and Ben
Annette, Keith and family,
I was saddened to hear of Vivian’s passing. She was an exceptional lady. When I think of her, I think of a woman both dignified and elegant. She had an incredible life and I know that you will miss her everyday for the rest of your lives.
I lost Mom in January and I don’t care how old we get…losing a mom is something we don’t forget.
May your memories ease your grief and the company of family and friends comfort you in the times ahead.
My deepest sympathies.
Joy Stalvey Barefoot
Let me extend to Vivian’s family our deepest sympathy for the loss of a beautiful lady. Little can be said to ease your loss but do know that you are in the hearts of many who knew her and walked a few steps on her journey through this life.
May you be flooded with all the wonderful memories of your lives together.
FMC, class of 1958
Don & Pat Selig
Dear Keith & family
We offer our sincere condolences to you and your family
Take care & God Bless you
Tracey .chloe Maddie Doug and Joel
Thinking of you at this time of sorrow she’s gonna make people that have passed smile in heaven. Lots of love to you all.xo an angel
So sorry to here of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sending our condolences in this sad time. We all knew her from the time she taught at the high school. She was a great teacher and a fine lady! She accomplished a great deal during her life – something to be very proud of! She is at peace now from that terrible disease. Heaven has accepted an angel !
Annette, Sean, Keith et al,
My deepest sympathies are with you and your families.
Vivian was a great lover of life, and she passed that love on to her family and everyone who got to know her.
Cry not because they have gone, but smile because they were here!
Sheila and charles brannen
To the family of vivian burke . Vivian was such a great teacher . I will remember her always. Take care of each other during this sad time you are in my thoughts and prayers. Sheila cunningham. Brannen
A wonderful and accomplished lady, a friend over the past several years through Keith. The messages from family and friends at the service said it all. She will be missed by everyone who knew her. Sincere condolences to Keith, Sean, Annette and all of the families from Fred and Judy.
Kimberley and Dale Foley
I am sorry to discover that one of my favourite teachers has passed.”Mrs.Burke” made my transition into high school so much easier since she was my Grade 9 homeroom teacher as well as Math.She was an unofficial guidance counsellor in some ways because we could talk to her about anything.When I look back on school she is right there in my memories.My condolences on your loss.A mother’s love and friendship is a loss that cannot be healed completely but you will get to a place when it hurts a little less and your memories sustain you.Take care. Kimberley(Langley) Foley
Fran Mc Dermott
Keith and family,
I too am grieved at the passing of your dearly loved Viv. She was a wonderful, loving person and so full of talent.
She was loved by so many people; what a void it will be in all our lives. I am happy that I got to know Viv, if only for a few short years.
May God lighten your hearts and may you be lifted by all the wonderful memories and times that you have shared together with Viv.
God’s blessings to you all.
Fondly, Fran Mc Dermott
Mary Oates Burton
To the family of Vivian Morrison Burke Wyer
I met Vivian in the summer of 1953 when my family was staying at her home in Baddeck. My father was so impressed with her abilities in Scottish dancing and piping that he arranged for the scholarship to Flora McDonald College. I was in college elsewhere but saw her during the Thanksgiving break when she stayed with us in Fayetteville. We corresponded for a while after college but lost touch. I knew that she had married Joe and had a son, but lost contact later. I have been going through my mother’s papers and found a card from Vivian and thought I would look her up. I appreciated the lovely obituary for such a lovely person.
Mary Oates Burton