Literally an hour after my interview with Jenna MacNeil (“Main Streets Sydney”) aired on CBC in Cape Breton, I received this email:
Sent: Thu, 27 Jul 2006 5:22 PM
Subject: Sis Andrea MacVarish
Hi Robert: Just heard 1/2 of your interview on CBC radio and was wondering if the Sister Andrea MacVarish in your book was my Great Aunt. She was born in Glendale (Maple Brook) I think?? Her sister would be my Grandmother, Catherine, and she also had 2 other sisters, Sister Loretta Vincent and Sister Mary Rose, who were also nuns. If so she has nieces and nephews living in the Boston and Sydney areas. She lived to be over 100 yrs old.
I replied right back to George to tell him that indeed that is the same Sister Andrea MacVarish, who lived to be 103 and passed away gently on August 3, 2004.