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Cyril "CJ" Joseph MacMullin

Passed 11/27/2022

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Obituary For Cyril "CJ" Joseph MacMullin

CJ (Cyril Joseph MacMullin)
1945-2022

With broken hearts, we are saddened to announce that CJ MacMullin passed away Nov.29, 2022, peacefully with family by his side after a 16-year battle with cancer at Hospice Halifax .

CJ spent most of his working life in the grocery industry, much of it in senior management with Nabisco Brands. He also worked with Canadian Canners, Kraft, and Tree of Life. He devoted much time to charities. His passion was with the Progress Club, where he joined the Halifax Club and eventually served as its president, holding many executive positions. His devotion to this national community-minded charity propelled him to serve as national president and in other executive positions. He was also chair of the foundation and foundation liaison of the national board of Special Olympics Canada. Because of these accomplishments, the Canadian Progress Club awarded him the prestigious honour of life membership and recognized him in its hall of fame.

His career and charity work touched many people, making him a special friend to countless people across Canada. Special mention to friends Michael and Joan Stone (Blackburn, England); Don and Maureen MacKinnon , Allan and Colleen Forward , Robert and Karen Mango and Doug Baker.

CJ lived life to the fullest. He was always generous with his time and very determined to do things his way. He dearly loved his family and friends and was at peace knowing his wife Arlene would be looked after.

He enjoyed golf and was a member of Ashburn Golf for many years. Last but certainly not least, he had a fondness for good Scotch with friends.

CJ is survived by his wife of 54 years, Arlene (née MacLeod), and daughter Jaye, whose love was never-ending. Brothers Starr (Agnes) in Halifax, Shawn (Brenda) in Glace Bay, and sister Annadeane (Ron Kerr) in Killaloe, Ont. Nephews: Marc MacMullin(Dale), Matthew MacMullin (Kerrianne), Allan Kerr(Samantha), Andrew Kerr(Stacie), and John Kerr (Kate).
Predeceased by parents, the late Roderick (Doddie) and Anna Deane (née MacLeod). Parents-in-law, William and Dorothy MacLeod. Numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins.

At CJ’s request, cremation has taken place, and there will be no visitation. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

We would like to thank Palliative Care Halifax, especially Monica and the staff at Hospice Halifax , where CJ often expressed how lucky he felt to stay in their care.

Donations would be greatly appreciated to Hospice Halifax ( Hospice Halifax – Providing the Best End-of-Life Care Possible) , which provided CJ with such care and compassion, or the Canadian Progress Club ( Canadian Progress Charitable Foundation – Canadian Progress Club). To make a donation please visit the websites.

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  • 12/26/2022

    Arlene and Jaye, I am sadden to see that CJ has passed away. I had the pleasure of working with CJ at Canadian Canners. He was a terrific guy and I will never forget him. We worked hard but always took time to have a few laughs. Although it was the early eighties since we last worked together, CJ always sent my husband and I a Christmas card. And, we enjoyed the occasional emails he would send. We knew of his health challenges and, when a Christmas card didn't come this year, I worried that he had passed. So very sad to see CJ is no longer with us. Marilyn Micucci

  • 12/12/2022

    Deepest sympathies to you Arlene and family. CJ was an icon in the Canadian Progress world and his legacy will live on. Thoughts and prayers with you all at this most difficult time. Tanya Matthews Canadian Progress Club Halifax Citadel

  • 12/08/2022

    MacMullin Family, My sincere heartfelt condolences. James Maxim Calgary Progress Bow River Club

  • 12/08/2022

    CJ always personified Progress in my life. He was one of the few members way back in my early days that encouraged me to go beyond my club perimeters. After 4 years of following in your footsteps as chair of CPCF I hope I did you proud.

  • 12/07/2022

    We were fortunate to enjoy CJs company many times in Calgary as well at his home in Halifax, he was sincerely a great person thru and thru, from his commitment to Progress to his dedication to assisting others. You will be missed. Our thoughts and sympathy is with you Arlene and Jane.

  • 12/07/2022

    MacMullin Family, my condolences on CJ's passing. I am personally grateful for the many times he would smile and extend his hand in genuine fellowship. I appreciated his generous soul and longstanding leadership to charitable causes. He valued friendship and reminded us that people can make a difference. Rest in Peace. Chris Yonke

  • 12/06/2022

    Dearest Arlene and Jaye My sincerest condolences on the passing of CJ. He was a true friend and wonderful mentor. He epitomized what being a Progressian meant to me and I know many others. I have many fond memories of his shenanigans as well as his good deeds. May he rest in peace in the arms of our Saviour and may your memories sustain you until you see him again. Love Janey

  • 12/06/2022

    MacMullin Family, It is with a heavy heart that I extend my sincere condolences on the passing of my friend and Progress Brother CJ MacMullin. CJ brought so much joy, dedication, leadership and love to those that worked with and spent time him. I'm honoured to have know and shared so much of my Progress and personal life with CJ. I will miss so much and will never forget all the wonderful time I spent with him and the MacMullin Family.. Your in Progress Douglas J Baker l

  • 12/06/2022

    Very sorry to hear of CJ's passing Arlene. He certainly lived a full life and always showed great kindness whenever I was in his presence! Dan Macinnis

  • 12/06/2022

    Our sincere condolences to the entire MacMullin family on the passing of CJ. Wishing you all peace, comfort, and lots of love at this time. May he rest in peace now. With love from CPC Greater Moncton Women

  • 12/06/2022

    Probably the fondest memories are of Moncton NB and the parties that were so much fun CJ would resume them the next night, and on one occasion even the third. CJ's 'larger than life' self filled Donna's and my life for many joyous years. The world has a lost a force.

  • 12/05/2022

    Sending love and prayers at this difficult time. CJ was always warm and kind and left me with a smile on my face every time we met. He was truly one-of-a kind and will be missed. Alex Wilson

  • 12/05/2022

    I didn't know you but if you were anything like your Daughter Jaye, you must have been an amazing person. Please know that she has a clan of crazy women around her that will love her, protect her and take care of her. Thank you for raising such an amazing woman that I can call a loyal friend and warrior ❤️

  • 12/05/2022

    Arlene, Jaye and the MacMullin Clan, Pat and I were so sorry to hear of CJ's passing - there was not a better friend in this world. Whether it was organizing an event or just getting together for drinks on a Friday evening at the Duck - CJ was always there, arms open and a big smile for all. It was CJ who welcomed a newly hired Brand Manager (me) into Canadian Canners in January 1980 and it was the same CJ who welcomed us with open arms when we made our move to Halifax in 1995. In both cases, life was easier because CJ was there to help. Our condolences and love for all. Pat & Murray Souter

  • 12/04/2022

    Arlene and Jaye. I was deeply saddened to hear of CJ's passing. He was always a mentor of mine having started my career working under his leadership at Canadian Canners and then Nabisco. I have great memories of team meetings and Saturday morning golf games at Oakfield. I know you will celebrate his life in style as that's how he would have wanted it. My condolences.

  • 12/04/2022

    Arlene and Family: It is with sadness sadness to learn of your husband's passing.From reading his memorial he was a wonderful man who gave generously of himself. God Bless , Raylene ( Cochrane) MacEachern Cgy Formerly from Beacon St

  • 12/04/2022

    Starr & Gus, I am so sorry to hear of CJ's passing. I have warm memories of CJ from ski trips and his laugh. Thinking of you all during this difficult time. Sincerely, Ashley Kenny (Killeen)

  • 12/04/2022

    Dear Arlene, Starr and Family, Our deepest sympathy. CJ was a very special person and we have so many fond memories of times we shared with you and CJ in Progress. Progress was very important to CJ and he did so much for the club both locally and nationally. He was a very generous person, and will always be remembered. He will be missed. Don & Lorraine Heffler

  • 12/04/2022

    Arlene and family....allow me to offer our condolences at the loss of a wonderful man. Since our time together ended, I thought of CJ often and cherish so many special memories. He was a genuine, caring man who impacted, in a positive sense, so many. He will be missed.....RIP CJ 🙏

  • 12/03/2022

    Our sincere condolences to Arlene, Jaye and the entire MacMullin family on this sad occasion. CJ was one of a kind. A better boss, friend and man did not exist. May he rest in peace. All who knew him will miss him. Sincerely Milt and JoAnne Dobson.

  • 12/03/2022

    Dearest Arlene, my deepest sympathies at this difficult time. We shared so many great moments together, via Progress and The Old Triangle, so I know our dear friends will be a great comfort to you at this trying time. All my love, Bruce

  • 12/03/2022

    Arlene & Family; condolences on CJ's passing. His legacy will live on for his many contributions to Progress! Thinking of you all at this difficult time.

  • 12/03/2022

    Starr and family, Valerie and I want to express our sincerest sympathy to you for the loss of your very dear brother CJ. Although we did not know him long we do have to say it was a great pleasure having the time we did around him. He was always a good person to be around making me and others feel like we were friends for many years, he was a great man, RIP CJ., you will be missed.

  • 12/03/2022

    To Mrs. MacMullin and The MacMullin family. Please accept my deepest sympathy and sincere condolences on CJ's passing. He was a good man and I always enjoyed a rollicking round of golf with him , and his usuals , Allen, Don and co., a few years ago, usually at Old Ashburn early on Sat n Sunday mornings rain or shine. Good laughs great company and some wild golf at times.LOL. May God Love CJ as much as you all did, and May the Lord Bless you all in your Hour of Sorrow. Tee 'er up CJ ! and I will say a prayer in your honour, as you are "Promoted to Glory" ! as they say in the Salvation Army. You are to be commended for all your great charity work, which I never knew about til this am. Well done thou good and faithful servant. Sincerely, G Franklyn Hiscock.

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