Dawn Elaine Sperry

Passed 05/30/2021


Obituary For Dawn Elaine Sperry

With a heavy heart and profound sadness we announce the passing of Dawn Elaine Sperry, 86 HRM - Nova Scotia who passed away peacefully at the Dartmouth General Hospital on Sunday, May 30, 2021. Born in Buckfield, NS Dawn was the daughter of the late Helen (McKay) Wile and the late W Laurie Wile who was a prominent leader and builder in the South Shore community.

Dawn was a loving, nurturing mother and wife to her immediate family and to all who had the pleasure to know her. She was a kind hearted soul, often smiling and loved having her family and friends spend time at the family home and at the cottage (Beavertail Basin - Molega Lake). She had many great memories of having good times and offers this legacy of the family lands to her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed cherished times with her granddaughters at the cottage and especially engaging in a game of cards with her granddaughter Alessandra and doing cross word puzzles together as she was an avid lover of word puzzles and in particular the Friday Lexicon. Dawn was genuine, authentic and embraced her life with joy and showed much positivity often seeing “the glass as half full”. This was a testament to her courageous battle with her progressive illness. Dawn was like a cat with nine lives as she often bounced back with much resiliency. Sadly this time she was called upon by the Lord to offer her peace and tranquility. Speaking of cats, she loved Coco, and her family pet dogs Nikki, Nikita and lastly Bailey. Dawn would often enjoy a clementine as her night snack and would share the clementine with her beloved pet Bailey! We are quite certain Bailey is giving her kisses in heaven. Dawn embraced the natural world, and enjoyed gardening and the sweet aroma of her lilac tree, dahlias and her majestic chestnut tree in the front yard. She enjoyed travel and her special times to Florida with her husband and close friends to become snow birds upon her retirement. All were amazed how she embraced technology such as using her iPad, and Facebook as she valued connecting with family and friends across the globe especially her cottage friends Ursula and Fritz who reside in Germany. Dawn held a strong work ethic and although she had a rewarding career in the bank and retail industry she always put her family and friends first.

She is survived by her loving husband Percy, beloved son Laurie Scott (Maria), daughters Elizabeth (Harry), Michelle (Byron), and her cherished granddaughters Chantel Goulet and Alessandra Nadalini.

Dawn was predeceased by her eight brothers who held a special place in her heart -
Wilfred, Teddy, Glenn, Graham, Paige, Merrill, Donald, and Kendall. She is survived by sisters-in-law, Mary Wile and Shirley Ross, nieces, nephews, cousins, close friends and many thanks to Joe and Margaret Patterson and niece Krista, Ian and family for their on-going support.

A special thank you to the staff at the 4-West Cardiac Unit and a very compassionate physician Dr. Tyler Mercer who often oversaw Dawn’s care with her courageous battle.

She will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege to know her. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dartmouth General Hospital, SPCA or please pay it forward to someone who needs a new pair of shoes or a hearty meal as this is what Dawn would want. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

In accordance to the Nova Scotia Health protocols of Covid-19, it will be a closed service for the immediate family only at a later date. Dawn will be brought home to her resting place on the South Shore where there will be a celebration of her life in the Chelsea United Baptist Church following a burial service at the Chelsea Maple Grove Cemetary.

In celebration of Dawn’s life we leave all she loved behind with this special gift from her family with the reading of Footprints in the Sand:

One night I had a dream. I was walking
along the beach with the Lord and across the skies flashed scenes from my life. In each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand. One was mine and one was the Lord’s. When the last scene of my life appeared before me I looked back at the footprints in the sand and to my surprise I noticed that at many times along the path of my life there was only one set of footprints. And I asked the Lord about it. Lord, You said that once I decided to follow You, you would walk with me all the way. But I noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life there’s only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why You left my side when I needed You the most. The Lord said “My precious child I never left you during your time of trial when you see only one set of footprints...I was carrying you”

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  • 10/30/2022

    sorry for your loss percy elizabeth laurie and michelle mom and dad loved your visits to our place with avis and neil lots of great memories!!

  • 10/30/2022

    percy elizabeth laurie and michelle so sorry for your loss !mom and dad loved your visits and going to your place lots of great memories!

  • 10/27/2021

    Very saddened upon learning of the passing of Dawn . My Sincere Condolences to my old friend Laurie and all of the Sperry family . Dawn was always very kind to me and always made me feel welcome .

  • 10/19/2021

    My deepest condolences to Percy, Laurie, Michelle, and Libby on the passing of dear Dawn. She and the rest of your family were a huge part of my young life with many great memories of our times together. She will be missed. Much love to you all, Shaula Corr

  • 06/29/2021

    I am very sorry to hear that Dawn has passed on. I have enjoyed visiting with her to do her and Percy's hair over the last couple of years. Rest easy Dawn. You will be missed.

  • 06/15/2021

    Deepest sympathy to Elizabeth and family in losing your mother and to Percy, your wife. I had the good fortune and privilege to talk to Dawn on many occasions over the last year and a half and we played Quiz Planet on Facebook. Our connection was the love we shared for my good friend Elizabeth and knowing she always had your back. She would call me if she couldn't reach you and l enjoyed our conversations. Even though l had not met her in person l could tell she was a very special person and it saddens me that l didnt get the opportunity to meet her in person due to her ongoing illness. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. - Judy Huskins

  • 06/14/2021

    Deepest sympathy to Percy and family. Dawn was a good friend. I (Carol) enjoyed working with Dawn at Eatons in Dartmouth.

  • 06/09/2021

    Appreciate the nice kind words about Mom. Good to hear from old childhood friends, friends and relatives. Our mother truly loved the people of Dartmouth especially the suburb of Port Wallace her adopted home when coming from the nice country side of Buckfield Queens County. She had built a wonderful life in the city but immensely enjoyed the old homestead and cottage also. She had a wonderful life and was a happy person. Rest in Peace Mom ( RIP ). You will be missed , but often thought of and not forgotten. Percy, Laurie, Michelle and Libbey

  • 06/08/2021

    I am saddened to learn about Dawn's passing She will always hold a special place in my heart and I feel fortunate and privileged to have been able to spend time with her in the past year I have so many cherished memories of times we spent together laughing loving and enjoying She was a kind caring and welcoming individual and my heavy heart goes out to all of you hugs libda goldwater

  • 06/07/2021

    Percy, Laurie,Michelle and Libby We are so sorry to hear about Dawn. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Paul & Dawn

  • 06/07/2021

    We are all so sorry to hear of Dawn's passing,and know how much she will be missed by each of you.I have many fond memories of Dawn at the cottage and of how welcoming she made us feel when we became part of the BeaverTail Basin community.Your lovely smile will be missed.Alice,Barry and family

  • 06/06/2021

    My sympathies on the loss of your mom. As a kid I remember spending many a afternoon hanging out in the "Rec room" and your moms kindness. Being your neighbor, I also didn't get away with anything as she kept a close eye on us boys from the hood and she seemed to know our every move. As an adult, she was a great comfort to us as our mom went through her difficult time, keeping a close eye on her as well. For that we are grateful.

  • 06/05/2021

    Percy, Michelle Libby and Laurie, I would like to offer my condolences to you passing of your Mother. Dawn was a wonderful thoughtful person always made you feel at home when you would visit. Good Bless

  • 06/04/2021

    Dear Percy,Elizabeth, Michelle and Laurie sorry to hear of Dawn's passing so fast. Margaret and I knew Dawn for years when coming over doing work inside the house and outside putting in flower gardens that she loved and making meals for her and Percy, baking sweets such as cookies and cheesecakes of her choice! Over the years we enjoyed helping dear Dawn and the rest of her family. She loved Percy and her family and even our dog Misty as it helped her grieve the loss of her beloved pet Bailey. Margaret and I considered her like a mother and she will be missed but now you are at home with the Lord and in peace. We will reunite someday and for now our memories are engraved in our heart. God loves you and we would like to pass on our condolences to the family and you are just like our family too ! Sincerely, Joe and Margaret Patterson

  • 06/04/2021

    Thinking of you during this difficult time. Ivy Getson

  • 06/04/2021

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family Percy.

  • 06/04/2021

    I will miss my adopted mother so much she always treated me like I was family always had a smile of welcoming I will always remember her and miss her Donna fortune

  • 06/04/2021

    Extending condolences to the Sperry family. I have memories of Dawn being a lovely school girlfriend of my late older sister Joan Ritcey in Bridgewater years ago. Sincerely, Anne Clattenburg, Port Williams

  • 06/03/2021

    Uncle Percy, Laurie, Michelle and Libby, so very sorry to learn of Aunt Dawn's passing. She always reached out every Christmas and we would have a chat about how we should all keep in touch and get together, so sorry we didn't get to do that. She was indeed a very kind and caring lady and hope your memories will keep you smiling when you feel sad. Thinking of all of you, niece Donna and son Mason.

  • 06/03/2021

    Condolences to the Families. I will cherish my memories of Dawn working at Eatons. She always had a smile on her face and always had time for a chat.

  • 06/03/2021

    Lidia, Anita and I offer our sincere sympathy on Dawn's passing. She was a lovely person and will be missed by her many friends and former co-workers. She is now at peace. Cousin Paul

  • 06/03/2021

    Percy....very sorry to learn of Dawn's recent passing.....condolences to the entire family.....Barb and Hugh Godfrey

  • 06/03/2021

    Percy and family, Sincere condolences on Dawn's passing. Many you find comfort in fond memories and in knowing that she is at peace. Charalyn Kriz, from the Leda Wile/ Harry Freeman clan

  • 06/03/2021

    Percy, Libby, Michelle and Laurie...sorry to hear of Dawn's passing. Sending condolences to you all from Anne and Sheila Smith (MacFarlane) 🙏💞

  • 06/03/2021

    So sorry to hear of Aunt Dawn's passing. She was such a gentle soul. Our thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. Graham Howard, Holly, and Lorin

  • 06/03/2021

    My sincere condolences to all you . Dawn often kept in touch to inquire about Mom and Michael and I always enjoyed her calls and conversations. Cherish all of your wonderful memories . Thinking of you during this difficult time . Janice McCully MacDonald

  • 06/02/2021

    Mr. Sperry Laurie Michelle and Elizabeth .So sad to hear of Dawn's passing. I have fond memories of your Mom. Our thoughts are with you guys

  • 06/02/2021

    A wonderful lady. Thoughtful and caring. She showed genuinely interested in you. Dawn was my mother's best friend and I know she missed her terribly when mom died. Maybe they are together again enjoying a chat over coffee. Dave and I are so sorry for your loss and send our deepest sympathy to you, Percy, Laurie, Michelle and Libby.

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