Yogi Muise, cornerstone member of Cape Breton’s Men of the Deeps, has died

Yogi Muise, a longtime member of Cape Breton’s Men of the Deeps, has died.

He carried out with the choir of former coal miners for over 50 years.

Muise, who was 85, is being remembered for his love of music in addition to being a giant, mild man who beloved to hearken to people’s tales.

Stephen Muise, his son and the musical director of the Men of the Deeps, mentioned his father was “a great man.”

“If you had a story to tell, he would sit and listen, a song to sing, he would sit and listen to you,” mentioned Stephen Muise.

Yogi Muise had no scarcity of his personal tales to inform. His son mentioned when the choir would get collectively after reveals, his father and Jim (Big) MacLellan would entertain the group for hours.

“He had no trouble commanding a room,” mentioned Stephen Muise. “If there were stories to be told, Yogi would not fall short.”

Yogi Muise labored as a coal miner in his youthful years beginning when he was a young person, however he did not keep within the career perpetually.

He was additionally a instructor within the New Waterford space of Cape Breton for over 30 years.

Jenn Sheppard, his daughter-in-law, first met him when he taught her science in Grade 9.

Yogi Muise as a younger man. (Submitted by Jenn Sheppard)

She mentioned her first impression was that he was a bear of a man and had a manner of drawing you in.

“Anybody you talk to will say, ‘He gave me a bear hug and changed my life’ or, ‘He sat and listened to me and he gave me a piece of advice,'” mentioned Sheppard.

“He was just like a dad to pretty much everybody he met.”

He was additionally a well known volunteer that sat on many committees together with Glace Bay’s Miners Museum.

Sheppard mentioned earlier than he left the miners museum board, he made certain he had alternative and that the place was in good fingers.

Yogi Muise is pictured with Cape Breton singer Rita MacNeil. The Men of the Deeps had been well-known for his or her efficiency of MacNeil’s track ‘Working Man.’ (Submitted by Jenn Sheppard)

Mary Pat Mombourquette, govt director of the miners museum, mentioned she remembers when the Men of the Deeps went to Kosovo and Muise wrote every little thing down to inform people about it when he acquired again residence.

“He was just such a thoughtful, kind person to do that, like go out and have these remarkable experiences and then come back and share them,” mentioned Mombourquette.

He spent a few years because the enterprise supervisor for the Men of the Deeps, making all the preparations when they travelled the world.

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