Mac was the youngest of 8 children, born to David and Coral in Ridgedale, Saskatchewan on April 27, 1928. In February 1944 when he was 16 he travelled west to BC with his dad in search of work and they landed in Mesachie Lake where he started work in the logging industry. This is where he met and married Nancy Pickard on March 17, 1950 and within a year they started their family of 5 children. After many moves on the island, Mac and Nancy moved to Port McNeill in 1970 and settled on the North Island. He loved it here.
Mac leaves behind Nancy, his wife of over 65 years, his children Chris (Gordon) Patterson of Port Hardy; Harry (Carole) of Nanaimo; Vickie (Henry) Pejril of Kamloops; Dale (Janet) of Port Hardy; Donna (Ken) Kollman of Port McNeill; 13 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, sister Marguerite and his brothers in the Masonic Lodge of which he was a member for 61 years.
Mac is predeceased by his grandson Brian, sisters Vera, Lillian, Eva, Myrle and brothers Jack and Harry.
A Celebration of Life will be held on December 12, 2015, 2:00 pm at the Port Hardy Civic Centre, 7450 Columbia Street.
The family would like to thank everyone for their heartfelt messages of sympathy and condolences. A HUGE thank you to the doctors, nurses, RCA’s and all the staff at the Port Hardy Hospital for the incredible care and compassion given to Dad and his family during the stay and to the Home and Community Care staff who allowed him to stay at home as long as possible. Also a big thank you to the two “Buds” for your many home and hospital visits.
Donations in Mac’s memory can be made to the Port Hardy Women’s Hospital Auxiliary, P.O. Box 2424, Port Hardy, BC, V0N 2P0.