Douglas Franklin MacKay of Thorndale passed away from cancer in the arms of his loving wife at home on July 9th, 2022 in his 75th year.
Doug was the only child to his late parents, Frank (1998) and Elsie (Bradshaw) MacKay (2007) of St. Marys, ON.
Doug will be missed terribly by his best friend, constant companion and loving wife, Lois (Elliott) MacKay. He was the extremely proud father of Kylie (Ike Vanderweg) of Arva, and Craig (Amy Stevens) of Port Stanley. For the past seventeen years, his two grandchildren Caelan and Camden MacKay of Port Stanley brought him great joy and happiness. He proudly attended Camden’s hockey and ball games and watched with pride at Caelan’s drama and singing performances and art presentations.
Music was Doug’s passion, first as a trumpet player with the St. Marys Marching Band, where he met Lois. They have since marched in step together for over 56 years! He also played for a number of years with Andy Hoe’s Dance Orchestra. Later, he learned to play the bagpipes as a nod to his Scottish heritage.
Doug loved his career as an elementary school teacher and even after retirement he continued to teach for twelve more years. As a teacher, he was an active member and eventually president of the OPSTF. At the schools where Doug taught, he would integrate musicals into the curriculum and along with the music teachers, they produced many excellent musicals, which students enjoyed whether acting, singing or building props. For every Remembrance Day, Doug played the trumpet at his school’s Assembly.
At every school he taught, Doug coached numerous boys and girls sports teams. He also enjoyed coaching in community leagues including; St. Marys Minor Hockey, St. Marys Women’s Hockey, Wellburn Softball, Thorndale Minor Baseball, Thorndale Men’s Slo-Pitch (coaching and playing) and playing with St. Marys Men’s Slo-Pitch. Long-lasting friendships developed for Doug and Lois while he played with the West Nissouri Expos and their local coed team.
Doug had a real sense of adventure and he and Lois loved to travel. They spent a year teaching in Australia where their daughter was born. They travelled extensively from coast to coast in Canada, most of the states, Mexico, Costa Rica, most of South America, the Caribbean Islands (especially Cuba), and all the European Countries, including Russia.
Doug had a love of classic cars and spent decades with his friend and mentor KB Lindsay (2018) repairing, sanding and painting old cars. Doug’s most recent classics were his ’59 Cadillac, ’57 Pontiac (just like his 1st car) and ’49 Ford truck.
Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. Doug has requested that in lieu of flowers or charitable donations, you take your family on a special outing and raise a glass in his memory.
The family wish to say a big Thank You to the staff and nurses of HCCSS and the Saint Elizabeth Nursing Agency, and Dr. Foster of St. Marys Medical Clinic for their professional and supportive care so Doug could stay at home with family. Also, a heartfelt Thank You to friends and neighbours, especially Kirsten, Marc, Chris, Bonnie, Bob and Linda.