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JOHN (JACK) CHRISTOPHER MCKINNON (published on September 07, 2011)



JOHN (JACK) CHRISTOPHER MCKINNON Passed away peacefully, on Sunday, September 4, 2011, at Tuxedo Villa in Winnipeg, with family at his side. Jack is survived by his loving wife of 58 years Margaret, son John (Leslie), grandchildren Anna Mae, Angus and Calum, son Chris, and daughter Catherine (Colleen). He was born February 18, 1922 to Christopher and Mae McKinnon in Kenora, Ontario and was predeceased by his older sister, Catherine. As a youth Jack excelled in academics and basketball, and worked summers as a surveyor's assistant in the woods across Northwestern Ontario. In 1944 he joined the Canadian Army as it advanced across Europe, working as a bombardier to a special rocket artillery unit where he was responsible for last minute wind corrections. At the end of the war, he enrolled for a time as a student at the Biarritz Army University. After the war, Dad moved to Winnipeg to study commerce at the University of Manitoba and then worked at The Minnesota and Ontario Paper Company in Minneapolis. Upon his return to Winnipeg he worked as an investment dealer for Mills Spence Co., and was later made a director of the company. A true entrepreneur, he left to form his own investment company, and was involved in developing property subdivisions around Lake of the Woods and north of Kenora. In the late 70s he purchased W.J. Christie Co. Ltd. and took pride in the success of the family business. Dad believed in the importance of community involvement, and was responsible for the fundraising campaign that built the Winnipeg headquarters of St. John Ambulance. He was made a Knight of the Order of St. John, and was Honorary Treasurer, Vice president and President of the Manitoba Council from 1961 to 1970. He was also a United Way volunteer, longtime member of the Rotary Club, and a lifetime member of the Manitoba Club where he formed many lasting friendships. In the early 1950s Dad met our mother Margaret and asked her to a golf club dance. She claims that she turned him down, but he evidently persisted. In 1953 they were married in Kamsack, SK by Mom's parish priest Father Delaire, for whom Dad had served as an altar boy in Kenora years earlier. Family life with Mom was the centre of Dad's world. He cherished summer sunsets at Lake of the Woods, impromptu road trips, and Sunday family dinners at our home on Cambridge Street. Over the years Dad was always able to provide sage advice to his children and help each of us find our way. He had a quick sense of humour, an easy laugh, and a charming personality. In later years he and Mom enjoyed travelling to Europe and spent winters in Florida and BC. The family would like to thank Dr. Raabe and the Cardiac Care surgery team at St. Boniface Hospital, doctors, staff and nurses of wards E4 and E6, and nurses and staff of Tuxedo Villa, who all showed compassion and care for our father. Please make a donation to the charity of your choice in lieu of flowers. Funeral mass to be held at St. Ignatius Parish, 255 Stafford Street, at 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 9, 2011. Horseman, pass by! W.B. Yeats


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