MCKAY, Stanley James
Mar 30, 1923 – May 5, 2012
Stan’s journey with us ended at St Joseph’s Hospital in Comox on Saturday after showing his incredible strength at trying to overcome a sudden illness.
He was predeceased by his parents, Jim & Bess McKay, his first wife, Sadie, his son Gordie and his siblings Doris, Sid, Dave and Ted.
He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Carol, his children: Brian McKay, Joan Whittaker (Charles), Gizi McLeod, Audrey McKay (Bruce) and Karen MacGregor (Kevin); his grandchildren: Steve, Angie, Michelle, Trevor, Shawna-Gidgit, Terry, Shelly, Frank, Nadine, Kim, Meghan, Jesse, Sandra & Ian; as well as 11 great-grandchildren (and one more on the way!). He is also survived by his two lovely aunts, Marg Jensen and Myrt McKay.
He was the eldest son of Jim and Bess McKay and was born on the McKay Ranch in Union Bay, living most of his life in “The Bay”. He also lived in Cumberland (1948-1964) and Gold River (1975-1988).
He was a veteran of WW II (army) and served Canada overseas (Holland). After the war, he worked in the logging industry for most of his life and finished his working career in the Gold River Pulp Mill. His retirement was spent enjoying some of his passions: his garden, his family, fishing, cinch, crib, clam digging, oyster picking, and just plain being there for anyone that needed him!
His wife and children would like to thank Dr. McLaughlin, and the dedicated nurses and doctors at St Joseph’s Hospital (ER and 3rd floor) as well as the specialized CCU staff at the Royal Jubilee in Victoria. During the last two weeks, their gentle touch and their specialized care were much appreciated.
Service to be held at the Union Bay Community Hall at 1pm, Sat, May 12th, 2012. Donations may be made to the Union Bay Community Hall in his honor.