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Ian MacKellar

Ian MacKellar

Tuesday, December 4th, 1945 Saturday, March 7th, 2020

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Obituary for Ian Roberts MacKellar

Ian Roberts MacKellar - 4 December, 1945 - 7 March, 2020

Peacefully, at Centenary Hospital, Scarborough, following complications from a heart attack.
Son of the late William and Nellie MacKellar, of St. Lambert, QC. Beloved husband for 51 years to Meredith HowIe MacKellar, of Courtice. Proud, loving father of daughter Alison MacKellar, of Toronto, and son Peter MacKellar, of Courtice. Devoted Granddad to Baylan, Chayce, and Grayson MacKellar, of Courtice. Predeceased by brother Bill MacKellar. Lovingly remembered by sister in law Sherry MacKellar, and family; and sister in law and brother in law Shelagh and Jim Innes, and their family; and sister in law and brother in law Patty and Colin Howie.

Ian grew up in Toronto, and St. Lambert, QC, and graduated from Chambly County High School. Every month, when the CCHS newsletter came out, there was an article that again, made him remember his good childhood friends. In his youth Ian was a talented athlete, and was frustrated by injuries that made him give up many sports, except golf. His only hole in one was made while playing with son Peter at Royal Ashburn. He was passionate about hockey, golf, football, and track and field. He recently learned to be a fan of baseball and basketball, to share good times with his grandsons, The Boyz. He was a passionate fan over the years of Peter's and Alison 's sports, and of course, those of his grandsons.

"Sarge" proudly served in the RCMP, in New Brunswick, Ottawa, and Toronto, and then worked for CSIS in Toronto. Several years ago he attended his troop's 50th reunion in Regina, and loved reminiscing about "the old days".

Cremation will take place. A Celebration Of Life will take place in the spring at Royal Ashburn Golf Course on
Saturday April 25 from 2-4 pm. (995 Myrtle Rd W, Ashburn, ON)

The family would like to express our sincere thanks to all the health care professionals who gave Ian excellent care, including the Clarington paramedics, staff at Oshawa Lakeridge Health EOR, and the CCU and ICU staff at Centenary Hospital. And thanks too to Drs. G.Scott Burwell, B. Ho, and A. W. Steele, of Whitby, for their care in the last 15 years.

If desired, donations may be made to The Canadian Diabetes Association, or The Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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    Saturday, April 25th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Royal Ashburn Golf Club
    995 Myrtle Rd W.
    Ashburn, Ontario
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Thomas C. Randall

Meredith and family: I was saddened to learn about Ian's passing. You may recall that Ian came down to south-western Ontario a few years ago (maybe 10 years or more) to play golf with a few former CCHS types (I think Dave Erskine hosted a BBQ afterwards.)
I sent an email to a few of my old St. Lambert (CCHS) friends advising them about the loss of Ian. Andy Edwards (now living in Guelph) replied with the following, which I think you and your family would love to read:
Another of the good guys gone:• 3/29/2020 4:35 PM
Andrew Edwards
To Tom Randall Copy Tom Robb — Barry Elder — Ron Scott — Gary Clark — John & Carolyn (Skip) Bloxham — Stew Welcher —
That is sure not the kind of news that any of us need right now.
Ian and his family moved onto Rivermere - just a few doors down from where my family lived in the late 1950s. Ian and I became pretty good friends, initially through our ball hockey games that seemed to be played every day after school. He was an absolutely fabulous athlete and we shared a bunch of good times playing on the same teams.
In those days Alexandra Park was, by good luck, a power house in hockey and we won a lot of championships. As I was year older than Ian we did not play together every year, but I recall that when we did play together we won a lot. Ian and I often played on a line with Russ Witt. I can’t remember much of the rest of the team - but I do recall we had Kenny Evans (“Chevy”) who was terrific player and my brother Chuck. And despite the friendships we had, the cross-town rivalries were pretty fierce in those days and nothing was more fun than our teams from Alexandra Park beating up on Dulwich Park, (which had Caddy Mercer) and Southwark and Midtown - that usually had Ed Bates and Terry Mayhew. Ian was key part of all of those victories.
Ian did play for the Combines and he was just as good a football player as he was a hockey player. We played one year together and during that year Ian was the recipient of the longest touchdown pass I ever threw. I think we were on our 10 or 15 yard line and I called a play in which Ian ran a stop and go route. The defensive back bit when Ian stopped and I lofted the ball all of about 10 yards ( about my range of accuracy) and Ian did the rest - 85 yards or so to pay dirt. I copied Dave Erskine on this e-mail - I’m pretty sure Dave was on that team - it would have been 1961 - and maybe he remembers Ian racing away for that long TD.
And as good of athlete that Ian was, he was an even better teammate. RIP.
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Murray MILNE

Meredith, I am shocked and saddened to read of Ian's passing. As a troop mate he will be fondly remembered and missed. I, we, are trying to plan another reunion in 2021, and we will certainly miss his laughter and memories. I also know what you are experiencing and my most sincere condolences go to you and your family. I am the fortunate one who could call him a friend.

Murray MILNE (24783)
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Kathy Pow

Meredith and family, thinking of you at this difficult time and sending heartfelt condolences. Much love, Kathy Hale Pow
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