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Fiche créée le : 2008-11-24
Chester Macrae CHINNECK
Père : CHINNECK
Décès le : 2008-11-24
Parution : 2008-11-25
Conjoint(e) : Shirley
Paru dans : Ottawa Citizen, ON

CHINNECK, Chester MacRae 1926-2008 Never was there a better husband and father than Mac Chinneck, a gentle man of wry wit who loved the rough and tumble of raising his three boys in the wilderness towns and big cities where his career as a mining engineer took the family. An international expert in iron processing and pelletizing plants, Mac's expertise took him across Canada and around the world, including major projects in India, Africa and Asia. It's the smaller private moments that give a life its singular character and so it is with Mac. He jumped off billboards for nickels as a kid growing up in the depression. He enlisted in the air force in WWII, leading to a lifelong interest in aviation. Mac was frequently sent in to end the boys' late night pillow fights, but would inevitably wind up an active participant. He barbequed in the garage because he didn't want an audience. He loved hockey, jazz and a good detective story. He took his boys to the library every Saturday without fail. He was once wrongly accused by a major newspaper in India of being an international uranium smuggler (much to his kids delight). He was an avid golfer and spent much of his retirement on the links with his brother, his sister and a close knit group of golfing buddies from Canmore. He could talk to anyone about anything and he treated everyone he met with kindness and respect. Most of all, he loved his wife, his sons and their families, and they loved him in return. Mac was never happier than when he was at home surrounded by family. Gracious to the end, he made us smile even as he lay dying. Even when he could no longer communicate with words, a gentle pat on Shirley's arm let her know that her tireless, gentle care meant everything to him. His life was an example that guides us still, and we miss him terribly. Born Edmonton 1926, he passed away at home in Canmore on November 24, 2008 from pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife Shirley, sons Jed (Cindy Hubert) of London ON, John (Linda Duxbury) of Ottawa, ON and Peter (Shelley Wilson) of Kanata, ON, five grandchildren (Mattison, Braedan, Annie, Griffin and Madeleine), sister Anne Watt of Edmonton, AB and brother Charlie (Doreen) of Calgary, AB and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Special thanks to Dr. Duggleby, Community Care Nurses and many friends and relatives who called and sent messages of love and encouragement. Instead of a funeral, there will be a private family celebration of Mac's life. Do something nice for someone today in Mac's memory - he would like that! Published in the Ottawa Citizen on 11/25/2008 Published in the Montreal Gazette on 11/26/2008

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