Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Bill MacKinnon

My brother-in-law Bill MacKinnon left us yesterday, January 9, 2012. While he was here and before he left he made sure of a few things.

He raised with my sister Marg two beautiful daughters: Carla and Mary and one son: Doug.

He showed a granddaughter Jamie and grandson Billy what it was to be loved so unconditionally that he became their best friend. He could have been hardly have been prouder to welcome his great granddaughter Savannah into his life.

He taught them all how to ride, how to drive, how to treat people with respect and how to get the most of every moment.

He rode high into the mountains of Jasper National Park and Willmore Wilderness, and had memorized every horse's name, wrecks he had, trails he rode, peaks he saw and every great spot he camped. He was also known to tie knots in small saplings at the tree line, or so it is rumored. If you find one I would love a picture.

He was the original maker of "witches brew", aka pancakes which were always served with peanut butter and jam. This was washed down with generous cups of black coffee.

There are countless stories of his compassion, fortitude, resourcefulness and generosity that will be told at his memorial service on February 18.

He was so special and such a good friend to me. He is riding with the angels now and I already miss him terribly.


  1. So sorry to hear of your loss Kathy. He sounds like a fabulous man. Your family was lucky to have him.

  2. What a beautiful and moving tribute Kathy

  3. I'm sorry for your loss he sounded like a great man!

  4. What a wonderfull legacy to leave behind, his memory will live on forever through the lives he touched. He will be missed, heaven has recieved another angel to watch over us. My deepest sympathies to the family. Praying for comfort during this difficult time.

  5. So sorry to hear of your loss - he sounds like he was a very amazing and inspiring person.

  6. So sorry to hear of your family`s lose. He will be in those special places, riding his favourite horses. Very good of him to share the joy of horse riding and driving with so many.