Tuesday, January 10, 2012
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.