OBITUARY

Captain Brian A. McKay

4 June , 19676 January , 2019
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Captain Brian McKay - age 51, Lake Echo NS, passed away in the Palliative Care Unit of the VG Hospital, Halifax on 06 Jan 2019 with his loving wife and devoted USAR K9 team members by his side, after stoically enduring pancreatic cancer. Brian is survived by his ever-loving wife, Heather, and the true apple of his eye, his daughter Katie He is also survived by his parents Joseph & Sherrian McKay (Mineville); brothers Lawerence (Cindy) (Mineville) and Michael (Joy) (Eaglesham AB), and many loved and cherished nieces and nephews. Brian was a graduate of Eastern Shore District High School and the Halifax Vocational School (Electronics Technician Program). As a young man Brian joined the military reserve force and was a member of 723 Communications Squadron and served as a radio technician. His early working life included the positions of life raft repair tech, ocean sonobouy tech, data communications equipment tech, IT cable infrastructure installation and 911 operator. Brian served as a volunteer firefighter for 5 years before becoming a career firefighter in 2000. Brian served with dedication. He especially enjoyed his time serving with the USAR CAN-TF5 Halifax K9 team with his chocolate lab Abby. Brian was an avid outdoorsman from a young age enjoying interests including hiking, hunting, fishing, trapping, boating and SCUBA diving. He enjoyed serving with the Eastern Shore Ground Search and Rescue. Brian’s wife sends a huge thank you to all of the firefighters who supported him through his illness. The visits, phone calls, emails and texts and sitting with him during chemo treatments truly buoyed him up. The steady stream of visitors to his bedside in palliative care is appreciated beyond measure. Of worthy note is the commitment of his USAR CAN-TF5 Halifax K9 team members who had regular coffee shop visits between chemo treatments, and then stood vigil by his bedside during his final days through to the moment of his passing. The support Brian received was truly profound. Special thanks to Christian Ruel for the video legacy he created about Brian’s career. Visitation will be held on Sunday 13 January from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm in A. L. Mattatall Funeral Home, 217 Portland St., Dartmouth NS. Funeral service will be held on Monday 14 January at the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-Day Saints, 44 Cumberland Drive, Cole Harbour NS at 10:30 am. Online condolences may be viewed or sent to: www.mattatallfuneralhome.com

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, 13 January , 2019
  • Visitation Sunday, 13 January , 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, 14 January , 2019
REMEMBERING

Captain Brian A. McKay

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Jeffrey Johnston

14 January 2019

Katie,
Our deepest condolences to you and your entire Family on the passing of your Dad, Brian. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time and the days ahead. May God grant you strength. The pics. & Video were amazing.

Jeffrey & Helen Johnston
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Stephen Wellings

14 January 2019

Dear Heather and Katie,

Deepest condolences from my family to yours on the loss Brian - such a wonderful husband and father...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

- Stephen, Yolaine, and Arianna

William Powell

14 January 2019

Heather/Katie
Very saddened to hear of Brian's passing. He was a great person, always did what he could to help. Rest in Peace Brian.
_ Retired Chief Bill Powell

Janet MacLennan

13 January 2019

Dear Heather:
I just heard today about Brian's passing. I am so very very sorry for you and Katie. I just read the obituary and watched much of the tribute video. He was such a wonderful man and had so much support from his family, fellow fire fighters, and friends. Please know you and Katie are in my thoughts and prayers this day and in the coming days.

Mike Barclay

13 January 2019

Dear Heather,

My most sincere condolences on the loss of your dear husband, Brian. I hope that the the care and love of those around you will give you comfort and peace to help you get through the days ahead. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Mike Barclay

Darlene and Joel Christianson

13 January 2019

Heather and family.

This is such a sad time for all of you. After watching the tribute video I was so moved by a mixture of emotions,,,, tears of happiness for all the amazing life experiences Brian has had ,,,, and tears of sorrow for his too soon passing . May God bless you all with love and comfort during the coming days and may the many wonderful memories you have together keep you strong . Lots of hugs

Ron and Maureen Fifield

13 January 2019

Deeply sorry for your great loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time.

Pat Nowlin(Labrador)

12 January 2019

Our deepest condolences goes out to the entire Family.Thoughts are with you at this very sad time.
Also from Marg Labrador

Marshall Bevin

12 January 2019

My thoughts and condolences go out to the entire family who are enduring this very difficult time. I hope that Brian finds peace in the next phase of his journey.

- Marshall Bevin

Beth Searle-Edwards

12 January 2019

I worked at HRM Fire in the office and have nice memories of Brian bringing Abby in to see us. Brian was always a gentleman and he also had a good sense of humour. He was always a pleasure to have hanging out in our cubicle. My deepest sympathy to all his loved ones. Take care. Beth

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