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Hainstock's Funeral Home & Crematorium

9810- 34Th Ave, Edmonton, AB

OBITUARY

Bill Mackay

15 November , 195326 November , 2019

William John Mackay, beloved husband of Karen Spackman of Edmonton, Alberta, passed away suddenly on November 26, 2019 at the age of 66 years.

He is survived by his wife Karen, brothers Tom (Darlene) Mackay, Al (Marilyn) Mackay, Richard Mackay, Bernie Mackay, sister Mary (Ray) Germaniuk, sisters-in-law Daphne (Kelly) Hayes, Dorothy Spackman, brothers-in-law Randy (Susi) Spackman, Tom (Sue) Spackman, Brian (Nadyne) Spackman, Kent (Donna) Spackman as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Dick and Nettie Mackay, and Karen’s parents, Fred and Rowena Spackman, as well as three sisters, Joey Martin, Margaret Mackay, Grace Birmingham and three brothers-in-law, Rick Spackman, Cliff Martin, and Dave Birmingham.

Bill was born November 15, 1953 to Richard Illingsworth Mackay and Janet Bryans Fox in Edmonton, Alberta. He was the youngest of nine children born into a Scottish family that lived in Cloverdale, a much-storied location where his sense of adventure began with a wide network of loved friends and relatives. His life was defined by his love for people and learning, his athletic prowess as a skier, his musical skills as a drummer, his artistic career, and his love of gardening.

He spent his entire life developing his musical, artistic, and athletic skills as well as his mind. He served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to Eastern Canada and the US. He studied Education for 4 years at the University of Alberta. He was a highly-skilled skier and ski-jumper, an editorial cartoonist with cartoons published around the world, as well as an artist with skills developed in every area. He was a musician with an intense love of drumming, and played and performed with many groups. He also played the saxophone and bass and liked to jam with his wife at home. He studied the breadth of what the world had to offer for knowledge, including Astronomy with his own telescope.

He had a sharp wit and liked to help correct others’ mistaken beliefs about the world, often interpreted as being opinionated, but it was out of a feisty competitive spirit developed as he grew up the youngest of a large Scottish family.

His later life included the cultivation of gardening skills and Community Gardens. He shared his love of gardening by donating the food he grew to friends, neighbors, and a local bread run for many years.

He had a kind heart, and a keen sense of how to help others and include the less fortunate or those with disabilities. He often did quiet good deeds to share his many blessings with others.

Please remember him with a song in your heart, and a desire to share your own gifts with the world.

The Celebration of Life service for Bill will be held at 11:00 AM on December 6, 2019 at Hainstock’s Funeral Home, 9810 – 34 Ave, Edmonton, AB. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Salvation Army.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Friday, 6 December , 2019

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Arielle Pedro

4 December 2019

Karen,
My heart goes out to you and your family in this time of sorrow.

David Hearn

4 December 2019

Sad to see you go Billy. It's sad to lose another brother from the "Hole". We grew apart but we were the family from Cloverdale now and forever.
God bless Billy.

Bob Chan

3 December 2019

My condolences for your loss.

Francois Begin

3 December 2019

Karen: my most heartfelt condolences on the loss of your husband. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Lorin LOW

2 December 2019

I grew up a few doors from Karen's family but she was a few months my senior and a grade ahead in school so I was just a kid. During our university years we got to get to know Bill and Karen as a young couple. I remember them as cool people who really cared for each other.
It's always sad to say good bye to those we love, so our hearts hurt with yours Karen.
Sending our condolences for your loss.

Bac & Anna Truong

2 December 2019

We have known Bill and Karen for the past twenty some years... We met at Millwoods Rec Center when our kids were toddlers. Years pass and we’d often see each other again at the Confederation pool, in the hot tub where we had many great conversations.
For the past few years, Bac often met Bill and Karen at Snow Valley Ski hill. When Bac mentioned to them that I need a pair of ski boots to learn how to ski, with no hesitation they offered me an extra pair of boots and skis that they have. They are very kind and very generous people.
Bill has so many talents but he was very humble and very modest.
We remember his warm smile and soft spoken voice which make us feel very comfortable.
We are so grateful to have the privilege of knowing Bill and Karen.
We were heartbroken when we received the sad news .
Our deepest condolences to you, Karen and family. He sure will be missed by many of us
Please take care Karen. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bac, Anna, Carolyn, Ashley, and Ben

Dylan Birmingham

1 December 2019

Uncle Bill....How do you compress a life into a paragraph. When I was young and my father passed away Bill really stepped up. He shared so many great stories and knowledge. He gave me a red rider BB gun that I literally shot everything with including the glass front of the microwave. He gave me my first sales job selling glowing fishing lures, drove me to numerous hockey practices ensuring I was never overcome by carbon monoxide poisoning (His ford van had an exhaust leak), Taught me magic tricks, Devil's advocacy (a skill that I still savor using daily) He had a great Freddy Mercury impression (He would push out his teeth and strike Freddy like poses) I will never forget him.

Bob & Judy Tomazewski

1 December 2019

Having grown up in Cloverdale only one block away from the Mackays, all of us were pretty close growing up. Billy was a little younger than me, but I remember him well as a very caring and generous soul even as a youngster. We saw him occasionally after he grew up and moved away, and he always had a kind word and shared a few stories from "the good old days" in the flats. We were very shocked to learn of Billy's passing, and want to pass on our condolences to his family. Hold your memories close, and they will help sustain you through this difficult time.

Kathy Schuler

1 December 2019

Ahhh seeing Billy’s face just makes me smile. We had wonderful conversations, he and I. Many many years ago he helped me through a tough time. A very kind soul.

Daphne & Kelly Hayes

30 November 2019

Sending all our love to Karen and to Bill's family. His loss will be felt for a long time. We will miss his mischeiveous smile and his hearty laugh. We are grateful that he gave so much love and care to my dear sister. May you all find comfort in the many memories of the good times with him as you mourn his loss. Gone too soon.

FROM THE FAMILY