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Richard Michael McNair

18 May, 194620 April, 2021

Sadly I have to report the passing of Richard, my husband of 51 years, on April 20, 2021, one month short of his 75th birthday. Though he has been in declining health for some time his passing was unexpected and instantaneous. He was born to Charles and Thisbe McNair in Victoria, BC on May 18, 1946, grew up in Ottawa from age 5 to age 19 where he excelled as a sea cadet. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy as an Able Seaman in 1965 in which he was affectionately known as ”Bubbles”. He much enjoyed his colleagues and much of the job, though not the scrubbing and polishing, and loved to tell stories about the characters he sailed with and the places they went. Many voyages took them to the Caribbean in winter while Nova Scotians at home were shovelings snow, and they often went to Europe. He was a naval weapons technician serving on six ships for over 18 years as well as spending a year with the military police, time teaching in fleet school and time in naval headquarters during his 35 years, 260 days of service, never moving from Halifax after basic training. As required he retired on his 55th birthday in 2001. He had by then reached the rank of Petty Officer 1st Class. Richard is survived by me, his Scottish wife, Alison, his younger brother Ian, and half sister Jane (Keith), as well as his sister-in -law, Joan, nephews Peter (Darcelle) and Ewan (Amee), their children, Angus, Asha, Alex and Max (our Great Ones), and nieces Isabelle and Elizabeth. He was predeceased by his parents, step-parents and parents-in-law. In retirement he loved being a member of the Royal United Services Institute of Nova Scotia for which he was their Chief Information Officer, and for which he edited “Dispatches”, a weekly on-line newsletter which went around the world. He was also a director in the Atlantic Canada Army Corps, he also much enjoyed being an active member of the Halifax Burns Club which celebrates Robert Burns the acclaimed Scottish poet who ended his life and buried in my home town, and over many years enjoyed belonging to local wine societies in which he served in various positions. In retirement we also much enjoyed cruising annually, which he found more comfortable and relaxing than “Grey Funnel Lines,” and also travelling annually to my home town, Dumfries in Scotland for five or so weeks annually. That’s where we shall be buried. For those who wish to make donations in his memory I suggest that donations to the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust (the Second World War corvette, HMCS Sackville) of which he was Life Time Member would be appropriate (PO BOX 99000. Stn. Forces, Halifax, NS, B3K 5X5), as would donations to any charity of your choice, particularly medical ones. May he Rest In Peace. Richard was appreciated by everyone he knew as a friendly, outgoing, enthusiastic and gregarious person. He will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by me and so many others.

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Kaye Cameron

11 May 2021

Dear Alison,

So sorry to hear about Richard, his death was unexpected. I remember how you & Richard enjoyed yourselves so much at wine dinners & tastings over the years. It was nice to see you both there.

My sincere condolences to you Alison & hope to see you at future events.

Kaye Cameron

Donald Mitchell

5 May 2021

Dear Alison:
Rachel and I were sad to learn of Richard's unexpected death. We have many happy memories of dinners and wine tastings with Richard and you at Australian Wine Society events.
Donald Mitchell
former President AWS

Tony Kelly

2 May 2021

My sincere condolences to Richard “Bubbles’” family. I will always remember his kindness and thoughtfulness especially during an era in the navy when supervisors were synonymous with yelling. Due to what many may consider my “questionable behaviour” during my younger years, he anointed me with the nickname Ned Kelly. I had to research the archives (no Google back then!!) to find out who he was referring to. Once I found out, all my questions were answered. I will miss our sharing of tales during the annual NWT bash. May he rest in eternal peace. Respectfully, CPO2 (Ret’d) Tony Kelly

Joan Malcolmsen

2 May 2021

Richard,
As your sister-in-law, I will miss your generous spirit, friendliness, enthusiasm and delight in your family, friends and neighbours.
Your cheerful company was always so welcome, both here in Toronto and in Halifax. I loved your enjoyment too, of our young people - nephews, nieces, great nephews and great niece - and how you found in them an endless source of fun and interest, chuckling at the latest story, and sharing it with gusto!
Thanks for being a warm, loved and important part of our family.
Joan

Michelle Paon

1 May 2021

Dear Alison,
I was so sorry to read that Richard had passed away. Although I had met him only a few times when I ran into you at social events, it was easy to see the affection, love, and respect that the two of you had for one another. I send my sincere condolences to you during this difficult time.

Michelle Paon

David C

1 May 2021

I only knew Richard a little more than a year ago, a short period but not so brief for Richard passing on so much help to me.

Richard, I will remember you forever, your genuine kindness to help others! Rest in peace!

- David

Dave Carson

30 April 2021

I sailed with "Bubbles" on HMCS Restigouche. It is a testament to his character that I recall his gentle and kind demeanor from fifty years ago. Sad to hear of his passing. My condolences to the McNair family.

Eric Whiteley

30 April 2021

Alison, I sailed and worked ashore with Richard, he was a pleasure to be around, only wish I could have seen him another time after I retired.My sincerest condolences to you.He certainly will be missed.Fair Winds and Following Seas Richard.

George Cormier

30 April 2021

I am so sad to hear of Richard's passing. We sailed together on HMCS Margaree. Richard was such a good man and a good shipmate. RIP my good friend.

Elaine Wright

30 April 2021

Dear Alison,

I am very sorry for your loss. I remember sharing some wonderful meals and stories with you and Richard at the dinners organized by the Society for American Wines.

Sincerely,

Elaine

FROM THE FAMILY