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Mr. Albert Micheal McArdle

10 octobre 193526 octobre 2021
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It is with great sadness that we announce that Albert McArdle passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, October 26th, 2021 at the age of 86 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Loving Husband of the late Joan McArdle (nee Champagne). Caring Father to Randy Dobinson, Wendy Dobinson (Hal), and Andrew (Natalie) McArdle. Loving Grandfather of Matthew (Nicole) Dobinson, Courtney Dobinson and Nathan and Aaron McArdle. Proud Great-grandfather to Caitlin, Olivia, and Parker. Caring Uncle to James and Victoria Champagne. Survived by his sister Connie McArdle and Aunt Vera Evans. Predeceased by his 2 brothers in law Carl and William Champagne and sister-in-law Kathy. Born in Lachine, Quebec, Albert was extremely proud of his Lachine roots and the memories forged during his days at Lachine High School and as a scout and rover. Friendships made during his younger days have continued for over 70 years. Bert loved to reminisce about the numerous canoe trips, golf outings, and good times had with the “OLD BOYS”. He always looked forward to the monthly lunches with the “Five guys from Lachine”.

His passion for the scouting movement continued past his days as a scout and rover. Albert spent over 55 years as a volunteer with Scouts Canada as a leader and ambassador. For this, he was awarded the Silver Acorn and was further awarded the Bar to the Silver Acorn commemorating his special contributions to Scouts Canada. Albert was employed for over 35 years as a structural steel draftsman for Dominion Bridge in Lachine Quebec.

Albert was fiercely proud of his indigenous Mohawk heritage traced to his Mother Annie Montour from Kahnawake, Quebec. Known to many across Quebec and Ontario, Albert aka “CHIEF TOP LEAF” spent almost 60 years presenting to Scout Groups, Elementary schools, Community and church groups, water festivals and conservation parks. He would share his knowledge of the indigenous way of life 500 years ago and their respect for nature. A skilled storyteller, he could captivate audiences young and old as he told many Indigenous Legends. In 2012 he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Among his hobbies, he was a skilled woodworker and avid Nature lover.

Our family would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the nurses, staff, and personal support workers of the CLSC of Lasalle for their care and compassion during Dad’s last few weeks. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to le Nichoir in Hudson QC or St. Stephens Anglican church in Lachine QC.

A joint celebration of life for both Albert and Joan McArdle will be held Saturday, December 4th, 2021 at the Collins Clarke MacGillivray White Funeral Home, 222 Autoroute 20, Pointe-Claire, QC. Visitation from 1-2:30 PM with a service to follow from 2:30-3:30 PM. A reception with light refreshments will follow from 3:30-5 PM.

For those who are unable to attend in person, you will be able to view the service via live stream on Albert's obituary webpage under Scheduled Services. COVID restrictions (masks, social distancing) will be in place, with a max. of 50 in attendance at any time. If you wish to attend the reception following the celebration of life, please contact the family Collins Clarke to RSVP.

Services

4 décembre

Visitation

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Collins Clarke MacGillivray White

Patrimoine

222 Autoroute 20
Pointe-Claire, Quebec H9S 3X6

SERVICE LIVESTREAM
4 décembre

Celebration of Life

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Collins Clarke MacGillivray White

Chapel

222 Autoroute 20
Pointe-Claire, Quebec H9S 3X6

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Mr. Albert Micheal McArdle

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ENVOYEZ CONDOLEANCES
Rob Stimpson

24 novembre , 2021

Albert aka Top Leaf was a part of my early life as a nature interpreter at Crawford Lake Conservation Area outside of Milton, ON. He was a joy to be around. His knowledge of the natural world was brought to life through his presentations and first nation heritage. Albert's work with kids laid a foundation for many of them. He will be missed but not forgotten. Rest in peace Top Leaf.

John and Mary Pickup

24 novembre , 2021

Our deepest sympathy to all the family. We first met Bert, aka Chief Top Leaf when he visited the Cubs groups that our sons where a part of. The Cubs enjoyed his visits and talks so very much. Later Bert gave talks about Mother Nature and the animals at St Stephens Church in Lachine. We always enjoyed his talks , the information he gave about the animals and butterflies and even his canoe that he brought with him. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Yvonne Storm

19 novembre , 2021

Having just concluded this year's Durham Children's Watershed Festival this comes as sad news. Albert had been on my mind lately and I was wanting to give him a phone call. Albert was the highlight of our event for many many years and we always looked forward to spending time with him. He would stay the entire week at Camp Samac which gave us lots of opportunity to chat at the end of the days. Whenever I called him he always greeted me with a comment about there being a "storm" coming and he always asked about my family, particularly my stonemason husband. He also shared his pride of his own family with little stories about his wife and children.
He was in is 80's during the last years at our festival and worked tirelessly providing up to 4 presentations each day. He was the highlight of many water festivals across Ontario and on our last phone call when he told me he was retiring, he shared that he had calculated engaging 1,000,000 children at the festivals alone, nevermind all of the other outreach events and scout gatherings etc. that he participated in.
Chief Topleaf you will be missed and it was an honour and a privilege to have shared space and time with you 🧡

Cathy Grant

19 novembre , 2021

Sending my sincere condolences. I knew Albert through his work with the Durham Children’s watershed Festival in Oshawa ON. He was an inspiration

Gabriel & Laura Cesari

15 novembre , 2021

Our deepest sympathy is extended to the McArdle and Dobinson families on the loss of Albert. We knew Albert through Scouts Canada, and Lachine High School (through Joan). Two very special people. May they both rest in peace.

Dermot Campbell

9 novembre , 2021

1974 was our first summer in Canada, and through Scouts I and my late wife Helen had our first encounter with Chief Top Leaf, an encounter which we discussed with many others over the years, it being a wonderful memory. In his unique own unique gentle way, Bert guided us through the nature of Mont St-Hilaire including our first view of a humming bird - great excitement. That introduction to our flora and fauna created a lasting passion for the natural wealth we have in our Province. Much later, he even inspired me to plant the "Three Sisters" with some little success, but with great curiosity, a sense of which he imbued in many of all ages.

Thank you, Bert, for your mentoring and your humanity. My thoughts are with your family.

Lesley Orr

7 novembre , 2021

Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Albert McArdle. As Chief Top Leaf, he shared his wisdom in many places, and to children of all ages as well as adults, teaching about how indigenous people lived, and about Nature. One of the venues he made presentations at was Encore, Alexandria, where he was a very popular presenter. I was lucky enough once to hear him give a presentation there. He impressed me greatly with his deep knowledge of Nature, and his kind, loving personality. He has touched many lives and will be sadly missed. He was a good soul. May he rest in peace.

Roy Oldfield

6 novembre , 2021

My condolences to the family. I had the pleasure of working with Bert, Chief Top Leaf, as a Scouter for many years at Camp Jackson Dodds as well as training courses which we developed together for Scouters. Bert was a kind and giving person and a great teacher. I learned a lot from him.

Susan Latreille

6 novembre , 2021

My condolences to Albert's family and all who loved him.
I have very distant memories of Albert from when he lived in Lachine and was very good friends with my father Philip Barrett and all of the Barrett family. My more recent memories are of re-connecting with Albert, Chief Top Leaf, at his many presentations at Glengarry Encore Education Centre in Alexandria ON. The first time I attended one of his sessions he came up to me and said "I know you. You must be a Barrett", this was at least 50 years after I had last seen him at my parents' house.
Albert was a beautiful person - may he rest in peace.


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Gail McArdle

5 novembre , 2021

To Albert’s family,
My mother and I extend our sincere condolences for your loss of Albert. I (Gail McArdle), am distantly related to Albert from my grandfather, Thomas McArdle’s, side of the family.
Although I only had the opportunity to meet Albert a few times, it was very obvious that Albert was a gentle and kind soul.
My father, Tom (Tuck) McArdle, also thought very highly of Albert and he had the utmost respect for him. In fact, the last time I saw Albert was at my father’s funeral and Albert shared stories of his memories of my dad which was so very comforting and appreciated.
May you find comfort and joy in the wonderful memories of this caring and loving person.
Sincerely,
Gail and Norma (my mother) McArdle

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