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A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home

217 Portland Street, Dartmouth, NS

OBITUARY

Major Allistair E. Haggart CD (Ret'd)

May 4, 1930June 18, 2020

Died June 18, 2020 at Oakwood Terrace, Dartmouth at the age of 90. Beloved father of Elizabeth and Melanie, and much loved uncle to many.

Allistair grew up in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, part of a large, extended family of Scottish heritage and with deep Pictou County roots.

At nineteen, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. After several years as a radio technician, he enrolled in the Reserve Officer Training Program and studied Electrical Engineering at the University of New Brunswick. He was commissioned in 1957 and posted to the RCAF station at Cold Lake, Alberta. There he met Wendy McKeand, a recently immigrated Scottish teacher. They married in Wetaskiwin in 1961 and had two daughters, Elizabeth and Melanie. Air Force postings took them to Ottawa, Ramstein, Germany (4th Allied Tactical Air Force), Trenton, Greenwood, Halifax, and Brunssum, The Netherlands (NATO AWACS Procurement & Management Agency). While in Europe, Al and Wendy travelled extensively.

Wanting a home base in a life that brought many changes, and already in love with Chance Harbour beach, Al and Wendy built a cottage there in 1971. Allistair constructed, plumbed, wired, fitted, and finished it himself. Decades of happy summers spent with friends and family followed, and many wonderful memories were created.

Allistair was a loving, gentle and patient father, and a gentleman to everyone around him. He loved children and had a soft spot for any kid selling chocolate bars or needing a sponsor for a walkathon or some other fundraiser.

Allistair developed his love of sailing and the sea as a child, mucking about in boats on the East River. He shared that love with Wendy and their girls, with many happy hours spent on their Signet-20 twin keel sailboat. Allistair raced dinghies, was a master of tactics and reading the wind, and taught his nephews to sail.

He had an extensive knowledge and could be counted on to know the answers to the obscure clues in a New York Times crossword puzzle or a final Jeopardy! question, whether cultural, literary, geographical, historical or scientific.

Allistair was a skilled woodworker and cabinet maker, building fine furniture and boats, and sharing that skill and knowledge with others. At Cold Lake, he organized a group to build a fleet of Windmill sailing dinghies, and in retirement built a 29-foot St. Pierre and Miquelon dory.

Allistair was a founding member of the Pictou County Amateur Radio Club when he was still a teenager. When he retired from the Canadian Forces, he resumed his ‘ham’ radio activities as a member of the Dartmouth Amateur Radio Club, building and operating radio gear and talking to people on ships and around the world by voice and in Morse code. With the arrival of the Internet, he enjoyed years of researching family history.

Serving on the Board of Managers and for a time as an Elder at Iona Presbyterian Church in Dartmouth, Allistair also helped with practical matters, bringing his knowledge of electronics to set up a sound system for the church, and contributing his woodworking skills where needed.

In their final years, Allistair and Wendy moved to Parkland at the Lakes and then to Oakwood Terrace, where Allistair became well-known for his love of dancing; a silver lining to a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, which has finally caught up to him.

Allistair is survived by his daughters Elizabeth, Dartmouth, and Melanie, Stewiacke; his sister in law Nesta (Bentley) Haggart, Moncton, NB; his sister- and brother-in-law Margaret (McKeand) and David Cunningham, Scotland; and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, and their families on both sides of the Atlantic. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family and was predeceased by his wife, Wendy (McKeand); his parents Robertson Stuart Haggart and Barbara Isabel Duff; his siblings and their spouses, Christine (Harold Cullen), Jean (Ivan Delong), Garfield (Aileen Dahr), Donalda (Lauchie Mitchell), Ian; Allistair’s twin Graeme; and several nieces and nephews.

Our thanks to the kind staff and volunteers, past and present, of Oakwood Terrace, who cared for and supported Allistair over the past seven years; to our dear friend Gisele Chouinard, who for years regularly visited Allistair at Oakwood when we could not be there; and to the Iona Presbyterian Church community, who continued to remember and visit him.

Burial will take place in a private service at Church Brook Cemetery, Little Harbour, led by the Reverend Dr. Cynthia Chenard. A celebration of life will follow at a later date at Iona Presbyterian Church in Dartmouth.

Donations may be made in his memory to Oakwood Terrace Recreation Department, Iona Presbyterian Church or the Salvation Army.

Services

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Major Allistair E. Haggart CD (Ret'd)

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Kathleen Naylor

July 2, 2020

Dear Elizabeth and Melanie:
I know that you have wonderful memories of your Dad. Cherish them and keep him in your heart. May he rest in peace. My sincere and heartfelt condolences to you.

Kathleen

Marg Myers

July 1, 2020

Elizabeth and Melanie; I was very saddened to see that your Dad had passed away at Oakwood. My Mom, Regina Myers, is a resident at Oakwood as well. She started off in Unit D and is now in Unit B. We had many chats with Allistair when he visited Mom's Unit when she first came to Oakwood (Unit D). We really enjoyed watching him dance with you both and also with Beverly from Recreation during Social functions. I asked one of you one time ; "Did your Dad always like to dance?". You said "no"; only since he had dementia. He was very blessed to have you both as it was obvious how devoted you were. I hope you were able to spend time with him in his final days. All the best; Regina Myers and Family.

Jessicah McNevin

June 29, 2020

Dear Elizabeth and Melanie,

I am so sorry for your loss. Your father, or Mr. Haggart as I knew him, was such a kind and caring man and I will miss him very much. I always loved hearing your Dad’s stories from his time in the Air Force and your travels as a family. I could tell he enjoyed music and loved to dance (something you both share). It’s funny, I have a memory of him always tapping his feet or clapping his hands on his knees, as if recalling a joyful song. I also remember a time at your parents first nursing home, when a woman was playing on a piano and he invited me to dance - it was evident how much joy dancing brought to his life and I am happy to hear he enjoyed it up until his passing. Your parents were like my adopted grandparents and I will forever cherish and be grateful for the Christmas’ we spent together.

Anne Totten

June 29, 2020

Dear Elizabeth and Melanie, I am so sorry to hear about your father. It was a privilege to know both of your parents My deepest condolences to you both.

Dorothy MacDonald

June 29, 2020

Hello Elizabeth & Melanie..Paul & I read your Father's beautiful
obituary.Meeting your Dad at Oakwood where we entertained,we knew he was a Gentleman who had a love for music & dancing. He wore a very kind face .
He came into the room with a happy smile knowing music was in the air & we missed his presence when he wasn't there.
I ( Dorothy ) met both of you ladies because Paul was busy playing piano & it was plain to see your Father had a Special Place in your heart.He was very much loved & cared for by you.
Our Sincere Sympathy is extended to both.. Elizabeth & Melanie
I'm sure you have wonderful memories...
Dorothy & Paul

Janet & John MacLennan

June 27, 2020

Dear Elizbeth & Melanie:

What a beautiful obituary for your father! Such an accomplished man with a gentle spirit and rhythm in his feet. I can still see him dancing when there was a music program. I wish we had known him before Alzheimers took his memory but it was still always special to see him and talk to him when we visited mom (Mary Vaughan) at Oakwood for three years. She would have been 100 this August. It has been five years now. She and your father could have been good friends. She loved Jeopardy and the cottage at Toney River. He has now joined your mother and others who have gone before, with his memory restored. That is a blessing. We extend our condolences to you at this difficult time.

Maureen O’Connell

June 27, 2020

Dear Elizabeth,

I never met your father but caught glimpses of his personality through your loving posts on FB. It’s clear where you got your dancing ability from! I know your Dad meant a great deal to you and you will miss him dearly. Love and sympathy, Maureen

Jozef Rantong

June 27, 2020

Dear Elizabeth and Melanie. I still remember your dad when you all are station at AFCENT here in The Netherlands. Yess i remember him as a hard working caring soft being person. I will always remember your dear mom dad Elizabeth and Melanie for as long as i will live. The kindness your dad was as Major of the RCAF.

I will always remember you all
Thank you for all the moments i had with and spend with you all when your dad was station here at AFCENT in The Netherlands.

Rest in Peace Major Haggart

Donna Coneau

June 26, 2020

My condolences to Elizabeth and Melanie on the passing of their dear father. I have enjoyed hearing the lovely stories Elizabeth has shared with me. A life well lived and love shared widely with his family and friends. May the dance continue!

Lorraine and Mike Boyd

June 26, 2020

Elizabeth and Melanie our sincere condolences.