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Malcolm Earl Sibley

July 8, 1930June 11, 2021
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Malcolm “Mackie” Earl Sibley, 90, of Meaghers Grant, passed away peacefully on June 11 at Oakwood Terrace Nursing Home in Dartmouth. He is survived by his spouse Joan (Gloster); his children Christine (Dan Hart), Peter (Julie McMullen), Denyse (Rob Robertson), Michelle (Donald Smith), Wendy, Paul (Michelle Fraser) and Paula (Robert Fox), 13 grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and countless cousins, nieces, and nephews. Mackie was predeceased by his parents, Jean Alexia (MacMichael) Sibley and Timothy Archibald Sibley, Meaghers Grant; sisters Muriel Dillman, Meaghers Grant; Jessie Lawlor, Dartmouth; Avis Gilby, Elmsdale; Eunice Bowser, Meaghers Grant; and brothers Melvin Sibley, Meaghers Grant; and Merlin Sibley, Dartmouth. Born July 8, 1930, Mackie took over the family farm at the tender age of 15 after the death of his father. He went on to a long career with the provincial Department of Highways, where he was known for his road grading and snow plowing skills, as well as his dry sense of humour. He took an early retirement at age 55 but continued to farm beef cattle, butcher and sell freezer beef, and harvest and sell lumber. He was known far and wide for his extra lean hamburger and steaks. He butchered until age 83 and retired from his second career on his own terms. Until just a few years ago, a weekend stop at Meadowbrook Farm would find Mackie butchering, talking politics, or partaking in a bit of local gossip with anyone in earshot. Many of his children and grandchildren would come by to help cut beef, make hay, or mow the lawn. When work was done for the day, Mackie enjoyed playing Auction 45s (up to three times a week, often with his sister Muriel) in Meaghers Grant, Carroll’s Corner, or further afield along the Eastern Shore. He joked that he bought his new car just to go to card parties and funerals. Mackie wasn’t fancy; his signature look was overalls (sometimes backwards, often with a pocket full of candy for his grandkids), a plaid shirt (minus a button or two), and rubber boots. He always said he quit school because he was smarter than the teachers. He enjoyed keeping up with news and politics, even though they drove him a bit crazy. If you showed up for a visit during the supper hour news, your only option was to move a stack of newspapers out of the way, sit down, keep quiet, and watch TV with him. After that, Mackie would switch to telling tall tales and pulling legs, especially with his grandkids for an audience.

Animals were always a big part of Mackie’s life, especially draft horses. He traveled extensively with his good friends, the late Elmer Sibley and James “Jimmy” Dickie (the lead characters in many of his best stories), in search of the finest specimens, and might come home with a new Clydesdale or Percheron if the price was right. Just moments before passing away, he had a bit of ice cream and talked about his horses with nursing home staff.

We miss you, Grampy. We miss you, Dad.

Special thanks to the team at Oakwood Terrace Nursing home in Dartmouth, who provided Mackie with exceptional care. Mackie was always the practical sort, and always glad to help a friend or neighbour in need, so in lieu of flowers, his family asks that you consider a donation to a charity of your choice.

Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of J A Snow Funeral Home, Halifax. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be a virtual funeral at 10:00am Friday June 18, 2021; the service can be watched online at https://funeraweb.tv/en/diffusions/31599 and the link will also be available on the funeral home website. For the complete obituary and to leave an online condolence please visit www.jasnowfuneralhome.com

A celebration of life for family and friends to be announced. It will be held when Covid-19 restrictions allow.

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    Friday, June 18, 2021

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Jodi Sibley

June 18, 2021

My deepest sympathies to Paula and her siblings on the loss of your dad. I may never have had the honor of knowing Mackie, but the stories and memories that I've read, and that we shared during the service, tell me what an amazing man he truly was. I hope these memories always provide you with comfort and warm your heart in your time of grief.

Adrian Zinck

June 17, 2021

My sincere sympathy to the Sibley family. I knew Mackie ever since I was a young boy. Our family made many of trips to his place for beef. I remember well him saying he left school because he was smarter than the teachers, but not to follow in his footsteps. Played many games of auction with and against him as well. A true leader and great man! He was one of a kind and will be missed by all who knew him!

Adrian Zinck,

Camrose Alberta

Andrea Morash

June 16, 2021

Sorry to hear of this loss. Mackie was a big character in MG for a long time. Used to help bring in the hay in the summer time as a teenager and he pushed us to get it done as fast as possible. I’ll always remember him yelling “MORE HAY” as we were trying to get it on the belt faster :) it was never fast enough but he was always fun to be around in the fields. He will surely be missed!

Bruce Conrod

June 15, 2021

Mac Sibley was the type of man who if asked politely, and after a brief character assessment, would let a complete stranger hunt on his land. I should know.
Mac was a true “gentle” man.

Derrick & Keith Williams

June 15, 2021

Our condolences to Peter and the family on the passing of your Dad. We always appreciated being in his company and sharing our experiences about farming. We will always remember him.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Derrick & Keith Williams

Crystal Pollard(nee Dickie)

June 15, 2021

Our sympathy and prayers go out to the Sibley family. May your warm and happy memories console and comfort you. Just imagine the reunion in heaven on Friday when Elmer and Jim (my dad) caught sight of Mackie coming!! I can hear the laughs now...and all those old stories being told again. God bless them!

Love and prayers from
Crystal(Dickie)Pollard and family

Chery Butler

June 15, 2021

I am thinking of you and hope that you can allow the memories of your Dad, Grandfather, help get you through this so very sad time.
My Dad, Bob Butler, always enjoyed a visit with Mackie at the farm as well as Car-Pooling with him to the Card Parties in Meaghers Grant :)
Cheryl & my Dad, Bob Butler

charlotte wilson-hammond

June 15, 2021

Gordon and I wish to share our condolences with Mackie's family. We knew Mackie from somewhere in the 70's when we first moved to Clam Harbour and had to have our first beef animal butchered. From then on for years there were annual trips to take the animal to Mackie and we will always remember his dry wit and sense of humour. As well as a lot of really good advice! We were from downtown Toronto and knew very little about farming and he put us on the right path. Warm regards...Charlotte Wilson Hammond and Gordon Hammond.

Catherine West

June 15, 2021

Condolences to the Mackie's family from the Wests in Elderbank.

Bill Seaman

June 15, 2021

Iwish to extend my condolences to Joan and family. I remember Mackie when I sold him tractor and loader in 1964. We did some hard bargaining but shared a few laughs along the way. May he rest in peace and God Bless.