Trevor George MacHattie

August 4, 1974October 6, 2018
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It is with great sadness that the family of Trevor George MacHattie announce his passing in Bedford, Nova Scotia, Saturday, October 6th, 2018 at 44 years of age.

A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, October 12th, 2018 from 2:00–4:00pm (speeches at 2:30pm) at JA Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax. For those who are unable to attend, the service will be live-streamed and can be accessed by visiting

Trevor is survived by his wife of 17 years Nicole (Todd) MacHattie; his children Ewan (age 13), and Emma Louise (age 12); mother Sheila (Kennedy) MacDonald; brother, Mark (Jade) and many well-loved nieces and nephews.

Born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia in 1974, Trevor is predeceased by his father George MacHattie. George passed on a great love of the outdoors to both of his sons. Trevor, his brother Mark, and his mother Sheila spent countless wonderful hours at their family cottage outside of Antigonish where George taught his sons to hunt, fish, and appreciate the wilderness.

Trevor and Nicole met 24 years ago and soon moved from Nova Scotia to Alberta so Trevor could pursue his education. Marrying in 2001, they welcomed their son Ewan in 2004 and their daughter Emma Louise in 2006. In 2007 they moved back to Nova Scotia, settling in Bedford, and completing their family with the addition of their beloved dog Sammy in 2017.

His children were his pride and joy. He loved to cheer for Ewan at soccer and hockey games and Emma Louise at volleyball. Trevor was an avid skier and you could find him most snowy winter days enjoying the slopes with Nicole and his children.

A lover of fitness and nature, Trevor enjoyed spending time with his family and friends outside—swimming with his children at Crystal Crescent beach, running, paddle boarding, biking, camping, and passing on his love and knowledge of nature and geology to all.

Widely regarded as an expert in his field, Trevor was passionate about geology and giving back to the province of Nova Scotia. He was an accomplished student with degrees from three separate institutions, graduating from St. Francis Xavier University with a Bachelor of Science, Honours in Geology in 2000, his Masters in Earth Science from Memorial University in 2002, and finishing his academic career with a PhD in Earth and Atmospheric Science at the University of Alberta in 2008. He started his dream job as a geologist for the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources in 2007 where he worked until his passing.

Trevor’s family and friends will miss his kind heart, generosity, and infectious smile—attributes that have all been passed on to his children. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association ( or SPCA Nova Scotia (


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Joyia Chakungal

November 19, 2018

Dearest Nicole and Family,

Learned of this news this morning and am left speechless, with more questions than anything.

My heart goes out to you, the kids, Trevor's Mom, Brother and everyone else that have outlived him... I met Trevor in 1997 when I worked with him on the GSC Reindeer Lake mapping project that was lead by David Corrigan. He was a total riot....

To this day when ever someone passes gas unexpectedly, I am instantly transported to a day on Reindeer Lake when Trevor and I were paired to work together. We had completed mapping a station and were getting back into the boat to move on to the next stop. Since Trevor was captaining the boat that go around, he got in first. As he went to sit on the cooler that we used as a perch to sit on to stir the zodiac, he let out a loud fart that caught both of us off guard. Without missing a beat, he looked right at me with a straight face and slight grin in his eyes and said, "Its ducks in the cooler."

I laughed so hard that tears sprung from my eyes.... 21 years later, that memory still puts a giant goofy smile on my face.

Sending a wind of warm thoughts with much love to you and the family.
Trevor will indeed be missed, though never forgotten.

Renata Avila

November 16, 2018

I'm so sorry to hear about Trevor's passing. His bright smile and kind heart will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God bless you all and help you all through this difficult time. Sending you a big hug. Renata

Keith Taylor

November 7, 2018

I only recently heard about this profound loss. My deepest sympathies to his loved ones. In 2001 or 2002, I attended a banquet in Saskatoon associated with a national meeting of the Geological Association of Canada. By chance, I was seated beside a bright young man who was there to receive a Best Thesis in Canada award for his MSc thesis. As we made conversation, we discovered we were both from Nova Scotia. I then asked if he was any relation to the MacHattie family of Copper Lake. From then on it was old home week for us. He went from his brilliant Master research to do a PhD at the University of Alberta. My memory of the wonderful evening I spent with him is still clear in my mind - such was the impression he made.

Andy Marshall

November 1, 2018

Nicole, I was shocked and saddened to hear about Trevor's passing, please accept my sincere condolences to you and your family.

Brian Kendall

October 21, 2018

My deepest sympathies for your loss. Trevor was a great classmate and labmate during our days as PhD students. Wonderful guy, always supportive. He will be missed.

Linda Kennedy

October 13, 2018

We were so saddened to hear of Trevor passing.
Our heartfelt prayers and thoughts go out to you Nicole, your children, Mark and family and you Aunt Shelia. Thinking of you all, and wishing you peace and courage to face the days ahead as you find strength in loving family memories.
Our Condolences,
Linda, Billy, Maurice & William
Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta

Stephen MacPhee

October 13, 2018

Trevor and I shared a bedroom at an apartment in Antigonish in 1996/97, we didn’t know each other real well before but we got along super well and I always considered him a close friend. During spring exams we both had a day off coming up, so when we got back from the library we split a bottle of rum and spent the evening wrestling and tearing the posters off the apartment walls and throwing them out the window. I remember the police stopped in and the other students in the building weren’t very happy with us but it was a lot of fun, and Trevor was right back to the books the next day. He was a great guy, I’m really sad for his family

David Corrigan

October 12, 2018

Dear family of Trevor's, and friends. I was saddened to learn of Trevor's passing away. I spent two summers with him in my camp in Reindeer Lake, Saskatchewan, in 1997 and 1998 while he was conducting field work for his M.Sc thesis. He was such a pleasant person to be with! Always cheerful and never shy to take on a challenge. Over these two years we mapped a huge part of that lake using Zodiac boats, supplied with food and gas by Twin Otter aircraft (see photo). I vividly remember that smile of his and light in his eyes when he was collecting samples of his favorite rock, the Wathaman Batholith! He wrote a brilliant thesis and continued on towards a solid career in geology. I will remember him fondly.

Dr. David Corrigan, Geological Survey of Canada

Jennifer McElroy

October 11, 2018

Dear Nicole, Ewan, Emma, Aunt Sheila, Mark, and family...We are so very sad to hear of Trevor’s passing, and will be keeping you all in our thoughts and hearts in the times to come. Jennifer and Keith McElroy

Malcolm and Rose Reid

October 10, 2018

Dear Nicole, Ewan, Emma and other family members ..... Our thoughts are with you as you grieve the loss of Trevor. Gone too soon and will not be forgotten. Love Aunt Rose, Uncle Mel, Kevin and Jennifer.