Callum Ian "Cal" MacQuarrie

April 14, 1973March 31, 2021
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MacQuarrie, Callum Ian "Cal" - (April 14, 1973-March 31, 2021) - A friend, athlete, leader, confidante and quadfather.

Cal bounced into this world on April 14, 1973, to parents Eileen and Cecil. He was an energetic, risk-taking young boy who accepted all challenges and searched for more. Cal played all sports and excelled in many. He loved the outdoors with hunting, fishing and swimming taking up much of his younger days. Cal completed his high school education in Inverness and then trained as an electrician at NSCC Halifax with a certification in scuba diving to combine both. In 1993, Cal moved to western Canada to join up with family and friends, however the lure of family and the ocean breeze brought him back to Inverness in the summer of 1995. On July 10, 1995, Cal suffered a C4-5 spinal cord injury diving off the Inverness Beach break water, his childhood playground. In the months ahead, Cal displayed courage and determination while learning to live in a disabled world much different from the able-bodied world to which he was accustomed. He embraced his new life living with quadriplegia. Cal fulfilled his lifelong dream of skydiving in 2000. He became a member of Sail Able Nova Scotia and enjoyed sailing the Halifax-Dartmouth waters with sip and puff technology. Duct tape was commonly used for his adventures that included him being taped to friends while 4-wheeling, ski-dooing, sea-dooing, kayaking, and motor-cycling in Inverness County.

Following rehabilitation, Cal returned to Inverness for several years. However, due to his accessibility needs, he decided to move to the city of Dartmouth. Cal lived there for 12 years and became involved in community politics, gaining respect for his advocacy pertaining to accessibility and inclusiveness. He was awarded the Canadian Paraplegic Association (CPA) 65 Star Award, Peer Volunteer Recognition Award and recognition for his volunteer work in the Halifax Regional Municipality.

In 2011, Cal returned to Inverness with his goal of making Inverness County more accessible and inclusive. He joined the Inverness Development Association which led to the formation of the Inverness County Accessible Committee. In 2018, Cal was instrumental in helping to create the accessible Inverness Beach, crowned the first fully accessible beach in all of the Atlantic Provinces. He received three awards: the Nova Scotia Human Rights Award, the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Citation Award, and the National Rick Hansen Make a Difference Award. Later, Cal was recognized for his achievements by the Honorable Arthur J. LeBlanc Speech from the Throne (2018) described him as a driving force for change in Nova Scotia.

Cal shared his life’s experiences/lessons learned to help others who suffered spinal cord injures and/or other debilitating conditions such as ALS, depression or addictions. He was a mentor to many and a friend to all!!!

Cal leaves to mourn his immediate family: loving Mom, Eileen Beaton; dedicated father Cecil MacQuarrie; best friend and sister, Cindy MacQuarrie; committed Step-Mom, Mary Anderson; loyal step-brother, Jonathan Anderson (Amy); loving nephew, Brock Morrison; special friend and brother -in-law, Ken Muise and his children, Matthieu and Chantal. Cal is also survived by a large extended Beaton and MacQuarrie clan along with numerous lifelong friends and many private caregivers whom Cal be-friended. He had a special place in the hearts of his uncles and aunts, namely: Ronsie (deceased) and Carol, Gerard (Joanne), Stephen (deceased) and Peggy, Jerome (Andrea), Bruce (Vina), Gary (Susanne), Brother Lawrence (deceased), Angus (Mabel), Stanley (deceased), Floanna (Al), Danenna (Malcolm, deceased), Lauchie (Millie), Alex (Willena), Cameron (Clare), Abby (Ned, deceased).

Cal treasured the friendship that he shared with all of his Beaton and MacQuarrrie cousins. He was also predeceased by maternal grandparents, John Ronnie and Millie Beaton and paternal grandparents, Malcolm and Janet MacQuarrie. Cal’s legacy will live on…he helped many understand that people are not defined by their circumstances but, instead, by how they conquer them. Cal’s mission was to ensure that everyone is given equal opportunity to live his/her life to the fullest, just as he did…..Carpe Diem!

The family expresses sincere appreciation to all health team members from Halifax and Inverness County especially, the continuing care assistants who worked privately, or through home care. Special thanks to Dr. Bennett, Dr. Ritter and the Palliative Care Nurses, Lori Ann MacDonald and Paulette Levin.

Visitation Wednesday, April 7th, from 3-7 p.m. in Inverness Funeral Home. Funeral Thursday, April 8th at 11 a.m. in Stella Maris Church in Inverness with Father Dan MacDonald officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Inverness Funeral Home where online condolences and tributes may be made by visiting Burial in the parish cemetery at a later date. Due to Covid restrictions, infection control precautions, wearing of facemasks and six feet social distancing is required. Seating restrictions will be in place for the funeral mass (100 people). Stella Maris Parish is reserved for family, friends and caregivers. Additional seating is available at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 132 (60 people) where the service will be live-streamed. Also, the funeral will be live-streamed at Stella Maris Parish Facebook page. Donations: We will be hosting a crowd-funding campaign via Facebook for the Inverness County Accessibility Committee. It will be launched on Cal’s 48th birthday, April 14, 2021. The purpose of the campaign is to ensure that the Inverness County Accessibility Playground will come to fruition – an all-inclusive playground for children with various levels of ability.


  • Eileen Beaton, Mother
  • Cecil MacQuarrie (Mary Anderson), Father
  • Cindy MacQuarrie, Sister
  • Cal also leaves behind to mourn loyal step-brother, Jonathan Anderson (Amy); loving nephew, Brock Morrison; special friend and brother -in-law, Ken Muise and his children, Matthieu and Chantal. Cal is also survived by a large extended Beaton and MacQuarrie clan along with numerous lifelong friends and many private caregivers whom Cal be-friended. He had a special place in the hearts of his uncles and aunts, namely: Ronsie (deceased) and Carol, Gerard (Joanne), Stephen (deceased) and Peggy, Jerome (Andrea), Bruce (Vina), Gary (Susanne), Brother Lawrence (deceased), Angus (Mabel), Stanley (deceased), Floanna (Al), Danenna (Malcolm, deceased), Lauchie (Millie), Alex (Willena), Cameron (Clare), Abby (Ned, deceased).


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Thursday, April 8, 2021


Callum Ian "Cal" MacQuarrie

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Paul Tingley

April 14, 2021

Knowing Cal has been a gift for all of us. His attitude towards life was remarkable. He continually advocated for accessibility with constant and kind communication. He was a work horse who did the planning behind the scenes to make things happen.
In 2007, I remember a week before a major disabled sailing regatta in Dartmouth, and asked if Callum wanted to participate. He had never raced a sailboat before, and he said, "Sure!" To think of the courage for him to take on such an unknown experience. And he did it laughing and making others laugh all the while. You will be forever missed.
Rest in Peace brother

Nancy Beaton

April 8, 2021

Eileen, Cindy and family,
I have been reading through the memories posted by many family and friends and I find them so touching. I knew Call as a volunteer and an advocate and a believer in finding the best way to make the best life with whatever comes your way. I started working for CPA(NS) in 1995 and Cal was the first person with a new spinal cord injury who I visited. I learned as much from him as he did from me. He saw hope in what for some was bleak. He found strength in educating people about the possibilities for persons living with disabilities. The strongest part of Cal was his heart. He had so much caring for anyone who needed it. That caring combined with his sense of humour and determination was a combination we who knew him were fortunate to experience---and it is Cal's legacy. He will never be forgotten. I will miss you Cal. I will keep up the good fight for change knowing you are watching. Rest in peace, Cal.

Tracey MacLellan

April 8, 2021

There are no words fit to share....just an outpouring of gratitude and love! Callum has been a steady source of joy and inspiration for as long as I can remember. I will miss his steadfast presence, blue eyes and sassy smile. His energy lit up any room.

To all those grieving, on the morning of his funeral, I came upon the a thought while getting ready to sit to connect to the live-strseam, I would l like to share....
"Connection is easy, when things are good; its the re-connection to ourselves and then to each other that is the real work. When difficulty arises, and it will ~ re-connect. To self/spirit and each other." Despite being disconnected from his physical abilities with the paralysis, Cal re-connected to his breath (miraculously with a C4-5 break) , his indomitable spirit, and to each of us in so many meaningful ways!
What the world is in desperate need of during these pandemic times, IS re-connection. May we carry forward the courage he held, within a spirit of re-connection, and live it forward...Look for the ways to re-connect. Despite any restrictions we may face....
"After all, we are all just walking each other home."(Ram Dass quote)

Always & forever grateful for the love a true friend!! Cal infinity is yours! Until we meet again.... xoxo

Breagh Chiasson

April 8, 2021

Callum is one of the most amazing people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. As a little girl, my parents always reminded me of what a special honour it is to be his god-daughter. I loved writing stories about him my school notebooks talking about the adventures he’s been on and imagining the things he could do if a wheelchair could fly or transform into a personal submarine! I remember the excitement of getting to ride in his chair, zipping around the room and racing. He was so inspiring to me and gave me a whole new understanding of what it means to be ‘strong’.
Every birthday card, gift, framed photograph I have held onto and cherished over the years. I slept with the stuffed doggy he gave me for years and thought of him when hugged it. I’ve always felt he was very close at heart even though we were miles and miles apart <3
I’ll never forget the summer I got to stay with him. I was spoiled rotten and we had a never-ending weekend of fun! Eating cake bagels for breakfast, bucket loads of candy, shopping spree at the mall, going to the movie theatre, walking around markets, riding Theodore the Tugboat, he let me drive his cool van down the road (I was maybe 9-10 years old) and dinning out every night... I’ll never forget that weekend. Callum had a way of making you feel like you were the most special and important person. Everyday we spent laughing from all his crazy jokes! Haha.
Having the opportunity to learn from him and having the honour to be his god-daughter is one of my greatest gifts. There aren’t words to express how thankful I am for knowing Callum and being loved my him. He will always live in my heart and guide me through this crazy life until we meet again. <3

Marg MacKinnon

April 8, 2021

We'd just moved here in Feb. of '95 so I don't have many memories of Cal pre-accident, just one crystalline image of him in summer swimming the channel with one arm, backpack above his head with the other. It was time for Cal to leave the adoring gaggle of little kids, clamber over the rocks, and sprint onto the main beach. A fitting memory perhaps. My heartfelt condolences to all of you!

Marilyn MacQuarrie Wright

April 8, 2021

That exuberant first photo and all the rest of the stories and shots, and videos show what a beautiful, determined person Cal was! His zest for life despite his encumbrances are a true dedication showing how he and his obviously, very loving, supportive family accomplished so much.
I am a MacQuarrie, too..Father's brother was Callum Grant and my own brother was Ian Robert with grandfather William Jacob born near Mabou. I have walked the Inverness beach boardwalk and will certainly remember Cal the next time we are there.
Deepest sympathies to all the Beaton MacQuarrie clan in the passing of a wonderful soul.

Joanne LeFort

April 8, 2021

My heart goes out to you Eileen at this very sad time.I speak also for Jack, who loved you as a friend for a lifetime, and thought the world of Cal. Thoughts and prayers are with you now and always. Xo

Frank Forance

April 8, 2021

I'd like to express my sincere condolences to the Beaton and MacQuarrie families on Callum's passing. He is an incredible inspiration to me, and to anyone who is facing adversity in life; other trials seem trivial compared to what he faced daily. An all around "good guy."

Beth & Tom Ryan

April 8, 2021

To the Beaton & MacQuarrie families, please accept our sincere condolences. He was an inspiration to us all!

Connie MacIsaac

April 8, 2021

Dear Eileen, Cindy and Cecil and family,

Well we lost another "Corner" boy! Cal was a force to be reckoned with for sure...although his body was immobile his heart and brain never stopped looking for ways to improve the world for others.

He was born smiling and continued to do so throughout his whole life. It was a privilege to know and love Cal. He is free now to swim and sky dive and do whatever else he loves to do.

In my email yesterday Paula's obituary popped up. I realized that she died 2 years ago yesterday...I knew then that she was looking after Cal and all of you as you have his wake and burial.

Love and prayers going out to each of you.

Connie and Mary