Thomson In The Park Funeral Home and Cemetery

1291 McGillivray Blvd, Winnipeg, MB


David John MacKay

September 24, 1924September 30, 2019

Dave passed away peacefully at the age of 95 with his wife, son and sister by his side.

He will be missed by his wife of 37 years Isabelle; his son Brian (Lyette); daughter Susan (John); stepsons David, Don, Dale (Candace) Sawchuk; his sister Jeanne (Tom); six grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and nineteen great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by parents David and Ivy, first wife May and step grandson Garth.

Dave had a 28 year career in RCAF bands as a drummer, where he spent time in most countries in Europe, and with the UN in Sardinia, Gaza and Rafa; he also played with the Count Basie Orchestra, Ted Komar Band and various bands associated with the Ice Capades, Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company, Mark Kenny’s Ranch and various visiting performers; including Nat King Cole and Ann Murray.

In later years, he was also a member of the Khartum Shriners Fife and Drum Band and a Jazz Band in McAllen (10yrs). His RCAF career also included wartime service.

With his wife Isabelle, he enjoyed trips to Mexico, Cuba and many cruises, along with golfing and memorable times at the cottage on McConnell Lake and winters in McAllen Texas. He was a jokester, fun loving, and enjoyed time with family and friends.

As Dave was a lover of good Scotch, he asked that friends and relatives have a drink to his memory, and grieve not, for now I am free.

As per his wishes, there will be no memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to a charity of your choice.


  • No Funeral Service will be held.


David John MacKay

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Joanne Klumper

October 5, 2019

Dear Isabelle and family,
We too will remember the first time we met you and Dave - we were just trying to decide whether to move into Meadowbrook or not - thanks - ‘cause it was the best decision! AND, like the other neighbours said, the horses will always be a happy reminder and Dave’s legacy to our community.
Sincere condolences to you and yours, from Ben and I
God Bless.

Lori Fehr

October 5, 2019

Dear Isabelle and family, I and Dave only got to know Dave here at Meadowbrooks but it was always inspiring to see him at TGIF . Every time I see the horses he created I will think of him with a smile. Our deepest condolences go out to you all. May our God sustain you at this time and throughout the year. Lori and Dave Fehr

John & Linda Wachko

October 5, 2019

Isabelle we are sorry for your loss.
We will always remember Dave. We recall the last Christmas party @ Meadowbrook before you've moved away, with Dave playing the sleigh bells. He was never without a smile and interesting story to tell. His horse's will live on @ Meadowbrook Downs. All of us here. are very great full for his talent and friendship .

With our deepest sympathy

John and Linda (The red house).