Obituary for John McMillan
John F. McMillan
On November 30th, at the impressive age of “94 and a half”, John gently drifted peacefully to join Marion, the love of his life, in heaven. His children, Karen and Mark were with him through his stalwart fight to remain energetic and able to enjoy the simple pleasures of an afternoon outing, dining, and visiting with family and friends. Dad was proudly amazed that he lived longer than any of his ancestral family.
Born in Vancouver, British Columbia during a short work contract, Dad’s family returned to Ontario and he was raised with his best buddies in the High Park area of Toronto. Introduced by a friend to Marion Smith, they married in 1948 and began their life together in Moncton, New Brunswick. Dad joined Griffith Laboratories and excelled for over 35 years in his Maritime, Alberta and finally, Southern Ontario territories until his retirement in 1985.
Transferred to Calgary, Alberta in 1953, his true capabilities were unleashed and he flourished. Under the auspices of his father-in-law he became a member of the Rotary Club of Calgary and his “Service Above Self” led to a Paul Harris Award and he continued his Rotary Club membership for over 65 years.
A member of the Stampede Breakfast team through to an ardent Progressive Conservative campaigning in Alberta, Dad lived to be involved with people - learning, selling, travelling, and enjoying the social network of family and friends.
Dad loved to be with Mom, his soul mate and they danced, dined, travelled the world, played sports, played bridge, befriended, cuddled and nurtured for their entire lives. Dad is now “at home” with Mom. We are comforted knowing that Dad lived happily and comfortably amongst friends and neighbours until it was his time to re-join her.
As were his wishes, we are conducting a private family service. We would be honoured if you knew John well and wish to give to a charity that was dear to his heart, or yours, in his memory. A toast to his long life would also bring a smile to his face.
Online condolences will be received through Marshall Funeral Home at www.marshallfuneralhome.com