Harvey Ray McKay

Harvey Ray McKay

Harvey Ray McKay died September 12, 2013 with quiet courage and dignity. He was born March 16, 1921 in Strathclair, Manitoba to John and Gertrude McKay. His father was from the Isle of Harris in Scotland.

He is predeceased by sister, Vivian Brown; brother, Lawrence; and his dearest cousin Sybil Henderson. He is survived by brother Jack in Kimberley, B.C.; two sons, Ray(Audrey), Port Moody; and Thomas (Monica) in Edmonton, Alta.; and their mother Beatrice in Trail, B.C. Also, he leaves behind three grandsons: Michael, Brien John and William.

Harvey was an accomplished athlete. He was an excellent swimmer and diver, and won many trophies at bowling, golfing and curling. He was on the Beaudry rink winning Seagram Stone at the Dominion Championship in 1974. He won the purple heart curling with Reg and Roy Stone and Frenchie D’Amour. He won the Silver badge skiing 32 Km Nordic Loppet for cross-country skiing. He skied many miles and built many ski shelters ( “log shacks”) in the mountains with friends who called him “Never Wait McKay”.

He designed and built three aluminum boats, five docks and two houseboats at Christina Lake which remain long lasting examples of fine craftsmanship.

He served 41 years and 41 days at CM&S (Tech Cominco) as supervisor for steel fabrication and was very proud of his many apprentices. He spent three years in the Canadian Militia.

He spent 32 years with his best friend and companion, Edith McCuaig and her family. They travelled to Hawaii 19 times, Mexico 7 times and went on cruises 5 times.

At Harvey’s request there will be no funeral service.

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