John “Jack” Wilson McKAY
April 29, 1934 – July 3, 2019
We are sad to announce the passing of John (Jack) Wilson McKay of Saskatoon at age 85 after a brief fight with cancer. Jack was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on 29 April 1934 to John and Janet (Crosbie) McKay and attended school in Ocean Falls, British Columbia. He and his wife Gail (née Hicks) were married in 1970 spending almost 50 years of their lives together. Jack was a decorated army veteran enlisting in the Canadian forces in 1953. He served with the Queens Own Regiment in Korea, the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps in Germany, and the United Nations Emergency Force in the Middle East - the first UN Military Force of its kind. He was selected on more than one occasion to drive Queen Elizabeth II during visits to Canada. He completed his military career in 1979, retiring in Dundurn, Saskatchewan. Following retirement he spent 16 years as the roads and grounds foreman at Canadian Forces Detachment Dundurn. He was also active in the Masons, UN Peacekeepers Association, The Korean Veterans Association and was a 52 year member of The Royal Canadian Legion. He is survived by his wife Gail; his three children Ken, Patricia and Karen; his sister Ricky; his brother Jim; his eleven grandchildren Rhianne, Brendan, Sarah, Devin, John, Chris, Cynthia, Janette, Craig, Cory, Anthony and 17 great grandchildren. Jack enjoyed hunting, fishing and dancing. He loved engaging with people and had a funny story for every occasion. More than anything he loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at Mayfair United Church (902 – 33rd St. W, Saskatoon). Services will be preceded by a Committal Ceremony at Woodlawn Cemetery at 11:00 am (meet at the gates at 10:50 a.m.) In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salvation Army. Arrangements are in care of John Schachtel – Mourning Glory Funeral Services (306) 978-5200 www.mourningglory.ca
“I slept, and dreamt that life was beauty
I woke, and found that life was duty”
Farewell to a loving husband, father, and soldier.