Maurice MacMillan passed away Monday, Oct. 26, 2009 at the Emo Health Centre in Emo, Ont. at the age of 103.
His longevity was notable as was his extraordinary memory, with a tenacious attention to detail. He had a quick wit and a passion for life until his fnal few days.
He was predeceased by his parents; siblings, Duncan, Jessie, Elmer, and Grace; and his wife, Irene.
He is survived by nephews living in Saskatchewan and Alberta.
Maurice’s work career was varied. He farmed for 43 years, was a carpenter building his own and other houses in Emo, and worked building the Red Cross Hospital in Emo and the kraft mill in Fort Frances.
He also was involved in the mining industry staking claims and as an outpost cook. He tended the outdoor skating rink for two winters.
His public service to the community also was extensive. He served as councillor for seven years and reeve for six years. He was president of the Fair Board for nine years and trustee of the Carpenter #1 School Board for six years.
He was proud to have attended a record 89 fall fairs in Emo.
His legacy to the community is “The River of Time,” which he was instrumental in writing, and MacMillan Park.
He also enjoyed travelling and went to the East and West Coast, as well as the Yukon.
He faithfully attended and supported the Knox United Church. He was able to share his talent for reciting and often entertained by memory a variety of poetry he cherished. He enjoyed growing flowers, especially roses. He had extensive knowledge of plants and was an invaluable source of advice.
He also enjoyed watching TV, and followed curling and football. He was always up to date on the latest news and would engage in conversation about the ways of the world.
He was an avid reader until his eyesight began failing.
He moved to the Golden Age Manor in Emo in 2002, where he enjoyed the social activities in the common room and dinner at the cafeteria. Last November, at the age of 102, he moved from independent living to long-term care at the Emo hospital.
Maurice lived a long life filled with vigour and enthusiasm. He was grateful for the fellowship and help from his friends and neighbours at the Golden Age Manor.
A funeral service will be held Friday, Oct. 30, 2009 at 1 p.m. at Knox United Church in Emo. Friends may visit one hour prior to the service.
Rev. Frances Flook will officiate, with interment in the Emo Cemetery in Emo.
If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Emo Health Centre or Knox United Church c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
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