Royal Military Colleges Class of 1960 - Entered The Old Brigade in September 2006
La promotion de 1960 des Collèges militaires royaux - accédée à la Vieille Brigade en septembre 2006
Obituaries - Nécrologies
4877 Dennis Walter Burningham, 31 July, 2010
4766 Peter Cadeau, 10 April 2010,
4808 Geoff Walsh, 06 Oct 09, Vancouver, British Columbia
4956 Peter Rosewarn, 19 May 09, Calgary, Alberta
4658 Brian Moore, 30 March 2009, London, Ontario
4753 Gilles Bissionnette, 06 May 2008,
4635 Stan Dubas, 14 December 2006, Victoria, British Columbia
4631 Flight-Lieutenant (Retired) John A. MacDougall, 26 September 2006, Houston, Texas
Victory and death. Boo-ee Agis Baahss.
John A. MacDougall, Jackie, Dad
January 28, 1938 to September 26, 2006
Where do I begin…? You are a man without parallel and I owe you the world. Wherever you went, you touched people’s hearts. You could bring a smile to the grumpiest, make the crankiest laugh and bring life to a quiet room.
In Gaelic you taught me the MacDougall Clan motto, Buiadh no Bas, (say Boo-ee No Baahss) Victory or Death - very fitting for a man that lived life to its fullest and for a man that hated to lose. But for today, I think we need to change that phrase to Buiadh Agus Bas (say Boo-ee Agis Baahss). Because I look at your life and see from the people around you here that you were victorious, you are victorious, despite death. Today I think we should all say Boo-ee Agis Baahss – Victory and Death.
I want to share some sentiments that come to mind as I grieve my loss. I know everyone here today has their own stories about Dad, John A, Jackie, and I encourage you to share them today, write them down, or, if you prefer, keep them in your heart.
Dad, you gave me every opportunity to experience all that life and the world has to offer.
On your last night with us, Mom, Johnny, John Stewart, Cathy and I were eating pizza and drinking Heineken in your hospital room in Houston. We know you would approve of us celebrating your life with you there, and we recounted tales of family adventure in Oswego, Portland, Toledo, Pittsburgh, Montreal, Kingston and more. Some of the stories Mom didn’t really want to hear, but we talked about the jobs you got us in the steel mills, the chewing tobacco, the underage movies, the summer work you arranged for us both in Germany – all of which opened our eyes to the world and gave us the desire to experience more.
Although you may have regretted the distances I traveled – to the top of Africa and under the seas in Asia – I could never have done it without the confidence you gave me in myself. And you shared that confidence with all of us who were touched by you. Your example of following your dreams, being true to yourself, challenging your limits and your lust for life had an impact on us all.
Boo-ee Agis Baahss – Victory and death – we know we must all die one day and you showed us how to live and win, and find victory in all we do.
I also believe that the bone marrow transplant miracle performed at MD Anderson was successful because of your unfailing strength and determination. You were given 2 and a half years which you chose to take full advantage of – doing what you wanted and what you loved. Boo-ee Agis Baahss.
One of the most important things for me was that you got to know your grandchildren and that they got to know you, the playful, silly and energetic Grandpa Mac. Asenia, Tyama, and Jorin learned to play Texas horseshoes, we went canoeing, and you came to the twins 6th birthday party this past June which made them so happy. But my fondest memory will always be the night this past August long weekend. Cathy and I had all 3 settled in bed at your cottage after a late night – it was past 9 pm. The next thing I knew I heard all 3 squealing kids chasing you into the closet throwing their teddy bears to you. And then I heard you squealing and chasing them out of the closet and all around the cottage as you threw the bears back. It is a moment that I will cherish and a scene I will replay in my memory forever. Boo-ee Agis Baahss.
There are too many here today to thank for all you have given my dad and mom over all the years you have known them (45 married years). I am sure you all have your special memories of my Dad and again I ask that you share those memories today and celebrate the life of John A MacDougall, Jackie, Dad in Victory and Death. Boo-ee Agis Baahss.
James MacDougall, Saturday, 07 October 2006
Sacred Heart of Mary Church, Wolfe Island, Ontario
4631 MacDOUGALL, John A. "Jackie"
MacDOUGALL, John A. "Jackie" - Passed away at the age of 68 on Tuesday morning, September 26, 2006, in Houston, Tex. He lost his long battle with leukemia that included a successful bone marrow transplant. John was born in Inverness, Cape Breton, the eldest son of John Bernard "J.B." and Martha MacLellan. He graduated from Holy Family High, Inverness, CMR in St. Jean, Que., then RMC and Queen’s University, Kingston, Ont., obtaining a degree in mechanical engineering. He spent three years with the R.C.A.F. then worked most of his life in the United States on various engineering projects. He will be missed by his loving family, his wife, Anne Donovan; sons and daughters-in-law, John and Ysanne, James and Catherine; and grandchildren, Asenia, Tyama and Jorin. He will be lovingly remembered by his siblings and their spouses, Isabel and Ken, Malcolm and Sheila, Lauchie and Sherry, Harold and Janet and Joe Page. Retiring several years ago, John and his wife Anne spent their summers in Wolfe Island, Ont., and wintered in Naples, Fla. Although John left Inverness at the young age of 17, he never lost his love for his old hometown. John and Anne returned many times visiting friends and family, attending and organizing MacDougall gatherings and researching his parents' roots in Cape Mabou and the Glen. He was a writer, a poet, a storyteller, and even took a course in Gaelic, the initial tongue of his parents. His lust for life, his playful and powerful personality brought out the best in us all. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to support renovation work to Sacred Heart of Mary Church, Wolfe Island, ON. K0H 2Y0, or to your local chapter of the Canadian Cancer Society. Funeral services are planned for Sacred Heart of Mary Church on Wolfe Island on Saturday 07 October at 1:15 p.m. followed by a reception at 2:30 p.m. at the old school.
Buaidh No Bas
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