Obituary of Ted McKay
May 25, 1931 - Radville, Saskatchewan
December 25, 2022 - Calgary, Alberta
Ted McKay, beloved husband of Mildred McKay (nee MacFadyen) of Calgary, AB, passed away from natural causes on Sunday, December 25, 2022, at the age of 91 years.
Ted was born in Radville, Saskatchewan on May 25, 1931. He graduated from Radville High School in 1949, where his father, Eric McKay, had been the principal. A brief part of Ted’s schooling happened at Ashbury College in Ottawa while Eric served as a Member of Parliament (1945 to 1949). Eric liked to keep Ted close by as he was a bit mischievous.
Ted graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1953. He worked for many years in Oil and Gas in both Regina and Calgary.
Ted married Mildred on June 25, 1955. They were married for over 67 years. The family moved to Calgary in 1960. Ted and family remained in Calgary except for a brief stint in Regina from 1974 to 1978, when he was involved in starting the Saskatchewan Oil and Gas Corporation. Ted and family returned to Calgary in 1978, and he lived there for the rest of his life.
Ted was a member of the Legion, Suncor Sunsetters Club, and Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen. He spent numerous hours volunteering with the Boy Scouts, St. David's United Church, and Triwood Community Association. Ted coached hockey and football in Regina and Calgary. Ted’s happiest times were spent with his family and coaching his son and watching his grandsons play sports.
Ted excelled at sports, especially hockey, football, curling, softball, golf, and hunting game birds with his hunting buddies. He also enjoyed music, playing several instruments by ear, gardening, and lawn care, as well as walking his pet spaniels.
Ted had several memorable vacations, including trips to Scotland, Ireland, England and many driving trips across the US and Canada. He will be most remembered for his being a very proud Canadian, and an avid fan of the Calgary Flames and the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Besides his loving wife, Mildred, Ted is survived by son and daughter-in-law Brian and Lori McKay of Calgary; his daughter Linda McKay-Panos of Calgary; five grandchildren, Melanie, Nicholas, Cassidy, Will and Ty; and great-grandson Jasper all of Calgary. He is also survived by Eric McKay (JoAnne) and family, Adele McKay (Michael), and extended family and friends.
Ted was predeceased by parents Eric and Lydia McKay, brother Donald (Pat) McKay, his son-in-law John Panos, as well as numerous extended family members.
A Celebration of Life will be held at McInnis & Holloway (Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle NW, Calgary, AB), on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home. Family and friends who are unable to attend in person are invited to join Mr. McKay’s service streamed live (see below) on the day of the service. For those who are unable to view live, a recording of the service will be posted. Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared and viewed here.
The family wish to extend their thanks, particularly to the caregivers of Chinook Care Centre 3rd floor for the devoted and compassionate care of Ted.
In living memory of Edward “Ted” McKay, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle NW, Calgary, AB T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.
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