Colin MCKAY

MCKAY – Colin Coy Clinton McKay was born in Olds, AB in 1932 to Edmond and Marian McKay. He was the tenth child of 13 siblings; there are only two surviving Irma and Ed. He lived in Olds before moving to Buck Lake, AB in 1942 with his mother, brothers and sisters where they moved in with Uncle Frank. This was one year after his father had passed away at the Holy Cross Hospital in Calgary, AB. Coy worked away from home from the time he was 14. Some of his many jobs included sheep shearer, cat skinner, oilman, camp cook and farmer. Coy was one of the cat skinners on the Lassiter Project, when 100,000 acres of land was broken in the Peace River Country to give to the returning soldiers from World War II. In 1952 Coy married Janet Voysey and had three children Doug, Robbie and Julie, but he still found it in his heart to adopt another, Wayne. He was remarried in 1996 to Donna Stenberg. Coy, Donna and their daughter Brittany moved to Gadsby, AB. He enjoyed visiting at the Lone Pine Colony and considered them his friends. His many nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren loved him dearly and we will all miss him greatly. Coy is survived by his wife Donna; sons: Doug (Josie), Robbie, Wayne; daughters: Julie, Brittany; step-son Father Jim Stenberg and step-daughter Tammy (John) Ladouceur; brother Ed and sister Irma; as well as other relatives and friends. Coy passed away on May 23, 2008 at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary. Funeral service was held at Botha Community Hall, Botha, AB. Master of Ceremonies was Doug McKay. Robbie McKay played the guitar and sang, while Elisha Black played a musical tribute on the piano. The family entered and left the hall to the music of the bagpipes, which were very dear to Coy’s heart. Following the service family and friends gathered in the Botha Hall for a time of sharing and light refreshments prepared and served by Botha UCW. Memorial donations may be made to the AB Cancer Society c/o Stettler Funeral Home. Sympathies may be forwarded to the family by signing the guestbook at www.stettlerfuneralhome.com.


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