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Roger MacKay

March 3, 1952 – April 14, 2020

With sadness we announce the sudden passing of Roger, peacefully at home.

Roger will be remembered for his wicked sense of humour, great one liners and unbeatable quick retorts. He took great pleasure in teasing Lyn who took it in stride but often could best him with her own comeback lines.  His silly giggle when he told a story had you laughing before he finished the tale.

His nieces, nephews, friends and extended family will forever remember Uncle Roger’s pranks and bizarre gifts which brought so much laughter and happiness to the recipients.  Reciprocal gifts were bestowed on him but that just upped the ante.

He loved our dogs Tia and Tilly and mourned deeply when Toby passed away. They in turn returned the love.  He was a friend to all the pooches who passed through our home and was happiest when he had a dog on his lap to snuggle.

From childhood he was a passionate fisherman and spent many happy evenings cruising the lake in his little boat.  He was looking forward to having Tilly as his first mate.

He was a member of the Masonic order, first in DeMolay as a young man in Wolsley SK. where he grew up. Moving to Edmonton he was a member of Redwood Lodge #193 and when he moved to Kenora he joined Keewatin Masonic Lodge # 417.   This Lodge was his sanctuary and he held it close to his heart.  The past year he travelled as often as he could to attend Lodge at Templum Sion Lodge in Winnipeg where he met many likeminded brethren.  The masonic teachings of personal growth, honour, integrity and ethics were ingrained in him and he lived his life accordingly.

He was a foodie, an accomplished cook and did most of the cooking at home.  Finding an out of the way restaurant, a new technique, a spice combination, or mastering an old recipe brought him great pleasure. His standards were high and anything, prepared by him or served to him, which he thought sub-standard was considered a fail.  He loved the Food Channel as much as he did the fishing shows!

A car mechanic by trade he was renowned for his skill with VW’s, Audie, BMW and Porche.  The last five years he was the man behind KROWN Kenora, the rust protection program that he truly believed in.

He was proud of his Saskatchewan heritage and especially loved the family cabin at Round Lake where he spent every summer as a kid with his grandfather by his side.  As a grown man he made trips to the cabin whenever he could.

Summer evenings at home were spent enjoying the quiet of the backyard, watching the dogs play, puttering and trying his hand at gardening.  If you looked closely you could see the drink in his hand was not just innocent chocolate milk but one of his atrocious concoctions of rum and chocolate milk, lovingly referred to as Nector of the Gods, the best medicine he prescribed for himself.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Lyn, her children Bayley Zilinski (Arcade), their children Eastyn and Tavish and Adam Bedard (Alicia McLeod). His big sister Maralyn MacKay-Hussain was his best friend and confidante who he loved, respected and was proud to be her brother. His niece Talia and nephew Adam (Carey) and family. Special sister-in-law Donna MacKay, nephews Cameron Andrew (Lisa) and family and Arthur (Bobbi) and family. Sister-in-law Sultana Hussain, nephew Aman and niece Sufie (Chad) and family as well as sister-in-law Siria.  The extended Faulds family will also mourn his passing.                                                                                                                                                   

So I raise a toast to you my husband and my best friend, for the love you generously gave, the joy and laughter we shared and the life’s lessons you left me with.  Rest well.

Cremation has taken place and a private service will be held at a later date.