Dad seemed to have recovered nicely from a broken pelvis in May and hip replacement in November. When he contracted pneumonia in December, he told us he still had one more good fight in him. Sadly though, after almost 3 weeks, he just didn't have any strength left. He passed away peacefully with loved ones by his side. Predeceased by wife Sally and sister Marilyn, Mac leaves behind children Ron (Peggy), Doug (Barb), Marlene Carriss (John), grandchildren Dale (Willow), Michelle (Ted), Scottie, Duncan (Jessica), Teri (Lee), Jennifer, Ryan, greatgrandchildren Casey, Riley, Tyler, Shelby, Scarlett, Sadie, Hunter, Mabel, nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, and many friends. Dad was proud to have spent his entire career with one company, and was well known and respected in the business community. He started as a hard working ice-man with Morrow Coal & Ice in Vancouver. When the company transitioned to Morrow Fuel Oil Sales, he was one of their first furnace oil drivers. After a number of years, he became Morrow's Operations Manager, which was by now a fully owned subsidiary of Gulf Oil. In 1972, he accepted a promotion and transfer to Victoria, where he had been born and spent his early years. After managing with integrity and distinction, and going through one more ownership change, this time to Petro Canada, he retired as General Manager in 1994. When his kids were young, Dad encouraged their participation in sports. He was actively involved with them as coach, executive member, and vocal spectator. In later years, he continued his involvement as loyal fan and spectator at his grandchildren's sporting events. He was well known and liked at ballparks, often taking in 2 or 3 games in the same day. In retirement, Dad looked forward to time away at the cabin in Maple Bay. He continued his regular fishing trips to Sooke, became an avid reader, loved to walk his dogs, and played squash into his 70's. Mom and Dad spent many years RV camping in their 5th wheel, travelling, and enjoying life. After his knees and back started failing him, Dad gave up squash, but continued his daily workouts at Cedar Hill Rec Centre at precisely 6:30 AM, taking weekends off. He also enjoyed his regular breakfast, lunch, and dinner sessions with dear friends. He maintained his established routine right up until the end. We will be arranging a joint celebration of life for both Dad and Mom, who passed away in 2012, sometime in the spring, details to be announced at a later date.
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