In memory of
Dr. John MacKeigan
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In memory of
Dr. John MacKeigan
MACKEIGAN, DR. JOHN Dr. John MacKeigan spent his career healing, comforting patients and improving health care: spending his final weeks tending to his most important gift - his family. Dr. MacKeigan died Monday, July 28, 2014 at his home in West Olive, Michigan at the age of 70, after a short battle with cancer. The avid sailor was looking out over his beloved Lake Michigan, as the wind blew in from the north. He was surrounded by his family. To his family and many friends, he was Johnny. And to his seven beloved grandchildren, he was J.J. - perhaps his favorite title. Dr. MacKeigan was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on May 1st, 1944. His father, Ian MacKeigan, was a lawyer and Chief Justice of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court. His mother, Jean, was an active community volunteer. He learned from his parents the importance of giving back. One of Dr. MacKeigan's most rewarding experiences was volunteering as a tutor for the Literacy Center of West Michigan, teaching English to a young mother from Guatemala. Dr. MacKeigan was educated in Halifax, Nova Scotia, graduating from medical school and completing a general surgery residency at Dalhousie University Medical School in 1973. Dr. MacKeigan's professional titles included dedicated surgeon, executive vice president, and chief medical officer. He had more than 30 years of experience as a member of Spectrum Health's medical staff. He practiced colon and rectal surgery with Michigan Medical P.C. and the Ferguson Clinic in Grand Rapids. When Ferguson Clinic merged with Blodgett Memorial Medical Center in 1992, Dr. MacKeigan became chief of staff and medical director of the new Ferguson/Blodgett Digestive Disease Institute. Throughout his career, Dr. MacKeigan continued to take on more professional responsibilities and he held many leadership roles locally, regionally and nationally, including serving as president of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and president of the Michigan State Medical Society. Dr. MacKeigan was a founding member of Hospice of West Michigan. That involvement, he said, made him comfortable with his own end-of-life choices. To him family came first. He and Suzie were married June 21, 1968, after meeting at university. His most cherished memories were with his beloved wife, children and grandchildren. He loved the simple things - a good day of sailing, hot dogs, red licorice and a nice slice of pie. His final weeks were filled with laughing, remembering and cherishing his family and many friendships. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne (LeBrun); three children, Sara Dembeck (Jason), Daniel (Sheila), and Jeffrey (Shannon) and grandchildren Robbie and Abby Dembeck; Sophie, Sydney and Grady MacKeigan; and Kate and Ian MacKeigan. He is survived by siblings Robbie MacKeigan (Charlotte) and Janet MacKeigan. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ian and Jean (Geddes) MacKeigan. A memorial service will be held on Friday, Aug 1 11am at Fountain Street Church. The family will greet friends on Thursday, July 31 from 2-4 and 6-8pm at the Metcalf & Jonkhoff Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to Literacy Center of West Michigan or Challenge Scholars Grand Rapids Community Foundation. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Literacy Center of West Michigan, where Dr. MacKeigan was a volunteer, and to Grand Rapids Community Foundation - Challenge Scholars, a cause he supported. The family is being served by
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