Malcolm George MacGregor
Malcolm MacGregor, a lifelong resident of Winchester Township, passed away peacefully with his family at his side at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Sun., Oct. 18, 2015, in his 87th year.
Born Dec. 16, 1928, the son of Irene (nee Shaw) and Colin MacGregor, Malcolm grew up on the family farm east of Morewood, attended SS #7, Morewood High School, and graduated from the Ontario Agriculture College in Guelph in 1950. That same year he married his high school sweetheart, Estella (nee Faulkner), and they began an amazing adventure spanning 56 years until her passing in 2006. He is dearly loved and sadly missed by his children, Janet LaPierre (Alan), Rhod (Sue), Tom (Janet), Joan Davis (Tim McCadden), and Glenda Helmer. He was much loved by his grandchildren and great-grandsons, nieces, and nephews. Malcolm was the beloved brother to Shirley O’Dell (the late Doug) of Sarnia, and brother-in-law to Reta Raymond (the late Glen), Doreen Marcellus (the late Russell), Faye Coons (Elwood), Marlene Faulkner (the late Jack), the late Shirley Carruthers (the late Hector), Helene Crump, and Don Faulkner (the late Ruby).
After a stint at an agricultural co-op in Gananoque, Mac and Stella returned to take over the family farm east of Morewood where they developed a top herd of purebred Guernseys. He received Farmer of the Year awards on two occasions. Dundas farmers will also remember a popular course he taught during the 1970’s – “The Business of Farming.”
Turning the farm over to his sons, he joined Agriculture Canada in 1978, looking after the experimental farm herds, and rising to acting director general of agriculture development. Changing gears again, in 1990, he and Stella moved to Bangladesh to oversee an agriculture development project. He also consulted for CUSO, the UN, and CIDA in India, China, and Burma among others. They were fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to many exotic locations while judging cattle in Australia, the U.S. and British Isles, during postings, and for pleasure. Generous with his time and skills, Mac was president of the Chesterville Fair Board, Winchester Curling Club, a school board trustee during reorganization, and trustee and elder with the Morewood Presbyterian Church. Always a competitive curler, he had time to refine his golf game after retiring in 1996, although he was still called on to plant or plow on the farm. Mac enjoyed the New York Times crosswords, as many bridge games as he could fit in during the week, and was a sought-after trivia partner at family gatherings.
Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at the Daley Family Funeral Home, 6971 Bank St. (between Scrivens Dr. and Metcalfe corner) on Wed., Oct. 21 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. The funeral service will be held on Thurs., Oct. 22 at 11 am at Morewood Presbyterian Church, 13723 County Rd. 13.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Winchester and District Memorial Hospital or the charity of your choice would be most appreciated by the family.