Claire “Dale” McMillan of Pleasant Valley Road in South Mountain died on Mon., June 30, 2014 at Winchester District Memorial Hospital. He was 79.
He was born Oct. 10, 1934 in Williamsburg Township, son of Cecil and Annie McMillan. He was baptized at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Dunbar on Nov. 8, 1934, during the pastorate of the Rev. Carl Cronmiller.
He received his education at local schools in the Dunbar area and on May 8, 1959, he married Alice Anderson at St. Luke’s, and together they had four children: Chris, Curtis, Lesley, and Leah.
Dale worked at the Rohm and Haas factory in Morrisburg for many years before retiring at the age of 58. He then found a new challenge to keep him busy, driving a school van for Brennan’s Bus Line for a few years. After moving to South Mountain, he continued driving, this time for Rideau Auctions in Winchester. Dale spent his last years doing what he loved to do – driving – and got the bonus of making many friends along the way.
Dale was a generous man. He would do anything for his grandchildren. He was very easy-going, approachable, and non-confrontational. Everybody loved him.
He was a big Ottawa Senators fan. He loved watching the birds at his many feeders and enjoyed good old country music. But his vehicles were his pride and joy. He really enjoyed cleaning and detailing them. He took pride in his work, and whatever he did was done with great care.
Dale is survived by his wife of 55 years, Alice Anderson, his children, Chris (Janice) of Winchester, Curtis (Cathy) of RR# 2 Chesterville, Lesley Francis (Mike) of RR# 1 South Mountain, and Leah McMillan (Andrew VanDam) of RR# 2 Chesterville; his sisters, Elva McIntyre of Kanata, and Marjorie Munroe (Harold) of Carp; his grandchildren, Amy, Josh, Shaun, Bradley, Tyler, Tanner, Taryn, Christian, and Jordyn; and his great-grandchildren, Alexis, Peyton, Ivy, and Gage. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Donations to the Canadian Wildlife Fund or the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Chesterville.
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