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MACKID – Benton Stewart

September 14, 1912 – October 10, 2010

Calgary lost a native son when Benton Stewart Mackid passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 10, 2010 at the age of 98 years.

Benton was born in Calgary and attended University School (Victoria), McGill University and the University of Alberta. He was VP & Director of Reed Shaw Osler (precursor to Reed Stenhouse Inc), Past President of the Ranchmen’s Club, a past Associate Director of the Calgary Stampede, President of the Calgary Branch (Chinook County Historical Society), Historical Society of Alberta (1959 to 1962), and President of the Insurance Agents Association of Alberta (1954). Benton was a long time fan of the Calgary Stampeders and followed the team until his passing.

Benton married Jean Irving (Calgary) in 1937. She passed away in 1959; he then married Doris Forbes McKeen in 1962. He loved to travel and enjoyed many adventures all over the globe, as well as winters in Mexico and later in Palm Desert. After several years in Calgary, he and Doris moved to Vancouver Island. He will be remembered as being the consummate gentleman with a passionate love of the outdoors. Benton had a keen sense of humour, high degree of integrity and generosity of spirit.

Benton is survived by his son Court (Linda) Mackid of Calgary; daughter Corliss Ashton-Mackid of Dead Man’s Flats; step-children, Daphne McKeen of Victoria, BC and Mimi McKeen-Cooke of Vancouver, BC; grandchildren, Jennifer and Christian Mackid and Kristina Carter, Orejona Ashton and Jonathan-David Ashton, Toby Ward and Gus Ward; and great-grandchildren, Rachel and Caroline Ward and Gabriel Martinez. He was predeceased by his parents, Dr. Ludwig Stewart Mackid, MD and Ada Eugina Hammond; brother Flt/Lt John Goodsir Mackid, DFC; and wives Jean MacBeath (nee Irving) and Doris Irene (nee Forbes).

Benton’s family would like to thank the caregivers and nursing staff at Carewest Garrison Green in Calgary, and extend a special thank you to the staff of Foothills Medical Centre, Unit 46, for all of their special attention to Benton.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 – 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 Telephone: (403) 205-3966, email

In living memory of Benton Mackid, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Court and Family

    On behalf of the Department of Family Medicine I would like to extend our deepest sympathies in the loss of your Father, especially so soon after the loss of Doris. You know the significance of the Mackid history to our Department and the ongoing legacy of physician education through the Mackid Symposium.

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  2. Yvonne and David Lowe and Family :

    Court, Linda and Family,
    At this most difficult time, you are in our thoughts and prayers. We know you will take great comfort in having your family and friends close to you. I wish we were not so far away but know that we are thinking of you often and giving you all a big hug.
    Love, Yvonne, Dave and Family

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  3. Rodney K. Ward Q.C. :

    Please accept my heartfeld condolences regarding your loss. Benton Mackid was a rare individual who embraced his family’s long history, displayed the hallmarks of the gentleman, and was, without doubt, one of the best humourists.

    He valued his friends and was kind and generous to them throughout his long life. He worked hard in his field and made sacrifices that sometimes agonized him. May you cherish his memory and embrace the living!

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  4. Hugh and Pauline Dempsey :

    Please accept our condolences on the passing of Benton. I worked closely with him during the early years of setting up the Historical Society in Calgary. His leadeership played an important role in its success. Benton was always friendly, helpful, and generous with his time. I always valued his friendship.

    Hugh Dempsey

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  5. My sincere condolensces to the Mackid family on the passing of Benton.
    A true gentleman with a tremendous rapport with all the office staff over the years.
    Mark McCowan

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