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MACKIE Q.C., James Andrew Norman

MACKIE Q.C., James Andrew Norman obituaries

October 21, 1927 – December 27, 2011

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of James A. N. Mackie. He quietly passed away mid-morning, December 27, 2011 at the Beverley Midnapore Long-Term Care Residence in Calgary at the age of 84 years. Jim was the beloved and cherished husband of 61 years to Dora Helen Mackie (nee Stock), a devoted and loving father to daughters Becky (Kerry) and Anne (Claudio) and sons Jamie (Brenda) and David (Sandra), fourteen grandchildren: Nick (Alissa), Matthew (Johanna), Neil (Pam), Greg, Megan, Andrew (Riva), Jeffrey (Vanessa), Emily (Patrick), David, Peter, Michael, Robert, Sarah, and Leah and eight great-grandchildren: Dora, Peter, Henry, Owen, Alice, Athena, Arabella and Isis. He is also survived by his sister Moyra (Joe) Ferguson and Norman (Valerie) Mackie. Jim is predeceased by his father Norman, his mother Rosanna, his stepmother Lilias, his brother Stuart and his sister Yvonne.

Jim was born in Calgary, Alberta. He was a keen athlete and outdoorsman. Throughout his life he enjoyed a wide variety of sports including running, badminton, golf, tennis and outdoor activities including hiking, skiing (both downhill and cross-country) as well as horseback riding and camping. He was very involved with the Glencoe Club and the Glencoe Golf and Country Club. He served as President of the Glencoe Club and was the Glencoe Golf and Country Club’s first President and was instrumental in its establishment and early success as a golf club that included a strong focus on the development of junior golfers. He attended the University of Alberta where he graduated in both Commerce and Law. He met his beautiful wife Helen while working in the summer at the Banff Springs Hotel as a bell-hop and she as a waitress. Jim and Helen loved the mountains around Banff, where they did many hikes, including a hike to Mt. Assiniboine for their honeymoon. While working in Banff they spent many evenings with the other students around bon-fires by the Spray River where they sang songs led by Roy Glover while Jim played his ukelele. They developed many lifelong friendships at this time. After graduating with his law degree, Jim moved his growing family, which now included his daughter Becky to Calgary where he started his law practice at the firm of Mahaffey Howard. After several iterations it became Howard Mackie which eventually became the Calgary branch of the national law firm Borden Ladner Gervais. He practiced law for forty years, retiring at the age of 65. During this time, one of the honors he received was his Q.C. Dancing was of special pleasure to Jim and Helen. In his later years they focused on Scottish Country Dancing. Throughout their lives together, Jim and Helen travelled extensively. They did many wilderness adventures together over the years, including hiking the Chilcoot Trail, and descents of the Tateshini, Nahani, Colorado and Mackenzie Rivers. Jim was a big fan of history, particularly Scottish, and a keen genealogist. He spent many hours during his retirement on his iMac researching the Mackie family history. During this time they traveled to Scotland several times to connect specific family links. He was a longstanding member of the Calgary Burns Club and loved attending the meetings, especially the annual Burns Supper, dressed in full Highland regalia. His love of history included serving as President of the Historical Society of Alberta and working ceaselessly to preserve the architecture of Calgary, including the renovation and preservation of the family owned Lancaster Building and many other important landmarks on Stephen Avenue. He loved the arts and enthusiastically supported Helen’s career as an artist. Jim was a strong believer in higher education and very supportive of the University of Calgary, where he served on the Board of Governors. He particularly enjoyed their country cabin at the Bar KC in Bragg Creek, which they generously shared with their children, grandchildren and many friends. Here they loved the woods where they rode their horses, took long walks, and cross-country skied. Jim had a good sense of humor and he loved to laugh. He was very gentle and kind. His love for Helen was profound. He will always be remembered in our hearts and memories. The family would like to extend special thanks and appreciation to all the staff at the Beverly Care home in Midnapore, particularly Lucy, Priscilla, Eddie, Dr. Groenberg and many others, all earth angels.

A Funeral Service will be held at Christ Church Elbow Park (3602 – 8th Street S.W.) on Friday December 30, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends desire, in lieu of flowers, tributes in Jim’s name can be made to the Southern Alberta Pioneers and Their Descendants 3625 – 4th Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2S 1Y3 (403) 243-3580 or The Alzheimer Society of Calgary, Suite 201, 222 – 58th Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 2S3, (403)290-0110, www.alzheimercalgary.com.

In living memory of James Mackie, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. So long Jim,

    It was a privilege and a pleasure to know you.

    Sincere condolences and best regards to Helen and family.

    Yours aye, Allan

  2. Duncan and Rachel McLeod :

    Our deepest sympathies are extended to Helen and family. Our memories of Jim go back many years with Rachel working at Howard Mackie, to Scottish Country Dancing and lastly The Calgary Burns Club. In life he was the kindest, caring man and he will be sadly missed.

  3. John Vance Snow :

    I was deeply saddened to learn of Jim’s passing. He was such a kind and loving and supportive friend to my parents, John and Kathleen Snow, and his frequent visits to their home, with Helen, were cherished. His warmth and quiet gladness in everything around him touched many.

  4. Dear Helen,
    It is with sadness that I read of Jim’s passing. He was truly a great man. I always enjoyed conversations with him and the kindness you both showed me after Sam passed away will never be forgotten. Unfortunately due to a longstanding commitment, I will be unable to attend his Funeral Service but you and your family will be in my thoughts.
    Sincerely,
    Joanne Murphy

  5. Dear Helen and Family;

    We’re saddened to learn of Jim’s passing. He had such a wonderful career and contributed so much over the years to Society. We have fond memories of our river adventures and the Japanese vacation . Again our sincerest condolences to you and your wonderful Family.

    With all our LOVE from the Tye’s

    message sent from Arizona

  6. You have my sincere condolences

  7. Jim was a good guy who was respected and loved by all who met him. I knew him at Christ Church as a fellow member of vestry.
    Please pass on my sympathies and condolences to the family.
    David Stauft

  8. To Helen:
    I was sorry to read in the Hearld that Jim has passed away. I know you had a wonderful life together and I’m sure you will cherish the many adventures, especially the trips to Mount Assiniboine. Hope to see you in the New Year.
    With sincere sympathy,
    Jean

  9. Carmine & Makiko Morelli, Maria Ainscough :

    Dear Anne and family,

    We were so saddened to learn of your father’s death. We are thinking of you and sending you our heartfelt sympathy. Even though your father has been ill for some time, this is the hardest time for everyone in your family and friends.

    Our love and support is with you at any time through this. May the Lord give you and your family courage, strength, and peace to keep you going through this tough time.

    In sorrow and with love and peace

  10. Lou & Phyllis Lorincz :

    Our deepest sympathy to Helen and the entire Mackie family.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you experience such a great loss.

    Lou & Phyllis Lorincz

  11. Roman and Linda Derkach :

    Both Linda and I send our Deepest Condolences to all of the Family and extended Family for Your Loss

  12. Love to all the Mackies from your Sanders cousins. Uncle Jim was wonderful and we will treasure the memories of his humour and hospitality. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  13. Art and Viv Meyer :

    To Helen Mackie and Family,

    Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you. You have lost a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. Jim was a true gentleman and we appreciate and treasure all the memories of the Bridge Club and Glencoe events. He contributed so much to the community, making it, and Calgary, all better places because of his interest and dedication.

    May God watch over all his loved ones.

    With appreciation for having him as a friend and neighbour all these many years.

    Art and Viv Meyer

  14. Shirley and Les Warden and Family :

    We remember Jim very fondly and wish to extend our deepest sympathy to all the family. He was a wonderful man and will be sadly missed. Shirley and Les Warden and family

  15. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Jim was a good man whom I greatly admired. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  16. Suzanne and Don Ferguson, St. Thomas, ON :

    Dear Aunt Helen,
    We will be thinking of you today, I didn’t realize til I read the obit that Uncle Jim was born on my sister Karen’s birthday. We will be in Calgary in May for a friend’s wedding I hope to connect then. We will be at Nora’s New Year’s Eve with Noelle and Ricardo. I know you’ll keep your memories and family close. Praying for you and yours –Suzanne (Patty & Frank’s youngest daughter)

  17. Helen and family – my thoughts and prayers are with you. I have very fond memories of Jim at dancing and at your lovely house, and I know he will be greatly missed.

  18. Ed and Heather Riach :

    Dear Helen and family, please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of Jim.
    He will be sadly missed.
    Ed and Heather

  19. Jamie, Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your father. He was a very fine man and I appreciated knowing him.
    Sincerely,
    Roy Smith

  20. Barbara and Don MacDougall :

    Jim will be well remembered for his generosity to his community of time and money. His friendship will be cherished always.

    Don and Barb

  21. douglas maclean :

    DEAR HELEN, AND FAMILY;
    MARY BETH AND I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO BE THERE WITH YOU TODAY, BUT WE ARE BOTH HERE IN CANMORE AND STUCK WITH WORK.
    JIM WAS ONE OF MY VERY FAVOURITE PEOPLE, AND A WONDERFUL “GENTLE MAN” IN THE TRUE SENSE, HIS LOVE OF THINGS SCOTTISH, ART, MOUNTAINS WAS ALWAYS INSPIRING. I WILL REMEMBER HIM AS HE WAS SHARP, THOUGHTFUL AND QUIETLY KNOWING.
    AND TO YOU HELEN, MARY BETH SENDS HER SPECIAL WISHES, YOU ARE A WONDERFUL ARTIST, MOTHER AND PERSON, JIM WOULD BE SO PROUD OF THE WAY YOU “LET HIM GO” FINALLY. MAY PEACE BE WITH YOU AND ALL OF YOUR LARGE FAMILY. (A TRUE TESTAMENT IN ITSELF!)
    ALL OUR VERY BEST AND CONDOLENCES TO ALL.
    DOUGLAS MACLEAN AND MARY BETH LAVIOLETTE.

  22. Janet Castonguay :

    Dear Mrs Mackie,
    I was saddened to read of James’ death in the Herald this morning. He will be very sadly missed by everyone who knew him. My deepest sympathy to you, please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Sincerely,
    Janet Castonguay

  23. Thinking of you Helen . Jim was a great dancer. And always had a friendly hello and time to chat with everyone.

  24. Heidi & Colette Hubner :

    Dear Helen, Jamie and Family,

    Our deepest condolences to all the family for your loss. Our thoughts are with you.

  25. John & Bobbie Currie :

    Calgary has lost a great citizen. Our deepest sympathy Helen to you and your family.

    Bobbie and John Currie

  26. David L. Neill :

    I was saddened to learn of the passing of Jim Mackie. My connection with Jim was as part of a team that Jim initiated and spearheaded for the dedication of Stephen Avenue as a National Historic District. This was concluded with a ceremony celebrating this and a monument on Stephen Avenue describing the designation. Unfortunately, at the ceremony Jim was not properly recognized for his role which was very disappointing. However, he will always be remembered by the key members of this group for his wonderful work in achieving this goal.
    David L. Neill

  27. Peter and Ildiko Farkas :

    Helen,

    We are thinking of you and your family at this time of your great loss. Jim was always welcoming and kind to us (as you also), and his mentorship is something I appreciated.

    Jim was a special person, including his ability to balance his professional and personal life better than many of us.

    We know his passing will leave a large gap in your family. We hope you can draw strength from each other and your friends at this time.

    We extend our deepest condolences,

    Peter and Ildiko

  28. David Fulton and Shari Wright :

    Jamie,

    Shari and I were saddened to learn of your father’s passing last week.

    I met your father a few times over the years (as far back as the mid-sixties, when you and I were working together on our science fair project). I was always struck by your father’s energy and passion for life.

    Our hearts go out to you and your family. Shari and I extend our deepest condolences to you & Brenda, your mother Helen and the rest of the Mackie family.

    David Fulton and Shari Wright

  29. Our conddolences to Helen and family on the death of Jim. We spent many delightful hours at the BKC and he will be missed.

  30. Marlene Doherty :

    Dear Anne,
    Thinking of you and your family – may you find comfort in your memories and strength in each other’s love.
    Marlene, Dan and family

  31. Dear Helen and Family,
    As I was driving to Banff the afternoon of the 27th (my birthday) I came over the hill just west of the Bragg Creek turnoff on Highway # 1 and looked to that stunning southwest view and thought of the many pleasant Christmases our family had spent at the KC. I thought of the Mackies and of the close knit family they were, led by two of the nicest, kindest people I ever met. My heartfelt condolences to you all. Jim was a great man in many ways.

    Bill Quigley

  32. Anne & Robert Ferrier :

    Dear Helen and Family,
    Robert and I were away when we heard about Jim and we give our sincere condolences to you and your family at this sad time.
    Robert (Bob) and Anne Ferrier

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