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McRAE, James McQueen MBE

October 12, 1920 – March 20, 2011

Jim (Mac) McRae of Calgary, Alberta passed away peacefully, with his family by his side on Sunday, March 20, 2011 at the age of 90 years. He is now with his Lord and all the loved ones who predeceased him. He is survived by his beloved wife of nearly sixty-two years, Moira, his four children, Chris Knebel (Woody), Murray (Jane), Anne Outhwaite (Bill) and Sandy (Allison), his seven grandchildren, Jade (Brenley), Laura (Rob), Jessica, Jeff (Michelle), Brody, Taylor and Duncan, and one great-grandson, Cole, as well as numerous nieces and nephews of the McRae, Sutherland, Loates and Garratt clans. Jim was born in Rocanville, Sask., the youngest of seven children to Jean and Alexander McRae. He finished high school at sixteen, went to Business college and then enlisted in the army in 1939. He served our country until the duration of the war as a Senior staff member (WO 2) to General Foulkes in the 5th Division of the First Canadian Corps, spending a lot of his time in Italy but ending up in the Netherlands in 1945. He was awarded the medal (MBE) presented to him by King George the VI. Upon returning from overseas, he attended the University of Saskatchewn studying for a degree in Commerce, then moved to Lacombe as a partner in a grocery store with his brother-in-law, Tom Smith. He met his bride and they wed in 1949, moved to Calgary where Jim accepted a job in Accounting with Chevron. He worked there for thirty-three years, retired and traveled with Moira and their many dear friends. They spent over twenty years in Sun Lakes, Arizona, meeting more very special friends and staying young. Jim was an avid sportsman, playing hockey, baseball, coaching Little League for twenty-seven years, curling, golfing, and watching all sports over the years. He loved playing Crib, Bridge, doing crosswords and he and Moira never missed Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. He loved to sing and had a beautiful tenor voice which he used in all the church choirs. He and Moira were faithful church-goers and were members of Scarboro, Southminster and Parkdale United churches as well as the United Church of Christ in Sun Lakes. Above all Jim loved his family and was proud of all their accomplishments. He attended many concerts, recitals, shows, plays, games, etc. He said that his children and their offspring were his and Moiras legacy to the world. He was a great husband, wonderful father, brother, uncle and friend. Thanks to his doctors, nurses and caregivers at Chinook Hospice, Palliative Home Care and Tom Baker Cancer Centre. A celebration of Jims life will be held Friday, March 25 at Parkdale United Church (2919 – 8 Avenue N.W.) at 2:00 p.m. followed by a reception. Forward condolences through . If friends so desire, donations can be made directly to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre or MS Society of Canada – Calgary Branch, 2116 – 27 Avenue N.E., T2E 7A6.

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  1. Maureen and Tim Burgess :

    Dear McRae Family,

    Our love for Murray and his wife Jane, and knowing their love for his father brings us to write this short note. We are sorry for the McRae Family’s loss and know there are no words to help at this time. However our thoughts are with you. With heartfelt sadness, Maureen and Tim

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  2. Laurie and Marvel Seaker :

    Our condolences to the wonderful McRae family. Jim was truly one of the finest gentlemen we ever worked and socialized with.

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  3. Doug and Donna Garratt :

    We are very saddened to hear of the passing of a favourite uncle. Uncle Mac’s gentle humour and kind nature will be sorely missed.

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Aunt Moira, Christy, Murray, Anne, Sandy and the grandchildren.

    Love to all,
    Doug and Donna Garratt

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  4. The McRae Family

    Please accept my sincere condolences upon Jim’s passing.

    You will all miss him greatly, but you have many happy memories to give you comfort.

    Roy Stuart

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  5. For Moira, Murray, Sandy, Chris, Anne, their partners and families,

    We send our love and warm thoughts to comfort you, as we remember Jim and the fun we always had when we were with him. We’ll think of dinner parties and weddings, his cheerful smile and his enjoyment at being where the laughter was.
    Kimm, Bob, Jaimie, Malcolm and Tessie

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  6. Fred & Doreen Brazier :

    Dear Moira and family, we were so sad to hear of Jim’s death, but will aways remember him for his sense of fun, dedication to church and community and love for his family.You are in our thoughts and prayers and hope. This initial grief will eventually be replaced with only happy memories of a wonderful life together.
    Love Fred and Doreen (Brazier)

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  7. Sandy & Ann Crawford :

    Dear Moira, Chris, Murray, Ann & Sandy (& families),

    We were so sorry to hear of Jim’s death! We have always thought of him as one of the kindest and most thoughtful people we know. He was certainly a person we have tried to emulate. I (Sandy) was always impressed with his sharp mind in the Stewardship meetings we attended at Parkdale where he served as Treasurer for many years. And of course we both loved singing with him! We think of all of you as family – you were so good to us when we first moved to Calgary! We hold you all in our hearts and prayers. God be with you all! Sandy & Ann Crawford

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  8. Michelle Walz :

    Dear Moria and Family,
    In the quiet moments,
    When hurt is hard to bear…
    May love become your shelter and
    may the beauty of precious memories
    be your comfort.
    Jim will truly be missed!! We are blessed we got to be part of his life and see his smile every time he came to the golf course. He will always hold a special place in our hearts.

    All Our Love and Sypathy,
    Michelle, Brad and Wendy Walz

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  9. Don and Liz McPhail :

    WE were saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. Sorry we couldn’t attend the service, but we are in St. George. We always felt that Jim was a gentleman through and through and a lot of fun on the golf course. We have great memories of those times and I’m sure you do as well Moira – thinking of you in your time of loss.
    Love Liz and Donnie

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  10. Ian & Kathy Borwick :

    We are very sorry to hear of your loss. Jim was a fine man and we know that you will miss him. May all the memories of your time together give you comfort.

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