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Victor Heatherington MacKay


Victor Heatherington MacKay
Victor Heatherington MacKay

It is with sadness, the family of Victor announces his passing at home on February 25th, 2017 surrounded by his family, at the age of 93. Born in Truro, NS on February 12th, 1924 to Harry and Laura (Crowell) MacKay, upon his 16th birthday, he signed up for the Royal Canadian Navy and served in active duty in the Atlantic and Mediterranean from 1942 to 1945. He said back then, "If I can walk off the ship carrying my own duffle bag and we have won the war, I will never complain again" and he kept that promise.

Shortly after when he arrived in Wolfville to attend Acadia University (class of 1949) and stepped off the train, he looked around at the Town of Wolfville and declared he would always return to raise his family here. In 1951 he married the love of his life, Geri McCully of Bible Hill, NS and they returned to Wolfville in 1952 to become residents of the Town. He always considered Wolfville to be the most beautiful place in the world.

Victor accomplished much and contributed to the community in many ways throughout his life but family and friends were most important to him. He often said, "If you know a person that has had a better life than me, I sure would like to meet them". His dream of having his own family business was realized in 1971 when he opened MacKay Real Estate. He also loved his summers at the cottage and later his winters in Florida. He enjoyed an active life, with golf being a big part of it. He could never pass up a chance for an early morning Tim's run to socialize and get the news of the day and meet with friends. He loved to meet and connect with people, as he always found everyone to be so interesting and you could always learn so much. He treated whomever he met with respect and kindness and was guaranteed to always have a one liner for everyone.

Victor is survived by his wife Geri of 65 years, children Marty (Ross) DeWolfe, Cathy (Jeff) Cantwell, John (Ann), Heather (Mike) Grass, and Jim along with his 11 grandchildren; Angela, Rory (Sandy), Connor (Sarah) Cantwell, Victoria (Simon), Stephen, James, Lara (Chris) DeWolfe, Harry, Margaret (Mike) MacKay; Logan MacKay and Nicole Grass and his 4 great-grandchildren, Rosalie, Oscar & Marlowe Cantwell and Owen DeWolfe. He was predeceased by his parents, and brothers Gordon and Edwin.

There will be a visitation Tuesday, February 28th 6-8:00PM with a Royal Canadian Legion service to follow the visitation at the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville where the Celebration of his Life and a reception will be held Wednesday, March 1st at 2:00PM.

The family would like to thank the following for their amazing service and care when the family needed them the most; the VON, EHS, Palliative Care and the compassionate caregivers from Always Home HomeCare. No flowers by request. Donations may be made to the VON.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. On-line inquiries may be directed to

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Service Date
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Service Time
2:00 p.m.
Service Location
White Family Funeral Home, Kentville, NS

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Visitation Time
6-8 p.m.
Visitation Location
White Family Funeral Home, Kentville, NS - Legion service to follow

Requested Charity
Annapolis Valley Victorian Order of Nurses