Funeral service for the late William ‘Billy’ Mackinnon, 79, East Lake Ainslie, was held November 16 in Stewart United Church. Burial was in Stewartdale Cemetery.
Mr. Mackinnon died November 13, 2018, in Victoria County Memorial Hospital, Baddeck.
Born March 15, 1939, in Hays River, Inverness County, he was the youngest son of the late Allan and Flora (Matheson) Mackinnon. He was a member of Stewart United Church and could be found in the back row of the choir almost every Sunday. He was a member of Sircom Lodge 66, Keltic Star Chapter #19 OES and the Whycocomagh Volunteer Fire Department. Volunteering his time to his community was very important to him. He served on the boards of ENRICH, L’arche Cape Breton and the Whycocomagh Co-op. He spent his early years working on the family farm in Hays River and in the woods cutting pulp. He retired from Stora Forest Industries in 1994. He loved being in the woods and in his garden. For 45 years, he and his wife worked together as mail carriers on the Lake Ainslie mail route. He looked forward to seeing and teasing his friends along the way and at the Whycocomagh Post Office.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Anna; three daughters, Florence Mackinnon (David Ferguson), Moncton; Wilma (Murdo) Ferguson, Port Hawkesbury; Joy (Steve) Garland, Hammonds Plains; five grandchildren, Erin (Mike) Stoll, Drew and Cassie Ferguson, Kyle and Sarah Garland; sister, Agnes Macphail, East Walpole, Massachusetts; sister-inlaw, Mae (Nelson) Poole, Whycocomagh; special cousin, Don (Carol) Mackinnon, New Market, Ontario; many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Angus Neil, Donald; parents-in-law, William and Cassie Macintosh; three brothers-inlaw, Leroy Macphail, Roy Mackenzie, Gussie Macintosh; sisterin-law, Marguerite Mackenzie.
Memorial donations may be made to Victoria County Palliative Care, Stewart United Church or a charity of choice.
Online condolences: www.haverstocks.com