In Loving Memory of James Edward McKellar

Dad passed away peacefully at his home at Royale Place on September 10, 2023 in his 94th year. 

Lovingly remembered by sons Greg (Mary- Jean) and Steve (Teresa).  Predeceased by his beloved wife Beverley who passed less than three months ago, and his parents Edmund and Doreen. Survived by sister Lucille (Lee) and brother Arch (Marie). Cherished by grandsons Dylan and Kyle. Lovingly remembered by Magen, Wendy, sister-in-law Suzanne King and nephew Christopher. 

Dad grew up on a farm and went to a one room school house in Hesketh, Alberta. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in chemical engineering and moved to Brockville, Ontario at a young age where he embarked on a remarkably successful career with Dupont, ending with a well planned early retirement at the age of 55 as the Chief Supervisor of the Nylon Intermmediate plant. Dad was highly respected in his career by his peers. 

Upon retirement, Dad fulfilled his passion for life long learning by travelling all over the world, visiting numerous countries and experiencing different cultures. He was a true intellectual with a thirst for knowledge. Dad was a voracious reader, a political junkie, an extremely accomplished duplicate bridge player and an avid sports fan, who passed along his lifetime love of the New York Yankees and the New York Giants to his sons and grandsons. 

But most of all, Dad was just a tremendous father and husband. He was exceedingly generous, unbelievably modest, unselfish and the most ethical person we know. His greatest gift in life was his ability to model through his behaviour the values he cherished most. What a gift that has been. Well done Dad. Rest now. You leave a lasting legacy. 

There will be no funeral. Dad donated his body to the Queens University Anatomy Department, because science mattered to him. So even in death, he continues to make a difference in the world. A Celebration of Life will be held at Cataraqui Golf Club on Sunday, September 24 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Best wishes only. 

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