Allan Sidney Mackie
Allan Sidney Mackie was born July 22, 1926 in Prince Albert, SK, the third child of Oliver and Elizabeth Mackie. He lived and went to school in the Prince Albert District. In 1944, Allan joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served overseas on the HMCS Prince Robert. In 1946, after the war, Allan took up the trade of brick laying. In 1947 he married Phyllis Couldwell. In January 1948 Allan and Phyllis moved to Calgary where Allan worked for Poole Construction. At 22 he was brick layer foreman and by 1951 superintendent of 83 bricklayers. During that time he was involved in the construction of many schools, hospitals, grocery stores and apartments still in use today, such as; Spray Lakes Power House, Exshaw Cement Plant, Rockyview & Colonel Belcher Hospitals and the Children’s Hospital. In 1965 Allan and Phyllis made a bold decision to give up city life and moved to Briarlea to farm with Phyllis’ father John Couldwell. They farmed successfully for 20 years and then retired to Prince Albert. While farming Allan was active on the Wild Rose School Board and the Wheat Pool. Allan is survived by his wife Phyllis Mackie (nee Couldwell); his son Philip (Janet) Mackie; his daughters Carol Mackie and Tracy Mackie; grandchildren Erin Zatylny, Travis and Katherine Mackie and his great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents Elizabeth (nee Robinson) and Oliver Mackie and his siblings Roy, Hazel Nielsen, Adeline Herriott, Grace McRae, Josephine Fidler, Wilbert “Red” and Victor. Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at Gray’s Funeral Chapel, 575 – 28th Street West, Prince Albert, SK with Celebrant Val Bodnaryk. Interment will be held at Prince Albert Memorial Gardens. In lieu of other tributes, memorial donations can be made to the Lung Association of Saskatchewan, 1231 – 8th Street East, Saskatoon, SK S7H 0S5. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.grays.ca. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Gray’s Funeral Chapel, Marianne Turcotte, Funeral Director.
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