In loving memory of GARY McCUAIG 1945–2023
The family of Robert Gary McCuaig KC sadly announce his passing on August 3, 2023 at St John Hospice in Vancouver, BC.
Gary was the beloved husband of Dorothy (Dot, neé Carroll), father of Ryan, father-in-law of Carole Birks, and grandfather of Graeme, who captured his heart from the moment he was born fifteen years ago. He is also survived by his cousin Beverly Rook (John), sisters-in-law Sharon Hart and Mary Carroll, nieces and nephews Margaret Cologna (Shawn), Carla Moore (Darryl Ward), Krista Rowell (Dave), Sean Moore (Petra), Valerie Hobbs (Dale) and Craig Moore and his eleven grandnieces and grandnephews. He is predeceased by his parents Robert and Grace McCuaig, and by his brother-in-law Carl Moore.
Gary was born in Toronto and grew up in Chatham. He nurtured life-long friendships with a group of his childhood friends in Chatham. He graduated from Western University’s law school in 1969, and he initially practiced law in London, Ontario. He moved to Edmonton in 1978 with Dot and Ryan, and joined the Alberta Prosecution Service. He considered the decade that he served as Chief Crown Prosecutor the most difficult but rewarding years of his work life. He was seconded to the UN in 2002-2003 to prosecute war crimes in Kosovo. He retired in 2008, but continued to mentor junior Crown prosecutors. He served six years on the Edmonton Police Commission.
He loved sport. He played baseball as a teenager in Chatham. He was a catcher for a team that won the Ontario championships five years in a row. He loved baseball and read and studied all aspects of the sport, and remained unfailingly loyal to the Detroit Tigers. He was a distance runner who raced the Edmonton and Calgary Marathons and the Jasper-Banff Relay. He was a golfer, and played at Edmonton's Highlands Golf Course for 30 years. He was a hockey player, goaltending for 37 years—of late with Edmonton's Golden Eagles.
He and his wife travelled extensively: to the 1974 Russia-Canada hockey series in Moscow, to Kenya and to South Africa, to Antarctica, to Yukon to raft down the Tatshenshini River, to China, to Thailand, and to many countries in Europe (including a golfing cruise in the British Isles for their 50th wedding anniversary), to Israel, to Turkey and to Australia and New Zealand. He loved Scotland, and was proud of his Scottish heritage.
We will remember Gary for his kindness and thoughtfulness, his integrity and courage, his ability to nurture relationships, his humour and humility, and his resolute support of and devotion to his family and friends.
There will be no funeral, at his request.
He supported many charities, but Edmonton Meals on Wheels was dear to his heart. He worked the 6-8 AM kitchen shift a few days a week for about 15 years. In lieu of flowers, feel free to donate to the charity of your choice.
A Gathering to Remember Gary
Gary wanted for his friends and family to gather together, to generally reminisce and enjoy each other’s company.
This gathering is for all who knew him, but we would appreciate an RSVP to email@example.com to help us plan.
- Highlands Golf Club, Edmonton
(Access to lower level for drop off is via the east end of the parking lot)
- Sunday, October 15, 2023
- Informal open house: 1:30–4:30pm
Memories of Gary, aka. my dad
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