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Clyde Edward MacQuarrie

September 27, 1932 ~ January 28, 2024 (age 91) 91 Years Old

Clyde MacQuarrie Obituary

In Loving Memory of Clyde Edward MacQuarrie 1932-2024

Alder Point

It is with love and tenderness that the MacQuarrie family announces the passing of our dear father, Clyde, on the afternoon of Sunday, January 28th, 2024, at the age of 91.

Clyde, beloved husband of Shirley Anne (O'Toole); Father of Cheryl, Joanne, Wade, Wanda, and baby Catherine; Grampy of Amanda, Mike, Jamie & Sean; Brother to Roberta, Blaise & Gerry; and friend to many, passed away peacefully at Northside General hospital with his family surrounding him. 

Clyde was a Tuesday's child, full of grace and goodwill, born on September 27th, 1932, in the beautiful county of Inverness.

He was one of four children born to Leo & Edith (Henneberry) MacQuarrie.  The family experienced tragedy in June 1940 when Leo passed in a drowning accident on Lake Ainslie. Clyde was only 8 years old at the time.  The Stella Maris Parish helped Edith and her family to thrive.  Clyde learned to become a mechanic and worked in a local garage on the main street to support the family.  His grandparents, Charles and Elizabeth MacQuarrie, also helped oversee the family and provided refuge and guidance for them.  Clyde was always very thankful for their support.

As a young man, he joined the Air Force, wishing to become a pilot - a dream he envisioned as a little boy - but, due to his eyesight, was limited to mechanics, which he excelled at.

Clyde married Shirley Anne O'Toole in 1957, and together, they had five children: Cheryl, Joanne (Rick), Wade (Kim), Wanda, and baby Catherine. The family lived across Canada, from North Sydney to St Lambert Quebec, Cold Lake Alberta, Goose Bay Labrador, Ottawa, Kingston and landed in Toronto in 1970.  He became Fleet Superintendent at Weston Bakeries and looked after the bakery delivery operations across Ontario.  We were quite happy when Dad would come home with baked goodies as treats now and then.

He enjoyed curling together with the family and traveled to many bonspiels and local games at the CFB Downsview base.  When the grandchildren came along, he became their beloved Grampy and will be tenderly missed by Amanda, Mike, Jamie, and Sean.  He loved adventures in the outdoors and took them on many hikes to enjoy the beauty of nature and a few mosquitos here and there.  He would find places to explore and enjoy food along the Cabot Trail.  His favorite pastimes were golf and flying remote control airplanes, which he enjoyed building, flying and ultimately repairing and with a few crash landings, a few more repairs.  His favorite place in world was on the greens at Highlands Links in Ingonish, standing in the breeze with the Highlands behind him and the Ocean in front of him, with a club in his hand. 

When he retired, he moved with Shirley back to the O'Toole homestead in Alder Point in 2004.  He quickly became good friends with Peter, Curtis, Adam and Timmy. He was an avid golfer and was always looking to get on the greens with his buddies.  They would only golf on the days that end in "Y".  He learned how to turn the lawn into a carpet of green lushness and enjoyed summers listening to the Blue Jays on his headphones while riding the lawn tractor.  During the winter, he would cheer for the Toronto Maple Leafs and was a true blue fan to the end.  He bought a sea kayak and would paddle in the gut, sometimes going into the ocean, and with the assistance of the local fishermen, would be retrieved from the outgoing tide and returned home safely to us. His dream of flying still burned deep in his heart and he decided to buy an ultralight plane.  He picked it up in Florida and pulled it in a trailer, driving all the way up the eastern seaboard to bring it to the Annapolis Valley, to where his flight instructor was.  There, he learned how to take off and land safely.  His hours of instruction paid off and he flew solo over Inverness many times to see the beauty of the coast and golf greens nestled among the sandy banks and beach grasses.  That was heaven for him. 

Clyde is predeceased by his Dad 1940, his infant daughter Catherine 1969, his Mom 2005, his brother-in-law Lewis Woods 2013 and his sister Roberta in 2022.  He is survived by his brother Blaise, in Peru as an Oblate Missionary, his brother Gerry in London, Ontario, and his sister-in-law Marjorie O'Toole in Pictou.

Forever loved by his good friends including the Donovan, Gardner and Beaupre families, Cathy Williams, Paul Leger, and his many nieces and nephews.

He was a man of his word who lived a full live and was the cornerstone of our family.  Clyde was very capable and was proud to take care of our home and would always have a friendly smile and helping hand for the neighbors.  Clyde had a special place in his heart for Florence McNeil and would drop by often to see if she needed anything.  He had a wonderful sense of humour and could be a little mischievous now and then. Both Raymond O'Toole and Earl McNeil would know all about that.

Our sincerest thanks go to the staff at Northside General and especially to the McNeil family and Fr. Doug MacDonald for helping us and being there with us by his side.

 A Funeral Mass to Celebrate his Life will be held in July 2024; more details to come later. Words of comfort may be sent to www.jmjobesfuneralhome.com

Donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in lieu of flowers.

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