Ian MacNevin

Obituary of Ian MacNevin

It is with very heavy hearts and sadness that we announce the passing of Kenneth “Ian” MacNevin (aka “Mac” and “Grampy”) at Thomas Hall in Fredericton, NB on Tuesday, June 20, 2023 at the age of 91. Ian was born in Charlottetown, PE on December 14, 1931. He was predeceased by his wife, and love of his life, Patsy (Joyce) MacNevin, parents Ernest and Cora (Tanton) MacNevin and brother Pete MacNevin.

The best, wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather to his daughters Darlene Williams (Greg) and Patricia (Patti) MacNevin, two grandsons, Nicholas and Mark MacNevin (Alison), and two beautiful great-granddaughters, Kate and Olivia. He is also survived by his sister Nancy Cox, brother David MacNevin (Barb), sister-in-law Rose Northrup, many nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Born and raised in Charlottetown, PE, he was a Royal Canadian Army Cadet Sergeant at the young age of 7. An athlete of many sports, mainly hockey and basketball, he volunteered as a junior councillor at the local YMCA helping the youth in the community to be skilled team players. Initially, he thought of pursuing a career as a pilot but a friend convinced him to become a member of the Royal Canadian
Mounted Police. Ian became an Inspector later in his policing career and served as a very proud officer for over 30 years in the Maritime Provinces and Ottawa. He was inducted into the Perth-Andover Hockey Hall of Fame for his team’s Maritime championship. He loved to travel with his family to many places in Canada and the United States. He loved watches and usually purchased one during his many
travels with his wife, daughters and grandchildren. His favourite hobby was building clocks for friends and family, as well as building furniture. He was a fine wood artist. He often told us that if the wood wasn’t as smooth as a baby’s bum, then it’s not well crafted or finished. Of course, everyone knew he was the biggest fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs (and he never quavered!) as well as the Toronto Blue
Jays. Faithfully and with a warm generous smile and heart, he was an avid fan of his grandsons’ athletic endeavours, including baseball (Royals, Cougars, Reds, etc.), hockey, volleyball, basketball and soccer. His favourite food was vanilla ice cream and coconut cream pie; the ice cream was a daily “staple”. He ensured that his grandsons were avid connoisseurs of ice cream which they will attest. A lover of cats,
especially Pinky and Sketch who would constantly be found on his lap. Ian always loved music (previous choir boy) and dancing to all types of music except Disco. Dad – you’re dancing with Mom in Heaven watching over your family. Thank you for everything!

A special thank you to the caring and professional healthcare team at Thomas Hall. Your kindness was very much appreciated. Dad loved the many conversations with you regarding his life and most of all the teasing about his Toronto Maple Leafs. Thank you for loving Dad / Grampy.

Visitation will be held at McAdam’s Funeral Home in Fredericton on Thursday, June 22, 2023 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. A funeral service will be held from the J.A. McAdam Memorial Chapel on Friday, June 23, 2023 at 11am. For those who were unable to attend the service, a recording is available at the following link: https://vimeo.com/event/3513400 . In lieu of flowers, donations in Ian’s memory may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association or Canadian Cancer Society. 

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