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Wellington "Wally" McMahon

May 27, 2020

Obituary

Wellington “Wally” McMahon

 

It is with profound sadness that the family of Wellington “Wally” McMahon announces the passing of their #1 fan on May 27, 2020 after a short but intense battle with colon cancer.

 

Wally was born on October 2, 1935 in Teulon, Manitoba (the 3rd youngest of 10 children) born to Parents Eldon and Polly McMahon.

 

At an early age, Wally took up what would become one of his lifetime passions, the game of hockey. He was a member of the Teulon Bantam hockey team and in 1949 they won the All Manitoba title. He was very proud of this accomplishment and proudly displayed his skates from that era.

 

As a young adult, Wally followed his brothers Jim and Fred to Geraldton, Ontario in hopes of finding work. It was there that he met and fell in love with a lovely young lady named Marilyn Barker. This was a lifetime love and the two were married in July 1957. Settling in Geraldton and starting a family, Wally and Marilyn were blessed with 3 sons; Mark, Kevin and Scott.

 

Wally took great pride in everything he did whether it was planting potatoes with his father-in-law or plowing snow for the Department of Highways. He found his true calling operating equipment for the town of Geraldton and retired after over 25 years of service.

 

Wally had many other interests and hobbies but his passion was his family.

 

In April 2006, Wally was devastated when he lost his beloved Marilyn to ovarian cancer. Through his devotion to his family and friends he found a way to persevere and plot a new course for the remainder of his years.

He embraced every moment spent with his family and welcomed every opportunity to visit with friends at the local coffee shops, cafes and of course the Hockey Arena in “Wally’s Corner”.

Wally was an avid supporter of the Detroit Red Wings and local hockey clubs alike.

 

Wally lived a full and enriching life of 84 years.

He laughed often, loved always and leaves this world better than he found it.

He will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew him.

 

Survived by sons Mark (Sharon), Kevin (Christine), Scott (Donna).

Brothers Cliff (Patti) and Herb (Marion). Sisters-in-law Audrey McMahon (late Jim), Elsie McMahon (late Fred), Luella Sumner (Hank), Rachel Bachofer (late Eric), Jacquie Barker (late Gerald) and numerous nieces and nephews. Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren will be missing their Bumpa: Mark (Michelle, Mason, Mackenzie), Carl (Lorna, Riley, Nathan), Tasha (Jason), Nathan (Charley), Melissa (Terrance, Dakotah, Rebecca, Alexandria), Lance (Savana, Preston). Special friend Mary McKay and her family.

 

Predeceased by his loving wife Marilyn, parents Eldon and Polly McMahon. Sisters; Elsie Slater (Arnie), Louise McMahon (in infancy), Jean Holloway (Bob). Brothers; James, Albert, Elmer, Fred, Brother-in-law Gerald, and  his furry friend Tippy.

 

The family would also like to thank long time friends Mike and Julie Davis and family for all they have done for Dad over the years.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations gratefully accepted to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation - Northern Cancer Fund or a charity of your choice.

 

Due to current restrictions from COVID19, there will not be a service at this time. We will gather at a later time when the world virus once again allows us to give Dad a proper send off.

 

Messages of condolence may be placed at the Fawcett Funeral Home website at: www.rfffh.com

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