Alvin John McRae
March 16, 1935 – May 21, 2021
Peacefully on May 21, 2021 at the Selkirk Regional Health Centre Alvin McRae passed away at the age of 86 years. He will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his sisters Mildred Blundell, Olive Pritchard, Geraldine Bruneau and brother George McRae. Alvin’s life will also be celebrated and fondly remembered by Karen and Bill Sinclair, many nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.
Alvin was predeceased by his loving wife Mae, daughter Brenda, parents Charles and Ann McRae, brothers Charles McRae DFM, Milton McRae and sisters Audrey Walker, Evelyn Anderson and Winona Metrow.
Alvin was born on March 16, 1935 in Pine Ridge, Municipality of Springfield. He later was a long-time resident of Lockport, MB, where he and his family built so many wonderful memories. Alvin was a very hard-working man. He worked at the Manitoba Rolling Mills for 34 years and in 1989 received a 25-year accident free service award in which he was very proud of. After a long day’s work at the mill or on weekends Alvin did lawn care and landscaping for Mr. Leo Hoppe and his wife Jane. He would always say “I’m getting the grounds spruced up for the shoot ‘n fest!” Alvin also did lawncare for Dr. Ralph Robertson and his wife Edna well into his retirement years. The Hoppe’s and Robertson’s were like extended family to Alvin. Alvin enjoyed volunteering his time for several years at the Lockport Children’s Festival, collecting hockey sticks for children and helping at the snow slide. He always loved to see the kids having so much fun.
Alvin relocated to “The Green Place” in Scanterbury in 2008 after his loving wife Mae passed. This was a place of peace, contentment and pure delight to him. He loved when people would come out to visit and play horseshoes, fish, swim and enjoy big meals. He would always be running tournaments, having draws and putting prizes together. It was always loads and loads of fun for anyone who visited. Another thing Alvin loved was to try his luck at gambling…not too much though! Whether it was horse racing, cards or casino. He loved to attend even to just walk around, grab a coffee and meet people. Alvin loved listening to music, whenever you walked into his home, he would always have the old time music playing and whenever he could he would head out to catch a live performance.
Unfortunately, in 2016 Alvin suffered a stroke and had to relocate to Happy Thought Villa in East Selkirk. He worked very hard at his rehabilitation to remain independent in an apartment with the help of Home Care and family supports. He always looked forward to the weekends when he was able to head back to the Green Place in Scanterbury.
With a recent Cancer diagnosis Alvin was admitted to the hospital on palliative care and completed his life’s journey in peace.
The family would like to extend sincere thanks to Dr. Elbardisy for all his care over the years. We would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the Selkirk Regional Health Centre for all their care and compassion. A big thank you to all the Home Care staff who provided support and assistance over the years. A special thanks to Bev Swain (A.K.A Susie Q) for all your visits, care and support.
We would also like to thank Rev. A Bouw of the Knox Presbyterian Church for officiating the service and Gilbart’s Funeral Home for their professional guidance and care.
Due to the current health restrictions a private family service will be held in the Gilbart Funeral Chapel, Selkirk, MB on Saturday, May 29, 2021 and the service may be viewed via the following link: https://youtu.be/-ktKRdFHQdU at 1:00 p.m.
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