John passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home with his loving family by his side, on November 19, 2021. Born in Kincardine on July 28, 1955, John Angus McKay of Tara, was in his 67th year.
John “Cowboy” McKay was a man who loved. His family, his friends, a good western movie, a cup of coffee, cracking jokes, and making people laugh. Oh how he loved to make people laugh. He carried laughter with him wherever he’d go, like a secret weapon he could use to cheer someone up, or get himself out of trouble.
The strongest man you ever met, who could take the weight of the world and let it slide on off effortlessly without letting it show that there was ever any struggle. He could make you see the sun where you once saw clouds and taught you to never dwell on the should haves and the what if’s. He was about embracing every minute and enjoying it to the fullest without a care for what others might have to say about him.
Not a single person who crossed his path was void of at least one funny (albeit sometimes inappropriate) joke or conversation, no matter the length. Another testament to his ability to be in the now and leave people feeling happy with a smile on their face.
He will be missed by so many, but he’s had the ride of his life and in moving onto his next adventure he has left a world full of laughter and smiles.
Dearly loved husband of Lori Reid. Loving son of Angus and Audrey McKay of Tiverton. Cherished father of Josie Venne-Hershey (Tyler Hershey) of Owen Sound, Jeanna Crawford (Sean) of Kincardine, Alexina “Bub” McKay (Brian Akins) of Sauble Beach, William Hazen (Jacqui Kundert) of Alberta, Thomas Hazen of Owen Sound and Michael Hazen of Port Elgin. Adored grandpa of Autumn, Jonathan, Jesse, Terran, Austin, Paige, Reece, Abby, Lily, Angus “Gus”, Joshua, Nolan, Peyton and Brooklynn “Turd”. Loved brother of Sandra “Sissy” Smith of Tiverton, and the late Joanie McKay. Loved son-in-law of Mary and Darryl Klages of Owen Sound. Adored brother-in-law of Kenny Reid (late Ola) of Owen Sound, Kevin “Partner in Crime” Reid (Gerry) of Owen Sound, Keith Reid (Connie) of Collingwood, Lisa Hamilton (Mark) of Owen Sound and Mike Reid (Cathy) of Owen Sound. John will also be missed by his many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Cremation is taking place and a celebration of John’s life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, Owen Sound, 519-376-7492. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to PRANCE (Pegasus Riding Association Nurturing Challenged Equestrians) would be appreciated and can be made through the funeral home. Condolences can be sent to John’s family by visiting his online memorial at www.woodfuneralhome.ca.
I am sending a dove to heaven,
with a parcel on its wings,
Be careful when you open it,
it’s full of beautiful things.
Inside are a million kisses,
wrapped up in a million hugs
To say how much I miss you,
and send you all my love.
I hold you close within my heart,
and there you will remain
To walk with me throughout my life
until we meet again.
Happy trails Cowboy