August 19, 1948 – October 11, 2020
In London, Ontario with family by his side, Dirty unexpectedly passed away after a short but successful battle with cancer, where an extended hospital stay came with complications. Proud husband to Lynne, and doting father to Jennifer (Rick) Lambkin & Kevin (Patricia) McGillivray, his love was always unconditional. His pride for his grandchildren, Brooklynn Lambkin, Archer & Bennett McGillivray, was felt by everyone who knew him. Also survived by his brother Don (Joan) McGillivray, and a host of family and dear friends across Canada including several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents Archie (2008) and Marion (1989) McGillivray of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Dad was born and raised in Winnipeg. He chose a career in electrical wiring and quickly built his network of work-family across the country. Mom and Dad met, married, and started their life together in Winnipeg before moving the family to Saskatoon, where our family grew. With immense courage Dad moved his family to Ontario, where he and Mom raised their family for many years. Mom and Dad maintained a busy social life with dear friends while attending all our baseball games and dance recitals. We spent several family vacations visiting back home and making time for friends and family or simply creating memories together. Before his retirement, Mom and Dad moved to Alberta, and again to Saskatchewan before finding their way back to Ontario to be close to their grandkids. Dad was recognized by everyone who met him as a true gentleman, with a cheeky sense of humour. His family was the most important part of his life, and he enjoyed travelling to spend time with family and friends alike.
Dirty loved his grandkids, children, and wife more than anything. He radiated love and we are lucky to have such a great example of a man to call Dad and Grandpa. Always a gentle man, he was the most thoughtful, caring, genuine and joyful man you could meet right up to his last days. He was always looking to make people smile and had all the best one-liners ready to give everyone a laugh, like “We’re off like a PD or JF” and “DILLIGAF.” Dad would proudly wear Trish’s famous custom silly hat collection to make random strangers and family smile, with a specific joke for each hat. His wit will forever leave a hole in the lives of those who knew him best. Dad will remain our hero for all he taught us and who he shaped each of us to be.
In lieu of flowers, please complete random and unsolicited acts of kindness in Dirty’s name. In compliance with Dad’s wishes, there will be no formal service and a celebration will be held at a later date when it is safe for family to travel.
Gone too soon, but forever in our hearts. You will remain present in our lives every day as we continue to talk about all the memories we shared. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Dr. R. Malthaner and his team at LHSC who helped Dad along his journey. Sending our gratitude to the CCTC & ICU staff of kind folks who cared for our Dad.
Til we meet again.