Obituary — Murray “Mike” McPhail MacIntosh

Murray “Mike” McPhail MacIntosh

Peacefully at the Winchester Hospital on Sunday, October 15, in his 86th year. Murray leaves his wife of 67 years, Donella (Burleigh) whom he married in September of 1950. Together they raised 10 children, are the proud grandparents of 17, and great-grandparents to 12 more. Brenda (Gord Wilson), Patricia (George Wright), Karon (Bruce Pinhey), late Janice (Hank Buter), Donnie (Jane), Marion (Brian Stanley), David (Cindy), Laurie (Donald VanHoof), Lorraine (Guy Monette), and Loretta (Greg VanDellen). Murray’s siblings, Mary (Brian Murphy) and the late Doug (Mildred), late Ken (Barb) and Betty (Lyle Robinson).

Born in 1931, on the MacIntosh family farm in Ormond, Murray loved life on the farm in Ormond and then Toyes Hill, before moving to Winchester. He shared many tractor rides with his children and then his grandchildren allowed him to share the joy and freedom of a forgotten time.

Murray showed dedication in all parts of his life. He was a veteran employee of the National Capital Commission, retiring in 1993 after 29 years of dedicated service. He could always be found lending someone a helping hand – whether it be out in the bush cutting wood, cheering on a grandchild’s hockey game, lending a hand during the ice storm, or helping build something at the campsite he and Donella enjoyed with friends for many years.

He was a man of quiet strength who had a mischievous grin and he was a grandpa truly loved. He loved a good laugh, a good story, and most of all, a good joke. Murray will be missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing this gentle man.

Funeral Arrangements

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at Winchester United Church on Wednesday, October 18 at 11 a.m. Interment of cremated remains will follow at Ormond Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers donations to the Winchester United Church, supporting the Church renovation, would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at The family would like to thank the staff at the Winchester Memorial Hospital, 2nd Floor, and Dundas Manor for their wonderful care.

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