MacEachern, Malcolm Edward

11 Nov 2019

Age 91 of Antigonish, passed away in St. Martha’s Regional Hospital on November 11, 2019. Born in Cape George, he was a son of the late Sandy Malcolm and Mary Kate MacEachern. In his early life when his two brothers went overseas, Malcolm stayed at home to look after the family farm for his mother who was a widower. He began his working career as a fisherman’s helper and went to work in the woods with his friend, Johnny Adams in Economy hauling logs where he worked his way up to teamster. Malcolm had his own truck, hauling logs and gravel and worked as a heavy equipment operator during the construction of the Canso Causeway. He then went to Knob Lake, Que., to work on the construction of the airport and runway. Upon completion of this project he worked for Coca Cola, became manager of Irving Oil in Antigonish and also drove a school bus. Malcolm was well-known as a member of the Antigonish Town Police Force for many years. He eventually held the position of Police Chief. Following this, he went on to successfully manage St. George’s Grocery and Fisheries Co-op and then as supervisor with National Sea Products. As well, he had his own trucks for hauling seafood for National Sea. At the age of 65 he was still employed, working with Silverwood Construction and Anderson Seafoods. Malcolm continued to work into his mid 80’s all the while working his own woodlot. He was a member of the Antigonish Volunteer Fire Department rising to the rank of Deputy Chief and donated the land on which the North Shore Fire Department now sits. He donated blood faithfully with his much in demand Type “O” blood. He was a founding member of the Antigonish Snowmobile Club, Scratchman of the Western Union Tug-Of-War Champs 1955-58, and volunteered with the Antigonish Bulldogs. During the winter he built a community rink in his yard complete with lights for all the local kids to enjoy. He was a faithful member of Holy Rosary Church always making sure the grounds were kept mowed and up to his standard. Malcolm always made time to give a helping hand in the community. He is survived by children, James (Veronica), Lakevale; Hugh (Carol), Lakevale; Carmen, Cape George; Linda (Donald) MacDonald, Somers Road; Darlene (Reg MacEachern), Cape George; Sandy, Ballantynes Cove; sister, Margie Adams (John), Scarborough, Ont.; ten grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two great great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by wife, Joan (MacPhie); brothers, Hughie, Bernard, Gillis (Chrissie), Albert (Kaye); sisters: Angeline (George Grant), Mary Catherine in infancy, and Mary (Ranald Gillis). Visitation will be in C.L. Curry Funeral Home, 135 College St., Antigonish on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held in St. Ninian Cathedral on Thursday at 11 a.m., with Rev. Donald MacGillivray presiding. Burial In Holy Rosary Cemetery, Ballantynes Cove at a later date.