As I have mentioned before, I have (for the past 10 years) been a member of The Guild of One Name Studies. One of the 'privileges' is that all members have a guild e-mail address which anyone can find on the Guild website. It is on one's 'profile' page where the details of the McIlhagga One-Name Study can be found. Yesterday for the first time in ten years someone has contacted me using this address. Jill from Canada has kindly sent me the following 'Obituary' from the Calgary Herald. I know I referred to 'Jack' when he died, but there are one or two things in this Obituary that may not be known, so I am pleased to include it here:
McILHAGGA, John Owens "Jack" September 5, 1928 - June 9, 2011 Jack McIlhagga, beloved husband of Myrna McIlhagga of Calgary, went to be with his Lord and Saviour, on Thursday, June 9, 2011 at the age of 82 years. Jack was born in Elnora, AB and raised in Calgary. He had worked with Midwest Surveys and retired from Dicksons Food Services. He spent many years volunteering at the Mustard Seed and enjoyed gardening, and was an avid sports fan. Jack is survived by his loving wife Myrna; two daughters, Jodi McIlhagga and Jill (Troy) Hickling; three grandchildren, Danika, Tessa and Benjamin. Jack is also survived by Myrna's family, numerous nieces and nephews as well as his adopted family, the Doerksens. He was predeceased by his parents Catherine and Joseph, two brothers Ross and Allan. Funeral Services will be held at the Beddington Pentecostal Church (16 Bermuda Drive N.W.) on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com . If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Mustard Seed Street Ministry, 102 - 11 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 0X5 (Telephone 403-269-1319, www.theseed.ca ), or the Missions Fund c/o Beddington Pentecostal Church, 16 Bermuda Drive N.W., Calgary, AB T3K 1H7 (Telephone 403-275-7133). In living memory of Jack McIlhagga, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane.