The Honourable Justice
William Andrew MacKay
W. Andrew MacKay, 83, died peacefully surrounded by his family, January 12, 2013 in Halifax.
Born March 20, 1929, in Halifax, and graduated from Dalhousie University, he served as a much loved professor of constitutional law and Dean of Law and later as vice- president and president of Dalhousie University. He chaired the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission and was Ombudsman of Nova Scotia. He served as a Judge of the Federal Court of Canada.
A sportsman, educator and administrator of justice, Andy was the embodiment of selfless service. He believed passionately in education and was a proud supporter of his alma mater. He will be remembered by all who knew him as a true gentleman with boundless generosity and keen sense of humour. He lived according to his own credos: be kind to others, be yourself, love life. He touched the hearts of many and even a brief encounter left an impression. He was a giant among men without making others feel small.
His family was his great love and joy. He was the devoted husband of 58 years of Alexa E. Wright, loving father of Margaret MacKay and adored and adoring ''Bampi'' to Alexandra, Kathleen and David Archibald, step-grandfather of Ona Archibald, and step great- grandfather of Sophia White. Dear brother of Mary MacKay and Janet Brown, Ottawa, and Edith (Gordon) Haliburton, Wolfville, beloved uncle to many nieces, nephews, great- nieces and great-nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Robert A. MacKay and Kathleen Junkin.
A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 19 in St. Andrew's United Church, 6036 Coburg Rd., Halifax, led by Rev. Russell Daye. Reception to follow in the church hall, Coburg Road. A private family interment will take place at Fairview Cemetery.
Donations may be made to Dalhousie University, St. Andrew's United Church, or any charity of choice.
Messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting jasnowfuneralhome.com.
Wednesday January 16, 2013
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