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Born: Mar 16, 1956

Date of Passing: Nov 03, 2012

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JEFFERY DONALD MCDILL March 16, 1956 November 3, 2012 It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Jeff at the age of 56 in Swan River, MB. Left to cherish Jeff's memory are his loving wife Laureen, three sons Donnie, Mark and Andrew, one grandson Blake, his father Don and wife Helen, three sisters Laurie (Wayne), Cathy (Micheal), Karen (Kirk), brother Rob and many nieces and nephews. Jeff was predeceased by his mother Donna in 2004 and his brother John in 1984. Jeff's love for hockey began at a very early age. His dream was to make the NHL. He spent the majority of his minor hockey career playing in Dauphin; and, in 1972, Jeff played with the Dauphin Kings, went on to play for the Flin Flon Bombers and the Victoria Cougars in the Western Hockey League. In 1976, Jeff was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round and played in their system until 1978. From Chicago, Jeff was traded to the New York Rangers where he played until 1980 with the Rangers AHL affiliate New Haven Nighthawks. In 1982, Jeff returned to his hometown to coach the Dauphin Kings and went on to win the Provincial Championship in 1982 to 1983. He continued to take the Kings on to win the Anavet Cup Championship. In 1998, Jeff and Laureen purchased the Thunderhill Motel in Swan River which they owned and operated at the time of his death. Prior to purchasing the motel, Jeff operated a Hardware Store in Dauphin with his brother Rob; and, also had hardware stores in McCreary and Ste. Rose. Funeral services were held in Swan River on Thursday, November 8 and interment took place at the Swan Valley Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were in care of the Swan Valley Funeral Services Ltd. Jeff was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend who will be missed by many.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 24, 2012

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • An all around good guy, told great stories to everyone and the young guys on the team looked up to him. - Posted by: TomDamico (friend i played with him in steinbach with the huskiea ) on: Nov 25, 2012

  • As a New Westminster Bruins season-ticket holder, I remember Jeff playing for the Victoria Cougars and as tough as nails. The Saturday / Sunday back-to-back home & away games the Bruins & Cougars used to play were out & out wars and Jeff was always in the thick of things protecting his teammates. They just don't make people like Jeff anymore and I am saddened to hear of his passing. My sincere condolences to his Family & Friends from a longtime hockey fan who only knew Jeff from the stands. - Posted by: Andrew Castell (Hockey Fan) on: Nov 25, 2012

  • a person who was a great team mate and friend. being a 1st year pro player, Jeff took me under his wing and helped me to be a solid pro player always taking time to help me when i needed help on and off ice. one of those special people that made you feel good about yourself. - Posted by: pat conacher (teammate new haven nighthawks ahl 79-80) on: Nov 25, 2012

  • Dear Lauren and family, Grant and I were very saddened to hear of Jeff's passng. We remember both of you fondly from our wonderful years in Dauphin. Please accept our sincere condolences. May you find comfort from friends and family. Please know that you in our prayers. Sincerely, Margaret and Grant Ogonowski - Posted by: Margaret & Grant Ogonowski (Dauphin Friends) on: Nov 24, 2012

  • I want to say that I had only known Jeff for a year and a half and his inspiration and his love for his brother was very special at a time that his brother needed his support. I thank him so much for his acceptance of me in Robs life. I have seen the Legacy that Jeff left in his 3 sons, Donnie, Mark and Andrew when his 3 boys all spoke at his funeral, sharing their Life and Times with their dad. It was so wonderful to hear how unique and special each of the boys times were with their dad. One key thing that I so admired was that Jeff allowed his boys to follow their paths, but was always there to listen and guide them when they needed it. This to me is the best lessons a parent could give their children. The last time I saw Jeff was at my cabin at Burgess Beach when him and Laureen spent a weekend there with us. Lots of Laughs, Memories, Inspiration, and Love. Thank You Jeff for being YOU. We miss you. xoxo - Posted by: Laurie (Friend) on: Nov 24, 2012

  • I am so sorry for your loss, Jeff and I played hockey as young boys in Winnipeg at the Morse Place Community Club when we were around 5 - 8 years old. Jeff's parents and my parents were very good friends,once the family moved to Dauphin I stayed in touch with Jeff for several years and then we lost touch after him moving to the USA to play pro hockey. I am deeply saddened to hear of Jeff's passing,as I remember Jeff.....he was one of the best hockey players around. Even as a young kid his sense of humour and witt was second to none.......from an old Morse Place buddy, rest in peace big guy.......Mike Mooney - Posted by: Mke Mooney ( family friends from Morse Place Community Club, Winnipeg) on: Nov 24, 2012

  • My deepest sympathies to the McDill family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sadness. I have fond memories of watching Jeff play hockey with the Kings. - Posted by: Janice Schwartz (Stark) (Friend) on: Nov 24, 2012

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