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LLOYD ELLWOOD MACAULAY

Born: Mar 14, 1939

Date of Passing: Apr 15, 2021

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LLOYD ELLWOOD MACAULAY
1939 - 2021

On Thursday, April 15, Lloyd Ellwood MacAulay, at the age of 82 years, passed away after a brief struggle with liver cancer at Boundary Trails Health Centre.
Lloyd is survived by his wife of 58 years, Allison Jean (nee Clark); his children, Jeffrey Clark (Nancy) of Rock Lake, MB and Kimberley Dawn (Darwin) of Beausejour, MB; his grandchildren, Neil, Joshua, Paul and Chelsie; brother Dave; sister Doreen; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father Neil in 1989; his mother Mildred (nee Howard) in 2013; stepfather Chris in 2017; brother Robert in 2020 and sister Joyce in 2015.
Born March 14, 1939 at Crystal City, Dad spent his formative years finding ways to traumatize his parents and torment his siblings on the family farm just west of Pilot Mound. Upon moving to Winnipeg to further his education, he met former Teulon resident Allison Jean Clark, a fiery administration assistant by day and a Dallard's Department Store model by night, and a move back to the MacAulay farm was imminent for these two country kids.
Life on the farm was full of surprises and adventures, and never more so with the arrival of Jeff in 1966 and Kim in 1969. While expanding on the beef and grain farming traditions of his parents, Dad also branched out into pig farming, much to the dismay of the more sensitive sniffers of Goudney. Farmer ingenuity was always on display. If he couldn't fix it or find it, he would make it. And Dad made sure we followed suit - if we broke it, we better figure out a way to fix it. Dad devoted his life to his family, the land, his livestock and his community. He thoroughly enjoyed volunteering with various organizations including the Pilot Mound Kinsmen Club, whose meetings would often ramble into loud, late-night affairs - a few of which even resulted in some great community project, and all of which ended with red eyes, sore heads and a night in the dog house. Travelling and camping was high on the list of Dad's favourite activities and many trips were enjoyed with family and close friends. Park Rangers were kept busy with the warnings when comical campfire stories grew too long and tall, and hotel staff had to be on their toes dodging any number of fake rubber doggy doo piles Dad would leave around the room. Later years brought out Dad's inner antiquarian, and a new priceless treasure was soon found around every corner. His relentless pursuit and acquisition of all things old, showed his true appreciation for prairie heritage, and a blind disregard for the clean-up work he would leave behind for his devoted children. Like so many retired farmers feeling without a pasture to play in, Dad loved nothing more than a drive through the countryside during his last years. Climbing behind the wheel long after it was wise to do so, his unwavering optimism that today he wouldn't get stuck and surely that tricky little tree will stay clear of his path, often failed him. Dad's ravenous curiosity to know exactly what was down that trail, over that knoll, or around that bend, led him on some perilous journeys often requiring the assistance of others to chauffeur him home safely. Dad instilled in us a strong sense of fairness, independence, curiosity, humour and a love of all living things; and he left us with countless happy memories, and a lot of scrap metal.
On April 22, family and friends gathered for a small service and one last drive through the countryside.
Donations in memory of Lloyd may be made to the Rock Lake United Church Camp, Box 395, Crystal City, MB R0K 0N0, or a charity of one's choice.

Messages of condolences may be made online at www.wheatlandfs.com

Wheatland Funeral Service
204-825-2848 - www.wheatlandfs.com

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 24, 2021

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Thinking of you and we are very sorry for your loss!! - Posted by: Don and Bev Jarvie (Cousin) on: Apr 24, 2021

  • Allison, Jeff, Kim and the family. My sincere sympathy in the loss of a husband, father, grandfather. Lloyd was one of my fun loving cousins who I enjoyed as we grew up. One of my favorite memories was going home from town with aunt Mildred driving and it was such a hot day. But Lloyd kept turning the ignition on the car off and took a couple of times before aunt Mildred caught on. Was a good laugh. But I am feeling your pain as I have just been through this and just want to hug you all and lessen the pain. Love you all. - Posted by: Joanne Riddell (Cousin) on: Apr 24, 2021

  • Kim: Mary and I send our condolences on the loss of your father. It appears he had quite a varied and fulfilling life. Our thoughts are with you. Doug and Mary - Posted by: Doug Houghton (Froend) on: Apr 24, 2021

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