Grant – Albert McKay (Mack) of Comox passed away on Thursday, March 13, 2003 at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He is survived by his two daughters, Anne (Mel) Marshall and Karen (Leo) Pike of Victoria; two sons, Gordon (Marg) Grant and Allan (Jill) Grant of Comox; ten grandchildren, Laurel, Marnie, Shelley, Cynthia, Lea, Deanna, Corrie, Heather, Leanne, Craig; and 14 Great Grandchildren. He is predeceased by his wife Joan (1987) and grandson Calvin (Marshall).
Mack was born into a pioneer family that arrived in the Comox Valley in 1895. He was born in 1902 at the St. Joseph’s Hospital, the youngest of seven children (Bob, Arthur, Harold, Ernest, Gilbert and Katherine), and was schooled in the first Comox schools. His father, Albert, made a living farming (Mathison farm on the Dyke and the King and Casey farm in Comox), and logging (Grand an Mounce Mill in Cumberland). In 1917 Mack went with his parents to Nova Scotia where they operated a farm in the Annapolis Valley for ten years. He returned to Comox in 1927, taking a job with the Comox Logging Company that was to last over 40 years. The Grant brothers, Scratchy (Bob), Butch (Arthur), Harold and (Big) Mack, played a major role in the history of logging in the Comox Valley. Mack’s final job was engineer/operator at the Royston Booming Grounds where he worked for 12 years before retiring in 1970. Mack was proud of his family and his Comox roots. He married Joan (West) in 1936, built his home and raised his four children. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, golf and logger sports. Much of his leisure time was spent on his boat with friends and family. A service of remembrance will be held at the Elim Gospel Church, 566-5th St., Courtenay on Saturday, March 22 at 2:00 pm.