The Late Lea MacKinnonPublished on 1 March 2017 Hansard and Statements by Senator Elizabeth Hubley (retired)
Hon. Elizabeth Hubley (Deputy Leader of the Senate Liberals):
Honourable senators, the people of Montague, Prince Edward Island, are saddened by the loss of a beloved town resident, Mr. Lea MacKinnon, who passed away yesterday at the age of 70.
Mr. MacKinnon — or Lea, as he was most known — was a mainstay. He walked everywhere — he was even the first person to walk across the new Montague bridge — and would wave and chat with those who passed. Everyone in town knows his trademark “Gotcha!”, and many answer to the nicknames of “Skinny” and “Monkey.” He was never in poor humour and was never one to say an unkind word.
Lea loved to help others and that inspired his community service. He regularly ran errands for friends and local businesses and picked up the mail for those who needed an extra hand. He has been recognized as Volunteer of the Year and was granted a lifetime membership with the Lions Foundation of Canada.
The charity most dear to him was the Children’s Wish Foundation. He supported this cause for more than 30 years, participating in its annual Wishmaker Walks. For a number of years, he raised the most money, and in 2016 the foundation recognized his long-standing support with a special award and plaque.
I have no doubt that his passing will leave a void in the town and for the people in and around it. Lea shared his love of life with every person he met, and he will be sorely missed by everyone lucky enough to cross his path.
I would like to offer my sincere condolences to Lea’s brother, Blaine, and his sisters Beryl, Kaye and Beth, and their families, as well as his many friends and extended relatives.