Lorne McKeown passed away at the Dundas Manor on Monday, January 27, 2014, at the age of 87.
A kind, caring person with a twinkle in his eye, Lorne always had a quick joke or pun to try out on you – some better than others!
Lorne was born in Montreal, on May 10, 1926, to the late Ethel (nee Strong) and Richard McKeown of Verdun.
He met his partner for life, Ellen Patterson of Gaspe in Montreal, through the youth group at the Anglican Church. They married and settled in Pointe Claire, where they built a house and made it a home for their three children for twenty-five years.
Lorne worked at CIL in the engineering department in Montreal for almost 25 years. He transferred to Toronto for a few years, and finished his working career at the Cornwall CIL plant.
Ellen and Lorne had bought a farm in the Morrisburg area eight years earlier, and with retirement Lorne could finally putter to his heart’s content.
Lorne had a “can do” approach to things, and liked a challenge. He went so far as to build a sail boat in his basement, having to dismantle it to get it outside! And yes it did sail well!
Lorne and Ellen always enjoyed travelling. They took their young family travelling and camping for years. After the kids left home they made annual trips south to Florida for the winter for some twenty-three years. With two of their children living in BC, they also crisscrossed the U.S. and Canada often to visit.
With the onset of Alzheimer’s, Ellen and Lorne remained home in Morrisburg, year round. Lorne had lived at the Dundas Manor for the last two years of his life.
Lorne is survived by his wife Ellen of 63 years, and their children Valerie (Dave) Skjonsberg of Cranbrook BC, Karen McKeown (Dave Bustard) of Smithers BC, and Larry (Lori, and children Alan and Lisa) of Morrisburg.
Lorne is grandfather of Denise Bustard (Ben Domaschenz) of Calgary AB, Patrick Bustard of Victoria BC, and Jesse McKeown of Morrisburg, and great-grandfather of Kai Domaschenz of Calgary.
A private funeral service was held at Parker Funeral Home, Morrisburg on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Sue McCullough officiating.
Memorial donations can be made in Lorne’s name to the Alzheimer Society. Condolences may be offered at www.parkerofmorrisburg.com.