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Donald Maceachern

December 23, 1930 - October 4, 2015


December 23, 1930 – October 4, 2015

Canadian Pacific Railway Inspector (Retired) Donald Vincent MacEachern passed away at the Kootenay Lake Regional  Hospital on October 4, 2015.


Born in Kamloops, B.C. on December 23, 1930 to Vincent and Katherine Veronica (“Vera”) MacEachern (nee Loftus). Don is also predeceased by two brothers, Thomas and William, sister Margaret and the love of his life Dorothy Joan MacEachern (nee Shkwarok).


Don is survived by his daughter Daryn Violet MacEachern and granddaughter Sarah Grace Heibein. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins from the MacEachern-Shkwarok clans.


It was Don's wish that there be no service. In his memory, the family would be grateful for any donations made to your local Veteran's food bank or Legion. Don was a proud and supportive Veteran.


From the family, we would like to thank Don's friends in Harrop-Procter for their support as well as the staff at Mountain Lakes Seniors Community where he had been living for the past 7 months.


Dear Dad, Grandpa, Uncle, cousin and friend, we love you and we are going to miss you. xoxo


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From: Dale Flemming
Relation: Colleague & Friend

I had known Don (AKA) “Black Mac” MacEachern since 1987 when he was my first commanding officer while I was a member of the Canadian Pacific Police, station in Calgary.

As a senior officer, Don emulated a high degree of expectations around work ethics, pride and deportment. This translated in subordinate officers executing their duties as a peace officer in a diligent, fair and consistent manner.

Under “Mac’s” firm leadership, one always knew his expectations. This was highly respected and appreciated if you were a hard worker and motivated to perform your duties well, however, those whose behaviours leaned towards the least path of resistance were fearful of his professional wrath, hence his notoriety of being referred to as “Black Mac”.

I was present at Mac’s retirement in 1987 along with many of my colleagues after he served the company with a distinguished and honourable career. The event was extremely well attended by many employees, senior company officials, colleagues, friends and family. No doubt due to the respect and admiration Mac impressed upon so many of us during his long and dedicated career with Canadian Pacific.

After his retirement, I loss contact with Mac until several years later when I looked him up while enjoying a summer vacation at a campground near Balfour, BC.

We re-ignited our friendship and remained in regular contact with one another especially during my summer holidays throughout the years. He was a fine host, who always liked his Bar B Q’d steak extreme rare. My family and I always enjoyed Mac’s company and his stories of past experiences and knowledge of railroad history in the Nelson area.

Mac had a pair of vintage railway lanterns mounted on posts at each side of the entrance to his driveway in Proctor, BC. In the years preparing to downsize his home, Mac gave me these two lanterns as a generous gesture and reminder of our friendship.

I have since restored this cherished gift and mounted them in a similar fashion at the end of my driveway in his honour and memory. I call them my “Black Mac Lanterns “.

Rest in peace Mac – you were a one of a kind colleague and friend and we miss you.

Dale Flemming, Calgary, Alberta

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