MCKERRACHER, William Neil (Neil)
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Born January 15, 1923 in Central Butte, Saskatchewan and left us December 17, 2012.
He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Ida Mary, plus eight children, 32 grandkids and 15 great-grandchildren.
A dedicated family man, Neil also gave much to his country and his community. He served in WWII, the Korean War and with the UN during Lebanon's civil war, for which he shared in the 1988 Nobel Peace Prize with other UN peacekeepers. He achieved the rank of Captain with the PPCLI.
Neil also served many terms as Mayor of the Town of Calmar; credited for bringing treated water to town, plus founding the Calmar Library, among many other successes. He also helped bring the Western Canadian Blind Bonspiel to Calmar and was a well-respected amateur botanist and tomatologist. Neil was active in the community with the Legion, the Calmar Prairie Players, Lions Club, Communities in Bloom and dart leagues in Devon and Calmar.
A memorial will be held January 19, 2013 at the Calmar Legion at 1:00 p.m. The family would appreciate donations to the Alzheimer's Society in Lieu of flowers.
Published in The Edmonton Journal on Jan. 17, 2013