Cdr. (ret) Hugh McGregor

Obituary
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McGREGOR, Cdr. (ret) Hugh Hugh McGregor was born February 2, 1919 in Regina, Saskatchewan and passed away suddenly but peacefully at home on July 21, 2014. Predeceased by Yvonne, his loving wife of 71 years, Hugh is survived by his son Gerry (Diana) of Thornbury, Ontario, and his daughter Wendy Boothroyd of Mill Bay, B.C. He will be terribly missed by his devoted grandchildren Aimee, Katie and Marc. Dad grew up in Regina and at Regina Beach, Saskatchewan, where amongst other things, he became a champion long distance swimmer in his late teens. The start of WWII saw him join the Navy, and he made it his career, retiring in 1969 with the rank of Commander. Through his Naval career, he and our family lived many places across Canada, as well as a 3-year stint on exchange with the US Navy. Upon retirement, Hugh had a chance to pursue many of his interests and passions to the full extent, becoming an accomplished and ardent gardener, fly fisherman, beekeeper and at the age of 75 he rediscovered competitive swimming. The past 20 years of Masters swimming have provided great challenge and enjoyment for Hugh, and he was proud to own new Canadian and Provincial records in his age group, the most recent being set in January and March of this year. Above all, Dad was a loving and devoted husband and father. Kind, considerate, thoughtful, funny, determined, curious, loyal, disciplined, thrifty, clever, organized, imaginitive, loving, devoted - this amazing man's attributes have inspired and influenced all who knew him. He changed every life he touched, and we all respected and loved him dearly. His passing has left a huge void in our lives, but the memories of our life with him will carry us through. He has left us an inspiring legacy - he was a loving, gentle man and his was a life extremely well lived. A memorial service will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, August 2nd, at First Memorial Funeral Services, 4725 Falaise Drive, Saanich, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimers Society may be made, in the hopes of combating the disease that eventually took Dad's beloved Yvonne from him.


Published in Victoria Times Colonist from July 30 to July 31, 2014
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