REAY SUTHERLAND MACKAY
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REAY SUTHERLAND MACKAY Age 78, passed away peacefully in his home on March 14, 2017. Reay is survived by his loving wife of 57 years (Catherine) Joan Mackay (nee Little), daughters Sheila and Glenna, sons-in-law Michael and Alasdair and three wonderful grandchildren Katryna, Colin and Kayleigh. Also survived by cousins Margaret and Robert Bower. Reay was born on January 5, 1939, in Toronto, to Colin Mackay and Mary Jane Muir Mackay (nee Spence). He graduated from Oakwood Collegiate in 1959, subsequently received his BA from York University and M.A.Ed from Niagara University. Reay was a Mathematics and Science Teacher at Fairbank Senior Public School in the Township of York until his retirement, in 1994. Reay was acknowledged as a child prodigy at the age of 13, when he won his first of many professional piping competitions. He also won the North American Professional Solo Piping Championship, 6 times consecutively. Successfully led two top level competition bands, the 48th Highlanders of Canada and Metropolitan Toronto Police Pipe Band to many victories! Reay was also known as a world class adjudicator and travelled extensively. Reay received an Honorary Life Membership from the PPBSO, which he cherished immensely. Reay was a true musician and had a very deep passion for his music. He was a piper, accordionist, pianist, singer, composer and teacher. Reay's passions extended beyond his music and included his family, boating, woodworking, hockey and to be a lifelong learner. A private family-only service will take place followed by a Celebration of Life event to be announced at a later date. He will be sadly missed but in our memories forever. Sláinte!


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Published in Toronto Star on Mar. 18, 2017.
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March 21, 2017
My mom and dad, Meg and Mac Macleod, introduced me to Reay years ago. He judged often for the Colonial Highland Games and would stay at their house. They always looked forward to his visits and had the highest praise for his talents and his friendship. He will certainly be missed by so many. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family and friends, as he enters Tir na Nog - Land of the Ever Young.
Rowena Macleod
March 20, 2017
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
David Brown
March 20, 2017
Reay was a great pipe major of the 48th highlanders of Canada and myself and my brother Jim where glad to have been in the band when Reay was the pipe major.He will never be forgotten he's just on the raod to the isle.My blessing to the family
william cook
March 19, 2017
Thoughts and prayers are with the family,
Deeply saddened at the loss of such a talented gentleman
Alastair and Kristen Murray
March 19, 2017
A silent 'Flowers of the Forrest'From Nova ScotiaTo the cherished memory of a truly gentle man and a gentleman ..a great guy who was a great piper and musician.He touched a lot of lives who will remember him fondly.We will toast that memory at the Antigonish Highland games.With sincere thoughts and condolences to you Joan and your family.
Jack&EvelynMacIsaac
Jack&Evelyn MacIsaac
March 19, 2017
A kind gentleman and a wonderful human being. When he judged me I alway got a lesson too; succinct, on the mark and delivered with kindness and often humor.
Greg FL
March 19, 2017
Condolences to Joan and the family. Reay was a dear friend and brother who will be sorely missed by us and all at the Colonial Highland Gathering at Fair Hill.
Arthur & Hetty McAra
March 19, 2017
We will miss Reay's nearly annual trips to the Antigonish Highland Games. My condolences to all Reay's loved ones.
Danny Gillis
March 19, 2017
Sincere condolences to the entire MacKay family and their loved ones on Reay's passing. He was my piping judge on many occasions, and I always looked forward to playing for him because I knew that he would offer me kind, straightforward, and truly helpful advice on my playing. I will miss him.
Thom Moore
March 18, 2017
I always looked forward to our yearly visit and a wee tune on the box.
Sandy Hain
March 18, 2017
Dear Sheila and your family
Losing a loved one is never easy.
Love makes them missed more but also gives strength to those left behind.
Sincere condolences, my dear Air Canada friend, and to your family.
Marlene Elia-Falconi
March 18, 2017
Beloved and respected by all, Reay will be sorely missed. Reay was a wonderful Piping instructor and guide to our Gemma and so many others. The Piping world was a kinder place because of Reay. Blessings on Joan and all of the MacKay family.
Ann Briggs
March 18, 2017
A great loss to us all. Will miss you one of the best.
Helen Harlow
March 18, 2017
I've missed hearing the pipes since retiring. Reay, it was always a treat to hear you play. R.I.P.
David Boggiss
March 18, 2017
Mrs. Mackay, Sheila, Glenna and families,
Our deepest sympathies on your loss. He won't be any further away than your wonderful memories!
Bernadine (Rankin) Kingston & family
Bernadine Kingston
March 18, 2017
A great man. Ill miss him dearly. As will many many others. My thoughts are with you Glenna and Joan and your family.
Brenda and Doug Innes
March 18, 2017
A great loving funny uncle. We were lucky to have you in our family. Favorite niece Marlene and family Kenny and Luc will miss your stories and your laughter
Marlene Way
March 18, 2017
Glenna and family,

You have lost a man who was treasured by so many, but most of all by you. He will be long remembered and missed. My thoughts are with you.

Marli Ramsey
Marli Ramsey
March 18, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss Glenna and family. May your memories of your dad brighten your days.
Anastasia Bortcosh
March 18, 2017
Will be missed
A kind gentleman who always had time for everyone
Chuck Penny
March 18, 2017
I first meet reay when in the 48 highlanders pipeband. always a gentleman,and very nice to myself, and my brother kevin, he will be sadly missed my sincere condolence to his family, dan clarke
dan clarke
March 18, 2017
A dear friend and teacher, piper, historian and all round good guy. The MacKay family invited us into their lives and we cherished their friendship and counsel at all times. We will miss you dear friend
Rob McKay
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