Obit: MacKINNON, John A. "Big John"

John MacKinnon
March 27, 1920 - February 9, 2015


It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of our dear father,
John A. MacKinnon ³Big John² (Former Police Sgt.) age 95 on Monday, February
9, 2015 at his home.

Born in Whitney Pier, Cape Breton, NS, John was the youngest child, and
only son of Catherine (MacGillivary) and John E. MacKinnon.

John was educated at Holy Redeemer School and joined the Royal Canadian Army
at age 16. Mr. MacKinnon was immediately Commissioned overseas with the
beginning of World War II, and served for five years as a Sergeant in many
parts of Europe. John was stationed mainly in Belgium, France, Holland and
Germany. Upon returning home, John joined the Amherst Police Dept., where he
completed a 35 year career of exemplary service, as a Police Sergeant.

John was a kind and gentle police officer, but he also commanded respect and
admiration from the Amherst citizens and his peers. He was a policeman that
had empathy for others, and he always used his social skills to assist
others in difficult legal situations. Mr. MacKinnon was active in the Royal
Canadian Legion and was past President of Branch No. 10 where he had been
elected for several terms.

John was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, as a 3rd degree knight.

John is survived by his two daughters, Susanne (Don) MacVicar of Moncton,
NB, Christine (Peter) Maxner of Falmouth, NS; four grandchildren; four great
grandchildren; two nephews, Alex (Juanita) Rolls and John (Diane) Rolls both
of Sydney, NS. A special note to granddaughter, Janice MacVicar for all her
support and extra visits.

Besides his parents, John was predeceased by his wife Irene (LeBlanc) and
his eldest daughter, Charlene Arseneau; as well as his sisters, Annabelle
(Sam) Rolls and Sophie English.

As per his wishes, Mr. MacKinnon has been cremated and there will be no
public services.

A private prayer service will be held at a later date with Father Allison
Carroll officiating.

Interment will take place beside his wife at a later date in the St.
Charles-Nativity Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. MacKinnon¹s memory may be
made to the Canadian Arthritis Society.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Campbell¹s Funeral Home,
Amherst (902) 667-9906.

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[Collected by DAW, 11 Feb 2015]