Spencer McLay

Obituary of Spencer McLay

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With sadness, the family of Spencer McLay wishes to announce his passing on June 4, 2023 at the age of seventy.  He will be remembered as a gruff individual, who did not suffer fools lightly, while his penchant for colourful language and his need for independence often left him isolated.  Spencer did not regret a lack of social interaction; he preferred quiet spaces and craved time alone.


He left home at a very early age, and was able to live his life without seeking assistance from anyone.  Spencer worked in the logging and construction industries, retiring as a proud member of the Construction and General Workers’ Union Local No. 92.


Born in Kimberley, he often returned there during his working years, and enjoyed being outdoors in the Kootenays.  Spencer spent his retirement years living in his hometown, where he often still met individuals who remembered our family as early citizens in the community. 


His parents, David “Cougar” McLay and Marjorie Derry (nee Whitford) predeceased him, as did his brother Bruce McLay.  His two sisters, Gail McLay (Alain) and Becky Blair (Ross) survive him and will forever remember Spencer’s stubborn independence with fondness.  Four nephews and many cousins also survive him. 


Even though his wish was to be independent, there were many who interacted and supported Spencer with respect.  The staff at the Cranbrook Regional Hospital not only provided medical care for him; they became a support network for the family during his many stays.  Nikki and other staff were willing to gently care for the prickly patient.  The family wishes to thank the staff of the Garden View for their tolerance and caring during the last year, as well as the owners and staff at the Kimbrook Manor for their acceptance and understanding of our brother.  Joanne and Tiffany at Community Health worked as the ultimate caring professionals; they enabled him to live his best life during a difficult time.


We also need to express our gratitude to Dr. Morrison at Cranbrook Primary and Urgent care.  Her gentle demeanour and supportive advice were invaluable at a very difficult time.


There will be no service by request, but donations can be made in Spencer’s memory to the pet charity SNAP, 1134 Simmons Rd, West Creston BC V0B1G7


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