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Michael Dougall MacPhee

Born: September 23rd, 1928

Passed on: January 8th, 2017

Michael Dougall MacPhee died on January 8, 2017.
He was born in Big Pond, Cape Breton on September 23, 1928 and received his Bachelor of Science degree from St. Francis Xavier University in 1950. Mike went on to do post-graduate studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in the field of public health. He worked for 38 years with the Nova Scotia Department of Health in both Sydney and Halifax, where he spent the last 18 years of his career as Chief Public Health Inspector. One of Mike's most notable achievements was as provincial representative for the development of the first Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality. He was a two-term President of the Public Health Association of Nova Scotia and a member of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Public Health Association. He retired in 1991.
Mr. MacPhee was one of the last-surviving native Gaelic speakers in Cape Breton and spent time over past several summers recording Gaelic stories with a Big Pond historian. He was as an active volunteer in the Halifax community having been a former director in the Centennial Minor Hockey Association and the Boy Scouts of Canada. Mike was also a longtime member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church (now part of St. Benedict's) where he served several terms as Chair of the Parish Council. He served in the Canadian Army and was a member of the Canadian Legion.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Elaine (Gallivan) MacPhee. Mr. MacPhee is also survived by his two sons, Dougall (Calgary, AB) and Michael (Denver, CO), along with Michael's wife, Pamela and their two sons, Luke and Seamus. Mr. MacPhee was predeceased by his parents, Dougall and Mary Belle. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel at 755 George Street in Sydney, Nova Scotia. The funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, January 13 at 11 a.m. in St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Big Pond with Fr. Paul Murphy officiating and interment to follow in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be held in the church at 10 a.m. on January 13 prior to the Mass.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Mary's graveyard fund, Big Pond, Nova Scotia. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.twcurry.com.


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