Dr. Jay McMahan peacefully passed away on October 26, 2023, at the age of 92, at Kingston Health Sciences Centre. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Bea McMahan, and his sister Clem Fair. He will be deeply missed by his children Marni, Jay (Christie Milliken), Peggy, as well as his grandchildren Emily, Charlie (Erin Keogh), Jack, and Leo.
Born in Lorain, Ohio, Jay attended Wasatch Academy in Utah in 1948, where he excelled in football and became All-State. He continued his education at Penn State University, where he earned his BSc in 1952. Jay was not only a dedicated student but also a talented athlete, serving as captain of the men’s basketball team and participating in the NCAA Regional Basketball Tournament.
After moving his family to Canada, Jay pursued a career in medicine, graduating from Queen’s University in the class of Meds ’60. He was recognized for his outstanding achievements as a student-athlete, receiving the prestigious Queen’s Jenkins Trophy for his excellence in football and basketball. Jay dedicated many years to practicing family medicine in Kingston and remained actively involved in the community even after retirement. He volunteered for the Festival of Trees and the Kingston Symphony Book Fair and proudly represented the Queens Gaels Athletic alumni.
Jay was not only a devoted father but also a man of many talents and interests. He had a passion for birdwatching, furniture making, and collecting antiques. He was also a skilled artist and a humble storyteller. Jay will be remembered for his unwavering love and commitment to his family, his generous spirit, and his warmth and kindness.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at St. Lawrence Place, KGH Connell 3, and Connell 10 for the exceptional care provided to their father. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jay’s honor to the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Kingston Field Naturalists, or Tree Canada.