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Robert MCCUAIG

McCUAIG, Gary
1945-2023

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Robert Gary McCuaig KC on August 3, 2023, at St John Hospice in Vancouver, BC. Gary was a devoted husband to Dorothy (Dot neƩ Carroll), a loving father to Ryan, a caring father-in-law to Carole Birks, and a cherished grandfather to Graeme. He is survived by his cousin Beverly Rook (John), his sisters-in-law Sharon Hart and Mary Carroll, his nieces and nephews Margaret Cologna (Shawn), Carla Moore (Darryl Ward), Krista Rowell (Dave), Sean Moore (Petra), Valerie Hobbs (Dale), and Craig Moore, as well as his eleven grandnieces and grandnephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Grace McCuaig, and his brother-in-law Carl Moore.

Born in Toronto and raised in Chatham, Gary cultivated lifelong friendships with his childhood companions. He graduated from Western University’s law school in 1969 and initially practiced law in London, Ontario. In 1978, he relocated to Edmonton with Dot and Ryan, where he joined the Alberta Prosecution Service. Serving as Chief Crown Prosecutor for a decade was both challenging and rewarding for him. In 2002-2003, he was seconded to the United Nations to prosecute war crimes in Kosovo. Gary retired in 2008, but his dedication to mentoring junior Crown prosecutors continued. Furthermore, he devoted six years of his life to the Edmonton Police Commission.

An avid athlete, Gary excelled in various sports. As a teenager in Chatham, he played baseball and served as a catcher for a team that triumphed in the Ontario championships for five consecutive years. He was known for his unwavering loyalty to the Detroit Tigers and always enjoyed reading and studying every aspect of the sport. Additionally, he participated in long-distance running, competing in the Edmonton and Calgary Marathons, as well as the Jasper-Banff Relay. Golfing was another of his passions, and he spent three decades playing at Edmonton’s Highlands Golf Course. For 37 years, he played hockey, predominantly as a goaltender for the Golden Eagles in Edmonton.

Gary and his wife embarked on numerous travels, including attending the 1974 Russia-Canada hockey series in Moscow, visiting Kenya and South Africa, exploring Antarctica, rafting down the Tatshenshini River in Yukon, touring China and Thailand, and venturing to various countries in Europe. Notably, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by embarking on a golfing cruise of the British Isles. Additionally, they journeyed to Israel, Turkey, and Australia and New Zealand, but Scotland held a special place in Gary’s heart due to his proud Scottish heritage.

Gary will forever be remembered for his kindness, thoughtfulness, integrity, courage, and his ability to foster meaningful relationships. His sense of humor, humility, and unwavering support for his family and friends will always be cherished. In accordance with his wishes, there will be no funeral. Instead, he kindly requests that donations be made to Edmonton Meals on Wheels. Throughout 15 years, Gary dedicated himself to supporting this organization by working the early morning kitchen shift, from 6-8 a.m., several days a week. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to a charity of your choice as a way to honor Gary’s memory.

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