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Angus L. MacKinnon

Angus L. MacKinnon

Angus Leo MacKinnon passed away peacefully at Inverary Manor, Inverness, on April 1, 2024, at the age of 86, surrounded by loving family. He was born on May 12, 1937, in Margaree Harbour, NS and was the son of the late John Lauchlin and Rebecca (Dunn) MacKinnon.

Angus L. is survived by his wife of 58 years Anne (Chiasson) and his pride and joy, five children, Darlene (Don MacDonald) of Dartmouth; Daniel (Charlene) of Margaree Harbour; Darren of Lawrencetown, Annapolis; Donna (Adam Cameron) of Lawrencetown, Halifax; and David (Melanie) of Lower Sackville; four grandchildren, Sarah Anne MacDonald, Garrett Myles MacKinnon, Rory Angus MacKinnon, and Norah Grace MacKinnon. Angus L. is also survived by his sister, Marie (Jim Guilford) of Dartmouth; brother-in-law, Roy Cameron of Antigonish, as well as an extended family of in-laws, nieces, and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Angus L. is predeceased by his siblings, Myles (Marge Dee), Carmella (Michael LeBlanc), John (Mary Clarke), Chris (Roy Cameron) and Sally.

From the early age of 12 years, Angus L. enjoyed spending his time salmon fishing with his father and continued fishing lobster up to the age of 70.

He received his schooling at the Margaree Harbour School and later at Margaree Forks High School. From 1955-1957, he attended St. F.X. University. In 1957, he chose to go back to fishing for the next ten years. In the winter of 1966-67, Angus L. was hired by Department of Fisheries of Canada for snow crab explorations at three ports in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. This research was foundational for the establishment of today’s crab industry.

In 1967, Angus L. returned to university, this time to Teacher’s College in Truro from which he obtained his teaching license. He began teaching at Margaree Forks District School in 1968 and spent the following 26 years teaching industrial arts, health sciences and social studies. He was known for his blunt, nonetheless funny comments and for his extreme patience. For safety and the sake of his sanity, there was no fooling around in Mr. MacKinnon’s shop. He was proud to lead the Reach for the Top team at MFDH. After retiring in 1994, he took great pride in meeting former students who shared how much they valued and benefited from lessons and skills learned in his industrial arts classes.

Angus L. served the community as a member of the Margaree Volunteer Fire Department for 24 years. He practiced his religion with deep faith and conviction dedicating time to support St. Michael’s Parish and various community groups. Angus L. kept active and busy playing cards, gardening, and taking early morning walks along the Shore Road. Affectionately known to his family as Angie or Gus, he enjoyed frequent visits from his children and grandchildren. He could often be found mowing lawns or maintaining the “old house” in preparation of summer visits from the family.

He created many memories with family travelling to California with Myles, family trips to PEI and Dundee with the Chiassons, and Disney World with Sally. Dad joined his adult children on various adventures including driving across Canada and road trips to various provinces and states. He was an avid sports fan who enjoyed travelling to watch a live game: from baseball games in Boston, Chicago, New York, and Toronto to a chilly football game in Green Bay. Always a fisherman at heart, many a vacation included a stop at the local wharf to talk to fishers as Anne waited patiently in the car.

The family would like to thank Dr. Susie Egar for her counsel and care during the years of Dad’s illness, as well as the nursing staff of Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. Much gratitude and many thanks to the dedicated staff at Harbour Lights Villa at Inverary Manor for their exemplary care. You went above and beyond to learn Dad’s preferences and treated him with dignity. Your support to our family and compassion will not be forgotten.

Visitation will be held Thursday, April 4th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm and 7:00pm to 9:00pm in St. Michael’s Hall, East Margaree. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, April 5th at 11:00am in St. Michael’s Church, East Margaree, with Father Silvichan Dominic (Silvan) presiding. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Michael’s Parish, Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, or charity of choice.


  • corinne cormier April 11, 2024 12:09 pm

    My deepest condolences to all of you

  • Karen/emma April 10, 2024 9:26 am

    So sorry to hear the news our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time

  • Kevin Tompkins April 7, 2024 5:53 pm

    Condolences to you all, Angus L was a wonderful man, always enjoyed chatting with him. Take care.

  • Anita Grace O’Rourke April 6, 2024 10:33 am

    Anne and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all .
    Gracie & John (O’Rourke)

  • Trish LeBlanc April 5, 2024 8:31 pm

    My deepest condolences and sympathy Anne, Darren, Darlene, Donna, Daniel and David. A beautiful tribute to a beautiful life and a man I deeply admired.

  • Jason LeBlanc April 5, 2024 6:46 pm

    Sincere condolences to everyone, lots of fond memories of Angus L and the many trips across the bridge. Thoughts are with all of you.

  • Heather Yule April 5, 2024 2:02 pm

    Lovely tribute to your Dad. Your father had an impact on many for generations, and I can see you inherited several of his best qualities. Hope that being together with family surrounded by views of the most beautiful Margaree Harbour and landscape that shaped his life, is bringing you comfort now. Thinking of you, your mom and family, Darlene, with my deepest sympathies.

  • Heather Yule April 5, 2024 1:55 pm

    Lovely tribute to your Dad. Your father had an impact on many for generations, and I can see you inherited several of his great qualities. Thinking of you and your family, Darlene, with my deepest sympathies.

  • Alfred Gallant April 5, 2024 10:46 am

    My sincere condolences to you Ann and to your entire family. He had a big influence on me in my career. I always remember him as a gentle and kind man who treated everyone with respect. My thoughts are with you.

  • Michele Saran April 5, 2024 9:24 am

    Deepest sympathies to Darlene and the entire family.

  • Emeryne Hart-MacNeil April 4, 2024 11:16 pm

    Anne and family, our sincere condolences in the passing of Angus L.
    Emeryne, Darryl, and Derwyn Hart.

  • Daniel MacDonell April 4, 2024 9:37 pm

    My condolences to the MacKinnon family on Angus L’s passing. I spent a month practice teaching Industrial Arts under Angus L.’s guidance at MFDH 45 years ago. He was a fine gentleman who was very willing to share his knowledge and wisdom to a novice hoping I would be able to model his teaching style.

  • Martha Bostwick April 4, 2024 8:59 pm

    Darren and family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. From the stories Darren has told you could tell what a wonderful man your husband and father was. I hope you are soon able to find peace in the good memories.

  • Alison MacDougall April 4, 2024 3:41 pm

    My deepest condolences

  • Anna Claire MacAdam April 4, 2024 2:50 pm

    Condolences to all family members; this obituary reflects a man and his life well lived and serves as a standard to be cherished…….AC MacAdam

  • Heather Naugler April 4, 2024 2:38 pm

    Darren, my deepest condolences on the passing of your father. When reading through his tribute, my what a beautiful fulling life he had. Hold memories dear to your heart. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  • Leonard and Martine Ross April 4, 2024 1:21 pm

    My condolences to Ann and family

  • Sebastien Dubois April 4, 2024 12:06 pm

    Dear Darlene and family members,

    I am deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Please accept my heartfelt condolences during this difficult time. My thoughts are with you!

    With sympathy,


  • Joann Fitzgerald April 4, 2024 10:32 am

    Thinking of the whole family – Darlene your Dad was a lovely man and I am happy I had the chance to meet him.

  • Anne MacIsaac April 4, 2024 9:51 am

    My sincere condolences to Anne and family on Angus L’s passing. May your fondest shared memories help you through these difficult days.

  • Terry Laurence April 4, 2024 8:24 am

    Deepest condolences to Anne and family along with prayers and remembrance. I always enjoyed my visits with Angus whether at the store, aboard the boat, around the wood pile or on your back deck.

  • Deanne April 4, 2024 6:46 am

    David and family, my sincere condolences to you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    May you cherish the fond memories you have of Angus. Hugs from Ottawa.

  • Donna Uhlman April 3, 2024 9:12 pm

    Darren, so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. From reading his obituary he certainly was an extraordinary man. Keep fond memories close to your heart. Sending you a big hug. Take care Darren.
    Donna Uhlman

  • Janice Bennett April 3, 2024 9:02 pm

    Darren, I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. Hugs. ~janice

  • Jacqueline Bigelow April 3, 2024 8:44 pm

    Darren, to you and your mom and family my deepest condolences.
    What a beautiful tribute to your father, he was quite the man!
    I hope at some point your good memories will bring you all comfort.

  • Jane MacAdam April 3, 2024 7:24 pm

    Marie, Ann and family, Ronald and I send our sincere sympathies to you on the passing of Angus L. He was a fine man and will be missed.

  • Joe & Melissa Stepaniak April 3, 2024 7:14 pm

    Sincere condolences to all the family .
    Thoughts & prayers from ALL the Margaree Stepaniaks .

  • Ainslie L Hart April 3, 2024 7:08 pm

    Thoughts and prayers are with the MacKinnon family….RIP

  • Jane MacAdam April 3, 2024 6:28 pm

    Marie, Anne and family, Ronald and I send our sincere sympathies on Angus L’s passing. A loss for all. He was a fine man.

  • Mary Powell April 3, 2024 5:45 pm

    So very sorry for your loss, remember him well.

  • Pat Carroll…. (Patsy Moran) April 3, 2024 5:17 pm

    Dear Anne and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Angus L. was a former schoolmate at the old Forks school and I remember him well, always such a nice boy with a great sense of humour. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. Sincere condolences.
    Pat Carroll

  • Colleen MacKenzie April 3, 2024 4:03 pm

    My Sympathy

  • Deveaux Michael April 3, 2024 3:18 pm

    So sorry to hear the news. He was my industrial Arts teacher in Margaree in the 80s and also his wife Ann was a substitute on ocassion if my memory serves me correctly. I also knew Angus from fishing lobsters out of Margaree Hbr. Sincerest condolences to the family.

  • Ian Matheson April 3, 2024 2:57 pm

    Deepest sympathies and condolences along with our best thoughts and prayers to family and loved ones.

    Anna, Debby, Ian Matheson

  • Jocelyn Weagle April 3, 2024 2:27 pm

    My deepest condolences to you Darren and your family at this time. Hugs to all.

  • Marie Chisholm-Pearson April 3, 2024 1:20 pm

    My condolences to Anne and the family and friends of Angus L. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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