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40440 Tantalus Rd
Box 99
Garibaldi Highlands, BC V0N 1T0
Phone: 604-898-5121
Fax: 604-898-4460
Albert McKinney

Albert Emmett McKinney

Friday, May 15th, 1931 - Sunday, June 6th, 2021
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Obituary

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Al McKinney.

Al was the beloved husband of Jill McKinney (Macpherson) for 55 years, brother to Bill, Ted, and Frank, loving father to Jo-Anne, Laurie, Scott and Chris, brother-in-law to Sue, father-in-law to Laurie , Liz, and Jeff and very proud grandfather to Matthew, Savannah, Samantha, Shea, Emmett, Liam and Harrison.

Born and raised in Montreal, QC, Al was an excellent athlete. He loved hockey and played until he was 80 years old with the Westlake Olejox, and as a young man, played Junior hockey for the Montreal Junior Royals. In 1959, Al played for the Lakeshore Alouette Flyers and helped them win the Canadian Junior Football Championships. Al was an avid handball player throughout his life and played at the Montreal Athletic Club as a young man. Al loved to ski and was an integral organizing member of the Martian Ski Club at Mount St. Sauveur- and also where Al met Jill. This chance meeting led to 55 years of marriage, 4 children and a lifetime of friends, memories, and adventures at Brome Lake, Glen Mountain and beyond.

Al has a special connection to the development of the hockey mask first worn by Montreal Canadiens legend Jacques Plante in 1959. Al’s face was used as the mold for the first prototype of that goalie mask. This story was first published by Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette in March, 2006 and more recently by the NHL.com in 2019. The prototype of that mold now resides with the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, ON.

In addition to owning and running his Life Insurance business, Al was actively involved in volunteer and charity work with the NDG Chapter of the Kinsmen and even served as President for a time. For 25 years, Al was a key fundraiser and organizer with the annual Loyola High School Sports Tournament and in 2004 was named Chairperson and recognized at the opening ceremonies for his many contributions over the years.

After his wife Jill’s passing in 2017, Al moved from Montreal to Pemberton, BC, where he enjoyed mountain life with his family. In only a few short years, Al made so many new friends and integrated into that community incredibly well. Al was actively involved in the Pemberton Valley Men’s Shed Society - a program that works on community projects in and around the town of Pemberton.

Al will always be remembered as a fun loving, social person throughout his entire life. He truly loved being with his family and also loved meeting with friends or just saying ‘hello’ to a complete stranger while walking. Al loved being part of the greater community and his 4 years in Pemberton exemplified this, in addition to his contributions to Montreal life for 86 years prior. Al was kind, generous and well liked wherever he went. He will be sadly missed.

Thank you to the staff at Lions Gate Hospital, Squamish General Hospital and to the Pemberton Community Care team at the very end. We are very grateful for the care you provided to our father. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Ovarian Cancer Canada.

https://www.nhl.com/news/jacques-plante-mask-mold-in-hockey-hall-of-fame/c-305427502

https://www.dww.com/articles/canadian-inventions-%E2%80%93-hockey-goalkeeper-mask
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Scott and family, We are so sorry for the loss of your Dad and Grandpa, but we know that you have so many good memories to hold on to. Shelley&Steve
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Jack Gillis

Posted at 04:22pm
Heartfelt condolences to the McKinney Family.
I remember your dad as a legend in Montreal, doing a lot of coaching when we were kids...
Love, thoughts, and prayers,
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Posted at 01:43am
Jo-Anne, Laurie, Scott and Chris,
Sending my warmest love and energy,
To keep the many memories of the "Oljox",
I always laugh when thinking of our Dad's hockey team name, and
To keep the sound of your Dad's laugh and the way he called my name,
And the funny stories he told me, of his younger days.
Stay strong my friends, I am with you.
Tim Lambert






Dave Stubbs

Posted at 10:46am
Scott, my deepest sympathies to you and your family and loved ones on the loss of your dad.

I was privileged to get to know Al through several stories that I wrote about his role in the production of Jacques Plante's first game-worn mask, as you know and thoughtfully referred to in his obituary notice. He was a wonderful gentleman with a great sense of humour and a genuine humility with a deep respect for his friends and the game of hockey and a well-expressed love for his family.

Al's unique role in hockey history will live forever, as will the memories that we'll all cherish. I spoke yesterday with Michel Plante, Jacques' son, and he asked me to convey his condolences to you and your family. Michel remembers having met Al when Michel was a boy, and he's very appreciative of your dad's role in changing the face of goaltending forever.

Your dad's donation of his mask mold to the Hockey Hall of Fame, which you made possible, was a wonderful gesture, preserving a priceless piece of hockey history. I attach the first story that I wrote in 2006, your more recent photo of your dad with the mask mold and Plante's mask at the Hall of fame, and a link to the 2019 story on the mold's donation.

https://www.nhl.com/news/jacques-plante-mask-mold-in-hockey-hall-of-fame/c-305427502

Please reach out to me any time you wish, Scott. My deepest condolences and my best to you, always.

Dave Stubbs, NHL.com Columnist and Historian
dstubbs@nhl.com
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