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John McGillivray (1890-1961)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

The Whitehorse Star - Thursday, June 18, 1961

John McGillivray, by Jim Robb

    City artist Jim Robb captured the lively spirit of John McGillivray, sailor, trapper and prospector, who died here last weekend.

    One of the happy band of independent, self-contained oldtimers Mr. McGillivray refused at first to go to hospital and it was not until RCMP, concerned for his welfare, persuaded him that he should leave his home north of the hospital on the east bank of the river.

    Mr. McGillivray was reported ill by Alex Seely, who dropped in to see him on the weekend.

    Born in 1889, Mr. McGillivray went to sea as a young man aboard sailing ships. In about 1925 he came North, where he hunted and trapped for many years. He was particularly familiar with the Livingstone Creek area. His home originally was in Gabarous, Nova Scotia, where it is believed he has one brother still. Another brother is reported to be in Vancouver.

    For the last few years Mr. McGillivray had worked at the Pool Hall. Gordon Wallden is in charge of funeral arrangements.