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Charles McIlroy

Charles Richard "Dick" McIlroy

Saturday, March 6th, 1926 - Thursday, April 25th, 2019
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MCILROY, Richard (Dick), of Burlington, ON passed away peacefully at Joseph Brant Hospital on April 25, 2019 at the age of 93.

He was born in Hamilton, ON to Charles and Leone (Babb) McIlroy. Predeceased also by his sister, Barbara.

Dick is survived by his wife of 47 years, Dorothy (Clark). Predeceased by his first wife Mary (Holt). Loving father of Joan (John) Usher of Sharbot Lake, ON, and Susan (Dave) Melanson of Coldwater ON. In 1971, upon his marriage to Dorothy, he became a loving father also to Doug (deceased 1999) (Tina) Oehmsen-Clark of Toronto, Beverly (Gene) Smyth of Guelph, and Karen (Kevin) Stenhouse, of Prince Edward. Dick will be sadly missed by his surviving sisters Eleanor Orr, and Joan (Wilf) Baxter. He was a cherished grandpa to 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Dick graduated from Ryerson in May, 1950. An employee in the Electrical Department at STELCO for thirty years, he was instrumental in the implementation and staff training for their first computer. On the home front, he ran a small business, was one of the first to start building his own computers in the 70s, and helped many people in the Burlington area set up and fix their home computer systems. He was faithful to his church where he served in many roles over the years. Always a lover of playing piano, jazz and big band, he filled his home with music. He was a spiritual seeker and great thinker, photographer, and passionate genealogist and crocheter.

In keeping with Dick’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Visitation is at Burlington Baptist Church, 2225 New Street, Burlington, on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 1 p.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 2 p.m. Interment will be held at Burlington Memorial Gardens on Friday, May 3 at 10:00 a.m. Donations, if desired, made to Burlington Baptist Church or Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation (ref: Palliative Care Unit) would be appreciated.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Burlington Baptist Church
    2225 New Street
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  • Service

    Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 2:00pm
    Burlington Baptist Church
    2225 New Street
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  • Interment

    Burlington Memorial Gardens
    3353 Guelph Line
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    Friday, May 3, 2019 10:00 a.m.
  • Reception

    Burlington Baptist Church
    2225 New Street
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    Following Funeral Service


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Private Condolence

Pat Frayne

Posted at 04:05pm

We, as a family, have fond memories of Uncle Dick.
Edna remembers a true and loyal friend of many years. So many family outings and vacations together when Joanie and Susan were young. He helped Bob make a record of hymns, which has a prominent position in Mom's music collection. What a treasure to still be able to hear his voice!
Shirley used to tease Uncle Dick and call him her uncle Dickie-bird and to this day still remembers him that way. She and Lloyd bought the tent trailer that Dad and Dick built together. Uncle Dick engineered it to open in one fell swoop! They enjoyed camping in it for years.
Brenda remembers going over to the house and watching 3D movies of our various holidays. She and Steve also used that tent trailer for their family.
Uncle Dick taught Roger about computers way back even before they were into the common household.
Wendy and John always ran into Dick and Dorothy at any jazz festival that was in town. And they always came out when John was playing in the big band too.
Mike and Dianne didn't know him as well, but Uncle Dick always made a point of asking about them when he met Wendy.
Peter was very interested in Uncle Dick's "Heath Kit" stereo and his Corvairs. And I (Pat) remember singing compositions that Uncle Dick had arranged for Joan, Shirley, and I to sing in church. They always had interesting rhythms and harmonies that were intriguing and so much fun to sing.

Dorothy, Joan and John, Susan and Dave, Tina, Beverly and Karen, we are so glad that Dick had you in his life! We are certainly lucky to have had him in ours as our honourary Uncle Dick. And such a wonderful friend for Bob and Edna for most of their lives.

We made a donation to the Palliative Care Unit at the hospital in his memory. Thinking of you all

Edna Leacock
Pat and Peter Frayne
Shirley and Lloyd Brownell
Brenda and Steve Filyer
Roger Leacock
Wendy and John Godek
Michael and Dianne Plum


Posted at 07:03pm
Dear Mcllroy Family, I am so sorry for your loss. When we lose a love one in death it is never easy. During this difficult time may your family find comfort in Gods word the Bible that soon we will see our love ones again. -John 5:28,29

Brenda Filyer (Leacock) Posted at 05:47pm

Dear Aunt Dorothy and family. You are in our prayers. Uncle Dick was funny, kind, talented and wise. My dad's best friend and a real mentor.

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