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Carleton Lamont "Monty" MacMillan


Carleton Lamont "Monty" MacMillan
Carleton Lamont MacMillan, better known as Monty, passed away peacefully at the South Shore Regional Hospital on June 20, 2020, just a few days shy of his 86th birthday.

Monty grew up in Baddeck, Cape Breton. His heart never left Baddeck, even though adulthood led him to a rich and fulfilling life in Halifax and Western Shore/Mahone Bay. His Cape Breton roots gave him a deep appreciation of family, friends, and the importance of community, which he embraced and developed no matter where he resided.

Monty was an outgoing and colourful character, always harbouring a glint in his eye as he fired out one of his endless supply of one liners. He had a gift for putting people at ease, and for making and keeping friends. He would give you the shirt off his back if that would make things right. Unfailingly kind, gracious, generous, loyal, a mischief-maker, and an entertaining storyteller … all words that describe Monty to a T.

He had a “go big or go home” attitude towards life, and excelled at every hobby he pursued, whether it be scuba diving, fishing, beer and wine making, woodworking, ham radio, photography, motorcycles and writing, to name a few. But Monty loved nothing more than singing and playing his guitar. He had a beautiful tenor voice and was just at home around the campfire as he was at a party, or in his church choir. He passed his deep love of music down to his children and “theirs to theirs.”

Monty was a graduate of Horton Academy in Wolfville, Nova Scotia (1951), Acadia University (1957) and the Dalhousie University School of Medicine (1962).

As a young practitioner with a growing family, he joined his father (Dr. CL MacMillan, Senior) in Baddeck for 4 years looking after his community. Affectionately known as Dr. Monty, he cared for his patients like they were his own family.

Later he returned to Halifax and completed training in Radiology and Musculoskeletal Imaging. He taught and mentored hundreds of medical students and residents and they learned from his strong work ethic, compassion and determination. He was highly respected by his colleagues and by faculty, staff and students at Dalhousie University.

In retirement (1996), Monty and his wife, Diane worked tirelessly in the Trinity United Church community and the Mahone Bay Centre, helping with anyone or anything that needed support. He was an active member of the South Shore Medical Retirees group and he never missed a Horton Academy reunion.

Monty was diagnosed with advanced heart disease at a young age. He inspired everyone with his determination to overcome multiple surgeries, and to live well in the face of infirmity and mortality. In the past year especially, he fought valiantly to overcome the heart condition and ensuing complications that ultimately overtook his defences.

Monty is predeceased by his mother, Ethelean MacMillan (nee Parker); his father, Dr. Carleton Lamont MacMillan, Senior; and his sister, Connie Johnson (Gaye).

He is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years, Diane MacMillan (nee Rankin); his brother-in-law Gaye Johnson; his four children: Kim (Ron), Jennifer (Surinder), Kier (Celeste) and Ian (Cheryl); and by his children’s mother, Jeannie MacMillan (nee McLellan).

He is also survived by six grandchildren: Kaely, Chelsea, Olivia, Breagh, Brin and Bruce; by Breagh and Brin’s mother, Linda MacMillan (nee Radway); and by five great-grandchildren: Charlie, Benji, Georgia, Luqa and Jackson.

We, his children, are grateful for the magical childhood Dad gave us on the shores of the Bras d’Or Lakes. His grandchildren will never forget the rides he gave them from his lap on the lawn tractor or in his boat. We hope that someday his great-grandchildren will come to know his generosity, integrity, and his legacy of friendship, community, and a life well-lived.

We thank all of the staff at the South Shore Regional Hospital who provided Monty with such compassionate and attentive support in the last months of his life. Special thanks to Dr. Everett Weagle for his ongoing care of Monty over the years.

Given the current gathering restrictions, a private family committal service will be held for Monty at this time. If pandemic conditions permit, we will have a community Celebration of Life at a later date.

Donations may be made in Monty’s memory to Trinity United Church, Mahone Bay or the South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater.

Cremation and arrangements entrusted to the care of Mahone Funeral Home, P.O. Box 200, 32 Parish St., Mahone Bay, NS B0J 2E0 (902-624-8241). Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting:

Please be advised that our business office is temporarily closed to the general public until further notice.

Unfortunately we are not able to receive memorial donation payments at this time.
Your memorial donation may be sent directly to:

Trinity United Church
PO Box 481
101 Edgewater St.
Mahone Bay, NS B0J 2E0

South Shore Regional Hospital
c/o Health Services Foundation of the South Shore
90 Glen Allen Drive
P.O. Box 492
Bridgewater, NS B4V 2X6
Tel: 902-543-8065

Our Professional At Need and Pre Need Services continue to be available by appointment by calling 902-624-8241.

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