LINCOLN – Roderick Angus (Rod) MacKay, 92, passed away unexpectedly at home, on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. He was born May 21, 1921, in Reed Plantation to the late Ernest A. MacKay and Amy Rillo (Mooers) MacKay. Rod graduated from Wytopitlock High School, class of 1939, who took a class trip to the World’s Fair in New York City. He married Janet (Jennie) Taylor, a teacher, from Westfield on December 26, 1951; she predeceased him in 2007.
A veteran of WWII, Rod trained as a truck mechanic with the US Army Corps of Engineers, 360th Regiment, Company D serving in England, Wales and France from 1942-1945. Rod was the living embodiment of the “use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without” philosophy, able to build or repair almost anything. He was a 55-year member of Aroostook Lodge, # 197, AF & AM, Mars Hill. An avid outdoorsman, Rod enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating, snowmobiling, and 4-wheeling; he gardened and gathered wild cranberries, apples and fiddleheads. He was member of the Lincoln Fish and Game Club; a Hunter Safety instructor and a member of the Biggest Bucks in Maine Club. Rod was a great storyteller who could turn the most ordinary event into a heroic tale. Rod’s career spanned many occupations; he farmed, worked in the forest industry, and supervised road construction. He was employed by Eastern Corporation, MacKay Rock Products, Woodland Services Corporation, Rosenfield Lumber, Goding Ready-Mix Concrete, Standard Packaging, Forster Manufacturing, Diamond International, James River, Fort James, and Georgia-Pacific.
Rod was predeceased by his parents, sisters Dorothy Rollins (Vernon), Harriett Ranslow (Grant), Barbara Lundquist (Arnold), and brothers Donald (infant), Bruce MacKay (Blanche), Blake MacKay (Rachel) and cousin Maxine Mooers Corbett (William). He is survived by his daughter Ann MacKay Snowman (Jeffrey) of State College, Pennsylvania; and son Roger MacKay, of Lincoln. He leaves a grandson, Thomas Snowman of State College, a granddaughter, Jacqueline Marette (Bruce), Somerset, NJ; sisters Phyllis MacKay of Springfield, Massachusetts and Katheryn MacKay Eames of South Portland; along with 18 nieces and nephews and their families.
Funeral services will be held July 26, 2014 at Clay Funeral Home, Lincoln; followed by interment at Drew Cemetery.