Alistair “Scotty” Minty
Passed in peace on Thanksgiving Day, Monday October 14, 2019 at the age of 87.
Predeceased by his wife, Lou Nongrum, and his siblings Mina Simpson, James Minty, and Nellie Stephenson. Alistair will be lovingly remembered by his daughter Jackie Miko, grandchildren Allen, Steven and Crystal, and their families. He will also be remembered by his nieces Annie McKenzie, Theresa Charlton and Alice Le Polles, Nephews , George Minty, Hamish Minty and Alistair Stephenson. He will be missed by staff and friends at St. Teresa.
Alistair was born on September 3rd, 1932 in Fyvie, Aberdeenshire to James and Alice Minty. At 23 yrs. of age, he completed his Engineering apprenticeship with Hendersons, Aberdeen, Scotland. He was recruited by Jardine Henderson, a Tea Company in India and embarked upon a successful career as a Tea Factory Engineer in various tea gardens in Darjeeling and Assam, North East India. He met his wife Lou in Shillong, a hill station and a favourite R&R destination for many Westerners. Alistair and Lou married in 1960. In October 1962 during the Chinese invasion of Tibet, Alistair, Lou and Jackie left India and moved back to Aberdeen, Scotland. 2 years later Alistair was bitten by wanderlust, and found employment as a Ship’s Engineer. The ship he was assigned to sailed to the West Coast of the USA and Canada. He fell in love with BC, Canada, and when his contract was over, Alistair and Lou emigrated to Canada. They lived in different parts of British Columbia. Alistair and Lou managed the Bayshore, a small motel, restaurant and gas station, on the Shores of Lake Kluane, Yukon, for 2 years. They next moved to Summerland, where Alistair owned and operated Summerland Refrigeration. Lou passed suddenly in November 1981. Upon retirement, Alistair moved to Calgary, Alberta. He spent his last 2 years at Covenant Care St. Teresa’s in Calgary, Alberta.
Private Family Services will be held in Summerland, BC.
Farewell tae a heilan laddie an fine Aberdonian loon …..
Keep right on to the end of the road,
Keep right on to the end,
Tho’ the way be long, let your heart be strong,
Keep right on round the bend.
Tho’ you’re tired and weary still journey on,
Till you come to your happy abode,
Where all the love you’ve been dreaming of
Will be there at the end of the road.
thinking o Yr aa. Heartfelt sympathy on the death o tor lovely Da. Love fae the Morrisonsxx
You kindly invited me to a Christmas meal at your house when I temporarily lived in Brentwood (December 2014). It was a pleasure to share this time with Alistair, Crystal and you. Your Dad was a good conversationalist and I had a lovely evening. Sending prayers to you all and in the passage of time, I wish you comfort in your memories.
Uncle Alistair i have only fond memories of you & Ma lou–Thank you for all the love & affection you both showered on me through my growing years-iwill always remember my one & only bicycle u gifted me when i was a toddler–till we all meet again i will cherish what i had with you-luv joan
Dear Uncle Alistair, My first memory of meeting you was in 1970 when you arrived at my Boarding School in Aberdeen to collect me for a weekend visit. You were dressed in a Cowboy Hat, wearing jeans, a waistcoat and Cowboy Boots. You swept me into your arms and loudly announced “I am your Uncle from Canada and I’ve come for you”. You immediately made an impact not only on me but all my school friends and teachers!! During our recent visit to Calgary, you entertained us by singing Scottish songs and dancing. I’m only sad I didn’t have the opportunity to get to know you more. Farewell dear Uncle Sandra, Andrew & Family
First memories of Uncle Alistair was of airmail letters he sent my mum his big sister which she read to me as a child and the miniature tea chests he regularly sent us. In the late 1950’s and early 60’s Lou and Alistair visited us in Boldon Colliery Co Durham UK my first meeting with my uncle from the other side of the world with such tales to tell. Alistair had a larger than life personality and a great sense of humour which he maintained through this life.
Thank you for teaching me the finer techniques of salmon and trout fishing on my stay with you and Lou at Banchory in my early teens and for the the name my mother gave me in honour of her much loved brother So glad to have met you again at St Theresa’s Calgary. Forever in my thoughts