Bro. Lt. Col. John Keiller Mackay (1888-1970)
By VWBro Paul Skazin
Initiated in 1925. He, was born in July 1888, in Pictou, N.S., educated at the Royal Military College of Canada and earned his
B.A. in 1912 at St. Francis Xavier University. Serving overseas in World War I, he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and commanded the 6th Brigade in 1916 and from 1917 to 1918 the "MacKay Group" of three mobile brigades of artillery. Twice wounded and three times mentioned in dispatches, he won the Distinguished Service Order.
Called to the bar of Nova Scotia in 1922 and Ontario in 1923 (K.C. 1933). Bro Mackay practiced law in Toronto and became a specialist in criminal law. He was appointed a judge of the Ontario Supreme Court in 1935 and of the Provincial Court of Appeal in 1950 and appointed Lieutenant Governor of Ontario in 1957.