Dr. Dennis J. McCartney D.V.M.
Loss is made endurable by love, and it is love that endures through the ages.
It is with great sorrow that the family announce the passing of Dennis following his battle with leukemia. He was a devoted husband to Mary and father to Will (Trina), Claire (Grant Ainsworth), Kathryn (Brad Nakonechny). He will be very much missed by his grandchildren Jenna, Nathan, Carson, Rylan, Jace, Emmitt, and Alexa. Dennis is also survived by his brother, Doug McCartney, of Lamont. In his passing he joins his granddaughter Katelyn.
Dennis was born in Lamont to parents Gordon and Marjorie McCartney. Marjorie passed away when he was a boy, and when his father remarried, Margaret Brown joined the family.
For forty years, Dennis practiced Veterinary Medicine in Fort Saskatchewan and was still working until June of 2016. He loved his work and his staff and put in many long hours in the early days when the practice was young .
His family was very important to him and it made him sad to think that he wouldn’t see his grandchildren grow up. The void that is left in our family cannot be filled.
There are simply no words to express our appreciation to the staff of Unit 5F4, University of Alberta Hospital. Their expertise, and caring ways helped Dennis and all the family to handle long periods of treatment during a fearful time. Special thanks are extended to Dr Tiffany Van Slyke. Dennis always trusted her and she was more than just a doctor to us. We felt she was a friend as well. The staff of General Systems ICU hold a special place in our hearts as well. Thank you.
A memorial service will be held at Lamont United Church on Saturday June 24, 2017 at 2 PM.
If you so wish memorial donations in Dennis’ memory can be sent to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada, 2 Lansing Square, Suite 804, Toronto, Ontario M2J4P8 or Tails of Help, a organization that provides financial assistance for low income Alberta pet owners who cannot afford veterinary care for their ill or injured pet. www.tailsofhelp.com.
Dennis benefited greatly from blood productsduring his illness. We would strongly encourage anyone who can donate blood. Please visit www.blood.ca