McAulay Gray Jones

Oct 16th 2001 — Nov 4th 2022 (21 years)

Biography

McAulay Gray Jones, Italy Cross, NS

Words to describe the pain of the loss of our son do not exist. On Friday, November 4, 2022, a brilliant and beautiful light was extinguished. Cruelly and without reason, we have said goodbye to the very best of us. McAulay, turned 21 years old on October 16, 2022. He was a 3rd year Commerce Student at Saint Mary’s University and was proudly completing his second co-op term at IMP Aerospace. His declared major was Marketing; however, we know he was going to be amazing and successful in whatever his chosen future career was going to be. McAulay was a natural student, who looked to learn and understand more about the world every day. It is very often he was described as wise beyond his years, because of his great capacity to just take everything in and process with both heart and reason.

McAulay loved all sports. He loved to play, watch, analyze, and bet on everything. He played a little of everything as a young boy and was always an exceptional team-mate. He played soccer for many years, and his Dad, was always his favourite coach. He truly came alive when he finally got the opportunity to play tackle football. He quickly emerged as a leader; and loved both the tactical and athletic nature of the game. His teammates became his family, and that love was reciprocated.

McAulay’s true passions were music and movies. He made it a mission to listen to and watch everything. You couldn’t put him in a box when it came to genre, everything was always weighed on the merits of its quality. If it moved him, he loved it. He was a sponge and absorbed facts, stats, lyrics, & lines like it were religion. He loved playing the guitar and was on a personal quest to see all great bands live. In the past year alone, he attended 18 live performances. Johnny Cash, Queen, The Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, he was open and alive with a good play list, and nothing was off limits. His list of favourite movies & tv were very long, but in a push would have told you that “The Departed”, “Good Will Hunting” and “The Office” ranked very high.

McAulay was creative, thoughtful, kind and funny. His love of LEGO as a little boy, never really went away, the themes shifted a little over the years but he loved to express himself through a great LEGO set. He had the most amazing sense of humour, which took many years for his peers to appreciate, but he could always make the adult in the room laugh. Quick witted and so smart, he took the measure of every room he entered, and understood he assignment without ever being told.

McAulay was a fierce friend. His circles were often small, because he was so careful to surround himself with only those that would love and support him without condition. Having been an only child, his friendships were more often sibling like in their level of care and devotion. He was very protective of those who were loyal to him, valued mutual respect, and loved to have fun with his chosen band of brothers.

When McAulay was a little boy he did a school project, and in it said, “he had a little family”. This wasn’t exactly true. He is survived & adored by his maternal grandmother, Colleen McAulay (JD McCully), Aunt Jennifer (Cameron, Carter & Sadie) Tardif, and great grandmother, Joan Hope. Paternal Uncle Patrick (Megumi & Chrystyn) Jones and great grandmother, Rita Patterson. He was loved by many more Uncles, Aunts & cousins in Dartmouth, NS; Oakfield, NS; Miramchi, NB; Toronto, ON; New York, NY; Scotland & England. In addition to his blood family, we are blessed with family we chose for ourselves and loved our son like their own. McAulay would himself count the Sinclair Family as his own and gave him two “sisters” he would love for life.

McAulay leaves behind his parents, Peter & Heather (McAulay) Jones, whose hearts will never beat the same again. The three of us, shared a relationship that can-not easily be described, and could only be felt by watching us together. There were no secrets, no filters and nothing that we couldn’t have gotten through together. We share special memories of Disney trips, concerts, & simple quiet days at home in front of the tv. You could always find him curled up with Mom, having his head scratched. Mom could never say no. Dad shared all McAulay’s interests, making him a built-in best friend, that could also “pay” for all the experiences they loved. They always had so much fun when they were together. Mom shared his tender heart, and their conversations always went deep. Often words weren’t even required, because of how well we understood each other’s hearts.

McAulay was predeceased by three grandparents. From the age of 5-10 years old, he lost maternal grandfather, James (Jim) McAulay, and paternal grandparents Patricia (Pat) & Arnold Jones. All lost their lives to cancer, and McAulay dealt with very big fears and emotions around the disease and the many forms it can take. Just last summer, his dad Peter, lost one kidney to renal cell carcinoma, which took a mental toll again for McAulay. McAulay was still dealing with the potential of his own genetic predisposition and was already preparing for lifelong screening for various cancers. It is for these reasons, & for all of the noted loves and interests listed previously, that we have established the “McAulay Jones Memorial Foundation”. In his name we hope to contribute positively to causes that would have held meaning for McAulay for many years to come. We want his legacy to live on. If you wish to make a donation in his name, please click here to be directed to the McAulay Jones Memorial Foundation - https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/76861?v1=true

A day of Memory & Celebration has been planned in McAulay’s honour, and will be held on Saturday, November 19th, 2022, 2:00pm at Hebbville Academy in Hebbville, NS where he attended as a student for 10 years. Messages and memorials can be directed to the Jones Family, by visiting Eirene.ca/memorials under the care and direction of Eirene Cremations.

Notes of Condolences about McAulay Gray

Andrea Cochrane Rose

9 days ago

I will always remember the many hours I spent at your home in the first few years of McAulay's life and laying on the floor playing with him and spending time with Heather and McAulay during some long days with Peter away at work. I know that I witnessed an amazing mom and dad at work and feel blessed to have known your precious boy. I know the years have flown by and we haven't been in touch as much but I do think of you all often and know that my heart hurts for you during this unbelievably difficult time. I know you will get through this because that is what the two of you do, together. Many, many hugs for you both H+P, xox

Patrick & Josee

9 days ago

Heather, Peter and family, Our deepest sympathies.

it’s often hard to find the right words at a time like this. May you find peace, comfort, and all the love you need in the days to come.

Allan & Jannette Wilson

9 days ago

We remember Macaulay as the kindest and sweetest little boy who grew to a very handsome and special young man. No words can express our feelings for his amazing parents and family.

Eric Lei

9 days ago

Dear Peter and Heather, I'm deeply saddened to hear about your loss. My heart goes out to you.

Scott & Rhonda Neary

13 days ago

We were so sorry to hear about your son. We obviously never had the opportunity to meet him. But knowing that he came from the two of you, and hearing you describe him, we sure he was an amazing young man.

Prashanth Bhogaraju

14 days ago

Extremely sorry for your loss Peter! I hope you and your family have a great strength in these tough times!

Kelly Cameron

14 days ago

Heather and Peter my heart is broken for you. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this horribly tragic time .

Tami Gee

14 days ago

I had the pleasure of meeting McAulay the summer he worked at Bob & The Boys. Our paths continued to cross as he played football with our son Ryan and then again when they worked together for a few summers at Beachside Pizza. McAulay was always friendly, kind, took the time to listen and was genuinely curious when he asked questions. He was passionate and knew what he wanted in life. We were all so very shocked & saddened to hear of his passing. Gone to soon. Sending love to you both during this unimaginable tragedy ❤️

Sherry Brine

14 days ago

Dear Heather and Peter,

I want to express my heartfelt condolences for your loss. McAulay was active as a young boy and I had the pleasure of getting to know him in school. He was a bright, cheerful, kind student who had a contagious smile. I just want you to know that I’m thinking about you, and share in your sadness.

Sincerely,

Sherry Brine

Heather and Ty

14 days ago

Peter and Heather my heart breaks for you! I'm so very sorry and we are thinking of you both ❤️

Tracy Burns-Gagnon

14 days ago

Heather, you may remember me from the little white rec ctr in Fall River. I am extremely sorry for the loss of your amazing son. My youngest also just turned 21 earlier this month. I can't imagine your pain. My prayers for strength for you and your husband.

Tricia Murray (Waterhouse)

14 days ago

Heather and Peter,

Please, know I am sending you so much love. McAulay became such a wonderful young man because of the love you shared with him. I have no doubt that will continue to shine through in the legacy you create in his name.

Gary & Elizabeth Crossland

14 days ago

Our sincere sympathies Heather and Peter, we were heartbroken to hear the news of McAulay. Please know that our thoughts are with you and carry you both very close in our hearts.

Eva Purcell - MacIntyre

15 days ago

Dear Heather and Peter,

There are no words to describe such a loss—my sincere condolences.

I had the pleasure of meeting and becoming friends with McAulay in high school. I will never forget his charming smile and kind disposition. He was the type of friend who could always make you laugh. There was never a dull moment when you were with McAulay. McAulay had a shining personality, one that made a difference in people's lives. I will never forget a friend like him. He will forever be in my heart.

Sending my love. My thoughts are with you.


Casey Fulton

15 days ago

So sorry to hear the news Peter. I did not know him but I can see he was very loved by his parents. Deepest sympathies to you.

Charles and Francine Charron

15 days ago

We have never actually met McAulay…yet we have watched him grow up, and we know him very well. You see …we have watched him through all the baby pictures, grade school pictures, graduation pictures and more…that have always been proudly displayed through the years on Tante Jacqueline and Uncle Rick’s refrigerator or hallway picture board in Loggieville…. With these pictures, came stories of what McAulay was now doing. Through special dinners-Christmas, Easter, we again heard news of McAulay growing up and his activities. Grammie Patterson, Uncle Arnold, Auntie Patricia, Auntie Lee and Jim, Jackie, Rick, cousin Adam… and even when Aunt Lib dropped in, they always spoke of McAulay and we heard of his latest news. You see, we learned how very special McAulay is...we knew by the great pride... and great love everyone has for McAulay.


When Tante Jacqueline called to tell us McAulay was in hospital, we were very saddened, and were later so sorry to hear of his death.


And today, we view McAulay’s pictures in this memorial…


We are sending to you Peter and Heather, and to all of your Family, our thoughts, our prayers, blessings, and our love…


Charles and Francine (Tante Jacqueline’s sister) Charron

*a donation has been made to The McAulay Jones Memorial Foundation


Tanya Daniels

15 days ago

I had the privilege of knowing McAulay as a Hebbville Patriot. He was such a kind and humble young student athlete, with a true heart of being a competitor in the big moments. I fondly remember his smile and quiet demeanour, yet with a great sense of humour. I am so sorry for your loss as parents, I hope that these messages can find you comfort over time in the remarkable memories your son has shared with so many people. Sending my sincere condolences and prayers to family and friends.

Jenny Hill

15 days ago

Heather and Peter,

I am at a loss for words for what to write to you. My heart breaks for you both. Please know how much you are loved and supported by so many people. My sincere condolences to you and all of your family members.

Todd Lowe and Michelle Waye

15 days ago

My deepest sympathies to you Heather and Peter and your entire family, friends and community. What an amazing young man you raised. Strength to you all in this time of grieving. Peace and love.

Lindsay & Jody van Kessel

15 days ago

His smile, infectious, ever present, genuine. Peter and Heather, our hearts ache for your loss. McAulay was always ready to help anyone in any way they needed. His compassion and care for those around him was evident. He impacted, not by force of will but by just being himself. Genuine, compassionate and when people talked to him, they knew he was truly listening. He will continue to inspire, his family, friends, teammates, coaches, teachers and everyone he met will take his positivity into their lives.


“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi

Lori Nauss

16 days ago

I am so sorry, Heather and Peter, for your loss of McAulay. I was fortunate enough to have seen the closeness of the three of you as a family for the many years we lived next door. When I read his biography, you couldn’t have said it better. He was quite the character and he’ll be remembered for so many things. Sending love to you all ❤️

Janice Gareau

16 days ago

Heather: Sending heartfelt thoughts your way! So sorry to hear of the loss of your son, my heart is broken for you.

Kelli & Jim ( Nauss/ Featherby)

16 days ago


Heather and Peter,

We’re deeply sorry your family is experiencing the unimaginable pain of a loss like this. Unfortunately we did not know McAulay, but by all that we hear your boy was such a positive, memorable part of every life he touched.

May you find comfort in memories and strength in the support of those who care as you navigate the difficult days ahead.

With our most heartfelt sympathy,

Kelli & Jim : (Tanya, Deryck, & Drew’s relatives)


Amber Ault

16 days ago

This is truly heartbreaking. My sincere condolences and sending love to you both.

Matthew Luke

16 days ago

This is heartbreaking, I can't imagine to know what you're going through right now. Life is our most precious gift that cannot be replaced, we can only try to find peace with our short time holding onto it. I'll pray for your boy and wish you the best, it is our thoughts and kind company that are really needed right now at such a dark time. Please take care and be strong.

Linda and Bruce MacGregor

16 days ago

Dear Heather and Peter,

There are no words to describe a loss so deep as the one you are both suffering right now. It is often said that you can not experience love without loss and loss without love, but it is hardest when it comes so unexpectedly and prematurely. It is clear that in McAulay's brief time, he lived a full life and brought life to those around him. He was a young man that made a positive difference in the world for which you can both cherish and be proud. We are truly sorry for your loss.

Gerry and Carol Fraser

16 days ago

Dear Heather

We are so sorry to hear about the loss of you son . We never had the pleasure to me McAulay but we can see he was your pride and joy. We cannot imagine the pain and can only say our thoughts and prayers are with you Peter and family .

James West

16 days ago

Dear Peter & Heather, I’m so very sorry to hear of your tragic loss. My thoughts are with you all.

Chris McLeod

16 days ago

Heather I am absolutely shattered to hear the news of McAulay. My deepest condolences to you and your family as your pain of losing a child is felt far and wide. In my thoughts.

Wendy and Tom Fahey

17 days ago

We never met your son, but our son, Colin Fahey, a Dalhousie student, was a friend of his. Colin (and other friends in their group) were absolutely heartbroken to hear the news. Please know they thought very highly of him and considered him a great person. We remember Colin saying last year, he had a friend named "Mac Jones", which was relevant to us New England football fans, as we live in Boston. Sending our very deepest condolences; we can only imagine your pain.

David and Dianne Slauenwhite

17 days ago

Heather and Peter comforting words escape us. We are so deeply sorry for your families loss. May McAulay live in the hearts of loved one's left behind.

Kerstin Fenton, SMU

17 days ago

Every interaction I had with McAulay was always so pleasant, respectful and filled with smiles. I had the true pleasure of being his Co-op advisor at SMU and was so impressed with his character and the excitement he brought to his position with IMP.

On behalf of the Career & Experiential Learning department, we offer our sincere condolences to his parents, friends and all who loved him.

Elisa Christensen

17 days ago

Heather, Peter, Jen & Colleen….


I’m still at a loss for words. Life is unfair. I’ve never been more sorry to watch a family who loved so fiercely, go through this nightmare.


It’s been a minute since I’ve seen you all, but I’ve known you long enough to know how special McAulay was to anyone who’s presence he graced. I have the fondest memories of all the love that filled your house. You set the goals for how a parent should love their children. In dark times, may McAulays light continue to shine brighter then all the stars in the sky.


My love to you you all. Xo

Terry & Melissa

17 days ago

My heart breaks for you. McAulay was your sun, your moon & your stars. Though your world might be dark right now always remember that he shone brightly while on this earth, both on you & on others. So when you feel the sun, see the moon and look up to the stars you know he’s still all around you. Shining bright.

Cheryl Boutilier

17 days ago

To McAulay's family: As you said, there are no words to help you with your tragic loss. Sending my sincere condolences to you all; my thoughts are with you.

Pam & Grant Bristow

18 days ago

Dear Heather & Peter

So very sorry and saddened to read in today’s newspaper that your wonderful talented son, McAulay, has passed away. Our sincere condolences to you both for your profound loss.

Love

Pam & Grant Bristow

Tom & Rindy Austin

18 days ago

As longtime friends of Pat and Arnold, we watched closely as Peter and Patrick grew up in Fredericton and later in Bedford. We also got to see McAulay as a youngster and it was obvious that he was the apple of both Arnold's and Pat's eyes. We are shocked beyond belief to learn of Mcaulay's passing. Words fail us - we just can't imagine the devastation which you, Peter and Heather, are feeling. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Kelly MacIsaac

18 days ago

I worked with McAulay for the last 6 months on the Human Resources team at IMP Aerospace. Our team is grieving the loss of such a valued and loved member. McAulay fit in so well on our small team, and was an HR natural. We joked that we weren’t going to let him return to school because his role on the HR team became so important, and because we loved having him around. He took on each challenge with ease and we admired how smart and confident beyond his years he was in the workplace. We miss his presence dearly, and feel the loss of our coworker each moment of the day.

Hillary Chouinard (Symonds)

18 days ago

Heather,


My heart has been breaking for you and your Peter since hearing the news. I can't imagine anything more heartbreaking then losing a child. Reading McAulay's touching obituary made it clear there will be a void in many peoples lives.


There are so many people thinking about you and that care for you. I don't know how you will get through this but know so many are thinking of you. I can't wait to see the great things the foundation does and think it's a fitting tribute.


My deepest condolences during this tragic time.


Big hugs,

Hillary

David and Heidi Kenneally

18 days ago

Dear Heather, Although we do not know one another well, David and I would like to express our condolences at the loss of your son, McAulay. As parents ourselves we realize how devastating your and Peter's situation is. We are so, so sorry. David and Heidi Kenneally

Sharon (Knickle) Labrecque

18 days ago

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this tragic time. I had the pleasure of teaching McAulay in his grade 8 year. He was a genuine good soul with a thirst for learning. His positive attitude and maturity brought out the best in those who knew him. It is difficult to understand how such a promising young man can be taken so young. 💔

Gary and Debi Parks

18 days ago

Colleen, Heather and Jennifer and families, we send our thoughts and prayers to you on the loss of your son, nephew and grandson. Our condolences.

Gary and debi Parks, former Fall River neighbors.

Kelsie Stevenson

18 days ago

Dear Heather,


Words cannot describe how sorry I am for your loss. While I did not know McAulay personally, I know many people who did and thought the world of him. Sending all my love and prayers to you and your family during this time.


My sincere condolences,

Kelsie

Tom and Sheila Sheppard

18 days ago

Anne-Marie told us about the loss of McAulay and of her talking with you. We are thinking of you.

Janet and David Duncan

19 days ago

Dear Heather and Family:

We were very shocked to read the email from Mike on the loss of your son McAulay. With heavy hearts we wanted to send our prayers to You, Peter and your Family at this sad time. McAulay sounded like a wonderful young man and someone to be very proud of who was taken way too soon.

Peace be with you all.

Isabella Dobek,Janusz Hadlaw

19 days ago

Dear Heather and Family,

We are heartbroken after learning about your loss.

We are with you,your pain and grief.We are thinking of You and are very sorry,it should never happen.

Please accept our deepest condolences.


Stephen Sollows

19 days ago

I am so sorry for your loss, and I cannot imagine the pain in this tragedy. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers today as so many morn this loss with you.

Edward and Donna Anthony

19 days ago

Heather We were so shocked when we leaned of McAulay's death. Of course too young, too soon. We send our sincerest sympathies and hope you and Peter can find comfort in all the wonderful times and achievements you shared.

Carolyn Otley

19 days ago

My deepest condolences, words are never enough!

Juliana Stevaux

19 days ago

I want to start off by sending Peter and Heather my deepest condolences. I had the privilege of having Mcaulay as a friend since grade 7 all the way through High School. Mcaulay always had a smile on his face, I knew that whenever I had a class with Mcaulay during the day, I was sure to have a laugh and good conversation. McAulay was always there for his friends, whether it was offering advice, lending a hand or a shoulder to cry on. He was always there for me. Even after we all went off to university, no matter how long it had been since we saw eachother, he always greeted me with a hug and his famous smile. He was one of those friends that you could pick up right where you left off with. His soul is truly filled with sunshine. My heart is broken for McAulay’s family and friends, I am sending so much love to Heather, Peter, and everyone affected by this tragedy. Rest easy McAulay.

Pat Dexter

19 days ago

My heart cries for you…❤️

Marilyn and Bruce Murray

19 days ago

Heather,our deepest sympathy goes out to you and Peter. The loss of a son is a heavy burden but reading the memorials shows you have much support! McAulay was a sharp looking guy by your pictures. Will be thinking of you.

Joyce Everett

19 days ago

Dear Heather and Peter,

Though I did not meet or know your son I am so very sorry to hear of his passing at such a young age...his personality shines through your pictures. I can only imagine your heartache. Please accept my sincerest condolences.

Ron Catton

19 days ago

Heather,

While I never knew your son, it was upsetting to receive the message from Mike about your son's passing. I know how difficult it is to be predeceased by your child. Thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find some comfort in the numerous wonderful memories of your times with him.

Mickie McDow

19 days ago

Please know that I am thinking of you all... As I told Colleen.. I have no words...

Lori & Blair Fougere

19 days ago

Our deepest condolences Heather to you and your husband and family and friends. Your son sounds like an amazing young man. Sending love and prayers for you all.

Annette Fralic

19 days ago

Dear Heather, I've just read the gut wrenching news and have no words to describe the pain in my heart for you and your family. Please know I am thinking of you and sending the deepest sympathy.

Brenda Knox

19 days ago

Although we had never met your son we know from talking to Heather that he meant the world to Heather and Peter. We were so deeply saddened by the loss of your son.

Linda Mason

19 days ago

Dear Heather and Peter - Being a mother and a grandmother I can certainly understand and feel the pain you, your family and friends are going through.

Life will never be the same. My thoughts and prayers are with you and I hope you will have the strength to carry on by remembering all the wonderful times you had together. This will not fill the huge void in your life but it may help in some small way.

Your son will remain in your heart and soul for the rest of your life. My deepest sympathy to both of you and your family.

Ron and Joan Dion

19 days ago

Although we did not know McAulay our hearts go out to you both and your families. There is No more difficult time than to lose a child. Embrace your memories and thankful he was in your lives. Ron and I lost a son when Peter was 30. Our heartfelt sympathy sent you..

Frank Edison

19 days ago

Heather and Peter, I am shocked and so very saddened to hear of your loss. I do not think there is any pain greater than losing a child and after reading your well written obituary, he was more than just a son. I am at a loss for words and can only hope that you can, eventually, find some comfort in the memories you all shared.

Sonia Verabioff

19 days ago

Hearing of the loss of your son, Peter was just the saddest news. Many years have past since we all lived in Oakmount Subdivision. Years when you, Patrick and my son Sean were teenagers and your Mom and Dad spent time with Lorne and me. Lovely memories. To lose a child is so very tragic....please know that you are in my thoughts.

Wendy Schell

20 days ago

Dearest Heather Feather and Peter.

I am eternally grateful that we had that time together recently. My heart and soul have been with you during your deep sorrow. I wanted you to know you will all be in my thoughts on Saturday as you come together with family and friends.

We have contributed to his foundation as his legacy lives on. I didn't have your email address to notify you.

May Sweet McAulay rest in eternal peace.

Sending you Loads of Love and Big Hugs

Phenny and Jock Bryden

20 days ago

Peter and Heather, our sense of sadness is so profound. Having only met your son as a youngster we have no memories to share. But having been a neighbour and dear friends of your parents Arnold and Pat, and having babysat you Peter and your brother Patrick as a toddlers, feel deeply connected through old roots on Woodmount Drive in Nashwaaksis, NB. We cannot even begin to imagine your loss but please know we are thinking of you and have deep regrets that we never knew your amazing son. From the descriptions it sounds he was a beautiful combination of you both....such deep deep love. Many prayers for comfort and peace will be said for you. Please accept our deepest of sympathies and sincere condolences, we will make a contribution to the fund you have established memorializing your beautiful son McAulay.

Martin, Veronica & Oliver Lowthian

21 days ago

We remember McAulay as a lovely young boy during our visits to Trevor and Jackie’s when the children were all young. We didn’t know him as the young adult with a promising future he had become but it was obvious from a young age that he was a kind, bright young boy. Sending Heather and Peter all our love and sincere condolences

Coleen Rowter

21 days ago

Peter and Heather,

When I received the news that McAulay had passed, my heart sank. I cannot imagine the grief you both, as well as your families, are feeling. Teachers don't admit to having favorite students, but I can tell you that McAulay was very much a favorite of mine. I recall his sense of humor, even as a little boy. On many a day he made me laugh. One day he came racing into our classroom and asked, "Mrs. Rowter, is it okay if I park my imaginary horse out here in the hall?" Heather, do you remember the day your sister arrived at the classroom door to surprise him.? That was joyful. Her heart must be in pieces too.

I want you both to know that McAulay brought a lot of fun to our classroom. Today I am grieving for you. And I am grieving with you.

Most sincerely,

Coleen Rowter

Connie Crouse

21 days ago

I am still in such shock and am finding it hard to believe that McCauley is gone.

My heart absolutely breaks for yu, he was such a wonderful young man and I have known him since he started wee wisdom nursery school. McCauley was one of the kids that made an impression on you and he made you remember him. But with that little boy, and thanks to his wonderful parents, he remembered me all through life. As he grew up I always knew how he was doing in school and as he started his first jobs, he always remembered his nursery school teacher and he always welcomed me with that beautiful smile and a warm hug. And over the years he started to tower over me, but he always remembered those days in nursery school with Mrs. Crouse. Thank you Heather and Peter for raising such a loving and caring young man. And giving me the opportunity to be part of his early learning years. My thoughts and prayers are with yu always.

Paul & Linda Dennison

21 days ago

Paul and I were so sorry to learn of McAulay's death. Our sincere sympathy goes out to you, Peter and Heather.

Catherine & Bryce Dennison

21 days ago

Dear Heather and Peter, we are so very sorry for your unbelievable loss. McAulay was such a special person and will be missed by everyone. Sending you love and support at this very difficult time.

Bryce Dennison

21 days ago

I remember meeting McAulay a long time ago when our families got together for caroling during the holidays. I’m so sorry for your loss. There are few things a tragic as losing a child 😥

Pat McGowan & Dennis Carter

21 days ago

Dear Heather, There are no words to describe how I felt when Mike told me of your loss. Our deepest condolences go out to you, your husband and all of your family. Stay strong during this most difficult time.

Wendy Schell

21 days ago

Wendy and Martyn

Greg Sutherland

22 days ago

So sorry to hear of McAulay's passing. We bumped into each other in Bridgewater on Thanksgiving Weekend. I hadn't chatted with him in years. As his grade 7 teacher, I remember so many great things about McAulay. His incredible work ethic and positive attitude come to mind. And I'll always remember that McAulay was one of the few students that always got my sarcasm. It never failed to make him smile.

Tammy Crouse

22 days ago

Peter and Heather, my heart aches for you! No words can ease your pain or express my condolences. MacAuley was a light in the darkness, always smiling, always polite, just a wonderful person. Sending you love and prayers.

Candice & Greg Drennan

22 days ago

We were never granted the privilege of meeting such an incredible young man. We wanted to express our sincere condolences to you on the loss of your son. Our dear friends Monica & Tyler Cross have shared their loss over McAulay. When family looses a child it has far reaching sorrow for so many in the community. I wanted you to know that although we don’t know each other your sons life has touched ours. Thinking of you all during this difficult time. His legacy will live on in beautiful memories shared between friends and even those who didn’t know him. ♥️

Harjeet Bhabra, SMU

22 days ago

Dear Heather and Peter,


We cannot even begin to fathom your loss and the void McAulay leaves behind in your lives. McAulay accomplished so much and touched so many in his short life. Although I was not fortunate enough to come into contact with him and know him personally, I know his experiences at SMU and the friends he leaves behind are many and will be cherished and remembered.


On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Sobey School of Business, please accept our heartfelt condolences. Our prayers are with the family during this difficult time and we hope you find the strength in the rich memories he leaves behind.


With deepest sympathies,

Harjeet Bhabra

Dean, Sobey School of Business


Nancy Butt

22 days ago

Although I didn’t McAulay well, My forever memory of him is, walking down the isle in Wee little quilt when his Nani married my brother. Hugs and prayers for all

Marci Ernst

22 days ago

I had the privilege of teaching McAuley in grade 3 Physical Education at Hebbville Elementary School. E en at that time in his youth, I remember him as an aspiring leader with a love of sport. As sad as I am to learn of his passing, I am so very glad he was able to develop into such a positive person who embraced life. My thoughts and prayers are extended to all who knew and loved him.

Shaelyn Elliott

22 days ago

I had the pleasure of working with Mcaulay through football, and was always so happy to be in his presence. There was always a smile on his face, and he was always there to strike up a conversation. He was coachable, loving & it was so appreciated by the coaching staff and the team when he would come back to the field to show his support after he graduated. Always looked forward to seeing his smiling face pop up out of nowhere mid football game after he graduated.

Sending all of my love, and condolences to your family.

-Shaelyn

Dylan Haines

22 days ago

Connor, Elsa and I were absolutely

heartbroken to hear of the loss of McAulay. We remember his cheerful good humour, and his great and passionate musicality. Please know you have been in our thoughts every day.

Cindy Cook

22 days ago

“could always make the adult in the room laugh..”

yes! I remember having this impression of McAulay. Slick. Smart.

Carole Fisher

22 days ago

I remember meeting McAulay at Isaac Lake, he shared a bright smile, polite introduction and time to say hello. I know how proud his Gram was of all his accomplishments and being such a wonderful, kind young man. I am so sorry for your loss Heather and Peter. You have been in my thoughts everyday. Sending you love and compassion to each one of you at this very difficult time.

Cailin Fortin

22 days ago

McAulay always had a smile on his face. I know everyone that met him or grew up around him would say the same. No matter who you were or how long you had gone without seeing each other he always made an effort to say hello, share a smile and ask you how you have been. I had the pleasure of meeting McAulay in grade 8 at Hebbville. I remember spending so much free time between classes hallway surfing against lockers, pulling harmless but fun jokes around the school and FaceTiming what felt like almost every weekend with him and our friends. When high school came around we would see each other in school and at party’s, he was always so kind and never held back from catching up. We got the chance to work together at beachside pizza for summers at the end of high school and every shift together was filled with laughs and chats about life. He really knew how to make those long shifts fun. I can’t express enough how much my heart aches for McAuley’s parents, family and friends. I am just so fortunate to have even got the chance to grow up around him and experience his sunshine presence that I know he got from his lovely parents.

Cailin Fortin

22 days ago

McAulay always had a smile on his face. I know everyone that met him or grew up around him would say the same. No matter who you were or how long you had gone without seeing each other he always made an effort to say hello, share a smile and ask you how you have been. I had the pleasure of meeting McAulay in grade 8 at Hebbville. I remember spending so much free time between classes hallway surfing against lockers, pulling harmless but fun jokes around the school and FaceTiming what felt like almost every weekend with him and our friends. When high school came around we would see each other in school and at party’s, he was always so kind and never held back from catching up. We got the chance to work together at beachside pizza for summers at the end of high school and every shift together was filled with laughs and chats about life. He really knew how to make those long shifts fun. I can’t express enough how much my heart aches for McAuley’s parents, family and friends. I am just so fortunate to have even got the chance to grow up around him and experience his sunshine presence that I know he got from his lovely parents.

Bill Sarty

22 days ago

McAuley would be one of the first Students to the Bus. We would have about 5 minutes or so to chat. Me a 49er fan and him Denver there were always something to discuss. And when we were ready to roll he would take his seat and me mine. Sitting very quietly as we moved along. When getting off the Bus there were always and exchange of goodnight, or have a great weekend. On his final day in Grade 9, he expressed what our conversations meant to him. The feeling was mutual. Sending our Condolences to family and friends.

Ron &Sally Wagg

23 days ago

Our hearts are broken , shattered for Peter and Heather . McAulay was about five years old when he came across the street to our house to visit . We welcomed every one and watched this boy as he grew and matured to the beautiful boy we loved and admired . There are no words to describe this devastating loss to his parents and all who loved him .

You will never be forgotten McAulay Jones .


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