Maurice passed away on December 7, 2018, in Victoria, BC. He was born in Haverhill, Iowa, 1925, and moved to Radville, Saskatchewan, as a young boy.
Maurice graduated from Radville High School and started attending University of Saskatchewan, but left by Christmas to join the Canadian Navy during World War II. After the war, Maurice returned to Radville where he worked for McIlrath Lumber. In 1950, Maurice married Doris Jones, and they originally settled down in Radville. By 1962, they moved to Moose Jaw, where they lived until 1989. After retirement, they lived in Texas, White Bear Lake, Kelowna, and Victoria. They had four children, Marcia (Al), Michael (Jean), Marna, and Robert. Sadly, Robbie died in 1972. Maurice has two grandchildren, Sean and Dylan (Melissa).
In 1961, Maurice started a new McIlrath Lumber in Moose Jaw, a business he ran until 1989. He was very active in the community as a member of the Rotary Club, Minto and Zion United Churches, and served on the boards of Ina Grafton Gage Lodge, the Moose Jaw branch of the Saskatchewan Motor Club and St. Andrews College in Saskatoon.
Maurice is remembered by many as a great guy and was a wonderful father and a loving husband to Doris.
Condolences may be offered to the family below.
December 13, 2018
My sincere sympathy to Doris and the family. Maurice was a fine person who lived his life well. He was well-respected in the communities of Radville and Moose Jaw where I knew the McIlrath family. Warmest thoughts to you all.
Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Maurice Vernon McIlrath 1925 2018..