Nathan McGillivray

Obituary of Nathan Wade McGillivray

Nathan Wade McGillivray was born on November 18, 1986, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He moved with his parents to Forestburg, Alberta, in May of 1988 when he was 18 months old. As he grew to be of school age, he attended the Forestburg School from 1992-2000. Nathan’s family then relocated to Red Deer in July of 2000, where Nathan attended the Parkland School until 2005. After graduating from the Parkland School at the age of 19, Nathan was off on his own new adventure when he moved into a group home, which is where he lived out the rest of his life.


Nathan truly lived his life to the best of his ability. He loved socializing and really enjoyed the laughter of family and friends. His own smile and laughter were infectious. He was one of those people who just made you feel good being in his presence, and he could light up a room with his smile. Nathan loved listening to music (except for opera) and enjoyed going to country music events and concerts. He also frequented the Relax Crew, which was his favourite hangout. There, he enjoyed the special occasion dinners, dances, movies, bingos, and fending off the girls with his charms. One of his favourite activities was guys’ night where they usually watched wrestling, which included lots of cheering. Nathan also developed close connections with the staff at his home and also with his two roommates, David and Jordan. The three of them have lived together for the past 18 years.


Nathan passed away on March 11, 2024, at the age of 37 years and is survived by his loving parents Bernard (Paula) McGillivray and Barb (Dale) McNabb and his siblings Steven, Gavin (Devinee), Terese, and stepsister Veronique. He is also survived by his grandmother Helen McGillivray and leaves behind numerous aunties, uncles and cousins who have all played a part in his life: Donna and Brian Butland and family; Sharon and Lorne Sloat and family; Lori and Tony Pecorilli and family; Victorine Warner and family; Peter and Irene McGillivray and family. Nathan is predeceased by his grandparents John and Lyda Toth and grandfather Peter McGillivray.


We all loved you, dear Nathan, and we will miss you so much. You enriched our lives in ways we could not have imagined. Rest in peace, our sweet angel.


Nathan’s Celebration of Life will be held on March 19, 2024, 1:00 PM, at the Festival Hall, 4214-58th Street, Red Deer, Alberta.


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