Author Tags: Advice, Outdoors

Born on September 28, 1922 in Scotland, Mary Macaree immigrated to Prince George in 1955. With David Macaree, she co-wrote 103 Hikes in Southwestern B.C., a classic regional title that has reputedly sold more than 100,000 copies since 1973, and been reprinted six times, as well as 109 Walks in B.C.'s Lower Mainland (D&M 1980), also reprinted.

In 2003, the David Macaree Award for Improved Dementia Care, worth $500, from the Alzheimer's Society, was created by Mary Macaree in honour of her late husband David, who had dementia. Both were UBC professors.

Mary Macaree died on July 31, 2008 due to complications from a stroke.

A new version of 103 Hikes in Southwestern British Columbia: Revised and Updated by Jack Bryceland, listing Mary and David Macaree as co-authors, reappeared on the BC Top Ten Bestseller list in August of 2008.

The Celebration of Mary Macaree's Life will be held at the West Vancouver Seniors' Centre - 695 -21st Street in West Van. from 4.30-7p.m. on Saturday October 18th.

[BCBW 2008] "Classic" "Outdoors"

Mary Macaree

Mary Watson Macaree passed away at Lions Gate Hospital, North Vancouver on July 31st, 2008. Predeceased by her husband, David, in 1998, brother, Jack and sister, Kathleen; she will be fondly remembered by her surviving siblings, William (known as Ed), Sheila and Janette, all her family in Scotland and Canada and friends and colleagues worldwide. Born to a farming family in Luthermuir in Eastern Scotland in 1922, Mary was the eldest of six children. After training to be a teacher at Aberdeen University she taught briefly in Quebec then following her marriage to David in 1949 they emigrated to Canada and finally to Vancouver. A change in profession led Mary to graduate in 1963 with a Bachelor of Library Science from the University of British Columbia. From 1968 until her retirement in 1985 she was head librarian at the MacMillan Library at UBC.

Along with her husband, Mary was very active in outdoor pursuits particularly mountaineering and hiking. Together they co-authored the very popular books 103 Hikes in Southwestern British Columbia and 109 Walks in British Columbia's Lower Mainland which she has continued to revise and update over the years. The natural world was her great love and her presence and knowledge of the outdoors will be greatly missed by those lucky enough to have hiked beside her on the trails. Besides being a world traveller, Mary was also an active tennis player and Scottish Country Dancer. She contributed and had an interest in the Centre for Scottish Studies at Simon Fraser University and in the care and treatment of people with dementia. Many thanks to the staff in the E.R., ICU and to Dr. K. Cunningham and Dr. J. Imrie of Lions Gate Hospital. No funeral at Mary's request. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. A celebration of Mary's life will be held in the near future.

--[Vancouver Sun 2008]