McKeegan, Melvin

May 16, 1928 ~ January 27, 2024

McKEEGAN, Melvin Garnet – Passed away peacefully in his home, at the age of 95, on Saturday, January 27, 2024. Beloved husband for 57 years to the late Florence Mary Jane (Campbell) McKeegan (2008). Special friend for 11 years of the late Evelyn Ridley (2021).  Loving father of Bruce McKeegan and Lori Dutot of Wallaceburg, Keith and Alyce McKeegan of Sombra, Darlene and Henry Kraayenbrink of Port Lambton, Marie and Kevin Webster of Oil City. Predeceased by his parents John and Myrtle (Scott) McKeegan. Brother to the late Jean (Bob) Hazzard, Dorothy (George) Ross, Frank McKeegan and Bill (Doreen surviving) McKeegan. Cherished grandfather of Ashley (Matt) Montague, Trevis McKeegan, Sarah (Robert) Atkinson, Kyle McKeegan, Mason (Brianne) Kraayenbrink, Mitchell (Jocelyn) Kraayenbrink, Amelia (Dalton) Authier, Katrina (Chadd) Murphy, Ashley (Nicholas) Matlovich, Aaron (Svenja) Webster, Aric (Miranda) Webster, Keegan Webster (Ashleigh Scott) and Adaleah (Nathan) Lorantfy. Proud and loving great-grandfather of Meghann, Dalton, Tanner, Nicholas, Araya, Connor, Nolan, Owen, George, Angus, Sloan, Emmett, Quinn, Cameron, Grace, Vivianne, Vera, Vaughn, Vienna, Finnick, Henrik, Anderson, Aurora, Cyrus and Pearl. Great-great-grandfather of Nolah. Melvin was born and raised in Wilkesport Ontario. He was very dedicated, loyal and hard-working his entire life. At a young age of 14 his farming career began which continued to flourish and evolve his entire life. In addition, he started his own trucking company McKeegan Trucking Limited which has been in business for over 55 years. Furthermore, he was a volunteer firefighter at the Wilkesport Station for 22 years, and an active member of the Wilkesport snow mobile club for many years. He loved old time fiddle music and square dancing. Melvin enjoyed attending jamborees, plowing matches and the Brigden Fair. He was a very outgoing, active member of his community who loved to socialize and tell stories. In his later years, he put many miles on his black Dodge Ram truck driving all over the country side and attending his favourite local restaurants with his family and friends.

Family and friends will be received at STEADMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME BRIGDEN on Friday February 2, 2024 from 3pm-5pm and 7pm-9pm.

The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday February 3, 2024 at 12pm. Kevin McGlade to officiate. Interment in Black Creek Cemetery to follow.

Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation (, Canadian Lung Association ( or Canadian Cancer Society (

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  1. Deepest Sympathies Bruce, Lori and family. He has left behind many many years of cherished memories. He will also be missed around all the local restaurants , his friendly smile and stories live on. R.I.P now Mel … you done well. Synthia Trembley & Robert Myers

  2. So sorry to hear about Mel’s passing. I have good memories of all the funny jokes he would play on people while we were on the bus trips to Florida. My sincere condolences to the family.

  3. My Condolences to all of the family. I always enjoyed visiting with Mel at the restaurant. He was a great guy and will be missed.

  4. Sending our condolences to the McKeegan family. Cherish your many memories.
    Laurence and Lois Wakefield

  5. Bruce, Keith, Darlene and Marie
    I’m so sorry to hear about your dad’s death. I remember your father and mother as some of the kindest people I’ve ever met. I’m sure he will be greatly missed by family and friends.

  6. I’d like to send my condolences to Bruce, Keith, Darlene and Marie and all their families at this time of sorrow.
    My thoughts and prayers are with the whole family

  7. Sending condolences on behalf of the Hayward family. May good memories bring you comfort at this time of loss.
    Melvin, Laurie and Lisa and the Hayward family

  8. Our sympathy to the McKeegan Family. Always enjoyed talking to Melvin and he certainly was a big part of the community and touched many peoples lives. Have many good memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Jim & Anne Duffy

  9. Our sincere condolences to all the family. Had many happy times with Mel and Flo at the fire hall. He loved to dance. May he rest in peace.

    John and Brenda Arnold

  10. To all of Mel’s family: So very sorry to hear about Mel’s passing. We had many a good times with him and Eve at the Jamborees. He will surely be missed by all who knew and loved him. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. In Deepest Sympathy.

    Carl Gadsby and Dianne McLean

  11. Bruce, Keith, Darlene, and Marie and families: Our sincere condolences to all of you on the passing of your dad. He was a longtime fixture, neighbour, and worker in the Avonroy and Wilkesport communities that won’t be the same without him!

  12. So sorry for your loss Keith, we send our condolences to all of the MeKeegan Family, spent many years working with Melvin & other drivers assisting vac trucks at wellsites, enjoyed many conversations at sites & visits to the shop, Rest in Peace Melvin

  13. My sincerest condolences to all of the family. He was a gentleman who truly loved life and lived it his way

  14. I will miss seeing and talking to Melvin,always had lots of stories.My sympathy to family and friends.Ed Johnston

  15. My sincere condolences about Mel. He will be missed at the hillbilly restaurant. And I will personally miss him asking me why I’m not working.

  16. I was very sorry to hear of Melvin’s passing. He was one of my first and favorite customers. Loved his zest for life. I will miss seeing him and that big dodge truck wheeling into our yard.


  18. Our thoughts.and prayers are with thefamily at this very sad time with the loss of your Dad may God Bless everyone

  19. Keith & Alyce,
    Sending our condolences to you and your family. We will miss seeing Melvin driving around the neighbourhood keeping an eye on everyone. Take care!

  20. So very sorry to hear of Melvin’s passing. Our sincere condolences to the entire MvKeegan families. He will be truly missed. Always so thoughtful and kind when you seen him.

  21. To Melvin’s family.
    Melvin seemed to know everyone and everyone seemed to know Melvin
    We are sure going to miss him for his Friday night fish and chips at Cozy Corners.
    We always enjoyed visiting him at Cozies Friday night or breakfast Sunday morning
    Our sincere condolences to Melvin’s family.
    R.I.P. our friend. Well deserved.

    Edie &. Mike McNaughton

  22. We were very sadden by the news of our friend Mel’s passing. We had a lot of fun times together camping at Blyth and going to dances at Brigden at the Sunday Jamborees. Spending time with Mel and Evelyn (enjoying her baking for sure) will never be forgotten. We send our sincere condolences to the family.

  23. Marie, Kevin, and family,
    So sorry to read about the passing of your father/father-in-law/grandfather. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. May pleasant memories bring you peace.
    Michael and Cathy

  24. To the Melvin McKeegan family: Our sincere condolences at this sad time! Always enjoyed our visits with Melvin! Always lots of laughs and things to talk about. We will miss our visits with him at the farm Steam Threshers, Outdoor Farm Show, and Chatham Farm Show! Always a smile and ‘glad to see you’. The last of my cousins! Melvin was the oldest and I was the youngest! Douglas (Doug) and Holly Scott

  25. Marie & Kevin & family, deepest sympathies to you all for your loss.
    Don & Penny Phillips

  26. Thinking of you and your family.
    Roy Best certainly enjoyed the Sunday Church Services back in the bush, with Melvin being the taxi driver.

  27. Will mis seeing driving around ,restaurants visits ,his laugh, all them 15 visits turned into 2 or 3 hrs loved it

  28. Thinking and praying for the family through this difficult time. I always enjoyed my encounters with Mel, he was a great guy, a real character!

  29. So sorry to hear of the passing of Melvin. He was a great person who always took time to say Hello. He lived a full rich life. Hoping in time your many memories offer you comfort and pleasure. We will not be able to attend his service as we are away for the winter months. Take care.
    Jane (Pettit) and Brian Racher