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Published: Sat, Jun 30, 2001:

Wallace McCormack

A private family funeral will be held for Wallace McCormack, 90, of Rio Vista. A memorial service for his many friends will be held at 11 a.m. July 11 at the McCormack home, 125 Edgewater Drive, Rio Vista.

Mr. McCormack died July 25, 2001, after a brief illness.

He was born in 1911 on his parents' ranch in the Montezuma Hills south of Rio Vista. His father, Dan McCormack, had emigrated from New Brunswick, Canada, to the Montezuma Hills in 1892. His mother, Ethel McLaurin, grew up in the Delta, where her family farmed on Twitchell Island.

Mr. McCormack attended school in Rio Vista and was a star basketball player at Rio Vista High School, graduating in 1928. He studied at Pomona College until his father's ill health forced him to return to Rio Vista and take over the family farming business. In 1938, he married Helen Barr, daughter of Los Angeles newspaperman Wesley M. Barr.

Mr. McCormack farmed on Sherman and Tyler islands, the Rindge Tract, and in the Montezuma Hills. In 1936, he was elected to the board of directors of the Bank of Rio Vista, which his father and uncle, state Sen. Thomas McCormack, had helped to found. He became vice president in 1939 and president and chairman of the board in 1949.

After World War II, he was instrumental in directing loans to Japanese farmers returning to the Delta and Solano County from internment camps.

During the 52 years of his leadership, the bank grew from $6,000,000 in assets to $128,000,000 and from one office in Rio Vista to four branches throughout the Delta.

Following in his father's footsteps, Mr. McCormack was named to the state Board of Reclamation by Gov. Pat Brown. He continued to serve on the board under Gov. Ronald Reagan. Gov. George Deukmejian named him president of the board.

He was a member of the Sutter Club and was one of 33 original charter members of the Rio Vista Lions Club. He was honored last April as the last living founding member of the Rio Vista Lions. For many years, he was a member of the Rio Vista Fire Department.

Mr. McCormack's great love of horses took him all over the state and indeed throughout the world. He was the last farmer in the Montezuma Hills to farm with horses, and he vividly remembered as a boy harvesting grain with teams of 28.

As a young man, he drove teams of Percheron and Clydesdale draft horses, eventually owning a prize-winning team of black and white Clydesdales and driving for the Coberly-West Company of Bakersfield in horse shows and draft- horse competitions throughout California. He and his team made an annual appearance at the California State Fair.

Locally, he drove his team in the Bass Derby parade and at the Farm Bureau sheep dog trials and picnic. In 1949, he became a member of the Rancheros Visitadores and joined the Los Flojos camp. He was a member and past president of both the Sonoma Trail Blazers and the Frontier Boys riding groups.

Mr. McCormack is survived by his wife, Helen; sister, Helen Lorne McCormack of Lodi; sister, Florence McCormack Scarlett of San Francisco; and daughter and son-in-law, Jeanne McCormack Medvitz and Al Medvitz.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Rio Vista Museum Association, 16 Front St., Rio Vista, 94571 or to a charity of one's choice.

Published: Sat, Jun 30, 2001

Notes on Wallace

Wallaces' father was Dan McCormack, whose parents were Donald McCormack & Janet McBride.  Donald McCormack and gg-grandfather Charles were brothers.  Dan McCormack along with his brother Thomas McCormack show up in the 1891 census of Restyigouche, New Brunswick, and then again in the 1900 census of Rio Vidsta, Solano county.


Sadie MacCormack




It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Sadie Vera (MacCurdy) MacCormack of Rose's Special Care Home & formerly of Black Point which occurred at the Campbellton Regional Hospital Wednesday, March 09, 2011 at the age of 88.
Sadie was a faithful member of Bethel United Church, Nash Creek ,a dedicated member of U.C.W. as well as a charter member of the Jacquet River Lioness Club.  She was well known for making cakes and will be remembered for the many hours she spent baking and decorating cakes for someone's special occasion.
She is survived by her children Charlene (Glen Tucker) of Ottawa, Wendell (Marilyn) of Black Point, Aloma of Halifax, Heather McCully (Paul) of Moncton.  She will be lovingly remembered by her grandchildren, Stacie Culligan (Matt) of Quispamsis, and Kendra McCully (Jon Diodati) of Moncton; great grandchildren, Alexander & Rhea Culligan of Quispamsis.  She will be deeply missed by Sharon Smyth (Dave) of Halifax, Marilyn Morris of Toronto & Gary Cook (Jan) of Toronto whom she was known as "Mom Sadie" and their families.
She was predeceased by her parents Edgar & Marguerite; husband Herbert MacCormack & brother Douglas.
Her funeral will be held from Bethel United Church, Nash Creek Sunday,March13,2011 at 4PM with visitation at MacMillans Funeral Home Saturday afternoon from 2-4 & 7-9 in the evening.  Those wishing to make donations in memory of Sadie, the church or charity of donors choice would be appreciated by the families.  Funeral arrangements are in the care of MacMillans Funeral Home,Black Point.

Irene McCormick


The death of Irene McCormick of Blackland occurred at the Campbellton Regional Hospital, April 16, 2013 at the age of 84.  Born in North London, England, she was the daughter of the late John Tweedale and Ivy (Sell).
A passion for life and family, she enjoyed her garden and all the bird life it provided.  An avid photographer who also enjoyed a good mystery novel.  For many years she had a christmas shop providing many with christmas cheer.  She will be greatly missed by her loving family.
Irene is survived by her husband Harmon; daughter Stephanie McCormick (Brett Kinnon) of Montreal; sons Charles (Joanne) of Blackland,  John (Leanne) of Pembroke, William (Ann) of Burton,6 grandchildren & 9 great grandchildren.
Visitation will take place at MacMillans Funeral Home Friday afternoon from 2-4.  A graveside service is to be held at a later date.  Arrangements are in the care of MacMillans Funeral Home, Black Point.
Dorothy MacCormack

At the Charlotte County Hospital on Tuesday, June 25th, 2013; Dorothy (Shirreffs) MacCormack; wife of the late Wendell A. MacCormack of St. Andrews, NB. Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, she is the daughter of the late John Skinner and Isabella Leing.Dorothy has resided in St. Andrews for almost 40 years. She was a member of the Greenock Presbyterian Church. She came to Canada as a war bride from Scotland.
She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She is survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins as well as her brothers in law Harmon & Irven MacCormack
Her funeral will be held from Bethel United Church,Nash Creek Saturday June 29 at 3 PM with visitation at MacMillans Funeral Home Friday afternoon from 2-4 & 7-9 in the evening. The interment will follow in the New Mills Cemetery. Donations to the Greenock Presbyterian Church in St. Andrews, NB or the New Mills Cemetery Fund would be appreciated. Online condolences to the family or donations can be made at or
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care & direction of MacMillan’s Funeral Home, 221 Black Point Road, Black Point,(Restigouche), NB (1-506-237-5234) and Humphreys Funeral Home, 20 Marks Street, St Stephen, NB E3L 2B2 (506 – 466 – 3110)


Harmon McCormick


The death of Harmon McCormick of Blackland N.B. occurred at the Campbellton Regional Hospital, May 5th, 2014 at the age of 89. Born in Blackland, New Brunswick, Harmon was the son of the late Duncan McCormack and Elizabeth (Bessie) (Hamilton) and was predeceased by his wife Irene, his partner in life, who passed away April 16th, 2013. Harmon had a tremendous passion for life and family. He had many joys which included working in the woods, gardening, growing trees, reading, teaching, learning, Philosophy, caring for his dogs and driving his tractor.
A retired WWll RCAF member who saw service with 442 SQN during the war, Harmon retired from the RCAF in 1969 with 20 years’ service while stationed at Moncton N.B. He subsequently moved back to the area where he had grown up and became a teacher at LER in Dalhousie. He always loved meeting his former students and received great enjoyment from their stories. After his retirement from LER he became a fulltime woodsman in Blackland, where tractor and chainsaw were his constant companions. He had a great love for the people of the North Shore and a special connection with you if your last name was Hamilton. He was a Boston Bruins fan who also enjoyed watching a good Ball game and will be greatly missed by his loving family. He now holds hands with his beloved Irene.
Harmon is survived by his; son Charles (Joanne) of Blackland, son John (Leanne) of Pembroke Ont, daughter Stephanie (Brett) of Montreal; son William (Ann) of Burton N.B, 6 grandchildren & 9 great grandchildren. He is survived by his Brother Irven of Ilderton Ontario, and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will take place at MacMillan’s Funeral Home Saturday afternoon from 11:30 to 1400 on the 10th of May. A graveside service is to be held at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of MacMillan’s Funeral Home, Black Point ( Any Donations can be made to a charity of the persons choice. The SPCA was a favourite organization of Harmon and Irene's.
 The family would like to thank the Staff of the Campbellton Hospital for the excellent care provided to Harmon during his stay. We would also like to extend a special thank you to the staff of the Veterans Wing, along with the private care givers, Nikki, Mabel, Jen and Patsy, who cared for Harmon with the utmost respect and compassion. Knowing Harmon was so well cared for provided the family with great comfort. Thank you.

Stephanie McCormick

Stephanie McCormick 1955 - 2017 Stephanie passed away at home on Easter Sunday surrounded by loving family after a courageous battle with brain cancer. She faced a disease that always wins with strength and dignity and her head held high.

Irven MacCormack

In the comfort of his own home in Ilderton surrounded by his family on Friday, April 21, 2017 in his 90th year.  Beloved husband of the late Jean (Edgar) MacCormack (1992).  Dear father of Margaret and Donald Carey of Mt.Carmel, Robert and Denise MacCormack of  Moncton, NB, Alma and Joseph Moir, and Carol and Paul Moir all of Ilderton.  Dear grandfather (GMac) of Philip Carey (Jessica), Maureen Barclay (Michael), and Janet Carey; Robert MacCormack (Lesia), Hillary Watters (Chris), Meaghan MacCormack (Nic Lupien), and Kalleigh MacCormack; Daniel Moir (Tessa), Charles Moir (Nicole), and Scott Moir; Leanne McQueen, Sheri Moir (Dean Desantis) and Cara Moir (Andy Pupulin).  Dear great-grandfather of Laura and Caitlin Barclay; Cian MacCormack; Carter Watters and Hayden Watters; Harley MacCormack and Olivier MacCormack-Lupien; Charlotte and Mason Moir; Quinn, Shea, and Cruz Moir; Oliver McQueen.  Predeceased by a grandson Darryl Moir (1983), great-granddaughter Ella Jean Desantis (2017), and his 6 brothers.