Bernard Allan (Rusty) passed away peacefully at home with his family
by his side on March 8, 2017. He was born on August 12, 1930 to
Donald and Annie (Inch) MacIver in Rydal Bank, Ontario, Canada. At
the age of 4, he moved with his family to Blind River, Ontario, which
was always home to him.
He is survived by his sons Mark (Mary Kay) MacIver of Big Rapids,
MI and Paul (Mary) MacIver of Ft. Gratiot, Michigan, grandson
Andrew (Kristen) MacIver of Marquette, Michigan and granddaughter
Karissa (Jason) Leach of Ruby, Michigan, brother Glen (Buddy)
(Yolande) MacIver, sister Doreen Timmermans and Joanne
Panabaker all of Blind River, Ontario and many nieces and nephews.
He was pre-deceased by his wife Paula, his parents, his sister Verna
and her husband John Hoeburg, sister Donna and her husband Emil
Eastman and brother-in-law Paul Panabaker.
Growing up in Blind River, he enjoyed hunting and fishing with his
father and brother. He remembered fondly bagging his first deer with
a perfect shot at the age of 13 – a 200 lb, 6-point buck. Rusty also
worked as a teen at the McFadden Lumber Mill during the summers
to help support his family. In 1943, his family purchased property
east of Blind River and established the Mississaugi Motel, which is
still operated by the MacIver family as the MacIver Motel.
As a young boy, Rusty received a Toronto Maple Leafs sweater for
Christmas, along with a pair of homemade skates, which sparked a
life-long love for the game of hockey. Rusty and his brother Buddy
spent their formative years playing hockey in Blind River and along
the North Shore in Northern Ontario. Both were scouted and signed
to professional contracts, with Rusty at the age of 17 signing with the
dream team of his youth – the Toronto Maple Leafs. A favorite
memory was when he attended the prospects camp for the Maple
Leafs. There, he met the Toronto coach “Hap” Day, who arranged for
him to borrow a pair of skates from a Toronto player to replace the
hand-me-down pair that he had brought to the camp. At that same
camp, he met and became friends with the legendary Maple Leaf
defenseman Tim Horton. They remained good friends until Tim was
tragically killed in an auto accident in 1974.
Rusty was assigned to play with the Maple Leafs farm team, and left