Russ McLay

1970 - 2021

Of Owen Sound, and previously of Wiarton. Suddenly passed at his residence on Monday May 3, 2021. Russell “Russ’ Gerald McLay at the age of 50 years. Devoted husband of Joy Brainard. Proud father of Mary Brainard, of Toronto, James McLay (partner Christina Stefanowicz), of London, and Luke McLay, of Owen Sound. Cherished grandfather of Jerome Ellis-Cruickshank, Hannah Ellis-Cruickshank, and Lily McLay. Brother of Linda Burley (late Harold “Hub”), Norma (Martin Coady), Ken McLay, and Matt McLay (partner Melissa Simpson); and brother-in-law of Howard Dawson (Bonnie), Mac Dawson (Kimberly), Raymond Brainard (Jodi), and Emily Brainard (partner Dwight Park). Son-in-law of Margaret Brainard. Sadly missed by his many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents, Norman and Florence; father-in-law Raymond Brainard; and brother-in-law Corey Brainard. LOVED 4 EVER AND 4 ALWAYS. Family arrangements completed at the Thomas C. Whitcroft Peninsula Chapel, Wiarton (519) 534-5341. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and to the Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences may be expressed online at

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