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In Memoriam

This page is dedicated to supporters of the Portland Highland Games who are no longer with us.

Dixie McKendrick

March 7, 1924 ~ February 8, 2012

Dixie was President of the Portland Highland Games Association, 1981 – 1982.

Remembering a wonderful lady as we hear the news that Dixie McKendrick has passed away. Dixie chaired many Games committees, held almost every position on the Executive Board, and was President and a Life Member. And, she was the ultimate competition Mom to all her children, and many other competitors, who piped, danced and drummed. We owe a lot to her for keeping the Games and the Scottish community going for many years.

Dixie Turner McKendrick died at home in Lake Oswego on Feb. 8, 2012. She was born to Ennis and Caroline Losh Turner on March 7, 1924, in Hillsboro. Dixie spent most of her childhood in Cloverdale, where she graduated from Nestucca Union High School in 1942. After moving to Portland, she joined the U.S. Marine Corps Women's Reserve, serving until 1946. On Nov. 7, 1946, she married the late Robert O. McKendrick. For more than 40 years they lived together in Lake Oswego, where they raised six daughters and one son.

Dixie was dedicated to volunteer service. She was active in Head Start, Toastmistress International, the American Institute of Parliamentarians and the Portland Highland Games Association for many years and belonged to the St. Andrew's Society of Oregon. A member of Lake Grove Presbyterian Church since 1960, Dixie served as Sunday school superintendent for over 35 years, remembered by generations of children. Dixie is survived by her seven children, Robbi Brewer, Sandi McKendrick, Christie Barrick, Bonnie Diessner and Amy Rap of Portland; Laurie Wishart of Victoria, British Columbia; and Robert E. McKendrick of Lake Oswego. Also surviving are nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; her brother, Stanley E. Turner of Tillamook; and her cherished daughter-in-law, Leah McKendrick, who cared for her at home for the last years of her life. A private family memorial service has been held.

Wallace MacLean

Oct. 17, 1924 ~ Nov. 25, 2011

Wallace, dearly loved head of the MacLean family, passed peacefully in his sleep. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Wallace and Joyce, his wife of 60 years, immigrated to Portland in 1969.

They made many lifelong friends in the Clan Macleay, the Portland Highland Games and the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society. Wallace served multiple terms as President of the Games and, in 1987, was honored as Chieftain of the Day. He gave the Address to Haggis at the Clan's Burns Supper various years. Wallace was an apprentice engineer (1941-46) at Albion Motors and earned his Higher National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering from Royal Technical College in Glasgow. He worked for Clyde Tube Forgings until 1969, when Zidell Tube Forgings of America recruited him for his expertise in metal fabrication. Wallace also worked for Northwest Marine and retired from Sulzer Bingham at 67 years of age.

An avid cyclist in his youth, he toured Scotland staying in youth hostels. Always a keen golfer, he celebrated his only hole-in-one two days before his 80th birthday. Wallace set a great example of loyalty, love and happiness to his entire family and his circle of friends. All who met him were blessed with the twinkle from his baby blues and his broad smile. Wallace is survived by his loving wife, Joyce; children, Rod (Debbie) and Alison (Bob); grandsons, Cameron (Camille), Conner and Kyle (Kimberly); great-grandchildren, Boden, Briley, Kaylee, Luke, and Madelyn. Wallace was preceded in death by his grandson, Colin. Special thanks to all the caring staff at Maryville Memory Care Unit. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Maryville Nursing Home. The family will honor Wallace privately at a later date.

Douglas DeWitt Southgate

July 23, 1920 ~ January 5, 2010

Doug Southgate, past President and Life Member of the Portland Highland Games Association, passed away on January 5, 2010 at the age of 89.

Douglas DeWitt Southgate, a longtime resident of Portland, passed away in Bellingham, Washington. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Sue; and three children and their spouses, Douglas and Myriam of Worthington, Ohio; John and Julie of Portland; and Mary and Ralph Perona of Bellingham. Also surviving are grandchildren, Elizabeth and Richard in Ohio; Audrey, Emily and Jane in Portland; and Cristina and Raynie in Bellingham.

The son of Rev. George and Esther (Barclay) Southgate, Doug was born July 23, 1920, in Mount Carmel, Ill. His father passed away two years later and his mother then moved with her three children back to her hometown of Normal, Ill., where Doug grew up. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Doug enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942. He served in 1944 and 1945 in the Pacific as a C-46 and C-47 command pilot with the 374th Troop Carrier Group. Immediately after the Japanese surrender, Doug flew to Yokohama to pick up U.S. servicemen who had been prisoners of war. As such, he was among the first Americans to set foot in Japan after hostilities ended. After the war, he returned to the University of Illinois, taking advantage of the GI Bill to complete a Bachelor of Science with a major in industrial design in 1947. He worked two years in Chicago and then returned to Valdosta, Ga., where he had met Mary Sue, to marry. Right afterward, the couple moved to Portland, where Doug's sister had settled. Aside from two years during the Korean War, when he served as an intelligence officer with the U.S. Air Force, Doug and Mary Sue lived and raised their family in Portland, worshipping for many years at the First United Methodist Church. Doug worked as a salesman and manufacturers' representative for various packaging companies as well as a real estate agency and, in 1980, he retired as a lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

In his later years, Doug was active in the Portland Highland Games Association and served as its president. He also took up painting and sculpture, which he had been interested in during his youth, and honed his skills thanks to classes taken at Portland State University. A half dozen of his paintings are displayed in Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, which Doug and Mary Sue joined in 1982. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, in Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Northwest Portland. Donations may be made in Doug's memory to the cathedral's music program or arts ministry or to the Portland Highland Games Association, 4836 S.W. Scholls Ferry Rd., Portland, OR 97225.

Earle Joseph "Joe" Hewitt III

August 31, 1946 ~ November 25, 2009

Joe Hewitt’s involvement with the Portland Highland Games was extensive and invaluable. For his contribution to the Games as participant, teacher, graphic designer and photographer, Joe was presented with Life Membership in 1992.

Joe designed the current Portland Highland Games Association logo in 1983. As the program editor from 1985-1991, he did the drawing and the photographing of all the program covers, as well as, sketching the many drawings in the programs. Joe also designed and produced the logo for the 50th anniversary pin in 2002. He was our personal artist.

In addition to being an artist, Joe had many interests and led a full life. He loved fishing, trains, militaria, reading and, especially, traveling with a particular love of England and Scotland and the American Southwest.

Joe Hewitt’s name is synonymous with Scottish drumming in the Northwest. During his long and distinguished career in Highland music, Joe was a consistent and gentle force of support and inspiration to pipe band players and a generous teacher and mentor to drummers and pipers, young and old.

Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Aug. 31, 1946 to Earle Joseph Hewitt Jr. and Virginia "Ginny" Senn, Joe welcomed the arrival of his brother Bill in 1949 and grandmother Margaret Clifton coming to live with the family in 1955. Big Joe was in the insurance business, which caused the family to move to Norfolk, Virginia, to Indianapolis and finally to Portland in 1957. They became part of the Raleigh Hills community where they lived for many years.

Joe graduated from Beaverton High School in 1964 and from Portland State University in 1969. He married Susan Callahan in 1979. They have one daughter, Amy Foster Wolferman, a son-in-law, Eric Wolferman, and grandchildren, Finley and Griffin, all of whom live in Missoula, Montana, and brought much joy to Joe's life.

Joe’s professional career spanned many positions in the field of graphic design and marketing. He worked for Pacific Northwest Bell Yellow Pages and Freightliner. He was a partner in Shantz Hewitt & Associates and in Choteau Marketing, and was self-employed as Hewitt TriWest.

Since a teenager, Joe immersed himself in the Portland Scottish piping and drumming community. He began his pipe band career in 1964 when he joined the Portland Scottish Pipe Band as a side drummer, and later moved to the Clan Macleay Pipe Band to play lead tip. In the early 1970’s Joe was one of the original members and first lead drummer of the Blue Heron Bay Pipe Band, which was the Portland area’s first pipe band with a major focus on competition. During this period he also started teaching, and served as the drumming instructor to the Portland Greys Boys’ Pipe Band. When the Blue Heron and the Portland Greys disbanded in the late 1970’s Joe returned to the Clan Macleay to serve as the band’s lead drummer for five years.

In 1987, Joe joined a group of pipers in Portland to begin monthly gatherings called Pipers’ Club (later formalized as Oregon Pipers’ Society), to promote piping through performance and competition. Then in 1990, Joe was part of forming a new competition band, the Willamette Valley Pipe Band. Joe served as the band’s first bass drummer and then eventually moved back to side drumming. Soon after Joe became part of the group to form a new youth band for the Portland area, Oregon Pipers’ Society Junior Pipe Band, which later changed its name to the Sir James McDonald Pipe Band. Joe served as the chief drumming instructor for over 15 years, finally stepping down at the end of the 2006 competition season. When the Willamette Valley Pipe Band disbanded, Joe played one season with the Maple Ridge Pipe Band in British Columbia.

Joe’s very first drumming instructor was Ian Milligan who had been a drummer in the British Army before playing in the Portland Scottish Pipe Band. In the years to follow, Joe continued to learn much from Ralph Altmans, Rob McKendrick and John Scullion, while teaching and passing on his love of Scottish piping and drumming to a younger generation.

In the recent years Joe joined the newly formed Portland Metro Pipe Band to play bass drum. Finally he was instrumental in the founding of the band’s youth instructional program and launching of the Portland Metro Youth Pipe Band.

Joe once said that the high points of his band career included: Winning the Grade1 Championship in Santa Rosa with the Blue Heron Pipe Band in the mid 1970’s; winning the Grade 3 Championship several years in a row at Santa Rosa with Willamette Valley; and making three trips to the World Pipe Band Championships with the Sir James McDonald Pipe Band. However, in the generous and supportive spirit that was always Joe, he said that his “...biggest satisfaction has been seeing so many former students go on to become first class players.”

Joe Hewitt’s legacy will continue to live forever in the music of local pipe bands and solo players, as we continue to share the gifts he has given us as teacher and friend.

Kevin E. Hill

October 7, 1958 - June 27, 2009

On June 27, 2009 we lost a dedicated volunteer, a strong leader and especially a friend as Kevin Hill, Vice President of Operations for the Games and an Intel veteran of nearly 25 years, passed away unexpectedly.

Based in Oregon, Kevin led the Americas Application Design-In Center (ADC) team at Intel for the last four years. Recognized as an experienced manager with great customer orientation, Kevin was best known for his focus on growth of people in his organization, providing best-in-class support of Intel customers, and community service across a host of needs.

While Kevin was a strong leader throughout his tenure in Intel and for the Games, he is most remembered for his friendships, for treating people as family, and his joy in life. Kevin invested himself in alignment with his priorities focusing on family and raising his children, growing and serving others both inside and outside of Intel, and role modeling integrity and quality in everything that he did.

He was an Intel Instructor much of his career, leading courses in career development and Intel culture - often doing so at the expense of personal time and energy. This leadership in enabling people to look at growth and next steps was only one example of the way he invested in others.

Kevins care for people, as well as placing the needs of others before his own, was demonstrated consistently by the community service that he led within ADC, where they were involved in 26 different events in the last year. In another example of his character and sense of community, Kevin led a team of volunteers in responding to Hurricane Katrina, spending long hours making sure Intel's donated PCs were effectively used by helping to build the infrastructure at the Houston Astrodome to track and assist victims. In Kevin's view, community extended far beyond his own neighborhood. He exemplified this in his personal life, through his service in the Oregon Food Bank and of course, for the Portland Highland Games.

Kevin placed family as a high priority, actively supporting and participating in his three daughters school and extracurricular activities throughout their lives. He was passionate about his 100 rose bushes, airplanes, decorating for Halloween, and was an avid San Francisco Giants fan.

Kevin was born October 7, 1958, graduated from San Jose's Camden High School in 1976 and San Jose State University in 1985. Kevin joined Intel in 1984 and worked across many leadership roles in technical support, including Intel Customer Support and the Application Design-In Center. Kevins work ethic was beyond compare, and his accountability to his team, the customer, and all those around him were role models to us.

Kevin is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen, and daughters Adrienne, Elyse, and Naomi. No memorial service has been scheduled, as Kevin requested a special party in lieu of a funeral. Kevin will be sorely missed at this year's Games! Thank you Kevin for all the years of passion and work.

William "Bill" Frank Macfarlane

August 22, 1929 - June 27, 2009

Bill Macfarlane, a Portland Highland Games Life Member, passed away this June 2009.

Bill Macfarlane was born on August 22nd, 1929 in Gresham, Oregon. He was the second of three children born to William Courtland Macfarlane and Ida Mae Patterson Macfarlane. His family had emigrated from Ayr in Scotland to New Zealand and later part of the family came to the United States. He was always proud of his Scottish heritage and all important family gatherings featured kilts and bagpipes. He lived by his Clan motto, “This I’ll Defend”. Bill died on June 27th, 2009. Burial mass was held, with final internment at Willamette National Cemetery.

Bill served in the 16th Signal BN Corps from 1951 to 1953. He married Sydney Aleson on October 18th, 1958 and with their five children another branch of the Macfarlane Clan was started. He is survived by his wife, Sydney, his daughters, Karen Eckhard, Aleson Macfarlane (Lisa Miosi), and Marci Macfarlane (Chris Radcliffe), his sons, Bill Macfarlane (Stephanie Macfarlane), Michael Macfarlane (Sandra Macfarlane), and his granddaughter Tessa Eckhardt, all of Portland. He is also survived by his brother and sister in law, Jim and Arlene Macfarlane, of Vancouver. He had several nieces and nephews.

During his career, Bill worked for American Can, Griffith Rubber Mills, and Empire Rubber & Supply. He was active in G.E.A.P.S. He was always supportive of his family’s church and school activities. He served as both treasurer and president of St Philip Neri Parents Association and as both secretary and president of St Philip Neri Holy Name Society. He attended all of his children’s ball games and was frequently the only father present at the girl’s games. He participated in fund raising and other activities at his children’s schools, including St Stephens, All Saints, St Mary’s Academy and Jesuit High School.

One of his proudest achievements was his work with the Portland Highland Games. He was president of the PHGA in 1983, 1984 and 1987. He was Chieftain of the Day in 2001 and was honored at the 2009 Games in July.

Some of his long term goals were met following his retirement in 1994. Hammer in hand, he built his own retirement home. He and Sydney traveled the country pursuing the dream of playing golf in every State. He and Sydney also visited Scotland. Recent winters were spent in Winterhaven, California. He was admired and appreciated by his family and will be missed by many.