Remembering Frank MacKay

Published February 2, 2021 by A.J.B. Johnston

We are coming up on the second anniversary of the passing of Frank MacKay. It was March 6, 2019, and I recall vividly that I was in a Charlottetown hotel when I heard the news. It came to me as a phone call from Eleanor Norrie, wife of original Lincoln drummer Rod Norrie.

Anyone who ever knew Frank, even if only at a distance as a legendary singer or stage performer, was shocked. The man was larger than life in everything he did. When he sang, he gave it everything—heart and soul—and thousands responded to him at every show or dance.

There are innumerable ways to remember Frank, and watching him sing on the YouTube video (Kings of Friday Night: The Lincolns) found elsewhere on this site is certainly one I recommend.

Less well known is Frank’s charitable side. In his will, he left a large sum for the homeless shelter in Dartmouth that renamed its facility Frank MacKay House after its benefactor.

We miss you and remember you, Frank.

Frank singing with The Lincolns at Dartmouth High, 1968.
The Lincolns performing at Dartmouth High, 1968

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