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Hi there; welcome to our blog! We are Joe and Irma MacMillan. We find it hard to believe that we are married for 60 years.

This blog is about our interests we have enjoyed over those years. We worked as caretakers in condominiums and apartment buildings for 16 years and loved it. Here we tell the story of why we gave up trying to make a living in eastern Canada, moved to the Yukon Territory and found our way to Vancouver, British Columbia.

At the age of 56, when most seniors are beginning retirement, we began to work in the wonderful career as Caretakers. We met many fascinating people and yes, a few others. Along the way we enjoyed the many benefits of the job.

We are retired now (probably) and spend our time kayaking the nearby lakes in summer and keeping fit walking all year. On April 7th, 2018 we will be married 60 years. We are the proud parents of our 4 wonderful daughters and 3 grandchildren.

Oh yes, and one grandpup, Ripley, who sadly went to the great doggie rest home in the sky recently. What can we say about a little pet who gave everyone her unbridled love?

She came to us a dozen years ago with her earth parents, our daughter Nancy and son in law Jeff as a little bundle of fur and joy.She made no demands and never turned down a treat. She was one of a kind.

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Our family are golfing nuts. We love the crazy game. We all love the fact that while we are playing we think of nothing else. Nothing about work or bills or things that bother us at other times in our daily routines.

Take a close look at this photo. Obviously the barn is an inferno. The fire department has not arrived so to someone this is a catastrophe, but, look at the golfers. They are totally engrossed in their game. Barn, what barn? Fire, what fire? That is the game we love.    

Someone with plenty of time on their hands once figured out that the average human brain handles 45,000 different thoughts each day.

Each day Irma and I experience flashbacks from our past as well.

Joemac’s website is not only about genealogy of the MacMillan family it is a compilation of many events in the life of Joe and Irma MacMillan. It is not intended to be a biography. It is instead, a gathering of many real happenings that, after telling someone about it, we hear “you should really write that down”.  

These events or stories are in no chronological order and are as true as we can recall. Some are written by one of our four daughters as noted.

The events have occurred over our 53 years of marriage and also the years prior to our meeting so many years ago.

Why do we do this?

We wish our parents had done so during their lives, and that is what prompted this website.  

Till Death Do We Part. Do we really mean it when we get married? What holds a marriage together? I wrote this book as a man to man conversation. Read it here

Irma and I were married April 7th 1958. We have 4 daughters who make us so very proud. Here we tell how we got started and other things about our loving family.Read on…

The Cormier Family. Where they came from and who they were. From France to St. Norbert and Bouctouche New Brunswick. Here is how they evolved

Margaret and Joe T. grew up in Sydney. Here is the story of where, when and how they lived in those early years. How it all began…

Here is the information regarding the MacMillan Family and the 1911 Census.

Margaret and her piano. Like peas in a pod, they fit perfectly together for the benefit of everyone who were fortunate enough to hear her playing at her best.More…

Joe T. MacMillan was a wonderful dad, husband, businessman, fisherman, friend, and all round good man with a laugh everyone loved…

Who will ever forget our wonderful sister Isabel, her husband, Russell and their Family. Bruce, Pamela,Gordon and Daryl.

Raymond and Beverly. When you see one you will see both. Simply a wonderful couple.

Our fun loving sister Teresa (AKA Teecie, Terry). A true and loyal friend to everyone who comes in contact with her. MORE

Where did the MacMillans come from? Is it MacMillan or MacMullin. The MacMillan Family Story

What is the connection between Beaver Cove and the MacMillan Family? Well it all started back on the Island of Barra in Scotland…

When, How, and Why we decided to move to the Yukon Territory. It all began with a trip to Whitehorse for a wedding..Read on..

Our move to the Yukon began when we bought a worn out van for $500.00 with the windshield smashed and the steering kaput. Here is what happened...

A winter ski trip in the Cape Breton Highlands. The lynx looked at me as if I was crazy. She belonged here. I didn’t…

World War 11 brought hardships for all. At home in New Waterford we had it easy in comparison to the rest of the world. This is what it was like for us at home on George Street.

Irma and I build our House in New Waterford in 1960. Can you believe we built a 3 BR home for $6200. MORE

The Farm at Beaver Cove was an amazing place to spend our summer vacations. No electricity, computers, TV, yet it had everything kids could love…

If you ever had a wish to have a brother who was the best father, brother, friend, husband ever. Look no further. Mike is the one …more

Joe’s early years when he was in school and learning the ropes before joining the navy.