In Celebration of

Corey Mac Nason

October 15, 1953 -  March 25, 2019

MA, MLS, MEd, PhD Candidate

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Corey Mac Nason on Monday, March 25, at the age of 65. Mac was the loving father of Jeremy (Ali), Meredith and Hania, cherished brother of Sandra, Janet (Gary) and Tim (Colleen). He was the loving grandfather to the great joys of his life, Zoe and Mary. Mac was the beloved uncle of Michael, Julianna and Cameron. He was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, son of Grover and Helen Nason, and will be dearly missed by his Maritime clan. Mac spent his early career in the Federal Government, followed by many years as a Professor of Library Sciences at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario. Following his retirement and at the time of his passing, passionate lifetime student Mac was pursuing his dream of a PhD from the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa. Services will be held at Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa on Sunday, March 31st. Visitation from 12-2pm; service from 2-3pm; reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Canadian Guide Dogs (, Therapeutic Riding (, or Able Sail (


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Brenda Noseworthy (Algonquin Co-Worker)

Entered March 28, 2019 from Brighton, Newfoundland

I was so shocked to hear of Mac’s passing. I have many great memories of Mac’s visits in to the office in C230 at Algonquin. His stories, his bow ties and that grin that always made you wonder what he was up to, are some that stand out to me. Rest In Peace Mac!!

Wayne & Jannie Ash & Autumn (Neighbour at 100 Medhurst)

Entered March 29, 2019 from Ottawa

Sandy and family, please accept our sincerest condolences at the very recent passing of your brother, Mac, a kind and gentle man.
We will greatly miss our discussions about sailing and the dogs.
It was always a pleasure running into Mac and passing the time of day.
He will be missed.

Wayne & Jannie

Neil Card (colleague at work)

Entered March 31, 2019 from Ottawa

I had the good fortune to hire Mac as a professor in the Library program at Algonquin. Mac was knowledgeable and well respected by both students and colleagues. Bow Ties were his trademark. He will be missed by many, gone too soon.

Harry Arnott Tait (friend)

Entered April 7, 2019 from Ottawa

As a friend and colleague for over fifteen years I would have liked to have been given details of time and place. H

Harry Arnott Tait (friend)

Entered April 8, 2019 from Ottawa

Cory Mac Nason was a lovely man. He was kind ,big-hearted and generous. Mac was a scholar and a gentleman, and it was with an infinite sadness that we heard of his sudden untimely death. He was a historian whose period was Medieval Europe. The cruel irony in this tragedy is that he had retired from Algonquin and had started on his lifelong ambition to do a PhD in his subject.
Some fifteen or so years ago, he had been designing an online course on Early Medieval history for Algonquin College, and he asked me to come on board. It was the beginning of an enduring friendship.
The course covered the period from the Fall of the Roman Empire to the First Crusade. It was Mac’s creation. Being a literary chap, I contributed the section on Anglo-Saxon poetry. It proved a very popular course with the students.

We also shared a keen interest in keeping and breeding tropical fish.
Perhaps most of all, as the spring finally gets underway, I will miss those cold beers with Mac on my balcony, and the stimulating conversation that invariably went with them – yes, I will certainly miss that. R.I.P. Mac. Harry.


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