Malcolm died peacefully at home in Victoria at the age of 78. He is survived by Moira, his wife of 54 years; his daughters, Melissa and Marianne (Andrew); and much loved granddaughter Olivia.
Malcolm was a rare man – good natured, gregarious and without prejudice. He was an optimist who lived for the moment and had a genuine sunny personality. He was a loving, engaged and supportive husband, father and granddad. He understood that the best things in life are not ‘things’ and created the life that he wanted to live – a life centered on family and friends. He was extremely close to his sister, Fiona Hyslop, and brother David (Sandra). It was a rare day when they hadn’t shared each other’s news. He had a long career in sales with the Hudson’s Bay, Eaton’s, Dominion Securities, CJVI Radio and Shell Oil. He served in many volunteer roles, including Alderman for the City of Victoria in the 1970s, the fourth member of his family to do so. Malcolm loved sports and the outdoors, especially the ocean. He sailed twice in the Victoria‑Maui race as well as countless Swiftsures, and enjoyed sea kayaking the local waters. Rugby was the sport of his youth, and for many years he was an avid squash player. Starting in his 60s, he explored the Sooke Hills weekly with his hiking group. He rekindled an early love of music by taking up the cello in his 70s at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and enjoyed attending concerts and the opera with Moira.
Diagnosed with late stage colorectal cancer in early 2010, Malcolm lived these past years with characteristic bravery, dignity and an irrepressibly positive attitude. He was much loved and will be greatly missed. Donations to The Land Conservancy of BC can be made in his memory.