George “Tony,” “Mac” Macfarlane
March 17, 1923-June 2, 2014
George “Tony”, “Mac” Macfarlane, of Brookings, died June 2, 2014, at Rosewood Court Adult Care; he was 91.
Tony was born March 17, 1923, in London, England, to George and Dorothy Macfarlane.
He spent his early childhood in Wales, and attended Epworth College boarding school.
Tony entered the Royal Air Force as a “Boy Entrant” in 1938. He was later posted to Egypt as part of the Western Desert Air Force and was briefly held captive during the North African Campaign.
During Tony’s time in Egypt he met Jennie Rose Miles, who was also stationed in Egypt, as a member of the Women’s Royal Army Corps. They married in 1944, in Cairo.
After the war, they returned to England where Tony continued his career in the Royal Air Force, advancing from Boy Entrant to Wing Commander, and then retiring in 1967.
The family grew to include three girls. They moved many times, including two tours in the United States, and a tour in Zimbabwe — then Southern Rhodesia.
A major highlight of his career was his presentation at Her Majesty’s Court for the award of M.B.E. (Member of the British Empire). Tony enjoyed a second career with Hughes Aircraft Company, retiring in 1986.
Tony and Jennie never lost their enjoyment of new places, moving many times during retirement before finally settling in Brookings in 2002.
Tony was an accomplished writer with a wonderful command of the English language and a dry sense of humor that was evident in his stories. While living in Cambria, California, he took over the publication of the Elks monthly newsletter, taking it from a throwaway to a periodical greatly anticipated by everyone. He loved to play golf and enjoyed a martini at the end of play.
Tony was a loving husband to Jennie and a strong and thoughtful father to his daughters.
He is survived by his daughters Patty and her husband Jim McLennan of Brookings, Sandra Bradley of London, and Jane Macfarlane and her partner Kelly Felkins of Oakland, California.
Tony was preceded in death by his wife Jennie, who died in 2007.
There will be a celebration of life for Tony and Jennie at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 5, at the home of the McLennans.
Submitted by the family.