Last of Makinsons’ Makinson family dies

Andrew Robinson
Published on January 21, 2016

The last member of the Makinson family with a connection to the Conception Bay North community has died.

David Norman Makinson was the son of George Tingley Makinson. He died Jan. 9 in St. John’s at the age of 68.

According to the Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador, the elder Makinson was born in British Columbia, but his family moved to an estate in Cochranedale near Brigus when he was a boy. Cochranedale was part of what later became known as Makinsons.

George Makinson went on to a career with the RCMP on the mainland before he returned to Newfoundland to look after a family dairy farm. He was the first MHA for the district of Port de Grave, and the Makinsons also operated a tourist lodge in the community.

George and Audrey Makinson had two children, David and Anita Atwill. Atwill died in 2005. According to Junior Taylor, chair of the committee responsible for the local service district of Makinsons, David operated an RV park in Makinsons for a number of years before moving to St. John’s.

“Very, very friendly and very outgoing person,” Taylor said when asked about David. “I recall meeting him one time probably 10 years ago into the Health Sciences complex … I hadn’t spoken to David Makinson in probably 15 or 20 years, and he knew me and he asked about pretty well everybody in the community that he knew. How they were doing and that sort of thing … He had a tremendous memory and he loved people.”

A memorial service for David took place Monday at St. John's Long Term Care Chapel. His body was buried the next day at the United Church Cemetery in Brigus.