It’s fitting that Colin McArthur’s memorial service will take place next month at a New Jersey golf course. He loved the sport, even though his wife, Brenda, says, “He wasn’t any good at it. He always scored more than 100, but that didn’t stop him.” Nor did it deter friends and business colleagues with lower golf handicaps from putting McArthur on their A-list of people to play with. “He was the life of the party,” says Brenda. “He had
a sense of humour that everyone was attracted to. He should have been an entertainer.” McArthur, 52, a deputy managing
director for Aon Corp. in its World Trade Center office, entered the business world in Glasgow where he was born and raised. But insurance wasn’t his first career. He studied geology at the University of Glasgow and, after graduating, worked as a schoolteacher until teaching requirements became stricter. Unable to afford a year off work to be certified at teachers college, McArthur took an insurance job instead. In 1977, he requested a transfer to the company’s Toronto branch, Reed Shaw Stenhouse Ltd., where he met Brenda, also an insurance broker. “He was fascinated by Canada,” says Brenda. “So many things were new to him—McDonald’s, baseball and hockey. He loved the Leafs. It didn’t matter where we lived, he always followed the team.”
They married a year later and in 1986 moved to Montreal, where McArthur, by then a Canadian citizen, went to work for Aon. His wife joined the firm in 1987. McArthur, who spoke French fluently, moved steadily up the corporate ladder. Three years ago, the company sent the couple to work in New York. On both sides of the border, “he is missed by so many people,” says Brenda, who retired last year. “You never quite realize until a thing like this happens how much a person is loved.” ■
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