Don McKay was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, on October 5, 1937. He had a fascination with flying from a very early age and never lost his desire to be a pilot. He grew up in the Maritimes and calls Saint John, New Brunswick, home. Don is married to his high school sweetheart, Judy. They will be celebrating fifty-three years of marriage in October 2012. They have three boys, four grandsons, and one great-grandson. Don and Judy live in Carleton Place. Ontario.