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MACDONALD, Ronald James

November 24, 1949 – Sydney, NS
July 10, 2014 – Calgary, AB

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of a wonderful Dad, son, brother, uncle, cousin and dear friend and colleague on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at the Rosedale Hospice Calgary in the presence of family members.

Dad was born in November 24, 1949 to Catherine (nee Gillis) and the late John J. MacDonald of East Bay. Above everything else, Dad was extremely proud of us, his children, Evan James (Sarah Martins), and Meagan Jane. Along with other family members and our mother, Hannah, we mourn the loss of his astute wisdom and the precious guidance he provided to us.

He will also be greatly missed by his mother Catherine (Kay) MacDonald of East Bay; his siblings Roddie of Sydney; Vern (Patricia) of Sydney; Marlene (Sheldon MacInnes) of East Bay; Joan of Calgary; George of East Bay; and Evelyn (John MacGillivray) of Calgary together with nieces and nephews Elizabeth Ann MacDonald of Sydney; Shaun MacDonald of Fort McMurray and Catherine, Julia, and John MacGillivray of Calgary. He was also blessed to have many aunts and uncles including surviving aunts Catherine MacLellan of Sydney; Irene Lefort of Antigonish; Bernie (Mary) MacDonald of Oshawa; Gloria (Alfred) Youden of Sydney; and Jimmie (Josette) Gillis of Gillis Lake. As well, he is survived by numerous cousins in Canada, United States, and New Zealand all of whom were very dear to him and provided much support to him.

Dad was a long-standing teacher and guidance counselor with the Calgary Catholic Board of Education, most recently serving as a guidance counselor at Bishop Grandin High School. After completing school in East Bay, he attended Xavier College, Sydney and St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish acquiring his Bachelor Degrees in Arts and Education. Later, he earned a Master’s Degree in Counselling from Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington. He was involved in the teaching profession for over forty years. The first several years were spent teaching at CFB, Bagotville, Quebec. With his friendly disposition and easy engagement, Dad found himself being very busy over the years with his community in Calgary, his church, and his work with students in and out of school. Family travel was also important including trips to Cape Breton where he very much enjoyed renewing old and even making new acquaintances.

Dad was a loyal fan of the Montreal Canadiens. Among his other interests, he had a favorite spot for sports memorabilia and statistics, music, hockey and sports pools, walking our dogs, and just being with family and cousins. In earlier times, he was an avid fastball player and pitcher for teams in Calgary such as the Canyon Meadows Cats and various teams in East Bay. Dad coached us and also loved to watch us play sports such as hockey and soccer.

In later years and through his illness, Dad was favored with tremendous support from many colleagues and other friends including those at his favorite pubs on Wednesdays and Fridays and coffee mornings at the Bonavista Promenade.

At this time, we acknowledge the great and compassionate care our Dad received from many and varied caregivers: the staff at the Tom Baker Cancer Clinic, the nurses at the chemo unit and, in particular, Dr. Vickers and nurse Bonnie; and finally the staff and volunteers at the Rosedale Hospice.

Dad’s family, and we his children, know he is gone. He will, however, never be forgotten.

You are invited to join our family at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Monday, July 14, 2014 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Spirit Catholic Church (10827 – 24th Street S.W.) on Tuesday July 15, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Rosedale Hospice #1245 – 70 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 2X8 Telephone: (403) 284 – 5195 or the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: 1 (866) 412-4222. www.albertacancer.ca/memorial. At a future time a memorial service will be held in East Bay, Nova Scotia. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

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  1. Salina Braganza :

    Deepest Compassion for your loss
    Ron was such a great sport and a tough cookie . What a feisty spirit the man had ! He is deeply missed in this community already. Always upbeat. We all feel the loss and offer our deepest condolences to the Macdonald family here and across Canada.
    We can only say Thank you Ron for giving us a chance to know you.

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  2. Barry MacLellan , Shelburne Nova Scotia :

    Our deepest condolences to you , Evan & Meagan , on the loss of your dad . May you find strength in the many fond memories you have of your father . Our thoughts and prayers are with you .

    Barry & Marina MacLellan
    Shelburne , Nova Scotia

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  3. Celeste and Paul :

    The world has lost a bright light with the passing of Ronnie. I will always remember his kind heart, sharp wit and his boundless sense of humour. I was so fortune to have Ronnie in our lives, especially when we moved from Cape Breton to Calgary in the late 90’s. He became a kind of surrogate Cape Breton brother. Meagan and Evan have a special angel forever; his spirit will be with them always. My heart is full of love and peace for my MacDonald ‘family’. Marlene, you have been so generous with your love and time for Ronnie throughout his life and showed that more through his illness. You are remarkable and I love you. Sending love to Kay, my ‘other mother’ and to Evelyn and Joan; Roddie, Vern, and George. I will hold you in my heart and hope time and great memories help heal the hole in yours. Blessings to you all.

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  4. Susan Fox of Florida :

    I’ve have never met Ronnie in person, but I felt like I knew him through my good friend Marlene MacInnes. I did have the opportunity to say hello to him on the phone, He was terrific to chat with and funny. I am so sorry for your loss of your Dad, he will forever be in the hearts of all who new Ronnie. My deepest sympathy.

    Sue

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  5. Michael MacDonald :

    We are all deeply saddened by the passing of our cousin Ronnie. He was a very special and loving soul. The Good Lord has called him Home and with our sadness we must rejoice and celebrate the gift of his life and the loving legacy he has left with family and friends. May the love and strength of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you Evan, Meagan, Aunt Kay, and Cousins Roddie, Vern, Marlene, Joan, George, and Evelyn at this difficult time.

    Mike , Maureen, Maeve, and Aedan (Burlington)

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  6. Muriel Hoffman :

    We are sorry to hear that Ron passed away. We very much enjoyed our talks over the years at the rink when Ryan and Evan played on the same team.
    He then was Ryan and David’s counsellor at Grandin. He will be missed! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!
    Darrell, Muriel, Ryan and David Hoffman

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  7. Dear MacDonald Family , I first met Ron in 1970 working a summer job at Sydney Steel Plant and we soon became long-lasting friends . With Ron’s passing I feel I have lost a part of my heart and soul. From the last 44 years , I have so many great memories of times and events shared together in Alberta and Cape Breton . Although I can’t be in Calgary with you at this time, know that is where my heart, my thoughts and my prayers are. I’ll see many of you in Cape Breton later .God Bless You All. Ron, Rest In Peace (and say hello to The Rocket , Boom Boom and Jake the Snake for me).

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  8. Dorothy St.Germain :

    So sorry to hear. ..:'( Ron was a terrific man. Knew him from church and on some Fridays with guys group meetings at the Point, as a fellow teacher, and as my sons football coach. He will truly be missed! Prayers and thoughts for the family. Xxoo

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  9. Darryl Miller :

    To the MacDonald family and especially Evan and Meagan, my deepest condolences on Ron’s passing – he was a unique, gifted individual, open and caring – he will be missed. I met Ron through visits to my brother Dan in Calgary, met you, Hannah and her parents through visits to your home. Many people were affected in a positive way through their contact with your father over the years. He will be remembered and his presence missed.

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  10. Jim & Shirley MacNeil :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

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  11. John Mac Sween :

    MacDonald Family,
    I was saddened to hear of Ron’s passing. We shared many good times in East Bay, St.F X,and when Ron would return home. Your loss is a great family tragedy. May you find comfort and peace in the memories you have. Prayers and condolences to all the family.
    John and Cheryl Mac Sween, Grand Falls-Windsor NL.

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  12. So very sorry to hear of your loss. I’ll always remember what a gentleman Ron was, his easy smile, and the assistance and sage advice he provided for my students. God speed, Ron.

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  13. Lorne MacKINNON :

    Evan and Meagan we have fond memories of you and your dad visiting us in Charlottetown 5 years ago. We caught up on old times and shared many memories after a great BBQ on the deck. For Meg and Kalie it solidified their Cape Breton roots and showed how important family is no matter what the time or distance is. We are all saddened with the passing of Ron. We hope you both have the strength to celebrate the life of a great father, teacher, brother, son and cousin. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time.

    Lorne, Pam, Meg and Kalie MacKINNON Charlottetown PE.

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  14. Anne Marie Quinn :

    So sorry for you loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Billy and Anne Marie Quinn, East Bay,C.B.,N.S.

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  15. Jan, John & Adam DeLisle :

    We are very saddened to learn of Ron’s passing. Evan & Meagan in the months and years ahead the memories of your dad will bring you great comfort and even tears. Remember tears measure the love we have for those gone before us. Hannah, may you find comfort in all the good memories you hold. Ron was a kind,gentle soul that always saw the good in people especially those who sought his guidance.
    All of you are thought of often with a smile. God Bless.
    Jan, John & Adam DeLisle

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  16. Arlene Sikora & Russell Roberts :

    Our deepest condolences all your family especially Evan & Meagan , on the loss of your dad . Be strong and remember the good life he had. He was a lucky man to have such a loving family . Our prayers go out to all the McDonald family.

    Arlene & Russell

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  17. Arlene Sikora & Russell Roberts :

    Our deepest condolences and prayers go out to the MacDonald family on the loss of Ron. Be strong knowing that Ron had so much love in this life which made him a very lucky man and be truly missed. Take comfort knowing that he is in good hands. God will take great care of him now.

    Arlene & Russell

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  18. Frank MacCormick :

    Please accept my most sincere condolences on the loss of your father. I knew Ron from the early days in East Bay and he was always an enthusiastic friend and a great fastball player. He is in my prayers .

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  19. Anna Chow-Teal :

    Evelyn & Joan,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I met Ronald a very long time ago, and remembered him as a very lively & engaging man. My deepest condolences to you all.

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  20. Gary Krszwda :

    Our thoughts and prayers to Ron’s family and Aunt Catherine and family. Love from Cape Breton….Gary Krszwda, Margaret Ann, Dillon and Bhreagh xo

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  21. Allana MacFarlane :

    To the whole MacDonald family, our deepest sympathies on Ron’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. The MacFarlane family. Sydney River, NS

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  22. Diane McClair :

    MacDonald Family

    I am very sorry to learn of the passing of Ron. I taught with him at CSSD, and know that he was an excellent teacher and councillor, who took good care of his students. He will be missed. Prayers and thoughts are with all of you during this most difficult time.

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  23. Ronald MacNeil :

    My deepest condolences to the family on this sad passing. I especially extend heartfelt sympathy to Ron’s mother Kay MacDonald and his sister Marlene MacInnis in East Bay. You are cousins through Mary Jane (MacDonald) MacIsaac and Marlene was a working colleague at UCCB.
    Ron

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  24. George Chow :

    Heaven has opens it’s gate for Ron. Now he holds the key so you know he is looking down and watching over you and your family. Just a really great guy and he will be missed. Sorry for you lost!

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  25. Trishe & Jimmy Willis :

    Our sincerest condolences to the MacDonald family. Ron was a terrific guy and was fortunate to have such a loving family and so many true friends. He will be greatly missed by all but he is at peace now and out of pain. Good memories will abound forever.

    Jimmy & Trishe (Miller) Willis

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  26. Trishe & Jimmy Willis :

    Our deepest condolences to Ron’s family and friends at this sad time. Ron was a terrific guy and will be greatly missed by all. Good memories will sustain us all.
    Jimmy & Trishe (Miller) Willis

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  27. Mario Vergara :

    Meagan,

    Sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. I have great memories of him working with student’s and colleagues and of course sharing a pint on a Friday after school.

    M. Vergara

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  28. Gordon / Joanne Lefort :

    We were very sad to learn of Ronnie’s passing. While growing up in East Bay, cousin Ronnie was very much looked up to in the community through his success as a fastball pitcher and in school as well an ability to make friends and be kind to all. His success continued in Calgary as a proud father and in his profession in education and he continued to be a pillar of the community. Our sincerest condolences to Evan, Megan, Hannah and all the MacDonald family in Cape Breton and Calgary. Rest in peace Ronnie.

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  29. Greg & Judy Hynes :

    We are so sorry to hear about Ronnie. He was such a great person, that all the wonderful memories of him, will keep him close to your hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always. Greg& Judy Hynes, Sydney N.S.

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  30. Michael Gallant :

    My condolences and prayers to your family. I have very fond memories of your dad as the junior high school guidance counselor at St. Stephen school, almost 30 years ago. He impressed me, as he did many others I’m sure, with his sense of humor and kind and caring manner. God bless you all. Michael Gallant, Calgary

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  31. Cecilia M. Roach :

    Sincere condolences to Ronnie’s family, his beloved and generous nature will be missed. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
    Cecilia M. Roach

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  32. Rich & Anne Cuming - Calgary :

    Ron was a neighbour of ours for many, many years and we considered him a friend. We spoke often and always appreciated his sense of humour and caring nature. Through Ron we met Evan and Meagan. His legacy is safe through these two fine children.

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