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MacDONALD, Willard “Bert”

February 28, 1965 – Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
January 24, 2015 – Banff, Alberta

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Willard “Bert” MacDonald on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the age of 49 in Banff, Alberta.

Bert was born on February 28, 1965 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and was best known for his ability to make others smile with his infectious, uplifting personality.

He will be dearly missed by his wife Margret MacDonald; his son Jamie MacDonald; brother Roy MacDonald; and sisters Diane Raper, Anita MacGillavry, and Margaret (Peggy) Dollar.

A Celebration of Bert’s Life will be held at the Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre in Fort McMurray, Alberta on Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca.

In living memory of Bert MacDonald , a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Michael Higgins :

    Thoughts with you at this sad time.
    I had my first New York trip in November and the last chat I had with Bert we were swapping stories about his time there. I know he had a fantastic time.
    He was a fine man and a great colleague.

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  2. Tanner Baudais :

    My thoughts are with you.

    Bert was a true gentleman and a good friend. He will be missed.

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  3. Nanita,Harold, Zoe and Zaiden Pavia :

    Bert was a great friend, brother and a second father to our 2 kids. We will surely miss you, Bert. Our life will never be the same. Good speed my friend!

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  4. Gilbert Hagan :

    Bert was a man who had a smile on his face every time I met him.

    I never had the opportunity to work directly under him but there were countless testimonies from colleagues indicating he was a great person to work with. On the several occasions that we interacted, there was no question about his personality.

    At one time, Bert was our lead on a golf Offsite Event and I remember very well his coaching skills, the patience and the encouragement. “You will be a good golfer” were his statements even when I could barely hit the ball correctly.

    I believe that Bert’s life will be measured more by its content than by the how long he lived.
    Life well lived.

    Requiescat in pace

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  5. I had the privledge of working with Bert over the past eighteen months, and will miss his quick wit and sense of humor.

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this very difficult time.

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  6. Keith Darbyson :

    To Margaret & Family,

    Heather and I would like to express our deepest sympathies. Bert brought a great deal of value to the SMS organization and will be truly missed by his friends and colleagues.

    Heather & Keith Darbyson

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  7. Margaret, pls. accept my heartfelt condolences.

    I will always remember Bert as a wonderful human being.

    Raja.

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  8. Margret, I was saddened to hear of your loss. Your friendship willingness to help a newbie to Suncor and FMM has meant so much to me. My thoughts are with you and your family. While I did not have a chance to meet or work with Bert, the messages provided by others provide insight into his personal and work life and the positive thoughts he brings to so many. Peace to you.
    Chip

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  9. Hi Margret,

    I just came to know regarding the sad demise of Bert. Truly that’s a very sad news and a great loss. I can understand the grief of passing away of someone who is very dear to you.

    My prayers are that Bert’s soul rest in highest level of heavens with happiness and God’s blessings in the afterlife.

    Aamer Ikram

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  10. Margret,
    I would like to express deep sympathies.
    I worked with Bert in upgrading. He always had smile on his face, soft spoken with good sense of humor.
    I still remember one of his subordinate stating that Bert was the best boss she had in her entire career.
    He will be missed.

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  11. Margret,
    I want to express my most sincere sympathies to you and the family & friends of Bert during this difficult time. I can still recall working with him in the TA trailer as weekend coverage during the 2011Spring TA. I will always respect and remember him as a good person and good leader. I will pray for the strength and patience needed by all to face this incident. For sure ALMIGHTY has welcomed Him to a better and higher place.
    Please accept my condolences
    —Faiyaz A

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  12. Margret,
    At this difficult time, words cannot begin to express the sadness you are feeling, but all of us are praying for you and Bert’s whole family. God will grant you the serenity and peace that you need to get through this and may Bert’s soul rest in the everlasting peace of Heaven.
    Please accept my heartfelt condolences.
    Saleem Khan

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  13. Please accept my deepest condolences and sympathy.
    Bert added a great deal of value and fun to our team when he was here at MacKay River. He was a pleasure to work with and will be missed greatly.
    Tom

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