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MALCOLM MACDONALD

Born In: NEW WATERFORD, Nova Scotia
Born: June 20th, 1928

Passed in: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Passed on: November 15th, 2017

Malcolm passed away in the loving arms of his daughters at the Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria, BC, on November 15, 2017 after suffering a stroke.
Malcolm “Mac” or “Cuddles” as he was affectionately known was born in New Waterford, Nova Scotia June 20, 1928, to Angus A. and Honora MacDonald.
He was predeceased by his six siblings; and his infant son, Gerard born 1960.
He is survived by his cherished wife of 66 years, Mary (nee Abbass) of Victoria; his daughters, Honora Johannesen (Sigurd) of Victoria, Lillian Szpak (Robert) of Langford, BC, Ann-Marie (Alisa) of Montreal; his son, John-Hugh (Mary) of Orillia, ON, and nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Mac was the kindest, most generous, sensitive, wisest and wittiest man there ever was. A coal miner and boxer from a tough Cape Breton town, he put himself through St. Francis Xavier University while working in “the pit” and was commissioned as an officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1954. He served at Namao, AB; Baden-Soellingen, Germany; Centrallia, ON; Hamilton, ON where he earned his MBA from MacMaster University; Kingston, ON where he taught at Royal Military College and Queen’s University; and Ottawa, ON before launching a sterling career with the Department of External Affairs where, during his final working years he travelled to nearly every Canadian embassy abroad, usually with Mary – his “little dark-haired nurse” – by his side. In retirement he devoted himself to humanitarian work with the Canadian International Demining Corps, and together with Mary served meals at the Shepherds of Good Hope soup kitchen in Ottawa. A voracious reader and keen thinker, Mac was respected, admired and much sought-after for personal and professional advice by all who knew him. He instilled in his children, grand and great-grandchildren a sense of adventure, humour, self-reliance, respect for diversity, resiliency and optimism, and that each were special and loved uniquely. He honored Mary with a life well-lived, full of love, adventure, romance, devotion and dignity. The family wishes to thank the Emergency Room staff at RJH who, along with Dr. Fred Voon provided the kindest and most comforting care. We would also like to thank Drs. Michelle Fretz and Laura Farrell for their unfailing expert care and compassion.
A Private Funeral Mass will be held Monday, November20, 2017 at Mount St. Mary Hospital, Victoria BC, followed by a reception at the Royal Colwood Golf Club. Internment to be announced, at Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa, in June of next year.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Mount St. Mary Hospital 861 Fairfield Rd, Victoria, BC V8V 5A9.
Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mccallgardens.com.


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