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William Douglas ‘Bill’ MacDonald

Passed on: November 8th, 2017

William Douglas ‘Bill’ MacDonald, age 70, of Sydney, NS and Christchurch, New Zealand passed away peacefully at home in Christchurch on November 8, 2017. Born on June 25, 1947 in New Glasgow, NS he was the son of G. Douglas and the late Doris (MacKenzie) MacDonald of Sydney.
In addition to his father, Bill is survived by his beloved wife of 46 years, Diane (Pawsey) of Christchurch, NZ, their son, Hamish, (Natalie), and his adored granddaughter, Chloe.
Bill was raised in Sydney and attended grade school there. He completed high school at King’s Colligate, Windsor, NS and attended Xavier College in Sydney. He then attended Ryerson College Toronto and studied marketing and advertising. Upon completion of his studies he was employed with Imperial Optical in Toronto. In 1975 he moved with Diane back to her home in New Zealand. Although always a Cape Bretoner at heart, Bill loved his adoptive home in NZ and established deep roots winning many friends there. He was an avid fisherman and was active in his community as a member of the Lion’s Club in which he held the position of president of his local club for three years.
Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service for Bill will be held on November 24, 2017 at Westpark Chapel in Christchurch.
Messages of condolence may be addressed to the Family of the late Bill MacDonald at: c/- PO Box 39001, Christchurch, 8545, NZ.
Donations in Bill’s memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to a charity of one’s choice.
“Forever in our Hearts”


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