John (Jack) MacDonald

May 1935 – June 2015

Lord Willing and the creek don’t rise… Jack MacDonald would be there with a warm smile, helpful hand, a giving heart and always something interesting to talk about.

It saddens us to share the news that John Donald MacDonald (given name) passed away at his home in the early hours of June 25, 2015.

Proud to be born in Yorkton SK he carried through his life deep roots and strong connections to friends and family from his growing years. He set out West to work as a Telegraph operator for the Railroad on Vancouver Island working for many years in the Duncan/Ladysmith area. The demand for operators decreased and he went to work for the WCB Communications department in Vancouver. Upon Retiring he moved to Nanaimo, where he set about creating an amazing social network. Long time member of the Brechin United Church he volunteered his time and talents to committees and the loaves & fishes food bank. He was known in the boater’s community on the waterfront, Newcastle Channel, owning a sailboat, and had some great adventures, setting out on trips to meet up with friends he had made into his own family.

Jack was an avid clock collector of all eras, which put extra heartbeats in his home. He played golf, and to this day had clubs in his car at the ready. A supporter of local artists, the Museum, CBC Radio all fed into his plethora of local and world history… and filled the remaining walls of his home with paintings. He boasted a wonderful trip to Paris a few years back just before his health started to slow him down. It was a blessing that he had reached 80 years of age, we would have loved to share with him more.

Jack was predeceased by his only sister Margaret (Ruth) Kuch and her husband Ed Kuch, and leaves behind his Nephew John and his partner Deborah Kruks of Port Alberni; Niece Andrea Kuch of Toronto; and Niece Louise McKean and her Husband Kent of Winnipeg. All of whom were as dear to him as they were his own. The remaining cousins, relatives and close friends will also find an empty space where there once was a fine caring man who filled their lives with love and friendship.

A service/celebration of life will be held in honor of John (Jack) MacDonald at the Brechin United Church in the Fall. There will be a brief announcement in the local paper but if you wish to be contacted when the date is set, please call 250-754-3106 or email and leave your name with Joan or Fernando Costa.

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