MAC­DON­ALD, Rev. John Charles ‘ Jackie’

Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM -


Our lov­ing hus­band, fa­ther, and grand­fa­ther, Rev. Jackie ( John Charles) Mac­Don­ald, lost his fight on Wedne sday, July 1, 2015, in the CCU depart­ment at the In­fir­mary Hos­pi­tal at the QE II, Hal­i­fax, N.S.

Born in Glace Bay on Oct. 19, 1930, he was the son of the late John Archie and Rose (Ren­nie) Mac­Don­ald.

He was proudly brought up in Bridge­port with his nine broth­ers and sis­ters. In his younger years he worked for the Do­min­ion Coal Com­pany as a weighman. On New Year’s Eve in 1963, he met the love of his life, Sheila Mac­Don­ald. They were mar­ried on July 16, 1966. Jackie de­cided the min­istry was his call­ing. He at­tended St. FX Ju­nior Col­lege and in 1967 he at­tended Pine Hill Di­vin­ity Col­lege. In 1970, he was or­dained into the United of Church of Canada in Sackville, N.B.

Jackie’s first charge was in St. Anns Bay where he met many won­der­ful peo­ple. In 1974, he was called to the West­mount-St. Columba charge where he spent 21 in­cred­i­ble years. In 1977, he was in­stru­men­tal in build­ing of the su­per­struc­ture of the West­mount United Church above the ex­ist­ing base­ment. In ap­pre­ci­a­tion, the con­gre­ga­tion gave he and Sheila a trip to the Holy Land. In 1982 he ini­ti­ated the rais­ing of the St. Columba church and built a hall be­neath it. One of his proud­est mo­ments was when the St. Columba con­gre­ga­tion named the hall, “The Rev. Jackie Mac­Don­ald Hall” in his hon­our.

Jackie was a com­mu­ni­ty­minded man. He was a vol­un­teer for Meals on Wheels, made over 100 do­na­tions to the the Cana­dian Blood Donor Clinic, as well as the West­mount Fire Depart­ment. Daddy loved coun­try mu­sic, cross­words and jig­saw puzzles, the Toronto Blue Jays and Maple Leafs. He was a fierce and loyal fa­ther and friend. Our hearts are bro­ken.

He is sur­vived by his lov­ing wife Sheila; his son Dar­rell (Kathy) and their chil­dren Alexan­der (Court­ney), Emma Rose (Niles) Peter­son, and Calum; his daugh­ters Mora and her chil­dren Fiona and Alas­dair Brett; Heather ( Joe) Garabb and their chil­dren Tyler Richards and Carter MacKen­zie. He was ea­gerly look­ing for­ward to the birth of his first two great-grand­chil­dren who are due in Au­gust.

He also sur­vived by his two sis­ters Rose Baretta and Muriel Camp­bell, both of Bridge­port; his brother-in-law Rev. Ian K. (Vir­ginia) and sis­ters-in-law Gwen Mac­Don­ald and Paulette Mac­Don­ald. He was a proud un­cle to his many nieces and neph­ews whom he loved dearly and they loved right back.

In ad­di­tion to his par­ents he was pre­de­ceased by his broth­ers, Hugh Alexan­der and Billy; his sis­ters Ma­bel Tel­lum, He­len MacNeil, Ruth Far­rell, Elaine Arse­neau and Ly­dia Boutilier.

Vis­i­ta­tion will be Satur­day, July 4, 2015, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Syd­ney Me­mo­rial Chapel. Fu­neral will be in the West­mount United Church at 2 p.m., Sun­day, with his brother-in-law, Rev. Ian K. Mac­Don­ald and his dear friend Rev. Thomas Whent pre­sid­ing. Re­cep­tion to fol­low in the church hall.

We would like to thank first and fore­most his won­der­ful and car­ing doc­tor, Dr. Greg My­att, for his care and jokes over the years. We are truly grate­ful to the in­cred­i­ble nurses and staff of 4C at the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hos­pi­tal and 6.2 at the Hal­i­fax In­fir­mary.

Do­na­tions can be made in Jackie’s name at the Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion of Canada.

Words of com­fort can be sent to the fam­ily at www.syd­neymemo­ri­ or email syd­neymemo­ri­alchapel@ns.sym

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