MacDON­ALD, Robert Roy

The Chronicle Herald (Provincial) - - OBITUARIES -

It is with great sad­ness that we an­nounce the sud­den death of our brother and un­cle, Robert Roy MacDon­ald of North Sydney on De­cem­ber 18, 2019. Born in Monc­ton, N.B., on June 13, 1954, he was the son of the late Hugh "Sonny" and Teresa (Ryan) MacDon­ald. Robert was a grad­u­ate of St. Joseph High School and went on to study at St. Mary’s Univer­sity, Hal­i­fax. In his now le­gendary Hol­lis Street apart­ment, he hosted kitchen par­ties for his many friends in­volv­ing good food, sto­ry­telling and laugh­ter. He charmed ev­ery­one who met him with his big smile, quick wit and in­cred­i­ble sense of hu­mor. Robert was a master sto­ry­teller and jokester. Even­tu­ally he would study pho­tog­ra­phy at NSCC, grad­u­at­ing in 1997 with a diploma in Pho­to­graphic Arts and Dig­i­tal Im­agery. Robert was an in­cred­i­ble photograph­er. His love and pas­sion for pho­tog­ra­phy led him to travel through­out North Amer­ica and Europe, cap­tur­ing gor­geous sun­sets and stun­ning ar­chi­tec­ture. Robert re­turned to North Sydney, work­ing at Marine At­lantic for many years. He es­tab­lished a side busi­ness in wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phy and photo restora­tion. His cam­era was never out of reach as he con­tin­ued to take pho­tos of Cape Bre­ton’s spec­tac­u­lar land­scapes and his ever pre­sent com­pan­ions and fa­vorite models - our fam­ily dogs. He adored his dogs, es­pe­cially his beloved bull­dog "So­phie". Car­pen­try and fur­ni­ture restora­tion were among his many hob­bies. He al­ways seemed to have a home ren­o­va­tion project on the go. He would spend hours in the kitchen, whip­ping up de­li­cious food for his friends and fam­ily. His sig­na­ture dishes, "Spaghetti Del­ish" and "Rhubarb Torte" were culi­nary de­lights. He en­joyed land­scap­ing and gar­den­ing, cul­ti­vat­ing amaz­ing roses, flow­ers and veg­eta­bles. Robert is sur­vived by his sib­lings, Jac­inta (Dale) Archibald, Antigo­nish; Brian (Judy), Ot­tawa; Bill, Hal­i­fax; Michael (April), North Sydney; Brent (Jen­nifer), Dart­mouth; and his sis­ter-in-law, Miriam MacDon­ald, Coxheath. He was "Un­cle Rob" to his nieces, Shanon, Kathryn, Olivia and Abi­gail; and neph­ews, Jonathan, Christo­pher, David, Drew, Thomas, Liam and Vin­cent, of whom he was very proud. Be­sides his par­ents, he was pre­de­ceased by his brother, "David Hugh". Cre­ma­tion has taken place. No vis­i­ta­tion by re­quest. A me­mo­rial mass will be held at a later date. Fu­neral ar­range­ments are un­der the care and di­rec­tion of W.J. Doo­ley Fu­neral Home, 107 Pleas­ant St., North Sydney. Dona­tions in Robert’s me­mory can be made to the Cape Bre­ton SPCA, North Sydney Food Bank or the Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion. On­line con­do­lences can be sent to the fam­ily at: www.wj­doo­

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