MACDONALD, Lewis Wil­liam

The Chronicle Herald (Provincial) - - OBITUARIES -

Born March 1, 1957, Kentville. We are deeply sad­dened to an­nounce the pass­ing of Lewis Wil­liam Macdonald of Chip­man Brook, at age 63. Lewis, known to many as "Lou", passed peace­fully at home on Mon­day, May 18, 2020 in the com­pany of his fam­ily. Lewis was an ex­cep­tional man who was loved and re­spected by many. His life was punc­tu­ated by tragedy but also gifted with beauty and grace. As a farm boy raised in Hall’s Har­bour, Lewis’ life was for­ever changed at age 13 when he nar­rowly sur­vived a car ac­ci­dent that claimed the lives of his aunt and mother. Lewis then sur­vived menin­gi­tis-b, a pre­cur­sor to the ex­cep­tional strength and re­solve he demon­strated dur­ing the rest of his life. Fol­low­ing vo­ca­tional school, Lewis fell for the love of his life, Cyn­thia ("Cindy"), with whom he shared 43 won­der­ful years, four homes, two sons, two grand­chil­dren, count­less ad­ven­tures, and many charis­matic pets. He was a man of few words, but many thoughts, and his cre­ativ­ity and orig­i­nal­ity were in­fec­tious. He was pa­tient and kind. Lewis’ loy­alty, in­cred­i­ble work ethic, and de­ter­mi­na­tion are qual­i­ties that all will re­mem­ber. He shared th­ese qual­i­ties with many through­out di­verse ca­reers, in­clud­ing run­ning a sil­vi­cul­ture busi­ness, man­ag­ing the Hall’s Har­bour Lob­ster Pound, and most re­cently driv­ing for Kings Tran­sit. Lewis, nick­named "Thor of the Moun­tain" later in life, was tightly con­nected to the land. He was al­ways hap­pi­est in the woods and har­vested his wood­lot un­til he was un­able to drive his beloved trac­tor or sling a chain­saw. He fiercely loved his fam­ily, mak­ing many sac­ri­fices for their hap­pi­ness and well-be­ing. He was a lov­ing hus­band, father, brother, son, "Grampy", un­cle, brother-in-law, cousin, and friend. He told the best bed­time sto­ries and could spin a yarn with the best of them. Lewis was very proud of his sons achieve­ments in life, which he qui­etly nur­tured in count­less ways through the spirit and char­ac­ter he be­stowed in them. His beloved grand­chil­dren will surely en­joy the same quiet gifts through their pre­cious mem­o­ries of him. Lewis is sur­vived by his lov­ing wife, Cyn­thia (Brew­ster); sons, Alexan­der (Jen­nifer) of Dart­mouth; and Gra­ham of Mon­treal, Que.; grand­chil­dren, Kiera and Ethan of Dart­mouth; sis­ters, Grace (Bob) of Hall’s Har­bour; and Linda (Garry) of Kentville; brother, Bryant (Sherry) of Kentville; aunt Jean of New Mi­nas; and many spe­cial nieces and neph­ews. He also leaves be­hind many dear friends who showed their love and sup­port both in sick­ness and in health. Lewis was pre­de­ceased by his father Wil­liam (2004), mother Ruby (Melvin) (1970); and step­mother, Freda Fraser (2008). A me­mo­rial ser­vice to hon­our and cel­e­brate Lewis’ life will be held at a later date to be an­nounced in White Fam­ily Fu­neral Home: www.white­fam­i­ly­fu­ner­al­home.com where con­do­lences may be sent. Dona­tions can be made to Kings County Shel­ter of the Nova Sco­tia SPCA (www.no­vas­co­ti­aspca.ca) or Nova Sco­tia Wood­lot Own­ers & Op­er­a­tors As­so­ci­a­tion (www.nswooa.ca/join-us.html) The fam­ily wishes to thank the many doc­tors, spe­cial­ists, nurses, care­givers, and friends, in­clud­ing his dog, Ri­ley, who have stood in Lewis’ cor­ner.

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