Mount Uni­acke coun­cil­lor Cyril McDon­ald dies fol­low­ing bat­tle with can­cer


The Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of East Hants is re­mem­ber­ing Cyril McDon­ald, a coun­cil­lor for Mount Uni­acke.

McDon­ald passed away on April 10, 2018.

“To­day is a sad day for East Hants,” War­den Jim Smith said in a news re­lease the mu­nic­i­pal­ity is­sued an­nounc­ing the coun­cil­lor’s death. “Cyril served his com­mu­nity with great en­thu­si­asm and took his re­spon­si­bil­ity as an elected of­fi­cial very se­ri­ously. He will be missed on coun­cil.”

McDon­ald was first elected to Coun­cil in Oc­to­ber 2012 and most re­cently served as a mem- ber of the Nom­i­nat­ing, Fire Ad­vi­sory and Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tees of Coun­cil, and was a mem­ber of the Colch­ester-East Hants Li­brary Board.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity low­ered the flags to half-mast at the Lloyd E. Mathe­son Cen­tre in Elms­dale to hon­our McDon­ald on April 10.

The coun­cil­lor had been bat­tling col­orec­tal can­cer.

Elie Moussa, a fel­low coun­cil­lor, said McDon­ald was more than just a col­league but a friend and a leader in the com­mu­nity.

“Over the years I got to know him more per­son­ally and he was a very kind man who would do any­thing for any­one in the com­mu­nity. He had a big im­pact on the cadet pro­gram in our com­mu­nity.

Even af­ter his health took a turn for the worse, he was al­ways the first per­son in at­ten­dance for the cadets fundrais­ers. He loved his com­mu­nity and would do any­thing in his power to make it a bet­ter place,” Moussa wrote in an email to the news­pa­per.

McDon­ald was de­scribed as a fam­ily man who was very thought­ful.

“Any­one who knew Cyril knew just how fam­ily ori­ented he was, there was noth­ing he loved more than his wife and chil­dren. He was very kind and ap­proach­able and could strike up a con­ver­sa­tion with just about any­one. He loved to golf and en­joyed the out­doors.

“As a coun­cil­lor he took his job very se­ri­ously; he was smart and fought for what he be­lieved was best for the en­tire mu­nic­i­pal­ity, es­pe­cially for his com­mu­nity. He was ded­i­cated to do­ing the best job he could, even from the hos­pi­tal would do what­ever work he could,” Moussa noted.

“He was a big sup­porter and con­trib­u­tor of the memo­rial parks that pay re­spect to two mem­bers within our com­mu­nity, he was de­ter­mined to make sure that their mem­ory lived on.”

A memo­rial ser­vice was planned for April 14 at the CFB Ward­room Bridge for 11 a.m.

Mount Unaicke Coun. Cyril McDon­ald, died on April 10 af­ter a bat­tle with can­cer.

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