GEORGE ROBERT MACDONALD
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George Robert Macdonald of Big Sky and Lake Havasu City, Ariz., passed away on Oct. 2, 2013.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia (Gina); children, Kathy Macdonald of Phoenix, AZ, James L (Lenny) Macdonald and his wife Lori of Roanoke, VA, Bryan Kendall and his wife Mary of River Falls, WI, and Justin Kendall of Burnsville, MN; mother, Mary H. Macdonald of Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia, Canada; sisters, Kathy Zilbert and her husband Arthur of Halifax N.S, Lee Harding of North Sydney N.S., and Marilou Boutilier of North Sydney N.S.; and five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas J. Macdonald of Sydney Mines N.S.
After beginning his career with Bank of Nova Scotia in Canada, he immigrated to Florida in 1964 and built a long and successful banking career, retiring in 1994 as Sr. Vice President and Regional Manager of Capital Management Group for First Union National Bank.
He proudly chose to become an American citizen in 1970.
He was a longtime member of Rotary International, serving as president in Hollywood, Fla., 1979 – 80. He was a two-time Paul Harris Fellow and an active member of Big Sky Rotary Club.
His love of travel began as a boy and blossomed into a great passion, taking him to many parts of the world. In 1997, his travels brought he and Gina to Big Sky, which they loved and never left (except for the cold snowy winter months).
In 1992, they discovered hiking. George was an active member of the Big Sky Hikers and Havasu Hikers, which gave him great joy. His favorite hike was Buck Ridge in Big Sky.
He enjoyed reading and researching Western History, potential travel destinations and the world of finance.
There will be no funeral service at this time; however, there will be a "Celebration of Life" in his honor in Big Sky in June 2014.
Donations can be made in George's memory to the Big Sky Community Library, PO Box 161344 Big Sky, MT 59716, or the
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Oct. 6, 2013