On December 7, 2012, before sunrise, Donald Wayne MacDonald aka "Duck" passed on to the next realm with his beloved wife and best friend, Karen aka "Ruby" holding him closely. On the same day, just before sunset, a miracle occurred. His second grandchild, Donald Jackson Seber, decided it was time to make his way into this world while en route from Alberta. How Grumpa Duck would have laughed at such irony!
Don was born January1958 in Toronto, ON and moved west at a young age. He attended Vancouver Technical High School then left for Alberta to find his way in life. In Edmonton he met his soul mate Karen. There they had a daughter, Lindsay, and then moved to Vancouver where their son, Trevor, was born. After moving to Chilliwack, Don worked at Buckerfield's and Master Feeds in Abbotsford where he also attained his Power Engineering certificate in 1990. In 2004, he attained a job at the new Rogers Flour Mill where he worked as a shift mill supervisor after becoming a certified Miller in 2005.
Don enjoyed travelling to the Caribbean and exploring the backroads of British Columbia. He took pride in knowing the best camping and picnicking spots as well as seeking out of the way local attractions and dining. All admired his encyclopedic knowledge of the Lower Mainland and friends and family called upon him whenever they were looking for a good spot to visit or a tour guide.
Second to his family was his love for practical jokes and making people laugh. Very few people were spared from a joke or pun. Don's ability to create mirth whenever he could is his most memorable trait.
Don was predeceased by his mother Mary Glagowski in 1995 and father-in law Ron Jowitt in 2010. He is survived by his wife of 29 years Karen, daughter Lindsay (Adam), his son Trevor (Shauna), his grandsons Theo and Donald Jackson, mother-in-law Joan as well as in-laws, cousins, aunts, many friends and colleagues.
The family would like to thank Dr. Paul Graham for his compassion and prayers. Our many friends and co-workers, too numerous to name, who stood by us and held our hands providing much love and support during and after Don's illness.
Don's wishes were to have no service. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Don's name to Ruth and Naomi's Mission in Chilliwack, BC.
I will always love you, Duck. Until we can meet again for our next adventure. Love Ruby