MacDONALD, Ronald Joseph Sr. Peacefully on Feb. 13, 2013 in his 88th year with his loving family at his side. Born in Sydney, Nova Scotia in 1925, Ron moved to Waterloo, Ontario in 1959 and resided there until 1990 when he moved to Sidney, BC. Beloved father of Joe (Dianne) MacDonald, Marty (Jen Toledo) MacDonald, John (Sue) MacDonald, Sheryl Fitzharris (Tim Bullinger), Diane Ross and Nancy Hanak (Scott Munro). Cherished grandfather of Kris, Nathan, Sarah Jane, Isaac and Jessie MacDonald, Natalie and Jeff Hanak, and Tyrone and Dmytro Toledo. Step-father to Rhonda and Dan Hunt. Remembered by his sisters Theresa Koch and Mary Mahoney. Ron was predeceased by wives Violet (1983) and Dory (2006), son-in-law Craig Ross (1985), grandson Jim Fitzharris (1986) and sister Ann Spidle. Ron was an amazing man! He served in WWII, was a P.O.W. and proud to serve his country. An avid golfer, his hole in one trophies line the wall. For 45 years he was an expert carpenter and site superintendent in the construction industry spending most of his career with Ball Brothers Construction in Kitchener and Ellis-Don Construction of London, Ontario. He completed many projects throughout Ontario but especially at the University of Waterloo, St. Mary's Hospital, York University and the Milton Prison. His memory will live on forever through these accomplishments. Ron was a member of St. Elizabeth's Church and the Ardmore Golf Course in Sidney, BC. He was also a 57 year member of the Royal Canadian Legion, the past 27 years at branch 530 in Waterloo. Donations to Saanich Peninsula Palliative Care Unit, 2166 Mt Newton Cross Rd, Saanichton, BC V8M 2B2 are greatly appreciated. We thank the wonderful Staff, Volunteers and Dr. Morton for the loving kindness and care they gave to Dad. Ron has been cremated and his memorial service will take place at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Waterloo, Ontario on Friday, May 10 at 11am. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, But love leaves a memory no one can steal. Rest in peace dad, you will always be in our hearts!
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Published in Victoria Times-Colonist on Feb. 22, 2013