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Ellice McDonald, Jr., CBE

Ellice McDonald, Jr., husband of deceased wife Rosa Laird Hayward McDonald, died peacefully at his home, "Invergarry" on 10 June 2013. He was 100 years old.

He was born in New York City on 22 May 1913, son of Canadian physician, Dr. Ellice McDonald and portrait artist, Ann Heebner McDonald. He was the grandson of Archibald McDonald who was born in Glencoe, Scotland, and was the last of the chief factors of the Hudson's Bay Company.

He attended Chestnut Hill Academy, Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Swarthmore College. Subsequently, he worked as an Industrial Engineer for the DuPont Company. In January 1941 he volunteered for the United States Army and served as a commissioned officer in the Pacific Theatre.

Ellice first met his wife, Rosa, in 1930 when he was sixteen, and they married in 1954. They shared a lifelong passion for cats and dogs and they adopted countless numbers of strays and rescue pets who happily shared their animal "bed and breakfast" with the occasional pure bred German Shepherd or Golden Retriever. His wife was a strong supporter of his Scottish interests.

In July 1976, he was appointed High Commissioner, Clan Donald, U.S.A. and served in that capacity until January 1, 1983. He also established the Glencoe Foundation as a private charitable foundation which made contributions to Scottish organizations such as the National Trust for Scotland, the Royal Caledonian Schools in Bushey, the Clan Donald Lands Trust on Skye.

A short time later he founded the sister organization, the Clan Donald Foundation which has now become the foremost Clan organization in the United States with several thousand members and approximately 95 commissioners in every State including Alaska and Hawaii.

In the early 1970's he became aware of the Clan Donald Lands Trust on Skye. He and Mrs. McDonald took a great interest in helping out this organization which still exists today.

On 13 December 1995, Her Majesty, the Queen, conferred on Ellice the title of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE). On 18 June 1992, a similar honour was bestowed upon his wife, Rosa. They are the only husband and wife in the North American Continent to have received this honour.

In 1978, Ellice established and became president of the Gurkha Welfare Trust Foundation (U.S.A.) which cooperated closely with the Canadian Gurkha Appeal.

In 1989, he was guest of honor of the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in Linville, North Carolina. It is believed he is the first American to have been so honored.

He is survived by his step-daughter Nancy Lloyd Hayward and her husband Richard Stephen Dunn Johnson of New York City; his two step-sons, Nathan Hayward III and his wife, Marilyn Rushworth Hayward; Pierre duPont Hayward and his wife Martina Combs Hayward (all of Wilmington, Delaware); his step-son-in-law Christopher George Lewis Jones of Guilford, CT, widower to Rosa Hayward Jones who died in January 2006; and five grandsons: Nicholas Calder Lewis Jones of New York City; Laird Reed Hayward of San Francisco, CA; Nathan Hayward IV of Los Angeles, CA; Bradford Lloyd Hayward of Brooklyn, NY; and George Stewart Marshall Hayward, and his wife, Margaret Kelly Hayward of Washington, D.C.

His family want to express their gratitude to the staff and nurses who took such good care of Ellice in his final years.

The interment will be private. The family suggests gifts to Faithful Friends Animal Society, 12 Germay Drive, Wilmington, DE 19804.

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Published in The News Journal from Jun. 11 to Jun. 13, 2013.
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June 14, 2013
Kindly remembered as a fine and interesting Gentleman.
Jacques Guequierre
June 13, 2013
I did not have the privilege of meeting Mr. McDonald, but heard much of his passion, generosity and legacy as I became more involved in the efforts of Clan Donald USA, where I serve as a chaplain. My prayers are with his family and friends at his passing.
Gary MacDonald
June 12, 2013
I would like to add my condolences for the death of Ellice McDonald. I only met him two or three times and then only briefly. but my father, Air Vice Marshal Calum Macdonald, always spoke very highly of Ellice and his hard work and ongoing support of the Clan Donald Trust. He will be sorely missed.

Donald J. Macdonald
Kensal Rise, London
June 11, 2013
I knew Rosa and Ellice McDonald in my role as a police officer. I lost contact with them when I retired and was sad to learn of this most recent passing. Both Mr and Mrs McDonald were always warm and engaging and always took the time to inquire about my job and my family. Mrs. Mcdonald, for her petite stature, was as tough as nails and Mr. McDonald had a great sense of humor. I was always amazed by their generosity and I always enjoyed hearing about their many travels and stories about their grandchildren. We truly have lost a remarkable man and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones.
Renee Taschner
June 11, 2013
It was a great privilege to be part of the social life of Ellice and Rosa several years ago. My late husband, Donald, and I enjoyed the Scottish events, as well as their dinners and the times they came to our home to experience my Swedish cuisine.

Rosa never forgot our wedding anniversary. We would receive beautiful flowers to help us celebrate every year.
Ruth Crossan
June 11, 2013
Ellice and Rosa McDonald, through their generosity, foresight and thoughtfulness, had an extraordinarily beneficial effect not only on Clan Donald USA and the Clan Donald Lands Trust, but also on Clan Donald as a whole and many Highland organisations. My late husband and I regarded them as dear friends and they influenced me in particular as to what could be possible. Both Ellice and Rosa left an indelible mark on Clan Donald and on many individuals, for which we should all be grateful. I certainly am.
Lois MacDonell of Glengarry
June 11, 2013
Matthew Calvareses
June 11, 2013
I was so sorry to hear about the loss of Mr. McDonald. I remember him well. I am also very sorry to hear about the loss of Mrs. McDonald and Rosa. I was unaware of their passing. I have such fond memories of your family and the time our family spent at the Bridge House. Your parents always treated our family very well, and Mr. McDonald was a true friend to my father, Harry. After my father's death, Mr. McDonald helped my mother take care of her affairs and always took the time to advise her on financial matters. Mrs. McDonald never missed my father's birthday, and personally delivered flowers to my mother every year. It really is the little things that count in life and make a big impact on others. I believe Mr's death marks the end of an era, and the world will miss the benevolent souls of both Mr and Mrs McDonald.
Susan Rickenback Snyder
June 11, 2013
Right Reverend Douglas and Mrs Pat Cameron. Bishop of Argyll and The Isles from 1993 - 2003.Ellice and Rosa supported the work of the renovation of the Cathedral of The Isles and College on the Isle of Cumbrae. We had a companionship relationship with the Diocese of Delaware. We visited with them at Invergarry. They are remembered with much affection and thanksgiving in Scotland.
Douglas Cameron
June 11, 2013
Ellice McDonald, Jr., was one of the kindest, most thoughtful and nicest people I have ever known. He did uncounted and untold wonderful things for Clan Donald USA during my time as editor of By Sea By Land. He continued to be a kind friend thereafter. He will be missed by so many.
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