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Cameron Hall MCDONALD
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CAMERON HALL McDONALD It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of Cameron Hall McDonald on March 27, 2021, at the age of 91. Cam was the beloved husband of Joan (nee Lawrence) for 56 years, and a loving father to Shelagh (George) and Ian (Heather). He adored his three grandchildren: Jack, and Ayla and Owen. Survived by his nephews and nieces David (Judy), Jennifer (John), Jon (Aimee), and Joanne (Erik), and by his brother-in-law Jim. Predeceased by his parents David and Margaret (Hall) McDonald, his sister Mary Hunt, and his brother David. Cam was raised on a three-generation farm in New Dundee, Ontario. He graduated from New Dundee Continuation School and K.W. Collegiate, and in 1952 from the University of Toronto with a degree in Modern History and Modern Languages. Most of his career as a French teacher was spent at Etobicoke Collegiate Institute. He was a dedicated teacher, and like all great educators cared about those he taught as people first and students second. He loved to travel, camping all across Canada with his family when his children were young. After he retired, he and Joan travelled to Canada's north as well as to many European destinations, and even to the Antarctic. Scotland always held a special place in his heart. He was an accomplished woodworker, gardener, and expert breakfast chef. Cam will be missed for his quiet sense of humour, his wisdom, and his infinite capacity to care for those he held dear. Due to ongoing pandemic restrictions, plans for a memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Youth Without Shelter.

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Apr. 7 to Apr. 11, 2021.
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April 12, 2021
I was greatly blessed to have worked with Cam in the French department at Etobicoke Collegiate. His gentleness, kindness and patience were most evident and much appreciated. I extend my sincerest condolences to his entire family.
Mary Kotze
April 10, 2021
Please accept our condolences to all the McDonalds. We really enjoyed spending time with Cam at Ian and Heather's wedding! And we'll miss hearing about Cam's adventures - building cutting boards and wagons and visiting his niece and nephew up north. He will be fondly remembered! Gail, Raj & Brayden
Gail Swystun-Abbi
April 9, 2021
My sincere condolences to Mr. McDonald's family. I was fortunate to be one of his French students at Etobicoke Collegiate and have many fond memories of learning and practicing the language of a country I have been blessed to visit many times. He was a wonderful teacher and he will be missed.
Patti (Burgess) Smith
April 9, 2021
I wish I'd known him better. He had an undeniable joie de vive.
April 8, 2021
It was great to have known Cam and to have worked with him at Etobicoke Collegiate. My condolences to the family.
Helen Hahn
April 7, 2021
I would like to say thank you to Cameron for everything he did for me. He was my mentor at RYRUC and I am blessed that I got him. He taught me so much about history (one of my biggest passions now), my faith, and most importantly myself. His 'infinite capacity for care' really rubbed off on me. I work with at-risk youth now and I can't tell you how rewarding it is to know you are making the difference in someone else's life, let alone seeing that person succeed. I honestly don't think I would be the person I am today had Cameron not taken me under his wing and showed me how to be a good, honest, and CARING person. I feel regret that I never got to tell him that, and that our visits got less frequent and I wasn't able to keep in better touch with Cameron. I hope he knows how much he meant to me.

You were truly 1 in a million Cameron and the world was a brighter place with you in it.

All my love and I will see you again one day my friend!

- Jamie Scott
Jamie Scott
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