Donald MacDONALD

Donald MacDONALD

MacDONALD, Donald Sutherland (Donmac)

Born February 11, 1927 in Selkirk, Manitoba passed away February 15, 2015 at Ridge Meadows Hospital at the age of 88. Don was predeceased by his parents Clarence and Julia(nee Leask) and brother Raymond of Winnipeg. He is survived by his wife of 64 years Rita (Acton), sisters Verna, Muriel and Clarice and brother Lorne, his four children Bruce (Debrah) of Calgary Alta, Heather (Cornelius) of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Sandra (Gary) of Maple Ridge BC and Trevor (Nancy) of Calgary, Alberta. He leaves behind nine grandchildren Stephen, Cameron,Madison, Robin, Gavin, Ryan, Brett, Brenden and Brittany. Also three great granddaughters Charlotte, Abigale and Vivian and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Don grew up near Clandeboye, Manitoba going to school and working for the RM of St. Andrews as well as helping out at the Leask farm owned by his Uncle Bob and Aunt Margaret. With the farming being done by horses in those days, he often reminisced about many of the teams that he drove. Eventually attending Teachers College in Winnipeg, Don displayed a natural talent for difficult postings throughout Manitoba such as the Manitoba Home for Boys (Reform School) as well as other troubled schools that needed his inspiration and guidance, both as a teacher and principal. Many of his former students continued to keep in contact with him over the years, a testament to his positive influence and the impact he had on their lives. During his teaching years in 1952 he joined the 26th Field Artillery Regiment, a reserve unit in Portage La Prairie Manitoba as a 2nd Lieutenant. He remained active in the regiment until 1955. Don’s passion for sales eventually drew him away from teaching. His serious and successful sales career began with General Foods, continued on with Ortho-Pharmaceutical, Stewart Warner and Technicon Instruments . He was very adept at developing and maintaining sales territories in competitive environments where others had struggled. In the late seventies, he eventually formed Donmac Enterprises Inc. and became a successful manufactures agent carrying many products and distributing them throughout Western Canada. He operated this business until the age of 84 which reflected his passion for sales and his dedication to customers. Don loved to tell stories and recount tales from the past. In 2003 he published “Canadian Tales” a collection of short stories from the past describing day to day life in Western Canada from different time periods. After obtaining a 1935 Dodge from his brother Raymond, who had received the car as a gift from the widow of one of his favourite professors at the United College in Winnipeg, he began a hobby of restoring vintage automobiles. Don eventually organized a cross Canada tour which involved a group of vintage car enthusiasts showcasing a number of vintage autos while travelling from the BC Coast to the Atlantic Coast in Newfoundland. Don’s passion for teaching resurfaced in his later years when he took on teaching assignments at Douglas College, teaching business and marketing. This passion, along with a keen interest in his Metis Heritage, continued when he became an Elder with the BC Metis Society and developed employment and business programs which he taught to First Nation and Metis inmates at the Matsqui Institution, assisting them reintegrate into society. Don’s keen sense of humour, his passion and zest for learning and life, along with his love and dedication to his family will be missed. He has impacted many lives in a positive manner and will be fondly remembered. Condolences may be sent to www.mapleridgefuneral.ca

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